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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

LAWS BROKEN, EVERYTHING SMASHED

Bad news for Zimbabwe:

President Robert Mugabe has postponed Zimbabwe’s next presidential election and intends to extend his rule for another four years.

This was no shock to Pius Ncube, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Bulawayo:

“When it comes to African dictators like Mugabe, they will break every law, they will smash up everything, everything can go to pieces as long as they remain supreme,” Ncube said ...

“Things must change in Zimbabwe, because as things are, we face death,” he said. “There is no way you are going to manage if a loaf of bread right now costs 400,000 Zimbabwe dollars, in two weeks’ time it costs 800,000, in three weeks’ time it is 1.6 million.”

Mugabe was recently in New York for the 61st United Nations General Assembly Meeting. Good to see the UN took the opportunity to condemn his insane tyranny.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/26/2006 at 12:58 PM
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APOLOGY OFFERED

Caller Darren just got through to local TV gambleshow Quizmania, but was unable to quickly deal with host requests that he turn down the sound on his television. Darren’s explanation:

I’m sorry. I’m from South Australia.

UPDATE. Rebase: “As long as the question related to breaking in to the zoo and interfering with some animals, he should ace it.”

Posted by Tim B. on 09/26/2006 at 12:39 PM
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HOG-DROP PLANNED

Achewood’s Chris Onstad foresees his daughter’s future: “I know exactly where I was when Kurt Cobain died. Where will she be when Justin Timberlake is crushed by a giant hog dropped from a crane? Probably right by my side, in our family crane, holding the camera.

Amen to that. On related Achewood issues ... you know how you’re sometimes wearing a t-shirt bearing a slogan or message, and you forget about the slogan or message, and are puzzled when people refer to the slogan or message? A friend recently returning to Australia from New Zealand happened to be wearing an Achewood shirt announcing “Here Comes A Special Boy”. An angry woman behind him in the boarding queue tapped him on the shoulder and asked: “What makes you think you’re so special?”

He was halfway across the Tasman before he worked out what the hell she was talking about.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/26/2006 at 12:30 PM
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CHANGES DEMANDED

Reader James J. writes: “Thomas Lifson argues that immigrants have no right to ‘demand change’ - they can’t ‘barge into your house and demand you rearrange the furniture, knock out the wall ...’ Very appealing analogy. But, hang on, who are these immigrants ‘demanding change’? Exactly what ‘changes’ are they ‘demanding’?”

Well, there’s this chap, for a start:

An Al-Qaeda supporter about to be extradited from Lebanon has warned that Australia “will suffer” if he is deported.

Speaking from a jail in Beirut, Saleh Jamal, who professes admiration for Osama bin Laden, said Australia was an illegitimate state that should be ruled by Muslims. He is wanted in NSW after Lakemba police station was shot up in 1998.

Mr Jamal emigrated to Australia from Jordan.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/26/2006 at 11:22 AM
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SWEEPS WEEK

An old-fashioned youthsweep in Paris:

More than 200 police raided a neighborhood Monday in suburban Paris where a band of youths attacked riot police last week and seriously wounded one officer, reviving memories of the violence that raged in poor French suburbs last year.

Twelve people were detained in the early morning sweep in Corbeil-Essonnes south of the capital, the local prosecutor said.

Sweep on, Frenchies!

Posted by Tim B. on 09/26/2006 at 10:10 AM
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RELIGION SPREAD BY USUAL MEANS

Dissent crushed in Somalia:

Islamist fighters in the Somali port of Kismayo opened fire overnight on residents who were burning tyres, throwing stones and chanting to protest against the Islamist takeover of the city hours earlier.

A 13-year-old boy was shot dead while protesting, and two other people were injured as violence raged for several hours in Somalia’s third biggest city.

“We have been taken over by extremists, the Islamic courts have taken us by force, and now they are firing at us,” protester Dahabo Dirie said.

Please, Dahabo. Consider the root causes.

UPDATE. In other religious developments:

A car dealership in Ohio has decided not to run a commercial proclaiming a “jihad” on the U.S. auto market, a Muslim activist group said on Monday.

The Ohio Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations released a letter from the dealership offering an apology and saying the radio ad, which had never been aired, was a misguided attempt at humor.

UPDATE II. Hey, Somalia! Remember to support your local caliphate!
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UPDATE III. Paqo ibn Yussef, president of Peaceful Arabs Crying Out (Sword Of Vengeance Chapter):

My dear Mr. Blair:

It is my sincere wishing that you are not being accusing Muslims of being violent peoples. Certainly by now you must know that nothing makes the burnoose ride up, causing the uncomfortable and undignified wedgie, like being told, “Hey, you Muslims! Stop with the church burnings and the killings and the ululatings already!” There is old Arab saying: If you rub the camel’s fur the wrong way, do not be surprised if he blows up your pizzarias and burns down your churches and chops your head off and sends the video to al-Jazeera.

We must be working together, Mr. Blair, to make the peace, and the first step is to stop saying the hurtful things about the Muslims. A small donation to our organization, Peaceful Arabs Crying Out, will be helping us all to the mutual understandings.

