Monday, October 16, 2017

What Toronto Sun Columnist Farzana Hassan Plans to Tell the M-103 Committee

For one thing, she's going to set it straight re the non-similarity between Islamophobia and Jew-hate:
I consider equating Islamophobia with anti-Semitism highly flawed. In committee, I will argue that the two are fundamentally different, are used in very different contexts and would also have completely different ramifications in the context of M-103. 
[MP Iqra] Khalid [who is sponsoring M-103] has used the condemnation of anti-Semitism as a pretext to push for a similar response to what she considers Islamophobia. 
I would go so far as to label the demand for a motion like M-103 an unpatriotic act; it casts a harsh judgment on Canada’s existing laws and downplays its generous policies toward immigrants and refugees.
I give Hassan full props for daring to speak truth to this parliamentary committee, especially in light of the exceptionally frosty reception it accorded her colleague Tarek Fatah.

Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself

Good riddance to UNESCO

"Radio Free Islam"

An idea whose time has come? Or a reformers' pipe dream?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sort of Takes All the Fun Out of Halloween Dress Up, No?

There's no doubt that, these days, the party poopers are in charge and a-ragin':
Post-secondary institutions are also taking up the cause: at the University of Toronto, plans are in motion for a social media campaign during the week leading up to Halloween that addresses not only what costumes should be avoided, but why. 
"I think when going into these conversations ... one thing that's missing from a lot of this discourse is the emphasis on empathy," said Chimwe Alao, the vice president of equity with the U of T Students' Union. 
Ignite, the association representing Humber and Guelph-Humber college students, has posted a list of rules online and says security officers will pre-screen costumes prior to the school's upcoming Halloween party. 
"Regardless of how well-intentioned your costume may be, it can still perpetuate harmful stereotypes and stigmas. Cultural costumes will not be permitted into the event; this is a zero-tolerance policy," the rules read.
To be clear, the following costumes are not permitted:
Aboriginal costumes at Spirit Halloween, Winnipeg
These head coverings, however, will likely pass muster:

Ontario "Islamic Heritage Month" Guide Book For School Teachers: A Blueprint For Indoctrination?

October is "Islamic Heritage Month" in Ontario.

Whoop dee doo, eh?

Don't worry, though. According to a "resource guidebook" created for  the province's public school teachers, the aim is not to shove Islam down kids' throats:
Q7. Am I supposed to teach students about Islam? 
No. This month (similar to other creed and cultural heritage months) is about learning the heritage and contributions of the Muslim community to Canadian society and celebrating diversity.  The Basic Beliefs and Practices: An Educator's Primer (Section 1.0) is one of many resources available to our staff to provide them with an understanding of Islam and to get a better understanding of Muslim students in their classrooms.
Clearly, though, that's a whopping load of bollocks. See, for example, this:
What does “Allah” mean?
Allah is the Arabic name for God. Literally meaning “The God”, the Arabic name Allah is used by Muslims around the world, irrespective of languages spoken. Other faiths and traditions address God using names such as Dieu, Jehovah, Ya'hweh, and Elohim.
Do Muslims believe God is a male?  
No. Muslim scholars of all ages - male and female - have agreed that “God, as the Creator of all beings, is the author of gender but is not gendered. While English translations of Arabic texts generally refer to Allah as ‘He', this only reflects the absence of a neutral pronoun in Arabic, and does not indicate that God is ‘masculine'” (Winter & Williams, 2002). God describes Himself in the Qur'an as being unlike any of His creation, indicating that nothing in creation resembles Him. 
What is the Qur’an?  
The word Qur'an literally means “the reading” or “the recitation” (Sheikh, 2002), and refers to the exact words revealed by God through the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad1 (Winter & Williams, 2002). Muslims believe the Qur'an to be the final revelation from God to humanity, following revelations given to previous Messengers, including the Gospel of Prophet Jesus, the Psalms of Prophet David, the Torah of Prophet Moses, and the Scrolls of Prophet Abraham.  
Who was Muhammad?  
A descendent of Prophet Abraham, Muhammad was born in Makkah (modern day, Saudi Arabia) in the year 570 C.E.  At the age of 40, he was chosen by God to be His last Prophet and Messenger to convey the message of Islam to humanity over a period of 23 years. According to the Islamic worldview, God sent Messengers and Prophets to guide humanity over time, beginning with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus - to name a few. 
What is the meaning of Islam?  
Islam is the name of the religion revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.  The term Islam derives from an Arabic root that generates words with interrelated meanings, including “submission,” “commitment,” and “peace” (Sheikh, 2002). In a religious context, Islam refers to the voluntary submission and commitment.
Does that sound like "diversity" to you? Or does it sound like  da'wa (proselytization on behalf of Islam) masquerading as "diversity"?

Careful now. Should you decide it's the latter, you could be accused of "Islamophobia" (because that's how things are shaping up in Justin's glorious--and mega-"diverse"--Trudeaupia).

Update: The guidebook has sparked a great deal of controversy, much of it having to do with an outrageously broad definition of the "I" word. But considering the da'wa inherent throughout the thing, that seems like a case of nitpicking (and an avoidance of the problematic nature of the guide in toto) to me. 

"Harvey Weinstein May Be the Central-Casting Version of a Hollywood Predator, But He Was Just One Festering Pustule In a Diseased Industry"

Sarah Polley, who had her own run-in with the pustule a decade ago, sums it all up.


