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observations on supposedly peaceful iran - daily mail distortion

the Iranian hunt for unsuitably dressed women has opened

Picture of idyllic Iran, according to the Mail
“Changing tastes: An Iranian mother and her daughters enjoy ice creams”
[image credit: Daily Mail]
Clothing police arresting unsuitably dressed Iranian women
[image credit: Le Figaro]

In the real world....from Le Figaro:

“Couleurs trop vives, chevelure apparente, chevilles dénudées, talons trop hauts ou manteaux un peu trop cintrés : le 22 avril dernier, les policiers (ici une femme policier vêtue d'un long voile islamique noir corps entier) ont procédé aux premières arrestations pour non respect de la loi vestimentaire."

Colours too bright, visible hair, naked ankles, heels too high or coat belts a little too tight : on the 22nd April, police (here, a female police officer dressed in a long black hijab covering the entire body) started on the first arrests for not respecting the clothing law.”

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Now...from the Daily Mail:

“The fashionable cafes are full of painted, un-Islamic butterflies, sipping milkshakes or coffee. The upstairs rooms are reserved - by common consent - for couples to meet away from the intrusive eyes of their families.

“In the evenings, cinemas are popular places for some mild canoodling, though it is unlikely to go further than a Fifties-style kiss. But there is plenty of extramarital and illicit sex in Iran, some of it licensed by the Islamic authorities who permit highly dubious 'temporary marriages'. Among the rich, operations for 'revirginisation' are quite common before marriage, and contraceptives, once prohibited, are now freely on sale. Prostitutes patrol the night streets. I point this out not because I am specially glad about it, but to show how morals enforced from on high will fail if they do not have real popular support.”

Interesting observation in Iran, but larded with commentary of great immaturity. Meanwhile, the loons with their fingers on the buttons are building, and attempting to build, rockets capable of reaching all Europe.

And now they want nuclear tips.

This is like seeing national socialist Germany through the 1936 Olympics and the sidewalk cafes. Accepting Germany at that time as being benign was a mistake widely made by this very same fossil media organisation [the Daily Mail], still controlled by the same family [Rothermere].

This same escapist nonsense was presented to Britain in the 1930s by Neville Chamberlain.

I submitted a similar criticism to the Mail on Sunday and they censored it. They have only publishing supportive comments and responses.

I was concerned that the argument of Hitchens (the article’s author) is foolish and/or misleading. I do not read him much as I tend to have him in the box labelled ‘light-weight’, so I pay him very little attention.

Hitchens’ holiday snaps from Iran are useful and welcome observation. His immature ranting is served up with the sugar of his holiday snaps.

That mixture can distract from his immaturity.

Back To Reality:
In his eulogy to Iran, Hitchen tries to claim that Iran is in fact not a world problem. Absurdly, he even tries to imply that Turkey is worse! Nowhere does he mention the mullahs funding, training and arming all the major terrorist groups active in the world today. Iran’s mullahs created and directly controls Hizbollah, the cause of Lebanon’s troubles. The Shia half of the Iraqi ‘civil war’, Sadr, is an Iranian puppet - now that the Iraqis are taking apart his/their terrorist organisation, Sadr has fled to his friends in Iran. The mullahs has also been caught funding and arming Al-Qaeda in Iraq - the ‘other’ ‘side’ of the Iraqi ‘civil war’. The mullahs support Hamas and Islamic Jihad in a similar fashion to Hizbollah. The mullahs have floughted international law since their inception - the latest example being their disgraceful kidnap and mistreatment of some British soldiers.

The West are doing all they can to separate the illegitimate mullahs from ‘their’ long-suffering slave population. Hitchen, meanwhile, acts the part of flak for the mullahs by pushing the idea that there is some legitimate confluence of interests between the people and the dictatorship. That idea is ridiculous to say the least. As he correctly says, the people are generally pro-Western and generally hate the mullahocracy’s idiocy and brutality.

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on the popularity of putin

“This is true - but only up to a point. Russia derives much of its export earnings from selling raw materials abroad, but domestic consumer demand has become the primary driver of economic growth - and growth has averaged nearly seven percent per year since Vladimir Putin took office. Most of the negative trends that beset Russia during the Yeltsin years have been halted. And, quite tellingly, I estimate that some 30 percent of Russians now have a vested stake in the success of what is termed "Kremlin, Inc." - the network of companies in which the government has a controlling stake or where the owners are in close alignment with the Kremlin.

