Saturday, November 3, 2007

Libya now on Al Qaeda's hitlist with new members.

Terrorism: How screwed up is this that Muammar Gaddafi as an enemy of Islam and want him gone.

A Libyan Islamist group has joined al-Qaeda, according to an audio message on the internet attributed to the radical network's second-in-command.
Ayman al-Zawahri purportedly said the Fighting Islamic Group in Libya was becoming part of al-Qaeda.

Earlier this year Algeria's Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat also claimed to have joined the network.

The recorded message called on Islamists to topple North African as well as Palestinian leaders.

"O nation of jihad, support your sons so that we defeat our enemies and rid our homeland of their slaves," said the recorded voice attributed to al-Zawahri, referring to the leaders of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

In the message, the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, is described as "an enemy of Islam" and criticised for giving up weapons of mass destruction in 2003, in exchange for an end to Libya's international isolation.

Italy crackdown on Romanians continue.

Europe: EU Referendum has a robust roundup on the latest developments including an attack on on Romanians by masked men.

ROME (Reuters) - Authorities tore down a gypsy camp and expelled around 20 Romanians from Italy on Saturday while condemning a "racist" attack in Rome apparently triggered by this week's murder of an Italian naval officer's wife.

Masked assailants brandishing knives, clubs and canes stabbed and beat four Romanians outside a Rome supermarket late on Friday. One of the victims is in serious condition.

The attack partly overshadowed the Rome funeral on Saturday for Giovanna Reggiani, 47, who police believe was fatally wounded by a Romanian man as she exited a Rome train station.

"We're looking for justice -- severe, austere -- but not intolerance," chaplain Patrizio Benvenuti said at Reggiani's funeral service, according to Italian media.

Channel 4's Muslim suicide bomber movies ends

Terrorism: Pretty much as you would suspect with a liberal film maker overseeing a movie that wants to show it is the West's fault.

"....It was about justice versus bigotry on both sides. The pro-British and the anti-British were as good and as bad as each other. A white policeman thumped a Muslim in the groin and called him a “Paki f***”; Nasima’s father hit her for sleeping with “negro trash”. The action was sweatily tense and each twist as sudden as a smack in the mouth.

The problem was that final minute. Sohail had flung his arms round the explosives-laden Nasima, imploring her not to blow herself up; she hugged him back, then flicked her switch. An aptly wretched end. Except it wasn’t the end.

After a blackout came a series of captions arguing that terrorists are motivated by what they see as Britain’s anti-Muslim laws; then a video message Nasima had recorded before her suicide attack.

Not one person in Britain is innocent, she spat, glaring out at us: “Not while you keep electing this Government, while you sit on your hands as they pass laws you know are wrong.” If we were blown up, she concluded, we had no one to blame but ourselves.

I’d like to think the writer-director, Peter Kosminsky, intended merely to shock, but the positioning of this message, in isolation at the end, suggested it was the moral of the story, that we were meant to find sense in what Nasima said. On me, and I suspect on many others, it had an entirely different effect.

Because Nasima was flatly wrong, for so many reasons – just two of which are that the children among those she blew up didn’t elect that Government, and that a lot of people support iniquitous anti-terror laws because they’re scared, not because they’re anti Muslim or apathetic. And anyway, if one thing’s going to increase support for iniquitous anti-terror laws, it’s a suicide bombing.

Up to this point, Britz had persuaded me to sympathise with Muslims who believe Britain is becoming a police state. But that jolt of an ending was almost enough to make me side, if only momentarily, with the twitchiest reactionary.

Trying to excuse or make sense of suicide bombing causes the opposite of what the bomber wants to happen(unless you are PM of Spain). The excuse making and making Muslims look like simplistic reactionary beings is not the way to grow sympathy.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Italy starts rounding up Romanian immigrants

EU: I understand the crackdown and it should be done rounding up the criminals but the eagerness of Italy and the EU who usually raises a hissy fit on immigrant policies that doesn't include some sort of amnesty is suspicious.

Italy has begun rounding up thousands of Romanian immigrants for deportation after passing a new "public order and security" law.

Masgras Neculai, 30, a petty thief, was named as the first Romanian who would be expelled under the new law, which allows anyone who is considered "dangerous" to society to be sent home.

The law was rushed through the Italian cabinet on Wednesday after huge public outcry following the savage murder of Giovanna Reggiani, a 47-year-old Italian woman, allegedly by a Romanian man.

The decree has now been officially published and has come into force immediately.

Police have begun combing immigrant ghettos and arresting Romanians without permits.

Government ministers have vowed to return 5,000 Romanians to their home country in the next few weeks.

The move appeared to have the blessing of the European Union.

advertisementFranco Frattini, the European commissioner for justice, freedom and security, said: "What has to be done is simple. Go into a nomad camp in Rome for example, and ask them: 'Can you tell me where you live?'

"If they say they do not know, take them and send them home to Romania. That is how the European directive works.

It is simple and safe. Romania cannot say they will not take them back, because it is an obligation that is part of being a member state of the EU."

Beer better for you than water after a workout.

Coolness: Finally a food study I can truly support.

Yesterday we were warned of the health dangers associated with alcohol - not to mention bacon, ham and sausages.

Today there is more cheering news from a different set of scientists.

They have come up with the perfect excuse for heading to the pub after a game of football or rugby.

Their research has shown that a glass of beer is far better at rehydrating the body after exercise than water.

Researchers suspect that the sugars, salts and bubbles in a pint may help people absorb fluids more quickly.

The finding, which comes from a study at Granada University in Spain, will be welcome news for the legions of evening and weekend sports enthusiasts who enjoy a postmatch pint.

Radio host rallies blacks for Friday boycott

Media: Via CNN.

A nationally syndicated radio host is urging black Americans to refrain from spending money Friday, and his efforts are garnering support from some of the civil rights movement's heaviest hitters.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, testifying before a House committee on the Jena 6 last month, backs the boycott.

Radio host and organizer Warren Ballentine hopes a "national blackout" of businesses will send Washington a message that blacks are fed up with racism and injustice, and he rejects criticism that his campaign is un-American.

"The history of our country is about what I'm calling for," Ballentine said. "If the federal government is not doing what it's supposed to do, we protest. There's nothing more American than what I'm calling for."

The inspirations for the boycott are many: a flurry of nooses hung in public places; the case of six teens charged as adults with attempted murder in Jena, Louisiana, after a racially charged school fight; the conviction of Genarlow Wilson, a black teen charged with child molestation after having consensual oral sex with another teen; and the rape and torture of Megan Williams, a West Virginia woman forced to eat animal feces by six whites who berated her with racial slurs.

