May 31, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:05 PM
You might think that demonstrating a willingness to sacrifice our country's economic and social stability in exchange for the votes of illegal aliens would be as low as Senators could go, but no. Shrillary Clinton and Hanoi John Kerry (both of whom voted for amnesty, of course) can go lower still. Now they're pandering for the votes of felons by stealthily pushing a bill that would grant them the vote.
The universal assumption that voting felons would overwhelmingly favor Democrats tells you all you need to know about the party of Clinton and Kerry.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:36 PM
It seems not a day goes by that we don't discover more excellent reasons for the time-honored custom of promptly hanging convicted killers.
Convicted murderer Robert Kosilek is demanding that taxpayers finance a sex change operation, on the grounds that not giving him one would constitute cruel and unusual punishment. The put-upon strangler's psychiatrist testified yesterday that Kosilek would do the world the favor of killing himself if he is not surgically assisted in his quest to become a woman.
Instead of the rope killers were once treated to, Kosilek has been receiving psychotherapy, female hormone treatments, and laser hair removal, courtesy of silently suffering taxpayers. In an earlier suit, Kosilek got a judge to rule that society owes him free treatment for "gender identity disorder." But the ruling stopped short of forcing the state to pay for a sex change operation, so with nothing better to do, Kosilek is suing some more.
The idea is to convince the same judge, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf, that the sex change surgery is "medically necessary." Given that the farce is playing out in Massachusetts, this should be a piece of cake for Kosilek's lawyer Frances Cohen, who has been publicly demanding "that gender identity disorder be treated like any other medical condition."
Meanwhile Kosilek's wife Cheryl, whom he strangled in 1990, continues to be dead.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:41 AM
In association with Something... and Half of Something, Moonbattery is disappointed to name two thirds of the U.S. Senate as May Moonbats of the Month™. This award is the least they deserve for the amnesty abomination they have proved willing to inflict on the nation.
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) notes a few of the shamnesty bill's key features:
- The largest amnesty in American history. Illegal aliens who have been in the U.S. for more than 5 years would be given citizenship; those who have been here between 2 and 5 years would receive foreign worker cards with a path to citizenship; those here for fewer than 2 years would allegedly go home. Critically, the bill allows flimsy documentation (such as pay stubs and utility bills) to prove how long illegal aliens have been in the U.S., which virtually begs for massive document fraud.
- Amnesty now, enforcement later — or never. The Senate abandons the House's enforcement-first approach in favor of granting massive amnesty now and phasing in security and enforcement provisions over time. The same chronology was used in 1986. Twenty years later, more than 10 million illegal aliens have entered the U.S. and law enforcement has been negligible.
- The largest legal immigration increase in American history. The Heritage Foundation estimated last week that the Senate plan would result in 66 million additional legal immigrants into the U.S. over the next 20 years. The House has not had hearings nor debated the merits of any guest worker plan, let alone one that would result in such a drastic increase — yet the massive foreign worker plan could be tacked onto the bill because of the Senate's actions.
- Minimal interior enforcement. The Senate bill does not overturn so-called sanctuary city policies that purposefully violate federal law by refusing to assist law enforcement on immigration matters. It allows unscrupulous employers to pay no back taxes and no fines or penalties for hiring illegal aliens (even though the illegal aliens are forced to pay their own back taxes). And the bill provides numerous new benefits for illegal aliens including the right to Social Security benefits and taxpayer-subsidized tuition rates at colleges and universities.
Dana Rohrabacher lists several of the outrages included in the Senate's shamnesty handiwork:
- In-state tuition for illegal aliens. Your kid has to pay full freight if they cross state lines, but the illegal alien who broke into the country doesn't.
- All temporary guest workers have to be paid the prevailing wage. American citizens do not have to be paid prevailing wage.
- All agricultural guest workers under this bill cannot be fired by their employers except for what the bill calls "just cause." However, American agricultural workers can be fired for any reason.
- Illegal aliens are made eligible for Social Security. Not only will they receive retirement benefits, but their children will receive survivor benefits should the parents pass away. This is at a time when we are trying to keep Social Security solvent for the next generation.
- Expands the visa lottery program, which is itself a questionable way to make visa distribution decisions.
- Employers of illegal aliens get amnesty, too. Employers would be exempt from civil and criminal tax and criminal liability under immigration law. God forbid we hold employers accountable for helping illegal aliens break the law and being the magnet that has drawn them here for years.
- Taxpayer dollars to radical immigrant-rights groups so they can help illegal aliens adjust their status. Millions of your tax dollars will go to the same groups that organized those rallies where people who came here illegally waved foreign flags and thumbed their noses at our laws.
Of course, not all of our Senators are the sort of treasonous fools who would endorse this depraved piece of legislation. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) lists his top ten reasons for voting against it (see his website for supporting details):
- Rewards Illegal Behavior with Clear Path to Citizenship and Voting Rights — Amnesty
- Creates Temporary Worker Program That is Neither Temporary Nor Work-Based
- Unprecedented Wave of Immigrants — 66 Million Over 20 Years
- Insufficient Border Security
- Terrorist Loophole Disarms Law Enforcement
- Social Security Benefits, Tax Credits for Illegal Work
- Costs Over $50 Billion A Year to Federal Government; States Foot The Bill for Immigrant Health Care
- Hurts Small Business
- Gives Some Immigrant Workers Greater Job Protection Than American Workers
- Weak Assimilation/English Requirements
There were a few other Senators who voted against this iniquity and therefore can be spared our contempt. Here's the complete list:
- Alexander (R-TN)
- Allard (R-CO)
- Allen (R-VA)
- Bond (R-MO)
- Bunning (R-KY)
- Burns (R-MT)
- Burr (R-NC)
- Byrd (D-WV)
- Chambliss (R-GA)
- Coburn (R-OK)
- Cochran (R-MS)
- Cornyn (R-TX)
- Crapo (R-ID)
- DeMint (R-SC)
- Dole (R-NC)
- Dorgan (D-ND)
- Ensign (R-NV)
- Enzi (R-WY)
- Grassley (R-IA)
- Hatch (R-UT)
- Hutchison (R-TX)
- Inhofe (R-OK)
- Isakson (R-GA)
- Kyl (R-AZ)
- Lott (R-MS)
- Nelson (D-NE)
- Roberts (R-KS)
- Santorum (R-PA)
- Sessions (R-AL)
- Shelby (R-AL)
- Stabenow (D-MI)
- Sununu (R-NH)
- Talent (R-MO)
- Thomas (R-WY)
- Thune (R-SD)
- Vitter (R-LA)
Those who voted for the bill have expressed a clear willingness to sacrifice this country's future for their own perceived political advantage. They have betrayed the American people, and it is absolutely essential that each and every one of them be voted out of office at the first opportunity. They are:
- Akaka (D-HI)
- Baucus (D-MT)
- Bayh (D-IN)
- Bennett (R-UT)
- Biden (D-DE)
- Bingaman (D-NM)
- Boxer (D-CA)
- Brownback (R-KS)
- Cantwell (D-WA)
- Carper (D-DE)
- Chafee (R-RI)
- Clinton (D-NY)
- Coleman (R-MN)
- Collins (R-ME)
- Conrad (D-ND)
- Craig (R-ID)
- Dayton (D-MN)
- DeWine (R-OH)
- Dodd (D-CT)
- Domenici (R-NM)
- Durbin (D-IL)
- Feingold (D-WI)
- Feinstein (D-CA)
- Frist (R-TN)
- Graham (R-SC)
- Gregg (R-NH)
- Hagel (R-NE)
- Harkin (D-IA)
- Inouye (D-HI)
- Jeffords (I-VT)
- Johnson (D-SD)
- Kennedy (D-MA)
- Kerry (D-MA)
- Kohl (D-WI)
- Landrieu (D-LA)
- Lautenberg (D-NJ)
- Leahy (D-VT)
- Levin (D-MI)
- Lieberman (D-CT)
- Lincoln (D-AR)
- Lugar (R-IN)
- Martinez (R-FL)
- McCain (R-AZ)
- McConnell (R-KY)
- Menendez (D-NJ)
- Mikulski (D-MD)
- Murkowski (R-AK)
- Murray (D-WA)
- Nelson (D-FL)
- Obama (D-IL)
- Pryor (D-AR)
- Reed (D-RI)
- Reid (D-NV)
- Sarbanes (D-MD)
- Schumer (D-NY)
- Smith (R-OR)
- Snowe (R-ME)
- Specter (R-PA)
- Stevens (R-AK)
- Voinovich (R-OH)
- Warner (R-VA)
- Wyden (D-OR)
These two apparently didn't regard the issue of preventing our country from being utterly inundated by tens if not hundreds of millions of penniless, uneducated immigrants important enough for them to bother voting on it:
- Rockefeller (D-WV)
- Salazar (D-CO)
Kudos to the 36 Senators who care enough about this country to try to preserve it for future generations by voting against this suicide pact. To the other 64: may you take appropriate pride in being Moonbats of the Month™ — and may you find yourself voted out on your ears the next time the citizens you stabbed in the back get a crack at you.
May 30, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:10 PM
Making the most of the last decade or so before a Muslim majority imposes Sharia on the Netherlands, Dutch degenerates have launched the new Charity, Freedom and Diversity Party, with the slogan "We are going to shake The Hague awake!" The party's platform includes the following:
- Cut the age of consent to 12, and eventually get rid of it altogether, on the grounds that restricting sexual relations with kids "just makes children curious."
- Allow private possession of child pornography.
- Allow daytime pornography broadcasts.
- Provide sex education for toddlers.
- Make adolescents aged 16 and up eligible to be prostitutes and appear in porno films.
- Legalize sex with animals.
- Legalize going naked in public.
- Legalize all drugs.
- Provide taxpayer-financed "free" train rides.
Lest you think these people are irresponsible moonbats, they hold that broadcasts of violent pornography should be limited to late evening hours.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:55 PM
The Bronx civil jury is the greatest tool of wealth redistribution since the Red Army.
—Left-wing litigator Ron Kuby
While it's great for trial lawyers like the Breck Girl that they are so easily able to convert their cheesy glibness into mountains of cash, the rest of us have to pay for the litigation gravy train — and we pay in many ways, as Deroy Murdock describes on NRO.
When it comes to the lucrative medical malpractice racket, the first to pay are doctors. Between 1975 and 2003, malpractice insurance premiums rose 406%. Unsurprisingly, some of this outrageous expense is passed along to us, contributing heavily to the 525% rise in the cost of medical care over the same period.
Another cost is in quality of care, as doctors are forced to practice "defensive medicine," by which the objective is not the health of the patient, but to avoid giving ambulance chasers anything they can twist into malpractice. Defensive medicine often entails unnecessary tests and trips to specialists, and avoidance of any drugs targeted by looters.
John Edwards and his colleagues have no trouble shopping around for vindictive juries too dim to understand that as potential consumers of medical care, they are being looted right along with the doctors. As a result, the figures involved can be stratospheric. Helping to explain why vaccines will be in short supply if a bird flu epidemic ever becomes a reality, one vaccine lawsuit demanded $30 billion in damages. Annual revenues for the entire industry come to $6 billion.
A cost that's hard to gauge is the price we pay in valuable drugs that are not on the market because in this legal climate, it's not worth it to keep them there. When Glaxo was forced to withdraw LYMErix, Lyme disease infections shot up 40%. When Merrell Dow had to pull Bendectin, morning sickness hospitalizations doubled.
As U.S. Chamber of Commerce chairman Tom Donahue puts it:
The trial lawyers look at the pharmaceutical guys the way Willie Sutton looked at banks: That's where the money is.
It's bad enough when the need to finance lawyers' lavish lifestyles results in outrageously expensive, substandard medical care and the unavailability of useful drugs. What's worse is that it can result in no medical care at all. John Edwards isn't the only one to sue people into the ground for delivering babies. As a result, seven counties in New York have no OB/GYNs. Hospitals in poor neighborhoods, like Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia, have been forced to stop delivering babies.
In the end, we have to chose: who does more for us, doctors or trial lawyers? Remember the answer when you go to the polls in November. The reason the tort system doesn't get fixed is that the 56,000-member Association of Trial Lawyers of America gives the Democratic Party $millions to block any attempt at reform.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:01 AM
Fresh off having his messianic ego pumped to a new immensity at Cannes, Al Gore has popped up at the Hay Festival in Britain, where he bellowed about the "planetary emergency" that is about to engulf us all in cosmic doom if we don't regulate the American economy to a standstill.
Insufficiently taxed and regulated carbon emissions constitute a "danger which could bring the end of civilization!" Al intoned. Without video, you can only imagine his eyes popping like the Runaway Bride's, his arms pinwheeling wildly.
On a more sober note, Gore glumly observed that most Americans don't perceive the miniscule effect carbon emissions might have on natural climate fluctuations to be a problem. Now members of the global warming cult getting into a position to sabotage the economy — that would be a problem.
We have ten years left, according to Prince Albert, before "crossing the point of no return." After this, progressives will presumably give up on trying to hobble the economy, since it will be too late to save planet Earth anyway.
Undoubtedly, Al's tireless jetting around to promote global warming hysteria emits a lot more carbon than a fleet of Hummers in constant motion. Yet the man who never gets tired of saying "I used to be the next President" remains pure in his heart by "purchasing verifiable reductions in CO2 elsewhere."
May 29, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:12 PM
It seems Google has a cute special logo for every conceivable holiday. The company thoughtfully commemorates Mother's Day:
St. Patrick's Day:
of course Martin Luther King day:
in addition to Louis Braille's birthday:
and even the Persian New Year, if you can believe it:
But there is one special day the left-leaning "don't be evil" folks don't bother to acknowledge. Here's today's Memorial Day logo:
They ran the same one last year.
Sometimes what you don't say means more than what you do. As Google grows ever more powerful, maybe conservatives are right to worry about its moonbat corporate culture.
Hat tip: DANEgerus Weblog
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:46 PM
Great news for the Great Lakes State: Ted Nugent, outrageous rock legend and supercharged gun rights advocate, plans to run for Governor of Michigan in 2010.
The Motor City Madman admittedly displays the attitudes and manner of an Eleventh Century Viking berserker, but it may take a little craziness to counter the left-wing lunacy that has been slowly but surely sucking Michigan down the drain for decades, as unions continue to bleed the auto industry to death and moonbat politics relegate Detroit to the Third World.
Any Michiganders who doubt that the Nuge deserves their vote are referred to his recent interview in The Independent. The fussy British liberal conducting the interview asks about the wildlife the avid hunter Nugent feeds on his land:
What do these deer think when they see you coming? Here comes the nice guy who puts out our dinner? Or, there's the man that shot my brother?
Nugent's priceless response:
I don't think they're capable of either of those thoughts, you Limey asshole. They're only interested in three things: the best place to eat, having sex and how quickly they can run away. Much like the French.
His basic approach to dealing with terrorists, the Ku Klux Klan, the Black Panthers, child rapists, etc. is a little crude, but he's on the right track:
First of all you have to find all the bad people. Then you kill them.
Who knows? If we launch Nugent at the UAW in time, we might still be able to rescue GM and Ford.
Hat tip: Leather Penguin
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:28 PM
We still haven't heard it all when it comes to the hysterical totalitarianism imposed on kids by educrats. A middle school student in Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania has been suspended for three days for giving a piece of Jolt Gum to another student, on the grounds that it contains caffeine.
Two pieces of Jolt are supposedly equivalent to a cup of coffee in terms of caffeine, which is now regarded as poisonous by some moonbats because it allegedly depletes calcium, affects heart rate, causes depression, etc. etc. ad nauseam.
The school's open-minded commissars say it's okay to possess the gum, you just can't give it to others, which apparently makes you a dealer.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:24 PM
Moonbat Jack Murtha celebrated this Memorial Day weekend by appearing on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," where he continued to ride his new pony — alleged American atrocities at Haditha — back into the MSM limelight.
According to Murtha, the November 19 incident was not a matter of collateral damage. Serving as prosecutor, judge, and jury, Murtha has determined that the as-yet uncharged Marines are guilty of killing innocent civilians "in cold blood."
