Friday, December 15, 2017

Watch Out For Flying Pigs!

"Limitations to Speech May Be Based On the Harm Principle Or the Offence Principle"

Well, yes, they may indeed be based on those principles--especially in places where sharia law prevails. But using such an argument to silence Pamela Geller isn't likely to fly, even here in Justin's Trudeaupia.

That said, Faisal Kutty gives it that old school try, smearing Geller as "the world's top Islamophobe." Among her "crimes": she says "Hitler was inspired by Islam" (what an absurd idea!) and that Islamic prayers include curses aimed at Christians and Jews (what egregious tommyrot!).

No wonder Kutty wants to keep her out of the country. 

Update: Invaluable anti-jihad/anti-sharia blogger Pointe de Bascule unpacks law prof Kutty's "modern" interpretation of Islamic law here.

Update: My letter to the Toronto Star:
I believe it was the great French writer Voltaire who first said, "Limitations to speech may be based on the harm principle or the offence principle."

Oh, wait. It was law professor and vocal proponent of Islamic law Faisal Kutty who originated that deathless line.

The quotation usually attributed to Voltaire is, "I wholly disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

Which pretty much explains why there is plenty of freedom in the Western world and not much to speak of in places where the "harm" or the "offence" principles hold sway.

Douglas Murray Skewers the "Diversity" Lie In a Most Amusing Way

Murray exposes the "diversity" palaver for what it is--a threadbare concept that's being pushed by our elites for reasons of virtue signaling and civilizational self-loathing. As Murray explains, the elites' "reasoning," such as it is, goes something like this:
It doesn't matter if we're financially poorer. It doesn't matter, because we're so much more culturally rich. Now, I should say that there is something in this. What society -- Europeans certainly wouldn't do this. What society doesn't want to know as much of interest and culture as the world has to offer? Who doesn't want to know as much about the world, and about the ideas of the world as possible? But, of course, the first person from, for instance, India to bring Indian cuisine into the U.K., does an interesting service. Vins up the local cuisine. It's not the case that the next 100 Indians who come, for instance, bring a hundred times more interesting cuisine. It's not the case that the first Sudanese poet who enters the U.K. massively brings interest to your country and that the next thousand people from Sudan continue to just bring ever richer versions of the poetry of Sudan. And, by the way, please don't ask me to name my favorite Sudanese poet. But, this is just a part of that lie. They all say – You also notice, by the way, that this is always a one way street. Not once in my adult life have I heard anybody say that the thing that Eritrea needs an injection of Welshman. That they just could do with some Welsh cooking or singing. Nobody says this. Nobody says, as Mark Steyn and I were saying in a conversation recently, nobody says the thing that the Somalis really need is a bit more Bach. I actually think it would be nice for them if they had a bit more Bach. But nobody thinks that's an appropriate way to say it. But Europeans are told there's something hollow at our heart. As if we in Europe, the culture of Dante and Gerter and Bach, has some kind of diminishment; something hollow at its center that needs filling by the world.
Personally, I'd take Welsh singing over Welsh cooking any day of the week, and twice on Sunday.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Is Major League B-Ball About to Run Afoul of Ontario's Kangaroo Court?

You can bet you sweet Wahoo it is.

Fatwa: The Musical

In case you missed it on the tube, here it is (with Lin-Manuel Miranda as Salman Rushdie and F. Murray Abraham as the Ayatollah Khomeini):

Update: The Ayatollah Khomeini sings a Rodgers & Hammerstein favorite:
Fry ev'ry Zionist.
Nuke ev'ry Jew.
Strangle ev'ry Sunni.
Till our dreams come true.

Fry ev'ry Zionist.
Enforce sharia law.
Celebrate Al Quds Day.
Issue a fatwa.

An edits that needs
To be heeded and heard.
Ev'ry day of your life
Even though it's absurd.

