14 January 2008

Like a villian from one of his own movies

When the news of the child’s1 whereabouts broke Mr. Stone went away spitting mad, not at his FARC heroes, who had been exposed as child abusers, but at Mr. Uribe and Mr. Bush. Of the FARC he said, “Grabbing hostages is the fashion in which they can finance themselves and try to achieve their goals, which are difficult. I think they are heroic to fight for what they believe in and die for it, as was Castro in the hills of Cuba.”

— [source]

So why doesn’t Stone volunteer to be kidnapped to help with FARC funding? Because no one would pay to get him back?


1 The son of Clara Rojas, whose mother was kidnapped by FARC in 2002.

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Just not serious

A survey of travel habits has revealed that the most environmentally conscious people are also the biggest polluters.

“Green” consumers have some of the biggest carbon footprints because they are still hooked on flying abroad or driving their cars while their adherence to the green cause is mostly limited to small gestures.

Identified as “eco-adopters?, they are most likely to be members of an environmental organisation, buy green products such as detergents, recycle and have a keen interest in green issues.

But the survey of 25,000 people, by the market research company Target Group Index, found that eco-adopters are seven per cent more likely than the general population to take flights, and four per cent more likely to own a car. The survey found similar trends in France and the United States.

— [source, source

Now we see the hypocrisy embedded in the system.

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It's about us, not you

A Muslim police officer given bacon and wine as a Secret Santa gift decided to treat it as a harmless if tasteless joke. But a non-Muslim colleague failed to show the same level of tolerance.

The officer who supplied the gift, 26-year-old PC Rob Murrie, was reported to his superiors for racism.

And PC Murrie subsequently came under such pressure that he felt he had no option but to resign from the Bedfordshire force.

[…]

Yesterday, the target of the joke, 31-year-old Arshad Mahmood, said he still regarded PC Murrie as “a good officer and a good friend”, while Muslim community leaders accused police chiefs of “overreacting” to the incident at Luton police station. [emphasis added]

— [source, Hot Air]

Here we see the true dimension of political correctness, where everyone except the ruling class is dehumanized. Even the “victim” and local Muslim community see this as an over reaction, but who cares about them? Not their putative protectors.

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