An IED exploded, it killed one Marine. And then a taxi drives up. When the taxi comes up, there's four or five people in it, and they shoot those four or five people — unarmed! And then they go on a rampage throughout the houses and kill people.
"They" in this story are American troops. Their friend Murtha then goes on to spread the rumor that "One woman... was bending over a child pleading for mercy and they shot her in cold blood."
How thoughtful of Moonbat Jack to provide al Qaeda with such potent recruiting propaganda. But lest you get the idea that Rep. Murtha is lowlife who would publicly knife the troops in the back in exchange for fawning attention from the liberal media, he is quick to point out that "There's nobody done more for the troops than I have."
Atrocities occur in every war, and if an atrocity occurred at Haditha, it should be punished. But it should not be used as propaganda to undermine the war effort, particularly when the facts of the incident have not even been determined.
Congrats, Jack. Instead of the trip before a firing squad your despicable behavior would have earned you in WWII, you've gotten yourself an extension on your 15 minutes of fame — or rather, infamy.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:42 AM
They say the corrosive propaganda spewed in the pages of the New York Times is so damaging to the well-being of our country not because many people outside of NYC read the paper, but because the rest of the media takes cues from it, giving the insufferable Pinch Sulzberger and his band of politically correct ideologues power to determine what is news and what is not on a national basis. As Times Watch puts it,
The New York Times is arguably the most influential media outlet in America. Not only is it the most influential newspaper in the media capital of the world, New York City, but it is also read nationwide and frequently sets the agenda for the television news programs from which most Americans get their news.
Further evidence of the Gray Lady's baleful influence has cropped up at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where reporter Paul Bradley has been fired for emulating a technique pioneered by Jayson Blair of the NY Times, whereby instead of wasting time and shoe leather gathering news, you simply make it up, or steal it from other sources without attribution.
Apparently inspired by a story in WaPo, Bradley invented an interview with some day laborers to give their fictitious response to a speech by Bush on immigration.
"What I did was wrong and an indefensible journalistic sin," said the now jobless Bradley. But he complains that "the punishment far exceeds the crime."
You almost have to agree that Bradley got a raw deal. Given that liberal ideology appears to dictate what most newspaper stories will say in advance, and reporters merely coax the "man in the street" to provide appropriate quotes while conveniently filtering out anything that doesn't fit the template, the actual interview is only a formality. Why bother?
Hat tip: Wiggins
May 28, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:45 PM
As mentioned earlier, the Senate's amnesty outrage includes a requirement that we consult with Mexico before building any fences to defend us from Mexicans. Chris Dodd (D-CT) snuck the language into an amendment by Arlen Specter (RINO-PA). But there are others who like the idea: Dick Durbin, for example.
You might remember Durbin as the guy who showed his patriotic support for our country by comparing the American soldiers tasked with catering to the pampered terrorists at Club Gitmo to the goons who imposed the genocidal socialist regimes of Stalin, Hitler, and Pol Pot — thus providing valuable propaganda ammo to our enemies and encouraging attacks against American soldiers and civilians everywhere. The Democratic Party's number two man in the Senate continues to display his dedication to our country's best interests by urging the House to accept Dodd's absurd provision.
As Durbin explained:
To think that we would build a fence without any conversation or consultation with Mexico — that doesn't make sense. ... We ultimately want to have the cooperation of the Mexican government.
But we already have the cooperation of the Mexican government. It is fully cooperating in the colonization of America by indigent Mexicans who serve Democrats by being likely to rely at some point on government handouts, Republicans by driving down wages, and the Mexican government by shipping billions of dollars out of our economy and into theirs.
The American people seem to be cooperating too — by voting for the sort of politicians who would sell their own country down the river by refusing to stop the Mexican invasion. But who knows, maybe we'll start to wise up this November.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:27 AM
Further evidence that civilization is coming apart at the seams reaches us from the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a woman's toes were licked as she loaded her groceries by a "Hispanic or Indian" man who had been lying under her vehicle.
If the suspect is caught, he'll face a misdemeanor charge of battery or outraging public decency.
Hat tip: Wiggins
May 27, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:51 PM
At least Arizona's legislature has been trying to do something to defend the voters they represent from foreign invasion, in the absence of responsible leadership in Washington. Its latest attempt is modest, but certainly a step in the right direction. Provisions would include:
- Application of trespassing law to illegals, so that it would actually be illegal to be illegal.
- $160 million to help authorities resist the invasion.
- Fines for businesses that refuse to stop employing illegals even after warnings.
- Training in immigration law enforcement for local police.
- Requirement that businesses fire employees with invalid Social Security numbers.
- No more in-state tuition for people who don't even belong in this country.
The trespassing law could only be enforced when invaders had been approached for some other offense, like driving recklessly while drunk and without a license, a popular activity among illegal aliens. First offenses would only be a misdemeanor. The bill is too little too late, but at least represents an effort.
It passed the House 33-22 and the Senate 16-9. However, the chances of it passing Governor Janet "Nappy the Troll" Napolitano are nil. Every attempt to defend Arizona from foreign incursion meets with Nappy's vetoes. Let's hope Arizona voters remember this when she comes up for reelection this fall.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:48 AM
Said Joe Mangano, secretary of the National Organization of Short Statured Adults (no I didn't make that up):
I'm assuming a short inmate would have a much more difficult time than a large inmate. It's good to see somebody looking out for someone who is a short person.
But others disagree that the special privileges due to people for belonging to this obscure victim group should include a get-out-of-jail-free card. Even the local chapter of the ACLU reports that no one has ever come to the ACLU whining about height discrimination, and neither the U.S. nor the Nebraska constitution provides protections based on height. A spokesman for the state prison systems says there are protections to help inmates who feel threatened, but no one has ever resorted to them because of their height — and some prisoners are shorter than Richard Thompson, the pint-sized child molester who Cecava worries would not enjoy jail.
Observed State Senator Ernie Chambers:
If shortness is an excuse and protection from going to prison, short people ought to rob banks and do everything else they would wind up going to prison for.
Maybe Willie Wonka should move his chocolate factory to Nebraska and take up organized crime. Imagine the havoc his Oompa-Loompas could cause with their stature-based immunity. They might want to start their crime spree by burglarizing Judge Cecava's house.
Hat tip: William
May 26, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:25 PM
In case anyone thought the Senate was even remotely interested in defending this country from the Mexican invasion, here's some language from an amendment to its recent immigration reform abomination:
Consultation Requirement.—Federal, State, and local representatives in the United States shall consult with their counterparts in Mexico concerning the construction of additional fencing and related border security structures along the international border between the United States and Mexico, as authorized by this title, before the commencement of any such construction in order to—
(1) solicit the views of affected communities;
(2) lessen tensions; and
(3) foster greater understanding and stronger cooperation on this and other important security issues of mutual concern.
Go ahead and believe your eyes: we have to consult with Mexico before building any walls to prevent Mexicans from invading our country. Imagine if Benedict Arnolds like Specter, Kennedy, McCain, etc. had been running the country during WWII. We would have been required to consult with the Japanese before setting up anti-aircraft batteries.
This amendment was sponsored by Arlen Specter (R-PA) and cosponsored by Ted Kennedy (D-MA). It passed 56-41. You can see who voted for and against it here.
Congratulations to President Bush. He wants the country overrun by penniless Mexicans, and he's getting his way.
Actually, both parties are getting their way. As evidenced by most of its policies, a central objective of the Democratic Party is to raise the percentage of Americans who are poor, because the more people depend on government largesse, the more vote for Democrats. This principle is the only explanation for programs that offer generous financial incentives to women if they remain unemployed and unmarried and keep having children. From the point of view of the Democratic Party, the poor are domesticated animals to be bred for their votes.
But why take the time to breed more poor people through welfare, when you can import them by the millions?
For their part, Republicans serve short-term business interests. Cheap labor is so appealing to some that it doesn't occur to them to wonder what business prospects will be like after uncontrolled immigration has broken the back of our social services and fractured our society. That's for our kids to deal with, not us.
The last issue to face America that was as critical as the Mexican invasion was slavery. In the years before the Civil War, Democrats had no interest in putting an end to slavery. The well-established Whig Party didn't have the guts to address it. So those Whigs who did have the guts formed the Republican Party, which produced Lincoln, and put an end to both slavery and the Whigs.
It's time for history to repeat itself. As before the Civil War, nothing good is going to come out of the Democratic Party. It is diseased down to the tips of its roots. Many Republicans understand that America is worth preserving, not just until we get ours, but until our children get theirs, and on for the next generation, and the next and the next. But there are many other Republicans who do not have the integrity to hold to this view, and with Democratic support, they have the leverage to betray us by refusing to defend the country from foreign invasion.
Unless we are able to get the likes of Specter, McCain, and W out of the driver's seat in the immediate future, it's time to get off the bus and find some other form of transportation — a new party that will serve the country's interests.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:48 PM
Here's some good news: the words "America" and "American" will be permitted (for now) in Michigan social studies classes.
Karen Todorov, consultant for the Michigan Department of Education's social studies department, managed long ago to get these objectionable (to moonbats) words banned from Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) social studies testing, on the absurd grounds that since Mexico and Canada are also part of North America, their citizens are also Americans, and therefore it is "ethnocentric" to refer to Americans as Americans. "The Loathsome Land of Racist Oppression" and "The Evil Capitalist Pigs Who Cannot Be Named" would apparently be more apt designations from the point of view of the deranged America-hating fools in charge of children's education.
But now Todorov has overreached by telling a meeting of the Michigan Social Studies Supervisors Association that teachers should be told not to use the dirty words "America" and "Americans" in class. Enough publicity was generated over this bizarre outrage that state school Superintendent Mike Flanagan was forced to announce that social studies teachers will still be permitted to say the name of our country (though it is still not allowed on the MEAP test).
No doubt the vulgarities "America" and "American" will be banned again when educrats think no one is paying attention. If they get away with it next time, they might move on to forbid other words that are obscene from the progressive point of view, like "capitalism" and "individuality" and "freedom."
With thanks to V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:25 AM
Jihad George Galloway, the British MP who has gone to the Middle East to egg on Muslims to commit terror acts against the West, who raked in about $600,000 in shady oil-for-food deals, and who has appeared on television performing robotic dance in a leotard, has managed once again to hit a new low by announcing that it would be "morally justified" for a suicide bomber to murder Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Armed Forces minister Adam Ingram poetically accused Galloway of "dipping his poisonous tongue in a pool of blood." Labour MP Stephen Pound called him "disgraceful and truly twisted." Even the Stop the War Coalition announced that they don't endorse suicide bombers or assassinations.
But Galloway's outrageous statement was not unprecedented. The idea is that Blair deserves to be killed for his alleged foreign policy crimes. After the 7/7 terrorist attacks, Galloway said London had "paid the price" for Britain's support of the USA in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the wake of 9/11, moonbats in America had a similar reaction: from Susan Sontag to Noam Chomsky to libertarian Harry Browne, there was a whole chorus of kooks crooning that we had been justly punished for our foreign policy.
Galloway followed up his latest outrage by appearing with Fidel Castro on Cuban television yesterday. There he praised the communist dictator and passionately offered his support before giving him a loving hug. Although appalling, support for this vicious dictator is actually common among the dimmer bulbs in the entertainment world (Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, Chevy Chase, Linda Ronstadt, etc.).
There's nothing terribly original about Galloway — he just follows the left's trajectory a little further than other elected politicians are insane enough to go. If we don't get the better of creeping moonbattery, he may prove to be ahead of his time.
On tips from V the K and Wiggins.
May 25, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:09 PM
Some believe that with the amnesty W and the Senate are promoting, illegal aliens from Mexico will have the same rights as American citizens. But as Thomas Sowell points out, this is incorrect. Actually, they will have more rights than legitimate citizens:
- Affirmative action preferences for jobs.
- Race-based advantages in landing government contracts.
- Easier admission to college as a reward for not being Caucasian or Asian.
- In-state tuition when they aren't in-state or even in-country.
- No need to pay all back taxes.
- Protection from arrest for other crimes when pulled over for traffic violations.
- A free pass for committing Social Security fraud — complete with benefits paid!
As Sowell wisely observes:
What the immigration bill in the Senate has become is just another attempt to pander to another special interest, in disregard of how that affects the country as a whole.
Amnesty advocates are also disregarding both the past and the future. When similar legislation was misguidedly enacted in 1986, the predictable result was a tsunami of more illegal immigrants. When this happens again, it will be even more predictable.
Also predictable are the cataclysmic consequences of importing a massive underclass that cannot be assimilated, due to sheer numbers and of course to the corrosive sociopathology known as multiculturalism. Sure illegals come to work, and are grateful for the $10 an hour they can make at labor that would pay a quarter of that in Mexico. But their kids won't be so grateful. Cars are set aflame by the hundreds in Paris not by Arab immigrants, but by their unassimilated, utterly alienated offspring.
It won't be long before America develops the sort of "no-go" areas that have been breaking out in Europe like cancerous chancres: pockets of hostile territory within our own country, where English will not be spoken and English speakers will not be safe, and where not even the police will dare to go. Our tax money will pour into these ulcers; violent crime will seep out like pus. With each passing year, the sores will grow larger, until our country just isn't here anymore.
But that's not important — at least not to the Senate. What really matters is the tussle among bureaucrats over who gets the Hispanic voter block.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:58 PM
Ready for the latest excuse for not punishing a child molester? Here it is: District Judge Kristine Cecava of Sidney, Nebraska announced that Richard W. Thompson, a 50-year-old convicted of sexually assaulting a child, should not serve time because he's too short.
The 5' 1'' fiend will be doing probation instead, out of concern that other prisoners might pick on him.
But mind you, probation is no joke. If Thompson doesn't lay off raping or even being alone with children, he's subject to 30 days of jail each year of his probation. Plus he's supposed to throw out his porno collection.
Said the judge:
I truly hope that my bet on you being okay out in society is not misplaced.
The kids Thompson might rape better hope so too. They have a lot more to lose than Judge Kristine does if her bet doesn't pay off.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:50 PM
Any diehard Bush supporters who think there must be some redeeming value to amnesty in place of border enforcement or W wouldn't be pushing it may be interested to learn that Jimmy "The Dhimmi" Carter — the anti-oracle, who of all moonbats can most reliably be counted on to point exactly 180 degrees away from common sense on every conceivable issue — supports the President's tragic stance on illegal immigration.
Carter describes Bush's commitment to immigration reform as "quite admirable." If I might translate, that means that Bush's abject surrender to Mexico's demographic warfare is absolutely unconscionable.
Demonstrating imperious disregard for the will of its constituents — not to mention the best interest of our country — the Senate has been tilting toward amnesty too. But in the House, everybody has to face voters in the fall. Fortunately there seems to be some awareness there that only stiff resistance to amnesty will prevent a bloodbath in November.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:19 AM
Anyone concerned that Bob Kerrey might be too much of a grownup to be running an asylum for pretentious perpetual adolescents like New York's New School can rest easy now. The former Senator (D-NE) and presidential candidate is defending the unruly students who went haywire when centrist Senator John McCain (RINO-AZ) delivered a recent commencement address at this overpriced daycare center, including one who took the stage to attack McCain personally.
Although Kerrey admitted the kids were "rude, noisy, and disrespectful," he doesn't seem to see a problem with that, and added some disrespectfulness of his own by foolishly opining that their Animal House antics were no worse than "the absence of civility and courtesy" shown by McCain himself during Senate debates.
Shamelessly pandering to his ill-behaved students, one of whom denounced Kerrey himself as a "war criminal" for having lost part of his leg in Vietnam, the New School's president absurdly compared the spoilt brats to the pro-democracy demonstrators killed at Tiananmen Square, and opined that they showed remarkable restraint for allowing McCain to finish his speech at all.
If only all politicians would represent their constituencies as faithfully as the Kook School's Kerrey, we wouldn't have to worry about the "immigration reform" monstrosity emerging from the Senate.
May 24, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:41 PM
Since its inception, the American Civil Liberties Union has been about contributing to the corrosion of American civilization, with the ultimate objective of bringing about its demise. Or maybe you thought it had something to do with liberties? Certainly not for Christians. Not even for ACLU members themselves.