Fry ev'ry Zionist.
Nuke ev'ry Jew.
Bamboozle ev'ry kafir.
Till our dreams come true.
Update: One more, with feeling:
Hijabs on women and nooses on homos.
Torture to punish and terrify our foes.
A shiny reactor and A-bombs to fling:
These are a few of my favorite things...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

It's Lights Out In/For Sweden

The elminitionist "protest" in Sweden looks much like the one in, say, Vancouver (same cast of sketchy characters; different Dar al Harb locale). But as Mark Steyn explains, Sweden is going down the tubes at a much faster pace than many places in Europe. As it does, of course, it becomes almost impossible for Jews to continue living there. It also provides a preview of coming attractions for our "diversity"-mad Trudeaupia, a snapshot of where remorseless immigration/Islamization can lead you.


Update: This documentary lays it all out in all its depressing detail:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jewish Fashion Victims

Betcha didn't know there are ugly Hanukkah sweaters, too. Just in time for the Festival of Lights 2017, here's a sampling:

Ugly Christmas Sweater - Ugly Hanukkah Sweater by Tipsy Elves










Is "Social Justice" Good For the Jews?

Not so much, really:
If those who seek to engage in Jewish life believe that the universal good always outweighs the needs of the Jewish collective, we will not have a Jewish collective a generation from now, and the Jewish people and America will both be impoverished by that loss.
It's eerily reminiscent of those Jews who, back in the day, invested all their hopes in Communism.

As you'll recall, that didn't turn out too well for the Jews either. 

In Other Words, On the Twelfth of Never

Bret Stephens contends that "peace and a Palestinian state" will spring into being 
when Palestinians aspire to create a Middle Eastern Costa Rica — pacifist, progressive, neighborly and democratic — rather than another Yemen: by turns autocratic, anarchic, fanatical and tragic.

Eliminationist Stand Up

At an anti-Israel seethe-a-palooza in Vancouver (fast becoming the Malmo of Canada?), a hilarious speaker told the assembled that the reason he loves the Palestinian flag so much is because of what it represents: inclusiveness.

This at an event where an Israeli flag was stolen and burnt, and where eliminationist chants--"One, two, three, four, Israel, no more! One, two, three, four, occupation, no more!,” along with the ever-popular “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!"--rang out.

One stolen flag was stashed under a stroller (see photo below, sent to me by a counter-protester)--because Zion-loathers always like to, ahem, include the kids in these things, the better to imbue them with hatred as early as possible.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Cher M. Macron: Bite Moi

The French president tells Israel's president that he's against acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel's capital and that the onus is now on Israel to make a gesture that will entice the Palestinians to make "peace."

Regarding that "two state solution" that the EU is so keen on: there's no way it'll come to pass in Israel (because the Israel-Palestine dynamic is really an either-or sort of thing), but there's a change that, one day, it'll solve the fraught infidel-Islamist problem in Europe.

Re Trump's Jerusalem Acknowledgement, Douglas Murray Makes an Excellent Point

It is this:
Those who cannot accept that Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel tend to be exactly the same as those who cannot accept the State of Israel.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ontario Human Rights Commission's Latest Survey Amounts To a Make-Work Project For Itself

Don't you just love it when a "human rights" racket conducts a survey that shows there's a need for...much more intervention by that selfsame "human rights" racket?

Call me cynical, but that's exactly what seems to have happened here.

"First, He Acknowledged the Rally Was Being Held on Anishnaabe Land"

There is so much that is unintentionally hilarious is this CBC account of a "Hand Off Jerusalem" protest in Windsor, Ontario--the Ceeb's absurdly lopsided anti-Israel/pro-eliminationist bias, for starters. But the above statement, an example of the "intersectionality" malarkey that animates the left-as-it-gets Ceeb's virtue-signallers, made me snort and chortle out loud.

