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calendar   Monday - June 02, 2008

Anti gun campaigner stabbed to death

OK so, her son was a crinomol who gets his ass shot, scratch one gremlin.
Mommy Sweetest then goes on a crusade to Ban the Gun!
Mommy now graveyard dead, the victim of another knife crime.
I’m not making light of her death but I just can not help but wonder if her last thought was, Damn, I want a gun!

A prominent anti-gun campaigner has been stabbed to death at a flat in West Yorkshire.

The body of Pat Regan, 53, was discovered at the property on Marlborough Grange in the Hyde Park area of Leeds on Sunday.

Mrs Regan, a mother-of-six, started campaigning against gun crime after her son Danny was shot dead in 2002.

A 20-year-old man, a family member, has been arrested. Police said post-mortem tests would take place later.

Mrs Regan’s son Danny, 25, became involved in criminality and was shot at his then home in Haydock, near St Helens, Merseyside. His killer has not been found.

Following the death of her son, Mrs Regan set up a Leeds branch of Mothers Against Guns.  She made such a big difference to so many people’s lives

She had previously met government officials to discuss how to tackle the problems of guns and gang-related crime.

Dee Edwards, co-founder of campaign group Mothers Against Murder and Manslaughter, said Mrs Regan would visit schools and give talks about the dangers and consequences of getting involved in crime.

She said: “She made such a big difference to so many people’s lives. This is an absolute tragedy for so many people.”

Mrs Edwards said she had known Mrs Regan for about six years and described her as the “most incredible woman”.

“It’s just the most dreadful news for everyone. She’s just an amazing woman,” she added.

Mrs Regan’s friend Sylvester Johnson, 74, said: “Since her son died she campaigned more for the better. She didn’t want any young people to get caught up in the trouble that her son got caught up in.

“She was very brave and I don’t know of anyone who would have a grudge against her.”

In February, Mrs Regan was involved with the launch of a DVD warning about the dangers of gun and knife gang culture.

Speaking at the time, she said: “Things are reaching a critical point. Kids are dying before us, but we shouldn’t have to bury our own children.”

In the same month, Mrs Regan was at then Prime Minister Tony Blair’s side at a Downing Street summit on tackling problems relating to gang-related crime.

Her campaigning work was also praised by Princess Anne during a visit to the city earlier this year.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/02/2008 at 07:25 AM   
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Who shall pass?

song chart memes
more graph humor and song chart memes

Update: I should have just done this right the first time. For explanation, just click on the image.

I should warn you that they have the wrong reference for this graph. Do you know the correct one? (I’ve already emailed them the correction.)


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 06/02/2008 at 06:51 AM   
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Meet Awe Kooda Bilaxpak Kuuxshish

Obama, Wooing Voters, Takes an American-Indian Name

The newly named Awe Kooda Bilaxpak Kuuxshish—better known as Barack Obama—faced east, the symbolic source of new life. His adopted Crow father, Hartford Black Eagle, prayed over him.

An unfortunate choice of name? Or conscious identification with friends? Awe Kooda/Al Qaeda?

Drew, how do you add categories to this blog? We need an ‘Obamination’ tag.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 06/02/2008 at 06:33 AM   
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Women plead with al-Qa’eda to join jihad.  Heck of a sight on a Monday morning but ….

This is what our world is filled with these days.

Last Updated: 8:14PM BST 01/06/2008
Women are challenging al-Qa’eda’s refusal to include – or acknowledge – females in its ranks as an “equal rights” debate rages in the Muslim terrorist organisation.

Muslim extremist women are challenging al-Qaida’s refusal to include – or acknowledge – females in its ranks as an “equal rights” debate shakes the terrorist organisation.

In response to a female questioner, al-Qa’eda second in command Ayman Al-Zawahri said in April that a woman’s role limited to caring for the homes and children of al-Qa’eda fighters.

His remarks have since prompted an outcry from fundamentalist women, who are fighting or pleading for the right to be terrorists.

One woman, who dubbed herself a “companion of weapons”, wrote a 2,000-word essay of protest at the organisation’s position.

