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Muslims at Christmas in San Francisco

Then again, we have a short tale from Anthony Watts about a December evening last year in S.F.

Posted 12/15/15.

Excerpt:

I was walking down Market street in San Francisco last night and spotted these folks out in front of Nordstrom’s. It made me do a double take.

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I had just come from a two-hour climate skeptic bashing fest at #AGU15 where Naomi Oreskes and Michael Mann gave slide after slide of vitriol filled notes of why climate skepticism is bad.

I introduced myself to these caroling folks, shook hands with every one, and they were all very nice and wanted to know who I was. They were concerned about how Muslim Americans are being treated given current world events so they came up with this idea of going around to different places in SFO and caroling. Kudos to them for doing so as this little gesture helps break down some of the barriers that fear puts up.

It could be a ruse, of course. I suppose prudence suggests we be wary even while following our inner directive to grant the benefit of the doubt.

But it’s difficult not to take it at face value.

Shoddy Absurdia

Regular readers will know I have little or no time for the only country on the planet that forbids women from driving. They also stone homosexuals. I on the other hand have got stoned with homosexuals. I have also been in cars driven by women. The times we live in eh?

It’s coming out. I knew. I just knew the camel-fucking bastards were up to their fucking necks in 9/11 (and the rest).

I don’t care for their depravity but depravity is just that. Being implicit in the murder of nigh on 3000 people is another matter entirely. I don’t care if they want to make my ancestors who embuggered monks on Lindisfarne and stole their plate look civilized. But that was over a thousand years ago. Things move on. The last gift my country got from Norway was a Christmas Tree. What have we ever got from Saudi Arabia? Hatred, evil and 15/19 on 9/11.

The time has come…

We build nuclear because Saudi you have nothing but oil. Nothing. I mean nothing. Let’s put this bluntly. This is not Islamophobia – oh, no! This is straight horror at our bending-over for a vile regime. I have visited some of the great Mosques of the World. I was treated with respect and I showed them respect.

I have dirty little secret. I do. I like photographing religious buildings and Islam does seem much more amenable than Catholics for example.

This is not Islam. This is an unspeakably corrupt regime we have enabled.

This has to end. Now.

The Daily Fail.

I have a life-long interest in aviation. The Daily Mail does not it would appear.

It has a story about an American pilot trying to fly around the World. The headline is…

“Around the world in a VERY private jet! Pilot begins solo flight across the globe on a journey completed by just 113 people”,

This is the picture…

Now you don’t exactly have to be Biggles to spot that is not a jet.

There a few things I know quite a lot about. Aircraft are one. there are many things I don’t know about. How much does the MSM sneak under my radar?

And in case you think it’s just The Mail… The BBC had Prince William flying solo in a Tucano within days of joining the RAF and with the pictures clearly showing an instructor getting in the second cockpit. Prince Harry was an Apache gunner and not pilot. It goes on and on.

I can cope with media bias in terms of op-ed. But when it is raw, obvious facts then I do wonder. I said it earlier and make no apology for repeating it. If you can’t get the facts right – the basic facts – I don’t care as to your opinion on anything.

It’s like the football scores. I may or may not agree with you as to how well a player did but I expect you to get the final score right. Unless you are Chris Kamara, obviously. Classic Kamara is, “Someone’s just scored Bob! Not sure at what end!”.

The Three Stooges.

CAMERON AND REMAIN CAMPAIGNERS

If iDave, Lord Pantsdown and Kinnockio want us to stay in the EU, it’s time to exit stage right… right?

Cartoon of the Week.

‘Rumour has it that it’s a fake.’

“Rumour has it that it is a fake.”

Appropriate this

Skeltonic verse? Really? 15th Century? Really? England? REALLY?

If you don’t listen to Bill Whittle on at least an occasional basis, well, YOU BLOODY WELL SHOULD.

So there.

ISLAMOPHOBIA!!!!!

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Bill Leak, The Australian

Mantra

I was clearing out my shed recently. I ought to have had Baldrick with me for I found “things”.

One was my old spiral-bound pre-publication version of Carl Murray’s “Solar System Dynamics“. I was tempted to include scans to show how fucking nails it is but suffice to say a very condensed version of the disturbing function to fourth order takes up over 30 pages of A4. And that is just for the three body problem*. I got a B.

