Monday, August 28, 2006

Monday's Rant


Turkish Model
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
A beautiful girl who is a model aspirant. She is ethinically Turkish. Islamo-Fascists are using the airwaves and Arab Culture excuse to claim her life is threatend for the aspiration.

Nothing that followed the great works of Mohammed is in the Koran..

10 comments:

The Weasel said...

How moronic do you have to be to qualify as the official propagandist for Islamist terrorists?

Two kidnapped Fox journalists appeared on a new videotape released by their captors on Sunday in the Gaza Strip, in which the reporters said they had converted to Islam, the Fox News Channel said.

Let’s recap.

First Hezbollah claims to have sunk an Australian warship. Now its pals in Gaza claim to have converted two kidnapped Fox News journalists to Islam. What’s next? Will they take out the roof light of a rusty ambulance and claim the hole really was caused by an Israeli missile which ... failed to explode or even hit the floor? How stupid do they think the Western media is?

http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/you_dont_actually_have_to_be_crazy_to_be_an_islamist_but/#commentsmore

One wonders what the terrorists achieved by it. I suppose it takes the pressure off Reuters that it was Fox journalists. Reuters can now say "Both sides are as bad as each other" and ignore their complicit behaviour.

I note Nasrallah 'regrets' the kidnapping of the two Israelis for the resultant loss to Lebanon. The ABC fails to admit he killed two of their colleagues while kidnapping them.

The Weasel said...

A star international witness is set to give evidence via a video link in the Melbourne Magistrates Court today in the case against 13 men charged with knowingly joining a terror organisation. I can’t tell you who he is because a suppression order has been put in place to keep his identity secret, although if you live in Brisbane or Sydney you might already know because his name has been published in those cities. His name has also been published in connection to him giving a statement in another Australian terrorism case. His name will also be able to be published outside Australia. But a magistrate granted the suppression order anyway after claims the witness feared for his safety and might refuse to give evidence if his role was made public. The case has again raised questions about whether courts are too quick to grant suppression orders and deny the public’s right to access to an open justice system.

Ironically the same magistrate, Paul Smith, refused to grant an order suppressing a photograph of one of the suspects in the case posing with an AK47 assault rifle on the grounds that the public had a right to know what was happening in the courts through the media.

The suppression order covering today’s hearing has also been extended to the evidence due to be given by the star witness. The court will be closed while he testifies through the video link. The initial suppression order covered only Victoria, which is why the witness’s name was published in Brisbane and Sydney. But the order was later extended nationally under federal legislation. A challenge against the suppression order by media outlets was unsuccessful.

As we detailed last month, court suppression orders have been on the increase across Australia. At least a dozen have been made so far this month. Last year more than 1000 suppression orders were granted nationally.

In South Australia, which has a reputation as the suppression capital of Australia, non-Labor members of state parliament have been calling for urgent reform to force judges and magistrate to consider the public interest first when making such decisions. The Rand government promised the reforms earlier this year after a judge suppressed the name of a convicted murderer on the grounds it was to protect the identity of the man’s children, who were living interstate.

http://blogs.news.com.au/news/crime/index.php/news/comments/gagging_justice/#commentsmore

It's really important the jury aren't privy to local analysis. I take it they aren't cloistered or secluded. It feels, to me, like an example of a technicality that needs to be negotiated so as to provide a fair trial. The point escapes me.

Weasel said...

The section of the new Anti-Terrorism Act used for the first time today to snare Jack Thomas, make him return to his home and keep him under a night-time curfew, provides sweeping powers to authorities to restrict anyone with terrorism ties. It appears that in the case of Thomas, whose conviction on terrorism charges was quashed by the Victorian Court of Appeal on August 18, authorities have stopped short of making maximum use of their powers under control order legislation.

Thomas has been told to return to Melbourne from eastern Victoria, where he was on holiday with his family, and remain in his home under curfew between 5pm and 9am.

But under control order powers, Thomas could have been ordered to wear an electronic tracking device, denied access to the Internet and told he was not allowed to possessing certain substances or meet with specified people.

Under the Anti Terrorism Act, control orders can be used where they “substantially assist in preventing a terrorist act or where a person has trained with a terrorist organisation”.

