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Archive for June, 2009

Obama’s EPA Quashes Climate Change Science

28th June 2009

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The Competitive Enterprise Institute has obtained an EPA study of the “endangerment” to human well-being ostensibly caused by carbon dioxide emissions, together with a set of EPA emails indicating that the study, which concludes that carbon dioxide is not a significant cause of climate change, was suppressed by the EPA for political reasons.

To be strictly accurate, it’s not just Obama’s EPA — the EPA has always been like this.

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Animal autopsy: Inside the world’s biggest animals

28th June 2009

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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Fire Dept. Diversity Promotions, Chicago-Style

28th June 2009

Steve Sailer just keeps on nosing around.

In the meantime, here’s a great John Kass column from the Chicago Tribune on February 14, 2009 (or as the day is known in Chicago history, St. Valentine’s Day) that’s highly relevant to the Ricci case. The background is that in the 1990s, Chicago spent a fortune on devising the perfect unbiased police and fire promotion civil service tests. When the test creation process was complete, everybody in Chicago agreed that, finally, a non-discriminatory test had been perfected. Of course, it turned out that whites ended up earning 95% of the scores high enough for promotion, so a political firestorm ensued. For a while, Mayor Richard M. Daley stoutly defended a test on which no expense had been spared, but eventually he caved in and announced that some of the top scorers would get promotions but other worthies would get promotions too, based on “merit” in order to bring “diversity” to leadership positions. This “merit” system was extended to firefighters.

And don’t miss the adventures of the exciting Boyle brothers. Read The Whole Thing.

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Catalonia pays homage to the EU, not Spain, as push for independence grows

28th June 2009

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“Well, with King Ferdinand spinning in his grave like that we figured it would be a shame not to harness that as a source of green power….”

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Investigation: Debbie Rowe Allegedly Made Claims Michael Jackson Not Father of Her Children

28th June 2009

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We are deeply in tabloid-land, here, but it makes a great deal of sense. I’ve seen pictures of the kids, and they don’t look half-black; they look like archetypically white kids — not even the indicia of black ancestry that, for example, Barack Obama exhibits, much less that of Colin Powell or Eric Holder.

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Gay liberation caused the AIDS epidemic.

28th June 2009

Steve Sailer just loves to stir the pot.

The 1970s were not a time when gay liberation “advanced haltingly;” in reality, the 1970s were when all effective legal restrictions on industrial scale homosexual promiscuity were utterly ended in precisely those cities — e.g., San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York — where AIDS broke out most virulently in the early 1980s.

Instead, we’re all supposed to believe AIDS was caused by discrimination against homosexuals in the military, the absence of gay marriage, and/or Ronald Reagan. Indeed, it’s precisely because the evidence for cause and effect is so overwhelmingly clear that the pressure to lie and to submit to others’ lies is so intense.

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The Great Divide

28th June 2009

Steve Sailer looks a the mortgage meltdown discussion.

In public, there are only two sides: the liberal (Corporate Greed!) and the libertarian (Government Interference!).

In contrast, the real divide is between the overwhelmingly dominant Diversity Dogmatists, liberal and libertarian, versus the tiny number of Diversity Heretics. Personally, I don’t oppose government regulation of the mortgage business to prevent over-optimistic borrowers and lenders from causing defaults down the road, so I’m not a libertarian on this. But, in this case, the federal government was (and still is) regulating in the wrong direction: toward more risk.

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S&P warning shows Britain is out of credit

28th June 2009

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Can the U.S. be far behind? We’ve got the same sort of delusional idiots in charge.

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New Clues to How Primates Evolved

27th June 2009

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About eight to twelve million years ago, the evolutionary ancestor to humans, chimpanzees, and orangutans appears to have undergone a burst of evolution, driven by duplicated sequences of DNA. This mechanism of genetic change, which has only recently come under scientific scrutiny, may have endowed primates with an evolutionary flexibility that drove the development of different great ape species, including humans.

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English Heritage reveals most haunted sites

27th June 2009

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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Why are There 60 Minutes in an Hour?

27th June 2009

To which my response has always been, well, why not?

But it turns out that there is actually a reason.

Mathematicians: They do these things so that you don’t want to.

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Polar bear expert barred by global warmists

27th June 2009

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Over the coming days a curiously revealing event will be taking place in Copenhagen. Top of the agenda at a meeting of the Polar Bear Specialist Group (set up under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature/Species Survival Commission) will be the need to produce a suitably scary report on how polar bears are being threatened with extinction by man-made global warming.

