April 30, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:44 PM
Want to test the strength of your stomach? Check out Hot Air's video of Helen Thomas making a sexy and glamorous entrance to last night's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.
If you make it past Helen, a little over half way through the clip you'll see that Cowardly Central comedian Stephen Colbert can actually be even less funny than he was in those idiotic Mr. Goodwrench commercials. Naturally, the MSM praised his lead balloon performance. When the subject is W, jokes don't have to be funny or competently delivered, so long as they're nasty.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:43 AM
If you haven't seen United 93 yet, please do so at your earliest convenience. This sober depiction of the events of 9/11 is a fitting tribute to the heroes who brought United Airlines Flight 93 down in a Pennsylvania field before the Muslims who had hijacked it could crash it into the Capitol. Without injecting any opinionating, the movie makes it crystal clear why we must aggressively confront Islamic terrorism.
We used to be able to expect that Hollywood would help our country in time of war. Famous actors actually fought for the flag, including Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Charles Bronson, Gene Autry, George C. Scott, Kirk Douglas, and many others. But now, instead of turning out films to rally the country, Hollywood actually propagandizes on behalf of the enemy (e.g., Fahrenheit 911, Syriana). Imagine useless pretty boys like George Clooney or Tom Cruise or the obese obscenity Michael Moore putting on flak jackets and facing down terrorists.
Fortunately there's nothing Hollywood about United 93. There are no smirking fops, no self-worshiping Julia Roberts types tossing their hair. Key figures play themselves and perform admirably. There are also no "nuanced" suggestions that the terrorists might have a point, or that fighting terrorism is somehow comparable to terrorism itself (as in Munich), let alone tinfoil hat notions that the whole atrocity was an American conspiracy (as we will presumably be getting from Oliver Stone). The movie is not entertainment but a historical reenactment, which the no-frills style never lets you forget.
However, antiwar types who want to continue to forget why we're fighting in the Middle East are warned to stay away.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:03 AM
Good news: Aaron's cc is back online. It appears to have been the target of a pair of denial of service attacks on Friday that originated in Saudi Arabia. The attacks temporarily took down some behemoths of the blogosphere, including Little Green Footballs, Power Line, Instapundit, Hugh Hewitt, Captain's Quarters, and The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler; Moonbattery was also affected (sorry about the downtime).
Not that we needed it, but this is yet another reminder that civilization is at war with Islam, has been for centuries, and will continue to be until one or the other is destroyed. Whether by Internet sabotage, terrorism, developing nuclear weapons, or simply exploiting the willful dhimmitude of the politically correct weenies who infest the State Department, the United Nations, and the European Union, Muslims will stifle us any way they can.
If there's one thing Western Civilization stands for, it's intellectual freedom, which means freedom of expression. When we let the followers of the evil death cult known as Islam bully us into giving it up, the war will be over and we will have lost.
All the same, I wouldn't want to offend any Saudis, since they are our "allies" in the War on Terror and since — due to moonbats having suppressed drilling in our own country — we need to keep pouring money into their pockets in exchange for their oil. So I'll be very sure not to post any of inflammatory pictures like the ones Aaron has been putting up. Like this one:
Or this one:
Okay, so they're juvenile. But as Aaron quotes Sun Tzu:
If your opponent is quick to anger, seek to irritate him.
April 29, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:32 AM
Are your energy bills too low? Not to worry — New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer — evidently the state's next governor — is on the case, leading a moonbat crusade to force the federal government to smother power plants with even more draconian regulations in the name of combating global warming.
Other progressive states that have chirped in with "me too" include the usual suspects: California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont, etc. Also participating in the suit are the cities of New York and Washington, and some of the powerful environmental groups that we can thank for high gas prices, namely Environmental Defense, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Sierra Club.
The EPA argues that the law does not authorize it to regulate emissions to reduce global warming. It also points out that there is insufficient data to support such regulation. In other words, why cripple the economy when we don't even know that global warming is real, much less that CO2 emissions have any effect on it?
However, that sort of reasoning is unlikely to sway a fellow like Spitzer, who may hope to ride his left-wing crusades all the way to the White House.
Hat tip: Wiggins
April 28, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:51 AM
Today is the 31-year anniversary of a Newsweek piece that announced that we are all doomed because incipient global cooling will soon lead to a "drastic decline in food production — with serious political implications for just about every nation on Earth." But the new ice age failed to materialize.
The same problem has come up again with global warming. Evidence that carbon emissions effect temperature just isn't there, forcing some to twist themselves into knots with bizarre "warming causes cooling" explanations.
Twice burned, the Chicken Little industry is starting to learn. Although no one knows whether it will be warmer or colder in the future, the one thing we can bank on is that the temperature will change, because it always has. Dr. Chris de Freitas, a climatologist, geographer, and environmentalist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, explains how the fear-mongers are now covering their bets:
Recently, media and politicians have virtually stopped talking about global warming and are now referring to climate change instead. That's because predictions of doom and gloom from warming just aren't coming true. But with "climate change," Kyoto advocates can now cite any change or phenomenon as proof that CO2 emissions have upset the global apple cart.
Unless weather suddenly stops happening altogether, research dollars will continue to flow, and left-leaning politicians will continue to demand ever more suffocating regulation, because there will always be evidence that cataclysmic "climate change" is upon us.
This clever approach will even allow Time Magazine to repurpose the heart-wrenching oppressed polar bear photo they recently put on their cover:
If the weather cools off, as it did during the massive industrialization between 1940 and 1979, they might use this picture with a story on the danger of ice floe–riding polar bears attacking Florida beachgoers.
Too bad the energy the science community puts into political spin doesn't go into pure research instead. We would probably have a cheap alternative to gasoline by now. But of course, pure research doesn't generate grant money the way PC hysteria can do.
Hat tip: Bergbikr
April 27, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:53 PM
We still haven't heard the last of the vapid Danish cartoons that Islamic extremists used as a pretext to bully the West ever farther into dhimmitude. The Insurgent, an alternative (i.e., moonbat) student paper published on the campus of University of Oregon and financed with student fees, has now used them as a pretext to indulge in their own brand of bullying: obscenely blaspheming Christ.
According to The Insurgent, their 12 obscene Jesus cartoons were published in response to a rival paper publishing the bland Mohammad cartoons that had been exploited to generate such a contrived fuss. The idea was purportedly to "provoke dialogue."
Actually, the idea was to provoke Christians — and anyone else with even a rudimentary sense of decency. You don't have to be the Church Lady to see the difference between these:
The uncensored originals feature cartoon erections. If anyone published pictures like this of Mohammad, in a Muslim country, Muslims would have every right to be annoyed. Christians on the other hand have no right to be annoyed about anything ever, as far as the liberal elite running our media and universities are concerned, making them an ideal target for schoolyard bullies.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:30 PM
Nobly refraining from indulging in greed, Janet Orlando is asking for only $1.2 million to compensate her for the discrimination and emotional distress she allegedly endured when she was spanked as part of a voluntary camaraderie-building exercise at her job.
Sales teams at her Anaheim-based home security company competed against each other, with winners throwing pies at the losers, feeding them baby food, making them wear diapers, and even slapping their backsides.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:10 PM
Even the Gray Lady is starting to notice that you need tall boots to wade through the hallowed halls of academia these days. NY Times op-ed contributor Stephen Budiansky laments that college satire just isn't possible anymore, since nothing you could make up would be more ludicrous than reality.
For example, Case — formerly less dashingly known as Case Western Reserve University — features a new showcase undergraduate seminar program called SAGES (the justification for this catchy acronym is Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship), integral to which is an upscale cafe promised to be "staffed by baristas whose expertise in preparing espresso is matched only by their authoritative knowledge of all things SAGES."
A 92-page guide for teachers participating in SAGES highlights the futility of trying to make fun of Case's self-ridiculing educrats. When students are disruptive in class, instructors are to explore underlying causes, rather than attempting to "manage" the behavior. The rigid objectivity of grading scales is to be avoided. If students fail to participate in discussions, teachers should "make space for silence." As Budiansky puts it:
Instructors must remember that to such characteristically American cultural beliefs as the importance of morality, rationality and personal responsibility, there are equally valid alternatives that must be respected.
If only it weren't just the allegedly valid alternatives but morality, rationality, and personal responsibility themselves that were offered respect on college campuses, it might be easier to take academia seriously.
Hat tip: Harry
April 26, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:28 PM
If we really are sick of high oil prices, maybe it's time to stop indulging in moonbattery and do something rational about the problem. If food prices were getting high, what would we do:
- Chastise ourselves for being addicted to food?
- Chew on bark and twigs instead of eating?
- Accuse farmers of profiteering and drive them out of business with punitive taxes?
- Increase the supply of food?
Brazil has opted for the equivalent of (d), and consequently has achieved the security of energy independence. Part of their approach involves ethanol, but as Investor's Business Daily points out, "the heavy lifting came from aggressive oil drilling offshore." When their newest deep-water rig is up to full output later this year, it will produce more than Brazil's entire ethanol program. Offshore drilling supplies 80% of the country's oil supply.
The USA has similar resources, but tragically is prevented by left-wing foolishness from taking advantage of them. Thanks to the undue influence of environmental extremists on bureaucrats, drilling for oil up to 200 miles off our shores has all but stopped.
Meanwhile, Fidel Castro is drilling 35 miles off the Florida Keys. Communist dictators are allowed to do this; American oil companies are not. Too bad Castro doesn't have access to ANWR; at least then its massive oil reserves wouldn't go to waste.
Letting government thugs loot the corporations that get oil from out of the ground into our gas tanks won't lower prices. Only two things will: reduced demand and increased supply. Reduced demand would entail increased unemployment and poverty. But the only downside of increased supply is that the oil companies that supply us with our lifeblood would continue to make an honest profit, to the chagrin of our socialist media.
Hat tips: Byron, The American Thinker
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:32 PM
As reported on NRO, the U.N. Environment Programme has given out its 2006 Champion of the Earth awards, which honor people "for their creativity, vision and leadership, and the potential of their work and ideas for replication across the globe." Among the winners was Massoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President of Iran and formerly head of its Department of the Environment. Her accomplishments also include a prominent role in the 1979 embassy crisis, during which Iranians stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held hostages for well over a year, until the glorious day Dhimmi Carter was dislodged from the White House.
Ebtekar became the mouthpiece of the Islamist kidnappers because she spoke fluent English with an American accent, having lived in the USA. As The Atlantic Monthly reports:
Known as "Mother Mary" and "Screaming Mary," she was especially disliked by many of the hostages, in part because her accent made her seem like a turncoat, a "Tokyo Rose," in part because of her endless propagandizing. She would saunter through the captured embassy with a camera crew in tow, urging the hostages to describe their ordeal in upbeat terms. "You have been treated well, haven't you?" was her constant refrain. During one such filming session, in the final days of captivity, Army Sergeant Regis Regan got so fed up with Ebtekar that he let loose with a stream of invective and was dragged into a hallway for a beating. Another former hostage, Michael Metrinko, one of the embassy's political officers, summed up his feelings about Ebtekar this way: "If she were on fire on the street, I wouldn't piss on her to put it out."
In short, Massoumeh Ebtekar is exactly the sort of character that would be granted an award by the perverted fools who run the U.N. Unsurprisingly, she used her acceptance speech as an opportunity to propagandize on behalf of Iran's psychotic theocracy.
"Keep your friends close and your enemies closer" is the one and only reasonable argument I have ever heard in favor of the USA remaining in the United Nations. But as for why we should continue to bankroll this vile organization — there could be no reasonable arguments.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:43 AM
While Keith Hernandez hangs his head in shame for suggesting that women don't belong in MLB dugouts, the medieval militants running Iran have taken a breather from nuclear saber-rattling to denounce the presence of women anywhere in a stadium.
A 25-year ban on women in stadiums was recently lifted by Iran's fun-loving President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But MP Mohammad-Taghi Rahbar (among others) isn't happy about it:
We call on the president to annul the order to allow women into stadiums. ... The presence of women in stadiums is against moral, social and Islamic values.
Yet when push finally comes to shove between the USA and Iran, feminists will no doubt find some way to justify siding with the mullahs. After backing serial female-molester and probable rapist Bill Clinton, they ought to find it easy.
Hat tip: William
April 25, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:04 PM
Thirty years ago today Chicago Cubs centerfielder Rick Monday saw a moonbat and his 11-year-old son preparing to set fire to an American flag at Dodger Stadium. He charged the pair and rescued Old Glory. Monday explained:
This was a flag that people looked at with respect. We have a lot of rights and freedoms — not to sound corny — but we all have the option if we don't like something to make it better. Or you also have the option, if you don't like it, [to] pack up and leave. But don't come onto the field and burn an American flag.
A veteran of 19 years in the majors and 6 in the Marine Corps Reserves, Monday currently works as a Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster. He grew up in Santa Monica.
