Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Was It Only Last Month That Harvey Weinstein Was High Fived at TIFF?

Why yes; yes it was:
A short while later, Jason Sudeikis and Ed Harris were the big names at a pre-screening reception that helped kick off a week of activity at RBC house. The pair are in town alongside director Mark Raso to launch their film Kodachrome. Later, the same space played host to producer extraordinaire Harvey Weinstein, actor Bryan Cranston and director Neil Burger, who all popped into the lounge (sans castmate Nicole Kidman) for post-premier cocktails in celebration of their film, The Upside...
From "producer extraordinaire" in September to an ignominious disgrace and the most reviled man in showbiz mere weeks later.

The swiftness of the downfall is nothing short of astonishing.

Monday, October 16, 2017

What Toronto Sun Columnist Farzana Hassan Plans to Tell the M-103 Committee

For one thing, she's going to set it straight re the non-similarity between Islamophobia and Jew-hate:
I consider equating Islamophobia with anti-Semitism highly flawed. In committee, I will argue that the two are fundamentally different, are used in very different contexts and would also have completely different ramifications in the context of M-103. 
[MP Iqra] Khalid [who is sponsoring M-103] has used the condemnation of anti-Semitism as a pretext to push for a similar response to what she considers Islamophobia. 
I would go so far as to label the demand for a motion like M-103 an unpatriotic act; it casts a harsh judgment on Canada’s existing laws and downplays its generous policies toward immigrants and refugees.
I give Hassan full props for daring to speak truth to this parliamentary committee, especially in light of the exceptionally frosty reception it accorded her colleague Tarek Fatah.

Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself

Good riddance to UNESCO

"Radio Free Islam"

An idea whose time has come? Or a reformers' pipe dream?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sort of Takes All the Fun Out of Halloween Dress Up, No?

There's no doubt that, these days, the party poopers are in charge and a-ragin':
Post-secondary institutions are also taking up the cause: at the University of Toronto, plans are in motion for a social media campaign during the week leading up to Halloween that addresses not only what costumes should be avoided, but why. 
"I think when going into these conversations ... one thing that's missing from a lot of this discourse is the emphasis on empathy," said Chimwe Alao, the vice president of equity with the U of T Students' Union. 
Ignite, the association representing Humber and Guelph-Humber college students, has posted a list of rules online and says security officers will pre-screen costumes prior to the school's upcoming Halloween party. 
"Regardless of how well-intentioned your costume may be, it can still perpetuate harmful stereotypes and stigmas. Cultural costumes will not be permitted into the event; this is a zero-tolerance policy," the rules read.
To be clear, the following costumes are not permitted:
Aboriginal costumes at Spirit Halloween, Winnipeg
These head coverings, however, will likely pass muster:

Ontario "Islamic Heritage Month" Guide Book For School Teachers: A Blueprint For Indoctrination?

October is "Islamic Heritage Month" in Ontario.

Whoop dee doo, eh?

Don't worry, though. According to a "resource guidebook" created for  the province's public school teachers, the aim is not to shove Islam down kids' throats:
Q7. Am I supposed to teach students about Islam? 
No. This month (similar to other creed and cultural heritage months) is about learning the heritage and contributions of the Muslim community to Canadian society and celebrating diversity.  The Basic Beliefs and Practices: An Educator's Primer (Section 1.0) is one of many resources available to our staff to provide them with an understanding of Islam and to get a better understanding of Muslim students in their classrooms.
Clearly, though, that's a whopping load of bollocks. See, for example, this:
What does “Allah” mean?
Allah is the Arabic name for God. Literally meaning “The God”, the Arabic name Allah is used by Muslims around the world, irrespective of languages spoken. Other faiths and traditions address God using names such as Dieu, Jehovah, Ya'hweh, and Elohim.
Do Muslims believe God is a male?  
No. Muslim scholars of all ages - male and female - have agreed that “God, as the Creator of all beings, is the author of gender but is not gendered. While English translations of Arabic texts generally refer to Allah as ‘He', this only reflects the absence of a neutral pronoun in Arabic, and does not indicate that God is ‘masculine'” (Winter & Williams, 2002). God describes Himself in the Qur'an as being unlike any of His creation, indicating that nothing in creation resembles Him. 
What is the Qur’an?  
The word Qur'an literally means “the reading” or “the recitation” (Sheikh, 2002), and refers to the exact words revealed by God through the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad1 (Winter & Williams, 2002). Muslims believe the Qur'an to be the final revelation from God to humanity, following revelations given to previous Messengers, including the Gospel of Prophet Jesus, the Psalms of Prophet David, the Torah of Prophet Moses, and the Scrolls of Prophet Abraham.  
Who was Muhammad?  
A descendent of Prophet Abraham, Muhammad was born in Makkah (modern day, Saudi Arabia) in the year 570 C.E.  At the age of 40, he was chosen by God to be His last Prophet and Messenger to convey the message of Islam to humanity over a period of 23 years. According to the Islamic worldview, God sent Messengers and Prophets to guide humanity over time, beginning with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus - to name a few. 
What is the meaning of Islam?  
Islam is the name of the religion revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.  The term Islam derives from an Arabic root that generates words with interrelated meanings, including “submission,” “commitment,” and “peace” (Sheikh, 2002). In a religious context, Islam refers to the voluntary submission and commitment.
Does that sound like "diversity" to you? Or does it sound like  da'wa (proselytization on behalf of Islam) masquerading as "diversity"?

