Archive for February, 2009

James Lileks will be posting about the late Paul Harvey for the next few days

I just KNOW that, and so do you!

Does anyone have the Paul Harvey gag from The Simpson’s…?


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Clint Eastwood slams political correctness

He says:

“People have lost their sense of humor. In former times we constantly made jokes about different races. You can only tell them today with one hand over your mouth otherwise you will be insulted as a racist.

“I find that ridiculous. In those earlier days every friendly clique had a ‘Sam the Jew’ or ‘Jose the Mexican’ — but we didn’t think anything of it or have a racist thought. It was normal that we made jokes based on our nationality or ethnicity. That was never a problem.

“I don’t want to be politically correct. We’re all spending too much time and energy trying to be politically correct about everything.” 


Yes, this post IS about me…

Mark Steyn has a question for Liberal leader, possible future Prime Minister — and (hilariously!) my MP — Michael “I can see Canada from my house — Ignatief:

When your senior advisor writes to the Canada Israel Committee to get two bloggers with whom he has a strange obsession bounced from a visit to Israel and threatens to frost out the CIC’s access to the Liberal Party if he they don’t do his bidding and to “contact friends in Israel to warn them about these two women and to suggest they not be permitted entry”, is he strongarming a Jewish advocacy group and pressuring the immigration authorities of a foreign state on behalf of himself or on behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada?


Rick McGinnis on the death of the print newspaper

He writes:

It sounds silly, but great businesses, even whole countries, have staggered to their extinction by valuing esteem and reputation in defiance of reality. And until a giant of the newspaper pantheon – the Times in either London or New York, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Le Monde – makes the leap from newsprint to pixels exclusively, smaller papers that do the same will be percieved as doing so out of desperation. Which is a long way of saying that, on the so-called death of the newspaper, Andreesen might be right, but it doesn’t mean he knows what he’s talking about.

(Two more things. Take a look at the three appearances Andreesen has done on Charlie Rose – in the first, he’s a chubby college kid, in the second, he’s a lean, serious business professional clearly benefitting from the “all nighters and imminent IPO” diet. Today he looks like he’s auditioning to play Uncle Fester. It’s a hell of a transition.

Second – here’s a list of the 100 biggest newspapers in the world. You might be as surprised as I am to find that no English title shows up in the top 10, and that the biggest English daily, at number 11, is a UK tabloid – The Sun. The Times of India at #24 is bigger than either the New York Times [#37] or the Times of London [not on the list.] Something to keep in mind.)


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Non-idiot Catholic Archbishop discovered!

From a recent address by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput:

…tolerance is not a Christian virtue. Charity, justice, mercy, prudence, honesty — these are Christian virtues. And obviously, in a diverse community, tolerance is an important working principle. But it’s never an end itself. In fact, tolerating grave evil within a society is itself a form of serious evil. Likewise, democratic pluralism does not mean that Catholics should be quiet in public about serious moral issues because of some misguided sense of good manners. A healthy democracy requires vigorous moral debate to survive. Real pluralism demands that people of strong beliefs will advance their convictions in the public square — peacefully, legally and respectfully, but energetically and without embarrassment. Anything less is bad citizenship and a form of theft from the public conversation.


I like clarity, and there’s a reason why. I think modern life, including life in the Church, suffers from a phony unwillingness to offend that poses as prudence and good manners, but too often turns out to be cowardice. Human beings owe each other respect and appropriate courtesy. But we also owe each other the truth — which means candor.


Phyliss Chesler: ‘What’s behind the denial that beheadings are related to Islam?’

Phyliss Chesler writes:

Recently, Bill O’Reilly had a segment about honor killings in which he interviewed Dr. Dawn Pearlmutter, an expert in ritual murder. She confirmed much of what I have written before, namely, that beheading is rampant in the Islamic world; that it is accepted as a practice by moderate as well as radical Muslims; that jihadic beheadings are videotaped; that there is a thin line between the public beheadings and the more domestic varieties. Dr. Pearlmutter said that beheadings are highly symbolic, are always about “restoring honor” or “purity” to the beheader. Depending on which interpretation of the Qu’ran is followed, a beheading may also prevent the beheaded Muslim from entering Paradise.(…)

Mowe himself is from Malaysia. I mention this because, like other racially marginalized groups in the West, Mowe may be overly sensitive to white, western racism. Aasiya’s beheading in Buffalo provides him with an opportunity to air his own–and the grievances of other non-white races. While understandable, Mowe is viewing an Islamic beheading in New York State through the prism of white western racism towards the “other” in general.


