Talks are underway for a quarter of the wings for the F-35 production run, wings for 800 aircraft, to be built in Israel.
I would quote the article but I gather al Reuters has a problem with fair use (if not with Photoshop).
I shall quote Popular Science instead. Am I missing something? A flying Jeep would have tested my suspension of disbelief as a twelve year old.
The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected two companies to proceed with the next stage of its Transformer, known as TX—a fully automated four-person vehicle that can drive like a car and then take off and fly like an aircraft to avoid roadside bombs.
Regrettably, there is generation of men - about five to fifteen years younger than me - whose brains deactivate when they hear the word "Transformer". As these men are in mid-career roles, it will be interesting to see how far they can push this absurdity along the procurement chain.
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.
President George W. Bush Greeting Troops at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
Today former President George W Bush and Laura Bush and a group from Slant 45 were on hand at DFW Airport in Dallas Texas greeting Troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan for their 14 day R&R. This was a big surprise to all and a big boast for our Troops.
Update: I forwarded this to a number of people. Here is one reply.
I love George Bush. What they've done to that man is unforgiveable to me. I learned hate for the very first time on September Eleventh...how to be that hated and how to hate them back for all of it.
And then being present for all these years watching and listening to what they have put him through...now I REALLY know what hate is.
He's a fine fine man even if I wanted to kickbox him a few times. But then I remember how much he loves our military and let's it show. Like this.
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 problem now is future peace. That is your job in Germany. ... You are up against German history. It isn't good."
Directed by It's A Wonderful Life's Frank Capra and written by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, produced by the United States Information & Education Division of the Army Services Forces in 1946, this authentic film proposes, "War with Germany ends in victory, victory leads to peace ... Sometimes ... Sometimes not."
Dr. Seuss was a bad ass. Too bad our culture doesn't make men anymore.
If we had some fraction of the common sense displayed by this film, we would be on our way to sorting out our current troubles. But today common sense is racist.
Imagine a post-war occupation of Nazi Germany without a program of de-Nazification. Better yet, a post-war occupation that did away with the upper echelons of the Nazi Party but enshrined Nazism in the post-war German constitution.
But then you don't have to imagine anything. You have Iraq and Afghanistan.
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.
The board members of Keep America Safe, Liz Cheney, Bill Kristol and Debra Burlingame announce the release of "We Remember," an ad featuring first responders and family members of the victims of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 who are speaking out in opposition to the proposed Ground Zero Mosque. We believe their voices should be heard throughout our country and we encourage you to pass their message along.
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.
IDF soldiers describe guard duty during "holy month" of Ramadan. Also, wishful thinking.
Three soldiers recount their training and experiences while working at checkpoints with Palestinians. The soldiers explain how they are taught to respect those crossing through and accommodate them during religious holidays such as Ramadan. Having been instilled with the IDF's ethical code, "The Spirit of the IDF," the soldiers do their utmost to ease the process of Palestinians crossing, recognizing the fact that a majority of those entering the checkpoint do not pose a threat to the Israeli population.
To summarize my point of view: An atomic weapon in the hands of the Persians is an existential threat to Israel and that is enough of an argument for me.
That such a weapon should also prove a threat to their Arab neighbours is to me a matter of perfect indifference. If the Arabs are too cowardly to defend themselves with the weapons we have given them, let them live with the consequences. We are already buying the oil we should never have given them in the first place. Whether our treasure should be wasted on pleasure palaces north or south of the Persian Gulf is - again - a matter of perfect indifference to me.
That such a weapon should threaten "Europe" is a plus. This is what they wanted. This is what they got.
That such a weapon would inconvenience American power is an object lesson in why the Americans should have nuked Moscow before the atomic genie got out of its bottle more than fifty years ago. That the United States should have allowed yet another barbarian state to arm itself for apocalypse is only one more unsettled dream in the long sleep of reason.
All I ask - and asking it I know it is too much to ask - is that if Israel should ever decide to act in its own defense that the rest of the world should stay out of the way.
That Christopher Hitchens' list of concerns should Iran get the bomb includes damage to the reputation of the United Nations only shows the moral depths to which our civilization has sunk. That such an educated man should spare a moment for such a nonsense is almost too depressing to articulate.
So my hope is it is the illness. Or the drugs. The rest of the Establishment of the West has no such excuse.
