I Want My Big TeeVeee!
Don’t get me wrong: my inner ManSelf really wants– and feels it fully deserves– an uber-screen 52″ LCD TV; HD 900-channel cable, digital surround-sound, the whole package. And it should be Better Than Reality resolution.
Deeper questions haunt me. While watching Diana West on how our immaturity is hurting us in our battle against Jihad, I pondered: as our imaginations and reason are starved, do we need bigger and better and ever-more vivid digital images blasted into our souls to stir some response? In living memory, people had only silent movies and radio-drama. We still see children ditch the latest toy to be enthralled with the box as a plaything.
Regurge, Rinse, Repeat
Increasingly, TV and movies are regurgitating 20th century pop culture as if we’re in some desert of the imagination, and only have our memories of TV and movie and fashions past to inspire us. Or, we get shallowly-disguised politically-correct teachiness, disguised as entertainment. Or, the cult of transgression in various forms.
Again, we get inspired to be and do nothing and particular by a stirring movie– but are not thereby in anyway morally moved to mirror the active courage and purpose we see in our imaginary heroes, even while there are real evils all around us needing remedy or defeat. Our imaginations become a stage for whoever wants to shovel entertainment onto it, as long as we are not rendered thoughtful or responsive to the message displayed.
ReImagine Up, People!
How far we have come from the origins of Western theatre, whether comedy or tragedy, upon the stages of Ancient Greece during her brief Golden Age of art, philosophy, theatre, and democracy. The genius of a Sophocles was to consider and critique important issues of the day, to move and enlighten and delight his audience– without teachiness or the power of our modern technology.
The loss of imagination in its moral dimensions also means we lose the capacity of vision. We lose sight of what to hope for, and how things might be made better; or how bad things can get, and what evils the enemies of Western civilization could imagine in their desire to conquer the world, or at least vandalize the current one. To quote that soon-to-be-banned Jew-made HateBook, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Warning, Theocrazy Zone
That vision is first, heavenly, then inwardly for the soul, then out in the world. “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven” establishes the order. In this, the Muslims are right to remind us of the primacy of faith: from it flows everything else, within and without. They are wrong in the idea of god they call us to follow, for he commands a sword, not a decision to follow.
That’s what built and sustained Western civilization; Canada and the U.S. and Britain and the rest; democracy, our freedoms and duties. With all due respect to those of our readership who are agnostics, atheists, or shruggers, the current experiment of big government minus big God is not to avoid religion, but to claim absolute goodness and authority for bureaucrats and committees and the state as be-all and end-all. You know– let’s worship Jennifer Lynch and Ian Fine, givers of our freedoms and rights. Praise ye The Babs! O mighty Ian, have mercy upon us, and forgive us our doubts!
There’s a war on for your imagination.. no surrender!
Hmmm.. I wonder what’s on TV?
“To borrow Orwell’s language, anyone retained by Canada’s thinkpol should be a goodthinker, fluent in newspeak. He ought to bring to his task a bellyfeel about crimethinkers and the correct way of dealing with them. He should have a capacity for doublethink and recognize the importance of keeping anything malreported out of the public discourse, especially away from such prolefeed as the Internet.”
The Unspeakable Mark Steyn
~ JONAH GOLDBERG— The Man Can’t Bust Our Podcast: I chat with Ed Driscoll about Mark Steyn and whatnot …. (nationalreview.com)
~ PUNKIN QUEEN ASKS “I wonder if Mark Steyn has applied for assistance?” …. (pumpkin-watch.blog)
The Regrettable Ezra Levant
“Levant, whose Alberta synagogue was firebombed (read: actual hate crime) will likely continue to remain friendless among the machers of the CJC, which has taken the position that censorious human rights legislation is a useful tool for fighting anti-Semitism, a problem that was relegated to marginal kooks (such as David Ahenakew) a generation ago.”
