This is a couple guys located in afghanistan, that re-made the music video by Lady Gaga....Telephone. Prepare yourself for a fantastical journey.
Right now this is the temporary version, we have more scenes to cut, and edit, however with guys always on mission it is harder to film than you think.
Putting on a Slave Leia bikini from Star Wars to pander to nerds is so simple, so uncreative, and so transparent that it’s pathetic. And yet… when Princess Leia’s wet boob squishes against the glass and the camera man says, “This is the greatest car wash of all time,” …I truthfully cannot disagree.
Related: This interview with a Slave Leia fan suggests the character may have played a part in the sexual awakening of impressionable young men of a certain generation. Astonishing.
Scott’s version of Robin Hood, which stars Russell Crowe with Cate Blanchett as Maid Marion, has undergone some drastic revisions since Universal won a bidding war for Nottingham, a script which told the folktale from a point of view sympathetic to the sheriff. In true Hollywood tradition, the concept was scrapped entirely and the script rewritten many times to come up with what producer Brian Grazer calls “the Gladiator version of Robin Hood.”
According to Scott, “The Nottingham script read a bit like CSI in green tights and I thought, 'Why are we doing this?’ If you’ve got a subject about Robin Hood, why on earth are you calling it Nottingham? So we rewrote it from page one. It’s not a remake, it’s a brand new story.
Whereas I think, "Why did you do that?" Since Universal bought Nottingham in a bidding war they presumably saw something of merit in the property. Now you discover you don't like its CSI in green tights take on the subject matter, perhaps you should have read it before agreeing to direct the project.
Meanwhile someone wrote a potentially interesting take on Robin Hood and, thanks to Ridley Scott and Universal, our chances of ever seeing it are nil. Instead, we get yet another warmed over version of Gladiator.
Mark Steyn is almost always good. He was very good here. This video is 1:31:00 long and well worth your time. Amongst other things, he does a great job at retasking Baudrillard's analysis of the first Gulf War.
As a guest speaker for the 23rd Annual Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Lectureship in National Security Affairs, Mr. Mark Steyn spoke on Thursday, March 15th 2007.
Israel's plans for a deep sea navy advance as Germany is to sell Israel more submarines.
Israel is building up its navy and it's looking to Germany to provide the warships, most notably two advanced corvettes and two, possibly three, more Dolphin-class attack submarines, that will transform it from a coastal force to a deep-water navy.
It is feared that the covert Club-K missile attack system could prove "game-changing" in fighting wars with small countries, which would gain a remote capacity to mount multiple missiles on boats, trucks or railways.
Iran and Venezuela have already shown an interest in the Club-K Container Missile System which could allow them to carry out pre-emptive strikes from behind an enemy's missile defences.
4) How do we know that some human aren't already trying to contact aliens? Stephen Walt and others assume that the presence of aliens would cause humans to form a natural balancing coalition. I'm not so sure. My research into other apocalyptic scenarios suggests that some humans -- that's right, I'm looking at you, Switzerland! -- would bandwagon with the aliens. Indeed, for all we know, some humans are already trying to welcome their future alien overlords. Which begs the question -- wouldn't Hawking's isolationist policy allow the quislings to monopolize the galactic message emanating from Earth?
It is all too easy to imagine the government of Canada (I mean you, Stephen Harper) stumbling over itself to offer landed immigrant status, English lessons (or French, certainement) and preferential hiring for Martians.
According to a new report released Monday by a panel of top economists and social scientists, the People's Republic of China will overtake the United States as the world's dominant asshole by the year 2020.
The findings, published in the most recent issue of Foreign Affairs, support recent speculation that America's unquestioned reign as the leading super-prick may soon be drawing to a close, leaving China as the foremost shithead among all developed nations.
“It is very similar to late Weimar Germany,” Chomsky told me when I called him at his office in Cambridge, Mass. “The parallels are striking. There was also tremendous disillusionment with the parliamentary system.
What are people supposed to think if someone says ‘I have got an answer, we have an enemy’? There it was the Jews. Here it will be the illegal immigrants and the blacks. We will be told that white males are a persecuted minority. We will be told we have to defend ourselves and the honor of the nation. Military force will be exalted. People will be beaten up. This could become an overwhelming force. And if it happens it will be more dangerous than Germany. The United States is the world power. Germany was powerful but had more powerful antagonists. I don’t think all this is very far away. If the polls are accurate it is not the Republicans but the right-wing Republicans, the crazed Republicans, who will sweep the next election.”
There it was the Jews. Here it is Christians and tax payers. Chomsky's fellow travelers use the law to discriminate against white men in employment and call it justice. They trample on the Constitution and common law and call it patriotism. Acts of terror are exalted. Black Panthers and union muscle act as enforcers for the Party.
But Chomsky is right about one thing: What is taking place is more dangerous than the rise of Nazi Germany. Thanks to Chomsky and his ilk, the United States is on the verge of eclipse as a world power. There will be consequences. These include a nuclear armed, existential evil taking shape in Tehran.
