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Monday, 30 March 2009
Some Telling Public Opinion From Pakistan
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Posted on 03/30/2009 10:59 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 30 March 2009
Le Genocide Voil� (interview with Tidiane N'Diaye)
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Watch and listen here.

 

 

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Posted on 03/30/2009 7:53 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 30 March 2009
New fire service uniform includes full-length skirt and hijab headscarf
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My husband heard this on the radio this morning and told me to look for it.
The background is that at the moment Regional and County Fire brigades have their own individual, (but really very similar) uniforms. The government have commissioned a design for a National Uniform which regional brigades will be encouraged to adopt. Apparently when firefighters are called to assist a fire in a neighbouring county (the Fire services are very good at co-operation) the big red fire engine is not the dead giveaway to their identity and position that one might think.
Anyway they have thought of everything. The helmets are not so big and shiny these days, and the boots not so high as in my father's days in the AFS, but there is now an option of a long skirt and hijab. There are quite a few women firefighters (I still want to say firemen and women, but I am old fashioned) but  they have to do an enormous amount of training prior to recruitment to achieve the physical condition required. A few years ago I worked with a young woman, a temp, whose ambition was to join the London Fire Brigade.  Every other night she left work to attend a gym for a programme of weight lifting and stamina building before she could contemplate attempting the entrance tests. That and the sleeping arrangements for overnight shifts would not be congenial to any Muslim woman so "modest" that she wears long skirts and hijab.
From The Telegraph
A new uniform has been designed for firefighters, including options of full-length skirts, long-sleeved shirts, hijab headscarves and turbans. Sikhs, of course, are very practical about headgear v safety.
The Government said the new clothing was better fitting, giving firemen and women more protection, as well as looking more professional.
The new grey and red coloured range of clothing, which also includes maternity and sportswear, was introduced on Monday at the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service. True, there is more to the job than front line incidents.
Fire Minister Sadiq Khan said: "We want the widest range of applicants to apply to join the fire and rescue service. To do achieve this it is important that all applicants – men and women – know that the uniform and clothing they will be issued with will not only protect them but will also fit properly and be comfortable.
"The introduction of more appropriately fitted clothing is just one initiative to help to both retain female firefighters and encourage others to consider a fire service career.
"Fire prevention is vitally important today as we continue the aim of driving down fire deaths. To achieve this, the fire and rescue service needs employees from all ethnic groups to reflect the diversity of our communities. This will enable better mutual understanding during fire safety visits.
"The uniform now available shows that cultural beliefs are being recognised, as we seek to increase the representation of ethnic minorities within service." Which is another bone of contention. A fireman's colour is irrelevant; the only important aspect is that he is physically up to the job.
Jagtar Singh, spokesman for the Asian Fire Service Association, commented: "We are pleased to note that the fire service is now taking seriously the issues of culture and religious belief when purchasing corporate and protective clothing for firefighters."

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Posted on 03/30/2009 4:45 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 30 March 2009
Fiscal stimulus
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Our greedy, dishonest,cowardly and stupid Home Secretary Jacqui Smith uses taxpayers' money to pay her husband an "allowance".

We thought all he did was sit at home twiddling his thumbs.

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Posted on 03/30/2009 1:31 PM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 30 March 2009
That's one way to keep divorce rates down
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From ArabNews.com:

RIYADH: Sara, a 32-year-old mother of three children, has been trying to secure a divorce from her husband.

“My case has been in the court for three months,” she said. “My husband is demanding SR50,000 while all I received from him as a dowry was SR30,000.”

Sara is one of many Saudi women seeking separation through khula, a form of divorce in Shariah where the woman secures her divorce through financial compensation to the husband that begins with a reimbursement of the dowry but often includes what the husband sees as his additional expenses for the marriage.

Sara’s brothers offered to help out with the cash, “but it is not fair, they all have families and responsibilities,” she said.

“Some men use the khula system to make money on account of women who are willing to pay off their husbands in order to end a troubled marriage,” said Noha, a 28-year-old mother of a four-year-old.

Noha is lucky. Her husband (who is also her cousin) agreed to reimbursement of half of the dowry after family members intervened “to put reason into his mind that I have given him five of my best years,” she said.

