July 31, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:49 PM
July 30, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:02 PM
July 29, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:14 PM
All aboard the moonbatmobile: Hanoi Jane Fonda, loathed for a generation for assisting the disastrous victory of totalitarians in Southeast Asia and the defeat of her own country, is obviously older but unfortunately no wiser as she plans a hippie-style bus tour of the country that has treated her so well and been treated by her so poorly in return. The object of the trip is familiar: to publicize her opposition to America's struggle to uphold democracy.
A noted military strategist, Hanoi Jane evidently feels it would be a wise maneuver to pull our troops out of Iraq immediately, so that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi can take over the country and turn it into the equivalent of Taliban-era Afghanistan, but with the oil revenues to buy whatever technology he needs to kill every American on the planet within a few years.
Of course siding with pure, unadulterated evil against freedom and democracy is a publicity stunt that has served Ms. Fonda well in the past. In 1972 she managed to draw attention to herself by getting photographed while posing with a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun as she pantomimed her fantasy of killing fellow Americans.
If there is a lower life form than Jane Fonda, science has yet to discover it.
To prove that she is not literally living in the 60s, Jane throws in a modern envirokook angle: she promises her bus will run on vegetable oil.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:42 AM
FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) - Vandals tore American flags out of the yard of a dead soldier's family the day after his funeral, then set a car on fire, authorities said.
Army Pfc. Tim Hines died July 14 of complications of injuries he suffered last month in a roadside bombing in Baghdad. His funeral was Friday.
On Saturday, someone pulled the flags out of the family's yard, stuffed them under a car in the driveway and set the whole thing on fire. Firefighters doused the blaze and no one was injured, but the car was destroyed.
No arrests had been made by early Tuesday. Authorities offered a $5,000 reward for tips.
Neighbors bought the family new flags. "I went by later that morning, Saturday morning, and there must have been 200 flags that had been brought in and reposted," Police Chief Mike Dickey said.
The car belonged to the sister-in-law of Hines.
RIP Pfc. Hines.
July 28, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:33 PM
Illustrating the maturity and even-handedness that characterize the mainstream media's Washington press corps, Helen Thomas has threatened to kill herself if Vice President Dick Cheney runs for the highest office, according to the Drudge Report (hat tip: AngryYoungConservativesUnite).
"The day Dick Cheney is going to run for president, I'll kill myself," Thomas is quoted as telling the newspaper HILL. "All we need is one more liar."
Now the bad news: no one seems to expect him to run.
Drudge does not report on the rumor that if Rick Santorum runs, Thomas will express her displeasure by spending the rest of her life in the monkey cage at the Washington Zoo.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:44 PM
In a startling display of his total disconnect from conventional reality, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean treated members of the College Democrats of America last Friday to some of his most rabid demagoguery to date. The students were educated in the bizarre alternate reality inhabited by Dr. Dean, in which President Bush is to blame for the Supreme Court's recent decision allowing private property to be seized so that new private owners can develop it.
"The president and his right-wing Supreme Court think it is 'okay' to have the government take your house if they feel like putting a hotel where your house is," Dean bellowed.
Anyone who follows the news will be aware that Bush has yet to place a judge on the Supreme Court. Anyone who follows it closely will know that it was the court's left-wing contingent — Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer — who with the help of Kennedy passed the disturbingly unconstitutional ruling that eminent domain can be used to seize private property for commercial development. The court's three conservatives — Rehnquist, Scalia, and Thomas — all dissented, as did O'Connor.
Wiser Democrats have been trying to get the doctor to take his medication, or at least tone down his public outbursts, going so far as to denounce some of the outrageous insults he has directed at Republicans — to no avail, evidently, as Dean was in true form in front of his fellow adolescents at the CDA's annual convention.
Drawing the curtain on the era of moral integrity personified by the Clintons, Republicans have brought a "culture of corruption" to Washington, according to Dean.
"If we want it back, we'll have to buy it back," he growled, plainly spelling out the strategy of George Soros and leftists from the entertainment industry.
"We are Democrats because we have moral values," Dean brayed, milking the line for extra laughs by explaining that moral values entail balancing the budget and supporting a "strong public education system" — which some would interpret to mean pandering to teachers' unions at the expense of students' educations.
After whipping the cognitively challenged crowd into a frenzy with his divisive rhetoric by calling Republicans bigots, Dean shrieked over the applause, "I am sick of being divided!"
In support of his firm stand against divisiveness, he declared that Republicans only care about children before they are born, not afterward.
It's easy to imagine the speech running on until men in white jackets emerged from the crowd with oversized butterfly nets, frightening Dean away from the podium.
Cross-posted at The Wide Awakes.
July 27, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:44 PM
The BBC reports an amusing example of politically correct moonbats employing techniques from out of 1984 to strong-arm the English language into describing a world more to their liking. This week at England's Professional Association of Teachers annual conference, retired primary school teacher Liz Beattie is expected to propose a motion that the word "fail" should be "deleted from the educational vocabulary"; the term "deferred success" is to be used in its place.
The proposal has already succeeded in provoking a lively philosophical debate. If a tree falls in a forest, does anyone hear it if we've banned the word "fall"? If a educrat opens his/her mouth to let loose a stream of touchy-feely postmodern lunacy, would anyone notice if we've banned the word "fool"?
Obviously, if there is no such thing as failure, there is no such thing as success. If there is no such thing as success, why bother exerting yourself?
It will be a great step forward for Western Civilization when moonbats take over sports the way they have taken over education. At last there will be no more agony of defeat. Every game will be declared a tie. There won't be any injuries either, because why would anyone exert enough energy to risk injury when there is no danger of losing and consequently no hope of winning?
Maybe Ms. Beattie is onto something. What's the point of putting forth the effort to succeed in school when you might end up on welfare anyway because there are no jobs available in a European economy crippled by creeping socialism? You might as well settle for "deferred success" — that way you can spend your schooldays more enjoyably, cutting class or throwing spitballs at the teacher. After you graduate, having learned nothing, you will at least be qualified to join the education bureaucracy.
