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Pass it on

~ PASS IT ON— Part of pastoring is mentoring: handing on and lifting up others in faith, skills, abilities, understanding & knowledge, and confidence. I’ve mentored lots of folks, and been honoured with their trust and watching them grow in lots of ways, often zooming past my little store of ideas or skills before long, since a true teacher’s role is to make themselves superfluous, having handed on good and true things to others. A one-man band may be impressive, but an orchestra built up and guided and taught by one person so that each knows their role, and could also lead the others– much more lasting and powerful.

The scary word ‘tradition’ properly means just that: ‘traditio‘ or hand on to others. It’s not yours to keep: the riches of past struggles, questions, puzzles, essential questions is the distilled and purified gold of past generations of human toil and wisdom. It is a par of adolescence to put all that up to question– it is a sign of maturity to take on what is handed on, and find the good and the gold in it, and to pass it on to future people. In the Church, tradition is further understood to be the Holy Spirit alive in the debates and outworking of the church in time, warning against error, pitfalls, dead ends, and human sin and stupidity.

Fools & Wise

It’s better to tweak the wheel than reinvent it every time; or a Socrates put it “I know only that I know nothing”; or as Aristotle put it, “The wise man learns from wisdom, the fool from experience.” Or as the inimitable Binks has said, “Laziness is the mother of invention”.. why throw away shortcuts and tips and hints, as if nobody had ever lived in the world before, or worked harder and smarter after they puzzled through similar issues and questions?

Of course, it’s a minor blow to the ego when you’re a successful mentor, until you recall that was the point of the matter. So St.John the Baptizer’s role was to prepare the way for the Messiah: and when that One came, to know his role was fulfilled, that John must decrease while Christ must increase, that the Baptist sprinkled God’s people with water, but the Promised One would baptize with fire, and the living Holy Spirit. So John– like so many other prophets of Israel, lays dwn his life freely– slain by a lesser son of Herod The Great, in the palace fortress of Machaerus on the far side of the Dead Sea (seen below). Old Herod loved his comfy bolt-holes, oh yes, he did.

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On Their Shoulders

At any rate, all of us are short people standing on the shoulders of the giants who went before; messengers remembering the crucial hard-won truth and goodness of the past, and passing them on to a new generation. That ‘experts’ and other professional paid classes interpose themselves between the masses and the populace as gatekeepers of what shall be handed on is a vile invention of a self-interested academia.

Though the Binks received many and various invitations to go on to doctoral studies, the more I got to know certain professional academics and post-grad students, the less I was enamoured of four years playing that game, to become a paid brain, passing on the approved products. So I chose what was– for me– a better way: to serve actual people in actual places, always mindful that my bright-eyed theories were not just what they had been waiting for, or needed. Too many keener-noobs fresh out of radicalized minister-school went unto their flocks ready to implement the progressive utopian revolution, only to find their sheeps wanted honest food, safe pasture, and a good shepherd in time of need.

Let’s mentor: let’s pass on what we know to everyone, sits it belongs to all; let’s remind the chattering classes that truth and good things are not theirs to store up, throw out, or dispense in dribs and drabs; lets notice where expertism and professionalization of the knowledge-class hasled us– to isolation, the fragmenting of wisdom and learning, and the hoarding of the whole story by some from the many. Let’s break open the treasure-boxes, for the treasure belongs to every man and woman, and those who have studied much have a duty to spread the wealth, humbly and gladly, and to help make a healthier, truthsome, well-informed society, able to resist and talk back to the Betters who would seek to keep us as rats in a cage, obedient to their dictates and whims.

Anyhow, that’s part of this Elf’s story, and why I fight the Jihadis, the HRCites, and the media-bots, all of whom are on a war-footing to reduce the West and her people to the status of drones and slaves and servants of unjust power. ~


~ IN TERMS OF THE MINI-BAMAS— say, scary people like Samantha Power or George Mitchell, et alia— we’ve not had enough time yet for their particular confusions and ill will to really feel the lasting damage and hurt that the Obama Administration will do to American interests, Israel, the world balance of power, and the future. Time will tell.

How’s about that Sam Powers? A real sweetie– “Samantha Power calls for a military invasion of Israel to create a “Palestinian” state”. Israel, the bride, will be forced to marry a psychopathic Islamist groom who wants to kill her, and take all the property. And the U.S. should hold the shotgun to the bride’s head, she says. Got it? Ca’t wait ’til this genius actually starts playing games with the world. But don’t worry– the Obama people won’t tell us what her actual position or responsibilities will be.

As with most lunatic progressive do-goodery, reality quickly overwhelms the capacity to satirize or exaggerate for the sake of comedic effect, and to highlight truth. Crazy-ass ideologues can literally think up weird enough ideas fast enough to outrun humour. Yesterday’s insane joke is tomorrow’s firm new gubmint policy.