Ballentine's hope is that if elected officials aren't hearing the voice of black America, maybe they'll listen when money talks. His efforts have drawn the support of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network and several other groups

First question would be who the hell is Warren Ballentine and the answer to the boycott would be No. Boycotts of this nature don't work and just makes people look foolish.

'Newsweek' to Cut 500,000 From Rate Base

Media: Trying to contain the costs and figuring out how to get the same sort of revenue from online.

Newsweek's new management plans to chop its guaranteed paid circulation by 500,000 copies, dropping its promise to advertisers down to 2.6 million paying readers from 3.1 million, those with knowledge of the move said today.
Newsweek cited rising postal and other costs in explaining its decision to cut its rate base.

The 16% cutback is one of the largest among a series at big magazines over the last few years, a sweep that has seen ambitions reduced at diverse titles including Playboy, Reader's Digest, Star, Woman's Day and BusinessWeek.

Race against Time
But Newsweek's move is particularly notable amid its battle against Time, which slashed its own rate base to 3.25 million from 4 million at the beginning of the year. It's also the first big development since Newsweek shook up its executive suite on Tuesday, when it named a longtime Viacom cable executive, Thomas E. Ascheim, to take over as CEO and promoted Gregory Osberg from publisher to president.

Newsweek cited rising postal and other costs in explaining its decision, according to a media buyer who has been briefed on the plan. "Obviously people are also migrating online for news and information," said the buyer. "It's hard to maintain current subscribers and attract new subscribers."

Rumsfeld's Oil wealth made Muslims lazy kinda true.

Culture: I hate to be the bearer of reality(the hell you do -ed) to a nice indignant fest by politically correct press and professional race/religious groups. But this piece about Rumsfeld bitching about oil wealth made Muslims lazy lacks research.

According to the Post, Rumsfeld contended that Muslims avoid "physical labor." He expressed the belief that oil wealth removed Muslims "from the reality of work, effort and investment that leads to wealth for the rest of the world." His memo said, "Too often Muslims are against physical labor, so they bring in Koreans and Pakistanis while their young people remain unemployed." Rumsfeld also warned, "An unemployed population is easy to recruit to radicalism."

White House press secretary Dana Perino said Rumsfeld's observations were "not in line with the president's views." She said she could understand why Arab Americans would be offended by the comments attributed to Rumsfeld.

The report brought a terse reaction from the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Spokesman Kareem Shora told CBS News Radio, "It seems very clear from the quotes that Mr. Rumsfeld had a very stereotypical, negative pessimistic view of Muslims. He's labeling 2.2 billion people in the world as lazy and against physical labor. It's going to be very harmful to our efforts in the Middle East and to winning the hearts and minds of the Muslim world."

One Katie Couric blogger screwed up the quote which is amazing cutting off a crucial part about Saudi Arabia which I gathered he was talking about and not every single Muslim in the world. But in this piece from 2002 in SPTIMES, oil wealth did make for a sizable chuck of the population to be lazy and feeling entitled.

At the peak of the oil boom in the early '80s, young Saudis didn't have to take jobs like this and even though the boom is over, most Saudis still don't want them. Alshammar's father doesn't like that his son works in a hotel, where Saudis are more used to being waited upon than catering to others.

"He had this idea I was a servant," Alshammar says.

The discovery of oil in 1938 sent Saudi Arabia on a whirlwind of development that drew millions of foreigners to build roads and refineries, staff hotels and hospitals, and work for rich Saudis as cooks, maids and drivers.

In the past few years, though, oil revenues have plunged and per capita income is less than half what it was in the '80s, meaning more and more Saudis need to find jobs. Yet almost a third of the country's 22-million residents are foreign workers at a time when the jobless rate among Saudis is 30 percent.

"It doesn't make sense to have high unemployment for Saudis when half the work force is not Saudi," says Fahad Almubarak, a financial consultant.

....In general, Saudization has been a long, slow slog.

For one thing, there is a strong perception that Saudis are lazy. A recent study of Saudis in office jobs found that 21 percent made zero contribution to the work place. Many failed to stay in the office more than two hours a day.

Even Saudi newspapers are critical. Writing in the Saudi Gazette, a columnist noted that while he was glad to see young Saudis manning checkout counters at his local supermarket, he couldn't help but observe that they were surly and slow while the foreign clerks were friendly and fast.

"Now here is the dilemma," the columnist wrote. "Do I live up to my stated principles and patronize the local checkout guys? They're Saudis, they're doing a job and so, in theory at least, are contributing to the national economy.

"Or do I avoid them like the plague and pass through the till where the cheerful little man from Dhaka asks us how we are doing, bags the groceries efficiently and sends us off with a smile in two minutes flat? It's not a difficult decision to make, is it?"

Some say the problem is less laziness than a lack of discipline.

The rate didn't drop till around 2006. Just because it sounds insensitive doesn't mean there isn't some truth behind it.

Student wants Huckleberry Finn banned from school.

Edumacation: Among other things as an 11th grade student said he was offended on how his teacher carried out a lesson about the Mark Twain classic. As usual, the groveling of the school district takes it to another level of stupidity.

A superintendent will apologize and teachers will get cultural sensitivity training after a black student was offended by a lesson on "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" that included a racial slur.

Those agreements were reached Wednesday after a 90-minute meeting between Richland High School officials, the 11th-grader, his parents and a coalition of activists. They were upset by a teacher's repeated use of a racial slur last week during a lesson preparing students to read the classic 1884 Mark Twain novel, which includes the slur.

....But the teacher "badgered" him after denying his request to remove the word from the chalkboard or replace it with "N-word," and she continued to say the slur during class, said his mother, Tunya Mohamed. The teen said he felt singled out when the teacher asked if the word offended him and said, "It hurts -- doesn't it?"

The district has allowed Mohamed to enroll in a different English class. Officials have since removed the book from his class, but his parents say they will request its removal from the district's curriculum.

The family is still deciding whether the teen will stay at the school in the Fort Worth suburb or return to a high school in another district he attended last year. But the teen said he felt good about the meeting Wednesday between members of a new group, the Coalition to Stop the N-Word, and Birdville schools administrators.

