March 31, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:03 AM
The corrosive effects of moonbattery have made themselves known at the State Department, so that it is unfortunately clear that not all members of that left-leaning community have their hearts in the War on Terror. But would any American diplomats actually go out of their way to prevent US forces from capturing Osama bin Laden? Apparently one of them would — and did.
Since 9/11, Pakistan has been crucial to the struggle against al Qaeda. More than 600 members of al Qaeda have been killed or captured there since 2001, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who planned the 9/11 attacks. Pakistan is where bin Laden's trail went cold after Tora Bora.
Even before 9/11, Pakistan was a key country in the hunt for terrorists. Mir Amal Kansi, who shot several CIA employees in front of that agency's headquarters in Langley in 1993, was arrested in Pakistan two years later when a local who had seen a matchbook advertising the $5 million price on his head turned him in.
All of this considered, the taxpayers' money was well spent when it was used to print up thousands of matchbooks, posters, and other items in languages spoken in Pakistan, advertising the $25 million reward being offered for information leading to the capture of bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders.
Or at least the money would have been well spent, if the items had been distributed. Unfortunately they fell into the hands of America's Ambassador to Pakistan, Nancy Powell, who "impounded" the material on embassy grounds for several years.
Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) got wind of this, but not until 2004. Thanks to his sustained efforts, Powell is now serving at Foggy Bottom headquarters in DC, where it is hoped she won't be able to cause as much damage.
Powell's explanation to Kirk for her outlandish behavior was that finding bin Laden was only one of a number of priorities. Although her specific motivations are not known, some form of moonbattery would be the most likely explanation for her actions, given the milieu in which diplomats work. Prior to joining the State Department in 1977, Powell had spent the last six years teaching social studies. Regrettably this did not raise any red flags in the bureaucracy.
Now Ryan Crocker, "a take-charge guy" who is "far more aggressive in pursuing the bin Laden account" is in charge of the Islamabad embassy, and the Rewards for Justice program that Powell suppressed is in high gear. But precious time has been lost; for all we know, bin Laden is in Iran now. Instead of thanking Allah for the fact that he's still on the loose, he might want to thank the same Foggy Bottom climate of pervasive idiotarianism that Powell can thank for having been entrusted with such a critical position.
Colin Powell (no relation to Nancy, I'm pretty sure) had his strong points as Secretary of State, but he was not the guy to take on the deeply ingrained moonbattery that used to be so well documented by the late and much lamented blog The Diplomad. It's as if our foreign policy were being implemented largely by left-wing college professors — pretentious fools who live in an alternate reality of pure bloviation and do not have America's best interests at heart. Nancy Powell is living proof of just how counterproductive this state of affairs can be.
Fixing this is going to be like cleaning the Augean Stables, but if anyone's up to the job, it's Condi Rice. Here's wishing her luck.
Cross-posted at The Wide Awakes.
March 30, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:11 AM
More evidence that Ward Churchill is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to moonbattery on college campuses has been acknowledged in the Washington Post, which reports on a study finding that academia may tilt even farther to the Left than we knew.
So much for the diversity educrats are so eager to impose: among teachers at American universities and colleges, self-identified liberals outnumber conservatives 72% to 15%. According to Robert Lichter, a George Mason University professor who co-authored the study:
There was no field we studied in which there were more conservatives than liberals or more Republicans than Democrats. It's a very homogenous environment, not just in the places you'd expect to be dominated by liberals.
No one should be surprised that humanities and social sciences faculties were found to be overwhelmingly liberal. But even in areas where the professors should be able to add two and two and get four, regardless of who feels oppressed by the outcome — such as engineering and business — the Libs have the upper hand.
In English literature, philosophy, political science, and religious studies, at least 80% of faculty identify themselves as liberal, and no more than 5% as conservative.
Another of the co-authors, Stanley Rothman of Smith College, alertly perceives discrimination against conservatives, whom the academic establishment avoids hiring or promoting. Rothman concludes that "being conservative counts against you," a finding that doesn't surprise him, because being part of academia, he has observed the discrimination first hand.
Movement over the last 20 years has been toward increasing conformity to the left-wing status quo. In a 1984 study, only 39% of college faculty identified themselves as liberal.
The present study found that most professors aren't just liberal, they are hard liberal: 88% want increased environmental protection even if it costs other people their jobs; ironically, 65% want the government to ensure full employment. So if you get laid off because bureaucrats have decided your job inconveniences sucker fish, the taxpayer will hire you to help two other guys watch a cow graze. Raising the objection that someone somewhere needs to actually produce wealth before the government can tax it is not going to help you get tenure.
Given this milieu, outrageous extremists like Ward Churchill and Noam Chomsky are inevitable, because there is no one to put the brakes on their fanaticism. Universities have become ideological echo chambers. The Churchills and Chomskys one-up each other by pushing the envelope ever further over the edge, while everyone else tries to keep pace so as not to get branded a witch.
There can be no question that this damages education. Any system that allows caricatures like Churchill to become department heads is obviously damaged. The only question is what we can do about it.
The idea that the government can step in and impose diversity is foolish and dangerous. We want less ideological regimentation, not more. The free market has come up with the best solution to most every problem the human race has faced. Given time, it could do the job here too.
College educations do not come cheap. What parents are going to want to spend tens of thousands of dollars to have certifiable lunatics brainwash their kids into hating their own country when a sane education could be acquired for the same money?
People need to know just how far the moonbattery has gone, and how pervasive it has become. Then they will seek out alternatives, and with more demand, the alternatives will grow. The cure for education is education.
Hat tip: The MaryHunter
March 29, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:33 AM
It's Tuesday, time to blogburst for Kerry's 180 by urging readers to send an email to War Hero Jean François reminding him that he can fulfill his promise to share his military record by signing the Standard Form 180 that can be downloaded at this URL:
While you've got Hanoi John's attention, you might ask him to explain what he was thinking by sponsoring a Senate resolution to honor W.E.B. Du Bois, a hard-left nutcase who renounced his American citizenship, opposed racial integration, and was an actual member of the Communist Party.
It seems Kerry has not made much of an effort to improve the company he keeps. The bill's cosponsors are left-wing ding-a-lings Ted Kennedy and Carl Levin. Past governments that thought it appropriate to honor Du Bois were the Soviet Union and Communist China.
Du Bois considered Josef Stalin — clearly on the short list of the most evil human beings who ever lived — "great" and "courageous." He praised Soviet repression of Christianity as "the greatest gift of the Russian Revolution to the modern world."
Kerry's hero had nice things to say about Hitler too, showing that at least he could be consistent, unlike leftists who claim to revile Hitler but then apologize for other genocidal socialists like Stalin, Mao, and Saddam.
Although Du Bois helped found the NAACP, his views were so obnoxious that he was kicked out of it twice. "I do not pretend to 'love' white people," Du Bois declared, in opposition to the constructive message being promoted at the time by Martin Luther King.
Unless this is part of a clever Campaign 2008 strategy to outflank rival Dennis Kucinich on the Left, pushing honors for a character like Du Bois doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. Maybe Kerry is hoping some screwball in the Senate will do the same for himself one day.
March 28, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:09 PM
Kudos to Australia for fighting back against the do-gooder moonbats with law degrees who are trying to prevent that country from defending its borders. The Herald Sun reports on the Migration Litigation Reform Bill, which would hold migration lawyers and advisers personally liable for court costs if their cases were found to have no merit and no reasonable chance of succeeding.
This counters the lawyers' strategy of stalling for time in the courts at the taxpayers' great expense, presumably giving their "clients" — illegal aliens — time to seep into the underground. According to Australia's Attorney General Philip Ruddock, 90% of the cases brought before courts involving immigration matters are without merit.
Many of these lawyers work pro bono, that is, for the sheer pleasure of poking society in the eye. But pro bono work may not be taken up quite as enthusiastically when lawyers learn that there is a price to be paid for wasting everybody's time with frivolous cases while they undermine their country's security.
Here in the USA, we have a similar problem. Since our government refuses to defend the country's borders from hostile invaders, private citizens have been left to take on this very basic and critical duty. The ACLU, predictably, is siding with the invaders, and has plans to impede the civic-minded Minutemen who have volunteered to patrol the border in Arizona.
