September 03, 2006

Sept. 3, 2006: #2

'Talk to Iran' is an old and banal idea -- By Amir Taheri, Special to Gulf News -- "In every case the Islamic Republic has interpreted the readiness of an adversary to talk as a sign of weakness and, as a result, has hardened its position."

[....] All this brings us to the current tension around Tehran's refusal to suspend uranium enrichment as a precondition for talks about a package of incentives from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.

It is obvious that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cannot accept that precondition without risking political suicide. Those who drafted the UN offer must have known this. It is, therefore, surprising that they now claim to be surprised by Tehran's response.

Since 1979 the real question with regard to Iran has been simple: should the world kowtow to the Khomeinist regime or should the Khomeinist regime accept the global rules of the game? Maybe it is time to provide a clear answer. [....]

Note the link below which presents another view, news on the Shah and Khomeini, why Khomeini wanted the Shah removed. The MSM was missing in action on this bit of news.

For those interested, the link below provides the text of an article written in 1979 about Khomeini's beefs with the Shah. Most of us were led to believe the real reason for the revolution was the Shah's greed oppressing the populous. Actually, according to the writer, Khomeini objected to the Shah putting non-Muslims in charge of some government posts. He wanted a clear cut theocracy. Human rights? Not. So once again the MSM trumpeted what it wanted us to believe. [rosemarie59]

I would entitle it Memory Lane, except the mainstream media didn't report it so the populace couldn't have a memory.

He Knew He Was Right -- "the text of an article written in 1979 about Khomeini's beefs with the Shah." , By Michael Ledeen - Dow Jones & Company, Inc, re-published August 31, 2006

Mr. Ledeen was at the time this was written the executive editor of the Washington Quarterly, published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies at Georgetown University. He is now a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

There's been a debate lately about the legitimacy of the concept of Islamic fascism. Both Senator Santorum and President Bush have been criticized for using the term, as if the politicians were introducing a new idea. Actually, however, the concept is an old one, first explored in the Wall Street Journal a quarter of a century ago by a scholar of Italian fascism, Michael Ledeen. The January 5, 1979, article is reprinted below, with permission of Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

[....] Khomeini's attacks on the Shah are [1979] cut form a single piece of theological cloth. In both "Islamic Government," a collection of his lectures published in Arabic in 1970, and "Khomeini and His Movement," a collection of his speeches and harangues, published in Persian in 1975, Khomeini criticizes the Shah for violating Islamic law and for betraying the principles of the Koran. "The rationale of (the Shah's) government and some of its members is the abolition of the laws of Islam," Khomeini is quoted as saying in the 1975 volume.

The violations he ascribes to the Shah's government are those that characterize what we would call a secular, pluralistic society. Thus, Khomeini rails against the employment of women in boys' high schools, and men in girls' high schools, "the moral wrongness of which is clear to all." Furthermore, the Shah and his allies are condemned for urging that "women enter (certain) government offices, while their being there is both self-evidently useless and morally wrong." The Shah is also attacked for his leniency in the enforcement of the Koran's moral code. "We want," according to Khomeini's 1978 volume, "a ruler who would cut off the hand of his own son if he steals, and would flog and stone his near relative if he fornicates." [....]

Do not miss reading this: No shortage of useful fools-even ivory tower ones- the Khatemi/Walt 2 step, highlights by newsbeat1 -- original article here

If our Government doesn't like your news you may be a criminal, Next things to be banned on planes may be newspapers, Steve Watson / Infowars August 31 2006 -- viaBritish Ministry Of Truth Wants To Prosecute American Bloggers

For those who like to work, a union can be a real drag. Give workers choice -- Canadian labour law, unlike that of the United States, is coercive. Workers should have a say about membership and dues payments

Union Rates Not a Result of Choice, Fraser Institute

Novel solution to border problem , posted by robmik43

Another article with a Mexican twist.

This is based on a Macleans article, last week, about Kinky Friedman running for Texas governor. [....]

CVRD clears hurdle in Inco bid, Reuters, September 02, 2006

Brazilian iron ore mining giant CVRD said yesterday it received clearance from Canadian and U.S. competition agencies for its Inco bid, another step toward gaining control. Companhia Vale do Rio Doce said it obtained clearance from the Canadian Competition Bureau and U.S. antitrust regulators [....]

CRTC defies Ottawa on VoIP -- Rejects federal advice , Paul Vieira, Financial Post, September 02, 2006

OTTAWA - The CRTC snubbed the advice of the federal government yesterday and surprised the telecom industry by standing by its controversial ruling on Internet telephony, or VoIP, potentially setting up a confrontation between the broadcast regulator and the government, analysts say. [....]

The term of the current CRTC chairman, Charles Dalfen, expires at year-end. Mr. Grant expects the government to name a replacement whose thinking is more oriented toward letting market forces determine the competitive landscape. [....]
I am against left-overs in government related positions simply because they form a fifth column. Every time there is an election, just before, the PM appoints his friends to sinecures of some kind.

