March For Free Expression
Kudos to Peter and Patrick - looks like it's going to be a winner.
"An incredibly organised Zionist lobby" - Alex Thomson, Channel 4 News
Flanders' largest carnival parade, which was held today in the town of Aalst, 35 kms to the west of Brussels, became a statement of solidarity with Denmark. All the floats participating in the parade were adorned with at least one Danish flag, while many of the onlookers waved Danish flags as well.Perhaps they'll do something similar for the Oldham Carnival. Then again, they might not.
This is why I ruled that martyrdom operations are permitted, because he commits martyrdom for the sake of Allah, and sacrifices his soul for the sake of Allah.Video and transcript at the IBA.
We do not disassociate Islam from the war. On the contrary, disassociating Islam from the war is the reason for our defeat. We are fighting in the name of Islam.
“I don’t think the message has got through that for us it’s far more painful than perhaps even the Holocaust for the Jews. Any caricature or any ridicule or any humiliation of the holy prophet is far more painful for the Muslims.”
The vast majority in this country know little about Islam and care even less… A small minority manage to combine ignorance with prejudice - and see no reason to learn more about a subject on which they are none the less happy to pontificate, whether propping up the bar or hunched over their blogs.The real ignorance and prejudice comes from the Guardian-loving classes who bow and scrape in response to threats from Islamofascists. And I see we “hunch” over our blogs. What does Bunting do what when she’s composing her half-baked columns - dictate them to some poor lackey whilst reclining on a chaise longue? She continues, pug-in-lap:
Glossing over July 2005, there has been a remarkable revival of faith in British multiculturalism as Brits look with smug horror at the Islamophobia of Denmark and the Netherlands or the violence in France last autumn.You may want to gloss over 7/7, Madeleine, but I certainly don’t. In Denmark and the Netherlands I see people of extreme courage standing up for free expression in the face of death threats. And those comparing events today with the Holocaust should take a good look at what’s going on in France right now. Yes there are parallels, but Muslims aren’t the victims, they’re the perpetrators. The victims are the same as last time. As Mark Steyn said in the Sun-Times:
Meanwhile, among British Muslims it is commonplace to draw analogies with the rise of anti-semitism in Germany in the 30s… what happened in Europe in the 40s could happen again, and they will be the victims this time.
The Jews are playing their traditional role of the canaries in history's coal mine.
This incident is worse than the 11 September attacks in the US and the 7/7 incidents in London. Therefore, today it is the right of Muslims to express their anger and to defend their right and faith.
Press claims of a PR machine designed to improve the public image of Gordon Brown as he positions himself as Britain's next prime minister are hopelessly flawed, says his former spin doctor Charlie WhelanThere then follows an article designed to improve the public image of Gordon Brown as he positions himself as Britain's next prime minister.
"The truth of the matter is you don’t have to run the cartoons. It's not necessarily censorship. It's maybe just saying, 'It's a little hot right now - let's not push those issues.' Look, I'm a freedom of speech guy. I grew up, you know, I'm the son of an anchor guy so I believe you should be able to say anything."Except when things get "a little hot", obviously.
"The New York Times - that’s where we get our straightest news from."Ha ha ha ha!
"Sanctions and inspectors were working."Yes I suppose they were, in a UN multi-billion dollar fraud kind of way.
We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
...many non-Christian majorities regard Christian presence as a threat, or at least as the sign of a particular geopolitical agenda (linked with the USA or the West in general)... One of the most problematic effects of recent international developments has been precisely to associate Christians in the Middle East or Pakistan, for example, with an alien and aggressive policy in the eyes of an easily manipulated majority. The suffering of Christian minorities as a result of this is something which all our churches and the whole of this Assembly need constantly to keep in focus.Muslims kill Christians, burn churches, send suicide bombers into Western cities and threaten to murder those who publish things they don’t like, and Rowan Williams responds by telling members of his faith to be less threatening. Islam is blameless - it’s the West that’s at fault.
