February 28, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:26 PM
With some notable exceptions, most of the vegetarians I've known have been physically soft and not very bright. As it turns out, this could be an indication that they got off to an early start with their unnatural diet.
According to Professor Lindsay Allen, Director of the US Agricultural Research Service's Western Human Nutrition Research Center at the University of California at Davis, denying animal products in children's diets during the critical first few years of their lives could cause permanent damage, as reported by The Independent.
"Animal source foods have some nutrients which are not found anywhere else," Dr. Allen pointed out at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC. "If you're talking about feeding young children and pregnant women and lactating women I would go as far as to say it is unethical to withhold these foods during that period of life."
If vegetarianism is bad, veganism (which forbids even dairy products) is worse still:
"There's absolutely no question that it's unethical for parents to bring up their children as strict vegans," said Allen.
Zinc, vitamin B12, calcium, iron, and vitamin A are among the crucial nutrients that you don't get from tofu.
Dr. Allen broke a study group of 544 poverty-stricken children in Kenya into four subgroups. One ate their normal diet — suitable for vegans and fly-covered famine victims — consisting of PETA-friendly foods like corn and beans. A second group was vegetarian but not vegan: they got to drink some milk. Group three got some extra energy from an oil supplement. Finally, the lucky ones got a daily 2-oz. supplement of meat.
Allen reports the results after two years:
It was found that compared with controls that had no intervention, the meat group had 80% more increase in muscle mass over the two years of the study, and the milk and energy group had 40% more increase in muscle mass.
In terms of cognitive function, the group that received the meat supplement showed the biggest improvement in fluid intelligence over the two years, and those who had either milk or energy supplements were better than the controls.
The group that received the meat supplements were more active in the playground, more talkative and playful, and showed more leadership skills.
The meat group showed a 35-point improvement on test scores for mental skills. The milk group improved by 14 points. The group doomed to the vegan diet showed no improvement (a rumor that they responded to every question on the intelligence tests with "Bush lied, people died" could not be confirmed).
"Had these children received these foods earlier in life or their mothers received them when they had been pregnant, or people could receive them throughout their lives, we think that the improvements in human capital development would be even more dramatic," Allen proposes.
Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray set themselves up for some serious abuse when they pointed out in The Bell Curve that sub-Saharan Africans have, on average, markedly lower IQs than people from other parts of the world. Rather than look for explanations for this fact, the intellectual establishment settled for the predictable one-word critique: "RACIST!" But the cause of this disparity need not be racial at all. Very possibly it is the result of poverty forcing African children to eat like moonbats.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:32 PM
Courtesy of I Hate Liberals:
February 27, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:41 PM
Why is it that "progressive" types are so adamantly opposed to economic progress? Whether it's anti-globalists trying to keep the Third World from developing self-sustaining economies, or ecokooks insisting that economic growth grind to a halt so that it doesn't inconvenience wood lice, any sort of productive, wealth-generating activity seems to be fair prey for attacks from the Left.
This makes urban renewal a daunting task, especially given the prevalence of moonbattery in exactly the sort of decayed urban hellholes that are in most desperate need of it. For example, in the Real Estate section of today's New York Times, we learn about a righteous crusader who is "Battling A Developer's Mammoth Plans."
Unemployed "peace studies" major Dan Goldstein is the only resident of a converted warehouse in a crappy part of Brooklyn. Everyone else unfortunate enough to have lived in the building has taken advantage of an extremely generous offer by Forest City Ratner, the development company that is trying to convert this particular slum into a new home for the New Jersey Nets, in addition to office and apartment towers — a project that will draw significant revenue into a community in sore need of it. It's believed that residents were given double what they paid for their condos. But Goldstein apparently doesn't need the money, having socked away more than his share back when he worked for a living, for AOL during what calls "the go-go 90s."
Goldstein has lived in the building for only a year and half. For any reasonable person, this would be long enough. The dump suffers from construction defects that include poorly insulated pipes and boiler problems that left it without heat or water for a week and half during a cold snap last month.
Whether his self-righteous "local activist" pose is purely a bid to squeeze more cash out of the developers, or he really is kooky enough to think his neighborhood is better off with a slum than a development project that would draw hundreds of jobs to the area, he is doing all he can to make a costly nuisance of himself.
Fortunately the concept of imminent domain allows society to defend itself against obstructionist pests; otherwise we wouldn't have roads. If Goldstein is on the level (and not just waiting for a number he likes), tedious and expensive legal proceedings will eventually succeed in flushing this rat from its nest.
At least some lawyers will make a profit out of the whole pointless charade. And of course, Goldstein did manage to get his picture in the paper.
February 26, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:24 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:31 PM
Babalu Blog has the right idea:
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:19 PM
Head over to Michelle Malkin's blog to hear recordings of highly paid college professor Ward Churchill advocating 9/11-style terrorist attacks, giving advice on how to carry them out, and even boasting of indulging in petty vandalism to get revenge for have to pay speeding tickets.
Not only is this guy not incarcerated, he is getting paid to educate the young. Only a system with a serious problem would allow someone like this to become a department head at a major university. Thank you Ward, for hopefully waking a few people up to the fact that the Left is turning academia into a sewer, and something needs to be done about it.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:28 PM
With thanks to Right-Wing & Right Minded:
February 25, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:48 PM
In the War on Terror, the militant fanatics who are turning the New York Times into a sick parody of a newspaper take ever less care to disguise the fact that they are actually throwing what's left of their weight behind the terrorists. If you thought you had heard it all from the irresponsible, America-hating ideologues who run their editorial page, and that nothing they could say would ever appall you again, check out the editorial in yesterday's edition entitled The Case of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali.
Abu Ali is an al Qaeda terrorist born and raised in this country, but arrested in Saudi Arabia. He has been shipped back here and charged with conspiring to kill President Bush and establish an al Qaeda cell in the US. Obviously the folks at the Times are not fans of W. But that hardly justifies sympathizing with vermin like Abu Ali.
The anonymous editorial simultaneously casts aspersions on the War on Terror, and attempts to generate sympathy for Abu Ali, whose arrest before he was able to kill our President is represented as "another demonstration of what has gone wrong in the federal war on terror."
Credence is given to the canard that the poor terrorist was tortured by Saudis on our behalf. The fact that it is the official policy of al Qaeda that all captured terrorists should claim to have been tortured is not mentioned. Neither is the fact that a doctor examined him and could find no evidence to support his tediously predictable torture allegations. Considering that Abu Ali claimed he was getting whipped, evidence wouldn't have been hard to find, if any existed.
"If the Justice Department believed that Mr. Abu Ali was a serious terrorist," the Gray Lady's anonymous author sneers, "he should have been brought back here long ago for trial."
Nah, he isn't a serious terrorist. He was only trying to kill the President. That might qualify as a public service from the point of view of the Times.
But it gets worse:
Instead, he became part of an unknown number of prisoners who were swept up by American officials or foreign governments working with Americans and questioned in the wake of Sept. 11. Many were then held indefinitely and, in some cases, tortured in hopes that they would provide information.
Notice how we're left with the impression that America has been torturing terror suspects, without any evidence or specifics being offered; the allegation is snuck in like drops of arsenic in your coffee. The implication is that America arrests people at random and tortures them on the off chance they might know something in "an undisciplined attempt to wring statements out of any conceivable suspect."
If America were actually run like that, the openly seditious editorial board of the NY Times would be lined up in front of a firing squad in less time than it would take them to lisp "fifth column". But we don't do things that way — as the fact that the Times is free to publish their vile propaganda conclusively proves.
By the way, Abu Ali is not "any conceivable suspect". His background in Islamic extremism goes back to the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Virginia, from which he graduated in 1999. This institution has inspired the hardly rightward-leaning Senator Charles Schumer to write the following in a letter to the Saudi ambassador in Washington:
I ask for your assistance in fully disclosing the nature of this academy — what does it teach, from where does it receive funding, and to what extent it may be serving as a breeding ground for anti-American sentiment — and, possibly, even terrorist activities.
Abu Ali's alma mater is so extreme, it was even taken to task by CAIR for the over-the-top nature of anti-Christian and anti-Jewish rhetoric in textbooks used by first-graders. Abu Ali basically graduated with a degree in Islamofascism — and he graduated valedictorian.
As pointed out on The Jawa Report, Abu Ali taught Islamic studies to children at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center while he was still in high school. This place is known to be a center for jihad-related activities, with connections to al Qaeda prototype The Muslim Brotherhood. Two of the 9/11 hijackers, Hani Hanjour and Nawaf Al Hazmi, "worshiped" there for several weeks in the spring of 2001.
Not that any of this would be relevant to the editorial in yesterday's Times.
Ask yourself this: If the New York Times were secretly owned and operated by Osama bin Laden, so as to be used as a tool to undermine the War on Terror, to defend terrorists, to confuse our citizenry, to eat away at our belief in ourselves and in our right to self-defense, and basically to harm the United States and Western Civilization in general in any way they possibly could, what would they do differently? Anything?
