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Assault case dropped

A Bahraini man has filed a complaint against a Saudi who assaulted him and used abusive language at Seef Mall. The accused started beating the Bahraini after he claimed the man had stared at his wife who for the record was completely covered. The accused apologised during interrogation claiming that
he had got jealous after he thought he saw the man stare at his wife.
The Bahraini dropped the case against him.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 19, 2007, 1:34 pm

The next item down on the page is pretty good, too:

The police are conducting an investigation following a complaint by a Bahraini that his guard dog had gone missing. The dog was meant to guard the house. He claimed the bulldog was stolen.

It sucks when thieves steal your guard dog.

Comment from Lokki
Time: July 19, 2007, 1:57 pm

I thought that this article says a lot about the culture too (emphasis added)

Killer hubby escapes death term

Wife’s kin accept blood money

An expatriate convicted of killing his wife has escaped capital punishment. The Federal Supreme Court has sentenced him to 18 months in jail, followed by deportation as the wife’s family has accepted blood money, Khaleej Times reports.
The Public Prosecution had charged the man with premeditated murder of his wife.
During trial, the man said he did not intend to kill his wife but wanted to teach her a lesson for standing out on the porch of the house facing another building where men were standing. He took the hose of the gas tank and hit her with it. Then he went to take a shower.
When he came out, the man found his wife lying on the floor in the living room with blood coming out of her mouth. He called the ambulance which took her to hospital where she died.
The Criminal Court of First Instance sentenced him to 10 years’ imprisonment followed by deportation. But both the Public Prosecution and the man appealed and the Court of Appeal awarded death sentence.
The man then filed an appeal and produced a document showing that his wife’s family had accepted blood money. The Supreme Court revoked the death sentence.

Gee just an accidental murder after all after you wipe up some of the blood with money. Can’t have been too expensive to settle, though. What’s a wife who would stand on the porch where men might see her worth, anyhow?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 19, 2007, 2:03 pm

Yeah, I thought that one was interesting, too. I didn’t realize the concept of blood money was actually enshrined in law in the UAE. I wonder if that’s part of Sharia law or just custom or what.

Comment from Dawn
Time: July 19, 2007, 2:04 pm

The only thing that surprised me about that story is that the wife was not publicly beaten for the staring incident.

Comment from whitishrabbit
Time: July 19, 2007, 3:08 pm

Well, that was freakin’ nauseating. Who’s ready for lunch?

Comment from jwpaine
Time: July 19, 2007, 3:57 pm

Yeah, however good a public beating might be, it never takes the place of blood money, but it might have earned hubby a discount.

Gas wasted while beating wife to death: $3.00
Blood money to her relatives: $250.00
Reputation you’ll enjoy
in the neighborhood (and with your next wife): Priceless

Comment from porkthebean
Time: July 19, 2007, 5:58 pm

Bottom line. Middle east = the world’s arsehole. It needs to bury itself and start over.

Comment from Muslihoon
Time: July 21, 2007, 4:49 pm

How typical, though, of those people.

Makes me wonder why The Left continues to root for them.

Comment from whitishrabbit
Time: July 22, 2007, 1:01 am

The left is rooting for them?

Blanket generalities, especially unfounded, wildly accusing and senseless ones tend to make me discount the source.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 22, 2007, 7:31 am

Musli is a South Asian of some flavor, raised a Muslim. He rejected Islam as a kid and later converted to…Catholicism, I think. As sources go, he’s an especially interesting one.

Comment from whitishrabbit
Time: July 22, 2007, 11:13 am

unfortunate then that such statements would make a stranger discount him

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 22, 2007, 11:40 am

I’m afraid I don’t disagree with him. To characterize the Left as “rooting for them” is a short-hand Rightists use among ourselves to describe a range of behaviors we find completely puzzling.

Modern militant Islam is creating some of the most barbaric and appallingly illiberal societies that have ever existed, and yet the Left continues to soften words for their front-line thugs (“insurgents” — even “Minutemen,” in an effort to give them the aura of our own Founding Fathers), endlessly repeats Muslim claims to be the Religion of Peace, credulously reports their every grievance (have you ever tried to flush a book? So, how on earth could anyone flush a Koran?), scrubs “Muslim” and “Islam” from reports of terrorist attacks, compares American behavior unfavorably with theirs and generally begs us to counter the most violently psychopathic form of Islam with concessions and understanding.

