Freedom: Ad Fontes
~ WHAT ARE THE sources of freedom handed on to us from English common law? Pride of place is often reserved for the Great Charter (Magna Carta) of 1215; but that document itself derived and built upon an earlier declaration: The Charter Of Liberties of 1100, issued by Henry I on his coming to the throne.
The earlier Charter cleaned up the mess of 1066 and later, especially the big-government approach of Henry’s brother Red William, who never met a new tax, empty church see, or unreasonable exaction he didn’t like. Henry instituted circuit courts, orderly means of good government, and ruled fairly but firmly.
Far from being a dry 900 year old irrelevance, the Charter of Liberties (like the Magna Carta) are worth reading and pondering precisely because the same issues are ever with us, especially in the claims of government and rulers to be all-powerful and arbitrary. Henry hit rewind, and reaffirmed the laws and practices of his father (William the Conqueror), and (skipping King Harold) of Edward the Confessor before that.
In Their Own Words
The Charter was issued from the Norman Chapel in the Tower of London in 1100– but read and you can find echoes of our present concerns and debates:
Henry, king of the English, to Bishop Samson and Urso de Abetot and all his barons and faithful, both French and English, of Worcestershire, [copies were sent to all the shires] greeting.
1.) I, Henry, by the grace of God having been crowned the King of England, shall not take or sell any property from a Church upon the death of a bishop or abbot, until a successor has been named to that Church property. I shall end all the oppressive practices which have been an evil presence in England.
2.) If any baron or earl of mine shall die, his heirs shall not be forced to purchase their inheritance, but shall retrieve it through force of law and custom.
3.) Any baron or earl who wishes to betroth his daughter or other women kinsfolk in marriage should consult me first, but I will not stand in the way of any prudent marriage. Any widow who wishes to remarry should consult with me, but I shall abide by the wishes of her close relatives, the other barons and earls. I will not allow her to marry one of my enemies.
4.) Any wife of my barons, who becomes a widow shall not be denied her dowry. She should be allowed to remarry according to her wishes, so long as she maintains the integrity of her body, in a lawful manner. Barons overseeing the children of a dead baron shall maintain their land and interest in a lawful manner.
5.) Common seigniorages taken in the cities and counties, not in the time of Edward I (Edward the Confessor) shall henceforth be forbidden.
6.) I shall remit all debts and pleas which were owing to my brother, except those which were lawfully made through an inheritance.
7.) If any of my barons should grow feeble, and give away money or other possessions, these shall be honored, so long as the heirs are properly remembered. Gifts given by feeble barons under force of arms shall not be enforced.
8.) If any of my barons commit a crime, he shall not bind himself to the crown with a payment as was done in the time of my father and brother, but shall stand for the crime as was custom and law before the time of my father, and make amends as are appropriate. Anyone guilty of treachery or other heinous crime shall make proper amends.
9.) I forgive all murders committed before I was crowned. Subsequent murders shall stand before the justice of the Crown.
10.) With the common consent of my barons, I shall maintain all the forests as was done in the time of my father.
11.) Those knights who render military service and horses shall not be required to give grain or other farm goods to me.
12.) I impose a strict peace on the land, and command it be maintained.
13.) I restore the law of King Edward and the amendments which my father introduced upon the advice of his barons.
14.) Anything taken from me after the death of my father shall be returned immediately, without fine. If it is not returned, a heavy fine shall be enforced.
Witnesses Maurice bishop of London, and William bishop elect of Winchester, and Gerard bishop of Hereford, and earl Henry, and earl Simon, and Walter Giffard,and Robert de Montfort, and Roger Bigot, and Eudo the steward, and Robert son of Hamo, and Robert Malet. At London when I was crowned. Farewell.
Yours & Mine
Our common legal heritage belongs to and is the responsibility of all. The Christian and reasonable principles upon which that inheritance stands cannot be abolished by activist or kangaroo courts, nor via fatally flawed modern constitutions or the whims of the moment. This treasure is yours, as an heir and guardian of freedom and duty under good government, and deserves to be remembered and taught and handed on. ~
Conservatives Are Sometimes Imperfect!
~ ITEM: Terry Glavin begs to differ– Hats Off To Jonathon Kay: Against Denialism
~ ITEM: On the “Fascism and Communism Are the Same” Meme: Why We’re All F*cking Doomed; and “Because Invading Their Countries, Killing Their Leaders and Converting Them To Christianity Is Harder Than It Looks“
~ I REALLY LIKE Terry Glavin’s stuff, and Skippy Stalin has received lotsa links from this website over the years. However, I’m a little worried that they’ve got bash conservativitis on the brain.
OK, the conservatives can sometimes be as addled, inbred and misinformed as anybody else. Conservativeness isn’t infallibility. However, we’re comparing apples and hand-grenades.
Consider: the Western LibSupremacy in media, politics, academia and the whole utopian world-gov thing means that conservatives are coming from behind in terms of market-share, commonly accepted wisdom, and real-world power. Free Mark Steyn is not a multibillion dollar media-conglomerate with a staff of thousands… nor is Mark Steyn himself. Whatever her imperfections, Anne Coulter won’t soon have the power to turn of the internet at her say-so, unlike Obama.
Yes, we need to fact-check, and beware partisan group-think, and the easy echo-chamber repetition. No, all American conservative talk-radio folks are not infallible pundits. FOX TV can be embarrassing. So?
The alternative is not some magic world of ideologically pure superhero conservative saints, but more Liberal domination, group-think, and silencing of any and all opposition– so they are free to do what they want to their victims.
Anti-con sniping as a way of avoiding the real issues– utopian progs taking over the planet by hook and crook, rewriting history, criminalizing freedom and dissent– turns out to be slavish naiveté at worst, if well-intended cautionary commentary at best. Pot-shots at conservatives who err– or who are perhaps a bit off– doesn’t redeem the cause.
