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StrategyPage Says The War In Iraq Is Over

WHAT war in Iraq. This is the aftermath, stupid, says StrategyGate:

The war is basically over in Iraq, but the peace brings with it a return to the corruption and inefficiency that has cursed this part of the world for centuries. There are other annoying habits, like demanding “compensation” for any real or imagined loss that might possibly be pinned on U.S. troops. It’s also popular to demand, with a straight face, that U.S. troops fix utilities, schools and whatever else people want, but are unwilling to take care of themselves. Peace has not brought out the best in the Iraqi people.

We won.

Posted: 18th, July 2008 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Andrew Bolt Spots The End Of Global Warming

ANDREW Bolt looks at global warming, and how, well, it�s not happening.

These are the seven graphs that should make you ask: What? Has global warming now stopped?

Look for yourself. They show that the world hasn�t warmed for a decade, and has even cooled for several years.

Sea ice now isn�t melting, but spreading. The seas have not just stopped rising, but started to fall.

Nor is the weather getting wilder. Cyclones, as well as tornadoes and hurricanes, aren�t increasing and the rain in Australia hasn�t stopped falling.

What�s more, the slight warming we saw over the century until 1998 still makes the world no hotter today than it was 1000 years ago.

In fact, it�s even a bit cooler…

Lots of hot air, though…


Posted: 18th, July 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Carbon Trading Leads To Job Cuts In Germany

IS the West as green as it looks?

The price of European emission permits is rising so rapidly that German companies are threatening to leave the country. Thousands of jobs could be lost. And the environment may, in the end, be no better off.

They sat silently through two lectures, but then they couldn’t control their anger any longer. The civil servants from the Environment Ministry, the Environment Agency and the German Emissions Trading Authority made it sound easy for industry to take up carbon trading. It was just too much for the managers to tolerate.

“If that’s the shape the trading will take, we will simply move our cement operation to Ukraine,” a cement factory manager shouted into the lecture hall. “Then there won’t be any trading here, nothing will be produced here anymore — the lights will simply go out here.”

Goodnight Berlin…

Posted: 18th, July 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Fraser Nelson On Brown’s Porkies

DOES Gordon Brown tell the whole truth and nothing but? Fraser Nelson looks at the details…

1.We now have the second biggest defence budget in the world. This dodgy figure is cooked up by looking at military spending in nominal terms rather than adjusting for purchasing power parity (PPP). If you spend 1 million it will obviously go further in China than Britain – which is why analysts routinely use PPP adjustments for international comparisons. Brown takes the raw data from the Stockholm Peace Institute (find it here, pdf). Unadjusted for PPP (ie, the dodgy raw data Brown uses) than America is first ($547bn) then Britain ($59.7bn), China ($58.3bn), France ($53.6bn) and Japan ($43.6bn). But adjust for PPP and the real figure has Britain fifth. And by the way, Brown inserted as a share of GDP afterwards. Hed forgotten his own scam. If you take it as a share of GDP then Britain at 2.6% is fifth behind the India (2.7%), Russia (3.6%), the US (4.0%) and the Saudis (8.5%).

We’re number 24…

Posted: 17th, July 2008 | In: News | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Vet Sticks Hand Down Shark’s Throat

EXTREME James Herriot:

An Australian vet has saved the life of a shark by sticking his arm down its throat.

The three metre (9.8 feet) shark had had a steel and aluminium gaffe hook stuck in its stomach for two weeks.


Posted: 17th, July 2008 | In: News | Comments (8) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Margaret Curran’s Desert Rat Ratted

THE DEVIL’S Kitchen looks at some desperate New Labour campaigning:

This picture is taken from Labour’s election propaganda (see also here). The by-election candidate Margaret Curran says

Some of the people that I have met out and about over the past 9 years as a local MSP have been absolutely inspirational. Today I met a man who was up there with the very best that the East End has to offer.

The blurb:

Mr McGuiness is a 93 year old—who looks not a day past 70, by the way—living in a sheltered housing complex that I went to visit today.

Mr McGuiness fought with the Desert Rats in World War II and was treated in hospital for shrapnel wounds. He also fought in Yugoslavia with the partisans against the German occupation.