In honor of the anniversary, Monday is to be honored tonight with a video tribute at Minute Maid Park in Houston, where the Astros play the Dodgers. Grainy videotape will be played of the freak and his kid jumping over the railing onto left field to lay out the flag and douse it with lighter fluid, and of Monday running in from center to snatch it away. The reaction of the crowd was stunned silence, followed by standing up to cheer and sing God Bless America.
The Dodgers provided a similar tribute on Sunday, with Monday throwing out the first pitch.
He still has the flag. Although it was never in great shape, he was once offered $1 million for it. "But the flag is not for sale," said Monday. "What this flag represents, you can't buy."
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:16 PM
Today Iranian Supreme Pooh-Bah Ayatollah Ali Khamenei proclaimed that Iran will transfer its nuclear technologies to other countries, and I don't think he had in mind Canada and Sweden. He told Omar al-Bashir, President of the chaotic terrorist-haven hellhole known as the Sudan:
Iran's nuclear capability is one example of various scientific capabilities in the country. ... The Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to transfer the experience, knowledge and technology of its scientists.
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani threatened to put an end to what passes for its "cooperation" with the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency if the Security Council so much as imposes sanctions. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently suggested that Iran might withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
But not to worry — I'm sure the IAEA's Mohamed ElBaradei has the situation well in hand. After all, the guy is so effective at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons, he won a Nobel Prize.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:52 PM
Politics makes for strange bedfellows — and unlikely enemies too. Despite his relentless and irresponsible opposition to drilling for oil domestically so that we might lower gas prices and be less dependent on hostile Muslims for our lifeblood, and despite his bloviations to the effect that renewable energy is vital to national security, Ted Kennedy has been blocking an offshore wind farm project because he might be able to see the windmills from his yacht, or on clear days even from his mansion six miles away.
This has earned Senator Pumpkinhead the ire of his fellow progressives at Greenpeace, who have produced a fun commercial urging voters to let their Senators know that our energy policy should not be about the view from Kennedy's porch.
Hat tip: Nick at GreenpeaceUSA
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:17 PM
The San Diego Padres' massage therapist Kelly Calabrese was reportedly "flabbergasted" to hear that New York Mets broadcaster and former star Keith Hernandez responded to seeing her high-fiving a player in the dugout by remarking that women "don't belong in the dugout."
When confronted, Hernandez compounded his crime. "I won't say that women belong in the kitchen, but they don't belong in the dugout," he said, then laughed and continued, "You know I am only teasing. I love you gals out there — always have."
Unamused, SportsNet New York issued a statement:
Keith Hernandez made inappropriate comments regarding the presence of a female massage therapist of the San Diego Padres who was in the dugout. We immediately addressed the issue with Keith and reprimanded him, and he publicly apologized during Sunday's game.
Others lined up to express their self-righteous horror at Hernandez's incorrectness, including Calabrese herself and Padres chief executive officer Sandy Alderson. But since Hernandez apologized, a burning at the stake will not be necessary.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:05 AM
If you're appalled that former CIA officer Mary McCarthy isn't in prison for impeding the struggle against Islamic terrorism with her politically motivated leaks of classified information, just be glad her fate isn't in the hands of the fifth-column media to which she whispered the secrets that were subsequently broadcast. The MSM quite openly wishes this disgraced traitor were still on the job.
McCarthy has acknowledged giving classified information to a reporter — namely Dana Priest of the Washington Post, who was sickeningly rewarded with a Pulitzer Prize for making it public. The information regards secret prisons run by the CIA in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, specifically to deal with international terrorists. If the CIA kept certain facilities secret, there is probably a reason. Disclosing such information would obviously undermine the War on Terror, as well as relations with our allies, on whose cooperation we depend for our safety.
Sam Donaldson of ABC bizarrely characterized McCarthy's treachery as "a victory for the American people" and managed to compare it to 1960s lunch counters. NPR's embarrassingly dim-witted Juan Williams called it an "act of conscience." Bob Schieffer of the apparently unreformed CBS News claimed that McCarthy was fired just for "hanging out with news reporters" and called her termination "dubious."
Hanoi John Kerry, who has some experience with treason, thinks McCarthy's crime is mitigated because she was "leaking to tell the truth," and Kerry is "glad she told the truth." Putting in a good word for her was the least he could do; after all, she contributed $2,000 to his 2004 campaign, as did her apparent husband (that year the two gave $9,500 to Democrats overall).
But was McCarthy telling the truth? Even the New York Times, which also picked up a Pulitzer by publishing secret information at the expense of our security, has cast doubt on the story. Just because the information is classified doesn't mean it's true. Sometimes false information is created to draw our country's enemies out of the woodwork — and they sure are crawling out.
April 24, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:13 PM
Cynthia McKinney has lost none of the imperial obnoxiousness that landed her in hot water when she punched a U.S. Capitol Police officer. During an interview with a local Atlanta station, Rep. McKinney became annoyed when CBS 46 reporter Renee Starzyk kept asking about the assault, for which the Georgia Democrat may yet face criminal charges. She walked out of the interview without telling Starzyk it was over or even allowing a technician to remove her microphone, which caught her denouncing a member of her staff as a fool.
Realizing that the mic was still on, McKinney returned to the interview room and laid down the law:
Anything that is captured by your audio, that is captured while I'm not seated in this chair, is off the record and is not permissible to be used. Is that understood?
Apparently not — here's the video.
Hat tip: Jason
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:09 PM
Never mind the uncontested fact that demand is rising faster than supply. Any moonbat can tell you that rising oil prices are the result of insidious schemes hatched by price-gouging oil executives. By pandering to this paranoid and childish notion, Senators Carl Levin (D, MI) and Arlen Specter (RINO, PA) have made it crystal clear that they are part of the problem, not part of the solution.
Their ingenious response to rising gas prices? Attack oil companies with new taxes and still more excessive regulation.
Biting the hand that feeds us oil certainly isn't going to bring down prices. But if lower prices were really the objective, the government would lower taxes, not raise them. It would also allow a sufficient number of refineries to be built. Easing restrictions on off-shore drilling would bring down prices, as would lightening up with expensive regulations, including those that require pricey additives. Obviously, no sane government concerned about high gas prices would continue to forbid drilling in the otherwise useless frozen wasteland known as ANWR.
But taking constructive measures to increase supply and thereby lower prices would entail confronting the powerful environmental lobby, not to mention our leftist media. This in turn would require a spine, a body part not to be found amid the slimy invertebrates that dominate the Senate.
So irresponsible demagogues like Specter and Levin blame the oil companies that labor against a tide of thuggish government intrusion to provide us with the energy we need for our civilization to function. This sort of behavior should help explain why these two clowns were listed among Time's 10 best Senators, right up there with Ted Kennedy and Dick Durbin.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:39 AM
Penn State art student Josh Stulman worked for years to create a 10-piece art exhibit Portraits of Terror that has been canceled on the grounds that his artwork "did not promote cultural diversity" or "opportunities for democratic dialogue" — in other words, it was deemed unsympathetic to Islamic terrorists.
The exhibit deals with such forbidden subjects as the destruction of Jewish shrines, anti-Semitic propaganda in the Palestinian media, disregard for rules of engagement, and the indoctrination of youth into the cult of terrorism.
The bureaucratic devices employed to quash it were Penn State's "Statement on Nondiscrimination and Harassment" and "Zero Tolerance Policy for Hate" — policies that when creatively applied can be used to ban any form of expression leftist administrators regard as politically incorrect. It appears that anyone critical of Islamic terror is racist and must be silenced.
It's not about hate. I don't hate Muslims. This is not about Islam. This is about terrorism impacting the Palestinian way of life and Israel way of life.
But if you want to prove you're not a racist in the upside-down world of academia, you have to take the side of terrorists who have been driven unreachably insane by their race hate of Jews.
An advertisement for the Jewish Stulman's canceled exhibit was defaced with a swastika. I guess that's what he gets for being a racist.
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin
April 23, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:07 PM
We're used to protesters staging demonstrations in attempts to impose moonbattery on the rest of us. But others take to the streets to show their displeasure with the moonbattery that has already been imposed — or that soon will be, if the government puts through an amnesty bill for illegal aliens.
Texans for Immigration Reform, U.S. Border Watch, and Texas Minutemen teamed up to organize a rally in Houston yesterday that was scheduled to fall between San Jacinto Day and the Senate's expected resumption of its misguided amnesty deliberations tomorrow.
Curtis Collier, president of U.S. Border Watch, took the opportunity to voice some sensible views:
It is a sad day in this nation when people here illegally can storm the streets of our cities and demand U.S. taxpayers continue to provide them welfare, social service programs, free health care and the education of their children. If elected officials cannot fulfill their oath of office to defend this country and the Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic, I demand they resign.
Today Crispus Attucks Brigade and American Black Citizens Opposed to Illegal Immigration Invasion held a rally in Los Angeles against illegal immigration. The Minutemen were reported to be involved.
Regarding the supposedly racist Minutemen, black activist Ted Hayes of the Crispus Attucks Brigade had this to say:
I've been down to the border with them. They're not racist. They don't care what color you are.
Illegal immigration is not a matter of race, but of sovereignty and rule of law. As it bloats into a grotesque monstrosity that would have horrified the Founding Fathers, the federal government has lost the ability to perform the most basic functions that justify its existence. If the people running our government can't or won't defend the border, they must be replaced by others who can and will.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:44 AM
Moonbats relentlessly demonize the corporate world, which they will never forgive for providing us with the high standard of living that makes economic freedom so obviously preferable to socialist slavery. Yet despite this unyielding hostility, corporations often pander to liberal ideology.
As always, the cancer of moonbattery attacks from within. Just as foundations whose wealth was generated by capitalism are hijacked by militant kooks who use them to attack capitalism (e.g., the Ford Foundation), corporations are manipulated into becoming instruments with which liberals advance goals that are hostile to the free enterprise system.
The Free Enterprise Action Fund has found a way to fight back. Its core principle is summed up in the wise words of Milton Friedman:
The social responsibility of a business is to increase its profits.
By investing in top corporations, the FEAF has put itself in a position to raise awkward questions at shareholders' meetings. Hank Pauls of Goldman Sachs was taken to task for blowing $144,000 of company funds on environmental activism. PepsiCo was questioned over annual gifts of $71.9 million to so-called "charities" that include the flagrantly corrupt Jesse Jackson's lunatic-left Rainbow/PUSH coalition. General Electric is being called onto the carpet for pandering to global warming hysteria.
"We want to do what the Left has been doing for the past 25 years," explains FEAF's Steve Milloy. "We realize that business has become politicized. We're fighting fire with fire."
April 22, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:29 PM
You'd better have an air sickness bag on hand before you read this one:
In 2003 Samantha Carrington, a U.S. citizen born in Iran, caused enough of a disturbance aboard a Southwest Airlines flight that she was arrested. Although charges against her were dropped the next day, Carrington smelled money and hired a lawyer. The idea, of course, was to claim she was being put upon for looking Middle Eastern in the tense period following September 11.
A jury awarded her $27.5 million.
If your airline ticket seems a little pricey, and if people who come from a part of the world that exports a great deal of terrorism get extra special treatment and less scrutiny than they should, thank trial lawyers and the vicious, irresponsible juries they persuade to do their bidding — and don't forget the Democratic Party, which in exchange for massive contributions prevents our utterly insane tort system from being reformed.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:49 AM
If you have a foot fetish, I hope you didn't miss Jane Fonda's appearance on the taxpayer-subsidized PBS talk show "Charlie Rose" last week, during which guest host Barbara Walters adoringly sucked and nibbled on Hanoi Jane's toes. As the two cuddled, Baba Wawa set a softball on a tee:
It amazes me that I still get letters about you...what has it been since Vietnam? Forty years?...The anger. "Traitor to her country. Honoring her would be traitorous, stupid," and so on. It goes on and on and on.
Hanoi Jane was quick to take a whack with this paranoid rant:
Well, partly it's organized. It's not spontaneous. Some of it is probably spontaneous. But it's sad, and in a way, it's pathetic, that lo, these many years later, these people have not (pause) made sense of the war. They're off base in terms of where the anger needs to be placed. And I'm made a lightning rod, and the right wing has been very assiduous in fanning the flame of the myth of Hanoi Jane. You know, they've spread lies on the Internet about things I supposedly did that aren't true. And they've kept it alive because it suits their interests.
Apparently a little refresher is in order to help nitwits like Baba grasp why people are still angry that someone as loathsome as Fonda would be regarded as "an American icon."
The soapbox Jane Fonda inherited by being born into the Hollywood elite was not just used to question government policy. She energetically strove to undermine our country's struggle with totalitarianism any way she could, and actively assisted the enemy, with which she openly identified. Like the likeminded and equally contemptible John Kerry, she characterized American soldiers as "war criminals."