Anti-cons should look around them and ask if they really want to be on the same side as Francois Houle & Allan Rock and The Screaming NDP Girl (in the Coulter thing), or on the side of neo-marxist academics when it comes to apologia for the Soviet Union and Communist China. Really? REALLY?
Facts are facts and truth is truth– let’s not be embarrassed by the fight-back against progressive utopianism unless we have a reasonable alternative way of going about it. Not so much? Then get on board, or get on the other side if that’s where the argument leads you– sitting on the fence with both ears to the ground is an uncomfortable place to sit. ~
~ ITEM: The Gargoyle
~ JUST FINISHED an amazing read: The Gargoyle, by Canadian author Andrew Davidson.
It’s an ambitiously written Dantesque poetical medieval modern story about a burn victim– an atheist and former pornographer– who is brought back to inward life by a mysterious and beautiful sculptress, Marianne. It includes some truly stunning revisiting of Dante’s Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise, in a modern vein.
Part classical, part spiritual journey, part historical mystery, it’s a hauntingly beautiful romance– without being a chick-book. Check it out. ~
P.S. Binky is now finishing Antonia Fraser’s Cromwell, half-way through Thomas Costain’s The Conquerers, and is awaiting Boswell’s Life Of Johnson.
Links Related To The New GG
~ ITEM: Ontario academic David Johnston will become next governor general
~ ITEM: Following the uproar over University of Waterloo professor Mohamed Elmasry’s controversial comments
~ IT LOOKS LIKE the new Canadian GG = Typical academic liberal: pro-death, pro-Multicult (though the MSA is a hardcore sharia-supremacist group in agreement with the Muslim Brotherhood). Exactly why is Stephen Harper considered a conservative, anyway? Was there NOBODY else out of 33 million people who might suit? A patriot, and possible pro-monarchy type? Reasonably conservative? ~
~ TO ANYONE familiar with the signs, Mel Gibson is mentally ill. Probably needs Lithium, counselling, and support along with detox. Mel is a deeply sick but amazingly talented man who has probably suffered manic depression and some psychoses for decades, but whilst his crazy entertained us, who cared if he thought he was a chicken?– we enjoyed the eggs.
Now, ever since he defied Hollywood and liberal wisdom with the very Catholic and unforgivably successful movie The Passion, it’s feeding-frenzy time. Since he’s not a gliberal, there’s no Roman Polanski-ish chorus of sympathetic defenders banding together to plead mercy and understanding.
Make no mistake– he’s said and done some horrible things if recent reports are accurate. But if Teh Binks is also right about the illnesses involved, then he needs treatment as well as opprobrium and criminal consequences. Otherwise, you’re just battling the symptoms.
Is there anyone who can convince a billionaire Hollywood bigshot to get on his meds, and to stop self-medicating with booze and bimbos? After all, Mel is a human being, and obviously in deep personal crisis. Are we our brother’s keeper, or not?
In any case, the gliberal and media hate-fest makes this culture-watcher boil. ~
Warning Signs For Christians?
~ ITEM: Redefining the First Freedom
~ ITEM: New York Public School Teaches Children that ‘Religion is a Disease’
~ ITEM: Shocking Setback for Religious Freedom in Supreme Court
~ ITEM: Academic Freedom For Christians? No Way!
~ ITEM: To a certain secularist mindset, any mention of God is a danger to public life, and any legal recognition of religion is but a short step away from theocracy; God’s place in Charter challenged
~ THE LEADING TARGETS of radical regimes– after the police, the army, and the professoriate– are the religious folks. The serious ones, not the Episcotyrian progressiver than thou types, who are already happy slaves of the moment.
In North America, classically-minded Christians and Jews are not particularly welcome in the public square. They are, after all, narrow-minded supernaturalist bigots who would take over the country if they could. They deny the sufficiency of human nature under a caring if all-powerful government to attain fullness and perfection by our sincere endeavour and best intentions. They are traitors to the progressive hope, to human rights, to liberation of the human spirit (as approved by The Masters).
It’s not a surprise, but jellified Western Christians will find marginalization or persecution because of their faith a little difficult at first. Those who consider themselves truly ‘liberal’ will have to ask themselves if they really do care about freedom for all, or not– or if some pigs are more equal than others.
The Left will find friends with the Jihad in undermining and semi-criminalizing authentic and serious Christianity– watch for it. Then comes the death-match between Islamofascism and utopian-fascism.
I Told You So. ~
~ ITEM: Christopher Hitchens on his memoir, Hitch-22
~ HE WAS UTTERLY ADAMANT– though baptised an Anglican, he wanted me (the parish priest) to deface the baptismal register by removing his name, because he was not a Jehovah’s Witness.
What the?– I pointed out to him that such a defacing was illegal, since baptismal are also used for state records; and that whether he liked or agreed with his baptism or not, it had happened. If it was invalid, some pen-scratches wouldn’t make a difference; if it was valid and real, then scribbling it out couldn’t change the spiritual facts, even if he rejected his new birth in God for a cult (I didn’t say cult).
So should we pray for acerbic atheist pundit Christopher Hitchens? God loves him whether he likes it or not, and we can pray for all sorts and conditions of men, even those who might rather we’d not. The Anchoress nails it: behold the subversive liberty of prayer, a power and mystery of God’s cooperation in and through our beseechings to change hearts and minds and the world. Even praying for someone (or quietly believing in God) is offensive to some anti-theists.
Um.. well– tough titty. Christopher Hitchens was baptised, and is not– as a creature of God– cut off from the life of God in him and through him because by definition (as St. Paul quoted the old pagan poets) In Him we live and move and have our being. If he was literally cut off from God, Chris Hitchens would literally cease to exist.
If prayer is fantasy, then praying for him is an exercise in well-wishing. If prayer is what it is, then praying for Hitchens is a salutary exercise– first, that he be healed, and through that, come to believe and be forgiven his sins. God is not done with any of us yet– possibly including remedial grace in the front porch of the world to come.