Peace Be on You,

Paqo ibn Yussef
President of Peaceful Arabs Crying Out
Sword Of Vengeance Chapter

Posted by Tim B. on 09/26/2006 at 02:11 AM
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“I WAS TRYING TO BLOW HIS BRAINS OUT IS WHAT I WAS TRYING TO DO”

Seven tales of female empowerment from Mary Katharine Ham.

UPDATE. Miriam writes:

This reminds me of a true story which took place in New Jersey several years ago.

A little old lady, a widow, was playing cards with a group of friends when an intruder tried to break into her house. She warned him to get lost, and went back to her game.

Later in the evening, he tried to break in again, and the stout codgerette shot him. Whether he was killed, I don’t know—I think not. But he was effectually stopped.

The old lady was arrested. Seems it is illegal to have a gun in Paterson, NJ. After a public outcry, the charges were dropped.

Mess with us old ladies at your peril.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/26/2006 at 02:03 AM
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REDISCOVERY ENCOURAGED

University of Queensland law professor James Allan:

Left-wing political parties need to rediscover humour (which at present seems to me to be almost exclusively the preserve of the Right). They need to jettison the reflexive fear of offending sacred cows (could they even say that?) and impinging upon shibboleths. They need to demand thicker skins of their supporters.

They do seem a thin-skinned bunch. Not exactly reliable when it comes to following up their legal threats, either.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/26/2006 at 01:52 AM
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Monday, September 25, 2006

NIGEL APPALLED

A note from reader Nigel S.:

I am absolutely appalled at some of the things being written by people on your blog’s comments forum. Do you, as a professional journalist, actually put your name to that forum?

I have just read the comments written about G.W. Bush meeting with families of war victims/US soldiers. It sickened me. Are these the kind of people you want to list as your supporters? The comments in the Ann Coulter board are also appalling.

UPDATE. Nigel W. writes:

On behalf on Nigels everywhere, I apologise for the behaviour of my wimpy namesake. I hate to say it, but he is such a Nigel.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/25/2006 at 11:31 PM
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GREAT CAR CHASES OF THE PAST FEW DAYS II

(As previously, all chases are rated according to the Standard Perp Pursuit Index.)

Chase One: MANCHESTER MARKET MAYHEM!

Perp(s) on the loose: 15 points
Vehicle(s) damaged: 2 points
Vehicle(s) damaged, unable to continue: 3 points
Building(s) struck: 4 points
Non-building object(s) struck: 3 points
Style points: 4 (perps stuck a Pontiac right into a market, yet were able to flee uninjured. Says a witness: “It’s amazing no one got hurt - the cops said they didn’t find any blood or anything in the car”)

TOTAL: 31

Chase Two: BROCKTON BITER!

Perp(s) captured/terminated: 6 points
Vehicle(s) damaged: 6 points
Vehicle(s) damaged, unable to continue: 3 points
Chase involved foot pursuit: 3 points
Non-building object(s) struck: 3 points
Style points: 4 (“Two troopers were bitten during the arrest”)

TOTAL: 25

Chase Three: CHESTER ARRESTER FEST!

Perp(s) captured/terminated: 12 points
Vehicle(s) damaged: 10 points
Vehicle(s) damaged, unable to continue: 3 points
Style points: 4 (number of people who ended up in hospital: eight!)

TOTAL: 29

Chase Four: DUET IN DES MOINES!

Shots fired by perp(s): 2 points
Perp(s) captured/terminated: 24 points
Vehicle(s) damaged: 4 points
Vehicle(s) damaged, unable to continue: 6 points
Non-building object(s) struck: 3 points
Style points: 5 (a second fleeing vehicle joined the chase)

TOTAL: 44

Chase Five: GALVESTON GETAWAY!

Perp(s) on the loose: 5 points
Perp(s) captured/terminated: 12 points
Chase involved foot pursuit: 3 points
Style points: 4 (police used tear gas to flush out runaway driver)

TOTAL: 24

Chase Six: PEDAL TO THE METAL IN PETALING JAYA!

Perp(s) captured/terminated: 6 points
Style points: 10 (heroic teenage boy flees captor, provides police with detailed vehicle description)

TOTAL: 16

Chase Seven: LOSIN’ IT ON EXIT SIX!

Perp(s) captured/terminated: 6 points
Style points: 7 (teen driver won drag race, ran red light at 100 mph)

TOTAL: 13

Chase Eight: MISDEMEANOR IN WEST COVINA!

Perp(s) on the loose: 5 points
Perp(s) captured/terminated: 12 points
Vehicle(s) damaged: 2 points
Vehicle(s) damaged, unable to continue: 3 points
Chase involved foot pursuit: 3 points

TOTAL: 30

Chase Nine: SLO-MO TAIPAI TAKEDOWN!

Shots fired at perp(s): 3 points
Perp(s) hit: 4 points
Perp(s) captured/terminated: 6 points
Vehicle(s) damaged: 2 points
Vehicle(s) damaged, unable to continue: 3 points
Style points: 6 (the suspect repeatedly outwitted his pursuers by “waiting for the light to turn green and driving away”)

TOTAL: 24

Chase Ten: NOT GOING FAR ON RIO DEL MAR!

