The Iconoclast

Monday, 17 November 2008
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Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure, by Paul A. Offit (Columbia University Press, 328 pp., $24.95) For some reason, the immunization of children has always aroused opposition of almost religious fervor. For example, a mass movement led resistance ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/17/2008 9:16 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 17 November 2008
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From The Times: There is nothing meh about the journey of the latest entry in the Collins English Dictionary. Rather, it illustrates how e-mail and the internet are creating language. “Meh” started out in the US and Canada as an interjection signifying mediocrity or indifference and has ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/17/2008 8:51 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 17 November 2008
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An ex-Muslim writes anonymously in INN (h/t: Dhimmiwatch): Shalom. As an Arab Muslim I once asked myself: Why do I hate Israel? I really thought about this question. After only a little deliberation, the answer was clear: because I am a Muslim and Islam is extremely intolerant. It's intolerance to ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/17/2008 8:19 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 17 November 2008
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Not really, or not as far as I know. From the Washington Post: If you were a prospective gag headline, you would probably feel about the writers' room at the Onion the way World War II soldiers felt about the view of Omaha Beach as the landing craft doors yawned open. By midafternoon on a Monday, at ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/17/2008 6:16 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 16 November 2008
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A man tells his frustrated wife that he is finally going to the doctor to get some Viagra. So he puts on a suit and tie. "What are you getting all dressed up for?" asks the wife. "Well, if I'm impotent I may as well look impotent." The doctor's surgery is closed so he goes to ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2008 5:00 PM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 16 November 2008
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An older gentleman was experiencing one of the problems of age and, mindful of his long and happy marriage, he went to his doctor to seek advice as to whether viagra might be of use to him. The doctor asked him to try an experimental form of the drug. Not a blue pill but a powder to be taken in ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2008 4:17 PM by Esmerelda WEatherwax
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Sunday, 16 November 2008
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Yes, we know, you have other obligations this time of year and it seems as though everyone is tugging at your sleeve, but there is a difference. We deserve it. If you've thought about donating before, but just haven't gotten around to it, now is as good a time as any to push that orange paypal button ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2008 2:55 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 16 November 2008
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPKbG6YPNSQ&feature=related ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2008 12:47 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 16 November 2008
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Mary's article at Pajamas Media takes issue with the idea that "conservative" Islamic morality is superior to modern western decadence, Mothers and fathers pulling their daughters out of school and then selling them to the highest bidder for "marriage" at the age of 11 is one example ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2008 11:20 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 16 November 2008
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AP Award-winning Shelbyville (Tennessee) Times-Gazette journalist Brian Mosely has once again done an important investigative piece. His article has both local and national implications vis a vis Somali refugees. Shelbyville and major locations in the US such as Nashville, Columbus, Ohio and ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2008 10:17 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Sunday, 16 November 2008
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Get over yourself. ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2008 9:47 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 16 November 2008
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Et Tu, Netanyahu? From Israel News (with thanks to Dan Friedman): Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his stance Sunday that improving the Palestinians' financial situation would help advance peace. Speaking at a United Jewish Communities (UJC) event in Jerusalem, the opposition leader said, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2008 9:41 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 16 November 2008
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Of course all those who have committed fraud to enter the U.S. should be rendered illegal and promptly deported. Of course this probably won't happen because we don't expect foreigners to take our laws seriously.  Brian Mosely reports: A fact sheet released this week from the U.S. State Department ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2008 8:42 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 16 November 2008
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From UG Pulse of Uganda The Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura has issued a strong warning to Muslims who have threatened to violently deal with their Mufti Sheik Shaban Mubajje (and others) if the Court tomorrow finds him innocent of allegations of selling Muslim properties. The ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2008 8:40 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 16 November 2008
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCHqRyrOV2E&feature=related ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2008 7:50 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 15 November 2008
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From The Times They are born in France and called Louis, Laurent or Marie but they want to become Abdel, Said or Rachida. Such requests from immigrants’ children for name changes are mounting in the French courts and worrying a state that lays store on melding a single national culture. In ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2008 4:37 PM by Esmerelda WEatherwax
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Saturday, 15 November 2008
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Ibn Warraq has raised similar questions. From the WSJ (with thanks to Andrew Bostom): MÜNSTER, Germany -- Muhammad Sven Kalisch, a Muslim convert and Germany's first professor of Islamic theology, fasts during the Muslim holy month, doesn't like to shake hands with Muslim women and has spent ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2008 1:21 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 15 November 2008
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It's Saturday, kids, the traditional day for cartoons. We haven't forgotten:  http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1912.htm ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2008 1:00 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 15 November 2008
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPJZDOAwAAg ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2008 12:32 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 15 November 2008
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AFP: A website launched Friday with the backing of technology industry and Hollywood elite urges people worldwide to help craft a framework for harmony between all religions. The Charter for Compassion project on the Internet at www.charterforcompassion.org springs from a "wish" granted ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2008 12:29 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 15 November 2008
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Let Observation with extensive View, Survey Mankind, from China to Peru; Remark each anxious Toil, each eager Strife, And watch the busy Scenes of crouded Life; Then say how Hope and Fear, Desire and Hate, [5] O'er spread with Snares the ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2008 9:46 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 15 November 2008
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BOSTON (AP) - Zeituni Onyango came to the United States seeking asylum from her native Kenya but was turned down and ordered to leave the country in 2004. Four years later, she is still here. And her nephew is about to become president of the United States. Onyango's family connection to Barack Obama ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2008 8:34 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 15 November 2008
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From the spectacularly vapid article by Alan Franks linked in my post below: Five years ago there was this notion that 50 was the new 40. The call was taken up by an advertising industry eager to tap grey spending power, but it was eagerly echoed by the The Generation itself. At 60, they don't ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2008 7:02 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 15 November 2008
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Writing in The Times, Alan Franks has some news for us: By turning 60, as he did yesterday, the Prince of Wales is, of course, typical of his generation. You don't say. Mr Franks helpfully amplifies his opening statement: It is what has been happening these past 11 and a half months to all his ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2008 6:43 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 15 November 2008
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I took an elderly relative to the barbers to have a haircut last Friday afternoon (not yesterday). He had a minor operation on Monday and wanted to be tidy for the job. It was one of those old fashioned men’s barbers where you sit and queue. No appointment needed, for haircuts that don’t ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2008 5:56 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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