Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Definition of "An Excercise In Futility"

British Jews who support Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, but hate how it's become suffused with Jew-hate, are "considering legal action" against it.

And Now, a Message to America From a Baffled Fan

America, I love you. But the fact that your system of governance includes a mechanism to defund your federal government and shut it down for a time seems like the pinnacle of lunacy to me.

Could it be time to come up with a different--a better--modus operandi?

The Very Best Thing About the Trump Administration

Two words: Nikki Haley.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

All the Lonely People, Where Do They All Come From?

They come from the U.K., apparently, where the government has seen fit to create--yes!--a Ministry of Loneliness.

Sounds like the title of a bad Graham Greene novel, no?

Now, I'm no social scientist, but it seems to me that "loneliness" is a symptom/manifestation of something else, something larger. Societal breakdown? The spiritual emptiness that's a function of a life replete with hedonistic self-indulgence and devoid of any connectedness to a higher power or sense of purpose?

Something alone those lines, I think.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Left/Liberal Takeaway From the Curious Incident of the Hijabi in the Day-Time: It's Your Fault, Islamophobic Canadians!

A Toronto schoolgirl's harrowing account of how a scissors-wielding attacker slashed her hijab on her way to school--a tale which quickly flared into a media sensation--has turned out to be completely bogus (go figure, eh?). And what's the left/Liberal reaction to it all? It's to feign relief even as they avail themselves of the opportunity to gin up fears about our "Islamophobia".

Hence, this, in today's Globe and Mail:
Bernie Farber, executive director of the Mosaic Institute, a think tank that promotes diversity, and former chief executive officer of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said the fact that these allegations were false "does not in any way diminish the fact that Islamophobia is rampant in this country and we need to find a way to stop it."
And this, from our numbskull prime minister:
The Prime Minister's Office said Monday that "we have seen an unfortunate pattern of increased hate crimes in past months directed toward religious minorities, particularity toward women. We need to take this issue extremely seriously as this pattern is a warning sign of increased intolerance." 
And this, in the National Post:
There used to be a news maxim that “Jews are news,” which made sense when anti-Semitism was the greater cultural concern. Now, it is the hijab that is guaranteed clickbait.

“Today we’re experiencing the very same thing with Muslims,” said Karen Mock, an educational psychologist and human rights consultant who chaired the committee that developed the Ontario government’s hate crime strategy. “These things do get blown out of proportion when it’s a marginalized or racialized group.”
Also this--the Mock-averse letter I sent in response:
I'm sorry to have to break it to Joseph Brean and Karen Mock, but according to the most recent Statistics Canada data, it is Jews, and not Muslims (or any other minority group), who are most often on the receiving end of a hate crime in Canada--and by a wide margin.

Thus, if "Jews are news" no longer, it's not because anti-Semitism has been consigned to history's dustbin; if anything, there's more of it around than ever. It's because there's a "sexier" victim group out there, and because Liberals like Karen Mock and Justin Trudeau see a benefit in catering to it, and to waggling their fingers at Canadians whom they accuse of harboring "Islamophobic" feelings toward Muslims.

That's why, instead of asking why an 11-year-year old girl would be motivated to fabricate a story about how her hijab was slashed by a non-existent "Islamophobe," they are still intent on slamming Canadians for our (largely) non-existent Islamophobia.

How pathetic--and how insulting.
Update: To be fair to Mock, she does raise some possible reasons for the fabrication:
Mock similarly said the case should not be ignored because a child lied. Perhaps she was being harassed or bullied and no one was listening to her. Perhaps she herself wanted to get rid of her hijab. Perhaps this was meant as a call for help. Could this be crying wolf to the principal, and being unable to walk it back once the news cameras arrived in her school?

“We don’t know and nobody should be passing judgment until we find out,” Mock said.
And if we find out that the girl was prompted to do it by one or both parents who saw a value in playing the victim card (not that we ever will find it out, given that the cops have announced that it's case closed), then can we pass judgment?

Update: Robert Spencer comments:
See how the establishment media narrative works? When racist, bigoted “Islamophobes” supposedly target Muslims, Muslims are victims. And when Muslims fake “Islamophobic hate crimes,” Muslims are victims. Not only that, but when Muslims scream “Allahu akbar” and murder infidels, Muslims are victims. Always and in every situation, Muslims are victims, to be appeased and accommodated in every possible way. Once you understand, we can all lock arms and march together into our glorious multicultural, diverse future.
Yup. That's exactly how the Trudeaupians unpack it.

Update: The Toronto Sun's Anthony Furey says that the hijab hoax girl and her family owe Canadians an apology.

