August 07, 2005

Harper, Conservatives, Media, CBC & GG, Extremist Imam on UK Welfare, Bomber: "I have rights"

Harper a big draw -- On his image-building tour, he told Londoners the Conservatives embody Canadian values of 'family and freedom.' -- drew a London crowd of about 1,000 people Chip Martin, Aug. 6, 05, via Newsbeat1 (

Yet mostly we get the negative in the media on Conservatives. Is the media for the most part getting it wrong? We know how the CBC reports -- it is pointless to look there for news of Conservatives. Does the fact that this is an Asper newspaper make any difference? Read it and judge for yourself.

Canadians aren't buying the conservative message -- Despite some recent successes by provincial Conservatives, voters across the nation aren't supporting either economic or social right-of-centre policies as enthusiastically as Americans are Stephen Brooks, Vancouver Sun, Aug.

This is an excerpt from a talk given by Stephen Brooks, a policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, in Washington, D.C., recently.

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For another perspective on Conservatives, check The Western Standard ( -- and check that website's blog, the Shotgun), Canada Free Press (, Canadian Coalition for Democracies ( and the blogs listed below and in the menu at left.

Deportation not fair, says extremist (on benefits) Graeme Wilson, Daily Mail, Aug. 6, 2005, via Jack's Newswatch (

An extreme Muslim cleric whose family have been living on benefits in Britain for 20 years says it would not be 'fair' to deport him.

Speaking after the Prime Minister announced his clampdown, father-of-seven Sheik Omar Bakri said: "I have wives, children, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law. It would be hard on my family if I was deported."

Since Syrian-born Bakri settled in Britain, he and his extended family have raked in benefits amounting to at least £300,000.

He is registered disabled because of an injury to his leg during his childhood, and was recently supplied with a £31,000 Ford Galaxy under the Motability scheme. [. . . . ]

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Does he have more than one wife in Great Britain?

“I Have Rights” -- You’re in with the wrong crowd, Mohammed. Jonah Goldberg, Aug. 5, 05, via Jack's Newswatch

When Ramzi Mohammed, one of the failed bombers in the second wave of attacks on London, was surrounded by representatives of the decadent, infidel West, he didn't shriek, "Allahu Akbar!" and throw himself at his captors in a suicidal lunge for martyrdom. No, instead he whined, "I have rights! I have rights!" [. . . . ]

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Fiction Friday: The CBC's secret GG training grounds Stephen Taylor, Aug. 5, 05, via Jack's Newswatch

[. . . . ] But if you really want to get ahead here, you'll have to learn how to talk the talk." Interested, I encourage Rob to explain as we take the elevator up to the third floor. "Well, for example, when referring to Kansans who don't believe in evolution, not only are they Christian but they are properly labelled 'conservative' Christians. Middle-Eastern Imams that encourage extremism are also called 'conservative', and any pro-American organization can also be referred to as 'conservative'. Pretty much any political position that counters the CBC's image for Canada is called 'conservative'. It also has the effect of keeping our patrons in power and the cheques from bouncing. Neil McDonald is a master at 'The Talk'. If you get a chance, speak with Neil." [. . . . ]

The Saga of "Hempher," Purported British Spy -- an extract from "The Hidden Hand: Middle East Fears of Conspiracy" by Daniel Pipes, New York: St. Martin's, 1996, pp. 211-12 January 1996

[T]he most detailed and interesting claim that a Western power sponsored fundamentalist Islam is the elaborate plot devised by Turkish Sunni Muslims to explain how the British government in the early 1700s planted a spy named Hempher who conceived of and spread the Wahhabi doctrine.1 To make . . . .

[. . . . ] Thus did the Wahhabi variant of fundamentalist Islam come to dominate most of the Arabian peninsula through an elaborate conspiracy.

[1] This account derives from M. Sıddïk Gümüş, Confessions of a British Spy, 3d ed. (Istanbul: Hakikat Kitabevi, 1993). Available at,, and


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