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Your loss, Professor Hawking:

An Israeli company has reinvented the wheel – literally.

Business Insider reports that Softwheel, a Tel Aviv company, has improved upon one of mankind’s most basic tools – adding maneuverability and stability for wheelchair uses and cyclists alike.

Softwheel’s “Selective Suspension Technology” is activated when a wheel encounters an impact above a certain threshold, according to the daily, moving the wheel hub to cushion the shock effect and lessening the impact for the rider.

The threshold can be pre-set by the user, who can change it at any time to adapt to the commute, according to PSFK.

The invention has been named as one of the “Top 7 Most Exciting Alternative Modes of Transport in Israel” by Israel21c and is expected to expand to other vehicles and applications, according to the news site.

Has it been a year since Stephen Hawking committed uncommitted committed to the boycott of all things Israeli?

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center, called Hawking’s boycott hypocritical.

“His whole computer-based communication system runs on a chip designed by Israel’s Intel team. I suggest that if he truly wants to pull out of Israel, he should also pull out his Intel Core i7 from his tablet.”

She suggested that he should also consult his academic contacts and the Intel engineers in Israel before deciding to boycott.

“He seems to have no understanding of this world.”

Ha! Put him at the event horizon of a black hole and Hawking could tell you where to buy the freshest cannoli. Put him on terra firma, however, and he’s at sea.

If this Israeli wheelchair comes equipped with GPS, perhaps it can point the greatest English mind in physics since Newton toward true north and not toward Mecca.

I beg your pardon! I shouldn’t belch, I know, but gosh if those tiny bubbles in my SodaStream beverage don’t make their way out one way or another.

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Syriasly?

Syria is a mess. News flash, I know. There is a lot of blame to go around, a bit of which falls on Obama’s feckless “red-line” comment, a check his mouth wrote but his resolve could not cash.

But Israel’s fault?

The Syrian revolution did not have to turn violent, Labwani told The Times of Israel in a telephone conversation from Amman, Jordan, recalling the early days of the uprising, which erupted in the southern city of Daraa in March 2011. Syrians took up arms, he said, after the Assad regime treated the population in a “criminal, unacceptable way.” Now, he asserted, there’s no going back on toppling Bashar Assad by all possible means.

It is extremely rare for a Syrian dissident to speak openly with Israeli media, but Labwani, who has sought political asylum in Sweden, believes the Syrian uprising has shattered many Arab taboos, including the cultural Arab taboo on engaging Israel.

“I am not the only one [who speaks to Israelis]; there are many others like me. Three years of revolution have destroyed many intellectual and cultural principles,” he said. “People today have begun thinking outside the box, exploring two fundamental things: changing ourselves and seeking help.”

Discouraged by the opposition’s traditional allies, Labwani now believes Israel is the Syrians’ best hope. The Jewish state has both the military capacity to help the Syrian opposition and the strategic incentive to do so.

“Israel is able to change the international mood,” he said. “You have ties with all decision-making centers in neighboring countries, and could change opinions if you would be convinced to.”

The field hospital established by the IDF on the Syrian border has had a significant positive impact on Israel’s image among the population of southern Syria, Labwani said. Nevertheless, most Syrians are still convinced that Israel is backing Bashar Assad, a sentiment that can be changed through a clear Israeli stance.

“If today 90 percent of Syrians believe you support Assad, what have you gained? Nothing. In my opinion, a clear political declaration from Israel saying Assad is a criminal will have a very important impact. Today, we hear conflicting statements.”

But a moral position by Israel is not enough. Israel must extend military assistance to Syrian forces fighting Assad, based on the internationally recognized “responsibility to protect,” he said.

Now, hold on, Ahmed. Israel didn’t start your civil war. Why should a single drop of Jewish blood be spilled to finish it? Because Syrians will be their bestest friends forevah if they do? I rather see a scenario where every Al Qaeda tool in the world joins the jihad against the Zionists. Such a headache Israel doesn’t need.

But you know what else Israel does to Syria? Are you sitting down?

In countless papers, including presumed studies published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, Israel has been accused of causing Arab men to beat Arab women because of the so-called Israeli “occupation.”

