Thursday, January 18, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
God Save The Queen
O Lord our God arise,
Not in this land alone,
From every latent foe,
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
McNulty's Days Are Numbered
'Patriots Of The World Unite'
Well, That Didn't Take Long
Barely four months after fleeing her mother’s home in the Outer Hebrides to live with her father in Pakistan, Molly, who wants to be known by her Islamic name Misbah Rana, has enrolled at the Jamia Hafsa madrassa in Islamabad, known for its pro-Taleban views and suspected links to al-Qaeda.
Just two hours after facing the press yesterday dressed in a traditional purple headscarf and shalwar kameez, she spoke to The Times at an office at the madrassa, with her face only partially visible behind a black burka. Surrounded by officials at the madrassa and appearing slightly overwhelmed by her surroundings, she spoke briefly about the latest twist in the custody battle between her parents.
Molly’s mother, Louise, has given up the fight for her daughter’s return because of the strain it has put on her health, it was disclosed yesterday.
Molly did not talk about her new education, but Sajad Rana, her father, confirmed that his daughter had moved out of his home in Lahore to study at the seminary. Admitting that he did not know when she would be back, he said: “She is a grown person, she is an adult. I would have liked her to be near me, but she wants to study Islam and she has joined this group for her education.”
He added: “The last time we were in Islamabad she spent a day at the madrassa, but now she’s made up her mind and she’s going to join it.”
The Jamia Hafsa madrassa is affiliated to Islamabad’s Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, which has been repeatedly accused by President Musharraf’s Government of providing shelter to Islamic militants wanted on terrorism charges. Both the madrassa and mosque were raided after the London bombings of July 7, 2005, when Tony Blair called on Pakistan to crack down on radical Islamic schools.
The clerics who teach there include Mullah Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who has praised Osama bin Laden and has described his students as “the local Taleban”. He has said that Muslims are “obligated” to rise up in holy war against Americans in Islamic countries occupied by US troops.
The Lal mosque was also raided in 2004 by police looking for six clerics who issued a fatwa declaring that Pakistani soldiers who died in operations against al-Qaeda militants did not deserve an Islamic burial.
The Lal mosque, the oldest in Islamabad, is run by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, a pro-Taleban party and part of the powerful Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal religious alliance that rules the Pakistan North West Frontier province.
Molly’s father said that his daughter had decided to attend the seminary after meeting human rights activists in Islamabad at a demonstration last month organised by the Islamic Centre for Research and Defence of Human Rights, which called for the Government to release suspected terrorists. Asked whether he knew that the Jamia Hafsa madrassa, which teaches about 3,500 girls aged 5 to 20, had been accused of harbouring terrorists, Mr Rana said: “I don’t know about that. What concerns me is whether my daughter is happy. If she is happy in Islamabad then it doesn’t matter to me what kind of views they have, I am not bothered with that.”
Well, It Really Was Inevitable...
And our police services' politically correct inefficacy means it's going to become more common.
Mark my words.
Ah Yes, Migrants And Inflation
She said: "We took the decision that rather than inviting a member of the church to come and lead us in prayer, that we would exchange it for a moment of quiet reflection when people can pray or meditate or reflect in their own way.
"Some of them are religious and some of them are not. Each to their own."
She said the council's work was being streamlined to "bring it into the 21st Century".
The Windmills Are A Bind
(With apologies to Michel Legrand and Alan & Marilyn Bergman)
They're a vision to behold
All the fossil fuels we're burning
Just won't keep away the cold
We must slash our greenhouse gasses
So Barroso seems to think
But in Europe thinking passes
For New Jersey's dreadful stink
If it's left to the Commission
They'll direct us what to do
But without the power stations
We'll all watch our toes turn blue.
American Liberty Is Safe In Nancy Pelosi's Hands
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Another Myth Concerning Scotland's Aging Population Busted
A year-long study by the Scottish Parliament's Futures Forum says the nation can afford to grow old, if it rethinks its approach to retirement...
Lord Sutherland, who wrote the blueprint for elderly care, has concluded that an older population need not cost the nation more but that working patterns for older people should become more flexible.
