Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Wherever in the world you may be reading this blog you can fight back against these anti-Israel whackos. Get out your wallets and shop Ahava! If you purchase Ahava products between April 6-20th please email me and let me know. A list is being compiled to show how 'effective' these protests are at getting people to BUY Ahava products.
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Not sure where to buy them? Visit their website and order online if you do not know a store near you. If you live in Canada I know a number of Winners and Home Sense stores have a great selection of Ahava products at incredible prices.
Please email me and let me know if you have been shopping! Come on North Americans....Mother's Day is coming up!!!
SMW will be back from holiday on Monday and I am hoping my inbox is full of emails....
Happy Shopping Ahava Lovers
Monday, 29 March 2010
I hope that at some point over the next week all my readers can enjoy a moment with friends and family. See you next week...
Quoted from the story:"It was a lot of time management in packing that lunch, making sure you don't buy food on campus," she said. End quote. Yep. That's tough. Wait until you get into the real world. When I first started out in business, $225 (converted to today's dollars) was more than what I had to spend on groceries/month. Student loans are to cover the necessities, not "variety". Either find a means of paying for that "variety" without going looking for handouts or live with it. Necessity breeds innovation, and that is what I expect of our best and brightest.
SMW was a student once and she worked like a dog to pay for her degree(s)....with cash and scholarship money. I can't believe these crybabies are complaining that they have to *gasp* make their own lunches. When I was in university I considered it a luxury to buy myself a piece of lemon meringue pie from the on campus café, and guess what? Those days were good for me. I learned how to manage money and eat healthy. In fact in my first year of working after university my food budget was less than $7.50/day and I ate just fine (and no, that was not 20 years ago). Everyone wants a handout.
Saturday, 27 March 2010
The forces of tyranny are strong around the world, as Chavez completed his crackdown on the independent media with the arrest of the President of Globovision Television. Globovision was Venezuela's equivalent of CNN, the country's first 24 hour news network. Chavez had previously shuttered Radio Caracas Televisión, resulting in student protests and a violent crackdown that foreshadowed the actions taken by Chavez's Iranian ally, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Unsurprisingly this hasn't resulted in much in the way of media coverage.
Friday, 26 March 2010
First up......Retired General Rick Hillier
After a group of d*ckheads at the University of Regina decided to protest Project Hero (a Canadian project that gives scholarships to the children of deceased soldiers), Hillier spoke out to defend the program (one that he helped start) and the men and women who serve in Canada's military:
We've got a very special group of young men and women in the Canadian forces, who serve their country and along with that service comes an unlimited liability -- up to and including the possibility of losing their lives in the service of their country," he said in a telephone interview with CTV.ca.
"Is there no way that we can repay them for that service? No way that we can repay their loved ones when they make the ultimate sacrifice? I think Project Hero is just exactly that -- a way to show them that we care, in a very substantial way."
Second - Cpl Darren Fitzpatrick, a 21 year old Canadian soldier who made that ultimate sacrifice. Cpl Fitzpatrick died this week after being injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
Some soldiers will remember Fitzpatrick as a bit of a jokester who loved a good laugh. Others will remember his love of the outdoors and how natural it was for him to work as part of a team.
Cpl. Bryan Sorensen recalled the fellow soldier who instantly befriended him at basic training.
"Right away, he became one of my friends," Sorensen said. "We always stuck together through the hard times and whenever we had our weekend passes we always stuck right beside each other, going out on the town.
"He's a friend I'll never get back and I don't think anyone's going to replace him for me."
The Fitzpatrick family issued a brief statement saying they remain "immensely proud" of Darren.
Cpl Fitzpatrick's funeral will be held tomorrow in Alberta. He will never have a chance to read these words, but I hope his parents know that across Canada and across the globe there are Canadians like myself who are incredibly grateful that Darren Fitzpatrick was a brave and honorable man who chose to serve and protect his country by joining the Canadian Armed Forces.
May he rest in peace.
Thursday, 25 March 2010
On Monday the Senate Banking Committee passed the "Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010" on a 13-10, party-line vote. The legislation, drafted by committee chairman Chris Dodd, gives the Federal Reserve power to regulate any large company in America. When considered alongside similar legislation that passed the House of Representatives in December, at least part of the intent of the bills' sponsors becomes clear. The current proposals for "financial" reform are stalking horses allowing government intervention into virtually every facet of the U.S. economy.
The list of companies that might find themselves subject to new Federal Reserve regulation is as deep as the U.S. economy itself.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
SMW is just putting this up as a reminder so it does not get lost in the shuffle: Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat was in London on Monday evening and gave an excellent presentation. I highly recommend that you read my post on it and also read the text of his speech. It is worth reading.
Also, in case you haven't heard, Britain kicked out an Israeli diplomat over all this Dubai business. Not surprising but pathetic just the same. Douglas Murray shows the hypocrisy of the British government and lists a few terrorists that the UK refuses to deport.
The University of Ottawa wakes up today knowing that it no longer represents freedom of thought of freedom of expression. It is instead a brainwashing institution for those who want to be told what and how to think, run by a cowardly man who considers himself its Censor-in-Chief. C'est de toi que je parle, M. Houle.
Now that we know Ann Coulter is not acceptable to the University of Ottawa, let's have a look at what is. Remember the below - THIS is the University of Ottawa:
Letters sent by University of Ottawa Faculty Members denouncing the Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism. Why are they denouncing a coalition against anti-semitism? They are worried it will impact their freedom of expression:
However, we are concerned that the way that “new anti-Semitism” is being interpreted by this committee might be used to curtail the academic freedom and freedom of speech of faculty and students regarding the Israel/Palestine conflict.
Next we have a letter from Francine Page, the director of the Centre d'équité des droits de la personne de l'université (basically director of equality and human rights at UofO) which she sent to Radio Canada after they published an article suggesting there was anti-semitism on campus during IAW week. Ms. Page wrote a letter defending the univeristy's right to hold the week. The full text of the article and her letter are in French and can be viewed here. I have translated her letter below:
As Director of CEDP, I was invited to participate in a parliamentary inquiry comission on anti-semitism in universities, organized by the Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism on Tuesday 24 November 2009.
Because I consider it an integral part of my role to participate in all public inquiries, throughout the entire morning I shared the expertise that CEDP has to offer on the subject, including information on discrimination and harassment in general as they are described in the Ontario Code of Human Rights.
It is important to note that Radio-Canada's article very poorly represented the perspectives I put forward in my testimony, and I would like to counter.
