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Saturday, September 30, 2006

THIRTY YEARS OF SANDWICHES

Margaret Whitlam is no fan of hand-holding, but she’ll make sandwiches for decades:

Her marriage to Gough has been a extraordinary partnership and it has been for better or worse, in sickness and in health. It shows the strength of her kind of love. For that matter, she still makes his sandwiches every day to take to the office, and has done since 1975.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/30/2006 at 11:45 PM
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WE WANT MONKEY CYCLING

You know, if these Animal Olympics were widely broadcast, they’d probably out-rate the regular Olympics.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/30/2006 at 12:50 PM
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NEW RULES IN PLACE

Muslim taxi drivers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are refusing service to passengers carrying alcohol:

Flight attendant Eva Buzek said she was refused service in March after she told a driver to be careful with her suitcase because it had wine in it. Other drivers in the taxi line passed the word, she said, and four more refused her service. A dispatcher finally steered her to a driver who would take the fare.

Buzek, who grew up in Poland, said her treatment goes against American values. “I came to this country and I didn’t expect anybody to adjust to my needs,” she said. “I don’t want to impose my beliefs on anyone else. That’s why I’m in this country, because of the freedom.”

“What’s going to be next? ... Do I have to cover my head?”

Well, yes. In time.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/30/2006 at 03:53 AM
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Friday, September 29, 2006

MAZDA LIKED

The Wogblogger—now in London—reviews Mazda’s latest MX5, having driven one through France and Spain:

The Mazda is a little mechanical person made by loads of actual folks and designed with mucho care and attention and, likely as not, affection. He has feelings. He does not want to live his life on motorways or doing a school run. He wants forests, and mountains, and all his gears given a good old workout. He wants the novente-ocho perciento unleaded stuff. Oh he can tolerate the blistering heat of a Madrid traffic jam and the howling wind and torrential rainyrain of a French motorway. But he stays in the relationship for the good stuff. The fast hairpin turns, high revs and loud music. Good living.

I think she likes it. Also from the WB, an image simply entitled “A Frenchman”:
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No photoshoppery involved.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/29/2006 at 09:21 PM
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GRAND FINAL

It’s a jihad against the West (Coast Eagles):

The spiritual leader of Australia’s Muslims, Sheik Taj al-Din al-Hilaly, has joined in the football grand final fever hype - and he’s backing the Sydney Swans all the way.

The mufti was disappointed when his NRL team - the Canterbury Bulldogs - did not make it to the grand final and is now relying on the Sydney Swans to redeem the state’s sporting reputation.

The self-confessed avid sports fan said he wanted the Swans to bring the cup home again this year.

Wearing a Sydney Swans scarf over his traditional Islamic dress robe, the mufti was not afraid to show off his athletic skills by kicking a ball around in Lakemba in Sydney’s west this week.

In other jihad news, Fremantle fans are also aligned with Sydney. Check their poll. For what it’s worth, I’m tipping a West Coast blowout win.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/29/2006 at 03:28 PM
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“THE FIELD OF JIHAD CAN SATISFY YOUR SCIENTIFIC AMBITIONS”

Faced with the loss of several thousand loyal idiots, Al Qaida’s Abu Ayyub al-Masri reaches out to the scientific community:

He said experts in the fields of “chemistry, physics, electronics, media and all other sciences, especially nuclear scientists and explosives experts” should join his group’s jihad, or holy war, against the West.

“We are in dire need of you,” said the speaker, who identified himself as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir—also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri.

“The field of jihad can satisfy your scientific ambitions and the large American bases (in Iraq) are good places to test your unconventional weapons, whether biological or dirty, as they call them.”

Abu sounds a little desperate.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/29/2006 at 03:18 PM
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EARTH ENHOTTENED

Al Gore allegedly believes cigarette smoking is a significant contributor to global warming. With that in mind, please cast your votes for the hottest enemy of the planet: is it former Hawaiian Venomous Kate, or Norway’s Vampus?
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Posted by Tim B. on 09/29/2006 at 02:42 PM
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FANATICS TAUNTED

The SMH’s Adele Horin—usually disinclined to mention Islam—finally discovers a context in which such a mention is acceptable:

The women are subservient to their fathers and husbands. The parents will not send their children to university. Computers, televisions and radios are forbidden. So are mobile phones.

You could hardly imagine a more un-Australian set of beliefs. This crowd do not integrate; will not socialise with the infidel. They send their children to religious schools. The women cover up. They are fanatically homophobic. It is against their religion to vote.

It is not a fundamentalist Islamic sect I am describing. It is the Exclusive Brethren, a fundamentalist Christian sect with a membership in Australia of about 20,000.

