Monday, 15 August 2011

Extended Leave

Dear friends,

Thank you so much for visiting this blog over the past two years. I have taken some time off in the past few months, and I thought I was back to blogging regularly, however this appears not to be the case. Due to various events and the sudden death of a loved one, SMW will be taking an indefinite leave from the blogosphere. I do not know when I will be back - but hopefully it shall not be too long.

Take care,
SMW

Friday, 12 August 2011

It's Friday....

Getting out of this city.

Society of No Consequences Continues.....

James Clappison, a Conservative member of the home affairs committee, said he was "very concerned" about young rioters' light sentences.
"The courts are failing to hand down sufficiently tough sentences," he said. "We need deterrent sentences, but we are not seeing that. Magistrates need to think again."
Police chiefs also expressed concern at soft sentences.


Making a mockery of a tragedy.

More on this next week.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Mosqueterias in the TDSB

Wee bit behind on this one - but do update yourselves on this situation by clicking here.

Victims of the UK Riots

Apparently the BBC is now calling them the English Riots so as not to offend the Scots and Irish. Oh brother.


A Hackney shopkeeper who was pictured in tears amid the ruins of his ransacked grocery store today revealed he has just 25p to his name.

Monika Konczyk, 32, came to Britain in March to join her older sister, Beata, 37, and intending to improve her English, but her narrow escape from a fire in Croydon has left her badly shaken. "She is incredibly traumatised as she feels she narrowly escaped death," said her sister. "'We are appalled.

The police never did appear, although they followed up nine hours later with a phone call. "Everything we pay here—taxes, rates, rents—it's all so expensive. And we can't even get the police when there are people robbing our shop." Mr. Raif pauses as a string of patrol cars and a fire truck speed down the street, heading north to a rougher neighborhood. "They were busy. I know."

Finally a great write-up in the WSJ - do read the whole thing:
This week's chaos might signal an even more important moment for Britain than many people realize: Either the radical left's lies about the country—namely its economic and welfare system—will finally be exposed, or they will be reinforced by politicians eager to rewrite history. The leaders that helped bring us to this pass seem intent not merely to repeat their mistakes, but to deepen them.

Murray goes on to point out two politicians who have wasted no time seizing an opportunity to blame the riots on government cuts: Ken Livingstone and Diane Abbott. (Not entirely unrelated - Livingstone and Abbott are both vocal supporters of anti-Israel movements in the UK).

Labour's Shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott meanwhile made sure to garnish her condemnation of the violence with the reminder that in her constituency, "Haringey Council has lost £41 million from its budget and has cut youth services by 75%." Whether her constituents ever raised this issue as they looted through luxury-goods shops, Ms. Abbott did not say.

SMW and the husband lived in Hackney (the borough, not Hackney central) when Diane Abbott was an MP for the area and I will never forget one of the newsletters she sent out. Amongst gloating pictures of herself at anti-Israel rallies was a small note about crime in Hackney. It stated that gang-rape was the #1 violent crime committed in the borough. This was back in 2009, prior to the big cuts which, according to her, turn otherwise civilized people into raging savages. If government cutbacks (most of which are not even in place yet, as several journalists have noted) compels people to commit crime, would Abbott care to explain what policies under the Labour government (which was in power at the time of this newsletter) cause gangs to run about the borough attacking and brutally raping women?
Saying that cutbacks cause crime is the left's card for absolving all responsibility and is a direct contributor to the current disorder across the UK. Criminals cause crime. Period.

I have yet to read any story about young men stealing diapers and formula to provide for their families. No stories of girls loading bags with produce at the local shop to feed their siblings. Instead, we see story after story of individuals texting their buddies to come down and pick up a new flatscreen, some Lacoste trainers, booze and cigarettes.

But these aren't the only political conclusions we can draw from this week. One is also tempted to point out that during Labour's 13 years in power, it raised public spending to record levels to fund a massive increase in the welfare state. By the time the current government came to power last year, it had no fiscally sane choice but to reduce these unsustainable spending levels. Hence, the "cuts" (which actually still entail nominal spending increases) that leading Labourites are now blaming for all that ails Britain.

Did the country at least get anything for its money under Labour? Only a generation of young Britons who consider work not merely a "lifestyle choice," but a crummy one at that. Under Labour, a life on welfare appeared the best life to live.

It is no surprise that the north London borough of Islington has been among the riot scenes of this week. Prosperous and left-wing, it is also scattered throughout with the welfare beneficiaries that Labourites have created. To that extent the borough was the picture-postcard exemplar of leftist Britain. And now it's up in smoke.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Ticking time bomb....

Many today have been acting as if relative calm last night in London is a sign the riots are over. Perhaps, but I doubt it. This "calm" still meant that people were looting in various parts of the city, if on a smaller scale than the previous two nights, and there are numerous reports of muggings by gangs of youth in North London. Last night, speaking to a friend, I commented that it may just be a matter of time before full on battles break out between ethnic groups in various cities across the UK. As Turkish, Sikh, Muslim and plain old White Englishmen seek to protect their property and businesses the police had the audacity to say vigilantes were not needed. In fact - as one commenter noted - the police seemed more upset that people were trying to protect their own property than they were about gangs of feral youth savaging cities, stealing, destroying, injuring and killing. What a disgrace this country is. And so we are left with an entirely emasculated police force under orders to watch the city burn for days, until it is finally suggested that they might, note might, use water cannons. And how many more people need to die before they actually will bring out the cannons?

Meanwhile, frustrated citizens are left to defend themselves against lawless gangs of youth who have no respect for anyone or anything - who in fact relish the idea of causing destruction. Last night some young Muslim business owners were mowed down by rioters as they tried to protect themselves. Turkish business owners in Hackney and Islington feel they have no other option but to protect themselves. The riots have proved what I have written on this blog since its inception - you cannot count on the police in the UK. This is not because there are not many upstanding men and women serving in the Met, but because they are not given the authority and tools they need to serve and protect the British public. This begs the question - if communities feel they are left with no choice to police themselves, how long until they feel they have no choice but to serve out their own justice? The police criticized those trying to protect their homes as vigilantes, but they are not. They are simply doing what the police are unable to. But how long will it be until actual vigilantes take to the streets, hunting down individuals they feel are responsible for stealing, robbing, beating and savaging parts of the city? This is not what Britain needs. The government and the Met are now at serious risk of losing complete control.

Graeme Archer writes in The Telegraph:
What does it take to make a community? Our heritage here is roughly one third each Turkish, Anglo-Saxon and African. I used to believe it was enough that the different races rubbed along together, without needing to be one another’s special friends. Something not unlike a truce was observed: we were polite, without ever really mixing. It would not take much – it may already have happened – for these three cohabiting groups to decide they want nothing more to do with one another. What then? More riots?
I walk the length of the street, and end up in my local, where the regulars are cutting up planks of wood with which to board up the windows. A man comes in: “It’s kicking off again, up the town hall.” We listen to the police helicopter overhead. The name of this pub is The Perseverance. It’s apt, I hope.
The streets are deserted as I make my way home. On Monday night, my partner came to meet me at the station, and we walked home together. The buses weren’t running and Hackney Road was eerily silent. There were a few folk like us about – from the world of work – walking home as fast as dignity would allow. Squads of boys-on-bikes passed intermittently. I learnt later that they targeted anyone normal-looking and mugged them.


And so goes the city.

Max Hastings Nails It

It is because it is fantastically hard to help such people, young or old, without imposing a measure of compulsion which modern society finds unacceptable. These kids are what they are because nobody makes them be anything different or better.

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This has ultimately been sanctioned by Parliament, which refuses to accept, for instance, that children are more likely to prosper with two parents than with one, and that the dependency culture is a tragedy for those who receive something for nothing.
The judiciary colludes with social services and infinitely ingenious lawyers to assert the primacy of the rights of the criminal and aggressor over those of law-abiding citizens, especially if a young offender is involved.
The police, in recent years, have developed a reputation for ignoring yobbery and bullying, or even for taking the yobs’ side against complainants.
‘The problem,’ said Bill Pitt, the former head of Manchester’s Nuisance Strategy Unit, ‘is that the law appears to be there to protect the rights of the perpetrator, and does not support the victim.’


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Shocker: Virulent anti Semite shows up at Ahava and tells Jews to go back to Russia

The fact that the store is closing soon just isn't enough for these 21st century Nazis.

Go back to Russia, Jews!

London is Burning

For the past couple months many in Britain, and around the world, have been wrapped up in the goodwill and merriness brought about by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding. Even some of the most cynical found themselves recasting their image of Britain into that of yesteryear, daring to dream that there was still a hope for that long-last nostalgic version of the UK. Hope no more. The events of this past weekend have shown once again that Britain is lost - and anyone silly enough to consider attending the 2012 Summer Olympics should take a moment to reflect upon the images of London rolling across their tv screen. Vancouver's Stanley Cup riot ain't got nothin' on the mayhem currently spreading across the UK.