She is lucky in other ways.

Saudi Lawyers’ Committee Deputy Director Hadi Al-Yami, who is also a member of the governmental Human Rights Commission, pointed out that current reforms taking place in the judicial system — one of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque King Abdullah’s major reform initiatives — will hopefully improve the situation of women caught in the personal judgments and rulings.

The lack of a standard methodology when dealing with divorce cases and other family matters is a point of contention, Al-Yami added.

“The khula system needs to be standardized like many other judicial regulations,” he said adding that the family courts being established will set standards that will apply to all courts and hopefully reel in the personal decisions of individual judges.

Dima, a 43-year-old wealthy Saudi woman who has spent 19 months in the current court system trying to secure a khula divorce from her husband, is a case study in how the system can favor the husband over the wife.

“I am losing the best years of my life in the unjust judicial system,” she said. “The judge had ruled in my favor three times, but my husband has been able to challenge these rulings one way or another.”

Dima says that her husband had been asking for financial compensation of over SR600,000, calculating all the expenses he had put in his own home where his three children live.

“The house is mine,” she said. “He has been living in it for 15 years, yet he is asking me to pay off the cost of an extension he built for himself, and much more. What about the 15 years of my life I have lost? What are they worth? How could the judge participate in extending my agony? Is this justice?”

Al-Yami says that under Shariah a husband is entitled to “‘some’ of his dowry, and not all, and definitely not additional compensation. Shariah is clear and obvious in such matters, and it urges us to treat women in a fine and just way.”

And to not break their bones while beating them.  And to "till their fields" whenever, wherever, and however their husbands see fit.  And to stone them to death for having a child out of wedlock, even if by rape.

Furthermore, he added that khula compensation is dictated by various factors, including number of years of marriage, number of children and the potential negative impact the continuation of the marriage would have on the wife.

Referring to the criticism Saudi Arabia has been facing after the Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last month regarding women and children’s status, Al-Yami points out that human rights is a basic Islamic principle.

Qur'anic verse, please? What Islam teaches about "human rights" is significantly different from how Westerners understand it, as Muslims go to great lengths to make clear.

In February, the Kingdom faced criticism during an active discussion of the UPR for women’s status, application of death penalty, physical punishments and violation of labor rights in the Kingdom. All member states of the United Nations undergo this review process.

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Posted on 03/30/2009 12:00 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
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Monday, 30 March 2009
Scoop: Jackson's Son May Appear At Concert
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At www.msnbc.com, you can find the story bearing that headline.

Being a  connoisseur of punctuation -- see "Pause And Effect" and the discussion of it, and Ralph Roister Doister, here  -- will not be enough for proper appreciation. In this case, it helps if the connoisseur or connaisseur dont on parle is American, and of an age that allows him to remember the late Henry "Scoop" Jackson, one of the best Senators in the history of the United States. Jackson died of a heart attack, having become agitated after he learned that the Russians had shot down a South Korean airliner. I was on a beach, in Liguria, and had just opened the pages of the Corriere della Sera and saw the headline about Henry Jackson having died, and tears uncontrollably started, and the Italians with me were amazed and embarrassed for me, for they could not imagine why the death of any political figure would cause that kind of reaction from a person they had previously regarded as sensible.

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Posted on 03/30/2009 11:41 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 30 March 2009
J'en Redoute
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How with this rage shall Beauty hold a plea,

Whose action is no stronger than a flower? 

Shakespeare once chose to doubt it.

 

'Gainst the rage that is spewing from Mount Redoubt

Place a redoubtable rose from Redouté ,,,,

On second thought,  I re-doubt it.

 

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Posted on 03/30/2009 8:45 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 30 March 2009
Stupid, Nepotistic, And Greedy Home Secretary Jacqui Smith
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I didn't realize that British law allows her to  employ, as part of her staff, her husband the haggard masturbator.

Read all about it here.

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Posted on 03/30/2009 10:59 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 30 March 2009
Mount Redoubt Reminds Us That It Is There
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After a quiet few days, Mount Redoubt  again spewed more ash in Alaska. The fear remains that,  one hundred miles from Anchorage,  a big eruption may soon come. There's been plenty of warning. But then, for years before Hurricane Katrina, there had been plenty of warning about the new strength of hurricanes.

