November 30, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:14 PM
Never mind the gloomy propaganda emanating like a severe case of B.O. from Democrats and the MSM. We are winning the war in Iraq, and I have proof. France has come out on our side!
From the New Zealand Herald:
French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, one of the sharpest critics of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, warned Washington against pulling out troops without regard to regional security.
De Villepin may be a twit, but he is bright enough to say this of "timetables for withdrawal":
The real timetable is the Iraqi situation.
Okay, the French are still not exactly what a reasonable person would call allies, but whereas some people are actively campaigning for our defeat by advocating a precipitous withdrawal, de Villepin is actually being supportive by noting that now we're in the war, we can't quit until we win it.
When the French get off the fence and show more support for the USA than we are getting from some of our own politicians (e.g. Jack Murtha), you know that Vegas must be giving us very good odds of coming out on top.
Hat tip: Anna's Clue Tank
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:36 PM
Just how loony is the smirking leftist George Clooney? He paid $85,000 for this:
It's a Tango T600, a 39-inch-wide electric car that is supposed to be the most ecologically friendly vehicle on the market (not counting tricycles) — just the thing to help take up space at the back of some zillionaire moonbat's eight-car garage.
Hat tip: Museum of Left Wing Lunacy
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:44 AM
The AARP is an organization ostensibly dedicated to advancing the interests of retired people. But lately they seem to be more focused on advancing moonbattery, having recently taken their leftist ideology to the point of naming the "humanitarian" Harry Belafonte as an honoree of their annual Impact Awards, which they grant to those who have done "something extraordinary to make the world a better place."
Gushes AARP Magazine:
It's been two and a half years since Harry Belafonte, 78, serenaded an audience with "Day-O," but you could hardly say he has retired. In fact, these days he's busier than ever, speaking out against civil injustice and traveling as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.
They go on to recount his many heroic deeds, such as supporting the Kenyan government's decision to end school fees and spotlighting "the problem of unregistered births in sub-Saharan Africa." What is not mentioned in the brief hagiography is that Day-O Belafonte is best known for the psychotic diatribes that he spouts at every public opportunity. A cynic might suspect that his charitable work serves primarily to provide him with these opportunities.
As Moonbat Central has pointed out:
Belafonte consistently descends to Farrakhan depths of crudeness, invective and outright hatred whenever he is given a platform to opine about how "real blacks" (read: radical, left-wing, self-loathing, America-hating, Belafonte-like) are supposed to think, talk, and behave.
Last summer he referred to prominent black officials in the US government as "black tyrants" and childishly compared the Bush Administration to Nazi Germany. A report from CNSNews.com suggests the severity of Belafonte's mental problems:
When asked specifically who was a "black tyrant" in the Bush administration, Belafonte responded to this reporter, "You." When this reporter noted that he was a Caucasian and attempted to ask another question, Belafonte abruptly ended the interview by saying, "That's it."
Check out the video, and see if you don't agree that Belafonte is visibly insane.
Here's how he characterizes one of the most respected men in America, Colin Powell:
There's an old saying in the days of slavery. There are those slaves on the plantation and there were those slaves who lived in the big house. You got the privilege of living in the house to serve the master. Colin Powell was permitted to come into the house of the master.
Not long after 9/11, Belafonte made one of his many trips to Cuba, where he announced that the crimes of that tragic day served the Bush Administration "to extend its imperialist, economic and political domination all over the planet."
Cuba is particularly appealing to Belafonte because he is no garden-variety liberal elitist, but an actual Stalinist who has overtly sided with totalitarian communism against his own country. Here's an example, from FrontPage Magazine:
In June 2000, Belafonte was a featured speaker at a rally in Castro's Cuba, honoring the American Soviet spies, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Tears, one observer reported, "streaked down" Belafonte's face, "as he recalled the pain and humiliation his friend [Paul] Robeson had been forced to endure" in 1950s America. Undoubtedly, he was pleased to hear Cuba presented "as an example of keeping the principles the Rosenbergs fought and died for alive."
If this is the AARP's idea of someone who "makes the world a better place," its members are encouraged to find alternative organizations.
November 29, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:49 PM
President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave a truly remarkable speech before the United Nations in September — or at least, he seems to thinks so.
According to Ahmadinejad, he was told that a presumably supernatural light surrounded him while he was delivering his speech, beginning when he spoke the words, "in the name of God." Claims the Iranian Prez:
I felt it myself, too. I felt that all of a sudden the atmosphere changed there, and for 27–28 minutes all the leaders did not blink.
There are probably more than a few UN diplomats who couldn't go that long without scratching their armpits, much less without blinking, but Ahmadinejad insists he's not kidding:
I am not exaggerating when I say they did not blink; it's not an exaggeration, because I was looking. They were astonished as if a hand held them there and made them sit. It had opened their eyes and ears for the message of the Islamic Republic.
Ahmandinejad's supernatural delusions of grandeur are disturbing, because within the next few years this kook will have control of nuclear weapons. He has already called for the destruction of Israel.
Reports suggest that Ahmadinejad is fanatically devoted to the "12th Imam," Imam Mahdi, who he may believe will soon be reappearing from out of the pages of legend, ushering in a holocaust of "Islamic justice." Could it be that our old friend from the embassy seizure thinks he is the 12th Imam — or expects others to think it?
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:56 PM
At last the far-right agenda of Associated Press and Reuters has been exposed — and by none other than the heroic patriot Cindy Sheehan, who has taken these MSM agencies to task for releasing photos that gave people the idea that crowds of admirers weren't pushing and shoving to get her autograph at a book signing in Texas last weekend.
Today Sheehan issued a statement taking "right-wing" sites to task for the crime of "spreading a false story" that no one was foolish enough to buy her book. Mother Moonbat insists that she signed so many, she gave herself writer's cramp.
Hat tip: ex-expat
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:46 PM
The tall tale of having been picked by the A's was included in a biography Richardson released when running for Congress in 1982. It came up in a White House press release in 1997 just before he was named US ambassador to the UN. News organizations — including AP — have reported it as fact for years.
The Albuquerque Journal looked into the story, and found no evidence that Richardson was ever drafted by anyone, prompting Richardson to publicly state the following:
After being notified of the situation and after researching the matter ... I came to the conclusion that I was not drafted by the A's.
Richardson has also claimed to have been drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1968. Presumably this isn't true either. The authenticity of the photo below has also come into question.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:02 PM
The Democratic Party's foreign policy strategy seems pretty clear. They are doing everything in their power to undermine our performance in a war they themselves helped initiate in hopes they can cause a humiliating and catastrophic defeat that can be hung around Republicans' necks, thus ensuring changed fortunes for Democrats at the ballot box.
The mystery is what makes them think they can get away with it. Yes, they can count on the MSM to spin everything in their direction. But it wasn't long ago that many Democrats put themselves on record as supporting intervention in Iraq. Did they think we wouldn't remember this? Or worse, did they think we would buy into their lame "Bush tricked us" canard?
In either event, it appears they aren't called the "liberal elite" for nothing — they really must think that normal Americans are stupid. Fortunately, they're wrong, as evidenced by a recent bipartisan poll, which indicates that a majority understands that Democratic carping is hurting the morale of our troops, and that the motive behind the Dems' ankle-biting is not to help us win, but to "gain a partisan political advantage."
Only 16% support the Jack Murtha/Cindy Sheehan "bring the troops home now" stance. Of course, Murtha himself has been forced to renounce this absurd position.
Here's a poll question they ought to ask: should we keep up with the in-fighting and navel-gazing over whether the correct decisions were made years in the past, or should we focus on defeating al-Qaeda?
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:10 AM
If his scheme to embroil the universe in an intergalactic battle with space aliens doesn't pan out, Bush may instead choose to destroy all life on the planet by launching a thermonuclear holocaust, if CNN founder and inveterate motormouth Ted Turner is to be believed.
Raving before a sparse audience at Kansas State University, Turner added further evidence that liberals are not living in the same decade as the rest of us by advocating nuclear disarmament lest an Earth-annihilating holocaust break out with Russia.
According to Turner, a nuclear war that would "kill everything on the planet" could take place at any moment, with President Bush at the helm.
"You have to question ... the president on a lot of decisions he's made," Turner warned. "He might just think launching those weapons would be a good thing to do."
The Mouth from the South opined that war is outdated — "You would think that we would have learned that in Vietnam." After thousands of years of human history, we have now discovered that all we have to do to resolve conflicts is give peace a chance.
Tragically, President Bush missed the memo on this, and may even now be plotting to destroy all life on Earth, for reasons that undoubtedly involve Halliburton and Jewish conspiracies.
November 28, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:10 PM
Kudos to Bruce Willis, who is sufficiently fed up with the constant deluge of defeatist propaganda regarding the war in Iraq that he plans to make a movie that will more accurately depict what our armed forces are accomplishing over there.
The film will be based on the exploits of Deuce Four, the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry, which spent the last year getting the better of terrorists in Mosul. It will draw on the writings of blogger Michael Yon, a former Green Beret who was embedded with Deuce Four. "What he is doing is something the American media and maybe the world media isn't doing," Willis said of Yon, "and that's telling the truth about what's happening in the war in Iraq."
Willis has been to the war zone himself, and he did not see what the MSM told him he would. "I am baffled to understand why the things I saw happening in Iraq are not being reported," he told MSNBC.
Unlike many Hollywood liberals, Willis puts his money where his mouth is. He has offered a $1 million reward for the capture of any of al-Qaeda's most-wanted leaders.
Who knows, maybe Hollywood is secretly riddled with decent people who want the good guys to win this war. Maybe Willis will give them the courage to come out of the closet. Maybe I'll start going to movies again.
Hat tip: Celestial Junk Blog
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:29 PM
Cindy Sheehan's 15 minutes certainly seem to have expired. Could it have anything to do with House Republicans calling the bluff of the irresponsible demagogue Jack Murtha, when he echoed the Sheehanistas' demand for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq?
Here's Mother Moonbat signing books for her throngs of admirers Saturday in Crawford:
Hat tip: Caption This!
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:38 AM
The National Ledger offers an informative piece by Jim Kouri on the left's id, Ramsey Clark, who apparently still wants to join the attorneys working to save the unworthy neck of Saddam Hussein. This is hardly the first time Clark has sided with the bad guys.
Although his track record as a lawyer is unimpressive, this former Attorney General often manages to insert himself into cases that allow him to denounce America in front of large numbers of cameras. In Kouri's words, Clark is to the office of US Attorney General what Jimmy Carter has been to the Presidency: "a man without a clue who can't shut his mouth now that he's out of office."
Here are a few highlights of Clark's illustrious career in moonbattery:
- As AG, sided with rioters against police after the Watts riots.
- While opposing the death penalty presumably on the grounds that killing is wrong, defended infamous killers such as Sheik Omar El-Rahman and Leonard Peltier.
- Visited numerous countries including Iraq, North Vietnam, and Serbia on anti-American propaganda junkets.
- Flew to Iran in 1980 during the hostage crisis to participate in a "Crimes in America" symposium.
- Supported Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi after Reagan bombed Tripoli in response to Libya's state-sponsored terrorism.
- On a pro bono basis, defended the Achille Lauro hijackers who threw a man in a wheelchair into the ocean to die.
- Defended former Nazis against extradition.
- Defended perpetrators of genocide in Rwanda.
- Defended Lyndon Larouche when he got caught bilking supporters out of millions.
- Maintained close ties to the openly Stalinist Workers World Party.
- Founded the International Action Center, which is dedicated to undermining US policy and is linked to communist and socialist organizations worldwide.
- Rumored to have leaked classified information to North Vietnam and the Soviet Union.
- Denounced US officials as "international outlaws."
