~ IT’S BRIGHT TIME! — Like Christmas, Easter is more than a chocolate-hazy day– it’s an extended celebration, a state of soul, a holy season of the church. The Orthodox Church has the delightfully-named ‘Bright Week‘ after their amazing marathon Pascha & Feast vigil– Bright Monday, Bright Tuesday, and so on.
After all, the incarnation of the Son of God in time and space changes everything. The Resurrection on Sunday means that it’s a New Day, an eternal day breaking in on ordinary clock-time. So Easter Day is sometimes called the 8th day of the week: an irruption of final reality into our fallen and distorted Matrix-reality; moreso, Easter is an in-breaking into our hearts and minds of the Risen Christ: he came that we might believe, and be saved.
To the eyes of faith, everything is bright: the light of God is brighter than the sun, and eternal besides. Bright with spiritual liberty, forgiveness, possibility, newness of life, love for God and neighbour. It’s an interior brightness, and a gift of the Holy Spirit– it enables discernment, hope, faith, and looking at things and people with a mind to what might be, what God intends for each soul– including our own: union with himself, and redeemed living. The world sees beauty, wealth, status– or the lack of same. Faith sees a world turned upside-down (or, rather bright-side up, set to rights, rebuilt and restored), where the world cynically thinks it has everything and everyone already figured out.
In one past parish, Fr. Binks was honoured to serve millionaires, admirals, national-class business leaders– along with the elderly, the dying, folk from mobile homes, and the unremarkable, from the worldly perspective. In every case, it was about seeking to see them as God does, against my own prejudices or blindnesses, or the assumptions and ideas of others.
Jesus saw a leader of the Church, where the world saw in Simon Bar-Jonah (later Peter) a fisherman; the Saviour saw a Gospel-writer where the world judged Matthew as a tax-gouging collaborator; the Risen Lord even saw a potential Apostle to the Gentiles where the world saw in Saul (later, Paul) a zealous persecutor.
So later missionaries and ordinary Christians saw in their pagan neighbours– even the scary Goths or crazier Irish and others– possible brothers and sisters, and people unknowingly within the same love of God that had first embraced them– even loving their persecutors and torturers, singing and praying and asking forgiveness for their enemeies, before death opened to them the very gates of paradise. It’s all because of Easter, the eighth day, the new time of God’s Kingdom breaking in upon the world, and men’s hearts, whatever their background or outward worldly situation.
Happy Bright Week, and Easter Season! ~
~ ITEM: ‘Diversity’ is turning Britain into East Germany – a nation of sneaks.
~ WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? After all, HRH Barbara Hall and HM Jennifer Lynch and their minions have taken a drubbing in the media; Steyn and Levant got off scot-free (minus many dollars); the blogosphere is freer than ever; so what’s with this ongoing rabid ranting about freedom and such?
Because nothing has– essentially– changed. Laws are the same… nobody fired.. no agencies truly reviewed to within an inch of their bureaucratic lives; the utopians still all utope and patiently lurk, awaiting better times. Who says? Great Britain says.
Cameras everywhere (though they don’t lower crime). Big laws over the tiniest things. Big Brother, Big Sister– nearly omnipotent moral busybodies eagerly seeking to do many and various things to other people for their own good.
If England– the home of modern democracy and law– can fall so low, the nanny-squads can come here, too. We must keep up the fight. ~
~ ITEM– HuffPoo: You Are Being Lied to About Pirates.
~ ITEM: “AP Writers Seem Sympathetic to ‘Pirates’ in Latest Dispatch”
~ IF MEN ARE FROM MARS AND women are from Venus, then Conservatives are from reality, and Liberals are from UpSideDownistan. Take every particle of common-sense, law, custom, morality, and stand them on their heads.
Proof? Colby Cosh recently Tweeted this: “Liberals aren’t ridiculous at all. In other news, the Huffington Post wants you to feel sorry for Somali pirates.” You know, because the Royal Navy was mean, and the so-called pirates were actually free-spirited economic rebels sticking it to The Man, and stuff. Then we hear about illegal dumping of nuclear material off part of the Somali coast, as if that were directly related.
Oddly enough in the paean of pity, we don’t hear about Liberal POTUS Clinton’s abandonment of this failed state, leaving it to wallow in banditry, poverty, Jihad, and piracy. Somalia– like many enfeebled nations– has had no real government, no “There” there, for international aid and relief supplies to actually make a difference, rather than enrich warlords and corrupt officials. Since this is Europe’s backyard, we might also ask the EUrocrats why nobody can be bothered to try and do something constructive.. too colonial? Too much trouble? Smelly darkies? Trying to keep Europe afloat?
Some guy called Travis Kavulla (a journalism fellow of the Phillips Foundation and 2008 Gates Scholar in African history.. what does he know?) says this:
“All of this is to say that the root problem with piracy is not really Somalia’s “anarchy.” Indeed, it is in some ways the opposite of “anarchy”: well-organized regional clans with an eye for easy profits.”
Hmm.. not so easy to socially engineer, then.