True to its communist roots, the ACLU is considering new measures to stifle internal dissent. Proposed new standards include the following language:
Where an individual director disagrees with a board position on matters of civil liberties policy, the director should refrain from publicly highlighting the fact of such disagreement. ... Directors should remember that there is always a material prospect that public airing of the disagreement will affect the ACLU adversely in terms of public support and fund-raising. ... A director... may not criticize the ACLU board or staff.
Naive liberals and libertarians who have been drawn to the ACLU by its free speech rhetoric are showing early signs of waking up to smell the coffee. Clearly misjudging the purpose of the organization, former board member Nat Hentoff gasped:
For the national board to consider promulgating a gag order on its members — I can't think of anything more contrary to the reason the ACLU exists.
But executive director Anthony Romero points out that it's hardly novel that the ACLU would attempt to suppress speech it doesn't care to hear:
Take hate speech. While believing in free speech, we do not believe in or condone speech that attacks minorities.
Of course, this depends on the minority. White Baptists who live in the South are a minority. But we can rest easy in the knowledge that the ACLU will go to any length to defend our right to make fun of them.
Behind the scenes, things are getting ugly, as some board members begin to realize the nature of their own organization. They don't like the sophisticated data-mining techniques used to recruit members, or the tactics employed to silence abortion opponents.
Those in favor of the gag order are right to worry that if the public knew more, fundraising would suffer. As too few people are aware, the ACLU was founded by a radical named Roger Baldwin, who summed up his motives and objectives like this:
I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and the sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.
Now that communists are no longer the primary threat to this country, the ACLU has found a new ally in radical Islam. The organization has impeded the war on terror every step of the way, actively encouraging municipalities not to comply with the Patriot Act and even working with the likes of Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist Sami Al-Arian and the Hamas front group CAIR.
Communism and Islamic extremism would have limited appeal to a group truly devoted to civil liberties. But the ACLU is not on the side of the angels — as they would like to prevent disillusioned members from letting the world find out.
With thanks to V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:13 AM
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, a disturbing remnant from the Carter and Clinton regimes who serves as a living reminder as to why Democrats should never be allowed in the White House, has been in London pitching a book and bashing the current administration in front of a foreign audience.
While it would be unheard of for a Republican to behave in such a contemptible manner, it is by now to be expected of Democrats. What you might not expect is the nature of Albright's criticisms. The problem with America's president, Albright inveighs, is that he takes Christianity too seriously, which not only alienates Muslims but leads to a "rigid" distinction between good and evil.
Of the presidents under which Albright served, she boasts that "they did not make their religious views part of American policy." Certainly no one would accuse Clinton of that, assuming that he ever had any religious views.
Islamist propagandists aver that America is waging a religious crusade against Islam. Always the adroit international strategist, Albright plays into their hands by characterizing President Bush as a religious fanatic who thinks he's on a mission from God.
Albright also helped to shore up support from our British ally by croaking that the war in Iraq "may eventually rank among the worst foreign policy disasters in U.S. history."
Despite her denunciation of Bush for letting theocratic notions like right and wrong influence his political views, it seems possible that Albright's own religious views have shaped her political outlook. When asked about her own beliefs, she said that she had "a very confused religious background."
Hat tips: Byron, Alamo Nation
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:04 AM
Some question whether the antisocial activities of moonbat cults like Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front qualify as terrorism. The Seattle Times explains why the answer is yes:
These criminal acts are wholly intended to intimidate and demoralize people to change their behavior and change public and political policy. That is a classic definition of terrorism.
Attempts to soft-pedal the sabotage as somehow less ugly and threatening because it is aimed at property, not people, is insulting. All of the fiery menace and destruction is focused directly at people who construct, sell or study things and ideas that offend and incense a radical minority.
When these kooks burn down a ski resort or destroy university facilities, it is not run-of-the-mill vandalism. It is a political crime, "intended to frighten, intimidate and discourage," as the Times puts it. It is an attempt to impose political will through the illegitimate use of force. It is terrorism, pure and simple.
May 23, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:01 PM
Sweden is often held up by progressives as a model of how society should be. Rather it should be presented as a dreadful warning of how quickly moonbattery can destroy whole civilizations, as a terrifying piece by Baron Bodissey at Gates of Vienna makes clear.
Sweden's third-way welfare state — a misguided attempt to compromise between economic freedom and communism — simply isn't working. People choose not to work, but rather go on sick leave or long-term disability. Half a million Swedes are on "early retirement" — many of them are under 40. The standard of living has unsurprisingly declined. Bodissey suggests that this could be inevitable:
Maybe the welfare state only seemed to be a success in Scandinavia because these nations had been dynamic capitalist countries prior to this, ethnically homogeneous and based upon a Protestant work ethic. While this legacy kept the welfare system afloat for some time, it is now rapidly being eroded.
As in the impending American crisis, immigrants are relied on to provide a tax base to subsidize those who aren't working. However, immigration is actually costing Sweden as much as several hundred billion kroner a year. Children of immigrants are 10 times as likely as native Swedes to claim welfare benefits. As Bodissey observes:
While their political elites insist that immigration is "good for the economy," Scandinavians are in reality funding their own colonization. Although the cost of welfare is significant, it pales in comparison to the price paid through rapidly declining social harmony and increasing insecurity caused by Muslim immigration.
Insecurity is particularly acute in the government:
Nearly three out of four Riksdag (parliament) deputies say that they have been subjected to harassment, threats or violence because of their positions. For elected representatives in local government the figure was around one in three.
Two out of three Swedes doubt Islam can be combined with Swedish society. But their voices are not heard in a closed system that does not allow deviation from the politically correct, dhimmified left. As Jonathan Friedman put it:
No debate about immigration policies is possible, the subject is simply avoided. Sweden has such a close connection between the various powerful groups, politicians, journalists, etc. The political class is closed, isolated.
Just as American flags were banned from schools for fear of annoying illegal immigrants, schoolgirls have been sent home from Swedish schools for having tiny Swedish flags on their sweaters, lest an immigrant deem them offensive. But the corrosion is more advanced in Sweden, where dissent from left-liberal cultural suicide simply is not tolerated. Although a majority would like to avoid having their country obliterated by Muslim immigration, members of the only political party critical of immigration, the Sweden Democrats, are marginalized, demonized by the media and subject to violence by leftist hooligans who have no compunction about physically assaulting opponents in order to silence them.
Although limiting immigration is denounced as "undemocratic," communism, which has killed 100 million people and enslaved over 1 billion, is very much accepted. Hard-core leftists are prevalent in the government. They openly dominate the media, and don't even pretend that the news isn't biased accordingly. Said radio correspondent Cecilia Udden:
On such issues as the US right and Israel…there was a Swedish…consensus, and any reporting had to be based on that.
Demographically, the Swedish people are being displaced — and not gently. In some areas, blonde girls dye their hair "to avoid unwanted attention and sexual harassment." The number of rape cases has quadrupled in 20 years. Rape of children under 15 is six times as common as a generation ago. An investigation of one court found that 85% of rapists were either foreigners or first-generation immigrants. Apparently Muslims express their contempt for the native Swedes who finance their idle lives by raping Swedish women.
Sweden's third-largest city Malmö will soon be majority Muslim. Crime there is epidemic. Nearly 90% of robberies are committed by gangs, some of which are consciously waging a "war against Swedes." One favorite multicultural activity is burning down schools. The kids laugh at the firemen, and start new fires as soon as they leave.
As anarchy swallows up whole cities, demands that Sweden institute Islamic law have already begun. Radical Islamic politics dictate Sweden's foreign policy. Within a matter of years it will become questionable whether Sweden is still part of the West.
There is a single positive aspect to the historic tragedy unfolding in Sweden and other parts of Europe: perhaps the rest of the world can learn from it. If we acknowledge that socialistic, multicultural moonbattery is not just nauseating, but lethal — that it can literally destroy our civilization — we might avoid the same fate.
Thanks to V the K for the tip.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:32 PM
Forget about bird flu — if there's a disease that poses a serious threat to America, it's Bush Derangement Syndrome, as Mort Kondracke makes clear in a column that pleads for liberals to put our national interest ahead of their petty resentment of the President.
Kondracke's cry that Bush-hatred is "threatening our national survival" does not come from a conservative. He stakes out the middle ground between the right (Fred Barnes, Charles Krauthammer) and the left (NPR's Mara Liasson and Juan Williams) on the discussion panel on Fox New's "Special Report with Brit Hume," and usually comes off sounding like a pre-McGovern Democrat.
He blames Bush-hatred for government bureaucrats leaking critical secrets that undermine our ability to fight Islamic terrorists, as well as the appalling irresponsibility of demagogues like Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and liberal media outlets like Newsweek, both of which have hyped the NSA's use of anonymous call logs to analyze terrorist threats into a phony civil liberties crisis — much to our country's strategic disadvantage.
The result is a climate in which treason is regarded as heroic, and commonsense antiterrorism measures are treated as crimes. As Kondracke notes:
Would newspapers in the midst of World War II have printed the fact that the United States had broken German and Japanese codes, enabling the enemy to secure its communications? Or revealed how and where Nazi spies were being interrogated? Nowadays, newspapers win Pulitzer Prizes for such disclosures. ...
The phone companies that are cooperating with the government ought to be congratulated for participating in the war on terrorism — as they would have been during WWII. Instead, they are being hauled before the Senate Judiciary Committee as though they were criminals. And trial lawyers are circling like vultures to make them pay zillions for alleged privacy violations.
His main point is becoming increasingly obvious, and not only to conservatives:
Democrats want to destroy Bush so badly that they are willing to undercut national security.
Remember this when the next terror attack comes, because the media sure isn't going to remind you why it was that the intelligence community was not able to connect the dots.
Kondracke quotes Princeton University professor Bernard Lewis, one of our foremost scholars of Islam, as saying that Osama bin Laden and his kind regard America as "an effete, degenerate, pampered enemy incapable of real resistance." It's not hard to see how this perception would evolve during the Clinton Administration.
Liberals enjoy complaining that Bush is making a bad impression on the rest of the world. They ought to spare a little thought for the impression they are making themselves, particularly on those who want to destroy us.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:03 AM
As warned previously, yesterday the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award was awarded to Rep. John "Moonbat Jack" Murtha (D-PA), who has managed to elbow his way into the spotlight by spewing defeatist and anti-military rhetoric that crosses the border from irresponsible to treasonous.
Murtha has loudly demanded that we turn tail and immediately "redeploy" out of Iraq. But when House Republicans called his bluff by bringing up a vote on his foolish suggestion, even Murtha voted against it. This clearly demonstrated that his "redeployment" demands were nothing more than a publicity stunt designed to generate favorable media coverage and enhance his status in the Democratic Party. Nonetheless, he continues to demand unconditional surrender, and in addition characterizes our military as "broken, worn out" and "living hand to mouth," poses for photo ops with hard-core anti-American leftists, and has even discouraged recruits from joining the armed forces.
Although Murtha's disgusting behavior would have landed him in front of a firing squad during WWII or any war before it, today pandering to the liberal media by publicly engaging in sedition does not require any courage whatsoever, but rather is certain to result in fawning coverage.
In stark contrast, as OpinionJournal notes, Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) showed real courage when he dared to point out that we are not the bad guys, nor are we losing the war. Instead of leading to a phony award, Lieberman's courage has turned him into persona non grata among Dems, and could cost him his Senate seat.
Speaking of stark contrasts, compare the defeatist rhetoric endlessly spit up by Murtha with these words from JFK's inaugural address:
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
The Democratic Party has come a long way, hasn't it?
May 22, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:03 PM
To judge by some of this spring's commencement addresses and the reactions to them, the progression to reality from the realm of academia is going to be a radical transition for graduates.
Boston College was granted an honor that some fall short of deserving when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave a commencement speech there this evening. No reasonable person could fail to be impressed by Dr. Rice's many accomplishments or deny that she deserves the utmost respect. Moonbats, on the other hand, cannot see past the sputtering hatred inspired in them by any black American who dares to stray from the liberal fold. A petulant clown named Steve Almond actually resigned his adjunct professor position over Rice's appearance, although this might have been a calculated career move. At the speech, left-wing children of all ages responded as you might expect, turning their backs and waving protest signs.
One of the placards displayed the psychotic inversion characteristic of the Left: "No degrees for terrorism." It seems that her contributions to the war on terror have inspired at least one moonbat to demand that Rice be denied an honorary degree from BC — for being a terrorist. The same deranged logic would make FDR a Nazi.
But despite the paucity of mature adults among college faculty these days, some students offer hope for the future. The protest against Rice was smaller than expected per Reuters, "and those among the 25,000 crowd who gave her a standing ovation outnumbered those who sat in silence."
Conservatives also made themselves heard yesterday at Western Connecticut State, where Catherine Crier of Court TV fame annoyed the students with a demented diatribe during which she compared America to a totalitarian police state. Some students responded by chanting, "We love Bush."
Crier would have received a warmer welcome at NYC's fanatic-friendly New School, where RINO John McCain's speech last week defending the President's foreign policy and touching on the need to restore civility to American politics was received like gasoline on a fire:
For his sins, McCain endured an afternoon of insult, including catcalls, derisive shouts throughout his speech, a walkout by some students and a demonstration by others who stood and turned their backs while he spoke.
Demonstrating just how far out there they get at the New School, the audience's venom spilled over onto the school's President, former U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bob Kerrey, whose heroic service in Vietnam cost him part of a leg and earned him the denunciation "You're a war criminal!" from one of his students.
The New School crowd would have much preferred the speech New York Times publisher Pinch Sulzberger offered the grads of SUNY New Paltz yesterday. The Prince of Political Correctness used the occasion to denounce the war on terror; to sanctimoniously congratulate his own paper for publishing classified information that compromised national security; and to declare that abortion, homosexual "marriage," and illegal immigration are "fundamental human rights." Bizarrely, he then proceeded to quote Winston Churchill, a man who I suspect would have regarded the very existence of a creature like Sulzberger as obscene.
Best of luck to this year's grads. The gap between college and the real world is a wide one, but it's well worth crossing.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:44 AM
Congressman William Jefferson (D-LA) first attracted our attention last fall, when he diverted rescue efforts at the height of the Katrina crisis, apparently to remove incriminating documents and/or cash from his New Orleans mansion. He's back in the news, now that it has come to light that a search of his home in DC turned up $90,000 in cash hidden in a freezer.
Even though Rep. Jefferson had cleverly divided the loot among various frozen food containers, the authorities apparently kept looking until they got it all. Not that Jefferson isn't likely to have more hidden elsewhere. The cold hard cash was from a $100,000 payment received from an informant in a bribery probe, but that's chump change for a player like Jefferson. iGate CEO Vernon Jackson has pleaded guilty to paying the eight-term Congressman over $400,000 to grease government wheels for that company's high-tech ventures in Africa.
Despite having been caught with his whole arm in the cookie jar, Jefferson vows to remain in office. His New Orleans constituents would no doubt reelect him, though he might have to run from a federal prison.
The freezer money, which was actually discovered last August, came to light in an affidavit used to get a warrant to search Jefferson's office. His lawyer Robert Trout croaks that the affidavit serves "no legitimate investigative purpose."
You can't blame a guy named Trout for worrying about fishing expeditions; however, this is anything but. Investigators have evidence linking Jefferson to at least seven other cases where he "sought things of value in return for his performance of official acts," according to the affidavit.
Meanwhile, Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV), the ranking Dem on the House Ethics Committee, was recently forced to resign due to an FBI investigation into pork-barrel appropriations that he apparently used to divert nearly $6 million of our money into his own wallet.
Come again, Ms. Pelosi — what was that you said about a culture of corruption?
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:20 AM
Tucson's KVOA is reporting an expected surge in the number of do-gooders who will actively assist the invasion of our country by going out into the desert to help incoming illegal aliens. The groups No More Deaths and Samaritan Patrol boast that they have signed up hundreds of well-meaning fools to deliver food, water, and medical aid to foreigners sneaking across the border. Humane Borders has been putting out water tanks where machine gun nests might be more appropriate, so that the Mexicans displacing us from the southwest third of our country don't get thirsty as they invade.