- After 1991 Gulf War that liberated Kuwait, initiated a tribunal that found George H.W. Bush, Colin Powell, and Norman Schwarzkopf guilty of war crimes.
- Wrote a book published by Thunder's Mouth Press that describes hearsay accounts of alleged crimes by US forces in the Gulf War.
Truly Clark deserves a lifetime achievement award for his long devotion to moonbattery. Perhaps his greatest contribution of all is that, as Kouri puts it:
Clark openly says what many liberals in America believe but can't say or they wouldn't be elected to office. Senator Dick Durbin's recent outburst on the floor of the US Senate — when he compared US soldiers to Nazis — is a perfect example. Durbin offered a tepid apology. Ramsey Clark apologizes to no one.
But please — let's not question anyone's patriotism.
Hat tip: Wiggins
November 27, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:26 PM
Auburn, New York is known for crows. Every year this upstate town with a population just under 30,000 is inundated by over 60,000 of them. The resulting deluge of crow crap is such a problem that the USDA has attempted to drive the birds away using "a three-pronged audio and visual assault on the birds, including crow calls, pyrotechnics, and lasers" at a cost to the town of about $14,000 last year. A more direct approach is the annual crow hunt, in which teams compete to see who can shoot the most crows.
Naturally moonbats are outraged. A group called Save the Crows is offering a $500 reward "for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the deaths of crows by shooting and/or poisoning within the City of Auburn NY."
Citizens Respectful of Wildlife (CROW) believes that instead of killing the crows or trying to drive them away, Auburn should use the crow infestation to draw tourists.
Visitors are advised to pack their umbrellas.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:44 AM
Paul Hellyer was Canada's Defense Minister under Lester Pearson and Deputy Prime Minister under Pierre Trudeau. He is now lobbying Canada's Parliament to hold public hearings on the exciting new bureaucratic domain known as exopolitics — that is, political relations with beings from other planets.
"UFOs, are as real as the airplanes that fly over your head" Hellyer has proclaimed. "I'm so concerned about what the consequences might be of starting an intergalactic war, that I just think I had to say something."
I recently predicted that if we were attacked from outer space, liberals would side with the aliens. It looks like I was right, to judge from Hellyer's screechings:
The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning. ... The Bush administration has finally agreed to let the military build a forward base on the moon, which will put them in a better position to keep track of the goings and comings of the visitors from space, and to shoot at them, if they so decide.
Hellyer has joined forces with three NGOs to advance his agenda, one of which has ties to the woeful Carter Administration. The International Director of the Institute for Cooperation in Space was to head an Extraterrestrial Communication Study for the White House in 1977. Carter himself reports encountering a UFO in 1969.
Another American who should be sympathetic to Hellyer's cause is Dennis Kucinich, the wacky Ohio Democrat who has invited Canada to launch a conference promoting an international treaty to ban weapons in space.
"Now is the time for open disclosure that there are ethical Extraterrestrial civilizations visiting Earth," announced a spokesperson for Hellyer's allied NGOs. "Our Canadian government needs to openly address these important issues of the possible deployment of weapons in outer space and war plans against ethical Extraterrestrial societies."
At least advancing the strategic interests of invaders from outer space keeps Hellyer and his friends too busy to advance the interests of terrorists here on Earth. Let's hope the Democratic Party takes up their cause.
November 26, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:25 PM
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's 15 minutes are up — but that doesn't mean he's done making a fool of himself to the press. While others struggle to rebuild his city, Nagin has been vacationing in Jamaica, at the private villa of Sandals chairman Gordon "Butch" Stewart, who may be interested in building casinos in New Orleans. Nagin took a break from lounging on the beach to tell the Jamaica Observer that the chaos that resulted from a lack of competent people in positions of authority when Katrina hit Louisiana was the fault of "a combination of racial issues and a combination of class."
I have had the chance to think about this a lot, and I'm still shocked that this happened in America, a country with so many resources, where we can send battle ships around the world in 24 hours and yet you saw what happened in New Orleans.
Did you hear that al-Qaeda? We can send battleships around the world in 24 hours. So just because we let a nitwit run a major city is no reason to think you should mess with us.
Nagin then proceeded to lecture Jamaica on how best to prepare for a hurricane. There was no mention of whether he will be joining Michael Brown's disaster-preparedness consulting firm.
Hat tips: Byron, Sweetness & Light
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:50 AM
Michael Jackson has been fitting right in in the Persian Gulf — sort of.
The child-molesting homosexual formerly known as the King of Pop has let it be known that his permanent residence is now in Bahrain, where he may have found neighbors who won't rib him with Macaulay Culkin jokes.
His attitudes toward Jews make him a good fit for the region. On an audiotape that aired Tuesday on "Good Morning American" (hat tip: Wiggins), Jacko allegedly had the following to say about Jews:
[T]hey're like leeches…I'm so tired of it. … It is a conspiracy. The Jews do it on purpose.
Jackson has indulged in anti-Semitism before. His song "They Don't Care About Us" features the lines "Jew me/Sue me/Everybody do me/Kick me/Kike me."
"It seems every time he has a problem in his life, he blames it on Jews," says Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League's National Director.
But despite his regionally correct attitudes toward Jews, Jackson's recent behavior while visiting nearby Dubai may have raised a few Arab eyebrows.
The Khaleej Times reports that when Latifa M. attempted to use a ladies washroom at the Ibn Battuta Mall, she found herself face to face with the erstwhile King of Pop, who was dressed in a t-shirt, trousers, and the traditional head scarf of Emirati women. She screamed in shock and ran out of the ladies room when she realized that this bizarre character was actually a man. Then she went back in and used her mobile phone to take a picture of him fixing his makeup.
A conflict ensued, with the woman losing her phone and Jacko refusing to compensate her for it. How the clever Jews were able to orchestrate this incident was not explained.
November 25, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:51 PM
Would you take cheap heating oil as charity from this man?
Before you say yes, read the story of Jesus Soriano, an erstwhile Chavez supporter who accidentally fell afoul of the regime. A highlight:
The government denied that Soriano had been mistreated. A thorough medical examination by a civil surgeon reveals that, beyond lacerations, severe bruising, and cracked ribs, Soriano had been repeatedly raped while in custody. His right arm shows that he has been injected. Nails are missing from his left hand. Soriano's internal organs have been crushed to the point that he urinates blood, and he cannot walk without assistance.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:43 PM
Wiggins passed along an editorial that asks an excellent question — and answers it.
The question is: "Murtha? How About Sam Johnson?"
Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) has military credentials too. He served 29 years in the Air Force, flying combat missions in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, and spent 7 years in a Hanoi prison. Why does Murtha dominate the news and not Johnson?
The answer, of course, is that Johnson actually wants us to win the war. He understands why we absolutely have to win, and he can explain it quite eloquently by asking some questions of his own:
What would Iraq be like if the United States pulled out — allowing dangerous people like the head of al-Qaida, al-Zarqawi, to run the country. What would that mean for the region? The world?
Murtha's message of surrender is much more to the liking of al-Qaeda's fifth-column allies in the media, so they have steadfastly ignored Johnson, and built Murtha up to be something he is not. His much touted 30 years in the Marines consisted of less than 6 years of active service. In reality, this alleged "hawk" has spent the last 2 years sniveling that the war in Iraq is unwinnable, and that the Pentagon "misled" him into voting to support it. Back in 1993, he called for the disastrous retreat from Somalia. It isn't the messenger that the media loves — it's the message.
Johnson has seen it all before:
In case people have forgotten, this is the same thing that happened in Vietnam. Peaceniks and people in Congress — and America — started saying bad things about what was going on over there.
The idea is erode our morale and our support for the war, with a view toward causing us to lose it. They are already succeeding at getting troop withdrawals on the table. Prevented from getting the numbers, resources, and moral support they need, our troops will encounter increasing difficulties. Democrats will scream ever more loudly that we're losing, and some of us will be seduced by the idea that everything will be okay if we just tuck our tails between our legs and run away.
But things will not be okay. Our abandonment of freedom in Southeast Asia led to millions of deaths. People were so desperate to escape Vietnamese communists that they would put their families on anything that would float and set out on the high seas hoping for the best. Khmer Rouge communists managed to kill about a third of all Cambodians between 1975 and 1979. If the blood on his hands costs Walter Cronkite any sleep, you wouldn't know it.
This time it will be worse. Islamic terrorists cannot surpass communists in their quest to attain absolute evil — no one could. But the evil they will unleash will not be limited to Iraqis, nor to people of the Middle East. This time, if we cut and run, they will come after us. They will hunt us down in our cities and kill us, using weapons of mass destruction that our withdrawal will effectively put into their hands.
From a letter Osama bin Laden's right-hand man Ayman Zawahiri wrote to al-Zarqawi:
[W]e are in a battle. And more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media. ... The aftermath of American power in Vietnam — and how they ran and left their agents — is noteworthy.
When the liberal media tries to convince us that Iraq equals Vietnam, they aren't describing a current reality. They are describing a game plan — the one they share with al-Qaeda.
November 24, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:58 AM
Many say Thanksgiving is America's favorite holiday. But moonbats don't care much for holidays, as the point of them is to celebrate a culture they hate — ours. Thanksgiving is certainly no exception.
Proving that there isn't anything leftist screwballs won't inject race into, Robert Jensen at AlterNet calls Thanksgiving a "white-supremacist holiday." With a holier-than-thou piousness that would have had our pilgrim forefathers telling him to lighten up, Jensen intones:
One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting.
The story of America as told by moonbats is simple. The stone-age savages who first immigrated to this hemisphere ran barefoot through the snow in a state of primordial bliss, like something out of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's silliest "noble savage" fantasies. Then the next wave of immigrants came, this one across the Atlantic instead of the Bering Straight, and everything went rotten. Next thing you know we had democracy, women's rights, cold beer, hospitals, all sorts of horrible stuff. Gone were the good old days when you could spend an afternoon watching people get their hearts cut out with obsidian knives. Now we have to settle for baseball in air-conditioned stadiums.
Thanksgiving not only gives us a chance to acknowledge how extremely lucky we are to live in the greatest nation in the history of the world, it also represents the end of the Stone Age in North America. So moonbats have two good reasons to hate it.
When Europeans arrived, they brought the wheel to this hemisphere for the very first time. They introduced the concept of riding on horses instead of hunting them to extinction. There was bound to be some conflict between cultures separated by thousands of years of development, and as usually happens, the advanced culture replaced the backwards one. Absent this process, the human race would not advance, and we would still be running around in loin-clothes with our teeth rotting out of our mouths, wishing we could find something to eat.
Self-loathing kooks like Jensen describe this progress as "genocide." His admitted goals in taking Thanksgiving as an opportunity to propagandize against America are to "humble our proud nation" and to "undermine young people's faith in our country."
But unless Jensen lives in a teepee off what he can catch with a spear, he is not only a fool but a hypocrite.
Hat tip: Museum of Left Wing Lunacy
November 23, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:34 AM
Probably like a lot of people, I enjoyed Kurt Vonnegut's books as a teenager, then tried reading them as an adult and was appalled that I had ever wasted my time on such juvenile and sloppily written trash. But what Vonnegut lacks in talent, he more than makes up for in moonbattery. Here's his latest:
The Weekend Australian reports that Vonnegut, who has crawled out from under his rock to promote a new book devoted to sniping at the president, called suicide bombers "very brave people," got excited about the "amazing high" they must experience before killing innocent civilians, characterized the death of suicide bombers as "sweet and honorable," and proclaimed that they do not die for twisted religious beliefs, but "for their own self-respect."
Sounding remarkably like his soul mate Ward "Some People Push Back" Churchill, Vonnegut opined, "What George Bush and his gang did not realize was that people fight back."
This is hardly the first time Vonnegut has made a fool of himself with his contemptible ideology. Following 9/11, he had this to say:
There's so much talk about 9/11. But what the crooks on Wall Street and in big corporations have done to us has been more destructive.
