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A long and worthwhile article about Geert Wilders’ film Fitna.

The Fitna Firestorm

The equation of Islam with violence doesn’t come from Dutch politician Geert Wilders; it comes from the words and actions of Muslims he features in his controversial film.

March 31, 2008 – by Robert Spencer

Fitna in Arabic means discord or upheaval; it is also the name of a new sixteen-minute film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders that appeared last Thursday, and has done nothing since then but … create fitna. The expected riots and violence did not materialize: in Karachi, a quixotic band of just over three dozen jihadists chanted “Death to the filmmaker,” but so far that has been about it on the street level.

Protests have instead been official. Iran and Pakistan lodged formal complaints — Iran with the European Union and Pakistan with the Dutch Ambassador to Islamabad — and as of this writing the anger is only growing. Other Islamic states and organizations also expressed outrage over the film. The multinational Islamic body and largest single voting bloc at the UN, the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference, condemned Fitna in “the strongest terms,” claiming that Wilders’s movie was “a deliberate act of discrimination against Muslims” intended only to “provoke unrest and intolerance.”

However, equal and even greater indignation came from non-Muslim leaders, particularly at the United Nations. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon dubbed the film “offensively anti-Islamic” and declared: “There is no justification for hate speech or incitement to violence. The right of free expression is not at stake here.” Or maybe it is: the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, urged those angered by the film to work to limit free speech rights. “There is a protective legal framework,” she noted, “and the resolution of the controversy that this film will generate should take place within it.” She said that legislators “should offer strong protective measures to all forms of freedom of expression, while at the same time enacting appropriate restrictions, as necessary, to protect the rights of others.”

With somewhat woolly logic, Jorge Sampaio, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, urged the world not to overemphasize extremism, for to do so would only create extremism: “We should indeed beware of overemphasizing it, because extremism anywhere is extremism everywhere, thanks to new media technologies. Few people think of themselves as extremists, but many can be pushed towards an extreme point of view, almost without noticing it, when they feel that the behavior or language of others is extreme. We therefore deeply regret this offensive film.”

So in other words, don’t point out the evil that the “extremists” are committing, or they’ll just do more of it.

Read on

AJ

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Fuzzy Barry Hocks USA to Chinese Pawnbroker

This is quite remarkable, from Atlas Shrugs.

Impeachment Time: Obama Grants Eminent Domain Rights to China to Secure Debt

The time for partisan bickering just ended.  This is as serious as a heart attack.  Obama is going to spend so much money, which he intends to get from China via the sale of government backed bonds, that the Chinese apparently don’t think he’ll be able to make good on them. 

So President Obama gave the Chinese eminent domain rights to American land and businesses as collateral – i.e. we don’t pay, they now own America.

I think there may be a constitutional challenge to this – I would hope so anyway.

AJ

Some things don’t change…

Back in November, I wrote:

Maybe it’s because I drank far too much last night and have a 5 o’clock shadow. On my tongue.

Maybe it’s because I haven’t taken my medication today, and the nurse put my straitjacket on too tightly.

Maybe it’s because this country is full of the most odious and stupid people it is possible to herd together.

Maybe it’s because this country is being run by a bunch of communist porridge wogs. Because the odious and stupid voted for these authoritarian, egregious, hypocritical ringpieces.

Maybe it’s because I’m sick to fucking death of the state coercing me, marginalising me, extorting money from me, and then failing to provide any semblance of a service back to me.

Maybe it’s because the only apparent alternative is to vote for a public school pillock who’s as right-on as any of these Labour fucks, with his wind turbine and his cycle helmet. Anyway, it appears that the principal qualification for being a political leader of any hue these days is proving your genetic inadequacy beyond all doubt by squeezing out a spasticated child then using it as a electoral selling point.

Maybe it’s because my main hope for getting back onto the property ladder has been wiped out by the current financial fuckduggery that Gordon Brown has brought upon us. By some oddity, I now appear to own twice as much of Royal bank of Scotland as I did 3 months ago (even though the government is holding the asset for me), but it’s also worth square-root of fuck all.

Maybe it’s because I promised myself I would avoid using the word ‘cunt’ on this blog, yet I’ve never felt it more apposite.

Oh I can’t be bothered. I’m going to work on my list.

And absolutely nothing has changed. Apart from the long-passed promise to deny the use of the most appropriate word for just about everyone.

AJ

I like this thinking…

Via Mr Eugenides… an Oirisher has a novel and compelling solution to the credit crisis.

NEWTON’S OPTIC: THE ANSWER to all our problems is staring us in the face. It may even be quite literally staring at you, right now, across the breakfast table.

So put the paper down, stare back and ask yourself a selfless question.

Does the woman in your life really need a job?

Admittedly, this is not a fashionable question. From Iceland to Australia, men are blamed for causing the credit crunch, while a more feminine approach to finance is proposed as the solution.

