April 30, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:37 PM
Radical Muslims get most of the press when it comes to terrorism, and with good reason. But we don't want to forget that they aren't the only ones eager to inflict harm on the innocent in an attempt to impose their pernicious ideology.
The problem is, some are so screwy, it's hard to take them seriously. Take the Animal Liberation Front, for example. Hare-brained moonbats who can't tell the difference between animals and human beings don't exactly inspire the dread of an Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
But they are terrorists nonetheless. And dangerous.
In an act right out of the movie 28 Days Later, in which animal rights kooks "liberate" infected animals from a lab, unleashing a plague that destroys civilization, ALF terrorist Keith Mann broke into Wickham Laboratories in Hampshire, England, and stole documents and hundreds of mice being used in experiments that involved botulinum toxin. At first, the judge typically sentenced him to nothing more than community service. In the words of Judge Richard Price:
I am not going to send you to prison because I know in your eyes and in the eyes of others I would turn you into a martyr. A martyr you are not, a damn nuisance you are.
However, despite the silliness of their ideology, Mann and his kind are actually much worse than "a damn nuisance." Mann could not even make it out of the courtroom without committing another crime, threatening violence against Chris Bishop, technical director of Wickham Laboratories. For this he received a 6-month sentence for contempt of court.
Mann has been to the Big House before, having received a 14-year sentence in 1994 (later reduced, of course) for 21 terror-related offenses that included arson and possession of explosives. The judge in that case described him as "dangerous and fanatical" and noted that his tactics "bore all the hallmarks of terrorism."
Mann has acted as a spokesman for ALF. Some notable quotes that can be found on ALF's own site include one of his own:
We are capable of dealing with anyone. No one has died yet but that time will come.
Here's another, by ALF spokeswoman Vivian Smith:
I would be overjoyed when the first scientist is killed by a liberation activist .
And another, by activist Rod Coronado:
I think they should appreciate that we're only targeting their property. Because frankly I think it's time to start targeting them.
Similarly ominous noises have been made by PETA's Bruce Friedlich and everyone's favorite Ethnic Studies professor, Ward Churchill, who has advocated violence against individuals employed in the meat industry.
For more notable quotes, and to get a better idea of just how dangerously insane the animal rights movement has become, check out the collection of quotes at Fur Commission USA. A list of ALF "POWs" — that is, convicted terrorists, can be found on ALF's site here.
No wonder the Left rarely fails to interfere with Bush's attempts to defend us from terrorism. Any group that wishes to impose an extreme ideology against the will of the population is going to be tempted to resort to terrorist tactics. Left-wing moonbats have proven themselves to be no exception.
Cross-posted @ The Wide Awakes
April 29, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:08 AM
It seems last Monday wasn't the first time left-wing klaxon Randi Rhodes attempted to draw attention to her asinine opinions by advocating the assassination of President Bush.
The skit went like this:
A spoiled child [Bush] is telling us our Social Security isn't safe anymore, so he's gonna fix it for us. Well, here's your answer, you ungrateful whelp: [sound of three shotgun blasts].
The AAARP — the American Association of Armed Retired People [sound of rifle being cocked]. Just try it, you little bastard.
Rhodes has enjoyed some rare attention resulting from the Drudge report that the Secret Service has investigated the possibility of prosecuting, since quite obviously it is against the law to get on the radio and advocate killing the President.
"I feel bad that anybody would feel threatened by comedy," said Rhodes, by way of apology. She admitted that the skit wasn't funny (without admitting that it wasn't intended to be), while demanding that someone investigate "Ann Coulter's mouth."
As if Rhodes were in some way comparable with Ann Coulter.
Patently insincere apologies aside, Rhodes is no first-time offender. Last May, according to WorldNetDaily, she "imitated the sound of gunfire while saying somebody ought to take the president fishing and then shoot him."
Are there any lawyers in the audience who can explain why this horrid woman isn't in a cell next to Squeaky Fromme's?
April 28, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:47 AM
CBS 2 reports that Richard Kreimer, a derelict who shook down a town in New Jersey for a small fortune after being ejected from a library, is now suing a bus company, alleging that it refused to let him board buses. He already has another suit going against New Jersey Transit for allegedly not allowing him and other bums to make squatter settlements out of train stations.
In the bus suit, he claims that either buses won't stop for him, or they slam the door in his face after letting all the people who have taken a shower recently onto the bus. Pabco Transit's president denies allegations that the company has ever refused service to the homeless.
New Jersey Transit has declined to comment on its own case with Kreimer, who is evidently hoping to follow up on his big 1991 score, when he raked in $230,000 for smelling so bad as to get thrown out of a library in Morristown, NJ. That time Kreimer handed over half the loot to his lawyers. Wiser this time around, he is acting as his own attorney in both the New Jersey Transit and Pabco Transit shakedowns, so he can keep all the cash for himself.
In case anyone is the least bit tempted to feel sorry for this parasite, here's a little background:
Richard Kreimer grew up in a prosperous family and inherited money. He "embraced failure" according to former friends, many of whom he exploited by asking for emergency loans he never repaid. They attempted to help him get his life together and set up job interviews. He blew them off and started living in the streets, refusing to enter the local Market Street Mission program because of its "religious element."
He was part of a growing mob of derelicts who took over the Morristown library, causing librarians to quit in protest, complaining that they were constantly harassed on the job by street people, the aggressively disrespectful Kreimer in particular. In an attempt to take back the library for the taxpayers who financed it, the governing board barred people with offensive bodily hygiene and banned staring at other patrons.
Combining "the ego of a rock star with the vindictiveness of a Mafia don," Kreimer used some of the legal knowledge he had picked up at the library to strike back at civilization. The legal system, thoroughly infested with left-wing fools who can be counted on to side with lowlife against decent citizens, supported him throughout his campaign, until Morristown was finally forced to knuckle under and pay out.
"We knew that some of the cops stood to lose their homes to pay damages if we lost in court," says Kathleen O'Neill Margiotta, then town council president.
Flush with cash, Kreimer complained of being inundated by requests for loans. "But hey," he said. "I can't be a banker to every person on the street with a problem."
Now the money has been blown, and he's back for more, smelly, greedy, and obnoxious as ever.
This is the kind of guy who benefits when bleeding heart moonbattery gets out of control.
April 27, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:10 PM
Never let it be said that moonbats don't have the sense to come in out of the rain.
Socially conscious students at the University of Nebraska-Omaha are planning a campaign to camp out in cardboard boxes to draw attention to the plight of derelicts. However, the plans have been delayed by wet weather.
Camping out isn't much fun if you're going to get wet. I've heard that cardboard boxes don't even come with electrical sockets to plug your hairdryer into. Having just earned myself a wicked cold by watching the Yankees play in the rain, I can relate. I just hope Jeter et al. appreciate that I've shown more devotion to them than activists at UNO have to the homeless.
Hat tip: The MaryHunter
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:11 PM
Remember the hysteria at Trinity International University last week? The Christian school received a great deal of media attention after evacuating dozens of students from the campus in reaction to three anonymous letters, the third of which threatened violence against minorities.
Jesse Jackson was soon on the scene, puffing that students "feel there are targets on their back because they are black."
The author of the letters has been found. Not even Jackson should be surprised to learn that she's black and the letters were a hoax.
Despite all the fantasies propped up by the Left, there just isn't much racism against minorities out there. But there are plenty of opportunists willing to use hysterical political correctness to their own ends.
In the most famous case, Tawana Brawley (now known as Maryam Muhammad) smeared herself with feces, scrawled racial epithets on her skin, and crawled inside a trash bag. Plenty were willing to believe the outlandish stories she told of being raped and abused by racist white cops. Innocent men's lives were ruined by the hoax, but it did prove to be a big boost to Al Sharpton's career.
