It seems an unlikely concatenation but the comparison is entirely appropriate. It is more than a little disturbing how much I relate to this.
Via the Right Scoop, a lesson in how porn addiction develops. At first the tamer stuff, like Christie yelling at reporters, is enough to satisfy you. But soon it’s not. Soon you need something dirtier to get your thrills, like Christie yelling at unionized schoolteachers and then being tsk-tsked for it by Mika Brzezinski on “Morning Joe.” Before you know it, you’re staying up all night to download gonzo videos of him vetoing spending bills. Some of you know only too well what I mean, alas.
Alas. Sweet, sweet video at the link. Glenn Beck features.
Britain's new left and lefterer government goes to war with itself over funding Trident, the heart of the UK's nuclear deterrent. Defence Secretary Liam Fox and Chancellor George Osborne cannot agree whose budget should account for the £20billion need to acquire four new submarines.
One option is to reduce the purchase from four vessels to three.
Reducing the Trident fleet to three subs would put extreme pressure on the UK’s policy of keeping one nuclear missile-armed craft at sea at all times, he insisted.
But the Chancellor said this week: ‘All budgets have pressure. I don’t think there’s anything particularly unique about the Ministry of Defence.
Not anymore, there isn't. The British Establishment has demonstrated its priorities; blasé at the prospect of its sailors taken captive by Persian corsairs, shocked at the sight of a captive sailor smoking a cigarette on television. I cannot imagine any circumstance - up to and including an atomic weapons attack on London - that would precipitate a British nuclear response. Spend as much or as little as you like, there is no deterrent without the bottle.
Given the Royal Navy's latter day role as a jumped up coast guard, I can only qualify the following as good news.
Defence sources say Britain may have to sell a new aircraft carrier to plug the hole in the MoD budget. The loss of HMS Queen Elizabeth, due to launch in 2016, or HMS Prince of Wales, due to come into service in 2018, would be a humiliating blow for the Navy.
India is said to be interested in buying one of the ships.
Sadly, even this silver lining is tarnished. Don't count on Her Majesty's dhimmis to sell either carrier to a bulwark against the Umma. And may God help us when Charles becomes Emir and defender of his faith.
Last of England related: Square Mile Wife visits the loo, encounters local insurgent, coins useful term.
As I was washing my hands another infidelista came in and said to me (a complete stranger): "Do you not find it odd that there are 15 men's toilets and only one for women?" SMW smiled and laughed and then the lady added, " I guess that is because women in this neighbourhood are not supposed to be seen. How dreadful."
Two English Defence League members, who were arrested during a rooftop protest, have had all charges dropped against them.
Leon McCreery from Stockport and John Shaw from Knaresborough were arrested during the incident over the May Bank holiday, after being taken down from the roof of a disused factory in Hall Street by riot police.
Meet the new Russia: Formerly known as the KGB, "FSB" is a Russian initialism standing for "Human Rights Commission".
In a move that harks back to the dark days of the KGB, the Russian security service has been given new powers to crack down on so-called 'thought crime'. The Federal Security Service, successor to the feared Soviet KGB, will now be able to summon and imprison people it believes are about to carry out a crime.
In a statement yesterday, the Kremlin said the security service, known as the FSB, would now be able to issue warnings to those 'whose acts create the conditions for the committing of a crime'.
Canada and Russia engaged in a war of words Friday over this week’s confrontation between two Canadian CF-18 fighter jets and two Russian bombers.
National Defence officials said the fact that two Russian TU-95 Bears flew into Canada’s “area of interest” – about 250 nautical miles, or 460 kilometres, away from Goose Bay, Nfld. – constituted a “close one.” The incoming Russian planes were spotted by NORAD on Wednesday, and two Canadian fighter jets were dispatched from the air force base in Bagotville, Que., to meet them.
Ace sums up a form of brain damage incurred by the ruling class of the entire Western world; a profoundly maladaptive memeplex, if you will: "I think there is a type of person -- well-represented in the "Political Class" and in progressive politics -- that has learned, from college, that the Abstract is everything, that Real Smart People are always focused on the Abstract, on metaphors, on symbols."
...a few weeks ago I saw a guy at the riots in Toronto who complained that the police barricades were a symbol representing a division between the protesters and the G-20 representatives.
And I thought, "Gee, no, actually it's not a symbol of a division; it really is, in fact, a physical division." Because, see, you're rioting. (And not symbolically in riot, either.) You can tell it's a real-world division because now you can't get to the G-20 conference center and throw rock-metaphors through the window-symbols.
Language, vocabulary, ideas, imagery -- everything succumbed to my one intense purpose of thinking & dreaming myself back into that world of periwigs & long s's which for some odd reason seemed to me the normal world.
Agent Bedhead sent this widget along. Depending on the snippet, it is this or Cory Doctorow for me.
Full scale version here; best with headphones unless you have decent reference monitors. The video is an edit of Umberto Scarpelli's sword and sandal epic, The Giant of Metropolis (1961). I needed something that said "vacation on Kaitain".
Dorothy Thompson's August 1941 Harper's piece "Who goes Nazi?" is a gem; a classic for its style and entirely current in its observations and class, character and consequences (thanks to Kathy Shaidle for the link).
I won't spoil it by excerpting anything except its opening lines. One observation among many stands out for me: There was a time when, amongst many other things, it was obvious the Nazi Party was just another Communist Party.
It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times–in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis.
Michael Rubin asks if Turkey can give American defense secrets to Iran.
The truth is we don’t know. We’re on the verge of selling Turkey our most advanced fighter, and there has been little attention given to what the shift in Turkey’s foreign-policy orientation means when it comes to technology-sharing.
No, the truth is we are dependent on the goodwill of the "President" of the United States to defend the defense secrets of the United States.
It is the sort of thing Americans used to be able to take for granted two long years ago.
More than half of Canadians polled want to ape the French and ban the burqa. Impressive considering far more than half of Canadians are sleep walking off the cliff and are consequently too busy to know what a burqa might be when it is at home.
Leger Marketing vice-president Dave Scholz said the poll surprised staff at the research firm.
"This is Canada -- we don't ban anything," he said."
Secret documents and hundreds of photographs smuggled out of the country by a defector indicated that it was intent on developing nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. Jane’s Intelligence Review published a separate batch of photographs showing similar activities in buildings and behind security fences near the capital, Naypyidaw.
Fears that Burma had joined a clandestine nuclear network linking North Korea, Iran, Pakistan and Syria have been growing for some time, but there has not been hard evidence until now.
