May 31, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:38 PM
Yesterday Boston's City Hall Plaza was the site of a Memorial Day tribute with a spin straight out of the MSM. Instead of honoring the soldiers who have died to preserve our freedom and our way of life, the event — entitled "Collateral Damage Noted" — drew attention to civilian casualties of the Iraq War, with the apparent goal of making our troops look like murderers.
The spectacle consisted of about 70 musicians who formed a circle and, according to the Boston Globe, "sounded notes for each of the war's civilian casualties — a high note for a child, a medium note for a woman, and a low note for a man."
The plan was to play between 21,000 and 25,000 notes, corresponding with casualty estimates that found the participants' favor. It went on for an entire hour, and must have sounded lovely. The ringmaster was Tom Plsek of Boston's Berklee College of Music, who asserts that it was not meant as an antiwar statement.
Hat tip: Reginleif.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:26 PM
The Boston Globe reports that John Kerry finally signed the Standard Form 180, as repeatedly promised. But although he allegedly signed the form on May 20, his military records still have not been released to the public.
As the Globe points out, "The devil is usually in the details. With Kerry, it's also in the dodges and digressions." Although Kerry asserts that he has signed the form, his staff is ''still going through it." Simply signing the form does not magically enable the public to learn the truth about his questionable war record — he still has to give the signed form to the Navy.
When will we actually see the records? You won't find out from Hanoi John. To quote the Globe:
Six months after Kerry's loss to George W. Bush, it feels somewhat gratuitous to point out how hard it can be to get a clear, straight answer from Kerry on this and other matters. But as long as the Massachusetts senator is thinking about another presidential run, the candor gap remains on the table, because he puts it there.
Fortunately the 180 Blogburst is still on the job. Some members have even resorted to poetry in an effort to persuade Jean François to honor his word. To join your own blog to this noble cause, email Cao of Cao's Blog.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:51 AM
These have not been happy days for moonbats of the European elite.
Expatica reports that Germany's Left is splintering, which won't do much to enhance Gerhard Schroeder's anorexic chances of being returned to power in national elections expected this September.
Oskar Lafontaine, formerly the chairman of Schroeder's party, has quit the Social Democrats and plans to help set up a new way-left election bloc that will include former East German communists evidently nostalgic for their totalitarian past.
Lafontaine will split the Left, peeling loony-tunes extremist votes away from Schroeder, who according to Expatica, "has already largely lost another key bloc, the centrist vote or 'neue Mitte,' which first helped bring him to power in 1998."
The German government seems to have trapped itself in a vicious cycle: the more leftist its policies, the more the economy stagnates, the more people are thrown out of work, the more support irresponsible ideologues like Lafontaine receive when they demand ever more generous handouts to the ever growing ranks of the unemployed, driving up taxes and deepening the economic stagnation.
The only way out is to elect conservatives, and apparently that's what the Germans will be doing next fall.
Meanwhile, Schroeder's anti-Coalition ally Jacques Chirac appears to be planning a big shakeup of his administration following the sound defeat of a French referendum on the European Union's constitution.
A desperate appeal on TV three days before the vote, in which he melodramatically pleaded with voters to consider their children's future, had few buyers. The referendum went down in flames despite Chirac's pleas, 55% to 45%, leaving him looking like a lame duck who is out of touch with his constituency.
Politically crippled, Chirac is all the less likely to make any headway against France's most serious problems, which are the same as Germany's — a sluggish economy and high unemployment, the inevitable results of "third way" economic policies that try to split the difference between capitalism, which works, and communism, which doesn't.
The good news for both countries is that two years from now, both Schroeder and Chirac will be history.
May 30, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:02 AM
As reported by the Times of India, the Center for Sex and Culture was the site on Saturday for beautiful San Francisco's annual Masturbate-a-thon, an event organized to raise funds and to "provide an outlet for safe sex for those who enjoy pleasuring themselves in a semi-public setting."
Last year's female marathon winner, Norine Dworkin, later described her accomplishment in the women's magazine Marie Claire.
"It's interesting to be sexual in public," said Melissa Gira, who oversaw the evening's webcast. "These aren't things we're sexually socialized to do."
Not yet, anyway.
Hat tip: Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:40 AM
A study by the University of Michigan has come to the conclusion that Islamic beliefs and devotion are not linked to support for terrorism among Palestinians.
This rather counterintuitive conclusion is reached despite the study's author — Jeremy Ginges, a researcher at the U-M Institute for Social Research — also finding that "at least 70 percent of more than 300 suicide attacks that occurred between 2000 and 2003 were carried out by religiously motivated organizations" and that "communal religious devotion, measured by the frequency of Mosque attendance, was a good predictor of support for suicide terrorism."
But... "despite the appearance of a link between religiosity and support for suicide terrorism, the nature of this connection has been unclear. My analysis shows that Islamic beliefs and devotion are not, in themselves, linked to support for such terrorism."
To support this conclusion, he managed to find that "Private religious devotion to Islam, measured by frequency of prayer, was unrelated to the odds of a Palestinian Muslim supporting the use of suicide bombing."
No doubt the study found a receptive audience at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society in Los Angeles, where it was slated to be delivered last Friday.
It's a shame that Michigan's Institute for Social Research wasn't around during World War II, to help us understand that fascism and communism were not linked to the death, destruction, and unspeakable misery that followed the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact in countries invaded by Germany and the Soviet Union, and that the relation of Japanese militarism to Pearl Harbor was unclear.
May 29, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:49 AM
Congratulations to the fifth columnists at the New York Times, who may have hit a new low in their efforts to demoralize the country in general and our troops in particular by choosing the day before Memorial Day to quote veterans of past wars who say they would not fight to combat terrorism and spread democracy in the Middle East.
"I don't think it's our war to begin with," said one vet. "I still don't know what it's supposed to be about. Oil? Is it about mass destruction weapons they had which were never found? I'm not an isolationist, but I can't see what we're doing over there."
If the Times' highly knowledgeable reporters can't grasp — even after 9-11 — that we have a major stake in the Middle East, and that the spread of democracy there is in everyone's best interest, especially ours, it's hardly surprising that they could find someone with a service record who has been sufficiently disoriented by the MSM's hostile coverage as to not understand what the war is about.
There are a lot of veterans out there, all of whom deserve our thanks and respect. But if you looked hard enough, you could find a few who would say pretty much whatever you want people to hear. Given the Times' resources, finding veterans who are proud of what our military is trying to accomplish in the Middle East would not be difficult. But a story like that would be good for American morale, and bad for al Qaeda. So don't expect to see it in the Times.
May 28, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:51 PM
Does it give you a thrill to lift a rock and see something really scary that was never meant to be exposed to light? If so, you might want to investigate the animal rights movement. A good place to start would be Vegan Final Solution. I'll let the site's author describe it in his own words (please excuse the language):
About me: Vegan Final Solution is an above ground animal rights organization that works to end the opression [sic] of animals everywhere. We actively work to promote the acceptance of violence as a tool to be used in this struggle. Violent conflict for the purpose of animal liberation is inevitable. The sooner that we accept this and begin to prepare, the sooner their freedom will be won. For this end we are establishing a legal defense fund for the first person accused of murdering someone high up in one of the many animal abuse industries in the name of animal rights. A person is innocent until proven guilty, and the importance of competent legal defense is well known. Please note; we are not encouraging any specific actions or behavior, only a belief.
Who I'd like to meet: Vegans commited [sic] to animal liberation through any means necessary. The activists involved in V.F.S. do not waste their time with endless meetings, constant debate, or plans that never happen. We know what we need to do and we do it. We do not concern ourselves with others opinions, our public appearance, or meeting girls through animal rights. Anyone who'se [sic] primary concern is animal liberation is more than welcome to join us at any time. By the way - SNITCHES FUCKING DIE!
