Sunday, October 24, 2004

Modern day hate speech

Glad I don't go to Waterloo.

Even the CBC reported this big story: The president of the Canadian Islamic Congress told a talk-show host on live TV that all Israelis are targets:

"Mohamed Elmasry told various media outlets that Israelis above the age of 18, - civilian and those dressed in military uniform - are legitimate targets for Palestinian suicide bombers, because they've all served in the Israeli army."


This is sick.

However, it must be made clear that not all Muslims want to kill all Jews - Elmasry was there alongside another Canadian Muslim who was outraged: (I am printing the entire thing since the National Post website is subscriber-only.

Your editorial took Dr. Elmasry to task for what he said on the Michael Coren Show.

However, the Post should also be taken to task for omitting the fact that another Canadian Muslim on the same panel did in fact state his disagreement with Dr. Elmasry immediately after he made his statements. I was on the show. I disassociated myself from his comments. If taken at their plain meaning, they would be contrary to the teachings of Islam and the views of the vast majority of Canadian Muslims. Why didn't you also report this?

You can't demand that Muslims disassociate themselves from Mr. Elmasry's comments, while ignoring those who do.

Naseer Syed, Toronto.


Good going, Naseer Syed.

(Hat tip to the Tiger.)

Nice Jewish Boy

Those of you who read me a lot might think I am super-duper enamoured of Nice Jewish Boy bacause of this:

To sum up my point here, I am voting for the all American and Pro-Israel party, not just for GWB. If they put Mike Jackson on the ticket they would probably still get my vote. The democrats scare the heck out of me. While Bill Clinton seemed to be doing a good job for eight years his time is over. The Oslo accords are over. John Kerry is not Bill Clinton. If you vote for him him this time, then you may as well vote for Hillary next time. I know the race is close, and I know some people are trying to rub it in my face about how Kerry won the debate. He may have pandered well to the ill-informed voter last week, but the real debate was started four years ago when it was time to leave to liberal way of doing things and step into the reality that is America today. America is a strong capitalistic society that leads the world in doing what is right.


I actually am more impressed by this:

I support the Israel Defense Force with all my Jewish heart. Unlike the world would have you believe, the IDF is the most moral and righteous military force in the entire world, also the strongest and smartest. They are held to the highest standards and because of that I tip my hat and give them a big shout out in today's update.


Sigh. There are not enough nice Jewish boys running around Toronto.

I think he might be in a rival alliance, but I don't care.

Nice Jewish boys are hard to find.

Linkfest day five: So I'm late. Take me down a letter grade

I don't think I've ever handed a paper in on time. Some people can. I just can't. Apparently, I can't blogburst on time either.

So here are my entries of Buffy characters who would have voted Bush (I think everyone except Willow) and below, I have linked other bloggers who felt similarly.

From The Puppet Show (Ok, tweaked slightly):

Giles: ...Our new fuhrer, John Kerry.
Willow: I think they call them presidents now.


The incredibly dramatic Showtime, in which we learn that the right thing isn't easy.

Buffy: I don't know what's coming next. But I do know it's gonna be just like this -- hard, painful. But in the end, it's gonna be us. If we all do our parts, believe it, we'll be the ones left standing. Here endeth the lesson.


And of course, Whistler.

Whistler: Bottom line is, even if you see 'em coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's when you find out who you are. You'll see what I mean.


Buffy again, this time with Xander:
X: You don't know how to kill this thing.
B: I thought I might try violence.
X: Solid call.


I have some other favorites, but other people on the blogburst, beat me with the timeliness thing.

Over on TTLB, 50 people have posted their heroes for Bush.

Some Buffy-rific highlights:
Abraca-Pocus points out that Spike is pro-Bush.
Come on! Grrr! Nasty! Let's annihilate those terrorists, for justice, and for... the safety of puppies... and Christmas, right? If we don't take control, they will. It's called security, people. Let's fight that evil! Oh, come on, George W. Bush is the one with the 'stones' to do it, you know I'm right!


Also, Flea has "Buffy for Bush", including that great first-season dress that everyone loved so much.

And, the best Angel quote ever at One Stack Mind:
"'If nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do.'"


Amen.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

York still is not safe

The biggest thing people have always talked about is that campus is security. Is it safe to walk to my car? If I call the escort service will they come? Will they take 45 minutes to arrive?

There's not a lot of trust in security.

It pisses me off to know that York was advised to change things so that we can be safer, but they chose not to as Excalibur makes clear.

On May 30, 2001, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) released a report based on the security standards of York University, which was investigated thoroughly by inspector Mike Budlovsky, under the Industrial Health and Safety Program.

