Archive for September, 2009

Today is International Free Press Day

Celebrate the fourth anniversary of the printing of the “Danish Mohammed” cartoons!

Mark Steyn looks back.

The International Free Press Society (which I’m a member of) is behind this event, and has lots to read.

(And of course, you can always download my book The Tyranny of Nice, which tells the story of what happened when Steyn and Ezra Levant went up against belligerent Canadian Muslims who tried to shut them up.)


Culpeper flag: get ‘Don’t tread on me’ flags, t-shirts from Gadsden and Culpeper

Gadsden and Culpeper is “the Official ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ Outfitter.

They’ve just started a company blog, and this week they asked me if they could link to my blog. Of course, I said sure. So they will be linking to me shortly. But I didn’t want to wait to return the favor, after I saw their cool site.

The Tea Party and “9/12″ movements have repopularized the Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” image, as well as Benjamin Franklin’s “Join or Die” snake and the Culpeper Minuteman flag.

Gadsden and Culpeper has all this great stuff and more.

You can get car flags, stickers, t-shirts, hoodies, license plate covers, mugs and LOTS more, with the “Join or Die,” “Don’t Tread On Me” and Culpeper images.

They also offer historical U.S. flags, flags of each branch of the service and tons of other things.

Gadsden and Culpeper ships to APO and FPO addresses, and you get FREE shipping to any address, on orders over $100.

Particularly cool is their “History” page, which tells the stories behind these historical images.

Here is the story behind the Gadsden and Culpeper company:

We (Larry and Patrick) founded Gadsden and Culpeper American Heritage Shoppe, Ltd. on October 1st 2001 outside of Albany, NY. Like all of us, we were deeply affected and angered by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and like most of us, we adorned our homes with the Stars and Stripes to display our pride, unity and resilience.

Being friends since grammar school, we both have accumulated a collection of historical flags over the years, and we went into our attics and closets and pulled out our Gadsden Flags. Never feeling threatened like this before, we both added the Don’t Tread on Me flag alongside our American Flag.


Future Canadian Prime Minister praises Communism on Twitter

Over at his Twitter account, my MP Michael Ignatieff (or one of his aides) tweets:

“At an event celebrating the 60th anniversary of the PRC. The Chinese people have a great deal to be proud of.”

And that would be, what?

The murder of an estimated 100 million people?

Involuntary organ “donations”?

The one-child policy that leads to the murder of baby girls?

Also: Is this event taking place in Canada? If so, why are Chinese Canadians celebrating the nation they fled? Probably on my dime, too?

One thing I’m pretty sure about: I doubt Catsmeat wrote that tweet.


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Canadian MP wants to give new immigrants more than just pensions?

Brian Lilley reports that it’s about more than allowing people who haven’t contributed to the system the right collect a government pension — there are other entitlements under the “pension” umbrella, too. Get one, get them all, right?

Lilley says:

The other political calculation that Finley is making and Dhalla is overlooking, is that this idea is unlikely to be popular with large portions of Canada’s established immigrant communities and there are more people that have been here for a decade or more, working hard and getting their family settled than there are people who may want to bring granny in her golden years.


‘…the most painful part of being an adult with Asperger’s…’

writes Penelope Trunk:

…is not the lack of relationships. Really. I have a lack and I want to care, but I don’t. And most people with Asperger’s will tell you that the painful part of having Asperger’s is not being able to work successfully.

So, this is an introduction post to this week’s series: How to succeed at work with Asperger Syndrome. Stay tuned tomorrow for the next installment.


Media Matters accepts ‘senior moment’ excuse from ACORN’s Rathke

From my latest post at David Horowitz’s NewsReal blog:

I wonder how the tough minded investigative journalists over at Media Matters would react if Rathke’s counterpart in the conservative movement [say, Karl Rove] pleaded “not guilty by reason of senility” after making an embarrassing gaffe.

The Spectator’s Vadum responds today with a “gotcha” of his own:

“I didn’t publish all the evidence I have of Gaspard’s ties to ACORN.”


Ed Anger says, ‘Give Chicago the Olympics!’

America’s angriest columnist writes:

But if we have to have Olympics, let them come to Chicago. They can add all kinds of new games. Instead of the javelin throw, they can have the railroad tie throw, where you have to aim for an honor student’s head.

Or instead of the marathon, you can have the Running of the Crooks, like Blago! And put Bill Ayers in charge of the fireworks!


Wait: does this mean gulags didn’t exist…?

Formerly respectable Gulag author Anne Applebaum makes new excuses for rapist pal Roman Polanski, then gets her facts wrong or is just plain making up stuff, hoping nobody notices.

What does it mean when a pop star makes more sense than a Pulitzer Prize winner?