But this is the front quote…

I was going to do the full Irish Gaelic version but the Hell with that…

But indeed everything red is beautiful,
everything new is bright,
everything unattainable is lovely, everything familiar is bitter
everything absent is perfect, everything known is neglected,
until all knowledge is known.

- Anonymous, C9th, The Sick-bed of Cu Chulainn.

*Comments about English libel law are welcome.

Oh, very good

For our American friends out there, your next bumper sticker:

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Courtest of Captain Capitalism.

Trevor Phillips

What’s the difference between progressives and liberals/conservatives/libertarians? The difference between the left and the rationally observant?

Often, just time. In Trevor Phillips case, about 20 years.

I’ve read a number of articles about his apparent damascene conversion, and there is nothing he is saying which has not been said a thousand times before, just not by him.

Well, at least, someone with impressively impeccable progressive credentials is now speaking the obvious, and apparently backed with equally impressive research data.

Frankly, I can’t see this being a game changer, there are too many influential people with too much invested in the fanciful narrative of Islam being both supremely tolerant of others, and a Religion of Peace. It is just too hard to halt this particular juggernaut, certainly not on a dime. However, normal people are not stupid, and change is emerging – albeit slowly:

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

Abraham Lincoln

We are now well past ‘some of the time’, and people are aware of the extent of the snivelling dishonesty, deceit and craven multicultural submission of those who claim to be our leaders.

As to Islamaphobia, which term Phillips apparently popularised? How to counter that charge? Simple, be honest; attack as abusive anyone who uses the term. Treat the accusation with the contempt it deserves, point out the truth to them, to wit:

In a free society I have the right to analyse, criticise, satirise, mock, lampoon and ridicule any belief and opinion to any extent I see fit, without let or hindrance. ‘Islamophobia’ is a fatuous and intellectually junk term whose combined purposes are to smear the target, deceive listeners and protect Islam from this critical analysis, placing it above all other belief systems in this society – a position to which it has no entitlement.

The sole legitimate role the state has in the matter is to ensure both my freedom to do this, and my security following.

Don’t bother explaining how a dislike of Islam isn’t a phobia, an irrational fear. Just go straight in, and point out, by virtue of their using the term, the reality of their demonstrating contempt for and seeking to breach your human rights – I find progressives often just can’t cope with that, it makes them go all defensive. If people cannot defeat your position through rational argument, they have no argument to put.

Speaking of lampooning:

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Oompa Trumper

This is not a post about abortion per-se and I hope any comments reflect that. No, this is about the moral vacuum that is Donald Trump and of the many, many reasons he should never be President his flip-flops on the subject are just one. But one hole is sometimes enough and this should be enough. If you want the full sp then reason has it here. It is a good article. I shall not quote from it directly because I had independently come to much the same conclusions. Great minds think alike? Not really. These are obvious observations.

My distinct impression in the abortion “debate” in the US is that there is usually very little middle-ground and that is why it rages on with immense passion on both sides of the fence. Now, that might seem a bad thing and in some ways it is. My point being that that is because it is something that people’s opinions on come right from the core of their moral being. It is something that whether “pro-choice” or “pro-life”* people care about with a passion. I understand that. I understand why people care fundamentally about either the autonomy of the woman or the rights of the embryo/fetus. It is an important moral question and should be treated as such but The Donald managed to change between five different positions in three days. On such a fundamental issue that is remarkable even by Trump’s lamentable standards. It goes without saying that on something that is also a major political issue in the US and has been for a long time (Roe v. Wade was 40 years ago for example) that is to be, at my most generous, politically naive. No wonder the US Christian Right can’t stand him any more than a fervently “pro-choice” atheist Democrat does.

So what makes The Donald like this?

Well, recently there was a documentary on C4 presented by Matt Frei about the Trumpster. It included an interview with Mr Trump’s ex-butler who now runs a shop in Miami selling high-end tat of the sort that Elvis would have considered tacky for his Jungle Room at Graceland. Frei asked if Trump visited and the answer was in the affirmative. Frei followed up by asking what in particular Trump bought most. The answer was, “mirrors”.

