January 31, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:22 PM
It looks like Howard "Dr. Demento" Dean's reign as Chairman of the DNC may be headed for some rough water. Dems don't seem to mind his obnoxious and even seditious rhetoric, but they are starting to object to his fiscal incompetence. From Drudge:
Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are privately bristling over Howard Dean's management of the Democratic National Committee and have made those sentiments clear after new fundraising numbers showed he has spent nearly all the committee's cash and has little left to support their efforts to gain seats this cycle, ROLL CALL reports.
Congressional leaders were furious last week when they learned the DNC has just $5.5 million in the bank, compared to the Republican National Committee’s $34 million. ...
"A lot of people are scratching their heads as to what's going on," said one senior Democratic aide.
Thankfully these people aren't overseeing the economy.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:23 PM
You might be tempted to think that if our backs were against the wall — if we were staring imminent extinction in the eye — even the Left would set aside its sanctimonious nonsense and admit that our civilization deserves to exist and has a right to defend itself. But don't be too sure. Consider the example of Israel, which is openly slated for destruction by the soon-to-be-nuclear Iran, and now has on its border a quasi-state where a blood-drenched terrorist organization was just democratically elected. Even there, the instinct of self-preservation has yet to replace moonbattery with patriotism in some quarters.
As Steven Plaut observes on FrontPageMagazine.com:
Israeli leftists increasingly cheer for Hamas, because they openly endorse Hamas's agenda itself, which just happens to be based on annihilating Israel.
Americans have known at least since the McGovern candidacy that the Left can be suicidal politically; Israel shows that its suicidal impulses might be quite literal. Gideon Levy is a prime example. Here he is crowing about Hamas' victory on Haaretz.com:
First, these are very authentic results, achieved through elections that were respectably democratic, even though they took place under the least democratic circumstances imaginable, the occupation. As usual, we were threatened by our experts with "anarchy," and, as usual, the Palestinians did not meet those expectations. There was no shooting and no rioting; the Palestinian nation had its say with admirable order. It said "no" to a movement that did not bring it any achievements in the just struggle against the occupation, and it said "yes" to those who appeared to the voters to be braver and with clean hands. The religious issue was set aside: Most of the Palestinians, it can be safely said, don't want a religious state; they want a free state.
Ahem, Mr. Levy, no shooting, no rioting, no anarchy? What about this:
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Firing into the air, Fatah gunmen stormed Palestinian parliament buildings on Saturday and demanded the party leadership resign following a crushing election defeat by Hamas. ... "No partnership with Hamas," gunmen chanted as they fired in the air in Ramallah. ... In Gaza, police briefly stormed the local parliament compound in protest at suggestions by Hamas that it take over security forces once it forms a new government. ... Eight people were wounded in street battles between Fatah and Hamas supporters in the Gaza Strip on Friday. ... Hamas, behind a suicide bombing campaign that has killed hundreds of Israelis, has said it will accept a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza as a first step toward conquering Israel
Appallingly, the "clean hands" Levy refers to are the hands that do this:
Where Levy got the notion that the "religious issue was set aside" by the election of Islamic fundamentalists, only the Devil could say.
No serious person disputes that Hamas is and has always been a terrorist organization devoted to bringing about the complete annihilation of Israel. Liberal Israelis who actually side with Hamas provide a glimpse into the abyss of self-destructive lunacy that is the black heart of moonbattery.
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Posted by Dave Blount at 1:23 PM
It isn't just in Hollywood that the movie industry is overrun by some of the phoniest moonbats imaginable. Davids Medienkritik reports on the ravings of Dieter Kosslick, director of the International Berlin Film Festival, who expressed this "special wish" while discussing the film "The Road to Guantanamo":
I would really very much like to greet the 450 inmates, who are being held and tortured at Guantanamo in opposition to human rights of any kind, on the red carpet.
Medienkritik has a special wish too:
Why not send all 450+ inmates from Guantanamo to live with Mr. Kosslick in his house and in his neighbors' houses in Germany? After all, if you're willing to roll out the red carpet for hundreds of Al-Qaeda and Taliban Islamofascists, why not go the extra mile and take them into your home? Put your money where your mouth is Mr. Kosslick, not just your foot.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:53 AM
Barring a miracle, Samuel Alito will be confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States this Tuesday. Roe v. Wade will be repealed, and the clock will effectively be turned back 50 years to a time when women were herded like cattle into back alley abortion clinics and beaten with the King James Bible until they miscarried. Affirmative Action will be scrapped. Blacks will be thrown back into chains. Cub Scouts will go from door to door, spreading their message of hate and intolerance. There will be a bug in every telephone, a nativity scene in every park, and a heterosexual in every Showtime drama series. Dr. King's dream of justice and equality will succumb to George Bush's Great American Nightmare.
I've tried pleading with congressional Republicans. I've tried threatening them with a filibuster. I've even tried rolling around on the floor of the Senate until I got my way. Unfortunately, the close-minded conservatives who control Congress will simply not respond to reason. Therefore, I have no choice but to appeal to their primitive, apelike instinct for protecting the lives of children over the rights of the mother.
For every vote cast this Tuesday in favor of confirming Judge Alito, I, Senator Edward Kennedy, will eat one small child.
Sometimes a guy with Chappaquiddick Ted's moral integrity is forced to take drastic steps.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:21 AM
In association with Something... and Half of Something, Moonbattery is pleased to announce the Moonbat of the Month™ for January 2006: George Galloway!
This left-wing British MP's recent accomplishments include making a laughing stock of Parliament by appearing on the show Celebrity Big Brother, where he performed for the public by crawling around on all fours pretending to be a cat, and by dressing in a leotard to express "the emotions of bewilderment when a small puppy won't come to you" employing the medium of robotic dance.
His disgraceful behavior caught on camera was not limited to reality show antics. A video came to light this month that showed Galloway sucking up to the torturer, murder, and serial rapist Uday Hussein. Unfortunately, Jihad George did not live up to his promise to stick with Uday (who was killed by US forces) "until the end."
Earlier accomplishments on Galloway's part include traveling to the Middle East to incite violence against the West with this kind of rhetoric on Arab television:
Two of your beautiful daughters are in the hands of foreigners — Jerusalem and Baghdad. The foreigners are doing to your daughters as they will. The daughters are crying for help, and the Arab world is silent. And some of them are collaborating with the rape of these two beautiful Arab daughters.
Of course Galloway's ability to convert his seditious impulses into nearly $600,000 through the UN's oil-for-food scandal also deserves mention.
Congratulations, Mr. Galloway — you richly deserve the honor of Moonbat of the Month™!
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:56 AM
What would happen if people stopped maturing at age two? Would we still have political discourse?
Sure we would — and we may see an example of what it would look like tonight:
Anti-Bush protesters plan to hold a noisy demonstration outside the U.S. Capitol Tuesday night, when President Bush delivers his State of the Union speech to Congress. During a protest demanding that "Bush step down," liberal activists, headlined by anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, will try to drown out Bush's address with drums, violins, pot-and-pan banging, car horns, church bells, and raised voices, according to a press release. "People will use flashlights to shine the light on Bush's lies," protest organizers said. The demonstration, which supposedly will attract thousands of people, is being organized by The World Can't Wait, a national organization launched in November to spread the word that "Bush lied, Bush spied, Bush must step down." Representatives from Veterans for Peace, the Hip-Hop Caucus, Interfaith Alliance, Progressive Democrats of America also will take part.
January 30, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:47 PM
If there's one thing that will make you almost as terrified for the future as Iran developing nuclear weapons, it's got to be the pervasiveness of moonbattery in education, from higher ed all the way down to grammar school, where the pupils of one London school are now banned from raising their hands in class.
The principal explains that it's often the same children who raise their hands. When teachers try to involve the ones who don't raise their hands by calling on them instead, the tots experience the dreaded sensation of victimization. And so:
To spare embarrassment of the students who do not know the answer, the school has incorporated a "phone a friend" system, allowing one child to nominate another to take the question instead.
What an ingenious concept. I can just picture the characters in the Guinness commercials shouting "brilliant!"
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:25 PM
Towe points out that blacks are five times more likely than whites to be in jail not because of a sinister Caucasian conspiracy, but because they commit five times as much crime. If we're going to find root causes for this state of affairs, let's not waste time on hollow demagoguery about the white man's racism. Any reasonable person will admit that whites have been bending over backwards to facilitate black integration. True, this integration is still resisted by narrow-minded, hate-spewing racists — but white racists gave up resisting it a generation ago. In the modern age, it's the race hustlers promoting themselves as "leaders of the black community" who are succeeding where the KKK failed at keeping blacks down. As Towe puts it:
The more African-American leaders play the blame game on whites, the less likely their constituents will wake up to the truthful realization that the moral virtues of hard work, education, sexual restraint and honoring our laws are the only tickets out of their self-imposed exile from the American dream.
Enraged by race-baiting UNC Political Science Prof Dwight Mullen's demands that institutions "deliver racially just outcomes," Towe rails,
Meritorious behavior be damned — if you are black, you deserve equality of outcomes ... same pay, same benefits, same health care, and you don't even have to work for it. According to this argument, whites owe equality of outcomes to blacks, regardless of their behavior or merit, simply because of their skin color. ...
Truthfully, until this attitude of privilege by skin color is erased from the African-American mentality, they are doomed to failure and despair in a nation that celebrates and rewards achievement earned by hard work and efficiency, and not by skin color. ...
The moment anyone feels they "deserve" something they have not earned, they doom themselves to resentment, anger and a self-defeating psychology of privilege. It is unfortunate that prominent and influential leaders who should know better still cling to this defeatist psychology, which only alienates their partners and reinforces the racism they claim to despise.
But there is a downside to overcoming moonbattery and participating in American society on an equal basis. It's likely to have a harmful impact on the racial grievance industry. Parasites like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton might actually be forced to do something constructive with their lives.
Hat tip: Lucianne.com
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:45 AM
The media blitz never ends for Cindy Sheehan, she of the "absolute moral authority," who in addition to threatening to run for the Senate is planning to pull her silly Ditch Witch stunt again by camping out outside the President's ranch. But there's more: she reports that noisily anti-American strongman Hugo Chavez endorses his new cuddlebunny for President of the USA:
"He said, 'Why don't I run for president?'" she said. "I just laughed."
Sheehan's trip to South America was admittedly financed by Chavez, an avowed enemy of the United States, who obviously wanted her there for the propaganda damage she could inflict on our country. Mother Moonbat used the opportunity to announce to the world that she agrees with fellow lunatic Harry Belafonte, who recently called our President "the greatest terrorist in the world." She also let us know that her affection for terrorists is not limited to the "freedom fighters" who killed her son, as she cozied up to Elma Beatriz Rosado, widow of FALN terrorist Filiberto Ojeda Ríos. That's Elma on the right:
Wizbang asks an obvious question that doesn't seem to occur to many on the Left:
[W]hat do you think would happen if Sheehan were a citizen of Venezuela who traveled to Washington D.C. to speak out against Hugo Chavez while standing next to President Bush?
To get an idea of the answer, read this.
The hell Chavez is making out of Venezuela probably doesn't differ much from what Mother Moonbat's fan base would do to our own country. Some on the Left will admit straight out that they want to destroy America and replace it with a totalitarian regime. Others take a more gradualistic approach. But as Wizbang points out:
Whether a socialist state be brought about by revolution, as the leftist/socialist radicals want, or brought about by a slow usurpation of our personal liberties by modern liberals and Democrats matters not. For any move toward socialism is a move toward totalitarianism and oppression.
Hat tips: General Jack D. Ripper, Six Meat Buffet
January 29, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:20 PM
As they say, conservatives look for converts, liberals search for heretics. This is why the Democratic Party continues to become more extreme — and why its base of support continues to shrink.
The latest heretic to face a trip to the stake is Steve Elmendorf, a Democratic lobbyist who was an advisor on Hanoi John Kerry's 2004 campaign. Elmendorf's sin was to utter this blasphemy:
The bloggers and online donors represent an important resource for the party, but they are not representative of the majority you need to win elections. The trick will be to harness their energy and their money without looking like you are a captive of the activist left.
In other words, if you are going to take money from militant kooks, at least don't make it obvious that they are calling the shots, or only kooks will vote for you.
The inquisitors at Daily Kos were not amused:
Here's notice, any Democrat associated with Elmendorf will be outed. The netroots can then decide for itself whether it wants to provide some of that energy and money to that candidate.
Got that, Dems? Elmendorf is a witch, and anyone who consorts with him is probably a witch too. If you don't like it, maybe you're a witch.
Let the auto-da-fé get underway.
Hat tip: Ankle Biting Pundits
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:23 AM
Thank you Mother Moonbat for your best efforts on behalf of the lunatic Left to pull the Democratic Party ever farther out on a limb that is starting to crack. Her latest contribution to the marginalization of this once formidable party — threatening Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) for not agreeing to filibuster the obviously qualified Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court.
Feinstein has already adopted a position that most people could probably agree is unreasonable: she admitted that Alito is qualified, but promised to vote against him anyway because he is considered a conservative. In a Democracy, if the people want conservatives on the bench, they elect a conservative president to appoint them. Since this is exactly how Alito came to be appointed, Feinstein is basically admitting to trying to circumvent the democratic process by voting against him.
But even Feinstein has acknowledged that Democrats have no grounds for stalling the nomination. This won't do. Hanoi John Kerry got in line with the Michael Moore/Cindy Sheehan contingent by trying to phone in a filibuster from a posh resort in Switzerland. Feinstein had better follow suit — or else.
Speaking from Venezuela, where she is visiting at the expense of a hostile regime in order to propagandize against her own country, Sheehan declared that if Feinstein doesn't support a filibuster, the Ditch Witch herself will run against her this November.
Hat tip: Wiggins
January 28, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:11 PM
The Left's half-concealed sympathy for psychopaths who would like to kill us — currently highlighted by the War on Terror — isn't actually new. Nor is its dogged insistence on living in some alternate reality where the only real threat to America is America itself. Liberal elitists' fetish for the Rosenbergs is a case in point. Demonstrating a third characteristic of the Left — its refusal to live in the present — a piece in the Wall Street Journal reveals that the Rosenberg fetish is still alive.
A quick refresher on settled history: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were justly executed for espionage in 1953 after helping Stalin's Soviet Union develop nuclear weapons by stealing American secrets. It is no thanks to the Rosenbergs that these weapons weren't used to kill us by the millions. Hell's hottest fires are richly deserved by these profoundly evil communist spies.
Naturally their execution made them martyrs to moonbats. For years the Left pretended the Rosenbergs were innocent. By now everyone knows better. For example, Khrushchev's memoirs make note that the Rosenbergs "vastly aided" Soviet development of weapons of mass death. Their guilt was corroborated by the 1995 declassification of the Venona documents, as well as by NSA intercepts in the 1940s (no wonder the NY Times doesn't want the NSA doing its job).
The WSJ piece reports on a forum sponsored by Fordham Law School, which convened in Manhattan to discuss the "artistic influence" of the Rosenbergs. The invitation referred to the Rosenbergs as "the accused" — as if there were some question of their guilt even now.
Heavy hitters at the event were novelist E.L. Doctorow and playwright Tony Kushner, both of whom have created fictional works expressing sympathy for the Rosenbergs. The forum was "arcane and self-serious" as the participants bloviated about the nature of "historical art," which was defined as "an aesthetic system of opinions."
Apparently liberal intellectuals still won't admit that Stalin was a threat to us, any more than they will admit that Saddam was a threat.
"We knew that the Russians were no threat, but we wanted to persuade Americans to be afraid," Doctorow intoned, in denunciation of those who did not want our nuclear weapons technology going to a genocidal dictator clearly hostile to our civilization.
The connection to the current War on the War on Terror by this same class of useful idiots is so obvious, even Kushner could see it:
Our failure to come to terms with a brutal past, our failure to open up the coffins and let the ghosts out, has led to our current, horrendous situation.
By "brutal past," he was apparently referring to our execution of the Rosenbergs, not the tens of millions Stalin killed. The "horrendous situation" presumably refers to the War on Terror.
Of course, the audience ate it up:
As the artists [Doctorow and Kushner] turned the Rosenbergs' treason into dissent and then into patriotism, the audience was enthusiastically in tune. Present were the Rosenbergs' children, Robert and Michael Meeropol, who continue to contest their parents' Soviet entanglement, and the former editor of the Nation, Victor Navasky. When it came time to ask questions, the moderator warned off any "Cold War warriors" from asking "disrespectful" questions, like, presumably, how these authors could defend an ideology that took millions of lives. No one did.
No doubt a generation from now, if Manhattan hasn't been nuked by then, elitist morons will gather there at snooty forums to discuss the martyred Saddam Hussein's noble contributions to "historical art."
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:04 AM
Further evidence that moonbattery has limited appeal to the public comes to us from France, where a museum designed primarily to commemorate the heroes who died to liberate that country on D-Day has degenerated into a cave of moonbattery, predictably losing its visitors in the process.
The Memorial Museum in Caen, Normandy has been attempting to transform itself into a "place of reflection on the contemporary world" rather than "the great museum on the Second World War in France," which was its original objective, according to former chief historian Claude Quétel, who was canned for complaining that political correctness had subverted the mission.
"Peace begins at home, in the office, with our neighbors," according to the museum's brochure. This advice wouldn't have been of much use to the 53,000 American, British, and Canadian troops who died at the Battle of Normandy.
The museum now includes sections devoted to "the principal disorders in the world today" and the need for "eco-responsibility."
