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HARRY’s PLACE notes: “It started with an article by John Wight, the press officer of the Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition in the Morning Star. A discussion of that article on Engage was punctuated by some comments from John Wight in which he:- linked to a Holocaust Denial site; and
- muttered about something called “International Jewry”
Michael Rosen commented on that phrase…
Williams’ Islamophilia, his obsession with Muslims, allows the Sun’s front-page headline “WHAT A BURKHA”.
This is accompanied by that picture of a veiled Muslim woman walking in a northern street sticking up two fingers to the camera.
If ever the was sign that beneath the religious panoply a common British identity exists we have yet to see it.
Of course, the Sun misses the point. It sees two fingers being put up to the UK. But the news should not get in the way of a decent pun.
Surely the joke should be on Williams and his Church of England, not Islam.
Or are they now beyond a joke?
THE Cult of Barack Oabama:
And yet there was something just a wee bit creepy about the mass messianism — “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” — of the Super Tuesday speech and the recent turn of the Obama campaign. “This time can be different because this campaign for the presidency of the United States of America is different. It’s different not because of me. It’s different because of you.”
That is not just maddeningly vague but also disingenuous: the campaign is entirely about Obama and his ability to inspire. Rather than focusing on any specific issue or cause — other than an amorphous desire for change — the message is becoming dangerously self-referential. The Obama campaign all too often is about how wonderful the Obama campaign is.
It’s not a cult. It’s just celebrity…
AS JESSICA Duchen notes: “More and more stations on the London Underground are piping out canned Mahler to calm us all down. Neil Fisher has an article about this in today’s Times. Is it about crowd control, banishing yobs or persuading us that our commuting lifestyle is pleasant?”…
“The glum-faced populace plodded en masse at the necessary snail’s pace towards the ticket barriers. And what were they playing over the Tanoy? Mahler’s Symphony No.1, slow movement.”
Yes, it is that one…
IS he praying for her?
‘manifesto pledges are not subject to legitimate expectation’
“Got that? The Prime Minister has just told a court that you cannot trust him when he tells you he is going to something in any manifesto he puts forward.”
Can this be true? Is it as claimed?
SAYS Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury:
But Dr Williams says the argument that “there’s one law for everybody… I think that’s a bit of a danger”.”There’s a place for finding what would be a constructive accommodation with some aspects of Muslim law, as we already do with some other aspects of religious law.”
Dr Williams adds: “What we don’t want either, is I think, a stand-off, where the law squares up to people’s religious consciences.”
“We don’t either want a situation where, because there’s no way of legally monitoring what communities do… people do what they like in private in such a way that that becomes another way of intensifying oppression inside a community.”
You can convert to Christianity, and tread the path to salvation. Yet here is the head of the Church of England enthusing about another religion. It’s not Islamaphobia it’s Islamaphilia, an obsession with all things Muslim.
Williams advances the idea that Muslims are so totally different to the rest of society they must be legislated for. His views are at best patronising, and at worst divisive.
Williams says the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK “seems unavoidable”. Dr Williams argues that adopting parts of Islamic Sharia law would help maintain social cohesion.
Better to stop singling one group out for special treatment and worthy of his special thoughts and comments, and just let us all exist as equals…
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Indeed, just like Al Gore does. Do all of George Bush’s vanquished opponents contract a dose of global warming before they disappear. Kerry clicks his heels (do flip-flops have heels?):
“[I] don’t want to sort of leap into the larger meaning of, you know, inappropriately, but on the other hand, the weather service has told us we are going to have more and more intense storms
“And insurance companies are beginning to look at this issue and understand this is related to the intensity of storms that is related to the warming of the earth. And so it goes to global warming and larger issues that we’re not paying attention to.
The fact is the hurricanes are more intensive, the storms are more intensive and the rainfall is more intense at certain places at certain times and the weather patterns have changed.”
Can Kerry become a world authority on tornados – twisters – spin? Storms have killed at least 50 people throughout the Southeastern United States. Are they linked to global warming?
Do we have anything that can stand up to scientific tests? Not even close, not yet.
Maybe the Canadians will believe Kerry?
JAMIE Spears, father to Britney Spears, and his wife, Lynne Spears have issued a statement:
“As parents of an adult child in the throws (sic) of a mental health crisis, we were extremely disappointed this morning to learn that over the recommendation of her treating psychiatrist, our daughter Britney was released from the hospital that could best care for her and keep her safe. We are deeply concerned about our daughter’s safety and vulnerability and we believe her life is presently at risk. There are conservatorship orders in place created to protect our daughter that are being blatantly disregarded. We ask only that the court’s orders be enforced so that a tragedy may be averted.”
Maybe they should not talk to the press about their mentally troubled daughter. What can be gained from an official statement, other than to maintain Britney’s celebrity?
CHER tells USA Today, “Getting the whole thing in book form, in pictures, has taken months. Our set moves down from the ceiling, in from the sides, up from the floor. We have screens in the foreground, the center and the back. We can change a city into a forest in two seconds. You’ll see a different stage for every song.”
Will her face match the scenery?
MITT Romeny – nice hair, like John Edwards – but: “If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror,” Romney will say at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
“This is not an easy decision for me. I hate to lose. My family, my friends and our supporters… many of you right here in this room… have given a great deal to get me where I have a shot at becoming President. If this were only about me, I would go on. But I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, I feel I must now stand aside, for our party and for our country,” Romney said.
VILLAINS are using cloned trucks to bypass security:
Savvy criminals are using some of the country’s most credible logos, including FedEx, Wal-Mart, DirecTV and the U.S. Border Patrol, to create fake trucks to smuggle drugs, money and illegal aliens across the border, according to a report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.[...]
