Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Week: the Mid-Weekening

One more shopping day until Halloween...

The problem with this is that Islam isn't a race:

An Ontario university student learned the hard way that social science experiments can get messy, and if you act like a racist in Hamilton, Ont., you’re liable to get punched in the face.

A group of Ontario university students trying to prove that not all Canadians were Islamophobic following the shooting death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo appear to have made their point, after one of them was attacked while pretending to harass a friend who was dressed in a traditional Muslim gown.

In a video shot in downtown Hamilton, Ont., the student approached the Muslim man and told him he couldn’t get on a bus dressed like a terrorist. In four separate instances, bystanders stepped in and defended the victim.

And then there's this:

And this:

And this (at the 1:17 mark and the money shot at the 3:03 mark):

And then there's the entire anti-Israel movement and the wiping Israel off the map and the persecution, rape and murder of Christians and the attacks on Hindus...

Did anyone step between those people and their persecutors?

Is it easier to eliminate the concepts of good and evil, embrace moral relativism and, by so doing, loving one's bullies?

That experiment proved yes. For if it is wrong to isolate one group, particularly one that attacks others and worries about backlash that never comes, it should be so for others, as well.

Related: Omar Khadr is an unrepentant murderer:

Cabinet Minister Jason Kenney has taken umbrage with the Ottawa Citizen's decision to publish an op-ed column written by Omar Khadr

And this:

The shooter in last week's deadly attack in Ottawa was a criminal, but not a terrorist — according to NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.

Except for that little video manifesto...

Why would anyone be "uneasy" about getting rid of a common threat?

Canadian warplanes have taken up position in Kuwait, a country straining in its own way to hold back the tide of Islamic extremism from its borders.

The CF-18 jet fighters and CP-140 Aurora surveillance planes are expected to join a U.S.-led coalition's bombing campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant within days.

But outside the tightly buttoned-down airfields there is angst about what is shaping up to be the third war in the region in two decades.

"The official line here is to take a pro-Western position, while maintaining a neutral stance," said George E. Irani, an international studies professor at the American University of Kuwait.

"Yet, the local dimension, you certainly have a large, important, powerful Islamist presence here." ...

But experts here say the problem in the Muslim world is not necessarily online and the emphasis on social media is more a reflection of western self-interest, because that is how radicalism spreads in countries such as Canada, the U.S., and Britain.

Keeping intolerance out of the mosques and the education system is a preoccupation for the Kuwaiti government, political observers say. They add that more emphasis needs to be placed on that aspect of the coalition strategy.

Unlike Afghanistan and Pakistan, where hate is propagated among poor, illiterate masses, radicals in the Gulf States tend to be well off and potentially more dangerous because they are committed ideologues, or true believers.

Some words from 3.048 Hats of Unbridled Anger:

On an amazingly similar note, Owen Pallet’s contribution to #Ghomeshiquiddick includes a description of BDSM that I’ve noticed has become the default, er, position of the last ten years at least ...

There no way that millions of women panted their way through 50 Shades of Grey — and The Story of O, and any number of interchangeable historical romance novels — because they were turned on by “equality” and a “subversion of male violence.”

Is it really necessary for the busybody feminists and their beta male worker bees to turn everything inside out, to fit some theory they learned in school, to make everything “the exact opposite thing” of what it was before they were, unfortunately, born?

The lawyer for a woman accused of hiding bodies of six infants is asking for a halting of their autopsies:

The lawyer for a woman accused of hiding the remains of six infants in a storage locker is asking the court to delay autopsies even though they are "90 per cent" complete.

Greg Brodsky, who represents Andrea Giesbrecht, says the autopsies shouldn't go ahead without an independent pathologist present.

Giesbrecht, 40, sat occasionally biting her nails and pursing her lips as Brodsky told an emergency hearing Wednesday that the independent pathologist would observe the examination "with his hands in his pockets and Velcro on his mouth."

"I'm saying for the 155th time, all I want is a pathologist who is competent and accredited to ... observe the autopsies," Brodsky told Judge Brian Corrin as police continued to search Giesbrecht's Winnipeg home. "I don't want any further autopsy to be done until this court has ruled."

The hearing was dominated by Brodsky and lawyers for the Crown, the medical examiner's office and Winnipeg police — all arguing over who had standing to speak to the request. The hearing was eventually adjourned until Friday when all sides are to make their case over who can make submissions.

Giesbrecht, who showed no emotion during the hearing, is charged with six counts of concealing a body and one count of breaching probation. She has been in custody since the remains were discovered Oct. 20 by employees at a U-Haul storage locker. They had gone to do inventory since the bill hadn't been paid.

The state of the remains was such that police have said it could take months of forensic examination before it might be known who the parents were, how the infants died and whether they were even full term.

At Wednesday's hearing, a lawyer for the chief medical examiner's office said the autopsies were "90 per cent" complete. David Gisser said the remainder of the examination could be delayed for up to two weeks without compromising the remains.

But he told the judge he objected to Brodsky's "very unusual request."

"We have some concerns and questions as to whether the court has the jurisdiction to deal with this request," Gisser said. "I'm here to protect the integrity and the independence of the chief medical examiner's office."

According to documents filed with the court, Brodsky met with Manitoba's chief medical examiner, Thambirajah Balachandra, last Thursday to discuss the request.

Notes of the meeting filed in court quote Balachandra as saying that if the babies were less than 20 weeks old, they will not fall under the jurisdiction of the medical examiner's office. If they were older than that, pathologists must determine if they were alive or stillborn, Balachandra noted.

Pathologists must also determine if the remains are siblings and who their parents were, he said. Because there is a possibility further charges will be laid, it could "taint the investigation" to have an outside observer present, Balachandra said.

Obama hasn't just mishandled the Ebola crisis; he is adding to it:

No wonder governors don't trust him.


The hunt for Amelia Earhart's last whereabouts has consumed researchers, authors, filmmakers, and the public's imagination ever since the pioneer aviator vanished over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the globe.

Now, a three-square-foot scrap of aluminum debris from Nikumaroro, an uninhabited atoll in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, may provide an important clue.

And now, people who really went to town on their Halloween costumes.

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