If you can think of something, send your resume to the Times. They might have a spot for you.
In related news, New York City's medical examiner's office is giving up trying to identify more remains from the World Trade Center attack, which means that 1,161 victims of that unconscionable holocaust will probably never have their bodies identified, so that their families can't even have a proper funeral. A total of 9,720 little bits of dead Americans will be freeze-dried in case future technology allows for their identification.
That's what Abu Ali and his friends are striving to do to you and your children: make you into tiny little pieces too small to be identified. By running their local propaganda operations for them, the leftists at the New York Times are providing them with crucial help toward accomplishing this objective. Anyone who finds this incomprehensible must not be intelligent and/or nuanced enough to keep up with the liberal elite.
February 24, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:33 PM
It wasn't so long ago that Germans were admired throughout the world for their ruthless efficiency, their military prowess, and the majestic, awe-inspiring music of great composers like Beethoven and Wagner. People alive today can remember when Germans sought to dominate the world. Now, thanks to the acute moonbattery that has been ravaging their culture, they are reduced to taking demeaning orders from talking toilets.
There have been rumors that Hillary Clinton relieves herself while standing up. The opposite situation prevails among the emasculated men of Deutschland, who must sit down girl-style or face the wrath of porcelain nags.
Apparently the legendary German fondness for beer has resulted in too much ammo and too little aim. Tired of mopping up collateral damage, German women have availed themselves of a new battery-operated device that issues a stern warning whenever the toilet seat is lifted.
According to The Telegraph, 1.8 million of the devices have been sold in German supermarkets.
One version of the device features a voice imitating Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder that warns, "Hey, stand-peeing is not allowed here and will be punished with fines, so if you don't want any trouble, you'd best sit down."
The Telegraph observes that in German, the term for a guy who urinates sitting down is "Sitzpinkler" — which also means "wimp".
Offering a taste of what EU integration may hold in store for Britain, an English-speaking prototype for the UK market has been developed.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:50 AM
You might wonder how moonbattery can flourish when it benefits so few people. But the people it does benefit — few though they are — are benefited in a very large way. Lawyers, for example, have mastered the craft of using the erosion of personal responsibility brought about by moonbattery to legalize selective looting. They and their clients profit nicely.
Tuscaloosa News and The Register report on the case of Devin Thompson, who was stopped by police on suspicion of driving a stolen car. According to prosecutors, he responded by snatching a gun from one of the officers and killing him, his partner, and a dispatcher.
Now the families of the officers who were killed want justice. Naturally, they want the guilty punished.
But greed has gotten the better of grief.
Laying all blame on the person who actually committed this tragic crime, a teenaged loser, would not be very remunerative. So the families are suing Take-Two Interactive Software, publisher of the video game Grand Theft Auto, on the theory that this game transformed Thompson into an involuntary killing machine.
In case Take-Two's pockets prove not to be deep enough, retailers Wal-Mart and Gamestop are also to be looted, for allegedly allowing Thompson to buy video games meant for 17-year-olds when he was only 16.
Maybe not even Wal-Mart has a fat enough wallet. So their over $600 million suit includes Sony too, for making the hardware on which the games were played.
Apparently it hasn't yet occurred to them to sue Frito-Lay for making the Cheetos Thompson might have munched while playing the games.
Needless to say, this avaricious, opportunistic lawsuit constitutes a shabby memorial for the brave officers who lost their lives defending the rule of law.
Hat tip: Overlawyered.
February 23, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:00 AM
As Americans look in the rearview mirror to see our cousins across the Atlantic receding in a cloud of dust economically, some wonder why Europe can't keep up, despite not having to bear the burden of our enormous defense budget. According to a report, it could have to do with religion.
Niall Ferguson, a professor of history at Harvard University, examined the relationship between work ethic and religious beliefs in the context of divergent trends in the US and Europe. He found that religious belief in North America has been "amazingly resilient," despite the view of some that wealthy countries inevitably become less religious.
Across the ocean, European working hours and faith have declined in sync. In the US the working year has been getting longer; in Old Europe it has been getting drastically shorter. Americans "do more work. A lot more," according to Ferguson, adding that "Europeans now seem to believe in holidays, not in holy days."
The widening gap in productivity between the US and Europe coincides with a period of European de-Christianization and American re-Christianization.
Not that we don't have our share of the irreligious here too. Thomas Van Orden is a case in point.
Mr. Van Orden is a homeless person, or as he would have been called in more candid times, a bum. He used to be a lawyer, but his license kept getting suspended, "mostly for taking money from clients for work that he did not perform and for failing to pay fees ordered in disciplinary judgments." He got depressed, and his life began to "unravel."
But just because he doesn't work, doesn't mean he can't make his mark on society. While some of us are busy earning paychecks from which the Government takes a cut to finance Van Orden's food stamps, this noble crusader wanders around the Texas state Capital grounds, where he was indignant to see the Ten Commandments on display. Instead of looking for a job, he has kept himself occupied with a campaign to have them removed. Amazingly, the case has gone all the way to the Supreme Court.
So there must be at least one American the French could admire.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:13 AM
The New York Post reports on a Rasmussen Reports poll showing that Americans are getting wise to the moonbattery taking place at Turtle Bay, which is bad news for the UN, considering we pay a larger share of their bills than anyone else.
Taken before High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers crawled off under a sexual harassment cloud, the poll finds 42% with a negative view of the UN, vs. 37% with a positive view, a gap sure to widen as awareness of recent events like the ones described here filters down from newshounds into the general population. Among those following UN scandals closely, 72% believe that Saddam used the Oil-for-Food scam to bribe France and Russia.
The article points out that this is also bad news for Democrats, who "tend to be more supportive of the world body than are Republicans." Bummer.
February 22, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:54 PM
Courtesy of The Museum of Left Wing Lunacy:
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:57 AM
Just how far out there is the Democrat Party now? Consider this:
George Soros, the billionaire leftist who has been buying his way into the party's driver's seat, has actually donated money to the defense of Lynne Stewart.
As reported by National Review, Soros's foundation, the Open Society Institute, gave $20,000 in September 2002 to the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee, according to records filed with the Internal Revenue Service. Stewart's Defense Committee website, lynnestewart.org, used to carry the acknowledgment, "This website is made possible by the generous support of the Open Society Institute."
Lynne Stewart has since been convicted of assisting terrorism. The client to whom she offered material assistance was a high-level Islamic terrorist involved in the lethal 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which was meant to bring about the catastrophic bloodbath that occurred on 9/11. Her help was intended to facilitate the spilling of more innocent blood.
This treasonous and sociopathic behavior was hardly out of character for Stewart, "civil rights" lawyer and darling of the New York Times. Unlike some of her supporters, Stewart is so far gone she will actually express how she really feels. A few choice quotes give an idea of the sort of person the Democratic Party's sugar daddy has funded:
On the 9/11 attacks, which she called an "armed struggle" that would inevitably cause civilian casualties, from Accuracy in Academia: "I have a lot of trouble figuring out why that is wrong."
On totalitarianism, from Monthly Review: "I don't have any problem with Mao or Stalin or the Vietnamese leaders or certainly Fidel locking up people they see as dangerous."
On violence directed against Western Civilization, from FrontPage Magazine: "I don’t believe in anarchistic violence, but in directed violence. That would be violence directed at the institutions which perpetuate capitalism..." and from Associated Press: "To rid ourselves of the entrenched, voracious type of capitalism that is in this country that perpetuates sexism and racism, I don't think that can come nonviolently."
Rather than root out the anti-American extremists that are sinking their roots into the ever more radicalized Democratic Party, or owning up to their support for them, party operatives are in aggressive denial mode. When New York State Republican Chairman Stephen Minarik observed that "the Democrats simply have refused to learn the lessons of the past two election cycles, and now they can be accurately called the party of Barbara Boxer, Lynne Stewart and Howard Dean," Dean responded by demanding that Minarik apologize or resign. Fortunately, Minarik is standing his ground.
"It is not the Republican Party's problem that these far-left activists have made their home in the Democratic party," Minarik is quoted in Newsday.
Some feel that Minarik has gotten carried away, and it is probably true that a large majority of Democrats would disown the psychopath Stewart. But the facts that the unofficial organ of the Democratic Party, the New York Times, has made a policy of whitewashing Stewart, and that the party's main financier has donated money to her defense, support the view that the party has painted itself into a corner of extremism where Stewart types find a congenial home.
February 21, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:37 AM
The MaryHunter alertly flagged an alarming article in the Washington Post, warning that our European "allies" could be on the verge of lifting the arms embargo against the leftist dictatorship running China that was put in place after the ghastly Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.
