September 22, 2014

With the Rise of Radical Islam, Multiculturalism is a Spent Force

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 Share on TumblrMulticulturalism is a product of relativism; the only way you can believe that all cultures are equally valid and good is if you believe that all values are relative, that there is no objective right or wrong or good or bad. Of course even the most hard core relativist can’t live such a philosophy consistently, but that doesn’t stop them from believing it anyway. Most people with a modicum of common sense realize that some cultures are better than others, but this doesn’t apply to the West’s cultural elite. For them it isn’t only relativism that makes them …continue reading

With the Rise of Radical Islam, Multiculturalism is a Spent Force

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 Share on TumblrMulticulturalism is a product of relativism; the only way you can believe that all cultures are equally valid and good is if you believe that all values are relative, that there is no objective right or wrong or good or bad. Of course even the most hard core relativist can’t live such a philosophy consistently, but that doesn’t stop them from believing it anyway. Most people with a modicum of common sense realize that some cultures are better than others, but this doesn’t apply to the West’s cultural elite. For them it isn’t only relativism that makes them …continue reading

Google Introduces Encryption by Default, Protecting User Data

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 Share on TumblrQuickly following the lead of Apple, Inc., Google has announced that it too will encrypt its users’ data by default, in its next mobile operating system, Android L. Users of these operating systems have long been able to use encryption, but relatively few were aware of this option, and hence Apple and Google could mine their personal information upon government request or for other reasons. That will no longer be possible unless users turn the encryption off. As with Apple’s new system, Google will be unable to hand individuals’ private information over to law enforcement authorities. As I …continue reading

Scottish Referendum Shows Fascist Tendencies of British Elites, UK Libertarian Writes

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 Share on TumblrThe strong connection between progressive elitism and fascism, noted a few years ago by Jonah Goldberg, is on evidence in Britain’s struggles regarding the future of Scotland, writes English libertarian David Davis: The breaking of the UK must have the planet’s less nice scumbags and GFNs chortling into their latte (whatever that might be) and gleefully rubbing their hands over a potential strategic advance. The Global War, for that is what it is, is against English liberalism and no other thing. Only this stands between Man and the Endarkenment. It has been like this for almost 150 years, …continue reading

Apple’s New Security Policy Is Great News for iPhone, iPad Users

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 Share on TumblrApple Corp. last night announced that it is implementing a new security protocol that will make it impossible for the firm to turn over users’ personal information to government agencies, or anyone else. This is great news for users of Apple products, and one hopes that the other major phone and tablet operating system providers—notably, Google and Microsoft—will quickly follow suit. This is a real innovation that makes the electronic-device consumer experience much better and much safer. The Washington Post reports: The move, announced with the publication of a new privacy policy tied to the release of Apple’s latest …continue reading

Benghazi, Media Bias and the Conservative Counter Culture

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 Share on TumblrClaiming liberal media bias is a cliché and comes across as hackneyed to me whenever I hear it. Yet everyone knows it’s true, except liberals themselves, and it has pernicious and profound implications for the health of the Republic. One very obvious example in the news right now is what happened in Benghazi where a US Ambassador was killed. Congressional hearings investigating this debacle are going on, and the story promises to have implications for the 2016 presidential race. But you wouldn’t know that from the mainstream media. Peter Wehner at Commentary puts it this way in a …continue reading

Well Worth Watching: Lewis and Hathaway Return to PBS ‘Masterpiece Mystery’

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 Share on TumblrU.S. fans of the UK TV mystery series Inspector Lewis take heart and heed: Oxford police detectives Lewis and Hathaway are returning to the airwaves to solve three new cases. This series sequel to the British TV adaptations of the brilliant Inspector Morse novels by Colin Dexter is now entering its seventh season on U.S. TV, on Masterpiece Theater, Sundays at 9:00 to 10:30 p.m. EDT. Here is the schedule for the upcoming episodes: Sunday, October 5: “Entry Wounds” Sunday, October 12: “The Lions of Nemea” Sunday, October 19: “Beyond Good and Evil” The new batch of episodes is especially good news for longtime …continue reading

Campbell Documentary Celebrates Country Artist

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 Share on TumblrAs a country musician, Glen Campbell wasn’t widely known, among the general audience, for musical virtuosity, but he was in fact an impressive guitarist, singer, and songwriter who was talented enough to substitute for Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys on the band’s tours in the mid-’60s. Campbell had several hit songs on the pop charts, in addition to the country charts, in the late 1960s and early ’70s. Among those, “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Southern Nights,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy” are particularly memorable, with the latter aptly lamenting a trend away from authenticity …continue reading