Whilst we’re at it, would somebody please ask HuffPuff writer Mr. Hari what he thinks of the Democrat mortgage schemes. Why? Well, with the resulting financial crisis– and now all those trillions of money blowing around at the moment trying to do whatever it is the piratical Obama claims at the moment to be doing with them– it means the American economy is contracting somewhat, so the internationalist’s beloved cure-all of American $$$$ will not be as easy to get, for places like Somalia.. all because of Democratic social engineering. Liberals are often cruel and inhuman.. but they feel all smug about themselves and their ideas and opinions, which is what really counts, isn’t it?
One merchant mariner comments on Mr. Hari’s piece:
“Attacking innocent ships is no more noble or productive than hijacking random trucks because some deliver goods for Walmart. What Somalia needs is stability, local government, and economy. They need a lawful coast guard to protect their shores, and police to keep peace in their cities.”
Yet for Liberals it’s all still somebody else’s fault (except theirs.. or Clinton’s, or Europe’s Or Democrat’s).. it always is.. in UpSideDownistan. ~
The oPod People
~ ITEM: “We Must Disenthrall Ourselves.”
~ ITEM: “The coming decline of Obama’s presidency?”
~ AS WE WATCH the Obama Show, we have to recall that ‘They’ (the ruling & media class) are a minority. Their aim is to enthrall everybody to The Big Picture: the lie they seek to propagate and soak into everybody. Iny groups often have huge power: it’s the truth behind most conspiracy theories, and much of human history. Early in his career and before the Civil War he instigated, Julius Caesar plotted with a handful of others to take over the state by a mass-murder of the Senate and his opponents. It didn’t work out that time. Originally, the Nazi party was a handful of malcontents marching about in funny uniforms and leather shorts, led by some clown of a failed artist.
The thing about the Obama enthrallment is the man himself: he’s a man of few accomplishments, little hard experience, or practical background. Like Obama, Caesar was a good speaker– but he was also an accomplished warrior and tactician, of a noble family. Before he ruled Rome, he’d led seval armies and won all his wars and almost every battle, political and military. Hitler actually won a medal for bravery in the first World War, and endure the horrors of the front lines on the western Front. He had real political skills, and worked 9 years in the turmoil of Weimar politics to win a majority of votes. I come not to praise Caesar or Schicklegruber, but to point out that they had real skills, actual-world experience, and survived the many tests and oppositions of hugely complex reality.
Obama is fumbling, bluffing, making little-league mistakes though he’s at the top of the Big Leages of responsibility. What he can do is nonetheless convince us he’s all that and a bag of chips– count on our desire to wish and believe the best, deny what our lying eyes and ears are seeing, to give the guy a break, all that. Enthrall. Make us his happy little pod-people, help us all absorb and internalize his narcissism and his impervious reality-disconnected self-esteem. We can all be Little ‘Bamas!
Those who accuse critics of the POTUS of ‘Obama Derangement Syndrome’ have a point: we need to beware knee-jerkery for it’s own sake. So too, uncritical acceptance. That’s my point. We must– as responsible citiziens of the world, or America– hold Obama to the highest standard possible, of honesty and truth and the appearance of honesty and truth. It’s what he chose when he chose to run for the leadership of the free world. We do him and ourselves and our world and history no kindness to become o-bedient oPods, hating the unPods, and blindly obedient to worldly power. ~
~ ITEM: Francis Collins: No conflict between science and religion
~ SCIENCE VS. RELIGION? Not so much– Stanley Jaki, Priest & Scientist, R.I.P.; gee, like Nicolas Copernicus and this long list of others? Does this make the list of believers bad scientists, or poor Christians? Neither– unless you believe in the faith of materialism.
Remember: materialism and atheism are ideas, applied to the evidence, and are not themselves scientifically provable. The list below is utterly amazing, and a reminder that those who consider themselves ‘rational atheists’ are operating against the facts and evidence of history, biography, and a lot of good science. How very dogmatic of them!
Atheism or materialist religion has embodied itself in Nazism, Communism, the modern eugenics and birth-control movement, dreams of world government, and messianic politics. The sad thing is that materialists seem to reject such experimental evidence and proof, and blame Christianity for such failings (despite the specific rejection of it by Stalin and Hitler and much modern socialism), and continue the old line “If only we could get rid of [ insert bad thing here ], then we would be free of [ insert alleged problems ] and be on the way to [ insert imagined paradise on earth here ].”
