1/13/2006

The G-Gnome Is Being Outsourced

to his creator's new, slightly less anonymous blog.

I always hated the serene, fat little bastard anyway...

Some Initial Thoughts On The British Government's Proposed Illegal Immigrant Bonus

Blogging rule of thumb; a relevant story about a topic that interests you always appears when you have the least amount of time to dissect it.
I'll be coming back to this. However, some initial thoughts:
As reported in The Times -
"ASYLUM-SEEKERS and illegal immigrants are to be offered a £3,000 bounty to leave Britain voluntarily as part of the Government’s efforts to increase the number who are returning home. ..."
The Scottish Daily Mail, headline January 12 -
"WE'LL GIVE YOU £3,000 TO LEAVE SCOTLAND"
As reported in The Daily Telegraph -
"The Government expects to spend about £6 million over six months encouraging around 3,000 refugees, who have been refused permission to stay or are awaiting decisions, to return home."
Altogether now, from the top - when is a criminal not a criminal, but a 'refugee' ?
When The Daily Telegraph is writing about them.

Some Thoughts On My Role In The History of Evolution

If I were a dinosaur, I'd be the one contemplating the beauty of the ball of light coming towards me.

1/12/2006

An Unhealthy Speculation

In a Strangeloveian column for today's Daily Telegraph entitled 'We should be very worried about Iran', Sir John Keegan wrote,
"Iranians may well be the missing link for which MI5 is searching behind the July 7 bombings in London."
Indeed they might be - as also might the Martians be responsible, for the logic behind throwing about wild suggestions concerning the nationality of those responsible for killing 52 people without displaying firm evidence is certainly otherworldly. It will play well with the neocon moon-howlers who go up to the cusp of accusing British generals of treason, and then back away; but with few others.
You never know, it could all have been the work of the gnomes...because you don't really think they spend all night just sitting about your garden looking decorative - do you?

The Connected World of Jack Abramoff

The huckster extraordinaire appears to have been in league with everyone from Israeli settlers to Montenegrin nationalists.
The whizzing sound you can hear is the pebble going down the well - and one thinks it will be a long time before anyone finally hears the splash.

Quote Of The Day

"People here want to work for 60 rands (£5.60) per day. But the Zimbabweans will work for 30 rands or 20 rands so the businessmen hire Zimbabweans and they take our jobs."
Timothy Mbanba, 57, a resident of Choba, South Africa.
That pretty much puts mass immigrations's most personal negative effect in a nutshell.

1/11/2006

Into The Shell

Jeff Randall, the Daily Telegraph's business columnist, has today published a typically honest and forthright column on the UK's pensions crisis, entitled 'How pensions treasure has slipped from our grasp'.
Unlike many others, Randall has the guts to the spread the blame for the crisis in five equal measures; between Labour administrations; Conservative administrations; avaricious pension scheme operators; fund managers; and the regulators.
Yet such honesty only brings home the really shocking truth about the crisis; it was entirely avoidable. That is its great shame; an explosive mixture of the destructive ideologies of both left and right, greed and wilful failure to follow the most basic rules of prudent investment has resulted in the futures of many British people looking very bleak indeed.
As for myself, I am reconciled to working until I die. My own pension arrangements are unsatisfactory, I have neither the drive nor aptitude to run a business and it is highly unlikely that anyone's going to be offering me a good pensionable job anytime soon, with an increasing pool of young graduate labour (in itself a consequence of both Labour and Conservative maladministration) and a labour market rigged in favour of the foreigner over the native. The limits of my talents seem to extend only to banging out crapulous and repetitive weblog entries; and by their blogs shall ye know them.
Yet, without wishing to sound in need of urgent psychiatric treatment, virtually everything one writes is motivated by something best described as amorphous love of the nation. I can vividly recall hearing Peter Hitchens describe himself as a 'British patriot', on an edition of 'Question Time' broadcast from Cardiff in 2003, and thinking that it seemed glaringly immodest, not the sort of phrase one should use to describe oneself.
However with all British political movements now geared to hanging on to the fictional 'centre ground', but in reality offering only different shades of big-state-big-business neoconservatism, one can't help but wonder why any of their leaders have gone into British public life.
They all possess very vivid authoritarian streaks. They are all 'internationalist', which seems to mean little other than greater interest in alleviating suffering abroad than at home. They are more interested in abetting absolute any policy which advances the chimera of 'globalisation' rather than in ensuring the United Kingdom can stand on its own feet by growing the food it eats and producing whatever it consumes through manufacturing; while the Armed Forces, funded by us for the defence of the realm, are deployed to ensure that other societies are fractured along cultural and ethnic lines in order to try and make them more like us, when they have not subjected to themselves to the same stresses and influences which got us to where we are now.
It hasn't worked. It was never going to work.
We owed Iraq nothing prior to 2003. Thanks to our abetting in the country's destuction, we do now.
Where do we fit into all this? Down there, on the bottom, in our place. And I can't think of a time in recent British history when the interests of the governing seem to diverge so markedly from the interests of the governed.
Forget them all. The Britain they have made is just like them, ugly and vicious; and they can keep it. If that means one must reside in the Britain of one's mind, so be it. Let the mandarins play for now - our day will come.
In the meantime, it would be a good idea to return this crap to its previous owners.