Here's what Jane had to say about the totalitarian ideology that killed 100 million people in the course of the 20th Century, and that American soldiers were fighting to prevent from enslaving the entire world:
If you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that we would some day become communist. . . . I, a socialist, think that we should strive toward a socialist society, all the way to communism.
When Fonda and fellow anti-American moonbat Tom Hayden had an illegitimate son, they named him Troy after Nguyen Van Troi, a member of the Viet Cong who was executed by the South Vietnamese for attempting to assassinate Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1963.
In 1970 Fonda teamed up with another militant kook, Donald Sutherland, to form a sort of anti-USO called FTA (F*CK the Army), which toured military towns along the West Coast and throughout the Pacific, with the objective of demoralizing the troops.
Two years later, when over 50,000 Americans had been killed in the war, Fonda traveled to North Vietnam, where she posed for photos on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down American planes. She made radio broadcasts from Hanoi, again with the intention of destroying the morale of American soldiers. She compared the USA to fascist Germany and imperial Japan, accused it of war crimes, called the President a "new-type Hitler," and urged South Vietnamese soldiers to desert — all from behind enemy lines during wartime.
For reasons utterly beyond my comprehension, Fonda was not executed for her Hanoi activities on her return to the United States, but instead continues to live like royalty, and of course continues to propagandize against her own country to this day, earning her the warm admiration of the liberal media.
Thank you Number 2 for pointing out that the picture of Hanoi Jane and Hanoi John together that originally appeared with this post was a fake. It has been replaced with a real one.
April 21, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:53 PM
While the Mexican invasion pours across the border to swamp Arizona, thanks in part to the assistance of Governor Janet Napolitano, fifth-columnists in the educational system eat away at whatever will to defend our civilization might still exist. At a hearing yesterday, state lawmakers investigated the extent to which education has been abandoned in favor of hard-left indoctrination in high schools.
Left-wing activist Dolores Huerta was invited to speak at Tucson High Magnet School earlier this month, a few days before massive demonstrations in Phoenix and elsewhere in favor of illegal immigration. Huerta took advantage of the opportunity to scream at the kids that "Republicans hate Latinos," presumably because some Republicans believe that our borders and laws need to be respected.
A board member of the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the USA, Dolores "Dragon Lady" Huerta is a strange pick to help educate our young, considering how she raised — or failed to raise — her own 11 children. From Discover the Networks:
Although Huerta has won awards for her left-wing agitation, she will never win an award for her parenting skills. When she was recently given the $100,000 Nation/Puffin award for Creative Citizenship, she admitted that her choices over the years had affected her children. She often left the older children in charge of their younger siblings while she spent long hours in the fields unionizing farmworkers. Her children's lives were filled with hardship, sacrifice and deprivation for "the cause." Her children have watched their mother land in jail more than 20 times as a protestor, and even suffer life-threatening injuries during a 1988 protest against George H.W. Bush in San Francisco. Whether or not they harbor regrets about the way they were raised, Huerta was an absentee mother who let her kids raise each other, ignoring her parental responsibilities while she pursued Marxist causes. And this abandonment has won her the adulation of the Left. She is often praised in feminist circles for her defiance of the traditional roles of mother and wife (she lives unmarried with Richard Chavez), and for her support for abortion in opposition to her Catholicism.
Huerta's speech was followed a week later by state representative Raul Grijalva, a Democrat up for reelection whom Huerta had endorsed in her own appearance.
The school's principal Abel Morado adopted the usual free speech pose. "I do not check their speech at the door," he sniffed. However, this noble devotion to freedom of expression did not apply when students put up a sign reading "Be a good American. Join the Teen-age Republican Club" — Morado made them take it down.
At the hearing, Republicans, questioned whether schools should be used to promote political views. Democrats, aware that moonbats control the schools, in effect argued that they should. In the end the hearing went nowhere, resulting in no immediate recommendations.
Hat tip: Varla
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:44 PM
Ever wonder where all the money soaked up by the Department of Homeland Security goes, considering that not much of it seems to be applied to securing the borders of our homeland? Here are a few of the creative uses government kleptocrats have found for our DHS dollars:
- Gym equipment;
- Instructing first responders on how to become fitness trainers;
- Nutritional counseling;
- An "educational robot";
- Puppet and clown shows.
The government's largess is quite impressive; for example, one of the puppet and clown show grants was for $69,000.
Meanwhile, private citizens rely on donations to finance their attempts to defend the border. They don't have the luxury of being able to take whatever they want out of your paycheck by force.
Displaying a remarkable gift for understatement, Tom Schatz of Citizens Against Government Waste observes that Congress and DHS officials are "having trouble prioritizing."
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:45 AM
Progressive militants smashed through a window to steal a giant cotton snowman known as the Böögg that was to appear in Zurich's annual spring parade next Monday. In its place they left a chocolate Easter bunny and a communist hammer and sickle emblem.
Traditionally the Böögg's head is stuffed with explosives and set alight at the culmination a Sechseläuten, a spring festival run by Zurich's guilds. Its head being blown off smoothly portends a favorable summer to come. Fortunately the moonbats were not able to cart away the main charge, and there is a spare Böögg to take its place.
Left-wing nuts calling themselves "1. Mai — Strasse Frei" took responsibility for the theft, claiming that the snowman "had had enough of putting its head on the line for capitalists."
April 20, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:37 PM
Proving yet again that there is no limit to the extremes of obsequiousness to which politically correct authorities will have us stoop when it comes to dealing with Muslim terrorists and criminals, British taxpayers will be picking up the tab for rebuilding prison toilets so that Muslim inmates don't have to sit sideways to avoid facing Mecca while using them.
As a Brixton jail officer who clearly is not cut out for higher office was impolitic enough to observe:
If they didn't get locked up for committing crimes they would not have this problem.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:11 PM
Investors holding 28% of the shares of The New York Times Company withheld their votes for directors at the annual meeting Tuesday. Hassan Elmasry — Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, the Gray Lady's fourth-largest shareholder and the only dissenting shareholder identified — said the objective was to improve management and share performance.
Both management and financial performance certainly could stand some improvement. As noted here previously with warm satisfaction, the NY Times' fourth-quarter earnings fell 41% from the same period the year before, following a 52% decline in third-quarter profit. Wall Street has been getting antsy about the company's high financial leverage, deteriorating operating margins, and weak free cash flow available for debt reduction. All this is combined with the fact that ever fewer people regard the left-wing paper as a credible news source.
Unfortunately for the Times, reform can occur only with the say-so of the Ochs-Sulzburger family. Only four of 13 board members are elected by primarily public Class A shares. The other nine are elected by Class B shares, 90% of which are held by the Ochs-Sulzburger clan, which is led by Publisher, Chairman, and confirmed moonbat Arthur Sulzberger Jr. (aka Pinch, The Prince of Political Correctness).
"Little Arthur," as Sulzberger is also called, is a spoilt limousine leftist who never matured beyond a junior high level. His policy of bending over backwards to discriminate against Caucasians and heterosexuals created the environment that brought about the Jayson Blair scandal, which was one of the last nails in the coffin of the Times' credibility. According to a 2003 Rasmussen poll, only 46% of Americans regarded the Times as a reliable news source (as opposed to 72% for Fox News). By now Pinch would probably kill to see that 46% again — though the Times still seems to set the agenda for network news.
The Times' two ownership classes result in a "a lack of accountability to all of the company's shareholders," according to Elmasry, who notes that "Despite significant underperformance, management's total compensation is substantial and has increased considerably over this period."
Remember that, if you happen to hear the Gray Lady yelping that gas prices are high because of greedy executives.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:22 PM
Since the government apparently did not vacuum up enough of our money on tax day to finance frivolous projects like defending our country from invasion, it looks like private citizens will have to do the job themselves. Fortunately there are volunteers who take the future and security of this country more seriously than do the useless tax collectors clogging up Washington.
Chris Simcox of the Minutemen is sending an ultimatum to the President (through the media, of course; it's the only way he can be reached): deploy military reserves and the National Guard to the overrun Arizona border by May 25 or the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps will start erecting a private fence.
Private landowners have agreed to the project. But there's a snag: The federal government has been buying up land along the border. This territory can only be defended when the irresponsible short-sighted fools who run our government decide it's politically expedient — which probably means never, despite the laudable efforts of the Minutemen to light a fire under their flabby chair-shaped posteriors.
As usual, as Ronald Reagan observed, government isn't the solution — it's the problem. Nine times out of ten, all government needs to do is get out of the way. Unfortunately, this is the tenth time.
One of the most basic reasons we even have a government is to defend our borders from invasion. A government that refuses to do this is no government at all. It is just a bloated parasitical bureaucracy taking up the space where a government would be if we had one.
The ongoing Mexican invasion is the most serious crisis to face America since the Civil War. Unless it is stopped and the Mexicans already here are assimilated or expelled, this country will be torn apart within two generations.
Although the Minutemen can't defend our country alone, their efforts certainly deserve our support. If all they do is prove that an effective fence can be affordably erected, it will be well worth stopping by the Minuteman Border Fence Project to make a donation.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:40 AM
Democrats shouldn't feel too bad about having lost the Presidency, the House, and the Senate. At least they're winning the culture war — and unfortunately that may prove to have far more lasting effects. In Lexington, Massachusetts, second-grade children are being subjected to a book entitled "King and King." The plot involves a prince that doesn't want to marry a princess, but develops a homosexual relationship with her brother instead. In the end the two gay princes kiss and tie the knot in a big palace wedding.
Needless to say, some parents would like to have input on whether this sort of material is fed to their six-year-old children. But that's too bad. Since gay "marriage" is legal in the land of Hanoi John and the Cape Cod Orca, parents have no say in the matter; kids cannot be opted out. Parents are not even entitled to be informed.
Before you roll you eyes and mutter, "Only in Massachusetts," a first-grader brought the same book home from her school library in North Carolina. "What might be inappropriate for one family, in another family is a totally acceptable thing," the principal explained.
Hat tip: Wiggins
April 19, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:51 PM
If the pain of Tax Day still hasn't receded enough for you to stop wondering just where all that money goes, this should help clarify how some is being spent:
Planned Parenthood reportedly raked in over $265 million in tax loot in the last fiscal year. In addition to lobbying in favor of abortion, the organization's activities have included producing this video, intended to run on the teen-oriented venues MTV and MySpace.com.
Considering the target audience, the ad is salacious in the extreme, encouraging children to have sex. The crude sexual innuendos based on power tools would make an adult audience groan.
Maybe the government should flush more money down the United Nations — if that would mean less for feeding kids stuff like this.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:37 PM
William S. Lind, in French Riot Lessons:
Invasion by immigrants who do not acculturate is more dangerous than invasion by the army of a foreign state.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:41 PM
Rabbi Aryeh Spero explains:
What makes citizens of a country submit to the demands of people who are not even citizens? What is it that makes people here for decades and centuries cower in front of those here illegally, arriving only yesterday? What is it that makes people unwilling to lay claim to their own land and country?
It is guilt. It is fear. It is a brainwashing that has convinced so many that every member of the world is entitled to U.S. constitutional and welfare "rights." It is a society that no longer believes in itself as a specific culture or even a sovereign country. Worse, it is a society so emotionally weak that it will accept disease, terrorism, crime, bankruptcy and the disintegration of its own chosen laws rather than being called racist, even though such charges are false.
Forty years of sick liberalism has created a public so unsure of its own legitimacy yet so sure of every other culture's and nation's goodness that it cannot say "no" to anyone perceived outside the mainstream. Being an outsider proffers today a nobility and entitlement to "rights" that is beyond the scope and hope of those viewed as merely regular Americans.
Implications for the War on Terror go beyond the fact that you can sneak whatever you like across our undefended border:
Watching America fold to La Rasa and other race mongers, how afraid of America can the jihadist enemy be, knowing that Americans will not protect themselves if by so doing they are accused of "Islamophobia," the latest concocted form of "racism." To think, a great and powerful nation brought to its knees not by a power stronger militarily but simply because it was afraid of being called a name, simply because it craved its enemy's validation over its own security.
The illegal immigration and Islamic terrorism crises are making it ever harder to avoid a question that every culture has to answer affirmatively in order to survive: Do we believe we deserve to exist?
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:24 PM
The bumper sticker across the She-hag's backside reads "Texas Is Cindy Country." Your average Texan might beg to differ.
As Sweetness & Light notes, "Some jokes just write themselves."
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:01 PM
Tanya Bainbridge, a 57-year-old former British sailor who used to be named Brian, was treated at taxpayer's expense to a £20,000 sex-change operation in 2001. Now he/she has been approved for a £2,500 procedure to have his/her tattoos removed because they make him/her feel "unladylike."
Miss Bainbridge has fathered 9 children by several different mothers, but now he/she lives with his/her boyfriend, both of whom are unemployed.
