Steynian 234

~ THE TIRELESS and endlessly readable journalist Deborah Gyapong (yes, we’re web-buddies) has another bullseye to ponder: “I guess “treason” is a concept no one understands anymore”. Like the words ‘sin’, or ‘it’s my fault’, ‘treason’ has gone missing in common parlance, most likely because of the soft-fascist 60’s revolution, which declared every sincere view and practice acceptable, including hating or working to wreck your own country, or collaborating with those who hate her. The line between socialist and communist has been blurry over the past 50+ years: those sympathizing and working for the aims of the USSR and world socialism has become such a part of our political spectrum that mocking ‘Commie-Hunters’ and ‘The Red Scare’ became a dismissive cover-up for actual treason, in some cases. Even parts of the old establishment like the Anglican Church got caught up in the machinations of the World Council of Churches, actually pumping money to Marxist rebels in Africa, and weighing in against democracy and the traditional family now, bits of that dying Church are worshipping U.N. schemes). It’s all part of the same revolution and devolution, seeking to weaken all but the state and the rules of the anti-Western revolution.

In the case of former CBC employees joining Caliphate TV, it’s part of the same thing: the collaboration of the Left with the goals and spead of anti-Western Jihadism picks up where the 60’s leaves off. We got traitors. We don’t object to their freedom to choose and speak out for other views, only their assertion that they can so choose, and remain faithful and true Canadians. Says Blazing Catfur, “Somehow you just knew Avi Lewis would be cheerleading this sort of thing”.. indeed, and as the son of internationalist Leftie Stephen Lewis and TorStar FemiLefty Michele Landsberg, he is a walking reminder that much of the Left is very thin ice in the battle for the West presently underway.

It’s disgusting, really. What kind of people not only would easily turn on the free society that made them all they are, and refuse in any way to suffer or die to uphold the West? They are Wormtongues; cowardly slinkers and parasites on all that is good and true in who and what we are. For shame. ~

Government must uphold God’s law By Rory Leishman. Until the past 3 or 4 generations, this was not controversial. The fresco topping the front of the Supreme Court in the U.S. depicts all the great lawgivers of the past, and Moses and the Ten Not Reccomendations. We can’t avoid ultimate questions– and it won’t do to start foaming at the mouth and screaming ‘Theocracy!’

Courtroom friezes – The South Wall Frieze includes figures of lawgivers from the time before Jesus and includes Menes, Hammurabi, Moses, Solomon, Lycurgus, Solon, Draco, Confucius, and Augustus. The North Wall Frieze shows lawgivers from the time after Jesus and includes representations of Justinian, Muhammad, Charlemagne, John of England, Louis IX of France, Hugo Grotius, Sir William Blackstone, John Marshall, and Napoleon. The figure of Muhammad has caused controversy

In the Middle Ages, Aquinas first articulated the secular-sacred distinction. The sacred is the big bubble, within which the smaller secular bubble exists. The world– under God, custom, natural law, best practice and all the rest, has it’s own proper authority and conduct. No church courts for the nation, though informing the minds and consciences of people; nor government telling the church what to do, aside from observing the legalities. Our modern constitution in Canada– aside from being a vanity-moment for HM Trudeau– is a document of despair, trying to assert rights without understanding how rights and duties, right and wrong, depend on God who is mentioned in passing at the top of the document. It has opened the floodgates of identity politics, and the dedefinition of Canada into a heap of fragments, some with more rights than others.

The Russian author Dostoyevsky prophesied– and his own nation lived out– the warning that “Anything is permissible if there is no God.” His famous book Crime and Punishment is, in part, an examination of preciesly this theme, of the kind of rootless soul who two generations later would bathe the Soviet Union in blood and atheism, in the name of utopia.

It’s an essential question to all those of good will who seek an ordered society of duties and rights and freedom to ponder these fundamental questions, and to subject their pet theories to the basic scrutiny of “Who says?” and “Why is this, rather than that or that or that, the true and good way to go?”