You bastards! Why are you making Arab men beat their women?

Accordiong to Khetam Malkawai, in today’s Jordan Times, “almost 88.9 per cent of Syrian women refugees who visited (18) counselling centers in Jordan are victims of violence.”

As someone who is studying honor-based violence and honor killing, I found that the following statistics, gathered by the Arab Women’s Organization, confirm my anecdotal and interview-obtained information. In terms of domestic violence, “83 per cent of the Syrian women reported they are victims of violence inflicted on them by their parents, while 72 per cent cited their husbands and 56 per cent their brothers.”

As long as young Arab and Muslim girls are normatively beaten by their parents and brothers; forcibly veiled, secluded, and monitored; forced into marriage at young ages, often to their first or second cousins; not allowed to obtain an education and a profession, and prevented from becoming independent—just so long will Arab civilization remain stagnant.

That doesn’t sound like “the occupation”. You know what it does sound like?

Winston Churchill:

‘How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

‘Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.

You know what happened to the British political candidate who read those words aloud?

On Saturday, Paul Weston of Liberty GB, a candidate in next month’s European elections, was speaking on the steps of Winchester Guildhall and quoting Winston Churchill on the matter of Muslims (from The River War, young Winston’s book on the Sudanese campaign). He was, in short order, arrested by half-a-dozen police officers, shoved in the back of a van and taken away to be charged under a “Section 27 Dispersal Notice”. I had charitably assumed this was a more severe equivalent of the parade licensing that American municipalities use to discourage public participation by disfavored groups – ie, Mr Weston was arrested because he did not have his paperwork in order. I dislike such laws, but in America their use testifies at least to a certain squeamishness about directly punishing someone for the content of his speech.

Not so in Britain. The coppers dropped the Section 27 Dispersal business, and instead charged Mr Weston with a “Racially Aggravated Crime” – in other words, he’s being charged explicitly for the content of that Churchill passage, and the penalty could be two years in jail.

CAnt say this often enough: what a effed-up world.

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Baby Boob Job Will Live!

We’re delighted to hear that the Big Brother baby will be a little brother (or sister):

Josie Cunningham, the notorious NHS boob job mum, has decided not to abort her unborn baby in her quest for fame.

The 23-year-old caused outrage last week when she claimed she would undergo the procedure in order to appear on Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother.

“But I have four endorsement deals in the pipeline including one for a dating site and there are other TV opportunities coming in too.

“I’ll still do whatever it takes to achieve my goal and being a mum isn’t going to get in my way.

Cunningham made the decision to keep her baby after she felt it kick for the first time.

The former escort is unsure who the father of the baby is but claimed one candidate – an unnamed Premier League footballer – had offered to pay for the abortion privately.

What possible “goals” could she have after being an “escort” and receiving free knockers courtesy of the UK taxpayers? The girl thinks big (in more ways than one). We’re certain that the 23-year-old mother (going on 43 from the looks of her) will make a lovely…mother.

At least she chose real “reproductive health”, and not the euphemism peddled by the pro-abortion crowd.

PS: If the baby has such a big kick that it changed her mind, my money is on the “unnamed Premier League footballer.”

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Pies Not Lies

If I could think of a good rhyme for “brownshirt”, I’d suggest it, but until then:

For years, Jewish and pro-Israel groups have been debating how best to combat the [BDS] movement, but according to British activist Simon Cobbs, the answer may be simpler than they might think: “By laughing at them.”

The topic of boycotts is, of course, a serious one – and the BDS Movement itself is no laughing matter, as Cobbs himself well knows. Like many other British Jews, he accuses BDS of stoking anti-Semitic sentiment through its “bullying tactics”, by singling out the Jewish state not just for criticism, but with calls to dismantle it completely.

He points to the links between groups individuals associated with BDS, and anti-Semitic groups spanning the far-left and far-right, including Islamist hate preachers. That atmosphere has spawned violence on many occasions…

So how have they done it?

The key, says Cobbs, is to always stay on the front foot, keep it simple, and avoid falling into the trap of being reactive – and a good dose of Jewish humor.

