Steynian 271


~ SMART, GOOD People can differ on various topics reasonably, in a civil society. It’s our right; and also our duty to respect differences of opinion, and the freedom of others. That’s the reason why speech-codes or government-regulated speech is ridiculous, too– you can’t legislate truth, or lies, with the rubber-stamp of official approval, polls, or group-thinkery.

However, within the current ObaMessiah era, there have been some high-profile swoons for Obama, including Christopher Buckley— son of the founder of National Review; and in Canada, Jonathan Kay of the National Post, and a lower-level swoon by blogger Damian Penny. Buckley famously got jetsamed* from NR; Penny got a mild spanking from Mrs. Arnie of Toronto. Not sure about whether anybody has torn off Kay’s epaulets, or broken his sword over their knee.

The thing is: the ever-rising pile of manure surrounding Obama cannot be swept aside or ignored, except by hard-core ideologues, or denialists. And even if he’s a politics-as-usual liberal Republican, John McCain is not a friend to or sympathizer with black racists, terrorists, Islamists, Kenyan tyrants, radical Palestinians, sleazy bankers, organized vote-stealers, Marxists, the Chicago political mafia. The facts are all out there. And who can trust someone who allows people to make messianic art and claims in his name?

No denying that SmoothBama is convincing, reasonable-sounding, and that most of us don’t like endless fights: holding a negative and attentive position about a controversial person or topic takes work.. part of us would really rather just let go, and go with the flow. Phew. Maybe Obama is OK. Maybe Jack Layton won’t tax us to death. Maybe Trudeau 2.0 will make Canada happy and smug again. Sudden conversions– or reversions– are a matter of will, and an unwillingness to have an internalized intellectual conflict over various issues. It’s easier just to let go, de-spine, and aside from any reasons or evidence or even our past best thoughts, do a jellyfish**, and float with the greater tides around us.

Newsflash: paying attention, standing firm, living your principles, listening to conscience all takes moral and intellectual effort, time, and can be draining. Your bossy host fought daily in the offline and online Anglican Wars as a leading news-blogger of the whole tiny Anglican world for 10 entire years. Feared, hacked, read even by the opposition, Binks was the elf.

Will we stick to it? Donate and write and tell others? Will we bloodlessly defend our freedoms as in the present and past our military folks have suffered and died for our country and what we stand for, and for our freedoms?

Binks The Blogger

* In sea-going parlance, flotsam is floaty junk of whatever sort; jetsam is stuff thrown (jettisoned) overboard.

** This author is not jellyphobic, nor meaning to injure the self-esteem of jellyfish-Canadians anywhere whatsoever.

“Maverick I Can Do– ‘Messiah Is above My Pay Grade.”

~ 1 ~ 2 ~ 3 ~ 4 ~

~ WHILE WE’RE AT IT.. people have been debating what to call the Obammunist Thugs who are dishing up harassment on people who differ with, question, or in anyway diminish the glory of the almost-Glorious Leader of the People’s Democratic Republic of America. Brown and black shirts? Too 1930s. And no doubt the colour brown is now Racist™. Thus, we just need to pick their own colour: blue. Blue Shirts. The Messianic Thugs. StormTroofers. After all, chaotic free-speechery leads to dissent, division, different opinions, even criticism of The One and His Regime. The Blue Shirts are expedient problem-solvers. Facilitators of directed democracy. Because they care.

~ GET OFF MY LAWN, YOU KIDS! Call it midlife geezerhood (heck, I’ve been a young fogey for years.. midlife blogeezerhood?), but bad speling bugs me crazy. I have to cheque and recheck my own righting, because my brain isn’t wired correctly four accurate spelling, despite years in academia. One Binky-brother has serious dyslexia, one Binky-son has a mild form– go figger. But when it comes to other blogs, it seams that mispeling is more and more common.. or I’m just getting more picky. Anyhow– can oui awl agree to spellcheck, and re-read our posts after we putt them up? Okey? ~

Mark Steyn

~ GO READ everything …. (marksteyn)