Not far below a proudly displayed link to the ACLU's site you can find a list of commenters that make the Manson Family look like the Brady Bunch. Someone going by the label This Time Tomorrow had this to say:
Images of your mutilated victims as I line you in my sight. The wrath of sanity unleashed. Justice on Judgement Night!!!
Another commenter with the handle Darth Vegan declares, "I am prepared to put the gun in vegun!"
See if you can scan all the way to the bottom of the comments before you get so creeped out you have to put the rock back.
Lest you think that frightening sociopaths are a rarity among animal rights activists, visit In Their Own Words for a list of quotes by prominent activists that will make your hair stand on end.
Hat tip: Reginleif
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:28 PM
George Lucas — who has proven that money cannot buy brains by buying into the Iraq = Vietnam meme — is believed by some to have injected a slight trace of moonbattery into his latest blockbuster. Or are people just imagining this?
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:51 PM
The Democratic Party has been going through some hard times lately, but at least the base of hard-core moonbats from which they draw voters is holding steady. According to today's New York Times, paganism — defined as "the umbrella term for nature-based belief systems" — is actually on the rise.
Last Thursday 300 of them met in the woods in Massachusetts for a Rites of Spring ceremony. They included not only witches, but also "self-described Druids, faeries, Dianics, Wiccans, Asatru and ceremonial magicians." I believe Dianics have something to do with Diana from Roman mythology, although a connection with Lady Di shouldn't be ruled out. No word on whether Prophet Yahweh was in attendance.
The Times claims that unnamed academics put the number of practicing pagans in the USA as high as 700,000. But according to Sabina Magliocco, who teaches at California State University, "Some people are reluctant to identify as pagans because there is a lot of very real persecution."
This very real persecution actually existed as recently as just a few centuries ago. The maypole dancers showed some courage by meeting in Massachusetts, home of the Salem witch trials.
But I'm sure the risk was worth it for the fun they must have had:
Moira Ashleigh, the witch leading the ceremony, asked participants to divide themselves into the "pole people," who, singing a West African chant, fetched the 30-foot trunk of a birch tree festooned earlier with colorful ribbons, and the "hole people," who then planted it in the ground, chanting, "Back to the river, back to the sea, back to the ocean, home to me."
Then they danced around the pole, weaving the ribbons. There were no reports of Satan having been conjured, though rustling in the forest might have been caused by He Who Walks Behind the Rows.
Afterwards, one participant announced to her colleagues that she was organizing Earth Day celebrations with "ritual content" for her city next year. "These people don't even know they are pagans," she crowed.
Margot Adler, National Public Radio correspondent and "recognized witch," indicates why paganism could be the perfect "religion" for believers in moral relativism:
You don't have to get it whittled down to one answer, one god, one way of being, one form of society, one philosophy.
The philosophy is quite inclusive. So long as it's kooky, it's all good.
May 27, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:02 PM
Davids Medienkritik, a truly excellent German blog (don't worry, it's in English) has outdone itself with its response to this quote by German Ambassador to the USA Wolfgang Ischinger (as quoted on page 70 of the May 30, 2005 edition of The New Yorker):
As older societies, we tend to think of ourselves as more experienced in the way societies evolve, and we tend to be skeptical of Americans who seem to think that if you believe hard enough, and you muster enough resources, you can change the world.
In the last year or so, as we've engaged in discussions about the transformation of the Middle East and democracy, I have told my American friends that the region in this world that has seen the most transformation and change is Central and Eastern Europe — without shedding a drop of blood. So don't preach to us.
Rather than try to paraphrase, I highly recommend you see for yourself how Medienkritik's Ray D. responds. Very powerful.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:18 PM
It's hardly news that the networks use not only their news programs, but fictional shows to promote their left-wing agenda. But the season finale of Law & Order really went over the top, indulging in the most extreme stereotypes of people who don't share their ideology or their coastal zip codes, and going after House Majority Leader Tom DeLay by name.
While the Law & Order team hunt what they assume to be a maniacal white supremacist, one of the characters, Detective Alexandra Eames, proposes that they "should put out an APB for somebody in a Tom DeLay T-shirt."
When another character proposes that the killer is from the Mountain States, Detective Eames sagely observes, "Home of a lot of white supremacist groups."
In the end, the killer turns out not to be a white supremacist after all, possibly to make the plot a little less predictable. Imagine if the characters had suspected that the killer was black. Would we have gotten dialog like this?
"Why don't we put out an APB for somebody in an Barack Obama T-shirt?"
"I think the killer is from Detroit."
"Detroit, eh? Home to a lot of darkies..."
Fortunately not, because it would be bigoted, wouldn't it?
But at least the show's creator, Dick Wolf, issued an apology. Here it is:
Up until today, it was my impression that all of our viewers understood that these shows are works of fiction, as is stated in each episode. But I do congratulate Congressman DeLay for switching the spotlight from his own problems to an episode of a TV show.
To which the Media Research Center responds:
Of course, no one's attention would be on the name in the show if Wolf's writers hadn't put it into the script themselves. And when "fiction" employs the names of real-world figures how can the fiction writers expect to avoid real-world scrutiny, especially when they hold that real person up as a hero to racist murderers?
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:52 AM
If you have an interest in the morbid but fascinating study of moonbattery, you owe it to yourself to check out Moonbats on Parade !!, The Official Moonbat Directory.
This is not a conventional blog, but an encyclopedia of moonbats, somewhat along the lines of Celiberal (also highly recommended), with links to demented moonbat rants captured in audio, video, and text.
Ever wonder exactly why it is that a particular left-wing elitist — say Andy Rooney — gets so far under your skin? Look him up, click the link to watch him claim that God told him Mel Gibson is a nutcase, and you will wonder no longer.
Need a good laugh? Look up a comedian like Chevy Chase. Read about how Chase — with his BA in English from Bard College — used gutter language while describing Harvard MBA George W. Bush as "uneducated," and you'll be rolling on the floor.
The generous supply of video links is a key feature. Some of the lunacy coming from the Left is so far out there that it doesn't sink in that people really are saying these things unless you can actually watch their lips move and hear the demented words tumble out.
Audio links can be enlightening too. It's one thing to read Newspaper Guild President Linda Foley's paranoid Eason Jordan style allegations of the military "targeting" journalists — quite another to hear these remarks in the broader context of her insane ramblings, her voice taut as piano wire, every third word followed by "uh."
Moonbats on Parade !! gives you a chance to make your own contributions to the scholarly study of moonbattery by passing along any interesting moonbat rants you come across via the comment section. Just don't forget to provide a link. Unfortunately for trolls and vandals, sources will be checked prior to publication, in contrast to MSM protocol.
May 26, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:33 AM
The Washington Times describes an interesting report written by investigators for the 71-member Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus that finds in the Minuteman Project a model for a resolution to the unfolding disaster on our southern border. The report proves that at least someone in the Government is aware that our country is being invaded.
"The primary impetus to stimulate the Minuteman Project is a border out of control," the reports' authors write. "Social and legal costs and cultural cohesion far outweigh supposed economic benefit. At a time of terror threat, the cost of irresponsibly unsecured borders can be horrific."
The report offers more words of wisdom regarding the border situation:
The tide of illegal crossings on the borders of the United States is beyond unsatisfactory; it is catastrophic. It does not ebb and flow — it only grows. It is rising without measure and eroding the very fiber of our safety, life and culture.
