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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Heil Canada!

Americans don't think very often about Canada, and for good reason. In global terms, it is irrelevant, a nation so insignificant that it exported its national sport from cities like Winnipeg and Quebec to hockey hotbeds such as Phoenix, Ariz. While we're appreciative of the maple syrup and the occasional celebrity it contributes – speaking of which, Canadians can take Pamela Anderson back if they like, as we appear to be done with her – Canada's latest contribution to Western culture is even less desirable than the little coven of Canadian neocons that have invaded the conservative American commentariat.

Vox Day

You have to read all of this one. The setup is pure Vox Day. Ok, Vox, we get the point, you're not a Mark Steyn fan, but...

I tend to be somewhat more forgiving of Steyn on his war cheerleading. I can't tell from the article if Vox is aware of it, but Steyn's views on the war spring from the same fount as his views on the Muslim migration, rightly or wrongly. In my view, those who support the war as a means to thwart the migration are wrong. Those who cheerlead for it are so wrong I sometimes suspect they are simple. However, I understand the progression of thought that brought them to their view.

As to the meat of the article, should anyone doubt that the US is headed in the direction of hate speech laws, I am aware of two bills introduced in the Congress last year that amount to hate speech laws. Should some of you simpering PC advocates find the cockles of your heart warmed by this prospect, be aware that you and your ilk are usually among the first to fall the the predations of thought-crime laws. Or as the old saying goes, it's the useful idiots who are always most shocked as they are being frog-marched off to the firing squads.

Steyn should move to the US and seek asylum. Now wouldn't that be ironic in so very many ways?


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