Update: Until his downfall, Weinstein had the backing of the rich and powerful in both the fashion and the political sectors. Re the former, the New Times has a piece on Weinstein's cozy relationships in the fashion biz (including the not-so-shocking info that he used to pressure his female stars to wear his wife's fancy-shmancy gowns--she's the co-founder of the Marquesa label--on Oscar and Emmy red carpets). As for Weinstein's political associations, Maureen Dowd offers this instructive anecdote:
[Former Hollywood Reporter editor Janice] Min recalled attending the $400,000 speech Barack Obama made as an ex-president to an A&E Networks advertising upfront at the Pierre hotel in New York in April. 
“Afterwards, amid rapturous applause, he walks right over to Harvey Weinstein and gives Harvey a hug,” Min said. “You can see the optics of it all. It makes your head explode if you think of the inability to explode the male network.”
Actually, it makes your head explode if you think about how Weinstein was able to buy his way into the uppermost echelon of the Democratic Party. And, if you happened to be on the receiving end of Harvey's unwanted advances, the sight of Harvey embracing Saint Obama must have underscored how futile it was to complain about them.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Useful Idiot Du Jour

As Trump Tries To Kill the Iran Deal, a Former Israeli Spy Lobbies To Save It

A wised-up John Bolton explains why the deal must die.

The Hollywood Elite are Shocked--SHOCKED!--To Hear About Harvey Weinstein's Longstanding Predatory Behaviour

Who's shocked?

George Clooney, for one.

Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence, too.

However, Daniel Greenfield isn't buying it. He says everyone who worked in Tinsel Town knew about the real Harvey, and the reason why they remained silent all those years--nay, decades--was because he used to wield a lot of power.

More recently, he didn't--and that's why he fell.

Simple as that, really.

Update: As per usual, Mark Steyn has a unique take on the subject:
When a decent old stiff such as Mitt Romney talks earnestly about looking for suitable female job candidates and clumsily distills the effort into the phrase "binders full of women", all the smart sophisticated types jump on it and make it a punchline for an antiquated condescension that only confirms how irredeemably misogynist the GOP is. 
By contrast, when Harvey Weinstein corners a TV reporter in the corridor of his restaurant and forces her to watch as he unzips his pants, masturbates, and finally concludes the performance by ejaculating into a pot plant, all you hear, from a couple of larger leaves round the back of the plant, are drenched crickets chirping. Three decades of crickets chirping. 
"Binders full of women": what an appalling sentiment! 
"Stand there and shut up while I masturbate in your general direction": well, say what you like but Harvey has always supported, as Meryl Streep noted today, "good and worthy causes" - like the Hillary campaign...
Me? I have come to the conclusion that, for now, neither the Left--with its Bills (Clinton and Cosby) and Harveys--nor the Right--with its Donald Trump--has any claim on the moral high ground.

Update: More outrage:
She's got Harvey on her heinie?

Silly Dame.

Maybe she can tweak her tat--you know, like Johnny Depp did after he broke up with Winona Ryder.

Update: Don't miss The New Yorker 's takedown of Harvey, by Mia's and Woody's kid.

Update: Remember when Harvey's antics used to slay 'em, not shame 'em?:
His alleged behavior became something of a Hollywood open secret: When the comedian Seth MacFarlane announced Oscar nominees in 2013, he joked, “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.” The audience laughed.
Yeah, a Hollywood heavyweight (in every sense of the word) sexually assaulting vulnerable and powerless young women--how utterly high-larious!


It's Back (Quack, Quack)

The Return of the "Israel Lobby" Canard

Multiculturalism Is a Trojan Horse That Has Allowed Sharia to Establish Itselt in the West

Don't believe me? Read this.



Monday, October 9, 2017

"It's a New York Thing"

FYI, that's the embarrassingly pathetic excuse made by SNL's Lorne Michaels to justify the absence of any spoofing re sexual predator Harvey's Weinstein and his much belated comeuppance.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Scruton on the Ceeb

One of my favorite conservative thinkers, Sir Roger Scruton, shares his wisdom about the human condition with CBC radio's Michael Enright. (Lucky Michael--and lucky us.)

Most Fascinating Fact I've Learned Today (So Far)

Josh Gad's dad is an Afghan Jew.

Question: Where are the Outraged Feminists in Pussy Hats Who Feel Compelled to Protest Harvey Weinstein's Decades of Revoltingly Sexist Antics?

Answer: they are nowheresville, of course. 

Mark Steyn sums it up like this:
The biggest movie news this week was the disclosure that Harvey Weinstein, the man behind some of the most critically admired films of the past three decades, is a boorish misogynist predator who demands actresses, TV anchorettes and female employees massage him, shower with him, or, if all else fails, watch him masturbate into a pot plant. A longtime Clinton-Obama supporter, he's blaming it on a vast right-wing conspiracy, possibly hiding behind the pot plant, and has said he's going to focus on taking down the NRA (by forcing them to watch him masturbate, which is more than most arms could bear). It's fascinating to see that the same people who demand two-century-old statues conform to the mores of 2017 are entirely relaxed when powerful flesh-and-blood Hillary donors decline to do so.
Fascinating: indeed.

Pretty sickening, too.

