Sunday, April 30, 2006

Two Three Four Five Shags?

We have a name, but not the one we've been expecting. The Sunday Times (link corrected) has a spoiler of the Mail on Sunday revelations (warning - strong stomach required):
In extracts of her diaries published today, Prescott’s diary secretary Tracey Temple claims she performed oral sex on the deputy prime minister in his Whitehall office.

She said he had also taken her back to his grace-and-favour flat at Admiralty House for sex immediately after the pair had attended an Iraq war memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral with the Queen.

Temple also claims she was driven around by government drivers late at night and said Prescott exploited his power for his own sexual gratification...

The encounters in the office tended to happen when the deputy prime minister was going through his ministerial boxes, she reveals. “Sometimes it was behind the desk — but mainly we stood behind the open door,” said Temple...

The paper also claims Prescott had sex with Temple in a Southampton hotel before going straight downstairs to meet his wife and that he had an affair 20 years ago with Labour parliamentary candidate Sarah Bissett-Scott.

Allegations are circulating on the internet that further mistresses will be exposed. Within Westminster circles, a junior Labour minister has been named as having an affair with Prescott
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Further mistresses. Plural. And how will the Labour Sisters react to this item from the same Sunday Times article, headlined "Prescott was serial groper"?
A FORMER senior Labour aide has alleged that John Prescott sexually harassed her over a two-year period.

Tricia McDaid, a former political journalist and press officer at Labour party headquarters, said the deputy prime minister “jumped” on her at parties and once turned up uninvited at her home, hoping for sexual favours.
However, Prescott may still have some bargaining power:
McDaid also said that Prescott boasted he had a dossier of people in the Labour party who had slept with one another.
If true, this may help to explain Prescott's reason-defying influence within government. That dossier should be worth a bit to him, and judging by this report in the Sunday Telegraph he may need the money:
At the Prescott family home nearby, several bouquets of flowers arrived for Mrs Prescott, along with deliveries of a new carpet and bathroom furniture.
Anyway, it looks like the nasty fat bastard's political career will soon be over. Good fucking riddance.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Shit!

Chelsea/Man Utd - Rooney has just been stretchered off, John Terry is limping around like a cripple, and England's first World Cup game is in six weeks.

St George revisited

Simon Heffer reports the response to his St George column last week:
Few items I have written in this column have provoked such a reaction as my remarks on St George's Eve last week on the need for English self-government. I do hope those of you who wrote asking for a tax rebate, given the £10 billion annual subsidy that England pays to a Scotland that would otherwise want to be shot of it, will also make your views known to our Scottish Chancellor. My distress at the persecution of the English was compounded on St George's Day itself, when the morning service on Radio 4 came from Scotland and specifically concentrated on the identities of all nations in these islands - in other words, denying the English a right to have their own day to themselves. I then learnt from Private Eye, which also noted this affront, that, on the Sundays nearest the other three saints' days, acts of worship were broadcast from those parts of the kingdom, and specific to them. Do you have to declare a loathing of the English on your cv when seeking a job at the BBC, or can anyone apply?

Hirsi Ali ordered out of home

Expatica:
Liberal Party MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been ordered to vacate the high-security home she is renting in The Hague within four months.

An appeal court sided with her neighbours who complained her presence put their own safety at risk and caused disruption to their lives. Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner broke the news of the court decision at an EU meeting in Luxembourg on Thursday.
Very sad. Just one more price this incredibly brave woman is having to pay for her stand against the Islamofascists.

Skin up, John

It's Blair's fault

From 24dash.com:
E-mails sent to Tory Rob Wilson by a senior officer complained that his force got "no support" from the Immigration Service in removing serious offenders from the country...

The officer said that the service "needs to work with us and not against us and remove people who are overstayers, entered the country through illegal means or commit crime.

"I cannot emphasise enough the massive problem there is in Reading with illegal immigrants and the lack of removal by the immigration service."

In another e-mail, Mr Wilson was told there was "a general reluctance" for immigration officers to attend to anything other than failed asylum seekers "as this is the current government performance indicator"...

Mr Wilson also revealed that an immigration service worker had told him there was an informal ban on dealing with prisoners.

The claim came in a letter to the MP that claimed: "Immigration Officers have been forbidden from going out on operations or to deal with immigration offenders arrested in police stations unless they are FASes (failed asylum seekers).

"Personnel are under instruction not to get involved in assisting the police with offenders unless they are to pick up FASes."

That was to meet priority targets of increasing the numbers of failed asylum seekers being deported, the letter said.
And why does the Immigration Service have to concentrate its limited resources on failed asylum seekers at the expense of dealing with criminal foreign nationals? Here are a few clues:

February 2003
In an interview with BBC Newsnight Mr Blair said he wanted asylum seeker numbers cut by 30% or 40% "in the next few months".

He said he thought the numbers "should have" halved by September.
September 2004
A new target for removing failed asylum seekers from the UK has been set by Prime Minister Tony Blair.

He said there were "genuine concerns" about the asylum system and the government must do more.

The prime minister's target states that by the end of 2005, the monthly rate of removals must exceed the number of applicants whose claims are unfounded.

July 2005
Britain's immigration system has 'not come close' to meeting Tony Blair's target for throwing failed asylum-seekers out of the country, public spending watchdogs have warned.

In a highly critical report, the National Audit Office (NAO) said around 283,500 failed asylum-seekers may still be in the country.

Auditors highlighted a string of problems at the Home Office Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND).
March 2006
Tony Blair today admitted his government needs to go further to tackle the backlog of failed asylum seekers, following a hard-hitting report published which warned the situation was "extremely serious".
Everything has been geared towards making good on Precious Princess Tony’s asylum promises, and even there the government has failed. The rest of the system has broken down. Foreign nationals who shouldn’t be in this country are out on the streets, committing serious crimes. A monkey could’ve done a better job at the Home Office than Charles Clarke, but it’s the organ grinder who is really at fault.

The IND needs more resources so it can deal with ALL of its problems, and there's a simple solution. The Home Office should abandon its ludicrous ID card scheme and redirect some of that vast sum of money to where it is really needed. Of course, backing down on ID cards would make Tony look bad so it isn’t going to happen.

One of the men who raped and murdered Mary-Ann Leneghan should not have been in this country, and yet Blair and his inner circle say they can't see what all the fuss is about. They should take a look in a mirror.


(Iain Dale has more)

Friday, April 28, 2006

Cherie grants Pope 10 minute audience

The Guardian:
Cherie Blair had a surprise 10-minute private audience with Pope Benedict XVI today, as she was attending a Vatican conference on children and young people.

On Prescott

Tom Utley:
The Soviet Union was stuffed full of thick bullies like Prescott, with handsome houses and luxury limousines to whoosh them from the Moscow flat to the dacha. But he must surely hold the record for being the stupidest man ever to have held high office in the United Kingdom since the Norman Conquest.
Richard Littlejohn:
...a loathsome, Soviet-style political thug on the make.

The satirical version of The Red Flag — "The working-class can kiss my arse, I've got the foreman's job at last" — could have been written for him.