Following questions specifically regarding anti-semitism, I effectively indicated that CEDP had received complaints. Some complaints were made by members of the university community during "Israel Apartheid Week," and other during different periods. All complaints/investigations made by CEDP with regards to human rights are confidential, and so it is impossible for me to share with you more ample information with regards to this topic. The controversy surrounding the posters (for IAW) was the only example I could give, because it had already been reported by the media and widely discussed in public.
I also made it clear that the history of complaints received by CEDP could not lead us to believe that anti-semitism was a general problem on campus. Finally, I reinforced the point that no student should be subjected to any kind of discrimination or harassment based on any discriminatory motive.
I must also make mention of the fact that, with discussion relating to "Israel Apartheid Week," I reminded the audience of the importance of open discussions on controversial debates/topics, particularly within a university context.
The deliberations were recorded and transcribed in French and English, and the first transcriptions should be available in early 2010.
University of Ottawa Professor Hassan Diab has been arrested on charges that he was involved in the 1980 bombing of Paris synagogue which killed four people.
Diab, a part-time sociology professor at the University of Ottawa who also taught at Carleton University, is a suspect in a bombing on Oct. 3, 1980, outside the Copernic Street synagogue in Paris. The explosion killed four people, three French and one Israeli.
According to Agence-France Presse, French police, who are conducting the investigation, accuse Diab, a Lebanese-Canadian, of building the explosive device hidden inside a motorcycle parked a few metres from the synagogue.
Carleton University did fire Diab, but as far as I can tell Ottawa did not. Up until this summer he was listed as part of their staff directory, and perhaps the reason he is not listed now is because his contract expired, or more likely because his extradition hearing is underway.
These are the people University of Ottawa has no problem employing or supporting. But a blond, Christian, American, woman who might tell a few offensive jokes: NOT WELCOME.
Ann's response to all this:
“The University of Ottawa is really easy to get into, isn’t it?” she said in an interview after the cancelled event. “I never get any trouble at the Ivy League schools. It’s always the bush league schools.” Ms. Coulter said she has been speaking regularly at university campuses for a decade. While she has certainly been heckled, she said this is the first time an engagement has been cancelled because of protesters.“This has never, ever, ever happened before — even at the stupidest American university,” she said. Ms. Coulter remarked on the reception she has had since entering the country. “Since I’ve arrived in Canada, I’ve been denounced on the floor of Parliament — which, by the way, is on my bucket list — my posters have been banned, I’ve been accused of committing a crime in a speech that I have not yet given, I was banned by the student council, so welcome to Canada!”
Updated: Flea is hopping mad like me!
Exit question: If the police will not defend conservative voices against the mob, it is only a matter of time before conservative voices arm themselves against the mob. And the police. Once again, this is a prediction, not a prescription. Far better by far would be for the police to defend everyone's right to peaceable assembly.
Also: Mr. Harper, it is time for you to do your damn job, not to mention your duty. You allowed this to happen. I don't blame the mob for being a mob; they are violent retards acting out a violent, retarded fantasy. You know better, Mr. Harper. With your education, you could probably name better precedents for the problem than I could.
Closet Conservative weighs in:
The protesters are such pussies, that they are scared of letting a woman talk on campus. How progressive. I guess they figure that a woman's words-or their hormones-or maybe their blond highlights will overpower the brains of everyone in the room or something, and make us all think bad thoughts-or worse-make everyone turn into right-wing conservatives?
The Ottawa police and the campus police should be ashamed of themselves, along with the administration of the university.
They are feeding the beast. The protesters are emboldened-the stakes will get higher and higher.
Is there not a single male in Ottawa that has not been castrated?
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
A G20 protester allegedly assaulted by a police officer in London was described as acting "erratically" and like a "lunatic" by two eyewitnesses.
Two office workers looked on as animal rights activist Nicola Fisher joined dozens of demonstrators outside the Bank of England on April 2 last year.
The office workers told City of Westminster Magistrates' Court how they watched a confrontation between her and Metropolitan Police Sergeant Delroy Smellie.
Mark Ellul, who works in an office in Cornhill, said his eyes were drawn to Ms Fisher as she was "hyperactive" and behaving "erratically" in the moments before the clash. His colleague Tracey McDonnell said Ms Fisher was "playing up to the cameras", acting aggressively towards police and throwing orange juice at Smellie.
When I first heard about this story I debated posting the link because it involves a 17 year old girl. Well the debate is over I am posting it. If she can be the head story on CTV News than a little post on SMW is not going to cause any more trouble. The media is flush with stories of Ann Coulter's speech at the University of Western Ontario last night - and based on MSM reports one might think she just walked up to this little Muslim girl and told her to 'ride a camel.' Not quite. For a full report from the festivities head on over to Blazing Cat Fur.
Of note: this 'girl' belongs(ed) to a Facebook fan page entitled "It's called Palestine Not Israel!" (way to go screenshots!!)
Also of note: Lumpy Grumpy and Frumpy (another cool cat) has a picture of this girl reading her question off from her Blackberry. Now, maybe she needed notes to quote Ann, maybe she prepared her question in advance.......point is this whole kerfuffle was no accident. It was planned, staged, whatever you want to call it and was executed by a girl who counts hating Israel as one of her hobbies.
Shocker, I know. Dont hold your breath for CTV to add this to their report.
Update: Moose and Squirrel has a good recount of the question and response. Hey guess what? A snarky question gets a snarky answer.
Here’s the thing: Poor little Muslima Fatima, stabbed in the heart by the beastly Ann Coulter, had this to say about Coulter’s reply: “She told me to use my camel.” Except, that isn’t what Coulter said. Fatima asked a snarky question: “Since I don’t have a magic carpet, what other modes do you suggest?” Coulter, prodded by the audience shouts of “answer the question,” gave an equally snarky and dismissive reply: “Take a camel.” Hey, Ann wasn’t implying Fatima had a camel of her own; maybe she could rent one somewhere. Heck, I rode one once at the Toronto Zoo. It was an okay ride, if not a we bit slow and bumpy.
There was a gentleman standing near me taking some photos of the protestors - and he was approached by a tv reporter who asked him if he was an Israeli agent, after apparently being told by the crowd of protestors that an Israeli agent was watching them from across the street. Bizarre to say the least.
More important than the pictures below is what Nir Barkat actually said inside during his presentation. I have posted a link to his speech (which is absolutely worth reading), and some high points below.
Thinks Nir Barkat is a thief.