Meanwhile thousands of British nurses and doctors are losing their jobs in cuts due to the financial unworkability of socialized medicine, and Claire McDonnell, a 33-year-old mother of three, has been refused Herceptin to treat her breast cancer because it's too pricey. The cost would be £2,500 — the same amount taxpayers will be shelling out to make Bainbridge feel more ladylike.
If that's not enough insanity, here's more:
The USA, with the best healthcare in the world, is deliberately moving toward the dysfunctional socialist model. Crazier yet, Republicans are largely to blame. What Amity Shlaes calls "Canada Creep" has led Governor Mitt Romney to sow malignant seeds of socialism in the receptive soil of Massachusetts. Voters want all the "free" health care goodies Canadians supposedly have, not realizing that, in the words of Edwin Coffey, former president of the Quebec Medical Association, "access to a waiting list is not the same as access to health care."
As Shlaes observes:
Every year the Fraser Institute, a free-market think tank in Vancouver, British Columbia, produces "Waiting Your Turn," a survey of the wait times for various medical procedures. Romney might find it worth perusing. The average is 17 weeks, almost double what it was a decade ago. In Saskatchewan, the wait is 25 weeks.
The result is the flipside of Canada Creep: Canadians crossing the border to get timely health care. When our own health care system has been socialized to the point of uselessness, where will we go to get through the bureaucrats to a doctor?
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:42 AM
The concept of "sexual harassment" is a highly useful tool for the totalitarian Left. Like their conception of "racism," it means everything and nothing, and can be used to stigmatize and silence anyone who fails to conform to their deformed ideology. At Ohio State University's Mansfield campus, a peaceful Quaker librarian named Scott Savage is to be brought before the Inquisition on charges of sexual harassment for recommending some conservative books in his capacity as a member of the "First Year Reading Experience Committee."
The books that leftist educrats could not bear even the suggestion of students reading were:
- The Marketing of Evil by David Kupelian
- The Professors by David Horowitz
- Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis by Bat Ye'or
- It Takes a Family by Senator Rick Santorum
Militant gay professors seized on Kupelian's book in particular, squealing that the very idea that students might be asked to read it made them feel "threatened" — thus justifying the faculty vote to investigate Savage on the absurd sexual harassment charge. The book is devoted to illuminating the marketing techniques used by the Left to brainwash Americans into accepting the previously unacceptable. Horowitz's book, which exposes some of the lunatic-left professors that infest higher education, must have also hit a nerve.
The feral hostility of liberal academia to the concepts of free speech and free inquiry couldn't be more starkly illustrated. A suitable response would be to follow the links above and put all four books in your shopping cart at Amazon.
April 18, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:34 PM
Anarchist Aaron Gach has used an art grant to fund a Tactical Ice Cream Unit, a rolling joke that is both an ice cream truck and an urban assault vehicle. In addition to offering ice cream in such flavors as hibiscus and chili mango, the truck is equipped with gas masks, police uniforms, video surveillance equipment, and military-grade armor. The front end features a built-in battering ram that can be used to penetrate police barricades and locked fences.
The current purpose of the vehicle is to tour art galleries and universities, distributing radical propaganda for extremely unsavory organizations such as the Black Panther Party, PROMO, the terrorist-assisting International Solidarity Movement, ISM's friends at the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee, Council on American-Islamic Relations (censors of the show 24 and a front group for Hamas), and the ecoterrorist group Earth First!. Included in this mobile library is a document in Arabic instructing Muslims not to cooperate with the FBI.
Gach's moonbatmobile is being funded as "performance art" by the Margaret Hall Silva Foundation. Margaret Hall Silva is an heir to the Hallmark Card fortune. Whether she personally selected the project, or her foundation is being hijacked by hostile lunatics as happened with the Ford Foundation, could not be determined. At least it wasn't paid for by the NEA.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:13 PM
To judge by a desperate attempt by aging has-been Neil Young to lay claim to some sort of relevance, September 11 and its aftermath are officially over.
Young's pandering to the moonbattery of his tie-dyed fan base led him to be immortalized by Lynyrd Skynyrd in the classic "Sweet Home Alabama," in which Young's PC put-downs of the South were dismissed with the lines:
Well I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well, I heard ole Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A southern man don't need him around anyhow
Yet after 9/11, Young turned into a regular Republican, recording the song "Let's Roll" in tribute to the heroic passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 and even attempting to explain to the kooks at People for the American Way why the Patriot Act is necessary.
But now he apparently perceives the winds to be blowing the other way. He has recorded a 60s-style protest album entitled "Living with War," featuring flowery peacenik tunes. One song has the title "Let's Impeach the President" — a possible flashback to the days when impeaching the Republican President was a credible concept. Young's only number one hit was "Heart of Gold," which came out in 1972.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:40 AM
Zacarias Moussaoui, the boastful al Qaeda terrorist who obscenely exults in the death and destruction of September 11, which his lies to authorities enabled to take place, stands a good chance of being put out of the world's misery.
He certainly has it coming. Moussaoui has testified that it was his "pleasure" to accept a suicide mission from Osama bin Laden, and that his only regret on September 11 was that more Americans didn't die. He called the sobbing survivors and family members of victims who testified "disgusting," and characterized the testimony of a man who crawled out of his burning Pentagon office as "pathetic." He affirmed that his goals are to "exterminate" Jews and to destroy the United States to the best of his ability.
The only defense possible for a man admittedly guilty and almost cartoonishly evil is of course moonbattery. Inevitably, prosecutors are trying to generate sympathy for this demon, producing witnesses to snivel that he came from a broken home, that his mother was frequently beaten (not exactly unusual among Arabs), that he had to spend time in orphanages, that someone called him a "dirty Arab," etc.
Can't you see that 9/11 was just a cry for help?
If sympathy doesn't work, there's the tried and true insanity defense, by which even shooting the President is permissible, so long as experts will testify that you're troubled. One defense witness has asserted that Moussaoui is a paranoid schizophrenic who suffers from delusions. He certainly behaves like one. But then, so does every other Islamic terrorist on the planet.
Hat tip: Wiggins
April 17, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:14 PM
The Duke lacrosse rape scandal — in which well-to-do white athletes stand accused of raping a black stripper, despite a curious lack of evidence — is starting to smell a little like a Tawana Brawley reprise. It was only a matter of time until Jesse Jackson and/or Al Sharpton appeared on the scene.
Brawley, who now calls herself Maryam Muhammad, launched Al Sharpton's career by smearing herself with dog crap and claiming that police officers raped her and scribbled nasty racial epithets on her skin. While the hoax destroyed the careers of decent men, Sharpton was able to exploit it to set off on his quest to surpass Jackson as the nation's premier race hustler.
Now the tables have turned, with Jackson reduced to playing catch-up. He has announced that his Rainbow/PUSH money machine will pay the tuition of the alleged rape victim — even if her story proves false.
If this woman is telling the truth, whoever raped her certainly deserves the full punishment of the law, and kudos to anyone who steps forward to pay her tuition. But if not, she is willing to destroy innocent men's lives, as well as the credibility of every woman who cries rape, including of course women who really are raped.
You would think it would make a great deal of difference even to Jesse Jackson whether or not she is telling the truth. But then, Jackson did serve as the spiritual adviser to Bill "You'd Better Put Some Ice on That" Clinton.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:13 PM
Tax day is a good time to ask ourselves just where all that money goes. Billions of dollars go to the United Nations, helping to fund entities like the U.N. Disarmament Commission, to which Iran has just been elected to the vice-chair position.
As you might expect, the Disarmament Commission's mission features preventing the spread of nuclear weapons to countries like Iran, which is currently under threat of sanctions from the U.N. Security Council because of its rush to acquire nuclear weapons.
Dr. Dore Gold, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N., observes the obvious:
Clearly the Iranians have an interest in establishing disarmament rules that protect their clandestine nuclear weapons program. ... The U.N. has long ago forfeited its role as an international body safeguarding international peace and security and this is just the latest proof of why the U.N. doesn't work.
Here's a better use for the fortune we flush down the United Nations every year: Why don't we just gather the money in great bales and burn it at power plants? Or if environmentalists wouldn't like that, maybe we could have the bills recycled as heavy duty toilet paper. It would be nice to get some sort of use out of it.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:47 AM
The four New York City hooligans who recently chased an NYU student into the path of an oncoming car laughed as he lay in the street dying — and why shouldn't they? Their murder of this young man will have no significant consequences for them; if it were likely to, it probably wouldn't have happened in the first place. Our ultraliberal legal system is there to protect criminals, not their victims.
Prosecutor Joel Seidemann describes the killers:
They didn't call for an ambulance. They didn't call for help. Rather, they stood on the street corner and laughed.
Four days after their little joke, Broderick John Hehman died of the massive head injuries they caused him by chasing him into the street while trying to steal his cell phone. They face a maximum of 5 years in "restrictive placement." It's possible they will get off with no more than 18 months in juvenile detention — even if our loony-tunes courts manage to find them guilty. There were only 14 witnesses, so the case might be a tough one.
I had a pair of similar experiences in the same city 15 years or so ago, except I was luckier — both times I came away with only a concussion. It didn't even occur to me to call the police. My attitude at the time was that if you venture out into a jungle, it's to be expected that you might be set upon by wild beasts.
Too many people still have this attitude. We accept that the streets of our cities are no longer part of the civilized world. Mayhem thrives because it is tolerated, excused, even glorified. As a result, this young man is dead, and his four murderers can look forward to long lives of generous welfare payments and underpunished crimes.
April 16, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:02 PM
Apparently some feel that Europeans are not killing themselves off rapidly enough through abortion and failure to reproduce. Swiss lawyer Ludwig Minelli wants to open a chain of "suicide clinics" that will help speed things along.
Minelli's current Dignitas clinic strives to lift the taboo against suicide; after all, why should people think that killing themselves is a bad thing? Another goal is to alert people to the risks of attempting suicide incompetently, hard as it is to imagine anything riskier than attempting suicide competently. But Dignitas clinics aren't just for talking about suicide; they're for providing assistance in committing it.
Minelli already has 450 corpses to his credit. His clinic specializes in rather expensive cocktails — a sodium pentobarbital and water will run you $3,500. But why complain? You can't take it with you.
Part of Minelli's business plan is to extend his clientele to the mentally ill. A manic-depressive is currently fighting in Switzerland's Supreme Court for the right to avail himself of Minelli's services. Minelli also wants to offer his special treatment to Alzheimer patients.
"We never say no," says Switzerland's Dr. Death.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:37 PM
A sense of humor apparently ranks even lower than personal hygiene on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's list of priorities. He might have responded to an anonymous text message suggesting that he doesn't wash often enough by taking a long hot shower. Instead, as WorldNetDaily reports,
He fired the president of the phone company, had four people arrested, took other legal action and accused those involved of conspiring with the Israeli foreign intelligence service Mossad, according to the Iranian opposition website Rooz Online.
This is par for the course in Iran, where bloggers routinely face harassment or imprisonment, text message traffic is monitored by the government, and several people have reportedly received court summonses for making jokes about Ahmadinejad's quest for nuclear weapons with which to blow up Jews and other infidels.
Speaking of jokes, there's a bright side to the Iranian regime — Bill Clinton considers it more democratic than America.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:30 AM
Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) might sound like a joke to some, but it's no laughing matter to blogger Maryscott O'Connor, who has come down with a case so severe as to attract the attention of the Washington Post.
O'Connor's emotional problems clearly do not begin or end with BDS. Like most on the Left, she is being eaten alive by an ulcerous hatred that she projects at anyone who does not share her deranged point of view.
She describes her blog, My Left Wing, as "one long, sustained scream." Her style makes heavy use of all caps, as well as the obscene language without which lefties would be unable to express themselves. Unsurprisingly, she started her blogging career by posting to the Angry Left bughouse Daily Kos.
Like many progressives, O'Connor isn't about ideas; she's about feelings — or rather, one feeling: psychotic hatred. In the dark and frightening recesses of her dysfunctional mind, President Bush is "the Antichrist"; Vice President Cheney is "Satan"; Karl Rove is "the devil." As for the Catholic Church, she has this to say:
I have a special place in my heart . . . a burning, sizzling, putrescent place where the guilty suffer the tortures of the damned.
A "burning, sizzling, putrescent place" — that does pretty well describe a moonbat's heart.
But according to O'Connor, she wasn't always so bitter and morally diseased. She was a "classic bleeding-heart liberal," filled with empathy for the suffering. As WaPo describes her:
She signed petitions. She boycotted veal. She canvassed for Greenpeace. She donated to Planned Parenthood. She read the Nation, the New Yorker, the Utne Reader and Mother Jones. She agonized over low wages for overseas workers every time she bought a $40 leather purse.