The Binks-Dad has high-level degrees in computer science, nuclear physics, an M.D, and a Pathologist’s training. He’s also a Christian. Go figure. From him I learned reasoning, a love for science, technology, music, and literature. And i’m a Christian. Reality is always more complicated and interesting than we suppose. ~
~ MY GOOFY IDEAS– Even though you are used to pure truthsome brilliance from this blogger, I, too, have a few peculiar notions on various topics. (1) God’s working in nature to create/ change living beings (sometimes called ‘evolution’)? I think it’s a viral/ bacterial/ DNA thing. We just don’t know enough, really. (2) There may have been ancient civilizations for which we only know names. Really: if there were folks living in a town in Jericho c. 10 000BC, how much do we really know about that era? I’m not talking about aliens or anything, just that if civilization arose long ago, environmental collapse, plague, or some other collapse could have hidden much of it from us over the intervening years. Not having the history of those people doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Atlantis may be a garbled remembrance, though some of that may also be ancient Thera 7 Crete as remembered by the Greeks. In any case, I’m not saying it makes much difference to us– only that we haven’t got the whole story. (3) Alien intelligent life probably exists. If God loves life, and if life arises wherever and whenever conditions allow, then simply by math alone, there must be many types of intelligent life out there. We might want to listen before we keep shouting: it’s a Roddenberry-ish Star Trek naivete that says we’re dealing with possible Vulcans rather than possible Klingons, or otherwise. If God has created other beings with rational souls, how does he save them/ impart his divine life to them? Has the Son been incarnate on other worlds? Or is part of our unique mission to preach the Word to the universe? Dunno. (4) I wish there were time-machines: not so I could interfere or ‘improve’ things, but so I could visit and learn history as it was. I’m not trying to build a temporal travel device, and I think if we ever did figure one out, it would be an incalculably bad thing. (5) I think 9/11 was an inside job: a failure of the Clinton administration to learn from the 1993 Trade Tower bombings to imagine and prepare for the likely. Monica, ego, scandal, stupid… we have to be able to imagine the very worst, even if we sincerely hope it never happens. Liberals are neurotic in the wrong way, and Democrats suppose their real enemies are Republicans, not those who want to conquer America, and destroy her influence for Good in the world (and enslave Democrats along with everyone else). I say ‘her’ because I think of America as the goddess Columbia– as traditionally depicted– and not as Uncle Sam, which is a soft-fascist invention of later years.
Next time: those blasted Underwear/ Sock Gnomes, and their secretive world-wide conspiracy. ~
~ TEH BINKS– Drooling hatemongering anti-semitic Islamophobe?The hatiest hater in all of hateful Hateville? A commenter at Canucki Jihad thinks he has the goods! …. (steynian)
“St Augustine made one thing perfectly clear: the individual’s highest priority is the salvation of his soul. The state cannot save our soul. Hence, the state is limited, metaphysically and irreversibly. Our freedom to seek our most important goal is irrevocable.”
~ The LRC Blog ~
~ SAITH STEYN on the O-Squads: “Ah, right. So a predisposition toward the Tenth Amendment marks you down as a “rightwing extremist”. Federalism is now a security threat. Likewise, being found in possession of subversive literature like that rightwing extremist Tocqueville’s paean to the glories of American municipal self-government” …. (nrotc)
~ HOMELAND SECURITY: HERE WE GO AGAIN, AGAIN– Federalism is now a security threat …. (nrotc)
~ BOWING AND TWEETING– THE HUGH HEWITT SHOW: Mark and Hugh on politics at home and abroad …. (hughhewitt)
~ MARK STEYN: ‘If you’re in the neighborhood, make sure you’re there’ …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ EZ ON THOSE Live events in London and Toronto …. (ezralevant)
~ THE STONING: Real human rights vs. counterfeit human rights …. (ezralevant)
~ MONTE SOLBERG on Shakedown– His story of the terrible abuse of power at the Canadian Human Rights Commission is a bone-chilling horror story …. (bcf)
~ SALIM MANSUR: Levant defends us all …. (torontosun)
“THE death and resurrection of Christ draw near to us in this sacrament. The bread is broken–there Christ dies; we receive it as Christ alive–there is his resurrection. It is the typical expression of divine power to make something from nothing. God has made the world where no world was, and God makes life out of death. Such is the God with whom we have to do. We do not come to God for a little help, a little support to our own good intentions. We come to him for resurrection. God will not be asked for a little, he will be asked for all. We reckon ourselves dead, says St. Paul, that we may ask God for a resurrection, not of ourselves, but of Christ in us.”
