Steynian 420nth

~ SAITH TEH BINKS– Please DONATE to the Kaffir Kanuck Coffee Club “Buy a Soldier a Coffee” Campaign …. (mooseandsquirrel.ca)

“Certainty of death? Small chance of success? What are we waiting for?”

~ Gimli, Son of Gloin ~


They’re Out To Get Us!

~ ITEM: Ideological, Politically Correct term of the day.

~ DO YOU BELIEVE that a secret army of Christers is going to take over your country? You may be a liberal utopitard. A liberal utopitard religionist, who believes– like certain militant Muslims do– that only infidels can do wrong.

Liberal utopitard actors pontificating? Good. Liberal utopitard bureaucrats, judges or whomever re-writing everything in sight to be more liberal? Hurray. Rich (conservative) people getting screwed over? Huzzah. Criminals getting more rights than victims or society? Au naturel! Taking guns away from law-abiding citizens? No duh. Rewrite history commie-style? You got it! . Baby seals good, unwanted human fetii bad. Too obvious. Western civ worst evil ever? Indeed.

The list is endless, but the mentality is the same. It is an theory-over-reality consequences-be-darned cruel ideology that betrays all, destroys all, excuses all, deconstructs and distorts all. This blind secular faith is the real reason the West is deeply under threat. It is the liberal utopitards who sympathize with Islamists seeking the enslavement of the West.

The older classical liberal tradition has been hijacked by the loonies, and what is now called conservative is to some extent the old liberals fighting against neo-Marxists and radicals in various guises and causes. Liberal utopitardism is a spiritual and intellectual deadly auto-immune disease, which requires a serious conversion to truth and love and reality, not a bunch of arguments and comedy and scoldings and pointing out utter contradictions of their irrational position. ~


Digital Barbarians?

~ ITEM: police state enthusiasts are all in favor of using the new communications technologies to try to micromanage your life.

~ ITEM: Informatio quaerens rationem

~ ITEM: Information and the Memory Hole

~ ITEM: WIKIPEDIA– George Grant (philosopher)

~ IT IS A PLEASANT thing to show up after a web-fight, and wave hands about saying “Now then, now then, what’s all this then?”

Wordsmith and sometime conservative commentator Mark Helperin was in one of these fights not long ago, over his cri-du-coeur book Digital Barbarism. No, I have yet to read it.

From what I gather his stance is part Diana West (The Death of the Grown-Up: How America’s Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization), part a cry for language and memory and things of the soul and beauty (witness his own novels in particular), and part an almost-philosophical question about digital life and society: where the hell is this going?

The inevitable backlash from digital believers ensued, calling him many names, mocking his argument, and not generally engaging the meat of the matter: just because we can make a digital world-culture, it it a right and good thing to do? What may be the unintended consequences? How will humans be fundamentally changed? But no: thou shalt not question The Lord Thy Web, for it is good!

Above I said ‘Almost-philosophical’ because Helperin’s question is one which is nearly impossible to ask in the technological and technology-formed and driven mind-set most of us share in the West. All problems are thought to be about technology, or managing, or systems: and that’s whether it’s humans, society, machines, or data.

Bring In The Big Gun

Canadian academic and philosopher George Grant approached the same issue in his thinking in the 1980s. His book ‘Technology and Justice‘ (1986) is available these days mostly in used-bookstores, or (inevtably) via Google Book. The entire essay ‘Thinking About Technology‘ (available online) is the particular one I’d add to Helperin’s heart-cry.

Grant characterizes our civilization as one captivated and organized around the idea of ‘making’ (Greek: techne). This is how we see the world, ourselves, and problems– according to our power know and to make and change stuff.. to make things happen, as masters of heaven and earth.

Think of the geeky 60′s scientist speaking of progress, and science, and rockets, and the new world scientists were making. Astronaut technology became household technology; the scientist as priest-king of the coming age is where we all live, even if the old image seems dated. We’re all along for the ride.

But this is first a way of thinking, based on other ideas, and ultimately based on Greco-Roman and Judaeo-Christian assumptions about the universe, God, and Man– ultimately founded on The Bible and the Catholic Church.

And In This Corner

George Grant takes on the computer as the focus for his warning. He quotes a computer professor as saying “The computer does not impose on us the ways it should be used.” And calls him on it.

Computers didn’t drop from heaven; nor did the Western scientific technological society which made it; nor did the ideas, first principles, and assumptions behind all of that. The computer exists first of all because of technological ideas; a certain way of thinking– and that way of thinking and the activity of computering in society has meant and will mean profound changes in individual and society and all of civilization.

For one example: think of how we view someone who’s never heard or never used a computer– it’s like they are a different species or from a faraway place. Indeed, the mind and soul and thinking-patterns of an uncomputered soul are profoundly different than an e-mailed blogged Googled ROFLMAOed universe. The computer indeed imposes on us the way it should be used.

One commentator puts it well

“In 1993, not so terribly long ago, I signed up for my first e-mail account. I remember using it to compose and exchange haikus with other novice faculty about our daily travails, to keep up with friends from graduate school, and to sign up for more electronic mailing lists than I could possibly follow. One year later, while I was still goofing around with my new electronic toy, cultural critic Sven Birkerts wrote in The Gutenberg Elegies, “Ten, fifteen years from now the world will be nothing like what we remember, nothing much like what we experience now. … We will be swimming in impulses and data — the microchip will make us offers that will be very hard to refuse.” He must have had a crystal ball. In precisely the amount of time Birkerts predicted, I have gone from marveling at the novelty of e-mail to being simultaneously resentful of its hold on my life and unable to imagine how I would live without it. … Neuroscience has confirmed that we are losing our capacity for sustained attention, contemplative thought and deep engagement. We risk other losses: we could lose our ability to become absorbed in long, complex books; we could staunch the creativity that flows from contemplation; our capacity for empathy, some fear, could weaken.” Rubbish. It’s wonderful. So much information a click away.”