Snub Away, Cry Baby

Abbas snubs Pence over Jerusalem move.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

"Teen" Asylum Seeker, On Trial in Germany For Rape and Murder, Is Actually 33

This is perhaps the most appalling example of infidels being played for fools I have ever come across.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Dumb 'Toon

It's this one, in today's Toronto Sun:

I sent the following in response:
So editorial cartoonist Andy Donato thinks that "making Jerusalem the capital of Israel" was a "stupid" thing for Donald Gump, I mean Trump, to do?

Here's a newsflash for Donato. Donald Trump did not "make" Jerusalem Israel's capital. In fact, Jerusalem has been around as a the Jews' capital city for an estimated 3,000 years or so. It is where two holy temples were built and later destroyed. It was, is and will always be Jewry's eternal capital, even as it retains significance for Christians and Muslims too.

And the idea that Trump could "make" it the capital (when what he really did was to recognize the glaringly obvious)--now, that's stupid!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

What Israel Is Up Against

It is up against this sort of madness: people who want you to switch off your brain and not ask why this pathetic-looking woman (who's apparently waiting to be fed by the UN) is living in a refugee camp in Gaza City--Gaza City!--a place that has been wholly controlled by the Palestinians for many years.

Why the Over-the-Top Outrage Over Trump's Jerusalem Statement? It's the Jew-Hate, Stupid

It has been delightful to witness the mass freak-out occasioned by Trump's willingness to state the obvious--that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel. In doing so, writes David French on the NRO site, he has struck "a blow against international anti-Semitism":
From the birth of the modern nation-state of Israel, an unholy mixture of anti-Semites and eliminationists have both sought to drive the Jewish people into the sea and — when military measures failed — isolate the Jewish nation diplomatically, militarily, and culturally. Working through the U.N. and enabled by Soviet-bloc (and later) European allies, these anti-Semites and eliminationists have waged unrelenting “lawfare” against Israel. (Lawfare is the abuse of international law and legal processes to accomplish military objectives that can’t be achieved on the battlefield.)

The scam works like this: The U.N. and other international bodies establish rules that apply only to Israel, or they hold Israel to higher standards than any other nation on earth; then, when Israel (or its primary ally, America) object to those unjust rules and double standards, the Arab world threatens unrest, riots, or, at worst, renewed jihad. A cowardly European community goes along, perpetuating injustice in the name of “stability.”
A cowardly Canada goes along too, with our mealy-mouthed prime minister insisting that the Canadian embassy will remain in Tel Aviv until that phantasmic two-state solution comes to pass.

In other words, it'll be staying put now and forever. 

Update: So this (call it another Al Quds day) is happening (hat tip--MW):
Jerusalem must remain the capital of Palestine !
! القدس يجب أن تبقى عاصمة فلسطين  
Join us on Saturday at 2 pm in Victoria Park (near Williams) as we stand in solidarity with Palestine to protest against the U.S. president's unilateral and illegal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the decision to relocate the US embassy.

We stand with the people of Palestine and people everywhere rallying to protest the POTUS45's announcement, a slap in the face to indigenous Palestinians' rights to their capital.

We call for solidarity with the Palestinian people, and demand that the Canadian Government reject and openly condemn this move.
Please join, share, repost and invite to this Facebook event: events/910265845803457/

This event takes place on traditional lands of Anishnaabek, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Attawandaron-Neutral and Lenape peoples, near the shores of the Deshkan Ziibii (Antler River).


People for Peace, London Ontario
Update: I have the perfect theme song for the protest. Sing it, Mr. C.:
Your whole M.O. is killin' Jews.
Oh, Palestine,
Your claim is through.
Update: Hamas's Ismail "Stinky" Haniyeh is calling for--what else?--an intifada.

Update: The Jerusalem Announcement Won't Really Hurt America's Arab Alliances.

Update: The UN, of course, is  clutching its pearls and inhaling some smelling salts, a prelude to the utter hysteria it will succumb to tomorrow.