“It is quite telling that when state companies took over the assets of Mikhail Khodorkovsky's YUKOS oil company, the middle managers, engineers, and specialists stayed in place. If we persist in thinking of the current regime as simply a few hundred people in Moscow, we miss the important fact there are hundreds of thousands of employees who benefit from this status quo, not to mention the extended beneficiaries such as teachers and doctors who, because of the growing tax base, are being paid on a regular basis.

“Survey data indicates that most Russians do want a democratic form of government with all that implies: - freedom of speech and assembly, competitive elections, and so on. But many also do not trust that the opposition, if it were to come to power, would be able to do a better job of securing these rights and, at the same time, there is no confidence that they would be able to keep the economy on an even keel. Many younger Russians that I have spoken with feel that the disasters of the Yeltsin years have so discredited the "familiar faces" of Russian liberalism that it will take a new generation to restore its credibility.”

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http://www.abelard.org/news/politics0704.php#putin_popularity_230407

presidential election time in france, 2007;
also, muslims advised to vote le pen by xavier

The official election posters of the twelve candidates that have just been posted up in the 46,000-odd communes in France. The sets of panels are set up, without any posters, about two weeks before the actual election. The numbered position of each candidate’s poster is decided by lot, and is the same throughout France. This year, the posters are being put up by a private contractor, which is why there is a full set of posters on each poster panel set.

First, a set from the deep country, still untouched after two days:

2007 French Presidential Election posters, in a quiet village.

Next, the same array from a small town. These have been selectively attacked (and some reposted). N°4, Francois Bayrou, has the poster half ripped and “deceitful arse” scrawled. The hunting, shooting and fishing candidate (n°9), the man everyone loves to hate - Le Pen (n°10), a couple of the more loony left (n°s 3 and 11) and that of Ségolène Royal (n°8) have had some ripping (hers for the second time round). It appears that several have not been favoured with attention, while the posters for the two main contenders, Nicholas Sarkosy (n°12) and Ségolène Royal (n°8) have been renewed after major attacks.

2007 French Presidential Election posters, in a busy town.

Some of the candidates:

The postman, Olivier Besanenot - far  left The jailbird - Jose Bove - eco-terrorist far left
‘The postman’, Olivier Besanenot - far left [who is always referred to in terms of his current employment.] The jailbird - José Bové - eco-terrorist far left [Bové was involved in smashing a MacDonald’s and various GM crops, then jailed.]

runner-up last time - the statesman Le Pen Sixth election attempt - one of the real  communist loonies
Runner-up last time - the ‘statesman’ Le Pen, National Socialist far left. Come into my parlour, said the spider to the fly. Sixth election attempt for Arlette Laguiller, one of the real communist loonies. These always produce posters crammed with small print. Another example is at n°3 in the full poster displays above.

Nicholas Sarkozy, resigned from being Interior Minister to stand Segelene Royal, the film star - main socialist candidate
Nicholas Sarkozy, resigned from being Interior Minister to stand and to bypass Jacques Chirac’s attempts to insert a puppet of his own. Ségolène Royal, a fluff-headed, would-be ‘film star’ - main socialist candidate, who lives without ‘benefit’ of clergy with another leading socialist politician and her four children.

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french muslims have a duty to vote for le pen - strange bed-fellows in the french presidential elections

«En effet, le musulman, comme l'expliquent les paroles des savants en religion (que nous posterons prochainement sur ce blog) se doit de voter non pas par sympathie ou critères socio-politiques mais plutôt dans l'intérêt impérieux de la oumma en France et à l'étranger.

«C'est en cela que d'un point de vue stratégique le vote Le Pen se relève être la meilleure option pour les élections de 2007.

«Nous savons les réticences qu'éprouvent nombres d'entre nous à faire ce choix mais il est temps de sortir de l'émotionnel pour entrer dans une dimension stratégique plus à même de garantir nos droits et nos intérêts en France.

«Ainsi face à la socialo-féministe Segolène Royal et au sioniste islamophobe Nicolas Sarkozy les musulmans se doivent de voter Le Pen.»

Translation:
In effect, the Muslim, as explained by the religious scholars (that we will post soon on this blog) must vote not from sympathy or from socio-political criteria, but rather in the pressing interest of the umma in France and abroad.

It is from the strategic point of view that the Le Pen vote surfaces to be the best option for the 2007 elections.

We know that the reticence that many among us feel at making this choice, but it is time to leave the emotional and enter a more effective strategic dimension to guarantee our rights and interests in France.