Meanwhile, is there hope for France after all?

The mood was even more hostile in blogs and e-mails to newspapers and news magazines. Of the 30,000 participants in an online poll by the French daily Le Figaro, more than 70 percent said Mr. Polanski, 76, should face justice. And in the magazine Le Point, more than 400 letter writers were almost universal in their disdain for Mr. Polanski.

That contempt was not only directed at Mr. Polanski, but at the French class of celebrities — nicknamed Les People — who are part of Mr. Polanski’s rarefied Parisian world. Letter writers to Le Point scorned Les People as the “crypto-intelligentsia of our country” who deliver “eloquent phrases that defy common sense.”


‘You may have already won a FREE gun!’

You know, if I wasn’t speaking at the first Canadian Tea Party…

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Come to Forest & Field on October 3, 2009 to fire the KRISS Super V and feel the difference for yourself.

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European socialists sound eerily like… Canadian ‘conservatives’!


Europe’s center-right parties have embraced many ideas of the left: generous welfare benefits, nationalized health care, sharp restrictions on carbon emissions, the ceding of some sovereignty to the European Union. But they have won votes by promising to deliver more efficiently than the left, while working to lower taxes, improve financial regulation, and grapple with aging populations.

Rush Limbaugh‘s new meme? Stop accepting the Left’s premises:

The reason I wanted to take your call not for the praise that you just offered me because frankly I get that all the time all day, every day. I wanted to thank you because you’ve made an excellent point here that I have often — another thing that I have lamented for years, and that is, why in the world do we accept the premise on every issue that the left puts forth? …

Why do we let them set the agenda? “Well, Rush they won the election.” So? So what? Their agenda is damaging to the country; their agenda is dangerous; their agenda will wreck the opportunity for prosperity on the part of millions and millions and millions of Americans. Why accept that premise and start nibbling at it around the edges? Why let them set the agenda? I don’t. 


Sarah Palin’s forthcoming book already in Amazon’s Top 10

You can read more about Sarah Palin’s new book, Going Rogue, at my site.


Even Media Matters disgusted by Polanski apologists (UPDATED)

(UPDATE: welcome, BigHollywood readers! Feel free to visit my homepage for more rants.)

My latest post at David Horowitz’s NewsReal blog:

Finally, the one thing conservatives and progressives can agree upon: child molesters should be punished, no matter how many Oscars they’ve won.

Sadly, we can’t even go that far. (…)

Now, American liberals bemoaning the philistinism and puritanism of their unwashed fellow citizens is nothing new. What is relatively new is what Catholic blogger and author Mark Shea has called “the mainstreaming of pedophilia,” a phenomenon driven by Hollywood and other cultural taste-makers…


Robert Spencer responds to my review of his new book

The also-incomparable Robert Spencer writes back:

I love Kathy Shaidle, but here I must beg to differ. Since I have written nine books on Islam and jihad, people seem to be assuming that there is nothing more to say, and that I am rehashing material from old books. This is not the case.

So let’s get specific, since this has come up before.

In this book, and in none of my other books, I discuss how the Koran was compiled; alternate versions of the Koran; alleged miracles of the Koran; how the Koran adapts and alters Biblical stories such as those of Adam, Noah, Moses, Solomon, Mary and Jesus; the Koranic appropriation of Jewish, Christian and even pagan figures; the foundations of Islamic mysticism in the Koran; the ways in which seemingly innocuous passages of the Koran actually convey meanings quite different from what may appear to non-Muslim Westerners; how the Koran’s stories of the Biblical prophets are all told in a way meant to support Muhammad’s prophetic claim; why Muslims regard the Jews as their worst enemies; how and why the New Testament accounts of Christ are altered in the Koran; the Koran’s moral code and what it is conspicuously lacking; and more.


I’ve been called a ‘racist’ for mentioning this phenomenon, in passing, in ‘conservative’ blog comments

Now Chris Rock’s made a movie about it.

People who are dumber than I am have been making my life miserable since the first day of kindergarten.


Will you help save a girl from mutilation?

Ines Laufer, founder of the Task Force for Effective Prevention of Female Genital Mutilation:

Our research brought to light that to up to 400,000 sponsored girls who are marketed by the big development organizations PLAN International, World Vision, Kindernothilfe and ChildFund do not receive protection from female genital mutilation.

We have started a new campaign, at, to protect the girls from female genital mutilation. We invite your readers to come join us.

These children are marketed in order to acquire money from trustful donors. The donors pay about 30 Euros per month – which means 360 Euros per year, in the belief that the organizations do all they can for providing a better life — including health for the sponsored children. PLAN International for instance, acquires about 72 million Euros every year, just by marketing the 240,000 concerned girls.