Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Can we get angry now?

ISIS beheads American journalist Steven Sotloff.


The nice thing about having a Democrat President is that there is never any bad news.

Via Instapundit:

//IF YOU CAN’T SAY SOMETHING NICE ABOUT A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT, DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL: “This past weekend, the American Political Science Association (ASPA) held its annual meeting in Washington, DC. It was a huge affair, involving 53 ‘divisions’ and 60 ‘related groups,’ and featuring more than one thousand separate panels. Here is the kicker: this year, there were no sessions at all devoted to an assessment of the foreign policy of Barack Obama, and not one panel was dedicated to an examination of Obama’s domestic policy. . . . The fact that there was nothing on the program of this year’s APSA pertaining to the Obama administration is a sign that there is nothing good to say on the subject, nothing to celebrate, and nothing to take pride in. Left with no recourse, the academy turns silent. It was eerie. It was as if there has been no Obama presidency. If I am right in my analysis, the complete absence of panels assessing Obama’s record is an indication that the academy now regards Obama as an indefensible embarrassment.”//


What is wrong with the educational system?

Suddenly, the fact that nearly half the population believes that humans were created less than 10,000 years ago does not look so shocking.

Just half of women polled could locate vagina on a diagram.


Barrack Obama wishes he could be this direct.

China to Pope Francis: Don't interfere with religion.


Monday, September 01, 2014

Great moments in the history of Atheistic Humanism!

The Communist who personally executed over 7,000 people.


Detroit British-style.

To Americans, this is all painfully familiar 

//Cast your mind back to the Rotherham by-election 21 months ago. The local MP, Denis MacShane, was on his way to prison after claiming public money by deceit. The candidate chosen to replace him, Sarah Champion, had been imposed by Labour’s NEC, prompting half the local party to walk out in protest. National news in the run-up to polling day was dominated by the removal of the children from their Ukip-voting foster home. And yet, even in a by-election when they might have painlessly signalled that they were sick of being messed around, the townsfolk dutifully gave Labour 46.46 per cent of the vote. You can hardly blame Labour for taking such voters for granted.

Any political organisation that lacks an opposition will, over time, become flabby, self-serving, intolerant of criticism, obsessed with its pet dogmas – foremost among which, in Rotherham, is what we erroneously call “anti-racism”.

“Anti-racism” has for a long time been the most powerful card in the Leftist deck, trumping everything else: free contract, free association, free speech. It has been elevated as the supreme goal of public policy. Local councils aren’t there to deliver services, but to “promote inclusiveness”. Universities aren’t there to teach, but to “mainstream diversity” (diversity, of course, referring to outward appearance, not opinion). Businesses aren’t there to make an honest profit, but to “reflect modern Britain”.

It’s easy enough to see how this dogma originally came about. People were reacting against hard, brutal racism of a kind that has become mercifully rare: fellow citizens being denied jobs for which they were qualified, turned away as tenants, called foul names, even physically attacked. These things can still happen, but their rarity now makes them shocking. Labour’s rotten boroughs, though, remain stuck in the early Eighties.//


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rabbi Sacks responds to atheism.

Good stuff.


Oikophobia - British-style.

There is something about the Left that hates their neighbors as they are.  They hate the middle class and above, and they profess a love for the poor as an abstraction, but they hate the poor as a reality.

It's true in America and, apparently, it is true in England, as well:

//First, Scotland. The latest polls show that the United Kingdom is close to breaking up. This is a remarkable state of affairs when you consider that, a year ago, polls were two to one against partition. How has this occurred? Because we have allowed the British Labour party to lead the No debate.

This was a disastrous decision, given that, as Orwell noted, Labourites and Lefties revile and deride so many of the things perceived as quintessentially British. Take your pick from the monarchy, the flag, the Army, the history of rampant conquest, the biggest empire in the world, the supremacy of the English language, anyone who lives in the countryside, the national anthem, the City of London, the Royal Navy, a nuclear deterrent, the lion and the unicorn, duffing up the French, eating loads of beef – all this, for Lefties, is a source of shame.

The result, north of the Border, is plain to see. Whenever the passionate and patriotic SNP asks the No campaign for a positive vision of the UK (instead of dry economic facts, and negative fear-mongering) all we hear is silence, or maybe a quiet murmur about “the NHS”. Yes, the NHS. For many Lefties, the NHS – an average European health system with several notable flaws – is the only good thing about Britain. It’s like saying we should keep the United Kingdom because of PAYE. Thus we tiptoe towards the dissolution of the nation.