Hey, while we're carelessly throwing about claims of ethnic cleansing why don't we discuss how many Jews are living in Gaza...
It's just weird.
Neturei Karta. These guys are buddy-buddy with George Galloway and go on marches with Viva Palestina.
Upon arrival they tend to become the main attraction. Media darlings.
Nir Barkat - my favourite parts:
First of all, Israeli law applies. Which law do you propose if not Israeli law at
this point? Jordanian, British? There's no such thing as United Nations law.
On the subject of equivalency of evictions. There was no Palestinian state
before Israel. It was Jordanian, it was British, it was not a state before. Back
to the security wall question that you asked me. The wall around the city of
Jerusalem is built to save lives.
The relationship with the US and European Union... we're a democracy in the
Middle East. What we are having today, the world will have in 10-20 years
and terror is a good example of that. Israel suffered terror for decades and we
dealt with it. Terror is a global problem today.
The full text from Nir Barkat's address is 20 pages (double spaced), and is well worth reading. It is very insightful.
The UK is to expel an Israeli diplomat over the cloning of British passport used by the alleged assassins of an Hamas commander in Dubai.
Mossad, Israel's secret service, has widely been blamed for the murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in January.
Six members of the alleged hit squad used British identities copied from the real passports of six Britons living in Israel.
Sky's foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall said: "The Government believes they have compelling evidence that those passports were cloned, probably by some arm of the Israeli state."
It is feared that terrorists could transport an improvised nuclear device up the Thames and detonate it in the heart of London. Bristol, Liverpool Newcastle, Glasgow and Belfast are also thought to be vulnerable.
Lord West, the Security Minister, also raised the possibility of terrorists using small craft to enter ports and launch an attack similar to that in Mumbai in 2008, when more than 150 people were killed.
The Government is so concerned about the threat that it is setting up a command centre to track suspicious boats.
The International Atomic Energy Authority recorded 1,562 incidents where nuclear material was lost or stolen between 1993 and 2008, mostly in the former Soviet Union, and 65 per cent of the losses were never recovered.
Monday, 22 March 2010
Jawa Report has the exclusive report on this one.
The precious cargo was not a gaggle of kids, but rather a few dogs.
The figures comes Chancellor Alistair Darling, appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr show yesterday, flatly dismissed calls to go 'further and faster' on Wednesday to rein in the unprecedented deficit.
The OECD predicts the steep rise in public sector employment, fuelled by higher taxes, will continue to rise over the next two years as more recession-hit people rely on state handouts.
Only France and Sweden have a higher rate of public spending, which does not include the cash used to prop up the bailed out banks.
No doubt the USA will be moving up on this list shortly.
It's fascinating how all these people who claim to care about America actually hate America and want to destroy it.
Sunday, 21 March 2010
“Dear Ms. Coulter,
I understand that you have been invited by University of Ottawa Campus Conservatives to speak at the University of Ottawa this coming Tuesday. We are, of course, always delighted to welcome speakers on our campus and hope that they will contribute positively to the meaningful exchange of ideas that is the hallmark of a great university campus.
SMW: Zut alors! I cannot believe the Conservatives got her to come. I never thought this plan would work.
We have a great respect for freedom of expression in Canada, as well as on our campus, and view it as a fundamental freedom, as recognized by our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I would, however, like to inform you, or perhaps remind you, that our domestic laws, both provincial and federal, delineate freedom of expression (or “free speech”) in a manner that is somewhat different than the approach taken in the United States.
SMW: Canadians are so much better than their intellectual inferiors aux Etats-Unis. I hate George Bush. Both of them.
I therefore encourage you to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada and to do so before your planned visit here.
SMW: You see Ann we only love the idea of free speech. Speech is free unless we disagree with it. We especially dislike white women who have the nerve, or as we say in French, 'l'audacité' to say anything that might offend anyone who is not white and Christian.
You will realize that Canadian law puts reasonable limits on the freedom of expression. For example, promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges.
SMW: Oh wait, did you saw Jews??? We don't care what you say about them. Too bad you missed Israeli Apartheid Week. Be sure to come back for that one next year.
Outside of the criminal realm, Canadian defamation laws also limit freedom of expression and may differ somewhat from those to which you are accustomed. I therefore ask you, while you are a guest on our campus, to weigh your words with respect and civility in mind.
SMW: Please stop by my office before your speech so I can duct tape your mouth.
There is a strong tradition in Canada, including at this University, of restraint, respect and consideration in expressing even provocative and controversial opinions and urge you to respect that Canadian tradition while on our campus. Hopefully, you will understand and agree that what may, at first glance, seem like unnecessary restrictions to freedom of expression do, in fact, lead not only to a more civilized discussion, but to a more meaningful, reasoned and intelligent one as well.
SMW: Like all great totalitarian regimes, here at l'Université d'Ottawa we believe censorship is the way of the future.
I hope you will enjoy your stay in our beautiful country, city and campus.
SMW: Hopefully next time you try to cross the border into this country you will be stopped at the border. Enjoy it while you can Ann.
SMW wants to know what kind of letter the organizers of Israeli Apartheid Week got????
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Sorry I have nothing to link to but was just listening to BBC Radio and their report on the clashes that took place today between EDL and UAF in Bolton. A number of people have been arrested (will post other links below). The BBC correspondent was clear to point out that the police force made a point of saying UAF's behaviour was atrocious - and that they were causing tremendous amounts of problems (violence). This is completely in line with the pathetic displays of 'protest' I saw from the UAF a few weeks ago. UAF supporters were standing around chanting "f*ck the police" and telling those who had been arrested to "unite and fight." Yet once again today the UAF is described in headlines as "anti-fascist protesters," while the EDL is described by the press as "anti-Muslim militants." I am not waving the EDL flag but this double standard is ridiculous.
The Telegraph (bold added by SMW):
The controversial Right-wing group The English Defence League (EDL) organised the rally.
A counter-demonstration by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) was held, and hundreds of police officers are battled to keep control of the rival groups.
Around 4,000 protesters descended on the town, with roughly equal numbers in both camps.
The two factions were meant to stay within two designated areas in the square, separated by steel barriers.
But a large number of protesters "intent on causing disorder" broke away from the protest site, police said.
Two members of the public were injured by protesters and taken to a nearby shop for treatment, police said.
Police said they had made 67 arrests.
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, from Greater Manchester Police, who is leading the policing operation, said: "There have been unwarranted attacks on police lines that have resulted in injuries.
I am determined to identify the offenders by whatever means and bring them to justice."
