Saturday, May 27, 2017

Kinder Surprise Eggs Finally Set to Arrive In the Land That Bans Non-Nutriative Embeds

In other words, in the US of A, where the chocolate treats have been tweaked to comply with the inane national requirements.

Poor, Poor Linda Sarsour

The New York Times convenes a pity party for this dreadful woman because she's the target of "ire" of those who don't share her eliminationist leanings.

The heart bleeds great, big gobbets of blood.

“It’s Everywhere. It’s Constant. It’s Nonstop...It Can Happen Here Almost Any Time"

Words to live--and perhaps die--by, from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

Kelly added that if Americans knew what he knows about terror threats in the country, they would, and I quote, "never leave the house."

Meanwhile, here in Canada--pillowzzz!!!

Update: Re the terrorism threat, Canada's government has a bad case of the warm 'n' fuzzies (my bolds):
Canadian officials have no plans to raise the country’s terrorism threat level in the wake of a deadly suicide bombing that killed 22 people and injured 59 others at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena in northern England on Monday. 
The government of British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the UK terror threat level from “severe” to “critical” on Tuesday, the highest level indicating that further attacks may be imminent. 
“While we do not comment on specific threats or operations related to national security, we can say that Canadian national security and law enforcement partners monitor all potential threats and have robust measures in place to address them,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said in a statement. “Canada’s threat level remains at medium, and has been unchanged since October, 2014.” 
Nevertheless, Goodale urged Canadians to remain vigilant and to report any unusual or suspicious behaviour to their local police. 
“Canada is fundamentally a safe and peaceful nation,” Goodale said. “We will take all appropriate action to counter terrorist threats to Canada, its citizens and our way of life.”...
I can't tell you how soundly I sleep at night knowing the Trudeaupians are at the helm. 😟

A Damn Good Question

Why is Trump's Defense Department Celebrating Ramadan?

I'm blaming it on the supernatural properties of the orb.



Update: Jonah Goldberg, who is obviously functioning on way too little sleep, notes that orb spelled backwards is bro.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A Leader With Way Too Much Time on His Hands

Justin Trudeau wins hearts by building pillow fort with a little girl

'Scuze me while I barf.

Europe Channels Its Inner Captain Renault

It is shocked--shocked!--by the Manchester terrorism.

On Eve of Eid, Trump Touts "The Spirit of Ramadan," Performs Maladroit Jihadectomy

This hardly inspires confidence in the man's judgment:
WASHINGTON -- President Trump reminisced on last weekend's trip to Saudi Arabia in a message today wishing "all Muslims a joyful Ramadan" on "behalf of the American people." 
The month of fasting begins tonight and ends June 24, when Muslims begin celebrating Eid al-Fitr. 
"During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that strengthen our communities. At its core, the spirit of Ramadan strengthens awareness of our shared obligation to reject violence, to pursue peace, and to give to those in need who are suffering from poverty or conflict," Trump said. 
"This year, the holiday begins as the world mourns the innocent victims of barbaric terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom and Egypt, acts of depravity that are directly contrary to the spirit of Ramadan. Such acts only steel our resolve to defeat the terrorists and their perverted ideology."
All I can say to that whopping heap of bilge is, "Dream on, Don." Islam's founder himself ordered and presided over the beheading of every adult male member of the Banu Qurayza, a Jewish tribe. Barbaric? Sure. And, like the acts of today's jihadis, in no way contrary to "the spirit of Ramadan." 

"Defiance Chic" In Manchester: "Holier Than Though" Bee Tattoos

If only it was the equivalent of saying, "Jihad, bee-gone!":
Hundreds of Mancunians have been queuing to get their city's symbolic worker bee tattooed on them in the wake of the terror attack that rocked the city.  
Members of the public were filmed outside the city's Holier Than Thou tattoo centre as they waited in the scorching sun, while other parlours reported large numbers queuing for the design. 
Minimum donations of £40 were taken from customers, but many were paying up to £100 for their bee tattoo, with all the money raised being donated to the Manchester Arena Victim's Fund. 
The worker bee was adopted as a motif for Manchester during the Industrial Revolution...
Something tells me that more than a few Mancunians who opted to get the tattoo will end up regretting their hasty decision.

Muslim Writer Performs Deft Jihadectomy In the Ottawa Citizen

Dude wants us to believe that non-specific "extremism" (and not those specifically heeding the jihad imperative embedded in Islam's core religious texts) is what plagues us:
The FLQ, the KKK, ISIL. They're all the same: terrorists motivated by socio-political goals, not spiritual aspirations. Militants, not men of faith.
So our real enemy, plain and simple, is not Islam, rather it's the extreme-leaning people of all backgrounds. And it's ignorance that breeds them...
Here's the truth of it: Islam's founder was both a militant and a man of faith (who married the two together when he invented the concept of jihad--"holy war"--i.e. sacralized combat). A man motivated both by socio-political goals and by spiritual aspirations. And the jihadis of today, the ones blowing up little girls in Manchester, are inspired to act by his "perfect" example.

