Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Just what Britain needs: Al Jazeera English in Freeview

Global news channel Al Jazeera English (AJE) will be available on Freeview from Thursday.
More than 80% of UK households will be able to receive the English language channel which has its headquarters in the Middle East, when it is broadcast free-to-air on Freeview.
AJE, which can currently be viewed in more than 200 million households worldwide, will air daily on channel 89 from 6pm to 11pm.
Freeview viewers will be able to watch shows including Sir David Frost's weekly interview show Frost Over the World and documentary programme Witness, which focuses on human interest stories at the centre of international events.
Wadah Khanfar, director general of the Al Jazeera Network, said: "We are extremely pleased that Al Jazeera English's ground-breaking news and current affairs programming will be available to more than 80% of UK homes.

Fantastic.

Abu Hamza's Son Jailed

Apple. Tree.

The student son of radical cleric Abu Hamza was today jailed for a year after confessing to throwing missiles at police officers during violent protests outside the Israeli embassy.

Yasser Kamel, 20, disguised his face with a scarf and used a stolen police riot shield for protection during the 'peak time of violence' at the demonstration against Gaza sanctions.

Kamel was caught on camera throwing four missiles at police during a 45-minute period he spent 'at the front-line' as hundreds of protesters confronted officers in January 2009.

A total of £50,000 of damage was done to shops and cafes on Kensington High Street during the rioting, Isleworth Crown Court heard.

Most of the money was needed to repair a Starbucks coffee shop which had its entire front window smashed to pieces and which Kamel was later seen to enter.


Hey guess what, SMW was there when this happened. It was one of the nastiest protests I have covered - this protest is actually one of the reasons I started blogging instead of just emailing pictures to interested parties.


Before you look at the pictures below, make sure you read the whole story at the link above.


I don't know if I have any pictures of this little terrorist spawn since his face was covered. By the time the Starbucks was getting smashed and people were throwing gates at cops I had moved well away - I value my life like that and I did not want to get in the way of the police (and my husband didn't want my face to get smashed in). If I could just share one anecdote: A few nights before (while covering another protest at the same place) I was sitting in the very Starbucks that was smashed with a young Jewish girl. She was alone waiting to meet with some friends and I advised her to sit with me because I was worried about her personal safety. We chatted for a few minutes, and because of various things taking place (in and out of the store) I just got a terrible feeling in my gut. I actually thought there was a suicide bomber in the bathroom (I'm dramatic like that!) and made the immediate decision to leave. There was no bomber, but within 48 hours 3 Starbucks locations in London had been completely destroyed and/or firebombed.


OK pics below from that day:









Finsbury Park businesses (Abu Hamza's old stomping ground) promoting the protests. People talk as though Finsbury Park has changed but it has not changed much. Just a few weeks ago at the mosque formerly known as "Finsbury Park Mosque" they had a meeting about supporting people involved with the fauxtilla. Yeah, a number of extremists have supposedly left Finsbury Park for Walthamstow Central but that much hate and terror just doesn't disappear into thin air.


Birds of a feather...


Prior to the onslaught at the Israeli Embassy, there was a "rally" in Hyde Park.


At one point a man on the stage shouted into a microphone: "Israelis are murderers who should not be allowed to walk the streets of Europe." It made me feel sick.


It appears this lady would agree with him.



Hey, guess who was there. (George Galloway)


Then everyone headed over to the Embassy. Pictures of Israeli flags were burnt. When they lit this on fire everyone got really excited, then it fizzled out. Then one of the guys involved said "Wow, that really was not as cool as I thought it would be."

They were not small in numbers.


Police presence outside embassy.

Here is some YouTube footage that others have posted from the night. I had to move away, it was simply not safe for me stick around.

There is a video on YouTube called Gaza Protest: The Battle of Kensington. I have not linked to it because it is a propaganda video - but the images in it are very real and clearly show that these animals were intent on attacking and injuring the police. It is disgusting and the restraint the police are forced to show is absolutely ridiculous.

The BBC has an excellent video of the night, but their written report is complete rubbish. Notice that people continue throwing things at police as they are trying to protect and treat a wounded and unconscious officer.

Given what I have written about the Toronto police over the past few days let me say two things: This was a very large group of people, and they were contained to a very small area so that they could not spread the damage they were causing. This is what I think Toronto lacked - containment.
Also, the police photographers were everywhere. You can't see it in the video but there were at least three police photographers on the balcony of the embassy recording everything so that it could be used as evidence later in trial (as it was in the case of Abu Hamza's son).

Finally, I can't believe the police had to show the restraint that they did. To me this is a tear-gas and rubber bullets situation. These people are animals.

The Big Picture

Much has been written over the past few days over a recorded exchange between two well-known bloggers and a Toronto police officer. [You can see my various posts on related items here.] SMW has not said much on the subject - but alas cannot resist the urge to make a few comments. The response to the video of "the Badge" was rather surprising - not because people had various opinions of the situation, but the tone with which some of those opinions were expressed and the ensuing debate which seems to have overshadowed the original story.

What was the story? Well it has two parts.
1. Anarchists trash a section of downtown Toronto and face very little résistance from the police. (I already wrote my take on this and am not going to waste everyone's time repeating myself).
2. Later Kathy and BCF are on Bloor St (for those of you unfamiliar with Toronto this is the chi-chi part of town - for my UK readers it's sort of like Knightsbridge) and they see police have arrested a group of people. From the sidewalk across the street they film the happenings. Police ask them to "move along," the video shows what happens next.