In his ascent — if that's the word — to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Two Jags has jettisoned everything he ever claimed to believe in. He's betrayed his class, his principles, and now his wife.

Whole Lotta Rosie

Here are a couple of Rosie Winterton's old speeches from her time as Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department.

March 20, 2002.
"Marriage Care - Launch of Relationship Education and Emotional Literacy Programme"

Extract:
We all understand that, in healthcare, prevention is better than cure. What we must now seek to do is take the same understanding forward into all areas of work on marriage and relationship support. To work on fostering the welfare and well-being of relationships.
April 16, 2002.
"Moving Forward Together: A Proposed Strategy for Marriage and Relationship Support"

Extract:
But too many people have little or no idea about relationship well being – what to do if their relationship gets into difficulty. Or, more importantly, how to secure a better chance of avoiding problems in the first place.
The above links lead to the Wayback archive because all of Winterton’s speeches from her time at the Lord Chancellor’s Department appear to have been removed from the Department for Constitutional Affairs website. I don’t know when they were taken down, but they were still available as recently as February 10. (Update. February 10 2005. Unlikely to have been pulled in the last few days then.)

In unrelated news:
With Westminster awash with rumours about Mr Prescott's private life, Labour MPs and ministers were said to be awaiting this Sunday's papers with trepidation.

Another reason to vote Not Labour


Polly:
"So to all former Labour voters emailing to swear blind they'll never vote for Blair or Labour or Clarke in the local elections, to all who swear they don't care if Tories win so long as they can punch the PM on the nose next week, just ask yourselves who else you would be punching too."

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Home Office Chaos

Burning Our Money has a report on yesterday's attempts by the Public Accounts Committee to make sense of the utter chaos at the Home Office.

You might want a drink before you read it. You certainly will afterwards.

More dhimmitude...

...from Sweden (via LGF):
Sweden has withdrawn from European military exercises due to be held next month in Italy because of Israel’s participation, Swedish foreign ministry and military officials said on April 26.
Update. More on this at EU Referendum.


Previously on DFH:
Islam "should be judged differently"

Three Shags

No wonder Prescott couldn't stay awake during Gordon Brown's Budget speech.

"Everybody's Guessing"

John Prescott recently told a Bristol radio station his six favourite records. One choice was “Everybody’s Guessing” by Georgie Fame. AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie” was not on the list.


Related
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Priorities in the Muslim World

Here’s Mahmoud Osman, a Darfurian Muslim and human rights lawyer, talking about the genocide in Sudan:
"Since this situation erupted, never once have we seen a single person from the Arab world or the Muslim community come and show sympathy for the survivors".
That’s because they’re too busy pursuing other matters:
The United Nations should pass a resolution banning the publication of material that blasphemes or insults religions, Dr Mohammad Fouad Albarazi, Director, Muslim Association of Denmark, said here yesterday.
Far better to use the UN to attack the 'racist' West over a few cartoons than draw attention to the slaughter of black African Muslims by Arab Muslims.

Schadenfreude



All this, and Neil Kinnock got banned from driving too.

Heh.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

WTF?!

The Home Office has overseen the release from prison of over a thousand foreign nationals, many guilty of extremely violent crimes, and it is unable to consider their deportation because it doesn’t know where most of them are.

Now read this from Sky News editor Adam Boulton’s blog:
At the very top in Downing Street some are privately asking what all the fuss is about.
I repeat - WTF?!

Could this administration be any more out of touch with the real world?

Have you seen these men?

Three more people the authorities let get away.




From the Guardian:
Scotland Yard was today forced to issue a public appeal for help in tracking down protesters it filmed during a demonstration against satirical cartoons of the prophet Muhammad.

The Metropolitan police said they were still trying to trace three men who took part in the demonstration outside the Danish embassy on February 3.

During the protest, placards were paraded demanding the "massacre" of "those who insult Islam".

In the days following the demonstration, the police faced fierce criticism for not arresting demonstrators on the spot. They instead took video footage of the demonstration and said "arrests, if necessary, would be made at the appropriate time".

A Met spokesman said the men were "wanted in connection with serious public order offences which we believe may have been committed during the protest"...

At the time, police had said they did not want to inflame the situation.
Memo from the Department of the Bleedin' Obvious - If you had arrested them at the time you wouldn't be asking where they are now.

(What are the odds that at least one of these men should've been deported long ago but was released by the Home Office instead?)


Previously on DFH:
Operation Laverda
Arrests imminent
Demonstrators arrested

Spot the Gloater



(During the debate on Charles Clarke’s statement, Stephen "Brown Nose" Pound has just said this isn’t the time to play party politics. He then went on to claim that the foreign nationals debacle proved "incontrovertibly" the case for ID cards. No party politics there, eh? And just to put Pound straight, what this sorry mess actually proves is that the Home Office cannot be trusted with the introduction of the ID card scheme. Billions will be wasted.)

"We are a party of principle."

From John Prescott's 1996 Labour Conference speech:
"Morality is measured in more than just money. It's about right and wrong. We are a party of principle. We will earn the trust of the British people. We've had enough lies. Enough sleaze."
Iain Dale has more.

Update 12.45pm. Speaking on Radio Five Live this morning, the Sun’s former political editor Trevor Kavanagh said it was well known that Prescott is a “serial adulterer”. The Sun chose not to go public with this information (it obviously didn't want to upset its own special relationship with Tony), but all the details seem to be coming out now - Guido claims to know of at least one other Prescott dalliance.

I may not know much about art...

... but I can spot a stupid fucking bitch:
Police say an investigation of at least four suspect packages in west London has been completed.

Bomb squad officers investigated, and there were extensive road closures in the W12 area of the capital.

Police have arrested a woman who said she placed the packages as works of art. She made the claim after walking into Hammersmith Police Station
.
(Rumours that the BBC has already made a seven-figure offer for the packages are unconfirmed.)

Quote of the Day

From the Daily Mirror:
“I feel sick. I can't believe the woman I wanted to marry slept with John Prescott.”

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

WTF is up with the Tory Front Bench?

Here’s Nick Robinson’s excellent summary of the prisoner release scandal on Radio 4’s Six O'Clock News:
The minister paid to protect the public from crime admits that it’s shocking that dangerous convicted criminals who could and should have been deported were let free. He goes on to admit that he doesn’t know where they are now, not the murderers, not the paedophiles, not the man-slaughterers. The minister then admits his department was incompetent and says there was clear systemic failure. And yet the same minister says, and with the support of his Tory opponent, that this is not a resigning matter. How so? The government says it was a question, they think, of poor communication between the prisons and the communication department, that both parts of the Home Office failed to do their jobs properly. They say that ministers acted as soon as they knew what was going on. There is though just one problem - the only reason they and we found out about this scandal at all is because of a question asked persistently by a Tory backbench member of a parliamentary committee. One of many questions facing ministers tonight is “If he could ask it, why couldn’t they?”
Rearrange the following into an increasingly popular phrase:
with a tank, a fucking barn door, the Tory front bench, from point blank range, couldn’t hit

Taking Responsibility

Yet another Home Office cock-up:
More than 1,000 foreign prisoners who should have been considered for deportation at the end of their sentences were freed with no action being taken, the home secretary revealed today.