~ Some Kook ~
~ LEVANT WORLD TOUR 2008: “About last night: The rabble-rousing Ez drops by the PEN AGM” …. (ezralevant.com)
~ VILE ISLAMIC SCREED: Canadian Islamist Mohamed Elmasry on Jew Killing …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ THE ANCHORESS GETS IT: “In a truly “tolerant” society, churches should not be compelled to act against their own standards. But “tolerance” seems to be getting re-defined, lately as a one-way street.” Boissoin is the Canadian Canary in the Free-Speech Coal Mine …. (theanchoressonline)
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~ ATTENTION, Bernie “I Heart Hezbies” Farber– “Hezbollah. On our streets. In our cities. I am NOT making this up.”.. “Bernie, here’s the scoop, a bunch of people who hate Jews may be getting ready to kill Jews. Rather than obsessing about wankers in the basement suggesting that white pride is anti-Jew you might grab a clue and look at the people who want you dead. Not metaphorically dead; dead as in body parts” …. (girlontheright, JayCurrie)
~ CONFERENCE– HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES open to vigorous debate. Annual Conference; Complaints controversy draws special interest. Joseph Brean …. (nationalpost.com)
~ SLEEPY MOLDY BEAR— “Make war, not love. Code black” …. (sleepyoldbear)
~ LOOKS LIKE ONE LESS FAN for the CJC Bernard Fan Cub. NatPost revisit: “Laura Rosen Cohen: The problem at the Canadian Jewish Congress– Darfur? Holocaust memorials? How about tackling issues we’re facing now “.. she earned this response; said Bernie non-fan also wrote “Freedom is an election issue”; and “Is Israel paying the price for its ‘original sin’?” …. (Various)
~ THE NY TIMES— “Unlike Others, U.S. Defends Freedom to Offend in Speech” …. (nytimes.com)
~ A CLEAR AND EVER-PRESENT danger: Bernie Farber may be blasé about the prospect of an Argentina-style Hezbollah attack in Canada. But then, as long as the Jewstablishment Linuses can snuggle with their HRC security blankie, they’re gonna keep grooving to that old Bob Marley refrain: “Don’t worry ‘bout a thing/’Cause every little thing’s gonna be alright…”; and “Mr. Oven Door: This is the kind of man CJC chief Bernie Farber is.” Dead Jews.. oven door.. hmmm: a little Auschwitz-y for our tastes …. (scaramouche)
~ SOCON.CA on “The Human Rights Fatwa” …. (socon.ca)
~ EZRA FOR CJC PREZ! A call for action: Canada’s Jewstablishment is so thoroughly out to lunch (no doubt at some posh boîte where the vino flows like water and there’s plenty of log rolling–“You’re the bestest Nazi-fighter!”; “No, no, you’re the bestest Nazi-fighter!”), that it cannot be counted on to serve our interests …. (scaramouche)
~ GOING DOWN IN INFAMY: What’s It with the Initials, HRC– “One day, the utterance of “HRC” will cause one to recoil, just as the words “Nazi” and “Stalanist” do today” …. (cjunk.blog)
~ EN FRANCAIS— Liberté d’expression:
L’enjeu de Durban II : la liberté d’expression, par Mark Dubowitz, Wall Street Journal. “La conférence mondiale contre le racisme en 2009 cherchera à saper les sociétés libres en invoquant le spectre de l’islamophobie. L’ordre du jour est contrôlé par l’Organisation de la conférence islamique pour qui la liberté d’expression est la cause de l’islamophobie. À moins que l’UE refuse d’y participer, le résultat sera l’introduction en droit international d’une définition d’islamophobie qui englobe toute critique de l’islam radical et des actes posés par des musulmans. Tous les pays devront ensuite harmoniser leur législation interne et créer un délit de blasphème.” 19 juin, par Annie Lessard, Marc Lebuis …. ()
~ STOKE THAT HATE, HRCs! There’s never enough basement-nazis to go around.. Few Hate Web Sites In Canada…. (freedominion.com)
~ MIGHTY QUEEN Jennifer Lynch, or big government watching out for it self …. (MaD)
~ CALLING ON A Higher Power …. (downwitheverybody)
~ PROMOTER Warman makes a Rock Star out of another Basement Nazi …. (blazingcatfur.blog)
~ FUN WITH THECHRC’s.. if they like you you don’t have to testify; if they hate you you are ordered to testify …. (MaD)
~ RAINBOW FASCISM— “Not Welcome: Gay Pride Festival Bans Canadian Soldiers” …. (downwitheverybody)
~ LOVE THEM CZECHS— “To get a taste of the Czech spirit, here’s an interview with Czech president Vaclav Klaus … possibly the world’s most intellectual libertarian and anti-statist … and of course, thorn in the flesh of Olympian leftists” …. (cjunk.blog)
~ DOWN WITH EVERYBODY: “Huh. Maybe You Don’t Need Human Rights Complaints After All” …. (downwitheverybody)
