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Europeans Not Impressed by Obama’s Folk-Rock Diplomacy

Posted by V the K at 10:14 pm - January 17, 2015.
Filed under: Obama Incompetence

Obama’s “Smart Diplomacy” stunt of sending James Taylor to serenade the French failed to impress the Eurotopians.

European commentary to this event has been universal …. it is one of those WTF moments …. and yes …. this John Kerry (what the hell was he thinking) story has been covered extensively in Europe. On a side note …. I asked some of my friends in Russia on what did they think about this U.S. attempt at diplomacy …. sighhhh …. they are still laughing. As to what is my take …. looking on the bright side we should say that we were extremely lucky …. it could have been John Kerry singing “you got a friend” instead of James Taylor.

A Facebook Friend suggests sending these folks next time:
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What Should One Say to a Left-Winger Who Wants to Take Away Your Human Rights to Appease Violent Radicals?

Posted by V the K at 5:20 pm - January 17, 2015.
Filed under: Civil Discourse,Free Speech

If news accounts are correct, a Libertarian-leaning Australian Senator had a terse reply to a Multiculturalist Social Democrat who wanted to curtail free-speech rights in the name of not offending the oh-so-delicate feelers of Islamics.

An anti free speech social Democrat named Gary Burns in Australia got a firm rebuke when he wrote to senator David Leyonjhelm about how Australia’s multiculturalism is the law. Leyonjhelm responded harshly, saying “Go f**k yourself you communist turd.”

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I think pretty much the same thing whenever I hear certain politicians flapping their yaps, but I keep it to myself. I know it was not a civil way to reply, and not  one that should typify political discourse, but what should one’s response be to people who want to take your human rights away from you? Some would argue that Leyonjhelm should have replied with a well-thought out argument on the virtues of free and open speech. That probably would have been a waste of time; you can’t reason people out of what they weren’t reasoned into.

Meanwhile, the recipients of Senator Leyonjhelm’ s email have responded with Drama Queen Butthurt.

“This boofhead is not a fit or proper person to represent the good people of NSW. I’ve been called many things in life but never a communist,” he said.

“When I received the offensive email from the Senator I was so shocked I clutched my pearls and reached for the smelling salts.”

BTW

Mr Burns has previously sued broadcaster John Laws under the Anti-Discrimination Act for calling gay men “pillow biters”.

Mitt Romney Just Picked a Whole Bouquet of Oopsie-Daisies

Jim Geraghty at NRO found video of Mitt Romney giving a shoutout to  Jon “Let’s Lie to the Stupid Voters” Gruber after the passage of RomneyCare.

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Perhaps the people who chose to not vote for Mitt Romney because they doubted his commitment to conservatism are owed a measure of apology.

Islam: The Thinking Person’s Dilemma

Posted by V the K at 1:25 pm - January 17, 2015.
Filed under: Religion Of Peace

You could write about how hard it is to come to an opinion on Islam, and whether Islam itself is responsible for the terror committed in its name. Or, is it true what the politicians say, and Islam itself is a “religion of peace” hijacked by radicals. I am going to try to jam a lot of thoughts into a post without making it TLDR, and hopefully provoke some contentious, internets-worthy debate.

It’s easy to take a knee-jerk position on Islam and terror. The knee-jerk progressive left tree hugger special snowflake position is that “Islam has nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism, and to think so is racist against millions of Islamics who haven’t directly committed an act of terror.” Because, you know, no one knows better than secular Western leftists what the True Spirit of Islam is.

It’s easy to want to believe this take, because Gen X and each succeeding generation have been indoctrinated in multiculturalism and taught that, literally, the worst sin a person could commit is being a racist, worse than murder or rape, or even child-rape. Roman Polanski raped a 13 year old girl, Victor Salva raped an 11 year old boy and both are respected in the show business world. Paula Deen used a racial slur 25 years ago and her show business career is over. So, being racist carries more social stigma than child rape and it’s pretty easy to just go along with the notion that it’s unfair to try and think there’s something wrong with Islam. But on the other hand, we confront the nagging reality that Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, and Presbyterians aren’t blowing up people every day in the name of religion.

And we *want* to believe that Islam is a religion of peace, not just because of the indoctrination we’ve been getting since childhood, but because it offends the rational part of our brain to write off an entire culture of people. The rational part of our brain also recognizes that however many Mohammedans there are in the world, it’s obvious that a vast majority of them are not committing terrorist acts. We can accept the idea that it’s just a fringe group of whackjobs. (Granted, even if that fringe is only 10% of Muslims, that’s still over 100M people we have to worry about. That’s a problem.)

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