Friday, May 24, 2013

Fri May 24th Todays News


Happy birthday and many happy returns Vn Dragon. Born on the remarkable day which in 1738 John Wesley experienced a spiritual rebirth. 1830 saw the first class 1 railroad in the US and in 1991 Israel began the remarkable Operation Solomon. I don't know what you plan .. but I'm sure it will be remarkable.
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WHO CHOSE WHO?

Tim Blair – Friday, May 24, 2013 (5:48pm)

Network Ten’s Canberra chief Stephen Spencer suffered a severe case of panty bunchitis back in March when people criticised Julia Gillard’s appearance with Kyle Sandilands at Kirribilli House: 
2Day organised it. Gillard didn’t choose Kyle, 2DAY chose Kiribilli … Kyle asked pm if he could use Kirribilli for charity event for sick and dying kids. She said yes. End of story. 
Maybe not. Gillard’s communications boss John McTernan, defending Gillard’s latest Sandilands shenanigans, now says that he organised the March event: 
“[Kyle] is a popular and talented broadcaster and is listened to by more than a million people every morning.
‘’His work with charity is well known but it apparently disturbs you that the Prime Minister hosted Kyle and Jackie O and kids from Bear Cottage at Kirribilli House. Well I will never apologise for arranging that.
‘’Perhaps one day you will know what it is like to entertain and touch the hearts of millions of people like Kyle and Jackie O do every day. And perhaps then you will reflect on the darts of the pygmies who sneer at success.’’ 
Whatever, John. Over to Spencer for clarification. Was he perhaps misled by the Prime Minister’s office?

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LEAF SENTENCE - DAY THREE

Tim Blair – Friday, May 24, 2013 (11:06am)

Occupy Windowsill is on course to outlast the Occupy movement:

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MESSAGE UNHEARD

Tim Blair – Friday, May 24, 2013 (11:24am)

You can’t help but feel a little bit sorry for your average Muslim terrorist. They go to all the trouble of blowing up children in Boston, killing US Army personnel in Texas, detonating bars in Bali, flying jets into New York skyscrapers and now basically removing a soldier’s head in a London street, all in the holy name of Islam.
But where’s the credit?
Where’s the respect?
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MR BIG

Tim Blair – Friday, May 24, 2013 (5:11am)

An alleged people smuggler charged in Jakarta: 
Indonesian police have arrested an Australian resident refugee they are treating as a major people-smuggling suspect.
The Iranian man, Mohammad Abdi, 36, was arrested at an apartment in West Jakarta early yesterday along with two other Iranians.
A senior Indonesian National Police source said Mr Abdi, also known as Said Ali, was “a big smuggler”. 
Big is the word:

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The arrest of Abdi, who denies any smuggling involvement, follows the exposure last year of smuggler and Canberra trolley skipper Captain Emad.
UPDATE. “Polisi di Jakarta telah menahan seorang pengungsi,” reports Radio Australia. “Yang memegang dokumen perjalanan Australia tapi belum menjadi warganegara Australia, ditahan bersama dua orang lainnya.” Well, obviously.

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JUST A TINY $1,000,000,000 PER YEAR

Tim Blair – Friday, May 24, 2013 (5:02am)

ABC columnist and big thinker Tim Dunlop stands up for the weeny community broadcaster: 
Kind of funny how much the very existence of the ABC gets up some people’s noses; this tiny redoubt against all-conquering marketisation 
The ABC receives more than $1 billion in taxpayer funds every year and claims to be the nation’s single-biggest employer of journalists. Dunlop, an expert reporter, is currently writing a bookabout the media.

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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY

Tim Blair – Friday, May 24, 2013 (4:45am)

Tasmanian behaviour recorded: 
A man who set up a video camera to capture paranormal activity in his kitchen instead recorded evidence of his partner engaging in a sexual relationship with his 16-year-old son, the Supreme Court heard ... 
Well, it’s Tasmania. Aim for paranormal, get normal.

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BIG OIL WINS AGAIN

Tim Blair – Friday, May 24, 2013 (4:28am)

The jug ban is over: 
A European Union ban on the use of unmarked olive oil jugs on restaurant tables has been dropped following a public outcry across Europe.
The climb down overrides an EU decision last week requiring that olive oil “presented at a restaurant table” must be in factory packaged bottles with a tamper-proof “hygienic” nozzle and printed labelling in line with Brussels standards. 