Grant’s argument is fuller and more important than I have detailed, but I’ll be back to this theme another time.

And yes, I understand the irony of criticizing digilife via the web, as a web-addict. That doesn’t make my argument false, only all the more profoundly human. ~


Christians, Sex, and the Pink Police State

“If you don’t swing with the Sodomites, you’re nowheresville on the A-list.”

“We cannot have the situation where we have white middle-class gay activists preaching like they have the truth. “We know truth, and you people out there, you’re benighted. You’re against homosexuality because you read the Bible, then you’re a bigot. We are the hip people.” No, that is the opposite of leftism.”

~ Camille Paglia ~

~ ITEM: Christians, Sex, and the Pink Police State

~ ITEM: Sex, Church, and Civilization

~ ITEM: Homosexuals Against Pride Extremism

~ THAT’S A TITLE via NS Scott, sometime faux-blogger, from First Things. But it’s a theme concerning a lot of Christians and freedom-friendly folks these days.

Irony-watch: under Hitler, Communists, and past social and legal and religious restrictions in the West, people who choose same-sex sexual behaviour (S3Bs for short) have known real and sometime fatal consequences for their choices. Under totalitarianism (Muslim, Nazi, Commie, or otherwise), S3Bs have known the iron boot.

Do Unto Others, Full Stop

It is, therefore, beyond irony that a vocal minority of the tiny 2% general population choose to use their new-won freedoms in the rest to begin to inflict similar suffering and fabulous fascist bullying on Everybody else. Canada, California, Massachusetts, and throughout EUtopia, S3Bs and their guilty liberal backers and boosters co-opt the post-war Jewish human rights regime, together with racial and feminist neo-marxist ideology to implement fabs uber alles. Pride extremism has distorted family, law, culture, and is endlessly promoted in TV and movies– even for kids.

As with any other radical ideology, criticism is forbidden– especially by any more reasonable S3Bs who look at the extremism of their co-sexualists and see cruelty, revenge, hate, dehumanization, sleazy politics, lies, anti-democratic schemes, and circumventing any and all limitations deemed arbitrary by the intellectual and cultural leaders of the Fabulists.

Militant minoritarianism is democracy hijacked; grabbing and inventing rights and laws for your grievance-group is our legal-tradition prostituted; everybody else coerced, brainwashed or silenced when it comes to your hobby-horse is truth denied.

One might wish that formerly oppressed folks would hold a certain caution and kindness after having been victimized– but no. The rainbow jackboot crushes freedoms as just another cruel species of militant progressivism.

There’s more than a whiff of fascism in the ways and means of the pro-S3B agenda, and it’s nobody’s business to tell us to shut up and mind our business– unless we want to be labelled, libelled, and hated. ~


The Nature Of True Freedom

~ ITEM: Freedom as a Christian-ancient and modern, by Peter Toon

~ MODERN people want freedom– sort of. At least lots of goodies and nobody in their faces too much.

Others define freedom as individual rights, versus government interference– or any other institutional claim to a moral right to define or limit that freedom.

The philosophes who inspired the French Bloodbath of 1789 were all about “Man is born free, but everywhere is in chains”. We’re free, naturally good and only need liberation from feudalism, God & the church, nobility, laws, and all that constraining chain-y stuff. Hilarity piles of skulls ensued.

This modern notion is fatally incomplete, and leads to the endless debates between conservatives and libertarians, radical individualists versus progressitarian utopians.

One phrase I love from the traditional 1662/ 1962 Anglican Book of Common Prayer is about God, “whose service is perfect freedom”. As Peter Toon notes, that phrase is a translation of a 5th century Latin prayer:

“The words “whose service is perfect freedom” are an excellent though a free translation of a clause in the original Latin Prayer which dates from the late patristic period. The clause is: cui servire, regnare est. And this literally comes out as, “to whom to be in subjection is to reign,” meaning that to live in subjection to God is actually to reign with and for God both in this world and that world which is to come.”

The question depends on the nature of human freedom and destiny. Do we as a race and as individuals have an end– a purpose, or proper destination? That depends on whether or not we’re created beings made in God’s image, and whether God exists or not. This is the fundamental question of all.

Teh Big Question

If God exists, and has revealed himself to us, he is our highest good and infinite object of longing and desire, our proper fulfilment. Thus, in turning and seeking and serving God, we obtain our truest freedom and destiny.

The new God-lite freedomism pretends to offer liberty– but at the price of making the human will or the will of society absolute. A country or people under God; a justice system accountable to and reflecting the infinite goodness and will of God; a political system that reflects the divine ordering of society, and the last Judgment of souls for their actions? That’s horrible theocraticalism.

What the radicals conceal is that theirs is the irrational blind experiment with who knows what ending and consequences. The hyper-individualist account for freedom and the absolute authority of the individual self– the self as God?

That is the choice before us as liberals use the state against democracy to establish their radically free cult of leviathan– which ends up in our ‘freedom’ becoming perfect slavery.

If we will not learn from wisdom or what has been handed on to us, we must needs learn from bitter experience. ~


The Allah-People And Disasters

~ ITEM: Muslims and Westerners: The Psychological Differences

~ ITEM:People castrated by comfort and consumption feel worthless when they look at Dr Woo and our soldiers’

~ ITEM: Aid Workers Struggle to Reach Victims

~ ITEM: If only we could do more for Pakistan

~ ITEM: Tarek Fatah — “Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day today, but the nation is sinking in a flood of Biblical proportions, something this world has not seen before. 20 million people are effected, homeless, hungry and on the move. 40 degrees temperatures, cholera, snake and scorpion bites are taking a toll. Please help.”

