Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Multiculturalism in France too!

A mother faces life imprisonment after confessing she drowned her 15-month-old daughter in the English Channel because the child was 'incompatible' with her love life.

CCTV footage has emerged of Fabienne Kabou, 36, from Senegal, pushing little Adelaide to the coast of Berck sur Mer on November 19.  The next day, Adelaide was found dead, strapped in a pushchair submerged in the water, by a fisherman.

After ten days of searching nationwide, police used DNA from the pram to trace Ms Kabou to the home she shares with a 63-year-old man in Paris, where she was arrested.

Ms Kabou, a philosophy student, told police she took the drastic move after deciding motherhood was 'incompatible' with her love life with Adelaide's father.

The case has sparked outrage as hundreds took to the streets outside the court and on the coast in a White March - a French style of demonstrating against child cruelty.

Ms Kabou had told her boyfriend, a sculptor, that she had handed over the little girl to her grandmother who had agreed to look after her in Senegal, police claim.

On Saturday, Kabou was taken under Police guard to Boulogne sur Mer and questioned for four hours by an examining judge in a closed court session.

The judge placed her under investigation for murder. She was remanded in custody pending her trial. Her lawyer Fabienne Roy-Nansion  who was present during the interrogation said that her client had made a full confession.

In an interview with Le Parisien newspaper the father of Adelaïde said that Fabienne Kabou had been 'a magnificent' mother to her child.

Neighbours of the couple said they were at a loss to understand how the mother of the Adelaïde could have wanted to be rid of her.


Lying For the homosexual Cause – Par for the Course

It comes as no surprise that the militant activists who champion immoral and amoral lifestyles are more than happy to use any method to achieve their goals. So lying is par for the course. And it also comes as no surprise that the lamestream media will always happily promote the deceit and falsehoods, but almost never report on any retractions or corrections.

The media is up to its ears in collusion with the activists, and they are an utter disgrace. That is why of course the alternative media has sprung up and is flourishing – it is vital that truth gets out in the public arena, and if the MSM will not report the facts, then others will.

I have discussed a number of hoax homosexual hate crime incidents previously.

There are plenty more. Indeed, one of the biggest hoaxes (which many of us knew about all along) has to do with the death of homosexual icon Matthew Shepard. This was proclaimed by the MSM as a typical case of anti-homosexual hate. But it was nothing of the sort. And while every MSM outlet in the world pushed the original story like crazy, the new-found truth is barely being heard about.

I refer to a new book written by homosexual author Stephen Jimenez. It completely blows the lid on all the lies and deception that have been going on over this story. And of course the MSM has basically ignored it – there are just too many inconvenient truths here.

Here is how one review of this opens: “Stephen Jimenez didn’t set out to be the most dangerous journalist on earth. Or, more to the point, the most dangerous gay journalist. But Jimenez unearthed a story that few people wanted to hear. And it calls into question everything you think you know about the life and death of one of the leading icons of our age. Matthew Shepard, college student. Killed, at 21, for being gay. Or was he?

“Jimenez’s The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, out last month, challenges every cultural myth surrounding Shepard’s short life and unspeakable death. After some 13 years of digging, including interviews with more than 100 sources, including Shepard’s killers, Jimenez makes a radioactive suggestion: The grisly murder, 15 years ago this month, was no hate crime. Shepard’s tragic and untimely demise may not have been fueled by his sexual orientation, but by drugs. For Shepard had likely agreed to trade methamphetamines for sex. And it killed him.”

Ignored by the MSM, Jimenez was also vilified by his own: “Yet the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog recently accused Jimenez of serving as a lapdog of ‘right-wing pundits, radio hosts and bloggers.’ In Washington, DC, gay activists pestered bookstores to cancel Jimenez’s appearances. So much for free speech. ‘It’s offensive,’ said Jimenez.”

But as I say, there are plenty of these frauds and hoaxes around, all vigorously promoted by a compliant MSM. Let’s look at a few more recent cases. The first one comes from Wisconsin:

“A former full-time volunteer for Wisconsin state senator and U.S. House candidate Chad Lee (R) recanted his claim Monday that he had suffered a beating and threats for his sexuality and political affiliation. Kyle Wood, 29, had originally reported to the Madison, Wis., police that a man had broken into his apartment and proceeded to assault and threaten him on Oct. 24….

