Kayhan (which means ‘Universe’ in English), the Iranian daily newspaper which acts as a mouthpiece for the country’s regime, has now accused 42-year-old Ms Bruni-Sarkozy of being a hypocrite.
An editorial in the paper points to her chequered love life, which has included numerous relationships with high-profile celebrities. Entitled ‘French prostitutes join the human rights protest,’ the article singles out Ms Bruni-Sarkozy and Isabelle Adjani, the French actress and friend of the First Lady who is also calling for Sakineh’s release. Kayhan aims to ‘defend the ideology of the Islamic Revolution’ and is directly under the supervision of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government.
For anyone not familiar with the code, this is to say Carla Bruni and Isabelle Adjani should also be put to death by stoning. Such is the fate of prostitutes and hypocrites under an Islamic conception of human rights.
Take away observation: If anyone does anything to stop Iran going nuclear, Canadians will take to the streets to protest in their thousands.
An Alfred Hitchcock documentary on the Nazi Holocaust
An Alfred Hitchcock documentary on the Nazi Holocaust.
a film the British Government deemed too grisly for release after World War II - has received its public debut on British television. Fifteen minutes of the black-and- white film, which was shot by the armed forces after the war, were televised Tuesday night by the Independent Television News.
Thousands of Germans were forced to witness the work of the death camps. These days the Left would say that was the real war crime.
PressTV/Mouth of Sauron: Amnesty International rebukes Canada's human rights violations, i.e. defunding NGOs like Amnesty International.
Amnesty International's new secretary general has sharply criticized the Canadian government for its "serious" human rights violations. Salil Shetty told the CIVICUS World Assembly on Citizen Participation on Monday that Amnesty International is increasingly concerned "about the serious worsening" of Canada's human rights approach.
"There is a real shrinking of democratic spaces in this country... Many organizations have lost their funding for raising inconvenient questions," AFP quoted Shetty as saying.
Also, something about boy band member Omar Khadr.
In related news: Salil Shetty needs a swift kick in the nuts.
A sweeping and blunt proposal by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to strip French citizenship from persons of foreign origin who endanger police is bringing storms of protest by minority groups and the opposition who accuse the president of a new low in playing the race and ethnic card to appeal to the French far right.
Because minority groups always protest in the streets to defend their right to target police.
France's immigration minister says he's amending a bill to allow the government to strip naturalized French citizens of their nationality if they commit crimes punishable by five or more years in prison.
Eric Besson says he will also propose that repeat offenders born in France to foreign parents could be denied French citizenship.
France today deported hundreds more Roma in defiance of growing domestic and international criticism of its crackdown on travelling minorities. Two specially chartered planes carrying Roma men, women and children left Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport and Lyon in east-central France and touched down
in Bucharest mid-afternoon. "The police told us we could choose between leaving now, on our own accord, or be expelled by force later," said one young Roma man, who declined to be identified. "So we agreed to leave."
"Travelling minorities" should win a Marxist euphemism award of some kind. Then the writer should be shot dead.
President Nicolas Sarkozy and his cabinet will meet next week to discuss how stripping citizenship from foreign-born nationals who practise polygamy and female genital mutilation. According to press reports, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux will also propose withdrawing all welfare benefits from men who have more than one wife.
If England or America had done any of this, the Left would have an embolism. Which would be a plus.
An upgraded Akula hunter-killer* submarine has reportedly been stalking a Vanguard SSBN ("boomer" to the Yanks, "bomber" to the Brits) in the North Atlantic in an attempt to record its acoustic signature.
Navy commanders are understood to have ordered a Trafalgar-class hunter-killer submarine to protect the Vanguard. A recording of the Akula was made by the Trafalgar submarine's sonar operators and has been played to The Daily Telegraph.
"The Russians have been playing games with us, the Americans and French in the North Atlantic," a senior Navy commander said.
Not a problem. Give it a few years and there won't be a Royal Navy left for the Russians to play tag with.
* This is a NATO designation. Somewhat confusingly, the Russian's call their big bastard Typhoon SSBNs "Akula".
On March 3, 2010, author and journalist Christopher Hitchens delivered the 2010 Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at UCLA. The lecture was presented by the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, the Daniel Pearl Foundation and the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA.
