On Facebook, Shosh Gold Benz wonders which hippie musician he’ll send in his stead.
What troubles me even more is that this characterization of an anger which is supposedly righteous and yet leads to murder misses out entirely on the nature of Islamic jihad and the threat it poses. The men who perpetrated this violence were soldiers. If there was a miraculous religious conversion at Charlie Hebdo two months ago and everyone repented and disbanded the paper, is it sensible to think that these jihadists would not have perpetrated any terrorist attack ever? They would have just waited until another target was acquired; that’s what soldiers do. Look at the Boston Marathon bombing — jihadists didn’t need an insult to their religion to target a foot race. Is it insulting to Muhammad to watch a soccer game? Should kids who watch a soccer game be publicly executed? Some Islamists think that’s a wonderful idea, obviously, and so in a country without any “satirical” magazines that’s as good a target as any for the jihad. And we could list more.
reports… The Wall Street Journal…
John Flansburgh and John Linnell “began recording songs for the band’s telephone answering machine” in 1983. They rotated a supply of 30-40 songs every day, kept in “a suitcase full of cassettes” in Flansburgh’s kitchen. This created the illusion they were writing new songs every day — a misperception they enjoyed and eventually parlayed into four million record sales. (…)
Back in the ’80s, the band promoted Dial-A-Song with ads in the Village Voice. This time around, they “set up a Dial-A-Song Network made up of 100 radio stations, which will broadcast the songs at a particular time each week. Mike Pesca’s podcast ‘The Gist‘ will also debut the songs Monday nights on Slate.com.” The band will additionally perform “the last Sunday of each month” at the Music Hall in Brooklyn. Having at one point diverted into making children’s records, the duo today enjoys a following of now-grown, next-generation fans.
One of my funeral songs:
I miss these guys, I won’t lie. But I don’t want to be bummed out by new stuff.
… it doesn’t mean that you’re culturally unaware, or a bad sports fan. It probably just means that you’re not Japanese.
So, let me set the stage…
The ending sucks.
Next, Maher slammed frequent guest of the show Glenn Greenwald for saying anti-Muslim speech is a “vital driver” for the occupation of Muslim countries and killing the innocent.
“Really?” Maher incredulously asked. “Newspaper cartoons did all that? Wait until they get to the horoscopes and the crossword.
“It reminds me of one of those protest signs that I saw up in Berkeley last month; it said: ‘Islamophobia kills.’ Does it? The phobia kills? Or maybe it’s more the AK-47s, and the beheadings, and the planes into buildings,” Maher responded.
There’s just one catch: Zack Davies is a Muslim who calls himself Zak Ali, and who warned on his Facebook page on the morning of his attack in Tesco: “The wrath of Allah is about to come down upon the kaffir, I will have my revenge.” He also posted four Qur’an verses (identifying the suras as “books”) that call for violence against unbelievers:
The fact that Zak Ali is a Muslim who clearly believes in jihad against unbelievers doesn’t mean that this wasn’t a “white power” attack. As I have noted before, neo-Nazis have an affinity for Islam, based on their shared Jew-hatred. The British media, however, has not reported on the jihad aspect of this attack at all. Yet two reports strongly suggested that at least some British journalists know that the perpetrator was a Muslim, and are covering up that fact.
Kevin D. Williamson writes:
During the Civil Rights Movement — the real one, not the ersatz one led today by Jesse Jackson et al. — politics did genuinely intersect with brunch. On one side of the issue were people who argued that the social situation of African Americans at the time was so dire and so oppressive that invasive federal action was necessary. On the other side were well-intentioned conservatives such as Barry Goldwater and any number of writers for this magazine, who argued that if the reach of Washington were extended into every mom-and-pop diner in the country, it would constitute a step toward the abolition of private life, that the natural and inevitable extension of the principle at work would ensure that rather than being treated as private property, businesses reclassified as “public accommodations” would be treated more like public property, that the greasy snout of politics eventually would stick itself into every last precinct of what had been considered the sphere of privacy beyond the public sector.
As it turns out, both sides were right.
( via Ed Driscoll )
Gavin Mcinnes writes:
The problem with the film was the lack of depth they gave Kyle.
People are complicated. Heroes are imperfect. We can handle the truth. Rumors abound that Chris Kyle was a bit of a bullshitter, who lied about beating up Jesse Ventura and told people he went to Katrina to shoot looters. They say he avoided notoriety, but he was shopping book deals while still deployed. Put that in your movie. It’s relevant. To sanitize Kyle and turn him into Superman is to treat us all like comic book nerds who are overwhelmed by reality.
The whitewashing of WWII bombardier Louis Zamperini in 2014’s Unbroken—directed by Angelina Jolie—was even more egregious. They didn’t just omit some imperfections. They removed his criminal past, his alcoholism, and his Christianity. Those are all inextricably linked to his heroism. The book version of Unbroken took Laura Hillenbrand seven years to write, but the movie boils this epic true tale down to 137 minutes of blah, and that says a lot about this nation’s view of heroes.
The book Unbroken was so incredible that I caught myself involuntarily yelling “Holy shit!” when reading it on the train.
My unpopular opinion?
Everybody is right about Chris Kyle.
That’s why I laughed at this.
Mark Steyn: ‘If you’re in DeWayne Wickham’s class at Morgan State and you’d like to get an A, why not threaten to kill him?’
Mark Steyn writes:
Indeed, it would be heartening if his entire class were to issue a mass death threat unless they’re instantly upgraded to magna cum laude.
That’s what Wickham’s concessions on free speech do: Incentivize violence.