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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Auf Wiedersehen Geert Wilders

"The Flying Dutchman" (1843) is an opera, with music and libretto by Richard Wagner. The story comes from the legend of the Flying Dutchman, about a ship captain condemned to sail until Judgment Day. And guess what this Dutch man had been condemned for: Blasphemy!  

How could I not make a connection, however tangential, to  Geert Wilders, and how could I not take a bit (or even a lot) of poetic licence ...any pretext to insert a bit of music....

Veni Vidi Vinci

He came 
thanks to the herculean  efforts of  the  Q-Society, a David who fought a nasty big Goliath.

He saw
just what a  speech-strangled country  Australia has become

He conquered
the minds and hearts of those who actually listened to what he had to say.

I did listen, and he certainly conquered what was left to conquer of me, that Friday evening in Sydney. Here is the unashamedly biased  take of my personal Geert Wilders experience:

The protesters: 

One of them kept shouting  a slogan at us which, I think,  pretty much summed up their level :

"that guy is a fucking German Jew"

And just in case we had not heard it the first 9  times, he continued earbashing us with  this mantra until we reached the security cordon.  If we believed  the Goebbels school of propaganda "repeat a lie often enough and  it becomes the truth", then that night, Geert Wilders became a "fucking German Jew".   We were told that the Protesters were "students" and members  from the "Socialist Alliance" or something like it:  Products of our universities?...*shudder* Our future political leaders? **double shudder**

The N.S.W. (Sydney)  police security forces: 

Out in force after the initial security debacle in Melbourne a couple of days earlier, they were just wonderful:  efficient, reassuring, courteous,  friendly, a force to be proud of, and quite some eye candy;)

 The Q-Society: 

These brave volunteers who organised what  local Politicians  from all sides, (cowed into submission  by  moronic  rabble, assorted vested interests and the illusion of wining votes that way) had  tried unsuccessfully to turn into a debacle,  were strong,  efficient, security focused yet welcoming and friendly. They  have my full admiration for their courage and perseverance.  I will join them in the wake of their gigantic effort.

The public:

The 500+ patrons in the auditorium,  a warm, intelligent and  welcoming crowd  of all ages and backgrounds, hopefully made up for the breathtakingly vulgar  cowardice of  our politicians,  Jewish community leaders  and most of our media.

Geert Wilders:

Charismatic, erudite,  elegant (physically, intellectually, ethically), courageous and inspiring. The applause was thundering and multiple, the ovations were standing on their own feet.

Read the transcript of his speech here:

"...Don't be afraid of me. 
I'm a law maker, 
I'm not a law breaker. 
And I'm just telling the truth..."

...said Geert Wilders, a democratically elected member of the Dutch parliament, leader of one of the biggest political parties in one of the oldest democracies in Europe, shunned and insulted by his Australian counterparts  who obviously could not  "handle" the truth. The violence of the Australian  protesters, the St. Peter-like  cowardice of the Australian  politicians, media and community leaders, the fact that Geert Wilders has to live under 24/7  police protection really prove ALL his points.  

(lyrics french/English below)

The Media: 

The bad: 

This is the tail end of probably the silliest person, masquerading as a journalist, Geert Wilders had to confront. The cut shown here comes after the little man had been yapping at Mr. Wilders' ankles, trying to insult him  for about 1/2 hour; I found the Dutch politician's restraint  simply impressive. (the full interview is here:)

The fair:

Miranda Devine, one of our best  journalists wrote:  "Free speech stoned to death"

At the end of her column she asks a few questions, which I couldn't resist answering:

Q.:But I couldn't help but wonder how it would feel for the decent law-abiding Australian Muslims I know to sit in that room.
A.: Being  the first victims of a  strictly applied Islam, they might actually feel a relief that someone says what they are not allowed to say.

Q.:What is wrong with a Muslim women wearing a headscarf?
A.: Being a Western feminist, you ask this?

Q.:What is wrong with painting an arrow on the floor of a jail cell pointing to Mecca?
A.: What specific alterations in the furniture and architecture of prisons are made to accommodate Christans and Buddhists etc.?

Q.: What is wrong with Muslims building a mosque to pray in?
A.: Do we need 60 mosques - and increasing - in Sydney, when the muslim community in Australia represents, so far,  only 2% of the population?