Update: Alan Dershowitz says Trump's Jerusalem announcement is the right (i.e. the correct) thing to do.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Arabs/Muslims Throw a Hissy Fit in the Wake of Trump's Plan to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

Some notable--but entirely predictable--reactions:
Wrong again, Your Grandiosity. The want to officially recognize the obvious--that Jerusalem/Yerushalayim was, is and will always be the capital of Israel/Yisrael. And, in fact, it's a sign that, at least once in a while, Trump can make a wise decision.

Update: Also throwing a hissy fit--the CBC's resident Zion-despiser (one of 'em, anyway) does his usual thrash 'n' trash of Israel, claiming, among other bollocks, that
  • the Palestinians were forced to resort to violence because they were "powerless";
  • the Arabs' birthrate exceeds that of Jewish Israelis, and Israel is therefore on track to become another apartheid era South Africa (not so); 
  • should the status quo persist, in the words of John Kerry (that imbecile), Israel will be either Jewish or democratic, but not both.
"Let's stop pretending Israel is heading toward a two-state solution," reads the headline of Macdonald's opinion piece.

Sure thing, Neil. As long as we can also stop pretending that your aspersions further the discussion in any way, shape or form.

Update: Guess what happened when Honest Reporting Canada complained to the Ceeb about last month's Macdonald hit piece in which he called Israel and apartheid state? The Ceeb's ombudsthingy sided with Macdonald and their employer.

Quelle shockeroo, eh?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Back In the Day, Dustin Hoffman Was a Huge A--hole When It Came to Women. At the Time, Though, It Was Seen as Charmingly Scampish

