Further to the brouhaha over at York University in Toronto, I got to thinking about the problem of religious exemptions in law and the various compromises that have arisen trying to balance the rules of secular society without violating freedom of religion. (more…)
A man who has been jailed for raping a woman is waiting to find out whether he has contracted HIV from her.
Richard Thomas was sentenced to five years and four months after admitting raping the woman at her home in Leigh, Greater Manchester.
He knew she was ill but did not know she had HIV and collapsed when police told him, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
Words fail. Raping someone you know to be ill is about the definition of “despicable”.
The sentence does seem insufficient. But the dying swan act must have been an hilarity for the coppers. As to the perp, well I could well play a concerto on this instrument.
Often we hear that “all the experts agree” that A is better than B or that “studies prove” A to be better than B. ….
A fascinating discussion of the fact that statistical studies can be interpreted and presented in various ways…with varying degrees of rigor and of intellectual honesty…for various reasons. Dr. Sowell provides some excellent examples in this three-part article.
Many more eloquent writers with first hand experience will have eulogised Baroness Thatcher, and rightly so. The Falklands, the privatisations, the tax cuts, the near destruction of the trade union movement as an effective political force and the enormous economic turnaround have all been well covered as has the poll tax. Most commentators have either missed or minimised the financial deregulation that made London the financial capital of the world, and the revenue this generated. Neither should achieving public sector debt repayments (sic) as opposed to today’s endless borrowing and QE be forgotten.
And most commentators be they natural allies, conservative opponents or indeed members of the Labour party have behaved with decorum more or less. Most have, one or two vile specimens have not.
Case the first, would be the cretinous socialist worker types who were dancing on the streets. Most could barely have been alive at the time, this is purely thoughtless Pavlovianism. It doesn’t make it right, just brainless.
Case the second would be the people in former mining communities. Now it is certainly true that pit closures would and did devastate pit towns. But this seemed to me to be more or less unavoidable. The raison d’etre for the towns was the mine. When the economic case for the pit goes, so frankly does the town. Some interviewees could not get past the hatred, most had not moved on*. They were fat, indolent and unemployed. The media talked about their shorter life expectancies. Yep, no exercise, crappy diet, smoking and boozing will do that. Hardly the Lady’s fault all these years later. I felt sorry for them. Betrayed by their erstwhile leaders, they were effectively living in the past, wishing for a bygone era that will never return. They will die bitter.
Case the third, Gerry Adams. I guess when you are a former bomber it is unrealistic to expect decent behaviour, or even a straight response. We got neither from this scumbag. He made a statement about how Thatcher had allowed the hunger strikers to die. That slightly understated his own responsibility and was to put it mildly, disingenuous. He also skipped right past his friends attempt to murder her in Brighton.
Case the fourth, and the worst by far in some pretty rum company, Neil Kinnock. This two-time whining failure made some ludicrous sixth-form type remarks about how the poor got poorer under Thatcher. Needless to say they got much, much richer but such a stranglehold on reality perhaps explains why the people of the UK said ‘No’ to Neil, twice in succession. And despite all the money sucked from the public teat for him and the entire family, he still wasn’t happy. And then it struck me, perhaps the Lady’s greatest achievement was kicking out Callaghan, obliterating the ludicrous Michael Foot and trouncing Neil “two-time-loser” Kinnock**. Keeping these hoons out of Downing Street may indeed have been her best.
* Of course I appreciate this was not a representative sample. Those who had moved on, had in all probability, left the area.
** Yes, I appreciate it was Major who beat Kinnock second time around. I itself a tribute to rank incompetence, being beaten by the grey man.
…and another for them.
A muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he was taught that women are worthless.
I don’t recall that being included in the national curriculum.
Adil Rashid, 18, claimed he was not aware that it was illegal for him to have sex with the girl because his education left him ignorant of British law.
Where’s he been living? Under a rock? In some dark cave? Has he never watched TV or read a newspaper?
Yesterday Judge Michael Stokes handed Rashid a suspended sentence, saying: ‘Although chronologically 18, it is quite clear from the reports that you are very naive and immature when it comes to sexual matters.’
As mitigating circumstances go this one is thinner than a stick insect’s todger. Worked like a charm though, didn’t it.