It seems the ACLU's slippery PC shysters have found a new ally. Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, is a Central American gang infamous for its brutality. Reportedly, they are sending goons from the ghettos they infest in California and Texas to teach "a lesson" to the volunteers. Meanwhile, Washington is taking a nap.
Unfortunately it appears to be only a matter of time before al-Qaeda teaches our government a bigger lesson by utilizing our essentially undefended borders to launch the next 9/11. But Australia and the Minutemen can smell the coffee. Maybe there's hope the White House will too.
March 27, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:19 PM
A French appeals court has upheld the insider trading conviction of George Soros, whose shady dealings helped cause the Asian economic crisis in the late 1990s, and whose ill-gotten wealth has been used to finance anti-American organizations like MoveOn.org and to paint the Democratic Party ever farther into a left-wing corner.
"My reputation is at stake," Soros whined to the court, evidently with a straight face.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:18 PM
I once had the misfortune of dating a girl so profoundly immature that if you tried to tell her something she didn't want to hear, she would cover her ears and shout "blah blah blah!" over and over until you gave up trying to communicate. In the same spirit, a man named Sam Kimery has developed a device called a "Fox Blocker" that prevents television sets from receiving Fox News, which offends the sensibilities of some by not toeing the MSM left-liberal line.
A Fox spokeswoman issued the familiar but compelling response that the ratings speak for themselves. According to Nielsen Media Research, Fox has averaged 1.62 million viewers in prime-time for the first three months of the year, in contrast to politically correct CNN's 805,000.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times.
March 26, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:29 PM
The creativity that makes Caption This! one of the funniest sites on the Internet has been applied to science fiction, and the results are highly promising. Caption This! creator V the K, writing as James Wittenbach, is the author of Meridian, the first in a planned series called Worlds Apart. The premise of the series is a perfect framework for back-to-basics space opera, complete with spaceships, heroes, and nonstop excitement. From the Worlds Apart website:
Four thousand and some odd years ago, the Human Galactic Commonwealth lay claim to 10,000 worlds. Then, something happened. The Commonwealth collapsed. Inter-stellar travel ceased. In the absence of certainty, a legend arose that the Commonwealth was destroyed by a powerful alien race humans had encountered in the course of exploring the galaxy.
For the thousand and some years since, fear and under-development kept the disparate colonies from returning to space. But now, the freedom-loving individualists of the planet Sapphire, and the socialized collectivists of Republic have combined resources to build a fleet of Pathfinder Ships, enormous and heavily-armed, to re-explore the galaxy, make contact with lost worlds, and find out the truth about what happened to the Commonwealth.
Meridian is the name of the planet where the Pathfinder Ship Pegasus encounters its first adventure — a dystopian realm that has taken central planning to extremes that would give pause to Hillary.
The writing is highly readable, shot through with the humor that makes Caption This! so enjoyable. Although the book isn't the least preachy or pretentious, it isn't vacuous either. The general point of view is libertarian. Insights unobtrusively mixed in with the action separate mere entertainment from something just as fun but more memorable. Here's a good one:
The secret of life isn't making the right decision. It's making the decision first, then making it right.
For science fiction readers, Meridian is not to be missed. For everyone else, it's a great place to start — just don't expect all science fiction to be as good as this gem.
March 25, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:50 AM
Apparently Canada is getting tired of serving as the cesspool whenever America's lowlife decides to flush itself right out of the country.
Jeremy Hinzman — coward, US Army deserter, and traitor to the country he volunteered to serve — will be leaving the Great White North with a firmly planted boot print on his scrawny moonbat backside.
This specimen pulled his thumb out of his mouth long enough to whimper to Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board that he would have to take part in war crimes if he fought for his country, and that the liberation of Iraq was "illegal." But his shameful sniveling was in vain, as he was denied refugee status by the Canadian Government, which ruled that he had not made a convincing argument that he would face the persecution and/or cruel and unusual punishment he so richly deserves if sent home. The decision could affect at least eight and possibly many more of Hinzman's regrettable ilk.
Reports indicate that Hinzman's attorney — Vietnam draft-dodger Jeffrey House — is appealing, but I doubt I would find him appealing in the slightest. He is quoted by AP (as posted on both CNN and Newsday) as saying:
We don't believe that people should be imprisoned for doing what they believe is illegal.
Even coming out of a deserter's draft-dodging lawyer, that is quite a statement. Apparently someone tie-dyed his brain by drinking too much bong water.
Poor Hinzman could face up to 5 years in prison for desertion. In past wars, his kind were shot. A firing squad for deserters is a time-honored tradition that is beneficial to military discipline and morale. It is also just. Why should cowards live when heroes die?
To quote an Army (under)statement that came out after the ruling:
We are an Army serving a nation at war. Each of us volunteered to serve, and the vast majority serve honorably. AWOL and desertion are crimes that go against Army values, degrade unit readiness and, in a time of war, may put the lives of other soldiers at risk.
Brave people are dying to defend the country that Hinzman and friends slither away to badmouth from across the border. Here's hoping his five years pass slowly.
March 24, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:58 AM
Howard Dean makes an example of a kitten suspected of allowing itself to be petted by Republicans.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:43 AM
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, "progressive" poet and activist J.J. Jameson — who has been on left-wing Pacifica Radio and was chosen March 2004 Poet of the Month by ChicagoPoetry.com, which refers to him as "one of Chicago's most beloved anti-war poets" — is actually a twice-convicted murderer by the name of Norman A. Porter Jr.
A "happy-go-lucky" pacifist, Porter was convicted of the 1960 execution-style shooting (shotgun to the back of the head) of a clothing store clerk in Massachusetts and the shooting death of a jail minister during a jailbreak the following year. Because the death penalty is all too rarely applied, Porter was able to bide his time until 1985, when the opportunity came to "walk away" from a facility where he was allowed to do maintenance work on the prison grounds.
Porter was arrested four times between 1989 and 1993 in Illinois and Washington state, but it wasn't until last Tuesday that his old murder raps caught up with him (actually, Michael Dukakis — of Willie Horton fame — had commuted one of Porter's murder sentences back in 1975).
Massachusetts state police Lt. Kevin Horton called it "a sweet, sweet day" when he finally tracked Porter to Chicago. His fugitive unit had been hunting him for 20 years.
Most moonbats seem to be harmless kooks. But Porter offers a useful reminder that no kook is truly harmless.
March 23, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:58 AM
There was a time when people who had irredeemably shamed themselves, especially if they had possible prison terms hanging over their heads, would run off to join the French Foreign Legion as the last option of the truly desperate. Today Michael Jackson finds himself in just such a situation. But for Jacko, there's a more appropriate option. Before Judge Melville makes good on his threats to revoke Jackson's bail, the King of Pop ought to sneak away to become a United Nations peacekeeper.
An Australian peacekeeper, failing to adapt to the spirit of United Nations peacekeeping operations, blew the whistle on some Jordanian colleagues who were making a regular practice of molesting little boys in East Timor. The Jordanians did not take kindly to this breach of UN etiquette on the part of the Aussies. Australian commandos had to be sent in to protect Australian peacekeepers from the other peacekeepers. A tense standoff ensued, with assault rifles drawn on both sides, but apparently no shots were fired.
The whistleblower, the aptly named Corporal Wratten, had to be evacuated. When he told his superiors that boys as young as 12 were being sexually abused, a Jordanian officer turned around and informed the men Wratten had "ratted on," according to a senior UN official.
A UN report into the matter found it "highly probable that widespread sexual misconduct had occurred after the Jordanians took over from the highly regarded Australian paratroop battalion in early 2000."
Funny, I don't recall hearing much about it in the news. What a shame Coalition soldiers in Iraq don't behave like UN peacekeepers. Think of the fun the media could have!
Let's hope the great Jacko can keep those troublesome Aussies in line!