The riots started after police officers shot and killed an alleged gang member and drug dealer in Tottenham, a gritty neighbourhood in North London. That this man's ties to crime and gangs are well documented by British media are almost as relevant to the riots as the fact that he was killed. The riots in London are not about police brutality, they are about brutality attacking first responders and stealing whatever the city's scum can get their dirty little hands on. (However I will point out here for those who may not know that police in the UK do not carry guns - only special units in special situations - ie drug raids - are permitted to carry, which indicates the threat the force felt this man potentially presented. Also, there was a gun found at the scene.) The family of the killed man, although upset about police actions, have called for the rioting to stop. From day one. And from day one these riots have had nothing to do with "justice."

For a few days now, England has been reaping the results of its domestic policy over the past decades. Large groups of youth have travelled to various locations in the city to loot, steal, attack police, destroy property, break into homes and cause complete chaos. Generation Entitlement is taking what they believe they are entitled to. Free stuff. Free everything. This morning as I was on the tube I listened to a teenager tell his mother how all his friends had been texting him last night with updates on their looting activities - they had been out stealing dvd players, xbox's and 300GBP Brazilian weaves (which brings up another "unmentionable" about these riots). He then proceeded to tell his visibly upset mother that he should have been out there with his friends getting free stuff. He was laughing. He thought the whole thing was a big joke - and to the rioters it is. Burning buildings, torching police cars, stealing anything and everything is a direct reflection of the total lack of respect for self and others that is rampant in Britain, in particular in what North Americans would likely refer to as London's black ghettos (Brixton and Tottenham, two areas where the rioting began are two of London's most impoverished black neighbourhoods). Being poor does not make you a thief - and these people are not stealing because they are poor - if they were they would be stealing food and necessities - not loading up the trunks of their cars with Nike shoes as they did in Tottenham Hale. I wondered why nobody hit the nearby Ikea, and have now chalked that up to small European cars not being able to hold furniture, even if it is the flat in a box kind. When you raise a generation to believe that they can do whatever they want with no consequences this is what you get. When you have generations of families growing up on drug infested estates, attending schools where teachers excuse their behaviour and refuse to hold them to the same standard as everyone else you get a generation that believe it is untouchable. It is only a matter of time until this rioting starts racking up a death toll.

The Met has once again proven its inability to police appropriately when it matters. I know there are many officers putting their lives on the line around the clock over the past few days, and for that I am thankful - however it needs to be said that this rioting should have never spread. What started in Tottenham should have been contained and snuffed out swiftly. A black man was shot and killed in a gritty neighbourhood where there is a history of violence against police and the Met was clearly unprepared for the ensuing actions. As Londoners watched parts (and initially it was small parts) of Tottenham go up in flames, literally, young minds across the city realized the police were doing very little to stop looters. So why not join in? And so the snowball is rolling and nobody knows when it will stop. And Brits sitting in their London homes watching the news, as the majority of the city is doing, are not armed and cannot defend themselves when the mob comes to their door.

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SMW will not be posting any pictures of the riots. It is simply to great a risk to be near these crowds. I am curious to see how long and how far this spreads. The city is slowly starting to shut down in various parts - even my own local shops are closing up because of the proximity of rioting. Can curfews be imposed here? I really don't know.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Square Mile Absence

Due to some family hulabaloo SMW will be away from the blogosphere until 10 August.

See you then.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Thursday, 7 July 2011

The Glorious NHS

'I had constant stomach pains and I couldn't eat anything so I was always so skinny as a child, far skinnier than I should have been.

'Eventually, after years of agony, I went to see a private doctor who diagnosed me immediately with Crohn's. Six weeks later I was in hospital having sixteen inches of intestines removed.'

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Tower Hamletstan Seeking to make Sharia Law of the Land

Britain is so screwed:
Islamic extremists have called on British Muslims to establish three independent states within the UK.
The notorious Muslims Against the Crusades (MAC) group have named Yorkshire towns Bradford and Dewsbury and Tower Hamlets in East London as testbeds for blanket sharia rule.
The medieval 'emirates' would operate entirely outside British law....


Multiculturalism.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Rocket Launchers @ Heathrow

'We were asked to look for people burying things in the ground and shown all the components of this heat-seeking shoulder-launched missile.
'They told us there's no threat whatsoever, but please be on the lookout.


This makes me feel safe.

I can't say the thought of this threat has never crossed my mind before.

Also, 120GBP for a rocket launcher in Afghanistan? Seriously? Is it that easy to get this kind of weaponry?

Touché

Just scanning reports on William and Catherine's Canadian tour. Seems a bunch of whiney québécois found their way to the CTV comments section and someone decided to take them to task:
Quebecers please behave yourselves. Don't act up and embarrass Canada and insult Britain. I realize that you have been fighting the very ideas of Canada, and Britain, for the last 200 years. But isn't it now high time that you settle down, and grow up? I realize you've never accepted your sound defeat by the British, nor the stable, benevolent anglo monarchy that ensued. You were always so loyal to your France--that is until you were asked to save it from the Nazis when thousands of you ran for the woods to escape conscription. So please, just show some manners over the coming days. Show some hospitality, some class. These are Canada's guests. Hey, I do not recall Canadian and British protestors confronting Gilles Duceppe when he visited your dear France and openly pleaded with France to support him in fracturing Canada. This couple is here in friendship, not in conspiracy to destroy Canada--as most Quebecers usually are.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Life in Transit

It is smoking hot in London so I have decided to take a break from crazytown and head for a place where air conditioners are abundant and police carry firearms. Yes, that's right, SMW is chilling at various safehouses in North America. Travel is always interesting. Having seen and heard about a few too many security "lapses" in airports I have become increasingly, shall we say, alert when I fly. Airline security might not profile, but I do. While most people are scrolling through pictures on their Iphone in the departure lounge I am walking inconspicuous laps around it, looking for unusual activity and checking out males flying solo (I have other criteria too, and I guess given the new husband wife suicide team tactic I am going to have to expand again). Once I am on the plane I figure there is nothing more for me to do unless someone sitting in my immediate vicinity tries to light themselves on fire, so I try to sleep and watch movies (this is when I am not trying to make a mental profile of everyone sitting in my immediate vicinity). Yes, I have to admit that living in London has possibly pushed me to the edge of paranoia. Regardless - on most flights I get in a movie or two and some sleep.

My planesleep has become less frequent ever since I was groped by a male passenger while I slept on an overnight flight a few years ago. The crew on the plane were very good in their handling of the whole fiasco, but needless to say I know have an additional in flight security procedure that involves building a miniature barricade between myself and the person next to me - particularly since the crew told me this was not an entirely infrequent occurence, particularly when dealing with travellers of a certain ethnicity. I digress...

I wish I kept a book of things overheard in transit. In the airport lounge I listened to a Saudi male complain about how he was treated by US customs. He then rattled on about how much he hated, absolutely hated Americans. Even going as far as too say that he wanted to kill himself every time he was in the States. Hmmmmm.... a young Saudi male, sitting in airport lounge rattling on about how he hates the US. I wonder why anyone at US customs would give him a hard time.

Two boys, approximately aged 7-10, were hanging out, clearly bored out of their mind. One asked the other, "what should we do?" "I don't know," the brother replied. "We could start hitting each other again."

As I disembarked the plane I overheard a guy flirting with a young lady. He tells her he is a police officer. She sounds excited to be chatting to a cop, and then he admits that, well, he is actually just a volunteer police officer at the Met.

I pick up my bags (which for the first time in ages no man offers to help with - not that I need it - it's just a little touch of North America that I miss) and head for the parking lot. Twenty minutes later I am in the car, radio on, windows down, heading to the country. Tomorrow the jetlag will hit and I will come back to the real world (ie read the news), but today I love being back in North America.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Summer break......

SMW is away until next week. In the meantime check the usual suspects.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Feel Good News from Britian (yes, it's possible)

Stories like this make me believe (even if only for a few moments) that there is still hope for Britain:
'I was just a baby marine when I went out there. The Prince read the citation and he just said he couldn't believe it,' Marine Jackson said.
But he added: 'There are so many stories out there that are untold - so many lads that deserve this.'
His medal citation described how his 'only thought was for the life of his comrade who, had he hesitated for one moment, would have been killed.'
Recalling the way he dealt with the grenade, he added: 'I just thought that's going to hurt and ran over and launched it back.'


Click here there is more to this story....

Marine Jackson, your country needs more men just like you.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Finsbury Park Mosque - White Powder Scare

LEADING figures in the community rallied around a Finsbury Park mosque this week following a “white powder” attack which forced police to evacuate the building and close off a road.

It happened after North London Central Mosque – formerly Finsbury Park Mosque – received a package in the post with a racist message and a consignment of mysterious white powder.