Ahmad Saad Nasim, a student at Arizona State University, was charged with false reporting to law enforcement, after admitting that he fabricated two incidents of hate crimes in the days following the 9/11 attacks — hoaxes that unsurprisingly generated eager media attention and made for effective pro-terrorist propaganda by undermining attempts to defend against more 9/11-style attacks. Nasim's motives were plain enough: he was an activist for leftist causes and, while at University of Arizona, was president of the Muslim Students Association. He had been involved in various other hoaxes aimed at publicizing his victim status and drawing attention to his nutty political views.
"It created a false atmosphere of paranoia and this sort of guilt-ridden atmosphere that leftists thrive in ," ASU student Oubai Shahbander is quoted as telling the Campus Report. "What's actually really interesting is that no student organizations that had been leading the whole anti-hate campaign on campus went out of their way to denounce this individual. In fact, we had two letters to the editor, published by students, actually supporting him."
Another case involves left-wing academic Kerri Dunn, whose car was vandalized and spray-painted with various highly politically incorrect epithets by some antisocial and unbalanced individual who turned out to be herself.
To finish off with some comic relief, Floyd Elliot of Independence, MO told police that attackers had cut him in the stomach, branded him with a hot knife, and carved the word "Fag" on his forehead. Their first clue that he was lying came when they noticed the word was carved backwards; he had done it to himself while looking in a mirror. He later admitted that his injuries were self-inflicted.
The motives of the hoaxers will vary, but most probably have something to do with unbalanced individuals willing to do anything to get noticed. The motives of people eager to believe them are more disturbing. And there certainly are people eager to believe them — if there weren't, the hoaxers wouldn't be assured such a glut of attention. In Nasim's case, campus Muslims continued to believe in the hoax, even after Nasim had confessed to it. With Tawana Brawley, some adopted a pose that even though she had been proven to be a liar, her stories were true in some abstract symbolic sense.
Well, why not? If people can see the Virgin Mary in a grilled cheese sandwich, I guess they can see white racism prevalent in America. You just need to want to believe it really, really bad.
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin
April 26, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:52 AM
Antonio Villaraigosa is running for mayor of the second largest city in our country, and is in a good position to win against ho-hum opponent James Hahn. But unlike Hahn, Villaraigosa isn't just a liberal — he is a hard-core extremist who has been associated with a group that actually wants to split off the Southwest from the rest of the country. Given the demographic leverage that could be gained as a result of our government refusing to defend the border, these anti-American daydreams aren't as funny as they sound. And wouldn't you know, John Kerry supporters are doing what they can to put this guy in office.
Just how disastrous would it be for Villaraigosa to take over a major city? Consider this: he is the former Chairman of the UCLA chapter of MEChA, one of a group of rabidly anti-American and anti-Caucasian (anti-Semitic too, by the way) separatist groups whose goal is to "liberate" what they call Aztlan and what we call the Southwestern quarter of our country. Villaraigosa may not be openly affiliated with these maniacs anymore, but he isn't about to renounce them either. Villaraigosa's anti-American credentials also include a stint as President of the Southern California ACLU. He has made no secret of the fact that he will take every opportunity to side with illegal aliens against the Americans whose country they are actively attempting to usurp in the Southwest.
Villaraigosa does not keep the best of company. Pals include anti-American seditionist Juan Jose Gutierrez and hard-left propagandist Evelina Alarcon, who writes for the communist People's Weekly World.
Appallingly, but not terribly surprisingly, Villaraigosa appeals to Kerry supporters, as reported on SanLuisObispo.com, which relates that "activists and major donors with ties to the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee have been making calls around the country to raise money for Villaraigosa, tapping into the senator's extensive national fundraising network."
Their involvement is taken as a clue that Hanoi John himself may roll up his sleeves and start campaigning for Villaraigosa. According to Kerry spokeswoman Jenny Backus, Villaraigosa's charming circle of friends includes Kerry himself. Support from Jean François would not help Villaraigosa's recent attempts to dupe voters into thinking of him as a moderate, but then, neither does the support he gets from racist nut job Maxine Waters.
The only way to prevent Kerry from causing further damage to this country by helping to turn Los Angeles over to Villaraigosa is to get him occupied with more constructive activities, like signing Standard Form 180, so that we will all know that even if he isn't really a war hero, at least he keeps his promises. Here's the URL to the form:
Pass it along to Senator Kerry here. If his war record ever is made public, I'm sure Hanoi John will be far too busy running from reporters to take part in the foreign conquest of Los Angeles.
April 25, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:10 AM
Phil Gunson reports in The Independent that despite the leftist utopia brought to Venezuela by Castro clone Hugo Chavez, the capital city of Caracas is degenerating into an uninhabitable slum, where garbage is spread far and wide by wild dogs and socialist citizens looking for something to eat.
Caracas wasn't always a dump. Before Chavez, only Buenos Aires could compete with it for elegance among Latin American capitals. The twin towers of Parque Central — formerly the tallest skyscrapers south of the USA — are still standing. But the top 20 floors of one tower are still burned out from an unexplained fire last October. A statue of Columbus has been destroyed by leftist demonstrators. Other statues have been scavenged for scrap material. Pot holes are so huge and so permanent that they actually have names.
But there is an escape from the misery of this ruined city. You can enter a blissful alternate reality just by turning on the TV or radio. As there is no opposition media, nothing disturbs the leftist fantasy imposed by Chavez, whose "meandering, repetitious, dogma-laden speeches" can be heard hour after hour. According to Gunson, "you often get a wonderful sense of being wrapped in cotton wool and transported to a magic land, where diligent revolutionaries strive day and night to make life better for the masses."
But the state-imposed never-never land isn't all sweetness and light. In a recent interview, the head of the Land Reform Institute advocated whipping up hatred against gringos in preparation for an invasion by the United States, which Venezuelans are supposed to believe is a puppet of British imperialism.
Life under Chavez can be pretty close to hell on earth, especially if you fail to keep your head down, but there are at least a couple of advantages. You can get a free copy of Don Quixote — the book that gave us the term "quixotic," meaning "foolishly idealistic" — paid for with someone else's seized wealth. And one day Chavez could win a Nobel Prize, giving Venezuelans a great source of pride. Hey, if Arafat could do it, why not El Loco?
April 24, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:06 AM
Good news for New York City freegans: they won't have to burrow through filthy dumpsters to go shopping anymore. The NY Times reports on a store in a trendy part of Brooklyn where moonbat economics are applied. The owner has created "an environment that rejects mainstream ideas of commerce" by marking everything in the store down to free.
Unfortunately, you get what you pay for, even at the Free Store. The inventory apparently consists of the same kind of rubbish you might find in a dumpster. But the article does claim that a collection of "nearly new" hockey sticks were available.
"It's been extremely rewarding and inspiring," claims Jessica Baldwin, the owner of the Williamsburg shop, which is also used for moonbat gatherings such as folk music sessions, and is a good place to go to keep up to date on cultural activities like the "Chaos Circus Procession" in the Lower East Side's infamous Tompkins Square Park.
We'll have to wait until Monday to see how the revelation that we don't need capitalism after all affects the stock market.
April 23, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:25 PM
The Media Research Center's Dishonor Awards were held last Thursday in DC, in honor of the "most outrageously biased liberal reporters of 2004." Awards were based on selected quotes or pieces of dialog, which included some real gems:
"I have a feeling that it [bin Laden's new videotape] could tilt the election a bit. In fact, I'm a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, that he probably set up bin Laden to this thing."
— Former CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite on CNN's Larry King Live, October 29.
It looks like The Most Trusted Man in America has been wearing his tinfoil hat a little too tight!