1/10/2006

A Daily Telegraph Article Of Interest To Readers Of iSteve.com

In its issue of December 9 2005 (Eye 1147), Private Eye wrote the following concerning Telegraph columnist Simon Heffer's ideological battle with David 'Swampie' Cameron -
"Despite the best efforts of Simon Heffer, the Daily Telegraph eventually came out for David Cameron. It could hardly do otherwise, given how many Cameroonies work at the paper.
Telegraph columnist Alice Thomson wrote a long, adulatory profile of 'Dave' last Saturday - though she forgot to mention that she and her husband Ed Heathcoat Amory are close friends and neighbours of the new boy-wonder, as leading lights in the New Age cult known as the Notting Hill Set".
The same Alice Thomson has an article in today's Telegraph entitled 'When everyone meets in the middle, whom do you vote for?'. She kicks off thus:
"Politics is no longer red, blue or yellow; Left or Right; Tory, Labour or Liberal Democrat. It's all about sets now. There is the Notting Hill Set, the Primrose Hill Set and the Orange Book Set."
So much for liberal representative democracy. She concisely encapsulates the grinding homogeneity of their collective 'centrism':
"The three sets pretty much agree on the nature of that centre. They all champion localism while being naturally paternalistic. They prefer talking about the environment to immigration. Members of the Notting Hill Set chat happily about wealth redistribution and want to be Compassionate Conservatives. The Orange Book Set call themselves Tough Liberals and talk easily about market forces. And Labour's Mr Miliband and his friends are still following the primrose path towards Mr Blair's Third Way - that hard-to-find political nirvana that David Miliband and Douglas Alexander recently insisted should be described as "traditional values in a modern setting".

All three groups agree on the little issues as well as the bigger picture. They have a shared dislike of Turkey Twizzlers and are determined to tackle obesity while admitting to the occasional McDonald's and kebabs themselves. They prefer Richard and Judy to Punch and Judy politics, and are as happy answering questions about Mini Cheddars as the minimum wage".
However, it's at this stage she gets interesting -
"To stand out without abandoning the middle ground, these politicians need to find ways of making themselves exciting, relevant and innovative. One answer to this conundrum could be found in a new bestseller, Freakonomics - the book they have all been reading over the Christmas holidays. Written by Harvard economist Steven Levitt, it comes up with radical solutions to everyday problems".
One ears start to prick up. She goes on,
"He meticulously examines all the statistics and data to turn preconceived wisdom on its head, which is why he is consulted by everyone from General Motors to the New York Yankees, and Presidents Clinton and Bush. His results are not always comfortable reading, to wit his deduction that relaxing the abortion laws in America was the main reason that crime subsequently fell."
"RIGHT FULL RUDDER! REVERSE STARBOARD ENGINE!"
When he is bad he is horrid - but when Steve Sailer is good he is very, very good, and never better than when demolishing the 'Abortion cut crime' theses propounded by Levitt in 'Freakonomics'.
Think Alice reads Steve? She really should, you know.