What would be interesting to ask some former noted British atheists is: would you wish folks had prayed for you during your unbelief? Not in-your-face nenner-neenerism, but genuine askings for God’s enlivening mercy and grace on a soul in need of it.
Such I was once upon a time– and indeed my grandmother prayed for me to return to God, as later I did. She wished the best for me– not the best as I conceived it myself, but as God intended, which is our beginning and ending and return to him. ~
Big Screen: Toy Story 3
~ ITEM: ‘Toy Story 3′: Barbie’s words on ‘the consent of the governed’
~ ITEM: Toy Story 3 Easter Eggs
~ THE LATEST Toy Story is great. Unlike TS2, it returned to some of the darker themes of the ground-breaking first movie. In an era when we pablumize kids books and ban slides and consider failure to recycle the greatest moral failing, it’s a welcome return to authentic story-telling.
There are scary characters– who yet have choices to be redeemed or not. There is a kindergarten-cum-stalag where the toys must escape, and a very Dantesque scene of the main heroes plunging to their dooms in a giant fiery pit. The flip side? Choices matter; character matters; self-sacrifice may be needed to do real and lasting good, and evil must be fought.
One of the most telling moments– in what may be an anti-Obama shot– is when Barbie (yes, THAT Barbie) speaks out for freedom for herself and the other toys with the Jeffersonianish line “Authority should derive from the consent of the governed, not from the threat of force!”
Bigger Than We Thought
What I find interesting about such real stories is how they escape the dominant nicey-nice world-view. Like the much-maligned 1998 flick What Dreams May Come, the new-agey happy version of heaven is not the entire story– the universe turns out to be bigger and more complicated than originally thought. The main character (played by Robin Williams) must descend into hell to rescue his wife from her hellish prison of despair.
The writers of the TS3 script seem to understand the actual world kids live in, the real threats facing us, and the fact that the line between good and evil runs through each individual heart. We all have choices to make.
Go see Toy Story 3– it’s a solid 9.0. ~
Binks Links Of The Moment
~ SMART CAR? No. Smart tank? Oh please yes! …. (odditycentral)
~ TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL: Ties – And How To Tie ‘Em …. (mitchieville)
~ STEYN TELLS YOU to come here.. so just how weird is that? Hope he’s having a good time away from the grind …. (marksteyn.com)
~ EZ ON IGGY– He’s in love …. (ezralevant.com)
~ RANDOM HOUSE starts apologizing for Marci McDonald’s errors …. (ezralevant)
~ EZRA WONDERS.. Who does the Toronto Star consider to be the “fringe”? …. (ezralevant)
~ HRH PRINCE Michael Ignatieff praises China, criticizes Canada’s human rights …. (ezralevant.com)
~ VIGNA VS. Levant: Serenity, Nausea, and Red Underpants …. (westernstandard)
The Climate Cult
~ VIA DR. ROY– Goldstein on the climate gate whitewashes …. (torydrroy.blog)
~ FUN WITH OTHER GODS: New Media Craze — ‘Eco-Theology’: Using Oil Spill + Religion to Promote Green Agenda …. (newsbusters)
~ TERRY GLAVIN begs to differ– Hats Off To Jonathon Kay: Against Denialism …. (transmontanus.blog)
~ DEMOCRATS revive global warming legislation …. (washingtonexaminer.com)
~ TELEGRAPH BLOG– Never mind the Climategate whitewash – what about our new £50 billion annual climate bill? …. (sentinel.blog)
~ HIDING THE DECLINE? —You’re Doing it Wrong …. (eddriscoll)
~ PENN. STATE University thinks you are a great scientist, like, if other scientists think you are a great scientist …. (themcj.com)
~ BEHOLD The IPCC’s new “openness”.. IPCC to scientists: Shut up! …. (mooseandsquirrel.ca)
~ ALTHOUSE WONDERS: If You Really Believe In Global Warming, How Come Yo Ass Is So Fat? …. (ace.mu.nu)
~ Y2KYOTO: Save The Planet– Deport an Ethiopian …. (SDA)
~ BLOVIATOR: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Gaia” …. (bovinabloviator.blog)
~ HRH PRINCE CHUCKLES the climate alarmist attacks climate realists …. (mooseandsquirrel.ca)
~ CLIMATEGATE and the Big Green Lie …. (nationalpost)
~ MUST-READ: How reliable are the “independent” reviews of Climategate? …. (winteryknight)
~ IOWAHAWK ON ALGORE– Purest Brilliance!.. The Two Randy Vicars: from Baudy Tales for the Indifcreet Gentleman (ca. 1710) by Anonymous …. (iowahawk)
“Freedom is not only a gift, but also a summons to personal responsibility. Americans know this from experience – almost every town in this country has its monuments honoring those who sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom, both at home and abroad. The preservation of freedom calls for the cultivation of virtue, self-discipline, sacrifice for the common good and a sense of responsibility towards the less fortunate. It also demands the courage to engage in civic life and to bring one’s deepest beliefs and values to reasoned public debate. In a word, freedom is ever new. It is a challenge held out to each generation, and it must constantly be won over for the cause of good.”
~ Benedict XVI ~
~ POPE BENEDICT XVI on Freedom …. (bluewavecanada.blog)
~ DER GYAPONG– Cardinal Ouellet’s legacy in Quebec; The Anglican Catholic Church of Canada Synod; Will the police protect your rights to freedom of expression?; The smell of sulpher and such; Reflections on the Church of England Synod; Voter corruption in the United States; The genetic fallacy and the postmodern mind; The mess in Belgiumistan; Some bracing John Patrick to refresh your fevered mind; Why our children must not be allowed to fall away; Excellent piece on where leniency and denial are leading us; Why God in the Charter matters a great deal …. (deborahgyapong.blog)
~ THE SHAIDLE– Keeping up the awesome, 24-7-364 …. (fivefeetoffury)
- Talk Radio Watch: July 12-16
- ‘Filed off faces’ vs chopped off heads
- ‘ Strangely enough, when I say exactly the same things I don’t get interviewed by the Jerusalem Post’
- ‘My friends and I have even coined the phrase: ‘My Mohammed is different”
- ‘Officer Bubbles’ should consider another line of work
- Arguing with liberals
- Or we could just halt Muslim immigration to Canada in the first place
- I’ve been predicting ‘hand lifts’ for years, now that vain rich boomers are aging
- From ‘Work Will Make You Free’ to ‘No Money Down!’