We live in a largely totalitarian world, and the virus is creeping into the oldest and strongest democracies. The particular HRC-moment of Canadian history is a neon warning about one set of choices and answers. If the HRCs are reined in, the friendly but totalitarian impulse remains, and will spring up in other ways– our previous federal governments under Martin and Chretien had internalized such views, about what was good and bad, or even what was Canadian and unCanadian. Whether current PM Harper is just another one, but of a different flavour, remains to be seen. ~

~ GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS: So it’s McCain-Palin. Zing-pow! Watching her record, and what she was up to before she was chosen (before people were even watching or considering her) got me thinking of the last two Democratic Candidates for Prez. FrankenKerry and Mystery Man Obama. Both seekers after the White House; both not especially tried & tested; both striking false notes, like they were doing what they thought they had to do and say to act like a President. Not like people who had a world of experience or integrity or character, who would also make a good president. Kerry made Lurch form the Addams Family look good; Obama flips and flops and flings people under the bus and hides his life as if when people found out, it would be bad. The Lurch and the Shadow, just doing the dance.

As someone mentioned, it’s sad that the first black Presidential candidate has to be like that, since viscerally, he’s a symbol for a lot of black Americans (heck, worldwide) for the land of possibility. Sadly, when Obama’s not lying, he’s covering up; when he’s not covering up, he’s downplaying; when he’s not downplaying, he’s misdirecting.. and when he can get away with it, he’s bullying, bribing, and threatening. Showboat politicians forget that the time to be the right person and do the right thing is all the time, and when nobody is watching, when you’re not asking people for something.

There will be another day, and a better candidate, a good man (or woman) who happens to be of African-American background, who is capable and willing and deserving of running the greatest country in the world. It’s not now, and it’s sure as hell not him.

As Damian Penney puts it “John McCain has not nominated someone who just pushes a few buttons; Sarah Palin pounds a whole keyboard.” It’s go-time!

I’m just sayin’, is all.


~ WHILE WE’RE at it; pray for the Gulf Coast, and New Orleans. Hopefully THIS time Democratic whiner Mayor Ray Nagin will get it.. and with Jindal at the helm, too. Lots of the rest of the U.S. has been flooded this year: no special pleading …. (

Mark Steyn

~ HILARY WHITE: “I wish these American conservative bigots would get their facts straight…. It’s not a trial for a crime; it’s a human rights complaint. The HRCs do not prosecute crimes. The difference is very important”; and “Anyway, we agreed that there was quite a bit of justice, if of a somewhat Grecian kind, in the stupid Euros having rendered themselves incapable of having children”; and then some politically incorrect houghts on the populating of France …. (

~ FREE SPEECH IN AN AGE OF JIHAD: “Mark’s keynote address to the recent conference in New York on free speech is now in print, along with valuable contributions from Roger Kimball, Andy McCarthy, Rachel Ehrenfeld, Ezra Levant and others. It’s available as part of our America Alone Free Speech Special: the bestselling book and the legal battle that ensued – together in one great package!” Exclusively from the Steyn Store, only $20.95 …. (steynstore)

~ 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!)

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~ SAITH THE DEFAINT Levant to CHRC: “You should all be fired” …. (Ez, 5f)

~ EZRA NOTES THAT The international embarrassment continues …. (ezralevant)

~ EZRA LEVANT not guilty for republishing so called hate…? …. (freedominion)

~ EZRA WON’T take no for an answer …. (jaycurrie)

~ COWARDLY Thought Police Would Rather Not Mess With Ezra …. (

~ TIME IMMORTAL.. “You should all be fired.” …. (timeimmortal)

Hmm.. Nice Pic..

Ezra? Splody Turban? Binks Did It First!


~ FREESPEECHER ALERT: Please say a Prayer for Breath of the Beast’s young son …. (

~ DEBORAH GYAPONG— My feature on REAL Women is up at Western Catholic Reporter; Harper government caves on Unborn Victims bill; I guess “treason” is a concept no one understands anymore; B’nai Brith faces its own hate speech complaint; Obama– the good and the bad; and Signs of the future of the First Amendment under Obama?; a GREAT piece by Lea Singh in the National Post; The Globe has a piece about the Ontario Human Rights Commission …. (DG)

