The Iconoclast

Saturday, 16 December 2017
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Canadians should not be complacent about our tax rates and structure, nor about the state of our social services. by Conrad Black The year ends with Canada in an oddly satisfied state of mind, politically. The United States is about to pass a tax cut and simplification bill that will excuse ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/16/2017 8:13 AM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 16 December 2017
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From The Times, The Telegraph and the Daily Mail The chief inspector of schools has accused hard-left activists and religious extremists of trying to stop her clampdown on illegal Muslim schools with a campaign of intimidation. Amanda Spielman revealed that one of Ofsted’s regional offices has been ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/16/2017 5:18 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 15 December 2017
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Together Again by G. Murphy Donovan Say what you will about Donald Trump, but beyond ego, bluster, and stable manners; you will often find the courage of truth, a kind of candor too painful to ignore. The recent “official” recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a dramatic example ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/15/2017 4:42 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Friday, 15 December 2017
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From Malta Independent US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has caused a backlash in the region, particularly among Muslims, and the reaction's reverberated to Nazareth, where the town's mayor, Ali Salam, announced Thursday that all planned Christmas ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/15/2017 4:02 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 14 December 2017
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Both presidents inspired a demented fury against them. by Conrad Black In this season of frenzied liberal assault on the incumbent president and the almost uniform view of the long-standing bipartisan political elite of the United States that President Trump is a maniac, any falsehood about ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/14/2017 7:42 AM by Conrad Black
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Thursday, 14 December 2017
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Muslim students who attend a Catholic university in Chicago recently lamented to the school newspaper that Christmas is overcelebrated while Islamic holidays are disproportionately undercelebrated. The story, titled, “Religious Holidays Aren’t Represented Equally on Campus,” makes the case that all ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/14/2017 1:51 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017
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From Blackburn News Police in Windsor are investigating after someone spray-painted several bus shelters and the Windsor Star building with Islam themed messages. The messages on the bus shelters along Ouellette Ave. in downtown Windsor say, “Islam executes drug dealers”, and “#ShariaNow”. They ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/13/2017 1:03 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017
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From the Sun ISIS fanatics have unveiled a sickening poster of US President Donald Trump kneeling in front of a hooded Jihadi John-style executioner. Outspoken Trump and Israel’s leader Benjamin Netanyahu are depicted as doomed prisoners in front of the Al-Aqsa mosque – a controversial holy site ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/13/2017 12:53 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017
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by Michael Curtis Jean d'Ormesson The Chinese have a character for "double happiness." The French would benefit from a similar character of "double sadness" with the events of December 2017 when two giants of French culture, dissimilar in every way, died on successive days. This is not the first ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/13/2017 11:31 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017
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The very word "rigor" smacks of white maleness while scientific knowledge itself is "gendered, raced, and colonizing." Really. Apparently we need a more inclusive and holistic approach to designing buildings, bridges and tunnels. Who knew? ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/13/2017 8:28 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017
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It looks as though New Yorkers are becoming as resilient as Israelis in the face of terror. Is terror becoming a fact of life in New York? by Phyllis Chesler On 9/11, I typed, “Now, we are all Israelis.” At the time, what I meant was that Muslim terrorists had come after us in New York ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/13/2017 7:26 AM by Phyllis Chesler
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Tuesday, 12 December 2017
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by Theodore Dalrymple The first political leader of any consequence whom I ever met (and I have not met many since) was Ian Smith, Prime Minister of the pariah state of Rhodesia, as it was then still called. I was working as a young doctor in the country, in Bulawayo, and someone said to me at ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/12/2017 9:05 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 12 December 2017
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They issued the following statement through a CAIR lawyer. ABC: "We are heartbroken by this attack on our city today and by the allegations being made against a member of our family. Our family like all families is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all New Yorkers," the family said in ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/12/2017 6:39 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 11 December 2017
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UPDATE3: He seems to have come into the country through chain migration - he was sponsored by a "family member" and as luck would have it, he was just under the age when he would have been ineligible. Querulous sort that I am, I question both of these criteria. Was he really a relative (see the case ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/11/2017 7:33 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 11 December 2017
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by Theodore Dalyrmple Robert Mugabe, Second President of Zimbabwe (1987-2017). Though I lived in Rhodesia (as it then was) for only seven months, and returned to Zimbabwe (as it had by then become) ten years later for only a couple of weeks, the country has occupied my thoughts since then intermittently ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/11/2017 7:12 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 11 December 2017
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RIYADH, December 11 (CIC) –  The Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information (MOCI) announced in an official statement on Monday that commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate in the Kingdom as of early 2018, for the first time in more than 35 years. The Board of the General Commission for ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/11/2017 6:41 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 11 December 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald If you’ve been listening to NPR or the BBC or almost any news channel, you’ve been told again and again these days that Jerusalem is a city “holy to three faiths.” This is comforting for those who don’t like to make distinctions; it doesn’t, however, adequately convey the fact ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/11/2017 4:38 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 10 December 2017
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by Michael Curtis He and the song are gone but the melody lingers on. Outside of France he was the greatest rock singer you never head of. Yet on December  9, 2017 a large police convoy escorted his white coffin from the Paris suburb of Marnes-La-Coquette, via the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/10/2017 6:37 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 09 December 2017
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From the Daily Mail, the Swedish edition of the Local and Sveriges Radio. Twenty-one masked men have been seen throwing molotov cocktails at a synagogue in central Gothenburg.'Twenty-one seems very specific; twenty, or twenty odd, or two dozen would be more usual. 'We in place with a number of units,' ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/09/2017 6:25 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 09 December 2017
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From the Mail on Sunday The vast majority of men convicted of grooming young white girls – 84 per cent – are of Asian origin, according to a report to be published this week. The study by the renowned counter-extremism think-tank Quilliam says that of these, seven in ten are believed to be of Pakistani-Muslim ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/09/2017 6:07 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 09 December 2017
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Farzana Hassan writes in the Toronto Sun: Phyllis Chesler’s book, Islamic Gender Apartheid: Exposing a Veiled War Against Women, analyses some pervasive gender inequities in parts of the Muslim world that are enabled by culture and laws. The book comprises essays, columns and articles written ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/09/2017 5:48 AM by NER
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Saturday, 09 December 2017
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All has changed in the Middle East. The Palestinians no longer benefit from the patronage of the Arab leaders to keep the pot boiling with Israel by Conrad Black The American decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is an inspired move and the Canadian government’s decision ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/09/2017 4:42 AM by Conrad Black
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Friday, 08 December 2017
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by Michael Curtis Some lies have consequences, others do not.  No real political consequence resulted from the declaration of a well known politician on TV on January 26, 1998, that "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky.  I never told anybody to lie, not a single time, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/08/2017 6:39 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 08 December 2017
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"PSALM 122. "A Song of Degrees.  Of David. "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. "Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. "Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: "Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/08/2017 6:31 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Friday, 08 December 2017
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by Gary Fouse As a supporter of Israel, I support President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. It is long overdue. The fact of the matter is that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and since Israel is our staunchest ally in the Middle East. we should recognize it as such. We ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/08/2017 5:48 AM by Gary Fouse
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