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Archive for October, 2010


Last night’s gala tribute to Ezra Levant in Ottawa, with keynote speaker Mark Steyn

Yes, I look like a post-stroke Hillary Clinton, but that’s life! A sold out ballroom provided a fine setting for the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies’ tribute to Ezra Levant.

Mark Steyn delivered the stirring keynote address (which included a nice shoutout to my blogger/hubby, who (along with maybe a third of the people in the ballroom) is being sued by a former Canadian Human Rights Commission employee for linking to Mark Steyn’s website.

I got to meet up with lots of old friends, as well as plenty of email correspondents and blog readers I’d never met before.

An amazing evening! (Arnie has more photos up at his blog, most of which don’t feature me caught yammering instead of smiling.)

If you’re going to Steyn’s talk in London, Ontario tomorrow (Monday the 1st), come up and say hi.

From what I’ve heard, some people are coming from the U.S. just to see Steyn.

And of course, we expect some local goons — probably a crowd of local Muslims and their young leftist handmaidens — will be in attendance.

All in all, it will be an amazing evening.

PS: here’s Steyn on CBC Newsworld Friday night, talking about Conrad Black’s recent legal wins:

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Canada vs Radical Islam: Harper’s Mixed Record

My new article at PajamasMedia:

One of the issues that Mansur says Harper is trying to avoid is immigration reform. It has not escaped the average Canadian’s notice that Omar Khadr’s parents were immigrants, as were members of the Toronto 18 terrorist group and leaders of the lawfare campaigns targeting Levant and Steyn. Stories about Toronto’s “welfare harems” and Quebec’s proposed burqa ban also have been widely reported.

Yet bizarrely, just as voters and even the media have begun openly discussing this “third rail” of Canadian politics, the Conservative Party seems determined to ignore immigration reform.

One exception did come late last year, when the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration unveiled a new guidebook for immigrants. At least in theory, all newcomers are required to read Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship, which advises them that “Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, ‘honor killings,’ female genital mutilation, or other gender-based violence.”

However, the ministry took some heat for appearing to tone down references to gay rights in the guide, presumably to avoid offending the same constituency being warned about honor killings.
 

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Top 7 Horror Movies for Conservatives

My new post at David Horowitz’s NewsReal blog considers horror movies that give conservatives and libertarians some candy apples for thought…

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Talk Radio Watch: Oct 25-29

Check out the lastest news in the world of conservative talk radio!

PLUS enjoy FREE webcam and audio clips from Rush, Beck, Savage and others.

Highlights from the week include:

  • Rush Limbaugh unveils “Reverse Operation Chaos”– and makes the cover of Newsweek
  • Glenn Beck hints that he’s quitting talk radio
  • Laura Ingraham’s The Obama Diaries hits the stage

and more…

BREAKINGSarah Palin defends bullied talk radio host:

Yesterday, Lisa Murkowski’s hired guns threatened radio host Dan Fagan, and more importantly, the station that airs Fagan’s show, with legal action for allegedly illegal “electioneering.” The station, unlike Murkowski, who is flush with millions of dollars from vested corporate interests, does not have a budget for a legal defense. So it did what any small market station would do when threatened by Beltway lawyers charging $500 to $1000 an hour – they pulled Dan Fagan off the air. (…)

Dan Fagan has not always agreed with me, but I will gladly defend his right to speak freely on his radio show, which he has often used to criticize me.

In fact, Fagan has actually used his radio show to attack and insult me, my husband, my children, and my family in just about every way possible. He was especially insulting to my son, who left for a war zone to defend Fagan’s right to attack our family.

But when I was his governor, I never would have dreamed of threatening his right to free speech.

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My blogger husband is being sued for… linking to Mark Steyn’s website

UPDATE: Arnie’s thank-you message

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As many of you know, I — along with Ezra Levant and others — are already being sued by former Canadian “Human Rights” Commission employee Richard Warman.

Now my husband Arnie — a.k.a. the blogger BlazingCatFur — is also being sued by Warman, also for criticizing his activities at the CHRC.

Warman is suing for $500,000.

Arnie has already spent $10,000 in legal fees. We’ve put off asking for help for more than a year, but we now are coming to you for assistance.

I’m lucky: my readers have so far paid all my legal fees through their generous donations, which were made when the economy was much healthier.

We know that times are worse than hard for most of us. But all we can do is ask you to read the details of this SLAPP suit and consider helping us out in some tiny way.

These suits are designed to shut down conservative bloggers, and prevent public discussion of the censorship, bullying and bureaucratic abuses being carried out in your name, with your tax dollars.

Thanks in advance for your support!

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UPDATE (6:30 AM)

We’re so humbled by all your support.