And another excellent point:
As we wage the war on terror in foreign lands, we have all our doors and windows open at home. ... The insanity of such a policy, or silent toleration of such a policy is almost criminal in itself.
As for the U.S. Border Patrol, the report finds that its failure to perform its job is "no fault of its rank-and-file enforcement officers"; however, the agency's brass is found to be in "total denial of the magnitude of the disaster" and "cannot be relied upon" to come to grips with the problem without major changes.
The official line of this same Border Patrol brass was that the Minutemen had no significant effect on stemming the invasion. But according to the report, "nearly every individual Border Patrol officer who spoke off-the-record in the field to the Caucus team said that illegal immigration virtually stopped in the sector patrolled by the Minutemen as a direct result of Minutemen activity and publicity."
The successful efforts of these noble volunteers indicate that a deployment of 36,000 National Guard troops to the border would "dramatically reduce if not virtually eliminate" the flow of invaders into this country. This could be drawn from current National Guard units and could be deployed within one month, "if the political will exists."
This of course is where the problem lies.
What is missing is not the means to control; it is the will. With a will, there is a way.
Are you listening, President Bush?
May 25, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:19 PM
In case the New York Times' marathon Abu Ghraib hypefest and Newsweek's Korangate fiasco didn't make it clear whose side the establishment media is on in the War on Terror, NewsMax.com reports that journalists are chaffing at the bit because of limitations on disseminating photographs of dead American soldiers.
President Roosevelt strictly prohibited the media from publishing photos of dead American soldiers during WWII for the obvious reasons that they would have high propaganda value for the enemy and would undermine American morale, both among the troops and among the civilian population whose support is critical for military success. This limitation was largely honored through following wars.
But now, with the bulk of the media more or less openly siding with the Islamofascist enemy out of sheer depraved moonbattery, they unsurprisingly want to change the rules.
In a comprehensive report published Saturday, the LA Times laments finding "almost no pictures from the war zone of Americans killed in action," which they believe results in an "incomplete portrait of the violence."
"There can be horrible images, but war is horrible and we need to understand that," bleats war photographer Chris Hondros, as if unaware of the strategic consequences of ramming these horrible images down our throats on the evening news.
Pim Van Hemmen of the Newark Star-Ledger almost touches on the real issue by complaining that "Writing in a headline that 1,500 Americans have died doesn't give you nearly the impact of showing one serviceman who is dead."
A representative of the NY Times also pipes in, yammering about their "responsibility to bear witness" to morbid carnage. Apparently the fact that relatives would see the pictures dissuades the media about as much as the idea of giving aid and comfort to al Qaeda. Of course, rather than admit to their traitorous and unseemly nature, they squirt out clouds of sanctimony like a squid's defensive ink.
"We not only have the right, but the responsibility to run such photos," declared the Executive Editor of the Tacoma News Tribune, after publishing a picture of a dying American that left the soldier's wife "shaking and in tears for hours."
Hat tip: Wiggins
Cross-posted at The Wide Awakes
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:33 AM
A media alert of great interest to anyone fascinated by the final frontier has been posted on PRWeb:
For only 45 days, starting June 1st until July 15, 2005, Prophet Yahweh, Seer of Yahweh, will be calling down UFOs and spaceships for the news media to film and photograph. During this time, a spaceship will descend, on Prophet's signal, and sit in the skies over Las Vegas, Nevada for almost two days.
Prophet Yahweh has mastered the ancient art of summoning UFOs and spaceships, which of course are not the same thing. UFOs "are usually small flying objects" whose "flight patterns suggest that they are not of this world"; whereas spaceships "are large futuristic vehicles that are clearly designed to carry passengers in like you see in the movies."
You don't become as skilled as Prophet Yahweh without practice. He has conjured more than 1,500 spaceships and/or UFOs since 1979. Only now is he ready to go public.
When he conjures the spaceship in Las Vegas, it will hover in the air not far from Nellis Air Force base, clearly visible to everyone. It ought to be quite a sight. You might want to book your flight to Vegas right away.
Since not everyone will be able to make it, Prophet has thoughtfully offered to "travel to any city to call down UFOs" for journalists to document.
Rumors that CBS has assigned Dan Rather to the story could not be confirmed.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Too bad for the Dan that he didn't get to cover this story. With thanks to commenters JoBlow and annonymous, you can see video of Prophet Yahweh conjuring a UFO here. Only in Vegas.
May 24, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:50 AM
In a little foretaste of the sort of lunacy we can expect if Hillary gets another crack at our healthcare system, New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi has revealed that from the beginning of 2000 through the end of last March, 198 "Level 3" sex offenders have received Medicaid-reimbursed Viagra after being convicted of a sex crime such as rape, sexual abuse, or sexual conduct against a child.
"Level 3" means the truly rotten apples — the ones that even our mollycoddling courts admit will be back for more once they are let out of jail. A two-year-old baby and a 90-year-old woman are among the victims of the lucky beneficiaries.
As Hevesi observes, "The whole purpose of Viagra is to increase sexual performance, is to increase libido, is to increase blood flow, to increase the capacity of the user of the medication to perform sexually."
Westchester County DA Jeanine Pirro notes that she has prosecuted sex fiends who used Viagra before preying on their victims.
But in 1998, the Department of Health and Human Services informed states that any Medicaid program that covers prescription drugs must also cover Viagra "when medically necessary" — on penalty of financial sanctions.
Viagra costs $10 per pill, but that's okay, taxpayers have plenty of money.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:39 AM
For a while I was starting to think that Senator Kerry had no intention of living up to the promise he made to all of us in front of Tim Russert and then Don Imus that he would sign Standard Form 180, releasing his military records to the public. But then I realized he would never be so dishonorable.
That leaves only one explanation: Jean François is stuck in a time warp, in which he doesn't fulfill his promise because he hasn't made it yet.
The theory is bold, but the evidence supports it. How else do you explain why even after 9/11, he was referring to Islamic terrorism as a minor nuisance, on a scale with prostitution? Why he voted against funding the war in Iraq after he had already voted in favor of sending our troops over there? Why he seemed to confuse that war with our war in Vietnam, and the war in Vietnam with the medieval conquests of Golden Horde barbarian Jenjis [sic] Khan? Why he continues to campaign half a year after losing the election? Why he still seems to think that phony left-wing posturing will get anyone anywhere?
So when you email Kerry here and tell him that the Standard Form 180 can be found at http://www.archives.gov/research_room/obtain_copies/standard_form_180.pdf, include a fake date from the distant past. Maybe then it will reach him.
May 23, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:00 AM
There was a time when in many respects those on the Left were the good guys. Unfortunately, having accomplished its legitimate goals, the Left has degenerated into an unpleasant parody of its former self, thoroughly dominated by the corrupt and the contemptible.
But there are still good folks on the Left — stragglers sufficiently set in their ways to have difficulty adjusting their viewpoint to changing realities. In an excellent piece in the San Francisco Chronicle, writer and former liberal Keith Thompson announces that the number of stragglers is now reduced by one.
For Thompson, the Iraqi elections — and the Left's reaction to them — constituted the straw that broke the donkey's back. Last January, when eight million Iraqis risked life and limb to reject fascism in favor of democracy, Conservatives were elated. Democrats conspicuously weren't, and desperately attempted to reassure themselves that somehow, democracy would fail in Iraq, inspiring Thompson to write:
I can no longer abide the simpering voices of self-styled progressives — people who once championed solidarity with oppressed populations everywhere — reciting all the ways Iraq's democratic experiment might yet implode.