“How many times have I wished I were a man ... When Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahri said there are no women in al-Qa’eda, he saddened and hurt me,” she wrote. “I felt that my heart was about to explode in my chest...I am powerless.”

Such postings have appeared anonymously on discussion forums of websites that host videos from al-Qa’eda leader Osama bin Laden.

Many appear to represent computer-literate women arguing for rights within a feudal version of Islam, said the SITE group, which monitors the forums.

And despite the pronouncements, several women have been used as suicide bombers in Iraq. Hamas, meanwhile, is open about using women fighters. At least 11 Palestinian women have launched suicide attacks in recent years.

“A lot of the girls I speak to ... want to carry weapons. They live with this great frustration and oppression,” said Huda Naim, a prominent women’s leader, Hamas member and Palestinian MP in Gaza.

“We don’t have a special militant wing for women ... but that doesn’t mean that we strip women of the right to go to jihad.”

Zawahiri said a Muslim woman should “be ready for any service the mujahideen need from her,” but advised against travelling to a war front like Afghanistan without a male guardian.

His first wife and at least two of their six children were killed in a US airstrike in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar in 2001. He later accused the US of intentionally targeting women and children in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I say to you ... [I have] tasted the bitterness of American brutality: my favourite wife’s chest was crushed by a concrete ceiling,” he wrote in a 2005 letter.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/02/2008 at 01:39 AM   
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I CAN’T BELIEVE I ATE THE WHOLE MOUSE? - or - I SHOULDA HAD A V-8!

Can’t do what these other clever guys do but I thought I’d stay in the spirit of the thing for my first post at 7:15am Monday, UK time.
cheers all.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/02/2008 at 12:54 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - June 01, 2008

This one’s for Macker

Macker is a fan of Battlestar Galactica. What I don’t know is if he is a fan of LOLcats. I hope so, because here the two come together…

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Click on any pic for more, with links to more.

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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 06/01/2008 at 07:26 PM   
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So, B. Hussein Obama leaves Trinity

I was going to just leave this as a comment on Drew’s earlier post, but I decided it was too good a question to leave languishing in the comments.

So, the question is asked: What if Romney left the LDS Church?

As I type this, the news channel is blaring with filler waiting for Barack Obama to comment publicly on his announcement early today that he’s leaving the Trinity Unity Church of Christ, presumably as a consequence of the videotape of Father Michael Pfleger’s sermon in which he mentions Hillary Clinton. Obama has been attending Trinity for 20 years, and so questions are being raised about “what does he know now that he didn’t know then?”

Here’s the thought experiment that springs to mind: suppose Mitt Romney announced that he was leaving the LDS Church. Do you think that the media, or the Political Left, or the Religious Right would simply assume that he had truly abandoned LDS beliefs and history? What would Romney have to say and do in order for these groups to accept his word that he truly rejected the LDS Church? Burn his temple recommend? Drink wine and coffee in public? Ask to have his name removed from Church records?

And if he did all this, what would these groups then say about his integrity, judgment, and honesty?

On the other hand, how would Romney (say he were the GOP VP candidate) react if reporters started attending his home ward meetings and taking notes about Sacrament meeting talks and Sunday School/Priesthood lessons? (I suspect his reaction would be to sic the missionaries on them, but still….) And I’m sure that he’s be more than thrilled if they started listening to General Conference. grin

Comments? ..bruce..

(emphasis added)

(I have no idea who bruce is.)

I would love the press to do just that. Let us see the contrast. You can listen to General Conference here. Hell Heck, you can watch it too. Compare to the messages coming out of Trinity Unity Church (alleged) of Christ. Messages that Obama liked so well he stayed over 20 years, and gave thousands of dollars to keep the messages coming.

Romney should never have had to defend himself for being LDS. The Obamination, on the other hand, should just be roasted continuously. 


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 06/01/2008 at 05:50 PM   
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Tag! You’re It!

A week in the life of an Embassy Duty Officer and his poor family.