He reminded me of all the sacrifices our older generation made so that we can enjoy freedom today. I hope every single voter in the East End uses their hard-fought right to vote on July 24th.

Having met Mr McGuiness today, I am reminded we owe it to people like him to use our democratic right to vote.

Says DK:

Mr McGuinness looks in good shape for 93. He looks more like 67. With good reason, he is 67. He was 4 years old when the war ended. The picture above is of the Labour activist John McGuinness who nominated Margaret Curran on her ballot papers. A lifelong Labour activist whom Downing Street got an MBE as a reward.

Bloody hell…

Posted: 17th, July 2008 | In: News | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Christian Registrar Who Refused Gay Marriage Had Child Out Of Wedlock

LILLIAN Ladele will not preside ove gay marriages. Why? Because she is a righteous Christian and adheres to the world of The Bible:

A civil registrar who claimed her Christian belief is so fundamental that she cannot conduct civil partnerships is an unmarried single mother.

During an employment tribunal Lillian Ladele, 47, who was born and raised in Nigeria, claimed that she was discriminated against by Islington Council on the grounds of her religious belief.

She told the Mail that she gave birth to an illegitimate son when she was 20.

“I would never claim to be perfect,” she said.

The revelation has led to accusations that she was not properly cross-examined at the tribunal about the nature of her religious faith – details of her extra-marital sexual activities only came to light at the weekend.

The tribunal’s judgement read:

“Ms Ladele is a Christian. Her unchallenged evidence was that she holds the orthodox Christian view that marriage is the union of one man and one woman for life to the exclusion of all others and that marriage is the God-ordained place for sexual relations.

“She could not reconcile her faith with taking an active part in enabling same-sex unions to be formed.

“She told us that she believed this to be contrary to God’s instructions that sexual relations belong exclusively between a man and a woman within marriage.”

Ms Ladele told the Mail that while working as a registrar in Islington she told her superiors:

“I would not be able to conduct civil partnerships because it states in the Bible that marriage occurs between a man and a woman, not people of the same sex, and, as a Christian, I try to follow what the Bible teaches.

“I’m not homophobic. I’ve never had a problem with gay people or their lifestyle.

“My issue was purely that I did not want to be the one to facilitate same-sex civil partnerships because I do not agree with them.”

Stonewall’s Ben Summerskill tells

“We will seek to intervene formally in any appeal process if the opportunity arises,” chief executive

“In the light of the revelations over the weekend that Miss Ladele has in fact had a child out of wedlock it does seem that the tribunal should have tested the exact nature of her claimed religious beliefs rather harder.

“It remains difficult to escape the conclusion that the principal motivation in this case for Ms Ladele, and for the Christian Institute who funded her, was prejudice against gay people and not a strongly-held religious position at all.”


Posted: 17th, July 2008 | In: News | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Noam Schreiber On The Humourless Obama

NOAM Scheiber writs in The Stump on the fear of upsetting Obama:

While the comedy industry may be hurting, I think it’s potentially a bigger issue for Obama himself… People tend to vote for a presidential candidate they feel personally comfortable with. If people aren’t comfortable with humour about Obama–if they’re reluctant to laugh at him for fear of being thought racist, or of crossing some line of political correctness–then some of them probably aren’t comfortable with him, period.

Is he as relaxed as he makes out he is?

Posted: 17th, July 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Robert Fisk On Child Murderer Sumir Kuntar

ROBERT Fisk watches Sumior Kuntar met by Hizbollah:

That could not be said for Samir Kuntar – 28 years in an Israeli jail for the 1979 murder of an Israeli, his young daughter and a policeman. He arrived from Israel very much alive, clean shaven but sporting a neat moustache, overawed by the hundreds of Hizbollah supporters, a man used to solitary confinement who suddenly found himself idolised by a people he had not seen in almost three decades. His eyes moved around him, the eyes of a prisoner watching for trouble. He was Israel’s longest-held Lebanese prisoner; Hizbollah’s leader, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, had promised his release. And he had kept his word.


