Caption Competition – 25/03/11

If his dad is the mad dog, that would make him a son of a…well, you get the idea.

Captions in the comments box below. Play nicely.

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“Senseless attacks which block any attempts for peace”

This is a press release issued by British Muslims for Israel


Press Release: British Muslims for Israel condemns Jerusalem Bomb Plot

British Muslims for Israel condemns the terrorist attack in Jerusalem today. Such acts of indiscriminate violence are never justified, hurt the cause of Palestinians and harden public opinion in Israel.

Hasan Afzal, a spokesperson for British Muslims for Israel says “Today’s attacks seem to be of a piece with the extreme violence perpetrated against Israelis in the last few weeks. First we had the Itamar massacre, then a barrage of rocket attacks from Palestine into Israel and now the attack in Jerusalem. These attacks hurt all sides, and help no one.”

Afzal added “Recent events have shown that groups such as Hamas and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade are determined to kill indiscriminately and use ordinary Palestinians as hostages to their cause. We urge all British Muslims to condemn these senseless attacks which block any attempts for peace and ruin the lives of both Israelis and Palestinians”.

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British Muslim Miss Universe Contestant Receives Death Threats

This is a guest post by Mr Happy

You may have missed this piece in the Guardian today. The story is about Shanna Bukhari, a British Muslim, who has received death threats for being in the popular beauty pageant competition, Miss Universe.

She has received threats from Muslims, white supremacists and even feminists but reading deeper into the article, it would seem most of her problems come from dealing with her own Muslim community.

The most telling paragraphs read:

But even she has been surprised by the furore that her participation in the British heats of Miss Universe has prompted. Rather than confirming her hopes that society had progressed since her childhood, the controversy has made her question the state of multiculturalism in modern Britain. “It has highlighted the divisions that exist, a lack of social integration, a lack of adhesion between white and coloured people, and this needs to be addressed,” she said. “I thought my participation might be something that people did not agree with, but I never thought I’d get abused.”

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Garbage in, Galloway out

The video of Galloway is self explanatory. What is more difficult to swallow is the absolutely amoral hypocrisy of British Islamism’s only representative Member of Parliament.

h/t: Potkin

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David Miller of SpinWatch Spins More Lies

A shoddy piece of smear-mongering against The Spittoon perpetrated by Professor David Miller of the University of Strathclyde has recently come to our attention:

It has also exposed The Spittoon, a McCarthyite operation run by members of Centre for Social Cohesion in collaboration, for a while at least, with members of the government funded Quilliam Foundation.[25] This expose was not well-received by the interests behind The Spittoon. The website first tried to intimidate the Powerbase researcher who had made the discovery with threatening emails, followed by a smear campaign, which was coordinated with an allied attack blog, Harry’s Place.[26] Shortly afterwards a similar smear campaign was also directed against the founder of Powerbase. Several neoconservative operators have also tried to use legal threats to shut Powerbase down. In June 2010, Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens of the Centre for Social Cohesion, a frequent contributor to The Spittoon, successfully pressured Powerbase’s British domain name registrar to temporarily shut down the website.

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In defence of Quilliam

This is a cross-post by Shiraz Maher from Standpoint Magazine

It’s fair to say the Quilliam Foundation (later rebranded to ‘Quilliam’) has not been without its problems since launching in 2008. Since its launch, Quilliam expanded much too quickly, taking on too many staff, and has never stopped to really define its remit clearly enough.

The organisation is now facing closure after being told by the Home Office in December that it would no longer be eligible for core funding and would need to bid for specific projects instead. That is entirely understandable and reasonable, but Paul Goggins MP hit the nail on the head this morning when he said:

MPs are not opposed to the withdrawal of core funding from Quilliam – indeed greater use of independent funding will further strengthen their credibility. But the switch is happening too fast and risks the organisation going out of business altogether.

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Defend Usama Hasan Group on facebook

A new facebook group has been set up to shore up some much needed consensus and solidarity for Dr Usama Hasan, and to “Support Freedom of Conscience and Oppose Intolerance”.

In the case of Dr Usama Hasan, an imam at Masjid Tawhid in Leytonstone, London, who has been persecuted and victimised, we call upon religious scholars, imams, mosque committees, Muslim community organisations and Muslim communities as a whole to affirm the following principles so that we may reaffirm the basic conditions for civilised and principled Muslim community life:

1. No imam or member of the Muslim community should be subjected to hate speech, intimidation or threats of violence on any matter regarding beliefs or religious rulings as this is contrary to the law of the land which British Muslims are bound to uphold, and most essentially that, under Islamic teachings and etiquette, mob rule has no legitimate place within our community life.

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kabbalah loony-fest: global aftershocks continue

“Since we decided to do this conference, it seems to me the energy has gone insane all around the world.”

thus karen berg of the kabbalah centre.

it seems that the “energy” has indeed “gone insane” from the “power of peace” conference: the brothers of centre aficionado lisa tchenguiz have just been arrested in connection with an investigation into the collapsed icelandic bank kaupthing.

obviously, the kabbalah centre will be rushing to claim credit for this turn of events, it having about as much to do with their conference as the other effects they claim.

i think someone has tattooed the wrong letter triad on their bum.

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the kabbalah loony-fest and the levers of power and influence

if the kabbalah centre are to be believed, their recent “power of peace” conference was responsible for the current reshaping under way in the middle east. according to the founder’s wife, karen berg:

“Since we decided to do this conference, it seems to me the energy has gone insane all around the world.”

according to her, this is because of the butterfly effect. as usual, proper science is being pressed into service as pseudo-scientific twaddle in order to bolster outrageous claims of causality and influence, but as we know from that deepak chopra-caused earthquake, that’s nothing new.

what is somewhat more worrying is the attendee list at the conference. a quick scan reveals the following:

  • philanthropist / socialite lisa tchenguiz, also known as “britain’s richest divorcée” and sister of the property magnates and entrepreneurs vincent and robert tchenguiz – so presumably, like other celebrity aficionados, a key target for flattery and significant personal and family funding.
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Down the hill, backwards

In the late 12th century, the Arab Islamic world started to stagnate and in the course of the next half a millennium, regressed in every possible front, from the intellectual to the spiritual. Before long it was playing catch-up to the rest of the world where it once led the way in almost every discipline. What caused the Islamic world to stagnate? Is Islam incompatible with modernity? Is Islam to blame or is it Muslims who are congenitally backward?

A new book, The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East, by Timur Kuran, a Duke University economic historian, attempts to answer these questions and says that it is partly because of a series of taking the wrong forks in the road and partly because Islam is a victim of its own inbuilt egalitarianism. The New York Times has a review.

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