The "crooks on Wall Street" would presumably include quite a few of the people who worked in the financial industry and died in the World Trade Center.
Demonstrating the tie between condescending multiculturalism and anti-Americanism, Vonnegut has also opined that the USA is hated around the world because:
[O]ur corporations have been the principal deliverers and imposers of new technologies and economic schemes that have wrecked the self-respect, the cultures of men, women and children in so many other societies.
More of Vonnegut's patriotism was on display when he appeared on the profoundly vile Bill Maher's HBO program in September:
When I show my passport in Spain or Italy or Germany or France or even communist China, what it would say about me is that I'm not only from the richest country in the world but the dumbest country in the world.
Vonnegut took advantage of the same appearance to publicly drink some of Al Gore's Kool-Aid:
We are killing the planet as a life support system. We may have gone so far already that there's no recovery from it. The game may be over. ... I think the earth's immune system is trying to get rid of us. And it's high time they did. We are a disease on the face of this planet ... it's time we got out of here. We are a disease on the planet, and I think we ought to become syphilis with a conscience and stop reproducing.
"We are a disease on the face of this planet." It's nice to know that this morally deformed freak doesn't just hate America — he hates the entire human race.
But then, that's moonbattery in a nutshell. Moonbats look at themselves, see something unspeakably loathsome, and project their self-loathing at what they are a part of. That's why they can be counted on to side with any enemy of America — even Islamic totalitarians, who represent the diametric opposite of all the progressive causes liberals pretend to believe in. The only thing they really believe in is projected self-hatred. They side with terrorists against America because they are American. They support racial quotas that penalize Caucasians because they are Caucasian. They side with spotted owls and sucker fish against humans because they are human.
If Earth is ever invaded by malevolent space aliens, we know whose side Kurt Vonnegut will take.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:06 AM
During the Civil War, Democrats caused so much political damage by convincing people that the war was a lost cause and the Union ought to just let the Confederate states go that for a while it looked like Lincoln would lose the election of 1864. If he had lost, today we would be two weak countries instead of one strong one.
We would be only one weak country if Kerry had won in 2004, at least where fighting terrorism is concerned. But he didn't win, and the country is not weak. It's time for ankle-biting Democrats to get out of the way and let us win this war. Our future is at stake.
I'm not saying that kooks like Kennedy and Kerry should be hanged. I'm saying that they should shut up if they don't have anything constructive to say.
November 22, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:31 PM
Dhimmicratic Congressman Jack Murtha, inaccurately portrayed by the MSM as a hawk, broke out of obscurity recently by calling for an immediate unconditional surrender to al-Qaeda in Iraq. Because he served in the military, no one is allowed to call him a coward, despite the fact that he did not have the fortitude even to vote in favor of his own call for immediate withdrawal. Now it comes to light that this isn't the first time Murtha has urged his nation to cut and run in the face of terrorists.
After terrorists attacked U.S. troops in Mogadishu, Somalia 12 years ago, anti-Iraq war Democrat, Rep. John Murtha urged then-President Clinton to begin a complete pullout of U.S. troops from the region.
"Our welcome has been worn out," Murtha announced on the "Today" show in September of 1993. Two weeks later, after the Black Hawk Down tragedy, Murtha visited American forces in Somalia and came back to announce that the incident had devastated our troops' morale. He advocated an immediate pullout, proclaiming, "There's no military solution."
Regrettably we then had the sort of president who listen to a defeatist fool like Murtha. The results have been disastrous — and not only for the unlucky residents of Somalia. Our tail-between-the-legs "redeployment" was a tipping point in the escalation of al-Qaeda violence that soon led to 9/11. To quote Osama bin Laden from a 1998 interview with John Miller of ABC:
Our people realize[d] more than before that the American soldier is a paper tiger that run[s] in defeat after a few blows. America forgot all about the hoopla and media propaganda and left dragging their corpses and their shameful defeat.
Following Murtha's advice now will certainly benefit al-Qaeda by reinforcing this perception — though of course the problem is not that the American soldier is a paper tiger, but that he has to fight with liberals' knives sticking out of his back.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:57 PM
It seems Hillary is no fan of the children's book Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed! by Katharine DeBrecht. NewsMax reports that Hillary flak Philippe Reines has launched a pair of assaults on the book.
"It's not the liberal under the bed that they should be worried about," sniffed Reines, "it's the sales that are in the basement."
Actually DeBrecht's book — written in response to the plethora of leftist children's books with titles like It's Just a Plant: A Children's Story of Marijuana and No George, No: The Reparenting of George W. Bush — has been selling quite well, eliciting an angry response from moonbats, who have compared the humorous tale of a lemonade stand ruined by do-gooder liberalism to Nazi propaganda.
Not dissuaded, DeBrecht plans to turn the book into a series. Future installments will include: "Help! Mom! Hollywood Is in My Hamper!," "Help! Mom! There Are Lawyers in My Lunchbox!" and "Help! Mom! The Ninth Circuit Nabbed the Nativity!"
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:26 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:09 PM
Politically correct kookiness destroys everything it touches — even soda.
Debbie Schlussel reports on the Jones Soda Co., which promises that "all sodas are completely vegetarian, certified kosher, and contain zero caffeine, calories, and carbs." Their National Holiday Pack's flavors are:
- Turkey & Gravy
- Brussels Sprout with Prosciutto
- Wild Herb Stuffing
- Cranberry Sauce
- Pumpkin Pie
Unsurprisingly, Schlussel reports that all five flavors taste terrible.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:36 PM
Normally the MSM loves covering protests, but here's one that it's not surprising you probably didn't hear about. Times Watch reports on a Ukrainian group that gathered in front of the New York Times headquarters last Friday to protest the 1932 Pulitzer Prize that was awarded to Gray Lady reporter Walter Duranty for the Stalinist propaganda he churned out during one of the darkest chapters in human history.
"Uncle Joe" Stalin deliberately engineered the 1932–1933 Ukrainian famine in order to consolidate his totalitarian control, thereby killing 7–10 million Ukrainians. Duranty, who covered the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1941 for the Times, purposefully covered up Stalin's atrocities, including this one, in order to advance the left-wing agenda associated with that execrable publication.
The Times has steadfastly refused to disown the award. Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. — aka "The Prince of Political Correctness" — explains that renouncing the prize their henchman earned by lying to the public and being complicit in genocide would evoke the "Stalinist practice to airbrush purged figures out of official records and histories."
Here's what Mark Von Hagen, the Gray Lady's own hired historian, had to say about Sulzberger's cartoonishly hypocritical airbrushing argument:
Those targeted for "airbrushing" were already murdered, languishing in the gulag or forced into exile after having been falsely accused of espionage, treason, sabotage and other "crimes." …. Revoking Mr. Duranty's prize is another matter altogether. He was never prosecuted for any crimes. His articles remain available in the archives of The New York Times, and his books on the shelves of major libraries. Airbrushing was intended to suppress the truth about what was happening under Stalin. The aim of revoking Walter Duranty's prize is the opposite: to bring greater awareness of the potential long-term damage that his reporting did for our understanding of the Soviet Union.
It's hard to avoid the conclusion that if an enemy of America again manages to commit atrocities on the apocalyptic scale of Stalin's, the NY Times stands ready to help hide them. Uncle Joe is gone, but the evil he personified is still very much with us.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:52 AM
Politically correct dhimmis in the West bend over backwards to be "inclusive" toward Muslims by pandering to their every demand, no matter how absurd. One of many examples is the ice cream lids Burger King pulled at some expense because a particularly kooky Muslim thought the design on them looked like Arabic for Allah. The story of a Saudi high-school teacher accused of discussing Christianity with his students illustrates how the favor is returned.
Mohammed Salamah al-Harbi was found guilty of "questioning and ridiculing Islam, discussing the Bible and defending Jews." Presumably saying anything remotely positive about Christians or Jews would qualify as "questioning and ridiculing Islam" in a place run by Muslims. He was sentenced to 750 lashes and 40 months in prison.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:43 AM
Yesterday Vice-President Cheney gave an excellent speech (link via Mike's America), in which he blew away the cloud of distortions that the media and congressional Democrats have created in their attempt to cause an American defeat in Iraq that they can then pin on Republicans. Cheney made it obvious to any reasonable person that surrendering to al-Qaeda — as some Democrats have recommended, using cowardly euphemisms like "redeployment" — simply is not an option.
CNN had no choice but to broadcast the speech, and could not dispute the truth and logic of what Cheney said. But Drudge brought something interesting to light: in the speech as broadcast by CNN, large black X's appear over the Vice-President's face for less than a second at a time in what looks like a ham-fisted attempt to employ the subliminal "popcorn frame" tactic that used to be used to convince moviegoers they were thirsty for a Coke. Could this have been a deliberate — if somewhat childish — attempt to discredit Cheney in the minds of viewers?
November 21, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:59 PM
Mary Mapes is the heroine not only of this book, but also of her own, pompously entitled Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power. James Pinkerton blows a few holes through it at Tech Central Station (hat tip: Bergbikr). A highlight:
Mapes takes us inside her thinking — too inside. She tells us that she and "Dan" shared a little acronym "F-E-A," which summed up their feelings toward outsiders. And what does "F-E-A" stand for? Why, "F--- 'Em All." That's what Mapes thinks of the rest of us, and that spirit has obviously guided her during her reportorial career.
Not that this attitude is necessarily unusual among the liberal elite propagandists we call the MSM.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:03 PM
Following the noble example of Bill Clinton by going abroad to bash his own country and attempt to undermine its foreign policy, MSNBC's belligerent blowhard Chris Matthews (aka Tweety) traveled to Canada, where he spewed his demented nonsense to political science students at the University of Toronto.
"The period between 9-11 and (invading) Iraq was not a good time for America. There wasn't a robust discussion of what we were doing," Matthews said. "If we stop trying to figure out the other side, we've given up. The person on the other side is not evil. They just have a different perspective."
Got that? The al-Qaeda terrorists who brought about 9/11 weren't evil, any more than their colleagues who are currently murdering people at random in Iraq. If we become annoyed when they fly jets full of civilians into skyscrapers full of more civilians, we need to remember that "they just have a different perspective."
This improved new substitute for the outdated notion of right and wrong is called moral relativism, and it's all the rage on the left. If you can't make any sense of it, maybe you're not as smart as Tweety, who proudly proclaimed:
The smartest people understand the enemy's point of view, because they understand what's driving them.
When asked to explain why we are fighting in Iraq — since from a moonbat's point of view it couldn't possibly have anything to do with the War on Terror — Tweety chirped loony-left talking points that might have been fed to him by one of Cindy Sheehan's handlers. It's all about oil, the Jews are behind it, etc., etc.
Having established himself as absolutely clueless, Tweety then accused President Bush of not knowing enough about the world.
With thanks to V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:03 AM
Last week some Dutch people with way too much time on their hands broke their own record by arranging 4,155,476 dominoes and knocking them over. Their efforts were almost ruined by a common house sparrow that got loose in the exhibition center and knocked over 23,000 dominoes on its own. Left with little choice, the domino people called in an exterminator, who blew away the little pest with an airgun.
As the BBC reports,
Not since Cock Robin has the death of a tiny bird caused such emotion. The shooting of a sparrow on the set of a Dutch world record domino-toppling attempt sparked outrage among animal lovers and led to threats to staff. ... The head of a bird protection agency appealed for calm. ... [T]he Dutch animal protection agency threatened to investigate, and radio stations offered bounties for anyone who could knock down more of the dominoes before the event.
People were so broken-hearted over the sparrow that they set up a commemorative website that I'm sure the dead bird would have appreciated. Unfortunately the feathered pest's memory has not been held in high honor by everyone. Hackers put explicit porn on the site, which has since been removed.