Juan Mann On 'Operation Iraqi Asylum'

US lawyer Juan Mann has a piece on VDare today, relating to the continued growth in numbers of Iraqis seeking US asylum three years after the fall of Saddam.
He quotes the readers of a previous piece on the subject as saying,
I get the feeling that refugee status for both politically persecuted and economic migrants alike and resettlement to one of these three industrialized nations (the US, UK and Canada) is being viewed as a virtual right by third world countries who view with envy the refugee status and new lifestyles granted to those who came before, to those who had the good fortune to get a ticket to America. As evidenced in this sad case (of the Sudanese asylum-seekers massacred by Egyptian police), even resettlement to Egypt is not considered "good enough." They don't just want protection and the basics, they want the big score, a wealthy industrialized nation.”
That seems to be precisely the attitude expressed by Somali asylum-seeker Warsame Ali Garare when asked for his opinion on finding himself beached in Malta rather than Italy.
However, Mann's most telling example comes from the files of the so-called Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc (CLINIC). He quotes them as writing,
"Mrs. B, a Christian Chaldean who fled Iraq and received asylum in the United States, filed an I-730 Asylee Relative Petition for her husband in March 2003. …

Mrs. B and her attorney were told that Mr. B's case was undergoing a "security screening" and that he just had to wait. Despite additional inquiries to DHS, Mr. B's case continues to be pending and he and his wife remain separated":and notes,
"So according to the Treason Lobby’s henchman in the immigration bar: send more Iraqis!

But why isn’t the alien’s husband serving a tour of duty defending his homeland in the Iraqi National Guard, at least in the meantime? Will someone also please remind the “Catholic Legal Immigration Network” that family reunification can work both ways, that is, outbound as well as inbound into the Untied States"
Indeed. As Sir Andrew Green has noted (HT- Adam Lawson) almost 25% of those detained in the UK upon suspicion of plotting Islamist terror attacks have been asylum-seekers.
The asylum game's a bogey, and the party's got to stop.

Glasgow's Domination By Its Underclass

It has transpired that Sharon McMillan and Andrew Morton, whose three-year old son Andrew was murdered by Mark Bonini, are drug-dealers.
They are exemplars of everything that is wrong with Glaswegian culture - not Scottish culture, but specifically Glaswegian culture; the over confident strut; the blatant disregard for the rule of law; the wilful failure to understand or even acknowledge the primacy of personal responsibility; and the aggressive, in-your-face attitude, their faces twisted into sneers of perpetual anger, a rage only leavened by the continuous consumption of drink and drugs.
They are of a type which sprang fully-formed from the head of the welfare state, rapidly and alarmingly usurping and displacing the old respectable working-class, the last vestiges of which can be seen doddering into the Post Offices to pick up their pensions; the old men ramrod straight, the old women with not a hair out of place.
The Mortons and McMillans have ascended to dominate us and our way of life. Scotland's, and especially Glasgow's, politicians, will always seek to place the blame for the carnage they cause elsewhere, and a case can be made that the levels of poverty we endure, reflected in our declining life expectancy, have been induced by macroeconomic trends well outwith local control.
Yet even the poorest households can elect to live respectably. Too many of Glasgow's don't, preferring to live like animals.
And when misery, the only consequence of such behaviour, is the result, we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