His estrangement from the Left didn't happen all at once. At the back of his mind, his belief had been rotting away for some time. A pre-Iraq turning point came at a dinner party, the day of a famous speech in which Ronald Reagan described the Soviet Empire as evil. There was intense disapproval of Reagan's use of this word. Thompson casually remarked that "the surviving relatives of the more than 20 million people murdered on orders of Joseph Stalin might not find 'evil' too strong a word." His progressive companions' appalled reaction to this faux pas stuck with him.
The liberal elite reaction to 9/11 took a heavy toll:
Susan Sontag cleared her throat for the "courage" of the al Qaeda pilots. Norman Mailer pronounced the dead of Sept. 11 comparable to "automobile statistics." The events of that day were likely premeditated by the White House, Gore Vidal insinuated. Noam Chomsky insisted that al Qaeda at its most atrocious generated no terror greater than American foreign policy on a mediocre day.
Then came the war in Afghanistan, when he "watched with astonishment as leading left intellectuals launched a telethon-like body count of civilian deaths caused by American soldiers in Afghanistan." The idea was that when civilian Afghan deaths surpassed the number of deaths on 9/11, the Left would be justified in regarding the war as unjustified.
Stated simply: The force wielded by democracies in self-defense was declared morally equivalent to the nihilistic aggression perpetuated by Muslim fanatics.
His gathering doubts became irrepressible in light of the Left's "anemic, smirking response" to the Iraqi elections. The floodgates opened. He was able to admit that the civil rights struggle of the 1960s that had been such an inspiration to him had been thoroughly perverted by today's liberals.
These days the postmodern left demands that government and private institutions guarantee equality of outcomes. Any racial or gender "disparities" are to be considered evidence of culpable bias, regardless of factors such as personal motivation, training, and skill. This goal is neither liberal nor progressive; but it is what the left has chosen. In a very real sense it may be the last card held by a movement increasingly ensnared in resentful questing for group-specific rights and the subordination of citizenship to group identity. There's a word for this: pathetic.
Once you see something, you can't unsee it. And now Thompson sees the Left's lunacy everywhere he looks:
In the name of "diversity," the University of Arizona has forbidden discrimination based on "individual style." The University of Connecticut has banned "inappropriately directed laughter." Brown University, sensing unacceptable gray areas, warns that harassment "may be intentional or unintentional and still constitute harassment." (Yes, we're talking "subconscious harassment" here. We're watching your thoughts ...).
If Thompson's politics have changed, it's only in response to the shift in "America's political landscape and cultural horizon." As he points out, the Senate's best voting record on human rights does not belong to a sanctimonious leftist like Ted Kennedy or Barbara Boxer, but to Sam Brownback, a Republican from Kansas whose Christian faith is the basis of his objection to human rights abuses.
Thompson blames a "certain misplaced loyalty" for his not grasping sooner that "a view of individuals as morally capable of and responsible for making the principle decisions that shape their lives is decisively at odds with the contemporary left's entrance-level view of people as passive and helpless victims of powerful external forces, hence political wards who require the continuous shepherding of caretaker elites."
With the scales fallen from his eyes, he has come to believe that "the single most important thing a genuinely liberal person can do now is walk away from the house the left has built."
Something tells me he won't be the last to come over.
Hat tip: Bergbikr.
May 22, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:08 PM
One thing you have to hand Bush-bashing moonbats: underneath those tinfoil hats, some very fertile imaginations can be found. The site Childbutcher.com promotes the notion that a traffic accident Laura Bush was involved in at age seventeen was actually a premeditated murder.
The accident entailed two cars colliding in the dark at 50 mph or more. The idea that young Laura Welch could have known who was in the car she smashed into by the configuration of the headlights is debunked at Snopes.com. The idea that this tragic accident was a deliberate homicide is not worth debunking.
"Laura Bush a premeditated, child torture butcher should not be permitted unsupervised access to the President of the United States," site author David Wagner screeches.
There may be times when moonbattery can be confronted with rational argument. But Thorazine is often a more appropriate remedy.
Hat tip: V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:07 PM
Do you have a least-favorite website and a little time on your hands? Check out NetDisaster.com. Just copy in a URL (http://clinton.senate.gov/ or http://www.codepinkalert.org/ will work), select a disaster, and let the cataclysms begin.
Hat tip: Barking at the Moon.
May 21, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:43 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:32 AM
From Snopes.com (Status = True):
Picture shows that this guy has been thru Survival School. He's giving the sign of "coercion" with his left hand. These hand signs are taught in survival school to be used by future POW's to send messages back to our intelligence services viewing the photo or video. This guy was being coerced into holding hands with Hillary. Little did she know that he would tell us.
Via Cao's Blog.
Cross-posted at Gotta Stop Hillary.
May 20, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:55 PM
Donald Trump can come across as a little clownish in some respects, but if he makes good on recent plans, he will deserve to go down in history as a patriot and a hero.
Legitimately disgusted with the bleak ghost tower design that thankfully has been shot down as a replacement for the World Trade Center, Trump is advocating what many have longed for since 9/11: the rebuilding of the towers the way they were.
This is what they had planned to inflict on the New York City skyline:
The upper part of the "Freedom Tower" was to be an empty skeleton, in honor of cowards too faint-hearted to work there. The effect would be a cross between the morbid and the pathetic, a 1776-foot symbol of pusillanimous self-pity.
The Donald deserves credit for perceiving that this does not reflect the American spirit. Making a building 1776 feet tall is not a meaningful symbol. Rebuilding the towers as they were, but one floor higher as Trump is proposing — that is a meaningful symbol.
"If we rebuild the World Trade Center in the form of a skeleton, the terrorists win," Trump observed.
But if we build according to his plan, we win. New York wins, America wins, civilization wins. The message will be clear: you knock it down, we'll kick the tar out of you and then build it back even taller than before, after leaving the world a better place by spreading democracy in the Middle East.
If Trump pulls this off, he can count me as a fan for life.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:32 AM
It looks like there is no evil beyond the all-encompassing reach of do-gooder bureaucrats. The Westchester, New York Journal News reports that bills have been proposed both in Congress and in the New York State Legislature to prevent children from choking.
As if to address a shortage of bureaucrats in the bloated state government — whose excessive taxation and regulation have been steadily driving business out of New York for years — the state bill would create yet another office in the state Department of Health, charged with the task of educating people on how to chew and swallow, as well as making rules requiring warning labels and danger notices.
The state bill is called J.T.'s Law, after a three-year-old who choked to death on a hot dog. "It's just very upsetting to know that this bill is sitting there waiting for approval, and children are dying," lamented the boy's aunt.
The federal bill is called the Food Choking Prevention Act. It would mandate warning labels on foods that a child could choke on, which would cover pretty much everything except Jell-O.
Presumably future legislation will address the issue of how many times a citizen should be required to chew before swallowing.
May 19, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:14 AM
During the Spanish Civil War, Emilio Mola Vidal advanced on Madrid in four columns. He referred to his militant supporters within the city, who were busily weakening it from within, as his fifth column. On Tuesday Mexico's fifth column scored a major victory in Los Angeles, combining with loony-tunes liberals to elect Antonio Villaraigosa as mayor.
According to a gushing Los Angeles Times, Villaraigosa's election represents "a crowning symbol of Latinos' growing clout in California." A more accurate wording might be, "Mexico's growing clout" — or better, "Mexico's growing encroachment."
Villaraigosa is former Chairman of the UCLA chapter of MEChA, a racist and seditious group devoted to the "Reconquista" of the Southwestern United States. The Reconquista is going well for the Mexicans, as anyone aware of our government's outrageous refusal to defend the border will probably agree.
