For Advent Morning
“Is it not true that activities often absorb us and that society with its multiple interests monopolizes our attention? Is it not true that we devote a lot of time to entertainment and to various kinds of amusement? At times we get carried away. Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are beginning, invites us to pause in silence to understand a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the individual events of the day are hints that God is giving us signs of the attention he has for each one of us.” (Pope Benedict XVI, November 28, 2009)
~ ITEM: An Iranian-born Canadian resident has been sentenced to death after spending two years in an Iranian prison, his supporters have learned– Saeed Malekpour; Campaign for Release of Saeed Malekpour
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Well Done, Mr. Harper.. And..
~ ITEM: Stephen Harper A “Modern-Day Abraham”: Begin-Sadat Center
~ ITEM: Religious Freedom: The ACN Report is released
~ ITEM: Iran: Court Sentences Converted Christian Pastor To Death By Hanging For Apostasy
~ ITEM: Debbie Schlussel Stands Up for Persecuted Christian Teachers – in America, by Jamie Glazov
~ ITEM: Sudan: Cardinal’s would-be assassin released from prison
~ ITEM: Egypt: Islamists lay siege against Coptic church in Giza, 1 Christian killed
~ HUZZAH FOR THE MIGHTY Harper, standing tall for Israel. By banning the Jew-Bash of Durban II, he has exposed and stood tall against the rising tide of international Israel-hatred & antisemitism.
Next up, I’d like him to take a similar stand for the freespeecher cause and ban the HRCs, and rewrite Section 13 so never again will a speech cope or SLAPPer or Jihadist punish a Canadian for saying what they think.
Finally, there is a huge tide of persecution of Christians in the West and around the world– murders, torture, silencing, the whole works. Let’s have some unmistakable Prime Ministerial backbone speaking out against all religious persecution, and especially that of Christians.
The legacy media is generally clueless, lazy, and ‘Christian + persecution’ doesn’t add up– everybody knows (they remember from Sunday school, and all the stories about the Middle Ages) that the church is huge and powerful and Christians boss people around or something. Except (as teh Binks has said before), in these days of mainline denominational decline, most Christians in 2010 are non-white, non-male, and non-Western. Once again, the blogs are having to do the grunt-work of bringing the few fragments of news form here and there together to a wider audience.
Harper has already taken indirect aim at the modern plague of antisemitism, driven by Muslim Brotherhood neo-Hitlerism, so the fact that a great deal of antiChristian beat-down is at the hands of militant IslamoFascist Muslims is not hands-off. ~
Re-Inventing The Foundations
~ ITEM: Fall of Constantinople
~ ITEM: Christ Has Answers to Society’s Ills, Says Pope
Poste de Veille Via E-Mail: “Every year, on December 8, people from Lyon (and other areas) in France honour the Virgin Mary, their Protector, by a torchlight procession in the street. Anti-jihad blogs in France are promoting this event and, sign of the times, more and more people are attending. There is a need to reconnect with age-old Christian traditions and our roots.”
~ THE FEARLESS BLOGGER @ Poste de Veille is to blame for this essay– she sent linkeries along that pointed out the obvious.
Thought criminal & McGill Professor Margaret Somerville was on CBC’s Ideas a few years back, talking about creating a new ethic for people to agree on in society; and the Libertarians versus the HRC thought police argue on how much government we need; and aggressive Muslims try to tell the West they need sharia and Muhammad to save society.
Annie’s links were bloody obvious, if you think about it– they depict and old-fashioned Catholic procession in France, where some communities are sharia-no-go-zones, and where churches are vandalized and Jews threatened.
Our foundations in the West– of science, art, literature, music, philosophy, and Christianity– are our foundations. Even the Enlightenment thinkers knew of what they were rejecting in part (and assuming under the carpet). Today, ignorance or rejection thereof, especially to allow our sexual and moral autonomy, does not mean the foundations are not, only that they are, and are taken for granted and allowed to fall slowly into ruin.
Beg, Borrow, Steal
Even the brief Muslim flowering of philosophy, engineering, medicine, and other medieval goodies were inherited or done via classical & Christian & Byzantine influences. That they were eventually snuffed out as unIslamic is the real face of Muhammadan obscurantism & irrationality. Islam is a demand, not a reason. “Submit”, not “Follow me” or “Come, let us reason together.”
The path to renewal– say, via a truly liberal spine position like that of Harper or Merkel– also involved remembering our spiritual roots. As Pope Benedict has suggested, it does not mean forced conversion, but at least taking a leap of principle.. acting as if Christian morality & theology were true– as if there were reasons, and hope, and a common basis for action, thought, and goodness.
The authentic non-radicalized Jews & Christians can thus remember & re-appropriate what is theirs; that spiritual, intellectual & moral glue can spread its influence in society & culture and the chattering classes; the faux foundations of godless modernity, multiculti, utopianism, or Marxist-style JihadiTerror have proven themselves to be straw and sand wishful thinking and good intentions.
On Which We Stand
A house depends on a sound foundation. Secularity depends on the sacred, as the mediaevals understood. The sacred & secular were never opposed or exclusive of each other in the Thomistic conception: It`s never been God or Caesar, Church or State, but The sacred as the big bubble, with the secular as a smaller bubble within, under God`s providence and ordering– related, but not direct: so not theocracy, but the church speaking God`s will and word and voice, and working for the good and peace of society.
Even professional atheists like Richard Dawkins feel that in their gut, even if it doesn’t square with their almighty reason & vitriolic attacks on the foundations.
“There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death. I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse.”
The only thing between the machetes and our necks in the West.. is Christianity.
A seemingly old-fashioned church-parade, smirked at by clevers and of interest to tourists? Or a radical act of freedom in the face of rising threats of darkness and slavery and the crumbling of foundations as the West goes down to age of chaos and collapse?
Even if that does happen, on what foundation can things be maintained, rebuilt, made strong? Our inward debates and disagreements are important, but rather a luxury given that within the next decade Islamo-nukes will have changed everything.
After centuries of a long defeat, Byzantium herself fell under her final siege– at the forces of jihad, and ignored by the squabbling, thoughtless, and greedy European powers. Tuesday, 29 May 1453. Byzantium is no more– but her lifeblood poured out treasure to us, undeserving as we are.. the compiled wisdom and heritage of the ancient world, as some of her scholars and clergy and nobility fled the ruins. Then came the Renaissance– though at rather a high cost.
Shall North America and Western Europe fall from rot and external threat? Remember Byzantium.. and in the realm of story, remember Minas Tirith, Byzantium as she might have been: saved at the last moment for the greater good. ~
Spreading The Stonerism?
~ ITEM: Ignatieff supports children using illegal drugs! It’s a lifestyle choice
~ ITEM: Citing crime, Dutch may crack down on marijuana tourism
~ ITEM: Pot linked to brain damage
~ OK, SO SOME AGING Boomers want to smoke up, and their kids & grandkids don’t see the harm, and the polls say lots of people want to decriminalize marijuana.
Here’s the thing: we’re compulsive over-users. Instead of a little sugar, a little booze, a little pipeweed, a little intoxicant, we’re over-users: gluttons, stressed and compulsive and greedy. Plus, the marijuana of the current decades is stuff that is much stronger than in hippie-days of yore.. let alone the original use and strength of coca leaves amongst South American natives.
That, and for many, the deep temptation of escape from emotional or existential pain or struggle.. you know, life. Why not get stoned, instead of dealing with feelings? Why not escape into intoxicated imaginary bliss– and end up with whatever problems you had before, plus drug addiction? Because it’s a lie, it’s a false reality, and it can create emotionally and mentally crippled people.
Personally, I want the airline pilot taking me across the continent to be stone-cold sober, as well as the school bus driver carting my offsprings to their daily grind, or the surgeon opening my body with a scapel. I want my kids & the neighbour’s kids to mature though perseverance, tough it out, and learn to handle life’s disappointments and victories without groovy intoxicants. After all, anybody who’s seen kids & XBoxes will know about the deadly danger of escapism & addiction.
As fro the medical side, there’s lots and lots and lots of long-term medical studies indicating the genetic, cognitive, and even schizophrenic harms associated with smoking marijuana. Pro-Pot advocates will disagree, but that’s the nature of the beast– denial, due to desire– and facts remain facts.
“But cigarettes and alcohol have health side-effects, and they’re legal.” Mhmm. Newsflash– Addiction to destructive things for pleasure is a bitch, be your poison smokes, beer, chocolate, or McDonald’s. Your point?