Q.: And why keep calling Muhammed a paedophile?
A.: What do you call a man of 50 who “marries” a girl of 6 y.o. and has sex with her at the age of 9? And dont forget, muslims are supposed to emulate their prophet, and they do, even now in 2013.

The good: 

Quadrant Online  "With Wilders on the road to woe" by Roger Franklin & Tony Thomas.
I strongly recommend this article.

The best: 

Andrew Bolt who wrote a series of articles about Geert Wilders

Here he asks: "If Wilders is wrong explain this conference"

The Australian politicians

ALL of them - made me ashamed for Australia. Even St. Peter, not the most courageous of men,  would have put them to shame - at least he waited for the rooster to crow 3 times before he pointed the finger and quickly crawled under the table to hide. Our politicians volunteered so eagerly to misquote, vilify and "take their distance" from  Geert Wilders that they forgot even their basic manners if they ever had any.

"...I have spoken in the premises of the United States Congress, the British House of Lords, the Danish Parliament and other government premises. I participated in conferences in the U/S. and Canada, Germany, Italy, and elsewhere, with people none of which belong to the far-right..." (Geert Wilders, Melbourne 2013).

Leaving the venue that Friday night, I heard one patron say: "If we could get ONE politician of Geert Wilders' calibre, we would welcome him with open arms". That person seemed to speak for quite a few people.

I found the vulgar cowardice of politicians, media and assorted thugs quite UNaustralian, it was certainly not "true blue" in the sense of this John Williamson's song: 

Et voilà the lyrics (with my English translation) of Guy Béart's french song: "La verité":

Le Premier qui dit la verité - The first who tells the truth

Le premier qui dit se trouve toujours sacrifié - The first who tells is always sacrified
D'abord on le tue - First he is killed
Puis on s'habitue - Then we get used to
On lui coupe la langue on le dit fou à lier - One silences him, one calls him a fool Après sans problèmes - After that, without problems
Parle le deuxième - speaks the second
Le premier qui dit la vérité - The first who tells the truth
Il doit être exécuté. - must be executed.

J'affirme que l'on m'a proposé beaucoup d'argent - I testify I was offered a lot of  money
Pour vendre mes chances - To sell my chances
Dans le Tour de France - in le Tour de France
Le Tour est un spectacle et plaît à beaucoup de gens - The tour is a show  loved by many
Et dans le spectacle - And in the show
Y a pas de miracle there is no miracle.
Le coureur a dit la vérité - The racer told the truth
Il doit être exécuté. - He must be executed

A Chicago un journaliste est mort dans la rue - In Chicago a reporter was found dead in the street
Il fera silence - He will keep his tongue
Sur tout ce qu'il pense - on everything he believes in
Pauvre Président tous tes témoins ont disparu - Poor President all your witnesses have disappeared
En choeur ils se taisent - They are a silenced choir
Ils sont morts les treize - The thirteen have fallen
Le témoin a dit la vérité - The witness told  the truth
Il doit être exécuté. He must be executed.

Le monde doit s'enivrer de discours pas de vin - The world must be intoxicated with speeches not with wine
Rester dans la ligne - Stay on the path
Suivre les consignes - Follow orders
A Moscou un poète à l'Union des écrivains - In Moscow, a poet in the union of writers
Souffle dans la soupe - blows in the soup
Où mange le groupe. - whereas the group eats
Le poète a dit la vérité - The poet spoke the truth
Il doit être exécuté. - He must be executed.

Un jeune homme à cheveux longs grimpait le Golgotha - A young man with long hair climbed  Golgotha
La foule sans tête - The brainless mob
Etait à la fête - celebrated
Pilate a raison de ne pas tirer dans le tas - Pilate is right not to shoot into the crowd
C'est plus juste en somme - Somehow it's fairer
D'abattre un seul homme. - to cut down one man.
Ce jeune homme a dit la vérité - This young man spoke the truth.
Il doit être exécuté. - He must be executed.


Tuesday, 26 February 2013

In the name of ISLAM: children again* taken hostage

At the moment, I don't trust myself  to make any comments other than to ask:

Can it get any worse?

Pour la première fois depuis leur enlèvement, les sept otages français capturés mardi dernier au Cameroun apparaissent dans une vidéo postée sur Internet. On y voit les trois adultes et les quatre enfants de la famille Moulin-Fournier. A leurs côtés, trois de leurs ravisseurs dont les visages sont cachés. Ils affirment appartenir au groupe terroriste islamiste nigérian Boko Haram.