In 2004, the 60th anniversary of D-Day, attendance dropped from 560,000 to 400,000, and the museum lost €400,000. But not to worry, there's a rescue plan in place. It includes cuts to the guided tours of D-Day landing beaches, and new exhibitions on "Living Without Petrol" and "Father Christmas."
No doubt French taxpayers are being called upon to keep this idiotic abomination afloat.
Hat tip: William
January 27, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:44 PM
It looks like freeganism isn't just for smelly unemployed squatters anymore. A true freegan is someone who refuses to buy any food, on the grounds that doing so would entail participating in capitalism. But if liberal ideology were to demand total compliance on the part of its advocates, it would soon be very short of advocates — if you doubt it, read Peter Schweizer's excellent Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy. So it was only a matter of time until freeganism became a part-time principle, a practice engaged in as convenient by people who probably bathe fairly often, usually buy their food, and even participate in capitalism to the point of having jobs.
Whereas the purist freegan rejects all voluntary commerce, these freegan-lites are more focused on the perniciousness of over-consumption. Breitbart.com reports that they gather two or three times a month to do some "shopping" among the rat-infested dumpsters and stinking trash bags of Manhattan.
"I make good money and I can afford to buy food," says a freegan who works as a social worker, "but it's a shame to see this waste."
A high school teacher named Janet Kalish is moving toward true freeganism. She has become so skilled at digging stuff out of the garbage to eat that "the only food she still purchases in traditional fashion are the soy-based products she requires for her strictly vegetarian diet."
"My meals have become more diversified because I find surprises," chirps Kalish. "Things I probably wouldn't buy in stores, like endives and avocado. I wash them well and I know where there's clean garbage."
You have to admire her resourcefulness. Clean garbage isn't easy to find in New York City.
"There's not a single food we can't find in perfect condition in a bag on a sidewalk," boasts math teacher Jason Samuels.
No wonder Adam Weissman, the organizer behind the local chapter, believes that "The solution to world hunger lies on the streets of New York."
Hat tip: Drudge
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:39 AM
I'm no fan of Chris "Tweety" Matthews, but anyone who gets the Michael Mooron crowd this worked up can't be all bad.
Matthews' sin was to display ideological impurity by noticing the obvious — namely, that Osama bin Laden has been drawing directly on the rhetoric of fifth-columnist moonbats like Moore:
Matthews on January 19:
This is from bin Laden in the audio today. "There is no defect in the solution other than preventing the flow of hundreds of billions to the influential people and war merchants in America." I mean, he sounds like an over-the-top Michael Moore here, if not a Michael Moore.
Matthews on January 20:
Why is he [bin Laden] trying to track what he picks up in the Internet and from the media as the lingo of the left in America, like Moore? Why would he start to talk like Moore?
Moonbats are now on a jihad against Matthews, calling for a boycott against MSNBC on account of his right-wing bias. That's correct, the right-wing bias of a guy who wants Cindy Sheehan to run for Congress and who thinks terrorists "just have a different perspective."
While conservatives look for converts, liberals search for heretics. In the grand tradition of their Uncle Joe's show trials, they are going to sniff out anybody who isn't sufficiently eager to be at the front of the herd as they stampede off the edge of a cliff into irrelevance.
Signs indicate that Shrillary herself could get hoisted on this same petard.
Hat tips: ex-expat, Lucianne.com
January 26, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:58 PM
It appears that the paranoid hysteria the Dems and their left-wing media accomplices are trying to whip up around the President is taking its toll on the psychiatrically vulnerable. The Federal Government has requested anonymous data from the major search engines for a study of online pornography. Yesterday the New York Times managed to report this take on the story without sniggering:
Kathryn Hanson, a former telecommunications engineer who lives in Oakland, Calif., was looking at BBC News online last week when she came across an item about a British politician who had resigned over a reported affair with a "rent boy."
It was the first time Ms. Hanson had seen the term, so, in search of a definition, she typed it into Google. As Ms. Hanson scrolled through the results, she saw that several of the sites were available only to people over 18. She suddenly had a frightening thought. Would Google have to inform the government that she was looking for a rent boy — a young male prostitute?
Ms. Hanson, 45, immediately told her boyfriend what she had done. "I told him I'd Googled 'rent boy,' just in case I got whisked off to some Navy prison in the dead of night," she said.
Ms. Hanson's reaction arose from last week's reports that as part of its effort to uphold an online pornography law, the Justice Department had asked a federal judge to compel Google to turn over records on millions of its users' search queries. ...
Instead of seeking professional help for Ms. Hanson, the Times reporter then launched into a breathless account of this emerging menace to our privacy rights. Readers are left with the impression that black helicopters will soon be landing in their backyards if they search for terms like "Hamas" or "abortion."
"It's scary to think that it may just be a matter of time before Googling will invite an F.B.I. agent to tap your phone or interrogate you," one tinfoil-hat–wearing moonbat fretted.
"I have been known to send very unflattering things about our government and our president," muttered another. "I still do, but I am careful about using certain phrases that I once wouldn't have given a second thought."
Today, as if aware that she had once again made a fool of herself, the Gray Lady ran another article on the subject, which without mentioning the first one, tacitly admits that it was utter bunk:
[T]he case itself, according to people involved in it and scholars who are following it, has almost nothing to do with privacy. It will turn, instead, on serious but relatively routine questions about trade secrets and civil procedure. ...
"[T]his particular subpoena does not raise serious privacy issues," said Timothy Wu, a law professor at Columbia. "These records are completely disconnected. They're just strings of words."
That is, strings of words that cannot be traced to any individual. Google's refusal to comply with the order is not based on privacy concerns. The privacy issue is only raised when Google complains that the order may create a false perception that users' privacy has been violated — which it might, with the help of irresponsible publications like the Times. "This is not a perception that Google can accept," writes a Google lawyer.
By the end of the article, the Gray Lady has reverted to form ("Still, the current subpoena to Google, legal experts said, has given rise to an important debate, whether the facts of the case are apt or not."), but not before admitting this:
Other Internet search engine companies, including Yahoo, America Online and MSN, have complied with the same Justice Department subpoena, which also sought a random sample of a million Web addresses. The companies all said there were no privacy issues involved.
Not Google though — although Google has no problem cooperating with other governments. For example, they have been helping communist China censor the search output for terms like "democracy" and "human rights." As Fox News reports:
Google called its decision a necessary trade-off to allow Chinese users greater access to other information.
Uh huh. Ironically, Google's mantra is "Don't be evil." By the way, the cultlike company scores a perfect 100% blue on BuyBlue.org, by giving 100% of its political contributions to the Democratic Party.
If any paranoia is in order, it might be more sensible to direct it toward the ham-handed opinion-manipulators at the NY Times — or at Google.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:14 PM
Kudos to the FBI for recognizing that not all terrorists are Islamists. We have our own homegrown variety, the product of sociopaths who take the premises of liberal ideology to their natural conclusion: violent hostility to human civilization.
From the Wall Street Journal:
The Justice Department on Friday released a 65-count indictment against 11 members of an animal-rights and ecoterrorism outfit that for more than four years had spread violence and destruction across five Western states. Using fire and explosives, the individuals stand accused of targeting ranger stations, animal-holding facilities, lumber companies, timber farms, a ski resort and even a police department. Eight have been detained; another three are believed to be hiding outside the country.
Moonbat terrorists — aka "green extremists" — have been responsible for over 1,200 criminal acts and $millions in damage. Many of their cells are linked to Earth Liberation Front or Animal Liberation Front, both of which have ties to PETA. Their coercive tactics are spreading a climate of fear. For example:
The New York Stock Exchange's recent decision to postpone the listing of Huntingdon Life Sciences — a U.K. animal-research company that has been a top terrorist target for years — was put down to the Exchange's worry that it would be next on the hit list.
Although it is often difficult to take animal- and earth-rights kooks seriously, the damage they cause is very real and puts innocent life at risk. As WSJ points out, Congress needs to address the failure of current statutes to cover some of their antisocial activities, such as coercion against third-party targets. Responsible news coverage from their fellow moonbats in the MSM wouldn't hurt either.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:13 AM
Could anything be more disgusting than the sight of leftist British MP George Galloway performing robotic dance in a leotard? How about Galloway schmoozing with rapist and torturer Uday Hussein?
Video is reported to have surfaced showing Jihad George sucking up to Saddam's maniacal son, calling him "Excellency" and vowing to stick with him "until the end."
Uday — known by Iraqis as The Wolf — was an evil degenerate even by the standards of Saddam's regime. His behavior was so over the top that his father had to lock him up. Among his accomplishments, Uday beat and stabbed to death Saddam's personal valet and food-taster Kemal Hana Gegeo. The many women he raped before being killed by US forces are believed to include a visiting Russian ballerina. Uday also oversaw the imprisonment and torture of Iraqi Olympic athletes whose performances did not meet government requirements.
Of course, it is already known that Galloway was on great terms with Uday's genocidal father, who helped him line his pockets through the UN-sponsored oil-for-food scam. Said Galloway to Saddam:
Sir, allow me to salute your courage, power and indefatigability.
Killing people by the hundreds of thousands is hard work, but thanks to his indefatigability, Saddam just kept chugging along.
Thanks George, for making the moral character of the Left too obvious for any reasonable person to deny.
And thank you Wiggins and V the K for tips.
January 25, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:30 PM
The Left's campaign to homosexualize children has hit a small snag in the Bay Area, where five teachers at San Leandro High School have refused to comply with a school district order to display this in their classrooms:
The rebels cited religious issues, but according to district Superintendent Christine Lim, who initiated the policy, "This is not about religion, sex or a belief system. This is about educators making sure our schools are safe for our children, regardless of their sexual orientation."
The sexual orientation of our children? And these screwball degenerates are running schools? But wait, she just said this isn't about sex. The important thing is, they are protecting the children — you're not against that, are you?
Gay art teacher Tom Laughlin oversaw the poster's design by students. He can vouch for the need to propagandize on behalf of tolerance. Once a student called him a "fag."
But this isn't about protecting people from being called names, which is a practice we are unlikely to eradicate from high schools. It's about making it very clear that everyone must get on board with the official ideology. As Bookworm points out, the poster "amounts to a gay flag."
What will happen to the five conscientious objectors? Who knows, but the attitude of Principal Amy Furtado sounds ominous:
Furtado said she is confident that every teacher eventually will comply with the district mandate. She said she intends to work with those teachers who have refused to ensure they comply with the order.
This isn't the first culture war battle fought at San Leandro High. When English teacher Karl Debro was actually disciplined for outraging parents by using his position to inflict pro-homosexuality politics on children, he sued and was awarded over $1,000,000. Imagine how long he would have to teach English to make that kind of money. This should go some ways toward explaining high property taxes, as well as why people who can afford to tend to get their kids out of public schools.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:34 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:19 PM
When the disease of communism takes hold of a country, it causes both the economy and the human spirit to disintegrate. Very soon the whole civilization visibly crumbles.
Venezuela is literally breaking off in chunks under the Hugo Chavez dictatorship. The Viaducto 1 bridge to the airport is tottering on its last legs, and unusable, leaving anyone flying in from the Maiquetia airport on the coastline the wretched specter of mountain donkey trails to cross in order to get to homes or hotels in inland Caracas.
But that's not all. El Universal is reporting that a critical bridge to the hinterland has just collapsed, this one linking Yaracuy state, where Daniel of Yaracuy lives, to the outside world. He is now cut off. There are more donkey trails of course, but this goes to show the neglect and lack of investment and maintenance that is plaguing Venezuela as it Cubanizes. There literally will be no difference in the look of the two places by the time Chavez gets out of there.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:04 PM
If you saw Joel Stein's piece in the Los Angeles Times yesterday and felt overwhelmed by an explosive urge to rip out his stinking guts, throw them on the floor, and trample on them, forget about it — Hugh Hewitt has done the job for you.
The piece in question is "Warriors and Wusses," in which Stein proudly announces that he has the courage to not support American troops, on the grounds that anyone who joins the US military is "willingly signing up to be a fighting tool of American imperialism."
Hugh Hewitt interviewed this useless little fool yesterday, after which Stein was carried out in a basket. The transcript and audio are available at Radio Blogger.
Unsurprisingly (to those who have read his column) the La Times pundit came across as a scatterbrained fool with a credibility problem. For example, he asserted that he has "no family at all" in the military — and then a few minutes later started talking about his cousin who graduated from West Point and is currently serving.
Although Stein clung tenaciously to his spiteful position on the troops, he was so overmatched intellectually that he hardly put up a fight against Hewitt, who had no problem squeezing embarrassing admissions out of him.
On removing the Taliban and disrupting al Qaeda's base of operations after 9/11:
"I did not support the invasion of Afghanistan."
On the topic of the military:
"I'm not an expert at this at all. I mean, I think you certainly can tell."
On the topic of the salary he "earns" by spitting up one short column a week, which is admittedly more than twice what enlisted men earn — and probably a lot more than twice:
"I am grossly overpaid..."
On whether Iraq is better off for having been liberated from a genocidal dictator:
"[I]t's hard for me to say."
On whether he would write the same vile column again if he had it to do over:
"Yes. I would."
On whether it would be appropriate for people to cancel their subscriptions to the LA Times because of said vile column:
"Yeah. [I]f they feel like that's their only recourse, sure."
It's hard to argue with him there. Anyone still subscribing to La Times is urged to cancel by calling this number: 1-888-565-2323.
Thank you V the K for the tip.
Welcome visitors from Carnival of the Clueless #31.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:46 AM
Jim Gilchrist of the Minuteman Project is filing suit against the comfy moonbat haven Laguna Beach, which has banned the Minutemen from entering a float in the town's Patriot's Day parade.
Laguna Beach — described adoringly by NBC as "a bohemian town of 24,000 tucked into coastal hills that's best-known for its vibrant arts scene, ocean vistas, laid-back atmosphere and prominent gay population" — justifies the exclusion of the Minutemen on the grounds that they have a political message.
Parade participants that are not deemed to have a political message include a gay group and an anti-war group.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:49 AM
Yet again reinforcing the point that what Cindy Sheehan and her cohort are against is not the war against Islamic terrorism so much as America itself, Mother Moonbat has now traveled to Venezuela to propagandize on behalf of anti-American strongman Hugo Chavez at the annual leftist kookfest called the World Social Forum.
"I admire him for his resolve against my government and its meddling," she said of a hostile foreign leader who has been doing his best to destabilize democracies throughout Latin America.
According to the Ditch Witch, Venezuela's foreign ministry sponsored her visit. Our enemies must think the propaganda she generates is at least worth a plane ticket. Maybe bin Laden should invite her over to speak from his cave.
Hat tip: Wiggins
January 24, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:27 PM
The West Wing — aka The Left Wing — charmed its liberal elite audience by creating a nightmare fantasy world in which the America-bashing moonbat Martin Sheen is the President of the United States. Undoubtedly its stale reruns will continue to plod along on Bravo long after the Democratic Party has joined the Whigs in the dustbin of history.
The Book of Daniel is a sitcom devoted to spitting at Christianity. It features a drug-addicted priest whose son is gay, whose daughter deals drugs, whose lesbian secretary is having sex with his sister-in-law, whose 16-year-old adopted son is having sex with the bishop's daughter, etc. etc. ad nauseam.
No wonder liberals don't like the free market. It doesn't seem to be supporting their bilge.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:35 PM
Could it be that the market for moonbattery is taking a dive?
The New York Times Co. said Tuesday its fourth-quarter earnings fell 41 percent from the same period a year ago...
The Times, which also publishes The Boston Globe and the International Herald Tribune, earned $64.8 million or 45 cents per share in the three months ending in December, compared to $110.2 million or 75 cents per share a year ago.
The Gray Lady is responding by raising home delivery rates. Somehow I doubt that will plug the holes in her hull.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:16 PM
WorldNetDaily reports that the intolerable situation at the Mexican border continues to spiral completely out of control:
Texas law enforcement officers and Border Patrol agents engaged in an armed standoff with Mexican military personnel and drug smugglers just inside the United States along the Rio Grande yesterday afternoon.
According to a report in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Ontario, Calif., both Texas law enforcement and the FBI stated nearly 30 American agents were part of the incident.
Chief Deputy Mike Doyal of the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Department told the paper Mexican military Humvees were towing what appeared to be thousands of pounds of marijuana across the border into the United States.
Border Patrol agents called for backup after seeing that Mexican Army troops had several mounted machine guns on the ground more than 200 yards inside the U.S. border — near Neely's Crossing, about 50 miles east of El Paso.
Doyal said Hudspeth County deputies and Texas Highway patrol officers arrived shortly afterward.
"It's been so bred into everyone not to start an international incident with Mexico that it's been going on for years," Doyal told the Bulletin. "When you're up against mounted machine guns, what can you do? Who wants to pull the trigger first? Certainly not us."
Of course not. That's what the US Army is for.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:09 PM
Moonbats and Mexicans have joined forces to undermine what little territorial integrity our country still asserts. From the Arizona Republic:
Mexico's human rights agency says it will give out detailed maps of the Arizona desert, including rescue beacons and water stations, to guide migrants safely through the most popular and deadliest corridor into the United States.
A Tucson-based moonbat association calling itself Humane Borders designed the maps, which will be distributed not just near the border, but throughout Mexico in order to encourage people to travel north to invade Gringoland.
