Monday, August 28, 2006
In the early 1990s one of my best friends and his wife spent two years as nurses in Saudi Arabia. Vince Sanregret cautioned me not to send him any Christmas or Easter cards while they were in that Muslim country. It was the first time that I'd heard there were places where Christianity was illegal.
Last week we get news that a soccer player has been prosecuted for making the sign of the cross, which was supposedly insulting to the other team. But it wasn't in some muslim shithole.
It was in Scottland.
In a match last February, Artur Boruc, a Polish Roman Catholic goalie for the Glasgow Celtic, blessed himself with the sign of the cross. The mostly protestant fans of the the other team, the Rangers, apparently complained that they felt threatened.
What a bunch of pansies.
Thankfully people are protesting the Crown's Office's ridiculous decision, and officialdom was quick today to issue denials that wasn't actually the 'sign of the cross' they were cautioning the soccer player for, but rather "offensive gesticulations." From the furor, You'd think his gesticulations fell out of his underwear or something.
It's a symptom of how sick a society can become in the throws of moral relativistic multiculturalism, when it turns a blind eye to street violence and property crimes in favor of pursuing 'cultural crimes.'
The Scottsman.com called it right, when they said this will make Scottland a laughingstock.
I haven't looked at the Mallard Filmore strip for over a year because I have difficulty downloading them from the King's Features Syndicate website. But today I checked them out and just about split a gut.
Bruce Tinsley spears the liberal media establishment again, doing a pretty funny job in the case of pointing out the typical liberal blindspot they have towards all things economic.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Our lovely little suburb has a drunken idiot problem. Early this morning one of those buttheads mistook our church's front door for a recycle bin or something.
The Mrs. and I live next door to our church, and look after the grounds. In the last couple of months the rotters stole our garden hose, broke a window in my sister's car, and dumped over full 8' trash bins behind the drugstore next door.
Y'know, in Singapore, which doesn't have a vandalism problem, they publicly beat people caught vandilizing stuff...
Seeing as Lahoud has now linked his government with Hezbollah, hopefully Canada will suspend aid and succor to them, as they've done to Hamas...
...and hopefully Wrzesneewskyj will be charged with breaking Canada's law forbidding contact with terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
What did GM do? Went all wimpy at the turn of the Century in the late 90s killing Oldsmobile, the Pontiac Trans Am and the Camaro.
Well I'm happy to see GM announcing yesterday that they're bringing the Camaro back, and it looks like a muscle car should! Here's a link to Road & Track's video, and an article from Popular HotRodding, and finally, newchevroletcamaro.com .
Still not sure if I like it better than the incoming Challenger though...
Monday, August 21, 2006
Canada has a law against meetings or negotiations with terrorist groups including Hezbollah. Earlier this week Lebanon's President Emile Lahoud unequivocably linked his government with Hezbollah while claiming victory over Israel. Call me dense, but that put Lahoud in Hezbollah's camp, doesn't it?
Today a group of three opposition Canadian MPs met with Lahoud while on a shit disturbing tour of southern Lebanon, and spokesman MPBorys Wrzesnewskyj told CBC News that despite what the law says, Canada shouldn't miss this opportunity to dialog with the terrorist side in the most recent installment of the Islam/Israeli war.
Ok, he didn't phrase it that way. He ignored the CBC reporter's question about the wisdom of disregarding the aforementioned law, and kept repeating his mantra that "we shouldn't miss this opportunity."
Canadian Press quoted him being a little clearer:
"I've said all along that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization and will continue to be," Wrzesnewskyj said. "Where I have difficulty is with the legislation that says a group on the list cannot be communicated with."
In other words, he's opposed to the law which forbids contact/fund raising/negotiation with terrorist organizations. (This is a guy whose political party gave (not sold) gave the Soviets millions in aid through free grain shipments during the Trudeau years of the Cold War.)