~ Austin Farrer ~
~ ROMA: THE 2009 Urbi et Orbi : the courage to do good, “even when it costs, especially when it costs” …. (anglocath.blog)
~ PRIME MINISTER HARPER’S Easter video message to Christians: Without religious liberty, believers would not be able to contribute to Canadian society, in the way that all of us need …. (canadafreepress)
~ DAVID WARREN: “It is Easter. The custom among Christians has ever been to observe this as the Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord” …. (dw)
~ VIA NSCOTT– “The Resurrection is change you can believe in” …. (novascotiascott)
~ ROGER KIMBALL– Easter greetings …. (rogerkimball)
~ FIGHTING WORDS about the Bible? …. (albertmohler)
~ EASTERN Orthodox Chanting …. (pbs.org)
~ VANDERLEUN– Climbout on Easter Sunday …. (americandigest.org)
~ EVIL EUROCRACY? “Easter Sunday is the most confident and optimistic feast in the Christian calendar. And Christians presently need all the confidence they can muster. The latest EU draft directive has alarmed the Church of England, with good cause. In the name of outlawing discrimination, it would compel faith schools to admit unbelievers and force churches to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples”; in related news, “An employee at a Christian ‘homeless’ charity, whose Patron is the Archbishop of Canterbury, has been suspended for answering questions about his faith to a colleague at work” …. (a-m)
~ THE DIFFERENCE between Resurrection and Resuscitation …. (cantuar.blog)
~ FR. DE SOUZA– “The Joy of Easter Morning” …. (fatherdesouza.ca)
~ GOODNESS GRACIOUS! “A Catholic German bishop has come under fire for his remarks condemning atheists. In a sermon given on Easter Sunday, the bishop of Augsburg, Walter Mixa, warned of rising atheism in Germany. ‘Wherever God is denied or fought against, there people and their dignity will soon be denied and held in disregard’” …. (hotair)
~ RIGHT GIRL– “Happy Easter!” …. (girlontheright)
~ HYNEK– Not how I’d have chosen to spend Good Friday if I’d had the option …. (kennethhynek)
~ REAL PROPHECY– “Scotland is staring into the abyss of social collapse,” warned Cardinal Keith O’Brien in a powerful essay that appeared on Easter Sunday …. (catholicculture.org)
~ THE THREE Women of Easter …. (christianity.ca)
~ STRENGTHEN THE FEEBLE KNEES– The Church must stop trivialising Easter …. (a-m)
~ COINCIDENCE? No Way! Why do Christians commemorate a death on a cross? Michael Coren, who calls himself a “cynical and experienced person,” learned the answer through a television interview …. (christianity.ca)
~ LET’S PUT The Resurrection on Trial! …. (christianpost)
~ CAN FREEP: “If Liberals Had Been in Power at the First Easter” …. (canadafreepress)
~ THE HORROR! “April 12 (Associated Reuters) — Christians took to the streets all across Scandinavia today to protest the unveiling of a statue of Jesus made entirely out of Lego blocks”; Riots Not Forthcoming …. (JiWa, am770chqr)
A Folk Song For The Right
(tune: “Ticky Tacky Boxes”)
Little thought cops, little thought cops,
Little thought cops on the HRCs.
Little thought cops, little thought cops
And they all think just the same.
There’s a tall one and a short one
And a fat one and a skinny one
And they all get put on HRCs
Where they all think just the same.
They hold hearings,
They make rulings,
And they punish miscreants
Who have said something impolite
And who may not think just the same.
They are censors; we’re defenceless,
And they’re riding roughshod over us.
Know what’s best for us–
That’s what’s stressed to us
So we’ll all think just the same.
They’re so earnest when they spurn us
And tell us to put a sock in it.
Their advice is: “Opt for niceness
So we’ll all think just the same.”
It’s so chilling that we’re willing
To bow down and kowtow to them.
Where’s our gumption when th’assumption
Is we must think just the same?
And the people in this country
Aren’t free like we used to be
‘Cause of thought cops and of HRCs
Who insist we think just the same.
There’s a tall one and a short one
And a fat one and a skinny one
And they all get put on HRCs
‘Cause they all think just the same.
~ DEBORAH GYAPONG– Ooof! My Amazon ranking is plummeting. Help!; The Globe hates Gairdner’s book— sounds like a must-read; Vintage Kathy Shaidle at packed event in London; Two great movies in Ottawa tonight— plus a panel; Rick Warren was told to build people and God would build the church; Trying the pirate in the USA?; Binks is absolutely right; Freethinking Film Society offers two must-see films; Mark Steyn on the Somali pirates; Sometimes Leonard Stern writes revoltingly stupid columns; Good Friday Way of the Cross …. (deborahgyapong.blog)
~ LAVENDER JIHAD NEWS– Tendentious Bloggers, Tendentious Bloggers! …. (spectator)
~ NEEDED: MORE ATHEIST BUSES! Dude, A.N. Wilson Is Back on the Believer Bus; AN Wilson on the sneering chattering classes & their religion of hatred …. (merecomments, a-m)
~ CONTRA CROWDER: Since we became all socialist, we got stupid and less inventive. But in the past. America and the world might want to thank us for insulin, modern stoves, chocolate bars, the zipper, airmail, the BlackBerry, basketball, the phonograph, pacemakers, the washing machine, electron microscopy, plexiglass, newsprint, the wireless radio, sonar, kerosene, computer-JAVA, frozen food, the push-up bra, cross-head screws.. Tim Hortons– and the list goes on. Canadians living elsewhere ahve also done some pretty cool stuff. On Crowder’s main point, yes, smug and reflexive U.S.-hating is one of the ugly facets of the Canadian mindset. I stand with Gordon Sinclair http://here, and give thanks for the generous and much-maligned U.S., without which, the civilized world would now be speaking German and reading Mein Kampf …. (Various)
~ JAY CURRIE– “When the CJC socks meet BCL – left on left for fun” …. (jaycurrie)
~ HMMMM ..”Even France is outselling the Canadian Wheat Board these days” …. (sda)
~ HINDU BJP candidate charged with anti-Christian hate speech …. (novascotiascott)
~ FACEBOOK: Internet’s Link Police …. (lawiscool)
