Arkiv for 6. januar 2012

Video, audio & artikler: Salman Rushdie om Christopher Hitchens

Det er bemærkelsesværdigt så meget der stadig skrives om fantastiske Hitchens, som Rushdie kalder vor tids Voltaire:

Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

Targeted by Khomeini in 1989, the author found himself with a formidable 
champion: Christopher Hitchens. Salman Rushdie recalls his friend’s many joyfully waged battles, not least the Hitch’s magnificent argument with Death.

By Salman Rushdie – February 2012

On June 8, 2010, I was “in conversation” with Christopher Hitchens at the 92nd Street Y in New York in front of his customary sellout audience, to launch his memoir, Hitch-22. Christopher turned in a bravura performance that night, never sharper, never funnier, and afterward at a small, celebratory dinner the brilliance continued. A few days later he told me that it was on the morning of the Y event that he had been given the news about his cancer. It was hard to believe that he had been so publicly magnificent on such a privately dreadful day. He had shown more than stoicism. He had flung laughter and intelligence into the face of death.

Hitch-22 was a title born of the silly word games we played, one of which was Titles That Don’t Quite Make It, among which were A Farewell to Weapons, For Whom the Bell Rings, To Kill a Hummingbird, The Catcher in the Wheat, Mr. Zhivago, and Toby-Dick, a.k.a. Moby-Cock. And, as the not-quite version of Joseph Heller’s comic masterpiece, Hitch-22. Christopher rescued this last title from the slush pile of our catechism of failures and redeemed it by giving it to the text which now stands as his best memorial.

Mere HER i Vanity Fair. Der eksisterer 11 minutter af det program, Rushdie omtaler:

Christopher Hitchens in Conversation with Salman Rushdie at the 92nd Street Y

Og Hitchens sidste artikel:

Charles Dickens’s Inner Child

While it’s tempting to see Charles Dickens as a fusion of his heroes and villains, on the great British novelist’s 200th birthday his true gifts should be recognized: a respect for childhood and a willingness to atone for his mistakes.

By Christopher Hitchens – February 2012

Those who study Charles Dickens, or who keep up the great cult of his admiration, had been leading a fairly quiet life until a few years ago. The occasional letter bobs to the surface, or a bit of reminiscence is discovered, or perhaps some fragment of a souvenir from his first or second American tour. The pages of that agreeable little journal The Dickensian remained easy to turn, with little possibility of any great shock. At least since The Invisible Woman, Claire Tomalin’s definitive, 1991 exposure of the other woman in Dickens’s life—the once enigmatic Nelly Ternan—there hasn’t been any scandal or revelation.

Mere HER i Vanity Fair. Desuden denne audio. Det går fint med at høre, hvad der bliver sagt, selvom der er en lille fejl i lyden:

PEN Podcasts: Conversation with Umberto Eco, Salman Rushdie, and Mario Vargas Llosa

January 5, 2012 | PEN American

The Three Musketeers is one of the most beautiful examples of literary jazz. Dumas was able to write very badly The Count of Monte Cristo. The Three Musketeers is pure jazz—pah-pah-pah—with such rhythm, such a sense of riff, it’s incredible. He’s able to continue with a dialogue saying nothing, but it’s like a drum.

In today’s podcast, a conversation between Umberto Eco, Salman Rushdie, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Leonard Lopate at the event The Three Musketeers Reunited: Umberto Eco, Salman Rushdie, and Mario Vargas Llosa, part of the 2008 PEN World Voices Festival. Eco, who celebrates a birthday today, also delivered the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture at the Festival.

Stares HER – åbner Windows Media Player. Varighed 47 minuter.

Video: Ann Barnhardt & Warren Pollock – igen

Barnhardt er efterspurgt for tiden. Dette radioprogram er fra 5. januar 2012 – det er anden gang Pollock interviewer Barnhardt:

Ann Barnhardt & Warren Pollock Have an Open Conversation

Ann Barnhardt and I (Warren Pollock) have an open conversation organized to provide background to this crisis, the setting of legal precedent, netting, settlement, and future trends including a potential bank holiday. We talk about MF Global as it applies to savings and commercial banking, brokerage, insurance, and commodities. We talk about numeric impossibility of solving the problem, incest between government and finance, having the victim of the crisis pay rather than the fraudster. We explain how the MF Global bankruptcy process will define how customer funds will be treated in a bank holiday. We talk about the idea of having an honest bank holiday to root out fraud vs an economic crisis which plays to looting and criminal activity of vested interest.

