Strange Days Indeed
~ ITEM: Mark Steyn: Bystanders in their own fate
~ ITEM: 2,000 Brits take to streets to honor fallen Squaddie, media attacks marchers
~ ITEM: A soldier has been stabbed on the outskirts of Paris, although unlike Drummer Rigby in Woolwich, the French soldier was on duty
~ ITEM: MI6 Chief’s chilling warning to the people of Britain: “We cannot protect you against Muslim terror attacks”
~ ITEM: On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs – Dave Grossman
~ THE MORE I PONDER THIS, the more ashamed for British manhood and Western Civilization and bystanderism I get, and the angrier I get (in a constructive sense).
Just saying– anybody here actually willing to defend someone else in an assault situation like this? I am, and the second I saw what was going on, I’d be running them down with a car, beating them senseless with any blunt object at hand, and getting any folks with size or will at all to do likewise. The “men” in that Wellington Street beheading left it up to two women to do the manly thing, and defend someone in need.
No doubt the Bobbies would be along eventually to charge me with Islamaphobia, hate-crimes, bigotry, dangerous use of a blunt object, possible EDL membership, and many weapons charges– but I’d be a man for all that, and not a sheep, filming the end of civilization on my shiny thing and waiting for Somebody to Do Something. Guns? Knives? Barehand? Branch? Boots? Rocks? Pointy sticks?
Bystanderism ‘R’ Us
The irony, of course, that a cowardly observational don’t get involved life is a life barely worth living– and that’s the point which the jihadis are making to us, using us as the very object-lessons of our incoming civilizational doom. That’s why they wanted lots of witnesses and iPhone video.
What are you willing to live for? What are you willing to die for? If you have no clear answers other than comfort, pleasure, and more of the same, then you’re the rot.
Point The Finger
There’s lots of blame to go around, but the greatest portion belongs to the nanny-state, which promises protection for a self-disarming populace. Take their word for it: you’re safe! Call 911, 999, or whatever– 20 minutes, 1/2 hour, an hour– if you’re lucky enough not to live in one of those EU areas where the police are afraid to go, or one of those U.S. jurisdictions where the impending civic bankruptcy means police only 18 hours a day, good luck with the rest of the clock.
British Authorities seem even afraid– in the case of the massive ban on all weapons in England except cop-guns– to allow people to defend themselves, others, or innocent people of any sort against massacre, burglary, and attack. This is a very basic human instinct, predating law, nation, or even tribe. That is, the nanny-state is dehumanizing, inhumanizing, blood-allowing insanity. Liberty under law (the old English principle) has become slavery and weakness under law, with the assigned police more worried about offending someone than going to a crime scene with awkward politically incorrect circumstances.
Weak As Water.. By Design
Men who are a least theoretically by nature the war-gang or lone warrior to defend stuff have been de-natured for decades. It starts with “hands-off” playgrounds, with constant surveilling; anti-bullying programs that cow most, and create more clever bullies; little gun or arms training; and before long, you’re politely leaving the girls in the classroom to be shot by a militant half-Muslim, or watching the man with red gloves from the safety of your bus, making vids of a dead soldier with a missing head. ~
Fun With Karl Marx
~ ITEM: Amazon– Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life, by Jonathan Sperber
~ ITEM: Review– Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life, by Jonathan Sperber
~ ITEM: Waiting For The Bubble To Burst
~ EVERY ONCE in a while, the possibilities of a new book get me pre-enjoyed, before I’ve even seen it– except, with Kindle For PC, I downloaded 2 chapters, and It’s That Good.
It’s Marx without all the Marxist BS, as a man of his times, rather a back-ward looking guy who bathed rarely and was from a wealthy family, and sponged much of his living-expenses from his friend Engels– whose family were wealthy business-owners.
Fair & Balanced
It’s also Marx without the demonization, for though so much of the horror and death of the 20th century can be laid at his feet, he would not have recognized the USSR as what he had in mind. He’d looked at 19th century England under the strains of the new Industrial Revolution, an d hoped for a worker’s revolution– perhaps on the lines of the first year of the French Revolution– so that the worst edges of worker suffering might be eased, and the workers benefit from the industries they worked. Interesting ideas, but the Industrial revolution– we’re talking the 1830s and onwards– worked itself out by rising wages & standards of living, one-man-one-wage laws, and the beginnings of the nanny-state solution to social problems.
Why, you say? Because as a reader and thinker, truth should be sought. Too many modern iPod-carrying latte-sipping soft-Marxist progressives are mere slogan-machines, who can’t really articulate the evils they oppose, or why; nor what they entirely believe, or why. Thus, someone like Jonathan Sperber ‘gets’ Marx; someone like Roger Kimball can understand both sides of the Marxist argument, thus of our times and problems; again, a former Soviet propagandist like Oleg Atbashian of The People’s Cube website knows the reality and the theory in his bones, having lived it.
No Cake For You!
In 5 years, some people will observe the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Yes, you read that correctly– his birth is technically closer to AD 1618 than to AD 2013, and as a man of the past, his ideas may have new relevance, but are also dated and found more than wanting in various forms, and bearing death. Still, unlike the competing socialist system of the Nazis, we can’t wipe out Communism or the evils thereof by persecuting and killing people and burning books and forbidding words and thoughts.
We No Learn Good Old Stuff
One might have hoped that the 20th century might have taught the West those lessons once and for all, except that too much of the Western academic world still holds a candle for Karl, teaches sloppy forms of Marxism, recommends university speech-codes, and refuses to allow serious questions or critiques from young minds seeking the truth of things.
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to be stupid. And those universities that teach lies at over-inflated prices will watch over the next generation as their buildings are sold off and their massive foundations drain away (or are redistributed by President-For-Life Obama). ~
Judge Not, Or Something Like That
~ ITEM: The Khafir is Always to Blame
~ ITEM: Muslims and Westerners: The Psychological Differences
~ ITEM: The Banality of Suicide Terrorism: The Naked Truth About the Psychology of Islamic Suicide Bombing
~ ITEM: ANDREW BOSTOM– “[T]he concept of an Islamic state attracts a following determined to realize it now or as soon as practicable. They bend their energies to the achievement of this goal. That they pursue concrete political aims is clear from their use of the word “ideology” which has no rightful place in a religious context as religion”
~ ITEM: Michigan Now Considering Anti-Sharia Bill – CAIR Files Suit in Oklahoma
~ EVEN THE most secularized Westerner thinks they know that Jesus taught “Judge Not”. It’s the summary of the Gospel for feel-good Kumbayah types, who know in their hearts that down deep, Jesus was as undiscriminating, non-judgmental, and embracing of errors and evils in the name of kindness and diversity as they are.