For Chomsky, not so much. He is getting on in life and will continue to enjoy the fading comforts and freedoms of a world he has helped to destroy.
GM is running a television ad acknowledging Canadians weren't happy to bail out the company and bragging it has repaid its loans with interest and five years ahead of schedule (American version at the link). The border being a porous thing in the auto sector, GM never bothers to explain whether it is the American or Canadian loans it has repaid.
General Motors lost $3.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009 and is still struggling to reorganize so the company can try to eke out a profit. This grim reality didn't stop GM from making hay last week for supposedly paying back a $6.7 billion government loan five years ahead of schedule. What was left unsaid was that the automaker used another kitty of taxpayer cash to pay off the earlier government loan. This is an accounting shell game, not progress.
General Motors received $8.1 billion in loans from the governments of the United States, Canada and Ontario. This is the money they now claim to have repaid in full, the loan repayment they are now using as a marketing pitch.
And belatedly, the truth. The loan Government Motors is bragging about was repaid using other taxpayer-funded bailout money, petty cash from the breath taking $45.3 billion from the US and $8.1 billion from Canada used to save all those union auto "worker" votes in Michigan and Ontario.
61% of GM may be owned by the US government and 12% owned by the government of Canada but it was the tax payers of both countries who got 100% owned by the deal. Don't think of GM products as cars. Think of each one as a twelve thousand dollar gift from you to the guy making $65 an hour to cut grass.
As defined by the current United Auto Worker contract negotiated with the "Big Five" (GM, Ford, Chrysler, and top parts makers Delphi and Visteon), an auto "production worker" is a job description that covers anything from mowing grass to cleaning the toilets. In the real world, these jobs would be outsourced to $8 an hour, no-benefit wage earners, but on Planet Big Five, these jobs get the same wages as any auto line-worker: an average $26 an hour ($60,000 a year) plus benefits that bring the company's total cost per worker to a staggering $65 an hour.
But at least the grass cutters are working for their pay. The UAW contract also guarantees that 12,000 autoworkers get full wage for doing nothing. On the heels of Miller's straight-talk, the Detroit News reported that "12,000 American autoworkers, instead of bending sheet metal, spend their days counting the hours in a jobs bank." These aren't jobs. And they certainly aren't being "lost" to China.
"We just go in (to Ford's Michigan Truck Plant) and play crossword puzzles, watch videos that someone brings in or read the newspaper," The News quoted one UAW worker as saying. "Otherwise, I've just sat."
Note the average GM worker is content to sit and do nothing rather than take the trouble to bring his own video to work. These guys are almost as lazy as hospital admin.
‘We stamped out all remaining traces of conservatism in our party, joined the sexual revolution, embraced Brussels like a brother, spouted Green drivel, pedalled bicycles everywhere, committed ourselves to supporting the worst form of state education known to man and bound ourselves to vast and wasteful state spending for ever.
'We turned ourselves into the Liberal Democrats to get elected, and it looks as if they rather than we are going to benefit.
Funny thing about that last sentence. If you substitute Liberal Democrat with either Liberal or Democrat it describes Canada's Conservative party as well as it does Britain's.
Related: Rob Johnson, Author and lecturer in the History of War, Oxford University - who wears a silly rag around his neck - offers ten of the greatest battlefield tactics of all time.
'Peruse again and again the campaigns of Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, Gustavus Adolphus, Turenne, Eugene and Frederick,' urged Napoleon. 'Model yourself upon them. This is the only means of becoming a great captain, and of acquiring the secret of the art of war. Your own genius will be enlightened and improved by this study, and you will learn to reject all maxims foreign to the principles of these great commanders.'
“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.”
The V reboot has already aired in England, apparently.
The best basic survival advice we’ve heard came from Bruce Beach, whom I visited a while back at his massive Ark Two fallout shelter in Ontario. His “top three rules” for preparing to survive a nuclear war hold true for most other WTSHTF scenarios, too:
Rule 1: Get out of the cities.
Rule 2: Get out of the cities.
Rule 3: Get out of the cities.
I think about this sort of thing from time to time and have decided to mutate with the flow and eat my neighbours instead. Plenty of good eating in the cities.
Or a contender, anyway (hat tip to the Sister of the Flea).
It's in the subway at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue, disguised as an official Metropolitan Transportation Authority notice -- except that the MTA generally doesn't do numbered screen prints. Artist Jason Shelowitz does.
It potentially removes at least one and possibly all Khadr's from the welfare rolls. With a minor bit of legislation the entire Khadr Klan could be designated "The Governor General Family" A reader writes - If Zaynab isn't feeling up for a round of duties, she can have any of her niqab'd relatives fill in for her. Who will know? It's like you get 50 G-Gs for the price of one. In fact "she" can attend 10 different events at the same time!
It think that last observation is racist unless printed on the right letterhead and with a French translation. In this case we call it "multiculturalism".
