Tuesday, August 28, 2012

From the Front Page: My Picks

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I have highlighted those articles I think are most important. RK

The first visit to the Islamic Republic by an Egyptian president since 1979. ...
The new anti-white apartheid....This is part of the tragic pattern of the left’s revolutions. Whether or not the left takes over, it makes certain to leave behind a scorched earth political disaster. Across the Middle East, the left has brought Islamic tyrants to power and accepted that as a victory. Whether it’s Zuma in South Africa or Morsi in Egypt, whether it’s Boers in Africa or Copts in Egypt, the bigotry of the majority against a minority is mobilized for the tyranny of a few corrupt and powerful leaders.  The genocide of white South Africans is only in its infancy, but the purge of Arab Christians is swiftly spreading along the path of the Arab Spring revealing that it is not peace or democracy that the ANC and the Muslim Brotherhood truly want, but the oppression of the minority under majority rule.  The left has left misery and tyranny in its wake in Rhodesia, South Africa, Egypt, Iran and Tunisia. The question is where will it strike next?
What the "queen" of Queer Studies, Judith Butler, and her recent award say about the questionable state of the discipline. ...An observer unfamiliar with Queer Studies might reasonably wonder why Butler, its reigning queen, would be so obsessed with condemning the only country in the Middle East that’s safe for gay people and would happily ally herself with groups that support capital punishment for gays; to be familiar with Queer Studies, however, is to know that it has absolutely nothing – nada – to do with standing up for gay people’s rights and dignity but is, rather, a celebration of alleged (and preferably non-Western and non-white) alienness and victimhood.
Ban Ki-Moon’s Neville Chamberlain Moment »
U.N. general secretary rewards Iran's genocidal rhetoric with an appearance at the upcoming Non-Aligned Movement meeting. ...
"Diary of an Anti-Chomskyite" exposes the great intellectual charlatan of the Left. .....Chomsky’s answer is essentially: Because I believe it to be so. Now, whatever that is, it isn’t thinking. In fact, it’s an excuse for not thinking. Ironically, Chomsky later said that Foucault was the most amoral man he ever met, whereas I would argue that Foucault was simply pointing out that Chomsky’s “morality” is in fact a form of nihilism.
I think people come to Chomsky and essentially worship him for precisely that reason. He allows them to feel justified in their refusal to think (emphasis added). They never have to ask themselves any difficult questions or provide any difficult answers. It’s a form of intellectual cowardice essentially, but I’m sure you can see its appeal.  This may be one of the reasons for Chomsky’s hostility to psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis may be many things, but it is certainly a method of gaining self-knowledge, of asking difficult questions about one’s self and others. And that is precisely what he, and his followers, want to avoid……I think you’ll agree that, of all the bad things people are capable of, their refusal to think is one of the worst, mainly because it leads to most of the other bad things of which they are capable.
No respite for infidels in Muslim territory. ...The month of Ramadan, which ended earlier this week, proved to be a month of renewed Muslim piety on the one hand, and renewed oppression of non-Muslim minorities on the other. In Nigeria, for example, Islamic militants are living up to the assertion that “Ramadan is a month of jihad and death for Allah,” proving that killing Christians is not only reserved for Christian holidays—like Christmas and Easter, when militants bombed churches killing dozens—but is especially applicable during Islam’s Ramadan.
And the deafening silence of the West....VIDEO of the Week!
Unsettling questions about Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan, and a recent decision of the ACU Board...
Bruce Bawer's new book sheds disturbing light on the rise of "Identity Studies" and the closing of the liberal mind....
Is what Todd Akin said worse than aiding actual rapists like so many in the Democratic Party have done?...
The Left's readiness to rub elbows with anti-Semites reaches critical levels....
Do we have the will to protect American citizens from the application of foreign laws?...
Imagine you were a teenage girl in Pakistan, and your parents married you off very young.   The marriage is a disaster but you have no rights.   You flee with your daughter to the U.S., you hide out for two years until the detective he hires finds you. In Pakistan, under the Islamic law there, the means of obtaining a divorce is only available to a man, but never of course to a woman.  He demands full custody of your daughter.  Oh, and he’s accused you of adultery.   You consider flying to Pakistan, to contest the divorce, but adultery is a crime under Islamic Law in Pakistan, a crime which is punishable by death.  You will literally be arrested the moment you de-board the plane, in Karachi.   You could face prison time, or even be stoned to death.  And in Pakistan, your testimony under Islamic law is worth only half that of a man’s.  Then you remember, you’re in America now and you have rights.

Standing Up for Independent Journalists and Free Speech »
Will Democrats put Americans' interests over the interests of their law industry funders? ...
A glimpse into the dark world of the collaborators. ...
When myth mingles with science and rumor becomes history....

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