Bill Moyers: "There have been 37,000 civilians killed in Iraq, or as many perhaps as 100,000. Why is abortion a higher moral issue with many American Christians than the invasion of Iraq and the loss of life there?"
Sister Joan Chittister: "Could I ask you that question? Because that is the moral question that brings me closest to tears. I do not understand that, Bill. You see, I'm absolutely certain that some of the people that we're killing over there are pregnant women. Now what do you do? Now what do you do? That's military abortion."
Moyers: "Somebody said to me — that's what?"
Chittister: "That's military abortion. Why is that morally acceptable?"
Moyers: "Somebody said to me the other day that Americans don't behead, but we do drop smart bombs that do it for us."
— November 12 exchange on PBS's Now.
Apparently anything is possible under the right set of circumstances — even liberals claiming to feel pity for aborted babies. It's certainly interesting to learn that in the grotesque alternate reality inhabited by Bill Moyers et al., dropping smart bombs on Uday's rape rooms and torture chambers is the moral equivalent of cutting children's heads off because their parents are Shia instead of Sunni.
"Veterans haven't been a big force in past campaigns... but the Vietnam vets may feel bound together more strongly....It may be too early to know how influential they'll be in Kerry's campaign, but they have already done one thing: If the Republicans had any hope of casting Kerry as some Michael Dukakis-style effete Eastern liberal, that's over. The band of brothers stands in its way."
— CNN's Bruce Morton on Inside Politics, January 30.
Tell it to the Swift Vets, Bruce!
Joe Scarborough: "Since George Bush got into public life, he's been underestimated by his opponents....Is that a part of an act that this guy does to lull Democrats into underestimating him, or do Democrats just put up really, really bad candidates against this guy every four years?"
Comic/liberal radio host Janeane Garofalo: "Well, I don't recognize that as a valid question. First of all, George W. Bush is a bad candidate. George W. Bush is unelectable, in my opinion. And secondly-"
Scarborough: "Well, why does he keep winning?"
Garofalo: "I don't know, voter fraud? A failed mainstream media that fails to inform the electorate about what their government is doing? Ignorance? Apathy? I don't know."
— MSNBC's Scarborough Country, January 20, 2005, the night of Bush's second inauguration.
I've got to agree with Janeane on one thing: ignorance does explain why the "unelectable" W keeps getting elected — her own ignorance.
And now for the biggest laugher in the lot:
"It was four years ago during the Democratic convention, not far from where we stand tonight, that John Kerry stood near his father on his deathbed. Earlier, as the family was preparing to leave John Kerry's home in Boston, I'm told he whispered to his sister, 'Remember the words of our mother on her deathbed when she said, 'John,' knowing he would run for President some day, 'remember, John, integrity, that's what matters.' Tonight, John Kerry tried to show that integrity."
— CBS's Byron Pitts during live coverage of John Kerry's speech to the Democratic convention, July 29.
These were just the winners; you could bust a gut on some of the runners-up too. Head over to Media Research Center to see the whole collection.
April 22, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:25 AM
Hasan Akbar, a pathetic character who became a Muslim, joined the army, and went on a rampage at a base in Kuwait in March 2003, killing two fellow Americans and wounding 14, has been found guilty of premeditated murder. Fortunately, it appears he is on his way to death row.
Akbar's despicable crimes were motivated by his religious beliefs, combined with the sort of paranoid notions then prevalent in the mainstream media that US soldiers were in the Middle East for the purpose of killing Muslims. He snuck around at night, shooting his comrades in the back and throwing grenades at them. Regrettably, he wasn't killed on the spot. Anyone watching the events unfold on CNN may recall how comically long they held out before giving his name or letting on that he's a Muslim. If it wasn't for Fox News, we probably still wouldn't know.
The case draws attention due not only to the appalling nature of Akbar's crimes, but to the appalling nature of the defense that was shamelessly attempted by his lawyer and wisely rejected by the jury. The crux of it, to quote AP, was that "the defendant was sufficiently mentally ill — though not insane — to be confused and fearful about the impending invasion of Iraq."
Imagine if everyone who was sufficiently mentally ill to be confused about the invasion of Iraq was essentially granted a license to kill. John Kerry would be pitching grenades at the Republican side of the Senate. On Hardball, Tweety would be executing guests on camera instead of just browbeating them. And why should Sean Penn settle for punching out photographers?
We can all be thankful this case was tried by the military and not San Francisco's Ninth Circuit, which no doubt would have granted Akbar a substantial monetary compensation for his pain and suffering before letting him free.
April 21, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:40 AM
Don't you wish Christians could be as easygoing as the righteous practitioners of The Religion of Peace?
This just in from the BBC:
A man rumored to have burned a Koran provided healthy outdoor recreation for a whole community in Pakistan. A crowd of 400 chased him through some fields and up a tree before shooting him dead. The death penalty is mandatory punishment for the crime of blasphemy in that enlightened land, but why wait around for the police? When the police did arrive, the guy was already dead, so no arrests were made.
Pakistan's blasphemy law is employed quite frequently at the expense of annoying minorities — i.e., Christians and anyone failing to practice the correct variant of Islam. If the court acquits them, you might have a chance to watch them get blown away on the spot, as happened to accused Christian Manzur Masih. (Three years later, the judge who acquitted him was also shot dead.)
Wait, there's more from yesterday's Beeb:
The badly mutilated corpses of more than 50 people, including women and children, have been pulled out of the Tigris River, where they had been dumped by Sunni "insurgents" (politically correctese for Islamic terrorists).
According to Riyadh Sakhi, a local policeman:
We discovered bags with the slaughtered children inside them. There were two girls. One was a student and the other was very young. We discovered bags with slaughtered and beheaded young people.
Apparently the victims belonged to the wrong branch of The Religion of Peace — they were Shia. What better excuse to work out your frustrations with a little high-spirited carnage?
While Muslims are having all this fun, the West prepares for a wet blanket to be thrown on the killing of inconvenient children by Benedict XVI, also known (to the press anyway) as God's Rottweiler.
As I'm sure Abu Musab al-Zarqawi would say, "Come on Ratzinger, lighten up!"
April 20, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:05 AM
When it comes to their attempts to impede the noble and highly successful efforts of the Minutemen to defend our country's border with Mexico, it has been business as usual for the fifth-column moonbats at the ACLU. As usual, they have positioned themselves as the righteous defenders of human liberty. As usual, beneath the thin veneer of sanctimonious crapola, they are siding with our enemies for the sake of siding with our enemies. And as usual, fortunately, they aren't amounting to much more than a cloud of flies — noxious and annoying, but falling far short of their destructive goals.
WorldNetDaily describes how ACLU activists, disappointed to find the Minutemen behaving like complete gentlemen as they defend our country, have turned their attention from looking for incidents that could be spun as human rights abuses to helping drug smugglers and illegal aliens avoid the Minutemen, flashing lights and sounding horns in warning.
The Southeast Arizona Republican Club offers this eyewitness report from one of the Minutemen on the ACLU's activities at the border:
The ACLU is getting desperate to get something on the Minutemen and are trying to provoke incidents now. They pushed one of the Minutemen the other night trying to get him to push back. Didn't work. Then last night they walked up and shined a spotlight right in a Minuteman's face from six inches or so away. Didn't work that time either. We immediately report these types of contacts with them to the Sheriff to counter any claims they try to make against us. They should be called the UCLU (Un-American Civil Lawsuit Union).
If they do manage to harass some patriot into blowing his stack, I'm sure they can count on the media's full support, but so far, so good. Kudos again to the Minutemen.
Hat tip: Evilwhiteguy's Blog
April 19, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:16 PM
In a refreshing break from the monotonously politically correct skew of their editorial page, the Los Angeles Times has published an insightful piece by Brian Anderson on why Air America, the Left's attempt to counter Rush Limbaugh et al., has been a dismal failure.