July 26, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:32 PM
Bad enough Kerry stalled for months on end after promising repeatedly to sign the Standard Form 180 and release his military records to the public. Bad enough that when he finally did apparently sign it, the records were released not to the public, but to his fawning acolytes at the LA Times and Boston Globe — and whether these records were complete remains very much in doubt.
But now he has compounded his unseemly behavior by screeching for the White House, according to AP, "to release all of Roberts' working papers from his time during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush years."
Kerry, by the way, is not a member of the Judiciary Committee. But apparently his heartfelt conviction that public servants' records must be made known in their entirety means so much to him that he just couldn't keep his mouth shut.
The reluctance of Senator Jean François to share his own records seems to have something to do with not wanting to corroborate claims made by his brothers in arms in the book Unfit for Command. These include the accusation that, knowing that three Purple Hearts added up to a ticket home, Kerry gamed the system to acquire them. Too bad Congress doesn't award medals for shamelessness and gall. I'm sure he would have collected more than enough to qualify for a one-way ticket back to Massachusetts years ago.
Thanks to Barb for the tip.
July 25, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:34 PM
Adding further proof that there is no shortage of demented moonbats holding high office, Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll crashed the funeral of Marine Staff Sgt. and former police officer Joseph Goodrich, who was killed in Iraq.
During the distribution of communion, the uninvited guest took the opportunity to hand out her business card and demand the identities of mourners in an apparent attempt to campaign.
"I want you to know our government is against this war," Knoll announced to Goodrich's outraged relatives, presumably referring to the state government of the Ed Rendell Administration.
"Here you have a soldier who was killed — dying for his country — in a church full of grieving family members and she shows up uninvited," observed Goodrich's sister-in-law, Rhonda Goodrich. "It made a mockery of Joey's death."
Although quite a few Marines and police officers were on hand, no security arrangements had been thought necessary to keep out disrespectful riffraff.
Thanks to V the K for the tip.
July 24, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:11 PM
You can't expect a guy known as "Red Ken" to step up the way Rudy Giuliani did in New York, but London's mayor Ken Livingston is really getting to be an embarrassment.
Breaking a political truce that had held since the 7/7 attacks, Livingston announced that the Islamic terrorist attacks on Britain's population are the fault not of Islamic terrorism, but of British foreign policy. Throwing all shame to the wind, he also implicated the USA, by claiming that the obsequious coddling terrorists have enjoyed at Club Gitmo, distorted by his fellow leftists in the media into torture, riled up Muslims to the point that they resorted to the unprecedented use of random violence against innocent civilians.
Rather than try to rise to the level of his proud country, Livingston attempted to drag it down, accusing his fellow Brits of being no better than terrorists. According to Livingston, if subjected to the sort of abuse he claims (without substantiation) the West has inflicted on Muslims, "we would have produced a lot of suicide bombers ourselves."
Although it's tempting to dismiss Livingston's remarks as the schizophrenic ravings of a contemptible fool, according to The Scotsman (thanks to Bergbikr for the link), the Labour Party's back benches harbor more than a few who agree with him. Like our own Dick Durbin, Livingston is not a lone lunatic but the tip of a terrifying iceberg of deranged self-hatred that has come to exert a great deal of influence on — if not thoroughly dominate — the Left. No matter what sort of despicable antisocial acts are performed in the world, you can be sure leftists will find a way to trace back the blame to the Western Civilization they so clearly despise — and in the process provide critical propaganda support to the enemy.
July 23, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:40 AM
Have our attempts to put a stop to terror caused the terror that we are attempting to stop?
Anyone who does not consider this an extremely stupid question is encouraged to check out a review by The Anchoress of some of the events that lead to the war that has been fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here are just a few highlights:
Obviously, the terror came first, steadily escalating until we were forced to confront it. Obviously, Islamic terrorists are going to keep coming after us until we put them out of commission.
We fight on our feet or we die on our knees. There are no other options.
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin.
Billy Budd of American Dinosaur kindly passed along this link to a Winds of Change.net flash timeline of Islamic terrorist activities since al Qaeda declared war on the civilized world in February, 1998. It should help to clarify why blaming Bush for Islamic terrorism is equivalent to blaming Harry Truman for the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:37 AM
In case you missed the highly entertaining Flash presentation on Hillary's upcoming presidential run when Fox News ran it on Special Report the other night, check it out here.
Hat tip: TMH's Bacon Bits.
July 22, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:52 PM
Thank you, Canada, for providing a cautionary example of the depths of absurdity a culture might descend into if it fails to check political correctness.
The Great White North's National Post reports that the lovely Natalie Glebova — a Russian-born Canadian and the reigning Miss Universe — was banned from a festival in her hometown Toronto because being Miss Universe violates a local law against "sexual stereotyping."
Ms. Glebova was not happy about it. Neither were pageant officials.
"According to those conditions, a beauty contest cannot even be held in Toronto," observed Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe organization, as quoted by AFP.
July 21, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:05 PM
The New York Times reports that, in the wake of today's attempted second wave of public transit attacks in London, New York City will begin checking bags on a random basis at subway and commuter railway stations, and on buses and ferries.
New York takes the threat of another terrorist attack quite seriously — but unfortunately nowhere near as seriously as it takes political correctness.
"No racial profiling will be allowed," announced Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. "It's against our policies."
NYC's subways alone carry 4.5 million passengers on an average weekday. For every unshaven Middle Easterner clutching a Koran and wearing an "I Love Osama" t-shirt that the police search, they need to do the same to about 10,000 nuns, schoolgirls, and stockbrokers to convince the ACLU they aren't indulging in sensible behavior by targeting the people who are targeting us. In the extremely unlikely event that a Muslim-looking person gets stopped and happens to have a nail bomb in his backpack, all he has to do is refuse to be searched. The cops will send him on to the next subway station to try his luck again.
