Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Yorkshire terror camp pair jailed for seven years
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From The Yorkshire Post
TWO men who planned to attend a training camp for terrorists were jailed for seven years each today.Waheed Ali, 25, Mohammed Shakil, 32, and Sadeer Saleem, 28, were yesterday cleared of helping the July 7 bombers select their targets.
But Ali and Shakil were found guilty of conspiracy to attend a training camp for terrorists after they were arrested before boarding a flight for Pakistan in 2007.
Today Mr Justice Gross sentenced the pair to seven years each at Kingston Crown Court.
They were the only people to be charged as a result of the biggest police inquiry in British history.
Mr Justice Gross told Ali and Shakil it was an offence "at a serious level".
He said: "Your intention, but for your apprehension, was to attend a real camp and to use real guns in training at that camp.  This was not play acting and you were determined players, not naive dupes."
He told the pair there was a "very real prospect of reoffending".
The court heard Shakil has health problems, including an anxiety disorder, but while the judge said he had some sympathies for those difficulties, he added: "You have hitherto always managed to surmount such difficulties when it came to actually attending training camps."
Mr Justice Gross said the most important factor in his sentencing decision was to deter others attending such training camps.
The trial had heard about 1,000 young Muslims from the United Kingdom visited training camps in Pakistan between 1998 and 2003.
The judge said: "It must be made entirely clear, if necessary through sentences of an appropriate length, that such conduct is unacceptable."
He told Ali and Shakil they could not take the benefit of living in this country and then associate with those conspiring to kill British forces.
He added: "There can be no 'a la carte' citizenship."
Mr Justice Gross said: "By seeking to attend such a camp you betrayed a country that has given you and your family a home. That loyalty has been sadly lacking."
Hazel Webb, whose daughter Laura, 29, was killed at Edgware Road, expressed her dismay following the sentencing.  The personal assistant from Islington, north London, died in the explosion triggered by suicide bomber Mohammed Siddique Khan.
"All I can say is I am extremely disappointed that they didn't get the maximum sentence which could have been imposed," Mrs Webb said.
MANY more people were involved in the July 7 plot and will be charged with offences relating to the bombings, counter-terrorism sources have vowed.Today it can be revealed that some of the fingerprints found at the bomb factories used by Mohammed Sidique Khan and his fellow bombers have yet to be identified and may provide crucial leads.
One senior officer said: "This is the largest investigation ever carried out by the Metropolitan Police. "There were a large number of fingerprints at the bomb factories – the vast bulk belonged to the bombers but others are still unknown.
"The message should go out that we will go to the nth degree and pursue anyone who we think is involved in a plot against this country." Last night Deputy Assistant Commissioner John McDowall, head of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, said he too believes others were involved in planning the bombings.
He said: "While those directly responsible for the bombings died in the attacks, we remain convinced that others must have been involved in the planning.
"I, again, would urge anybody who has any information about the July 7 attacks to come forward and contact police.
"I do understand that people may have concerns about the impact of giving us information, but it is the right thing to do.

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Posted on 04/29/2009 1:13 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Musical Interlude: Too Late (Carole King)
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Posted on 04/29/2009 11:59 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Where did the brainy women go?
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When Wag-in-Chief Michelle Obama visited the UK, the papers all gushed and twittered about her hair and clothes, as if we had suddenly gone back to the Fifties. In today's Telegraph, Liz Hunt shares my horror of the recent outbreak of Stepford Wifery:

Political Wags are the most prominent women in public life right now, a source of high entertainment and vigorous debate. In Britain, the visit of Michelle Obama remains a cherished memory; what she said, what she wore, that endearing break with protocol when she placed an arm around the Queen's waist. A little more than a year ago, it was Madame Sarkozy who captivated us in a Jackie O tribute pill box.

Where, though, are the women who command international attention for their presence and their politics? Where are the modern-day Margaret Thatchers? There's Angela Merkel, but she's dull, dull, dull (and German). Hillary Clinton, the most powerful woman in the world, is generating headlines for the wrong reasons after a rambling speech in which she equated the battle for world peace with her battle of the bulge. Now the focus is on her very own evil axis – her marriage to Bill. Iran? Pakistan? Who cares when she's been spotted holding hands with the old goat?

At home, the picture's even worse. There's Jacqui Smith, a woman who will be remembered for plugs and porn rather than any policy of note. And, of course, Harriet Harman, who is steamrollering through an alienating agenda of social engineering only because everyone else in the Labour Party has given up. She wants gender, rather than ability, to determine access to employment – which is presumably how she and Smith got their jobs. How ironic that Harman's Equalities Bill is launched as the 30th anniversary of the election of Britain's only woman prime minister looms. Mrs Thatcher's sex was irrelevant; her ability and competence were everything. She was simply better than all her peers. You can't legislate for that.

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Posted on 04/29/2009 6:56 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Pak-Af your troubles in your old Af-Pak
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Gordon Brown has a strategy to defeat the menace of …er…. the thing we must not mention. It involves sticking names together and lopping bits off them. From the BBC (my emphasis):

Gordon Brown is to outline to MPs the government's revised strategy for the war in Afghanistan, following his visit to the country.

