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at long last the uk government starts to understand - so let's try a few soft words

“British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett will warn Europe on Tuesday to tackle climate change or risk terrorists seizing on famine, water shortages and failing energy infrastructures to threaten global security.

‘Beckett, a former environment minister, will say the Middle East is a case in point as climate models suggest Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq will be among those countries to see the biggest rainfall reductions in the world.

“Egypt -- a pivotal country for regional stability -- will suffer a double blow, she will say, as loss of flow from the river Nile and rising sea-levels in the north are set to destroy the country's agricultural heartland.”

Britain and the West cannot afford socialist moonbat self-delusions

It is vital that the UK expands nuclear power now as a very high priority.

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on watching the upcoming us elections

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franchise by examination or disenfranchise everyone - guess at socialist labour’s choice

As with every socialist state, Britain is steadily and stealthily being converted into a closed prison, all in service of the false dogma of ‘equality’.

The whole society must be fingerprinted as in a jail, day by day, in order that a small proportion of yobs may be treated as ‘equal’ and allowed to roam free among civilised franchised adults.

Yet for all the pretence, it is OldNewOldLabour that is filling and over-filling our prisons. And having over-filled our prisons, now wishes to fill our police cells. And, doubtless, they will then over-fill the police cells.

Meanwhile, the violent and intrusive know increasingly that all that will occur is yet another empty ‘warning’; or another cell for another illiterate failed by ten plus years of “education, education, education”, or for another mentally confused disoriented person raised in poverty in Tony Bliar’s socialist Britain.

Winston Churchill as home secretary said in 1910:

“Every sentence should be conceived with the object of pulling him together and bracing him for the world: it should be in fact disciplinary and educative rather than penal."

“The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of the civilisation of any country.

“A calm and dispassionate recognition of the rights of the accused against the state, and even of convicted criminals against the state, a constant heart-searching by all charged with the duty of punishment, a desire and eagerness to rehabilitate in the world of industry all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment, tireless efforts towards the discovery of curative and regenerating processes, and an unfaltering faith that there is a treasure, if you can only find it, in the heart of every man these are the symbols which in the treatment of crime and criminals mark and measure the stored-up strength of a nation, and are the sign and proof of the living virtue in it.”
[Churchill: A Life by Martin Gilbert, p.214, 0749398264]

As the transparent world of public surveillance unfolds step by step, it is not being used to baby-sit child-adults who cannot run their own lives in a modern society and therefore behave like ferals in the wider society.

Supervise everyone like children, rather than admit that a small proportion of those who have managed to live for 16 years without learning civilised adult behaviour are to be nominated as ‘equal’ and that society must henceforth pretend these child-adults are ‘grown-ups’!

“Some licensees were not happy to have their punters fingerprinted, but are all now apparently behind the idea. Not only does the council let them open later if they join the scheme, but the system costs them only £1.50 a day to run.

“Oh, and they are also coerced into taking the fingerprint system. New licences stipulate that a landlord who doesn't install fingerprint security and fails to show a "considerable" reduction in alcohol-related violence, will be put on report by the police and have their licences revoked.”

What is a ‘major incident’?

“A major incident is when 15 police attend the scene, said Bradburn. She was unable to say how many minor incidents there had been but acknowledged that fights were still occurring in the streets of Yeovil.” [Quoted from theregister.co.uk]

Fussing about the future:-

“The most contentious issue was privacy. The Pew researchers asked if greater transparency, aided by developments in surveillance, storage and communications technology, would make the world a better place. Just under half agreed, often with the proviso that privacy safeguards would be more needed than ever, because, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award-winner Seth Finkelstein observed, "The difference between the open society and the police state is political, not technological." The other half had a far bleaker view. "The cost of unlimited transparency will not simply be privacy," wrote Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Centre. "It will be autonomy, freedom and individuality."

“Other contentious scenarios imagined by Pew included a world where autonomous machines exert control over humanity, or where virtual reality becomes so compelling for a minority of users that they surrender reality to a perpetual Second Life. Paul Saffo of the Institute for the Future was with 42 per cent of respondents when he expressed the fear that "some time after 2020 our machines will become intelligent, evolve rapidly and end up treating us as pets [...] ”

From the campaign for franchise by examination.

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signs of responsibility from chinese controllers

“China is prepared to escalate pressure on North Korea in coming weeks, including reducing oil shipments, if the country refuses to return to negotiations or conducts more nuclear tests, Chinese government advisers and scholars who have discussed the matter with the leadership said.