It’s also why secular folks with Christian backgrounds are so puzzled by over-confident “It’s All Your Fault” Muslims, whose entire mindset and culture is based on pointing the finger, fixing blame, and going wild about it. It’s not Christian.
Thing is, Jesus never meant “never judge, be nice: this is the Law and the prophets”. What he actually taught was something particularly relevant to our civilizational head-on crash with militant Pan-Arab Islamism of the Muslim Brotherhood type, that ever-rising tide of violence and blame and snickering at our weakness in Europe and the United States, especially.
What He Said
“Judge not, lest you yourself be judged… as you judge, so will you be judged”.. those are things Jesus actually said, along with the micro-Parable about having a log in your own eye while busily pointing out the splinter in your brother’s eye (St. Matthew, 7:4-5):
Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother’s eye.
What-now? Then you shall see clearly to help your brother? Sounds kinda judgmental.. except, he’s saying “Don’t avoid your own sins and blindspots by using your brother’s lesser sins to play hypocritical moral superior”.. stop pointing fingers, until your own life and will are first reconciled to God, and you can THEN humbly help your sinning brother, in a spirit of gentleness, both of you having one ultimate judge: Jesus Christ The Lord. Got that? Thus, the ‘Never Judge’ relativistic hippies are wrong; terribly, terribly wrong.
Not So Much, Akshully
This is the opposite side of the world, when it comes to Islam. There, boys are spoiled rotten to adulthood– they are more better that girls, kuffar, and all the rest. Further, all problems are Somebody Else’s Fault– just like that fine sense of teen outrage and righteousness we all had for a few years, about how terrible the world was, and how terrible our parents were, and how if only the world did what we told them, all would be well, etc., whine, whinge, blame, and so on.
If your starting point (say) in dealing with the clash of civilizations is that yours serves Allah, and everybody else is in some state of pure hell-bound evil, then how can you listen to them seriously? That’s how the inspirers and now defenders of the Woolwich head-chopping cheerfully blame the West for everything, and how that all Westerners are guilty parties in the war of Islam against the West. Muhammed told them so, and if we talk about law, liberty, free speech, human rights– why, none of that shows up in the Koran, the Hadith (writings about Muhammed), or in sharia law– that’s all Satan-talk.
Sneaking, bald-faced lying, stealing– well, in Holy War, sometimes ya gotta play a little dirty. No worries, Allah says it’s OK, and the infidels need to be converted, enslaved to sharia, and otherwise outmaneuvered, so do what you must.
We Rock, You Suck!
For such an insecure blame-loving externalizing culture (much like the politically correct finger-pointers), part of the solution to the problem (whatever it is) is making sure that you are never at fault, but that your got-to blame target is constantly made aware of how much everything is their fault. The Arab victim-culture inculcates these sort of ideas: “Who did this to me? Who’s to blame? How should I retaliate?”
The West (starting with the Greeks) presumes individual (and corporate) freedom, responsibility, confession and self-criticism. “What did I do wrong? How can I fix it? How should I change to do better next time?” The entire Old Testament is a reflection on God & his wandering people, falling in and out of love with God, and bearing the consequences in their individual and corporate history as God’s Chosen people.
Oddly enough, our rampant hyper-individualism has led us into similar self-centered blame-y attitudes, though more of the “What’s In It For Me?.. More Free Stuff.. Whose Fault Is This?.. Kids Cramp My Lifestyle” sort of path.
So What, Babbler?
Until we can truly get into the heads of those who will the West to utterly submit to Allah, sharia, and rule by Islam, we will continue to operate ad seemingly bizarre cross-purposes. Even more– as we see in London and Sweden, the authorities will not be able to deal with the actual terrorists, rioters, or anti-Western Muslims, but will take it out on protesters and the law-abiding public for daring to be angry or concerned or outspoken.
As Nancy Kobrin puts it in a must-read review of a must-read book:
During my years as a social worker, and later as a psychologist for antisocial individuals, I have realized that the only, reasonable way forward is to follow this three step procedure:
1) Provide guidance and help. If this does not work, then,
2) Establish Boundaries and limitations. If this does not work, then set
Of these three, we seem mostly good at denying there’s a problem, blaming ourselves, apologizing for evil and violence, and setting few consequences for the kind of actions and words coming out of divided Muslim communities in the West, whether it’s immigrants themselves, or the seemingly more radicalized 3rd generation jihadis (like the London Tube Bombers, or the Woolwich Beheader).
Know Your Enemy is a basic tenet of warfare, from Sun-Tzu to Bernard Montgomery and onwards.. if not, then you are fighting for you’re not sure against who knows exactly, using I hope this works tactics. That is, floundering in the dark, hoping something goes well out of it all, because it’s all our fault anyhow. ~
Oh, Shut Up, Nerd
~ ITEM: TheOneRing.net
~ ITEM: Welcome to Tolkien Gateway
~ REWATCHING THE Peter Jackson Hobbit movie, and find that– it’s a bad thing– I’m re-writing the script. That usually only happens with George Lucas movies, but I think Jackson has become a self-important rich director with too many notions.
— In the scene where the narrator talks about Thrain’s undue love of gold, it would have been interesting to recall that he had the last ring of power given to the Dwarves. Surely Sauron used it to shove Thrain’s attention from the world, to his riches?
— The words of Gandalf & Bilbo as they discussed Bilbo’s part in the expedition should have been left in. A mere few seconds, to show that Bilbo was at war with himself, but had some self-respect, too.
— I could have used 2 more minutes of the dwarves quietly singing, and fewer butt-jokes– this would have been the perfect place to show the attack by Smaug on The Lonely Mountain, but Jackson is ever spoiling his stories by showing all ahead of time (witness Frodo seeing The Eye in Bree when the ring slips onto his finger). Jackson likes unwrapping all the presents days before Christmas, as it were, though there is rich joy in waiting, in wondering, in dreaming and restraining yourself from plundering the future story to pump up the present story.