The officer was being snarky, Kathy gave him a snarky response. Was she being rude? Was the officer being a complete jacka**? Should they have been there in the first place? Maybe I misunderstood the message but I never thought this video was about an officer being a d*ck, or about Kathy getting her feelings hurt. To me this video was about a police force that was (clearly) under orders not to tackle criminals and stop them while they were committing crimes, but who had no problem asking a couple who were not committing any crime to stop taking pictures on a public street, and then get into an argument with them over tax distribution. It's about a police force that could not get video evidence of criminals being criminals, but who insisted on asking people to stop filming, and assaulted a member of the press. This whole incident is about the big picture of security and police actions during the G20, not some verbal exchange between a blogger and a cop. It is about priorities.



Is this the end of the American Dream?

But pushing legalization will accomplish nothing except to help drown the middle class. The south relied on slave labor, which created a wider gap between those on the top and on the bottom. The north relied on immigrant labor in its factories. Some of those immigrants were treated almost as badly as the slaves, but they did have enough mobility to be able to move up or to have their children and grandchildren move up into the middle class. But that same process can no longer work, when the middle class is being taxed to subsidize a dependent lifestyle for the people on the bottom. As a result those in the middle are sinking and those on the bottom have no real incentive to rise. If they want consumer products, there are credit cards. If they want homes, the government will subsidize their mortgage.

The American Dream increasingly no longer makes sense, as people live on credit and government entitlements. The big businesses and the government see no problem with any of this. The taxpayer sees half the problem with this picture. But it's only half the problem.

Is it true??? Is Target coming to Canada?

Target, the U.S. retail giant whose department stores are so coveted by Canadians they are often the sole purpose of a cross-border shopping trip, is reportedly looking at potential markets in which to open stores in this country.

Industry sources say the Minnesota-based retailer is conducting a market analysis in what could be a step closer to a long-rumoured expansion into Canada.

Well, this is certainly interesting. SMW loves Target, but wonders if this will take away from the novelty of going to Target? Bath and Body Works came to Canada but alot of people I know still go to the States to buy it. Either way, in the interim (of course that is assuming it really will come) I recommend Giant Tiger as your Canadian alternative. Hold the laughter please - find a good one (because each store does their own buying) and you will be very surprised at the stuff you can bring home from GT. I would post pictures of my finds, but then I would have to post pictures of myself......and that is not going to happen so you will have to trust me. Giant Tiger is a great Canadian company that supports many Canadian businesses and does good stuff in the community. What would be really great is if you could order stuff from Target online and have it shipped to Canada...



Kassam hits Negev factory

World sleeps.

More than 300 rockets and mortars have struck the Western Negev since the end of Cast Lead, and most of the attacks have been immediately followed by an IDF retaliatory strike. Most of the rockets have exploded in open fields, allowing a relatively calm atmosphere in foreign and mainstream Israeli media that ignore a large number of the terrorist attacks when no one is injured.

"I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts...."

One must read this entire thing to fully grasp the nuttiness of the situation.

Highlight reel:

Its vilification began on February 24, 2009, during a Bristol City Council budget debate. The Lib Dem-controlled council was discussing the city’s Legacy Commission, which funds ethnic minority projects and was created in part to atone for Bristol’s prominent role in the transatlantic slave trade in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Mrs Jethwa, a Conservative councillor, thought that to spend £750,000 on education about the slave trade in the middle of a recession made no sense. An angry Mrs Brown enlivened the proceedings by delivering – quite quietly, as it happens – her coconut-bashing tirade. “In our culture, we have a word for you... and I am sure many in this city would understand, is [sic] coconut. And at the end of the day I just look at you as that. And the water [coconut milk] is either worth throwing away or drinking it.”

Unhelpfully, perhaps, she was quoted in the local press sounding puzzled: “How can I be racist? I’m black.”

The Conservatives, backed by an outraged member of the public, reported her to the council’s standards committee for “causing embarrassment to the city”. Bristol, so keen to expiate its slave trade past, is easily embarrassed

He found Shirley Brown guilty. She was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £620 costs.

“The judgement,” says Clive Coleman, the BBC’s legal affairs analyst, “is an important development in what might be called 'speech crime’.”





Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Just for fun....



I often think I was born in the wrong generation...

Motherhood is only cool if you're a Yummy Mummy

The fact that "MILF" is a widely known acronym should tell you something is wrong.

But I am deeply troubled by the way her logic reflects on the whole issue of female identity in modern Britain. For is it not the case that there are many, many young women like her for whom the whole notion of being seen as 'maternal' is to be resisted and shied away from?
Some do so in the most literal sense - delaying having children until the last possible moment, lest it should interfere with their career plans or their social lives.
Others do it in more subtle ways: they have children (and cherish them in private) yet outside of the home live in fear of being seen as 'mumsy'. (Even that word has such negative overtones.) So they do their damnedest to dress and behave in as un- maternal a manner as possible.
It is a warped world indeed when a woman would rather be seen as a sex object than as a mother.


And this is what you have today: a generation of women with fake tans, implants, bleached teeth and stiletto heels who (if they even bother with the terrible inconvenience of having a child) pay for someone else to raise their kid so they can have a career, a blazing social life and a smoking hot sex life. Did I mention that many can't cook or keep house and have massive credit card debt?

