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30th

11/2007



—"Wow, easy Diss, did you just have Optimus Prime, Commander of the Autobots say that the only way to end this war was to smoke the Kaaba?(1)"

—"Ouais, I suppose so."

—"And do you mean that, like, literally?"

—"Of course not. Yet."

After all, this is an interesting piece of historical architecture that offers a certain value as a tourist attraction. Now that under the combined efforts of the Three Musketeers of Global Warming, Al "Arnie" Gore, Nicolas Sarkozy and Kevin Rudd, the Planet will make the big switch from Oil to Carrot Juice, the Saudis — who, despite being at the receiving end of History's biggest transfer of wealth without lifting a finger, never managed to reinvest the petrodollars cash flow in the development of their own economy — will have to find another source of revenue(2), and they will need any resource they can get.

Having said that, I remember reading a few years ago how the Israelis finally managed to bring the Egyptian leadership to their senses by pointing out, confidentially, how that big huge Aswan Dam looked quite fragile from an Air Force point of view, and how, if that dam was to meet with a few tons of falling explosive ordnance, all of Egypt's infrastructure and habitations would share a rather wet similarity with the legendary city of Atlantis.

This, as the article contended, put an end to Egyptian belligerence towards Israel.

This might be just an urban myth, I honestly don't know, but I find the concept quite compelling. Broadcast a message to both radical and moderate Muslims, and let them know that if anything — nuke or not — should happen to one of our cities and people again, or if they let anything happen or do not work hard enough towards rooting out the radicals(3), then without warning or apology that big black cube over there is just smoking history — possibly glowing the color of Islam(4) at night.

Just for a start.

 

Oh and Transformers was a surprisingly good entertainment, totally devoid of the usual anti-American and anti-military junk that comes out of Hollywood these days, and even going, for once, in the right way: it was very refreshing to see a Rumsfeld-like Secretary of Defense character, interpreted by John Voight, talking about US Marines and saying that for these guys "losing was not an option".

6 years, 7 months, 3 weeks, 5 days, 4 hours, 44 minutes ago...

Short of sticks and stones
Print × Imprimerthe dissident frogman • Friday, November 30, 2007 · 1651 zulu time.pdf

Once, the root cause was "poverty", now it's "thugocracy". If you won't beat them, just call them any other name:

The Associated Press: French Leader: Thug Culture Caused Riots

President Nicolas Sarkozy rejected the notion Thursday that a recent bout of rioting was part of a wider social crisis, blaming instead a "thugocracy" in France's housing projects. (...) He insisted the unrest had "nothing to do with a social crisis. That has everything to do with the thugocracy."

That's not being very nice to these poor disaffected "youths", already discriminated against as they are by the racist white French mainstream society that would rather submerge them with a complete array of social welfare and services than let them access their privileged unemployment economy. Greedy bastards, heh?

However, it does serve a double purpose for the French president, by first denying the "wider social crisis", as he brushes aside the fact that there is a serious problem with a second - and sometimes third, considering the young age of some of the "rioters" - generation of immigrants that drops out of the Republic's school as soon as possible, learn and speak Arabic rather than French, would sooner abide to Sharia Law and customs than to the Napoleonic Code, and regards the rest of the society they belong through a racial and racist scope, explicitly excluding themselves from the French appellation and dubbing every white people "Gauls" - when they're being polite. And, I'm sorry to say, have been strongly and consistently encouraged to do so by some 30 years of politically correct and multicultural French politicians and self-proclaimed elite, present President included.

Next, reducing those organized and hierarchized "rioters" to mere thugs serves the purpose of hiding(1) the fact that Islam(ism, I suppose...) is the main driving force behind the "riots", that it fits a pattern observed and verified worldwide but particularly in Europe, and that far from a "wider social crisis", it is the visible effect of a wider cultural, civilizational and political(2) crisis. It is the result of a concerted and consistent long term project - that Western counterintelligence agencies called flatly "The Project" - and that everything we've witnessed in Europe these past years is working according to a plan(3).

Sarkozy has been one of the main empowering agents of radical Muslims in France, through his stubborn pushing of the establishment of the Conseil Français du Culte Musulman (French Muslim Cult Council) that - unsurprisingly - saw French Muslims vote and elect a majority of radical Islamic associations and organizations to this state endorsed national council, rather than the more "moderate" ones back in 2002, even though Mr. Sarkozy claimed he would "never let the [Islamic] fundamentalists sit at the table of the Republic", in his usual pompous rhetoric.

So hey, I'm not drawing any conclusions yet, but I'll keep trying to match the man's words with his actions.