From the Army's perspective, commercial triumph was secondary. Its goal was to recruit. And at this, too, the game proved to be a wild success. To log on to the game, you have to connect via the Army's recruitment website and fork over your information. Gamers can also check out profiles of current Army soldiers and video testimonials of why they joined. Just one year after America's Army was released, one-fifth of West Point's freshman class said they had played the game. By 2008, a study by two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that "30 percent of all Americans age 16 to 24 had a more positive impression of the Army because of the game and, even more amazingly, the game had more impact on recruits than all other forms of Army advertising combined." Notably, this is from a game that the Pentagon has spent an average of $3.28 million a year developing and promoting over the last 10 years -- compared with the military's roughly $8 billion annual recruiting budget.
Which, unless you are a commie who hates America, is clearly a result.
The Sunday Telegraph has been told that a £400,000 "contingency fund", financed by private donors, was used to purchase body armour for members of 21 SAS, one of the service's two territorial regiments, prior to their deployment to Helmand in 2008.
Cash from the fund was also used to pay for operational welfare equipment, personal kit and to pay-off the mortgages of two members of 23 SAS killed in southern Afghanistan in an earlier deployment.
Five of the air force’s Hornets were involved in a training exercise on the morning of 15 April, just hours before the imposition of airspace restrictions due to the ash cloud spreading from a major volcanic eruption in Iceland.
One aircraft’s engines have been inspected so far using a boroscope, with melted ash clearly visible on its inside surface.
Here's a solution to all the controversy over full-body scanners at airports. Have a booth that you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you.
I can just see it now: You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter, an announcement comes over the PA system, "Attention standby passengers, we now have a seat available on flight number.........."
Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem are the only two cities in the Middle East to have gay pride parades. Despite this (in fact, because of this), Israel is demonized at Toronto Gay Pride (hat tip to Gordon via Gay and Right).
Toronto's gay pride parade -funded by sponsors and public money- is being lost to groups unrelated to the celebration of gay pride, creating an exclusionary environment, and bringing the future of Toronto gay's pride parade into question. The film calls for the gay community and all concerned to "Reclaim Our Pride".
There is one issue that seems to evoke more hostility then any other - Israel. Israel’s Operation Cast Lead at the close of 2008 evoked feelings of resentment and hatred from people throughout the world. There was something “different” about the protests that this war sparked as the line between anti-Israel policy and anti-Semitism became blurred. These protests weren’t just against Israel but also against the Jewish People. Around the world, synagogues and Jewish graves were desecrated and anti-Semitic chants were shouted at protests – even on the streets of America.
Suggestions that Mr Cameron seems oblivious to how poor people actually live, think and behave seem to provoke accusations of class warfare. Let me therefore state, for the record, that I do not think it any more his fault that he spent his adolescence in the white tie and tails of Eton than that I spent the almost identical period in the ghastly brown-and-yellow stylings of Wyedean Comprehensive. I simply want to know that aspiring prime ministers have taken the trouble to educate themselves about the lives of all kinds of Britons, not only the sort that send messages with banknotes.
Originating from Austria and Hungary, the Mangalitza is similar to the native Lincolnshire curly coat breed which died out in Britain 40 years ago.
‘At first sight, people think they are sheep,’ Denise Cox, education co-ordinator, at Tropical Wings, said. ‘It is not until they turn around and you see their faces and snouts you realise they are in fact pigs.
As a matter of curiosity, I wonder just how many non-Muslims are in the forbidden, "holy" city of Mecca to design and build the Mecca Royal Clock Tower.
An under-construction hotel complex in Saudi Arabia will feature the world's second-tallest building, topped by a clock six times bigger than London's Big Ben, the hotel's general manager said Tuesday.
The Mecca Royal Clock Tower will be made up of 662 metres of concrete structure and a 155-metre crescent-topped metal spire, Mohammed al-Arkubi said at a press conference in Dubai.
It is a necessary condition of freedom that private citizens should be allowed to treat with, or to refuse to treat with, whomever they choose, on any grounds that they choose, including those that strike others as repellent. Freedom is freedom, not the means by which everyone comes to precisely the same conclusion and conducts himself in precisely the same way.
... For liberals, it seems, any trampling on freedom or individual conscience is now justified if it conduces to an end of which they approve. Thus liberalism turns into its opposite, illiberalism.
Political correctness starts in the wackier professions, in the college faculty lounge and the ethnic grievance shakedown racket, but eventually it hollows out ostensibly more robust institutions - including the police and even the military: See the US Army brass' general behaviour re Major Hasan. The British constabulary are particularly far gone in this respect. As John O'Sullivan likes to say, they're now the paramilitary wing of The Guardian.
RTWT for particulars. And conservatives, in case you haven't got the message, the police are not your friends. The police keep the peace. You know. Like the religion of peace.
Work is to start on a giant sculpture of a naked woman which is to be carved into the Northumberland landscape.
The "Goddess of the North" will be made from 1.5 million tonnes of earth from the Shotton mine, near Cramlington. It will stand 34 metres - 10 metres higher than the Angel of the North - and will be 400 metres long.