That being so, our real enemy, plain and simple, is the ignorance of infidels who know nothing about Islam, who therefore presume that it's more or less the same as Judaism and Christianity, and who fall for this fellow's comforting claptrap.

Robert Lantos Shines a Light On the Perfidy of Anti-Israel "Progressives"

The National Post prints the speech Lantos delivered at last week's Toronto Wiesenthal do. I was fortunate enough to hear it in person (a friend gave us tickets), and was high-fiving it all the way through. I especially liked this bit:
The so-called progressives who denounce Israel are unfazed by the jailing of dissenters in Iran, oblivious to the oppression of women in Saudi Arabia, blind to the incarceration and torture of gay men in Qatar, accepting of widespread female genital mutilation and unperturbed by the persecution of Christians in several Islamic countries. Their single fixation is on the Jewish state, a country whose laws treat all citizens equally, regardless of gender or religion and guarantee them education, healthcare and civil liberties. A country where freedom of expression is sacred. 
Many progressives are singularly fixed on criticizing the Jewish state, a country that treats all citizens equally and guarantee their civil liberties 
It is time to stop kidding ourselves and to call all those with such selective social conscience the anti-Semites we all know they are. Hitler and the Nazis were vanquished but Jew hatred was not. It has found renewed vigour in an unholy partnership between  the jihadists and the proverbial useful idiots, who hide under the progressive mantle.
No doubt there were a few progressive-minded Jews in the crowd of over 2,000 who bristled at these words (Wiesenthal being in the "tolerance" business, and attracting some leftists on that basis). But that made hearing them so much more delicious than the meal (which was chicken, a tad dry, in case you were wondering).

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Didja Hear About the Didsbury Mosque and the, Er, Services It Offers?

The mosque is--or, rather, was--the preferred place of worship of Manchester's mass murdering jihadi. It is now trying to distance itself from him (best o' luck with that, chaps). One of the services it offers--sharia, baby:
Sharia Department

The Sharia Department is supervised by Sheikh Salem Sheikhi, who is assisted by his deputy Sheikh Mohammed Saeed.  E-mail: sharia.didsbury@gmail.com
Opening hours of Shari’a Department 
Monday to Thursday 10 am to 3 pm, Friday: 2 pm to 3 pm
The most important services provided by the Sharia department include:
  1. Issuing Fatwas
  1.  Issues related to the Muslim Family’s affairs in Britain.
    1. Contracts:
      1. Performing marriage contracts and sermons.
      2. Arranging Islamic power of attorney contracts relating to marriages.
      3. Issuing divorce certificates on behalf of the husband.
      4. Issuing Khul’ certificates.
      5. Issuing confirmation of Islam certificates for new Muslims.
    1. Solving family disputes:
      1. Issuing divorce resolutions in the following cases
        1. Domestic abuse from the husband.
        2. Irreconcilable disputes between husband and wife.
        3. Abandonment of the wife by the husband.
        4. Sexual problems.
      1. Issuing Khul’ resolutions by the head of The Sharia Department in cases of the husband’s refusal.
    1. Advice and consultations:
      1. Providing Sharia consultations regarding family disputes.
      2. Providing courses in family relations in Islam.
  1. Other issues regarding general personal affairs:
    1. Providing assistance writing Sharia compliant wills.
    2. Distribution of inheritance according to Sharia.
  1. The calculation of Zakat.
  1. Financial Transactions:
    1. Providing consultation and advice in financial disputes.
    2. Devising commercial contracts compliant with Sharia.
    3. Sharia adjudication in financial disputes.
  1. Mediation between the different sections of the Muslim community in Great Britain.
  1. Intervention to solve and assist with problems regarding child abscondance.  
Bear in mind that all this is being offered in a city in England, the land that gave us the Magna Carta and birthed modern notions about freedom and civil rights.

One wonders why Abedi bothered to blow up infidels when they're heading in the right direction (so to speak) anyway, and on their own.

Update: Prior to taking up residency at 10 Downing Street, Theresa May had nothing but praise for sharia in the UK:
May sparked controversy when she spoke out in support of the Islamic courts operating in the country, telling the nation they could "benefit a great deal" from Sharia teachings.
Benefit? What a crock! And what a silly cow! 

Miley Cyrus Slammed For "Cultural Appropriation"

What'd she do?

Eat a taco?

Don a headdress?

Dance the hula?

Nope.

All she did was "twerk".

