Archive for the politics Category

Something rotten in Australia

Posted in news, other, politics on September 3, 2010 by Jonathan

The latest chapter in the War of the West:

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A well-known Australian Muslim cleric has called for the beheading of Dutch anti-Islamic politician Geert Wilders, a newspaper said on Friday.

But it’s to be a peaceful beheading.

Given the fate of Theo Van Gogh and the numerous attempts on the lives of Muhammed-caricaturing cartoonists on the continent, Mr. Wilders’s bodyguards had better be good.

[HT: Drudge Report]

More rumblings

Posted in other, politics, religion on September 1, 2010 by Jonathan

The upcoming Swedish elections could very well see the nationalist Sweden Democrats gain seats (albeit a small amount of them) in Parliament, which would be a stunning upset in a country not popularly associated with the term “nationalist party.” Of course, one doesn’t associate Sweden with high unassimilated Muslim immigrant demographics either, but that’s certainly the case in cities like Malmo, from which Jews have been fleeing in the face of open-air anti-Semitism.

One thing voters in Stockholm won’t be seeing on their TVs (but will no doubt have seen via the Internet) is this ad by the aforementioned nationalists, which was banned for being incendiary and offensive toward a certain religion. I never thought I’d say this, but Swedish politics just became interesting.

The next Great Awakening

Posted in culture, gay marriage, marriage, politics, religion on August 5, 2010 by Jonathan

My gripe with the Reagan Revolution of the ‘80s was that it focused on politics and not the culture, putting all its energy toward the former while ignoring the latter. In truth, politics – the politicians, policies, judicial rulings, etc. – is a result of what is happening in the culture. For the last several decades, there has been a strong and tenacious movement within the media and the classroom to eradicate the pillars of Western civilization, pillars which are incompatible with the left-wing worship of equality. That movement had one of its victories yesterday. As much of the public expresses outrage over the presence of a mosque near Ground Zero, a far greater wound to the soul of the country was carried out in a California courtroom as one judge, in regard to the biggest issue of any society – the definition of marriage – overturned the will of around 7,000,000 voters, all of whom in the brave new world of progressives are now considered bigots. Had conservatives and traditionalists kept their eye on cultural institutions – on movies, television, books, music, schools, universities, churches(!) – the idea of transforming marriage, and therefore gender relations, wouldn’t have the momentum it has now, and we wouldn’t be on the road to a pre-Leviticus world. Now we are. Let the next Great Awakening come.

Hope for Holland?

Posted in news, politics, religion on June 10, 2010 by Jonathan

Big night for the Netherlands: A conservative party won the most seats in the latest election, narrowly beating out the leftists. But the real story is the success of Geert Wilders’s anti-Islam party, which came in a strong third and will be an indicator of what future voting throughout Europe will look like. Holland’s reputation may be as the cradle of tolerance and coffee shops, yet below the surface lies real anxiety that things are getting out of control. Expect more elections like this one.

Now that’s an ad

Posted in politics, Uncategorized on May 19, 2010 by Jonathan

I know nothing about this man but I already want him to win.

Knowing your audience

Posted in movies, news, politics, Uncategorized on May 16, 2010 by Jonathan

In an interview with a Spanish newspaper, Woody Allen says he wouldn’t mind if President Obama were dictator for four years. He says this, of course, to a paper whose country happens to be well-versed in the joys of dictatorship.

[HT: Big Hollywood]

That British election

Posted in news, politics, Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 by Jonathan

My absence from posting these past two weeks is due to the fact that I’ve been riveted by coverage of the British election. Now that it’s over, I can return to—

What’s that you say? It’s not over? You mean the Conservatives didn’t waltz into 10 Downing Street with a clear and roaring majority, as had been predicted for over a year now? You mean Gordon Brown is still, as I write this, Prime Minister, as had most decidedly not been predicted for over a year now?

I can afford, as an American, to be a bit amused by the prospect of a hung parliament in Britain, only because I find it fascinating that someone as belittled and unkindly caricatured by the press as Mr. Brown can still hang on. I’m merely echoing what myriad commentators across the pond have already stated when I say that it wasn’t the wisest choice for David Cameron to start sounding like a centrist instead of an iron-spined Tory. As we in America have already discovered – and as what many in Europe have taken notice of in the past couple years – flashy platitudes on the campaign trail can only go so far. It’s ultimately the substance that matters.

I just watched two clips on the BBC webpage of Cameron and Brown speaking. I’m sure Mr. Cameron is an able and intelligent person (he can’t get to where he’s gotten by being otherwise). But it was Mr. Brown, for all his lack of glamour, who appeared to have the more substance. Perhaps that’s one reason why he’s hanging on as long as he is.