Charles Clarke admitted that 1,023 former foreign prisoners should have been considered for deportation, including three murderers and nine rapists.
I notice Charles Clarke has avoided his usual response to bad news - i.e. promise to learn lessons - and instead adopted the equally meaningless defence preferred by his Labour colleagues when the shit hits the fan:
"That is a failure of the Home Office and its agencies for which I take responsibility."
Here are a few more examples just from this year.

January 11:
Ms Kelly told reporters she took "full responsibility" for decisions taken in the department on whether people were placed on England's List 99, which bans people from working with children.

She would not say how many sex offenders had been cleared to work with children but added initial investigations suggested there were "only a small number".
Patricia Hewitt on the chaos in the NHS, March 8:
Asked if she would resign if the problems were not resolved, Miss Hewitt said: "I take responsibility for this."
Tony Blair on the loans scandal, March 19:
"As leader of the Labour Party, I take responsibility for all that is done in its name."
Taking responsibility means never having to admit you've done anything wrong.

A good day's work...

...for followers of the Religion of Peace yesterday.
Guardian:

At least 23 people were killed and 150 injured after a series of devastating blasts tore through the Egyptian resort town of Dahab last night.

Daily Telegraph:

The bodies of 32 Iraqi police and security force recruits have been discovered in two areas of Baghdad...

...seven car bombs shook the Iraqi capital yesterday, leaving at least eight people dead and dozens more injured.

Monday, April 24, 2006

More on the BBC & St George's Day

Here's the introduction to yesterday’s Sunday Worship on BBC Radio 4:
“Good morning. I’m standing in a side aisle in the parish church in St Andrews on the east coast of Scotland where I serve as associate Minister. It may seem a strange place to begin a celebration of St George’s Day but in fact our Sunday worship this morning is going to celebrate all of the United Kingdom’s four patron saints and explore the distinctive but overlapping spiritual identities that make up Britishness.”
Only the BBC could've come up with that one. I bet Gordon Brown enjoyed it though.

MAC & the PCC

I see the Muslim Action Committee (MAC) is due to meet the Press Complaints Commission this week (“Allah willing”) to demand the following amendments to the PCC Code of Practice:
(Section 1, Accuracy, new clause)
i. The Press must take care not to publish reckless and malicious expressions insulting or desecrating anyone's creed or conscience, including pictures.

(Section 12, Discrimination, addition of 'insulting' in clause (i))
ii. The press must avoid prejudicial, insulting or pejorative reference to an individual's race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability.
(Section 12, Discrimination, addition new clause (iii))

iii. The press must avoid any publication or reference leading to provocation, incitement to violence or hatred based upon an individual's race or religion.
Well, my creed calls for free expression, and I find attempts to curb my beliefs insulting and provocative. If the PCC accepts the above amendments I intend to use those amendments as the basis of a complaint against any newspaper that publishes them.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

'Khalid' - A jihadi's tale

From today's Observer:
During his time in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia, he waged jihad wherever his Muslim brothers needed him.

Khalid's jihad began with a videotape he viewed at a mosque in Sanaa in 1989.
First stop Afghanistan and then Bosnia, where he came second in a face-off with a Serb.
It took Khalid several years to recover from his wounds. In 1996, he joined a group of Arab fighters going to Kosovo... however, the Serbs had already sealed off the country, making it impossible for him to enter. Unable to join the jihad, Khalid decided to move to England, where many of the brothers had settled.
Jihadis always welcome here - it helps with our cultural diversity, dontcha know?

He married an Irish waitress...
Right after that, the misery began. Khalid tried to control her and force her to wear the hijab, the headscarf worn by devout Muslim women. Their arguments were so loud that neighbours knocked on the door and banged on the walls. He realised the way he treated her was wrong, but he didn't know any other way. They separated, and Khalid got a British passport out of the marriage.

Khalid returned to the only life he knew.
He went to Somalia to help a radical Muslim faction trying to impose Sharia. From there is was on to Chechnya but he failed to get into the country. Only one thing for it...
He headed back to Britain, returning to his job as a clerk at the corner shop…always on the lookout for the next opportunity.
Which came in 2001 - back to Afghanistan.
On 11 September, Khalid was near Kabul when a Libyan cleric announced that the World Trade Center had been destroyed. Everyone in the camp exploded in jubilation [if only - DFH]- the mood was exhilarating, insane, like Mecca at the height of the hajj.
Then the Americans invaded.
After a few weeks, as the relentless bombing continued, a message arrived from bin Laden: any mujahideen who could still travel should return to their home countries. There was no point in dying in Afghanistan. 'There was no way to fight a decent war there with the Americans,' Khalid recalled.
So he returned to Britain with the help of pro-Taliban Iranians. This time he was detained.
They questioned him for five days. As the interrogation continued, however, Khalid came to see that he was safer in Britain, protected by this country's laws, than many of his brothers detained by the Americans in Afghanistan.

Realising that the police had nothing on him, he denied everything. They finally let him go, unable to hold him without further evidence.
Which meant he was able to go to Iraq, where he joined a group ambushing American forces.
After three months in Iraq, Khalid returned to Britain through Syria. But jihad seemed to shadow him everywhere.
I wonder why.
One evening, Khalid heard a helicopter overhead. Seconds later the police kicked in the door, handcuffed him and arrested him on suspicion of terrorism. People on his block couldn't believe that the friendly guy who sat behind the counter at their corner store was an al-Qaeda fighter...

After Khalid spent a week in prison they let him out, just like they always did. They didn't have enough evidence to keep him. When he was released, his next-door neighbours, mostly white Britons, were there to welcome him home. 'I might doubt my own son,' one old man said, 'but I'll always believe Khalid.'
How nice.
After the arrest, Khalid returned to Iraq for two more months in 2004... Living in safe houses, he once again went out on raids against the Americans. He believed the insurgents killed about 10 soldiers from the other side...
He lives in Yemen now.
Every few days he walks down to a call centre and phones his brother in England. He doubts he can ever go back to the life he knew there. He often visited the mosques frequented by the London bombers, and he fears police will arrest him if he returns.
Yeah, but he'd only be detained for a few days.

The BBC & St George

This was the BBC's home page on the morning of March 17:



And here it is this morning:



Update 2.45pm. Over half of it is gone but they've finally remembered what day it is:



Earlier Update. Here's Google:

Saturday, April 22, 2006

St George's Day Resolution

Simon Heffer in the Telegraph (hat tip Blog of Kev)
Labour fears the English identity because it represents a challenge to the Scottish-dominated Government that has run this country since 1997. Since devolution, there is absolutely no justification for Scottish MPs to vote in divisions at Westminster on issues that, in their own country, are settled in the Scottish Parliament. Yet they do, and they do because, in an increasing number of instances, Labour would not win votes there on solely English matters without the entirely improper help of Scottish votes…

What we want, and deserve, is an English parliament at Westminster, where English matters are decided solely by representatives of the English people. And the jolly Feast of St George is the ideal day to make a resolution to ourselves, and to our rulers, that we shall not allow our swords to sleep in our hands until justice is done, and we are given equality with the Scots.
I heartily concur old chap.

