Get. Blair.

Current events:
BBC – Lib Dems deliver blow to Labour
BBC – Compromise on ID cards expected

Hot on the heels of these recent defeats in the Commons:
Bloggerheads – Religious hatred and Blairite arrogance (Blair’s defeat on Religious Hatred)
Bloggerheads – Here we go (Blair’s defeat on 90-day detention)

I think this calls for a little voodoo, don’t you?

PS – I quiet word to all civil servants who are tentatively fingering incriminating documents.

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Strange coincidences (#563 in an ongoing series)

ABC News – Bush: Al Qaeda Wanted to Hit West Coast: President Bush outlined details of a thwarted terror plot to attack the tallest building on the West Coast, saying the plot shows the United States faces a threat from a determined enemy and that global cooperation is needed to stop it.

BBC – Deal struck on US anti-terror law: US Congress members have reached agreement with the Bush administration to extend the life of a controversial anti-terrorist law.

More here… DailyKos – Bush’s Propaganda Alert: Code Red

UPDATE – Independent – LA shoe-bomb plot: Terrorists planned a West Coast 9/11 in 2002: Once again, President George Bush finds himself in deep political trouble. And, once again, he has chosen to invoke the spectre of a terrorist attack on US soil, only to draw immediate suspicion about his motives at the start of what promises to be a long, bruising mid-term election campaign… “Let’s call this what it was,” said Mr Weiss, the Los Angeles city council member. “President Bush is digging out of an extraordinarily large political hole … He’s trying to build support for the NSA [National Security Agency] wiretapping programme and so, to build that support, he dusts off details that are at best three years old, at worst closer to four years old … But this plot was evanescent … and it’s not clear precisely how American assets interrupted the plot. It’s just part of his constant speechifying, to impress upon people what he’s doing in the war on terror.”

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Now we’re talking

Independent – How a meeting of leaders in Mecca set off the cartoon wars around the world: A summit of Muslim nations held in Mecca in December may have played a key role in stoking outraged protests across the Islamic world against a series of caricatures of the Prophet Mohamed. A dossier of the cartoons, which was compiled by Danish Muslims, was handed around the sidelines of the meeting, attended by 57 Islamic nations including leaders such as Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the Saudi King, Abdullah… Ahmed Akkari, a Lebanese-born Dane and spokesman for a group of Danish Muslims, said the Mecca summit had been the culmination of campaign to publicise the offending cartoons. The group assembled a 43-page dossier that included several unpublished caricatures. However, Mr Akkari denies allegations that the second set of cartoons – which were faxed to Muslim groups by far-right extremists after they protested against the original images – were presented to Muslim leaders without distinction… Mr Akkari said that the violent fallout was not their intention when they compiled the dossier. “We did not expect it to end up in such a situation, and with violence and for people to use it politically. This has now gone further than we had expected.”

A quiet word of advice for Mr Akkari… when the car leaves the ramp and becomes airborne, you will find the steering wheel to be of very little use.

UPDATE – a related item… Talk Politics – Aren’t we forgetting someone, Condi?

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Adam Sherwin: not-very-good journalist for The Times

The Times – Shady tactics in battle for internet hits: The top result of a Google search for “liar” is now Tony Blair’s biography on the official Downing Street website. This happened after anti-war “Google-bombers” set up hundreds of sites establishing a link. They exploited Google’s policy of looking at not just the content of a page but also on how often a site is linked to others and with what words.

I think if Adam Sherwin actually bothered to do some research on this, he would have found that the websites involved are all genuine, personal websites… and that the ‘liar’ links involved are based on the genuine, personal opinion(s) held by the people who run these sites.

Grouping this meme with the BMW story (which involves gateway pages) makes no sense whatsoever… unless you’re a witless point-scoring hack with no personal web space of your own and/or no real understanding of search engine optimisation.

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David Cameron: the money or the foot

Michael Gove is either a complete moron or the worst kind of political weasel… and David Cameron is fast running out of time.