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Posted on 03/30/2009 10:32 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 30 March 2009
T.S. Eliot, a literal genius
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George Orwell was better at essays than at novels. His most famous novels, 1984 and Animal Farm, are clunkily didactic, especially Animal Farm. “Yes, I get it,” you want to scream. “Some are more equal than others. Revolution eats its own children. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. The pig’s called Napoleon, see? ” The farm lacks only Mrs Malaprop’s allegory to drive the point home. How could anyone miss it? Michael Gove in The Times: 

[T]he reputation of the editor is somewhat under siege with the revelation that T.S. Eliot rejected Animal Farm when he was editing texts at Faber & Faber because he wanted it rewritten. He thought the pigs in the fable of communist betrayal were “far more intelligent than the other animals and therefore best qualified to run the farm”. The answer, he thought, to the farm's problems was not revolution but “more public-spirited pigs”.

Of all the things one wants in a literary executive, literal-mindedness is the least useful trait. One can only imagine T.S. Eliot's response to J.K. Rowling: “Surely you cannot have a train platform that is 9¾, you can't have locomotives leaving a setting denominated by a vulgar fraction... and doesn't Lord Voldemort have a point, it would appear that pure-bred wizards are more intelligent and are therefore best qualified to run the Ministry of Magic...”

And thank heavens he never published The Lord of the Rings: “Surely Saruman's decision to ally with Sauron was a shrewd exercise in realpolitik. Rather than a vain effort to dethrone the ruler of Mordor led by barefoot and hoydenish yokels surely we just need more public-spirited Dark Lords?”

Of course, T.S. Eliot was famously a banker as well as a publisher and poet. Mind you, it was a different world then and he could never have succeeded in finance today. Imagine - a banker with an inability to believe in fantastic tales and a grim determination to ask boringly difficult questions when faced with wild inventions. That really is almost impossible to credit.

 

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Posted on 03/30/2009 9:45 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 30 March 2009
A Musical Interlude: I Get The Blues When It Rains (Annette Hanshaw)
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Listed here.

 

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Posted on 03/30/2009 9:41 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 30 March 2009
Sunni-Shi'a Fighting Spreads in Iraq
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Hugh Fitzgerald has been consistently predicting this very outcome and has worried that sectarian fighting will pull American forces back in as we attempt to withdraw. Obama is not strong enough to pull out in the face of the humanitarian crisis looming ahead. Washington Post:

BAGHDAD, March 29 -- A new and potentially worrisome fight for power and control has broken out in Baghdad as the United States prepares to pull combat troops out of Iraq next year.

The struggle, which played out in fierce weekend clashes, pits two vital American allies against each other. On Sunday, Iraqi soldiers backed by U.S. combat helicopters and American troops swept into a central Baghdad neighborhood, arresting U.S.-backed Sunni fighters in an effort to clamp down on a two-day uprising that challenged the Iraqi government's authority and its efforts to pacify the capital.

But the fallout from the operation is already rippling far beyond the city's boundaries. Both the Iraqi security forces and the Sunni fighters, known as the Awakening, are cornerstones in the American strategy to bring stability. The Awakening, in particular, is widely viewed as a key reason violence has dramatically dropped across Iraq.

Many leaders of the Awakening, mostly former Sunni insurgents who joined hands with U.S. forces to fight the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq, have long had a contentious relationship with Iraq's Shiite-led government. But the weekend battles have sparked fresh frustration and mistrust of both the U.S. military and Iraq's mostly Shiite security forces, according to interviews with Awakening leaders across the country.

"The situation is now very fragile, and no Awakening member would remain silent over this injustice," said Saad Abbas al-Luhaibi, leader of an Awakening group in Anbar province. The tensions raise concerns that uprisings could erupt in other Awakening-controlled areas -- or that many Awakening fighters could return to the insurgency, allowing al-Qaeda in Iraq to fill the vacuum in Sunni areas.