The selfishness of my own generation never ceases to amaze me. It is so easy to get caught up in this "me, me, me" lifestyle because it allows you to live with few responsibilities or consequences, and in London it seems like everyone is doing it. As a married couple under 40, SMW and her husband are often 'odd man out' in the City. Meanwhile back in Canada I was one of the oldest in my circle of friends to get married - and I was under 25! They just don't get married and have kids like they used to.

Ah no time for a big rant at the moment. Perhaps there will be more on this topic later.

If you know an awesome young mom let her know how great you think she is. Seriously.

Finally!

Boris Johnson wins his battle to evict protesters that have been camping in front of parliament for........ever.

[Note: The most hilarious thing about this encampment is the sign out front calling it "Democracy Village." Yes, Democracy Village where the Communist and Anarchist (and sometimes the Khalifah) flags are always waving. Hah.]

Marriott Cancels Hizb-ut-Tahrir Event

Hey! Check it out, it's nice to see there are still companies out there who don't want terror spread in their name (unlike the sponsors of Toronto's Pride Parade, who are more than happy to stand behind Hamas apologists).

The Chicago Marriott Oak Brook hotel states that the July 11 public conference by the Hizb ut-Tahrir America will not be held at that location. The anti-democracy political group, Hizb ut-Tahrir America, had widely promoted the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook hotel as the site for their second public conference, through social media and YouTube.

Monday, 28 June 2010

From Russia with Love: US Charges 11 Russian Spies

Well, this is certainly interesting.


Law & Order at the G 2-0 in the Big TO

Welcome Five Feet of Fury and Flea readers. Thanks for stopping by.

Over the past seventy-two hours, various footage from Toronto's G20 summit has appeared on the internet. Some of the footage shows cowards running wild in downtown streets, smashing windows, stealing from businesses, and causing as much destruction as possible. Other footage shows an exchange between a middle-aged couple (photographing a group of detained protesters) being asked to "move along" and then exchanging words with Officer #3478, who I hope has had better days because if this is him at his best Toronto is in trouble. More troubling still is news that a reporter for The Guardian was physically attacked by three police officers in front of witnesses, despite having shown them his media credentials. What is missing from all of this? I have yet to hear or see footage of police intervening and arresting the violent thugs who wreaked havoc on parts of Toronto this weekend [yes I know hundreds of people were arrested but by and large these seem to have been the, er, more "peaceful" protesters - when will hear that arsonists who torched police cruisers have been arrested?]. In fact, the only "intervention" footage I have seen shows a private citizen stopping someone from smashing a window, doing a job officers were clearly told not to.

Jonathan Kay at the National Post wrote a glowing report, praising the Toronto Police Force's "extraordinary professionalism" and cited the massive police presence as the reason the city escaped massive damage. Although I agree that a large police presence does (and did) dissuade the creation of absolute chaos in the city over the weekend, the police tactics at the G20 have greatly shaken my faith in Canadian police. As someone who often mocks the inefficacy of British police it was not easy for me to watch some of the footage streaming out of Toronto this weekend. It does not matter how tough the police look if they are not willing to stop crimes from being committed.

And now I have to really swallow my pride and say: Toronto police could use a lesson from the Met in London (and I say this exclusively with relation to crowd control). SMW has covered many, many, many protests and political demonstrations in London and if there is one thing the Met can do it is control and/or contain an angry mob (of course there are always exceptions). What surprised me the most about the footage from the Toronto G20 is that there do not seem to be that many hooligans in the streets (Kay also mentions the relatively small number in his article). Why then was it so difficult for Toronto police to take control and contain what was allegedly a small group of violent protesters? I do not think it was, or would have been, difficult for Toronto police to limit the looting that took place - what seems clear is that orders came from somewhere not to take direct action against these individuals. These "stand down" orders permit and encourage this type of lawless activity at future events in Toronto, and at future G20 summits. People weren't "afraid" of the police because they know the police will not do anything and this is not something to be proud of - it is a problem. The people who appeared to be the most "afraid" at the G20 were the police: afraid to enforce the law, afraid to directly confront criminals, afraid to be seen subduing thugs, afraid to be filmed by non-threatening observers, afraid of reporters who might record and then criticize their performance. This type of fear comes straight from the top and it is systemic.

After a weekend of Presence Without Performance (and I do recognize the importance of presence) from the police it is somewhat embarrassing that they are now asking the public for film/photos to help them track down G20 criminals. Apparently Badge #3478 did not get that memo. Does the Toronto police force not have police photographers on staff? Maybe I have just been in London too long, but when I think of a protest the first things that come to mind are the awesome looking police photographers on the Met and police helicopters. Given the height of buildings in Toronto the lack of helicopter footage is understandable, but I am genuinely shocked that Toronto police did not have staff on site photographing this stuff as it was going on. Dismal.

The truth is that I have a soft-spot for police officers. Some of the men in my life that I respect the most are cops. I actually do feel safer walking to my car at night when I see a cruiser drive by. I know a number of guys on various forces who want to enforce the law, but are told by their superiors that they can't. These guys get abuse heaped onto them and are expected to show nothing but restraint (of course there are always a few jacka*sses).
The police are going to take heat no matter what they do. However, their apparent inability to contain, record, and arrest criminal thugs over the weekend while somehow finding time to debate tax distribution with peaceful observers and beat-up a Guardian reporter leaves one wondering how well equipped the Toronto Police Force is to maintain law and order.