March 22, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:08 PM
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this priceless photo collection is worth an encyclopedia. Yet you could sum it up in just five: "Why I voted for Bush." Via The Dark Citadel. Check it out and breathe a sigh of relief.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:09 PM
War hero John "Jean François" Kerry would like to share the truth about his daring Vietnam exploits with his adoring fans as promised, but still cannot seem to locate the form that would authorize the release of his military records to the public. You could help him out by sending an email here and including this URL:
Senator Kerry has a President to undermine, you can't expect him to waste time chasing down forms. Visit Cao's Blog to join the Blogburst for Kerry's 180 and add your blog to this list of good Samaritans:
Once we've helped him find the form, we can all learn the exciting details of his secret mission to smuggle arms to the Khmer Rouge!
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:19 AM
Another hot tip from the MaryHunter led to this editorial in yesterday's Los Angeles Times. Having just discovered the importance of states' rights, La Times expresses its outrage at attempts to prevent Terri Schiavo from being starved. In the course of the diatribe, maneuvers by social conservatives to save her via the federal government are referred to as "Stalinist."
Readers who learned their Russian history from the stalinophiles at the New York Times might be interested to discover that Josef Stalin — who famously observed that a single death is a tragedy but a million deaths is just a statistic — caused death and suffering for the sake of his power lust on a scale so vast that it simply isn't possible to get your mind around the enormity of his crimes, or of the evilness of the system that enabled them. Stalin was able to run up a body count comparable to Hitler's despite his regime's bumbling incompetence by being less particular than Hitler about who he killed.
The objective of Stalin's genocide was to pacify anyone who suffered the extreme misfortune of being stuck inside the borders of the Soviet Union, so that the depraved nightmare known as communism could be imposed on the population. If there was any resistance, Stalin didn't kill the resisters; it would have taken too much trouble to find them, especially when many times they didn't even exist except in his paranoid mind. Stalin's approach was to kill the entire region where resistance was thought to have occurred. This was accomplished by seizing all food, including seed corn.
Hitler was famous for killing with gas. Stalin favored starvation — the same method by which Terri Schiavo will be killed if the LA Times has its way. There are certainly two sides to this issue, but one thing is for sure: it doesn't leave La Times in a position to be calling their opponents Stalinists.
March 21, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:59 PM
As Ward Churchill continues to luxuriate in his infamy, he can take extra satisfaction that Bill Maher is not his only admirer; nor is Churchill alone in academia. According to CNN, MIT professor Noam Chomsky has sent Churchill a note of support, praising his "achievements" as being "of inestimable value." [Less sophisticated correspondents were not as supportive: one email reads, "If you ever come to Florida, I will personally bash your (expletive) brains in."]
Chomsky's enthusiasm for the treasonous maniac's so-called achievements should come as no surprise. He is already on the record as proclaiming Churchill's work to be "excellent, penetrating and of high scholarly quality."
Others don't seem to share this view. For example, Churchill's colleague at University of Colorado, law professor Paul Campos, has cited evidence that Churchill has plagiarized and fabricated material.
"That goes beyond being an ideological hack and having no balance or nuance or intelligence in your work," CNN quotes Campos. "It goes into the realm of academic fraud, which is a firing offense."
Campos probably isn't overly unconcerned with Churchill's dire warnings that higher education may one day be reduced to "an advanced vo-tech" where students are taught skills "useful to corporations" — in other words, job skills grounded in reality instead of the economically useless and profoundly inaccurate but politically correct anti-American propaganda students are force-fed now, at great expense to themselves, their parents, and taxpayers.
Chomsky, on the other hand, is on the same page as the mad professor, being an equally mad professor himself. David Horowitz considers Chomsky to possess "the most treacherous intellect in America."
As usual, Horowitz is worth quoting at length, as he holds Chomsky and his kind responsible for poisoning the minds of the rabid young fools who can be found railing against America on any campus:
There are many who ask how it is possible that our most privileged and educated youth should come to despise their own nation — a free, open, democratic society — and to do so with such ferocious passion. They ask how it is possible for American youth to even consider lending comfort and aid to the Osama bin Ladens and the Saddam Husseins (and the Communists before them). A full answer would involve a search of the deep structures of the human psyche, and its irrepressible longings for a redemptive illusion. But the short answer is to be found in the speeches and writings of an embittered academic and his intellectual supporters.
For forty years, Noam Chomsky has turned out book after book, pamphlet after pamphlet and speech after speech with one message, and one message alone: America is the Great Satan; it is the fount of evil in the world. In Chomsky’s demented universe, America is responsible not only for its own bad deeds, but for the bad deeds of others, including those of the terrorists who struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In this attitude he is the medium for all those who now search the ruins of Manhattan not for the victims and the American dead, but for the "root causes" of the catastrophe that befell them.
Here's a quick sample of the rhetoric Professor Chomsky uses to "educate" our young:
Legally speaking, there's a very solid case for impeaching every American president since the Second World War. They've all been either outright war criminals or involved in serious war crimes.
Chomsky's point of view does not differ significantly from Churchill's. It is certainly not less fanatical, vicious, false, or anti-American.
Who is more typical of academia — Paul Campos or Noam Chomsky? I suspect the latter, or Churchill's shoddy scholarship, lack of qualifications, and "in-your-face" (his own term) anti-American fanaticism would have gotten him into trouble long before the world outside the ivory towers happened to find out about him.
As the fact that Noam Chomsky is regarded as a highly respected intellectual confirms, Churchill is merely the tip of an iceberg. This country's universities have been hijacked by its worst enemies. Allowing these psychopaths and the useful idiots who go along with them to pervert the young minds they are entrusted to educate is like allowing poisonous snakes in a cradle. Higher education needs to be reclaimed.
March 20, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:41 PM
Here's another interesting link from the MaryHunter. It seems not even the Easter Bunny is innocuous enough to be safe from the politically correct campaign to eradicate all meaning from our culture. Since there is nothing particularly Christian about the Easter Bunny himself, he isn't banned — just his name is. Suitably vacuous alternatives to be found in Florida shopping malls include the Garden Bunny, Baxter the Bunny and Peter Rabbit.
Due to his operating in a "multicultural community," mall manager Sam Hosen finds it prudent to "just remain neutral" on whether it is permissible to allow references to Christianity. Remaining neutral means that the word "Easter" is forbidden.
Easter egg hunts are now known less descriptively as just egg hunts.
When the Left has succeeded in eliminating all references to Christianity from our culture, which in large part grew out of Christianity, it will leave a gaping hole behind. They will need to replace the saints they have airbrushed out of history with new saints of their own creation. Hopefully churches can be saved from the wrecking ball, since all they really need to do is a little remodeling.
March 19, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:57 PM
A couple of faces from the news should help to elucidate moonbattery as applied to issues of life and death:
Make sense? I didn't think so.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:45 PM
Ace of Spades came across this in Pravda, formerly the official voice of the Soviet state and still very much a left-wing publication. It was published before the January 30 "paradigm shift" caused by the Iraqi elections, which made it impossible for all but the most fanatical leftists to deny that Bush's Middle East strategy is working. The editorial makes a case for why Bush will be remembered by history as one of our greatest presidents. Ace's point is on the mark — you don't often find stuff like this under the Gray Lady's skirts:
As predicted, liberals and Bush haters began accusing President Bush of being reckless and abusing his power, instead of giving him the credit and praise he deserves. Just once I would like to see liberals help the President in a noble cause, but I guess this will never happen. Liberals would rather try to make Bush look bad rather than help the oppressed, even though they claim to be the defenders of human rights.
I think liberals are afraid of taking an aggressive stand on world problems. They are more comfortable with Bill Clinton's foreign policy of letting thugs drag dead Americans through the streets of Somalia than a foreign policy of strength. A plan for peace is outside their realm of thinking, unless appeasement and surrender is involved. They just cannot imagine winning a lasting peace by taking the fight to the enemy. No wonder John Kerry was loved by the French.
Read the whole thing, it's good. But don't hold your breath waiting for it to be reprinted in the NY Times.
March 18, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:16 PM
Is the regime of Empress Shrillary only a matter of time? Bloggers, do your part to prevent it — Join Blogs Against Hillary today!
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:13 AM
A favorite myth of the willfully deluded fools who dominate the Left is that you can improve healthcare by removing the guiding hand of the free market and letting it be regulated instead through coercion, like Amtrak and the Post Office. I have actually heard with my own ears people raving that health care in Canada is superior to that in the USA. Whenever Cuba is mentioned in the MSM, you can count on having to listen to a plug for their vaunted free healthcare. The Deputy Director of the World Health Organization recently praised Cuba's primary healthcare services as a model for other countries.