Notes From A Wonderful Country

Scared for Blighty's Future?
Pah!
Your psyche dulled by the death grip of Seasonally Affected Disorder? Are you ready for the revolver and the bottle of whisky after being back at your work for a day?
Don't want to know!
Enough of pessimism!
'Notes From A Wonderful Country' will be an occasional series outlining what a bloody marvellous place the United Kingdom really is, where, if the odds are on your side, you can get anything, you can do anything and really be the person you want to be.
The first example of how marvellous we are is provided by Anita Ho.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that Ho did not receive a fair hearing at her initial industrial tribunal case against Crystal Services, against whom she lost her claim for unfair dismissal, race discrimination and victimisation, because the chairman of the original tribunal rather crassly remarked that her skin was "as white as the English".
Ho is a native of Vietnam - the land which gave the world the punji stick, a place with no historic connection to the United Kingdom and one where the local idea of sex discrimination seems to be based more on age than gender.
God, we're a wonderful country!

1/09/2006

San Juan, County Antrim

There seems to be a remarkable similarity between those Puerto Ricans who spew hatred of the gringos while pocketing the gringos' welfare cheques with those republicans in Northern Ireland who praise the memory of Bobby Sands while cashing the English giro.

Keeping An Eye on Russia, cont - The Great Alternative Sources of Energy Smokescreen

It seems that the practicalities of Russian public life continue to induce hysteria amongst our opinion formers.
In today's 'Telegraph', at the end of a discussion of alternative energy sources Ruth Lea of the Centre for Policy Studies declaims that,
"The country's economy could be held to ransom at any time by Mr Putin and his friends".
Attempts like this to paint the Russians as wannabe Saudis, willing to turn off the spigot if they don't get their way, are nonsensical.
What does Russia have to sell?
Resources.
What do we want to buy from them?
Resources.
A willing buyer and a willing seller - bingo! You have an energy market.
Now compare the behaviour of the Russians over the last two weeks with the behaviour of the Saudis and Iranians during, say, the Yom Kippur War.
Were the Russians trying to annihilate the Ukrainians? They were simply trying to get a fair price for the goods the Ukrainians buy from them when they aren't stealing them.
In 1973, however, the Umma was trying to annihilate the Israelis. And in order to do this they put the world economy in peril by manipulating the price of crude oil, a commodity capable of many more purposes than natural gas and therefore of much greater strategic importance, to record levels.
Ruth Lea refers to our economy being held to 'ransom' by 'friends' of Putin. Putin doesn't have many friends; as George Trefgarne noted yesterday, he doesn't seem to be interested in having friends. What interests him are the interests of Russia - how can the leader of any nation be blamed for pursuing that goal?
Putin's behaviour throughout this fiasco has been that of a guy who wants a fair price for the resources under Russian control. He has given no indication of wanting to dominate his buyers; that would be the action of an economic madman, and he is not that.
And if he did - well, he has the gas and we want the gas; the perfect recipe for a little price-gouging.
The diversification of its natural supply is always a perfectly sensible measure for any country to take, if only on the basis that you shouldn't place all your eggs on the one gas hob. In that respect, we clearly need more nuclear energy, and now.
But one can't help but think that we wouldn't be having this debate if we hadn't so cavalierly abandoned our coal industry 20 years ago. No doubt smashing the miners felt good at the time; but perhaps our lust for doing everything on the cheap may just have turned round and bitten us.
It's certainly put a lot of people's gas at a peep.

Muggings Of One Sort Or Another

Abuse Of Science Notes

The Little Rajahs Ride Again.

Think of all those delicious curries lost forever...and of the souls of their makers...

Calling Sir Iqbal Sacranie!

The voice of moderate Islam's input is clearly required in this inflammatory dispute.
Given his expertise in managing 'certain sensitivities', one looks forward to receiving the dispensation of his wisdom.
Hopefully all Saudi visitors to the United Kingdom will be advised to leave, in no particular order, their Korans, robes, swords, whips, spouses (or multiples thereof), whores or slaves at home for the forseeable future.

South African Notes

It's seems that a life on the ocean wave might not be much fun if you're a Tanzanian stowaway.
About as much fun as trying to buy a drink in Cape Town.