At the heart of "boycott Israel" Movement

In 1945, al Husseini's Nazi-derived policy was formalized by the Arab League Council, which declared a boycott of "Jewish" and "Zionist" goods. In 1948, the Arab League launched a separate office to enforce an economic boycott of the State of Israel that functioned upon three levels, by targeting Israeli companies, foreign companies working in Israel, and foreign companies conducting business with other companies with an operational base in Israel.

EU moves to ban selling eggs by the dozen

Really not sure what to say about this eggstraordinary measure to dictate every facet of life on the continent. This was actually the front page story on a couple of Sunday papers in London. Support for the EU is cracking.

This is what happens when you fight a war you are not prepared to win:

Surrender.

General Sir David Richards said he believed the time had come for negotiations with Nato’s enemies to pave the way for the eventual withdrawal of troops.

The Chief of the General Staff said that while British forces would continue to “punish” the Taliban battle by battle, he was “less certain” that an overall victory could now be secured.

Prosecutor Quits over New Black Panther Case

This story is critical. Any American that cares about democracy needs to read this.

Based on my firsthand experiences, I believe the dismissal of the Black Panther case was motivated by a lawless hostility toward equal enforcement of the law. Others still within the department share my assessment. The department abetted wrongdoers and abandoned law-abiding citizens victimized by the New Black Panthers. The dismissal raises serious questions about the department's enforcement neutrality in upcoming midterm elections and the subsequent 2012 presidential election.
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Most corrupt of all, the lawyers who ordered the dismissal - Loretta King, the Obama-appointed acting head of the Civil Rights Division, and Steve Rosenbaum - did not even read the internal Justice Department memorandums supporting the case and investigation. Just as Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. admitted that he did not read the Arizona immigration law before he condemned it, Mr. Rosenbaum admitted that he had not bothered to read the most important department documents detailing the investigative facts and applicable law in the New Black Panther case. Christopher Coates, the former Voting Section chief, was so outraged at this dereliction of responsibility that he actually threw the memos at Mr. Rosenbaum in the meeting where they were discussing the dismissal of the case. The department subsequently removed all of Mr. Coates' responsibilities and sent him to South Carolina.

Toronto Police Badge #3478

Set our cruisers on fire? No problem.
Smash windows and destroy the property of private businesses? We don't care.
Cause thousands of dollars in damage to Canada's largest city? We will stand by and watch.

Stand peacefully on the sidewalk with a camera? Then you will have to deal with the Big, Bad, Badge 3478, our force's newest (but not brightest) star.





Kathy and BCF have reports on their respective blogs.

You have international media credentials? Come over here so we can punch you in the stomach.

Welcome to Toronto, we're here to serve and protect.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

"It's quite embarrassing to be a Canadian right now"

Ah, I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Must Watch: It's those Family Friendly G20 Protests in Toronto

Update: This footage at CTV is very telling and also a must watch. Notice the only people with enough balls to actually do anything or normal citizens, bystanders who don't want their city destroyed.
And hey - remember anti-Semitic Union douchebag Sid Ryan promising his "family friendly Labour protests"? See CUPE bag being proudly waved in front of vandalized stores at 2:48 in this video.

The Toronto Police Chief should hang his head in shame, then he should resign.
What an absolute disgrace.



No, this is not a scene from Flashpoint. It is the real deal.
Flea has an excellent round-up of Toronto being trashed by pathetic losers while Toronto's castrated police force plays the part of peaceful observer.

Michael Coren's damning indictment of Toronto Police:
The police either were not present when rioting was taking place or chose not to act. The rioters were mostly middle-class brats who would run at the first sign of determined resistance but were allowed to have their fun and because of this will repeat the violence over and over again. Police cruisers were abandoned by cops and left to burn – public money going up in smoke of course. There were thousands of armed police present with body armour, weapons and the like. Why, then, was so little done?

Chief Bill Blair should resign but surely won’t – perhaps he is too busy meeting with Gay Pride Parade organisers for next week to actually protect innocent Canadians. I cringe at the thought that these images will be shown across the world and seen in countries that still have police forces more concerned with arresting hoodlums than dealing with so-called hate crimes and appearing diverse and politically correct. If I were a cop today I’d be ashamed to wear the uniform.

PS: An idea. Tell the cops that these anarchist criminals are actually confused, gentle Polish visitors trying to find help at an airport. Not only will deadly force ensue but the police will lie about it all after the fact.


SMW has some contacts who serve on Toronto area police forces. Great guys who served in the Canadian Forces and who joined the police after tours of duty in Afghanistan. Serving in castrated forces, where you cannot actually enforce the law has led them to the conclusion that they would rather be back in Afghanistan than working as a cop in Toronto. After watching coverage of the G20 in Toronto I can see why they feel this way.

Laughingstock.

If the police refuse to protect ordinary citizens and enforce the law, it is only a matter of time before ordinary citizens choose to defend themselves. Only a matter of time.

I have never been ashamed of my country. Until today.

Jan Brewer: Do your job Mr. President

This lady is just awesome.
"We will not surrender any part of Arizona."



Warship Named after Michael Murphy

"The navy got this one right."

Indeed.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

It pays to be a "refugee".....

Critics say the case highlights the welfare profligacy that grew unchecked under Labour. The new Government has promised to crack down on Britain's 'out of control' benefits bill.

During last week's emergency Budget, George Osborne announced that he would be taking tough decisions on welfare spending in an effort to save £4billion a year.

The court heard that Al-Azawi first came to Britain as a student, and went back to Iraq once she graduated.