Riot police and mounted officers armed with batons confronted the crowds in front of the town hall.
Weyman Bennett, the UAF joint secretary who organised the protest, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit violent disorder, police said.
Two UAF demonstrators have been taken to hospital, one with a minor head injury and the other with a minor ear injury, police said.
Second World War veteran Bertie Lois, 89, who lives in Farnworth, Bolton, protested with the UAF.
He said: "I fought the Second World War against these Nazis. What did I fight for if we let them? The EDL are the enemy. I would say to them 'you are the guys we fought for, what are you doing?'
"I am also here because I am against the war in Afghanistan."
The EDL describes itself as a peaceful, non-political group campaigning against "militant Islam".
But ugly scenes also marked one of their protests in Manchester last year, with 44 arrests and 10 injuries.
EDL protester Stuart Rogers, 31, from Bolton, draped in the English flag, said he was there "to support England, against the Taliban bombers".
He added: "All my family are in the Army - my dad, and my brother, who has just done 11 months in Afghanistan. Why are our troops out there when they should be at home?"
Two GMP officers were injured during the protest, police said.
One fractured his finger, and another was bitten by a police dog.
Thursday's decision followed the most revealing and important broadcast interview of Barack Obama ever. It revealed his primary weakness in speaking of health care, which is a tendency to dodge, obfuscate and mislead. He grows testy when challenged. It revealed what the president doesn't want revealed, which is that he doesn't want to reveal much about his plan.
-Peggy Noonan, WSJ
Correct. But a big chunk of that 64 percent voted less than 18 months ago for a man and a party explicitly committed to more government with more power, and they're now living with the consequences. Obama is government, and government is Obama. That's all he knows and all he's ever known. You elected to the highest office in the land a man who's never run a business or created wealth or made a payroll, and for his entire adult life has hung out with guys who've demonized (demonized?) such grubby activities. Many of which associates he appointed to high office: Obama's Cabinet has less experience of private business than any in the past century. What it knows is government, and government's default mode is to grow, and grow.
-Mark Steyn, The OC Register
That's the plan. And the ObamaCare Putsch is meant to send a message to the people that democracy will not get in the way. It's a Chicago style legacy of intimidation that tells the people their votes are useless, except as counters to trade away to unions or organizations promising to represent their interests. It's the left's knife to the neck of democracy. It's the progressive fangs biting deep into the jugular of the American People, and sucking out the prosperity to nourish their network of entitlement organizations.
-Sultan Knish, www.sultanknish.blogspot.com
Get something warm to drink, curl up on the couch and read them all.
Friday, 19 March 2010
I don't know how many kids actually chomp on their hockey sticks, so this probably isn't as bad as lead in baby chew toys. Even so, we worked to rid our homes of toxic lead years ago and now we're being dragged back into the unhealthy past by globalism.
Sounds like she forgot to put in her Irony Uterine Device...
A few days after Coulter's appearance at Western, the University will play host to someone on the complete opposite end of the politcal spectrum. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. -- the son of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F Kennedy and the nephew of JFK -- will give a speech at Alumni Hall on the environment.
Megan has nothing to say about the presence of a non-"divisive" Kennedy in her "community," even though Kennedys are the moral and political equivalent of toxic waste, and have done more to "abuse women" than Ann Coulter.
The United States has diverted a shipment of bunker-busters designated for Israel.
"This was a political decision," an official said.
"All signs indicate that this will continue in 2010," a congressional source familiar with the Israeli militaryrequests said. "This is really an embargo, but nobody talks about it publicly."
Prepping for Obama's Intifada....
Thursday, 18 March 2010
A Qassam rocket exploded Wednesday evening in an open area between the southern city of Sderot and a kibbutz belonging to the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council. Two people suffered from shock.
A second rocket, fired at around 1 am, hit an open area north of Sderot. There were no reports of injuries or damage.
The Color Red rocket alert system was activated in Sderot before both explosions. Two people, including a child, were treated for shock by a Magen David Adom emergency crew.
A foreign man was fatally injured by the rocket and died from his injuries shortly afterwards; five rockets fired in the past 48 hours
A foreign civilian was killed on Thursday morning (Mar. 18) by a mortar shell that hit a hothouse in a kibbutz neighboring the Gaza Strip. The man was fatally injured by the strike of the rocket. A Magen David Adom ambulance team arrived at the scene and transferred the man to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. His death was pronounced shortly afterwards, when he died from his injuries.
On Wednesday night (Mar. 17), a Qassam rocket hit an open field north of Sderot; no injuries or damages were reported regarding this incident. In an earlier incident on the same evening, an additional Qassam rocket was fired at the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council, as well as two more rockets on Tuesday (Mar. 16). No injuries or damages were reported regarding these rocket firings.
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Briton officially accepts genderless:
Norrie May-Welby, 48, was born a man but had a sex change operation in 1990, at the age of 28.
After becoming unhappy as a woman, May-Welby decided to become a “neuter”. The 48-year-old is now officially recognised as a person of no specific gender.
May-Welby emigrated to Australia at the age of seven after being born in Paisley, Renfrewshire.
Officials there altered the Briton’s birth certificate to include the new no-gender classification after doctors were apparently unable to determine the sex of the expat’s body.
May-Welby said: “The concepts of man or woman don’t fit me. The simplest solution is not to have any sex identification.”
The UK’s Gender Trust welcomed the case. A spokesman said: “Many people like the idea of being genderless
Really??? Would you want this said of you: "doctors were apparently unable to determine the sex of the expat's body." Oh man. Or should I saw.......oh genderfreeneuteredpersonofnofixedsexorsexuality.
An 'infatuated' illegal immigrant who stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death two months after she told police he was stalking her is facing a life sentence after being found guilty of murder.
He said she had spent £270,000 of his money on cars, luxury gifts and a house, sent him videos of her having sex with another man and claimed he was a 'pathetic man' with a small manhood.
Where does an illegal immigrant get this kind of money???
Singh lavished her with gifts, including two computers, jewellery and at least £1,000 in cash.
He claimed he also gave her £45,000 for a Porsche, £2,000 for a holiday to Greece, £5,000 for a boob job, and up to £5,000 spending money a month.
Singh also said he spent £6,000 on designer jewellery and put down huge cash payments for a house.
Miss Dorman, who suffered from bipolar disorder, had a balance of up to £50,000 in her account before her death, as well as a bank account in Spain.
She was not working or earning money at the time of her death. Towards the end of 2007 she was forced to leave her council flat in Wandsworth and had applied to be re-housed.