~ FIRST PRINCIPLES— Government must uphold God’s law By Rory Leishman …. (

~ IT’S OFFICIAL: Blazingcatfur is part of the “zionist propaganda machine” – Greg Felton; “THE JOOO’S DID IT”.. Saith Binks.. grrr, it’s so confusing: I’ll have to call on my ZOG Jew-Buddies to clarify how the ZPM relates to the ZOG and the WTF. You’d think if they were running the world they’d have stopped the Nazis, made a stronger Israel, and gotten rid of those call-centre cold calls at supper-time. Shaidle: “Dammit! Why aren’t I included?” Zionist Stooge Wannabee! …. (, 5f)

~ JAY CURRIE: “When ‘Roos go Wrong” …. (jaycurrie)

~ CHRISTIAN HORIZONS appeals Ontario HRC ruling …. (catholicinsight)

~ HOW TO BE CLASSY, 101… McCain: Job Well Done, Senator Obama. May we all hold ourselves to this high standard in the midst of our divisions and debates.. even (and especially) if our opponents don’t. For Classless 101, try this on for size: from the Obama cult to Vice-Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin. Got it? That’s the kind of people you’re dealing with here: you’re either an ObamaMessianist, or the infidel/ enemy, period. Prediction from the Anchoress: “The demonization of Sarah Palin as “worse than Quayle” will now commence. The Dems and the press will hate this. Hate”.. because Leftism is a religion, not politics …. (Various)

~ MICHELLE MALKIN: Woe unto thee who criticize The One: Obama’s goon squad follows. “Dealing with Dissent, the Chicago Way” …. (nationalreview)

~ DER SHAIDLE.. “Dear Catholic Insight: you’re welcome” …. (5f)

Chicago Style
"Chicago Style"

~ BARACK OBAMA’S war on free speech continues; Barack Obama’s friends tried to kill me plus I’m not ready for the presidency; Wow! No wonder the Obama Campaign is so desperately trying to silence NRO’s Stanley Kurtz …. (Various)

~ UH-OH.. HRC-LOVERS DOWN! B’nai Brith accused of hate speech– Body accuses Manitoba rights commission of withholding facts; Official Jews Get A Taste Of Their Own Medicine. Nothing yet on Frank Dimant’s blog about it …. (Various)

~ SOMEHOW ” you just knew Avi Lewis would be cheerleading this sort of thing” …. (

~ FREE KATHY SHAIDLE! DNC, 24/7.. Sarah Palin: who is she? …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ WHAT-NOW, YOU SAY? Welcome to the club. “The Jewish community’s human rights organization says it is being unfairly targeted in a discrimination complaint that it can’t possibly defend” …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ HOW DARE THEY! “The National Abortion Rights Action League is spitting mad over McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate. The phrase “anti-choice” occurs eleven times in its heavy-breathing press release”.. see? It’s a kind of religion, with a long line-up of willing inquisitors …. (

~ UMM, OK, BUT Chairs don’t abuse people …. (ghostofaflea)

~ CANADA: international embarrassment: The assault on free speech has gone global …. (fivefeetoffury, timeimmortal)

~ SOCON— If Catastrophe were to strike …. (

~ SOCON TAKES ON A False Conception of Freedom …. (

~ CHILLING: “The future under the left is dark …… a very dark age. This latest challenge to freedom of speech speaks volumes about Obama’s thuggery and gangsta style bullying. Remember this is the guy that sued to get everyone off the ticket so that he could run unopposed because he previously ran against an actual opponent and he lost in a landslide” …. (atlasshrugs2000)

~ ON HUMAN Sacrifice and Political Correctness …. (brusselsjournal)

~ FRE SPEECH IN ACTION against a monster: “Over 100 MPs Oppose Morgentaler Order of Canada” …. (

~ HATE ON PARLIAMENTAL HILL.. Irving Layton, Canada’s most infamous bad boy poet, was the subject of adulation by dozens of units of verse [poetariet] of the unitverse of the imagine nation of the Peoples Republic of Poetry (PRP) on Canada’s Parliament Hill …. (

~ HERE’S SOMETHIN’ you don’t see everyday…B’nai Brith target of “Unfair Human Rights Commission Complaint” – wait for it – launched by Mohammedans …. (

~ FIXING CANADA.. Democratic Reform Bills – Blocked By Dysfunctional Commons Committees …. (

~ A REAL CHARMER: Obama ads target Christians …. (geraldnaus)