"We are here today to say we will not tolerate the N-word being used by any educators anywhere in any school district throughout our region or the state of Texas," said Ron Price, a Dallas school board member who attended the meeting. "It's critical that we examine all of our textbooks to ensure that the language is proper and that the language is not being used to abuse any child in any public school."

Useless nonsense from a group of people taking either a misunderstanding or an incident in one classroom to try and assert their agenda on the rest of the district up to the entire state. This last part had me baffled.

Birdville Superintendent Stephen Waddell agreed to issue a written apology to the teen and his family and arrange future faculty training about cultural sensitivity, said Thomas Muhammad, coalition spokesman.

The teacher has verbally apologized, but the district cannot require her to issue a written apology as the group requested, said district spokesman Mark Thomas.

The group also wanted the teacher to do community outreach work with black and Muslim communities, but the district cannot reveal what, if any, disciplinary measures might have been implemented, Thomas said.

What does Muslim community have to do with anything? I thought this was a racial incident? This is just ridiculous piling on where at least from the story the teacher got out of hand or the student is just overly sensitive. All this cultural teaching, outreach stuff is seeing how far they can get away with the intimidation. Don't ban the book

Flint school district forces radio host off the air.

Edumacation: A version of the math test usually geared to mocking certain races. This time it mocked an entire district. The station management folded like a cheap suit.

The management at WHNN-FM, 96.1, was backpedaling after an apparent joke went awry, and popular morning personality Johnnie Burke is paying the price.

In a concise but contrite message, the Saginaw station's leaders offered their ''sincere apologies'' for offending students, parents and staff of Flint Community Schools.

They also suspended Burke, who did not comment on the advice of his attorney.

At the crux of the controversy is a bogus ''practical math'' test posted on the station's Web site in September.

The ''test'' includes 10 spoof story problems, but instead of asking about the proverbial trains leaving Chicago, the questions ask test takers to calculate math in the context of drive-by shootings, drug deals, prostitution and similar crimes.

The comment ''Flint schools are finally starting to teach practical math'' prefaced the posting and drew angry reactions from some Flint school leaders.

''We do not consider this a laughing matter,'' Vera J. Perry, president of the Flint Board of Education, said at a Wednesday press conference.

Perry called the fake test ''highly offensive'' to the Flint community.

''The management of WHNN would like to offer sincere apologies,'' the station's message reads. ''It was not the intent to embarrass any children, teachers or staff of the Flint Community Schools.''

Newspaper industry trying to pull a fast one.

Media: So this news came out yesterday.

Newspaper executives have complained for years that the yardstick used to measure audience -- paid print circulation -- was unfair especially when compared to the likes of television and radio. Those media have always touted audience share to advertisers so why shouldn't newspapers?

Finally after years of debate, the industry is moving towards tracking its total audience which encompasses all its products (especially online viewership) -- not just how many people plunk down some coins for the newspaper. The change will be reflected next Monday, when the Audit Bureau of Circulations releases numbers for more than 700 daily newspapers throughout the country.

The push to herald total audience is coming not a moment too soon since paid circulation continues on a downward slide. According to industry sources speaking to E&P, daily circulation for reporting papers in the six-month FAS-FAX period ending September is down about 2.5% while Sunday is expected to fall 3.5%. Those types of declines -- in the 2% and 3% range -- have been occurring as far back as the March 2005 period.

...When the FAS-FAX comes out next Monday, ABC will introduce the "audience FAX" where about 200 papers are providing the organization with not only circulation data, but print readership, online readership, unduplicated market reach, and monthly unique users. Daily and Sunday circulation will be a part of the report as well but the audience FAX is the first step in what will most likely be many more to emphasize total audience.

Even the Newspaper Association of America, which usually tallies FAS-FAX in order to show how much circulation has gone down (or up) as a top line number, will not crunch the overall industry data for the six-month period ending September 2007.

Massaging the numbers would be an understatement. Tv/Radio are different in regards to online because in both cases you watch or listen for a period of time. Newspaper sites people are clicking around looking for things of interest and much harder to be distracted or car about ads. Trying to lump all those numbers to reach an average ad or bundle rate isn't going to fool anyone.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

How big is the Patriots/Colts game? This big.

Sports: This is the NFL distribution map over what parts of the country will see the Colts/Pats and Texans/Raiders. It would be better if the NFL moved the Texan/Raiders game up to 1 p.m.

Iran: Barack Obama is an inexcusable coward

Politics: This is the political version of kissing Iran long, hard and with much gusto. He will probably slipped in a little tongue.

I was half kidding that Obama was Jimmy Carter 2007 version but this plan of his with Iran goes beyond even the failed E3 plan. This is horrific. There is even the leftist core idea that Iran is the one who is being wronged by evil Amerika and he excuses Iran interference in Iraq.

Senator Barack Obama said he would “engage in aggressive personal diplomacy” with Iran if elected president, and would offer economic inducements and a possible promise not to seek “regime change” if Iran stopped meddling in Iraq and cooperated on terrorism and nuclear issues.

In an hourlong interview on Wednesday, Mr. Obama made clear that forging a new relationship with Iran would be a major element of what he pledged would be a broad effort to stabilize Iraq as he executed a speedy timetable for the withdrawal of American combat troops…

[H]e asserted that Iran’s support for militant groups in Iraq reflected its anxiety over the Bush administration’s policies in the region, including talk of a possible American military strike on Iranian nuclear installations.

Making clear that he planned to talk to Iran without preconditions, Mr. Obama emphasized further that “changes in behavior” by Iran could possibly be rewarded with membership in the World Trade Organization, other economic benefits and security guarantees.

Madrid victims fury at 'leniency'

Terrorism: If you put the guy as the alleged mastermind of the Madrid Bombings up for trial and he gets off then add on sentences that everyone knows won't ever be put into practice. You get this mess.

Angry victims of the 2004 Madrid train bombings have vowed to appeal over what they see as the trial court's lenient treatment of some of the accused.
One victim's relative said there had been too few guilty verdicts for such a horrible crime.

The court sentenced three men to thousands of years in jail for their part in the attacks, but acquitted seven including the alleged mastermind.

Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said justice had been done.

Moroccans Jamal Zougam and Otman el Ghanoui were convicted of murder along with Emilio Trashorras, a Spaniard.

But suspected ringleader Rabei Osman was cleared over the 11 March 2004 blasts on four trains that killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800.

Twenty-one - out of 28 on trial - were convicted for their parts in the Islamists attacks. All had pleaded not guilty during the four-month trial.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Nickelodeon/ Linda Ellerbee pushing commie group.