Thus, in view of the situation with the socialist feminist Ségolène Royal and the Zionist Islamophobe Nicolas Sarkozy, Muslims have a duty to vote Le Pen.”


«Jean-Marie Le Pen est le seul candidat à proposer une politique internationale juste favorable aux pays arabes face à la menace des Etats-Unis et d'Israel.»

Translation:
Jean-Marie Le Pen is the only candidate to offer a fair international policy favourable to Arab countries in view of the threat of the United States and Israel.

the web address for the article above is
http://www.abelard.org/news/politics0704.php#french_presidentials_200407

on freedom and franchise - killing at virginia tech

This person, Cho Seung-Hui, was treated as an adult and allowed to buy guns.
He had a history of aggressive, fantasist and intrusive behaviour.
He was a regular pain to others, but was allowed to move around as if an adult.

You want freedom.
You don’t want surveillance.
You wish to cling to the delusion of ‘equality’.

Why is anyone surprised at this massacre?

Why is there any outrage when this is an obvious outcome of the ‘philosophy’ under which so many confused people wish to live?

I can see annoyance at the outcome, or I can see the wish to run a society on the dippy dogma of ‘equality’.

I cannot see how people can cling to both these contradictory positions or responses.

In 2005, Cho was pronounced dangerous by a court magistrate
By Lisa Zagaroli

“BLACKSBURG, Va. - He made overtures so unwelcome to young women that their ultimate rejections had to be delivered by the campus police. They in turn were troubled enough to send him to a mental health facility after a court magistrate declared him "mentally ill" and "an imminent danger" to himself or others. That was in 2005.”

He shows intrusive behaviour.

“ With no surveillance cameras near the crime scenes, police have been unable to determine where Cho was during the gap in time.”

I am told Britain has more cameras per square cm than any other country.

“ The material also included video files of Cho ranting about hating the "wealthy." The network said it turned everything over to the FBI.

“Police revealed that Cho first caught their attention in the fall of 2005 when he contacted two women who didn't like his attention. The first incident, on Nov. 27, involved phone calls and e-mails to a fellow student who felt uncomfortable enough to call the police.

“She declined to press charges and termed Cho's contact with her "annoying," Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum said at a press conference.

“A month later, on Dec. 13, 2005, Cho messaged another female student. He didn't threaten her, but she complained to police and "asked that Cho have no further contact with her." ”

A continuing pattern of intrusive behaviour.

“After receiving a phone call that Cho might be suicidal, campus police met with Cho and talked to him at length. Based on that, they obtained a court order and he was taken to a mental health facility.

“The Richmond Times-Dispatch obtained the temporary detention order issued on Dec. 13, 2005, by a Montgomery County, Va., court magistrate. It declared Cho "an imminent danger to himself as a result of mental illness."

“The order said that Cho was "mentally ill and in need of hospitalization and present(s) an imminent danger to self or others as a result of mental illness, or is so seriously mentally ill as to be substantially unable to care for self and is incapable of volunteering or unwilling to volunteer for treatment." It said he was released for outpatient treatment.

“Cho was treated at a psychiatric hospital in the nearby town of Radford at the time, but officials at the Carilion Saint Albans Behavioral Health Center wouldn't comment on his stay or the nature of his treatment.”

But he was released into the community.

“ "Students were encouraged to be imaginative and artistic," Flinchum said of the writing assignments.”

That is, they were urged to fantasise by so-called educators.

“The comments Wednesday by police and university officials tracked with remarks by at least two English professors and Cho's roommates.

“In interviews with national broadcast outlets, professor Nikki Giovanni said her students stopped showing up for class because Cho's writings and behavior made them uncomfortable. She asked to have him removed from her class and threatened to quit if he wasn't.

“ "It was the meanness that bothered me," she said, adding that she felt certain she wasn't being targeted on Monday because she taught in a building far from the crime scenes.”

So again, Cho was recognised as aggressive, yet his ‘rights’ to be aggressive and intrusive appear to have been placed above those of teachers and students.

“After Giovanni's request, Roy, who led the English department, stepped in and offered to do one-on-one sessions with Cho. During them, she encouraged him to seek counseling.”

I hope he was asked nicely.

“Two of Cho's roommates, in an interview with CNN, said that he was a loner who once admitted to having an imaginary girlfriend. He barely spoke to any of them.

“One said that he was aware that Cho had made unwanted advances to female students on the Internet. When police responded, Cho became upset.”

More intrusive behaviour.

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In the Virginia Tech incident, we see someone who is exhibiting highly aggressive and stalking behaviours. These behaviours should be unacceptable in a modern society.