The dead bird's website includes a condolence register, where the bereaved can leave messages. As Expatica reports,
Some contributors showed great empathy for the bird and even wished its "relatives" the courage to get on with their lives. Others took the time to compose poems in memory of the fallen sparrow.
But one cold-hearted commenter had this to say:
It was only a stupid bird. Go and do something useful with your lives instead of mourning for this bird... Get a life.
Hat tip: Varla
November 20, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:37 PM
The New York Post reports that a 60-year-old woman named Sharon Shea managed to spill coffee on herself as she and a friend drove away from a Staten Island Dunkin' Donuts.
"The [drive-thru] girl had positioned them where they were in the same line [on the tray], they weren't cattycorner," she said, in explanation of why Dunkin' Donuts owes her $10 million. Also, the coffee was "too hot" and the lids allegedly "couldn't have been on tight."
If prices go up at Dunkin' Donuts and they start serving the coffee lukewarm, you'll know whom to thank. Don't assume she won't win — the absurd spilt coffee lawsuit has paid off before.
Imagine how bad it will get if the Breck girl (ambulance-chaser John Edwards) ever ends up in the White House.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:33 PM
If you think the antics of Democrats in Congress who want us to surrender to al-Qaeda are despicable, you should see what's been going on at the military blog A Female Soldier 2. Grey Eagle, a combat medic in the 101st Airborne Division serving in Iraq, has used the site to post tributes to American soldiers fighting to defend us from Islamic terrorism. The spoilt, useless little turds known as moonbats, whose freedoms some of these soldiers have been dying to preserve, responded by posting all manner of vile and disgusting insults as comments.
Now they have managed to disable the tributes. As Grey Eagle explains:
I started the website out as a simple blog on blogspot while I was training for my deployment. As it grew, it became a website, and I have had to learn html and how to install simple php programs on the fly, as I had no real experience previously. In regards to the tribute, there are three little programs called "cute news php" that comprise my website. One of them is in a folder titled "tribute" and that makes up the various tributes using categories to separate the Female soldiers from the 101st soldiers. It is in this program that when I type in the information and click "save changes" that no matter what I type, I get the message printed out on my website "you have been hacked....bush lied". It does not seem to have affected the previous tributes I had done, only anything new I try to add. Since I am a basic learner at best that is all I can tell you. There were a couple of guys from the 160th Special Op's IT group that were going to build a new website with something called post nuke content management system, but they have been tasked out to special training for an upcoming deployment and as such the project is sort of on hold. I do not know enough to continue the project without them.
It should be noted that Grey Eagle did not delete the obnoxious comments trolls posted to her site, on the principle that no matter how disrespectful and inappropriate their insults might be, freedom of speech is sacred. It was very likely these same trolls to whom she had provided a forum who have managed to shut down the tributes, robbing her of that same freedom of speech.
Respect for freedom is increasingly difficult to find on the left, which may explain why liberals can't seem to grasp what heroes like Grey Eagle and the soldiers she posted tributes to are fighting for.
Fortunately, Grey Eagle will soon be back with a new site. As a frontline witness to what is really going on in Iraq, she has a very important job to do:
Whether I am working out of the treatment facility, on a convoy, or providing medical response for the patrols I can tell you that what I see is so much different than what I saw on the news or read about before my deployment. I simply wanted others to see what I see and make up their minds based on that and not be influenced by what someone else reports to them, whether it is the left or the right. But for you as Americans to take the freedom that I am here defending and use it to make decisions and opinions for yourself based on truth and not on political spin.
Someone bold enough to stand up to al-Qaeda terrorists is not going to have her spirit broken by the sort of lowlife that vandalized her site. But that doesn't mean she couldn't use some encouragement, to counter the poison that has been spewed in her direction by the Cindy Sheehan set. Get yourself on record as siding with good against evil — stop by Grey Eagle's site and leave an encouraging comment.
With thanks to V the K.
November 19, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:12 PM
Last night Republicans proved that while Democrats will use whatever insidious tactics they can to undermine our war effort against al-Qaeda in Iraq, few are willing to associate their names with outright surrender to the organization that killed 3,000 Americans on September 11.
A measure demanding that those opposing the efforts of our troops in Iraq either put up or shut up was soundly defeated. The resolution, put on the floor by Chairman of the Armed Services Committee Duncan Hunter (R-CA), would urge "that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately."
I won't insult the reader by going into the catastrophic consequences to Iraq, to the United States, and to the world if we were to withdrawal from Iraq while al-Qaeda is still in a position to take control of this critical country. The fact that surrendering in Iraq would spell absolute doom should be obvious to a child.
The vote was 403-3, with six bold souls voting "present." The three calling for immediate surrender were by some remarkable coincidence all Democrats: Jose Serrano of New York, Robert Wexler of Florida, and Cynthia McKinney of Georgia.
Wait, where's Murtha, the guy that made this whole vote necessary with his recklessly irresponsible calls for "redeployment" — a euphemism used by people who don't even have the fortitude to surrender? He voted against it, possibly on the grounds that he wants the surrender to be stretched out over 6 months instead of occurring immediately — or possibly because he never really wanted to lose the war, he just wanted to prevent Republicans from winning it. A third possibility is that Murtha didn't even know what he was voting on, because he has gone completely insane.
Here's Murtha from last Thursday, explaining on PBS when the threat from Islamic terrorists began:
Well, I say that the fight against Americans began with Abu Ghraib. It began with the invasion of Iraq. That's when terrorism started.
As OpinionJournal points out,
So according to Murtha, "terrorism started" either in March 2003 (with the "invasion of Iraq") or in May 2004 (when the Abu Ghraib miniscandal came to light). One wonders where he was in, say, September 2001. One wonders, too, how a political party can keep a straight face while putting him forward as a spokesman on national security.
Clearly, in Murtha's addled mind, loony-left propaganda has displaced reality.
Speaking of the loony-left, why didn't Dennis Kucinich vote for immediate surrender? Ironically, considering how impossible it is to take Kucinich seriously, his excuse for voting against the resolution was that it wasn't serious:
"They have no intention of taking us out [of Iraq]," he said. "This is trifling with the troops. It's playing with people's lives."
Anyone watching the discussion that preceded the vote on C-SPAN could see for themselves that the Democrats — slapping their hands together like trained seals at every defeatist canard thrown out by the senile demagogue Murtha, bobbing their heads up and down like a collection of bobblehead dolls every time the old fool said something that would encourage al-Qaeda — would have liked to surrender. But Republicans banked on their cowardice — a bet that the lopsided vote proved was a sure one.
You almost have to tip your hat to the three moonbats who supported the resolution. At least they had the guts to vote in accord with their convictions. There were six others who almost had the courage. These were the ones who voted "present" — as if they didn't really have an opinion on whether we should turn tail and run, letting Islamic terrorists take over Iraq. By another remarkable coincidence, all were Democrats: Jim McDermott of Washington; Jerrold Nadler, Maurice Hinchey and Major Owens of New York; Michael Capuano of Massachusetts and William Lacy Clay of Missouri.
You don't need to be a believer to find words of wisdom in the Bible. Though the standard interpretation may be inaccurate, I can't help but think of Revelation 3:16:
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Clearly Democrats aren't interested in winning the war. So if they aren't at least going to own up to their desire to lose it, what good are they to anyone?
November 18, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:15 PM
How far has academia progressed toward the left-wing totalitarianism pointy-headed professors advocate imposing on America? Even closer than you might think, to judge by a recent incident at Warren Community College in Washington, NJ. Yesterday Freedom Folks reported that
Rebecca Beach, a Warren freshman, received a nasty surprise in response to her e-mail to faculty announcing the appearance of decorated Iraq war hero, Lt. Col. Scott Rutter, to speak today.
Professor John Daly replied to her email. His unedited reply can be read in its entirety here. A couple of highlights:
I am asking my students to boycott your event. I am also going to ask others to boycott it. Your literature and signs in the entrance lobby look like fascist propaganda and is extremely offensive.
Yes, the guy who wrote "your literature and signs ... is extremely offensive" is a college professor. There follows the standard spoilt teenager's rant on the evils of America and economic freedom, capped off with this:
I will continue to expose your right-wing, anti-people politics until groups like your won't dare show their face on a college campus. Real freedom will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors and fight for just causes and for people's needs — such freedom fighters can be counted throughout American history and they certainly will be counted again.
Signed, "Prof. John Daly."
If you have kids in school, this will give you an idea of what the inflated tuition bills are helping to pay for: the salaries of subliterate kooks who use their authority to squash "incorrect" speech and who openly advocate murder and treason. Ward Churchill is just the tip of the iceberg — or the tip of the dunghill, to use a more appropriate metaphor.
By the way, the signs that according to Daly "is extremely offensive" are apparently the same ones that can be downloaded as PDFs suitable for printing out and distributing as fliers here. They make some good points:
With thanks to V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:29 AM
Representative John Murtha (D-PA) has taken the next logical step in advancing the Democrats' strategy of deliberately causing us to lose the war in Iraq so that the defeat can be hung around Republicans' necks by calling for an immediate withdrawal of our forces.
That an immediate withdrawal would have catastrophic consequences is beyond dispute. Iraq's fledgling democracy would collapse. After a probably short and certainly brutal civil war, al-Qaeda terrorists would take control of the country. Those who had "collaborated with infidels" by participating in democracy would be tortured and killed, along with their families. The situation in Iraq would be worse than it was before the war started — meaning that the 2,000 American troops who have lost their lives there would have died for nothing. America would deserve and receive the intense contempt and distrust of the rest of the world. With our country's credibility utterly destroyed by our betrayal of the Iraqis we temporarily liberated, our foreign policy would lay in ruins for a generation. In control of Iraq's oil wealth, al-Qaeda would be ideally situated to export terrorism and Islamic totalitarianism, and to develop nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction that in short order would be directly deployed against the United States.
Losing to al-Qaeda is not an option.
Our troops won't be defeated by terrorists in Iraq. But they might very well be defeated by fifth-columnists in our own government, who would rather be first party in a defeated America than second party in a strong one.
Unless the public is not too befuddled by the MSM's defeatist propaganda barrage to react with appropriate outrage, other Democrats will follow Murtha's example. Believing they can rely on their leftist media enablers to relieve them of any responsibility for having supported the war until the going got tough, they are ready to cut and run regardless of the consequences to this country.
Today's Democratic Party is degenerating into an obscenity. It is tolerant of — if not dominated by — traitors willing to effectively ally themselves with the same al-Qaeda that brought about 9/11. These traitors are every bit as much enemies to liberty, to decency, and to America as the terrorists to whom they would hand victory for the sake of their own short-term political advantage.
November 17, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:06 PM
According to a recent piece in the New York Times, Hollywood leftists have "reason to gloat" due to the American death toll in Iraq.
Ignoring the fact that our death toll in this conflict has been amazingly low by historical standards, Times author Matt Bai revels in the propaganda value fifth-columnists have been able to derive from it. Rob Reiner — appropriately known as Meathead from the show "All in the Family," and menacingly described as a possible California gubernatorial candidate — is presented as a representative example of the limousine leftists who have been vindicated, now that polls indicate our will to fight terrorism has been undermined.
The crime of waging war on the organization that flew passenger jets full of Americans into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon is "beyond impeachable" according to Meathead, who is quite sure that if his fellow Democrats controlled even one house of Congress, our Commander in Chief would be impeached for his efforts to combat Islamic terrorism. Reiner supports his contempt for the President by claiming, without substantiation, that Bush only recently learned "the difference between Kurds and Sunnis and Shiites."