But no matter how many advantages you give to the terrorists who are trying to maim and kill us, the ACLU will never quite be satisfied.
"Random police searches of people without any suspicion of wrongdoing are contrary to our most basic constitutional values," screeched Christopher Dunn, associate legal director at the New York Civil Liberties Union.
So Mr. Dunn, are you saying that the searches shouldn't be random? That we should start focusing on the sort of people who are likely to be terrorists? No? Didn't think so.
Boston tried random baggage checks at rail stations during the Democrats' convention in 2004. The ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee objected to the point of going to court over it. Passengers were selected based on random numbers using clicker-counts of riders, so that no one could accuse authorities of picking on likely terrorists. Since Arabs were in no way singled out, why was the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee involved? Perhaps they were concerned about the thin chance that this strategy would actually thwart a terrorist attack, thus preventing a young Arab from celebrating his cultural heritage by blowing some innocent women and children to bits, and thereby contributing to the rich tapestry of diversity.
Eventually we are going to have to chose between the bizarre anti-religion known as political correctness and simple survival. I wish I had more faith that we will chose wisely.
Hat tip: Little Green Footballs.
Cross-posted at The Wide Awakes.
July 20, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:45 PM
It was nice of CBS News to do an obituary of General William Westmoreland, but as Media Research Center observes, they left out a salient detail: In the early 1980s, Westmoreland filed a $120 million libel suit against CBS News for defaming him in a documentary that accused him of conspiring to "suppress and alter critical intelligence on the enemy." CBS's documentary apparently had its share of flaws, compelling them to settle out of court.
NBC and ABC mentioned the lawsuit in their own obits. But evidently it slipped everybody's mind at CBS. Memory can be funny. Perhaps an improved memory would allow CBS to learn from its mistakes, and stop passing off political hatchet jobs as news.
Apparently this lesson is yet to sink in. CBS's David Martin began his Westmoreland retrospective with this:
If one soldier can embody the complex tragedy of Vietnam, it is William Westmoreland, the picture-perfect general who went from hero to goat in the eyes of many.
Speaking of memory problems, the New York Times seems to remember the outcome of the suit a little differently. Their obituary states that Westmoreland dropped his suit, and implies that it had no merit. According to others (e.g., the less vociferously biased Washington Post), CBS settled just before the case would have gone to the jury.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:54 PM
Once again displaying their tendency to stress or fabricate the homosexuality of those they disagree with or worse, their relatives, as well as their predilection to wallow in tasteless and unwitting self-ridicule, some of the hardcore "progressives" at Daily Kos have accused John Roberts' four-year-old son of being gay (via Little Green Footballs, on a tip from V the K):
Did You Catch His Wife (1.75 / 4)
When Roberts thanked his family, he mentioned his son, Jack...Roberts' wife's face fell. It was like a poker tell. I think we should research Jack.
by mayan on Tue Jul 19th, 2005 at 13:13:01 PDT
He’s probably gay (2.50 / 2)
Of course, this is how ridiculous rumors get started, but extreme conservatives seem to have a lot of homosexual children...
by Geotpf on Tue Jul 19th, 2005 at 13:19:08 PDT
July 19, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:40 PM
Following in the less than noble footsteps of their fellow fifth-column dhimmis at Reuters and the BBC, Canada's taxpayer-financed CBC distributed the following memo to their staff regarding use of the word "terrorism":
"Terrorist" and "terrorism": Exercise extreme caution before using either word.
Avoid labelling any specific bombing or other assault as a "terrorist act" unless it's attributed (in a TV or Radio clip, or in a direct quote on the Web). For instance, we should refer to the deadly blast at that nightclub in Bali in October 2002 as an "attack," not as a "terrorist attack." The same applies to the Madrid train attacks in March 2004, the London bombings in July 2005 and the attacks against the United States in 2001, which the CBC prefers to call "the Sept. 11 attacks" or some similar expression. (The BBC, Reuters and many others follow similar policies.)
Imagine the luck we would have had in World War II if the media had been rooting for the Germans to the extent that reporters were discouraged from using words like "Nazi" and "fascist."
Via CBC Watch.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:29 AM
In yet another example of the left-leaning media running interference for Islamic terrorism, WorldNetDaily has reported the refusal on the part of CBS/Infinity Radio to air paid commercial announcements for a nonpartisan symposium on terrorism on the grounds that "people might be too emotionally affected" by it.
Entitled The Radical-Islamist Threat to World Peace and National Security, the symposium will be held in Plantsville, Connecticut on September 21. It has been endorsed by Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO), who plans to attend, and will feature terrorism expert Harvey Kushner, Arab-American journalist Brigitte Gabriel, author and counter-terrorism analyst Laura Mansfield, and Jihad Watch's Robert Spencer.
But you won't be hearing about it from CBS. After all, advertising an event where Islamic terrorism will be discussed is "too controversial to be aired at this time."
"At this time" apparently means "in the wake of the savage 7/7 terrorist attacks in London." Not that any right-thinking journalist would call the attacks savage or even terrorist.
CBS/Infinity affiliate WTIC in Hartford evidently agreed to air eight 60-second commercials for the symposium, but then canceled after the law was laid down by the company's legal division. Perhaps they were afraid CAIR might sic lawyers on them for being even loosely associated with people willing to confront the threat of Islamic terror. Or maybe CBS's legal division and organizations like CAIR just happen to be on the same wavelength.
July 18, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:16 AM
It isn't every day that Moonbattery can recommend a leftist website, but BuyBlue.org is a useful resource for anyone who feels that every time you buy something, you are voting with your wallet.
To quote the site:
BuyBlue.org is a concerted effort to lift the veil of corporate patronage, so consumers can make informed buying decisions that coincide with their principles.
Corporations are rated based on the political contributions of their top three executives, and donations from associated political action committees. Contributions of rank and file employees are not counted.
Here are some companies to avoid. These are the bluest of the blue, earning a 100% rating by giving solely to Democrats:
- AFC Enterprises, Inc
- Aloha Air Group, Inc.