Chinese Notes

It looks like the Eastern comrades have their eyes on the pies in both Nigeria and Bolivia.
And of course free trade makes us all richer - particularly when we're buying stuff...we used to make ourselves?

The Great Big Brother Fee Question

As earlier noted, I called Channel 4 this morning and enquired as to what arrangements might be in place for the payment of George Galloway and other contestants on the current series of 'Celebrity Big Brother.'
I was advised by a very pleasant young man that the contestants were receiving a fee for their participation, and that if they were the 'winner', then the prize money which would ordinarily be payable to a winner would go to their nominated charity.
When I asked him what the participation fee actually was, he started to stammer and said that's something 'he wouldn't go into'.
So it looks like Galloway will come out on top even if Interpal doesn't get a penny. And the march of his British Islamic Left proceeds uninterrupted.

1/08/2006

Keeping An Eye On Russia, cont: Mad Sunday

The level of anti-Putin, anti-Gazprom and generally anti-Russian hysteria doing the rounds in today's papers has been an awesome sight to behold.
The 'Sunday Times' kicked off with a piece by Mark Franchetti entitled 'Putin blesses Europe's last dictator', referring to Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus.
Franchetti quotes one Western diplomat as saying, "Putin claims to be in favour of democracy but he is far too close to the Belarussian regime. It makes the West very uneasy." Although it seem's Putin's lot to be damned if he does and damned if he doesn't, he can probably draw some satisfaction from knowing that such criticism means he's doing his job properly.
However, the looniness of Franchetti's 'western diplomat' is matched and surpassed by Irwin 'The Yak' Stelzer, who takes a break from his day job being the Mouth of Sauron to warns us all about those goddam pesky Russkies!
In an 'American Account' column entitled 'Pay up or dance to tune of foreign energy suppliers', Stelzer turns the clock back all the way to 1956 - you can almost hear Khruschev's shoe banging on the table as he writes,
"Ukraine is the West writ small" (like hell it is - but that's another story): and,
"Putin kept a straight face when he announced that his willingness to restore gas supplies proved that Russia was a reliable supplier. Never mind that it was on his orders that Gazprom cut off supplies to Ukraine, and by extension to Germany, France and other countries, despite contracts that run until 2009. ": and he does not write one word about the loss of supply to nations other than Ukraine being caused by the fact of Ukrainian thefts!
In the Sunday Telegraph, however, the owlish figure of George Trefgarne at least acknowledges both Russian sovereignty and the laws of the market before starting to slaver:
"President Putin is perfectly entitled to demand that Ukraine pay market prices for Russian gas, as he did last week. But we should wonder at his ruthlessness.

By suddenly quadrupling the price of gas to a country traditionally seen by Moscow as little more than a satellite, he has, according to ING, swung Ukraine's current account from a 2 per cent to 3 per cent surplus to a deficit. Ukraine will now have to rely on foreign direct investment inflows to prop up its currency.

As for Putin, well, he looks more and more like the very embodiment of Machiavelli's Prince: a man who prefers to be feared than loved".
However, the piece de resistance of the day's, actually the week's, anti-Putin nuttiness is a piece by Peter Hitchens, the thinking man's Richard Littlejohn, in today's 'Mail on Sunday'.
It is entitled 'Today Ukraine - tomorrow us', and begins,
"Natural gas is a much better weapon than an arsenal of H-bombs. You can actually use it. Nobody dies, no cities turn to vapour. Best of all, your victims cannot retaliate by doing the same to you.But people treat you with more respect when you remind them that you can, if you wish, shit down their industries and freeze them in their homes".
Or, as the Ukrainians discovered last week, you can agree to give up the 80% rebate you receive though the good offices of the people of another country, and preferably stop stealing the gas as well (a phenomenon in respect of which Hitchens did a Stelzer, forgetting to mention it at all) - in which event the gas comes back on quite quickly.
Keep an eye on Bulgaria.