The piece includes one sentence that's hard to argue with:
Reiner is, to his Republican critics, a symbol of Hollywood as a haven for the ludicrous and the smug, the last impenetrable bastion — along with Cambridge, Mass., perhaps — of elitist, 20th-century liberalism.
But it then goes on to make the case that the success the Times and its ilk have had in eroding support for the war proves that nitwits like Meathead were right all along, if only thanks to the principle that "even a blind dog finds a bone now and then." The Big Lie that Bush "invented" the pre-war intelligence on Iraq that the whole world had contributed to gathering is then presented as inarguable fact, exculpating Democrats who supported the American side in the war, before they found it politically expedient to change sides.
Regardless of the damage they have been able to inflict on the President's effectiveness and our troops' morale, liberals may be gloating a little too soon. They are essentially calling for the United States to surrender to bin Laden, al-Zarqawi, et al. and then hope for the best. Despite the discouraging stats they are able to extract from their polls, I seriously doubt that most Americans are with them on this.
In other Hollyweird news, actor and moonbat John Cusack, who regards the witless comedian Jon Stewart as "the most important media watchdog right now," has declared that Bush and his administration are "human scum" for "trying to privatize Iraq."
Hat tip: Times Watch
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:29 AM
Dick Morris has a disturbing piece in the New York Post warning of the Frankenstein monster we are helping to create in Latin America with our dependence on foreign oil, our unfortunate appetite for cocaine, and our equally unfortunate unwillingness to commit to the free-market principles this country represents.
The Achilles heel of communism — which Reagan adroitly exploited to bring down the Soviet Union — is the fact that, economically speaking, left-wing ideology simply doesn't work. Paying people to be subservient slaves to an all-powerful government does not generate wealth the way freedom does.
But thanks to our dependency on foreign oil — exacerbated by the environmental extremism that impedes both nuclear technology and oil drilling in our own country — some countries don't need to be economically efficient. They just need to be sitting on a lake of oil.
One such country is Venezuela, which strongman Hugo Chavez is deliberately steering on a collision course with the USA. He has used his oil wealth to export anti-Americanism and anti-capitalism throughout Latin America, and may even pose a threat to Mexico, which has become increasingly annoyed with Venezuela's heroin trafficking activities.
Cuba's brutal dictator Fidel Castro isn't the only kindred heart Chavez has found in Latin America. He has been getting along fabulously with FARC — the gang of leftist narco-terrorists who are trying to snuff out democracy in Colombia, funded by America's hunger for cocaine just as Chavez is funded by our failure to meet our own energy needs.
Further exacerbating the problem is our indulgence in protectionism, which makes it more difficult for Latin American countries to develop into the sort of wealthy capitalist democracies where left-wing totalitarianism appeals only to journalists and college professors.
Much as I hate to compare a great man to a slug like Chavez, it could be that Chavez has discovered America's Achilles heel — moonbattery — just as Reagan zeroed in on the Soviet Union's prime weakness. As left–liberal kookiness and decadence corrode our culture from within, they present frightening opportunities for external enemies like Chavez.
Hat tip: Byron
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November 16, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:00 PM
Clifford May reports in the Boston Herald on a conference at the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College in Dublin devoted to debating the resolution "This house believes that George W. Bush is a danger to world stability." Unsurprisingly, the event drew more than a few moonbats out of their caves — many of whom were members of the press.
British journalist Patrick Cockburn, who characterized the struggle against Baathists and al Qaeda in Iraq as an "old-fashioned imperial war," dismissed terrorism as "something people believe in like they believe in witchcraft. What does it mean?" Whatever it means, according to Cockburn, President Bush "is not fighting terrorism, he is provoking it." The audience of impressionable students applauded this clever statement vigorously. Presumably if Bush pursued the "bend over and spread them" policy perfected by France, America would be as free as France of Muslim violence.
Irish journalist Richard Downes recited Humpty Dumpty and called Bush a "maniacal egg killer." Nursery rhymes were an apt source of metaphors for this audience, which found the comparison of Humpty Dumpty with Iraq very witty.
BBC Middle East bureau chief Tim Llewellyn announced that "George Bush is a threat to world peace on so many levels we can't begin to discuss it." This left him with no choice but to discuss something else instead. He chose to pontificate on his notion that Arafat was right to turn down the suicidally generous offers made by Israel at Camp David in 2000, apparently because they did not include the immediate eradication of Israel.
What liberal media?
Not that all of the far-left kooks on hand were journalists. The former British ambassador to Uzbekistan held Bush responsible for crimes committed by that country's rulers, raving that he had done it for Enron, that the goal of Americans is to "get at the oil and gas so they can guzzle it," and that "George Bush talks directly to God. He is the most dangerous religiously inspired fanatic in the world."
The response to this absurd remark was "enthusiastic ovation." What a relief — if Osama bin Laden and the soon-to-be-nuclear jihadists running Iran are less dangerous than President Bush, we have nothing to worry about.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:20 PM
The New York Observer reports on a tasteless new fad among some of the city's phonier denizens: turning toddlers into billboards to advertise "radical chic" poses.
A favorite item is the classic Che Guevara t-shirt. Only an ignorance of history can explain the absence of corresponding Felix Dzerzhinsky, Heinrich Himmler, and Lavrenty Beria t-shirts. After all, all four played the same roll — i.e., a ruthless dictator's chief executioner.
Appaman.com supplies may of the tiny Che shirts, which are favored by moonbat mommies like Jennifer Connelly and Kate Hudson. Its founder Harald Husum claims he has sold nearly 6,000 Che products, despite complaints from people who actually know something about Guevara — namely, Cuban-Americans.
"I don't think many of our customers are Communists," says Husum. "This is not at all a political statement, it's a fashion statement."
Why does that not make me despise them any less?
"Some people probably think it's an icon of what's cool," says writer Francesca Castagnoli, whose 2-year-old advertises for the brutal totalitarian Guevara. She adds, reportedly without irony, "Also, you sort of want that independent spirit for your child."
One seller of radical chic baby wear considered Mao shirts. Even some NYC trendoids may be aware that Mao is the communist dictator best known for spilling more of his own people's blood than any other tyrant in history. He ran up a body count that may have been higher than Stalin's, Hitler's, and Pol Pot's combined. How cuddly.
Also considered "cutting edge" in baby clothes: shirts insulting President Bush, featuring clever liberal slogans such as "President Poopyhead" and "Bush Is a Tush." Jon Stewart, who has unfortunately reproduced, dresses his baby in a shirt that reads "I Already Know More Than the President."
If their intellectual development is normal, the tots will outgrow the ideology around the same time they outgrow the clothes.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:41 AM
Many people are disappointed that Bush only recently started responding to the absurd charge that he lied about intelligence in order to bog us down in a frivolous war. The accusation is itself a lie, and so ludicrous on its face that the President's natural response seemed to be to roll his eyes at the childishness of moonbats and then get back to fighting the terrorists.
After all, everyone believed that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, and most grownups still do. If I take a banana, and hide it behind my back — or bury it in Syria — would you believe that the banana had never existed? Even if there were people around to testify that I had used the banana to poke them in the eye?
Assuming for one demented moment that Saddam never had any WMDs and was never a threat to us. Does any sane person believe that Bush knew this, but went to war largely over WMDs anyway? If he really wanted to attack Iraq just for the hell of it, and knew they had no WMDs, wouldn't he have placed emphasis on some other reason to invade, such as stopping the genocide, or the fact that Saddam had repeatedly violated the agreements under which the Gulf War had temporarily ended?
Unfortunately, the Big Lie technique — based on the notion that "people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it," and perfected by Joseph Goebbels— is more effective than you might think. Democrats shameless enough to employ this underhanded propaganda tactic have been able to cause the President real harm in the court of public opinion — to the delight and strategic benefit of al Qaeda.
So as the President has belatedly come to realize, we are forced to confront the preposterous allegation that the whole war we're fighting against al Qaeda in Iraq is a waste of time because it is based on Bush's "lies." Norman Podhoretz rolled up his sleeves and performed this task admirably.
As Podhoretz documents, there was an overwhelming consensus in the international intelligence community that Saddam definitely had a substantial arsenal of chemical and biological weapons, and was probably well on his way to establishing nuclear capability. No credible person can deny that this consensus existed. (No, I don't count Harry Reid as a credible person.)
Podhoretz also includes a few quotes that should help to remind Democrats of the pitfalls of trying to rewrite recent history when their past words are on record and readily available.
If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons-of-mass-destruction program.
Iraq is a long way from [the USA], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risk that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.
He [Saddam] will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.
Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons-of-mass-destruction technology, which is a threat to countries in the region, and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.
There is no doubt that . . . Saddam Hussein has invigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical, and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf war status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.
Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations, and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them.
In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical- and biological-weapons stock, his missile-delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al-Qaeda members.
There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years. . . . We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.
We know that [Saddam] has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.
Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter, and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.
I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.
We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.
The last U.N. weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical- and biological-warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons.
Clearly, these people understood the potential threat posed by Saddam only recently. Now many of them want to portray the war as an illegitimate waste of money and lives. It must have occurred to even the dimmest of them that a US defeat to al Qaeda in Iraq would be absolutely disastrous for America, for Iraq, for the Middle East, and for the entire world. In the immediate term, the demoralizing effect on our troops would be obvious to a child.
But the Democratic Party has come to be dominated by people so despicable that they would eagerly sacrifice the best interests of our troops, our country, and civilization itself for a chance to slip a stiletto into George Bush from behind.
Democrats have proven that you certainly can fool some of the people some of the time. But the chances of anyone they have failed to fool voting for their thoroughly execrable party in the foreseeable future are slim.
To see some stirring speeches by prominent Democrats on the necessity of taking out Saddam Hussein, check out the video Democrats: Dishonest on Iraq currently featured at GOP.com.
Hat tip: Bergbikr
November 15, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:05 PM
Cindy Sheehan squeezed every second out of the 15 minutes she purchased by exploiting her son's death. In contrast, decent women who honor their sons' sacrifices don't get much attention from the press. Barbara Weitzel is a case in point. Her son, Marine Lance Corporal Scott Zubowski, died at age 20 during combat operations in Fallujah.
"My son, who was a very, very good man, gave his life so that I could have this nice house and live comfortably and fearlessly," said Weitzel. "My boy chose this and if I were to have regrets I would be dishonoring his choices, dishonoring his service, dishonoring the country that he serves."
If Weitzel were looking for media adulation, she would be going about it all wrong. But what she is doing is respecting her son's memory, and she is doing right.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:13 PM
No wonder moonbats hate John Bolton so much. It has long been known that the UN is an utterly useless organization, which serves as little more than a forum for corrupt dictators and sniveling has-beens to throw rocks at the USA and Israel. But no one has been politically incorrect enough to do much about it — until Bolton.
From today's Washington Times:
America's representative at the United Nations said yesterday that the organization must become better at solving problems and more responsive to U.S. concerns or Washington will seek other venues for international action.
In the United States, there is a broadly shared view that the U.N. is one of many potential instruments to advance U.S. issues, and we have to decide whether a particular issue is best done through the U.N. or best done through some other mechanism. ... The U.N. is one of many competitors in a marketplace of global problem solving.
Bolton suggested that these facts "should be an incentive for the organization to reform."
In other words, shape up or we might just ship out — and the UN wouldn't like that, considering that we pay 22% of this insidious organization's regular budget.
"We have one-half of 1 percent of the total [votes], meaning we pay 44 times more than our voting power," Bolton observed, referring to America's one vote out of the 191 that are cast at the UN. "My priority is to give the United States the kind of influence it should have. Everybody pursues their national interests. The only one who gets blamed for it is the United States."
