March 31, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:13 PM
The official party of greedy trial lawyers must be losing control of the system. When a California lawyer tried to sue the coach of his daughter's junior varsity softball team for calling the girl "a 2-year-old," the case was thrown out, despite the modest demand of only $3 million for all the emotional distress that was inflicted.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:57 PM
Eighth graders at a middle school in Florida whose last names begin with L through Z were in for a big surprise when they were forced to wear yellow stars for Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Students without stars upon thars were privileged, but the star-bellied students had to stand at the back of the classroom instead of sitting down.
One poor kid was forced to go to the back of the lunch line four times by an administrator. When his father asked why he had come home crying, he explained, "Daddy, I was a Jew today."
The idea of this unannounced experiment was to introduce "a tolerance education component." But when asked what he learned from the educational experiment, the boy said, "Daddy, the only thing I found out today is I don't want to be Jewish."
Maybe middle-school educators should focus on reading and math.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:09 AM
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), the same one who shares Charlie Sheen's opinion that President Bush was behind 9/11, made the news yesterday by punching a member of the U.S. Capitol Police for expecting her to go through a metal detector at the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill.
As a spokesman for House Speaker Denny Hastert observed:
On a day when the Democrats are promoting their national security agenda, it's probably not a good idea for them to allegedly strike police officers.
McKinney has had trouble with Capitol Hill security before. Naturally, she suspects them of racism. Slate reported back in 2002:
In August 1993, during her first term in office, a Capitol Hill police officer tried to prevent her from bypassing a metal detector, as members of Congress are allowed to do. For years afterward, The Hill reports, the Capitol Police pinned a picture of McKinney to an office wall, warning officers to learn her face because she refuses to wear her member's pin. (And because officers are innately suspicious of a black woman with braided hair and gold shoes.)
McKinney is probably best known for groveling in an attempt to lay her paws on the $10 million that Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal offered to New York in the aftermath of 9/11. Rudy Giuliani had rejected the money because it came attached to the prince's view that America had brought 9/11 on itself.
She has also distinguished herself by being one of only six representatives to vote against a measure commemorating the fourth anniversary of 9/11, and one of only three to vote yes when Republicans called Moonbat Jack Murtha's bluff and put his call for immediate withdrawal from Iraq up for a vote.
Among McKinney's legislative accomplishments is the recent introduction of a bill "to provide for the expeditious disclosure of records relevant to the life and death of Tupac Amaru Shakur," the infamous rap thug. The bill has no cosponsors.
Hat tips: Wiggins, William
March 30, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:55 PM
Don't worry. If current demographic trends hold, it will take a couple of generations before North America looks like this:
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:03 PM
Gene Shalit of the Today Show's "Critic's Corner" has come up with new evidence that global warming is more than a liberal superstition: the animated children's movie Ice Age: The Meltdown.
Here's Shalit making his case, via Media Research Center:
Think global warming isn't real? Ask Manny the Mammoth, Diego the Tiger or Sid the Sloth. They first met in the animated hit Ice Age and they formed an unlikely herd. Now in Ice Age: The Meltdown they're fleeing floods of melting ice and the results are joyous. ... The herd's 88 happy minutes will melt away your out-of-theater cares while attesting that global warming is no snow job.
If the propagandizing sticks, 12 years from now the movie's target audience will be in a position to vote Democratic in order to spare sloths and wooly mammoths from the effects of industrial civilization. Hold on Manny the Mammoth. As Hanoi John Kerry would say, help is on the way.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:40 PM
Some Democrats are getting excited about the possibility (albeit remote) that Republicans will actually take some responsibility and deal with the illegal immigration crisis before it causes potentially permanent damage to the country, and that it will hurt them with Hispanic voters.
As for the Dems taking any responsibility were they to regain power, forget about it. Senator Chuck "The Schmuck" Schumer (D-NY) crows that his party will "show Hispanics who their real friends are."
But they had better be careful about showing Americans who are in this country legally who their real friends aren't. As even the NY Times admits:
Polls show large majorities of the public both support tighter borders as a matter of national security, and oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants. Many working-class Democrats resent what they see as a continuing influx of cheap labor.
Defending our country will be a winning issue for Republicans, if they can just show a little nerve.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:36 PM
Moonbattery can't claim to be the first to notice the parallels between the chaos engulfing France and that which we will see here if we don't get the immigration situation under control immediately. As far back as last November, Ernesto Cienfuegos of La Voz de Aztlan was crowing that his movement will bring to the USA the same mayhem Muslim immigrants have brought to France:
Today, here in Los Angeles, we are already seeing ominous signs of an impending social explosion that will make the French rebellion by Muslim and immigrant youths seem "tame" by comparison.
The idea of Mexicans conquering the Southwest quarter of our country is absurd at first glance, but their strategy of demographic conquest through massive immigration is entirely plausible. Naturally, the liberal elite will take the side of any militant racist groups that are hostile to Caucasians, including MEChA and La Raza. Some activists have reportedly called for the "summary execution of all white males over the age of sixteen" once they have the demographic leverage to impose their will. In the meantime, we can count on the media to portray them as put-upon victims and their opponents as "racists."
Hat tip: Andre
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:57 PM
Russ Feingold — who earned fawning attention from the press by screeching that President Bush deserves censure or worse for authorizing eavesdropping on international al Qaeda phone calls — is right about one thing: Americans should not be illegally spied on. That's why it's heartening to see an appeals court rule that Rep Jim McDermott (D-WA) violated federal law by turning over an illegally taped telephone call to the media.
The recorded conversation was between Newt Gingrich and other House Republican leaders in 1996. A Florida couple who later pleaded guilty to unlawfully intercepting the call passed it along to McDermott, who ironically was serving as the top Democrat on the ethics panel. After McDermott then handed it off to the press, a partial transcript was plastered across the New York Times and other papers. Gingrich was later fined $300,000 for minor ethics violations.
As Fox News reports:
Lawyers for 18 news organizations — including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, The Associated Press, The New York Times and The Washington Post — filed a brief backing McDermott.
Apparently from the MSM's point of view, electronic eavesdropping is not such a sin after all — provided all the parties are American, and there are no terrorists or national security interests involved.
Hat tip: Bergbikr.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:21 AM
Most will remember Nick Berg, a pro-Bush supporter of the war in Iraq who was beheaded by terrorists on video. Now his father Michael, taking a page from Cindy Sheehan's book, is appallingly exploiting his son's death as a means of promoting himself and attacking what Nick believed in.
Michael Berg is running as a candidate for Congress from Delaware. Not even Democrats are kooky enough for the senior Berg — he's running on the Green Party ticket. His favorite policies are immediate surrender in Iraq, universal health care, and a "livable wage" — presumably a euphemism for socialism.
At first Berg Senior refrained from exploiting his son's death because of the pain it caused his family. His wife canceled her newspaper subscription to avoid seeing yet again the famous photograph of her son dressed in orange, loomed over by his executioners.
But Michael Berg, who counts himself a close friend of Cindy Sheehan, soon learned to fling any semblance of decency to the wind. Now he publicly screeches that his son "died for the sins of George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld" while staging scenes like this:
With Cindy Sheehan, antiwar liberals hit rock bottom. Now that they're there, Michael Berg is starting to dig.
Hat tip: Knowledge Is Power, on a tip from Prince of Leaves
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:03 AM
Among the unsavory elements hiding behind the American flags that protesters have been instructed to carry at their demonstrations of force on behalf of illegal immigration are believers in the Mexica Movement. Unlike believers in Aztlan, promoters of this movement don't just want the Gringos out of the Southwest, they want us out of the hemisphere. Some of the signs they've been carrying give you an idea where they're coming from:
As WND points out, amnesty is not on the table for this group: all the white folks have to go— and presumably black folks and Asians too. They had no interest in playing along with the American flag ploy, which with the MSM's cooperation has helped to make the massive protests look less threatening. According to the group's commentary on the recent LA rally:
One of the more negative parts of the march was when American flags were passed out to make sure the marchers were looked on as part of "America."
The Mexica Movement accuses European civilization of killing zillions of indigenous people in past centuries. In response, they strive to "expel the invaders of the last 500 years, force them to pay reparations and return the continent to its rightful heirs" — i.e., Hispanics.
If you don't agree that only members of a certain ethnic group deserve to live in the Americas, get ready to be denounced as a racist.
Hat tip: Andre
March 29, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:51 PM
Unfortunately Moonbattery's wide-open comment policy has been abused to the point that it has to be revised. While I'm a big believer in freedom speech, that doesn't oblige me to provide a forum for idiots. The relentless deluge of moronic and/or vulgar "Moonbat Supreme" comments has been alienating too many of Moonbattery's treasured readers. Those posting under that name can consider themselves banned. Any comments that slip through will be deleted. My advice to Moonbat Supreme: get your own blog.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:37 PM
Not content with her career as a movie star, Sharon Stone has begun a new one as an evangelist — for oral sex. Here she is on her proselytizing activities:
I was in the store the other day and I watched a young girl trying on clothes, showing her abdomen. Her mother was trying to talk to her about not being inappropriately luring. I said, "Gee that would look much nicer with a camisole under." Her mother walked away, and I said to the girl, "I'd like to give you a two-minute conversation about sex." Young people talk to me about what to do if they're being pressed for sex? I tell them (what I believe): oral sex is a hundred times safer than vaginal or anal sex. If you're in a situation where you cannot get out of sex, offer a blow job. I'm not embarrassed to tell them.
It isn't enough for the glitterati to instill their enlightened views in the young subliminally through everything that comes out of the entertainment industry. Some of them care enough about us little folk to climb out of their limousines and help total strangers raise their children.
Without Stone's help, the poor girl might have thought she could just say no to sex period.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:24 PM
As the combination of socialism and excessive immigration proceeds to rend the fabric of French civilization, it would be nice to think we would have the sense not to take the same path. But while protests contrived to intimidate are staged all over the USA by illegal immigrants and their moonbat supporters, our representatives in Congress are tucking their tails between their legs.
The formula for disaster is the same, here as in Europe:
- Spineless, short-sighted politicians;
- Lavish and unsustainable benefits financed through excessive taxation, which are a magnet for unskilled immigrants and prevent natives from being willing to work at low-paying jobs, further fueling excessive immigration;
- Multicultural idiocy that actively discourages assimilation;
- An awareness on the part of immigrants that they can impose their will through shows of force;
- Fifth-column activists who side with the invaders just as they would side with any other threat to our civilization;
- A leftist media that deliberately quells a society's natural instinct of self-preservation by condemning it as "racist."
Stir these elements together and they spontaneously combust. Afterwards, you will have a pair of rotting holes where two great countries used to be.
France is blazing the trail. But the USA is hot on its heels.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:43 AM
It isn't pretty, watching a once-great civilization disintegrate in front of your eyes. The situation in France is like something from a dystopian science fiction movie — and it isn't getting better. Massive demonstrations by youths who object to even the slightest loosening of the regulations that have been suffocating the French economy have created an atmosphere of lawlessness that unsurprisingly is being exploited by other criminal elements — notably the Muslim "youths" who wreaked such havoc last November.
Pictures to be found on The Sun Online give an example of 21st Century springtime in Paris — they show a woman trying to walk down the street who is set upon and robbed by a bunch of thugs in broad daylight, in full view of camera crews and police.
The British Foreign Office has warned its citizens to stay away from Paris. The city has devolved into anarchy, as The Sun reports, "with fierce fighting in the shadow of famous tourist spots like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral." Hotels are boarding up their windows. Masked men roam the streets swinging baseball bats, preying on anyone reckless enough to venture outside.
The violence is spreading to other cities. Hundreds of police have been injured. According to Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, many of the rioters are the same unassimilated second-generation immigrants that brought France the car-burning craze last fall.
A combination of socialist policies and unrestrained immigration inevitably created a powder keg and then set it on fire. It may be too late to save France from the consequences of its moonbattery. But hopefully it is not too late to learn from its horrifying example.
Hat tip: Andre
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:07 AM
I had never been able to grasp the appeal of Sarah Jessica Parker, until receiving this tip from William. It's not her looks people like, it's her vivid imagination. Here she is telling the story of how even her 3-year-old son loves Brokeback Mountain:
He said, "Mama I've been hearing a lot about a movie lately." I said, "What movie?" and he said "Brokeback Mountain. I've heard it's about two cowboys. I would like to watch it tonight." I didn't want to deny him, because I didn't want to set up some idea about what's bad, because of the subject matter. We live in New York City, we live in the West Village. So we found an 18 minute segment he could watch. The next day he hugged his nanny and he wouldn't let go and he said, "That is like the two cowboys in Brokeback Mountain!"