Update: Women in Hollywood criticised for “deafening silence” over Harvey Weinstein sex harassment scandal

Lena Dunham is one of the few who has spoken out. (She's also probably one of the few who hasn't been hit on by Harvey.)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The CBC Convenes a Pity Party For an Alleged Terrorist

The heart bleeds:
A 19-year-old Mississauga, Ont., man awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to terrorism offences in a 2016 plot to detonate bombs in New York City in support of ISIS is "vulnerable" and "extremely fragile," his lawyer says. 
Sabrina Shroff, who is representing the man, spoke to CBC News on Friday, saying Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy is doing the best that he can under the circumstances. 
"It's a very difficult situation undoubtedly — not just for him but also for his entire family," Shroff said, emphasizing his young age. "We worry about him daily."
Yes, poor lad. So young. So delicate. How could he possibly know what he was doing when, allegedly, he became involved in a plot
 that allegedly included detonating bombs in Times Square and in the New York subway system, as well as shootings at various concert venues.
According to the information unsealed Friday, Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy purchased bomb-making materials and helped secure a cabin within driving distance of New York City for the purpose of building explosive devices. 
Sounds to me like Sabrina, she of the Queen Victoria royal "we," is worrying about the wrong people.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Toronto's Poop Cafe: Execrable or Yummy?

You decide:
Poop Cafe is Toronto's washroom-themed restaurant. Has someone in your life been using that poop emoji every day since it was invented, or bursts into uncontrollable laughter whenever toilet humour comes up? Is that person you? If that person also loves dessert, this place is for them.   
Beyond the poop-tastic theme with the little swirly emoji everywhere, ice cream served in toilet bowls and water served in urinal-shaped cups, this place offers a generous range of various Asian desserts, from Thai rolled ice cream to Hong Kong egg waffles. This place seems to encourage Torontonians to lighten up, and in the process open themselves to flavour combinations...
Speaking as someone who "picks up" after her dog, I can't say that that sounds even remotely appealing.

And the Oscar For the Biggest Doucebag in Hollywood Goes To...

...Harvey Weinstein, of course.

Get a Grip, Twitter

Twitter Swoons Over Justin Trudeau’s #TBT Photo on World Teachers’ Day

Toxic Mothering

France's 'Mama Jihad' jailed for 10 years for encouraging jihadi son

BTW, her name is Christine and her son's name is Tyler. (That's right, they're "reverts").

Update: Islamists to be charged over failed Paris apartment attack

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

When the Headline's Pretty Much the Entire Story

Only in the Daily Mail are you likely to read something like this:
'Are you trying to kill me?' Texts wife sent to Army sergeant 'after he tried to gas her a fortnight before sabotaging her parachute sending her plunging 4,000ft to the ground in murder bid because he was having affairs with a Tinder lover AND his ex-wife'.

The UN Tries to Make Crappy Treatment of Women in Arab Countries a Money Issue--But Is It?

Just stumbled upon this one:
BEIRUT, Oct 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations called on Arab nations on Wednesday to calculate the economic cost of violence against women, in a bid to promote policy reform in a region where the issue is a taboo. 
Only a handful of Arab states have laws that specifically tackle violence against women - be it marital rape, honour killings or incest, said the group, which was led by the U.N.'s agency on women. 
"Many countries in the Arab region still see violence against women and deal with it as a private issue and not a public issue," said Mehrinaz Elawady of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). 
"Costing (the) violence would help the government and the state understand that ... it is not only affecting the abused woman, it is also affecting the entire economy," the director of ESCWA's Centre for Women told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. 
Egypt used a model recommended by the U.N. to estimate in 2015 that gender-based violence cost it 2.17 billion Egyptian pounds ($123 million) a year. 
There is no data on the scale of violence against women in the Arab world...
It is obvious that the UN, in its woefully finite wisdom, is convinced that framing the problem in economic terms is the way to effect change. But if it fails to address the ingrained attitudes, borne of religion and culture, that relegate these women to a second class status, how can this "new" approach change anything?

Did Trump Tell the UN Sec'y Gen That Netanyahu Is a Bigger Problem Than Abbas?

Would you be shocked if he did

Speaking of Uncertified Shrinks, CNN's "Dr." Chris Cuomo Is On the Scene to Feel Your Pain

Christie Blatchford has had it with Cuomo, in post-massacre Las Vegas, "functioning as a sort of roving therapist, delicately probing the psyches of those before him, offering instant diagnosis and dispensing comfort and hugs." Here's Christie describing Cuomo's unctuous M.O.:
“You got outta there,” Cuomo said, eyes moist with empathy. “You started to heal.”
He told the fellow that whatever else, his job now was “to spend your time taking care of yourself. Know that your best days are ahead of you,” Cuomo concluded. He patted the man on the shoulder.
On and on it went like this, through the morning and later in the day, with anchor after anchor and reporter after reporter doling out wisdom to one another and their subjects.
Wolf Blitzer, for instance, pointed out that the trauma wasn’t going to be confined to those who had been wounded, but to the much larger pool of the 22,000 at the concert “who heard that killing field” and “are going to be haunted by that,” possibly for years.
“No question about it,” said Cuomo. Then he added, “We’re here just to listen” and reminded the concert-goers that “the burden will be a blessing in time.”
OMG, delusional Chris thinks he's a priest--or the Pope.

Or Oprah.

Black Market Psychotherapy Is Alive and Well in Merkel's Berlin

Is Germany a healthy, wholesome Utopia? Not so much, really. Turns out there aren't nearly enough English-speaking shrinks--and there's also a big taboo re mental health difficulties--in Germany's "hedonistic" capital city. This stat, for one, is pretty shocking:
Germany's suicide rate in 2015 was more than triple the rate of road fatalities in the same year.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

"White Girls Are Filthy"

Thus do the wives of "Asian" men imprisoned for raping young non-Muslim girls justify their husbands' heinous actions.