~ BRIAN LILLEY— A victory for free speech that is no victory at all …. (mercatornet)

~ HUGH, MARK Steyn and Joe the Plumber; Mark Steyn: Plumber Joe didn’t go with the flow …. (hughhewitt)

~ FRANK MOHER— “Steyn’s article is soft soap. As usually happens when he cares about a subject, he ceases to be funny.” …. (

~ ON STEYN’S TORTURE-TRIBUNAL: “It’s a letter to the editor to the Vancouver Sun, in response to Ian Mulgrew’s excellent article on the Macleans BCHRT verdict” …. (


~ MEDIA LAWYERS Association conference on HRCs vs. free speech …. (ezralevant)

~ HALIFAX CONFERENCE on “the right to offend” …. (ezralevant)


Do Human Rights Commissions Threaten Civil Liberties?
The Evil FreeSpeecher Prof. Mark Mercer of Halifax, NS, sends along the following advisory….

DEBATE: Do Human Rights Commissions Threaten Civil Liberties?

A Just in Time presentation by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs


Krista Daley — Director and CEO, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission

Dan Leger — Director of News Content, Halifax Chronicle Herald

Pearl Eliadis — Montreal Human Rights Lawyer

Mark Mercer — Professor of Philosophy, Saint Mary’s University

Moderated by: Kevin Kindred, Lawyer and Chair of the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project

Thursday October 30th, 7pm – 9pm
Scotiabank Theatre Auditorium
Saint Mary’s University
Free Admission

For more info:

~ GYAPONGING— Mark the Trucker’s wife weighs in; Joe the Plumber’s take on last night’s debate; Aussie sheep farmer comments on Obama; Stanley Kurtz connects the dots; Rachel Lucas goes nuclear on Obama’s Fox comments; Joe the Plumber; The CRTC wants to control the Internet–don’t let them …. (

The Mighty Santa Keeler

~ A REASON WHY I ADMIRE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA— Wally “The Poetentate” Keeler; also, “Shopping for the State of Free Speech? Drop in on this site maintained by Bostom College for links” …. (

~ ALAN BOROVOY – [ founder of Human Rights Commissions over 40 years ago], was guest speaker at the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership last year. Topic: Free Speech …. (Ez Comments)

~ EVIL DOWN UNDER: “The Australian state of Victoria has a world first: a law which forces doctors to refer women for abortion or to do it themselves — even if they have a conscientious objection”; Attacks on conscientious objection are part of an international campaign to make abortion a basic human right …. (mercatornet)

~ CANUCKISTAN: “New human right discovered: the right to brainwash other people’s children because you’re incapable of producing your own!” …. (fivefeetoffury)


Video 2 ~ Video 3

~ DAVID WARREN on elections & freedom: “Through the last generation the consistent trend has been towards “liberal fascism”: constantly escalating legal and quasi-legal pressure on people who do not agree with the direction society is taking. Look for more.” …. (DW)

~ DECISION by B.C. Human Rights Tribunal was the cowardly way out …. (

~ MICHAEL COREN’S Interview with Pete Vere & Kathy Shaidle on CHRC abuses, “The Tyranny of Nice” is on Youtube …. (

~ INTERVIEW: Brian Anderson on media freedom …. (

~ THE ‘PROBLEM’ OF THE INTERNET— The CHRC: Request for Proposal for a Prototype of a Human Rights Report Card; Curtailing Rights Because They Care; CRTC going after the last free speech zone: the internet …. (Various)

~ O’LEARY: “Why leftists are more successful at suppressing civil dissent than Islamists” …. (

~ FREE SPEECH:ROBERT SPENCER LIFE THREATENED ON COLLEGE CAMPUS— “My good friend Robert Spencer is speaking this evening at the University of Wisconsin. He will be led to and from the stage via secret passageway; that thirty security personnel would be on hand (in addition to my own); that attendees would have to pass through metal detectors; and that a bomb-sniffing dog would also be on hand” …. (atlasshrugs2000)