Mama must have picked an interesting 18-minute segment.
March 28, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:31 PM
A tip from V the K reveals that in addition to being a moonbat and a clown, Sean Penn is a very sick man. The Hollyweird limousine leftist owns a plastic doll of Ann Coulter that he "likes to abuse when angry." Said Penn of the Barbie-like doll:
We violate her. There are cigarette burns in some funny places.
Apparently money can't buy mental hygiene.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:09 PM
Apparently this is old news to tinfoil-hatters like our friend Moonbat Supreme, but I didn't know until receiving a tip from Prince of Leaves that according to some, the failed levee that flooded New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward was not secretly dynamited by the government, but smashed by an industrial barge owned by none other than Halliburton.
The evidence is that according to a Tulane University professor, "everyone knows" that Halliburton owned the sinister barge.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:05 PM
An interesting piece by J. Peter Pham on TCS Daily describes the state of affairs in Denmark that preceded the publication of the yawn-inducing cartoons that Muslims used as a pretext to bully the West ever further into dhimmitude.
A University of Copenhagen professor was kidnapped in broad daylight and given a severe beating by three Muslims for having read from the Koran during a lecture. A Danish publisher had to use anonymous translators for an essay collection critical of Islam to avoid violence. Fearing for their safety, Danish artists refused to work on illustrations for a children's book about Mohammad.
The reason Islamic thugs are so brazen in Denmark is that Danes have bent over backwards to accommodate them. The only food available in Copenhagen public schools is halal — that is, prepared in accordance with sharia. Danish Jews are kept out of some public schools because their presence is regarded as "provocative" to Muslims. The country's only Jewish school has to be defended by a double ring of barbed wire.
An Arab serving in the Danish Parliament has been living under 24-hour police protection largely because Muslims don't like it that he gave his daughter a Western name. Remarks an Iranian refugee, "It is an irony that I am today living in a European democratic state and have to fight the same religious fanatics that I fled from in Iran many years ago."
As Pham observes:
Historically, non-Muslim minorities (i.e., Jews and Christians) could escape the ravages of violent jihad only by surrendering to Islamic domination through a treaty of agreed-upon subjugation and oppression (dhimma) that turned them into "protected persons" (dhimmis) with second class status within the real of Islam. Today, it seems that even non-Muslim majorities are requested to descend into dhimmitude to avoid the wrath of some new immigrants. But, to paraphrase our own American Freedom Marchers, we are citizens, not dhimmis. Of course, once one has let oneself be treated like a dhimmi, it becomes hard to protest.
Hat tip: Bergbikr
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:31 PM
The goons at Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — a terrorist front group that has been using political correctness, propaganda, and a hordes of lawyers in an attempt to impose dhimmitude on the United States — are not pleased that some Americans have noticed the fundamental and violent hostility Islam holds and has always held toward the rest of the world. Kudos to Investors.com for offering CAIR an opportunity to clear away the "Islamophobia" they decry by answering a few questions:
Is Islam the only religion with a doctrine, theology and legal system that mandates warfare against unbelievers?
Is it true that 26 chapters of the Quran deal with jihad, a fight able-bodied believers are obligated to join (Surah 2:216), and that the text orders Muslims to "instill terror into the hearts of the unbeliever" and to "smite above their necks" (8:12)?
Is the "test" of loyalty to Allah not good acts or faith in general, but martyrdom that results from fighting unbelievers (47:4) — the only assurance of salvation in Islam (4:74; 9:111)?
Are the sins of any Muslim who becomes a martyr forgiven by the very act of being slain while slaying the unbelievers (4:96)?
And is it really true that martyrs are rewarded with virgins, among other carnal delights, in Paradise (38:51, 55:56; 55:76; 56:22)?
Are those unable to do jihad — such as women or the elderly — required to give "asylum and aid" to those who do fight unbelievers in the cause of Allah (8:74)?
Does Islam advocate expansion by force? And is the final command of jihad, as revealed to Muhammad in the Quran, to conquer the world in the name of Islam (9:29)?
Is Islam the only religion that does not teach the Golden Rule (48:29)? Does the Quran instead teach violence and hatred against non-Muslims, specifically Jews and Christians (5:50)?
But don't forget: Islam is the Religion of Peace.
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin
Warning: the illustration for this one isn't a pretty sight.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:03 PM
Far as we might bend over backwards to be nice to the Mexicans illegally pouring into our country, this morbidly excessive niceness is not always returned. For example, at a soccer match in Mexico, the local crowd nearly drowned out "The Star-Spangled Banner" with boos. As American players left the stadium, they were sent off with chants of "Osama! Osama!" The crowd was held back by police in riot gear.
Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee has voted 12-6 to pass an immigration bill that would effectively legalize illegal immigration, making it official that the United States is no longer a sovereign country in control of its territory. But at least we're nice.
Hat tip: Andre
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:46 AM
Naturally the MSM has painted a smiley face on the recent massive show of force on the part of illegal immigrants and their supporters. The issue is usually framed in terms of the hardship of illegal immigrants, who only want to come here to do the work our own willfully unemployed can't be bothered to do. There are even allegations of racism.
But what the matter really comes down to is assimilation and territorial sovereignty. As Cal Thomas observes:
It isn't race or ethnicity that bothers most legal residents of this country. It is our failure to make non-hyphenated Americans out of them. Instead of becoming English-speaking Americans, too many are retaining the language, customs, culture and political agendas of their native lands. No nation can long survive such an invasion without assimilation.
One of these political agendas involves the concept of "Aztlan" — which is where real racism comes into the picture. The idea is to establish Hispanic hegemony in the southwestern USA, and then split this region off from the rest of the country.
Insights into the movement this concept has inspired can be found at La Voz de Aztlan. The strategy is simple: conquest by immigration. This is basically how the USA ended up with the Southwest in the first place, since this region was once part of Mexico. The difference is, it had not been heavily settled then. Now it is home to three of America's five largest cities (Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix).
The strategy seems to be working. Los Angeles is considered the capital of "Aztlan." It is now run by a Mayor who was once Chairman of the UCLA chapter of MEChA, a vehemently racist organization devoted to "Reconquista," or the driving of non-Hispanics out of the southwestern quarter of the United States.
Runaway immigration has resulted in mayhem in France. Worse is in store for America, unless we assert control over our borders immediately and limit immigration to numbers that can be successfully assimilated.
Hat tip: Wiggins
March 27, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:46 PM
Mary Mapes, the left-wing propagandist who got canned from CBS News for her part in Dan Rather's phony document scandal, is still out there, and she is still screeching that the forged documents with which she and her elite media friends hoped to derail President Bush's reelection campaign are actually genuine.
How does she explain the fact that everyone but her and the Dan know they're fake?
It's like a lie. If you repeat it enough, it is true.
No one would know this better than a former CBS News producer.
Mapes also helpfully explained why the MSM's journalistic standards have gone to hell in a handbasket. It's due to insufficient government regulation, and to the fact that broadcasting should be a privilege, not a means to make money.
The intrusion of capitalism into the MSM's sacred realm has another downside. By only seeing ads on programs they choose to watch, people vote with their wallets. They haven't been voting for CBS News.
Hat tip: ex-expat
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:52 PM
The organizers of the massive demonstration in favor of illegal immigration that paralyzed Phoenix last Friday are now demanding that Mayor Phil Gordon apologize for objecting to the disorder they caused.
As Gordon observed in a statement on Friday:
I am incredibly upset. You can't tell us that you're going to have 2,000 or 3,000 people march on the sidewalk and then turn 20,000 or 30,000 people loose in the streets. That's not reasonable. That's not safe. Yes, you can march, but you must also obey the law and exercise good judgment. That didn't happen, and too many businesses and residents had their rights trampled on. It's shameful.
The show of power by illegal immigrants and their supporters crippled both traffic and business in Central Phoenix for hours. People were unable to enter or leave either businesses or their own homes due to the total paralysis caused by marchers and their vehicles.
Says Phoenix Councilman Greg Stanton:
This is not about the political message. The way this whole thing went down did not give Phoenix an opportunity to prepare.
The Mayor's Office had no comment on calls for an apology by Hector Yturralde of Unidos en Arizona, a sponsor of the chaos. Yturralde is also demanding a meeting with the Mayor.
Could it be that the illegal alien lobby is overplaying its hand?
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:32 PM
Thanks to the stagnation and mediocrity imposed by teacher's unions, we expect less of educators than we used to. But we could at least expect them to realize that if you invite a Michael Moore wannabe to speak at a high school, he is going to behave like an obnoxious jerk.
Yet Morgan Spurlock — whose primary cinematic achievement has been to film himself eating nothing but McDonald's for a month — was invited to speak at Hatboro-Horsham High School in Philadelphia. Unsurprisingly, he delivered a profanity-laced speech ridiculing McDonald's employees, Indian immigrants, "retarded kids in the back wearing helmets," and pot-smoking teachers.
Apparently Spurlock has found his intellectual peers. The kids gave him a standing ovation and mobbed him for autographs.
With thanks to V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:23 AM
"The cause is just!" proclaimed Howard Skwer of PlantAmnesty, a Seattle group that has been hounding local officials and waving placards at motorists as part of a campaign to "end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs." Skwer and his friends have been accosting drivers on Highway 99 in nearby Lynnwood, holding up banners and brandishing signs with messages like "Let the Trees Grow" and "Stop Topping Trees."
"This is a crime against nature," announced a PlantAmnesty member named "Ox," referring to some pruned trees. He had stalks of bamboo strapped around his waist that rose far above his head. "Whoever did it ought to be strung up. Why do we need to have tree circumcision in this town? It's not therapeutically indicated."
It sounds like Thorazine might be therapeutically indicated. But that's hardly unusual where moonbats are concerned.
Hat tip: Knowledge Is Power.
March 26, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:28 PM
Yesterday members of the Chicago Minuteman Project and IFIRE (Indiana Federation for Immigration Reform & Enforcement) were protesting outside Bank Calumet in Munster, Indiana, because of that bank's practice of offering home loans to people who are in the country illegally. They were set upon by violent counterprotesters from the Progressive Labor Party of Chicago and Purdue University Calumet.
Rick Biesada, 63-year-old leader of the Chicago Minutemen, received this treatment:
Regrettably, this is a small taste of the violent social disruption to which we can look forward if we fail to get illegal immigration under control.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:25 PM
Non-Mexicans who invade across the Mexican border, known as OTMs (other than Mexicans), have a new trick in their repertoire: renting children.
The idea is that if they dupe authorities into thinking they are a family, they can circumvent a new expedited-removal program for OTMs. Since overwhelmed authorities don't have the space to house them as families, they just let them go instead. Of course the aliens are supposed to report back for a hearing, but few of them do.
According to John Torres, director of ICE's Office of Detention and Removal:
They are passing themselves off as a family, paying to have children smuggled with them across the border, because the smugglers know we're not going to break up a family for the deportation process. They're renting babies — the younger the better — including those not yet of speaking age.
Torres says some of the children have been rented out more than once, which is actually good news, because it proves that at least some of them make it back to Mexico safely. With the hot weather coming, the danger to these rent-a-kids will dramatically increase.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:25 AM
Fidel Castro has finally implemented a sensible policy: instead of trying to get his used underwear clean, the physically repulsive dictator has it burned.
According to Delfin Fernandez, a former member of Castro's inner circle, the point is paranoia, not hygiene. Castro is so thoroughly hated in Cuba that he lives in fear that someone will poison his underwear with chemicals during laundering.
Fernandez also reports that the health-obsessed Castro has built a multimillion-dollar clinic on the grounds of his Havana estate, a few yards from his front door. Meanwhile, his subjects are forced to use places like this:
Having worked at the heart of the Castro regime, Fernandez has special insights into the communist dictatorship:
It [the revolution that put Castro in power] has dissolved into this unstoppable, insatiable corruption without limits, a vast lie. The people are in misery. Cuba's people have been enslaved as cheap labor for foreign businessmen.
Fernandez has carried suitcases of cash out of Cuba for Castro and his brother, who have been systematically pillaging their country for decades. But none of this needs stop leftist nitwits in the entertainment industry and the MSM from comparing America unfavorably to Castro's island prison.
March 25, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:34 PM
No wonder Chirac has been in such a snit the last few years. It looks like he and his good friend Saddam were even closer than we knew. A little more moonbatterie a la francais, compliments of Wiggins:
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:26 AM
Green Beret Sgt. Daniel Petithory was killed in Afghanistan in December, 2001. He was one of America's first combat deaths in the campaign to flush al Qaeda and the Taliban out of that country in response to the 9/11 atrocities that had occurred less than 2 months previously. Moonbats have acknowledged Petithory's ultimate sacrifice to preserve their liberty by vandalizing a sign indicating that a nature trail through his Massachusetts hometown has been dedicated to his memory.