"However this need not be the case. An awful lot of people are peeling out of the workforce at 50, burned out.
"That shouldn't happen. There's something wrong with the way that we're operating in society if that's the case.
"If, however, we begin to modulate the pattern of working so that people are perhaps working less in the currently final years of working life, that may encourage them and make it possible for them to continue for a longer period to contribute."
The report recommends the introduction of "phased" retirement though shorter hours, job shares and increased leave, as well as mentoring schemes allowing skills to be passed down the generations.
It also urges free 'financial MoTs' at key life stages, and the founding of a National Ageing Forum to monitor strategies.
A Scottish Executive spokesman claimed the report matched much of its own thinking on ageing.
Some Thoughts On The Synergies Between The Cost Of Living, Environmentalism And Immigration
'Holland's Post Secular Future'
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
George W. Bush Remembers The Alamo
Take One Step Forward And - SPIT!
Clyde Wilson On History
But a society without ancestors (bastards?) is not the worst of the American decline. The worst is a lost future. Our forebears felled forests, planted trees, built houses, fought wars in the consciousness that the benefits would accrue to their descendants more than to themselves.
A people who took any thought to the welfare of their grandchildren, much less future generations of their own blood, could not possibly tolerate the ongoing destruction of our human environment by politicians and plutocrats. Burke defined civilization as the awareness of the interconnection of past, present, and future. Conservatism was the preservation of the essence of civilization amidst the inevitable flux and chaos of existence.
But I can’t worry about that right now. I have to watch Oprah and then go to the mall. Only in America."
Oil Price Notes
Uzbeks In Ireland
Or he was in Ireland, at least for a while...
What The Labour Party In The West Of Scotland Looks Like
Does Larry Kudlow Read William F. Buckley, Jnr.?
One learns that the mayor of Stamford, Mr. Daniel Malloy, comes in at #83. His pay is $107,000 — (I will round out the last three digits). For whatever reason, he took home a little more than his base pay, grossing $110,000. Without digging out mayors' salaries in other cities of equivalent size and resources, one's reaction is: That's about what to expect.
The city employee at the bottom of the list of the top 100 is a "police officer." But mark this. His salary was $59,000, but he took home $107,000. Roughly speaking, twice his salary.
Move, now, to the top-earning city servant. He is the superintendent of schools. His salary was $251,000, his gross, $244,000. It isn't explained why he lost $7,000. Maybe an illiterate student was found, and laid at his door.
But now it becomes interesting.
So it goes. The #3 earner is "Police sergeant." Sergeant, not admiral, or general. Base pay is $65,000, take-home pay, $169,000. Two-and-one-half times base pay.
The Advocate's headline: "Police Are/Prominent/On City's/Pay Chart." Subhead: "21 of 25 Highest-paid/Workers Are Officers."
The writer parses the pay of Captain Richard Conklin, who is head of the department's narcotics and organized crime unit. Capt. Conklin made $85,000 in base pay, $44,000 in overtime, $76,000 in extra-duty pay, and $1,420 in overtime paid by the Board of Education.
The reader tends to ask, what is the difference between "overtime" and "extra duty?" Can someone do both at the same time? If not, and if compensation is even, and $85K was right for 40 hours per week, $44K would suggest an additional 20 hours. And $75K yet an additional 37 hours. That would be a work week of 97 hours per week. Assuming he did not work on Sundays, that would have him working 16 hours every day, six days a week, which makes life tough on the family, to say nothing of Capt. Conklin.
The mayor was defensive about all of this when questioned by the reporter. He said that some of the "extra duty" work is paid for by "non-city" sources. Thus, the police officer who does "extra work" for the Stamford Mall is paid by the mall. The mayor adds that it is cheaper to pay overtime to existing staff than to hire brand new police officers to do the work. All of that has not closed off criticism. Board of Finance member Joseph Tarzia said police salaries were "outrageous."