Perp(s) captured/terminated: 6 points
Vehicle(s) damaged: 2 points
Vehicle(s) damaged, unable to continue: 3 points
Non-building object(s) struck: 6 points
Style points: 5 (female driver), 5 (driver leapt from car while it was in motion)

TOTAL: 27

Chase Eleven: BAKERSFIELD BUSTOUT!

Perp(s) on the loose: 5 points
Perp(s) captured/terminated: 24 points
Vehicle(s) damaged: 10 points
Chase involved foot pursuit: 3 points
Chase involved means of transport other than car: 5 points
Style points: 4 (perps obligingly stopped to allow one of their number to escape before resuming the getaway)

TOTAL: 51

Chase Twelve: GREEN BAY SMACKER!

Perp(s) captured/terminated: 6 points
Vehicle(s) damaged: 2 points
Vehicle(s) damaged, unable to continue: 3 points
Non-building object(s) struck: 3 points
Style points: 4 (driver spun out but recovered to continue)

TOTAL: 18

Chase Thirteen: GLASGOW FIASCO!

Perp(s) captured/terminated: 6 points
Style points: - 6 (driver meekly surrendered; received mere 8-month jail term despite 10 previous citations)

TOTAL: 0

Chase Fourteen: HUNT BY NAME, HUNT BY NATURE!

Perp(s) captured/terminated: 6 points
Animal(s) involved: 6 points
Style points: 20 (perp was pursued not by cops but by private citizen Christian Hunt, president and CEO of Care Rehab and Orthopaedic Products, Inc. Quote: “I’ve done some adventurous things before, but this one was the most fun”)

TOTAL: 32

This round’s winner: BAKERSFIELD BUSTOUT!, with 51 points. Congratulations, California! (Bakersfield also claims the all-time points record, previously held by TEXMEX COW CARBAKE!.)

UPDATE. Reader Dipole locates a 47-pointer—the BNEI BRAK BACKTRACK!

Posted by Tim B. on 09/25/2006 at 12:29 PM
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SCARED BY A THIN WOMAN

This is beyond pathetic:

There’s a good reason why the four authors of the upcoming book “I Hate Ann Coulter!” are remaining anonymous - they’re afraid for their safety. “None of us want our real names in the hands of gun-toting, abortion clinic-bombing, self-proclaimed ‘wing nuts,’ who follow Coulter,” one of the scribes tells us.

The gutlessness of these people is astonishing.

UPDATE. mr creosote: “If they are so worried about their personal safety, why don’t they carry guns?”

Posted by Tim B. on 09/25/2006 at 12:03 PM
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GRIEF NOT DODGED

President Bush has met with 1,149 relatives of service members killed during the war on terror.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/25/2006 at 11:39 AM
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SIMPLE METHOD PROPOSED

Former Brisbane Lord Mayor Jim Soorley urges that we take the global warming test:

As the hot summer gets closer, I propose a simple method of solving the problems of global warming. Let all the decision-makers and people of influence who are resisting Kyoto and other environmental action spend this summer without airconditioning in their offices, boardrooms and homes. It wouldn’t take long for a reversal of policy.

Rather than cooling offices and homes, Soorley seems to suggest that we cool the entire nation via instant Kyoto magic. Considering Australia is historically hot during summer, this strikes me as opposing nature itself. May Gaia crush this climate-adjusting monster! Debra Saunders has a better idea; how about Kyoto boosters give up their Lear jets?

(Via el primo cakemaker Kae)

UPDATE. Kyda Sylvester: “I was in Aspen, winter playground of US limousine liberals, for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Aspen is ‘green’ to its core. On the way out of town, we drove past the airport. It looked like a LearJet sales lot.”

Posted by Tim B. on 09/25/2006 at 10:45 AM
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THIS IS HOW TO TRAVEL

Fireworks, windmills, cathedrals, flat-out blind corners while taking photographs ... it’s all happening for the Wogblogger in Spain:
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That’s her MX5 tilting at some Quixotian windmills. Hit the link for brilliant travel latest.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/25/2006 at 10:23 AM
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AUSTRALIA MAKES SENSE

“Australia is once again making more sense than any other country on earth with regard to issues of culture and immigration,” writes Thomas Lifson:

It is quite insulting and patronizing to immigrate to a country and expect it to adapt to the very things one left behind. This is the behavior of a conqueror, not an immigrant.

By definition, an immigrant asks for the privilege of being allowed to live in a country not his or her own. Immigrants have no right to demand change. No more than I have a right to barge into your house and demand you rearrange the furniture, knock out the wall between the kitchen and family room, and paint the parlor walls a different color.

An immigrant stipulates that the country to which he or she goes has a superior system. Without such an attraction, why else leave behind family, friends, and the attachments of sentiment?

Quite so. It’s why everybody wants to live in Australia.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/25/2006 at 10:15 AM
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