SFI’s first ever major campaign, for example, was titled “Bagels Against Bigotry,” and simply involved supporters turning up to share bagel sandwiches at the regular SFI rally. “It was so successful we ended up giving three carloads to the local homeless shelter.”

That was soon followed by “They Bring Hate, We Bring Cake,” and the group’s most successful event to date: “They Tell Lies, We Bring Pies,” (“It was the only thing which rhymed with lies!”)

“The best way of attracting people from the Jewish community is not through letters about why you should support Israel, but with food!” he quips.

“The topic is incredibly serious… but the way to combat that is to laugh at them… to ridicule them. Because they really are foolish.

“When you say to them ‘you say you support gay rights and women’s rights but you also support a regime that would outlaw homosexuality and sideline women…’ at that point they go quiet, because they are unable to answer the questions.

“That’s why we stand up to them week after week, because when you scratch the surface and stand up to these bullies and show them for what they are, the truth comes out.”

And, he chuckles with a sense of incredulity, “they do it to themselves… they keep giving me stuff that is video gold!”

If you don’t understand the duck call, SFI has taken to calling the BDS-ers “ducks”, as in if it walks like an antisemite and talks like an antisemite…

All it takes is one candle to illuminate a dark world.

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Who’s Up for a Little Single-Payer News?

You haven’t eaten yet, have you? Good.

Just some headlines:

Mum who lost baby hits out at NHS staff shortages after two more newborns die at same hospital

One in 16 patients in NHS hospitals picks up infection, warns watchdog

Labour considers raising national insurance to fix £30bn NHS ‘black hole’

NHS bosses shut walk-in centres as A&E crisis deepens while desperate hospitals want to turn away patients

NHS faces strike threat as 500,000 healthcare staff to be balloted

‘I was accused of fraud, sexual impropriety and assault’: Whistleblower cardiologist details decade-long NHS bullying campaign after he exposed deadly hospital failings

All of which demands this be asked:

Who would now dare put their trust in the NHS?

Well, one person:

‘This time next year I won’t have a baby. I’ll be famous instead’: Four-months’ pregnant woman who had £4,800 boob job on NHS wants abortion so she can appear on Big Brother

These scandalous headlines come from the liberal and conservative press. They highlight some of the whopping lies Obama has spewed (bending the “cost curve”; universal coverage); they betray the folly of government-run health care being about health care rather than about government.

But the boob-job lady who wants to terminate her baby so that she can appear on Big Brother is the face of Socialized Medicine. She takes no responsibility for her actions—she’s a wholly owned subsidiary of the NHS. She takes silicon implants and returns an aborted fetus. And it’s all free, free, free! (If you call now, we’ll abort your twins for no extra cost!) She’s a monstrous extension of Sandra Fluke, who (as a 30-year-old, remember) wanted a Jesuit institution to cover birth control and abortifacients. It’s one thing to want that—it’s quite another to testify at a fake hearing to demand it.

All of these crushingly depressing headlines are as much a feature of socialized medicine as bed sores and MRSA epidemics.

In case you think I’m being unfair to Britain:

Sweden’s problem is access to care. According to the Euro Health Consumer Index 2013, Swedish patients suffer from inordinately long wait times to get an appointment with a doctor, specialist treatment or even emergency care. Wait times are Europe’s longest, and Swedes dependent on the public-health system have to wait months or even years for certain procedures, or are denied treatment.

For example, Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare reports that as of 2013, the average wait time (from referral to start of treatment) for “intermediary and high risk” prostate cancer is 220 days. In the case of lung cancer, the wait between an appointment with a specialist and a treatment decision is 37 days.

This waiting is what economists call rationing—the delay or even failure to provide care due to government budgetary decisions. So the number of people seeking care far outweighs the capabilities of providers, translating into insurance in name but not in practice. This is likely to be a result of ObamaCare as well.

Look at it this way, maybe we’ll all look as hot as Swedes.

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Ben Hecht

I first saw this at Caroline Glick’s site, but she quotes only part of it.

It’s awesome.