He is expected to say Pakistan - which was also on his tour - must be part of a solution to Afghanistan's problems.

Mr Brown has spoken of a "chain of terror" linking the region to the UK.

The prime minister is unlikely to commit more UK soldiers to Afghanistan, other than those to provide security at the forthcoming presidential election.

Mr Brown's statement comes hours after a British soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan.

The soldier, who was serving with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards died on Tuesday in an explosion while on foot patrol near Gereshk in HelmandProvince.

The soldier is expected to be named by the Ministry of Defence on Wednesday.

The so-called "Af-Pak" solution is likely to echo US President Obama's new policy unveiled in March.

 

He got the idea from Obama. From the Wall Street Journal:

Mr. Obama took a giant step beyond the Bush administration's "Afghanistan policy" when he named the issue "AfPak" -- Afghanistan, Pakistan and their shared, Pashtun-populated border. But this is inverted. We suggest renaming the policy "PakAf," to emphasize that, from the perspective of U.S. interests and regional stability, the heart of the problem lies in Pakistan

Following successful delivery of the Af-Pak/Pak-Af solution, our Prime Minister hopes to roll out a Sy-Rak strategy, Saudi-Ran-Somal-Gerian synergy and a Libi-Leb long-term linkage plan going forward.

 

Update: Reader Bigland predicts that it will all end in a "Fa-Kap".

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Posted on 04/29/2009 5:53 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Roseng?rd firefighters call it quits
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From the Swedish edition of The Local.
After months of suffering through thrown rocks and threats directed at his squadron during numerous calls to the Rosengård neighbourhood in Malmö, local fire chief Henrik Persson said on Tuesday he is stepping down from his post.
I’m not getting any support from our top management. They don’t listen to our requests for a secure working environment,” Persson told the Sydsvenskan newspaper.
Persson, who also sits in on the board of Sweden’s national firefighters’ union, said he will abandon his leadership role at the Jägersro fire station and instead continue work as a rank-and-file firefighter.
Three other firefighters, including another squadron leader from the Jägersro fire station, also said on Tuesday they were quitting in hopes of relocating to other stations,

Firefighters and police officers have long been subject to thrown rocks and threats on calls to the predominantly immigrant neighbourhood, with fire fighters working to introduce measures to make their jobs safer.
But their efforts have been for naught, according to Persson, who feels that he can no longer guarantee the safety of his colleagues.
“At a recent meeting a police officer said we need to be ready to have Molotov cocktails thrown at us,” he said.
The comments are heated (for Sweden).
From Tony -  I’m quite amazed that this time the word “immigrants” made to the news when talking about riots and crimes in Sweden. What has happened with the mysterious “youths”? You and your brave men have my respect.
From Wxman - Well, well! Here we find ourselves again addressing the same problem. Yesterday we read that Sweden has a very high rape rate; now today we learn that firefighters are attacked when they make calls to certain neighborhoods. Hmmmmmm, I wonder if there could be possibly be a common factor? (Sarcasm off)

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Posted on 04/29/2009 3:58 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Judge disciplines accused in terror trial
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DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — An Islamic terrorist suspect, on trial with three others on charges they plotted attacks on American targets in Germany, was thrown out of the courtroom Tuesday after an outburst.
Judge Ottmar Breidling threw Adem Yilmaz, 30, out of the Duesseldorf state court for the day after the suspect yelled: "I want back in my cell!"
Breidling also sentenced him to an extra week's imprisonment, to be added on to any possible sentence.
Yilmaz has already earned two extra weeks in prison as punishment from Breidling for refusing to stand up during the swearing-in of a translator last week. He told the court: "I only stand up for Allah."
Prosecutors allege that the group planned car bomb attacks on various sites, including a U.S. military base with the aim of killing "as many people as possible."
All the suspects are accused of being members of the radical Islamic Jihad Union, an offshoot of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. They face charges including membership in a terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit murder.
Schneider is further charged with attempted murder, for allegedly grabbing an officer's gun and firing it at him during arrest. He faces possible life in prison.

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Posted on 04/29/2009 3:52 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009
That which we call a bacon sandwich, by any other name would smell as sweet.
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The dislike of pigs and pig products among Muslims is drilled in young and goes deep.
I have known quite a few Jews who would eat and enjoy pork in certain circumstances; I have never known a Jew with the deep horror of anything pertaining to the pig that all Muslims display.
I was walking past an Islamic primary school in East London one Saturday morning a few weeks ago. Lovely artwork in the window and I will take it at face value because I will not think ill of infant school age children and that they do not mean what they had written on the beauty of nature and the virtues of neighbourliness.

I think there must have been a special class on as children were leaving with their parents. One man, of Turkish origin I would say from his features, had a boy and girl of maybe 4 and 5, none of them in clothing that one thinks of as Islamic.
The school is next to a pub and within quite a busy local shopping centre.