"Oil" and "Christian Crusade" were scrawled on the sign. An anti-military dig favored by the likes of Bill Maher — that our troops are uneducated and/or not very bright — was also included, as was at least one potshot at the President.
Petithory's parents have tried to avoid a more sophisticated means of undermining the War on Terror and defacing the memories of those who have died in it by no longer reading newspaper editorials or watching TV news shows. But moonbattery will find a way to make itself heard. Take away their cameras and newspapers and many in the media would probably find themselves reduced to scribbling nasty graffiti on dead soldiers' memorials.
Cross-posted at The Wide Awakes.
March 24, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:52 PM
French President Jacques Chirac (aka Le Ver or "The Worm"), stormed out of an EU summit session when the French head of Europe's employer union delivered a speech in English.
I was deeply shocked that a Frenchman would speak at the council table in English!
When Ernest-Antoine Seilliere, head of the UNICE employers federation, started his speech in English, Chirac interrupted to squeal complaints. But Seilliere explained, "I'm going to speak in English because that is the language of business."
So Chirac and a couple of French bureauweenies marched out "so as not to have to listen to that." They sulked outside until the speech was over.
The Brussels correspondent of Britain's Sun, which coined the nickname "Le Ver," couldn't help but rub it in by presenting Chirac with an English phrase book.
Here's some more salt for Le Ver's wounds: Chirac's promised "CNN a la francaise," a presumably leftist international news station meant to compete with CNN and the BBC, has announced that only 3 of its 24 hours of daily broadcasting will be in French. The rest of CII's programming will be in English so that people can understand it.
The point of CII is to "spread the values of France and its global vision throughout the world." But how can you spread your values when no one has a clue what you're saying because you're speaking in French?
Hat tip: Moonbat Alert
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:04 PM
Thank you Wiggins, for kindly sending along some pictures and captions to keep us up to date on ongoing activities in France:
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:43 AM
Some good news from Iraq is that US-led forces freed three members of Christian Peacemaker Teams before their terrorist captors could do to them what they had already done to their colleague Tom Fox, who was tortured and murdered and dumped like garbage. Now for the bad news: the experience did nothing to mitigate the very moonbattery of this demented organization that caused its globetrotting flower children to get kidnapped in the first place.
According to British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, the rescue operation followed "weeks and weeks of very careful work by military coalition personnel in Iraq." That would be the very military personnel against whom CPT dispatches activists to Iraq to wage its propaganda war — personnel who will have to wait a lot longer for thanks than Fox's friends did to be saved.
CPT celebrated the rescue by releasing a statement that thanks their "Muslim brothers and sisters" for their "gracious outpouring of support." But it does not thank those who rescued the kidnapped moonbats — or even acknowledge that a rescue took place, saying only that they had "been freed safely."
Why would the troops expect thanks, when terrorist activity is actually their fault? CPT's statement explains:
We believe that the illegal occupation of Iraq by Multinational Forces is the root cause of the insecurity which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq.
In an appalling display of chutzpah, the useful idiots at CPT proceed to lecture the Coalition for supposedly illegal detentions:
We pray that Christians throughout the world will, in the same spirit [as the gracious Muslims], call for justice and for respect for the human rights of the thousands of Iraqis who are being detained illegally by the U.S. and British forces occupying Iraq.
A statement from captive James Loney's family not only does not acknowledge the rescue, it claims there wasn't one:
We have just learned that James is coming home. He has been released unharmed, with his companions Harmeet and Norman.
It's a relief that the three who were rescued didn't end up like Fox. But it would be more of a relief if it looked like something had been learned from this whole terrible episode.
CPT seems to be feeling some pressure. They've added an addendum at the bottom of their statement acknowledging their debt to the troops they've gone to such lengths to undermine.
March 23, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:10 PM
We can stop waiting for Hillary to take a stand on illegal immigration: she is officially for it. She's been using a House bill that would criminalize unlawful presence in the USA as an opportunity to indulge in silly demagoguery at the expense of our security and territorial sovereignty.
According to Shrillary, making it a crime to be in this country illegally is not only "mean-spirited," but reveals the hypocrisy of Republicans who claim to support faith and values. To let her explain in her own words:
It is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scriptures, because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself.
Hillary is all for a clampdown — so long as it's on Americans. In addition to allowing the 11 million aliens already in the country illegally to acquire citizenship, she wants to penalize employers who "exploit" illegal aliens.
Here's an idea Hillary might float: since we're not going to send people who have invaded our country back to their own land, why don't we deport the employers who "exploit" them in their place? The demographic results would surely work out well for the Dems on election day.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:56 AM
The Washington Times reports on a new Democratic strategy described in a memo distributed last week by the office of Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate Minority Leader. The plan is to hold press events at military bases.
Using military bases as props for political spectacles is particularly inappropriate when you consider that much of the rhetoric emanating from Democrats is clearly intended to demoralize our troops — an obvious example is the seditious propaganda gushing from the mouths of Howard "Dr. Demento" Dean and John "Moonbat Jack" Murtha. Their evident goal is to bring about a catastrophic defeat in Iraq, which their friends in the media would then help them hang around the necks of Republicans. The best interests of the country, much less our troops, isn't even an afterthought.
As Senator George Allen (R-VA) observed of the new tactic:
It is pitiful. We are at war. This country needs to be unified and realize who the enemy is — it's not fellow Americans.
Or is it?
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:46 AM
Here's another reason to make sure Democrats don't take back control of the government:
Of course, stamps wouldn't actually look like this. The price would be higher.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:40 AM
You are forewarned not to look at this. The condition is deliberately self-induced, for reasons comprehensible only to moonbats.
From Zombie, on a tip from William.
March 22, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:21 PM
If you think the 9/11 conspiracies moonbats cook up under their tinfoil beanies are kooky, try this one:
As NRO points out, JFK was killed in 1963. President Bush was born in 1946. That would make him a little young to be assassinating presidents.
But of course, birth certificates can be altered. By the way, the assassination occurred in Texas.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:13 PM
The idea of calling on Congress to censure Dhimmi Carter (discussed here previously) is picking up steam. The patriotic organization Move America Forward has launched a new website called CensureCarter.com devoted to achieving this noble objective. In their words:
Since leaving office, President Jimmy Carter has repeatedly sought to undermine U.S. foreign policy, criticized the missions of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, as well as embracing known terrorists and terrorist organizations. Most recently, President Carter pressured the international community to provide funding for the terrorist organization Hamas.
Shocking details are provided for a long list of offenses, all of which richly warrant an official kick in the pants for America's worst ex-President, involving such topics as:
- Jimmy Carter Praises Hamas, "So Called Terrorists"
- Carter Praises Terrorist Leader Yasser Arafat
- Carter Tied to Iraqi Agent Samir Vincent
- Jimmy Carter: America Basher
- Carter Accuses U.S. Troops of Torture at GITMO
- Carter Tries to Undermine Operation Desert Storm
- Carter Undermines U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Cuba
- Carter's Appeasement of "Axis of Evil" Member, North Korea
- Moral Treason from Jimmy Carter
Don't forget to sign the petition before you leave.
Alternatively, instead of censuring Jimbo we could just start enforcing sedition laws.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:09 PM
The anarchy on our southern border is becoming officially institutionalized in Maywood, California — a town that is effectively being run by illegal immigrants.
Maywood is 96% Latino. Its City Counsel has vowed to make it "a sanctuary city" for those who have illegally invaded our country.
Toward this end, it has eliminated the police department's traffic division, because too many illegals were getting into trouble for driving without licenses. There will be no more sobriety checkpoints or towing of illegally operated vehicles, so as not to inconvenience the aliens.
"No human being is illegal," Councilman Felipe Aguirre righteously proclaimed. He referred to the defense of the USA's territorial sovereignty as "this hypocritical policy."
If illegal aliens continue to find themselves oppressed by running afoul of our laws, Maywood may want to disband the police department altogether.
With thanks to V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:38 AM
Possibly mistaking herself for Cindy Sheehan, Helen Thomas presented the President with the following question at yesterday's press conference:
I'd like to ask you, Mr. President, your decision to invade Iraq has caused the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis, wounds of Americans and Iraqis for a lifetime. Every reason given, publicly at least, has turned out not to be true. My question is, why did you really want to go to war? From the moment you stepped into the White House, from your Cabinet — your Cabinet officers, intelligence people, and so forth — what was your real reason? You have said it wasn't oil — quest for oil, it hasn't been Israel, or anything else. What was it?
Needless to say this is not journalism, but juvenile and disrespectful soapboxing. Waiting for the public to realize that they are being systematically misled by people who want to see our country degraded and defeated isn't working. If the dreary poll numbers that have brought so many smug smiles to the press are going to be reversed, it's high time to take the gloves off and fight back.
Bush did so with the perfect touch, never losing his graciousness, much less stooping to the yapping-dog level of his MSM detractors, as he put the loathsome little troll in her place by patiently yet passionately describing some of the recent historical events that made the invasion of Iraq all but unavoidable.
Expose the Left has video. Careful — Thomas got carried away with the lipstick again; she isn't a sight to take in on a full stomach.
March 21, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:24 PM
This might help explain why Jacques Chirac can always be counted on to do the wrong thing. Here's Chirac on international diplomacy:
I have one simple principle in foreign affairs. I look at what the Americans are doing and then do the opposite.
Apparently this principle has been applied to French policy as far back as WWII, when Americans put up a fight against the Nazis to liberate France.
Hat tip: ¡No Pasarán!
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:15 PM
You have to say this much for socialized medicine — it makes for interesting news stories, like this one from England:
A baby boy died after an untrained doctor pressed the wrong button on his bypass machine because it was a less "horrid" colour than the other, an inquest heard yesterday.
Four-month-old Thomas Smith was on a heart and lung bypass machine when Simon McGuirk, a cardiac surgical registrar, accidentally turned it off.
Mr McGuirk said that he did not know whether to press the orange or blue buttons to restart the machine, so opted for the blue. It sent the machine into reverse, sucking blood from Thomas's body. He died a short time later.
The silver lining is that everyone waiting in line to use the bypass machine can move up a step.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:02 PM
Here's some more good news from the Left: Adolf Hitler may have been an imaginary problem!
This surprising revelation can hardly be questioned, as it comes to us from a woman of ultimate moral authority: Cindy Sheehan herself. When Joe Scarborough asked her if FDR wasn't just as much a "terrorist" as moonbats regard President Bush, considering all the Germans and Japanese who died in World War II, the Ditch Witch treated his audience to the following history lesson:
I'm a pacifist and I believe war is wrong. And if you look at the history, World War II happened because of World War I and the suppression and sanctions against the people of World War I. I'm a total pacifist and I think finally now, this is the 21st century and we need to stop killing each other to solve problems, especially imaginary problems.
Only the She-hag knows for sure if she was referring only to this imaginary problem:
or if she meant this one too:
It would come as a tremendous relief to the millions who died as a result of Hitler's maniacal regime to know that it was just an imaginary problem. If only we could have gotten the news to them in time.
With thanks to V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:57 AM
Never mind the evidence to the contrary. Never mind North Korea's public admissions. Never mind that America's worst ex-President Jimmy Carter negotiated the 1994 agreement by which Bill Clinton helped North Korea develop nukes.
A North Korean general may say:
What we can say to you definitely right now is that we currently have nuclear weapons.
But Medea Benjamin says:
North Korea does not have a nuclear weapon. We know that North Korea doesn't have a nuclear weapon.
Benjamin isn't your garden variety kook. Her Code Pink organization has important friends like Howard Dean and Jack Murtha. Certainly we can take her word on this, just as Carter and Clinton wisely took the North Koreans' word that if we helped them build nuclear reactors, they'd lay off their nuclear weapons program.
Hat tip: Wiggins
March 20, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:28 PM
Charlie Sheen, coke-fiend sitcom star, son of an equally obnoxious left-wing kook, and a "scumbag" even by the standards of Heidi Fleiss, has come forward with his doubts that what the whole world saw happen at the World Trade Center on September 11 really occurred.
Evidently the planes flying into the towers were just our imagination; Sheen applied the considerable engineering skill that he developed while telling lame jokes for the laugh track machine on bubblegum programs like Spin City and Two and a Half Men to reach the conclusion that the WTC fell in a controlled demolition.
