Monday, 31 December 2007
Sunday, 30 December 2007
Saturday, 29 December 2007
Friday, 28 December 2007
Thursday, 27 December 2007
Tuesday, 25 December 2007
Monday, 24 December 2007
Everything that The Phantom Menace could have been and more.
Will Chewbacca get home for life day? Will Harrison Ford ever live this down? Has Harvey Korman no shame? Did Mark Hamill need the money this badly? And what is Carrie Fisher breathing besides oxygen?
WARNING! Bea Arthur sings!
Sunday, 23 December 2007
Saturday, 22 December 2007
Friday, 21 December 2007
Thursday, 20 December 2007
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
If I had a big enough house, I'd have the whole set lined up in the specially designed corridor leading to my office.
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
According to the Sun,
TV bosses are keen to get a woman on board the Tardis for one of those shows.Translation: We want fans of the show to know that we have no artistic integrity, we hold the character and format and their history in contempt, and that there is no depth to which we will not stoop for cheap, trendy "shock" value wherein we demonstrate nothing more profound than that we cannot differentiate between shock and flat-out bad taste. Oh, and we hate you all, too.
Monday, 17 December 2007
"Tolerance" is now synonymous with "cowardice", it seems.
When the chips are down I think democracy is a less important goal than is the protection of the planet from the death of life, the end of life on it. This has got to be imposed on people whether they like it or not.It isn't often that the true face of these jumped-up little eco-Stalins is revealed so nakedly.
Sunday, 16 December 2007
Saturday, 15 December 2007
Thursday, 13 December 2007
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
The bad news: The British aren't the ones doing the breeding.
This century may see something historically unique happening in Britain and Europe; an entire civilisation quietly ceding its lands, its economy, its culture and its legacy to an alien people by default. Not through war or conquest, but through nothing more complicated than pure apathy and an unwillingness on the part of the people to perpetuate themselves.
Tuesday, 11 December 2007
Monday, 10 December 2007
This is a wonderful example of Future Past and I'm not just including it because I find the title of the track "Gayway to Heaven" somewhat ironic, given Seattle's current reputation in the sexual identity stakes.
Sunday, 9 December 2007
Saturday, 8 December 2007
Friday, 7 December 2007
Some of these men will admit they were insurgents who switched sides because they realized that they are more likely to get what they want with a stable government. Al Qaeda promised them everything under the baking sun, yet al Qaeda killed people who smoked—and Iraqis like to smoke. They killed people who had satellite dishes or televisions, but al Qaeda would be drinking and with prostitutes. Iraqis have told me some interesting anecdotes about the religious technicalities of prostitution. They are not supposed to have sex out of wedlock, so they marry the prostitute (and the house of ill-repute has the proper religious authority present to make the marriage), and then they divorce the prostitute after completing their business. Another rumor in the area is that al Qaeda tried to force shepherds to make their female sheep wear underwear.
The frightening thing about this is that it gives a better insight into the mind of Jihadist recruits in Britain and Europe better than all the blather about disaffection, foreign policy and the like. According to Mary Jackson at The New English Review, it isn't a question of potential Islamofascists rejecting Western culture, but of assimilating only the worst parts of it.
Don’t mess with us, they say. We know our rights. For Britain, once home to the stiff-upper lip, now has a rights culture. And British Muslims scream “Islamophobia” if they don’t get their rights: the right to special food or clothing in schools, the right to be spared any kind of real or imagined offense, the right to a job – on their terms, however unreasonable - and above all the right to welfare payments, which they receive in disproportionately high numbers.Or, as Mark Steyn put it:
These demands, this sense of entitlement, should worry us far more than niqabs, gangsta rap, or even drugs. Welfare scrounging is not peculiar to Muslims, but Islam alone demands tribute from non-believers in the form of a special tax or jizya. This “right” is set out in the Koran, as part of the rules of jihad. Muslim scrounging is an act of jihad, and payment of benefits an act of dhimmitude.