She had 50,000 in he rbank account but was living in council flats??? Great system.
Before being interviewed he said: 'I did kill her, I killed Gemma but I am not guilty. You don't know what she did to me.'
He claimed he amassed his fortune, which he kept in a suitcase in his bedroom, from working a number of jobs and earning up to £1,100 a week in cash.
Yeah, 'odd jobs.'
So.....will he be deported?
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Eemboldened by an anti-Israel Obama administration???
Monday, 15 March 2010
Sometimes I send emails about the persecution of Christians in other parts of the world, to my Christian friends in North America. The response I usually get (if I actually get one) is: wow, that's sad. It is not surprising that the persecution of Christians goes largely unreported in mainstream media, but it still surprises me how little attention this issue receives within the Christian community. After an earthquake in Haiti, or Chile, church bulletins are filled with 'please pray for Haiti' announcements, spaghetti dinners are held to raise money, and people gather at prayer meetings to 'pray for the people of country X.' Yet when Christian women and children are slaughtered with machetes in Nigeria, nothing is mentioned. When a Christian housemaid in Lahore is raped, murdered, and burned by her employer: silence. Christians are being targeted and killed in Iraq, but you rarely hear about it. Why is the global Christian community unwilling to speak about the numerous cases of Christians being targeted with violence across the globe? There are a number of possible reasons.
The first possible reason is simple: these stories are not pretty. Earthquakes are messy, hurricanes leave incredible carnage - but these events are often easily explained as 'forces of nature' or 'once in a lifetime.' We do not necessarily know "why" they happen, or why they are "allowed" to happen, they just do. On the other hand, acknowledging that Christians are targeted and persecuted requires a certain admission, even if it is unspoken: there is incredible evil in this world. This may sound funny, since many Sunday School stories revolve around 'sin,' 'evil,' and a battle between good and evil - but the evil that drives men to rape and murder someone because of their faith is far more shocking than the evil that leads us to gossip about someone's spending habits. In an era when many churches are drifting away from traditional doctrine to teach happiness and prosperity, the story of a Muslim convert to Christianity being brutally murdered after his baptism in Iraq just does not give that Sunday-Morning-Warm-andFuzzy-Feeling.
Another possible explanation for the absence of this narrative in the Christian community is that acknowledging these events forces us to examine our own faith. The Bible contains the stories of many persecuted Christians, and although they contain relevant lessons it is easy to feel 'removed' from the actual events. Taking a closer look at the current persecution of Christians around the globe would require a disturbing acknowledgement: Christians today are being attacked and persecuted because of their faith. Consequently, if you are a Christian, it is possible that you could be attacked and persecuted because of your faith (and in some cases (legal ones) this is already taking place in North America). When this realization sets in it can lead to an entirely new series of questions: How strong is my faith? Why do I believe this? If showing up to church next Sunday meant putting my life at risk, would I be there? If being baptized made me a target for violence in my community would I do it? None of these questions are easy to answer.A final reason (although there are no doubt many other possibilites) that Christians may seem oblivious to the persecution that is taking place is quite simple: they do not know what to do. When a hurricane strikes, you can send a team to help rebuild. When an earthquake hits, you can send medical supplies. When people are in need, you can buy an extra bag of groceries and drop it off at the food bank. But what do you do when you learn that a Christian, thousands of miles away, was killed after the community found out he was baptized? For many, particularly North Americans whose benevolence and generosity is unrivaled, it may seem easier to ignore that the situation even exists than to acknowledge it only to be hit with a feeling of utter helplessness. However the Christian community is not, and will never be, helpless. There are things you can do. No, I am not about to suggest creating a group of Onward Christian Soldiers to venture into the world and fight on behalf of fellow Christians - there are real and practical things that individuals (or groups) can do.
1. Acknowledge the stories I have linked to above. Share them with your friends. These stories need to be told. It is as simple as that.
2. Pray for the thousands of Christians who are currently at risk because of their faith. (After all, you do believe in the power of prayer, don't you?)
3. Get involved. There are numerous organizations worldwide who, through various means, work to help protect Christians at risk of persecution. Drop me a line and I can recommend a few. Although you don't need to join a group to get involved - individuals can easily write letters to politicans regarding specific issues.
The Christian community remains silent on this issue at its own peril.
The group was founded six years ago and was granted special representation at party events by former PQ leader Bernard Landry. Its full name is Syndicalistes et progressistes pour un Québec libre and its leader is Marc Laviolette, former head of one of the more leftist of Quebec's labour federations, the Confédération des syndicats nationaux.
No kidding! Then, party leader Pauline Marois said:
The theme of the weekend conference was "sovereignist government and the creation of wealth," and in her keynote speech, Marois said individual Quebecers, not the state, should henceforth be the driving force in creating wealth in Quebec, a position that was characterized by some as a turn to the right of the ideological spectrum and away from the PQ's traditional social democratic ethos.
Had I read that quote, without names or mention of party, I don't think I would have imagined that someone from the PQ said it. Hmmmm.
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Ayman Najafi, 24, a marketing consultant who lives in Dubai, and Charlotte Adams, 25, an estate agent from North London, were said to have been touching each other and kissing passionately as they dined with friends in a beachfront restaurant.
They were arrested and sentenced to a month in prison after which they were told they would be deported.
But the pair told a hearing at the Dubai Appeal Court yesterday that they were the victims of a "huge misunderstanding" and had simply exchanged a friendly greeting.
"We kissed each other on the cheek as a greeting, nothing more,” Mr Najafi told Judge Aysar Fouad. Miss Adams pointed at her cheek to show where contact had taken place.
And maybe that’s the real point. Maybe this is even worse yet than the shocked Abe Foxman thinks. Because it’s not just that Israel apologised for a diplomatic blunder. The key point is that there was actually nothing to apologise for, since it was explicitly agreed between America and Israel that, as a concession to kick-start peace negotiations, Israel would stop building in the West Bank although it would continue to build in east Jerusalem. Indeed, Hillary Clinton herself, no less, praised Israel for this agreement.
America has thus effectively unilaterally repudiated that agreement. In other words, this whole uproar has been artificially manufactured by America to produce a crisis with Israel – while refusing, astonishingly, to condemn the Palestinians at all for their refusal to enter peace talks, their honouring of one of their worst terrorists by naming a square after her, their violent attacks on the Temple Mount in recent days, and so on.
More of this to come, no doubt.