But then W was elected, and her sanctimonious silliness degenerated into something morbid and obscene. At least she still has some self-awareness:
I have become one of those people with all the bumper stickers on their car. I am this close to being one of those muttering people pushing a cart. I'm insane with rage and grief. But I also feel more connected than I ever have.
Connected — because she has found her way into an online cave full of mouth-frothing moonbats who continually goad each other toward new extremes of paranoia and hyperbole.
Thank you WaPo, for a disturbing but enlightening peek into this hellish cave — and thank you V the K for the tip.
April 15, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:37 AM
Last weekend a student group called Northern Right to Life, with the permission of Northern Kentucky University officials, erected 400 crosses in a display representing a cemetery for babies aborted by their mothers. Educrats at public universities might like to ban such displays, but the First Amendment prevents them.
This provided an opportunity for Sally Jacobsen, a tenured professor in the literature and language department, to egg on her graduate students to engage in some extracurricular moonbattery. On her invitation, nine or so of her students ripped out the crosses and threw them in the garbage, which may be fitting, considering where aborted fetuses end up.
Asked whether she helped pull up the crosses herself, Professor Jacobsen had no comment. The important thing, from her point of view, is that she didn't like the display:
Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it.
With appalling hypocrisy, she compared her actions, which might be described as using thug tactics to suppress free speech that opposes a genocidal political agenda, to citizens taking down Nazi displays — as if it were not Jacobsen and her ilk but pro-lifers who resemble Nazis.
Students have retrieved the crosses, and have put up a new sign explaining their significance (the old one was stolen). Some were planning to camp out overnight to guard the display from moonbats.
April 14, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:21 PM
South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker wanted to do an episode that would editorialize on the contrived controversy Islamic extremists whipped up over the inoffensive if infamous Danish cartoons. Unfortunately the weasels at Comedy Central don't have the belly for controversy, unless by controversy you mean spitting on the values of normal Americans — a practice that obviously does not take much nerve in today's media culture. Stone and Parker were told that no images of Mohammad would be allowed, clearly because some Muslims might choose to take offense.
So the South Park episode will instead feature, according to Fox News, "an image of Jesus Christ defecating on President Bush and the American flag."
The episode will run during Holy Week.
Despite taking bad taste and disrespectfulness to new extremes, Stone and Parker do get their point across. Anything goes so long as it only insults Christians, Republicans, and America. As of September 11, nothing goes if Muslims might not like it.
But William Donohue of the Catholic League would be more impressed by the South Park pair's devotion to free speech if they resigned on principle for being censored. According to Donohue:
The ultimate hypocrite is not Comedy Central — that's their decision not to show the image of Muhammad or not — it's Parker and Stone. Like little whores, they'll sit there and grab the bucks. They'll sit there and they'll whine and they'll take their shot at Jesus. That's their stock in trade.
Hat tip: Varla
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:36 PM
A man named Reggie Paul Fountain stands accused of eating his pit bull puppy alive. According to Shelby County Texas District Attorney Linda Kay Russell:
He chewed that and ate it, he had blood all over his face, he had blood on his chest, he was in his underwear walking down the street talking to himself and the dog.
But at least Fountain had an excuse for his behavior. He was on PCP and cocaine at the time.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:09 AM
Francisco Javier Serrano, a homeless illegal immigrant from Mexico, used to live in a Minnesota high school, foraging in the cafeteria and taking showers in the locker room. When his story was publicized, he struck it rich on the outpouring of sympathy. A developer with more dollars than sense provided him with money, an immigration attorney, and a free apartment overlooking downtown Minneapolis.
But the party ended last January, when immigration officials ordered Serrrano to go back to his own country. Three months later, he showed up with a knife in somebody's kitchen in Boston.
He was arrested for home invasion, but the charge will probably be downgraded to breaking and entering. He'll serve a year or two, then he'll be ordered deported again. A few months after that, he might show up in your kitchen, if you don't keep your windows locked.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:06 AM
The mark of incompetence is the ability to make a simple problem complex. As Arnold Ahlert notes in the New York Post, the first step in dealing with the illegal alien crisis is a no-brainer.
SECURE THE BORDER. Only after that's done is there any point trying to address the illegals who are already here.
Hat tip: Byron
April 13, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:03 PM
It would be nice to think that deranged misfits like Jay Bennish and Steve White, who use their K-12 teaching positions to force obnoxious moonbattery down the throats of their captive and highly impressionable audiences, are freak exceptions to the rule. If only it were true.
Sol Stern at Frontpage Magazine argues that moonbattery is an even greater threat to the future in K-12 than it is in universities, because in the world of higher education, authorities will at least pay lip service to the ideal of teaching unbiased reality, as opposed to engaging in ideological indoctrination. At least in theory, their own hypocrisy can be used to shame them into responsible behavior.
In K-12 there is less hypocrisy, and still less responsible behavior. The education establishment is dominated by immature moonbats who are drawn to the field by the opportunity to infect developing minds with their pernicious ideology.
William Ayers personifies the degeneration of our educational system. During the flower power days, Ayers was a left-wing terrorist involved in acts like planting a bomb in the Pentagon. Then he found a more effective means of undermining American civilization. He took a doctorate in early childhood education from Columbia University's prestigious Teachers College. Now he is a Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His objective is to infuse the K-12 curriculum with the depraved dogma liberals bizarrely call "social justice" — a race-based ideology in which merit and individual accomplishment count for nothing, and in which an all-powerful government divvies up wealth and opportunity based on "victim" status.
Ayers has managed to convince Teachers College Press to launch a book series on social justice curriculums. They do not limit their propaganda to soft subjects like sociology. Their goal is to completely replace education with indoctrination. Here's the Teachers College approach to teaching science:
Science education for social justice is transformative for all participants. Science pedagogy framed around social justice concerns can become a medium to transform individuals, schools, communities, the environment, and science itself, in ways that promote equity and social justice. Creating a science education that is transformative implies not only how science is a political activity, but also the ways in which students might see and use science and science education in ways transformative of the institutional and interpersonal power structures that play a role in their lives.
One of the authors of this wacky gobbledygook is Maria S. Rivera Maulucci of the New York City Department of Education. She supervises science instruction for over 100 schools.
When considering the horror of cockroaches like Bennish and White left to shape the outlook of developing minds, it's best not to forget that the same rule applies to them as to their six-legged soul mates: for every one you see, there are a thousand more inside the walls.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:25 PM
Kudos to state lawmakers who voted yesterday to allow the arrest and prosecution of illegal aliens under Arizona's trespassing laws. Among the key provisions:
- Make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for immigrants to enter Arizona illegally. After the first offense, undocumented immigrants could be charged with felonies.
- Empower local law enforcement officials to question the immigration status of anyone they have lawfully detained.
- Establish a fingerprint database for those charged under the new law, which supporters say would help in tracking human smugglers and drug dealers.
Originally, invasion would have been made a felony on the first offense, but the bill was watered down to ensure support. Nonetheless, Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano will probably veto it.
Even if it gets through, activists will use courts to thwart the majority's will. A similar measure in New Hampshire was killed by a state judge who ruled that immigration enforcement is the sole domain of the Federal Government — which appears to be too cynical and corrupt to perform its most essential duty by defending the country from invasion.
At least the Arizona bill will expose Napolitano's unwillingness to support meaningful measures to prevent the state from being overrun. And as Rep. Mark Anderson (R-Mesa) points out:
This continues to send an important message to Congress that we want something done.
That message needs to be repeated loudly and clearly, so that those who would place race-based election strategies ahead of the country's well-being understand that those strategies stand a very good chance of blowing up in their faces.
Hat tip: Varla
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:43 AM
John Stossel provides some insight into the frightening phenomenon of global warming — or rather, into people's belief in it. The problem just might be too much government:
If you're a scientist working for private industry, it helps to invent something useful. But if you're a scientist trying to get funding from the government, you're better off telling the world how horrible things are.
For government to grow, it needs crises that make us willing to sacrifice our money and freedom in exchange for solutions from the State. Hungry for ratings and ideologically committed to ever bigger government, the MSM is only too happy to help hype absurdly exaggerated or even fabricated threats.
Remember Y2K? SARS? Mad cow disease? Three Mile Island? The ice age that was bearing down on us back in the 1970s? None of these impending catastrophes quite lived up to its billing. But when one disaster fails to materialize, there's always another to take its place.
During the War on Drugs days, studies screamed that cocaine-addicted mothers were giving birth to babies that would grow up to form legions of sociopathic zombies. But in reality, the kids turned out better than the children of alcoholic mothers.
Emory University's Claire Coles endured politically motivated abuse for helping debunk earlier crack baby studies. Here's how she explains them:
If you go to an agency and say, "I don't think there's a big problem here, I'd like you to give me $1 million," the probability for getting the money is very low.
Stossel offers some excellent advice:
Next time you hear dire "scientific" warnings — and demands to surrender more control over your life to the government in order to avert disaster — remember the crack babies. The only disaster coming may be an activist-induced panic.
Hat tip: Wiggins
April 12, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:25 PM
Are there no heroes left? His mastery of golf and classy demeanor have earned Tiger Woods millions of fans and made him an excellent role model — until he said this:
I was so in control from tee to green, the best I've played for years... But as soon as I got on the green I was a spaz.
Little did Tiger know that when he said "spaz," he was callously insulting people who suffer from cerebral palsy, according to Nancy Salandra of the disability rights organization ADAPT, who chides:
It's part of the language now, like retard, but it doesn't make it right.
Mr. Woods, have you no shame?
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:03 PM
Eight Colorado Republicans have sent a letter to President Bush pleading with him to do his job by declaring a national state of emergency to secure our borders. Horrified by the recent demonstrations on behalf of illegal aliens, they ask that the National Guard be used to secure the border, "until effective barriers are in place to stop all illegal infiltration."
The letter makes some good points. Here's one:
Every month, more illegal aliens infiltrate our borders than the entire three-division U.S. Marine force that assaulted Iwo Jima during World War II.
Many illegal aliens now arrogantly oppose our American culture, our Constitutional process of citizenship, the Rule of Law, and the national sovereignty of the Southwestern United States.
The Governors of Arizona and New Mexico have already officially acknowledged that the border situation is an emergency. Kudos to the Colorado 8 for insisting that Bush follow suit.
If the Federal Government won't defend our borders from invasion, exactly what is it good for?
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:57 AM
Basil Dalack, a lawyer just elected to the village council of Tequesta, Florida refuses to take his oath of office. What's more, he's suing his own town in federal court to have the oath declared unconstitutional.
Here's what Dalack can't bear to say:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, protect and defend the Constitution and government of the United States and of the state of Florida.
The words he has a problem with are "and government." Dalack doesn't support the United States government. You see, he disagrees with the President's foreign policy.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:54 AM
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ought to be able to outwit at least one of his challengers in this month's election — given that candidate Ernie K-Doe has been dead for five years.
Despite his poor health, the deceased rhythm-and-blues singer is "the only one qualified" according to his widow Antoinette K-Doe.
If he's elected, the post of Mayor will actually be a step down for K-Doe, who used to refer to himself as the "Emperor of the World."
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:45 AM
Here's some good news: the apocalyptic cataclysm known as global warming ended in 1998.
Take it from Professor Bob Carter, a geologist engaged in paleoclimate research at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia:
For many years now, human-caused climate change has been viewed as a large and urgent problem. In truth, however, the biggest part of the problem is neither environmental nor scientific, but a self-created political fiasco. Consider the simple fact, drawn from the official temperature records of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, that for the years 1998-2005 global average temperature did not increase (there was actually a slight decrease, though not at a rate that differs significantly from zero).
As most small children but few newscasters or bureaucrats seem to be aware, climate fluctuates. Carbon emissions appear to have no measurable effect on these fluctuations. Carter observes that a period of warming
occurred between 1918 and 1940, well prior to the greatest phase of world industrialisation, and that cooling occurred between 1940 and 1965, at precisely the time that human emissions were increasing at their greatest rate.
How is it possible that the media screeches in panic and fanatics like Al Gore advocate deliberately plunging our economy into depression over a problem that simply does not exist? Carter explains:
The problem here is not that of climate change per se, but rather that of the sophisticated scientific brainwashing that has been inflicted on the public, bureaucrats and politicians alike. ... scientists are under intense pressure to conform with the prevailing paradigm of climate alarmism if they wish to receive funding for their research.
In a word, the problem is propaganda.
Prince Albert, you can climb down from that tree now. The sea levels won't be rising to wash you away.
April 11, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:40 PM
Fox News reports that European Union bureaucrats will no longer use such hurtful terms as "Islamic terrorism" to describe Islamic terrorism. The official translation of this phrase into dhimmi-ese will be "terrorists who abusively invoke Islam."
