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~ On Teh InterWebs— Will all of this last? Whether the flourishing of blogs and the interwebs is a long-term thing is hard to predict. Government, business, elites, a segment of the UNocracy, and lots of repressive governments world-wide would like to shut down the irritating free-speech and criticizing people and stuff aspect of it. However, communications seems to find a way, and the pesky truth keeps coming out. Now HRC-maven ‘Niffer Lynch has been interwebbed, an reports herself stunned– the “velocity of Free Speech debate took us all by surprise.” Yeah– 90% of us don’t work in the land of good intentions, memos, dreamy bureaucratic haze, red-tape, cover-up, and group-think social revolution. We’re just the hapless schlubs who work to pay your wages, and department budget. It’s a bit like a fancy restaurant, where the staff are paid to be snooty to all but the best clientele: some in the government act as if it’s all a grudging noblesse oblige… and we peasants should be darned thankful for the crumbs that come from the high table.
~ Foof! Feh! Ungh! Bleagh! — It’s been a long week/ 10 days of blogging for your humble webhamster @ FreeMarkSteyn. Too much reality of various kinds interfering with rest & blogging. In haze. Must have caffeinated products. Fluffy bunnies wunkle the flowerbugs boing fwoop blurp ding. ~
~ Geeky Goodness? — This Elf has a theory, based on having met, surfed, and talked to lots of bloggers. The blogosphere is very much a “Revenge Of The Nerds” thing. Lots of geeks, geekettes, weenies, dweebs, braniacs, and denizens of the nerdy side of the spectrum. Of course, some Nerds are still off wasting energy on collecting all the Star Wars actions-figures ever or dressing like a comic-book character. Others of us– alongside the regrettable habits– have devoted some of our brain-power and passion to ideas, conversation, and bringing the news that the ‘cool kids’ (the preachers of the mainstream media) want to minimize or avoid. This is just a theory, but feel free to agree or not or comment on it. ~
~ The Freedom To Be Embarassed — If you come from a complicated & messy family, work for an embarrassing institution, or have once believed or done really stupid things, sometimes you just have to face up, ‘fess up, embrace the suckitude, and break the dirty secret. People need to do that in the HRC– I mean, where ARE the whistle-blowers in that corrupt institution? The same is so with too many modern Arab and Muslim societies, where denial, blaming, and stagnation seems the rule– and hence where the rot of Islamism and Jihad is seen as the magical cure-all for every problem ever. Thus as author Farooq Suleria recently wrote:
…the solution to all our problems is always simple: return to an imagined past which, mercifully for the people of the seventh century, never existed. Every time, a scientist in the West is ready with an invention, our readymade answer is: we knew about it 1,400 years ago what the West has found only now. We kill Theo van Gogh when confronted with a film. We burn down our own cities in response to a blasphemous and racist caricature. Still, we refuse to understand that our answer to every “provocation” is either a fatwa or mindless violence – perhaps because creativity is anathema to us. Not because we lack fertile minds, but because we lack liberation and freedom — liberation from self-imposed mental, moral, and cultural censors. And freedom to think and express. Time to heed the great Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani, who said:
Five thousand years
In our caves.
Our currency is unknown,
Our eyes are a haven for flies.
Smash the doors,
Wash your brains,
Wash your clothes.
Read a book,
Write a book,
Grow words, pomegranates and grapes,
Sail to the country of fog and snow.
Nobody knows you exist in caves.
People take you for a breed of mongrels.
~ Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani
Hard words, but may they be heard and put into practice. ~
~ STEYN: L’ÉDITION EN FRANÇAIS: EST ARRIVÉE! For our readers in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Mauritius, but probably not (until the appeal is heard) Québec. Disponible de Amazon, FNAC, et Decitre …. (Steyn En FRANÇAIS!)
~ JONAH GOLDBERG— “Left out of this fascinating tour of speech-control laws around the globe: Mark Steyn is no Nazi, and whatever one makes of his arguments, it is disgusting to insinuate otherwise” …. (townhall.com)
~ SAYS THE EZ: “Red Deer Advocate to Lori Andreachuk: we’re not your propaganda organ” …. (ezralevant.com)
~ GIRL ON THE RIGHT— “Excellent summing up: The Girl in Blue writes of Ezra on Coren” …. (girlontheright.com)
~ EZRA LEVANT in Toronto (and the apocalyptic storm that followed) …. (girl-in-blue.blog)
The Hater Boissoin
~ DID BOISSOIN break the AHRC fatwa order? I stand behind my 2002 letter …. (albertalocalnews)
~ SHUDDER.. THE PEASANTS!.. THE PITCHFORKS & TORCHES! HRH Jennifer Lynch – “velocity of Free Speech debate took us all by surprise“– Welcome to the blog-age, lady. Jennifer “Marie Antoinette” Lynch is at it again! And what the Hell is Jennifer Lynch, QC, Smoking? …. (Various)
~ SHAIDLE— “Yep. I think we’re gonna need a bigger moat” …. (fivefeetoffury.com)
~ CANADA’S “commitment to multiculturalism and the equality of all religions, races and cultures requires the silencing of those who do not believe all races, creeds and cultures are equal.” This article is OK, but we’re with Roger Kimball on much of his outlook: neofascist nuttery– “Patrick Buchanan and the perils of forgetfulness” …. (humanevents.com, pajamasmedia.com)
~ SHOTGUN BLOG on “Libertarians and Birth Rates” …. (westernstandard.blog)
~ SCARAMOUCHE— “A message to my fellow Ontarians: Enjoy whatever lingering vestige of freedom you happen to have, because come the end of the month, the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s “new and improved” power to hassle us kicks in. Here’s how the commissariat describes its expanded mandate ” …. (scaramouche)
~ FETCH THE WHITEWASH! Canadian Human Rights Commission Launches Independent Review On Hate Messaging on the Internet; Fed censorship powers to be reviewed; CHRC launches “Independent Review” on Internet hate messages …. (Various)
~ LIFESITE— “As If it Wasn’t Bad Enough – Human Rights Commissions To Review How to Best Police ‘Hate’ on the Internet ” …. (lifesitenews.com)
~ INSTAPUNDIT– “CANADIAN KANGAROO COURT UPDATE: The “human rights” commissions seem to be feeling the heat, as they’ve decided to launch an “independent review” of themselves” …. (pajamasmedia.com)
~ AUSTRALIA CLAIMS CHRC’s and Unserene Vigna are insane …. (MaD)
~ JAY CURRIE— “The CHRC is, apparently, taking its political advice from the pages of “Yes, Minister”. If you are feeling a bit of political heat appoint an expert to investigate and write a report” …. (jaycurrie)
~ THE DAILY BAYONET— Uh-Oh, It’s the Feds! …. (dailybayonet)
~ SACK THE PEOPLE! “I am attending a conference in Berlin where senior EU panjandrums are reeling around clutching their heads over the ‘disaster’ of the Irish vote against the Lisbon constitutional treaty.” And “Eurocrats Refuse to Take ‘No’ for an Answer on Lisbon Treaty” …. (spectator, lifesitenews)
~ CONGRATS to blogger Damian Penny– Wedding photos (finally) …. (damianpenny)
.. just about as credible as this!
