Friday, March 21, 2014
Some multicultural murder in Britain
A jealous lover who murdered his girlfriend over her affair with a man she met on a dating site for Oxbridge graduates was jailed for life today.
Jonathan Tebbs, 46, stabbed dedicated town hall chief Kate Dixon 29 times with a Swiss Army knife before reading an Oscar Wilde poem about a man who kills his wife.
He stripped her clothes off and calmly carried her into the shower where he washed the blood from her lifeless body at a flat in Streatham, south London.
The killer attempted to scrub the murder scene clean and then searched on the internet for Wilde's The Ballad of Reading Gaol, which includes the verse: 'Yet each man kills the thing he loves … The coward does it with a kiss, the brave man with the sword.'
Cambridge-educated council chief Kate Dixon branded her ex-lover a 'Nazi' days before he stabbed her to death with Swiss Army knife
Tebbs became enraged after learning Ms Dixon, 41, was in a relationship with a man she met on Blue Match - an upper crust dating website for Oxbridge graduates.
The controlling killer became increasingly possessive after believing that he and Ms Dixon were meant to be together, Southwark Crown Court heard.
He flew into a rage after confronting the council figurehead about her relationship with Mark Baynes when he caught the pair on Skype together.
Today, a jury of seven women and five men took less than three hours to unanimously find Tebbs guilty of murder.
The killer, wearing a black three-piece suit, lavender shirt and blue tie, bowed his head as the verdict was announced while cries of 'yes' came from the public gallery packed with Kate's close friends and family.
A statement prepared on behalf of the grieving family said: 'Kate's shocking death has deprived Kate of a life she enjoyed and richly deserved.
'It has deprived Kate and Mark Baynes of the life that they were planning together and were looking forward too very much.
'It has deprived the council of a manager who contributed much to services she was involved in and it has deprived her close colleagues and friends of Kate's company.'
Sacha Wass QC, defending, said Tebbs 'lost his temper', adding: 'He clearly loved her, he clearly felt unable to cope without her and because of his personality traits, it was much more difficult for him to intellectualise, which he clearly tried to do but clearly failed to do, because of his actions on that night.'
Ms Dixon, who was joint head of strategy, equality and performance at Islington Council, started a tumultuous 12-year romance with Tebbs after meeting him on a Tube train.
But she became disillusioned and on numerous occasions tried to end the relationship despite being 'fearful' of Tebbs and 'frightened of what he was capable of'.
On the night of the killing, Ms Dixon finally plucked up the courage to end the relationship with Tebbs after he caught her Skyping Mr Baynes.
Tebbs, who taped his conversations with Ms Dixon, made his final ever recording of his girlfriend just shortly before he stabbed her to death.
Jurors were played the chilling two-and-a-half-hour recording which began after Tebbs had snatched Ms Dixon's phone away from her, demanding to know more about her new romance.
Ms Dixon told Tebbs that she wanted to end their relationship but the jealous lover quickly interrupted and went on an hour-long unbroken rant, accusing her of cheating on him because of her difficult relationship with her father.
The court heard that Ms Dixon had undergone psychotherapy after meeting her biological father for the first time.
Tebbs began raising his voice when she refused to tell him exactly where her new boyfriend was from in the Midlands.
He shouted at her that she had 'destroyed their relationship' by seeing Mr Baynes and then demanded to know whether they had sex.
Tebbs barked: 'He comes from Birmingham, has cups of coffee, gives you a kiss, and then says goodbye - is that it?'
The tape cut out shortly before Tebbs stabbed Ms Dixon to death with his Swiss Army knife.
Tebbs, who bowed his head in the dock and stared down at the floor while the tape was played, wiped tears from his eyes once it had finished.
Giving evidence, he denied being a possessive or controlling partner and claimed Ms Dixon had no reason to be scared of him.
'I was very supportive of her, and I think she developed and grew as a person and a woman over the years, and I was proud to see that happen and as a result of that I fell in love with her even more', he said.