L'un d'eux s'adresse au président nigérian en lui demandant la libération de leurs femmes emprisonnées. Il exige par ailleurs du président camerounais qu'il relâche leurs frères détenus dans ce pays.

Sitôt la vidéo postée, une réunion d'urgence s'est tenue à l'Elysée autour du président François Hollande, avec les ministres concernés.

The French text (above) reads: 

For the first time since their abduction, the seven French hostages, kidnapped last Tuesday in the Cameron, appear on a video posted on the Internet. On this video one can see the three adults and the four children of the Moulin-Fournier family. At their sides are three of their abductors with their faces hidden. They confirm that they belong to the Nigerian ISLAMIST terror group, Boko Haram.

Their demands addressed to  the Nigerian president  is the release  of their wives and  brothers in that country. 

Immediately after the posting of this video, an emergency meeting between the French president, Francois Hollande and his relevant ministers is held at the Palais de l'Elysee. 

Additional information from this French information site:

Under duress, Mr. Tanguy Moulin-Fournier, the father of the family, points out that their captors belong to the Nigerian islamist group Boko Haram, and says:

"We have been arrested by Ahlis Sunnah Lādda'awatih wal-Jihad [Boko Haram]. They demand the release of the brothers  of  Ahlis Sunnah Lādda'awatih wal-Jihad jailed in Cameron. They demand the release of the wives of Ahlis Sunnah Lādda'awatih wal-Jihad jailed in Nigeria". 

One of the captors then threatens in Arabic to kill the hostages, if the demands of the group are not met.

The black flag of the jihadists in the back ground  shows  the inscription:  "There is no god but allah and mohamed his prophet". The group, known as Boko Haram is a radical islamist group who wants to impose Sharia in the north of Nigeria.

P.S.: I have just seen a nearly  8 minutes  long interview with the French Minister for defence, Jean-Yves Le Dian, about this tragedy. Willfully blind to the elephant in the room and obviously a gold medallist in evasive language, he managed to avoid the word "Islam" despite his verbosity, or perhaps because of it.

*) Lets NEVER EVER  forget the children of Beslan

...nor the little Jewish children massacred in Paris to the shouts of allah uakbar

Sunday, 24 February 2013

A Christian begging for his life?

I dont know why, but this man just pulls all my heartstrings and I cannot get his face out of my mind.

Found it at Vlad Tepes:

"Christian begs for his life to Muslim conqueror in Syria"

Not sure what to make of this one.
I don’t know who the producers of this video are or anything about it really but it does appear to be a good indicator of where Syria is going thanks to all that Western and mostly American support for the Muslim invaders determined to make Syria part of the new caliphate at the expense of Christians, Alawites and all other minorities or non-Sunni muslims in the region."

What have they done to Syria?!

"The revolution like Saturn devours its own children" 
In this ^ case I would say:  
if only, if only!

PS: my next post will be about Geert Wilders . 
I went to  hear him and it was all that I expected and more. 

Monday, 18 February 2013

Guess who has arrived in OZ ?

"THIRTY years ago, as a young man, I dreamed of Australia. I wanted to find myself a job there. Lack of sufficient funds decided otherwise and I ended up in Israel, working in a bakery in Jerusalem and on a farm near Jericho..." so wrote Geert Wilders in the Australian today. Well he has arrived:

Welcome to Australia, Geert Wilders :) 

"...During the year that I lived in Israel, I travelled to Egypt. This trip made a huge impression on me. Israel and Egypt are neighbours, with the same climate, similar resources, the same potential. And yet Egypt is poor while Israel is wealthy. Even though at the time I was not interested in politics, I learned from this trip that the key to understanding the wealth of nations lies in their culture. If the latter promotes freedom, a nation will prosper.
In the 30 years since my first visit to Egypt, I have visited Indonesia, Turkey, Tunisia, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. I left Iran in a hurry once, fearing for my life, because, in a speech at a Tehran school for diplomats and military cadets, I had criticised the regime and spoke in defence of Israel. They had told me that I was allowed to speak freely, but it was naive to believe them.