More than three years ago, I wrote about the "tournante" or "take your turn" -- the gang rape that's become an adolescent rite of passage in the Muslim quarters of French cities - and similar phenomena throughout the West: "Multiculturalism means that the worst attributes of Muslim culture - the subjugation of women -- combine with the worst attributes of Western culture -- licence and self-gratification. Tattooed, pierced Pakistani skinhead gangs swaggering down the streets of northern England areas are as much a product of multiculturalism as the turban-wearing Sikh Mountie in the vice-regal escort." Islamofascism itself is what it says: a fusion of Islamic identity with old-school European totalitarianism. But, whether in turbans or gangsta threads, just as Communism was in its day, so Islam is today's ideology of choice for the world's disaffected.One of the disturbing truths of this war is that the real threat is not the enemy without or the enemy within, but the brutal fact that in a war of ideologies the West has ceded so much ground without a shot being fired. In a single generation we have dismantled so many of our vital institutions; spurned so many traditions; rejected high culture until only the transient ephemera of pop remains, turned our back on the faith of our fathers to the point where Christianity is often treated as something disreputable; swapped virtues for "values"; exalted the material, the carnal and the perverse without a moments reflection on what that means; sneered at innocence as naiveté; made chastity into a joke; promoted the most graphic of violence as entertainment in a manner that would give Caligula pause; championed tolerance above all else until it becomes an instrument of intolerance, divided race against race and sex against sex in the name of equality; and wallowed in irony until it has seeped into our souls that it is little wonder that so many second generation Muslims in the Britain and Europe grow up to be 7th century fanatics with 21st century vices or that even after six years of war we are still so ill prepared against these monsters. When you yourself reject the best and what is decent that your culture has to offer, don't be surprised if those that come after only assimilate the worst.
I was thinking about this the other day when I was getting ready to post the new Future Cinema section. So many of the films there have been dismissed in recent decades as "propaganda" and "Utopian" and (worst of all modern sins) "naive", but having reviewed a number of them over recent days, the conclusion I have come to is that, whatever their faults, our fathers and grandfathers lived in a time when people were given armour to protect them as plain, yet as strong as that of the first Crusaders, while ours provides us with gaudy crepe costumes that couldn't protect us against a cold east wind.
That allusion? It's from "An Epilogue of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which end with this from Holmes:
There’s an east wind coming all the same, such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it’s God’s own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared.That was in 1916 and that wind ended up blowing for a generation and beyond. I wonder how we will fare against this one.
Thursday, 6 December 2007
Wednesday, 5 December 2007
The BBC funded a paintballing trip for men later accused of Islamic terrorism and failed to pass on information about the 21/7 bombers to police, a court was told yesterday.
Mohammed Hamid, who is charged with overseeing a two-year radicalisation programme to prepare London-based Muslim youths for jihad, was described as a “cockney comic” by a BBC producer.
The BBC paid for Mr Hamid and fellow defendants Muhammad al-Figari and Mousa Brown to go on a paintballing trip at the Delta Force centre in Tonbridge, Kent, in February 2005. The men, accused of terrorism training, were filmed for a BBC programme called Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic, screened in June 2005.
If this is how the BBC handles the war, I think I will panic, thank you very much.
More than 10,000 jet into Bali for global warming conferenceThe irony of this is that those who are doing the jetting don't see any irony in it. That's because the restrictions and rationing that they're advocating are for us, not for them.
Remember: Peasantry is just another word for Green.
In related idiocy, the Conservative MP Mark Pritchard said,
Taking Christ out of Christmas is like serving the Christmas turkey without the stuffing.Actually, it's more like serving the Christmas turkey without the turkey and pretending that it's still on the platter.
Tuesday, 4 December 2007
Monday, 3 December 2007
While I am overjoyed that Mrs. Gibbons is safe and well, I am also disgusted that it happened because Britain tacitly acknowledged that mere Khaffirs are unworthy to make petition to so exalted a figure as the head of a state usually in the news for one of the worst cases of genocide in recent years.
Update: In related news, a British children's author has "got the message."
Note that I said "setback." With dictators like Chavez it is always a matter of "heads, I win; tails, we flip again."
Sunday, 2 December 2007
This is true as far as it goes, but what Mr. Furedi does not understand is that this is not a bug, but a feature. It's no paradox that elements of the Left once demanded free speech and now demand censorship, because free speech was never what they wanted. It wasn't censorship that the radicals or "progressives" objected to, only that they weren't the censors. The purpose of political correctness was never to avoid offending people, but to turn clearly defined words into meaningless euphemisms and to make every person look over his shoulder for fear of having committed thoughtcrime. The purpose of the new censorship is clear and obvious; to impose a new orthodoxy and to muzzle all dissent from the party line.
There was a time when those who called themselves radical or progressive marched and struggled for the realisation of the right to freedom of speech. These days, so-called progressives are far more likely to demonstrate against the right of people that they don’t like to speak openly.
In other words; good, old-fashioned despotism.
Saturday, 1 December 2007
Friday, 30 November 2007
Good luck with that.
