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Archive for May, 2009


Did you enjoy Mark Steyn’s podcast on BrassBallsRadio? (with UPDATE)

Sure you did.

You giggled nervously at his tale of being tongue-kissed by Leonard Bernstein.

You cringed when he played that awful Sinatra recording.

You laughed, you cried. It became a part of you.

You and more than 2 million others.

Because that’s how many people downloaded the podcast!

Which is a big accomplishment for Wendy and Mike of BrassBallsRadio.

Alas…

They’re dreading getting the bill for that bandwidth.

You see: it was free for you to listen to Mark Steyn’s performance, but conservatives know better than anybody that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Or government bailout. Or podcast…

If you enjoyed the podcast, I hope you’ll hit the BrassBallsRadio tip jar to show your appreciation.

And if you don’t — I hope you feel really, really guilty!!

UPDATE: Mark Steyn himself says — give money…

I had a grand time sitting in for Wendy Sullivan and Mike Williams on the first anniversary edition of their Brass Balls radio show, and was rather chuffed (as they say in Britain) by the reaction.

I don’t play records on the radio very often these days, and a lot of folks seemed to enjoy it, several suggesting that I bring along some of the murkier contents of my music library the next time I guest-host for Rush.

…as Kathy points out, is that Wendy and Mike are now contemplating a rather severe clobbering on their next bandwidth bill.

They put together a terrific show every week, so, if you’re minded to chip twelve dollars – a buck a month – for a year’s worth of great listening, please do so.

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Living vicariously through another’s death

Michael Coren writes:

…men and women across this country become passionate about this sickening crime not because they care but because they want to live vicariously through others and be part of an enormous and grotesque “happening.”

They would take sides. Is it her, it is him, are the police doing what they should be doing, shall I use the vocabulary I heard on CSI so that I sound clever?

Call talk radio and pretend to cry, drive to the spot where it happened so as to leave flowers on a secular shrine that commemorates those who visit it rather than she to whom it is supposed to be dedicated.

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Someone in the comments makes a point I’ve raised here before: the fairly recent (post-Lady Di) cropping up of ‘makeshift memorials’ to commemorate every car accident and other minor tragedy.

Frankly, I resent other people presuming that I care to share their grief. That somehow, they have a “right” (and you know that word would come up, if pushed) to impose their personal concerns upon me.

Your loved one already has a gravesite, presumably; why does he require another memorial (of cheap, dirty, tatty flowers) by the side of the road?

Nobody else cares, except you. And that’s as it should be. Can’t you accept that, and keep your feelings to yourself?

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Right Wing Radio Week In Review: May 25 – 29

Rush calls Sotomayor a racist, Mancow’s waterboarding stunt, G. Gordon Liddy talks about Watergate and more at my latest Right Wing Radio Week in Review over at Examiner.com.

talk radio guide directory shows internet web program

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‘One of the proofs that Canadians are indeed rather stupid, is that we will stand for this sort of thing’

David Warren writes:

…people who themselves face penury in old age, will agree to have their pockets picked to cover $70-an-hour auto-workers. And then actually vote at the next election for the politicians who robbed them. 

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‘The Late, Great State of Israel’ by Aaron Klein: my review

I review Aaron Klein’s depressing new book over at my Examiner.com site.

Remember: at Examiner.com, I get paid by the click so, thanks in advance for visiting!

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US Embassy hosts Gay Pride event in Baghdad

But I thought it was wrong for us to try to impose our values on other nations…?

Via Hyscience:

The Islamic culture does not appreciate or allow public sexual displays to begin with. Now the American embassy is going to display sexuality in a way that will do nothing but offend the host population, needlessly complicating an already sensitive situation. The question becomes, who is going to suffer? Our embassy officials, or our soldiers on the ground who will endure the increased outrage when events such as this occur?

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UK: Moderate Muslims clash with extremists on streets of Luton

Now, you see? That wasn’t so hard, was it?

Robert Spencer writes:

One of the moderates said: “We have been fighting these Muslim extremists for you. They represent nobody but themselves. The community decided to move them on because the police won’t. We have asked them, but they did nothing.” That reflects poorly on the UK police, and provides yet another example of official Britain’s generally supine response to the domestic jihadist challenge.

And in line with the deeply ingrained nature of Islamic antisemitism, the worst insult the “extremists” can think of to throw at the “moderates” is “Get back to your synagogue” — i.e., you’re acting like Jews.

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‘Bush bashing continues in Canada’ (video)

Wendy Sullivan reports from Toronto:

A large mug shot-style poster of Bush was unfurled, and protesters were invited to come forward and hurl shoes at it; a reference to the shoe thrown at Bush by a displeased Iraqi journalist.

The whole event outside the Convention Centre had an air of sadness about it. It would be the last hurrah for many of the Toronto Bush Bashers. He’s gone, and they must find a new villain to focus on. 

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Don’t worry: he’s got tenure…

He’s even a Democrat…

In his diagnosis, Brazil’s hard-working, family-oriented European and Japanese immigrants spurred that nation’s dynamic growth, whereas Mexico’s economic disaster and failure to build solid democratic institutions are due to its “Hispanic value system” promoting passivity, mistrust of outsiders and an overemphasis on family.

PLUS: “An American asks: What’s So Bad About the BNP Anyway?”

Well, they have a whites-only membership policy, for one thing. And protectionism is backward. But we’ll see what happens on June 4.

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My life just flashed before my eyes.

I should send these writers an eviction notice to get out of my brain. Jezuz, **** off!!

Borrow a book or a movie just so you have the excuse to see him again, or even conveniently leave something like a sweatshirt at his house. This is a no-fail plan, because if he sees your sweatshirt lying around, he’ll have to think about you and be reminded of your charm (plus you left pheromones in it). Forced thinking is good, even though it’s commonly known as “mind rape.” Of course, the plan backfires if you decide you don’t like him. Then you have the annoying burden of meeting up. You could then decide in a Zenlike way that it’s “just a sweatshirt” and leave it as a relic for him to pine over forevermore.

Mix tape: Billy Bragg, “A New England”

Also? Coffin Joe.

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Muslims shut down conference in Tennessee; Geert Wilders a scheduled speaker

Via Creeping Sharia:

Thomas A. Negri, managing director of Loew’s Vanderbilt Hotel and Office complex in Nashville, told Newsmax on Wednesday that he had taken the extraordinary step of cancelling the conference at the last minute “for the health, safety and well-being of our guests and employees.” (…)

Negri appeared at a 2003 pro-immigration event on the same dias with a well-known Somali warlord…

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‘The Gay Community Is So Incredibly Stupid We Really Don’t Know What Else To Say Anymore’

Nobody brings the bitch like the boys at HillBuzz.

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A reader likes my book ‘A Seeker’s Dozen’

Naomi K. says:

This is a delightful and insightful book. Jump on it, people. Well worth your time to take a look!

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‘We will supply the water…’

Life imitates Citizen Kane

It is going to have to look “real” but of course would be simulated with Mancow acting like he is drowning. It will be a hoax but have to look real. Would be great if they could dress in fatigues and bring whatever is needed.

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‘When all else fails, bash the BNP’

Via Spiked:

The contempt and loathing for a large part of the electorate within the political-media class was well illustrated on last week’s BBC Question Time, when one liberal newspaper columnist said she might favour a General Election to sort out the crisis, but had decided to oppose it out of fear that people might vote for the BNP.

In which case, why not abolish elections altogether?

These people’s idea of democracy is revealed as the freedom to vote for parties and candidates approved by the elite. 

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