In the Islamic world, I was always struck by two things. I was impressed by the kindness and helpfulness of many people. But there was also their fear. Islamic societies are ruled by terror. Muslims are good people, but they live under the yoke of Islamic sharia. If they leave Islam, or even just mildly criticise it, they sign their own death verdict.

I returned to The Netherlands and became a politician. I used to live in the Kanaleneiland district of Utrecht. During my years there, the district was transformed into a dangerous neighbourhood for non-Muslims. I have been robbed. On several occasions I had to run for safety. The same transformation happened in several cities in The Netherlands and other European countries where Islam settled. Europe is going through an Islamification process, which makes our continent less free and less safe.

Contrary to what many Westerners think, Islam, rather than a religion, is a totalitarian political ideology. It is an ideology because it aims for an Islamic state and wants to impose sharia on all of us. It is totalitarian because it is not voluntary: once you are in, you cannot get out. Unlike genuine religions, Islam also makes demands on non-Muslims. We, too, are marked for death if we criticise it.
For nine years I have been living under constant police protection. I live in a government safe house. I am driven every day to my office in an armoured police car. I have even lived in army barracks and prison cells just to be safe from assassins. I am threatened because I am a a critic of Islam.
I always make a distinction between Muslims and Islam, between the people and the ideology. Most Muslims are moderate, but this does not mean there is such a thing as a moderate Islam. People who reject Islam's violent and intolerant commandments are not practising "moderate Islam" -- they are not practising Islam at all.
That is the truth. And it needs to be said because freedom of speech is the only tool we have. We stand for our convictions, but we never use violence. We abhor violence. The reason we reject Islam is Islam's violent nature. Our commitment to human dignity does not allow us to use violence nor to give in to cynicism and despair. As the ex-Muslim and Islam critic Ali Sina says: "We don't raise a sword against darkness; we lit a light." So it is. We lit the light of the truth. The truth that while Muslims can embrace freedom, Islam cannot.
In the normal order of things, immigration from Islamic countries weakens Islam. People prefer freedom over tyranny. Contact with Western freedoms would lead Muslims to abandon Islam. However, through the creation of a sharia-based parallel society in the West, Islam manages to continue its control over its captives.
This week, I will be speaking in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Politicians say I am not welcome, universities do not want to grant me access. They say I am an extremist. However, I am not. I am the leader of the third-largest party in The Netherlands, a country known for its tradition of tolerance. I have spoken earlier in the premises of the US congress, the British House of Lords, the Israeli Knesset, the Danish parliament, and at numerous conferences, where I met like-minded democratically elected politicians, none of whom belong to the far Right.
Freedom is the key to prosperity and Islam deprives people of it. Let us support Muslims who want to free themselves from the yoke of Islam. Let us stand for our own freedoms. We owe it to the past generations always to speak the truth and not to squander our liberties. And we owe it to the future generations not to sign away their freedom."

(Article by Geert Wilders published today in The Australian).


Here, Andrew Bolt, one of the ever diminishing courageous voices in defense of free speech has his take on the systematic and shameful vilification of Geert Wilders by our tax-payer funded media outlets. Andrew Bolt, whose parents migrated to Australia from Holland must have been that little boy who pointed to the nakedness of the emperor. He still does. As does Geert Wilders.  What is it with those Dutch people! Dutch courage? Whatever it is, I would rather be an Anne Frank in "their" Holland than among today's political fashionistas.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Australia's "problem" with Geert Wilders

This article was posted at Vlad Tepes who tell me that its author, nilk, is Australian. I find it one of the most complete and well researched posts on Geert Wilders from an Australian plume, so I will not add nor substract a single komma. I hope the links in the article work, they are all worth following.


Posted on by nilk

The Last Free Man In Captivity.

That would be Geert Wilders.

Here is a man who spends his life under armed guard. He has done so for years, and if you do a google image search of his name, there are very, very few candid snaps of this man who has managed to single-handedly demolish the idea that Australia is a free country.

It’s not.