Therein lies the crux of the Liberals problem with chosing sides in the battle between right & wrong / good & evil. They don't understand that terrorists and despots belong to that class of persons and organizations that must be Stamped Out. If we had been saddled with the curse of the "Early 21st century Liberal" during WWII, the Nazis would now be in power in Europe because of a negotiated series of cease-fires following D-Day.
Since Prime Minister Harper has come solidly down against Hezbollah in the recent conflict in the Holy Land, the opposition Liberals have been shitting themselves sideways trying to tell us that a governing Party has no business taking sides. Never mind that over the last decade they've always chosen to side with the despots, or at least come firmly down on the side of lukewarm ambiguity.
In Lebanon's President Lahoud's eye, Lebanon=Hezbollah. Ok, then stinking Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj and his buddies should be charged with breaking the law for meeting with a terrorist organization.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
For the past week we've been getting phone calls from a charity that uses telephone solicitation. They all invariably CLAIM that I've donated to them in the past. Many of them, I might have, once, at a charity dinner or something in 1985, or somewhere. But does this give them the right to continually pester me on the phone for the rest of my life?
Is it too much to expect them to respect my wishes, when I tell them not to call anymore? ...to expect compliance when I call their '1-800 do not call me anymore' self-registration lines?
Here's a perfect example. See the graphic above? Eddie Shack's Battle of the Badges? The assholes they hired to pes- uh, solicit funds over the telephone have been calling my house ALL THIS PAST #*$%#$% WEEK. After a week of screening their calls, I answered. I began to tell the guy that we chose our charities, and have chosen to NOT support those which use telephone solicitation. He hung up in my ear. I've registered with their 'do-not-call-anymore' line, but they've called back 5 times since, hoping someone else will answer, I think.
I acknowlege that many worthy charities have made the mercenary mistake of turning to paid professional fundraisers. I don't dispute the fundraiser's right to earn a living through their enterprise, but I ought to be able to phone and pester them repeatedly at THEIR homes too!
Friday, August 18, 2006
Here's a big shocker (not!) Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has admitted on the Lebanese airwaves that his government supported Hezbollah in it's criminal rocket attacks on Israeli civilians, and used the inclusive 'WE' in claiming they'd defeated the Israeli army.
Of course, that Hitler wannabe, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quick to congratulate his new fellow terrorist head-of-state, Lahoud.
You'll know them not only by their works, but by the company they keep...
I have my favorite authors, musicians, and heroes; you don't often hear of a favorite publisher. I inherited my father's fascination in science fiction, and a survey of my bookshelves reveal an interest reaching back to my boyhood in the early 1970s. An amazing number of those titles after 1983 are Baen Books. David Drake, David Weber, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, and John Ringo are all Jim Baen discoveries. Jim was also a vocal supporter of the unencrypted ebook.
Jim Baen, publisher of Baen Books, and discoverer of some of my Favorite Authors, died of a stroke June 28th, 2006. I can't believe I just heard now. David Drake wrote his obituary here. If you are considering a memorial, please consider David's request.
I've only met the man through his taste for good stories... and I'm richer for it. Thank you Jim.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Earlier this summer in Canada, CSIS and the RCMP arrested over a dozen terrorists planning to blow up the Parilament buildings and seize control of broadcast facilities. Somehow officials managed to stumble through an hour-long press conference without saying "Islamic."
Later, a Seattle Muslim shoots and kills 6 people outside a Jewish centre, and the same official phenomenom occurs.