The sculpture, also knows as Northumberlandia, will form the centrepiece of a 29 hectare public park on the Blagdon Estate.
Greece's debt problems may currently be in the spotlight but Japan is walking its own financial tightrope, analysts say, with a public debt mountain bigger than that of any other industrialised nation.
Public debt is expected to hit 200 percent of GDP in the next year as the government tries to spend its way out of the economic doldrums despite plummeting tax revenues and soaring welfare costs for its ageing population.
Not to worry, there is no problem as long as there are flows of money in the bond market, they say.
I adored Steve Ditko’s art when I was a boy. I’m old enough to have bought the original Marvel comics off the newsagent’s spinner racks when they first came out. The surreal dimensional realms of Dr. Strange were, both conceptually and artistically, the craziest and weirdest places I’d ever visited in literature or art. There was something a bit scary and mad about those dimensions and now that I’m older, something kinky too (which was probably the influence of Ditko’s art-studio buddy at the time, bondage artist Eric Stanton).
Frank Brunner was drawing Doctor Strange by the time I was buying comic books from a spinner rack but these were true to Ditko's trippy, psychedelic parallel dimensions; I am delighted McCarthy is revisiting them.
You know how dumb the average guy is, right? Well, mathematically, by definition, half of them are even dumber than that.
The Church of the SubGenius has announced that the end of the world will take place on Monday, July 5, 2010 (hat tip to Ben).
All well and good. But I like the part where Scientologists don't get it.
In 2008, the notorious hacker collective known as "Anonymous" took up the cause of the Church of the SubGenius, and many of the alleged "hackers on steroids" were among the attendees at its Brushwood festival. In an astounding case of the pot calling the kettle black, representatives of the Church of Scientology have accused the Church of the SubGenius of being "a dangerous UFO cult," and SubGenius members (and SubGenius memes) have been among the ranks of "Anonymous" since its war against Scientology began.
Doctor Zero thinks the unthinkable. But then, at the time of the Founding, what is now the unthinkable was then the blindingly obvious.
Let’s explore the idea as a thought experiment. If taxation without representation was an outrage that sparked the Revolution, why is representation without taxation acceptable? It’s logical to suggest that only those who pay for government benefits should have a vote in selecting our representatives. Allowing net tax consumers to vote seems like an inherently dangerous practice, given their numbers – we’ve reached the point where 47% of American households pay no income tax – and their strong motivation to support politicians who promise endlessly increasing benefits. When politicians loaded with vast public funds to purchase votes meet up with a population eager to sell its votes for benefits, a grim marketplace will inevitably develop.
Such was the fate of Rome. RTWT, I am not certain he has reached the correct conclusion.
This video contains footage NOT SEEN in wikileaks 17 minute version. IF YOU WANT CONTEXT WATCH THIS ONE.
The video released by Wiki Leaks is EXTREMELY misleading, and propagating it as “murder” is borderline criminal. Their 17 minute version edited out any mention of hostile gunfire on the part of insurgents for the purpose of defaming U.S. Defence Forces. WikiLeak head Julian Assange has since reluctantly admitted to AK-47 and RPGs being present. To their credit, they did release a full 39 minute version, but for “research” purposes only. Their edited version tells a very different story.
0:26 The “Black van” dropping off possible insurgents.
0:46 “We got a target fifteen coming at you, it’s a guy with a weapon.”
1:05 “One of them has a weapon.”
1:27 Guy carrying AK-47, and other with RPG (no way it a tripod) that had previously fired on U.S. Troops. WikiLeak video distracts you with letter box about a camera Bag).
3:53 “Roger, be advised, there were some guys popping out with the AKs behind that dirt pile. Break.”
4:25 “Uh, location, I have about 12 to 15 dead bodies. Where else were you taking fire from?”
4:34 They had AK-47s and were to our East. So, where we were taking small arms fire, over.
4:59 “I also wanted to make sure you knew that we had a guy with an RPG crouching around the corner, Getting ready to fire on your location. That’s why we requested permission to engage.”
5:17 (IMPORTANT) “Six this is four, I got one individual looks like he’s got an RPG round laying underneath him. Break.” (Note: Four was at the scene of the shooting and found an RPG, of course wikileaks left that out).
5:43 “ I can hear small arms fire from your engagement area…”
6:10 “Right about where we engaged? Yeah, one of them with that RPG or whatever.”
6:19 “He’s got a weapon. Got an RP–, uh AK-47.”
6:34 “Roger, we have another individual with a weapon.”
The WikiLeaks transcription is poor in areas, as well. For instance, one part in their version they claim one guy said “F—-ing Prick”. It was not “prick, it was “break”. Not sure the word before it, sounded cut off.
USE OF CAMERAS: Should also note that a tactic used in battle is to take pictures using high powered lenses to gather intel on troop location, size, and armament. Photos would then be shared with the RPG carrier for more precise target acquisition. Not saying this was the case here, but that does happen. Tragic as it is, one should know better than to aim what looks like a weapon at ground troops with surveilling Apache Copters overhead, especially when standing next to insurgents carrying an RPG and AK-47s.