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MICHAEL BECOMES MUJAAHID

Tim Blair – Friday, May 24, 2013 (2:20am)

Details emerge about South London machete maniac and Koran convert Michael Adebolajo, theman with the blood on his hands
Former neighbours of Michael Adebolajo have described him as a “nasty kid” who once punched a young girl neighbour in the face.
Whilst some have described his family as devout Christians, others have painted a different picture and blamed his home life for his alleged actions.
One 68-year-old Romford resident, who did not want to be named, said she was informed by a young girl’s brother that she had been attacked by him.
“He said Michael had spat in her face and then punched her. I looked out the window and he was stood in his front garden in a rage. The police turned up but I don’t think he was ever arrested,” she said.
She continued … “Michael would regularly have a large group of friends over and they would sit in the garage with music blaring. They would also bring in lots of beer.” 
Then he heard Islam’s siren call
Counter-terrorism officers and the security services are examining Adebolajo’s links to the banned extremist group al-Muhajiroun. It is understood he was radicalised around 10 years ago, changing his name to Mujaahid, which means “one who engages in jihad” …
Adebolajo was frequently seen in Woolwich handing out Islamist literature in the High Street.
Anjem Choudary, the former leader of al-Muhajiroun, has confirmed that he knew Adebolajo …
Choudary said Mujaahid had converted to Islam in 2003 and was a British-born Nigerian. He said he had attended meetings of al-Muhajiroun from around 2005-11, but stopped attending the meetings, and those its successor organisations, two years ago.
At the meetings he heard an interpretation of Islam preached by the group’s founder, Omar Bakri Mohammed, which many Muslims would consider extreme.
Choudary said: “He was on our ideological wave-length.” 
It’s a wave-length that SBS can’t pick up.

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HAZEL HAWKE

Tim Blair – Friday, May 24, 2013 (1:00am)

Hazel Hawke, the universally admired former wife of ex-Prime Minister Bob Hawke, has died at 83.

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Don’t mention the pause, or there may be Nazis

Andrew Bolt May 24 2013 (12:58pm)

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An emeritus professor from Sydney warns me to cease and desist:
I have read several times and hear your statements on TV that there has been no change in the Earths temperature for 10 years ( in todays paper 15years)
Though there has been no change for 10 years ( if you believe the modeling), its really only half the story and so is misleading. Simple regression analysis of the calculated data would fit such points as “experimental scatter” on the best fit to the data since the industrial revolution. This is probably because other things which contribute to global warming or cooling than carbon dioxide vary somewhat. Water vapour effects are not well understood.

Put in simple terms its like using the arguments that the weather has been warmer this winter demonstrates global warming, it does not. Your arguments are as invalid in supporting no climate change over the industrial revolution period.

The problem with such half information, the normal method of argument of lawyers I am sad to say, is that it misleads the public, especially the public who are scientifically ignorant.
At best this gives ammunition to the rabid left, who can see inconsistencies in logic while ignoring their own, at worst it leads to such disasters in change in public opinion such as with Eugenics and the Nazis.
UPDATE
To readers who asked: yes, he is an emeritus professor in a field of science.
Reader gbees responds:

Andrew, I take umbrage at the remark “especially the public who are scientifically ignorant”. I have 3 degrees and they are all loaded with the mathematics used in climate science, epidemiology, econometrics, engineering science etc.. etc. The maths is the same in all those disciplines…

I also wish to take the good professor to task on a couple of his comments. But where we do agree is that 10 years is not long enough to determine the climate is changing due to CO2 and neither is the years since the start of the industrial evolution. In fact, there are not enough data points. One has to go back, way back thousands of years to get enough data points. And when that is done there is no empirical evidence that the temperature fluctuations are anything other than natural and certainly not from man made CO2 emissions.

His comment “there has been no change for 10 years ( if you believe the modeling)” - the assumption here is that the data you have been providing in your graphs is from a computer model. In fact your data is empirical (observed), so the professor got that wrong.

Further ‘simple regression’ is not the way to interpret the data of climate science. One needs at a minimum a well constructed multiple regression algorithm including numerous variables because the climate is driven by many different sources. It’s quite a complex system. And that’s the real issue. It’s not well understood. Simple linear regression just does not cut it.