Parents rebelling against homework -- "fear that it will sour kids on learning" -- The burden on young kids leaves no time for family life, some say, Anne Marie Owens, National Post, September 02, 2006

[....] But with the homework routine now beginning in kindergarten, and even 10-year-olds putting in the occasional three-hour stint, there is evidence the pedagogical pendulum is beginning to swing toward a less homework-driven schedule.

[....] Two new books by educational experts use a barrage of statistics and surveys to refute the so-called usefulness of homework, particularly among the youngest students, urging parents to be discerning about the amount and kind of work being sent home -- or even to boycott the practice.

The thrust of this burgeoning movement is contained in the book titles: The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing and The Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do About It. [....]

Search: tutoring industry , Duke University's Harris Cooper, the leading guru of homework research , jumped by 51% in the past 15 years , overly results-driven, standardized regimen

A genius self-destructs, Robert Fulford, National Post, September 02, 2006

[....] Of all the scientists who designed the world in which we live, William Bradford Shockley (1910-1989) was likely the most erratic and certainly the nastiest. He and two colleagues at Bell Labs shared the 1956 Nobel Prize in physics for creating the transistor, a crucial part of the electronics revolution that has reorganized most of our work and much of our leisure. But Shockley destroyed himself, in a spectacular demonstration of personality defeating talent. [....]

Eventually his eight most valuable scientists walked out and set up what later became INTEL. They grew rich and influential, precisely what Shockley had hoped to be. He was left behind. [....]

IQ is not everything ... as parents would be wise to remember. We never know from whence genius will spring, nor in what field. It is not always the best students in school who are successful. Children need play and families need time to just be a family together -- to talk and to pursue activities together as a family, time for parents to teach their special skills to their children, time to enjoy their children. Every evening should not be dedicated to homework. Play is a perfectly acceptable assignment, teachers would be wise to remember. Children need time to just "be" so they may roam and discover, let their thoughts gel and be creative. School pressure can devastate family life. Kids need playmates, activities unplanned and games where they make up the rules--no adults necessary nor wanted. Let children discover for themselves how to play as a group, how to govern themselves with their own rules, how a group comes to rule-making with everybody making input for the sake of order, how a group sanctions those who are unfair or bullying. Children even need time alone -- time not to have playmates, just to hang around creating their own amusement or thinking. Children don't need over-programming by adults.

The best preparation for success in school is still parental input and interest, conversation, reading to a child and talking about what has been read, having children tell stories, speculate on endings -- normal give and take conversations that arise through parent-child interaction long before kindergarten. The same kinds of learning interaction occur when a child is allowed to help; for example, learning rudimentary math skills through measuring using different containers to see which is less or more, helping to make cookies using various measures (1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1 cup, tablespoon, etc.) and the like, the kinds of activities that are part of normal living when there is a parent home who talks to and does things with very young children.

How could buying a second car or a monster home compete for the joy and satisfaction of enjoying one's own child?

Update on the AIDS refugees who remained in Canada after the AIDS Conference.

A heart warming story of a refugee prostitute with AIDS was on television this weekend. She has been here and treated at taxpayer expense for ten years. Ah, ain't it wunnerful! Canadians pay ... and I'll bet she hasn't been in business for ten years .... What do you think?

Several bloggers have suggested that Stephen Lewis, Jack Layton and Olivia Chow, along with other activists might like to take in a few AIDS refugees ... all in the spirit of giving what they, as rich westerners owe, of joining the rest of Canadians who must pay whenever a stranger comes in and says the magic word "refugee".

"An HIV-positive Eritrean delegate at last month's international AIDS conference has started treatment for the disease in Toronto while he awaits the status of his refugee claim, one of 137 made by participants in the event." , "137 aids conference delegates ask to stay -- Refugee claims", by Siri Agrell, National Post, September 02, 2006

[....] Last Saturday, a Ugandan newspaper called The New Vision published a report by Sheila Kulubya, who attended the AIDS conference with delegates from that country.

According to Ms. Kulubya's report, many of the Ugandan delegates were not involved with HIV or AIDS organizations, but had posed as such to gain access to Canada, where they planned to remain to find "kyoyo," or odd jobs.

The article claimed delegates had been coached on what to say to immigration officials, and told that claiming to be homosexual would help.

[....] According to The New Vision, many of the delegates secured their access to Canada through an "NGO based in eastern Uganda, whose director is married to a Canadian," which had "ferried more than 20 people to participate in the various conference activities but who ultimately remained in Canada." [....]

Search: Mr. Rico-Martinez , FCJ Refugee Centre , Audrey Macklin, a law professor at the University of Toronto

It is of interest to search for information on the FCJ Refugee Centre. Mr. Rico-Martinez, his wife and two children came to Canada as refugees from Central America. There is more about him and others (some from Colombia) who run this refugee centre and how they came to take it over. Check the funding sources. Check the international connections, the activism, the global nature of this movement to prevent countries from controlling who enters their countries and demands expensive service by virtue of some UN concept of rights ... which always meant that the rest of the citizens must pay.

Not everyone is thrilled with 137 more "refugees"...


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