The death of any sense of the common good, or being our brother & sister’s keeper is one of the deep-seated rots in our individualistic society. Outlawing certain things & activites precisely because some people might be tempted & ruined is a basic principle of a caring society (as is the idea that the government shouldn’t be preying on people, nor serving the fickle goddess Fortuna)– hence the prior ban on widespread gambling, and our looking the other way at many ruined lives, broken families, and suicides, all because we personally want a little lotto-hope, or a dash of Vegas now and then. “What can it hurt?” we say to ourselves, not being tempted to compulsion or addiction in that particular area.
Oinky Oinky Oink Oink
It makes quite a picture to contrast past ages’ definition of freedom and maturity to our own, where for some people it has slithered down the slippery slope to mean I want the freedom (with no consequences) to drink, smoke, gamble, guzzle, screw, and otherwise enjoy myself as I see fit– and nobody should be allowed to harsh my mellow in any way whatsoever. Is this the freedom for which Christ died? For which Englishmen fought and suffered so that we might have liberty under law? For which the Crusaders lay down their lives so Islam did not overtake Europe? For which two World Wars and a Cold War were fought, at the cost of hundreds of millions of lives?
If so, it seems a debased kind of piggish freedom to wallow in, accountable to nobody, glorying in nothing, bread and circuses and glowing screens the fullness of our existence.
Everybody Must Get Stoooned!
Let’s remember the kind of folks who brought this intoxicant culture to the forefront– Marxist anti-Western hippies, who rejoiced in the fascist overthrow of universities, who gave us speech codes and rampant abortion and no-fault divorce, and the AIDS epidemic, and “hooking up” and all the other questionable joys of the 1950’s & 1960s sexual, political, and moral devolution commanded them by The Frankfurt School, and anarchic human folly unleashed.
So no, I don’t think decriminalizing various narcotics in Canada or anywhere else is in any way a good thing. ~
Binks: I Told You So, # 93,491
~ ITEM: NASA has some big announcement today. And there’s speculation that they found life in outer space.
~ ITEM: Nasa, arsenic and alien life: I hate to say I told you so
~ ITEM: The Answer, in Case You Were Wondering, is No: Does new life form mean God is Dead????!!!!
~ HE CAN’T REMEMBER WHERE, but somewhere in his blog-archives Binks has already settled the question of extraterrestrial life once and for all.
It’s a simple logical/ theological matter– (1) If God exists, and (2) said Almighty seems to approve of life of all sorts (as we can see on earth), and (3) his creative will is that there be life and intelligently so, therefore, (4) where conditions allow, there has been/ is/ will be life elsewhere than on earth.
Got it? Life. All over the place, where possible. Mind you, it may be anything from bacteria on up.. and not necessarily chemically like us, and there may be no otherwise like us right handy– and we might want to go cautiously, in case some of them are interstellar orcs from a galactic Mordor. No apologies to Gene Roddenberry, but even his silly utopianism didn’t work in his own TV show.
The other reason this is likely is also simple– our own earth, and human nature itself are still mysteries to us, with new discoveries every time we look. How can we suppose our finite and imperfect understanding– sometimes in recent ages called ‘science’– has it all sorted out? A humble allowance for mystery is wisest.
Smarterest Than Thou
This amateur lover of science and astronomy gets mighty miffed by the have-it-both-ways ‘tude of the materialists. So we hear (a) if there’s no life elsewhere, it proves we’re a mere accident, and there’s no God; versus (b) if life turns out to be everywhere, as I suppose above, that (b) we’re nothing special, just one more example of a lot of life everywhere.
[BUZZER-NOISE] Sloppy begging the question, taking for granted what has to be proven, that there is no God, and we’re not special.
Materialists need to be a lot more humble about the scope of their ‘knowledge’, and what they may pontificate upon.
So ITYS on alien life.. saith teh Binks. ~
Binks On Blog Writing
~ BURNING WITHIN ME.. blogging seriously (not simply on a favoured topic, or to air opinions to myself & a few stray visitors) is a labour of love. I.E., sometimes it’s a grind and you just gotta do it.
But then the writing muse kicks in, and no matter how fuddled my brain or health may be, somewhat decent stuff keeps arriving in my brain from the muses, God, my own addled wits, and the needs of the moment. Further, the aggregating of links & stories (lovingly sorted & hand-tooled) are often the seeds to the essays– good aggregating is a difficult art, of shaping and connecting and building news links in a pattern.. it’s like making a mosaic of sorts, where the little tesserae go to making the great picture.
I remember once having an argument with pioneering religion blogger, journalist & professor Terry Mattingly about featuring the work The Elf Himself was doing at that time on CaNN (Classical Anglican Net News) covering the Anglican beat: “It’s not a blog,” he said. Grr, I replied.. I aggregate, and shape and form the stuff.. Mattingly never did give in, but he did link & use some of my graphics, so fair’s fair, I suppose.
Then, the links had a sentence or two of acerbic/ gimlet-eyed comment– I rarely wrote essays, partly out of real humility, and not having found an ‘editorial voice’. That changed later with CaNN, and then Free Mark Steyn.
I leave it to show-offs, snobs, and elitists to produce inscrutable offerings– my goal in writing comes from my habit of composing three-layered sermons: preach to everyone, so the trailer-park resident, ordinary well-read person, and then the well-educated can all get something out of it. Here, it’s about summarizing, observing, explaining, discerning, encouraging, warning, with that same ‘for everyone’ idea.
WindBag The Elf
Don’t worry, I’m more than aware there’s better, wittier, more informed and abidingly worthwhile stuff out there: that’s why I have links to good articles & news-items, and that wiser punditry.
Best of both worlds, I hope. ~
Zombies Were People Too!
Warning: No Spoilers!
~ AS A FAN OF non-nihilistic zombie flicks (lovin’ the Shaun Of The Dead, and the 2006 gem Fido), I recently rented from the local Binkiland BlockBuzzard The new 2010 indy zombie comedy Aaah! Zombies!‘
The premise is interesting: what if new zombies didn’t know they were dead? And ended up seeking a freedomland where they could live free of human discrimination and misunderstanding? Hilarity ensues… kinda. I said no spoilers.
It’s a solid B-movie show with lotsa laughs and smart writing. No nudity or needless gore or teh nekkids. Check it out. ~
The Monstrous Regiment Of BusyBodies
“..our nation is being systematically undermined by the left, since the good man doesn’t require all the thousands and thousands of coercive laws enacted by the left. He neither needs nor wants to be governed and micro-managed from without, which was how things stood in America prior to the unprecedented expansion of the state by Hoover and FDR. In freeing man from moral standards, the left simply imposes its own standards through the state (and extra-judicially through political correctness).”
~ Gagdad Bob ~
~ DO-GOODERS ‘R’ US! Despite the bashing of Victorians, they gave us many gifts, one of the most mix’d of which is the do-gooder (DoGoo). Back in the day, it was often well-to-do ladies helping the needsome, deserving, and improving the lot of various folks.
It’s a religion, partly derived from real religion (Christianity & Judaism), to love your neighbour, succour the needy, orphans & widows, to be God’s servants where and how we can. Then it became a dogmatically secular religion, in a way that would give John Knox, The Popes, or the Patriarch of Constantinople the heebie-jeebies.
Now, we have Boss DoGoos (High Warmists, Eco-Prophets, Tobacco-Smiters, Speech-Hushers) giving big rules and lotsa little rules for their DoGoo minions to run about imposing countless rules on everybody else for their own [a.k.a., The Greater] good.
One nearby town to BinkiLand has official bylaws actually enforced by the town cops (The RCMP) including the verbotening of engine-idling, and smoking in cars with kids present. Not that such are abiding temptations for countless members of the populace, but a stand must be taken! Bylaws solemnly enounced! Wrongs forbidden on pain of hefty fines! This, of course, is on top of the local refuse & recycling nazis & green binnery and all their strictures and powers.
Libertariacs insist the true answer to all this rampant & snoopy do-goodery is less rules, almost no government, and let the innate goodness of people and the market and stuff settle matters. In this, they reveal themselves the grandchildren of gits like Voltaire, who enticingly envisioned liberte, egalite, fraternite.. all of which ended up under Napoleon’s hordes & secret police & execution. Hitler 1.0, the practice run.
We must have a public & private morality or forms thereof which are commonly agreed upon, and which allow for both constraint & freedom; shame & approval; law & liberty. The Church did that for 1600 years or so, but clever men thought to build upon different foundations– some of the results have been good, and Christianity has adapted.
However, once the last fumes of Christianity pass from the public sphere & general acknowledgement, we don’t find paradise breaking out, but big government, boredom, high taxes, some moral anarchy, antisemitism, Jihadism, and the misery of a lot of people affected by the social experiments on the rats in society. ~
~ ITEM: The Irish press on the troubles they’re having with useless gobshites
~ ITEM: The No-Recovery Scenario– A few more years of slow growth could make our current fiscal straits look like a cakewalk; What If the Economy Doesn’t Recover?