~ AFTER THE December Indian Ocean Tsunami, the Western world– including the Joooooooz of Israel– sent aid, relief-workers, emergency teams, and supplies galore to help out. Ordinary folks around the world gave billions. Rich oil-drilling nations in the Middle east? Not so much.. and only when they were part-shamed into it.

Why? A bad idea: Only sinners suffer; tsunami victims suffered = tsunami victims (including Muslims) are sinners who deserved what they got, so why should rich ‘righteous’ Muslims donate to evil people (even if they are Muslims)?

For Christians, those in need are a call from God to care for fellow sinners, and do the good Samaritan thing. So you build hospitals, schools, universities, buy the paupers, and be merciful to strangers, sinners– even ‘evil’ people: for it might be you in need next time, and do unto others. For the Christian revelation of God’s person and love in Christ is all about love, and redemption.

Even on a more basic level, the refusal to help others is a fundamental violation of ancient human principle of basic human decency and stranger-friendliness, all the way back to forever, and helping the needy because next time it might be you and yours in need. Muhammed taught war: us & them; sinner and faithful; black and white. “Them” might be an infidel, after all: better be safe.

The Heretic Binks

This may violate the holy canons of “No Civilization Or Religion Is Better Than Any Other”, but that imagined levelling goes against any and all evidence of real differences. Hindu wife-burning? Muslim blood-wars? Aztec human sacrifice? Molechite baby-burning? Pharaonic incest?

You will say ‘InquisitionCrusadesWitchburning’ and I will say– but these are not integral part-and-parcel of the original message or faith; or if sinners of past ages did the right thing, they may do it in the wrong way, and even against God’s will. Take holy war from Islam or human sacrifice from Central American religion, and you’re crippling and subverting the entire thing.

I’d also say that international agencies like the Red Cross or various international aid agencies are a profoundly Western idea, based on caring for those in need, and that on Christianity itself.

So as we see Pakistan suffer another natural disaster, I look and pray for them, but also caution those who give to make sure they do so through Western & Christian or rigorously secular agencies with the strictest rules, since last time around– both with the Tsunami and the previous Pakistan earthquake a few years ago– local corruptocrats and even Jihadis gladly siphoned off lots of honestly given money because they see our mercy as suckertude, and a chance to do their Jihad and greasy-palmed business as usual.

Yet, choose mercy, and if someone asks for your coat, give him your shirt also. Because Jesus said so, and he was God’s only begotten Son. That’s a better way. ~


Rewatching Peter Jackson

~ JUST ENJOYED THE Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (Special Extended Platinum Ultimate 1080p Edition, of course), it’s clear to this flick-watcher that Peter Jackson needed to trust J.R.R. Tolkien more, and himself less.

The parts where he exaggerated and lengthened fall flat (can you say Gimli scared of ghosts & skulls, and much of the Paths Of The Dead additions, and Frodo in the spider-cave?); and the parts where he needed to spend more time– like Frodo & Sam, or the siege of Minas Tirith, could have brought life to the movie.

The two worst elements of the third installment (Return Of The King) are the super-sized elephants, and the “Glad That’s All Wrapped Up” denouement of the siege of Minas Tirith, where the Army Of The Dead clean up the nasty orc/ ogre/ oliphant problem like those TV-commercial scrubbing bubbles. There are lots of other turned-into-George-Lucas over the top moments in the third movie, but I’m not gonna nitpick forever, since uber-nerds all over the web have already spent years of their lives doing just that.

Truly ‘Getting’ Tolkien

As I’ve said elsewhere and before, Jackson is a clueless modern who loves Tolkien, but doesn’t understand him. Thus the themes of beauty, sacrifice, good and evil, stalwart courage and goodness rather escape him & co-writer Fran Walsh. Tolkien himself described his magnum opus as a profoundly Catholic novel– that is, it is full of spiritual themes and classical human qualities and assumptions which are rather in the process of being rejected and re-written in the current age, which is ever seeking a story, but rejecting the eternal Storyteller himself.

Thankfully at least– unlike too many TV producers and other movie-makers (the tiresome new Galactica comes to mind), there are no veiled and petty references to George Bush, Iraq, recycling, teh gay wars, or orc liberationism. Tolkien was no lover of propaganda.

My name is Teh Binks, and I’m only a moderate Tolkien-nerd (since I already have a life, and a religion). ~


Binkmeister Fun-Linkery

A capella soul covers of cartoon TV show theme songs

Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeenth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo

~ ‘EYE OF THE TIGER’ Entirely Played With iPads …. (gizmodo)

‘Kyrie’: Missa Papae Marcelli * Palestrina / Tallis Scholars 1980

Via


Mark Steyn

~ EUROPEAN Countries Pushing Retirement Age Ever Higher; Singapore Launches ‘Dating Campaign’ To Counter Low Birth Rate …. (LSN)

Ezra

~ EZRA NOTES THAT Omar Khadr threatens his guards with vengeance …. (ezralevant)

~ SAYS LEVANT: End Tamil refugee free for all… (ezralevant)

Eco-Cult

~ IT’S YOUR ONE-STOP Global Warming Hoax Weekly Round-Up, Aug. 12th 2010 …. (dailybayonet)

~ GLOBAL WARMING? Not In SF Bay Area! …. (canadafreepress)

~ NO MORE MR. Nice Environmentalist Guy …. (spectator.org)

~ SIERRA CLUB HONCHO: “Green Groups Getting Their A$$e$ Kicked in Washington.” …. (weaselzippers)

~ GORE CONCEDES on climate this year …. (canadafreepress)

~ CARDINAL PELL Says Green Party Like Watermelons: Green Outside, Red Inside …. (freerepublic)

~ THE DAMAGING EFFECTS of the BP Spill: You ain’t seen nothin’ yet …. (boingboing)