Would you have published the cartoons?I think you'll find the only mental juggling act is going on inside Rowson’s head as he tries to justify his double standards.
I wouldn't have published or drawn these cartoons because Muslims are powerless.
Would you have published them, if the Muslims were not "powerless"?
If they had been in a position of power, I would.
But don't Muslims have a considerable amount of power in the U.K.?
No, because in my mind, it is a mental juggling act. To issue those cartoons in this country would be attacking a vulnerable minority group, they are poor, they are powerless.
Well, don't you think Muslims have also used the power of their religion?For a bunch of powerless victims they did a pretty good job of terrifying the British press into censorship.
What has happened in the Muslim community is that they are using religion as a method of defense from the disadvantages they suffer because they live in a racist country here in the UK and they want their dignity back.
The Danish cartoons were saying: "Islam is terrorism."Er, no they weren’t. They were saying that there are Islamic terrorists.
Do you have the right to insult people's faiths just because of freedom of speech?Ha! He really is full of shit, isn’t he?
Yes, because I believe religion is an artificial human construction and it does not have any special feature to make it immune. There should be no no-go area.
But even as a believer in harsh political satire, Bell said, he would not have drawn the Danish cartoons, including one that featured Muhammad with a bomb in his turban. He defended the Danish newspaper's right to publish the drawings, saying limitations on free speech should be "self-imposed."How sweet, they both think the same thing! They must find that very reassuring as they sip their camomille teas in the Guardian canteen. They don't appear to have convinced fellow doodler Hunt Emerson though:
"The limits are one's own integrity and one's own beliefs," he said. "Sometimes you want to offend. But you target the powerful, not the weak.
"As a cartoonist, I have quite a few views about it," he said. "But as a human being, I'm not going to put me and my family in danger. So you might say they're winning."But haven’t you heard Hunt, they're powerless!
"Legislation will be introduced to streamline regulatory structures and make it simpler to remove outdated or unnecessary legislation" (Queen's Speech May 17 2005, proposing the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill.)
"necessary… (for) the principles of common sense in the organization and conduct of business". (Adolf Hitler during the debate on the Enabling Act which gave him dictatorial powers, March 23 1933.)
"Ministers have denied fears measures intended to cut red tape could give them wide-ranging powers to change laws without needing Parliament's approval." (BBC report on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill.)
"The government will make use of these powers only insofar as they are essential for carrying out vitally necessary measures." (Adolf Hitler during the debate on the Enabling Act, March 23 1933.)
An armed gang escaped with up to £40m million in a raid on a high-security cash storage depot yesterday in what is thought to be one of the biggest robberies in history.Apparently the fake police officers were very convincing - one group said they were looking for a old lady who had said "Fiddlesticks!" in a built up area, and the other claimed they were on their way to stop a game of kiss-chase at a nearby infant school.
During a meticulously-planned operation, the depot's manager and his family were abducted by two groups of men posing as police officers, while other gang members tied up all 15 members of staff.
A POSTIE was hauled before a jury on a sex rap — for giving a customer an Xmas kiss on the cheek.Today's Times
Alan Pearson, 41, cycled up to her on his round and gave a ‘harmless’ peck.
But the woman — who Alan regularly said hello to — went home and told her husband, who called the police.
He was summoned back to his sorting office where TEN cops were waiting to arrest him.
Muhammad Hussain, 26, who killed Levi Bleasdale, 3, while driving a stolen car, and on parole, was jailed by Burnley magistrates for 12 weeks. He could have faced six months. Levi’s grandfather said: “We’re appalled. Someone who stole a teddy from her memorial got eight months. The person who kills her gets just three.”