And all of this, on the New York City scene, will be intensively examined in the quarrels and palaver over Mayor Bloomberg's proposed cuts. The Stamford preview will cause a burdened citizenry to ask not only the obvious questions — Have payrolls got out of hand? — but derivative questions: Are the police overburdened? How much of their time is consumed smelling out 18-year-olds smoking marijuana? And at the other end of the scale, every policeman on the Stamford list is, by the rhetoric of the Democrats who rail against the Bush tax cuts, including Mayor Malloy, "rich." Your local police officer in Stamford, by the ranking of critics looking for the rich and starting in at $100,000 — is rich.
Only in America."
'The Disappearance Of Down Syndrome Kids'
Monday, January 08, 2007
Some Thoughts On Papist Posturing
"Yet people who would never consider such barbarous behaviour, people who long for peace just as we do, are still prepared to threaten death and devastation, out of fear.
"The world's most powerful governments, including our own, seem determined to base our security on having nuclear weapons available."
Poland's Road To Nowehere
East Asian Anti-White Racism In London
But the other driver went berserk and Jane claims his girlfriend violently attacked her...
A silver Audi in front hit her Volvo as the driver attempted a U-turn. The car drove off but Jane followed it. After it stopped about a mile away, she produced her insurance documents and the camera, which had been provided by her insurer, Norwich Union, for use in an accident.
She said: "The driver, a man of Asian appearance, went mad, crouching on the road and screaming, "No photos, no photos." His girlfriend punched me twice on the face. I suffered severe bruising. I was stunned and I pleaded with passers-by to be witnesses, but nobody would agree.
"Both the driver and his girlfriend were racially abusing me, calling me 'white trash' and 'a fat bitch'. It was like something from a Quentin Tarantino movie.
"I called the police. When I gave a statement at Stoke Newington police station the officer told me, "You were foolish to take pictures. That's why you got hit. Nobody round here likes having their photos taken. You brought it on yourself''....
"In relation to the assault, officers identified an address for the driver and visited it to arrest him. But he no longer resided at that address and there was no forwarding address."
Norman Brennan of the Victims of Crime Trust said: "It is bizarre that the insurance company can liaise with this man but the police have seemed unable to do so."
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Change And The Lie
Snakes On A Plane
Saturday, January 06, 2007
The Joys Of Cousin Marriage In Leeds
The reader asks, 'what should we do with people who commit this sort of crime?'
I have no idea.
Can Corrupt Nations Win Wars?
Hebrew University political science professor Menachem Hofnung told United Press International Israel had been among the 10 most honest countries in the world. It dropped to number 34 in a list of some 130 countries.
Hofnung attributed the decline, in part, to the political system of primaries in which politicians bought influence by providing jobs, permits and tax benefits.
The Likud's Central Committee earned a notorious reputation. Former minister Limor Livnat once asked that committee whether it elected the ministers so that they would provide jobs and the resounding answer was: "Yes."
Professor Avraham Friedman, former dean of the School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, who was also Civil Service Commissioner, said Israeli society has gone through a "radical change" and has become "very materialistic."
People judge themselves by their economic achievements and the barriers society put up are weak, Friedman indicated. Israeli income tax suspects people of cheating in their reports but when it catches them it shows leniency.
The Israeli system is also doing a better job in exposing wrongdoing, Friedman added."
The War Nerd On Saddam's Execution
Friday, January 05, 2007
The Christmas Drink Driving Figures
Dogs Of Death
What The Productivity Boom Looks Like Up Close
The upper graph charts the depressing fact that while British productivity growth increased during the third quarter of 2006, unit wage costs did not increase at the same rate; in fact, they went into decline.
The Office of National Statistics reports that,
"Whole economy unit wage costs in the third quarter of 2006 were 1.9 per cent higher than the same quarter a year earlier, unchanged from the second quarter of 2006. This is due to the increase in growth rate of average wages and salaries matching the increase in growth rate of output per worker."
To try to hide wage rate decline behind an annual trend of year on year increase while admitting that unit wage costs did not rise from quarter to quarter is an interesting sleight of hand, but one easily given the lie by ONS' own graph.
