Wednesday, 28 February 2007
Can't be too careful these days. After all, duct tape can only do so much.
Tuesday, 27 February 2007
Monday, 26 February 2007
The bugs may not have been apparent to the casual visitor, but they were bloody elephant tracks in the snow to me. Now that that nasty little task is done, I can relax-- assuming, of course, that "relax" includes putting up a couple of hundred new pages.
Sunday, 25 February 2007
Saturday, 24 February 2007
This is one of those pieces of bad news that is actually good news in disguise. The notion that Tesco's think a loaf of Warburton's is worth a quid a loaf is ludicrous unless each slice is individually gold plated and comes with a coupon of a free loaf of decent bread at another shop, but it is heartening that this story ended up as a minor item on the business pages.
It wasn't that long ago when news of a rise in the price of a loaf would have made headlines and threatened to bring down the government as a sign of an unacceptable jump in the cost of living. Today, the price of bread is no longer the touchstone of the British living standard when there is so much wealth sloshing about that people worry more about ipods and 4x4s than bread. Indeed, the economy is so robust that it has even survived ten years of Labour rule without failing the bread test.
And that's like the Titanic ploughing through a phalanx of icebergs without a scratch.
Friday, 23 February 2007
And while the MCB insists that all British children should learn about Islam, it wants Muslims to have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons dealing with Christianity and other faiths.Apparently religious accomodation is a one-way street at the MCB.
The report was roundly condemned by other Muslim groups and all but disowned by the Department of Education, which is already suffering intense embarrassment from having Professor Tim Brighouse, chief adviser to London schools, scheduled to attend its launching.
The report's title, "Towards Greater Understanding – Meeting The Needs of Muslim Pupils In State Schools", is a beautiful study in Newspeak. If the contents are to be taken at face value, "meeting the needs" of Muslim pupils requires their infidel colleagues to accept dhimmitude.
Welcome to the 7th century.
Thursday, 22 February 2007
Wednesday, 21 February 2007
Perhaps or perhaps not, but at the very least it will confuse the heck out of them.
Tuesday, 20 February 2007
I would humbly suggest that Mr. ElBaradei ponder the fact that it is entirely appropriate for a policeman to have a gun while insisting that the criminals be disarmed.
Monday, 19 February 2007
Sunday, 18 February 2007
If Britain's defence budget were even a modest fraction of her GDP and if the government ceased to use its procurement programmes to cook the treasury's books and curry favour with the EU, the Royal Navy would have a hundred first-class fighting ships, a state-of-the-art satellite network, and four strike carrier groups (that's groups, not carriers) at its disposal.
Instead, we're using Nelson's sarcophagus as a piss pot.
Saturday, 17 February 2007
Probably not, unless you did a lot of burrowing, because the MSM has shown a remarkable lack of curiosity of late about possible Jihadist incidents.
"Ultraconservative" paranoia about a non-existent threat or a press determined to manage the news because the brutish public can't be trusted with the complete facts for fear of a "backlash"? I doubt if there is any truly Jihadist motive in any of these cases, but the tendency of the press to downplay them to the point of obscurity and to not even consider the possibility of a terrorist element during a time of war is at best a matter of reckless irresponsibility.
If any hitchhikers are heading for Barnard's Star, I'd like to tag along, please.
Friday, 16 February 2007
Thursday, 15 February 2007
Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Tuesday, 13 February 2007
This is being hailed in the press as a major development, but we've been down this path too many times for me to get too excited. For my part, I'm holding off on the champagne until the US Seventh Fleet is anchored offshore from Pyongyang with all weapons armed to take possession of all North Korean nuclear materials and enrichment machinery.
Let me put it this way, the bottle isn't even in the fridge yet.
Monday, 12 February 2007
- The local media and University authorities stand four-square behind freedom of speech, freedom of the press and the Cambridge as a place of free enquiry and expression and tell the Jihadists to go hang.
- The student is forced to go into hiding for his life, the local paper refers to the cartoons as "racist", the college in question convenes a Court of Discipline to conduct a race-hate probe against the student, funding is cut for the college newspaper, and the college Chaplin scurries cap in hand to
beg forgiveness of"discuss how best to quell fears over potential racial clashes" with the local imam like a good dhimmiresponsible citizen.
Mind you, it isn't exactly the sort of thing the SETI people were hoping for.
Tip o' the hat to the crew of HMS Camden Lock for this exclusive.
Sunday, 11 February 2007
The bad news is that this will leave China with a giant army of young men with a motive for going to war that Ghengis Khan would have understood. The good news is that China will soon become the world's prime A1 market for video games.
I'll refrain from calling this a "cool" idea.
Saturday, 10 February 2007
Maximilian Pakaluk on the misguided "Equality Act" that is already forcing Christian adoption agencies to close up shop because they cannot in good conscience place children with homosexual couples:
If the aim of this British law were merely to ensure that the provider of some good or service cannot refuse to deal with a person because of moral objections to that person’s behavior that are irrelevant to the transaction, it would be a curious law, addressing no obvious problem. As this adoption issue makes clear, the motivation behind this law is the idea that it is wrong to object to homosexual relations, even if only in defense of the traditional understanding of marriage. Tolerance is set up in opposition to traditional Judeo-Christian morality. Homosexuality is welcomed into the public sphere, and traditional morality is restricted to the private sphere. This is a mistaken understanding of tolerance, and its main effect is to root out from society its traditional moral identity.The question of how far homosexuality should be tolerated in our society is a legitimate one to be debated and decided in a democratic fashion, but an act of Parliament that tries to settle the matter by turning tolerance into totalitarianism and relegating Christian morality to the level of thoughtcrime does no one good in the long run. Indeed, it may do worse in the short run if it turns out that Muslim organisations are not equally forced to practice "tolerance" out of "tolerance".