“If Beijing does take a tougher line on its neighbor and longtime ally, it will very likely bolster its relationship with the United States. Washington has urged China's leaders to use all the tools at their disposal to bring additional pressure on Kim Jong Il, the North Korean leader.

“Several leading Chinese experts said senior officials have indicated over the past week that they plan to place their own penalties on North Korea that go beyond a ban on sales of military equipment imposed by the United Nations. But they would probably hold off if Kim agreed to return to multilateral talks soon.

“Discussion about how to respond to the nuclear test, described by one top expert as a "political earthquake" for Chinese leaders, came amid a flurry of diplomacy aimed at ironing out enforcement of United Nations sanctions and luring Kim back to negotiations.”

Note: Latest rumours are that reliable dear leader Kim Jong-Il is backing down.

Meanwhile, slowly the screw turns on Iran:

“European nations are expected to begin circulating proposed sanctions against Iran at the United Nations shortly, but Western diplomats said on Thursday only a second or third round of penalties was likely to force a halt in Tehran's nuclear work.

“The draft text is expected to include curbs on Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile program, which observers concede will probably not impinge on its uranium enrichment activities.”

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iran’s mullahs don’t want nukes - really peally they don’t

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https://www.abelard.org/news/politics0610.php#china_north_korea_201006

tony bliar - public stalker

“YOU DONíT KNOW ME. But I know you. Oh yes. You donít mind me following you, do you? All I want to do is look after you.

“When you come out of your house first thing, Iím watching. And Iím with you every step of the way - to the shops, to work, wherever you go. Iím there on the bus just behind you. I recognise your car, too. I know where you bought it. And Iíve a list with every trip you take and which way you went. I take notes, lots of notes.

“Iím keeping an eye on your children, too, by the way. I know where they go to school, what subjects they take, what their teachers and doctors say about them (and you), where they go and what they do. I know whether theyíve ever been in trouble. Thatís always useful.

“I havenít been in your house yet, but I can sometimes see through the window. I know how you bought it and where the money came from. I know your bank account numbers and sort codes, your credit cards and your driving licence numbers. I know who you call (but not what you say), who you e-mail, what you look at on the internet. I care about you so much I want to know everything about you. And I want you to be safe.”

Note that the continual interference by socialist states reduces personal responsibility. It gives people an excuse to walk by on the other side. After all, with Big Brother watching (and much more) why would the average sheep need to, or be required to take responsibility.

Bliar and socialism are major causes of crime.

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bob woodward on wmds

Worth a read for background.

“George Tenet, the CIA director, had a treat for David Kay, the man hunting for weapons of mass destruction in post-war Iraq. "I want you to come with me to the White House tomorrow morning, for the presidentís daily brief. Come in early and you can get a ride down with the briefer."

“The presidentís daily brief (PDB) was the highly classified report of the most sensitive and supposedly important intelligence developments overnight. Only George W Bush and his inner court of top officials received it.

“It was late July 2003. Iraq was firmly in American and British hands after the brief war in March to topple Saddam Hussein. The organised insurrection had not yet broken out, but there were two big problems: anarchy and the hunt for Saddamís weapons of mass destruction - the official pretext for the invasion.

“Kay, one of the worldís foremost experts on nuclear weapons inspections, had been in charge of the hunt for WMD for only a few weeks and was already coming to the conclusion that he might not find stockpiles anywhere in Iraq." ”

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https://www.abelard.org/news/politics0610.php#wmds_171006

“my army”!!

“ David Davis, the Shadow Home Secretary and a former military man, told Sky News Sunday Live that he had been "a bit surprised" by the generalís comments. But he agreed that he was reflecting concerns within the Army and that he should keep his job. "If he were to lose it, it would cause a huge morale issue (in the Army)," he said. [Quoted from timesonline.co.uk]

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“Lord Ashdown also criticised the general for calling the British Army "my Army". He said generals did not own armies, they just led them."[Quoted from timesonline.co.uk]

What a pass where army morale is judged dependent upon a general, while the PM cannot control the generals because his credibility has sunk so low, where a UK general starts to refer to the British army as “his” army.

The past thirteen years have seen the steady undermining of the rule of law in the UK. The mechanisms of arbitrary rule are now much in place.

Now...
when’s the coup!

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is britain a banana republic?

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is britain a banana republic?

