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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Christmas back at you - to all you Muslims out there

This shouldn't be necessary, but sadly it is. Meanwhile in the USA, Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR and other Muslims patiently explain that Muslims venerate Jesus and celebrate Christmas too. Yes, there are some Muslims who have a problem with it, but then until well into my lifetime Christmas was by no means universally celebrated by Christians in Scotland. (Hence the much greater emphasis on New Year celebrations up here even now.) But nobody would claim that this means that Christians all hate Christmas, or even that all Scots do. But every year we get the tedious drivel about how Muslims want Christmas trees banned, blah blah.

So - a Happy Christmas to any Muslim reader who drops by.

You can fool some of the people all of the time

Of course, if Bonni hadn't banned me again she might have read the (polite for once) comment I posted pointing out that this story was almost certainly a hoax. I simply pointed out that it seemed unlilely that people would make petrol bombs out of digs when bottles hold petrol - and distribute it on impact - far better. And of course the story IS a hoax. I suppose even if she knew that Bonni would have posted it, as she posts anything she's sent by per puppet-master Spencer.

Of course, not one of her sheep questions the crazy story for a moment....

Bonni the pretend Jew parades her pretend feminism while helpfully linking an article skewering fakes like her

Well, let's kick off the seasonal trashing of Bonni the Bayside Nazi. Here she is complaining about "feminazis" (yes, really: she still lives in the past, a foreign country where people talked about feminists that way). The article she links is a terrific piece from the Guardian which Bonni is too stupid to realise is exactly about false-flag feminists like her and her sheep, who don't give a shit about women except to use "misogyny" as a stick with which to beat Muslims. Bonni illustrates the piece with reports of Muslim rape victims who were punished for reporting the rape: no mention of the same problem much nearer home, which is precisely Ms Penny's point.

The comments by Bonni's sheep are classics of their kind. As well as the kind of comment Laurie Penny refers to in her article, suggesting that she should be sent to Afghanistan to be stoned, there are some wonderful illustrations of the prevailing attitude to women at BareNakedIslam. Bonni herself accuses "feminazis" of "turning little boys into sissies". Other commenters (some of them supposedly women!) attack the idea that women should receive the same pay as men for equal work; suggest that she should read the works of the serial liar and benefit fraudster Ayaan Hirsi Magan; accuse her of being a lesbian who wants to grow a penis; and finally simply call her a "twat" (because nothing bespeaks concern for women's rights better than reducing them to walking vaginas). (Another commenter actually calls women "owners and operators of vaginas", which says it all.)

I'll leave the last word to Laurie Penny herself:

I am not writing here on behalf of Muslim women, who can and do speak for themselves, and not all in one voice. I am writing this as a white feminist infuriated by white men using dog-whistle Islamophobia to derail any discussion of structural sexism; as someone who has heard too many reactionaries tell me to shut up about rape culture and the pay gap and just be grateful I’m not in Saudi Arabia; as someone angered that so many Muslim feminists fighting for gender justice are forced to watch their truth, to paraphrase that fusty old racist Rudyard Kipling, “twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools”.

To be banned once more by a supporter of book-banning and book-burning is an honour I shall cherish

Bonni Benstock-Intall, the Holocaust denier who runs a hate site from her apartment in Bayside, New York, has banned me again, which is pleasing. It's good to know that one provides a sufficient irritant to a Hitler-supporting creep that her supposed commitment to free speech and the First Amendment go out of the window.

So what did I post that so annoyed the poor sensitive fake "Jew" (who loathes real Jews almost as much as she hates Muslims) that after permitting me to poke fun at her dumb sheep she felt the urge to silence me? Well, I posted this comment on one of her endless posts cheerleading for the military dictatorship in Egypt:

Rob - DECEMBER 16, 2013 @ 11:09 AM

Obama isn’t MB because you have to be a Muslim to belong. Oh wait, you morons still buy the crap that Obama is a Muslim, right? The guy bought and paid for by Netanyahu, who murders Muslim civilians every day in drone attacks, who refuse to close Guantanamo and release the (mainly Muslim) political prisoners there. The guy who puts every obstacle in the way of freeing Palestine, who has sat on his hands while Egypt’s democratically elected government was replaced by a brutal military dictatorship. He sounds about as Muslim as you guys: which of course he is. Though he is an American patriot unlike you traitorous scum.