It's hardly surprising that healthcare in Cuba is free. Healthcare generally is free in prisons. It's free in American prisons too. The only differences are:
- In Cuba, the entire country is a prison.
- In America, the healthcare offered prisoners is of high quality.
Here's a close-up of the floor in an area where patients are attended to at a hospital in Havana that Castro referred to as "one of the most modern and best ones in the country":
As pointed out on Babalu Blog, you can only imagine what the floor must look like in a rural hospital.
High among my many reasons for fearing and loathing Hillary Clinton is her avowed hostility to our healthcare system. Of course, she doesn't want to destroy it. She only wants to socialize it.
If you think there's a difference, you might benefit from a photo tour of a hospital where medicine has been socialized. Take the original Spanish-language tour here. An English language tour is also available.
March 17, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:32 PM
A little supporting documentation on yesterday's post about leftist heroine Rachel Corrie, who martyred herself to moonbattery by deliberately standing in front of an Israeli bulldozer:
LindaSoG at Something... and Half of Something passed along an email from a construction worker who has experience with bulldozers similar to the one that pressed Corrie into a Fruit Roll-Up.
The author points out that even when they aren't armored to protect the driver from terrorists' bullets, visibility is very limited. There is a 30–40 foot blind spot directly ahead and directly behind the driver, who would not be able to hear a bullhorn over the engine even in an open-cab model. To quote the author:
We always tell our folks on the ground to give the machines a WIDE berth and MAKE SURE the operator SEES YOU and knows where you are! ALWAYS stand off to the side well away and NEVER directly in front of or behind the tractor EVER.
Top forward speed is 7.3 mph. Normal working speed is 2.4 mph. The author wonders:
WHY would anyone stand in front of this thing and blame the Operator who has VERY limited ability to see out of it. The average person in reasonable health can walk faster than a dozer can move on flat ground. That girl chose her own tragic fate.
Anyone who blames Israel for this kook's demise is indulging in willful stupidity — which is tragic when you consider that if Corrie's death means anything, she died to demonstrate just how dangerous willful stupidity can be.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:14 PM
It looks like Bobby Fischer, a genius at chess but apparently a demented fool in every other respect, is on his way home. Renouncing his American citizenship is getting him nowhere with the Japanese, who detained him after he tried to leave their country for the Philippines on a revoked US passport, according to ABC News. The Japanese intend to ship him back to the USA, where he will face charges for violating sanctions against the genocidal Yugoslav regime by playing a match there in 1992. He would prefer to go to Iceland, where he is relatively popular for putting that island on the map when he took the world title by beating Boris Spassky there in 1972.
Fischer's moonbat credentials are impeccable. A hater of both Jews and America, he has denied the Holocaust, calls the United States an "evil dictatorship," and had this to say about 9/11: "wonderful news. . . . I want to see the U.S. wiped out."
A prison term of as long as 10 years may await him when he arrives. Too bad we can't put the like-minded Ward Churchill in the next cell. The two would make good company for each other. But apparently promoting terrorism is not against the law.
No word yet on whether Fischer will appear on Real Time to be fawned over by Bill Maher.
March 16, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:37 PM
You might have heard of Rachel Corrie, the demented anti-American moonbat with a particular grudge against Israel who famously displayed the wisdom for which her kind is so well known by deliberately standing in front of an Israeli bulldozer in an attempt to impose her pro-terrorist views on the conduct of that country's policy. The driver of the bulldozer couldn't see her, with the result that there is now one less rabid kook poisoning the world with left-wing rhetoric.
Now her family is suing the company that manufactured the bulldozer. Yes, I'm serious.
Check out Smooth Stone for full details and background.
It turns out today is the anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie, aka "St. Pancake." Click over to Something... and Half of Something for a highly informative piece on that excellent site's choice of Moonbat of the Year for 2003.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:45 PM
There's no question John Kerry would submit the 180 form releasing his military records like he promised, so that we can admire his glorious exploits in Vietnam, if only he had the time to hunt down the form. So let's help him out. Via And Rightly So!, you can email Senator Kerry here; be sure to include this URL in your message to help him find the 180:
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:04 AM
Fox News reports that 22 female moonbats were arrested Monday while trying to prevent loggers from cutting down dead trees that went up in a forest fire back in 2002.
This is the third time that envirokooks have caused a disturbance at the Siskiyou National Forest since an injunction against cutting down the dead trees was lifted on March 7. Feeling no need to work for a living, the protestors have been camping out in the area, doing whatever they can to impede constructive activity while attempts are made to rescue the dead trees in court.
Forest Service officials have pointed out that logging will speed the restoration of the burnt forest. The envirokooks responded that cutting down the dead trees so that a new forest could grow would be hurtful to salmon.
March 15, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:58 PM
Abe at Don't Let Me Stop You presents a clever solution to University of Colorado's quandary over how to deal with Ward Churchill: Make him a ward of the court!
Once a judge has been allowed to take control of Churchill's affairs, he could then do the responsible thing and resign on the mad professor's behalf.
True, adults are not often declared wards of the court, but who could deny that "Churchill's juvenile behavior provides a sound basis for revoking his status as an adult"?
If this works with Churchill, the same principle might be applied to scraping a few gray-haired adolescents out of the Senate — for example, Robert Byrd, Ted Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, John Kerry...
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:17 AM
Michael J. Totten received a comment that he liked so much, he promoted it to a post. It consists of a letter written to Nancy Pelosi — a cry from the heart of a liberal whose good conscience does not permit him to continue his lifelong habit of supporting the Democratic Party. The author's main objections are the frothing-at-the-mouth fanaticism of the increasingly dominant Howard Dean contingent, the cynical amorality that allows Dems to cuddle up to terrorists and other monsters, and the ever less subtle anti-Semitism that has been oozing out of the Left like a toilet backing up.
The letter is worth checking out as an example of what promises to become a growing phenomenon. The comically unresponsive and out-of-touch response from Pelosi's office is also included.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:03 AM
Even the most militant moonbats have to lighten up when they're on vacation, right?
Well, maybe not. To get an idea of how leisure time might be spent under a regime of totalitarian moonbattery, check out the website of Ocean Haven — a "nature friendly lodging on the beautiful Oregon coast."
"WE WELCOME DIVERSITY" their site shouts in all caps, before plunging into the diverse list of all that is forbidden.
Smokers are not permitted. They don't say no smoking. They say "NO ROOM FOR SMOKERS." You can't even smoke outdoors, or in your car. Apparently it's not smoking that's verboten so much as the smokers themselves.
But smokers are only the beginning:
- No beach fires.
- No BBQ.
- No candles.
- No incense (patchouli oil is okay).
- No pets (animals might interfere with the wildlife — which apparently consists of slimy tentacled things from out of a story by H.P. Lovecraft).
- No visitors ("We charge for all persons on premises, regardless of age or length of visit.").
- No RVs.
- No Hummers.
Also: no phones in the rooms, no Internet service, no televisions and no fragrance soaps.
On the positive side, you don't have to bring a hiking stick; Ocean Haven provides them.
Uptight as the place may seem, it's apparently loosened up since last week, when their site proclaimed that nobody who voted for Bush would be allowed, and "Kirstie," who runs the place, confirmed for Fox News that the diversity they welcome does not extend to people who support our President.
Maybe I'll see if I can reserve a suite at San Quentin instead.
Hat tip: The MaryHunter.
March 14, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:08 PM
Much to the consternation of the New York Times, three obnoxious boobs have been held accountable for their antisocial behavior in the posh Connecticut suburb of Greenwich, home of William B. Harrison Jr., Chief Executive of J. P. Morgan Chase.
riff-raff activists, acting on behalf of the Rainforest Action Network of San Francisco, consider J.P. Morgan Chase to be guilty of assisting economic development. As punishment, they littered the neighborhood of its CEO with childish "wanted" posters that encourage people to harass Harrison. Ignoring a "Private Road" sign, the trio of nitwits banged on doors, haranguing Harrison's neighbors with their imbecilic rhetoric.