Christopher Hitchens takes questions from audience.
People Tree takes Emma Watson to Bangladesh to visit the slum homes of garment factory workers. Emma also visits Fair Trade producer group Swallows to see how People Tree clothing is made. The end result is the new autumn winter collection which is endorsed by Emma Watson.
Emma Watson said: 'Although I wasn't centrally involved in the design of this collection, I had great fun in helping People Tree select some gorgeous Fair Trade textiles -- a dogtooth hand-woven check, cable knits, and the first Fair Trade hand-woven brushed checked fabric which has been made into easy tulip skirts, dresses and shirts. There are even a few party dresses, such as the little black satin tulip dress which can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion'
In this world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called indifference, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.
Contest supervisor Khadhraa Al-Mubarak: In our contacts with girls in general, we noticed that they follow false notions, due to the purposeless Western notions, conveyed by some TV channels. The girls are preoccupied with their external appearance only. This is how we came up with the idea of creating an alternative. So we thought of a contest for the title of moral beauty queen. The goal is, first and foremost, to spread virtue, even if through different means. In this contest, we focus on the theme of honoring ones parents.
Related: But will the Left march in their droves to protest Cypriot Nazism? No, they will not.
A ship carrying women activists and aid will no longer head to Gaza via Cyprus from Lebanon on Sunday, the organizers said, after Nicosia announced it would not allow the vessel to sail from its ports.
To the Left, it's only racism when Israel does it.
God rest Bill Millin, a Scottish bagpiper who played highland tunes as his fellow commandos landed at Normandy.
The young piper was approached shortly before the landings by the brigade’s commanding officer, Brig. Simon Fraser, who as the 15th Lord Lovat was the hereditary chief of the Clan Fraser and one of Scotland’s most celebrated aristocrats. Against orders from World War I that forbade playing bagpipes on the battlefield because of the high risk of attracting enemy fire, Lord Lovat, then 32, asked Private Millin to play on the beachhead to raise morale.
When Private Millin demurred, citing the regulations, he recalled later, Lord Lovat replied: “Ah, but that’s the English War Office. You and I are both Scottish, and that doesn’t apply.”
Eeyore posts a CNN interview/hit piece with Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida, noted for his plan to burn the Koran on 9/11.
Some words Pastor Jones might usefully have said but did not find the words to say.
He should have said, “If the Nazis had taken over 50 countries and were imposing strict Nazi laws and oppression on the people in those lands, then burning Mein Kampf would be a very rational symbolic resistance to that oppression” and he would be right, no matter how many Nazis it would have ‘offended’.
Too many Christians have misread II Corinthians 6:3. I can think of no greater stumbling block before the truth than a dissembling, feigned and cowardly respect for the ministry of Satan. In these days, to give offense is now a moral obligation.
We used to be taught lessons in civics and the classics, in the fundamentals of citizenship. From kindergarteners to post-graduates, we now find ourselves in the ruins tutored only in grievance by a second generation of instructors who were never taught properly themselves. Never having been exposed to the truth, let alone the means to seek after the truth, they are not intellectually, let alone spiritually, capable of teaching anything worthwhile themselves.
There must be a lingering commitment to duty and scholarship in mainland China. How else to explain the fact Lieutenant General Yazhou Liu has grasped a simplisme beyond the ken of student council president in Washington.
''The secret of US success is neither Wall Street nor Silicon Valley, but its long-surviving rule of law and the system behind it,'' he says. ''The American system is said to be 'designed by genius and for the operation of the stupid'.
''A bad system makes a good person behave badly while a good system makes a bad person behave well. Democracy is the most urgent thing, without it there can be no sustainable rise.''
The Duchy owns 54,090 hectares of land across 23 counties. There are over 3,500 individual lettings, including 700 agricultural agreements, 700 residential agreements, and 1,000 commercial agreements.
The portfolio is managed in five geographical districts: London – commercial property and the Kennington estate; Eastern – estates in Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire; Hereford; Western – estates in Devon and Cornwall; and The Isles of Scilly. There are satellite offices on Dartmoor and at Poundbury.
The properties cover everything from large farms of more than 650 hectares to small gardens, office premises to craft workshops, Highgrove House to barn conversions, along with new developments such as Poundbury.