Now most people would read that as a not terribly flattering description of a murdering Israeli shill in the White House. Not our Bonni, though. If I describe him as American rather than as a Muslim traitor, I have to go, it seems.

BareNakedIslam - DECEMBER 16, 2013 @ 12:21 PM

That’s about enough from you, Rob, you muslim asskisser. You can go back to trashing me on your blog which nobody ever reads or comments on. You are finished here. Defending the Muslim-in-Chief is an automatic ban. Buh Bye!

Funny how if nobody reads my blog Bonni herself knows that I write about her. But yes, I'll happily continue to trash her on this site. And she and her sheep are welcome to comment: I've had them here before. I shall just have to soldier on, bravely facing the loss of a neo-Nazi site where I can receive death threats for suggesting that murderers should be punished. LOL.

Meanwhile, the serial banner of people whose expression of their opinions scares her is getting her panties in a wad over her imaginary "banning" in the UK. I have her page open as I type: doesn't look banned to me. But hey, nothing elicits sympathy for ultra-rightists (from other ultra-rightists at least) like the suggestion that they might not be able to preach their filth to the entire planet 24 x 7. The screenshot she posts show that hate sites (which obviously includes hers) are blocked by default (or when Parental Controls are switched on) by O2 (one British service provider). Any O2 subscriber can change their settings and view her site or any other hate preachers, and users of other providers are unaffected in any case. Jeez. Talk about invented victimhood. Mind you, it says little for her ability to read what she posts.

Not Before Time

Some good news for Christmas. Too late to be of direct benefit to Alan Turing, of course, but an injustice righted late is better than one left unmended. I signed the petition to have him pardoned, so I'm especially pleased.

Now of course we need to turn our attention to the thousands of other people we imprisoned over the years, or subjected to chemical castration, or simply hounded to their deaths on account of their sexuality. We can't bring them back, but why shouldn't we push for pardons for them all?

Returning to Alan Turing, this is a wonderful performance by Derek Jacobi in a wonderful play. I saw him do it live on stage, but it works just as well on television.

Weapon of Choice

Mikhail Kalashnikov has died. One of the small number of people whose names are instantly recognised around the world, and the even smaller number whee people know exactly what he was famous for.

"Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer," said Kalashnikov. "I always wanted to construct agricultural machinery."

Wow. He actually beat his ploughshares into swords and his pruning-hooks into spears (and his seed drills into AK-47s).

I find it difficult to admire the man, though minimalist simplicity in any kind of engineering is a rare thing and one to be treasured. But few men have had such a great influence on the world we live in.

Have Yourselves A Merry Little Christmas

As I hope to be occupied with other things tomorrow, it being Christmas and all, I shall post my Christmas greetings to all my readers now. So without further ado:


Here is a card for you all. Forty-five years old and still good fun.

And here are a few pieces of Christmassy music:

You can join in with this one (the tune will be more familiar to Americans than Brits, as we normally use the one by Arthur Sullivan)

Here are two wonderful Cocteau Twins renditions of Christmas songs:

And finally, we'll let old Johann Sebastian show how it's done:

Friday, December 20, 2013

We believe that the ASA’s endorsement of a boycott is warranted given U.S. military and other support for Israel; Israel’s violation of international law and UN resolutions; the documented impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian scholars and students; the extent to which Israeli institutions of higher education are a party to state policies that violate human rights; and the support of such a resolution by many members of the ASA.

Damned right. The members of the American Studies Association have just decided overwhelmingly to boycott involvement with Israeli academics until such time as Israel (among other things) stops limiting the academic freedom of Palestinian academics. After all, the Israeli government is always whining about how it wants to be judged in the same way as other countries. Well, there you go.

It's not just in Iran, people

This is a worrying story, though hardly a surprise given the history of state homophobia in Uganda.

Perhaps all the gays being threatened with execution by the "Christian" regime in Uganda will flee to one of the Muslim countries where homosexuality is at least legal. Palestine, perhaps, or Iraq. Or Turkey, or Indonesia, or Egypt.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Is Bonni getting soft?