Our story today begins with the ongoing campaign by the Tories to weaken the Liberal Democrats by calling on Lib-Dem MPs and/or voters to join their new and groovy gang…

The Herald – Cameron accused of U-turn over Iraq support: In a letter, endorsed by former LibDems, Mr Cameron wrote: “Issues that once divided Conservatives from Liberal Democrats are now issues where we both agree. Our attitude to devolution and localisation of power. Iraq. The environment. I’m a liberal Conservative.” (hat-tip)

Well, it turned out to be a good thing that Iraq was included as a single-word throw-away with no explanation or context… as it made Michael Gove’s job of dancing around it that much easier. And, in a move that will no doubt delight the Ballroom Confederation, the resulting dance involved no new steps.

Gove appeared on Newsnight last night, billed at “the architect of David Cameron’s conservatism”… and sat right next to Alastair Campbell.

Yes, this is about to get delicious….

Gove began by explaining the Tory position on Iraq as follows:

Michael Gove: The debate about whether we were right to go to war with Iraq is over. As it happens, Alastair and I were on the same side of that debate. We both thought that it was the right thing to do…. The past (was) the argument about whether or not we should have gone to war, the future – which is what David Cameron is talking about – is the sort of Iraq we want… and the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives believe that what we want in Iraq is a democracy and our troops back home as quickly as possible. If there are people who disagree with that view; fair enough.

Sorry Michael, but this game has been played before, and by a better liar than yourself.

Saddam bad. Democracy good. Debate in past. Let’s move on. (PS – You’re welcome to disagree with this view, but if you do, you obviously hold the view that democracy is a bad thing.)

So, what are we to make of David Cameron, Iraq, the past and the future? Well, let’s kick off with the delicious bit from Alastair Campbell…. because it also involves David Cameron, Iraq, the past and the future….

Only a few minutes after discussing Iraq, Campbell said the following regarding David Cameron and Labour’s approach to him as leader, with absolutely no hint of irony:

Alastair Campbell: David Cameron is a relatively new national figure in national politics, and it would be absolutely pointless for the Labour Party to go out acting on very little evidence… saying; “Well, that’s what we’re going to do with Cameron.” It’s worth just taking your time.

Ladies and gentlemen, my raucous laughter woke the children… next door.

Iraq’s future – and ours – depends greatly on us calling Tony Blair to account for his conduct before, during and after the invasion. It’s the only way to stop this kind of thing happening again.

I even emailed David Cameron about this a few weeks ago. The guts of this letter read as follows:

Dear David,

If your plan is to wait Blair out until those who follow behind him become unelectable, then you should be aware that I too will be waiting… waiting there on the other side, determined to highlight your hypocrisy.

You know the one thing that holds this country back. You know the one thing that needs to be addressed before we can move forward.

Every day you wait to address this matter undermines your moral authority on the subject.

I write to you now to ask you – politely – to address the one matter that made your predecessor wait long enough for *him* to look a fool.

The reply came not from Cameron, but his staff. It read as follows:

I can assure you that David Cameron is absolutely determined to hold this government to account.

Fine. Then let him show that determination. He can start by signing Early Day Motion 1088.

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Big Shiny New Thing

Monday. Be here.

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Fraudulent fuel for the fire

IndependentFinally, we see some common sense making it to print here in the UK (see scan to your right or click here for the article (requires payment/subscription)).

Here’s what most of the mainstream media folk have been missing/ignoring…

Gateway Pundit – Islamic Society of Denmark Used Fake Cartoons to Create Story!: The organisation Islamic Society in Denmark toured the Middle-East to create awareness about the cartoons, bringing 3 additional images, which HAD NEVER been published in any media source. Evidently, the originals were not offensive enough for the trip so they had to add these three: The first of the three additional pictures, which are of poor quality, shows Muhammad as a pedophile demon. The second shows Muhammed with a pig snout. The third depicts a praying Muslim being raped by a dog. BBC World also aired a story showing one of the three non-published images, on 2006-01-30, and wrongly claimed it had been published in Jyllands-Posten. On the tour, the group claimed to represent 21 different Muslim organisations in Denmark, although many of these groups have disclaimed any connection.