Flea-readers will be shocked to learn Muslims are furious the British Army has been using cardboard cutout mosques for target practice (in full view of the motorway, apparently). The Army, vaginafied by current ideological fashion, claims it had no intention of causing offence (hat tip to Five Feet of Fury).
The howitzer battery was now landed, and at 1.30 began to bombard the Mahdi's Tomb. This part of the proceedings was plainly visible to us, waiting and watching on the ridge, and its interest even distracted my attention from the Dervish army. The dome of the tomb rose tall and prominent above the mud houses of the city. A Lyddite shell burst over it---a great flash, a white ball of smoke, and, after a pause, the dull thud of the distant explosion. Another followed. At the third shot, instead of the white smoke, there was a prodigious cloud of red dust, in which the whole tomb disappeared. When this cleared away we saw that, instead of being pointed, it was now flat-topped. Other shells continued to strike it with like effect, some breaking holes in the dome, others smashing off the cupolas, all enveloping it in dust, until I marveled alike at the admirable precision and the wasteful folly of the practice [Editor: There is plenty of evidence to show that the bombardment of the tomb produced a discouraging effect upon the Dervishes, who had believed it indestructible. This result could, no doubt, have been obtained without the long and continued shelling to which it was subjected, but it must be also remembered that the Arsenal, the Khalifa's house, and other important buildings, which it was necessary to bombard, were known to be near the Mahdi's Tomb.].
The moment is on my bucket list of TARDIS jaunts. I expect I could sell tickets.
It is high time to slam the doors shut and put up a no-vacancy sign
Ron Banerjee of Canadian Hindu Advocacy argues Canadian public and employer attitudes have been negatively influenced South Asian professionals thanks to Canada's irrational immigration policies.
America has achieved technological supremacy with a Silicon Valley staffed by the best and the brightest. Hindus and Jews have the highest per capita income in the US, double that of the white majority. The best doctors, engineers, and entrepreneurs come from these two communities.
But Canada does not have and will never have a Silicon Valley. Statistics show that Canada's 'South Asians' have lower incomes than white Canadians, and the only thing that immigration will accomplish is the growth of an angry embittered underclass.
This is because Canadian 'South Asians' are drawn from regions with lower education levels, high corruption, civil wars, and terrorism. America, on the other hand, has recruited predominantly from India's most industrially and technologically advanced areas, specifically Gujurat and South India.
Our often corrupt and poorly trained immigration bureaucrats control the assignment of points for skills, which differs from the US where American corporations call the shots. As a result, many immigrants arrive with impressive-sounding degrees and credentials which mean little in our workplace. In some parts of the world, these degrees can even be acquired from universities with small bribes.
Read the whole thing. Send it to your multicultural friends whose received opinions could do with a lesson in real cultural difference and, by extension, a genuine respect for cultural difference.
A refugee from Somalia who came to Finland, Nur Mohamed, age 42, criticizes family reunifications for his fellow countrymen. Nur Mohamed, who is the chairman of the Somali Community in Finland Society, says the unemployed should not be entitled to family reunification.
“If a Somali works as a bus driver or in construction, he’s entitled to bring his own family here. If a person is unemployed and receives income support, then the whole process becomes difficult. There will be a big bill to pay,” says the man from Espoo who moved to Finland in 1992.
Also: "Diaghilev of Punk" Malcolm McLaren on the South Bank Show in 1984, he was 37 at the time.
A South Bank Show from Autumn 1984 featuring Malcolm McLaren. Presumably a vehicle to market his new album, Fans, it features interesting interviews with Boy George, Annabella Lwin, Adam Ant, Steve Jones and plenty of others. It is one of my oldest surviving VHS recordings...and it's quite depressing to realise I am now older than Mr Mc was when it was made. Oh well... !
Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) has once again become the centre of attention for proponents of a global boycott against Israel.
Online voting is now taking place for members of the MEC board and anti-Israel forces are trying to ensure the election of board members who endorse the BDS movement against Israel (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions). Voting closes Friday, April 9 at 3 pm Toronto time.
Late last year, many of you travelled downtown to buy Israeli products and became MEC members in opposition to a boycott attempt against MEC for selling Israeli goods. The boycott was ultimately unsuccessful and the community effort resulted in record one-day sales.
If you are a member, now is the time to defeat anti-Israel forces:
Please consider the following:
* Click here to vote YES on all MEC Special Resolutions: Five special resolutions are being brought forward prior to the MEC annual meeting. Approving these resolutions will change MEC's governance rules in order to make it much more difficult for anti-Israel forces to hijack future MEC annual meetings.
* Vote for candidates who will stand up for Israel: While we do not endorse specific candidates, you can read a guest BUYcott blog from a prospective board member who has expressed his commitment to combat any anti-Israel resolution. Click here to read who the Palestine Solidarity Network (which supports an Israel boycott) suggests voting for.
Please forward this e-mail to your friends and family. Help protect MEC from abuse by anti-Israel activists.