There have been boasts that Air Hate America has expanded now to 50 markets. But Anderson compares that with the 124 markets reached by William Bennett's radio show, which launched around the same time, and points out that within those 50 markets, Air America simply isn't listened to, even in moonbat bastions like San Francisco, Boston, and New York, where it is currently 24th in the ratings.
Anderson finds three major reasons why Air America has been such an abortion, even among people who are normally very enthused about abortions, despite the buckets of money poured into it by limousine leftists and the massive free publicity it has received from the fawning liberal elite press:
- Conservatives apply a sense of humor to their programming, which makes it more engaging.
- Only white liberals — a relatively small demographic — would be interested, and they're already listening to NPR. (Blacks and Hispanics have other venues.)
- Liberals already have television, newspapers, and the weekly news magazines spewing out exactly what they want to hear, so they are less inclined to listen to the radio.
Another reason for the failure of liberal radio is made clear by its own defenders. Who would want to listen to such insufferable snobs? Explaining why his own radio show bombed, Mario Cuomo sniffed that conservatives "write their messages with crayons," whereas liberals "use fine-point quills."
In other words, America can't grasp their sophisticated nuances, because it just isn't good enough for them. Yet they still don't move to Canada or France, despite all the promises.
In response, listeners are saying, "Okay, so you have a right to take our money and control our lives and treat us like second-class citizens and sneer at our values because you're better than us. We've got the message. Now you can shut up."
Then they reach for the dial and switch over to Rush or Sean Hannity.
There is a dark side to the story though. As their attempts to block judicial nominations proves, the Left will not hesitate to cheat when it can't win by playing fair. Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey (D-NY) wants to revive a constitutionally obscene concept called the Fairness Doctrine, by which the Government would force radio stations to broadcast left-wing propaganda, whether people want to hear it or not.
I doubt if anyone will be surprised to hear that John Kerry supports the idea.
Hat tip: Bergbikr.
Cross-posted to The Wide Awakes.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:44 AM
When I saw this on Brainster's Blog, I almost gave up:
But if we work together, we can still make it happen. We can convince John Kerry to overcome his modesty and sign the Standard Form 180, releasing his military records to public scrutiny.
Once the story of his wartime exploits has become public knowledge, we won't have long to wait for the movie version. I'm hoping Vin Diesel will take the part of the heroic young Kerry, charging ferociously into combat, contemptuous of death.
Here's Kerry's email. Just tell him that he can find the Standard Form 180 here:
Before you know it, white-knuckle entertainment will be on its way.
Unfortunately, if Kerry doesn't release his records, Hollywood might have to go forward without them, basing the movie on the eyewitness testimony of the men who served with him in Vietnam. But how much fun would it be to sit through a movie about a guy who spent four months whining and gaming the system for medals he hadn't earned until the Navy got fed up and sent him home to his mom?
April 18, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:02 PM
Would you pay money to watch freaks copulate, if it would help save the environment? If so, head over to F---forforest.com, where you can watch sex acts performed for Gaia between lectures on the evils of industrial forestry.
According to SFGate.com, Leona Johansson and Tommy Hol Ellingsen have used this site to generate $90,000 to save Mother Earth. Unfortunately, they can't get anyone to take the money, because for some reason established environmental organizations don't want to be associated with these crusading idealists. So they plan to "work directly with indigenous communities in Costa Rica and the Brazilian Amazon" — whatever that might entail.
The site was started up with seed money provided by Norwegian taxpayers. But there are limits to the insanity, even in Norway. After they had sex in front of 5,000 people at a music festival, Tommy and Leona were hauled into court, where Tommy demonstrated his contempt for the proceedings by dropping his pants. They were fined $1,500 each, but instead of paying, they ran off to Berlin, where people aren't such prudes.
The site has been such a success that they are having a hard time keeping it up. It has even earned praise from moonbat queen Yoko Ono, who "reportedly called the whole affair the best art project she had seen in Norway."
Anyone with the stomach for more pictures of kooks without clothes can explore Vegporn.com, which was set up not so much to raise money for vegetables as because "Some of us vegans just like looking at naked vegans," according to the site's owner, whose name is Furry Girl.
Hat tip: Caption This!
April 17, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:44 AM
Anti-Semitism is getting to be the pink elephant in the room of left-leaning politics — too big and too ugly to ignore. The latest flare-up is the embarrassment caused by loony-tunes moonbat Lenora Fulani, who has been an important political ally of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The New York Times reports that Fulani refuses to disavow comments from more than a decade ago to the effect that Jews "had to sell their souls to acquire Israel" and had to "function as mass murderers of people of color" to keep it.
Asked about these comments last week, Fulani belied her attempts to recreate herself as a relative moderate by responding, "It's raising issues that I think need to be explored."
These days Fulani is a "high-profile official" with the Independence Party, whose support the nominally "Republican" Mayor Bloomberg needs to stand a chance in overwhelmingly Democratic NYC. Placed between a rock and a hard place, Bloomberg did the right thing, and told his WABC audience that he's extremely offended by Fulani's comments.
In 1988 and 1992, Fulani ran as the presidential candidate for the leftist New Alliance Party (NAP), which was known for its anti-Semitism. Her All Star Project theater group produced a play entitled Crown Heights, which reputedly put a very anti-Jewish spin on the infamous pogrom of that name.
Left-wing anti-Semitism is hardly limited to Fulani and her Marxist friends. An article in the National Post gives a good overview of the linkage between anti-Semitism and the anti-globalization movement.
Zvi Shtauber, formerly Israel's ambassador to Britain, came home from that country outraged by the prevalence of anti-Semitism among left-wing politicians. "All along we were afraid of the Right. Now there is an unholy alliance between the Left and Islamic fundamentalists," Shtauber perceptively observed.
Even the left-wing Melbourne Indymedia admits that the Left has "tacitly sided with those who condone or practice Anti Semitism" and that "the main defenders of Jews are from the Right, both within the Jewish community and in the larger political sphere."
WorldNetDaily points out that left-wing anti-Semitism is nothing new — it goes all the way back to Karl Marx. Today left-wing anti-Semitism is mostly channeled into hostility to Israel, as in Fulani's foolish remarks.
Yet for reasons beyond my comprehension, many Jews continue to support the Left — for now.
April 16, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:00 PM
The failure of bureaucrats to grasp the concept of property rights — a concept absolutely essential for civilization to flourish, as communism proved — has once again resulted in waste and outrage.
The New York Times reports that John Grossi hideously defaced his own Staten Island house, spray-painting neon graffiti all over it "in vomitous colors."
But Grossi isn't crazy. Just a little POed. The lunatics are to be found at the Landmarks Preservation Commission — and in New York's City Hall.
Grossi bought the decrepit house, built in 1869, for the sole purpose of demolishing it and building something useful on the site, namely five attached townhouses. But his plans hit a snag when it was declared that the house wasn't just a ramshackle ruin taking up valuable real estate — the fact that no one had got around to tearing it down all these years made it a candidate for "landmark status."
Grossi spent $750,000 on the house. His plans are in keeping with zoning laws. The city pulled a bait and switch by not telling him about the "landmark status" trick until after he had made the purchase.
"I told them, 'Give me what I paid for it; buy the house,'" said Grossi. "They told me they don't buy houses."
Why should they buy houses, when they can take them for free?
Two days after going berserk with the spray paint, Grossi became contrite and covered the mess with a coat of white paint. But it's too late now; Mayor Bloomberg got wind of the issue. Predictably, he promised that the house would definitely be made a landmark, and now it has. Police cars were posted outside the house to protect it from Grossi.