Also banned will be the words "Islamist," "fundamentalist," and "jihad," which might offend the fundamentalist Islamists whom jihad compels to kill infidels, including but unfortunately not limited to the politically correct weenies running the EU.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:49 PM
Despite efforts by pernicious demagogues like Teddy Kennedy and elite media muttonheads like Juan Williams to convince everyone in this country with Spanish-speaking ancestors that they are part of a single monolithic victim's club devoted to leftist politics, Latino Americans do not necessarily oppose this country's right to enforce its laws and control its borders.
Writing of the recent attempts by illegal immigrants and their hard-left advocates to intimidate politicians with massive demonstrations, the Arizona Republic's Daniel Gonzalez notes:
In reality, a sizable number of Latinos opposes the marches, strongly objects to allowing undocumented immigrants in the United States to earn citizenship, and wants the government to clamp down on illegal immigration.
He quotes Phoenix resident Lionel De La Rosa:
That's the objective of the marches. To give the impression that all Latinos are for allowing the illegals to become citizens. Well, I'm not.
De La Rosa is "100 percent" for the House bill to make illegal presence in the country a felony. Elsie Orta, another Hispanic from Phoenix, would probably agree:
They want us to cater to them all the time. They're coming over here, they're taking our jobs. And now, everything has to be in English and Spanish? I don't think so. They need to go back.
Intimidation often keeps dissenting voices quiet. According to third-generation Mexican-American Frank Barrios, Vice President of the Phoenix Museum of History's board of directors:
There are a lot of Hispanics that are upset about the undocumented just the same way as the Anglo population. That group is larger than many people would believe. But a lot of Latinos aren't going to brag about it because they feel they will be criticized.
Hispanics tend to support immigration, as do most all Americans. Illegal immigration is a very different issue.
Hat tip: Byron
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:20 PM
Just when I thought the leftist bias in our education system couldn't possibly get less subtle:
Steve White, the Alabama teacher who faced no noticeable consequences for showing an obscene anti-Bush video to his junior high science class, is unsurprisingly still indulging in moonbattery at the expense of children's educations.
Reportedly White has shown the kids another obscene video, this one featuring Bill Clinton. Presumably Slick Willie is featured in a more flattering light than W was in White's previous video presentation.
White, who is a Democratic candidate for the state House of Representatives, has also forced students to say "John Kerry rocks" before leaving class.
Hat tip: Barb
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:13 AM
When it comes to the illegal immigration crisis, the battle lines are clearly drawn in Arizona's state legislature. State Republicans, unlike some national Republicans, stand for rule of law and America's territorial sovereignty. Arizona's Democrats, like Democrats everywhere, stand for irresponsible moonbattery.
Thayer Verschoor (R-Gilbert) observed that illegal immigrants can hardly be expected to respect the rest of our laws, if they are granted citizenship as a reward for illegally invading our country: "Break the law and you'll be forgiven: that's the message we're sending if we don't enforce our laws."
During a voting session that had to be cut short due to the massive demonstration in Phoenix yesterday, Robert Blendu (R-Litchfield Park) noted: "They have succeeded in doing something that the terrorists have not been able to do, and that is shut our government down effectively."
Said John Allen (R-Scottsdale): "We have a population of people whose interest is not so much the same as the rest of us and now they're demanding rights to which they're not entitled.''
Jack Harper (R-Surprise) called the stalled Senate bill "The Amnesty-ville Horror" and lashed out at Senate Dems who would not even allow an amendment by Jon Kyl (R-AZ) that would prevent granting amnesty to illegals with criminal records.
Meanwhile Arizona's Democrats are pretending the invasion is a civil rights issue — as if foreigners who sneak into the country illegally are entitled to all the rights and privileges of legitimate citizens. Pete Rios (D-Dudleyville) played the inevitable race card, sniveling that his father-in-law was put upon for being Hispanic.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:52 AM
Italians can brace themselves for higher taxes and more moonbattery. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has apparently lost in a squeaker to former European Commission President Romano Prodi, although the vote count was so close Berlusconi is calling for a recount.
During the election campaign, Berlusconi called Prodi's supporters coglione — a mildly vulgar phrase has been translated as "bloody idiots", "dickheads," and "morons." They took to the appellation with pride, printing posters that read, "Better to be coglione than to vote for Berlusconi."
In his final rally, Berlusconi rallied his supporters with the cry, "Be assured, Sunday and Monday we will win, because we are not coglione!"
Unfortunately, sometimes the coglione come out on top.
Hat tip: William
April 10, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:35 PM
At least Jacques Chirac is keeping French tradition intact. Predictably, he has caved in to rioting hooligans by scrapping the modest reform that might have allowed the hyper-regulated French economy enough breathing room to reduce unemployment.
While Chirac rolled over and showed his belly, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin actually stood up for the necessity of employers being able to fire employees. No doubt he will pay a price for his courage, though France will pay a bigger price for Chirac's cowardice.
It appears that France is ruled not by democracy and law, but by irresponsible mobs. Thanks to the illegal immigration rallies that have been choking American cities, we have an opportunity to prove that the same is not true of the USA.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:32 PM
The Irish wake could soon pass away, thanks to formaldehyde having been found politically incorrect by EU bureaucrats.
Wakes have been part of Irish culture for centuries. They entail exposing the departed in an open coffin while mourners mix grieving with festivities meant to celebrate a life well lived.
An edict issued by EU environment commissioner Stavros Dimas would restrict chemicals used in embalming, which presumably would be harmful were a spotted owl to break into the funeral home and start drinking them. But as the Irish Association of Funeral Directors points out:
Viewing the deceased is part of Irish culture and it is recognised that such practice is an important part of bringing closure to bereavement, and ample evidence from psychologists exists to back this up.
Embalmers may plead for an exception on the grounds of protection of cultural heritage. Things have come to a pretty pass when the Irish need to beg permission from useless paper-pushers in Brussels to mourn their dead as they see fit.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:51 PM
Illustrating what happens when moonbats are allowed to run whole countries, as opposed to just representing Massachusetts in the Senate, Hugo Chavez is now threatening to expel American ambassador William Brownfield to punish him for having been assaulted by goons three times in as many weeks.
The most recent incident occurred last Friday. Brownfield was donating baseball equipment in a particularly poor neighborhood in Caracas when he was set up by pro-Chavez activists who chased him off on mopeds, beating on his car and pelting it with produce.
We do reject any aggression, and we do not encourage aggressions, but the (US) ambassador continues to insist in appearing in a baseball field to donate gloves and balls... His recklessness and provocation may result in a serious situation.
Meanwhile, Chavez is holding discussions with the lunatic mullahs in Iran having to do with joint military exercises and obtaining uranium. He has also crawled into bed with Hamas, which may be sending representatives to Venezuela to raise funds. Nail bombs for setting off on school buses don't pay for themselves.
Hat tip: A.M. Mora y Leon
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:35 PM
In case you thought there was some limit to how blatantly Democrats would betray their own country, this was passed out at the pro–illegal immigration rally in Dallas yesterday:
It appears via Wizbang, which observes that this outrage typifies the Democratic strategy of pitting minorities against Caucasians to generate votes:
The Democrats classify people based upon race and then work to corner the racial voting collectives. At this point, the white vote is already split down the middle, half voting Democrat, half Republican. The Dems have cornered the black voting collective with over 90% voting Democratic. If Democrats manage to corner the Hispanic vote like they have cornered the black vote, Republicans won't win the White House for a very long time. This is the Democrats' dream, so they are trying very hard to collectivize the Hispanic community by turning the immigration issue into another civil rights issue.
The less than subtle suggestion that Texas belongs to Mexico is sure to win hearts among the MEChA set, which holds that the Southwest should be wrested away from the Gringo through massive immigration followed by ethnic cleansing.
Aztlan — the fantasy land of racist extremists who want to drive whites, blacks, and Asians out of the southwestern third of the country and then split off from the USA — wouldn't hurt Democrats on election day, considering that most of the states we lost would be red ones like Texas and Arizona.
But even before the illegal immigration crisis leads to another Civil War, Democrats will gain tremendously by turning economically and socially healthy Republican strongholds into the sort of impoverished racially balkanized hellholes where leftist ideology flourishes.
Hat tip: TMH's Bacon Bits
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:17 PM
If not everyone participating in today's demonstrations in favor of disregarding U.S. laws and territorial sovereignty looks much like a Mexican landscaper, the reason might be that the protests are being organized by the some of the same hard-core America-hating leftists that have staged protests against the war in Iraq.
Chief among them is International ANSWER, a front group for the International Action Center, which in turn is a front group for the Workers World Party, which advocates the overthrow of the United States government and the abolition of private property. ANSWER's director is Ramsey Clark, Saddam Hussein's attorney.
We know what Clark and his WWP friends do not like: capitalism, democracy, and America. The things they do like, and have endorsed, include the brutal socialist regimes of Joseph Stalin, Fidel Castro, Kim Jong Il, and Slobodan Milocevic; the Soviet invasions of Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Afghanistan; the Tiananmen Square massacre; the hardliner's coup to overthrow Gorbachev before communism finally collapsed in the Soviet Union; and the terrorists killing American troops in Iraq.
The obvious question is, if relinquishing the rule of law and our national sovereignty by caving in to the illegal immigrant lobby is good for America, why are people sworn to the destruction of this country and everything it stands for slithering around behind the scenes, passing out placards and reminding everyone to wave Old Glory for the cameras?
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:57 AM
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be visiting the University of Connecticut Law School this week, to teach two courses and deliver a speech. UConn moonbats have responded to this high honor by planning a reception that includes a same-sex kissing booth and a rubber band shooting gallery (in reference to a hunting trip Scalia took with Dick Cheney).
Some will be wearing rainbow ribbons that read "I support the homosexual agenda." Militant gays have a grudge against Scalia because of his dissent in Lawrence v. Texas, a ruling that struck down a law against homosexual sodomy.
Hopefully they will behave less obnoxiously than NYU law school student Eric Berndt, who asked the visiting Scalia whether he sodomized his wife.
Hat tip: Betsy's Page
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:45 AM
Scott Ritter — who resigned as a weapons inspector in 1998 in frustration because the Clinton Administration wouldn't enforce Saddam's disarmament, but who later became a peacenik who relentlessly screamed that Saddam had no WMDs long before this lie became fashionable — has good news: Iran does not pose a significant nuclear threat.
Unfortunately, our devious leaders don't care about the facts as Ritter sees them, because "They have other policy objectives, namely regime change."
Once again, Ritter is ahead of his time. While the MSM attempts to convince us that Iraq is Vietnam, he's busy preparing the next defeatist meme: Iran is Iraq.
Hat tip: Vital Perspective
April 9, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:58 PM
Venezuela under Castro clone Hugo Chavez continues to go to hell in a handbasket. Crime is so bad people are taking to the streets to protest the government's failure to perform the basic function of maintaining public order. Police corruption is out of control. Recent high-profile crimes include the murder of three kidnapped Venezuelan-Canadian boys, and the shooting death of a news photographer on his way to cover a protest.
Naturally the budding young socialist dictator has an explanation for this sorry state of affairs: it's capitalism's fault. Crimes are caused by capitalist ambitions, you see.
"Capitalism is diabolic," Chavez proclaimed. Socialism, on the other hand, is "authentically Christian," as the atheist Karl Marx might have been surprised to learn.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:43 AM
It looks like a wind farm project in Nantucket Sound is going to be killed, thanks in part to the powerful Massachusetts Senator known as Chappaquiddick Ted.
The project would call for 130 wind turbines to be erected near the resort islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Due to the strong and consistent winds in the area, these windmills could generate over 400 megawatts, enough for 400,000 homes on Cape Code and nearby islands.
But the turbines would be planted in Pumpkinhead Ted's favorite yachting grounds, and on a clear day could even be visible from the Kennedy compound six miles away in Hyannisport — thus the opposition.
That's okay, there are other ways to generate energy. Too bad Kennedy opposes them. A few lowlights from his voting record:
- Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
- Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
- Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
- Voted NO on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
- Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
- Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
- Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
- Voted NO on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
Fortunately that still leaves the pixie dust Kennedy uses to power his limousines.
Hat tip: Wiggins
April 8, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:42 PM
Eight-grade science teacher Steve White has more important things to teach his students than chemistry or physics — the evils of President Bush, for example. The West Limestone, Alabama public school teacher recently treated his kids to a video entitled American Civics Volume II — a work of infantile propaganda that makes Michael Moore seem sophisticated by comparison. Pictures of American leaders — including the President, Vice President, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense — are accompanied by insulting and usually obscene captions while a vulgar song plays on the soundtrack. If you're over 18 and don't mind gutter language, see it for yourself.
Parents complained, but there will be no disciplinary action. "It's a personnel matter, and it's been handled," Superintendent Barry Carroll explained. White won't even have to go before the school board, much less get fired.
Nonetheless, Alabama students may be spared White's moonbattery in the future, as he is planning a career change. He has qualified to run for state representative — as a Democrat, obviously.