Little luck so far.

28th

11/2007


Sarkozy won the presidential seat in large part as a result of the Tough on Crime, Strong on Security comedy he pulled off when he started his campaign unofficially and very early on (around 2005), managing to bring back under his umbrella the largest part of Le Pen's National Front electorate, and seriously disabling said far-right party in the process. It's been the (winning) strategy of a panicked French political class, left to right, after the sudden rise of outsider Le Pen during the previous presidential election that saw him pitted against Chirac.

The rest was just for the show.

Anybody with half an interest for the pathetic doings and wrongdoings of the French political caste(1) will remember then Minister of the Interior(2) Sarkozy's chest-beating promise hurled back at a Paris suburb resident upset with the Summer 2005(3) state of affairs in the occupied Banlieue strip to "clean it all up with a Kärcher", a best-selling German high-pressure hosing appliance, among other well-known tough-talk by the future President of La République.(4)

As always with Sarkozy, this genuine incarnation of the "All style, no substance" motto often attributed to the French at large(5), the cleaning spree never came, and rather than Police forces with high pressure washers, the streets were first flooded with taxpayer funded entertainment centers and sport complexes quickly trashed by the "disaffected youth", lavish subsidies to various acteurs sociaux, leftist NGOs and Islamic associations on the false premises and promises that they would fix things over there, before they had, as it becomes obvious today, to be once again cauterized by torching at the hand of the aforementioned youth, a politically correct shortcut for "Young French Muslims of Mostly Arab and African descent".

As predicted by those of us who manage to keep their eyes wide open(6), this was bound to happen again, considering that:

  • Chirac and his government (Sarkozy included) had left the suburban French Jihad Youth and their Elder Imam Hierarchy rule the battleground as they started and ended the stepped-up hostilities of November 2005 on their own terms — a shocking evidence of defeat and failure of the French state, in every strategical and political meaning of the word.
  • No more than it managed to quench the insurgents, the French state never managed to reoccupy the lost territory and regain, even partially, the authority it lost in November 2005. While a low-intensity guerilla had been raging in the banlieues for the last 15 to 20 years, with cars burned as well as police and firefighters ambushed practically every night since the late 1990s(7), the November 2005 riots that lit up streets not just around Paris but all over France at the (quickly unreported) cries of "Allah'u ackbar" marked a serious step in the covered French Intifada that called for a strong, immediate and uncompromising answer from the state... Or else.


As this answer never came, the current situation, that sparked last Sunday for the same ludicrous pretext, was expected anytime since November 2005, by anybody lucid or honest enough to face the prospect. And of course this time it's worse if not in scale, at least in intensity as the emboldened "youths" found little serious resistance from SuperSarko's Republican Guard:
Police unions worry about the level of violence recorded these past two days. "Tonight, we reached a new level of violence. We're getting close to a disaster by asserting the use of firearms against the Police forces" said Unsa, [Police officers union -- DF]. For Synergie [another Police union -- DF] the police was "confronted with scenes of urban guerilla" during the clashes. "A new line was crossed with the use against them of weapons, including shotguns."

It can, and will get worse. They didn't bring out the AK-47 from the projects' cellars yet. Police unions again:
An alarming situation, according to the officers on the field. "We've crossed a new level in urban violence explosion" says Patrice Ribeiro "Now, it must be called insurrection". David Barbas, of the SNOP, [Again, Police union -- DF] speaks of "urban guerilla". "Our colleagues in the field are stunned, they're facing super organized youths, very mobile and prepared for anything. It's a very hot situation, they [the officers in the field -- DF] really have the feeling that they're out to kill cops".

Emphasis on super organized, very mobile and prepared, mine. Anybody wants to take a guess as to how those so-called poor, disaffected wretched of the Earth managed to get organized? Hint: it starts with an "I", and ends with "slam".
"The riots started much faster and with more savagery than in 2005" confirms Synergie "the youths were ready, and only waiting for a pretext to break and loot everything."

No shit, Sherlock. Hate to say "told you so", but you know, told you so.
What's changing as well compared to 2005, is the level of young delinquents armed. On the 82 policemen wounded in Villiers-le-Bel Monday night, nearly half of them were by buckshot. "Delinquents in these suburbs increasingly use weapons. At first, it was to commit their exactions, then to fight with other gangs. Now they're using them against police forces."

There have been reports of far worse weapons than shotguns in les banlieues, namely assault rifles and bazookas used by those pesky "gangs of delinquents" in armored car robberies, known to be a quick and easy way to finance Jihad. Consider yourself lucky that those who have them are not settled on a full scale insurrection yet, and that you only have to face kids with BB guns for now.