Want proof? This is from a profile of Hoffman that appeared in People in January,1983, shortly after the release of Tootsie:
Hoffman calls himself “a character actor,” but the term doesn’t allow for his impish charm or sexual magnetism. At 45, he still has the loopy grin and boyish appeal of his starring debut in The Graduate in 1967. He was 30 at the time, and had already won four awards for his off-Broadway work. On Manhattan streets, women now pursue Hoffman to pounce as well as praise, and Dustin is frankly delighted. “I’m a flirt,” he says. “I also have a lot of chauvinism, a lot of womanizing in my past. It’s hard for me to find a woman unattractive, unless she’s angry or down on herself.”
Indeed, for Hoffman, who grew up skinny, with acne, a big nose and fears of not being smart, social or athletic enough (“I was never looked at”), acting opened up a whole world of women. “I felt attractive for the first time,” he recalls. “Before that I was never able to be aggressive with a woman.” 
His 1980 marriage to Lisa Gottsegen, now 28, limited the extent of his activities, but not the fun of playing the game. With women, Hoffman is an inveterate tease. He’ll tell a total stranger that he imagines she looks like “Goya’s Naked Maja without her clothes,” or another that the secret of a good marriage is “leaving the bathroom door open.” On the phone with Blanche Salter, Lisa’s 75-year-old grandmother, he asks: “Do you still have the fourth best body in your jogging class?” Later, addressing a luncheon for New York Women in Film, he scans the room and deadpans, “This is a perfect place to get laid.”
Like I said--he was kind of an asshole. But back in those days, such behavior wasn't viewed through the same lens, the one that came into use mere weeks ago with the disclosure of Harvey Weinstein's swinish behavior. And it's through the same lens that chat show host John Oliver is viewing Hoffman's long-ago assholery--and, acting like a latter-day Savonarola, excoriating it to the cheers of the outraged throng:
[Oliver] was moderating a panel discussion after an anniversary screening of Dustin Hoffman’s 1997 comedy Wag the Dog in New York City last week—but the discussion quickly turned to the allegations of Hoffman’s sexual misconduct. 
Hoffman is one of an increasing number of Hollywood stars who has been accused of sexual harassment following the Harvey Weinstein exposé. In an essay published by The Hollywood Reporter, writer Anna Graham Hunter alleges that Hoffman groped her and made inappropriate sexual comments when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of Death of a Salesman in 1985. 
The video of the panel discussion, published by The Washington Post, begins with Hoffman explaining that he was instructed not to “get into a dispute” and “lengthen the argument” following Graham Hunter’s story. Instead he says he was advised to simply apologize. Hoffman responded to Graham Hunter’s essay saying, “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.” At the panel, Hoffman tried to reiterate this statement, particularly the portion where he says anything I might have done, which isn’t really an admission of guilt. He also highlighted the portion of the statement that says It is not reflective of who I am as a defence against the allegations—but Oliver was not having it. 
“It’s that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off because it is reflective of who you were if it happened—and you’ve given no evidence to show that it didn’t happen—then there was a period in time for a while when you were creeping around women,” says Oliver. “So it feels like a cop-out to say, ‘Oh this isn’t me.'” 
Later in the video Hoffman starts to describe the vibe on the Salesman set in a way that is eerily similar to the idea of “locker room talk.” 
“Everyone was saying it to each other, it’s a family,” says Hoffman, explaining that the cast and crew would come to work and make sexual jokes. “But that’s 40 years ago”
“I’ve got to say, I don’t love that response either,” says Oliver. And get ready, because this is where it really gets good. Hoffman, visibly frustrated, fires back saying, “What response do you want?” 
That’s when Oliver explains that while it’s not really for him to dictate how people should respond to these allegations, Hoffman’s response is dismissive and “doesn’t feel self-reflective in a way that it seems like the incident demands.” 
And instead of taking that as a cue to pause and reflect, Hoffman then goes on to say that “there is a point in [Graham Hunter] not bringing this up for 40 years.” Cue audible groans from both Oliver and the audience. (It is well-documented that victims of sexual harassment and assault can take years to come forward, and some never do at all.) 
Hoffman went on to explain from his perspective what happened on that night, arguing that at the time, it was “nothing” but now it is being reframed to make it seem like he is a predator. He also notes that he does not recall meeting Graham Hunter. 
“I don’t even hear the same thing in the story you just told as I think you do,” says Oliver, outlining how Hoffman’s account sounded more like a woman who was upset about how Hoffman touched her and then later apologized for being upset. 
“I guess the thing that you said that is interesting to me is: the things that we do between takes,” says Oliver, as multiple audience members can be heard saying “Yes!” in the background. “I think it is the things that we do between takes that is a cultural shift that needs to happen. What can seem completely fine or normal to a certain group of people can have victims on the other end of it.” 
The audience broke out into applause at Oliver’s statement...
That is not to excuse Hoffman's rudeness/vulgarity/bad behavior (although I don't think it's as big a deal as it's being made out to be). It is to merely point out that, in the context of those times, such antics were unpacked in an entirely different way. And while those in attendance may have cheered on Oliver's hysterical virtue signaling and over-the-top holier-than-thou-iness, others, including me, see it as being another kind of bullying and abuse.

Zion-Hate on Campus: The Year's Top Ten Worst American Universities

FrontPage Magazine has a rundown of the current top ten offenders, beginning with Brandeis University.

Seeing Brandeis on the list is particularly upsetting because it was originally established by and for Jews. I defy you to read the following Brandeis blub and not feel sick to your stomach:
Brandeis University was named for the first Jewish justice on the Supreme Court, Louis D. Brandeis, and is one of only a few prominent American universities to be founded primarily by Jews. In spite of these strong ties to the American Jewish community, Brandeis has stood apart in recent years for its hostility to Israel and its strong support of Israel’s terrorist enemies. In the past year, swastikas have appeared in multiple locations on campus and the campus SJP chapter has held an event supporting Hamas’s policy of refusing to normalize relations with Israel or its allies. Brandeis rescinded an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a critic of radical Islam and advocate of Muslim women’s rights, while granting one to notoriously anti-Semitic playwright Tony Kushner. Brandeis also hosted a secret listserve where prominent professors exchanged emails attacking Israel—even comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany— and supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that is supported and funded by Hamas. When a Brandeis student used her personal twitter account to call for an Intifada, she was vigorously defended by the campus chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Two additional Brandeis students sought to restore relations between the university and Al Quds University in Palestine, which is a recruiting ground for the terror group Hamas.
The rest of the august institutions neck deep in the eliminationist doo-doo are, in alphabetical order:

Brooklyn College
DePaul University
San Francisco State University
University of California-Berkeley
University of California-Irvine
University of Chicago
University of Houston
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Canada's Returing ISIS Fighters Policy: Mad, Bad and Very, Very Dangerous

Canada is like an lunatic asylum, and it's clear that the inmates are running the joint. Case in point: our "genius" prime minister's plan to welcome back Canadian jihadis who had run off to Syria to join ISIS, and who, not that the fight there is more or less over, have a hankering to return the true north strong and free. Even though, as Senator Linda Frum points out here, these jihadis have violated Canadian law, and are thus subject to prosecution, the Trudopians are planning to ignore their Allahu Akbar antics and aim to help them "reintegrate" into Canadian society.

Hey, what could possibly go wrong with that?

The insanity is further exemplified by the headline the adorns the senator's comments--"There's nothing Islamophobic about arresting ISIS fighters."

No kidding. By the same token, water is wet, the sky is blue, and Justin Trudeau has some really silly and juvenile socks.

Here in the JT loony bin, however, where we go out of our way to be nice to jihadis (who, while testy and potentially explosive, are also potential Liberal voters), Frum's bald statement of fact is considered controversial, verging on the--yes--Islamophobic.

Update: As far as I know, Frum hasn't yet been called upon to apologize for being mean/Islamophobic to returning ISIS fighters. The day is young, though. And, knowing that an apology was demanded last month when she had the unmitigated chutzpah to call the Iranian regime--the world's foremost state sponsor of terrorism--"a malign nation," a demand for another apology could very well be in the offing, and sooner rather than later.

Monday, December 4, 2017

It's Double Dactyl Time!

Inspired by this contest in The Spectator, I've composed this bit of doggerel for our empty-headed prime minister:
PM J. Trudeau he
Says that he's sorry 
For egregious sins.

Sounding verklempt as he
Croaks his apology.
A drama queen, surely, 
Who grovels and spins.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

What Tolstoy Knew

This bit from Anna Karenina, which I am re-reading for a course I'm taking, makes clear that that modern day division between the hedonists and the squares--between the Harvey Weinsteins and the Ben Shapiros--isn't so new after all:
In [Vronsky's] Petersburg world people were divided into two quite opposite sorts. One--the inferior sort: the paltry, stupid, and, above all, ridiculous people who believe that a husband should live with one wife to whom he is married, that a maiden should be pure, a woman modest, and a man, manly, self-controlled and firm; that one should bring up one's children to earn their living, should pay one's debts, and other nonsense of that kind. These were the old-fashioned and ridiculous people. But there was another sort of people: the real people to which all his set belonged, who had above all to be well-bred, generous, bold, gay, and to abandon themselves unblushingly to all their passions and laugh at everything else.
Tolstoy, of course, is being facetious here. He actually thinks the hedonists are ridiculous and the squares are the ones to admire, a fact that makes the passage all the more delicious.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

"Linda Sarsour Loves Me; She Loves Me Not"

It's the latter, clearly.

Mattel's Hijab Barbie "Cute" and "Progressive"? Not So Much

Robert Fulford sets the toy company--and everyone else--straight:
In those countries [where hijab-wearing is a requirement], regions or neighbourhoods, the future for girls is narrowly circumscribed. As they grow from childhood to maturity they often find it hard to get an education, a job or a personal bank account. A woman realizes eventually that she’s not to be seen in public with an adult male, unless he’s her husband or a close relative. A girl’s husband may be chosen by her family. Women may have their own ambitions but the key choices in their lives are not theirs to make. 

Theresa May's Double Talk

"There are those who conduct acts of terror in the name of islam but it is not in the name of Islam."