- American Apparel, LLC
- Bally Total Fitness Holding Corporation
- Barnes & Noble, Inc.
- Benihana Inc
- Black & Decker Corporation
- Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation
- Caribou Coffee Company Inc.
- Charming Shoppes, Inc
- Choice Hotels International, Inc.
- Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc.
- Diamond Resorts International
- Foot Locker, Inc
- Frederick's of Hollywood, Inc.
- Google Inc.
- Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.
- J. Crew Group, Inc
- Jamba Juice Company
- Jo-Ann Stores, Inc
- Levi Strauss & Co.
- Linens 'n Things, Inc
- Loews Hotels Holding Corporation
- Luxottica Group S.p.A.
- Myriad Restaurant Group, Inc.
- Panera Bread Company
- Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation
- Powell's Books, Inc.
- Progressive Corporation
- Recreational Equipment, Inc.
- Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc
- Skechers U.S.A., Inc
- Sonic Corp.
- SPS Studios, Inc.
- Starbucks Corporation
- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
- Tom's of Maine
- Working Assets Funding Service, Inc
Surprised Apple Computer didn't make the list? Their rating is 99%.
Readers are encouraged to patronize these pure red companies, proud recipients of a 0% rating earned by supporting only Republicans:
- Ace Hardware Corporation
- Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
- Best Buy Co., Inc.
- California Pizza Kitchen, Inc.
- Cintas Corporation
- CSS Industries, Inc.
- Curves International Inc
- Dollar General Corporation
- Dollar Tree Stores, Inc.
- Domino's Pizza, Inc.
- Fruit of the Loom
- In-N-Out Burgers, Inc
- Kohl's Corporation
- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.
- Lowe's Companies, Inc.
- Michaels Stores, Inc.
- Nordstrom, Inc.
- PETsMART, Inc.
- RE/MAX International, Inc.
- Russell Stover Candies Inc.
- The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc.
- WinCo Foods, Inc
Companies rated between the two extremes can be found here.
Aware that conservatives could use their site just as easily as liberals, the BuyBlue people warn that in the future, their ratings will incorporate not only political contributions, but also corporate policies, so that by buying red, you will run the risk of supporting a company that indulges in ethnocentrism, environmental insensitivity, heteronormative unimaginativeness, uncouth jingoism, etc. Caveat emptor.
July 17, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:34 AM
Some advice to American companies: Hold tight to your wallets. As reported in the Washington Times, the racial grievance industry is gearing up for an orgy of greed.
The NAACP recently unveiled a new strategy for collecting revenue, which will center on targeting private companies that they accuse of having "historical ties to slavery." Those who refuse to pay out or otherwise fail to do as they are told will face boycotts.
Why this does not meet the legal definition of extortion is something a lawyer would have to explain.
Rather than acknowledge the effects of the irresponsible lifestyle and decayed family structure prevalent in inner cities, Dennis C. Hayes, interim Don, I mean, President and Chief Executive Officer of the NAACP, chooses to blame current "poverty, disparities in health care and incarcerations" on slavery — which, as some readers may be aware, was ended a century and a half ago at the cost of hundreds of thousands of white American lives.
The master plan will include leaning on cities to enact laws requiring businesses to complete a "slavery study" in order to get city contracts. The point of such laws is unclear, unless it is simply to prove that these goons can make businesses jump through whatever hoops they choose. Laws like this are already on the books in Chicago and Philadelphia. A law forcing all Caucasian executives to come to work dressed in tutus probably isn't far behind.
"We need legislation with teeth," said Adjoa Aiyetoro, a thug who is employed as a professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's school of law.
The campaign has found success against banks, which any crook can tell you is a good place to look for other people's money. J.P. Morgan Chase and Wachovia have already knuckled under and agreed to pay out.
As further proof that what goes around comes around, the Democratic Party — which has a habit of pandering to race-baiting criminal lowlife like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton — is being hit with two reparations lawsuits by Seattle minister Wayne Perryman.
"One of the problems in courts is that ... you have to show ... the government official who participated in it," said Perryman. "With the federal government the real problem is that it has never had a totally pro-slavery position, the Democrats did and supported it, while the abolitionists and Republicans did not."
July 16, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:02 PM
You might have seen the ad put out by Move America Forward taking Dick
Vermin Durbin to task for the unconscionable insults he has directed at our country and our troops with his demented comparisons to Stalin, Hitler, and Pol Pot. If not, view it here.
Apparently someone at Durbin's office has seen the ad, and didn't like it as much as I did. According to Townhall.com, someone from his office said to the Northwest Herald of Crystal Lake, Illinois regarding MAF, "Have you ever seen that H&R Block commercial where the guy leans in and says, 'I see an audit'?" The implication was that reprisals would come in the form of harassment from the Internal Revenue Service if MAF doesn't stop hanging Durbin with nooses woven from his own words.
Fortunately, MAF does not seem to be cowed. Executive Director Mark Washburn responded:
For the office of a United States senator to threaten reprisals from the IRS against an organization that is supporting our troops in harm's way is absolutely reprehensible.
Washburn pointed out that one of the grounds used to threaten Nixon with impeachment was the politicized use of IRS audits.
Some Illinois television stations have evidently folded to pressure from Durbin's office not to run the ad, including Chicago's ABC and NBC affiliates. However, CBS's affiliate is running it.
Click here to help MAF finance a broader distribution of their ad.
July 15, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:02 AM
The New York Post via Yahoo! News reports what could be a positive result of resistance to the International Freedom Center and the Drawing Center — a pair of potential forums for anti-American propaganda that leftists have had the appalling audacity to plan to build at Ground Zero. The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. has announced it is seeking alternate sites for the museums.
However, whether an alternate site will be chosen remains to be seen. LMDC Chairman John Whitehead says that "it's not likely" another site will be found..