A Chip Off the Old Jihadi Block

SAS launch mission to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden's son in Syria before he can copy his father and organise terror attacks against the West

Vehicular Jihad in Edmonton: Police Release Terrorist's Name

It's Abdulahi Hasan Sharif.

He's being described as a "lone wolf," of course.

Update: This, too, is supposed to make us feel better about things--an expert calls the attack "unsophisticated." (By that standard, the 9/11 attacks were also "unsophisticated" since they involved airliners hijacked by terrorists wielding ordinary box cutters.)

Update: OMG--he's a Somali refugee claimant who was known to police for his extremist views. After questioning him, though, the cops didn't think he would be moving from jihadi thought to jihadi action any time soon, if at all--so they let him go.

Despite these facts, this attack is being described as "unstoppable"--an obvious load of codswallop, if you ask me.

Update: Gee, I wonder if the "lone wolf" worshipped here:
...in a sermon on Friday, May 6 [2016) delivered at a mosque in Edmonton, an imam invoked the memory of Prophet Muhammad to whip up hatred against Israel. 
He declared peace accords with Israel are “useless garbage,” and vowed “Jerusalem will be conquered through blood.” 
In February, the same cleric predicted Islam would soon conquer Rome, “the heart of the Christian state.”... 
Update: While screaming "Allahu Akbar!," a jihadi weilding a knife stabs and kills two young women in Marseille, France.

ISIS has already claimed credit for the feat of jihad, but one wonders how soon it will be until authorities insist that the knifer had mental health issues, or was a "lone wolf" who was merely "inspired" by ISIS (as if that's so much less threatening that an attack organized and launched by ISIS).

Update: You knew it was coming, and sooner rather than later--Edmonton Muslims fear "backlash" in the wake of the attack.

Update: Iman Syed Soharwardy, he of the Alberta-based Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, wants us to condemn the terroism AND the--wait for it--"Islamophobia."

Update: You can always count on a local Liberal to utter the usual vapid assurances:

[Alberta Liberal Party leader David Khan] called for Albertans to come together to isolate extremism and hatred.  
"Our province’s diversity and multiculturalism are what will give us the resilience and strength to overcome this distressing and terrible incident," Khan said.
Hey, what would a jihadi attack in Canada be without a mention of "diversity and multiculturalism"? 

A nice change?


A breath of fresh air?


A shocking divergence from the multiculti hymnal?


Yes, yes, and yes!


Update: A statement that doesn't exactly inspire the greatest confidence (my bolds):
Police say there's no threat to public safety in Calgary following a suspected terror attack Saturday night in Edmonton. 
"At this point, we have no intelligence to suggest there is an imminent threat to Calgarians," Calgary police said in a Sunday statement. 
"However, it would be naive to think something like what occurred in Edmonton, could never happen in Calgary."...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

An Open Letter (and an Awesome Rebuttal) to Ta-Nehisi Coates

Coates believes that white racism is an immovable force that prevents American Blacks from achieving the American Dream. Writing on the Commentary site, Jason D. Hill rebuts Coates's angry twaddle by referring to Hill's own experience as an immigrant from Jamaica. He also points to the example of another people who, though once enslaved and frequently reviled, managed to succeed:
I do not believe you intend to mislead your son [to whom Coates's book is addressed], but in imparting this credo, you have potentially paralyzed him, unless he reappraises your philosophy and rejects it. In your misreading of America, you’ve communicated precisely why many blacks in this country have been alienated from their own agency and emancipatory capabilities. The most beleaguered people on the planet, the Jews, who have faced persecution since their birth as a people, are a living refutation of your claim. When they labored in slavery in Egypt, clamored in Palestine, made magnificent contributions to human civilization in European capitals, sojourned in Africa and Asia, and founded the modern State of Israel, no one gave these heroic people an affirmative-action plan to work anywhere. In spite of vitriol and invidious comparisons to vermin and pigs, and despite being subjected to countless pogroms and mandated ghettos, they thrived and flourished because not for one moment did they ever believe that their struggle for liberation lay in any hands other than their own.
Something tells me that Coates will failed to be swayed by such an argument.

Just a hunch, mind you.

NYT Obit of Muslim Brotherhood Sanitizes the Man's Career, Beliefs

A Muslim Brotherhood bigwig died the other day. Here's the obituary that appeared in the New York Times:
Mohammed Mahdi Akef, a former leader of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood who had been detained since 2013, died on Friday in Cairo. He was 89.
Talaat Fahmy, a Brotherhood spokesman, said the cause was complications of cancer and other health issues. He said that Mr. Akef’s family had requested that he be released from custody because of his health, but that the request was declined by an Egyptian court.
Mr. Akef, who headed the Muslim Brotherhood from 2004 to 2010, was among hundreds of members arrested after the Egyptian military’s 2013 ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Brotherhood.
Mr. Akef was initially convicted on charges of inciting violence and disturbing general security and was sentenced to life imprisonment. The verdict was overturned on appeal, and he was facing a retrial.
The Muslim Brotherhood rose to power in elections after the 2011 uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak. But the military toppled the group after widespread protests against it.
Mr. Akef, a physical education teacher, was born in 1928 and joined the Muslim Brotherhood in 1940. He was later part of its armed wing, known as the Special Apparatus, which carried out a series of assassinations and attacks in response to the British occupation of Egypt.
The group was accused of a failed assassination attempt against President Gamal Abdel Nasser, setting the stage for a heavy crackdown. Mr. Akef was imprisoned from 1954 until 1974.
After his release, Nasser’s successor, Anwar el-Sadat, embraced the Muslim Brotherhood and Mr. Akef was appointed to a government post. 
As relations between Egyptian leaders and the Brotherhood fluctuated, Mr. Akef rose through the group’s ranks, eventually ascending to its top post in 2004. A year later, the Brotherhood participated in the country’s parliamentary elections, winning 20 percent of the seats. 
After Mr. Mubarak’s ouster, the group won all of Egypt’s elections, parliamentary and presidential, giving it a rare moment of triumph that quickly ended when Mr. Morsi was forced out of office...
A physical education teacher? A man who fought against the British occupation of Egypt? Someone appointed to a government post by Anwar Sadat?

