The Iconoclast

Tuesday, 04 November 2008
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When we published the interview with Israeli M.K. Arieh Eldad in the November edition of the NER, we knew that he was on the cusp of deciding which party list he would run on in the upcoming Israel general election now scheduled for February 10th. Eldad had been part of the Moledet faction that ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/04/2008 9:45 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Tuesday, 04 November 2008
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“A historic day for America,” says the London Evening Standard warmly. “An historic election” counters Voice of America. “An historic comeback?” asks Fox News haughtily. “An historic and different US election” sniffs the BBC. “A historic ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/04/2008 9:22 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 04 November 2008
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Shire Network News on the treatment of Sarah Palin by the democrats. ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/04/2008 8:43 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 04 November 2008
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While we're in green mode, Boris has come up with a good idea (a better idea than voting for Obama). From The Times: Swathes of unused space in London, including flat roofs, are to be converted into vegetable gardens in an initiative that gives a new meaning to the slogan “Dig for Victory”. Roof ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/04/2008 8:37 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 04 November 2008
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Here at the NER our regular commenter, Enoch, waxed lyrical about current methods of power production and castigated us for buying into Senator Obama’s proposals "for entirely dubious reasons", as he phrased it. I don't think that the reasons for cleaning up our atmosphere are either ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/04/2008 6:52 AM by John Joyce
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Tuesday, 04 November 2008
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New Duranty: WASHINGTON — An internal review by the American military has found that a local Afghan police chief and another district leader helped Taliban militants carry out an attack on July 13 in which nine United States soldiers were killed and a remote American outpost in eastern Afghanistan ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/04/2008 6:43 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 04 November 2008
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From The Telegraph A Muslim doctor and head of the Islamic Medical Association has been suspended from medical practice for 12 months after sending an "offensive and homophobic" letter to a magazine for GPs. Dr Muhammad Siddiq wrote gay people needed the "stick of law to put them on ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/04/2008 5:33 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 04 November 2008
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From Press Enterprise of California Muslim women jailed in San Bernardino County will be given headscarves to wear under the terms of a lawsuit settlement negotiated with the American Civil Liberties Union, officials said Monday. The settlement was announced by the ACLU, which had filed suit against ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/04/2008 4:02 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 03 November 2008
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http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1030121.html ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/03/2008 10:46 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 03 November 2008
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The U.S. Dept. of Treasury is hosting a seminar in conjuction with Harvard University to teach the basics of Islamic finance to its employees on Nov. 6th. Thanks to Jeffrey Imm who provides the following additional information: Speakers to include: Mahmoud El-Gamal, Rice University; Sarah Bell, Federal ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/03/2008 7:54 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 03 November 2008
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Commenting on my post on angels and eternity, regular reader Paul quotes James Joyce: I vividly remember this passage from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man "The sentence of saint James which says that he who offends against one commandment becomes guilty of all, had seemed to him [Stephen ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/03/2008 6:30 PM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 03 November 2008
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When I wanted a photograph to illustrate my November article I took a brisk walk within half a mile of my home. I was on holiday last week where the scenery was a little more interesting. Glastonbury Tor from the Chalice Well Gardens. Wells Cathedral from the Bishop's garden. ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/03/2008 4:49 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 03 November 2008
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by Jerry Gordon (Nov. 2008) On Saturday, October 18th, a panel discussion about the film “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War against the West” at the newly opened Marshall Center of the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa established a new low in ‘dialogue’ between ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/03/2008 3:59 PM by NER
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Monday, 03 November 2008
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... has nothing much to do with this post, except that it is a place in Wales, a country of which the ficticious Edmund Blackadder once said: It's a ghastly place. Gangs of rough, tough, sinewy men roam the Valleys, terrorizing people with their close-harmony singing and you need half a pint of phlegm ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/03/2008 2:59 PM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 03 November 2008
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Here's how we do elections in England: In Japan they have elections regularly. Evely morning and evely evening. I would actually bet a fiver - no more - that McCain will win. Not sure why, but when the chips are down: ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/03/2008 2:39 PM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 03 November 2008
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I have a friend staying with me for a few days. She has shown me this - the 1st Battalion the Scots Guards version, in Iraq, of the video of Nickleback's Rock Star. ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/03/2008 1:18 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 03 November 2008
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20IMrEhVi2k&feature=related ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/03/2008 12:17 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 03 November 2008
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A couple of weeks ago I found myself with an evening to kill in the Big Smoke before catching my ‘plane home. Naturally, dinner was needed, so I wandered round to my club and tied on the nosebag there – we have an excellent chef. Now, the members, well, we younger ones, are reasonably gregarious ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/03/2008 6:14 AM by John Joyce
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Monday, 03 November 2008
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FromThe BBC – very pertinent argument from Christopher Landau the BBC religious affairs correspondent.  Catholic and Muslim leaders meet at the Vatican this week, hoping to improve ties. Christians' right to practise in Muslim countries has been a sore point in relations - illustrated by ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/03/2008 3:31 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 03 November 2008
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I didn’t rush to post this over the weekend hoping it would prove to be a storm in a wassail cup but I see this morning that the big daily papers have taken it up. I return to the original source The Oxford Mail. A plan to axe the word Christmas from this year’s city centre festive ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/03/2008 3:13 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 02 November 2008
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The Obama campaign will be writing off West Virginia now, I suppose. Kentucky was never in play. In the interview, Obama talks about the importance of coal. He went on to talk about his cap and trade proposal to help curb global warming. "If somebody wants to build a coal power plant they can, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/02/2008 8:08 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 02 November 2008
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From The Times: In Korean mythology there is a unit of measure for a very long period of time. Imagine a mountain of granite, one mile high. Once every 1,000 years an angel flies down from Heaven and brushes the summit of the mountain with her wings. The unit of time is the number of years it would ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/02/2008 11:18 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 02 November 2008
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Bournemouth Council has banned Latin. From The Telegraph: Bournemouth Council, which has the Latin motto Pulchritudo et Salubritas, meaning beauty and health, has listed 19 terms it no longer considers acceptable for use. This includes bona fide, eg (exempli gratia), prima facie, ad lib or ad libitum, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/02/2008 10:55 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 02 November 2008
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGn_zohuEaQ ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/02/2008 10:10 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 02 November 2008
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Philadelphia-born journalist Carol Gould is forever bleating about how dreadful England is and how much anti-Americanism she faces every day. Yet she continues to live here. Why? Is she some kind of masochist? If I lived in America and kept banging on about how utterly awful it was, I would expect - ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/02/2008 9:49 AM by Mary Jackson
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