Sheen also expressed his disbelief that a jet hit the Pentagon. How could a jet maneuver itself right into a building? And where is this jet now? Inquiring minds want to know.
If al Qaeda wasn't behind the 9/11 attacks, then it could only be our own President. The purpose was apparently to provide a pretext for the invasion of Afghanistan. Why we would want to invade Afghanistan if not to respond to Islamic terror is a question Sheen doesn't address. Maybe our troops are over there to steal Afghan rugs.
Tinseltown moonbattery and our acceptance of it have come a long way in the last half century. Imagine an actor in the early 1940s proclaiming that it was not the Japanese but Franklin Roosevelt who attacked Pearl Harbor. Imagine WWII America putting up with lowlife like Charlie Sheen.
Hat tip: Drudge Report
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:55 PM
If you start at the bottom of the barrel and scrape your way downward for awhile, eventually you will come to Bill Maher and his HBO program Real Time, a show devoted to wallowing in the vileness that festers at the black inner heart of moonbattery. Maher's ambush of the brother of a 9/11 victim will live in infamy. His latest: teaming up with the equally despicable actor/comedian Richard Belzer to insult American troops.
To the horror of fellow guest Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), whose stepson is a Marine officer, Belzer proclaimed that US troops are unqualified to have opinions on the war they are fighting with terrorists in Iraq, because "they don't read twenty newspapers a day."
Maher helpfully clarified by implying that people in the military are mentally unfit for higher employment; Belzer concurred.
When Ros-Lehtinen indicated that Belzer had no clue what he was talking about, his response was so vulgar and hysterical that even Maher realized he was over the line.
Check out the video.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:14 PM
While Russ Feingold and other moonbats shoot themselves and the Democratic party in the foot with loopy screechings about censuring and even impeaching the President for authorizing eavesdropping on terrorists who are trying to kill us, Melanie Morgan has a better idea. Why not censure someone who actually deserves it — namely Jimmy Carter?
Starting in the dark days when Jimbo inhabited the White House, he has worked diligently to undermine our country and exacerbate its problems. Carter's lack of support for the Shah helped usher in the Iranian terrorist regime that is now on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons. When this regime permitted our embassy to be overrun and Americans to be held hostage for 444 days, Carter chewed his fingernails and sniveled; Peewee Herman would have shown more decisive and effective leadership.
In the run-up to the war in Iraq, Carter climbed into bed with Samir Vincent, an agent of Saddam's regime who has pleaded guilty to participating in numerous illegal activities pertaining to the UN oil-for-food-scandal. Carter did whatever he could to undermine sanctions against Saddam, and when it became clear that war could not be avoided, he urged other countries to refrain from cooperating with the United States.
Carter lobbied for the Nobel Prize in 2002, which was explicitly granted him as a reward for undermining his own country. Anyone with even a trace of patriotism or dignity would have declined the prize, considering that it was given to him for no other reason but to allow leftist Euroweenies to spit at America. But this is the same guy who badmouthed Ronald Reagan to the verminous terrorist (and fellow Nobel Prize winner) Yasser Arafat. Patriotism and dignity aren't in Jimbo's repertoire.
The congealing dictatorship in Venezuela got an assist from Carter, who endorsed a rigged election that helped Chavez tighten his grip on that benighted country. As for the real elections in Iraq, there has been nothing from Jimbo's Carter Center but sullen shrugs.
When attempts where made to drain the swamp known as the UN Human Rights Commission, Carter was eager to shoot down meaningful reform, as he had promised Cuba's ambassador he would do. Said Jimbo to the Council on Foreign Relations:
My hope is that when the vote is taken, the other members will outvote the United States.
The USA isn't the only country Carter has it in for. He doesn't like Israel either — to the delight of Al-Jazeerah.
If someone's going to be censured, why not someone who deserves it?
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:16 AM
Disgustingly, but not surprisingly, the affair of Jay Bennish ended not with a bang but with a whimper of acceptance. The cockroach who was recorded using his high school geography class as a soapbox from which to denounce America is back on the job, having received not so much as a slap on the wrist.
For Bennish, the whole point of securing a teaching position was to instill corrosive leftist propaganda into the impressionable minds of a captive audience. As Mike Rosen noted at Rocky Mountain News:
Bennish is a political activist. He proudly admits that his mission as a teacher is to "promote social justice." When leftists speak of social justice, it's a buzz word for socialism, connoting forced income redistribution, excessive regulation of business, price controls, racial and gender quotas and preferences, nannyism, politically correct censorship, subordination of U.S. security and sovereignty to international organizations, etc. The whole leftist agenda.
Will the publicity he received cause Bennish to tone down his rhetoric and take his responsibilities as a teacher more seriously? Not likely:
When asked if he regretted comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler, he smiled and arrogantly replied, "I think next time I would've said Mussolini."
Hat tip: Mike's America
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:33 AM
Bad news for moonbats: Dick Cheney has let it be known that despite speculation about a shake-up at the White House, he's not going anywhere. Barring a calamity, the former Halliburton CEO who serves the Left as the satanic embodiment of capitalism will continue to weave his malevolent spells in Washington until January 2009.
Now the bad news for the rest of us: barring a calamity, he won't ever be President.
Hat tip: Wiggins
March 19, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:40 PM
If there is one thing you would think moonbats would make a point of learning to do properly, it's drawing peace signs. Other than rolling joints, what other skill is expected of them? Yet this task appears to be too much for some.
Via Michelle Malkin:
Let's hope Mercedes-Benz appreciates the free advertising.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:49 PM
Leftists opposed to commonsense economic reform aren't the only ones to take to the streets of Paris recently. The Tocqueville Connection reports that French prostitutes were out in force Saturday, protesting "Sarkozy's law," by which they are subject to a fine and 2 months in jail for plying their trade. Prostitutes marched from Place Pigalle to Rue Saint-Denis shouting slogans such as "Not guilty, not victims, proud to be prostitutes."
Evidently French law does not prohibit firing prostitutes yet, but when it does, look forward to more violent protests if the law is ever revoked.
Hat tips: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:52 AM
Modest attempts to rein in the moonbattery that has crippled France's economy have had predictable results: total chaos as the intended beneficiaries of reform went berserk at the notion that the government would encourage hiring by allowing firing.
Half a million people in about 160 cities participated in the tantrum. Cars were set aflame and a McDonald's was assaulted, presumably because both economic freedom and McDonald's remind moonbats of America. In Marseille, the French flag at City Hall was replaced with a banner reading "Anti-capitalism."
The law that provoked all this outrage would allow businesses to fire young workers in the first two years on a job without giving a reason. Obviously this would not only make employees more productive, but would give businesses an incentive to hire them.
You don't have to be Adam Smith to notice that there is an inverse relationship between the health of an economy and the degree of government interference. A demented state of affairs in which private businesses are not allowed to fire employees goes a long way toward explaining why the jobless rate of French youth is 23% nationwide, and 50% among the poor.
Under these conditions, no one is going to hire unless it is absolutely necessary. What if business slows down? What if the employee is too lazy to do any work? It's much safer to never hire them in the first place.
Having let creeping socialism clog up its economy, France is damned no matter what it does. The most modest reforms will bring leftists out onto the streets to throw rocks at police. But the high unemployment caused by the status quo is believed to be a major cause of rioting by French Muslims.
The lesson is obvious: never let moonbattery get a foothold in the first place.
March 18, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:27 AM
Now that CBS's Mike Wallace is finally winding down his long career, many praises are sure to be sung to his journalistic greatness, like this one from CBS News President Sean McManus:
Mike has completely embodied what good, tough, fair journalism should be over the course of his 60-plus years in the business.
However, it's doubtful that "fair" journalism was ever Wallace's objective. Like many in the media, Wallace seems to have been motivated by an ideology somewhere to the left of liberal, as documented in a collection of quotes gathered by NewsBusters. Highlights include Wallace:
- Gasping with astonishment that wounded vets support the war in Iraq;
- Sputtering that thanks to Bush the country is [expletive] up;
- Chanting that the War in Iraq is "a kind of Vietnam" into which we were tricked;
- Insinuating that Dick Cheney is secretly running the country;
- Enquiring snidely as to "Who gave George Bush the duty to free people around the world?";
- Proclaiming that he voted for the loony tunes leftist Ralph Nader for President;
- Seconding the insufferably elitist Peter Jennings' notion that America had "a temper tantrum" when we voted Dems out of control of the Senate and the House in 1994;
- Asserting that Russians missed the genocidal regime of Joseph Stalin;
- Gushing that he is inspired by far-left Mother Jones magazine.
Wallace also made his point of view clear by announcing at a PBS panel called "Ethics in America" that if he had a chance to warn US troops about an ambush, he wouldn't do it, but rather would set up cameras and film them getting killed. (Jennings was there too and came around to Wallace's position.)
There are reasons why journalists are even more distrusted than lawyers. Mike Wallace is one of those reasons. Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Mike.
March 17, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:38 PM
Marketwatch.com reports that Moody's may downgrade the New York Times' ratings:
The agency said the review is prompted by Moody's growing concerns about the media company's high financial leverage, deteriorating operating margins and weak free cash flow available for debt reduction, combined with concerns over intensifying cross media competition, including the Internet, and growing event risk in the newspaper sector.
Could this have anything to do with a precipitous decline in credibility? Or could it be that the market for moonbattery isn't booming anymore?
Is it too soon to call this a tailspin?
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:19 PM
Outraged that they have not yet succeeded in imposing Sharia on Denmark, Islamic totalitarians are taking their case to the friendly ears of the United Nations. They are reporting the recalcitrant country to the UN Commissioner on Human Rights for failing to throw anyone in jail over the tepid Mohammad cartoons that have been used as an excuse to bully the West.
"Denmark is obliged through the UN to secure the civil rights of its citizens," declared Michael Christiani Havemann, lawyer for an alliance of Muslim groups.
Apparently these civil rights include the right to be censored by medieval barbarians.
Taking a page from the playbook of their leftist allies of convenience, the Muslim groups are also planning a lawsuit.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:52 AM
Montreal has offered a glimpse of what the final days of Western Civilization might look like:
A police officer was injured on Wednesday night as about 200 people marched through downtown streets during rush hour in a protest against police brutality.
Notice it wasn't the brutal police who did the injuring.
Demonstrators smashed windows, damaged parked vehicles, overturned garbage cans and lit fires.
But of course, it was all for a noble cause.
One female police officer was hit in the head with a bottle, and was sent to hospital for stitches, said police spokesperson Laurent Gingras.
That ought to teach her not to be brutal.
Demonstrators say they are unfairly targeted by police because of how they look. Many at the march were wearing studded leather jackets, punk rock T-shirts and intricate body piercings.
It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the way they behave.
"I'm here to break some cops' faces!" men in the crowd, who don't divulge their names, could be heard yelling. "I'm here for fight with cops!"
We've come a long way from "Give me liberty or give me death."
Many of the demonstrators wore masks, and shared a mistrust of police and a feeling of being persecuted because they are different.
You can always tell who the bad guys are — they're the ones the press tries to portray as victims.
At last, we come to the "brutality" on the part of the police that forced the poor misunderstood nonconformists to speak truth to power:
Anti-poverty groups have criticized Montreal police for giving nuisance tickets to homeless people who clearly can't afford to pay the fines. The groups claim that between 1994 and 2004, 22,000 tickets were issued to street people.
Police arrested 33 of the rioters. One was being held for a while due to lack of identification. The rest had been released by the following morning.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:44 AM
From a Korean shop in China, via Engrish.com:
It looks like God doesn't mind being called the "opiate of the masses."
Hat tip: ex-expat
March 16, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:48 PM
The latest indulgence in greedy litigious self-parody involves a Lodi, California employee named Curtis Gokey who drove a dump truck into his own car, then sued Lodi for damages, having admitted that the crash was his fault.
The city laughed off Gokey's claim on the grounds that he was essentially suing himself. So he filed a new claim under his wife's name — for an even larger amount.
"I'm not as nice as my husband is," Rhonda Gokey explained.
Unfortunately for the Gokeys, you can't sue your spouse for negligence, according to City Attorney Steve Schwabauer. Maybe they'd better try earning money the old-fashioned way — by tripping over cracks in the sidewalk.
Hat tip: Right-Wing & Right Minded
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:48 PM
Australian moonbats did their sorry best to prevent Condoleezza Rice from having her say at the Sydney Conservatorium.
About 50 protesters gathered outside. They couldn't stifle Condi, but they did physically harass a Daily Telegraph columnist to the point that police had to intervene.
A pair of Newcastle University students made it inside, but were soon chucked out by security for trying to disrupt the speech.