General Dannatt, the recently appointed Army Chief of Staff, during a recent interview with some fossil media, made comments about when his employer should withdraw from Iraq. Some reactions/responses.

Dannatt has obviously stepped outside his competence within the constitution, with a flagrant challenge to the authority of the Prime Minister and Parliament.

As any who have cared to follow my thinking over years will know, I have had only one grave concern about Britain and the West in the Middle East —

do they have the will to follow through?

The disgraceful weaknesses of Bliar and Brown are to be expected. It would have been shocking if the opportunism and shallowness of the fake Lib-Dems had been otherwise than as exhibited by Menzies.

But where are the Tories? Hiding under the table and waiting for OldNewOld to damage themselves further?

“I happen to think that leaving "some time soon" would be an unconscionable betrayal of the liberated Iraqis, and a disastrous signal to Islamist radicals around the world that they can successfully export insurgency to fragile states, encourage civil war and drive Western forces out in short order. I do not know what the Tories mean when they say we should pull out when the job is "substantially done". This sounds like a surgeon leaving a patient unstitched on the operating table, but pleading that the procedure was "substantially done". ” [Quoted from telegraph.co.uk]

As became obvious during the long extended Tory leadership campaign, in my view, it is obvious that Fox is not up to the subtleties required by the job.

“Liam Fox, the shadow defence secretary, said yesterday that he fully supported the general's decision to speak out about the military situation in Iraq and defended his right to comment on foreign policy. "On the matter of his comments on foreign policy he is beyond criticism because Tony Blair says he agrees with him," Mr Fox said. "This story would never have achieved the prominence it has if it had not been for the fact that there was a real gap between the situation in Iraq as described by the Prime Minister and the situation as described by General Dannatt." ” [Quoted from telegraph.co.uk]

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Matthew Parris:
“I agree with every word that Dannatt said. But he has got to be sacked.”

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“GENERAL DOUGLAS MacARTHUR (Medal of Honour; Distinguished Service Cross; Army Distinguished Service Medal; Navy Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross; Silver Star; Bronze Star; Purple Heart) was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1880. From the day he graduated first-in-class at his army academy, he positively blazed with military genius. Promoted to brigadier-general in the First World War, cited for extreme battlefield bravery, gassed and wounded in action, he was soon the youngest major-general in the US Army. In 1928 he was given command in the Philippines, and made Chief of Staff by President Herbert Hoover in 1930. He liberated Manila from the Japanese in 1945 after a brilliant campaign, beating off the assaults of an army many times the size of his. After the invasion of South Korea he was made commander of United Nations forces, personally directing the amphibious landing at Inchon in 1950, often seen as one of the greatest manoeuvres in military history. Next, MacArthurís desire was to press the military advantage, take up arms alongside Taiwan, and attack Communist China with nuclear weapons. President Truman disagreed. MacArthur started issuing statements to the press. Truman relieved him of his command. And that was the end of General MacArthur.

“Many then thought the Presidentís policy was wrong and General MacArthurís right; fewer argued that any general had the right to undermine the authority of a democratically elected president. MacArthur was way out of order, and had to go.

“There can be no ifs or buts about General Sir Richard Dannattís position this weekend. This is not a finely balanced question. The general should resign, and if he will not, then the Prime Minister should instruct the Defence Secretary to remove him. If neither Tony Blair nor Des Browne dare do it, then we have learnt all we need to know about the paralysis now afflicting the Government.”

Unlike Parris, I don’t “agree with every word that Dannatt said”, but then I’ve always regarded Parris as a bit of an old softy. I most certainly believe (now details are more clear) that Bliar had no option (or duty) but to sack Dannatt. But as usual, Bliar is seeking to pander to the crowds.

I doubt Dannatt was fool enough not to realise that fact, but Bliar has indeed shown himself unfit to lead this country.

Whether I agree with the general or with Parris is quite beside the point.

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Charles Moore:
“But it is part of the undisciplined culture of which Sir Richard complains to start crying out loud about it.”

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“Throughout our history, serving British generals have on the whole shut up. They have followed the Duke of Wellington who said, using a term from Moghul India: "I am nimukwallah. I have eaten the King's salt." They believe in being frank to power, but only in private. If they start to express their views all over the place, they become a force of opinion in the land. Eventually, their opinion is backed by force. That is what happens in banana republics.

