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Archive for May, 2011


But it’s their culture! Another day, another illegal alien drunk driver — this one killed a cop

Love that Michael Berry!

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‘Until then, die in a fiery accident’

“As for the cancer, I’ll wait till you get it and then steal it from you.”

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Sarah Silverman to perform in Israel June 25th

Please, somebody tape that. (Assuming it goes ahead.)

 

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‘I’ve learned a big lesson here, as a white person I can’t tell black jokes and I’m never going to tell one again’

Or, more precisely — to speak out loud about his actual lived experience and the evidence of his senses:

“If you want to conquer an African nation, send white women and pot.”

Deters says he realized his mistake immediately and told the person responsible for posting his videos on his blog not to post the video, however the video accidentally was posted.

Now Deters is taking ownership of those comments, and apologizing.

“The joke, that was an extension of making a commentary about some of the young black men that I know that smoke pot and like white women,” said Deters. “By the way, there is nothing wrong with that, I am somebody that thinks pot should be legalized and I also don’t have any problem with black men marrying or dating white women.”

During Deters’ rant, he said “Every black guy on my flag football team, went out with, lived with, and was married to a white woman and smoked pot.”

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NYTimes tech journalist hit wife with iPhone. (Allegedly.)

Your moral and intellectual superiors.

PS: Ross Douthat of the New York Times actually wrote this the other day:

But instead of shrugging as low-skilled workers jump the border to compete with the struggling American working class, our immigration policy should focus on recruiting well-educated migrants, opening the door to greater legal immigration from Asia, Africa and Europe.

As it happens, a system along these lines exists right now — in Canada. A recent report from the Manhattan Institute found that the United States still assimilates immigrants more successfully than many Western European countries. But culturally and economically, we lag well behind our northern neighbor when it comes to integrating new arrivals.

In part, this is because Canada fast-tracks immigrants to citizenship. But it’s also because Canada does more to recruit highly educated émigrés than the United States — and the Dominion’s more international, geographically diverse immigrant population probably discourages balkanization and self-segregation.

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We just drove a visitor from Israel through Toronto over the weekend, showing him the black neighborhood (which used to be the Italian neighborhood — they LOVE that, believe me…), and the Jewish neighborhood, and the Hindu neighborhood…

(PS: he informed us that the neighborhood in Tel Aviv with the most crime, drugs and hookers is… the one full of African migrant workers! Shocking, I know.)

Anyhow, the NYT is the same newspaper that got the date of the moon landing wrong in Walter Cronkite’s obit.

The New York Times will close its doors between the next five to ten years.

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Hollywood insiders admit to putting ‘secret anti-conservative messages’ into TV, movies

You think I’m kidding:

Shapiro interviewed more than one hundred of the industry’s biggest players, including Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H), Fred Silverman (former president of ABC Entertainment, NBC, and vice president of programming at CBS), Marta Kauffman (Friends), David Shore (House), and Mark Burnett (Survivor). Many of these insiders boast that not only is Hollywood biased against conservatives, but that many of the shows being broadcast have secret political messages. With this groundbreaking exposé, readers will never watch television the same way again.

PLUS: Ed West finally explains “medium is the message” thing for the rest of us:

But it’s also the case that television is itself Left-wing. The very medium makes it easier to present liberal messages, which tend to revolve around more obvious and simple cases of right and wrong, and which tend to trigger positive emotional responses in the audience. So, for example, it’s easier to present, whether it’s a kid’s programme with a talking bird or a 30-minute sit-com, the idea that conflict can be resolved peacefully. It’s far harder to present the argument that sometimes it cannot, that not all grievances are legitimate and that just because people hate you, it doesn’t mean you deserved it. (…)

But there may also be a cultural shift which goes beyond the medium; since becoming a father I have noticed – and I’m sure this is not impending lunacy on my part – that children’s books, when they have an underlying message, basically have a left-liberal one, most often about the environment. And yet almost all fairy tales have a deeply conservative message: think about Red Riding Hood, a lesson to pubescent girls that the world is a dangerous place full of dishonest and aggressive men; or the Emperor’s New Clothes, a warning against innovation that explains an aspect of human nature so well that it has become the most overused cliché in political discourse. Meanwhile The Ant and the Grasshopper, like all of Aesop’s Fables, has a very conservative message: save or starve.

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Blowhawks: idle ‘warriors’ make idle threats

Never a smallbox blanket around when you need one.

They don’t call it “High” Park for nothing! Remember guys: no booze allowed!

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‘Ten Reasons Why You Should Get Your S**t Together’

Sound advice from some guy. Listen up, kids!