Police decided that as a precaution they would close the building for four hours last Thursday afternoon, along with St Thomas's Road outside.

Two senior members of staff who handled the powder were put under observation.

However, after the substance was analysed in a police laboratory it was found to be harmless. Police have identified the powder but are not disclosing what it is while investigations continue.

Mohammed Kozbar, a spokesman for the mosque, said it was used to receiving hate mail but this was something different.

“We didn’t want to take a chance that the powder was dangerous and the police agreed. It was a very stressful time,” he said.


So Kozbar is stressed by an envelope of white powder. Interesting. Funny how a man who can stand in the streets calling for a curse on Israelis, vowing to show up with an army to defeat the Jewish state, and claiming that he will never be intimidated is afraid of a little envelope.

Anyway, the good news is that the mosque is having an open house this week.
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If the person who sent that envelope is reading this - you are an idiot.

Say it isn't so: Raffi Endorses Sea Hitler

Ugh.

Next time I am in Canada I will be digging out my Raffi cassette tape and burning it.

Your friends are not my friends.

SAS back to London

Not really into these kinds of stories being printed. However, have linked to it because I was just discussing this very issue over dinner last night. Make no mistake, despite the big face fear of a terror attack during the Olympics is very, very real. I have tremendous faith in the SAS, it's the people making their jobs hard to do that are the problem.

But I digress.....here is my favourite comment of the day posted on The Daily Mail:
Shouldn't be too much of a transition from Afghanistan to Tower Hamlets.

Bwaaaahahaha.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Please, please get me out of this hellhole

Equality Chief says Christians are more militant than Muslims.

Muslims greatest victims of discrimination in the UK.

Ministry of Irony Alert: Claims Christians are filing fake discrimination complaints and creating poisonous environment for homosexuals.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Need free travel? Make sure you are related to a terrorist!

Britain is screwed.

DSK Tried to claim Diplomatic Immunity

And was "shocked" that his handcuffs were a little tight.

Poor baby.

Vancouver Riots Make Headlines in UK for Second Day

The City's police chief should resign over this mess. But of course that will never happen...

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Vancouver Police Perform As Well as the Canucks in Game 7 *Updated*

You know, it really doesn't take a brain surgeon, heck I don't even think it takes a doctor, to figure out that when you have a major sporting event, large crowds of drinking men in the streets, and a history of rioting after said sporting events, that you should have riot police (and a lot of them) on standby in case things go awry.

But apparently this was too much for the Vancouver Police Department to string together.

Instead you have videos circulating of large groups jumping over fires (too bad nobody slipped), burning police vehicles, trashing private businesses, and wreaking havoc. For those of you reading this back in North America make no mistake, this is a black eye for Canada. Given the upcoming visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the media here has been keeping a close eye on the Great White North - and the rioting in Vancouver is one of the top headlines here in the UK.

Just to be clear: Last night's riots in Vancouver are getting more press coverage in the UK than the G20 riots in Toronto did. This is especially embarrassing because if there is one thing that UK police are good at it is controlling crowds at sporting events (um perhaps someone from the VPD should come over to learn a few lessons).

What could have been a great night for Vancouver has become an international embarrassment. Nonetheless the city's reputation will recover. I am not sure I can say the same for the police who were totally unprepared and showed little authority. They now look like eunuchs in front of the international press.

UPDATE:
Where are your officers?” I asked Constable Jana McGuinness.

“We have a full public safety unit deployed right now,” she said. “We have hundreds of officers, a full deployment. They’re all over.” Well, no, they weren’t. Some were standing in a circle a few metres from the constable, but they still weren’t out in force on West Georgia Street. I’m not blaming police for what happened this night. But did they not anticipate the worst?

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Random Musings: Of postal services, airline workers and shopping gossip

Musing on life, just because I can.

I completely forgot about picking up some Father's Day cards to send back to Canada (although I did order a book for my father, but alas it doesn't matter since Canada Post is now suspending all services due to striking workers. Over the past 48 hours SMW has thoroughly enjoyed skimming the comments at CTV; it appears that very, very few commenters have any sympathy for the strikers. I certainly don't. I think letter carriers do an important job and generally work quite hard (of course I am only talking about the onest I know personnaly). I also think they are well compensated for what they do. In an age where demand for their services is plummeting, going on strike isn't usually the best PR move. But I guess there were not anti-Israel, terror supporting protests for their union to run this week, so they decided to pick a fight with their employer instead. CUPW members can stay on strike forever for all I care. There are alternatives to Canada Post. The only people I feel bad for are the CP workers who do not support the strike but are being held hostage by their union and idiot colleagues.

In other news Air Canada customer service workers are also on strike. It amazes me that people cannot grasp the fact that having more retired employees receiving a pension than you have employees currently working is not economically viable. But hey, keep striking and when Air Canada goes out of business and you are unemployed you can thank your union. Could this be the end of my Air Canada days? We'll see how things go.

Finally, there might be an Arab Spring somewhere but the Arab Summer has already started in London. With Ramadan just over five weeks away the wealthy Sheiks and Oil Princesses (as I call them) have started pouring into the city to race around Knightsbridge in their fast cars and drop thousands of pounds on Ramadan gifts. Last weekend, walking around Knightsbridge I felt like I was at the Mall of the Emirates. A salesman at a boutique which will remain unnamed told me he felt like he was working at a Darth Vader convention. (I have a knack for getting complete strangers to open up.) We chatted for a bit about the obscene amounts of money being spent on every luxury you can imagine, and the women in burkas strolling through Knightsbridge with their entourage (bodyguard, nanny, kids, friend, sometimes husband). This is an important phenomenom (for various reasons) that nobody here seems to cover. Why? Surely it can't be that taboo to look at something that has a significant economic and other impact....?

Human rights for paedophiles!

Progress:A Supreme Court ruling has forced the Government reluctantly to draw up new rules allowing serious sex offenders put on the register for life to have their place on the list reconsidered.

The Home Office plans were opposed by child protection campaigners and Conservative MPs, who said some offenders could never be considered completely “safe”. The new rules were drawn up because the Supreme Court ruled that automatic lifetime inclusion on the register breached the Human Rights Act.


No words to describe how pathetic I think Britain has become.

Men of no particular background on trial for pimping teenage girls in the UK

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I wonder why?

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The Sea Hitler Gets a Tribute Video

Heh.

In other news - Toronto area mosque supporting Sharia compliance. Fantastic.

Is the magic fading?

Low-priced Obama fundraiser fails to draw crowds.


Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Also - FLOTUS says Obama has best work ethic ever. This actually made me laugh out loud:
"I see the sadness and worry that's creasing his face," she said to a crowd of about 500 at the Pasadena luncheon organized by the Southern California Women For Obama. She described his worth ethic as “tireless,” according to pool reports.

"He reads every word, every memo, so he is better prepared than the people briefing him," she said. "This man doesn't take a day off."

Monday, 13 June 2011

Supermarket Spies: Nanny State Gone Wild

I don't shop at Sainsbury's, but if I did this would be a reason to stop.

Supermarket staff are being trained by health officials to ‘spy’ on customer shopping baskets, it emerged last night.

The government-backed scheme to be rolled out at Sainsbury’s stores nationwide aims to identify ‘hidden carers’ – people who look after elderly, sick or disabled relatives do not realise they could be entitled to support.

Under the scheme, cashiers will be asked to watch out for unusual shopping habits and taught to discretely ask customers about their personal circumstances while serving them.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Stupid celebrities: Russell Crowe Edition

He loves Jews. He just thinks they're barbarians. Antisemite? I think he was being a lefty numbnut, but who knows. Complete idiot? Absolutely.

'Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect"

'Many Jewish friends, I love my Jewish friends, I love the apples and the honey and the funny little hats but stop cutting your babies'


Coming to his rescue after a pretty pathetic 'apology' is useful idiot Eli Roth.
'What's more disturbing is that there are real antisemitic incidents every day that they clearly could care less about. They attack a friend.'

Does anyone believe that Roth is unaware of the current push to outlaw circumcision in San Francisco?

And we close with the money quote from Russell Crowe on abortion:

'Abortion should always be a woman's choice, there is no benefit to "forced" motherhood...you got it? don't like it then bye.'

And there you have it friends. Using excellent liberal logic, Crowe concluded that people who remove a small piece of flesh from their son's penis are "barbaric" and should "f*ck themselves", whereas people who kill their unborn child are doing the world a favour - preventing forced motherhood.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Reese and the sexpots....

A bit of fluff:
I love this story:
When I came up in this business, if you made a sex tape, you were embarrassed. You hid it under your bed," she said. "If you took naked pictures of yourself on your cellphone, you hide your face."