So the next four years should be a veritable non-stop circus of antics, tom-foolery, pranks and cruel jokes on America and her allies and the world. Some sensible things may occur by accident more than design, but the capacity of this Obamanized cadre of crooks and creeps and cretins to do bad and addle-pated things far outstrips even the powers of the Monty Python troop at the height of their powers to mock in any timely fashion.

It’s not going to be a bumpy ride: these guys have loosened the bolts on the ferris wheel, and it’s going to go off rolling across country. Look out, wherever you are. Utopian theoreticians at work on reality. ~


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Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem, in AD 360

~ DELIGHTFUL NEWS: Netanyahu Warns that Islamists Will Destroy the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Somebody beat them to it, of course: it was damaged by fire in 614 when the Persians under Khosrau II invaded Jerusalem; then Constantine’s magnificent basilica was deliberately demolished to bedrock by Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, whose wreckers burnt and smashed as much of the underlying tomb as they could.

According to books I’ve read, as well-summarized in the Wiki, “Al-Hakim “was aggrieved by the scale of the Easter pilgrimage to Jerusalem, which was caused specially by the annual miracle of the Holy Fire within the Sepulchre. The measures against the church were part of a more general campaign against Christian places of worship in Palestine and Egypt, which involved a great deal of other damage.” Jihad = churches as stables or mosques or ruined to the ground. Constantine’s basilica was so glorious that it inspired the construction of a replica  of the part built around the tomb of Christ: called The Dome Of The Rock.

From that, and from the placing of a legendary flight of Muhammad to heaven on a magical horse from “the further sanctuary”, Islam laid claim to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in their typical fashion– hence the battles to this day, and the deliberate policy of the Muslim Caretakers of the Mount to wreck, grind, deface, and secretly dump excavated archaeological remains of the first and second Temple period, and later Roman and Byzantine strata. ~


~ VARIOUS COMPARISONS with past presidents surround Obama: Washington, Lincoln, FDR, Kennedy, Carter, Bush. I think a currently serving President may serve as a more useful key and insight into what to expect: President Vladimir Putin.

Both have communist roots; both say what they have to say, and then do what they originally intended; both love useful idiots; both are ruthless in ridding themselves of useless of damaging people (one uses assassins, the other throws them under the proverbial bus); both intend ruthless revolutions to their nation and the world as they find it; both favour ‘managed’ democracy and freedoms; both can smell weakness in the opposition and now how to exploit it; both intend to rule as long as it suits them; both love an obedient media & press, for their own ends.

The difference is that The Emperor Vlad was a KGB guy before, formed by the Soviet Union, has an earned Black belt in Judo; and has been in real and effective power for a decade. Obama talks like an old hand, but under it all, the new POTUS is an international noob– and the world’s well-seasoned bad guys know it. Warns Victor Davis Hanson,

“The Iranians prefer to talk, talk, and talk — while they get the bomb. Vladimir Putin wants consensus and dialogue — about re-establishing a right-wing version of the Soviet Empire. China loans us trillions to buy its goods — with the idea that it will soon leverage our financial policy. Europe wants to be courted while expecting America to both lead and be criticized for leading. The Palestinians for now want Israel gone from the West Bank and Gaza — and, at a not-so-future date, gone, period.”

The retread Clintonites and various others do not lend real experience and gravitas to a White House under Noob and his VPOTUS Hair-Plugs. Both are nasty political hit-men who’ve never had to take the point, but always operated in the relativity anonymity group or committee, inside the hothouse of State or DC politics. Now they’re no longer big fish in those small ponds, but little fish in the big wide stormy ocean.

May God protect us all from such hubris combined with such inexperience and ideological blindness. ~


~ A CHINK IN THE LIBERAL ARMOUR? A new slant on Liberal principles? Careless & arrogant politicians will be found out, as will their lick-spittles like Kinsella.

The classless one once called this writer a ‘scumbag’, misattributing a picture on a site to me, when it was clearly link to the original site. Classless Kinsella’s Canada: messed up! But let’s not be stupid about it. After all, racism, intolerance, making jokes about those who are different won’t go away– political correctness just hides it under speech codes and sensitivity-training. Of course, minority folks also make fun in various ways of white ways and foibles– but they don’t count.

Such outlets might be evidence of a giant conspiracy of haters, or an observation that difference as such creates tension, and humour has traditionally been vented and dealt with through humour. Now it’s Chinese jokes: in the past, it was Jewish and Irish and Polish and Scottish jokes, as waves of immigrants crashed into the previous waves of immigrants and had to make a place for themselves in their new society. The new speech codes and over-sensitivity of some Muslim and Sikh and other immigrants has made this a big deal: feelings get hurt, and all. But codes and touchiness don’t help society truly recieve the new people, nor do some of the new immigrants seem much inclined to assimilate.