~ HYPE-BRIDS: Networks Tout Green Vehicles, But Americans Buy Four Times as Many SUVs …. (newsbusters)

~ PEER-REVIEWED Study finds ‘ancient’ Earth’s climate similar to present day …. (canadafreepress)

~ HIGH PRIEST OF greenism was at his greenwits end, Al Hail Gaia …. (canadafreepress)

FreeSpeechers

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”

~ Thomas Paine ~

~ DEBORAH GYAPONG– A new friend does some powerful wrestling; The Church appeared opened overhead; The danger to religious freedom; Outfidels? Or Suspicious packages?; The Magical Ordinariates; Splintered Sunrise blogs on Church affairs in the UK; Alan Dershowitz vs. Victor Davis Hanson; Interesting picture of capitalism; Aging-hippie pastors and confession; Bishops & The Census …. (deborahgyapong.blog)

~ SHAIDLISM– Losta opinionated linky goodness from Canuckistan’s one-woman content provider …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ HOW WE ALL GOT TEH STUPID– “The common denominator? If one were to survey the elite campuses around 1975 and talk to those in law school, poly sci, or the humanities, then imagine them 35 years later as our elite leaders in government, the media, the universities, the foundations, and the arts, one could pretty much expect what we now have” …. (americandigest)

~ PACKAGE DEAL– “Anne Rice is no longer a Christian. Or perhaps she is.”; also “Anne Rice blasts Benedict XVI; says Bishop Olmstead was “the very last straw” …. (fatherdesouza.ca, insightscoop)

~ BLARING CATFLEAS– “Peace for our time”; The SS Jew Baiter?; Time for a truthful Palestinian Arab folksong; Screw George Smitherman; Forget it Yaakov it’s Chinatown; Call me “Un-Canadian”; Canada moves to solidify standing as World’s Doormat; Ayann Hirsi Ali Skewers Leftists, Multiculturalism; Christian bishop asks Hezbollah not to air Jesus film; Dr Dawkins opens mouth, evokes fury; Palestinian Corruption and Humanitarian Aid; It doesn’t get crazier than this …. (blazingcatfur.blog)

~ CHURCH IN CHINA experiencing ‘tremendous’ growth …. (anglican-mainstream)

~ WINTRY KNIGGIT– Stephen Baskerville explains the results of the sexualization of politics; How hard work and business ownership makes people conservative; Why libertarians should care about the breakdown of the family; Dearborn police publicizes Christian evangelist’s home address; The apologetic value of self-sacrificial romantic love …. (winteryknight)

~ IDIOTIC CANUCKI Security officials are afraid to look out for our safety; in unrelated news, Maryland: Man wearing burqa robs bank; plus “Toronto: Murdering Muslim Male hides under burka” …. (ottawacitizen)

~ TAMING TOM SAWYER with a Spoonful of Ritalin …. (firstthings)

~ GAY ‘MARRIAGE’ and the End of Christian Civilization …. (LSN)

~ SO FOR THE SEXUAL liberationists, the “right” to contracept is so fundamental a right that no diversity is to be allowed. It is a matter not of different views of the human good and of human flourishing, but of self-evidently good health care …. (firstthings)

~ SOME SCARY ALT-HISTORY: What if … Atom Bombs Weren’t Used? …. (iconicphotos)

~ BE WORRIED– Google and Verizon’s Worrisome Proposal For Net Neutrality …. (gizmodo)

~ LUMPGRUMPFRUMP– What on God’s green earth is a “non-racialized Ontarian”?; Google Street View captures murder scene!; “Na na na we’re not listening”; Come here illegally, live on welfare, get free English lessons & employment counseling …. (lumpygrumpyandfrumpy.blog)

~ THANK GOD for the New Atheists? …. (albertmohler)

~ FIGHTING BIG FUNERAL– INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE: Free The Monks, Free The Enterprise.. state alleges only ‘state licensed’ funeral directors can sell coffins.. at huge prices & mark-ups for a ‘standard’ overpriced $10-15K funeral, via BIGFuneral corporate greed. Here’s the monk site …. (instapundit, saintjosephabbey)

~ SELFISH BRATS AMUCK? Ayn Rand on the Playground– From “Our Daughter Isn’t A Selfish Brat; Your Son Just Hasn’t Read Atlas Shrugged.” …. (firstthings)

~ SILENCE THE INFIDEL! Fears as Roger Scruton “gay-row professor” lands St Andrews role– Saith Binks: ..you know, some scary religious freak like, Oh I dunno– Saint Andrew of Capernaum, apostle of Jesus. O Scotland, how far your faith has fallen! I blame the Presbys, and that gassy Scot git David Hume; elsewhere, Teacher Kicked out of Tory Party for Christian Views on Homosexuality Issued ‘Warning’ by School …. (anglican-mainstream)

~ POPE BENEDICT XVI recently spoke on the witness of Christian martyrs: “Martyrs Call All to High Standard of Christian Life” …. (freerepublic)

“Everyone, especially in our time when individualism and selfishness seem to prevail, must make our first and fundamental commitment that of growing every day in a greater love for God and for mankind, to transform our lives and in doing so transform our world. Through the intercession of the saints and martyrs we ask God to ignite our hearts to be capable of loving as He loved each of us”.”