I could smell bacon frying which I thought was from a café but which seemed to be coming from a house on the corner of a side street. I started to debate whether I had time to visit one of the cafes for a bacon sandwich when I heard the father speak.
 “Disgusting”.
Little curious voice from one child. “What’s that smell Daddy?”
“That’s bacon that is. It’s disgusting. What is it?”
“It’s disgusting, daddy”

“Yes, Daddy, it’s disgusting”
But of course the smell of frying bacon is one of the most delicious aromas known to mankind. It has brought vegetarians back from the abyss. Unlike the stench of a dustbin or dogdirt the children didn’t know that it was “disgusting” until they were told.

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Posted on 04/29/2009 2:33 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009
The third largest importer of weaponry in the world is the UAE?!
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From AP:

STOCKHOLM – The volume of weapons exported to the Middle East has risen sharply in the last four years, threatening to destabilize the volatile region further, a leading Swedish think tank warned Monday.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said arms exports to the Middle East increased 38 percent in the period 2004 to 2008, compared with 1999 to 2003. The United States supplied most of the arms although major shipments also came from France.

The United Arab Emirates was the biggest importer of weapons in the region — and the third biggest in the world, after China and India, SIPRI said in a report on global arms transfers. In the 2004-2008 period, the UAE bought 80 F-16E combat aircraft from the U.S. and 50 Mirage 2000-9 fighters from France, it said.

"This is of course a big concern in a region where we see a lot of tension and full-out conflicts," SIPRI researcher Pieter Wezeman told The Associated Press.

He warned that growing arsenals in the Gulf could trigger a response from Iran and encourage it to pursue nuclear weapons.

You just know that when Iran builds nuclear weapons, it will be the fault of the U.S. for having supplied weapons to the UAE and the KSA, thus forcing the peace-loving Iranians to protect themselves from the evil Sunnis. 

"When Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates increase their arsenals there is a risk that Iran will feel even more threatened and marginalized than it already is," he said. "This should be very much taken into account when countries decide to supply these countries with weapons."

During the four-year period, the UAE accounted for 34 percent of the arms imports in the Middle East. Israel accounted for 22 percent and Egypt 14 percent. Only 5 percent of the arms transfers to the region went to Iran, the report said.

One would like to believe that those 78% (i.e. 100% minus Israel's 22%) of weapons imports in the Middle East will be used for intra-Islamic internecine warfare.  But much more likely, they will be used against Israel.  There is also a very good chance that these weapons will be used against U.S. troops (or citizens) at some point, in some place.  The Obama administration ought to reconsider this ill-advised policy.

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Posted on 04/29/2009 1:14 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Whither the noble interrobang?
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Interrobang

The recent contretemps about living languages and their changes over time, brought to mind the interrobang.  From wikipedia:

American Martin K. Speckter invented the interrobang in 1962. As the head of an advertising agency, Speckter believed that advertisements would look better if copywriters conveyed surprised rhetorical questions using a single mark. He proposed the concept of a single punctuation mark in an article in the magazine TYPEtalks. Speckter solicited possible names for the new character from readers. Contenders included rhet, exclarotive, and exclamaquest, but he settled on interrobang. He chose the name to reference the punctuation marks that inspired it: interrogatio is Latin for "a rhetorical question" or "cross-examination"; bang is printers' slang for the exclamation point. Graphic treatments for the new mark were also submitted in response to the article.

In 1966, Richard Isbell of American Type Founders issued the Americana typeface and included the interrobang as one of the characters. In 1968, an interrobang key was available on some Remington typewriters. During the 1970s, it was possible to buy replacement interrobang keycaps and typefaces for some Smith-Corona typewriters. The interrobang was in vogue for much of the 1960s, with the word interrobang appearing in some dictionaries and the mark itself being featured in magazine and newspaper articles.

The interrobang failed to amount to much more than a fad, however. It has not become a standard punctuation mark. Although most fonts do not include the interrobang, it has not disappeared: Microsoft provides several versions of the interrobang character as part of the Wingdings 2 character set ( on the }/] and the ~/` keys) available with Microsoft Office. It was accepted into Unicode and is present in several fonts, including Lucida Sans Unicode, Arial Unicode MS, and Calibri, the default font in the new Office 2007 suite.

The French equivalent is "point exclarrogatif", expressing a similar idea - the fusion between "point d'interrogation" (?) and "point d'exclamation" (!).

I bet Martin K. Speckter is fluent in Volapük.  Consciously-created languages, words, and punctuation never seem to gain currency.  Unless your name happens to be William Shakespeare.  And it's not, so just leave it alone, mate.

Example usage of the interrobang:

"They're rioting over the name of a teddy bear?!"
"The third largest importer of weaponry in the world is the UAE?!"
"Aisha was how old when Mohammad raped her?!"
"As long as it was then sold to a neighboring tribe, Ayatollah Khomeini said it was okay to do what with a goat?!"

As you can see, the interrobang can come in quite handy.  Almost as handy as the "sarcasm mark".

UPDATE: Feh.  The embedded interrobangs in the above examples are unhelpfully being converted to question marks.  So, I'm forced to resort to "?!".  Please use your imagination, and picture an interrobang instead.  Quite an improvement, don't you think?