In closely related news, a 66-year-old woman suffered "inner cranial trauma" when she was assaulted for daring to protest the anti-American Danzas Indigenas monument in Baldwin Park, California, which features inscriptions in support of the notion that California should be ruled by Mexicans.
The unidentified woman was struck in the head by a bottle thrown by one of the 300 counter-protestors who showed up to intimidate the 25 supporters of Save Our State who were demonstrating against the taxpayer-financed sedition represented by the monument. Save Our State turnout was so low reportedly due to the fact that "many of those slated to attend canceled because they feared for their safety" — with good reason, it appears.
The counter-protestors expressed their civic-mindedness by kicking the American flag on the ground and shouting "profanities and racist remarks" at the Save Our State supporters.
In a foreshadowing of what Los Angeles is in for, Baldwin Park Mayor Manuel Lozano blamed Save Our State for the woman's injury, on the grounds that they should have known better than to let senior citizens come to an event that could become dangerous.
May 18, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:33 AM
In case you were wondering, Newsweek has no intention of firing anybody over Korangate, according to Fox News. Their Michael Isikoff's false claim that interrogators at Gitmo have been flushing Korans down toilets predictably ignited lethal riots in the Middle East, but apparently this is not a major concern for Newsweek.
They have retracted the story. However, that is pretty much like retracting the match you used to burn down a barn. It isn't going to put the barn back up. The people who have died in the rioting will still be dead, American efforts to stabilize the situation in the Middle East will still be set back years, our troops will still be subjected to greatly increased danger, and al Qaeda — maybe you remember them, they want to destroy our civilization and are actively seeking the technology that will allow them to do it — will still have scored a major propaganda coup.
Try telling these guys it's all right, nobody flushed any Korans down any toilet, Newsweek was just printing vicious unconfirmed rumors because they don't like their own country:
By the way, if anyone ever did flush a Koran, would that be more insulting than burning our flag? Do we ever have a right to be angry? Would it surprise anyone if it turned out that these goons disgracing our flag are living off American aid?
Over at The Cliffs of Insanity, The Warden is right to wonder why Newsweek considered the Koran flushing incident — supposing it were true — to be news in the first place. Is it because they are concerned that people's religious views may not be shown proper respect? But then why have they published work by the guy who made Piss Christ? Why did they defend the outrageous portrait of the Virgin Mary smeared with elephant dung that taxpayers were forced to subsidize at the Brooklyn Museum?
The reason Newsweek published this fictional story is because they knew it would feed hostility against the government of the United States. They may have underestimated just how much damage it would do — just as bin Laden underestimated how much damage flying two jets into it would do to the World Trade Center. But that hardly redeems them.
As most people are aware, we are at war. It is a very serious war, one that we could conceivably lose. The price of losing would be the end of our civilization, and the beginning of a terrible new age of darkness. Imagine a radioactive wasteland ruled by the Taliban. That is the future if we lose.
In World War II, we fought two main enemies that were allied against us: Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. In the current war we again face an alliance of two enemies sworn to our destruction. Unfortunately they are harder to fight, because they are not so easily pinpointed on a map. Our two enemies are radical Islam and the Left.
Few on the Left would admit, even to themselves, that they are allied with al Qaeda in a war of annihilation against Western Civilization. But their actions speak much more clearly than the sanctimonious justifications used to excuse them.
Those who want to destroy us cannot compete directly with our military. This is why the war is not being fought on a conventional battlefield. Our enemies have two weapons: terrorism and propaganda. Al Qaeda provides the terrorism. The left-wing media — including our own "mainstream" media — provides the propaganda.
Newsweek's phony story is a godsend to al Qaeda, rallying the populace against us and pulling the rug out from under our Middle Eastern allies. Propaganda is a very real weapon. Korangate isn't sloppy journalism. It is an act of war — the equivalent of shipping ammunition to Germany during World War II.
May 17, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:36 PM
Just when I thought the ACLU could not possibly sink any deeper into self-parody:
The same organization that has discovered that the First Amendment prohibits public references to Christianity has now asserted that the very same amendment makes it impermissible to prevent people from exposing their genitalia on television.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Timothy Huffman was convicted of indecent exposure after presenting his appendage to viewers of Grand Rapids' public-access cable channel GRTV. In the three-minute segment entitled "Dick Smart," his private parts performed as a wise-cracking puppet. His punishment was a minor wrist slap (one day in jail, a year probation, ordered to pay $1,035 in fines and court costs), but he is nonetheless appealing to the Michigan Supreme Court with the ACLU's aid and encouragement.
In explanation of his lewd behavior, Huffman said, "I thought it would be good exposure."
Hat tip: Stop the ACLU.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:33 AM
Jean François promised Tim Russert he would sign Standard Form 180. He promised Imus the same. Now if he doesn't keep that promise and release his war record to the public, people are going to assume the worst. Email Senator Kerry here and let him know that he can find the form at this URL:
Please tell him that if he doesn't stop clowning around and sign the form, people are going to think that the Democratic Party's favorite war hero is actually a sissy.
May 16, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:18 AM
You may remember Code Pink as the moonbat cult that raised $600,000 for the terrorists who were killing their fellow Americans in Fallujah.
The Battle of Fallujah is over, but Code Pink's struggle to undermine our country continues. The latest front in their war against America is a "counter-recruitment" campaign that calls for sabotage and disruption directed at military recruiting offices.
According to Code Pink:
Holding an action outside a recruitment center can have a huge effect on potential enlistees, recruiters, and passersby. It is a highly effective method of community education and empowerment, and has been shown to drive recruiters out of areas, from a block to a city.
Helpful tips are offered to those who would like to undermine their own military in time of war:
- Pass out anti-US propaganda leaflets.
- Make an appointment with a recruiter as a way of ensuring that the office will be open when the "action" is to take place.
- Hold a "die in" — i.e., lie on the sidewalk and refuse to move so that police have to come and drag you away at taxpayers' expense.
- Stage a "mourning march," which should include pink crosses, tombstones, and a prop coffin.
- Form a "resistance line" in front of the doorway so that no one can get into the recruiting office.
- Really get under people's skin by singing moronic songs.
If you are wondering what kind of person would encourage this behavior, DiscoverTheNetworks.org has some interesting information on Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin, a hard-left mental case considered to be a chief organizing force behind the 1999 Seattle riots that caused millions of dollars worth of senseless destruction. A little background reading on Benjamin and her merry band of maniacs quickly makes it clear that Code Pink and the anti-war movement in general are not so much opposed to war as to America, and to the freedom America represents.
Cross-posted at The Wide Awakes.
May 15, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:50 PM
Regular readers of Moonbattery will recognize the name The MaryHunter. He has been the source of many of the best leads for posts on this site, and has provided some of the most intelligent comments. His own thoughtful posts have appeared on The Wide Awakes. Now he has his own blog — TMH's Bacon Bits — and you would be well advised to check it out.
What will set this site apart from other rightward-leaning blogs is the concept. It is named after the Renaissance philosopher and scientist Sir Francis Bacon, best known for founding the modern scientific method with his rigidly logical, empirical approach to making sense of the world around him. Bacon did however recognize that people's "thoughts are much according to their inclination, their discourse and speeches according to their learning and infused opinions."
The writers for TMH's Bacon Bits are scientists by training, conservatives by inclination. They will pay homage to the blog's namesake by aiming "to posit and opine with some basis in observable, measurable facts," without forgetting that "sarcasm, wit, and humor are our friends."
With unsupported opinions flying around the blogosphere like Jell-O at a food fight, this sort of rational approach is just what is needed to move blogging to a higher level of development. Before long no conservative blogroll will be complete without a link to TMH's Bacon Bits.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:17 PM
Apparently not content to let CNN do the job, Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez is planning his own 24-hour news service to disseminate leftist rhetoric throughout Latin America, according to the Christian Science Monitor.