Friday, April 21, 2006

BBC and Schoonenboom

A week and half after the blogosphere dealt with it the BBC has an article on Jan Schoonenboom and the Scientific Council for Government Policy’s report on Islam for the Dutch government.

Islamic affairs analyst Roger Hardy claims the report “has sparked controversy by arguing that Islam does not conflict with either human rights or Dutch values.” No, that would be pretty standard fare - wrong, but standard fare nonetheless. What’s really sparked controversy has been Schoonenboom’s desire to see the Netherlands embrace elements of Sharia and his call for a cultural change on the part of the Dutch so that Muslims won’t feel so inclined to kill them in future.

If “Islam does not conflict with either human rights or Dutch values”, why did Schoonenboom feel the need to say “Do we want to go on living in a land that is plagued by fear of attacks? A cultural change is needed here”? None of this is in Hardy’s article, and I don’t think it’s because he’s not aware - someone from the BBC arrived at my blog yesterday having googled “Jan Schoonenboom” and I bet it wasn’t Terry Wogan.

Homeward Bound

The great thing about drinking from home is you don’t have to go through this.




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Leniency in shaken baby case

From the Times
A BANGLADESHI woman who shook a baby boy so violently that he suffered brain damage walked free from court yesterday because a judge conceded that she did not know how to behave in the West.

Rahella Khanom, 24, caused the five-month-old boy in her care to suffer fractures to his breast bone and ribs as she tried to rid him of evil spirits, Southwark Crown Court was told...

Kate Bex, for the defence, told the court that Khanom’s religious and cultural beliefs had led to her shaking the child.

She said: “She now knows that this was not an appropriate way to deal with her belief in manifestation of spirit.”
Speaking on a BBC Asian Network phone-in yesterday, Hosna Bangladesh of the Bangladeshi Women’s Society (BWS) said she had never heard of this before. I’m willing to be corrected but I very much doubt that the violent shaking of babies is a religious or cultural belief anywhere in the world. Rahella Khanom walked free on Wednesday because the defence played on the gullibility of an idiot liberal judge.

Culture can be blamed in part, though - the culture of a patriarchal Bangladeshi community which allows so many of its women to be treated as little more than slaves. The woman from the BWS pointed out that many men won’t even let their wives answer the door or the phone. If our ‘culturally sensitive’ institutions dedicated themselves to wiping out genuine injustice like this, instead of prosecuting kids for playground name-calling, then women like Rahella Khanom wouldn’t be isolated and could seek help when needed. That said, someone who shakes a baby until its bones fracture and one side of its brain shrinks should never be allowed to avoid punishment. As was pointed out by one caller on the phone-in, had she be living in an Asian or Middle Eastern country her punishment would probably have been extremely severe indeed.

Another caller, a Mr Kumar from Birmingham, said he feared the leniency shown in this case would give more ammunition to the extreme right. His solution? “If she doesn’t understand the system, I’d put her on the next plane back to where she came from.”

[For those interested the above phone-in is available on listen again for a week (one hour in). Sabeena pops up again, too - for more on her see my comment over at the Last Ditch.]

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Jump, Jive an' Wail

Excellent four part series on the BBC (yup, you read that right).

Steve Van Zandt (aka Little Steven, aka Silvio from the Sopranos)



narrates the story of Louis Prima (aka The Lip, aka King Louie from the Jungle Book)



On Radio 2, Tuesdays, 9.30pm. Part one here (couple of minutes in)

The Muslim Boys in Belmarsh

Last month Anne Owers, Chief Inspector of Prisons, said of Muslim prisoners in Belmarsh:
"ordinary social and religious behaviour on their part was misinterpreted by staff as problematic."
Judging by this story in yesterday's Daily Mirror, it looks like some members of staff are still misinterpreting "ordinary social and religious behaviour" as problematic:
WARDENS fought with the Islamic gangsters terrorising Belmarsh Prison after they attacked a member who wanted to quit.

And Belmarsh insiders last night claimed the incident shows staff are having difficulty coping with the thugs' reign of terror.

In the latest in a long series of violent outbursts, eight members of the Muslim Boys gang pounced on a man in a toilet.

The victim, who had said he was leaving the al-Qaeda-linked gang, suffered head injuries. Officers had to wade in to break up the Good Friday attack
.
It really is inexcusable that wardens should act in this way. I do hope Ms Owers has been made aware.

(Related - Scott Burgess on Belmarsh)

Jack Straw

Daily Telegraph:
Britain wants to have "normal relations" with Hamas and is seeking means of unfreezing millions of pounds worth of aid to Palestinians, Jack Straw said yesterday, in a striking softening of tone.

Two days after a Palestinian suicide bombing killed nine people in Tel Aviv, the Foreign Secretary appeared to be moving away from America's policy of isolating the new Hamas-led Palestinian government and starving it of funds…

The Foreign Secretary is said to believe that re-writing the Hamas charter, which calls for the destruction of Israel, is not a precondition for dialogue.

Even on the issue of renouncing violence, Mr Straw appears to have set the bar quite low.

It is understood that Mr Straw could accept silence from Hamas on the question of violence, leaving it to the moderate Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to denounce the suicide bombers.
I hate you Jack Straw.


Previously on DFH:

Straw silent over Abdul Rahman
Straw condemns European free press

Brit terrorist jailed for 15 years in Iraq

From the Times:
A STUDENT who slipped into Iraq to fight alongside al-Qaeda militants has been jailed for 15 years in a warning to other Britons not to join groups fighting US-led forces…

An official from the Justice Ministry said: “This is a harsh message to would-be jihadis from abroad that if you are caught in terrorist activity you will get no leniency.”…

Muneef has lodged an appeal, but if the sentence is upheld, (his lawyer) Mr Sharif wants the British Government to ask for him to be returned home to serve his sentence.
Wouldn't that be neocolonialist interference in Iraq’s judicial affairs?

A few links

Reuters:
Separate groups of gunmen entered two primary schools in Baghdad on Wednesday and beheaded two teachers in front of their students, the Ministry of State for National Security said.

"Two terrorist groups beheaded two teachers in front of their students in the Amna and Shaheed Hamdi primary schools in Shaab district in Baghdad," a ministry statement said.

A ministry official said he believed the attacks were aimed at: "intimidating pupils and disrupting learning."
The Times
MUSLIM students training to be imams at a British college with strong Iranian links have complained that they are being taught fundamentalist doctrines which describe nonMuslims as “filth”.

The students... have asked to remain anonymous
It's good that students themeselves have complained, but sad that they fear possible consequences.

Tsunami aid not wanted by Maldives government:
The government ordered an indoor marketplace in Haa Dhaal, Kulhudhuffushi to be dismantled last week because the building was donated by “people in opposition to the government” and “Christians.”