Politics: How come kiddies are considered rebels only if they push leftist crap as truth to power? I am not shocked that Ellerbee is in the middle of something like this given her background. Armywifetoddlermom, Hot Air and Malkin has more.

Seattle P-I editorial member favors church burnings?

Media: Seriously, I know the Seattle papers are leftist havens, but this is irresponsible journalism at its worst. If this was a conservative talking about mosques, everyone would go nuts. D. Parvaz should get a talking too, but given this is Seattle, probably get a promotion.

It's one thing to set fire to The Man at the Burning Man festival a few days early -- at least the effigy is built to be burned, albeit at a specific hour.
But Paul Addis, the guy who bummed out thousands of burners by torching The Man before festival participants were ready for it, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of trying to torch a historic cathedral in San Francisco. Here's a slice from the story:

San Francisco performance artist Paul Addis, out on bail in the Burning Man charges, was taken into custody on the top steps of the Grace Cathedral around 11:40 p.m. Sunday, police spokesman Sgt. Steve Mannina said Monday.

Addis had an ammunition belt of small explosives strapped around his waist, he said.

Police were tipped by a caller who said they overheard Addis talking about a plan to set fire to the local landmark, Mannina said. No fire was set and there was no damage to the Episcopal church, a French Gothic structure that sits atop the city's Nob Hill.

On the one hand, I can understand the power of the image to someone who sees the church as an oppressive institution. On the other's still arson. And given how fires can get out of hand, there's a chance that this little stunt could have damaged other property and hurt some folks.

Labour think-tank says kill off Christmas and UK in general

UK: You read this and realize the power of Multi-Cult is strong with the cultural elites. The whole plan is to basically bow down, crap over yourself and greet everyone else as superior.

Christmas should be downgraded in favour of festivals from other religions to improve race relations, says an explosive report.

Labour's favourite think-tank says that because it would be hard to 'expunge' Christmas from the national calendar, 'even-handedness' means public organisations must start giving other religions equal footing.

The leaked findings of its investigation into identity, citizenship and community cohesion also propose:

• 'Birth ceremonies', at which state and parents agree to 'work in partnership' to bring up children

• Action to 'ensure access' for ethnic minorities to 'largely white' countryside

• An overhaul of Britain's 'imperial' honours system

• Bishops being thrown out of the House of Lords

• An end to 'sectarian' religious education

• Flying flags other than the Union Jack.

It gets much worse.

Hate Literature found in UK mosques.

UK: I have become a broken record on UK Muslims and their so-called leaders habitually making a mockery of Islam and being two-faced about it.

Books calling for the beheading of lapsed Muslims, ordering women to remain indoors and forbidding interfaith marriage are being sold inside some of Britain’s leading mosques, according to research seen by The Times.

Some of the fundamentalist works were found at the bookshop in the London Central mosque in Regent’s Park, which is funded by the Saudi regime and is regularly visited by government ministers. Its director, Ahmad al-Dubayan, is also a Saudi diplomat and was among those greeting King Abdullah when he arrived in Britain last night for his official state visit.

Extremist literature, including passages supporting the stoning of adulterers and waging violent jihad, was also found on sale at many other mosques regarded as mainstream institutions.

So what is the response?

Inayat Bunglawala, the MCB assistant secretary-general, said: “Bookshops sell a variety of publications and we live in an open, democratic society where it is not illegal to sell books which contain antiWestern views.”

Telegraph: Iqbal Sacranie, a former secretary general of the Muslim Council of Great Britain, criticised the report. He said: "The majority of Muslims will totally dismiss this because it is written by the Policy Exchange, who have an agenda to denigrate the mainstream of Islam in this country.

"If there is any material which falls foul of the law, then the law should take its course. We cannot accept messages of hate - there is zero tolerance on that. But it is irresponsible to target religious texts and take them out of context. These texts can be found not just in mosques but in ordinary bookshops - the report overlooks that."

The video of Bunglawala spinning the report is pathetic and sad as he dances away from the content of the books given to the mosques to argue legality. If this sort of garbage was in a church or another religious bookstore, all hell would break loose.

The interesting question by the host is how much are they bending backwards so they can get the Saudi money?

Naomi Campbell latest Hugo Chavez groupie.

Entertainment: I said weeks back that Chavez is the new hotness for the cultural elites now that Castro is about done.

British supermodel Naomi Campbell met privately with President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday, becoming the latest in a series of celebrities hosted by the Venezuelan leader.

Campbell flashed a smile to reporters as she arrived at the presidential palace, but said little about what she hoped to discuss with Chavez.

"I've been here before actually," she said. "A beautiful country, very tropical. You've got great waterfalls."

Then, before turning to walk inside, she added: "I'm not going to be political. Thank you very much."

Last month, Chavez met in Caracas with American actor Kevin Spacey, who praised the Venezuelan government's efforts to support film-making. The Venezuelan President also has hosted recent visits by Hollywood stars including Sean Penn and Danny Glover.

Maryland city refuses to help deport violent illegal immigrants.

Immigration: These are the type of places I wish ill on because of their outright stupidity and naivety.

The Takoma Park council voted unanimously last night to reaffirm the town's status as a "sanctuary city" where police and other municipal employees are forbidden from enforcing federal immigration laws, an action members say is meant to set the community pointedly apart from localities roiled by the illegal immigration debate.

It comes two weeks after they turned down a request by the police chief for more flexibility in executing immigration warrants for possible deported felons.

....Takoma Park Police Chief Ronald Ricucci, who took over the department in February, instituted rules to keep his officers in compliance with town law. But he also asked the council to loosen restrictions for one particular category of illegal immigrant: those who were once convicted of violent felonies and were deported after serving their sentences.

To check for such violators, Ricucci asked that his officers be allowed to follow up on the database hits with a call to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). If the warrant was for an ordinary immigration violation, police would go no further and let the person go. If it was for a deported violent felon, they would detain him for federal authorities.

"It's very rare," Ricucci said. "We've only gotten three ICE hits this year out of hundreds of checks we make a day. But I thought it was my duty to bring it up."

Hispanic Officials Urge Immigrant Voters to polls.

Politics: Virginia is having a huge election next week and illegal immigrant supporters are out in force to make sure they get a illegal supporting government in place at all levels. I don't think when this story makes the rounds it will be a positive.

Hispanic elected officials in the Washington area yesterday urged immigrant voters to vote next Tuesday to demonstrate their political power and counter what they called a troubling surge of anti-immigrant sentiment in parts of the region.