News on Sunday was a left-wing tabloid that launched to great fanfare in 1987 and went bankrupt just eight weeks later. It was one of the boldest business ventures ever attempted by the far left and it was a disaster.I wonder if he was head-hunted:
A group who met through a tiny left-wing faction called Big Flame were convinced it was possible to market a left-wing mass-circulation newspaper. They were led by ex-Ford worker Alan Hayling (now head of BBC Documentaries) under the editorial leadership of John Pilger, who walked out before the paper had even launched.
"Mr Hayling, we see that you’re a radical left-winger with a spectacular failure under your belt. The BBC might have just the job for you..."
A UNIVERSITY graduate student abandoned the [Queensland University of Technology] in frustration…You couldn’t make thi ort of hit up!
The original marking of a 2000-word paper included a comment from lecturer Edwina Luck advising Mr Duggan to present "more smarter writing".
After Ms Luck graded the paper at 65 per cent, Mr Duggan questioned the grade and Ms Luck passed it to another staffer, Dr Yunus Ali, who downgraded it to 35 per cent.
In re-marking, Dr Ali questioned the use of the terms "Yin" and "Yang", a Chinese concept of balance… Dr Ali admitted he had "no idea" what the terms meant and thought they were references to people's names…
In response to further queries, Ms Luck sent Mr Duggan a short e-mail which, because her "s" key was not functioning, read as: "I knew you would be di appointed, o what I have done i taken the middle ground. I am uppo ed to take the econd mark, but I did not want to kill you that much. I do hope that you have learned from thi . Not the point of a king for explanation, but that we a lecturer are not totally illy!! Academic writing i difficult. I hope all our comment can be helpful in the future. Edwina."
The Secretary-General was born at Sankt Andra-Wordern, near Vienna, Austria, on 21 December 1918. He graduated from the University of Vienna as a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1944. He is also a graduate of the Vienna Consular Academy.Hang on, haven’t they skipped a bit there? Ah, yes...
...Waldheim had lied about his service as an officer in the SA-Reitercorps (Stormtroopers - Cavalrycorps), a paramilitary unit of the NSDAP (Nazi Party) before the war, and his time as an ordinance officer in Saloniki, Greece from 1942 to 1943. It is known and documented that many crimes against civilians were committed during the military occupation of Greece. Instead, Waldheim had incorrectly stated that he was wounded and had spent the last years of the war in Austria. Speculation grew, and Waldheim was accused of being either involved, or complicit, in "war crimes".It's not the like UN to cover up the dodgy goings on of its Secretary Generals, is it?
A copy of the Koran to show photographers.
A couple of effigies.
A child with a slogan on its head.
A ginger beard.
An embassy or two to attack.
And of course flags - lots and lots of flags. For burning...
...or putting your shoes and footprints on...
...and threaten death.
Rory Bremner will tear into Tony Blair, but not Mohammed Khatami.One of the regulars from Bremner, Bird and Fortune - actress Maria McErlane - joined Julian Worricker for his weekly leftie love-in on Five Live this morning. Here’s what she had to say about the latest cartoon to offend Muslims:
"I think cartoonists really need to stick to the kind of Peanuts - y’know Schulz line - and stay away from satire."Yes, satire should be the exclusive reserve of liberal luvvies like her and Rory Bremner who wouldn't cross a culturally sensitive boundary even if their lives depended on it.
Four out of 10 British Muslims want sharia law introduced into parts of the country, a survey reveals today.What a great opportunity for the Labour government to further appease Muslim voters! In November 2004 an editorial in the Guardian (where else?) made the helpful suggestion that sharia could be spun as "Muslim family law" to make it more acceptable to the wider British public. "Muslim family law" - I can already hear the phrase tripping off the tongues of Labour ministers. Ex-Muslim Dr Patrick Sookhdeo of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity believes it's inevitable:
"The cartoons, you see, have not been published in this country, and the Government has been very critical of those countries in which they were published. To many of the Islamic clerics, that's a clear victory.Sookhdeo really lays into Blair's dhimmitude. Read it all.