Obviously this will not have a beneficial effect on trans-Atlantic relationships that the Bush Administration has been going to such lengths lately to improve — not that this would bother France, which far from being an ally in any meaningful sense, is becoming openly hostile to the United States. Both Jacques Chirac and his bumbling socialist sidekick Gerhard Shroeder are on record as opposing the embargo.
It's no secret that Chirac fantasizes about creating a "counterweight" to American power, perhaps out of nostalgia for the collapsed Soviet Union. Even Chirac seems to understand that continental Europeans have degenerated into such pantywaist moonbats that the idea of them fighting Americans is absurd. But the Chinese are made of sturdier material. Given NATO technology, they could wreak havoc in Southeast Asia, destabilizing the region and threatening democracies.
Nuclear and advanced military technology in the hands of amoral and unfriendly regimes like Chirac's is a serious diplomatic challenge. Let's hope that Bush is not so devoted to improving relations that he doesn't exert whatever pressure he can to force them to behave responsibly.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:23 AM
Be sure to check out the five-part series on Caption This! offering tribute to the women of the U.S. Senate. If you've made the mistake of not stopping by there recently, here are some examples of what you've been missing:
February 20, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:54 PM
Stock references "The Al Qaeda Manual," which includes their mission statement: "The overthrow of the godless regimes and their replacement with an Islamic regime" — in other words, they want to impose their totalitarian ideology on the entire world, just as fascists and communists aspired to do in the past. The purpose of the manual is to describe how this objective should be achieved.
One of the key techniques is "Spreading rumors and writing statements that instigate people against the enemy." This reminds Stock of the New York Times' distorted and overblown coverage of Abu Ghraib. The lies Eason Jordan got in so much trouble for disseminating would also qualify. In fact almost any given story by CNN, the BBC, et al. on Iraq or any other aspect of the War on Terror would probably fit the bill. Al Qaeda ought to offer honorary membership to the entire mainstream media.
The manual also gives advice to terrorists on what to do if captured. No matter how they are pampered, they should claim to have been tortured. Advice is given on how to make bogus torture accusations more credible, such as by learning guards' names and cooperating on accusations.
How well the enemy knows us! While Islamic terrorists kidnap, torture, behead, execute, and rape with wild abandon in the name of Islam, they know liberal Americans will howl for the head of any and all who are accused of mistreating one of these little darlings by making him stand for eight hours in a cold room or be blindfolded for a day.
Propaganda portraying the terrorists as victims is a weapon, just like grenade launchers and IEDs — a weapon being used against civilization with debilitating effectiveness, and not only by al-Jazz.
"When will this madness end?" Stock wonders. "When will Americans realize that we are at war? When will we realize that our very lives and freedom are in serious jeopardy from an enemy that follows no rules, knows no bounds, will kill anyone in its way, and is expert at using our own kindness and gullibility against us?"
You would have thought that 9/11 would be enough to awaken even establishment journalists to these unpleasant realities. Unfortunately it wasn't.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:03 PM
I can't believe I read this in The Guardian:
British MP Iain Duncan Smith, Chairman of the Centre for Social Justice and leader of the Conservative Party from 2001 to 2003, draws attention to the immense power held by a tiny handful of players in the British media. Considering who holds that power, it's no surprise that public opinion has been steered in a leftward direction.
But thanks to blogging, the national conversation is becoming democratized. Duncan Smith points to the Eason Jordan and Dan Rather downfalls as evidence that in the US, the establishment media can no longer get away with anything. He also credits the Internet with helping the Bush campaign reach and organize supporters, but holds that it has not helped Democrats, because it has given undue leverage to Dean supporters, "an unrepresentative group of voters with a stridently anti-war message."
Also, left-leaning websites tend to be fanatical and festering with hatred toward the things decent people respect — Daily Kos, MoveOn.org, and MichaelMoore.com are given as examples. These sites disgust moderates and drive the true believers ever farther out on a limb.
Duncan Smith predicts that the blogosphere will soon become a force in Britain, as it has in the US. This leveling of the playing field will give conservatives opportunities that the moonbats running the Beeb have denied them. As he points out:
For years there have been widening gaps between the governing class and the governed and between the publicly funded broadcasters and the broadcasted to.
He predicts that, "tired of being spoon-fed their politics," British voters will "take a serious look at the messenger as well as the message. It's going to be very rough."
Jordan and Rather could attest to that.
"A 21st century political revolution is now only a few mouse clicks away," Duncan Smith concludes.
It is certainly interesting that democratizing mass communication and holding media elitists responsible for disseminating biased or false information has favored the right in this country and is expected to do so in Britain as well. Give people an honest choice and they will choose well.
Hat tip: Rantburg.
February 19, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:44 PM
Stolen from Rantings of a Bitter Man:
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:00 PM
This is priceless:
Times Online reports that a bevy of Greenpeace activists launched an attack on the International Petroleum Exchange, armed with foghorns, whistles, and rape alarms with which they hoped to paralyze oil trading, some of which is conducted by the "open outcry" method.
The traders sensibly responded by beating the daylights out of them and throwing them back out onto the street, where the police arrested at least 27 of them. Two of the kooks ended up in the hospital.
"I've never seen anyone less amenable to listening to our point of view," one tree-hugger whined as he rubbed his bruised skull.
Elsewhere in merry olde England, fox-hunters are ready to test the politically correct new ban on their sport, which is of course not only a sport but part of England's heritage. Activists who have turned out to protest the hunts have not been well received. According to This Is London, one anti-hunt activist "was left covered in blood after clashes when saboteurs tried to disrupt the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray hunt near Petworth in Sussex." Another ended up with a broken jaw.
If moonbats are going to insist on causing physical disruptions, they should hardly be surprised by a physical response. It's nice to be reminded that Britain still has some fighting spirit.
February 18, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:49 PM
Despite the ostentatiously wealthy lifestyle of its loudest mouthpieces, it must be true that the Left loves poor people. After all, left-wing policies invariably make a lot more of them.
Moderate leftists always find a reason to compare America unfavorably with Europe. The economic engine of Europe, and the country sitting at its heart, is Germany. It stands to reason that if we could be more like Germans, our economy would change for the better. Sure enough it would — provided the goal is to generate more poor people.
As the BBC recently pointed out, the German economy shrank 0.2% in the last three months of 2004. According to the Federal Statistics Office, growth for the whole of 2004 was 1.6%, after a year of contraction in 2003.
To quote the Beeb: "The figures confounded hopes of a 0.2% expansion in the fourth quarter in Europe's biggest economy."
That's the problem with setting your sights so high — you doom yourself to failure, like Icarus getting carried away and flying too close to the sun.
Meanwhile, 2004 real growth in gross domestic product for the United States was running at about 4.4% as of late last December — despite carrying countries like Germany on our backs militarily, and despite the prolonged economic effects of 9/11. Let's see, that would be about... 275% of German growth for 2004. Assuming that translates to 275% fewer poor people, no wonder the Left hates America so much.
So much for the moderate leftists running Old Europe. What about the true believers? The lefties who really, really mean it? Germany isn't their role model. Cuba is.
Unfortunately, for the Cuban economic system to even come close to functioning, you need a dictatorship the size of the Soviet Union willing to pay it to be a pain in America's backside. When the economic absurdities of communism caused their sugar daddy to implode, Cuba was in for some hard times. Things got so bad, they even had to resort to letting real money (US currency) circulate, since their own wasn't good for much other than playing Monopoly. In total desperation, Cuba even legalized some forms of self-employment.
But things are better now, or at least Castro thinks so. Other US antagonists, China and Venezuela, have shown a willingness to pay his dictatorship to exist. Venezuela is floating on oil, and China has learned to throw out the parts of communism that have to do with economics, so they've both got some cash on hand.
But not enough to give Cuba under Castro a decent standard of living. According to the Washington Post, "the monthly food ration lasts most Cuban families less than two weeks, and state salaries averaging less than $15 a month barely begin to cover the high prices of everything from canned food to toilet paper."
The only way to survive is to find additional, non-socialistic means of making money — means that Castro has expressed renewed commitment to suppressing.
But there are places even more devoted to generating poor people than Cuba. In North Korea, Kim Jong-Il loves the poor so much, he has created a whole country full of people who are starving.
Leftists have figured out that the best way to create more of the poor people they love is by penalizing the production of wealth. After all, what is poverty but an absence of wealth? Prevent people from generating wealth, and you will have all the poverty you could want.
No offense to the poor, but personally I would prefer if their ranks were smaller. I guess that would make me a heartless capitalist.
February 17, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:39 PM
A man of many deficiencies, Ward Churchill has been diagnosed as suffering from Kerry-Harkin Syndrome by Dennis the Peasant, who defines this dreaded disease is as follows:
The wholly unwarranted and completely mystifying need to take the only honorable chapter of one's pathetic and useless life and turn it into a grotesque tapestry of lies and half-truths to win public attention, career preferment and political arguments without resorting to the use of the inherent merit of one's own personal worth as a human being.