There is a deep irony here. If Scotland secedes it will hurt the Labour Party more than anyone, electorally. But such is the subconscious hatred of Britain and Britishness in Lefty hearts, I believe many of them think that’s a price worth paying: just to kick the “Tory Unionists” in the nuts, just to deliver the final death-blow to British “delusions of grandeur”.

It is a tragic state of affairs. And yet there is worse. Rotherham.

We don’t need to rehearse the facts. We’ve all read them, and reeled away in horror. The interesting question is how and why would any country allow the racialised gang-rape of its own daughters?

Why? Because too many in that country, especially on the Left, most especially in the Labour Party, despise their own ordinary people: the white working classes.

Take this comment by Jack Straw, Labour MP for Blackburn, and Home Secretary from 1997-2001, when the Rotherham atrocities were beginning. “The English are potentially very aggressive, very violent.” It is almost unimaginable that any senior politician would say this of his own people in America, Russia or France. Yet here it comes straight out of the mouth of a very senior politician indeed – along with many other expressions of Guardianista sneering: at the white working classes with their “chav culture”, “BNP values”, “Gillian Duffy bigotry” and so forth.

What kind of message does Straw’s statement send to everyone else? It says that the English are dislikeable, that they are to be feared, and contained, to be treated with contempt. It says that the ordinary English are a nasty race who need to be diluted by mass immigration; it says, in particular, that poor white English people are especially worthless.

And thus, Rotherham.//

Not too far off the American experience, but far more extreme at present.



Friday, August 29, 2014

After 4,000 years the Paleo-Eskimos were finally exterminated by  climate change?

Just as a new group of "First Americans" encroached on their territory?

How about the possibility that the First Americans were just the last to wipe out the people before them?


The Prom King Presidency.
After beheading of American, Obama confesses he has no strategy for dealing with ISIS.

“I do think that it’ll be important for Congress to weigh in,” Mr. Obama said of possible action in Syria. “But I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.”

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Democrat Operatives with By-lines.

This clip from 1992 of reporters claiming how Republicans just seem to have an unthinking bias against them is almost poignant, particularly the buttons that said "Rather biased."  That was a play on the bias of Dan Rather, who the reporters obviously thought was the font of objectivity.

Of course, that was 12 years before Dan Rather lost his job in a scandal that involved presenting obviously forged documents in a plan to unseat Republican George Bush.

The nice thing about having a Democrat in the White House is that there is never any bad news.

Russia invades Ukraine; Obama expresses concern.

Hey...isn't this like ....you know...bad news?


Acquire a reputation for violence and lack of self-control...

...dictate terms to society.

//Behavior that gets rewarded gets repeated. People who are willing to use violence to suppress speech will learn that such behavior is effective, at least when the police don’t come down particularly hard on the thuggery. Indeed, they may find at times that even merely threatening violence might suffice to suppress speech they dislike. And of course this message will be easily learned by the potentially violent of all religious and political stripes (again, so long as they suspect that the police won’t make the thuggery too costly).

There are already plenty of rewards for this sort of violence and threatened violence. First, it can feel emotionally satisfying on its own to lash out against speakers who offend you. Second, many speakers will give in to the private violence quite apart from police orders to leave; that too can be emotionally satisfying to those who see that their power has gotten results. Third, the violent will see benefits to their political and religious cause, as the message gets out that their opponents are in danger (and maybe even those who host their opponents, say in private lecture halls or rented government buildings).

But the “heckler’s veto” gives the violent hecklers extra bonuses. They get to see the speakers suppressed by the government itself. They get to feel the extra pleasure and validation of feeling that the government has stepped in on other side. And they get to block speech even by those who don’t fear physical attack, but who understandably don’t want to be arrested and prosecuted.

The society we live in stems from the incentives we create. Incentives for violent speech suppression mean more violent speech suppression. That, I think, will be the consequence of the Sixth Circuit panel decision, if it is not reversed by the en banc Sixth Circuit or by the Supreme Court.//


This is not the First Amendment I was taught in law school.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

If only federal bureaucrats in charge of cyber-security could marry....

...and what is it about pedophile networks?

//Former acting director of cyber security for the Department of Health and Human Services Timothy DeFoggi was convicted for a myriad of gruesome child pornography charges Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced.