Not when a man who is a legitimately elected member of an allied government and travels with police escort and private security is denied entry to Australia on because the Minister responsible for handing out visas drags his feet until too late.
Not when the government routinely provides visas for men who are happy to declare that muslims cannot be friends with Jews and Christians and apes, who believe that it’s scripturally okay to beat their wives and daughters, and that “whoever changes his religion should be killed.”
Not when our government allows people like Sheikh Hilaly to pronounce that women who don’t cover themselves deserve to be raped. Don’t give me crap about “context”, because an infidel man who attacked a woman and explained that it was his culture would be correctly charged for assault, where muslims who plead sharia cultural norms are given a pass.
Not when the outgoing Attorney General, fresh from declaring war on cigarette packets has now decided that saying things that might hurt someone’s feelings should be illegal. She’s behind the times – we already have the Blasphemy Laws, and even though they are rarely used, the chilling effect is such that what was normal table conversation in restaurants is whispered in loungerooms around the country.

You never know who might be listening, because your intent (even in a private conversation) is irrelevant. That some poor petal was upset is enough.
And now we come to Geert.

I awoke yesterday morning to the news that the Sydney venue for the Cavalcade of Kaffirs has cancelled the booking for him to speak.(It’s only the venue that was cancelled, not the talk, so no need to panic, Sydneysiders!)
I guess the thought that people may be “offended” enough to protest against him is too much. Especially when the threat is backed up by violence that everyone knows will be excused away on the basis of coming from a ‘small minority of extremists.’ It is unlikely that any offenders if caught will be prosecuted, and if they are then they will most likely be excused because they are really, really, really upset about Geert; he has insulted their particular belief system and they are enjoined to fight the unbelievers and those who ‘insult islam.’

Remind me again how a book and a set of rulings get ‘insulted.’ I can tell you as a christian I get insulted and offended regularly about things said and done by other Christians, or by non-christians. A quick example – “Jesus is a prophet of islam.”Um, no. Not to me, and not to most other people. He’s seen as the person that Christians call the Son of God, who is one third of the Holy Trinity. He may have been a prophet, but He wasn’t muslim and He isn’t muslim. To me that is blasphemous and offensive. But now I’m being insensitive and I’m sure the Thought Police will track me down at some stage and charge me with hurting feelings.

We have come, now, to a place in time where the ANZAC spirit, the proud history of a young country is under siege. Too many years spent rolling over at the barked commands of the politically correct academe and media, not to mention lawmakers who have been working long and hard to break down our cultural norms in order for us to accept something we don’t like.

We know that if we speak freely we are courting trouble. If we complain about outrageous signs, or behaviour then we are expected to blame our own shortcomings rather than accept the possibility that some practices are just not compatible with our own behaviours.

We live in times when our elected representatives decline en masse an invitation to hear another elected dignitary speak of freedom – of speech, of association, of religion. When universities that are happy to host groups like Hizb ut Tahrir, refuse to allow a man who travels with his own protection (even if it is supplied by the Dutch government and the sponsors who invited him here) to speak on their grounds, then there is no freedom of speech. When a public meeting of the Q Society necessitates the reading of a lengthy introduction that reminds people of the laws we labour under, and that even though we believe the subject is in the public interest we can still be charged with ‘hate speech’ or causing offense. If people attend with the intention of being ‘offended’ they are free to leave at any time, and may consider themselves so advised.
And then we have Mr. Wilders.
He is a man under siege, and in our so-called ‘free world’, our ‘democracies’ and our ‘most liveable cities’, nothing is more frightening to a lot of people than one man who speaks without fear or favour. One man taking the slings and arrows of his enemies and throwing them back, who lives under constant guard courtesy of numerous fatwas is so scary that he must be shut up at all costs.
So what does this lone politician from the Netherlands of all places, do that is so dangerous?
The media have called him a hate-monger, the usual anarchist suspects want to disrupt his talks here and Hizb ut Tahrir want to debate him.
He speaks. He made a film, wrote a book.
And he is still only one man. In a cage built with bars of appeasement and tolerance and fear.
Because, for all the talk of ‘tiny minorities’, of ‘fringe extremists’, it only takes one man.

Geert is one man.

He will be giving 3 public talks in mid-February. One in Melbournistan, then one in Perth, and finally in Sydney.
I guess our ANZACs never realized they were fighting so that we could just sink into dhimmitude and debasement. Regardless of the appalling morass that our current Government has sunk into, I had never before felt ashamed of my country.
That all changed yesterday.

For all his physical restrictions, for the perpetual shadow he lives under, he is freer than we are. He speaks his mind persistently and consistently. We know what his message is, and it is a clarion call. He has chosen his path and is walking it without complaint.

He is the last free man.