But I actually don't think this is fluff. I think it's important that a major player in Hollywood chose the MTV Awards (pretty much the biggest symbol of hypersexualized, soft pornified, slutified adolescent girls in America) to say that the road to fame should not be paved with sex and naked pictures.

"Penis Warriors and Comic book antics"

Via Scaramouche:
Anti-circumcisers have dismissed the anti-Semitism issue as a slur. But now the issue has exploded, thanks to Matthew Hess. Mr. Hess, a prominent intactivist, doubles as a comic-book creator. Last week, he published a jolly little graphic novel called Foreskin Man. In it, a blond, blue-eyed Aryan-looking superhero comes to the rescue of an innocent baby who’s about to be attacked by a scissors-wielding villain named Monster Mohel. (A “mohel” is a person trained to perform ritual circumcision according to Jewish law.) The villain is depicted as a hook-nosed, black-hatted Jew straight from the Nazi propaganda heyday of the 1930s.

Go and read it all.

Canada's Boat to Gaza Sued for Supporting Hamas

Well this is certainly worth having a look at:
The promoters of the Gaza boat are liars. There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza, unless the Movenpick Hotel's standard of service has dropped to unacceptable levels or the air conditioning isn't up to snuff at the latest shopping mall. The Red Cross says there's no crisis, and so does this alarmingly honest Pro-Pallie NGO worker who writes about Gaza's dirty little secret as being anything but a "hardship posting", after all how many "Open Air Concentration Camps" are there where you can Hang 10 at the Waterpark?

Even the bilgewater barge's backers admit the Sea Hitler's "mission" is "actually less about aid and more about politics" according to alleged academic David Heap. I'd add poisonous self-righteous narcissism to that.

The Value of a University Education....

Flea:
You don't go to Harvard to get an education. You go to Harvard to meet other Harvard students. The whole point of The Facebook was to create an electronic equivalent of a Harvard print tradition. Initially, you could only join Facebook with a Harvard student email address and gradually the magic circle was extended first into other Ivy League colleges and then in an ever expanding arc in the greatest feat of brand stretching in history.

I recently had a similar conversation with someone thinking about going to an "elite" MBA school Stateside. They asked me what I thought about the value of an MBA that would cost them tens of thousands. I told them having MBA after your name doesn't mean a whole lot (especially if you already have an HBA and a law degree), the value comes from the people you meet in your MBA class at said "elite" business school. I know guys working at Goldman's who did their undergrad in sociology at Ivey league universities, and guys with business degrees from supposedly lesser schools who, ten years into their career, are still struggling to find jobs in key markets. It has nothing to do with what they learned and everything to do with who they met.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Christians doing too much Muslim outreach?

Discuss, discuss.

How about - most Christians know absolutely nothing about Islam (except they are not supposed to eat pork or drink booze)?
Comments I have heard from the evangelical crowd range from "that Muslim might cast a spell on me" to "their devotion to their faith is like, totally amazing, look at the mosques they build." Both show complete ignorance.

Exit question: Will North American Christians educate themselves before the crucifiz on their building is replaced by a minaret?

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Finsbury Park Mosque.....

It's still going. Under a different name. With 'new leadership.' Just a reminder.

Donating books to schools:
The interactive workbooks, entitled The Bad Apples: Let’s talk about Anti-social Behaviour, will be sent to Ambler Primary School, in Blackstock Road, to help pupils respond to nuisance behaviour such as littering, drunkenness and vandalism.

The mosque, formerly the North London Central Mosque, had a bad reputation when radical preacher Abu Hamza was based there a decade ago.

Since the current owners took over in 2005, they have worked hard to foster a responsible image, with this book donation the latest in a series of community projects.

Mohammed Kozbar, trustee of Finsbury Park Mosque, said: “It is important that charities like ours contribute to their local community to tackle issues such as the anti-social behaviour and try to contribute toward community cohesion and build a peaceful atmosphere within the society”.


Hey, here is some video footage of Mohammad Kozbar (well known activist with the British Muslim Initiative (Hamas's sister group in the UK) and other anti-Western, Jew-hate groups) contributing to community cohesion and building a peaceful atmosphere.
Here is the text of his speech:
“We are partners in struggle. … Today, with our brothers and sisters who were on these ships, we can tell them we are with you, along with you, brothers and brothers. Your blood is our blood. What has happened to you has happened to us. (inaudible) With thousands of people come to the street. Your blood is our blood. The Israeli government, the Israeli government aim, by this cowardly action, to send a message. Believe me, they want to send a message to us. To tell us, to tell everyone who help the Palestinian people, especially those who are trying to break the siege of Gaza, they want to intimidate us, they want to make us scared, in order to give up what we are doing. But they do not know with whom they are dealing with. They do not know they we are defiant. ….we tell them we accept your challenge. We accept your challenge and you will see it in the very near future insha’allah. And the next time they will not be facing only a few ships, they will be facing tens of ships and thousands of people. Finally, our thoughts are with those who lost their lives and we tell them your blood did not go for nothing. God willing, your blood will be a curse on your murderers. And God willing, your blood will break the siege on Gaza. My final message to you, be proud of yourselves because the people of Gaza are proud of you.

Sounds like peace and love and unicorns, doesn't it?

Iran, Democracy, and Kaffir Kanuck

Check it out.

We, the undersigned, are gravely troubled about the Canadian National Art Center’s involvement and participation in the Islamic government of Iran’s upcoming ‘Cultural Event’ scheduled for June 4th, 2011. Our concerns are based on thirty-two years of the Islamic government’s deliberate neglect and destruction of Iran’s past cultural heritage and history.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Britain pledges over 2million to Auschwitz

Believe me when I say, I do not think this is a bad thing. At all.

However as my colleague over at Closet Conservative would say, Europeans just love heaping money and politics on dead Jews, don't they?

I agree, there are many, many lessons that need to be learned from the Holocaust. I just don't think Europe has learned them.

Disgusting: Mugabe's Henchman Granted Asylum in UK

Daily Mail:
At an asylum appeal hearing in Newport, South Wales, Mr Justice David Archer said Machemedze was 'deeply involved in savage acts of extreme violence'.
The tribunal also heard that some of the tortures 'were too gruesome to recount'.
He added: 'Whatever crimes he has committed he cannot be returned to face the highly likely prospect of torture and execution without trial, the Sun reported.
The appeal hearing was brought by the Home Office and followed a judgment earlier this month which allowed the pair to stay in Britain indefinitely but did not grant asylum.
At the earlier hearing, Senior Immigration Judge Robert Martin said: 'It is true that Phillip Machemedze committed abhorrent acts and deserves no sympathy or favours.
'However, it is also true that we are bound by the European Convention on Human Rights and Articles 2 and 3 are absolute,' New Zimbabwe reported.
Kate Hoey, Labour MP and head of the Commons All Party Group on Zimbabwe, said: 'This is a shocking decision. Asylum is for people who are at risk from despots, not for people like him.'


How about that EU referendum, Cameron??

For the past several years, several Saturdays a month a group of Zimbabweans and concerned activists have held peaceful protests outside Zimbabwe's embassy in London. I have seen them out and chatted with them several times. With them they always have pictures of victims who have been tortured and killed by Mugabe's henchmen. These images are absolutely horrific and stomach churning. That one of the monsters who committed these acts is allowed to live, on my tax dollars, in the UK is yet another example of how pathetic this once great country has become.

Don't count on any outpouring of outrage.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Huron University College Major Donors Tied Directly to Terror-Funding

Via BCF:
When we looked for information on the IIIT & the MAC we didn't look into the Islamic Centre for Southwestern Ontario (ICSO), located in London, Ontario, although it was mentioned as a financial contributor in the LFP announcement described above. Something has happened in the last few days, however, that makes it necessary to bring this organisation into the story now. On May 7, 2011, there was an article in the Ottawa Citizen entitled, ″Gadhafi charity in Canada linked to terrorism. Government revokes status of World Islamic Call Society" (WICS). In that article we learned that a Qaddafi charity was sending money from Libya to the personal bank account of a gentleman named Assem Fadel, who then transferred the money from his personal account in to the bank account of the only branch in Canada of the Libya-based WICS, which also happens to be located in London, Ontario. Money was then transferred from the WICS account to terrorist organisations outside Canada. This was the reason the government of Canada removed the charitable status of the WICS. Question: Why is this relevant to the funding of the Chair in Islamic studies at Huron College? Answer: It just so happens that the president and director of the Islamic Centre for Southwestern Ontario is none other than Assem Fadel and he is also the president of the Canadian branch of the WICS. Here we have a clear and indisputable link between Qaddafi-sponsored terrorist related activities involving the president of the Islamic Centre of Southwestern Ontario, a funding organisation of the chair in Islamic Studies. This link can not be denied by Huron College even if Assem Fadel claims an innocent explanation for what transpired. This didn't happen years ago. It happened just over a week ago.