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The trademark suit sported by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is now in fashion worldwide thanks to his greatness, Pyongyang's official website said Wednesday. Uriminzokkiri, quoting an article in communist party newspaper Rodong Sinmun, said the modest-looking suits have gripped people's imagination and become a global vogue.
"The reason is that the august image of the Great General, who is always wearing the modest suit while working, leaves a deep impression on people's mind in the world," it said. "To sum it up, that is because his image as a great man is so outstanding."
The article quoted an unidentified French fashion expert as saying world fashion follows Kim Jong-Il's style.
"Kim Jong-Il mode which is now spreading expeditiously worldwide is something unprecedented in the world's history," the stylist was quoted as saying.
Virtually every extra job created under Labour has gone to a foreign worker.
Figures suggested an extraordinary 98.5 per cent of 1.67million new posts were taken by immigrants.
The Tories seized on the revelation as evidence that the Government has totally failed to deliver its pledge of 'British jobs for British workers'.
Shadow immigration minister Damian Green revealed unpublished figures showing there are almost 730,000 fewer British-born workers in the private sector than in 1997.
The Jewish Defence League of Canada is planning on setting up shop in Ottawa with one simple message: “Don’t mess with us.”
Meir Weinstein, national director of the JDL Canada, said there is a “disturbing trend” of racial tension between Arabs and Jews in Ottawa, highlighted by an apparently anti-Semitic attack on a pair of Carleton University students in Gatineau earlier this week.
But regardless of that attack, “we feel that things (in Ottawa) are over the top already,” said Weinstein.
“There is very high anxiety in Ottawa,” he said. “It’s almost non-stop the activities and vilification against the Jewish people.”
Read the whole thing. Det. John Byers of the Ottawa police hate crimes section takes clueless public official of the day award.
Further from Rochelle.
Statement by Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak on Recent Machete Attack on Jewish and Pro-Israel Students at Carleton University.
QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak today issued the following statement on the April 4th machete attack on Jewish and Pro-Israel Carleton University students.
“The recent machete attack on Jewish and pro-Israel Carleton University students is as unacceptable as it is upsetting. No matter how strongly one’s emotions may run on any issue, there is no place in a civilized province like Ontario for resorting to such a savage act of violence and intimidation.
“As recent events such as Israel-Apartheid Week remind us, there is a disturbing market for anti-Semitic activists and their rhetoric at too many Ontario Universities. For these activists religious bigotry is acceptable as long as it is directed at people of the Jewish faith. It is sad, but not surprising, that this double standard in human rights is now prompting acts of violence
“The Ontario PC Caucus will always be a champion of human rights such as free speech. But we are equally clear: anti-Semitism is un-Canadian, and we condemn it fully and forcefully. I call on the Premier and Attorney General, as well as their counterparts in Quebec, to do everything in their power to ensure that the people behind this attack face the full consequences of the law.”
Careful calling the savages, savages. That sort of talk attracts the human rights Star Chambers.
In case anyone is still unclear on the historic decadence of our elites, some presentations from "Open Graves, Open Minds" a conference/segue as prequel to the degree.
- Bloody hell. Sodding, blimey, shagging, knickers, bollocks. Oh God, I'm English - Translating Spike by Dr. Charlotte Bosseaux (University of Edinburgh).
- The Brutal and Bloody: Representations of the ChupaCabra in Rudolfo Anaya's Curse of the ChupaCabra by Prof. Suryendu Chakraborty (Krishnagar Women's College).
- Fundamentalism, Hybridity and Remapping the Vampire body: Postmodern Vampirism and the Presidency of George W. Bush by Dr. Sorcha Ní Fhlainn (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland).
- Zombies and Ninjas and Class, Oh My!: Marxist Paradigms in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Julia S. Fullman (California State University, Fullerton, USA)
Not that I am against vampires, far from it, but I am a firm believer in applied vampire studies. Ruining good fun in the name of a stale dated poke at George Bush appears to be the best academia can manage.
"We have equipped ourselves with millions of protection kits against biological or chemical warfare, and a massive distribution programme for the population started today," Vilnai told army radio.
"Every family in Israel can receive these kits at home and be instructed on how to use them by Israeli postal workers, at an average cost of 25 shekels (five dollars), or pick them up free of charge at post office counters."
Ezra is right: A machete isn't "an argument". Islamic thugs want to save themselves the trouble of having an argument - by either killing you, or threatening to kill you to the point where certain subjects are no longer raised. They too understand "the impact of words", and they're in full agreement with the censorship junkies of the CJC that ordinary Canadians should use less of them, at least when it comes to matters of particular interest to Islam.
If faced with an Arabic speaking individual showing off his machete, do I get the Catholic Human Rights League to "help" me talk to the cops?
Hell, do I even talk to the cops at this point? No doubt I'll be just be told, in a bored, weary voice, that they "can't guarantee my safety." If the Ottawa constabulary can't be bothered to "guarantee the safety" of a 6' tall, 120 pound blonde American with a high public profile and a couple of ex-/future Presidents in her Rolodex, then I'm obliged to assume that I am well and truly ****ed.