“When Wood first contacted The Daily Caller with the story, he submitted photos detailing the injuries he sustained to his face and neck. It is unclear whether Wood inflicted the injuries on himself or if he simply made up the political backstory to an unrelated violent act.

“The issue of falsely reported hate crimes also came into play before the 2008 presidential election. In October of that year, a Republican campaign volunteer for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) carved a backwards ‘B’ into her own cheek and told police that a black man had done it after seeing her McCain bumper sticker.”

A more recent episode comes from New Jersey: “After a gay server at a New Jersey restaurant said a customer denied her a tip and wrote her a hateful note on the receipt, a local family contacted NBC 4 New York and said their receipt shows they paid a tip and didn’t write any such note.

“Dayna Morales, a former Marine and a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, posted a photo on Facebook earlier this month, showing the bill with a line through the space for a tip. The photo of the receipt showed someone had written, ‘I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle.’

“Morales indicated in her Facebook post, and in subsequent media interviews – including with NBC 4 New York – that the customer wrote that line. But a family contacted NBC 4 New York claiming their receipt from the restaurant shows they did leave a tip, and provided what they said was a credit card statement as proof.”

Even more bizarre is the fact that the couple in question are actually pro-homosexual and pro-homosexual marriage. Yet the original story went viral on the MSM. Of course the subsequent rebuttal has barely been found anywhere with the MSM. Why are we not surprised?

There are plenty more homosexual hate crime hoaxes which have been revealed recently.

So what we have here are homosexual militants quite happy to lie through their teeth, making up stories of fake attacks. And just as bad is a complicit media which swallows everything these guys tell them, without even asking any hard questions or expecting a shred of evidence.

Yet when the stories are found to be whopping lies, where is the media then? Crickets chirping – that’s it. So the MSM is clearly fully in bed with the militant homosexual activists, and are as happy to spread lies and deception as are the activists.

Thankfully the alternative media exists to expose these frauds and challenge the lies. But this is what we are up against from the other side. Morality means nothing to them. Just as during the Cold War morality meant whatever advanced the cause of communism, so too with the activists and social engineers today.

They will lie at the drop of a hat if they think it will advance their cause. So we not only have a deathstyle which is dangerous in the extreme, but we have militant activist groups which will resort to any immoral or amoral means to achieve their perverted ends.

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Does prayer help us resist temptation? Talking to God boosts self-control and emotional stability, claims study

Praying helps people stay in control of their emotions and behaviour, according to a new study.

People turn to prayer 'as a coping response to the high demands in life' and are rewarded with increased strength and ability to resist temptation, researchers said.

Previous findings have shown that when people try hard to control their emotions and thoughts, the risk of aggressive outbursts and binge drinking or eating rises.

But the latest study, by German psychologists at Saarland University and the University of Mannheim, found that praying helps people maintain self-control.

'A brief period of personal prayer buffered the self-control depletion effect', wrote the team, whose findings are published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology online.

'These results are consistent with and contribute to a growing body of work attesting to the beneficial effects of praying on self-control.'

Praying has already been linked in the past to reduced levels of infidelity and alcohol consumption.

The German authors recruited 79 people, of whom 41 were Christian, 14 atheists, 10 agnostic and 14 belonged to other religions.

Participants were each left alone for five minutes and asked to either pray or think freely about one thing as intensely as possible.

Next they all watched a funny film clips with half told to react normally and half required to try to suppress their emotions and control their facial reactions.

Finally, they took part in Stroop tests, where words describing colours appear in different coloured inks, such as the word blue written in red ink.

Participants must respond to the ink colour, not the written word, which requires self-control as our instinct is to read the word in front of us.

Those who thought freely in the first part of the test and then tried to suppress their emotions during the film clips were found to struggle with the Stroop task.

But this was not the case for participants who prayed at the start of the study - showing they still had high levels of self-control at the end.

The authors also found those who first prayed had tried just as hard to suppress emotions during the film clips 'but did not become depleted'


The supermarket chain  that British elitists love to hate

On a bleak November afternoon, on an industrial estate on the Welsh border, the Iceland team are gearing up for another battered and breaded Christmas.