Exit wish: Nuke the bastards and let it be a lesson to the next. And if the next should fail the lesson, nuke them too.
For example, it is absurd for Columbia and N.Y.U. to be have competing philosophy departments at a time when there are few jobs for philosophy academics. Instead, they could cooperate by forming a joint graduate and undergraduate program, which would reduce costs by requiring fewer faculty members and a more modest physical presence, while at the same time increasing course choices for students.
Because the only reason to take a doctorate in philosophy is to become a tenured academic, apparently. So much for Diogenes. But then Mark Taylor has Diogenes beat for cyncism.
Taylor is chair of the religion department at Columbia. But not to worry about excessive duplication in his field. His opposite number at N.Y.U. is just as capable of issuing fatwas in the New York Times.
That said, Taylor's entire argument is premised on dueling assertions: Higher education represents a bubble market comparable to the sub-prime imbroglio but with "soaring unemployment" higher education has somehow "never been more important to society or more widely desired".
The do say proof denies faith.
And the answer is: Vigorously encourage all potential applicants to consider a community college/polytechnical education using statistics demonstrating projected income with a skilled trade vs income with a liberal arts degree, anyone who still wants a PhD in philosophy can take their chances; phase out all programs duplicating college/polytechnical school programs; enact and enforce draconian admission standards and grades assessment across the board; cut all sports related scholarships, this one conservatives may object to because they think universities are a form of public entertainment; fire all faculty currently employed by or deans promoted from "studies" departments; instigate class action lawsuits on behalf of womens studies students against womens studies faculty; divest from countries whose legal codes enshrine gender apartheid and refuse and return endowments from dictatorships or citizens of dictatorships; firewall professional programs from academic programs, including and especially prestigious law, medicine and engineering programs, and; add the following mandatory courses to the degree requirements for all undergraduate study - Introductory Economics... actually, I was going to add Latin, evolutionary psychology, accounting and principles of engineering to the list but so long as everyone graduates with an understanding of price elasticity the rest will follow.
Congratulations, we have finally arrived at tomorrow. History owes Senator McCarthy an apology.
Published in October of last year but only now getting press, the Socialist Party of America lists 70 House Democrats as party members, including half the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee.
American Socialist Voter–
Q: How many members of the U.S. Congress are also members of the DSA?
Q: How many of the DSA members sit on the Judiciary Committee?
A: Eleven: John Conyers [Chairman of the Judiciary Committee], Tammy Baldwin, Jerrold Nadler, Luis Gutierrez,
Melvin Watt, Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, Steve Cohen, Barbara Lee, Robert Wexler, Linda Sanchez [there are 23 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee of which eleven, almost half, are now members of the DSA].
News that Russia will load nuclear fuel rods into an Iranian reactor has touched off a countdown to a point of no return, a deadline by which Israel would have to launch an attack on Iran's Bushehr reactor before it becomes effectively "immune" to any assault, says former Bush administration U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton.
Once the fuel rods are loaded, Bolton told Fox News on Friday afternoon, "it makes it essentially immune from attack by Israel. Because once the rods are in the reactor an attack on the reactor risks spreading radiation in the air, and perhaps into the water of the Persian Gulf."
Authentic feminism opposes jihad with armed force. The report is a year old but this is still news.
In India, the first ever female troops have been deployed to control the border with Pakistan.
The division of young women, skilled in combat training and firearms, are being heralded as a strong female role model for modern India.
Update: Welcome New York Times readers. You shall find much here to infuriate you.
Update: A much warmer welcome to Bharat Rakshak readers. Aapka swaagat hai! This blog is militantly pro-India.
Update: Solomonia makes an excellent point about a comparison no one ever makes. Note to India: Do not make hotel accommodation too comfortable close to the border lest you attract the media vermin plaguing Israel.
Turkey is a member of NATO. Canada is in a military alliance with Turkey.
David Cameron demands we admit Turkey into the European Union. If you disagree, he calls you a bigot.
Turkey is now allied with Iran, Hamas and the Left.
As is obvious, I don't have coherent words for this yet.
“Turkey needs to urgently look into these accusations,” said Ruprecht Polenz, chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee in the Bundestag and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party.
Polenz recommended an international investigation to examine the deaths of eight Kurdish activists from the PKK. Claudia Roth, co-chair of the German Green party, echoed Polenz’s criticisms, seconding his call for an investigation.