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Posted on 04/28/2009 10:09 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Catullus 101
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Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus
advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias,
ut te postremo donarem munere mortis
et mutam nequiquam alloquerer cinerem.
Quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum.
Heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi,
nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum
tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,
accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,
atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

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Posted on 04/28/2009 11:38 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Musical Interlude: What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
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Posted on 04/28/2009 9:51 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Ice shelf the size of New York City collapses off Antarctica
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Trouble.  From Reuters:

An area of an Antarctic ice shelf almost the size of New York City has broken into icebergs this month after the collapse of an ice bridge widely blamed on global warming, a scientist said Tuesday.

"The northern ice front of the Wilkins Ice Shelf has become unstable and the first icebergs have been released," Angelika Humbert, glaciologist at the University of Muenster in Germany, said of European Space Agency satellite images of the shelf.

Humbert told Reuters about 700 sq km (270.3 sq mile) of ice -- bigger than Singapore or Bahrain and almost the size of New York City -- has broken off the Wilkins this month and shattered into a mass of icebergs.

She said 370 sq kms of ice had cracked up in recent days from the Shelf, the latest of about 10 shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula to retreat in a trend linked by the U.N. Climate Panel to global warming.

The new icebergs added to 330 sq kms of ice that broke up earlier this month with the shattering of an ice bridge apparently pinning the Wilkins in place between Charcot island and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Nine other shelves -- ice floating on the sea and linked to the coast -- have receded or collapsed around the Antarctic peninsula in the past 50 years, often abruptly like the Larsen A in 1995 or the Larsen B in 2002.

The disquieting statistics continue in the original story.

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Posted on 04/28/2009 9:41 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Iqra: the backstreet bookshop that taught frontline war
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From The Times
The shop on Beeston Hill was called Iqra, Arabic for “recite”. It was the first word of the Koran as revealed to the Prophet.
When the shop was opened in 2000 by “a dedicated core of brothers and sisters who have taken it upon themselves to propagate the message of Islam”, Iqra was welcomed by many local Muslims. Too many of their children were going astray, lured by the corrupting decadence – alcohol, drugs, clubs, sex – of Western society and alienated from their parents’ customs and values.
So when a group of bright young Beeston Muslims, some of them youth workers, decided to open Iqra – with its English books, DVDs and classes – it was hoped that a lost generation might be returned to the fold. The bookshop did turn some away from drugs and petty crime. Yet its main players had no intention of steering young minds towards the “folk Islam” that their parents had carried from South Asia.
The six trustees of Iqra, listed on a declaration form sent to the Charity Commission in 2002, included Mohammad Sidique Khan, who in 2005 would be the leader of the July 7 suicide bombers. Also named were Khalid Khaliq, jailed last year for a terrorism offence, and Sadeer Saleem and Waheed Ali, two of the three men cleared yesterday of helping to plan the July 7 mission.
Shehzad Tanweer, whose suicide rucksack would kill seven people at Aldgate, was one of four names subsequently added to the list of trustees. Hasib Hussain, the future bus bomber, and Mohammed Shakil, who was also cleared yesterday of any involvement in the July 7 plot, were regular visitors. The charity offered membership of a global brotherhood of true believers that held both the older generation’s Hindu-influenced Barelwi Islam – Sufi pirs (masters), music and festivals – and liberal democracy in equal contempt.
After rejecting the Hardy Street mosque used by their parents, the group moved initially to the Deobandi mosque on Stratford Street whose literal interpretation of the faith was far more in tune with their new-found beliefs. But even that would eventually prove inadequate because political discussions were discouraged.
Iqra was not just a bookshop. Over three floors, its back rooms included an internet suite, a prayer room, an office and a digital video-editing suite.
Every room breathed the Salafi jihadist creed. It was shouted by the radical websites, argued in the literature and proclaimed in the store’s collection of graphic videos and DVDs. That it was every Muslim’s duty to wage jihad was as unquestionable as the certainty that martyrdom was an honour to be sought.And all the while, well-intentioned public bodies were throwing money at the Iqra gang, whose projects included a school, a youth access venue and a gym. Grants totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds were made by the regional development agency Yorkshire Forward and the local council, churches and charities.
And so life in Beeston continues. Mr Gilbertson (former employee) says that not once inside Iqra did he hear a Muslim voice raised to challenge the prevailing orthodoxy. Police have voiced frustration at the lack of cooperation they have received from certain people in Beeston who are, they believe, withholding vital information about the terror gang.

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Posted on 04/28/2009 5:32 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009
?Muslims immune from swine flu symptoms??
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From Al Bawaba.com. I did say something very similar. Not quite enough to win me my bet tho' not yet.
While the Arab world is on high alert in fear of the swine flu outbreak, many Muslims in the Middle East are certain they are safe and immune from the new strain.  
Generally speaking, Islam prohibits the consumption of pork because it considers the pig to be "unclean". Many Muslim doctors and specialists have been claiming long before the present plight that pork is a harmful diet. In addition, according to the Islamic belief, consumption of swine-flesh leads to lowliness in soul and demolishes spiritual and moral faculties in any person.  
Thus, the news about the symptoms and the infections from the current swine flu virus created a heated debate in the streets, the cafes and internet forums all across the Arab world - will the "scavenger pig" spread also among the Muslims? 
A review of some posts loaded in recent days to the internet exposes some kind of optimism among the Muslims.
"Muslims are better immune. Did you ever hear of SARS cases in Muslim countries?" Other posts support this view, claiming Muslims will not be infected as they don't eat the "dirty" pork.
In recent hours, there are suggestions asserting the virus will soon hit the Arab world. Some unconfirmed reports indicate that some cases of swine flu have already been detected in Egypt.
As always, when such big news spread all over the world, the rumor mills in the Arab world start to work around the clock. The most popular rumor in this regard is that the Muslims themselves created this swine flu virus with the aim reducing the world's Christian population….
Funny, Christians always pray for you . . .