~ THE CHILDLESS WEST– “For those of you who CHOOSE to be childless, think twice about it. It’s true you won’t enjoy restaurants as much and your time won’t be your own. But the emotional return on watching this little person, who really is part of you, grow up is impossible to duplicate with ski weekends or trips to Mexico” …. (merecomments)
~ LIBERAL FASCISM– “Why did so many liberals trash Jonah Goldberg’s brilliant book Liberal Fascism? Because they knew his thesis — that fascism was a product of the Left, not the right — was correct” …. (exurbanleague.com)
~ WENDY SULLIVAN– Kinsella doesn’t even tell himself the truth! …. (girlontheright)
~ PEOPLE marrying inanimate objects …. (novascotiascott)
~ I CANNOT WAIT to see the whole movie. UN and its utter failure to help, and complicity to hurt …. (vladtepesblog)
~ GOOGLE Commemorative Logos You’ll Never See …. (smalldeadanimals)
~ SOCON ON “When the Gay Jackboot Comes Knocking” …. (socon.ca)
~ ORWELL’S PICNIC– “I kind of miss this stuff about the HRCs in Canada” …. (anglocath.blog)
~ BRASS BALLS Radio with Connie Fournier …. (girlontheright)
~ FREE SPEECH SUMMIT: WILDERS COMETH! Atlas2k has the details …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ BREAKENRIDGE– Herald Column – The Wrong Kind of Human Rights Reform …. (am770chqr)
~ CLUELESS + BILLIONS = Iceland Sinking …. (jaycurrie)
~ NEWSPEAK ALERT– New Euphemisms Needed …. (merecomments)
~ SOCIALIST PARADISE– Russia’s top judge defends authoritarianism …. (novascotiascott)
~ THE RAINBOW JACKBOOT– Useful Idiots in the Vanguard of History …. (markshea.blog)
~ STATEBOOK: how UK gov’t spooks see the Internet; Manchester’s streets to be patrolled by CCTV cars that film you picking your nose at the wheel and then send you a fine …. (boingboing)
~ WE DON’T NEED newspapers, we need journalism …. (canadafreepress)
~ SHAIDLE– Glenn Beck-ophobia spreads! …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ THE SON OF A DUCK— Stephen Colbert takes on a biblical naysayer. Good clean fun …. (creativeminorityreport)
~ WITH THE BANNED: “Kathy Shaidle, Ezra Levant and Salim Mansur were rockstars last night, playing to a packed music house in London Ontario. The evening was moderated by Dr. Christopher Essex of the University of Western Ontario (where Salim Mansur is also a Professor)”; and “I just got back from The Event They Couldn’t Stop™ in London, Ontario” …. (girlontheright)
~ LEFTWING MEN aren’t sexist or anything …. (5fof)
~ TRUTH COMES before reconciliation. By Christopher Hitchens …. (slate.com)
~ FORGET OBAMA… Notre Dame Announces Homosexual-Themed Events for Easter Week …. (lsn)
~ SO WHY DON’T atheists oppose abortion? “Denying the humanity of a 20-week foetus is as unscientific and irrational as denying the beef on your plate is a cow because you can’t hear it moo” …. (blogs.telegraph)
~ UN-UNDULGENCES: Or, Keep Me Out Of Heaven! — “Here’s a new twist: atheists resurrecting an Anabaptist sacramental theology in order to apostasize” …. (catholicculture)
~ BELIEVERS ARE STUPID! “Hey religious people, you have no excuse for not knowing what may be coming. An excerpt from a legal analysis that gives full airing to ramifications of the clash between gay civil liberties and religious freedom” …. (crunchycon)
~ WAKEY, HRH! “…not even Iggy can maintain a glassy eyed silence in light of Macleans confirmation that Warren Kinsella threatened the Canada Israel Committee in a blatant abuse of his relationship to Michael Ignatieff”; Warren Kinsella AKA The Lying Jackal forced to admit the truth …. (blazingcatfur.blog)
~ VANCOUVER, BC— A Christian foundation is committed to repairing the damage done to young Cambodian girls by the Canadian pedophiles who raped and tortured them …. (cw)
~ SPEAK NO EVIL: The Triumph of Hate Speech Regulation– Review by Michael Boudreau …. (blazingcatfur.blog)
~ NO APOLOGIES: “Transgendered Activists to Take Alberta Government to Human Rights Commission Over Delisted Surgeries” …. (noapologies.ca)
~ MAGGIE GALLAGHER– “Truth and Love Will Prevail Over Lies and Hate.”.. she’s not giving up the fight against same-sex marriage …. (firstthings)
~ FISH ROT FROM the Head Down– A Politically Correct Bedtime Story …. (blazingcatfur.blog)
~ CANADA must outgrow its juvenile relationship with China …. (canadafreepress)
~ BILL GAIRDNER Defends Limited Federalism, Provincial Rights in Latest Blog Update …. (noapologies.ca)
~ DALRYMPLE– The Rosenbergs, Always: Liberals remain soft on Communism …. (city-journal.org)
~ DEFILING MARRIAGE– “Partisans of same-sex marriage pretend that marriage is a good they wish to extend to those it has been arbitrarily denied: hence campaigns named “Marriage for All” or “Marriage Equality.” …. (catholicculture.org)
~ FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THE UNOCRACY– Hobbit Alliance Brings Triumph of Hope …. (anglican-mainstream)
~ ANCHORESS WARNS– “The DHS goes broad and unfocused in a document that Ed Morrissey calls execrable, one that could seriously infringe on the civil rights of ordinary conservatives and those of us who are center-right” …. (theanchoressonline)
~ “YOUR” KIDS? Key Critic of Socialized Daycare Argues Against All-Day Kindergarten in Ontario and British Columbia …. (noapologies.ca)
~ FIGHT, FLIGHT AND THE PERSISTENCE OF EVIL – Part II.. “Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonor. They chose dishonor. They will have war.”-Winston Churchill, on the events leading up to WWII …. (drsanity.blog)
~ FIRST THINGS– Fisking the end-of-Christian-America thesis …. (ft)
~ WHO SAY WHAT-NOW?! “Climate Provision Would Allow Global Warming ‘Victims’ to Sue.” Sue. The Weather …. (markshea.blog)
“When the state proclaims an emergency and announces some radical policy which we must enact RIGHT FREAKING NOW OR WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE, I have learned my lesson from such previous experiments in governance by the best and brightest such as Iraq War II, the Gulf of Tonkin, and the Enabling Act of 1933. Governance by emergency decree is a refuge for scoundrels.”