The $70,000 marketplace was built by Tracy Structures, a UK construction company, and facilitated by Maldives Aid, a UK-based tsunami charity.

...the Minister for Fisheries, Abdullah Kamaluddeen, ordered the Kulhudhuffushi Island Chief to destroy the building for political reasons.

...Although dead-set against the Kulhudhuffushi marketplace, Abdullah Kamaluddeen is more relaxed about receiving money for his own personal use.

The minister was shamed in January following revelations in Adduvas magazine that he embezzled over Rf.1 million of public funds in the ‘soft loans’ scandal.
Nova Southeastern University has invited Salman Rushdie to speak at its graduation ceremony, with expected consequences - Students object to Rushdie invitation.

I see that the editor-in-chief of a new Canadian newspaper for Muslims which went on sale on Tuesday is none other than Syed B. Soharwardy, the radical Calgary imam currently suing the Western Standard for publishing the Mohammed cartoons. The name of the new publication? The Muslim Free Press.

The Jews-are-legitimate-targets attitude of Swedish Chancellor of Justice Göran Lambertz that I mentioned yesterday is far from unique. A blogger has left a link to his account of life as a Jew in Sweden today:
I am a Jew. Presented here are my own views. Because of the current political and social climate in Sweden, with assaults and death threats, I chose to be anonymous mostly out of concern for my nearest and dearest.


(Hat tips to Dhimmi Watch and LGF for some of the above links)

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Yet more "It's our fault"

European Dhimmi of the Year 2006 is going to be a tough call. In the last week alone we've heard from Jan Schoonenboom in the Netherlands, Göran Lambertz in Sweden, and now we get Guy Verhofstadt and Cardinal Godfried Danneels in Belgium. From the Brussels Journal:
Last Wednesday Joe Van Holsbeeck, 17 years of age, was murdered in Brussels Central Station. He was stabbed five times in the heart by North African youths...

For an entire week the police, the authorities and most of the media have tried to downplay the fact that the killers are Muslim youths. Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt and Cardinal Godfried Danneels addressed the indignation, but gave it a spin of their own. How was it possible for such an atrocity to take place in a crowd with no-one interfering, they asked. Both Verhofstadt and Danneels said that Joe was a victim of “indifference in Belgian society.” “Where were you last Wednesday at 4 pm?!” the Cardinal asked the congration in Brussels Cathedral during his Easter sermon on Sunday. The Cardinal blamed the murder on the materialism and greed of Western society “where people get killed for an MP3 player.”

Belgian citizens realize, however, that the murder has nothing to do with “indifference in Belgian society,” but everything with a group of North African youths terrorizing Brussels and the “indifference” of the authorities to eradicate this scourge.
Political correctness kills. The despised white working class of England understands this simple message, and that's why the BNP will do so well on May 4th.

Falconer & the Constitutional Affairs Committee

I’ve just been watching some of Lord Falconer’s appearance before the Constitutional Affairs Committee. This may be hard to believe but it was actually even more boring than it sounds. However, I did quite like this guy:



He’s Andrew Tyrie, MP for Chichester, and his laid-back disdain for Falconer would’ve done Jeremy Paxman proud. According to today's Sun the BBC pays the Newsnight presenter more than £1 million of our money every year; they should keep Tyrie in mind as a cheaper replacement.

Also, Dr Alan Statham from the Channel 4 comedy Green Wing appears to have changed his surname to Whitehead:

Islam "should be judged differently"

The Swedish Chancellor of Justice Göran Lambertz has shut down an investigation into activities at the Grand Mosque in Stockholm where tapes had been on sale encouraging Muslims to take part in jihad against Jews, “the brothers of pigs and apes". In a jaw-dropping justification, Lambertz claimed such statements
“should be judged differently – and therefore be regarded as permissible – because they were used by one side in an ongoing and far-reaching conflict where calls to arms and insults are part of the everyday climate in the rhetoric that surrounds this conflict.”
(From Uprop.net, where there is also a petition against Lambertz's decision. Via LGF)

There are 400,000 Muslims and 16,000 Jews in Sweden. It's like Mark Steyn said:
“The Jews are playing their traditional role of the canaries in history's coal mine.”
Appeasers like Lambertz can’t hear the alarm because they’ve got their fingers in their ears and are shouting “It’s the Religion of Peace! It’s the Religion of Peace!”

(The former Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds was forced to resign because she lied about her involvement in the closure of a website which had published the Mohammed cartoons. Swedish politicians - they'll do anything for Islam.)

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Blairobics - exercising power

Iain Dale has reproduced the key entries from the now deleted blog of Nick Bowes, Labour's Head of High Value Finance & Endorsements at the time of the General Election last year. Some standout excerpts:
the grimy hands of Lord Levy… The whole peerages thing is corrupt…Clearly No 10 were running a party within a party - Blair, Lord levy, Matt Carter (General Secretary) and Ian McCartney were all complicit in the scam… the Prime Minister was in it up to his neck and was personally involved.
Iain has a list of questions he thinks Inspector Yates should ask Mr Bowes, Guido provides the notebook, and Anoneumouse has a nice picture he can stick on his locker.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Harnessing the power of the Welsh Windbag?

Considering that the present Chair of the British Council is former EU Commissioner Lord Kinnock of Bedwelty - commonly known as the Welsh Windbag - I thought this was quite apt:




(I wonder if Lord Kinnock or any members of his family have shares in AMEC, the company that runs the wind farm.)

Mass Murder in Tel Aviv

Another terrorist attack by an Islamic Jihad suicide bomber (*). The BBC reports, Adloyada fills in the gaps.


(*) Under the EU's new non-emotive lexicon for discussing radicalisation, 'Islamic Jihad' is henceforth reclassified as 'Islamic Groovy Kind of Love', and the term 'suicide bomber' is replaced with 'fluffy sherbet dib dab of Allah'.

Happy Slapper Slapped

From The Times
A HAPPY slapper’s mobile phone recording of an attack took an unexpected twist when his victim retaliated, flooring his assailant with a single punch...

A passer-by emerges from the shopping arcade: a smaller man, wearing a leather jacket, a bag slung over his shoulder.

The happy slapper runs towards him, drawing back one arm to swing and catch the man full in the face.

The victim recoils in pain and drops the bag.

He sees his attacker turn and walk back to his friend, who is laughing and still recording the scene.

Incredulous, he screams with rage. He asks his attacker what he was doing. Judging by his accent, he appears to be from Liverpool.

The victim then approaches the youth and throws a fierce right-hand jab, punching him on the chin and knocking him unconscious.
Excellent. See the video here.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Dubai rape victim faces prosecution

From today’s Sunday Express (no link, paid subscription):
A British woman gang-raped by six Arab men is facing a new ordeal - being put on trial herself for having sex with her attackers.

The victim, a young air stewardess, was abducted and raped by the men in the tourist destination of Dubai.

