You might recall I nominated Pam Geller for Most Influential Blogger well Pam has accepted the nomination and answered the seven questions I submitted but didn’t announce at the time:

1. How different would your blog be if you had started it ten years before 9/11?

LML. It would be unrecognizable. It would be fashion, music, art. I’d be a helluva lot more popular, that’s for sure.

2. How often do you hear from Muslims who support what you do but wish to remain quiet out of fear?

Daily.

I more often hear from Muslims begging me for help. They have read the Quran and understand what is commanded of them, and they want no part of it. But when they share their feelings with their families, they put their lives in danger, and they need help.

3. Do you still find stories in Radical Islam that surprise you?

No, but the word radical still surprises me.

As for jihad surprising me, I have seen too much on a daily basis. Recently, the jihadist in Syria ate the heart of an adversary. That was monstrous, but the nonchalent response by the media and the intelligentsia was more surprising. The BBC did a sympathetic piece. I was surprised they didn’t entitle it “Hungry for Love.”

The Rolling Stone cover of the Boston jihad bomber ……

4. You seem to shrug off death threats the way people comb hair out of their eyes, where does this strength come from?

I am fighting for freedom. Life is not worth living without freedom. If we don’t fight now, when? When the death threat becomes …… law?

5. A rather somber question, if tomorrow your foes managed to silence you, other than the obvious answer (Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch) where would recommend your readers go to stay informed about Radical Islam.

The Religion of Peace.com

6. You’ve become a blogging icon, how has that notoriety affected family & friends?

Family is family. And everyone who is in my circle is a huge cheerleader.

7. You have a great love for classic movies when did you develop this?

Since 1943….. just kidding.

All of my life. I ran home from elementary school to watch the “The 4:30 Movie.” Every day they would run an old movie, viciously edited to fit a 90-minute slot (with commercials). But it still, so great. A truly original and brilliant American art form.

I think many years from now when Radical Islam is defeated, people will read about Pam Geller in History books and be amazed that she stood fast with all against her. Young women will imagine being her fighting the fight she won.

I’ll give the last word to Matt Bogen

2:57  Just a reminder we haven’t “established” the doctor can regenerate into a woman there was a throw away line in “The Doctor’s wife” and a couple of seconds at the start of the 11th doctor’s where because of his hair he thought he was a girl (regeneration confusion) but until we see a Time Lord who has in fact regenerated into a different sex it hasn’t been established at all.  If Moffat chooses to introduce a time lord that does so, that’s a different story.

2:50  Huff po actually beat the BBC by several minutes but couldn’t help but play the PC card:

Oscar winner Helen Mirren said she won’t play the Doctor, but it’s time there was a woman in the role. “I’m not going to be the first female ‘Doctor Who.’ No, no, no. Absolutely not, I absolutely wouldn’t contemplate that … but I do think it’s well over-time to have a female ‘Doctor Who’ … I think a gay, black female ‘Doctor Who’ would be best of all,” Mirren told Daybreak.

The relevance of this opinion post reveal is well, zero but Huff po is Huff po so that’s what really count.

2:44  The BBC has a bare bones story up:

Actor Peter Capaldi has been announced as the new star of BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who.

The Glasgow-born star will be the 12th actor to play the Doctor, replacing outgoing star Matt Smith.

He is best known for his role as foul-mouthed spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC series The Thick of It.

“It’s so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer, but it’s been so fantastic,” Capaldi said after the news was revealed on a live BBC One show.

The 55-year-old had been the bookmakers favourite to take on the role and had suspended all betting on the star on Friday.

Nothing on IMDB or memeorandum or wesmirch but his Wikipedia entry has been updated.

2:43  This is the first time since the TV movie 1996 that the Doctor has been played by an actor older than I am and the first time since the days of Sylvester McCoy (1989) that the Doctor has a companion played by a woman young enough to be his daughter so likely the whole sexual tension stuff is done with.  I think that’s not a bad thing.