~ ITEM: MORT ZUCKERMAN: The Danger of a Global Double Dip Recession Is Real: The deficits we face are a dagger pointing at the heart of the American economy.
~ ITEM: Irish Welfare expenditures are 32.5% of the entire annual budget; ahead of even healthcare which comes in at 24.8%
~ ITEM: FEDERAL RESERVE BAILED OUT FOREIGN BANKS
~ ITEM: UNSTIMULATED– The Narrative Falls Apart
~ EVERYBODY REMEMBERS that creepy scene in Poltergeist when the little girl says “They’re heee-re.”
The trillions-tsunami is sweeping around the world– only, because it’s a bunch of zeroes and 1s in computers, we can sorta look the other way, and governments can pretend nothing’s going on, or that the stuff collapsing or imploding around us is nothing to worry about. Don’t panic, we’ve got it under control.
Except not. Heck, my property taxes just went down.. because real estate prices are going down locally… and elsewhere.
The 2008 world financial implosion never stopped– the governments in the West tried to buy up the toxic debt, and re-inflate their economies by printing money and selling off debt. Except.. that doesn’t work, because most companies and consumers still feel a chill in their bones that tells them to hold back, beware and be careful, because there’s a giant bear in the woods.. not far away.
It’s a big effing bear, larger than those pre-historic giants our ancestors had to hunt with large groups.. the kind that could snap up a grizzly as a snack.
This elf is not as who should say an economist, nor a student of that odd science– which seems a mix of alchemy and guessing and turning gold into lead. I’m just saying that economic chaos is with us, except everybody who knows what’s going on is telling us to remain calm.
Never mind the Mayans and 2012.. I’m guessing 2011 will be a mighty ‘interesting’ year for the world’s economy, for individual nations, and ordinary folks. Please note I’m not getting any schadenfreudulent jollies out of all this: unlike the climate doomers & their close cousins the apocalytics, I hope for the best & prepare for the worst.
Buckle up. I get the feeling we’re on an express elevator to hell.. going down. ~
Zombie Apocalypse Thoughts
~ ITEM: The Walking Dead (TV series) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
~ SO THE NEW SHOW The Walking Dead is well worth watching (if gory, plus a little NSFW), alongside the spate of other Zombie/ apocalypse/ End Of The World As We Know It media that I swear is making me wonder if our minds & souls are tuning into some impending doom or not. It’s a comic adaptation, like HellBoy and a lot of other recent ‘indy’ movies.
Anyhow, in Episode one, the protagonist (a deputy sheriff) ends up in Atlanta, hiding inside an Abrams tank.. with a hundred zombies on the outside. OK, now granted most of us would need a diaper change at such a time, but it’s a tank. My first question (unlike his) was simple: gas?
That is, was the tank stranded, or overcome by zombies? Further, did it have backup power to run the gun? Ammo? They teach kids to drive the things, so presumably starting it and such can’t be all that unpossible, right?
Then drive up and down the street for a while, making zombie jelly. Or, leave town and find another more fuel-efficient vehicle. Or blow stuff (like streets full of zombies) the hell up.
Binks thinks he could write a zombie novel better than this. ~
The BusyBody Soros
~ ITEM: OVERRATED? Few tycoons have such an aura of omnipotence and omniscience as George Soros
The Sky Is Warming!
~ THISE WEEK MARKS the anniversary of Climategate but even though I helped break and name the story I’m certainly not celebrating. That’s because, despite the marked shift it effected in public opinion, its effect on public policy-making has been close to zilch …. (blogs.telegraph)
~ KILL KILL KILL— ‘Mass suicide now the only option left’ say Cancun scientists, By James Delingpole …. (blogs.telegraph)
~ MOONBATS ALOFT— The career of George Monbiot has been meteoric – coming down to earth in a shower of sparks, and leaving a charred hole where the Guardian’s top investigative journalist used to be …. (ccgi.newbery1)
~ THE NEW METAPHYSICS: How many drowning polar bears can dance on the head of a pin? …. (blogs.telegraph)
The Aztec deity of Global Warmism?
~ UN EXECUTIVE Invokes Mayan Goddess At Cancun Global Warming Summit …. (transfigurations.blog)
~ CANCUN CLIMATE SUMMIT Scientists Call for **Rationing in the Developed World (**Exceptions: Climate Change Summits & Al Gore) …. (michellemalkin)
~ REX MURPHY: Cancun sun speeds decay of global warming charade …. (fullcomment.nationalpost)
~ GLOBAL WARMING Computer Models: ‘Garbage In, Gospel Out.’ …. (NRO)
~ ONE OF THE OTHER LIES told by Watermelons – when they’re not bleating about the fast-fading ‘crisis’ of “Man-Made Global Warming” – is that the earth is fast running out of scarce resources …. (http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100064709/peak-energy-what-peak-energy/)
~ THE GORACLE Lied, Cornfields Died! …. (eddriscoll)
~ BRITAIN ground to a standstill today after the heaviest November global warming bullsh*t in more than a decade …. (thedailymash)
~ HOW DO ALL THE environmental regulations affect the unemployment rate? …. (winteryknight)
~ MALKIN ON Climate Change in the House: Republicans to Axe Pelosi’s Global Warming Committee …. (michellemalkin)
~ GLOBAL Warming Hysteria: Only Pollution Can Save Us Now! …. (FT)
~ RECORD COLD & SNOW in November and Wind Power at 12% output …. (dailybayonet)
~ CLIMATE CHANGE: a practical problem, not a moral one. Has ‘skeptical environmentalist’ and scourge of Greenpeace Bjorn Lomborg really had a change of heart and turned green? Er, no …. (spiked-online)
~ CLIMATE HYSTERIA Today: Why, Yes, England’s Snow And Cold Is Caused By.. Climate Change …. (stoptheaclu)
~ COSMETICS GIANT AVON is the latest company to join the anti-Canadian oil greenwashing parade …. (dailybayonet)
~ THE UNCERTAINTIES of Global Warming: Sea Level Could Rise in South, Fall in North …. (sigmundcarlandalfred)
~ BAD PLACES TO LIVE— Natural Disaster Hot Zones. If you choose to live there, don’t blame God, mmkay? …. (neatorama)
~ DOOMWATCH: INSERT ROSIE O’DONNELL JOKE HERE— Apparently, there’s this Jupiter-sized thing out there throwing comets at us …. (mcj)
~ A LEADING Scots hairdresser has opened a portal to the underworld in his Glasgow salon to satisfy the growing demand for paranormal coiffuring …. (thedailymash)
~ DEFENDING Britain’s half-arsed interest in God and stuff is the sovereign’s most important role, the Queen said yesterday …. (thedailymash)
~ EUROPEAN COURT of Human Rights to Decide if a Right to be Dead …. (FT)
~ BLACKADDER, fictional and comic throughout, was one of the best bits of history ever done on television, writes Charles Moore …. (telegraph)
~ LESLIE Nielsen’s funniest lines …. (telegraph)
~ BIG-ASS SKY ALERT— Eye of the storm: The jaw-dropping image of an enormous ‘supercell’ cloud …. (dailymail)
~ SOMEONE HAD THE… er… brilliant idea of inviting a man in a Winnie-the-Pooh suit to the recent birthday celebrations for Queen Elizabeth …. (holywhapping.blog)
~ CRACKED: “6 Deadly Injuries You Think You’d Survive (Thanks to Movies).” …. (soberingthoughts.blog)
The Mighty Mark Steyn
~ SHAIDLE— All through the Muslims vs Mark Steyn thing, we were going, “Dudes! Get your own damn magazine instead of hijacking one of ours!!” …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ SOMEONE ALERT Nancy Pelosi! …. (ezralevant)
~ A MODEST PROPOSAL— Rick Mercer, premier? …. (ezralevant.com)
~ EZ WONDERS.. Why isn’t Julian Assange dead yet? …. (ezralevant)
~ PORTUGAL used to be an empire. Now it’s about to become a colony …. (ezralevant)
FreeSpeechery & Oddments