Ten percent of Mexico's population is already in the USA. The way "immigration reform" is shaping up in the Senate, the other 90% can't be far behind. When they've all left their country, maybe we can have it; we'll need one.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:07 AM
While not a fan of the clown who has been reelected Mayor of New Orleans after announcing that God wants the city to stay chocolate (i.e., majority black), I have to congratulate anyone who manages to tweak the beak of Howard "Dr. Demento" Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Drudge is reporting that Dean's DNC secretly placed political operatives in the Big Easy to sabotage Nagin's reelection efforts. A national effort by Democrats resulted in Nagin's opponent Mitch Landrieu outraising him $3.3 million to $541,980.
Apparently even the Democratic Party is capable of embarrassment. But race seems to trump even money in some cities, so Nagin isn't going away. With the Democratic establishment's knives sticking out of his back, he may not go out of his way to be nice in return. Already he's been praising President Bush. If the Dems aren't careful, they could find out that blacks don't necessarily have to support their party.
May 21, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:22 PM
Ecokooks calling themselves the Flagadas have been scampering around Brussels like naughty schoolchildren, harassing car owners by letting the air out of tires on vehicles of which they disapprove. And why not? According to Minister of Justice Laurette Onkelinx, this form of vandalism is not a crime in Belgium:
If no harm is done to the car, the Flagadas can not be punished. The deflating of tires can not be considered to be a crime. It does not cause any harm to moveable possessions, nor does it make a vehicle unusable. Hence, the Flagadas can not be brought to justice before a court of law.
Rudy Giuliani worked miracles cleaning up New York City by applying the Broken Windows principle, which is based on the insight that if you ignore petty vandalism, before you know it, your city is swirling down the toilet:
Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it's unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside.
Evidently this lesson was lost on Belgium.
Hat tip: Celestial Junk
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:03 PM
A few years ago several corporate scandals came to light, delighting the anti-capitalist Left, which used its dominance of the media to blow the scandals out of proportion. Predictably pandering to the MSM's hysteria, Congress produced Sarbanes-Oxley, senselessly intrusive accounting legislation intended apparently to punish the entire free enterprise system for the transgressions of a few executives.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
Sarbox has added hundreds of billions of dollars in compliance costs, and for no clear public gain. Deloitte has estimated that the average large company has lost 70,000 man-hours to Sarbox compliance, often by its most senior managers.
That's some pretty serious punishment. As always, these outrageous and unnecessary costs will be passed along to us, the consumers.
Wayward executives at Enron, WorldCom, Adelphia, and Tyco received life-ruining sentences of up to 25 years under the pre-Sarbox laws they violated. How many years will Paul Sarbanes and Michael Oxley serve for having caused society far more damage?
Hat tip: Varla
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:01 AM
The gay agenda will be taking a leap forward in Scottish public schools, thanks to a decree by "senior health officials" that current sex education guidelines need to be revised so as not to be "heterosexist."
Scottish laws banning the promotion of homosexuality in schools were abolished back in 2000, so the only surprise is that it took so long for the Sexual Health and Relationships Education (SHARE) sex ed program to be expanded to include homosexuality. Kids will be learning about "same-sex crushes," legal consent issues, and how to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases while indulging in gay sex.
As a spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland wondered:
Where was it decreed that every aspect of human sexuality has to be addressed in the school curriculum?
But the gay agenda is not so much about sexuality per se, as about a depraved subculture that some would like to impose on children too young to reject it.
May 20, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:34 AM
An amendment to the ongoing immigration mess being perpetrated by the Senate confirms what pretty much everyone on the planet knows, that English is the "national language of the United States." It states that people have no affirmative right to receive government services in foreign languages, except where required by federal law — i.e., the amendment has no legal meaning, and is an attempt at a fig leaf to cover the government's capitulation to the demographic warfare being waging against us by Mexico.
Nonetheless, this amendment was too tough for some, who turned right around and passed a second, even more toothless one, which makes it official that English is "the common and unifying language of the United States."
Democratic Leader Harry "Dingy Harry" Reid, whose home state Nevada lies within "Aztlan," is furious with all this talk of English as our national language. He's declared that it's "racist."
If so, progressives finally have evidence that America is thoroughly infested with racism. According to a 2005 Zogby International poll, 79% of Americans support making English the official language of the USA. Four fifths of first- and second-generation immigrants support it. Even President Bush, who could hardly be characterized as a conservative when it comes to immigration, has acknowledged the importance of Americans speaking a unifying language so that our country doesn't degenerate into a Towel of Babel. He has called English "the key to unlocking the opportunity of America."
But from the Left's point of view, opportunity is the problem. It leads to independence and assimilation, which would dash dreams of a massive Spanish-speaking voting block, consisting of a permanent underclass sealed into their barrios by the inability to speak English, utterly reliant on the government teat through which Dems always promise to keep taxpayers' money flowing.
By the way, I hear that in the near future, the two countries with the most English speakers will be India and China. Adopting English as a de facto official language has been key to India's economic success; in the past, the plethora of languages spoken in that country resulted in crippling inefficiencies. Apparently racism is breaking out everywhere.
May 19, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:33 PM
Today Helen Thomas solved the crisis of the maniacal terrorist regime in Iran being on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons with a single question:
Instead of autocratically cherry-picking which nations can join the nuclear club, why doesn't the United States propose global disarmament for a safer world?
I won't bother to comment on this. Thomas is perfectly capable of ridiculing herself and liberals in general without any help from me.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:27 AM
Swarms of locusts used to terrorize America's heartland, wiping out entire crops, reducing prosperous farmers to ruin with their voracious appetites. Fortunately locusts aren't a problem for us anymore, thanks to development. As the Great Plains were settled, the swamps where locusts breed were drained, radically reducing their numbers.
Now we face a new type of locust, every bit as willing to make itself fat by devouring the fruits of others' constructive labor. But one of the swamps it breeds in is about to be drained.
Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman is the nation's leading class-action securities law firm. Its lawyers have looted an estimated $45 billion from companies. This helps explain why trial lawyers are able to bestow such generous gifts upon the Democratic Party, which in turn does its best to block tort reform.
But drunk with greed, Milberg Weiss has been getting carried away, and now stands charged with paying over $11 million in kickbacks to three crooks who served as plaintiffs in upwards of 150 lawsuits that generated $216 million in legal fees.
The firm and partners David J. Bershad and Steven G. Schulman stand accused of racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud, money laundering conspiracy, and obstruction of justice. The named partners could get up to 20 years in jail for racketeering.
Here's some poetic justice: this could lead to a class-action lawsuit against Milberg Weiss. However, it's probably the case that the partners' personal assets are protected and the firm itself does not have much cash, despite the billions it has bled out of productive corporations, resulting in a drain on the economy and higher prices for all.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:32 AM
Congratulations to Aleksander Boyd of Publius Pundit, for having earned the honor of being publicly denounced by Hugo Chavez's buddy Red Ken Livingston, Mayor of London. For an informative summary of just why lefty icon Chavez is so objectionable, see Boyd's excellent response.
Thanks to V the K for the tip.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:54 AM
The gayification of our culture is proceeding at a pace that should turn North America into a cross between a John Waters movie and a San Francisco bath house by the time Arabic becomes the official language of France.
Next month two male members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are scheduled to "marry" each other in an official ceremony complete with scarlet dress uniforms. They may have their colleagues form an honor guard for them.
Said Mounties spokesman Sgt. Frank Skidmore:
Certainly, the RCMP welcomes a workforce that is representative of Canadian society, and that is the case here.
As registered domestic partners, the lovebirds already have the same basic legal rights as a married couple. But everyone loves a wedding.
Meanwhile, USA Today reports that a growing number of schools are holding "lavender graduations" to honor LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, "transgender") students. More than 50 campuses are holding them this year. Participants often receive rainbow-colored tassels to put on their mortarboards.
As University of California regent, Ward Connerly tried to bar funding for separate graduation ceremonies based on identity politics, on the grounds that the balkanization of our society into a collection of isolated victim groups isn't doing us any good. Unsurprisingly, his attempt failed.
Hat tip: William
May 18, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:24 PM
Moonbat Jack Murtha has hit yet another new low by exploiting the tragic story of American Marines alleged to have deliberately killed civilians in Iraq.
Bellowed Moonbat Jack:
There was no firefight, there was no IED (improvised explosive device) that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood.
You read that correctly: the Marines overreacted in cold blood. Murtha also saw fit to inform us that the incident was "much worse than reported in Time magazine." On Chris Matthews' program, when Tweety asked if the incident was comparable to the infamous My Lai massacre in Vietnam, Murtha enthusiastically pounced with "That's exactly it."
Since Murtha was presumably not present at the event, which is still under investigation, it's unclear how he comes by his knowledge. What is clear is that regardless of what happened, he will say anything that gains him fawning attention from the liberal media at the expense of our troops' morale.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:08 PM
They say that when all you have is a hammer, every problem is a nail. Democrats don't have many ideas other than their cardinal principle that taxes could never be high enough, but they do have the theoretically boundless piles of our cash their beloved taxes confiscate. Therefore the solution to all problems is to throw taxpayers' money at them.
Most everyone can agree by now that due to the demographic warfare it has been waging against us, Mexico is a problem. So it's hardly surprising that Thomas McLarty, who was Bill Clinton's Chief of Staff, wants to throw money at Mexico.
McLarty likes the idea of financing a new Marshall Plan, involving $20 billion in development aid over 10 years. The idea is that if you just sink enough money into it, Mexico's corrupt system will learn how to capitalize on its oil reserves. Gibbered McLarty:
If you had more development of the infrastructure in Mexico, more development of the resources there, it would bring more employment in Mexico and keep more of their best and brightest at home.
Hello, McLarty, get a clue. It is not Mexico's best and brightest who illegally sneak across our border with nothing but the shirts on their backs, willing to walk across the Arizona desert for the opportunity to pick lettuce, scrub toilets, and deal methamphetamines — any more than we got the cream of Cuba's crop when Castro flushed his prisons and mental asylums toward Florida during the Mariel boatlift.
As usual, government is not the solution, but the problem. According to Mexico's energy minister Fernando Canales, the reason they are not making the most of their resources is that international private investment is against the law. PEMEX, a national monopoly, must have control of all energy development per Mexico's constitution. Consequently much of their oil sits in the ground waiting for the moonbattery to subside so that someone can extract it, just like the oil in ANWR and off the Florida coast.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:01 PM
A 7-year-old Japanese boy reportedly likes wearing skirts and doesn't like baseball. Since he isn't Scottish, authorities were left to conclude that he must suffer from gender identity disorder. Consequently he has been enrolled in grade school as a girl.
"Classmates are apparently unaware of the child's physical gender," said a school board official. They've even got him wearing a bikini to the pool.
If the kid isn't messed up yet, he sure will be when he gets closer to puberty. After all, your gender isn't up to doctors, educrats, your parents, or you. No amount of moonbattery can change your chromosomes.
For now he's using the girl's bathroom. An enterprising lawyer might want to start up a class action lawsuit on behalf of other boys who are being discriminated against by not being allowed in there.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:56 PM
A 7-year-old Japanese boy reportedly likes wearing skirts and doesn't like baseball. Since he isn't Scottish, authorities were left to conclude that he must suffer from gender identity disorder. Consequently he has been enrolled in grade school as a girl.
"Classmates are apparently unaware of the child's physical gender," said a school board official. They've even got him wearing a bikini to the pool.
If the kid isn't messed up yet, he sure will be when he gets closer to puberty. After all, your gender isn't up to doctors, educrats, your parents, or you. No amount of moonbattery can change your chromosomes.
For now he's using the girl's bathroom. An enterprising lawyer might want to start up a class action lawsuit on behalf of other boys who are being discriminated against by not being allowed in there.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:32 PM
The sanctimonious clowns at Think Progress and Crooks and Liars have a new reason to let their righteous disapproval rain down upon Tony Snow: he used the phrase "tar baby" in his first press conference as White House Press Secretary.
As most people fluent in America English are aware, "tar baby" is slang for a sticky situation, or as Dictionary.com puts it:
A situation or problem from which it is virtually impossible to disentangle oneself.
But the high priests of political correctness have decided it's a racial slur — just like the word "niggardly." Never mind that given the context the term was obviously meant to have its traditional meaning, which lies outside the known universe of liberals by having absolutely nothing to do with identity politics.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:33 AM
Once the greatest city in the world, London has tragically degenerated to the point that its mayor is Ken Livingston, a cartoon of a moonbat who has recently found a new justification for the genocidal maniac and lefty icon Mao Tse-tung:
One thing that Chairman Mao did was to end the appalling foot binding of women. That alone justifies the Mao Tse-tung era.
"At first, we thought it was just a flippant joke," said a member of the London Assembly. "But it soon became clear that Ken was being serious."
It's Red Ken himself who is the joke, although not a very funny one. In terms of deeds his hero Mao was probably the most evil human who ever lived, having been responsible for the peacetime deaths of over 70 million of his own people, as documented in the new book Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday.
I know, I know. One death is a tragedy, 70 million is just a statistic.
May 17, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:40 PM
Mexico has zeroed in on America's Achilles heel and the most efficient way to exploit it. Our country is strong on the outside, but within is riddled with the cancer of moonbattery, which is particularly acute in our legal system, being as it is run by lawyers. So to make absolutely sure that Bush's farce of a border security plan doesn't result in any meaningful enforcement, Mexico is threatening to sue America in its own courts if the National Guard detains Mexicans as they invade our country.
You almost have to admire the unmitigated gall. The strategy would probably work, too — if it were necessary. However, the token 6,000 National Guard troops are being sent to the 2,000-mile border not in a legitimate effort to defend the country from demographic conquest, but in a lame attempt to defend Bush from the conservatives who elected him. The troops will be in a support role, doing the sort of the things the Minutemen have been doing, not detaining Mexican invaders.
Too bad we can't use the courts to sue our government into performing its most basic function by defending the country's territorial integrity.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:03 PM
Teaching will no longer stand in the way of a glorious political career in the Democratic Party for Steve White, who has finally been canned from the West Limestone, Alabama public school where he was supposed to be teaching eighth-grade science.
When White played an obscene video devoted to insulting President Bush for his class, he apparently got off with a talking-to. Nor was it taken terribly seriously that he would force students to say "John Kerry rocks" before letting them leave the room. But then it turned out that not all of the dirty material White played for the kids could be redeemed by moonbat politics.
Superintendent Barry Carroll sent White a letter letting him know the boom was coming down. The reasons listed included the following:
- Mr. White lets students watch videos and computer images in his classroom rather than engage in teaching.
- Mr. White has shown students in his class computer images purporting to show a former president and his wife engaged in sexual activity.
- Mr. White has shown members of his class computer and video images showing an older lady answering questions relating to sex and other subjects using profanity.
- Mr. White has shown students in his class a computer image of a girl exposing her breast.
The road is now wide open for White to pursue his candidacy for State Representative on the Democratic ticket. The party of Bill Clinton is sure to make him feel at home.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:09 PM
Our society is headed for a train wreck. People can see it coming, but almost no one in a position to do something about it has the guts to take action. The resulting catastrophe will be all the more tragic because it could be avoided.
As Robert Samuelson makes clear, the trains roaring along on a collision course are our aging population and excessive immigration. These trains will meet when impoverished Spanish-speaking immigrants and their offspring are asked to subsidize the retirement of well-to-do baby boomers.
To admit this won't work, we would have to admit that entitlement programs urgently need to be reformed to adapt to a population that is older and lives longer. But Democrats will lie across the tracks of even the most modest Social Security reforms; Republicans seem to have given up on the issue.
We would also have to admit that massive numbers of unskilled immigrants are not going to make America a better place. As University of Illinois economist Barry Chiswick testified before Congress recently:
Their presence in the labor market increases competition for low-skilled jobs, reducing the earnings of low-skilled native-born workers. ... Because of their low earnings, low-skilled immigrants also tend to pay less in taxes than they receive in public benefits, such as income transfers (e.g., the earned income tax credit, food stamps), public schooling for their children, and publicly provided medical services. Thus while the presence of low-skilled immigrant workers may raise the profits of their employers, they tend to have a negative effect on the well-being of the low-skilled native-born population, and on the native economy as a whole.
