Sunday, April 23, 2017

"All Those Murdered Jews. So Sad."

Located in Berlin, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe doesn't exactly evoke hushed reverence amongst visitors:
Four million people visit the memorial every year. School groups, tour groups gather near the northwest corner of the memorial, the informal meeting point, the informal photo vista; visitors pull out their phones, unpack their cameras; students look bored; teenagers jump from stele to stele until a security guard, who has the thankless job of stopping visitors from climbing on a Holocaust memorial, tells them to get down; parents shepherd their kids through the family vacation; children play hide-and-seek, play tag, play games incomprehensible to adults; teenage boys chase teenage girls, eliciting shrieks; boyfriends disappear into the grid, reappear around a corner, eliciting shrieks; weekend jet-setters debate plans for the night, flirt in broken English; girls tan on the slabs with their shirts pulled up to expose more skin, a couple takes a sun nap; photos are staged, iterated, dissected, restaged: curl the hair over my ear, two steps to the left, readjust my bra strap: 87 likes.
No sorrow. No pity. Just bored kids taking selfies.

If that's what Holocaust remembrance boils down to, then why bother?

Friday, April 21, 2017

"Mr. VP Mike Pence Please Don't Create Categories of Islam. You Have No Right. Islam is ONE Fatih. No Modern or Radical Islam. ONLY ISLAM."

That's our old friend, Imam Syed Soharwardy of Calgary, channeling his inner Artie Erdogan, and tweeting/commanding an uppity infidel to cease and desist what he's doing.

Soharwardy, who often appears on the CBC, is what passes for a "moderate" cleric here in Justin's Trudeaupia. Because even though he heads up something called the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (begging the question: is it the council that's "supreme," or the Islam?), he's not a big fan of violent jihad. (Well, after all, he is a Sufi, and jihad isn't in their wheelhouse, right?)

He isn't averse, however, to employing The Big Sharia Shut Up on those who offend his religious sensibilities--Ezra Levant in the past; Mr. VP Mike Pence today. (I find it interesting that while Pence is trying to say that there's a "good" Islam and a "bad" Islam--the better to reject the "bad" one and to imply that Islam per se is not the problem--Syed is having none of it, insisting that Islam is indivisible. How that advances his cause, PR-wise, is anyone's guess.)

Also, I have no doubt that, if he knew about it, Syed would object to Ayaan Hirsi Ali's categories of Islam, her being an apostate and all.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Entity Called "Muslim World League" Praises Canada's Anti-Islamophobia Motion

An item on a Canadian Islamic website reports that something called the Muslim World League is giving major props to the Liberal government's anti-"Islamophobia" mission:
The Muslim World League (MWL) has praised the recent approval of a draft bill by Canada House of Commons that paves the way for future measures to combat the phenomenon of Islamophobia. 
The League's Secretary General Sheikh Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa said in a statement that this draft bill comes in the context of awareness of the danger of religious hatred on the civilized behavior and societal peace, which helped the terrorist extremism to use "Islamophobia" as an excuse to promote its crimes.
What's that you say, Sec'y Gen Sheikh Dr. Al-Issa? You think that it's "Islamophobia" and not, say, the jihadi imperative embedded in Islam's holy writ that leads to acts of terrorism in which the phrase "Allahu Akbar" plays a prominent role?

Who on Earth would make such a claim?

Actually, where on Earth is more to the point. For while the Muslim World League sounds rather sporty, the reality is that it is anything but.

So what is it?

According to Wikipedia, it's a
Pan-Islamic[dubious ][1] NGO based in Makkah, Saudi Arabia that propagates Islamic teachings.[2][3] The NGO was funded by the Saudi government from its inception in 1962,[4] with that contribution growing to approximately $13 million by 1980.[2] Because of the Saudi funding, the League is widely regarded as promoting Wahhabism.[2] The Oxford Dictionary of Islam says that "the group has acted as a mouthpiece for the Saudi Arabian government, which finances it."[5][6] 
Abdallah Ben Abdel Mohsen At-Turki is the General Secretary.[2] The organization propagates the religion of Islam, encouraging Dawah and conversion of non-Muslims,[2] and promotes apologetics against criticism of Islam. The organization funds the construction of mosques, financial reliefs for Muslims afflicted by natural disasters, the distribution of copies of the Quran, and political tracts on Muslim minority groups.[7] The League says that they reject all acts of violence and promote dialogue with the people of other cultures, within their understanding of Sharia, but they are no strangers to controversy, having been the subject of several ongoing counterterrorism investigations in the U.S. related to Hamas, al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.[8]
Seems to me that if this Wahhabist racket thinks your anti-Islamophobia effort is on the right track, it's a sign that you have taken a very wrong turn indeed.

Update: BCF has more on these non-sporty Wahhabi charmers.