Unsatisfied with the roles of fake Indian, fake scholar, and fake revolutionary, Churchill has followed in the great tradition of other left-wing phonies by becoming a fake war hero. According to U.S. Army records referenced by the Denver Post, Churchill was trained as a light-truck driver and projectionist during the Vietnam War. But according to the mad professor's Walter Mitty daydreams, he was a paratrooper and part of an elite long-range reconnaissance patrol. He walked point in combat and was called "Chief" by his brothers in arms. So far he has kept mum on whether he helped Hanoi John Kerry deliver weapons to the Khmer Rouge.
"I was on the ground pulling triggers," Churchill fibbed. "You can't undo that. And I have an obligation to do what I can by way of compensation. You can say that is the foundational reason that I do most all of what I do."
So the foundational reason for Churchill's revolting behavior is a fantasy. We'll have to leave it for psychiatrists to figure out the foundational reason for the fantasy.
Meanwhile, Colorado taxpayers are still contributing to his hefty salary, and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is still planning to welcome him with open arms.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:28 PM
Five Democratic campaign staffers are looking at felony charges for a creative campaign tactic — slashing the tires of 25 Republican get-out-the-vote vans on election day.
One of the defendants is the son of corrupt former acting Milwaukee Mayor Marvin Pratt. Another is the son of Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore. Both of these proud parents are, of course, Democrats.
According to defense attorneys, the other Democratic campaign workers who offered testimony against the culprits are in no position to throw stones, having been included in a plan to plaster the local Republican office with Kerry/Edwards bumper stickers.
While we're on the subject of Democratic campaign workers, Roger Chiang, a former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee staffer, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to mail fraud in the theft of $360,000 in donor checks. About $10,000 is still missing.
The Left says it wants a classless society. By having no class whatsoever, select Democrats continue to show the way.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:13 PM
France's clever strategy for fighting terror — shameless appeasement — does not seem to be paying the dividends they might have hoped. AP reports that Islamic militants recently planned to thank them for their endless pandering to Muslims and obstruction in the War on Terror by attacking the Eiffel Tower. Also targeted were the Russian embassy, a clothing store in Les Halles, Israeli interests, and police stations. Apparently chemical weapons were to be used.
The militants involved in the plot have links to a group of Islamic radicals in Spain, another country that has committed itself to a policy of appeasement with their positively French reaction to the March 2004 terrorist attack that killed 200 people.
Strangely, French authorities foiled the plan not by empathizing with the plight of Palestinians or by denouncing President Bush, but by arresting the terrorists.
February 16, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:45 PM
Just how sick is the Left? This should give you an idea.
Mumia Abu-Jamal (born Wesley Cook) is a sociopathic kook who assassinated Daniel Faulkner in cold blood. This bloodthirsty crime took place about a quarter of a century ago, on December 9, 1981. Shockingly, he has not yet been put to death, despite having been found guilty at a trial from which he had to be removed 13 times due to his violent outbursts.
No serious person has ever doubted Abu-Jamal's guilt. However, a lot of unserious people have taken up his cause, due to his impeccable left-wing credentials — Abu-Jamal being a virulently anti-American black Marxist with dreadlocks who was involved with the violent leftist cult MOVE and a former member of the Black Panthers — and of course due to the nature of his crime: the man he murdered was a Philadelphia police officer.
The evidence used to convict Abu-Jamal was overwhelming:
Not only did five witnesses see Mumia shoot Officer Faulkner, but the bullet pulled from Faulkner's brain was matched to the .38 caliber handgun that was registered to Mumia and which was sitting at his feet when the police arrived at the murder scene. When Mumia was taken to the hospital to have his chest wound treated, three witnesses heard him announce, "I shot the mother-fucker and I hope the mother-fucker dies." In addition, another witness at the hospital heard him declare, "I'm glad. If you let me go, I will kill all you cops."
The chest wound was the result of Faulkner getting off a return shot between Abu-Jamal's first shot (which hit Faulkner in the back from 10–12 inches away) and the following four. Abu-Jamal unfortunately recovered.
Horrifyingly, but not surprisingly, Abu-Jamal is well-loved among the soft-spoken psychopaths who run National Public Radio. They even planned to pay him (with money extracted from our paychecks) to tape commentary that they would broadcast on "All Things Considered". Thanks in part to Robert Dole, they were forced to deep-six this feature.
Like-minded educrats also have a soft spot for the cuddly cop-killer. He has taped commencement speeches for a variety of colleges, including U.C. Berkeley, Antioch College, Occidental College, and Evergreen State College.
The concept of supporting scum like Abu-Jamal is so sick that it has caught on with moonbats around the world. As you might imagine, Abu-Jamal is particularly popular in France. He was made an honorary citizen of Paris. Just last Friday, a contingent of French politicians and activists come to make demands on Abu-Jamal's behalf were welcomed in a rally at Philadelphia's City Hall, where the mayor's office gave them replicas of the Liberty Bell (as reported in Philadelphia Daily News; hat tip to Michelle Malkin).
Abu-Jamal had been a journalist, working for public radio station WHYY. However, he was canned for failing to show up for work, disappearing for days at a time with the staff car, and in general behaving like someone succumbing to drug abuse and/or a severe personality disorder. He was working as a cab driver when he enshrined himself as a top-rank hero in the left-liberal pantheon by heroically sneaking up behind Faulkner and shooting him in the back.
The fact that the Left would choose to make a hero out of this piece of garbage tells you all you need to know about moonbats. All that's left is to try to explain their pathology. And of course to fight it.
February 15, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:33 AM
When it comes time to circle the wagons, the leftists who make up most of the establishment media are sometimes joined by less numerous but equally pretentious brethren on the other side of the aisle. Take for example the obnoxiously condescending editorial "The Jordan Kerfuffle" in yesterday's Wall Street Journal.
The affected and dismissive title lets you know what you're in for. After beating on its puffed-out chest and boasting that it broke the Easongate kerfuffle, the WSJ proceeds to denigrate what it calls "the right wing of the so-called 'blogosphere'" for following up on such an unnewsworthy item. After all, a top-level American news executive telling an international audience that the US military deliberately kills journalists "may have been dumb but it wasn't a journalistic felony" according to the Journal's standards, which it seems I've overestimated.
The anonymous editorial was actually written by Bret Stephens. A little background on Stephens can be found here. Using an anonymous editorial to defend his own work, as Stephens does here, is an ethical lapse taken issue with by Dinocrat and Captain's Quarters.
Parallels with Bill O'Reilly's misguided defense of Dan Rather belie the editorial's assertion that Easongate is nothing like Rathergate. The piece doesn't touch on the fact that this is not the first time that Jordan's combination of verbal diarrhea and paranoid anti-Americanism has emerged into public view. Perhaps if Stephens were willing to lower himself to a little more slumming in the so-called "blogosphere" (or if he read his mail), he might have learned something along these lines here.
Stephens' ponderous voice takes on a slight tremble of fear as he whines:
It does not speak well of CNN that it apparently allowed itself to be stampeded by this Internet and talk-show crew. Of course the network must be responsive to its audience and ratings. But it has other obligations, too, chief among them to show the good judgment and sense of proportion that distinguishes professional journalism from the enthusiasms and vendettas of amateurs.
Don't worry Stephens, the so-called "blogosphere" won't come after you — unless you deserve it.
Now here's the part he got right:
No doubt this point of view will get us described as part of the "mainstream media."
However, the WSJ will "take that as a compliment." Finally, the haughty conclusion:
We hope readers buy our newspaper because we make grown-up decisions about what is newsworthy, and what isn't.
This amateur member of the so-called "blogosphere" has reached the grown-up decision that Bret Stephens is a flatulent dinosaur, jutting out his chin with idiot majesty as he lumbers in step with Jordan, Rather and the rest toward well-deserved oblivion.
February 14, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:30 PM
Perhaps the most loathsome of all condescending liberal elite propagandists, Bill Moyers, former host of PBS's taxpayer-funded left-wing agitprop platform NOW and, per Salon, "the conscience of American journalism," has been forced to mumble a half-hearted apology through gritted dentures to former Secretary of the Interior James Watt, whom he had insulted with the absurd and libelous allegation that Watt wanted to despoil the environment in the belief that, in the words Moyers falsely inserted into Watt's mouth, "after the last tree is felled, Christ will come back."
The fact that Watt did not and would not have said this has been documented. Moyers apparently took the quote from the loony-left online rag Grist, which he was lazy and/or gullible enough to believe.
This fictional quote was a two-fer for Moyers, providing him with colorful if totally sham support for two of the Left's favorite slanders: that Republicans are trying to ruin the environment, and that the Christian religion is destructive and insane.