— Azog the Pale Orc? He died before the events in the Hobbit. It should have been his son Bolg (the bearded orc) hunting them (if such need be), and preferably not as the prime antagonist in this movie, but as a lurking presence, revealed in Hobbit 2.0.
— Radaghast The Brown (aka cross-eyed bird-crap face)? A little more dignity, less poop & stoner jokes, please. The whole scene in Dol Goldur was ridiculous, and needed severe rewriting. Peter Jackson being clever. The whole point of Dol Guldur & “The Necromancer” was that nobody knew for sure it was Sauron redidivus, rebuilding his evil powers & orc armies, and seeking to get the Nine Riders back, and all. The Witch King would not have revealed himself so early, nor Sauron, who was hiding, being to weak to reveal himself yet.
— The Trolls? Stick to the text, with editing. And 30 more seconds in the troll-hoard, seeing gold and jewels and various olden and elven treasures would have been interesting. And the book indicates lots buried for later, not one trunk. Also, trolls bleed, don’t they? Why did the dwarven weapons have so little visible effect on the creatures? A PG-rating? The troll-actors did well, except the whiny one was too shrill & constant on that one note.
— Jackson botched the fighting mountain-giants. They were playing dodgeball, not murderball. The “drama” was overdone.
— Almost the entire Goblintown sequence, including the ridiculous scrotally-chinned Goblin-King, should be re-shot. It was Indiana Bilbo and The Temple of Doom, done poorly and at breakneck physics-defying speed. These are dwarves and a wizard and a hobbit, not small-sized superheroes or acrobats. Too much bad CGI, not enough creepy tunnels and scary darkness and goblins grabbing at legs. And we lost the “Yo ho, my lads” song. Unforgivable.
The rest, I literally ignored as it went by, sad to say. Still not as bad as Game of Thrones on page or screen, but that’s hardly a shining recommendation. ~
We Set This Scene
~ ITEM: Birth control pill inventor laments demographic ‘catastrophe’
~ ITEM: “the institutional state is now bankrupt. It is bust. Living on borrowed money, unable to sustain itself with shrunken birth rates. As a result, whole populations are finding the “safety nets” on which they counted on shot through”
~ THE MANY TENS of millions of babies aborted and Pill-prevented since the 1960s– and delayed marriage and serial monogamy– is part of the reason why Western countries resorted to massive immigration beginning in the 1970s to try and kee ppopulations above replacement-level. With that, we have imported all the world’s issues, wars, age-old feuds, and Jihad– along with many talented and peacable people.
The inward death of the desire to have families– that is, babies– has been well-considered by Mark Steyn in his recent books. The birth-dearth is the sign of inward civilization and an personal death and decadence: we, being so wonderful, will enjoy the world for ourselves as if it was all built and handed on for us, and us only.
Death-wishes can come true.. and that’s part of what’s happening to the West right now. It will not be neat, pleasant, or somewhere else we don’t have to care about. ~
Random Binky Linkies
~ BINKY WANTS to save your life– POPULAR MECHANICS: How To Escape A Sinking Car.. “They recommend the Lifehammer or the Res-Q-Me, both of which have been discussed here before…” learn how, what you’ll need, and what to do in those precious seconds … (PJ, Amazon)
~ JELLY DONUT! Hubble reveals the Ring Nebula’s true shape,”Things are not as simple as we previously thought.” … (americandigest.org)
~ HAIRDRESSING archaeologist’ solves ancient fashion mystery.. she specialises in recreating how women in ancient Rome and Greece wore their hair; and lo, she’s got her own Toob Of You channel! … (bbc, HuffPo, Utub)
~ SARUMAN ACTOR Sir Christopher Lee Releases a Heavy Metal Album on his 91st Birthday … (theonering.net)
~ LIVING WITH THE PAST: what to make of early to mid-period rock … (sergesblog.blog)
~ THE FBI VERSUS The Kingsmen + At Last! The Real Lyrics of “Louie Louie” … (americandigest.org)
~ SEMI-EXPERT Analysis: just how big is Jackson’s Smaug? … (theonering.net)
~ CLAWBACK! Green Subsidy Farmers Face Tax On Solar Panels.. you know, cuz utilities that sell less power to solar users need to “equalize” power rate for all users, suckers … (canadafreepress)
~ BRAINWASH THE CHILDRENS— “We’re from the Earth Guardians group, and we’re working on fracking and how it’s going to affect our future and our health. So we wrote this song for all the gas companies that are putting their profits ahead of our future.” … (townhall.com)
~ AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: Comprehensive analysis of impact spherules supports theory of massive impact event 12,800 years ago … (instapundit)
~ WHY I THINK we’re wasting billions on global warming, by top British climate scientist … (dailymail)
~ EXTORTIONISM— The EU’s great green U-turn on policy that is sending energy bills soaring across the continent … (dailymail.co.uk)
~ STEYN ON MUSICS— Ray Manzarek of the Doors died last week, and, having lived out his three score and ten, will be denied the posthumous celebrity of his prematurely departed bandmate Jim Morrison … (steynonline.com)
~ IN HIS BIG SPEECH the other day, President Obama said, “Much of our best counterterrorism cooperation results in the gathering and sharing of intelligence.” … (NRO)