She later returned to Britain to claim asylum, and was given income support and housed by Lambeth council in south London.

She travelled to Ireland for a brief period and claimed asylum under a different name, and was also given Irish nationality, as was her son.

In 1999, while still living in her Lambeth council home, she bought a property in Bromley.

Four years later, she purchased her council residence under the right-to-buy scheme, and in 2005 she added another Bromley home to her growing portfolio.


Although she never worked, she was able to purchase three properties - two of which she rented out - worth in excess of £1million.

Her 18-year-old son was educated at Colfe's School, in South-East London, where fees are currently £4,164 a term.




Friday, 25 June 2010

TD Responds: We don't care if we are giving money *Bumped and updated* to anti-Semitic activists

*Bumped, scroll down for newer posts, Updated -see below*
Earlier today I wrote about TD Bank and Bud Light/Labatt's sponsorship of the upcoming Pride Parade in Toronto, which includes a number of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel floats and activists. I am putting TD's response below. SMW now says full steam ahead: BOYCOTT TD.

Thank you for your inquiry.

Pride Toronto, particularly the annual Pride Parade, has played and continues to play an important, some might say historic, role in raising awareness of and creating visibility for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. In the five years that TD has been a sponsor of Pride Week activities including the Parade, we have at times, been criticized for our involvement and support of such an event.

Our rationale for our sponsorship has not changed: to promote and celebrate diversity in communities where our valued customers, clients and employees live and work.

We have seen Pride Toronto deal with its share of controversy. Pride's roots are, of course, political. The most recent example of which you are aware: pressure to exclude certain LGBT activist political groups from participating in the Pride Parade, and pressure to protect freedom of expression and allow the participation of any and all LGBT groups.

This is not the first time that TD has been asked as a sponsor to withdraw, or threaten to withdraw our support from Pride Toronto. We have chosen not to withdraw our support and also not to dictate the terms of that support. We recognize that this is a very sensitive issue with strongly held and opposing views within and beyond the LGBT community.

We have confidence in Pride Toronto and in the broader LGBT community that both groups will find a way to move forward on this issue, as they have on other sensitive issues in the past.

This form letter has been circulating to many that have written to TD, and in response Blazing Cat Fur has created a nice little video tribute to our new favourite bank, who steadfastly defends their sponsorship of a parade which includes You-Need-Another-Holocaust Palestine House associates and anti-Semitic propaganda. Watch it now before they threaten to sue, which would be a bit funny since they are sooooooo supportive of "freedom of speech" that they are willing to pay for anti-Israel incitement. That's commitment.



Man sues BA after being asked to switch seats

But, he says, the last time he flew with BA he was treated as if he was a potential "child molester" - all because he unwittingly sat next to a boy who was travelling alone.

Mr Fischer was so angry that he filed a claim at Slough County Court, arguing that the airline's long-standing policy of forbidding men from sitting next to unaccompanied children not only cast the whole male gender in an unsavoury light, but was essentially sex discrimination.

BA is understood to have admitted sex discrimination in Mr Fischer's case and agreed to pay £2,161 in costs and £750 in damages.

The company denied the policy was discriminatory although a spokesman told the BBC it was now under review.
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He said: "I felt humiliated and outraged. They accuse you of being some kind of child molester just because you are sitting next to someone.

"It is no different from stopping men from being allowed to sit next to boys in a public place but where will this stop? Are supermarkets next?


The policy of not allowing men to sit beside unaccompanied minors is to protect the child, and to protect the airline from liability lawsuits. BA was not accusing anyone of being a child molester, they were simply trying to ensure that the child was in the safest environment possible.

Actually, it is very different from not allowing men to sit next to children in public spaces. A plane is a closed environment, once you are up in the air you are stuck with each other. When a child is traveling alone it is very difficult for staff to keep their eye on him/her for every second of the flight. Therefore, they have to do whatever is possible to limit the child's interaction with other people on board - total strangers whom they know nothing about. This is especially important on overnight flights, when the cabin is often dark.

Although it may be uncomfortable when someone asks you to change seat, a selfish attitude makes this about 'you' and not about the best interest of the child. Of course you are not a child molester, but how would the airline know this? As for the message this is sending the child....what message? They are traveling alone, they know they are not supposed to talk to strangers. That's it. Nobody is sitting the kid down saying "now, in case you are wondering, we are not allowing men to sit beside you because men are very bad and they might try to hurt you." What they are saying is: "Here are some crayons and a colouring book. Push this button on your seat if you need anything."

SMW is a frequent flyer and often flies alone (and yes, she is an adult, not a child). I have been on dozens of flights with men sitting beside me and never had a problem until one overnight flight last year, when I woke up to find I was being groped by the man in the seat beside me. It was dark. Flight attendants could not see. Of course, there is no policy of "unaccompanied women" not sitting beside men, nor should there be. The situation was dealt with promptly and with the utmost professionalism by airline staff. However, I no longer sleep on planes if I am sitting beside a man and I would never allow my child to fly alone unless the airline strictly enforced a policy like BA's. It's not about you, it's about protecting the child.

The term Israeli Apartheid will be "front and centre" in this year's Pride parade

Straight from the mouth of QUaIA's Tim McKaskell. You watch a full video interview with him here. This is NOT a free speech issue. Anti-Israel activists are free to march down the streets of Toronto (which they frequently do) carrying whatever signs they please, and saying whatever they want (including proudly waving the flag of terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah, and screaming "I'm going to kill you, you f*cking Jewish child, footage of all of this is of course available online). The issue is that in the case of Pride, this "expression" is being paid for by major corporate sponsors. Just as Queers Against Israeli Apartheid can march down the streets of Toronto spewing hatred, those who find corporate sponsorship of inciting hatred and anti-Semitic propaganda disgusting can protest it.