You can have a real relationship with someone. Your mind can handle it. “Why aren’t we fighting every second and having mind-blowing hate sex? Oh right, because I actually like them. Weird.” When you’re younger, you equate love with mind games, manipulation, and experiencing insane highs and lows. It makes sense because that’s where your head is at when you’re young. I mean, how can you love someone for real when you’re batshit insane? (…)

You’ll be happier. You won’t cry over something as silly as an ignored phone call, won’t walk around feeling like you could break at any moment. When you grow up, things are more steady. No more extremes. Things are just good.

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I’d call Larry Flynt a walking advertisement for what modern liberalism has become — but, well, you know…

As I blogged before, Flynt is making the rounds, pushing his new book.

The complete lack of self-awareness or even irony on display here is — well, I’d say “extraordinary” but you and I both know it is actually pretty typical…

“Sarah Palin is the dumbest thing,” Flynt told Johann Hari of London’s Independent newspaper.  “She did a disservice to every woman in America. She knew from the first month of pregnancy that kid was going to be Down’s Syndrome. It’s brain dead. A virtual vegetable. She carries it to all these different political events against abortion, she did it just because she didn’t want to say she’d had an abortion. How long is it going to live? Another 12, 15 years? Doesn’t even know it’s in this world. So what kind of compassionate conservative is she? I don’t think anybody will want her near the White House.”

Hari, granted a rare face-to-face interview with Flynt, described him as confined to a wheelchair, hardly able to communicate, unable to support his neck, or retain attention for more than a few seconds. (…)

He said he doubted Barack Obama would cheat on his wife.  “You ever looked at her? If he ever cheated on her she’d kick his ass. You know they may be black but they’ve got a very stable family.”

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Flynt is a First Amendment hero (along with his attorneys). That doesn’t make him thoughtful, likeable or sane.

Which is the point.

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We need a new word for ‘awesome’: Dennis Prager meets Adam Carolla (audio)

Thanks to the wonderful soul who uploaded this interview they did last week. It was amazing. Readers/listeners, you won’t be sorry.

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‘I’ll hold no truck with such a shrill harpy’

Colin had more he wanted to say, but his quill pen broke.

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You can just picture Colin, can’t you?

Spotty faced guy between 25 and 35. Sizeable collection of Star Trek novelizations. Favourite chair at SuperCuts. Costly donut habit.

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Toronto Star story accidentally proves there are no jobs for immigrants in Canada

“So why do we keep importing them?”

Also, the story also spotlights the parasitic practice of dumping family members in Canada while one parent, typically the husband, works abroad.

By doing so he minimizes his tax responsibilities that otherwise support services he expects to take full advantage.

This practice, one Chinese and Korean immigrants have gotten down to a science and made into a cultural practice, has to stop. This can be done by taxing overseas income and making requirements to obtain and hold Canadian citizenship tougher.

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One thing the internet has totally ruined? Death threats

Everyone gets them now. Like that cool band you knew about first.

 

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Adam Carolla playing Toronto for the first time: Friday July 15

Just bought my tickets.

(Tip: pick the FedEx option in case of a postal strike.)

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Chester Brown: ‘I’m against government giving money to artists, but I’m not against artists taking money’

MJ: The National Endowment for the Arts probably wouldn’t touch a project like yours with a 10-foot pole. Have you gotten any reaction from the Canada Council for the Arts?

CB: [Laughs.] No so far. I was wondering if there would be some sort of a stir about that. No one’s brought it up yet.

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If you ever thought to yourself, “A libertarian is just a nerdy loser who couldn’t get laid unless he paid for it” — well, bully for you!

Anyway: Why would the Canada Council “react,” negatively or otherwise?

They presumably a) funded the artist, based on a his written grant application, which contained a description of the project or

b) funded the publishers directly, in which case they obviously don’t know or don’t care what books/graphic novels they put out each year; they simply rubber stamp an annual grant to Drawn & Quarterly.

(I love how D&Q call themsleves “independent publishers” when they are “dependent” on my tax money to survive.)

Yep, it’s nice to see a socialist like the interviewer at Mother Jones reveal their profound ignorance of the mechanics of government bureaucracy.

PS: The NEA has funded all kinds of outrageous projects, as everyone knows.

And a good writer would never use the expression “with a 10-foot pole.”

Sad all around.

(Oh, and for the pair of nobodies still obsessed with the details of my life for some reason: I received my last government arts grant, for a couple of thousand bucks, back in 1992, maybe even earlier. That is, in a previous century. My philosophy about government funding of the arts/taking free money has evolved since then. I realize that’s not a personal experience  you’re familiar with, so I’m trying to remain patient while you continue to grapple with it.)

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