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Posted on 04/28/2009 5:24 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Pseudsday Tuesday
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The Times Literary Supplement has a short note on “poetry babble”:

 

Poetry babble is a tool of measurement used to gauge the relations between poetry as it appears on the page and the critical comments on the back of the book. In certain cases, the gulf separating the two can be wide indeed. Classical babbleologists point to Lisa Jarnot’s book Ring of Fire, which includes many lines like “ding dong/ dug dirt / ditch dib / chimp chore”, and others such as “Anomalous circus events take the shape of  / mandible density in the great outer planets. Readers wondering if they should read Ring of Fire pondered Patrick Pritchett’s endorsement: “Rising on wave after wave of near endless iteration, like a linguistic Mandelbrot set, they arrive in the long moment after loss as the signature and enactment of an initiation.”

 

Few precedents are as clear, but John Goodby’s uncaged sea (Waterloo Press), which has seventy-five pages of verse like this –

 

haD the measure
   ever GlorY
shuffLed
   bearing seA

iroNs…

 

-stimulates John Hartley Williams to emulate Mr Pritchett: “What can one say of such a ‘tusked ramshackling’ work? All I could say after reading it was: ‘like the dramatic sea I have been a ball of lakes.’”

 

All? Actually that switching from upper to lower case beats boring old e. e. cummings, or e. E. cuMminGs as that capital fellow should be called.

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Posted on 04/28/2009 10:28 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Geert Wilders' Speech At Florida Free Speech Summit
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Thanks to Pamela Geller for providing this transcription of Wilders' speech:

I wish I had come to a place they call they call The Sunshine State with better news, but it would be very unwise to deny that the situation indeed is very gloomy, and it might take a while for you to understand the situation that we are in now. Maybe you as Americans still think that Europe is a place with a great culture and a profound way of looking at things. Maybe you see immigration as something that is inherently good for our country as it contributed so much for the United States, and I understand that. But Ladies and Gentleman the Europe as you know it from visiting Europe or from stories from your parents or friends or whoever, is on the verge of collapsing.

We are now witnessing profound changes that will forever alter Europe's destiny and might send the Continent in what Ronald Reagan once called: "A thousand years of darkness."

And the takeover of Europe, that is currently taking place, is part of a global fight, a global fight of Islam for World domination.

Let me tell you first, that Islam is not a religion. Islam is a totalitarian political ideology. Islam hearts lies at the Koran and the Koran is a book that calls for hatred, that calls for violence, for murder, for terrorism, for war and submission.

The Koran calls upon Muslims to kill Kuffars, non-Muslims. The Koran describes Jews as monkeys and pigs, and Churchill, and I agree with him, Churchill compared the Koran, the book in the 50's, to Adolf Hitlers book Mein Kampf.

Ladies and Gentleman the core of the problem with Islam is twofold, First, the commands of the Koran are not limited by place or time, they apply for all time, to all Muslims of the World.

Second, the Koran is Allah's personal words that leaves no room for interpretation, therefore, there is not such a thing as a moderate Islam. Of course, there are many moderate Muslims, but a moderate Islam does not exist.

As the Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Erdogan once rightfully said, he said: "There is no moderate Islam, Islam is Islam"

Apart from the Koran, the life of the Prophet Mohammed is very important for you to understand, in order to understand this terrible ideology. Mohammed plays the crucial part in this Islamic totalitarian ideology. Mohammed in fact is the role model for all Muslims in the World but, who was Mohammed? Mohammed, in fact was a paedophile, was a conqueror, was a Warlord and in establishing Islam he preached violence and the slaughter of non-Muslims.

He took part in 78 battles and slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayzah and Mohammed once said and I quote: "I have been ordered by Allah to fight against people until they testify that there is no God but Allah and that Mohammed is his messenger"

And, indeed, Mohammed's behaviour inspired Iran's former leader the Ayatollah Khomeini to say and I quote: "The purest joy in Islam is to kill and be killed for Allah"

And Mohammed's behaviour and the Koran inspired Jihadists all over the World to slaughter innocent people like they did in Washington, in New York, in Madrid, in London and in Mumbai.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Islam has always intended to conquer Europe and it has done so for centuries.

The Christian city of Constantinople fell in the 15 century and now in the 21st century. Islam is trying again, but this time, not with Armies, but through the application of AlHaya the Islamic doctrine of migration. As expounded so masterfully by my good friend Sam Solomon in his (book ?????) The doctrine that is based on the example of Mohammed who himself migrated from Mecca to Medina.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi said and he unfortunately is correct, and I quote: "We have 50 million Muslims in Europe and there are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe, without swords, without guns, without conquest. The 50 million Muslims of Europe will turn Europe into a muslim contininent within a few decades" Ladies and Gentlemen, unfortunately Gaddafi is right.