Further, as far as I’m aware you have always stated that there is no statistically significant, discernible increase in temperature since 1998. I think that’s a fair enough conclusion at this stage. Although I would always like you to add that there’s no evidence that CO2 is the driver of temperature change.

All in all, there is still no empirical scientific evidence that human CO2 emissions are causing runaway catastrophic global warming, which is what AGW proponents want us to believe.

Keep up the good work. You’re on the right track ..

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Confront the construction thugs

Andrew Bolt May 24 2013 (12:19pm)

A victory for the rule of law and the right to go to work without fear of harassment and intimidation:

THE construction workers union has been convicted of contempt of court for illegally blocking access to Grocon sites during its bitter dispute with the building giant last year.
Victorian Supreme Court judge Anthony Cavanough today ruled that 30 charges against the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union had been proven in relation to its blockade of the Melbourne Emporium site and a Footscray development site in August and September.
The industrial protests saw Melbourne’s CBD brought to a standstill for two weeks as the streets filled with hundreds of construction workers, goaded by union officials on loudspeakers.
Justice Cavanough singled out Victorian state secretary John Setka for his “hostile and insulting” response to a Grocon worker who told him: “We just want to go to work, John. This is not our blue.”
“You f . . king dogs,” Mr Setka replied.
More needs to be done to counter an astonishing escalation of the tactics of intimidation:

THE building industry’s corruption watchdog has become the target of a vicious campaign.  Victoria Police is investigating the circulation around Melbourne of a leaflet in which Nigel Hadgkiss’s wife, Moira, is named and photographed.
The leaflet, which the Herald Sun understands is part of a larger file on Mr Hadgkiss, shows Mrs Hadgkiss in the family driveway. It also shows the number plate of the car in the drive, and reveals it is registered to the Department of Treasury and Finance…
Mr Hadgkiss is the director of the State Government’s Construction Code Compliance Unit and has been compiling a report on corruption and bikie links in the building industry for more than six months.
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union denied any involvement with the flyer, which state secretary John Setka said had been circulating around government offices in recent weeks.
He questioned whether it was right for Mrs Hadgkiss to use a taxpayer-funded car.

Even more sinister:
A senior Comanchero and two other members of the outlaw bikie club barged into the family home of one of Australia’s leading builders in a suspected standover attempt to force the construction firm owner to pay a disputed debt.
Master Builders Association federal vice-president Trevor Evans was at his suburban Melbourne home when the bikie trio, led by Comanchero sergeant-at-arms Norm Meyer, entered his house through an unlocked door and confronted him over money that a subcontractor claims he is owed.
There is something very sick in the construction industry. Tony Abbott’s promise to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission - so recklessly dismantled by Julia Gillard - is a good first step. 

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The Bolt Report on Sunday

Andrew Bolt May 24 2013 (11:25am)

On The Bolt Report on Network Ten at 10am Sunday: Opposition industry spokesman Sophie Mirabella, Peter Reith and Cassandra Wilkinson.
What Ford tells us about the trouble we’re in.
How useless are hand-outs to car-makers and other corporate teat-suckers?
Are the Liberals just Labor-lite?
The trouble with Islam. And global warming vultures.
Also invited on the show: Julia Gillard and other Labor Ministers.
The twitter feed.
The place the videos appear.

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Global warming preachers burn the gases we must not

Andrew Bolt May 24 2013 (7:46am)

Frequent-flying hypocrites:

A LABOR senator has questioned Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery’s decision to snub a budget estimates hearing next week to fly overseas on a private trip.
Committee chair Senator Doug Cameron said Mr Flannery, paid a reported $180,000 for his part-time job, should have attended.
Two other key CEOs of climate bodies established by the government have also sent apologies - because they are off to Europe.
Anthea Harris, head of the Climate Change Authority which reviews and makes recommendations about the carbon tax, and Chloe Munro, head of the Clean Energy Regulator which administers the carbon tax, will be at a carbon expo in Spain…
A return flight to Spain is likely to produce more than five tonnes of carbon.
I won’t believe the planet’s future depends on me slashing emissions until Tim Flannery acts like he really believes it, too.
(Thanks to reader Case.) 

