Friday, October 24, 2014

Steyn: Crying "Lone Wolf" (With Extra Bonus Agreement With Strange, Jewish Mother From Canada...)

"The guy who took a hatchet to a New York policeman was apparently a "lone wolf", just like the guy who took a double-barreled shotgun to a Canadian soldier was a "lone-wolf". Earlier today, I swung by Varney & Co on Fox Business to discuss the umpteenth member of Local 473 of the Amalgamated Union of Lone Wolves:"

 "This term 'lone wolf' is a cop-out…the idea that they somehow have to have a membership card in Islamic State or in al Qaeda for it to be official, fully-credentialed terror, like getting a hairdresser's license in New York State is completely preposterous" he stated."

"Steyn added that the rhetoric of "lone wolf" terrorists allows those who do not want to admit that radical Islam is a problem to brush off terror as isolated incidents, saying "all jihad is local. That actually suits them, to say, 'oh no this is just some mentally ill guy in Ottawa and this is another guy who's a bit goofy in New York and there's no connection between the two.' Because otherwise you have to treat it like your other big story. You have to treat it like ideological Ebola and you have to stop the infection..."

Meanwhile:

"One other thought on events in Ottawa and St Jean this week, courtesy of Laura Rosen Cohen:

I was listening to a popular morning radio show this morning and the discussion focused on several themes. One was how to support Canada's military in the wake of the terrorist attacks this week. This is a particularly important topic given that Canada's soldiers were instructed not to wear their uniforms in public.

This of course, is the absolutely wrong way of dealing with terrorism. The terrorists targeted our soldiers and killed our soldiers.

Traditionally, in human history, when hostile forces plot and murder your soldiers-that is called war.

The answer to a declaration of war is not taking off your uniform.
It's wearing it prouder. It's more uniforms, more soldiers, more direct engagement, and being more resolute and more public about your national pride and security."


"She's right."

(I loooooove the sound of that. I mean, I love being right, and being on the right and I love Mark Steyn saying "she's right" when referring to me...it has a very nice ring to it, you know what I mean? Of course you do!) 

*Waves*

*Regains composure*

*Slinks back, reluctantly to regular, suburban life*

And lastly, getting even more Steyny with it:

"If we have to have dress codes on the streets of free societies, I'd rather see more men like Corporal Cirillo in the uniform of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders ...and fewer women in head-to-toe black body bags. As I've said umpteen times on radio and TV these last two days, I'm tired of being told that we have to change to accommodate them."

AMEN, Mr. Steyn.

A final note-also on the show this morning, a former military man called in and said many people had asked why the guards at the memorial weren't armed. I haven't checked this yet, but the caller said that it is illegal for members of the armed forces to carry ammunition in their weapons when they are off base unless they are military police.

That is certainly something I think the government should change.

In Israel, for example, all soldiers have weapons and so do many civilians and there are no mass shootings-which are generally related to mental illness rather than actual possession of a weapon-contrary to the popular narrative.

As the brave Sergeant At Arms in Ottawa demonstrated, and as so many civilians and police officers and soldiers in Israel have demonstrated, it takes one good shot to prevent a massacre and neutralize a terrorist. 

Of course the shrill left will protest any changes that would enable Canadians to have anything close to an open carry law. Still I think it is an important conversation to have here in Canada.




Krauthammer: "Barack Obama, Bewildered Bystander"

Good essay from Krauthammer but I still believe that the "chaos" is intentional and sinister, not accidental.

He may not have managed anything in the past, but he is certainly competent at managing the complete deterioration of America. As I say, I'm inclined more and more to believe it is by design and not by 'incompetence'.

"The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in the New York Times last Saturday."

"There’s only one problem with this pose, so obligingly transcribed for him by the Times. It’s his government. He’s president. Has been for six years. Yet Barack Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration."

Thus: 

"When it then turns out that vast, faceless bureaucracies tend to be incapable, inadequate, hopelessly inefficient and often corrupt, Obama resorts to expressions of angry surprise."

"He must. He’s not simply protecting his own political fortunes. He’s trying to protect faith in the entitlement state by portraying its repeated failures as shocking anomalies."

"Unfortunately, the pretense has the opposite effect. It produces not reassurance but anxiety. Obama’s determined detachment conveys the feeling that nobody’s home. No one leading. Not even from behind."