MP Andrej Hunko urged the German Foreign Ministry to file a complaint against Turkey with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.
A forensic report from Hamburg University Hospital confirmed that the eight Kurds had been murdered by “the use of chemical substances.”
By all means file that complaint. That will show them. Nothing like a complaint at The Hague to make men possessed by Satan quake in their boots.
Sheffield, 1980: the evening paper warns of yet more redundancies in the steel industry, and the choice before school leavers Alan and Mick is either the forces or the dole. Alan (Pitts) enlists and is posted to Belfast, where he develops a taste for duffing up Catholics. Mick (Green) stays at home, tinkers with his bike, scours the sits vac, and takes up with shop-girl Karen (Nicholson) amid rising despair. Familiar Loach territory, and presented in characteristically spartan documentary style.
I am not certain what magic wand Thatcher was supposed to have waved to make Yorkshire not miserable. That said, even period Leftist propaganda is heart warming to me now. It was still recognizably England.
1:39:51 of bleak at the second link.
Exit observation: It is a beautiful film. Instead of bitching about the culture, it is time for conservatives to start making some.
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!
Square Mile Wife explains a fault line in Britain's counter-jihad movement. This is a useful primer for anyone who has not lived and worked in the UK. Perhaps even more so to polite company conservatives in the UK, their environment to them as a fish is in water.
For people who have never lived in the England this may sound old-fashioned or exaggerated, but allow me to assure the class system here is alive and du rigeur. Social class permeates every aspect of life here. In a brief conversation one can usually determine which strata of society an individual belongs to based on a few seemingly innocuous details: where do they grocery shop, at what gym do they have a membership, what newspaper do they read. Often these details are not necessary as a person’s accent (or dialect) is an almost instant indication of where they are from and what they do and, for potential employers, it is an instant mark for or against you.
Hard truths: Coming soon to a leafy green suburb near you.
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 vessel is based on North Korean models of the Yono class and can shoot torpedoes, but their main tasks appear to be moving commandos, laying mines and reconnaissance missions, experts say.
Iran’s inventory of submarines patrolling Gulf waters also includes up to three Russian-built Kilo class diesel submarines bought in 1990s and a Nahang, an Iranian-built light sub weighing 500 tons that was first launched in 2006.
Related: North Korea may have used one of its Yono class submarines to sink the Cheonan.
Some skeptics have also said that the 130-ton "Yono" class submarine fingered by the investigators is incapable of firing a mid-sized torpedo. The CHT-02D torpedo that was used to attack the Cheonan is a mid-sized torpedo measuring 533 mm in diameter.
But military experts disagree. Iran's "Ghadir" class subs, which are similar in size to the "Yono" subs carry two torpedo launchers capable of firing 533 mm projectiles. Intelligence officials believe these are actually North Korean "Yono" subs that the North exported to Iran.
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.
a) Bradford is still part of England. Free English men have the right to gather there, or;
b) Bradford is no longer part of England and the writ of English law no longer applies there.
The local Member of Parliament, who swore an oath to Her Majesty the Queen, shares her opinion.
Marsha Singh, the MP for Bradford West, who witnessed the 2001 riots, has no doubt about what could be at stake for the constituents he has represented since 1997 if the far-right demonstration goes ahead. "All it will need in Bradford if this EDL rally takes place is one spark, because I know a lot of young people will see this as an invasion and then it will only take one spark to repel the invaders," he said in his first floor office a few hundred yards from Bradford city centre.
We know the police will side with the real invaders.
Update: The Guardian wrings its hands at the prospect of violence in Bradford, thereby doing its level best to inflame police jihadis against the EDL. But for all their best efforts to stir it, Bradford might not be the big one.
I would also like to take this opportunity to announce a new demonstration that is to take the English defence League global. You may be aware that the great man Geert Wilders is in court for race hate charges from 5th October with his verdict being announced on Tuesday 2nd November. The EDL has been in contact with our European brothers and sisters and we have decided that on Saturday 30th October the European defence League will be demonstrating in Amsterdam in support of Geert, we hope that all of you will be able to join us for this, what promises to be a landmark demonstration for the future of the defence leagues.
So to summarise lets stand together proud and fight for this country under the EDL name as one, UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL.
Thanks and No Surrender Ever
Update: Welcome Five Feet of Fury readers. It is only now I notice two typos in this post, of course. Note to self: PIMF.
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.