The clashes also opened a window onto the new military relationship emerging between the United States and Iraq, as well as the struggles Iraq's government will probably face as it takes more control over security.

The violence erupted Saturday minutes after Iraqi and U.S. troops arrested Adil Mashadani, the Awakening leader in Baghdad's Fadhil neighborhood, on charges of committing sectarian crimes and terrorist acts.

The U.S. military said in a statement Sunday that Mashadani was suspected of extorting more than $160,000 from Fadhil residents, orchestrating roadside bomb attacks against Iraqi security forces and having ties to al-Qaeda in Iraq. Concerned about the impact on other Awakening groups, the military stressed that Mashadani was not arrested because of his role in the Awakening. Mashadani's deputies have denied the allegations.

In response to the arrest, Awakening fighters took to the streets and rooftops, engaging in fierce gun battles with U.S. and Iraqi troops. At least eight Iraqi soldiers were injured; an additional five were taken hostage but were released Sunday morning, Iraqi security officials said.

By Sunday, Iraqi security forces and American troops had surrounded the neighborhood. Snipers peered from the roofs of buildings as Apache and Blackhawk combat helicopters circled in the overcast sky. Some dropped leaflets urging residents to hand over weapons; the handbills also stressed that there was a legal warrant for Mashadani's arrest and that no residents were being targeted...

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Posted on 03/30/2009 6:50 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 30 March 2009
Asian women chefs view defended
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A Birmingham MP has defended his suggestion of employing jobless women in local Asian communities to tackle a shortage of chefs in curry houses.
One in four Midlands curry houses could close because of the shortage, some restaurant owners have claimed.
Lasan Restaurant Group founder, Jabbar Khan, has described the idea from Birmingham Erdington MP Sion Simon as "offensive to industry professionals".
Responding to Mr Khan's comment on the BBC's Politics Show for the West Midlands, the MP said: "I think that's offensive to women to suggest that they're not capable or competent to work in the catering industry."
The Skills Minister, who spoke on the issue in a Parliamentary debate, added he was not saying anybody "can just wander from a domestic kitchen" into a professional restaurant.
Mr Simon said 60% of Bangladeshi women are "economically inactive".
Mr Simon added: "Unemployment among Bangladeshi men is much much higher than it is for the population as a whole. In that context the idea that we have to import chefs for any kind of restaurant in large numbers all the time it's.. not going to be sustainable in the long term."
Mr Khan has claimed the MP has "quite clearly" underestimated the expertise required to be a professional chef and was unaware of social and cultural issues.
He said: "To assume that someone is capable of working in a restaurant kitchen purely because that is the food of their origin is totally ridiculous. Would he suggest that all the British housewives who have mastered a cottage pie are capable of producing restaurant quality cuisine?"  No but I have temped as a kitchen hand in my time and seen professional chefs at work. It is undeniably hard work, but it isn't brain surgery.
Mr Khan said that mastering cooking professionally, especially Asian cuisine, requires at least three to five years.
"It is unfair to expect small business to have the luxury of trainees and apprentices when they are struggling to find skilled individuals to make up the core team in order for the business to operate." No it's not. Training isn't a luxury and there are all sorts of grants for it. How do the chefs get trained in Bangladesh in the first place?
Restaurant owners have said a new points-based system operated by the UK Border Agency makes it more difficult to bring in skilled chefs from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. Quite right. Train up your own children. This is just a ruse to import even more distant cousins from the old country.

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Posted on 03/30/2009 6:48 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 30 March 2009
Matthew Parris on Gordon Brown
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My contempt for Gordon Brown is shared by Matthew Parris. From The Times:

I've just read one of the worst speeches by a British prime minister it's been my misfortune to encounter in 40 years following politics. Wilson had folksy evasiveness; Heath, wooden principle; Thatcher, tin-eared persistence; Blair, slimy charm. In every case you could tell why they'd got the job, even when you hated what they were doing with it.

But this? This hole in the air encased in a suit of clunking verbal armour? This truck-load of clichéd grandiloquence in hopeless pursuit of anything that might count as the faintest apology for an idea? Words fail me.