Yes, our life in the diplomatic corps is glamorous and unexpected and lively, but it is not all fun all the time. One of the requirements of Kenny’s job is that every once in awhile - so far on 2 3-day weekends, lucky us - he must act as the Embassy Duty Officer. This means that on Wednesday afternoon before he leaves the office he is given a very large, black bag full of reference materials and phone numbers and a cell phone that he must carry on his person at all times until the following Wednesday when he passes the baton to the next victim. The purpose of the duty officer is to make sure the US Embassy in Lima (actually every Embassy in the world) has 24 hour 7 day a week coverage so that Joe Citizen can speak to someone live in the event of a catastrophe (i.e. lost passport, detention by foreign government, accident, arrest etc.). Translation: if the planets align just so, the duty officer and family will likely find themselves embroiled in a fare amount of insanity and interruption over the course of the week, and especially the weekend. Kenny was duty officer over Memorial Day weekend and, sadly for us the cosmos was feeling vengeful and directed its’ ire at us.

I thought my Memorial Day weekend was lousy. Jeesh…

The good news for Joe Citizen is no ‘Press 1 for English, Press 2 for...’, wait, this was Peru. Maybe the whole thing happened in Spanish.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 06/01/2008 at 05:32 PM   
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Swiss reject new citizenship rule

From The BBC online:
http://tinyurl.com/5hhox5

Voters in Switzerland have rejected a move to make it even harder for foreigners to obtain citizenship.

In a referendum, they voted 64% against a bid to revive the practice of approving citizenship candidates by secret ballot and scrapping appeals.

Secret ballots were outlawed five years ago by the supreme court, which judged them to be discriminatory.

Switzerland has one of Europe’s highest numbers of foreign-born residents - more than 20%.

Many Swiss said not allowing voters to have the final say on who became a citizen violated the country’s system of direct democracy, the BBC’s Imogen Foulkes reports from Berne.

However, opponents of Sunday’s poll, which was called by the nationalist Swiss People’s Party, suspect the real agenda behind it was not Swiss democracy, but how best to keep certain groups out of Switzerland, our correspondent adds.

Twelve years of residence

Initial reporting of the poll results showed that the measure to raise the threshold for citizenship was soundly defeated, gaining approval in only one of Switzerland’s 26 cantons (states).

Swiss laws on naturalisation are already tough.

Candidates for citizenship must live in Switzerland for at least 12 years, they have to pass tests on Swiss language and culture, and those born in Switzerland have no automatic right to citizenship.

The final hurdle is approval by the local community at a town meeting.

The supreme court outlawed secret ballots five years ago after it became clear that some towns were regularly rejecting candidates from the Balkans, Turkey and Africa, while approving those from Western Europe.

(Gosh, imagine that.  Now I wonder why they’d do that.  Hmmmm, lets see.  Maybe like seeking like?  Being comfortable with folks you might have something in common with. Maybe.  Couldn’t be there might be problems with folks from those other places.  Nah ... couldn’t be that.)

It also gave those rejected the right to appeal.

The Swiss People’s Party, the largest in parliament, wants the secret ballots back and the right to appeal removed.


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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/01/2008 at 01:32 PM   
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HOW THE WEEK ENDED …. now yesterday’s news but more of the same for the week ahead

I guess life goes on, right?
Yeah, and so do the senseless killings of UNARMED people.
Of course there are now calls for tougher laws and tougher punisments while the newspapers here, both con. and lib. report massive numbers of violent criminals being released from prisons due to overcrowding.

Overcrowding?  What’s with that? It is soooooo damn simple and easy to fix.  Just gas the excess criminal population taking up so much room and wallah ...
Problem solved.  But wait ... can’t do that without EU okay and they will not give way on that.  So ... I guess we can look forward to more headlines like these in coming weeks and months, while the bad guys who damn well know “their rights” giggle on the sidelines.