As the Post points out:
More than a few New Yorkers were mortified by the original LMDC plan, which would have allowed the IFC and Drawing Center to become forums for America-bashing — at the very site where the nation suffered its worst attack — by America-haters.
Governor Pataki has attempted to quell dissent by promising to censor flagrant anti-American propaganda. But few people want censorship. What they want is for these incongruous "cultural centers" not to be built at Ground Zero.
In any case, it's doubtful Pataki could effectively implement his censorship promise. Representatives of the Drawing Center are already on record that they will not "change their mission" no matter how inappropriate decent people — Pataki included — may find it. Besides, he won't be Governor forever.
The IFC promises not to go over the top, but the project is being headed by moonbat Tom Bernstein, whose Human Rights First group is suing our Secretary of Defense on behalf of terrorists. Bernstein and his IFC co-conspirators are now taking guidance from the Aspen Institute — a flaky think-tank that has Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the USA on its board of trustees.
At least getting Saudis involved has some relevance to 9/11.
The Post suspects that LMDC and/or Governor Pataki are trying to fake people out, and that there is no serious intention to relocate the IFC and Drawing Center abominations. Let's hope it's wrong.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:34 AM
I shouldn't gloat. She does deserve credit for admitting she was wrong.
Highlights from a recent column by syndicated Bush-basher Molly Ivins:
In a column written June 28, I asserted that more Iraqis (civilians) had now been killed in this war than had been killed by Saddam Hussein over his 24-year rule. WRONG. Really, really wrong.
The only problem is figuring out by how large a factor I was wrong. I had been keeping an eye on civilian deaths in Iraq for a couple of months, waiting for the most conservative estimates to creep over 20,000, which I had fixed in my mind as the number of Iraqi civilians Saddam had killed.
There have been estimates as high as 1 million civilians killed by Saddam, though most agree on the 300,000 to 400,000 range, making my comparison to 20,000 civilian dead in this war pathetically wrong.
Come to think of it, "pathetically wrong" describes quite a few of the assertions being screeched by the anti-Bush Left.
July 14, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:54 AM
Words are essential tools in any struggle. In order to fight something, first you have to identify what it is that you are fighting by naming it. So it should come as no surprise that Islamic terrorism's fifth-column allies are attempting to erase forms of the word "terror" from our vocabulary.
Al Beeb (the taxpayer-funded propaganda outlet formerly known as the BBC), has re-edited coverage of the terrorist attack in London to remove the word "terrorist" lest it offend terrorists.
Al Beeb execs believe that "careless use of words which carry emotional or value judgments" could undermine the credibility they apparently still have among Muslim extremists and liberal elite true believers. Plunging headlong into self-parody, al Beeb's guidelines state, "the word 'terrorist' itself can be a barrier rather than an aid to understanding" and should therefore be avoided.
The dhimmis at al Beeb are evidently concerned that Muslims may disapprove of the word "terrorist" since — for extremely obvious reasons — Islam is very closely associated with it.
Another mode of assault on the word "terror" is not to censor it, but to render it meaningless by applying it incongruously. Thus fighting terrorism becomes a form of terrorism. The technique of moral relativism is employed to drain all meaning out of any word that may imply value judgments.
This strategy is favored by the aggressively psychotic Julianne Malveaux, whose recent ravings have included the charges that President Bush is a terrorist and that America is a "terrorist nation." Echoing Ward Churchill, Malveaux has asserted that "the chickens have come home to roost" — implying that 9/11 was just recompense for the terrorist activities of the sinister office workers and airline passengers valiantly slain by al Qaeda freedom fighters.
Malveaux is not an escaped mental patient but a fairly prominent liberal intellectual whose invective is often published in USA Today. She appears regularly on CNN and BET. The fee range for hearing her call you a terrorist for being American in person is $10,001 to $20,000.
While Malveaux is not mentally competent to be held responsible for the horrible things that come out of her mouth, people who should know better provide her with a soapbox as if her calumnies were legitimate. Whatever their reasons for doing so, they certainly don't have at heart the best interests of the civilization currently being menaced by people we're not supposed to call terrorists.
Hat tip: Outside the Beltway.
July 13, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:07 PM
Whether or not the recent reports in WorldNetDaily regarding an imminent nuclear attack by al Qaeda are true, just the fact that they very conceivably might be should be enough to wake up someone in our government other than Tom Tancredo (R-CO), who plans to request a briefing from the Justice Department on the subject.
According to captured terrorists and terrorist documents, plans call for detonation of multiple nuclear weapons within the USA. Both the nukes and the terrorists who will set them off may already have been smuggled into the country with the help of MS-13, a vicious Central American gang that has filled the power vacuum left by the Bush Administration's refusal to defend our southern border.
The goal is to kill at least 4 million Americans. Half of these must be children for the Muslim fanatics to reach their quota.
According to the report, al Qaeda has obtained at least 40 nuclear devices from the collapsed Soviet Union. These include suitcase nukes, nuclear mines, artillery shells, and even warheads. Former Russian Spetznaz (special forces) operatives are reportedly helping the jihadists locate nuclear weapons already concealed in this country by communists during the Cold War. Other avenues pursued by al Qaeda have involved buying know-how from Russians and Pakistanis, and buying fissile material on the black market.
The well-heeled bin Laden & Co. have been investing hundreds of millions into procuring nuclear weapons over the last decade. Estimates for how many fully assembled nuclear weapons are already in al Qaeda's hands range from a dozen to 70. The reason none has gone off yet is that they are being saved for a coordinated attack that will strike several major cities simultaneously.
Our survival is very much at stake. President Bush needs to put our security ahead of political considerations by closing the border immediately. It may be too much to ask of Democrats and their friends in the media that they become part of the solution, but they can at least stop being such a large part of the problem. They must stop hindering our ability to fight the War on Terror with their endless ankle-biting and irresponsible, pro-terrorist propaganda. Each and every one of us has a duty to keep our heads out of the sand and acknowledge that we are at war.