Although he admitted to Watt that he should have done some fact-checking, the profoundly insufferable Moyers used his "apology" as an opportunity to goad the man he had libeled, even presuming to preach to him that his policies back in the 1980s were "abysmally at odds" with Christian doctrine. In a faxed follow-up to a supposedly apologetic phone call, Moyers sanctimoniously prattled, "I found it baffling, when in our conversation of today, you were unaware of how some fundamentalist interpretations of the Bible influence political attitudes toward the environment."
Moyers' "apology" was not the spontaneous result of a guilty conscience, but was instigated by a letter from Watt regarding the phony quotation, in which he was asked,
Since you must have known such a statement would not have been made and you refused or failed to do any primary research on this supposed quote, what was your motive in printing such a damnable lie?
Blogger John Hinderaker of Power Line, who was involved in this story, made this observation (before Moyers had coughed out his "apology"), possibly explaining why Moyers acknowledged Watt's letter at all:
Before the advent of the blogosphere, Bill Moyers — arrogant, rich, powerful and well-connected — would merely have thrown Mr. Watt's letter into the trash. Today, he may still do so. But he and his friends in the liberal media no longer have a monopoly on information, and those who have been defamed by them, like James Watt, now have the means to make their voices heard.
Along with Ramsey Clark, Moyers is one of the last remnants of the disastrous Johnson Administration, where he served essentially as Minister of Propaganda. To learn more about this corrupt far-left ideologue, check out this informative piece from FrontPage Magazine.
February 13, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:03 PM
Just when it seemed that the need for University of Colorado to fire terror-supporting fake Indian Ward Churchill could not possibly become more obvious...
Also brought to light is this report, which details more published remarks coming back to bite the skeevy professor in the seat of his pants, including this gem:
I want the state gone: transform the situation to U.S. out of North America. U.S. off the planet. Out of existence altogether.
There are laws against saying things like this. In light of his open support for terrorist violence to achieve political aims, Churchill might even be fair game for a treason charge. Yet he still has his teaching position at University of Colorado.
Still more surprising, Churchill is on schedule to spew his demented poison for the students of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on March 1, although it would be a simple matter to cancel the event. Messages to Chancellor Jack Miller on this topic are encouraged. UW-Whitewater student David Coles has thoughtfully provided contact information:
Chancellor Jack Miller
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:48 PM
On the outside, many on the Left seem to be lovable fools. You almost can't fault them for their silly opinions; they're just following their hearts. Maybe they'll grow up one day. In the meantime, at least they mean well.
Scratch the surface and you often find something less innocuous. Take PETA for example. Who can blame people for loving animals?
I can — when they express it by supporting terrorism.
The Donegal Express has posted an interesting letter on this topic. Some excerpts:
In 2001, according to publicly-available tax records, PETA contributed at least $1,500 to the North American Earth Liberation Front (ELF), a group of arsonists who engage in absolutely no lawful activities. ... In 1995 PETA gave over $70,000 to Rodney Coronado, a convicted arsonist who firebombed a Michigan State University research laboratory on behalf of the terrorist Animal Liberation Front (ALF). ... In 2003, six months after his parole expired, he was filmed in a Washington, DC college classroom showing dozens of young animal-rights activists how to build "crude incendiary devices." ... In the 1980s, PETA was a "spokesgroup" for the terrorist ALF, holding press conferences to gleefully announce arsons, burglaries, and thefts — all perpetrated "for the animals." PETA once had a "fact sheet" calling the ALF "an army of the kind." And PETA’s leaders have openly advocated arson and other violence.
This link lets you listen to PETA campaign director Bruce Friedrich explicitly advocating violence for the sake of the animals. Here's a taste of it:
I think it would be a great thing if you know all of these fast food outlets and these uh these slaughterhouses and these laboratories and the banks that fund them uh exploded tomorrow and uh I think it's perfectly appropriate...
Here he's interrupted by clapping moonbats. After they've calmed down he continues:
...and I think it's perfectly appropriate for people to take bricks and toss them through the windows and uh you know, everything else along the line. Alleluia to the people who are willing to do it.
Like many left-wing activists, his shrill nancy boy accent makes him difficult to take seriously, but the phrase "everything else along the line" is actually quite ominous, being an open-ended invitation to terrorism that at least one enlightened academic thinks should extend to killing people.
If we are at war with terrorism, then we are at war with ELF and ALF, and by extension PETA. Yet PETA has tax exempt status, like a church! Here's a petition that attempts to at least have this status revoked.
February 12, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:43 PM
The Incessant Rant has up a thoughtful post on the Davos, Switzerland conference at which CNN weasel Eason Jordan dug himself into such a hole. But the post doesn't have to do with Jordan. It has to do with the theme of the conference (Will Democracy Survive the Media?) and the general cluelessness of most of the elitist participants, who seem unaware of the profound and pro-democratic effects the Internet has had on journalism.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:34 AM
CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan called it quits yesterday, unable to withstand the blogosphere firestorm he ignited with the outrageous claim he made at a conference in Davos, Switzerland that US forces have deliberately targeted journalists. At the time Jordan immediately backpedaled when Congressman Barney Frank pointed out that his allegations were serious and required substantiation. Jordan went on to deny ever having made the remarks in the first place. However, the cat was already out of the bag, and there is now one less moonbat spewing anti-American propaganda at CNN.
There can be no doubt that bloggers are due major credit for forcing Jordan to face the consequences of his irresponsible calumnies. In reporting his downfall, the New York Post referred to "a widespread attack by more than 400 bloggers." AP specifically mentions Easongate.com and their petition demanding that a transcript of the meeting be released, which would prove without doubt that Jordan made the allegations reported by eyewitnesses; then CNN would be in a position to either come up with support for the allegations, fire Jordan, or face pressure on key CNN advertisers. Fox News also referred to this petition.
Easongate.com continues to demand that a tape of the Davos conference be released to the public and that Jordan apologize for his unconscionable slanders. The apology is apparently not forthcoming, unless you count this squishy comment from a memo Jordan sent to CNN staffers: "I never meant to imply U.S. forces acted with ill intent when U.S. forces accidentally killed journalists, and I apologize to anyone who thought I said or believed otherwise."
Then why is he quitting? According to Jordan, "to prevent CNN from being unfairly tarnished by the controversy over conflicting accounts of my recent remarks regarding the alarming number of journalists killed in Iraq."
A BS artist to the end, Jordan laid it on thick in his resignation announcement:
I have devoted my professional life to helping make CNN the most trusted and respected news outlet in the world, and I would never do anything to compromise my work or that of the thousands of talented people it is my honor to work alongside.
No mention was made of Jordan's admission that CNN covered up atrocities committed by the barbaric regime of genocidal madman Saddam Hussein in order to keep their Baghdad bureau open.
Congratulations to Easongate.com and like-minded blogs on a job well done.
February 11, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:18 PM
The Raelian Revolution bills itself as "the world's largest Atheist, non-profit UFO related organisation ... working towards the first embassy to welcome people from space." Its birth occurred on December 13, 1973, when a French journalist named Rael (apparently he just has the one name) was contacted by an alien who asked him to establish an embassy to welcome future visitors from outer space. This was not a garden-variety French-speaking alien, but a representative from the very race of astral scientists that created humanity. The cult Rael subsequently founded is made up of people "from all sexual orientations" who oppose the "disillusions of normality."
In his intercosmic wisdom, Rael has seen fit to bestow upon Ward Churchill the title of "Honorary Priest" in the Raelian antireligion, in recognition of "his essay which most of the US is decrying as insensitive or unpatriotic" — apparently meaning this one.
"Mr. Churchill is exactly right in what he wrote!" roars Ricky Roehr, local leader of the US Raelian Movement. Despite their website's claim that the Raelian Revolution is "sweeping the world with the most politically incorrect and fearlessly individualistic philosophy of non-conformism," Roehr goes on to spew a typo-speckled diatribe in perfect lockstep with politically correct ideology: Americans are like Nazis, we should be reviled for oppressing the country that we just liberated from a genocidal dictator, 9/11 was terrible but the people who died that day had it coming for being American, ad nauseam.
It's nice to know Churchill now has connections with intergalactic moonbats from beyond. Maybe next time a UFO swings by Boulder, they'll take him back with them. Then he can spout his vile rhetoric at the expense of their taxpayers instead of Colorado's.
Hat tips to The MaryHunter and Right-Wing & Right Minded.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:47 AM
Establishment media fans of leftist "civil rights" lawyer Lynne Stewart will be heartbroken to have learned that the material assistance she offered an Islamic terrorist is going to land this waddling obscenity in prison where she belongs, a jury having sensibly rejected her "I'm a lawyer, I can do what I want" defense.
Never one to miss an opportunity to poke civilization in the eye, Stewart violated an explicit written agreement by passing along a message from blind sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman to the Islamic Group that this bloodthirsty gang had his permission to call off a ceasefire and resume terrorist activities.