*Warning: disturbing images below*

Hey Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, do you know what they do to gay people in the PA, Gaza, Lebanon and Iran (which controls Hamas/Hezbollah)? Let me show you:



Mahmood Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, hanged by the Iranian government for being gay. And look at the crowds that turned up to watch.



Dr. Mahmoud Zahar, Senior Hamas leader in Gaza:
Dr Zahar condemned homosexual marriage, saying: “Are these the laws for which the Palestinian street is waiting? For us to give rights to homosexuals and to lesbians, a minority of perverts and the mentally and morally sick?”

Mahmoud Ahmedinejad: In Iran we do not have homosexuals.


It seems to me someone is batting for the wrong team.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

"We can moan about it, or we can get on with it"

"We embody what American are about. We believe."

Nationwide strike in France

"Le peuple" are a bit upset that Sarkozy wants to raise the retirement age to 62. People had big plans for those two years, and instead of working they would rather be living off the taxes of those who are.

The French measure pales in comparison with more drastic changes elsewhere in Europe. Germany, for example, plans to gradually raise its retirement age from 65 to 67, starting in 2012.

Labor Minister Eric Woerth says the reform will save nearly ¤19 billion ($23.4 billion) in 2018 and should bring the pension system back into the black that year.

The reform makes exceptions for people who have had physically tough jobs that took a toll on their health, as well as people who began working young. The reform is scheduled to be instituted progressively and will also stretch out the total number of years people have to work to win full pension payments. The Cabinet is to discuss the proposals in July, and they are expected to go before parliament next autumn.

There is an article in the New York Times today claiming the debate over France's World Cup exit has taken on racist undertones, with some in France suggesting certain players did not play as a team because they have not assimilated into French culture. France's football team had a coach who had been there too long, wielding a sense of entitlement resented by the players. The players were out for themselves. When leadership took action the players did not like (ie. sending Anelka home after he told the coach to f*ck himself and called him the son of a whore), they went on strike, refusing to train. Their performance in all games was dismal, and now that it is over nobody is willing to take responsibility for their failure, instead the players are casting blame net far and wide. What could be more French than that?

TD Bank and Bud Light Sponsoring Anti-Semitic Pride Parade

[This is a Call to Action. Please read the entire post before you act.]

In previous years the Toronto Pride Parade has been littered with anti-Israel floats and displays of vile anti-Semitism (photos and video at Lumpy, Grumpy and Frumpy). In fact, several prominent individuals associated with the notorious You-need-another-Holocaust Palestine House appeared in 2009's parade.

Earlier this year Toronto voted to ban anti-Israel groups from the Pride Parade (specifically Queers Against Israeli Apartheid) due to their hate-filled message which does not comply with municipal regulations. This decision has now been reversed (full details at BCF), meaning Pride Parade will once again feature anti-Semitic terror sympathizers. And Canadian tax dollars are paying for it. Not only are your tax dollars paying for this, your bank fees are too if you bank with TD who is one of two main corporate sponsors of Pride.

Anti-Israel bigots are free to have their own parade – but not on the public dime. The City of Toronto, whose councilors already have explicitly denounced QuAIA’s “apartheid” propaganda, should prepare to cut funding. Corporate sponsors should do likewise. When the hate starts spewing, it will be a disgrace for gay pride. Let it not also be a disgrace for shareholders of some of this country’s most recognized corporations

Let the sponsors of Pride know what you think about their financial support of anti-Semitic terror sympathizers. This is not about them sponsoring a gay pride parade (completely different issue), this is about businesses sponsoring an event that prominently features terror sympathizers and anti-Semitic activists. SMW suggests that over the next few days the two main sponsors are targeted: TD Bank and Bud Light.

Contact details are listed below, make a quick phone call or send an email (I recommend the phone, but emails are good too). BE POLITE. If you bank at TD or have investments with TD, I also recommend that you contact your branch manager or broker - not because this has anything to do with a decision they made - but because they will forward your concerns on to the correct people, especially if they are afraid of losing your business.

Here is the toll-free number for TD Canada Trust: 1-800-222-3456
I do have the direct number for their Toronto switchboard, but I do not want some poor receptionist getting lambasted so I will not publish it for now.
Email: customer.service@td.com

The other main sponsor of this event is Bud Light/Labatt. Contact details below. You know the drill.

Toll-Free: 1-800-268-2337
Direct: 416-361-5050

BCF has a full list of the event's sponsors. SMW suggests that for the next couple of days you focus on TD and Bud Light, but feel free to contact all of them.




Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Old Britannia...

Moments like these give me glimmers of hope.

Obama and McChrystal

He's Jimmy Carter, and someone in his staff just told him to take off the elbow-patched sweater and grow a set. With polls down, something has to be done. Anything. And anything includes taking McChrystal to task to make him look like he has something between his legs.

And the media? Lest we forget when real policy objections and criticisms were reported by top Pentagon officials against Bush's Iraq policies, those critics were lauded as brave whistleblowers.

Once again the media shows that it's not so much committed to the leftwing values they learned in journo school, it's just that they are a bunch of partisan hacks.