People have been down on W lately, but just the fact that he appointed Bolton as our UN ambassador — despite hysterical resistance from liberals — is reason enough to cut him slack where possible.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:54 AM
Jay Rockefeller, member of the Senate Intelligence Committee:
I took a trip by myself in January of 2002 to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, and I told each of the heads of state that it was my view that George Bush had already made up his mind to go to war against Iraq, that that was a predetermined set course which had taken shape shortly after 9/11.
Here's another good Jay Rockefeller quote, from that very year 2002:
There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years, and he could have it earlier.
Now Rockefeller has joined the "Bush lied" contingent at the very bottom of the left–liberal barrel. West Virginia can pick Senators just as well as more cosmopolitan states like New York, California, and Massachusetts — but unfortunately no better.
Hat tip: Wiggins
November 14, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:19 PM
Muslim rioters set fire to only 284 vehicles in France last night. One of them was set ablaze after being rammed through the front of a primary school. Still, this is a big improvement over the four-digit nightly totals we were seeing last week.
Chirac's take-charge attitude must be having an effect. AP reports:
President Jacques Chirac said Monday that more than two weeks of violence in the poor suburbs of France is the sign of a "profound malaise" and he ordered new measures to reach out to troubled youths and fight the discrimination believed to be at the root of it.
Malaise. Now where have I heard that word before?
Congrats, Chirac. You've become the French Jimmy Carter. Now there is nothing to fear, because you have reached the bottom and cannot sink any lower. Plus, your Nobel Prize is assured.
You have to admire the way Chirac takes the bull by the horns and addresses the cause of the violence: "discrimination." Fortunately this is nothing that throwing money and favors at the rioters in an attempt to appease them won't cure — or at least, that's what some would like to think. I wonder if it was discrimination against Germans that caused the Nazis to invade.
There are a few in France who would like to get tough. Sarkozy has even suggested deporting foreigners who take part in the riots. But Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy (no I didn't make up that name) was quick to point out that this could only be applied to illegal immigrants.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:32 PM
Not even Al Gore's overheated rhetoric can warm the chill that runs up my spine at the thought that this nut was almost elected President.
In an interview with The Age, Gore suggests that Katrina was caused by human civilization, betrays his delusions of grandeur by implicitly comparing himself to Winston Churchill, expresses regret that the USA opted not to slit its own wrists by signing the pointless and destructive Kyoto Accords, and proclaims that the threat of nuclear bombs going off in American cities just isn't as big a deal as the highly disputed notion that if we don't revert our economies to the beginning of the Bronze Age, the weather might not be quite as cold.
Quoth Prince Albert:
What changed in the US with hurricane Katrina was a feeling that we have entered a period of consequences and that bitter cup will be offered to us again and again until we exert our moral authority and respond appropriately. I don't want to diminish the threat of terrorism at all, it is extremely serious, but on a long-term global basis, global warming is the most serious problem we are facing.
The "bitter cup" reference is to Churchill's warnings in the 1930s that we would all be sipping from a bitter cup if we didn't stop acting like a bunch of liberals by trying to appease Adolf Hitler. Evidently the new Hitler is our own economy.
Quoting Churchill, Gore ominously intoned:
The time of half-measure has passed. We are entering a period of consequences.
If fanatics like Gore ever manage to get themselves into a position to slam the brakes on the US economy in order to placate the gods of their goofy ideology, there will be consequences, all right — consequences that will make the Great Depression look like the Reagan Era.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:12 PM
It's not an easy job, but where there's a will, there's a way. From The Age:
"It is nothing to do with radical Islam or even Muslims," says Olivier Roy, research director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research and one of the world's leading authorities on political Islam. "These guys are building a new idea of themselves based on American street culture."
In other rioting news, these Muslims who have nothing to do with Muslims crashed a burning car through the front of senior citizens center. They must have gotten the idea from Hollywood.
Hat tip: Campus Watch
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:09 PM
The People's Cube reports:
The French Muslim riots, caused by an uncontrollable reaction to poverty, racism, and a profound sense of alienation from the larger society, have recently inspired some American groups who share very similar grievances, to use mass violence as a means of gaining recognition and respect.
Hare Krishnas are demanding state-enforced conversions; Chinese waiters are setting their customers on fire; Jehovah's Witnesses are tossing bombs at baby carriages; the Amish are looting 7-Elevens; Orthodox Jews are cruising for brawls; senior citizens are blowing away little kids. But hey, who is anyone to pass judgment on anything?
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:32 AM
Bad news for the left's tinfoil hat contingent: Boing Boing reports on an MIT study indicating that tinfoil hats may actually amplify mind control rays. It is even suggested that the government deliberately spread false information that convinced many moonbats that their Reynolds Wrap caps would protect them.
The implications are chilling. Could the absurd behavior of some leftists be remotely instigated by mind control beams as part of a Republican plot to further discredit their cause?
Hat tip: doubleplusgood infotainment
November 13, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:31 PM
When New Mexico Governor and 2008 presidential hopeful Bill Richardson traveled to North Korea recently as part of the latest futile attempt to bribe that communist dictatorship into giving up its nuclear weapons, he brought along an ideal gift: baseball hats for a AAA team from his home state. Kim Jong-Il and his bomb-building henchmen don't have to be fans of the sport to appreciate the logo for the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:30 AM
In Lewisboro, in Westchester County (north of NYC), bureaucratic environazis are going berserk.
Last spring, inspectors came back to check on some construction that local resident Peter Manbeck had made on his property a couple of years ago after wading through the usual red tape to get all the necessary permits. The inspectors saw a tree house and a shed in the guy's backyard, and that some trees had been cleared. These were deemed to be violations of a wetlands law. Manbeck is now facing potentially $7,500 day in fines.
The law in question increases the protected buffer zone around an area deemed to be a "wetland" from 100 to 150 feet. There is no minimum size for wetlands. If a square foot of soggy grass is declared to be wetlands by some moonbat bureaucrat, the buffer zone would be about two acres.
A sane person's mud puddle is someone else's "wetlands." According to Frank Fish, a planning consultant for Buckhurst Fish & Jacquemart:
Sometimes wetlands are made by road work or drainage, and then a wetland expert comes along and sees vegetation and then it becomes a wetland that has to be protected. That is not based on science.
Lewisboro resident Wendy Gennimi is another victim of this lunacy. Her house, built before regulations went haywire, is situated in "wetlands." She brought in a truckload of soil to level out her backyard. She's being fined $25,000 for her trouble.
Lewisboro voted out a Democratic town supervisor primarily to put an end to this sort of envirolunacy, but whether this will do any good remains to be seen. The new Republican supervisor says that "no environmental laws would be scrapped without a full review."
If certain Republicans won't let us drill for oil in a godforsaken frozen wasteland on the far side of nowhere when both our economy and our national security are threatened by our reliance on people like the Saudis and Hugo Chavez for energy, it is probably too much to expect that they would start taking property rights more seriously than politically correct anti-human hogwash when it comes to draconian wetlands laws.
Hat tip: Varla
November 12, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:46 AM
Some holidays don't mean much more than a day off for the mailman, but Veterans Day has profound significance to anyone with even the vaguest notion of how lucky we are to live in this country, and the debt we owe to those who have fought to keep it free. Yesterday some honored the day actively, by attempting to remove a desecration from a veterans cemetery in New England. Five patriots were arrested for their efforts.
Moonbats had planted 2,000 white flags — the international symbol of surrender — at the edge of the Veterans Memorial Park in Waterville, Maine to wring propaganda out of the 2,000th death of American soldiers in Iraq. The flags were accompanied by signs reading ''War Is Not the Answer," ''2000 Soldiers Killed in Iraq How Many More?" and ''100,000 Iraqis Died as a Result of This War How Many More?" The third of these was taken down due to citizens' outrage, but the others remain.
Obscenely, disrespectful kooks belonging to the Waterville Area Bridges for Peace and Justice were granted a permit to insult the memories of those who lay in the cemetery. Their little flags went up on October 30, and are to stay until the first heavy snow. The annual Veterans Day parade had to be rerouted, since it normally ends at the cemetery. Instead, the parade yesterday ended in a parking lot.
The fifth-columnists who placed the flags responded to the controversy by pretending that white flags represent "truth."
November 11, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:25 AM
When moonbats screech that President Bush is a "chimp," I wonder if they realize they are associating him with an animal that is not only highly intelligent, but three times stronger than a man and ferocious.
ABC News tells the story of St. James and LaDonna Davis, who rescued a chimp named Moe from Africa and raised him in their home, even eating and sleeping with him. The chimp served as the ring bearer at their wedding. Unfortunately, Moe brought a little bit of the jungle back with him to his new home in California, where he attacked a West Covina police officer.
That earned him a stay at the Animal Haven Ranch near Bakersfield. When his adoptive parents came to visit (no word on weather they brought a cake with a file baked into it), two other chimp inmates attacked St. James Davis and mauled him to within an inch of his life. He had his nose chewed off and genitals and limbs severely mangled. With more than two dozen surgeries behind him, he estimates he has 20 left to undergo. At one point doctors put him in an induced coma to help him heal.
LaDonna got off easy; she only had her thumb bitten off.
Surprisingly, no one blamed the violence on the lack of hiring preferences for chimpanzees.
Hat tip: Wiggins
November 10, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:29 PM
Is there anything moonbats won't do in order to call attention to their own foolishness?
The other day two members of Breasts Not Bombs used the election as an excuse to take their clothes off and get arrested in front of some cameras. It was not a pretty sight. They were charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, and violating their demonstration permit. They might even find themselves listed as sex offenders.
None of this is right, according to State Senator Gloria Romer, a Democrat from Los Angeles, who found social injustice in the observation that "While it is legal for men to go shirtless in public in California, women risk being classified as sex offenders for baring the same body parts."
Hat tip: Caption This!
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:26 PM
Frightened that reality might encourage support for right-wing views, the French media are doing their best to suppress it. MediaGuardian reports that public station France 3 has stopped reporting how many cars have gone up in flames as a result of Muslim rioting, and other stations are thinking of following suit. Jean-Claude Dassier, director general of the news service TCI, reports that his channel recently decided not to show footage of burning cars, because:
Politics in France is heading to the right and I don't want rightwing politicians back in second, or even first place because we showed burning cars on television.
Their culture is about one generation away from being extinguished by Islam, and they're worried about right-wing politicians. Some elements on the European right are admittedly unpleasant, but the same goes for the left. Given a choice between Muslims and skinheads, it should be obvious even to a journalist who is the greater threat to French civilization.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:37 AM
Don't let the antics of the pathetically delusional Mary Mapes distract you from the lunatics who haven't yet been canned from the network that gave us both the tinfoil-hat–wearing Walter Cronkite and the propagandizing buffoon known simply as the Dan. NewsBusters reports on a milestone in tastelessness achieved by Bruce Rheins, the producer behind CBS's coverage of the Michael Jackson trial, who has marketed a wine under the brand "Jesus Juice." The logo apparently represents a cross between Jesus Christ and Michael Jackson.
As you'll recall, "Jesus Juice" is allegedly what the King of Pop called the wine he plied little kids with before raping them.
Rheins' wife got the marketing campaign running while Jackson's child molestation case was still in court. They made Jesus Juice t-shirts and other items too. As NewsBusters observes:
Rheins's marketing of Jesus Juice wine (and apparel) raises some troubling journalistic issues since he was attempting to profit from a story which he was personally covering for the "CBS Evening News."
Once word of Rheins' assault on professionalism — not to mention taste — began to circulate, he went into backpedaling mode. The Jesus Juice merchandise is now gone from his and his wife's websites. Explains Rheins:
My wife and I are hobby winemakers. We made a few bottles for friends. We never wanted to sell it. We only trademarked it because we didn't want other people to try to make money off it.
Yet Rheins had been selling all sorts of Jesus Juice junk on CafePress.com, including wall clocks and coffee mugs. Yes, this is the same CafePress.com that censored t-shirts that were insufficiently respectful toward the bloodthirsty sociopath Che Guevara.