The fact that Grossi owns the property counts for absolutely nothing.
April 15, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:04 AM
If you have any tears left after last year's passing of Yasser Arafat and Susan Sontag, you might want to shed a few for Andrea Dworkin, who died April 9.
The lovely Ms. Dworkin is best known for her militant antipathy to men. Here are a few choice Dworkin quotes, to get a flavor of the profound vision that caused Gloria Steinem to gush, "In every century, there are a handful of writers who help the human race to evolve. Andrea is one of them," via the Washington Times:
Romance is rape embellished with meaningful looks.
Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice.
I want to see a man beaten to a bloody pulp with a high-heel shoved in his mouth, like an apple in the mouth of a pig.
The Washington Post dates her career in moonbattery to elementary school, when she refused to sing Christmas carols and wanted abortion to be more readily available. Like others whose personality disorders have manifested themselves in a taste for left-wing politics, she admired Che Guevara. After getting arrested at a Vietnam War protest, she screeched so loudly about being searched at a woman's detention center that it ended up being closed down.
She "found her full, strident voice" with the book Woman Hating in 1974, the objective of which she declared to be "to destroy patriarchal power at its source, the family, [and] in its most hideous form, the national state." According to WaPo, the book "argued that gender itself had to be eliminated before sexual equality could be achieved."
Together with fellow feminazi Catharine MacKinnon, Dworkin authored a law that defined pornography as a violation of women's civil rights, enabling women to sue porn producers and distributors. The law was actually passed in Indianapolis, but fortunately struck down by the courts. However you might feel about pornography, the idea of militant ideologues imposing censorship by siccing greedy trial lawyers on anyone they want to shut up can hardly be appealing.
She was married to a damp, mouse-like creature named John Stoltenberg, though she was an avowed homosexual. In fact, so is Stoltenberg. But then, being married to Dworkin might have that effect on you.
April 14, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:35 AM
A little lunacy pertaining to the border situation.
The Arizona Republic reports that Patrick Haab of Mesa, an Army reservist assigned to a special forces unit, held at gunpoint seven individuals who had invaded our reputedly sovereign country. He is not known to be affiliated with the Minutement or any similar group, but as a civic-minded patriot, took the initiative to defend his country.
When the authorities arrived, instead of thanking Haab, they arrested him for "suspicion of aggravated assault."
Unaware of whose side our Government is on, one illegal alien recently got himself killed escaping from the Border Patrol. After proclaiming that he had stomach pains, he jumped out the back of an ambulance and died on impact with Route 86.
He needn't have gone to so much trouble to escape. They most likely would have let him go anyway, like they did the 11 illegal aliens who were just released in Fairfax, Virginia, where they were picked up on a traffic violation after driving nonstop from Arizona. The Washington Times reports that before they were released, they were asked to come back later for further processing.
"It's up to them whether they come back," said Ernestine Fobbs, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. "If they do not, they will be considered fugitives, and once we do encounter them again, they'll be removed from the United States. They stand to lose a lot if they do not appear."
Sure they do.
Meanwhile the Mexican Army is escorting drug runners to parts of the border not defended by the Minutemen, enraging Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), Chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, who had this to say on the topic:
President Bush should publicly denounce Mexico's latest act to curb U.S. law. The president of Mexico is threatening to sue any member of the Minutemen who have contact with a Mexican national, threatening to take the U.S. into the International Court of Justice at the Hague over the passage of Prop 200 in Arizona, and is providing transportation to Mexican nationals trying to sneak into the U.S. One could say he is acting in the best interest of his nation. Isn't it unfortunate we cannot say the same thing about President Bush?
But I don't mean to be picking on Mexicans. Rep Mark Souder (R-IN) — the senior Republican on the Homeland Security committee — is reportedly fed up with Canadians who won't cooperate on border defense.
"We were hoping that the Canadians were more advanced than apparently they are. We'd like to think that as an advanced Western nation, Canada is committed to devoting some resources to this," he told the National Post in response to a report on security shortcomings documented by the border agents' union. "We would like to have Canada as a joint partner rather than a junior partner. But if you don't spend the money, you become a junior partner."
April 13, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:38 AM
At this point it can't be easy for the liberal elite screwballs who dominate much of our judiciary to come up with new excuses to set loose killers, rapists, terrorists and maniacs upon the general population of normal law-abiding citizens that they seem to hold in such low esteem. But when San Francisco's U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit reviewed the first-degree murder conviction of Mathew Musladin — perhaps tricked by his name into thinking he's a Muslim — they rose to the challenge. You have to give them credit for their creativity.
They overturned the conviction not because the killer ate too many Twinkies, or had an unhappy childhood, or was in a bad mood at the time of the crime, and certainly not because he's innocent, but on the grounds that relatives of the woman he killed (his estranged wife) wore buttons to the trial that featured photographs of the victim's face. According to the stilted justification of one of the Ninth Circuit judges, "the buttons essentially 'argue' ... that the defendant was necessarily guilty'' — thus biasing the jury.
As some wise person once said, "Yeah, right, whatever."
Source: San Francisco Chronicle.
April 12, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:51 PM
In case you were tempted to let your head be turned by the left-wing spin that the Minutemen are just getting in the way of the Border Patrol, or that the invaders pouring over the unguarded border are all saintly huddled masses yearning to breathe free and cut the grass at the country club for cheap, a recent piece in the Washington Times might help restore some critical perspective.
The article reports that hundreds of illegal aliens are holed up in the canyons of the Coronado National Memorial at Sierra Vista, Arizona, where they have been stranded because the smugglers they were supposed to meet up with for rides deeper into our country have been kept at bay by the Minutemen.
"They're hiding in the bushes, waiting to hook up with the smugglers in the very same area that our children wait for the school bus," according to Cindy Kolb, who has lived in the area for the past six years, and has to wait with her daughter armed with a pistol.
Unless they manage to wait out the Minutemen, hunger and thirst will soon force them to come out in the open. Once they do, they will be reported to the Border Patrol.
According to law-enforcement authorities, drug smugglers have also been stopped by the Minutemen. A member of a civilian reconnaissance patrol saw drug smugglers bury their contraband, so they can dig it up again when business as usual resumes after the Minutemen pull out on April 30. Drug smugglers are using two-way radios to keep themselves abreast of what the Minutemen are up to.
This specific area was targeted by the Minutemen because of "numerous complaints from homeowners that illegal aliens were overrunning their property," according to Chris Simcox, a Tombstone newspaper publisher who founded the Civil Homeland Defense organization in Arizona. He also reports that "Since our patrols began, we have received numerous letters, e-mails and personal comments from the residents, thanking us for being in the area."
I'd like to thank them, and I don't even live there. Let's just hope they can generate enough attention to get the Government to do something about this very serious problem, before the vicious gangs that run the smuggling move on from illegal aliens and heroin to al-Qaeda and suitcase nukes — assuming they haven't already.
Hat tip: Bergbikr.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:38 AM
Instead of accepting defeat gracefully, John Kerry continues to campaign, telling anyone who will listen that people (i.e., Democrats) were denied their right to vote in 2004 through trickery and intimidation. He has been petulant enough to snipe that the United States should be promoting democracy at home instead of in Iraq.
If Kerry ever attains mental adulthood, he will probably come to realize that it is supremely irresponsible for someone in his position to spread baseless allegations that undermine people's faith in our democratic system.