The orders must be issued by a court – in Thomas’ case it was the Federal Magistrate’s Court, which granted the orders on Sunday after an Australian Federal Police request was signed off by Attorney-General Philip Ruddock.

According to the Attorney-General’s Department, a control order can prohibit or restrict a person from:

• being at specified areas or places or leaving Australia;
• communicating or associating with certain people;
• accessing or using certain forms of technology or telecommunications (including the internet);
• possessing or using certain articles or substances; and
• carrying out activities, including work activities.

A control order may also include a requirement that the person:
• remain at a premises between certain times each day, or on certain days;
• wear a tracking device, report to someone at a certain time and place;
• allow himself or herself to be photographed; and
• participate in counselling or education, if the person consents.

A control order can last for up to 12 months for people aged 18 years or older (orders for those aged 16 or 17 can only last three months).

The penalty for breaching a control order is up to five years in jail.

http://blogs.news.com.au/news/crime/index.php/news/comments/under_control/

So where does this genius stand as regards double jeopardy?

I understand his conviction was quashed, but I also understand it undisputed he trained with terrorists. The Control order is dependant on the act of having trained with terrorists, not the technicality regarding legal representation during questioning.

Weasel said...

At least one Australian police force is using a well-known US psychology test in an attempt to filter-out psychopaths wanting to join up, it’s been revealed today. The problem is the 567 questionnaire is so well known that it’s available on the Internet, along with recommended answers for the true and false quiz. Questions range from the predictable (“I am a very sociable person”) to the downright strange (“Evil spirits possess me at times”). Take the test yourself by following the link below.

The Herald Sun newspaper, which revealed the test today, opted not to publish details on where to find it on the Internet to protect police security. But given that the newspaper published examples of questions, which with the help of Google means you can find it in a matter of seconds, Gotcha thought we’d save you the trouble.

The questions on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Index (or Inventory, as it is also known) and some recommended answers can be found here.

The test is described as “the most widely used and misused personality test in the world”. You can read more about its history on Wikipedia.

Oddly, the Victoria Police, which uses the readily available questionnaire, refused to release it to the Herald Sun under a Freeedom of Information request.

What’s got Gotcha particularly worried, however, is question 191 on the test: “I would like to be a journalist.” And particularly worrying for Gotcha fans is question seven: “I like to read newspaper articles on crime.”

Other questions include:

I like mechanics magazines.
My sex life is satisfactory.
I am seldom very troubled by constipation.
I would like to be a singer.
I have had very peculiar & strange experiences.
I have never been in trouble because of my sex behavior.
Once a week or oftener, I suddenly feel hot all over, for no real reason.
I have not lived the right kind of life.
I sometimes tease animals.
My soul sometimes leaves my body.
I would like to be a nurse.
My table manners are not quite as good at home as when I am out in company.
I like to cook.
I believe I am being followed.
I often hear voices without knowing where they come from.
I very much like hunting.
I sweat very easily even on cool days.
I believe my sins are unpardonable.
Once in a while I laugh at a dirty joke.
There never was a time in my life when I like to play with dolls.
Many of my dreams are about sex.
Most of the time I wish I were dead.
I have strange & peculiar thoughts.
Sometimes I enjoy hurting persons I love.
Someone has control over my mind.
I have often wished I were a member of the opposite sex.
I am afraid to be alone on the dark.
I would like to be an auto racer.
I used to like to play hopscotch & jump rope.
I have never seen a vision.
I am fascinated by fire.
I dread the thought of an earthquake.
Dirt frightens or disgusts me.

http://blogs.news.com.au/news/crime/index.php/news/comments/are_you_a_psychopath/

Magnificent questions. Trip me up every time.

Weasel said...

A star international witness is set to give evidence via a video link in the Melbourne Magistrates Court today in the case against 13 men charged with knowingly joining a terror organisation. I can’t tell you who he is because a suppression order has been put in place to keep his identity secret, although if you live in Brisbane or Sydney you might already know because his name has been published in those cities. His name has also been published in connection to him giving a statement in another Australian terrorism case. His name will also be able to be published outside Australia. But a magistrate granted the suppression order anyway after claims the witness feared for his safety and might refuse to give evidence if his role was made public. The case has again raised questions about whether courts are too quick to grant suppression orders and deny the public’s right to access to an open justice system.