Speaking in Spanish at a news conference in Arlington attended by several Spanish-language news organizations, the officials urged immigrant voters who are U.S. citizens not to worry about being intimidated at the polls

The event was opened with a prayer by a Methodist minister, the Rev. David Rocha. Comments by speakers were greeted with shouts of "S¿ se puede" (Yes, we can), the rallying cry used by Cesar Chavez in organizing farm workers in California.

Carlos Solis, who is running for the Gaithersburg City Council, said the interests of all immigrants, not just Hispanics, are at stake.

"This is a fight for all and for everyone," he said.

The speakers said that elections are often determined by just a handful of ballots, and that individual voters have the ability to swing an election.

Solis is running on a "One Gaithersburg" campaign platform with Ahmed Ali, who was born in Bangladesh, and Ryan Spiegel, a lawyer.

"Many anti-immigrants are afraid," Solis said. He said that if he and his colleagues won, they could "get control" of the city.

"We're all one pueblo," he said.

Just saying this type of talk usually irritates people.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Australian candidate calls couple 'warmongers'

Australia: We can see the mindset if the Labor party gets into power. Stuck on stupid.

A GROVELLING apology by a Labor candidate who attacked as "warmongers" the parents of a serving soldier has failed to ease the row in a key seat.

Garry Parr, Labor's candidate for the central Queensland seat of Hinkler, slammed as "warmongers" Rosemary and Tom Arthurs.

Their son, Julian, 41, is serving with the British military in hostile Afghanistan.

Labor forced Mr Parr to apologise for his efforts a fortnight ago amid speculation he could be forced to stand down.

In a statement released yesterday, the candidate said: "I apologise unreservedly for any hurt caused by my insensitive comments to Tom and Rosemary Arthurs.

"I will be contacting Mr and Mrs Arthurs to offer my personal apology for any offence that I may have caused them during our discussion a fortnight ago.

"In addition, I publicly express my support for all the men and women of the coalition forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq and their families."

BS, Parr probably thinks the military/West is just evil to make such a comment. Typical leftist mantra.

New York Sheriffs oppose Spitzer's license plan.

Nation: Spitzer just stepped right into it with the illegals getting driver licenses. I doubt he saw this much opposition coming at him.

SYRACUSE - In the latest blow to Gov. Spitzer's plan to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, New York state's sheriffs yesterday came out strongly against the program and asked the governor to go back to the drawing board.

The statewide Sheriffs' Association took the formal position shortly after Spitzer's homeland-security director, Michael Balboni, tried - and failed - to sell the measure to the group as an upgrade in state and national security.

"We respect and support the governor's efforts to strengthen security in New York and the nation," the Sheriffs' Association said in a statement following the vote behind closed doors.

"However, we do not feel that providing a driver's license to illegal immigrants is appropriate and, as an association, we do not support that program."

FBI used Mafia Capo to solve civil rights murder case.

Crime: There is all sorts of awesome about this if it is true. This was the case of the civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney who were murdered by the Klan.

The FBI recruited a mafia enforcer to help solve the slaying of three civil rights workers by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi in the 1960s, according to evidence provided in Brooklyn state court by a mobster's moll.

In the 1988 film, Mississippi Burning, that recreated the events, the case was broken when the FBI brought in a black agent to put the frighteners on a Ku Klux Klan member.

But Linda Schiro told the court that it had been her boyfriend, Gregory Scarpa, who had kidnapped a Klansman, put a gun in his mouth and forced him to reveal the spot where the three had been buried.

.....Schiro, who had known Scarpa since meeting him in a bar in 1962 when she was 17, said she and Scarpa flew to Mississippi in 1964.

They walked into a hotel in Neshoba county where the FBI based itself during the investigation and winked at the agents. Minutes later, an agent had turned up in their room and handed Scarpa a gun.

"Greg changed his clothes - he left some money on the dresser - and he told me if he didn't come back, to take a cab to the airport and just go home."

He later told her he had kidnapped a salesman, a local Klansman, catching him off guard by helping him carry a television to a car.

"He put a gun in the guy's mouth. You know, he threatened the guy," she said. "He told him where the bodies were."

After Scarpa returned to the hotel, she said an agent gave him an inch-thick wad of cash and took back the gun.

Stan O’Neal got a $160 million dollar buyout.

Nation: Man got paid, good for him. Shareholders may be doing triple takes.

Stan O’Neal will leave Merrill Lynch with stock options, unvested shares, deferred compensation, pension payments and other benefits worth about $160m, according to compensation experts and a review of public documents.

Mr O’Neal, 56, is officially retiring from the bank, meaning he is entitled to receive all the shares he has accrued during his 21 years of service, provided he does not compete with Merrill for 18 months and meets other requirements.

EU treaty 'same as constitution'

EU: Not a surprise in the least, the Euro elites feel the public is too stupid to understand their grand plan, so break it up and try to pass it off as something different.

The new EU Reform Treaty is effectively the same as the constitution it was designed to replace, according to a leading architect of the constitution.

The treaty differs from the abandoned constitution in "approach rather than content", says former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing.

Mr Giscard d'Estaing led a committee drafting the constitution, rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2004.

Several European governments hope to avoid a referendum on the new treaty.

In an article in the UK newspaper, The Independent, Mr Giscard d'Estaing says the treaty makes important concessions to the UK.

The UK, alongside Denmark and The Netherlands, is among the countries whose governments oppose a referendum.

Mr Giscard d'Estaing points out that the UK will not be bound by the treaty's rules on human rights and judicial harmonisation, and would retain the right to "duck in and out of the system as it pleases".

British Euro-sceptics want the government to hold a referendum on the treaty, arguing it is no different to the constitution.

Tavis Smiley whines about Southwick, guns for Feinstein.

Politics: Tavis Smiley and/or Tom Joyner show could be very ignorant or they think if they keep lying about Southwick it becomes fact. Here he is this morning whining the Dems let down black people and "dissed" them. He calls for people to harass Senator Feinstein and other Dems who allowed/voted for Southwick.

The hilarious part is at the 8 min part where Smiley says black people got sold out and they are not going to forget it. Really?

Not to go all Colonel Stinkmeaner up in here but... Whatcha ya going do? Whatcha ya going do? The Dems have already calculated that 90+% of black people will vote "D" so there is no fear about Tavis Smiley or nearly everyone else voting something other than Dems. That is what happens when you collectively becomes someone's dependable voting block.