~ DEBORAH GYAPONG— Lo He comes with clouds descending; Important developments on the free speech front; Aslan could be Mohammed or Buddha?; Bishop Carl Reid singing the Advent Prose; Like a Burqa– Madonna’s new Muslim boyfriend; Archbishop Hepworth’s Pastoral Statement; The battle for free expression continues; B.C. Catholic posts my recent palliative care story; Jason Kenney blasts criticism of anti-human smuggling bill; A much more boring day in a life so far; Another reason why I oppose legalization of marijuana; Clash of rights if “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is repealed; Welcome to my world!; Legislating expanded rights to transgendered and transsexuals; Chosen child fights for the unborn at Carleton …. (DG)
~ SHAIDLE, Shaidle, Shaidle– say it three times into a mirror, and a saucy hobbit will appear! …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ WE ARE BEING SYSTEMATICALLY SILENCED, THIS IS OUR TIME— Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff delivered the following speech at a conference …. (savefreespeech.org)
~ BOLD & BRAVE McGill Prof Doug Farrow: Canadian transgender bill a ‘Trojan horse’ to ‘reorganize’ society’s view of sex …. (lifesite)
~ MARK MERCER— “Pearl Eliadis writes cluelessly today in the Ottawa Citizen about an article of mine.” Pearls before swine comes to mind for some reason …. (ottawacitizen)
~ BLAZING CATFUR— Jordan says: No way do we want those Pallies!; Breaking! You can’t trust Ahmadinejad!; The “right” to shariah arbitration?; Pearl Harbour December 7th 1941; Jenny Peto was adopted right?; Tax Dollars Used To Fund Appeals Of Failed Refugee Claimants; Should Queers Against Israeli Apartheid be allowed in the Pride Parade?; Geert Wilders Speech In Israel; Buy this woman a drink; Space Nazis attack!; Joseph Ben-Ami Speaks; Professor Anthony Hall – You can taste the crazy; The Marxist Milibandits: “Not Embarrassed by Being Socialist”; Why I’m Giving ‘The Hockey Stick Illusion’ for Christmas; “Teachers punished for speaking out. Principals fired for trying to do the right thing“; I want Julian Assange charged with incitement to boredom; Jonathan Kay – Hater Mongererer! J Kay – “That’s actually a pretty good picture of me” …. (blazingcatfur.blog)
~ POISONING WOMEN— Surgeon: birth control pill a ‘molotov cocktail’ for breast cancer …. (lifesite)
~ FREE SPEECH WARS— Lawfare Status: $10,000,000 Islamic Supremacist Lawsuit against Pamela Geller Moves Forward …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ JAWORSKI LIBERTY NEWS— Gerry Nicholls: “Save the LSS”; Second court appearance summary; Gerry Nicholls: “Finding freedom in the bush”; Want to celebrate Canadian freedoms? Be prepared to pay a $50,000 fine …. (willowpond.ca)
~ LINK VIA NSCOTT— Via the Toronto Star?! “Christianity arguably the most persecuted religion in the world” …. (thestar.com)
~ GERMANY ON Wednesday unveiled plans to beef up Internet privacy after a public outcry over Google’s Street View service …. (spiegel.de)
~ CONSEQUENCES— Abortion linked to cerebral palsy …. (networkedblogs)
~ ED DRISCOLL— Koyaanisqatsi: Canadian Style!; President Obama: the Last of the Blue Dogs; Sympathy for the Devil; Chris Matthews, Ace Political Reporter; ‘Republicans Kill Global Warming Committee’; Finally: The Maureen Dowd Comic Book; Cuba, Si! Obama, No; Is There Nothing They Can’t Do?; Say, Who’s Up for $5.00-Gallon Gas?; ‘Smithsonian Yanks Ant-Covered Jesus’; The Ghost in the Machine; ‘It’s All Rigged:’ Perfect Metaphor for Obama’s Washington; “Let’s call it the German ‘Holiday’ Village.”; Irony, Thy Name is John Kerry …. (pajamasmedia)
~ THE MUSLIM WORLD pimping Canada for Islamic space launch …. (creepingsharia)
~ AMERICA— Internet Censorship Bill Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee …. (IFPS)
~ THE FAILURE THAT IS CANUCKISTAN— “Many Canadians, blinded by the seductive but hazily-defined notion of “rights,” welcomed Pierre Trudeau’s 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but in truth the Charter represented a radical handover of the reins of legal authority that should have worried every Canadian.” …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ THE TYRANNY of the Bureaucrats– Evil doesn’t always come on the wings of violence …. (cjunk.blog)
~ ATOP THE NYT Best Sellers List, and Eric Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer …. (hughhewitt)
~ ADVENT GOODNESS: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly—William Edwards on The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols …. (kendallharmon)
~ SO WHY wouldn’t the Canadian West want to separate? …. (sleepyoldbear)
~ IRAQI CHURCHES organise day of fasting on 9 December to remember the martyrs of Baghdad’s cathedral …. (speroforum)
~ THE FANTINO— “As for all the “absolute lies” Fantino claims were told and repeated about him during the campaign, I would dearly love to have him, you, Gary McHale, me and Christie Blatchford in the same room with media recording the event so he could ‘expose’ all these so-called ‘lies’ one-by-one, preferably starting with the allegations made in our ‘ Conservatives Against Fantino’ brochure” …. (cjunk.blog)
~ SLEEPY OLD BEAR— Increased exposure to the toxic chemical mercury can affect sexual preference in certain species of birds …. (sleepyoldbear)
~ JUST RIGHT— Bill Gates’ “dangerous pile of cash”; ‘Tis the season; Peter Foster responded to “Dear Uncle Warren“; Cancun: Ration the rich, save the world!!; Free speech – what’s happn’in? …. (jr2020.blog)
~ BLAZING CATFUR enslaved by donut-wielding Joooos! “Our sincere gratitude to everyone who joined us last night” …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ CANADIAN SENTINEL— Obama Parks Dept Spewing Anti-Christian Hate Propaganda; Fugitive Wikileaker Assange Sells Classified Intel: Co-Founder; Waiting For A Fondle; I Knew MLK, And You, Obama; No Point In Open Bidding For Fighter: DND; The Little Nork Goblin Checks On Din-Din; Left Now Pushing Legalization Of Kiddie Porn; Further Down The Slippery Slope We Go …. (sentinel.blog)
~ DAVID FRUM Lectures Us on Political Discourse …. (cjunk.blog)
~ EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT ONLINE ANONYMITY PROMOTES RUDENESS. But is that really a reason to ban it? Binks the WebElf says No!, you cretinous & codwalloping ninnyhammers! …. (instapundit)
~ JAY CURRIE— You see we live in an era of chaos. And Tubeify makes it comprehensible; Jonathan Kay – Hater Mongererer!; Wheels on the bus are falling off, falling off, falling off; the Leonard Cohen concert I went to in Victoria tonight; Chanukah Party Invitation …. (jaycurrie)
~ THE ONE BIG SECRET Wikileaks Really Did Reveal, Claire Berlinski, Ed.; The tyranny of ‘the public interest’. The Wikileaks lobby’s idea of what is in the public interest has little to do with us, the living, breathing public …. (ricochet, spiked-online.com)
~ SOCON— It’s hard being a watchdog, but you’ve helped us persevere; How Catholicism can improve your life; Great testimonials about adoption; Some Choices Are More Important Than Others to Censorship U.; More lies and obfuscation at Carleton; Brown Shirt Administration @ Censorship U. Threatens Students …. (socon.ca)
~ CUBAN DISSIDENTS credit faith for surviving prison ordeal …. (speroforum)
~ BRIAN LILLEY— New pollster Abacus makes a splash; A1 Leads: BC NDP crisis; CEO screw-ups; ghosts and churches; Muslims think church ought to influence state; Christmas comes to Parliament Hill …. (blogs.canoe)
~ DAMIAN THOMPSON— Dame Edna, Ali G, Borat and Bono – don’t you love those great satirical creations? …. (blogs.telegraph)
Executed Iranian Christians
~ THE PROPER GHANDIST— Thanks, creepy Australian guy who’s wanted for rape in Sweden; Men (Interfering) In Women’s Clothing; Galloway Speaks In (Liberal) Churches While Iran Persecutes Christians; Contribute to the Mount Carmel Fire Relief Fund; The Hamas Factor; How The West’s Left Wing Equals Pakistan’s Right Wing; UN Removes Rights of Gays Not to be Executed; Kuweni Serious. If This Country Burns; Lowkey and the Music of Hate; a front for Taliban enthusiasts and al-Qaeda devotees; George Galloway And A One-Sided War; West Must Reach Out To True Muslim Leaders; Blair and Hitchens Exceed Expectations; Write For Freedom. The Propagandist Essay Contest; Arab regimes deathly afraid of the Iranian nuclear threat have been pleading with the USA to attack the Islamic Republic; Iran Uses Red Crescent To Arm Terrorists; as articulate and honest a spokesperson as one could hope for in a psychotic Islamist; Creeping Shariah In The United Kingdom …. (propagandistmag.com)