Yes,I'm talking about THAT Bonni: Bonni Bensotock-Intall, the Holocaust-denying New York Nazi who loathes democracy, elections, America, Britain, Europe, gays, women.... pretty much anything except European neo-Nazis, Teapublicans and military dictatorships. Why would I say she might be going soft? Well, regular readers will know that she banned me from commenting on her hate site Bare Naked Islam some time back. Every now and them I have attempted to post a comment, and have always failed moderation, which is pretty much what I expected.

Well, a few days ago I read a post on her site in which she reckons that there is a "Massive show of public support" for a Royal Marine who was dishonorably discharged and sentenced to ten years in jail for the little matter of murdering a wounded Taliban prisoner. Well, actually I''m pretty sure there is no such thing. Most people in Britain have never heard of ex=Marine Sergeant Alexander Blackman. If they have, most almost certainly would agree with the comments of the judge who sentenced him:"You treated that Afghan man with contempt and murdered him in cold blood. You have betrayed your corps and all British service personnel who have served in Afghanistan, and you have tarnished their reputation." So I thought I'd let Bonni and her sheep know that at least one Brit wasn't afraid to stand up and support decent soldiers against murderous crapheads (actually there are a few other comments on her blog critical of Blackett). Here's what I posted (and the comment to which I was replying).

JW - DECEMBER 10, 2013 @ 4:43 AM
They should give him a medal he’s doing what he’s been trained to do …save lives,there’s a hidden aganda here, they probably need a scapegoat, they usually do!

REPLY Rob - DECEMBER 10, 2013 @ 11:56 AM
And whose life did he save by shooting an injured prisoner? FGS, he said he thought the guy was dead so he must have been in a pretty bad way for the lying swine to think he could get away with that one. What threat exactly did the guy lying there bleeding pose to anyone? Was he going to convert all the Marines to Sharia Law with his magic Islamic mental powers? Was he going to scare them to death by saying “Boo!”? Or was the terrible risk to us all that someone might have felt sympathy for a guy shot to bits by the cannon of an Apache chopper?

Saving lives? Don’t make me laugh. The guy was having a bit of look-at-the-size-of-my-dick fun with a helpless guy: a bit like Allen West. Much as I hate to say anything positive about THAT piece of shit, at least West had the sense to shoot to miss (and of course his pals in high places fixed it so he never had to stand trial).

Well, to my surprise Bonni allowed the comment to stand. She replied to it:

BareNakedIslam - DECEMBER 10, 2013 @ 12:02 PM
BNI Readers, Rob is an angry Brit who has a website that continuously calls me a Nazi and trashes stories posted at BNI and its readers. One would think he is a Muslim but he isn’t. Fortunately, virtually NOBODY reads or comments on his website.

Well, maybe not many people comment, but enough read it that some of my comments about Bonni are linked quite widely. For example, this post is linked, among other places, on an American Jewish site listing Holocaust deniers.

Anyway, cage duly rattled, let's collect the thrown shit:

Mrs. Pharaoh - DECEMBER 10, 2013 @ 12:20 PM
Rob since you are NOT a Muslim, I think you should be dropped in the middle of these savages and you can talk “reason” with them. LOL, good luck with that! My husband is from the Middle East, you have NO IDEA what you are talking about! Your sense of reality is a fairly tale!

Chubee_ex_Muzz - DECEMBER 10, 2013 @ 1:59 PM
Rob, where was your indignation when one of your own blood brothers was truly murdered in cold blood? Like all leftists you will ignore atrocities perpetrated against your own people but cry huge crocodile tears about a terrorist who was engaged in acts of terrorism, wounded he may have been.

Kumar Subramanian - DECEMBER 10, 2013 @ 3:55 PM
Mrs. Pharaoh, I have a better idea. Let’s drop Rob’s wife or girlfriend (if he has either) into a pile of Muslims in a mosque and let’s see how she deals with them. Rob might get some common sense.

AlreadyDead - DECEMBER 10, 2013 @ 4:44 PM
Why don’t you move to Afghanistan then? Why don’t you live w/the scuzzlum apes you seem to admire so much?