Chavez's Telesur network doesn't launch until May 24, but comparisons are already being made to Al Jazeera, the government-funded network in Qatar that specializes in over-the-top propaganda that is so viciously anti-American as to earn the approval of Columbia journalism professor John Dinges, an ivory tower moonbat who censures Fox News for being "political" as he praises the potential of Chavez's network to provide "an alternative journalistic voice."
People unfortunate enough to live in the hellhole Chavez is making out of Venezuela are less enthusiastic. Ana Cristina Nuñez is legal counsel at Globovision, a 24-hour local news station that is legally obligated to preempt whatever it has on whenever Chavez wants to launch one of his hours-long rants on the evils of America. She was hired in response to Chavez's crackdown on the free press. Under new laws, anyone who "offends," "shows disrespect for," or "defames" El Loco or his cronies can get up to 30 months in prison. Nuñez's job is to try to interpret the intentionally vague laws, which basically allow the government to throw into jail any journalist who says anything Chavez doesn't like.
"Telesur is introducing a super-well-funded official voice, just as free-press voices are being fined and intimidated," Nuñez observes. "Coincidence?"
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:34 AM
Wouldn't it be nice if the pretentious, shallow, half-witted, self-worshipping kooks infesting the entertainment industry could be kept busy enough to stop inflicting their adolescent leftist ideology on people who actually work for a living?
Well they can be. All that's needed is an email address for each of the moonbat luminaries listed on The Whine Rack at Celiberal. With their addresses in hand, send each of them this link. Babs and Co. will stay harmlessly occupied for years.
Not only will the level of political discourse be raised substantially, we will have the added benefit that it could be decades before they get around to making Oceans Thirteen.
Hat tip: Steal the Bandwagon.
May 14, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:41 PM
Via Caption This!
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:13 PM
Castro finally dies at age 112. Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.
Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.
85-year, $75.8 billion study: Diet and Exercise is the key to weight loss. Average weight of Americans drops to 250 lbs.
Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil rights.
IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent.
Not all the news will be bleak: George Z. Bush will announce his plans to enter the 2036 presidential race.
May 13, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:06 PM
The Washington Times reports the profoundly outrageous news that for slimy political reasons, US Border Patrol agents have been ordered to keep arrests to an "absolute minimum" in the area that was patrolled by the Minutemen last month. More than a dozen agents confirmed that Border Patrol supervisors have decreed that arrests are "not to go up" along this stretch of the border, because that would confirm the effectiveness of the Minutemen.
A veteran agent who could not give his name because of fear of retribution spelled it out plainly:
It was clear to everyone here what was being said and why. The apprehensions were not to increase after the Minuteman volunteers left. It was as simple as that.
Bureaucratic bigwigs naturally denied everything, but not Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), who pointed out that "we could spend the equivalent of the national debt and never have secure borders" due to the government's complete lack of sincerity on this issue.
Sad to say, Tancredo is correct to lay the blame at the feet of the otherwise admirable President Bush:
We need to get the President to come to grips with the seriousness of the problem. I know he doesn't like to utter the words, "I was wrong," but if we have another incident like September 11 by people who came through our borders without permission, I hope he doesn't have to say "I'm sorry."
Not if but when terrorists take advantage of our undefended border to launch a major attack, the Republican party will be toast for a generation. Democrats may be even less inclined to perform the most fundamental function of government by defending our country from invasion, but they are not in power, so they will not get the blame.
Despite Bush's determination to ignore it, the undefended border could very well become the key issue of the 2008 campaign, even without a terrorist attack. A third-party candidate who credibly promises to defend us could hand the election to the Democrats on a platter, just like Perot did in 1992.
President Bush, please wake up!
May 12, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:47 PM
Politically correct anti-Americanism has truly gone overboard in the town of Baldwin Park, CA, home of the Baldwin Park Commuter Rail Station, where you can visit the "Danzas Indigenas" monument, erected on public land and at taxpayer expense in order to promote the concept of "reconquista of Aztlan" — the openly racist and seditious notion that the Southwest should be "liberated" from the vast majority of the people currently living there, that is, anyone lacking Indian blood (sorry, Ward Churchill, that means you too).
Major cities to be affected by the liberation include Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, Dallas, and San Diego.
This might sound like a joke, but given our government's unforgivable refusal to defend the country from invasion across the southern border, groups such as MEChA may soon have the demographic leverage to make their race-obsessed separatist dreams a credible threat to our nation. Former Chairman of the UCLA chapter of MEChA, Antonio Villaraigosa, stands an excellent chance of being elected Mayor of Los Angeles. Villaraigosa's anti-American credentials are impeccable: not only was he President of the Southern California ACLU, his mayoral campaign has been endorsed by John Kerry.
Getting back to Baldwin Park, here's an inscription from the monument:
This land was Mexican once,
was Indian always
And will be again.
Or how about this one:
It was better before they came.
A quote more to my liking comes from Joseph Turner, Executive Director of SaveOurState.org:
This divisive monument is funded by our tax dollars and we will not tolerate its anti-American message. This is not art. This is not freedom of expression. This is government-sanctioned sedition. This is our land. This is our fight.
Hat tip: Where's Your Brain?
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:32 AM
If you walked past the Corcoran Gallery of Art in downtown DC yesterday, you might have seen Melissa Ichiuji on a platform in front of it, barefoot, dressed in drawstring pants and a sports bra. You might have seen the clear jars that stood on the platform with her. Some were full of urine, because she had been using them as a bathroom since the previous morning, wrapping herself in a blanket when it came time to do her business.
But, according to WaPo, "it turns out she's neither a crackpot nor an extremist"; she's an artist.
This particular piece of performance, or rather "non-performance" art actually preceded Ichiuji climbing up on her stage. It began gradually, with her abstaining from various indulgences like coffee, soda, etc., gradually working her way up through television and newspapers to a self-imposed ban on pretty much everything but pretentiousness, including speech, food, and shelter.
Her point has been made more eloquently and with a lot more sincerity by any number of devotees to the world's great religions. Nuns practice self-denial in order to get in touch with their spiritual side too. Among the differences are that nuns don't feel compelled to make a spectacle of themselves, and they usually keep at it for a little longer.
But a passing jogger in a "Run Against Bush" shirt was impressed. "Can I come do this with you?" she asked the artist, who ignored her.
"Maybe this will bring peace," opined the Bush-basher, before jogging off.
The public platform part of the performance was slated to last 36 hours, starting at 6:00 Tuesday morning. A reverent art fan observed of Ichiuji's performance that "To fail here is worse than making a bad painting. It's like you weren't able to overcome your physical self. It's more personal."
A moment later Ichiuji, still not talking, climbed down from the platform and wandered off, leaving her audience "speculating about art without an artist, about the vacuum of meaning and the loss of center." After awhile, she came back and resumed her performance, sitting on the platform and sipping on something that presumably made its way eventually into one of the jars.
By way of explanation for her absence, Anthony Cervino, the Corcoran's director of college exhibition, would only say, "She was laying in the bathroom with her face pressed against the floor."
Prior to its conquest by moonbattery, Western art produced Michelangelo and Rembrandt. Now it produces a kook piddling into jars in public. This might help explain why moonbats should not be elected to political office.
Hat tip: The MaryHunter.
This just in: according to a reliable source, Ichiuji actually called a premature halt to her "non-performance," on the grounds that it was too hot out.