SNOP intends to ask the Ministry of Interior to quickly provide riot-control gear, including rubber bullet weapons, for an appropriate counter-offensive.

Brilliant. They're picking at you with shotguns, you answer with rubber bullets. Way to go Inspector Clouseau. If that doesn't work, you can still have a go at them with feather dusters and colorful language(8).

Talking about French officials who really need to get a clue, I'm happy to report that French Prime Minister François Fillon still has not found any, but will certainly work on getting one now that he figured out all by himself, that "those who shot at the policemen are criminals".

Boy, am I glad the French state steals a sizeable part of my income for this guy's paycheck.

Sarkozy, from China, pulled a Chirac by asking "everybody to calm down". Hey, your kung-fu style no good.

He's back, and I expect a Sarkozy Surge anytime now. Possibly more racket of the law abiding citizen, as his great feat during the Fall 2005 France Jihad Tour was to announce and implement a dramatic augmentation of the number of speed cameras. We shall see.

I hear many of my fellow French men (and read it in some of the comments on the articles linked here) asking for the army to be sent in the suburbs. The French do indeed have a long history and a great tradition of sending the French army against the French people — some malicious Anglo-Saxon minds would jest that it's only when they fight themselves that the French stand a chance of victory in any armed struggle(9) — however, I find rather unlikely that the French state will send the army when it asks its police force to "remain in their vehicule in order not to provoke [the youths'] anger".

And then of course, that's assuming that France still has an army anyway.

I can only laud the decision of the wise Sudanese court of Justice & Flogging For All, upholding respect for the Islamic faith in the face of smug British teachers:

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan on Wednesday charged a British teacher with insulting religion and inciting hatred, a crime punishable by up to 40 lashes, six months in prison or a fine, after she named a class teddy bear "Muhammad."

Outrageous it is indeed. Everybody should know how inappropriate it is to name a teddy bear Muhammad. Many deserve to be named Muhammad, for Muhammad is a very handy name indeed, with many M's in it, making the spelling of Muhammad much easier to remember for the orthographically challenged. A man can be named Muhammad, a boy can be named Muhammad, a baby can be named Muhammad, and verily many are named Muhammad nowadays, or Mohamed which is the same really, only with a bit less M's in it.

But a teddy bear is the worst possible choice, whenever one needs to name a mascot Muhammad.

Now, if only I could get someone at Toys 'r Us interested, I'm sure this could make a killing this season.

24th

11/2007


I'll be upgrading the copy of Expression Engine, on which I run this site, to the latest version in a bit.

The purpose of this upgrade is to make strange unexpected things that previously happened to stop happening while presumably introducing as little new strange unexpected things, or just enough to warrant a future upgrade, and justify the ongoing cost of upgrade licenses.

So if anything strange and unexpected happens, it might be that I'm in the middle of the upgrade, in which case they might stop happening as soon as I'm finished with it, or that the new stack of strange and unexpected things has been successfully introduced.

Software development, now there's a nice racket.

(Having said that, I'm quite happy with Expression Engine, both from the designer and the blogger's point of view. They're a bit steep on the prices, but they're quite good at fixing the strange unexpected things.)

Update


That went well. Complaints in the comments or by email, in case you don't share my opinion and have a different experience of the upgrade.
Je vais mettre à jour la copie d'Expression Engine, sur laquelle je publie ce site, dans quelques instants.

Le but de cette mise à jour est de prévenir les trucs bizarres et inattendus qui tendaient à se produire, tout en introduisant probablement un minimum de nouveaux trucs bizarres et inattendus, ou peut être juste assez pour justifier une mise à jour future, ainsi que les coûts de licences de renouvellement.

En conséquence, si quelques trucs bizarres et inattendus se produisent, c'est que je suis en train de procéder à la mise à jour, auquel cas ils cesseront probablement de se produire dès que j'en aurai terminé, ou bien que la nouvelle liste de trucs bizarres et inattendus a été introduite avec succès.

Le développement logiciel, vraiment un chouette racket.

(Cela étant, je suis plutôt satisfait d'Expression Engine, tant du point de vue du designer que du blogger. Ils sont un peu chaud niveau prix, mais plutôt efficaces pour régler les trucs bizarres et inattendus.)

Mise à jour


Cela s'est plutôt bien passé. Réclamations dans les commentaires, ou par email si vous ne partagez pas mon opinion et avez une expérience différente de cette mise à jour.
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