Peter35 - DECEMBER 10, 2013 @ 6:12 PM
Oh, jolly well said old chap!! Now let me be realistic, listen you naïve, masochistic, England hating P.O.S., why don’t you just trot along to the mosque and hug some of your buddies; what’s that? They’re not back yet from raping English girls? Or killing old men and/or women?

With people like you, no wonder England is in such a bloody mess—traitorous bastard!!

randy63ism - DECEMBER 11, 2013 @ 8:45 PM
So Rob, you’re a regular UAF Nob, huh? Useful idiot too, it appears, and just like leftist scum, full of self-righteous narcissism as well.

Spend much money on mirrors and combs?

Well, it would have been impolite of me not to reply to such fan mail, and once again Bonni allowed me to psot a comment.

Rob - DECEMBER 13, 2013 @ 8:26 AM
Bonni – I call you a Nazi because you have posted that Germany needs Nazis to deal with its “Muslim problem”, quite apart from your calls for Americans with brown skins to wear signs to show whether they are or aren’t Muslims. Your calls for the overthrow of Britain’s and America’s elected governments and the execution of judges and journalists who say things you disagree with: all straight from the Nazi playbook too.

Mrs Pharaoh – do you think Afghanistan is in the Middle East? Buy a map, sweetie.

Chubee – when Lee Rigby was murdered I was calling it murder. I hope the pieces of shit who killed him get sent down for at least as long as the murdering Marine.

Kumar – I have a wife, thank you. When the Edinburgh Mosque had one of its regular open days we dropped in. Everyone there was a lot less scarily nutty than the regulars on this site.

Already Dead – (from the neck up at least) – why the hell should I move to Afghanistan because I think murderers should be punished? Or indeed because I think Muslims are human beings and not “scuzzlum apes”? If anyone is an ape round here it’s you.

Peter – I moved to Scotland years ago. try to keep up. And while the Muslims I meet every day are something of a mixed bag, none of them rapes or murders anybody. I haven’t hugged any of them though: perhaps I should?

Randy – please, I’m not LIKE leftist scum, I AM leftist scum and proud of it. Though how you reckon my comment is full of “narcissism” defeats me. I make no great claims for myself: hell, an amoeba could out-think Bonni and all her sheep. I don’t spend much on combs, being completely bald, and only need a mirror for trimming my beard or squeezing the odd zit.

Finally, I may be angry at a lot of things, but you guys are too hilarious to get anyone angry. I realise you don’t know any better, so it’s cruel of me to giggle, but there we are. I never said I was perfect.

No responses to that so far. I don't expect any from Bonni (if she was going to respond she would have done it by banning me), but I have little doubt that some passing sheep will be drawn to the comment box like sabre-toothed tigers to the La Brea Tar Pits. I'll keep you posted.....

UPDATE: this response from "ADHD":

ADHD - DECEMBER 15, 2013 @ 9:37 PM

So, Rob, you’re PROUD of being a leftist – i.e., a Communist???

I think it would do you a ton of good to lose your Western citizenship (regardless of which country you’re from) and be dumped into North Korea for at least 10 years, then Saudi Arabia for another 10 – and finally Iran for yet another 10.

Perhaps you then would know better to value our Western civilisation, values, morals and culture: until then, you’re just a good-for-nothing TRAITOR who otherwise would richly deserve to be hung – and, while still alive, cut down, drawn and quartered!!!!

To rebut a couple of your “points”:

- Afghanistan IS still on the periphery of the Middle East, tending to Central Asia;
- your saying that having our “elected governments”, “judges and journalists” (to which I’d add our leading bankers, lawyers and probably a good part of our academicians!!) overthrown and executed is “from the Nazi play-book”: the Commies have so PERVERTED ALL of these bodies as to require drastic action!!! [Furthermore, that's EXACTLY what the Commies like Kún and subsequently Rákosi and Gerö in Hungary, Zhivkov in Bulgaria, Gheorghiu-Dej and Ceausescu in Romania - and above all, Ljéñin and Stáljin in the USSR did left, right and centre; consequently your being proud of being "leftist scum" is truly worse than PATHETIC!!!!]

You Commies have murdered 120,000,000 people IN COLD BLOOD over the course of 96 years (since 1917/11/07, and even earlier in your internecine struggles in fact). Is that something to be proud of?!???