Jihadi Terrorist's Sister Says He "Wanted Revenge" for US Air Strikes on Syria

And, as everyone knows, the best way to get "revenge" on the United States is to blow up a bunch of little girls at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

"It's Wicked To Do That"

On the Tucker Carlson show, Mark Steyn lambastes "the official lie" being purveyed by UK leadership (the lie which sees no Islam--no, none at all--in the acts of jihadis who unleash terrorism on unsuspecting infidels; the lie which, for reasons of political correctness, gives Islam a jihadectomy).

Ceeb Radio Phone-In Show Topic: "Why White Privilege Is So Hard to Talk About"

If it's so hard to talk about, why can't the CBC ever shut up about it (see this, this and this)?

Update: This one goes out to our as-left-as-it-gets publicly-funded national broadcasting corp:
The CBC sees our "white priv"
As something that's hard to forgive.
Its "privilege" palaver's
A rotting cadaver
That in no way is transformative.

NJ Governor Chris Christie Upholds Child Marriage

The fat man's pro-sharia antics continue to astound.

"The Left's Strategy Regarding 'Islamophobia' Leads Straight to Manchester"

You said it, Robert.

"The Battle for Israel's Soul"? That's Debatable

So this is happening on Sunday:



As I see it, there's nothing to debate. Which is to say that if you want to Gaza-ize the West Bank, solve nothing, and create further problems for yourself, you are bound to fall into the Goldberg camp.

Update: Caroline Glick said it all re the chimerical "two state solution" at another Toronto synagogue some years ago:
Stop being so defensive about asserting Jewish rights. It’s our land and always has been. By agreeing to hand over some of it to the Palestinians as part of a failed peace process, Israelis have in effect endorsed the Palestinian narrative that they are at fault for the conflict, she argues. 
The solution, said Glick, in an address last week at Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, is to do what Israel did in Jerusalem and the Golan – apply Israeli law to Judea and Samaria, a.k.a., the West Bank. 
“This land is ours by history, by international legal rights, and it’s ours by justice, and we have to assert those rights,” she said. 
Glick is author of The Israeli Solution; A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East. Her position stands in sharp contrast to the one adopted by successive Israeli governments, but she believes Israel’s international standing was stronger, not weaker, when it stood up to international pressure. 
Israelis thought that by yielding its rights and turning over territory, it would foster international goodwill and enhance its diplomatic cachet. Instead, the opposite has occurred. 
If Israel wants international respect, it has to assert its rights, she said. If Israel wants to tell advocates of boycotts, divestments and sanctions where to stick their positions, it has to be assertive. 
“You can’t do it if all you say is we want defensible borders” and if you agree that the other side, which “exists only to destroy you,” has rights.

Why Is the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Propping Up Pro-BDS Efforts?

A great question that's explored in depth here.

Update: By coincidence, a woman who obviously doesn't read Tablet emailed Mark Steyn to assign blame for the Manchester terrorism:
The killer was the queen of England's clan. 
Rothschild Soros club. 
Stop zionist Israel jews from manufacturing all this illusion. They are the banking cartel around the world. Stop blaming everyone but the culprits, themselves. Or we will have no respect for journalists and the tales they put out.
Someone off her meds, perchance? 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Why "Keep Calm and Carry On" Won't Do the Trick While the Jihad Is In Progress

Mark Steyn's piece on last night's feat of jihad in Manchester and the ramifications thereof deserves to be read in its entirety. To whet your appetite, here's one particularly tasty bit (my bolds):
I am currently reading Douglas Murray's fine book, The Strange Death of Europe, which lays out, unsparingly, the central illusion of the last half-century - that you could demographically transform the composition of hitherto more or less homogeneous nation states on a scale no stable society has ever attempted, and that there would be no consequences except a more vibrant range of local restaurants. Mrs May declared this morning on the steps of Downing Street that she had held a top-level security meeting, or what they call in Britain a "COBRA", which sounds like something scary enough to do battle with SPECTRE; in that sense, it's a very butch acronym for a bit of bureaucratic furniture labeling (Cabinet Office Briefing Room A). But I'll bet the mood around the table was one of fatalism and resignation, outside a few micro-adjustments to the budget of counter-terrorism agencies and the number of CCTV cameras and the amount of security checks at "sensitive" "high-value" targets like department stores, and theatres, and restaurants and football grounds and pubs and chip shops and... 
But the arithmetic is not difficult: Poland and Hungary and Slovakia do not have Islamic terrorism because they have very little Islam. France and Germany and Belgium admit more and more Islam, and thus more and more terrorism. Yet the subject of immigration has been all but entirely absent from the current UK election campaign. Thirty years ago, in the interests of stopping IRA terrorism, the British state was not above preventing the internal movement within its borders of unconvicted, uncharged, unarrested Republican sympathizers seeking to take a ferry from Belfast to Liverpool. Today it declares it can do nothing to prevent the movement of large numbers of the Muslim world from thousands of miles away to the heart of the United Kingdom. It's just a fact of life - like being blown up when you go to a pop concert. 
All of us have gotten things wrong since 9/11. But few of us have gotten things as disastrously wrong as May and Merkel and Hollande and an entire generation of European political leaders who insist that remorseless incremental Islamization is both unstoppable and manageable. It is neither - and, for the sake of the dead of last night's carnage and for those of the next one, it is necessary to face that honestly. Theresa May's statement in Downing Street is said by my old friends at The Spectator to be "defiant", but what she is defying is not terrorism but reality. So too for all the exhausted accessories of defiance chic: candles, teddy bears, hashtags, the pitiful passive rote gestures that acknowledge atrocity without addressing it - like the Eloi in H G Wells' Time Machine, too evolved to resist the Morlocks.
"Defiance chic"--good one, Mark.

