Friday, December 29, 2006

See you all in 2007

This is my last entry for the year 2006. I hope my texts were interesting. I thank you, my readers, for devoting your time to my blog and I wish you all a happy New Year.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

All that was missing was "Allah akbar"

Get your barf bags out! If you haven't read Blair's latest pandering to Islam, here it is!

There are many sentences that make you want to cringe because of sheer ignorance but IMO, this one wins hands down:

"Under its guidance, the spread of Islam and its dominance over previously Christian or pagan lands were breathtaking."


Ha has to be insane to say this. Does he know what accompanied this "spread of Islam"? Does he know about the massacres of christians in Constantinople, Jerusalem, the Balkans, Spain after Islam conquered those lands? Difficult to breathe when you are dead, Tony!

The worst part is that the British political elite is even worse than he is when it comes to this matter. Churchill is spinning in his grave.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

James Brown, RIP

"The Godfather of soul" is no longer with us. James Brown died on Christmas day 2006 in Atlanta at the age of 73.

The nickname he got was not coincidential. Brown is one of the few musician that defined a whole music genre and brought in a whole new appearance. Dancing on the scene is exclusively his invention and anything of the sort you see today derives from him. And performers, not just of soul music, even though they eventually made their name for themselves, often took him as both an inspiration and a standard to live up to. Some malicious tongues might say that what couldn't match in his music talent they made up with alcoholism and drug abuse but that is a long story with many sides and in any case inappropriate at this moment.

James Brown has danced off to the legend, but as long as we'll be hearing his "I FEEEEEEEEL GOOD..." from the speakers, he will never die.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas

I wish a very merry Christmas and all the best to all my readers that celebrate this holiday according to the Gregorian calendar.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Could it be that the Republicans were right after all?

Election campaigns often bring out all kinds of doom and gloom prophecies dealing with the case of the victory of the other guy. The 2006 mid-term elections in the US were no exception. In fact, they were quite bad in that perspective.

One of republicans "warnings" was that the victory of the democrats would be a victory for Al Qaeda. And lo and behold, it seems they are not the only ones thinking that.

The next two years are going to be really interesting.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

I thought they said it did not happen

While on one hand islamists go out of their way to claim that the holocaust never happened and even organize lavish conferences to promote this, on the other hand, when they want to cry "opression", they invoke nazi attrocities.

Is it just me that wishes that they finally make up their mind on the subject? Can we at last be clear as to where they stand on the Hitler subject? Personally, I'm not holding my breath on the second question.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Woo-hoo, I'm the best!

I have been named Person of the Year by Time Magazine! Alongside my mother, my father, my aunts and uncles, my girlfriend, the local grocer, the bloke waiting for his bus to come...in short, everybody and his/her dog(I didn't want to upset the feminists).

They might as well have put it this way, instead of this pathetic, pseudo-immaginative way of telling us that all standards are obsolete and that we should all rather be mired in perpetual mediocricy then renounce the malignant ideology of extreme egalitarianism.

Personally, they were better off when they gave the award to Hitler.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

What passes for today's journalism

A couple of days ago the Iranian governement organized a Holocaust conference which featured more or less the usual suspects of holocaust denial. One of them, however, was elevated to a prominent status of an academic and not by Iranian media but by Reuters. Here is the paragraph in question written by Parisa Hafezi(hat tip to Little Green Footballs):

Among the participants was U.S. academic David Duke, a former Louisiana Republican Representative. He praised Iran for hosting the event.

“There must be freedom of speech, it is scandalous that the Holocaust cannot be discussed freely,” Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader told Reuters. “It makes people turn a blind eye to Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.”


Ever hear of doing some homework on the subject, Ms.Hafezi? And we wonder why there's only rubbish written in today's mainstream publications.

I would like to add some of my personal views related to the subject. I strongly dislike, to say the least, being even in partial agreement with the likes of Duke, but I'm afraid I can not help it this time. IMO, laws prohibiting holocaust denial are not only nonsense, they are detrimental to the cause they claim to be protecting. If you place an official ban on discussion of a topic an uneasy feeling that you have something to hide is created whether you like it or not. What do these laws hope to accomplish? The defense of historical truth? It doesn't need such laws. Preventing the rise of nazism? The US and the UK have no laws on holocaust denial, I don't see the SA marching there, at least not in any significant numbers. By instututing such laws people on which they are applied can present themselves as fighters for freedom of expression instead of what they are: apologists for Hitler and nazism.

I say, bring it on! Let them have their say and present their arguments. They are in fact easy to refute even with the basic knowledge, we have facts on our side. And I'm not alone in this opinion.

Putting restrictions on speech and expression, no matter what the objectives and topics are, is always a double-edged sword. And it usually comes back to hurt those who use it first.

PS Just for the record, I believe the law recently passed in France which criminalizes denial of the Armenian genocide is equally preposterous.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

I agree: no way, Jose

Ever since the Abramovich takeover of Chelsea and, above all, the arrival of Jose Mourinho pundits have been speaking of the Blues as the football great of the 21st century. Neil Clark is of somewhat different opinion, the one I fully agree upon.

Could you imagine any current Chelsea player having the same iconic status as Di Stefano, Puskas, Cruyf, Eusebio, Dalglish et al? no, I didn't think so.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

When black and white blend together

No this is not an entry about race relations. It is just a reference to the way western press and comentators were presenting te death of Alexander Litvinenko. Well it seems that their theory about Putin, the new favourite bogey-man, ordering the assasination has taken several serious blows.

Litvinenko's liaisons to several Russian "oligarchs", arch-ennemies of Putin, and his participation in their shady business deals has been exposed right after his death as well as him possibly coming into contact with Polonium 210, the substance that allegedly killed him, entirely on his own making.

Now the story takes a new twist. Apparently, due to his links with Chechen separatists(largely dismissed by so-called "experts" on Russia), Litvinenko has converted to islam and will be buried according to islamic rites. Predictably, the level of sympathy for Litvinenko in the part of the blogosphere has considerably diminished. But I'll deal with that in another entry...

Friday, December 01, 2006

Don't say we are violent, or else

I labeled this as politics but it more likely belongs in the "You couldn't make it up" cathegory. According to the chief imam of Turkey saying that Islam is violent leads to...violence.

What a great way of rebutting criticsm: by proving their point! Very clever!

It's a pity, however, that it doesn't seem to work the opposite way. People have been bending over backwards saying that Islam is the religion of peace and what did they get in return? Don't get me started!