They certainly failed Gordon Brown, addressing the European Parliament this week. No wonder everybody's now watching the MEP Daniel Hannan's riposte, uploaded on to YouTube - for the sheer, blessed relief of finding anyone still standing as the grey ash came bucketing down.

Where shall I begin? Shall I bother? Is he worth it?

“It is thanks to the work of all of you and the generations whose work we continue that we enjoy a Europe of peace and unity which will truly rank among the finest of human achievements” would be fine - no, not fine; pardonable - if no more than a paragraph of pompous pleasantry, to puff the hard argument. But hard argument came there none. It was all puff.

“So I stand here today proud to be British and proud to be European: representing a country that does not see itself as an island beside Europe but as a country at the centre of Europe, not in Europe's slipstream but firmly in its mainstream.” Not an island? Airborne in a slipstream? In a river in a mainstream? So much for geography, aeronautics and hydraulics. Now for history.

“Friends, today there is no old Europe, no new Europe, no East or West Europe. There is only one Europe, our home Europe”... and on we go. A list of truths, half-truths and untruths follows: claims about EU progress, some of which Mr Brown has actively blocked.

The market crisis is then dispatched by means of a clutch of attempts at wordplay (“markets should be free but not value-free”... “freedom need not be a free-for-all” ...“being fair is more important than being laissez-faire”) so maladroit as to deserve inclusion in any young speechwriter's textbook warning against laboured verbal conceit. Mr Brown then repeats himself at greater length but with no greater felicity.

If only his leaden prose were the worst of it. He is much worse than boring, as I point out here. As Samizdata’s Brian Micklethwait writes:

 

What matters to me is not whether Brown is now a doomed and hopeless failure, for clearly he is. But how much more of my country will he quadruple-mortgage? How much more of my country’s earth will he scorch?

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Posted on 03/30/2009 5:48 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 30 March 2009
At least 20 people dead in Pakistan attack
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Breaking news from The Times Things are moving quickly since I put the first report up.
Pakistan's army and an elite police paramilitary unit were today laying siege to a police training academy in Lahore where militants were holed up after attacking the centre, killing 20 and injuring 90.
At least 11 police officers are reported to be among the dead in the initial commando-style assault by the militants, which had similarities to the attack against the Sri Lankan cricket team in the same city this month.
In both incidents, well-trained gunmen armed with assault rifles, grenades and rocket launchers mounted an organised and deadly assault.
In the cricket team attack all the militants escaped unhurt, however, melting away into the city, whereas on this occasion the attacking force does not seem to have tried to get away, and a ferocious gun battle is reported still to be in progress at the academy, which lies on the outskirts of bustling Lahore, on the road to the Indian border.
Armed soldiers and paramilitary troops wearing helmets and bullet-proof vests sealed off the compound.
"We'll take some time in clearing the Manawan police training centre," said Nasim Nawaz, the Lahore district co-ordination officer.
"The gun battle is on between terrorist and police and rangers. We are now clearing people from the road who have gathered there. In the meanwhile the curfew has already been imposed."
"We were attacked with bombs. Thick smoke surrounded us. We all ran in panic in different directions," said Mohammad Asif, a wounded officer taken to a hospital. He described the attackers as bearded and young.
In early March, a group of gunmen ambushed the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team as their tour bus rounded a roundabout near the Lahore cricket ground, sparking a battle that left six police officers and a driver dead and wounded several of the players.
"There is great similarity between the two incidents," said Afzal Shigri, a former senior police officer. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
"Militants trained in war in Afghanistan could be involved in the terrorist attacks, " said Rehman Malik, the interior minister.

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Posted on 03/30/2009 1:41 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 29 March 2009
Non-rom-com interlude with good title music: A Fine Romance
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Sophie Tucker's "converstational man" put me in mind of the vintage comedy: A Fine Romance. This was rather good. In the first few minutes, men can have a good ogle at the young Susan Penhaligan in her underwear, and women can admire the bland good looks of her on-stage husband, but misfits (real-life husband and wife) Judi Dench and Michael Williams steal the show, which is a study in what the English do best: embarrassment.