Cross-posted at The Wide Awakes
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July 12, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:30 PM
As recently referenced in Slate (via a tip from V the K), an October 2001 New Yorker article gives some insight into the reaction to 9/11 by Oliver Stone, who has recently been granted the responsibility of recording the events of that horrible day for posterity in a big-budget movie by Paramount.
According to Stone's bizarre mythology, the world is controlled by "six principal princes," which are corporations that have a stake in the entertainment industry, including Fox and AOL Time Warner. 9/11 was a noble rebellion against these "barons." As Stone explains (please excuse the language):
They control culture, they control ideas. And I think the revolt of September 11th was about 'Fuck you! Fuck your order—'
You read that correctly: 9/11 was not an act of terrorism, it was a "revolt" — with which Stone openly sympathizes.
In case you missed the connection between Osama bin Laden and the entertainment industry, Stone elaborates:
The studios bought television stations. Why? Why did the telecommunications bill get passed at midnight, a hidden bill at midnight? The Arabs have a point! They're going to be joined by the people who objected in Seattle, and the usual ten per cent who are against everything, and it's going to be, like, twenty-five per cent of this country that's against the new world order. We need a trustbuster like Teddy Roosevelt to take the television stations away from the film companies and give them back to the people!
But there was more to 9/11 than the evil machinations of American corporations. It also had something to do with the presidential election of 2000:
Does anybody make a connection between the 2000 election and the events of September 11th? Look for the thirteenth month!
Stone then went on to compare the Palestinians who danced in the streets on 9/11 with people celebrating in response to the famous revolutions in France and Russia, which were presumably happy events from Stone's point of view.
Here is some more of Stone's insightful analysis of the events of 9/11 and their connection to "the new world order":
The new world order is about order and control. This attack was pure chaos, and chaos is energy. All great changes have come from people or events that were initially misunderstood, and seemed frightening, like madmen. Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Gates. I think, I think . . . I think many things.
If bin Laden doesn't remind you of Einstein, perhaps you're part of the new world order's conspiracy.
As most anyone outside of Hollywood will probably agree, Oliver Stone should be on Thorazine. To allow his poisoned and deranged mind to pollute the memory of 9/11 by recreating it in the likeness of his vile fantasies is beyond obscene.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:13 PM
I think it's safe to say that when the sort of people who did this object to the war in Iraq, it isn't because they have a problem with violence. It's just a matter of whose side they're on.
July 11, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:21 PM
While I have no idea what political views John Wayne Gacy may have held, I regard him as the personification of moonbattery: a depraved sociopath whose best defense was that no one could take him seriously underneath his clown makeup. But as harmless and silly as he may have looked in his clown outfits, the threat he posed to society was serious indeed.
Take Dick Durbin, for example. Even without the makeup, he looks distinctly clownlike.
A red ball on his nose, a multicolored fright wig, and he could be Ringling Brothers material.
Despite his clownish persona and mentality, Durbin needs to be taken seriously because his irresponsible rhetoric has put not only our troops but Americans in general at increased risk from terrorists by fanning the flames of jihadist propaganda.
Whether there will ever be repercussions to Durbin himself for his despicable behavior remains to be seen. As Gacy said, "A clown can get away with murder."
Sometimes the clown aspect of moonbattery is more than a metaphor. Conspicuously present among the protestors against the recent G8 summit in Scotland were members of Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army:
Also protesting against the G8 summit, if from much farther away, was a group called Anarchist Action. San Francisco police officer Peter Shields has been forced to take this group of clowns quite seriously. He has just been released from the hospital after being treated for brain swelling and a blood clot inflicted by protestors at a demonstration they organized.
The anarchists drew Shields out of his car by throwing a mattress in front of it, then assaulted him as he emerged, gashing open his head with an unknown object. He is expected to recover and rejoin the force, but according to police spokeswoman Maria Oropeza, it is not known how long that will take.
Although the justification for the San Francisco protest was the G8 summit in Scotland, the actual objective was the same as that of pretty much all left-wing protests and moonbattery in general: to spit at civilization, and if possible, to poke it in the eye.
If Satan appears on earth, he may well come dressed as a clown. His army is ready and waiting for him.
July 10, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:37 PM
As G8 leaders congratulate themselves for righteously agreeing to spend $50 billion of our money to nurture Africa's problems, let's hope no one rains on the parade by showing them Spiegel's recent interview with Kenyan Economist James Shikwati (link compliments of Wiggins).
"For God's sake, please just stop," says Shikwati, on the topic of Western aid to his continent. He points out that the countries that have collected the most aid are the ones in the worst shape. He explains how aid makes everything worse:
Huge bureaucracies are financed (with the aid money), corruption and complacency are promoted, Africans are taught to be beggars and not to be independent. In addition, development aid weakens the local markets everywhere and dampens the spirit of entrepreneurship that we so desperately need. As absurd as it may sound: Development aid is one of the reasons for Africa's problems. If the West were to cancel these payments, normal Africans wouldn't even notice. Only the functionaries would be hard hit. Which is why they maintain that the world would stop turning without this development aid.
It would hardly seem to require a degree in economics to grasp that dumping tons upon tons of free food on the African market doesn't contribute much to the profitability of African farming. Every time the UN dumps its free food, more African farmers go under, guaranteeing another famine next year. Clothing donations have had a similar effect on Africa's textile industry.
In response to the argument that people will go hungry without the aid, Shikwati points out that if the handouts were cut off, not only would African farming stand a chance of developing, so would trade between African nations. As Shikwati observes, sub-Saharan Africa is very well endowed with natural resources. Without external meddling, there is no reason to think substantial wealth could not be generated — once Africans learn to stand on their own two feet.
Shikwati quotes Jean Bedel Bokassa, former tyrant of the Central African Republic, as summing up the economic situation like this:
The French government pays for everything in our country. We ask the French for money. We get it, and then we waste it.