Saturday, 13 March 2010
CityISOC is hosting it's annual Justice Week - and no doubt once you read the list of speakers you will all wish you could participate. The events are being promoted on the group's website, as well as a certain well-known Islamic chat forum. Since they do refer to this week as one of 'justice,' it must be safe to assume that the speakers they have booked represent CityISOC's idea of justice.
On Wednesday night the group is hosting a seminar titled "War on Error, Know Your Rights;" the keynote speaker at this event is Asim Qureshi. Qureshi is currently of Caged Prisoners, has occasionally written for The Guardian, and seems to take the view that in many cases, terrorism is a resistance movement. In an academic paper he wrote:
The British government or any other regime cannot, if it claims to support the international rule of law, label insurgencies in Sudan, Iraq, Palestine, Chechnya and others as being ones associated with terrorism. Rather the government should give its full support to those who wish to make the world aware of the injustice that is taking place against these people both financially and politically
Last year, CityISOC advertised Anwar Al-Awlaki as one of the main speakers during Justice Week. (Al-Awlaki would have appeared via video, but was scrapped after various complaints and also CityISOC attempted to scrub refernece to him from their site - despite having previously posted some of his videos). Not surprisingly once word of this got out some concerned citizens contacted the unvierstiry. Stand Point Magazine wrote about the connection between Al-Awlaki and Qureshi:
Indeed, in 2003 Awlaki was busy touring the UK and spoke at the East London Mosque at an event hosted by the now defunct group ‘Stop Police Terror'. He focused on anti-terror arrests in the UK, urging Muslims not report fellow Muslims, under any circumstances:
A Muslim is a brother of a Muslim, he does not oppress him, he does not betray him and he does not hand him over...You don't hand over a Muslim to the enemies...
Stop Police Terror' later became ‘Stop Political Terror' (now also defunct). It will come as no surprise to those who follow this issue that Asim Qureshi was involved with the latter of those two groups. To make matters worse ‘Stop Political Terror' listed Anwar al-Awlaki as one of their supporters.
Qureshi also appeared at this Hizb ut Tahrir rally where he said it was "incumbent upon all of us to support the jihad."
Qureshi is the man CityISOC chose to speak about 'justice.'
Later in the week, CityISOC will be hosting Abu Hasnayn Murtaza Khan. Murtaza Khan was also scheduled to appear at last year's Justice Week along with Anwar Al-Awlaki. In a laetter to City University, the Centre for Social Cohesion shone the light on some of Murtaza Khan's statements about Christians and Jews:
Murtaza Khan (aka Abu Hasnayn Murtaza Khan) is a teacher at Al Noor primary school in London. Channel 4's Undercover Mosque features Khan as saying:
"Those whom the wrath of God is upon is the Jew, is the Christian."
"We've become Jews in our clothing, Jews in our eating, Jews in everything that we do. And the other half is Christian in everything that they do. Muslims are following one of these accursed nations. And people are still not waking up to understand the fact that these people are enemies towards us."
Calls Jews and Christian's filthy:
"We should have a sense of shame. For how long have we seen that our mothers, our sisters and our daughters have to go and uncover themselves in front of these filthy non-Muslim doctors?
CityISOC also says they will be fundraising throughotu the week (SMW will leave it up to you to guess where that money might be going), and conducting a letter writing campaign. How many of those letters might start with "Dearest Dr. Aaifa Siddiqui...."?
The group will also have a 'justice' booth set up in one of the university's buildings throughout the week.
But there is nothing to see at City University. Come on, it's not like anyone has ever been radicalized at a London university.
Mr. Fatah writes that he was "traumatized" by Dr. Sultan's words. If this is truly the case, I would suggest that Mr. Fatah's sensitive feelings render him too delicate for this Western society in which he has chosen to live, because we in the free world are not required to continually couch our statements in qualifiers or cushion our strong words.
I recommend that you check the whole thing out by clicking here, and also read Fatah's response in the comments below.
Friday, 12 March 2010
In an interview with CBC News on Friday, Mosher said his intention was to argue against the woman's stance.
"In the Gazette this morning, there is actually an editorial in support of the woman, and yet my cartoon is against it," he said. "So that is part of the discussion and I think that's a very healthy thing."
Mosher is not the only person arguing against her stance.
London readers please get out and show your support for Ahava -shop, shop, shop. Mothering Sunday is coming up - why not pick something up for your mum, grandmum, sister, or auntie? Why not pick something up for your significant other 'just because?'
Here are some Ahava products I have written about in the past, which I use all the time and love.
Reyes sustained severe blast injuries that led to his medical discharge; he's on 100 percent medical disability. Like many soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, Reyes, now 24, found the transition to civilian life difficult.
But he and a handful of other injured veterans are getting help from what may seem an unlikely source: a custom home builder in Houston, Texas.
Dan Wallrath recently presented Reyes and his wife with an unexpected gift: a home built especially for them, mortgage-free.
Wallrath spent 30 years making upscale clients' dream houses a reality. But he found a new mission in 2005 when he met with Steve Schulz about a very different type of project.
Schulz's 20-year old son, a U.S. Marine, had been gravely injured in Iraq. Schulz desperately needed to remodel his house to accommodate his son's wheelchair.
"I had no idea how I was going to pay for it," Schulz said. "I just knew that I had to get it done."
Wallrath went to advise Schulz on remodeling his house as a favor to a friend. It was a meeting that changed Wallrath's life.
He remembers Schulz showing him photos of his son Steven.
"He was a big, strapping Marine," Wallrath said. But the pictures he saw of Steven taken after his injury told a different story.
"He was ... half his size. It was so sad," he said. "It dawned on me that people are facing this all over the U.S."
Wallrath mobilized an army of carpenters, plumbers and suppliers who took on the remodeling job for free. They widened doorways, built a ramp to the back door and made the bathroom handicapped-accessible.
"Anything that needed to be done, Dan said, 'We'll take care of it,' " Schulz recalled. "It was just a huge, huge relief."
When the work on Schulz's home was complete, Wallrath realized he was just getting started.
"It really broke my heart to think [about] these young men and women," he said. He decided the best way he could help wounded veterans was by doing what he knew best: building them homes.
More information on Operation Finally Home available on their official site (click link).
Read the rest here.
And thank you very much Mark Steyn for explaining why the fake zambonis at the Olympics this year were junk. Green junk.
One hundred jars are up for grabs at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/freeair.
OK I know it's for publicity but...
