Site maintenance in progress

Just letting you know I’m in the process of changing a few things around tonight (something I was going to do this past weekend but didn’t get around to doing) – in case you stopped by and things looked a little out of place! Comments have been moved to the left hand side of the blog, FYI.

Update: I am also adding to the blogroll this evening as well as removing sites off of it that haven’t updated in more than a month.

Update II: Below the comments section on the left hand side, you’ll see a section for "Reader Blogs" – these are blogs of people who read and comment here regularly. Some of them I originally had on my Blogroll, but I moved them over to the "Reader Blogs" section because I thought they deserved a section all on their own :) So if you’re a regular here and you check the Blogroll and don’t see your blog anymore – don’t fret! It’s likely been added to the "Reader’s Blogs" section. If you are a regular and I left your blog off by mistake, please let me know!

Update III: The Comments/Trackback/Email Policy post has been updated.

Update to ‘Gang rapist’s attacks unavoidable’ post

Yesterday, I blogged about a case of multiculturalism gone seriously amok in Australia. To recap before I post the updates I promised:

(Via A violent gang rapist should have been given a lesser sentence partly because he was a “cultural time bomb” whose attacks were inevitable, as he had emigrated from a country with traditional views of women, his barrister has argued.

MSK, who, with his three Pakistani brothers, raped several girls at their Ashfield family home over six months in 2002, was affected by “cultural conditioning … in the context of intoxification”, Stephen Odgers, SC, told the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday.

MSK, 26, MAK, 25 and MMK, 19, are appealing against the severity of their sentences after they were found guilty of nine counts of aggravated sexual assault in company – a crime carrying a maximum penalty of life imprisonment – against two girls, aged 16 and 17, in July 2002.

I noted in my prior post that author, pundit, and talk show host Tammy Bruce had, in her books, written about some examples of multiculturalism run amok in courtrooms right here in the US and promised to follow up with some of what she’s written about them. From pages 149-150 of Tammy’s book “The New Thought Police” (emphasis Tammy’s) :

When police arrived at the tony address in Century City, a community of million-dollar condominiums and towering office buildings on the west side of Los Angeles, they found Kyuang-Ja Chung dead, her body covered with bruises and abrasions. Sixteen of her ribs were broken, her heart was crushed against her backbone, and her kidneys had failed. The muscles of her abdominal wall were deeply bruised, and sections of her intestinal track had shut down and were showing the first signs of gangrene. The medical examiner said the damage was comparable to that of being run over by a car.

In fact, the injuries had been inflicted by Mrs. Chung’s husband and another man, who had repeatedly beaten and stomped on her abdomen and chest. The two men were tried and convicted … of involuntary manslaughter. Mr. Chung was sentenced to two years in state prison, his accomplice to four years.

How is this possible? Despite the prosecution’s argument for second-degree murder convictions, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James A. Albracht was swayed by the “cultural defense” put up by the two men, who claimed that Mrs. Chung’s death was an accident that occurred during a demon-cleansing ritual. Judge Albracht ruled that Mr. Chung and his accomplice had behaved recklessly, but not maliciously. He found that although the men, both Korean Pentecostal Christians (as was the victim) may have been misguided, they were focused on “saving her from the demons they believe possessed her.”

How did the men know that Mrs. Chung was possessed? Dark spirits, they said at the trial, were making her arrogant, leading her to disobey her husband and interfere with his work.

She has more, but I don’t want to violate any copyrights, so you’ll have to buy the book to read the rest. This is not an isolated instane of this happening but it’s also not rampant – yet. Multiculturalism run amok in the court system hasn’t just happened in Australia, but right here in our own backyard as well – and if we’re not vigilant against it, it will become more the rule than the exception.

Wilma: Most Intense Atlantic Storm Ever

Via AP:

Gathering strength at a fierce pace, Hurricane Wilma swirled into the most intense Atlantic storm ever recorded Wednesday, a Category 5 monster packing 175 mph wind that forecasters warned was “extremely dangerous.”

