The Baron is away and his News Parser is shut down. I never could’ve got it up and flying anyway.
Which reminds me of an incident many years ago, back when Da B was a freelance programmer and a Kelly Girl, along with being the stay-at-home mom. One of his computer customers lived in a small town not far from here; for him the Baron built a custom job payroll and bad check program, one that spit out dunning notices at prescribed times; as I recall it did everything but affix the stamps to the envelopes.
Sometimes I would drop by his customer’s house and pick up our son on the way home from work so they could continue the job with fewer interruptions. One day this client compared Da B’s work with him to the job his flying instructor performed. As he saw it, they both got the thing (computer or airplane) up and running and then he could pretend he was “flying” all by himself. He simply needed help on take offs and landings.
I understand that perfectly now.
Below is flotsam, jetsam, and some items gathered from aaaallll those emails awaiting their master’s return. Rest assured there is no order of importance in these bits o’ news. Think of it as Dymphna, free associating down the page.
As for the deeper meaning of the title of this post: I was feeling wicked and decided to grab the attention of the trolling mudfish by using “bare naked” in the title. Just feeling a little ornery cuz the B’s gone and in the interim no one comes galumping downstairs with a collection of “good” news he’s managed to find to soothe my savage breast…
Thus, let us all pray he makes it safely home. Without him here, those Gates would clang shut in a heartbeat. As they would for y’all, too. Hey, even the atheists ought to put in a petition on that score. Can’t hurt anything but your principles, right? I've got more than one bruised principle myself...as does any parent.
This first story is from Logan’s Warning. He’s like the Baron; looks the world in the face without flinching. I admire such tenacity of spirit:
Detroit Archbishop, Dearborn Police Chief Haddad, & Assistant Prosecutor Robert Moran Bow to Islam
Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron joined with a group of religious leaders in opposing a Florida pastor’s plan to hold an anti-Muslim rally during Holy Week.
Either the Archbishop needs a history lesson, or he is in the state of deep denial. As for the history lesson, I suggest he starts with the Islamic conquests of the Coptics, Persians, and the Hindu Kush. The “moral values” of Mohammad and Jesus were not even close. Mohammad was a liar, rapist, and terrorist. Is that the message of Jesus? BTW, there are a lot more than “a few” of us. The voices of [against? D]Islam are CLEARLY on the rise! We are doing the job you are afraid to do.
Logan has further takedowns of the other “cronies” as he so aptly names them - i.e., the police chief and the legal department of the municipality of Dearborn in the person of one assistant prosecutor.
In addition, there’s a video from one of the fellows arrested by Dearborn’s finest last year for the crime of public assembly in Dar-al-Islam Dearborn while acting Christian. Those young men who were passing out literature were making a point, one that the authorities chose to interpret sans Constitution.
Here’s one that Fjordman sent in. He another one of those stare-the-ugly-reality-down kinds of people. Not I. I’m more the hide-under-the-covers-with-a-flashlight-and-a-good-novel-&-candybar type of
The essay, at PJM, is by Barry Rubin and it meditates upon the fact that the US is turning into a rowdy Middle Eastern vassal state. (Can’t give you much of the original; PJ gets touchy. But it’s worth your time for sure). What starts Mr. Rubin to pondering is a question put to him by a friend who wants to know why, when moderates in the Arab world (wait, make that “moderates”, pls) are attacked - a verbal attack I think he means - they always “react defensively and apologetically, trying to prove that they also hold safely radical views”. Rubin starts off with this [emphases are mine]:
The key, I realized, was the existence of basic principles that are beyond question and can be manipulated to ensure conformity. There are four main commandments of this type, along with several secondary ones. They can be expressed in the following terms:
- Thou shalt hate Israel with all thy heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
- Thou shalt have no other ideological deities before the promotion and protection of Islam.
- Remember the importance of Arabism and keep it holy.
- Thou shalt not covet the values, acts, or ideas of Western states and societies.
To prove my point, if I had written the previous four lines in Arabic as a citizen of an Arab country I would be risking my life or more likely my career. There are individuals who have done so but their number is limited. They have almost all been either Western-educated or spent many years living in the West. And they often end up having to flee there. Individual rebels who disregard the consequences - I can give you a list if you like - they may be brave, but this is not the stuff of which whole movements are made.