Oh, and to the young (Jewish) blogger who recently "asked" me angrily, "What does anybody need a gun for?" -- do you get it now?
Some of the guys who tried to kill us are Carleton students
Yesterday, at about 1:45am, Carleton University journalism student and VP Student Issues Nick Bergamini, and his Israeli roommate Mark Klibanov came close to being beheaded in the name of peace.
In Ottawa, the capital city of Canada and the global capital of ill informed, ill educated, smirking moral superiority. In Ottawa, long time appeaser and enabler of any dictatorship, any savagery, provided it takes a poke at the great republic to our south. Confederates, Nazis, Stalinists, it was all as nothing if it got you access in Ottawa, if it got you invited to the right cocktail parties.
The obscene face of fascism, the night side of Ottawa's pretensions and proprieties, the enforcers for its worship of Establishment received opinion, used to be Heritage Front bully boys who got a wink and a nod from the cops.
Now it is a grinning corsair with a cutlass.
Tonight I went out to the bars downtown. It was a great night with my roommate Mark Klibanov. Around 1:45am, as we were leaving the bar, and we heard the shout of "Zionist" in Arabic. As it stands now, we weren't sure if the shouts were directed at myself, a known a supporer of Israel, or Mark, an actual Israeli.
Quickly, we both responded that yes we were Zionists. All of a sudden we were surrounded by 10-15 men who began to shout at us in Arabic. We tried to back out and run away. All of a sudden, I was struck in the back of the head. I'm not sure if it was a fist, a rock or a pipe but it left me dazed and bleeding.
We quickly ran back to the bar and stood beside the bouncers. The crowd of anti-Israel thugs dispersed.
About 10 minutes later, assuming that it was safe, we began to walk home. We were walking through a parking lot when a car pulled up next to us. The driver shouted "I fucking hit you, you Jew."
We stood our ground. Quickly we had three guys around us. We were able to push them away. As the cowards that they were, they retreated. Then I heard, shouts of "Open the trunk!" One of them opened the trunk and I saw glistening in the street light the reflection of a 12-inch machete. "Fucking Jew," he shouted. I began to run for my life as he was only 5 or 6 feet away.
I ran, and as I looked back, I saw the long shiny blade slicing through the air about 12 inches from my neck. I ran as fast I could and, thanks to my grade 9 track and field training, got away.
People who were around the scene said the blade came within inches of my neck.
Now, the debate on campuses has reached the next level. In this country, people are no longer safe if they support Israel. But you know what? I will never take back my beliefs. I support Israel 100 per cent.
But I will say this. Some of the guys who tried to kill us are Carleton students and I recognize who they are. What is this country coming to?
UPDATE: Many people have been asking if I've filed a police report. Just wanted to let you all know that yes, we certainly did and I have full confidence that the authorities will deal with it accordingly.
In this country, people are no longer safe if they support Israel.
But criticize latter day Nazis at your peril; at the risk of your job, at the risk of your liberty, at the risk of your life.
Some of us have reported for months now that Jewish students have been intimidated and threatened on campuses across Canada by Islamic thugs. Now Nick Bergamini has been attacked with a lethal weapon and, it seems, could easily have been killed. He happens not to be Jewish but a conservative, a Zionist and friendly with Jewish and Israeli students. First they came for the Jews, then they came for their friends, then … we have more Israeli Apartheid Week sessions.
The Ottawa police are investigating and Nick is determined to continue his work and not compromise on his politics. Welcome to the free exchange of ideas at our publicly-funded universities and the “safe spaces” that other Ottawa students screamed about when they prevented Ann Coulter from speaking last week.
Update: The National Post is reporting with more details. One important revision concerns the location of the attacks in Gatineau (formerly Hull), and not a bar on Elgin or in the Market in Ottawa as I had thought. Gatineau is a predominantly French speaking city just across the river from Ottawa in Quebec. This means the investigation for these attempted murders are now the responsibility of the Quebec police.
I would laugh but the bitter sarcasm would melt my keyboard.
Think back to the most farcical, absurd and exaggerated dystopian fiction of your Kafkas or your Orwells, write them up as the news and you are left with an accurate description of contemporary public policy in England.
Take Student Voice, for example, a government scheme based on the premise that children are entitled to a role in the management and delivery of their own education.
The all-too predictable outcome has been that such immature opinions have often been genuinely infantile — and yet have had to be taken seriously.
As a result, one teacher failed to be appointed after being labelled ‘Humpty Dumpty’ by a child.
Another was humiliated by being told to sing her favourite song; she refused and didn’t get the job. A third was asked by children on the interview panel how this candidate might impress the judges of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.
These are the same people we have entrusted with the economy, the environment and the war.
It is a very good thing our enemy is hobbled by a culture and an ideology which render him functionally retarded because otherwise we would be in bigger trouble than we already are. Perhaps the best thing to do now is hope our civilization is overwhelmed by people who still know who they are, what they are about and what they want; the Chinese, for instance.
