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Loving the boot

Michael Totten:

My friend and colleague Benjamin Kerstein has published a number of books, and this summer he released what is perhaps the most blistering critique of the radical leftist ideologue Noam Chomsky ever to appear in book form. It’s called Diary of an Anti-Chomskyite and is a collection of essays, reviews, and take-downs that originally appeared on his blog of the same name during a three-year period from 2004 through 2007.

Here is Kerstein talking about Chomsky:

he is essentially the last totalitarian. Despite his claims otherwise, he's more or less the last survivor of a group of intellectuals who thought systemic political violence and totalitarian control were essentially good things. He babbles about human rights all the time, but when you look at the regimes and groups he's supported, it’s a very bloody list indeed.

When I started reading politics in my teens, this odd characteristic in anti-American writings would almost always be present: those who opposed American foreign policies supported totalitarian systems. Islamists, and their allies in the West, are prime examples.

Of course, one can oppose US policies without being an admirer of slavery but that quality is so very rare.

Silencing truth

Robert Spencer:

Nathan Lean wants "society" to take action against those who stand for freedom and human rights against jihad, Sharia and Islamic supremacism, for we "must be stopped." This is a veiled but clear call for restrictions on our freedom of speech.

Those who want to silence Robert Spencer have it backwards:

Lean ignores the inconvenient fact that when Muslims engage in violence, they repeatedly justify that violence by reference to mainstream Muslim understandings of Islamic texts and teachings, and peaceful Muslims have not mounted any large-scale movement to oppose them or interpret those texts and teachings in a different way. He pretends instead that it is we who have equated Islam with violence. A few thousand imams preaching from the Koran and Sunnah would beg to differ.

Robert Spencer and his supporters haven't invented the link between Islam and war. They simply point out that, er, inconvenient truth.

No love for dogs

David Solway:

Not long ago, I took my dog Shiba for an afternoon workout at our town beach on the Ottawa River, a lovely crescent of yellow sand and shade trees patronized by visitors from as far away as Montreal.

A Siberian husky! Lovely tricksters.

Not everyone, however, is appreciative of Shiba’s playful and rambunctious presence. As I was about to launch another tennis ball for her to retrieve, I was approached by two attractive, deeply tanned young women who objected to Shiba’s performance, or, rather, to Shiba herself. They demanded that we cease and desist. When I inquired why I should comply, I was informed that dogs were unclean creatures and that Shiba prevented them from bathing since the water would be polluted by her thrashing about.

Oh, there was definitely some pollution there. Though, the dog can't be blamed for that. Anyway, an astute commenter writes:

According to many Muslims, non-Muslims are ‘unclean’, so what’s next after they get the dogs eliminated from their sight?

Flavor chaos

Thom Hogan on August 23:

What sticks in your head is the scream you hear from your local dealer as they realize that they have to stock 75 different cameras just to stock what's in Nikon's coop advertising flyers that you'll find in your local paper most weeks. And that's not counting special lens or other kits. As I noted in a story earlier this week, Nikon now has Coolpix cameras priced every US$15. There's gotta be something in there for you, right?

I feel sorry for the retailers. How can they explain the pros and cons of the different cameras to their customers?

Thom is right. This level of headache is not present in the DSLR range but still there's one big issue: sometimes older generation cameras are sold at higher prices than better, newer generation cameras. Example? D3X vs. D800.

Intel has had the same issues. They sell close to a hundred flavors of CPUs in the market. How do average folks decide on a CPU for their new computers?

Test no. 2053

The South Africans defeated England 2-0. The South Africans are now ranked #1 in International Test cricket. They are looking very fierce. The World Cup will be next on their agenda.

England has been on a downward trajectory for a while. It was shocking to see them lose 3-0 to Pakistan recently. Though, they fought hard to save the recent Test and their ranking, the bowling fire power of the South Africans was too much.

Kallis must be thinking of the World Cup. The ODI version of it.

Age-old persecution

The Guardian via Vlad Tepes:

An 11-year-old Christian Pakistani girl could face the death penalty under the country's notorious blasphemy laws, after she was accused by her neighbours of deliberately burning sacred Islamic texts.

I'm sure the peaceful Muslims will come to a reasonable judgement.

Even though no one has yet been executed for blasphemy in Pakistan, long prison terms are common – one Christian couple was sentenced to 25 years in 2010 after being accused of touching the Qur'an with unwashed hands.

Another pillar goes

VVS Laxman has retired from international cricket. This batsman played during a time when India had many excellent wielders of the blade. He wasn't the most consistent (Dravid) nor the most popular (Tendulkar). But what he did in March 2001 has yet to be surpassed by an Indian player.

March 13-15, 2001
Very, very special
The defining innings. Steve Waugh's Australians were relentlessly marching towards conquering the "Final Frontier" with a 274-run first innings lead in the second Test in Kolkata. His epic 281 leads an astonishing recovery and India sneak to victory by 171 runs.

That is, in my opinion, the greatest test innings of the last two decades. At the time, 281 was the highest score ever by an Indian player. He made that against the strongest and most vicious team of the era. India went on the win the next match and thus the series.