Of course, this isn't the first time we've seen this sort of thing:
Last year, the Mexican government outraged border-control activists in the United States by publishing a comic book containing safety tips for illegal immigrants. Soon afterward, the southeastern state of Yucatán published its own guide containing detailed information on routes through the desert.
The Humane Borders maps show mountains, roads, railroads, and cities, as well as where do-gooder idiots have left water tanks in the desert to facilitate the invasion, and where Border Patrol rescue beacons can be found, so that if invaders get hot and tired, American public servants can drive out into the desert and pick them up, giving them something cool to drink before letting them go again.
Future versions of the maps will show cellular telephone coverage, which should be particularly helpful for drug dealers coordinating their smuggling activities.
Tucson taxpayers may be interested to know that this project is supported by Pima County — which includes Tucson and 115 miles of the Mexican border.
There has been no word on whether the maps will also be distributed to the Mexican army — which has a use for them.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:25 AM
No one will be much surprised to learn that the pro-life marchers were peaceful and orderly, or that the thuggish pro-abortion counter-demonstrators attempted to suppress their right of self-expression, as they had been encouraged to do in advance:
We are calling on the people and workers of San Francisco and the Bay Area to rise up and completely stop them in their tracks and shut down their march.
John Murtha's friends from Code Pink were on hand, as were the Raging Grannies, black bloc hooligans, and assorted other freaks and sociopaths. Fortunately the police were able to maintain order, despite repeated attempts by militant creepazoids to prevent the march from continuing.
Zombie's account includes this frightening video clip, as well as some excellent photojournalism. These samples should give you an idea of what pro-lifers are up against:
Sorry about the language. Documenting moonbattery is not a pleasant business.
Thank you V the K for the tip.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:28 AM
It looks like the moonbats who threaten to move to Canada every time elections don't go their way will have to set sail for somewhere farther away — Cuba or North Korea might do. From AP:
Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party won national elections Monday and ended 13 years of Liberal rule, a victory expected to move Canada rightward on social and economic issues and lead to improved ties with the United States...
The triumph for the Conservatives came with many Canadians weary of the broken promises and corruption scandals under the Liberal Party, making them willing to give Harper a chance to govern despite concerns that some of his social views are extreme.
Concern on the part of AP, anyway.
Harper has said he would reconsider a U.S. missile defense scheme rejected by the current Liberal government of Prime Minister Paul Martin. He also said he wanted to move beyond the Kyoto debate by establishing different environmental controls, spend more on the Canadian military, expand its peacekeeping missions in Afghanistan and Haiti and tighten security along the border with the United States in an effort to prevent terrorists and guns from crossing the frontier.
As in Germany, the margin of conservative victory was narrow, which will make governing difficult — especially if the Liberals prove to be as irresponsibly obstructionist as America's Democrats. All the same, this is definitely a step in the right direction, not just for Canada but for Western Civilization in general.
January 23, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:41 PM
At first I was grateful that Jimmy Carter was apparently too busy promoting Hamas to appear with the likeminded George Galloway on Celebrity Big Brother. But then I took a closer look at Jihad George's dancing partner...
With thanks to Varla and Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:15 PM
Moonbat Jack Murtha and Howard "Dr. Demento" Dean will be disappointed to learn that their Code Pink friends, who have been staging demonstrations at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center every Friday for 10 months mocking the wounded troops within, did not renew their permit in time and have now been replaced by pro-American Freepers and Protest Warriors. For details and plenty of pictures, see The Redhunter and The Gunn Nutt.
The only cloud inside this silver lining is that Code Pinkos will now have more time to raise money for terrorists.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:54 PM
George Galloway, the leftist British MP known for his strong stance against the war in Iraq, for his encouragement of Islamic terrorism, for his participation in the UN-sponsored oil-for-food scandal, and for crawling around on all fours pretending to be a cat, has now taken the natural liberal gift for self-ridicule to an entirely new level. From This Is London:
George Galloway is set to attract further derision after performing a dance routine on Celebrity Big Brother — in a tight-fitting, red leotard...
His dance partner was, of course, Pete Burns. The transvestite lead singer of 1980s band Dead or Alive wore a blue leotard, even though he insisted he would not run from a burning house in it.
The pair were amusingly instructed to express "the emotions of bewilderment when a small puppy won't come to you" through the medium of robotic dance.
Hat tip: Lucianne.com
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:10 AM
So many Islamophiliacs with decidedly anti-American views have been getting themselves kidnapped by terrorists in Iraq lately that you almost have to wonder — especially when one captive, having been released, not only praises her captors but allegedly gets caught with the some of the money used ransom her:
Part of the ransom money alleged to have been paid by the German government to win the freedom of Iraq hostage Susanne Osthoff last month was found on Osthoff after her release, the German magazine Focus said on Saturday.
Without citing its sources, Focus said officials at the German embassy in Baghdad had found several thousand U.S. dollars in the 43-year-old German archaeologist's clothes when she took a shower at the embassy shortly after being freed.
The serial numbers on the bills matched those used by the government to pay off Osthoff's kidnappers, the magazine said.
Apparently letting US Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem's killer out of his cage wasn't enough; the Germans also had to pour cash into the terrorists' pockets — some of which then found its way into Osthoff's. As if we needed another reason to NEVER negotiate with terrorists...
Hat tip: Country Store
January 22, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:19 PM
Whatever you want to call him — John Walker Lindh, Johnny Taliban, Suleyman al-Faris, Abdul Hamid, or maybe something less printable — this sorry product of liberal anomie has made it back into the news:
The father of an American jailed for fighting alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan said on Thursday his son had been tortured and unjustly punished amid public hysteria over the Sept. 11 attacks.
"The maltreatment and imprisonment of John Lindh was — and is — a human rights violation," Frank Lindh told the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. "It was based purely on an emotional response to the 9/11 attacks, not on an objective assessment of the facts of John's case."
Torture allegations were kept vague. It's not known if he's endured the sort of horrors that go on at Club Gitmo (i.e., poorly adjusted air conditioning, having to listen to Christina Aguilera, having to watch puppet shows, having your space invaded by a female, etc.).
For anyone who has been able to blot the memory of this creature out of their mind, Johnny Lindh is a spoilt twerp born of a "Birkenstock family," named after moonbat icon John Lennon, and raised from age 10 in the hot-tub haven of Marin County, California (suburban San Francisco). After discovering Islam by reading the autobiography of Malcolm X, he got his parents to send him to Yemen to study Arabic. He ended up getting captured by U.S. forces while fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan.
"It's exactly what I thought it would be."
Did he think he had been fighting on the right side?
"Definitely," was the answer.
Yet we are now asked to see him as some kind of victim, despite his having been sentenced to 20 years rather than the execution he so richly deserves.
The Taliban American (as CNN called him) is now appealing to President Bush to commute his sentence. Sorry, Johnny — you'll have to wait until Democrats are back in office — which with any luck will be a good long time.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:17 PM
Since Hollywood Squares isn't around anymore, washed-up has-beens and also-rans have to look around to find continued access to their less-than-adoring public in order to get their fix of attention. Hanoi John Kerry has stooped lower than most by posting on the flagship website of the hebephrenic anti-American Left, Daily Kos.
The casual blog enthusiast may remember Daily Kos as the blog whose Moonbat-in-Chief, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, had this to say about American contractors who were brutally murdered and whose corpses were publicly desecrated by terrorists in Iraq:
I feel nothing over the death of merceneries [sic]. They aren't in Iraq because of orders, or because they are there trying to help the people make Iraq a better place. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them.
The independent contractors had been helping to deliver food in Fallujah.
Here's what Kos had to say about Kerry after he lost to W in 2004:
But what makes me angry was Kerry and his gang's inability to take advantage of the situation. I may regret saying this later, but fuck it — they should be lined up and shot.
Personally I think having Kerry shot is a little extreme, although I do feel that he should be tried for treason, and if he's found guilty, the punishment is for the judge to decide.
Hat tip: Ankle Biting Pundits
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:32 AM
There may be less time to goof around negotiating than we thought. From UPI:
Tehran is planning a nuclear weapons test before the Iranian New Year on March 20, 2006 says a group opposed to the regime in Tehran.
This puts Iran ahead of their presumed schedule, but as we learned in Iraq, it can be very difficult to determine exactly how much progress hostile regimes have made toward developing nuclear weaponry. Red Ink: Texas makes a good case that an assist from North Korea could have Iran's Ayatollahs murdering by the millions in no time.
Hat tip: Byron
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:40 AM
You might want to think twice about bringing your kids anywhere near the White House on the day after Easter. From CNSNews.com:
A coalition of homosexual advocacy groups is urging families headed by lesbians, bisexuals, gays and transgenders to show up in large numbers for the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 17.
The current plan is for the National Park Service to distribute fee tickets to the family-oriented event on a first-come first-served basis on April 15. Militant groups are urging LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) "families" — or stand-ins — to line up the night before "so we can maximize our impact."
If the White House preempts this "visibility action" by making the egg roll invitation-only, the activists "will gather together as a group as close to the media as possible to share our story."
January 21, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:51 PM
If anyone doubts that the depraved propaganda churned out by the liberal intelligentsia not only demoralizes Americans but actively inspires our enemies, consider William Blum, a nasty old moonbat whose book Rogue State was plugged by none other than Osama bin Laden.
Here's what Osama had to say in his last al-Jazeera video:
And if Bush decides to carry on with his lies and oppression, then it would be useful for you to read the book "Rogue State," which states in its introduction: "If I were president, I would stop the attacks on the United States: First, I would give an apology to all the widows and orphans and those who were tortured. Then I would announce that American interference in the nations of the world has ended once and for all."
Actually bin Laden was quoting the back cover of a collection of Blum's bile charmingly entitled, "Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire":
If I were the president, I could stop terrorist attacks against the United States in a few days. Permanently. I would first apologize — very publicly and very sincerely — to all the widows and orphans, the impoverished and the tortured, and all the many millions of other victims of American imperialism.
Our war with Islamic terrorism is fought as much with words as with any other weapons. Supplying al Qaeda with this kind of propaganda is no different that shipping over crates full plastic explosives. Not that this bothers scum like Blum:
"This is almost as good as being an Oprah book," Blum burbled of receiving the world's most wanted terrorist's endorsement. "I'm glad."
It has reached the point where liberals don't even have to pretend they are not working in tandem with Islamic terrorists to bring about this country's destruction.
"I was not turned off by such an endorsement," Blum declared. "I'm not repulsed, and I'm not going to pretend I am."
Like other members of the liberal intelligentsia, Blum feels that America had it coming on 9/11: "I think bin Laden shares that view, and that is why I'm not repulsed by his embrace of my book, because that is one of my major themes."
They share not only views, but goals. Blum's mission in life is "if not ending, at least slowing down the American Empire. At least injuring the beast."
Rogue State shot from 205,763 to 26 overnight on Amazon.com. Bin Laden has made this skittering cockroach rich. At least he knows how to treat his friends — not that he will hesitate to blow Blum to bits with the rest of us at the first opportunity.
Hat tip: The MaryHunter and Penelope
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:57 AM
Jimmy Carter — the personification of moonbattery, whom even the Clinton Administration regarded as a "treasonous prick" — is at it again, reminding us all how supremely lucky we are to have survived four years of this evil clown in the White House:
Former President Jimmy Carter says he's encouraged by the participation of Hamas in next week's Palestinian elections because the terrorist organization has political integrity.
Carter told CNN that Hamas may consist of "so-called terrorists," but added "there have been no complaints of corruption against [their] elected officials."
Carter conceded that some in Hamas "deny Israel's right to exist," but defended the group's legitimacy as a political party.
Here are a few so-called victims of Hamas "so-called terrorists":
But of course, according to Jimbo, Menachem Begin was just as much a terrorist.
Welcome visitors from Rightwing Nuthouse's Carnival of the Clueless #30.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:49 AM
An alliance of self-appointed food police has announced a lawsuit intended to disrupt the sinister alliance between Viacom (owner of Nickelodeon) and Kellogg that entails using cartoon characters to market kid food to kids.
"Nickelodeon and Kellogg engage in business practices that literally sicken our children," one of the plaintiffs has proclaimed.
While it has been found that advertising does in fact increase demand for the products being advertised, whether the products in question have any negative effect on kids is debatable:
In one of the few studies to examine snack food consumption and childhood obesity, Harvard researchers recently reported no relation between intake of snack foods and subsequent changes in bodyweight among the study’s 6,774 boys and an inverse relation (meaning snack food intake was associated with lower weight gain) among the 8,203 girls.
Hat tip: Wiggins
January 20, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:59 PM
Citing Katrina as a case-in-point, some environmentalists say global warming impacts minorities and the disadvantaged harder than other groups. If global warming gets worse, many African-American communities will be more vulnerable to breathing ailments, insect-carried diseases and heat-related illness and death.
Naturally, whitey is to blame:
Blacks are environmental Good Samaritans. Per capita, we emit approximately 20 percent less carbon dioxide than Whites.
But persons of chocolateness are not completely above approach. Led astray by capitalism, some ride around in SUVs instead of taking the bus.
"It has been ingrained in our heads that to be anything, you must have everything," says EJCC steering committee member Nia Robinson. "Because some of us have a big car and a nice house, people aren't seeing that racism still exists. But Katrina showed that racism is alive and well in America. Now that people have that idea, I think we're in a really critical stage to organize, educate and mobilize people."
EJCC stands for Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative. Justice will be accomplished as usual by punishing the productive for not being poor. After all, poor people pollute less, right? Poverty makes blacks environmentally righteous, according to BET.com:
Not only do we use more energy-conserving public transportation, we spend considerably less per capita on energy-intensive material goods.
Never mind that environmental protection is a luxury only the richest countries can afford — as anyone who has been to India can attest.
President Bush is excoriated because he "opted out of the Kyoto protocol global warming treaty." Actually, it was the Senate that preemptively opted out of that economic suicide pact 95–0, several years before Bush became President.
The piece doesn't mention that greenhouse emissions are going up faster in many countries that signed Kyoto than they are in the USA, despite our faster economic growth. But then it also doesn't mention that temperature fluctuations are normal, that there is no evidence that they are caused by human activity, or that the whole concept of "global warming" is based on myth.
Hat tips: Wiggins, William
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:46 PM
Do you have a professor who just can't stop talking about President Bush, about Howard Dean, about the war in Iraq, about MoveOn.org, about the Republican Party, about the Democratic Party, or any other ideological issue that has nothing to do with the class subject matter? ...
If you can help UCLAProfs.com collect information about abusive, one-sided, or off-topic classroom behavior, we'll pay you for your work.
You'll need some documentation to collect your bounty. Rates are as follows:
- Full, detailed lecture notes, all professor-distributed materials, and full tape recordings of every class session, for one class: $100
- Full, detailed lecture notes and all professor-distributed materials, for one class: $50
- Advisory and all professor-distributed materials: $10
UCLAProfs.com has already posted a long list of militant kooks on the UCLA faculty, complete with profiles. The idea of these ideologues shaping young minds with an assist from the taxpayer will make your hair stand on end. Their current Radical of the Week is the ungracefully aging hippie and "Philosophy of Education" professor Douglas Kellner.
Naturally, the project stands accused of "McCarthyism" for suggesting that demagogic professors ought to climb down from their soapboxes and start teaching their classes in a professional manner. UCLAProfs.com responds:
UCLAProfs.com is not conducting a witch-hunt, engaging in police-state surveillance, or targeting privately-held political beliefs. We are concerned solely with indoctrination, one-sided presentation of ideological controversies, and unprofessional classroom behavior, no matter where it falls on the ideological spectrum. As an illustrative example of egregious behavior with which UCLAProfs is concerned, please review the article BAA President Andrew Jones wrote about his experience in a 2002 political science class. Occasional political remarks, jokes, or the like are generally harmless behavior. We are concerned with a class which in full any reasonable observer would agree was taught in an unacceptable or unprofessional manner. ...
Accusing a professor of unprofessional behavior is in essence an accusation of professional malfeasance. UCLAProfs.com will air such charges only after extended reviews of a professor's record. The taping of lectures leaves no room for a vengeful student to take questionable statements out of context, to (deliberately or inadvertently) misquote a professor, or to otherwise give a false portrait of the class. As such, we find the current hysteria, and the many intemperate accusations that the UCLAProfs.com program is a "blacklist," "ratting out" professors, or other contemptible phenomenon, to be a severe distortion. Our program is more fair and more professional than many similar ongoing projects which rely on volunteer reports that in too many cases are thinly backed by independent evidence.
Hat tip: ex-expat
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:33 AM
Twenty-five years ago today, Western Civilization took a sharp turn for the better when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated President of the United States.
Reagan personified the antithesis of moonbattery. He will be remembered throughout history as the man who stood down the nightmare of communism. As noted in today's Wall Street Journal, we have him to thank for the last quarter century of prosperity.
Join the celebration in this great man's honor at Mike's America.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:22 AM
Some in the media aren't much liking it that the war hero status of John "Moonbat Jack" Murtha has been called into question:
Murtha is a retired marine and was the first Vietnam combat veteran elected to Congress. Since 1967, there have been at least three different accounts of the injuries that purportedly earned Murtha his Purple Hearts. Those accounts also appear to conflict with the limited military records that are available, and Murtha has thus far refused to release his own military records.
Anyone who has read Unfit for Command knows how easy it is to game the system for Purple Hearts, provided you have no sense of honor. And frankly, how much honor can a guy have if he is willing to turn against his own country because his ego was bruised when the President wasn't eager enough to listen to his advice?