Maybe if we just pretend it’s not a problem, it will all go away? ~


~ MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE I’M an idiot with a short attention span– hey, look at that!– but I like revisiting good stuff. Re-reading novels and series of them; replaying cool video games; rewatching good movies; apply, lather, rise, repeat. I’m currently playing my 12th game of Medieval Total War (Kingdoms Grand Campaign Mod), favouring the Byzantines, and the Kingdom of Jerusalem. If not that, then Silent Hunter III & IV, Rome Total War (and mods), and there you are. All these games have nerd-made mods galore, so the games became very different depending on which mod(s) are installed. So I’m jazzed about a new upcoming chapter in Total War: Empire. Think Master & Commander meets the Sharpe movies.. March 4rd 2009. Muwhahahahaha! ~


~ JUST WATCHED Adam Sandler’s Little Nicky: some real comedy, a genuine moral stance under the giggles– like the Simpsons, taking for granted good and evil, right and wrong, deeds and consequences– even while skewing and presenting things in a funny and ironical manner. We can’t have a serious moral and religious dialogue in public these days, with the assumption that all religious folks are irrational extremists, but we can indirectly approach such matters via movies. Surely that’s why Christian themed movies like Lord of The Rings, or the religiously soaked Matrix series, or the anti-hero Hellboy have done so well. Even the classic slasher horror flicks have a simplistic moral: evil exists, innocent suffer, and never go into the basement or shower alone, or have nookie outside of marriage.

The problem is, movies as religion do not have transformative power, like authentic religion. Neo is like Jesus, but he’s not him; believing in Hellboy makes you a nerd, not a saint; trying to believe like an elf or hobbit does will not save you.

Just saying, is all. ~

Binks


~ FOR THOSE OF YOU Anglicans who still think there’s a point to that sect, there’s a new website out there, by tech-nerd and former WebElf Mike Daley. Check it out …. (anglicancomment)


Mark Steyn

~ VIA SHAIDLE— “Steyn’s testimony in Toronto Feb 9 is public, says Levant. Room 151 Queens Park, Toronto, 1:30EST. I’m getting there a noon while they break 4 lunch” …. (Tweet)

~ THE “STIMULUS” PACKAGE: A TRILLION OUNCES OF PREVENTION– Safe sex, unsafe government …. (ocregister)

~ CANADA vs FREE SPEECH: CAT GOT HIS TONGUE— Warren calls rewrite – plus Steyn to testify at the Ontario legislature …. (steynonline)

~ STEYN TO BLAME— UK: Muslim Population Rising 10 Times Faster Than the Rest of British Society …. (Wz)

~ HYNEK SAITH: “Mark Steyn draws attention to a column by Elisabeth Eaves, in which she articulates a splendid rule of thumb to use when attempting to sort out whether or not a proposed law should be considered legitimate” …. (kennethhynek)

~ ANCIENT CHINESE SECRET, huh?, or: Finally, they came for Kinsella (UPDATE: Steyn responds) …. ()

~ MARK STEYN: “Big government is where once successful nations go to die.” …. (nrtoc)

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~ LEVANT NOTES Human rights commissions in the news …. (ezralevant)

~ EZ ON FREE ADVERTISING— Ignatieff campaign’s anti-Chinese slur receives massive media coverage …. (ezralevant)

~ WATCHING HOW Ignatieff’s war room handles a crisis …. (ezralevant)

~ SEZ EZ: Anthem-banning principal a failed left-wing politician and radical activist …. (ez)

FreeSpeechers

~ GYASPONGE— The Doctor is In on when life begins; Excellent post on the difference between progressives and social conservatives; More on the strange story of Jadewarr and the CHRC; So sez David Frum; Something to add to evening prayers?; Privacy Commissioner clears CHRC; Amir Taheri on Obama’s “Pathetic message” on Arab TV; TAC news exploding on the blogosphere …. (DebG)

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~ SO WHITE AND SHINY! Privacy Commission Whitewashes Case Against CHRC; Probe finds no evidence that rights agency hijacked woman’s Internet connection …. (socon.ca, Wlaker)

~ THE SHAIDLE— My recent interviews on London, Ontario radio; Canadian blogger a “racist” for using Obama’s middle name? …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ HUMAN RIGHTS Reform in Alberta? …. (freedombloggers.ca)

~ DECONQUISTA— Spain says screw freedom of conscience …. (MaD)

~ MORE WORK for Canada’s fascist Human Rights industry …. (kraalspace.blog)