~ ALL MOD CONS— UK Churches are now the nation’s most popular home conversion …. (telegraph)
~ EX-NORAD Commander: Mystery Missile Not Plane, Likely From Chinese Sub …. (sentinel.blog)
~ NEW THREATS AND INTIMIDATION BY CARLETON UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION …. (bigbluewave)
~ JENNIFER ROBACK MORSE— The Prop 8 trial will be full of questions. Here at NOM and the Ruth Institute, we have a few questions of our own …. (ruthblog.org)
~ MILLIONS of Britons were finally told ‘no’ yesterday. “The country’s teenagers have reacted badly to the news, but counselling will not be offered under any ci
~ TELEGRAPH BLOG— Wikileaks ‘secrets’ only reveal the paranoid mindset of conspiracy theorists …. (blogs.telegraph)
~ THE FOLLIES of Foreign Adventurism for Political Gain …. (nexusofassholery.blog)
~ NUCLEAR BOOM in China Sees Reactor Builders Risk Their Know-how for Cash …. (kendallharmon)
~ COMMIE HARPIES— The Ugliness of Seventies-Style Feminism …. (merecomments)
~ ONE COSMOS— “.. conservatives generally think that liberals are simply innocently ignorant or willfully stupid, while liberals feel that conservatives are evil. And since we are evil, there is no reason to develop sensible arguments to deal with us. You don’t argue with evil, you condemn it. Thus, invective, defamation, and moral condemnation are the left’s stock-in-trade (e.g., “The Worst Person in the World”), from the mountains of academia, to the midloons of the state run media, to the lowbrowlands of Hollywood, and into the sewer of dailykos and huffingandpuff.” …. (onecosmos.blog)
~ BOSSY STEVE JOBS— Apple: You Can’t Be Pro-Marriage: You’re Anti-Gay …. (merecomments)
~ DALRYMPLE— “Many years ago, as a student, I read a paper in a medical journal that described four cases of religious conversion under the influence of temporal lobe epilepsy” …. (newenglishreview)
~ NO STRINGS ATTACHED: The Case for a Distributed Grid and a Low-Oil Future …. (sigmundcarlandalfred)
~ SECRET SHAME— Swedish queen’s family ‘made fortune from Jewish factory seized by Nazis’ …. (telegraph)
~ ACTION DINO— December is Hate month!; Googles new algorithm; 102.3 Clear FM Nonstop Christmas Music!; NDP allows Winnipeg schools to Force native religion on Christian students; Prime Minister’s expenses a mere $281,255.67, compared to Ignatieff’s $570,984.10!; Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?; Happy Birthday Winnie; Awaken America! Who controlled congress since 2007; Has Justin Trudeau ever read the Charter of Rights? …. (mAd)
~ JONATHAN BATE— The Costly New Idea of a University: With tuition fees about to triple to make up for the withdrawal of state funding, it is time to reread Coleridge, Bentham and Mill …. (standpointmag)
~ HOLY CHRISTMAS! CBC commenters PUSH BACK on CBC/progressive/liberal political-correctness idiocy; CTV online poll: 93% indicate they celebrate CHRISTMAS — by name; just 7% say they don’t …. (proudtobecanadian)
~ ORWELL’S PICNIC— So, tell me if I’ve got this right; Not Ashamed; Yeah, that’ll bring in The Yoot, fer sherrr; Death, be not proud; You’re letting the Belgians run Europe?; A classy dame; Better out than in; More on sanguine; Almost finished another one this weekend; Benedict is reforming the penal code of the Church …. (anglocath.blog)
~ HO-HUM: Radical WaPo Art Critic Rants at Removal of Ant-Covered Jesus.. He’d Ban Norman Rockwell; plus MRC’s Bozell Debates Offensive Smithsonian Art Exhibit on CNN’s ‘John King USA’ …. (newsbusters.org)
~ GOATS & FLEAS— Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read; Zombie survival update; Zero 7: Ghost Symbol; Union of Superlative Heroes; Explain the internet; Rimsky-Korsakov: Fantasy on Russian Themes, Op 33 1st mtv; Something you didn’t know about Greedo …. (ghostofaflea)
~ TIP #95 FROM 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage …. (ruthblog.org)
~ THE DARK SIDE of the birth control pill …. (winteryknight)
~ PAUL TUNS WONDERS Why does any editor let Warren Kinsella write a column? …. (soberingthoughts.blog)
~ MONTREAL— École Polytechnique: 21 Years of Misunderstanding the Massacre …. (scaramouchee.blog)
~ TERROR & PARTISANSHIP— Sometimes, concerns about “civil liberties” are just an excuse …. (online.wsj.com)
~ WALKERISM— Today’s business; Freedom in the digital age; Tory economics; Speaking of Mark and Connie Fournier; The UN abandons the gay community; A peek into the Downtown Eastside drug trade, part II; Dan Gardner hits the nail directly on the head; Fun with copyright; ‘Allah is Mohammed’s imaginary friend‘; The state of our bureaucracy; Starts with a P, ends with a …. (walker)
~ BOSSES can lawfully hire a woman over a man with same qualifications for first time …. (telegraph)
~ MISEDUMACATION— “the upside-down education of the left emphasizes such impossibilities as knowledge without truth, rights without duties, self-esteem over self-transcendence, and the antihero over the hero, since the former is the authentic nihilist who sees through the sham of authoritarian hierarchy, oppression, perennial values, and first principles.” …. (onecosmos.blog)
~ CANADA’S MEDIA has largely ignored Patrick Luciani’s AIMS analysis of Rob Ford’s victory …. (soberingthoughts.blog)
~ MOOSE & SQUISH— Last will and testament: A worthless document?; Winter and birthdays; PM Harper’s “new best friend” and his Hitler Theory; Putting the “moose” in Moose-and-Squirrel; Linkerama- Just catching up now; More Carleton University intimidation tactics …. (mooseandsquirrel.ca)
~ GERMAN LEADER Angela Merkel has acknowledged the real threat to the West …. (standpointmag)
~ MARGARET ATWOOD: The Michael Moore Of Canada …. (sentinel.blog)
~ FATHER Cantalamessa’s 1st Advent Sermon for 2010—The Christian Answer to Atheist Scientism …. (kendallharmon)
~ WIKILEAKS WEBSITE KICKED OFF AMAZON’S SERVERS: “Amazon.com Inc. forced WikiLeaks to stop using the U.S. company’s computers …. (instapundit)
~ AND NOW…IDIOTS! Amy Hagobian, assistant professor of something or other at the University of Washington, thinks military recruiters and child molesters are pretty much the same thing …. (mcj)
~ SO HAVE US CONSCIENCE CLAUSE protections been eviscerated? …. (ruthblog.org)
~ SCARY MUCH— Pro-Terror ISNA’s ‘Sweet’ Charity; Siddiqui’s Wacky Wiki Freak Out; Short-Sightedness Results in a Harsh Dose of Reality; Selling Us a Bill of (Sharia) Goods; BCF Hanukkah Fundraiser a Roaring Success; Free Speecher’s Gift Request; ‘Shocking’ WikiLeaks Revelation; Happy Hanukkah!; The Tyranny of the 12-Part Series; ‘Do Shariah-Adherent Muslims Represent an Existential Threat?'; Thomas L. Friedman “imagines” a WikiLeak written by a diplomat from China re the U.S.; The impending demise (maybe) of the Ceej has come to the attention of the media; When People Think You’re Conspiring Behind Closed Doors, Why Give ‘Em Added Ammo?; The Lit’ler Hitler’s Latest Batty Bloviations; A Clash of Caterwaulings (the Yodeller’s vs. the Muezzin’s); The Madness of Accosting Tots, Probing Granny’s Crannies and the Next Reactive TSA Measure …. (scaramouche)
~ PROT HATERS— Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper: Presbyterians Against Israel …. (kendallharmon)
~ MORE PROPOSED SCREWING WITH THE WEB— Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is moving forward with a net neutrality order at the agency’s December meeting, setting the stage for a likely fight over the contentious web rules on Capitol Hill; Why No One’s Happy With The FCC’s Net Neutrality …. (stoptheaclu, kendallharmon)
~ VERY GOOD NEWS— Scottish Parliament Trounces Euthanasia Legalization Bill …. (FT)