Update: More double talk--Justin Trudeau on the topic of FGM.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Fun at the UN: It Passes a Slew of Anti-Israel Resolutions on the Occasion of Its "International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People"

It would make more sense to call it what it really is--an international day of solidarity with those who wish to erase Israel from the map. But I guess that's too much on the nose for the UN's Zion-loathers, who prefer to disguise their longings in the sheep's clothing of euphemism.

You'd Think That One Would Be a No-Brainer

HASSAN: Trudeau's famous inclusiveness shouldn't be extended to terrorists

Phyllis Chesler Guests on Tablet Podcast "Unorthodox"

Listen to it/her here.

Update: "Dr. Phyllis Chesler’s book is a reminder of what fighting for women actually means."

Blame The 6ix?

Shocking news, Toronto: we just got South Park. (It's shocking that the show is still on the air, I mean.)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

What's the Least Sexy Thing EVAH?

It's got to be Matt Lauer's "huge bag of sex toys."


Update: I predict the next media personality to be fired for inappropriate sexual antics will be (drumroll, please) Geraldo Rivera

Rivera has boasted about sleeping with 1,000 women, which rather raises the odds that at least some of these encounters weren't entirely consensual.

Sandra Dee Redux

Remember back in the 70s, when the musical Grease heaped withering scorn on the social mores of the 1950? More specifically, I refer to the song sung by the character Rizzo at the girls' sleepover party, the one where she mercilessly mocks nice girl Sandy's "purity."

You recall it, don't you? It goes like this:
Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee
Lousy with virginity
Won't go to bed
Till I'm legally wed
I can't, I'm Sandra Dee 
Watch it, hey, I'm Doris Day
I was not brought up that way
Won't come across
Even Rock Hudson lost
His heart to Doris Day 
I don't drink or swear
I don't rat my hair
I get ill from one cigarette
Keep your filthy paws off my silky drawers
Would you pull that crap with Annette 
As for you, Troy Donahue
I know what you wanna do
You got your crust
I'm no object of lust
I'm just plain Sandra Dee 
Elvis, Elvis, let me be
Keep that pelvis far from me
Just keep your cool
Now you're starting to drool
Hey, fungu, I'm Sandra Dee

Sandra Dee was supposed to be as passé as they come. Today, however, as Bruce Thornton points out in this insightful essay, the current moral panic re men behaving badly seems to have brought out the Sandra Dee in our womenfolk:
So here we are, watching self-proclaimed feminists who once sang “I am woman, hear me roar,” but now cower like Victorian ingénues, whimpering victims who turn to the statist Big Daddy for protection and redress. 
Obviously, sexual violence against women is a despicable crime to be severely punished. Men who use any sort of coercion to obtain sexual favors are cads and creeps whom every respectable person should look on with contempt. But apart from the charges of sexual violence, the bulk of the current sexual harassment complaints involve clumsy flirting, juvenile humor, unwanted touching, unsolicited sordid cell-phone pictures, sexual quid pro quos, and other techniques of the inept sexual suitor.
In other words, these women thought they were Rizzos, but all along what they really wanted to be was a Sandra/Sandy. Which makes the musical's denouement that sees Sandy transforming into a been-around-the-block-more-than-a-few-times tough/slutty Rizzo type in order to land her man all the more ironic for us, when the cry "keep you filthy paws off my silk drawers" seems to have made a dramatic and unexpected comeback.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Good Intentions; Ghastly Results

A Zimbabwean writer sees something positively Shakespearean in the saga of the rise and fall of Robert Mugabe, but I see it as something that's more in keeping with my headline (i.e. the same thing that ends up upending most utopians).

Facebook Creates Guide to Protect Non-Muslims (Also Muslims) From Jihadis

Just kidding, of course. Facebook, clearly, has other priorities:
Facebook has created a guide to improving the safety of Muslims online, in an effort to combat Islamaphonia, racism and hate speech levelled at the community. Keeping Muslims Safe Online: Tackling Hate and Bigotry was written in partnership with non-theological consultancy Faith Associates, and is designed to “empower Muslim users of Facebook”, Simon Milner, Head of Policy UK at Facebook said. The guide contains advice on reporting abusive comments and content to Facebook and the police, restricting the audience for what is shared on the social network and how to support somebody who is being attacked for being a Muslim. 
It will be launched at a parliamentary reception, where MPs will be invited to speak to Imams from their constituencies about the issues facing Muslim communities...
I'm about to say something that may very well be at odds with the Facebook guide: dhimmis are the useful idiots of our day.