~ A NEW OATH for doctors: the customer is always right: “Conscientious objection is becoming harder and harder for doctors in the United States, Canada and Britain” …. (mercatornet)

~ THE CONSERVATIVE rebels in Hollywood are taking aim at the liberal Hollywood establishment. This one looks interesting …. (am770chqr)

~ ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLES! Obama campaign confronts WGN radio. With friends like these, who need anemones?; Michelle Malkin : Barack “The Silencer” Obama’s Gangland Assault on Free Speech …. (freedominion, Malkin)

~ TANTRUM-BUNNY SAYS “Give me free stuff to advance my agenda or I’ll label you a capitalistic Nazi” …. (dustmybroom)

~ WHEN IT COMES TO FASCIST ARCHITECTURE, “Has anybody in the Obama camp seen a movie older than Star Wars?” However, “Obama Greek Temple Show Pales In Comparison To ChiCom Olympic Opening Ceremony” …. (5f, stoptheaclu)

~ 6 PARAGRAPHS, 30 sentences, and the word Zionist used 23 times. Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist Zionist …. (

~ AGENDA? WHAT AGENDA? Catholic Insight on The battle for the schools: Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board approves pro-homosexual policy for area schools. Secular Windfall to Boost Gay Influence over Churches …. (catholicinsight,

~ OUR CBC WHORES IN AL JAZEERA.. “Somehow you just knew Avi Lewis would be cheerleading this sort of thing….” …. (

~ FORBIDDEN QUESTIONS.. I need someone to explain to me how the governments of this supposed great nation can not prove collusion with the fuel retailers across the country …. (dustmybroom)

~ GLOBAL WARMING Hoax Weekly Round Up, August 29th 2008 …. (

~ WE’RE DOO-O-O-OMED! As Temperatures Cool, Global Warming Hype Gets Ever More Hysterical …. (rightwingnews)

~ SELF-PROTECTION: Some Canadian respources for the non-firearm crowd. Remember: you should have 10 days food, water, needed medications, weapons, and survival basics in your home, and in a go-bag for your car. Hurricane Juan; The Quebec Ice Storms; snow storms. Not just as preparedness for yourself, but to help others, as possible. Get a basic first-aid course; a gun-handling course; a self-defense course; a simple book on how to survive outdoors. A few hours and a few hundred dollars can save a life– maybe your own. In your car, pretend you’re in a ditch in a blizzard: what are your resources? Go buy them, now. Get an emergency car window-glass breaker– they work. On your keychain you can easily have a compass, LED mini-light, a pocket-knife with scissors. In your jacket or purse you can have a multitool or LED flashlight. Waiting for ‘Them” or the government to help is part f our problem of softness and dependency. Basic skills must be taught. The guiding principle at any moment is “What’s The Worst That Could Happen?” Are you ready? Why not? …. (


~ WORLD VISION: Georgian Humanitarian Relief and more details here; The Russian aggression in Georgia should be met by an instant and total boycott of Russian goods, especially the obvious ones, by Western consumers and of Russian tourism by the same …. (Various)

~ WHAT PART of “Stand down” don’t you understand? …. (

~ EX-SOVIET States Fear Russian Aggression …. (



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Jihad & Mohammedism

~ DEFINING Islamophobia, by Denis Schulz …. (

~ IRAN-BACKED Hezbollah Armed With new Iranian Missiles, Have Range “Israel Can’t Fathom”; Russia is Selling Hezbollah surface-to-air and anti-tank missiles …. (Wz, CFP)

~ COLORADO: Biker Gangs Declare Truce to Fight a Common Enemy….Al-Jazeera …. (Wz, LGF)

~ THE MUSLIM CONNECTION– WND— WND: ‘Is Khalid al-Mansour the man behind Obama myth?’ …. (hyscience)

~ CJUNK REWIND— “Are we facing another Barbarian invasion? Is the soft genial socialist utopia of Western Europe in particular, once again in danger of being swallowed by a more coarse, crude, and blunt culture? Are many South Asian, African, and Middle Eastern cultures, which have not already succumbed on the verge being consumed?” …. (

~ PALEOSTINIANS— The Reality of a Palestinian State, By: Joseph Puder. The “struggle” against Israel has never been about land …. (frontpagemag)