The Ashera cat for $22,000. Get one today

Nation: If you can afford a cat that grows up to 4 feet tall and 30 pounds for $22,000... Can you adopt me as well?

It is a sight to strike terror into the bravest of mice ... not to mention most breeds of dog.

The Ashera is billed as the world's "largest, rarest and most exotic" domestic cat. The large pointed ears and eye-catching coat come from two wild bloodlines, the African serval and Asian leopard cat, crossed with an undisclosed domestic breed.

It stands 4ft tall on its hind legs, lives for 25 years and weighs up to 30lb.

And with a price tag of around £12,000 including delivery from the U.S., it will leave your bank balance considerably lighter.

The Ashera is being sold by British internet entrepreneur Simon Brodie, whose Californian firm Lifestyle Pets used a team of geneticists to develop the ultimate designer pet.

Despite the daunting price he insists it is low-maintenance - good-tempered, child-friendly and happy to eat tinned food from the supermarket. Because of its exotic heritage, however, it does prefer a heated bed.

"They are expensive, but we've already sold a lot in the U.S., in Asia and even in Russia - our waiting list is nine months long," said Mr Brodie.

There is controversy over this cat with people saying its a Savannah cat that you can get for much less.

Ashera vs. Savannah Cat

University of Michigan Muslim students want prayer room

Culture: Well, they got footbaths so why not push a bit more for a specific prayer room since school officials bent over backwards the last time.

The Muslim Students' Association wants a prayer room on campus.

LSA Junior Zeeshaan Bhatti, its president, said the group is hoping to discuss the possibility of obtaining a permanent prayer room with University administrators later this year.

But University spokeswoman Kelly Cunningham said the University would not establish a room that is specifically set aside for prayer.

"The University does not provide religious facilities for any of its students, faculty or staff," Cunningham said in an e-mail interview.

Bhatti said he doesn't think a prayer room would violate the separation of church and state. He said the room should be available for all students to use for reflection regardless of their religious preference.

Four reflection rooms on campus are currently available for students and faculty to use. Prayer rooms are larger than reflection rooms and do not provide the secular use that reflection rooms can.

Bhatti said the room would ideally be large, empty and could be used for individual and group prayer and reflection.

No officials from the University were willing to respond to whether the University would sponsor a room - without calling it a prayer room - that met those specifications.

....Bhatti said installing footbaths is not the top priority for the Muslim Students' Association.

"Footbaths are something we want, but we also would really like a prayer room," Bhatti said.

Australian Muslim youths being radicalised says leader.

Australia: Fadi Rahman even warns of a London style bombing if "relations" don't get much smoother.

AUSTRALIA faces a "London-type bombing" if relations between Muslims and the intelligence and police authorities do not improve, an influential Islamic youth leader has warned.

Fadi Rahman, who runs one of Sydney's biggest youth centres at Lidcombe in the city's southwest, said overseas Islamic elements were attempting to radicalise Muslim youth with their hardline ideologies.

But in a warning that will resonate with Australian authorities, Mr Rahman said Muslims did not trust ASIO or the Australian Federal Police and that the bungled terror case against Gold Coast doctor Mohamed Haneef had worsened the situation.

"The biggest problem ASIO and the federal police have is that no one in the Islamic community trusts them enough to give them a heads-up about anything," Mr Rahman told The Australian.

"Look at the Haneef thing - why would we trust these guys when all you see is one fumble after another? People are afraid."

Dr Haneef, an Indian national, was detained in July on suspicion of having played a role in the foiled terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow, but the case fell apart after a series of prosecution mistakes.

Mr Rahman said a battle for the hearts and minds of young Muslims was under way in Australia between influences from overseas wanting to radicalise youths and more moderate influences in Australia.

Mr Rahman said he believed he had been the target of a recruitment attempt but when he responded "defensively" those talking to him said they had merely been joking.

Hey Jay Leno, you don't have to go home but...

Entertainment: NBC doesn't want you to stay here.

If "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno is having second thoughts about surrendering his job as planned, NBC doesn't share them—at least not publicly.
"Conan O'Brien will take over `The Tonight Show' in 2009," NBC Universal President and CEO Jeff Zucker said Monday in New York at an event arranged by Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Zucker said he'd like Leno to remain with the company and that "we are in those conversations now."

"I'm hopeful that Jay will be with us," the executive told the question-and-answer session.

A deal for Leno's exit was finalized three years ago as part of NBC Universal's effort to keep "Late Night" host O'Brien from bolting to a competing network. Leno marked his 15th year as host of "Tonight" last May.

Leno has said he's comfortable with his planned departure but, according to a report earlier this month in the Los Angeles Times, the comedian has grown reluctant to retire as host of the fabled, top- rated late-night program.

Leno declined comment on the Times report when it was published. He had no comment Monday on Zucker's remarks, an NBC spokeswoman said.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Uptight multicult/diversity Stanford students grade law firms.

Nation: Once again showing that being book smart doesn't mean having common sense.

A bunch of law students at Stanford have started assigning letter grades to their prospective employers, which pretty much tells you who holds the power in the market for new associates. It’s not easy to persuade new lawyers from the top schools to accept starting salaries of only $160,000.

The students are handing out “diversity report cards” to the big law firms, ranking them by how many female, minority and gay lawyers they have.

“Many of the firms have atrocious, appalling records on diversity,” said Michele Landis Dauber, a law professor at Stanford and the adviser for the project, called Building a Better Legal Profession. The rankings are at

....The students have ambitious plans, including asking elite schools to restrict recruiting by firms at the bottom of their rankings. They also plan to send the rankings to the general counsels of the Fortune 500 companies with the suggestion that they be used in selecting lawyers.

“Firms that want the best students will be forced to respond to the market pressures that we’re creating,” said Andrew Bruck, a law student at Stanford and a leader of the project.

Roger Clegg, the president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a research group that supports colorblind policies, said the whole thing was pernicious.

“Diversity is all too frequently a code word,” he said, “for preferential treatment on the basis of race, ethnicity or sex, or lower standards, or being opposed to assimilation.”

I think I speak for everyone who ever had a lawyer or thinking of getting one. The last thing on your mind is if the law firm got this many black, hispanic, gay, female or half/half. All you want to know is the firm has lawyers that win and/or willing to sell their soul, their mama's soul, their children's children's future souls while gutting the hell out of people to win the case on your behalf.

Simple terms. The law firm better have qualified people in their employment, damn their color or sexuality.