Her;s what the mother of the child he murdered has to say:

“It had been a peaceful Sabbath day. My husband Danny and I had picnicked with our little girls, Einat, 4, and Yael, 2, on the beach not far from our home in Naharyia, a city on the northern coast of Israel. Around midnight, we were asleep in our apartment when four terrorists from Lebanon landed in a rubber boat on the beach two blocks away.

“Gunfire and exploding grenades awakened us. Desperately we sought to hide. Danny helped our neighbour climb into a crawl space above our bedroom. I went in behind her with Yael in my arms. Then Danny grabbed Einat and was dashing out of the front door when the terrorists came crashing in. They held Danny and Einat while they searched for me and Yael.

“I will never forget the joy and the hatred in their voices as they swaggered about hunting for us, firing their guns and throwing grenades. I knew that if Yael cried out, the terrorists would toss a grenade into the crawl space, so I kept my hand over her mouth. As I lay there, I remembered my mother telling me how she had hidden from the Nazis during the Holocaust.

“The terrorists took Danny and Einat down to the beach. There, one of them shot Danny in front of Einat so that his death would be the last sight she would ever see. Then he smashed my little girl’s skull in against a rocket with his rifle butt. That terrorist was Samir Kuntar. By the time we were rescued from the crawl space hours later, Yael, too, was dead. In trying to save all our lives I had smothered her”

Says Fisk:

…Amal militia and Palestinian bodies arrived from Israel – were soon bathed in the Lebanese flag and golden Hizbollah banners, drawn by a flower-encrusted truck towards Beirut.

Let’s hear it for the child killers…

Posted: 17th, July 2008 | In: News | Comments (7) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Shaun Bailey On The Ego Of Knife Crime

CONSERVATIVE candidate Shaun Bailey on knife-crime:

I know what it’s like to come from a poor background, growing up in a tough area, north Kensington. But it’s no excuse. Much has been made of the link between poverty and crime: it’s often used as an excuse for seriously anti-social behaviour. But few of these stabbings are motivated by robbery. They are much more about bullying and simply inflicting injuries upon others to exert power.

Another commonly held belief is that young people who get involved in knife crime have low self-esteem. I’ve been a youth worker for more than 19 years and I’ve found that many of those involved in these types of crimes actually have a very high opinion of themselves – this is part of what allows them to justify their actions to themselves.

They mug and stab and bully because they think they are better than you…

Posted: 17th, July 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

David Vance On Child Murderer Samir Kuntar

ISRAEL swaps live nutters for two bodies.

WE ARE ALL HEZBOLLAH? Well then, if Hezbollah were hoping to milk the release of their heroic child-killer Samir Kuntar, the BBC sure has obliged. Did you see their stomach-churning coverage of the “militant” Kuntar’s return? The bit that really irked me was the BBC’s statement that “Kantar had been in jail since 1979 for the deadly guerrilla raid in which he killed the child, her father and a policeman.” It was not a guerrilla raid. It was an act of mass murder, in which this fiend smashed the head of 4 year-old Einat Haran on beach rocks and crushed her skull with the butt of his rifle.

What would the UK do if it were in Israel’s position?

Posted: 17th, July 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Taking Offence At The New Yorker Obama Cartoon

THE New Yorker cartoon on Barack Obama – the one that only extremist Muslims would get angry about – causes cartoonists to comment:

STEVE Bell on that Barack Obama cartoon:

Irony is a difficult beast to control. Your intention as a cartoonist may be perfectly clear to you, but how some psycho in Toadsuck, Nebraska, is going to read your cartoon is anyone’s guess, and the psycho’s privilege, and you can never second guess a psycho, as was demonstrated in the Coen brothers’ film No Country for Old Men. Psychos tend to take things very literally and often carry around captive bolts powered by large canisters of compressed air, especially in the US.

So should we tread warily, lest we are misunderstood? Of course we should. Cartoonists are some of the most painstaking, careful, shy and sensitive people on earth, yet we do play with fire, toying with other people’s (and of course our own) most deeply held beliefs and most cherished illusions. Is it possible to go too far? Of course it is? Should we go too far? Of course we should. That’s what makes our job so interesting. There’s no better feeling than, having taken a risk in a drawing, seeing the thing in print and knowing it works. The converse is also true, which is why I work in a bunker on the south coast.


