Sunday, April 30, 2017

Why Has CUNY's Graduate School of Public Health Tapped Zion-Loather Linda Sarsour to Deliver Its Commencement Speech?


Isn't it obvious?

It's because Sarsour, Zion-despiser though she undoubtedly is, happens to be politically simpatico with Trump-loathing Leftists.

Why, even some avowedly Zionistic Jews think she's kosher (halal?) enough for them.

Bodily Fluids ("Milk, Blood & Tears") Bring Muslim, Jewish Toronto Chicks Together

A bunch of them have collaborated on an art exhibit featuring "scrolls filled with words and images born out of interfaith text study."

See, if you create your own scrolls, you don't have to deal with stuff that's in an "uncreated" holy book.

Stuff like this.

Self-devised scrolls can also obviate any need/desire to discuss that pesky Jewish state that's "spoiling" the otherwise impeccable Muslim landscape.

Hey, "sisterhood" is powerful, y'all!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Arabs Gang Up on Israel At the Only Place Their Brute Force Can Prevail--the UN (More Specifically, At UNESCO)

Another day, another anti-Israel gangbang at the UN:
The United Nations’ cultural organization UNESCO is to vote next Tuesday, May 2, on a resolution introduced by the Palestinians and several Arab states rejecting Israeli sovereignty over the entire city of Jerusalem, including its majority Jewish western half. 
The draft resolution, submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan on behalf of the Palestinians, with input from European Union countries as well, states that “any action taken by Israel, the Occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction, and administration on the City of Jerusalem, are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever.” 
Both the Israeli government and the Trump Administration, which has frequently hinted that it will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, are reported to be pressuring UNESCO officials and the organization’s 58 member states to postpone or oppose the vote. The struggle is an uphill one, as the Arab states have an automatic majority at UNESCO, and the resolution is expected to go through.
When will it end?

When Jerusalem is officially "Al Quds" once more.

Foolishly, Brazenly, Indiscriminately

How the Media Glorifies Palestinian Female Terrorists

FGM a Fundamentalist Christian Practice? Only on HULU's The Handmaid's Tale

A piece on the Vulture site discusses some of the differences between Margaret Atwood's novel and the HULU sensation. For instance, in the novel, the character named Ofglen ("of Glen") is
described as a little plump with brown hair, and she does not say that she is gay or had a wife. Offred doesn’t tell Ofglen when the Commander wants to see her in private; instead, Ofglen somehow knows through her connections in the rebellion and asks her to find out more. Although she does disappear suddenly one day, Offred is never interrogated about it, and the new Ofglen reveals that her predecessor killed herself “when she saw the van coming for her.” There’s no way to know, of course, if this is true.
On the TV show, however,  Ofglen is (my bolds)
played by Alexis Bledel, so she’s not plump at all. She reveals to Offred that she had a wife and daughter in the time before Gilead. Offred tells her about the Commander wanting to see her in secret, and also asks her to find out more about him. In the second episode, we learn that Ofglen was arrested not for her participation in the rebellion, but for her relationship with a Martha. She is charged with “gender treachery” and ultimately pardoned because of her fertility. Instead, she is forced to undergo female circumcision to remove her “unnatural” desires.
In other words, a rite commonly practised in, say, Egypt and Somalia (the provenance of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who has written extensively on the subject) has been imported into fictional Gilead, the better to demonstrate how awful, how misogynistic, the Judeo-Christian ethos can be. That said, there's no way anyone on/of the Left would ever situate a dytopian novel or TV show in a real life Muslim dystopia because that would be sooooo "Islamophobic," don't you know.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

"I'm Canadian, So Had to Suffer Through This Book as a Young Person. It's One of Those Cheap, Dystopian Tracts"

Norm MacDonald sounds a rare (and most welcome) sour note amidst "progressive" raves for TV's "timely" The Handmaid's Tale.