~ Pope Benedict ~

~ THE STATE OF CANUCKISTAN– “Quebec, with only 20% of the daycare-age kids in the country, has about half the daycare spaces in the country. Thanks, Alberta” …. (godscopybook)

~ AMERICAN TEXTBOOKS– Howard Zinn’s Dupes? The shocking background of the author of the most widely assigned history book in American higher education …. (americanthinker)

~ DAVID WARREN– Canada has her exit strategy from Afghanistan; Question: Is anything sacred?; How dare an elected government of Canada tell the civil service how to run the country; The issue is the building of an immense mosque; Seven years have now passed since the Ontario Court of Appeal struck down the common law definition of marriage …. (DW)

~ FLEA GHOSTS– These are my principles; More empty words; Iran’s connection to the New Cordoba mosque; Charles I enters the House of Commons; Barack Obama has declared his support for abomination; The Canadian Union of Postal Workers wants to defame Israel and solicit support for Hamas; I was wrong about Barack Hussein Obama …. (ghostofaflea)

~ FIRST THINGS ON Mary and the Modern University …. (firstthings)

~ WALKERISM– Simply awesome; Here’s my latest. Ready?; Lars Hedegaard, freedom of speech, and Islam; Meanwhile, south of the border; Who knew lemonade stands needed a business license to operate?; The Mother of all Bubbles …. (walker)

~ FRANCE FAIL: Priests and bishops refuse to baptize Muslim converts to Christianity, for fear of the consequences …. (jihadwatch.org)

~ UN WATCH– UN Blind to South Sudan Killings, Mute on Darfur & Kalma Camp Blockade …. (eyeontheun.org)

~ ORWELL’S PICNIC– Perk me up; Papistical Trad 101; HWhite Pre-Enjoyed Book Bleg; I see I’m not the only one; No, you don’t have to watch the whole thing; I like headlines better than articles; It just occurred to me; Feel the Atheist Luuurve; Having one of those “what the hell am I doing with my life” moments; I’m communicated-out. I can’t stands no more!; Thoughts On Ruskin’s wit; Robert Pattinson didn’t find anything sexy about Uma Thurman; Failure on a civilisational scale; I wrote something recently about the coming state persecution. It always does the Church good …. (anglocath.blog)

~ JAY CURRIE– Smart Men speak of anti-Semitism; The SS Sea Hitler; And your point?; Roll out the Welcome Mat; Yokels with Pitchforks; There is an Anger in this Land; Real estate sales have pretty much collapsed across Canada; How the Wheels Fell off Climate Policy …. (jaycurrie)

~ THE CURE FOR dying liberal churches? Even more liberalism!.. ELCA Reports Biggest-Ever Drop in Membership; in other news, “It now appears to be easier to remove an Episcopal bishop for believing the Creeds than for covering up the sexual abuse of a minor on behalf of his brother. One can only gape”; plus “Desperate United Church Fights To Fill Empty Pews“.. by hosting Ramadan?!? …. (christianpost, captainyips, blazingcatfur)

~ SCARAMOUCHE– Unpalatable Delic-atessen; Today in Nutty Conspiracy Theories; A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Anti-Israel Propaganda; Explaining Bloomy; How’s That ‘Outreach’ Working for You, Barry?; Moderate, Shmoderate. It’s the Sharia, Stupid State Dep’t Official; Today in “Interfaith” Samosas and Falafels Exchanges; Freedom of Speech in the U.S. Gets a Big Boost; Does Fluffy, Multiculti-Besotted Canada Have What It Takes To Screen Gal Bag-Wearers at the Airport?; Inconsistency the Hobgoblin of Hitchens’s Mind; Religion of Apps; Egad! They Must Be Mad! …. (scaramouchee.blog)

~ A CHRISTIAN homelessness adviser lost his case against a London council that dismissed him after he mentioned God in the workplace …. (christianpost)

~ MELANIE PHILLIPS– Britain today; ‘Jihadiwood’ and America’s auto-immune disease; The jihad of the word erupts in Denmark yet again; Um… who needs protecting from whom here? …. (spectator.co.uk)

~ PONDERMENTS– “In writing about Christopher Hitchens and his atheist fortitude in the face of his possibly imminent death, Damon Linker identifies an important distinction between the way the religious mind (or at least the Christian mind) views suffering, and the way a rationalist mind does” …. (bigquestionsonline)

~ GET RELIGION: Mosques and terrorists never mix? …. (getreligion)

~ XANTHIPPA– Photos from August 7th anti-eco-tax protest in Ottawa: who was there …. (blog.xanthippa)

~ AN ACADEMIC Rip Van Winkle: He returned to academe after more than 20 years and found that what had driven him away has only become worse …. (sigmundcarlandalfred)

~ PROPAGANDIST– We Are All Propagandists. The Widget; Popular Propaganda. The Manifesto, Lies About Afghanistan, Liberalism and More; Hazaras in Afghanistan. A Quiet Genocide; Israel Through (Genuinely) Liberal Eyes. Part 2; Protect My Human Rights. Get Rid Of The Tribunals; Moderate Muslims Oppose Ground Zero Mosque; Zimbabwe’s Blood Diamonds For Sale; War Criminal Julian Assange; This Is The Taliban You Want To Negotiate With?; Naming The Issue With The Cordoba Mosque in Manhattan …. (propagandistmag)

WikiLeaks Julian The Triator & War-Criminal

~ HOMOSEXUAL ‘Marriage’ Advocates Seek to Destroy Matrimony and Society Itself: Cardinal Archbishop of Mexico City …. (anglican-mainstream)

~ FRASER INSTITUTE: We’re getting pilloried over support for making long-form census voluntary …. (shotgun)

~ MARK SHEA NOTES “More unconscious humour from our Scientific Masters– Expert: Brain unable to understand existence of God” …. (markshea.blog)

~ ONLY $30 000 A YEAR? Top 10 Utterly Ridiculous Gender Studies Courses …. (newsrealblog)

~ MORE DEATH-LISTS INCOMING– “WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange said Thursday his organization is preparing to release the rest of the secret Afghan war documents it has on file” …. (Wz)

~ THE SEXUAL DEVOLUTION, 45 YEARS ALONG– 1000 UK Girls Under 12 Prescribed Hormonal Contraceptives Last Year …. (anglican-mainstream)