In the meantime, he might be less likely to open his mouth and disgrace himself if he kept himself occupied with constructive activities. A good start would be signing the Standard Form 180 like he promised, so that we all might have a hearty laugh at the four months of whining and incompetence that he has been audacious enough to pass off as a war record. You can help by emailing him here and letting him know that the form can be found at this URL:
You could help even more by joining the Blogburst for Kerry. Just visit Cao's Blog to sign up, and you could see your own blog listed among this stellar company:
April 11, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:18 PM
An American soldier and Ohio University student named Marc Fencil wrote this open letter to the noble antiwar protesters at his school:
It's a shame that I'm here in Iraq with the Marines right now and not back at Ohio University completing my senior year and joining in blissful ignorance with the enlightened, war-seasoned protesters who participated in the recent "die-in" at College Gate. It would appear that all the action is back home, but why don't we make sure? That's right, this is an open invitation for you to cut your hair, take a shower, get in shape and come on over! If Michael Moore can shave and lose enough weight to fit into a pair of camouflage utilities, then he can come too!
Make sure you all say your goodbyes to your loved ones though, because you won't be seeing them for at least the next nine months. You need to get here quick because I don't want you to miss a thing. You missed last month's discovery of a basement full of suicide vests from the former regime (I'm sure Saddam's henchmen just wore them because they were trendy though). You weren't here for the opening of a brand new school we built either. You might also notice women exercising their new freedom of walking to the market unaccompanied by their husbands.
There is a man here, we just call him al-Zarqawi, but we think he'd be delighted to sit down and give you some advice on how you can further disrespect the victims of Sept. 11 and the 1,600 of America's bravest who have laid down their lives for a safer world. Of course he'll still call you "infidel" but since you already agree that there is no real evil in the world, I see no reason for you to be afraid. Besides, didn't you say that radical Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance?
I'm warning you though -it's not going to be all fun and games over here. You might have bad dreams for the next several nights after you zip up the body bag over a friend's disfigured face. I know you think that nothing, even a world free of terror for one's children, is worth dying for, but bear with me here. We're going to live in conditions you've never dreamt about. You should get here soon though, because the temperatures are going to be over 130 degrees very soon and we will be carrying full combat loads (we're still going to work though). When it's all over, I promise you can go back to your coffee houses and preach about social justice and peace while you continue to live outside of reality.
If you decide to decline my offer, then at least you should sleep well tonight knowing that men wearing black facemasks and carrying AK-47s yelling "Allahu Akbar" over here are proud of you and are forever indebted to you for advancing their cause of terror. While you ponder this, I'll get back to the real "die-in" over here. I don't mind.
Hat tip: Something... and Half of Something.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:38 PM
Here's a chance to brush up on your Spanish. Via, Babalu Blog, click the image below for an illustrated list of some of the political prisoners currently rotting away in Cuban dungeons. If anyone has email addresses for know-nothing entertainment airheads Danny Glover and Linda Ronstadt, I'm sure they would much appreciate it if you could forward the link to them, and help them avoid making fools of themselves in the future.
April 10, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:20 PM
Rachel Corrie, aka Saint Pancake, so perfectly personified moonbattery that a cult has formed to worship her memory. Readers with a morbid interest in the phenomenon of left-wing extremism crossing over into full-blown insanity will recall that the willful stupidity that characterized Corrie's ideology caused her to stand in front of an Israeli bulldozer whose driver was unable to see her, thus transforming the screeching psychopath into a giant Fruit Roll-Up.
Proving that moonbattery can run in the family, Corrie's parents responded to her demise by suing Caterpillar for making the bulldozer she got herself squished by.
Now her cult is moving beyond lawsuits to direct action. It appears that next Wednesday will be remembered by history as the "International Day of Action Against Caterpillar." Righteous crusaders are encouraged to gather at noon at Northern Trust Bank in Chicago (50 S LaSalle), where Caterpillar shareholders are believed be meeting. By building bulldozers, Caterpillar has been "profiting from human rights violations," which will not be tolerated by the Stop CAT Coalition.
"Smaller actions" are promised prior to the feature presentation at Northern Trust. The demonstration in front of the bank is intended to be of the law-abiding variety, but the Corrie cultists "support a diversity of tactics by affinity groups" — which evidently would include any groups violently opposed to Israel's right to defend itself from terrorists.
April 9, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:56 PM
FrontPage Magazine reports the unpleasant news that Al Gore still refuses to go away. His latest venture is "Current TV" — a reincarnation of Newsworld International (NWI) that has already been renamed "DNC TV" by those familiar with its backers and likely orientation.
NWI was purchased from a French company by Gore and his sidekick, millionaire entrepreneur and former Democratic National Committee Finance Chairman Joel Hyatt. Its programming is under the control of the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC; also known as the Communist Broadcasting Corporation) — owned by the Canadian Government and reportedly as avidly leftist as you might expect — and by contract will continue to be through at least May 2005, even after the "Current TV" makeover.
Apparently some of Current TV's programming will be produced by CBC. The channel will create some on its own. The rest will be donated by viewers, who are encouraged on the channel's website to go out with video cameras and create dirt cheap content. If the resulting material is juvenile, that's fine with Gore. The infamously stiff bureaucrat who took part in hauling Frank Zappa before Congress to demand that he justify his off-color lyrics is very keen to prove his countercultural trendiness to the MTV and Clearasil set.
According to a Gore advisor, "Liberal TV is dead on arrival." It won't work because young people do not want to listen to wonkish sermons. So to avoid another Air America catastrophe, the strategy was hit upon to sugar-coat the leftist politics with a veneer of adolescent hipness.
Anyone in doubt of Current TV's political outlook need only look at the list of leftists reported to be involved in the project to varying degrees. In addition to Gore and Hyatt (who was appointed to California's Public Utilities Commission shortly before disgraced ex-Governor Gray Davis's mismanagement of the state's electricity supply resulted in his recall), others include Richard Blum (husband of kooky Senator Dianne Feinstein), big-time Democratic Party fundraiser Ron Burkle, Real Networks Chairman Rob Glaser (who also backed Air America), Sun Microsystems co-founder and major Clinton-Gore backer Bill Joy, Hollywood actor Bradley Whitford (who has a roll in the Democrat fantasy series "The
Left West Wing"), Orville Schell (Dean of the Journalism School at the University of California Berkeley, described by David Horowitz as a "Gucci Marxist"), cartoonishly PC movie director Spike Jonze, and CNN executive Keith McAllister.
Unfortunately for Current TV's prospects, Gore's thuggish behavior while in the Senate made him some serious enemies in the cable industry. Gore was an outspoken supporter of the Cable Act of 1992, which imposed harsh regulations on the industry. John Higgins, the Deputy Editor of Broadcasting and Cable Magazine, is quoted as telling a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle that he can't imagine anyone on earth who would have a more difficult time securing carriage from cable operators than Gore, who "cost these guys multiple billions of dollars."
Currently Gore TV reaches 19 million homes. Ironically, access to 11 million of those is provided by DirecTV, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch (whose News Corporation also owns Fox News and the New York Post, both much reviled by liberals). Murdoch is showing a great deal of open-mindedness in providing a video soapbox for Gore and his friends. I wonder if they will reciprocate by allowing conservative and libertarian views to be heard on Current TV. Not that it's likely anyone will be watching.
April 8, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:31 AM
Lest anyone think that Ward Churchill is the only psychopath spewing moonbattery on a college campus, Wendy McElroy brings us up to date on recent goings on at the University of New Hampshire.
David Huffman, a journalist for the privately funded conservative student paper Common Sense, attempted to attend an on-campus public event — underwritten by taxpayers — called the "Patriarchy Slam." Here he saw members of the Feminist Action League who wore scissors around their necks as they recited poems about castration.
Someone going by the name of Mary Man-Hating-Is-Fun had this announcement to make to the cheerful gathering:
Ever since I learned to embrace my feminist nature, I found great joy in threatening men's lives.