But in a horrific legal twist, the victim is now facing prosecution because it is illegal to have sex with an Arab outside marriage under strict Sharia Law.


Update April 18
. Here's a scan of the full story (click to enlarge):

Will Goldsmith rescue Blair again?

Scotland on Sunday:
...if - as many beneficiaries of Blair's largesse in honours fear - the Crown Prosecution Service requests permission to give Des Smith, the man they are questioning over cash for peerages, immunity from prosecution in return for blowing the whistle on bigger fish, the decision will be made by Lord Goldsmith, the Attorney General. Since he is in the Cabinet and has already obliged the Prime Minister with a clean bill of health on the Iraq war, that will not inspire public confidence.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

The BBC and Iran

Telegraph :
Israel will be annihilated in one storm, says Iran leader

"Like it or not, the Zionist regime is heading toward annihilation," he said. "The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm."
In light of Iran’s recent claims over enriched uranium I think that’s a pretty significant statement, and most news outlets agree. Not the BBC though. For some reason, they’ve hidden Ahmadinejad’s comments in the sixteenth paragraph of this article on Russia’s decision to give aid to Hamas.

I also notice that the BBC still hasn't reported on the case of the Iranian girl Nazanin who faces the death sentence for stabbing to death one of three men attempting to rape her and her niece:


Campaigns to prevent the execution of multiple-murdering gangsters in the US get the full weight of BBC publicity. Why is the Corporation so coy about news from Iran? Has it got anything to do with last month's report that the Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Foundation claims to have signed a “huge agreement” with Britain’s state broadcaster? Or is it just plain old BBC bias? Maybe it’s both.

[And there's nothing from the BBC on the country that the UN Commission on Disarmament has elected to be its latest deputy representative - Iran (via Gateway Pundit). It's hard to spin news that warped.]


Update 5.30pm. The BBC has at least reported Israel’s response to Ahmadinejad’s latest outburst. However, check out the headline :



Israel rails against Iran threats? From the Concise OED: “rail - complain using abusive language; rant.” Ahmadinejad threatens to wipe out Israel, but it's Israel's response that the BBC chooses to portray as an over-the-top rant. Unbelievable.

Update 6.20pm.That was quick:

Friday, April 14, 2006

James Hipwell on the BBC

James Hipwell, who used his City Slicker column in the Daily Mirror to ramp shares and earn himself over £40,000 in the process, has just been on Radio Five Live to plug his prison diaries. You wouldn’t believe the injustice and hardship the poor man has had to endure in his six weeks behind bars (true to form he claimed it was two months). Nelson Mandela has nothing on him.

Good Friday must be a really bad day for BBC bookers if this self-pitying ex-con is the best they can do.

(Prior to sentencing, Hipwell’s solicitor claimed his client had a life-threatening kidney disease. What are the chances of an Ernest Saunders-like miraculous recovery now that he’s out?)

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Iran targets Hirsi Ali

The speakers of parliaments belonging to the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) have been having a little get-together in Istanbul over the past couple of days. The Iranian representative Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel has taken the opportunity to stir up some Muslim outrage with a letter to the general secretary of the conference:
"Following the publication of defamatory cartoons in the newspapers of Denmark and some other European countries which have hurt the feelings of Muslims across the globe, we have heard that Ms. Ayan Hirsi Ali, a Member of Parliament of the Netherlands is busy making a movie titled "Submission 2" with an anti-Islamic theme."

"I deem it necessary to request Your Excellency, as the Secretary General of Parliamentary Union of OIC Member States to inform the honorable speakers of Parliaments of Islamic States of the matter and ensure that appropriate measures are taken by the member parliaments to deal with that. The General Secretariat of PUIC, too, is requested to react to this matter by having it raised in other international parliamentary institutions," said the letter.

The General Secretary of the PUIC read the letter in the Executive Committee of the Conference on Tuesday and it was agreed that the issue should be placed on the agenda of the OIC summit which is to kick off on Wednesday in Istanbul.
I think “kick off” is particularly appropriate. I bet they’re already distributing the Dutch flags throughout the Middle East (a box of Allah's Flame matches free with every purchase).

Of course, Holland has nothing to worry about with Jan Schoonenboom on its side.

South Park Update

Comedy Central did censor the image of Mohammed.

(Jesus crapping on the US flag was fine though)

Update Friday April 14. Irony alert. Comedy Central has selected a clip from the censored episode to show on its website - the clip includes a reminder that free speech is protected by the First Amendment.

And here’s the Washington Post’s TV columnist Lisa de Moraes:
Comedy Central has gone all cautious and timid again, this time banning an image of Muhammad from an episode of its irreverent cartoon series "South Park," citing "recent world events."
Unlike the fearless Washington Post which... er... didn't publish any of the Mohammed cartoons.

(Michelle Malkin has new designs for Comedy Central's logo.)

Previoulsy on DFH.

Where in the World?

Today, driven by hate, the stormtroopers of competing sects…swarm all over the big cities
[…]
While Muslims wage war on each other for alleged "deviations" from the "true path", non-Muslims are being targeted for what little they have in the way of human rights, livelihood and property
[…]
…violence continues to escalate in every sphere…(a Human Rights Commission) saw "total breakdown in the law-and-order situation across the country". No citizen, it said, is safe from harm… Women are the most vulnerable.
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Not Iraq. Pakistan.

South Park: Cartoon Wars II

Part two of South Park’s “Cartoon Wars” aired last night in America, and there was no image of Mohammed. At the key moment a black screen appeared with the following:

"In this shot, Mohammed hands a football helmet to Family Guy."
"Comedy Central has refused to broadcast an image of Mohammed on their network."
A cartoon made by Islamic terrorists depicting Jesus and President Bush crapping on each other and the American flag is then shown without censorship.Matt and Trey may have known Comedy Central would puss out, or they may have had no intention of showing Mohammed in last night’s episode (they have shown him before, after all), but they made their point very effectively. One rule for Islam, another for everyone else.

See the clip at the Political Pit Bull, or read a transcript at the Volokh Conspiracy.

Update April 18. Those of you following the link from the Washington Post should go here to read my comment on Lisa de Moraes' column.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Indonesian Muslims Demand Decent Porn

Reuters:

About 300 hardline Indonesian Muslims vandalised a building housing the office of Playboy magazine on Wednesday in a protest against its publication in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Clad in white shirts and skull caps the protesters threw rocks at the front lobby, breaking the windows of the building in the south of Jakarta several days after the magazine hit news-stands for the first time.

Shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest), the protesters also ripped apart several copies of the Indonesian Playboy, which unlike the U.S. original does not show any nudity.
I can see their point. It does seem a bit unfair that only the infidels get to see any tits.

Pictures from Reuters/AP via Yahoo News.

Dutch courage

In a stunning example of the grotesque moral relativism that pervades the sick mindset of western dhimmi appeasers, an ‘independent’ Dutch think-tank is calling on the Netherlands’ government to forge closer ties with the likes of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood and distance itself from western allies. Jan Schoonenboom of the Scientific Council for Government Policy also recommends that the Dutch should embrace aspects of Islamic law instead of being “so spastic about the Sharia”.

