Minions: a short post today. Meatspace.
~ IT’S WAY PAST 1995, PEOPLE— Teh interwebs are SO taken for granted– ask anybody under 25. However, for older media-types, bureaucrats, and some politicians, teh interwebs are still a novelty for getting your news, and sending e-mail and other uber-cool activities. OoOOooh! Horseless carriages, you say!
Mind you, for under-40s, the web is the chosen form of media– younger people don’t read dead-tree papers or watch a lot of dino TV-media. They read and sometimes write blogs, and are (gasp) exposed to a very wide variety of opinion and news and views than the leftward national media in North America. It’s a borderless, channelless thing, and as you’ll note by our little map on the lower right, people from anywhere (even places where diversity of opinion is restricted) visit FreeMarkSteyn.com, read the news aggregated here, even peruse the witless, rambling, and regrettable commentary.
As Kathy Shaidle says in her interview alongside Peter Vere with Ed Driscoll, there are a lot of tone-deaf folks in the Canucki establishment and HRCocracy; very much living in the past in terms of how they thing interwebs work, where and how people discuss issues of the day, and how ridiculously hard it is to clamp down on free speech. For heaven’s sake: some of these people doesn’t even seem to know how to Google or fact-check the most basic information (hint: WikiPedia is only really useful if (1) it’s non-controversial material; (2) You already know enough to vet the facts & arguments on the site.. at no time consult experts on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, online, or in person).
Of course, if the public interweb itself were clamped down, that’s another matter: but to do so would involve a critical undermining of democracy and free speech which would mean an overthrow of the structure of democracy itself. And now that this pandora’s box is open, the web will find a way: ask anybody who tried to ban books after the printing press going rolling.
~ PRAYERS for Dean Barnett …. (fivefeetoffury)
Please use a dictionary or proper spell-check. A person who sells fish is a fishmonger, not a fish mongerer.
According to dictionary.com, it’s Middle English, give or take AD 1000. C’mon: it’s 2008, and you can look stuff up in 10 seconds if you’re unfamiliar with usage, or proper engrish as she are spoked.
~ SHAIDLE— “Mark Steyn’s blogging again — about our new book!”; Our interview with Pajamas Media, talking about The Tyranny of Nice; Autographed by Mark Steyn: your copy of The Tyranny of Nice …. (fivefeetoffury)
“Since I had the misfortune to become ensnared in the Canadian ‘human rights’ racket, I’ve come to appreciate more and more the comment one fellow left on an Internet post somewhere or other, remarking that he was in favour of free speech, because the alternatives ‘were just too weird.’”
– Mark Steyn, excerpted from his introduction to The Tyranny of Nice.
~ ED DRISCOLL recently did an interview with Canucki rabble-rousers Shaidle & Vere on “The Tyranny of Nice”.. 40 minute audio, well worth an earful …. (pajamasmedia)
~ PERFESSOR MARK MERCER sends along his latest: The Cranky Professor: Civil liberties and democracy in Canada, Mark Mercer …. (smujournal.ca)
~ THE GYAPONG— Pro-life leaders sour on Harper; Why Obama’s connection to William Ayers matters; One hell of an election says the Anchoress; What if those planes represent America?; Hmmmm….interesting review of what looks like an interesting book …. (deborahgyapong.blog)
~ INTELLECTUAL freedom in Canada: Post-modernism the key threat? …. (blazingcatfur.blog)
~ UPCOMING EVENT— Come one, come all: The Canadian Constitutional Foundation is hosting its second annual law conference, Oct. 17-19. This year’s theme–Individal Freedom and the Common Good: Defining Human Rights in a Free Society–should be of interest to all free-speechers, as well as to those who believe that free speech must end when “vilification” begins …. (scaramouche)
~ OY, CANADA— The best get convictions; the worst get medals: A Canadian woman has spent nearly half of the last 14 years in jail as a prisoner of conscience. Why doesn’t she have a medal? …. (mercatornet)
~ WE SHALL SQUEEZE YOU you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves …. (ghostofaflea)
~ RAY SIMARD the story the Liberal biased propaganda machine ie CBC will not tell …. (MaD)
~ THE MORAL COURAGE not to apologize …. (ghostofaflea)
~ CANUCKI ELECTION— Not everyone happy about strategic voting …. (dustmybroom)
~ MIKE BROCK: “Why The US is Screwed” …. (mikebrockonline)
~ TO HELP immigrants be more liked by Canadians …. (MaD)