Wow, he sounds like a pretty terrific dude, no?

Well, no. Not if you consider some career highlights that, go figure, the Times omitted. Stuff like this, for example:
  • Akef got in on the ground floor, and was a leader of, the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization dedicated to the sharia-zation of the planet and the outfit that continues to inspire the likes of Al Qaeda and ISIS;
  • in the mid-1970s, this hardened Islamist "moved to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to work as an advisor for the World Assembly of Muslim Youth and was in charge of its camps and conferences. He took part in organizing the biggest camps for the Muslim youth on the world arena; in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Turkey, Australia, Mali, Kenya, Cyprus, Germany, Britain and America"; and that
  • in 2005 "he denounced what he called "the myth of the Holocaust" in defending Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's denial of the Holocaust, and accused the United States of attacking anyone who raised questions about the Holocaust."
Rather changes your overall impression of the deceased, don't you think?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Baby, You Can Drive That Car

Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive for the first time

Justin Trudeau Is a Fake Superman

A fake Superman--but a genuine idjit.

Daniel Johnson: "We Need Churchill's Vision of Liberty More Than Ever"

Hear, hear--and a crucial essay for our decidedly un-Churchillian times.

Update: Another worthwhile read in Standpoint: How we Syrians destroyed our home--with your help.

This Headline Pretty Much Says It All Re the EU's Disgusting Zion-Hate

Palestinian terrorist hijacker to speak about women's rights in EU parliament

The Toronto Sun's Candice Malcom: "Stop Normalizing Sharia Law"

Sound and practical advice. Of course, that presents quite a challenge since, as Malcolm notes, the fix is in, the writing's on the wall, and it's probably only a matter of time before our totalitarian-minded "betters" in the Trudeau government and the CBC compel us to shut up and submit:
After the controversial M-103 was passed in Parliament, leftist media and the Trudeau government insisted that the critics were wrong, that it’s just a motion – symbolic! – and that M-103 will have no legislative impact. 
When the Heritage Committee began its hearings last week, however, critics who expressed concern over the motion were proven right. 
One of the first experts to testify implied police should prosecute Canadians over social media posts that police deem offensive or incorrect. Yes, prosecute. 
Orwell would be rolling in his grave. 
More than just Orwellian, these official suggestions are reminiscent of theocratic tyranny. That’s not Canadian law. That’s Sharia law.
In the background of this charade, the mainstream media joined in and is doing its part to support Trudeau’s agenda. 
The CBC ran a news story defending Sharia law, with a headline saying that Sharia is “not to be feared.”
That's because in Ceebworld, sharia is awesome and anyone who demurs with that diktat is ipso facto a knuckle-dragging "Islamophobe."

It remains to be seen how much longer one can say such things without being brought up on charges by the Justin Trudeau's thought enforcers.

"Last Night in Sweden"...the Swedes Were Still Oblivious

Many Swedes took great umbrage back in February when Donald Trump insisted that some unspecified bad stuff had occurred "last night in Sweden." Unwilling to let the diss go answered, the Swedes struck back. The result has now been unveiled--and shipped off to Trump. It's an oversized volume of photos entitled, natch, Last Night in Sweden.

What's in it? As Bruce Bawer recounts, just about everything you would expect to see in a piece of picturesque propaganda:
The book contains pictures of an ethnic Swedish man sitting on a snowmobile on a snow-covered icy river; a young guy walking around a gym practicing the tuba; a 94-year old Swedish woman in a retirement home being pushed in her wheelchair by a Somali immigrant; an octogenarian Swedish couple sitting in their home sauna in Lapland; a handicapped Algerian immigrant working out in the gym he founded; a Romani beggar woman kneeling on a city street; an elderly Swedish couple playing in their kitchen with their dog. And so on. In other words, a bunch of images showing immigrants doing things that, in one way or another, enhance life in Sweden, mixed in with a few photos of ethnic Swedes living pretty much the same way they did before the immigration tsunami started.
What did they leave out? Practically everything the blinkered Swedes prefer to overlook but which Bawer, that defiant truth-teller, has the effrontery, the sheer chutzpah, to eyeball:
What won't you see in this book? 
You won't see Muslim violence in Sweden's public libraries, which has increased so dramatically in the last couple of years that many librarians are looking for other jobs. You won't see a picture of the three condos in which a newly arrived Syrian immigrant's three wives and sixteen children are being put up at a total cost to Swedish taxpayers of $1.75 million. You won't see a picture of Muslim "morality police" patrolling neighborhoods and controlling women's conduct. You won't see Muslim men cutting in front of Swedish women in queues and then calling them "whores" when they protest. 
You won't see a TV news crew from Australia being physically attacked by Muslims for entering a no-go zone. You won't see Muslim girls being beaten by their families for removing their hijab. You won't see Muslims setting cars on fire, and then hurling bottles and stones at the firefighters who show up to put out the blaze. 
You won't see a picture of a recent event at which politicians and welfare officials met with residents of Stockholm's Järva neighborhood to address the prevalence of violence, forced marriage, compulsory hijab, and other forms of oppression within Muslim families – only to be told by the locals that they were not interested in conforming to "Swedish values." You won't see a picture of the head of the Swedish security service, Anders Thornberg, who in a TV interview the other day admitted that the number of potential perpetrators of terrorist violence in Sweden had risen immensely in recent years. 
You won't see a gang of Muslim youths raping an infidel teenager. You won't see a Syrian refugee raping the fourteen-year-old daughter of the woman who took him into her house out of compassion. You won't see ten men committing a gang rape in August of last year – or their arrest, which finally took place earlier this month because it took that long for the police to fit it into their schedule. They are too busy these days investigating murders to spend much time on rapes. 
You won't see convicted Muslim rapists being punished by paying small fines and performing community service for a few days. (When they pay the fine, do they put the money in the right position and make sure it's not so wrinkly?) You won't see a Muslim youth perusing the new booklet put out by the Swedish Ministry of Youth and Civil Affairs, which explains to immigrants that Swedish culture disapproves of rape. You won't see Muslim girls being raped by relatives – a common enough event that goes unreported because the victims know that if they go to the authorities they'll be killed. You won't see a picture of the annual, highly popular Bråvalla summer music festival, which will no longer be held after this year because the number of rapes occurring at the event has gotten out of hand.
Silly Bruce. No one in Sweden, where the infidels are clearly suffering from the worst case of Stockholm Syndrome ever, wants to see those photos.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Have I Mentioned That I Love, Love, Love Douglas Murray?