~ STAND YOUR GROUND– Demand Fiscal Sanity — Last Day; When They Say “With Dignity”; So Why Did They Even Bother To Immigrate?; Leftie Activists Don’t Want To Let Go Of Your Tax Dollar; Canadians With Newborn Ordered Off Ward To ‘Respect’ Muslim Woman’s Beliefs …. (forlifeandfamily.blog)

~ JAMES CAAN: “I’m Not a G** damn Hollywood Liberal” …. (gatewaypundit)

~ DON’T BUG ME– “Remember this? Chances are pretty good that it’s going to become an official Millennium Development Goal before the end of the year” …. (themcj)

~ CANADIAN PM Steven Harper, Leader of the Free World, Vetoes Bosnian Lie Resolution …. (atlasshrugs2000)

~ GAGDAD BOB– “Mischief arises when leftists begin creating positive rights, through which uniformity is imposed upon us by the state. For example, most recently a judge in my state has declared that there are no essential differences between the sexes. This is a spiritually and morally insane cosmic egalitarianism by judicial fiat” …. (onecosmos.blog)

~ XANTHIPPA– a friend of this blog– gets her bright on. Pat Condell: “The faith of idiots” …. (xanthippa)

~ VERBOTEN! Lou Iacobelli’s letter to the Toronto Star will probably not be printed by the Star, one of Canada’s two leading promoters of abortion …. (catholicinsight)

~ DO WE NEED Pro-Family Tax Policies? …. (acton.org)

~ MARK SHEA– “How on earth the New Atheists can look at the track record of Atheism in Power and imagine, Bullwinkle-like, that this time for sure it will work and will lead to human flourishing… It’s beyond me. You have to be a special kind of fool to worship the Intellect so devoutly while using is so sparely” …. (markshea.blog)

~ MERE COMMENTS– There is no possible regress, unless it’s the Religious Right taking society back to the Dark Ages of “heterosexual marriage.”; Informatio quaerens rationem; Somalia Expels World Vision & Other Christian Relief Agencies; Can We Trust People Who Find God on Their Deathbeds? …. (merecomments)

Toronto Star – Boycott, Divest, Sanction

~ ATHEIST WATCH– Hitchens Certain He Won’t Turn to God while Lucid; Christopher Hitchens, Jon Stewart, and More; When death comes knocking …. (christianpost, commentarymag, getrel)

~ ANGILBERTNESS– First pole dancing, now bikini waxes; Another fine example of climate ‘science’ fraud; Science discovers that God is bigger than man; If “Hi Mommy” is scary to you, maybe you’re the scary one …. (angilbertpress)

~ VICTOR DAVIS HANSON– “Anti-Hispanic, anti-gay, anti-Muslim, anti-black — it is hard to keep track of all the recent charges of alleged bigotry” …. (townhall.com)

Michael Coren gets a letter from a Muslim kook

~ RJAGO– 20 questions for libertarians …. (rjjago)

~ THE COUNTLESS DEAD– “On the basis of data from Statistics Canada,3 in the 5 years before the legalization of abortion in 1969, 44 women died as result of complications from illegal abortions. During the same period, however, 23 died of miscarriages” …. (prowomanprolife.org)

~ SAITH SOCON– Why so many intellectuals refuse to believe in God; The Real Delusion …. (socon.ca)

~ IED MAKER KHADR– TIME Mag Wrings Hands Over Question, ‘Can a Child Be Tried for Jihadist Crimes?’ …. (newsbusters)

~ ROOTS OF THE ROT– We Don’t Need Men But It Takes a Village— Women only need liberal politicians …. (creativeminorityreport)

~ RIGHT GIRL– If only we could do more for Pakistan; What’s in a name?; Is Newt Gingrich functionally retarded?; Why haven’t we nuked these people yet?; They say that like it’s a bad thing; New podcast on Cordoba House and Murfreesboro; Hopscotch is NOT a beverage; Writers Running Wild in the Twenties; Actually, beating your wife IS traditional in Islam …. (girlontheright)

~ FIRM SELLING UK PAPAL VISIT Hoodies Calls Police Over Anti-Catholic Abuse. Their site …. (freerep)

~ THE CRTC should not approve more pornography By Lou Iacobelli …. (catholicinsight)

Michael Coren on the murder of 10 aid workers in Afghanistan

~ RYAN SINGEL EXPLAINS why Google became a carrier-humping, net neutrality surrender monkey …. (wired.com)

~ THE RUTHBLOG– David Blankenhorn didn’t mess up in the Prop 8 Trial; It’s not about couples and love. The marriage ruling is all about you …. (ruthblog.org)

~ ROCKET LAUNCHERS against our freedom …. (canadafreep)

~ AN AUSTRALIAN Olympic athlete, Keli Lane, faces charges that she murdered her own baby.. and then there were all the abortions to help her Olympic career …. (catholicculture)

~ XANTHIPPA– ‘Regular Tamils’ are returning to Sri Lanka: so, who is aboard the MV Sun Sea? …. (xanthippa)

~ THE PLEASURES of Racism, Selfishness, and Fear– JournoList and its implications …. (americanthinker)

Obysmal

~ BARACK OBAMA’S Family Tree Bush Splatter … I give up …. (americandigest)

~ OBAMA BACKS Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero; This is not a religious freedom issue. No one has ever understood the freedom of religion as granting an untrammeled license to build any structure anywhere, as long as it’s religious …. (jihadwatch)

~ JUST ANOTHER RICH JERK– The Stunning Decline Of Barack Obama; Extravagant And Out Of Touch With Ordinary People …. (blogs.telegraph)

~ FINANCING SHARIA inside the Obama administration …. (creepingsharia)


~ “TERRORIST ABUSE” Prevention. Because Geithner & Co. have no higher priorities to deal with …. (americandigest.org)

~ OBAMA’S JULY DEFICIT of $167 Billion Tops Bush Deficit For Entire Year of 2007 …. (gatewaypundit)

Strictly Right Radio with Tom DeLay

~ HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY: Prechter: The Last Time The Market Looked Like This Was Right Before The ‘87 Crash …. (instapundit)

~ ROGER KIMBALL– “Theory and Reality in the age of Obama, Or, how what you don’t know can hurt you”; also President of what? “A friend just sent me President Obama’s official statement “on the Occasion of Ramadan.” It’s short on words but long on mischief. It begins with platitudes and proceeds with mendacity” …. (pajamasmedia.com)

~ PANDER, GROVEL– The unprecedented American appearance at the annual Hiroshima Memorial should cause Obama to think about Iran and not enable Japanese amnesia about their role in provoking war …. (commentarymagazine)

Video: America’s First Marxist President?