Two of the vandals were charged under state law with disturbing the peace and with violating Greenwich's ordinance against posting unauthorized bills. The other, ringleader Robert E. Nixon, a "freelance writer" (whether he has been published is not known) did the driving, and only got the disturbing the peace rap.
At age 46, Nixon is old enough to know better, and should be encouraged to explore more constructive ways of spending his time than driving a couple of 20-something female moonbats from the city around the tonier parts of Greenwich, annoying residents and defacing public property.
The Gray Lady's spin is that enforcing the laws these fools violated represents an egregious violation of First Amendment liberties. The ACLU is considering becoming involved in the case. (Yes, I'm serious.)
March 13, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:23 AM
Hat tip to Bergbikr for flagging an interesting CNSNews report on a giant glacier south of New Zealand that apparently hasn't heard Al Gore give a speech on the climate since the 1970s, when he was claiming that draconian regulations were needed because of global cooling.
The glacier is so big that it has a name: the Franz Josef Glacier. Three years ago it was regarded as a "global warming casualty" because it seemed to be shrinking. Now it has been learned that it is actually advancing at a rate of three meters per day — fast enough to make me glad I don't live in the area.
The 11-kilometer-long glacier is steeper than most, and is therefore "very, very sensitive to climate change" according to Mark Mellsop, manager of the Franz Josef Glacier Guides company.
The advance of Franz Josef is bad news for Greenpeace, who had been using it as a poster glacier for global warming. But the whole idea of using the ebb and flow of glaciers as proof of global warming is absurd, according to Prof. Chris de Freitas of the School of Geography and Environmental Science at Auckland University.
"Glaciers advance and retreat not only because of temperature but also because of precipitation," says de Freitas. "It's an indicator of regional climate variability, and to link it to global climate change is absurd."
Also absurd is the claim that warming found on a small part of the Antarctic Peninsula supports global warming theory, especially since the vast majority of the Antarctic continent is actually cooling.
De Freitas derides the "naive or simple understanding of events" that causes the politically motivated to find evidence of global warming where there is none:
If you stand back, the evidence suggests that we don't have catastrophic change on our hands. If anything, the evidence over the last 10 or 15 years suggests that the global climate system isn't as sensitive as some of us first thought to changes in greenhouse gases.
Confirming that "the whole global warming issue has become very political," de Freitas laments that "even among scientists, there are people protecting their position ... or their funding, or their ideology" in order to support predetermined conclusions. He observes that the practice of claiming a consensus and then marginalizing anyone who disagrees with it is not consistent with the principles of good science.
But it's not only certain scientists who put ideology ahead of rational investigation where global warming is concerned: "It's everyone involved in the impacts, the policy people, the economists, there are whole bureaucracies .... It's a whole industry, you can't kill it off."
According to de Freitas, even if global warming is real (which is dubious), the Kyoto Protocol — much beloved by envirokooks and others who wish the worst upon the American economy — would accomplish little: "The net effect of Kyoto on global atmospheric concentrations is too small to have an effect."
Of course, three of the top four greenhouse gas emitters — China, India and Brazil — would not even be restricted by the protocol, the real purpose of which seems to be to cripple the US economy, which might explain why the Senate voted 95-0 not to ratify the protocol even before a petulant Gore (Vice President at the time) was callous, irresponsible and downright wacky enough to sign it. Needless to say, a crippled US economy would have a dire effect on the world economy for which it serves as the engine, probably causing mass starvation.
March 12, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:56 PM
Did you miss Hannity & Colmes last week, when Alan Colmes could no longer withstand the mental strain of being forced by his ideology to defend the lowest dregs of society? Not to worry, you can read the complete transcript at WuzzaDem.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:30 PM
Exhibit A: Brian Nichols. I rest my case.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:53 AM
For misguided political reasons, our government has neglected one of its most fundamental duties by refusing to provide an adequate defense of our borders. Displaying the spirit that has made this country great, private citizens calling themselves Minutemen are pitching in to patrol the Mexican border on a volunteer basis, in order to keep out terrorists, drug-smugglers and other hostile invaders. Displaying the spirit that has caused them to be loved by the Left and thoroughly reviled by everyone else, the ACLU is trying to get in their way. Details at Evilwhiteguy's Blog.
Also stop by Stop the ACLU for the latest on the ACLU's cartoonishly malevolent, 25-year campaign to destroy the Boy Scouts. Employing their usual extortion tactics, the leftist thugs have coerced the Scouts into removing the charters of thousands of scouting units from public schools by threatening lawsuits against schools that can't afford the lawyers to fight back.
No one disputes that the Boy Scouts, with their emphasis on character development and values-based leadership training, have had an overwhelmingly positive influence on millions of children. So why does the ACLU hate them so much? I would leave that for a theologian to explain — it has to do with the nature of evil.
March 11, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:45 PM
Moonbat Central has an informative post on Natan Sharansky, author of The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror — a book reputed to have had tremendous influence on Bush's Middle East policy, which has been paying such promising dividends lately. Like most people with first-hand experience with communism, he is adamantly opposed to it; in fact, he spent time in Moscow's Lefortovo prison and a Siberian gulag on trumped-up spy charges for advocating human rights in his native Soviet Union. After finally escaping to Israel, he became a cabinet minister. He continues to champion freedom and democracy to this day, earning him intense enmity from the Left. Head over to Moonbat Central to learn more about this admirable individual and those who oppose him.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:17 AM
A little photoshoppery from Chris of the late and lamented Kerry Waffles, via Kerry Haters:
March 10, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:30 PM
The reign of The Dan is now over. But at least he's leaving behind a rich legacy. Check out the compilation of notable quotes gathered by Media Research Center. Below are a few prime examples of The Dan's blather. Don't forget: these pronouncements were not made by an editorialist, but by a man solemnly attempting to pass himself off as a disinterested reporter of objective facts.
The new Republican majority in Congress took a big step today on its legislative agenda to demolish or damage government aid programs, many of them designed to help children and the poor.
And to think the pro-abortion side is called baby-killers! Republicans aren't just heartless; we're corrupt to:
Republicans kill the bill to clean up sleazy political fundraising. The business of dirty campaign money will stay business as usual.
It hits pretty hard to be called sleazy by a man who would have this to say to the avatar of sleaze, Bill Clinton, on behalf of himself and Connie Chung:
If we could be one-hundredth as great as you and Hillary Rodham Clinton have been in the White House, we'd take it right now and walk away winners....Tell Mrs. Clinton we respect her and we're pulling for her.
Dan Rather pulling for Hillary? Who would have thought?
The poor guy must have felt like Cassandra, warning shrilly that the country was veering rightward toward utter doom, with ever fewer listeners:
It is not just Congress that is taking a sharp turn to the right. The surge to the right on Capitol Hill is making waves all over the country on openly politically partisan, and sometimes racist, radio.
How does it feel to be unmasked as politically partisan, Rush, you racist!
Here's how Rather managed to report Bush's election without admitting that it happened:
Good evening. Texas Governor George Bush tonight will assume the mantle and the honor of President-elect. This comes 24 hours after a sharply split and, some say, politically and ideologically motivated U.S. Supreme Court ended Vice President Gore’s contest of the Florida election and, in effect, handed the presidency to Bush.
The Dan's wisdom extended beyond our country's borders, offering some very uncommon insight. For example, did you know that Russians actually liked being slaves under the system that had exterminated them by the tens of millions?
Despite what many Americans think, most Soviets do not yearn for capitalism or Western-style democracy.
Rather was an anchor with a heart. When it came to the issue of sending Elian Gonzalez back to the totalitarian hell from which his mother had died trying to rescue him, Cuba's sentimental dictator choked him right up:
I recognize this might be controversial, but there's little doubt in my mind that Fidel Castro was sincere when he said, "Listen, we really want this child back here."
In time of war, The Dan patriotically used his position to rally America's spirits:
Tonight, savagery in the streets of Iraq. Ten Americans die in a single day, four of them civilians murdered, mutilated and dragged through the streets....What drives American civilians to risk death in Iraq? In this economy it may be, for some, the only job they can find.