Not to worry, intelligence agencies are seeking to provide the IAEA with proof of a clandestine programme in the hope of a formal inquiry.
Or we could drop a couple small A-bombs on the appropriate bits of Burma and let the junta draw its own conclusions from the rubble. But I am old fashioned that way.
David Warren: "The dogs in Pavlov's experiment did not "conspire" to salivate."
No, I have instead always cited a little ditty on this subject, ascribed to Humbert Wolfe, and various others who flourished in the 1920s: "You cannot hope to bribe or twist / The honest English journalist; / But seeing what the man will do, / Unbribed, there is no reason to."
Oliver Stone: "Jewish domination" of the media prevents Hitler from being portrayed "in context".
“The Jewish domination of the media… There’s a major lobby in the United States. They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years.”
Do not imagine Oliver Stone is the exception. Give the Saudis ten more years to throw your money at Western universities and the rehabilitation of Adolph Hitler will be the received wisdom of progressives everywhere.
He was a vegetarian, you know.
Ed West closes with an excellent point.
[C]onsidering the treatment Israel gets at the hands of journalists, at least on this side of the pond, if a secret cabal of Jews really does control the media, it must be the most incompetent and useless secret cabal in history.
Nicholas always has good material at Quotulatiousness, please visit and thereby assuage my guilt (if only somewhat) for lifting this P.J. O'Rourke quote in its entirety.
Writing is a slow and a difficult process mentally. How you physically render the words onto a screen or a page doesn’t help you. I’ll give you this example. When words had to be carved into stone, with a chisel, you got the Ten Commandments. When the quill pen had been invented and you had to chase a goose around the yard and sharpen the pen and boil some ink and so on, you got Shakespeare. When the fountain pen came along, you got Henry James. When the typewriter came along, you got Jack Kerouac. And now that we have the computer, we have Facebook. Are you seeing a trend here?
On the surface, there is nothing surprising about the Orthodox church reaching out to young people. Many Christian denominations in Western countries have their own youth groups, and in 1991 the Russian church itself created the All-Russia Youth Orthodox Movement, an understaffed organization that works mainly with children and early teens.
What makes the new youth groups stand out is their planned promotion of a blend of religion, anti-Western philosophy, politics and patriotism — values that will be passed on by youth leaders like Batrakov, who is among 100 people who signed up for a two-month crash course on Orthodox youth leadership in Moscow that started in May. Church representatives said the number of such leaders might reach into the thousands.
Submission Earth: Now that NASA's primary mission is submission, Russia considers Chinese spaceships as a back up for Soyuz and Progress.
"I think Chinese spaceships would play an important role as a backup for the Russian vessels Soyuz and Progress in case of some unforeseen situations," Anatoli Perminov head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos,told RIA Novosti news agency.
After U.S. space shuttles cease their missions in 2011, Russia will remain the only country capable of delivering crews to the ISS.
With expensive accounting rules, an increased threat of litigation and hundreds of millions of dollars in fines for some firms, the once prestigious New York Stock Exchange and other American markets have become unattractive to Germany's biggest companies. Daimler and Deutsche Telekom have fled this year and the few remaining are likely to follow.
Republicans in the US House of Representatives have introduced a measure that would green-light a possible Israeli bombing campaign against Iran.
Resolution 1553 provides explicit support for military strikes against Iran, stating that Congress backs Israel's use of 'all means necessary' against Iran, "including the use of military force," BBC Persian reported.
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Rock: UK unemployment (July 14, 2010) stands at 7.8% with close to 2.5 million people unemployed.
Minister for Employment Chris Grayling said:
"There is still a huge amount of work to do to revitalise the economy and create an environment where businesses are growing and employing people again."
Paper: Candidates for a North Yorkshire constituency have clashed over the high level of unemployment in the area.
The Conservatives claimed in a BBC Radio York debate that unemployment in the Selby and Ainsty constituency had soared since Labour came to power. Labour said the area's unemployment figure was still lower than national and regional rates.
The Liberal Democrats said the economic stimulus package offered in their manifesto could bring jobs to the area.
Scissors: Malins Fabrics of Selby, North Yorkshire is closing after 48 years, the fabric shop can't find any staff.
For 48 years, staff at Malins Fabrics have provided expert and friendly service to keep their customers satisfied. Even during the worst recession in its history, the shop in a market town has remained profitable. But today it is closing down because the owners can't recruit any staff.
Partner Diane Bayes believes the benefits culture and a poor work ethic are to blame for her having to shut up shop after three years of coping with unfilled job vacancies.
She has put job posters in the window, taken out adverts in a local newspaper and tried recruiting through the JobCentre, but has barely had any applications.
The mood of the public is turning ugly against public officials who are being paid far more than they should. I'm betting Bell is just the start of a nationwide wave of revolt. The public entitled class that previously thought itself untouchable, is going to find out its very touchable when irate mobs get fired up and start demanding action.
If only Canadians cared enough about their democracy to become ever so slightly irate.
Russia is a vast nation, encompassing a sizeable portion of two continents. In terms of available open-source imagery coverage, many areas in Russia cannot be viewed in sufficient resolution to identify any SAM assets present.
The SAM systems which have been identified do, however, provide valuable insight into Russian SAM deployment strategies, allowing the overall SAM network to be analyzed even if all of the deployed assets cannot be located.
Many - many - maps and lively debate in the comments at the link.
Whether this is of any wider significance I cannot quite decide. After all, football is only a game: though the late Bill Shankly, manager of the Liverpool Football Club, once said that football wasn’t a matter of life and death ...
Punchline at the link.
Elsewhere among the ruins: Portsmouth officials descend into self-parody, ordereding all violence to be removed from a traditional Punch and Judy show.
There will be no scenes in which Mr Punch hits Judy, and the scene where he throws away the baby has been replaced by the child simply being put to bed.
But puppeteer Daniel Liversidge will be keeping Mr Punch's catchphrase: 'That's the way to do it.'
They are doing it wrong.
While I am in Dalrymple country: Take the time to compare Fr. Robert Crouse on faith and pharmaceuticals with Theodore Dalrymple's Romancing Opiates. Both contradict today's received wisdom (which is neither received nor wisdom).
The video, taken June 9 in front of the Lux Hotel on East Hastings Street, shows the woman, who suffers multiple sclerosis and has a pronounced limp, approaching three Vancouver Police Department officers walking side-by-side through a crowded area in front of a bottle recycling centre.