~ GM MAKES A PROFIT – By Mastering The Culinary Art Of Cooking The Books …. (mitchieville)

~ TOO TOO MUCH… Left Launches “F*ck Tea” Movement to Counter Tea Party Group …. (gatewaypundit)

~ THE OBSOLESCENCE of Barack Obama. The magic of 2008 can’t be recreated, and good riddance to it …. (wsj.com)

~ DEATH TO MEMORY! US Schools to Stop Teaching History; Instead Teachers Will Now Bash “Anglos” and Praise Islam & Castro …. (gatewaypundit)

~ BARACK OBAMA’S Ramadan Dinner at the White House; Robert Spencer on “Obama’s Ramadan Delusions” …. (freerep, mooseandsquirrel)

~ TWO TRILLIONS and Counting: The Fed and the Magma Chart …. (pajamasmedia)

~ THE DEATH OF FREEDOM– A Nation of Living Constitutions …. (canadafreepress)

~ HOPE! The Obama Musical.. “President ME” …. (pjtv)

~ SHHHHH! Journalist Fired For Talking About Obama/BP Ties …. (instapundit)


~ WHO? WHAT NOW? State Dept. claims records gone for Stanley Ann Dunham prior to 1968! …. (americandigest)

~ IT FIGURES. Fake Racist Plant at Rand Paul Rally Was Obama Campaign Worker …. (gatewaypundit)

~ ARE THE SINS of the Fatherless the Root of Obama’s Tyranny? …. (canadafreepress)

~ DIPLOMATIC GENIUS AT WORK– “You won’t believe what Obama is pushing Israel to do now. Palestinians warning they are unprepared to assume security control” …. (therealbarackobama)

~ TEA PARTY TRUMPS nutty Netroots? …. (spectator.org)

~ THE DEBBIL MAD ME DO IT! “We’ve seen former president George W. Bush take the blame for the economy, lack of jobs, and even the BP oil spill. Now, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has found something new to blame ole’ W. for: her own ethics violations.” …. (strictlyright)

~ A CATHOLIC TAKE– “Is there a fundamental right to marriage? That, we’re told, is the basic question behind the same-sex marriage business” …. (insightscoop)

~ COMES THE UGLY– Slave-Labor Conditions at Sherrods’ Farm? …. (pajamasmedia)

~ G.K. CHESTERTON observed that when you reject the Big Laws, you don’t get freedom and you don’t even get anarchy. You get the small laws …. (freerep)

~ VANDERLEUN– John Adams Then Bob Dylan …. (americandigest)

~ POOR BUBBY! Heavy hangs the head that wears the crown: No AFL-CIO cake for Barack Obama on birthday; also, “Say what? Who you calling…?” Leftoids Start to Lose It” …. (americandigest)

~ IF THIS IS OBAMA Act 3, hate to see what the finalé brings …. (canadafreep)

~ ACTIONS, NOT WORDS– President Bush surprises the troops …. (facebook, latimes)

~ SO SORRY, OBAMA– Report: Only Cost-Effective Hybrid Is Mercedes-Benz …. (instapundit)

~ SAITH IMAO– We Need to Treat Congress More Like Crooks …. (imao.us)

~ ORIGAMI FROG from FBI’s “unpublishable” seal …. (boingboing)

Jihad

~ REMEMBRANCE– The Jihad against Zoroastrian Persians of Iran, Baluchistan and Afghanistan (634 to 651) …. (historyofjihad.org)

~ THE ALLEGED PROPHET Mohammad attempted suicide many times …. (girlontheright.com)

~ CREEPING SURRENDERISM– Trying to get the Ground Zero mega-mosque moved, Governor Paterson offers to make Islam New York’s state-sponsored religion…. (jihadwatch)

An Actual Moderate Muslim on GZ Mosque

~ FIRST AL QAEDA, now this– An Iranian Connection to the Cordoba House Ground Zero Mosque? …. (pajamasmedia)

~ BRIDGE-BUILDING Imam Rauf Scorns Governor Paterson’s Offer to help Move Ground Zero Mega Mosque: Buzz Off, Kafir; plus “Rauf’s Radicals – by Stephen Schwartz” …. (atlasshrugs2000, weeklystandard)

~ THE MUSLIM CANADIAN CONGRESS urges New York’s Ground-Zero Mosque Imam to abandon project — “Proposal for a mosque at site of 9/11 tragedy is nothing short of a ‘fitna’ or making mischief” …. (muslimcanadiancongress)

~ SUPER-TOLERANT Iran has sentenced seven leading members of its Bahai religious minority to 20-year jail terms, or stop Islamic Immigration…. (actiondino)

‘Son of Hamas’ speaks on victory mosque at ground zero

~ HUMAN RIGHTS Campaigner I. A. Rehman Examines Pakistan’s Controversial Blasphemy Law and Its Misuse Against Christians, Other Minorities …. (memri.org)

~ THE WIDENING RIFT Among Iran’s Clerics …. (sigmundcarlandalfred)