Best wishes to Adele, who is no doubt currently in hiding, avoiding her execution via the Exclusive Brethren’s elite ‘splodey squadrons.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/29/2006 at 02:30 PM
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MALKIN FAKED, HATERS FOOLED

La Shawn Barber summarises the fauxtography scandal involving Michelle Malkin:

In response to her recent column about indecent young women, liberal bloggers rutted for “you’re a hypocrite!” dirt and thought they’d found some.

A long-time Michelle Malkin nemesis blogger named Eric L. Muller of Is That Legal? linked to and Wonkette published what they thought was a photo of Michelle posing in a bikini in 1992.

... only it’s not.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/29/2006 at 01:21 PM
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PANIC FELT

Reader Joe L. emails: “I have the good fortune of having my office in the same building as ‘The Onion’. This makes me feel terribly and unjustifiably hip. But a new set of folks moved in on the 10th floor. They publish the free magazine: ‘Common Ground: The Bay Area’s Monthly Magazine of Conscious Community’. One of my employees was reading some sections out loud. This Dear Umbra letter was particularly amusing ...”

Although I have always been one to conserve, recycle, etc., it is only in the last year that I have realized the extent of the catastrophe coming upon us in terms of climate change. I am 40-something, live in a city, own an older home with a sizeable mortgage that requires my husband and me to work, two kids, two cars, etc. I’ve done all the usual stuff: changed the light bulbs, we’ve each started biking to work when we don’t have to pick up our kids, and I’ve gotten politically active, writing emails and organizing my first event for the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Part of me feels such panic, though, and thinks we should sell the house before it becomes unlivable due to power and water shortages and economic meltdown, and join a sustainable community off the grid with water catchment, etc., and devote myself to environmental activism. But I like my job, my friends, my neighborhood and don’t really feel like starting over and am not sure I’ve got what it takes to live self-sufficiently. So does it make more sense to stay here and try to change things from within, even while living more wastefully, or should we get out while we still can?

Laura Brown
Oakland, Calif.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/29/2006 at 11:36 AM
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Thursday, September 28, 2006

ARTISTS AGAINST FREEDOM

The artistic community is adopting the methods of their oppressors:

Belgian artists warn that a victory of the “islamophobic” Vlaams Belang [Flemish Interest] party in the local elections on October 8th may lead to violence. In an interview in the Dutch-language weekly Knack Magazine this week painter Luc Tuymans says: “In the worst case you will get organised resistance, perhaps even rather violent reactions. I suspect many shop keepers will have their windows smashed. People do not seem to be aware, but a vote for the Vlaams Belang may have serious consequences. They should realize this before they take a final decision in the voting booth.”

It’s the latest evidence of an international artist-Islamite conspiracy sworn to destroy us all. Meanwhile, they’re youthing it up in Brussels:

Last night Brussels police arrested 39 youths, including 15 minors, in the Marollen neigbourhood. The area had seen heavy rioting the previous nights. Some of the arrested immigrants were carrying combustibles. One shack was set alight and one car was torched. The police said there were no serious incidents. Yesterday afternoon Freddy Thielemans, the Mayor of Brussels, told journalists at a press conference that of the 45 youths arrested the previous night 31 were known to the police for a total of 242 crimes. The Mayor emphasized that the riots were the work of youth gangs and cannot be compared to last year’s riots in France since there had been no direct confrontations between the police and the rioters.

More on the ongoing Brussels tussles at LGF.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/28/2006 at 04:09 AM
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GOP GOES TO BLEATVILLE

The 2008 Republican Convention will be held in Minnesota. James Lileks is happy—I’ll see you there, James!—but this guy seems to be hanging on the edge of mental well-being.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/28/2006 at 03:43 AM
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GOAT VIGILANT

Drop bears are real. And deadly. Especially if you’re a trout. In other critter news, the Wogblogger has located an authentic French trash goat:
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Looks a little like this chap, don’t he?

Posted by Tim B. on 09/28/2006 at 03:24 AM
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LEFTISTS ON THE EDGE

They’re even crazy in their sleep:

A dream researcher from John F. Kennedy University in California has discovered fundamental differences between the dream worlds of people on the ideological left and the ideological right.

Among his findings, Kelly Bulkeley discovered that liberals are more restless sleepers and have a higher number of bizarre, surreal dreams—including fantasy settings and a wide variety of sexual encounters. Conservatives’ dreams were, on average, far more mundane and focused on realistic people, situations and settings ...

“While some of my colleagues think my research reinforces the stereotype of repressed, uptight conservatives, it also shows that many liberals may he hanging on the edge of mental well-being,” Mr. Bulkeley said. “There may be a lot of hidden distress and unpleasantness in the liberal mind.”

It’s not exactly hidden.

(Via andycanuck)

Posted by Tim B. on 09/28/2006 at 12:30 AM
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HELEN CALDEBUNK

David Bradish is performing a chapter-by-chapter debunking of Helen Caldicott’s Nuclear Energy Causes Insanity in Old Australian Women.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/28/2006 at 12:02 AM
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