The Islamic Group has ties to al-Qaeda and Egyptian Islamic Jihad. It took responsibility for the massacre of 58 tourists and four Egyptians in Luxor, Egypt in 1997. The body of one victim was slit open and a leaflet calling for the release of Abdel-Rahman was stuffed inside the torso. That was before the ceasefire that Stewart helped him renounce.
Abdel-Rahman had already begun his life sentence on terrorism charges when Stewart became his henchtroll. His pre-incarceration activities included involvement in the lethal 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He was also found guilty of coordinating a foiled plan to blow up numerous New York City landmarks, including the George Washington Bridge and the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels. Thanks to Stewart, imprisonment did not interfere with his role as "spiritual advisor" of his homicidal cult, illustrating why it is absolutely essential to apply the death penalty to high-level terrorists.
As for low-level terrorist Stewart, according to Fox News yesterday's conviction means she will probably face a sentence of about 20 years. Charges include conspiracy, providing material support to terrorists, defrauding the government, and making false statements. She is out on bail but can't leave New York before her July 15 sentencing.
Poor Lynne wiped away tears as the verdict was read. But they were tears of self-pity, not remorse for the innocent lives her assistant terrorism might have ended. "I know I committed no crime," she sniveled. "I know what I did was right."
Stewart's longstanding hatred of the American way of life has caused her to advocate violence directed against people she deems guilty of committing capitalism. Ironically, the trial took place just a few blocks from Ground Zero, where almost 3000 capitalists met a fate deemed appropriate by Stewart and other luminaries of the Left like Susan Sontag and Ward Churchill.
February 10, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:01 AM
Marriage is the most fundamental institution holding together human society, so it should hardly come as a surprise that moonbats are opposed to it. Radical feminists have mounted a direct assault for decades. The latest mode of attack is slightly more subtle. The idea is to destroy marriage by subjecting it to such grotesque indignities that no one will be able to take it seriously.
The drafters of New York's state constitution would be surprised — if not thoroughly appalled — to learn that it grants marriage rights to homosexuals. This little known fact was recently brought to light by New York Supreme Court Judge Doris Ling-Cohan, as reported by CBS News (which misspelled her name as Ling-Cohen — perhaps the Dan's fact-checkers have been put in charge of copyediting). In her ruling, she cited the ways in which she believes "the plaintiffs and their children suffer serious burdens by being excluded from civil marriage" under New York's Domestic Relations Law.
You read that correctly. A judge is imposing the legalization of homosexual "marriage" in opposition to the state legislature for the sake of the children of these "marriages". Like many liberal judges, she augments her moral depravity with clinical insanity, raving about the "millions of lesbian mothers residing with their children in the United States."
When the Supreme Court plunged into the US Constitution and emerged with the previously undiscovered right to abortion, the result was an encroaching decay in the respect for children's lives, which has now reached such an extreme that women are celebrated by the Left for systematically drowning their children or slitting their throats.
The Devil knows where this new constitutional right will lead. Pederasts marrying Boy Scouts? "Bioethicist" Peter Singer marrying a dog? Necrophiliacs marrying corpses? George Clooney marrying his smirking reflection in the mirror?
Marriage does have its defenders. Virginia's Senate has approved a state constitutional amendment that defines traditional marriage as the union of a man and a woman, which needless to say would not have been thought necessary when the document was originally drafted.
Dissenting Democrats characterized resistance to granting the homosexual lobby the "right" to desecrate marriage as taking away rights that had previously existed. Indulging in comically strident hyperbole, they suggested that the amendment would lead to another Holocaust.
As with racism, when you hear moonbats screeching incongruously about the Holocaust, you know the tip of your stake is pressed against their rotting hearts. That's the time to hammer it home.
February 9, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:54 PM
Just how much of a fraud is academia's favorite faux Indian? Some clues can be found in an interesting piece by University of Colorado Law Professor Paul Campos, explaining why this phony should be fired. The reasons have nothing to do with freedom of speech.
On the doubtful question of Churchill being an Indian, Campos has this to say:
Why should we care one way or another? We should care because Churchill has used his supposed Indian heritage to bully his way into academia. Indeed Churchill lacks what are normally considered the minimum requirements for a tenure-track job at a research university: he never earned a doctorate, and his only degrees are a bachelor's and a master's from a then-obscure Illinois college.
Churchill's lack of conventional academic credentials was apparently compensated for, at least in part in the eyes of those who hired him at the University of Colorado, by the "fact" that he contributed to the ethnic diversity of the school's tenure-track faculty.
"It may well be that by this point he has genuinely convinced himself that he actually is an Indian," Campos continues. "Of course some people believe they're Napoleon. But that's not a good reason for giving them professorships in French history."
As noted by Campos, Churchill has also indulged in other forms of fraud, including fabricating a story that the US Army deliberately created a smallpox epidemic among Mandan Indians in 1837. Details can be found here.
Bummer, Ward. It looks like the chickens are coming home to roost.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:37 PM
Commenter David Coles left this cry for help on Moonbattery:
HELP ME!!! I go to UW-Whitewater and I don't want this unpatriotic creep coming to my school. What can I do?
There may be good news. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Churchill's March 1 appearance at Whitewater is in some jeopardy. Reference is made to emails received by Chancellor Jack Miller, encouraging him to cancel the Churchill appearance.
A statement regarding Churchill's visit has been posted on UW-Whitewater's website, announcing that Miller is conducting a review of Churchill's appearance:
Miller is seeking input from a variety of sources, including the sponsoring student groups, university faculty and staff, First Amendment attorneys, and police and safety officials with the university. He has requested more information from Churchill directly. The review will be used by Miller to ultimately make an informed decision about whether to continue Churchill’s lecture. The results of Miller’s review and the rationale for his decision will be posted on the university’s Web site later this week.
Although Miller's direct email doesn't seem to be listed on the UW-Whitewater site, the statement offers a contact address for Brian Mattmiller, who is the Director of News and Public Affairs. Badly in need of a few emails from irate students is Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences Howard Ross, who appears ready to go to the wall for Churchill in order to establish his credentials as a hardcore moonbat.
My advice would be emailing both of these individuals, as well as anyone else in the school administration who might be relevant, and get everyone you know at UW-Whitewater to do the same. Circulating a petition might do some good. The people who tend to have the most leverage with educrats are alumni, especially alumni who donate to the school, so if you have any relatives who belong in this category, their letters and emails would be particularly valuable.
Hamilton College, Wheaton College, and Eastern Washington University all backed down when people objected to Churchill appearances, so it's highly possible that UW-Whitewater will too. Of course with Hamilton, it helped to be close enough to NYC that relatives of World Trade Center victims were planning to show up in large numbers, which would not have been good publicity for the school. The official line was that they had to cancel for security reasons because of death threats, but I suspect this was just an excuse. A lot of public figures get death threats, which generally aren't taken that seriously, since they tend to come from kooks. But if enough decent, normal people get it across in a measured, intelligent way that they are fed up with their schools promoting depraved lunatics like Churchill, it will have an effect.
If any readers have further advice to offer, please comment.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:41 AM
According to one of the far-left moonbats whose ravings are published by Worldpress.org, "there are moves afoot to propose" Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez as a leading candidate for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.
Democracy in Venezuela is on its deathbed thanks to Chavez, who has been steadily strangling liberty in that country like a python patiently constricting its prey. Here again is an excellent piece illustrating what life is like under his regime. In an attempt to discredit the many people who want him removed before he is as thoroughly entrenched as his mentor Fidel Castro, Chavez allowed a recall election, but apparently rigged the results. These results were blessed by the same contemptible fool Jimmy Carter whose Carter Center was distinctly cool on the triumphant (and unrigged) elections in Iraq.
Carter himself was granted a Nobel Peace Prize as a reward for his seditious attempts to undermine President Bush's foreign policy. Other Nobel Peace Prize winners include the terrorist Yasser Arafat, who was recently washed off to hell in a river of the innocent blood he caused to be spilled. So the prize going to Chavez certainly can't be ruled out.
February 8, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:46 PM
If you haven't seen it yet, check out Iowahawk's piece on Chutch, the almost-forgotten 1970s action series starring the faux Indian who went on to become University of Colorado's most famous professor. Truly hilarious.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:53 AM
According to an article on USNews.com, at least a few Democrats are aware of the cracks forming in the thin ice beneath their feet.
"I think we are in for a difficult period," says Bill Daley, Al Gore's campaign chairman in 2000. "Do I see that the Democrats are on some grand march with programs and ideas that will motivate people? No."
According to David Axelrod, a Democratic strategist who worked for John Edwards in the last presidential primary campaign, "The impression is that [the Republicans] have ideas and energy and we are trying to maintain the status quo."
Democratic strategist Anita Dunn still thinks that why they lost in 2004 is a "tough question," but she does understand that it doesn't have to do with fund-raising or get-out-the-vote drives. "It is depressing losing elections, especially one in which so many things went well," she moans. "We didn't get outspent; we did an extraordinary job organizing voters and increasing turnout."