Assem Fadel is not the only local promoter of the Islamic studies project with links to the World Islamic Call Society. At least two other major proponents of the chair in Islamic studies have attended conferences of the World Islamic Call Society in Libya. They are Faisal Joseph, a prominent lawyer in London who is closely involved with HUC, and Munir el-Kassem, a dental surgeon who is also the ex-Muslim chaplain of the University of Western Ontario.
Read the full letter here.

Saint Jihadi Among the Hurons is right.
Let's see HUC principal Trish Fulton try and talk her way out of this (because she will try).
According to Huron's homepage, "Huron promises and education that will launch a lifetime of experiences." Will those experiences now include internships in terror at Hamas and media relations stints for Libyan terrorists?

Paging all Huron alumni, donors, current students and parents of current students...

Background: HUC: MAC and IIT Completely Align with our values

Monday, 23 May 2011

We Have Each Other

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Watch around the 1:10 mark. Beautiful.

Say a prayer for the people of Joplin.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Two thumbs way up for Air Canada: Moazzem Begg barred from flying LHR - YYZ

Fresh off the press:
Dennis Edney, who represents Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, had invited Moazzam Begg to speak at a conference Saturday on fear and justice and building bridges between Muslims and other communities.

Begg, a British man who was released from Guantanamo in 2005 and has since become an advocate for Guantanamo prisoners' rights, attempted to fly from London to Toronto on Friday morning.

But Air Canada told him the Canadian High Commission refused him permission to board on the basis that the plane "could be re-routed to the United States," Edney said.

"He's disappointed," Edney said of Begg. "He has a sense of Canada that may not be there. He has a sense that we stand up for rights and justice, that we're that kind of people. The reality is we take our orders from the United States."

The U.S. has accused Begg of being a member of al-Qaeda, as well as recruiting for them, attending training camps and sending money and support.

Begg admits to supporting militant Muslims in Bosnia, Chechnya and Kashmir, but says he does not support suicide bombers or the Sept. 11 attacks. He even admits to buying a handgun in Afghanistan, but says he never received military training or planned to fight.


Yeah poor Mo Begg who was coming to Canada on behalf of Cage Prisoners. The group that praises Osama bin Laden and wrote a piece about assassinating President Obama.

And so today I saw thank you Canadian High Commission (and I guess Air Canada, even though it appears they did not have a choice) for keeping this terror supporting asshat out of Canada. Unfortunatley Omar Khadr is still in the country (Canada).

Friday, 20 May 2011

"It's Judenhaas masturbation..."

Things I wish I had thought of myself:

My first thoughts are still "Six Days, Bitch".

There really is no way to "return" to the 1967 borders. This is a lefty/Jew-hating/jihadi Nazi fantasy. It's Judenhaas masturbation in a way.

Anyone who has been to Israel can understand that cities like Ma'aleh Adumim and Ariel among others cannot be moved, or their Jews uprooted to somewhere else-like graveyards, ovens, the Mediterranean or Africa.

These are full fledged, functional cities-not little groups of caravans.

Islamic Institute of Toronto decides the local radicals just aren't cutting it....

Imports bigger fish.

Douglass also has ties to CAIR and The International Institute of Islamic Thought both Muslim Brotherhood front organizations with the latter in the news over its controversial funding relationship with the University of Western Ontario's Huron College.

Please say a prayer for fellow blogger Rasp

Rasp's wife was recently diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing treatments.

Please keep them in your prayers.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Obama shows his true colours

All I can say is wow.

To anyone who actually knows anything about Obama, today's speech would be zero surprise. To everyone else who is going to act "shocked" by this speech (if they even know that it happened): YOU are part of the problem.

Exit question: Do you think Obama and Rashid Khalidi ever shopped together at Whole Foods?

Exit question 2: If Yasser Arafat was still alive, would he and Obama enjoy some qt while staring at their Nobel Peace Prizes and dreaming up plans to wipe Israel off the map?

Whole Foods Hearts Palestine - Committed to promoting propaganda


Strolling through Whole Foods in Kensington the other day, I almost fell into my cart when I saw a very chic looking Palestinian Cuisine cookbook for sale.
What a sleek piece of nation building propaganda. But who wrote this cookbook? What ties do they have? What exactly is Whole Foods promoting through the sale of this book (besides a nation that does not exist, and a made-up people who serve as puppets for the Arab world when they need to muster up some fire against Israel)?

Christiane Dabdoub Nasser, the book's author, has been a player in several Palestinian endeavors such as the Bethlehem Project, and she worked at the Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation until 2008. A quick read through documents relating to these organizations is a great lesson in Pali propaganda.

The Bethlehem 2000 Project was a Palestinian initiative which received a cool 25Million USD from the World Bank, in addition to private funding and monies from other national governments, to improve infrastructure and promote tourism, all in the name of nation building. Through this funding, the Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation was founded (and funded). You can read the full report on the Bethlehem 2000 Project here, it is 41 pages but worth having a glance at. The B2000Project funded numerous initiatives, and in the end guess who was blamed for the project's uncontrollable shortcomings?
You guessed it: Israel.

The overriding and ultimately decisive factor was the Israeli military response to the Palestinian Intifada. This led to the occupation of the area municipalities, the curtailment of the movement of people and goods, the devastation of the Palestinian economy, the crippling of the tourist industry and, of course, the inability to implement key project subcomponents.

Apparently the Intifada would have been alright, as long as Israel had not responded to it.

The Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation dabbles in various local projects, and is largely established for the purpose of building a national Palestinian identity. Sweden now provides a large amount of funding to the centre, and a highly recommend having a look at this February 2011 report about the centre and its goals (and Sweden's goals).
Guess what the first word of the report is?
You betcha: Israel.

A couple excerpts:
With the Israeli occupation of lands internationally recognized as the basis for a Palestinian state, and the de facto colonization by Israel of parts of these lands through a policy of settlement, the historical Palestinian cultural landscape has achieved an increased strategic importance. As the Israeli settlements have become de facto statements of Israeli sovereignty, restored and preserved Palestinian sites and buildings have become de facto statements of Palestinian presence and legitimacy. In the city of Jerusalem, where Israel is claiming full national sovereignty and where the Palestinian population(more than one third) is largely treated as an unwanted minority, the political significance of cultural heritage preservation cannot be underestimated.

As the territorial extension of a future Palestinian State continues to be a matter of contention, and with the seemingly never-ending expansion of Israeli settlements in the area of Jerusalem and the occupied territories,the preservation of historic Palestinian sites and buildings has become part of a Palestinian strategy for de facto state-building.

A large part of this heritage was lost in the aftermath of the war of 1948 when two thirds of all Arabic villages in the part of Palestine which became Israel, were wiped out. In the remaining parts of Palestine, Gaza and the West Bank, a lesser but similar form of destruction took place during and in the aftermath of the war of 1967,with whole villages being erased from the map. Under Israeli occupation destruction of cultural heritage has continued.

(Hey I wonder if the authors of this report are from Malmo?)

What kind of projects is the Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation funding??
According to their website, on June 13 2007 the centre inaugurated the Dar Abu Swayy in Artas. There are few Abu Swayys in the world, incidentally one Daoud Abu Swayy (who was from Artas), carried out a suicide attack in Israel. He blew himself up in the Jerusalem Hilton. Coincidence??

Christiane Dabdoub Nasser wrote an article about her cookbook, which was published in This Week in Palestine. Here, in her own words, relating food and her cookbook to the need for Palestinians to triumph over the evil Israelis:

The incremental closures of the last few years, intermittent embargoes and an increasingly depressed economy have been looming factors in changing many people>s lives, including their eating habits, and the isolation of Jerusalem has been dramatic for aficionados of cosmopolitan cooking who can no longer shop for these little extras that add a touch of exoticism on their table. I am quite aware that
gourmet experiences are not a priority when so many are deprived of the basic necessities of life, and am by no means trying to belittle the much graver existential concerns that arise as a result of the degradation of the political
and economic situation, and the moral issues that have surfaced as a result of the erection of this ignominious Segregation Wall, which is scarring our landscape at the four points of the horizon. I am just pointing out to yet another threatened aspect of our quotidian, our culinary habits, which cannot be eluded or underestimated. Small as it is in the larger scheme of our national survival, this aspect of our life reflects in fact another instance of the erosion of our culture and a regression of the remarkable cosmopolitanism it has proudly cultivated over the centuries and which had distinguished it in the region. When all indications point towards the threatening growth of a monolithic, mono-vocal culture in our midst, then everything should be of concern, even our food practices.


You can click here to read the full article. Check out the whole issue, which just doesn't really coincide with the whole life in Palestine is unliveable narrative.

So, when will Whole Foods start carrying an Israeli cookbook? Don't hold your breath.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Crime Family Planned to Portray Hit an Imam as Far-Right Crime

Well this is interesting:
An alleged Arab Israeli Jaffa crime organization planned to detonate a bomb under the car of a Muslim sheikh last month over a business dispute and then spray paint 'price-tag' graffiti in the area in order to draw blame on the far right, police suspect.