Thanks to Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit, John Hawkins and of course Mark Steyn.

Scaramouche has penned a song for the “occasion.”

A special shout-out to the tireless “Binks” at FreeMarkSteyn.com

Other thank-you’s and links to follow once I’ve had a coffee.

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‘Human rights’ are crap, and transexuals are sick, lonely and confused

UK:

A renowned human rights lawyer allegedly pushed to his death under a Tube train was living a secret life as a transsexual escort.

David Burgess, 63, who was also known as Sonia, offered his services on a website, where he advertised himself as a ‘pre-op’ transsexual escort looking for paid encounters with men.

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Job title you never imagined existed

“Hells Angels’ intellectual property attorney, Fritz Clapp comments….”

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PS: Canadians don’t have property rights, either

Weird, huh?!

Canada is known around the world as a country that values human rights and protects individual freedoms. It is peculiar, then, that as Canadians we have no guaranteed protection of our property rights in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Wait, what was that?

That’s right, unlike our American neighbours and most other industrialized countries, Canadians enjoy no such protections.

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No wonder the jumped up belligerent little Muslims at the Canadian Islamic Congress thought they could hijack Maclean’s magazine. Everything up here is basically Dr. Zhivago’s house, comrades!

Of course, after Kelo, Americans have no right to laugh at us too loudly, but still.

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‘Once again, ‘crazy’ right wing bloggers doing government’s heavy lifting’

I know, huh? Sheesh.

According to some people, we’re all insane, racist, homophobic, fringe extremists — yet when we post embarrassing stuff, the authorities jump. (Sometimes, anyhow.)

Sometimes we get faster action than the official Opposition parties. 

Now if only we could get a share of their juicy perks!

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‘Controversy’ about CBC’s radio ‘interview’ with Rob Ford shows there really are ‘two Torontos’

Michael Coren writes:

Listen to this interview.

As much as I have sympathy for the CBC interviewer – I know this woman and she’s a fine and good journalist – there is something delicious about the new Toronto mayor’s responses.

He is a dedicated football coach and most of the boys he trains are black, fairly poor and prime candidates for crime and violence. Ford has put tens of thousands of dollars of his own money and years of work into coaching them.

The result is not only championships and victories but, literally, lives saved. These kids are getting university scholarships, learning self-esteem and discipline and often transforming their lives.

What fascinates me is that so many white, liberal, wealthy people think this interview makes Ford look bad. Idiots! This is why you lost the election in the first place – you simply don’t understand ordinary people. Most men and women who listen to this will be cheering for Ford.

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College is a waste of time and money. Drop out.

Seth Godin writes:

The vast majority of email I get from college students is filled with disgust, disdain and frustration at how backwards the system is.

Professors who neither read nor write blogs or current books in their field.

(…)

And most of all, about professors who treat new ideas or innovative ways of teaching with contempt.

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New Steven Crowder video: ‘Church, State and Joy Behar’

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Old and tired? ‘Big Oil.’ New hotness? ‘Big Breast’

StraightDope:

A lot of people are starting to wonder about this. It’s not so much that consumer products companies are exploiting concerns about breast cancer to sell more yogurt or lipstick, although that’s part of it. The real issue is that we don’t have much to show for all the ribbons, runs, and billions of dollars spent on research.

Instead we’ve built a vast breast cancer industry that generates lots of jobs, profits, and awareness, but so far nothing that will prevent breast cancer, and nothing that will reliably stop it besides the knife. (…)

What hasn’t appreciably improved is breast cancer incidence — that is, the number of women who contract the disease. Despite some improvement in the past decade, it remains about 25 percent higher than it was 30 years ago.

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‘She does not regard herself as a call girl, and indeed it seems quite a ridiculous title…’

“when you consider that few people in those days had telephones.”

Next time they film the Profumo story, John Hurt can play Keeler, not her pimp. Yikes!

Meanwhile — I wonder who J-Pod got to write this instant classic for him?

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‘How Obama is like Joan Jett’

Steve Sailer locates a 2008 piece by rock musician turned lawyer Jackie Fuchs:

Act like a rock star long enough, do it unfailingly and well enough, and you become one. …

When I met Barack Obama, in our first year of law school, he had already put on his big-time politician act. He just didn’t quite have it polished, and he hadn’t figured out that he needed charm and humor to round out the confidence and intelligence.(…)

Obama didn’t just share in class — he pontificated. He knew better than everyone else in the room, including the teachers. Or maybe even he knew he didn’t know, but knew that the leader of the free world had to be able to convince others that he did. Looking back now I can see that he had already decided that he was a future president, and he was working hard at filling that suit.

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