Rather than express appreciation for Dr. Rice's profoundly misguided agreement with Jimmy Carter that Hamas terrorists ought to be subsidized by American taxpayers, moonbats continue to denounce her as a "war criminal" for her role in deposing a genocidal dictator.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:18 PM
9/11 Families for a Secure America is a coalition dedicated to the principle that terrorists will be unable to carry out attacks in this country if they are unable to enter it. The group's purpose is to make Americans and our elected representatives aware of the "obvious fact that the problems of open borders, illegal immigration and terrorism are inextricably linked."
Some of our representatives don't seem to appreciate their efforts much.
9/11 FSA members Joan Molinaro, Bruce De Cell, and Peter Gadiel were lobbying the Senate recently when they accidentally encountered the left-wing media's favorite Republican, John McCain, cosponsor with Edward "Chappaquiddick Ted" Kennedy of an amnesty bill apparently designed to encourage still more illegal immigration. Peter Gadiel tells the story:
At the end of a week of lobbying, we accidentally met Sen. John McCain just outside the Russell Senate Office Building. Joan, Bruce and I approached him [and] identified ourselves as 9/11 family members. We told him we opposed his amnesty bill and of our promise to hold accountable members of Congress who vote for it for the acts of violence that result. The following conversation resulted.
McCain looked at Joan and said: "You're kidding, aren't you?"
Joan Molinaro: "No, we're not kidding."
At this, McCain started screaming and pointed his finger in our faces: "After all I've done for you people! I welcome you to come to my state. I'll debate the issue with you. The people of Arizona trust me…I got 77% of the vote last year. Who do you think they'll believe?"
Peter Gadiel: "Yeah sure. You won that race by getting 85% of your money from out of state."
McCain: "It's people like you who make my job so hard. I got 77% of the vote…."
Gadiel: "Oh sure, but you needed 85% of your money from outside the state. What kind of confidence is that?"
By this time, Joan and Peter were turning their backs to McCain, and he started to come after them. But Bruce saw a guard from the Russell Building come out, take McCain by the arm and pull him inside the building.
Fortunately the Russell Building has excellent security. We wouldn't want any nutcases getting out of line in front of a Senate office building.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:53 AM
The recent World Naked Bike Ride in Tampa was not quite naked after all, as participants were fortunately required to at least cover their genitals as they pedaled down Bayshore Boulevard in their birthday suits, denouncing the president and the internal combustion engine, and attempting with presumably limited success "to foster acceptance of diverse body images."
Griped organizer John Palm:
It's disappointing. We probably would have had more (participants) if we didn't have these restrictions.
The female kooks had the mercy to keep their clothes on, but regrettably not the males. Most of them were over 40, and due to their lifestyle and diet, moonbats do not age well. Some had g-strings. Others, not content to inflict on passersby the sight of their sunken chests, pudgy bellies, and sticklike arms, "rolled up their underwear to reveal as much as police would allow."
The semi-naked bicycle caravan terminated at MacDill Air Force Base, where the riders dismounted and produced homemade signs with various peacenik messages. It's doubtful they won any converts.
Hat tip: Something... and Half of Something
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:41 AM
Prospects may not be as bleak as they seemed for white guys who would like to be police officers in Avon and Somerset, England. The local police department threw out about 200 applications on the grounds that Caucasian males are "over-represented," but one of them struck back with the Left's own favorite weapon, the lawsuit.
Having reached a settlement with the rejected applicant who lawyered up, the force is now subject to claims by all the rest who were rejected for not being born of a politically correct race or gender. The taxpayer of course will get to foot the bill for whatever they are awarded.
Thankfully, the race- and gender-based bean-counting policy has now been scrapped.
Hat tip: Political Correctness Watch
March 15, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:42 PM
He won the popular vote in 2000, and I think he's even stronger and more committed.
Actually, Gore has not been committed, although if there are any more outbursts like last month's anti-American diatribe in Saudi Arabia, he certainly ought to be.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:00 PM
The San Francisco Chronicle offers a glowing piece on UC Santa Cruz's Students Against War, which has acquired a "badge of honor" by making it onto a Pentagon surveillance list.
Unlike a similar activist group at Berkeley, Students Against War is proudly classified as a "credible threat" to U.S. military facilities and personnel. The group earned this distinction through their devotion to "counter-recruiting" — that is, disrupting military recruiting efforts by whatever means possible. Some tactics are tasteless but harmless, such as staging a "queer kiss-in" in front of military recruiters. Other tactics are less benign:
About a dozen protesters entered a career fair in a campus building and surrounded a table where military recruiters sat, preventing other students from talking with them. More than 300 people demonstrated outside. In the jostling that ensued, a career-center staffer was slightly injured.
The recruiters left; some found their tires slashed when they returned to their cars. No one has been cited in connection with the vandalism.
This heroic behavior has won Students Against War support not only from the San Francisco Chronicle, but also from the ACLU, which has filed a federal lawsuit against the Defense Department in an attempt to force the Pentagon to release any information it has gathered on the group. As the ACLU is made up of lawyers, they might want to advise their friends to read up on sedition laws in the U.S. Code (emphasis mine):
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.
Wouldn't it be nice if this law were enforced? Although I'm sure Moonbat Jack Murtha doesn't think so.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:38 AM
The owner of the Portland Sea Dogs, a double A farm team for the Red Sox that is very popular in Maine, commissioned a statue to stand outside Hadlock Field, where the Sea Dogs play. The artwork consists of a normal family on their way to see a baseball game. Naturally, anything this wholesome will encounter resistance from moonbats.
The Portland Public Art Committee does not want to accept this generous gift. As committee member Jack Soley puts it, Portland already has enough ''white folks on pedestals."
According to the 2000 census, Portland is 91% white. The state of Maine is 97% white. Obviously the area needs more diversity. The figures in the statue should have been made to look like Eskimos, or maybe African pygmies.
But not all Maine residents are sufficiently enlightened to see it this way. Says Melissa Wolf of Scarborough:
I'm not racist, but there's nothing wrong with white people. Every city is different, and here, we're the majority. I don't see why diversity has to be shoved down our throats.
Notice how Ms. Wolf betrays her latent racism with the insensitive claim that there's nothing wrong with white people. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson had better head north immediately; they have work to do in Maine.
Hat tip: Tongue Tied
March 14, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:22 PM
Nothing horrifies like the corruption of a child's innocence — and nothing corrupts like moonbattery. A case in point is little Autum (sic) Ashante, who is being praised as a prodigy, having been taught to recite bitter racist diatribes that she supposedly wrote herself.
At a recent performance at a school in Peekskill, New York, Autum demanded that white kids stay seated while black kids stand and recite "The Black Children's Pledge" (popularized by the homicidally racist Black Panthers in the Sixties) before she launched into a poem entitled "White Nationalism Put U In Bondage." Here's a sample:
Black lands taken from your hands, by vampires with no remorse. They took the gold, the wisdom and all of the storytellers. They took the black women, with the black man weak. Made to watch as they changed the paradigm of our village.
I can let it go that I'm being called a "vampire" for being Caucasian, but the suggestion that I might be stupid enough to believe a 7-year-old uses words like "remorse" and "paradigm" is truly insulting.
Batin Ashante, her father and the probable author of the nasty doggerel she was trained to recite, is by some strange coincidence a member of the Nation of Islam. Displaying the astonishing hypocrisy characteristic of the Left, he called district officials "racist crackers," apparently for not being sufficiently appreciative of his flesh and blood marionette's contributions to racial harmony.
Here's what the little darling was programmed to say about Caucasians:
All they do is just steal, rob and murder...that's the only thing they were raised to do. ... Even the ones that try to fix up with us, they're still devils. I feel they're devils and they should be gone. We should be away from them and still be in Africa.
Her father denies teaching her hatred. Oh, and he also denies writing the poetry.
Hat tips: Byron, Lucianne.com
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:02 PM
The most promising recruiting grounds for Islamic terrorists to carry out strikes against America is not democratic Iraq. It's our own prison system. What better place to look for violent, disaffected losers with a grudge to bear against civilization? There is also the added advantage that prison converts usually are not Middle Eastern, and can more easily blend in.
As reported by World Tribune.com:
Al Qaida continues to recruit members in U.S. prisons despite a government crackdown, FBI officials told a congressional panel. U.S. officials said Al Qaida's recruitment has been facilitated by Muslim clergy with access to federal and state prisons.
Famous prison recruits to the cause of jihad include alleged dirty bomb conspirator Jose Padilla (USA) and shoe bomber Richard Reid (UK). Expect there to be many more where they came from. Saudis fund a "prison outreach" program through the National Islamic Prison Foundation, devoted to converting petty dirtbags into mass murderers in the name of Allah. As Cal Thomas reported,
Prison Fellowship Chairman Charles Colson, who heads a Christian ministry to prisoners, believes radical Islamic clerics, trained in Saudi Arabia, are converting large numbers of African-American inmates not only to their religion, but to their political objectives, including virulent anti-Americanism.
Nosy Christians! No wonder the ACLU is trying to keep Christian ministers out of prisons.
Imam Umar Abdul-Jalil, the head of Islamic chaplains in the New York City Department of Correction, made the news the other day by declaring at a conference of Islamic leaders that the "greatest terrorists in the world occupy the White House," that "Zionists" control the media, and that Muslims are being tortured in Manhattan jails. What do you suppose he's telling potential recruits on Rikers Island?
When his comments where made public, Abdul-Jalil promptly played the race card that will prove extremely valuable to certain homegrown al Qaeda recruits:
He said he was "offended, as an African-American, that someone would have the audacity to question my citizenship" and love of his country.
Other Muslim extremists to spread their poison on the New York taxpayer's dime include Imam Intikab Habib, who was forced to resign as NYFD chaplain for publicly asserting that it was not al Qaeda but a "conspiracy" that brought down the World Trade Center, and Imam Warith Deen Umar, the former chief Muslim chaplain in the state prison system, who expressed support for 9/11 terrorists.
There are certainly plenty more behind them. Somehow I doubt the ACLU has any objections.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:25 AM
Holland is trying out a new technique to defend itself from the conquest by immigration that will soon lead to its erasure by Muslims if drastic measures aren't employed. Prospective Middle Eastern immigrants, which the Dutch are suicidally continuing to allow into the country, will be tested on their understanding of the local attitude toward gays.
Prior to taking the test, immigrants will have to watch a video that includes a same-sex marriage and men kissing each other. The apparent hope is that Islamists will be disgusted enough to turn around and go home.
Immigrants from Western countries don't have to take the test, providing the Muslim invaders an excuse to squawk about discrimination.
Says Abdou Menebhi, director of an immigrant organization:
It really is a provocation aimed to limit immigration. It has nothing to do with the rights of homosexuals. Even Dutch people don't want to see that.
Most probably don't. But it's got to beat watching their country be displaced by barbarians.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:44 AM
When Cindy Sheehan got herself arrested again last week at the US Mission to the United Nations, many jumped to the conclusion that it was yet another cheap publicity stunt, designed to keep cameras focused on the sickening spectacle she has made of her life. To quote US Mission spokesman Richard Grenell:
We invited her in to discuss her concerns with a U.S. Mission employee. She chose not to come in but to lay down in front of the building and block the entrance. It was clearly designed to be a media stunt, not aimed at rational discussion.
What Grenell does not seem to understand is that Mother Moonbat was actually driven to break the law by none other than the wicked President Bush. In the She-hag's words:
When we were in the cockroach and feces-decorated jail system in NYC the other night, we met some other women who felt they had to resort to crime to try to survive in BushWorld.
Why did trying to survive in BushWorld force her to block the entrance to the US Mission? Presumably because
Only massive, peaceful, non-violent resistance to his calamitous policies will be able to stem the dreadful tide!
Why the police took her to a jail instead of Bellevue is still unclear.
Hat tip: ex-expat
March 13, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:36 PM
A peacenik named Gary Kline decided to express his juvenile opinions by splashing a container of his blood against a federal building in which some fellow moonbats were standing trial for indulging in similar behavior at a recruiting office. He then tried to pay the $625 fine he incurred through this act of vandalism with money folded up into little origami cranes, to symbolize peace.
Now for the amazing part of the story: Kline is a 50-year-old adult.
Thanks again V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:55 PM
Unsurprisingly, Yale's effective admission of former top Taliban official Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi has led to some criticism. For the most part, Yale has responded by silently waiting for the whole issue to go away. This probably makes more sense than calling their critics "retarded" — as Alexis Surovov, assistant director of giving at Yale Law School, did in an email meant to be anonymous.
