It seems that in Britain too these days a "teen" refers to a BLACK teen. The picture below was NOT included in the news report that I reproduce below. In response to events such as that below, British commentators often ask where "we" have gone wrong. The "we" is misplaced. It should be "they". The fact that American jails are stuffed to the gills with blacks is just coincidence, of course
Two teenagers were given life sentences today for the murder of schoolboy Lyle Tulloch who was stabbed 13 times during an argument over a mobile phone at a birthday party. Damien Solowabe, 18, and Tobi Peters, 17, both of London, will serve a minimum 12 years after being found guilty at the Old Bailey last December.
Lyle, 15, from Peckham, had been at a party in Southwark, south-east London, last May when his friend asked to use Solowabe's phone. When Solowabe could not find it an argument began and Lyle was chased outside and into a stairwell where he was stabbed in the chest and thigh.
"This is another tragic example of what can happen when knives are used to settle arguments," said Scotland Yard's Detective Inspector David Willis, in a statement after sentencing.
Council tax levy for being middle class: Labour plan to base bills on social background
Homeowners may have to pay more council tax than local authority tenants in identical properties under plans that could lead to 'class war', the Conservatives warned last night. At present, they would be in the same tax band. But the Government wants to base bills on the social background of homeowners, it is claimed. Privately-owned homes would be penalised because they are not in 'social ownership', according to the Tories.
Ministers are developing a computer database with details of all four million council properties in Britain - and handing the details to council tax inspectors. The news comes as Labour seeks to introduce 'Harman's Law' - a proposal that would force all public bodies to consider social background as well as race, age, gender, disability and sexuality.
The blueprint, unveiled this month by deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman, prompted fears that the better-off could see a squeeze on their access to everything from health care to school places. Shadow local government spokesman Caroline Spelman said: 'No one would dispute that council tax for a large detached house should be more than for a small terrace. 'But it is unfair to hit families with higher council tax bills purely because of who they are. 'Labour's only response after a decade of failing to help poor families is to hammer everyone else with higher taxes. Taxing hard work and success is just the hypocritical politics of envy and will do nothing to improve social mobility. 'Ministers have been watching too much Life on Mars and want to drag the whole country back to the Seventies. 'Gordon Brown's plans to reignite class war and bring back socialism are a desperate and cynical move to win back his disillusioned core vote.'
Parliamentary questions have revealed that all council housing will be logged on the National Register of Social Housing by April. The data transferred to tax inspectors includes the address, location, floor space, number of living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms for each council house. Since social housing is only available to people with lower social and economic backgrounds, it acts as an accurate benchmark for the Government's explicit aim to 'address socio-economic disadvantage'. Under the current council tax system, those on low incomes are eligible for up to 100 per cent council tax benefit. But the Tories warn that when the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) revalues homes to update tax bands, council housing could also be put in lower bands than similar, privately-owned homes.
A spokesman for the Communities and Local Government department said: 'Revaluation will not happen in this Parliament. 'The purpose of the register is to provide a better evidence base for developing housing policy through up-to-date information on, for example, the size and age of a property and its energy efficiency. 'It will be centrally held and so reduce the burden of data collection that landlords face. 'Tax banding has always been determined on the value of the property at April 1, 1991. 'The principles of valuation for council tax are exactly the same as they were when council tax was first introduced in 1993. 'The VOA is merely keeping existing council tax records up to date - that is their job, which has not changed since council tax was introduced. 'Any claims to the contrary are misleading and unfounded.'
More anti-white bigotry
I didn't vote for Barack Obama, nor do I agree with him on just about anything, but I found a lot to be proud of today as I watched us peacefully transfer power while hundreds of thousands waved American flags. But I was greatly disappointed because there was entirely too much discussion of race. As long as we make the color of our skin a focal point of our discussions we cannot be truly united. My disappointment turned to disgust when Rev. Lowry, while delivering the benediction, prayed that "whites would embrace what is right."
This is offensive on so many levels. First, at the inauguration he should not be praying for categories of people, but for all people. Second, I don't think of myself as a "white", but as a person or as an American. Third, the insinuation is that "whites" don't normally embrace what is right.
Please, pundits, preachers, and politicians, STOP separating us! This is learned behavior that is unnecessarily being passed along to our children and it is harmful to our country.
I grew up in Flint, Michigan during the 1960's and early 70's. The neighborhoods were diverse, as first and second and third generation immigrants came to work in the factories and as Southerners migrated north to find jobs. Despite the vast cultural differences, folks generally got along and wanted the same things for their children--for them to be respectful, patriotic, and well-behaved, and for them to finish high school and get a job. The basic facts of life were these-love God, your family and your country.
My brother's friends were a good snapshot of the diversity of our neighborhood. Second and third generation Lebanese, Irish, German, Italian, English, and Polish kids hung out at our home. My best friend, Annette, was Black, although I never thought of her as Black or me as White. I'd say we didn't think any further about diversity than the fact that our mothers cooked different kinds of food and we enjoyed it all.
I never heard any words of division. My mother always said that God loved everyone and made everyone in His image. In our family the measure of a person was how they treated others, not their race or ethnicity. In fact, race and ethnicity wasn't even mentioned. Our family was wonderfully color-blind. My parents tried to shelter me from the ugliness of the race riots and discrimination going on in the world, but they couldn't shelter me forever.