[I]n the nearly nine weeks since Murtha outlined his proposal for withdrawing U.S. troops before the insurgency is defeated, network reporters have repeatedly touted Murtha's Vietnam-era medals as either bolstering his policy view or making him somehow immune from criticism — so their authenticity should be a legitimate topic to investigate.
As with Hanoi John Kerry, all Murtha needs to do to lay the issue to rest is release his military records — although it may take more than that to fumigate the stink still sticking to him from Abscam, in which Moonbat Jack was named an unindicted co-conspirator, and from the millions of federal dollars he has funneled toward companies represented by KSA Consulting, a lobbying firm in which his brother Robert "Kit" Murtha is a senior partner.
But there's more to Jack Murtha than corruption, questionable medals, and demands that we surrender to terrorists. He has his lovable side. Here he is cuddling with Code Pink activists, with flowers apparently intended for our wounded troops:
Here's what Code Pink had to say in a statement on meeting Moonbat Jack at Walter Reed (via Free Republic):
Thank You Congressman Murtha! CODEPINK co-founder Gael Murphy and DC coordinator Allison Yorra met with Congressman Murtha to thank him for his courageous stand on Iraq. We presented him with our pink badge of courage and pink flowers sent by CODEPINK members nationwide. Rep Murtha was very appreciative of these gestures and requested that we ask legislators to support H.J Res 73 (Murtha's resolution). He also requested that we use additional donations for the wounded at Walter Reed. DC CODEPINK along with other peace groups involved in the weekly vigil at Walter Reed recently delivered baskets of goodies to the wounded at Walter Reed. Together, with Murtha's office, we will be continuing this outpouring of kindness and support to the wounded soldiers from CODEPINK.
Code Pink's "weekly vigil" at Walter Reed entails taunting wounded soldiers with flag-draped coffins. Here's video of Code Pink's despicable behavior at Walter Reed. This hard-left organization raised $600,000 for the terrorists fighting American troops in Fallujah. Here are some Code Pinkos demonstrating their patriotism at a recruiting office:
Nice friends Moonbat Jack has been making. At least no one can dispute that he's earned his "pink badge of courage."
Cross-posted at The Wide Awakes
January 19, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:38 PM
Jacques Chirac has threatened to launch a targeted nuclear strike against any country that carries out a terrorist attack against France:
"The leaders of states who would use terrorist means against us, as well as those who would consider using in one way or another weapons of mass destruction, must understand that they would lay themselves open to a firm and adapted response on our part," warned Chirac. "This response could be a conventional one. It could also be of a different kind."
Encouraging as this tough talk on terrorism may be, it was probably wise of Chirac to leave open the option of a conventional response, should nuclear retaliation turn out to be empty bluster.
For France, a conventional response would probably be along these lines:
Hat tip: Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:36 PM
Here's a comment from V the K that deserves its own post:
Debbie Schlussel identifies the parties the ACLU is trying to protect from possible wiretapping when they talk to al Qaeda:
Noel Saleh. The thrice-disciplined attorney (who was suspended from the practice of law) openly stated at a town hall meeting with federal officials that he has financially contributed to Hezbollah. He heads an Arab welfare agency that gets millions in our tax dollars, yet was raided by the FBI for engaging in Medicaid fraud.
Mohammed Abdrabboh, a Palestinian attorney and ACLU of Michigan Board Member. Not only does he represent a number of accused terrorists, he lied in signed documents about it.
Abdrabboh's law partner, Nabih Ayad. Both Abdrabboh and Ayad go on annual trips to the Middle East with Hamad. The trips involve meetings with Lebanese and Syrian officials tied to Hezbollah, and their travel-mates include officials of a Detroit charity that openly donated millions to HAMAS and privately raised money for Iraqi insurgents at a Los Angeles area fundraiser. Ayad represented Omar Abdel-Fatah Al-Shishani, stopped at Detroit Metro Airport with millions in phony bank checks used to fund Al-Qaeda operations.
William Swor, another Plaintiff in the suit, represented an accused member of the Detroit terror cell. During the trial, the judge reportedly lashed at him for trying to tamper with and intimidate the government's Arabic translator in the case.
Nazih Hassan, a member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Michigan Chapter--a group founded with funds from HAMAS political director Moussa Abu Marzook. Of all the Plaintiffs detailed within the case, he is the most worthy of government monitoring. He is not an attorney, but is admittedly a friend of deportee Rabih Haddad--founder of Global Relief Foundation (GRF). President Bush designated GRF as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity and shut it down, because it was laundering money back and forth to Al-Qaeda.
No way does the MSM ever delve into the people who are trying to stop the wiretapping of terrorists.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:25 PM
I never thought I would feel sympathy for a foolish and obnoxious moonbat like David Letterman, but this is too much. A judge recently granted a restraining order against him based on claims that he was using his TV broadcasts to inflict "mental cruelty" and "sleep deprivation" on a woman he had never met who lives on the other side of the country.
"If [applicants] make a proper pleading, then I grant it," explained District Judge Daniel Sanchez of Santa Fe.
Though Letterman's pricey lawyers have been able to kill the restraining order, the case emphasizes how easy it is to obtain them — and they can come in very useful when laying the groundwork for custody disputes. They can also lead to legal lunacy, as described by Capitol Hill Journal:
Restraining orders turn ordinary men into criminals by forbidding many routine behaviors. Men are being arrested for violating their orders by such acts as: returning their children's phone calls; going to their children's school or athletic events; sending their kids birthday cards; or accidentally running into them at the park or the mall.
Cathy Young, author of Ceasefire: Why Women and Men Must Join Forces to Achieve True Equality, documented one case where a father of three was arrested for getting out of his car to pet his kids' dogs when he picked them up for a visit. Later, he was fined $600 for returning a phone call from his son.
In another case, a divorced dad with no police record was convicted of a crime because he opened the door to the lobby of his ex-wife's apartment building when dropping his then-five-year-old son off after a visit. When he refused to go to batterers' treatment for this "crime," he was sent to prison for six months.
Restraining orders generally only limit the restrained person's contact with the protected person but not vice versa. As a result, husbands who have reconciled with their wives are being arrested during routine traffic stops for being in the same car with them. In one case, a father was arrested and jailed for three days for breaching a domestic violence order by taking his son to the hospital. The mother had called the father, said their son had been injured in a bike accident, and asked him to take the boy to the hospital. The conviction stays on his record and hurts his job prospects but he can't get it undone.
Some men have been arrested and jailed after being tricked into violating their restraining orders. In one Seattle case, a man was jailed for three months after returning phone calls from his ex-wife, who showed the police the phone screen with the man's number on it. The man explained that when he received the messages he worried that something might have happened to his kids. He asks "what kind of parent would I be if I didn't return those calls?"
Restraining orders have a particularly devastating impact upon law enforcement and military personnel. Under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, individuals, including police officers and armed forces personnel, are prohibited from possessing a firearm if they are subject to a restraining order issued at the behest of a spouse or an intimate partner. The 1996 Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban expanded this prohibition to bar officers and service personnel from carrying weapons as part of their jobs. As a result, many police officers who are hit with restraining orders lose their careers.
Too bad a course in common sense doesn't seem to be part of the curriculum at most law schools.
Hat tip: Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:23 PM
Here's another one for the lunatic lawsuits collection. From the Times Online:
Kevin Reeves, 40, was jailed for 15 months and ordered to pay £2,000 compensation after accepting £20,000 from a friend so depressed that she asked him to find a hitman to murder her. He even offered to do it himself, but got no further than pocketing the money.
The aspiring victim who filed the breach of contract complaint, Christine Ryder, met Reeves when both were being treated for mental health problems at the same hospital.
Hat tip: Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:26 AM
It looks like it has finally become passé for libs to compare everyone they disagree with to Hitler. Now they've moved on — to Osama bin Laden.
From the mouth of Paul Hackett, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate from Ohio:
The Republican Party has been hijacked by the religious fanatics that, in my opinion, aren't a whole lot different than Osama bin Laden and a lot of the other religious nuts around the world.
No doubt if you fail to conform to the tenets of militant nihilism as advanced by the Democratic Party's base, you too could qualify as a religious fanatic who belongs in al Qaeda.
After thinking over his foolish demagoguery, Hackett decided that he agrees with himself:
I said it. I meant it. I stand behind it.
Now that's the kind of bold decisiveness the Democrats need. At least they've learned something from watching Hanoi John Kerry waffle and flop.
Hat tip: Blogs for Bush.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:42 AM
One of the plaintiffs in the suit is Rachel Meeropol. You might remember her grandparents: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. You know, the two who helped Stalin get the bomb, with the general idea it would help Uncle Joe wipe out all of us nasty capitalists.
Meeropol is Vice President of the New York Chapter of the communist National Lawyers Guild.
Unfortunately moonbattery is one disease that does not skip generations. Rachel's dad is Robert Meeropol. As Sweetness & Light notes:
Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Meeropol is an avowed Communist supporter. He cites Fidel Castro as his boyhood idol. He supports convicted cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal. And he is the founder and Executive Director of the ultra radical Rosenberg Fund for Children.
Unsurprisingly, Mr. Meeropol is also adamantly opposed to the War On Terror.
The collapse of the Soviet Union put an end to dreams of communism destroying America. Too bad for the Left that Stalin never got around to using his nukes on us. Maybe they'll have better luck with their new Islamic friends. Of course, if the terrorists are going to kill Americans by the millions, they could use a little help from within — which "civil rights activists" are only too happy to provide.
January 18, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:21 PM
Kidnapped Islamophiliacs continue to be all the rage in the Middle East. Susanne Osthoff, Kate Burton, the kooks from Christian Peacemaker Teams, and even the parents of Rachel "Roadkill" Corrie are among those who have managed to get themselves abducted by the very terrorist goons with whom they sympathize.
The kidnappers who abducted her could not have chosen a more wrong target. True, Jill is a US citizen. But she is also more critical of US policies towards the Middle East than many Arabs.
Though as a reporter she always complies with the strictest requirements of objectivity and impartiality, Jill has been from day one opposed to the war, to the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
More than just being sympathetic with average Iraqis under war and occupation, Jill is a true believer in Arab causes.
From Arabic food to the Arabic language, Jill has always wanted to know and experience as much as possible about Arab identity, and she is keen on absorbing it, learning, understanding and respecting it.
She doesn't just "like" Arab culture, she loves it.
Isn't it funny how many people of a certain political persuasion have developed an obsessive love for all things Arab since 9/11? I hope Jill gets sprung, so she can tell us all about how humanitarian her captors were. It will be a shame if she ends up like her friend Marla Ruzicka, who was killed by terrorists in Iraq.
Hat tip: Debbie Schlussel
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:13 PM
Hollywood doesn't specialize in subtlety. By now we already know that it will side with any enemy of Western Civilization, even militant Islam — which will put the hollow degenerates who dominate the movie industry to the sword as soon as it has the chance. But just because something's already obvious is no reason not to rub it in our faces.
As Debbie Schlussel reports, there was no evident outrage on the part of Tinseltown or the MSM paparazzi who cover it at the Golden Globe Awards, when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association named "Paradise Now" the "Best Foreign Language Movie."
According to the Transatlantic Intelligencer, "Paradise Now" is a propagandistic excursion down the road of pro-terrorist historical revisionism, which wallows in anti-Semitism in its sympathetic portrayal of Palestinian suicide bombers.
In case anyone is too dense to understand that the HFPA gave its award for political reasons, it lists the film as "Paradise Now - Palestine" — expressing solidarity with the delusion popular among terrorists that Israel does not exist and that Palestine is an actual country.
Does their contemptible eagerness to sympathize with the murderers who would destroy their civilization get the Hollyweird phonies any credit on the other side of the cultural divide? Of course not. As AP reports, the movie has a poor reputation in Nablus, where it was filmed:
"This movie doesn't help the Palestinian cause," said an armed Palestinian militant who would not give his name because he's on the run. "People who go to carry out bombings do not hesitate so much."
Naturally "Brokeback Mountain" also won a Golden Globe. But that's a separate agenda.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:35 AM
Two far-left "civil rights" groups infamous for their hostility to the USA are launching lawsuits against the NSA, based on this organization's attempt to defend us from future 9/11s by monitoring communications between people in this country and overseas terrorists. The ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights seek an immediate end to the program, as if in a panic that the government might learn something that would prevent American citizens from being killed.
Despite the empty "civil liberties" rhetoric emanating from the Left, even the NY Times, which has often been willing to sacrifice what remains of its reputation to indulge in its petulant hatred of the Bush Administration, admits of the NSA's eavesdropping:
Although the program's public disclosure last month has generated speculation that it may have been used to monitor journalists or politicians, no evidence has emerged to support that idea.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a group of prominent journalists, scholars, attorneys, and national nonprofit organizations (including the ACLU) who frequently communicate by phone and e-mail with people in the Middle East. Because of the nature of their calls and e-mails, they believe their communications are being intercepted by the NSA under the spying program.
The nature of their calls and emails? Would that mean, the terror-supporting nature? We already know that the ACLU supports Hamas. We also know that it turned down $15 million in funding from two wealthy patrons on the grounds that it came with strings attached — namely,
The Ford Foundation bars funding recipients from engaging in any activity that "promotes violence, terrorism, bigotry or the destruction of any state." The Rockefeller Foundation says grantees may not "engage in, promote or support other organizations or individuals who engage in or promote terrorist activity."
The ACLU has been committed to the destruction of America as we know it since its inception. If communists can't destroy us from within as originally planned, maybe Islamic terrorists can accomplish the task.
Other plaintiffs in the suit include garden variety kooks like Greenpeace as well as The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), whose support for terrorism has been more hands-on than the ACLU's. Here's a small sampling of CAIR members' terrorist activities, via Anti-CAIR:
Senior CAIR employee Randall Todd Royer, a/k/a "Ismail" Royer, pled guilty and was sentenced to twenty years in prison for participating in a network of militant jihadists centered in Northern Virginia. He admitted to aiding and abetting three persons who sought training in a terrorist camp in Pakistan for the purpose of waging jihad against American troops in Afghanistan. Royer's illegal actions occurred while he was employed with CAIR.
CAIR's Director of Community Relations, Bassem Khafagi, was arrested by the United States due to his ties with a terror-financing front group. Khafagi pled guilty to charges of visa and bank fraud, and agreed to be deported to Egypt. Khafagi's illegal actions occurred while he was employed by CAIR.
On December 18, 2002, Ghassan Elashi, founding board member of CAIR-Texas, a founder of the Holy Land Foundation, and a brother-in-law of Musa Abu Marzook , was arrested by the United States and charged with, among other things, making false statements on export declarations, dealing in the property of a designated terrorist organization, conspiracy and money laundering. Ghassan Elashi committed his crimes while working at CAIR, and was found Guilty.
CAIR Board Member Imam Siraj Wahaj, an un-indicted co-conspirator in the first World Trade Center bombing, has called for replacing the American government with an Islamic caliphate, and warned that America will crumble unless it accepts Islam.
Rabih Hadid served as a CAIR Fundraiser. Haddad was co-founder of the Global Relief Foundation ("GRF"). GRF was designated by the US Treasury Department for financing the Al Qaida and other terrorist organizations and its assets were frozen by the US Government on December 14, 2001.
Whether liberals want to believe it or not, we are at war. Organizations like the ACLU and CAIR are taking part in this war. In fact, they play a critical role.
And they are clearly not on our side.
January 17, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:31 PM
The good news is, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has absolved the Bush Administration of directly causing Katrina to hit his city by asserting that God did it. The bad news is, God did it at least in part out of anger at America for deposing Saddam Hussein, who Nagin presumably feels governed by God's principles. So Bush does bear some responsibility after all. Check out the video at The Political Teen. Here's a transcript, via Michelle Malkin:
As we think about rebuilding New Orleans, surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country. Surely he’s not approval (sic) of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also.
There's been no word from the Mayor of Biloxi on whether God wants his town to remain vanilla. Maybe A.J. Holloway just doesn't have Nagin's connections.
At this point, no one needs to be told what happens when nitwits like Nagin are left in charge of major cities when a crisis arises.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:38 PM
Yesterday Hillary Clinton celebrated MLK Day by kissing the ring of Al Sharpton, the guy who along with Jesse Jackson is primarily responsible for reducing the civil rights movement to a tasteless joke.
Needless to say, her audience at Reverend Al's National Action Network was at the farthest edge of extreme. Lefty New York Attorney General and Governor wannabe Eliot Spitzer was taken to task for not having reinstated the law license of Alton Maddox of Tawana Brawley fame. Maddox was the guy who accused then-state Attorney General Robert Abrams of masturbating over photos of the phony rape victim Brawley. Shrillary pandered to this unsavory mob by insulting the President and by screeching this notable quote:
When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation and you know what I'm talking about...
Personally, I have no idea what she's talking about, and Hillary probably doesn't either. But her rhetoric didn't have to make sense, so long as it rubbed the kill-whitey contingent of the Democratic base the right way.
As Rep. Peter King (R-NY) pointed out:
It's always wrong to play the race card for political gain by using a loaded word like plantation. But it is particularly wrong to do so on Martin Luther King Day.