May 11, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:19 AM
The Alamo is one of the most sacred shrines in the history of American democracy. The structure became known as "the cradle of Texas liberty" when 189 volunteers declined opportunities to retreat and fought to the death while holding off the vastly superior army of the ruthless and megalomaniacal Mexican dictator Santa Anna. These heroes held out for 13 days before they were killed, taking with them around 1,600 Mexican soldiers. After the battle of Goliad, where Santa Anna's troops exterminated a rebel army after it had surrendered, the Texans turned the tide at San Jacinto, rallying themselves with the cries "Remember Goliad!" and "Remember the Alamo!" as they routed Santa Anna's forces.
"Remember the Alamo!" is a stirring cry to this day. It summarizes in three words the heroic devotion to freedom that makes this country such an honor to live in. These three words are precious not just to Texas, but to America.
So although it is thoroughly appalling, it's hardly surprising that the Left would want to take these three priceless words away from us.
WorldNetDaily reports that in a Nickelodeon "Nick News Bump," a teenage Hispanic girl is used as the mouthpiece for some anti-American propaganda that takes leftist revisionism to the point of sacrilege.
Here's the version of the Alamo Nickelodeon is teaching your kids (which is probably not terribly different from what they are "learning" in school):
The battle for the Alamo is often remembered as a rebellion of a small group of brave Texas farmers fighting against the Mexican army. What you may not know is that at the time, Texas was part of Mexico.
By the early 1800s, a lot of people living in San Antonio were farmers who brought their slaves with them. In 1829, Mexico abolished slavery and what followed was years of conflict between farmers who wanted to keep their slaves and Mexican authorities. This conflict led up to the battle for the Alamo.
It is true that there was still slavery in the US at that time in history, and over Sam Houston's objections, Texas later threw in its lot with the Confederacy. But to tell children that the Alamo was about slavery isn't just propaganda; it's a lie, and vicious one — a lie intended to rot away the justifiable pride that is the basis for our self-respect.
Liberals who hate this country and what it stands for may overwhelmingly outnumber conservatives in the mainstream media, as they do in education. But that is no reason not to resist to the bitter end when they attempt to steal our history, disgrace our heroes, and poison the minds of our children. Remember the Alamo!
Hat tip: Ravings of a Mad Tech.
May 10, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:45 AM
Despite his promise, it seems Hanoi John still hasn't signed Standard Form 180 to release his war records to the public. I guess he must be afraid of something. If you email him here, you can remind him that the 180 can be found at this URL:
While you're at it, please encourage him not to be such a chicken!
(With thanks to vinylfrontier.com.)
May 9, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:09 PM
Yesterday's New York Times dolefully reports the happy news that communist terrorist Lori Berenson is still where she belongs: in a cage, so that civilization can be safe from her.
A US citizen from New York City, Berenson attended MIT before devoting herself to imposing totalitarianism on Latin Americans in the name of her confused leftist politics.
In El Salvador, she worked for the FMLN (Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front) during this Marxist guerilla group's attempt to inflict slavery on that beleaguered country.
Later it was on to Peru, where she took part in the terrorist campaign of MRTA (Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement) to replace the democratically elected government with a communist regime. Her admittedly excellent cover was to pose as a journalist for left-wing American magazines. Posing as her photographer was Nancy Gilvonio — the wife of Nestor Cerpa, MRTA's second in command, a sociopathic thug who committed assaults and armed robberies on a regular basis and was leader of the terrorist squad that seized control of the Japanese embassy, causing a major crisis in 1997. Hostages taken by Berenson's colleagues included the Peruvian Foreign Minister, Francisco Tudela, and the Japanese Ambassador, Morihita Aoki.
Berenson and her sidekick Gilvonio were busted for gathering intelligence on the floor plans of the Peruvian Congress, in preparation for another terrorist assault on the government.
Being infinitely more lenient than any country run by Marxists, Peru let Berenson climb onto a soapbox and address the world press. She took the opportunity not to deny her guilt, but to spew leftist rhetoric in defense of her terrorist behavior. As quoted on the unsurprisingly sympathetic World Socialist Web Site, she declared that she is not a criminal terrorist, but only because "in the MRTA there are no criminal terrorists. It is a revolutionary movement."
Zacarias Moussaoui is putting up a better defense, but hopefully won't receive such gentle treatment. She was convicted of treason, but rather than the death sentence she would have received under the sort of government she was trying to inflict on Peru, Berenson got a life sentence, which was later reduced to 20 years. They are actually planning to let her loose in 2015, although they will have the good sense to kick her out of the country before she can contribute to future havoc.
No doubt a lucrative career awaits her, giving commencement addresses on American campuses.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:20 AM
When I heard that CAIR had endorsed Kingdom of Heaven, I decided not to waste my time and money on it, because if I wanted to watch the sort of warped anti-Western propaganda that would earn a terrorist front group's approval, I would just tune in to CNN. But to judge by Debbie Schlussel's review, the movie is even more of an abomination than I had imagined.
Here's her "Cliff Notes version":
Christian Crusaders are crass, violent murderers. They lie, sleep around with multiple women, and father multiple illegitimate, abandoned children. They are stupid, foolish, power-hungry, and vengeful. They are boors warring for land, not principles, and kill fellow Christians—even priests—over nothing.
Muslims, especially Saladin, are honorable, devout, decent, peaceful people. They just want to be left alone and only attack when attacked upon. They are wise, honest, kind, generous, and even offer Christians safe passage.
"To kill an infidel is not murder," one of the characters proclaims. "It's the path to Heaven." Fine, I've heard that before. But in the Kingdom of Heaven, it's a Christian who says it.
With Islamofascist terrorists trying to spin our democratization efforts in the Middle East as a resumption of the Crusades, putting out a movie like this at this point in time is unhelpful, to put it mildly. How would audiences have reacted if Hollywood had put out pro-Nazi propaganda during World War II? But these days it seems the elitist kooks in Tinseltown are confident they can get away with anything.
You may need to see Kingdom of Heaven for yourself. But do yourself a favor: read the whole review first.
May 8, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:19 PM
Thank you Vonster for this explanation:
Cross-posted at The Wide Awakes.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:26 AM
This one could be the funniest caption all week on Caption This!
May 7, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:25 AM
It appears that Mirza is more than a thin-skinned opportunist with hopes of getting rich off perceived insensitivity toward his gentle Muslim faith. He was involved in rounding up Chicago-area Muslims so that they could be bussed to the capital for pro-Saddam protests in the days leading up to the liberation of Iraq. The protest was organized by ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) — which is affiliated with Ramsey Clark's vociferously anti-American International Action Center, as well as the Workers' World Party, a Stalinist cult that has avidly supported genocidal dictators Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic, and Kim Jong-Il, and even communist China's Tiananmen Square massacre, while bizarrely claiming that President Bush is guilty of genocide.
Mirza has not been keeping very good company. They say birds of a feather flock together. Apparently the same principle applies to rats.
May 6, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:21 AM
I've heard it argued (although not in these exact words) that the reason people like myself who have no use for NPR should be forced to pay for it anyway is because the common man just doesn't have enough class to know what's good for him.
If I were cynical, I would suspect that liberal elitists couldn't care less about what's good for me; they just want what's good for them — other people's money to finance projects that otherwise could not sustain themselves economically. But maybe they're assuming that if they force me to pay for it, I'll feel compelled to listen to it. Then, sooner or later, the wisdom of their limp-wristed Leninism will penetrate my thick skull, and I will shed my flag-waving capitalist ways for a life of higher consciousness.
But it won't happen during "Car Talk," one of the few NPR programs accessible to the sort of people who don't see the "nuance" in the events of 9/11. The hosts of the show, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, were in Washington Tuesday to schmooze with the bureaucrats responsible for taking money out of my paychecks and putting it into theirs.