Perpetually Angry SJW Control Freaks Kill Off Free Speech on Campus

It boils down to a Marxist/sharia construct, i.e. "free speech" for me not thee, as Daniel Greenfield explains here:
Free speech is actually not at all endangered on campus, according to the Wellesley News which defines free speech as any speech that protects the underprivileged. The only free speech is left-wing speech. Any other speech is a form of oppression against the underprivileged who have the privilege of calling it out by harassing anyone who engages in it to protect their existence from your existence. 
That includes lying down in the middle of freeway traffic so as to impede white supremacy by preventing teachers from getting to work, kids from getting to schools and ambulances from transporting dying patients to the hospital. This calls attention to the plight of angry African Studies majors who almost read “Between the World and Me” and named their gerbils after wanted terrorist Assata Shakur. 
All non-social justice forms of speech are hate speech. These include supporting Trump, quoting the Bill of Rights or refusing to check your privilege. Checking your privilege determines how much free speech you really have. The privileged have the least free speech because of their burden of privilege and the underprivileged are privileged with the widest latitude of free speech. 
This includes bursting into the library and shouting racial slurs while everyone is studying for their finals. 
Objecting to racial slurs, death threats, fake hate crimes, machete attacks, pepper spray and/or arson is “tone policing”. Policing the tone of angry left-wing minority hooligans who have Tumblr pages full of clips from The Boondocks is deeply wrong and you need to check your privilege. They are already performing enormous amounts of “unpaid emotional labor” by just existing in white spaces and then trying to educate you about your privilege and their agony by yelling racial slurs in your face. 
It doesn’t help when you refuse to be educated about your privilege and instead whitesplain, mansplain, hetsplain or cisplain to them about the challenges you have overcome. If you aren’t enduring daily “microaggressions” when people fail to use the correct personal pronoun that reflects your agender identity (Zer or Ler are both acceptable) then you have no idea how privileged you are.
Wow, if these are the best years of their lives, one can only pity the poor aggrieved.

"The Kundby Girl"

She's 17. She's Danish. She's a recent "revert" to Islam. She's on trial in Denmark for plotting acts of jihad with her Hizb ut-Tahrir mentor.

What else do you need to know?

Update: Meanwhile, over in France...

"Homeland" Isn't Where the Heart--or the Head--Is

That's because this season the TV series has morphed into a "new alternate PC universe" where
Hillary is President, domestic terrorism doesn’t exist, Israel is the bad guy in the Middle East, and Carrie Matheson is a mom who defends a teenager who supports ISIS on Facebook.
Who's writing the show's scripts these days?

Peter Beinart?

Max Blumenthal

One of those Students for Justice in Palestine?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Slot Opens Up for "The Mark Steyn Show"? (Hey, We Can Dream, Can't We?)

Source: Fox News and Bill O'Reilly are taking exit

In Barbara Kay NatPo Column, Canadian Academic, an "Islamophobia" Expert, Lets the Marxist Cat Out of the Bag

"Islamophobia" is all about the unfair and unfounded "phobia" of utterly harmless Muslims, right?

Well, not really, as someone who teaches a boffo course on "race, ethnic, gender and postcolonial studies" (not exactly an area of inquiry that is likely to land her students a decent job) at one of Ontario's august universities tells the National Post's Barbara Kay. Kay asked Jasmin Zine, who is something of an expert on the subject, to define "Islamophobia," which she did, lickety split:
“Islamophobia is a fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims that translates into individual, ideological and systemic forms of oppression.” This is quite an insidious, though admittedly clever, definition. Note that it puts “fear and hatred” of Islam, not Muslims, at the centre of the phobia. And the word “translates” is a masterstroke. 
Under this definition, if I write publicly that Islam is inherently Christophobic and anti-Semitic according to its own texts, and a Muslim declares himself “oppressed” by my statement, who would be the interpeter for the alleged “translation”? The courts? Iqra Khalid? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau? 
As one can see from her defined area of study, Zine is an intersectionalist, who sees the world in Marxist tropes of power and powerlessness, with white imperialists and their issue holding the power, and all disadvantaged minorities, into which category Muslims are now tucked, as the systematically disempowered.
Intersectionalists of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but...well, you have nothing to lose!

Update: No surprise that Zine's one of those anti-Zionist/pro-Palestine academics, as evidenced by her signing on to this petition.

Malala's Song of Islam: Overly-Sweet and Seriously Out of Tune

One reason why Canadians adore Malala Yosafzai and revere her as a sort of Millennnial Mother Theresa is because, when it comes to Islam, she mouths the bromides, pieties and platitudes that are music to their ears.