And just like that I knew! Most of us take our moral positions from some sort of basis whether it be the Bible or Marx, The Book of Mormon or those of Ayn Rand. Whatever. It means that we believe in something external to ourselves. Or put it another way our morality is comes from something other than ourselves.

Some people believe in God (for example) and try to follow Him.

Trump though believes he is God. And a capricious one at that. What is right is what is good for The Donald and because He is the supreme being so he can make it up on the fly. I mean who dare question God himself because whatever God says is right is right by definition. Trump is a malignant narcissist. And that more than anything else is why he should never be President of the USA.

*I dislike both those terms.

German taxpayer funded

Seriously, this paen of hatred towards Germans was funded by their own cash.

I truly don’t get it, this obsession so many progressives have with spitting hatred and abuse towards those they disagree with, while at the same time preaching tolerance and diversity.

As far as honesty in their presentation goes, I am sure that most Jews, en mass, would be happy to take the hand of friendship with Arabs, en mass, but unless there is a major change in Arab kulcha it ain’t gunna happen.

Fog in Atlantic – United States cut off

Scales of Justice above the Old Bailey

In British comedy, especially satire as practised by the late Peter Cook and co., the judge is commonly portrayed as a senile old fool out of touch with modern times and quite often reality itself, but it is not just the judges that are being held up for mockery this week, it is the whole British legal system.

A Court of Appeal judge allowed an injunction sought by PJS and although the couple’s identities were revealed on Wednesday by an American newspaper British media outlets remain banned from publishing the names.

But the British court’s ruling has been mocked, with critics saying it has made “an ass out of the law” as the celebrities’ names were revealed scores of times on Twitter and social media.

On Friday, the man who had the threesome with the top entertainer’s partner told The Sun: “The whole thing is absolutely ridiculous.

“We have been threatened with perjury, contempt of court and prison – all for telling the truth about this threesome.

“We have had endless calls and emails from the star’s lawyers, and even had a threatening letter hand-delivered letter through our door.

“The famous couple don’t deny that it happened. But they have used the courts to cover up what the partner has done in a way they should not be used.

The Telegraph – Celebrity threesome gagging row

As a UK resident, I could be fined and possibly even jailed for contempt of court if I were to reveal who this “celebrity couple” are, SO I WILL NOT DO SO, but our American readers simply have to go to their local news-stand, pick-up a copy of the most scurrilous weekly tabloid and the scandal is there for all to see.

Having had my curiosity piqued by the injunction itself (as the “Streisand effect” could have predicted would happen), I went directly to Google and within a few minutes was looking at the headline that was being otherwise denied to British residents, my reaction at the scandal itself could best be described as “meh“.

If the allegations were both damaging and untrue, then perhaps an injunction would be understandable, but it appears that the allegations are substantially true. The reason that the injunction is being upheld is allegedly to “protect the couples young children” (aged 5 and 3 respectively).

Yeah. Right.

I have no problem with the “celebrity couple” having sexual intercourse with any number of consenting adults of either sex, but I do object to this abuse of the British legal establishment to shield what is essentially the dirty laundry of their private lives from public view.

Throughout this blog posting, I have avoided mentioning the couple concerned so that I am not in contempt of court*, but I have nothing but contempt for any court that supports this sort of draconian 19th century bullshit.

* - as well as the fact that to reveal their names would be an abuse of Cats hospitality, which I respect.

PLEASE DO NOT NAME THE “CELEBRITY COUPLE” IN QUESTION, ANY COMMENTS DOING SO WILL BE REDACTED OR DELETED (AS APPROPRIATE)

Cultural appropriation

From the Fairfax womens pages:

Namaste is my way of greeting Hindi speaking elders in my hometown Melbourne or a way of saying hello to most people back in India. But hearing namaste chanted by the white yoga instructor to a predominantly white class was unsettling. Really? If the yoga class itself wasn’t white-centric enough, she really had to place the appropriative cherry on top.”

An Indian immigrant in Australia, clearly speaks English, and presumably uses machine woven artificial fibres, electronics, communications equipment and modern transport.

What truly fascinates me about her, and her ilk, is the apparent complete absence of introspection. No evidence she has any concept of how self absorbed, ignorant, irrational, racist or xenophobic this article shows her to be – she uses ‘white’ thirteen times, making it clear skin colour is a decisive factor in her thinking.