Wife saw burglars stab her husband
A mother of three has described how she watched helplessly as her husband lay bleeding in her daughter’s arms after he was attacked by two burglars.
http://tinyurl.com/5nnol4

Father-of-six shot dead
http://tinyurl.com/5vagcq

Women murdered in Glasgow
Detectives in Glasgow have launched separate murder inquiries after two women were found dead in the city within 24 hours.

http://tinyurl.com/5ap3eb


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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/01/2008 at 12:40 PM   
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WELL ABOUT DAMN TIME.  SOME GOOD NEWS FOR AMERICANS FROM EUROPE …. (yeah)

Hey my fellow Americans. Ah There’s Goooood News Tonight.  Well, it’s actually afternoon here but you will all be so delirious with joy to learn that the euro-weenies will LOVE us,, yes they will, PROVIDED WE VOTE RAMA-LAMA-DING-DONG into office.

There was this big nice bold black headline a few days ago which said ...  here’s the exact quote;

WORLD WOULD VOTE OBAMA AND START TO LOVE AMERICA AGAIN, poll shows.

Now ain’t sweet.  Doesn’t it just warm the cockles of ur heart to know this.  There is hope. We can all be loved again by the fruitloops over here.
Hey come on guys .... all we gotta do is think like them and follow their directives just like the Brits are doing in EU. Okay ... so we’ll lose our country just like the Brits are but heck .... we’ll be loved again and don’t we all wanna be loved?

I’ve edited some of the article so click the link if you wanna read everything.  Can’t see why you would but there it are.

Barack Obama beats John McCain in European vote: US election 2008
By David Blair, Diplomatic Editor
Last Updated: 4:12PM BST 30/05/2008

Senator Barack Obama emerged as Europe’s favourite candidate for America’s presidency today when a poll conducted for Telegraph.co.uk gave him 52 per cent support across five of the world’s richest nations, including Britain.

John McCain, the presumed Republican nominee, received only 15 per cent of the vote in unprecedented survey covering Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia.

Barack Obama wins over anti-Bush Britain

The poll also found a striking level of anti-American feeling in every country. A clear majority of Russians - 56 per cent - believe the US is a “force for evil” in the world. In Britain, only 33 per cent see America as a “force for good”.

Opinion towards America has become steadily more hostile throughout the presidency of George W Bush, with the Iraq war probably being the single most important factor.

Meanwhile, Mr Obama, the only consistent opponent of the Iraq war in the race for the presidency, commands a clear lead. He is especially popular in Italy, where a remarkable 70 per cent would vote for him if they could.

In France, historically the European country with the strongest anti-American sentiment, 65 per cent would back Mr Obama. In Germany, the Democratic Senator would get 67 per cent of the vote - while Mr McCain would receive a derisory six per cent.

Mr Obama appears to have made less of an impact in Britain than elsewhere in Europe. A relatively modest 49 per cent of Britons would vote for him, while 14 per cent would back Mr McCain - twice the totals favouring the Republican candidate in Germany or France.

Another 13 per cent of Britons would not vote for either man and 24 per cent “don’t know”.

The only country where Mr McCain can rival his opponent’s popularity is in Russia, where anti-American feeling is strongest. The Republican appears to have made a striking impression on Russians, with 24 per cent saying they would vote for him if they could - a mere seven points behind Mr Obama.

Meanwhile, more Russians trust Mr McCain to “lead the global economy out of its current difficulties”. His economic policy skills have the support of 36 per cent, compared with 28 per cent who back Mr Obama.

Historically, Russians have tended to favour Republican presidents and conservative leaders in the West in the general. Both Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher enjoyed considerable popularity in the former Soviet Union in the 1980s.

The Telegraph poll found that Italy has overtaken Britain to become the most pro-American country out of Europe’s four largest nations. Almost half - 49 per cent - of Italians see America as a “force for good” with only 27 per cent believing Washington is a “force for evil”.

- This research, commissioned by Telegraph.co.uk, was carried out online between May 23 and 29 by YouGov plc. The total sample was 6,256 (broken down into Britain 2,241; France 1,005; Russia 1,001; Italy 1,004; Germany 1,005).

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/01/2008 at 10:12 AM   
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POOR BRITS HELPLESS AS EU CONTINUES IT’S RELENTLESS INVASION

This story has got to rank among the top stories of STUPID so far this year.  But then hey, when a country overrun with traitors gives away it’s sovereignty, one must not expect much more.