Hispanic groups in K.C still trying to get rid of Semler.

Immigration: Now it is just a test of wills and the winner runs the town by default.

Local Hispanic advocates and a national labor leader said Sunday they will continue to seek the removal of Frances Semler from Kansas City’s park board.

The latest development in the ongoing battle over Semler’s appointment by Mayor Mark Funkhouser came at a news conference local leaders called to launch new efforts to educate the public about their position.

....Local leaders said Sunday they would continue to oppose Semler’s position on the park board because they think the Minuteman programs are divisive and contribute to racist attitudes against all Hispanics in the United States.

Also speaking on their behalf on Sunday was Dolores C. Huerta, a co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America. Huerta, 77, of Bakersfield, Calif., received an International Peace Award on Saturday from the Community of Christ Church in Independence. She also leads a foundation devoted to community organizing for civil issues.

Huerta said that efforts by groups such as the Minuteman’s to get anti-immigration laws passed are obscuring problems with federal immigration law that keeps workers America needs out of the country.

“This organization is creating so much hatred and divisiveness in our communities,” she said of the Minuteman group. “These hysterical attacks on the immigrants, particularly people of color, have turned into discrimination against the whole Hispanic community.”

Rita Valenciano of Kansas City said Huerta’s presentation on the issue was the first of what will be ongoing efforts by local Hispanic leaders to state more clearly why they oppose organizations such as the Minuteman group.

Charles Lona, a Hispanic community leader, said: “The mayor is supporting a racist, violent organization. That’s the way we feel.”

The second article shows how much the mayor tried to appease the various professional race groups and it showed the rejection. I am amused by these sort of groups when everytime they fail at some protest it is because the public is just not educated enough by their positions. Except for the K.C. Star who became La Raza and NAACP personal fluffer in all of this, the public knew what the story was and rejected it.

Lynching protests makes it to the UK!

UK: Lord help us. Here is the pic and the rest of the ridiculous story.

A chain of fashion stores has been accused of racism over a window display of black mannequins hanging from the ceiling.

Branches of All Saints are featuring headless dummies, with chains attached to the neck, dangling with their feet a few inches off the floor.

Police arrived at one branch, in Exeter, to investigate claims that the display was offensive and the Rural Racism Project says it has been "inundated" with complaints calling for it to be removed.

Spokesman John McKenzie said: "These disturbing displays are reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan and the lynching of black people in America.

"The chains used to hang the mannequins also bring to mind slavery and some of the complainants have commented on this.

"The overall effect is extremely ominous.

An early edition of this story said the majority of complaints came from white people(thanks for looking out for us!) and the police came around who told the store the display doesn't break any of the ridiculous politically correct laws in the UK. This is the result of a society that has become easily offended and sees wrong in every little thing. All it is a chic chain with a "radical" display concept. Grow up.

Parisian intellectuals: Hell no, place is poor and no latte.

France: I knew Multicult and calls for diversity has it limits among its strongest supporters.

A row has split radical chic Parisian intellectuals over the relocation of their college from the affluent Left Bank to an impoverished, multiethnic suburb where they fear being deprived of bistros and boutiques.

Some of France’s most eminent academics are campaigning to stop the elite College of Higher Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) from moving to Aubervilliers in the Seine-Saint-Denis département north of the capital. But the move’s backers say that the real concern of the intelligentsia is to remain within walking distance of cafés in Saint Germain des Prés and shops selling Prada clothes, Ferragamo shoes, wholemeal bread and smoked salmon.

Philosophers, historians, economists and sociologists have lined up to denounce the suburb as a cultural desert, far removed from the Parisian café society they have known since the days of Jean-Paul Sartre. They say Seine-Saint-Denis – infamous as the centre of the 2005 race riots in France and known from its registration number, 93, as le Neuf-Trois – is a “zone lacking all the necessary tools for intellectual work”.

They claim the EHESS has fallen victim to a Machiavellian plot hatched by President Sarkozy’s centre-right Government in an attempt to dismantle an antiEstablishment bastion. The college is famed for producing some of France’s greatest left-wing thinkers, such as Pierre Bourdieu, the sociologist, and for its role in the May 1968 student protests in Paris.

Some lecturers have poured scorn on the campaign. Francis Chateau-raynaud, director of the Pragmatic and Reflective Sociology Group, said: “The well-to-do people of the 6th district don’t want to move their bums and they are scared of le 93.”

Supporters of the relocation say that it could help to bridge the gulf separating Paris’s white and wealthy city centre from a periphery marked by immigration, unemployment and violence. Catherine Sautter, a member of the college administration, said: “Maybe our intellectuals are not that intelligent at the end of the day.”

As much as I am amused by this situation, I have to agree with those opposing the move. Honestly why would you go from a great place to somewhere clearly not suited for such a school due to the fact it is crime ridden. Supporters are letting their emotions cloud their judgement.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

F.C.C. Set to End Sole Cable Deals for Apartments

Bidness: More competition among cable companies is a good thing no matter where.

The Federal Communications Commission, hoping to reduce the rising costs of cable television, is preparing to strike down thousands of contracts this week that gave individual cable companies exclusive rights to provide service to an apartment building, the agency’s chairman says.

The new rule could open markets across the country to far-ranging competition. It would also be a huge victory for Verizon Communications and AT&T, which have challenged the cable industry by offering their own video services. The two companies have lobbied aggressively for the provision. They have been supported in their fight by consumer groups, satellite television companies and small rivals to the big cable providers.

Commission officials and consumer groups said the new rule could significantly lower cable prices for millions of subscribers who live in apartment buildings and have had no choice in selecting a company for paid television. Government and private studies show that when a second cable company enters a market, prices can drop as much as 30 percent.

The change, which is set to be approved Wednesday, is expected to have a particular effect on prices for low-income and minority families. They have seen cable prices rise about three times the rate of inflation over the last decade. A quarter of American households live in apartment buildings housing 50 or more residents, but 40 percent of households headed by Hispanics and African-Americans live in such buildings.

U2 avoids taxes and pay themselves $25.8 million.

Entertainment: That is a little over $5 million per. Amazing this comes on the heels of Bono and the boys moving from Ireland to tax-haven Netherlands.

U2 Ltd., the Irish band's music publishing company, raked in $30 million-plus last year - and $25.8 million of it went to five unidentified "employees," according to documents obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

Those "employees" are suspected to be the band members and their longtime manager, Paul McGuinness. But U2's public relations firms in Dublin and London refused to confirm that.