At the HQ of the frozen food giant, chefs have prepared — defrosted! — a banquet featuring all their festive showstoppers.

Like a little matchstick girl, I press my nose against the test kitchen window and gaze upon the golden and glazed glory of Iceland, spread across a groaning table.

Behold an Iceland hog roast crouching on a platter, an Iceland three bird roast, an Iceland venison roast and an Iceland pastry cushion stuffed with meat.

There are tiny bread coffins with tails sticking out of them (prawn toasts), there are rolls, goujons, sticks, bites, mini-kebabs, savoury cones, quiches and thimble-sized pies.

There is a big, fluffy cake that looks as if it has just hosted a raspberry massacre.

‘Come on, Jan, tuck in!’ cry the Iceland men, as I hesitate between a dough ball or a chorizo pastry — the two items rather remind me of a thumb before and after it’s been flattened by a hammer.

Merrily snacking away in the middle of the kitchen is Malcolm Walker, the boss, the big frozen cheese, Mr Iceland himself.

He is holding an indeterminate nugget of something or other in his hands. I know what he is going to say. We all know what he is going to say. So say it, Malcolm.

‘This is absolutely delicious,’ he cries.

Of course he does. Walker is the effervescent chief executive, the plain-speaking northern entrepreneur who started Iceland way back in 1970.

He and his partner began with one shop in Oswestry, Shropshire, selling loose frozen vegetables to grateful housewives, and turned it into a frosty giant.

Today, Iceland has 800 stores in the UK — from Aberdeen to Truro — employs 25,000 people and is still run by Walker, who seems to have an impeccable perception of his customer base and the appeal of his stores.

Walker also knows what his customers want to eat — from prawn rings to platters of frozen sandwiches.

Frozen sandwiches?

‘Yes. We tried to take them off the shelves, but they are so popular, especially at this time of year.’

Walker knows all too well that there is a blizzard of metropolitan snobbery about Iceland; a great deal of misplaced mockery about the type of food they sell and the kind of people who buy it.

‘A woman from the Guardian came to interview me recently. She kept saying: “You got rich selling s*** to poor people on benefits, what do you say about that?” She just wouldn’t let it go,’ he says, bemused.

‘Maybe some of our customers don’t care because they are on a budget and they just need value.

‘Nevertheless, we care. We go as far as we can to make our products as healthy as possible for the money. Whatever you might think of our products, I’m so proud of them.’

The lady from the Guardian was  also unimpressed with the pin-up calendar displayed in the Iceland executive bathroom.

‘I told her it was only there because the photoshoot took place on the Iceland company aeroplane,’ says Walker, as if that explains everything.

Still, he long ago banned (nearly) all artificial additives from his stores, his company and its own products came out of the horsemeat scandal well and he pays his staff more than most High Street employers — but can we forgive him for selling doner kebab pizzas for £1?

‘I was horrified myself when the buyers introduced it, but it makes a fortune so who am I to contradict? It sells like hell.

We do £80,000 a week on doner kebab pizza,’ he says, pointing out that Iceland sells a great many other pizzas, including a more expensive range which are ‘made in the foothills of the Dolomites’.

Are they better because they’re made in Italy? ‘No, but that is just the starting point.’

A sprightly 67-year-old with a boyish haircut, and — I’m going to say it — a rather kindly air, Walker certainly enjoys the appurtenances of his wealth. He shoots, he sails, he skis, he eats a healthy Mediterranean diet.

‘Anita Roddick of The Body Shop once said if you eat tomatoes every day, you will never need to buy her products. So I have lots of tomatoes, grilled fish, olive oil, whatever.’

Do you eat a lot of your own products? ‘Yes, I do.’ How do they fit into the Mediterranean diet? ‘They don’t. But I am not obsessive about it.’

Married to Rhianydd (‘Ranny’) for more than 40 years, he has two daughters, one son and eight grandchildren.

The kids were brought up having to work for their pocket money and were educated privately at day schools — he was aghast at the thought of sending his beloved children away to boarding school.

He is a family man who has been shattered by the onset of his wife’s Alzheimer’s, but grateful he has the funds to cope as best he can.