Gilda Cobb-Hunter, a black member of the South Carolina state legislature, has even woken up to the fact that Democrats won't always be able to take the black votes that they need to remain competitive for granted. "How do the Democrats keep young people of color, who are increasingly independent, in the party?" she wonders.
It has also come to some Democrats' attention that people are getting sick of their snobbery.
"We do sneer at red staters," says Daley. "We convey that we are out of touch with the average person."
Axelrod realizes that in the future, Democrats "should not project the cultural elitism that was radiated from Kerry."
Speaking of Hanoi John, however, there is at least one Democrat determined to continue marching resolutely backward into oblivion. He blames his loss entirely on 9/11, which he apparently believes everyone will have forgotten about by 2008, at which point we can go back and live in the Sixties, and everyone will agree with his view that the Islamic terrorism that has already killed thousands of Americans is a "nuisance" on a par with prostitution and illegal gambling.
"It was a hell of a good campaign," Kerry boasted of his loss. His pompous voice was muffled by the sand in which he had buried his head as he opined, "We need to do a better job organizing more people, and we have to be smart about motivating our people to get out."
If Kerry does run again, he will almost certainly be thrashed, given his disgraceful behavior since getting beaten by President Bush, and the fact that the word "LOSER" is stamped in bold type across his botoxed brow. But he offers hope that he will nonetheless volunteer as the Republicans' piñata.
Air bubbles emerged from his mouth as the utterly deluded Kerry raved from the deck of his sunken ship, "I want to continue the fight. Lots have said go run again. There is lots of positive feeling and energy. Folks are not discouraged."
I'm sure not discouraged.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:35 AM
As reported in the New York Times, Condoleezza Rice told aides prior to New England's 24-21 Superbowl victory that the Patriots would win by 3 points. Not to be outdone, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright predicted that the New York Yankees would not finish last in their division.
February 7, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:36 PM
In light of the noise being made over the Government's admittedly inadvisable payments to Armstrong Williams and Maggie Gallagher, it is interesting to learn that an NBC reporter was recently purchased on behalf of the world's most pompous fraternity of anti-American moonbats, the United Nations.
WorldNetDaily reports that NBC correspondent Linda Fasula was paid off by the well-heeled UN lobby to apply the appropriate spin to her An Insider's Guide to the U.N., a whitewash so cloyingly disconnected from reality as to include lines like "It is hard to find anyone who can mount a serious criticism of Annan's performance as Secretary General." Cash came from zillionaire socialist Ted Turner's United Nations Foundation, as well as the Better World Campaign and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Exactly how much cash was involved is a question to which Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media has not been able to extract an answer from Fasula.
Also unanswered is the question of why the part of the book dealing with Annan and Rwanda does not mention the "genocide fax," in which Annan refused a request for UN troops. This refusal resulted in the preventable deaths of 800,000 Tutsis and their sympathizers according to Kincaid, who also observes that "on one of the hottest stories around, the U.N. corruption scandal, NBC has been out to lunch."
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:42 PM
Martin Mubanga, who was regrettably released from Guantanamo Bay, is planning to sue the British Government for his incarceration. Mubanga has dual British and Zambian citizenship, which is fortunate for his lawyers, because it is unclear how much loot they would be able to extract from Zambia. Like most of the unlawful combatants who fought for the Taliban and al Qaeda during the liberation of Afghanistan, Mubanga claims he was in the country to study Islam, also known as "the religion of peace."
Demonstrating the level of competence that fortunately characterizes many of those fighting for his cause, Mubanga left his British passport in a cave along with documents listing Jewish organizations in New York to be targeted for terrorist strikes. He was arrested in Zambia and shipped off to Gitmo, where he claims he was "tortured" by having to endure temperatures as high as 100° Fahrenheit (without swimming pool privileges!), "daubed with urine" after piddling in his cell, and at one point stripped down to his boxer shorts. Surprisingly, there has been no mention of crimes against humanity.
Mubanga was stoic regarding the heroism required to survive his ordeal:
The authorities wanted to break me but they strengthened me. They've made me what I am — even if I'm not quite sure yet who that person is.
Perhaps it would help him decide if he narrowed down the possibilities to "sniveling parasite" and "lowlife terrorist piece of garbage."
February 6, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:34 PM
An interesting new blog has been launched to shine a little light on CNN Chief News Executive Eason Jordan, who recently made the outrageous, irresponsible, and of course unsubstantiated accusation that American servicemen have been deliberately killing journalists.
In the words of its creators:
The Easongate blog has been created in light of Eason Jordan's recent statements at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he accused American servicemen of intentionally targeting and killing journalists in Iraq. These are serious charges that should not have been made without supporting evidence, which he did not provide. American servicemen and women are risking their lives daily and it is wholly inappropriate for a man of his stature and influence to make baseless claims in front of an international audience. As an experienced journalist, he fully understands the impact of his words and the effects on his audience. Mr. Jordan has a past history of making such statements.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:09 AM
In case anyone thought that left-wing professor and artificial Indian Ward Churchill couldn't possibly have meant it when he praised the "gallant sacrifices" of the terrorists who murdered 3000 "little Eichmanns" on 9/11, this avatar of moonbattery set them straight on Friday, when he appeared on CNN's "Paula Zahn Now" and pointedly refused to apologize to the families of the victims. He also noted that if University of Colorado has the guts to stand up to political correctness and fire him, he will of course sue.
In other WC news, WorldNetDaily reveals that Churchill's scholarly wisdom extends to the meat-packing industry, whose workers, like those killed at the World Trade Center, are comparable to holocaust engineer Adolf Eichmann, and consequently deserve to be murdered. In a foreword to the book Terrorists or Freedom Fighters: Reflections on the Liberation of Animals (edited by Steven Best), Churchill takes quasi-terrorist outfits like Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front to task for settling for vandalism when if they really meant it, they would be killing people.
February 5, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:56 PM
The rightward-leaning bloggers behind The Diplomad work in the decidedly leftward-leaning US Foreign Service, allowing them to perform valuable reconnaissance behind enemy lines. In the aftermath of the tsunami, their coverage of the UN's reaction — highlighting its general uselessness as well as its pathetic attempts to take credit for American and Australian accomplishments — was priceless.
This excerpt from their farewell post gives an idea of what we will be missing:
We had some fun with the Aussie and US elections (we even called the American ones right; we didn't dare predict the Australian ones.) We delighted in the victory of George W. Bush over the incomparably lame and dishonest John "Xmas in Cambodia" Kerry. We've laid into the UN and their pomposity and corruption, and chortled as the ignorant lefties sought to defend the indefensible. We've said some things we thought (you might not agree) needed saying about the USA, the EU, the State Department, Cuba, and the Marines; some things that we shouldn't have had to say about the scourge of political correctness that threatens liberty in our homeland by trying to restrict ever more the parameters of debate and discussion. We even laid out our Saber-toothed Tiger Law of Life, and expressed our appreciation for the 1911 Government Model Colt 45.
We've ridiculed the ridiculously easy to ridicule Global Warmists, and lamented the disappearance of the once great Democratic Party. The world's oldest political party has wandered off into the fevered swamps of delusional leftism and anti-Americanism following the yaps not of bloodhounds on the trail of some evil beast, or the dogs of war hunting the enemies of the USA, but the little girlie-man yips of the chihuahas of Gore chasing ghosts of political debates and ideologies past. We've likewise bemoaned the destruction of the once-valiant nation of Red Ensign Canada (no Maple Leaf at this house!) by those who seem ashamed of their country's honorable and courageous role in defending the West and freedom, and now want it to be an anti-American sharia-besotted Botswana with snow.
They leave open the possibility that they may blog again under a different name. I'll be grateful if they do.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:00 AM
The sick joke that is Professor Ward Churchill of the University of Colorado is actually starting to become a little bit funny. It took awhile, but his essay vilifying the victims of 9/11 and praising the terrorists who murdered them is turning out to be the loose thread that will cause his whole costume to come unraveled.
The American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council has this to say:
Ward Churchill has fraudulently represented himself as an Indian, and a member of the American Indian Movement, a situation that has lifted him into the position of a lecturer on Indian activism. He has used the American Indian Movement’s chapter in Denver to attack the leadership of the official American Indian Movement with his misinformation and propaganda campaigns.
Ward Churchill has been masquerading as an Indian for years behind his dark glasses and beaded headband. He waves around an honorary membership card that at one time was issued to anyone by the Keetoowah Tribe of Oklahoma. Former President Bill Clinton and many others received these cards, but these cards do not qualify the holder a member of any tribe. He has deceitfully and treacherously fooled innocent and naïve Indian community members in Denver, Colorado, as well as many other people worldwide. Churchill does not represent, nor does he speak on behalf of the American Indian Movement.