Update: The Brits comfort themselves with platitudes such as this one.

"Love in the end is always stronger than hate"?

Not so. For instance, "love" wasn't stronger than the Nazis, and, on its own, would not have defeated them.

Also--Israel exists today because fifty years ago, Jews fought and defeated Arabs during a six day-long war. The idea that the Israelis' "love" could have prevailed over their enemies' hatred is as specious as it is insane.

Breaking News: ISIS Claims Responsibilty for Manchester Terrorist Attack

Don't know if these particular jihadis are actually behind it, but they're certainly more than delighted to take credit for it.

"Experts" Blame Toronto's Sky-Rocketing House Prices on "Obsession With Home Ownership"

These deep thinkers want to do away with the "obsession" (the pejorative they use to describe a natural human desire, at least in these parts) so that people will be willing to live sans grumble in rental units (which have yet to be built).

It seems that, for those of a certain bent (you know the kind), private property remains anathema.

Instead of blaming the "obsession" and those who manifest it, surely these "experts" should point to the obvious--an insufficient supply along with all the speculators, bidding wars and house flippers.

Trump's Saudi Arabian Adventure Shows He Has a Ways To Go In His Understanding of Jihad

There are those who will tell you that Trump's speech in the Magic Kingdom shows that he "gets" the jihad.

Don't believe 'em.

Oh sure, Trump's speech in Riyadh is a quantum improvement over Obama's groveling suckuppery in Cairo. But when the bar is set that low--mere centimeters above the ground--there is nowhere to go but up.

How do we know that Trump is still some ways away from comprehending the religious dogma that fuels the eternal Holy War (eternal, that is, until Islam finally prevails)?

Ask yourself this: would someone who was clued in to the reality that the leaders he praises so effusively fund "extremist" mosques and madrassahs in the West and around the world (the better to spread Islam and keep the "extremists" from blowing up the Saudis, the corrupt custodians of the two holy mosques) collaborate with these selfsame funders on a Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology, and situate the thing in Saudi Arabia?

Sorry, but that's just plain nuts.

It would be helpful if someone could explain to this president that there are two vicious and competing strands of Islam--the Saudis' and the Khomeinists'--and that one is no better than the other.

Update: Andrew McCarthy thinks that Trump's strategy of "Principled Realism" isn't nearly principled or realistic enough:
The principal fiction in “principled realism” is that we share “common values” with Sunni Arab sharia societies. That is problematic because these purported “common values” — in conjunction with “shared interests” — are said to be the roots of Trump’s approach. 
The president stressed that during his first overseas trip as president, he would be “visiting many of the holiest places in the three Abrahamic faiths.” The irony was palpable, at least to some of us. Trump is not visiting the holiest places of Islam. 
Yes, upon departing Saudi Arabia, he headed to Israel where he prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. In the offing is a jaunt to Rome, to the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis. But for all the treacle about “why I chose to make my first foreign visit a trip to the heart of the Muslim world, to the nation [Saudi Arabia] that serves as custodian of the two holiest sites in the Islamic faith,” Trump sidestepped the fact that he is not welcome in those two sites, Mecca and Medina. 
Why? Because the president is a non-Muslim. Non-Muslims are not allowed to step their infidel feet in Islam’s sacred cities. 
That iteration of Islamic intolerance is squarely based on scripture — see, e.g., the Koran’s Sura 9:28: “Oh you who believe! Truly the idolaters are unclean, so let them not, after this year, approach the sacred mosque” — a verse that specifically relates to the Grand Mosque in Mecca (Makkah), and has been extended by Islamic scholars to Medina. That is why Trump’s House of Saud hosts enforce a ban on entry by non-Muslims to both cities.

This Is Very, Very Bad

Trump sets sight on the big deal: Mideast peace

Update: Israel needs another fake deal like it needs, say, another nuclear Ayatollah.