Earlier Nottingham Crown Court heard that such crimes usually result in a four to seven-year prison sentence.
Used to result in a four to seven-year prison sentence. The precedent this moron of a judge has just set into law has handed paedos of a particular hue a get out of jail free card. What the Scammel happened to ignorance is no defence? What happened to justice? I’ll tell you what’s happened to it. Our wonderful judiciary just cut off the blind old biddy’s head with that sword of hers and shoved the scales down the hole in her neck!
But the judge said that because Rashid was ‘passive’ and ‘lacking assertiveness’, sending him to jail might cause him ‘more damage than good’.
I guess Rashid dressing up to look like a schoolboy and standing in the dock clasping his hands in front and staring contritely at his feet did the trick, eh?
Rashid, from Birmingham, admitted he had sex with the girl, saying he had been ‘tempted by her’ after they met online.
It was all the girl’s fault. She wasn’t done up in a tent like a human letterbox so Rashid didn’t have a choice.
Gimme a frigging break! This is Britain we’re talking about, not some medieval shithole. We don’t have Sharia courts here.
They initially exchanged messages on Facebook before sending texts and chatting on the phone over a two-month period.
They then met up in Nottingham, where Rashid had booked a room at a Premier Inn.
Yeah, he was so naive, passive and lacking assertiveness he had the forethought to pre-book a room in the hotel.
The girl told police they stayed at the hotel for two hours and had sex after Rashid went to the bathroom and emerged wearing a condom.
Wait. What the…?
Let’s perform a little re-wind.
…you are very naive and immature when it comes to sexual matters.
Not so naive and immature he didn’t know about condoms and what they are for. Clearly not much of a lily-white ingénue then. Yet the judge chose to ignore that this paragon of Islamic values went equipped.
I’d say the only naive and immature tosser in the courtroom was Judge Stokes because he’s been had over good and proper.
Rashid then returned home and went straight to a mosque to pray.
Because praying to a Dark Ages warlord who had a nine year old bride is what you do after having sex with a child in a country that locks up paedophiles. Or at least used to.
He was arrested the following week after the girl confessed what had happened to a school friend, who informed one of her teachers.
It’s a pity the silly girl didn’t confide to her very sensible friend before she met Rashid in the flesh, so to speak.
He told police he knew the girl was 13 but said he was initially reluctant to have sex before relenting after being seduced.
The accused was so reluctant he went to the expense of booking a room and nipping into a chemist for a pack of three. I say chemist since I’m assuming that procuring johnnies from a dispenser in the hotel lavvy is haram. Or he could have got them from a third party of course.
Earlier the court heard how Rashid had ‘little experience of women’ due to his education at an Islamic school in the UK, which cannot be named for legal reasons.
The name of a school that labels a seven year old a racist for asking another child an innocent question about his skin colour gets splashed all over the papers. So how come the name of the “school” that teaches its male pupils that women are scum and can be treated as scum gets a pass? Surely this poison should be weeded out, not protected?
After his arrest, he told a psychologist that he did not know having sex with a 13-year-old was against the law. The court heard he found it was illegal only when he was informed by a family member.
At which point he was so full of remorse for breaking the law he gave himself up to the police. Oh, wait. No he didn’t.
In other interviews with psychologists, Rashid claimed he had been taught in his school that ‘women are no more worthy than a lollipop that has been dropped on the ground’.
I’d just love to see the last Ofstead report on this school. I wonder if it was a glowing, politically correct one? I can’t wait to see Ofstead explain how rampant Islamic misogyny passed under their radar, accepting, like the judge did, that Rashid isn’t a lying little scrote. I take it that these Islamic schools are inspected like other faith schools are. If what Rashid said is true, how many more madrassas in the UK wipe their arses with the national curriculum while under Ofstead’s purview?
When Judge Stokes said Rashid ‘must have known it was illegal, unless he was going round with his eyes shut’, defence lawyer Laban Leake said reports suggested Rashid had a ‘degree of sexual naivety’.
Clearly, Rashid wasn’t the only one going round with his eyes shut…
The school he attended, it is not going too far to say, can be described as a closed community and on this occasion this was perpetuated by his home life.