From 1948:

In these dark centuries that have never ended—the Jews carried the dream of Israel in their hearts. The Hebrew Nation of David and the Kings had been hammered to bits—but the bits refused to die. Every Jewish poet, every rabbi, and every worker at his bench kept alive this dream. In Spain after a thousand years of torment—the Jews still sang of their Jerusalem and their Holy Land. Jehuda Halevy [sic], the Hebrew poet of Spain, wrote of a homeland no Jew had seen for a thousand years:

Jerusalem, oh City of Splendor, oh bright home of the Jews—our spirit flies to you from many lands. In the East—in the far land of the cedar and the lemon trees our hearts lie. And our souls dwell beside the sun gone down on Israel.

The sun is no longer down. A champion fights in Palestine. He will not surrender. But he calls on us. He needs us.

If he loses, he will lose because we did not put a gun in his hand.

He will lose because we—and not he—were too small for the hour of Jewish destiny.

He will lose because the Jews of the world dreamed away the days of battle.

But these are only words I speak—words to wake up Jews if there are any asleep. He will not lose. No cause that had behind it the sweet and powerful dream of freedom—has ever lost. This dream does not stand on the battlefields alone. It stands in us.

There are twenty-eight million Arabs. There are British wealth and British officers—and British military equipment. There are eight hundred thousand Jews—besieged and encircled by this Goliath tonight.

A David stands against Goliath. I ask you Jews—buy him a stone for his slingshot.

Some background: that was Hollywood screenwriter, Ben Hecht, at an LA fundraiser for Menachem Begin’s Irgun fighters. As the introduction to the piece explains, the event was hosted by notorious LA gangster, Mickey Cohen. It cleared $200,000 (probably).

What I love about it is the language. Pithy, punchy, straight out of Hollywood dialogue of the 30s and 40s. Alone or with Charles McArthur, credited or uncredited, he worked on some of the greatest films from Hollywood’s Golden Age.

[W]hat have we American Jews to gain by the triumph of the Jewish nation now battling in Palestine? We are a happy people in the U.S.A. But we are happy as Americans, not as Jews. Not entirely happy—as Jews. The slaughter of our kind in Europe has left a wound in our spirits that our victory as Americans in the war has not entirely healed. It is a Jewish wound kept always open by the fear of the future. And despite the honors and positions we have won in America, we are no different as Jews than our fathers and grandfathers in Europe. We are like them, as Jews—uncertain, despairing, disenchanted, and always singing ourselves to sleep with the happy news that we have friends in court.

The Jews have always had friends in court—but they have never won a verdict. They have been always a noise without power, a talent without roots, a homelover without a doorstep of their own. They have worn fine clothes—and remained a fine nobody. They have always been going somewhere—but they have come from nowhere. And a man who comes from nowhere is a lesser man than one who comes from a place. There is always mystery and suspicion about such a man.

The nationalized soul of every nation, however civilized, abhors instinctively the nationalistic vacuum out of which the Jew is perpetually emerging. Having no land of his own, the Jew is looked on as a man who would—if given the chance—usurp the land of his host.

This has been true even of our own melting pot—a pot in which every immigrant has fused away his antecedents—except the Jew. A man from Sweden, Ireland, Luxemburg, Hungary, Italy—as soon as he loses the accents of those places—can become an American without suspicion or hyphen attached to him. The Jew, with or without accent—can become only an American Jew.

This is part of our stake in Palestine. A Jewish nation will remove our mystery and give us origins and permit us to thrive in the world—on an equal footing with other nationals. We can paradoxically become American then—for we will not be carrying around in our souls the confusion of what we are—and spreading this confusion among our always easily confused neighbors.

And we will not seem like the remnant of some stubborn religious sect given to weird and alien religious practices. Without losing our religion we will lose our two-thousand-year-old dangerous identity as religious fanatics—an absurd identity, but an identity ready made for the devilish schemes of bigots and rabble rousers; an identity that has brought intolerance and disaster down on us. We will lose that identity, for the land of Israel will have a flag, an army, and a congress to prove we are like other people—and that we stem from a normal state and not be black magic out of a hole in the past.

Just look at the news from Kansas City to see how relevant that position is today.