Why would he wish to minimize the fact that beheadings are a signature and Qu’ranically based method of Islamic murder? Might the fact that he is a Jesuit priest who specializes in Islam and who currently teaches at Georgetown University play any role here at all?

I am only raising these questions because at this moment in history, most infidels who are involved in “interfaith” work, (Mowe is a Jesuit expert in Islam), tend to function as dhimmis, third class citizens, in relation to their Muslim benefactors who fund conferences and research. Georgetown alone was recently the recipient of a twenty million dollar Saudi grant for a Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. 


Great post on the recent Jew-hatred on Canadian university campuses

Binky writes:

GO @#$%! YOURSELF– WE’RE #$%& TOLERANT! Canada has a typically socialist delusional self-image: part smug, part better-than-thou, part dwelling in the past, part utterly ignorant of reality.


John Robson baffled by increasingly inane and arbitrary Canadian “hate speech” laws & decisions

John Robson writes:

It is bizarre and confusing that David Ahenakew was just quietly found not guilty of hate speech. If his venomous ravings weren’t hate speech, what is? And how is anyone meant to understand our laws or court system now?


Our courts are by now in the habit of delivering astounding judgments and I can well imagine them convicting someone, especially a white person, for saying precisely what David Ahenakew said about any minority except, possibly, Jews. I just don’t understand why the legal system does what it does.


I am very close to a free speech absolutist because, as I’ve said before, John Stuart Mill nailed it in On Liberty. Free speech helps truth defeat error, first because a heretical opinion may turn out to be correct, and second because when a remark is both offensive and wrong, its open expression leads to vigorous criticism and denunciation. Moreover, hateful speech is the rattle not the fangs and usefully warns us that the latter are present.

(…) is it now a coin flip whether spewing race hatred gets you a jail sentence? Indeed, if Mr. Ahenakew were tried again would he be convicted? Can anyone say with any confidence what the rules are, or why?

Surely that’s an astounding state of affairs, incompatible even with order, let alone good government.


Er, no.

Studies show that most studies are crap.

More likely? The people in Red States buying the porn are in fact not. the. same. individuals. who. answered. the. survey.


Bono finally says something I agree with

U2 singer called Coldplay singer a “wanker” and a “cretin”


Racism! Bell Curve!!

The survey, which went out to parents last spring and asked everything from family income to feelings about safety, also found there’s no longer one dominant racial group with Toronto District School Board elementary schools: white students make up 29 per cent, South Asian (India/Pakistan/Sri Lanka) 27 per cent, East Asian (China, Japan, Korea) 15 per cent, and 10 per cent are black.

More than 95,000 parents of students in kindergarten to Grade 6 completed the voluntary, wide-ranging survey, which represents more than two-thirds. (…)

The elementary survey notes a “consistent gap” in standardized test results between students living with two parents and those in single-families, and among certain racial groups, but notes that “challenging” family circumstances may be the root cause.


48% of parents say a breakfast program is needed at their school

Feed your own damn kids.


Ed Anger: ‘A little lead never hurt anybody!’

Ed Anger writes:

I’m heavily armed. For how long I don’t know, though. The Communist-in-Chief’s doing a lot of talking about banning guns. Maybe his Arabic copy of the Constitution doesn’t have a Second Amendment, but it’s still there in the one I’ve got framed and hung over the toilet.


Right Wing Radio in Review: my NEW weekly feature!

Today I launched a new weekly feature at my site:

Right Wing Radio Review will round up highlights from various shows and publish them every Friday. This week I look back at Rush’s defense of Jindal, the John Gibson video mashup that went horribly wrong, and much, much more.

Hope you’ll check it out (especially cuz I get paid by the click!) Chat about my choices in the comments and discuss your favorites, too.