Robert Spencer: Hatemonger

(This was one of the last items I posted before the old blog went down. It was originally posted on the 4th of September.)

As the fallout from the horrific Beslan massacre continues, the sun continues to shine on the likes of Robert Spencer and he continues to make hay. Robert Spencer, for the uninitiated, is the author of two anti-Muslim blogs, Jihad Watch and Dhimmi Watch, and boasts of talking (about Islam presumably) on various American (mostly) right-wing media outlets including Faux Newsand the New York Post (both Murdoch outlets). Of course, he’s able to find one guy (via the egregious “Little Green Footballs”, as one might expect) in an Arab newspaper who supposedly thinks Israel did this. Of course, right now Israel has no business attacking schools in Russia.

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Sunday Torygraph didn’t print my letter

I wrote a letter to the Sunday Telegraph after they printed a reply to Randhir Singh Bains’ letter about the privileges we supposedly enjoy. The letter they printed was about the “animal cruelty” (i.e. halal slaughter) which he claims we get away with.

Well, they didn’t print it, so here it is:

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Brazil held up enforcing law … on US demand

A Brazilian journalist called Carlos Chagas reports here that the Brazilian government held up implementing the “shoot-down law”, enabling the shooting-down of planes which are being used to smuggle drugs, was held up for seven years because of threats from the US government. “By way of an imperial gesture,” he alleges,” US president, George Bush, is now allowing Brazil to shoot drug-carrying planes as if he were dishing out a handout to a hobo.”

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Debate about Welsh house buying policies

The BBC is reporting that a couple, of Iraqi origin, have been blocked from buying a house in north-west Wales because they are not from the area. The current owner is talking of suing the council for breaching her “human rights” and trapping her in her current home, while the couple complain that they are now homeless after moving out of their old home, without knowing about the council’s rules.

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So, that’s it for the fox hunters

I didn’t know that the vote on fox hunting was about to be taken yesterday until yesterday morning - it’s been debated for years, particularly since the Blair government took power in 1997. (Under the old government, it was pretty much unthinkable - a lot of Tories actually partake in the sport themselves.) The Countryside Alliance staged a huge last-ditch protest in an apparent attempt to stave off the ban.

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‘Resistance’ in Kathmandu

In reaction to the murder of Nepalese workers by terrorists in Iraq, mobs attack the Muslim community and property, and Muslim foreign embassies, in Kathmandu until the army puts a stop to their spree. Stephen Spencer, commentator on Islam to Fox News and C-SPAN, comments on his Jihad Watch blog: “Resistance vs. appeasement, from Daniel Pipes at FrontPage”.

Nepalese responded to this atrocity by venting their anger by assaulting the Muslim minority in Nepal. Hundreds of infuriated young men surrounded Katmandu’s one mosque on Aug. 31 and heaved rocks at it. Violence escalated the next day, with five thousand demonstrators taking to the street, yelling slogans like “We want revenge,” “Punish the Muslims,” and “Down with Islam.” Some attacked the mosque, broke into it, ransacked it, and set fire to it. Hundreds of Korans were thrown onto the street, and some were burned….

Thus did a frustrated, enraged, and powerless people overwhelm their authorities and target close-by innocents.

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New Firefox release out

Mozilla has just released the latest version of its Firefox web browser. Firefox is a bit like Mozilla, but without the mail and news bit which has been hived off to the Thunderbird project. This is actually one of my favourite Windoze and Linux browsers - it has all the security features of Mozilla without the bloat, and supports newer HTML standards. The only problem I have with it is that on the Mac, it doesn’t remember where on the screen it was when it was last shut down - which just about every other Mac program can.

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Moore: Jews most oppressed people on Earth

A lot of Muslims are glad of Michael Moore’s “exposé” of George W Bush’s government, Fahrenheit 9/11, even though everyone knows the film is full of half-truths, distortions and cheap shots, as even people who agree with his political views (like Nader-supporters, or ex-supporters) have attested to. A post on the “Bewleyupdates” Yahoo group pointed out this interview with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the former Rabbi of Oxford university, along with a remark from an intermediary, “Now we know why Israel wasn’t mentioned in F9/11”. Continue reading

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Hmmm. Not gonna pay for OmniWeb, then

Just discovered that OmniWeb, a Mac-only browser with roots which go back to the NeXT days (Steve Jobs’ 1980s futuristic computer project, the operating system for which became Mac OS X) doesn’t display my blog properly. This is the only browser which you actually have to pay for (except for a 30-day trial), and is one of the only two browsers (the other being MS’s Explorer for the Mac) which doesn’t display my blog properly.