- Todaze ‘Muslim or Crazy?’
- But if Africans are so ‘competent’, why are they still screwed up?
- Canadian government wants us all to wear star-shaped badges oh wait
- I watched ‘Gun Crazy’ (1950) again on TCM
- City of Toronto spends $30,000 a year on cigarettes for the homeless
- Drowning immigrants: bug or feature?
- ‘You should go back to Japan, you dirty foreigner’
- Affirmative action in action!
- ‘Most liberals want abortion to be legal so as to encourage promiscuity and casual sex’
- Journalists: your moral and intellectual superiors
- ‘Gorelero’: a Hugh Hewitt flashback
- Geert Wilders to launch international ‘freedom alliance’
- We don’t need no stinking William Blake!
- Theodore Dalrymple reviews Hitchens’ memoir
- Soon to be a major Jerry Bruckheimer film?
- Stephanopoulos gets his customized ‘Old Spice’ ad!
- Badge #3478, where are you?
- Gitmo: laptops and ‘life skills’
- RCMP tell Canadian to take down her ‘Everybody Draw Mohammed’ Facebook page
- Time of lay off Norman Mailer for that Jack Abbot thing
- ‘I begin to think that rumors of my life have been a bit exaggerated…’
- ‘Hey Kirsten Powers, Those Black Men ARE Scary’
- A ceramic-tile wall of separation between mosque and space?
- Never mind him. Listen to the audience…
- Dear Toronto Star: no, YOU’RE the ‘fringe’
- Belly buttons are just a social construct
- Gitmo terrorists get free laptops, Nintendos, ‘life skills training’ (Exclusive VIDEO)
- ‘Taxpayer’ is the new ‘black’
- ‘What was SHE doing hooking up with a man already revealed as a rabid anti-Semite?’
- ‘Michael Moore is an artistic and intellectual thief’
- Finally: use found for Cory Doctorow (UPDATED)
- ‘Old Spice Guy Now Making Custom Videos for Fans via Social Media’
- Pretty lame ‘genocide’ if I can still hear you yack-yack-yacking
- ‘Fox Deportes’ actually not the sequel to ‘Operation Wetback’
- Muslims think Western culture is decadent and degenerate oh wait
- Scuttle a Canadian faux-tilla to Gaza
- Muslims still desperate to get a Holocaust of their very own!
- Ted Nugent: ‘The blindly obedient Canadian radio host I recently debated on his show…’
- Black guy blames blacks and Muslims for slavery (video)
- Ooops: America not a ‘nation of immigrants’ after all
- Another Big 3 network laying off more staffers
- Ezra Levant: ‘The truth about Omar Khadr’
- A casino at… Gettysburg…?
- Meet the new ‘climate change experts’ — same as the old ‘climate change experts’
- But remember: conservatives are the ‘stupid’ ones
- Geraldo Rivera: even a broken nose is right twice a day
- Why I switched from TweetDeck to MarketMeTweet
- Don’t tell me: it happened on Martin Luther King Blvd, right?
- When I heard about this story last week, my first thought was:
- Stupid, cowardly lefty female cartoonist learns appeasement doesn’t work?
- Michael Taube reviews ‘Fur, Fortune and Empire’
- From our bulging ‘One day all the old hippies will be dead’ file
- Ignatief stealing lines from Hugo Chavez now. (You think I’m kidding.)
- (This is where I got my new business cards — very pleased)
- Happy birthday, Tura Satana!
- Richard Widmark is never around when you need him
~ XANTHIPPA– G20, police behaviour and the ‘split’ on the ‘right’: part 1; G20, police behaviour and the ‘split’ on the ‘right’: part 2 …. (blog.xanthippas)
~ CHARLES LEWIS: truth is the missing element …. (life.nationalpost)
~ HOW LIBERALS say segregation, By Donald Sensing …. (senseofevents.blog)
~ DAWN EDEN– “Towards a ‘Climate of Chastity’: Bringing Catechesis on the Theology of the Body into the Hermeneutic of Continuity” …. (dawneden.blog)
~ BLAZING CATFRIDGE– Q. How do you spell Stupid? A. QuAIA; Islamist extremism at the root cause of hate, says B’nai Brith; Barack Obama Genius of the Carpathians; Is the Tea Party Racist?; Epic Marketing Fail; Rob Ford discusses corruption at City Hall; “I’m sorry I raped you. Have a nice day.”; City manager might be highest paid in nation: $787,637 a year; Recommended reading: Censorship as ‘Tolerance’; Things to come… Water declared systemically racist; Ding Dong A Witch Is Dead; Canuck Creator of Everybody Draw Mohammed Day Facebook Site Warned to Lay Low By Mounties; Canadian Gaza Fauxtilla Flotsam Up Shahid Creek Without A Paddle …. (blazingcatfur.blog)
~ LONDON— The Church of England moved another step closer to an unbridgeable schism …. (nationalpost)
~ BIG PEACE– Where Do We Get Such Men? …. (bigpeace.com)
~ PROFESSOR Says God is not a Mascot of our own Desire …. (layman.org)
~ WALKER MORROW – Let’s Pat Ourselves on the Back for a Moment …. (missnixon)
~ HAPPY ‘Not As Many Canadians As There Should Be’ Day! We’re down a missing 3 million Canadians …. (caymanpei.blog)
~ SCARY MUCH? Stockholm Syndrome in the U.K.; Chuckles Bites the Dust; Our “human rights” mausoleum wants to pin you; The Obama family’s resident meal-preparer has received a big promotion; Elena Kagan: hates the military.. loves sharia; Marsupial Shakeup in B.C.; An Obesity Fairy Tale; Mausoleum Defaults on Tax Bill; Kidnapped Iranian Nuke Scientist Back in Tehran? No Biggie; Mounties race to the scene to deal with “dangerous” ‘toonists; A Shocker! Truth-Telling Sighted in the Toronto Star! …. (scaramouchee.blog)