A total of eight suspects have been under arrest since last month, including four brothers from one family and two brothers from another family. A fourth suspect worked as a lawyer in the Justice Ministry. They had already assembled a powerful bomb, and were stopped by a police raid on a home in Jaffa in April hours before they planned on planting the device, a law enforcement source said. They had allegedly planned to detonate the advice after evening prayers at a Jaffa mosque. Police believe a disastrous outcome was averted thanks to the raid.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Area of Central London Evacuated Due to Suspicious Package *Updated*

An area of Central London, near Trafalgar Square, has been evacuated due to a suspicious package outside one of the hotels.

It's probably nothing but will post updates as I get them.

Update: The evacuation has ended. The BBC is now reporting that the Met received coded bomb threats relating to Central London earlier. A reminder to stay alert.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

And On the Ninth Day, God Created the US Marines

Just read it.

Original news report here.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Huron University College Executive: MAC and IIIT completely align with our values

Dear Students, Parents of Students, and Alumni of Huron University College,

Pull out all your money. Write emails. Now.

You may have already seen this over at Jawa or BCF, but in case you have not:

I asked her what constituted "due diligence." Fulton said they had "reviewed the court decisions on allegations" against IIIT and its principals. They had also reviewed the experience of Temple University (alluded to in Palmer's letter). To my question of whether she felt the beliefs and principles of MAC and IIIT were "compatible with your values," she replied a prompt and firm "yes." I asked the question again, stipulating that by "your," I meant "Huron College." Again, she replied, "Yes, they are."

Elaborating, Fulton explained that for Huron, due diligence extends only to the "activities of the donors," adding, "We don't probe deeply into values held by donors." Huron, she said, is "concerned about the legitimacy and the civic presence" of donors, but "not the views they may hold on a wide variety of cultural issues." In Fulton's view, it is only a group's "actions" that would "compromise the academic pursuit."


Just for review:
Indeed, MAC boldly states as much on its website.

Hassan Al-Banna is the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). The MB is universally acknowledged as the root of modern Arab-Muslim fundamentalism, and the source from which al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups draw their inspiration and validation. The MB's motto is: "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qu'ran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope." The captured 1991 Brotherhood strategic plan for Canada and the US declares:

The process of settlement is a 'Civilization-Jihadist Process,' with all the word means. The Ikhwan [MB] must understand that their work in America is kind of a grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house.

The letter to Fulton lays out the IIIT's disturbing background in some detail:

Two examples of IIIT's involvement with terror: In 2003, Shaykh Taha Jabir al-Alwani, a co-founder and former president of the IIIT, was cited as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the trial of Sami al-Arian, an Islamist activist who served a 57-month prison sentence in the United States for conspiring to channel funds to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a designated terrorist group in the United States and Canada. In pleading guilty, al-Arian admitted that he knew that the PIJ engaged in suicide bombings and other "horrific and deadly acts of violence" against the people of Israel.

Jamal Barzinji, founding member and current vice-President of the IIIT, has likewise been implicated in funding for terrorists. In a sworn affidavit filed in 2003, a senior special agent with the United States Customs Service testified: "I believe that Barzinji is not only closely associated with PIJ as evidenced by ties to Al-Arian...but also with HAMAS.


Read Barbara Kay's excellent article in its entirety here.

Cage Prisoners Praises bin Laden, writes satire piece on assassination of President Obama *UPDATED*

UPDATED: see bottom for update
A few days ago Caged Prisoners' legal advisor Irfan Salah Butt, published an article about Bin Laden's assassination. Here are some excerpts:
You can fool most of the American people most of the time but you cannot fool the rest of the world all the time.

If one is to believe the astonishing story of the body of Osama bin Laden being thrown into the sea the US administration could not have done a better job to add insult to injury and incite further violence against itself.

It also shows the utter hatred of the enemy and fear of a man that dared to challenge the might of the superpower of our times.
Nothing like a little praise for that daring challenger of authority, OBL.

Pakistan has aided the USA more than any other country in the War on Terror and thus it makes no sense that it would harbour Osama bin Laden.
Um........

Caged Prisoners also published a mock write-up about the assassination of US President Barack Obama, by Pakistani forces. The write-up included a photoshopped picture of what is supposed to be a Barack Obama, shot in the face.

.Excerpt:
Crowds gathered outside the Red Mosque in Islamabad, chanting "Allah Akbar" after the news brokeForeign Minister of Pakistan, Mullah Jundullah said the operation sent a signal to the Neoconservatives in both the US and Britain.
"You cannot wait us out, you cannot defeat us, but you can make the choice to abandon the CIA and participate in a peaceful political process," she said.

***
Obama’s probable successor, Tony Blair, was "far less charismatic and not as well respected within the organisation", according to reports from captured Neoconservative operatives, the official said.
However, the root causes of Neoconservatism - the range of issues that enabled the Neocons to recruit disaffected young liberals to its cause – hatred of Islam, oil and power - remain, for the most part, unaddressed, Neoconservative affairs analyst Rajinder Harbin told the BBC.
"The death of Obama will strike at the morale of the global ‘war on terror’, but is unlikely to end it," he warned.
'Momentous achievement'
World leaders welcomed the news of Obama’s death.
French President Jean Luc Blanc said Obama had "paid for his actions".
British Prime Minister Ed Milliband said the killing was a "great victory" but added that he "didn't know the details" of the Pakistani operation.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Salim described the news as a "momentous achievement".
"The fight against terror goes on, but tonight Pakistan has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done," Mr Salim said in a statement.
But a spokesman for the English Defence League threatened revenge attacks against the "Muslamic and British governments and their security forces".
In the Israeli enclave of Tel Aviv, which is governed by militant group IDF, Prime Minister Ariel Lieberman condemned the killing of "a peaceful man".


On May 11, Cage Prisoners released a statement saying that this satirical article was merely meant to show that they do not condone extra-judicial killings. Of course.

****
And for those of you still on the Human Rights Watch bandwagon - apparently they are now making contributions to Cage Prisoners website, and putting on events in conjunction with them. This particular example is in relation to their undying support for Omar Khadr.

Good news for Canadians: As previously reported, Cage Prisoner reps are coming to Canada!! Paging Jason Kenney....

UPDATE: After doing some more reading, I see that Harry's Place did a write-up yesterday about Cage Prisoners, their ties to Amnesty and their funding (funded by the Quakers fyi).
It is worth checking out.

Erdogan: Hamas is not a terrorist group

Where is terrorism? They entered into the elections and after the elections this is how they were reacted, I mean, calling them terrorists, this would be disrespect to the will of the Palestinian people," Erdogan said

Following this logic, calling Nazis genocidal maniacs during the Holocaust would have been disrespect to the will of the German people?

Amateur hour on Downing Street: Cameron invites Libyan rebels to set up shop in London

Addressing Jalil, he said: "These steps signal our very clear intent to work with you and your colleagues to ensure that Libya has a safe and stable future, free from the tyranny of the Kadhafi regime."

Cameron said it was "impossible to imagine a real future for Libya with Kadhafi in power and
we will continue to support the development of an open, democratic and free Libya".

"Just as Kadhafi can have no part in the political transition that lies ahead, it is clear that the National Transitional Council will play a leading role," he said.


Britain never learns.

Non! You are not free to educate your children.....

You must put dem in da school.........vive l'école libre!

Québec judge orders kids into school system. Hmmmmm.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

It's the Morning-After Pill - and it's free! free! free!

Just got back from my local Boots (the UK equivalent of Shoppers or Walgreens), where a sign posted at the cash register indicates that (thanks to new NHS rules and regulations) girls aged 22 and under can now pop down to the local pharmacy and pick up the Morning-After pill - free. No questions asked. Sans payment. Gratis.

And so we have a society teaching its young that responsibility is not necessary and that actions do not have consequences, and any potential consequences can be undone the next day.

There was no sign indicating that the Morning-After Pill does not get rid of STDs.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Best weekend ever????

Let's recap:
Safe and secure, uninterrupted royal wedding on Friday: Check.

Biggest UFC in North America (ever) on Saturday: Check.

Osama bin Laden killed by Navy SEALs on Sunday: Check.

Canada elects Conservative majority on Monday: Check. Check.

Awesome.

I will comment on the worrying rise of the NDP later. For now...

I am hitting the road on a celebratory tour! Will be back online at the end of the week.

A couple of updates:
First - Closet Conservative is back from her Passover break. Go and read.