“The rule in Britain has been that, if a soldier opposes something the government is doing so profoundly that he feels he must speak up in public, he must take the consequences. In March 1918, the German offensive was terrifyingly successful, and critics suggested that this was because the prime minister, Lloyd George, had lengthened the British line beyond its capacity - "overstretch" before the term had been invented.

“Gen Sir Frederick Maurice was so outraged by what he thought were the government's lies about manpower numbers that he wrote a letter for publication in The Times.

“ "My reasons for taking the very grave step of writing this letter," Maurice said, "are that the [government] statements quoted above are known to a very large number of soldiers to be incorrect, and this knowledge is breeding such a distrust of the Government as can only impair the splendid morale of our troops" I have therefore decided, fully realising the consequences to myself, that my duty as a citizen must override my duty as a soldier." Shortly afterwards, Maurice had to leave the Army.”

In my view, Dannatt and Parris are both in good conscience, despite my differences with their dubious views. At least Parris has not lost his senses; while Dannatt, as already stated, seems prepared to sacrifice his standing for what he regards as a higher good.

Bliar and the socialist Labour Party have no such excuses of any sort. The Labour Party should immediately remove Bliar as incompetent.

David Cameron should put Fox on notice and speak out himself. The country comes first, not the Labour Party or the Conservative Party.

Fortunately, some modicum of constitutional sense is starting to surface in the Tory party.

“Tory former Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind and former Defence Secretary Michael Portillo have also suggested his position is untenable - despite agreeing with his views on the military campaign.” [Quoted from express.lineone.net]

(See the whole short item for further, limited data.)

Added comment by Dannatt (All of which looks sound sense to me.)

“In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, he said: "Only the better paid would benefit. I would like to see none of my soldiers on tax credits. But this bonus is a significant first step in the right direction."

“Gen Dannatt also suggested that Britain may require a bigger Army if troops are committed to more operations in the future, comments that critics will seize upon as further evidence that he is straying into politics. "If the pressure of operations stays the size it is, there could be a case for saying [the Army] should be larger," he said. "I would not add new units but the size of some of the existing ones could be increased."

“Offering his support to this newspaper's "Fair Deal for our Troops" campaign, he called for better health provision for soldiers injured in the line of duty. "I want to move to having a military ward that we own and run," he said.”

Perhaps Cameron should have a talk with Dannatt and suggest that the Conservative Party employ him as an Army adviser, and Dannatt could resign and go into politics legitimately.

Maybe more on this tomorrow!

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https://www.abelard.org/news/politics0610.php#blair_dannatt_151006

politics american style: smuggling elephants and mariachi bands - the auroran sunset

Raj Bhakta is a Republican running for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat. Like many Americans, he worries about the parlous state of border ‘security’, which he describes as “a joke”. To prove his point, Batka hired three elephants and a mariachi band. He then used the elephants to cross the Rio Grande river back and forth, with the band as a welcoming party on the US shore.

The Rio Grande river makes the Texas border between Mexico and the USA as it flows into the Gulf of Mexico near Brownsville. Bhakta apparently carried out his crossings near the major border crossing at Brownsville, but how near is unclear.

His noisy silliness failed to draw any reaction from those supposedly watching the border - apparently a couple of hours after he informed the Border Patrol, the Department of Agriculture came to spray the elephants for ticks. Here is a five minute video interview with Bhakta, along with clips from the stunt. Bhakta comments:

“If I can get an elephant led by a mariachi band into this country, I think Osama bin Laden could get across with all the weapons of mass destruction he could get into this country”

For much more from and about this pointed stunt, see Bhakta’s blog. Only in America!

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https://www.abelard.org/news/politics0610.php#border_elephants_141006

new nuclear policy proposal from hanson - the auroran sunset

“Unless China disarms North Korea, a new non-proliferation doctrine should replace the failed one. The new doctrine should state that the United States opposes the acquisition of nuclear arms by any non-democratic state, and will stop such nuclearization, but if democratic societies choose to go nuclear in response to the stealthily arming of nearby failed states, then we have no objection to such democratically-reached decisions.”

This sounds like a good idea to us at abelard.org.

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https://www.abelard.org/news/politics0610.php#non_proliferation_131006

n. korean loon apparently threatens america - some idiot says “speak to kim” and all the dopey dems go quack quack quack

“Her comments came as U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said the United States would not be intimidated by a reported threat from Pyongyang that it could fire a nuclear-tipped missile unless the U.S. acts to resolve the standoff.