~ CATFRU— The UN’s ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Freedoms’– Xanthippa says ” Everything the Inquisition did is in perfectly in compliance with this ‘Declaration’!!! …. (blazingcatfur.blog)

~ OTTERWA Budget Fallout: Angry Conservatives? …. (am770chqr)

~ JAY CURRIE: “My pal Dawg suggests that in a post last Spring noting the CHRC’s public relations push I was slavering at the thought of the Privacy Commissioner investigating the CHRC” …. (jaycurrie)

~ OUTRAGED MEMBERS of the Chinese community call on Ignatieff hireling Kinsella AKA “The Lying Jackal” to resign for racist comments …. (blazingcatfur.blog)

~ NATPOST READERS unimpressed by David “Canadian Media Incest Lottery Winner” Frum’s slagging of Rush Limbaugh …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ THE CALCULATED assault on tradition …. (edwardmichaelgeorge.blog)

~ AND HIPPOCRATES WEPT— “Medics refuse to face the truth: National Affairs correspondent Rory Leishman takes a look at what is being left out in modern medical schools”; sad to say, in an environment where docs are viewed as potential executioners for the increasingly hellish state in abortion and euthanasia, the lack of any real grounding in the humanities, philosophy, and the dangers of recent experiments in state-mandated doctor-control (can you say Germany? the USSR? The Soviet bloc?) …. (theinterim, mercatornet)

~ WOMAN GIVES UP quest for answers to alleged Internet hijacking: Hmmm this casts an interesting light on the proceedings; Cover Up? Nah – Privacy Commission “clears” CHRC over Wifi HiJack – Bizarre ruling – We uh, really weren’t uh, lookin for anythin ya know what I mean …. (blazingcatfur.blog)

~ SAD TO SAY, BUT, the UK needs help: Britain, Ruination & Wisdom– “I read from a book earlier this morning that powerfully describes the ruin of Britain; I am an American citizen, but probably because my mother was born in Great Britain (Dumbarton, Scotland) I have a lively interest in that island” …. (merecomments)

~ HATE CRIMES: The Importance of Lady Justice’s Blindfold …. (brusselsjournal)

~ MARCHING AS TO WAR… “In his review of Amity Shlaes’ The Forgotten Man for the The Claremont Institute, Jonah Goldberg summarized the New Dealers’ attempt to deploy military methods and central planning to nationalize America’s economy” …. (eddriscoll.)

~ WALKER— B’nai Brith v. RadicalPress.com: Zionism’s Battle for Control of Canada’s Mind …. (walkersunknownthoughts.blog)

~ AN HISTORICALLY ACCURATE movie of heroism might be just what America needs in spite of what our snarky reviewers suggest. “Optimism and Defiance” …. (victorhanson)

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Canada Sucks!

~ SMARTER THAN YOU Moonbat Principal Nixes Daily ‘O Canada’.. That’s erik.millett@nbed.nb.ca .. please be civil; National Post editorial board: Oh Canada, our home and overwhelmingly supplicant land; Idiot of the Week: Erik Millet; crybaby leftist Principal who cancelled O Canada says he is going to the human rights commission. His wangster-cool Soul Patch could not be reached for comment on these latest developments …. (Various)

~ NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY Is More Important than International “Justice” …. (brusselsjournal)

~ DICTIONARY ADD— Kinsellaed – adj. To be hoisted by one’s own petard. To be defeated using a self devised stratagem in a ironical fashion or manner. Putting your foot in your mouth and half way down your throat.; MaD: “Man who calls me a bigot promoting hatred of Chinese folk.” …. (dustmybroom)

~ PEACEFUL? 116 acts of religious terrorism in Canada since 1975 …. (novascotiascott)

~ DISCRETIONARY Licensing Requirement for Speech on a U.S. University Campus Is Unconstitutional …. (volokh.com)

~ SPECIAL RULES! Job Protection For Gays Must Be A Right – Report; Report calls for changes to Alberta Human Rights Commission; Support for human rights? There’s no better investment …. (walkersunknownthoughts.blog)

~ THE WAR AGAINST REALITY— Sex Changed at Birth Certificate …. (merecomments)

~ EXPENDABLE DOOFS? Dads Dissed at the NYT …. (glennsacks)

~ CANUCKISTAN— “Yesterday, Parliament returned from its unusual 7-week suspension” …. (kraalspace.blog)

~ THE ENGINEER OF DIVERSITY— “Recently Nicolas Sarkozy announced plans to pursue a vigorous policy of diversity and métissage” …. (brusselsjournal)

~ ‘CHOICE’?! — Donald DeMarco examines a false-humanism which seems to suppress the person in favour of immediate personal convenience …. (theinterim)

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~ MILES PAST PATHETIC: British children’s charity cuts all alcohol references from Drunken Sailor nursery rhyme …. (dailymail)