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More climate alarmism from the ABC’s Lateline

Andrew Bolt May 24 2013 (7:16am)

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Showing a graphic of temperature change since 1997 might have solved the issue for ABC viewers, who were last night treated to a puff-piece on warming extremist Bill McKibben:

TONY JONES: Let’s start with the statement most frequently used by climate change sceptics: the planet has stopped warming since 1998 and started to cool, actually cool, since 2003. True or false?
BILL MCKIBBEN: Completely false. The data is unfortunately abundantly clear here. Not only is the air temperature continuing to go up, but a whole slew of studies in recent months have shown that in fact the rate of warming in the oceans is accelerating and of course that heat will eventually make its way back out into the atmosphere…
TONY JONES: Let’s just look at that figure though. 1998 was pretty much the planet’s hottest year, at least some argue that it was, since accurate temperature recordings were done. It appears there was a spike in that year, a spike in the temperature and since then temperatures have actually gone down?
BILL MCKIBBEN: No, temperatures haven’t gone down. The last decade was the warmest by far on record. 1998 was a very strong El Nino year and so it set a new record, a record we’ve now broken twice by small margins, but in general the pace of climate change continues unabated.
Lateline last night also puffed this deeply deceptive claim:

KERRY BREWSTER: Research fellow John Cook has studied thousands of scientific papers to gauge the level of consensus among climate scientists.
JOHN COOK: What we’ve done is actually look at the last 21 years of climate research and looked at - just identified all the papers that state a position on whether - just that simple question: whether humans are causing global warming. And we identified about 4,000 papers that stated the position on this, and among those 4,000 papers, more than 97 per cent endorse human-caused global warming.
In fact:

First, the papers which explicitly endorsed the standard global warming theory were outnumbered by those which explicitly denied it:


...This study found ~4,000 abstracts that say humans cause some amount of global warming. Only 143 of those indicate how much warming humans are responsible for. Of those, 65 say its a lot, 78 say it isn’t much.
Second, a theory is not proved by the number of scientists who believe it. And however popular, it can be disproved by a single fact.
Third, Cook’s study missed key papers by sceptical scientists.
Fourth, some of the papers Cook claims endorse global warming theory do not. Says who? Say the scientists who wrote them...

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Costello endorses Abbott

Andrew Bolt May 24 2013 (7:05am)

Peter Costello makes it harder this time for Labor to quote him:

PETER Costello, the Liberal treasurer who featured in a Labor Party attack ad during the last election campaign accusing Tony Abbott of being an economic illiterate, will tonight praise the Opposition Leader’s budget reply speech as “the best in decades”.
Australia’s longest-serving treasurer and Mr Abbott’s senior cabinet and party colleague for all his years in the Howard government ministry will declare that the Coalition, under Mr Abbott, is ready to “rescue” the economy.
“Tony Abbott’s budget-in-reply speech was the best in decades,” Mr Costello will say at a gala Liberal function at the Melbourne Museum tonight in his honour.
“It shows that the Coalition understands the dimension of the task ahead and is ready to rescue the situation.”

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No hijab for you

Andrew Bolt May 24 2013 (6:47am)

Egyptian journalist Riham Said confronts fundamentalist Islamic cleric Yousuf Badri on Egypt’s Al-Nahar TV.

The great Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci did the hijab thing first, with Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini:
Fallaci makes an attempt at poking fun by asking Khomeini how it is possible to swim in a veil, which irritates the Imam again:
“This is none of your business. Our customs are none of your business. If you do not like Islamic dress you are not obliged to wear it. Besides, Islamic dress is for good and proper young women.”
Funny enough, the suggestion that she is not a “good and proper” young woman angers Fallaci:
“That’s very kind of you, Imam. And since you said so, I’m going to take off this stupid, medieval rag right now. There. Done...”
(Thanks to reader John.) 

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Muslims riot in Stockholm for fourth day

Andrew Bolt May 24 2013 (5:49am)

Swedish multiculturalism:

Stockholm was braced for a fifth night of riots as violent unrest that began almost a week ago in the northern suburbs of the Swedish capital continued to spread to other corners of the city…
Up to 40 cars, a police station and a restaurant in the southern suburb of Skogas were set ablaze on Wednesday. Fire crew were pelted with stones – mainly by young men with their faces covered – as they attempted to douse the flames. Around 300 cars have been set on fire this week.
The unrest began on Sunday in the rundown, mainly immigrant, northern suburb of Husby… Groups from local mosques have been patrolling the streets of Husby, pleading with youths for calm.
So very few reports are frank about who precisely is rioting, preferring the euphemism “youths”. However:
The riots began on Sunday in Husby, just outside of the capital, where about 80 percent of the population is either first or second generation immigrants. Most of them come from largely Muslim countries like Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Somalia…
“We see a society that is becoming increasingly divided and where the gaps, both socially and economically, are becoming larger,” said co-founder Rami Al-Khamisi with the group Megafonen, which purports to represent suburbs and minorities… “We have institutional racism.”