I thought, in a multicultural society, we were supposed to learn from one another. What possible value would such learning be if we are not permitted to make use of anything we do absorb?

After my father died Lee, my mothers new partner, was Burgher from Sri Lanka. Was that cultural appropriation on her part? His extended family, their friends, and their extended families, were a range of colours, and all the women, brown through white, wore sari or western clothes as the mood or circumstances dictated – the men very seldom wore sarongs. As to their colour, am I going to give you some nonsense about how we were all colour blind? No, of course not. How could you not be aware of the colour of the person you were talking to? We just didn’t give a flying monkeys.

Lee introduced us to Sri Lankan style cooking, and I still prepare it, nearly 40 years later. Was that, and is that currently, cultural appropriation? If it isn’t, why isn’t it? And if it is, why should I care? Should I cease cooking mas ismoru (beef pot roast simmered in curry spices and coconut milk)? How about curried cashew nuts, kiri bath cooked with cinnamon sticks or stringhoppers?

My wife is Chinese, and her entire wardrobe is western style, as is that of both her sister and her friends. Should I get all hoity-toity and demand she show respect to my kulcha and wear only Chinese style clothing?

Really, what a whiney human being this woman is. Can’t she see any real problems in this world?

H/T Andrew Bolt

Schadenfreude in the Panama Papers

The Panama Papers - Mossack Fonseca

The Panama Papers are an unprecedented leak of 11.5m files from the database of the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The records were obtained from an anonymous source by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, which shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The ICIJ then shared them with a large network of international partners, including the Guardian and the BBC.

What do they reveal?
The documents show the myriad ways in which the rich can exploit secretive offshore tax regimes. Twelve national leaders are among 143 politicians, their families and close associates from around the world known to have been using offshore tax havens.

A $2bn trail leads all the way to Vladimir Putin. The Russian president’s best friend – a cellist called Sergei Roldugin – is at the centre of a scheme in which money from Russian state banks is hidden offshore. Some of it ends up in a ski resort where in 2013 Putin’s daughter Katerina got married.

Among national leaders with offshore wealth are Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister; Ayad Allawi, ex-interim prime minister and former vice-president of Iraq; Petro Poroshenko, president of Ukraine; Alaa Mubarak, son of Egypt’s former president; and the prime minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.

An offshore investment fund run by the father of British prime minister David Cameron avoided ever having to pay tax in Britain by hiring a small army of Bahamas residents to sign its paperwork. The fund has been registered with HM Revenue and Customs since its inception and has filed detailed tax returns every year.

The Grauniad – What are the Panama papers?

As a libertarian and someone who believes that all tax is theft, I have some measure of sympathy and indeed support for those who go to extraordinary lengths to avoid taxation and government meddling in the private affairs of citizens, for example Facebook’s Eduardo Saverin who paid a 15% exit tax on his US assets to expatriate to Singapore in 2011.

Those who are unworthy of such libertarian acclaim are those who use illegal means to hide wealth arising from bribery and corruption or who enforce taxation on the little people, but evade it themselves.

Traditionally, this has been 3rd world dictators or the governors of oil rich provinces in Nigeria and such places who essentially steal the wealth of their own populace / electorate. So it was not surprising to find these “usual suspects” in the Panama papers.

Even Vladimir Putin is not someone that I am particularly surprised at given that he has ruled Russia as President and proxy for nearly 20 years.

The sorts of names that you don’t expect are the legislators of modern Western countries such as Iceland’s PM (but not I suspect for long), Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson. Bastards like this who illustrate Leona Helmsley’s view that “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes”* should face the full force of the law.

[EDIT: and as predicted, less than a day later he's quit]

For UK politicians and business leaders, it is not just tax evasion that the Panama papers might reveal, but also crimes committed under the Bribery Act 2010 and earlier criminal statutes. For example, those cosy little 3rd world arms deals so recently brought to life in the BBC’s adaptation of John Le Carre’s “The Night Manager”.

I suspect that quite a few of the worlds elite will be having sleepless nights over the revelations and since the papers go back 40-years, I expect we will be pissing on the graves of quite a few ex politicians and members of the elite as well. GOOD!

* – Leona Helmsley disputes that she ever said this.

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