~ NWT HRC orders payment for hurt feelings …. (novascotiascott)

~ LEVIATHAN RULES! New FCC Regulations Threaten Catholic Radio …. (insidecatholic)

~ HOW WE GOTS HERE: “For those who were born too late and therefore are under the impression that the Seventies was a gloriously innocent time of day-glo colored discoball party fun fun fun, that decade was actually when the American character was sunk in neurotic depression” …. (eddriscoll)

~ RUSSELL MOORE: Do Not Join Hands with the Abortion Reductionists …. (merecomments)

~ FAITH, FANATICISM, and Freedom of Speech: Some opinions are contrary to human society …. (weeklystandard)

~ CONSERVATIVE MP calls for minimum sentence for human traffickers …. (novascotiascott)

~ FATHER Raymond J. de Souza: Bishop Richard Williamson and the B’Nai Brith …. (nationalpost)

~ HATE-TEEVEE: RightGirl on Coren, Monday Feb 2 …. (girlontheright)

~ HOW THE FACELESS and amoral world of cyberspace has created a deeply disturbing… generation SEX …. (bluewavecanada.blog)

~ KILL THEM DARKIES! Planned Parenthood’s business is ‘booming’ in many parts of the world; Renewed pro-abortion activism expected at the UN …. (theinterim)

~ NUNAVUT MINISTER is Stripped by Big Sister of his Cabinet Post for Telling the Truth …. (walkersunknownthoughts.blogs)

~ READING the Signs, by David Mills …. (insidecatholic)

~ ENVIRO MYTH-MAKING; and your Global Warming Hoax Weekly Round-Up, Jan. 30th 2009 …. (RP, Bayonet)

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~ FRESH FROM THE WALLY— A Poetry Proselytization Placard, developed by the Creative Intelligence Anarchy in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Inspiration of the imagine nation of the Peoples Republic of Poetry …. (poetency.blog)

POTUS B. HUSSEIN O.

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~ WORSHIPPING THE OBAMA— “Religious Left icon Jim Wallis of Sojourners sees Obama’s ascension almost eschatologically” …. (theird.org)

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Rush Limbaugh seems to be on a roll

~ IS A CANUCKI blogger a “racist” for using Obama’s middle name? Barack Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Hussein. Obama …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ THOU SHALT not take his middle name in vain, Part Deux …. (ghostofaflea)

~ CHILDREN FORCED to Pledge to Obama …. (rightwingnews)

~ LLAMABUTCHERS: “the pants-wetting about Rush Limbaugh’s defiance of The One be amusing and contemptible; behind the Rush-Bash: “Here’s my take: The ongoing bailout of banks and business executives is not only wrong, it is deeply, deeply unpopular. By taking potshots at executives—their salaries, their corporate jets, their redecorated offices—Obama hopes to deflect the unpopularity of his actual policies onto his opponents. He wants to channel voters’ entirely justified anger at the executives’ naked appeal for our cash towards the people who appear to defend them (because they are actually defending capitalism)” …. (llamabutchers, nrotc)hussein3

~ FEEL THE DUH! Obama: Yeah, Iraq war caused the hate …. (anchoressonline)

~ DIANA WEST— Is This the Job of the President of the United States?; President’s Stimulus Plan is an Obamanation …. (townhall.com)

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~ UNBELIEVER! Michael Steele becomes first black RNC chairman. He only looks black: everyone know that real African-Americans vote Obama; Finally, a Fresh Face for the Republican Party …. (yahoo, bovinabloviator.blog)

~ KATE @ SDA— Is There Nothing That Obama Can’t Do? …. (sda)

~ FRESH Victor Davis Hanson: Obama’s diplomacy shows all the faults of his doctrinaire approach and the absence of experience or knowledge. “Dancing Around Landmines” …. (victorhanson)

~ THE PORKULON BILL: From last night’s All Stars– “It has got pork. It is a 40-year wish list. It has all the stuff that you heard about. It’s novel length-a late Norman Mailer novel long. You throw a dart at it and you will have on any page six items which are outrageous”; “Stimulus” bill needs to die …. (nrotc, anchoress)

~ UNDER THE BUS— Messages from Byzantium …. (richardfernandez)

~ SPECIAL RULES FOR ME, NOT THEE! Imagine the liberal media’s reaction if Brit Hume or Rush Limbaugh had been conducting daily strategy briefings with George Bush’s chief of staff! …. (MaD)

~ KILL THE NEGROES! “The Democrat Party is the party of abortion, of black genocide. It masquerades as the party of black empowerment. It lies. It is the party of the new Black Death… Abortion is exactly what the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Alveda King, said it is, “a racist, genocidal act.” …. (thereturnofscipio)