But there is a stake beyond these stakes of convenience and aggrandizement that we Jews have in the battle for Palestine. Is that battle lost—we Jews, all of us, are lost for another seven generations. We will have made our bid for human national status—whether we helped or hid our heads in a bag—and if this bid fails we will become a gabby and empty people, a gabby and defeated people—more so than ever in our history.

We will become losers. And this name will track us down in every city and village of America—and fasten itself to us. Not losers of a war—every nation has had that tag on it, but losers of the right to exist as anything but what we have been—the dubious guest in the house. If our bid for a flag and a homeland fails, we will all of us stand guilty before the world of an unworthiness. And this unworthiness we will, for a change, have deserved—if it comes to us. It is our duty to see that it does not come to us. It is in our power to prevent its coming. We will win—if the long dreaming soul of the Jew is wakened.

Hecht was not always a Zionist, but he was always a writer. This speech was lost to posterity until only recently:

Tucked amid the Ben Hecht Papers at the Newberry Library in Chicago is an undated typescript of 21 pages, with a penciled heading: “Speech at dinner at Slapsy Maxie’s, L.A., financed by Mickey Cohen.” Hecht was, of course, a fabled writer for stage and screen, Mickey Cohen was the notorious Los Angeles gangland boss (recently portrayed by Sean Penn in the movie Gangster Squad), and the speech, which has never before been published, is one of the most riveting and remarkable Jewish fundraising speeches ever delivered. What gives?

What gives is that an LA (Jewish) mob boss held a fundraiser for the nascent state of Israel at a joint he (mostly) owned (fronted by the washed-up—Jewish—boxer of the name), at the behest of a (Jewish) Hollywood scribbler who penned some of the most iconic movies in history (and who often had to work anonymously to avoid British boycotts of his movies).

Is this a great country, or what? (Was. Was a great country.) I have more faith today in the Israel Hecht imagines than in the America I see.

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When No Means Yes

Have you ever heard a less convincing denial?

Hamas denied on Sunday news over the arrest of three of its members by Egyptian authorities on charges of planning to assassinate the presidential hopeful Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Abu Zuhri added that publishing such news is an offense to Egypt, as it shows that its army and security services are fragile and unable to preserve its security nor protect its borders.

He also added that such news “offends” the Palestinian resistance.

Awww…

The Kuwaiti newspaper posted news on Sunday claiming that Egyptian security services have arrested three Hamas elements allegedly planning to assassinate Sisi.

The elements, according to Al-Rai, sneaked through tunnels from Gaza to Sinai. Egyptian security claimed that they were caught with a message to assassinate Sisi.

I have to admit the last part sounds suspicious. Aren’t elite assassins trained to swallow such incriminating evidence? Or it’s supposed to self-destruct in five seconds? The rest of it, however—the tunnels, the conspiracy to commit murder, the lies—that’s Hamass all over.

And this is their supporters all over:

British MP George Galloway, who is known for his hatred towards Israel and his backing of the Hamas terrorist group, has come up with an interesting theory regarding the unrest in Ukraine.

According to Galloway, “the Zionists” engineered the situation in Ukraine in order to bring “the Nazis” to power and have the Ukrainian Jews “settle in Palestine”.

“The bizarre alliance in the Maidan between former Israeli army officers [is] the most ugly alliance you can possibly imagine. [This] is part of the thinking of this… Well, if these Nazis come to power in Kiev, and they hate Jews so much, the remaining Ukrainian Jews will feel that they have to go and settle in Palestine,” he continued.

In August last year he accused Israel of giving Al-Qaeda chemical weapons to use against civilians in Syria.

Later, when confronted by another British parliamentarian about his remarks which were made on the same Press TV show, Galloway blatantly lied and claimed, “I said no such thing.”

Britain lives in fear of Mad Cow Disease. Now you know why.

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His Name Was Cole, Not Coal

You can practically hear the mind of the eco-leftie whirring and clanking: what is the net carbon (baby) footprint?

In what seems like a scene from a bad horror movie, a new report from the United Kingdom shows that over 15,000 aborted or miscarried babies were incinerated alongside garbage, and two hospitals even used fetal remains in the incinerator used to heat the hospital.