The MOL report indicated that many security officers work alone on campus and face the threat of dealing with serious situations. York was advised to consider the use of a series of equipment including handcuffs and defensive weapons.


They did a survey, which found out that 91 per cent of students surveyed (they surveyed 600, which is a lot) want security to actually do something.

Will this impact the admin?

No, they just want our money.

I know I'm a libertarian, but safety before liberty, people.

We're not safe right now.

And that's the truth about York.

Linkfest day four: Desperate times....

The Truth Laid Bear has started a Heroes for Bush campaign after Joss Whedon, creator of the now-defunct "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV show, decided to endorse Kerry.

On this site, Whedon throws his star power behind Kerry, forgetting that everything the show stands for is everything the President stands for.

The site is laden with kitchy quotes like this:

"'This isn't about wishes. It's about choices. I believe we can beat this evil. Not when it comes. Not when its army is ready. Now.'
Buffy, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer"


News flash: That's exactly what Bush would say about the real bad guys.

I'm no pansy, and I'm not enamoured with Bush enough to want to be his dinner companion.

But I've lived under the immediate threat of terror, held my breath on crowded bus rides and heard bombs go off. I know that there are people in this world who will kill Whedon as quickly as me for advocating the very things they despise - freedom, liberty, independence.

So I'm jumping aboard this blogburst, in the middle of my 6-month anniversary celebrations. Because if I'm celebrating anything, it is the freedom to be born in a country where I can write what I want, say what I want, and live freely (in the flesh and on the blogosphere).

I just don't believe Kerry gets that.

Freedom is on the line here. That's why I shaded in the "Bush" bubble on my absentee ballot today. And that's why I'm accepting TTLB's challenge.

To participate, simply crank up your creative juices, and imagine what your favorite hero would say about why he, she, or it, is planning on voting for President Bush.


My response to this will be tomorrow's post (I don't work that quickly), but in the meanwhile, I'm majorly link-city linking people who are on board this too.

What Is Flig?, a fellow Zionist, (I always like those....) references The Tick. sisu is reminded of Winston Churchill.
Captain Kirk is over at Lapsus calami giving his opinion on the situation.

Secure liberty seems certain that this is just like it happened in The Avengers. Right Thoughts references something in pop culture that I do not understand.

Let's not forget Coffee with CrankyBeach.

Also: One Stack Mind needs more time, like me.

My post will hopefully be online within 24 hours.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Linkfest day three: Proud to be XX

Fun fact I discovered while being herded along like a heifer in the Vari-Ross link today by a throng of co-eds: Tuesday is the day most people are on York campus.

Maybe I'll stay home next Tuesday.

In other news, my gendered rant was picked up on the Best of Me Symphony.

This reminds me of an email from another Alliance member asking me why I don't join a well-endowed league called Bloggers With Boobies.

Dana explains:

It's not a cult; you won't be asked to vote in a bloc or wage war on the Bloggers With Pee-Pees or anything; it's just a badge of pride for all strong, self-assured female bloggers (like me) who refuse to be ashamed about their femininity. We're the anti-feminists.


That's awesome for Dana, but I won't be drawing people to my site based on my anatomy.

But while we're celebrating awesome women bloggers, may I recommend these wonderful ladies:

There's Susie at Practical Penumbra, who is, like me, tactless when it comes to politics.

Here's the thing--when John Kerry says he'll kill terrorists, I don't believe him. So I'm going to vote for President Bush--because I've been in favor of killing terrorists since Entebbe, and the President has killed a lot of terrorists in the past three years.

Any questions?


I've only just discovered Ravings of a Corporate Mommy. But she writes really long posts, and I don't usually read whole posts.

Of course, one of the first blogs I started reading was Being American in T.O.. Debbye blogs about stay-at-home moms, who do not get enough credit, especially from Teresa Heinz-Kerry.

Michelle Malkin is incredibly popular, but she's never been my style. I don't know why.

And last but not least, *The Patriette* is fabulous as always. Her blog looks really good, and the content rocks.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Linkfest day two: I am Canadian

On the second day of my blogoversary, some nice Canadian places to hang out:

At Rightwing.ca, we make fun of idiot leftist Americans.

This lunacy is the brainchild of racist Claud Anderson, who claims "immigrants" (think Asians and Hispanics) are responsible for the plight of poor blacks in inner cities.