In October of 1970, my friend Annette and I decided to enter our school's Halloween costume contest as the prince and princess of Fez, characters from a book we had just read. Our mothers made us beautiful costumes. Annette and I were excited as we walked into the crowded auditorium. If our parents had any reservations about sending their mixed race couple into a crowded auditorium, they didn't mention it to us. Everyone was staring and whispering as we walked down the aisle to the seats in the front of the auditorium. Annette and I thought it was because we had the most elaborate costumes and we were so proud. Our moms were proud too, but we had no idea that it had nothing to do with the costumes. At the end of the evening, Annette and I walked away with first place ribbons. Many months later my mother explained the significance of the ribbons and the racial tensions of the time. It was my shocking first indication that people judged others based on the color of their skin. It didn't make any sense to me. Annette and her family were just like us. Regular folks.
As I got older, I learned more about the context of those racial tensions. My father took me to the family cemetery and as we put flowers on each grave he told me the story of my great great grandfather and his heroics as a Union soldier-of his wounding and capture and imprisonment in a southern prisoner of war camp.
I thought about all of this today as I heard Rev. Lowry and bristled at his words. To Rev. Lowry and others who choose to separate us, I say this: I refuse to accept the blame for sins I did not commit. I resent the insinuation that the color of my skin indicates my thoughts or actions. I am disgusted that on a day for all Americans to rejoice in our democratic republic you chose to divide us. But if you insist on dividing us, I will indulge you for a moment and remind you that because of "whites" like my great great grandfather and because of a thousand small acts by "whites" like my parents, today was possible. I guess you could say they "embraced what is right". I feel cheapened by even indulging these separations here in these few sentences penned to make a point.
I pray for the day when people are not judged based on the actions of others, or the actions of their ancestors, or on the color of their skin. Sadly, it was obvious that today was not that day.
A defining moment
So the inevitable has now come about in the teetering civilisation of Europe, and it has happened first in the Netherlands. One of the supposedly most liberal societies on the planet wants to criminalise someone for telling the truth. The BBC reports that Dutch Freedom Party MP Geert Wilders is to be put on trial
`...for for inciting hatred and discrimination, based on comments by him in various media on Muslims and their beliefs'...In March 2008, Mr Wilders posted a film about the Koran on the internet, prompting angry protests across the Muslim World. The opening scenes of Fitna - a Koranic term sometimes translated as `strife' - show a copy of the holy book followed by footage of the bomb attacks on the US on 11 September 2001, London in July 2005 and Madrid in March 2004. Pictures appearing to show Muslim demonstrators holding up placards saying `God bless Hitler' and `Freedom go to hell' also feature. The film ends with the statement: `Stop Islamisation. Defend our freedom.' Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said at the time that the film wrongly equated Islam with violence and served `no purpose other than to offend'. A year earlier, Mr Wilders described the Koran as a `fascist book' and called for it to be banned in `the same way we ban Mein Kampf', in a letter published in the De Volkskrant newspaper.This is what I wrote about Fitna last March:
It shows very clearly the precise nature of what the civilised world is up against, a war of religion with striking similarities to Nazi ideology and murderous mass hysteria. It was, however, very careful not to call for the Koran or Islam to be banned. Instead it confined itself to calling for Muslims to reform their faith by removing the bad bits of the Koran, and for an end to the Islamising of Europe. To that extent it was not extreme at all, and indeed reformist Muslims themselves say much the same thing. On the other hand, it did not make any acknowledgement of those Muslims around the world who do not subscribe to the application of their religion as represented in the film, and who live pacific and unthreatening lives in both Muslim and non-Muslim countries. It was nevertheless accurate in its depiction of the religion and therefore could not be considered insulting. As a result, reaction from the Muslim world has so far been muted (although that may change). As the Financial Times reported: Omar Bakri, the Libyan-based radical Muslim cleric who is barred from Britain, did not think the film was very offensive. `On the contrary, if we leave out the first images and the sound of the page being torn, it could be a film by the [Islamist] Mujahideen,' he said.Ever since Fitna appeared, Wilders has had to live under police protection. But far from defending him and western civilisation from the totalitarian threat to life and liberty arising from the attempt to suppress discussion of radical Islamism and the religion upon which it draws, the Dutch have now decided to suppress it themselves. As has been pointed out elsewhere, in The River War published in 1899, Winston Churchill wrote this:
How dreadful are the curses which Islam lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.During the 1930s and World War Two, the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine – from whom, incidentally, Hamas are directly descended – were the allies of Hitler. Heinrich Himmler observed:
A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property‹either as a child, a wife, or a concubine must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Islam is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science -the science against which it had vainly struggled - the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.
Muslims responded to the call of Muslim leaders and joined our side because of their hatred of our joint Jewish-English-Bolshevik enemies, and because of their belief and respect for, above all -- our Fuehrer.And Churchill wrote in turn:
In truth though, just as the British stoicism recalls the same from 65 years ago, so too, there is a deep and instructive similarity between the Nazis and the Islamic-fascist forces that attacked then and attack today. The fact of the matter is that even more important than invoking the famous British ‘stiff upper lip,’ to fight this current war to victory requires understanding and accepting the similarities between the Nazis and the Arab-Islamic terrorist armies.If Churchill were to have said these things today, he too would surely have been prosecuted, at least in the Netherlands, for inciting hatred and discrimination just for fighting for freedom against enslavement -- on behalf of life and liberty-loving Muslims as well as everyone else. This is a defining moment for Europe. It is when people have to decide what side they are on. All those ‘human rights’ supporters who tell us endlessly that we can only defend our society against terror if we remain true to its values now must decide whether they are going to defend Geert Wilders against the attempt to criminalise him for exercising his freedom to speak in defence of life, liberty and western liberalism -- or whether they are going to run up the white flag in the face of Islamist totalitarianism enforced by its already enslaved western dupes.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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