Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Breaking News: ISIS Claims Responsibilty for Manchester Terrorist Attack

Don't know if these particular jihadis are actually behind it, but they're certainly more than delighted to take credit for it.

"Experts" Blame Toronto's Sky-Rocketing House Prices on "Obsession With Home Ownership"

These deep thinkers want to do away with the "obsession" (the pejorative they use to describe a natural human desire, at least in these parts) so that people will be willing to live sans grumble in rental units (which have yet to be built).

It seems that, for those of a certain bent (you know the kind), private property remains anathema.

Instead of blaming the "obsession" and those who manifest it, surely these "experts" should point to the obvious--an insufficient supply along with all the speculators, bidding wars and house flippers.

Trump's Saudi Arabian Adventure Shows He Has a Ways To Go In His Understanding of Jihad

There are those who will tell you that Trump's speech in the Magic Kingdom shows that he "gets" the jihad.

Don't believe 'em.

Oh sure, Trump's speech in Riyadh is a quantum improvement over Obama's groveling suckuppery in Cairo. But when the bar is set that low--mere centimeters above the ground--there is nowhere to go but up.

How do we know that Trump is still some ways away from comprehending the religious dogma that fuels the eternal Holy War (eternal, that is, until Islam finally prevails)?

Ask yourself this: would someone who was clued in to the reality that the leaders he praises so effusively fund "extremist" mosques and madrassahs in the West and around the world (the better to spread Islam and keep the "extremists" from blowing up the Saudis, the corrupt custodians of the two holy mosques) collaborate with these selfsame funders on a Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology, and situate the thing in Saudi Arabia?

Sorry, but that's just plain nuts.

It would be helpful if someone could explain to this president that there are two vicious and competing strands of Islam--the Saudis' and the Khomeinists'--and that one is no better than the other.

This Is Very, Very Bad

Trump sets sight on the big deal: Mideast peace

Update: Israel needs another fake deal like it needs, say, another nuclear Ayatollah.

Re the fake deal phenomenon, Ran Baratz warns,
Peace between Israel and the Palestinians always seems “so close” – but remains elusive. And similar to [Robert] McNamara, the fault is not with the other side; instead it is the Left’s mistaken understanding of the Palestinians.
Anyone think for even a nanosecond that Trump's understanding is any better?

Update: Something that Marwan Barghouthi ("the Palestinian Nelson Mandela," so-called) gets right--he says "the last day of the occupation will be the first day of peace."

To translate from the Islamist: the last day of the occupation (of Israel, all of it, by the Jews) will be the first day of peace (in the Islamist sense of the word, i.e. the "peace" that will be in effect once Islam takes over permanently).

Update: Abbas's children will ensure that any "peace" deal will not benefit the Jews.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Long Weekend Is Here...

...so I'm taking a breather until Tuesday.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Quel Shockeroo (Not)

'Trump rules out moving US embassy to Jerusalem for now'

"Cultural Appropriation"? Censorship, More Like

Lorrie Goldstein sums it up, pithily:
That isn’t about cultural appropriation. 
It’s about silencing people -- and points of view -- by leveling false allegations of racism against them and intimidating others who share their views.
Update: "When does inspiration cross the line into appropriation?"--a question that perturbs and engages the CBC.

A 150th Birthday Present for Canada--Our National Anthem in Yiddish

And, no, it doesn't start out, "Oy Canada!" (even though, in the era of Trudeau II, maybe it should).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Here's the Winning Design for the Victims of Communism Memorial in Ottawa

I'm glad that, after many years, they're finally getting around to creating the thing, but the winning design is as bizarre as it is perplexing, and fails to capture the horror and the victims' suffering.

One wonders: if that's the winner, how awful were the losers?

Sultry Silliness in The 6

I live in a city which has vast temperature variations; where it can be blisteringly hot and humid in the summer, and bone-chillingly cold in the winter.

A climate such as this is apt to use plenty of energy to cope with it all.

And yet, there are those who beseech us lay off the air conditioning when it gets hot as blazes (for the sake of "saving" the planet, of course).

Isn't that every bit as nutty as telling us to turn off the heat during a winter deep freeze?

Takes One to Know One

 Report: Obama told friends Trump is a ‘bulls----er’