Some site redesign from Adam Daifallah, who says something that more people should listen to in this post:
"There are few things Americans hate more than being told what to do by people who aren't Americans. "


canadiancomment, with fun group blogging action, lists the CBC's ten greatest Canadians...kind of sad they're all men (though that is more a problem of society than the CBC):

Frederick Banting
Alexander Graham Bell
Don Cherry
Tommy Douglas
Terry Fox
Wayne Gretzky
Sir John A. Macdonald
Lester B. Pearson
David Suzuki
Pierre Elliott Trudeau


My old sparring buddy The Tiger in Winter writes about the little fact that democracy sometimes leads to stupid decisions by the people - democratic, but dumb.
"Perhaps the most interesting story of recent Canadian history is how quickly the social norms have changed. Toronto was a WASP city -- no Sunday shopping, various other restrictions on the Lord's day and so on. That persisted even through my childhood. No more. We do whatever we want on Sundays, in 2004.

Now, there is one sole holdout in Canada: Nova Scotia. They've just voted down Sunday shopping in a province-wide referendum.

That was perhaps the most annoying law I encountered in my time over there -- it seemed like it was always on Sunday that I ran out of food.

Old classmates, I feel your pain."


My first new blog of the day is OCCAM'S CARBUNCLE. I am suitably impressed that he is a conservative, but more so that in his post he makes a messianic reference:

"
And a little child shall lead them

This is the feel good story of the year for me. A 12 year old boy genius is charging $2 a head for non-striking civil servants to avoid PSAC picket lines by cutting through his back yard. He's already made a hundred bucks. It's enough to bring a tear to a glass eye. How long before some dusty municipal potentate devises a spirit-sucking by-law prohibiting such spontaneous expressions of free enterprise?"


Second new blog is Trudeaupia. This post makes me sure I'll be liking him....
"While I despise affirmative action when the government foists it upon us, I feel free to engage in it myself. So I'm always happy to add Hot! Sexy! Canadian! conservative! chicks to the blogroll. "


Add "aggressive" to the list, and I'd make his blogroll. (Not that I'm hinting or anything....)

And I'm spent......

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Linkfest day one: Guilty pleasures

Today, all things excessively humorous....let's start with york alum Gary Cruse who runs The Owner's Manual and blogs about one of my favourite topics - illogical rednecks....

....Of course, who can forget my old favourites RightWingDuck with his Monologues and IMAO, especially when he lets RWD post things like Ask Teresa:
"Dear Terr-ray-zuh:
Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?
Posted by sefton at October 15, 2004 02:19 PM
Dear Sefton:
What is it with you conservatives? Good or Bad? Black or White? Fighting for the us or against?
I believe in nuance.
Frankly, I'm offended by your question.
Witch indeed.
THK"


......There's also Can I be Frank with you?:
"Tragedy
John Kerry visits a school classroom. They are in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings. The teacher asks Mr. Kerry if he would like to lead the discussion of the word 'tragedy.' So the illustrious Senator asks the class for an example of a tragedy.

One little boy stands up and offers: 'If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing in the field and a tractor runs him over and kills him, that would be a 'tragedy'.'

'No,' says Kerry, 'that would be an accident.'


A little girl raises her hand: 'If a school bus carrying 50 children drove over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy.'

'I'm afraid not,' explains Mr. Kerry. 'That's what we would call a 'great loss'.'

The room goes silent. No other children volunteered. Kerry searches the room. 'Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a 'tragedy'?'

Finally, at the back of the room a small boy raises his hand. In a quiet voice, he says: 'If your campaign plane, carrying you, Mr. Kerry, were struck by a 'friendly fire' missile and blown to smithereens, that would be a 'tragedy'.'

'Fantastic!' exclaims Kerry. 'That's right. And can you tell me why that would be a 'tragedy'?'

'Well,' says the boy 'because it certainly wouldn't be a 'great loss' and it probably wouldn't be an 'accident' either.'"


Indeed.

Of course, all my favourite blogs are from The Alliance, a handy little bunch of friends if I ever had...this week we're concoting Kerry's Cabinet....I need to come up with:

"The Vice President and, by law, the heads of 15 executive departments-the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, and the Attorney General. Under President George W. Bush, Cabinet-level rank also has been accorded to the Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency; Director, Office of Management and Budget; the Director, National Drug Control Policy; and the U.S. Trade Representative."


Man, that is going to be fodder for some boring psych class one of these days...

OK, one last link purely for creativety before I go study - check out Minion of the Great Satan.

One month of glorious blogging celebrated.....

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Six months....

I've been blogging solidly for exactly six whole months.......I think blogging celebrations are in store in my grand tradition of linking to lots of things when I am pleased.

Six days of links to follow, one for each glorious month.....

Email thetruthaboutyork[at]yahoo[dot]ca messages of congratulations and links people want me to link...

The Whiny Whiner of Whinerovitch

Dan the megaphone man is back....and he wants $850,000 because he is so special.

He is suing York for the tuition of 170 people as compensation because they sent him packing for three months.