~ IF YE BREAK Faith with use who die… (nationalreview)
~ EUROPEAN policy on its Muslim communities in a nutshell … (NRO)
~ FREE SPEECHERY— Chris Schafer of the Canadian Constitution foundation joins Ezra to discuss safeguarding Canada from UK censorship tactics; George Igler speaks with Ezra about the UK’s assault on free speech as a response to the terror attack … (ezralevant.com)
~ THE MOUTH OPENS, and.. More Justin anti-West bigotry … (Ez)
~ SMITE PEASANTRY! John Dixon tells Ezra about how a local BC government is suing its own citizens for their use of free speech … (ezralevant.com)
~ STOP TORY-BASHING FOR A SEC— Ottawa Libs against senate reform … (ezralevant)
~ SHAIDLE OF INCARNATE EVIL— Woolwich and beyond: my NEW Taki’s article; Julie Burchill fights it out with another female columnist; Dear Muslims: See how easy this is?; standing guard at the memorial until the graffitti is removed’; ‘Harper, Obama agree with Mischa Popoff– BC Conservatives say ‘Sorry”; Hang on: Which ones are the ‘fascists’?; Warsaw Ghetto rebel Boruch Spiegel died earlier this month, age 93; ‘How Father Kapaun celebrated Easter in Korea in 1951; ‘Everything about this Toronto Star story on white flight from Brampton (…) is wrong’ … (fivefeetoffury.com)
~ BIG FAKE BRAINERS— The perversions of M. Foucault by Roger Kimball – The New Criterion (M.R. Kimball, him brain good); in related matters, The End of Literature … (newcriterion.com, theimaginativeconservative.org)
~ AND WHY NOT? — Former party chairman Lord Tebbit suggested gay marriage should be extended to family members to avoid inheritance tax, declaring: ‘I quite fancy my brother!’ … (dailymail)
~ MULTICULTURALISM doesn’t work– utterly unrelated verse in the Koran: “slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush.” … (sunnewsnetwork.ca)
~ BLARING CATNIP— Anonymous Source: Toronto Star performs twisted medical experiment; 70 killed in wave of Baghdad bombings; vandals scrawl ‘Islam’ on two war memorials in London; Memorial Day 2013: Jihad Is Stronger Than Ever; ritain has had its head stuck firmly in the sand; Woolwich attack carried out by a home-grown Islamic terror cell far bigger than originally estimated?; Human Magic 8 Ball of lefty cliches Marianne Meed-Ward; Moderate Muslim Discourse; Pakistani lesbians who are the first Muslim gay couple to wed in UK claim political asylum; The London Beheading: A Betrayal of Britain, Not Islam; Blogwrath attended the Daniel Pipes lecture… it went downhill pretty fast from the sound of it … (blazingcatfur.blog)
~ DOOOOMED! DOOOMED, I tells ya!– ‘The chair is out to kill us,’ a Mayo doctor says. Several studies point to the health risks of too much sitting. Saith Binks: So don’t smoke while being fat & eating salty snacks, Big Gulps, and all the rest. Or you will die. Of course, too much standing can cause blood-pooling and varicose veins. Too much walking can cause shin-splints, bad knees, and foot problems. TOo much lying down can lead to bed-sores and blood-flow issues (and blood-pooling). The only possible safe position is to jump into the air and stay there … (latimes.com)
~ MARX ON MONDAY— “Listening to the debate in the commons last week about same sex marriage one fact has become crystal clear to me – if you oppose gay marriage you are a fascist!” … (bogpaper.com)
~ SOME ADVICE to Christians and Churches Involved in Boy Scouts … (reformation21.org)
~ MASS PROTESTS— ‘It Brought Tears to Our Eyes’: American Describes Witnessing Thousands in Paris March Against Gay Marriage; 200,000 Protesters Mass in Paris for Final Crusade Against Gay Marriage … (theblaze, ibtimes.co.uk)
~ JENNY MCCARTHY, MASS MURDERER?: Grieving parents speak out against anti-vaccination extremist … (instapundit)
~ EUTOPIA?– So how’s that workin’ out for ya? Unrest may spread across Europe, warns Red Cross chief. Charity boss ‘worried’ by effect of austerity measures on Continent’s poor; Millions of poverty-stricken Italians unable to afford heat, meat amid economic crisis … (independent, rt.com)
~ SILLY DOUG FORD— The Politics OF Personal Destruction don’t include actual apologies! Councillor Doug Ford wants an apology … (sunnewsnetwork.ca)
~ LYING LIARS AND THEIR LIES— Atlantic Magazine’s Bogus, Pernicious Meme That Homosexual ‘Marriages’ are ‘Happier Than’ Traditional Marriages … (blazingcatfur.blog)
~ SO MUCH DANGER— Meddling with what we do not Understand … (theimaginativeconservative.org)
~ NOW IT’S A SOCIAL-WORKER worker for every child – in Scotland. More state interference in families will not protect children … (telegraph)
~ GREAT Literature instructs us by revealing, in new and striking ways, truths about our world and ourselves … (theimaginativeconservative.org)
“Literature instructs us by revealing, in new and striking ways, truths about our world and ourselves. One of the most famous treatises on poetry is Sir Philip Sidney’s Apology for Poetry, written in response to Puritan attacks claiming that all poetry was essentially immoral. Sidney engages the relation between aesthetics and ethics, between the beautiful and the good. Following Aristotle, he argues that poetry reveals universals and is therefore deeply philosophical, deeply true. But he goes farther, asserting that poetry is a better ethical teacher than philosophy, for poetry touches our emotions and moves us to moral action, while philosophy can teach us what is right but not move our hearts to act on that knowledge.”