The Devil in His Own Words

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 Share on Tumblr The Devil has often been written about and Marcus Kyd of the Taffety Punk Theatre Company has “freely adapted” many of the writings in this one man play, in which he also acts.  While Mr. Kyd does not ignore the Hebrew Bible (though his is not the Satan of the books of Job and Zechariah) nor Islam, this devil is a Christian one, the great angel who falls when he rebels against God. Mr. Kyd’s devil adapts himself to his surroundings and to the people whom he addresses, but, in the end,  he is always after their souls. Since in …continue reading

Comedian-Turned-Pundit Branded as Poseur

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 Share on TumblrI enjoyed Rod Liddle’s recent article in the UK Spectator (a terrific magazine) for its accurate analysis of the dullness of political interviewing at the monolithically smug BBC, but most of all for this hilariously accurate description of an increasingly common pox on society: the celebrity who has become an expert on politics, genus thespis insufferabilis, in this case the former comedian and aspiring philosopher-king Russell Brand: I watched Russell’s latest address to the world, which he delivers regularly from his bedroom—complete with those by now familiar mangled, high-camp estuarial vowels, tortuously pretentious grammar and infantile, uninformed narcissistic political opinions. Russell sits on the bed …continue reading

HBO, Showtime Comments Portend Ominous Scenario for Cable/Satellite Companies

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 Share on TumblrAs TV viewers increasingly move to online programming sources such as Netflix, Hulu, and Acorn Video, two major players in the cable/satellite TV world are contemplating selling online subscriptions to customers who don’t have cable or satellite service. If this happens, which is by no means ensured to occur any time soon, it would be a serious game-changer in the television industry. Separate comments today by Jeff Bewkes of HBO owner Time/Warner and Les Moonves of Showtime parent CBS suggest the two companies are seriously considering an end-run around the cab/sat providers by selling their wares directly to consumers over …continue reading

How to Shrink Your Church and Your Political Party

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 Share on TumblrI saw this title, “How to Shrink Your Church in One Easy Step,” recently, and being a churchgoer who would rather not shrink my church, I thought I might learn something about how to avoid that unpleasant outcome. So, how do you shrink your church? According to the article, it happens when you throw your principles out the door (in this case, historic, orthodox doctrine), and adopt cultural values that are at war with those principles. This jettisoning of principles, of course, is what many people claim to be the way to attract more people, especially those paragons of wisdom and …continue reading

FOX News Increases Viewership, Has Third-Highest Primetime Cable Audience in Choice Demo

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 Share on TumblrMedia analysts correctly claim that the TV news media have been losing audience in recent years, but that only tells half the story. The progressive-liberal-biased news programs and networks (which are the great majority on the national level) are indeed losing their audience, but FOX News has solidified its position as one of the most popular cable networks. In August, FOX News achieved the third-highest prime-time viewership among all cable networks. Meanwhile, CNBC has approached record-low audience numbers and is trending further downward, though there isn’t much room below the network’s current position. In August, just 28,000 25-54-year-olds watched on average between 9:30 …continue reading

Joan Rivers: A Little Heroine

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 Share on TumblrComedienne Joan Rivers died yesterday at the age of 81, after a medical procedure to repair her vocal cords resulted in complications including cardiac arrest. She was not the first successful female stand-up comedienne (in fact she was nominated for a Tony Award in 1994 for her Broadway performance as comedienne Sally Marr, mother of Lenny Bruce, in Sally Marr . . . and Her Escorts), but she was probably the first to achieve mainstream national success comparable to her male counterparts, hitting the big time in 1965 as a frequent guest on the Tonight Show, appearing nine times on …continue reading

The Rise of the Conservative Counterculture—and How You Can Participate

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 Share on TumblrYou say you want a revolution? In the heady days of the 1960s and early ’70s, the counterculture used to speak “truth to power” and stand up to “the man.” In those years of my youth, the baby boomers were eager consumers of that counterculture, challenging the power of a culture allegedly dominated by conservative, rich, white men. Those were heady times for hippies, yippies, and ordinary middle-class admirers of Woodward and Bernstein, the latter helping force a sitting president to resign his office, for the first time in the history of the United States. Thus was the counterculture defined and its power …continue reading

Crowding Out Common Courtesy

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 Share on TumblrIn his latest Boston Globe column, Jeff Jacoby argues that a misplaced emphasis on individual rights as a solution to all problems destroys much of what holds a society together, including simple, common courtesy: Everyone has an opinion on the passenger in Row 12 who caused an uproar on a United flight from Newark to Denver when he used a plastic bracket called the “Knee Defender” to block the woman in front of him from reclining her seat. . . . You can’t always get what you want, to coin a phrase. That’s routinely true of public accommodations, where our …continue reading

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