The AlHaya doctrine is and has been very successful in Europe for the first time in World history there are dozens of millions of Muslims living far outside the dark area of Islam, the Islamic World, and that poses enormous problems to the West.

Ladies and Gentlemen AlHaya may be the end of the western civilisation as we know it, for Islam is not coming to our societies to integrate or to assimilate but wants to dominate, and wants to submit us all, and the most dramatic situation is the one in Europe today.

My country is in the process of becoming Hollandistan as Europe is becoming in the process of becoming Eurabia. Only 12% of the German Muslims see themselves more German than Muslims, and churches throughout Europe are emptying out whereas Mosques are shooting up like mushrooms. Many evil phenomena such as Burqas, honour killings, female genitalia mutilations are becoming more and more prevalent.. Sharia testaments, Sharia mortgages, Sharia schools, Sharia banks, Sharia courts and even sharia Barbie dolls - Europe has them all today.

And I have not even mentioned the fact that for instance 70% of all crimes in the European city like Copenhagen are committed by Muslims. Indeed, we let in the Trojan Horse and the free World is now facing a Stealh Jihad, the Islamic attempt to introduce Sharia Law, bit by bit (or hit by hit?).

Allow me to give you a few examples also of the Islamisation here in the United States:-
Muslim taxi drivers in Minneapolis have refused over 5,000 passengers because they were carrying alcohol. Muslim students are demanding separate campus housing. Muslim women are demanding separate hours and gyms, and swimming pools. Schools are already banning Halloween and Christmas celebrations. Indeed, schools are taking pork off their cafeteria menus to avoid Muslim students.

Ladies and Gentlemen, be aware that this is only the beginning. If things continue like this, you will have the same problems that we are facing in Europe today. And if we do not stop the process of Islamization, I am sure we will lose everything, we will lose our identity, we will lose our culture, we will lose our Democratic Constitutions, we will lose our freedom, we will lose our Civilization.

In Europe we are already losing the fight for freedom of speech. We are losing the fight to criticize Islam and I think that criticizing religions and ideologies, always, always ought to be possible in a free World. Human rights exists for the protection of individuals, not religions and certainly not ideologies. so I propose that all the hate speech laws in Europe are to be repealed.

Europe ought to defend the freedom of speech.

In fact Europe should adopt a US model like the First Amendment. The difference between United States and Europe and the area of free speech is for instance shown by the example of my short film Fitna.

A few months ago, I was invited to show Fitna in the Senate, in your democratic Senate, by Senator Jon Kyl and in contrast to that the screening of my film Fitna was banned twice in the terrible European Parliament, and let us see to which the Freedom of Speech is exercized not only in Washington DC but also in Brussels and Strasbourg, and that is why we do need a European First Amendment.

Ladies and Gentlemen, there is one country in our Western Civilization that has been forced to fight the forces of Jihad for its values since the very day of its existence: Israel the Canary in the Coal Mine. Let me say a few words about that wonderful country.

I had the privilege myself to live in Israel for a few years and since then I have visited that country many many times.. Why? Because I love it, I do love Israel.

However, in Europe, being Pro-American, being Pro-Israel makes you an endangered species. Israel is a Beacon of Light in an area, the Middle East, that is pitch black everywhere else.

Israel is a Western Democracy, whilst Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and all the other countries in the region are medieval dictatorships. And the so -called Middle East conflict, as you all know it, is not about land at all. It's a conflict about, once again, about ideologies. It's a conflict and a battle between Islam and Freedom. It's not about some land in Gaza or Judea or Samaria, it's about Jihad.

To Islam the whole of Israel is occupied terroritory. They see Tel Aviv and Haifa as settlements as well, and I am very much in favour of a two state settlement solution but then the two state solution from Winston Churchill in 1921, when Palestine was partitioned into a Jewish and an Arab part, Arab Palestine, Ladies and Gentlemen, is now called Jordan and I think that Jordan is the Palestinian State.

Islam forces Israel to fight. Israel is not just fighting for itself, Israel is fighting for all of us, for the entire West, just like those brave American soldiers who landed in Sicily in 1943 and stormed the Normandy beaches in 1944.

Young Israeli men today, young Israeli Women today, are fighting for our freedom, are fighting for our civilization, and like Bosnia, like Kosovo, like Nigeria, like Sudan, like the Caucasus, like Kashmir, like Southern Thailand, like Western China and the South of the Phillipines, Israel is situated exactly on the dividing line between dar al Islam, the Islamic World and dar al Harb the non-Islamic World. It is no coincidence that it is precisely this dividing line, where blood is flowing and war is raging in many many areas.

And, we have to get rid of that politically correct fallacy that it is all about separate conflicts, it's not. Let us please allow ourselves at least to see the big picture, which is, that all those conflicts, have to do with Jihad, Jihad in the spirit of Mohammed. Ladies and Gentlemen, Europe ought to fully back Israel to the hilt and (???help) us fight against those that threaten it, whether it's Hezbollah, whether it's Hamas, or Nuclear Iran. Also, because of it's history, Europe has certainly the moral duty and obligation to prevent at all cost, another Holocaust against the Jewish people.