The National Health Service, the single-payer healthcare provider in the United Kingdom, immediately put a ban to the practice of burning fetuses to heat a hospital.

One of the country’s leading hospitals, Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge, incinerated 797 babies below 13 weeks gestation at their own ‘waste to energy’ plant. The mothers were told the remains had been ‘cremated.’

Another ‘waste to energy’ facility at Ipswich Hospital, operated by a private contractor, incinerated 1,101 foetal remains between 2011 and 2013.

They were brought in from another hospital before being burned, generating energy for the hospital site. Ipswich Hospital itself disposes of remains by cremation.

Parents of miscarried babies were not given options as to what would happen to the remains of their child.

Technically, “cremation” is not a lie.

Does anyone disagree with me that this is the sort of thing that is likely to happen when we outsource our morality to our government? I sure hope the state-run hospitals didn’t say something like: “If you like your dead baby, you can keep your dead baby.”

Even my minimally-developed sense of decency forbids me from writing anything further.

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Dear Israel: Bugger Off

Once upon a time, the British thought thusly of a state for the Jews in their historic lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea:

That was then. (The original promise included modern-day Jordan too, btw.)

This is now:

The British architects’ union has declared a boycott of its Israeli counterpart, in the latest development of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement’s crusade targeting the Jewish state.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced on its internet site that it will act to suspend the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from the International Union of Architects…

At the meeting, former RIBA President Angela Brady said if the group didn’t boycott Israel, it would implicitly support “land grabs, forced removals, killing the state [sic] and human rights, and reinforcement of apartheid,” reports The Guardian.

However, other council members noted the horrific human rights abuses committed by other countries, such as North Korea, which is a member of RIBA. “Don’t you think architects are designing prison camps and torture chambers there?” asked council member Francesca Weal at the meeting.

Yeah, so? At least they’re torturing and imprisoning (and starving and murdering) their own people.

For the BDS-ers, this is all in a day’s sedition:

An NGO Monitor report released two weeks ago, in time for British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Israel visit, revealed that the UK, along with the European Union (EU) and other EU governments, is financing NGO lawfare against Israel’s legal system.

The report exposes how the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been acting to sabotage Israel’s legal processes. It further reports that the UK granted £6 million (roughly $10 million) to NRC between 2011 and 2015 to influence Israeli policies and lobby for international sanctions against Israel. Between the UK, the EU, Norway and Sweden, NRC received over $20 million between 2011 and 2013.

In a related story:

Meanwhile, just this week it was reported that the British legal system, for the first time, is poised to adopt Islamic Sharia law, in a decision allowing solicitors to write Islamic wills denying women an equal share of inheritances and exclude non-Muslims altogether.

If you’re quiet and the wind is right, you can hear the British slander themselves. Though why anyone should listen…

PS: Why can’t Israel design buildings like the Brits?

The call it The Gherkin. This being a family blog, I can’t share with you what I call it.

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Which Side Are You On?

The two savages (I’ve weighed the use of that word and found it apt) who butchered (ditto) Lee Rigby in the street were sentenced to life in prison the other day.

During the sentencing, this exchange ensued:

Mr Justice Sweeney was not far into his sentencing remarks in Court 2 of the Old Bailey when trouble erupted in the high-security glass dock.

“You were radicalised and each became an extremist – espousing a cause and views which, as has been said elsewhere, are a betrayal of Islam and of the peaceful Muslim communities who give so much to our country,” the judge was telling the defendants.

“It’s a lie!” shouted Adebowale from the dock. “It’s not a betrayal of Islam! You and America will never be safe”

Nine security guards did their best to stifle the outburst, piling onto the men, and lifting Adebolajo into the air.

From the bench, the judge indicated with a downturned finger that the murderers should be removed form court.


Assalamu alaykum

That pretty well puts both sides of the case, I’d say. Pinning a lone man with your car against a wall and then dismembering him with a cleaver either is or is not a “betrayal of Islam”. We non-Muslims (infidels if you prefer) have standing in the debate, as we are occasionally the victims of these betrayals/non-betrayals. Young Rigby himself, Daniel Pearl, soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Fogels of Itamar… one could go on and on. The list of Muslims betrayed/not-betrayed by other Muslims would be even longer—and it is the gravest sin for one Muslim to kill another (unless attacked).

