Archive for October, 2005

Monday, October 31st, 2005

The riots in France
relate to this post on Europe’s ghettos.

Today’s story, Ghettos shackle French Muslims is surprising, not for the details of the story, but because it mentions Muslims, a fact ignored by government-owned France2 news in its first three reports on the riots, which have taken place for four consecutive nights at the Clichy-sous-Bois housing projects, which the London Times calls suburban estates. RedNova (via ¡No Pasarán! has a video.

The article explains,

L’Ile St-Denis is among the “suburbs” around French cities where immigrants, notably from former North African colonies, have been housed since the 1960s.

Blighted by bad schools and endemic unemployment, the suburbs are hard to escape.

Ten years ago these youths were seen as French “Arabs”.

Now most are commonly referred to, and define themselves, as “Muslims”.

France’s interior minister Nicholas Sarkozy visited the site of the riots Clichy mosque today (link in French).
(Note: I had erroneously written “visited the site of the riots”, when it should have been “visited the Clichy mosque”, hence the correction.)

Sarkozy supports giving immigrants a vote in city polls even if they are not full citizens,

Mr Sarkozy, an advocate of positive discrimination as well as a strict quota system for immigrants, sparked controversy last week when he suggested he would be in favour of giving immigrants the right to vote in city polls. Some of his closest supporters in the UMP have criticised his proposal, arguing that any right to vote should be given only to those who choose to take full French citizenship.

Additonally, via Dhimmi watch, Sarkozy named a panel to look into whether to change to a century-old French law to allow the state to fund new mosques, as a means of bringing the Muslim community into the mainstream.

Will this stop the rioting? Don’t expect it to.

Does it position Sarkozy apart from Chirac and Villepin? That it does.

Monday, October 31st, 2005

MoDo’s in the Sunday Mag
with her article, What’s a Modern Girl to Do? (Note to MoDo: You’re a woman, not a girl.) Anne Althouse and Roger L. Simon have plenty of people commenting. The Anchoress replies to MoDo’s question.
Drudge has a captions contest.

I’d suggest a slight makeover. The photo shows MoDo wearing black, except for some Really Big Shoews (as Ed Sullivan would say), on a Red Shoe Diaries mode. I don’t know what The Manolo would say, but a softer blouse, sheer Ann Taylor hose in natural, and less clunky shoes would make her look better.

If she’s seriously considering marriage, the first thing, however, would be to LEAVE THE BAR. One doesn’t look for a husband in bars.

Back at the Sunday Mag, MoDo again bellyaches about why men don’t want to marry her.

Last February the NYT published on the day-before-Valentine’s Day a column (available here) listing the kinds of books she’d present a guy “that would help him better understand me”, and listed some gems such as, “Be Honest – You’re Not That Into Him Either”, “Empty Promises,”

Zsa Zsa Gabor’s seminal treatise: “How to Catch a Man, How to Keep a Man, How to Get Rid of a Man”

(which is certainly one that’d get the average Joe to think about marriage, only not in a positive way) and, most unforgiveable of all, Deepak Chopra’s cookbook.

The one book that got mentioned in both articles was her Mom’s recommendation, “365 Ways to Cook Hamburger and Other Ground Meats”. One can surmise that this particular tome is something of an issue in that mother-daughter relationship.

My advice last February was,

1. Any guy that reads your column will get a really good idea of what you’re like. Any guy who doesn’t want to read it doesn’t deserve you.
2. Any reading list that includes Deepak Chopra’s cookbook says “S-T-A-Y A-W-A-Y F-R-O-M M-E”.

I stand by my words.

I know, more flattering clothes and staying away from telling men what to read won’t get her a husband IF she won’t drop the sarcasm, but it’d be a start.

Update: SC&A explain, That in fact, is the greatest of destinies- to transform and make better, those around you.

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Monday, October 31st, 2005

The ultimate Shakespeare site,
here, and Chaucer, too, via Kesher Talk

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Happy Halloween!
Mister Snitch! rounds up his favorites.