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
For real. News of this guy's arrest broke awhile ago, now the follow up:
Rajib Karim, 30, who worked at a BA call centre in Newcastle upon Tyne, will face three terror charges today when he appears before magistrates in London.
Anti-terrorist sources told The Times last night that investigations were continuing into possible contact between Mr Karim and militants in Yemen from where al-Qaeda launched its failed attempt to bring down a US airliner over Detroit at Christmas.
BA WORKER PLANNING SUICIDE ATTACK
Basically BA has an upcoming strike action - and they were asking for employees to volunteer to work as cabin crew in the event of the strike. This guy (above) volunteered and was planning on it being his final flight.
A British Airways computer expert charged with terror offences planned to take advantage of a strike by BA staff to become a temporary member of the cabin crew, a court heard today.
Rajib Karim, 30, from Newcastle upon Tyne, faces three charges under counter terrorism legislation. He is accused of two counts of planning suicide bombings and his own martyrdom.
It is alleged that Mr Karim came to Britain, obtained a passport and secured a job at the airline as part of the conspiracy.
"There is no ambiguity about this question," James told reporters. "If you want to assist at our classes, if you want to integrate into Quebec society, here are our values.
"We want to see your face."
Mais voilà! And suddenly everyone wants Québec to preserve it's culture ; )
Meanwhile in France, l'intégration is not going so well...
A 15-year-old French schoolboy sprayed a teacher with tear gas after she described al-Qaeda as a "terrorist group." "I had just explained that the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, were carried out by the terrorist organization al-Qaeda, as is written in the textbook," said the history teacher, speaking on condition of anonymity. "He stood up and declared that al-Qaeda is not terrorist and that neither is the Taliban," she said, adding that the boy then pulled out a spray can and doused her and a teaching assistant with tear gas.
You know dose yout dey are cray-zee.....
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Yes, I'm sure this means that every little girl who reaches for the black Barbie will no longer think: "Hurray, I love Barbie," but instead "Look I can get a cheap ho at Walmart." Seriously, it's a doll. People need to lighten up (and no, that was not a reference to skin colour).
Oh man, what's gonna happen if Disney puts Princess Tiana dolls on sale? (I loved that movie!)
There is a problem in the UK with gangs/thugs using violent dogs in crimes. Example: in certain South London neighbourhoods thugs have a 'crazy' dog on a leash and threaten to unleash it on their victim if they do not hand over their wallet, jewelry, Ipod, etc. Pretty handy tactic. SMW is always wary of thuggish looking types with dogs in tow.
What is the nanny state's solution for this? A gun registy for dogs. No, not a registry for dogs who have guns, but rather a registry for owners to microchip their dogs. Every single one of them.
They propose micro-chipping every dog in the land - at a cost of £30 a time to the dog's owner. The scheme would have the advantage of helping harmless dogs that are lost be reunited with their owners. Yet this would be a burden for the law-abiding majority of Britain's six million dog owners. And if we are realistic about this, wouldn't the yob dog owners just refuse to comply?
Uh huh. See Canada's failed gun registry.
Monday, 8 March 2010
Mr Thomas kept the shotgun pointed at the burglars as he told them he had called the police, even though he had not.
The terrified burglars pleaded for mercy. Mr Thomas went back into the house, dialled 999 and put his gun safely back in the cabinet.
He said: 'I called the police and they told me they didn't have anyone available to come over right away but to put the gun away so I did.
'When I went downstairs, they were getting the bikes out of the car and drove off.'
Sussex Police said they were called to The Anchor just after 2am last Saturday but that by the time officers arrived, at 2.50am, there was no trace of the offenders.
A spokeswoman said: 'The call was graded for immediate response. Officers arrived as soon as possible but were responding to other calls at the time.'
Immediate response for a home invasion takes FIFTY MINUTES? The police told this man to put his gun away and then came rolling in almost an hour later. If this man had not pulled a gun on the intruders the outcome could have been very different. Unbelievable.
Olmazu, who was arrested last week, was working as an 'inclusivity outreach worker' to Roma gipsies for both Haringey and Waltham Forest councils in North.
Under rules introduced when Romania joined the EU in 2006, Romanian migrants cannot get a National Insurance number - which is the key to getting benefits - unless they can prove they have paid employment lined up.
Olmazu and her boyfriend are accused of giving unemployed Romanians false documentation which purported to offer them work. They are also said to have provided false invoices and references purportedly showing they were working.
Scores then used fraudulently obtained NI numbers to claim child benefit, working tax credit and child tax credit, the court heard.
Inclusivity outreach worker??? Even her job title sounds completely bogus, but this is real, I checked. And what a great way to meet people that she could bring into her scheme.
Although apparently she is also a project coordinator at the "Media Diversity Institute." Olmazu did her MSc in "European Social Policy" at London School of Economics, and apparently decided to run her own European Social Experiment.
Olamzu was also a featured speaker at a seminar entitled "Defending Migrants' Rights in East London" this past June. The description for the night reads:
Hackney Refugee & Migrant Support Group (HRMSG) is hosting a public meeting to share information and build solidarity in support of migrants in East London. This will be of interest to everyone concerned about the impact of tough immigration policies and the rise of the Far Right on the area's diverse communities.
Tough immigration policies??? One would imagine that helping people scam the system and steal ing thousands of pounds in benefits is a good way to alleviate concerns over immigration policies.
Yemi Kosoko, a reporter with the independent Nigerian news network Channels, told The Associated Press on Sunday that most of the bodies appeared to be women and children killed by blows from machetes wielded by gangs burning down villages.
Sunday, 7 March 2010
BlazingCatFur offers a little refresher on Palestine House. Yes, it's that Palestine House.
Their representatives have identified at least 11 properties which are owned by the government of Zimbabwe, including houses in Cape Town worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. Unlike properties in Pretoria which are connected to the embassy, the Cape Town properties are thought not to be protected by diplomatic immunity.
The lawyers say it will be a groundbreaking development, as they are not aware of any precedent for government-owned properties being seized in pursuit of a civil judgement.
The timing is awkward for Mr Zuma. This week the South African president called for Western sanctions to be lifted against Mr Mugabe and his cronies, during a state visit to Britain. The EU recently renewed sanctions for another year, although Western officials point out the sanctions hit only only specific regime members rather than the Zimbabwean people as a whole.
Saturday, 6 March 2010
Hamas? No problem.
England? Now that's trouble.
Saying Israelis are terrorists: Part of mainstream discourse here.
Saying you want Mosques shut down: Clearly you are a Nazi.