Others in Sweden lashed out at immigrants and massive immigration in general, saying the riots illustrated the “failure of multiculturalism” and the problems with allowing too many foreigners in without a real plan.
As the debate over immigration raged, the Sweden Democrats party, which seeks to implement broad restrictions on further immigration, has now become the third largest political party based on recent polls.
Is this what Sweden envisaged with mass immigration? A more divided society, with ethnic and religious riots?
Not working out as the starry-eyed imagined:
This is not the first time the Scandinavian country has seen riots among immigrants.
In 2010, up to 100 youths threw bricks, set fires and attacked the local police station in the immigrant-heavy suburb of Rinkeby for two nights.
And in 2008, hundreds of youths rioted against police in the southern Swedish town of Malmoe, sparked by the closure of an Islamic cultural centre in the suburb of Rosengaard that housed a mosque.
When mass Muslim immigration requires such an effort from the host country to make work, with such a high price for failure, is it worth it?

[Integration Minister Erik] Ullenhag explained that the unrest is not a question of young people against society.
“I’ve seen in the international media that this is a riot between young people in some parts of Stockholm and the society, but this is not true. It’s a small proportion. The majority of young people in Tensta, Husby, Rinkeby, they go to schools and they want to have opportunities in Sweden, and it’s important to tell that story,” he said.

Ullenhag added that he was looking into reforms targeting such areas that would create a much more individualized process when it comes to integrating immigrants.
“For someone with no formal education, the best way to learn Swedish is probably to have an internship and to combine that with studying Swedish,” he explained.
Note how the onus falls on the Swedes to make immigrants adapt, and not on the rioters.
Some of the immigrants in Husby are smarter than the Integration Minister:
Marianne Farede ...  agreed that high youth unemployment was part of the problem, she put more blame on parents rather than a lack of support programmes from the Swedish state.
“It’s how they’ve been raised. Everything comes back to their parents,” she explained. “It’s not the state’s fault. You have to take control of your life…
“If I lived in my homeland, I wouldn’t have it as good as I do now. That’s something I really appreciate,” the Lebanon-born Farede explained.
“There aren’t enough who do appreciate what they have. They want even more...”
Shahnaz Darabi, ... a native of Iran who has lived in Sweden for 19 years, also cited a lack of involvement by parents as a contributing factor to the riots.
“Parents are ultimately responsible. They need to set boundaries. They need to have more of a check on their children’s lives,” she said…
Darabi believes that too many immigrant parents fail to integrate into Swedish society, thus making it harder for their children.
“Many sit at home and watch television from their home countries, don’t learn the Swedish language, they are out of work and living on benefits and can’t move forward. They are stuck,” she said.
“It’s the individual and parents who need to take responsibility. But many don’t; they only think about money and how to get benefits this month and next month. That affects their children. There has to be a limit. The state has given them too much, frankly.”
Sweden has swallow something it cannot digest. 

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Car cash can’t stop Ford crash

Andrew Bolt May 24 2013 (5:17am)

The fall of Ford shows the folly of taxing good industries to prop up the bad - and failing anyway:
Bill Scales, who chaired the Industry Commission and the Automotive Industry Authority that implemented the Button car plan under the Hawke government, said it was “foolish in the extreme to be trying to create industry or firm-specific assistance”.
“This is the worst of all worlds because not only do they try and target an industry, but the current industry assistance tries to target assistance to meet the needs of a particular firm,” Mr Scales told The Australian. “There’s no evidence, no evidence in any reasonable, well-recognised study that says this works…
“But in most cases, it shows that that investment is foolhardly and that’s what this particular decision I think shows, that once again this form of investment simply does not work.”
The government’s current commitment to the entire car industry until 2020 under the “New Car Plan” is $5.4 billion.
So what did we get for all that?

Ford has collected an estimated $1.1 billion in federal assistance over the past decade.
How hard did we make it for the businesses who had to pay the taxes to “save” Ford? 