"It's confirmation of what they believe to be a familiar pattern: if spokesmen for British Muslims threaten what they call 'adverse consequences' - violence to the rest of us - then the British Government will cave in. I think it is a very dangerous precedent."
Dr Sookhdeo adds that he believes that "in a decade, you will see parts of English cities which are controlled by Muslim clerics and which follow, not the common law, but aspects of Muslim sharia law.
"It is already starting to happen - and unless the Government changes the way it treats the so-called leaders of the Islamic community, it will continue."
The ICM opinion poll also indicates that a fifth have sympathy with the "feelings and motives" of the suicide bombers who attacked London last July 7, killing 52 people, although 99 per cent thought the bombers were wrong to carry out the atrocity.Twenty per cent sympathise with the 7/7 bombers and one in a hundred were prepared to admit that the terrorists did the right thing. It’s a small sample (500 people) but if accurate it suggests that there are around 20,000 Muslims who support the activities of suicide bombers in Britain. Let's give them sharia law like the Guardian wants, then they'll be happy. Won't they?
Kevin Macguire, your paper ran, I mean, forgive me for putting it like this, a rather soft interview with the Chancellor on Monday - all sorts of grinning and sitting by an open fire and, y’know, Mr Nice and the sort of chap you’d like to live next door to and all the rest of it.That’s James Naughtie, former flatmate of the Chancellor, who once began a question to a Labour minister with the words “When we win the next election…”
ID cards are vital to protect the UK from a repeat of the July 7 terror attacks, Chancellor Gordon Brown said as the Government faces a vital vote on the issue.However, the cards won't be compulsory just yet:
The government has accepted that completely new legislation will be needed to make the cards compulsory, following defeats in the Lords.
Mr Blunkett claimed that there was no question of the "entitlement card" being a compulsory ID card that individuals would be required to carry at all times... Mr Blunkett played down suggestions that the cards would provide a weapon in the fight against terrorism...By November 2003 he’d given up trying to sell them as "entitlement cards", and the name wasn’t the only thing that had changed:
David Blunkett said in a statement that ID cards will help "tackle the challenges of the 21st century" including terrorism, organised crime and illegal immigration.On April 8 2004 we had this:
"The draft Identity Cards Bill is about taking the difficult decisions now needed to prepare Britain for the future. It will set out our plans for an incremental approach to the introduction of a compulsory national identity cards scheme," he said.
Legislation paving the way for a compulsory identity card will be published within the next few weeks, David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, said yesterday... Mr Blunkett maintains that concerns about the threat from international terrorism have overridden any civil liberties objections.But a couple of weeks later:
David Blunkett yesterday watered down suggestions that ID cards would stop terrorists as he set out plans to introduce a compulsory scheme within 10 years.On November 17 2004 the Home Office told us:
The Home Secretary denied that the main reason for proceeding with the first ID scheme in 50 years was to counter terrorism.
Liberties will be strengthened, not weakened, through an ID cards scheme.
...civil penalties would include up to a £1,000 fine for people who fail to say they have moved house or changed other details and up to £2,500 for failing to sign up if the cards become compulsory.When Blunkett lost his job in December 2004, his replacement Charles Clarke immediately set out his stall:
From preventing benefit fraud to winning the War on Terror, why I am supporting today’s Bill
Identity cards would not have prevented the bombings, Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, said yesterday.
We have set out the figures very clearly, and ID cards contribute to our ability to defend ourselves against terrorism...And now Gordon’s saying the same thing.
The Holyrood Chronicles blog asks this:
the Labour party is divided, with Gordon Brown and his camp blaming the First Minster and Jack McConnell and his supporters blaming Brown's blunderbuss approach.
Is it not odd that the Labour Party (and the Labour Party in Scotland particularly), despite having brought devolution into being, seems to have the most difficulty in coming to terms with its practical implications?It's hard not to feel a frisson of schadenfreude, isn't it?