Feeling Good About Ourselves and Our Small Battles While Losing the War

I was listening to a popular morning radio show this morning and the discussion focused on several themes. One was how to support Canada's military in the wake of the terrorist attacks this week. This is a particularly important topic given that Canada's soldiers were instructed not to wear their uniforms in public. 

This of course, is the absolutely wrong way of dealing with terrorism. The terrorists targeted our soldiers and killed our soldiers.

Traditionally, in human history, when hostile forces plot and murder your soldiers-that is called war. 

The answer to a declaration of war is not taking off your uniform. 

It's wearing it prouder. It's more uniforms, more soldiers, more direct engagement, and being more resolute and more public about your national pride and security.

Clearly, there are many Canadians troubled by the idea of soldiers being asked, essentially, to hide themselves in public "for security" reasons. It is unacceptable that hiding your warrior identity is the new "security" in Canada, or anywhere else in the civilized world for that matter.

So the callers to the radio show and the host talked about having camouflage style armbands, or caps-proceeds of which could go to the family of the murdered solider (another bad idea in my view, what could possibly go wrong with money being raised for a good cause...). Perhaps pins? Perhaps an early distribution of Remembrance Day poppy pins? 

The problem is that these are all big picture, band-aid and feel good solutions for individuals who have good intentions about showing strength, solidarity or resolution.  These are fleeting and momentary, narcotic-like fixes, and little self-contained "battles" when we are already losing the war.

Losing the war? How so?

In allegedly free societies, we have already surrendered so much of our personal liberty that we have essentially lost a big part of the war against the evil barbarians.

We live in a society now where our hard-won fight to speak freely, and think freely have all but disintegrated in front of our passive eyes. When you live in an allegedly "free" society that polices jokes, regulates speech and criminalizes speech or thoughts, you have already lost.

When people are too afraid to discuss their legitimate concerns about immigration, about integration and about the religious nature of terrorist attacks, you have already lost. And make no mistake about it, these loses of personal freedom are big victories for the terrorists.

While they Tweet freely, mock our losses of life, make Facebook pages and death cult snuff videos, behead people in free countries on public roads in broad daylight, kill babies in carriages and lure teenage girls to serve as sex slaves in Syria, the same people who might somberly wear a poppy, lay a wreath and even donate money to good causes, are afraid to freely speak their mind in public about contentious issues.

The general result of having a 'controversial' opinion about the various "science-is-settled" topics of our day ensures a kind of supine and craven, punitive professional, political and social suicide for those who dare question contemporary narratives i.e have a different opinion-their own opinion about any number of subjects.

Is this what our forefathers fought for?

If you wear a poppy, but can't tell a joke, how free are you?

If you donate to the child of the murdered soldier, but are afraid to talk about religion, or politics in public, how free are you? 

If your soldiers are murdered, in cold blood while in uniform, and you tell them to take off their uniform, how safe are you personally or nationally? The instruction-the capitulation- to take off the uniform is, in many ways just as damning to a society in the long run than the "lone wolf" or even the "non-lone wolf" attacking our civilians and soldiers.

If everyone would start taking the war on freedom and our way of life seriously, and make no mistake about it-it is a real war, there would not only be fewer attacks, but there would also be fewer Pyrrhic victories in small battles. 

The forces of evil are emboldened not just by their own sense of invincibility, but by our pathetic acquiescence to codes of silence and behaviour and accommodation that we have imposed upon ourselves.

Culturcide is not just a terribly painful thing to watch. It is actually a profoundly evil thing for free people to participate in.








OMG: Yummy, Joan Nathan Makes Sephardic, Stuffed, Old Jerusalem Veggies

I am definitely going to make these. I love stuffed veggies. Personally, I think the oven would be easier for me rather than the plate in pot, check liquid, etc...and I would nix the allspice (can't stand allspice or nutmeg-ugh), but the basic idea is awesome.  I might also use corriander on top rather than parsley. But whatever!

What can I say, Sephardic food rules. I am an Ashkenazi with Sephardic food taste...

I made Nathan's Roman Jewish tomatoes over the High Holidays and they were easy and delicious and my youngest said they were the best tomatoes he has ever eaten!

Anyway, this looks fantastic. Great video!

These People Should Have to Pay A Fine

Anyone who causes an inconvenience of this sort deserves a hefty fine.

Life is co-educational, and this kind of primitive, extremist behaviour needs to be discouraged. 

There are plenty of mitzvot that take precedent over the irrational fear of sitting next to a woman on a flight and inconveniencing hundreds of people.