(Latter link includes links to these images.)

And now we have this (hat-tip to Media Watch Watch)…

NeanderNews – Danish Imams Busted!: Do these two photos look similiar? They should because they are the same! No, not a satire of Mohammed nor any other sacred Islamic figure but a photo of Jacques Barrot, a pig squealing contestant at the French Pig-Squealing Championships in Trie-sur-Baise’s annual festival. NeanderNews discovered this photo, taken by Bob Edme of AP, posted on an August 15, 2005 AP story seen here on MSNBC’s website. As Gateway Pundit, Counter Terrorism Blog and others have reported Danish Imam Ahmad Abu Ladan, leader of The Islamic Society of Denmark, toured the middle east to create awareness of supposed anti-Islamic cartoons and included the above black and white photo as well as two other undocumented examples. Akhmad Akkari, spokesman of the tour, explained that the three drawings had been added to “give an insight in how hateful the atmosphere in Denmark is towards Muslims.” Akkari claimed he does not know the origin of the three pictures. He said they had been sent anonymously to Danish Muslims. However, when Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet asked if it could talk to these Muslims, Akkari refused to reveal their identity. BBC World aired a story on 1-30-2006 showing the three non-published images and claimed they had been published in Denmarks Jyllands-Posten, these images however had never been published in Jyllands-Posten.

The Brussels Journal – The Cartoon Hoax: Indeed, the three cartoons breaching the paper’s ethical limits have been made by fanatical Muslim clerics themselves in order to set the world ablaze and provoke a religious war with the West. Even under Western law the Danish radical imams belong in jail. Their hate crime must be punished. The imams are the hate preachers who are responsible for the destruction and the fatalities that resulted from their lies and their blasphemy.

OK, take a breath. Relax. Here’s Akhmad Akkari’s version of events (sent in by Psychic Paul as I was writing this post)… – “It is not what I want to happen”: Flipping through the book yesterday, he explained that these images had been items of hate mail sent to his colleagues by right-wing extremists who disapproved of their activism. These images, he insistently demonstrated, were separated from the newspaper cartoons by several pages of letters. “How could anyone mistake these for the newspaper images?” he asked. “It cannot be that anyone would make this mistake.”

The final word (for now) I leave to The problem with media representation of such issues tends to be that the media only picks up the loudest voices, ignoring the rational ones that do not generate as much noise. Voices that seek tolerance, dialogue and understanding are always drowned out by the more sensationalist loud calls, giving viewers the impression that these views are representative of all the Arab public’s view. This website is a modest attempt at redressing this wrong. We would appreciate it if you could forward the word to as many of your friends as possible.

UPDATE – Wikipedia now has a page featuring scans of the Akkari dossier.

UPDATE – (Puts head in hands. Weeps.)

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Boogie-man Nights

Hamza: The Money ShotThe Scum – Hook and a hooker: Hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza cheated on his first wife with a HOOKER, The Sun can reveal. And it was the fall-out from his fling that transformed terrorist “recruiting sergeant” Hamza – jailed for seven years yesterday – into a religious fanatic… A former pal told how Abu Hamza had a fling with a hooker behind his first wife’s back – and said: “He certainly had an eye for the women.”

So it’s not enough that he’s been jailed for seven years for inciting murder and race hate… now he has to be a sex-beast, too?

Even better, now that Hamza has – quite rightly – been jailed for hateful preaching, the Scum are going all-out to show that this proves that everything they ever said about him and/or terror plots in the UK is true. From the plan to bomb Big Ben to the ricin plot to Hamza’s disgraceful use of taxpayer’s money to fund his menacing collection of hooks.

The Scum – Bin Laden’s British HQ: HATE-filled Abu Hamza turned the mosque where he held court into Osama Bin Laden’s British HQ, The Sun can reveal. The preacher – caged for seven years yesterday – was at the centre of a web of evil that stretched around the world. Killers linked to his stomping ground – the Finsbury Park Mosque in North London – have claimed more than 3,100 lives.

Make no mistake; religious extremists attending a meeting held by an extremist preacher proves once and for all that the well-organised and all-encompassing al- Qaeda network is real… REAL, I tell you!