Because I do, do, do:


"Will Pro-BDS Professors Benefit From Tel Aviv University's New Anti-BDS Fund?"

Great question

If the answer to it is "yes," it rather defeats the purpose of having such a fund, don't you think?

Mahmoud Abbas Revises History in UN Speech

In a fit/feat of Soviet/Islamist-like historical revisionism, Abbas claimed that in 1917, “97 percent of the inhabitants of Palestine were Palestinians."

Actually, in 1917, there were Jews and Arabs in Palestine--with nary a "Palestinian" in sight.

"Palestinians" qua Palestinians have a much more recent vintage, i.e. the 1960s, when it served Egypt-born Yasser Arafat's political and exterminationist purposes to style himself as their leader. Thus, the salient question to ask is this: but for the fact of a sovereign Jewish state called Israel, would there even be a modern day people called "Palestinians."

Who Gave the Most "Unhinged" Speech at the UN Last Week?

Hint: it wasn't Trump.




Women's Rights in Bavaria Take a Back Seat to "Asylum Seekers'" Rights

According to an article in The Local, "a rise in sex crimes in Bavaria has opened a debate about women's rights"--but, oddly enough, not about the wisdom and ramifications of Angela Merkel's "doors open" policy:
"In the first six months of 2017 the number of recorded sex crimes in Bavaria rose by 48 percent. The revelation that asylum seekers were often suspects has opened a difficult discussion in the southern state.  
Last Wednesday the Bavarian interior ministry released statistics that made for sobering reading.
In the first half of 2017 some 685 sex crimes were recorded in Bavaria, a rise of 48 percent on the same period in 2016. Of these crimes, 126 had suspects who had arrived in Germany as asylum seekers. 
The figures showed that sex crimes with asylum seekers as suspects jumped by 91 percent in a year. While the large majority (71 percent) of suspects were Germans, people who had come to the country seeking asylum made up 11 percent of all suspects, a figure disproportionate to their number in the population. 
The statistics are for crimes against sexual self determination, which includes rape and sexual assault as well as exhibitionism, forced prostitution and the illegal distribution of pornographic material.
Writing in the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday, journalist Ulrike Heidenreich said that women who welcomed refugees into Germany in 2015 now have a very different attitude.
“When women meet large groups of male refugees today there is always a sense of being threatened,” she writes.
“They fear that the way they dress is sending the wrong signal. That is unacceptable. The freedom to dress and move how you want is non-negotiable.”...
"The freedom to dress and move how you want is non-negotiable"--funny, that's how sharia law sees it, too. Hence the problems engendered when you import thousands of young men who spit on Western concepts of "rights" in general and women's rights in particular.

Not that The Local is prepared to address that thorny topic.

Shatner Disses Justin Trudeau's Star Wars Socks Bias

Bill's on to something, I think:
The Canadian PM's choice of socks has prompted Twitter banter involving Star Wars' Luke Skywalker and Star Trek's Captain Kirk.  
Justin Trudeau brazenly wore socks depicting Star Wars favourite Chewbacca at a business forum in New York City, resulting in a tweet of disapproval from the Starship Enterprise's commanding officer. 
Actor William Shatner, in a nod to the "rivalry" between Star Wars and Star Trek, tweeted: "@JustinTrudeau I thought we were friends. Chewbacca socks?"
Hey, at least this time they match.

Dershy on Plame

Shame on her, says Dershowitz, for retweeting "her real set of beliefs," ones that are entirely in synch with the sort of Jew-hate that animated the Nazis.