Meanwhile MLK is spinning in his grave. The Reverend Al and his cohort certainly don't want to be judged by the content of their character. Fortunately for them, that's not likely to happen in today's Democratic Party.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:41 AM
It's nice to know that the USA isn't the only place where runaway litigation has degenerated into absurdity. From Fox News:
[A] Croatian lumberjack who received a life-saving kidney transplant is suing the hospital that performed the operation, claiming the new kidney, donated by a 50-year-old woman, has left him with a passion for housework and knitting. The 56-year-old man who once enjoyed drinking with friends says he wouldn't have been caught dead doing the housework before his operation and blames the hospital for making him a local laughing stock.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:43 AM
The Drawing Center, which specializes in distasteful leftist propaganda that goes completely over the top, may have found a new home in what was once the Fulton Fish Market. This is bittersweet news for the New York Times, which continues to gripe that this highly unpatriotic institution could not be housed at Ground Zero, where anti-American insults might have maximum impact.
With the bitter incoherence of a psychotic bag lady, the Gray Hag mutters:
The real question is what ground zero has lost by losing the Drawing Center. The answer depends on many things, especially the perplexing fate of the memorial design and the character of the inchoate memorial museum. At best, ground zero has lost the ability to stand for freedom of speech, that most American principle. At worst, it risks becoming a deeply fragmented place, divided between mourning and shopping.
The editorial does not mention that even Hillary Clinton opposed rubbing salt into our country's wounds by installing a soapbox for infantile moonbats at Ground Zero. Nor does it mention that one of the reasons it won't be there is because families of 9/11 victims were outraged by the plans of liberal elitists to subvert this sacred ground, and put up stiff resistance to the idea of transforming it into what the appalling Bill Maher would approvingly call the "Why They Hate Us Pavilion."
Hat tip: Times Watch
January 16, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:02 PM
A British detective is facing disciplinary action and may be fired because he referred to a career criminal as "pondlife" in a private conversation, on the grounds that the criminal "might have been offended" had he been present, which he wasn't.
Three other officers are in the same boat because covert video recordings caught them using "inappropriate language" in private conversations. All four have been relieved of any duties that could bring them into contact with the public until their punishments have been decided.
They are not suspected of criminal activity. Their private comments were recorded purely by accident. Some of them have put in more than 20 years of service.
Had enough political correctness yet?
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:02 PM
For an indication of just how schizophrenic the Democratic Party has become, try to make sense out of the stance of Senate Judiciary Committee member Dianne Feinstein on Samuel Alito's confirmation:
"I do not see a likelihood of a filibuster," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif. "This might be a man I disagree with, but it doesn't mean he shouldn't be on the court."
She said she will not vote to confirm the appeals court judge, based on his conservative record. But she acknowledged that nothing emerged during last week's hearings to justify any organized action by Democrats to stall the nomination.
In other words, she does not support a filibuster because there are no grounds to oppose Alito's nomination. But she's going to vote against him anyway.
And compared to some of the other Dems on the Judiciary Committee, Feinstein is a level-headed moderate.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:48 PM
Remember Ray McGovern? He's a colleague of the NY Times' inside man at the NSA, the mentally disturbed Russell Tice. McGovern made a name for himself by out-clowning the other clowns at John Conyers' silly kangaroo court last June, which found President Bush guilty of various "high crimes." Apparently it has occurred to McGovern that if you are going to have trials, you should serve indictments. Here he is serving them, on behalf of the International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration:
A lot of important people are in very deep trouble, including President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Laura Bush seems to be off the hook — for now.
The list of charges is long and quite creative. It includes such appalling crimes as deposing a genocidal dictator, incarcerating terrorists, failure to believe in global warming and to deliberately cripple the economy as a sacrifice to Gaia, failure to finance the encouragement of mothers in foreign countries to kill their own babies, and failure to preemptively supplant the incompetent local government in New Orleans in the prelude to Katrina.
The list of crimes is so long that it's rumored McGovern went through every crayon in his Crayola 64-pack, and had to write out the last indictment using Magic Marker.
Hat tip: Prince of Leaves
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:03 PM
George Galloway, the leftist pro-terrorist MP of oil-for-food fame, has reached a new milestone in his degradation of Britain's Parliament. Former government minister Wendy Alexander has called his performance on the Survivor rip-off reality show Big Brother "excruciatingly embarrassing."
Says Miss Alexander:
This was a platform for the George Galloway brand and I think it's backfired, it's been excruciatingly embarrassing for those of us who saw the "cat scene" on Thursday night and actually it tells us something quite interesting that people will give their politicians a fair degree of latitude to make mistakes, be on the telly, do all different sorts of things, but actually they want you to be there doing your job.
The "cat scene" refers to Galloway crawling around on all fours and pretending to be a cat.
Hilary Armstrong, the British government's chief whip, has urged Galloway to show some respect for his constituents and get back to work. But as V the K has pointed out, British citizens might be grateful that Galloway is too busy purring and licking milk out of saucers on television to do his job; he's likely to cause less damage this way — except of course to Parliament's reputation.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:15 AM
Walter Cronkite — who probably did more than any other individual to cause American defeat in the Vietnam War and the resulting death and misery by proclaiming that we could not win — is now saying the same thing about Iraq.
"It's my belief that we should get out now," Cronkite opines, insulated by his arrogance and moonbattery from any awareness of the disastrous consequences to Iraq and to the world were we foolish enough to abandon the fledgling democracy.
Cronkite has also proclaimed that we are no safer since deposing Saddam. Never mind that a hostile dictator with a history of supporting terrorism and using weapons of mass destruction has been removed from power. Never mind that the front lines of the war with Islamic terror has been moved from Manhattan and Washington to the other side of the world.
This tinfoil-hat–wearing fifth-column elitist was known as "the most trusted man in America" when he did his part to secure a victory for totalitarianism in Southeast Asia. Now he is known as an elderly has-been with paranoid delusions who would be well advised not to speak in public.
Complaining of his retirement that he's "regretted it every day since," the 89-year-old Cronkite jokes that he's "standing by if they want me" to replace the disgraced Dan Rather. They would be better off bringing back the Dan.
Hat tip: Wiggins
January 15, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:29 PM
Helping to explain why it's getting so difficult to distinguish between the MSM's version of the news and the sort of hyperbolic anti-American propaganda disgorged by Al-Jazeera, another MSM journalist, Dave Marash of ABC's "Nightline," has gone to work for Al-Jazz, following the lead of Riz Khan, James Wright, and Kieran Baker of CNN, as well as the British journalist David Frost.
Marash called the terrorist-supporting and evidently terrorist-linked Al-Jazeera "a thoroughly respectable news organization."
The Bush Administration, tasked with defending Americans from the terrorists with whom Al-Jazz clearly has a close working relationship, has a different point of view. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld has denounced Al-Jazz's practice of promoting terrorism by airing beheadings and other al Qaeda videos.
"I think what irritates the Bush Administration is that Al-Jazeera is better sourced than anybody among America's adversaries in the Middle East," says Marash, making it clear that he is aware he is going to work for America's adversaries. The WWII equivalent would be going over to Germany to work for Joseph Goebbels.
Marash made repeated use of the words "nuanced" and "sophisticated" to describe Al-Jazz, confirming that he views it as a platform for spewing liberal-elite bilgewater.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:53 PM
You've probably never heard of Pennsylvania State Senator Jim Ferlo, and with any luck, you can forget he ever existed as soon as you finish reading this. But he may personify a phenomenon that would seem inevitable in the wake of the fame media fifth-columnists have bestowed upon vermin like Cindy Sheehan and John Murtha as a reward for undermining our country's morale in wartime.
Ferlo has been applying the Sheehan/Murtha formula in hopes of advancing his own career. Rather than attend to the business of serving Pennsylvania taxpayers, he has launched a moonbat jihad against the President. The Highland Park Democrat has set up the website www.pittsburghimpeachbush.org to collect signatures of fellow embittered liberals unwilling to abide by the electorate's choice. He also reportedly plans to run an ad in the sleazy alternative Pittsburgh City Paper urging people to contact their congressional representatives in support of an impeachment resolution.
As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wonders,
But what about all the important issues that a state senator is supposed to be worrying about now — lowering property taxes for Pennsylvanians, bringing new jobs to the state, fixing roads and bridges, helping [Pittsburgh] Mayor Bob O'Connor get more state aid to ease city budget problems, and other such things?
Never mind all that boring stuff; Ferlo has bigger issues — like trying to make a name for himself at a time when seditious rhetoric buys adulation from the media.
Ferlo is a nobody and will probably remain a nobody. But it's disgusting to think how many more like him there may be out there.
Hat tip: General Jack D. Ripper
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:50 AM
Self-proclaimed vampire Jonathan "The Impaler" Sharkey celebrated Friday the 13th last week by announcing his bid for Governor of Minnesota.
Lest readers mistake an actual vampire like Sharkey with the run-of-the-mill moonbats who run in most every election, there are significant differences. Sharkey is running on the Vampyres, Witches and Pagans ticket, not the Democratic or Green. Unlike many moonbats, he doesn't hate Jesus — "I just hate God the Father," says Sharkey. As opposed to the liberal practice of coddling and finding excuses for murderers and child molesters, Sharkey promises to personally impale them on a wooden pole outside the state capitol. He does not object to the Ten Commandments being displayed in government buildings.
All in all, Sharkey would almost certainly be an improvement over whomever the Democrats come up with. But Minnesota voters are advised to stick with Republican incumbent Tim Pawlenty.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:55 AM
Convicted cannibal Armin Meiwes is suing over a horror movie and a Rammstein pop song he claims are based on his deeds.
Meiwes ate a man he hooked up with on the Internet. He filmed the whole thing and confessed, although he claims it wasn't murder since the guy wanted to be eaten.
He regards the upcoming movie "Butterfly: A Grimm Love Story" to be a "slavish re-enactment" of his own crimes, for which he received a sentence of only 8 1/2 years by Germany's liberal justice system.
"I feel used," said the homicidal cannibal.
Hat tip: Wiggins
January 14, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:56 PM
If you missed Douglas MacKinnon's piece "Revealing a Viper in the Nest" in the Washington Times the other day, it's worth going back for. Here's how it starts:
Until recently, I believed that the liberal Americans in society and the media who espouse blind hatred for the Bush administration, the unilateral responsibility to defend our nation, our intelligence operatives and even our military, would see the error of their ways should we one day tragically lose an American city and its innocent inhabitants to terrorism.
Today, I wonder if they might not only secretly rejoice at the thought of the "Great Satan" being "justifiably" punished in such a manner, but with their very actions, sow the seeds of such destruction? A stretch? Go to some of these ultra-left Web sites and see the venom they spew at our government. Explain to me why U.S. government employees with Top Secret clearances would leak highly classified information to the media. Explain to me why that media would then selectively print operational details that it knows, beyond a shadow of a doubt, will be harmful to the national security of our nation.
The piece zeroes in on reporter James Risen and his New York Times, whose willingness to undermine our national security in order to damage the President will be remembered for ages if their assistance facilitates a major terrorist strike.
Ironically — considering that the NY Times has done pretty much everything in its power to enable Islamic terrorism by thwarting our efforts to combat it — the paper may no longer exist after the major strike comes, since Manhattan is liable to become home to a Ground Zero that will make the footprint of the World Trade Center look like a pair of potholes.
But not to worry, Gray Lady. Your place in history is secure.
Hat tip: Byron
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:47 AM
The Washington Redskins meet the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL playoffs today, making life difficult for the libs running The Seattle Times, who consider the term "redskin" to be politically incorrect.
Fox News reports that the term has been banned from headlines and captions. In the body of articles, the forbidden term can be used only on first reference, after which the team must be referred to as "Washington."
It is truly bizarre that moonbats think Indians are being insulted by having sports teams named after them. Teams are always named after something that commands respect. You have the Bears and the Bengals — not the Rodents or the Insects. Likewise, you have the Cowboys and the Patriots, not the Trial Lawyers or the Liberal Journalists.
Here's hoping the team that cannot be named scalps the Seahawks.
January 13, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:07 PM
Canada seems pretty certain to vote Conservatives into power on January 23, despite hysterical moonbat concern about the country turning "into a bastion for a U.S.-style extreme right."
With luck, the grownups will take control before anyone follows the recommendation of a report excreted by a $150,000 polygamy project (financed by Canadian taxpayers) that wants the law against polygamy repealed.
At first glance this looks like just another step in the sanctimonious march into dhimmitude. Yet it seems Muslims aren't the only ones in Canada with an interest in polygamy. As National Post reports:
[T]he project was also intended to provide the Liberal government with ammunition to help defend its same-sex marriage bill last spring.
Opponents claimed the bill, now law, was a slippery slope that would open the door to polygamy and even beastiality.
Another report for the project, also led by two Queen's University professors, dismisses the slippery-slope argument, saying that allowing same-sex marriages promotes equality while polygamous marriages are generally harmful to women's interests and would therefore promote inequality.
Then how does lifting the ban on polygamy serve women's rights? Here's what the report says:
Criminalization does not address the harms associated with valid foreign polygamous marriages and plural unions, in particular the harms to women... The report therefore recommends that this provision be repealed.
Fortunately Liberal Justice Minister Irwin Cotler rejects legalizing polygamy. All the same, I'd say Stephen Harper and his Conservatives are riding to the rescue just in time.
Hat tips: Wiggins, Doug
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:26 PM
Now for news on another Moonbat Jack, the leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, Jack Layton. He's in hot water for getting medical care for a hernia from a private health clinic, instead of waiting for substandard care from the government like a good socialist.
His claims that he didn't know it was a private health clinic are somewhat dubious. Wouldn't not having to go on a waiting list for several years have aroused some suspicion?
Of course, any sane person would prefer private to socialized health care. That's why so many Canadians cross the border to pay for health care over here, even after they've already paid for health care back home through their stratospheric taxes. But as head of the NDP, Layton doesn't count as a sane person. As The Globe and Mail points out:
Mr. Layton has attacked the flow of public money into private clinics and accused the Liberals and Tories of allowing it to happen.
Maybe he got that hernia from lugging around his gall.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:41 PM
Look what can be found in the U.S. Code, Title 18, in Chapter 115 — Treason, Sedition, and Subversive Activities:
Section 2388. Activities affecting armed forces during war
(a) Whoever, when the United States is at war, willfully makes or conveys false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies; or
Whoever, when the United States is at war, willfully causes or attempts to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or willfully obstructs the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States, to the injury of the service or the United States, or attempts to do so -
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
One hardly needs to be a lawyer to understand the terms of this definition, so when the chairman of the Democrat Party, Howard Dean, on December 5, during a San Antonio radio interview, said, "The idea that we're going to win this war is an idea that unfortunately is just plain wrong," it could be argued that it goes beyond mere opinion and would appear to be a willful effort to undermine the war effort.
Newsweek's "rock-solid patriot" Rep. John Murtha could also be in big trouble if people ever got the idea that national defense is serious business. It would be hard for any serious person to deny that Moonbat Jack is someone who "willfully obstructs the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States, to the injury of the service or the United States, or attempts to do so" in light of this:
"Would you join (the military) today?," he was asked in an interview taped on Friday.
"No," replied Murtha of Pennsylvania, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives subcommittee that oversees defense spending and one of his party's leading spokesmen on military issues.
"And I think you're saying the average guy out there who's considering recruitment is justified in saying 'I don't want to serve'," the interviewer continued.
"Exactly right," said Murtha...
Will it take a nuclear 9/11 before we realize that sedition and treason are serious crimes? Will we realize it even then? Unfortunately, time will tell all too soon.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:06 AM
Slip-and-fall lawyers sure have found a lucrative racket. Virtually any human event can result in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, with a large percentage of the loot going to the lawyers (and a large percentage of that making its way in turn into the coffers of the DNC, helping to assure that the system remains deranged).
The latest example: a hibachi chef in Mineola, NY allegedly tossed a shrimp at a man eating in a Japanese steakhouse. The victim later died, supposedly because he wrenched his neck to avoid being hit by the shrimp, requiring neck surgery, the complications of which killed him.
Evidently the shrimp was not thrown in malice, but only as part of the show: "Benihana chefs mix dining with entertainment as they grill Japanese food in front of patrons."
That's probably why the bereaved family and its lawyer are only asking for $10 million.
Hat tip: Wiggins
January 12, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:41 PM
The wolves must have been salivating at the idea of a conservative jurist placed in a pillory, where the unsavory likes of Ted Kennedy, Chuck Schumer, Patrick Leahy, and Joe Biden could tear into him in front of the whole world. But as with John Roberts, the Samuel Alito hearings didn't work out as intended.
By now it is obvious to anyone who has been paying attention that Alito is supremely qualified for the Supreme Court and much more mainstream in his views than any of the leftist Senators who grilled him. Kennedy's cartoonish attempt to portray him as a witch, I mean a racist, only succeeded in reducing Alito's wife to tears and portraying Pumpkin Head Ted himself as a shameless and contemptible thug. Too bad they couldn't have held these proceedings right before an election.
Michelle Malkin has a good Alito roundup, which includes some of the responses on the Left. One Daily Kos Kool-Aid–drinker predictably accused Martha Alito of staging her tears. Another had this lovely advice for Mrs. Alito: "She should go fuck herself."
Right Wing News has more Daily Kos vileness on this subject, for anyone who has the stomach to read it.
Another particularly despicable take on Martha Alito's breakdown was the attempt by Jennifer Brooks of Delaware's News Journal to spin it as the fault of Republican Lindsey Graham. After gently chiding Biden for his relentless bloviating and clownish hypocrisy, she threw this curveball:
Even so, Biden still walked away from Wednesday's hearing with better press than than [sic] his colleague, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who made Alito's wife cry.
As V the K pointed out in a comment on this site, Graham was comforting the Alitos and apologizing for the appalling behavior of the Democratic Inquisitors when she burst into tears. To say he "made her cry" may be technically correct, but that doesn't stop it from being a lie.