The reason that the standard of living is higher in America than it is in Africa is not because we have more abundant resources. It is because we have a market economy and do not rely on the UN to feed us. There is no reason Africans couldn't be living the way Americans live. According to Shikwati, the best way to accomplish this would be by completely halting development aid. "Unfortunately," says Shikwati, "the Europeans' devastating urge to do good can no longer be countered with reason."
There can be no serious question that the development of free, self-sustaining economies would do Africa infinitely more good than any amount of Western handouts. The question is whether the G8 leaders — and the rock stars who goad them into flushing our money away — are primarily interested in helping Africans, or in promoting their do-gooder images.
July 9, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:29 AM
Unfortunately no Americans or Brits were around to defend the French President when he was attacked by a pair of vicious teddy bears. A "Cuddles for Cash" program is being arranged in the UN to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. With thanks to Wiggins for the photo.
July 8, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:33 AM
If you like to take your moonbattery a little stronger than the earlier post on Democratic Underground, check out some of the lunacy at Daily Kos. Apparently the London attacks weren't just an inevitable result of Blair's and Bush's policies — they were very possibly the direct work of the Bush Administration! Please excuse the language:
Can't blow up 'Murkins - 'Murka would realize it's NOT safer... Where are there people who LOOK like 'Murkins? And how are we going to keep Karl Rove's indictment off the front page? And, do you think we can tie this to Iran or possibly Syria? This gang of criminals was at least complicit in allowing this to happen. My condolences to the people of Britain, this madman of ours is fucking up the entire world.
Keep your tinfoil hats firmly in place. Who knows what Bush will do next?
Thanks to V the K of Caption This! for the tip.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:53 AM
Appallingly, but not surprisingly, there are dhimmis on the Left blaming Blair and Bush for the terrorist atrocities that took place in London yesterday. In the wake of the attacks, Democratic Underground started off a thread with this:
LONDON - At least 40 people were killed in the explosions that ripped through three London subway trains and a bus on Thursday, according to a U.S. law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because British officials have yet to make public the death toll.
The near simultaneous explosions caused at least 300 injuries in what Prime Minister Tony Blair said was a "barbaric" terrorist attack.
Here are a few choice excerpts from the responses:
Yes, Blair, "barbaric," just like the daisy-cutter bombs you and yours dropped on innocent people in Iraq. As Richard Clark had predicted, your preemptive attack on Iraq--and your little buddy's, the Chimp--has brought more terror on the world, not less. Wake the hell up. You brought this on all of us.
By the same reasoning, Winston Churchill can be blamed for the Battle of Britain. After all, if he had just rolled over without a fight like the French, the Germans wouldn't have dropped all those bombs. Why did he stubbornly refuse to work his way into nice Mr. Hitler's good graces, after having the rudeness to preemptively declare war on Germany?
This one is revealing:
I am so very sorry our criminal president has dragged you into this. (If it does indeed turn out to be AQ-related)
In other words, if al Qaeda did it, it's Bush's fault — presumably because of the campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. This suggests that even moonbats understand the connection between 9/11 and the war in Iraq; they just don't understand which side started the conflict, or which side is the bad guys.
Here's some of the willfully simplistic moral equivalence Brian Williams has shown such a gift for:
even on this morning, there is a war in iraq taking the lives of ordinary citizens, just like the ones in london. as the poster said: violence begets violence. whether it's bombs dropped by the USA or suicide bombers: the dead are still dead.
On the bright side, some comments suggest that a few flickers of reason might remain on the Left. Here's an encouraging remark:
Anyone here who attempts to justify suicide bombings politically is not worth debating.
One Democrat (identified by a donkey logo) had the insight to post this:
We must convince the country that we can be trusted to defend it, until we do we will keep losing on the national level. Many comments I have heard and read today do not help us at all. God help this divided country.
Overall, if Western Civilization consisted predominantly of the people who post on DU, the smart money would be riding on al Qaeda. But not all Dems are moonbats. It remains to be seen whether the relatively sensible ones will pull the Left's center of gravity back from the edge of the Twilight Zone, or be driven out of their party and into Republicans' arms.
Hat tip: Little Green Footballs.
July 7, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:24 AM
My condolences to the victims of the cowardly terrorist attacks in London. The British have persevered where others would have folded before, and they will do so again. As before, they will have the full support of their brothers and sisters in America.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:24 AM
Predictably enough, moonbats have come flapping out from every unwholesome crevice in Western Europe to converge on the G8 meeting taking place in Gleneagles, Scotland.
Evidently opposed not so much to specific policies as to civilization in general, protestors demonstrated their devotion to chaos and anarchy by trashing police cars and throwing rocks at police, injuring several officers. Other activities included throwing obstacles into roads and chaining themselves across the highway. Parts of central Scotland's main highway were blocked for several hours.
Organizers of these festivities then accused the police of "disgraceful behavior."
It required a baton charge by 100 officers in full riot gear to prevent the mob from overrunning the Gleneagles Hotel, where President Bush and his counterparts from other G8 countries were due to meet. Mounted police were also required. According to Independent Online, reinforcements had to be flown in by helicopter, rattling the windows of the hotel.
Some of the protestors wore basic trendoid black, with bandanas on their faces to make themselves look menacing. Others wore wigs, face paint, and colorful costumes — some of these were members of "The Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army."
The lunatic hordes currently converging on Gleneagles have made their mark recently on other parts of Scotland:
We take civilization and sanity itself for granted. We shouldn't. A tide of moonbattery waits to wash them away at the first unguarded moment.
July 6, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:54 AM
White Plains, New York is known by some as the City of Malls. Nearby Westchester County Airport is small, but features some impressive facilities, even including a homeless shelter. Since there isn't much to do at the airport other than wait for planes, the shelter's residents are bused into town and dropped off at the Galleria Mall, where they can hang out during the day before taking the bus back to the shelter. But even cruising the mall can get a little dull after a while if you have no money to spend, so last week a homeless man named Phillip Grant livened up his daily routine by stealing a knife from a department store and using it to kill a legal secretary named Concetta Russo Carriero in the Galleria's parking garage. (Thanks to Wiggins for passing along this source.)