Elf on the Shelf

Mel Brooks says his style of comedy is dead, more or less. Here's why (my bolds):
In a recent interview with BBC Radio 4, comedy legend Mel Brooks was asked if he thought it would be possible for him to make classics like The Producers and Young Frankenstein for modern audiences. “Maybe Young Frankenstein, but never Blazing Saddles,” he said of his 1974 Western parody, which stars Cleavon Little as the black sheriff of a hostile, white frontier town. “Because we have become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy,” explained Brooks. “It’s okay not to hurt feelings of various tribes and groups. However, it’s not good for comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behavior.” That being said, Brooks knows exactly where he draws his line in the sand, comedically speaking. “I personally would never touch gas chambers or the death of children or Jews at the hands of the Nazis. Everything else is okay. Naked people? Fine. I like naked people. They’re usually the most polite.” If his rationale is correct, the inevitable Hollywood remake of Blazing Saddles will have to be a 93-minute version of the campfire scene. And honestly? Audiences will love it.
What a kidder! There will be no remake of Blazing Saddles (and, frankly, who needs one when the original has stood the test of time?). 

As for Brooks's elf observation: it seems more apropos than even in the era of Trump, a "king" who can dish out the criticism, no problemo, but who is as thin-skinned as they come.

Dotard Alert

Jewish senator Bernie Sanders says America 'complicit' in Israeli 'occupation' of Palestinians, urges shift in US support from Saudis to Iranians (hat tip: NA)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Justin Trudeau and His Socks Make Vanity Fair's List of "Best Dressed International Men"

They're situated between Jack Schlossberg (Caroline Kennedy's kid) and a notably hosiery-less LeBron James.

JT's entry (I quote from my physical copy of the magazine since this is as far as I can seem to get in the virtual world) reads as follows:
Justin TRUDEAU
OCCUPATION: Prime minister of Canada.
RESIDENCE: Ottawa.
MOST NOTABLE ACCESORY OF THE YEAR: Mismatched blue and yellow R2D2 and C-3PO Star Wars socks, worn to a meeting with the Irish prime minister.
Surely it isn't necessary to point out that had anyone other than pretty boy Justin worn this mismatched set, it would have been pegged as either an egregious fashion faux pas, or as a strange and rather pathetic instance of arrested development.

"The Emmy Awards Were Hypocritically Progressive"--Now That's Funny!

There's just no pleasing some people (for instance, the Uber-"progressive" who came up with this stuff):
All in all, the evening was a striking display of both cosmetic and factual diversity. Although some of the night’s big winners — in particular The Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies — were overseen artistically by white guys (Bruce Miller and the team of Jean-Marc Vallée and David E. Kelley, respectively), they still offered woman-centric stories that unfortunately could not have been better timed. Big Little Lies’ story of women rising up against a serial abuser resonated against President Donald Trump’s history of sexist remarks, including his notorious brag during the 2016 election that stardom made it easy to sexually assault women; and The Handmaid’s Tale — well, duh. The more harrowing parts of it could probably double as short documentaries of the inside of Vice-President Mike Pence’s mind.
But these visible signs of progress and/or resistance were undercut by instances of lameness or hypocrisy. Throughout the evening, there were small and large digs at Trump and his administration. This was to be expected on a night that celebrated a politically very liberal industry during a time of Trump-fueled public displays of racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, and xenophobia, plus a documented rise in hate crimes during the presidential election year of 2016, which Trump had entered the previous summer by declaring that Mexico brought drugs, crime, and rapists into the United States
But with the conspicuous exception of Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton comparing Trump to their piggish boss in the 1980 hit 9 to 5, many of the jokes Sunday night lacked any discernible sharp edge...
All in all, the evening was the snoozeroo that it's always been--with or without the anti-Trump folderol.

That said, I do enjoy the sight of "progressives" shooting each other in the keester for supposed ideological failures.

Question Du Jour (Whose Answer Is Obvious)

Did a Swedish council buy apartments for a man and his three wives?

Why wouldn't it, you racist/bigot/Islamophobe, you.

Wishing All My Jewish Readers a Happy 5778!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Islam By the Books

On the NRO site, historian and pundit David Pryce-Jones elucidates two "rival approaches to Islam" that have been captured in two recent books:
Ibn Warraq is the pseudonym of someone evidently born and brought up a Muslim but who as an adult finds that rationality means more to him than Islam. The pseudonym is all that stands between him and a death sentence for his critical writings. “Why I Am Not a Muslim” is the giveaway title of one of his books, and “Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate’s Defense of Liberal Democracy” is the giveaway title of another. And now he comes out with yet another book, The Islam in Islamic Terrorism, and very magisterial it is too. “A propensity to violence is embedded in the core principles of Islam,” he writes, demonstrating how this propensity repeats down the centuries and across borders. Every time and everywhere the violence is a phenomenon of the faith, not a reaction to poverty or to some wickedness supposedly imposed by outsiders and unbelievers such as, for instance, Western colonialism. Terrorists, says President Trump, are “sick and demented,” while Mrs. May calls them “cowards.” Such opinions stem from Western ways of judging conduct, and are irrelevant in this context. Jihadis are committing mass-murder and self-sacrifice in the belief that Islam demands this of them. Ibn Warraq’s courage in saying so is as admirable as his learning. 
At just the same time, by coincidence, Christopher de Bellaigue happens to have come out with a virtually opposite view in his new book The Islamic Enlightenment, also a giveaway title. With one foot in journalism and one foot in universities, he singles out an elite of Ottoman Turks, Persians, and Egyptians who in the past were Westernizing modernizers in one field or another. He makes out a heroic story of reform whose whole point is that Islam is open to opportunity and has no propensity to violence. It is rather bad luck that the book has been overtaken by events so cruelly...
My comment:
If some key passages of Islamic holy writ command the faithful to wage jihad on the unbeliever (a holy war that is to remain in effect until such time as the infidel, in effect, cries, "Uncle!"), it should come as no surprise when some Muslims follow these instructions to the letter.