~ HITCHENS and the Subversive Liberty of Prayer …. (firstthings.com)
~ NORTH KOREA– The joys of socialized medicine …. (blogmocracy)
~ OH. CANADA? “Officers making Holocaust jokes, mocking people begging for water and laughing at detained women forced to urinate in public and wipe themselves while handcuffed.” …. (ghostofaflea)
~ CLOSET CON– The Zionazis! Nasty JOOOOS!; Big Brother.. Lives in Europe; Thanks for the Job Offer; Muslims Threaten to “Leave” Facebook; American Navy Priority: Diversity!; OK, seriously-is this not the ultimate in “cultural accommodation”? …. (CitC)
~ I TOLD YOU SO ALERT– UI administrators ask committee to examine academic freedom over issue of fired professor; Academic Freedom, for Some: The Hounding of Dr. Howell; Dictatorship of Relativism, Catholic Professor Fired for Being Catholic; Late-breaking: Official response from U. of Illinois President to Dr. Ken dismissal; Illinois Prof to Have Case Reviewed …. (Various)
~ QUEBECISTAN– Multiculturalism For Some, Forcible Assimilation For Others …. (forlifeandfamily.blog)
~ SKIPPY BRINGS IT– CNN is uniquely positioned to exploit this. All they have to do is give King Samir Shabazz Larry King’s time slot …. (girlontheright)
~ ACTION DINO– Liberation Theology Moves to the Border; Liberals claim they will never divide Canada along the lines of race, religion etc. Have they read section 15.2 of the Charter?; Leftoid school indoctrination; Thus goes the war on terror, but diversity trumps everything; Khadr Pics, never before seen on the CBC! …. (AD)
~ HORRIBLY Racist Canada contributing to the “scourge of immigrant drowning” …. (mooseandsquirrel.ca)
~ RECENT Father Raymond J. de Souza: Krakow stands on guard for European liberty …. (fullcomment)
~ JUST IN TIME for the movies, here is an utterly brilliant script for the earliest slasher story of them all, written by Shakespeare …. (kraalspace.blog)
~ BLEEDING-HEART Liberal Judges Want Khadr Back — We Don’t …. (forlifeandfamily.blog)
~ TORONTO? HOT? SUMMER, YOU SAY? Journalism Can Officially be Banned Now …. (skippy-posts.blog)
~ THE BLOGMOCRACY– Why Israel’s enemies will always be the darlings of Western intellectuals …. (blogmocracy.com)
~ RELIGIOUS FREEDOM’S new plan B …. (nationalpost)
~ RIGHT GIRL– A bunch of Religion of Whinging adherents are complaining to Mark Zuckerberg; Swimmigration: I’ve changed my mind; As clear as black & white; Yet another great reason to hate BP …. (girlontheright)
~ THOUGHTS ON How to witness to postmodern Western atheists …. (scriptoriumdaily)
~ REMEMBER– “Premeditated murder is premeditated murder regardless of why the murder was committed.” Unless they’re gay …. (SDA)
~ EX-IFFY MINION Warren Kinsella, census refusenik …. (theglobeandmail)
~ THEODORE DALRYMPLE’S New book “Spoilt Rotten” now available for purchase …. (skepticaldoctor)
~ UNSECULAR Europe and Secular America …. (merecomments)
~ VERY GOOD NEWS– Euthanasia bill soundly defeated …. (theinterim.com)
~ PERVING THE TINIEST– Helena, Mont., Mulls Kindergarten Sex Ed …. (foxnews.com)
~ ATHEISM, Agnosticism, and Certainty About the Origins of the Universe …. (volokh.com)
~ NASTY YOUNG LEFTIST activist refuses to shake PM’s hand – Canada …. (sentinel.blog)
~ MURDER AT ANY COST– Second Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Caught On Tape Giving Misleading Medical Information …. (liveaction.org)
~ WESTERN STANDARD– Soldiers of expression: Hate speech, censorship & ethics …. (westernstandard)
~ THE SLOW DEATH OF ENGLAND– England ready to deny right of assembly. It would appear that on top of its already more-than-Orwellian cameras in every corner and hate and liable laws that make a mockery of freedom of speech; and yet “A bonfire of draconian anti-terror laws was promised by Theresa May yesterday to reverse the ‘substantial erosion of civil liberties’ by Labour ministers” …. (ifps, dailymail)
~ THE RADICAL Religion of Abortion …. (firstthings)
~ REFUGEE Cubans find freedom in Spain …. (worldmag)
~ LINDA GIBBONS is No Criminal …. (bluewavecanada.blog)
~ LUGRUFRU– John Lydon to perform in Israel; Swedes create new TV show mocking Mohammed; “Anti-Israel photographic fizzle”; “A Quiet Axis Forms Against Iran in the Middle East”; Work harder and pay more taxes, Canadians: hookers and junkies in India and China need free medicine; Muslims in niqabs breezing onto an Air Canada flight without having to show their faces …. (lumpygrumpyandfrumpy.blog)
~ WELCOME to adland, where all men are morons …. (smh.com.au)
~ PASTOR RELIEVED of duties for mentioning Jesus in NC legislature …. (winteryknight)
~ ORWELL’S PICNIC– No Take Backs!; From our bulging “Aren’t we sick of these people yet?” files; I’m trying hard not to have last summer happen again; Found something out about Italians being weird; Ever feel like you are just pretending to be a grown-up?; HJMW visits Venice (and takes pix) …. (anglocath.blog)
~ LA VIDA LOCO: Living Like A Liberal– It’s hard work, politicizing your whole life …. (weeklystandard)
