Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Bear Is Restless: RAF Jets Scrambled to Intercept Bombers Over the North Sea

Nothing to worry about.

My "Un-Review" of Mark Steyn's [UnDocumented]

Upon serious consideration and contemplation, I decided this morning that I can't really call my thoughts about Mark Steyn's new book a "review". I mean, I have certainly been reviewing every single essay and highlighting many parts, and alternating between laughing and gasping as I flip through the pages ('flip' being entirely figurative because I'm reading it on my phone-way cool) and think about Steyn's prescience on matters of local, national and international importance.

I just can't bring myself to calling my thoughts a 'review' at this point-I mean, who am I to 'review'?

What I can say is that in my view, this book should be considered not just a 'greatest hits' anthology, but a book of political philosophy to actually be seriously studied by anyone with a concern about the future of the Western world.

I said in my Amazon review that it's also a part-blueprint for conservatives and I stand by that.

Actually, I said specifically that it is part self-help, part blueprint, part Conservative Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and that "The [Un]documented Mark Steyn" is a joy to read and a spirited defense of Western culture from the unbeatable, unbowed, and unapologetic Happy Warrior himself.

But moreover, I must stress that Mark Steyn simply has a majestic control of the English language.

His ability to paint and elucidate ideas with words is, I believe, unmatched by any other English language writer alive today.

I have laughed out loud at many points, but more tellingly, I have been moved to tears by several of the essays.

Steyn is a dazzling, and frankly spellbinding weaver of ideas.

While the reader may gasp at the breathtaking way in which his words emote, one never gets the sense of the remarkable effort that inevitably goes into the creation of such 'effortless' prose.

Steyn doesn't just command the English language, he pretty much owns it.

Do buy your own copy, which will not just spread his message and wisdom further afield, but also help him fight yet another round of totalitarianism on all of our behalves.




"This is What Happens When the Academic Left Runs the Country"

This is an outstanding essay from David French at NRO.

Read the whole thing. 

"It should go without saying that this is no way to govern a great nation."

"So far the Obama administration’s legacy is one of bruised friendships and empowered enemies."

"The Islamic State rampages, Hamas restocks (with the help of American humanitarian aid), Boko Haram kidnaps, the Taliban advance, Russia owns new/old ground in Europe. And amidst the ruin of their foreign policy, the intellectual and emotional infants in the Obama administration hashtag away, mustering up their anger and fury to sling schoolyard insults at a close ally. All while doing their best to defer the hardest fighting against emerging enemies to the Oval Office’s next occupant."

"Obama's Assault on Israel is A Moral Outrage"

Indeed. 

"Yet the anonymous administration official quoted by Goldberg boasted that Netanyahu was essentially suckered by Obama into holding off on an attack that could have prevented Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

“It’s too late for him to do anything,” the official said."

Two, three years ago, this was a possibility. But ultimately he couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger. It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it’s too late.”

"This statement has reverberations that go far beyond Israel."

"The administration is signaling to allies, from the Middle East to Eastern Europe and beyond, that they cannot trust U.S. security guarantees. The message being sent is that if allies take Obama at his word and follow his advice, Obama will not only betray them, but they will be mocked and humiliated for actually believing him."

"The policy of trashing a staunch democratic ally committed to fighting Islamic extremism, while fostering closer ties to Iran, a leading state sponsor of terrorism, is a moral outrage."

"If Iran obtains a nuclear weapon, it will hold the entire region at the mercy of its radical agenda, expand its terrorism operations, continue to abuse human rights with impunity and threaten millions of Jews in Israel with annihilation. But even if one puts morality aside and discards idealistic notions about defending U.S. values abroad — even, in other words, from the perspective of realpolitik — it is hard to see Obama’s Middle East strategy as anything but an abysmal failure."

The UK Is Screwed

Behold, the future and decline of Britain in one photo-the "poppy hijab". 

Ella Abubaker Farooq, 24 (left), Rukea Azougaye, 25 and Taslima Chowdhury, 21 (right) from London show off the new 'Poppy Hijab' in several styles 

The Intifadah of Jerusalem

There is a regular side of Jerusalem, and I know, because I have lived there. It's the side where people just get up, go to work, go shopping, come home, make dinner, go out, go to movies, etc..

Then there is the mystical, religious, tourist, ephemeral side. Sometimes they meet, but most of the time they are separate.

Last night, a well known Rabbi who is an activist for Jewish prayer rights at the Temple Mount, was shot at point blank range by a Palestinian who was employed at the Begin Heritage Centre.

(I have other thoughts on employing young Palestinians with confirmed criminal/nationalistic crime records...)

Anyway, the world is snoring of course, but do read this piece from Linda Olmert and pray for Rabbi Glick's recovery.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Breaking: Nobody Is Madder Than Obama About #ChickenShit Comments, And He Heard About It From The News, Just Like You

He's really, totally, like SOOO mad about this because it's like soooo inappropriate, you know, between friends. 

But, he's not sorry. Just kind of bummed out or something. 

I can't imagine the difficulty President Obama is having finding out who made those comments!

It's just impossible to imagine who could have said such a thing about PM Netanyahu?!?!

Things had been going so well!!!

Anyway, I hope the Jews who voted for Obama are really (f&cking) happy with themselves!

A Little Music for the End of the Day

Lots of memories come to life when I listen to this, but I still love every note. Played a few of these in high school with a beautiful friend on flute (me on bass). My friend passed away from cancer in her early twenties. Always remembered as a joy to be around, so full of life and beautiful, always with a new joke to tell. Rest in peace, Holly.


Dear Malala...

Pity you don't live in Gaza now.

Obviously, one round of bullets in your body via your co-religionists was not enough to create any sense in your brain or make you think any more clearly. 

Insanity-doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

So go screw yourself.


"Live From New Hampshire, It's Mark Steyn in the Secret CBC Bondage Dungeon...."

"Our safe word is 'David Suzuki''. 

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

At 105 "British Schindler" Honoured in Prague

Lovely, G-d bless him.

But this truly magnificent bit is missing from the JTA story, and I saw it on the BBC (of all places) via Pat Condell.

"I knew better than most, and certainly better than the politicians, what was going on in Germany," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme ahead of his visit to Prague"

"We had staying with us people who were refugees from Germany at that time. Some who knew they were in danger of their lives."

"But he said he was not afraid to help: "There was no personal fear involved."

As I have said before the main thing ("haikar" in Hebrew), the main thing is not to be afraid.

So many of our battles could be won if people just stopped being so afraid.

Remember, Rabbi Nachman: 

The world is a very narrow bridge. 

The main thing is not to be afraid. 


Another Beheading in America

Man of no particular name, religion, motivation or origin BEHEADS a woman, now known to be his mother, in New York. 

NOTHING TO SEE HERE.

The Shame of Great Britain, Or Rather Formerly "Great" Britain

From the land of the Magna Carta, Churchill and Thatcher to the land where young girls are blamed for being victims of sexual crimes-just like in sharia lands. 

I would say 'for shame' but you can't shame the shameless. 

"Police in Rotherham dismissed child abuse victims as 'lovesick teenagers' and 'silly girls', shocking new evidence reveals."

"Council officials from the South Yorkshire town resigned earlier this year after a damning report found at least 1,400 children were abused over a 16 year period."

"Further details have now emerged of how police turned a blind eye to the horrific crimes and even blamed the young victims."

"A report by a police family support worker to a girl abused aged just 13, stated: 'Police have told [her]... if we see you in Rotherham with them we'll just think it's that little tart back again."