No shit, Sherlock! Are we going to see the same largesse handed out to a boy, formerly cloistered in a Catholic school, grooming thirteen year olds and having sex with them?
Then why has Rashid been allowed to get away with it?
‘It is not too far to say that he may not have known that having sex with a 13-year-old girl was illegal.’ Judge Stokes sentenced Rashid to nine months youth custody, suspended for two years, along with a two-year probation supervision order.
But apparently it’s too far to say that Rashid had a mobile phone and a Facebook account which means he had access to the internet. With all the news about Muslim child grooming gangs and teachers running off abroad with underage pupils being splashed around the media and internet how can he not have known?
Describing Rashid, the judge said: ‘He’s had an unusual education, certainly in terms of the sexual education provided. Comparing women to lollipops is a very curious way of teaching young men about sex.’
Bangs head on table. It’s not “curious” shit-for-brains, it’s scammelling scandalous! All those frigging gender equality laws the legal profession print money from vigorously support are being trodden into the mud and all Stokes can say is that it’s curious? Is he high on crack cocaine or something? Is he so blinded by political correctness that he can’t see where this will lead?
But he said that Rashid knew what he was doing was wrong.
Then why isn’t Rashid busy avoiding dropping the soap in a prison bathroom? He groomed and had sex with an underage girl. That is a prisonable offence.
‘It was made clear to you at the school you attended that having sexual relations with a woman before marriage was contrary to the precepts of Islam,’ he said.
So Rashid is being given this outrageously lenient sentenced for ignoring madrassa teaching?
Addressing Rashid, the judge said: ‘I accept this was a case where the girl was quite willing to have sexual activity with you. But the law is there to protect young girls, even though they are perfectly happy to engage in sexual activity.’
Unless some dhimmified Judge is willing to make an exception when it suits him?
The law my left buttock! British law has become a travesty, a joke, a sham. It is unfit for purpose. Judge Stokes should hang up his wig and gown in shame. Letting a paedophile go because he went to the wrong school is an unacceptable defence. and the sentence handed down has no place in any civilised society.
Well, it’s been bitter cold a few days ago. I know I was varnishing an external door.
I then thought for dinner I might fancy (It was my wife’s idea) making a hearty Spanish style stew. So I went on a hunt for chorizo… and found it at the Co-op which staggered me for it was the only “filthy foreign sausages” (insert Sid James line of choice) the Co-op did have among it’s bewildering variety of almost identical British (Gawd bless ‘er! etc.) mechanically recovered offal tubes (there’s a ref there and not a prize if you get it – well not from me, anyway) there was chorizo! My flabber was gasted. None of that other continental filth, mind. None of your French or German or Czech or Polish or whatever sausage (insert Sid James line of choice). Apart from their many other sins the Co-op is staggeringly parochial. On the little screens at the tills there’s loads of piccies of “jolly natives” with their new water-pump but (with the exception of chorizo) nothing else paid for by buying Fairtrade tat or buying bottles of “ethical water” (why does that always remind me of homeopathy?)
And, yes, I am aware the British sausage industry (insert Sid James line of choice) makes lovely sausages too but those were not represented. Just umpty varieties of bog-standard “bangers”* of the sort I only ate as a student and only when I was on my uppers. Fortunately not too often. Anyway I got chatting to J who works there and is by far and away the most competent member of staff. He used to be a pub land-lord but… Well, I dunno – what with pubs closing 16 to the dozen and all – but he’s a shelf-stacker now. He’ll never make management because I suspect he is regarded as “not a team player” which is HR talk for, “shows initiative and is capable of thinking independently”. The way to get ahead in such organisations (I saw much the same when temping for the Government) is to just keep your head down and schmooze. Never, ever suggest a better way of doing things it shows your line-manager up. I did once and was “pruned”.
Anyway he told me a story… He’d recently apprehended a shop-lifter. The shop-lifter had gone over to the freezers and purloined a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream and had concealed it down the front of his trousers**.
“Is that stolen goods in your pants or are you just pleased to see me?”
J told me something else bizarre too. Apparently ice-cream sales rocket in the last half of December. I found that odd considering what I was making for dinner that night.
*Insert Sid James line of choice. etc. This is getting tired, so I’m retiring it.