Congratulations to Judge Alito, who is on his way to the Supreme Court just as surely as the Democratic Party and its supporters in the media are on their way to well-deserved oblivion.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:30 PM
What short memories the NY Times must think people have. Their latest hobbyhorse is the notion that President Bush is violating our civil rights by listening in on al Qaeda phone calls. But as NewsMax notes, they didn't have a problem with spying with a Democrat in office:
Last month, when the New York Times revealed to the world that the Bush administration had a top secret National Security Agency program that monitored communications between al Qaeda terrorists and their U.S.-based agents, it strongly condemned the operation as a dangerous and possibly illegal invasion of privacy.
However, the Old Gray Lady wasn't nearly as upset over a much broader surveillance program under the Clinton administration, which routinely monitored millions of phone calls between U.S. citizens without a court ordered warrant.
In fact, the paper called the blanket invasion of privacy a "necessity" — even though it was carried out without the justification provided by the 9/11 attacks.
The NSA's Echelon project randomly trolled U.S. telecommunications under Slick Willy's authority.
"Few dispute the necessity of a system like Echelon to apprehend foreign spies, drug traffickers and terrorists," the Times explained helpfully.
I guess 9/11 really did change everything.
Hat tip: Targetpractice
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:20 PM
Five Democratic activists in trouble for slashing the tires of Republican get-out-the-vote vans on election day in 2004 allege that the once-respectable Democratic Party "set them up to take the fall."
Their lawyers have told the Milwaukee jury that the dirty work was actually done by Democratic "professional political operatives," who then pointed the police toward the defendants, who include Sowande Omokunde, the son of Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), and Michael Pratt, the son of Democratic former Milwaukee acting mayor Marvin Pratt. All of the defendants were paid workers for Hanoi John Kerry's presidential campaign.
Omokunde's lawyer Robin Shellow claims the operatives "came to Wisconsin as it became apparent that Wisconsin was in play," and slashed the tires out of loathing for Republicans and President Bush. According to Shellow, the outside consultants "believe the fight is for legitimate democracy, and they're passionate."
However, there seems to be a good case against the locals. Assistant DA David Feiss told the jurors that they allegedly showed up at Democratic headquarters "dressed in 'Mission Impossible'-style clothing and bragged about what they had done." Defendant Lavelle Mohammad has been quoted as boasting, "We got 'em. We got 'em good."
Whichever group of Democratic thugs expressed their passion for "legitimate democracy" by slashing the tires, the 25 vans they disabled in a lot adjacent to a Bush campaign office were intended to help people get to the polls to vote. Amusingly, moonbats have tried to justify vandalizing vehicles on the fictitious grounds that it is Republicans who suppress votes.
With thanks to Wiggins and V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:47 AM
Russell Tice, the NSA employee who was apparently a source for the NY Times' latest attempt to cripple the President and undermine our defense against Islamic terrorism, turns out to be a head case with an ax to grind. The NSA revoked his security clearance last May because of "psychological concerns," demoting him to the motor pool before finally canning him.
It looks like NRO's Stephen Spruiell was right to warn last week that Tice might be a source for the Gray Lady's domestic spying kerfuffle — and that he is hardly a paragon of reliability.
Tice hasn't been keeping the best of company. Apart from consorting with NY Times reporters, he is a member of the group National Security Whistleblowers Coalition. Fellow member Ray McGovern made the news when he participated in an absurd kangaroo court, at which Rep. John Conyers (Moonbat-MI) presided over a make-believe Judiciary Committee that found President Bush guilty of various "high crimes" for conducting the War on Terror.
Here's what WaPo had to say of McGovern's involvement:
The session took an awkward turn when witness Ray McGovern, a former intelligence analyst, declared that the United States went to war in Iraq for oil, Israel and military bases craved by administration "neocons" so "the United States and Israel could dominate that part of the world." He said that Israel should not be considered an ally and that Bush was doing the bidding of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Our Jew-baiting friend Rep Jim Moran (D-VA) was there to congratulate McGovern on his "candid answer."
Meanwhile, out there in the real world, serious threats are gathering — as the media and the Democratic Party keep the Bush Administration distracted as best they can by nipping at its ankles.
January 11, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:49 PM
Ecoscammers have developed a new technique for converting the neurotic guilt that is the basis of liberalism into cash. The TerraPass allows you to programmatically determine how much you owe Mother Earth for driving a car instead of riding around on a bicycle like you know you really should. Just enter your make and model, and out comes your bill. In exchange for the money, you get little decals that can be self-righteously displayed on your gas-guzzling Gaia-raper.
How liberals can continue to enjoy such benefits of civilization as automobiles while sanctimoniously decrying them has no doubt been a source of great inner turmoil. Congratulations to the TerraPass folks for seeing a problem and making money by solving it. That's what capitalism is all about.
Hat tip: Museum of Left Wing Lunacy
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:47 PM
Four-term Democratic Mayor and current Washington, DC Council member Marion Barry is in hot water yet again, having tested positive for cocaine in a drug test ordered by the court when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor tax charges. This means he could be in for another stint in the slammer as opposed to probation, since cocaine use violates the terms of his release after they had him locked up for smoking crack.
What was that about a culture of corruption?
Thank you V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:18 PM
From The Herald Sun:
A BLACK police bodyguard who protected the Duchess of Cornwall has won $70,000 compensation after suing Scotland Yard for "over-promoting" him because of political correctness.
Sgt Leslie Turner — the first black personal protection officer to guard the royal family — will receive the "racial discrimination" payout after reaching an out-of-court settlement with London's Metropolitan Police.
His representatives argued he landed the prestigious job as Camilla's bodyguard only because he was black.
It was claimed that as a result of being over-promoted and not receiving proper training and support, Sgt Turner made mistakes which led to him being re-assigned.
Are people starting to figure out yet that affirmative action is a profoundly stupid idea? Not across the Channel, where the French have been considering affirmative action for Arabs as a way to bribe them into not torching so many cars.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:51 PM
From the Department of Politically Correct Double Standards, an judge in Detroit has ruled that Wayne State University police were wrong to have arrested a student who appeared to be violating a city weapons law by carrying a 10-inch knife around with him, because the student in question is a Sikh. Allegedly, "Carrying a kirpan at all times is a basic tenet of Sikhism, an Indian-based faith with an estimated 25 million followers worldwide."
Meanwhile, Christians can't even put up crosses to commemorate their dead in Utah without legal trouble, much less carry 10-inch knives on campus in Detroit.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:45 AM
This may come as no great surprise, by Cindy "Ditch Witch" Sheehan, who was able to transform her son's death into her own fame and glory by denouncing everything he died for and glorifying his killers, has won Little Green Football's prestigious award for 2005 Idiotarian of the Year. A Nobel Prize can't be far behind.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:47 AM
Thank you V the K for passing along this link to a must-see video featuring Penn and Teller that utterly vivisects the antihuman freaks who compose People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, complete with information on PETA's links to violent terrorists.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:40 AM
Well, we won't be able to say he didn't warn us.
"We must believe in the fact that Islam is not confined to geographical borders, ethnic groups and nations. It's a universal ideology that leads the world to justice," Ahmadinejad opined. "We don't shy away from declaring that Islam is ready to rule the world."
Ahmadinejad evidently believes that the legendary 12th imam will soon be returning from out of the Dark Ages. Known as the Mahdi, he will rule for 7 years, before bringing about a final judgment and the end of the world.
Those nukes they've been developing are going to come in handy.
Hat tip: Wiggins
January 10, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:13 PM
Is no aspect of human existence safe from W's nefarious influence? Hollywood moonbat Sean Penn reports that our sinister President won't let him quit smoking.
At a Bush-bashing festival in Sacramento that also featured the sainted Ditch Witch, Penn declared that what with the War on Terror and all, "It makes it very difficult to quit smoking under this administration."
Hat tip: OpinionJournal
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:40 PM
Moonbats are warned to keep their tinfoil hats securely fastened at all times. Otherwise, who knows what might happen? For example, New York Times reporter David Rosenbaum died after being beaten and robbed in the street in the crime-ridden zoo Democratic local government has made out of the capital.
Was this just an innocent case of some lowlife beating a guy on the head to take his money to buy drugs? Or something more sinister?
The mental patients who frequent DailyKos have naturally assumed the latter. After all, Rosenbaum worked for the Left's favorite major daily. It could only have been a Bush/Cheney/Halliburton hit.
Writes the aptly named "krazypuppy" (please forgive the obscenity, misspelling, and bizarre capitalization — they are to be expected with authentic moonbats):
just a year ago i would've thought you guys were nuts but after Homeland Security alerts are elevated everytime Bush needed some help in the elections, after WMDs, after no bid-contracts to Halliburton, after Abramoff, after we find out Americans are being spyed on by our own government, AFTER ALL THIS SHIT, HOW CAN YOU NOT BE SUSPICIOUS??
Just a year ago I would have suggested Thorazine for krazypuppy. Now I think he ought to be next in line to be Chairman of the DNC.
Thanks to V the K for the tip.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:36 PM
Harry "Day-O" Belafonte is at it again, spewing more of the putrescent ideology that backs up out of the entertainment industry like something from a clogged toilet in a plumber's nightmare.
President Bush — who may have done more than anyone else in human history to combat terrorism — is "the greatest terrorist in the world," proclaimed Belafonte at a delegation of moonbats that met with America-baiting Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez. The group included loony-left actor Danny Glover and the militant Ivy League race hustler Cornel West.
Millions of Americans support Chavez's steady strangling of democracy in Venezuela, according to Belafonte. Evidently he came to this conclusion by extrapolating from his entertainment industry acquaintances.
Day-O wrapped up his ravings by screaming, "Viva la revolucion!"
Much as he detests America, Belafonte never seems to get around to immigrating to one of the hand-to-mouth "workers' paradise" dictatorships he so vocally prefers to the land that made him rich.
Hat tips: Wiggins, Byron
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:41 PM
"The left may be in decline in most Western societies," observes Gerard Henderson in The Sydney Morning Herald. "Yet left-wing mythology still prevails, especially in the taxpayer-subsidised media."
A case in point is a program in Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Dynasties series on the Aarons family, which was "once called the royal family of Australian communism."
The program's producers evidently didn't wonder what Australia would be like if this clan — which supported vicious genocidal dictators such as Stalin and Mao — had ever found its way to power. Would Oz have been reduced to the sort of totalitarian hell on Earth that communists have created whenever they've had the opportunity?
Henderson could have told them, had they thought to ask:
The answer is an unequivocal yes. Eric Aarons said as much in his memoirs, What's Left? On page 118 he related how, in 1956, the party's leadership discussed what response it should take to Nikita Khrushchev's confirmation that Stalin was a mass murderer: "I made the point at the central committee meeting which decided the matter that our outlook was such that, had we been in power, we too could have executed people we considered to be objectively, even if not subjectively (that is, by intention), helping our enemies."
In other words, Aarons is an authority for the proposition that if the communist party had gained power in Australia, it "could have executed" not only its outspoken enemies but also those who were opposing communism unintentionally. There should be no surprise here. After all, that is precisely what communist regimes were doing at the time in Eastern Europe and parts of Asia.
Don't forget, we are talking about an ideology in whose name 100 million people have been killed. You can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs!
But the Aaronses are hardly the only proponents of this depraved doctrine who are coddled by the left-leaning intelligentsia in Australia, just as they are in Europe and North America.
Here's how Henderson explains it:
The left retains its heroes only because so many leftists are in denial about the real crimes of communists, or about what their favourite comrades would have done had they attained power.
That's why it's possible for ABC TV to report favourably on the "royal family" of communism. And that's why it would be unacceptable for Dynasties to report favourably on, say, a "royal family" of Nazism or fascism.
You have to wonder though, just how deep the denial goes. At some level, communists and their apologists know perfectly well that they are endorsing pure evil — the murder of some, the enslavement and degradation of everyone else.
How far below their surface would you have to dig before you struck hysterical hatred of the human race? How many layers of cosmetics would you have to scrape away before you saw the face of the Devil?
Thank you V the K for the tip.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:17 AM
As a new piece in FrontPage Magazine makes clear, the liberal "Push Me, I'll Move" strategy to dealing with terrorism doesn't work any better than a sane person would expect it to — and Spain is a case in point.
In an election that will live in infamy, Spanish voters responded to the March 11, 2004 terrorist attacks by electing the Socialist José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, who campaigned on a platform of appeasing terrorists and bashing America. True to his word, Zapatero withdrew his support from democratic Iraq. The results were predictable:
According to a recently published report in the Spanish magazine Interviú, the situation in Diwaniya and Najaf, where Spanish bases were located and which formerly enjoyed relative calm, grew violent precisely around the date when Zapatero confirmed he would make good on his pledge to bring the troops home as soon as possible.
Cowardly moonbats had hoped that betraying both their American allies and the very concept of democracy in Iraq would make al Qaeda "forget about Spain." Instead, it gave the Islamists the scent of blood:
In April 2004, a bomb was found on the high-speed train line from Madrid to Seville. The culprits turned out to be the Moroccan authors of the Madrid attacks. After being trapped inside an apartment in Leganés on April 3, they blew themselves up. Several weeks later, on April 19, the body of Francisco Javier Torrontera, an officer who died in the Leganés raid, was pulled from its tomb and burned. The Spanish Interior Ministry, in a desperate attempt to appear culturally sensitive, called it an "Islamic rite of revenge."
More terror ensued. In September, ten Pakistanis suspected of giving logistical support to Islamic terrorism were arrested in Barcelona. They were in possession of detailed footage of Spain's "twin towers," and an informant claimed they were trying to purchase "red mercury" — an explosive that can be used for a dirty bomb — for an attack during Christmas of last year. Then in October, Spanish police captured 40 militants who were planning to blow up the Audiencia Nacional — the highest criminal court where Islamic cases are investigated. The Popular Party's headquarters, Atocha station, and the stadium of the Real Madrid soccer team were also targets of these "Martyrs of Morocco." If any doubt still existed about the Islamic fundamentalist threat to Spain, just last month anti-terrorist police reported that Islamist sleeper cells in Northern Spain had been activated and were waiting for orders to attack. Spanish voters had traded the hawkish and staunchly Atlanticist Aznar for the concessionist Zapatero, but they had gained nothing in security.
By electing Zapatero, Spain turned its back on José Maria Aznar's willingness to stand up to Islamic terrorists who are straightforward about their intention to return "al Andalus" (Spain and Portugal) to Muslim rule. But Zapatero does have his own strategy for defending Spanish civilization. He intends to use feminism, because "sexual equality is a lot more effective against terrorism than military strength."
There won't be much sexual equality in Spain under sharia law.
Hat tip: Byron
Cross-posted at The Wide Awakes
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:49 AM
Not everyone is shedding tears over the tragic events at the Sago Mine. In an appalling article in The Amsterdam News, one Wilbert A. Tatum, Publisher Emeritus and Chairman of the Board, implies that the miners deserved their fate for being rural Caucasians.
Here's what Tatum has to say about the miners and all those other nasty crackers in flyover country:
In the main these are not colored people, people of color, Negroes or niggers as they would be called if they were there... [M]ost of them are as ignorant as dirt, poor, white protestants who volunteer to their calling of serving the armed services of the United States as quickly as they hear the call. They are Americans who, for the lack of education and training, hate other Americans, especially those Black of hue.
The spectacle of this obnoxious, semiliterate bigot accusing people he knows nothing about other than their region, occupation, and skin color of hating other Americans because of their "hue" ought to be written up for a psychiatry journal as a case study in malignant projection. But I wouldn't doubt that more than a few denizens of the Upper West Side have congratulated themselves for agreeing with this attempt at a sentence:
To tie all this tragedy and drama together while you are looking at the grief of the Sago mine tragedy where miscommunication was in many ways worse than the tragedy, where tears are being shed by people, all white, young and old, mostly fat and not at all with the look of Hollywood; but rather the leftovers from rickets, tuberculosis, no dental care and an assurance that they are better off in Upsur County West Virginia than any Black in America whether he or she lives in the Tower Suite of the Waldorf Hotel or the back waters along Louisiana Delta.
"Sing no sad songs for the white people of this country who are confronted with disaster," Tatum advises.
My own advice: Sing no sad songs for posturing bigots who pretend to be the victims of bigotry.
Thanks to V the K for the tip.
January 9, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:11 PM
Iran's interior minister accused the United States on Saturday of orchestrating the kidnapping of nine Iranian border guards with the help of Sunni militant groups linked to the Taliban and al Qaeda, according to a report.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:19 PM
The war moonbats have been waging against the Christian religion is fought even in Italy, cradle of Catholicism. A militant atheist named Luigi Cascioli is suing Father Enrico Righi based on two Italian laws: "Abuso di Credulita Popolare" ("Abuse of Popular Belief") and "Sostituzione di Persona," or impersonation.
The idea is that Father Righi has been tricking people by telling them that Christianity is real.
"I started this lawsuit because I wanted to deal the final blow against the church, the bearer of obscurantism and regression," Cascioli proclaims.
Says Father Righi, "The judge will have to decide if Christ exists or not."
Fortunately, even Cascioli has to admit that "it would take a miracle" for him to win his suit.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:12 PM
Anyone who does not understand that removing Saddam from power not only put an end to genocide, but was a critical step in draining the swamp where Islamic terrorism breeds, is encouraged to read this recent article by Stephen Hayes in The Weekly Standard.