Let's see whose pressure group trumps whose.
Kids told: You can't play tagAcutally, it's even worse; the kids are banned from touching each other at all.
I suggest the headmistress try touching reality now and then.
Friday, 9 February 2007
At last we can take comfort in the fact that though our civilisation may become one with Nineveh and Tyre and the human race extinct as all our yesterdays, our begonias will go on forever.
So much for the joys of decolonisation.
Winds of change, my eye.
Thursday, 8 February 2007
I hate to say this, but this is the first time I've been grateful for the EU. There may be food fascists in the Labour party who want to ban the beloved fois gras from our plates, but so long as the corp diplomatique and the European Commission remains wedded to a soft life at our expense we're as likely to see a ban on fois gras in the EU as one on vintage champagne and luxury limos.
This week, animal welfare minister Ben Bradshaw urged the public to boycott the sale of foie gras and foie gras preparations because he believes that the production of the delicacy gives rise to serious welfare concerns. Really?
I just don't believe that it does, and have always suspected that many people are hostile to foie gras in the same way that they are hostile to fox hunting; if they were honest, they might admit that their disapproval is rooted not in animal welfare but in class hatred, in this instance because they perceive eating foie gras to be the exclusive domain of rich, spoiled people haw-hawing while they stuff their gobs in expensive restaurants. But enough about me.
At least, for them.
Wednesday, 7 February 2007
It is liberal to a fault, not only the gay capital of England but also thrumming with clubs and bars of all kinds. It seems increasingly designed for long hot nights, a global warming village. Its shops perfectly display our sugary, pagan, sexualised consumer culture – lanes that used to be all Baptist chapels and nick-nackery now feature places such as the amazing "Choccywoccydoodah" (motto: "Divina Luxuria") and slinky knicker emporia.Darker side? Compared to what? I thought calling a shop "Choccywoccydoodah" was still a prosecutable offence.
But though its streets seethe with the young and cool, Brighton's darker side, its hangover, is also hard to avoid. It seems to have more homeless people, drunks and junkies than you pass in the tougher parts of central London or Manchester, plus plenty of grime, graffiti, burglary and street violence.
Remember the good old days when a congressional hearing was held because Gus Grissom smuggled a corned beef sandwich aboard Gemini III? No wonder I have this headache.
Whoever allies himself with the Kaffirs (non-believers) against the believers - he is one of them.Just fiery rhetoric, people. Nothing to see here. Move along.
He who joins the British Army, the American Army, he is a mortal kaffir and his only hukum (punishment) is for his head to be removed.
Indeed, whoever changes his deen (Muslim code of life); kill him.
Tuesday, 6 February 2007
They cling precariously to the top of what is left of the ice floe, their fragile grip the perfect symbol of the tragedy of global warming.Distressing... Or would be if it weren't for the fact that the bears were perfectly safe from the threat of
Mother polar bear and cub on interesting ice sculpture carved by waves. photo © Amanda Byrd.Meanwhile, Icelanders are having their own climate issues. Only in their case it isn't about polar bears having to tread water, but how the ice pack is so thick that the great furry monsters can practically stroll straight into Reykjavik.
That should liven thing up a bit.
Update: Perhaps I shouldn't be too flippant. After all, spouting heresy can be a dangerous occupation now that the
Update: The New York Times is Johnny-on-the-spot over global warming-- in 1932.
Monday, 5 February 2007
It's a step up from putting a paper bag over your head, but only an infinitesimal one.
Saturday, 3 February 2007
Wily coyote swims to Portsmouth shipyardRumours that he was carrying a Acme roadrunner net, wearing a pair of Acme water wings and propelled by an Acme electric fan powered by an Acme extension cord running back to the opposite shore have yet to be confirmed
Friday, 2 February 2007
I don't know which is worse, that so many British-born young men have joined the ranks of the Jihadists, or that not one of them will ever be in the dock for treason.
No, actually, I do.
I would say that what is dangerous about this situation is not the fact of having a nuclear bomb - having one, maybe a second one a little later, well, that's not very dangerous.Of course, he realised what a clanger he'd made and retracted his remarks within 24 hours-- but only the bit about Tehran being razed. Apparently the imams can sleep safely with Chirac at the helm of the Force de Frappe, though no one else will.
Where will it drop it, this bomb? On Israel? It would not have gone 200 metres into the atmosphere before Tehran would be razed.
Some people suggest that the reporters present should have asked M. Chirac if he was smoking crack. I reject that as ridiculous. The proper question is how much he's been smoking.
Thursday, 1 February 2007
And New Labour still insists that this is a police matter. That explains why you can never find any government surplus blinkers.
Update: In a classic example of arse-backwards thinking, the government is leaping into action and telling British soldiers to go to ground.
Muslim soldiers and their families are expected to be given new security guidance after a suspected Islamist plot to kidnap, torture and behead a British Muslim soldier was allegedly foiled with the arrest of nine men in Birmingham yesterday.Might we suggest that killing the terrorists and going after the tyrants who sponsor them would be a more permanent solution?
On the other hand, we could just do what we've been doing since 1740 and shoot the bloody deer.
There was a time when I'd have been thrilled to see the renegade Time Lord make a reappearance, but that was before it became clear that the new incarnation of Doctor Who is a completely different show than what I grew up with. It's well made and undeniably successful, so I can't say that it doesn't deserve the praise that it elicits, but where the old series was adventure laced with horror and leavened with humour, the new one is romantic comedy bulked out with character drama. Where once it was made for 12-year old boys and their fathers, this one is for 14-year old girls and their mothers.
There just doesn't seem to be any room for a tissue compression eliminator in that milieu.