~ Mark Shea ~
~ BARACK OBAMA appears set to receive unprecedented power to monitor all Internet traffic without a warrant …. (washingtonexaminer.com)
~ HOMELAND SECURITY: The Constitution Is A Subversive Manifesto Per DHS. “Only in a highly politicized bureaucracy could the Constitution be viewed as a subversive manifesto.”; Dept. of Homeland Security Warns of Domestic Rightwing Terrorists; Are you on Barack Obama’s list of domestic terrorists? II …. (Various)
~ LIE TO ME! “We’re seeing that clever bit of misdirection applied nationwide today where a bow is a “posture malfunction,” a buy-in is a “bailout,” a Nork Nuke ICBM is a “communications satellite prototype,” and 7,000 centrifuges spinning in Iran is a chance for a photo-op and a koffee klatch” …. (americandigest)
~ WORD FROM THE MCJ– “Remember what a fascist George W. Bush was?” …. (themcj)
~ HUGH HEWITT– Why The Tea Parties? …. (hughhewitt)
~ FIRE UP THE MONEY PRINTER! “Because we really haven’t spent enough already, President Obama committed more of our tax dollars to increase International Monetary Fund resources. What’s more, he didn’t bother asking permission from Congress, didn’t plan how we would pay for it, and didn’t check before committing the money that it was even needed” …. (nrtoc)
~ OBAMA.. A SPECIAL NUTCASE: “First encounters with an individual who has psychopathic characteristics can feel intoxicating and full of promise. However, such impressions are misleading. The promises are not kept, and the intoxication is not based on a truly shared understanding. Over time, relationships with such individuals can become disconcerting, confusing, devastating (psychologically, financially and emotionally) and even dangerous” …. (psychopathy.org)
~ RAYMOND IBRAHIM: Obama’s Abominable Obeisance: Cultural Perspectives …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ UN-INDICTED CO-CONSPIRATOR CAIR ATTACKS FREE SPEECH SUMMIT, SEEKS TO CRUSH, ILLEGALIZE FIRST AMENDMENT– Freedom of speech in the age of jihad? Co-conspirator CAIR will have none of it …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ KIMBALL ON Obama’s societal Blitzkrieg: the rise of piracy as a metaphor for the retribalization of the world …. (rogerkimball)
~ EVERBODY BEND OVER! President Obama took time out over the weekend to respond to this week’s PBR question: “Let me assure you in the days ahead my administration intends to do to every industry in this country exactly what we are doing to the automakers.” …. (blog.acton.org)
~ AMERICAN DIGEST– Is it humanly possible to go 3 days without an Obama post? …. (americandigest)
~ 100 DAYS DAZE– “In less than a hundred days of an Obama Administration, we have, in the spirit of hope and change, enthusiastically embarked on a path that is leading the entire community of nations into a a “global tragedy” of epic proportions” …. (drsanity.blog)
~ DAVID WARREN– Innocents abroad– “Hillary Clinton has apparently spent the last week in a state of deep concern” …. (dw)
~ DUST MY BROOM– More Thug-in-Chief …. (cjunk.blog)
~ OBAMA: Out Of Touch, Out Of Ideas …. (sigmundcarlandalfred)
~ THE PIRATE-THING: Blackfive has the true story here: How the Rescue Happened. Bottom line, Obambi did not give the order …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ ANDREW BREITBART: Jon Stewart, Democratic Shill. “If the targets were switched and Democrats had the same five-day-a-week bull’s-eye placed on their heads, no one doubts that financier George Soros and Media Matters would wage a well-funded rampage to destroy Mr. Stewart and his scribes. Nancy Pelosi would be demanding a comedy Fairness Doctrine. And ‘The Daily Show’ and its partner in crime ‘The Colbert Report’ would be taken off the air within 30 days of electoral primaries and within 60 days of general elections to comply with McCain-Feingold.” …. (instapundit)
~ OBAMA’S UTOPIAN, Quixotic, nuclear dreamland… and the dreamland of too many Canadians …. (damianpenny)
~ ON OBAMA @ NOTRE DAME– “Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” …. (catholicculture.org)
~ OBAMA: The first 50 days By Father Alphonse de Valk …. (catholicinsight.com)
~ AS PREDICTED– UN & Team Obama Send Kim Jong Il Meaningless Letter After Missile Launch …. (gatewaypundit.blog)
~ SAME OLD, NEW DAY– Ideologically driven disarmament agenda of the radical left …. (canadafreepress)
~ NORTH KOREA’S launch calculated move against President Obama …. (westernexperience)
~ O-BER ALLES! Nationalize the Money Machines! …. (americandigest)
~ PREZ OBAMA, King Abdullah, and the end of Israel …. (at)
~ PHOENIX POLICE raid home of blogger/critic …. (exurbanleague)
~ HE PICKED YET ANOTHER WINNER! Or, Do Any Democrat Bigwigs Pay Taxes? “Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama’s latest choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services, has admitted to “unintentional errors” on her tax returns and agreed to pay $7,000 in back taxes and penalties”; in related news, “Figures. Obama Nominee Sebelius Lowballed Donations From Controversial Late-Term Abortion Doctor” …. (catholicculture)
~ INFIDELS! Some on the left jumping from the Obama train? …. (westernexperience)
~ IMAGINE THAT– absentee Obama not present during Senate hearings on Somalia, piracy …. (hotair.com)
~ EXURBAN LEAGUE– Forgive Me, Mr. President …. (exurbanleague.com)
Forgive Me, Mr. President
Obama says we are not in a war against Islam.