~ OBAMA’S Evangelicals: The Liberals’ New Useful Idiots …. (DougGiles)

~ LET’S SEE… Obama wants everyone to turn down the thermostat in the winter to conserve energy and reduce those much ballyhooed greenhouse emissions that al-Goracle keeps chanting about. Hmmm… I wonder how well Obama follows his own advice?; 65 degrees for Thee Not Me …. (freedombloggers)

~ VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Obama’s policy on Afghanistan was purely campaign rhetoric which doesn’t make sense as U.S. policy in the region. Look at the evidence. “Phony War” …. (victorhanson)

~ ROGER KIMBALL: “One cheer for Rod Blagojevich” …. (newcriterion)

~ UH, MR. MESSIAH? Your Hypocrisy is showing …. (worldmag)

~ FEEL THE SCARY— Samantha Power and Obama’s Foreign Policy Team; The Powers that Be …. (ibloga.blog, pajamasmedia)

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~ FAIRNESS DOCTRINE ABORT? “FCC commissioner Robert McDowell had a message for Democrats, or anyone else contemplating trying to reimpose the fairness doctrine: The move could undermine the justification for existing localism and children’s TV regulations, and could be used against public radio” …. (classicalvalues)

~ FLUSHED TRILLION, NO FIX— News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said there’s no hiding from the worsening global economic crisis, and stressed the need for quick and “drastic action” to turn the tide …. (bloomberg)

~ WARBAMA Refuses to Rule out Bombing Iranian Women and Children …. (Wz)

~ CLUELESS “Stimulus” package will send government checks to Illegal Aliens …. (directorblue.blog)

~ UNINTENDED WEAKNESS? Obama’s Arabiya interview showed weakness; Al Jazeera was other option …. (creepingsharia)

~ EVERYONE HAS ALREADY THROWN UP IN THEIR MOUTH— Noonan warns of overexposed Obama: ‘Already reaching saturation point’ …. (wsj.com)

~ SHAMELESS PANDERING— Syria: Democrats Coddling Their Favorite Arab Dictator. You know: nuke-making, assassinating, Saddam-helping, Iraq WMD storing, Israel-hating Syria …. (Wz)

~ WEEKLY STANDARD: Bipartisanship’s Complex Melody– A tune Obama hasn’t yet learned to play …. (ws)

~ OMESSIAH WATCH— Whatever happened to separation of church and state? …. (rbo)

~ DEEP DEEP DEEP TROUBLE: GDP Contracts 3.8% Fourth Quarter; Largest Drop Since Deep Receession of 1982 …. (ace.mu.nu)

~ THE GIANT EGO! The Obama Administration Launches the Disarming Offensive …. (rbo)

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~ SWEET, SWEET PORK! Stimulus Slush Fund for Housing Entitlement Thugs …. (Malkin)

~ SAYS OBAMA ‘FRIEND’ — End of Israel ‘within reach’. Boasts ‘Western support, complicity’ starting to crack …. (therealbarackobama)

~ JOEY HAIRPLUGS GOES POSTAL— After Jabs at Cheney, Biden Pursues an Activist Role. Bashing unOmerican dissidents is a full-time job, dontcha know …. (wsj.com)

~ AMIR TAHERI ON OBAMA’S ‘PATHETIC MESSAGE’: Obama’s odd Islamic outreach: New York Post …. (nypost)

~ NATIONALIZING U.S. BANKS— More banks accepted for TARP; more decline; and “Treasury Department gets more transparent“; and “Another wave of TARP investments” …. (bailoutsleuth)

~ ODDLY ENOUGH, Obama to name Pentecostal as administration’s “moral center” director …. (rbo)

~ FITZGERALD: The Ill-Founded Assumptions of Obama’s Address To Muslims …. (jihadwatch)

~ SHRUGSIES? “President Barack Obama’s agenda is already packed to the brim with urgent domestic and international issues. Another item – Mexico – deserves a place high on his list, though it’s rarely been apparent from Obama’s campaign and post-election public statements that he shares our sense of concern” …. (classicalvalues)

~ BE VERY AFRAID— How big is the “stimulus”? Well, how about bigger than any government program or war in history? …. (ace.mu.nu)

~ TARGETTING RUSH: Saul Alinsky Would Be Proud …. (humanevents)

~ THE ONE & CONGRESS NEED to recognize one simple truth: When you’re in the hole, quit digging …. (humanevents)

~ REMEMBER— “If you want money flowing to the companies with good lobbyists and powerful congressmen, then the stimulus bill may accomplish something.” …. (drhelen.blog)

~ MARKET WATCH: Consumers Hoarding Cash …. (therealbarackobama)

~ KITCH CAPITALISM: Barack Obama is the new Che Guevarra …. (shotgun)