Take Toronto's public transit workers, for example.
One Toronto Transit Commission operator earned $165,632 last year, even as fewer TTC operators made the $100,000-plus club.
The list revealed 89 operators, and 14 station collectors, earned more than $100,000. A total of 724 TTC employees, including 134 non-management staff, earned more than $100,000. The top earner at the TTC was chief general manager Gary Webster, who raked in $280,037.
Of the 14 station collectors who made the list, down from 21 last year, Yasin Saleemi earned the highest salary, taking home $114,520 -- about $10,000 less than the top collector last year.
Station collectors, for Flea-readers who have yet to enjoy the thrill ride that is the Toronto subway system, are the trolls who exchange your cash for subway tokens. You could quite literally train a monkey to do the same job. And the monkey, at least, would smile at you as he took your money.
The Doctor's efforts, having to save the world yet again, were rewarded with a new-look Tardis. Featuring steam-punk interior design, it is packed with bric-a-brac and Victoriana and has more rooms than before, possibly even including a swimming pool and a library. Or was the doctor joking?
Moffat has revealed that the out-going Doctor, David Tennant, left a sealed envelope for his successor, in the manner of a departing prime minister. After the first episode in this series, it is clear the advice was powerful stuff.
Montage of images to accompany a live recording of original members of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop performing an excellent version of a spooky Delia Derbyshire composition, originally created for Out Of The Unknown: The Prophet. This is one of many episodes wiped by the BBC, but telesnaps made at the time thankfully still survive (and in higher resolution than I've been able to show here). The brief bit of live footage comes from Failmedotnet's excellent selection of clips from this concert.
Purple Avenger takes a trip home made melancholy not only for its purpose but for observations made along the way. These notes from the "recovery" find precious little economic activity.
Read this and remember the same villains who produced the problem have in their hearts a religious fervour to destroy the automobile and destroy the long distance trucking that is the lifeblood of a continent.
Late last Sunday night I had to blow out of town quick due to a sudden death in the family and drove up to New York state and rolled in late last night. The total trip was somewhat over 3,000 miles and this is what I saw.
- A lot of billboards are still empty. This was true on I95 as well as some of the alternate routes (like rt17 and various back roads through WV and VA I wandered off onto to avoid rolling into the D.C. vortex at 5pm rush hour. I guess out of business businesses aren't buying advertising.
- Many still existing painted billboards are quite faded and haven't seen fresh paint in a long time.
- At some exits, once thriving large truck stops doors are shuttered. This is usually when there's another competing one at the same exit.
Read the whole thing: This is real journalism, verging on social history in the raw.
One hundred years ago the land empires of Russia and Germany (two empires in Germany's case) were ascendent as railroads made rivers of steel into land once navigable - if at all - only by river or (latterly) by canal. It was the end of the line (if you will excuse the metaphor) for the sea empires of Britain and France and Holland but only the foreshadowing of the interstate empire of America to come.
Both the legislative and executive branches of the United States government are now in the hands of men "people" who want nothing more than to see destroyed the interstate empire made possible by the automobile. It is no coincidence these same people huddle on the coasts and imagine the only transportation worth mention is the one which allows them to fly over the commoners toiling below them.
If these men have their way, the desolation will make fine fodder for some latter day Steinbeck; if only the aesthetic guardians of the Left find some way to blame the next dust bowl on George W. Bush. But then their vengeful climate change sky god has that angle covered.
The only man (briefly) held to account for the massacre over Lockerbie is celebrating his birthday in a Libyan mansion, eight months after he was released from prison and five months after we were promised he would be dead.
Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi is said to have made a 'remarkable recovery' after being allowed to return home from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds last year.
Whatever happens to this man, the hundreds murdered in the skies over Lockerbie still fell screaming and in terror to their deaths, never able to say goodbye to their loved ones. There has been no justice for the dead. There shall be no justice so long as Her Majesty the Queen allows evil men to govern in her name.
The hell with Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi, he is in the service of a demon and it shall claim him soon enough. The hanging needs to start at Westminster and that farce of a parliament in Edinburgh.
Pending a vote in Parliament later this month, Belgium is set to be the first European "nation" to ban the burka.*
Under the proposals, women could face a week in prison or a fine for wearing a veil in public.
The text of the new law does not specifically mention burkas but makes it illegal for anyone to wear clothing ‘that covers all or most of the face’ in any public place.
* "Nation", indeed. To cite Charles de Gaulle, Belgium is a country invented by the British to annoy the French. I am delighted to observe it is still working.
“The recruitment of labourers in the 1960s”, Van de Beek said, “was an economic disaster. The stated intent here was to keep wages down, but we would have been better served by letting them rise. The switch from an industrial economy to one dependent on capital was inevitable for us to be competitive internationally. It would have been best to make that change in the 1960s, when the economy was booming. Finally, we had to restructure the economy anyway and many of the immigrants who came here in the 1960s were laid off in the 1970s and 1980s and ended up on benefits.”