The pair planned to move in together in September 2012, but Tebbs' discovery of an online dating flyer on the day of the move led to their fourth break up in 12 years.
Tebbs said of the final row: 'She was leading up to say the relationship wasn't working and I was trying to rationalise it.'
She told me: 'Our relationship is over. I said "Do you really mean this?" She looked me in the eye and said 'Life is unfair.
'I said with incredulity "I can't believe it" - I grabbed the knife off the laptop and by the time she moved back I didn't say anything else, I just stabbed her.' He added: 'I can't believe I did it, I can't believe it was me.'
Tebbs had told the court how he ultimately dialled 999, but this was only done at 10am the following morning after he had dragged her body to the bathroom to undress and wash her.
In the hours after the murder Tebbs researched Oscar Wilde poetry and how to write a will online, before withdrawing cash and emailing his sister with the line: 'I stabbed her'.
On July 1 he contacted police when he handed them a five-page statement. He was charged with murder the following day.
Tributes flooded in for Ms Dixon, with colleagues describing her as the 'best manager they ever had'.
The council figurehead was responsible for some of the biggest projects focusing on helping vulnerable people in Islington, including underprivileged children.
Tebbs, of Finsbury Park, north London, was convicted of murder.
He had admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Sentencing Tebbs to life imprisonment and ordering he serve at least 19 years, Judge McCreath said: 'Kate Dixon, of whom we have heard much during this trial and of whom we have heard more from the moving statement read to the court this morning, was a good, kind and much loved woman.
'The evidence I have heard makes it plain that even from the time she tried to end her relationship with you, a combination of that kindness, her affection for you and the domination you exercised over her made it impossible for her to do so.
'The evidence also shows that whilst you are, as I recognise, a man of virtues, you are also a man who needs to be in control of those you are close to and you are a man with quick temper.'
The judge said the break-up 'cannot have come to you as a bolt out of the blue'. 'Everything she said to you that night she had already told you or tried to on the previous Monday night. You stabbed her many, many times.
'She tried her best to defend herself against the brutal attack and - on your own account - begged you to stop. I accept that this was not premeditated.
'The fact remains that this was a ferocious attack on a defenceless, vulnerable woman, a woman much smaller than you and in her own home, with a knife.
'Your reaction was not to seek any sort of help but instead you cleared up the scene of this dreadful event and manufactured a false account of what had happened.
'You will remain in prison for a minimum term which I must now set. The sentence on you is imprisonment for life, with a minimum term of 20 years, less the time you have spend in custody on remand.'
Cambridge University college forced to drop 'racist' Gone With The Wind ball theme after complaints
Great cinematic art of yesteryear is the incorrectness of today
A Cambridge University college was forced to drop plans for a 'racist' Gone With The Wind themed ball after complaints from students.
St Edmund's College had planned to theme its annual summer ball around the 1939 Oscar-winning film staring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.
However, organisers have been forced to abandon their original plans, and instead re-brand the event the Journey Through The Seasons ball after concerns were raised over the racism in the film.
Although Gone With The Wind is most famous for its depiction of the enduring romance between Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler, it has been heavily criticised - both at the time of its release and now 75 years on - for its glamourisation of slavery, and its stereotypical depiction of black characters.
Founded in 1896, St Edmund's prides itself as being one of the most diverse colleges at the University, with students coming from over fifty different countries.
St Edmund's Student Mamusu Kallon, who was born in Sierra Leone, had been angered by the original choice of theme. 'It is a film that glamourises the romantic dreams of a slave owner and a KKK member while rendering the horrors of slavery invisible,' the third-year human, social and political science student told The Independent.
'The black characters fulfil every derogatory racist stereotype of the "slave" and black people continue to be subject to the modern-day versions of these stereotypes. Surely Cambridge University should not be perpetuating this?'
The decision to change the theme of the annual May Ball, which costs as much as £129 per person to attend, was made by organisers last month.
A website advertising the ball states: 'We are pleased to announce the theme for St Edmund's May Ball 2014 is "Journey Through the Seasons".