Low-skilled immigrants, who are arriving in numbers that make assimilation impossible, are not going to be able to finance even their own demands on the entitlement state, much less baby boomers' retirements. Meanwhile, native American workers will be forced to work for less if they can find work at all. The strain on our economy will break its back if the government doesn't look the future in the eye by reforming entitlements and radically reducing the torrent of unskilled immigrants.
Samuelson quotes a reader's email:
There are children in my son's school who aren't able to speak a single word of English, and it is causing such frustration amongst the staff and other children... I am afraid for my son's future.
Due to the appalling cowardice and irresponsibility of our leaders, our own future is in jeopardy. Our children's future is curdling into something unthinkable. If the coming train wreck isn't avoided, they may come of age in a Third World country.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:25 AM
The latest assault in the campaign to impose the homosexual agenda takes us to a high school in Port Washington, Wisconsin, where students spent a class period filling out and discussing a "Heterosexual Questionnaire." It asked the kids questions that included these:
- What do you think caused your heterosexuality?
- Could it be that your heterosexuality is just a phase?
- If you have never slept with someone of your same gender, then how do you know you wouldn't prefer it?
- Is it likely that you have [sic] just haven't met the right same gender partner yet?
- Your heterosexuality doesn't offend me as long as you don't try to come on to me, but why do so many heterosexuals try to seduce others to their orientation?
- Considering the battering, abuse and divorce rate associated with heterosexual coupling, why would you want to enter into that kind of relationship?
Two teachers, Sarah Olson (social studies) and Julie Grudzinski (communications), approved the survey. Not even the Principal was given advance warning, let alone the parents.
Just under half of the school's 930 students were forced to submit written responses to the questionnaire on April 25. The following day was the national Day of Silence, an annual publicity stunt cosponsored by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network of NYC, and characterized by its promoters as a "student-led day of action."
Kudos to parent Lisa Krier for making an issue of this latest outrage. She points out that "If somebody doesn't call them on it, it will continue." Not only will it continue, it will continue to get ever more objectionable. But few have the courage to complain. You wouldn't want anyone to think you're a homophobe, would you?
May 16, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:20 PM
The canoe of the loony Left's favorite faux Indian may be headed for rough water. Ethnic Studies Professor Ward Churchill has been found guilty of misconduct by a University of Colorado investigative committee.
As you may recall, this was Churchill's published response to the atrocities of September 11:
If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the twin towers, I'd really be interested in hearing about it.
Of course the misconduct in question has nothing to do with insulting 9/11 victims, openly siding with terrorists, or publicly encouraging American soldiers to frag their officers. That's the kind of behavior we're coming to expect from college professors. The sins Churchill may actually be held accountable for are the following:
Charge A: That Churchill misrepresented the General Allotment Act of 1887 in his writings by incorrectly writing that it created a "blood quantum" standard that allowed tribes to admit members only if they had at least half native blood.
Finding: Falsification, failure to comply with established standards regarding author names on publications.
Charge B: That Churchill misrepresented the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 by incorrectly writing that the act imposed a "blood quantum" requiring artists to prove they were one-quarter Indian by blood.
Finding: Falsification, failure to comply with established standards regarding author names on publications.
Charge C: That Churchill incorrectly claimed there was "some pretty strong circumstantial evidence" that Capt. John Smith introduced smallpox among the Wampanoag Indians between 1614-1618.
Finding: Falsification and fabrication.
Charge D: That in several writings Churchill falsely accused the U.S. Army of committing genocide by distributing blankets infested with smallpox to Mandan Indians in the Upper Missouri River Valley in 1837.
Finding: Falsification, fabrication, failure to comply with established standards regarding author names on publications, and serious deviation from accepted practices in reporting results from research. The committee also found that Churchill was "disrespectful of Indian oral tradition."
Charge E: That Churchill claimed as his own work a 1972 pamphlet about a water-diversion scheme in Canada titled "The Water Plot." The work actually was written by a now-defunct environmental group, "Dam the Dams."
Charge F: That Churchill plagiarized part of an essay written by Rebecca L. Robbins in a book he published in 1993.
Finding: Research misconduct
Charge G: That Churchill plagiarized the writings of Canadian professor Fay G. Cohen in a 1992 essay.
But Mental Ward's fans should take heart. CU's bureaucrats will make themselves jump through plenty more hoops before we get to the part where Churchill sues the university. If he loses, he'll maybe get suspended for awhile, which should free up more time for raking in fortunes on the lecture circuit.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:34 PM
A new Heritage Foundation study finds that the Senate amnesty bill sponsored by Chuck Hagel and Mel Martinez, which apparently enjoys the support of our President, will allow up to 193 million new immigrants over the next 20 years. This is over 60% of the current population of the USA.
As Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who came up with similar results in a separate analysis, observes:
The impact this bill will have over the next 20 years is monumental and has not been thought through.
Basically the impact will be that the USA as we know it will cease to exist. The strain on social services will cause economic collapse. Large parts of the country will be overwhelmingly populated by unskilled foreigners who do not speak English and have no meaningful reason to regard themselves as American.
Although the bill would only grant outright amnesty to about 10 million illegal aliens, the floodgates it would open would result in the obliteration of our economy, not to mention our national identity. The flow of legal immigrants would skyrocket to 2 million per year, plus another 325,000 who come in as "guest workers" but would be unlikely to leave. This might sound sustainable, except that they get to bring in their extended families. The numbers involved quickly become astronomical, and "escalating caps" would allow them to rise even higher.
But we're only talking about legal immigrants. Granting amnesty, as the Senate and Bush seem hell-bent on doing, will broadcast a crystal clear message that this country does not have the will to assert its own sovereignty, so anyone who wants to sign up for the entitlements gravy train our tax money funds can come running. Only suckers will bother to wait in line and do it legally — unless anyone thinks that Bush's 6,000 National Guard troops temporarily deployed to help make roads in Arizona will somehow make the border secure.
Lest anyone get the idea that we are to be inundated with millions upon millions of doctors and scientists, the long-standing policy of withholding citizenship from those considered "likely to become a public charge" — i.e., dependent on welfare — will be deep-sixed by the bill, which is reported to give special advantage to the unskilled and uneducated. Not only will more and more end up on government relief as the economy sinks beneath their weight, but they get to bring their parents, who will be eligible for Social Security without ever having paid a dime into it.
This is good news in the short term for Democrats, whose massive voter base of government dependents will allow them to run essentially unopposed. But it will quickly turn into bad news for us all, as some Dems are figuring out. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) warns that the legislation will "pull apart the middle class in this country."
In 20 years, there won't be a middle class in this country. The world's poor will keep pouring in until the tax rate needed to sustain them results in total economic meltdown. They won't stop flooding across the resolutely undefended border until we're poorer than they are — which will take less than a generation unless responsible leaders manage to get the better of the suicidal fools who seem to dominate Washington.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:14 AM
There is nothing prissy about the willingness of gays to impose their subculture on the rest of us by force. Political correctness is a heavy club these days, and the gay movement swings it hard. David Limbaugh rounds up some recent examples, including the cautionary tale of an ice rink manager in Berkeley who had the audacity to ask a couple of gays to stop holding hands while they skated for safety reasons.
Naturally the lovebirds, John Manzon-Santos and Alan Lessik, squealed that they were being harassed. Here's how East Bay Iceland, which owns the rink, was punished for its manager's insolence:
- Manzon-Santos and Lessik get free admission for a year to weekly "pairs preferred" skating sessions.
- Placards will be displayed advertising the company's efforts to promote "diversity" — i.e., the homosexual agenda.
- Workers will be forced to undergo degrading brainwashing sessions, aka "sensitivity training."
- $5,000 each will be forked over to National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLB) and Federation of Gay Games.
- The company has to issue a public apology.
So far as I know, the manager wasn't forced to lick the bottoms of anyone's skates, although I wouldn't rule it out. Crowed a victorious Karen Doering of NCLB:
East Bay Iceland is a model partner. They seriously listened to our concerns, recognized discrimination is damaging, and are taking every step to ensure discrimination does not happen at their establishments.
In other words, "The good little doggies know enough to roll over when we kick them."
But at least the settlement allows the company to escape being sued into bankruptcy — for now. Needless to say, no one will dare tell gays to stop holding hands while they skate around in the future, safety be damned. When a little girl caught between them gets hooked across the throat and bashes in her head against the ice, it won't be Federation of Gay Games that gets looted by lawyers.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:03 AM
Bush may be a day late and a dollar short on dealing with the Mexican invasion, but you have to give him one thing: he has great taste in enemies. Since moonbats are wrong about everything else, there's still hope they could be wrong about W too.
Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez continued his outlandish rhetoric in London yesterday, calling our President a "genocidal assassin" and the "worse criminal in humanity." So far as I know, W has not yet been accused of collecting the blood of virgins for Laura to bathe in or barbecuing babies at his Crawford ranch, but it's only a matter of time.
Like-minded London Mayor Ken Livingstone stood by Chavez's side, bobbing his head and purring:
I sometimes have views on George Bush — not too dissimilar from yours.
Red Ken called the socialist Chavez, whose regime is steadily congealing into a dictatorship, "the best news out of Latin America in many years" — presumably since Fidel Castro decided to turn Cuba into the totalitarian hellhole it is now.
Chavez also opined that Iran is not developing nuclear weapons. If a moonbat could ever be right about something, I wish it would be this.
Hat tip: LGF
May 15, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:45 PM
While some students get stuck with Moonbat Jack Murtha or John McLame for their commencement address, the students at Boston College are more fortunate. They get to hear from Condoleezza Rice, one of the most admirable individuals of our generation.
Gifted at both figure skating and classical piano, Dr. Rice earned a PhD from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, as well as honorary doctorates from a long list of prestigious institutions. She was Stanford University's Provost for six years. During the crucial period of German reunification and the collapse of Soviet communism, she played an important roll as Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council under Bush 41. Under Bush 43, she followed her admirable stint as National Security Advisor with her current role, Secretary of State. Her combination of toughness and grace, the clarity of her vision of America's role in the world, and her willingness to side with democracy against tyranny and with her own country against the moonbats infesting Foggy Bottom make her an ideal choice for this key position. More than a few would like to see her run for President.
However, Boston College's Steve Almond has conspicuously failed to show the appropriate gratitude for Condi's willingness to speak at his college. On the contrary, he has publicly indulged in petulant indignation that anyone not sharing his juvenile political views should be allowed to speak at BC.
Almond wrote a childish open letter to the college's President, in which he resigned his lofty position as adjunct English professor and called upon students to disrupt Dr. Rice's speech. Drawing on a partisan report (PDF) prepared by staff members for liberal Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), Almond rudely calls Condi a liar and proclaims that he has no choice but to quit his job — the "adult" equivalent of trying to hold your breath until you turn blue.
It doesn't seem Almond will be missed much at BC. He received a lousy 2.8 on a scale of 5.0 at RateMyProfessors.com, and that was inflated by his "Easiness" score.
Let's hope he finds another job soon. I really hate the idea of part of my tax dollar going into this useless fool's welfare check.
With thanks to V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:20 PM
The Moonbat Jack Murtha Show no longer inspires the media hype it once did, but like an aging pop star who continues to tour based on one lousy song that once snuck onto the charts, the Pennsylvania Democrat keeps on keeping on, most recently disgracing himself at Seton Hill University, where he used a commencement speech as an opportunity to preach his gospel that the USA should tuck its tail between its legs and "redeploy" to someplace with fewer terrorists than Iraq.
Having made himself famous with his willingness to stab his country and specifically the men and women fighting to defend it in the back to generate favorable attention from a media heavily invested in America's defeat, Murtha attempted to portray himself as a lawmaker who would rather work quietly behind the scenes, if only the President hadn't raised his ire by not taking him seriously enough.
Moonbats in the audience gave him a standing ovation. Others weren't so pleased.
"We don't care. This isn't about graduation," the parent of a graduate called out from the audience.
Said graduate Mike Whiteman, "I don't think it was appropriate. This is about graduation, not agenda-setting."
Murtha should talk to his agent about finding more relevant venues. Maybe he could warm up for Cindy Sheehan's next publicity stunt.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:45 AM
Last week Connecticut neurosurgeon Katrina Firlik published an editorial describing the case of an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who showed up at Greenwich Hospital with tuberculosis meningitis, a horrific disease rarely seen in developed countries.
The patient wasn't actually from upscale Greenwich, but from humbler Port Chester, where the local hospital had gone bankrupt. As Dr. Firlik explains:
That hospital had cared for a large number of patients just like him: no insurance, no English, no papers. When a hospital serving such a demographic goes bankrupt, it leaves a needy population to seek free care elsewhere, passing on the same risk of financial distress to neighboring hospitals, like propagation of an infectious disease.
Speaking of infectious diseases, here's how she describes what the multi-drug-resistant strain of TB her patient had brought to Connecticut was doing to his spine:
An MRI revealed a large mass that was compressing his spinal cord to an impossibly thin strand. The mass spanned an incredibly lengthy 10 vertebral segments, nearly from the base of his neck to the top of his low back. I'd never seen anything like it. Neither had the internist, the infectious disease specialist, the neurologist or the radiologist. We don't work in the Third World.
After cutting as much of the mass out of his back as she could, she called in a pathologist to examine the pieces of specimen. But he refused to contaminate his equipment with this exotic and awful disease.
Two and a half months later, the patient left the hospital in a wheelchair. His unpaid bill came to $200,000, excluding professional fees, because the doctors who treated him worked for free. Firlik comments:
How many other diseases are being brought in by how many other undocumented and unexamined workers? Somehow, here, a social worker was able to track down the friends and relatives who came to the U.S. with this patient. They all tested positive for TB, and were all working behind the scenes in local restaurants.
Since the commentary appeared in the doggedly pro-illegal-immigration Wall Street Journal, it ends with a syrupy epilogue:
I thought I'd never see this young man again, but I was wrong. Six months after surgery, he walked into my office. Walked in. No wheelchair, no walker, no cane, not even a limp. Not only that, he told me (through a translator) that he was looking for a new job. I thought about all the American workers I'd operated on, for far less serious problems, who were quick to bring in disability paperwork after surgery, hoping I'd deem them permanently disabled, unfit for any line of work. And at that moment, the resentment I'd felt six months earlier was replaced by something quite different — admiration.
Compared to illegal aliens, we Americans are a rotten bunch, aren't we? All we can think of is ways to exploit a system that punishes the productive for the sake of the parasitic.
But the children of illegal immigrants are American citizens. They will be educated in schools that scream into both ears that they are oppressed and deserve special privileges for not being Caucasians. They're going to have a very different attitude toward backbreaking labor for subsistence wages. By allowing illegal aliens to flood into our country, we are importing an underclass that won't always be as docile as some would like us to think, as recent rallies against immigration reform have made obnoxiously obvious.
France is being torn apart not by Muslim immigrants, but by the children of Muslim immigrants, who grew up under the French welfare state, their moral development rotted by moonbattery.
By the way, a bizarre infection called Morgellons disease has recently surfaced in South Texas, an area overrun with illegal aliens. The symptoms are right out of a horror movie, and include lesions that sweat a black tarry substance and don't heal. The pain is reported to be extremely intense as weird fibers emerge from the lesions. Patients have been known to kill themselves to escape the disease.
May 14, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:25 PM
Someone forgot to build a wall around the People's Republic of Massachusetts. Those who have escaped are glad they did, according to a survey by the Boston Globe, which reports that 73% now live in a bigger home, 54% have a higher standard of living, and 69% find people more courteous in their new state. Only 37% said they would like to move back to the land of Hanoi John Kerry and Chappaquiddick Ted one day.
It seems that the liberal elite ideology so prevalent in Massachusetts doesn't result in a society that normal people want to live in. As the Globe puts it:
The findings underscored the difficulties of living, raising children, and earning enough money in Massachusetts, and suggested that these fundamental aspirations of the American middle-class are often easier for people to achieve outside the state.