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SBS can’t spot a Muslim killer even when he quotes the Koran

Andrew Bolt May 24 2013 (12:01am)

Islamism, Media
Within an hour or so this film was on YouTube. It records one of the killers of an unarmed British soldier in London shouting:
There are many, many ayah throughout the Koran that we must fight them as they fight us, an eye for an eye a tooth for tooth. We — I apologize that women had to witness this today, but in our lands our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government. They don’t care about you.
But SBS, in a report nearly seven minutes long, somehow fails to mention even once the words, “Muslim”, “Islam”, “Allah” or “Koran”. Listen to this stunning example of non-reporting - a deliberate and deceptive evasion.
SBS reporter Hannah Sinclair even asks directly:

What kind of attack was this?
London-based Australian journalist Adam McIlrick actually refers to the film above, in which a killer explains exactly what he’s about, yet claims:

Everything was captured [on film] which makes this so much harder to understand.
Harder to understand? When the killer actually confesses?
Sinclair tries - tentatively - again:
Is there any indication of the background of the suspects involved?
McIlrick pretends to be blind to the appearance of the killers and deaf to their cries:

No indication… Links to extremist organisations are being investigated.... Nothing clear has emerged… It hasn’t been confirmed that this is a terror attack.
This is astonishing. Scandalous, even. What else does SBS refuse to tell its audience?
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The taxpayer-funded SBS also publishes an analysis written by Monash University academic Andy Ruddock for the taxpayer-funded Conversation which somehow twists a murder by Islamists into an interrogation of not the perpetrators or their ideology but of those reacting to them.
It. too, astonishingly fails to mention “Muslim”, “Islam”, “Allah” or “Koran”. The only hint it gives of the motives of the killers is this line damning the killers’ critics:
Journalist Laurie Penny used the same platform to warn of “ugly racism and Islamophobia”.
What name can you give this cowardly. deceptive and intellectually dishonest kind of reportage?:
A man has been horrifically and wilfully murdered in public. Footage of this appalling crime has spread through global media outlets.
The world has seen one of the alleged murderers, cleaver in his bloodied hand.
What has happened is clear.
Why it happened, and what the murder means for British society, is another matter.
Social media users have acted quickly to frame the event.
British National Party chairman Nick Griffin immediately turned to Twitter to relate the attack to his anti-immigration agenda.
Journalist Laurie Penny used the same platform to warn of “ugly racism and Islamophobia”.
At this time, when so little is known, it’s worth noting that images of the crime are not neutral – they will play an active part in deciding what the Woolwich murder means – and what is done about it.
The images we are all consuming with disgust are doing more than just showing us something horrible.
There’s a political twist on the old adage about pictures being worth a thousand words.
In the 1950s, semiotician Roland Barthes explained how a simple image of a black soldier saluting the French flag, on the cover of the Paris Match magazine, conveyed a complicated apology for French Imperialism.
At a time when France’s colonial investments were a matter of intense political debate, the picture was hardly disinterested.
In the immediate attempts to connect Woolwich with particular positions on British multiculturalism, we see the same ideological struggle coming into play.
Behind the simple truth, here’s a man saluting a flag, here’s a man holding a bloody cleaver: different camps are jockeying to secure the significance of the visuals.
Mind you, SBS has form for covering up for Islamic extremists:

SBS after the September 11 attacks destroyed tape it had filmed of the then mufti of Australia praising suicide bombers in his mosque.
SBS told me it wanted to stop you jumping to an “unfair” conclusion about this hate-preacher.
UPDATE
The facts:

THE WOOLWICH suspected terrorists, who allegedly hacked a British soldier to death in the street are believed to be British citizens with a Nigerian background who converted to a radical form of Islam.
The men, who are being treated in separate hospitals while under arrest, are most likely to have converted to a radical form of Islam from Christianity but are not thought to have links to West African terrorist group - Boko Haram.
One of the men has been identified as 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo who grew up in east London and converted to Islam some 10 years ago… He was the alleged killer in black seen ranting on video shortly after the murder.

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THE off-duty soldier slain in London has been identified as a young father of one ...