CJN Cover Story Question: "Is Ezra Levant Good for the Jews?"

Read it here. And here's the letter I wrote in response:
I am not going to delve into the question of whether or not Ezra Levant is "good for the Jews." I would merely point out that such a query would never be posed about, say, Peter Beinart, or another high-profile Jew who is known to situate himself on the so-called progressive side of the political spectrum. Which is to say, a hardcore leftist Jew who withholds his full-throated approval of and support for Israel pending its' becoming much more reflective of his own values, attitudes and beliefs.

I would also suggest that posing such a query--is so-and-so "good for the Jews"?--says a lot more about the mindset of the individual doing the asking that it does about the person whose "goodness"/"badness" is being called into question.


Cap 'n' Trade Madness in Ontario: What an Awesome Way to Waste Our Money!

In the larger scheme of things, this leftist virtue signaling will make no difference whatsoever when it comes to "saving the planet"--or even Ontario"
TORONTO — Ontario’s final cap-and-trade auction before entering a joint market with Quebec and California next year is set for today. 
The province launched the program aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions this year and has seen three sell-out auctions, bringing in about $1.5 billion for green projects. 
The system puts caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit, and if they exceed those limits they must buy allowances at auction or from other companies that come in under their limits. 
As of Jan. 1, Ontario will join Quebec and California’s carbon market, which has also seen three sold out auctions in a row for current credits. 
Critics in Ontario have slammed both the cost to consumers — an extra 4.3 cents per litre to the price of gasoline and about $80 a year to natural gas home heating costs, as well as indirect costs — and the potential cost to the economy.
The auditor general has said that when Ontario links its market with Quebec and California, an estimated $466 million will leave the Ontario economy over three years, because it will be cheaper to buy allowances from those jurisdictions. 
Both the environmental commissioner and the auditor have said that means greenhouse gas emissions won’t actually be cut in Ontario...
As I said, it's absolute madness, as well as being a pointless exercise intended to make Liberals/leftists (and only Liberals/leftists) feel good about themselves.

The 70-Year-Old Miracle That Is Israel

Michael Goodwin in the New York Post puts it very well, I think:
On Nov. 29, 1947, the United Nations voted to partition Palestine into two states, one Jewish, one Arab. Most Zionists accepted the deal, while Arabs almost universally rejected it and declared war. 
One Muslim delegate, referring to Jews living in Arab nations, warned that “The blood will flow like rivers in the Middle East.” Iraq’s prime minister threatened that the Jewish state would not survive, saying “We will smash the country with our guns and obliterate every place the Jews seek shelter in” while Syria’s leader claimed “We shall eradicate Zionism.”
Seventy years later, a lust for Jewish blood is a staple of Islamic State, Hezbollah and Hamas, whose charter calls for the elimination of Israel. Iran’s leaders call Israel “Little Satan” and vow to wipe it off the map. 
In important ways, then, not much has changed. Jew hatred remains mainstream enough to flourish in the sunshine as well as the shadows, including at major American university campuses and European parliaments. Year in, year out, Jews are the victims of most of the religious hate crimes in the United States. 
Some UN bodies exist to demonize Israel while ignoring wholesale slaughter and oppression in other lands. Indeed, if that partition proposal were submitted to a much-larger General Assembly today, it probably would not get majority support, let alone the two-thirds approval it got in 1947.  
Yet in other ways, everything has changed. Israel, which declared independence in 1948, is a mighty regional power militarily and its economy and technical innovations are world-renowned. This is exceptionalism, Israeli-style...