"Shaun Paul McNally, 14, was playing outside his home when a pack of Asian youths punched, kicked and spat on him and battered him with metal poles."
They shouted: “You’re the next Kriss Donald! We’re going to murder you!” The gang dragged Shaun Paul towards their car but he managed to get himself free and fled. He told the Record: “I’m lucky to be alive.” Kriss, 15, was tortured, stabbed and set on fire by a racist Asian gang six years ago. And Shaun Paul was assaulted just a few streets from the spot where Kriss was kidnapped."
Click through for the rest if you can stomach the truth.
It is an old joke, vintage late-Victorian Punch magazine, the time of the second Afghan War, but still one that brings an affectionate smile at the thought of infantry-cavalry rivalry: what is the role of cavalry on the modern battlefield? Answer, to lend tone to what otherwise would be a mere vulgar brawl.
You fill up my senses
Like a gallon of Magnet
Like a packet of Woodbines
Like a good pinch of snuff
Like a night out in Sheffield
Like a greasy chip butty
Like Sheffield United
Come fill me again....
Na Na Na Naa Naa Naaaaa, ooo!
Henceforth to be known as "comment sense". Due to the wit.
"Amazing how old battles carry on regardless of the cause. "Bring back the Polytechnics" means bring back the binary divide. penalize those upstart institutions that dare to call themselves 'universities' rather than ancient institutions"
- Scott Ford, London SW7, 13/8/2010 13:18
@Scott. This is not true. Polytechnics and Universities were different. The main aim of the Polytechnics was teaching, not research. I was an undergraduate at a polytechnic and a post-graduate student at a top 20 university. There was a massive difference: the polytechnic hired ex-practitioners who in general were good lecturers and academic standards were maintained through reviews by the CNAA. I gained a good degree. The top 20 university hired academics who were in general: poor lecturers, lazy and only interested in their research. The course was poor and the qualification worthless. In my humble opinion the Polytechnics were far superior to Universities for students who wanted a non-academic career.
- Steve West, Cambs UK, 13/8/2010 13:57
While working on the material I was reminded of a story George Orwell once told me (I do not recall whether he published it): a friend of his, while living in the Far East, smoked several pipes of opium every night, and every night a single phrase rang in his ear, which contained the whole secret of the universe; but in his euphoria he could not be bothered to write it down and by the morning it was gone. One night he managed to jot down the magic phrase after all, and in the morning he read: “The banana is big, but its skin is even bigger.”
The 1970s in Iran resemble the 1970s anywhere else in the popular imagination. If Satan had not claimed the place, generations of young women could have warmed their toes in the sun as these women, their mothers, did before them. But Satan did claim Iran and half of humanity was consigned to the darkness at a stroke. Almost no one, not even the most committed counter-jihadis, truly understad how quickly it can happen here.
It is already happening here.
The Left demonstrate takes to the street to defend the Satanic imperative that took Iran. Feminists seeing these images would see them a grotesque examples of "patriarchy", certainly no better than being condemned to a bin liner.
This via Ace of Space HQ with thoughts on Sansabelt slacks; snark a last refuge for what is left of sanity in the face of elemental evil.
Related: "[Theo van Gogh] told me that the Dutch had an expression he held dear: vrijheid, blijheid. It means, he told me, 'freedom is happiness.'"
In the United States, it was Election Day when Theo van Gogh was murdered--the day when the country would choose either to keep in office the man who had sworn to fight Islamic extremism and oppression by spreading democracy across the Muslim world, or to be rid of him. What no one realized was that even before the polls had opened, whether George W. Bush won the election that day or not, that morning on the streets of Amsterdam, democracy had already lost.
How is the media supposed to credit Shujaat Wasty with all the great Truthing he does as Director of the RS Foundation if their website comes over all coy on the subject? Assuming the media ever takes an interest. Imagine all that charitable work and not taking credit for it.
Credit. Blame. Who am I to judge?
Shujaat Wasty has a Masters in Education with a background in Business Management and Southern Asian Studies. He works for the Government of Canada and is currently pursuing further graduate studies. His work and research interests include social justice through health and educational empowerment.
Does anyone have a contact directory for Canada's federal civil service?