Well, I am.
I’m in a war against an Islam that stones women for adultery.
I’m in a war against an Islam that murders homosexuals.
I’m in a war against an Islam that represses free speech.
I’m in a war against an Islam that tortures girls for the crime of being a room with a married man.
I’m in a war against an Islam that sends the mentally retarded to blow themselves up in crowded markets.
I’m in a war against an Islam that dreamed up the horror of 9/11.
And I’m in a war against an Islam that would kill me and my family for the crime of believing in Christ.
If you’re not willing to fight that war, Mr. President, I am.
~ YES HE CAN! Playing God with the Weather Will Outdo Mother Nature’s Worst Nightmares …. (canadafreepress)
~ SEAN HANNITY constructs a political platform for Republicans …. (pundita.blog)
~ SHE = CLASSLESS– Yes, Michelle Obama touching her Majesty the Queen matters. A lot …. (exurbanleague)
~ O(BLAH-BLAH) bama in the Balance …. (breathofthebeast.blog)
~ OUR AMERICAN READERS will note the attempts by the Obama Administration to deprive American workers of the right to secret ballots during union certification …. (godscopybook.blog)
~ MOST AMERICANS still get it: The Way We Get By …. (americandigest)
~ OBAMA’S Economic Mirage …. (canadafreepress)
~ BRAINSTORMING Appeasement …. (therealbarackobama)
~ MORALLY & Officially Bankrupt: New York Times uses Obama “sex” to boost sales …. (westernexperience)
~ BILLY BEER, THE SEQUEL: Obama’s Sex-Offender Brother Denied Entry into UK …. (americanthinker)
~ OBAMA Apologizes to Asteroids for ‘Observing Their Motions Without a Warrant’ …. (pajamasmedia.com)
~ OMG! THE ONION– Barack Obama Tiger Beat Cover Clinches Slumber Party Vote …. (theonion)
Jihad & Other Conflict
~ PIRATES? NO PROBLEM! God Bless the Easter Seals!; FREE BUMPERSTICKER: “SO MANY PIRATES SO FEW YARDARMS”; Let us thank the Somali pirates; The Spirit of United Flight 93 Lives in a Ship’s Crew …. (Various)
~ NIGERIA: Muslims attack Christians in Easter procession …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ WE’RE NOT HELPING THE GOOD GUYS, PEOPLE– “Non-Muslims in Europe who want to fight against Islamization are up against the cultural, political and media elites in their own countries, as well as the European Union, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, which is the largest voting block at the United Nations, and finally the entire Islamic world backed up by Saudi petrodollars” …. (smalldeadanimals)
~ FOR FREEDOM– Canadian woman dies in Afghan blast …. (vladtepesblog)
~ ISLAM HATES DEM UPPITY WIMMIN-FOLKS– Journalist Roxana Saberi Stands Trial In Iran; women’s rights activist Sitara Achakzai Is Dead. Gunned down in Kandahar. The Taliban has claimed responsibility; Female legislator killed in Afghanistan, pro-jihad woman kidnapped in Pakistan …. (Various)
~ LOST IN THE SACRED: Why the Muslim World Stood Still? …. (islam-watch.org)
~ ROBERT FULFORD: Murder as an expression of virtue …. (vladtepesblog)
~ VICTOR Davis Hanson– Pirates are always a symptom of international instability and global inability or unwillingness to stamp them out …. (victordavishanson)
~ PALEOSTINE– Death penalty for those who sell land to Jews …. (vladtepesblog)
~ EGYPTIAN church issues first conversion certificate to ex-Muslim …. (novascotiascott)
~ MUSLIM BLOC to set up human rights commission …. (novascotiascott)
~ SAUDI COURT Upholds Pedophile Ruling …. (mitchieville)
~ INTERNATIONAL Day of Prayer for Turkey: 18 April …. (novascotiascott)
~ TRIBAL, SHMIBAL, it’s the sharia, stupid: In a piece in the Globe and Mail, Irshad Manji inists that the problems in Afghanistan go a lot deeper than the Taliban and a sharp-dressed (but feckless) Pashtun statesman; Down with love: The Taliban—sticklers for sharia— have exacted a harsh punishment on a pair of insolent elopers …. (scaramouche)
~ SOMALI PIRATES Or Hell’s Kitchen Apprentices? …. (mitchieville)