Estrogen Central

Classical Liberal emailed me this link: Saudi Arabia has figured out a way to handle the massive unemployment level of women.

The Saudis are fashioning an unusual solution, building an industrial city that will allow only women.

Totally awesome!

"I'm sure that women can demonstrate their efficiency in many aspects and clarify the industries that best suit their interests, nature, and ability," says Saleh al-Rasheed, deputy director general of the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon), which is in charge of the project.

Bwahahahaha! I'm sure they will Salah, I'm sure they will.

This is diabolically clever of the Saudis. By creating a women-only sphere for business, they've already planted the seeds of its epic destruction. This is the most stunning example of design fail* I've ever seen.

Take me down to the Estrogen City
Where the grass is dead and the girls are bitchy
Oh, won't you please take me to hell!

Apologies to Guns N' Roses.

* Or success depending on how you look at it.

Burn fail

Alpha Game:

Intentionally seeking to to make a man jealous is simply the lesser form of "let's you and him fight". Even if the woman is too innocent or insufficiently cognizant of cause-and-effect to realize what she is doing, the man usually understands, at least on some level, that he is being involuntarily placed into a position where he is potentially at physical risk. Most men do not look at all favorably on this sort of thing, especially if they are not violent men who get an adrenaline rush from feeling blood on their hands.

Too innocent! Such women exist?

Will it blend?


In the car industry, there is a large variety of cars to choose from - both the cheap and the expensive will get you from A to B, but in various amounts of luxury, with different engines and features under the hood. In comparison the motherboard industry, we have nothing like this - products are built to specifications and have to remain price competitive. Very rarely do we get a price competitive motherboard with a ton of features that also stretches the wallet in the same way a luxury car might do. For this analogy, we have the P8Z77-V Premium from ASUS to review, which comes in at $450 MSRP, but features Thunderbolt connectivity, dual Intel NIC, an onboard 32GB mSATA SSD, a PLX chip for 4-way PCIe devices, onboard WiFi, Bluetooth, and extra SATA/USB ports.

I don't get the logic behind putting a puny 32GB SSD in such a luxury product. Those who buy this behemoth will likely get a newer, faster SSD anyway.

Halal logic

IBA: What Is Sikhism?

What's more interesting is the comments. A fellow named abdooss writes:

I'm calling this blog, not you as "an accessory to murder" for the murder of the Sikhs.

According to abdooss, to tell the truth about Islam is to call for the murder of Muslims -- and when a white supremacist murders Sikhs, it's partly the fault of anti-Jihadist bloggers.

I am a contributor to that blog.

The forgotten Ahmadi

The Telegraph via Samizdata:

Professor Abdus Salam was one of Pakistan's finest minds. His work in the field of theoretical physics, on unifying the electromagnetic and weak forces, earned him the country's first – and only – Nobel prize for physics in 1979. He died in 1996 but his name has resurfaced in recent weeks, a reminder of his work in characterising the then hypothetical Higgs boson in the 1960s.

Why is it that so many Pakistanis don't have a clue about who he was?

In any other country his incredible achievements would be celebrated. In Pakistan, however, his memory is shunned. His gravestone has been altered so that he is no longer described as a Muslim and his house, bought by the government, stands unmaintained and forgotten.

Abdus Salam just wasn't Muslim enough.

Death comes as the end

The Guardian via Jihad Watch:

The family of 22 year-old Raheela Sehto had already made their fury at her marriage to Zulfiqar Sehto – a love match struck without their permission – abundantly clear. They reacted by filing a claim with local police that their daughter had been kidnapped by her 30-year-old husband, a life-long neighbour who had wooed Raheela over the years, although largely through clandestine mobile phone conversations.

We all know the punishment for such behaviour.

The equality disease

The Daily Caller via David Thompson:

President Barack Obama is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior.

Maryland is doing its bit:

The board’s decision requires that “the state’s 24 school systems track data to ensure that minority and special education students are not unduly affected by suspensions, expulsions and other disciplinary measures,” said a July 25 Washington Post report.

These politicians are simply keeping it real. Real dumb.

Debt will soon implode

Vox Popoli:

Household has been deleveraging since Q3-2008 and is presently down $1 trillion. Financial has been deleveraging since Q4-2008 and is presently down $3.4 trillion. The only reason this private deleveraging hasn't shown up as general deflation is due to the $5.6 trillion increase in Federal leveraging; the Federal government has literally doubled its outstanding debt in four years.

That's the main reason the full force of this Second Great Depression has been on pause. The MSM is slowly coming to this view; they'll fully realize that we're in a depression right after Romney beats Obama in November.

C. S. I.


Like the Tea Party movement, the Chicken Sandwich Insurrection is a bourgeois revolt, which is why some people find it so threatening.

I wonder if the dopey politicians are curious about what Muslim restaurant owners think of gays -- and if they're willing to ban the Muhammadans for their, er, unorthodox views.

Bad badminton

So funny:

The eight women involved in last night's badminton match-throwing scandal have been kicked out of the Olympics. The women's tournament descended into farce in the evening session as four pairs all appeared to try to lose their matches in order to secure a favorable draw in the next round.

I, of course, blame the Patriarchy: it won't even let the women lose!