~ OBAMA GOES MAD in first 100 minutes! …. (therealbarackobama)

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~ SPECIAL INTEREST CORPORATION— Google covers President O’s flank …. (orthodoxytoday)

~ FORMER COMMANDER of USS Cole Slams Obama for Closing Gitmo …. (wz)

~ TWEETS CHARLES MARTIN: “Hmmm. A week after catastrophic storm, FEMA slow, Prez hasn’t visited, took a week for emergency declaration. Damn Bush!” …. (yahoo)

~ LOTSA GOODNESS— Larwyn’s Link Kerplosion: Barack XVI …. (directorblue.blog)

~ CLUELESS OBAMA Could Have Mentioned Iraqi Elections on Al-Arabiya; Obama May Need To Reassure Americans, Not Muslims …. (humanevents)

Why is it only now that these celebrities are pledging
to spread cheer, smile more,
and support the needy and downtrodden?

~ PEOPLE’S CUBE— Barack Obama will make your car payments; Stimulus Plan Expenditures!; Chicago Back-Alley Political Back Scratchers™; Will No One Rid Me of This Turbulent Radio Host!? …. (TPC)

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“In these most recent 20 years — the alleged winter of our disrespect of the Islamic world — America did not just respect Muslims, it bled for them. It engaged in five military campaigns, every one of which involved — and resulted in — the liberation of a Muslim people: Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.”

~ Charles Krauthammer ~

~ CAROLINE GLICK on Geert Wilders: Europe’s last man standing?; Honest Obama and Iran; Defending freedom’s defenders …. (covenantzone.blog, glick)

~ HOPE? CHANGE? “President Ahmadinejad, speaking in Kermanshah, responds to Obama’s desire for change with demands that the U.S. end its military presence everywhere in the world outside the borders of the United States, and cease any support for Israel “rootless, uncultured, illegal, phony, murderous, killer of women and children, killers of babies” …. (nrotc)

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One Of The Good Guys

~ SHUT UP, THEY EXPLAINED— Detroit Muslims want Botros banned. Well done then, Father!; Fr. Zakaria Botros on CAIR’s radar …. (novascotiascott, JiWa)

~ PAK JIHADISTS “desecrated Bibles and a cross on the wall, destroyed hymnals, smashed windows, and dumped garbage on the church grounds” …. (JiWa)

~ DO CHECK DAILY— The New ‘Defend Geert Wilders’ news-aggregator, by blogger Walker Of Evil …. (defendgeertwilders, WuT)

~ RCMP mole helped set up Toronto 18 terrorist training camp …. (dustmybroom)

~ TURKISH LEADER Erdogan has sudden problem with leaders who kill people …. (novascotiascott)

~ CAIR SCUMBOTS— “On Thursday, the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported that the FBI has cut off contact with CAIR due to unanswered questions about the organization’s roots in a Hamas-support network”; FBI Cuts Off CAIR Over Hamas Questions …. (IVP)

~ LOVEABLE HAMAS: Tony Blair “stupid” for asking it to recognize Israel and renounce violence …. (jihadwatch)

~ TAME NUKE LAPDOG WATCH— ElBaradei of the IAEA Bullies the Media Over Gaza; Appeasement makes things so much easier, doesn’t it, Mr. West?; UK: Gaza donations double after appeal screened …. (Rosett, JiWa)

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~ REALITY-CHECK— “Israel withdrew from the Gaza strip in 2005. Not one Israeli soldier or civilian remained there. Everything was ready for the people of Gaza to start a new life and economic development. There was no blockade, border crossings were open. Instead came increased shooting of rockets into Israel, a Hamas coup, throwing Fatah Palestinians from roofs of buildings to their death and torturing their own people in their prisons. It is regrettable that Israel did not react with full force to the very first rockets after its withdrawal from Gaza, but there was always the naive illusion that perhaps talks, discussions, verbal threats and temporary closings of the border crossings might do the job” …. (familysecuritymatters.org)

~ WHO SAYS WHAT-NOW?! Morocco bans unIslamic names in Netherlands …. (novascotiascott)

~ NGO APPEALS TO UN & UNESCO to condemn Egyptian cleric’s TV call for a Jihadist Auschwitz-like holocaust by Muslims – and for State Members to invoke the Genocide Convention’s article 8 …. (jihadwatch)

~ MAGICALLY, Islam the answer to banking crisis …. (rjjago)

~ ED DRISCOLL— New Silicon Graffiti Video: “Picture Kill” …. (eddriscoll)

~ TOLERANT EGYPT: Christians Sentenced to Prison with Hard Labor After Police Raided Their Cafe for Opening on Ramadan …. (Wz)

~ A GOOD SURPRISE: Liberal Judge sides with Michael Savage over CAIR …. (creepingsharia)