~ Ben Lockerd ~
~ PROTESTERS in over 400 cities march vs MONSANTO, BigPharm corporation of evil … (WaPo)
~ NOT DONE YET— “The ban on homosexually active scout leaders then becomes transitional and that only for short duration, leading inevitably to opening the scouts to homosexually active scout leaders” writes horrible bigot Rob Gagnon. Boy Scouts decision to welcome gay Scouts ‘first step’ say activists … (theglobeandmail, robgagnon.net)
~ PERSISTENT PRO-BABY PEST, activist, editor Fr. Alphonse de Valk to receive civil rights award … (lifesitenews)
~ TOUCHSTONE— Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Bang? … (touchstonemag)
~ I WANT ATTENTION! “Doctor Who is a ‘thunderously racist’ drama which promotes dismissive attitudes towards black companions and ‘contempt’ for primitive cultures, academics have claimed.” … (telegraph)
~ CANUCKISTAN— Another HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION violation of human rights, via Wally Keeler … (youtube)
~ TRAGICALLY STUPID French pro-marriage figure committed suicide to protest immigration, not gays, saluted paganism … (lifesitenews)
~ ANTI-RELIGIOUS LAW UPDATE— More on England and absolute power over reality itself … (sergesblog.blog)
~ ROD DREHER on the Sexual Revolution … (firstthings)
~ SHUT UP, MEAT! Oh yes, legal euthanasia is going to work out SO well– Toronto hospital places ‘Do not resuscitate’ order on man who told son, ‘Don’t let me die’ … (lifesitenews.com)
~ COPYBOOK HEADINGS— Harper Tories begin their long slow descent?; Fighting Fluoridation; my favourite television programs; Edmund Burke: The First Conservative; Taking One For The Team; how is this an appropriate function of the Canadian government; Another little dent in the Trudeaupian edifice; According to the referenced survey only 8% of Canadians trust bloggers … (godscopybook.blog)
~ THOUGHTS ON Tolkien and Magic: The Power of Individuality … (theonering.net)
~ ONGOING BRITISH Gay marriage chaos: Peter Tatchell and Tory rebels support the same amendment … (blogs.telegraph)
~ WE SCOFF AT babies— the crowning glory of human creativity— and where they come from … (thepublicdiscourse.com)
~ TRUTHINESS— Liberal student activist threatened herself with rape in Facebook hoax to frame conservatives … (dailymail)
~ BIZARRE NOTION— ‘Wrongfully pregnant’: Canadian lawsuit shows just how enslaved women on the pill have become … (lifesitenews)
~ SLOUCHING To Despotism by Fergus Downie … (newenglishreview.org)
~ GREAT BOOKS, Higher Education, and the Logos … (theimaginativeconservative.org)
~ BELMONT CLUB— “the institutional state is now bankrupt. It is bust. Living on borrowed money, unable to sustain itself with shrunken birth rates. As a result, whole populations are finding the “safety nets” on which they counted on shot through” … (pjmedia.com)
~ SCHOOL IS FOR PERVERSION, KIDS! At least one mom won’t be sending her child to school on cross-dressing ‘Switch It Up Day’ … (rightwingnews)
~ CORRUPT AMERICAN Senate shoots down GMO labeling amendment.. after all, who would buy mutant evil food that might mess with your genes? They don’t want people be able to choose; Vermont House passes GMO-labeling law … (rt.com, gmo-compass.org, grist.org)
~ THE SUPER-GENIUS Justin Trudeau: Senate is Quebec’s secret weapon! … (blogs.canoe.ca)
~ LINE UP! SHUT UP! Chant the same things! “Opponents of gay marriage are now treated by the press in the same way queer-rights agitators were in the past: as strange, depraved creatures, whose repenting and surrender to mainstream values we await with bated breath,” writes Brendan O’Neill in Spiked! … (firstthings)
~ DO YOU KNOW What an Odyssey Is? … (theimaginativeconservative.org)
~ CALLING OUT LEFTY hypocrisy: pushing contraception on girls … (sergesblog.blog)
~ REALITY IS BIGOTED & SEXIST New Study: “women perpetrate physical and emotional abuse, as well as engage in control behaviors, at comparable rates to men” … (instapundit)
~ A MAN OF His Time– ‘Karl Marx,’ by Jonathan Sperber … (nytimes.com)
~ REPREHENSIBLE KATE— To the Horror of Global Warming Alarmists, Global Cooling Is Here; Woolwich: Lone Wolf Update– Police arrest 10th suspect in connection with the vicious killing of an off-duty British soldier; Edmonton fumigates buses for bed bugs; Captain Obvious, reporting for Maisonneuve; Is There Nothing That Obamacare Can’t Do?; and “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal” … (smalldeadanimals)
~ A NEW BOOK— The Fix: How addiction is taking over your world … (amazon.co.uk)
~ BOOKFACE AND TWEETER underline a brutal truth: thanks to social mobility, we’re taking on more friendships than we can sustain. How do we deal with the surplus? There’s natural wastage as friends move away; other relationships – especially those nurtured by social media – are so brittle that they crack at the first hint of tension … (blogs.telegraph)
~ FACTS ARE BIGOTED— Gay Men Responsible for Most Military Sex Assaults … (frontpagemag.com)
~ SOCIALIZED HEALTHCARE– UK Tories look to limit the number of times you can see your GP each year … (dailymail)
~ THAT NEW BOOK— The Truth About Trudeau: He was no stranger to political skullduggery … (fullcomment.nationalpost)
~ FUN WITH EXPLICIT STATUTORY RAPE and teen molestation — writes Dave Carlin on BookFace, “I see that the top prize at Cannes has gone to “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” a film about a lesbian love affair between a 15-year-old girl and an adult woman. In most states in the USA such an affair would constitute statutory rape. But I thought the gay rights movement had long assured us that adult gays have no sexual interest in underage boys and girls. Did the makers of this movie not get the message?” Not all rape is bad, especially not gay rape? Remember: what we watch has nothing to do with what we think, even though advertisers spend billions on movies & TV advertising to influence what we think about their products. So shut up, hobophobes! … (lifesitenews)
~ AMERICAN DIGEST— Something Wonderful: The Sins of Memphisto; The cemetery at the top of Queen Anne in Seattle is busy this weekend; From each one in the harsh soil a myriad are spun; It takes more than weapons to defend a city, it demands the knowledge of the rightness of their use … (americandigest.org)