If this doesn’t describe you…well, beg pardon. And good for you. But it’s certainly what we’re hearing from the NYTimes/CNN/Michael Moore wing of the Left.

Comment from whitishrabbit
Time: July 22, 2007, 8:17 pm

So if some loud members of a group don’t go with the ‘blow them all up’ form of reasoning, then the entire group could be said to be rooting for them?

Screwy logic, and I’m surprised that you, Weasel, so clever in so many things would go along with such a retarded blanket statement.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 22, 2007, 8:23 pm

If you minimize the sins of A and maximize the sins of B, this can be fairly described as “rooting for A.”

Comment from whitishrabbit
Time: July 23, 2007, 7:32 pm

bull pucky

a and b are just as vague as ‘them’ and ‘left’

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 23, 2007, 7:58 pm

A = Islam.
B = the West.

Sufficiently specific?

Comment from whitishrabbit
Time: July 26, 2007, 6:17 pm

Not really, no.

West IS left, as it happens.

Anyway, I think your shorthand sucks.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 26, 2007, 6:47 pm

Exactly. The West is built on classical liberal values. That’s why it’s so shocking to hear Michael Moore call Iraqi insurgents “Minutemen” or the media downplay the evils of Islamism.

Radical Islam is everything liberals hate. It’s the Christian right times a thousand. Times ten thousand. It’s gun-toting, patriarchal, woman-hating, homo-bashing, intolerant of everything, astonishingly sexually repressed, ignorant, anti-democratic, self-important, and utterly unwilling to accept the least criticism without breaking into violent street protests. The encroachment of Islam in the West ought to scare liberals shitless. Or piss them off righteously. Instead, liberals invite us to ponder the question, “why do they hate us?”

Well. We’re hardly perfect by our own standards. But I think they hate us because they are assholes.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: July 26, 2007, 9:04 pm

What?! They hate us?!!! Why, I may cry myself to sleep tonight. This is a dark day.

Comment from Dawn
Time: July 26, 2007, 9:32 pm

Do you think someone is posing as whitishrabbit in order to get someone here to wail on her? Either that or she has been hormonal for the last few days.
Rabbit is not usually so terse with the weasel.

Comment from whitishrabbit
Time: July 30, 2007, 3:30 pm

Dawn- for christ’s sake.

pointing out a blanket generalization is dumb shouldn’t usually involve a big debate. It isn’t terse for him to decide this is a practice to defend and for me to state my opinion of that.

But I can totally get hormonal if you want.

Real nice characterization from a female, though. If someone thinks a communication style is particularly brainless, then her opinion must depict it is her period time?


Comment from whitishrabbit
Time: July 30, 2007, 3:58 pm

Weasel- Yeah, and what does your camp say? I could quote Ann Coulter at you or point at the bleeding impotence of the old guard who got us into these quagmires to begin with. It wasn’t liberal policy that contributed and created widespread destabilization in the Mideast.

But it wouldn’t be helpful because you personally weren’t in the room. That’s why I dont’ sit here and squirt off a bunch of anti-republican sentiment 7 days a week, despite the fact that some of your guys do strike me as contenders for the antichrist, if they only had a brain.

That kind of short hand doesn’t solve anything it just pisses people off and doesn’t contribue any solutions that might be valuable to the problems at hand.

Comment from Dawn
Time: July 30, 2007, 5:20 pm

Every 28 days then?

Glad that was just you and not some angry ex lover posting as you, though.

Comment from Dawn
Time: July 30, 2007, 5:34 pm

My favorite Ann Coulter quotes:

While the form of treachery varies slightly from case to case, liberals always manage to take the position that most undermines American security.

Whether they are defending the Soviet Union or bleating for Saddam Hussein, liberals are always against America. They are either traitors or idiots, and on the matter of America’s self-preservation, the difference is irrelevant.
When we were at peace, Democrats wanted to raise taxes. Now there’s a war, so Democrats want to raise taxes. When there was a surplus, Democrats wanted to raise taxes. Now that there is a mild recession, Democrats want to raise taxes.