Writing in the hard-left Nation allowed Dan to let his hair down a little farther than usual:
Gays and lesbians are beaten to death in the streets with increasing frequency — in part due to irrational fear of AIDS but also because hatemongers, from comedians to the worst of the Christian Right, send the message that homosexuals have no value in our society....In the post-Cold-War era, gays have been drafted to replace communists as the new menace to the American Way.
Perhaps his most revealing statement was made while explaining how it is possible that he regards Clinton as an honest man:
I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things.
And possibly his all-time biggest whopper:
Anybody who knows me knows that I am not politically motivated, not politically active for Democrats or Republicans, and that I'm independent.
There are plenty more gems where these came from. A hearty thanks to the MaryHunter for sending the link.
CBS News actually ruled the roost before The Dan took the helm and deftly steered a course from first to a distant third in the three-network race. It's almost too bad Rather doesn't stick around a few more months; it would help build much-needed self-esteem at MSNBC to give them a chance to catch up to the once great CBS. Of course, the ship has taken on so much water at this point, it will probably keep sinking even without Captain Queeg at the helm.
Bye Dan. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
March 9, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:25 PM
Hat tip to Tongue Tied for pointing out a laugher from the New York Times entitled "A Quest for a Restroom That's Neither Men's Room Nor Women's Room" that is all the more hilarious for being obsequiously on the level.
The article relates the tale of Riki Dennis, a 35-year-old "humanities student" who got on the wrong side of someone's boyfriend by using the ladies room at a highway rest stop because he likes to think of himself as a woman. This traumatic incident motivated Dennis to join People in Search of Safe Restrooms, a group dedicated to opening a new front in the Culture War. For them, "the bathroom, that prosaic fixture of past battles against racial segregation and for the rights of the disabled, has become an emotional and at times deeply personal symbol of a cultural and political divide."
Screeches another Riki — Riki Wilchins of the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition — transgender people are "tired of being harassed or hassled when they simply need to use a public facility."
A major focus of this campaign has been college campuses, always fertile soil for moonbattery. Thanks to the efforts of the Queer Action Campaign for Gender-Neutral Bathrooms, there are now 10 restrooms at the University of Chicago designated "gender neutral" — meaning that you can use them whether you are man, woman or Michael Jackson.
Unsurprisingly, colleges in San Francisco have taken up this cause enthusiastically. At the New College of California, men's and women's rooms have been replaced by "de-gendered" rooms, with signs on the door proclaiming, "Lots of people don't fit neatly into our culture's rigid two-gender system."
It should be noted that this is not simply a matter of trying to figure out which bathroom Rene Richards should use after his/her sex change operation. The Times defines transgender people as including "transsexuals, cross-dressers and those with a fluid, androgynous identity who do not consider themselves completely male or female," and notes that "in contrast to previous generations, in which many sought to transform their birth sex through hormones or surgery, today's young transgender people are content with a more fluid identity."
In other words, just being kind of a nancy-boy can make you a girl as far as bathrooms are concerned.
It won't be long before a judge discovers in the Constitution the right not to be subjected to your own gender's bathroom. In the shorter term, some lucrative lawsuits are bound to result from the trauma inflicted when people are forced to admit that they are whichever gender they are, and relieve themselves accordingly.
Peeping Toms take note: five cities, including New York, already have regulations that protect public restroom access based on "gender identity" — meaning that you should be regarded as whatever gender you say you feel like inside. Of course, you'll have to explain that canoe in your pocket.
March 8, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:31 PM
If you were listening to Sean Hannity or Mark Levin on the radio yesterday, you might have heard them go off on professional idiot Bill Maher, whose HBO program Real Time has hit what I hope will be a permanent all-time low for the entertainment industry. They were right to be angry.
Maher's guest last Friday was make-believe Indian and fellow America-hater Ward Churchill. Amazingly, Churchill came off as almost likable in comparison with Maher, who may well be the most profoundly loathsome human being ever to smirk into a camera.
Churchill has gotten a raw deal according to the like-minded Maher. Despite the fawningly supportive environment, Psycho Ward seemed a little on the shy side at first, so Maher had to draw him out, egging him on to elaborate on why America is such an awful country.
"Let me do it for you, Professor," Maher finally offered, and proceeded to put forth a sick parody of American history that would do Michael Moore proud, while encouraging Churchill to fabricate extravagant body counts for the alleged atrocities of our forefathers. The USA was even excoriated for killing Germans and Japanese during World War II.
Some of the atrocities weighing heavily on our consciences are more recent history. Churchill declared that America caused 500,000 Iraqi children to die as a result of sanctions following Saddam's invasion of Kuwait. Needless to say, the UN's Oil for Food scam was not mentioned.
"America has blood on its hands," was Maher's mantra; he repeated it incessantly.
Once it had been proven to the satisfaction of Maher and his guest that America is guilty of genocide, they proceeded to clarify that it is not the American government that is guilty, but the people themselves. So be sure to hate yourself accordingly.
Asked to support his contention that the people who perished at the World Trade Center deserved what they got for being "Little Eichmanns," Churchill caused the audience to erupt into applause with this nugget of wisdom:
If you're performing a technical function, a byproduct of which is the immiseration of millions of people, you are not innocent. You are performing a function along the lines of what Adolf Eichmann performed.
You read that correctly. The audience applauded when Churchill said this. Enthusiastically.
But we haven't hit rock bottom yet.
In a stunt that would disgust Jerry Springer, Maher brought out Michael Faughnan, whose brother was butchered at the World Trade Center along with 3,000 other "Little Eichmanns" by Churchill's al-Qaeda heroes.
Clearly unused to being the focus of cameras, Faughnan had to listen politely as Maher went off on another anti-American diatribe. "Yes, you're right," he told Churchill. "We're lazy, and we're arrogant, and we're greedy, and we're gluttonous, and we're myopic..." You get the idea.
However, even Maher has his moderate side. He treated the audience to some junior high level philosophizing as he supported his view that being American is bad, but not quite as bad as being Adolf Eichmann.
For once Churchill had to contradict his host, by pointing out that outsourcing work to Malaysia is "comparable" to making Jews into lampshades.
Maher's next trick was to ask Faughnan if he thought Churchill owed him an apology for asserting that his brother deserved to die. Not surprisingly, Faughnan said yes.
Churchill refused to apologize.
Bailing out his pal with a friendly slap on the shoulder, Maher moved the show along. Next on the agenda was the host's charming idea of building a monument to anti-Americanism at Ground Zero. Visibly pleased with his own cuteness, Maher suggested it be called "Why They Hate Us Pavilion."
From there this appalling program actually managed to go downhill. Setting a new standard for disgracefulness, Maher badgered Faughnan with demands that he admit that 9/11 happened because "they" (apparently meaning the rest of the world) hate America, and some of their reasons are valid.
Faughnan came across as a decent guy, completely out of his element in Maher's cesspool of a television program. Maher was able to browbeat a "perhaps" out of him. The audience cheered.
Sorry for dwelling on this whole disgusting event in such detail, but it illustrates an important point. Ward Churchill by himself would be nothing more than a tasteless joke. But he is not alone by any means — he is the tip of an iceberg. There is a whole subculture, metastasizing like some nightmarish cancer in academia and the entertainment industry, for whom Churchill is a credible intellectual, even a role model.
It's hard not to develop a tolerance to noxiousness and outrage; you almost have to, to defend yourself from being overwhelmed by it. But we should never lose sight of just how unforgivably despicable some of these people are. Maher is worse than an obnoxious fool; he's like something that should be flushed down a toilet. Our society is in trouble if someone like that is ever allowed to pass himself off as speaking on behalf of normal human beings.
If you've got a strong stomach and want to see this revolting spectacle for yourself, head over to Crooks and Liars for the video.
March 7, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:16 PM
The Clean Air Trust has "urged" NASCAR to stop using leaded fuel, on the grounds that it "may be putting millions of spectators and nearby residents at unnecessary risk of suffering serious health effects." As always with left-wing activist urgings, there is an implicit threat that if the transgressor doesn't respond obediently, there will be repercussions — unemployed dropouts in gasmasks chaining themselves to Jeff Gordon's car right before the race starts, that sort of thing.
Congress exempted the aviation and racing industries from the leaded gasoline ban in 1990, due to the danger of stalled engines. The effect on the environment was deemed to be insignificant. The leaded gasoline used by NASCAR has the advantage of being resistant to explosions. There is of course no evidence that anyone has ever been overexposed to lead because of NASCAR racing.