~ THEY LISTENED TO BINKS! EU launches antitrust probe of Google: Competitors say the search engine tweaked search results in its favour …. (macleans.ca)
~ WORRY ABOUT information overload has become one of the drumbeats of our time …. (sigmundcarlandalfred)
~ DANIEL HANNAN— FIFA, the UN, the EU: all international bureaucracies tend to corruption …. (blogs.telegraph)
~ HOW WILL societies with an average of 2 or less children per woman cope with a burgeoning elderly population and a growing worldwide epidemic of dementia? …. (ruthblog.org)
~ TAX-GUZZLING, LYING CBC continues to hide information, as they take out ads informing us that they’re now accountable …. (proudtobecanadian)
~ WOMEN WHO support Roxanne’s Law …. (prowomanprolife.org)
~ DELAYED MARRIAGE and childbearing leads to increased stress, study shows …. (macleans.ca)
~ WIKILEAKER— “…Private First Class Bradley Manning – who was bitter after a breakup with his boyfriend. Manning, smuggled the information out of a secure facility on a CD-RW labeled “Lady Gaga.” …. (sondrak)
~ DESPOTISM Made Easy– gotta read it …. (sondrak)
~ FIRST STEVE JOBS removed The Manhattan Declaration app because he falsely thinks it is ‘Anti-Gay’. I Suspect your Bible app may be next …. (HuffPuff)
~ SELF-APPOINTED HERO Julian Assange placed on most wanted list– Interpol issues warrant for arrest of the WikiLeaks founder on rape charges …. (macleans.ca)
~ VLAD TEPES— Galloway back in Canada spreading acid reflux wherever he goes; Civil war by Muslims in Belgium; Geert Wilders lends voice for Palestinian homeland in Jordan; John Bolton on Wikileaks; Saudi Arabia, a place where one can visit the 7th Century; BBC notices antisemitism in Europe …. (vladtepesblog)
~ RUTHBLOG— 12 things your MP never told you about the family …. (ruthblog.org)
~ FREEDOM? PAH! The U.S government has taken control of and shut down more than 70 websites it has emerged …. (sondrak)
~ INSTAVISION ON PJTV— I-Spy: Who’s spying on your Internet Activities? …. (instapundit)
~ KATHARINE BIRBALSINGH— The Kids are Not All Right and I Am Angry …. (standpointmag)
~ AMAZING FIRST: leukemia patient completely cured with cord blood stem cells …. (lifesitenews)
~ OUR BRAVE new world of Malthusian madmen …. (ruthblog.org)
~ A GREAT four-minute, must-see video of how humanity has become wealthier and healthier over the past 200 years …. (soberingthoughts.blog)
~ VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: The Age Of Adolescence. “Unfortunately, our parents are dead. So who cleans up the messes?” …. (instapundit)
~ WIKILEAKS LINKS: Old Gray Lady invokes the harlot’s prerogative, By James Delingpole; None Dare Call It Treason; Assange the Anti-American: Wikileaks’ documents run counter to its founder’s twisted worldview …. (blogs.telegraph, wizbangblog, nationalreview)
~ THE REAL SAINT NICK was a Wonderworker …. (speroforum.com)
~ ATTENTION UNITED NATIONS— Another potential genocide for you to ignore …. (mcj)
~ WARNING! Seeing pictures could also lead to thinking …. (prowomanprolife)
~ CARLETON GULAG NEWS: A March for the victims — that excludes the victims? It’s bewildering that some pro-lifers argue that pro-life gatherings, such as marches, should exclude images of the aborted pre-born …. (lifesite)
~ CHARLES COLSON— Is the time coming for Christian civil disobedience? …. (orthodoxytoday)
~ CANADIAN CHIEF JUSTICE extremely stupid — no surprise: Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin …. (soberingthoughts.blog)
~ MELANIE PHILLIPS— The blue lamp gutters; Slaying the Sky Dragon; The false consciousness of western civilisation; A lethal leak — or a boomerang?; Bang goes that conspiracy theory; The British Jewish leadersheep; My enemy’s enemy …. (melaniephillips)
~ THIEVES Hijacking the Language of the Moral Tradition, by Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse …. (orthodoxytoday)
~ THE GRINCH is sane. The rest of you? …. (PW)
~ XANTHIPPA— Michael Geist: Bill C-32’s Digital Lock Rules and Education …. (xanthippa)
~ STAND YOUR GROUND— Political Correctness Is Immoral; Profiling Based On Facts Is Just; Manitoba Small Business Rate Falls To Zero; It’s Called CHRISTmas; Another shameful moment for Canada’s justice system; Most Canadians Still Want Elected Senate; No End In Sight To Gibbons Court Odyssey; Mob Rule On Campus. Germany, 1930? No, Canada, 2010 …. (forlifeandfamily.blog)
~ BEING SAVAGED BY A DEAD SHEEP— That was Bob Rae’s description of being attacked by Joe Clark. The same description can probably be applied to Justin Trudeau’s personal attack on Julian Fantino …. (shotgun)
~ THE SELF-ESTEEM PITFALL— Good character is created by teaching self-control, not self-esteem.Dennis Prager …. (nationalreview)
~ MR. ASSANGE is a dangerous cyberterrorist, By Werner Patels …. (wernerpatels)
~ KATE @ SDA— Are you worthy to be Canadian?; Is there nothing that Obama can’t do?; Climate change questions: they want our input!; Pleasing Your Enemies Does Not Turn Them Into Friends; Tommy Douglas: Not Dead Enough!; The world needs more Canada? Hardly; Meet the Liberal Elite; The Decline And Fall Of The American Empire; Y2Kyoto: True Believers; This Is Not Your Grandma’s Humane Society; Japan refuses to extend Kyoto treaty at Cancun; Those “delusional Canadians, reeking of our moral self-importance” …. (SDA)
~ SOCON WILLIAM GAIRDNER— Interview on CFRA Radio, Ottawa, November 18th …. (williamgairdner.com)
~ NON SEQUITUR ALERT (It Doesn’t Follow): Children Make a Marriage into a Family, but SSM Does Not Follow …. (merecomments)
~ PUNDITASTIC— Afghan War is not going well. Maybe Judge Judy can help; This one’s for Uppity Woman; Amrullah Saleh sets the record straight on Taliban imposter, and the question that haunts; “It is unthinkable to imagine that the one billion people of India are not represented in the Security Council.”; The Wikileaks School for Scandal; John Batchelor finds the real surprise in latest Wikileaks data dump; Wikileaks plus first disbursements from 2009 US aid bill for Pakistan already under scrutiny for graft …. (pundita.blog)
~ IT’S HISTORY According To Hollywood …. (pajamasmedia)
~ PENSIONS! – Or one way of getting Canadians’ attention again …. (wernerpatels)
~ WINTRY KNIGGIT— Obama administration used spying, threats and bribes to build support for global warming treaty; Tom Daschle explains what socialized medicine really means; Assessing the evidence in favor of common ancestry; Friday night funny: a conversation with a radical feminist; CNS News interviews Michele Bachmann; Court validates student’s right to freedom of religion; Family law expert claims sex-offenders should be able to adopt; Sweden jails parents for spanking and seizes their children …. (winteryknight)
~ THE EVIL OF SOCIAL DARWINISM: Canada’s firewall of silence on eugenics human rights abuses has been breached …. (post-darwinist.blog)
~ UK LEAD THIEVES use Google Earth to target churches …. (transfigurations.blog)
~ POSTE DE VEILLE— Canada : L’islam, c’est les 10 commandements; Irak : Une survivante du massacre des chrétiens dans l’église de Bagdad témoigne …. (postedeveille.ca)
~ WHEN IRISH EYES Are Crying by Theodore Dalrymple …. (newenglishreview)
~ THE ANCHORESS— Paving Over Grace & Preparing a Place; Gifts and Crafts Hodgepodge; The Advent of the Bridegroom; “Full of Grace” & Divine Cells; Welcome Advent into our Deepest Void; Finding Closure with Jumper Cables; Cancun, Rationing, Blustery Day Linkfest!; Ration me? Hey, Ration U2! …. (firstthings)
~ WHAT WOULD Assange Be Willing To Say?; Assange is threatening to reveal new material if any government tries to stop him from releasing new material …. (richardfernandez)
~ THE EURO: Chronicle Of The Currency Crisis Milton Friedman Foretold …. (brusselsjournal.com)
~ E-MAIL SPAM: Will it abate with arrest of alleged master spammer? …. (transfigurations.blog)
~ HATE SPEECH at The Washington Post …. (speroforum)
~ DAVID POST: Copyright Enforcement Tail Wags Internet Dog, Cont’d; or, What the Hell Ever Happened to Due Process? …. (pajamasmedia)
