Friday, November 28, 2014

In Which Scaramouche Practically Begs Mark Steyn to Sue

Love all this. 

Ha!


OMG This is Hysterical: "Pardoned White House Turkey Defects to ISIS"

I'm dying!

Via Instapundit.

"WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior U.S. officials are literally calling “fowl” after the Thanksgiving turkey pardoned by President Obama publicly defected to the Middle Eastern terrorist group ISIS."

" Popcorn the Turkey, now calling himself Babakurn al-Turki, was pardoned from the dinner table only yesterday by President Obama in a public ceremony at the White House. Normally the pardoned bird is sent along with its competitor to live out its remaining days at Morven Park’s Turkey Hill in Leesburg, Virginia."

"However, U.S. officials have now admitted that al-Turki instead hijacked an Osprey out of Andrews Air Force Base in nearby Maryland and flew like a bat out of hell to Syria."

"A group of senior intelligence officials and ornithologists with birds-eye surveillance of the war-torn country have suggested he is nesting in Raqqah or across the northern border in another neighboring country."

Ezra Levant Loses Defamation Case, Plans to Appeal

Pretty bad news.

Ezra is on the hook now for $80,000 but is planning to appeal. 


"Free Speech is Sooooo Last Century"

As I've often said, if you disagree with the ruling class about something it's off to Diversity Gulag with you.

But, who needs Diversity Gulag when institutes of "higher education" serve that purpose already, shaping the minds of young adults into mush before they are mature adults, saving time and effort...

What a bunch of totalitarian wretches.

Again it's not about "safety" or "mental health" or "comfort". 

That's always the sappy, saccarine excuse that makes sort of normal people feel 'guilty' or that there is a grain of truth...

IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT THE SHUT UP, OK!?!??!?!

"I was attacked by a swarm of Stepford students this week. On Tuesday, I was supposed to take part in a debate about abortion at Christ Church, Oxford."

"I was invited by the Oxford Students for Life to put the pro-choice argument against the journalist Timothy Stanley, who is pro-life. But apparently it is forbidden for men to talk about abortion. A mob of furious feministic Oxford students, all robotically uttering the same stuff about feeling offended, set up a Facebook page littered with expletives and demands for the debate to be called off."

"They said it was outrageous that two human beings ‘who do not have uteruses’ should get to hold forth on abortion — identity politics at its most basely biological — and claimed the debate would threaten the ‘mental safety’ of Oxford students."

If someone's opinion threatens your mental safety, you are a basically a pussy and your opinion doesn't count.

But because it's not really about the 'mental safety' and it's about the SHUT UP, you should fight back and offend at every opportunity.




Brave: Iranian Woman Breakdances on Teheran Subway

Gawd that takes courage. 

AMAZING.

If you want to "like" these brave women, their Facebook page is here. 

More from The Independent here. 

Pray for this woman.

Her face is blurred in the video, but I am sure she is being hunted now.

American Moral and Spiritual Decline in One Photo

Any chance their children or spouses are hugged in this same, passionate, gripping manner?

Don't answer! 

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Great News For American "Transformation": Illegals To Be Eligible for Medicare and Social Security

America, you are screwed: 

"Illegal immigrants who apply for work permits in the U.S. under President Obama’s new executive actions will be eligible for Social Security and Medicare, the White House says."

"Under the sweeping actions, immigrants who are spared deportation could obtain work permits and a Social Security number, which would allow them to pay into the Social Security system through payroll taxes."

"No such "lawfully present" immigrant, however, would be immediately entitled to the benefits because like all Social Security and Medicare recipients they would have to work 10 years to become eligible for retirement payments and health care"

These are not merely "sweeping actions", they are the blueprints for "transforming" America into a Third World sh&thole.

Rabbi Sacks on Parashat Vayetzei: Love is where God lives

This is another lovely essay on this week's Torah portion from Rabbi Sacks. 

"Love unites but it also divides. It leaves the unloved, even the less-loved, feeling rejected, abandoned, forsaken, alone. That is why you cannot build a society, a community or even a family on love alone. There must be justice-as-fairness also."