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More stuff SBS will have trouble reporting, except for the Christian bit, of course:
Michael Adebolajo, one of the men arrested over the Woolwich murder, was a polite and well-mannered schoolboy rapper who turned to militant Islam after rebelling against his devoutly Christian family…
Anjem Choudary, the former leader of the banned Islamist organisation, Al Muhajiroun, confirmed that he knew Mr Adebolajo, who converted in 2003 and attended meetings of the group and its successor organisations for eight years…
Al Muhajiroun, founded in 1983 by Islamist Omar Bakri Muhammad, became notorious for attempting to justify the 9/11 attacks. Mr Choudary, who has long been a controversial figures in Britain’s Islamist circles, has been an outspoken critic of British military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
More inspiration:

In 2008, Parviz Khan, 37, of Birmingham, was sentenced to 14 years’ jail for plotting to kidnap and behead a British soldier. In covert recordings he was heard making plans for the killing - and to film it, to ensure the terror message hit home in Britain. ‘’This was not only a plot to kill a soldier but a plot to undermine the morale of the British Army and inhibit recruitment,’’ High Court judge Justice Richard Henriques said…
This was an attack from the al-Qaeda handbook. The terrorist group’s English-language magazine, Inspire, produced in the Arabian Peninsula, exhorts people to carry out ‘’lone wolf’’ attacks. Articles and advertisements urged readers to use knives and run people down in vehicles...

(Thanks to reader H.) 

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met this morning with US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and welcomed him:

"John, it’s a pleasure to welcome you in Jerusalem. You’re an old personal friend and a long-standing friend of Israel, and that friendship was demonstrated in President Obama’s historic visit here in March. It was demonstrated yesterday in an extraordinary resolution by the U.S. Senate tostand with Israel against Iran’s nuclear program. I want to commend the House Foreign Affairs Committee for upgrading the sanctions so we’ll discuss Iran; we’ll discuss the terrible carnage and instability in Syria, but above all, what we want to do is to restart the peace talks with the Palestinians. You’ve been working at it a great deal. We’ve been working at it together. It’s something I want, it’s something you want. It’s something I hope the Palestinians want as well and we ought to be successful for a simple reason. When there’s a will, we’ll find a way. Thank you. So welcome".

Read the full text:
http://www.pmo.gov.il/English/MediaCenter/Events/Pages/eventkerry230513.aspx

Photo: Amos Ben-Gershom, GPO

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Violent incidents happen in Judea and Samaria constantly. Last week alone, the IDF dealt with 115 incidences of rock and firebomb throwing by Palestinians. Because this violence is ongoing, it seems mundane. But when a rock smashes through a person's car window, that violence doesn't seem so mundane any more. The IDF will continue to act to protect Israeli civilians.
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Whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the LORD(Proverbs 8:35, NKJV)
Today, I declare over your life that in the coming days and weeks ahead, God is going to unleash His unprecedented favor on you — favor like you’ve never seen before. The key is to stay connected to Him, stay in fellowship with Him through prayer, worship and reading His Word. Let Him direct your steps and mold and shape your character. As you pour yourself out to Him, He will pour out Himself on you. He’ll pour out His grace, mercy and supernatural, undeserved, unearned, unexplainable favor on every area of your life.God bless you.

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We've just intercepted this Field Report from Strax concerning the Doctor's greatest secret:http://bit.ly/14GOrQ1

WARNING This contains spoilers for 'The Name of the Doctor'.
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When you forgive...you heal. When you let go...you grow. When you cry out to God...you surrender. When you love unconditionally...you show others Christ's love. Holly
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A terrorist who claims to be Islamic, quotes the Koran after killing an innocent .. and the media call him a Christian boy? Suggesting it is media culpability that radicalises youth
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The Arabic school textbooks which show children how to chop off hands and feet under Sharia law

Barbaric textbooks handed out in Saudi Arabian schools teach children how to cut off a thief's hands and feet under Sharia law, it has emerged.
The shocking books, paid for and printed by the Saudi government, also tell teenagers that Jews need to be exterminated and homosexuals should be 'put to death'.
Recent editions were obtained by the Institute for Gulf Affairs in Washington, D.C., which says they should raise fears in the West over the use of jihadist language.
Barbaric: These textbooks handed out in Saudi Arabian schools teach children how to cut off a thief's hands and feet under Sharia law
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Saudi Columnist: Clerics Have Corrupted The Mind Of The Youth With Violent And Bloodthirsty IdeologyIn an article in the Saudi daily Al-Jazirah, columnist 'Abd Al-'Aziz Al-Samari criticized Arab society in general and Saudi society in particular, saying that they reject diversity of opinion and see anyone who voices dissenting views as an enemy. He added that some Saudi clerics preach extremism and have corrupted the minds of the youth with violent and bloodthirsty ideology. He called upon the Saudi authorities to purge the school curricula of extremist content, and to replace the current education methods, based on rigid indoctrination, with a comprehensive cultural program to foster pluralism and respect for the other.
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Some of what we got up to at last night's performance rehearsals! The guys held it for so long they actually fell asleep... #team9lives #9lives1love
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What stimulus? GOP blamed for Washington State bridge collapse ==> http://twitchy.com/2013/05/24/what-stimulus-gop-blamed-for-washington-state-bridge-collapse/
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In Old California starring John Wayne