So, won’t be spending my money on this program, then.

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Tories win east London seat

It seems the election for the vacant council seat in Millwall, east London, is over, and the Tory candidate has won! The winner is a guy called Simon Rouse, and it seems that this party won because the Respect coalition split the vote. Continue reading

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The Islamophobe’s favourite Muslims

Following on from Saraji’s exposé of “Muslims for Bush” and the Hasan clan behind it a few weeks back, has anyone seen the grovelling “apology” for 9/11 posted on the “Free Muslim Coalition Against Terrorism” website? The organisation, which was founded by Kamal Nawash, a Palestinian Republican immigration lawyer from Virginia, declares: Continue reading

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MPAC curses Muslims

MPAC have demonstrated what a lot of us have suspected for quite some time - that they are loose cannons who act according to their desires and lack religious knowledge. The latest piece they have published on their notoriously hysterical website calls down punishment from Allah Almighty on the Muslims of Blackburn for the “treachery” they have supposedly committed by electing Jack Straw as their local MP. Continue reading

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Gordon Brown’s ambitions

Listening to the recent speculation about Tony Blair’s recent “cabinet reshuffle” (i.e. hiring, firing and moving of politicians in his cabinet), one hears a lot about the tension between Gordon Brown and his supporters, and the so-called Blairite faction who dominates the government. This is indeed a strange conflict, because the leader of the supposed opposition faction is Chancellor of the Exchequer, who holds the nation’s purse strings and resides at no. 11 Downing Street, the house next door to the Prime Minister’s. Continue reading

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Don’t appease Putin

Simon Heffer of the London Daily Mail has written a piece in this week’s Spectator, in which he calls for western politicians not to play into the hands of the Putin régime, which besides its brutality in Chechenya, is trying to destablise the Baltic region. (The bit about the Baltic is frightening for western Europeans - a lot of people think Chechenya is “rightfully” part of Russia, but a lot of Russians, particularly higher up, probably think Poland and Ukraine are still rightfully theirs.)

Why We Must Not Appease the Kremlin (free registration required)

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Getting spams from Opinion Surveys?

I’ve been receiving spams the last day or so from an outfit called “Opinion Surveys”. In the true tradition of spammers who send penis enlargement adverts to women, they send me an offer to join a sweepstake which is only open to US residents, and claimed that I’m a member of theirs, which is news to me. Continue reading

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The train service here stinks

The title says it all. I just hate the train “service” to New Malden. Especially in the evening. When I lived in Croydon the nearest station was East Croydon, and there were fast trains there several times an hour. At New Malden, there’s six an hour during the daytime, four of which are next to each other (18 and 21 past the hour, and 48 and 51 past), and in the evening they are half an hour apart. Continue reading

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Zia’s fallen into the “change” trap

In this week’s New Statesman, there’s an article by Ziauddin Sardar, entitled Can Islam Change, which approvingly documents how Muslims everywhere are abandoning traditional Islamic law in favour of various kinds of “modernity”. The article is disturbing, because it plays directly into the hands of the enemies of Islam who demand that we “change” the religion of Allah Almighty, when in fact they would be satisfied with nothing less than its elimination. Continue reading

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Students use lectures to sleep, eat and text

The Guardian today reveals that more than one in four students admit to sleeping during lecture times, 63% have sent text messages, and 25% were dissatisfied with the standard of teaching, according to an Opinionpanel Research poll. I have to say, though that this information, gleaned from the first couple of paragraphs, sounds a lot less bad than the headline, which suggests that this is what most students think lectures are for!

(By the way, I’m using this to test out Ecto, a desktop MT client for the Mac. It’s a shareware program, which means I might not be using it for longer than the trial period, but it’s certainly a well-designed program, so far. Here’s a picture of what it looks like. I found it recommended in Sams’ Teach Yourself Movable Type in 24 Hours, so far the only whole book on the subject.)

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London buses!

Last month I blogged a bit about the ridiculous situation of the local buses here in New Malden - the K1 bus which goes off just before the people off the train from London can get on it. It looks almost like a conspiracy to drain the bus of customers so the bus company can pull it (as is alleged to have happened before the Beeching closures in the 1950s), or maybe it’s just stupid. Continue reading

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Beslan and the servile Russian media

A report from today’s Guardian, on how the Russian media, much of it owned by establishment figures who are trying to curry favour with Putin’s gang. The author of this report was the victim of an attempted poisoning after she announced that she was going to the Caucasus to persuade Aslan Maskhadov to intervene in the Beslan siege last week. (If this is how they treat anyone they see as a dissident, how can anyone trust them in Chechenia?)

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