Any man or woman who has been set up by well-meaning friends will enjoy this. Click below:

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Posted on 03/29/2009 6:54 PM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 29 March 2009
Geert Wilders and the Freedom Party picks up 32 seats in Dutch poll
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This Radio Netherlands report gives something to cheer about. Geert wilders and his PVV (Freedom Party) has picked up 32 seats in a recent poll. The Hague parliament has 150 seats.

Note this comment in the Radio Netherlands report:

The Freedom Party of populist right-wing leader Geert Wilders has climbed again in the polls, this time to a record of 32 seats in the 150-seat parliament. The Freedom Party is in first place and is now four seats ahead of the Christian Democrats, the largest of the three parties in the governing coalition. Pollster Maurice de Hond attributes the rise in popularity to his departure from a parliamentary debate on Thursday. He walked out of the debate in a huff, describing the debate on the economic crisis as "a sham".

His ratings began to soar in February, when the British government refused to allow him to enter the country. Sixty percent of voters who describe themselves as right-wing say they will vote for Wilders' Freedom Party.

Geert Wilders and his Freedom Part are significantly up in Dutch polls. A nice spike, as we'd say here in the US. It looks like the Dutch have gotten some spine. Wilders stock among his fellow Dutchmen has soared. Especially since one of their has gained notoriety for telling it like it is about the threat of Islamization in Europe.  They like his 'chutzpah'. They likely detest his shabby treatment by the oh, so PC Labor party minions in the Gordon Brown Whitehall government in the U.K.  who prevented his entry at London's Heathrow airport for a House of Lords meeting that never occurred. We trust these favorable poll results will bode well for Geert Wilders and the Freedom Party campaign for seats in the EU parliamentary elections in early June. We hope the Dutch supreme court, currently reviewing a motion to dismiss the infamous Amsterdam appeals court  criminal decision,  will rule in Wilders favor thereby scoring a landmark victory against Islamic defamation advocates in Holland and elsewhere. We hope that may be the result given recent Dutch Supreme court rulings vis a vis the religious defamation issue.

Wilders has demonstrated his mettle in spreading the anti-Jihad message in Eurabia and here in America. 

This Dutch poll is encouraging as it appears his message is gaining ground among his fellow countrymen.

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Posted on 03/29/2009 4:11 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Sunday, 29 March 2009
Pierre Manent On The Nation-State
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I just ran across this translation, by Tiberge at galiawatch,  of an interview with Pierre Manent, about the deliberate weakening of the nation-state in Europe, the devolution of power to EU management, the unmerited self-flagellation - for all the wrong reasons --  by the (white, European) West, and the civilizational depression that has been  its certain result.

Read here.

 

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Posted on 03/29/2009 10:25 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 29 March 2009
A Musical Interlude: My Conversational Man (Sophie Tucker)
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Listen here.

 

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Posted on 03/29/2009 9:45 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 29 March 2009
Muslim students preventing Hindus from using QMU's Multi-faith centre
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From Red Hot Curry thanks to Apostate Islam
Queen Mary's, which I knew when it was just QMC, is the only college of London University in East London. My cousin went there and it has a good reputation for academic excellence, unlike the new University of East London which is a former technical college that now offers Islamic law degrees.

A row has broken out at Queen Mary University, London about the use of its multi-faith centre. The National Hindu Students Forum (UK) claims that members of the Queen Mary’s Islamic Society have been physically preventing students of the university’s Hindu society from offering prayers at the multi-faith centre on the premises by standing 15 students at the door. The last Hindu prayer in the evenings is normally at 6pm, but the Muslim group who have a prayer session before the Hindus say that there is "no demand for the use of the multifaith centre by other faith communities" and they cannot therefore allow Hindus to use the premises even though they have a valid booking for its use.
The Islamic Society refuses to move out of the room even though we have a booking to use it for this week (13 March 2009). They did not even allow security to enter the premises and we were left standing outside the room unable to offer our prayers,” explained Kajal Valani, Chair of the National Hindu Students Forum. “The men who stood barricading the door issued verbal threats to us. We are going there again this evening, and we await to see if good sense will prevail.”
Ramesh Kallidai, secretary general of the Hindu Forum of Britain said "A multi-faith centre must be exactly that - multi-faith. If one community believes that other communities cannot use a multi-faith centre and use physical and verbal methods to prevent their entry for legitimate use, then something is seriously wrong with our model of cohesion and good-relations.
Sudarshan Bhatia President of the National Council of Hindu Temples UK said"The Islamic societies must show solidarity and respect to other communities."
The National Hindu Students Forum (UK) has given assurances that it will work peacefully and tolerantly with the Queen Mary’s University to resolve the situation peacefully.
For similar problems in Australia see here.