Update: Clearly, the HULU series has tapped into some mighty dark (dare one call 'em hysterical?) fears. See, for instance, this review by a Guardianista who 'splains that
what makes But what makes The Handmaid’s Tale so terrifying is not that it’s timely, but that it’s timeless. And after watching seven episodes, what’s been keeping me up at night isn’t the explicit horrors as much as how the show surfaces women’s fear of what everyday sexism really means.
It's been keeping her up at night?


Get thee to a psychotherapist, stat!

Update: More Handmaid hysteria:
What's important to remember while watching The Handmaid's Tale is that feminism is a sociopolitical movement, not a genre of art. A book, a movie, or a show can all be feminist in their themes. They can traffic in the ideas of feminism, but they do not do the work of feminism. We cannot hold online debates about how sex, abortion, or the workplace are portrayed on TV and call that feminism, even when we win them. The wage gap persists. Our rights are under attack. We live in a rape culture. Directing the "feminist" conversation at the screen does nothing to change these facts unless the conversation comes, at some point, off the screen again. So yes, The Handmaid's Tale succeeds on its own, regardless of historical context, as art…and also as a feminist masterpiece. But you don't get feminist participation points for watching it—that's not how it works.

Where its power lies, I think, is in the conversations it might spark, conversations that are desperately needed. We live in a world where it's not always easy or even possible to come right out and state a belief, start a dialogue, question the status quo. But The Handmaid's Tale can function like that bit of gossip in the town square that brings Offred and Ofglen together, it can be the point at which we turn to other women and other people whom we do not know well and enter into a discussion that leads us to the truth.
How can you enter into a discussion that leads you to the truth when the truth is that, due to the veneration of victimhood, you actually can't tell how well off you really are?

Update: Funny how the 1990 film version (starring Natasha Richardson as Offred, and with a screenplay by Harold Pinter) didn't garner nearly as many raves.

Lights Out in Gaza

Abbas pulled the plug but it's a safe bet that they're going to find a way to blame it on the Jews.

Update: Well, that didn't take long.

A Poem for the Pope

There once was a pontiff named Fran,
A mild sort of soft-hearted man.
When some Muslims said, "Gimme!,"
Fran shrank like a dhimmi.
Now they call it the Vaticanstan.

When it Comes to Sucking Up to the Mullahs, Justin T. Is Barack O.'s Heir Apparent

Widdle Justin "is picking up where Obama left off," writes the Toronto Sun's Candice Malcolm, who adds,
Trudeau is working to build a new relationship with Iran, lifting economic sanctions and allowing meetings between Canadian officials and Iran’s mullahs. 
Trudeau, like Obama, is guided by a naïve policy of trust and appeasement. 
Afraid to confront one of the most wicked regimes in history, liberal politicians in the West prefer to look the other way and hope Iran will moderate over time. 
The regime in Tehran, however, deserves no such courtesies. It is brazenly building a nuclear weapons program before our eyes and bankrolling terrorist groups with agents all over the world. 
Iran’s mullahs should not be trusted or appeased. They should be removed. And soon, before Iran’s nuclear dream becomes our nightmare.
 Sadly (and frighteningly), there's one crucial word that isn't in trustin' Justin's vocabulary: taqiyyah.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Camille Paglia Tells Truth to Political Correctness--On the CBC!

I can barely listen to CBC radio these days, what with its having become a clearinghouse for victimhood narratives. It was thus as engaging as it was refreshing to hear Camille Paglia be as un-PC as can be on this morning's The Current. A few of her choicer words:
"Let's get rid of Infirmary Feminism, with its bedlam of bellyachers, anorexics, bulimics, depressives, rape victims and incest survivors. Feminism has become a catchall vegetable drawer where bunches of clingy sob sisters can store their moldy neuroses..."
Lucky for Paglia she's a Bernie Saunders supporter who didn't vote for Trump. Were she an out-an-out conservative, she would never have been invited to express these views on/by the Ceeb.