~ KINDA LIKE TEXTING OR drunk-driving, except worse?– Google Glass ‘eye wear’ is ‘potentially dangerous’ as it may stop users from seeing something ‘utterly obvious’ … (dailymail)
~ BRITISH NEO-GESTAPO: People Arrested in the Middle of the Night for Anti-Islam FB Comments … (unitedpatriotsworldwide.com)
~ GAY SHOES & groovy bishops: no wonder young people are losing their faith … (blogs.telegraph)
~ SHINY THING IS THE PRECIOUS! How the Smartphone Killed the Three-Day Weekend, Sabbath rest … (cnbc.com)
~ LAURA ROSEN COHEN OF EXTREMISM— G-d bless this grandfather and all his family, and his little great-grandchild; I don’t think that taking a sh*t on stage is high culture; “YOUR Pension?” I’m sure this is really NOTHING to worry about; the human cost of rudeness to others is quite incalculable; “Our problem is not “Islamophobia”, but Islamophilia.”; Friendly reminder, from this Jew, via this Christian; A nice fat dose of super-sized sharia creep; Oh Mah Gawd this is a good one! … (endofyourarm.com)
~ BRAVE FREE SPEECHER— A brave British woman shows why Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka is right when he calls England a ‘cesspit’ breeding Islamists, via Tarek Fatah … (vimeo.com)
~ DEATH TO ALL NUISANCES! Vermont Becomes Third State to Legalize Assisted Suicide. Trust the IRS, your doctors & nurses, your lawyers, your family.. the decades of abuse and murder in the Netherlands and Belgium could never happen here (except it already does) … (lifenews.com)
~ JOHN ROBSON— “Back in 2005 in Ezra Levant’s Western Standard magazine I wrote a piece on polygamy”.. Guess who’s coming to dinner … (eyeonthehill)
~ VERMONT FALLS unto medicam murder cult– ‘Death with Dignity’ claims another victim … (alexschadenberg.blog)
~ CANADA FREE PRESS— You’re out of order!; The Price of Freedom; Salon’s Memorial Day Message to America: You’re Not So Special; Cameron-Obama ‘Cut and Run, Go on Vacation Copycat’ Routine; American-Russian-Turkish Triangle and the Civil War in Syria … (canadafreepress.com)
~ PONDERING “Poetry” as Political Concern: Aristotelian Tragedy … (theimaginativeconservative.org)
~ ACTON INSITUTE— Corruption, Repentance, and Restoration in a Time of Scandal; 7 Great Books for Memorial Day; Entrepreneurs Pray More Frequently Than Non-Entrepreneurs; Nostalgia for Mid-Twentieth Century Middle Class Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be; The Failing Success of Population Control in the Developing World; America: Current Threats To Your Religious Liberty … (blog.acton.org)
~ ONTARIO CASE— Elder abuse caught on video, elder abuse incident is not isolated. But don’t worry, legal “euthanasia” won’t ever be abused or extended or used on the troublesome elderly … (alexschadenberg.blog)
~ BIG BLUE WAVE— Atheist Group Plans to Protest Texas Homeschool Convention; Why Protestants Changed Their Tune on Contraception; always obtain a corroborating source for any material allegation before a story is published; Pope says Atheists May Also Go to Heaven, So Why Accept the Catholic Faith?; Sad news from the UK: Prostitution is Struggling; huge wave of Sex-selective abortion in Nepal.. “Indeed, just 325 girls were born for every 1,000 boys amongst the richest urban women.” that’s a 67.5% abortion rate for pre-born girls, right? … (bigbluewave.ca)
~ ZEEZLE WHIPPERS— Gallup Poll: 46% Say Government Is “Immediate Threat To The Rights And Freedoms Of Ordinary Citizens”; Two-Thirds Of British Citizens Believe Muslims And White Britons Will Face A “Clash Of Civilizations”; We Can Promise Them Their Sacrifice Will Never Be Forgotten; Murderer Of British Soldier “A Nut, Who Happens To Be Muslim”.. Can’t Blame Islamists; Morsi Will “Liberate” Jerusalem From The Jews, “Israel Will Vanish”…; Bigots! British Officials Admit They Knew Islamist Who Hacked Soldier To Death Had Ties To Al-Qaeda; Next Nanny Bloomberg Crackdown? Those Evil Sidewalk Cafes! … (weaselzippers.us)
~ WHAT THE Mike Duffy scandal says about Stephen Harper … (macleans.ca)
~ OLD RICH MAN MARRIED to babe has problems– Monty Python star John Cleese finds that living abroad is no laughing matter … (telegraph)
~ IT AIN’T OVER. EVER— How will the Boy Scouts, now admitting openly gay members, respond to a liberal culture that increasingly equates “anti-sexual abuse” with “anti-gay”? … (americanthinker.com)
~ C-JUNKER— “I don’t know.” “I don’t remember.” “I’m not familiar with that detail.” “It’s not my precise area.” “I’m not familiar with that letter.”; Sacrifice Anyone in Order to Protect the Head; in related news, Make Elections as Unfair as Possible … (CJ)
~ NOTHING TO SEE HERE!– Platitudes are flowing in Japan as Haruhiko Kuroda, Japan’s central bank governor, says the risk of systemic instability is “not large” … (finance.townhall.com)
~ HATE-FILLED MCJ— An Australian dance company recently debuted an excremental, I mean experimental new performance; Big Narcissism picks a fight that it cannot win; A vegan couple were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for the death of their malnourished 6-week-old baby boy; A veteran TV anchorman has been fired in the wake of comments he made (IRS.. shhhh!); Gubmit Motors– Insert your own pungent comment here; Statutory rape is not a crime when a homosexual commits it … (themcj.com)
~ COMPARED TO THE BOOMERS, the Millennials are models of sobriety, industriousness and chastity … (sergesblog.blog)
~ MORE EVIL KATHY— The Vietnam War: everything you know is wrong … (examiner.com)
~ I HAVE ALWAYS ” been something of a contrarian. I have never been content to simply accept what “everyone knows” as given. This-– perhaps paradoxically–- is precisely what leads me, in many ways, to my conservative disposition”… (theimaginativeconservative.org)
~ OH REALLY? Binks thought so in the 1990s.. Time to ban the word community … (blogs.telegraph)
~ THE OBAMA REVEALED to us in recent days is something rare in our history: a spectator president who reacts to revelations like some stunned bystander … (theimaginativeconservative)
~ FIRSTHAND: The IRS Targeted My Organization … (instapundit)
~ LERNER DIDIT— The IRS Suppressed the Romney Vote: “There was a flat-out effort to suppress the conservative vote in this election while everybody was listening to the allegation that conservatives wanted to suppress the black vote or the gay vote, all the attention focused on photo ID, to be able to vote.” … (ushlimbaugh.com)