Update 18.2.2013:
Today, Geert Wilders writes in "The Australian":
"... This week, I will be speaking in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Politicians say I am not welcome, universities do not want to grant me access. They say I am an extremist. However, I am not. I am the leader of the third-largest party in The Netherlands, a country known for its tradition of tolerance. I have spoken earlier in the premises of the US congress, the British House of Lords, the Israeli Knesset, the Danish parliament, and at numerous conferences, where I met like-minded democratically elected politicians, none of whom belong to the far Right.

Freedom is the key to prosperity and Islam deprives people of it. Let us support Muslims who want to free themselves from the yoke of Islam. Let us stand for our own freedoms. We owe it to the past generations always to speak the truth and not to squander our liberties. And we owe it to the future generations not to sign away their freedom."

Shame on you, Australian politicians for agitating against this man, instead of  showing some very basic manners and receiving a duly elected member of parliament of a Western democracy and the leader of Holland's  3rd biggest political party. None of you would reach his ankles, if you jumped!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Geert Wilders in Australia

"...when the leader of the third biggest party in one of the oldest democratic legislatures on earth has to live under constant threat of murder and be forced to live in "safe houses" for almost a decade, something is badly wrong in "the most tolerant country in Europe..." writes Mark Steyn in his foreword to "Marked for Death" the book by Geert Wilders I am just reading. He is on his way and I look forward to hear him speak in Sydney.

Here is an interview he just did with our national TV net work, the ABC, who, once they grow up want to be like the BBC, and who certainly do not share the full admiration I have for that courageous and articulate man, Geert Wilders.

Incidentally, the Australian senator, Cory Bernardi, initially a fresh, outspoken voice among the herd-like group think that has taken over the narrative  here in Australia like in so many Western societies, has been bashed into submission by the bullies that set the tone in Media, Academia and on the political field.  More's the pity. Watch Mr. Wilders's elegantly philosophical  acceptance of this  "well-it's-politics" factor at the end of the interview.

"The man ...is not the grunting thug of media demonology but a well-read, well-traveled, elegant and perceptive analyst who quotes such "extreme" "fringe" figures as Churchill and Jefferson" writes Mark Steyn about Geert Wilders  whom our media, politicians and assorted people of  ill will and/or fake deafness call anything from "extreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeme right winger" to the "evil incarnate".

More to come about Geert Wilders and the elements that try everything to prevent him from speaking, even here in Australia.

The Pope and I ...

...share our country of birth, beautiful Bavaria. So with my innate tendency to presume, I boldly declare that I know why Pope Benedict XVI resigned, the first Pope to do so in something like 600 years: Er hatte einfach Heimweh. He was simply homesick. ("Heimweh", like "Gemuetlichkeit" are two German words that dont translate.). To his "Heimweh" we could add that he might also simply have been a little  fed-up with being called the "Nazi Pope" by the usual suspects of the  herd.

For his 85th birthday, a group from his home town, Freising (Munich)  travelled to the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo to present him with a bit of Bavarian culture.

Here is the Ave Maria Bavarian style: 

I always found the Bavarian sense of humour a little on the heavy side, but it does exist. Here is a traditional way of expressing it, presented in  "Gstanzln" which, so Wikipedia tells us, is close in nature to "Rapping". One of the stanzas for example says something like this: "Holy Father, we have learned that you love Weisswurst, but that, instead of drinking beer to wash them down, you chose wine. We fear that this might offend these Bavarian sausages". (And yes, it's nearly as heavy in the original);)

In Bavaria we really do yodel and some of us do  pray, this is a combination of both, the Andachtsjodler, finishing with the Bavarian Hymn.

Right now, I too, feel a little Heimweh, and I soooo understand our so-far-still-Pope, that all he wants is to return to his beloved Bavarian mountains, his books, and his writing. He never wanted to become Pope in the first place.

Pfiat'eich Gott, Heiliger Vater!:)


I'm not quite sure, but I think Geert Wilders
who arrives in Australia next week,
  was brought up in the Catholic faith,
 before "going atheistic" in his teenage years,
 as he says in his book.