Pretending that that's not so--as the likes of Western apolgists for Islam such as Christopher de Bellaigue continue to do: now, that never fails to surprise me.
 

"Unaccompanied Minors" Depend on the Kindness of Strangers to Wage Jihad

Daniel Greenfield unpacks the scam and its ramifications here.

Ever Wondered Why "Koran" Became "Qu'ran"?

I know I have. Now, thanks to John Steele Gordon, all is revealed:
Koran...has been in the English language since 1725. Suddenly it began appearing as Quran, which is a transliteration of the Arabic, and even Qu’ran. What appears to English speakers as a meaningless apostrophe is actually a breath mark carried over from Arabic, which, like Hebrew, does not write out the vowels. In English we do, and so we don’t need breath marks. 
What is wrong with Koran? Exactly nothing. The idea that we should use the transliterated Arabic word instead of our own word is pure political correctness deriving from the classic linguistic fallacy of conflating the word and the thing denoted by the word. The Koran is the holy book of Islam. Koran is a word in the English language. 
This line of thinking gives Arabic speakers, not English speakers, control over many English words. Does that mean we have to use Arabic transliterations for such English words as sofaadmiral, and zero, which derive from Arabic? I’m pretty sure Arabic speakers would laugh at the opposite idea, that we English speakers get to determine how English-derived words in that language should be spelled in Arabic...

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Method In the Trudeau Liberals' Victimhood Madness

Toronto Sun columnist Farzana Hassan says the Trudeau government is determined to give "official sanction to a persecution complex which is already widespread, despite the fact that Muslims face no more discrimination than any other minority group."

She also says that it is supporting M-103, the so-called "anti-Islamophobia" motion, without reckoning on "many of the possible subtle and long-term repercussions."

Alas, that's where she's wrong. If the repercussions involve shutting people up re Islam/Islamism/the jihad, and, ultimately, just shutting people up, period, then the Liberals are all for it.

How better to permanently empower themselves and those who share their point of view, and effectively silence and diminish those who oppose them?

Update: One uppity infidel pens an open letter on behalf of another (who is being silenced and diminished for her opposing views).

Breaking News: Terrorist Bombing on the London Tube

Early reports say that "lots" have been injured due to an explosion and subsequent stampede.

"Free Speech" at Berkeley? Not So Much, Really

Ben Shapiro's speech went ahead as planned yesterday on the campus where, back in the day, the Free Speech Movement was born.

The question to be asked, though, is this: can it really be considered "free speech" when it requires a Trump-like "wall" to keep angry protesters away from the speaker and what's described as a "massive" police presence in order for his speech to procede?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

"Ignite Change"? Ignite a CHRC-Sponsored Intifada, More Like

Ranya El-Sharkawi "is a first generation Canadian with Palestinian roots in Gaza and Jaffa"--not my ideal candidate to represent "human rights" in this country. But, unlike yours truly, there are those who believe that she's the perfect person to, you should pardon the expression, "ignite change."

Here are the deets of what happened when Ms. El-Sharkawi used the "human rights" platform she was given to push the anti-Zionist/pro-Palestinian agenda. (They're from a B'nai Brith Canada communique that just showed up in my email; my bolds):
On Aug. 22, as part of the Ignite Change 2017 conference organized by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights at MacEwan University, John Humphrey board member Ranya El-Sharkawi launched into a 40-minute diatribe against the Jewish State. The Ignite Change website lists the City of Edmonton, the Province of Alberta and the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) as sponsors. 
El-Sharkawi strongly endorsed the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in her speech, even though the discrimination promoted by BDS violates Section 3 of the Alberta Human Rights Act. She went on to say that "the whole concept of antisemitism is problematic," arguing that Arabs cannot possibly be antisemitic since they would be going "against [their] own ethnicity."  
Other bizarre statements by El-Sharkawi included a claim that foreign volunteers "do not have the right to dictate how Palestinians resist, whether it's violent or non-violent," in reference to ongoing Palestinian terrorism. She concluded her speech by recommending that listeners rely on the materials of Miko Peled, an extremist so toxic that even pro-Palestinian student groups have sought to distance themselves from his blatant antisemitism. 
"The complete failure by both Premier Rachel Notley and Mayor Don Iveson to speak out is shameful," said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B'nai Brith Canada. "Public dollars should not be wasted on propaganda that is both blatantly false and contrary to provincial law. Both the City and the Province owe the Alberta Jewish community an apology. 
"However, it is the complicity of the CHRC in this travesty that is most baffling. Last year was the worst on record for antisemitism in Canada, and the CHRC is supposed to be combating the phenomenon, not fanning the flames by funding events where the very problem of antisemitism is denied."...
Baffling?

Not so much.

After all, the CHRC is in the victimhood biz, same as the Palestinians. 

Update: Back in 2014, Canada's then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave at Israel's Knesset in which he exposed the antics of Ms. El-Sharkawi and her pernicious ilk. Here's what he said:
"Some civil-society leaders today call for a boycott of Israel.... Most disgracefully of all, some openly call Israel an apartheid state. Think about that. Think about the twisted logic and outright malice behind that.  
"A state, based on freedom, democracy and the rule of law, that was founded so Jews can flourish as Jews, and seek shelter from the shadow of the worst racist experiment in history," he said. 
"That is condemned, and that condemnation is masked in the language of anti-racism. It is nothing short of sickening."