~ ANTI-SEMITIC FOOD SLANDER? Who knew? “One more before I go: Debbie Schlussel explains that, Lebanese assertions to the contrary, Israel did not “steal” falafal, hummus and other delectables from the Arabs. In fact, hummus is an Israeli invention, and the rest of the food items have long been a staple of Sephardic cuisine in Arabs lands, where Jews had lived for centuries until they were unceremoniously kicked out (without food or compensation) following the ’48 War of Independence.” Joooooos! …. (scaramouche)
~ NAILS IT! “Canadian ‘artists’ wouldn’t know what censorship was it if bit them on the ass” …. (timeimmortal.net)
~ THE JAGO: “Conservatives are from Mars, Liberals are off-putting” …. (rjjago)
~ VILE MURDERER Morgentaler to receive his “award” this Friday; Ever wonder what happens to the bodies of aborted babies? In one Canadian city we know well, the unborn boys and girls were– for many years– burnt as medical waste in an incinerator in the middle of a residential area. Ashes.. from dead babies.. drifting down like grey snowflakes over homes, schools, backyards, roads, and the hospital beside it. Much better than Auschwitz, or Hadamar, where Nazi eugenics ‘disposed’ of the disabled.. now, said Canadian hospital ships the medical waste several hundred miles to a different incinerator. Out of sight …. (Various)
~ THE BOOK-BANNING Double Standard, by Mike McNally– The real threat to free speech isn’t Sarah Palin: it’s Muslim extremists and spineless publishers …. (pajamasmedia)
~ NAOMI WOLF Is Blathering On About Fascism Again …. (rightwingnews)
~ AUSSIE MAN TOLD to Take Down Australian Flag After Neighbor Called it “Offensive” …. (wz)
~ UN FACES Billions in Retiree Health Care Obligations …. (blogfreeworld)
Obasmic! Mightier Than HypnoToad
~ RED ALERT: OBAMA SIGNED UP WITH DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST PARTY IN ’95!— Where’s a frickin’ flaming skull when ya need one? …. (directorblue.blog)
~ OBAMA CRITIC IN DANGER— Bribes paid for Corsi to escape from Kenya; Insider reports thousands given to ‘various officials’ …. (wnd)
~ FUN WITH ‘BAMA BUDDIES! “Bill Ayers forced me to have sex with black roommate to prove I wasn’t racist” …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ SO THAT’S what ‘community organizers’ do — steal elections! …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ THE ANCHORESS: internet censorship if Obama wins …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ MAYBE Some of It Is About Race, After All …. (pajamasmedia)
~ O: STINKY PLANE! Reporter’s Notebook: Seeing How The Other Half Lives.. The Messiah has little time for reporters, courtesy, or planning ahead …. (cbs)
~ CLASSICAL VALUES BLOG.. “Get control of their money and use it against them.” …. (cv)
~ NARCISSISTS AS NATURAL LEADERS: People are willing to take orders from the self-absorbed. This explains a lot, alas …. (futurepundit)
~ FLASHBACK 1979: “Hair Plugs Tells the Soviets he Doesn’t Care About Their Human Rights Abuses, Although he may say he Does in Public. Gee, and Teddy Chappaquiddick was over in the USSR giving secret briefings on how to trash Reagan” …. (Wz)
~ BARACK OBAMA In Quotes Version 3.0 …. (rightwingnews)
~ MIGHT BILL AYERS have ghost-written Barack Obama’s “Dreams from My Father”? …. (classicalvalues)
~ ALASKA CHILLBILLY: Intellectualism & Sarah Palin: Or How The Smarty Pants Set Are Threatened By Someone Who Knows Sense …. (rightwingnews)
~ POINT DE BASCULES— For Ms Raza, “There is no Islamopobia – There is Islamization” …. (pointdebasculecanada)
~ SAITH SHAIDLE— “Top 12 Islamophobes” doesn’t list me, dammit …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ RELIGION OF.. DC: Two Muslim Men Charged With Assaulting Gay Man, “You F*cking F*ggots Would be Stoned to Death in the Middle East” …. (Wz)
~ THE EVIL OIC SAYS Europe Owes its Civilization to Islam …. (Wz)
~ COOTIES! CUZ MO SAID SO! “U.K.: Muslim prisoners get new clothes if cells are searched with dogs” …. (jihadwatch)
~ 17 CHINESE MUSLIM Terrorists to be released into U.S. on Friday …. (creepingsharia)
~ HOT ON THE TRAIL! Muslim World’s Vice Squads Hunt ‘Jewish’ Barbie Dolls, by Annie Jacobsen …. (pajamasmedia)
~ BIMBO ERUPTIONS: Radical Cleric Omar Bakri Ditches his Wife for a 26-Year-Old …. (Wz)
~ TIME IMMORTAL— “How would G. K. Chesterton handle an Islamist?” …. (timeimmortal)
~ REVISIT: Toronto Terror Trial– MCC welcomes conviction: Acquittal would have been huge victory for Jihadis …. (muslimcanadiancongress.org)
~ BRUCE BAWER: “Who’s Sleeping More Deeply — Europe or America?” …. (blogfreeworld)
~ GERMAN MAGAZINE Holding “Mohammed” Look-A-Like Contest, Insist “It will be a Blast” …. (Wz)
~ PLANNING on becoming an evil overlord? Get your gear here! …. (giftsforageek)