This behavior was not out of character for Grant. Until being released on mandatory parole in 2003, he had been serving a 7–21-year sentence at Sing Sing on multiple rape and assault charges. He was denied parole nine times, and even had additional time added to his sentence when he took a pitchfork to a fellow inmate. Classified as a Level 3 (high risk) sex offender, he took up residence at the Westchester Airport Shelter after his release. He was kicked out last spring for refusing to take a mental health evaluation, but apparently continued to stay at a drop-in center at the airport.
Grant was bused to his hunting grounds flying more red flags than a May Day celebration in the Soviet Union. But all he did was kill someone, so it's only a matter of time until they have to let him out again. To their credit, prosecutors are attempting to put that day off for as long as possible. Given the ridiculous system they work in, they are compelled to accomplish this by ridiculous means: it appears that Grant may be charged with a hate crime.
Unlike typical murders, which are motivated by love and affection, prosecutors may argue that this murder was a hate crime because Grant is black and allegedly was looking for a white victim. The point of asserting that the crime was racially motivated is that it would allow them to increase his minimum sentence.
Although it is nice to be reassured that you don't have to be white to be charged with a hate crime, the notion that killing people is somehow more wrong if you can inject race into the issue is absurd, not to mention unlikely to promote healthy race relations. But hey, whatever it takes to keep Grant in cage a few extra months before they bus him back to the mall to kill someone else.
July 5, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:27 AM
One of the best things about the Fourth of July season is that it reminds us how supremely lucky we are to inherit the gift left to us by our Founding Fathers — the gift of America itself. This is a time of year when all of us can tip our hats to those great men, whose sacrifices, risks and devotion to the concept of liberty led to the freedom and wealth that we enjoy today and should never take for granted. Unfortunately, there will always be some who do take them for granted, and lack not only gratitude, but basic respect — NBC's Brian Williams, for example.
Williams was uninterested in the revelation that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president-elect of the brutally repressive theocratic dictatorship in Iran, is probably one of the terrorist thugs who held dozens of Americans hostage at our embassy in Tehran for 444 days, beginning in 1979 and not ending until the blessed day that Reagan was inaugurated. After all, Williams reasons, the Founding Fathers were terrorists too.
WorldNetDaily quotes Williams from his broadcast:
What would it all matter if proven true? Someone brought up today the first several U.S. presidents were certainly revolutionaries and might have been called "terrorists" by the British crown, after all.
The "someone" William mentions, as Michelle Malkin suggests, was apparently himself.
Here's the complete list of the deeds of Washington, Jefferson, and the other heroes who bequeathed to us this great country that are in any way comparable to the terrorist activities of the Iranian regime:
There, I believe that list is exhaustive.
Williams can't even claim originality for his obscene comparison of the Founding Fathers with Islamic terrorists. He borrowed it from the equally confused — though much less meticulously groomed — Michael Moore.
The term "mainstream media" gets to be more of a misnomer with every passing day. There is certainly nothing mainstream about the absurd liberal elite viewpoint expressed by network anchors.
July 4, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:09 AM
July 3, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:18 PM
The Fourth of July honors not just America, but what America represents — freedom, self-reliance, decency, the frontier spirit, technological innovation — in short, everything that makes me proud not just to be an American, but to be a human being. Even moonbats feel compelled to mark the holiday, in their own distinctive way.
Via Little Green Footballs and a tip from V the K of Caption This!, the freaks at Indymedia have declared this Fourth of July to be Flag Burning Day. The system that grants garbage-eating totalitarian "anarchists" the freedom to insult it is found by these same useless nitwits to be guilty of "imposing American corporate interests"; therefore American flags will be burned in what they hope will be "a nationally coordinated action" that will show their parents that they "completely reject the false principals [sic] this holiday is based on" — i.e., the principles listed above.
Those interested in participating are encouraged to "stay tuned to the regular channels for more information." Be sure that your tinfoil hat is equipped with an antenna for best reception when tuning in to the "regular channels."
Here's hoping the Indymedia folks can find other ways to emulate their American-hating overseas colleagues besides just setting our flag on fire:
July 2, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:23 AM
You have to hand it to the nuts who have been going out of their way to undermine the morale of our troops — they are a broad-based coalition. Of course the usual suspects are represented: fifth-column journalists, Hollywood's limousine leftists, hygienically challenged anarchists, irresponsible demagogues in the Government itself, etc. But V the K of Caption This! passed along a tip on an act in this circus that you might not have expected: a Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas.
Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church and his traveling freak show have been crashing memorial services of heroes killed in Iraq to draw attention to their message that "God hates fags" and therefore hates America for permitting homosexuality. Slated for recent stops on his tour have been Marblehead, MA and Plattsburgh, NY.
At the Marblehead memorial services for a fallen Green Beret, Army Staff Sgt. Christopher N. Piper, Phelps' clowns held signs with messages like "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God blew up the troops." Possibly inspired by the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, they sang their own rendition of "God Bless America," beginning "God hates America, land of our fags."
According to a website owned by Phelps with the patriotic name "God Hates America," President Bush is a "bloody butcher," 9/11 was God's punishment, and soldiers who die defending democracy in Iraq are going to hell, where they will join Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan.
Lest anyone take these psychopaths for a legitimate Baptist church, Wikipedia points out that the so-called church is actually more of a cult, located in the basement of Phelps' home and denounced by both mainstream and fundamentalist Christians.
Phelps' "church" helpfully reinforces a point that has been made here before: you can judge both groups and individuals by their degree of antipathy toward the United States. There is something about this country that really turns vile people off.
July 1, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:40 AM
Activists presumably advocating abandonment of the fledgling democratic government of Iraq resorted to the tried-and-true attention-getting method of taking off their tops yesterday in San Francisco's Union Square shopping district, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Members of Breasts Not Bombs hold that it's defending democracy that is indecent, not nakedness. "Boobies never hurt anyone," an activist opined.