Despite the profound commitment to feminist ideology that resulted in Lawrence Summers being run out of Harvard on a rail for daring to suggest there may be reasons other than discrimination for the lower percentage of women in math and sciences, Rahmatullah was considered a hot acquisition by the Ivy League. Richard Shaw, who was Yale's dean of admissions when they managed to sign up Rahmatullah, told the press that Yale didn't want Harvard to beat them to him. The fact that Rahmatullah's regime would pull out women's fingernails as punishment for wearing nail polish disturbs elite academia no more than an educational background consisting of a fourth-grade education and a high school equivalency degree.
Recent Yale grads Clinton Taylor and Debbie Bookstaber were sufficiently annoyed by this to launch a protest called NailYale, which calls on alumni to send Yale red fingernails instead of money as donations.
Surovov responded to them with an email that charmingly begins:
What is wrong with you? Are you retarded?
In another example of that special knack for irony often found in left-leaning environments, Surovov later accused Taylor and Bookstaber of using "terrorist tactics."
With thanks to V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:17 AM
As readers may recall, Phelps' phony "church" is actually a cult run out of his basement. Following links from his website God Hates America is like wandering the halls of an asylum for the spiritually insane. Watch where you click or you might find yourself watching a truly appalling video called Smell the Brimstone. Phelps pushes his obnoxious lunacy so far over the edge that there are actually a few laughs to be had as he hurls insults at Ronald Reagan and the Pope and rails breathlessly about God's cosmic hatred of homosexuals and the USA.
However, there are places where his sick brand of humor is not at all appreciated. First among them are the funerals of fallen American soldiers, which his followers travel across the country to crash, wagging placards with messages like "God hates fags" and "fag vets."
"This nation is poised to trash the first amendment just to stop my preaching," Phelps boasts. "I'm kind of honored."
But the solution does not involve any government coercion. It's a volunteer effort by bikers who call themselves the Patriot Guard Riders. They hold up flags and tarps at funerals under siege by Phelps' cultists so that mourners don't have to see the tasteless placards. There are about 100 kooks in Phelps' "congregation." The Patriot Guard Riders have gathered 16,000 members in just a few months.
Phelps' crew is so outrageous that some believe the whole thing is a put-on to make conservatives look like idiots. But just because he calls himself a Baptist is no reason to mistake Phelps for a conservative. According to Homocon:
Fred Phelps, registered Democrat, organizer of Democratic activities and fund-raiser for Al Gore and Bill Clinton, also criticized the invasion of Iraq, sent a warm letter to Saddam Hussein full of compliments for his regime while asking for (and receiving) permission to send protesters against the coming Iraq invasion, claimed that the U.S. deserved September 11th (and that London deserved the recent bombings), and praised Castro for his leadership and moral stance against homosexuality.
Despite its comical excesses, Phelps' campaign against gays, America, the war in Iraq, and common decency is probably on the level. The motivation behind it may have less to do with politics than Phelps' more personal issues. As Mark Potok, who tracks hate crimes at the Southern Poverty Law Center, points out:
This man probably thinks more about gay sex than any other person in the United States of America and one can only guess at what that means.
At least Phelps has some good advice for fellow antiwar protestor Cindy Sheehan:
Nix the show-boating and grandstanding for the media.
Hat tip: Wiggins
March 12, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:33 PM
A non-bloodthirsty Muslim named Rachid Salama found himself down and out in London. In a highly educational piece on Times Online, he relates how the liberal welfare state helps to make terrorist incubators out of European mosques like the one in which he found temporary sanctuary:
The mosque was huge, clean and warm. Apart from the heavies on the door glaring and flashing their Afghanistan scars, everybody was extremely friendly and welcoming.
Then I discovered how my brothers passed the day. Many were on benefits or living off charity so they could hang about discussing jihad all day. Whenever we were not praying, we were taken to watch TV. There were endless videos of mujaheddin activity around the globe.
Jihadist nasheeds (songs) were played in the background, with medieval-style voice harmonies and deeply stirring lyrics about how brave mujhads are suffering for Allah and dying in order to defend Muslim lands. They sometimes climaxed with a question — are you going to stand by and watch Muslim civilians killed? The atmosphere was intense. Any slight dissent was stamped on so quickly and aggressively that I realised that the best thing to do was nod and say "Inshallah" with the rest of my brothers.
Salama had found his way into London's Finsbury Park mosque, which was used until all too recently by an Islamic preacher named Abu Hamza al-Masri to convert disaffected losers into killing machines. For years MI5 had a spy keeping tabs on some of Hamza's exhortations to kill non-Muslims, which no one in the government chose to acknowledge until very recently, despite the fact that as far back as 1998 Hamza had been linked to terrorist activities that had gotten Britons killed.
As Times Online points out:
Islamic radicalism was quietly building just as political correctness over ethnic and religious minorities was marching ahead. The authorities were wary of offending Muslim sensibilities, even in the case of Hamza.
Hamza has finally been put in jail for inciting violence, but the conditions that produced him — Islamic extremism, political correctness, and a welfare system that makes work optional so that lowlifes have plenty of time on their hands — are as prevalent as ever.
How many more Hamzas are out there? How many potential recruits will choose not to walk away like Salama? Finding out may not be pleasant.
Hat tip: Byron
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:33 AM
Further evidence that the Left has a sense of humor, or at least a sense of irony, came to light when the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award was granted to John "Moonbat Jack" Murtha for his attempts to undermine his own country in time of war.
Moonbat Jack demonstrated courage by pandering to an obsequiously supportive media as he loudly advocated surrender to al Qaeda terrorists in Iraq, a stand that he originally adopted out of spite because the White House didn't take his opinions seriously enough. Unfortunately his valor did not hold out when House Republicans called his bluff by demanding a vote on his suggestion — Murtha voted against it, even while continuing to play to the press with his defeatist rhetoric.
Murtha's war hero status is questionable and his record is hardly clean, but he has won hearts among his fellow moonbats with false and demoralizing assertions that our military is "broken, worn out" and "living hand-to-mouth," by actively discouraging potential recruits from volunteering, and by hobnobbing with rabidly anti-American activists from Code Pink.
What makes granting this award to such a contemptible character particularly obscene is that in stark contrast to Murtha, JFK was known for his readiness to face down freedom's enemies:
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.
JFK's words would sound pretty strange coming from Moonbat Jack, wouldn't they? But at least it's appropriate that Ted Kennedy will be on hand to present the award.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:13 AM
Tom Fox, one of the members of Christian Peacemaker Teams who were kidnapped last November by the very terrorists on whose behalf they had traveled to Iraq, has been found dead. He had suffered gunshot wounds to the head. His hands were tied and there was evidence of torture.
Besides propagandizing on behalf of terrorists in Iraq, other CPT activities include lobbying against border security in Arizona and sanctimonious meddling in Colombia. However, the organization's main focus is its strident opposition to the state of Israel and support for those who would destroy it. CPT reportedly works in tandem with the International Solidarity Movement — the group of assistant terrorists that produced moonbat martyr Rachel "Saint Pancake" Corrie.
It's possible that these people have been so deranged by their bitter leftist ideology that they actually think they are doing good, but their willful self-delusion doesn't change the fact that they have cast their lot with evil.
Hopefully moonbats will draw a lesson from Fox's fate: if you lie down with scorpions, you are going to get stung. Whether this tragedy will get it through to any of them that Michael Moore's "Minutemen" had better not prevail remains to be seen.
March 11, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:31 PM
Charles Grassley, head of the Senate Finance Committee, would like Washington's alleged Governor Christine Gregoire to explain why Medicaid in her state has been paying for erectile implants, sex-change operations, and breast enlargements.
Grassley expressed amazement at auditor findings that included $9,500 spent on a Medicaid patient's gender-transformation surgery, $40,000 on plastic surgery, and over $100,000 on "unauthorized" breast implants.
State Auditor Brian Sonntag isn't pleased either. Apparently the state's Department of Social and Health Services has not gone out of its way to assist his investigations into how frivolously it has wasted taxpayer's money.
But it may be unfair to single out Washington, which Sonntag notes isn't the only state to bill Medicaid for sexual-performance surgeries and gender transplants.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:38 AM
Wouldn't it be great if Iran were able to drive the price of oil up to $100 a barrel, crippling our economy? New York Times moonbat Tom Friedman sure thinks so. The concept had him drooling with enthusiasm on "Good Morning America," as reported by NewsBusters:
Charles Gibson: "When Iran threatens harm and pain what can they do necessarily? I mean, are they talking about restricting oil sales and cutting off oil and perhaps driving the price of oil up? Are they talking about causing more problems in Iraq for the United States, what?"
Tom Friedman: "Well, of course if you're talking about the oil weapon, you know, from my own personal perspective, Charlie, they cut off oil and oil went to $100 a barrel that would make my day. Because the sooner we go to $100 a barrel, the sooner we're going to have everyone in America driving a plug-in hybrid car fueled by corn and ethanol. And I think that would be a great thing and that would ultimately free us from having to worry about these people."
Needless to say, if switching to vehicles that don't require us to drill for oil in this country or buy it from others were currently feasible, we would have done it already.
But maybe Friedman is thinking that a severe depression could slow down consumption sufficiently that oil wouldn't be necessary. We could tell the Muslims to eat their oil — and they could tell us to eat our moonbattery.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:40 AM
The unfolding catastrophe of our undefended southern border is already taking a major economic toll on local counties, and the Federal Government's efforts toward paying the costs have been almost as pathetic as its failure to prevent the invasion from happening in the first place.
USA Today reports that dealing with criminal aliens costs Arizona's Cochise County $5 million out of a $49 million annual budget. Last year it asked the Feds for $2.5 million to help defray this expense; it received a pittance of $73,000.
The economic havoc inflicted on Cochise County extends beyond law enforcement issues. About 25% of its budget goes to health care for the uninsured — mostly illegal immigrants who use our emergency rooms as free health clinics. The county also has to spend $1000s per year cleaning up the massive amount of garbage the invaders leave in their wake.
"The garbage issue is huge. Diapers, toilet paper, plastic jugs, backpacks," says Pat Call, County Board of Supervisors Chairman. "You name it, we've got to pay the bill for cleaning it up."
The crisis isn't limited to Arizona. San Diego County spends $50 million a year on illegal immigrants, including paying the cost of their legal defense. It is reimbursed about $2 million. County Supervisor Greg Cox points out that the other $48 million comes out of discretionary spending: "That's money that would support libraries, parks and public safety."
Other immediate problems caused by the Federal Government's refusal to defend the border include the vast quantities of drugs flowing over it and the flourishing of extremely violent gangs like MS-13. While demagogues posture on the topic of who owns the companies responsible for stevedoring operations at our ports, the undefended border offers a much greater opportunity for terrorists.
The long-term problems inevitably resulting from the influx of a large economic underclass will be even more severe, as will be obvious at the next economic downturn.
But not to worry. Russ Knocke, a spokesman for Homeland Security, assures us that the Feds are on the case, with plans for a guest-worker program that will ingeniously end the illegal alien problem by redefining the invaders as "guest workers."
Hat tip: Byron
Cross-posted at The Wide Awakes
March 10, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:29 PM
After providing adoption services for close to a century, the Boston Archdiocese's Catholic Charities has been forced to stop. The alternative would be to consider gays and lesbians as parents, which is required by state law but hardly in keeping with church teachings, much less the best interests of the children involved.
Fortunately putting children up for adoption is passé anyway. It's much more convenient just to have them aborted.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:54 PM
Considering the fame, fortune and media adulation Cindy Sheehan has been able to extract from the honorable death of her son Casey, you would think she would show the poor guy a little gratitude. It might be too much to ask her to stop spitting on everything he died to defend, or even to stop glorifying the terrorists who killed him. But after two years, couldn't she at least give him a headstone?
After all, she was given a $250,000 payout when he died. Taking a headstone out of that would leave plenty of change. But then, she wouldn't even have to pay for the headstone; the Department of Veteran Affairs would give her one for free.
Here's the plot of grass under which Casey Sheehan spins each time his mother exploits his death to attack our country:
The picture comes via Steve Janke, who points out the following:
There is no monument or marker for Casey. Even as Cindy Sheehan poses for the press in front of the boots and the cross with Casey's name and picture, the rest of his family is forced to gather around a bare patch of lawn. All around them the dead are commemorated in silent dignity, their names and dates immortalized in granite or marble. Those monuments serve to accentuate the bareness of Casey's resting place.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:45 AM
Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former President of Iran, offers good news and bad news.