Let's hope NASCAR stands firm on this, because if they don't, you can imagine where it will lead:
ELF will "urge" MLB to stop using baseball bats made from the flesh of murdered trees.
CAIR will demand that the NFL stop using footballs made from the skin of unclean pigs.
ALF will lobby to have Kentucky Derby horses set loose to roam the wild prairies.
A National Association for the Vertically Challenged will be formed to decry the underrepresentation of dwarves in the NBA.
Michael Jackson will serve as NAMBLA's spokesman in a campaign to persuade Sports Illustrated to include 10-year-old boys in their swimsuit issue.
For everybody's sake, NASCAR needs to apply the brakes to this right here by telling the nature Nazis to go climb a tree.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:06 PM
To get an idea of just how disconnected Bill Clinton is from reality — or how hostile he is to his own country and its efforts to spread freedom in the Middle East — have a look at this post on Common Sense & Wonder.
Over the past 30 years, the country that has been the most implacably and destructively hostile to America is Iran. This apparently has won for the totalitarian theocracy a special place in Clinton's heart. Here is a choice Clinton quote on the topic:
Iran is the only country in the world that has now had six elections since the first election of President Khatami (in 1997). (It is) the only one with elections, including the United States, including Israel, including you name it, where the liberals, or the progressives, have won two-thirds to 70 percent of the vote in six elections: Two for president; two for the Parliament, the Majlis; two for the mayoralties. In every single election, the guys I identify with got two-thirds to 70 percent of the vote. There is no other country in the world I can say that about, certainly not my own.
According to Clinton's revised history of Iran, America "got rid of parliamentary democracy" in Iran back in the 1950s. You see, Iran was a free country, until the Great Satan ruined everything. But that's all right, because now the enlightened mullahs have made Iran into a much freer nation than the United States will ever be. And if you don't agree, they'll gently persuade you to their point of view by ripping out your fingernails. Clinton almost seems to believe that the sham elections in Iran, where all candidates have to be approved by the mullahs and political parties are illegal, have some sort of validity.
I truly hope that when his idiotic remarks are played over and over by the state-controlled Iranian media, the Iranian people are savvy enough to understand that despite unfortunately having been President, Clinton is an aberration, an irresponsible degenerate fool who in no way whatsoever represents the United States. A far better man is in charge of the country now, one who does not despise their aspirations to freedom.
March 6, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:20 PM
Lyndon Johnson, proud father of the welfare state, left us with another insidious legacy: public television. It should go without saying that government-run media is a profoundly bad idea. Not being answerable to its audience the way free market networks are, the output of public television is rarely going to be what people want to see.
The MaryHunter passed along a link to an interesting piece in which George Will makes the point that while it was a bad idea even in 1967, when there were only three channels, "in today's 500-channel environment, public television is a preposterous relic."
Will describes the slogan "If PBS doesn't do it, who will?" as "amazingly obtuse and arrogant" in light of a free market that has been providing The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, Biography, A&E, Bravo, National Geographic, Disney, Animal Planet, The Learning Channel, The Outdoor Channel, Noggin, Nickelodeon, etc. etc. etc. Since educational television is so thoroughly covered by more interesting channels, PBS has taken to airing HBO reruns, presumably in an attempt to get someone to watch it. PBS President Pat Mitchell is quoted as warning, "We are dangerously close in our overall prime-time numbers to falling below the relevance quotient."
There is one thing PBS does that free market channels don't — target children for homosexual propaganda. A still more egregious outrage is forcing taxpayers to contribute to the plump wallet of the insufferable Bill Moyers.
As for the canard that PBS is important for people who can't afford cable, the idea that the snooty liberal elite programming that dominates PBS is of interest to the poor doesn't pass the laugh test. Besides, as Will points out, most poor people have cable or satellite television.
Some recent news from Britain — where audiences are much more at the mercy of the leftist social engineers who run public television — supports Will's point of view. Last week BBC1 ran the series Britain's Streets of Vice at 9:15 in the morning, a time when a large percentage of the audience is likely to be children, even on weekdays (especially last week, as it turned out, because bad weather caused school closings across the country). Andrew Bowman at Biased BBC describes what British taxpayers treated the kids to last Monday through Thursday:
We learned first hand from a prostitute and her 'maid' how good the money is - the prostitute had earned over £500 from 'serving' upwards of twenty-five 'clients' (some of whom we saw) that day. We visited 'Smack Alley', a named street for buying drugs in Derby. We saw a man injecting heroin into his groin. We met Matty, "one of Britain's top gay porn stars". We saw gay porn stars playing Twister. We met the 'oversized' 59-year old Dominatrix Francesca, Momma Fran, who "has recently embarked on a new career as a porn idol". We met the staff and were given a guided tour of the facilities of a Hull brothel. We heard a woman moaning "give it to me". And on and on.
Would PBS vanish without the 15% of its revenue that is appropriated by force? George Will isn't the only one who would like to find out.
March 5, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:51 PM
I might have watched the Oscars if I had known that Mental Ward was going to be there. Look what I found on And Rightly So!:
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:38 PM
This is ominous, to put it mildly:
According to CNET News.com, Federal Election Commissioner Bradley Smith foresees the application of the extremely ill-advised McCain–Feingold bill (officially known as the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002) to the Internet.
Apparently Democrats see freedom of expression on the Web as a threat, and want to shut it up before it can do more damage to their already sinking ship, despite the fact that new DNC Chairman Howard Dean is famous for his ability to raise cash online.
In 2002, the Federal Election Commission exempted the Internet from McCain–Feingold by a 4–2 vote, but last fall a judge overturned that decision. According to CNET:
Smith and the other two Republican commissioners wanted to appeal the Internet-related sections. But because they couldn't get the three Democrats to go along with them, what Smith describes as a "bizarre" regulatory process now is under way.
To give you an idea of how bizarre, it has been floated that if you own a computer, you will have to calculate what percentage of the computer's cost — and even your electric bill — go toward political advocacy. The idea of course is to regulate political speech by the unwashed masses out of existence, so that we can return to the days when reality was defined by liberal establishment ideologues like Walter Cronkite.
McCain's campaign finance bill is an absolute travesty. It never would have been signed into law if not for the irresponsible assumption that the Supreme Court would strike it down for being a blatant violation of the First Amendment. Its extension to the Internet would spell doom for the blogosphere, and give us the sort of online political discourse they have in communist China.
March 4, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:04 PM
As reported by MySA.com and the Houston Chronicle, confused moonbats stormed a Young Conservatives of Texas event celebrating Texas Independence Day in Austin. Initially believing that they were protesting a protest against the invasion of our country by illegal immigrants, the characteristically ill-behaved fools threw down trays of cakes and cookies the conservatives were offering to passers-by in honor of the holiday. Charmingly, they called the conservatives "bigots" and "racists" — charges evidently inspired by their presumed belief that the United States is a sovereign country whose borders should be defended.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:15 PM
According to DallasNews.com, ex-producer Mary Mapes, a casualty of the moonbat bloodbath that occurred at CBS News in the wake of their phony document scandal, now has plenty of time on her hands and plans to spend some of it writing a book to support her contention that the documents intended to cast aspersions on President Bush's National Guard service really were fake but accurate, or inaccurate but well-intentioned, or lame but amusing, or whatever.
In other publishing news, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, better known as Baghdad Bob, is rumored to be shopping around a proposal for a book that will prove conclusively that the United States military is no match for Saddam Hussein's mighty army.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:11 PM
For some obscure reason, Americans seem to prefer friendly and relatively objective news to the hostile propaganda spewed by the network that has brought us such unpleasant characters as Ted Turner, Eason Jordan and Peter Arnett.
WorldNetDaily reports that according to Nielsen Media Research, CNN's ratings fell last month by 21% in primetime and 16% overall as compared to the same period last year. Big-name CNN primetime shows like "Larry King Live" showed double-digit declines. Even the wretched MSNBC beat out CNN in the key 25–54 demographic during President Bush's State of the Union Address.