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

One hand washes the other: Venezuela, France, and Iran
The French press was nearly orgasmic over the lovebirds:

Thursday last week, Oct. 20 at Le Figaro:

Jacques Chirac shows support for Hugo Chavez
It is the big love affair. Jacques Chirac holds Hugo Chavez in affection and makes no secret of it. And too bad if, for Washington, the Venezuelan leader smacks of heresy.

Jacques thinks he’s got a friend,

Jacques Chirac’s support is due to a shared desire to combat the negative effects of globalization. However, while the French president approves of the Venezuelan project for an international humanitarian fund, he above all requested Hugo Chavez once again yesterday to back his idea for the aeroplane ticket tax that France is putting into place together with Chile and Brazil to combat world hunger.

But there is no love story without some token of the affection, and Jacques Chirac was waiting for precisely that yesterday on behalf of Total [French oil company]. Following Hugo Chavez’s visit to France in March, the French oil company thought it had won the big prize in the form of a new oil drilling contract following the “Sincor I” already signed.

but wait,

But it became disillusioned during subsequent weeks when Total was accused by the Venezuelan government of violating its commitments. “Total thought it could clinch Sincor II but now they are fighting just to keep Sincor I-II,” said one oil director in Caracas.

Of course, Hugo had nothing to do with this total “misunderstanding”, as Le Figaro calls it:

Jacques Chirac’s associates said that the “misunderstanding” was caused by the Venezuelan energy minister and not by Hugo Chavez. Following the ceremony in homage to the victims of the Machiques air disaster, the latter said that his teams had perhaps been a “little hard” on Total and would soon be meeting its president, Thierry Desmarest.

I posted last week the result of this lovefest here. Too bad Jacques missed the September UN Summit because of his stroke, or we would have really seen a honeymoon. Let’s hope for Jacques’s sake that Hugo doesn’t change his mind and seize Total’s assets the way he’s seized the mines.

Jacques has been saying that Iran must halt nuclear activities, so he’s probably turning a blind eye to Hugo’s nuclear ambitions.

Buried in this morning’s news is this item, Iran counts Venezuela as ally amid Israel row

CARACAS, Venezuela: Iran is counting Venezuela as a friend and ally, an Iranian government official said, amid a diplomatic storm set off by comments from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this week that Israel should be ”wiped off the map.” ”We are two friendly countries, Iran and Venezuela … When one is in need the other supports,” Saeed Jalili, Iran’s Vice Minister of Foreign Relations for Europe and America, said during a visit to Caracas.

Readers of TBHB might remember that last June I was posting about how Hugo wants to go nuclear, with Iranian help.

As mentioned here at TBHB, Venezuela’s part of Iran’s Axis of Good, along with Russia, China, Algeria, the South African Republic, Mexico, Tunisia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Yemen, Brazil, Sri-Lanka and Vietnam, while Iran finds the UN criticism unacceptable over the Iranian president’s call for Israel to be “wiped off the map”.

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

Terror cell ‘smuggled missiles into Europe’
at The Telegraph

French and Algerian extremists with links to al-Qa’eda bought the Russian SA-18 Grouse missiles from Chechens in 2002 and smuggled them via Georgia and Turkey, according to French anti-terror sources quoted in Le Figaro.

Both missiles and several of the extremists are reportedly still at large.

Last night’s France2 broadcast stated that the investigating judge would neither deny nor confirm the story.

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

And after your science project is graded, you can wear it over your coat
A Knitted Digestive System.

Another science project: the feets of the Sasquatch.

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

Hey, it worked for Hillary!
Libby Lawyer Plans Lack-of-Memory Defense.

A different view at the WSJ.

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

New state slogan competition
Mr. Snitch! has the Top ten rejected Jersey state slogans.

He also has positive Proof that Warren Buffet is the smartest life form on the planet.

Friday, October 28th, 2005

If you thought it was only the Iranian president
watch this MEMRI video of a sermon.