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September, 2008:

Intellectual dishonesty

A report has been announced, not released, just announced, but the press is reporting on it and commenting regardless, sight unseen. Especially SBS.

Apparently a survey has determined that 10% of Australians are racist. Now, to me, that 90% are not is the big news. That must make us the most tolerant people in the known universe, but that isn’t the way it’s being spun.

However, consider this -

Prof Dunn said people also revealed who they singled out the most.
“The most often-mentioned groups were Muslims or people from the Middle East.”

Muslims? That old canard again. Never yet has anyone been able to describe for me the racial characteristics of a Muslim. This is to claim that there are people who have a genetic predisposition to worship morally crippled, mass murdering, kiddie fiddling warlords. I guess pointing out, yet again, that Islam is a belief system and has no bearing on race is not just a waste of time, but will get me smeared with that dishonest term – islamophobic.

Well, the report is being released on Friday, let’s see how misleading it is then.

It’s up

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) announces that Flight 4 of the Falcon 1 launch vehicle has successfully launched and achieved Earth orbit. With this key milestone, Falcon 1 becomes the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to orbit the Earth.

That’s it, a private launch vehicle has ejected a satellite into orbit – from here on in, the story of space will be the story of private initiative and personal endeavour. Human history began yesterday.

Well,

That may be a bit of a claim too far, but a new player has joined the game. Whereas, until yesterday, this was the exclusive province of government, today the rest of us get to join in.

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With thanks – via Samizdata

And, in other news, more heroes here.

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Private Decisions

I didn’t join the feeding frenzy over the news that the daughter of Omar Bakri Mohammed was a fairly normal sort of person. More to the point, I felt sorry for her over that bastard of a boyfriend who outed her to the Daily Mail, and hatred for the callous way the Mail exposed her to the lunatics.

Well, the inevitable has happened, the poor woman’s life has been stuffed sideways, for the rest of her life. She has been taken into hiding, and will need protection for the foreseeable future.

I hope she sues the Daily Mail, and that shit of a boyfriend, into bankruptcy and ends up owning them – lock, stock and barrel.

Mutual tolerance

More than 150 people have signed petitions imploring Luton Borough Council to deny the new Tesco Express in Bury Park an alcohol licence.

The bid from the supermarket giant has upset Muslims living in the area, some of whom say they find the idea of alcohol being sold offensive.

No one is asking them to buy or drink the stuff.

No one is trying to shove booze down your throats, stop trying to shove your religious fantasies down ours.

Green Kills

(Massachusetts) Governor Patrick says there’s a real possibility that people in America could freeze to death this winter due to the soaring cost of home heating fuel.

(…)

Patrick said the cost of heating a home — whether by electricity, gas or oil — is expected to cost between 20 and 31 percent more than a year ago. He said that will have an impact on many families, and not just those who are defined as low-income.

And the only reason for rising fuel costs is politics, reserves are there in plenty.

Green kills

Hail the Messiah

More famous than Lindsay Lohan?

Who?

Consistency

One of my (many) problems with Barackkk was his misrepresentations and lack of understanding on emerging defense technology. He flipped before he flopped -

This is going to piss of a load of his supporters. He must have been briefed by someone who knew what they were talking about.   

John Barleycorn, Nicotine and the Temptations of Eve

I am of the generation which once liked to imagine itself as having invented sex, drugs and rock and roll. I might concede you rock and roll, or at least concede that to my parents, but even my great grand parents were well aware of an earlier variant, namely Cigareets & Whuskey and Wild Wild Women -

For women and whusky here lies a poor slave

???

I’ll drink to that

Prague

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I’m currently holidaying in Central Europe.

On my last night in Prague, a few days ago, I was hurrying through Wenceslas Square to get onto the Metro for my train to Poland and I clocked the memorial to Jan Palach and Jan Zajic. I’d missed it the first time round and was so glad that just before I left the city that I’d caught it (almost) by chance.

Palach had self-immolated upon that very spot in 1968 to protest against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslvakia. Jan Zajic followed his lead shortly afterwards.

It is quite a modest memorial compared to the massive, heroic equine statue of Wenceslas himself and the imposing facade of the Czech National Museum but I don’t think that matters. As I looked at it whilst the neon of Tesco, Nike, Breitling and McDonalds burned around me a thought occurred…

In St Paul’s Cathedral is Christopher Wren’s epitaph, “Reader, if you seek his memorial, look around you.” And thus also for Jan Palach and Jan Zajic.  Their memorial is not just that humble stone but the whole city and nation around it and that nation’s current prosperity, freedom and happiness.

Genius loves company

Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino – jamming out the boogie. Damn this is good.

Murderous lying bastards

Remember Imadinnerjacket boasting that there are no homosexuals in Iran?

More Palin Poison

“Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through,”

And as we all know, the left are such nice people. Nuanced too.

Euro NeoFascism

The soft fascism of the EuroLeft takes another step. As anyone who follows the stories about the one step at a time elimination of our freedoms in the name of these puerile rights things will know, some lefty EU would be gaulieter from Estonia is wetting herself over the idea that people, bloggers, are expressing opinions without running them past her and her mates first.

Euro MPs are preparing to vote on proposals for European Union regulation of blogs with the aim of countering a “dangerous” and unregulated blogosphere.

Marianne Mikko, an Estonian centre-left MEP, is concerned that growing numbers of blogs are being used by individuals with “malicious intentions or hidden agendas”.

Gosh. Verbally eviscerating EU policies with intent to expose idiocy I guess is what she is talking about.

“The blogosphere has so far been a haven of good intentions and relatively honest dealing. However, with blogs becoming commonplace, less principled people will want to use them,” she said.

Mrs Mikko has proposed that bloggers should be required to identify themselves and that some popular blogs should come with a declaration of interests.

Lemme reiterate – “The blogosphere has been a haven of good intensions”. WTF has this whittering booby been smoking?

“popular blogs should come with a declaration of interests”. Well, don’t think we are all that popular at Counting Cats, although we do have a fairly devoted followin. So, I am going to big note myself, pre emptively put myself in the company of the popular blogs, and declare – Ms Mikko, our interest is to ensure that stuck up, self righteous, freedom hating, moronic, neofascist, crapulous killjoys, such as yourself, are able to gain as little authority over all our lives as it is possible to ensure.

There is such a thing as a free lunch

You remember this? Where Tower Hamlets Council sought to pre emptively  dhimmify the town councillors by requiring the non Muslims to observe the Ramadan fast? Well, seems the Chinese are also taking note of Ramadan, and are celebrating it by demonstrating that well known and traditional Chinese sense of humour -

Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uyghur ethnic group, are implementing a campaign to offer free lunches during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan

Oh, very good, very good indeed.

This is so funny.

Chemical Weapons

Wired discusses this. Those dastardly Israelis have come up with an artificial skunk juice which seems extraordinarily effective at dispersing crowds. Now we know that the anti Israeli mob will start screaming about the use of chemical weapons, but consider this when they do -

Greenies use chemical weapons

ANTI-whaling activists admit to throwing about 12 stink bombs onto a Japanese whaling ship after two of its crew were released, and are planning more attacks.

Lets look forward to the lefty hypocrisy, shall we.

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