The lower graph charts British corporate profitability in Q3 2006; according to the ONS,
"The overall profitability of UK private non-financial corporations in the third quarter of 2006 was 15.2 per cent, which was higher than the revised estimate of 14.9 per cent recorded in the previous quarter."
The graph shows profitability to have been trending gently upward during every first quarter since 2002.
One wonders what dent actually paying workers in Scotland and Northern Ireland for the incredible volume of unpaid overtime they provide would make on those profitability figures.
After all they're being productive during these hours, doing their bit to make us wealthier and more competitive - why can't they be paid for it?
Why aren't they being paid for it?
They don't have a lobby, and without a lobby they just can't compete; the Romanian Embassy in London acts a lobby for Romanian immigration and Bulgarians seem to know which precisely which skilled and high-tech jobs they feel entitled to.
Bulgaria is the sort of country where if you die there, your organs get stolen and they send your body back packed with sawdust.
That's the competition.
The NHS will always plead 'lack of staff' as an excuse for more immigration to keep people working harder while earning less, even when the official immigration figures are so thoroughly flawed that nobody can rely on them.
Or China. You might only earn four cents a day, but at least you'll be more likely to be living in a flat tax economy - an idea too revolutionary for Blighty. The multi-billion pound tax avoidance lobby, the lawyers and accountants, would never wear it.
No, we're too busy coddling foreigners and tolerating the spread of religious sedition to worry about the humiliation corporations heap on fellow citizens simply looking for a job; and that's even before anyone starts bitching about their 'productivity'.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
A Very British Fascism
As if it really matters; but the admission of a commentor calling himself 'James of England' that he makes his living offshoring British business to India is not without some comedy value.
Such debates are redundancies, distractions borne from the desire to seek refuge under ideological labels' comfort blanket rather than serious attempts to address what opponents of civilisation such as the BNP actually stand for.
The best way to hammer the BNP forever would be for the Conservative Party to debate it on the BNP's terms; but the Tories will never do that while led by David Cameron, because doing so would tacitly acknowledge that his agenda is not the country's.
That he should be so far removed from the country's roots isn't surprising - he has nothing in common with 99.9% of the population - but this deliberate dereliction of what is his most important duty is just another symptom of the cause of much of what has hobbled British public life since the end of the Second World War.
"...The Fascist State organizes the nation, but leaves a sufficient margin of liberty to the individual; the latter is deprived of all useless and possibly harmful freedom, but retains what is essential; the deciding power in this question cannot be the individual, but the State alone...."
"Their taxes help pay for our public services and our pensions, long after many migrants have returned home.
"Their presence also helps keep inflation low at a time when there are many forces pushing the other way."
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Prediction Of The Year
Paul Craig Roberts On Offshoring
Amen, PCR, and it's the same all over.
A Canophobe Bites Back
Monday, January 01, 2007
Dancing The Tyburn Jig
Keys is a textbook, if particularly vicious and nasty, example of the kind of fractious English crank whose existence blights British public life. A ruthless narcissist who would have remained deservedly unknown, on a fat public sector pension, had he not been determined to milk his own son's death for every ounce of publicity it was worth, in that moment Keys lost all sympathy I had for him - and showed himself worthy of the kind of summary justice that the English used to be good at dealing out to each other, to be dragged up an alley and have ten bells kicked out of him by the creations of Dornford Yates, in the process.
If that seems harsh, one really couldn't care less - Keys has clearly never had to support a loved one through the aftermath of a suicide by hanging.
Nearly seven years after the event, I still occasionally have to warn that loved one that the newspaper they're about to pick up contains an image they might find distressing; so the pictures that the world's media have all lovingly published over the weekend, of Saddam Hussein getting ready to swing, has made for rather awkward news viewing.
Eat your heart out, Reg! They'd have been talking about you for ever if you'd stepped off the pylon! You'd have become Solihull's answer to Jan Palach! You wouldn't have been around to enjoy it, but hey - your name would liveth for evermore!
According to the figures, 1,316 girls under the age of 18 had a second abortion during 2005 with 90 girls having a third abortion.
Another 44 women had undergone eight or more abortions including 20 who were under the age of 30."