Second: SMW has received a couple emails regarding traveling in Europe and overseas after Osama bin Laden's death. My thoughts on this are: use your head. Follow the warnings posted on your embassy's website. I would say you should probably cancel any shopping trips to Lahore. Just saying. If you come to London right now I wouldn't go running through the Tower Hamlet's with a Team USA shirt on (actually running is the only way I would go through the Tower Hamlet's), but otherwise just use your common sense. We are always on alert, so just be vigilant. We try to avoid the tube at rush hour anyway because of the crowds, but beyond that life is normal. I am traveling for most of this week and the husband is also out and about. Not changing any plans out of fear....oh except I am not sure if I am going to wear my US Army shirt when I go for a workout. Unless there are any SEALs out there who want to volunteer to run with me?

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Islamist-Holocaust Denying-NDP Endorsement

The Jew-hate bone's connected to the Islamist bone, the Islamist bone's connected to the NDP bone, the NDP bone's connected to the......
OK I was going to make a joke (given recent revleations about a certain NDP leader), but I am trying, really trying, to stay classy.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Sky News: 31 arrests on night before royal wedding

But sources say officers are concerned about activities by anarchist groups ahead of the big day and carried out pre-emptive raids on squats in London this morning, in which 20 were arrested.

Sky sources said a separate operation saw three more arrested tonight in Brockley, southeast London, and a large guillotine seized. It is thought protesters were planning to use it to slice heads off effigies


Just how real was this guillotine?

(Note - these were anarchists not, anti-terror raids)

Good luck to all the officers and agents working the beat in London tomorrow.

McDonald's Fires Employee who filmed and posted beating

Last week I heard about the savage beating of a transgendered man/woman at a Maryland McDonald's. The video of the beating and the reaction of the restaurant's employees is sickening. Much has already been written about the topic and I am not feeling a need to add any additional commentary. However, I did contact McDonald's and they confirmed that the employee who made this video (and laughed while doing so), then posted it on the internet has been fired.

Excerpt from SMW's email to McDo:
Throughout the video the employees are heard snickering and laughing, then telling the attackers to run away because the police are coming. There is only one half-hearted attempt by someone who appears to be the manager to help this young woman. What would McDonald's reaction be if a black woman was severely beaten in one of its franchises by two white women, while a group of white male employees laughed and then encouraged the attackers to flee before the police could arrest them?

Excerpt from McDonald's reply:
There's no room for violence under the Golden Arches. We strongly condemn the videotaped assault in one of our Baltimore franchised restaurants. Working with the authorities, we now have more facts, and we want to share our actions with you.

First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victim during this time.

Our franchisee is investigating the behavior and response of his employees. Action has been taken, and the crew member who made the video is no longer employed by his organization. Appropriate action regarding other employees will take place as warranted.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Voting Advice from a former member of the Canadian Islamic Congress' BoD

We should support only those non-Muslim candidates who are willing to present and support a Private Members’ Bill making it a hate-crime to publicly associate Islam to terrorism, whether in written, spoken, printed, broadcast or electronic media.

Sounds like this guy should be working for Eric Holder.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

In bid to avoid royal wedding SMW leaves London

Yes, I have left the centre of the universe and have been touring around Canada and the US. It's always good to be back, espcially at election time. Will be returning to the nest after the nuptuals. I left the husband behind only to find out that he will not be allowed to go to work due to royal wedding related security measures. I don't really have any feeling invested in Will & Kate's big day, but I do hope that everything goes off without a hitch. When I say "without a hitch" I don't mean 'I hope it doesn't rain', I mean I hope that no Islamist scumbags (or anybody for that matter) disrupt the festivities and endanger the thousands of tourists who will be in the area.

However I have discovered that leaving the UK means the only thing I have avoided is the crowds. This wedding is everywhere. It is making me crazy. Apparently because I live in London I am supposed to be a walking encyclopedia of royal wedding trivia. Please stop asking me about the wedding!!! I really do not understand why everyone talks about Will & Kate as if they know them. "Oh did you see those dresses she bought at Warehouse?" "Oh her parents are so proud of her." "Oh Will is really going to miss his mom on his wedding day." Eck. I do not know Will & Kate. I have never seen them in person. I am pretty sure that we have absolutely none of the same friends. Just because I love shopping on King's Road does not mean that I care what kind of underwear Kate picked up when she was out with her protective detail last week. Honestly. Stop. Asking.

I will be honest and say they are two things about this wedding that interest me: what Catherine wears, and what Victoria Beckham wears. (Hey we all have mindless indulgences). Otherwise, I just want to go about my business. On that note - allow me to direct you to Rick McGinnis's hilarious column on how to avoid the royal wedding.

London still a terror hub

You don't say.

Rusty @ Jawa Report:
That's five centers of Islamic worship in and around London that were directly responsible for radicalizing and then recruiting Muslims for the global jihad -- including serving as a conduit for al Qaeda.

And I've been to what was formerly the Finsbury Park Mosque. It's not small. I can only imagine how big the others -- especially the "Islamic center" -- were.

This is the real news, that as bad as mosques in Riyadh and Peshewar are the same political, anti-Western, conspiratorial, and radically conservative brand of Islam was not only being preached in the UK, but that such preaching was also widespread.

And these are just the mosques we know were directly recruiting for such groups as al Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Chechen Islamic State. Not the ones which indirectly lend their support for the global jihad through their overtly Salafist message or through their grand "the West is killing Muslims" conspiracty theories.

Which means radical Islamists with ties to global jihad were to be found in nearly all walks of British life shortly after 9/11 ... and possibly still are. And by "ties" here I mean direct ties, such as monetary or other support, through much more indirect ties such as having a cousin in this or that jihadi group in Pakistan. The kinds of ties that would normally mean that your number is programmed into my phone. We should expect to find them everywhere.


Click the link above and read the rest. Rusty is right on the money.

Hey speaking of the Finsbury Park Mosque (now called the North London Central Mosque, but forever known by its original name).....I wonder why nobody from the Board of Directors is on the guest list for Friday's royal wedding?? Prince Charles was, after all, such an avid supporter of the FPM when it opened.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Ban Fraternities?

Earlier this week, an article appeared in the WSJ about a movement to ban fraternities from university campuses. Essentially the argument is that a woman was gang-raped in fraternity house, fraternities instill fear in women - they should be banned. You can read the article here.

The article is based on a book written by Liz Seccuro, who was gang-raped in a fraternity house in the early eighties. Seccuro now believes fraternities should be banned. To support Ms. Seccuro's argument, the author of the WSJ article includes an anecdote:
I had an advantage that Liz did not have. I was a transfer student, and so my new friends had already been at the university two years and were in possession of valuable information, much of it learned the hard way: I was never, ever to go upstairs at a fraternity house. To do so was to invite assault. That I could be raped by a fellow student and that the event would somehow be my fault was an idea I found alarming and intimidating.

My fourth night at school, I went with some friends to Rugby Road, where the fraternity houses are located. They are built of the same Jeffersonian architecture as the rest of the campus. At once august and moldering, they seemed sinister, to stand for male power at its most malevolent and institutionally condoned. I remember standing there thinking I'd made a terrible mistake. It wasn't worth it, I decided. The next day I withdrew from the university.


Um, am I actually supposed to feel sorry for this lady??? She stood in front of a building and got scared, dropped out of the university as a result, and the fraternity is to blame? Does the women's movement never realize how incredibly weak they make women seem? You don't need to actually be a victim of male violence to be a victim of male violence - apparently standing in front of a building where something bad might happen to you if you choose to go inside is all it takes.

Based on this logic campuses should also ban male sports teams, political clubs, and comic book clubs. I am pretty sure that members of these groups have raped a woman at some point in time. Maybe universities should just ban men?

The reality is that there are some men out there who are trash and who will subject women to violence. They can be found anywhere. They should be prosectued. Blanket bans of organizations is not going to stop violence against women.

No Easter shout-outs from the White House.

Shocker.

Why talk about Jesus when the Messiah is in the White House?

The lightning strike is brilliant.

Imam Idol???

Things are gettin' mighty weird.

Canadian Comic Ordered to Pay Thousands in Damages for Hurt Feelings

Red alert!!!
Good Lord. "Earle has been ordered to pay Pardy $15,000 for injury to dignity, feelings, and self respect. Zesty and Ismail have been ordered to pay Pardy $7,500 for injury to dignity, feelings, and self respect."

BCF has all the details.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Infidelista Goes Undercover in Dubai - Part 2 *Updated*

If you missed Part One, click here.


Look, it's me in my little black dress.