Almost a quarter of a million people have bailed out of the Bay State between 2000 and 2005. The only state losing residents faster is the comparatively left-leaning New York.
Let's just hope that as people run away from the dysfunctional wreck liberalism is making of the Northeast, they don't bring their voting habits with them.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:48 PM
While the liberal media tears its hair out over the NSA's completely unintrusive data-mining operations, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) reminds us that some people really do listen in on domestic phone calls — and for nefarious political purposes.
In 1997, a Florida couple gave the unscrupulous McDermott a recording of Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) talking on his cell phone with Newt Gingrich. At the time, Gingrich was Speaker of the House, and McDermott, hilariously, was the highest-ranking Democrat on the Ethics Committee. McDermott promptly leaked the recording to left-wing media outlets including the New York Times, which used it to torpedo Gingrich's career.
There are laws against wiretapping private conversations, as Dems would know if they listened to their own hysterical shrieking regarding the NSA. Boehner sued, and McDermott has been ordered to pay him about $700,000, almost all of it to cover legal costs.
The Jim McDermott Legal Expense Trust hasn't come up with the cash, so Big Jim has turned to a veteran at surviving legal problems, none other than The Slickster himself, Bill Clinton, who will appear at the Seattle Center in June to help raise some dough so they don't take McDermott's $781,000 house away.
I would wish McDermott luck, but given that the guy is not only a scoundrel but a traitor, I can't even refrain from wishing they would put him in jail for his illegal behavior.
With thanks to V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:37 AM
Not even the world of cell phone ringtones is free of humorless politically correct repressiveness. Mexican-American comedian Paul Saucido wrote a ringtone called "La Migra" (Border Patrol agent) that features a Southern voice saying, "I repeat-o, put the oranges down and step away from the telephone-o. I'm deporting you back home-o."
The hyperventilating ethnic grievance industry was not amused. Cingular has pulled the ringtone from its website.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:26 AM
Penn Hills, Pennsylvania fifth-grader Jokari Becker's crime was so unconscionable, authorities couldn't decide how to punish him. First he was suspended for three days. Then they added another seven days. Finally they expelled him. He will be allowed back in school next January at the earliest.
What did Jokari do?
He brought an oversized, fluorescent green and orange squirt gun to school. It wasn't loaded, nor did he point it anyone. But it was a gun! Or at least, it was a toy that represented a gun.
Penn Hills School District's student discipline code bars students from bringing replicas of weapons to school. Apparently the hysterics running the district forgot about the part of the code that reads:
No disciplinary action should exceed in degree the seriousness of the offense.
Meanwhile single mother Melissa Becker is trying to figure out how she can fulfill her training obligations as a 911 emergency dispatcher when she has to stay home to watch over her son, who is deemed too much of a threat to society to attend school with the other kids. Her fellow taxpayers we be stuck with a bill for Jokari's tutoring.
Obviously an unloaded squirt gun of a kind that doesn't resemble a real weapon is no physical threat to anyone. So why isn't this bizarre overreaction on the part of Penn Hills educrats surprising?
Because to moonbats, guns aren't just dangerous: they are obscene. A gun is a sacrilegious object, representing masculinity and a willingness to fight. A kid playing with a toy gun is to a progressive what a child cackling over an upside-down cross would be to a Christian.
Jokari can count himself lucky he isn't burned at the stake — assuming his punishment doesn't continue to escalate.
Hat tip: Jason
May 13, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:46 AM
Hats off to Joe Arpaio, the ultimate anti-moonbat. The secret of Arpaio's success as Sheriff of Maricopa County (i.e., Greater Phoenix) is that he treats criminals like criminals, instead of showering them with privileges they do not deserve.
Lawbreakers foolish enough to make their way into Arpaio's custody do not have the "right" to smoke, ogle porno magazines, or have fun lifting weights and watching R-rated movies. Instead of loafing in their cells, masturbating and watching TV, they go out and work. So as to avoid being sued for discrimination, Arpaio even started the world's first female chain gang.
Appallingly, a federal court order requires that criminals have a "right" to cable TV in jail (how thoughtful of the Founding Fathers to include that provision in the Constitution). However, in Arpaio's jails, the only channels you'll see are Disney and the Weather Channel, and the latter can't be much solace when it's promising 120-degree heat to thugs on their way out to work in the sun.
But that's not the only entertainment for the inmates. Arpaio treats them to a Newt Gingrich lecture series. When asked if he were going to play lectures by a Democrat, he replied that a Democrat's lectures would explain why they were in jail in the first place.
When the inmates whined after he stopped serving coffee, Sheriff Joe replied:
This isn't the Ritz-Carlton. If you don't like it, don't come back.
Others complain about his tent city jails. Joe's response:
It's 120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to wear full battle gear, but they didn't commit any crimes, so shut your damned mouths!
Refreshingly, Arpaio also applies the "treat criminals like criminals" approach to the illegal aliens flooding across the Mexican border. He's put together an old-fashioned posse to patrol the desert southwest of Phoenix for invaders.
Despite Arizona Governor Janet "Nappy" Napolitano's use of her veto power to prevent any sort of effective defense from the Mexican invasion, Arpaio has found a way to arrest aliens. Smuggling is a felony: Arpaio charges them with smuggling themselves. Instead of turning the illegals over to the Border Patrol for a free ride back to Mexico so they can try again the next day, Arpaio gives them "a free ride into the county jail."
Arpaio's high-profile willingness to do something about the Mexican invasion, combined with the Minutemen's noble efforts, may actually force Bush to act responsibly and put the military on the border where it belongs.
Thank you Joe Arpaio, for keeping alive the spirit of the Old West that is such a treasured part of our culture.
May 12, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:35 PM
The daddy-to-be is a 15-year-old who accomplished the deed when she was 11 during a drunken night out in Edinburgh. As the little girl explains:
I slept with him because I was drunk and because I wanted to.
This sounds like a grim story, but there is some good news. She rejected a social worker's suggestion that she kill the baby. Her mom is very proud of her. Also, she says she quit drinking, and although she still smokes up to 20 cigarettes a day,
I can give up smoking at any time, but I don't find it affects my pregnancy.
She is reported to have quit school after repeatedly getting in trouble for fighting. But when she goes back, her mother will look after the baby in their council flat.
Bureaucrats are predictably responding with calls for still more sex education. There was a time when 11-year-olds didn't stagger home in the wee hours of the morning, drunk and pregnant. Maybe we should go back to the sex ed we had then.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:55 AM
Supposedly paralyzed in a drunk driving accident, Laura Lee Medley has filed lawsuits in at least four California towns for injuries she claims to have sustained while navigating in her wheelchair. When police arrested her for fraud, she predictably complained of medical issues and was taken to the hospital.
While waiting for her examination, she underwent a miraculous recovery that allowed her to get out of her chair and run for it. Unfortunately for Medley, the police caught her sprinting through the hospital's corridors before she had much of a chance to take advantage of her newfound freedom from the wheelchair.
There was a time when being crippled was a bad thing, something courageous people struggled to overcome. But thanks to moonbattery, courage is discouraged in favor of self-pity, and the perfectly healthy feign disabilities to get on the gravy train. This isn't just a crime against the healthy — it undermines the dignity of the truly disabled. We're headed toward a world in which people think riding in a wheelchair beats working.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:54 AM
Michael Rubin, editor of The Middle East Quarterly and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, had a narrow call during a recent trip to Iceland — a local activist demanded that he be arrested as a war criminal.
The main justification for this charge was that Rubin advocated the liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussein. For this he was seen to have indirectly caused the war. Rubin was also accused of being "a Jew and a big supporter of Israel."
Fortunately Rubin was not thrown in jail for these crimes. The story sounds like a typical example of moonbats making fools of themselves. But Rubin sees in it more evidence that extremists wanting their opponents jailed for "war crimes" is becoming a trend. The International Criminal Court — if we were foolish enough to join it — would be an even better opportunity than the U.N. for spiteful Lilliputians from second-rate countries to use such charges to bite America's ankles.
It isn't just bongo-drumming activists with twigs in their hair who are nutty enough to denounce anyone in agreement with U.S. policy as a war criminal. A few examples:
- Finnish President Tarja Halonen has declared the war in Iraq to be illegal.
- About 6 months after 9/11, Austria, Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden endorsed a U.N. Human Rights Commission resolution that grants suicide bombing the status of a legitimate form of resistance.
- A WaPo columnist suggested that Berkeley law school professor and former Justice Department official John Yoo be thrown in jail if he ventures into a militantly politically correct country such as Spain, on the grounds that some don't agree with his views on interrogation techniques.
- Canadian soldiers were menaced with International Criminal Court war crimes charges for turning captured terrorists over to the local Afghan government.
Condoleezza Rice is said to favor softening our position on joining the ICC. As Rubin notes, she might want to rethink this, or "her retirement could be in an Icelandic prison."
May 11, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:41 PM
This probably won't come as a big surprise to doctors — or to ambulance-chasing brigands like the Breck Girl — but according to a Harvard analysis, about 40% of the medical malpractice cases filed in the USA are groundless.
Researchers reported that many lawsuits offer no evidence of medical error or of patient injury. Lawsuits deemed groundless accounted for 15% of the loot forked over in settlements or verdicts.
Harvard being a Democratic bastion, the study's lead researcher attempted to spin the results as evidence that tort reform is unnecessary. The American Medical Association disagreed. For their part, the locusts at the Association of Trial Lawyers for America denounced the study as biased.
Although doctors have to pay through the nose with astronomical malpractice insurance rates to finance lawyers' lavish lifestyles, in the end, the costs are passed along to the consumer — which goes a very long way toward explaining why health care is so expensive.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:36 PM
In February 2000, nine Afghans hijacked a 727 and ordered it flown to Britain, where after a 70-hour standoff they surrendered to police. They were jailed at first, but then their convictions were overturned. The Home Office tried and failed to have them deported. The criminals and their families were allowed to stay, although they were not officially granted full refugee status, because the Home Secretary didn't want to make it official that Britain encourages hijacking.
Now the High Court has ruled that the Home Secretary exceeded his authority by not recognizing the hijackers' right to demand British citizenship. A judge declared that the Home Office has to pay legal costs on an indemnity basis (at the highest level possible), signifying his "disquiet and concern."
The hijackers can continue to avail themselves of Britain's lavish welfare handouts indefinitely. All nine of them and 25 family members have been living in rent-free housing in west London, and get a paycheck from the government for doing nothing.
But there is another side to the story. According to Queen's Counsel Rabinder Singh, the poor hijackers have had "a torrid time" sponging off British taxpayers, and suffer from stress and anxiety-related ailments.
In monetary terms, this fiasco has already cost as much as £30 million. But it's hard to put a price on sanctimonious liberal fools methodically dismantling a formerly great civilization.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:51 AM
Kudos to Grassfire.org for firing back in the propaganda war being waged against our country's sovereignty and its future by those who would like to see the Southwest demographically conquered by Mexico. Here's a billboard they've put up a billboard on Stemmons Freeway in Dallas:
Says Grassfire.org's Steve Elliott:
We must stop the invasion. We cannot have amnesty because amnesty is in essence a surrender to the invasion.
He uses the word "invasion" advisedly. When millions of people pour over a border illegally with their government's assistance, then instead of striving to assimilate, stage massive demonstrations demanding immunity from our laws, the word "immigration" clearly does not apply.
An old-fashioned war of territorial conquest is being waged against the United States, with the postmodern twist that moonbattery is employed to prevent us from defending our country. American territory couldn't be conquered with German tanks or Japanese aircraft carriers. But it might fall to swarms of Mexican peasants advancing under a covering fire of politically correct propaganda.
Any past generation would have quickly put an end to this invasion by sealing the border and making it very clear to Mexico that incursions into our territory would be responded to appropriately — i.e., with massive military force. But past generations weren't crippled by moonbattery.
Since your tax dollars are doing next to nothing to defend your country's borders, you might want to make a contribution to the billboards Grassfire.org has planned for Los Angeles, Phoenix, Atlanta, and Miami.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:48 AM
Congratulations to Cory Booker, a former Rhodes scholar and Yale Law School graduate, who on Tuesday was elected Mayor of Newark. Here's hoping he can make good on his intentions to clean up the place.
Winning wasn't easy for Booker, thanks to his complexion. He's black, but has been criticized for having light skin. Anti-Booker signs urged people to "vote black."
Booker also ran in 2002, but lost to longtime Mayor Sharpe James, whose campaign played the same race card.
Meanwhile, conservatives are portrayed as racist.
Hat tip: William
May 10, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:34 PM
Madeleine Albright, who horrifyingly used to be Secretary of State, has weighed in on Iranian maniac Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's lengthy letter to President Bush, declaring that the issues raised in it are "not irrelevant." Opines Albright:
Rather than thinking it's a clash of civilizations, I think we are in a battle of ideas.
The letter questions Israel's right to exist, suggests the U.S. government was behind 9/11, declares that democracy has failed in the world, and has been interpreted as a call for Bush to convert to Islam.
By all means, let's debate Ahmadinejad's "not irrelevant" ideas while his regime busily prepares a nuclear arsenal with which to bring about Armageddon. It can't be any more of a waste of time than waiting for the U.N. to do something about this menace.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:00 PM
To get an idea of how depraved politically correct identity politics has become, look no further than Gallaudet University, a liberal arts college for the deaf. Dr. Jane Fernandes was selected by the board of trustees to be the next President. This has provoked outrage: 100 people have been camped out in a tent city outside the university's gates in a weeklong protest. A faculty meeting was called to consider a no-confidence vote to sink Fernandes' selection.
Jane Fernandes is deaf. The problem is, she's not correctly deaf.
The ideal deaf person has deaf parents, learns American Sign Language at home at a young age, attends deaf schools, marries someone who is also deaf, and has deaf children, thereby perpetuating the sacred defect that makes them special.
Fernandes didn't learn sign language until she was 23, and is married to a Gallaudet professor who can hear, as can their children. Sniffs Professor E. Lynn Jacobowitz:
She does not represent truly our deaf community.
Some at Gallaudet find Fernandes controversial because of another shortcoming: she is Caucasian. Too bad she doesn't spell her name with a z on the end; that qualifies you for Hispanic status according to some PC bean-counters.
This controversy comes during troubled times in the world of deaf education. To the chagrin of some persons of deafness, cochlear implants and other technology threaten to give them hearing, thus depriving them of royal status in our society's bizarre victimocracy. Complaints have been heard — or rather seen in sign language — that such technology threatens "deaf culture."
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:42 PM
To give some idea of what's in store for this country if Democrats take back Congress, John Conyers, the noted turkey thief who will be Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee should that tragedy befall us wants to hold hearings not only on impeaching the President (basically on the grounds that Dems wish he hadn't been elected), but also on paying reparations for slavery.
As most people know, slavery existed throughout the world, from before the beginning of recorded history. It is now limited to parts of Africa and the Middle East, largely thanks to the efforts of the British Empire. There was of course slavery in parts of the USA up until the Civil War ended it a century and a half ago. No one alive then is still alive now.
Most white Americans have no ancestors who owned slaves in this country. Many black Americans have no ancestors who were slaves in this country. Most black Americans have European as well as African ancestors. Obviously, the idea that whites should be forced to pay money to blacks because of slavery is ludicrous in the extreme.
However, any debate that helps stir up racial animosity serves the interest of corrupt race-baiting demagogues like Conyers, just as anything that fragments our society by encouraging us to think of ourselves as whites or blacks instead of as Americans advances the corrosive electoral strategy of the Democratic Party.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:40 PM
If moonbats have their way, the human race will devolve into soft, frightened, squishy things, unfit to do anything other than cower and file lawsuits. To advance this devolution (and to avoid those lawsuits), bureauweenies in Portland, Oregon have removed all swings from public elementary school playgrounds. Merry-go-rounds, tube slides, track rides, arch climbers, and teeter-totters have also been banned, all because a kid might skin his knee or bruise her elbow. Many school districts have banned the game of tag. Some post signs that read "no running on the playground."