'Experience all four seasons in one memorable night; our college grounds will evoke fruitful autumn gardens, long midwinter nights, the early hours of spring and the fierce passion of midsummer.
'Expect scorching heat and wild storms throughout this explosive May Ball.'
Last year the event was themed around the 1920s set F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby.
A St Edmund's College spokesman told MailOnline: 'The committee initially selected the theme of Gone with the Wind, but then changed it to "Journey through the Seasons" after concern was expressed by some of our students.
'The college felt that it would have only been necessary for it to intervene formally if the matter had not been resolved satisfactorily.
'The college supports the change of theme and is proud of its record of friendliness and cordiality.'
Bill O’Reilly Is Wrong: Jay-Z Is Worthy of America’s Respect
Count me as a fan of the divergent brands of Fox News, hip-hop and Jay-Z. Growing up in the Bronx, New York in the 1980s and 1990s, a product of the New York City public school system, hip-hop is in my blood. It has changed my life for the better, as the hip-hop lifestyle teaches so many important American values. From the importance of rising up no matter what your circumstances, to constantly working hard and seeking more and more, to personal responsibility, there are so many hip-hop values that all Americans – including political conservatives – must appreciate.
As CEO of a leading New York PR agency, we have represented countless hip-hop artists, including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Ice-Cube, Snoop Dogg and others — and it’s been a great experience.
As readers of FrontPage Magazine know, I am a proud conservative – for many reasons. Foremost among those reasons is the fact that I shouldn’t be penalized tax-wise for my success. No one gave me anything. As a conservative, it is evident that the media are often liberally-biased and Fox News, the fair and balanced network, has eliminated liberal bias from at least one station. Yet, too often conservatives are out of touch with youth culture, and a perfect example of that is overlooking the countless ways that hip-hop has made America a better country.
Bill O’Reilly’s perpetual attacks upon the hip-hop industry are wrong and misguided. This week, O’Reilly confronted Valerie Jarret, a senior advisor to President Obama, on-air as they were discussing Obama’s new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which seeks to help minorities find role models. O’Reilly said, “You’re gonna have to get people like Jay-Z, alright, Kanye West, all of these gangsta rappers to knock it off. That’s number one.” He continued, saying that young males idolize “these guys with the hats on backwards” and “terrible rap lyrics,” and that these “gangsta rappers” and “tattoo guys” need to speak to kids and tell them that they’ve “got to stop the disruptive behavior or you’re going to wind up in a morgue or in prison.”
O’Reilly continually speaks negatively about hip-hop, and inaccurately claimed that Jay-Z and Kanye West were “gangster rappers.” They aren’t. While Jay-Z made many mistakes growing up – as a drug dealer he undoubtedly hurt many people — none of us are perfect. The man is tremendously influential and has shown so many of us how to overcome adversity and become successful. With sheer determination, Jay-Z has succeeded as a world-class entrepreneur, and demonstrated how self-confidence, passion and a strong work ethic can allow anyone in this great country to get anywhere.
At times, as an entertainer, Jay-Z curses and is inappropriate. “The Terminator” was inappropriate as well, as were other characters played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in countless movies. Indeed, there are PG-13 and R-rated movies and actors. But the real life of Jay-Z today is parental-encouraged, and worthy of being viewed by all. People should watch and learn from Jay-Z.
Neither Jay-Z nor Kanye West are “gangster rappers” and the fact that they may wear their hats backwards, and may have tattoos, doesn’t say anything more about them today than the clothing style of someone wearing a suit says about that person. Marc Zuckerberg, Jan Koum of Whats App and many others have non-traditional viewpoints on corporate rules and how to dress. Whether it’s a hoodie, or someone with a tattoo, people cannot be defined by how they dress or what they look like.
So often, hip-hop represents the greatness of America – opportunity, risk-taking, thinking outside of the box — and Jay-Z is at the forefront of that movement. Hip-hop embraces entrepreneurship and a culture of self-sufficiency. As the American business icon Warren Buffett said:
“Jay is teaching in a lot bigger classroom than I’ll ever teach in. They’re going to learn from somebody. For a young person growing up he’s the guy to learn from.”