The good news is that America has an evil plan for the Middle East. An "evil plan" from the point of view of a guy like Rafsanjani probably entails enabling democracy, killing terrorists, preventing the spread of nuclear weapons, and providing ayatollahs with a swift kick to the backside.
The bad news? America will be defeated by Iran's medieval mullacracy.
When the fight they've been insisting on since 1979 finally does come about, they had better get Baghdad Bob lined up to report it.
Hat tip: Wiggins
March 9, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:59 PM
It isn't only in the USA that public schools force-feed the next generation a steady diet of pernicious moonbattery. In Australia, a widely used high school textbook describes the Crusaders as terrorists, the moral equivalent of the monsters currently blowing up little kids with car bombs in Iraq.
A small sample from Humanities Alive 2:
Those who destroyed the World Trade Center are regarded as terrorists. Might it be fair to say that Crusaders who attacked the Muslim inhabitants of Jerusalem were also terrorists?
Barry Collett, a specialist in medieval history from Melbourne University, has criticized the textbook as "historically inaccurate" and "grossly misleading." As Collett points out:
The Crusaders felt they were intervening to stop the bloodshed that was already going on. I would tend to compare them more with Australian troops intervening in East Timor.
But anti-Western propagandizing counts for much more than factual accuracy among educrats. No doubt future generations of Australian kids will learn to feel guilty about the horrendous atrocities their forefathers inflicted on East Timor.
Hat tip: Byron
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:26 PM
The massive influx of a new underclass that will cause demographic havoc in the near future has at least a few opponents. One is Richard K. Jones, Sheriff of Butler County, New York, who has been charging the Federal Government $70 per day per inmate who is an illegal immigrant. (At this point, ICE owes the county $125,000, though they have yet to pay a penny.)
Unfortunately, Jones can't lock up enough illegal aliens to maintain the public order, given the current demented state of affairs, so he has written a letter to President Bush, pleading with him to take the common-sense measure of giving local law enforcement the authority to arrest illegal immigrants before they have committed crimes other than invading our country. Writes Jones:
I believe that I speak on behalf of the majority of constituents in my county when I ask you to lead and encourage legislation to be passed that will give local law enforcement the right to arrest persons that are in our country illegally. The process of deportation is crippling my county, my state and my country and needs to be accelerated.
The people of my county are disheartened with the federal government’s lack of security in the border states, and the resultant influx of illegal immigrants into the heartland. Mr. President, please secure our borders and assist in the speedy deportation of those already in our country illegally.
Sheriff Jones also had the good sense to ask the President to abandon a proposed "guest worker" farce and instead require immigrants to apply for citizenship the old-fashioned way, which didn't result in the country getting swamped by immigrants faster than they could possibly be assimilated.
Like a lot of people who believe this country is worth defending, Jones voted for Bush and still supports him. But the Sheriff gives him a failing grade in immigration enforcement, an issue that has serious long-term consequences for our future.
Hat tip: Wiggins, Dan Stein
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:33 PM
Britain's royal family is all about tradition — which might help explain Prince Charles' confusion as to which side Britain should be on in the current conflict with radical Islam. Prince Philip (Queen Elizabeth II's husband) has revealed that the folks at Buckingham Palace were similarly ambivalent about Nazis.
It's true that at the time, almost anything might have looked acceptable compared to alternatives like the Weimar Republic and communism.
"You can understand how attractive it was," Philip said of National Socialism. This would be especially true if you shared the royal family's "inhibitions about the Jews."
Nonetheless, Philip fought for the Allies in WWII. There's no need for Prince Charles to follow suit in the present war — but it would be nice if he would stop dressing up in a djellaba and doing PR tours on behalf of the medieval maniacs who are trying to kill us.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:52 AM
The Religion of Peace has helped to inspired yet another stirring example of civic benevolence at the University of North Carolina, where one Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar ran over nine people to "avenge the deaths of Muslims around the world."
Taheri-azar rented an SUV for the task so as to inflict maximum injury. A Jeep Grand Cherokee was chosen because with its four-wheel drive it could "run things over and keep going."
Although Taheri-azar is a native of Iran, he is believed to have spent most of his life in the USA, assimilating into Western culture as smoothly as Muslims have been doing in Europe.
At the end of his Islamic crime spree, Taheri-azar courteously called 911 and turned himself in. He told a judge he plans to represent himself and is "thankful for the opportunity to spread the will of Allah."
Needless to say, if characters like Taheri-azar are spreading the will of Allah, civilization can be thankful that Allah isn't real.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:44 AM
The smell around Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, isn't getting any better. Three former aides have now complained about his habit of forcing them to become his personal servants. Conyers even ordered one of them to live in his Detroit house and take care of his kids while his wife took classes in Oklahoma.
Conyers' attorney Stanley Brand has offered the following defense:
I'm not going to get into responding to these things.
Perhaps due to this stellar legal representation, Conyers still seems to be getting away with The Great Charity Turkey Heist.
Hat tip: Wiggins
March 8, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:53 PM
Whether or not Jimmy Carter was the worst President in American history may still be in dispute, but as worst ex-President, he has proven once again that he has no competition — not even from the appallingly irresponsible Bill Clinton.
John Bolton's noble contributions toward draining the sewer known as the UN Human Rights Commission and replacing it with a more credible Human Rights Council have drawn Jimbo's ire by violating promises that Carter — who apparently believes that he still represents the United States in some meaningful capacity — has made to the ruthless dictators of certain totalitarian hellholes like Cuba.
He tried arm-twisting Condoleezza Rice into reversing US policy. Unsurprisingly, this did not meet with success. So Carter resorted to his habitual tactic of encouraging foreign leaders not to cooperate with American efforts to make the world a more livable place.
Here's what our former President had to say to the Council on Foreign Relations:
My hope is that when the vote is taken, the other members will outvote the United States.
Even the New York Times and Washington Post support Bolton's position regarding the Human Rights Council, but not Carter, whose moral barometer seems to have been calibrated using the most basic moonbat principle: America is bad, its enemies are good.
Hat tips: Wiggins, Byron
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:52 AM
Here's one to file under You Can't Make This Stuff Up.
Times Online reports that traditional nursery rhymes have been evaluated for political correctness and found wanting. Accordingly, revisions have been made.
In Oxfordshire, toddlers have stopped being taught to sing "Baa baa, black sheep" in favor of "Baa baa, rainbow sheep."
"This is fairly standard across nurseries," explains educrat Stuart Chamberlain. "We are following stringent equal opportunities rules. No one should feel pointed out because of their race, gender or anything else."
Also falling victim to the hunt for political incorrectness are Humpty Dumpty (its ending was changed) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (the dwarves got dropped from the title).
Baa Baa Black Sheep, which has been around since 1744, has been targeted by British moonbats before. The Birmingham City Council tried to ban it in 2000, and in 2005, an Aberdeen nursery school changed the lyrics to "Baa baa, happy sheep."
Hat tip: Tongue Tied
March 7, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:32 PM
Apparently the Presidency of George W. Bush will be coming to an abrupt end. The town of Newfane, Vermont has voted to remove him from office.
It took the town almost half an hour to decide that democracy just didn't work out in this country. Our elected President will accordingly have to step aside in deference to the superior wisdom of Vermont residents.
Even in enlightened Vermont, W has some supporters. Said Lenore Salzbrun, whose close friends died on 9/11, "I am so grateful that our president didn't just put his head in the sand ... and did go out and fight."
But dissenters where easily overwhelmed in a 121–29 tide of moonbattery.
Look for Newfane's next vote to install Howard Dean as Ruler of the Universe.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:49 AM
Imagine that someone is beheaded, and then he is told: "Put it back on, while the blood is still flowing." But he behaves arrogantly and stubbornly, until the head decomposes — and only then does he want to put it back on. Similarly, an apology today — if it is even offered — is unacceptable, because the whole issue has begun to rot.
Sorry, Denmark. Nothing you can do can save you now from the wrath of the believers. But there is a bright side: now there is no reason whatsoever to pander to Muslims' perpetually bruised egos.
By the way, Al-'Awaji also had some interesting things to say about a 40-year war Arabs fought to defend the honor of a female camel that was "humiliated." The reader is left to imagine what humiliating and dishonoring a female camel entails.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:09 AM
Ironically enough, it seems the guests at Club Gitmo are the only people on Earth unaware that they are trapped in "the gulag of our times" (per Amnesty International), where they are subjected to the torments of the damned at the hands of fiends that one of our own Senators (namely Democrat Dick Durbin) compares to Nazis, Soviets, and the Khmer Rouge. Some of these uninformed victims are so oblivious to the horror of their condition that they don't want to be released.
Many are afraid of what will happen when their vacation at Guantanamo Bay ends and they have to return to their native lands, where torture is not just a slur that liberals use to undermine their own country, but a common practice. China, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Algeria, and Syria are among the countries to which terrorists would rather stay in "the gulag of our times" than return.
"If I am sent back to China, they will torture me really bad," whined one terrorist. "They will use dogs. They will pull out my nails."
Don't they get CNN at Guantanamo Bay? This guy doesn't seem to know that he's already being tortured.
A couple of other Uighurs (Chinese Muslims) are appealing a rejection of their request to be released to the USA (yes, the country they were captured unlawfully fighting against), where a family in the DC suburbs has offered to adopt them.
Said their lawyer, "Home is China, and in China you disappear into a dungeon and no one ever hears from you again."
But at least you aren't oppressed by capitalist greed.
Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA) seems to agree that the terrorists should be granted asylum in America. Unsatisfied with assurances from their native governments that released Gitmo guests won't be tortured, Markey is pushing a bill that would ban sending terrorists back to the sort of countries that breed terrorists, on the grounds that they might not receive the royal treatment to which they've become accustomed since their capture. Unless he wants them executed or locked up forever, that would presumably mean granting them US citizenship.
Whether Markey is crazy enough to bring the poor put-upon maniacs into his own home is not known.
March 6, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:05 PM
If Barbra Streisand didn't exist, conservatives would have to invent her in order to ridicule witless limousine liberals. Babs' latest display of impaired cognitive performance can be found in a sputtering anti-Bush diatribe on her website. Drudge counts a record 11 misspellings:
At one point the intellectual giantess manages to misspell four words in a single sentence:
In the 1970's, during the Nixon Adminstration, serious political curruption arose and the Republican leadership stepped up and took responsibilty by holding hearings and subpoening administration officials.
Amazingly, this illiterate high school graduate takes a swipe at Bush's educational background by snidely referring to him as a "C student." President Bush holds a bachelors degree in History from Yale and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Even more amazing is this claim:
Barbra Streisand is a great speller, meticulous in her written communications!
Thank you Ms. Streisand, for ensuring that no reasonable person takes Hollywood liberals seriously (and thank you V the K for the tip).
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:19 AM
No one can say that left-wing kooks don't have a sense of humor. The Rachel Corrie Memorial Committee of Victoria is sponsoring a pancake breakfast at a Denny's Restaurant this coming Sunday.
As you may recall, Rachel Corrie is the mouth-frothing moonbat whose stupidity proved lethal when she decided to stick it to the Zionists by standing in front of an Israeli bulldozer that had no way to see her. Since her demise she has been derisively referred to by conservatives as "Saint Pancake."
The public is invited to her memorial breakfast. Attendees are encouraged to wear keffiahs so that there can be no mistaking whose side they're on in the War on Terror.
Leftists' capacities for self-ridicule and tastelessness are known to be boundless, but an ability to knowingly poke fun at themselves is a surprising development, suggesting that some of them may evolve to the point of attaining a mature, rational perspective. This is a revelation almost on a scale with PETA's announcement that fish use tools.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:29 AM
Norman Mailer has been awarded the Legion of Honor, France's highest honor. If the award can be considered a lifetime achievement award for moonbattery, he richly deserves it.
Among the highlights on his resume is making a literary hero out of convicted murderer Jack Henry Abbott. Not long after his release — which Mailer helped secure — Abbott killed again, stabbing a man to death in an argument over a toilet. "Culture is worth a little risk," Mailer shrugged. Abbott later did the world a favor by hanging himself in his prison cell.
Mailer has some stabbing experience himself: he repeatedly stabbed one of his six wives with a pair of scissors at a party, landing himself in a psychiatric ward for 17 days. He received a probationary sentence. Apparently fame and fortune have their advantages.
September 11 provided Mailer with an opportunity to regale us with nuggets of his superior wisdom. Here's what he had to say about the World Trade Center:
Everything wrong with America led to the point where the country built that tower of Babel, which consequently had to be destroyed.