Honour-slaughter victim Aqsa, in life
~ SLAIN AQSA PARVEZ: Father to face 1st degree Murder Charges; and Stillman weighs in: “What should be the biggest news story of the day has so far been buried by MSM outlets. An alleged Muslim “honour” killing on Canadian soil should be huge news. However, it has been buried on the electronic equivalent of page ten by the country’s media” …. (Various)
~ WEEPY GITMO LAWYERS Say Detainee Was Not Read His Rights– Therefore He Must Be Set Free… In July 2002, Omar Khadr threw a grenade that blew up an American soldier in Afghanistan …. (gatewaypundit.blog)
~ A WORD FROM A MUSLIM To Muslims: Smash the Doors, Wash your brains …. (razarumi.com)
~ FRESH DEMANDS— A UN seat must be given to Islamic world. Not the Buddhist world. Or the Hindu world. Or the Roman Catholic & Christian world …. (iribnews.ir)
~ RESEARCHING Islam’s Own Writings: Allah and His Messenger’s Extreme Hatred of Women …. (islam-watch.org)
~ THE PEACE-MONGERS OF HAMAS: More Vampires? “Condoleezza Rice Is a Black Scorpion With A Cobra’s Head Who Has the Blood of Palestinian Children Between Her Lips and on Her Fangs” …. (Wz)
~ CANADA: Muslim arrested at airport with handgun in carry-on luggage …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ ISLAM ONLINE’S “Headless Homosexuals”.. An Islamist site connected to the Muslim Brotherhood debates how homosexuals are to be punished …. (frontpagemag)
~ THE RELIGION of Compassion, and “Youths” (Updated) …. (girlontheright.com)
~ MURDEROUS FAITH— Italian PM and Muslim convert to Christianity targets of jihadist death threats; Islamic conference decries “Islamophobia” …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ SIGCARLFRED— “I was just a baby in my cradle when my parents set up an arranged marriage for me.” …. (sigmundcarlandalfred)
~ INDONESIA: 5,000 Muslims Rally Against Moderate Islam …. (Wz)
~ ALGERIA: Christian Convert Charged With Evangelism….for the Third Time …. (Wz)
~ MELANIE PHILLIPS— “The belief that economic improvement is the road to peace is yet another example of the arrogance and ignorance of a west that insists on filtering the Middle East through the prism of western values – and thus persists in catastrophically mis-diagnosing and perpetuating the very problem it so earnestly tries to solve” …. (spectator.co.uk)
~ MERCATOR NET BOOK REVIEW: Weigel’s “Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism” …. (mercatornet.com)
~ UK SALON OWNER Ordered to Pay $16,000 to Muslim Stylist for not Hiring her …. (Wz)
~ THE OIC’S MASTER-PLAN for Fighting Islamophobia …. (gatesofvienna.blog)
~ MUSLIM CALLS other Muslims violent and backward …. (5fof)
~ THE RELIGION OF ‘THE B**** WAS ASKING FOR IT’— “As The Prophet (P. Be Upon Him) has said, “A virgin’s consent is indicated by her silence,” if she did not fight these men to the death, we can determine that she was begging for it.” Not dead? Asking for it …. (girlontheright)
~ CBC PANDERING: Hamas not called “terrorist” in entire story …. (p2bc)
~ MORE ON MO’ ‘TOONS: A High School textbook in Norway has incorrectly asserted that the Danish Motoon published by a Norwegian newspaper included one of the Islamic prophet sporting pig ears …. (scaramouche)
~ IVP REPORTS: “On June 13th, Egyptian national and former University of South Florida graduate student Ahmed Mohamed agreed to plead guilty to terrorism charges and is facing a maximum of 15 years in prison” …. (investigativeproject.org)
~ FREEDOM OF THE REPRESSED— Imprisoned Yemeni Journalist al-Khaiwani Wins Amnesty’s Human Rights Media Award. Three USS Cole Families Demand Yemen Imprison Terrorist and Release Journalist al-Khaiwani …. (mypetjawa.mu.nu)
~ PEOPLE’S CUBE— “Canadian Police Start Wider Crackdown On Un-Islamic Dress” …. (peoplescube)
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