Unfortunately Huffman was thrown out before he could observe the entire event, on the highly ironic grounds that as a man, he would be "intimidating." They even took his program away in an attempt to prevent him from spreading the word to taxpayers about the sort of antisocial depravity we are funding on college campuses.
Other men were allowed to stay, because they had "allegiance to the FAL." Maybe the scissors had already been used on them. Shannon O'Neil, a female reporter for The New Hampshire, was also allowed to stay, so Huffman's being a journalist wasn't the problem. FAL militant Nicole Whalen later admitted that Huffman was tossed out of this public event because they knew he was a conservative.
When asked if a fraternity event that called for the mutilation of female genitalia would be tolerated, this was the response of Anne Lawing, UNH's Vice President of Student Affairs:
We have so much data that shows that fraternities have been violent with women in the past and the instances of women being violent to men happen so infrequently.
John Wayne Bobbitt could not be reached for comment.
She also referred to FAL's First Amendment rights.
By way of contrast, last fall at the same school, Timothy Garneau was kicked out of the dorms and ended up sleeping in a friend's car after he got tired of the long waits for elevators caused by people using them to go up a single floor and tacked up a joke flier that read:
9 out of 10 freshman girls gain 10-15 pounds. But there is something you can do about it. If u live below the 6th floor takes the stairs. Not only will u feel better about yourself but you will also be saving us time and wont be sore on the eyes.
The charges? Dishonesty, furnishing false information to a University official, violation of affirmative action, harassment and conduct which is disorderly and lewd. He was convicted on all counts.
FAL gets so much freedom of speech, they're even free to throw students off university property on suspicion of disagreeing with them; meanwhile, Timothy Garneau can't even make a joke. The contrast underscores the fact that there is no freedom of speech on college campuses. Moonbattery is mandatory; everything else is forbidden.
According to McElroy, the problem is that free speech and tax funding are incompatible. The solution: privatization. As she puts it:
Just as Huffman's conservative paper is privately funded so, too, should scissor-wielding feminists be forced to finance their own pro-castration agenda.
Sounds fair enough.
April 7, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:16 PM
Unfortunately it is not only in France that leftists have gone so far out on the limb of their corrupt ideology that they object to paying respects to John Paul II. Madison, Wisconsin's Capital Times reports that the Governor's orders to fly flags at half-mast in honor of the Pope has met with the stern disapproval of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, whose co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor condemned John Paul II as "the world's leading sexist."
On Monday, this thoughtful organization paid its own respects to the Pope by issuing a lengthy diatribe entitled "The Pope Has No Vestments" that took him to task for failing to conform to moonbat ideology on issues like abortion and gay marriage, and also for "the capital punishment, slaughters, the witch-burning, purges, tortures and inquisitions committed by the Roman Catholic Church and its followers through history."
And here I was thinking that John Paul II was a nice guy.
April 6, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:17 AM
France is a Catholic country, but also the world capital of moonbattery. Unsurprisingly, this has resulted in conflict, most recently because Catholics, along with decent people of every creed, feel compelled to pay respects to Pope John Paul II.
CNN reports on a number of outrages that have inflamed the Left. Flags were ordered to fly at half mast for 24 hours, and will go to half-mast again on Friday when the Pontiff is buried. Many French leaders attended a special mass for the Pope. The extensive media coverage was also found to be offensive.
"For five days there has been a hagiography about the sovereign pontiff without any critical spirit," spat Socialist senator Jean-Luc Melenchon.
Writing in the leftist publication Liberation, another moonbat wondered, "What does a Muslim French citizen think of his flag flying at half mast because the head of the Catholics is dead?"
Of course, if people had realized that making a big deal about the death of John Paul II would make Muslims feel uncomfortable, they probably would have buried him in Potter's Field without telling anyone he had passed away.
The "separation of church and state" canard has been dragged out again, used in France as it is in America to justify repressing Christianity at every possible opportunity. Here the principle is being taken to a new extreme, as anti-Christian leftists argue that even showing respect for a world leader should be suppressed if that leader represents Christianity.
By the way, about 60% of the French population is Catholic. Presumably more than a few among that 60% are annoyed by this. Let's hope they get annoyed enough to make their voices heard.
April 5, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:34 PM
Evidently John Kerry has still not been able to find the Standard Form 180 that he promised to sign, thereby releasing his military records and clearing up many questions about his adventurous four months of posing as a war hero in Vietnam. If you are feeling civic-minded, you might email Hanoi John here, and tell him that the URL for the form is:
Or if you've lost all patience and want to know right now what Kerry was really up to over there, and you're willing to settle for eyewitness reports of men who served with him, get ahold of Unfit for Command. The book is as timely as ever — true, we dodged the bullet in 2004, but the guy is still in the Senate, and seems intent on running for President again in 2008. Unfit for Command does a great job of clarifying just how gross an insult it is to this country that Kerry would be elected so much as dogcatcher. Highly recommended.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:31 PM
Since I'm posting from the road in beautiful Southern Arizona, a land I would love to make my home, I thought it only right to report on the success of the Minuteman Project, which is striving to defend the Arizona–Mexico border from the alien invaders that certainly include drug smugglers and violent gang members and potentially include terrorists.
WorldNetDaily reports that the Minutemen helped apprehend 18 illegal aliens attempting to invade our country near Naco. Far from behaving like the "vigilantes" an embarrassed President Bush has tried to make them out to be, the Minutemen simply report invaders to the Border Patrol, which then takes them into custody.
Another invader inadvertently strolled right into a Minuteman camp.
"But it turned out to be his lucky day," said Minuteman spokesman Fred Elbel. "He was tired and dehydrated and we gave him medical attention, food and drink before handing him over to the Border Patrol."
The Mexican Government, which evidently sees illegal immigration as a means of conquering the Southwestern region of the United States, not only encourages illegal immigrants to invade, but now has the jaw-dropping audacity to threaten to sue any Americans who harm an invader in defense of their country.
The ACLU — a devoted enemy of the United States — is of course adamantly opposed to the idea that we might defend our borders. Ravings of a Mad Tech has an excellent post on this nefarious organization's attempts to propagandize against the Minuteman Project, which includes some highly illuminating quotes from ACLU press releases, including some gems from "Ira Glasser Racial Justice Fellow" Ray Ybarra, who raves that:
the experiences of undocumented immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border needs to be highlighted in order to demonstrate the fact that this is one of the grossest human rights violations in the history of the United States.
It looks like we don't have much to feel guilty about if the conditions vicious gangs are forced to endure while smuggling narcotics and illegal aliens into our country constitute one of our "grossest human rights violations." In addition to not defending the border, I suppose we should be air-conditioning the desert for their convenience. If jackasses like Ybarra had been around during the War of 1812, they would have demanded that we pass out matches and gasoline to the British troops that burned Washington. If any of the Redcoats were careless with the matches and singed their fingers, America would have another gross human rights violation weighing heavily on its soul.
The real purpose of the Minuteman Project is not to catch every invader crossing into Arizona, but to generate enough attention to shame our Government into performing perhaps its most fundamental function, defending our borders. It's pleasing to think that the useful idiots at the ACLU have inadvertently been useful to the good guys for once, by generating controversy that in turn has generated more media coverage.
Hat tip: NIF
April 4, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:13 PM
How would a Eurocrat deal with the problem of heroin addiction? If you guessed, give addicts heroin at taxpayers' expense, you win a free syringe full of life-destroying poison. Not to be outdone by the pioneering Dutch and Swiss, Canadians have decided to apply this same clever strategy.
As reported by an approving Worldpress.org, Vancouver has demonstrated the slippery slope principle by becoming the first city in North America to begin clinical trials for heroin prescription, a year and a half after opening North America's first safe injection site.
