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Canada vs. The Big Zero

Gateway Pundit via Instapundit:

Canada today defended Israel against the Obama administration at the Group of 8 meetings in Europe. The Canadians forced the group to soften a statement by removing a specific mention of 1967 border plan in the Group of Eight leaders’ joint statement.

The Conservatives in Canada have been pro-Israel for a while. They've consistently stood against Europe and the Jew-hating Arab world whenever the UN has voted on the many asinine resolutions condemning Israel.

Canada also has one of the largest populations of Jews in the world. I don't mind that at all since I enjoy kosher pepsi during passover!

Dying Gold

Victor Davis Hanson provides a detailed picture of life in California.

The California coast — the hills, beaches, and landscape — could be in the Peloponnese and easily stands the comparison. When early summer finally comes to the state in late spring, as it did last week, the result is almost divine: warmth and light without high humidity, daily rains, or high winds.

Then comes the harshness of life:

You see, here is the situation in California. Tens of thousands of prisoners are scheduled by a U.S. Supreme Court order to be released. But why this inability to house our criminals when we pay among the highest sales, income, and gas taxes in the nation? Too many criminals? Too few new prisons? Too high costs per prisoner? Too many non-violent crimes that warrant incarceration? God help us when they are released.

Don't Mention the W Word

ABC News:

In an effort to satisfy those arguing he needs to seek congressional authorization to continue US military activity in accordance with the War Powers Resolution, President Obama wrote a letter to congressional leaders this afternoon suggesting that the role is now so “limited” he does not need to seek congressional approval.

Why don't these dumb Americans leave Obama alone? Really, who doesn't like a little kinetic action?

Vox Popoli:

One merely wonders how a military target being clearly defined or in support of a coalition effort makes bombing it any less an act of war.

Kinetic action!

What Women Want

Camera Lucida via The Thinking Housewife:

Make-up hasn't totally disappeared, but where it is prominent is in punkish, exaggerated black kohl and thick mascara.

I think what is going on is that women secretly yearn for femininity (although I think this is an actual biological reaction and need, rather than an "autonomous desire"). But they cannot succumb to this need for fear of appearing to reject feminism, as Richardson shows above. Imagine the schizophrenic back and forth that must be going on in their minds!

It must be because of that insidious patriarchy! (/sarcasm)

Useful Infidels

Bruce S. Thornton:

The post-mortem revelations of Osama bin Laden’s daily habits have confirmed the orthodox narrative about the al-Qaeda chief. Rather than a traditionalist conservative Muslim, bin Laden has been caricatured as a mentally unstable fringe figure, a narcissistic megalomaniac who “highjacked” Islamic doctrine in order to prey on Muslims traumatized by a lack of economic or political opportunity. Learning that bin Laden enjoyed Coke, watched porn, and was vain about his appearance seemingly confirms that assessment. Yet this kind of thinking reveals more about our own cultural myopia, the way we reduce all human behavior to our own categories and assumptions.

Comprehend the Horror

Someone forgot that Islam means peace:

On Wednesday night, Khatun and Subrato, both of whom are widows, allegedly tied their daughters, 19-year-old Zahida and 26-year-old Husna, to cots and threw a rope around their necks. They then held the girls down and tightened the noose until the victims suffocated to death, police said.

Why would these mothers murder their own daughters?

“We killed them because they had brought shame to our community. How could they elope with Hindus? They deserved to die. We have no remorse,” Khatun and Subrato said Friday.

Link via Jihad Watch.

Is Porn Halaal?

A lot of Islamists don't mind it:

"The USG has recovered terabytes of the stuff from terrorist computers," Fair wrote, noting that "kiddie porn" is included in the mix. Current and former U.S. officials have acknowledged that porn featuring sex with animals also gets picked up regularly. Fair said the U.S. government has had to hire counselors to minimize the trauma to the many young twentysomething analysts poring over the porn.

The only country on Earth to be founded on the very basis of Islam is on top:

Last year, Google ran an analysis of its search queries and concluded Pakistan is the leading nation in sex-related, porn content searches, leading Fox News to dub the nation “Pornistan.” Iran came in third on the overall list, and Egypt was fifth. (Google later partially backtracked on its findings, saying that its sample size was too small to be definitive.)

The Land of the Pure, indeed.

Link via Instapundit.

The Revenge of the Oppression!