For some, however--Tarek Fatah, say--her syrupy words strike more than a few discordant notes:
Two aspects of Malala Yousafzai’s speech delivered to a packed House of Commons April 12 were notable. 
The first was her failure to mention Stephen Harper, let alone thank the former prime minister who was behind the move to grant her honorary Canadian citizenship. 
But it was what Malala said about Muslims and Islam that was both inaccurate and lacking in total honesty.
Referring to the 2014 killing of Canadian soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo by Muslim radical Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, Malala said: “The man who attacked Parliament Hill called himself a Muslim — but he did not share my faith. ... I am a Muslim and I believe that when you pick up a gun in the name of Islam and kill innocent people, you are not a Muslim anymore.” 
The problem is Malala’s words, while eloquent, are in conflict with the reality of today, and incompatible with 1,400 years of Islamic history. 
Yet it drew applause from the audience, hungry for any medicine that would dull the pain caused by the growing cancer of Islamic terrorism.
Everybody sing: "Just a spoonful of Malala makes the multiculti medicine go down in the most delightful way..."

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Five From the Justin Trudeau "Fan" Club

1. On climate change, Trudeau is a huuuuge hypocrite.

2. Justin Trudeau isn't the anti-Trump. He's bargain-bin Obama.

3. Stop swooning over Justin Trudeau. He's a climate change hypocrite.

4. Marijuana legalization: What was Justin smoking?

5. Justin Trudeau is a fascist.

Michael Oren: The "Biggest Winners" of the Six Day War Were...

Let's just say it wasn't the Jews.

CBC Radio--Quel Surprise--Tries to Downplay the Threat of "Political Islam"

According to the "expert" whose opinion was solicited for Ceeb radio's "Ideas" show, "political Islam" is an age-old phenomenon and, speaking realistically, an inevitability about which we infidels can do very little. So we may as well chillax and adopt the Ceeb's usefully idiotic Dr. Strangelove position. Which is to say: we must learn to stop worrying and love sharia (the installation of Islamic law in all its draconian glory being the whole point of "political Islam"/supremacist Islam/Muslim Brotherhood Islam/by-the-book Islam/the conquest-minded Islam of Islam's founder that inspires the bulk of the modern jihad).

So nice of the Ceeb to celebrate shill on behalf of all that, no?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Loophole for Hooligans

In Sweden, soccer hooligans who don't want to be readily identified by police are not allowed to wear masks. However, this being Sweden, you are permitted to wear religious cover ups--the reason why so many hooligans are availing (or a-veiling) themselves of the niqab.

Ceolacanths and the Ceeb

The default setting of the CBC is Justin Trudeau hard—which is to say squishy—leftist. That being so, the concept of "conservatism" is something that gives the Ceeb the heeby-jeebies. For, not only do Ceebers, marching in lockstep as they do to the received wisdom/magical thinking of their kind, not understand how anyone could actually be "conservative" (the left, as they see it, having exclusive occupancy of the moral highground), anyone actually willing to step up and identify as such is regarded as the most bizarre and exotic (and, of course, dangerous) of should-be-extinct creatures--on the order, say, of a ceolacanth.

Here's an example of what I mean--a typical Ceeber "examining" (i.e. trashing) the idea of "reasonable conservative"; to the CBC, that phrase is the mother of all oxymorons.

Protocols of the Execrable Erdogan

Sounding not unlike a latter day you-know-who, Artie Erdogan blames a sinister "Mastermind," a.k.a. "the international Jew," for all the problems that have befallen his country of late.

Update: They also don't much care for the Greeks.

Friday, April 14, 2017

What ISIS Shares With Other Die-Hard Islamic Groups

As Alberto M. Fernandez writes, it shares more than you might think, and certainly more than most in the West are willing to acknowledge. The VP of MEMRI says that while ISIS differs from "other rival and contending Islamic entities," they all share "aspects" of the same worldview. One thing they share, for example,
is the ISIS view of the Other, of non-Muslims and of heterodox, free-thinking or liberal Muslims. The hostility ISIS shows for these "polytheists, infidels, and apostates" is often shared by its Islamist rivals and enemies, even if they may not act on this hostility with quite the same bloodlust. 
The ISIS zeal in marking Middle East Christians for slaughter and their communities for destruction, whether in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt, or elsewhere, is a case in point. ISIS Egypt's targeting of Coptic Christians at prayer in their churches – most recently on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 – may seem particularly brutal and brazen, and it is. 
But the ISIS actions to demonize and eliminate Christians from the region are broadly shared, less bloodily and brazenly but clearly, by a range of political players who are opposed to each other but somewhat similar in this one regard. Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda, and related Salafi-jihadis, may all hate and be hated by ISIS but all share some version of a bigoted Islamist supremacist ideology that spews poison against Christians and Jews and against any Muslims too openly identifying themselves as freethinkers or secularists or liberals. 
These regional actors are all part of a broader social and political architecture which normalizes bigotry and internalizes hate, and which – because they are not guilt-ridden Westerners – they largely get away with in the eyes of a West desperate for Muslim allies and uncomfortable with defending Christians.[1]
In other words, the jihadist group perceived to be the worst of the worst at any given time (Al Qaeda some years ago, ISIS today) will suck up all the attention, thereby deflecting attention away from all the other awful Islamist groups. That, in turn, gives rise to the belief--the magical thinking, really--that all will be well if and when we defeat the one entity deemed most terrible. And when we maintain such a narrow focus, we end up ignoring the global nature of jihad, which makes it that much more difficult to vanquish.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words (Which Is Why That Anti-Islamophbia Motion Is Going to Be So Detrimental to Our Free Speech)