Ironically the same magistrate, Paul Smith, refused to grant an order suppressing a photograph of one of the suspects in the case posing with an AK47 assault rifle on the grounds that the public had a right to know what was happening in the courts through the media.

The suppression order covering today’s hearing has also been extended to the evidence due to be given by the star witness. The court will be closed while he testifies through the video link. The initial suppression order covered only Victoria, which is why the witness’s name was published in Brisbane and Sydney. But the order was later extended nationally under federal legislation. A challenge against the suppression order by media outlets was unsuccessful.

As we detailed last month, court suppression orders have been on the increase across Australia. At least a dozen have been made so far this month. Last year more than 1000 suppression orders were granted nationally.

In South Australia, which has a reputation as the suppression capital of Australia, non-Labor members of state parliament have been calling for urgent reform to force judges and magistrate to consider the public interest first when making such decisions. The Rand government promised the reforms earlier this year after a judge suppressed the name of a convicted murderer on the grounds it was to protect the identity of the man’s children, who were living interstate.

http://blogs.news.com.au/news/crime/index.php/news/comments/gagging_justice/#commentsmore

It’s really important the jury aren’t privy to local analysis. I take it they aren’t cloistered or secluded. It feels, to me, like an example of a technicality that needs to be negotiated so as to provide a fair trial. The point escapes me.

Weasel said...

The Cultural Revolution as seen by The Age, long dubbed the Spencer St Soviet:

Brunswick Street restaurant Mao’s, designed by architects Six Degrees, is named after the former Chinese leader responsible for the Cultural Revolution that saw the persecution of an estimated 750,000 people and the deaths of 35,000.

The Cultural Revoltion as seen by genocide historian Professor RJ Rummel:

(T)he cultural revolution, which alone may have seen over 1,000,000 murdered...

A survey of 13 leading estimates finds they put the death toll from the Cultural Revolution, on average, at 1 million.

So from where did The Age get its preposterously low toll of just 35,000? The Guardian gives a clue:

At their televised trial, the Gang of Four were accused of persecuting 700,000 people and held directly responsible for 35,000 deaths. Most foreign scholarship puts the killings at between 300,000 and 800,000. In their biography of Mao, Jung Chang and Jon Halliday estimate the toll at 3 million.

Yes, indeed, The Age still accepts the word of China’s communist rulers on how many of its citizens it has killed.

Best guess of Mao’s final toll, including the Cultural Revolution? Rummel and Chang/Halliday credibly put it at 70 million. On this The Age report is silent.

(Thanks to reader Tony Thomas for the tip.)

http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/the_age_maos_little_red_newspaper/

I think it sad that school students are asked to read papers like The Age to broaden their education .. and are faced with narrow bigoted views of the 'cultural elite.'

It is even sadder in this day and age.

Weasel said...

The Guardian reports:

A secret high-level Metropolitan police report has concluded that Muslim officers are more likely to become corrupt than white officers because of their cultural and family backgrounds.

The outrage has been switched on high. But is the conclusion of the report, written by a senior Asian police officer, actually true?

http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/never_mind_the_anger_feel_the_argument1/

I tend to resist such stereotyping, but acknowledge their may be much truth to it.

A few years ago, David Oldfield released some highly prejudicial statistics about a certain community with a high level of marraiges to first cousins. The statistics weren't to be faulted for truth, but masked the fact that there are European communities with similar numbers.

There are lots of reasons to be clean, or to be corrupt. They aren't always the same. The question of why do many fail is irelivant to the question of why do many succeed. Those Muslim officers that remain clean do so at great personal sacrifice for virtuous reasons, and they need to be celebrated and honored.

I cannot tell you why so many who work for the Age cannot provide balanced political commentary, but I dop know that should one try, they get linched.

Weasel said...

Sheikh Prof. Abdul Hadi Palazzi, Director of the Cultural Institute of the Italian Islamic Community

(A)s a Muslim scholar, I must necessarily condemn suicide bombing as a matter of principle, irrespective of who the victims are. I am obliged to say that a suicide bomber is by no means a martyr of Islam, but a criminal who dies while committing acts which Islam views as capital crimes.