Ladies and Gentlemen, still Islam is not our No. 1 problem, our No. 1 problem is called 'Cultural Relativism', the Elites that rule our countries have converted us to this sick philosophy a long time ago. Government leaders, Judges, even Churches, Trade Unions, Universitities, the Media, all of them are blinded by political correctness and have chosen the side of Islam. They feel sorry for Muslims and pity them. 'Cultural Relativism' is weakening the West day by day. As a result of this 'Cultural Relativism' a little bit of the Free West dies everyday. Many Politicians, seem to believe, unfortunately, that their job is not to defend democracy but to help to make the transition to Sharia as smooth as possible.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am often asked whether I have any answers to all the problems that I mention or what those answers might be. Well, let me tell you, I certainly have a lot of answers. Here are a few things that I believe we should do in the West, to stop the Islamization.

First, I have already said it, we have to stop the idea of 'Cultural Relativism'. Get rid of the misconception that all cultures are equal. They are not. Our culture based on Christianity, on Judeaism and Humanism is far better than the Islamic culture. So we should stop it.

We should also stop pretending that Islam is a religion, sure, it has religious symbols, but it's not a religion. It is a totaltarian ideology and the right to religious freedom should not apply to Islam.

We should stop the mass immigration from Muslim countries. We have to stop it, today. No more immigrants from Muslim countries. We have to stop the AlHaya (sp??).

We have to encourage the voluntary repatriation. We have to expel criminals. We have to expel criminals with dual nationality even if we have to de-naturalize them and send them back to their homelands. I think we need a European First Amendment to strengthen our freedom of speech.

I think we have to have a contract, in any Western Country, a contract, a binding contract signed by everybody there, of assimilation. We need a Pledge of Allegiance in all Western countries for people to adhere to our values as well.

We have to stop the building of new Mosques. We have to close the Mosques where incitement of violence is taking place.

We have to close down Islamic schools, for they are fascist institutions, where young people are brought up with an ideology of violence. And, last but not least, we have to get rid of the weak leaders that we have.

We have the privilege, until today, to live in a democracy, and let us use that privilege in order to exchange our own values.

We need indeed, in our Western World today, we need more leaders, we need more Churchill's and we need less Chamberlain's. We need strong leaders like we have here today, like Alan West and Adam Hasner, we need strong men like that.

Ladies and Gentlemen, in short, we have to go on the offensive, my message of this evening is that we have to go on the offensive. We have to start fighting back, there is no alternative other than fighting back. We must no longer allow ourselves to remain seated in our armchairs and get trampled over. If they bombard us with Sharia Law as they do, then we shall bombard them back with our Human Rights and our Freedom of Speech. If they bombard us with all their court cases we will bombard them back with all our court cases, against them. We have to fight back and show them indeed millions, millions of people.....

(GEERT WILDERS III)

I assure you that I will continue my struggle for Freedom, and indeed a struggle it is.

After Fitna had been screened for the first time last year, there were threats. Don't ever dare to criticize Islam publicly, you will get threats of economical boycotts, your flag, like the Dutch flag will be burnt all over the World You will be prosecuted, like I am to be prosecuted in my own home country, and also in France and Jordan, I face prosecution.

I have been barred from entering the United Kingdom, Lord Malcolm Pearson just spoke about it, but also barred from going to Indonesia.

The most radical Imam in the Netherlands is threatening to sue me and demanding a compensation, and a Parliamentary Bill, even today in the Netherlands in my own country, is currently being drafted with the aim of protecting Islam from criticism, and on top of all this, because of my view of Islam anybody else who dares to stand up and criticize islam, Al Qaeda is there determined to kill me, and others who speak out against Islam.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I told you I was going to be blunt, I was going to be tough, but there is no alternative for this. In spite all this bad news, fortunately there is also some good news I can share with you and there is no doubt in my mind that at the end of the day, even though it is five minutes to twelve, Freedom will prevail. There are already some hopeful signs.

For instance, last week, in my own Parliament in the Dutch Parliament, they accepted a motion, a resolution, proposed by my own Party, seeking to block any dialogue between Government Officials and Hamas. And, according to the most recent opinion polls, already for months now, if elections were to be held in the Netherlands today, my own Party, the Freedom Party, will be the largest Party in the Netherlands. So you might be looking at the next Prime Minister of the Netherlands. So, I ask you, if it can be done in the Netherlands, why not throughout the whole Western World.

If the Netherlands were the first country to end up the Multi-Culturarist Swamp why can't it be the first Country to find a way out. Why are there not other countries where people stand up and win the elections and make some changes.

Finally, Ladies and Gentlemen, of course, we in Europe, we in the Netherlands, I myself, have not forgotten to whom we owe our Liberties. Our Liberties were bitterly fought for by American Soldiers. American soldiers fought, bled, and died for the European freedom. American soldiers did not die for an Islamized Europe, they died for a free Europe. We owe, we owe something to those brave men, those brave American men, their legacy can not be squandered and cannot be given away. The third President and his spiritual father of this great Nation, once said and I quote: "The price of Freedom is eternal vigilance" as so often Thomas Jefferson was right.