~ USEFUL IDIOTS— US Professors Call for Academic Boycott and Cultural Boycott of Israel …. (Wz)

~ THE MOTHODIST Liberation Organization: The United Methodist Church commemorates the nakba. “Having rejected anti-Israel divestment of its pension funds last year, the 7.9 million United Methodist Church is courting new controversy involving anti-Israel bias again this year” …. (theird.org)

~ IF THE GREEN JACKBOOT FITS… The UK’s only Muslim peer, Lord Nazir Ahmed, was responsible for the British Parliament’s dhimmi cancellation of a showing of Geert Wilders’ film Fitna. He called the cancellation “a victory for the Muslim community.” …. (JiWa)

~ SAME SLANDER, DIFFERENT DAY— Australia: Dhimmi Mayor Says Christians Who Oppose Building New Madrassa Are “Bigots” …. (Wz)

~ THE MUSLIM COUNCIL of Britain (MCB) has decided to boycott the observance of Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), held annually on 27 January to commemorate the liberation of Auschwitz …. (socialcohesion)

~ FATAH VS HAMAS: BE MY BROTHER OR I’LL KILL YOU— By Barry Rubin …. (classicalvalues)

~ BRITISH COLUMBIA: Muslim sectarian strife meets field hockey …. (JiWa)

~ LAWFARE JIHAD— Pajamas Media to face a Muslim lawsuit? …. (walkersunknownthoughts.blog)

~ ISRAEL & GAZA: The UN School Massacre That Never Was …. (anorak)

~ DO PLEASE PASS the Crudités! Why Is Sudan Celebrating at the UN With Lobster, Shrimp and Ice Sculptures? …. (claudiarosett)

~ FBI CUTS OFF CAIR – Temporarily? …. (humanevents)

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~ BULLSEYE! ‘Victims of Intimidation’, CSC’s report on censorship by intimidation within Europe’s Muslim communities, published in November 2008, was reported in the US politics and culture magazine, the Weekly Standard …. (weeklystandard, socialcohesion.co.uk)

~ BAFFLEGAB! Saudi “interfaith dialogue” at home: Blogger arrested for leaving Islam and criticizing sharia …. (jihadwatch.org)

~ LAURYN OATES on the fight for a little more freedom in Afghanistan …. (covenantzone.blog)

~ EGYPTIAN JUDGE to Christian apostate from Islam: “If I had a knife now, I would kill you” …. (jihadwatch)

~ GEERT Wilders: NOT a ‘perfect poster boy’…SO? …. (xanthippaschamberpot)

~ NORWAY TELLS JEWS to stay indoors …. (vladtepesblog)

~ GAZISTAN warns Europe: “You must understand Arab and Muslim feelings” …. (jihadwatch)

~ THE PROBLEM With Treating Terrorism As A Law Enforcement Matter …. (rightwingnews)

~ WHEN GOVERNMENT ACTS SENSIBLY– Canadian courts deny Canadian terrorist a passport …. (dustmybroom)

~ FUNDING EVILThe “charities” are guilty, not the BBC (for a change) …. (timesonline)

~ NETANYAHU Warns that Islamists Will Destroy the Church of the Holy Sepulchre …. (freedombloggers.ca)

~ EMEMIES OF DECENCYAbu Sayyaf’s (or some other jihadi group’s) latest kidnap-victim: 45 year-old midwife helping deliver a baby …. (jihadwatch)

~ 15 GOOD REASONS Why is Israel Suspicious of the United Nations …. (hsje.org)

~ XANTHIPPAWill all Muslims be caught in the backlash against Islamists? …. (xanthippaschamberpot)

~ JUMPING THE GUNAl Queda terrorist in UK jail demands female guards wear veils …. (vladtepesblog)

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2 thoughts on “Steynian 319

  1. Thanks for the mentions on the Geert Wilders site, Binks. Much appreciated.

    I just thought I’d give a shout-out to Xanthippa, from Xanthippa’s Chamberpot, who’s been quite helpful in keeping the site going, as well.

  2. Doing research for a book I a working on. I ran across this image on your BLOG.

    http://tinyurl.com/pbdjkw <– image

    https://steynian.wordpress.com/2009/01/31/steynian-319/ <– your page.

    Was wondering if you could tell me where you obtained this picture. I want to learn more about this period. Who is the artist? Not only is it showing a really good image of the first iteration of the Holy Sepulcher church, it also does a great job of illustrating the north/south Roman CARDO and the temple mount devoid of the temple. Essentially, this is a terrific image of Aelia Capitolina/Jerusalem in the 5th? or 6th? centuries. So, I ask you … who made this image? Where did you get it? Please? Awesome. Glad I found it.

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