Farzana Hassan wants to know why Iqra Khalid, the Liberal MP who spearheaded the Trudeau government's anti-Islamophobia motion isn't similarly concerned about those who do bad things in the name of Islam. Khalid, writes Hassan,
would have us condemn Islamophobia because she believes it is the ethical thing to do.  
But what about her sense of fairness when it comes to recognizing and repudiating acts of Islamist violence? 
To be logically and ethically consistent, she ought to have introduced motions condemning misogyny, FGM, terror, hatred and bigotry among the extremists in her own community. 
The current parliament has seen the highest number of Muslim MPs - hardly a sign of systemic racism. Will any of these Muslim parliamentarians – Omar Alghabra, Salma Zahid, Arif Virani, Ahmed Hussen or Iqra Khalid herself and others– move to condemn terror on behalf of all Canadian Muslims? Anyone? 
No collective blame is being assigned here. However, the old adage still holds true, that it is the inaction of good people that perpetuates evil.
True enough. But given the grave harm that M-103 is likely to inflict, it would be helpful to acknowledge that evil can also be perpetuated by the actions of the good, especially by those who like to bask in the glow of their own virtue signaling.

That's So, Um, "Multicultural"

Mutilating Little Girls in Michigan's Little Palestine

Today In Insane Political Correctness...

'Mother of all bombs' jargon decried as 'sexist,' 'grotesque.' (Given at whom it was aimed, isn't is also 'Islamophobic'?)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bad Dog!

They look so innocent, don't they?

Pet owners share pictures of their destructive animals

Marvel Comics In Hot Water Over "Coded" Koran Reference In X-Men

On Wednesday, the venerable company released one of its highest-profile comics in recent months, X-Men Gold No. 1. Gold is the flagship series in Marvel’s so-called ResurrXion project, which seeks to make the X-Men great again by thrusting them into the spotlight with new creative talent and a big marketing push. This first issue, written by Arrow co-creator and longtime comics scribe Marc Guggenheim, sees the titular team relocated to the heart of New York City and attempting to regain a luster of optimistic heroism in a dark and confusing world. Penciled by Indonesian artist Ardian Syaf, it was thrilling and cheery, filled with hope and excitement. 
Trouble was, it also happened to be filled with coded messages commenting on a vicious political conflict in Indonesia. The most notable message appears on the chest of Russian X-Man Colossus — while playing a game of softball with his teammates, we see the characters “QS 5:51” emblazoned on his jersey. One can forgive editors Chris Robinson, Daniel Ketchum, and Mark Paniccia for assuming those were just random letters and numbers drawn by a man from a country where baseball uniforms aren’t widespread. But no, they stood for Qur’an Sura 5:51 — a verse from the Islamic holy book.

That verse is difficult to translate precisely into English, and there has been an array of attempts over the years, many of which you can read here. Generally, it says something along the lines of what the Hilali-Khan translation schema maps out as “O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as awliya (friends, protectors, helpers, etc.), they are but awliya to one another. And if any amongst you takes them as awliya, then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allah guides not those people who are the zalimoon (polytheists, wrongdoers, unjust).” Whatever your interpretation, it’s not very nice to Jews and Christians.
"Difficult to translate"? As if.

I don't know what's worse: Marvel allowing itself to be used as a conduit for jihad/sharia, or the claim than an utterly transparent--and very ugly--passage of the Koran is subject to "interpretation."

Probably a toss up, no?

Update: Robert Spencer weighs in on the comic book kerfuffle.

Steyn Eviscerates French Gasbag Hollande for His Idiotic Vimy Ridge Remarks

Steyn takes on the French prez, who insists that a hundred years ago, Canadians by the thousands fought and died at Vimy for the sake of...Syrian refugees and the Paris climate change conference?!?

Spoken by a "progressive" who has a terminal case of tête-up-cul-itis.

Eerie Ectoplasm

Obama's ghosts go bump in the night!

Gay Israeli Activist "Baffled By the Alignment of the LGBTQ Community With the Anti-Israel Narrative"

Baffled? By "intersectionality" and the pecking order of victim groups?

What--has he been asleep for the past decade?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Iran's Once and Future President?

He's ba-ack!

(Do you get the feeling that he only went away for a while because the likelihood of the U.S. signing that nuke agreement while he was still around was next to zilch?)

Old Shrew Now Writing for "New" Arabs

Whatever happened to Antonia Zerbisias, a "progressive" Israel-basher who used to write for the Toronto Star?

If you're like me, that's a question that either never occurred to you, or one to which you'd be inclined to respond, "Who cares?"