Related: I was in a meeting and missed yesterday's Michael Ignatieff Q&A. Comments at The Works or whatever that site is called suggest he ducked any questions on Canada's pot laws; this despite a clear interest in the subject. I am taking a wild guess he did not have anything to say about the Blood Libel MasterCard.
Ignatieff and 100% of the rest of Canada's Establishment. The cowards.
Update: Maria forwards a link to a transcript of the Ignatieff chat (thanks!). 10,000 quatloos to the Flea-reader prepared to wade through it and let us know what he said.
Updaterer: That didn't take long. Are Liberals "progressive?" "Respectfully" why does this ass want to be Prime Minister? Jesus wept.
Seeing as cookies are now banned in this pre-school excuse for a political culture, me and the Cookie Monster are heading out back for a toke.
The USS George Washington's stop was officially billed as a commemoration of last month's 15th anniversary of a resumption of diplomatic relations between the former foes. But the timing also reflects Washington's heightened interest in maintaining security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
... Chinese navy ships were seen shadowing the USS George Washington at a distance over the past several days as the supercarrier made its way through the South China Sea along Vietnam's eastern coast, US navy officials said.
The disarmament of the West continues. Good. As I have said before, unless we are prepared to use our weapons we are better off without them. If we do not buy them they cannot fall into the hands of some Emir. The Caliphate won't be able to maintain its bounty arsenals, still less replace them, but they will be able to do a lot of damage before they are through with them.
True for the "British". Truer, sooner, for the "Dutch" under their incoming prime minister Mark Rutte.
[S]ources say Rutte is in favour of buying a second test aircraft in order to guarantee the participation of Dutch firms in the development and production process.
The paper says Rutte is well aware that ordering JSF aircraft at a cost of €6bn would be very sensitive at a time of cuts in education, healthcare and social security spending. He is committed to finding austerity measures to generate €18bn in savings between now and 2015.
With so many new mouths to feed, cloth, house, educate and treat, small wonder the few remaining Dutch can no longer afford to defend themselves.
"Maybe that's what happens when a tornado meets a volcano." Brilliant, terrifying; the man is a genius. This is a message from the heart of a disordered relationship, a narcissistic personality and an enabling codependent partner; excrutiating to live and notoriously difficult to address, let alone represent. But not for impossible for Marshall Mathers, apparently.
The Rimbaud comparisons are tiresome, I realize, but when they are apt what choice do we have but to make them?
Update: Welcome New York Times readers. Feel free to take a look around. You shall find much here to infuriate you.
Have to love those proletarian revolutions spearheaded by... the monarch. Such is life on Mars. Or "green" England.
Aelita (Russian: Аэлита), also known as Aelita: Queen of Mars, is a silent film directed by Soviet filmmaker Yakov Protazanov made on Mezhrabpom-Rus film studio and released in 1924. It was based on Alexei Tolstoy's novel of the same name. Mikhail Zharov and Igor Ilyinsky were cast in leading roles.
Though the main focus of the story is the daily lives of a small group of people during the post-war Soviet Union, the enduring importance of the film comes from its early science fiction elements. It primarily tells of a young man, Los (Russian: Лось, literary Elk), traveling to Mars in a rocket ship, where he leads a popular uprising against the ruling group of Elders, with the support of Queen Aelita who has fallen in love with him after watching him through a telescope.
An Ottawa man has been charged after police found and seized improvised explosive devices (IEDs), firearms and other weapons from a home near Alta Vista and Heron on Thursday, according to a police statement.
The war is here. And those who have not swords can still die upon them.
Exit question: Is this the same Saif Cathum who was injured fleeing the police in 2003?
The officers went to the intersection and saw Mr. Cathum exit his vehicle and flee on foot. He ran a short distance and fell on the lawn of a nearby residence, pulling out a small knife from his pocket. Police followed Mr. Cathum and ordered him to drop the knife. Mr. Cathum brought the knife up to his neck and slashed at his throat before collapsing back onto the lawn.
Think of the expense saving his life. We haven't finished paying yet.