DEATH TO ISLAM, COMMUNISM, NAZISM and ALL other tyranny and totalitarianism, PERIOD!!!!!

I've posted a reply thanking him for the death threat and pointing out the honour I feel at being called a traitor by someone who in the same comment thread calls for the overthrow of the US government and the murder or exile of its leaders. I also mention that I can't decide which is funnier: that he calls me a Communist because he knows of no other political ideology further left than Nazism, or that he insists that Afghanistan is "on the periphery" of the Middle East, despite its being further from, say, Israel than Italy is.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Enjoy your flight

The company whose mail order record shop once sent me an apology for a delivery delay which was so magnificent I had it Blu-tacked to my wall for most of my student career (read about it here) was never going to settle for a normal in-flight safety video. But this: awesome doesn't come close.

Air New Zealand give the safety instructions their own spin:

I keep waiting for Richard Simmons to come out with that line from Legally Blonde about the "bend and snap".... And of course the airline which had its aircraft repainted to feature Smaug the dragon from The Hobbit wasn't going to miss that opportunity either:

But the best airline-related video I've seen recently is this one. Not even Virgin's marketing people thought of this piece of genius.

Pretty Amazing Grace

Last Monday, Google honoured Rear-Admiral Grace Hopper with a Google Doodle. This is the woman one of whose many achievements was to create the COBOL programming language, in the use of which I spent much of my professional IT career.

Here she is on Letterman a few years ago:

She coined the term "bug" for a computer fault. She also (as shown on Letterman) had a nice line in visual aids for how short a nanosecond is. Here's the bug:

And here is a bundle of nanoseconds:
Reminds me of when I used to keep a piece of string in my desk drawer with a label stuck to it giving its length (5.4 cm or whatever). Whenever someone asked rhetorically "How long is a piece of string?" I had my response ready.

She's dead now, but - thank you, Grace.

Let's face it, going to the service might have reduced the funds available for his ice-cream mountain

Israel's fat waste of space Prime Minister decided that while he could happily spend $127,000 of taxpayers' money (most of it admittedly probably US taxpayers, who foot the bill for most of Israel's spending) on having a luxury bedroom installed in the plane taking him on a five-hour flight to London, he felt it would be a burden on Israel's delicate finances if he were to visit South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

Of course, the facts that Nothingyahoo has spent his life promoting a system of government under which civil rights (and indeed human rights) are based wholly on race and religion, whereas Mandela spent his fighting for equal rights regardless of those factors; that Mandela was a freedom fighter who was imprisoned by fascists, and Netanyahu is a fascist who has imprisoned thousands of freedom fighters (and killed thousands more); and that his regime is the direct heir of the one which provided advanced weaponry (including assistance with a nuclear weapon programme) to South Africa's apartheid government; these may all have had some bearing on why the corpulent catastrophe couldn't be arsed to go. Plus it gave him time to devote to the introduction of new racist laws at home.

At least Jews around the world, and in Israel, are appalled by this open demonstration of contempt for a great man by a tiny wannabe statesmen. For God's sake, even Tony Blair saw fit to take a few hours off from making money to strut in front of a few cameras and mouth platitudes. David Cameron, another British Tory, who in his student days campaigned to have Nelson Mandela hanged, pretended to care about him once he realised the way the wind of world opinion had shifted. But Bibi has become so used to flipping the finger at world opinion when it complains about his vile human rights abuses, he's forgotten that you have to pretend to be a decent human being who cares about that stuff if you want people to keep on stepping in and saving your sorry ass from having the world's biggest task force dropping by to restore democracy and destroy your nukes and nerve gas. Poor chap: he'll learn when it's too late. Or maybe he won't: who cares?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Israel: a bad place to be if you're a non-Jewish child

As a corrective to all the Islamophobes who pretend that there is something Islamic about paedophilia, or sex trafficking, or slavery, here are a few interesting pieces to ponder.