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Posted on 03/29/2009 9:01 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 29 March 2009
Police Identify 200 Children as Potential Terrorists
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Mark Hughes writes in The Independent:

Two hundred schoolchildren in Britain, some as young as 13, have been identified as potential terrorists by a police scheme that aims to spot youngsters who are "vulnerable" to Islamic radicalisation.

The number was revealed to The Independent by Sir Norman Bettison, the chief constable of West Yorkshire Police and Britain's most senior officer in charge of terror prevention.

He said the "Channel project" had intervened in the cases of at least 200 children who were thought to be at risk of extremism, since it began 18 months ago. The number has leapt from 10 children identified by June 2008.

The programme, run by the Association of Chief Police Officers, asks teachers, parents and other community figures to be vigilant for signs that may indicate an attraction to extreme views or susceptibility to being "groomed" by radicalisers. Sir Norman, whose force covers the area in which all four 7 July 2005 bombers grew up, said: "What will often manifest itself is what might be regarded as racism and the adoption of bad attitudes towards 'the West'.

"One of the four bombers of 7 July was, on the face of it, a model student. He had never been in trouble with the police, was the son of a well-established family and was employed and integrated into society.

"But when we went back to his teachers they remarked on the things he used to write. In his exercise books he had written comments praising al-Qa'ida. That was not seen at the time as being substantive. Now we would hope that teachers might intervene, speak to the child's family or perhaps the local imam who could then speak to the young man."

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He stressed that the system was not being used to target the Muslim community. "The whole ethos is to build a relationship, on the basis of trust and confidence, with those communities," said Sir Norman.

"With the help of these communities we can identify the kids who are vulnerable to the message and influenced by the message. The challenge is to intervene and offer guidance, not necessarily to prosecute them, but to address their grievance, their growing sense of hate and potential to do something violent in the name of some misinterpretation of a faith.

"We are targeting criminals and would-be terrorists who happen to be cloaking themselves in Islamic rhetoric. That is not the same as targeting the Muslim community."

Oh brother. When are law enforcement agencies going to wake up and realize that they cannot rely on the "Muslim community" for anything?  Citizen groups in America keep hitting a wall of political correctness when they report Muslim crime including polygamy and child abuse. Part of the problem is fear of lawsuits. Jerry Gordon has proposed a bill to help solve this problem.