Kielce

Suddenly, my father says-"look". He picks up a ceramic knob-part of a gravestone. Then I look down on the ground. There is a bone.

My dad is a doctor-so he easily identifies it as human, part of the lower spine, which means that the graves have either been desecrated or people were murdered there, left in fields to decompose.

G20 Coverage: My Canada Includes Sodomy

You can't make this stuff up.

Yann Martel takes on the Holocaust and Stephen Harper

The headline in The Telegraph quoted Martel saying "Jews don't own the Holocaust." Naturally, I was intrigued and so I headed over to The Guardian (yes, sometimes it happens) to read the review in question. It seems that the criticism directed at Martel is not because he is a non-Jew writing about the Holocaust, but because people think his book is not good. Having not read the book I can't say. What really caught my attention was this self-righteous, holier than thou, I am the greatest-thinker-in-Canada musing:

For the last three years Martel has been sending fortnightly letters and books to the Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper – an attempt to educate him in the ways of great literature. Martel was prompted to act as a literary godfather when Harper cited The Guinness Book of Records as his favourite book, and by his failure to recognise the importance of the arts generally. "I'm doing it to point out that literature's not just entertainment," he explains. "It is an essential tool to look at the human condition. I don't care if fellow citizens read or not; it's not up to me to say how people should live their lives. But I believe people who lead should read."

He says that, in Harper, he sensed "a man who was a narrow ideologue, in part because he hasn't read. He lacks empathy because he hasn't read literature. If literature does one thing, it makes you more empathetic by making you live other lives and feel the pain of others. Ideologues don't feel the pain of others because they haven't imaginatively got under their skins." The books Martel has sent include George Orwell's Animal Farm, Jane Austen's The Watsons and Elizabeth Smart's By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept. He's had a few pro forma replies from the PM's office, but nothing from Harper himself, which he contrasts with the handwritten note he received from Barack Obama saying how much he and his daughter Malia had enjoyed Life of Pi.

Well he is right about one thing: Ideologues don't feel the pain of others. He is just confused about who the ideologues are, even though he received a handwritten letter from one.

Canada "furious" with US

Obama buddies up with Cuba and Egypt for women's rights agency at UN, shocking Canada and the EU. Not sure why Canadians are so 'shocked' about this. Furious I can understand, but surprised?

Canada is “furious” at the United States over Washington’s role in creating a new $1-billion super agency at the United Nations for women’s rights, Canwest News Service has learned.

In a dispute that could spill over into the G20 and G8 summits in Canada this week, the U.S. has broken ranks with other western countries and proposed a board for the new agency that largely gives in to demands by Cuba, Egypt and other developing countries seeking maximum possible control of it.


Tuesday, 22 June 2010

The New Feminism: Turning Men into Women

The feminism of the future is shaping up to be about pulling men into women’s universe — as involved dads, equal partners at home and ambassadors for gender equality from the cabinet office to the boardroom.

It does not matter if it is 1950 or 2010, 'having it all' is an unattainable ideal. If you want a blazing hot career, having kids is probably not the best idea. If you are dedicated to being a full-time mom, your career is going to the back burner. Men who choose to give up their careers in order to care for their children are in the same gender-equal boat. This is not discrimination, it is life.


Acid Attack in Plymouth

Over a cigarette.

Three schoolboys were being hunted by police today after acid was hurled into a man's face when he refused to give them a cigarette.

The victim suffered burns in the 'horrific random attack' which took place at around 3.30pm yesterday in Plymouth.

He told police he had seen three young men wearing school uniform walk past him before they threw the substance at his face.



Guess who's coming to Canada?

Not Zakir Naik, but just about everybody else.

Zakir Naik Banned from Canada

Phew.

He was already banned from the UK, much to the dismay of the country's terror supporters and sympathizers. Indian. Muslim. Televangelist. Those three words just don't seem to fit together.

An Indian Muslim televangelist who was banned from Britain last week for “unacceptable behaviour” will not be allowed into Canada to speak at an upcoming conference in Toronto, sources familiar with the situation have told the National Post.

Dr. Zakir Naik, who has said “every Muslim should be a terrorist” and that Jews are “our staunchest enemy,” was to headline next month’s Journey of Faith Conference — which is billed as one of North America’s largest Islamic conferences and is expected to attract upward of 10,000 people.





Bank Levies Coming to Europe

Hmmmm. Canada is dead-set against this. We will see what happens.

Germany, France and the U.K. said Tuesday that they will introduce bank levies to offset the cost of future financial crises and will urge their counterparts from the Group of 20 industrial and developing nations to do the same at a summit this week in Toronto.

"The French, U.K. and German governments are committed to the full implementation of the ambitious G20 financial sector reform agenda and look forward to discussing these proposals further," the three countries said in a joint statement.

Germany already said it would pursue such a levy in March, and the statement released Tuesday said Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet will finish a draft bill this summer. France will introduce a proposed levy when it outlines its government budget, the statement said, and the U.K.'s levy was announced on the government's emergency budget Tuesday.

Monday, 21 June 2010

It's hard to imagine....

Hard to explain how our totally randomly selected Polish taxi drivers went through the bushes, fields and marshes with us to find the Jewish cemeteries. How they wouldn't stop in each town until they found where the synagogues had been, and where our families lay, and the moments when we sadly realized together, Pole and Jews, that not even in death were my people allowed to rest in peace.

Social Media leading "campaign of misinformation"

against Jennifer Lynch and the CHRC. Boo. Hoo. Hoo.