Første interview med Ann Barnhardt og Warren Pollock kan ses her hos Veritas Universalis:

Gårsdagens interview kan findes her:

Video & artikler: Robert Spencer i Australien

Om æresdrab, Israel ~ Palæstina, Ron Paul, Iran og mere – fra American Family Association den 28. december 2011:

Robert Spencer on Muslim Mass Slaying in Texas

Der er ikke mindre end 2 præsentationer i den næste video, men begge er ret gode – og Spencer er fremragende. Uploadet 1. januar 2012:

Robert Spencer Speaks in Perth, Australia, November 27, 2011

The second stop on Spencer’s five-city Australian speaking tour, November-December 2011, hosted by the Q Society of Australia.

Og artikler:

Five Easy Steps to End ‘Islamophobia’

by Robert Spencer on Dec 30th, 2011

No comedy show, no matter how clever or winning, is going to eradicate the suspicion that many Americans have of Muslims. This is because Americans are concerned about Islam not because of the work of greasy Islamophobes, but because of Naser Abdo, the would-be second Fort Hood jihad mass murderer; and Khalid Aldawsari, the would-be jihad mass murderer in Lubbock, Texas; and Muhammad Hussain, the would-be jihad bomber in Baltimore; and Mohamed Mohamud, the would-be jihad bomber in Portland; and Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square​ jihad mass-murderer; and Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad​, the Arkansas military recruiting station jihad murderer; and Naveed Haq, the jihad mass murderer at the Jewish Community Center in Seattle; and Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar, the would-be jihad mass murderer in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Ahmed Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh, who hatched a jihad plot to blow up a Manhattan synagogue; and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab​, the would-be Christmas airplane jihad bomber; and many others like them who have plotted and/or committed mass murder in the name of Islam and motivated by its texts and teachings — all in the U.S. in the last couple of years.

Mere HER i FrontPageMagazine. Kan også læses her hos AINA.

Jihad plotting persists in mosques

by Robert Spencer – January 3, 2012

It is now official U.S. Government policy that Islam has nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism, and that therefore any examination of the stated motives and goals of Islamic jihad terrorists constitutes “Islamophobia” and must be shunned, as well as punished. But new revelations this week from a confessed jihad plotter indicate that this is exactly the opposite policy of what should have been adopted.

A young Muslim named Abdel Hameed Shehadeh recently tried to join the U.S. Army, not out of patriotism but as part of a plan to surprise American soldiers and murder them in the name of Islam and jihad. But he was caught, and began talking; if even some of the information he has given investigators is accurate, he has exposed a jihad network of impressive proportions that should end politically correct self-deception in law enforcement officials’ approach to the problem of jihad terrorism in the United States.

Mere HER i Human Events.

Spencer: Islamic supremacism not slowing down

Chad Groening – January 4, 2012

A bestselling author and expert on terrorism predicts the advances in Islamic supremacy seen in 2011 will continue in 2012.

Two Memphis-area Islamic clerics recently filed suit against Delta Airlines for kicking them off a flight to Charlotte, where they were to attend a conference on so-called “Islamophobia.”

Mere HER i OneNewsNow.

Opdatering – fra American Family Association den 12. januar 2012:

Robert Spencer answers: What would a President Paul foreign policy look like to Israel and Iran?

Nothing but Truth with Crane Durham

Andre kilder: CBN News,

Nyårshilsen fra Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-WolffI Will Remain Steadfast!

January 1, 2012

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff sends the following New Year’s message to everyone who has supported her over the last two years.

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, Sunday December 20 was a dark day for freedom of speech.

The Austrian justice system decided that the truth may not be spoken if it is deemed “excessive” (nota bene: and thus “denigrating” from the point of view of pious Muslims). Although the verdict was shocking, it did not come as a surprise.

Before I continue with my thoughts about the impact and implications of the ruling, I want to thank a few people:

Mere HER hos In Defence of Free Speech.


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