More Technorati

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keith @ 8:49 am

The Technorati site is like an onion – there is just more to see and find with every layer you discover!

I just found the page for Technorati Mini, and thought the disclaimer for it was worth mentioning!

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: Technorati Mini may be habit-forming. Do not operate a motorized vehicle while using Technorati Mini. May cause excitement and/or nostalgia for Web 1.0. Minors should discuss using Technorati Mini with their parents. Technorati Mini may annoy popup-blockers. Do not taunt Technorati Mini.

They certainly have a sense of humour!


Filed under: Uncategorized — Keith @ 12:36 am

I found a cool extension for Firefox tonight called Performancing. It is an embeded tool to help make blogging easier.  I’m writing this entry using it at the moment, and it is pretty darn cool!


Boston Phoenix – Not Publishing Cartoons Because “Of Fear Of Retaliation”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keith @ 10:47 pm

via Tim Blair;

Boston Phoenix:

Out of fear of retaliation from the international brotherhood of radical and bloodthirsty Islamists who seek to impose their will on those who do not believe as they do. This is, frankly, our primary reason for not publishing any of the images in question. Simply stated, we are being terrorized, and as deeply as we believe in the principles of free speech and a free press, we could not in good conscience place the men and women who work at the Phoenix and its related companies in physical jeopardy. As we feel forced, literally, to bend to maniacal pressure, this may be the darkest moment in our 40-year publishing history.

The comment section on Tim Blair’s post of the above contained a link to a speech given by Keith Windschuttle. It is a long read, but definitely worth it.

Here is a snippet:

…personal terrorism affects not just those directly under threat, but all writers and intellectuals. Most are unable to afford the security costs and the state cannot protect them all. The result is that they are silenced by self-censorship.

This is why the debate over the Danish cartoons is so important. To date, the response has been mixed. Newspapers in Norway, Germany, France, New Zealand and Australia have reproduced the cartoons in defiance of the violence that has been perpetrated in Middle Eastern countries and threatened in many Western countries by crowds with signs such as: “Slay those who insult Islam.” “Butcher those who mock Islam.” and “Be prepared for the real holocaust.”

The real problem here was not the Western newspapers who published the cartoons but the Islamic response to them. Our political leaders did not blame the latter but turned the responsibility onto ourselves. Enclosed by a mindset of cultural relativism, most Westerners are loath to censure Muslims who go on violent rampages, burn down embassies and threaten death to their fellow citizens. Many of us regard this as somehow understandable, even acceptable, since we have no right to judge another religion and culture.

The truth is that the riots, the arson, the death threats were not spontaneous outbursts from passionate religious believers but were carefully stage-managed by Muslim leaders. The imams of the Danish Muslim community consciously ignited the response some four months after the cartoons were published. They travelled to the Middle East where they generated support for a campaign quite deliberately targeted at Western culture’s principle of freedom of expression.

Their real aim is not religious respect but cultural change in the West. They want to prevent criticism of its Muslim minority and accord that group special privilege not available to the faithful of other religions. Instead of them changing to integrate into our way of life, they want to force us to change to accept their way of life.

Muslim rage over the cartoons is not an isolated issue that would have been confined to Denmark and would have gone away if nobody had republished them. It is simply one more step in a campaign that has already included assassination, death threats and the curtailment of criticism. And our response, yet again, has been one more white flag in the surrender of Western cultural values that we have been making since Khomeini’s fatwa against Rushdie in 1989.

The Western concept of freedom of speech is not an absolute. The limits that should be imposed by good taste, social responsibility and respect for others will always be a matter for debate. But this is a debate that needs to be conducted within Western culture, not imposed on it from outside by threats of death and violence by those who want to put an end to all free debate.

The concepts of free enquiry and free expression and the right to criticise entrenched beliefs are things we take so much for granted they are almost part of the air we breathe. We need to recognise them as distinctly Western phenomena. They were never produced by Confucian or Hindu culture. Under Islam, the idea of objective inquiry had a brief life in the fourteenth century but was never heard of again. In the twentieth century, the first thing that every single communist government in the world did was suppress it.

But without this concept, the world would not be as it is today. There would have been no Copernicus, Galileo, Newton or Darwin. All of these thinkers profoundly offended the conventional wisdom of their day, and at great personal risk, in some cases to their lives but in all cases to their reputations and careers. But because they inherited a culture that valued free inquiry and free expression, it gave them the strength to continue.

Today, we live in an age of barbarism and decadence. There are barbarians outside the walls who want to destroy us and there is a decadent culture within. We are only getting what we deserve. The relentless critique of the West which has engaged our academic left and cultural elite since the 1960s has emboldened our adversaries and at the same time sapped our will to resist.
The consequences of this adversary culture are all around us. The way to oppose it, however, is less clear. The survival of the Western principles of free inquiry and free expression now depend entirely on whether we have the intelligence to understand their true value and the will to face down their enemies.

Read it. Seriously. Go read it.


Killing The Gun Registry

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keith @ 10:09 pm

via (Captain’s Quarters);

A rather large smile crept across my face a few minutes ago, when I read that the new ruling Conservative Party has already put the wheels in motion to begin dismantling the steaming pile o’ crap that we Canadians know as the gun registry. My smile got even bigger when I read that the Conservatives plan to use some of the $90,000,000+ (yes, it is that obscene a waste of money) to field another 1000 RCMP officers in this country.

The Conservative government has created a committee of two cabinet ministers and a backbencher to figure out how best to kill the long-gun registry as soon as possible.

Registry critic Garry Breitkreuz, who is working with Justice Minister Vic Toews and Public Security Minister Stockwell Day, said he has been given wide leeway to deal swiftly with the registry.