And if a friend hadn't sent me a link to this article on a U.K.-based Arab website, I might have gone the rest of my life without once thinking about--much less missing--Anton-ee-ah (emphasis on the wrong syllable).

Now we know that she has tossed up at something called The New Arab. (The obvious quip: "The New Arab." Same as the old Arab.)

I think we can all agree that it's the perfect place for a writer of her bent.

Super Heroes and Burqas

An odd juxtaposition for sure, but that's what Comic Con in Saudi Arabia boils down to.

Malala Tête

It would be nice to know how the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who is currently being feted in Ottawa (where she's addressing Parliament and has been made an honourary Canadian citizen) can reconcile championing the rights and education of women and, at the same time, donating $50,000 to UNRWA, a UN racket with links to women-oppressing Hamas.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

FYI: I'm Taking a Break for Passover

With Passover looming, and all that that entails, I'll be out of commission, blogging-wise, for the next few days. In the meantime, here's a seasonal song (with apologies to J. Mitchell):

It's comin' on Pesach,
They're selling macaroons.
They're scrubbing out their cupboards
And counting out their spoons.
Oh, I wish I had a hotel
That I could run away to.

But the seder's here.
Eighteen people in all.
Gotta whip up some charoset,
Make another matzoh ball.
Oh, I wish I had a hotel
That I could run away to.

I wish I had a hotel so nice.
I would relax in paradise.
I wish I had a hotel I could run away to
And maybe stay eight days...

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Alleged Comedian Sarah Silverman Uses Occasion of Passover to Bash "The Occupation"

So this happened:
Sarah Silverman has used her contribution to a new Haggadah to criticise Israel's continued presence in the West Bank. 
“Oppression will always prove to be on the wrong side of history”, she writes. 
The  American comedian is one of 30 authors, artists and Jewish thinkers who contributed to a new Jubilee Haggadah which has been published to mark the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War when Israel captured the West Bank. 
The project was created by a group called SISO – “Save Israel. Stop the Occupation” - and features diaspora leaders who are calling for an end to the occupation. It  was also supported by the New Israel Fund. 
“Of all the people, Jews know the bitterness of being oppressed and not being in our own country”, Ms Silverman writes. “That’s what makes the occupation all so ironic. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between right and wrong, the situation is complicated and scary.”
Useful idiocy will always prove to be on the wrong side of history, including the idiocy of "progressive" Jews like Sarah who haven't twigged to the fact that when Palestinians talk about "the occupation," they're referring to "the occupation" of the whole of Israel.

By the Jews.

Or what part of "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" don't you understand, Ms. S.?

The Unhappiest Place on Earth?

I learned via this news story that there's an entity called "Somaliland."

What's that?

Think of it as a jihadist Disneyland (whose catchy slogan is "There is no God but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God."), only without the rides, restaurants, perambulating Disney characters and long line ups of parents and kids clamoring to get inside, and with sharia.

Lots and lots of sharia.

Update: Saudi Arabia unveils plans for 'entertainment city' near Riyadh

Obama's Surveillance Hanky-Panky Didn't Start With Trump

The Obama team gathering surveillance info to use against Trump?

That's crazy talk, right?

Not so fast, says Lee Smith, who notes that that's exactly what happened to Israeli operatives in the lead up to the Obamanable nuke deal:
In a December 29, 2015 article, The Wall Street Journal described how the Obama administration had conducted surveillance on Israeli officials to understand how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials, like Ambassador Ron Dermer, intended to fight the Iran Deal. The Journal reported that the targeting “also swept up the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups.”
Despite this reporting, it seemed inconceivable at the time that—given myriad legal, ethical, political, and historical concerns, as well as strict National Security Agency protocols that protect the identity of American names caught in intercepts—the Obama White House would have actually spied on American citizens. In a December 31, 2016, Tablet article on the controversy, “Why the White House Wanted Congress to Think It Was Being Spied on By the NSA,” I argued that the Obama administration had merely used the appearance of spying on American lawmakers to corner opponents of the Iran Deal. Spying on U.S. citizens would be a clear abuse of the foreign-intelligence surveillance system. It would be a felony offense to leak the names of U.S. citizens to the press.
Increasingly, I believe that my conclusion in that piece was wrong. I believe the spying was real and that it was done not in an effort to keep the country safe from threats—but in order to help the White House fight their domestic political opponents.
Sounds plausible to me.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hamas Rebrands as Trans-Moderate

Meaning that if you think you're a moderate (even if you retain the jihadi approach to things and are still intent on repealing and replacing Israel "from the river to the sea"), then, dagnabit, that's what your are!

And, whadya know?, the scam seems to be working in certain places.

Chicago-Bound Flight From Toronto Delayed for Many Hours (With Passengers On Board) Due to "Mock IED"

That's the story we're getting, anyway.

The only reason I can think of for having a mock IED in your luggage is because you're doing a dry run to see if you and your fauxsplosive can make it past security.