~ HOMOPHOBIA’S TO BLAME– Gay rights activist accused of sexually assaulting 17-year-old boy …. (winteryknight)
~ BARBARA KAY– In praise of boredom …. (barbarakay.ca)
~ CANADIAN ANGLICAN THEOLOGIAN Father Crouse on faith and pharmaceuticals …. (edwardmichaelgeorge.blog)
~ VERBOTEN! British Medical Association opposes therapy for unwanted same-sex attraction …. (winteryknight)
~ THE PROPOGANDIST– The USA Steps Into The Gap; Radical Leaders Prey On The Fearful And Naive; On Conspiracy Theory; Old Socialists Are Just Conservatives Who Don’t Know It; They Must Be Islamophobic; The Real Reason Human Rights Lawyers Obsess Over Omar Khadr; The Very Figure Of The Entitlement Class …. (propagandistmag.com)
~ A NEW BOOK– “Even a regular critic of atheism can learn from this disarmingly comic tale” …. (insightscoop)
~ BARBARA KAY traces the source of anti-male statistics used by feminists …. (winteryknight)
~ FRESH GOODNESS– The Lynch List, 13-Jul-2010 …. (missnixon)
~ FIRST PRINCIPLES– “Marriage exists prior to the state and is not open to redefinition by the state.” …. (insightscoop)
~ A NEW BOOK from Victor Davis Hanson– The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern …. (amazon.com)
~ FREESPEECHY GOOD NEWS– University at Buffalo Revises Unconstitutional Speech Code; At Bryn Mawr, Another Speech Code of the Month is Reformed; New England Ivies Earn ‘Muzzle Awards’ from FIRE Chairman …. (thefire.org)
~ MARK SHEA: “Gay Brownshirts on the March! Tolerance is not Enough. You. MUST. Approve” …. (markshea.blog)
~ THE TROUBLE with Canada … Still: A Citizen Speaks Out by William Gairdner is coming out October 1 …. (theinterim)
~ TORONTO Police unveil G20 ‘most wanted’ …. (theglobeandmail.com)
~ WHERE WE ARE– Truth now seen as ‘inciting hatred’ …. (theinterim.com)
~ TALK ABOUT having your mythology and aborting it too …. (insightscoop)
~ BREITBART– The ‘Twilight’ Phenomenon: The Kids Are All Right …. (bighollywood)
~ ROSETT WARNS– Here Comes the UN’s New “Gender Entity” …. (claudiarosett)
~ ON JOHN RAWLS and the triumph of tolerance …. (mercatornet.com)
~ TRULY EVIL– Street Art: The UnaBomber is the New Che Edition …. (urbaninfidel.blog)
~ SKIPPY– “If, as I believe it will, democracy collapses in my lifetime, it won’t be socialism, communism or fascism that does it. Nor will we be slaves to the jihadis, as so many paranoid fantasists seem to envision. We’ll instead collapse under the weight of our own intellectual laziness and partisan self-interest.”; plus Skippy on Coutler …. (skippy-posts.blog)
~ JILL STANEK’S 10 Tips for Pro-Life Bloggers …. (bluewavecanada.blog)
~ TO A CERTAIN secularist mindset, any mention of God is a danger to public life, and any legal recognition of religion is but a short step away from theocracy; God’s place in Charter challenged …. (nationalpost)
America: Where even someone who’s probably not American can steal the Presidency!
~ HATEFUL BOOK– ‘Manchurian President’ on New York Times Political Best Sellers List for July …. (therealbarackobama)
~ OH NO HE DI’I'N’T! The President of the European Commission said the new era at the White House was in danger of becoming a “missed opportunity” for Europe …. (angilbertpress)
~ A TEN STEP PROGRAM for Obama by Victor Davis Hanson …. (theblogmocracy.com)
~ SOCIALIST International Works on ‘Global Governance’ agenda, Obama allies in attendance …. (realbarackobama)
~ MYPETJAWA– As Transparent As A 55 Gallon Drum Of Crude …. (mypetjawa)
~ OILED DOLPHIN cries and then dies …. (uppitywoman08)
~ GARY CLEMENT on the growing oil-spill estimate …. (nationalpost)
~ KUHNER: Why Obama is a cultural Muslim – Washington Times …. (canadiansentinel.blog)
~ WHAT’S UP, EXACTLY? New START and Obama’s Mysterious Trip to Russia …. (blogs.investors)
~ ED DRISCOLL– Why Do the New Black Panthers So Hate President Obama? …. (eddriscoll)
~ THE AMERICAN EMPEROR– It’s like he’s not even trying, anymore …. (theanchoress)
~ WHITE HOUSE dismisses critics, defends Obama’s golf outings during Gulf crisis …. (bloviator)
~ STRICTLY RIGHT– Obama vs. the People …. (strictlyright.com)
~ CONVICTED FELONS, ACORN pet project may determine country’s leadership …. (RBO)
~ PENSACOLA Councilman says BP is dumping white sand on beaches to cover up oil …. (uppitywoman08)
~ GERALDO TAKES ON New Black Panther Party Leader, Malik Zulu Shabazz …. (therealbarackobama)
~ NASA Outreach Program ‘Confirmed’ Despite White House Denial, Rep Says …. (fox)
~ GULF OIL Spill Ethics …. (pbs.org)
~ WHILE OBAMA GOLFED– Scientist Says Oxygen-Depletion Problem in Gulf Is Real …. (wsj.com)
~ OBAMA’S RATIONER In Chief: Rationing For Thee, Not For Me …. (ace.mu.nu)
~ MERCATORNET– The real story of the suburban spies …. (mercatornet.com)
~ ARE THERE Racial, gender quotas in U.S. financial bill? …. (ideasinactiontv)
~ OUR FIRST American Chairman: America’s Blind Fuhrer…. (bigpeace.com)
~ DIANA WEST– Steele’s Trap and Petraeus’ “Human Terrain” …. (dianawest)
~ RED INK RISING: Nation’s Deficit Soars Above $1 Trillion Mark …. (abc)
~ KAGAN’S cookbook: The joy of tyranny …. (WaTi)
