Tuesday, August 30, 2016

When life backfires on an idiot Social Justice Fascist

A (we’re guessing) drunk turbo-feminist entered a Lyft car, and instead of quietly enjoying the ride, she decided it was best to berate the driver for five minutes over a hula girl bobblehead sitting on his dashboard.

“You thought that was adorable,” she said to him. “You didn’t think of the pillaging of, like, the continent of Hawaii.”

For the crime of insulting the “continent” of Hawaii, the Lyft driver had to endure some of the worst entitled valley girl speak that California has to offer. Finally he decided to kick her out of the car after miraculously keeping his cool through her profanity-laden rant.

The social justice warrior in the car has been identified as Annaliese Nielsen, the owner of a high profile LA-based digital girl’s club (think online sorority for rich annoying people). The video of the incident was anonymously delivered to journalist Lauren Southern, who uploaded it to YouTube...

‘Dog brains care about both what we say and how we say it’: Man’s best friend understands us, study suggests

Anti-canine propaganda

Scientists have found evidence to support what many dog owners have long believed: man’s best friend really does understand some of what we’re saying.

Researchers in Hungary scanned the brains of dogs as they were listening to their trainer speaking to determine which parts of the brain they were using.

They found that dogs processed words with the left hemisphere, while intonation was processed with the right hemisphere – just like humans.

What’s more, the dogs only registered that they were being praised if the words and intonation were positive; meaningless words spoken in an encouraging voice, or meaningful words in a neutral tone, didn’t have the same effect.

“Dog brains care about both what we say and how we say it,” said lead researcher Attila Andics, a neuroscientist at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest...

Monday, August 29, 2016

Anthony Weiner is gross. Let’s stop paying attention to him.

Weiner and Abedin are adults. No one really knows what goes on in marriages. I'll not stand in judgment on the dynamic of their relationship -- although it appears that relationship is now over. Abedin tweeted out Monday morning that she is separating from Weiner...

Gene Wilder, ‘Willie Wonka’ Star and Comedic Icon, Dies at 83

Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83...

More at Variety

How did lightning kill 323 reindeer in Norway?

Lightning during a recent thunderstorm in Norway killed a herd of 323 reindeer — 70 of them calves — making it one of the deadliest strikes ever. Hunters in a remote area discovered the bodies last Friday, according to the Norwegian News Agency.
We usually hear about lightning striking people, but it does kill animals, too. Two scientists at an Australian research institute have found that everything from seal pups to wild turkeys to elephants and giraffes can be killed by lightning.
Was this a freak accident, or is it common? And how does this happen?...

Huffington Post terminates writer for questioning Hillary Clinton's health

The media is campaigning for Clinton and against Trump.

This writer was not only terminated by Huff Po for questioning Hillary's health, but according to him, they also disappeared his articles.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Monitors

This is the first movie to be made by the Second City theater troupe. It's weird. Very weird.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Worse Than Useless: Trudeau government's report on the terrorist threat to Canada ignores the cause of the terrorist threat to Canada

Support for terrorism at a Toronto al Quds Day rally
Canada's Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale, is a long-serving journeyman politician. He does what he's told reasonably well. The new report from his Ministry on the terrorist threat to Canada replicates the Trudeau government's ideological beliefs about terrorism and multiculturalism. Therefore it contains no surprises nor any particularly useful insights.

Though the report appears a useless exercise, it's worse than useless. It seeks to mask and deny the motivation behind the domestic terror threat. By refusing to identify the problem, it makes it that much harder to effectively deal with it. Moreover, this denial is so facile that it prevents any sort of proper understanding of the rationale that leads some Canadian Muslims to embrace Islamic terror groups.

The report states "the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), use violent extremist propaganda to encourage individuals to support their cause. This group is neither Islamic nor a state, and so will be referred to as Daesh (its Arabic acronym) in this Report."

That statement reveals a profound misunderstanding of the nature of religious zealotry in general and of Islamic terrorism in particular.

ISIS or ISIL does on occasion use what the report calls "violent extremist propaganda," showing beheadings and other forms of brutal violence. But the suggestion that they are recruiting adherents who are attracted by the thought, "gee, this can be my big chance to chop off someone's head" is as preposterous as stating that the Islamic state is not Islamic.

While ISIS' version of Islam thankfully is not the version embraced by most Muslims, it is an act of sheer ignorance to deny that it is based to a great extent on certain theological interpretations of Islamic texts and scholarship. ISIS' leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is an Imam with a PhD in Islamic Theology. It would therefore follow to reason that he is in a better position to say what is or isn't "Islamic" than Ralph Goodale.

And it is Islam, rather than "violent extremism," that draws ISIS' adherents. Recruits to ISIS join as their way of showing complete, unrestrained faith and devotion. They are fulfilling the pillar of the religion that requires participation in Jihad. Those joining ISIS are willing to become martyrs and sacrifice as service to Allah in order to get the divine rewards of paradise as promised in exchange in the Koran (Surah 2: 193Surah 61:10-14, etc.) and Hadiths.

This is the inspiration that has led at least sixty Canadian Muslims to join ISIS's ranks and return to Canada.

