Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thailand? Japan? Cambodia? Taiwan? Nepal?

An 'Asian' man in his 40s is said to be behind today's terrorist attack in London, England, but I highly doubt that he was from any of the Asian countries named above.

Where to Draw the Line on Holocaust Denial

One often hears of the need to "draw a line" between free speech and hate speech. Loath as I am to draw such a line (unless, that is, someone's words incite violence), I think Alan Dershowitz gets it right in this TLS piece.

How so?

Dershowitz argues that, while Holocaust denial should fall under the rubric of free speech, the same should not apply to professors who want to teach lies about the Holocaust to impressionable university students:
I, too, support the right of falsifiers of history to submit their lies to the open marketplace of ideas, where all reasonable people should reject them. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution does not distinguish between truth and lies, at least when it comes to historical events. Just as I defended the rights of Nazis to march through Skokie, and the right of Ku Klux Klan racists to burn crosses on their own property, I defend the right of mendacious Holocaust deniers to spin their hateful web of lies. But, unlike [Noam] Chomsky, I would never dream of supporting the phoney methodology employed by liars such as [French Holocaust denier Robert] Faurisson, by saying it is based on “extensive historical research”.  Chomsky should be praised for defending the right of Holocaust deniers, but he should be condemned if his involvement in the petition [supporting Faurisson] lent substantive and methodological credibility to their false history. 
The marketplace is one thing, but let me be clear that I do not believe that any university should tolerate, in the name of academic freedom, these falsehoods being taught in the classroom.  There is not and should not be academic freedom to commit educational malpractice by presenting provable lies as acceptable facts.  Universities must and do have standards: no credible university would tolerate a professor teaching that slavery did not exist, or that the Earth is flat. Holocaust denial does not meet any reasonable standard deserving the protection of academic freedom...
Agreed, which is why I drew a line under that one.

Happy Haters

For the first time ever, Norway--yes, Norway--has been named "the world's happiest country."

Obviously, no one bothered to factor in the "happiness" (or, rather, the unhappiness) of Norway's Jews.

Cap & Trade = Tax & Grab

There's an auction in Ontario today to flog carbon credits, a move that some say will hobble this province's industry more than ever, and that others (well, me) say mimics the pre-Reformation church practice of selling indulgences to the sinful so they could evade eternal hellfire and damnation.

The Medieval scheme helped spark the Reformation. Will the Ontario one help sink the damnable Wynne government?

For now the answer to that one, you should pardon the saying, is up in the air.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Richard Falk's Just Deserts

Richard Falk, enemy of Israel and friend of Islamo-fascists everywhere, wants people to "shame" the UN for "quashing" his latest oeuvre, a filthy pack o' lies about "apartheid" in Israel.

The awesome thing is that it's Falk himself who is being shamed and quashed.

So How Does Jordan Really Feel About Israel?

Let's just say that, more than two decades of peace notwithstanding,  there's no love lost  on Jordan's part.

Black Lives Matter Toronto's "Freedom School" Indoctrinates the Kiddies in Intersectional Victimhood, Marxist Bollocks

"You've got to be carefully taught," goes the song by those two old Jewish blokes--a concept that's pivotal to the Black Lives Matter Toronto's "Freedom School." Here's the skinny on the school's pedagogy, straight from its website:
Our FREEDOM SCHOOL  is a three week program for children aged four to ten. The purpose of the project is to respond to a lack of humanizing, self-affirming, queer positive educational opportunities for Black children in the GTA.  Freedom school will provide an alternative setting for parents to do not feel that our children are being taught self-love, and a passion for justice and liberation through their formal education.  The program is designed to teach children about Black Canadian and diasporic history, to engage children in political resistance to anti-Black racism and state violence through a trans-feminist lens, and to offer children an entry point into the #BlackLivesMatter movement. 
We teach children that: your Black life matters, and you must demonstrate to your peers that their Black lives matter by protecting their dignity.  Our children learn the things you didn’t learn in school: The BlackLivesMatter Movement, Marie Joseph Angelique, Marshia P. Johnson and the Stonewall Riots, the Memphis garbage strikes, Nanny Maroon and the Maroons in Canada, The Bussa Revolution in Barbados, The Haitian Revolution, Soweto Uprisings.  These topics are engaged through child friendly resources like claymation, video animation, augmented realities etc.
I have my doubts that such incendiary and disturbing topics can be taught to the very young in a manner that even remotely resembles something that's "child friendly."

That's something Ontario's Ministry of Education might want to probe, but, due to the reverence paid to political correctness and fears of being branded "racist" and "homophobic," will likely be given the widest of berths.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Orly Airport Attacker Was Obviously "Under the Influence"--But of What?

The father of the attacker (who was killed) blames his son's act on weed and booze--but is that what's really behind it? (my bolds):
The father of the French man shot dead at Orly airport in Paris after attacking a soldier said on Sunday his son was "not a terrorist" and that his actions were caused by drink and drugs.  
"My son was not a terrorist. He never prayed and he drank. This is what happens under the influence of drink and cannabis," the father of Ziyed Ben Belgacem told France's Europe 1 radio.

Ben Belgacem triggered a major scare at Orly international airport south of Paris on Saturday morning when he grabbed a female soldier on patrol and put a gun to her head.

He seized her assault rifle, saying he wanted to "die for Allah" and kill others, before being shot dead by the soldier's two colleagues.

