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Snapshots of the world:
~Meanwhile on the outskirts of Lyon:
~But don't get distracted by any of that Mohammed stuff. There's no Islam to see here - or in the Boston Marathon bombing. Just ask US Attorney Carmen Ortiz:
~But enough about this peaceful and loving religion. Back to the League of Violent Extremism. The bad news is that dozens of western tourists were shot dead lying on their sunbeds on a Tunisian beach. The good news is it's nothing to do with Islam. Just ask renowned Islamic scholar David al Cameron:
~Speaking of twisted, perverted ideologies, in Cameron's Britain, you can get a subsidy for that!
~In other news, following the landmark Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, Seth MacFarlane made the first ceremonial career-detonating gay-marriage Tweet. And not just any old Tweet, but "the Douchiest Tweet", which I believe is a new category in the Golden Globes. As the Financial Express reporter primly tutted:
Just as violence is nothing to do with Islam, so comedy is nothing to do with gays, got it?
That's not funny!
That's not funny!
That's not funny!
That's not funny, and it's nothing to do with Islam!
~George Orwell in a famous passage from 1984:
Two plus two equals five. A severed head plus "Allahu Akbar!" equals "Nothing to do with Islam." Network screenings of Gone With The Wind plus Uncle Ben's rice equals blatant incitement to mass murder. A nice chichi gay couple at 27 Elm Street and a firebreathing imam and his four child brides at 29 Elm Street equals the social harmony of a multiculti utopia.
Where is this story headed? The warriors of the caliphate divide the planet into the dar al Islam and the dar al harb - the house of war. In reality, it's a struggle between the dar al Islam and the dar al Gay: Liberty in the fin de civilisation west means sexual liberty and nothing else - which is why one consequence of yesterday's decision is that freedom of expression and freedom of religion will increasingly be confined to what Justice Alito called the deepest recesses of your home.
Yet one particular demographic is ever more aggressively assertive in the name of its religion, even as prime ministers and federal prosecutors deny any such thing. So today, in Oklahoma as in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, you get up in the morning, go to work, and wind up decapitated. Oh, don't worry, it's a low risk - for the moment. And, unlike with "homophobic" bakers and florists, the implicit threat of violence ensures plenty of preemptive concessions.
Since 9/11, every western nation has dramatically accelerated Muslim immigration: "Islam is a religion of peace" isn't just a meaningless platitude, they live it.
Yet ultimately you can be either a gay-wedding society or a semi-Islamized society. By choosing both, the west will tear itself apart - and in the end it's the Islamic imperialists who have the less shaky relationship with "the very existence of external reality". What Marx called the internal contradictions of capitalism have nothing on those of "diversity".
And so the leader of the free world lights the White House LGBT as the tourist corpses are removed from their sunbeds.
~On the Hugh Hewitt show on Thursday I was scoffing at Obama's inability to use social media as effectively as ISIS, but boy, when it comes to modifying your avatar, he's right on top of it:
Good to know there's something they're on top of. And, notwithstanding their successes with the US Army website, ISIS were sufficiently respectful not to hack in and replace the new emblem with Jihadi John singing "I Can Singe A Rainbow".
~Still, we must try to stay positive in these difficult times. Tonight at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific, I'll be on C-SPAN's Book TV, talking about climate change. Michael E Mann and the gang will no doubt be accusing C-SPAN of being part of the #KochScaifeFossilFuelDenialMachine, so I hope you'll tune in. There's a repeat broadcast on Sunday night/Monday morning at 4am Eastern/1am Pacific, for all you insomniac deniers.
from Steyn on the World, June 27, 2015
At Friday's Department of Defense press briefing, Brigadier General Thomas Weidley gave it the full Baghdad Bob: In Ramadi, after a period of relative stability in the tactical situation, Daesh [Isis] executed a complex attack on Iraqi Security Forces today. These forces were able to repel most of these attacks, but some gains were made by Daesh in previously contested areas... Iraqi Security Forces, as well as federal and local police, continue to control most of the key facilities, ...
"Countering Violent Extremism" - and encountering it...
The cover of this week's Charlie Hebdo (right) shows Mohammed shedding a tear and holding up a "Je suis Charlie" sign under the headline "Tout est pardonnĂ©" - all is forgiven. The illustration is unclear: Is Mohammed forgiving the secular leftie blasphemers? Or are the secular lefties forgiving Mohammed and his murderous believers..?
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For generations, eminent New York Times wordsmiths have swooned over foreign strongmen, from Walter Duranty's Pulitzer-winning paeans to the Stalinist utopia to Thomas L. Friedman's more recent effusions to the "enlightened" Chinese Politburo. So it was inevitable that the cash-strapped Times would eventually figure it might as well eliminate the middle man and hire the enlightened strongman direct...
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Ten years ago, along with three-quarters of the American people, I supported the invasion of Iraq. A decade on, I'll stand by that original judgment. ...
I greatly enjoy the new Hollywood genre in which dysfunctional American families fly to a foreign city and slaughter large numbers of the inhabitants as a kind of bonding experience...
From the New York Daily News:
"Snooki Gives Kate Middleton Advice On Being A New Parent."
Great! Maybe Kate could return the favor and give Snooki and her fellow Americans some advice,,,
The Eurovision Song Contest doesn't get a lot of attention in the United States, but on the Continent it's long been seen as the perfect Euro-metaphor. Years before the euro came along, it was the prototype pan-European institution and predicated on the same assumptions. Eurovision took the national cultures that produced Mozart, Vivaldi and Debussy, and in return gave us "Boom-Bang-A-Bang" (winner, 1969), "Ding-Ding-A-Dong" (winner, 1975) and "Diggi-Loo-Diggi-Ley" (winner, 1984). The euro took the mark, the lira and the franc, and merged them to create the "Boom-Bang-A-Bang" of currencies...
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"Useful stories" we forgot the usefulness of
The President's wretched speech in Kansas
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In this anniversary week, it's sobering to reflect that one of the more perverse consequences of 9/11 has been a remorseless assault on free speech throughout the west. I regret to say that, in my new book, I predect this trend will only accelerate in the years ahead. The essay below was written as last week's National Review cover story: To be honest, I didn't really think much about "freedom of speech" until I found myself the subject of three "hate speech" complaints in Canada in 2007. I ...
HAPPY WARRIOR from National Review The other day, Abdul Qadir Fitrat, the governor of Afghanistan's central bank, fled the country. The only wonder is that there aren't more fleeing. Not Afghans; central bankers. I mean, you gotta figure that throughout the G-20 there are more than a few with the vague but growing feeling that the jig's up big time. Round about the time the Afghan central banker was heading for the hills, the Greek central banker ventured some rare criticisms of his government ...
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