We also see a continuing history of teaching staff and other people in authority - who have the power to curb, contain and maybe even change Cho’s behaviour - being passive, cowardly even, and much mired in the foolishness of the political correct left-wing dogma.

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And now to expand a little in response to various questions from correspondents. First question: so, how would I deal with a person like Cho?

Treat them as a child.

At the heart of this ‘case’ is an obvious lack of any reasonable psychological education. I want a basic course in social skills in all schools.

The basic areas of study:

  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Economics
  • Politics and law.

Adult franchise would only be conferred when such a course is passed to the level of a 13 year old of average intelligence.

Yes, it was madness that such a person was able to buy a gun so easily. However, I would go much further. I regard it as ‘madness’ that he was treated in any degree as an adult.

The reason that I commented on the amazing number of CCTV cameras in the UK is that, despite America running a society supposedly dedicated to freedom, those freedoms have been specifically removed on the Virginia Tech campus, and yet the adults had no idea of Cho’s movements on campus. Despite ordering no guns on campus, they are also exercising zero, or near zero control systems.

In fact, quite beyond rational belief, the perp was able to set up a control perimeter, by chaining and locking doors.

You can have a control society, such as Tony Bliar (like any socialist) is attempting to put into place, or you can have a free society, as the United States is attempting to run. The Virginia Tech campus was run in a confused and thoughtlessly contradictory manner.

With Britain you have sheep, not citizens; in the United States, the theory is you have citizens not sheep.

I do not want the UK. I have voted with my feet against socialist Britain.

America is claiming freedom, but then the campus imposes gun restrictions. That is inconsistent. I do not wish to live in an irrational/inconsistent society.

To go still further. I am quite content for people to freely live in the UK sheep pen without benefit of rule of law. I am content for people to choose to live in the mad house that is often the USA.

I would rather there were a more rational society for me.

related material
This introduction to franchise discussion documents gives entry to a series of documents examining how to improve public behaviour in modern society.

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http://www.abelard.org/news/politics0704.php#virginia_tech_190407

the wolfowitz smear, yet more lefty & fossil media dishonesty - the auroran sunset

“The paper trail shows that Mr. Wolfowitz had asked to recuse himself from matters related to his girlfriend, a longtime World Bank employee, before he signed his own employment contract. The bank's general counsel at the time, Roberto Danino, wrote in a May 27, 2005 letter to Mr. Wolfowitz's lawyers:

“"First, I would like to acknowledge that Mr. Wolfowitz has disclosed to the Board, through you, that he has a pre-existing relationship with a Bank staff member, and that he proposes to resolve the conflict of interest in relation to Staff Rule 3.01, Paragraph 4.02 by recusing himself from all personnel matters and professional contact related to the staff member."”

More details here.

the web address for the article above is
http://www.abelard.org/news/politics0704.php#wolfowitz_smear_180407

definitive test for old.new.old’s lie detectors for welfare applicants

Politicians have come up with a great idea. They now plan to subject us in Britain to US-style lie-detector tests. If we telephone to apply for a welfare benefit, our voices may be monitored by a machine for signs of the stress that lying induces. A red fib-alarm light will flash - and our file will be marked "possible liar", and set aside for special investigation.”

“There are those, of course, who say the technology is unproven. At Prime Minister's Questions it will face the ultimate challenge. The most consummate confidence trickster on the planet v the most accurate fib-sensor American research can devise. If at noon on Wednesday the buzzer does not sound when Tony Blair speaks, then the whole technology can be scrapped as useless.”

Related material:
‘Lie detection’

the web address for the article above is
http://www.abelard.org/news/politics0704.php#lie_detector_150407

dems in increasing problems as two losers fight it out

It is an open secret that Hillary cannot win against any serious Republican candidate, especially Giuliani.
It is even more obvious that Obarmy cannot win.

Naturally, the Republicans want to deal with Obarmy rather than Hillary, despite her very strong negatives.

Now, I wonder why Obarmy is getting so many ‘donations’?

The best government that money can buy.

And then there is that major Dem shill, Morris, who hates Hillary. He’s one of the world’s most astute political operators - one very bright fellow, so naturally he’s highly confused! He’s now a catholic convert, so he hates female freedoms - how confused can you get?

A big reason, aside from being so sharp, that Morris is so powerful is that, unlike most of the political light-weights and cacklers, he actually truth-tells - at the very least what he believes to be ‘the truth’. Dick Morris wrote the brilliant political analysis book Behind the Oval Office, and has been riding it with a bunch of empty tripe pot-boilers ever since. He’s married to a major Republican shill, but now she’s mostly a shadow. Perhaps she converted her brilliant hubby, once he realised his old boss had a dick.