"Epicurus says, In my sickness my conversation was not about my bodily sufferings, nor, says he, did I talk on such subjects to those who visited me; but I continued to discourse on the nature of things as before, keeping to this main point, how the mind, while participating in such movements as go on in the poor flesh, shall be free from perturbations and maintain its proper good. Nor did I, he says, give the physicians an opportunity of putting on solemn looks, as if they were doing something great, but my life went on well and happily. Do, then, the same that he did both in sickness, if thou art sick, and in any other circumstances; for never to desert philosophy in any events that may befall us, nor to hold trifling talk either with an ignorant man or with one unacquainted with nature, is a principle of all schools of philosophy; but to be intent only on that which thou art now doing and on the instrument by which thou doest it."
Basically, they've got to show a tonne on the targeting and detection side.
That's not to say that the impact of such a thing won't be disproportionate to the actual utility, as such things usually go, neh?, since it'd only be a fool who thinks he can sail blithely around in that part of the world since the weapon hasn't been proven with war shots(and that may be the longest---possible run on-- sentence I've
written this year).
I'm just not on board with the Gary Brecher aka War Nerd view on this (why have carriers? Carriers are for losers. Everyone should go for subs!).
Long time Flea-readers will know I am pro-sub, but submarines cannot project power - and prestige - and carriers can and do. That said.... Describing the DF-21D as a harassment weapon, J.E. Dyer's discussion of the challenges faced by China's missile designers is not the main question. We should rather be thinking in terms of how an ASBM will be deployed tactically alongside other weapons systems to make life difficult for a carrier and its escort group to do what they have been deployed to do. Busy the group defending itself to the point it cannot project power: In this way lies "senility" for carrier-based power projection.
If the DF-21D is mainly a nuisance, these issues can be addressed in the medium term with tactics, while we look for longer-term fixes in technology. But the DF-21D will be only one of the disruptions a naval force faces. It’s probably not going to be a very effective way to literally “kill” a carrier for some years to come. A submarine nailing the carrier at the keel is a much better bet: take out propulsion, you take out the whole weapon system. Without propulsion, the carrier can’t make the 35 knots of wind over the deck that it needs to recover aircraft. And China has lots of submarines.
Here's a game. It's called Miscast. You think of a role, and then you think of the least likely actor to do it. So there's the marriage counsellor played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the jihadist by Hugh Grant. Gwyneth Paltrow is a soul diva, Tom Cruise a basketball player, Woody Allen a bodyguard. You get the idea. I'm sure you can think of better ones. Minnie Driver as a submarine commander? Well, that's what she really is – in underwater thriller The Deep (BBC1).
Hello! I'm sorry, I'm just not having that. And she's doing very little to convince me to change my mind. She's impulsive and emotional, scatty, hello darling, mwah mwah, and dressed all wrong. She's a rubbish commander too, makes some really bad decisions.
Which is an accurate assessment but which is also all you need to know about The Guardian. They don't get anything.
* Watch the show and tell me I'm wrong.
Update: Mwah mwah in action! (Episode 1 recap, hence spoilers.)
A warning: Upsetting stuff related by a master of prose.
Myself, I love the imagery of struggle. I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient. Allow me to inform you, though, that when you sit in a room with a set of other finalists, and kindly people bring a huge transparent bag of poison and plug it into your arm, and you either read or don’t read a book while the venom sack gradually empties itself into your system, the image of the ardent soldier or revolutionary is the very last one that will occur to you. You feel swamped with passivity and impotence: dissolving in powerlessness like a sugar lump in water.
God bless you, Mr. Hitchens. I know you don't see it this way but you are still doing the Lord's work.
And with this news, England has died. Not with a bang but a whimper.
Sometimes you have to wonder if one is dreaming all this. If I had said to someone 15 years ago, that British soldiers would not be safe in their own country because of Britain’s own government, no one but no one would have taken me seriously and some would suggest I needed medical help. I might have thought so myself.
If the people of New Mexico agree with him, they deserve him.
New Mexico is an attractive alternative, for several reasons beyond its proximity next door to Arizona. New Mexico, unlike Arizona, issues driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants who live there and have ID cards from the Mexican consulate. (Indeed, the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue, which oversees the Motor Vehicle Department, reports a 30 percent increase in the number of new licenses issued by the state this spring over the same period last year. Asked whether this might be due to a migration from Arizona, S.U. Mahesh, the spokesman for the New Mexico MVD, said, “We can’t speculate.”)