"One of the three officers can be seen pushing over a small and visibly disabled woman after she appears to brush into him accidentally. He then stands over her," Robert Holmes of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association told ctvbc.ca.
Footage from a video camera posted outside the hotel shows the officers walking away while the woman is still on the ground. After a few moments someone helps her up and she continues walking.
Three more hero-victims for "law and order" "conservatives" (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur for the video embed).
"The VPD takes its responsibility for the safety of the residents of the Downtown Eastside very seriously. If this incident has in any way caused the public to be concerned about our commitment to helping and serving the people of the Downtown Eastside, we are deeply sorry."
Nick Clegg declared the invasion of Iraq 'illegal' yesterday - leaving British troops and Tony Blair at risk of war crimes trials brought by opponents of the war. The Deputy Prime Minister plunged Westminster into chaos by stating his personal view during Prime Minister's Question Time in the Commons as if it was Government policy.
Standing in for David Cameron, who is thousands of miles away in America, Mr Clegg taunted Labour MPs that they had supported 'the illegal invasion of Iraq'.
David Cameron faced a furious backlash yesterday for the astonishing claim that the UK was a 'junior partner' to America in 1940 - a year before the U.S. even entered the war. The Prime Minister was accused of forgetting the sacrifices made in 1940 by those who fought in the Battle of Britain, the heroes of Dunkirk and the Londoners bombed out of their homes in the Blitz.
Downing Street hastily claimed that Mr Cameron had meant to refer to the 1940s in general. But by then the damage was done.
General Sir Patrick Cordingley, former commander of the Desert Rats, said: 'I am quite sure if Winston Churchill were alive today he would be dismayed.'
1940 was only setting the scene for the illegal invasion of Normandy.
Almost a quarter of babies are born to immigrant mothers, an official breakdown showed yesterday. It found that 24.7 per cent of children born last year have mothers who were born abroad – and that their numbers have doubled since the late 1990s.
The sharply rising numbers of babies with foreign-born mothers came despite an overall fall in births.
The figures produced fresh warnings to ministers that immigration rates must be brought down to avoid the growing threat of overpopulation in Britain.
First, to say I am not entirely certain why I am linking this. Some combination of awe/incredulity at other people's priorities and an admiration for the speaker's cadence, yes. But mainly as an illustration of how people actually talk about the world - how people actually conceptualize the world and make decisions in the world - and how this bears no relationship to the self-imposed thought control practiced by the Establishment and its Myrmidons.
"Black women would appreciate your cooperation in this matter."
I don't have to agree with Atlanta Sistah, but she does not live in fear of a semantic planet. Respect.
Second, to bitterly complain she won't let people embed the video (Update: Ha! Now embedded. Thanks, Scott.).
Third, and I can't believe I am doing this: A reply. It has almost four times the page views.
Remember: Cook, bake and cut a bitch. It's all about priorities.
Wikipedia: "The Auxiliary Units or GHQ Auxiliary Units were specially trained highly secret units created by the United Kingdom government during the Second World War. With the aim of resisting the expected invasion of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany."
Some tales attached to the Auxiliary Units are of varying degrees of credibility. Members were supposedly vetted by a senior local police chief who was allegedly, according to sealed orders given to the Operational Patrols to be opened only in case of invasion, to be assassinated to prevent the membership of the Auxiliary Units being revealed.
And on the assumption the police would choose to collaborate with the occupation. An entirely reasonable assumption, as it turns out.
It's a stretch, if you ask me, but the following always, always bears repeating.
In his essay ‘Politics and the English Language,’ Orwell described how vital language was to vibrancy of thought, and in 1984 he continues the theme to its logical extreme: without language there could be no thought. Thus, Newspeak:
‘Don’t you see the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.’
In Canada, Newspeak is called "inclusive language". For now. Next week the term "inclusive language" will be racist.
A thought: When it comes time to choose between the orbits of Delhi and Peking, I have little doubt "peace, order and good government" will make the decision easy for us. I would call this state of affairs depressing but the soma should take care of the feeling presently (Victory Gin having been outlawed on health grounds).
WIth news of the mainstream popularity of gaming in Germany, Quotulatiousness comments on the life of gamers in the English-speaking world.
I once joked with a fellow gamer that it was a good thing that most gaming stores were in “bad” areas of town . . . because if someone recognized you there you could always say you were visiting the strip club or the porno magazine store (so much better than admitting you were a gamer). Protective coloration, so to speak.
Ugaritic was last used around 1200 B.C. in western Syria and consists of dots on clay tablets. It was first discovered in 1920 but was not deciphered until 1932.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology told the program that the language was related to another known language, in this case Hebrew. The system is then able to make assumptions about the way different words are formed and whether they consist of a prefix and a suffix, for example.
Through repeated analysis, the program linked letters and words to map nearly all Ugaritic symbols to their Hebrew equivalents in a matter of hours.
"... from a BBC programme called NCS Manhunt, features a speech by a man called Laurence Bright, played by the excellent Marc Warren. It was originally aired on March 12, 2001, and the summary says: “It becomes clear that the crimes are racially motivated, and the team uncovers a secretive right-wing organisation bent on starting a race war.”
Starting/acknowledging, it's all relative. But by all means let Parliament, the Church of England, the BBC and all the rest carry on dismissing the concerns of the English working classes as racist. Their concerns will soon arrive at a leafy green suburb near the places Members of Parliament, the clergy and BBC journalists call home.
I'm an Englishman. I'm from Bermondsey, South-East London. My father was called George. He was also from Bermondsey. His father, another Bermondsey man, was called George too. And his father, my great-grandfather, is from the same place. He was called Edward.
These three generations of my family, were in the fish trade. I'm the first member of my family not to work at the market in Billingsgate. My great-grandfather had eleven brothers and sisters. I dont know exactly how many of his generation married or exactly how many children they produced. I've so far tracked over two-hundred of them.
Many still live in Bermondsey. Some are still in the fish trade.
There are seven called George, and five called Victoria. I stand here, in front of you, as a representative of all of them. And I ask in their name the great question put by our patron, Mr Powell. What do they know of England, who only England know? Or, what can my family, who come from England, who lived in England, who know only England, say of this, our country?
Mr Powell once spoke of the destruction of ancient Athens and the miraculous survival in the blackened ruins of that city of the sacred olive tree; the symbol of Greece, their country. And he also spoke of us, the English, at the heart of a vanished empire, seeming to find within ourselves that one of our own oak trees, the sap rising from our ancient roots, and he said perhaps, after all, we who have inhabited this island fortress for an unbroken thousand years, brought up, as he said, within the sound of English bird song under the English oak, in the English meadow, beneath the red cross of St. George, it is us who know most of England.