The existence of these imperatives limits debate, not only because someone crosses the acceptable line but far more often because they can be accused of doing so…
That’s why the authors of the American Constitution forbade limits on freedom of speech: because once you start creating off-limit areas the worst thing that happens is the empowerment of people who have a self-interest in setting and misusing these limits. They can administer these no-go zones by declaring anything they don’t like to be a hate crime.
And that’s what they’ve done, all over the West. Leftists loathe free speech when it comes from their ideological opponents.
Rubin’s first commenter nails it:
Extrapolating from Barry’s thesis, we can now understand more fully the twinning/morphing of Islamists and leftists. One is a mirror image of the other, regardless that their end goal visions differ in outcome. What is most important is that they both agree on pure totalitarian doctrines. IF one does not follow the mandated orthodoxy one pays the ultimate price, each under their own constructs.
Tragically, it has come to pass that the west is ruled by leftist leaders, from top down, bottom up. NO area of influence is left open to debate, debate is absolutely not tolerated. This is why when one speaks to a leftist one feels as if one is talking to a brick wall, whereby one leftist parrots the other-clone-like. So too do Islamists/Arabs mirror one another.
The west has all but succumbed to Middle East constructs, at least in terms set out by thuggish, elitist thought police.
A little further down, you can read a comment by our old friend from the Road to Eternity. He says anyone who doesn’t condemn Islam simply doesn’t understand it. Heh. Just ignore that other fellow who wants to squelch him.
The next one is an essay that touches the heart. Oh, from his keyboard to God’s eyes. I promise I’ll be really, really good if You pull this one off, Sir [and notice, Sir, the essayist’s last name is ‘Lord’. Surely that counts for something?]:
President Obama will not be re-elected. Period.
Obamaflation has arrived, and this is what it looks like.
Milk. A gallon of skim. At the local Giant in Central Pennsylvania:
January 11, 2011: $3.20
February 28, 2011: $3.24
March 6, 2011: $3.34
April 23. 2011: $3.48
That would be a 28 cent rise in a mere 102 days, from January to April of this year. The third year of the Obama misadventure.
Then there’s the celery. Same sized bag. Same store.
January 11, 2011: $1.99 a bag.
March 6, 2011: $2.49 a bag.
A rise of 50 cents in 54 days.
And the gas price during the administration filled with those who think “drill baby drill” is so yesterday? As one Internet photo had it, the numbers for regular, premium. and diesel were replaced with “LOL,” “OMG,” and “WTF!” Thus be it to governments who seem not to understand that energy is what makes the economic engine -- and your car -- hum.
What does this mean? It means Barack Obama is not going to be re-elected president of the United States. Period.
Obammie (Mark Steyn’s current nickname for the current occupant of the Oval Office) is infamous for his sneering comments at those of us who worry about the price of gas. As the UPS man told me yesterday when he dropped off my poha (it’s waaay too much money to drive to the Indian store in town. Shipping costs are less than driving costs), the more the gas goes up, the more work he has. Yeah…so take that, Mr. Sneer-in Chief.
Meanwhile, the gummint doesn’t factor fuel and food into its inflation data. Smart move by the citizens in Wonderland. They think we won’t notice, right?
I hope Mr. Lord is correct in his analysis about Obama’s Carteresque one-term “misadventure”. Is it any wonder that Donald Trump is starting to look good in comparison? Donald Trump fer cryin’ out loud. WHAT IS WRONG WITH US?? I’d vote for him if the RNC had the testicular fortitude to nominate him. But they don’t. It’s more important to be liked by The New York Times than it is to get this disaster out of the White House.
[By the way, those food items always cost more at Giant because Giant’s employees are unionized. Workers at Food Lion and WalMart are on their own so the food is cheaper in those stores. When you’re unemployed, concerns about exploiting those folks at Fooli (who’ll tell you they’re real glad to be working) fade to nothing. Guess it depends on where you’re standing and how much change is in your pocket when you make that call…but then I hated unions back when unemployment wasn’t even on the horizon.]