DeFoggi, who had top security clearance in his capacity as cyber security director, first joined the child pornography website PedoBook in March 2012. The Omaha World-Herald reported that he was arrested in April of last year, when law enforcement officials serving a search warrant found him downloading child pornography in his home.

In addition to viewing and soliciting child pornography, reportedly asking another member of the site whether he’d share pictures of his son, he suggested meeting a fellow pedophile in person to violently rape and murder children together.//



War on Religious Belief.

Strong Belief is permitted, so long as it is a strong belief in liberal pieties.


Why the people who break things and act like barbarians are winning.

Because there are a lot of scared people who are willing to side with the barbarians for peace and security.

Look at how this shopkeeper in Ferguson yells at a supporter of the cop because he doesn't want trouble. 

After all, it's not like the cop-supporters are going to burn down his shop if he yells at them.


More good news in the fight for civilization...
...1 in 6 Frenchmen prefer ISIS.
If only Muslim Brits could marry...

...if only women could be Muslim Brits.

1,400 children over 16 years and none of the media interest in Muslim child sexual abuse that accompanies stories involving people whose co-religionists don't issue fatwas or behead people.

An independent report has severely criticised South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council after finding "at least" 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the town between 1997 and 2013. It follows four years in which both organisations have been under scrutiny.
The issue of child sex abuse in Rotherham first came to light in November 2010 when five men from the town's Asian community were jailed for sexual offences against underage girls.
But suspicions were already growing that the scale of the town's problem was far more widespread.
Almost two years later, in September 2012, Andrew Norfolk, a journalist on The Times newspaper, published an investigation which revealed a confidential 2010 police report had warned thousands of such crimes were being committed in South Yorkshire each year by networks of Asian men.
The town's former Labour MP, Denis MacShane, claimed police had kept the abuse secret from politicians.
"The Rotherham police exposed, arrested and broke up an evil gang of internal traffickers who were sent to prison," he said.
"But it is clear the internal trafficking of barely pubescent girls is much more widespread."
Grooming victimMPs said it was clear the trafficking of girls as young as 12 was "widespread"
In October 2012, the council, South Yorkshire Police and other agencies set up a Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) team to investigate the issues raised in the report, although South Yorkshire Police denied it had been reluctant to tackle child sexual abuse or that "ethnic origin had been a factor" in its decisions.
But the force was criticised by the Home Affairs Select Committee and told by its chairman Keith Vaz they needed to "get a grip".
Rotherham was not the only community in the North and the Midlands to have uncovered such abuse. There have also been arrests or prosecutions of groups of men in 11 towns and cities, including Oldham, Rochdale and Derby.
"In the other cases, overwhelmingly, they were men of Pakistani origin and we need to understand why this has been happening," said Mr Norfolk.
He described a previous report into gang exploitation as a "missed opportunity" because of its failure to look at the proportion of men of Pakistani origin committing such offences.
Yet, despite the concerns, in 2012 no further prosecutions for child sex exploitation took place in Rotherham.
However, the council did say "improved public awareness" had helped it identify more young girls at risk of sexual exploitation in the town.
In January 2013, the town once again fell under the scrutiny of MPs. This time it was the borough council which appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee to answer questions about the lack of prosecutions.
"In Lancashire there were 100 prosecutions the year before last, in South Yorkshire there were no prosecutions," he said.
"We're talking about hundreds of victims, of vulnerable young girls, who have not been protected because, at the end of the day, what people are looking for are prosecutions."

Monday, August 25, 2014

Surprising 

Saudi Arabia blames Hamas 

//Speaking on the sidelines of the world assembly of Islamic scholars in Jeddh, Saud bin Faisal Al Saud said that the Middle-East needs peace and co-existence more than ever and Saudi Arabia as a leading Islamic country is ready to make sacrifices in peace negations and encourages President Abbas to follow the same policy.

Referring to the ongoing war in Gaza strip, the Saudi foreign Minster stressed that Hamas authority is the sole responsible for Palestinian calamity and they must brought before the law.

The Saudi official further added that Arab World Increasingly Frustrated With Hamas which is seeking more wars.

In recent day Israel’s air-strikes against Gaza Strip drew many condemnations from the Arab oil-rich states of the Persian Gulf, while Saudi media is increasingly open in criticizing defiant Hamas for resisting Israeli aggression against impoverished Palestinian enclave.

Media in Saudi Arabia and Egypt blame Hamas’ actions for Israeli war and prioritizing conflict over the safety of the Gazan population and criticized the leadership for waging war far from the conflict, a Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) report shows.//


 
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