Despite the enlightened nature of this approach to the drug problem, it does have its critics — some addicts find it intrusive that they have to give urine samples and reveal their medical histories and criminal records in order to get their heroin.
The site of the heroin handout is not far from where the Olympic games will take place in 2010. The handout will be extended to Montreal and Toronto later in the year. Still in its "study" phase, it will be funded for now through the Canadian Institute of Health Research Studies and supported by the British Columbia Ministry of Health and Health Canada.
Jim Boothroyd, Communications Director for the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, does admit there has been some criticism of this insane program from addiction specialists who question its ethics. However, the ethical review boards at several Canadian universities say it's okay, which is clearly good enough for Worldpress.org.
Dean Wilson, "the former head of a health board funded drug user group," notes that it increases a junkie's self-esteem when he doesn't have to "run around all day figuring out how he's going to get his next fix." Other benefits are the extra time it leaves for shooting up, and cost savings that will help addicts avoid getting jobs.
There is of course a precedent to this approach to problem-solving: Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, when Democrats decided they would cure poverty by paying people to be poor. The results were predictable, probably even to Democrats who realized that intergenerational welfare dependency would essentially be a means of breeding votes for their party.
The approach might be applied in the future to a wide variety of social problems. Terrorism could be curbed by handing out box-cutters at airports. Rat populations could be kept under control by stocking sewers with cheese. The proliferation of nuclear weapons could be curtailed by building nuclear reactors for rogue regimes like North Korea, and topping it off by giving them free oil to free up their resources — oh wait, Jimmy Carter already thought of that one.
April 3, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:02 PM
Even the leftists at Boston.com couldn't help but find a downside to the totalitarian regime that is congealing around the Castroesque thug Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Despite indulging in some "property rights equals oppression" spin, and brazenly calling Chavez's dubious referendum win "a resounding victory," they have to admit that stealing property and then handing it out to people who have no legitimate claim to it for political gain isn't all triumphant righteousness.
Of course the disasters that befall property owners are of minimal concern to Boston.com (put online by the same militants who bring you The New York Times and The Boston Globe). But what if someone more important gets hurt? Someone like… a capybara (a sort of giant rat)? Or even a tapir, which is described as "a cross between a pig and an anteater"?
The Hato Piñero reserve in Venezuela "has gained support among conservation biologists around the world" by using capitalism to preserve wildlife through ecotourism. For over 50 years, tourists come from all over the world to see tapirs, capybaras, and other exotic animals, including jaguars, in their natural environment. Now the reserve is in deep trouble, because Chavez has pledged to give capitalist land-owning oppressors their due. Evidently the land will be seized, chopped up into small parcels, and passed out to political supporters who have no idea how to use it, as has been done under other enlightened regimes like Robert Mugabe's in Zimbabwe.
This is bad news for the wildlife. But hey, what's a few dead jaguars in the cause of social justice? Don't forget, you can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs!
For information on capitalist/libertarian approaches to preserving nature, which has been an extremely low priority under left-wing regimes, see Environmental Challenges & Free-Market Solutions.
April 2, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:34 AM
Just how crazy are Ward Churchill and his admirers? To get an idea, check out the eyewitness report documented by zombie, which comes thoughtfully augmented with photographs and sound clips.
The report is on a WC appearance at The Women's Building in San Francisco's Mission District on last March 25, intended in part to push his book On the Justice of Roosting Chickens: Reflections on the Consequences of U.S. Imperial Arrogance and Criminality. The roosting chickens theme will be familiar to anyone who has followed the appalling spectacle that is The Ward Churchill Show; the infamous essay in which he praised the 9/11 hijackers and called the people who died at the World Trade Center "little Eichmanns" was entitled "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens." The theme has given rise to a fashion statement on the part of WC's disciples that must be seen to be believed (photo below).
The Churchill gig — one of a series — was quite a success; you had to have bought a ticket in advance to get in the door. Most of the audience of over 300 cheered enthusiastically throughout his rambling diatribes.
Although WC indulged heavily in postmodern incoherence, his speechifying was informative in a few respects. On the issue of his educational background (hired and promoted simply for being an "Indian," Churchill is believed to have very little education):
I didn't have a college education or all that.
This is a college professor, discussing the educational background that was sufficient for him to be hired and eventually granted tenure and promoted to department head at a major University. Try not to think about that while you're writing out checks for your kids' tuition.
Mental Ward also helped clear up the issue of whether he really is part Indian. He is an Indian based on his own claim that his mother and grandmother told him he was. Now that the issue is settled, he announced that he will not cooperate with the University of Colorado's investigation into his enhanced heritage.
To the appreciative applause of his fans, WC proposed an interesting approach to political activism: representatives of the United States Government should be killed:
I have these delightful visions which is what puts me to sleep at night of Madeleine Albright, Jesse Helms, and Henry Kissinger all in a nice neat little row with nooses around their neck and [audience applause]... And the current crop is amply entitled to the same destiny as far as I'm concerned. Do I think anybody's going to do it? Well, that's an interesting question. Who would be doing it? There's only one possible answer: you. We. Us.
His audience was surely grateful for the moral justification he offered for the political violence he advocates. After urging anyone disturbed enough to be listening sympathetically to do "whatever it is that turns out to be necessary" to replace the United States as we know it with a system more to his liking, he observed:
If that means people gotta suffer here a bit, then they brought it on themselves.
After the Q&A, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.
This won't be the first time I've pointed out that Ward Churchill is an exception in the realm of academia that produced him only in that his lunacy was made public when the relatives of some 9/11 victims got wind of his planned appearance at Hamilton College in upstate New York. If Churchill's views were not regarded as acceptable, he would have been run out on a rail years ago. The controversy surrounding Larry Summers illustrates how tolerant academia is toward anyone who expresses views deemed to be heretical.
Churchill is more an exaggeration than an aberration. Although he may have a larger mouth than some, and be a bit more prone to self-caricature, he is definitely one of the boys — a representative of an institutional culture that has got to be reformed for the sake of our society's future.
Hat tip: V the K.
April 1, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:57 AM
Veteran racist Robert Byrd — the senile Senator who has spent his overlong career keeping blacks in "their place" by recruiting for the KKK, by filibustering the Civil Rights Act for 14 straight hours, by making a fool of himself by trying to block the nomination of the supremely qualified Condoleezza Rice for Secretary of State, by participating in the "high-tech lynching" of Clarence Thomas as well as opposing the nomination of Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court, by publicly calling people "niggers" as recently as 2001, by declaring that he would rather "die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels" — has a new advocate: Barack "Osama bin Osama" Obama, a fellow Senator and, as it happens, a "race mongrel."
Needless to say, any Republican with a resume like Byrd's would be treated like a leper — especially by fellow Republicans. But the big D in "D-WV" deflects all sins from the Democratic Party's point of view. There have been Democrats morally depraved enough to refer to Byrd as the "conscience of the Senate" without smirking. Obama is evidently shameless enough to go along with it.
Visit Ace of Spades HQ to read Obama's letter to the true believers who make up MoveOn.org on behalf of the windy old ex-Kleagle's reelection campaign. Obama lays it on pretty thick, crediting the bloviating obstructionist with upholding the highest of principles by using his favorite tactic — the filibuster — to circumvent the Constitution's requirement that judges be approved by a simple majority. The original letter of course has a link where you can send money to buy Byrd a fresh set of sheets.
Meanwhile, for advocating a color-blind approach to justice, Clarence Thomas is often called an "Uncle Tom." Colin Powell is characterized as a "plantation slave" for serving in a Republican Administration.
The Republican Party, as apparently too few people know, was founded largely on the issue of opposition to slavery — and has remained true to the principle of individual liberty regardless of race to this day. Last time I checked, there weren't any ex-Kleagles on the Republican side of the aisle.