~ MUSLIMS IN FED TERROR-PROBE making donations to Obama. Will candidate follow other Dems who gave back jihad-tied funds? …. (wnd)

~ MUMBAI MUSLIMS Rampage After [ insert excuse here ] …. (Wz)

~ TRACKING the Terrorists Online …. (

~ WEAPON of Hamas Destruction1111 …. (

~ SAUDIS distribute anti-terror cartoons …. (jihadwatch)

~ THE I-WAR— Al-Azhar Fatwa: Hacking U.S., Israeli Websites Is Permissible as Part of Electronic Jihad …. (

~ STIFFING THE KUFFARS— UK: “Devout” Muslim Convicted of Welfare Fraud Attempts to get out of Community Service by Claiming, “Islam Forbids her From Working Alongside Men” …. (Wz)

~ PRINCIPAL OF ISLAMIC SCHOOL in Buffalo ousted over sex allegations, Jews to blame. But then again, as the guilty Imam stated, “If you take the Islamic perspective out, then you would see nothing really wrong there,” Memon said …. (creepingsharia)

~ PENNSYLVANIA Leftist useful idiot guilty of aiding Hamas…. (JiWa)

~ VIA MEMRI: Qatari Liberal and Former Dean of Islamic Law at the University of Qatar Dr. ‘Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari: The Arab Lawyers’ Union Defends Al-Bashir Instead of the Victims in Darfur …. (

~ THE VERY LATEST Joooo Conspiracy: Sending Poisoned Food to the Palestinians …. (Wz)

~ NITWIT AMERICAN WOMAN defends hijab, says it makes women feel “free”. In other sharia news, “Pakistan: five women buried alive for honor” …. (JiWa)

~ WHAT IS IT with Muslim terrorists and feces? …. (timeimmortal)

~ ARCHITECTURAL DEFIANCE— Go-Ahead for Germany’s Biggest Mosque, 180 Foot Dual Minarets Will Alter Cologne’s Historic Church Filled Skyline Forever …. (Wz)

~ HUH? Creationism leads to terrorism? …. (jihadwatch)


3 thoughts on “Steynian 234

  1. .
    This is going to be fun. History will be made, one way or another, and it looks more likely now that it will be the right history.

    Even more Hillary supporters will go for McCain now. Obama is no longer a near certainty. Heaven forbid something happens to McCain, but I believe Palin would rise to the occasion. She has the right attitude. Everyone knows Obama is NOT ready for POTUS, Palin is only for the VP. Look at Dan Quayle.

    YEY SARAH PALIN! YEY John McCain! Great pick! The 1st woman for the GOP VP? SCORE!

    She’s conservative! SCORE! She’s a Governor! SCORE! She’s pro-drilling! She’s a hunter! SCORE! She’s a hockey Mom and played basketball in school! SCORE! She’s pro-life! And she respects women! SCORE! She fights corruption! SCORE! She’s high-energy! SCORE! She’s tough! SCORE! She’s got 5 kids! SCORE! Her son is going to Iraq in the Armed Forces! SCORE! She’s married to a Blue-collar professional! SCORE! She’s smart! SCORE! She’s young! SCORE!

    And she’s a Hotty to boot! SCORE! The Left is going to go nuts! SCORE!
    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    never elect a woman

    who’s a conservative
    she’s just a gender traitor

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    just HOPE to pay more taxes

    DREAM about high fuel prices
    CHANGE PROGRESS to move backwards

    All real freedom starts with freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech, there can be no real freedom.
    Philosophy of Liberty Cartoon
    Help Halt Terrorism Today!


  2. Nice post, but one quibble. Aquinas was hardly the first to articulate the secular/sacred distinction. Augustine gave the first substantial articulation in the City of God 850 years earlier, and even he had precursors.

    Saith Binks:

    A fair quibble: to be more specific (I was trying to write to a general audience)– as the main mediaeval interpreter of Aristotle, Thomas articulated for the Middle Ages– and thus for Early Modernity–an account of authority in the proper spheres of natural law and the spiritual realm. Thus “Grace perfects nature, not destroys it” (gratia perficit naturam, non tollit). Augustine doesn’t interpret the pagan philosophers in that was as natural revelation, unless I’m really misreading my Confessions & City of God. Or my memory is going.

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