From becoming one of the world’s most recognizable artists, to investing in professional sports teams, cosmetics brands, restaurants and much more, Jay-Z shows first-hand the results and importance of hard-work, responsibility, and risk-taking. Jay-Z’s values today are of a family man who is the face of major American brands – married to one of the most beautiful, charismatic artists of our time. He has taught so many of us to strive for more, to work hard at what we love. Jay-Z is worth $475 million dollars according to Forbes Magazine and is still going. For so many Americans, myself included, Jay-Z is worthy of our immense respect. As a grown man, Jay-Z is a business role model for so many people. (His political viewpoints, on the other hand, leave a lot to be desired.)
Mr. O’Reilly: Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. As Jay-Z said, “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.” Jay-Z’s business skills show so many Americans that even if we aren’t Ivy League graduates, we can still succeed in a major way.
P.S.: For those who will disagree with this article, I will offer this qualifier: As a marketer and a father, I agree with what NBA legend Charles Barkley said in his famous Nike commercial:
“I am not a role model. I am not paid to be a role model. Parents should be role models. Just because I can dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.”
Joys of Muslim Women
In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child. Consummating the marriage by 9.
The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.
Even though a woman is abused she can not obtain a divorce.
To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses.
Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family must return the dowry. The family has the right to execute her (an honor killing) to restore the honor of the family. Husbands can beat their wives 'at will' and he does not have to say why he has beaten her.
The husband is permitted to have (4 wives) and a temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.
The Shariah Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.
In the Western World ( Canada, Australia, United States and Britain ) Muslim men are starting to demand Shariah Law so the wife can not obtain a divorce and he can have full and complete control of her. It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American, Canadian, Universities and British Universities are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Shariah law.
Ripping the West in Two.
Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Shariah law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two.
She recently authored the book, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law. Darwish was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza before immigrating to America in 1978, when she was eight years old. Her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel . He was a high-ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza ......
When he died, he was considered a "shahid," a martyr for jihad. His posthumous status earned Nonie and her family an elevated position in Muslim society..
But Darwish developed a skeptical eye at an early age. She questioned her own Muslim culture and upbringing.. She converted to Christianity after hearing a Christian preacher on television.
In her latest book, Darwish warns about creeping shariah law - what it is, what it means, and how it is manifested in Islamic countries.
For the West, she says radical Islamists are working to impose sharia on the world. If that happens, Western civilization will be destroyed. Westerners generally assume all religions encourage a respect for the dignity of each individual.. Islamic law (Sharia) teaches that non-Muslims should be subjugated or killed in this world.
Peace and prosperity for one's children is not as important as assuring that Islamic law rules everywhere in the Middle East and eventually in the world.
While Westerners tend to think that all religions encourage some form of the golden rule, Shariah teaches two systems of ethics - one for Muslims and another for non-Muslims. Building on tribal practices of the seventh century, Shariah encourages the side of humanity that wants to take from and subjugate others..
While Westerners tend to think in terms of religious people developing a personal understanding of and relationship with God, Shariah advocates executing people who ask difficult questions that could be interpreted as criticism
It's hard to imagine, that in this day and age, Islamic scholars agree that those who criticize Islam or choose to stop being Muslim should be executed. Sadly, while talk of an Islamic reformation is common and even assumed by many in the West, such murmurings in the Middle East are silenced through intimidation.
While Westerners are accustomed to an increase in religious tolerance over time, Darwish explains how petro dollars are being used to grow an extremely intolerant form of political Islam in her native Egypt and elsewhere.
It is too bad that so many are disillusioned with life and Christianity that they accept Muslims as peaceful... Some may be peaceful but they have an army that is willing to shed blood in the name of Islam... The peaceful support the warriors with their finances and their own kind of patriotism to their religion. While Canada, Australia, the U.S.A. and Britain are getting rid of Christianity from all public sites and erasing God from the lives of children the Muslims are planning a great jihad on North America, Australia and Britain
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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