This is one of a steady drizzle of events planned to stoke up alarm in the run-up to the UN’s major conference on climate change in Copenhagen next December. But one of the world’s leading experts on polar bears has been told to stay away from this week’s meeting, specifically because his views on global warming do not accord with those of the rest of the group.

My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Reasons Why People Will See Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

27th June 2009

An Informative Chart, the accuracy of which is beyond dispute.

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Africa alone could feed the world

27th June 2009

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Well, perhaps if it were run by Europeans or Chinese it could….

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First Europeans were cannibals with taste for children

27th June 2009

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A study of the prehistoric remains has revealed that human flesh formed part of the diet of early man and children and adolescents in particular were regularly killed and eaten.

Still are, some would say.

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Barney the Underwriter

27th June 2009

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Back when the housing mania was taking off, Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank famously said he wanted Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to “roll the dice” in the name of affordable housing. That didn’t turn out so well, but Mr. Frank has since only accumulated more power. And now he is returning to the scene of the calamity — with your money. He and New York Representative Anthony Weiner have sent a letter to the heads of Fannie and Freddie exhorting them to lower lending standards for condo buyers.

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Ancient flutes more than 35,000 years old

27th June 2009

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Congress to America: “Eat Dirt and Die”

27th June 2009

Somebody doesn’t like the cap & trade bill.

They passed this shameful fraud because they wanted to get out of town for the July 4th holiday. The rest of us get July 4th off. They get a week or more. In fact, who knows when they’ll return from this recess. Will it be to push through another huge, unread bill, this time on health care? We’re two for two now: the Stimulus Attack and the Energy Fraud.

By the way, one of the features of Cap and Trade is that your local agency for building codes will be by-passed. They’re going to set up a building code bureaucracy in Washington and fill it full of time-servers. Which means you can wait till hell freezes over to get an approval or inspection.

Does this mean your local agency will shut down? Heavens, no! They’ll just be the go-between. You’ll have more hoops to jump through, is all. The Imperial Congress strikes again! Practice your hoop-jumping; it’s a non-productive skill you’ll need to survive in this brave new world.

Recession? No problem! We’ll just destroy what’s left of the economy, so everyone is equally miserable! Your tax dollars at work!

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Behind the Wheel – Tata Nano

27th June 2009

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Leading demonstrators must be executed, Ayatollah Khatami demands

27th June 2009

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Your future under Islam. Don’t say that you weren’t warned.

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Murders at Zimbabwe Diamond Mine Undercut Claims of Normalization

27th June 2009

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Stories like this echo a Human Rights Watch report released Friday that highlights ongoing atrocities at a lucrative diamond field in rural eastern Zimbabwe that has become a cash cow for military commanders and government officials close to President Robert Mugabe. The report comes barely a week after Zimbabwe’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, prime minister in a tense and complicated power-sharing agreement with Mugabe, visited President Obama and other western leaders to plead for donor money for the country, claiming it was a “rapidly normalizing” nation.

Boy, those Zimbabweans are sure lucky they’re no longer under the boot of that oppressive white regime.

Thank God for the U.N. and the international community, or who knows what sort of hell they’d be living in now.

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White House Considers Holding Some Gitmo Detainees Indefinitely, Sources Say

27th June 2009

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I’m certainly glad we re-elected Bush. That Obama guy was pretty scary.

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Friday Fun Graph: Our Crash in Context

26th June 2009

Katherine Mangu-Ward has An Informative Chart for us.

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Meatball Grill Basket

26th June 2009

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Tourist plunges to death from Eiffel Tower

26th June 2009

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If people want to kill themselves, fine, but it’s narcissistic to do it in a way that inconveniences other people. Idiots.

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Boston Dynamics Big Dog

26th June 2009

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Amazing Girlfriend Manager

26th June 2009

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With this application you can improve your relationships by applying concepts of CRM (Customer Relationship Management) on your girlfriends. Think about your girlfriend as a client! What information and tools you need to improve your relationship? This application is the answer.

For the iPhone, of course.

Don’t say we don’t have useful stuff here.

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Amazon Closes Associates Program in North Carolina Over Tax Concerns

26th June 2009

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We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program to notify you that your Associates account has been closed as of June 26, 2009. This is a direct result of the unconstitutional tax collection scheme expected to be passed any day now by the North Carolina state legislature (the General Assembly) and signed by the governor. As a result, we will no longer pay any referral fees for customers referred to Amazon.com or Endless.com after June 26. We were forced to take this unfortunate action in anticipation of actual enactment because of uncertainties surrounding the legislation’s effective date.