Update: 20.2.2013

Australian media has a tendency towards the permanent sneer when it comes to conservative thought, to the vox populi  or to Catholics. This goes doubly for the tax payer funded media, such as the ABC who wants to be as propagandist as the BBC when it grows up. One of the few  who courageously and eruditely swims against this effluent of  herd-think is Gerard Henderson. Here in his customary intelligent way, he shares his knowledge while at the same time, without fear or favour,  correcting a few of those irritatingly ignorant sneerers.
The article by Gerard Henderson appeared yesterday in the Sydney Morning Herald

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Bonnie & Clyde

Assassination Attempt in Copenhagen

You could be forgiven and you don't necessarily have to  live under a rock if you have heard nothing about the attempted assassination of Lars Hedegaard in Copenhagen a few days ago. The moribund "old" media was and remains rather stumm about it, which is amazing considering that Lars Hedegaard is a danish news editor, rather well known in Europe.  Could this pointed silence have something to do with Hedegaard having spelled out that a) he would  not go gentle into that good night, but rage, rage, rage against the dying of the light or b) that he described his would-be murderer bluntly as "not an ethnic Dane", but "an Arab looking immigrant"?

"Well, it’s dangerous to be Lars Hedegaard, or Lars Vilks, or Geert Wilders or Ayaan Hirsi Ali – while there’s surely nothing safer than peddling “dangerous” “edgy” cobwebbed multiculti pieties and knowing that, whatever words you utter, there will never come a day when you’ll be called on to bet your house and your savings and perhaps your life on them.
That’s what Lars did this morning, in one of the oldest free societies on earth. On the Continent, for the few who talk about Islam and Europe life is not “benign and highly profitable” but comes at a very steep price" writes Mark Steyn.

Monday, 4 February 2013

For a fist full of blood money...


Just outside the little flat I stay in when in Paris there is a green grocer. He has lovely mandarins from Tunisia, strawberries from Morocco, dates from Jordan.

Born in France, his parents came from Tunisia. My chats with him are apolitical small talk, I usually censure myself. Except once:

I had just heard about the stoning of a young Muslim woman somewhere “over there”. My green grocer, sooo  polished,  sooo French would certainly not “approve” of such Barbary, would he. After all, he once had told me, proudly, that Tunisia was the only country in the Maghreb where polygamy had never been legalised.

Well, I realised then that the veneer of westernisation (dare I say "civilisation"?) can be less than skin deep. He told me, with as much charm as candor that "their” methods of punishment were much  less cruel than those in the United States. For example, "if you get the death penalty in America", he told me, "there is  no way out".  Whereas Muslims can  buy their way out, money could wash the dishonour away and compensate  the families of victims, even for murder.

Sometimes I’m reminded of that moment when the mandarins from Tunisia turned sour and hearing  this story below is such a moment:

"A Saudi preacher who raped his five-year-old daughter and tortured her to death has been sentenced to pay "blood money" to the mother after having served a short jail term, activists said on Saturday. 

The father

The little girl

What he did

Lamia al-Ghamdi was admitted to hospital on December 25, 2011 with multiple injuries, including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns, the activists said. She died last October 22.

Fayhan al-Ghamdi, an Islamic preacher and regular guest on Muslim television networks, confessed to having used cables and a cane to inflict the injuries, the activists from the group "Women to Drive" said in a statement.

They said the father had doubted Lama's virginity and had her checked up by a medic.
Randa al-Kaleeb, a social worker from the hospital where Lama was admitted, said the girl's back was broken and that she had been raped "everywhere", according to the group.
According to the victim's mother, hospital staff told her that her "child's rectum had been torn open and the abuser had attempted to burn it closed."


Why he got away with murder

The activists said that the judge had ruled the prosecution could only seek "blood money (compensation for the next of kin under Islamic law) and the time the defendant had served in prison since Lama's death suffices as punishment."

The ruling is based on Islamic laws that a father cannot be executed for murdering his children, nor can husbands be executed for murdering their wives, activists said.

Three Saudi activists, including Manal al-Sharif, have raised objections to the ruling.

Someone said: "to write a poem after Auschwitz is barbaric"
I think,  to add music after this would  also be barbaric.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Those Gates of Vienna

This is the front page of Gates of Vienna , an interesting blog I just discovered. 

And so it came to pass,
that, instead of the Islamic Phildisharmoniker
yodelling inside the Gates of Vienna like so: 

...it is still the Wiener Philharmoniker
 who ring in our New Year Mornings like so: 

My thanks for the two middle videos go to Vlad Tepes.