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Posted on 03/29/2009 8:14 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 29 March 2009
Anjem Choudary . . . again . . .
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Well if I had had a guinea bet with Mary yesterday that the real venue for Islam4theUK's bonzonte this weekend was SOAS I would have lost my money. The real venue, the Hilton Hotel apparently being a decoy, (yeah right) was the Society of Friends Meeting HOuse opposite Euston Station.
What was no surprise is the stuff spouted. The usual hate and raving, cries for Sharia law and the black flag over No 10 and the White House.
From The Sunday Express.
RADICAL Muslim Anjem Choudary has brushed aside a Scotland Yard probe into his inflammatory speeches to demand that Britain should become a Sharia state.
His voice rising with passion and ­vigour, he told his growing army of followers in central London on Friday night: “Let me tell you something – the Sharia will be implemented in Pakistan, it will be implemented in India and Bangladesh and even down the road in Downing Street.”
He was sharing a platform with four other senior members of Islam4UK, a new organisation which is attracting the sort of believers who loyally followed hate preacher Abu Hamza before he was locked up.
Muslims around the world will rise and eventually conquer the White House, said Choudary, comparing the struggle ahead with that faced by Muslims hundreds of years ago, who constantly brushed the dust of battles from their eyes as they conquered nations.
Astonishingly, he compared himself to Noah from the Old Testament in one ranting outburst.
“People said ‘look at that man building that boat in the mountain’,” he said. “Now they say ‘look at that lunatic calling for the Sharia in Britain’ ... they say the same thing.”
The old Islamic army was 60 million strong and stretched from the “east of the east to the west of the west” and those days will come again, he said, although there are no countries in the world ruled by Sharia.
To whip up the crowd he boasted of how His Greatness Mohammed had “eradicated” the Kaafir non-Muslims from the Arabian peninsular and they responded with a huge cheer.
The extraordinary scene unfolded in the unlikely setting of the Quakers meeting house opposite Euston railway station and while Scotland Yard said they were looking into complaints about Choudary’s provocative speeches to see if they broke the law.
The meeting had originally been due to take place at a Hilton hotel round the corner, a stone’s throw away from the scene of the 7/7 bus bombing in Tavistock Square. But once the management found out, they cancelled the booking.
Rather amazingly, the preacher was given permission to use a building renowned for quietly bringing followers of different faiths together.
In a matter of minutes this Christian enclave was sporting a banner proclaiming: “There is None Worthy of Worship Except Allah and Mohammed is the Final Messenger.”
In the foyer they were even ­giving away car stickers with the claim: Jesus was a Muslim. No one was in the mood for a cool and calm-headed religious discussion. The appetite was for fiery speakers extolling the true word of Islam.
Last night Tory MP and homeland security expert Patrick Mercer called for Scotland Yard to look at Choudary’s latest speech too.
“His comments sound like sedition to me,” he said. “The police should look very carefully at his words to see if he has broken the law. Victims of the 7/7 bombing will, I am sure, be hugely upset by what sounds like sedition.”

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Posted on 03/29/2009 8:13 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 29 March 2009
This Just In: For All Loops And All Legs
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Renata Kallosh

Abstract: We construct the generating functional for the light-cone superfield amplitudes in a chiral momentum superspace. It generates the n-point particle amplitudes which on shell are equivalent to the covariant ones. Based on the action depending on unconstrained light-cone chiral scalar superfield, this functional provides a regular d=4 QFT path integral derivation of the Nair-type amplitude constructions.

By performing a Fourier transform into the light-cone chiral coordinate superspace we find that the quantum corrections to the superfield amplitudes with n legs are non-local in transverse directions for the diagrams with the number of loops smaller than n(n-1)/2 +1. This suggests the reason why UV infinities, which are proportional to local vertices, cannot appear at least before 7 loops in the light-cone supergraph computations. By combining the E7 symmetry with the supersymmetric recursion relations we argue that the light-cone supergraphs predict all loop finiteness of d=4 N=8 supergravity.
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Posted on 03/29/2009 12:08 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 29 March 2009
�Words are only postage stamps delivering the object for you to unwrap� � George Bernard Shaw
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In the comments here Mary asked, with her usual wit, verve and style, What the fick is "mundificative"? I thought that kind of thing went on on a Saturday. 

I have also received a couple of emails from acquaintances who claim to be similarly unacquainted with the word.
 
Mundificative’ means ‘cleansing’ or ‘purifying’. When used as a noun, ‘a’ (or ‘the’) ‘mundificative’, it means ‘a’ (or ‘the’) ‘cleansing or purifying substance or medicine’.
 
Before anybody asks, ‘kenodoxy’ (a word I also used in my comment in the same place) means, amongst other things, ‘vainglorious self-love’. It can also, as I used it, imply that Islam is nothing more than an unwarranted, narcissistic belief in something that justifies, and seeks to excuse, the basest impulses and actions of those who believe in it.
 
However, neither of my words beats Hugh’s wonderful use of ‘androlepsy’ in his post here. No, I’m not going to define it for you – you can look it up for yourselves. Suffice it to say that I agree with Hugh that clarigation is justified in some cases and that indiscriminate androlepsia are sometimes warranted as well.
 
We are the heritors of a wonderful language. Enjoy it!
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Posted on 03/29/2009 7:52 AM by John M. Joyce
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Saturday, 28 March 2009
A Musical Interlude: If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight (McKinney's Cotton Pickers, voc. George Thomas)
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Posted on 03/28/2009 11:19 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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