And while I don’t mean to upset or insult my Brit hosts, treason is the only word that comes to mind.
And oh yeah ....  former Conservative offices have now removed the portrait of Mrs. Thatcher in preparation for the new tenants of the bldg.  The EU complete with their silly looking plaque/flag whatever.  But that’s another story.
Here’s this other bit of total lunacy.
bat bat

Safety rules turn breaking down into AA relay By Ben Leach
Last Updated: 10:38AM BST 01/06/2008

Drivers face marathon journeys home as recovery services are told to hand them on after 62 miles.

For motorists they offer peace of mind and the prospect of a helping hand when things go wrong.

But now rescue organisations, who normally offer a guarantee of a lift home in the event of a breakdown, are leaving drivers stranded at service stations following the introduction of EU health and safety laws.

The new rules forbid drivers of commercial vehicles, including rescue tow trucks, from travelling more than 62 miles from their bases unless the vehicle is fitted with a tachograph – a device that monitors the number of hours spent on the road.

Both the AA and RAC use hundreds of trucks which are not fitted with the equipment.

( both AA and RAC the same as our Triple AAA etc. )

As a result, they are dropping off “rescued” drivers when only part-way home, and telling them to wait for another truck to take them on the next leg of their trip.

Michael and Olga Leapman fell victim to the new rule last week when they broke down near Chepstow, south Wales.

The couple were picked up by the AA and driven to Leigh Delamere service station, on the M4, near Chippenham, Wiltshire.

They were then picked up by a second driver and taken to another service station on the M4, near Reading.

They waited an hour and a half before a third driver arrived to take them home to Stockwell, south London. The whole journey took more than nine hours.

Mr and Mrs Leapman, who are long-standing AA members, were even charged £230 for the rescue because their cover only entitled them to repairs by the roadside or at home.

Mr Leapman, 70, said: “It was rather an ordeal. What should have been a three-hour journey turned into a nine-hour journey.

“We kept being dropped off in different service stations. It wasn’t a pleasant experience.

“The AA drivers kept apologising, saying they wished they could get us home quicker but they couldn’t because they were bound by these rules.”

The new rules, which follow the introduction of EU legislation last year, apply to lorries and vans weighing more than 3.5 tonnes. The regulations also limit the length of time that drivers can remain behind the wheel.

Breakdown companies had thought they were exempt from the rules but, following a complaint from the GMB trade union, the Department for Transport has ordered them to comply.

Nigel Humphries, of the Association of British Drivers, said: “It is a ridiculous situation and yet another example of health and safety legislation being taken too far. There is no common sense or balance to these laws.”

Daniel Hannan, the Conservative MEP, said: “This is a classic example of a piece of EU legislation being introduced without any thought for the practical consequences.

“Laws like these are being introduced just for the sake of it.”

A spokesman for the AA said: “For those members who require a long distance recovery, the legislation does sometimes affect its duration, as additional changeovers are required.” He added that the company had reimbursed the Leapmans’ £230.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/01/2008 at 09:43 AM   
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My Friend Mr. Sun

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Explanation: Ten Earths could easily fit in the “claw” of this seemingly solar monster. The monster, though, visible on the lower left, is a huge eruptive prominence seen moving out from our Sun. The above dramatic image taken early in the year 2000 by the Sun-orbiting SOHO satellite. This large prominence, though, is significant not only for its size, but its shape. The twisted figure eight shape indicates that a complex magnetic field threads through the emerging solar particles. Differential rotation inside the Sun might help account for the surface explosion. Although large prominences and energetic Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) are relatively rare, they are occurred more frequently near Solar Maximum, the time of peak sunspot and solar activity in the eleven-year solar cycle.

This is not the Sun as it is right now. This is:

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I’m sure you notice the difference. And if you were wondering about sunspots, we’re still pretty much at ZERO:

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The Maunder Minimum

Early records of sunspots indicate that the Sun went through a period of inactivity in the late 17th century. Very few sunspots were seen on the Sun from about 1645 to 1715 (38 kb JPEG image). Although the observations were not as extensive as in later years, the Sun was in fact well observed during this time and this lack of sunspots is well documented. This period of solar inactivity also corresponds to a climatic period called the “Little Ice Age” when rivers that are normally ice-free froze and snow fields remained year-round at lower altitudes. There is evidence that the Sun has had similar periods of inactivity in the more distant past. The connection between solar activity and terrestrial climate is an area of on-going research.