And I appreciated him for saying that, because it was as if he spoke for my family, who understand well their own country. Who understand even better their own capital, London town, as we used to call her. As we strolled in her parks, as we marveled at her palaces, as we did buisness in the city, went west for a dance, took a boat on the river. The pale ale and eel pie of old London. The London of my family for as many generations as I know. The London that will in less than fifteen years will be less than fifty percent white. London, where in fifteen years a white person will be in the minority.
Am I racist? No. Do I have anything against people of other races? No. So what then is my gripe?
My gripe, and I speak on behalf of seven men called George and five women called Victoiria, my gripe is quite simple.
My gripe is that we were never asked. My gripe is that we were told, not asked, and everyday we are told again and again how we are to be and how our country is to be. We are told by them, and we know who they are, they're English too. They are the class that has always set themselves apart, they are the class that has always taken what they wanted for themselves, and now they are the class that is giving England away.
They have never asked us, and they never will.
Do we allow them to sell our heritage? Or is it time for us to speak?
To speak, to refuse them the right to give away our holy, or bountiful, our only England that has, that has nurtured us, naked, grown us as the oak. Is it time for us that England know to come yet again and defend our country? With our fire, our fists?
Is it time for us sons to rise again?
I say yes.
I say yes.
I say... Yes.
The Left would have you believe Enoch Powell yearned for rivers of blood, they said much the same of Winston Churchill. I understand the danger of self-fulfilling prophecy; forecast rivers of blood and rivers of blood you shall have, the argument goes. But then much the same might be said of calling people racist instead of listening to them and their fears.
If you watch Cabaret, you will understand something of what was lost when Nazi Germany destroyed Weimar Germany. What wil be rather less clear is that Weimar Germany created Nazi Germany. And we are doing it all again. "This time it will be different," they (always) say. Yes, because this time we should have known better.
Before someone emails me: Yes, I get the Kipling reference. Take it up with Enoch Powell, it was his critique not mine.
“On a day when (because EU Foreign Policy Chief Baroness Ashton is in Gaza) the BBC and other media have featured extensive reports all day long on what they term the dire economic situation in Gaza, why are they not mentioning the new shopping mall that opened there yesterday?"
Unseen for years due to the fragility of the materials, 'Springtime in an English Village' offers an extraordinary and unexpected snapshot of rural life in wartime. After a fairly predictable opening - farmers ploughing fields, cute baby animals gambolling - it finally gets down to business. The film is about that most ancient of English traditions: the selection and crowning of the Queen of the May. But what is so surprising is that 60 years ago the village of Stanion in Northamptonshire chose to honour a young black girl - apparently the daughter of an African merchant seaman who had been evacuated there during the War.
“we were retreating i had all the edl members behind the barrier that we had surrounding the stage the police then kicked it down and charged with dogs i saw a young girl maybe 16 years old savaged by a police dog”
The under-30 unemployment rate in Spain has just hit 44 per cent, twice the adult rate. Italy also has passed the 40 per cent mark, and Greece has gone even further. If you count all the people who’ve given up looking, it means the number of people between 20 and 30 who have any form of employment in these countries is something like one in five.
Drew M.: "I guess it's good to know that the Washington Post doesn't only hate America when Republicans are in office."
Even if it turns out it's all open source material, that doesn't change anything. The act of collecting and organizing it is a huge aid and comfort to our enemies. We spend billions of dollars a year on this sort of activity and the WaPo is just doing it free of charge. It's like they are serving as the intelligence analysis division for every terror and criminal group out there.
See five thousand years of history in 90 seconds. Sadly, no bunnies.
Who has controlled the Middle East over the course of history? Pretty much everyone. Egyptians, Turks, Jews, Romans, Arabs, Persians, Europeans...the list goes on. Who will control the Middle East today? That is a much bigger question.
I almost did not link this because of its treatment of the last hundred years or so. Judge for thyself.
Fair warning: You will get sucked in to the whole film. Even if you have never seen it, I guarantee parts of it will look familiar.
Harry Steele (Charlton Heston) is the smart, two-fisted relic hunter who has found the secret hiding place of ancient Inca gold, high in the Peruvian Andes at fabled Machu Picchu, and is willing to use anyone or anything to get there; Dr. Stanley Moorehead (Robert Young) is the idealistic archeologist who wants to give the long-lost treasure back to the Peruvian people; Elena Atonescu (Nicole Maury) is the beautiful and seductive refugee they both fall for, and who will stop at nothing to stay out from behind the Iron Curtain; Kori-Tika (Yma Sumac) is the exotic Inca priestess, whose otherworldly singing is the only way to pacify the restless Peruvian natives; Ed Morgan (Thomas Mitchell) is the murderous thief, driven by a lifetime of greed, who is trying to steal the treasure for a last great score. Harry must race them all to find the treasure, using a secret of his own - only Harry knows the ancient ritual which will reveal the hidden gold in the tomb of the last Inca King, in a stunning scene that influenced the Well of Souls from "Raiders Of The Lost Ark".
Blame Chris Myrick for the inspiration. And my mood on a Friday afternoon. This one goes with a shout out to Agent Bedhead. Not safe for work unless you are an executive director or are too corporate or whatever.
Hugh Hewitt hosted an at times moving three hour interview with Christopher Hitchens, author of Hitch-22, a new memoir and - tragically - diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Hewitt's radio show is behind a firewall and I had not thought to look for the transcript, so thanks to Kathy Shaidle for that.
I think that if I take, say, my two favorite English poets, the ones I most often recur to, are Philip Larkin and W.H. Auden. Both of them have a great understanding of tragedy, and a keen feeling of, you know, in some ways, the absurdity of the human condition. But it’s also from the absurdity that they draw things that are quite mordantly funny as well. I don’t think it’s possible to have a sense of tragedy without having a sense of humor.
His fundamental difficulty is that he himself once suffered from, but cannot bring himself to admit, the very fault of which he accuses those in opposition to the war in Iraq: a failure to recognize radical evil. By aligning himself with Trotsky, he declared himself an admirer of a historical project that was, from the very outset, deeply and radically evil—and this is so whatever the motives of its opponents might have been. The man Trotsky, whom he still affects to admire, did not bat an eyelid about executing more people in an afternoon than the Romanovs executed in a hundred years. It would hardly be an exaggeration to say that, by comparison with Trotsky, Nicholas I was a moral giant, and there is no reason whatever to think that a Trotskyite Soviet state would have been a whit better than a Leninist or Stalinist one.
