“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, October 27, 2006

BBC Concerned about Parisian Youts.

Riots haunt Parisians a year on BBC

Many youths blamed police for the teenage boys' deaths
At least 500 people have marched silently through a suburb of Paris in memory of two teenage boys whose deaths a year ago sparked riots across France.
The crowd in Clichy-sous-Bois held a banner saying the two youths from immigrant families "died for nothing".

Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy ordered police to step up security on buses, after several were hijacked and set ablaze ahead of the anniversary.


  1. Deuce,

    You are a genius and a marvel. Your use of imagery is incredible and frequently gut wrenchingly funny. Don't ever change. ;-D

  2. When Sheik Taj Aldin al-Hilali, the Mufti of Australia made his exorable remarks, laying the blame for rape on the shoulders of the victims, there was Western condemnation far and wide. Quite rightly, his sermon was seen as 7th Century sexism. And it most certainly was. What went unnoticed was the Sheik’s defamation, in the widest possible sense, of men as well. Note,

    "If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside ... and the cats come to eat it ... whose fault is it, the cats' or the uncovered meat's?"

    Clearly, the Mufti equates immodest women (from his point of view) as nothing more than meat begging to be consumed. Since nothing more than a veil separates the woman from the temptress, the fortress of virtue is mighty thin. In fact, the good Sheik has indulged false flattery in the use of the veil. His genuine opinion of the female person is made starkly clear when comments further with,

    “Satan sees women as half his soldiers. You’re my messenger in necessity, Satan tells women you‘re my weapon to bring down any stubborn man. There are men that I fail with. But you’re the best of my weapons.”

    All this said, the Sheik finds men to be mere instinctually drive beasts, comparable to cats. Yes, men are wholly without the means of self-control. Men are sad cases, pursued and driven to distraction by Satan and his most formidable weapon, woman. As an aside, why isn’t Satan a woman, given the destructive power of woman? Hmmm.

    The remarks of Sheik Taj Aldin al-Hilali, Mufti of Australia, are glaringly misogynistic, worse yet, they show an implacable hatred for human life in the aggregate.

    For those like Ash and Teresita, who warn against stereotyping or holding the many responsible for the few, how to explain Sheik Taj Aldin al-Hilali, Mufti of Australia? You see, the dear man did not come to power by coup or conquest. No, indeed, the fine fellow’s proven exegetic skill and temperament so impressed Australia’s Islamic community that he was democratically ELECTED to the highest office in the land. Moreover, there is precious little momentum among Australian Muslims to remove the Mufti for his remarks.

    So, if the duly ELECTED leader of Australian Islam is an unimpeached misanthrope, may I say that Australian Muslims are misanthropic persons as well?

    Cleric won't step down over rape remark


  3. Thanks Allen but blogger ate my first pic choice.

  4. so, allen, I guess you feel it is valid that we treat all Jews as if they hold the views of whatever an ELECTED member of the Knesset, or any other organization for that matter, to be the view of all Jews, no matter how radical? I presume you, and all Jews the world over, do agree that all Arabs should be expelled from Israel and Israel's borders extended to those of Eratz Israel

  5. The international feminist movement has come under some criticism for failing to rise against fellows such as Sheik Taj Aldin al-Hilali, Mufti of Australia. Many were perplexed when the feminist stormtrooper Germaine Greer, shrilly lashed the still warm corpse of the late Steve Irwin, as she uttered not so much as a peep against the savage abuse of Muslim women, e.g. clitoral excision, vaginal suturing, and the ever popular "honor killing". Some commentators have gone so far as to decry an alliance of the fem-Nazis and the Islamofascists.

    Au contraire, the fembats are not the allies of the savage male Muslims. No, indeed, instead the Amazons view the Muslim male as the best free marketing devise to come along since the chastity belt. You see, feminists share the opinion of Sheik Taj Aldin al-Hilali, Mufti of Australia: men are uncontrollable beasts and the sooner the world grasps the fact, the better. One can almost hear the fembats heralding a new world order in which men are relegated to drones; which is to say, they will be few and short lived.

  6. Ash,

    re: Jews

    I do not recall the Chief Rabbi of Israel making the claims of Sheik Taj Aldin al-Hilali, Mufti of Australia. Were the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem to make such hateful pronouncements, I can assure you, Ash, he would defrocked by nightfall.
    But, can we stick with the subject, painful as that is to you?