While explicit support for ISIS in Canada's mosques is extremely rare, the promotion of violence and Islamic dominance over others is commonplace. Yet there is absolutely no mention of Islam as a motive for domestic terrorism in Canada in the Public Safety Ministry's report.

Islamic terrorism and support for it in Canada is not limited to ISIS or al Qaida, the two terrorists groups which were the focus of the report. There is also significant support for terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas within some Canadian Muslim communities. Though Hezbollah in mentioned briefly as a terror group in the report, it omits noting that there are mosques and Islamic centers, such as the Islamic Society of York Region, where praise of Hezbollah and explicit support for terrorism is commonplace.

Every year in Toronto thousands of Shiite Muslims participate in the so-called "al Quds Day" rallies, organized by the leadership of the Islamic Society of York Region and other local Shiite mosques, in which Hezbollah flags are brandished and terrorists are lauded. Only last month, Nadia Shoufani, a Mississauga teacher in a publicly financed school, spoke at Toronto's al Quds Day rally praising child murdering terrorists.  She was only one of many of the al Quds Day rally speakers to either praise or attempt to justify terrorism

After Shoufani was suspended from her teaching position, an online petition emerged with over a thousand signatories including a number of university professors, such as Ryerson University instructors Alan Sears and Valentina Capurri, decrying the suspension.

In this type of environment, the normalization of support for terrorism within Canadian Muslim communities is being facilitated rather than combated.

The government does not want to tarnish all Muslims as terrorists. That may be a laudable instinct and certainly reflects the truth that most Canadian Muslims are peaceful and law-abiding. But it is also a shameful denial of the nature of Islamic theology as it is practiced in mosques and the dangerous amount of approval for terrorism as an acceptable methodology within Islam.  That is reflect to some extent by poll results showing that about half of America's Muslims feel that their religious leaders have not done enough to speak out against religious extremism. And that does not take into account people like the Islamic Society of York Region's Zafar Bangash who, through the al Quds Day rallies, actually encourage Islamic extremism.

There are a number of prominent Canadian Muslim reformers who have attempted to draw the government's attention to the growing problem of extremism in Canada's Islamic establishment. But in order to maintain the multicultural narrative that 'all is well and all cultures are equal,' those voices are rejected in favor of the established Islamic leadership that turns a blind eye to extremism and tries to paint any serious effort to recognize the problem as "Islamophobia."

In so doing, our government, through politically motivated reports like the one produced by Goodale's ministry, undermine the efforts of Canadian Muslim reformers, such as Professor Salim Mansur, Raheel Raza, and Tarek Fatah, who seek to expose and address the support for violent ideologies that have infested mainstream Islamic institutions in Canada.

Its intention may be to contribute to ending Islamic extremism and support for terrorism in Canada. Yet by ignoring the connection between Islam and terror, the Ministry of Public Safety's 2016 Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada allows the entrenched Islamic establishment in Canada to deny the extent to which approbation of violence, anti-semtism and intolerance of mainstream Canadian culture is widespread in mosques and Islamic schools.

Until the government stars listening to Muslim reformers like Fatah, Raza, and Mansur about the nature and extent of the threat we face, it's unlikely the terrorist threat will be reduced.

LEXX: "I Worship His Shadow"

Today is Ellen Dubin's birthday - she's one of the stars of the Canadian cult SciFi/fantasy hit Lexx that aired from 1997 to 2002.

This is the first episode

Friday, August 26, 2016

Clinton’s Colin Powell Excuse

When Bill and Hillary Clinton get caught for bad behavior, they follow a familiar pattern. First deny, then call it old news, then roll out the attack machine of media and political allies to trash whoever needs to be collateral damage to save them. The private email-Clinton Foundation saga is now in phase three, and no less than Colin Powell has been drafted as roadkill.

The Powell-made-Hillary-do-it defense emerged late last week in two parts. The New York Times reported that FBI interview notes turned over to Congress last week show that Mrs. Clinton told the G-men that Mr. Powell had advised her to use a personal email account. The Times didn’t name its source, but in these cases always ask who benefits from the leak? Answer: Mrs. Clinton.

The Times also reported in the same story that the advance copy of a new book by Joe Conason backs up the blame-it-on-Powell story. Aficionados of Clinton scandals will remember Mr. Conason as the most dedicated stenographer in the Clinton stable.
Mr. Conason has written a biography of Bill Clinton, “Man of the World.” And the Times reports that the book relates a conversation early in Mrs. Clinton’s time at State at a dinner party hosted by Madeleine Albright, another former Secretary of State. Mr. Conason writes that Mr. Powell “told [Mrs. Clinton] to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer.”

Mr. Conason writes that this conversation “confirmed a decision she had made months earlier—to keep her personal account and use it for most messages.” The Times notes that Mr. Conason “interviewed both Mr. and Mrs. Clinton for the book.” Voila, the Clintons are back at their old standby, the everybody-does-it defense.

Mr. Powell’s office released a statement saying he doesn’t recall that dinner conversation. And at a weekend event on Long Island, Mr. Powell told People magazine and the New York Post that Mrs. Clinton “was using [the private email server] for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did.” He added: “Her people have been trying to pin it on me.”...