Meanwhile, the Colorado State House of Representatives has issued a unanimous resolution condemning Churchill for making "a number of statements and contentions that are deplorable and do not reflect the values of the people of the State of Colorado."
Not that WC doesn't have his supporters. Boker tov, Boulder! offers an eyewitness report of an anti-Churchill rally at University of Colorado that was swamped by pro-Churchill counterprotesters who did their obnoxious best to silence criticism of their role model. Some of the pro-Churchill group reportedly were members of the College Democrats who pretended to be Republicans for propaganda purposes.
With luck Churchill's downfall will be the beginning of some badly needed housecleaning at American universities.
February 4, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:05 AM
Whoever end up the winners in the Iraqi elections, the losers are already known: tyrants and moonbats. None of them lost in a larger way than Jimmy Carter, who was recently riding high when ankle-biting Eurocrats awarded the man even the Clinton Administration regarded as a "treasonous prick" with a Nobel Prize for his seditious efforts to undermine President Bush's authority.
After loudly and repeatedly denouncing his country's efforts in Iraq, Carter stood to gain about as much from successful elections as al-Zarqawi. As reported in the Washington Times, Carter appeared on NBC's "Today" show last September to express his confidence that the elections would not take place. When democracy proceeded forward despite disapproval from the Left, his international do-gooders club The Carter Center decided that Iraq was too scary a place to send election monitors, so its personnel was posted in neighboring Jordan, where they could sip Cosmopolitans and trade ornate business cards with the other useless UN types they probably met at their five-star hotels without being annoyed by the ruckus of car bombs blowing up voters outside. Fortunately the Iraqi people proved to be both more courageous and more committed to democracy, making the elections an overwhelming success.
After the voting, Carter Center spokeswoman Kay Torrance had these words of enthusiastic support for the soul-stirring victory of freedom over tyranny: "We wouldn't have any 'yea' or 'nay' statement on Iraq."
Too bad for Carter not all elections can go as swimmingly as the recall referendum on Castro protégé Hugo Chavez. Given the thuggery that has characterized this budding totalitarian, it came as no surprise that the election that preserved his hold on power was obviously rigged. Carter endorsed the returns.
For anyone unfamiliar with the nature of Chavez's regime in Venezuela, this article provides a glimpse at the extreme brutality that is being used to choke democracy out of existence in that strategically vital country. Be forewarned that it is not pleasant reading.
Fortunately, despite the best efforts of Jimmy Carter and his kind, the people of Iraq can leave in their past the sort of horrors the people of Venezuela have looming in their future.
February 3, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:39 PM
Skeptics needing more evidence that moonbats have entered a de facto alliance with Islamic terrorists will be interested to learn that a judge has struck a righteous blow against the United States on behalf of terrorism and anarchy by ruling that unlawful combatants captured in Afghanistan and currently detained at Guantanamo Bay have the legal rights of US citizens, and are entitled to defense lawyers to challenge their imprisonment in court.
Judge Joyce Hens Green, who incidentally resembles something Norman Bates would keep in his basement, was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Columbia in 1979 by — surprise! — Jimmy Carter.
Astoundingly, Green referred to the foreign terrorists' right to due process under the Fifth Amendment — as if unlawful combatants captured in battle in a foreign country were even entitled to Geneva Convention protection, much less the rights afforded American citizens.
''What she's suggesting would transform a front-end common-sense determination by the military as to whether or not you qualify for prisoner of war status into a full-fledged criminal trial," observed legal analyst David Rivkin Jr., a former associate White House counsel. ''That is insane."
Twisting logic into shapes that would give M.C. Escher a headache, Green referred to the Americans who fought and died for the rights she saw fit to grant these al Qaeda/Taliban dregs at America's expense:
Although this nation unquestionably must take strong action under the leadership of the Commander in Chief to protect itself against enormous and unprecedented threats, that necessity cannot negate the existence of the most basic fundamental rights for which the people of this country have fought and died for well over two hundred years.
Of course, some of the Americans who fought and died for our rights (not our enemies' rights, Judge Joyce), died fighting the very terrorist vagabonds Green wants to set free.
Green hasn't yet ruled on whether the unlawful combatants qualify for driver's licenses, food stamps, and preferential admission to US colleges. Of course, they're already receiving the best health care they've ever experienced at no charge.
The present ruling conflicts with another recent ruling by the same court. Fortunately, it will soon find its way to the Supreme Court, which includes several judges who probably have a broad enough understanding of geography to be aware that Afghanistan is not one of the 50 states.
February 2, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:11 PM
Eye Doc of Ace of Trump makes a good point in a comment to this post regarding college professor and demented Che Guevara wannabe Ward Churchill by stressing that his Hamilton College gig was canceled for security reasons, as opposed to being canceled because it was a mistake to invite the sick creep to speak there.
According to the Denver Post, Hamilton College President Joan Hinde Stewart remains "committed to free speech" but canceled the event because of the college's "higher responsibility ... and that is the safety and security" of the campus.
No doubt Stewart and her educrat colleagues realize they crossed a line and had to step back — but only because they were loudly called on it, not because they did anything they wouldn't do again. Note that Churchill comes off as a victim deprived of his free speech rights.
There wasn't much talk about freedom of speech when Harvard President Lawrence Summers sat himself on the hot seat by acknowledging that some people believe women tend to be less suited than men for careers in science and math. The reason of course is that in academia, home of the speech code, freedom of speech only applies to speech moonbats want to hear.
The obvious implication is that Churchill's depraved ravings (the 9/11 victims deserved to die for being capitalists, etc.) are what the BMW-driving, ivory tower Leninists at Hamilton College want to hear — which is the most likely explanation for why they invited him in the first place.
Back in Colorado, the thin ice is cracking under Churchill's Birkenstocks, now that non-academics have become aware of his existence.
"No one wants to infringe on Mr. Churchill's right to express himself," Colorado governor Bill Owens observed in a release calling for Churchill's resignation from the University of Colorado faculty. "But we are not compelled to accept his pro-terrorist views at state taxpayer subsidy nor under the banner of the University of Colorado."
However, for now Churchill is still on schedule to appear at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, which has announced it would "eagerly await" Churchill's March 1 presentation devoted to accusing America of "racism."
The problem here isn't Ward Churchill. Who cares what kind of putrescence seeps out of some noxious lunatic's mouth? The problem is that academia supports and even nurtures his kind. Lift the rock so that everyone can see what's going on, and the natural outrage of normal people will force educrats to back off from their agenda of imposing mentalities like Churchill's on the young minds they have been entrusted to educate.
Let's keep that rock lifted.
February 1, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:22 PM
The good news keeps pouring in lately, doesn't it? The world just gets better and better — unless you're a moonbat. But it isn't getting better by accident. People who have gotten mad as hell and decided not to take it anymore are making it better.
The best news of course is that the courage and resolve of both the Bush Administration and the people of Iraq paid a large dividend Sunday when the successful election dealt a major blow to terror and its supporters on behalf of democracy. Bush could have taken the path of least resistance and let Saddam fester away until he was in a position to do much worse than attempt to assassinate his father, our 41st President. But he pushed back, and we're safer for it. The citizens of Iraq could have allowed themselves to become immobilized by fear in the face of the Baathist and al-Qaeda terrorists that certain democrats seem to think should be running their country. But by risking their lives to vote, they pushed back, and now momentum is clearly in civilization's favor.
Not all pushback is as dramatic as standing up to al-Zarqawi. But that doesn't mean it isn't important — not when our culture's sanity is at stake. The MaryHunter forwarded a notice in the Library Journal Academic Newswire dated today (subscription available here) announcing that the plaque honoring Mine Ener, the Associate Professor who slit the throat of her infant daughter with Down syndrome before taking her own life, has been removed. The plaque came down "in response to concerns" — in other words, decent people who were outraged made enough noise that moonbat educrats had to back down.
On the topic of moonbat educrats backing down, Ranten N Raven notes that Ward Churchill has resigned as head of University of Colorado's Ethnic Studies Department, although he will continue on as a teacher. Churchill resigned because the "present political climate made him a liability in representing his department and the university" — due to the outraged response to this essay in which he opined that the victims of 9/11 deserved to die for participating in capitalism. Here's what Churchill had to say of those who perished at the World Trade Center:
If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the twin towers, I'd really be interested in hearing about it.
The essay attracted wide attention when Churchill was invited to speak at Hamilton College in upstate New York. This speaking engagement has been canceled, reportedly due to death threats.
While death threats are both unadvisable and unnecessary, it certainly is encouraging to find evidence that people don't have to take the glorification of individuals like Mine Ener and Ward Churchill lying down. Make some noise, and the moonbats back off — particularly educrat moonbats, who are not exactly in a class with Iraq's voters when it comes to courage.
Ironically, the title of the depraved essay that landed Churchill in hot water is "Some People Push Back — On the Justice of Roosting Chickens." True enough, some people do push back. And it pays to do so.