~ OFFING THE RETARDS— Canadian “justice”: Kill your disabled daughter, get life in prison for her murder, get full parole after less than 20 years …. (prowomanprolife.org)
~ DAILY TREASON: Wikileaks Releases a US list of High Value terror targets; Bolton on WikiLeaks cables: Barack Obama is a bigger danger; WIKILEAKED: Jihadist in the Whitehouse — Arms, Funds and Diplomatic Support; State Department Warns Columbia University Students: DO NOT Discuss WikiLeaks On Facebook, Twitter …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ A LESSON FOR Our Time in Three Late-Antique Narratives: Satyricon, The Golden Ass, and Confessions …. (brusselsjournal.com)
~ ENOUGH of You, Helen Thomas, Claire Berlinski, Ed. …. (ricochet.com)
~ ANDREW McCARTHY— Is There a Right to Know? That’s the question at the heart of the WikiLeaks scandal …. (nationalreview)
~ DIGITAL ADULTERY— The marriage killer: One in five American divorces now involve Facebook …. (transfigurations.blog)
~ THE OLDEST HATRED— “Holocaust Denial From U.S. Professors: Academic Freedom?” …. (proteinwisdom)
~ BEWARE Big Brother’s competition, Big Advertising …. (phantomsoapbox.blog)
~ THE HERITAGE of Western Civilization, Cardinal George Pell …. (orthodoxytoday.org)
~ FOR WORKPLACE SAFETY, MALE employees are being retrained to see breasts as malevolent orbs of terror …. (thedailymash.co.uk)
~ JUST NOT GETTING IT— Aslan as a Christ/ Buddha/ Mohammed figure? …. ()
~ PJTV VIDEO Interview with the Author of Shakedown Socialism …. (thepeoplescube)
~ MITCHERAMA— Your Financial Future, according to Astrology; Green Shoots & Leaves 1; MENSA Teaser; Green Shoots & Leaves 2; Hey GM – Now Whatcha Hiding?; Someone Will Pick That Up; Nobody much talks about the Visigoths; My friend is living a life of suffering; Inside Mitchieville; Is it too late to stop Stephen Harper in his drive for Total World Domination? …. (mitchieville)
~ MILLIONS of Britons were finally told ‘no’ yesterday. “The country’s teenagers have reacted badly to the news, but counselling will not be offered under any circumstances.” …. (thedailymash)
~ JULIAN ASSANGE Fired from IT Job at Pentagon, reports The Onion …. (theonion.com)
~ MUST-READ JOHN BOLTON— After his “shellacking” in the mid-terms, Obama must choose: Be a pragmatist or an ideologue …. (standpointmag)
~ THE REAL BARACK OBAMA— Batchelor: Selling Out Harry; An unusually distracted, robotic, hollow-voiced, insincere POTUS; Iran and the Hezbollah terrorist organization are gaining a foothold in Latin America; Yet another Obama Holiday-Not-Christmas Hawaiian vacation; 2012: RINOs Gotta Go!; RBO News & Views: The ‘Act’ Edition …. (RBO)
~ THE BLUE GLOVE TSA— Terror-Tied Muslim Brotherhood Group MPAC Trains TSA Screeners …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ HUNGRY FOR Injustice and stealth jihad? The Holder Justice Department is the most corrupt and pro-jihad in our nation’s history …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ FRIENDS AT DOJ: The New Black Panthers …. (pajamasmedia)
~ FEDERAL RESERVE BAILED OUT FOREIGN BANKS. “Foreign banks also benefited from the Fed’s aid. They included Swiss bank UBS, which borrowed more than $165 billion, Deutsche Bank ($97 billion) and the Royal Bank of Scotland ($92 billion). Many of the individual loans the banks took were worth billions and had short durations but were paid back and renewed many times.”; Mathematicians and economists are the real reason why the US economy isn’t recovering …. (instapundit, wernerpatels)
~ WHILE POTUS PLAYED— Simon Deng called me earlier today and expressed alarm at the lack of leadership by the Obama administration concerning the dire situation in Sudan …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ BAILING OUT THE BAILOUTS— Whistling Past the Graveyard …. (proteinwisdom)
~ SENATE Republicans on Monday formally claimed President Obama’s former Senate seat with the swearing-in of Sen. Mark Kirk …. (sondrak)
~ IN THREE GRAPHS: Obama Economics …. (dailybayonet)
~ TSA NUDEY-SCANS— U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer introduced a bill Sunday that calls for punishing anyone who misuses. They could also face fines of up to $100,000 …. (phantomsoapbox.blog)
~ NUMBER OF Obamacare waivers granted doubles to 222 …. (winteryknight)
~ SPECTATOR— When Liberalism Becomes a Caricature of Itself …. (spectator)
~ REAGAN-BASHING— “Obama’s time-warp focus on the New START treaty” …. (proteinwisdom)
~ MILITANT GAY TRAITOR? According to the New York Times, Private Bradley Manning lip-synched to “Lady Gaga as he copied hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables.” That’s a fitting image for an America in decline under Barack Obama …. (spectator.org)
~ LIBS-PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS: There is much hand-wringing in the MSM about how much expiration of the Bush tax cuts is going to “cost” the Treasury …. (llamabutchers)
~ SQUANDERING— Fed aid in financial crisis went beyond U.S. banks to industry, foreign firms …. (transfigurations.blog)
~ TRANSPARENCY: Citizen Journalists Forcibly Removed From Van Jones “Open To The Public” Event …. (instapundit)
~ HILARY, 3AM— How did this WikiLeaks star ever become Madame Secretary? …. (spectator.org)
~ STUPID EMPLOYERS! CNN Takes A Stab At Why There’s Really No Job Recovery …. (stoptheaclu)
~ BOHICA! “General Motors Co. will drive away from its U.S.-government-financed restructuring with a final gift in its trunk: a tax break that could be worth as much as $45 billion” …. (themcj)
~ REALITY CHECK— The Littlest Victims of Obamacare …. (michellemalkin)
~ NEW CRITERION— The NEH vs. America– PC propaganda at the National Endowment for the humanities …. (newcriterion)
~ SHRUGS & SMIRKS— William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection argues that the latest Wikileak has shoved President Obama into Jimmy Carter territory; I find it extremely disturbing as to how nonchalantly the U.S. government is taking this whole Wikileaks fiasco …. (pajamasmedia, theblogmocracy)
~ WHY THE TEA PARTY resonates with human dignity …. (instapundit)
~ 30 PIECES OF SILVER— “President Obama cancelled anti-missile shield plans in Poland and the Czech Republic to get Russia support for UN sanctions against Iran, documents made public by Wikileaks reveal” …. (mcj)
~ HOPE & CHANGE: Narcissism no longer a psychiatric disorder …. (instapundit)
~ WHY HAS THE MEDIA Not Played up Republicans Taking Obama’s Senate Seat? …. (stoptheaclu)
~ OPEN MIKE NIGHT— This country really is being run by a bunch of clueless amateurs …. (themcj)
~ BEYOND THE NANNY STATE, by Tom Blumer– Recent Obama administration ideas and actions are about far more than “it’s good for you” paternalism …. (pajamasmedia)
~ WHILE MICHELLE SHOPPED— Iran Claims To Produce Own Raw Uranium …. (slatest.slate)
~ EVER THE SCHEMER.. Obama’s nominee for the nation’s top gun cop is an anti-gun zealot …. (nationalreview)
~ IS PRESIDENT Obama getting a free pass over WikiLeaks? The Left would have bayed for Bush’s blood if he was in the White House …. (blogs.telegraph)
~ WHILE POTUS PARTIED— Obama-supported, pro-Sharia Kenyan PM orders gays to be arrested …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ OBAMANOMICS: State Debt Shows A Looming Crisis …. (stoptheaclu)
~ TRIFECTA = WikiLeaks: A Feckless Obama and a Clinton in Peril …. (instapundit)
~ LOOKS LIKE America’s liberal civil war is getting vicious: Paul Krugman blasts Barack Obama’s ‘moral collapse’ and policy of ‘appeasement’ …. (blogs.telegraph)
~ SUNSHINE STATE SINKING— No Volunteers, Please, We’re Unionized: Public-sector employees vs. parents in Petaluma, California …. (sigmundcarlandalfred)
~ REPEALING “Don’t Ask” Will Weaken the U.S. Military …. (weeklystandard)
~ GIVING COUNTERFEIT MONEY A BAD NAME— Uncle Ben Bernanke’s QE2 Fairy Gold …. (pajamasmedia)
~ CLUELESSNESS AT WORK— Did ABC News Put Obama’s Life at Risk? …. (slate.com)
~ POTUS Obama’s energy-policy tango has just two easy steps: flip and flop …. (nypost)