He concludes: “Do we want to go on living in a land that is plagued by fear of attacks? A cultural change is needed here.”

Two words Mr Schoonenboom - Fuck and Off.

News reports at NIS and Expatica. More comment at Peaktalk, LGF, Dhimmi Watch, and the Infidel Bloggers Alliance.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

PBUH

Today millions of people have been celebrating the birthday of the figure they regard as the greatest living being of all time.

Unbelievably, the BBC has actually reproduced his image.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Are you free on April 29th?

If so, the Rochdale Islamic Re-enactment Society could do with your help.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Galloway

George Galloway at a "magnificent Rally on ‘Islamophobia, the war and freedom of Speech’ in London" last night:
"I want to make it clear, I and Respect support the armed resistance in Iraq and the armed resistance in Palestine."
Here are a couple of recent examples of what George and his sick followers support.
Iraq

Suicide bombers, one dressed as a woman, blasted worshippers as they left a Shiite mosque after Friday prayers, killing at least 79 people and wounding more than 160 in the deadliest attack in Iraq this year.
Israel

Rafi, 63, and Helena, 58, were killed along with Shaked Lasker, 16, and Re'ut Feldman, 19, when they picked up a suicide bomber who they believed was a haredi man trying to hitch a ride.

"Wet white liberals: the ultimate black joke"

"Politically correct do-gooders do more harm than they know" says Nirpal Singh Dhaliwal in the Sunday Times:
We’d often get a fresh-faced, idealistic teacher who had no doubt read Marx and Malcolm X and done an elective in post-colonial theory at polytechnic. We ate those suckers alive.

Desperate to empathise with our persecution, they were knocked dead by our indifference and rampant misbehaviour. At the first sniff of guilt-ridden middle-class weakness, the feral instincts of teenage boys were unleashed and the class descended into anarchy. They thought we’d been crazed by oppression, so didn’t want to come down too hard on us. They wanted to understand instead. When it did get too much for them and they threatened to march one of us to the headmaster’s office, our immediate protest would be: “You’re a racist!”

They’d cower behind their desks, mortified that we’d recognised some deeply suppressed prejudice within them, while we got back to hurling insults, beating the crap out of each other and rolling joints to smoke at lunchtime.

Talking in Memphis

Brigitte Gabriel, a Lebanese-born campaigner who speaks on Middle East affairs and militant Islam, recounts a recent appearance at the University of Memphis in the American Thinker. Some extracts:
I was invited to give a lecture sponsored by Professor David Patterson of the Judaic Studies Program. When news about my appearance spread, the Muslim community both on and off campus launched a full-scale campaign to stop my lecture…

Dr. Patterson refused to bow to their intimidation and insisted on going on with the scheduled speech.
By the time I showed up at the amphitheater style lecture hall on campus, police officers were already standing at each entrance…

It is a sad state of affairs when any speaker on any American University campus has to be surrounded by police officers to protect their freedom of speech and person from intimidation and menace. America is the country where free speech is protected under our constitution…

At the end of the lecture the Muslims immediately in front swarmed over me questioning and intimidating. Police officers quickly moved in and pulled me out straight to the police cars as the enraged Muslims started shouting.


Read it all.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

NuLabour: £70 billion (at least) on consultants

From the Times, via Burning Our Money:
WHEN the Labour Party were in opposition, they lambasted the ruling Conservative Government for spending up to £500 million a year on management and IT systems consultants.

Now new Labour are in power, they seem to have changed their minds. Blair’s and Brown’s new Labour will not be spending a mere £500 million a year on consultants — they have much more ambitious plans than that…

This is turning out to be an expensive exercise that will cost us, the taxpayers, well over £70 billion — more than £20 billion for management consultants and at least another £50 billion for IT systems consultants…

Once new Labour and their consultants started blatantly lying and falsifying figures to prove that their failing policies were working, there was no turning back. The more that was spent, the larger the lies became. However, as the millions wasted became hundreds of millions and then billions, still with paltry results, lies were no longer enough to put a favourable gloss on the unfolding catastrophe.

FUCKING BASTARDS.

Sue Barker Grand National Screencap

Isn't it time someone told Sue Barker that 1980s pub landlady is not a good look?

Alexander the Great Dork

A couple of weeks ago the Telegraph reported that Muslims were killing stray dogs in Turkey. Under the headingAbusing dogs? Now they've gone too far!” I commented, “I bet more people in Britain get worked up about this than they do about threats to free expression”.

This was Guardian columnist Alexander Chancellor's response to the death threats and protests which followed in the wake of the Mohammed cartoons:
Take the recent London protest in which Muslim extremists called for the "beheading" of those who insult Islam. This, it was said, was incitement to murder, a crime calling out for criminal prosecution. But I couldn't really take it seriously, for beheading is one of the least practical forms of murder...

So I don't think we should worry too much. These periodic crises are characterised by a great deal of humbug on all sides.
And here’s Alexander Chancellor today:
When I visited Turkey last week on an inaugural London-to-Ankara flight, I decided the country was clearly ripe for membership of the European Union. Only a short walk from my hotel I found a Marks & Spencer, a McDonald's, a Body Shop and a Mothercare. I could have been in Milton Keynes.

But on the flight home next day, a stewardess gave me a copy of the Daily Telegraph that threatened to change my view. It contained a story from Ankara, the city I had just left, bearing the headline Muslims Accused of Killing "Unclean" Dogs. The report said a Turkish vet caring for stray animals had come across hundreds of dead dogs in a municipal dump. These were said to have been left there by city workers who liked to round up, torture and kill dogs because they believed them "unclean".

This made me wonder if Turkey really is ready to join Europe. True, its people seemed charming, intelligent and civilised; and its capital city could boast an M&S. But this was no way to treat a dog.
It’s nice of British Airways to take people like Chancellor on its new London-Ankara flights; it can’t be easy seating people with their heads up their arses.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Peter Oborne on the Blair/Cameron meeting

From the Spectator:
In 15 years of covering domestic politics I have never reported on anything half as sordid as Tuesday’s meeting between Tony Blair and David Cameron in the Prime Minister’s L-shaped Commons office. Afterwards David Cameron took it upon himself to issue the standard Blairite defence of the recent scandals: ‘We have a relatively uncorrupt party system but we do have a party funding system that is in a mess.’ Charlie Falconer, the Prime Minister’s chief apologist during the funding scandal, couldn’t have put it better...

This wasn’t an attempt to make British politics cleaner. It was another stitch-up...

So Tuesday’s Cameron–Blair meeting — moved from Downing Street at a late stage — was naturally furtive. The seclusion of the meeting-place, well out of the range of press or cameras, was an implicit acknowledgment of a dirty secret. The old forms of democracy have failed and been replaced by a political cartel which both Cameron and Blair have chosen to embody: manipulative, deceitful, self-interested and ideologically empty. The old self-financing mass parties have collapsed and gradually been replaced by externally funded elite factional groupings. New Labour is the most advanced model to have emerged in Britain to date, though David Cameron is seeking to emulate and doubtless to improve on it.
What a choice we'll have at the next election - Gordon Brown or the new Tony Blair.