Re the fake deal phenomenon, Ran Baratz warns,
Peace between Israel and the Palestinians always seems “so close” – but remains elusive. And similar to [Robert] McNamara, the fault is not with the other side; instead it is the Left’s mistaken understanding of the Palestinians.
Anyone think for even a nanosecond that Trump's understanding is any better?

Update: Something that Marwan Barghouthi ("the Palestinian Nelson Mandela," so-called) gets right--he says "the last day of the occupation will be the first day of peace."

To translate from the Islamist: the last day of the occupation (of Israel, all of it, by the Jews) will be the first day of peace (in the Islamist sense of the word, i.e. the "peace" that will be in effect once Islam takes over permanently).

Update: Abbas's children will ensure that any "peace" deal will not benefit the Jews.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Long Weekend Is Here...

...so I'm taking a breather until Tuesday.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Quel Shockeroo (Not)

'Trump rules out moving US embassy to Jerusalem for now'

"Cultural Appropriation"? Censorship, More Like

Lorrie Goldstein sums it up, pithily:
That isn’t about cultural appropriation. 
It’s about silencing people -- and points of view -- by leveling false allegations of racism against them and intimidating others who share their views.
Update: "When does inspiration cross the line into appropriation?"--a question that perturbs and engages the CBC.

A 150th Birthday Present for Canada--Our National Anthem in Yiddish

And, no, it doesn't start out, "Oy Canada!" (even though, in the era of Trudeau II, maybe it should).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Here's the Winning Design for the Victims of Communism Memorial in Ottawa

I'm glad that, after many years, they're finally getting around to creating the thing, but the winning design is as bizarre as it is perplexing, and fails to capture the horror and the victims' suffering.

One wonders: if that's the winner, how awful were the losers?

Sultry Silliness in The 6

I live in a city which has vast temperature variations; where it can be blisteringly hot and humid in the summer, and bone-chillingly cold in the winter.

A climate such as this is apt to use plenty of energy to cope with it all.

And yet, there are those who beseech us lay off the air conditioning when it gets hot as blazes (for the sake of "saving" the planet, of course).

Isn't that every bit as nutty as telling us to turn off the heat during a winter deep freeze?

Takes One to Know One

 Report: Obama told friends Trump is a ‘bulls----er’

Dream On, Mr. Mayor

Unfazed by Western Wall row, Jerusalem Mayor still expects Trump to Move US embassy

Artie's Goons Allowed to Run Amok in D.C.

Whoever allowed this to happen should lose his/her job.

"I Have a Degree in Comedy From USC"

A statement that may--may--make you more employable than, say, having a degree in Gender Studies from UCLA.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A "Debate" on "Cultural Appropriation"? Don't Be "Dense"!

Somewhat amusingly, the headline above three letters printed in today's National Post re the Jonathan Kay kerfuffle is "Cultural appropriation debate".

Debate? What debate? For 'tis clear that in Justin's "progressive" Trudeaupia there is plenty of "diversity" (of provenance), but "debating," as such, is in short and rapidly diminishing supply.

After all, a "debate" might hurt someone's precious feelings.

A chap from Ottawa with an impressive double-barreled name (who wrote one of the letters) offers up a guilt-inducing history lesson to underscore how insensitive it is to engage in "debate"/"free speech" when a victim groups' feelings are involved. Writes Colin Blair Meyer-Macaulay:
The problem with Jonathan Kay's free speech approach to cultural appropriation is that speech is only free to those doing the oppressing. Fifty years ago it was illegal in Canada for indigenous people to openly practice their own culture. Thousands of children were kidnapped from their homes by the federal government to protect them from indigenous culture. Native Canadians continue to be marginalized and face overwhelming racism in education, employment, health care and criminal justice.
And now some white kids are upset because they got called out for wearing head dresses and war paint at cultural festivals and Caucasian writers and artists are facing a backlash for appropriating Native Canadian stories and art, even in some high-profile cases stealing native identities.
To marginalize an entire ethnic group for three centuries and then profit off their culture is not a policy item for debate. It is indefensible under any circumstances. That you only appreciate its importance when oppressed individuals formulate their arguments in concrete terms about the way it affects Native Canadians that you can understand (such as not being able to get their pain medicine) does not make you rational. It makes you a special kind of dense. 
Take that, all you "dense"-heads!

Here's the letter I wrote in response:
Letter-writer Colin Blair Meyer-Macaulay says "the problem with Jonathan Kay's free speech approach to cultural appropriation is that speech is only free to those doing the oppressing."
How right he is! Only, in our time, the oppression is being conducted by humourless "progressives" who venerate victimhood and who clutch their pearls and reach for the smelling salts when, on those rare occasions, someone has the temerity to stray from the one acceptable, CBC-approved opinion on any given subject.