~ ZZZZZZZ..“SMART DIPLOMACY” UPDATE: As the US Naps, China Doubles Down on Caribbean Policy … (pjmedia.com)
~ BIRDS OF A FEATHER— Professional ‘progressive movement’ uses Organizing for Action email list. (It’s okay. They own it.) … (hoocoodanode.com)
~ FAUX-MONEY BERNANKE out by August, QE ends, rates up: Crash– Commentary: Prepare now because easy money will dry up: “this is a Fed-driven rally. Soon the Fed will be forced to stop printing cheap money” … (marketwatch.com)
~ BIG DADDY OBAMA— “A feminist utopia is a million beta males under the heel of an alpha male state, toiling for the pleasure of fat women. Men paying through the nose for Obamacare, while women enjoy luxurious savings” … (sergesblog.blog)
~ GREAT IDEAS, with Sarah Palin: Let’s fund White House tours with Lois Lerner’s salary … (twitchy.com)
~ THE MOST CHILLING Details From The Kafkaesque Search Warrant That Went After A Fox News Reporter … (businessinsider.com)
~ DEMOCRATS IN ACTION— Bankrupt Detroit May Force Museum to Sell Van Gogh and Degas Paintings. Bush didit … (frontpagemag)
~ OBAMANATION— The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza has provided some of the most comprehensive reporting on the Justice Department’s investigation into Fox News reporter James Rosen; in completely unrelated news, Michael Barone: More than all past presidents put together, Obama uses 1917 Espionage Act to go after reporters … (twitchy.com, instapundit)
~ AWKWARD ‘FACTS’— U.S. Military: We Could Have Saved Ambassador Stevens; Cover Your Ass Update: Dems Prepare Benghazi Defensive Plan.. no, not to apologize or protect anybody, but to avoid truth … (minutemennews, instapundit)
~ WHAT WOULD be so terrible about simply admitting Obama is an ideologue? … (nationalreview)
~ DEAR IRS: Concerning the Content of my Prayers – Fay Voshell … (americanthinker)
~ DAVID MILLS— An Extraordinary Ordinary Scandal … (firstthings)
~ RAYMOND IBRAHIM: Obama Administration Calls for the ‘Human Rights’ of Jihadi Murderers … (raymondibrahim.com)
~ IRS MORALITY: Defend Planned Parenthood, Deluge 90% of Adoptive Families with Audits … (nationalreview)
~ MICHAEL WALSH: How Does Eric Holder Survive? Because AG is Obama’s alter-ego — his fall would be a defeat and an insult. Holder is also protection … (pjmedia)
~ MIKE S. ADAMS— Obama and the Rules of Sexual Engagement; Time to Ban High Capacity Liberals From Campus; Letters to a Young Progressive; How Capitalism is Destroying My Neighborhood … (townhall.com)
~ BUT OF COURSE— Former Obama Intel Official: ‘Trend’ of Leaks Being Set at ‘Top of This Administration’ … (weeklystandard)
~ REMEMBER THE OFFICIAL Narrative: Obama Defeated Al-Qaeda, Islamist Terrorist Acts Aren’t Connected … (rushlimbaugh.com)
~ UPPITY UNBAGGED CHICK ASKS— As a “national security risk” who got more time and attention, reporter #Rosen or jihadist #Tsarnaev ? … (twitchy.com)
~ FUN WITH MURDER & TERROR— Hezb’allah: A Chicken on the EU Terror List – Shoshana Bryen … (americanthinker)
~ COMMENTATORBen Shapiro speaks with Brian Lilley about Obama’s terrorism speech, an attempt to distract from the scandal swirling around him … (sunnewsnetwork.ca)
~ IT’S A SMALL WORLD— Obama’s Brother Works With Man Who Attacked US Embassy … (shoebat.com)
~ ENEMY OF THE STATE— “The latest reporting in the matter of Fox News Channel’s James Rosen indicates the Obama administration fought to keep the search warrant for Rosen’s private email account secret, arguing that the government might need to monitor the account for a lengthy period of time” … (powerlineblog.com)
~ HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF— Diana West sees a precedent for Western blindness toward Islamic domination in Cold War attitudes towards Communism during and after World War II … (dailycaller)
~ TRIPLEGATE: It’s Like Saul Alinsky is Running the Country, says Rachel Alexander … (rightwingnews)
~ OBAMA’S CYNICAL War Speech– Islamic supremacism is not based on a lie. By Andrew C. McCarthy … (nationalreview)
~ JABBA THE RUSH (OF EVIL)— “You Can’t Convince Me the Code Pink Heckler Wasn’t a Setup”; plus “Flashback: Obama Promised His Stimulus Would Fix Crumbling Roads and Bridges” … (rushlimbaugh.com)
~ A GOOD IDEA? “There is a simple way to restrain the IRS so this type of intrusion doesn’t happen again: get rid of it.” … (rightwingnews)
Nothing To Do With Jihad & Islam
~ MORE ON Woolwich: The investigation … (cpnagasaki)
~ OFFICIAL BRITAIN STANDS TOUGH! “We also have officers out keeping an eye on the Cheese Rolling event at Coopers Hill”; and in other news, Pregnant British woman detained by cops for having a British flag, someone was ‘provoked’; plus, EDL supporters march through central London … (Various)
~ THE REAL ENEMY UNMASKED! Armed forces charity Help for Heroes has announced it will not accept donations from the far-right English Defence League … (cpnagasaki)
~ DRUMMER LEE RIGBY’S family visit scene of his murder in Woolwich; Woolwich attack: British soldier’s death was more than ‘lone wolf’ attack; Woolwich attack: Government plans crackdown on extremists; The reaction to the murder of Lee Rigby was as predictable as the story of the suspects, writes Andrew Gilligan … (telegraph)
~ EVIL JEWS DID IT, to make the Muslim Brotherhood look bad. It’s Obvious. Armed Rebels Massacre Entire Population of Christian Village in Syria… (cpnagasaki)
~ DELINGPOLE on Friday: Woolwich – it was all Nick Robinson’s fault! “There am I, stuck in the fuddy-duddy mindset where you see a 25-year old father of a one year old boy being hacked to death with meat cleavers on a busy London street and all you can do is respond with the gut feeling that “This is wrong. This is totally wrong!” … (bogpaper.com)
~ A BEHEADING, Multiculturalism and Videotape … (frontpagemag)
~ GET NO RESPECT! “You can’t help but feel a little bit sorry for your average Muslim terrorist. They go to all the trouble of blowing up children in Boston, killing US Army personnel in Texas, detonating bars in Bali, flying jets into New York skyscrapers and now basically removing a soldier’s head in a London street, all in the holy name of Islam. But where’s the credit? Where’s the respect?” … (instapundit)
~ THE ANGELS who stood guard over beheaded soldier’s corpse … (express)