In August 2006, the Texas Department of Public Safety, on a routine traffic stop, found 3,058 pounds of marijuana and 204 kilograms of cocaine in a “cloned” Wal-Mart semi-trailer, driven by a man wearing a Wal-Mart uniform.
WHO wins: “To date, Mark Penn’s firm has received $4.3 million from the Clinton campaign. Obviously, the thing to do, if you want to be in politics, is not to be a candidate, but a consultant. You don’t have to shake hands or kiss babies, and no matter what happens, you never really lose.” This doesn’t include money not yet paid by Hillary’s campaign, and it doesn’t include the commissions on media buys that consultants generally get. So he may well be doing even better
LET’S have a heated debate: Pitched fight looms over delegates: “The race for the Democratic presidential nomination between Senator Clinton and Senator Obama of Illinois is becoming a pitched delegate-by-delegate battle, which is likely to drag out for months and may even be unresolved heading into the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August.” Will the superdelegates stick with Hillary, or will they dump her for Obama?
ON the subject of the Rogarians, the Express hears a “stark message” from Tory MP Anthony Steen.
He reveals that “the number of Romanian criminals has soared by a staggering 786 per cent in London alone, while Bulgarian offenders had rockets by about 250 per cent.”
What these figures do not show are the precise numbers. Anorak recalls how in pre-EU days the only Romanian in London was Ilie Năstase, and though on occasion brattish and belligerent, he was never breached any laws.
Of course, Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov was killed by poison dart filled with ricin and fired from an umbrella in London in 1978.
But whether or not he was killed by other Bulgarians, Rogarians or the Yellow Peril has never been established…
WE are holding Jesus ransom:
SAYS the Mirror’s showbiz writer Polly Hudson: “I HATE Myleene Klass. I have absolutely no idea why.”
More showbiz exclusives to follow…
MORE Richard Dawkins news.
After the video of his funeral, we learn that the German government is considering banning a children’s book in which Jews are “portrayed in a way likened to anti-Semitic caricatures from the Nazi era”.
The book, which has been described as being Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion for children, conducts a highly critical tour of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
I’ll help you by giving you a clue. In order to win 26 delegates from Arkansas yesterday, Mike Huckabee needed 120,776 voters.
The answer is 625 votes. That wasn’t Romney’s winning margin incidentally. It was the total number of votes cast for the candidate.
Ron Paul came second with 400 votes, John McCain scored 358 and Mike Huckabee 245. The total number of voters was thus 1,628 in a state with approximately 740,000 people of voting age.
I don’t want to single out Montana or Romney. In Alaska Barack Obama won 9 delegates with the support of a grand total of 302 people. He required 51, 124 to win the same number of delegates from Delaware.
What is going on?
But the Home Office says the Egyptian will not get a visa.
Qaradawi last entered Britain in 2004, on the invitation of Mayor Ken Livingstone to speak at City Hall.
In Britain, Qaradawi presents himself as the face of moderate Islam. But in a sermon in a Doha mosque in 2003, Qaradawi is quoted as having said “O God, destroy the Zionist, the American and the British aggressors.”
He says, as the Sun notes, that all gays should die. He suggests a little wife beating is ok.
Ken Livingstone, the London mayor, gave him a bear hug and pumped his hand. Said Ken: “On behalf of the people of London, I would like to apologise to the Sheikh for the outburst of xenophobia in sections of the media which demonstrated an underlying ignorance of Islam.”
And this the same Livingstone who can’t apologise for comparing a Jewish reporter to a concentration camp guard. Good that he can apologise for others’ mistakes.
According to reports in The Times and on BBC TV News on 11 January 2005, just after the tsumani had hit south-eat Asia, Qaradawi said in a sermon broadcast on Qatar TV:
“People must ask themselves why this earthquake occurred in this area and not others…Whoever examines these areas discovers that they are tourism areas….where the forbidden acts are widespread, as well as alcohol consumption, drug use and acts of abomination…Don’t they deserve punishment from Allah?”
GOATS in the news:
The Ministry of Defence says it will abandon deep-diving experiments which involve inducing decompression sickness in live goats.
The animals were used to see what the likely risk of “the bends” would be following escape from a submarine at varying depths under water.
The information would help crews judge whether it would be safer to abandon a stricken vessel or wait to be rescued.
Animal rights campaigners say the move will “end decades of animal suffering”.
The first two affected India, Pakistan, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Bahrain. The third one is between the UAE and Oman. The fourth one connected Qatar and the UAE. This one may not have been cut, but taken offline due to power issues.
The first three have been blamed on ships’ anchors, but there is some dispute about that. And that’s two in the Mediterranean and two in the Persian Gulf.
There have been no official reports of malice to me, but it’s an awfully big coincidence. The fact that Iran has lost Internet connectivity only makes this weirder.
JAPANESE texting books:
In 2007, five of the top 10 best-selling novels in Japan were written by teenagers, or early 20-somethings, on cell phones. These novels were published in installments on various specialized Web sites…Publishers soon recognized the trend and began republishing popular, finished novels, churning out one best seller after another…”The sentences are too simple, the stories are too predictable,” one of the authors is quoted as saying. Yet, apparently demand for these “tear-jerkers” is on the rise.
HEATH LEDGER died of an accidental overdose of painkillers, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medication and other prescription drugs, says the New York City medical examiner.
The cause of death was “acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine,” spokeswoman Ellen Borakove says in a statement.
The drugs are the generic names for the painkiller OxyContin, the anti-anxiety drugs Valium and Xanax, and the sleep aids Restoril and Unisom. Hydrocodone is a prescription painkiller.