“ "This is the way North Korea typically negotiates by threat and intimidation," Bolton said. "It's worked for them before. It won't work for them now." ”

“Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee and a retired Air Force officer, broke Republican ranks Tuesday.

“ "I feel strongly that there is nothing wrong with straight, tough talk with countries that are not our friends," said Wilson, R-N.M. "I think that there is an argument that says doing this in a bilateral way sends a much stronger message."

“ "Bilateral talks" is State Department speak for old-fashioned one-on-one diplomacy, and it is a plum that the Bush White House has recently withheld not only from North Korea but also from what it considers thuggish regimes in Iran and Syria.” [Quoted from forbes.com]

Since the damn fool comment by Heather Wilson, just about every Democrat politician who could get their face on TV has repeated the daft statement.

No wonder there is so much malfunctional behaviour among American children and so much irresponsible behaviour by politicians.

The dictatorial minnows of Iran and North Korea are behaving just like the spoiled middle-class children causing so much disarray in Western countries.

When a child throws a tantrum, there eventually becomes a point where understanding must give way to discipline.

The very idea that tin pot dictators like Kim and Iminastraightjacket should be treated as legitimate rulers of countries is risible beyond even sensible laughter.

The very last thing the president of the most advanced and most powerful country on the planet should consider is to waste time or credibility on ‘talks" with spoiled brats. Such an idea is quite beyond contempt.

It is essential that George Bush treats these fools with the compete dismissal they fully merit and, if necessary, eventually remove them. Just as it is essential never to let temper tantrums pay off for children.

The idea of allowing the loon in North Korea bilateral talks is as ridiculous as suggesting that the best way of dealing with a blackmailer is by paying them off.

There is absolutely nothing that Bush could do that would be more stupid and counter-productive than to appease the club of dictatorial lunatics.

Thank the good fairy that Bush is no fool.

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https://www.abelard.org/news/politics0610.php#loonie_north_korea_101006

iran’s mullahs don’t want nukes - really peally they don’t

“TEHERAN - Iran, itself accused by the West of seeking to make atomic bombs, said on Tuesday it was against any country possessing such weapons after North Korea announced it had conducted its first underground nuclear test.

“As world powers condemned North Koreaís announcement on Monday, Washington called for harsh U.N. sanctions that could further isolate the communist state.

“ "Iran is against the use and production of nuclear weapons. No country is competent to use nuclear weapons," government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham told a weekly news conference, when asked about North Koreaís nuclear test.

“The West accuses Iran of pursuing nuclear weapons under a civilian programme. Iran insists it needs nuclear energy to satisfy its booming electricity demand.”

Now back to the real world:-

Natural gas is presently the fuel of choice for electricity generation. When used correctly, it is considerably cleaner than other fossil fuels.

Iran controls more natural gas (approximately 15% of world reserves) than all other countries of the world with the exception of Russia (Quatar has approximately the same reserves as Iran).

Iran also controls around 8.5% of world oil reserves. Only Saudi Arabia has substantially more at approximately 25%. At about the same amount as Iran are Iraq, Kuwait and the UAR.

Clearly, there is a desperate need for nuclear power for Iran’s population. How dare mischievous people like George Bush suggest the mullahs are lying and really after nuclear bombs. Ridiculous!!

... Hmmm, I do sometimes wonder though, why the peace-loving mullahs are so desparately trying to develop long-range rockets. Perhaps they are going to tie a string from them to their nuclear generators to make them spin faster. Perhaps this is new, advanced Iranian technology for the glory of Allah.

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Meanwhile, more on the peace loving dictators of iran

“NEVER AGAIN" is, I fear, a phrase that we may hear again all too soon - but too late to warn people, let alone save lives. Under the cover of secrecy the fundamentalist regime in Tehran is waging a sustained, bloody campaign of intimidation and persecution against its Arab minority. These Arabs believe that they are victims of "ethnic cleansing" by Iranís Persian majority.”