"If we look at the eleven times the word “love,” ahavah, is mentioned in the book of Genesis we make an extraordinary discovery. Every time love is mentioned, it generates conflict. Isaac loved Esau but Rebekah loved Jacob. Jacob loved Joseph, Rachel’s firstborn, more than his other sons. From this came two of the most fateful sibling rivalries in Jewish history."


"We are accidents of matter, the result of blind chance and natural selection. Judaism’s approach is the most beautiful I know. We are here because God created us in love and forgiveness asking us to love and forgive others. Love, God’s love, is implicit in our very being."

"If you want to live well, love. If you seek to be close to God, love. If you want your home to be filled with the light of the Divine presence, love

"Love is where God lives."

I Like This Pope

I really do.

Now, I'm not crazy about the idea of having a 'dialogue' with ISIS-that's a bunch of hooey. It needs to be destroyed, of course.

But what I really like about this Pope is his embrace of the disabled and the disfigured, and certainly his humility. He may not have any divisions (as per Stalin) but he's got a lot of grace.

This is very clear and wonderful as well:

"We must make it absolutely clear that anti-Semitism is a sin. One of the reasons I'm here is to remind the Christian world that our roots are in Judaism. In every Christian, there is a Jew; and you can't be a true Christian if you don't recognize your Jewish roots. I don't mean Judaism in the ethnic, origin, sense, but from the religious aspect. And I think interfaith dialogue must place an emphasis on the inseparable connection between the religions, on the fact that Christianity grew from within Judaism. That is our challenge."

"Pope Francis, as is his custom, conveys this message through a story. In conversations with other religious figures, he likes to tell a tale about a group of anti-Semitic priests who were sitting together in a room and badmouthing the Jews, with a picture of Jesus and Mary hanging on the wall above their heads. "

"And then, suddenly," Pope Francis says, "Jesus steps out of the picture and says, 'Mom, let's go, they don’t like us here either."

Thursday, November 27, 2014

John Cleese: Political Correctness is "Condescending"

Plus bonus highly theoretical question: what happens when you make jokes about Muslims?

(Because he is not actually making any jokes about them, merely mentioning the subject.)

Cleese's answer: they kill you. 

Stinky, stupid, totalitarian theories don't work in practice. Ever.


"John Cleese has argued that political correctness is 'condescending' as it only allows jokes to be made about certain groups while implying others need to be protected."

(Actually it's less about protection, that's merely the ruse, another Big Lie, and more about censorship, policing and criminalizing legitimate human thoughts and emotions.)

"Speaking to Bill Maher on HBO, the legendary comedian said he used to make race jokes about nationalities such as the French and Australians - but if he mentioned Mexicans it was deemed unacceptable."

'It's so awful isn't it? he said. 'It starts out as a halfway decent idea, and then it goes completely wrong.”

I think he's totally wrong about political correctness starting out being a " halfway decent idea".

It's not.

It sucked from the get go. It's like the people who say that communism is a really nice idea but it doesn't work in practice, or "THIS TIME" we'll make it work.

Totalitarian ideas are never any good at all.

Nothing about them works in practice-not ever. So screw them.

"The British comedian then goes on to say suggest that the reason you can't make jokes about Muslims is because 'they'll kill you'."

"Who are the people you can't make jokes about?' he asks Maher who instantly responds: 'Muslims'"

"Try that,' he adds. 'See what your Twitter feed says."

"A laughing Cleese responds: 'That's not saying that you can't, it just means that they'll kill you."

"Theoretically you could."

"The comedian added:

"The problem is if you make jokes about people who are going to kill you, there is a sort of tendency to hold back a little isn't there?"

Ya think?

Interesting: Bret Stephens Talks About A Return to Sound Foreign Policy

Good article, he's a smart guy. 

This part was particularly insightful:

"Main Street America walks around with Samsung phones in their pockets, built in a country that we’ve defended for the past 60 years that went from being one of the most backwards countries in the world to being one of our greatest trading partners. That’s part of American prosperity, so we have to understand that we will never be prosperous at home unless we are also secure and also securing friends from Estonia to Israel to Taiwan."

This is good stuff, and I certainly had used the two terms somewhat interchangeably-but there is a significant semantic and conceptual gap between the two. I would argue though that decline does include personal and societal choice. It's not just the big picture 'beyond the reach of ordinary politics' stuff-as Stephens puts it below.