"George Bush is a [unprintable vulgarity]," announced Tom Magliozzi, about three minutes into the interview, according to the Washington Post.
Class. It's what clods like me may never be able to appreciate. But that needn't prevent me from paying for it.
(Okay, I'll admit that if they played classical music on the local NPR station, I would listen to it. But they don't. It's just relentlessly leftist jabbering, all day long. That's all right, though; there's a commercial classical station.)
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:11 AM
President Bush must be relieved to have learned that he will not be hauled off in handcuffs when he visits The Netherlands to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe, a war that entailed Americans playing the major role in rescuing Holland from totalitarian hell.
This despite the demand of a dozen plaintiffs before a court in The Hague that W be arrested for doing for Iraq and Afghanistan what a previous American President did for the Dutch. The left-wing activists are also annoyed that Bush has the good sense not to recognize the International Criminal Court, possibly on the grounds that its idea of justice might consist of indulging in just this sort of infantile stunt.
In denying their request, the Dutch court ruled that arresting our President "could have far-reaching consequences for US-Dutch relations."
There would be consequences, all right.
May 5, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:50 AM
Yesterday's Chicago Sun-Times has a typically teeth-grinding piece on a certain Amer Mirza, who is among the Muslims who have joined the discrimination gravy train after discovering that, thanks to 9/11, their hypersensitivity can easily be converted into cash.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a suit on his behalf, alleging that his employers were unsupportive of his preference for prayers to Allah over work. In an admirably clever bit of politically correct ju-jitsu, his female supervisor's objection to his misogynist remarks is spun into evidence that the supervisor indulged in a stereotypical view of Muslims as having a demeaning view of women. Mirza even alleges that he was hospitalized by stress-induced stomach and chest pains caused by coworkers' lack of enthusiasm for the multicultural diversity he brought to the workplace. His being late for work also made the list of offenses by his employer; evidently they should have been more understanding than to chastise him.
The company eventually fired him, apparently unaware that you can't fire a Muslim who thinks he's being oppressed when you ask him to stop rubbing his face on the floor and get some work done without drawing a locust swarm of lawyers. The EEOC is not only suing for the "lost wages" Mirza didn't earn after he was canned, they also want "punitive damages" and to gratuitously humiliate the company with "special training" for the staff.
The article offers no indication that there might be any point of view other than that of the put-upon "victim" (who as always has his hand out for someone else's money), forcing the reader to try to reverse the spin enough to discern what really happened.
Maybe Mirza really was treated unfairly — but I doubt it. If he had any kind of concrete allegations to make, the Sun-Times would have been more than happy to amplify them. As a rule, bleeding heart moonbattery only serves the undeserving, conferring all sorts of work-free benefits on parasites and weasels, encouraging them to take their sniveling hypersensitivity to new extremes of imaginative neurosis, while thoroughly discouraging honor, self-respect, and hard work. Decent people shake off the slight, whether imagined or real, and either get back to work or find another job. Lowlifes and their lawyers cash in.
By the way, if anyone is harming Muslims here, it's the greedy crybaby Mirza. How likely is a company to want to hire Muslims in the future after being put through one of these lawsuits?
But I almost forgot: liberals don't think economic relationships should be based on a voluntary exchange of value for value, as in laissez-faire capitalism. They think it should be based on coercion, as in feudalism, slavery, and communism. Companies should be forced to hire Muslims, even if more qualified non-Muslims go jobless as a result. If they don't comply avidly enough, lawyers have a fresh excuse to turn their pockets inside out.
No matter how sensitive, tyranny is tyranny.
May 4, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:05 AM
Rosie O'Donnell's career has pretty much shriveled up and died, but her mouth is still going strong. Media Research Center reports on her appearance on Fox News last Saturday, which she used as an opportunity to exhibit her patriotism by calling our President a "war criminal."
Resplendent in a sleeveless pink trucker jacket and six pounds of makeup, Rosie informed her host Geraldo that Bush "should be tried at the Hague" for enforcing UN resolutions without UN consent. She also declared that she considers it "scary" that The Dan finally got the hook at CBS News "for saying a report that essentially was true" — i.e., for using forged documents to prop up his lame pre-election smear job.
Past nuggets of wisdom from the emissary of the enlightened Hollywood establishment formerly known as the "Queen of Nice" include this delightful insight on the fascinating topic of actress Kirstie Alley's weight:
I am telling you right now, I'm 218 pounds — Kirstie Alley is not 210. She's a lying sack of s**t.
O'Donnell is probably best known for her rabid hostility to the Second Amendment and her belligerent homosexuality.
But if you've forgotten who Rosie O'Donnell is, don't worry. The rest of us will join you soon, despite her current "comeback," which consists of playing a "developmentally disabled woman" (good casting, anyway) in a made-for-TV movie and some guest appearances on a cable program called "Queer as Folk."
May 3, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:48 AM
Thirty years after the end of the Vietnam War, Hanoi John Kerry announces that he has finally found his "fighting spirit," according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Burrowing his oddly shaped head ever deeper into the sands of denial, Kerry continues to campaign in the election that ended six months ago, promising health care giveaways and a halt to tax cuts to anyone willing to listen, bellowing meaningless clichés and throwing rocks at the man whose job he is fortunately unlikely ever to hold.
"It's about our economy; it's about our health, and it's national security," Kerry intones insightfully. "Let's do it now!"
Sorry, Jean François, you'll have to wait a few years. And even then you'll have to watch while someone else gets the nomination instead of you. Because everyone except the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and you knows that you are not only a phony, but a loser.
With jaw-dropping gall, the man who spat on American soldiers who unlike himself served honorably by accusing them of habitually indulging in an imaginative array of gruesome war crimes "in a manner reminiscent of Jenjis [sic] Khan" is now describing the Bush Administration's treatment of veterans returning from war as "a disgrace."
A more intriguing Kerry quote can be found in the transcript to an interview with Tim Russert on Meet the Press:
MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?
SEN. KERRY: Yes, I will.
Standard Form 180 can be found at this URL:
You can email Kerry here if you'd like to remind him that he could put his political career out of its misery by signing the form as promised and releasing his military record to the public.
And by the way, Kerry has gone on the record as endorsing Antonio Villaraigosa, who has made it amply clear that he will be representing the interests of Mexico, not America, if he attains the office of Mayor of Los Angeles.
May 2, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:12 AM
Great news! Edvard Munch's missing masterpiece has turned up. Apparently it was borrowed by DNC Chairman Howard "The Scream" Dean.
May 1, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:50 PM
Perhaps the silliest politically motivated pseudo-scientific hogwash ever to splatter across the pages of a mainstream newspaper can be found in today's Washington Post. According to Tene T. Lewis, a "health psychologist" at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, the political incorrectness of white people "has real health implications" for ethnic minorities.
Given the extreme difficulty of finding any real racism against non-whites in this country, Lewis and her cohorts focus on "subtleties" — alleged slights that most likely exist only in the imagination of the hypervigilant "victim."
For example, say there are two people waiting at a lunch counter, one white, one not. According to PC ideology, if the white person gets served first, it's racism. It's also an example of the kind of incident that causes stress, which in turn "may increase the risk for a host of ills, including heart disease and cancer."
Racial insensitivity is also alleged to cause depression and high blood pressure. The article asserts that racial minorities "suffer more complications when they get sick and are less likely to recover" — this too is due to "insidious, persistent discrimination."
Future studies will no doubt prove that racism also aggravates global warming. I guess the government really ought to do something.