~ SONDRA K: Here’s a little coaching for the Progs—especially those in Congress considering the “Bush Tax Cuts.” …. (sondrak.com)
~ BARACK Obama is the Nigel Tufnel of American politics …. (theblogmocracy)
~ AN POEM— Obymandias by CallmeLennie …. (americandigest)
~ THE JIHAD WATCH Awards 2010: Nominations are now open! …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ CONTRA ISLAM— Recent archeological finds suggest that Christianity arrived in Egypt much earlier than the recent textbooks tell us.. Bible & Christian tradition proven right again! …. (fathersofthechurch)
~ ORTHODOX CHURCH destroyed by jihad left out of 9/11 renewal (video) …. (creepingsharia)
~ SAD TO SAY, U.S. can’t stop money flow to jihadists …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD linked Islamists set up school and youth centre in Vancouver …. (islamicinfocenter.org)
~ PLAYING BOTH SIDES— Arab Allies Play Key Role in Terrorism Financing …. (slate.com)
~ ISRAEL: Al Qaeda claims disasterous fire of Mount Carmel …. (speroforum)
~ SAM SANDMONKEY— The Arab Media Response to the Wikileaks …. (sandmonkey.org)
~ MARVELLOUS Egypt: Wounded Christians from Talbiya attack, mistreated at state hospitals …. (teaandpolitics)
~ BANKRUPT Greek govt.. to escalate mosque building for Muslims …. (creepingsharia)
~ AL-SHABAAB’S New Recruitment Video …. (investigativeproject)
~ INCREASED AIRPORT SECURITY makes America less safe …. (soberingthoughts.blog)
~ EX-CHAIRMAN of terror-linked CAIR to remain on Jacksonville “human rights” commission …. (creepingsharia)
~ BRUSSELS JOURNAL— “To Avenge The Defeat At Vienna” …. (brusselsjournal)
~ THE BIG PICTURE: The Iran Connection …. (weeklystandard)
~ MYSTERIOUS INDIA: Terror attack wounds 20 at Hindu temple, AP scratches head and wonders who could be responsible …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ SUNNY SAUDI ARABIA: Man sentenced to 70 lashes for turning on Bluetooth near a women’s shopping centre …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ ASPOLDIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE… The Somali-born genius Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a college boy without common sense, chose Oregon State for his college years. This is the only clue as to why the genius decided he could blow up a Christmas tree lighting ceremony …. (therealbarackobama)
~ BASIC STRATEGERY— Can The Pentagon Spare A Million Dollars For Translating, Publishing, And Disseminating Important Works On Islam? …. (newenglishreview)
~ WHILE AIR-TRAVELLERS GET FELT UP, Al-Qaeda jihadists researching ways to evade airport security and murder “larger numbers of unbelievers and apostates” …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ WHAT DOES Hezbollah Do For A Living? …. (sigmundcarlandalfred)
~ CHARMING Pakistan: Christian and Muslim religious leaders call for changes to blasphemy law …. (speroforum)
~ THE FISHWRAP OF RECORD— After jihadist attempts mass-murder in Oregon, New York Times worries that law enforcement authorities may be offending Muslims …. (jihadwatch)
~ CHANGE? Muslim Columnist: U.K. Rape Gang Case Exposes ‘Disgusting Cultural Beliefs.’ …. (instapundit)
~ MULTICULTI— Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia: Qur’an Is “Dominant” Over the Bible; “We Don’t Need…Any Other Book” …. (jihadwatch)
~ INEVITABLE: Turkish official claims Israel behind WikiLeaks release; plus Austrian MP Ewald Stadler to Turkish Ambassador: “People are sick and tired of the one-way street tolerance babble which you feed on” …. (jihadwatch)
~ BRITISH SECURITY— Control orders are unpleasant but necessary– We cannot afford to leave it to the courts to conduct the fight against terrorism, argues Charles Moore …. (telegraph)
~ OREGON: Barry Sommers To Teach ‘What is Islam’ Class at LCC …. (mypetjawa)
~ KISSING UP TO EVIL— “No one, least of all Jamie Glazov, would be surprised at the Media and liberal Left’s misplaced sympathy for Islamist militancy, sympathy that obscures the underlying Islamist motives in even such obvious cases as the Fort Hood massacre” …. (jihadwatch)
~ CHRISTMAS-HATING Oregon jihad bomber was “average American student” …. (jihadwatch)
~ NICE NAZI DIGS YA GOT HERE! US ambassador to UK visits jihadist mosque, expresses “great admiration” for it …. (jihadwatch)
~ A LONG-DELAYED ISRAELI PRACTICAL JOKE finally bears fruit; in related trench-humour, On the Fifth Night of Chanukah, the Lighting of the Qassam Rocket Menorah in Sderot …. (instapundit, Atlas)
~ SPAIN DISMANTLES jihadist passport theft ring …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ NORWAY: Police reopen investigation into attempted murder of Satanic Verses publisher …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ WIKILEAKS was last night accused of putting lives at risk after destroying an Afghan village with an unmanned drone …. (thedailymash)
~ FIVE CHRISTIANS murdered in a week under Pakistan’s blasphemy law; Afghanistan: Two converts from Islam to Christianity risk the death penalty …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ MYSTERIOUS MOTIVATIONS— Why is it so hard to tell the truth about the origin of terrorism? …. (nationalreview.com)
~ PLACE THESE Two Wikileaks Side by Side …. (theblogmocracy)
~ TRAITORISM— New York Times Already Pushing ‘Entrapment’ Defense in Case of Islamic Would-Be Christmas Tree Bomber …. (newsbusters)
~ SLAVE-UP, BIATCHES! Muslims to West: “Respect Islam” …. (jihadwatch)
~ WORD FROM MORDOR— OIC Secretary-General Warns of Western Plots against Islam …. (teaandpolitic)
~ THE SILENCE on the Iranian-Al Qaeda connection …. (theblogmocracy)
~ IT’S THE JEWS, STUPID! (What Was the Question?), by Michael Ledeen …. (pajamasmedia)
~ ISLAM RESPECTS WOMEN— “CAIRO — Year after year, the 42-year-old Saudi surgeon remains single, against her will. Her father keeps turning down marriage proposals, and her hefty salary keeps going directly to his bank account.” …. (prowomanprolife)
~ THE GLAVINATOR— More Drones, Please; Hey Kids! Want To Help Gaza? Good. You Can Start By Just Paying Your Damn Taxes; Why Are Rich White “Left-Wingers” Megaphones For The Third-World Far Right? …. (transmontanus.blog)
~ PAM GELLER— “I suppose now we should be grateful to the Japanese for not building a Shinto shrine at Pearl Harbor or a Nazi memorial outside of Auschwitz” …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ LOVELY ETHIOPIA: Christian sentenced to three years in prison for defacing Qu’ran …. (teaandpolitics)
~ RICHARD HOSTE: Postmodern Dhimmitude …. (orthodoxytoday.org)
~ WEASELZIPPERS— Shrillary Fiddles at Kennedy Center Honors Dinner While Wikileaks Burns; What Don’t They Want The General Public To Hear?; Revolution Muslim Site Resurfaces With a New Name; Meat Loaf on Wikileaks Founder: I Want to Cut Off His Toes; There’s No Such Thing as Spousal Rape in Islam, Women Deserve to be Beaten With a Stick …. (weaselzippers)
~ IT’S A JOOOOO PLOT!! The Islamic Foundation of the Maldives is calling on Muslims to shun all medical aid from Israeli doctors and surgeons …. (mypetjawa)
~ A MULTICULTURAL CONFERENCE Hijacked By Islamists …. (brusselsjournal.com)
~ INTERVIEW: The Closing of the Muslim Mind, by Jamie Glazov …. (orthodoxytoday)
~ PROTEIN WISDOM— “A Glossy Approach to Inciting Terrorism” …. (proteinwisdom.com)
~ TURKEY pounds its chest at Israel …. (vladtepes)
~ HATE IN SOMALIA: Teenage Christian Convert Shot to Death by Family in “Honor Killing” For Leaving Islam …. (Wz)
~ WORRYING TREND— Islamic countries: Poll shows growing majority favor Sharia Law, more Islam in public life …. (teaandpolitics)
~ CATCH 2022— The prospect of Qatar hosting a World Cup has prompted a whole lot of prejudice-venting against the Middle East …. (spiked-online)
~ FIGHTING SHARIAH Through the Law: An Interview with David Yerushalmi, Esq., by Jerry Gordon …. (newenglishreview)
~ ON ABUSE in Muslim families: no statistics, no help …. (teaandpolitics)
~ IOWAHAWK FUN— White House in Talks With Elusive Taliban Leader …. (IH)
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