Regarding Israel, I beg your pardon but may I ask you to please consider refraining from speaking of Israel’s “right to exist.” Affirming Israel’s “right to exist” is as unacceptable as denying that right, because even posing the question of whether or not the Children of Israel (Jews)—individually, collectively or nationally—have a “right to exist” is unacceptable. Israel exists by Divine Right, confirmed in both the Bible and Qur’an.

(From Frontpagemag.com)

http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/just_a_reminder_of_another_islam_101/

I would like to second Max in thanking you for your 'Other Islam' series. I know some who tell me that such people are not possible, culturally.

Weasel said...

THE Hezbollah leader claimed yesterday that the guerrilla organisation would not have kidnapped two Israeli soldiers had it known what Israel’s response would be.

More proof that it pays to talk very clearly indeed about just how tough you’ll be if someone messes with you. It’s mumbling kind platitudes that gets people in trouble.

http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/speak_loudly_and_carry_a_big_stick/

Nasrallah, and the fawning reporters covering his words, failed to mention the deaths of the two colleagues of the two Israelis he kidnapped. It wasn't a mere kidnapping. It was a planned murder. Nasrallah has nothing to offer a peace process.

Weasel said...

Yvonne Ridley, the British journalist who converted to Islam after being captured by the Taliban, interviews Malaysia’s former prime minister, Mahathir Mohammad:

Mahathir Mohammad: What enabled the Israelis to do what they are doing now is the United States, so the main culprit is the United States, in particular the present government of the United States. I wouldn’t blame all the Americans. A lot of Americans do not like this war, but their leadership advocates war, as a solution - not only to major problems, even minor problems - we have to kill people. These are really war criminals. That is why we think that something has to be done against the United States.

Yvonne Ridley, Interviewer: What can you do against the United States? It’s a very big country, and it has an arsenal of weapons greater than the next collective 27 armies.

Mahathir Mohammad: Yes, there is of course, to this thing. When you do something to the United States they are going to retaliate. But the United States is not as powerful as it’s made out to be. It is, for example, a bankrupt nation. It owes the world 14 trillion dollars, and it is truly able to finance itself and the war and the supply of arms to Israel, through the money that is lent to the United States by rich countries, some of which are Muslim countries. And if you stop using the U.S. dollar… Even if you want to sell oil, you can continue to sell oil, but insist on being paid in euros, or yen, or whatever… If you do that, then the U.S. dollar will not be half the value that it has today, and if it doesn’t have the value that it has today, it cannot spend money producing arms and supporting aggressive actions by the Israelis.

Yvonne Ridley, Interviewer: So do you really think that there are Arab leaders who, if they had the will to change currency, that they could bring America to its knees?

Mahathir Mohammad: There may not be anybody who is willing to be high profile in this matter, but they can do this quietly. There are ways of doing this which would be just as effective, not sounding very belligerent.

You might wonder from the video why Ridley seems so OK with Mahathir’s rantings and threats.

Wonder no longer:

You may have heard her on Jon Faine’s show on ABC 774. She’s the British journalist who converted to Islam and worked for the extremist al Jazeera Islamic news service.

What you didn’t hear on the show, however, is that Ridley reportedly told a Belfast meeting of the Islamic Students Association in January there was no innocent Israeli when it came to suicide bombings. Not even children.

“There are no innocents in this war,” she raged, because children could grow up to be Israeli soldiers. And talk of “suicide bombers” was “insulting”:

“Let’s call suicide bombers by their proper name, which is martyrs."

(Mahathir interview from MEMRI TV. Hat tip to several readers.)

http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/mahathir_something_has_to_be_done_against_the_united_states/

The danger of Mahathir is not just his hate filled words, but his hate filled following. Even in Australia, there are some who see this former leader as speaking for moderate Islam. His anti US rhetoric fools my school kids ("Sir, why is it all right to hate the US" apparently my Vietnamese ethnic students don't feel the US was the enemy ..)

As for that journalist, try as she might, she will never be another Patti Hearst, nor work for Fox.