Israelis are Nazis. But Geert Wilders is a fascist for comapring parts of the Quran to Mein Kempf. Can you say Grand Mufti??
Supporting the Intifada: What's wrong with a terror campaign against Israel?
Wanting to shut down East London Mosque: Racist. Fascist. Nazi. [I wrote about ELM in previous posts - they hosted Anwar al-Awlaki, although disassociated from him after the undiebomber.]
Saying Israelis are baby killers and baby eaters - nobody cares.
Vowing to never submit to Islam? Wanting women to show their face in public? Raaaaaaaaaaaacist.
Letting your kid dress up like a Hamas soldier and covering his face? Cool. The fact that EDL members have worn masks at previous events - clearly they have something to hide, oh, and they're nazis.
Father and Son Hezbollah. Quality time supporting one of Iran's proxy terror groups.
Clearly these people are dangerous.
I wonder if she means all Israelis, or just the Jewish ones...
Bad guys who want a stricter immigration policy.
Communism is awesome, it works, and it never hurt anyone. Let's bring it to the UK!
Fighting with the police, then screaming at them that they can't touch me, is like, totally awesome. I'm so glad I layed down in the road instead of moving to the sidewalk so I could tell people how brave I was trying to stop the bad guys.
The bad guys.
Friday, 5 March 2010
After the anti-EDL people were detained, dispersed, or just went away, the EDL was ushered in by the police. They were 'fired up' but appeared relatively orderly. However when 3 young kids (late teens) began taunting them from right beside where I was standing (why are these people always drawn to me???) the rear of the crowd went wild, yelling and screaming and clearly trying to push through the police line and engage with the youngsters. In the end, nobody broke through the police line and the march continued. (Sidenote: These three 'youths' were black and Arab - and had been in the anti-EDL crowds, I had seen them before and they were clearly looking for a fight. Of course the fact that some of the EDL crowd lashed out seemed to be undeniable proof to bystanders that they were racist thugs.) Which brings me to the trouble with the EDL. SMW read their website with regards to this protest, and read the instructions given to member that their signs would be screened and that chanting things like "who the f*ck is allah" were not appropriate, however after watching the EDL for several hours today I am still convinced that it is part of hooligan culture. I do believe that there are a number of people in the EDL who love England, love English culture (real English culture) and who want to preserve it, and who want to ensure that the increasing influence of Islamists in the UK is stopped. But after that they lose me. Many of these men (and there were some women there too) appear to be working class folk who are extremely frustrated with the current situation. who are turning to the EDL as their voice. [Sidenote: Unlike in the past where EDL protestors have worn balaclavas, I did not see a single one today, nor did I see more than a couple of people on either side of the protest who had their face covered with a scarf.] The problem with the EDL is that it taps into hooligan culture (for my N/A readers I mean football hooliganism - if you are not familiar with it rent the movie Green Street). The EDL's apparel is pretty familiar to some of the stuff you can for football clubs, they sing variations of football chants (as they did today), and they were also using various gestures today that are commonly used at football matches. What is the problem with this? Well, a little cheer is not a problem but when you are tapping into a culture that is based on street fighting and violence you are likely going to attract hooligans and people who are looking for a good fight. It really takes away from any legitmacy some of your arguments might have.
Once the EDL was stopped at their designated location in front of parliament they did their speeches and then there was basically a back and forth shouting match between a group of EDL and the anti-EDL protestors who remained on the other side of the street. It seemed that alot of people with the EDL were just standing around, while several dozen more louder protestors stood at the front engaging with the other side. They were giving the UK 2 finger salute (which means 'go f*ck yourself') with vigour, and chanting various football chants with modified wording. What was also concerning was a significant number of young kids(early teens) who seemed to be in the crowd with the EDL. SMW is just not into kids at these types of things.
Anyway, while this was going on the United Against Facism crew was screaming various insults at the EDL. Nothing really exciting happened during all of this. There were a couple of times when people from either side tried to break through, briefly skirmished with the police and were then taken away. All in all it was pretty uneventful, much to the media's dismay. There were many photographers standing around the EDL waiting for something to 'go down.' At one point a young EDL guy was removed from the crowd by police (not sure why) and photographers were literally sprinting to get a good shot - until they realized the kid was not resisting (at all), was cooperating with the police, and that as soon as the police got him 30 feet away from the crowd they were just standing and talking to him - then as quickly as they came all the photogs left.
One very poor moment was when a van for an Arab moving company drove through (it clearly said Arab Moving Co. and also had Arabic script on the side of the truck) and loud booooos rose up from the EDL crowd.
Lately it appears the EDL has been trying to clean up its public image and gain more control of what is going on at EDL events - however until they completely back away from hooligan culture they are going to have a hard time finding anyone to take them seriously. Do I think the EDL gets a fair shake from the media? Absolutely not, but they are not a group I would feel comfortable associating with. Unfortunately as growing numbers of people become frustrated with the situation in the UK, and with no "serious" political party willing to tackle serious issues for fears of being labeled a racist, more people are likely to be picking up EDL signs reading: 'England needs a Geert Wilders.'
I followed the disbursement of the EDL protest (the bulk left together, under police escort) for a fair distance and from what I could see it was peaceful and calm. I did not see the remaining UAF people disburse as I was now watching EDL, so not sure how that went.
Two other notes:
1. It was kind of disappointing that there was only one area for people to meet to show support for Geert Wilders, and that was with the EDL.
2. I heard several girls who had been protesting against the EDL telling reporters that EDL members were throwing missiles and beer at them. SMW cannot say for sure that this did not happen (and honestly if it did happen in an isolated incident I would not be overly shocked), however I did find it odd that they were claiming this because I was there for hours and I never saw anyone throw anything. Even after going through all of my pictures I did not see any objects being thrown, nor did I see anyone drinking beer.
Now more photos...
EDL approaching parliament.
As you can see, there really was nothing 'crazy' going on. The event was largely under control.
Sign says to shut down East London Mosque (if you are not familiar with it watch Britain's Islamic Republic from Channel 4's Dispatches).
Really wish the guy in the green had turned around. He had a green mask on, completely obstructed his face. Not sure what he was trying to be.
Media waiting for something, anything, to happen.
Zoom out shot. The crowds were not large.
This is the remains of the EDL group dispersing. Again, everything appeared calm and under control.
And finally these folks were also standing outside parliament. (The picture the guy is holding is of Al Aqsa).
Alright that is it for tonight. SMW will be posting an epilogue tomorrow but right now she needs to eat and sleep.