Mr Lord notes:
You can get away with a lot of things as president and blame them on other people. For Obama its George Bush or now the oil companies or also now those evil corporations or… well… yada yada yada. But when average Americans begin to understand that Obamanomics is directly responsible for a 28 cent rise in the price of milk (with over a year and a half to go to the 2012 elections), there is going to be political hell to pay. And the buck, so to speak, stops, as it always does, with the president of the United States.
Yeah. The idjits had all that hope and now they’ve barely got change for a hamburger, a cheap food Mrs. Big-Derrière President is trying to take away from them. I love the hubris. Or is it the cluelessness? Or is it the corruption? Or are there no mirrors in the “White” House? If he gets a second term, I’ll bet they change the name. No more [hideously White] House for them. Maybe just call it 1600 instead. Numbers are safe. Unless you’re Obama, then trillions are kinda fungible…think of them as a concept rather than actual debt.
Whatever, the current re-election strategy calls for dragging out those 2008 idjits (and their dead ancestors) for another assault on the polling booths. Afterwards, they’ll be put back into cold storage again.
For our final foray into the bare news, here’s one to bring us circling back to dear old Michigan. It’s from Diana West, a fearless voice against dhimmitude. She calls this incursion against Terry Jones’ constitutional rights, “leaping, not creeping, Sharia” [my emphases below]:
The Michigan District Court’s egregious ruling against Jones is all about protecting Islam from criticism, rather than about protecting criticism from Islam, which is what US jurisprudence, not to mention the American Way, demands. It is sharia that the US court is enforcing. [A pattern here, perhaps? Cf. Rubin, above - D]
One particularly hideous aspect of the ruling bars Pastor Jones and his colleague Assistant Pastor Wayne Sapp from visiting the vicinity of this mosque for the next three years. Jones and Sapp are American citizens; the area the court has barred to them is in American territory. With this ruling, the judge has made the court both the creator and also the enforcer of what amounts to a public, criticism-free and protest-free zone for Islam, a place in USA where “blasphemy” against Islam is against the law.
“No-go-zone” is what we call those pits in Europe where violence and intimidation of non-Muslims have ethnically cleansed areas to a point of Islamic purity and de facto Islamic law. Where Islamic courts are recognized, as in the UK, where Islamic law is recognized, as in the premise of the cases against Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff in Austria, Lars Hedegaard in Denmark and others, Western courts are increasingly bending to, incorporating and implementing Islamic law.
In Jones’ case, the Michigan court seems to be doing something a little different. By physically carving out a criticism-free area for Islam, the Michigan Court is making history by creating the first de jure, physically defined no-go-zone in the USA, maybe in the whole Western world.
It surely won’t be the last. This is just a small beach head on the shores of Lake Michigan. Just a toe in the water. Just the first rippling, soft waves of that offshore tsunami…
A few years ago, whilst doing some online research about where modern Muslim women went for plastic surgery to get new hymens installed before the wedding date, I noticed that a majority of the surgeons advertising their wares (“get-it-done-on-your-lunch-hour”) seemed to be from Michigan. Looking back (the best kind of insight being hindsight, right?), I ought to have seen the portents in those cheery ads…
[By the way, Ms. West, a heads-up. Check your latest edition of Strunk and
I’ll end The Bare & Naked with this email from a reader in Sweden:
Heard Baron Bodissey on radio talking about integration of Turkish immigrants in Germany. Maybe this authentic joke from the old West-Germany could interest you:
What’s the difference between an Ossie (a citizen in Germany from the old DDR) and a Turk? The Turk has a job and speaks German.
I’m not sure that the situation is hopeless. European government
policies will change. And many immigrants and their children will too.
Let’s just hope that the reaction to mass immigration will not be a
fascist one. All of our enemies’ enemies are not our friends.
Indeed they are not. However, when Obama is finished with the US, will we have anything left but frenemies?
Anyone want to sing along with BB King?
“Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out”: want to bet BB King never would've dreamed it would end up as our new national anthem. Just think how much more singable it'll be at baseball games. Maybe Eric Clapton will lead us all in a few verses, hmmm?