If I know one thing for certain, it's this: that is never going to happen.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Forcing "Migrants" In Germany to Visit a Concentration Camp the Way to Tackle Their Jew-Hate?

Some seem to think so, anyway.

Me? I don't believe it'll work, seeing as the migrants' antipathy to Jewry has its source, for the most part, in Islam's foundational holy texts.

What will work? Well, for starters, Germany could at least acknowledge that opening its doors to millions of Jew-haters is a terrible way to try to assuage residual guilt for the Holocaust.

On Last Night's "The Agenda": Dealing With ISIS Returnees

Watch it here and you'll see that the only expert on the show who agrees with the Trudeau government's approach to the problem is the woman who heads up the government-funded body that's been created to dole out the shekels to local "counter-radicalization" initiatives.

Update: A few words you won't find on the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence website--jihad, jihadis, Islam, Islamism and, last but definitely not least, "Allahu Akbar!"

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Two Different Approaches to "Birth Tourism" In North America

The first approach is the American one. See, for instance, this:
Southern California apartment complexes that doubled as "maternity hotels" for Chinese women who want made-in-America babies were raided early Tuesday, capping an unprecedented federal sting operation, officials said.
NBC News was on the scene as Homeland Security agents swept into The Carlyle, a luxury property in Irvine, California, which housed pregnant women and new moms who allegedly forked over $40,000 (C$49,868) to $80,000 (C$99,736) to give birth in the United States.
"I am doing this for the education of the next generation," one of the women told NBC News.
None of the women were arrested; they are being treated as material witnesses, and paramedics were on hand in case any of them went into labour during the sweep.
Instead, the investigation was aimed at ringleaders who pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars tax-free to help Chinese nationals obtain visas and then pamper them until they delivered in an American hospital at a discount, court papers show.
"It's not necessarily illegal to come here to have the baby, but if you lie about your reasons for coming here, that's visa fraud," said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations for Los Angeles...
Here in Canada, of course, officials approach the issue in a typically Canadian fashion (i.e. by being gullible and naïve, and by pretending that all is for the best in this, the best of all possible Trudeaupias):
[Canadian] immigration and citizenship experts say the issue of birth tourism is way overblown, and that it would do more harm than good to overhaul the way people become Canadians.

"Eliminating citizenship by birth on Canadian soil would be a hysterical response to a handful of cases that, in statistical terms, amount to a rounding error," reads a 2014 press release from the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), which has repeatedly tried to quash the notion that Canada's citizenship laws are being taken advantage of by throngs of non-Canadians.

The problem of birth tourism across Canada is negligible at best, Josh Paterson, the executive director of BCCLA told VICE News by phone.

"The fact that someone giving birth here is a foreign national does not mean it's birth tourism. And there's very little evidence to show this is a problem requiring action," said Paterson. "Changing our laws would be far-reaching and far costlier than whatever costs are being incurred by people without citizenship having babies."

On Wednesday, the Vancouver Sun published a story about internal government documents that reveal investigators with the BC health ministry are aware of 26 private residences in the province where foreign pregnant women can stay before and after giving birth. According to the documents, these so-called "baby houses" offer hospitality services to women with temporary and permanent residency status.

The report also pointed to Chinese brokerage firms and databases that promote birth tourism in BC to Chinese nationals, including one agent in Shenzhen who hosts a website listing hospitals in the province with Mandarin-speaking doctors on site.
Sounds to me like these Chinese enterprises are playing Canadians for fools, which, considering the cluelessness of Josh Paterson and his ilk, is ridiculously easy to do. 

Just Putting It Out There

It's interesting that the powers that be in the province of Quebec refuse to succumb to pressure and enact an annual anti-"Islamophobia" day to commemorate last year's mosque shootings. 

Contrast that with what happened back in the 1989, when a crazed male student (known as Marc Lepine; birth name, Gamil Gharbi) shot and killed 14 women in an engineering class at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique. Forever after, that date became fixed in our calendar as an annual time to remember not only those killed by Lepine/Gharbi, but to honour all women everywhere who suffer abuse and worse at the hands of men.

What I'm trying to say is this: if the mosque shooting represents the actions of one deranged and hateful individual and therefore doesn't merit a permanent, annual date to decry a supposedly generalized and endemic "Islamophobia," isn't it time, at long last, to view the Ecole Polytechnique incident in the same way? Why are we still blaming the entire male sex for the actions of one angry young man (who, along with his mom and sister, had been brutalized by his dad, an immigrant from Algeria)?