Thus does political correctness claim its latest two casualties--Hal Niedzvieki and Jonathan Kay. And you can be sure that what's happened to them will serve as a cautionary tale for others who toil in Canada's grim cultural precincts to squelch any ideas or expression that are at odds with the "progressive" script.
Update: Jerry Agar, that cheeky monkey, says "Appropriate my culture, please!":
My culture believes in human rights, and, recognizing that women are human beings, therefore believes in women’s rights. 
Many cultures do not. Those cultures treat women as the property of either their father or husband. 
Many men in these cultures believe a woman should be killed if she goes against any of their backward, ignorant rules for how a woman is allowed to behave. 
My culture educates both boys and girls, and women rise to powerful positions in business, science, the arts and politics. 
My culture believes in civil rights. 
It believes in protecting individual freedom from infringement by governments, social organizations and powerful, private individuals. 
Those rights include freedom of speech and of the press. ... 
My culture, however, exists in the real world, made up of millions of human beings, so it is far from perfect. ...
Exactly. Which is why "progressives" despise it. (Thomas Sowell explains it like this: "progressives" have a "vision of the anointed." They long to perfect the world and transform it into a "social justice" utopia. The Jerrys of the world, on the other hand, have a "tragic vision," meaning that they know that the human condition is fraught with travail and pain that cannot be ameliorated via central planning. They also know that the end result of utopian scheming is a totalitarian horror show.)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Oy Vey of the Day

Trump. He can make you tear your hair out:
In a bitter diplomatic incident, a senior member of the US delegation making preparations for Donald Trump’s visit to Israel next week angrily rejected a request that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompany the president when he visits the Western Wall, and then sniped at his Israeli counterparts that the Western Wall is “not your territory. It’s part of the West Bank,” Israeli television reported on Monday night.
An official at the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed the report, telling the Times of Israel that Israeli officials were “shocked” by the comments and have asked the Trump administration about the incident.     
The official said that Netanyahu is certain that the comment does not reflect President Trump’s policy...
Really? That's sheer wishful thinking on Bibi's part, I'd say.

Me? I wouldn't bank on it not reflecting Trump's policy (which, admittedly, can change from moment to moment).

It's Good to Be the King ('Cuz You Get More Ice Cream Than the Hoi Polloi)

Sometimes, the tiniest details can shed the greatest light on a person's character. This description of a recent meal at the White House, for instance:
Dinner was served. Trump got a different, more colorful salad dressing than theirs. His chicken had extra sauce on the side. With his pie came a double helping of vanilla. With theirs, a single. By [TIME] magazine’s account, there was no explanation. None was needed. He’s the president and you’re not.
Sorry, but I find Trump's imperiousness to be no more endearing than (and every bit as unpalatable as) Obama's.

The Diff Between Zionists and Islamists

Isn't it obvious? "One gives us 'the Start-Up Nation.' One gives us cutting off people's hands for stealing."

A Sign That Trump Is About to Renege on Promise to Move American Embassy to Jerusalem?

Sure looks like it.

Update: In related "peace" news, Hamas TV has a new show about the glorious "heroes fighting for Jerusalem."

"We Saw Fewer Niqabs...In Islamabad and Karachi Than We Do In Mississauga and Thorncliffe Park, Ontario"

Raheel Raza says that, when it comes to tolerating and engendering Islamic "religiosity," Canada compares unfavourably to Pakistan.

Canuckian Political Correctness Claims Its Latest Victim: Jonathan Kay

Kay has resigned as editor of insufferable/unreadable Canadian periodical, The Walrus. He did so, clearly, to stave off the indignity of being fired. His "crime": he dared to diverge from acceptable leftoid thinking on the subject of "cultural appropriation."

You can read all about the "controversy" (or what passes for controversy in Canada's Stalinistic "progressive" cultural corridors) here.

Meanwhile, Kay, a former conservative who tried to move leftward for the sake of his career (hey, a guy has to feed his kids, right?) admits that, when your heart and soul aren't entirely in it, changing your worldview is really hard to do--and exacts way too high a price:
“From the beginning, it was obvious that it was going to be difficult for me to balance my instincts as a National Post-bred opinion writer with the more staid responsibilities associated with the leadership of a respected media brand,” Kay wrote in an email. “In recent months especially, I have been censoring myself more and more, and my colleagues have sometimes been rightly upset by disruptions caused by my media appearances. 
“Something had to give, and I decided to make the first move. I took no severance.”
However, he did leave with some semblance of backbone, which, in the long run, is going to be worth a lot more.

Update: Don't miss Mark Steyn's take on the matter.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Israeli Artist Transforms "Rockets Into Roses"

What a terrific idea!

Sage Advice for Campus Snowflakes and Other Young'uns

Holy Guacamole!