Meanwhile Fox News has now beaten all other cable news companies combined six months in a row. All of their primetime programs experienced a significant increase in viewers; the only one that wasn't in double digits was "The O'Reilly Factor" — which had to settle for 9% because it's hard to climb much higher when you're already at the top. Fox News viewers in primetime are up 18%.
CNN's new president Jonathan Klein is reportedly known to some as "Jon De-cline."
Cheer up, Klein. They probably still watch CNN in France.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:00 AM
If you thought no publication could be more thoroughly unappealing than the Village Voice, give the New York Press a try. The current issue includes the most tasteless and sacrilegious assault on the Pope I have ever seen, entitled The 52 Funniest Things About The Upcoming Death of The Pope. John Paul II is still very much alive, yet the Left is already spitting on his grave. You really have to wonder what sort of spiritual disease could deform human beings into creatures this vile.
March 3, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:27 PM
As you probably know, all-purpose fraud Ward Churchill brought his touring one-man carnival to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Tuesday, to the delight of his hebephrenic admirers. Hired by the university to bleat about the plight of allegedly oppressed Indians, he yapped instead about himself and his depraved opinion that the mass-murdering terrorists of 9/11 were the good guys. Drunk on the attention his outrageous views have attracted, Churchill continued to regurgitate venom on the country he so undeservingly calls his home, not backing an inch away from his characterization of the murder of 3000 American civilians as a justified act.
Nor did he back down from the highly suspect claim that he is part Indian, which has been so critical to the success of his career; the current story is that he is one-sixteenth Cherokee. For all I know or care, I'm one-sixteenth Cherokee myself, but it seems fairly certain that Ward Churchill is not, or he would have been able to prove it by now.
By now Churchill's psychotic opinions and cartoonish phoniness are old news. Reasonable people will have already reached the conclusion that Ward Churchill — and what he represents — are vile, evil and insane. But a couple of interesting questions remain: Just what does he represent? And will there be a price to be paid for the way its spokesman has insulted us?
Most obviously, Churchill represents the academic establishment, the ivory tower screwballs who soak up public money faster than Ted Kennedy's Big Dig, yet who are completely unaccustomed to having to justify their silly and pernicious views to the country that they think they have a right to despise. Full-blown nutcases like Churchill do not get to be department heads at major universities without a great deal of collusion on the part of the milieu that created him — educrats and elitist colleagues who can be presumed to be at least somewhat sympathetic to his loudly and incessantly expressed anti-American bigotry.
Will they pay a price? Maybe. Certainly the reputation of University of Colorado is swirling down the drain, although the educrats running the place seem only dimly aware of it. After they were forced to remove Churchill as department head, they replaced him with Emma Perez, who has been picking up right where Churchill left off, according to Rocky Mountain News. In a "disjointed, poorly written essay" for the leftist newsletter Counterpunch, Perez is reported to have characterized criticism of Churchill's abominations as a "neo-con test case for academic purges." It seems Hillary Clinton's dreaded Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy has turned its attention to harassing well-meaning college professors.
UW-Whitewater may pay a small price for their commitment to "freedom of expression" (a term that is phony and meaningless in the context of academia, since it is never applied to speech that they are truly opposed to — imagine educrats inviting a white supremacist to speak on these grounds). Students are bound to resent the $1,400 in fees that they paid, willingly or otherwise, for the privilege of having Churchill justify the 9/11 attacks on their campus, though there isn't much they can do about it. More importantly, about 80 alumni vowed to end their financial support to protest Churchill's appearance, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
But if there is a real price to be paid for creating this Frankenstein monster of the Left, it won't be by a handful of educrats with conspicuously poor judgment in Boulder and Whitewater. It will be by the Democratic Party, already in freefall, and hardly needing Ward Churchill tied around its neck.
The Badger Herald reports on student demonstrations at the Whitewater spectacle, put on by campus Republicans and by campus Democrats. One group was opposed to Churchill's appearance, the other in favor.
Is there anyone in the country who couldn't guess which group was which?
If I were in a courtroom prosecuting the Democratic Party for treasonous impulses, moral depravity, contempt for innocent life, palpable phoniness, and visceral hostility to the very concept of decency, I would rest my case with that question.
Only the extremely unsophisticated openly cheer someone as obviously objectionable as Ward Churchill. But it's clear where general sympathies lie. Average Democratic voters are almost certainly appalled by creeps like Churchill — which is why they won't remain Democratic voters indefinitely. Because the engine driving their party ever farther to the Left is fueled by the psychotic, inwardly directed hatred spewed by Churchill and his ilk. If George Soros is the modern Democratic Party's wallet, Ward Churchill is its id.
March 2, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:10 AM
In concert with the ultra-Left lunatics at Human Rights First, the ACLU has cemented their wartime alliance with al-Qaeda by bringing an absurd lawsuit against our Secretary of Defense, as reported by Reuters and Associated Press.
Convinced that there is still propaganda to be wrung out of the freak occurrences at Abu Ghraib, these militant moonbats are hoping that they can cause more damage to our country with their law degrees and sanctimonious posturing than their overseas allies have been able to inflict with AK-47s and IEDs.
The premise of the suit is hardly new: Donald Rumsfeld, whose failure to behave like a spineless, limp-wristed bureaucrat enrages the Left, is guilty of torturing the sort of lowlife terrorists who brought us 9/11 and, given the opportunity the ACLU would like to grant them, will bring us much worse in the future.
Presumably not even the ACLU is sufficiently divorced from reality to think that Donald Rumsfeld, or anyone else above the rank of an enlisted reservist, sanctioned the fiasco at Abu Ghraib. However, he did sanction interrogation techniques that go slightly beyond withholding seconds on dessert — including stress positions, hooding, prolonged interrogations, isolation and sensory deprivation.
This will come as news to some, but interrogations in wartime are not expected to be pleasant. Anyone who confuses these techniques with torture is belittling the suffering of those who have endured real torture — usually at the hands of regimes the Left regards sympathetically.
Real torture goes beyond unpleasantness. It involves extreme pain and physical mutilation. In the ivory tower realm of fifth-column barristers this is probably impossible to comprehend. How could you make an ACLU lawyer grasp that having your tongue cut out, and your fingernails ripped off with pliers, is a more serious matter than having a hood put on your head?
The suit sets a new standard in absurdity. Not only is there zero evidence that Rumsfeld authorized torture, there is no evidence that any real torture even occurred. Worse, the ACLU is suing our country on behalf of foreign terrorists who were captured in battle on the other side of the world. This is the equivalent of suing FDR on behalf of Japanese kamikaze pilots during World War II. The fact that the ACLU isn't immediately laughed out of court is an indication of the corrosive inroads moonbattery has made into our judiciary.
Of course the ACLU will lose the suit; if they don't it will mean that our country has gone insane. But they don't need to win the suit to accomplish their goals. Just the fact that the suit is taking place — properly amplified as it surely will be by al-Jazeera and the rabidly anti-American overseas version of CNN — will provide crucial rhetorical ammunition to the terrorists we are at war with. This ought to please George Soros into reaching for his checkbook again.
But these nuisance suits have a purpose even more insidious than providing propaganda coups to Osama bin Laden & Co. An effect so obvious that it could only be an objective is to get our government so bogged down fending off lawyers that it will have a hard time fending off the next 9/11.
The next time thousands of Americans are murdered in a psychopathic homage to nihilism, the ACLU will have hands too bloodstained to ever come clean.
March 1, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:41 PM
The New York Daily News reports that even his erstwhile CBS pals are shying away from the tailspinning Dan Rather.
"He's not as easy to watch as Jennings or Brokaw," Fellow "60 Minutes" spinmeister Mike Wallace offers supportively. "He's uptight and occasionally contrived."
Don Hewitt, the creator of "60 Minutes," observes, "If you're in a three-network race and you come in third, then the public is against you."
Even the granddaddy of talking head moonbats — the former "Most Trusted Man in America," who probably did more than anyone else in or out of uniform to win the war for the Viet Cong — prefers Brokaw to Rather, whom Cronkite accuses of "showboating."
Apparently March 9, the date of The Dan's premature retirement from the anchor chair, can't come soon enough for CBS. Whether they take advantage of his demotion to shift away from pompous moonbattery and toward serious news remains to be seen.