The only thing more reprehensible than this display of barbarism is the fifteen-day sentence that the schoolteacher received in what was obviously a compromise between Whitehall and the Sudanese government instead of the more reliable policy of telling Sudan to release the woman immediately and with a full apology or face the modern equivalent of a gunboat and five rounds rapid.
Clearly Mr. Brown will be learning the old, hard lesson that when dealing with oriental barbarians the only solid course of action is to confront and humiliate them so that their provocations of civilised peoples are laid bare as nothing more than a path to defeat and shame. Instead, he has made Britain to appear the weak horse and has made her people more vulnerable.
A grim Christmas message for kids from the mayor of Seattle. Greg Nickels told small children he's launching "Operation Save Santa" to protect the big guy from global warming. At a Christmas tree lighting, Nickels warned the kids they had to use energy efficient light bulbs, or climate change could melt the North Pole --- and drown Santa, his elves and all his reindeer.Translation: Submit to my policies or the fat guy gets it.
Thursday, 29 November 2007
As a writer, I've always been impressed with short stories and films done well. Here we see Johnny Vegas and the P G Tips Monkey doing a complete narrative in under two minutes. This is especially impressive, given that one of the actors is a sock puppet.
Wednesday, 28 November 2007
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Yes, for as little as $220,222 you too can enjoy uncomfortable moulded furnishings, a cramped kitchen, too-low windows and all the privacy of the third-class waiting room at Waterloo station.
But it's (or was) the FUTURE!
Monday, 26 November 2007
As per form, the BBC shows its hard-hitting get-to-the-bottom-of-things journalism by stalwartly refusing to identify the "youths" in any way shape or form; including running a series of photos that make it appear as if the riots are being conducted by invisible men.
Sunday, 25 November 2007
Lord Summerisle was unavailable for comment.
I realised then that a baby would pollute the planet - and that never having a child was the most environmentally friendly thing I could do.On the bright side, this sort of eco-dottiness is quickly self-correcting, since for all her self-righteous posturing all she's doing is surrendering the world to someone else's children.
Saturday, 24 November 2007
Friday, 23 November 2007
The above is what architect Ken Shuttleworth's plans to build next to Christopher Wren's monument to the Great Fire of London.
Thrift, Horatio. Now you can visit both the Monument and the Kryptonian embassy at one go.
Thursday, 22 November 2007
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
10. You will pardon a turkey - just like President Bush, but for the right reasons.Except the the presidential turkey is still alive while mine will be dead whether I pardon it or not. Is the bird supposed to spring like Lazarus from the supermarket deep freeze?
9. You'll celebrate life and good fortune, rather than death and misfortune.
Um... The bird is dead already, so the point is moot. And if the alternative is nut cutlets, I fail to see where the "good fortune" comes into the picture.
8. You won't suffer nightmares about how the turkey lived and died.
Don't now. Won't ever. Even if the shade of my departed feast showed up at midnight decked out like Marley's Ghost complete with chains, it would still be a turkey, which has the inherent fear factor of an overstuffed pigeon.
7. You won't have to call the Poultry Hotline to keep your family alive.
Not since I grasped that whole germ theory thing. The only threat a turkey will have to my family's life is if it's a killer cyborg turkey from the future hunting Sarah Connor. And that hasn't happened to me more than a couple of times.
6. You won't have to sweat the saturated fat and cholesterol.
I don't know what you do, but I generally sweat sweat.
5. Your vegetarian friends will adore you.
Oh, I'm really looking forward to that!
4. Your kids will tell their friends about their cool "tofurky."
The school bullies are really looking forward to that.
3. You won't fall asleep during the football game.
My napping habits are my own affair.
2. You are what you eat. Who wants to be a "butterball"?
Vegetarians in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
1. Commercial turkeys are too fat to have sex. Could happen to you.
And vegetarians are too... No, it's too easy a shot.
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
Britain’s contemporary artists are fêted around the world for their willingness to shock but fear is preventing them from tackling Islamic fundamentalism. Grayson Perry, the cross-dressing potter, Turner Prize winner and former Times columnist, said that he had consciously avoided commenting on radical Islam in his otherwise highly provocative body of work because of the threat of reprisals.Anytime an "artist" starts bleating on about "speaking truth to power", "pushing the envelope", being "transgressive" and how "courageous" they are, feel free to respond with slow, sarcastic clapping.
Perry also believes that many of his fellow visual artists have also ducked the issue, and one leading British gallery director told The Times that few major venues would be prepared to show potentially inflammatory works.
“I’ve censored myself,” Perry said at a discussion on art and politics organised by the Art Fund. “The reason I haven’t gone all out attacking Islamism in my art is because I feel real fear that someone will slit my throat.”