All I can say is thank God for the tools provided by social media, so that we are free to dispel her “untruths” and to fight back against their fascistic control over our lives. But freedom will remain elusive, until Section 13 is permanently deleted from Canada’s Human Rights Act and these “human rights” organizations no longer have the authority to extort money from their victims and/or financially cripple respondents who have the gall to defend themselves.

Leicester Islamist praising death of British soldiers

The guy who runs the website, "Dawud", also runs another website called "The Leicester Islamic Way" which he says is "Our little organisations semi official blog". On that blog, Dawud has a lengthy post on a "methodology for achieving victory". Victory for whom? Why, for Muslims over the kafir US and British troops of course. While never coming out and saying who the enemy is and who "the Muslims" are, the majority of the images we see are of terrorists -- in Afghanistan and Somalia. The clear context being that this small group of "Muslims" -- the terrorists -- will gain victory over the enemy -- non-Islamists and the West, including his own country.
Rusty has many more details, check it out.

Dawud is also calling for the boycott of numerous "Zionist" companies, one being Coca-Cola.




SMW is now going to sit back and enjoy an ice cold Diet Coke.

Hurray! Hurray!

She's back.

Diane Abbott won't send her son to school in Hackney

And for this, I do not fault her. It's the other stuff I have a problem with.

Terror loving protestors block wrong ship

Ha. Ha. Ha.

Some 500 anti-Israel protestors arrived at the Oakland, California port early Sunday morning, hoping to block an Israeli ship from unloading its cargo. However, the ship did not arrive, and the crowd prevented workers from unloading a Chinese ship instead.
The other day SMW mentioned that Zakir Naik had been banned from preaching his terror-loving hate speeches in the UK.

Apparently he is still welcome in Canada. Or is he?

When you act like a teenager....

You deserve to be treated like one.

John Terry should quit acting like a brat and do his job, which (just in case he's forgotten) is to win matches. It is not Capello's fault that you got your team-mates girlfriend pregnant and then (allegedly) paid for her to have an abortion, costing you the Captaincy of the England team. Grow up and act like a man.

[Alright that's my World Cup rant for the day.]

Something good at The London Free Press:

Since 9/11, the U.S. and allied democracies have shown awesome restraint toward Islam. There has been little in the way of hostility manifested against Muslims, considering that most incidents of terrorism involve Muslims.

By a vote of 29-1 (10 abstentions), the New York Community Board approved the mosque, which board member Rob Townley called “a significant step in the Muslim community to counteract the hate and fanaticism in the community.” Wishful thinking, pal. You can’t appease those who don’t want to be appeased.

Thanks to a reader who sent this to me.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Saturday Morning Musings....

After a roller-coaster day yesterday (first watching USA win, er, tie with Slovenia, then watching England underperform) SMW was happy to sit down this morning and read Daniel Greenfield's Friday Afternoon Round-Up. There is too much good stuff for me to put up highlights. Of particular note is the "Goebbels level crazy" conspiracy theory that Jews started Evangelical Christian churches as a ploy to get support for Israel.

After the Round-Up head on over to Ghost of a Flea, where you will find several interesting tidbits this morning including details of Elton John's recent concert in Israel. Flea writes about Britain's sudden dismay with Obama. The British were so drunk on the Kool-Aid everyone wanted to take Obama home with them. Now they find themselves waking up with a very bad hangover, only to find out the person in bed with them is not who they thought. Or is he? Sometimes what you want and what you need are not the same thing, especially if you have the mentality of a small child.

Get a tall glass of Raspberry Iced Tea and read away...

Friday, 18 June 2010

Glories of the NHS: They just keep coming....

David Gray, 70, from Cambridgeshire, died in February 2008 after he was given 10 times the normal dose of diamorphine by locum doctor Daniel Ubani who later admitted he had no knowledge of the powerful drug.

USA vs. Slovenia

Click here for live feed and commentary.

BBC guy: "They've probably never even heard of Slovenia there..." what dipnut. I heard the BBC's crap commentary about Canada during the Olympics. They should not be bragging about their knowledge of any foreign country.

Just in case anyone besides me and Ronin care...

UPDATED: USA robbed of win by ref from Mali. Ugh.

Iggy goes Wiggy

[Note: Michael Ignatieff is the current leader of Canada's Liberal Party, but he has spent most of his recent life hanging out at Harvard.]

But wait, there’s more to the Liberal goodness. They want Canada to get embroiled in Africa under UN Command. Uh, the last time I looked, the UN was controlled by the OIC, and has been too busy spewing out anti-Israel motions about how evil it is while ignoring its own atrocious human rights record within their own borders.

The Count’s vision of “…renewed focus on Africa and the empowerment of women in developing countries” is so out of step with reality that he forgets further empowering a nation like Afghanistan, whose constitution does not allow contradiction of the Quran, and therefore Sharia, would do anything but empower women; Which is something the defenders of continuing our mission in Afghanistan always conveniently fail to debate or discuss in depth.

Through the Count’s own words “a Liberal government would reallocate the $1.7 billion currently being spent each year on the Afghan combat mission. It would also ‘re-evaluate’ all major defence procurement programs.” This means the same old Liberal attitude towards the military, which would see it stripped of the modern equipment a professional soldier needs to perform his duty today and reduce the CF to a second rate force barely able to carry out peacekeeping, and certainly not defeat an enemy, such as Islamic Terrorists. I know from personal experience, the Liberals are no friend to the Military.