This is an issue that is raised over and over, and we get no closer to resolving it. Muslims like these two savages, and Osama bin Laden and just about every Abu and mullah you can name, urge and exhort their followers to kill away. Men in robes and powdered wigs speak of the “peaceful Muslim communities who give so much to our country”. Can both sides be right? Can one faith have two such wildly different expressions?

Again, if Britain and America “will never be safe”, we have a say. As does China (if we are to believe news reports about the knife attacks), and just about every country on the globe.We certainly can’t be afraid to raise a question that raises itself every day.

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Nice T*ts

That’s not me talking; it’s Edward Snowden.

You should be flattered:

A British spy agency collected millions of still images while eavesdropping on Yahoo webcam chats by citizens of the U.K., the U.S. and other countries, according to a new report Thursday.

Citing documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Guardian reports that the British program known as “Optic Nerve” was designed to test and improve the agency’s facial recognition software capabilities. According to the documents, the British spy agency GCHQ snooped on “unselected” Yahoo users—that is, people who were spied on at random regardless of whether or not they were suspected of any wrongdoing—during webcam chats and took millions of still shots at five-minute intervals. The GCHQ does not have the technical capability to ensure that no images of British or American citizens were included in the bulk collection, the Guardian reports, and proper legal authorization is required for GCHQ to conduct data searches on people likely to be in the U.K. at the time.

In sorting through the massive amount of information it collected starting in 2008, when Optic Nerve first launched as a prototype program, U.K. spies were met with an explicit challenge: pornography

“Unfortunately, it would appear that a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show intimate parts of their body to the other person,” one document leaked by Snowden says. “Also, the fact that the Yahoo software allows more than one person to view a webcam stream without necessarily sending a reciprocal stream means that it appears sometimes to be used for broadcasting pornography.”

I’m sorry, is that wrong?

But it ain’t just British spooks:

The British surveillance agency GCHQ and the United States National Security Agency (NSA) have intercepted and stored webcam images of millions of users worldwide of the online news and social networking provider Yahoo.

Obama didn’t begin this massive violation of privacy, but it’s all his now. And he’s done so little about it, it makes me wonder what movies he’s showing in the White House screening room.

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European Exceptionalism

Typically, societies don’t commit suicide, at least not intentionally. Europe has tired of genocide (two world wars, Nazism, Stalinism, centuries of nationalist and ethnic strife, millennia of persecution of Jews), moved past suicide (plunging birth rates, creeping Eurabianism), and gone straight to kindercide:

A Judiciary Committee has rejected calls for extra hearings before sending Belgium’s Child Euthanasia Bill for a final parliamentary vote. The decision clears the way for it to be passed to the lower house for consideration and a vote sometime before May…

Unlike the Netherlands which allows euthanasia for children over 12, Belgium is set to become the first nation in the world to lift all age restrictions.

Hey kids, wait your turn (to die):

Thousands of patients are being denied potentially life-saving drugs even after they have been approved for NHS use, according to a study.
It reveals huge disparities in the numbers of patients given access to new drugs, with some areas prescribing them up to 29 times as much as others.

The figures come from a report looking at the use of drugs approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), the NHS rationing body.

Nice has been strongly criticised for unfairly blocking drugs it deems poor value for money, even when it is the last hope for cancer sufferers.

But latest figures for 2012 show that even when it approves drugs as cost-effective, and issues positive guidance to the NHS, patients are often failing to get them.

Stephen Whitehead, chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, said: ‘The report is a stark reminder that where you live in England still has an impact on your access to new NICE-approved medicines, which clearly needs to be addressed urgently by the NHS.’

Don’t feel so superior, America. The only difference between Britain’s death panels and yours is their user-friendly name (NICE). All the rest is coming soon enough. The Left will see to that (and to you too).

PS: Aggie and I live in the protective liberal shadow of Massachusetts. We’ll get all the drugs we ever need, thank you very much. As long as we keep our noses clean, that is. The rest of youse can curl up in the fetal position and die.

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