To the many excellent reasons to fly Old Glory, you can add Mailer's disapproval. Regarding the post-9/11 upsurge in patriotism, he had this to say:
America has an almost obscene infatuation with itself. Has there ever been a big powerful country that is as patriotic as America? And patriotic in the tiniest way, with so much flag waving?
Whatever intellectual talents Mailer can be said to possess are now focused on undermining President Bush and his attempts to combat Islamic terrorism — no doubt a deciding factor in France's decision to grant him the award. If he keeps it up, a Nobel Prize can't be far behind.
March 5, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:53 AM
The concept of freedom of speech would seem to be a bedrock principle of higher education. But despite the lip service it receives from most quarters, it is under siege by both moonbats and their Islamic allies of convenience. One favored tactic is to try to wash free speech away in a flood of crocodile tears.
At Oregon State University, a student published a piece in the campus newspaper The Daily Barometer pointing out that Muslims have expected special treatment regarding the Danish cartoon issue, that using the cartoons as a pretext to riot can be described as "savagery," and that "Bluntly put, we expect Muslims to behave barbarously."
Campus Muslims had no need to dispute the truth of the essay — all they had to do to make sure nothing like this gets published again was be hurt.
"Tears were flowing out of my eyes as I was reading," sniffled Nada Mohamed, Vice President of OSU's Muslim Student Association. "I felt like somebody was ripping my heart out."
The Barometer's Editor-in-Chief has announced that editors are now checking copy with Muslim students to make sure it's okay with them before publication, and that they have begun censoring material accordingly.
Imagine an America where nothing can be published that Muslims don't like. It would be the equivalent of having been conquered by Iran. But Iran doesn't have to conquer us — moonbattery is causing us to conquer ourselves on their behalf.
A similar tactic is being employed at Syracuse University, where a couple of students have demanded that Ann Coulter be prevented from accepting an invitation to speak there, on the grounds that allowing her to express her views would "directly infringe upon students' rights to feel safe and included in the campus community."
In other words, Coulter's opinions must be suppressed because they might hurt the feelings of those who disagree with her.
Needless to say, if Ann Coulter's insights make you feel like someone is ripping your heart out, no one is going to force you to go to her speech. But the very idea that anyone would be allowed to say anything they don't endorse on their campus is apparently enough to reduce moonbats to blubbering like Ms. Mohamed.
Freedom of speech is not something that can be won once and for all. Like our other most precious rights, it must forever be defended from relentless attacks, as campus kooks incessantly remind us.
March 4, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:23 AM
Jay Bennish, the barking moonbat who used his high school geography class as a soapbox from which to ramrod vicious and deranged propaganda into the ears of his captive audience (audio), is reacting to having been put on leave (with pay!) just as you might expect: he has lawyered himself up and no doubt hopes to walk away with a fortune.
This fortune — like the salary Bennish has been collecting for pretending to teach geography as he spews his anti-American diatribes — will presumably be provided at the expense of Colorado taxpayers. True to the leftist principle of never passing up an opportunity to use moonbattery as an excuse to forcibly appropriate other people's money, Bennish has filed a lawsuit against the school district that employs him.
If his lawyer is successful, Bennish's jackpot will come as a reward for "teaching" kids that capitalism is "at odds with human rights"; that America is the "most violent nation on planet Earth"; and that President Bush is a chump for having a "blind naive faith in democracy" and yet bears "eerie similarities" to Adolf Hitler.
If Bennish were just a lone lunatic, the problem he represents could easily be addressed with Thorazine and psychiatric therapy. But leftist teachers are like cockroaches — for each one you see, there are a thousand more inside the wall. Letting vermin like Bennish educate the young is as much a threat to the future of this country as letting Islamic terrorists run the Department of Homeland Security.
Meanwhile Sean Allen, the student brave enough to expose this creep, may have to transfer schools for fear of reprisals, presumably from left-wing students.
Thank you V the K for the tip.
March 3, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:45 AM
Jay Bennish's Overland High isn't the only high school in the country where the three R's seem to be taking a backseat to moonbattery. At Parsippany High school in New Jersey, students are trying our President in absentia for imaginary crimes against humanity.
President Bush will be judged by an "international court of justice" made up of five teachers. It would be surprising if he fares any better than he did in the cartoonish kangaroo court held in the Capitol basement last June, at which Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) got to play judge. There W was found guilty of an imaginative variety of crimes stemming from his failure to govern in accordance with the precepts of left-wing lunacy.
When our current President has been dispensed with, teacher Joseph Kyle plans to move on to past President Andrew Jackson, who has been regarded highly enough to be featured prominently on the $20 bill, but who will stand accused of being mean to Indians.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:44 AM
I guess this is another example of the triangulation strategy we saw so much of from the Clintons when they were in the White House.
While Hillary breaks crystal and makes dogs cover their heads with their paws with her shrill objections to the UAE ports takeover, the other Clinton has advised Dubai officials on how to sooth American anxieties.
Slick Willie recommended the 45-day delay to allow for congress to investigate, possibly based on the theory that by then the media will have lost interest and no one will remember to object.
Not that Mr. Clinton is not on board with Mrs. Clinton's proposed legislation to block the UAE takeover. According to his spokesman, Clinton supports Shrillary's position on the issue and believes that state-owned companies should not own American port operations.
Meanwhile, Fox News reports that according to the chief operating officer of Dubai Ports World, Bill called a member of the Dubai royal family and lobbied to have his former press secretary Joe Lockhart hired as the emirate's Washington spokesman to help push through the deal.
Hat tip: Byron
March 2, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:29 PM
Congratulations to Sean Allen, a Colorado high school student who fought back against the obnoxious leftist brainwashing that has become disturbingly characteristic of our educational system. Using an MP3 player, he recorded 20 minutes of a geography class taught by Jay Bennish, one of many left-leaning teachers who has used his position to impose depraved political views on a captive audience of impressionable minds.
Normally the heavily left-leaning education establishment takes care of its own. But this time the public is involved. School Superintendent Monte Moses received his copy of the recording Allen made from KOA-AM radio host Mike Rosen.
As they say, daylight is the best antiseptic.
Bennish can be heard on the recording denouncing capitalism as "at odds with human rights," announcing his discovery of "eerie similarities" between President Bush's last State of the Union address and "things that Adolf Hitler used to say," sneering at Bush's "blind naive faith in democracy," and condemning civilization's last best hope, the USA, as "probably the single most violent nation on planet Earth."
Have a listen to the audio — the guy sure hates America, doesn't he? It's hardly comforting to imagine the poisons festering in this hysteric's skull getting force-fed to the next generation.
Although no disciplinary action has been taken against Bennish, he is on administrative leave "to take some of the pressure off of him" while the incident is investigated.
Hopefully Allen's recording tactic is part of a growing trend that will impose a degree of professionalism on the proselytizing leftists who thoroughly infest our educational system. The Bruin Alumni Association's UCLA Profs.com offers free advice in reporting, documenting, and publicizing abusive professor behavior in past or current UCLA classes.
Their efforts and Allen's are greatly appreciated. Education is the future, and the future is far too precious to be left in the hands of some of our society's bitterest enemies.
Thank you V the K for the tip.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:09 AM
Harry "Day-O" Belafonte, the has-been entertainer whose hysterical denunciations of America have provided him with a second opportunity to bask in the spotlight, has declared that President Bush used strong-arm tactics to prevent him from attending Coretta Scott King's funeral.
Day-O claims he was scheduled to speak, but the King children nixed his appearance after being "fiercely intimidated by the president's representatives."
What does he expect? After all, President Bush is "the greatest terrorist in the world" according to Day-O himself.
I received a phone call which told me that since the president of the United States made the statement that he was coming to the ceremonies, the invitation that was extended to me would be withdrawn.
Sorry, Day-O. Grownups only for this one. Imagine his outrage when he saw that Jimmy Carter still got to come.
To give Belafonte his due, not all of his paranoid notions are centered on his own bruised ego. In his fantasy world, the whole country is under siege by the evil W:
There's a war out there. People are dying, not just in Iraq, but in the United States of America.
Hat tip: Byron
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:19 AM
Saddam Hussein may just have a legitimate defense if he is able to appeal the conviction that is surely coming his way for some of his many crimes against humanity. Thanks to his loony-tunes lawyer Ramsey Clark, he will be in an excellent position to plead incompetent representation.
Ramsey Clark, the former US attorney general who is helping to defend Saddam, has submitted a motion recently claiming the judge "is not impartial and has a manifested bias against the defendant". ...
The defence claims Abdel Rahman is biased because he is a native of the Kurdish village of Halabja, the target of a 1988 chemical attack in which some 5,000 people, including women and children, were killed.
In other words, Rahman can't judge Saddam for committing genocide because — like everyone else in the country to one degree or another — he was affected by it.
Thanks to V the K for the tip, and to Doug for pointing out that Clark himself is tainted by bias in a case involving a terrorist dictator. After all, according to his fellow moonbats Clark is from the world's greatest terrorist nation — the USA.
March 1, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:51 PM
Could you imagine if San Francisco had a say over national politics? Remember, this is the picturesque but thoroughly deranged town that draws in derelicts with generous cash handouts and passed a measure banning military recruiters from public high schools — the town represented by city supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, who recently proclaimed that the USA does not need a military.
San Francisco does have its share of leverage in Washington — after all, SF's Nancy "Stretch" Pelosi is House Minority Leader. But what if it could directly impose its demented will on the rest of the country?
Thankfully it can't, but that doesn't mean it can't try. The city's supervisors have now passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of the duly elected President and Vice President of the United States, on the grounds that the supervisors disagree with their policies.
Even Mayor Gavin Newsom regarded the supervisors' latest indulgence in self-parody with derision.
"It's probably going to shatter the status quo in this country when it passes,'' Newsom sniggered. "I imagine, immediately, Congress will probably convene into session and begin impeachment proceedings.''
But he didn't say he wouldn't sign the legislation. Senator Dianne Feinstein, who once held his current job, was noncommittal too. It was left to Nancy Pelosi to remind her colleagues how grownups behave:
Win the election. Then you can change the policy of our country.
Only in San Francisco could Nancy Pelosi serve as the voice of reason.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:01 PM
Smash at The Indepundit got a tip that the world-famous Cindy Sheehan Show was being staged at a local law school. He heroically sat through the performance, recording it for posterity.
Sheehag's spiel was about what you'd expect — Bush is a terrorist, we should retreat from Iraq, etc. But then the Ditch Witch made the mistake of asking for questions. That's when it got interesting — especially since Deborah Johns was in the audience.
Unlike Sheehan, Johns supports her son's decision to fight for his country, making her much more typical of military moms, if much less appealing to the media.
When a man in the audience asked Sheehan to explain why she used the names of fallen soldiers on anti-war props at her Crawford sideshow contrary to the expressed wishes of their families, she responded with denial.
But Deborah Johns stood up with facts at hand and nailed her to the wall, not only for using soldiers' names despite requests not to, but for putting them back up after family members had traveled all the way to Crawford to take them down.
Sheehan continued to sputter lame denials as Johns took her to task for using the same names in anti-war newspaper ads, but finally gave it up and huddled for refuge behind the classic Democratic justification for morally abhorrent behavior — i.e., "everybody does it." Squealed Maureen Dowd's woman of absolute moral authority:
I'm not the only person who does this stuff...
If you've got the stomach, here's the audio.
Thank you V the K for the tip.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:33 AM
Despite the incessantly repeated talking points, the party characterized by its Culture of Conniptions is probably not in the best position to point fingers when it comes to corruption. Harry Reid's Abramoff ties are one reason. Hillary is another. Congressman John Conyers is a third.
In a 26-paragraph article that manages to get to paragraph #25 without using any form of the word "Democrat," The Hill details some of the various misdeeds of Conyers (D-MI), who may be best known to connoisseurs of moonbattery for the absurd kangaroo court over which he presided last June, which found the President guilty of various imaginary crimes. Others may recall that his staff allegedly stole 60 turkeys from a charity.
Allegations described in The Hill include:
- Demanding that his congressional aides work on local and state campaigns (for example, his wife's fail state Senate bid).
- Forcing aides to baby-sit, tutor, and chauffeur his children.
- Stiffing a catering company.
Some of his aides face allegations too:
- Using his office to obtain a fake passport in order to flee to Ghana after being convicted of fraud, making false statements, and government theft.
- Conducting a private law practice out of his office.
"I could not tolerate any longer being involved with continual unethical, if not criminal, practices which were accepted as 'business as usual,'" his former deputy chief of staff wrote in a letter to a congressional ethics panel. Her allegations against Conyers go back to 1998.
At least he seems to have gotten away with swiping the turkeys.
Hat tip: Lucianne.com