Maybe next time (soon? later? who the hell knows?), they'll figure out how to foil security and sneak the real deal on board.

Black Like She

CBC radio devotes nearly an hour of air time to Rachel Dolezal, the woman born of two white parents who insists she is African-American because she says so (hence the latest "progressive" lunacy, the idea that someone can be "Trans-black").

If she's Trans-black then I'm Trans-ballerina.

"The Mujahedeen Poisons Cookbook"

Now flying off the shelves in Birmingham, England?

Talk About Wretched Sexcess

Meet the women who can orgasm up to SIXTY times in a single sex session

It's Exactly Like Egregious Hagiography (Because an Accurate Depiction of His Authoritarian Tendencies Would Likely Get You Killed)

The Beeb asks: What's it like to play Turkish President Erdogan?

Oddly Enough, It Does Not Taste Like Chicken

This is rather stomach-turning:
As part of his research in preparing to write Eat Me: A natural and unnatural history of cannibalism, the zoologist Bill Schutt flew to Texas to the home of Claire Rembis, a provider of placenta-related services. There, Rembis’s husband William took a bag from the family freezer, removed his wife’s placenta from it, and cooked up strips of the organ along with vegetables and beef stock. Tucking into this dish – placenta osso buco – Schutt encountered a consistency like veal and a “strong but not overpowering flavour”. 

Hit Me Bibi One More Time

Israel's Labor Party changes an election date to avoid a conflict with a Britney Spears concert in Tel Aviv.

The New York Times Lies About Islam/Muslims in Canada

If you're of a "progressive" bent, what's the best way to discredit anyone who has hesitations about problematic areas of Islam (jihad, sharia, supremacism, etc.)? As per this article in the New York Times, it's to focus on a "far-right" "fear-monger" from Quebec who looks like a scary Hell's Angels biker. By doing that, you can imply that everyone who doesn't view Islam through your rose-coloured "progressive" lens--which sees Islam as a religion of peace and Muslims as friendly helpers--is a bigot/racist/"Islamophobe."

After all, according to the NYT, there are "very few" Muslims in Canada--so why sweat it?

Actually, but not shockingly, the NYT gets it wrong re the numbers. In Toronto, Canada's largest city, for instance, Muslims are said to make up 7.7% of the population. (And that was back in 2011, before Justin Trudeau was prime minister and the great influx of Syrian refugees began). On average, Muslims comprise "3.2% of the population, making them the second largest religion after Christianity." And, as Muslims themselves are proud to proclaim, "Islam is the fastest growing religion in Canada."

By contrast,
Islam is the third largest religion in the United States after Christianity and Judaism. According to a 2010 study, it is followed by 0.9% of the population, compared with 70.6% who follow Christianity, 22.8% unaffiliated, 1.9% Judaism, 0.7% Buddhism, and 0.7% Hinduism.
Why are the numbers/percentages so important? It's because of this (something which, for obvious reasons, you will never read in the pages of New York Times).

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Subterranean Jihad News

1. Islamist given life sentence for trying to bomb Bonn subway station

2. Paris police given powers to search Metro passengers' bags after St Petersburg bombing

3. St. Petersburg ‘suicide bomber’ from Islamic jihad hotspot

Today's Tent Talk

I can't tell you how often in recent years I have read or been told that we Jews need to have a "big tent."

And, no, it isn't a Barnum and Bailey or even a Cirque du Soleil sort of thing, although it certainly sounds like one.

The reason we need a "big tent," we are told, is so that every "progressive" Jew who is feeling left out (due to his/his "progressiveness," which apparently precludes support for Israel) can have a chance to dwell amongst the tribe.

But every time the "big tent" palaver comes up, my immediate reaction is that the real reason "progressives" want one is so they can herd us all in and shut us all up. ("Come into my tent, my big leftist tent, but leave your opinions and your voice at the door. And, oh yeah, ix-nay anything about the ihad-jay, 'kay?")

Caroline Glick, too, is fed up with the tent shtick. Here she is channeling "big tent" Jewry's misplaced (and misbegotten) rage:
For more than a decade, American Jews led by radical rabbis and thought leaders have been threatening Israel.

You are making us embarrassed, Peter Beinart and his supporters have said. We won’t be able to keep supporting Israel if you don’t succumb to all the demands that the PLO and Hamas are making. Their terrorism – that is, their “resistance to occupation” – is understandable.

Israel, they harangue, is losing American Jewry. We are progressives. We stand up for the oppressed against the oppressors. Israelis, you are oppressors and we won’t be able to stand with you and as Jews, we will stand against you.

We will seek common ground with anti-Semites like Roger Waters and Alice Walker and invite them to our most prestigious forums to speak. We will make common cause with terrorist supporters like Linda Sarsour and terrorists like Rasmea Odeh. We will show that we don’t hate Israelis by hosting EU-funded anti-Israel groups like Breaking the Silence at our synagogues and campuses. And we will insist we are pro-Israel and pro-peace and send our checks to J Street, a group that has never sided with Israel on anything.