Duke significantly made this remark in the movie:

"Doesn't anybody fight back around here?.. Angry men defending their homes can never be defeated."
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Just finishing up after meeting with more than 50 local businesses in Padstow. Business after business told me that electricity prices are hurting, another reason why we need to get rid of the carbon tax. Here I am with Shu from Padstow Flamecoal Chicken.
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Here's the Great Hall being built in the 1850s. It looks like a little castle!
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I was in a pet shop when I noticed a girl in Islamic dress with the most amazingly coloured parrot perched on her shoulder.

"Where did you get that from ?" I asked.

" Birmingham !!!... There's thousands of 'em!" ........said the Parrot.
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Friend,
Do you know the laundry list of some of the top abuses that have plagued President Obama's administration?
  • The Internal Revenue Service admitted that members of the agency targeted Tea Party groups for discriminatory reviews of their applications for tax-exempt status. The Justice Department has initiated a criminal investigation into the matter.
  • According to reports, IRS officials would not grant tax exempt status to a pro-life organization unless they promised to not protest outside of Planned Parenthood clinics.  Freedom to peaceably assemble?  Oh right, that's in our Constitution.  The IRS must have forgotten that one.  
  • We know that President Obama's Justice Department secretly obtained phone records of Associated Press reporters.  Freedom of the press?  Yep, that's in the Constitution, too.  How convenient that President Obama disregarded that.
  • The Obama administration potentially lied and covered-up details about the tragic terrorist attacks that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya to keep the issue quiet before President Obama's reelection.
It's hard to believe that all of these abuses were exposed in just the last month!
Help Patriot Voices hold President Obama accountable for his abuses of power. We plan to activate our grassroots army to stand up against these abuses, but we need your help. Would you consider joining our efforts by making a contribution of $25, $35, or $50 to help us hold him accountable for these unconstitutional actions?
Look at some of these other abuses that happened before the press was paying attention!
  • President Obama gutted the landmark welfare reform law that I coauthored in 1996. He instructed the Department of Health and Human Services to remove the work requirement for welfare recipients despite its bipartisan support and that it was signed into law by a fellow Democrat - President Clinton.
  • President Obama had his Justice Department file a lawsuit against the state of Arizona for enforcing immigration laws. Arizona was just enforcing the laws that Obama refused to enforce.
  • President Obama announced that he would now follow the DREAM Act, a law Congress has not passed. He instructed his Department of Homeland Security to no longer deport young illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria he set.
  • He instructed his Justice Department to stop enforcing DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, a law duly passed by Congress, simply because he did not like the law.
  • He instructed HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to grant waivers, and establish new budgets and guidelines for implementing Obamacare, without any Congressional oversight.
  • He had his Department of Interior illegally place a moratorium on offshore drilling. This was illegal because a federal judge in Louisiana held them in contempt of court for "dismissive conduct" for doing that earlier.
It's clear we can't take any more abuses from President Obama.  He's systematically transforming this country so our citizens lose more and more of our rights each day. 
Standing with you,
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Hi everyone! Here's the MichelleMalkin.com newsletter for May 23rd. Enjoy!

From the Blog

Your reading assignments before Obama’s Gitmo speech

Later today, President Obama will address the National Defense University and is expected to initiate renewed efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and transfer accused jihadists back to their home countries — despite record-high Gitmo recidivism rates...

Why did former IRS Commish visit White House 118 times in 2 years? Easter Egg Roll, for starters

Here’s one of the more ridiculous exchanges from today’s congressional hearing in regards to why the former IRS commissioner would have visited the White House 118 times in two years...

After gruesome beheading in London, jihadist swears by Allah: ‘We will never stop fighting you’

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