Where do you suppose Christians get the idea that the liberal Democrats running the news media have no respect for their religion? At least we can be thankful that for the most part, Christianity is only ridiculed; people don't get 3-year jail terms for passing out Bibles like they do in communist China.
Hat tip: The Fifth Column
November 9, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:00 PM
From the past:
From the future:
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:36 AM
We can all rest easy now. The left has found a solution to the Muslim rioting that is paralyzing France. The solution is... affirmative action!
No, I'm not kidding. When the lamestream media isn't twisting itself into knots trying to describe the rioting without ever using words like "Muslim" or "Arab," they are calling for new special privileges to be granted to Muslims and Arabs as a reward for setting tens of thousands of cars on fire, burning churches, nursery schools, hospitals, police stations, etc., torching cripples, beating old men to death, ad nauseam.
For example, from the New York Times:
[T]he French model has so far relied largely on expensive measures to keep poor Muslims fed, housed and educated, but has not effectively addressed the social or political isolation they feel from job and housing discrimination, and has actually limited their ability to define themselves as a political interest group. Affirmative action, a cornerstone of the American approach, has been a taboo here.
It's not enough to let a group of people who are profoundly hostile to your civilization into your country, then give them free housing, free health care, and free money, so that they have lots of free time to burn your cities down — no, in order to be more inclusive, you also need to discriminate against normal French people, giving hiring priority to the Muslims who have been setting their schools and churches on fire.
The Times will be relieved to know that the abomination known as affirmative action is not so taboo in France as they might think. According to Bloomberg.com, "Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy advocates affirmative action 'a la francaise' for ethnic minorities as part of his 2007 electoral platform."
I don't know if there really is such a thing as racism against Arabs in France, or if it's so exaggerated by the media as to be essentially a fiction, like alleged racism against blacks in the USA. But if you reward French Arabs for two weeks of rioting by granting them job preferences in a country that, thanks to socialism, doesn't have enough jobs to go around, there certainly will be resentment in the future. Another thing you can count on, obviously, is more riots.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister and clueless weenie Dominique de Villepin has "announced that the government will accelerate by 18 months its plan to renovate poor urban areas and triple the number of scholarships granted to students in the most troubled neighborhoods" according to the Washington Times. de Villepin rules out using the army to defend their country from being burned down on the grounds that "We have not reached that point." After all, the Eiffel Tower is still standing, so how serious can the situation be? Maybe a few bribes will placate the Arabs... at least for a while.
The fact that liberals actually favor rewarding the behavior that has been on exhibit in France is proof positive that the depravity and self-destructiveness of moonbattery know absolutely no limits.
November 8, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:33 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:02 PM
Just part of the "new normal" for France. Hat tip: Something... and Half of Something.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:48 PM
To get an idea of what kind of environment Islamic countries are offering their children, check out this slideshow at Voice of the Believers. Yes I know, it's racist not to pretend that all cultures are equal. But a culture suicidally devoted to violent hatred is maybe not the one we want displacing Western Civilization in Europe.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:35 AM
Are the French learning anything from two weeks of Muslim rioting? Apparently not, if this piece by AFP (France's answer to AP and al-Reuters) is any clue. It begins like this:
French rioters incurred the scorn of right-wingers in Internet discussion boards but also found sympathisers worldwide who blamed poverty and institutionalized racism for sparking the mayhem.
If it's not clear in this first sentence, it will be within a few paragraphs: sympathizers are good; right-wingers are bad. The worst of the right-wingers are — surprise surprise — Americans.
On a Yahoo news discussion board, mostly American contributors fired off more than 50,000 comments on a single news story about the riots — many of them filled with unpublishable invective about France and the rioters while offering such advice as: "Declare martial law, shoot to kill."
In one discussion board on the US-based Iowa Voice — complete with a Stars and Stripes in the background and a logo proclaiming to be "speaking from the heartland" — a writer identified only as Brian advised France to call in the troops.
At least AFP realizes that not all Americans are knuckle-dragging yahoos who support outmoded concepts like quelling the riots before the whole country burns down. A "Washington-based" moonbat shoveled out the following:
However evocative the label "French Intifadah," the riots fit a distinctly Gallic tradition of proletarian unrest.
So that's what the riots are all about. The Muslims have embraced French culture after all. They're acting out Les Miserables.
Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, on the other hand, is an absolute heel for calling the poor hooligans "scum" after all they've suffered, having been lured into France to be victimized by racism, neglect, oppression, discrimination, ostracization, alienation, polarization, bowdlerization, clam-chowderization, blah blah blah.
Time is running out for the French to get a clue. The enemy isn't Americans, Sarkozy, or even "right-wingers" — it's the maniacs torching cars by the thousands, burning down churches and nursery schools, beating old men to death,and setting cripples on fire while liberals wring their hands and whimper excuses.
Hat tip: Michael
November 7, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:23 PM
John Kerry may be dead politically, but physically he is very much alive. Yet it seems he has been pre-humously reincarnated as a young moonbat named Jimmy Massey.
This former Marine staff sergeant, who was discharged with depression and posttraumatic stress syndrome, has made himself into a minor celebrity on the left by shouting at the top of his lungs that US Marines have been committing atrocities in Iraq.
His claims have appeared in newspapers like USA Today, in magazines like Vanity Fair, in broadcast stories, and in harangues given all over the place as he speaks at universities and tours with soul mate Cindy Sheehan. The allegations include charming vignettes like an American shooting a 4-year-old Iraqi girl in the head. He has claimed to have personally killed a 6-year-old. Last month, his book "Kill, Kill, Kill" came out in France, where it is likely to find a receptive audience.
As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch observes,
News organizations worldwide published or broadcast Massey's claims without any corroboration and in most cases without investigation. Outside of the Marines, almost no one has seriously questioned whether Massey, a 12-year veteran who was honorably discharged, was telling the truth.
Each of his claims is either demonstrably false or exaggerated — according to his fellow Marines, Massey's own admissions, and the five journalists who were embedded with Massey's unit, including a reporter and photographer from the Post-Dispatch and reporters from The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal.
The ever-changing details of Massey's gruesome tales make it obvious that they a fictional, yet the MSM couldn't be bothered to check up on them before spreading his appalling lies as though they were facts. Why go to a lot of trouble trying to corroborate stories that don't have to be true? The important thing is to demonize America by whatever means come to hand.
Massey may be a mental case who is in therapy, taking six different prescription medicines, and living off disability pay, but he's chosen a proven career path, making a name for himself the same way John Kerry did. If Massey keeps to the same schedule, look for him to be the Democrats' presidential candidate in 2036.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:48 AM
Not to worry. We've got another 10 years before it gets this bad:
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:42 AM
Some have hoped that eventually the ghastly Islamic fundamentalist regime running Iran would change from within. With the ascension of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the position of President, it has — but not for the better. The future looks to be worse yet.
You might remember Ahmadinejad from the outrageous seizure of our embassy in Tehran. In addition to terrorism, his resume includes stints as torturer and executioner. He is now emerging as the primary advocate for the destruction of Israel.
Showing an awareness that you can never start too early when it comes to inculcating hatred, Ahmadinejad's campaign to whip up support for his death to Israel platform includes cartoons for children that make UNICEF's bombed Smurfs commercial look downright wholesome by comparison.
The gruesome cartoons demonize Israelis and glorify suicide attacks on them. In one, Israeli soldiers smash in a mother's face and shoot a defenseless father while a little kid watches in terror. The only appropriate response, of course, is to strap on some explosives and kill a few Jews. This shows "the Zionists how brave and heroic are the children of Palestine."
The kids who grow up on this stuff will someday soon inherit an Iran with nuclear weapons.
For the morbidly curious, you can see the cartoons (with subtitles) at MEMRI TV. They also have transcripts. Needless to say, they are not advised for children.
Hat tip: Wiggins
November 6, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:22 AM
Remember Tonya Harding, the skater who could only compete with rival Nancy Kerrigan by having some thugs injure her knee? It seems the Democrat Party does, having apparently adopted the motto, "If you can't beat them, sneak up from behind and break their legs."
Ronnie Earle is a case in point. Does anyone even know what law DeLay allegedly broke? Yet thanks to Earle, Dems have managed to remove him from his majority leader position, if only temporarily, and have cast a pall over his reputation, which is as valuable to a politician as healthy knees are to a skater. Obviously justice has nothing to do with Earle's grand jury-shopping crusade. It is the political equivalent of sneaking up on him with a metal baton.
Patrick Fitzgerald also studied at the Tonya Harding school. The media spin him as an objective seeker of justice, very much in contrast to their portrayal of Ken Starr. Yet Libby was indicted not for the bogus outing of Valerie Plame charge, but for getting snared in a perjury trap. If Libby did lie, he needs to take his medicine. But all the same, the whole situation was a political ambush.
It's clear to all that goons like Harry Reid were hoping for bigger game than Libby, and probably still dream of entangling Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, or even the President himself in this absurd non-crime. What people may not know is that the whole Plame canard was planned as an October surprise:
"I wish the truth had come out one year ago," said Bob Shrum — campaign manager to presidential loser John Kerry — on MSNBC's "Hardball" Thursday night. "Because as Patrick Fitzgerald said, he would have indicted in October of 2004, and you wouldn't have a [second] Bush administration."
Announcing the Libby indictment on Friday, Fitzgerald made it clear that he wanted to spring his Leakgate October Surprise a year earlier — at the eleventh hour of the 2004 presidential campaign:
"I would have wished nothing better that, when the subpoenas were issued in August 2004, [that] witnesses testified then, and we would have been here in October 2004 instead of October 2005," he told reporters.
Ironically, Fitzgerald blamed "the New York Times and other media outlets for not cooperating in an expeditious manner, which delayed his investigation beyond the presidential election."
No wonder Judith Miller is persona non grata at the NY Times. Better luck next time, guys. But I'm sure Tonya must still be proud.
Hat tip: Museum of Left Wing Lunacy
November 5, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:17 AM
This is what greeted you this morning if you suffered the misfortune of having the New York Times delivered to your door. The picture took up more than half the space above the fold:
The Gray Lady obviously knows she can count on her scrupulously ignorant core readership to be unaware that this so-called "revolutionary hero" — more accurately known as Castro's chief executioner — was a homicidal maniac who got his kicks by blowing the brains out of helpless victims. Because to anyone with a clue, a picture of a horde gathered under Che Guevara flags — though clearly intended by the Times to cast the barbarians demonstrating in Argentina against economic freedom in a relatively favorable light — is actually infinitely more disturbing than if they had gone with one of these shots (from Fox News):
The Times' accompanying article, which included many quotes of moonbats hostile to America and sympathetic toward communism but none of an opposing point of view, included this priceless sentence:
At first, witnesses said, they merely threw rocks and gasoline bombs at police officers at the checkpoint and chanted slogans attacking Mr. Bush.
The animals "merely" threw gasoline bombs at the police. But then the nasty cops fired tear gas, so the poor misunderstood rioters went berserk looting and burning businesses. As usual, the Times is not helping me digest my breakfast.
The international left boils down to sociopathic savages using their professed wish to live as slaves under totalitarian demons like Guevara as an excuse to burn down the businesses of people who work for a living, as the liberal elite intellectuals who run the news media cheer from the sidelines. Amazingly enough, this pathetic freak show is a serious threat to civilization.
November 4, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:09 PM
It seems inviting millions of Muslims into the country, then paying them to not work so that they could fester away in ghettos for generations instead of making even the slightest attempt to assimilate may not have been such a good idea after all.