And here you can see more on the mullah’s concern for human rights

the web address for the article above is
https://www.abelard.org/news/politics0610.php#nuclear_iran_101006

on the invasion of radical islamism

“All over the fossil media are foolish reports about the supposed damage Dyab Abou Jahjah, the young and charismatic Brussels-based leader of the Arab European League, rejects assimilation and demands segregated schools and self-governing, Arab-speaking ghettos. "We reject integration when it leads to assimilation," Jahjah says: "I donít believe in a host country. We are at home here and whatever we consider our culture to be also belongs to our chosen country. Iím in my country, not the country of the [Westerners]." ”

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“Most observers in the mainstream media (MSM) provide an occidentocentric analysis of the facts. They depict the'youthsí as outsiders who want to be brought into Western society and have the same rights as the natives of Old Europe. The MSM believe that the 'youthsí are being treated unjustly because they are not a functioning part of Western society. They claim that, in spite of positive discrimination, subsidies, public services, schools, and all the provisions that have been made for immigrants over the years, access has been denied them.

“This is the Marxist rhetoric of the West that has been predominant in the media and the chattering classes since the 1960s. But it does not fit the facts of the situation in Europe today... Unlike their fathers, who came to France from Muslim countries, accepting that, whilst remaining Muslims themselves, they had come to live in a non-Muslim country, the rioters see France as their country. They were born here. This land is their land. And since they are Muslims, this land, or at least a part of it, is Muslim as well. The society they live in is a homogeneous Islamic one. For them that is society, there is no other. Consequently there is also no question of their "leaving" that society to become part of another society, the putative Western one. "Society" is the society they live in and from which they view and interpret what goes on around them. To understand their language we must understand how they see us, where we fit in their society. Multiculturalism does not exist: it is always a matter of several cultures living side by side in defined territories, and the laws of one culture not applying in the territories of the others.

“Those media that tell us that the rioting "youths" want to be a part of our society and feel left out of it, are misrepresenting the facts. As the insurgents see it, they are not a part of our society and they want us to keep out of theirs. The violence in France is in no way comparable with that of the blacks in the U.S. in the 1960s. The Paris correspondent of The New York Times who writes that this aĎvariant of the same problem√āí is either lying or does not know what he is talking about. The violence in France is of the type one finds when one group wants to assert its authority and drive the others out of its territory.”

Recommended article:

“As Conquest documents, many Western intellectuals and academics were delusional about the reality of the communist threat. For a host of reasons - a quasi-religious faith in utopian socialism, neurotic hatred of their own culture, vulnerability to an ideology that dressed itself in scientific garb, an adolescent romance with revolution, and sheer ignorance of the facts - many professors, pundits, politicians, and religious leaders refused to believe that Soviet leaders meant what they said about revolution and subversion.

“The Communist Party," Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko wrote in his book The Foreign Policy of the Soviet Union, "subordinates all its theoretical and practical activity in the sphere of foreign relations to the tasks of strengthening the position of socialism, and the interests of further developing and deepening the world revolutionary process." Yet despite such clear-cut expressions of the desire for world domination and the spread of communism - expressed not just in words but in deeds - for decades in the West many explained away this motive and attributed Soviet behavior to anything and everything other than what communists themselves had been saying going all the way back to Marx."

‘Alas the lesson has not been learned. As we fight what Norman Podhoretz calls World War IV, the same refusal to take seriously the motives of the enemy, and the same bad Western habit of indulging our own superstitions at the expense of a clear understanding of the enemy, are compromising our actions and policies..

“For centuries now the jihadists have been telling us that they hate the infidel West because it stands in the way of fulfilling Allahís mandate "to fight all men until they sayĎThere is no god but Allah. " Last year a letter surfaced from Al Qaeda's second-ranking leader Ayman al Zawahri, in which the current jihadist terror in Iraq was cast as part of the long war between the "true faith" and "atheism" and "polytheism," the latter Islamic code for Christianity. "The victory of Islam," Zawahri wrote, "will never take place until a Muslim state is established in the manner of the Prophet in the heart of the Islamic world . . . . The goal in this age is the establishment of a caliphate in the manner of the Prophet." ”

the web address for the article above is
https://www.abelard.org/news/politics0610.php#islam_invasion_091006

world exclusive! left-wing fossil media lying again, this time about danish exports - “greatest export growth in 24 years”

All over the fossil media are foolish reports about the supposed damage caused to Danish exports by the attempted Muslim ‘nation’ boycott.

The reality is that Denmark appears to be ‘suffering’ a boom in exports and a slow down in relative imports, thus increasing its balance of payments surplus. Some of this has clearly been driven by the higher profile generated by Denmark standing out for free speech, despite threats from around the Muslim world.

America, the land of the free, in particular, has made a point of buying Danish.

