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Assalaamu alaykum,

my son has playmobil knights and playmobil pirates,

we bought them for him as good sets to get his little immagination going, they are not realistic looking, and have lots of men with beards to be ‘the goodies’ plus they are basic and can be enherited by his little sisters when they get older.

but i have seen some playmobil crusader knights, and considered getting them off ebay for next eid to act as ‘the baddies’ but they have big crosses on them, which is kinda the point.

is it permissable to have toys with crosses or other symbols of kufr if the intention is to teach kids about the history of islam and to teach bara towards the cross?

was just a question i had in my head, and wondered if it was permissable or not.

Further down the thread the original poster further elucidates his cunning plan…

he already has such figures without crosses, I actually wanted the ones with the crosses on so he could refight the crusades with his little men.

Can we please quit with the Crusades already? This is becoming ludicrous. I’ve got model planes of various stripes but I don’t use them to teach kiddies that Germans are evil. And that was a war within living memory.

PS The poster runs this site. Where the gentleman has this to say about the Pope visiting Britain.

On Saturday the 18th came the visit to London of the Taghout ( false god) Pope Benedict the leader of the crusade against Islam in our lifetime [How many divisions does the Pope have?], whereby he was to parade himself to the general public in Hyde Park to a cheering crowd of Christians who sadly see this man as a partner to Allah when they should pay their worship and veneration to the Lord who fashioned them in due proportion.

And this…

This man insulted the prophet sallahu alayhi wasalam a few years [back?] saying he brought nothing but the sword meaning that Islam forced people to become muslim and that Islam is a violent religion whereas there are plenty of skeletons in the history of the christian closet.

PS. I recall my brother had the Playmobil pirate ship as a kid and the pirates didn’t look very Somalian to me.

Supermarket ripoff

From Coyote Blog:

Either a) the media and particular green advocates have no real understanding of science or b) I am missing something.

That is a very easy question to answer, there is no conundrum: Most of the media and green advocates have no understanding of science, whether it be physics or chemistry, Darwinism or climate science. And yes, this is outright theft and as green as an oil spillage.

Coming Aboard

Well, ooer. I appear to have been enticed aboard the good ship Counting Cats- in fact, my last memory is of having a drink in a tavern, then a thump on the head, and now I awake, chained to this oar, and the large sweaty gentleman banging a drum tells me I am obligated to write something, so write something I must. I must admit it feels a trifle strange joining the crew of this notable blog, a tidge of a responsibility not to embarrass my shipmates (particularly by extending nautical analogies beyond their welcome). So, as I begin this voyage (get on with it- Ed) I thought I’d say where I’m coming from, rather than do something bloggish like comment angrily on Polly Toynbee’s latest defecation, or post a lolcat, or whatever.

I consider myself a libertarian (and now consider myself, at home and consider myself, one of the familleeee) and in particular a social libertarian, that is my primary focus is and always has been social and civil liberties. I came to libertarianism itself fairly late in life (I am 102, and am typing this from my bath chair in the Bide A While Home For The Elderly And Confused, Eastbourne), having spent much of my life thinking myself to be some form of leftie. In fact, I only really clocked that I wasn’t some form of leftie when I got an internet, and the chance to mix with lots of lefties, and realised I hated the bastards and everything they stand for. The Left have a knack of sweeping up social liberals such as myself into their voluminous, stale smelling skirts, and this is something I would like to play a small part in changing.

I am of the opinion that social liberties are a Good Thing. A very Good Thing indeed. That is, I am not one of those people who says “well, if we have a free society we can’t stop people drinking beer, we’ll just have to put up with it”. Rather, I am one of those people who thinks that beer, fags, sex, tasty food and porn are inherently a good thing, and a society in which they are not just not prohibited but actually celebrated is inherently a Good Society. Which in the current zeitgeist puts me in a minority of, well, one probably. The Left don’t agree with this, and the Right don’t agree with this either. I’d like to convince a few more libertarians to agree with it. We’ll see how that goes later, shall we?