Hat tips: William, Michelle Malkin
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:31 AM
Fortunately, the Senate was not able to pass an amnesty bill before the bell rang and all the legislators ran off to play on their two-week recess. If only they would come back wise enough to drop the amnesty concept altogether. The original bill, sponsored by John McLame and Chappaquiddick Ted Kennedy, led to a compromise bill that New Gingrich called a "cave-in" to Democrats and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) called "artificial and meaningless." This should give an idea of just how silly the Senate's attempts to deal with the illegal immigration crisis have become:
About 2.8 million illegal immigrants who have been in the country for more than two years but less than five would have three years to return to a port of entry along the border, such as El Paso, cross the border and apply for one of 450,000 green cards that will be available each year. Kennedy said the whole process could take less than a day, and the immigrants could then return to their U.S. homes. However, Republican aides warned that there would be no guarantees, and that some of those immigrants could get stuck across the border.
The whole process could take less than a day? It will take a lot longer than that to find an illegal immigrant dumb enough to go through with it. Kudos to the House, for making a more serious attempt to address this issue.
Hat tip: William
April 7, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:35 PM
The "Cuban Five" is a group of Castro henchmen who have been convicted of spying in the USA on behalf of Cuba. One of them, Gerardo Hernandez, was also convicted of conspiracy to commit murder for his involvement in the deaths of four people who were shot down by a MiG fighter while trying to escape Castro's island hell by plane. Hernandez got two life terms, the rest got 15 years to life — and all of them got the hearty approval of Detroit's City Council, which has voted unanimously that they ought to be set free.
They might get their way: the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has ordered a new trial with a change of venue, not because there was anything wrong with the original trial, but because it took place in Miami, where too many people have a negative view of Castro's totalitarian regime — although none of the jurors was of Cuban descent.
Maybe the Cuban Five can get the new trial held in Detroit, the most liberal city in America. After they are found innocent by reason of capitalist imperialism, they'll be shoo-ins if they run for City Council.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:47 AM
Rudy Rios works for the Houston Independent School District teaching English as a second language. While at work, he used school equipment to copy a flier that he then distributed to students. It read:
We gots 2 stay together and protest against the new law that wants 2 be passed against all immigrants. We gots 2 show the U.S. that they aint [expletive] with out us [sic].
The fliers were part of his campaign to encourage kids to attend a rally in support of illegal immigration.
Having been caught indulging in this highly unprofessional behavior, Rios has been relieved of his duties as junior varsity baseball coach at Chavez High School. He's still on the job as an English teacher.
April 6, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:36 PM
Despite Cynthia McKinney's lame and clearly coerced "apology" for having assaulted one of their officers, she continues to cause alarm among the U.S. Capitol Police, who are worried that a visibly unstable goon she has hired as a bodyguard may carry a weapon.
When a reporter tried to ask McKinney a question, the bodyguard snarled, "I'm going to put your ass in jail. I'm a police officer." Asked if he worked for the U.S. Capitol police, he responded, "I work for Miss McKinney."
Capitol officers are encouraged to wear bullet-proof vests, in case a shootout ensues next time someone asks McKinney to abide by security protocols.
In case the title of this post led anyone to expect news on McKinney's lawyer, Expose the Left has video of James Myart calling Tom DeLay a "rich white boy" even as he aggressively whines about the evils of racism.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:35 PM
Those who follow the MSM will be unsurprised the hear that Meredith Vieira, who is in line to replace Katie Couric on NBC's Today, is evidently a five-alarm moonbat.
Here's Meredith's nuanced analysis of the war in Iraq:
Everything's been built on lies. Everything! I mean the entire pre-text for war.
Here she is at peacenik rally:
At her side is her husband Richard, the senior political producer at CBS News during the 1980s. In front is their preteen daughter, whose eyes appear glazed as she is subjected to the same loony-left indoctrination to which Mommy will presumably be treating NBC's morning viewers.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:38 PM
NBC's scheme to create a racial incident at a NASCAR race has fizzled. The idea was to let loose some Middle Eastern-looking people dressed up like Arabs at a race, then secretly film as the bigoted gap-toothed Neanderthals MSM elitists regard normal Americans to be act rudely toward them.
According to NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston, an NBC crew was on site at last Sunday's race in Martinsville, Virginia; they "walked around and no one bothered them." How disappointing for the execs at NBC.
As Poston observed:
Any legitimate journalist in America should be embarrassed by this stunt. The obvious intent by NBC was to evoke reaction.
NBC admitted as much in a statement:
We were intrigued by the results of a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll and other articles regarding increasing anti-Muslim sentiments in the United States.
If planting Arabs at NASCAR races doesn't evoke the hostility they're searching for, news-stagers might follow the advice of a Michelle Malkin reader, and try wearing NBC shirts.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:09 PM
The mad mullahs in Iran are pounding their chests again, this time over a "top secret" missile they call an "ultra-horizon" weapon, which supposedly constitutes a "turning point" in their missile tests. They've also been testing a new surface-to-sea missile called the Kowsar.
Growls General Yahya Rahim Safavi of the Revolutionary Guards:
The Straits of Hormuz are a point of control and economic pressure on the energy transfer route for those foreign powers that might want to undermine regional security.
Forty percent of the world's oil supply travels through the Straits of Hormuz. This, together with their blossoming nuclear weapons program, explains the ayatollahs' avid interest in missile technology.
Another missile, the Fajr-3, can allegedly avoid radar and hit several targets simultaneously. Iran has also been testing new torpedoes and a "super-modern flying boat," also capable of evading radar.
Iranian rulers have "been known to boast and exaggerate their statements about greater technical and tactical capabilities," according to Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman. All the same, it doesn't seem wise to leave it up to the corrupt bunglers at the U.N. to determine whether Iran will have nuclear weapons to deliver with their missiles.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:22 AM
J. Michael Waller, the Center for Security Policy's Vice President for Information Operations, has made some interesting observations on how the Mexican constitution treats foreign residents, workers, and naturalized citizens.
- Immigrants and foreign visitors are banned from public political discourse.
- Immigrants and foreigners are denied certain basic property rights.
- Immigrants are denied equal employment rights.
- Immigrants and naturalized citizens will never be treated as real Mexican citizens.
- Immigrants and naturalized citizens are not to be trusted in public service.
- Immigrants and naturalized citizens may never become members of the clergy.
- Private citizens may make citizen's arrests of lawbreakers (i.e., illegal immigrants) and hand them to the authorities.
- Immigrants may be expelled from Mexico for any reason and without due process.
Mexican politicians seem to feel they have a right to dictate to the USA how we should handle immigration. It might shut them up if we threaten to follow their model.
Hat tips: Byron, Michelle Malkin
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:29 AM
Taxpayers in the land of Jerry "Spaceman" Brown will be financing a posh lifestyle for one Randy Murphy, who sued Oakland in federal court over injuries he inflicted on himself while fleeing from police. While running away from the cops, Murphy jumped over a fence and managed to land on his head, injuring his spine.
The city council approved a settlement of $1,500,000. In the upside-down world of moonbattery, crime pays well.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:44 AM
Here are a few gems (please excuse the foul language, grammatical errors, misspellings, etc.):
- "This is such bull shit ! We live in a police state people. Suck it up or migrate to Canada."
- "This is clearly harrassment against McKinney. She won her seat back in Congress and continues to talk; so the powers that be are now on a campaign to shut her up."
- "This is sounding more and more like a set up!"
- "Or course it's a set up... I rather doubt the guard would have grabbed a white male's arm like that. Rep McKinney is the head spokesperson for 9/11 Truth. When Charlie Sheen got the attention of the masses, it scared the shit out of (corrupt) Washington."
- "Ok, here is a scary thought: If Rep. McKinney is arrested for 'breaching the peace', how long until every Democrat on Capitol Hill finds himself arrested for a similar 'breach of the peace' just before a major vote, say, a vote for impeachment? After all, getting vocal in the media against the Current Regime is treason (just ask Ann Coulter and Bill O'Lielly.) Appearing at a rally that denigrates the achievements of Fearless Leader is 'aiding and abetting the terrorists' and a disruption of public calm."
- "This sets a very very very bad precedent for those who speak up"
- "Rep. McKinney today and all of us that speak the truth tomorrow! Wake up! This is only the beginning."
- "Rove will do whatever to create 'other news' because of the many investigations going down."
Even a minority voice bold enough to fault McKinney for her disgraceful behavior exhibits profound paranoia:
- "Let's just hypothetically say that someone who looks like anyone of our Congressman walked around security and the police officer failed to stop them. Then it turns out that the individual in question was a right-wing wacko hell-bent on harming one of our liberal icons. Everyone here would be all-over the Capitol police for NOT doing their jobs of providing security."
There's plenty more, but I can't spend more than a few minutes at Democratic Underground without becoming overwhelmed by an urgent need to take a shower.
Hat tip: The House of Wheels.
April 5, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:50 PM
Katie Couric's record at Today gives a clear indication of what we can expect from CBS News, now that it's official that she will assume the mantle of Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather: a perkier version of more of the same — that is, relentless left-wing spin. Media Research Center documents examples, complete with video. A few samples:
On Catholic values:
Some of the values, depending on your perspective... may be deemed wholesome, but in other ways, I think, people will see this community as eschewing diversity and promoting intolerance.
On ending frivolous filibusters by insisting on up-or-down votes to confirm judges:
If the "nuclear option" is played out, don't you think voters are going to be disgusted with all politicians and say come on, get out of the sandbox?
On a 2005 delegation to the Vatican:
Were you surprised, Archbishop Foley, that President Carter was not a part of the delegation given the fact that the Pope visited President Carter at the White House?
On the left-wing demagogue Al Gore:
...Al Gore is considered sort of a hardcore centrist, if you will.
On the heart-lifting rescue of Jessica Lynch:
Do you think that somehow, this, your rescue was, was manipulated by the government in order to, sort of, gin up support for this war?
On the man who is by far the worst ex-President America has ever seen:
...[Jimmy Carter] is considered by many as one of the finest former Presidents this country has ever seen.
On the Nobel Prize that was explicitly awarded to Carter for publicly knifing his own country in the back:
I mean, it's so wonderful...and so well-deserved.
On the absurd tinfoil hat theory that Bush knew in advance about 9/11:
What did he know and when did he know it?
On the moribund French economy and that country's mandated limits on how much time you can spend working:
The French, they've got it right, don't they?
On banishing Elian Gonzalez to the totalitarian hellhole from which his mother had died rescuing him:
Some suggested over the weekend that it's wrong to expect Elian Gonzalez to live in a place that tolerates no dissent or freedom of political expression. They were talking about Miami.
On a pair of tragic murders that she creatively linked to Christianity:
But this is actually not necessarily about the right wing, but perhaps a climate that some say has been established by religious zealots or Christian conservatives. There have been two recent incidents in the news, I think, that upset most people in this country, that is the dragging death of James Byrd Junior and the beating death of Matthew Shepard.
On non-liberal media:
Some people are very concerned about talk shows, radio talk shows in general, of course. Most of them around the country have a decidedly conservative bent. The rap that some people give them is that they reflect the views of a very vocal minority, the extremists in this country, and don't really reflect the true nature of political debate in the United States. And, as a matter of fact, they tend to be quite divisive and sort of have a bad, a negative impact on the country.
On the courage former New Jersey Governor Jim Florio showed by raising taxes and destroying jobs:
Just last night on television I saw your opponent for Governor complaining about your record, saying how you had raised taxes, how it had cost 300,000 jobs. Are you afraid your politically courageous moves are, in fact, going to cost you the election?
On the sanctity of human life:
So you don't think the right wing should be so narrow-minded or rigid when it comes to abortion?
CBS News has given up trying to be taken seriously, but most definitely has not giving up grinding its axes.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:49 PM
If any doubt remained that zillionaire baseball star and steroid-bloated Frankenstein monster Barry Bonds is guilty of using drugs to enhance his performance, Jesse Jackson has laid it to rest by taking up his cause.
Jackson whines that MLB and the San Diego Police failed to protect the poor superstar against a "syringe" (which apparently was actually a turkey baster) thrown at Bonds by a disgusted fan, evidently to express contempt for Bonds' steroid abuse.
"The fan should have been arrested!" yelled Jackson, a professional extortionist and known tax cheat who for obvious political reasons is never audited.
Since the turkey baster did not come equipped with a needle, the injury it might have caused had it actually hit the Incredible Hulk-like Bonds was limited.
Jackson implied that fans only accuse Bonds of steroid use because he is closing in on the career home run record. This record is currently held by Hank Aaron, who is also black but unlike Bonds did not cheat.
The San Diego Police have better things to do than try to hunt down whoever threw the turkey baster. Unfortunately Jackson finds this "unacceptable."