Careful now. Should you decide it's the latter, you could be accused of "Islamophobia" (because that's how things are shaping up in Justin's glorious--and mega-"diverse"--Trudeaupia).

Update: The guidebook has sparked a great deal of controversy, much of it having to do with an outrageously broad definition of the "I" word. But considering the da'wa inherent throughout the thing, that seems like a case of nitpicking (and an avoidance of the problematic nature of the guide in toto) to me. 

"Harvey Weinstein May Be the Central-Casting Version of a Hollywood Predator, But He Was Just One Festering Pustule In a Diseased Industry"

Sarah Polley, who had her own run-in with the pustule a decade ago, sums it all up.


Update: Until his downfall, Weinstein had the backing of the rich and powerful in both the fashion and the political sectors. Re the former, the New Times has a piece on Weinstein's cozy relationships in the fashion biz (including the not-so-shocking info that he used to pressure his female stars to wear his wife's fancy-shmancy gowns--she's the co-founder of the Marquesa label--on Oscar and Emmy red carpets). As for Weinstein's political associations, Maureen Dowd offers this instructive anecdote:
[Former Hollywood Reporter editor Janice] Min recalled attending the $400,000 speech Barack Obama made as an ex-president to an A&E Networks advertising upfront at the Pierre hotel in New York in April. 
“Afterwards, amid rapturous applause, he walks right over to Harvey Weinstein and gives Harvey a hug,” Min said. “You can see the optics of it all. It makes your head explode if you think of the inability to explode the male network.”
Actually, it makes your head explode if you think about how Weinstein was able to buy his way into the uppermost echelon of the Democratic Party. And, if you happened to be on the receiving end of Harvey's unwanted advances, the sight of Harvey embracing Saint Obama must have underscored how futile it was to complain about them.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Useful Idiot Du Jour

As Trump Tries To Kill the Iran Deal, a Former Israeli Spy Lobbies To Save It

A wised-up John Bolton explains why the deal must die.

The Hollywood Elite are Shocked--SHOCKED!--To Hear About Harvey Weinstein's Longstanding Predatory Behaviour

Who's shocked?

George Clooney, for one.

Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence, too.

However, Daniel Greenfield isn't buying it. He says everyone who worked in Tinsel Town knew about the real Harvey, and the reason why they remained silent all those years--nay, decades--was because he used to wield a lot of power.

More recently, he didn't--and that's why he fell.

Simple as that, really.

Update: As per usual, Mark Steyn has a unique take on the subject:
When a decent old stiff such as Mitt Romney talks earnestly about looking for suitable female job candidates and clumsily distills the effort into the phrase "binders full of women", all the smart sophisticated types jump on it and make it a punchline for an antiquated condescension that only confirms how irredeemably misogynist the GOP is. 
By contrast, when Harvey Weinstein corners a TV reporter in the corridor of his restaurant and forces her to watch as he unzips his pants, masturbates, and finally concludes the performance by ejaculating into a pot plant, all you hear, from a couple of larger leaves round the back of the plant, are drenched crickets chirping. Three decades of crickets chirping. 
"Binders full of women": what an appalling sentiment! 
"Stand there and shut up while I masturbate in your general direction": well, say what you like but Harvey has always supported, as Meryl Streep noted today, "good and worthy causes" - like the Hillary campaign...
Me? I have come to the conclusion that, for now, neither the Left--with its Bills (Clinton and Cosby) and Harveys--nor the Right--with its Donald Trump--has any claim on the moral high ground.

Update: More outrage:
She's got Harvey on her heinie?

Silly Dame.

Maybe she can tweak her tat--you know, like Johnny Depp did after he broke up with Winona Ryder.

Update: Don't miss The New Yorker 's takedown of Harvey, by Mia's and Woody's kid.

Update: Remember when Harvey's antics used to slay 'em, not shame 'em?:
His alleged behavior became something of a Hollywood open secret: When the comedian Seth MacFarlane announced Oscar nominees in 2013, he joked, “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.” The audience laughed.
Yeah, a Hollywood heavyweight (in every sense of the word) sexually assaulting vulnerable and powerless young women--how utterly high-larious!


It's Back (Quack, Quack)

The Return of the "Israel Lobby" Canard