Peter Hitchens does rather well by contrast. Read the whole thing, the pun of the year is waiting for you.
A group of U.S. lawmakers have called for an investigation into whether BP may have played a role in lobbying for the release of Abdelbaset al Megrahi to secure an oil contract with the Libyan government.
"'Shine, baby, shine' is an inexhaustible source of energy," said Hagman, who plans to address the Intersolar trade show today in San Francisco. "When affordable oil gives out, we're in real trouble -- I mean the collapse of civilization, within 15 to 20 years."
Sometimes, unexpected guests can very quickly become pests. But what happens when you ask them to leave? Join the Red Queen and Alice on live action, animated journey down the rabbit hole, as they are caught in an evolutionary arms war between parasite and host.
IDF Spokesperson's Unit: "The film, produced by the Eiland Team of Experts, breaks down the events of the flotilla using a timeline which alternates between 3D models and footage captured throughout the incident."
... 8 of the 9 demonstrators killed were members of the IHH or other allied groups. Around half of those killed had declared in front of their families their aspiration to die as martyrs ("shahids"). Footage on the Marmara shows that the violence had been prepared: metal poles and chains were prepared, slingshots, buzzsaws, gas masks, tear gas, bulletproof vests, knives, and more. A briefing had taken place before the IDF had boarded the ship, with the leader of the violent demonstrators telling the group to attack the IDF soldiers at any cost.
There were 718 total passengers of the flotilla ships. Most were released without undergoing any investigation. The last passenger left on June 6th.
Stamping boot, meet face. But this isn't a vision of the future. It is a couple weeks in to Canada's new normal.
If you think this is fine you are not a "law and order" conservative, you are against law and order. I do not know if this officer should be prosecuted as he most probably followed the letter of the law. But he needs to be fired and take up a job where anger management isn't an issue. In the meantime, there are a number of civil servants who owe this bubble blower an apology.
Officers making Holocaust jokes, mocking people begging for water and laughing at detained women forced to urinate in public and wipe themselves while handcuffed." (…)
Taylor and his girlfriend were walking home and stopped to observe a peaceful protest. They were arrested, as were a couple who had the misfortune to step onto the Esplanade after dinner at The Keg, as the police swooped down. (…)
Several officers laughed at one girl crying for her overdue medication. Taylor begged for water for nine hours and eventually passed out... When detained women begged for pads or tampons, male guards laughed and said: 'That explains your attitudes.'
The Diplomat publishes the first in a series of articles looking at recent developments in China’s military. First up, some not so recent capability developments in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).
Sadly, far too many analysts and senior bureaucrats in the United States remain tethered to the idea that the PLA fighter force still comprises fleets of thousands of cloned 1955 Soviet technology MiG-19 fighters, and is thus incapable of protecting China’s areas of interest from regional or US military forces. Yet although this perception remains appealing in Washington, it ceased to be true almost a decade ago, and today reflects more than anything what Huxley described as ‘vincible ignorance’—not knowing because you don’t want to.
For those that are interested though, a more accurate picture can be gleaned from the fact that about 5 years ago, China planned to field well in excess of 500 Russian designed Sukhoi Flanker fighters, a size comparable to the now declining United States Air Force fleet of around 600 Boeing F-15 Eagle fighters. The Flanker was designed to be a direct equivalent (in some respects superior) to the F-15, which is also the backbone of the Japanese and Singaporean fighter fleets.
Much more bad news at the link.
The sighting of the snark: Galrahn and I have been thinking along the same lines. I looked at it, dismissed the things it couldn't be, and came up with something I had thought to be largely imaginary.
Here's hoping I am wrong.
Could this be the anti-ship ballistic missile test? Be sure and click the link for pictures.
What's the over/under on this thing dropping its ordinance in the name of a) Skynet or b) the next Caliph?
Defence firm BAE Systems today officially unveiled its first ever high-tech unmanned stealth jet. The Taranis, named after the Celtic god of thunder, is about the same size as a Hawk jet and is equipped with stealth equipment and an 'autonomous' artificial intelligence system.
The plane will test the possibility of developing the first ever autonomous stealthy Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) that would ultimately be capable of precisely striking targets at long range, even in another continent.
Let us admit the remote possibility the Taranis will be operated by someone espousing old school Celtic values. If so, things could get spectacularly interesting.
After carefully reviewing your new priority for NASA, to reach out to Muslims and make them feel good about “their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering”, which consisted mainly of ripping off Greek and Indian science, and passing it off as their own, we have developed a comprehensive plan for utilizing the talents and abilities of Muslims to further the goals of this nation’s goals space program, which you so articulately described as “That Outer Spacey Thing”.
Well, someone must've invaded or overthrown a corrupt government or something like that. I know it wasn't the U.S., though. I may not be all that up on current events, but I do follow the news enough to know when my own country attacks another country. Maybe it was one of those genocides that solves itself without substantive international intervention. Well, that's one less horrific reality of modern geopolitics hanging over our heads!
German Gen. Anton Dostler is tied to a stake before his execution by a firing squad in the Aversa stockade. The General was convicted and sentenced to death by an American military tribunal. Aversa, Italy. December 1, 1945. Blomgren.
It tastes salty, comes from an ill-tempered and malodorous animal and is unlikely to improve a bowl of cornflakes. But camel's milk could be the latest superfood to hit shop shelves as producers seek permission to sell it in Britain for the first time.
High in Vitamin C and low in fat it is also more digestible than cow's milk and suitable for the lactose-intolerant.
A Terrorist's Guide to Improving Israel's Media Coverage
Daniel Greenfield is writing with tongue in cheek but I would follow his suggestions to the letter.
When you're in a competition and you're losing, one of the first thing to do is to study what your opponent is doing and copy him. In this case Israel is competing for good media coverage with the terrorists. And the terrorists are winning. And if the media likes them so much, maybe it's time to start doing what they do.
This is a tour de force, I suggest you read the whole thing. Especially if you are with the Canada-Israel Committee.
Carpe diem: Time to put theory into practice (hat tip to Rochelle).
Ok, I paraphrase. But seeing as she thinks Omar Khadr is Nelson Mandela, I figure Judy Rebick has a wide on for child soldiers everywhere.