~ WEIGEL, Rest of the Left Change the Facts on the New Black Panther Case …. (ace.mu.nu)
~ HE AIN’T HEAVY, he’s my genocidal, hallucinatory, two-faced ‘ally’ …. (pundita.blog)
~ THE MEDIA CULT of the personality surrounding Obama is trending into self-discrediting territory …. (americanthinker)
~ COVERUP! “The Obama administration’s rapid release of 10 Russian intelligence officers removed the prospect of a public trial revealing embarrassing facts about Russian influence operations, like the targeting of a key Democratic Party financier close to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton” …. (WaTi)
~ CLASSY New Oba-Tax on Amputee Vets …. (catholic-caveman.blog)
~ THE MOOCHES– It is no secret that the Obamas are advocates for free handouts, but even in her personal life Michelle Obama does not appear to have shied away from accepting free goodies …. (dailycaller)
~ WE TOLD YOU SO– Democrats Block Vote On Amendment That Would Have Allowed Press Access To Gulf Oil Spill …. (Wz)
~ PROFESSORS believe Obama is among the 15 best presidents, better than Reagan; George W. in 5 worst, 10 below Carter …. (politico)
~ CBS SHOCK POLL: 13% believe President’s policies have helped them …. (cbs)
~ WOULD HRHR KAGAN ban the Catholic Church from Harvard Law School? …. (SomeLink)
~ FUN WITH SPEECH CODES– Democratic Underground proposes new rules to deal with leftists who’ve fallen out of love with Obama …. (democraticunderground.com)
~ UPPITY Black Conservative Brow-Beaten Into Silence by Chicago Machine? …. (townhall)
~ MEDIA TYCOON Mort Zuckerman, who recently admitted writing Barack Obama’s speeches in the past, has come out with an article, “Obama is Barely Treading Water” …. (mitchieville)
~ AMERICAN DOJ won’t purge dead or ineligible voters from roll.. We’re guessing that’s all about the Democratic Zombie-American and Non-American American-communities …. (winteryknight)
~ AN ILLUSTRATED, Multiple Choice Test for Eric Holder …. (directorblue)
~ REALITY & REAL ESTATE– “Hope & Change” hits the housing market — few survivors left …. (Wz)
~ LOOKS LIKE THE NARRATIVE of our “National Conversation” is “SHUT UP!” …. (classicalvalues)
~ NEXT UP in Washington, a Media Czar? …. (claudiarosett)
~ WHY WON’T OBAMA sue “sanctuary cities” for breaking immigration laws? …. (winteryknight)
~ OBAMALAND– Illinois Is Broke – So Let’s Spend Spend Spend! …. (mitchieville)
~ LINKORAMA VIA Larwyn’s Linx: Despite Low Poll Numbers, Obama Plows Ahead …. (directorblue.blog)
~ FIRST OIL RIG leaves USA for Egypt following Obama’s talk of drilling ban …. (winteryknight)
~ NO, THE PROBLEM Is Not Obama’s Middle Name …. (claudiarosett)
~ BY THE POWER OF POTUS! Al Qaeda Is In Trouble Now…. Obama Accuses Them Of Racism …. (ace.mu.nu)
~ AN OPEN LETTER to Burak Obama on NASA’s new role …. (vladtepesblog)
~ CRIMSON SKY– Fenris Badwulf is on fire as usual: “I had a moment like that when I first read about the NAACP denouncing the Tea Party as racist. Maybe the brain trust behind the NAACP thought that making whitey angry and hostile was good for publicity” …. (mitchieville)
~ LOOKS LIKE a coming war in the Middle East involving at minimum Israel and Iran; Poll: Americans Favor Israeli Military Action to Take out Iran’s Nukes By a 56% to 30% Margin …. (senseofevents.blog, WZ)
~ EVIL CORNELL– Female Genital Mutilation Performed at Cornell University …. (vladtepesblog)
~ MOUNTIES FEAR more Canadians taking up jihad …. (sentinel.blog)
~ THE EVIL ISRAELIS! Summing up for a legal lynching …. (spectator)
~ HONEST NASA Director Thrown Under The Bus …. (ace.mu.nu)
~ THE 9/11 ‘SCREW U, KUFFARS’ mosque by any other name: Ground Zero mega-mosque group ditches name redolent of Islamic supremacism; Hamas-linked CAIR leader charges Islamic supremacist Ground Zero mega-mosque opponents with “Islamophobia”; Spencer: A Landmarks Commission hearing, and much more; Ground Zero mega-mosque renamed …. (Various)
~ WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE… Chicago-area United Methodists last month voted to divest from companies doing business with Israel. A few weeks later, the Islamic Society of North America appreciatively gave the Northern Illinois Conference of United Methodism its Interfaith Unity Award …. (theird.org)
~ A NEW BOOK– “What Berman shows up so brutally about Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood Hassan al Banna, is that he is the direct heir – both familially and intellectually – not only to the ideologues of jihadi Islamism but also to the axis of European fascism” …. (spectator)
~ BATTLING A culture of honour and shame …. (barbarakay.ca)
~ FIRST AMENDMENT? Where’s that in the Koran? Christians charged with disturbing the peace for evangelizing Muslims …. (winteryknight)
~ SAD BUT STILL SHOCKING: NBC, CBS Refuse To Air Ad Objecting To Ground Zero Victory Mosque …. (ace.mu.nu)
~ THE LOVELY LAND OF NO JEWS– Jordan’s Queen writes children’s book about tolerance and openness — but not for Jews …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ LE CARBEQUE– French Minister: “We Won’t Tell You How Many Cars Get Burned Tonight”.. crackle crackle crackle, sizzle sizzle sizzle …. (covenantzone.blog)