~ UK: JIHADI EASTER BOMB PLOTTERS WORK AT AIRPORT– “Another Islamic terror attack thwarted …….. but the corrupt media barely mentions it on the Christian high holy day of Easter. And President Hussein plots against Christians, Patriots and vets” …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ ED ANGER: ‘I’ve got pirate-phobia!’ …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ FREE SPEECH vs. Islam in Europe – Geert Wilders …. (islam-watch.org)
~ CONCERN about Palestinian Christians? By: Mark D. Tooley. The religious Left’s revealing silence …. (frontpagemag)
~ CLUELESS. Utterly clueless: “What else can you say about Rabbi Mark Schneier, the delusional dreamer, the winsome twinner, who knows diddly about Islam, thinks “antisemitism” is equivalent to “Islamophobia,” and who believes that the wacky Wahhabi potentate may hold the key to interfaith amity?” …. (scaramouche)
~ QATARI CHURCH doubles congregation — but what would happen if a Qatari decided to join? …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ HOW TO DISCUSS Religion Without Appeasing Tyrants, by Mary Madigan: “As Islamists try to bully the West into stifling free speech, we must not tolerate the intolerant.” …. (pajamasmedia)
~ SAUDI ARABIA is not the only nation to oppress women or practice child marriage — just the wealthiest …. (nro)
~ HATER IN RESIDENCE! “It’s Official… Ahmadinejad Will Attend UN Human Rights Conference Next Week” …. (gatewaypundit.blog)
~ AL MOHLER: The Challenge of Islam — A Christian Perspective …. (albertmohler)
~ SHARIA BANKING growing in the West, despite its being a stalking horse for the introduction of Islamic law here …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ JEFFERSON Versus the Muslim Pirates …. (ghostofaflea)
~ MICHAEL LEDEEN– “The Iranians have blackmailed Britain into dramatic policy changes, and we seem to have gone along with it” …. (nro)
~ SUDANESE Minister Blames Jews For Unrest in Darfur …. (gatewaypundit.blog)
~ THE BARBARY WARS redux: Muslim terrorists at sea …. (canadafreepress)
~ HUGH HEWITT– “Eli Lake has a story in the Washington Times on the sale of surveillance technology to Iran’s dictators” …. (hughhewitt)
~ BREATH OF THE BEAST– Why We Must Fight …. (breathofthebeast.blog)
~ PAK JIHAD– “Pakistan”‘s “pro-U.S.” “president” has acknowledged de facto Taliban sovereignty of the Swat Valley and its surround to sharia law …. (ghostofaflea)
~ FROM MOHAMMED to Ayn Rand, By: David Swindle– Author Bosch Fawstin discusses leaving Islam, his search for truth, and writing an anti-Jihad graphic novel …. (frontpagemag)
~ WORLD’S LEADING Human Rights Violator, the OIC, Seeks Its Own “Human Rights Commission”.. Actually, it’s fitting that the Organization of the Islamic Conference would want its own “human rights” council …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ THE STATE DEPARTMENT can’t decide whether to boycott anti-Semitic, anti-American Durban II …. (americanthinker)
~ THE SOMALI Pirate Fiasco …. (counterterrorismblog)
~ SERGE: “It is not without reason that some people have nicknamed Nato the North Atlantic Terrorist Organisation” …. (sergesblog.blog)
~ SHAIDLE: “We make fun of you because you’re so damn crazy” …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ SEALS CLUB DEFENSELESS Sailors! Jamac Habeb, a 30-year-old pirate, said that the killing of the three pirates was “a painful experience.” …. (hallsofmacadamia.blog)
~ FREE SPEECH Under Cyber-Attack …. (gatesofvienna.blog)
~ REMEMBER, KIDS– “being a concubine is a lifestyle choice” …. (ghostofaflea)
~ ISLAM MAKES a Liar of Barack Hussein Obama …. (canadafreepress)
~ THE NEFA Foundation: Jihad Website Financing 101 …. (counterterrorismblog)
~ MUSICAL CHAIRS: The Islamofascists’ Version …. (at)
~ HATEFEST WATCH– Another “no”: Australia probably won’t be going to Durban II (even though organizers are promising it will be a paean to “tolerance”) …. (scaramouche)
~ JANKE ON “Cheering for Tamil political suicides” …. (stevejanke.com)
~ THE MODERATE TERRORIST and Other Fairy Tales from the Party of Change …. (americanthinker)
~ IOWAHAWK– Muslim Pirate Sayings: “Miss Swann, there be no ‘parlay’ in Sharia law.”; and in related news, “I would just like to say that IMAO support the president’s effort against Somali privacy“; and “In My World: Negotiation with Iran” …. (imao)