Here's a highlight (bold emphasis mine):
THE FORMER IRAQI REGIME OF Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials.
The secret training took place primarily at three camps—in Samarra, Ramadi, and Salman Pak—and was directed by elite Iraqi military units. Interviews by U.S. government interrogators with Iraqi regime officials and military leaders corroborate the documentary evidence. Many of the fighters were drawn from terrorist groups in northern Africa with close ties to al Qaeda, chief among them Algeria's GSPC and the Sudanese Islamic Army. Some 2,000 terrorists were trained at these Iraqi camps each year from 1999 to 2002, putting the total number at or above 8,000. Intelligence officials believe that some of these terrorists returned to Iraq and are responsible for attacks against Americans and Iraqis.
As Hayes observes, this information
exposes the flawed assumptions of the experts and U.S. intelligence officials who told us for years that a secularist like Saddam Hussein would never work with Islamic radicals, any more than such jihadists would work with an infidel like the Iraqi dictator.
"As much as we overestimated WMD, it appears we underestimated [Saddam Hussein's] support for transregional terrorists," the article quotes an intelligence official.
As much as we overestimated the patriotism of congressional Democrats, it appears we underestimated their ignorance if they really believe Saddam was not a player in the game of international Islamic terrorism.
Thank you V the K for the tip.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:56 PM
WFAA.com reports on two North Texas high school students who have been kicked out of class for carrying purses that display the Confederate flag.
"I'm at the point where I really don't know what to do," said Ashley McAllum, who is standing up for her right to bring her purse to school, stars, bars and all. "I want to keep going to school and get my education, but this is my life. I was born and raised in the South. Why is the flag so bad?"
"We don't want students to wear anything that might cause a disruption," educrat Richard Crummel explained, "and that symbol has done that in the past."
It's possible — though I have my doubts — that moonbats who try to suppress the Confederate flag honestly don't understand that what it stands for is the South. It does not stand for slavery, an institution that is long gone from this hemisphere and that no one wants back. But if some people fail to understand what a symbol means to those who use it, does that give them a right to suppress it?
Consider this symbol:
To some, this stands for international harmony and cooperation. However, to me it stands for corruption, incompetence, anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism, wasted tax dollars, and unadulterated moonbattery. I'm not likely to have this symbol tattooed on my arm.
But I'm also not likely to try to have it banned.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:36 PM
If there was any confusion as to whether John "Moonbat Jack" Murtha actually wants the USA to be defeated by terrorists in Iraq, or whether he is just a profoundly deranged individual who thinks you win wars by tucking your tail between your legs and "redeploying" to someplace far away, Murtha himself has now cleared it up.
Here's what Moonbat Jack had to say at a meeting promoted by the rabidly anti-American MoveOn.org, as quoted in NRO:
I worry about a slow withdrawal which makes it look like there's a victory when I think it should be a redeployment as quickly as possible and let the Iraqis handle the whole thing.
In other words, when we surrender, we need to be very sure that everyone knows we lost. That way, maximum damage can be inflicted on President Bush. Maximum damage will also be inflicted on the reputation and foreign policy of this country, on the morale of our troops, and on the people of Iraq, but that's no concern of Murtha's. Maximum momentum will be given to the worldwide Islamic terror movement, but apparently Murtha doesn't think that concerns him either.
Although he is certainly a fool, that does not excuse his actions — because Murtha is just as certainly a traitor.
Moonbat Jack was joined at this particular display of treasonous moonbattery by the equally objectionable Rep. Jim Moran, best known for declaring the war in Iraq to be the nefarious handiwork of Jooos.
"If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq we would not be doing this," Moran has opined. "The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going and I think they should."
After Murtha had crawled back under his rock, Moran remained at the podium a little too long. Not all of the audience were glazed-eyed MoveOn.org Kool-Aid–guzzlers. A few vets were present, and they were not appreciative of the knives vermin like Murtha and Moran have been sticking in the back of the military.
Vietnam vet Louis C. Wagner noted that traitors have been benefiting terrorists in Iraq just as a past generation of fifth-columnists benefited communists in Vietnam, and read from a letter a friend had written to Murtha — the friend's son had been killed that very day. The Mudville Gazette quotes General Wagner:
"Although my son would surely" — and this, incidentally, this is the one that was killed today — "would surely prefer to stay home with his wife and four young children" — from 10 to 2, I'm adding that — "he is both a soldier and a scholar, he understands that we are in a vital long term struggle against a dangerous ideology, and he is willing to make the necessary sacrifices to defeat it. It is a difficult struggle and will require patience and fortitude both on and off the battlefield. If we lose our will at home, it makes the task for our soldiers all the more difficult. I believe your comments were irresponsible and are contributing to the loss of national will. If they were made to obtain political advantages I would find that abhorrent and unworthy of a former Marine."
Sir, I'm mad. Because that is happening every day when I read the newspapers. I visit Walter Reed, and talk to the young soldiers with their legs blown off. I know you do too.
I can't find one in a dozen that don't believe that they are fighting for a noble cause and are fighting to go back. And I think it's a disgrace when members of our congress, just as they did in 1975 when they sold out the South Vietnamese, are selling out our soldiers today in Iraq.
Thank you sir.
There was no applause from Murtha's and Moran's cave full of moonbats. But outside of caves full of moonbats, there ought to be very little applause for the treasonous opportunism of Moonbat Jack and his sidekick Moran, no matter how the press may try to spin these creeps as heroes.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:56 AM
In its race to the bottom, the New York Times has caught up with some of the less reputable left-wing blogs by cartoonishly attempting to blame President Bush for the Sago Mine disaster. Says the toothless old whore once known as the Gray Lady:
[T]the Bush administration's cramming of important posts in the Department of the Interior with biased operatives from the coal, oil and gas industry is not reassuring about general safety in the mines. Steven Griles, a mining lobbyist before being appointed deputy secretary of the interior, devoted four years to rolling back mine regulations and then went back to lobbying for the industry.
If the problem isn't low taxes, then off course it must be insufficient regulation. But what the NY Times does not mention is coal mine fatalities statistics as made publicly available by the U.S. Department of Labor. These show a significant decline in fatalities since Bush took office.
Maybe Bush has something to do with coal mining tragedies after all. As NewsBusters points out, the stats "support the contention that staffing Interior with people who actually know their industry has led to greater safety."
Meanwhile, in the leftist paradise of China, where everything down to your thoughts are regulated:
China's coal-mining industry is among the most dangerous in the world, resulting in the deaths of more than 2,600 workers in the first half of 2005 alone... Thus, China's mining-related death rate is almost 100 times that of the United States and 7.5 times that of the average industrial country.
How Chinese mining fatalities might be Bush's fault too is something only the NY Times could explain.
January 8, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:28 PM
Imagine if Hollywood had spent WWII churning out pro-Axis propaganda. Inconceivable, right? But that war was very different. Our enemies were on one side of the front, and our allies on the other. In the current war against Islamic terror, there is no front, and our enemies' most effective allies operate from right here in this country. In this war, propaganda causes more damage than bullets; much of the enemy's propaganda is produced in Hollywood, under cover of the concept of moral relativism.
Kingdom of Heaven encouraged Muslims to nurse historic grievances against the West. Munich advanced the notion that it is wrong to make terrorists pay a price for their crimes. Syriana, produced by the smirking leftist George Clooney, does what it can to further eat away at our morale by depicting Americans as bad and terrorists as good.
From a report on Fox News (video):
The movie Syriana is based on the true story of a CIA operative sent to assassinate Saddam Hussein, an agent's near murder by Palestinian terrorists from Hezbollah. But in the hands of actor/producer George Clooney, the story changes Saddam into an benevolent Arab prince. And Hezbollah saves the agent's life. Americans are shown to be greedy and corrupt, while suicide bombers are presented as freedom fighters.
Here's what George Loony has to say about Middle Eastern terrorists:
They are, in a way, the most sympathetic, but I think that's important. Because if you are going to fight a war on terror, which is not a state that you can go and bomb, then you need to understand what it is that creates the people that would do such horrible things, rather then just saying — labeling them as evildoers.
No, you certainly wouldn't want to label people who do evil things as evildoers. That would be inconsistent with the principles of moral relativism, by which a tone of high-minded neutrality is adopted in order to provide cover for the advancement of an agenda that any reasonable person would perceive as evil.
If you are advocating that which you know is right, you have no reason to pretend that there is no difference between right and wrong. But if you are advocating that which you know is wrong...
It could be argued that the slick propagandists in Hollywood and the mainstream news media who hide behind the supposed evenhandedness of their moral relativism charade are actually more vile than people who openly advocate evil. Nuts like Cindy Sheehan may be so mentally dysfunctional that they really do believe that evil is good, e.g., that Baathist and Islamic terrorists are "freedom fighters." But Clooney and his ilk know perfectly well that evil is evil, and that they are on its side; that's why they object to the very word "evil."
Anyone who isn't ready for a straightjacket will deny that they are actively siding with terrorists. But obviously, that's exactly what Hollywood has done by consistently churning out stories distorted in order to provide propaganda support for the Islamic maniacs who dream of killing our children in their beds.
Hat tip: NewsBusters
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:56 AM
Marion "The Bitch Set Me Up" Barry, the former DC Mayor with a weakness for crack cocaine and girlie bars, who was reelected after doing 6 months in prison on drug charges, was recently held up at gunpoint in his own apartment.
The assailants knew who they were robbing, which hurt Barry more than the $200 they stole.
"There is a sort of an unwritten code in Washington, among the underworld and the hustlers and these other guys, that I am their friend," Barry complained.
But despite the betrayal, Barry has "no animosities" toward the hoodlums who robbed him, promising, "I will do all I can to advocate non-prosecution" for the crime.
Fortunately for Barry this incident turned out better for him than an earlier run-in with violent lowlife; he was shot in the chest when a Muslim group took over city hall in 1977.
Barry being Barry, he is still in trouble with the law himself; he is soon to be sentenced on tax evasion charges.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:24 AM
Thank you Byron, for passing along this excellent link to a short video documenting some of the support by Democratic leaders for putting an end to the extremely dangerous Baathist regime in Iraq. For Democrats to turn around and oppose the war after supporting the decision to send our troops over there is nothing short of despicable.
January 7, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:20 PM
Moonbattery and envy have been feeding on each other to produce a deformity in the attitude of some Canadians toward the USA that is truly hideous to behold. It seems to be affecting all walks of life — even sports.
WorldNetDaily reports on fans in Vancouver cheering on the Russian team against the American team, chanting "U.S. sucks," etc. The article quotes Pete McMartin of CanWest News Service as commenting that U.S. coach Walt Kyle
was under the mistaken impression — one still shared by many Americans, the poor, trusting boobs — that because our two great countries are neighbors, and have co-existed peacefully for over 150 years, and have vast economic and cultural ties, that he could consider Canada a home-ice-away-from-home and Vancouverites would naturally cheer for the American team rather than for a team from a country which, not 20 years ago, was chiefly known for its vicious soul-crushing despotism, and whose hockey teams were reviled by Canadian fans as products of a drab socialist machine that saw sport as nothing more than an arm of state propaganda.
According to McMartin, the U.S. coach probably "hadn't figured on the Canadian weakness for envy."
This is not the first time Canadians have subjected American hockey players to their psychic abscesses. In 2003, U.S. peewee hockey players who traveled to Montreal for a tournament were barraged with anti-American insults and had to witness deranged moonbats trashing our flag. It seems the kids could not be forgiven for coming from the same country that was putting an end to this:
Their bus was set upon by demonstrators who made obscene gestures and dragged Old Glory through the street. In a separate incident,
the Americans watched as a crowd cheered when a protester waved the Iraqi flag, and booed the U.S. flag. Next, the Stars and Stripes were doused with kerosene and ignited.
The kids went to a Montreal Canadiens–New York Islanders game, where they got to hear our national anthem booed. It got worse when they hit the ice themselves, according to Brockton Boxers coach Ernest Nadeau.
"They told us we s----, gave us the finger and said 'Down with the U.S.A.' or 'The U.S.A. s----," Nadeau said.
Making matters worse, the referee chimed in, "I agree with you," following one Canadian player's derogatory comment.
Of course the excuse for this sort of behavior will be that liberals, who apparently predominate in Canada, disapprove of the American government putting an end to Saddam's genocide in Iraq. But the whole phenomenon of America-bashing is much more visceral than any foreign policy dispute.
It's as if they realize that America is the only thing holding back the darkness — and they hate us for it.
Hat tip: Wiggins
January 6, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:11 PM
Child molesters may want to follow the trail hippies once blazed to the state of Vermont, land of Howard "Dr. Demento" Dean, where a judge has sentenced a man to 60 days in jail for raping a little girl "countless" times over a 4-year span that began when she was 7 years old.
"The one message I want to get through is that anger doesn't solve anything. It just corrodes your soul," proclaimed Judge Edward Cashman. As for punishment: "I discovered it accomplishes nothing of value; it doesn't make anything better; it costs us a lot of money; we create a lot of expectation, and we feed on anger."
So in two months the defendant, 34-year-old Mark Hulett, can pick up where he left off, although he is expected to complete "sex treatment," which I suspect entails sitting through lectures and promising some bleeding-heart psychologist that he won't do it again.
Too bad Cashman can't be charged with aiding and abetting the next time Hulett gets caught raping a child. That would be justice.
Hat tip: OpinionJournal
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:08 AM
Anyone who seriously doesn't understand what we have accomplished in Iraq is encouraged to visit The Massgraves. The site features hundreds of pictures of what our troops have been putting an end to, over the strenuous objections of the Democratic Party and its media friends.
A few examples:
This is what Cindy Sheehan's "freedom fighters" are blowing up innocent civilians in an effort to reinstate. But of course, no one would want to question her absolute moral authority.
Hat tip: It's a Matter of Opinion
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:44 AM
If you're wondering why it took so long to hear about the outrageous events that occurred on a train in France in the small hours of January 1, it could be because the French government sat on the incident:
No information on the incident was released by the authorities, who announced that [t]he New Year festivities had passed off without a widely feared resumption of the violence seen in deprived suburbs in November.
I don't often reference socialists as credible authorities, so in the interests of open-mindedness:
The Socialist former education and culture minister, Jack Lang, accused the government of "disinformation", and the Socialist Party said the Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, had imposed a "stupefying silence" on the attack. Details of the incident emerged only when two people appeared in court three days later, accused of robbery and sexual assault.
Apparently the train was full of Muslim hooligans because of a special deal on train tickets. So much for the theory that if you just give them enough handouts, they'll stop wanting to burn French civilization to the ground. If cheap train tickets can cause a 5-hour crime spree, imagine what the bureaucracy's next taxpayer-subsidized effort to "alleviate the effects of racism" will bring about.
Hat tip: Byron
January 5, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:13 PM
The 1990s campus crusade against Nike — which was accused of exploiting "sweatshops" — has petered out, possibly due to revelations that workers at Nike factories in Asia were making 3–5 times the average local wage, under unusually high working conditions. But until socialism has triumphed, there will always be another corporate demon for the "reality-based community" to accuse of outlandish crimes against humanity. The latest in their sights: Coca-Cola, which allegedly collaborated with right-wing Colombian death squads and used up groundwater in India.
The Detroit News reports that this campaign has made headway at the moonbat-rich University of Michigan, which will no longer allow Coke to be sold on campus. Never mind that the Coke that was sold at U-M was bottled locally by an independent company. Never mind that the Coca-Cola Co. has not been found guilty of any wrongdoing in Colombia, or that the groundwater problems in India may have had more to do with drought than with soda pop.
The fact is, there is something sinister about Coke, namely this: it has become emblematic of America. So naturally lefties will find some excuse to forbid it.
Look for future self-righteous campaigns against makers of flags, baseballs and apple pies, just as soon as campus kooks with too much time on their hands can dream up appropriate crimes.
In the meantime, have a Coke and a smile.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:08 PM
For anyone who tried to access the excellent Mark Steyn piece "It's the Demography, Stupid" when I recommended it earlier, but couldn't access the article because The New Criterion has been having problems with their website, the same piece is now available in the Wall Street Journal, and it still comes highly recommended.
Hat tip: Byron
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:54 AM
A little follow-up on New Year celebrations in what's left of France:
Earlier reports that only 343 cars were torched have been updated; actually, 425 cars were torched in France on New Year's Eve. Still, the total isn't as bad as you might expect, possibly because "youths" (weaselese for "Muslims") have found other means of entertaining themselves:
PARIS — A gang of more than 20 youths — thought to be North African immigrants — terrorized hundreds of train passengers in a rampage of violence, robbery and sexual assault on New Year's Day, French officials said yesterday...
The gang of between 20 and 30 youths boarded the train, heading from Nice on the French Riviera to Lyon, in eastern France, early on Jan. 1, as it carried 600 passengers home from New Year's Eve partying overnight.
Once inside, they went wild...
"It was a real scene of pillage on the train," according to regional state prosecutor, Dominique Luigi. Welcome to the new normal, Dominique!
According to Jacques Chirac, this 5-hour-long criminal frenzy was "totally unacceptable." Nonetheless, only three arrests have been made. Three others were briefly arrested and then let go again, "despite reports they were carrying a knife, a screwdriver and a small amount of hashish."
With typical Muslim chivalry, several women were sexually assaulted. Robin Burk at Winds of Change is right to wonder:
I will ask what I've asked before here at Winds of Change: where is the outrage by western feminists about the rape of young women by gangs of young men coming from immigrant and at least culturally, if not actively religiously, muslim backgrounds???????