Call it a hat tip for the Left's new protest signs.
Akmol Miah was only 14 when he targeted 15 year-old Maleha Masud and her family in revenge when she ended their three-month relationship.
When she refused to get back together and told her mother he was trying to blackmail her, Miah ran a Google search on 'how to burn someone's house down'. Miah and his cousin Shihabuddin Choudhury, 21, then poured petrol through the front letterbox as the family slept at their home in Tooting, south London.
Miah, who is now 15, celebrated his success by using a picture of the burnt house as his computer screensaver.
When reached for comment, Canadian feminists explained "the whores had it coming".
Fawzia felt like she had no way out. Married off to her cousin at age 16, she had been beaten routinely by her husband and in-laws in their poor rural home in Paktia province for the first three years of her marriage. She complained bitterly to her parents, but no solution seemed imminent. Marriage had become too much for her to bear. Then, after she saw her brother-in-law strike his wife on the head with a gun, Fawzia finally did what she had threatened to do many times before: she doused herself in cooking fuel and struck a match.
Why aren't Noor Almaleki and Aasiya Hassan as famous as Matthew Shepard? They weren't in up-country villages in the Pakistani tribal lands. They were Americans - and they died because they wanted to live as American women.
That's why alarm bells would have sounded in Beijing on June 28 when the Tomahawk-laden 560-ft. U.S.S. Ohio popped up in the Philippines' Subic Bay. More alarms were likely sounded when the U.S.S. Michigan arrived in Pusan, South Korea, on the same day. And the Klaxons would have maxed out as the U.S.S. Florida surfaced, also on the same day, at the joint U.S.-British naval base on Diego Garcia, a flyspeck of an island in the Indian Ocean. In all, the Chinese military awoke to find as many as 462 new Tomahawks deployed by the U.S. in its neighborhood.
It isn't a lot of missiles compared to China's arsenal across from Taiwan but as martial theatre it is impressive nonetheless.
Kathy Shaidle forwards the following note from Theo Caldwell. I am publishing it in its entirety (emphasis added).
To preface with my own belief: There is a great evil loose in the world. And too many free people do not understand that sitting on the fence is a decision of its own.
Folks, most of you who receive these notes from me know I’m normally writing about a newspaper column I’ve published, or some TV silly bears in which I have participated, or giving a progress report on a certain Irish Giant.
This is much more important that my usual missives. Any day now, Sakine Ashtiani will be stoned to death in Iran. She is a mother of two, convicted of the crime of “adultery,” for which she has already been given 99 lashes (a sentence carried out in front of her teenage son).
I’m writing today to ask you to help me make this woman famous, as many other good people are trying to do, so we can get her out of this predicament. If we can create a situation where any political or media discussion of Iran is incomplete without mentioning Ashtiani, I think that is our best shot at achieving freedom for her, and many others who are brutalized in that country.
I look to my pals, Craig and Marc Kielburger (copied on this email), both of whom are nobler, better looking and better dressed than I shall ever be. Because they cared enough about one person – a little boy who was killed by child slavers – they created a movement that has helped people all over the world.
I’m not a movement guy, and I wouldn’t know what to do with one anyway, but I want to get this lady out of jail. What I’ve done so far is shoot my mouth, literally and figuratively (links to follow), and I ask all of you is to find your own way to help.
This is not a political, left-right issue. Consequently, there are lots of avenues for the eclectic group reading this note to pursue. From Amnesty International to our Republican friends in Congress, from our NDP pals painting protest placards to our Tory chums trying to manage coalitions, as well as everyone in between – every one of you can do something.
I am asking you to figure out what that something is, and please do it.
Thanks, friends, and thank you in advance for whatever you are about to do to help Sakine Ashtiani.
A WAY OF LIFE – THEO CALDWELL, SUN MEDIA, JULY 8, 2010
Every Monday, for 15 minutes, a young man speaks to his mother through prison glass. She is Sakine Mohammedie Ashtiani, and since 2006 she has been tormented by the government of Iran for “adultery.”
Ashtiani was originally condemned to 99 lashes, a sentence which was carried out in front of her 17-year-old son. Now, after re-examining her case, Iranian authorities have decided she should also be stoned to death.
To be clear, these maniacs want to throw rocks at this woman’s head until her brains are dashed out.
Treating people like this is evil. Regimes that do such things must be exposed, rattled and, at times, replaced. And in countries fortunate enough not to be subject to such brutality, we ought to recalibrate our priorities from cozy concerns like reality shows and “climate change” to the plight of our fellow human beings.
This struggle is cultural, psychological, military, and economic. Most of all, it is a test of wills. Do we have the strength to call evil by its name and resist, or will we fumble about and find reasons not to until it’s too late? Iran is only the most prominent and dangerous among the entities that oppose us, and Ashtiani’s story is one of heartbreaking thousands, chronicled by Amnesty International and others.
An opportunity existed, after the uprising that followed Iran’s stolen elections last year, for good people of the world to show their support. There was one guy in particular who could have made a difference with a single speech. Unfortunately, Barack Obama demurred.
To understand the value that a few words from the American president can have to folks who are under repression, consider former Soviet political prisoner Natan Sharansky’s reaction to Ronald Reagan’s 1987 “Tear down this wall” address in Berlin: “That was the moment that really marked the end for them, and the beginning for us.”
On an individual basis, Western nations, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, have been hopeless at protecting their citizens when they are imprisoned or unjustly treated in basket-case countries. The closest thing to a victory on this front came when Bill Clinton flew to North Korea last August to rescue two American women from the clutches of Kim Jong-il. The former president even posed for a forced photo-op in a room so hideously decorated that sanctions should be suspended until the regime has time to buy something tasteful.
So if free nations cannot protect their own people abroad, what can they possibly do for Ashtiani? And what could anyone reading this column do to help her? Perhaps, provide profile for her cause.
I’d like to see her on more t-shirts than Che Guevara. If a fraction of the energy evinced by those who showed up at the G20 in Toronto to protest the evils of “globalization” (or whatever) were instead directed toward, say, not hitting women with rocks until they die, we’d be getting somewhere. Or, if the zeal of feminists who demand the freedom to abort a child right up until he goes to his first hockey practice were pointed toward sparing their sisters from state-sanctioned death by blunt-force trauma, their help would be invaluable.
We enjoy a way of life in this part of the world. We owe our support to those who do not.