Over and over again Israel has heard these voices, which are often well-paid and always well-covered by the media. Over and over we have listened to their threats of abandonment.

Rather than criticize them for their hostility and reject their threats, Israeli spokesmen, particularly from the Left, have tried to make these Jewish Israel bashers feel better about Israel.

True, we are “occupiers,” voices like  Haaretz’s former columnist Ari Shavit told his American audiences. But we feel really bad about it so please don’t hate us.

We love you so, please love us back. We are one.

The time has long since passed for Israel to begin a frank exchange with these people.

There are lines you cannot cross and still expect us to care what you think.

Sometimes those lines are crystal clear.
It's also crystal clear that the only way to get Pete and his ilk onside is to enter their "big tent" so that we can all get behind the project of collapsing the Zionist structure, the one they're so ashamed of. (For more on the phenomenon of the ashamed Jew, see UK novelist Howard Jacobson's The Finkler Question). That's far too high a price to pay for their allegiance--or for the "honour" of commingling with them under some canvas.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Why Change "O Canada" In English When the French Version Is So Much Less PC?

Proving that it is actually good for something, the Canadian Senate is stymying efforts to change the lyrics of "O Canada." The "offensive" line in question: "True patriot love in all thy son's command," which the more "progressive"-minded want to amend to "In all of us command" so as to be more "diverse" and "inclusive."

Some senators, however, are calling the proposed change "clunky and pedestrian"--which, indeed, it is. And Conservative Senator Michael MacDonald, who's from Nova Scotia, makes a good point when he asks why we're so intent on changing the English version of the anthem when the French lyrics are so much more incendiary and politically incorrect--and no one is insisting we modernize them:
The Cape Breton senator also takes issue with the bill because it only changes the English-language version of the national anthem, even though the French words would have a hard time getting the "social justice warrior seal of approval." 
"Why should one official version of the anthem be exempt from re-examination?" MacDonald said. "It is, without question, an ethnic French-Canadian, Catholic, nationalist battle hymn, certainly non-inclusive, yet I am not offended. It is just part of Canada's history in song."
FYI, here are the French lyrics, translated:

O Canada!
Land of our forefathers
your brow is wreathed with a glorious garland of flowers.
Because your arm can wield the sword,
it is ready to carry the cross.
your history is an epic
Of the most brilliant exploits.
your valour steeped in faith
Will protect our homes and our rights
Will protect our homes and our rights.

So you mean to say that no one is sweating what is essentially a French variation of "Onward Christian Soldiers" but we're going nuts about a single English "son's"?

C'est incroyable!

If we must tackle that supposedly pesky "son's," however, Senator MacDonald contends there's only one way to go:
"The proper and only acceptable pronoun substitution for the phrase 'All thy sons command' is 'All of our command,'" MacDonald said. "This is not opinion. This is fact.
Is it, though? To my ear, MacDonald's "fact" sounds every bit as as "clunky and pedestrian." If we must make a change (and I have yet to be convinced that we do), "As all of us command" sounds much better--and makes far more sense--than either "In all of us command" or "In all of our command."

Monday, April 3, 2017

"Security Issues" Scupper Hirsi Ali Oz Talk

Free speech took another hit today. Mark Steyn, a chap who has felt the wrath of the thought police, has a few thoughts on the injury:
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Tour Cancelled
Citing security issues, the Somalian-born activist calls off her scheduled Australian tour...
Let's just expand that "Somali-born activist" précis a little. She's not a dead white male like me or Charles Murray. As someone once said, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is everything the identity-group fetishists profess to dig: female, atheist, black, immigrant. But, because she does not toe the party line on Islam, her blackness washes off her like a bad dye job on a telly anchorman - and so do her femaleness and godlessness and immigrant status. And in the end she is Charles Murray, or Geert Wilders - or even David Duke. A black Somali woman is, it turns out, a "white supremacist". 
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is someone who fled genital mutilation and arranged marriage in a backward, barbarous society to come to the west and live in freedom. Her first stop was the Netherlands. But the director of the film she wrote, Theo van Gogh, was murdered in the street, and the man who shot him then drove two knives through what was left of his chest pinning to it a five-page death-threat promising to do the same to Ayaan. So she was forced to leave the Netherlands, and has lived with round-the-clock security ever since. Now she has to cross Australia off the list, too. Where's next? Can she speak in Sweden? Or Canada? Ireland or Germany? She left Somalia to live as a western woman, only to watch the west turn itself into Somalia, incrementally but remorselessly, at least as far as free speech is concerned.
Can she speak in Canada? I would like to think she still could. But I have my doubts.

"'Big Little Lies' Was, Above All Else, a Commentary on Gender Bias"

I read the book. I saw every episode of the HBO series. And I can say with absolute certainty that it was no such thing.