Needless to say, you can’t have social liberties without civil liberties, and you can’t have either of those without economic liberty. A society with legal beer, ciggies and gay hobbit porn but whose citizens are constantly stopped and searched by the police and thrown in jail for having a penknife on their person is not a free society, and a society in which tax collection takes precedence over all other things and the government fixes prices isn’t a free society either. But since Libertarianism already has a very strong economic bias, I probably won’t write too much about economics- there are hundreds of other people doing that, and they probably have more qualifications than 25 yards swimming (I cheated) so that’s probably best left up to them. I’ll probably bang on in a more general sense about corporatism though, since a primary enemy of liberty in the modern world is the socialist/conservative corporatist state, with its myriad of bodies receiving funding and patronage and supplying lobbying, support and enabling narratives to government in return, something which for instance Fake Charities.org draws our attention to, but which libertarians must turn our venom on with as much ferocity as we can muster. IMHO.

I will also no doubt be standing on the poop deck (stop it- Ed) declaiming my “anglosocialist” narrative, which is my historical interpretation (and very much a work in progress) which emphasises that the curious state we live in- PC, the nanny state, the therapeutic state, whatever you choose to label it- is a very home grown form of tyranny rooted in anglosphere moral hegemony and not, as many people seem to believe, foreign socialist ideas invading us from outside (as for instance many American conservatives in particular seem to believe). I’ll expand on this idea properly in a future post, but, to take an example, there is a post today at Samizdata bemoaning the USA’s slide into this nanny state, and yet this is the USA, remember, which decades ago made beer entirely illegal, and which is the origin and enforcer of global drug prohibition, and from whose academia and bureaucracy a constant stream of statist research and propaganda pours. Clearly a better analysis of statist social authoritarianism than “it was the Gramscian marxists wot done it” is needed, in my view.

So that’s me. I would write more, but I have to get to the Counting Cats welcome party, which is apparently called the “Roger The Cabin Boy Party”, which is strange, as my name isn’t Roger.

Pirates!

It’s all been pirates this week. Pirates in Somalia and now pirates in Sweden.

They have jailed the Pirates Bay lads.

This post is not about any issues of intellectgual property and copyright.

The way Pirates Bay works means they do not host any material. It’s more like a directory or a search engine. It allows folks to share torrent files which never even pass through the Pirate Bay servers.

These lads are therfore at best tangential to IP theft but I’m not really too interested in that either though given the horrors of some of the DRM software big business has foisted upon us over the last few years I’m tempted to have at least a little sympathy for four chaps cocking a snook by basically helping facilitate the C21st equivalent of swapping tapes of speccy games in the playground.

What I’m really concerned about is it’s yet another intrusion onto the freedom of the ‘net because they are coming thick and fast these days. I really don’t like the precedent this sort of thing sets. Will Google get done for allowing one to find kiddie pr0n. I appreciate that is somewhat different as Google don’t in anyway set out to do that but why not. That would be for the children afterall so how can anyone complain? Or the current UK munterings about government “helping” fund super high-speed broadband for all (Gordoom was on about it on the telly today). That’s nice of them isn’t it? They’re all just fenceposts.

Pirates!

They’re not like Johnny Depp or Keira Knightley ya know.

They are gits.

The freedom of the seas is a fundamental principle which must be re-imposed – it is the fundamental reason the Royal Navy exists. If that takes ultra-violence then so be it. I do not care for the Somalia is a failed state and piracy is “the only way to make a living” kinda schtick I have heard from some quarters such as the BBC.

Every civilized nation on the planet has a dog in this fight. We do. The French do, the US, India, everyone. If we all poneyed-up a coupla destroyers and a few hundred marines and did some very loud stomping we could sort this very quickly.

A collection of AK-47 armed khat chewing loons on skiffs are not gonna stand against an AEGIS class destroyer. Well not for long anyway.

Just Like Jackie Chan…

From The Times:

“Seven of the nine pirates landed on our ship, all with weapons,” Peng Weiyuan, the captain of Zhenhua 4, said in a telephone interview with China Central Television.

“Our crew, who had been well trained and prepared, used water cannon, self-made incendiary bombs, beer bottles and anything else that could be used to battle with them. Thirty minutes later, the pirates gestured to us for a ceasefire.”

“Then the helicopter from the joint fleet came to help us.”

Good lads! I can’t even begin to imagine tackling a load of tooled-up Somalian nutcases ripped to the tits on khat with a crate of Stella empties. Respect is most certainly due.

Nice types you mix with Barry

We are communist men and women, underground in the United States for more than four years.