I have always said the gun registry is a complete waste, and for a program that was “only” supposed to eat $2,000,000 (in total, not per year), it has spiralled into a $1 billion+ monstrosity.

Captain Ed’s post linked at the start of this post spins a bit of Oliver Stone-ish conspiracy into the story, but it is a good read. It would be utterly sickening if his conjecture was true, but I’m not willing to assume the Liberals would go that far (at least, not yet).

A couple links to Canada.com articles:
Tory backbencher says he will kill gun registry
True cost of gun registry will be upsetting, warns public security minister


Michael J. Totten: The Dream City of the Kurds

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keith @ 10:39 am

via Small Dead Animals;

Amazing what freedom can do for people, eh?

Exhibit A:
Michael J. Totten: The Dream City of the Kurds

A Muslim That Supports Publishing The Cartoons

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keith @ 9:19 am

From the Shotgun comes this comment:

Please, why does Canadian people not defend the democracys? Why?

In western free world they can anything. Anything. I don’t care. Why I don’t care? Becos I can go to mosque, and inside my moslem life i can do my religion. But in societey I liek freedom. Now you are making big mistake ok. Stupid mistake. When you take this trick you think they say “ok now we like you”? No – they will say we can take more.

You are blind. This editer is right to publish this. He is brave man for doing such and the one here that say no is fool and coward.

’nuff said?

Have You Seen The Cartoons In Question?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keith @ 7:15 am

via (Michelle Malkin);

Michelle has got the cartoons posted, and in the article she provides a link to a site that features images of the Prophet as depicted in the past. The purpose of this is to show that images of the Prophet have been depicted many times in the past.

I’m Boycotting McNally Robinson

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keith @ 1:22 am

I’m outraged by the fact that McNally Robinson is choosing to not carry the upcoming issue of the Western Standard in which the cartoons that created a massive furor in Europe are being published.

The Star Phoenix (via Small Dead Animals);

The latest edition of the Western Standard will not reach magazine stands at any McNally Robinson Booksellers stores, owner Paul McNally confirmed Monday

And why not carry the magazine? Paul McNally elaborated further:

“We feel there is nothing to gain on the side of freedom of expression and much to lose on the side of hurting feelings…”

As Kate pointedly shows at her website, Mr. McNally doesn’t seem to have any qualms about carrying Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses” – a book that resulted in a Fatwah being issued against Salman Rushdie after it was published because it was deemed so terrible by some Muslims. There was no Fatwah that I know of issued against any of the Danes who published the cartoons.

Perhaps Mr. McNally should step up his efforts to police the writings in his chain of book stores. One never knows when a Christian might be offended by an Athiest book that is absolute in its resolution that God doesn’t exist, or that Jesus never walked the earth. In fact, perhaps McNally Robinson should stop keeping a theology section all together – you know, in case people might not like some of the views presented in some of the material.

It gets better (not) as noted at the end of the article:

Indigo Books and Music Inc., Canada’s largest bookstore chain, is also refusing to put the latest issue of the Western Standard on its shelves. Indigo also owns Chapters and Coles bookstores.

And lest we forget, the cartoons were already published in Egypt in September, and they weren’t controversial then.

Freedom of expression is one of the most cherished freedoms we have in our society. Along with being able to freely express what we perceive and feel is important, we need to be tolerant of those who express things we don’t like or may not agree with. While I empathise with Muslims who were upset by the cartoons that were published – I have seen political/editorial cartoons in the past that have upset or offended me; we simply cannot allow some people’s dislike of a religious-themed cartoon to allow it to be censored from everyone. There have been religious-themed cartoons in the past, and there will be again in the future, but rioting is not a way to demonstrate disapproval of such things.

For my part, I am going to voice my displeasure with the hypocritcal censuring done by McNally Robinson with my wallet. I am going to return a book I bought at one of their stores a couple days ago, as well as a copy of the Western Standard I bought at the same time. I will be contacting the Western Standard to become a subscriber again, and in the future will not purchase books from McNally Robinson. I will also avoid Indigo, Chapters and Coles. I guess Amazon.ca will see a lot more business from me in the future. I wonder if I get a kickback if I refer myself? …


Why No Muslim Rage Toward Egypt?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keith @ 11:40 pm

The Sandmonkey says:

…reminded me why the cartoons looked so familiar to me: they were actually printed in the Egyptian Newspaper Al Fagr back in October 2005. I repeat, October 2005, during Ramadan, for all the egyptian muslim population to see, and not a single squeak of outrage was present. Al Fagr isn’t a small newspaper either: it has respectable circulation in Egypt, since it’s helmed by known Journalist Adel Hamoudah. Looking around in my house I found the copy of the newspaper, so I decided to scan it and present to all of you to see.

So umm…. why isn’t Egypt being targetted, and only birth-place of Legoland?

Back On The Beach

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keith @ 8:17 am

Well, my last post on my blog was in August of last year. I stopped posting my “Photo of the Day” posts because my camera broke, and that took all the wind from my sails for doing photography for a while. I finally had my camera repaired this past December, but I haven’t started taking photos again yet. I am still searching for some inspiration.

The “Photo of the Day” posts were getting to be a bit too much like work as well. I should have gone with “Photo of the Week” or “Photo of the Month” instead. Oh well, live and learn.

I have decided it is time to stop procrastinating about having fallen off the South Beach Diet (read: health eating) lifestyle and do something about it. I went grocery shopping last night and spent $288 on groceries to get everything I needed (and a few kitchen gadgets I didn’t) to start on the SBD again.

I will start blogging about my meal plans again as a way of keeping tabs about what foods I am eating. I will also start working out again in the mornings. I can’t get motivated to go after work.

I’ll try to start posting on other topics again as well when the inspiration strikes me.

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