After forbidding children from getting any exercise, moonbats ban ice cream and soda in a futile attempt to prevent them from getting fat.
If only moonbattery could be banned, we would have healthier, happier kids, and a more promising future.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:11 PM
Bush and the Senate haven't yet managed to push through an amnesty bill, but it's already having disastrous consequences. Mexicans know that amnesty is coming, and consequently are pouring across the deliberately undefended border faster than ever so as to establish residence and a work record when an "immigration reform" bill is passed.
According to Arizona state Rep. Russell Pearce:
Absolutely the numbers are way up, nobody denies that. And the draw is the promise of a guest-worker program or amnesty now being debated in Washington. These people are expecting to be rewarded for breaking the law, and Congress wants to go along with it.
Pearce estimates the recent rise in the invasion tide at 20%; it will shoot upward from there as an amnesty bill comes closer to reality. When Bush first outlined his "guest-worker" program in 2004, a Border Patrol survey of arrested aliens found that 45% invaded in part because thought they would get amnesty. Since then the invasion rate has risen steadily.
But there is a bright side. Eventually Mexico will have exported all of its poor to the USA, and will have to start invading with members of the middle class, who will presumably spend less time clogging up our prisons.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:43 PM
Richard Cohen's record of spewing progressive foolishness was not enough to save him from what he calls a "digital lynch mob" when he committed apostasy by not pretending that painfully lame "comedian" Stephen Colbert was humorous when he used his appearance at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner as an opportunity to spit at the President. Cohen even went so far as to point out that Colbert is not only unfunny, but a bully.
For this act of incorrectness, Colbert was promptly set upon by a vicious flock of moonbats. He describes the emails they barraged him with as "a bucket of raw, untreated and disease-laden verbal sewage right in the face." From the point of view of the true believers rallied at cesspools like Daily Kos and Democratic Underground, anyone who doesn't like Colbert must like Bush — and therefore warrants the blind, seething hatred that characterizes the Left.
This has Cohen worried for the Democratic Party, the base of which consists of the spittle-spewing intolerant ideologues that have been marching toward his castle waving torches, people who are as Cohen puts it "so hyped on their own sanctimony that they will obliterate distinctions, punishing their friends for apostasy and, by so doing, aiding their enemies."
Cohen has seen the mentality before — back in Vietnam days, the era so many on the Left have chosen to inhabit indefinitely. That's when antiwar fanatics helped elect Richard Nixon by letting their psychotic rage spray out at the "Democratic middle" — i.e., the sort of relative moderates Shrillary will have to pass herself off as if she's going to get elected.
They say that organizing Libertarians is like herding cats. Herding rabid bats isn't much easier.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:50 AM
You wouldn't expect a country as dysfunctional as Mexico to conquer American territory. We've faced down the British Empire in its prime, the Kaiser, the Nazis, Imperial Japan. Reagan defeated the Soviet Union without firing a shot. Removing Saddam Hussein from power was like swatting a fly. But of course, in these confrontations, America had the advantage that its government was on its own side, not the enemy's. This is an advantage that we do not have in the war of demographic conquest being waged against us by Mexico.
It's not just that the government refuses to defend American territory. It is actively colluding with the invaders. Appallingly, the Border Patrol has been tipping off the Mexican government regarding the positions of volunteer border patrol groups including the Minutemen and Friends of the Border Patrol, effectively helping Mexicans to avoid them during incursions over our border.
The idea is supposedly that we need to assure Mexico's corrupt regime that the "rights" of drug-smugglers and illegal aliens are being preserved as they break into our country. Also, according to a Border Patrol spokesman, the government wants to change Mexico's perception of the Minutemen as "vigilantes." But where would anyone get the idiotic notion that patriotic citizens peacefully assisting in the defense of their country's borders are vigilantes — if not from listening to our President?
Says Minuteman founder Chris Simcox:
Now we know why it seemed like Mexican officials knew where we were all the time. ... It's unbelievable that our own government agency is sending intelligence to another country. They are sending intelligence to a nation where corruption runs rampant, and that could be getting into the hands of criminal cartels. They just basically endangered the lives of American people.
This goes beyond the negligence and irresponsibility that has long characterized our government's approach to fulfilling its fundamental duty of defending the border. We are breezing past dereliction on our way to straightforward treason.
The problem isn't with the agents out in the field, but with the bureaucrats who give them their orders; orders that sometimes include ignoring invasion sightings called in by the Minutemen. According to T.J. Bonner, President of a union that represents over 10,000 of them, Border Patrol agents have been complaining for years about the Mexican consulate's influence over their agency. Said Bonner:
It worries me [that the Mexican government] seems to be unduly influencing our enforcement policies. That's not a legitimate role for any foreign nation.
That's putting it mildly — especially considering that Mexico is for all intents and purposes at war with the United States.
But there's more. The Minuteman National Blog notes that the Border Patrol bureaucracy has been passing along to Mexico intelligence on Minuteman activities in places as far from the border as Illinois and Massachusetts. As the blog notes:
That is not a report on the location of Minutemen at the border, but political intelligence from our government to a foreign nation about the activities of American citizens petitioning our own government for redress of grievances.
The whole border situation smells worse every day. One thing has become crystal clear: our government is not acting in our country's best interest.
May 9, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:55 PM
By now readers will be unsurprised that the treasonous and morally depraved Carter praises the vicious terrorist organization Hamas, while railing against Israel and of course, the USA. Palestinians are a noble race of saints who "are being treated like animals" according to Jimbo, who lauds the elections that put Hamas in control of what passes for their government. Here's how he explains why the voters chose to have their country run by terrorists:
One clear reason for the surprising Hamas victory for legislative seats was that the voters were in despair about prospects for peace. With American acquiescence, the Israelis had avoided any substantive peace talks for more than five years, regardless of who had been chosen to represent the Palestinian side as interlocutor.
But of course: Jews and America are to blame. These villains are accused of "punishing the innocent and already persecuted people of Palestine" by restricting the flow of cash into Hamas' pockets.
Lest their liberal apologists cause anyone to forget what Hamas is all about, it has carried out over 100 major terrorist attacks, including these, killing over 500 people, almost all of them civilians and at least 27 of them American.
While America tries to wage a war against Islamic terror, Carter denounces his own country and attempts to portray terrorists as put-upon victims. But no amount of moonbat whitewash can cover the bloodstains Hamas has spread across Israel. Here's an example of their handiwork:
We wouldn't want Hamas' funding to dry up, would we? We wouldn't want financial pressure to be brought to bear to persuade these maniacs to stop murdering innocent civilians. Well, at least Jimmy Carter wouldn't.
Either Carter is totally clueless or he thinks everyone else is. How else do you explain him bleating something like this:
Although Hamas leaders have refused to recognize the state of Israel while their territory is being occupied, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has expressed approval for peace talks between Abbas and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel. He added that if these negotiations result in an agreement that can be accepted by Palestinians, then the Hamas position regarding Israel would be changed.
The only "agreement that can be accepted by Palestinians" would be for every last Israeli to agree to jump into the Mediterranean, as Hamas leaders have repeatedly made clear in recent statements like the following.
Hamas Leader Khaled Meshaal (Al-Rai Al-Aaam, 3/26/06):
No to negotiations with Israel, no to recognition of Israel and no to surrender of Palestinian rights.
Hamas Representative in Iran Abu Usama (Keyhan, 3/5/06):
The foundation of our plan is resistance which is a strategic choice for the movement. Negotiation and compromise has no place in our plans. Based on this plan we will never recognize Israel and the Road Map plan. In fact we are against these policies and the future sovereignty supports resistance.
Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar (The Jerusalem Post, 3/27/06):
Even if the US gave us all its money in return for recognizing Israel and giving up one inch of Palestine, we would never do so even if this costs us our lives… Our right to pursue the resistance will remain as long as the occupation continues over our lands and holy sites.
Zahar again (The Jerusalem Post, 3/27/06):
Recognizing the state of the Israeli enemy is not on the table. Our program is to liberate Palestine, all of Palestine.
Hamas Military Leader Ahmad al-Jaabari (Hamas website, 4/5/06):
Our resistance to occupation in Palestine continues, and will not cease under any circumstances... the al-Qassem Brigades will continue the march for the total liberation of the soil of their beloved homeland of Palestine, from the sea to the river.
If you agree that Carter's revolting eagerness to side with monsters against his own country and its ally Israel warrants official censure, CensureCarter.com has a petition for you to sign.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:19 PM
The City Council of Cambridge, Massachusetts — home to Harvard, MIT, and plenty of college-age moonbats living on their wealthy parents' money — is reaffirming its identity as a "sanctuary city." It will continue to refuse to cooperate with federal authorities regarding immigration violations, and will see to it that illegal aliens are showered with expensive social services financed by American citizens, who generally don't work for cash under the table and therefore have to pay taxes.
Fortunately for Cambridge, it has a defense against its own moonbattery: only the rich and their Ivy League offspring can afford to live there. The average one-bedroom goes for $1,400.
Said former resident John Murphy of Cambridge's sanctimonious sanctuary policy:
What's the point? Why invite people? The only people who can afford to live here are graduate students whose parents are paying their rent.
Cambridge is hardly the only city to indulge in left-wing foolishness by openly pandering to illegal aliens. Maywood, California actually disbanded a traffic control unit because it was inconveniencing aliens who don't have driver's licenses (the population there is now two thirds illegal). Sanctuary cities that wouldn't cooperate even if the federal government were serious about defending our nation's sovereignty include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, and San Diego. Unfortunately for the residents of these cities, they can't rely on Cambridge's price tag defense to prevent them from being overrun with an unassimilating illegal underclass that places an enormous burden on law enforcement and social services.
A pending Colorado bill would deny state funding to cities that discourage police cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. This approach urgently needs to be applied at the federal level, so that when the folks in Washington realize that they will have to defend our borders or get voted out of office, they won't have their hands tied by local moonbats.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:27 PM
Diana West makes some good points on the way the progressive establishment uses the word "backlash" to demonize the reasonable reactions of normal people who object to having moonbattery rammed down their throats — as on the border issue:
The family unit is shattered: That's progress. Somebody says, "Uh, maybe it was better when it wasn't shattered": That's backlash. The nation's borders are breached by millions of illegal aliens, who not only provide an immorally cheap labor force, but also more than 29 percent of prisoners in Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities: That's progress. Somebody yells, "Hey, put up a fence": That's backlash.
As West puts it,
Like a tantrum, a backlash is widely regarded as an emotional spasm that inevitably subsides, leaving the supposedly benign or just plain immutable reality to unfold unmolested.
But the so-called backlash against the Mexican invasion is not going to be subsiding any time soon, regardless of how "unenlightened," "mean-spirited," or "xenophobic" the fifth-column media may want us to perceive it. This year 463 immigration bills have been introduced in 43 states — most of them intended to crack down on illegal aliens and their enablers. The Minutemen continue to grow. Maricopa County's admirable Sheriff Joe Arpaio is leading old-fashioned posses into the Arizona desert to round up invaders. In Milford, Connecticut, the Board of Health banned local restaurants from employing illegals in response to their tendency to carry dangerous infectious diseases.
This isn't a backlash. It's a growing movement on the part of citizens and local government to fill the void left by the unconscionable unwillingness of the White House and the Senate to defend our country from foreign invasion.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:37 AM
British bureaucrats have declared open season on the ice-cream vans whose tinkling music is so pleasing to children's ears. A new bill threatens to prevent the vans from operating near schools.
The British climate is already hard enough on ice cream vendors. Local authorities have banned their vans from using pay-and-display parking spaces, and have set up "ice-cream–free" zones around major shopping streets. In some locations, ice cream vans are banned entirely.
Though this clampdown no doubt contributes to a feeling of triumphant satisfaction among sanctimonious bureauweenies, it probably won't affect children's health much. According to Catherine Collins, chief dietitian at St. George's Hospital in Tooting, south London:
A healthy diet can factor in a sugary treat such as an ice-cream. It is the frequency of that treat that is an issue. Most choices from an ice-cream van would provide fewer calories and fat compared to a free choice from a newsagent.
As John Barrowclough, who has been forced to sell one of his two ice cream trucks because of the crackdown, points out:
Of course no one wants to see fat kids, but most children have an ice-cream once a week, not every day.
Meanwhile Bill Clinton, nostalgic for his days as head of the American nanny state, joined the anti-snack crusade by strong-arming beverage distributors into halting almost all soda sales in elementary and middle schools. Here's Pepsi President and CEO Dawn Hudson conceding defeat as Slick Willie helps himself to an eyeful:
Hat tips: William, Wiggins, Caption This!
May 8, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:32 PM
We can't even get them to stop exporting terrorism, but PETA crusaders believe they can persuade Arabs to stop importing Australian sheep.
PETA kooks have held a press conference in Dubai, have scheduled demonstrations in Kuwait, and are planning trips to Egypt, Qatar, and Jordan, where they hope to persuade lamb-loving Muslims to at least refrain from importing live sheep but instead have the meat shipped frozen.
At issue is the poor travel accommodations for sheep voyaging from Australia. Also, PETA's undercover activists have film of sheep being abused in various Arab countries. Stop snickering, that's not what I meant.
Some of the poor things have been dragged by the ears and even kicked while they were being slaughtered. PETA is taking the tack that meat from such sheep isn't halal — that is, slaughtered in accordance with Islam.
Unfortunately I don't having any pictures of Arabs pulling sheep by the ears. However, I did come across one of a dog killed by PETA folks (via PETA Kills Animals):
Also, I found this one of a Christian schoolgirl beheaded by Muslims (via Laughyourheadoff.org):
Hopefully PETA and Muslims can reach an agreement on how to make the world a gentler place for slaughtered sheep.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:55 PM
Grim as things look for GM and Ford, the auto industry in the USA is alive and well. It's just migrated South, where it has been driven by union moonbattery.
As Warren Brown explains, unions like the UAW were never very welcome in the right-to-work South. So as the UAW proceeds to choke the last life out of GM and Ford, reducing the city of Detroit to a third-world ruin in the process, non-unionized companies including BMW, Toyota, Michelin, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, and Hyundai have moved their operations to Dixie.
Tower Automotive is a Michigan-based automotive supplier currently following the local trend into bankruptcy. Says its President and CEO Kathleen Ligocki:
While historic, high-cost unionized manufacturing generally located in the Midwest and Upper East Coast is slowly lumbering to dinosaurian extinction, the Old South is rising.
Let's hope the South remembers the lesson of its northern neighbors: keep out slow death by unionization at all costs.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:24 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:09 PM
As a professor at University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Mike Adams has heard so many moonbat conspiracy theories that he decided to publish his Top 10 favorites. They offer an entertaining if disturbing sampling of the depraved delusions that pass for knowledge in the absurdly overpriced funhouse known as academia.
If students are espousing opinions like these:
- "If Bush is elected he's planning — along with the rest of the Republicans — to bring back slavery. I don't want to work picking cotton in the cotton fields like my ancestors."
- "The Mona Lisa was painted by an African artist and stolen from a museum in Ethiopia. Most of the great works of art are African in origin and stolen by white people. This is done to promote the myth of white cultural superiority."
- "It is a proven fact that U.S. Coast Guard ships — on orders from President Bush — were seen crashing into the New Orleans levees during Hurricane Katrina. Bush did it to kill black people living in government housing projects."
It might be because their professors are feeding them opinions like these:
- "911 was a conspiracy planned between the Bush administration and the Jews."
- "It is a known fact that the Reagan administration invented crack to destroy the black community."
- "The Reagan administration hired Jewish doctors to develop the AIDS virus to destroy Africa."
- "The voting machines in Florida were built by white supremacists. They may well be able to distinguish between black and white voters."
By the way, Fox News reports that full professors receive an average salary of $91,367 at public universities and $111,817 at private colleges. Ann Coulter could be right that oil execs aren't the ones who are overpaid.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:52 AM
It looks like years of pandering to the left-wing media hasn't fooled everyone; students of New York City's "New School" are seeking to revoke John McCain's invitation to deliver this year's commencement address on the grounds that he secretly practices conservatism.