The attack came around two hours after Ben Belgacem, who had several convictions for armed robbery, fired on police after being pulled over for speeding after spending the night in a bar. ...
Weed and jihad--isn't it possible to be high on both?

The UN's Latest "Apartheid" Canard/A Rocking Tribute to the Late Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry, aged 90, is dead, and the UN recently published another crazy, canard-riddled "report" which "proves" beyond a doubt that Israel is an ee-ville, apartheid-practicing entity. Put 'em both together and you get something like this:
It was the same old nonsense that the UN's been purveying for years.
It "explained" how Is-ra-el deserved our judgment and jeers.
And see the old aspersions have been packaged as "apartheid" smears.
"C'est la vie," says the OIC bloc through floods of crocodile tears.

They furnished all the lies that were so pleasing to their ears.
How they pined for "Palestine"; it earned their undying cheers.
And the aim, of course, was to eliminate the Jewish frontiers.
"C'est la vie," says the OIC bloc through floods of crocodile tears.

Their hate was so transparent, man, they let it blast.
57 member nations with a checkered past.
But then Gutteres reads the thing and it's as bad as he fears.
"C'est la vie," says the OIC bloc through floods of crocodile tears...
 
Update: Senior UN Official (a Jordanian chick) Resigns As Israel ‘Apartheid’ Report Shelved but the PA chieftan is so thrilled with her that, quelle shockeroo,  he's giving her big props.

Jews Remain the #1 Target of Hated In Canada--So Why, Asks Sue-Ann Levy, Is Antisemitism Being Ignored?

While anti-Islamophobia efforts are all the rage today, the Toronto Sun's Sue-Ann Levy notes that antisemitism is being pointedly ignored:
While our politicians at City Hall, Queen’s Park and in Ottawa make a big show of pandering to political correctness when it comes to perceived Islamophobia and about battling other forms of racism, anti-Semitism seems not to be on their radar at all. 
Let’s start with the very controversial M-103 anti-Islamophobia motion introduced by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid. A recent poll says only 14% of Canadians support it and a whopping 71% say either take out the focus on Islam and/or mention all religions. 
Or take Michael Coteau, Ontario’s anti-racism minister. When he released his new three-year plan to combat varying forms of racism two weeks ago, there was plenty in it about racism against Indigenous people, blacks and Islamophobia but not a word, from what I could see, about the rise in anti-Semitism. 
Ironically our provincial champion of anti-racism launched his plan on the day Toronto’s downtown Jewish Community Centre was targeted with a bomb threat and barely made mention of it. 
Ditto for Toronto City Hall which has launched a five-phase Toronto for All education campaign — costing $80,000 per phase — to target Islamophobia and anti-black racism while conspicuously ignoring the rise in anti-Semitism in the city.
In light of the seeming indifference, Levy draws this conclusion:
It’s shocking to think but it’s like anti-Semitism is so ingrained in our culture, it doesn’t matter to our politicians anymore.
Ingrained anti-Semitism? No doubt that's partly to blame. However, I see something else at work here. It's the fact that, not only can left-of-center politicians count on the Jews' support no matter what, at this stage of the game our population is much smaller than that of other "sexier" victim groups. Opportunistic politicians, therefore, are much likelier to want to pander to those groups, some members of whom, ironically enough, are likely also responsible for the Jew-hate/Israel-hate.

Friday, March 17, 2017

George Eliot's "Daniel Deronda" and What It Can Teach Us Today

The magnificent Ruth Wisse has an 8-part online lecture series on the novel, and Liel Leibovitz sees this as one of its valuable lessons:
Some enlightened souls, and there are quite a few of them in the novel, have difficulty understanding why, if England is so keen on embracing its Jews as equals, the Jews should insist on maintaining their differences. Why not marry their Christian neighbors and friends? Why insist on blood and kin and tribe? 
The question—and herein lies Eliot’s genius—can be asked of women as easily as it can of the Jews. Although several of her critics had trouble wedding Gwendolen’s story to that of Deronda’s religious awakening—the dogmatic F.R. Leavis believed that an abridged version of the novel, containing none of that Jewish dross, ought to be published independently—Eliot realized that Jews and women faced the same essential dilemma: Will they try and unshackle themselves from their essential nature in a way that is bound to doom them to misery? Or can they achieve a more meaningful emancipation, enjoying equal rights while being permitted to remain true to who they are and wish to continue to be? Gwendolen chooses the former path, Deronda the latter, and their respective fates are a useful lesson in the dangers of deracination. 
It’s a lesson, thankfully, that’s likely to shake many modern Jewish readers, who see no other source of light save for the universalist splendor of tikkun olam and who view nationalism, tribalism, and other forms of primordial attachment as a gateway to barbarism and brutality. But a shaking is much needed: With anti-Jewish malice roaring from left and right, we’ve no other prescription but to reject the simpering spinelessness that seeks meaning in other peoples’ values and instead embrace our own. We must now realize, as Eliot and her hero both did, that happiness and survival both depend on loving that which reinforces the best in us, be it the spouse that shares our destiny or the community of which, for better or worse, we will forever be a part. It’s not a lesson that the cosmopolitans in our midst would readily applaud, but cosmopolitanism, as Eliot bitingly reminds us in the very first page of her novel, is not much more than a rowdy casino, and the only freedom it offers is the thrill of throwing away all that’s truly valuable for an illusory shot at momentary ecstasy...
Update: Here's another take on Wisse's lecture series.