Avocado slicing injuries are sending home cooks to the hospital, doctors say

DHS Euphemism for "the Jihad": "The Threat Environment"

You'll find it here, in an NPR article about the DHS potentially banning carry on laptops on flights originating from Europe.

Israel Told to Shut Up and Let Trump Do His "Peace" Deal

This makes me very queasy:
Washington’s newly appointed Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has recently told Israeli diplomats that US President Donald Trump is intent on reaching a peace deal, and has urged them to cooperate and aid the president in his endeavor, Haaretz reported Friday.
An Israeli government source told the newspaper that Friedman claimed Trump’s enthusiasm for relaunching the peace process presented a great opportunity for the Jewish state, and advised officials to avoid confrontation with the president over the matter. 
However, Friedman has also advised Trump that the prospects of achieving peace at present are low, two people who spoke with the envoy told Haaretz. 
“People whose opinion he values have told him it will be very difficult, perhaps even impossible, but he has so far not changed his mind,” one recounted. 
Why would he (change his mind)? He's a brilliant strategist who supposedly perfected "the art of the deal," so he can "solve" anything, right? 😏

Update: Memo to Trump: Arabs Still a Long Way From Accepting Israel

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Abbas Wants "Peace"? That's Real "Fake News"

Bibi at his best:

The Trudeau Liberals: Schmoozin' With the Mullahs

From the Tehran Times:
TEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that a Canadian political delegation is in Tehran for talks on bilateral relations.  
Also in a phone conversation with his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it is necessary to provide the condition for Iranian residents in Canada to vote in the May 19 presidential elections. 
“Iranian residents abroad are strongly willing to participate in determining their country’s future,” Zarif said. 
Freeland said that the Canadian government is aware of the importance of presidential elections for the Iranian residents. 
However, she said that some issues should be studied given the lack of political relations between the two countries. 
Iran and Canada cut diplomatic relations in 2012.  
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who took office in 2015 has reportedly been reviewing relations with Iran and, like most countries, lifted most of its economic sanctions following the Iran nuclear agreement in July 2015...
But wait, it gets worse:
According to the [anonymous government] source, the visit is also inevitably seen as a tangible sign that Canada is "committed to re-engaging" with Tehran, though no major breakthrough is yet expected in restoring the embassies that were closed when Ottawa quietly pulled its diplomats in 2012. 
Restoring relations with Iran and reopening the respective embassies closed in 2012 in Ottawa and Tehran was a Liberal promise during the 2015 election. 
I'd sooner "re-engage" with a rattlesnake: it's less venomous than the Grandiose Ayatollah.

Arabist Appeasers in Foreign Office Scupper Prince Charles's Visit to Israel

Does nothing ever change in Old Blighty?

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Blogging Break

My life is in a state of flux at the moment so blogging is not going to happen. I hope things have settled down by mid-week (or maybe a bit later), so look for me then.

Friday, May 5, 2017

While We Were Sleeping, Or Fretting About Being Called "Racist," the Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated Local Public Schools

It's bad enough that there's a mosqueteria in a Toronto public school. One learns today via the Toronto Sun's Farzana Hassan that local public schools also host Muslim Student Association Clubs (and the MSA, FYI, is a creation of the Muslim Brotherhood):
Some Muslim Student Association clubs, for example, discuss what is haram lifestyle and may openly disapprove of keeping dogs as pets, or dressing and eating in ways other families may consider normal. 
They say that some children are questioning the lifestyle of any peers not subscribing to their religion, and that some children are even coerced to attend MSAs. If true, this does not foster the inclusive and respectful behavior which is a core value that school boards across Canada swear to uphold. 
Naturally, the dress issue comes down to decency. How does a discussion at a religious club about women needing to dress "modestly" then play out for club members when they see other girls wearing low necklines and hot pants? Perhaps there is a subconscious bias towards those girls simply for what they choose to wear.
Perhaps there's a bias against girls who defy the Muslim Brotherhood dress code?

Perhaps?

I think it's a pretty safe bet that there's a bias against them.

But perhaps that's just a function of my bias--the fact that I don't think the Muslim Brotherhood or any of its affiliates have any place in our public schools.

Euphemizing Evil

"Social welfare payments": that's what William Booth, the WaPo's man in Jerusalem, calls the moolah Mahmoud Abbas doles out to Palestinian terrorists who murder Jewish men, women and children in Israel; if the terrorist is killed, the money goes to his family.

"Trump's Tragic Mistate"

A must-read piece by Caroline Glick.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Who Knew the French Were "Gingerphobic"?

C'est vrai!

Update: Can people who dye their hair red said to be "transginger"?

Huma's a Criminal (Or Would Be, Were She Republican)

James Comey's revelation yesterday that Hillary's sidekick, Huma Abedin, emailed classified material to her hubby so he could print it out for her at home underscores the fact that there are two sets of rules in America, one for Democrats and the other for Republicans.