Now the ‘couple’ have but one voice and are behind vote.com. This is a supposed polling venture which has no political opinion. I’ll believe it, if you will! At least that may stop heated disputes before brekker.

They want to be big on the net. Perhaps they just wanna be rich and ‘enjoy’ the American dream.

And now the one voice with two heads is/are writing for the great Fox news.

“Hillary and Bill have made an unpleasant discovery over the past three months: Without the ability to pass out coveted goodies, like over-nights in the Lincoln Bedroom, invitations to White House coffees and state dinners, trips on Air Force One, weekends at Camp David, lucrative government contracts, top appointments, and the power to sign or veto legislation, their ability to raise money is far less than it once was.” [Quoted from foxnews.com]

Soo-o-o-o-o bitter!

And here’s Morris on Obarmy:

“Blacks May Doom Barack
By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

“With polls showing Barack Obama winning less than half of the African-American vote in trial matchups with Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, the question is: Can the Illinois senator start pulling the kind of black support he needs in order to win?

“Obama needs to carry the African-American vote overwhelmingly, while Hillary just has to hold her own to blunt the edge of Obama's challenge. As one New York black political leader put it, "Obama needs 85 percent of the black vote. But Hillary only needs 35 percent."

“Early primary state South Carolina, where blacks cast more than a third of the vote, looms large. If Obama can't produce big African-American majorities there, his overall ability to win the black vote will be in doubt - leaving him without any obvious base, and in free fall.” [Quoted from realclearpolitics.com]

Has she who must be obeyed also converted him to the GOP?

Meanwhile, the Republican fundies are going madly up their own rear-ends trying to rid themselves of their best hopes in Giuliani, simply because Giuliani isn’t as mad as they are!

So, we now have two parties trying to find candidates as mad as their own fundies. Either a lefties appeaser for the Dems, or a born again nut-job for the Repubs.

I wonder if both lots will manage to produce a real loser like the bolt-neck idiot the Dems managed to dig up last time, or will one party get a reasonable candidate by sheer accident?

the web address for the article above is
http://www.abelard.org/news/politics0704.php#us_presidential_dems_100407

on selling stories

I note the rise of cackle over a few UK naval personnel selling stories to the fossil media, and I wonder, as I often do when seeing such cackle.

Society accepts some young lady selling her story of nikkers and football kit. Even in this current story, I see the Sun newspaper is headlining nikkers!!

Society accepts the mediocre Tony Bliar, who will doubtless regale the world with his wondrous administration on the payment of millions.

Yet these people, doing a worthwhile job, are to be barred from making a few bucks from their travails?

The money will probably serve a better purpose in their pockets than in the latest dummy who can kick a ball around once or twice a week.

Perhaps one should worry about some entrepreneurial soldier seeking to get caught for profit? Wellll, do you really believe that is likely?

This is a new age of individualism. We have military forces who are meant to be professional, and able to think for themselves. The days of marching mindless conscripted clones is past.

The serving military increasingly use blogs to get out the realities, rather than relying on the self-serving pap of politicians and left-wing fossil media.

I’m not sure I much care if a soldier gets a useful windfall.

In fact, I’m less concerned by that than by some dimbo who can answer a few questions on Narnia, or who has a winning a lottery ticket, getting a prize.

Time to adjust, time to get with the modern world. These are real people, and a damned sight more useful and productive than most. They are part of society. They are citizens in good standing.

So why the faux-outrage? Is it jealousy? Is it old fools not adjusting to the changing, more individualist, modern world? Or is there a real argument somewhere buried in the cackle?

The military personnel claim to have given no ‘secrets’. In fact, I doubt they had much ‘secret’ to offer. I even doubt that the Iranians could use anything they were offered.

Meanwhile, Iranian students are being taken into Western universities and being taught nuclear physics.

I do wonder if some of the cackle is disappointment that there are no longer saints, or ‘real’ heroes to worship. Or is it more of, “it weren't like that in my young day”!

And now, having opened what seems to be a Pandora’s box of free choice mixed with freedom of information and money, the UK government is trying to put the lid back on - no stories to be sold, while the one testimony that had slipped through, that of the only woman, was strangely silenced after about half a minute’s broadcast on tonight’s TV news.

the web address for the article above is
http://www.abelard.org/news/politics0704.php#iran_hostage_stories_090407


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