In this article from The Globe and Mail: "'I'd like to see a situation where people very vigorously defend their right to use campuses as a space to organize independent political action,' Mr. Freeman-Maloy said in an interview after launching his $850,000 court claim."

There are no more words for how much he is an ass. Do you know how many books in the library $850,000 could buy?

Oh, and I'd like to very vigorously defend my right to sit in a class taking a test without you yelling some shit on a megaphone.

And that's the truth about york.....

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Sarcasm as a response to homophobia.

I like sarcasm in university students. It reminds me of myself.

I'm not safe on campus.

This is going to be a long one.

So I usually hate the crap Sean Palter writes, but this time, he is right on the money.

In a multiple part expose, those Excalibur people finally are earning their salaries.

In part one they expose something that everyone knows: York security does nothing and wouldn't prevent you from being attacked.

If you were being raped in Vari Hall and a security officer walked by, administrative policies dictate that there is absolutely nothing they could do to pull the rapist off of you.

“I can verbally tell him to stop,” says *Bill, a security officer for York University.

“That’s what I’m allowed to do.”


In part two, which is decidedly less juicy, we discover that the community security reports that no one ever read (who are we kidding this is York after all) are edited so York seems safer than it is.

“They’ll water it down to its most basic level so that they’re not lying but they’re not technically telling the whole story either,” says *Bill, a York security officer.


and

“If it did state that there was a stabbing, I’m not sure what the benefit to the community would be.”


I hate the admin.

Part three gets better: It turns out that if we were being attacked, security might do nothing because they wouldn't even find out because the patrol staff numbers are
shockingly low.

...four guards patrol the campus, with one dispatcher and one supervisor on duty each day.

However, Bill went on to allege that this year, if someone calls in sick, Security just runs short for that day.

When asked if someone is called in to fill that empty spot, Bill told us no.

“Not anymore,” he says, “we’re over budget for the year is what we’re being told, so there is no money for overtime. So we run short.”


Four? Give me a break. It's a big-ass campus!!

I can't wait for part four....

Whiner of the Month for September

So I wrote about this already, but it was clear that the biggest whining this month (almost reaching Dan Freeman-Maloy proportions) was that of YUBSA and TBLGAY, the York groups who think they should get $11,000 and everyone else should get $100.

That's equitable, let me tell you.

Here is my original post and here are some choice Excal quotes:

“As a service, we do require a larger budget and priority over social groups,” he says.


This is a TBLGAY guy, Yehuda Fisher. So this means in his eyes, every oppressed or disadvantaged group who is not the TBLGAY is a "social group"?

Also, when the changes were made permanent, there was a whole hullaballoo about the YFS bylaws, which were rewritten, along the Progress not Politics ideal of making it so that student union money couldn't go fund terrorist organizations or things of that nature.

Of course, this led to whining.

“This document also makes it illegal for the York Federation of Students to provide any money to charitable organizations or any other NGOs off campus,” noted Orenstein. “I think that’s quite disgusting.”


How did the opposers channel their frustrations? Perhaps by pulling the fire alarm.

The bylaw vote was delayed by a fire alarm that went off in the Student Centre where the meeting was taking place. Many disgruntled councillors alleged that the fire alarm was a stall tactic by individuals who did not want to see the bylaws passed.

“Pulling the fire alarm before a crucial vote is nothing but immature and infantile,” adds Saperia.


York. A wacky, wacky place. No wonder none of us give a shit about anything. It almost seems pointless to care.

Concordia: The one place crazier than York

My friend the Tiger in Halifax as well as a blog I only occasionally read, Mader Blog, are reminding me why I like York better than at least one place: Concordia.

Background: Word on the street is that Concordia has refused the request to have former prime minister of Israel Ehud Barak to speak there.

This is a choice quote from a speech given by prof Gil Troy in response:

I would love to see pro-Palestinian professors and students here and elsewhere standing up and saying: I disagree with Ehud Barak, but I will defend his right to speak; just as I say I disagree with Norman Finkelstein and literally dozens of other Israel- America- and Canada- bashers who have spoken here in these last two years. But I just don't defend their rights to speak, I welcome the opportunity to learn from them, to shake up my views.

I know that when rights of free speech and peaceable assembly become optional not mandatory, when they become contingent on liking those who wish to speak freely or assemble peaceably, we're sliding down that slippery slope to intellectual totalitarianism.


Amen.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Choice whine

While I generally loathe, detest and otherwise revile whiners, here is my whine for the month of September:

September sucks.

No one can find a parking space, the halls are crammed with people, all classes have a BYOC policy (bring your own chair) and the most commonly heard phrase in any given lecture: "The fire marshal would like me to remind you that you are not allowed to sit in the aisles. This is a fire hazard."

I like October better - it's the month when nobody goes to class anymore.