"Your failure to ensure justice was served in the case of my mother, Zahra Kazemi -- who was murdered by the Iranian regime while you were prime minister -- has apparently paid off: You are now most welcome in Tehran."
No surprises Judy Rebick can't spell "Khadr" correctly.
"I am hopeful that Omar Khadar [sic] will emerge from this nightmare as a strong and powerful figure along the lines of Nelson Mandela. On Saturday, I will MC a rally for civil liberties in Canada in face of the police state established to protect the G20 rulers. There is no single Canadian whose civil liberties have been more violated than Omar Khadar."
“He was waiting and when U.S. personnel got close enough, he popped up and threw a hand grenade and shot his pistol, and that was the hand grenade that killed Chris Speers,” Sgt. Morris recalled on a Canadian talk show. Little wonder that Morris rejects the argument that Khadr’s age somehow mitigates his actions. “[Those were] not the actions of a fifteen year old that day,” said Morris. “I have a fifteen-year-old son. Omar Khadr chose to restart that firefight after all his comrades were dead."
The worst thing about this is not the prospect of the Syrians manufacturing bioweapons, it is knowing how the Left would react if they were inflicted on the free people of Israel.
With stomach turning glee. Satan has them.
The Syrian president has told Syrian news sources that food and drinking water in military bases, coupled with one of the country’s worst droughts in over 40 years, are responsible for the outbreak of plague.
Drinking water, food and a heat wave are not common causes of plague ... unless they have increased the contact between humans and plague carriers. Because of this ... questions should be raised about the true cause of the Syrian army plague.
Hizbullah will likely fire close to 800 rockets into Israel every day during a future war, senior IDF officers said on Wednesday, as the Northern Command declassified for the first time evidence of Hizbullah’s growing presence inside close to 160 villages throughout southern Lebanon.
Using the village of el-Khiam – located about 4 km. north of the border – as an example, the IDF showed extensive footage, videos and maps of homes that Hizbullah has taken over and used to store weapons caches and establish command-and-control centers.
Imagine that the Indian police arrest a man who had advance knowledge of the 9/11 plot. Not only did he work with the conspirators but he had also been sent to New York several times to conduct reconnaissance so that the terrorists would be able to successfully execute their assault.
Naturally, the US would want to extradite this person so that he could be tried in a US court for his involvement in one of the worst acts of terrorism in recent times. Assume now that India not only refused to discuss the extradition but also denied the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) any access to the suspect.
RTWT. If Sanghvi's speculation is to be believed, it gets much worse.
The Times of India reports a good idea. The headline explains itself but wait there's more.
The Cabinet is also likely to consider amending the existing laws to provide for deterrent punishment to those who parade a woman naked in the streets of a village terming her as a witch. At present such crimes are punishable under Section 354 of IPC for outraging the modesty of a woman and attracts a modest punishment of two years imprisonment.
Former Justice attorney J. Christian Adams on Tuesday testified before the commission that his former employer not only abandoned the voter intimidation case for racial reasons, but had instructed attorneys in the civil rights division to ignore cases that involve black defendants and white victims.
Commissioner Ashley Taylor said the panel will send out a letter as early as Wednesday calling for the Justice Department to open an investigation into the charge.
As the biggest investigation into the “climategate” e-mail scandal concluded on Wednesday afternoon, climate change sceptics in the blogosphere were quick to call the results of the inquiry a “whitewash”.
Most were unconvinced by the report that followed a the six-month review by a committee led by former civil servant Sir Muir Russell, which looked into the hundreds of e-mails hacked last year from the University of East Anglia.
Climate sceptics and bloggers had alleged that the e-mails showed climate scientists wrongfully manipulating data to change the outcome, concealing key data and attempting to subvert the process of peer review of scientific papers.
Related: Hot weather in the summer and cold weather in the winter proves climate instability or something.
Canadians should expect more extreme weather like the current heat wave baking southern Ontario and Quebec in the future because of climate change, a leading climatology professor says.
"My strong opinion is that these kinds of extremes are something you would expect in a warming world, and expect to happen more frequently," Harry McCaughey, a professor of climatology at Queen's University, told CTV.ca.
Also related: Climatology is a scam.
UpdateThe Register has more on the University of East Anglia's "independent" enquiry into the conduct of its own staff. It turns out they cannot even honestly represent the content of their own report. And why should they? Their brain-washed followers can now declare the "stolen" emails proved nothing.
Not that proof of anything was ever at issue for the cultists.
Terrorist Activist group Smash EDO broke into an arms component company in Brighton last year doing £180,000 of damage. They have now been acquitted on a "lawful excuse" defense, claiming EDO MBM Technology was illegally exporting arms components to Israel.
Judge George Bathurst-Norman told the jury: “You may well think that hell on earth would not be an understatement of what the Gazans suffered in that time.”
The judge. Speaking to the jury.
Israel's Ambassador Ron Prosor said this was not a great time for the United Kingdom’s justice system. Sadly, England is no longer England and Prosor's mastery of understatement is likely to go unappreciated.
We exhort therefore all of you in God, we ask and command, and, for the remission of sins enjoin: that those who are of God, and, above all, the greater men and the nobles do manfully gird themselves; and that you strive so to oppose the multitude of the infidels, who rejoice at the time in a victory gained over us, and so to defend the oriental church -freed from their tyranny by so great an outpouring of the blood of your fathers, as we have said, - and to snatch many thousands of your captive brothers from their hands,- that the dignity of the Christian name may be increased in your time, and that your valour which is praised throughout the whole world, may remain intact and unshaken.
The number of college graduates in China is growing far faster than the number of white-collar jobs in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Young people who thought higher education would lead to high-paying jobs and chic apartments are instead cramming by the tens-of-thousands into slums near the IT districts where they seek jobs in computing and programming. The new aspiring professionals are known as "ants" because of both their eagerness to work and a willingness to cram together in poor living conditions.
... Rieper and co imagine the helix without any effect from outside heat. "Clearly the chain of coupled harmonic oscillators is entangled at zero temperature," they say. They then go on to show that the entanglement can also exist at room temperature.
That's possible because phonons have a wavelength which is similar in size to a DNA helix and this allows standing waves to form, a phenomenon known as phonon trapping. When this happens, the phonons cannot easily escape. A similar kind of phonon trapping is known to cause problems in silicon structures of the same size.
Flea-readers outside Google Ads' catchment area for Toronto will be edified to learn what has popped up in my sidebar.* I confess it may only be amusing to those of us in le tout rightosphere up north.**
* I make no endorsement for the advertised product or service; I am making an editorial observation.