~ A MUSLIM and a Gay Guy Walk Into a Bar …. (spectator.org)

~ A LOOK AT SHARIA as the parallel legal system in Indonesia …. (blog.xanthippas)

~ GROUND ZERO– The Taboo of the Intellectuals …. (townhall.com)

~ LOOOOSER! Court Rules Against Silver-Tongued Stealth Jihadist Tariq Ramadan, “crapule intellectuelle”; plus check out the absymal failure of his US book tour …. (atlasshrugs2000)

~ YOUR $$$ –> This Guy beclowning the U.S.A. & New York City & the West …. (sondrak)

~ WAS SHIMON PERES Right about Britain Having a Problem With Jews? …. (pajamasmedia)

~ INCULTURATION? Islam’s Public Enemy Number 1 …. (.freerep)

Pamela Geller on Ground Zero mosque bus ads on Fox and Friends

~ A VICTORY FOR Free Speech, by Jamie Glazov– New York City drops its restrictions on bus ads that point to the link between 9/11 and the Ground Zero mega-mosque …. (frontpagemag)

~ SECOND THOUGHTS in the UK? Our dangerous dalliance with radical Islam:Whitehall’s support only puts us at greater risk from the religious revolutionaries …. (anglican-mainstream)

~ EVERYTHING you need to know about Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (Ground Zero Mosque Imam) …. (gatewaypundit)

~ LITTLE MOSQUE in the City– John Moore conflates libertarians and conservatives …. (godscopybook.blog)

~ PANTS ON FIRE– Daisy’s Con: Ground Zero Mosque Imam’s Wife Tells Whopper About Me …. (pajamasmedia.com)

~ IT IS JUST AS OUTRAGEOUS to put a Mosque up in the shadow of Ground Zero, as it was when some pig capitalist built a tower at Gettysburg …. (blogmocracy.com)

~ ANYONE who speaks against Islamic supremacists is a target of the Islamic/leftist machine of destruction …. (atlasshrugs2000)

~ DELIGHTFUL Turkey Accused of Using Chemical Weapons against PKK …. (spiegel.de)

Turkish Delight: Poison Death For Kurds?

~ THE STATE DEPT’S Islamic Supremacist, by Robert Spencer– Why is the Ground Zero mosque imam traveling to the Mideast on American taxpayers’ money? …. (frontpagemag)

~ FLASHBACK: Media Praising Ground Zero Mosque Used to Call Virginia Terror-Mosque ‘Moderate’ …. (newsbusters.org)

~ THE DUTCH UMMAH Comes to Ground Zero …. (gatesofvienna.blog)

~ IRAN SET TO execute 18-year-old on false charge of sodomy …. (eyeontheun.org)

~ MORE QUESTIONS Raised Over Mosque Near 9/11 Site; Religious Leaders Divided on Ground Zero Mosque …. (christianpost.com)

~ SABOTAGING OUR HOUSE– One of the primary documents used in the Holy Land Foundation trial in 2008 was the “Explanatory Memorandum: On the General Strategic Goal for the Group” …. (gatesofvienna.blog)

~ LEFTARD DAILY KOS Holocaust Denial: 9/11 Attacks ‘Were More About Optics Than Actual Harm’ …. (newsbusters)

~ LOVELY & TALENTED Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Arifi: ‘The Desire to Shed Blood, to Smash Skulls, and to Sever Limbs for the Sake of Allah Is an Honor for the Believer’ …. (atlasshrugs2000)

~ NOTHING MORE THAN FEELINGS– “I’m announcing tonight, that I am planning to build and open the first gay bar that caters not only to the west, but also Islamic gay men. To best express my sincere desire for dialogue, the bar will be situated next to the mosque Park51, in an available commercial space” …. (mcj.com)

~ VIA CANFREEP– Is Islam’s Problem a Lack of Modernity? …. (canadafreep)

~ CAIRO ON THE HATE-MOSQUE: Hope at Ground Zero; Saudi Arabia has made the world’s largest clock in Mecca …. (freerep, imao)

~ LEGAL QUESTION– “I have always been under the impression that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution means that in matters of religion, the attitude of the American Government is to be one of strict neutrality” …. (themcj.com)

~ NEWSTASTIC Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/11/2010 …. (gatesofvienna.blog)

Robert Spencer on Hannity exposes Imam Rauf on Ground Zero Mosque

~ McCARTHY, Wash Times Argue Against Mosque …. (spectator.org)

~ THE CHARMING Last night, Hizballah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah gave a press conference (via satellite) in which he claimed that Israel was responsible for the 2005 murder of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri…. (counterterrorismblog)

~ THE OTHER mosque at Ground Zero (video) …. (creepingsharia)

~ HUNDREDS Attack Church Members in Indonesia …. (christianpost.com)

~ NEENER-NEENER! Giant Mecca clock seeks to call time on Greenwich …. (anglican-mainstream)

~ A STRANGE Tolerance– Why the Ground Zero Mosque Is a Bad Idea …. (breakpoint.org)

~ IOWAHAWK– Undocumented Imam’s Refusal to Perform Interracial Gay Handicapped Wedding Leads to Charges of Racism …. (iowahawk)

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  • Robert Hagedorn  On August 15, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    The exegesis for the 2nd and 3rd chapters of Genesis is for adults and makes us nervous. Why? Because the sin Adam and STEve committed, according to the story, was sodomy–the mystery Saint Augustine almost solved 1600 years ago. (He thought the sin was normal penile/vaginal sex.) For more information google The First Scandal Adam and Eve. Then click, read, and click again.

  • Flea  On August 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for posting all of this; as ever there is so much to contemplate it is a matter of days to think through properly.

    I am particularly happy to read what you have to say about George Grant. By coincidence, I have been reading Technology & Society, retrieved/rescured from a “dump bin” of seconded books at my local Portugese grocery store.

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