2:36 Apparently the Bookies knew before us:

On Thursday, Comicbook.com pointed out how there had been a flurry of bets placed on Peter Capaldi to become the 12th Doctor on Doctor Who shortly before it was revealed that the BBC would officially be announcing the new Doctor this weekend. The timing of the rise in bets before the official revelation that the BBC had made a decision certainly points to those in the know attempting to capitalize on their knowledge. Now, bookies have become so certain that Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor that they have stopped taking bets.

2:30 Capaldi’s IMDB

2:27 Peter Capaldi is picked as the 12th Doctor, liked him very much in The Fires of Pompeii

2:17 “Tom Baker will always be “the Doctor”

2:15 @bbcdoctorwho had 599,858 followers at the start of the show, over 603,683 as of now

2:12 Matt Smith on playing Doctor Who: “There are no parts like this.”

2:09 Peter Davison (5th doctor) on his daughter who plays the Doctor’s daughter being married to David Tennant (10th doctor) “While I was giving the father of the Bride Speech it was very confusing.”

2:00 Twitter stream for #doctorwho & #12thdoctor too fast to keep up with

1:55: Better way to put it, Imagine if Star Trek was never cancelled but a new captain of the enterprise was named every 3-7 years. The Actor who became the Captain would become iconic.

1:52 I don’t think non Doctor Who fans can appreciated how big this is in England and the Commonwealth. The nearest equivalent would be maybe if there was a special that announced the new host of the Tonight Show was announced on a special.

1:50

1:44 the people in the running according to Whatculture 1:41:

 

1:38  Just got home from helping a friend building a three season porch.  BBC America now on awaiting the show…

Picard/Kamin: “Seize the time, Meribor – live now! Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.”

Star Trek TNG The Inner Light 1992

Last night for the first time since my 5th Class Reunion I attended an event involving my high school class. One of the members suggested we have a 50th birthday party for the lot of us and when my wife and I (along with her best friend) all attended.

It was a rather good time, I managed to refrain from commenting that the women there have aged well (for some reason ladies only hear the word “aged”) some of them were even more lovely than I remembered, and the men likewise had aged pretty well (men don’t mind that phrase).  I seemed to be the most folliclly challenged of the crowd (although quite the opposite was true along the waistline).

Apart from the purely physical appearance of people it was interesting and rather pleasant to simply speak to people who had interests as diverse as Bird Watching to the same Doctor Who fandom that I enjoy.  Their stories were no less interesting for my familiarity with the people there.

It highlighted the advantage, at least in my mind, of NOT being on Facebook. Because I was not as familiar with everyone’s day-to-day activities the pleasure of discovery and the sheer joy of being with people was more pronounced, although perhaps less speech and more listening on my part was in order.

The evening took more significance when I read Ann Althouse’s piece on the NY Balcony accident:

It was such a striking reminder of the way death might come at any time, and one’s confidence that death won’t come because it hasn’t come yet — I do it all the time — is a delusion we live by and might die by.

I’m not afraid to lie down at night and sleep — I actively seek the loss of consciousness on those occasions — because I always wake up in the morning. That’s happened every time so far anyway. And yet, every day, there are — lying in beds all over the world — dead bodies of human beings who surrendered consciousness to sleep the night before, assuming it would work out the same way it did all those other times.

None of us are promised tomorrow, hell none of us are promised the rest of today and the sheer randomness of live can overwhelm you if you think too deeply about it.

That reality of the fragility of life should not be an obsession but it is a reminder to get the important stuff done.  Go to confession if you are a Catholic (and consider becoming one if you are not) get right with God.

Once you’ve handled that eternal priority take the time to enjoy the ordinary, which is actually more extraordinary than you think.  Don’t forget that no matter how irritating this administration and the IRS scandal is or how outrageous the voter fraud is in NH or how costly the new Gas tax in Massachusetts is, those fights, while necessary and honorable are not what life consists of.

It is the joy of the company of friends, the pleasure of listening to their tales and the taste of a piece of Kentucky Derby Pie that you didn’t realize was available at a Restaurant (Slattery’s ) just a short distance away.

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