~ PAKISTAN– Good Work Of Two Strong Women: “In Pakistan, many of these women – often Pakistanis solve their family problems with the medieval brutality” …. (bogoboo.com)
~ FUN-LOVING Muslims attack unarmed Christians in India and Turkey …. (winteryknight)
~ GUTLESS AIR CANADA perfects security procedures that don’t offend Muslims …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ FIRED OHIO HOMELAND SECURITY official Omar Alomari didn’t inform agency he had worked as top official in Jordanian government …. (mypetjawa)
~ BARRISTER Sara Hossain of Bengladesh, a true heroine …. (postedeveille.ca)
~ GENOCIDE! ICC adds genocide charge against Sudan’s president …. (eye-on-the-world.blog)
~ JUST REMEMBER: July 11th – International Day Against Stoning …. (xanthippa)
~ PAM GELLER– Help Get the 911 Mega Mosque Site Landmarked …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ SPEAKING UP– “I want to be a journalist, like Ajmal. I am a good storyteller” …. (transmontanus.blog)
~ THE DEATH OF JUSTICE.CA– scot-free Sharia Law in Canada: Honor Killing Mom Gets off: Daughter Strangled by Mom, No Time in Prison …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ JUST WONDERING, BUT.. What Muslim Scientific Achievements? …. (humanevents.com)
~ A CITY HEARING yesterday on the historical significance of the downtown Manhattan site of a proposed mosque quickly turned into a raucous — and at times ugly — debate; Opponents pack hearing on mosque near ground zero …. (nypost, breitbart)
~ TOP OBAMA officials worried U.S. terror attack by Al Shabaab may be next after Uganda bombings …. (lucianne.com)
~ PORNISTAN No.1 in the world in pakigraphic internet searches …. (australian.com.au)
~ CUDDLING IN POTUS-BED: The confluence between the Obama administration and the journalists who cover it can leave news consumers wondering if they’re getting the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth …. (newsbusters.org)
~ BRUSSELS JOURNAL– Anti-Israel ‘Lawfare’ in Europe …. (brusselsjournal)
~ BAYEFSKY– UN Moves Forward to Implement Goldstone Report: New UN committee members and UN staffer have anti-Israel connections …. (weeklystandard)
~ LEFTIST PROTESTERS and Palestinians clashed with the IDF at the gates of Efrat, south of Bethlehem …. (senseofevents.blog)
~ DELIGHTFUL Moslem Fanatics to Threaten Pope Benedict During Visit to UK? …. (catholic-caveman.blog)
~ DR ROY ON More despicable jihadis …. (torydrroy.blog)
~ THE FINAL FRONTIER: Muslim self-esteem …. (life.nationalpost)
~ MUZZLE-EMS: The truth about Mohamed now illegal in Sweden …. (internationalfreepresssociety)
~ JIHADISTS IN SPAAAAACE! Was Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan wearing his Princess Leia earmuffs when he opened fire at Fort Hood?; Smirks greet Obama’s NASA outreach to the Muslim world; What Muslim Scientific Achievements? …. (humanevents)
~ STINKING JEW-LOVING JEWS WHO LOVE JEWY JEWNESS reluctantly abandon Swedish city amid growing anti-Semitism …. (vladtepesblog)
~ INTEL SAYS Palestinians ‘preparing’ for Israeli strike on Iran. Contingency deals with evacuations, attacks on Jewish state’s home front …. (therealbarackobama)
~ HOW YUCKY– Coming to a UK shopping centre: Squat toilets …. (mooseandsquirrel.ca)
~ BASIC FACT– “Islam is not an Abrahamic religion” …. (vladtepesblog)
~ SAME HATE, DIFFERENT DAY– Everybody Draw Muhammad Day Facebook page creator afraid for her life …. (angilbertpress)
~ SO DO CATHOLICS worship the same “God” as Moslems? …. (catholic-caveman.blog)
~ WED AT 14, ‘adulterous’ girl, Azar Bagheri, awaits stoning …. (ibloga.blog)
~ STRATFOR: Pakistan intel agency central to Mumbai attack …. (vladtepesblog)
~ VLAD TEPES– Gay people and Muslims have minor conflict in England… Minor this time …. (vladtepesblog)
~ THE CFSC– New report – Islamist Terrorism: The British Connections– Al-Qaeda inspired terrorism is the greatest national security threat facing the UK; also We have not learnt the lesson of the July 7 suicide bombing …. (socialcohesion)
~ TENNESSEE mosque board member suspended after terror support revealed …. (mypetjawa)
~ OK, SO THE LATEST about Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri are that he was kidnapped by the CIA or was a willing defector …. (propagandistmag)
~ TAKING ON THE HATERS: Mahdi Bray, supporter of Hamas and Hizb’Allah, and his sidekick Ibrahim Ramey …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ RADICALS AT PLAY– ISNA Conference Again Features Conspiracy Theories …. (investigativeproject.org)
~ OK, WELL.. BUH-BYE, NOW! Tragic: Outraged Muslims Threaten to Leave Facebook Forever; Muslim outrage at Facebook: reinstate Islamic pages, ban anti-islamic comments and stop ignoring our feelings! …. (wZ, vladtepesblog)
~ HUMANITARIAN Crisis? No, Gazans Are Bored! …. (commentarymagazine)
~ BOSTOM– the Obama administration‘s lead counterterrorism adviser John Brennan: Witless for the defense …. (vladtepesblog)
~ XANTHIPPA WORRIED– Banning ‘the veil’: the end does not justify the means …. (xanthippa)