We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.

Liberals become indignant when you question their patriotism, but simultaneously work overtime to give terrorists a cushion for the next attack and laugh at dumb Americans who love their country and hate the enemy.

If we’re so cruel to minorities, why do they keep coming here? Why aren’t they sneaking across the Mexican border to make their way to the Taliban?

Liberals are stalwart defenders of civil liberties – provided we’re only talking about criminals.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 30, 2007, 5:34 pm

“Your guys do stupid stuff too” is no defense. We can talk about our ownership of Ann Coulter as a different agenda item.

And Damien hit ENTER on that before I could add…the Middle East destabilizes itself. It’s always been a shithole, but that never mattered until we started to run out of oil.

But if we have to point to someone in the West who kicked over the first domino, I suggest Jimmy Carter.

Comment from Dawn
Time: July 30, 2007, 6:24 pm

This just reminded me of the time Dhimmi Carter was almost killed by a rabbit.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 30, 2007, 6:48 pm


To be fair, it was a very scary rabbit.

Comment from whitishrabbit
Time: July 31, 2007, 12:25 pm

Dawn- I really don’t think my personal bio-fluctuations are any of your business, nor relevant to this discussion. I’m glad your glad, but I’m still not appreciating the bent of your comments. Perhaps you could remove speculation on my physiology from your contributions here in future…

Weasel- Yeah. I know. Coming to the defense of a stupid comment, defending that with the stupidity you see on the left is no defense.

Ann Coulter is a separate issue? You brought Michael Moore in. You brought in every thing you can see as the left’s wrongs, I think our big sin was trying to see both sides of an issue. “If you’re not with us, you’re against us.” That little gem, that was one of your guys, wasn’t it? And that’s really what your examples have pointed to.

If I took some odious, horrid example and said, “I wonder why the right defends them?” Making you responsible for an incident completely unrelated to a discussion on ideology, that would be dirty play.

So, yeah. You’re right. That’s no defense. His comment was dumb. No defending that with what you see as stupidity on the left. It was a stupid blanket generalization and did more harm than good.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 31, 2007, 12:52 pm

But it’s not just Michael Moore. That’s the point. There’s a pattern on the left of maximizing the evils of our guys and minimizing the evils of their guys, easiest to observe via journalism. Look at the gigantic fuss made about Abu Ghraib, for example — in which, low rent and humiliating as it all was, nobody actually got hurt. Yet how little is in the press whenever they uncover another of Saddam’s mass graves. In any objective viewing of the relative historic importance of events, how can the latter rate less attention than the former?

I could clog this blog with similar examples.

So, no, not every leftist is responsible for everything every other leftist says. But if ‘your side’ is showing a consistent pattern of behavior on an issue, you don’t have a right to get all huffy when it’s pointed out.

Comment from Dawn
Time: July 31, 2007, 5:10 pm

Rabbit. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said that. I was being mean. For the record, I was hormonal 🙂

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 31, 2007, 6:17 pm

Whoa. A succinct, sincere apology with no backhanders. I stand in awe.

Mostly because I’m not good at that kind of thing.

Comment from whitishrabbit
Time: August 1, 2007, 5:45 pm

Weasel- You’re tellling me my rights now?

Good luck with that. You use specific examples, and try to invalidate the fact that there are a thousand examples from a counter point of view. None of which make your friend’s dumb generalization any less dumb. So maybe consider getting a little less ‘huffy’ yourself when people ponit out that such statements are in fact, dumb.

Because, and here’s the clincher: they are.

Comment from whitishrabbit
Time: August 1, 2007, 5:50 pm

Dawn- Mean? No. Catty.

Apology accepted.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 1, 2007, 6:11 pm

What “thousand examples from a counter point of view”? You haven’t offered any examples at all, and I sure can’t think of any. The left — most obviously embodied by print journalists — have consistently played up any lapse or shortcoming or error on our side and played down the same for the other guys. If that isn’t a flat-out definition of “rooting for” — the original charge Musli made that pissed you off — I don’t know what is.

You counter with “IS NOT!” at an increasingly higher pitch each time. “Nuh uh” is not an argument.

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