Wilma was dumping rain on Central America and Mexico. A hurricane watch was in effect for the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, parts of Cuba and the Cayman Islands, and forecasters warned of a “significant threat” to Florida by the weekend.

“All interests in the Florida Keys and the Florida peninsula should closely monitor the progress of extremely dangerous Hurricane Wilma,” the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Wilma’s top sustained winds reached 175 mph early Wednesday in the most rapid strengthening ever recorded in a hurricane, said meteorologist Hugh Cobb of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. At the same time Tuesday, Wilma was only a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph.

Its confirmed pressure readings Wednesday morning dropped to 882 millibars _ the lowest ever measured in a hurricane in the Atlantic basin, according to the hurricane center. The strongest on record based on the lowest pressure reading is Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, which dipped to 888 millibars.

Typically, the lower the pressure, the faster the air speeds. But because the pressure around each storm is different, lower pressure doesn’t always correspond to a specific wind speed.

Forecasters said Wilma was more powerful than the devastating September 1935 hurricane that hit the Florida Keys, the strongest Atlantic hurricane to make landfall on record. But Wilma wasn’t expected to keep its record strength for long, as higher disruptive atmospheric winds in the Gulf of Mexico around the hurricane should weaken it before landfall, Cobb said.

I watched the Weather Channel for a few minutes this morning and they were predicting that Wilma would be a Cat 3 or 4 before it made landfall in the US.

Batten down the hatches, Florida. Looks like this weekend is going to get really nasty.

More via StormTrack.

Defiant Saddam pleads “innocent”

Of course … and not without the usual drama ensuing:

Saddam replied quietly, “I said what I said. I am not guilty” referring to his arguments earlier in the session.

Amin read out the plea, “Innocent.”

The confrontation later became physical. When a break was called, Saddam stood, smiling, and asked to step out of the room. When two guards tried to grab his arms to escort him out, he angrily shook them off.

They tried to grab him again, and Saddam struggled to free himself. Saddam and the guards shoved each other and yelled for about a minute.

It ended with Saddam getting his way, and he was allowed to walk independently, with the two guards behind him, out of the room for the break.

The trial will resume on November 28th.

Michelle Malkin has a roundup of links which take note of the Saddam-friendly press coverage the former Iraqi dictator has been receiving from our very own MSM.

More at Captain Ed’s.

ST reader Fat Tone emails this link to a posting from Omar at Iraq the Model dated December 9, 2003 that is well worth reading (or re-reading, if you’ve already read it) in light of Saddam’s impending trial.

FEMA money: used for this?

Via the Times-Picayune:

Facing a steady barrage of criticism and now a lawsuit from owners of flooded property, Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard has launched his most overt — and possibly most expensive — public relations venture since Hurricane Katrina, an attempt to explain his decisions during the storm and to lay out plans for the parish’s future protection.

In four full-page ads in The Times-Picayune costing $38,000 total, Broussard’s administration discusses, in its own words, the steps it took before the Aug. 29 landfall and its plans for how to staff pump stations and fortify Jefferson’s drainage system for future hurricanes, said Greg Buisson, a political consultant to Broussard who has been working as an administration spokesman.

In the aftermath of the catastrophe, the direct communication likely aims to serve dual purposes: to educate the public on policies rarely discussed in stable times, and to temper political fires easily stoked in an atmosphere of silence, longtime observers of Louisiana politics said.


The cost of the ads, Buisson said, could be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, though FEMA spokesman Mike McCormick said that while services such as debris removal and fire response will be repaid fully by the agency, “I’ve never heard of a category that would cover” such government advertising.

So there’s a possibility that Broussard’s ads defending him from the criticism he received in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina will be paid for – with FEMA money.

Hat tip: Rob at Say Anything, who says:

Wait a minute, why should the taxpayers have to pay to defend Broussard from criticism? Broussard screwed his constituents over once by abandoning his parish in the middle of a disaster, now he’s screwing them over again by using their money to defend himself from their criticism.

Yep. Or at the very least, attempting to.

McQ at Q&O has more.