~ ATLAS SHRUGGED— “Mutual respect.” Here’s what it looks like; Passenger who theatened to blow up PIA passenger jet being arrested; Pregnant woman arrested in Oldham for holding British flag; Obama cancels Fleet Week but has $4 billion for Palestinians?!; An Islamic takeover of a predominantly Christian African country; President Obama makes an embarrassing speech rationalizing surrender and denial; alleged Woolwich killers were radicalised at Greenwich University’s Islamic Society; Obama’s war on our fundamental rights is devastating; Palestinian Firebomb Throwers Use Press as Human Shields; HUFFPOST MUSLIM WRITER TWEETS DEATH THREAT AGAINST MUSLIM BRITISH OFFICER; Another case of Muslim slavery in America; A sharia no-go zone at The Hague, where they want to try Jewish soldiers for “crimes against humanity” for defending themselves … (atlasshrugs2000)
~ ENEMY CONTROLLED— ‘No porn or prostitution’: Islamic extremists set up Sharia law controlled zones in British cities in 2011 … (dailymail)
~ CHEERFUL & BUSY Stockholm riots leave Sweden’s dreams of perfect society up in smoke … (telegraph)
~ THE PLOT SICKENS— Woolwich Terrorists, truth emerging, parallels to Boston … (canadafreepress)
~ WHY DRUMMER RIGBY’S killers should be charged with treason … (dailymail.co.uk)
~ BLOODY JIHADIIslamic preacher Choudary peddles hatred from a sweet shop: The shops sell lemon bonbons, kola cubes, aniseed balls and tasty apple laces, while also offering leaflets to parents and children that state it is time for an “Islamic Revolution”. See more just below … (express)
~ ESSENTIAL READING— Muslims and Westerners: The Psychological Differences … (newenglishreview.org)
~ CANADIAN SECURITY EXPERT David Harris joins Brian Dunstan with analysis on the gruesome attack that occured outside London … (sunnewsnetwork)
~ VER FORGET? 9/11 Family Member Thinks We Have … (rushlimbaugh.com)
~ MI5 HAS SOME explaining to do if the Woolwich attackers were known threats … (blogs.telegraph)
~ LONDON & STOLKHOLM: The Decline of the West– “Why would an army that is outmanned and outnumbered continue to fight? One reason: it senses weakness in its opponents” … (stuartschneiderman.blog)
~ DIVERSITY BONFIRES.. bring the marshmallows & weenies! Ebony And Ivory Live Together In Perfect Harmony … (americandigest.org)
~ DANIEL HANNAN— “Don’t glamourise these losers by treating them as international terrorists”; Mr. Hannan is generally spot on, but in this case, I think his analysis needs more content.. of course they’re not “International Terrorists” so? Terror comes in many forms, attack Western innocence & niavete and lack of moral imagination … (danielhannan)
~ STOCKHOLM police ticket white victims as Muslim immigrants burn the city down? “Over 150 cars have been completely destroyed. By night the authorities cower in fear, by day they come out to ticket the victims”; and Stockholm Police Chief: “Our Ambition is Really to do as Little as Possible.” … (topconservativenews)
~ WILLIAM GAIRDNER— “Ahmad commented somewhat self-righteously on my Jan. 17th post about the number of European churches being converted to mosques” … (williamgairdner.com)
~ AN INSIDER’S TAKE— My Name is Bosch and I’m a Recovered Muslim … (frontpagemag)
~ THE INEVITABLE DECLINE OF GREAT BRITAIN (CONT.) via Power Line Blog … (powerlineblog.com)
~ CRUEL & UNUSUAL Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law … (familysecuritymatters.org)
~ NON-SPECIFIC Infiltration? The Alarming Details Surrounding Alleged Hezbollah Member’s Arrest in Texas … (theblaze.com)
~ FOR NO REASON, Largest Persian Speaking Church in Tehran Closed … (assistnews)
~ VIA ISLAMOPHOBE TAREK FATAH— Saudi-born Canadian cleric on a homophobic roll. Claims Sam Harris and I are “husband and husband”. Saith Binks: DOn’t worry, hatey-imam, I have a screen shot in case your site mysteriously vanishes or this post gets lost on the interwebs. Remember: always screen-shot content you want to long-term reference when dealing with progressives, radical muslims, or squish conservatives … (mohamedghilan)
~ VLAD TEPES— Publicly funded mosques in Greece spark protests; Woolwich killers were radicalised at Greenwich University’s Islamic Society?; Links and news for May 27 2013; Some clips of the EDL at Downing St. May 27; Former head of MI5 calls for people to spy on neighbours following murder of soldier Lee Rigby; Terrorist thug jailed for plotting to behead soldier batters prison guard … (vladtepesblog.com)
~ TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREETS: Swedish Citizens Take to Streets to Defend Property From Rioting Immigrants. If the responsible authorities fail to act, other forms of authority will assert themselves. They may not act responsibly, but they will act. Saith Binks: whaddya wanna figure that the Stolkholm and other police services will be out in force to bust law-abiding non-Muslim heads? I called it, and ITYS!.. this just in, Swedish riots continue as police disperse vigilantes and ignore rioters … (pjmedia, networkedblogs)
~ PLAIN EVIL-SPEAKING by misunderstander of Islam– The leader of the Muslim Public Affairs (MPACUK), Asghar Bukhari, when interviewed by the BBC, placed the entire blame for the murder in Woolwich on the West … (americanthinker.com)
~ WAS IT A MONK? AN CARTOON VILLAIN? “French President Francois Hollande said the identity of the attacker, who escaped, was unknown and cautioned against jumping to conclusions about the assault on the uniformed soldier in the La Defense shopping area.” … (pjmedia.com)
~ ANDREW BOSTOM— Discussion of Jihad Butchery in London With Tom Trento; Jihad Butchery in London and the Big Islamic Lie (Blog and Interview); Diana West: American Subversion, From Communism to Islam; Libya’s “Classical Liberal” Sharia Supremacist Leader … (andrewbostom.org)
~ WILL THE TALIBAN ever sever its ties to al-Qaeda? Here’s why the omens aren’t good … (blogs.telegraph)
~ MEMRI: Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: The European Races Are Barbaric Races … (memritv.org)
~ ENDLESS HUMILIATION— Now, Blasphemy Charges Becoming New Weapon Against Egyptian Christians … (blog.christianitytoday)
~ 2010: ANGRY MUSLIMS + machete, two apparent Jews, death-threats ensue, police & media ignore… Forgotten almost-beheadings in Canada? … (examiner.com)
~ FORMER ISLAMIST— ‘I watched a man stabbed in a London street – and felt nothing’; Maajid Nawaz is author of Radical: My Journey From Islamist Extremism To A Democratic Awakening … (dailymail, amazon)