~ BARBARA KAY, Two can play the multicultural ingratiation game: Rogers, you are off my Rosh HaShana dinner list next year …. (nationalpost)

~ DEBORAH GYAPONG on the meaning of secularism …. (

~ CHINA PLANS to photograph Internet cafe users …. (timeimmortal)

~ DECISION by B.C. Human Rights Tribunal was the cowardly way out …. (

~ WAH, BOO HOO! “Harpoon’s sour grapes: Despite his best efforts to tar Harper with the Bush brush; despite his canard that a Harper government was the first one to “starve” Gazans as a matter of policy; despite his beating the drum time and again for everything that most big and little “C” conservatives abhor (bigger government; more power in the hands of Islamists and the UN and a less powerful U.S.; “justice” for the Palestinians as the expense of Jewish sovereignty in Israel, etc.)—despite all that, Canadians still went and voted for a man that Harpoon Siddiqui despises” …. (scaramouche)

~ MEDIA ADVISORY – The debate of the century: are human rights legislation restrictions on hate speech a necessary protection or an illiberal intrusion? …. (

~ ROOTS OF THE ROT: “American Consumer Debt (Credit Card debt, etc.) Now 20% GDP, Up from 4% in 1947. Because, it’s like, totally unAmerican to work for what you want.” Have It ALL! Have It NOW! …. (SDA)

~ HATEFUL LIFEISTS get comeuppance: “Update From Ground Zero – 40 Days for Life Ottawa Vigil Keepers Attacked” …. (

~ DO-OVER DION: “So far no sign that Dion recognizes that the only honourable thing left for him to do is to slink away and fall on his sword” …. (sleepyoldbear)

~ CANADA: Moving to regulate the new media …. (

~ THEY REALLY GET IT— An inspiring press release from the Canadian Association of Journalists: “CAJ demands end to tribunals’ interference in free press” …. (am770chqr)

~ SPEAKEASY— “CAJ demands end to tribunals’ interference in free press, yea like us bloggers. The Canadian Association of Journalists says it’s time for human rights tribunals to stop the anti-democratic practice of investigating journalists for doing their jobs” …. (

~ POLITICAL PREJUDICE masquerading as social psychology; Study: Liberals are filthy but beautiful, conservatives clean and orderly and fearful …. (NSC, DMB)

~ THE CRTC wants to control the Internet–don’t let them …. (

~ CONSERVATIVE victory makes an impression: Canadians often have the feeling that nothing that happens up here ever shows up on America’s GPS. It is thus gratifying to read the following story from the Wall Street Journal, since one would be hard pressed to find something similar in, say, the Globe and Mail or the Toronto Star …. (scaramouche)

~ VIA SDA— “Support for conservatism may be growing among Canadian voters, but the left has one considerable reserve strength that’s going to help them for a long time: language. Through what amounts to propaganda the left has been successful at co-opting formerly non-political words, with the result that now many common, undeniably positive sounding words are in effect free-ranging promo-pieces for the left’s worldview. “Fairness”, “empathy”, “peace”, “equality”, and “the earth” have become political word-weapons, and even the word “conservative” has come to imply an agenda that includes opposition to “empathy” and “fairness” and “justice.” …. (SDA)

~ UK POLICE Instructed Not to Interfere with the “Human Right” of Anonymous Public Sex …. (lifesitenews)

~ THE WAR On Homelessness Goes Nowhere Fast …. (dustmybroom)

~ THE JEWSTABLISHMENT— “CJC inclusiveness: The Jewish advocacy group’s “congrats” to Stephen Harper are somewhat diluted by its’ including every single candidate from every single party—and every single community and agenda in the land—in its good wishes” …. (scaramouche)

~ CANUCKI MESSIAH-WATCH: It looks like it’s already starting …. (dustmybroom)

~ FIRE. THEM. ALL! Kangaroo shirts contemptible, says Singapore Attorney-General …. (

“According to the AGC, the three men had ’scandalised the Singapore Judiciary by publicly wearing identical white T-shirts, imprinted with a palm-sized picture of a kangaroo dressed in a judge’s gown, within and in the vicinity of the New Supreme Court Building’.”