While Bono has won accolades worldwide for raising awareness of Third World poverty, he has been criticized for moving U2's corporate offices out of Ireland to avoid paying taxes. The U2 Ltd. documents show the band moved its corporate base last year from Ireland to the Netherlands, where royalties on music incur virtually no tax.

The move, while perfectly legal, strikes a raw nerve in Ireland, whose wealthiest citizens often live as tax exiles in other European countries to avoid tax.

It's not known whether the globe-trotting Bono - who owns a mansion overlooking Dublin Bay - pays personal taxes in Ireland.

U2 Ltd.'s move to the Netherlands coincided with the appearance on its accounts, for the first time, of five "employees."

This was big news last year and people pointed out that Bono running around to other countries asking for taxpayer's money for his interests, but he runs like a scared rabbit to escape taxes that would fund Ireland's financial system.

The documents offered no breakdown of pay to the five. Previous years' U2 Ltd. accounts, produced when the U2 members were still company directors, listed employee salaries as zero.

U2 Ltd. said it paid nearly $1.1 million in 2006 tax to Ireland, compared to just $46,500 in 2005.

The increased tax bill in 2006 reflects U2's sudden exposure to taxes on royalty income in Ireland. Last year the government - stung by criticism that its traditional tax-free status for artists was not intended to support multimillionaires like U2 - capped the tax-free benefit at $360,000 annually.

Within months, U2 relocated its corporate base to Amsterdam.

Green Lantern movie greenlighted.

Entertainment: I got a bad feeling about this.

DC Comics' 'Green Lantern' will get live-action treatment from Warners.

Warner Bros. has set Greg Berlanti to direct "Green Lantern," a live-action take on the DC Comics superhero.

Berlanti will write the script with Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green. Donald De Line will produce; Andrew Haas is exec producer.

Berlanti hopes to make the jump to big-budget fantasy fare after serving as writer and exec producer on character-driven TV series "Dirty Sexy Money," "Brothers & Sisters," "Everwood," "Jack & Bobby" and "Dawson's Creek." He previously directed 2000 feature "The Broken Hearts Club."

Exactly the sort of credits to make a superhero movie if you want teenage angst and woe is me setting.

Channel 4 movie excuses the Muslim suicide bomber.

UK: This is a new post as both sides come out against this tv movie to be shown on UK's channel 4. Muslims saying it will cause hate and stereotyping. Other people are saying it glorifies the suicide bomber. The Muslim forum excuse is still a weak excuse.

A controversial Channel 4 drama, which depicts a second-generation British Muslim woman as a suicide bomber, was condemned last night by the British Muslim Forum.

Khurshid Ahmed, the chairman of the forum, called on Channel 4 not to air the film, Britz, which is due to be shown in two parts on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Britz tells the story of a brother and sister, Sohail and Nasima, as they are 'pulled in different directions by their conflicting personal experiences in post-9/11 Britain'.

Sohail, a law student, signs up with MI5. His sister, a medical student, becomes Britain's first female suicide bomber. The film's award-winning director is Peter Kosminsky, who also made The Project, about the rise of New Labour.
Khurshid Ahmed said last night: 'Channel 4 should be working with us to defeat terrorism and extremism, not sowing hate and division in our communities, and reinforcing negative stereotypes.'

The Home Office has viewed the film. A government spokesman said: 'Having seen extracts from the film and heard Mr Kosminsky's comments, we can understand the British Muslim Forum's concerns. Given Channel 4's remit as a public service broadcaster, they should listen to the views of moderate Muslims who reject violence and extremism, and they should air those views alongside this film.

The director says the bomber is not to blame but UK foreign policy and anti-terror laws. I am not surprised by this take at all. It is the typical liberal blame the west entertainment intelligentsia community view.

Channel 4 says Britz is an attempt to understand what could lead a second-generation Muslim to turn against the country of their birth.

It blames Labour's "draconian" antiterror laws and foreign policy for alienating the Muslim community.

Director Peter Kosminsky denied radicalised Muslims would feel vindicated by the film.

"I hope that nobody who sees it would think there is anything triumphant or joyful about Nasima's journey.

"The point of the piece was to make non-Muslims know what it feels like to be Muslims in Britain today."

Press Association:

"...The film mixes fact with fiction - some of the characters are made out to be associates of the real perpetrators of the July 2005 London bombings, in which 52 people died.

It is based on interviews with second generation British Muslims and is told from their perspective.

All the police officers depicted are heavy-handed and racist - one detective threatens to force feed Nasmia a ham sandwich. And in one shocking scene, MI5 agents are shown interrogating a British Muslim detainee who has been taken to an eastern European location on an "extraordinary rendition" flight and subjected to torture.

But Kosminsky said he hoped radicalised Muslims would not feel vindicated by the film. "I really hope not. In the end you must judge for yourself but I hope that nobody who sees it would think there is anything triumphant or joyful about Nasima's journey. We went to lengths to make this (suicide bombing) not seem like an exciting or glorious thing."

More from the Independent interview of Kosminsky who continues on his blame the west crusade.

It sure is. His last film The Government Inspector was an account of the death of Dr David Kelly. It won him a Bafta and was one of the few real blows landed on the Blair administration over its attempt to justify the invasion of Iraq. Britz tries to keep up the pressure.

"There has been a real failure to engage with what it feels like to be one of the 1.6 million Muslims living in Britain today," says Kosminsky, before concentrating on the few who chose to blow themselves up on the Tube. "We have to understand how intelligent fellow Britons could be so alienated, so frustrated and so furious that they could take what appears to be an insane and immoral step. Otherwise how can we ever hope to prevent it happening again?"

Fierce in his assault on Tony Blair, Kosminsky sees no reason to relent now that there is a new Prime Minister. "You couldn't get a paper between them politically; they just happen to detest each other. Gordon Brown would like 90-day detention without trial on the statute books as soon as possible. The raft of recent legislation that has so alienated young Muslims will continue."

Yeah, nothing more than an apologist flick casting blame elsewhere. I predict a lot of awards for it.

Young Americans for Freedom really screwed up.

Nation: Ugh, Nick Griffin?

I GUESS THEY FIGURED THAT AFTER AHMADINEJAD AT COLUMBIA, IT WAS OKAY: "In the boneheaded move of the year, conservative student group Young Americans for Freedom invited British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin, a flat-out racist and Holocaust denier, to speak about the dangers of Islam at Michigan State University."

Beyond unspeakable to invite him to talk on anything.