It succeeds in drawing international attention to the magazine. It succeeds in causing heated public debate with passionate arguments on both (or more) sides . Most interestingly though it succeeds in prompting a response from the Obama campaign team, which above anything else shows that they are genuinely concerned about the smears against him.

And Martin Rowson:

If I say you’ve said or drawn something offensive about me, it means that whatever you’ve produced is so beyond the boundaries of acceptable public discourse that you should never have done or said it in the first place. In other words, you must shut up and slink away in shame. I, therefore, win the argument, and that’s an end to it.

Touchiness is the modern malady…

Posted: 17th, July 2008 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Australian Police Rescue Doll From Burning Building


FRANTIC police smashed a window to rescue a seemingly unconscious baby from a locked vehicle in Queensland last week only to find it was an extremely lifelike doll.


Posted: 17th, July 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

9/11: Asbestos Saves Lives

ASBESTOS saves lives, apparently…

Posted: 17th, July 2008 | In: News | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Climate Change Chocolate Bar

GUILTY pleasures:

Our Climate Change Chocolate bar is meant to educate while tasting great. It comes in a wrapper with 15 tips for lightening your environmental impact.


Posted: 16th, July 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Colombian Hostage Rescuers Accused Of War Crimes

NOT fair:

BOGOTA, Colombia (CNN) — Colombian military intelligence used the Red Cross emblem in a rescue operation in which leftist guerrillas were duped into handing over 15 hostages, according to unpublished photographs and video viewed by CNN.

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Posted: 16th, July 2008 | In: News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Olympic Games Village People’s Local Court

THE Olympic Games Village People’s Local Court, the only law facility bearing the Olympic title in the country, has opened in Beijing.

Located in the Olympic Village in the city’s northeast, the building is named in accordance with the Supreme People’s Court’s rule that courts should be named for their location.

During the Games, about 70 percent of cases related to the Olympics will be heard in the building, which is the seventh commissary court of Chaoyang District People’s Court. The district is home to most of the Games’ venues.

The new court will mainly hear civil cases, such as those for house rental, labor disputes and personal injury. Also handled here are cases for foreigners’ personal injury, property damage and labor dispute caused by activities of the Games, tourism, accommodations, shopping, transport, dining and entertainment, said Qian Yixin, the court’s chief judge…

Covering a judicial area of 57.22 square km, the court’s territory includes the Bird’s Nest, the Water Cube, the Olympic Green, the Olympic Village and many hotels, among others.

Most of the Olympic-related civil cases would be heard here, including many related to foreign affairs. To better help the procedures, all guides and signs are in both Chinese and English, Qian said.

Calling Mr D Chambers, calling Mr Chambers (he’s innocent, of course)…

Posted: 16th, July 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Reconstructing Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN is not working:

If the Army is winning the shooting war in Afghanistan – and it tells us it is – the same cannot be said of the battle to reconstruct this war-torn country. A report in The Times on Musa Qala give some uncomfortable details and makes an interesting contrast with an earlier report on the MoD website.

The MoD report, published three months after the successful military operation to re-take the town from the Taleban paints an unashamedly optimistic picture of the reconstruction process. It tells us that the process of returning the town to a bustling centre of commerce is well underway. The Times tells a rather different story.

It’s like Idaho down there…

Posted: 16th, July 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Camera That Watches Car Tyres

THEY are watching you:

…a camera that scans the tires of passing cars and mails tickets if the depth of the tire tread is deficient by a fraction of an inch.

There is no escape…

Posted: 16th, July 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Robert Murat’s Trial By Media

This is the very first time I have typed the name Robert Murat in Anorak, writes AGW.

Not the first time I have commented on the situation, but the first time I have actually addressed either the name or the circumstances he found himself in when caught up in the curious and terrible story of the missing child Madeleine McCann.

Twelve months ago I and others in admin. here were concerned re the repeated attempts to libel Murat and the McCanns. We introduced a strict policy and the Moderators worked at breakneck pace to keep up with and edit the flood of not-so-sensible things to write. They did an incredible and exhausting job. None of you will ever know just how hard they worked.

Trial by jury is bad enough, but at least, there, lawyers and judges have format and structure to the Rules of Evidence and proof of guilt. Trial by media has no such frills and the clamour in the Opinion section of this site was deafening.