Everyone must read The Fourth Checkraise now. I have only just now found the blog as its author, Illka, a sardonic professor of some description, is off to Los Vegas and plans no updates until September. I shall have to content myself with his archives.
Another equally revealing contradiction of the stated versus practiced values is how lesbians, who tend to be ideologically left-wing, practice outright eugenics when choosing a sperm donor. Long before I had even heard of Saul Alinsky and his wacky maxim of forcing your opponents live by their own rules, I had an idea of a sperm bank that only accepted donations from congenitally sickly and poor low-IQ loser males, which would then allow the enlightened Blank Slaters credibly signal their belief that IQ doesn't exist and nothing important is innate in DNA since everything that makes a human results from nurture.
Now when we look at what actual poor people do, we see that poor people are willing to relocate in order to escape poverty, but they almost never go to the countries that are dominated by the systems espoused by rich people's leftism (RPL). They almost never go to communist countries or even socialist countries. Instead, they have gone to rich countries that seemed to have opportunities for them to get money.
Journalists: Our moral and intellectual superiors (via Ryan Gill).
Two reporters engage in a heated exchange with black conservative leaders at a press conference at the National Press Club on August 4, 2010 challenging the NAACP on its charges of racism within the tea party.
"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.
Describing the film as a 'Left-wing fantasy' designed to cast doubt on her political legacy, her relatives and supporters are once again having to accept that, where the world's best-known female politician of the 20th century is concerned, art rarely reflects life.
The news is in astonishing (yet all too predictable) bad taste, of course, but allow me to offer the following interpretation of just what it is these leftists are proposing.
Plot synopsis: Margaret Thatcher succombs to dementia; becomes liberal.
That has the ring of truth to it. If she lost her mind, she would agree with them. I could not have put it better myself.
The real Margaret Thatcher: The Left fears the truth. That is all you need to know; everything else is commentary.
In this case, they were right to fear the messenger of the truth, delivered by God to save and protect England in her twilight hour. She was a terror to them, the Iron Lady of the Western world.
Jeffrey Goldberg has a conversation with Christopher Hitchens about cancer and God.
Video at the link.
Last week, I spent a delightful afternoon (and evening, actually) with Hitch at his Dupont Circle HQ. We talked mainly about the Middle East, good vs. evil, the existence or non-existence of God -- the usual sorts of things -- and we'll be posting some of those conversations as well in the coming days. But here's a short video of our discussion about sickness and theology.
Also featured: Martin Amis.
Existentially related: A word from Sören Kierkegaard. Hitchens would not agree the conclusion, not even agree the premise; but being the man he is, he would surely appreciate the dialectic.
Socrates proved the immortality of the soul from the fact that the sickness of the soul (sin) does not consume it as sickness of the body consumes the body. So also we can demonstrate the eternal in man from the fact that despair cannot consume his self, that this precisely is the torment of contradiction in despair. If there were nothing eternal in a man, he could not despair; but if despair could consume his self, there would still be no despair.
Thus it is that despair, this sickness in the self, is the sickness unto death. The despairing man is mortally ill. In an entirely different sense than can appropriately be said of any disease, we may say that the sickness has attacked the noblest part; and yet the man cannot die. Death is not the last phase of the sickness, but death is continually the last. To be delivered from this sickness by death is an impossibility, for the sickness and its torment . . . and death consist in not being able to die.
This is the situation in despair. And however thoroughly it eludes the attention of the despairer, and however thoroughly the despairer may succeed (as in the case of that kind of despair which is characterized by unawareness of being in despair) in losing himself entirely, and losing himself in such a way that it is not noticed in the least -- eternity nevertheless will make it manifest that his situation was despair, and it will so nail him to himself that the torment nevertheless remains that he cannot get rid of himself, and it becomes manifest that he was deluded in thinking that he succeeded. And thus it is eternity must act, because to have a self, to be a self, is the greatest concession made to man, but at the same time it is eternity’s demand upon him.
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.)
Two years after the US subprime crisis, China is seeing its own real estate bubble as a result of massive state stimulus programs. Many economists are warning it could burst soon, with unpredictable results for the global economy.
In Chinese, the characters for "unpredictable" and "blindingly obvious" are the same. True fact.
The difference between a democracy and a republic should be obvious to most Flea-readers. Even so, potentially useful to forward to your leftist relatives. We must confront and defeat the chaos of democracy.
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.”)