Which could have just a little to do with the recent Gorebot’s whine that Glowball Worming is still with us, but might be taking a 10 year break. But, um, wouldn’t that break be considered Glowball Cooling?

Still, if you’re out in it working, wear a hat and some sunblock. Or else.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/01/2008 at 09:21 AM   
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Blind seven-year-old beaten to death for failing to learn the Koran

Blind

First of all I hope Drew feeling better by now.  I thought I was in bad shape last but as the old saying goes there’s always worse.  So hope you’re on the mend Drew.

I wasn’t even gonna post today frankly, you know.  Sometimes things get out of hand and you’re tempted to just take a break.  BUT ... damn.
There is just so much happening and then there’s this story added to the fact that I am royaly PO’d over some idiot things taking place here, I just HAD to boot and post.

First up, this heartwarming story about a kid and the religion of peace.

That’s the only comment I’ll make.

beaten to death for failing to learn the Koran
By Massoud Ansari in Islamabad

Last Updated: 6:14PM BST 31/05/2008

The parents of a blind seven-year-old who was sent to a religious school in Pakistan have told how he was hung by his feet from a ceiling and beaten to death after failing to memorise the Koran.

The parents of Mohammed Atif admitted that they had ignored their son Mohammed’s repeated complaints about abuse at the madrassah.

Police in the Punjab province said that Mohammed’s religious teacher, Qari Ziauddin, was now in custody charged with torturing and murdering the boy on Thursday.

Police said Ziauddin, whose title “Qari” signifies he is a mullah, had suspended the boy from a ceiling fan for an hour before he beat him. When he realised how badly Mohammed was hurt, he apparently fled instead of taking him to hospital.


The boy’s body was not discovered until the next day when fellow pupils, including Mohammed’s cousin, realised he had not slept in his bed. They searched the madrassah and found his battered corpse in Ziauddin’s room.

An autopsy concluded that Mohammed, who was blind from birth, died of severe head injuries and also found marks of “physical torture” on his body. Police said the fatal blow might have been caused by Ziauddin dropping the boy when he cut him down from the fan.

According to the boy’s father, the teacher had previously smashed him over the head with an iron rod, cutting him so badly that he needed stitches.

“We got the boy treated and wanted to pull him out of the madrassah but we decided to readmit him after the teacher said he would show some mercy to the boy,” Mohammed’s father Fayyaz Ahmed, 35, said. “We really did not expect him to go so far after he reassured us.”

Mohammed was sent to the school eight months ago in the hope that he would become a Hafiz-e-Quran - a scholar who wins great respect by memorising the whole of the Koran.

“We kept pushing him to go because we wanted him to become a religious scholar,” sobbed his mother Gulzar Bibi, 28. “We thought he was making the stories up like kids usually do to avoid going to school.”

“We thought he would be the key to our emancipation on the day of the judgment,” she added.

The killing has sparked concerns for the welfare of the 1.5 million students in the country’s 13,000 madrassahs, which are regarded as potential recruiting grounds for al-Qa’eda and the Taliban.

In 2002 President Pervez Musharraf responded to international concerns by ordering madrassahs to adopt a more modern curriculum. But religious hardliners have stymied many of the reforms, and their refusal to allow state regulation has also seen the schools develop an reputation for child abuse.

While officialdom often turns a blind eye, the sheer brutality of the latest case has led the new prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, to order an inquiry.

Police said the other children who attend the Qari Latif madrassah in Vihari, 150 miles southwest of Lahore, have all been withdrawn.

Investigators said Ziauddin had admitted the assault and claimed such brutality was normal. “We punish students who don’t learn their lessons,” he told detectives. “We used to get similar beatings when we were studying in the same schools. It is not uncommon.”

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/01/2008 at 09:19 AM   
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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.

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Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
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