~ POLITICAL Landscape Map 2006 vs 2008. Driving Home the Need for Senate Reform …. (dustmybroom)

~ CTV CONTRA DION: “Enuf of that Backtalk”; Show me de money!; Too Bad M. Dion did not have this focus group …. (jaycurrie)

~ FREE PRESS on strike thinks natives should be able to vote a few times. …. (MaD)

~ MINDWASH 101— California’s Prop 8 and The Schools …. (hughhewitt)

~ CANUCKIA: “Here in the Good Ol’, we’ve become so completely disconnected from history — because we’re forward-thinking, 24/7, easy, cheap, convenient, I want it now! — that those who believe in Common Sense, namely conservatives, now doubt their own allegiance to Real Reality. Why? For whatever reason, we’ve ALL become seduced by the idea of comfort at ALL COSTS” …. (

~ JUST FYI, IS ALL.. No Sex With Humans for Euro-Politicians …. (brusselsjournal)

~ SOCKPUPPET SKOOL Osgoode Looking to Undergo Makeover.. same ideological creme-filling inside, however …. (lawiscool)

~ CANADA-WATCH— A Republican Tells His Party: Look to Harper! An American Conservative looks to Canada for inspiration; Perspective from David Frum …. (

~ HEATHER MALICE: “Now she says Canadian voters are idiots” …. (novascotiascott)

~ ECO-TERRORISTS bomb second B.C. gas pipeline; Terrorism in B.C.?: David Harris, an expert in the subject, thinks so. The RCMP is reserving judgement; What the heck is going on in northern B.C.? …. (Various)

~ THE ONE: Barack Barry Dunham Hussein Sotero Obama is clearly off the rails now … either that, or he’s willing to say anything to get elected. He promises to fix the economy, yet at the same time vows to declare CO2 a dangerous pollutant …. (SDA)

~ GLOBAL WARMING Hoax Weekly Round-Up, 17th Oct. 2008 …. (

~ THE SUN: Quiet, Too Quiet …. (americandigest)

Barack Barry Dunham Hussein Sotero Obama

Praise Ye The O!

~ SMITE HIM! Going after Joe the Plumber & America …. (theanchoressonline)

~ HRH MICHELLE “Foot in Mouth” Obama …. (

~ GRATE PUNKIN: Dreams of My Plumber.. and the Blue Shirt Obama thugocracy go after him …. ( therealbarackobama)

~ APPARENTLY, OBAMA THINKS YOU SHOULD BE prosecuted for even making claims of voter fraud …. (pajamasmedia)

~ EVEN WITH preconditons? Obama Campaign Withdraws From Jewish Debates Around Country! …. (atlasshrugs2000)

~ POLITICAL CORRECTNESS may be Obama’s downfall …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ MORE OBAMA Lies & Infanticide; Robert P. George on Obama’s Abortion Extremism …. (merecomments)

~ EVIDENCE MOUNTS: Ayers Co-Wrote Obama’s Dreams …. (americanthinker)

~ REMEMBER: “nothing makes left wingers in this country more apoplectic than having their beliefs revealed for what they are.” …. (

~ THE NEW YORK TIMES and Barack Obama himself are now tearing into their biggest threat: Joe the Plumber …. (bobkrumm)

~ OBAMA MOCKS, then lies about Joe the Plumber; Hey Plumber Joe: Been There, Done That; Joe and the Devil …. (americanthinker)

~ THE MAINSTREAMING of Bill Ayers …. (PW)

~ THE CAFFERTY BILE: Vote Obama Or You’re Racist! …. (MAD)

~ CAN JOE THE PLUMBER Topple Obama?; Joe The Plumber, You Should Have Never Questioned Comrade Obama; Operation Destroy Joe the Plumber …. (Various)

~ THERE’S A bigger problem than Bill Ayers’ unrepentant terrorism and his present day radicalism, and that is his mainstream respectability …. (classicalvalues)