    We are not talking about just any old Muslim, Ash. The Sheik is the democratically elected head of the Australian Islamic community. That community has not subjected him to examination, much less removal. I must logically assume, therefore, that the Australian Muslim community shares the opinions of their leader. Odd that, don't you think?

    That last was simply rhetorical.

  7. Allen, so you are bactracking now and stating that only muslims in Australia don't rise to the status of human as opposed to all muslims?

  8. Ash,

    Sheik Taj Aldin al-Hilali, Mufti of Australia made his statements concerning rape about a month ago.

    No Muslim cleric, for instance those of Saudi Arabia or Egypt, has spoken a word in condemnation of Sheik Taj Aldin al-Hilali, Mufti of Australia.

    Muslim clerics the world over encouraged Muslims to take to the streets in protest during the Great Cartoon War of 2005. They did likewise when outraged by the Pope's brief historical reference.

    Since Muslim clerics and their easily outraged followers were not equally outraged by the dicta of Sheik Taj Aldin al-Hilali, Mufti of Australia, I conclude, logically, that the world of Islam is as misogynistic as that of the Islamic community of Australia.

    Since by your own admission, genital mutilation is inhumane, you must agree that the countenancing of rape by the Muslim world is equally inhumane, assuming, of course, you do find rape inhumane.

    In consequence, I most certainly have not backtracked. I still await the voice of “Moderate” Islam.

  9. I see, so you still believe all muslims are subhuman, not just some of them.

  10. Ash,

    re: I see, so you still believe all Muslims are subhuman, not just some of them.

    No, Ash, Muslim clerics, like the Mufti of Australia, believe human beings are subhuman toys of Allah and Satan. I just report the facts. While I understand your reluctance to deal with fact, do read what the Mufti had to say via The Australian. This will be the face of Islam unless and until the religious authorities of that faith dissociate themselves from the Mufti. That is not going to happen, by the way.

  11. I have no desire to defend the mufti nor his followers. You, though, are arguing from the particular to the general. You see a bad muslim and state that fact is evidence that all muslims are bad. Now, I suppose, you could start polling muslims for their opinion, maybe as rigorous as the Lancet study on death in Iraq and then make projections as to how many of the 1.2 muslims are the bad kind and calculate a confidence range. You have posted a number of times that all muslims are bad and are less then human. You are sensitive to all jews being tarred by the actions of a few but you don't extend the same courtesy to muslims.

  12. Ash,

    I'll try this again, Sheik Taj Aldin al-Hilali, Mufti of Australia is not some Iranian rug weaver. Wrap your head around this, Ash, the Sheik is the ELECTED, undisputed, uncensored leader, the VOICE of Australian Islam. Why do you have such a problem with that? The Muslims of Australia, i.e. the corporate person, accept the words of the Sheik as gospel truth.

    Think about it this way, in the US recently, a Congressman was forced to resign and the Speaker of the House may well be replaced at the start of the next Congress. Why? Because, Ash, civilized men understand the nature of responsibility. Wrongs are punished. The alleged failure of the Speaker to respond to allegations of alleged pederasty may cost him his job. That is how civilized people handle wrong-doing. Not so Islam. If you don't like that facet of Islam, change it, but do not cling fanatically to flaccid moral equivalency.

  13. I'm in no way clinging to moral equivalency. By your logic, since one congessman is bad, all congressmen are bad. That is all I'm objecting to in your writings. You point to bad muslims and say all are bad. Please correct the record if you believe this to be false depiction of your position. Are all muslims bad?

  14. Ash,

    re: Are all Muslims bad?

    Yes, and for the same reason that all Nazis and Communists are bad. All three subscribe to inhumane belief systems beyond redemption. Two have been discredited and destroyed. Islam will follow.

    There are some few intellectuals, such as Rushdie, who are called Muslim. They are not, having been disowned by the ruling clerics. They live in hiding, constantly in fear of their lives. Such courageous souls are FORMER Muslims.

    Not being bigoted, I am willing to change my opinion just as soon as I see putative Muslims turning their backs on the Muslim clerics and politicians, en masse. As you know, that is not going to happen.

  15. Ash,

    Those Muslim clerics we were discussing earlier are hurting your cause. Yes, another major Islamic authority, this one from the UK, has made Islam appear, well, queer.

    Leading UK Imam: It's OK To Kill Gays

    I’m still waiting on that voice of “Moderate” Islam. Anyone out there care to be the first? The EB will not leak your name. You will not have to undergo cosmetic surgery and enter a witness protection program.