** The answer is "yes", btw. But only if I get to be Chief of Police.
Maitland-based Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit Thursday to overturn a ban on Bible distribution on public school campuses in Collier County. According to the Liberty Counsel, the Collier County School Board allowed World Changers to distribute free Bibles to students during off-school hours on Religious Freedom Day, but now the school officials claim that Bibles do not provide any educational benefit to the students and the distribution should stop.
The Union Jack has been rebranded in the hope of reflecting "a more modern society". By adding black.
Remember: When the Left says it, it isn't racist.
A campaign is being launched to modernise the red, white and blue flag by adding a touch of black to reflect multicultural Britain in the 21st Century.
The proposed new flag [at the link] is the work of Nigel Turner, an enthusiastic fan of the UK's transformation into a multiracial society over the past 50 years.
Note to the BBC: The United Kingdom has always been a multi-racial society. Even if we lump the Welsh, the Cornish, the Manx, the Scots and (some of) the Irish into a Celtic mass it is still the lot of them vs the English.*
The BBC still clearly believes there is a "white" race (which makes them not racist somehow).
* Yes, I know the Isle of Mann is not part of the United Kingdom. Just didn't want to leave anyone out. The Channel Islanders can fend for themselves.
A section of Criminal Code covers “neglect by peace officer,” stating “a peace officer who receives notice that there is a riot within his jurisdiction and, without reasonable excuse, fails to take all reasonable steps to suppress the riot is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.”
Not sure if it applies to a senior officer’s orders?
They used to shoot men for malingering. But then I am an old fashioned law and order type.
And another thing: Warmington points out we are unlikely to get much by way of an independent public inquiry.
Sadly the political power base is going to try to avoid an inquiry so the public may have to rely on mainstream media and bloggers to piece all of this together.
We've heard from multiple sources today that Ohio Homeland Security multicultural relations director Omar Alomari has been fired as a result of our exclusive Jawa Report investigation into his extremist ties and lying on his resume (omitting he had been fired from a local college for sexual harassment of a student). We reported two weeks ago that he was under investigation.
They have another bad guy in their sights. At the link.
There are many sources of fear in world politics -- terrorist attacks, natural disasters, climate change, financial panic, nuclear proliferation, ethnic conflict, and so forth. Surveying the cultural zeitgeist, however, it is striking how an unnatural problem has become one of the fastest-growing concerns in international relations. I speak, of course, of zombies.
India’s energy use is expected to more than double by 2030 to the equivalent of 833 million metric tonnes of oil from 2007, whilst China’s demand may rise 87 per cent to 2.4 billion tonnes, the Paris-based International Energy Agency said.
India so far has faced an uneven contest to close the gap with China, which can dip into US$ 2.4 trillion of foreign currency reserves to buy stakes in oil and natural gas fields from Iraq to Uganda, compared with India’s US$ 250 billion in foreign exchange reserves.
Even Professor Henry Higgins — rarely lost for words — would be dumbfounded. New research shows that the cockney dialect he battled so hard to beat out of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady will disappear from London's streets within a generation.
As its traditional speakers emigrate to Essex and Hertfordshire, the 650-year-old accent is dying off in London., to be replaced by multicultural London English, heavily influenced by West Indian patois, Bangladeshi and remnants of old cockney.
It was bad enough when, two months ago, word got around that U.S. Central Command’s commanding general, David Petraeus, had embraced the meme that Americans were being killed in his theater of operations because Israel had refused to make peace with its Palestinian enemies.
Now comes word that elements within his command – including many of its “senior officers” and “intelligence personnel” – believe the United States should abandon its longstanding policy of “isolating and marginalizing” Hamas and Hezbollah.
Inspired by the kingdom's newly declared commitment to tourism, Maureen Dowd and Ashley Parker, traveled to Saudi Arabia: "Their only mistake? Being born female."
Kingdom Centre, in Riyadh. Saudis joke that the cutout on top marks the “Hijacker Training Academy.”
It turns out Arabs have a sense of humour about themselves. Just don't try it in Canada, the blasphemy police will have you in front of a drumhead tribunal.
Another thought: Credit where credit is due. At least Dowd and Parker, perhaps empowered by Sex and the City 2 are prepared to offer ridicule Arabian gender mores as feminists used to do before the Arabs declared war on us. Most feminists have no interest in the individual rights of women, most likely because most feminists are Marxists first and feminists second.
In the aftermath of the Toronto G20 meetings, Mark Steyn considers "Le tout rightosphere up north" on what the police should have done but didn't and didn't do but should have done (via Five Feet of Fury).
One reason I oppose the paramilitarization of the police is that it encourages the mindset on display in Toronto last weekend. Its defenders, in many comments at Small Dead Animals, say, well, sorry, but it's necessary in order to keep the Queen's peace. I think not. The disruption to the Queen's peace, in Queen's Park, in the shadow of the building that embodies the idea of a state accountable to its citizens, came from cops rending the air with their cheery cry of "I DON'T GIVE A FUCK WHAT YOU THINK". Actually, the very minimum that law-abiding citizens are entitled to demand from police officers is that they give a fuck what we think.
Much more at the link including, and especially, Steyn's description of a pushy police officer as "a minor municipal functionary". Quite right.
The disgrace in Toronto where the police were not allowed to protect the property of store owners, then spent two days randomly arresting and harassing people, shook the confidence of Torontonians and Canadian in general. But to have the Chief of Police simply lie finished that confidence off.
Perhaps I was the fool to imagine these minor municipal functionaries could be relied upon to uphold civil liberties when they can't recover a stolen bicycle. Never ascribe to malice that which can be explained by incompetence.
Lying does nothing to help the police. It undermines their credibility with law-abiding members of the public and leads to suspicion and distrust. How can Torontonians have faith in the police when it becomes clear they can’t be trusted to tell the truth? And who wants to cooperate with people who lie?
Not me. Not with this police force under this Chief of Police.
A naive sort might confuse anarchist nihilism anti-nationalism with old fashioned racism.
“They see us as immigrants,” he said. “They don’t understand that Germans who aren’t from Germany would defend Germany.”
Both Bassal and Mohammed told Berliner Morgenpost that they are incredulous they have to defend hanging a German flag to native Germans. Though the store owner’s entire family have been citizens for many years, the leftists believe immigrants must remain foreigners, he added.
Elsewhere, this opinion is enshrined as state ideology. South Africa called it apartheid, Canada calls it multiculturalism.