The Scum – Justice… what took so long?: SEVEN YEARS for running a viper’s nest of terror linked to every major atrocity from 9/11 to our 7/7. SEVEN YEARS for defiling a holy mosque and turning it into a murderous al-Qaeda training camp. SEVEN YEARS for recruiting impressionable young Muslims, some of whom went on to kill or attempt murder. Evil Abu Hamza connived at mass slaughter. His sentence should be TWICE as long. Yet he will be eligible for parole in just over three years – with more than a year lopped off for his time on remand. This rabid peddler of hate could be free to vote at the next election. The most shocking fact is that Hamza would never be inside at all – but for Sun readers. For three long years, this newspaper has campaigned relentlessly for justice. There was plenty of horrific evidence. In 2003, police raided Finsbury Park mosque, a byword for peddling anti-Western bile. They found a terror manual, blank-firing pistols, CS spray, a stun gun, knives, gas masks, nuclear protective suits and forged passports and driving licences. Police also recorded tapes of his despicable sermons, preaching terrorism, homicidal violence and hatred. The damage, said the judge, was “simply incalculable”. “You used your authority to encourage your audiences to believe it gave rise to a duty to murder,” he said. Yet while Hamza was acting as a recruiting sergeant for Osama bin Laden, police treated him like a harmless pantomime clown. It took TWO more years and the fear of a Twin Towers-style outrage in London to tip police into action. Misguided policy – denounced by our incredulous allies – allowed suspects to stay free so they could be kept under supervision. This licence to roam was exploited by Hamza whose terrorist “sleepers” spread like spores on the wind. Experts fear the cast of potential suicide bombers in Britain has mushroomed. Hamza’s manic lawyer predictably rounded on the jury for turning Hamza into a “martyr” of Islam. To their credit, the Muslim Council of Britain wanted no truck with this rubbish. “Abu Hamza was allowed to bask in the limelight and seemed to relish using inflammatory language,” they said. “We respect the verdicts today.” Hamza now risks extradition to America on more serious charges. No one must stand in the way.

No-one, do you hear me? NO-ONE! For heaven’s sake, if we don’t allow the Americans to have their way with Hamza, the man could VOTE, people! VOTE!


Sadly, there is no Page 3 editorial to back this up. (Rebekah, I am very disappointed in you; you used to be far more shameless.)

There is no denying that Abu Hamza used religion to stir up hatred and fear… all I want to point out is how the Sun has been using Hamza to do exactly the same thing. The only difference is that their bombs are government-funded and laser-guided… and aimed at the wrong country.

If there were any justice, Rebekah Wade would have been jailed for incitement years ago.

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Martyrs, martyrs everywhere

BBC – Abu Hamza jailed for seven years: Controversial Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has been jailed for seven years after being found guilty of inciting murder and race hate. Abu Hamza, 47, who preached at Finsbury Park Mosque, London, was convicted of 11 of the 15 charges he faced. He has already been in jail since May 2004, and will appeal. His lawyer said he considered himself “a prisoner of faith” subject to “slow martyrdom”.

BBC – Protester is returned to prison: A demonstrator who imitated a suicide bomber in a Muslim protest over cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad has been recalled to prison. Omar Khayam, 22, of Bedford, is a convicted drug dealer who was jailed in 2002 and released on licence last year after serving half his sentence. He was arrested and recalled to prison for breaching the terms of his licence.

I have no doubt that Rebekah will be sniffing away busily tonight, making late editions of the Scum extra-special (as other shameless extremists do what they can to make capital themselves).

I haven’t felt this apprehensive since it became clear that Blair got away with his ’45 minute’ bluff…

UPDATE (23:19): Ahahahahahaha! I’ve just watched Newsnight, and have seen the glorious – *glorious* – angle the Scum have produced for tomorrow’s edition. (Please remember The Whisper Campaign as you browse the morning selection.)

Absurdity eases the pain…

UPDATE – Good question.

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Coming soon

So big…

So shiny…

(Oi! Who said; “So what?”…?!)

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