In the event that North Carolina repeals this tax collection scheme, we would certainly be happy to re-open our Associates program to North Carolina residents.

One of the core Democrat delusions is that sheep have no choice but to stick around and be fleeced. When will they ever learn?

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Detroit City Council Member Monica Conyers pleads guilty to accepting cash bribes

26th June 2009

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Detroit City Council member Monica Conyers, the wife of powerful Democratic congressman John Conyers, has pleaded guilty to accepting cash bribes in exchange for supporting a sludge contract with a Houston company.

Basic political equation: Democrat = Corrupt.

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British actresses flock to Bollywood

26th June 2009

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Young British actresses who have struggled to find work at home are flocking to Bollywood to capitalise on the Indian film industry’s insatiable appetite for white-skinned talent.

Any cries of outrage from the Racism Industry? No?

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The Stoning of Soraya M. and Trust-Fund Babes

26th June 2009

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The Stoning of Soraya M. must be shown at the annual conference of the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women, to which I was a delegate. But, of course, this kind of movie will never be shown because of the politics — UNIFEM is receiving millions of dollars from the Islamic regime every year, paid off to see no evil and hear no evil. The hypocrisy is revolting, the immorality is beneath contempt.

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Your Bank Hates You

26th June 2009

Scott Adams has a good point.

Banks and credit card companies make a lot of money from late fees. They have a naked interest in keeping their service as inconvenient as possible.

Banks might argue that they can’t offer that sort of product for regulatory reasons. But I haven’t seen a bank shy away from trying to influence regulators when it works for them.

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Speaking Truth To Power: A Casualty Of The Obama Administration

26th June 2009

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A new IG recently bit the dust; Fred Wiederhold of Amtrak, who retired “without notice or explanation,” after having presented a report prepared by the law firm of Wilkie, Farr & Gallagher, accusing Amtrak officials of having “systematically violated the letter and spirit of the Inspector General Act,” by ordering third parties to send documents that were under subpoena by the IG to Amtrak first for review, and by attacking the IG for having communicated directly with Congressional “appropriations and authorizing committees.” As Senator Charles Grassley suggests, these actions constitute “a long-term and unrelenting interference with the activities and operation” of the IG. The entire report, while long, is very much worth a read and quite illuminating on the subject. It is also quite damning when it comes to discussing the Obama Administration’s behavior towards Inspectors General.

Basic political equation: Democrat = Corrupt.

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Why The Healthcare Industry Doesn’t Want Electronic Medical Records

26th June 2009

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Andy Kessler, who’s been thinking an awful lot about these issues (and whose book The End of Medicine hasn’t received nearly the attention it deserves) has an interesting article discussing why the industry has resisted the move to e-healthcare records. While it would save some money, he notes, it would also expose the entire scam of the healthcare system: which is that they make a ton of money from inefficiencies baked into the system, which are totally hidden from view. It’s a massive boondoggle for the industry, and e-healthcare records would actually make it easier for people to understand that the healthcare system profits from people being sick and not from having them be well.

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Uses for a Car Horn

26th June 2009

An Informative Chart.

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Introducing: Jihadist Rhetoric Bingo!

26th June 2009

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Any number can play. In fact, you can be included in play whether you want to or not.

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Which Koran?

26th June 2009

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The founding document of Islam is the group of writings collected in the Koran. A devout Muslim believes the Koran to be the perfect, immutable, and eternal word of Allah as dictated to the prophet Mohammed and memorized or written down by the companions of the Prophet. The book is complete, every word in it is true, and nothing in it has been altered since it was first transcribed 1400 years ago.

That’s the traditional view of the core Islamic scriptures, and woe betide any Muslim who questions it. Scholars who attempted to research the origins of the Koran and examine its historical variants have been driven out of Pakistan, Egypt, and other Muslim countries, and have been forced to seek refuge in the academic cloisters of the infidel West.

“The Koran claims for itself that it is ‘mubeen,’ or ‘clear,’“ [Puin] says. “But if you look at it, you will notice that every fifth sentence or so simply doesn’t make sense. Many Muslims — and Orientalists — will tell you otherwise, of course, but the fact is that a fifth of the Koranic text is just incomprehensible. This is what has caused the traditional anxiety regarding translation. If the Koran is not comprehensible — if it can’t even be understood in Arabic — then it’s not translatable. People fear that. And since the Koran claims repeatedly to be clear but obviously is not — as even speakers of Arabic will tell you — there is a contradiction. Something else must be going on.”