Clothing in Dubai is pretty important. The abaya is not obligatory, but many women wear one (along with a niqab). The black drape thrown on over designer clothes can be pretty fancy - SMW calls the fancy smocks a Bedazzlebaya. Many expats tell me there is something mysterious and alluring about the Bedazzlebaya, the women who peak out from them with what the Saudis call "seditious eyes", and the Christian Louboutin's that they make sure are noticeable as they stroll through the malls. Some of the Bedazzlebaya's are beautiful garments, they look more like flowing dresses than a big black sheet. However, there is nothing mysterious or alluring about wearing a bag over your face. It makes you anonymous and erases your identity. When I am in the Bath and Body Works (yes, they are in the UAE too)a woman comes in wearing a black burqa (a fancy one, a bedazzleburqa if you will). I cannot see her eyes, face, nose or any part of her body. I am not even sure there is a woman underneath the cloth, nor am I convinced that she can actually see where she is going. Not only can men not interact with her, I cannot interact with her. There is no looking over with a friendly smile, telling her that Coconut Lime Verbara is one of my favourites. There is no exchange of glances or idle chatter as I try to navigate around her in the store. I am not sure if she is looking at me, my husband, the wall, the soaps, or if her eyes are closed. She is isolated. Not just from men, but from women. From interaction with the rest of the world. The burqa is about segregation and isolation. There is nothing mysterious or alluring about this.

The flip side is that if you are not covered up, you are a nice piece of meat for men to look at. For Westerners the main rules are cover up your breasts, shoulders and the top half of your legs. Not playing by the rules can get you kicked out of shopping centres, arrested, or harrassed as you go about your business. A friend of mine (white, Western) goes running with her husband and is shocked, shocked!, when a group of boys (who appear to be no older then 12 or 13) start cat-calling her, whistling at her, and yelling that she is sexy from across a parking lot. She is stunned that boys would be so vocal towards her when she is running with a man, a man who is clearly capable of manhandling the boys. That evening at dinner she relays the story to our friend Bella, who lives in Dubai. Bella asks my friend what she was wearing on the run: shorts and a tank top (not spaghetti straps). "Oh," laughs Bella, "of course you got yelled at - you were wearing shorts and you had no sleeves."



While in Dubai, we spend a fair amount of time driving around, and we see many construction sites. One of my colleauges spent a decade in the construction business, and expresses his disbelief that none of the workers appear to be wearing any safety equipment. No steel-toe boots, no hard hats, no safety harnesses. He is informed that these workers are expendable.


21st century pyramids.

The stories continue. There is more that I would like to write, but for the time being I have decided not to, as I do not want to jeopordize our contacts who still live in Dubai. Maybe at some point in the future I will write more.

The level of government propaganda and censorship is astounding. At a cocktail reception we ask an expat about Dubai's economic woes. "What woes?" he asks. "The media has overplayed everything, the finances are fine. Dubai is still booming." Yet on our way home that night we drive past an entire development that has been abandoned, concrete housing blocks stand empty and unfinished.

And this is how many expats live in Dubai. Seemingly intelligent and fully capable of accessing information (especially considering most of them travel outside the UAE frequently for business and pleasure), it is much easier for them to turn a blind eye to the reality of Dubai and instead live in the Disney World version. "Look at the beautiful mosques," they say, "these Muslims are so devoted." Two breaths later someone asks if they know any Emiratis who have converted to Christianity. "Yes, we know of a couple but they cannot be identified because they would be killed." So matter of fact. So blasé. I am not sure if this is total stupidity or a supersized ability to ignore reality. Is it really that difficult to put two and two together?
So what if labourers here are modern day slaves? So what if women here are a second class and do not have the freedom to dress as they choose? So what if being alone with an unmarried man can get you sent to jail? So what if next door in Abu Dhabi they still chop off people's hands? So what if apostates get killed? So what if there is no freedom of expression, religion, assembly? So what if we hang out at the spa with the wives of arms dealers and break bread with people who want Jews wiped off the planet? We are making loads of money. And it's tax free.

Updated: Kaffir Kanuck has more useful info on this topic. Check it out.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Dubai Part 2 is coming.....

I know I said it would be Friday, but it will now be posted later this weekend.

Have been flying around all week and I have to finish an article for my real job before I write one for my fake job.

Happy Easter to everyone and chag sameach to my Jewish readers.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Holiday

SMW is away until Friday the 22nd, at which point she will be posting more from the Infidelista Travel Diaries.

In the meantime check out the usual suspects (Jawa, BCF, Closet Conservative, Kaffir Kanuck, Moose and Squirrel, etc)

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Infidelista goes undercover in Dubai - Part 1 *Updated*

Ed. Note: No Hamas operatives were harmed during the making of this post.

SMW recently embarked on a supersekrit mission to the UAE but has been waiting to write about it in order to protect the identity of her co-conspirators. The wait is over.

No doubt many of you are familiar with the 'real' Dubai, but if you need a refresher check out Kaffir Kanuck's posts on Dubai here and here.

Dubai is a masquerade. It is a mirage. It is a place where expats turn a blind eye to reality, or where they suspend reality so they do not have to feel guilty about their own complicity. How do they do this? Well, it's not so hard if you choose to put blinders on your conscience, or if you are ignorant of world affairs.

The husband and I went to get on the subway and realized the front carriage is for women only. Apparently having every part of your body except your eyes covered is not enough temptation control, some women just need to be segregated. Everywhere we went there were signs reminding me to cover-up, to hide my evil-inducing shoulders, and to never, ever touch my husband in public! However, if you get past the clothing regulations, all the Islamic garb and the people, Dubai feels a little bit like......America. Actually - like Disney World. I hesitated to make this comparison because I love Disney World, but the thing about Disney is that it is fake, make believe, and so is Dubai. Driving around Dubai felt like driving around a city in the SouthWest US. The husband and I both agreed that going to the malls there felt like being in the States, it felt far more American than anything we have experienced in Europe. Everything in the tourist areas was spotless. Service workers (read modern day slaves) were incredibly friendly, the service was amazing. Everything was ultra luxe and the shopping was incredible. Well, it would have been if I had been willing to spend any money there. This is the Dubai that people choose to embrace, but it is the Disney Dubai, the make-believe-that-we-are-moderate-Dubai. One does not have far to look so see another side.

A contact arranges for us to go dune bashing. Not for the weak of stomach. Our guide, 'Mohamed', is friendly enough, although he seems hesitant. We stop at what I guess is the UAE equivalent of a "rest stop" (that looked like some kind of cover for a bomb making factory pulled straight from the set of The Kingdom) and three well-dressed Indian looking men are standing where our guide wants to park. He all but runs them over, shaking his head in disgust, then looks at us and says 'these idiots should not be allowed on these tours, they are for tourists, they are NOT for workers.' Convinced that these Indian men are not workers, the husband and I conclude that what Mohamed actually meant was, "these idiots should not be allowed on these tours, they are for white people and Arabs only."

Later we head out for a nice dinner, complete with music and a belly dancer. The music was kind of catchy, but before they started playing it the manager announced over a loudspeaker that nobody was allowed to dance. Only the belly dancer could dance, all other dancing is illegal. Illegal. Not only is it illegal, but the government supposedly sends spies (read morality police) to make sure that nobody has a good time, er I mean dances, and if there are any violations the perps are fined and the business is shut down. So we learn that in this particular part of Dubai dancing is very naughty.
Compare and contrast:


Once you leave the beautiful tourist meccas and head towards the souky part of town things change a little bit. The touristy people I know say they like to go to the souk because it is so 'authentic.' I think these are the same people who claim they always find the 'best stuff' at flea markets. The waterfronts are filled with migrant workers, piles of junk, and boats that look like they belong on the Mississippi two hundred years ago. There is laundry hanging everywhere and traffic is at a standstill.
One of my co-conspirators (who henceforth I will be calling Cocon)is researching knock-offs and asks if I am willing to participate in some recon. As we stroll through the souk we are approached by numerous shady characters asking if we want to buy Ipods, Macs, Christian Louboutin, Rolexes, etc. Next thing I know Cocon and I are being led into a back alley. We follow a guy into an apartment building with controlled entry and walk up several flights of stairs. I start to wonder if my participation is a good idea and try to identify possible exits. Cocon and I are led into a room with a massive steel door, we step inside and it is locked. Nobody in, nobody out. I look around the room and see tv screens above the door, showing the stairs that we have just walked up. The room is about half full of purses and watches, and bags full of merchandise. Apprently this is serious business. Cocon thinks something is off, and asks why the inventory appears to be low. Our 'host' tells us that the police are onto them and they are preparing to move to another location. Great. As Cocon goes about his business I pretend to be interested in a Hermès bag while a German couple beside me tries to bargain with a worker. After Cocon finishes his recon I tell our host that the Hermès bag is not my colour and ask to be let out. The door is unlocked (from both sides) and we stroll back into the alley. Later we meet up with an expat who shops at these backrooms regularly. Cocon asks him if he is bothered knowing that the people selling these goods are often trafficked, that the goods are likely stolen or at best illegal knockoffs and that the profits are used to fund major crime syndicates and terrorists? His reply: No, this stuff is cheap.

Update: For more commentary on Dubai from Kaffy click here.

Uppitier update: British tourist beaten to death in Dubai Jail