There are some interesting comments at The Thinking Housewife on the topic of the slut walks.

On college campuses, there are cases of sexual assault in which the behavior of the victims are contributing factors. Students may be raped when they are drunk or half-undressed. These protestors are saying that shouldn’t matter. Their point in this regard is utterly unreasonable. It does matter what women do, but that does not mean women are to blame for most cases of sexual assault or that in every case of real sexual assault there is not a man who has committed a crime.

The Oppression Continues!

Alpha Game:

I find the clueless, histrionic response to the Toronto cop's perfectly sensible remarks to be both amusing and all too predictable. As I have repeatedly pointed out, many women absolutely hate the idea that their decisions and actions have any consequences and feminists have been actively fighting reality in this manner for literal decades. They were complaining about this when Camille Paglia was pointing out that it is just as stupid to get drunk and go to a man's room in a frat house as it is to leave your purse unattended in Central Park more than 20 years ago.

The Oppression!

Code Monkey Ramblings:

It's common sense that if you don't want to be raped, you don't dress like a slut and put yourself around strange men. This would be equally true for rich white guys who want to travel through a bad part of town with a lot of money on them. Nature cares nothing for your "freedom." Put yourself in the path of a predator, behave like prey and you can expect depredation. That is pure causality.

A few weeks ago, the topic of the slut walk came up during lunch at my workplace. The other four people at the table, one guy and three gals, were in support of it. They mocked and ridiculed the cop who had told an audience to avoid rape by not dressing like sluts. I wasn't surprised.

It seems that common sense is not very common.

Osama Needed a Dyson

Rush Limbaugh via Althouse:

Now, before you people go getting all offended on me, you gotta understand something. The customs in Islam and the Muslim world are quite different from the feminized culture of the United States. Here's a guy with three wives living in a pigsty. One ought to be enough to keep it clean. Now, wait, we're... (interruption) No, no, no! Don't do that to me. Do not look at me that way. We're talking about the Muslim religion. We're not talking about feminized America. Even warning you, I got the reaction I was warning you not to bother me with. You know, it's suicide to tell a joke today about how a dirty place is because a woman won't clean it.

Reminds me of this sorry video.

No Fun in Islam

Bollywood vs. Bin Laden via Instapundit:

Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia explains, Bollywood movies and videos appeal to young men and women in Muslim and Arab countries because they dramatize the sorts of tensions between traditional and modern ways of living. "Who should decide who one should marry - is it the parents or is it the boy and girls themselves?" asks the Indian-born and raised Dalmia. "In the West, in Hollywood movies, it's not even an issue. But it's a huge issue in that part of the world and all of Bollywood movies deal with that one central question."

True. However, the next point is not correct:

Dalmia also notes that Muslims are among the most popular - and sexually suggestive - performers in Bollywood productions. "When you have Muslims succeeding in Bollywood as Muslims, it makes them feel, well, we don't have to give up our religion in order to be modern," observes Dalmia.

Seriously? Look at Saudi Arabia and Iran. That's Islam. How exactly does one merge that 7th-century oppression with modernity?

There have been some amazing Muslim performers over the years in Indian cinema. Yusuf Khan being the greatest. Yet, they couldn't possibly have succeeded under Islamic rules. They couldn't have been superstars under sharia. They call themselves Muslim but they discarded the core prescriptions of Islam to achieve fame and accumulate wealth. (Not that there's anything wrong with that!)

By the way, Malaika Arora Khan is not bad in Munni Badnaam Hui but her best work will forever remain the song on top of a train.

Bad Ideas + Bad Strategery

So much for the natural governing party:

Liberal strategists were understandably bewildered by Harper's apparently Teflon campaign, guessing that either there would be a delayed reaction to so much dirt, or that voters simply weren't paying any attention to the first half of the campaign.

They guessed wrong.

One Grit insider says flatly: "It backfired. People were tired of all the shouting and nastiness in Parliament, and when it came to dominate the campaign, they rebelled."

Now that Prime Minister Harper has a majority, I'm curious to see "the hidden agenda" that the opposition parties used to talk about in the last few years.

Dumb Infidels

Daily News:

The Pentagon says Osama bin Laden's body was placed into the waters of the North Arabian Sea after adhering to traditional Islamic procedures - including washing the corpse - aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

What! Why? They should have mummified the son of a bitch with bacon and shipped the body to the US for display.