~ RUTHLESS: Obama’s Mop Up Man, Faleomavaega, Scrubs Indonesia. How far did Obama go to scrub Indonesia of his records? That depends. How many oppressed West Papauns were tossed into the trash heap of history …. (atlasshrugs2000)

~ SECRET SERVICE Taps On Lufkin Woman’s Door …. (quipster)

Obama Thought Police

~ THE CULTURE WAR for the White House; The third and final try; Pinch yourself …. (spectator)

~ IF OBAMA WINS, Damage Likely to Be Permanent …. (rightwingnews)

~ WHAT’S SO ODD ABOUT Barack Obama is his extreme sense of self-confidence, matched with his extreme lack of experience; Obama’s Religious Ruse: The Cult of the Marxist Messiah …. (americanthinker)

~ THE AUDACITY of Plumbers: Thoughts on Living the American Dream …. (

~ GET READY for the left-wing supermajority? …. (shotgun)

~ PLUMBING the depths, by Stefan Beck: “Which is worse: that the candidates turned last night’s debate into a bad Kevin Costner movie (I guess that’s redundant), or that by vying for the attentions of Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher they created yet another paranoid fixation for the conspiracy set?” …. (newcriterion)

~ BALLISTIC Obama Supporter Assaults Middle Aged Woman With Stick From Her McCain/Palin Sign …. (uppitywoman08)

~ AND IN other news, dog bites man and Jew-haters blame “da Jews” for world’s ills: Wash Post and SF Chronicle endorse Obama …. (scaramouche)

~ RACIST-WATCH: “12 Year-Old Called Racist For Wearing a Palin T-Shirt” …. (uppitywoman08)

~ ANOTHER contribution from the Religion of Peace™ …. (girlontheright)

~ THE NARROWING GAP: Obama’s “Sharing Your Wealth” Tax Plan Triggers Move To McCain …. (hughhewitt)

~ THE TERRORIST and the “plumber” …. (cv)

~ WAPO’S ENDORSEMENT of Obama reveals editorialists as wishful thinkers, him as blank canvas; President Barack Hoover, Part 2: Spreading Your Wealth Around On The Way To A Depression …. (hughhewitt)


(Language Warning!)

~ ACORN, credit card companies familiar with the fraud, money going to Obama! …. (MaD)

~ CONTRA JOE THE PLUMBER— “ Obamaworld, the government can do a much better job than Joe himself of spreading Joe’s wealth. So who cares what Joe wants? Once the IRS gets done with him, other government officials must be empowered to decide who, exactly, qualifies as being “behind” Joe. Should that include people who had the same opportunities to make money as Joe the Plumber, but decided they’d rather do something they like more, but which pays less? Should Joe be required to subsidize third-string artists, middle-aged sociology students, unemployed bankers and beach bums?” …. (scaramouche)

~ ABC SHILLING for Obama …. (

~ TIRED LIBERAL Whoopi Goldberg hopes you are as thick as a sack of hammers …. (MaD)

~ EX-FBI AGENTS outraged about Obama’s denial of Ayers’ friendship …. (therealbarackobama)

~ THE ONE? Nah.. Just another one …. (hughhewitt)

~ OBAMANAUTS: Robbing from anyone, giving to the Dear Leader …. (girlontheright)

~ PRE-DEBATE: “Not Only Should Senator McCain Bring Up Ayers, He Should Bring Up Khalidi, Rezko, Wright and ACORN –Again and Again” …. (hughhewitt)

~ WHEN THE ENDS Justify the Means …. (

~ DUST MY BROOM: “I’m Joe the Plumber, and Barack Obama wants to spread my wealth around” …. (dustmybroom)

~ McLAUGHLIN series on “The Integrity Gap” between McCain and Obama will arm you for water-cooler debates …. (hughhewitt)

~ HMMMMM: “The bad news is that the Weekly World News says that the coveted Bat Boy endorsement is going to Barack Obama” …. (rightwingnews)