Not that gang rapes by Muslims happen very frequently.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:12 AM
Islamic terrorists seem to feel little gratitude toward the Western moonbats who agitate on their behalf. The parents of Rachel "Saint Pancake" Corrie — the anti-American, anti-Israeli activist whose extreme lack of common sense landed her underneath a bulldozer — were recently abducted in Gaza:
GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian gunmen briefly seized the parents of slain U.S. activist Rachel Corrie as they visited the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, but relented after being confronted by a member of the security forces, witnesses said.
They said Craig and Cindy Corrie, whose daughter was fatally run down by an Israeli bulldozer as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian building in 2003, were at the home of a friend in the Gaza town of Rafah when the gunmen arrived.
The gunmen appeared set on kidnapping the two Americans, the witnesses said. Gaza has seen a rash of foreigner abductions since Israel withdrew from the territory in September after 38 years of occupation.
Rachel's folks have made the news before, when they responded to their ill-fated daughter's demise by suing Caterpillar for manufacturing the bulldozer their ill-fated daughter thought it would be a good idea to stand in front of.
Hat tip: Wiggins
January 4, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:52 PM
David Letterman has a gift for smirking and acting cute, but intellectual debate with anyone sharper than a movie star is clearly not his forte, as Bill O'Reilly made clear by walking into his cave of moonbats last night. It doesn't seem O'Reilly won over the studio audience, but he certainly made it clear that Letterman was correct to say, "I'm not smart enough to debate you point to point."
To give an idea of the caliber of people O'Reilly was subjecting himself to, before he appeared, Letterman stirred a pencil around in his guest's coffee; then the audience laughed when O'Reilly drank from it (the Political Teen has video of this sordid scene).
The transcript doesn't include Letterman's haughty dismissal of the war on Christmas, but does feature his appalling devotion to perhaps the most contemptible human being in public life, the woman who embraced her own son's killers in an attempt to trade his honor for 15 minutes in the spotlight, Mother Moonbat herself, Cindy Sheehan.
"How can you possibly take exception with the motivation and the position of someone like Cindy Sheehan?" wondered Letterman, in all seriousness.
O'Reilly took issue with Sheehan's characterization of Islamic terrorists as "freedom fighters." Letterman responded by righteously declaring that he didn't understand what the war was about and quickly returned to wondering how anyone could fail to join him in his worship of Saint Cindy:
See, I'm very concerned about people like yourself who don't have nothing but endless sympathy for a woman like Cindy Sheehan. Honest to Christ.
The audience ate it up. Letterman then worked some more applause from the crowd by asserting that 60 percent of what his guest was saying was crap. He followed this by accusing O'Reilly's show of not being objective, before being forced to admit to not having watched it.
It was like watching a dim-witted child try to make fun of an adult in front of his even dimmer-witted friends.
Blaming David Letterman for being a jerk and a fool would be like blaming a frog for being slimy. But shouldn't his handlers know enough to keep anyone with an IQ above 80 off his show?
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:27 PM
Apparently John "Moonbat Jack" Murtha's 15 minutes of fame — which he acquired in a deal with the Devil in return for stabbing his own country in the back during wartime — are in danger of running out. His rhetoric has been moving into Cindy Sheehan territory as he desperately attempts to keep the fickle flames of media adulation alive. At least after his performance on Nightline the other night, no one will feel obligated to preface every response to his outrageous remarks with shovelfuls of obsequious rhetoric about how profoundly everyone respects this shameless old wretch.
Murtha declared that the struggle we are currently winning in Iraq is "absolutely" the wrong war, and struck a new personal low by attempting to dissuade Americans from joining the military.
"Would you join (the military) today?," he was asked.
"No," pouted Moonbat Jack.
"And I think you're saying the average guy out there who's considering recruitment is justified in saying 'I don't want to serve'," observed the interviewer.
"Exactly right," Murtha confirmed.
Like most bad things, the distasteful Jack Murtha phenomenon has been blamed on President Bush. As reported by a slavishly sympathetic Newsweek, Murtha became peeved when Bush wouldn't pay enough attention to his suggestions for how to run the war. Like a spoilt six-year-old, Murtha responded by changing sides.
"If they'd talked to me, it wouldn't have happened," puled the slippery back-stabbing traitor Newsweek amusingly calls a "rock-solid patriot."
To exact his revenge for the perceived slight, Murtha has done everything he could to weaken the morale of our country and our troops, and has openly called for surrender to al Qaeda (using the weasel word "redeployment"). This may have cost him the respect of every American whose head isn't screwed on backwards, but he did get his 15 minutes from the press.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:49 PM
In response to the New York Times' policy of regularly publishing classified data as part of their campaign to undermine President Bush by undermining our struggle against Islamic terrorism, Moonbattery will now publish this link to the Democratic Party's plan to win the War on Terror, which was leaked by an anonymous source codenamed V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:35 PM
A little moonbattery from the H-Slavery listserver, thoughtfully passed along by Leigh:
Within the past couple of years, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (AKA, the Quakers), in revising its internal structure, abolished the word "overseer" in deference to some members who thought its use within Quakerism smacked of the plantation.
Traditionally, Quaker "overseers" were members — men and women, selected by the entire congregation — who were in charge of decision-making between regularly scheduled meetings of the whole. In earlier centuries, they'd have been the people to investigate reports of disciplinary infractions or to "elder" those who needed reminders of what was considered proper. More recently, they've been the nice "church ladies" that are probably common in every religion.
In any case, the "overseers" are now called the "Committee of Care and Counsel."
Even Quakers are capable of sinning against political correctness. At least they've repented. Shockingly, the word "overseer" can still be found in many dictionaries.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:41 AM
Despite the totalitarian political correctness that has been strangling thought in our institutions of higher learning, it can't be said that religious studies have been totally neglected, even in the Ivy League. Here's how the University of Pennsylvania course catalog describes Religious Studies 113, "Searching for Black Jesus: Tupac Shakur, Black Masculinity and the Politics of Race":
Tupac Shakur was one of the most gifted and controversial figures of this generation. Poet, hip hop artist, actor, social critic and urban griot, he was a ghetto saint who evoked adoration and attack, nearly in the same breath. This course will examine the cultural, racial and religious significance of Shakur's life and thought. We will also probe the artistic, aesthetic and rhetorical dimensions of his craft. We will use Shakur as a lens through which to explore the issues of racial identity and black masculinity in hip-hop culture and the broader black culture. We will also probe the political, spiritual and social implications of Shakur's life and art, and reflect on these issues as they relate to hip-hop culture in general. Finally, we will investigate the moral and cultural consequences of memorializing Tupac in the wake of his violent death.
Shovel away the BS and Tupac Shakur can be summed up as a thug who got killed by some other thugs, although he does have the notable distinction, according to Wikipedia, "of being the only artist with an album at number one on the charts while serving a prison sentence."
January 3, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:12 PM
Since the antihuman loons at PETA are willing to go to any extreme to promote themselves, it would be cruelty to dumb animals not to grant them a little of the attention they so need. Their latest foray in self-ridicule has been made by youth outreach coordinator Chris Garnett, who has officially changed his name to KentuckyFriedCruelty.com.
KentuckyFriedCruelty.com is not only a name, but a website, where you can learn interesting "facts" like this one:
Chickens are inquisitive and interesting animals who are thought to be as intelligent as cats, dogs, and even primates.
If you think changing your name to the name of a website is silly, consider that the wise and sophisticated Pamela Anderson supports Garnett's name change. The Stacked starlet also thinks that hurting the poor chickens just so people can eat "is awful and has to stop."
Hat tip: Museum of Left Wing Lunacy
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:22 PM
Could any bad thing happen anywhere that moonbats would not try to blame on President Bush? Apparently not: one BDS case even wants to hold W accountable for the unfolding mining tragedy in West Virginia.
Says Scott Shields of MyDD:
Undoubtedly, some will criticize me for placing blame on President Bush here. The defense will be that Bush didn't cause the explosion that collapsed the mine. My response will be that he didn't do anything to prevent it.
You see, "Bush's indefensible fealty to corporate power undercuts the health and safety of workers at every level of the economy."
It must be very reassuring to be able to withdraw into an ideology that provides a single explanation for absolutely everything — that explanation being, "It's Bush's fault."
With thanks to V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:10 PM
Far from the desired effect of crippling the Bush Administration, the New York Times' treasonous leak of NSA wiretapping activities may actually result in the Old Gray Hag having to take some responsibility for her pro-terrorist activities — or at least, Mac Johnson at Human Events Online sure hopes so:
Federal Prosecutors should vigorously pursue the New York Times' serious leak of classified information, and force the Times to reveal their sources. Anyone guilty of a crime should then be indicted, regardless of who they are or how self-righteous they behave.
It is ridiculous to imprison a foreign agent for passing secrets to our enemies, then shower praise on the New York Times for doing the same.
The convicted spy Aldrich Ames sits in a Federal Prison today for communicating some of our dearest secrets to the Soviet Union. Perhaps his real crime was forgetting to "Cc" the New York Times on those communications. It is time to stop treating the media elite as though they have the right to ignore without consequence any law that gets in the way of a journalistic scoop or a political agenda.
Certainly, the media themselves have come to believe that they have a quasi-governmental authority to randomly declassify any military or intelligence operation. Consider the following quote from a December 24th New York Times piece exposing yet another NSA operation, a data mining effort: "The current and former government officials who discussed the program were granted anonymity because it remains classified."
The NY Times has "granted" anonymity. Really? How about prosecutorial "immunity"? Can the Times grant that? We should vigorously prosecute such hubristic non-sense and end the anti-American counter-intelligence service that our media so willfully provides to the world.
Hat tip: Country Store
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:47 AM
A favorite moonbat myth is the wonderful healthcare available to all in the island hellhole Fidel Castro has made out of Cuba. Few note that healthcare is free in prisons in the USA too. The difference is, in Cuba, the whole country is a prison. Another difference is that the healthcare normal Cubans receive is flat out awful (hat tip: A Western Heart).
If you're a foreigner with hard currency, you can get acceptable medical treatment even in Cuba. If you're not, you'll find yourself in a facility like this:
To get there, just take a communist ambulance:
Here are some pictures from the Hospital Clínico Quirúrgico Joaquin Albarran in Havana:
The next time you're sick might be a good occasion to thank God for capitalism.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:23 AM
We already know that Reuters, the BBC, and Canada's CBC don't want to call terrorists "terrorists" because admitting what they are would cast them in a negative light. Now AP takes the next logical step, propagandizing on their behalf by calling them "martyrs."
Here's AP's caption for the photo above (emphasis added):
Um Nidal, mother of three Palestinian martyrs delivering a speech at a celebration at the18th foundation anniversary of Palestinian militant group, Hamas, on Friday Dec.30, 2005, in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Hamas organized a celebration at Yarmouk refugee camp southern Damascus with participation of 2000 palestinians.(AP Photo / Bassem Tellawi)
By the way, here's what Momma Um had to say after one of her sons killed himself in the process of murdering five high school students:
I don't want condolences, I want congratulations. I encouraged my son to sacrifice himself. It is a victory.
By calling these psychopathic terrorist murderers "martyrs," AP seems to share her point of view.
Hat tip: LGF
January 2, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:44 PM
Black Entertainment Television viewers have named 2005's Person of the Year. Needless to say, the person is black. But of the many blacks who made notable positive contributions to our society last year, which one won? Condoleezza Rice? Lt. Gen Russell Honore? Thomas Sowell? Nah — all three are overqualified. The winner is... get ready for this... Louis Farrakhan!
Farrakhan is best known as fuehrer/ayatollah of the bizarre Islamofascist cult known as Nation of Islam, almost certainly the most pernicious organization to operate legally in this country. His most notable contribution to society over the past year was his dissemination of the notion that sinister white people dynamited levees in New Orleans in order to kill blacks.
Unlikely as it seems, this is not the craziest thing to come out of Calypso Louie's piehole. He would also have his followers believe that Caucasians were created by an evil black scientists, and that a space ship is going to come and save the world by bombing white people.
A few more nuggets of Farrakhan's wisdom:
- Whites are "blue eyed devils."
- Jews are "bloodsuckers."
- Judaism is a "gutter religion."
- Hitler was a "great man."
- "It is an act of mercy to white people that we end your world."
Farrakhan disputes Osama bin Laden's culpability for 9/11. He has enjoyed very cordial relations with the terror-supporting dictators of such countries as Iran, Libya, Syria, Sudan, and pre-liberation Iraq.
Other than Tookie Williams, it would be difficult to think of any black American whom it would be more inappropriate to admire than Louis Farrakhan. If BET's audience represents anything remotely close to mainstream black opinion, this whole country is in very serious trouble.
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:13 PM
Mark Steyn has published an excellent piece in the New Criterion, detailing how moonbattery and low birth rates have combined to make Western Civilization — or at least large parts of it — vulnerable to actual eradication by Islam within the near future. A highlight:
Radical Islam is an opportunist infection, like AIDS: it's not the HIV that kills you, it's the pneumonia you get when your body's too weak to fight it off. When the jihadists engage with the U.S. military, they lose — as they did in Afghanistan and Iraq. If this were like World War I with those fellows in one trench and us in ours facing them over some boggy piece of terrain, it would be over very quickly. Which the smarter Islamists have figured out. They know they can never win on the battlefield, but they figure there's an excellent chance they can drag things out until western civilization collapses in on itself and Islam inherits by default.
As Steyn details, this collapse is already well underway in Europe. Terrorism is not the worst threat facing us from the Islamic world — displacement is. The West needs to decide immediately that it believes in itself enough to want to survive. Otherwise it won't.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:59 AM
Before laying out money to see Steven Spielberg's much-hyped Munich, moviegoers are advised to read a recent explanation in the Wall Street Journal as to why people who support Israel are outraged by Hollywood's latest attempt to undermine the struggle against Muslim terrorism.
The movie, unsurprisingly, characterizes terrorists more sympathetically than the Israelis who combat them. Its historical accuracy is highly dubious. Spurious strawman arguments are put in the mouths of Israelis in support of their actions. A false dichotomy is created between supposed Jewish ideals and Israeli behavior, as if it were a tenet of the Jewish faith that they should passively let their enemies slaughter them. The movie's hero ends up turning his back on Israel, and regarding the Mossad as the enemy.
In an apparent effort to support the bizarre reasoning of liberals who seem to regard terrorism as a natural and legitimate response to our response to it, the butchering of Israeli athletes that sets the story in motion is put at the end of the movie. Evidently the intent is to disorient viewers as to cause and effect, leaving a subconscious impression that Israel's punishment of the Palestinian killers is the only thing that made them kill in the first place.
Tony Kushner, who was brought in to rework the original screenplay, considers the birth of the state of Israel to be "a historical, moral, political calamity," the policy of the Israeli government to have been "a systematic attempt to destroy the identity of the Palestinian people," and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to be an "unindicted war criminal."
Kushner and Spielberg are both Jews. But then, John Kerry and Howard Dean are both Americans. That hardly means they have the best interests of their people at heart.
Hat tip: Varla
January 1, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:57 PM
The next time you hear a moonbat repeating the surreal claims of entertainment industry chuckleheads (e.g., Danny Glover, Chevy Chase, Linda Ronstadt) that the hellhole Castro has made out of Cuba is some kind of paradise on earth, please direct them to the Cuba Archive project. The Wall Street Journal recently did a writeup on this noble undertaking, which attempts to document the loss of life caused by lefty icon Fidel Castro's regime.
Meticulously insisting on confirming each official murder from two independent sources, Cuba Archive researchers have still come up with a body count of 9,240 victims — and the project's president Maria Werlau suspects that the actual number could be 10 times higher. Armando Lago, a Harvard-trained economist and vice president of the project, estimates that close to 78,000 people have died attempting to escape.
Executions of women and children are documented. For example, 8-months-pregnant Lydia Perez Lopez died (along with her baby) after a prison guard kicked her in the stomach and she was denied medical attention; 15-year-old Owen Delgado Temprana was beaten to death when his family attempted to take refuge at the Ecuador embassy.
The sheer enormity of the crimes of socialism has prevented people from truly grasping their horror. As Stalin noted, "A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic." Although it is an absolute must-read book, Stephane Courtois's "Black Book of Communism" almost bludgeons the reader into insensitivity with numbers that you just can't get your mind around. If people actually grasped that this ideology was responsible for 100 million deaths in the course of the Twentieth Century, they would react to academics and other liberal elite fools who call themselves communists the same way they would react to someone advocating raping children or deliberately spreading AIDS — because communism is no less evil, as its known history attests.
Cuba is a helpful country to study because since it is relatively small, the scale of the atrocities it has been subjected to is less overwhelming. Also helpful is the way Cuba Archive doesn't just offer estimated body counts, but actually provides the names of victims, and details of their tragic deaths.
It makes for chilling reading, but Cuba Archive is highly recommended.
Hat tip: Byron
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:24 PM
Last night French "youths" (i.e., Muslims) burned only 343 cars, as of 4:00 am local time. Also, a school was apparently set on fire in Toulouse, and firefighters were pelted with stones.
Even worse might have been expected, considering that setting cars ablaze has become a new tradition in multicultural France. Last New Year's Eve 323 were burned, but that was before the notable progress French civilization made during 2005 toward complete dissolution. At the peak of last year's car-burning craze, French Muslims torched 1,408 cars in a single night. Chirac's bold policy of discouraging "racism" is really paying off.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:02 AM