Of course there will always be a place in the world of business for exceptional women. Women also have an important role to play in jobs that are too demeaning for men, like teaching. But the general employment of women is another matter. Indeed, working women almost certainly caused the credit crunch by bringing a second income into the average household, pushing property prices up to unsustainable levels.

Consider the issue of unemployment. There were 221,301 men on the live register last month and just under one million women in work.

Surely at least half these women have a partner who is earning? Surely at least half would be happier at home? One half of one half is a quarter and one quarter of a million is roughly 221,301. I think we can all see where this argument is going.

It would be ludicrous to suggest that women should be sacked purely to give men their jobs. In many cases, their jobs should be abolished as well.

Women are twice as likely as men to work in the public sector. They account for two-thirds of the Civil Service and three- quarters of all public employees.

Do pop along to the Oirish Times and read the rest… I needn’t wonder what sort of postbag this generated.

AJ

Daily Mash: Pre-empted.

But they’re still way funnier than me, so I forgive them.

BROWN REFUSES TO HAND BACK PENSION

GORDON Brown last night dismissed calls to surrender his £123,000 a year pension when he is forced to stop being prime minister next June.

Mr Brown was defiant in the face of City outrage despite the UK government’s annual operating loss of £100bn, rising to £1.5 trillion when the write-down of its banking assets is taken into account.

The prime minister said: "I’ve been building up this pension since I became an MP, it’s all completely legal and now you want to take it away because I’ve been catastrophically bad at my job and you’re looking for a scapegoat. What gives?"

He added: "Yes I’ve been in charge of financial regulation for 12 years, yes I encouraged the housing bubble, and yes I pissed billions up the wall giving pointless jobs to Labour voters, but I fail to see what any of this has to do with me being incredibly well off."

Brown’s £3m pension pot is expected to cast the spotlight on the extravagant retirement packages of other failed politicians including Alistair Darling’s inexplicable £1.7m and the £1.5m awarded to John Prescott for being a national scandal for 10 years.

Martin Bishop, head of pension rows at the Institute for Studies, said: "It’s a fascinating dynamic. The politicians blame the bankers, the bankers blame the politicians, and the ordinary taxpayer is down on all fours with a confused look on his face, being fucked at both ends."

AJ

We’ll be seeing a lot of this over the next few years…

The lefties in the pubic sector have been lording it up for the last 10 years or so….. but they’re not happy now.. redundancies, pay freezes, pensions under threat… sniff.

Teachers demand 10% pay increase

Now while you’re reading this, don’t forget about the collective bargaining arrangement teachers have, which means that the ineffectual, spineless, stupid, out of their depth, malevolent and misinformed teachers get paid the same as that small band of real heroes – the teachers (we all had one or two) who really made an impression and made us what we are today.

The biggest teachers’ union in England and Wales is calling for a 10% pay rise – and says the economic downturn should not be an “excuse” for low pay rises.

Okay. Well, how about… no?

The National Union of Teachers has submitted its demand to the profession’s pay review body.

A government spokesman says the current recommended 2.3% offer represents a “good deal” for teaching staff.

I’d say it represents a very good deal for the above mentioned useless teachers, and a very poor deal for the minority of great teachers.

By all means click through and read the rest if you’re suffering from low blood pressure.

Coppers are being laid off too. The battlefront could be truly multicultural this summer.

AJ

Via Vindico.

The words you’re looking for are “See you in court”

Via LPUK, I come across this:

Ok, so this isn’t actually a picture, but I’ll give you a few moments.

Finished? Let’s see how you got on.

Number one;

Michelle Keiller was shocked to receive a £120 fine with a picture of a white van bearing her Toyota estate car’s registration number illegally parked in south-east London.

Now she has to prove her innocence or pay up.

Number two

Now she needs to send identification – and her car registration documents – to Lambeth Council, to prove that she does not own the van bearing her registration number.

(duplicate omitted there, obviously)

The DVLA said: “Vehicle cloning is something we’ve come across in the past, it’s not as widespread as you think but is something that does happen.

which is in combination with something earlier in the article;

Michelle Keiller was shocked to receive a £120 fine with a picture of a white van bearing her Toyota estate car’s registration number illegally parked in south-east London.

To recap;

  • In the good old days (let us say 20 years ago, and for scores of years before that) the state had to prove guilt rather than the individual having to prove their innocence.
  • As the issue here is regarding the accuracy of a recorded registration mark, i.e.is it a van or a car, why is the state demanding other documentation, such as ID? If XX123XXX is a car not a van, who gives a monkeys who owns what?
  • If the state is aware of this cloning, why are they providing the details of a Toyota estate car to a third party when requesting the details of a white van?

Don’t worry, folks. ID cards, DNA databases, Phone and Email details databases, Foreign travel databases. You have nothing to fear.

As I said: “Hello, Lambeth Council? Screw you. I’ll see you thick bureaucratic tax-burning douchebags in court.”

AJ

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