~ THE PEOPLE’S CUBE— Lincoln Outspent Michelle Obama on Room Service; and “Joe the Plumber is a FRAUD” …. (thepeoplescube)

~ FLEA GHOST— “According to Omen III: The Final Conflict, The Antichrist comes from Chicago. Just saying. Anyone got a line on the Seven Sacred Daggers of Megiddo? Heed the warning: Attractive, brilliant, charismatic. He is one step away from the most important position on Earth.” …. (ghostofaflea)


~ RECENT AUDIO: Tarek Fatah on CBC discussing his life and his book Chasing a Mirage …. (dustmybroom)

~ A REPORT from the Northern Front: Montreal Redux …. (

~ RELIGION OF.. “The future of the Christian community in the Middle East looks rather bleak” …. (

~ SHAIDLE WONDERS “How long before Europe’s ersatz feminists decide men having sex with nine year olds is true freedom for women?” …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ SCARAMOUCHE— “The man who invented Palestinian victimhood: A good argument can be made (and Ibn Warraq, in his book Defending the West, has made it) that Edward Said, a Palestinian Christian, did more to mess up Western minds about Islam than any other single academic. Blogging on the Jerusalem Post site, another academic—Martin Kramer—writes about an upcoming conference that will be honouring the still-influential (though now dead) Said and his deadly—and dead-wrong—ideas” …. (scaramouche)

~ POLICE: Muslim terrorists linked to child porn …. (nscott)

~ EVERY TIME “a Canadian lad wants to wander astray and run afoul of the law, he thinks of Bach … or Einstein … Michelangelo, or even that most brilliant of Canucks … Oswald Avery … and his heart is filled with pride and he pursues violent no more” …. (sda)

~ SARKOZY: “Arabic Is the Language of the Future” …. (brusselsjournal)

~ THE GUARDIAN’S love affair with the Koran …. (blogs.telegraph)

~ UK MUSLIM CONVERTS “not Islamic Enough” to Adopt Another son From Morocco …. (Wz)

Muslim problems in France again

~ AN IDEOLOGICAL Axis of Evil: Islamism, Leftism, and neo-Nazism …. (brusselsjournal)

~ WINE & WHINING: Two notable events, from the Canadian Arab Federation’s most recent newsletter …. (scaramouche)

~ SONY DELAYS Release of Biggest Game After Muslims Complained Koran Verses Contained in Music …. (Wz)

~ FENRIS BADWULF— “Watching CBC television programming is the single most enjoyable experience I have ever had in my life. If you go down to the CBC hauptquarters at John and King (just across the street from that huge transformer complex to the west across John street) you can see a giant poster for Little Mosque on the Prairie. Watching Little Mosque on the Prairie every week gives me more viewing pleasure than being a serial killer” …. (dustmybroom)

~ BANGLADESH: Clerics and neighbors confine Muslim father to home after son converts to Christianity in Australia …. (JiWa)

~ THE ICEJ unveils Christian-Jewish campaign to indict Ahmadinejad …. (

~ ISLAMISM 101: Young Muslims of Canada, the Canadian branch of the Young Muslims organization (slogan: “in pursuit of Allah’s pleasure”) invites the young ’uns to come learn about “Living the message” of Islam’s founder …. (scaramouche)

~ IF DANCING and jumping around is offensive to sharia, apparently so too is laying around …. (jihadwatch)

~ UK MINISTER: Teach British children what Muslims did for us …. (JiWa)

~ FROM OUR bulging “Muslims don’t win many Nobel Prizes for some reason” file …. (5fof)

~ THE ENEMY WITHIN: A call for al-Qaeda to strike Canada – a call that emanates from within this country …. (am770chqr, dmb)

~ YASER ABDEL SAID, honour killer on the loose …. (MaD)

Sacrificed For ‘Honour’

One thought on “Steynian 271

  1. Thank you, Binks. Your post reminded me of this quote:

    “A Roman senator would never dream of defecting to an enemy in the hope of rising to power in a future, defeated Rome.” — Adrian Goldsworthy

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