“According to estimates by Danske Bank the export has grown by 16.1 per cent during the first seven months of the year compared with the same period last year and this is the highest export growth rate since 1982. Totally, Danish export companies have shipped merchandises abroad for EUR 43.3 billion during the period January-July calculated in current prices when also including the export of ships and planes.

“Steen Bocian, chief analyst at Danske Bank, says that the latest figures for the foreign trade which was published by Statistics Denmark last Friday may double the Bank√āís expectations to the total export growth rate for all of 2006.

“"Our expectations to the export development - services as well as goods - in fixed prices in 2006 are based on the recently published national account figures for the first two quarters and the export figures of last Friday. Based on these figures we reach an average export growth rate of 13.6 per cent for 2006 compared with the average of 2005. This is exactly double of our August prognosis which was at 6.8 per cent." ” [Quoted from copcap.com]

 

 

“As the British newspaper, The Guardian, a paper usually hostile to America and sympathetic to the rioters noted, publishing the cartoons, "a provocative exercise in free speech" (sic!), increased the popularity of the paper and its editor Fleming Rose, helped re-elect the Danish prime minister while Danish exports rose.

“While Danish milk products were dumped in the Middle East, fervent rightwing (sic)Americans started buying Bang & Olufsen stereos and Lego. In the first quarter of this year Denmark√āís exports to the US soared 17%. The British writer Christopher Hitchens organised a buy-Danish campaign. Among the thousands of emails sent to Rose was one from an American soldier serving in Iraq. "He told me he was sitting in Iraq, watching a game of football and drinking a can of Carlsberg," Rose said.

“Rose is not the only person to have prospered from the crisis. Re-elected last year, Mr Rasmussen last week became Denmark's longest-serving Liberal prime minister. Danish troops are still in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than this, his sceptical line on immigration appears to have been vindicated as other EU countries follow suit.

“Hmmm, good to know freedom is still good for business and society. ” [Quoted from americanthinker.com]

 

the web address for the article above is
https://www.abelard.org/news/politics0610.php#danish_is_good_081006

why the republicans are losing in polls - the auroran sunset

Reason 1: As the cliche goes “it’s the economy, stupid”:

““The federal budget deficit estimate for the fiscal year just completed has dropped to $250 billion, congressional estimators said Friday, as the economy continued to fuel impressive tax revenues.

“The improving deficit picture - Bush predicted a $423 billion deficit in his February budget - has been driven by better-than-expected tax receipts, especially from corporate profits, CBO said.”

“GDP growth is strong, productivity is way up, unemployment is low, family incomes are rising, inflation is down, the stock market is up, and the federal deficit is down. Yet polls show that we are about to put more Democrats into both the House and the Senate. That should fix all of these economic problems, real quick.”

There are lots of charts and links to data at the link above.

marker at abelard.org

Reason 2: Or perhaps it is due to a sex scandal:

“Yesterday, eleven Republican Congressmen sent letters to Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean and Rahnm Emanuel, asking them to cooperate with the House Ethics Committee's investigation by appearing before the Committee and giving testimony under oath. The letters say, in part:

“We fully agree that anyone with knowledge of Foley's activities, who then attempted to conceal such activities, should be held accountable. Today, the bipartisan Ethics Committee announced that they will be conducting a complete investigation of the facts surrounding the case.

“We support this decision and also believe that the seriousness of this goes beyond partisan politics and hope that you will join us in demonstrating full cooperation from your Members and and political operatives as this investigation continues to unfold.

“Just as it must be determined whether any Republican Members or political operatives were aware of and attempted to conceal Mr. Foley's activities, it must also be determined whether any Democrat Members or political operatives were aware of, and attempted to conceal these same activities.

“Therefore, we respectfully ask that you appear, under oath, before the House Ethics Committee.” ”

The obvious suspicion being that whoever found about these three-year-old messages by Foley delayed telling law enforcement in order to spring the story before an election.

marker at abelard.org

Reason 3: The plainly incompetent Hastert remains leader of the House Republicans, with messages of support from other Republican leaders, including Bush.

Hastert showed himself unfit for office long before his likely incompetent handling of the Foley scandal. Three months ago, Hastert stood with Pelosi [Democratic Party House Speaker] in support of unconstitutionally protecting congressmen from criminal investigation (Jefferson being investigated for bribery in that case). All the while he (and they) dishonestly claimed to be trying to protect the constitution.

Hastert is also firmly in the porker, rather than pork-busting, camp.

