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Archive for 'Zeitgeist'

Brother Tariq and Baroness Warsi

Let’s say someone offered this stupid, callous and offensive observation on Mohamed Merah’s terrorist murder spree in Toulouse in 2012:
Politically, he was a young man adrift, imbued neither with the values of Islam, nor driven by racism and anti-Semitism. Young, disoriented, he shot at targets whose prominence and meaning seem to have been chosen based [...]

“Those silly accents” and other thoughts on the DJ prank and Jacintha Saldanha

Shocked by the consequences of what they considered to be a joke, the Australian DJs Mel Grieg and Michael Christian seem distraught.
Many people are discussing their actions. Writing in the Independent, Dom Joly discusses the concept of using consent forms before broadcasting a practical joke, in order to avoid pranks escalating into tense or tragic situations.
Mark [...]

Sign of the times

Unfortunately.

Abdul Qadir Baksh of the Luton Islamic Centre: David Duke Fan

A principle sometimes discussed here is “opposing extremism in the round”. It means opposing the vile racists of the BNP, the horrid thugs of the EDL, and Islamist hate preachers as well.
Here is a case where ”in the round” has failed.
Abdul Qadir Baksh is a prominent imam at the Luton Islamic Centre. Just [...]

Scenes from a London hatefest

Have a look at the scene at last Friday’s “Global march to Jerusalem” demonstration in London. “From the river to the sea” calls for Israel’s annihilation. A Hezbollah flag (it wasn’t the only one). The Neturei Karta freak show. “Zionism, terrorism”. This is what deranged Israel hated looks like.

This woman [...]

Time marches on

Then:

Now:

When billionaires attack

The Telegraph reports:
Billionaire Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev has physically attacked a fellow tycoon on national TV after the other man told him he would like to “punch someone’s lights out.”
Mr Lebedev, who owns The Independent and The London Evening Standard, said he felt the threat was directed at him and that he was left [...]

Life in Lexington

A couple of months ago I moved from Washington, DC, about 180 miles south to Lexington, Virginia, a town of about 7,000 in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

My niece also lives in the area (in a remote community in the woods) and teaches English and environmental studies at Washington and Lee University. In his post-Civil War [...]

Mr. Trump’s jet

Riots in England? Earthquakes on the East Coast of the US? A continuing weak economy? The European banking system facing possible collapse?
Never mind. The good news is that Donald Trump has a brand new private 757 jet.

Thank you, Mr. Trump, for allowing us to even take a look. (I’m actually semi-serious about that. In a [...]

Blame consumer capitalism too

I was taking a break from blogging last week, and so you were spared my thoughts about the rioting, arson and looting in parts of London and other UK cities (I hate alarmist headlines of the “London Is Burning” variety) as it was happening.
However if I had posted something, it probably would have been along [...]