Our freedom must be safeguarded, and it is, we, ourselves, as we are sitting here, that must do so, that must act. A period of inattention of dropping our guard, for even a short while, might cost us our freedom, just like that. It has happened before in history, please let us not allow it to happen again.

Everything we stand for has to be defended, everything we are, everything we have, with all our might, our identity, our culture, our democracy, our freedom and our civilization is at stake.

We owe it, Ladies and Gentlemen, to our children..

So Ladies and Gentlemen, I leave you with the expression of our determination. We will never give up, we will never give in, we will never never, ever, surrender. Thank You.

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Posted on 04/28/2009 9:22 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Obama's Sensitivity
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President Obama expresses extreme sensitivity toward the Muslim world - personally addressing them as one of his official acts in office, but when it comes to New Yorkers...NYPost:

A jumbo jet being chased by a F-16 fighter jets buzzed Lower Manhattan this morning, panicking New Yorkers, many of whom were forced to evacuate their office buildings.

It was not a terrorist attack, however, but a photo opportunity for Air Force One, sources told the Post.

President Obama was in Washington at the time, but the low-flying 747 circling the Statue of Liberty was one of the planes used as Air Force One, sources said.

The NYPD and the city were notified of the planned flight, but did not share that information with Mayor Bloomberg and other New Yorkers, many of whom said they were terrified.

Hours after the incident, a furious Bloomberg called the photo-op "insensitive."

"First thing is I'm annoyed - furious is a better word - that I wasn't told," he said. "Why the Defense Department wanted to do a photo op right around the site of the World Trade Center catastrophe defies imagination. Poor judgment would be a nice ways to phrase."

Bloomberg said federal officials notified the NYPD and another city official, whom he declined to identify, of the flight plan.

"Had I known about it I would have called them right away and asked them not to," he said. "The good news is it was nothing more than an ill considered, badly conceived, insensitive photo op - with the taxpayers' money."

Dominick Caglioti, who works at the Mercantile Exchange, thought the worst as he saw the jets hurtle toward his window just after 10:30 a.m. After learning it was all a photo op, he was furious.

"It's so stupid because they tell you about every fire drill, but they didn't tell us about this," he said.

The planes flew over the Verrazano Bridge, buzzed the left ear Lady Liberty and then continued up the Hudson past Jersey City and then circling back toward Staten Island, federal sources told the Post.

Thousands flooded the streets downtown as buildings called evacuations.

"There is situation outside. We don't have any further information," went one announcement at the Embassy Suites downtown....

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Posted on 04/28/2009 8:40 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009
What odds do you give me?
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Mary beat me to this news item. But on the way back from this morning's errand I wondered if anybody would take a bet from me how long before Anjem Choudary or Omar Bakri or any other barmpot of choice comes up with the advice that if all women wore niqabs or burkas the transmission of H1N1 flu would be diminished, and had we all given up pig rearing would never have mutated in the first place.
I give them no more than 3 days.
If we didn't have pigs would flu be able to transmogrify in camels? Or do they produce other ills?

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Posted on 04/28/2009 8:01 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Swiss high court rules UDC Muslim posters not racist
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From Geneva Lunch
The Swiss federal high court has ruled that posters of Muslims prostrate in front of the Swiss federal palace, with the slogan “use your heads” is not racist. The court argued, with one judge noting reservations, that the posters do not fulfill legal requirements for racial discrimination.
The court said . . . that the interpretation of the law should not be so narrow as to endanger freedom of expression. 
The judges noted that no member of the Muslim community pressed charges.

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Posted on 04/28/2009 7:49 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Oink
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David Thompson:

This is one for the “funny-but-actually-quite-mad” pile: 

The outbreak of swine flu should be renamed “Mexican” influenza in deference to Muslim and Jewish sensitivities over pork, said an Israeli health official Monday. Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman said the reference to pigs is offensive to both religions and “we should call this Mexican flu and not swine flu,” he told a news conference at a hospital in central Israel. Both Judaism and Islam consider pigs unclean and forbid the eating of pork products.

Let’s set aside for a moment objections that the virus in question – a mongrel strain of H1N1 - has more to do with pigs than with Mexico as a whole, or indeed with Mexicans, as some might infer from the suggested renaming. Let’s also set aside the fact the virus has been found in the US, Canada, Spain, New Zealand and the UK, and has genetic elements of at least three other animal flu viruses found in North America, Asia and Europe. Let’s put that out of our minds and grapple with the much more pressing issue: When did the mere “reference to pigs” – i.e. the word “swine” - become such a trial for the devout? Will the indignity never end? And is the aforementioned “sensitivity” something to do with the fact that transmission from pigs to humans suggests a genetic commonality of some kind?

David Thompson overlooks the fact that "swine flu" is doubly haram: "swine" contains "wine". In any case, why the archaic-sounding "swine flu" and not "pig flu"? We didn't talk about "fowl flu", did we?

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Posted on 04/28/2009 7:25 AM by Mary Jackson
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