**Oh, go on, that is very “Carry On”. On pretty much the coldest day of the year he had put a tub of ice-cream next to his genitals. Perhaps he was planning on wooing a lady? Well, I guess the poor mare would have been disappointed as the Barry White was playing and the lights went low. Unless he’d previous half-inched a magnifying glass and tweezers. Some how I doubt he had the fore-sight. He might have had a cryogenic foreskin mind
I bet Gary Glitter regrets not asking Jim to fix it instead of taking his computer to PC World.
That is a terrible joke, via Sickipedia.
But there is a sub-plot. I fix computers. I don’t care what is on the HD(s). If there is obvious criminality there then expect a call from the dibble. If not I don’t care. It’s like a confessional but more like a doctor. I frankly don’t give a damn about your Frankie Vaughn or whatever. I’ve seen it all by now. What interests me, what interests the client is getting it to work. That is all. I love machines and what you do with them is your look-out, not mine.
By the way I wouldn’t take a pair of counting sticks to PC World. If you are in the North West of England speak to me or see the folks at Aria Tech.
Well in view of some of our current posts, and baring in mind that our good friend Julia M would fisk it better, I am sufficiently outraged by this highly paid dripping Wet moron, to have ago myself…
“He told Teesside Crown Court yesterday: ‘It takes a huge amount of courage as far as I can see for somebody to burgle somebody’s house. I wouldn’t have the nerve.”
No your Honour, you wouldn’t,but if you did you wouldn’t have a job either would you? In fact I seriously wonder if you are fit for the one you hold now. Pleas of Mitigation should be left to the Defence Council, don’t you think? however fatuous, not the fuckin Judge!
Courage? what in the current climate? you’re havin a Giraffe! It’s a walk in the Park my old Judicial nonce. If the situation that pertains in America, as has been well investigated in SAOT’s earlier post, existed here, then it would be an act of courage ( blind stupidity more like. “Do I love other people’s stuff more than my life? Doh!). But as most burglary in the UK is an opportunist crime carried out solo and reliant on the householder’s own laxity over security, and usually carries years worth of criminality and getting away with it behind, and when they eventually get caught cough up for a string of TIC’s often into triple figures, then “Courage” is hardly the appropriate word for it, is it your Fuckwittedness?
‘Yet somehow, bolstered by drugs and desperation, you were prepared to do that,’ he told Rochford, 26.”
Get off the bench and over to the Dock and High Five the fucker why doncha?!!
He also said Rochford had been damaged by prison and added: ‘I think prison very rarely does anybody any good. It mostly leaves people the chance to change their own mind if they want to.
‘I don’t think anybody would benefit from sending you to prison today. We’d all just feel a bit easier that a burglar had been taken off the streets.’
Yes Judge, we would all feel better if a burglar, especially such a prolific one, had been taken off the streets. I think, if you look in the small print… That is your fuckin Job!
Rochford burgled three homes in East Cleveland and tried to burgle another in the space of five days.
Court: Richard Rochford was facing a term of two-and-a-half years when the judge decided against custody
He took a laptop, a satnav, money and car keys along with jewellery and a handbag amongst other items.
Judge Bowers said he deserved to be jailed for two-and-a-half years, and anything less would not satisfy the public.
Yep Judge, that’s what we poor victims of others “misfortunes” damn well expect alright!
“Judge Bowers acknowledged that the victims would have suffered as a result of the crimes, adding: ‘For months and months and sometimes years, they never recover.’
That’s right Judge, some of them never recover. Many victims of Burglary have to move home because their personal space has been so sullied that they feel it is akin to Rape. They feel that they have been soiled and never ever feel secure again in what they are entitled to believe is their sovereign territory, which they may have lived in all their lives.
Arse shiners and rose tinted gazers like you, and too many others on the Bench of our Crown Courts, think that a burglary is just about “stuff”. Stuff that can be replaced on the Insurance. No harm done, except for the inconvenience. No big deal. Well it is a big deal you asshole!
This amoral little twat will be up before you very soon your dimwittedness, mark my words, or perhaps one of your colleagues, who will be just as forgiving with other peoples emotions, property , security, self respect and well-being.
How do we get to fire fuckwits like you?