Firstly, from the Human Trafficking Project, a grim report on sex slavery in Israel, which is a major hub for human trafficking. While it seems that the situation is gradually improving, it is nowhere near as wonderful as this complacent ex-cop from Tel Aviv would like us all to believe. And of course he blames it all on the wicked Bedouins, because only Arabs do that kind of thing. (Some of the trafficking is done by Bedouins, though: see here.) Some senior officers still serving with the Tel Aviv police like to imagine that the problem doesn't exist, or that all the fourteen-year-old prostitutes in town are selling their services willingly, as though giving anal sex to strangers was just a way of supplementing pocket money like working on a supermarket checkout.

Meanwhile, non-sexual slavery is alive and well in Israel (while not bad by Middle Eastern standards, it has some work to do to catch up with Lebanon, Tunisia and Egypt).

And (though this is hardly a surprise given the IDF's penchant for using children for target practice, as human shields, or simply for blowing them up indiscriminately) the brave heroes of the IDF are masters not only of child abuse but of child sex abuse. Gosh: who'dathoughtit? it's not as though Israel was a safe haven for wanted Jewish paedophiles from around the world, or anything like that.

I'm not suggesting that there is anything uniquely Israeli in any of these crimes, though the IDF does seem to have an especially poor record when it comes to abusing - and indeed slaughtering - any children who come within its sphere of influence. But to suggest that Israel is in any significant way better than other countries in the region when it comes to slavery, child abuse or human trafficking is simply to lie.

Of course, the crazy rabbis who keep screaming that non-Jews exist only to serve the needs of Jews, and that killing them is perfectly legal, help to perpetuate this sort of thing, however marginalised they may appear. Like their crazy Islamic counterparts, they may appeal to only a tiny fraction of the population, but if some of those followers get into the IDF, or into positions of influence elsewhere, they can act as a brake on any attempts to address these issues.

Rainy Days and Mondex

For some reason I was thinking this week about electronic payments: debut cards and the like. I was recalling a trial we did in the Bank of Scotland of an "electronic purse", where you loaded cash value onto your card which then required no authorisation or further computer connection. You just put it into the reader (in a vending machine or whatever), keyed the PIN to unlock the card, and paid. As long as there was enough value loaded onto the card (you did that at an ATM) it worked just like cash. I was trying to remember the name of the scheme, and a little Googling reminded me that it was Mondex. And then I found this site, which you'll enjoy if you have any interest in payment systems. Sadly Mondex never really took off: I thought it was rather a neat idea.

What do you mean you don't find electronic payments fascinating?

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Loretta Hobbit, or why I'd sooner slice off my dick than sit through another Peter Jackson farrago

Various discussions between my children about the exciting prospect of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (aka The Incredibly Extended Hobbit: The Cupidity of Peter Jackson). If you detect a certain underwhelmedness in this writer, you;re not wrong. I decided I couldn't be bothered with the first Hobbit film when I realised that Jackson had taken a book which is roughly the same length (at most) as one volume of LOTR, and had stretched it out into a film trilogy. Remembering the perversions he visited upon LOTR (complete inversion of Faramir's character, presence of Frodo and Sam at the battle of Helm's Deep....) in order to pad it out and "make it more interesting", as though Tolkien needed improvement, I decided that there would be about 20% of The Hobbit and around 280% of Peter Jackass in the new films.

Well, it seems I have been proved right in a spectacular way, with the presence in the new film not only of Legolas but of a Legolas love interest and a Legolas love triangle sub-plot. According to that link, Jackson argues that Legolas is the son of the Elvenking Thranduil, who is in the Hobbit novel, and since elves are immortal, it stands to reason that he would have been around when Bilbo and the dwarves went tramping through the wood-elves’ territory. (Really? What if he hadn't yet been born then? Being immortal doesn't mean that you have existed forever.)

If Jackass is bringing armfuls of characters into Hobbit 2 who have no business there, who can we expect to make guest appearances in Hobbit 3 (This Is Getting To Be A Hobbit)? The Pevensey children? Mary Poppins? Robbie The Robot? Voldemort? Indiana Jones? Bruce Willis as John McClane? And what will he do for an encore? Produce a twelve-part epic interpretation of the Sellamillion?

It seems a lot of people feel that the first Hobbit film was a disappointment. For example, there's this fine video: why not watch it a hundred times or so? It will take about as long as watching the three Hobbit films, and will be far more entertaining even on the hundredth viewing.