 Barackkks mate, William Ayers

Ayers was not simply protesting “against” the Vietnam War. Firstly, he wasn’t against war in principle, he was agitating for the victory of the communist forces in Vietnam. In other words: He wasn’t against the war, he was against our side in the war. 

 Zombietime has got his hands on the Political Statement of the Weather Underground.

Nice people.

via LGF

Cheese Eating Commando Monkeys

French combat frogmen sneaked aboard a yacht off Somalia today, overpowered a gang of gunmen and rescued two hostages in a daring raid that President Sarkozy called a warning to pirates in the lawless Red Sea area.

One pirate was killed and six taken prisoner in the 10-minute assault by 30 men from the Hubert Commando, an elite underwater unit that was founded by British-trained officers after Second World War. The dead pirate was the only one to open fire against the frogmen, who parachuted from helicopters at a distance from the 50-foot Carré d’As (Four Aces). No commandos were hurt.

Wow! Respect to the Hubert Commando! Disrespect to the dim-witted commentators on the Times blog who thought the couple who rescued deserved their fate for venturing into dangerous waters (A French Tuna boat was fired upon 400nm from the Somali coast so dangerous waters covers a lot of ocean anyway). Time was when it was the Royal Navy that secured the Freedom of the Seas that the entire global economy was built upon. Now they just surrender to Iranian pirates.

Blessed be his name

First up, a couple of reports –

The first on global temperature changes from the superb, and thoroughly sane site Watts up with that –

Confirming what many of us have already noted from the anecdotal evidence coming in of a much cooler than normal May, such as late spring snows as far south as Arizona, extended skiing in Colorado, and delays in snow cover melting, (here and here), the University of Alabama, Huntsville (UAH) published their satellite derived Advanced Microwave Sounder Unit data set of the Lower Troposphere for May 2008.

It is significantly colder globally, colder even than the significant drop to -0.046°C seen in January 2008.

The global ∆T from April to May 2008 was -.195°C

UAH
2008 1 -0.046
2008 2 0.020
2008 3 0.094
2008 4 0.015
2008 5 -0.180

Compared to the May 2007 value of 0.199°C we find a 12 month ∆T is -.379°C.

But even more impressive is the change since the last big peak in global temperature in January 2007 at 0.594°C, giving a 16 month ∆T of -0.774°C which is equal in magnitude to the generally agreed upon “global warming signal” of the last 100 years.

uah_may_08.png

You get that folks? A sixteen month delta temp of -0.774C? Wiping out all the warming that giant of 20thC physics, the (ex) junior Senator from Tennessee warned us about? Now, I know, and you know, that measurements over a time period this small are little more than noise, and, discounting the complete lack of warming since 2002, a long term cooling trend is not yet apparent. But, what the heck. If a single fairly normal class 4 hurricane, unfortunately hitting the coast at the site of an incompetently run city, can be down to both the personal responsibility of George Bush and be unquestionable evidence of runaway catastrophic Global Warming, all caused because I have the effrontery to wish to eat, travel to work and keep warm in the winter, then I can certainly ask – where do the models of the unquestionably settled science predict this?

I shall refrain from anything as inappropriately childish and premature as – yah yah yahyah yah.

Now, the other report, via the Trib -

Global pirate attack up.

Aaarrrgghh me hearties, the pirates do return.

Seafarers suffered 49 attacks between January and March around the world, up 20 percent from the 41 recorded in the same period last year, the International Maritime Bureau said in a report by its piracy reporting center in Malaysia.

<west country pirate accent> and here we do find a pirate map, or, at least, a map of pirates, in the spice islands today</west country pirate accent>.

So, why post these two issues together? In what way can they be linked, you ask. Well, that finally gets us on to the third point -

Hot damn boys and girls, there is unquestionably a correlation here. By the standards foisted upon us by The Salesman, his faked up propaganda fright flick, and his politicised sycophants at the UN, it all means that this is unquestionable. Come on, lets declare a consensus and threaten everyone who disagrees with us with trials, criminal sanctions and public humiliation.

Look at these, here we have both long term trend, and short -

piratesarecool4.gifglob-pirates2.png

How can you ever possibly doubt it? AGW is real – Apiratical Global Warming.

By grace of the FSM, lack of pirates causes global warming.

May he bless us with the touch of his noodley appendage.

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