Is there any doubt that, had a Republican behaved that way, he/she would have been slapped in handcuffs and would now be cooling his/her heels in the slammer?

Just Call Him "Pinocchio" Abbas

Netanyahu trashes Abbas for telling Trump 'Palestinians teach peace'

What they really teach is "Kill the Joooos!"


Update: MEMRI debunks Abbas's "we teach peace" malarkey.

Update: Dear President Trump--Mahmoud Abbas is personally responsible for the high salaries to terrorists.

The "Totalitarian Moronization of a Generation"

Good one, Mark!

A "Loophole" as Big As Can Be

A writer on the Gatestone site highlights a huge problem here in Canada:
Even more disturbing is a technical loophole in the Canada Elections Act, now being brought to the fore by Trudeau's camp. The law allows foreign entities to make contributions to Canadian candidates. This means that players such as Iran or Saudi Arabia will be able to further their agendas through a particular politician, as long as they pump him with funds for six months and a day prior to his official bid for office.
That's some "loophole."

You could drive a convoy of 18-wheelers (or a few herds of camels) through that sucker.

Human Rights "Justice" in Ontario

The Toronto Sun's Michele Mandel recounts the sad, sad tale of a man who rented out part of his home to difficult tenants, and who is being forced to pay them big bucks out of his own pocket following their complaint to the local "human rights" constabulary (which picks up the complainants' legal tab, so what have they got to lose by complaining?):
This poor man came to Canada from Nigeria 22 years ago in hopes of building a better life for his family. 
After almost a quarter century of being a law-abiding, hard-working member of society, he never imagined his adopted country would label him a human rights violator and order him to pay $12,000 in compensation to his Muslim tenants. 
“I was humiliated, I was made to feel I have no rights, I was made to feel that I’m not wanted in society,” says John Alabi, 52. “I feel powerless. They rented my place for only two months. Two months! It’s just not fair,” 
The small landlord came forward to explain his position after the Sun told his shocking story last week: The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario found he failed to accommodate the religious needs of Walid Madkour and Heba Ismail by not giving them more than the legal 24-hour notice before showing the apartment and by failing to remove his shoes when he entered the bedroom they used to pray. 
Now the travel agent is on the hook for money he doesn’t have to pay tenants who were in his home for only two months. And he doesn’t feel he did anything wrong...
Silly man. The "human rights" busybodies don't really care if he "did anything wrong." All they care about is upholding The Holy Pecking Order of Victimhood (which is a Marxist construct). And in those ranks, Muslim trumps Black, 9 times out of 10.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Not. A. Pretty. Picture.

Mahmoud Abbas is in D.C. to schmooze with Trump in support of the POTUS's (shudder) "ultimate deal."

Let's hope and pray that Trump's nowhere near as complimentary about the Old Eliminationist as he's been about other despicable despots (Putin, Erdogan and Duterte, to name but three).

Update: Abbas knows exactly how to play Trump--speak with a forked tongue (a.k.a. taqiyyah) while ladling out the compliments:
The Palestinian leader expressed his support for a two-state solution to the conflict and the long-held Palestinian desire for a capital in East Jerusalem, welcoming Trump's role as a mediator in peace negotiations. He said he had "hope" about prospects for peace with Trump in that role as he praised the President for his negotiating acumen.
"I believe that we are capable under your leadership and under your courageous stewardship and your wisdom as well as your great negotiating ability ... I believe we can be partners -- true partners to you -- to bring about a historic peace treaty," Abbas said through an interpreter. "Now, Mr. President, with you we have hope." 
Trump expressed his desire to have Palestinians and Israelis draw on the Oslo Accords that Abbas signed onto as the Palestinian negotiator in 1993 and said he hoped the Palestinian leader would soon sign "the final and most important peace agreement."
But while Trump spoke broadly about his desires for a peace deal and some of the barriers to a deal, Abbas drilled down on the specific complaints and demands of Palestinians. 
Abbas spoke of the importance of providing solutions that would address the situation Palestinian refugees and those imprisoned in Israeli prisons, referring to "the suffering of my people." 
"Mr. President, it's about time for Israel to end its occupation of our people and of our land," Abbas said, referring to the Palestinian territories in the West Bank under Israeli control.
He's also referring to territory in Israel that's under Israeli control, i.e. the part that goes "from the river (Jordan) to the sea (the Mediterranean)," so why are we still pretending that that "two state solution" is really a thing?

"Why Don't Anti-Fascists Fight Islamofascism?"

Why?

Isn't it obvious?

It's because anti-fascists (so-called) are leftists who deems Muslims in toto to comprise a certified victim group, and it is therefore verboten (so to speak) to criticize anything they say, believe or do.