"I really do not believe for one second that America is in decline, although I do notice that a lot of people like to say that it is in decline because they favor a policy of retreat. The difference between decline and retreat, I would say, is this: decline is a product of broad cultural and even civilizational forces that are beyond the reach of ordinary politics. For example: How would a Russian leader, even Putin with all his power, get Russians to have more babies? Very hard to do. Russia has this massive demographic problem because Russian couples aren’t having children."

"How do you get the Japanese to accept that, given their demographic realities, they have to start taking in many more immigrants, bringing into question the whole concept, ethnically, of “Japanese-ness”?"

"So these are countries that are in decline on account of these large, supra-political forces. On the other hand, retreat is just a policy choice. Retreat is what happens when you get Barack Obama in office talking about nation-building at home and acting defensively, or indifferently, or reactively to foreign policy crises. Its’ a choice that he made, and it’s a choice that we can undo. American retreat is about choices that were made and what we can do about them."

I disgree that decline is 'supra-political'.

I think decline is a personal and societal policy choice, but this article is quite interesting nonetheless. 

Must Read: Remnants of Jewish Life In Poland Hiding in Plain View

This is exactly the type of thing I experienced in Poland. 

This is the kind of thing that makes me sad and happy at the same time, I don't think I need to explain why.

And this little bit moved me tremendously:

"They recently got a call from a man who said he had a strange-looking stone on his property in the shape of a tree stump. He dug some dirt out from under it and saw there was Hebrew writing on it.
Daniels set out to visit the man and saw that indeed it was a unique Jewish tombstone."

An old Polish Jewish tradition was that when a child died, the tombstone was made in the shape of a tree trunk. It was symbolic of a life being cut down early,” Daniels explained.

Names,are important. The letters are representatives of lives. Our children's names are important, our family names the same. Who are you? What is in a name?

The only thing we leave in this world is a good name, and it’s our name,

Jonny Daniels, executive director of From the Depths points out Jewish tombstone fragments used to build a wall. (Photo courtesy: From the Depths)

Strange, Jewish Mother Makes Twitchy

Are you smarter than a Jerusalem-based New York Times bureau chief? 




Today in European Judenhaas: Deja Vu Boycott of Jew Stuff

Boycotting Jewish stuff...wherever have I heard that before?

Hey, Leicester city council:

SCREW YOU.

"The resolution calling for a ban on Israeli goods was proposed by Councilor Mohammed Dawood and was passed by the city council on November 13."

"The motion’s preamble said that Leicester was “renowned for its tolerance, diversity, unity and its strong stance against all forms of discrimination,” which it stated “enables different communities to live together.”

"Justifying the motion, Dawood added that was important that “when there is oppression and injustices, that Leicester City Council takes up a position to support communities experiencing such inequalities and in this instance it is the plight of the Palestinian people.”

Imperial America: "I Just Took An Action to Change The Law"

Buh bye, republic. 

Don't let the door hit your democratic *ss on the way out.

Great News: Blue Christmas For New York Times

Schadenfruedelicious. 

"The ax will probably swing for about two dozen journalists at the New York Times in late December, insiders said, as a voluntary buyout program looks like it will fall short of its goal of 100 newsroom people."

I really hope to live to see "RIP Grey Lady" written on a virtual tombstone. 

Actually more like Rest in Hell, but whatever....

The Massive Splurge of Public Funds Spent on HRH Hilary Rodham Clinton's Visit to UCLA

I thought Americans fought and killed to dump royalty.

Nice backtracking.

"Top university officials discussed at length the style and color of the executive armchairs Clinton and moderator Lynn Vavreck would sit in as they carried on a question-and-answer session, as well as the kind of pillows to be situated on each chair..."

"Other controversy surrounded Clinton’s visit. When an online survey asked the public what questions should be posed during a 40-minute question-and-answer session, university officials noted in e-mails that the majority of the suggestions were about the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya."

But hey, at this point, what difference does it make? 

Happy Thanksgiving to My American Friends





There is so much to be thankful for.

Enjoy!

Holocaust Survivor and Rescuer Reunited

I love these stories.

Righteous behaviour and it is certainly righteous to recognize these incredibly, exceptionally brave individuals and their families. 

The stories are so important to tell and share because time is running out on this generation.

It's the way of the world.

G-d bless them all.