American Homeland Security Kabuki: Kansas Lingerie Raid Edition

You know what kind of federal government "raids" a panty store?

A government full of p*ssies. 

Here is what the federal government is doing to men who ostensibly signed up to you know, defend their country:

"These two tall, strong undercover officers had to stand there and count the panties," she giggled.

"They didn't not seem to want to carry out their appointed task that day."

But they were just following the rules, just a routine day in the life of a DHS bureaucrat! 

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman Shawn Neudauer confirmed the incident to FoxNews.com, describing the raid by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents as "routine law enforcement."

"He said the agents learned about the panties through social media."

Excellent! What could possibly be wrong with that, spending long hours, crouching over a computer, sipping coffee after coffee and searching for bad, bad, illegal, contraband women's panties?

I'm glad there are no other big issues for the DHS to deal with in America. 

Ezra Levant Interviews Mark Steyn

Grab a coffee and have a look.

Remember, it was not that long ago that many, many man-hours (YES "MAN" hours, OK, so sue me) and taxpayers' dollars were being spent punishing these two free speech heroes with the "human rights" process on a hate speech witch hunt.

Imagine if those dollars and hours had been spent, you know-on real problems, like terrorism...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The West Is Screwed: "No Connection Between Attacks" Edition

Joining the lexicon of "broad strata" and "no common denominator",  "workplace violence" and "lone wolf",  I now present you with the "no connection between attacks" theory.

Whether this is the pronouncement of the Associated Press or an actual assessment of the police, it shows how rotten and fetid the problem is.

Absolutely disgraceful.

If there is "no connection", we, as a society can have no possible hope of winning.



By the way, this is my "broad strata" photograph that I sent to LGF many years ago. 


Ted Cruz Has Got the Stuff

Mark my words. 

This is the guy who can get it done. 

“The attacks in Ottawa and Jerusalem yesterday are stark reminders that while radical Islamic terrorism may have originated in the Middle East, it is not confined to that region.  Our great and good friends in Canada and Israel were targeted because both countries share the same core principles of tolerance and freedom that we in America hold so dear—and which are hated by the vicious terrorists whose ultimate goal is to destroy us all."

"My Heart Just Broke"

This is definitely one of the most poignant editorial cartoons I have ever seen. 
 

The Supine Morons of Quebec: A Canadian Disgrace

Pro tip: 

Dealing with radicals when they are in your midst is too late

When "they" are amongst "us", there is no prevention, there can, unfortunately, only be containment.

Prevention is the only cure. 

YOU'RE WELCOME.

Public School Teachers in Canada: Most Spoiled, At Our Expense of Course .

Teaching-a "lifestyle" choice. 

"There are teachers who work hard, and others who do not work hard but are nevertheless good teachers. But if you are looking for a career that permits you to work few hours, take three months off a year, have job security despite your performance and retire at age 55 with a great pension, public school teaching is the only game in town."

"That makes it inevitable that many people enter teaching largely for the lifestyle at the expense of our youth and, ultimately, this country’s educational needs."

The Canadian Parliament Honours It's Heroic Sergeant At Arms

"My Brother Had Down Syndrome, Lived 61 Years and Loved Every Minute of It"

Lovely.

Defer to life.

"On the day of discharge the doctor gave my dad a list of facilities and addresses. When Dad asked, “What’s this?” the  doctor told him these were places that Dad could take Eddie to to live. My dad replied, “He is our son, and we will take him home and raise him!

"And raise him they did"
 
"They taught him what they could. It took him longer than most kids to learn to crawl, to learn to walk – but he did! They taught him like any other child – good manners, how to wash his hands, his boundaries outside, and how to cut his food, which, by the way he was not too pleased about at first! And the list goes on and on. But what we never expected was what Ed would continue to teach us."

Mark Steyn: "It's Not 'Senseless' Violence

Do watch Mark Steyn comment on the terrorist attack in Ottawa yesterday, where he is states unequivocally that "senseless" is not the right word to describe a terrorist attack of this nature.

It's an attack on the heart of the state, the heart of democracy and calling it "senseless" is indeed, a big part of the problem.

Then, he got angrier as the day went on-as so many of us did.

Do watch the whole interview with Brian Lilley of Sun TV here.

"Shame on the Toronto Police for helping Islam play the victim here, because they are not the victim."

And...the "Lone Wolf" Theory Emerges-at Fox News of All Places

Shameful.