Yet he remains leader of the House Republicans. Clearly a large part of the Republican Party leadership is not serious about stopping corruption, but is in fact trying its hardest to make sure business continues as usual.

marker at abelard.org

The Democratic Party also has major corruption and pork problems. Most, though not all, of the pork-busting action is coming from Republican grass-roots and Republican junior congressmen.

Meanwhile, nobody can trust the Democratic Party, or its leadership, with national security.. And we have a war on.

If only both sides could lose.
But given the choice between “incompetent and corrupt”
and “incompetent, corrupt and treasonous”....

the web address for the article above is
https://www.abelard.org/news/politics0610.php#why_republicans_losing_071006

how green is your car?

The UK Conservatives publish data on cars that Labour are trying to keep secret
at a new web-site: http://www.howgreenisyourcar.co.uk/

Yet another example of Tony Bliar’s lying claimed freedom of information.

the web address for the article above is
https://www.abelard.org/news/politics0610.php#uk_car_list_041006

the high order disgrace of our socialist government

Doubtless most of you are well aware of my unwavering commitment to the war against jihadism. This leaves me uncomfortably backing a main action of Bliar’s government, while watching his socialist cabal steadily undermining British rule of law and ethical standards.

Many of you may be unaware that the UK military have long been served by its own dedicated medical services where the inconvenience of waiting lists was unknown, services that included patching up horrifically injured pilots from the Battle of Britain.

Our dear socialist leader is steadily unravelling that system in order to ‘save’ money for the inflated pensions of his special interests. His government has also been guilty of sending our forces into action improperly equipped - one more of his money ‘saving’ campaigns.

I regard this behaviour as treasonable.

Any modern country that does not ensure the very best to those upon whose actions the safety of country’s future depends has no natural right to claim respect or political leadership. The quicker we rid ourself of this disgusting brood of vipers, the better for us all.

David Cameron would be well to promise that the UK forces will never ever be short changed again in this manner, let alone short-changed for the ‘employment’ of a parasitical make-work class of mostly non-productive ‘workers’.

“One of the more unpalatable truths about the Blair Government is that, while it has few qualms about placing our troops in harm's way, it does not feel any moral obligation to make sure they are properly looked after.”

“Thanks to the almost pathological obsession of the Treasury with slashing defence costs, in the past decade seven military hospitals have been sold off to property developers, and Britain's last remaining military hospital, at Haslar, Portsmouth, can expect to suffer a similar fate next year.

“Consequently, wounded soldiers flown home to Britain for treatment are now sent to dilapidated NHS hospital wards where, apart from suffering the indignity of being put next to incontinent geriatrics, they find themselves, as The Daily Telegraph revealed yesterday, being subjected to torrents of abuse by passing Muslim visitors who accuse them of killing their "Muslim brothers" in Afghanistan.”

Meanwhile, back on the political pensions gravy train:

“But other German papers began to pick up the theme. Eventually, in the heat of the election campaign, German Euro-candidates were forced to promise that they would not participate in the second pension scheme. Now, they don't see why anyone else should be allowed to either.

“So, a refreshing example of elected representatives being held to account? Not quite. A majority of MEPs must vote for change, and there is scant chance of that. The primary purpose of the EU, remember, higher even than the amalgamation of Europe's nations, is the welfare of those who work for it.” [Quoted from thefirstpost.com]

Well well...

“Troops in Afghanistan are serving six-month operational tours with no days off and are routinely on duty around the clock, snatching sleep when they can. Hourly rates of pay for junior privates can work out at well under £2, well under the national minimum wage of £5.35.

“The Government's plans emerged yesterday after David Cameron suggested in an article in The Sun that a Tory government would exempt soldiers in combat zones from tax. Anxious to avoid charges that they were following in Mr Cameron's footsteps, ministers revealed the discussions had been under way for some time.”

“Throughout their careers, all Service personnel receive a 13 per cent allowance on top of their basic salaries. Mr Cameron wrote in The Sun: "We're asking a lot of our servicemen and women. But are we doing enough for them and their families? Our troops are being sent on more and more missions, in more and more distant lands - but they still have to pay income tax while on operations. The Government say this is all fair. I say it isn't.

“So when we put together our Forces manifesto, we're going to look at ways to sort these problems out.” [Quoted from thetimesonline.co.uk]

This slightly muddled article is worth reading in full.

the web address for the article above is
https://www.abelard.org/news/politics0610.php#new_labour_dishonour_031006