~ THE HARD-FASCIST OLYMPICS— “Out damn’d spot!” China’s Potemkin Village Olympics and the complicity of the IOC and the global corporations profiting from the Olympics” …. (pundita.blog)
~ THE SOFT-FASCIST EUSSR— Theodore Dalrymple– Europe’s Unhappy Union: “Political elites continue to push unification against their constituents’ wishes” …. (city-journal.org)
Jihad– The 1400 Year Tantrum
~ QUICK, REPORT HIM TO A KANGAROO COURT: Terror leader gets visa to speak in Canada …. (instapundit)
~ TORONTO: Jihadi Says Terror Training Camp was a, “Religious Way to Get in Shape”; Macadamia– “C’mon, sheeple… Just wake up… and smell the jihad… You know what is the really sobering thing about that ongoing terror trial in Brampton?” …. (Wz, MacaD)
~ CHRISTIAN CONVERT receives Islamist death threats. “Italian journalist Magdi Allam, a convert from Islam to Christianity, reacted to Islamist threats posted on an al-Qaeda website” …. (speroforum)
~ THE POSSIBLE CONFLICT— Flat, black and glows in the dark– “Israel has carried out an exercise that appears to have been a rehearsal for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, US officials have told the New York Times” …. (hallsofmacadamia.blog)
Barney & Friends, Paleo-style
~ SEEKING THE LIGHT: “A Few Recent Testimonies of Leaving Islam” …. (islam-watch.org)
~ HOUSTON: Muslims threaten publisher for describing heretical Islamic sect as Muslims …. (jihadwatch)
~ LOVE IN EGYPT: Hundreds of Muslims Attack Christians After They Attempt to Rescue Girl who was Kidnapped and Converted to Islam …. (Wz)
~ UN HUMAN RIGHTS REP.: We Need To Investigate 9/11 As An Inside Job! “I think [his beliefs are] fruitcake city, but among many delegations to the U.N. it’s probably the conventional wisdom,” said John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. known for his straight talk on U.N. hypocrisy …. (downwitheverybody, A2K)
~ AFGHANS SELLING Their Daughters off to be Child Brides …. (Wz)
~ ARREST AMINA AND SARAHS BROTHER, ISLAM SAID— “Killing girls. On the march. Domestic ‘honour’ Violence Cost Britain 25.3 Billion Pounds Honor killings. Aqsa’s brother was arrested (watch video). Islam Said should be arrested. He is alleged to have said they got what they deserved”. He knows what happened. He spoke to the father after he brutally murdered those sweet girls” …. (atlasshrugs2000)
How immaturity hurts us in the current war
~ INFIDEL PENIS-OWNER SET ON FIRE— “It is believed the Hindi victim, who suffered 65 per cent burns in the attack, was targeted because he was dating a Muslim girlfriend” …. (cjunk.blog)
~ ATLAS SHRUGS— Some thoughts on the subject of nuclear jihad …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ UNHRC: Something is, indeed, rotten in the State of… the Council …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ THE TOLERANT NETHERLANDS: Learn the Koran or get Your ass Kicked… Justified no doubt, by the Koran …. (Wz)
~ WAHHABI McKINGDOM: Mutaween Islamic Police Arrest 21 Homosexual Men …. (Wz)
~ JIHADWATCH— “What bothered him…was not the penchant for jihad and intolerance that certain fanatical Muslims displayed, but the foundation for such ills in the Koran and core Islamic texts” …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ TOP 50 MOST INFLUENTIAL, MAYBE: “The Koran’s contents: In the book section of the Globe and Mail, University of Glasgow prof Mona Siddiqui makes a case for the Koran as one of the world’s 50 GREATEST BOOKS ” …. (scaramouche)
~ HAMAS USING TRUCE TO STUDY Islam, Finding Answers to Questions Such as, “Can you Pray While Holding a gun?” …. (Wz)
~ WINGNUTS IN CHARGE— 9/11 Conspiracy Theorist Begins Post As UN Expert On Palestine.. And dislikes the question asked by Hillel Neuer of UN Watch …. (sda)
~ KINDLY BANGLADESH: Islamic Radicals Threaten to Kill Pastor if he Builds Church …. (Wz)
~ MICHAEL NENONEN: Blame Israel! …. (downwitheverybody)
~ UP POLITICO Says Sharia Law has no Place in Britain …. (Wz)
~ REST TO FIGHT LATER— Some “hudna“: Even though Israel and Hamas are into the third day of their Egypt-brokered “truce”, Hamas’s thug-in-chief Ismail Haniyeh says he has no intention of halting the smuggling of arms into Gaza (a condition of the truce). Of course he doesn’t. Why should a little thing like a hudna stop him from getting on with plans for the jihad? …. (scaramouche)
~ BIRDS OF A FEATHER— “Jailed British Fascist Converts to Islam, Immediately Becomes an Islamofascist” …. (Wz)