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Supersonic Will Return

The Daily Mail:

In a move which for some people signalled a step backwards for technology, the Anglo-French aviation-engineering masterpiece touched down and with it the chance for people to experience supersonic air travel.

But now, an American firm is on the cusp of re-imagining the supersonic dream and confidently plans to have supersonic commercial aircraft back in the skies as a reality by 2015.

Excellent. The Concorde was never a profitable venture. Hopefully the Americans will make theirs a lucrative enterprise.

Sweet Poison


What an interesting admission from Joe Biden, who states pretty clearly that Barack Obama’s youth and lack of experience will lead to “an international crisis.”

Thugs across the world know that Obama -- like Kennedy before him -- is a lightweight. Obama's likely desperation to avoid conflict would lead to a stronger hand for Islamist regimes. It's a paradoxical situation: John "the warmonger" McCain would probably have a more peaceful four years than Barack "anti-war" Obama.

See this video by Niall Ferguson.

Expensive Prayers

The New York Times:

Like many workers at the meatpacking plant here, Raul A. Garcia, a Mexican-American, has watched with some discomfort as hundreds of Somali immigrants have moved to town in the past couple of years, many of them to fill jobs once held by Latino workers taken away in immigration raids.

This is normal behavior. Any person or group that threatens one's livelihood is not looked upon favorably. Still, the following is quite something:

Mr. Garcia was among more than 1,000 Latino and other workers who protested a decision last month by the plant’s management to cut their work day — and their pay — by 15 minutes to give scores of Somali workers time for evening prayers.

After several days of strikes and disruptions, the plant’s management abandoned the plan.

Can that management get any dumber?

Link via Infidels Are Cool.

Small Cultural Difference

Times Online via Daimnation:

For some, the internet is merely a hiding place — a web of secret corridors where all manner of shameful deeds unfold. But the police never expected that it might become a strategic platform where two groups of society's outcasts, terrorists and child sex abusers, could meet to exchange operational secrets.

That's because most are ignorant about Muhammad and his six-year-old wife. Exhibit A: Stefano Dambruoso, Italy's anti-terror magistrate, said:

“I would exclude the idea that they have paedophile tendencies. The most you can attribute to them is a relationship between men and women different from that of us Westerners, in which — as in many parts of the Arab world — wives are often very young girls of 11, 12 or 13 who because of family negotiations are given in marriage to men much older than them. But that is not paedophilia, it is a question of Arab culture.”

Just because sexual abuse of preteen girls takes place within a marriage, the men responsible are not pedophiles?

Like a Dementor


I had another ‘episode’ with a niqaabi student.

Uh oh.

the supervisor called me the day I had the accident to say that I needed to get back to work because she had managed to find the student and was giving her a new test but I had to verify that the ‘real’ student was taking the test because her ID didn’t have a photo. This is where I grew very apprehensive because I had never ‘seen’ her!


The "Zig-Zag" One

Victor Davis Hanson:

The default narrative is that Obama had to be a hard identity-politics leftist to start out in Chicago; had to gain street crediblity by suffering through Wright's racist diatribes; then had to be a liberal team-player as a rookie Senator from progressive Illinois, had to run to the left of Hillary in the primaries, and had to zig again in the general, but when elected will revert to his natural ease with bipartisanship and centrist leadership. All that is a bit of a stretch.


The Religion of Peace, Again

Modern Iran:

A month ago, the Iranian parliament voted in favour of a draft bill, entitled "Islamic Penal Code", which would codify the death penalty for any male Iranian who leaves his Islamic faith. Women would get life imprisonment. The majority in favour of the new law was overwhelming: 196 votes for, with just seven against.

The cruel history of one family:

Rashin Soodmand is a 29-year-old Iranian Christian. Her father, Hossein Soodmand, was the last man to be executed in Iran for apostasy, the "crime" of abandoning one's religion. He had converted from Islam to Christianity in 1960, when he was 13 years old. Thirty years later, he was hanged by the Iranian authorities for that decision.

Today, Rashin's brother, Ramtin, is also held in a prison cell in Mashad, Iran's holiest city. He was arrested on August 21. He has not been charged but he is a Christian. And Rashin fears that, just as her father was the last man to be executed for apostasy in Iran, her brother may become one of the first to be killed under Iran's new law.

Link via Vox Popoli.

Haraam Poetry

The National via Dhimmi Watch:

Last week, Jordan’s grand mufti, Noah Alqdah Samas, the kingdom’s highest religious authority, called Samhan an enemy of religion for his poetry, some of which included lines comparing his loneliness to that of the prophet Yusuf in the Quran.

Thank goodness he didn't sketch a cartoon.

Eight years ago, Musa Hawamdeh was charged with apostasy because of a poem he wrote titled Joseph, which Islamists said contradicted the story as it was told in the Quran. His book was banned.

Although he was later acquitted on all charges in both sharia and civil courts, he has been sentenced to three months in prison for violating the press and publication law.


Abdul Hameed Qudah, deputy secretary general of the Muslim Brotherhood, said the lines of Samhan’s poetry were harmful to Islam.

“Any delay in taking measures against the writer would be a reason for discord,” he said in a statement posted on, a popular Jordanian news website.

Two points:

  1. Note just how weak Islam is: a few lines of poetry threaten it.
  2. The thug who advocates force is complaining about "discord".

A Bad Muslim Girl

Daily Mail via The Sandmonkey:

As the daughter of firebrand cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed, Yasmin Fostok might be expected to share his fanatical beliefs.

But the radical Muslim's daughter has ditched his extreme interpretation of Islam  -  as well as most of her clothing.

The busty blonde has been revealed as a topless, tattooed pole dancer.

Now that is some hardcore rebellion.

Truly Ugly

The Apostate:

Marc Ambinder, although I haven’t read him much, seemed reasonable. I could tell he was a conservative fucktard, because few entitled privileged white guys can resist the charms of being told they deserve their privileges by virtue of inherent superiority, but the general tenor of his blog didn’t lead me to expect him to actually vote for McCain after all. I mean, McCain is seriously a joke - no self-respecting “intellectual” type could vote for him for, you know, rational reasons.

Turns out Ambinder’s cast an early ballot for McCain.

"Intellectual" activity -- Exhibit A:

Whenever I find out that someone smart and privileged and successful is an asshole or evil (anyone who votes for McCain when he obviously knows better is an evil asshole), I do a Google Image search on them hoping they’re ugly.