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:37 AM
Cynthia McKinney, the parody of a liberal Democrat who has kept her unpleasant face in the news by attempting to turn her assault of a U.S. Capitol Police officer into a racial incident, is not the most popular moonbat on Capitol Hill these days. Nancy "Stretch" Pelosi is reportedly so furious with McKinney for distracting the public from Republican difficulties that she's no longer speaking to the demented Georgia representative.
McKinney and House Minority Leader Pelosi don't even exchange greetings when they pass in the hallway. Maybe Stretch is just playing it safe, not wanting to make any sudden noises that might set off another assault. But even before the attack on the officer, Pelosi shot down McKinney's bid to regain her seniority after being defeated in 2002 but reelected in 2004.
It seems that McKinney's is not the face Democratic leaders want associated with their party. They would prefer someone more reasonable, who can relate to normal people and doesn't visibly suffer from psychiatric problems — DNC Chairman Howard Dean, for example.
Hat tip: Wiggins
April 4, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:50 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:52 PM
Colorado — the state that recently gave us Jay Bennish — remains at the forefront of PC educrats' campaign to ban any public display of affection or respect for our country. A school in Longmont banned the American flag, but a middle school in Westminster has now gone one better by banning everything deemed to be patriotic, including not only Old Glory, but even camouflage pants, the wearing of which is regarded as a show of support for our military.
Said eighth grader Kirsten Golgart:
It upsets me that we cannot support our troops, the military. We can't support our country. If we're American, I think we should be proud to be an American.
Maybe Colorado schools should put the students in charge.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:38 PM
Val Prieto at Babalu Blog has some interesting perspectives on the spectacle of "Hispanic" aliens taking to our streets, waving foreign flags and demanding that we rescind the laws they've been violating.
For one, he disputes that the terms "Latino" and "Hispanic" are even meaningful. A self-described "American of Cuban descent," Prieto points out that there is no such country as "Latinolandia," and Hispaniola is only an island in the Caribbean.
Just as there are differences between various Spanish-speaking people, there are differences between immigrants (like the economic opportunists pouring over the Mexican border) and refugees (like the desperate souls willing to risk their lives to escape Castro's totalitarian regime).
As with everything these days, unscrupulous propagandists will try to turn the immigration debate into a race issue, as if anyone who wants the United States to enforce its laws and defend its borders were somehow hostile to those who have come here from Spanish-speaking countries. Prieto — who takes offense at the moonbats and thugs who have been publicly insulting our flag, as would any proud American — gives the lie to this slander.
Hat tips: Byron, A.M. Mora y Leon
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:00 PM
The immigration bill currently in the Senate truly sticks a finger in the eye of anyone who is in this country legally. Among its obsequious provisions: it would make illegal residents eligible for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.
Since we're not supposed to call the bill "amnesty," maybe we should follow the advice of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and call it "No Illegal Alien Left Behind." As Sessions observed:
This means that while American citizens from Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Massachusetts have to pay out-of-state tuition rates if they send their kids to the University of Virginia or the University of Alabama, people who have illegally immigrated into the country do not. How much sense does that make, to have people here illegally and they have more benefits than those who are here legally?
Speaking of benefits, the invaders were also to be eligible for financial aid, though it appears the Senate may have been shamed into stripping that provision out.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:12 PM
The insipid Danish cartoons continue to provide opportunities for dhimmis to disgrace themselves. New York University educrats have banned the display of them. This is disgusting but not especially surprising, except that they imposed the ban during a forum held to discuss those same cartoons.
Students at the forum, which was held by the Objectivist Club, displayed blank easels to represent the bland cartoons they were forbidden to demonstrate.
The university's position was the same as the mainstream media's — namely, that you don't need to see the pictures to discuss them. Muslim fanatics have declared them "offensive," and therefore you can't see them: that's all you need to know.
In case there is anyone out there who has lacked access to information that hasn't been censored by the New York Times et al. or moonbat educrats, here again are the cartoons that are allegedly so outrageous that free speech must be suspended in light of them:
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:30 AM
A U.S. Attorney is reviewing the case against Cynthia McKinney, against whom an arrest warrant has been sought after she assaulted a Capitol Police officer.
According to some, McKinney's greater crime was trying to turn the assault into a racial incident. A black minister, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Founder and President of Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), had this to say:
This situation is an example of a black liberal Democrat using allegations of racism in order to get away with breaking the law. It's disgraceful that Cynthia McKinney would charge the Capitol Police with racism for trying to do their jobs. Charges of "racism" and "racial profiling" by McKinney and her attorney are code words often used to intimidate white Americans and get black racists off the hook.
McKinney could have easily defused this situation by apologizing for not having proper identification and for attacking the officer; instead, she held a press conference flanked by known racists such as Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, and members of the NAACP. The real racists here are Cynthia McKinney and her racially divisive supporters. The U.S. Attorney's office must vigorously pursue this case regardless of the race, gender, or position of the person involved, in order to send a clear message that this type of racial demagoguery will not thwart justice.
Wiggins has provided some photographic documentation of McKinney's life of crime, including scenes both past and future:
April 3, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:09 PM
You've got to wonder what kind of people administrate our schools. At Stonybrook Middle School in Indianapolis, eighth-grader Elliot Voge realized just as he got to school that he had forgotten to take a Swiss army knife out of his jacket pocket. Since knives are against school policy, he went immediately to the office just inside the door and turned in the knife.
Jimmy Meadows, the Principal, responded by suspending Elliot for the maximum 10 days and recommending expulsion.
In his expulsion-recommendation summary, Meadows wrote that "Realizing that the knife was an item he should not have on school property, Elliot immediately went into the main office and handed the knife to our school treasurer." He also admitted that "throughout the entire investigation and student due-process, Elliott [sic] was a model student."
Elliot has been recommended for advanced placement courses in English, science, and social studies. He participates in a variety of school activities, and has never been the subject of a disciplinary matter before.
So why expel him? Apparently this will have to do as Meadow's explanation:
I personally wrote to Stonybrook parents twice this year concerning weapons, the school's actions, protocols and procedures. I also reiterated the importance in communication with our students concerning this serious matter.
At least Elliot is getting an education. He's learning to keep his head down. He's learning that honesty is not always rewarded. He's learning not to trust authority. Most importantly, he's learning not to expect common sense from bureaucrats.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:12 PM
When public figures sing the praises of demonic characters like Mao Zedong, you might find yourself asking, "What are they, retarded?" Here's a case where the answer is yes:
Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson visited Mao's mausoleum recently to pay his respects. "I felt really insignificant next to the remains of Chairman Mao," Iron Mike said of the experience. Tyson has an oversized tattoo of Mao's face on his arm, and keeps a collection of the infamous dictator's writings. He developed his love of the Great Helmsman while stewing in prison on a rape charge.
Aside from being a rapist, Tyson is perhaps best known for biting off part of Evander Holyfield's ear.
Mao, for his part, earned his fame by plunging his nation into a totalitarian hell that caused as many as 70 million Chinese peacetime deaths during his nightmarish regime.
Tyson's IQ is probably somewhere in the mid-forties, which might also help explain the Che Guevara tattoo that he's added to his collection. If only all admirers of wicked totalitarians had the same excuse.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:45 AM
The recent massive protests on behalf of illegal aliens, which prominently featured the brandishing of Mexican flags on US territory, have resulted in the American flag being banned from a Colorado school.
According to Skyline High School Principal Tom Stumpf, American flags were brazenly waved in the faces of Hispanic students. "They were using the symbol derisively as misguided patriotism," he accused.
Flags from other countries are banned to. But we're not in other countries. We're in America, hopefully the only nation on Earth with educrats deranged enough to ban their own flag.
As a student who was suspended for displaying Old Glory pointed out:
If this country means freedom, then why can't we fly our own flag? It's ridiculous.
April 2, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:39 PM
The antihuman agenda festering just under the surface of the environmental movement is getting less subtle. A University of Texas professor named Eric Pianka is actually preaching to his students that the world would be better off with 90% of the human population dead.
Pianka smiles and jokes as he cheerfully hopes that disease will rid the planet of 5.8 billion lives. According to Pianka, "The biggest enemy we face is anthropocentrism" — that is, the weird notion humans have that humans are important. But if all goes well (from Pianka's point of view), an airborne strain of the Ebola virus will evolve, and cut us down to size.
University educrats have tacitly endorsed Pianka's views by spewing the same "diversity" ink cloud they emitted in defense of Ward Churchill:
Robert K. Jansen, chair of the section of integrated biology under which Pianka is classified, said his understanding of the doomsday material left no cause for concern.
"It's important for students to get all opinions, and they have to do that on a daily basis," he said. To hold a classroom's attention, Jansen says educators must often "speak their mind" in a fashion bold enough to garner a bit of shock.
Suggesting the mere possibility that there could be a gender difference in math aptitude is unacceptable in academia; calling for the near extinction of the human race is not.
This could be because enlightened folk know that human life has no particular value. To quote PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, "A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy." Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton, would certainly agree. Progressives are so morally and intellectually depraved that they literally cannot see the value of human life.
It should surprise no one that Pianka has convinced many students to agree that the death of 90% of the human race would be desirable. Kudos to this sociopath for plainly stating what liberals really seem to want when they insist on believing that human civilization is destroying the planet. More kudos to him for boiling down leftist ideology to its purest essence: hatred of the human race.
Hat tip: The Dick List
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:17 AM
The heavy-handed shows of force that illegal immigrants and their advocates have indulged in on our streets are having a predictable effect: backlash. By now most of us have had enough Mexican flags flapped in our faces.
In metro Phoenix, students at Apache Junction High School found a Mexican flag flying in place of Old Glory in front of the Navy ROTC building. They yanked it down and burned it.
This is an entirely natural and healthy reaction. When someone illegally comes onto your property and gives you a shove, you had better shove back, or it won't be your property for long.
As Kathleen Parker put it on Chron.com:
There's nothing like the sight of 500,000 protesters on U.S. turf, demanding rights in Spanish while waving Mexican flags, to stir Americans from their siestas.
Bad relations between Hispanics and Caucasians are in the best interest of neither. The same goes for Mexicans and Americans. But if one group tries to impose itself on the other, conflict is inevitable. It's good that we're finding that out now, rather than waiting for a demographic situation that will set us up for a second Civil War.
Immigration from Mexico is great — but it is a matter of national survival that we not let it exceed a rate that can be successfully assimilated.
Hat tips: Wiggins, Byron, William C.
April 1, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:13 AM
Congratulations to Cynthia McKinney! In recognition of her contributions to a greater awareness of the supreme absurdity of the Left, Something... and Half of Something and Moonbattery are naming this Democratic Representative from Georgia Moonbat of the Month™.
Her most recent accomplishment is converting her assault on a U.S. Capitol Police officer into a racial crisis. The officer, failing to recognize the Representative because she was not wearing her lapel pin and because her normally braided hair had exploded, asked McKinney three times to pass through the metal detector like other visitors to the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill. When she refused, he placed a hand on her and got punched. She has been issued an arrest warrant, though one of her lawyers is now seeking an investigation against the officer.
Never one to miss a chance to publicly indulge in moonbattery, McKinney is now attempting to convert the incident into a race and sex issue. Flanked by fellow left-wing wackos Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover, she declared at a news conference that the officer was guilty of "inappropriately touching" her, a "FEMALE BLACK congresswoman" (emphasis McKinney's).
According to McKinney, the incident has nothing to do with security; she was "just a victim of being in Congress while black." Proclaims her lawyer, James W. Myart Jr.:
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, like thousands of average Americans across this country, is, too, a victim of the excessive use of force by law enforcement officials because of how she looks and the color of her skin.
Thanks, Rep. McKinney, for helping us all to see how ludicrous it is for obnoxious people to screech about racism every time they are asked to behave like civilized adults.
This incident adds to a long resume of moonbattery. McKinney
- helped create the seat she holds through race-based gerrymandering;
- is a member of the extremely radical Progressive Caucus;
- has a voting record that is applauded by the AFL-CIO, NARAL, and the NEA, a teacher's union that bears heavy responsibility for the current sorry state of affairs in education;
- has voted to legalize killing babies even after they are born;
- has voted against safeguards to prevent fraudulent voting;
- has refused to vote to condemn the rabidly racist lunatics at Nation of Islam;
- has taken every possible opportunity to express her hostility toward Israel;
- has taken massive political campaign contributions from radical Muslims;
- begged for the $10 million Rudy Giuliani turned down after 9/11 from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal — money that came attached to the message that we deserved what we got for supporting Israel;
- publicly said, "We know there were numerous warnings of the events to come on September 11. What did this administration know and when did it know it, about the events of September 11th? Who else knew, and why did they not warn the innocent people of New York who were needlessly murdered?….What do they have to hide?";
- supported brutal Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe's policy of confiscating land from Caucasians; and
- counts the Association of Trial Lawyers of America as one of her biggest campaign contributors.
It won't take many more moonbats like McKinney to make the last rational people give up trying to justify voting Democratic.