Monthly Archives: July 2013

America’s ‘Longest-Running’ Advice Columnist Faces Jail Time Over Free Speech

One popular advice columnist has received a harrowing order from his local attorney general: Stop publishing your column in our state or face fines and jail time.

North Carolina-licensed family psychologist John Rosemond, whose syndicated writings appear in more than 200 newspapers, is being told by the State of Kentucky that he is a criminal because his column’s tagline claims he is a psychologist.

Why is that illegal? Well, the state’s attorney general accuses him of engaging in the “unlicensed practice of psychology” because he dishes psychological advice in a newspaper setting without being licensed by the State of Kentucky.

Despite Rosemond having published more than a dozen books on parenting and having laid claim to the “longest-running” advice column in America (he began syndicating in 1978), a local psychologist took issue with one column and notified the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology. As licensing boards are wont to do, they deemed Rosemond an unfair competitor and proceeded to go after him using the arm of the state.

Guantanamo detainees can’t get enough ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Fifty Shades of Grey, the salacious best-selling E. L. James novel often referred to as “Mommy Porn,” is the most popular reading material among Guantanamo detainees in the secretive Camp Seven, Rep. Jim Moran learned last week.

“Rather than the Quran, the book that is requested most by the [high-value detainees] is Fifty Shades of Grey. They’ve read the entire series in English, but we were willing to translate it,” the Virginia Democrat, who advocates for closing Guantanamo, told the Huffington Post. “I guess there’s not much going on, these guys are going nowhere, so what the hell.”


Blog of the day: Alternative Angle

The greatest challenge facing any researcher is to identify in time the ripening of conditions leading to policy shifts or changing perceptions of the current state of affairs, analyze and offer new meanings that spur discussion and assessment, and meticulously examine reports alleging to be objective, but actually skewed politically. This blog will be a launching pad for research papers and articles on the Middle East; terrorism and radical organizations in the West, especially in Canada.

Musical Interlude

Egypt, where any woman will do

Randa, a 22-year-old from Cairo, has been dressing as a teenage boy throughout most of her country’s so far disastrous two-year “transition” to democracy. The medical student thinks it is the only way to avoid sexual assault on the streets during a period of unprecedented abuse.

Randa (afraid of giving her full name) goes for the vaguely preppie American look of tracksuit bottoms, polo shirt, baseball cap and trainers when she joins a demonstration.

It means she can blend in with vast numbers of men and run away if anyone sees through her disguise.

They seldom do: the anonymity of the crowd combined with the chaos and confusion of disorganised rallies serves her well, and besides, most of the main protests take place after dusk.

Glasses and a slight build make her look particularly unthreatening.

“As a young woman who is politically minded, I am an obvious target for the cowards, but not as a weak-looking boy,” Randa said this weekend, just after statistics in a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report pointed to an “epidemic of sexual violence”.

Attacks, including particularly sadistic rapes, have become commonplace in a city that during the Arab Spring was seen as the focal point of enlightenment and progress.

Headline of the day: Malaysian sex bloggers jailed for praising pork in Ramadan image

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“Palestinians” EXPORTING weapons now

A high-ranking Egyptian general on Wednesday accused Hamas of smuggling rockets into Egypt for use by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hamas started out as an offshoot of the Egyptian Brotherhood and maintained close ties with the deposed Egyptian regime led by Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi.

Maj. Gen. Osama Askar, commander of Egypt’s Third Army, accused Hamas’s armed wing, the Izz ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, of smuggling 19 Grad rockets. Egyptian soldiers intercepted the rocket shipment along the Suez-Cairo highway, which Askar charged was on its way to Cairo to help the Muslim Brotherhood.

“The confiscated rockets were enough to destroy an entire neighborhood, indicating they were on their way to be used in terror activities against the Egyptian people,” Askar told reporters.

The captured rockets are the same type used by the Qassam Brigades against Israel.

Egyptian troops also discovered military uniforms last Sunday that that Askar said were “enough for an entire army.”