Trump's America a Dead Ringer for "The Handmaid's Tale"? Not So Much, Really

Whatever else Trump may be, he is not a puritanical, evangelical Christian who is into publicly executing gays and who wants everyone to have sex with their clothes on. Not that that matters to those with literary pretentions who are determined to conflate Trump's term in office with Margaret Atwood's grim dystopian novel (and now a HULU sensation). With that in mind, Kyle Smith takes a tongue in cheek look at the, er, commonalities between reality and fiction:
As I look out my window in Manhattan, the only women I see are wearing monk’s robes colored scarlet, to emphasize their sin, and topped by nun-like white bonnets. Oranges are scarce in our part of the country due to our ongoing wars with Florida, and since January 20 it has become a regular occurrence to see gay men, priests, and abortionists publicly hanged, their lifeless bodies left black and bruised as a warning to us all. Prophetic? The story is downright unerring. 
Just as Margaret Atwood foretold in the 1985 novel from which The Handmaid’s Tale is adapted, all fertile women are being held in prison camps run by domineering Mother Superior types armed with tasers, while men of sufficient rank are simply assigned women to be their sex slaves and helpmeets. Sex these days takes place with both parties almost completely clothed, the women silent and unmoving, the men muttering ritualistic Bible references. 
And hey, who hasn’t noticed all the protest marches that ended with government troops opening fire? Or the regime-ordered group executions (partici-cutions, in Handmaid-speak) whereby accused people were beaten to death at the hands of vicious mobs? Or the many brave martyrs shot trying to cross the border from Maine into Canada? Or the Stalinist-style surveillance system tracking our every move? Or the way you can be Tasered for referring to people as “gay” rather than “gender traitors”? Of course, you’re aware that the Northeastern U.S. is now a breakaway Bible-based state called “Gilead,” that all college professors have forcibly been sent out to “the colonies,” and that Anchorage is now the capital of what remains of the United States. It’s a grim fact of life that all women in these parts have been forced to abandon their given names and renamed with Cotton-Mather-meets-J.R.R.-Tolkien handles such as “Offred,” the bewildered lead character portrayed in the show by Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss. Really, not since the nuclear-meltdown thriller The China Syndrome hit theaters two weeks before the 1979 Three Mile Island disaster has a piece of Hollywood entertainment arrived with such grimly apropos timing...
FYI, Elisabeth Moss is a member of the "Church" of Scientology. Which is rigid, authoritarian, puritanical, anti-gay, and which posits back-breaking servitude (in the Sea Org) as the most virtuous and estimable of human pursuits.

Now, that's a dystopia--a real one.

Not that the likes of Margaret Atwood would ever be brave enough to write a book about it.

Update: Hey, who wouldn't want to see this?
One day, the Handmaids are brought to a “salvaging,” a ritual public execution where they are to told to encircle a man accused of rape and literally take him apart. “What you do is up to you,” says Aunt Lydia, as if that were empowering somehow, as if anything like that could possibly be true in the psychotic emotional prison where they live. Offred lands the first blow, a kick that sends blood spurting from his mouth, and continues until he’s dead. Is it catharsis, a way of lashing out at the only thing she’s allowed to hurt? When it is all over, Offred stand stunned, as though she does not quite know what she has done or why. “Are you alright?” Ofglen asks, as Offred stares in space with the same dead-eyed gaze she has when the Commander fucks her. As if anything like that could be possible.
Now, that's entertainment!

BTW, the names "Offred" and "Ofglen" may sound Mather/Tolkeinesque (and that may well be the author's intention). However, this being a dystopia in which young, fertile women are slaves who are the property of men, the names betoken ownership. Hence, they are "of Fred", "of Glen," "of Tom, Dick or Harry."

Dystopian? For sure. But there's no doubt that that idea of ownership sounds a lot more Wahhabi than Trumpian.