Riots in the Muslim slums surrounding Paris have been going on for more than a week now, and they are spreading, having reached at least 20 towns according to the Washington Times. Police and firefighters have been fired upon, people are getting hurt, and over 300 cars have been set ablaze. Businesses have also been burned, and yesterday traffic was halted on a commuter line linking Paris to Charles de Gaulle airport by stone-throwing rioters.
Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, possibly the only grownup in the French government, has observed that the riots are not spontaneous, but rather well organized. Some believe that the riots were planned weeks ago.
France has Europe's largest Muslim population, an estimated 5 million. Needless to say, they are in some very serious trouble. Their usual policy of appeasement is working no better against Islam than it did against fascism.
This time Americans and British won't be able to bail them out by doing their fighting for them as we have done more than once in the past.
As has been pointed out earlier, whom the gods would destroy they first make moonbats. It's hardly surprising that France — the world's leading exporter of moonbattery — would make such an excellent case in point.
There is a reason you don't see many dodo birds these days — the same reason no one will be speaking French 100 years from now if that country does not wake up to the fact that whether or not they are at war with their enemies, their enemies are at war with them — and are perfectly willing to string them up by their own liberal ideology.
Hat tips: Wiggins, American Dinosaur
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:02 AM
If anyone doubts that the New York Times will stoop to any low to demoralize our country and our troops in hopes of bringing about the defeat of democracy in Iraq and the triumph of Islamic terrorism, check out Michelle Malkin's recent piece in the New York Post.
Malkin refers to yet another dreary Times article intended to convince us that there is just no use to fighting, in which the Gray Lady tells a grotesquely distorted version of the story of Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr, a patriot who kept reenlisting because he believed in ideals beyond the grasp of the skittering cockroaches who write for the Times. Starr died in action, as he well knew he might. He also knew what he was dying for, writing in a letter:
Obviously if you are reading this then I have died in Iraq. I kind of predicted this, that is why I'm writing this in November. A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances. I don't regret going, everybody dies but few get to do it for something as important as freedom. It may seem confusing why we are in Iraq, it's not to me. I'm here helping these people, so that they can live the way we live. Not have to worry about tyrants or vicious dictators. To do what they want with their lives. To me that is why I died. Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark.
In order to make Starr's ultimate sacrifice look as pointless as a traffic accident, the above passage was stripped down to this:
Sifting through Corporal Starr's laptop computer after his death, his father found a letter to be delivered to the marine's girlfriend. "I kind of predicted this," Corporal Starr wrote of his own death. "A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances."
As Malkin reminds us:
When you read The New York Times (if you still bother to read it), always ask:
What is the Times not telling me?
The answers are invariably more compelling — and newsworthy — than what the paper actually deems "fit to print."
For more on the NY Times' shameless distortion of the words of our soldiers to suit their propaganda purposes, have a look at The Mudville Gazette.
Hat tips: Varla, Times Watch
November 3, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:37 PM
Ralph Peters has an excellent piece in today's New York Post explaining the seemingly incomprehensible phenomenon of liberal intellectuals actively siding with totalitarian zealots who would eagerly cut the throats of their children in their beds. It all boils down to the maxim "the enemy of my enemy is my friend":
Global intellectuals and Islamist terrorists share common enemies — the United States, Israel and the West in general. They're unified by a disdain for freedom, capitalism and democracy — especially the latter. Religious extremists and the international intelligentsia alike distrust the will of the people at the ballot box.
They also have in common the moral depravity that makes genocide possible.
Islamist fanatics are willing to kill millions to fortify and purify their religion — just as intellectuals excused Stalin's purges and Mao's mass slaughters in the name of building communist utopias.
Peters puts his finger on why Muslim terrorists — though evil, deranged, and despicable — are more worthy of respect than their pointy-headed apologists:
Islamist terrorists at least have the courage of their convictions. They'll sacrifice their lives for their perverted faith. Anti-American intellectuals wouldn't sacrifice a tall latte to save a continent from genocide.
Of course if the liberal media's efforts are successful, and al Qaeda takes control of Iraq and its resources, the nuclear attacks on Western cities that would eventually follow would kill sneering intellectuals just as dead as everyone else. But posturing moonbat chin-scratchers aren't capable of thinking matters through that far. As Peters aptly puts it, "The problem with intellectuals is that they don't really think."
Peters is entirely correct to suggest that "the global insurgency of anti-American intellectuals may be more pernicious even than al Qaeda." We defeated the Soviet Union, but the New York Times — which glorified Stalin while covering up his genocide — is still around, and still doing whatever it can to help those who would destroy our civilization. Peters sums up our struggle nicely:
We'll prevail against the terrorists. And after we've triumphed again, our domestic intellectuals and their foreign brethren will find new monsters to worship.
Hat tip: Byron
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:32 PM
Have I mentioned that in addition to being very possibly the worst president this country has ever had, Jimmy Carter is without any doubt the worst ex-president? Still unable to refrain from trying to hamstring his own country in the international arena, Jimbo has announced that the Bush Administration's observation that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction was "manipulated, at least" in order to mislead the world into going to war.
Apparently Carter offered no explanation for all those dead Kurdish children that were gassed to death with Saddam's nonexistent WMDs, nor did he explain why everyone else believed in Saddam's WMDs, including both the Clintons.
Carter also expressed his approval for Harry Reid's childish stunt of forcing a "secret session" of the Senate in order to focus media attention on similar claims that Bush somehow misused intelligence in the prelude to the war.
Of course the intent is to take cheap political shots at the President, but the effect of these "manipulated intelligence" allegations is to weaken the United States and strengthen its adversaries — not that this is likely to dissuade either Carter or Reid from continuing to shout their Michael Moore-esque accusations at anyone who will listen. Who knows, maybe one day Reid too will be able to stick enough knives in his own country's back to win a Nobel Prize and get a submarine named after him.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:49 AM
Rachel Corrie's staggering stupidity — which caused her not only to embrace the cause of Palestinian terrorists but to stand in the path of an Israeli bulldozer that was too heavily armored for the driver to see her — has won her a special place in the pantheon of moonbattery. Apparently it has also won her a permanent spot on London stages.
The Jerusalem Post reports that The Skies are Weeping, a classical music piece inspired by Corrie, is premiering this week at the Hackney Empire theater, three days after the conclusion of the second run of My Name is Rachel Corrie at the prestigious Royal Court Theatre.
Unsurprisingly, these productions do not portray Corrie as a vicious little pro-terrorist kook, but "as a selfless and innocent martyr for peace." Bring your own barf bag.
Liberals might be surprised to learn that Corrie is not the only Rachel to die in the course of Israel's struggle against Arab terrorism:
There was Rachel Thaler, age 16, who was born in London but killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber who exploded himself at an Israeli mall. And there was also 17-year-old Rachel Levy, blown up at a grocery store; 19-year-old Rachel Levi, shot while waiting for a bus; and Rachel Gavish, a mother murdered with the rest of her family while celebrating Passover.
However, Corrie is almost certainly the only one of these Rachels whose death left the world a better place.
Hat tip: Wiggins
November 2, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:22 PM
There have been some encouraging signs that the federal government is willing to acknowledge the border crisis. Let's hope that the rhetoric is translated into action fast, because the situation is getting ugly.
The LA Times reports that invaders have been throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails and even shooting at US Border Patrol agents. They also enjoy firing high-powered slingshots loaded with marbles and ball bearings at the agents, and some have tried running them over with vehicles. Assaults against agents have nearly doubled along the border in the last year.
In the Tucson and San Diego sectors alone, 43 agents were shot at last year. The area near San Diego has seen so much violence that bureaucrats have resorted to the drastic measure of erecting signs warning that assaulting agents is against the law. Some agents have taken to riding in armored vehicles with bulletproof glass.
Is there some reason that the border hasn't been mined? Like any other sovereign country, we have every right to defend our territory. The very least the government could do is build a serious fence.
Needless to say, leftists are in favor of the invasion. Two dozen police, some on horseback, needed to be called out in Sacramento last Saturday when a rally in support of a ballot initiative to create a California State immigration police force was crashed by kooks wagging signs denouncing the Minutemen and Governor Schwarzenegger. Three arrests were made during a two-hour standoff.
Hat tip: Byron
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:31 AM
As a byproduct of her promising new book Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild, Michelle Malkin has generated a disturbing collection of moonbat mugshots (thanks to V the K for the tip). The day after Halloween was an apt time for her to post this chilling rogue's gallery of moonbats run afoul of the law.
As Malkin points out, "Critics will argue that these fine folks do not represent mainstream liberalism and that Republicans are just as bad." But as she also points out:
It's not Republicans taking chainsaws to Democrat campaign signs and running down political opponents with their cars. It's not conservatives burning Democrats in effigy, defacing war memorials, and supporting the fragging of American troops. And it's not conservatives producing a bullet-riddled bumper crop of assassination-themed musicals, books and collectible stamps.
It's not a Republican who invoked Pol Pot and Nazis and Soviet gulag operators when discussing American troops at Guantanamo Bay. That was Democrat Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, who kept his Senate Minority Whip position and who continues to blame an "orchestrated right-wing attack" for what came out of his mouth.
It's not Republicans who suggested that President Bush had advance knowledge of the September 11th attacks or that Osama bin Laden has already been captured. Those notions were advanced by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and current Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean.
And it wasn't a Republican who asserted that the war Iraq was "just as bad as six million Jews being killed." That was Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel, who has refused to apologize and whom no Democrat leader has denounced.
The views of unhinged liberals are no longer relegated to the private remarks of a few Democrat politicians or the bloviations of a few fringe figures on the far Left. The syndrome is far more pervasive, intense, and sanctimoniously self-delusional than anything on the Right.
November 1, 2005
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:16 PM
One last piece of Halloween moonbattery, via Breitbart (on a tip from Byron):
"What they have implanted here, which is really a 'gringo' custom, is terrorism," Chavez said, quoted in the local press. "They disguise children as witches and wizards, that is contrary to our culture."
Now why would a guy want to demonize Halloween? Fortunately, not everyone in Venezuela is on board with their dictator's wet blanket mentality:
His comments came after authorities in Caracas recently seized pumpkins, cardboard skeleton costumes and other traditional Halloween items inscribed with anti-Chavez messages.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:30 PM
Prince Charles' moonbattery extends well beyond his groveling embrace of dhimmitude. A "60 Minutes" interview (tip from V the K) in advance of his sandal-licking pro-Islam PR tour gives some groan-inducing insights into the mentality of this walking warning against the dangers of inbreeding.
According to Prince Chaz, this whole civilization thing is overrated; economic progress is "upsetting the whole balance of nature." He frets about the importance of technology in modern life:
If you make everything over efficient, you suck out, it seems to me, every last drop of what, up to now, has been known as culture.
As for himself, he has been able to resist this trend by dressing up in a djellaba and pretending he's an Arab.
You would think the one thing even the Prince of Wales would have going for him would be a sense of propriety. Yet he is using his "learn to love dhimmitude" tour to inaugurate a new memorial garden in New York for British victims of 9/11. The tour will wind down on the West Coast, where the Prince and Camilla will meet with some of the derelicts who have taken over San Francisco. No word on whether Charles will dress up as a hobo for the occasion.
Being Prince of Wales would seem to be an okay job — jet all around the world indulging in your adolescent notions, with gold leaf on your limousine and toadies fawning at every turn. But apparently Charles isn't above a little self-pity:
The most important thing is to be relevant ... It isn't easy, as you can imagine ... It's very easy to just dismiss anything I say. ... It's difficult.
Who is going to tell the next King of England that the reason it is easy to dismiss anything he says is that the things he says are moronic? Maybe a photographic tribute would cheer him up:
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:39 AM
Stop by Silent Running and vote for your favorite Crusader Pig design by Risawn of Incoherent Ramblings. They're planning to have t-shirts made to sell on CafePress — always assuming that CafePress doesn't censor them.
Hat tip: Byron.