Above all else, it was a show about secrets and lies and the chasm that can exist between how one's life appears to others (and the face one presents to the world) and the reality of how that life is actually being lived.

The "gender bias" stuff is a whopping load of PC crapola, which, sadly, infests TV criticism too these days.

That said, with the notable exception of Zoe Kravitz, it was quite possibly the least "diverse" HBO show since Sex and the City.

Some "Mainstream" Canadian Imams Give Thumbs Up to Sharia-Decreed Amputations

They can do that (since, unlike a first time shoplifter in, say, Jeddah, they still have both thumbs).

How to Stand With Israel AND Stand Up for Free Speech

Kudos to Peggy Shapiro, who shows how it's done (my bolds):
Activists held an interfaith memorial service for the victims of a female Palestinian terrorist, scheduled to coincide with her speech before a gathering of an anti-Israel Jewish organization, one of the organizers told The Algemeiner on Sunday.
Peggy Shapiro, Midwest director of Israel education group Stand With Us (SWU), said that she rented out a private suite at Chicago’s Hyatt Hotel to hold the event during convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh’s appearance at the closing plenary session of the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) National Member Meeting (NMM) at the same venue, because Shapiro believed JVP’s “unconscionable” decision to “honor the killer and erase the victims” could not go uncontested. 
“It really can’t get any worse than honoring a murderer, alongside other speakers who are proponents of more genocide,” she said, referring to the panelists featured with Odeh, including Linda Sarsour, who has called Zionism a form of racism. 
In the JVP NMM program, Odeh and Sarsour are touted as among “the most dynamic, powerful, and visionary community and faith leaders of our time.”
Shapiro said her program was held in a guest room, because JVP directed the Hyatt to refuse to rent space to SWU at the hotel’s large convention center. The service featured religious exercises led by local rabbis and pastors, and letters from the families of Odeh’s victims, Leon Kanner and Edward Joffe, read by SWU representatives. 
“I’m a really strong proponent of free speech, even stupid speech, even hate speech. So, we aren’t using JVP’s tactics; we didn’t disturb their event, and shout down their speakers, like they do to ours,” Shapiro said. “We are respectful and mature, and we are calmly responding to something just so inherently wrong.” ...
Not just wrong. Not just misguided.


Jewish Quislings for Islam-Style Peace, i.e. the "peace" that will be in effect once Jewish sovereignty over Israel (land claimed in perpetuity for Allah) is defunct.

A pox on 'em all.

Update: Speaking of Islam-style "peace," a dude named Quran (seriously, that's his name) told the JVP quislings how Palestinians planned to achieve it:
A new “Nakba,” or catastrophe, is underway for the Palestinians, Quran said, and Palestinians therefore need new tactics that go beyond those used in the past. 
“We’re going to occupy the occupation; we’re gonna build barricades; we’re gonna bring thousands of people there,” Quran said. “And if we manage to liberate this land, if we manage to stop the plans from going forward there, we will stop them from going forward everywhere.”
"Them"? Which "them"?

The Zionists? The Jews? All infidels?

Going strictly by the words inspiring Mr. Quran (passages from the book for which he's named), the answer, obviously, is "yes," "yes" and "yes."

Toronto Police Chief's Sane Approach to "Sanctuary City" Madness

The Toronto Sun's Sue Anne Levy got Chief Mark Sanders to explain how cops get around that "sanctuary city" stuff:
The police chief said despite calls by refugee advocates to stop reporting illegals engaged in criminal activity, they’re “bound by law” to do so. 
Saunders said in keeping with his forces “don’t ask” policy, officers certainly don’t round up people on “status and status alone.” But when someone is involved in a crime, investigators have to do a full check of their status — and the public expects that. 
“The policy we have is ‘don’t ask’ not ‘don’t ask don’t tell,’ he said 
“My officers will not ask status we are trained not to ask that question.” 
I asked Saunders to weigh in on Toronto’s Sanctuary City policy, put in place in 2013 and reinforced by Mayor John Tory, also a police services board member, at a Jan. 31 photo-op. 
The city’s policy advises staff not to report illegals accessing city services to federal immigration authorities — should they become aware of their status. 
The suggestion is that police do the same. 
Saunders, however, is adamant officers will “investigate fully” if criminality is involved. 
“If there is somebody who shouldn’t be here who is shooting at other people it would only make prudent sense for us to deal with that from the criminal perspective and the status perspective,” he said. 
“I don’t want citizens to be shooting up the city so I don’t want people who don’t necessarily have the status to be shooting up the city, either.”
Makes sense to me, chief.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Witchy Woman

Kathleen Wynne as Maleficent?

Hey, works for me. But pace Rex Murphy, I find nothing supernatural about her decidedly earth-bound and immensely corrupt and destructive shenanigans.

I Got the Sea Horse Right Here, the Name Is Paul Revere...

April Fool's!