And while I'm on the topic of Cameron, there was quite an amusing letter about his attack on UKIP in yesterday's Telegraph. It's just a shame the correspondent didn't sign himself "Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells":
Sir - Perhaps the greatest collection of political fruitcakes and loonies are those members of the Tory party who elected a closet socialist as their leader.
Edward Jackson, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middx

What year is it again?

Nigeria:
Association of Journalists for Islam (AJI) has called on scientists never to ignore God irrespective of their discovery, adding that the solar eclipse was a miracle from God and not a co-incidence of the sun and moon.

South Park nails it again...

Trey Parker and Matt Stone turned their attentions to Mohammed cartoons this week. There’s a great clip at the Political Pit Bull, and a round-up of blogger reaction at Michelle Malkin.

South Park is the best.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

All white?

Last week the March for Free Expression was wrongly described as “all white”. This week, the same ‘accusation’ has been levelled at another demonstration.

The Intelligent Mr Webb

There’s a gem from Justin Webb over at Biased BBC:
“...right-wing people tend to watch Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, intelligent people tend to not bother with the telly at all, and young people get their news from the internet where they get it at all.”
The BBC world-view - only left-wingers are intelligent.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Terrorists? No, just extreme demonstrators

From icCheshire (Via Dhimmi Watch):
LONDON'S suicide bombings were not the acts of terrorists but just an extreme Muslim demonstration, a Chester professor has claimed...

Prof Geaves said: "I have included, rather controversially, the events in London as primarily an extreme form of demonstration and assess what these events actually mean in terms of their significance in the Muslim community.

"The word terrorism is a political word which always seems to be used to demonise people."
And that would never do.

Italy: Muslims told to vote Communist

Rome, 5 April (AKI) - The secretary general of Italy's largest Muslim organisation, the Union of Islamic communities in Italy (UCOII), has called on Italian Muslims to vote for the Party of Italian Communists at the general election...

The leader of UCOII said that [the Communist leader] Diliberto's willingness to accommodate the needs of the Muslim community was a good reason to vote for his party..
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Commies make good dhimmis.

On France...

Alison at Making Headlines recounts her experience as a student in France in the 90s and reflects on the troubles brewing over there now. Well worth reading.

A policeman's lot is not a happy one

Here's an interesting email from a British copper on Mark Steyn's website (scroll down):
BLAIR’S BLOWN IT FOR THE BRITISH BOBBY

I read your stuff all the time and am a big fan. You occasionally make reference to the Old Bill and for the most part accurately. The police have been dragged into the political arena by New Labour (Maggie at least had the decency to keep up some pretence of distance). The senior spots are reserved for the most pliable, New Labour types who spout diversity, commmunity policing, ID cards, ASBO's etc etc.

The poor guys on the ground are pulled from pillar to post, accused regularly of racism institutional or otherwise, forced to investigate so-called hate crimes, and left to face the music. I've been a London cop for 24 yrs. I used to be proud of it. No longer. Multiculty liberals have brought about a general withdrawal from the streets. Flag burning jihadis do pretty much whatever they like. We're wasting taxpayers’ money investigating crimes that shouldn't be crimes, and crimes that should have been dealt with firmly but for the yellow crescent of cowardice in our leaders, such as at the demos about Danish cartoons.

So a guy got shot by mistake at Stockwell tube in July. The operation was headed by officers with no recent street experience. I know that given the same judgement call, I and lots like me who make judgement calls every day would have called it differently. Anyway, in France they average one mistaken shooting by police a month. In Brazil, where the unfortunate chap came from, they haven't got time to count the bodies, they're too busy grafting and shooting.

I agree with you. I want to be on the winning side for Blair's "papers’ please" society will lose. England’s not done for yet Mark, but we're getting there.

Adrian.
And the writer of this letter is not alone. An online police forum and various police bloggers recently googlebombed “soft on crime” with links to the Labour Party's homepage. No wonder the powers that be don't like coppers' blogs.

Footnote. Even though all the links for the above googlebomb point directly to the labour.org.uk homepage, Google’s top listing has now changed to this Labour Party webpage attacking the LibDem’s crime policies:




However, if you do the same search at uk.yahoo, the Labour homepage is still up at the top of the listings:



The BBC’s web search also returns the Labour homepage, even though it uses the Google search engine:



So, how does it all work then? Is there a way to fool googlebombs, and if so why doesn't the BBC website reflect this? I'm sure there's a simple explanation. I mean, Google wouldn't change its own listings in deference to a country's ruling party, would it?

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

From the Michael Moore school of journalism...

Canal+ has been busted by rival French TV station France 5 for editing a White House press conference to make Bush look bad. More details and links to footage at No Pasaran.

Danish government increases grovelling fund.

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark will boost its spending on Middle East relations by up to 20 percent this year to try to repair damage caused by the row over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, a Foreign Ministry source said on Monday.
A Danish newspaper first published the cartoons last year, outraging Muslims who consider drawings of the Prophet to be blasphemous. Protesters in Islamic countries have since attacked Danish embassies and boycotted products from the country.
"The budget (for Denmark's main Middle East relations programme) is currently around 100 million Danish crowns (9 million pounds) a year and this will increase by 15 to 20 percent," the ministry source told Reuters.
I wonder how they’ll spend the extra money winning over the Middle East. How about an advertising campaign supporting the slaughter of Christian converts, or some funds to promote more female genital mutilation in Egypt, or maybe the sponsorship of another anti-Semitic professor in Saudi Arabia.

It’s time to stop all this bowing and scraping to Islamic countries over a few pictures. They should be the ones apologising to the rest of the world for their medieval treatment of women and non-Muslims.

Monday, April 03, 2006

First they came for the Buddhas...

Remember what the Taliban did to the Buddhas of Bamiyan? Well, thanks to a fatwa against statues issued by Egypt's Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, the antiquities of Egypt could be next:
A fatwa issued by Egypt's top religious authority which forbids the display of statues has art-lovers fearing it could be used by Islamic extremists as an excuse to destroy Egypt's historical heritage…

…many fear the edict could prod Islamic fundamentalists to attack Egypt's thousands of ancient and pharaonic statues on show at tourist sites across the country.

"We don't rule out that someone will enter the Karnak temple in Luxor or any other pharaonic temple and blow it up on the basis of the fatwa," Gamal al-Ghitani, editor of the literary Akhbar al-Adab magazine, said.
And Ken Livingstone’s mate Yussef al-Qaradawi agrees:
Qaradawi joined Gomaa in declaring that statues used for decoration are "haram" or un-Islamic.

"Islam proscribed statues, as long as they symbolise living entities such as human beings and animals," Qaradawi said on an Islamic website.
I'm still waiting for the short list of stuff that's not offensive.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Condi pics

Once again Nordish is the go-to guy for photos this week. He's been following the moonbats in Liverpool and Blackburn. The lad gets around.