What ever the awards announced tomorrow in the Murat U.K. libel deal, he richly deserves the compensation he will receive. Not a penny of it will help remove the deep scars and character stain thrust upon him by the British Tabloids (and broadsheets). At present he remains not quite a suspect under the arguido legislation of Portugal. Should he ever be charged and convicted in any matter concerning this case then the settlement is at risk. The same applies to others.

I have a number of friends who decided to become Lotus eaters in Portugal…it happens to be the country which has the oldest alliance of any nation with Britain…but they all now say the affection shown to the British by the people of Portugal, the average person in the marina or bar, the Mr and Mrs Costas and Mr and Mrs de Silvas, has changed dramatically for the worse.
Britons no longer hold the position of trust or tolerance as the bemused eccentrics they were once observed to be. This sad, gross, affair has poisoned the relationships built up over centuries. No amount of PR or cries of “ludicrous” will repair the damage. Each time the Portuguese police are criticised for another alleged failure, the poisoned chalice gets more bitter and is now almost impossible to scour.

Six months ago an Opinions sometimes contributor gave us this to read:
Madeleine….A Media Tragedy…an Anorakian View The headline was mine but the article was SPUDGUN’s

It remains as lengthy as it was then but I suggest anyone who is interested in a genuine “I told you so” should read it again.

It is a sobering indictment of not just the British Press but the insularity and Johnny Foreigner attitude of the British people. It remains one of the most brilliant summaries of the position as it was six months ago and very little has changed since then. The MCanns were involved in a reputed £50O,000 tort settlement with the Express group and Robert Murat’s claims will be agreed tomorrow.

I was uncomfortable and edgy after perusing SPUDGUN’s piece a second time. Were I less hard-bitten and cynical, I may even have blushed.
I think I regret I did not.

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Posted: 16th, July 2008 | In: News | Comments (88) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Fitna Released

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Posted: 16th, July 2008 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Secret Of Andy Burnham’s Shiny Hair

THE CROYDONIAN looks at all things fishy in the Government:

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much fish was procured by his Department and at what cost in each of the last five years, broken down by species; and what amount and value of such fish met the Marine Stewardship Council standard in each such year, broken down by species. [217901]

Margaret Hodge: The Department holds the information set out relating to fish purchased in financial year 2007-08. Information is not available for previous years. Source

Product Approximate w eight (kg) 2007-08 Total c ost 2007-08 (£) Marine Stewardship Council Standard
Haddock/cod fillet tail 312 2,392.56 Yes
Tuna in brine 593 2,349.36 Yes
Sandwich prawns 65 328.90 Yes
Smoked salmon 26 786.24 Yes
Salmon fillet 14 52.50 No
Insert fish puns here…

Posted: 16th, July 2008 | In: News | Comments (8) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

How To Violate Teenagers With Ibuprofen

PSST! Want to knwo how to fropt teeangers and get away with it?

What do you suppose will happen to you if you’re an adult who tells a thirteen-year-old girl to strip off her clothes? If found out, you’re looking at some serious jailtime, right?

Sure. Except if you’re a school official, and you think that the girl might be hiding drugs. Then you can violate her all you want.

The report:

A divided US appeals court has ruled an Arizona school violated the constitutional rights of a 13-year-old student by conducting a strip search for ibuprofen.

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Posted: 15th, July 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Soldier Attacks Reflection


A SOLDIER due to return to Iraq headbutted his own reflection when stress and apprehension got the better of him.


Posted: 15th, July 2008 | In: News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

War On Terror: War On Stupidity

RICHARD Reid. Nicky Reilly. In Iraq. Do jihadists select new recruits based on their mental negligibilty?

China kills five Muslims planning ”holy war”


Chinese police killed five Muslims who were planning a “holy war” but armed only with knives, state media said Wednesday, in the latest alleged terror threat ahead of the Beijing Olympics.


The five were shot dead on Tuesday when police raided their hideـout in Urumqi, the capital of the Muslimـpopulated Xinjiang region in China”s far northwest, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing local authorities.

Guns win. Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight…

Posted: 15th, July 2008 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0