‘The past nine months it has become impossible, but I am in a position that I can afford care,’ he says. ‘I cannot imagine how it must devastate people’s lives if they cannot.

‘Give up work, have somebody from the council coming in two hours a week? I just cannot imagine. I worry about where it is all going to go with Ranny, but she still recognises me and she goes out to lunch, but has to have people with her.’

Reportedly worth £215 million, he lives in a meticulously restored Elizabethan manor house on a grand estate just outside Chester, sends his Bentley Flying Spur and chauffeur to pick me up from the station and wears discreetly stylish clothes of excellent quality, regularly purchased from a menswear shop in Belgravia.

He loves his family and living well, but most of all, he love, love, loves his Iceland.

Iceland has also recently been the subject of a three-part fly-on-the-wall BBC 2 documentary, Life In The Freezer Cabinet.

It revealed Walker to be a popular boss, the first to leap into fancy dress at staff parties, very hands on, able to take direct criticism and act upon it.

He is proud of the fact that Iceland staff, besides being better paid than those of rival shops, enjoy lots of perks.

In one episode, we saw him personally delivering a suitcase containing a £10,000 cash bonus to be shared among the sobbing employees at the best-performing store.

It was hard to know who got the biggest kick out of this annual stunt, Walker or his staff.

Indeed, he was such a hit in the documentary that some have even suggested he is a new entrepreneurial telly star in the mould of Lord Sugar, or perhaps Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary. Walker looks horrified.

‘Alan Sugar is horrible and that’s not how we behave here. Michael O’Leary doesn’t give a s*** about his customers, but we do.’

Perhaps neither of them would ever dare to put chicken tikka masala or hoisin duck on a pizza (‘It’s only meat shavings and the sales are going ballistic’), but Walker’s mission now is to convince us that Iceland food is not as terrible as you might think. Indeed, their best sellers are bread, milk, frozen chicken breasts and skinless salmon fillets.

‘Half the population of the UK would never shop in Iceland and half love us and shop in us all the time.

‘It is polarised. Middle-class shoppers will go to Waitrose or Sainsbury’s and never dream of going to Iceland but their prejudice is unfounded.’

He believes Iceland cannot enjoy the modish popularity of budget supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl because its image is too entrenched.

But perhaps the company does not help itself with products such as this year’s notorious Bubble Bobble Prawns, a seafood snack that looks like lizard toes enrobed in a coating of Rice Krispies.

At £1 for a pack of ten, you have to wonder what dark corner of hell they were dragged from.

‘But you haven’t tried them, Jan!’ says Malcolm, as he bites into one. ‘They are fantastic. If you were at 10 Downing Street and David Cameron came around with a plate of Bubble Bobbles as a canape, you would say thank you Prime Minister, that is delicious — and it is.’ ....

He is evangelical about the benefits of frozen food, admitting only  that green beans, at a push, taste better fresh.

He is dismissive of ‘fresh’ foods in supermarket chiller cabinets — ‘How can a chicken casserole stay fresh for ten days?‘ he scoffs — and is planning still further Iceland expansion.

He is a proper, old-fashioned British businessman, whose darkest days came in 2001, when he stepped down as Iceland’s chief executive, amid an investigation into a £13.5 million share sale.

‘Instead of retiring a hero, I retired under a cloud, so it was shattering,’ he says.

Three years later, Walker was cleared of any wrongdoing and returned to Iceland in 2005. By that time, the company had severe problems — and rescuing it was a matter of urgency.

‘We were on the edge of bankruptcy, it was game over. The books were a mess, the offices were a mess. I got everything cleaned up, got some pride back. The place had been trashed.’

Iceland’s recovery was immediate. The company now operates a franchise in Spain and is opening 150 new international stores — including in the Czech Republic.

‘Hungary is corrupt and they pickle everything in Poland, so we are going Czech,’ says the boss. They are even starting to export Iceland frozen foods overseas — to the Falkland Islands, among other places.

Is that entirely fair? First an Argie invasion, now a Bubble Bobble Prawn one. One thing is for sure, second time around, there is no stopping Malcolm Walker. Beware everywhere — the Iceland cometh.



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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