In the context of 21st-century Salafist fundamentalism, criticism and analysis of the Koran can cost a scholar his life. The example of Salman Rushdie — who was, after all, only an amateur critic of Islamic scripture — did not go unnoticed.

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Spiral Arms Did Not Cause Climate Change on Earth

26th June 2009

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Well, I’m sure we’re all glad to know that.

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The Graying of Counter Culture

26th June 2009

Steve Sailer is always worth reading.

For instance, everybody admits today that romantic comedy movies have gotten boring. But it’s not just because they all star Matthew McConaughey. The tedium of today’s romantic comedies stems in part from the fact that middle class social norms for dating and mating haven’t changed much in recent decades, after the sharp shock imposed by the introduction of oral contraceptives in 1964. Last winter’s He’s Just Not That Into You had to derive much of what few new laughs it managed to muster up from the complaints of young women about having to monitor all the different devices and services that guys aren’t calling them on. Everything else about modern romance had been hashed over endlessly in previous films.

While innovation was the hallmark of popular music from, say, the invention of ragtime in the 1890s, most major styles of pop music in today’s America have changed only marginally from about 1979, when the first hip-hop hit, The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” reached the Top 40. In an earlier, more creative era, rap would have been a passing novelty, but instead it has engulfed black music like an Ice Age glacier. The Sugarhill Gang’s lyrics might sound dorky now—“Me, my crew, and my friends are gonna try to move your feet”—but the group actually coined the line, “Throw your hands up in the air, and wave them around like you just don’t care,” which has been repeated ad nauseam by hip-hop artists for the past three decades.

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France taken to European court as Alsace hamster faces extinction

26th June 2009

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France is to be taken to the European Court of Justice for failing to protect the Alsace hamster, a cuddly rodent threatened with extension in its native eastern France.

Truly, you can’t make this stuff up.

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The Albany-Trenton-Sacramento Disease

26th June 2009

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A decade ago all three states were among America’s most prosperous. California was the unrivaled technology center of the globe. New York was its financial capital. New Jersey is the third wealthiest state in the nation after Connecticut and Massachusetts. All three are now suffering from devastating budget deficits as the bills for years of tax-and-spend governance come due.

Well, that’s what happens when you follow political fashion rather than common sense.

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Thatchback car

26th June 2009

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A Wiltshire pub landlord gave his Morris Traveller a rustic makeover – by making a thatched roof for it.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Hot chilli grenades

26th June 2009

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Defence researchers say the idea is to replace explosives in small hand grenades with a certain variety of red chilli to immobilise people without killing them, reports the BBC.

Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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Federal Government Funds New $21 Million Airport for Alaska Town With 46 Residents

26th June 2009

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The Takotna grant was part of more than $70 million worth of grants and contracts awarded last week to Alaska communities by the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to a press release from the congressional delegation.

Ted Stevens may be gone, but his spirit lives on.

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‘Capitalism Will Fail,’ Marijuana Leaf Part of California School Mosaic

26th June 2009

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But that’s precisely what some students at the Black Pine Circle School, a private school in Berkeley, Calif., chose to include in their “Class of 2007″ mosaic.

This is an 8th-grade class, mind you. No wonder California is imploding.

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Maxine Waters Fights With David Obey Over ‘Monument to Me’

25th June 2009

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It’s entirely possible that this affair will be settled quickly, with a mutual apology, and with Waters behaving like a grownup. The only thing stopping it is that Waters has never behaved like a grownup before.

Maxine Waters – the gift that keeps on taking.

Your money pays her salary. Aren’t you proud?

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Al-Qaeda murders American man for preaching Christianity

25th June 2009

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Obama Grants Audience to Pope

25th June 2009

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Somali Islamists carry out public double amputation on ‘thieves’

25th June 2009

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Your future under Islam. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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Flying High With Al Qaeda

25th June 2009

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One of the problems with Pakistan is that radical Islamic ideology is fully intertwined with the government and the armed forces at all levels. When Western governments attempt to pick winners and losers among the factions vying for power in Pakistan, there is no real way to avoid the extremists and terrorists. Whether it is made up of elected civilians or military officers, most governments in Pakistan seem to be riddled with terrorist connections. A government that is relatively free of such connections — such as the current one under President Asif Al Zardari — will tend to be ineffective, due to a lack of accord with public opinion, much of which has sympathies with fundamentalist Islam.

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