There is a Common thread amongst terrorist attacks of the recent past. Here's a list ( thanks Ann ) of those arrested by the British in the recent plot to blow up British passenger jets:
List of the Arrested:
Umir Hussain, 24, London E14
Muhammed Usman Saddique, 24, London E17
Waheed Zaman, 22, London E17
Assan Abdullah Khan, 22, London E17
Waseem Kayani, 28, High Wycombe
Waheed Arafat Khan, 24, London E17
Cossor Ali, 24, London E17
Tayib Rauf, 21, Birmingham
Ibrahim Savant, 26, London E17
Osman Adam Khatib, 20, London E17
Shamin Mohammed Uddin, 36, Stoke Newington
Amin Asmin Tariq, 23, London E17
Shazad Khuram Ali, 27, High Wycombe
Tanvir Hussain, 24, London E10
Umar Islam, 28, (born Brian Young) High Wycombe
Assad Sarwar, 25, High Wycombe
Abdullah Ali, 26, London E17
Abdul Muneem Patel, 17, London E5
Nabeel Hussain, 21, Waltham Forest
Only liberals, idiots, and politicians can't see the common thread. There's not an Irish Catholic nor American Mormon among them. If it were not Islamic extremism, then where are Islam's defenders to decry these terrorist's smearing of 'the religion of peace' s good name? 911, Chechnya, Paris, Haifa; wherever Islamo-terrorists commit their crimes against us the varied spokespersons for the religion of peace are suspiciously silent... unless it's to criticize any attempts to stop them.
Yet our media and politicians are too chickenshit to admit it. Thankfully, the British have finally decided to get over the liberal stupidity of refusing to give greater attention to the demographics of those most likely to offend. Naturally, those peaceful cute and fuzzy bunnies are upset.
I have met, and know socially, followers of the Prophet who are good people, productive members of society. But their shuddering silence on this issue is not good.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Time and again I see people ignore reality and insist on behaving as if things were they way they 'wished," rather than by the way they 'are.' The Marketing naifs in question, County Music's Dixie Chicks, have been forced to cancel 14 shows in their American tour because of weak ticket sales.
In 2003 the chicks managed to offend most of their core audience when singer Natalie Mainse told an audience that she was embarrased U.S. President Bush was from Texas. Since then they've come out vocally against the War on Terror in both their statements and songwriting.
While they were lauded in Liberal regions like California and New York they have suffered a backlash from their core audience, Country Music listeners. The Chicks have now replaced the cancled American dates with shows in Canada, whose heavily taxed-economy suffers from a much heavier burden of liberal believers than the United States.
Even here in Canada I haven't heard any of their new material on the radio despite obvious heavy promotion of their new CD.
Friday, August 04, 2006
Last week a convicted repeat-offender pedophile allegedly abducted two young boys in Manitoba, and allegedly led police on a two-day national manhunt, before being allegedly cornered in a Saskatchewan farmhouse. After an alleded standoff, the child molester gave himself up to Police... allegedly. Peter Whitmore, the named subject of a nation-wide manhunt, was caught redhanded by police hundreds of miles away from the scene of the crime WITH the abducted children, and his liar- er, his lawyer, is talking about making deals with the crown in exchange for pleading guilty.
That's an admission of guilt. Only the ACLU-types, defense attornies, or a retard couldn't see that.
Such is the stupidity of our system, that a criminal like this multiplely convicted pedophile can be repeatedly caught, convicted and then released like a fish in an Alberta lake. For too long the soft-headed disciples of the liberal church of the fuzzy bunnies have held our lawmaker's in their sway. The accepted legal practices of making deals with the crown, copping to lesser offenses in order to ensure an easy prosecution, soft-headed laws that include mandatory parole after serving only two-thirds of a sentence, and other forms of early release need to be eliminated.
Years of rehabilitation as a guest of our penal system have not made Peter Whitmore a productive member of society. It's time for the pendulum of justice to swing away from the false hope of 'rehabilitation' and back towards 'deterence.' Peter Whitmore wouldn't have very much success at seducing or abducting children with the word PERVERT tattood across his forhead in big red letters, would he?
There are places where people don't need to fear for their children's safety, where property crimes are almost unheard of, and where it's safe to go for a late night stroll on a dark city street. I like being a Canadian, and living in Canada, but we need to look for some new ideas. Like in Singapore, for example, where teenage hooligans caught vandalizing property are publicly caned on the first offense.
Guess what? Vandalism isn't much of a problem in Singapore. What applications of this principle would work here? Talk about things that make you go: Hmmmmmmmm.