McCain's cardinal sin is that he is suspected of not being on board with the gay agenda, as evidenced by having spoken at Liberty University, whose founder Jerry Falwell has notably failed to endorse the homosexual lifestyle.
"I think the thing that bothers me the most is him speaking at Jerry Falwell's school," says Anthony Szczurek, a New School freshman who doesn't want McCain coming around.
Sophomore Harper Keenan helped organize the protest against McCain's invitation. He explains why the Senator must not be allowed to speak at their school:
In all of our classes we're taught the value of inclusion of all people.
Apparently they are also taught that you display your devotion to inclusion by excluding anyone you suspect of not sharing it.
Too bad McCain didn't speak at the New School first. What are the chances anyone at Liberty University would protest? The students there probably aren't inclusive enough to be that intolerant.
May 7, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:09 PM
Legal immigrant and Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger has laid into the feds for their refusal to defend our borders:
The federal government has failed the people of America in a terrible way, in a disastrous way, when it comes to this immigration situation.
But the current crop of Beltway bureaucrats aren't the only ones to blame. Arnold is appalled that Washington would allow this ruinous situation to "hang out there for 20 years and not do anything about it, when they knew this is a problem." Given a lack of responsible leadership, it was only a matter of time until it blossomed into a full-blown crisis, as it is doing now.
"To have a border that is not secure is to me staggering," said the Governator. He called for "putting the pressure on the federal government [to] let them know they're responsible."
He couldn't be more right. As we head toward elections in the fall, the message to each and every representative needs to be clear: Do something about the Mexican invasion or it's "Hasta la vista, baby."
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:52 AM
Liberals might want to refrain from gloating about the subterranean poll numbers the Bush Administration has been generating. The media usually leaves us to assume these numbers indicate people are fed up with conservatives. Actually, it is conservatives who are fed up with the President's liberal policies.
Bush's political success was attained not by selling out to the opposite camp but by appealing to his conservative base. Now that he has openly abandoned conservatives on the crucial issues of border defense and spending, he is paying the price.
Fox News reports that Bush's job performance approval among Republicans has sunk from 80% in January to 66%; among conservatives, it has fallen from 68% to 54% over the same period. Meanwhile he has been making slight gains among Democrats, from 13% to 16% over the last 6 months.
An even grimmer picture of Bush's eroding support among his erstwhile base is painted in the Washington Times, where pollster John Zogby is said to have found Bush's approval below 45% among investors, NASCAR fans, gun owners, and Catholics. As Zogby observes:
One of the things clearly that's happening is a breakdown of the coalition that elected and re-elected the president.
Zogby had never seen ratings as low as the ones Bush is scoring on immigration and border security.
If Bush is going to pull out of his tailspin in time to prevent a massacre in the fall, the solution is clear: he has to stop indulging in moonbattery and govern like the conservative he was elected to be. The obvious first step is to use the military to stop the Mexican invasion immediately.
May 6, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:06 PM
A Brooklyn boy was dragged off in handcuffs for having squeezed past an aide who was emptying trash after the aide called police two days later and claimed, according to the New York Daily News, that the boy "rubbed his crotch against her and grabbed her butt."
The poor kid is 9 years old.
If only the system could be that strict when the sexual abuse is real, and children are the victims.
In progressive Massachusetts, former high school teacher Gregory Pathiakis was recently given no jail time at all for admittedly raping a 15-year-old boy. It being a homosexual rape may have qualified as a mitigating circumstance. Brockton Superior Court Judge Suzanne Delvecchio, who let Pathiakis off, was honored as the keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Bar Association's annual dinner back in 2000.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:25 PM
Who says socialism invariably leads to poverty? Actually, it can lead to great economic success — provided you're running the show. Forbes estimates socialist dictator Fidel Castro's wealth at $900 million.
Castro's wealth comes mainly from state-owned companies. Under capitalism, large companies tend to be owned by those who buy stock in them, i.e., the people. Socialism, however, allows one thug and his cronies to own pretty much everything, leaving everyone else to struggle for survival. The term for this in Hollywood and on college campuses is "social justice."
No wonder Castro had his own hospital built a few yards from his front door. With that kind of cash, you hardly expect him to settle for socialized medicine.
Hat tip: Jason
May 5, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:24 PM
Thomas Lifson asks an interesting question at American Thinker: Will Cynthia McKinney, who has been in hot water for assaulting a U.S. Capitol Police officer, and who tried to make a racial issue out of it, be able to keep her prodigious mouth shut regarding the favoritism shown toward the ultimate privileged white boy Patrick Kennedy?
As you might have heard, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), the apple that fell all too close to the tree, crashed his car while apparently falling-down drunk early yesterday morning. But Capitol Police supervisors came to his rescue, seeing that he didn't get a breathalyzer test in an attempt to provide him with plausible deniability.
This is hardly the first strike for the Son of Senator Pumpkinhead. As Lifson notes:
Kennedy's past includes several troubling episodes, starting with his treatment in 1986 for cocaine use. More recently, a charter company accused him of causing $28,000 in damage to a rented yacht in 2000. That same year, he acknowledged that he was "on a lot of different medications for, among other things, depression," and was accused of shoving an airport security guard at Los Angeles International Airport when she tried to make him check his bag. He was in a traffic incident last month in his home district, according to Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr, who reported that the mishap occurred as Kennedy was hurrying into the parking lot of a pharmacy in Portsmouth, R.I.
Naturally if you or I behaved like Patrick Kennedy, we would be sitting not in Congress but in jail. But that's privilege for you.
McKinney is also fond of privilege. If she starts embarrassing her fellow Dems by screeching for equal treatment, she will mean, as Lifson puts it, "equal immunity from the laws which govern the rest of us."
The phony party-of-the-people pose adopted by Democrats will look all the more ridiculous if Republicans follow Lifson's suggestion and demand hearings on Capitol Police handling of the latest Kennedy incident.
Hat tips: Varla, Byron
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:36 PM
Any group in favor of defending our country from the Mexican invasion runs the risk of being shouted down by anarchic mobs.
Representatives of the Minutemen were to do a question and answer session at the Fourth Congregational Church in Chicago last night. But just as Reverend Onix Rosado was getting ready to offer a prayer for a peaceful discussion of immigrant issues, an unidentified man yelled, "How can you have Minutemen in here and say you're respecting God?"
This set off total chaos. Police had to be called in to drag out irrational belligerents who chanted, "Hitler rose, Hitler fell, racist Minuteman go to hell."
Audience member Moises Sanchez explained that "We felt it was necessary to interrupt their speeches tonight" — because the peaceful and law-abiding Minutemen are alleged by moonbats to be allied with groups that have a "violent agenda."
Rosanna Pulido, Illinois director of the Minuteman Project, dismissed these smears as propaganda. Unfortunately, propaganda can be very effective — especially when the MSM is highly unlikely to counter it.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:50 AM
Special thanks to Michelle Malkin for making a point that isn't as obvious as it ought to be: Reconquista is real.
It's easy to dismiss the protesters who turn out for rallies like Monday's as ignorant fools being manipulated by American lunatic fringe leftists like the Vladimir Lenin wannabes at ANSWER. But their numbers are not so easy to dismiss, not when our media is squarely on their side, and not when our own government unforgivably refuses to defend the country from invasion.
"Invasion" in this context is no figure of speech. At one point in the distant past, the Southwest belonged to Mexico. Now that it has been settled and developed, Mexicans want it back. By using our own moonbattery against us, they just might succeed in taking it, leaving the United States a crippled remnant of its current self in only a couple of generations.
A few quotes used in Malkin's piece illustrate that insisting on the "right" to enter our country at will and disregard our laws is only the beginning.
A University of San Francisco student and member of MEChA, on Sean Hannity's radio show:
We believe that we have the right to be in this land…Aztlan is California! Aztlan is this country! This country was ours…We didn't cross the borders. The borders crossed us…This country is based on exploitation!
A Mexican politician, on NPR's "All Things Considered":
Many Mexicans are nourishing the ground in the U.S., but those lands were once ours. Those same lands, which now with intelligence, with love and with a lot of work, we are re-conquering again for our Mexico.
A KTTV-LA Fox 11 reporter, referring to Americans:
You took this country. You killed people in order to take this country for yourselves.
A speaker who was wildly cheered at an illegal alien rally:
They can't deport you from the land that they stole from you!
Sure, the rhetoric is silly. But the intentions it reveals are very serious. These are not immigrants. They are conquerors. Their lack of weapons is their greatest weapon, for it prevents us from taking the commonsense measure of mining the border.
Because it will permanently displace us from large parts of our own country, the Mexican invasion is much more of a long-term threat to America than anything envisioned by the Imperial Japanese we fought so hard to defeat. If we don't deal with the reconquistadors now, they will deal with us soon, when demographics are in their favor.
May 4, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:43 PM
The Spanish version of the Star-Spangled Banner may be irritating, but it can't compare to the version of God Bless America sung by the Raging Grannies. It starts off like this:
God help America
We need you bad
Cause our leaders
And they're making the world really mad
The song, as well as the tactic of getting themselves arrested by invading recruiting centers, are inventions of the Tucson chapter of this cult of kitschy moonbats. Both were copied in New York City, where a bunch of Grannies delighted the media by blocking the entrance to the military recruitment center in Times Square last fall.
"We were in papers everywhere, even Pravda," chirped one of the Tucson grannies — surely a high honor for any moonbat, though Pravda isn't what it was under Stalin; some suggest it's no longer as far to the left as the New York Times.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the anti-American activism of some of the Grannies dates back to the execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg for stealing U.S. secrets that good old Uncle Joe used to develop nuclear weapons. Astonishingly, these people are then lauded — in the same sentence! — for "their commitment to free speech and dissent."
I wonder what would have happened to a bunch of useless old kooks wearing tie-dyed shawls who tried to disrupt military business in the Soviet Union.
Hat tip: Varla
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:48 PM
A California Senate committee has approved a bill that would mandate homosexual propagandizing in public school textbooks.
The bill now goes to the full Senate and from there to the Assembly; if it makes it over the rest of its hurdles, it will compel school boards to use instructional material that reflects the "sexual diversity" of society, and to specifically include contributions of those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and "transgender."
A few brave souls still dare to object to our schools being used for perverse sexual indoctrination.
Karen England, Executive Director of the Capital Resource Institute, observes that sexual orientation has no relevance to a person's historical significance, and that discussion of deviant sexuality belongs "in the bedroom, not in the classroom."
Says Benjamin Lopez of the Traditional Values Coalition:
This bill only seeks to advance acceptance of certain sexual lifestyles in California.
But not only in California. Since that state represents 12% of the national textbook market, the law is likely to have nationwide repercussions.
Meanwhile, our students cannot find New York on a map.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:38 PM
Litigation isn't always a bad thing. Judicial Watch has filed a suit to force the Los Angeles Police Department to start putting public safety ahead of political correctness by dumping "Special Order 40," a demented measure put in place back in 1979 that forbids LA cops from participating in the enforcement of immigration law.
In 1996, Congress passed a law with this language:
...a federal, state, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (now Immigration and Customs Enforcement) information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.
However Los Angeles, like other large cities in which decadence has resulted in entrenched moonbattery, does not seem to recognize that it falls under the jurisdiction of the United States government.
Judicial Watch's suit refers to an illegal alien who had been deported for robbery, drugs, and burglary, but soon returned across the essentially undefended border. Because he was stopped twice for traffic violations, police knew he was back. But they were forbidden to do anything about him until he went on a crime spree during which he mugged three people, burglarized two apartments, and attempted to rape a woman in front of her 5-year-old.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:10 PM
Conservatives stay on course by asking themselves, "What would Ronald Reagan do?" Likewise, moonbats stick to the left-hand path by asking, "What would Count Dracula do?" The Count would be proud of the ACLU, which has managed to force San Diego to remove the mountaintop cross marking a veterans memorial at Mount Soledad.
A judge's ruling that the cross must be removed within 90 days is the result of a 17-year campaign by militant moonbats. As usual, their use of government to suppress Christianity was absurdly justified as a matter of separating church and state.
In a recent ballot initiative, San Diego's voters chose overwhelmingly to keep the cross in its place. But with rule by litigation, the will of voters is at worst a minor inconvenience to repressive leftists like the ACLU.
There has been a cross on Mount Soledad since 1913. The current 29-foot cross has stood since 1954. No doubt Dracula would be glad to see the last of it.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:31 AM
Compliments of Wiggins, here's entertaining video of John Bolton tearing the leathery wings off moonbat Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Phantom of the Opera look-alike Henry "Nostrilitis" Waxman (D-CA).
May 3, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:27 PM
Retired U.S. Border Patrol agent David J. Stoddard has done his best to wash away the moonbattery that prevents the government from taking responsible action to address the illegal alien invasion in an excellent open letter to Senator Bill Frist. If you haven't seen it, give it a read. To summarize Stoddard's points:
- Illegal aliens do not want American citizenship, but only the benefits that come with it.
- There are no jobs that Americans won't do — for a reasonable wage.
- Illegal aliens left homes back in their own countries; they are not homeless any more than they are American.
- Our economy does not need illegal aliens. Their only significant effect on it is to drive down wages.
- Actually, this is not a nation of immigrants. It's primarily a nation of the descendants of immigrants — like other nations.
- America accepts more lawful immigrants than the rest of the world combined. But there's a difference between illegal aliens and immigrants.
- There is no such thing as a homogeneous Hispanic vote, so there is no point in politicians selling out their own country in an attempt to pander to it.
- Mexico is not a friend to the USA.
- If everyone whose life could be improved by sneaking into America did so, we would become a Third World nation overnight.
- We do not have a labor shortage.
- There is nothing racist about refusing to allow aliens to invade our country to steal benefits intended for lawful citizens.
Stoddard lays it on the line to Frist and by extension to the whole federal bureaucracy, and many state and local bureaucracies as well:
For about four decades American politicians have refused to secure our borders and look after the welfare of middle class Americans. These politicians have been of both parties. A huge debt to American society has resulted. This debt will be satisfied and the interest will be high. There [have] already been riots in the streets by illegal aliens and their supporters. There will be more. You, as a politician, have a choice to offend the illegal aliens who have stolen into this country and demanded the rights afforded to U.S. citizens or to offend those of us who are stakeholders in this country. The interest will be steep either way. There will be civil unrest. There will be a reckoning. Do you have the courage to do what is right for America? Or, will you bow to the wants and needs of those who don't even have the right to remain here?
There will be a reckoning. It will come in November of this year, again in 2008 and yet again in 2010.
We will not allow America to be stolen by third world agitators and thieves.
If our bureaucrats won't listen to this message, it's up us to replace them with others who will.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:13 PM
Monday's muscle-flexing on behalf of the illegal immigrant movement drew a few fifth-columnists out of the woodwork. Some could be found in surprising places. Check out this audio of KTTV-LA Fox 11 reporter and spittle-spraying reconquistador Tony Valdez (via Michelle Malkin and Hot Air).
Fox's veteran broadcast journalist spews the familiar "We didn't cross the border, the border crossed us" slogan, popular among those who — like Valdez — do not recognize the Southwest as part of the United States. According to this view, three of America's five largest cities (LA, Houston, Phoenix) are actually in Mexico.
Fair and balanced? You decide.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:18 AM
Eliot Spitzer, New York's Attorney General and probable next Governor, doesn't think much of the constructionist view that the Constitution says what it says, not what our rulers might chose to pretend that it says. Spitzer opines:
As a citizen, and as the state's lawyer, I believe in an evolving Constitution. A flexible Constitution leaves room for us to consider not merely how the world once was, but how it ought to be.
Yes, that's why Congress can amend the Constitution. But lawsuit-happy leftists like Spitzer would rather rule by litigation than legislation — there's less interference from voters. The next Governor will get to fill at least two slots on New York's seven-member court.
The many people the overtly thuggish Spitzer has threatened, who include former Goldman Sachs Chairman John Whitehead and Congresswoman Sue Kelly (R-NY), could probably agree that the idea of this guy picking state supreme court judges is not reassuring.
Spitzer played soccer as a kid. By his own account, he was the "enforcer" of the team, who "took people out":
You play hard, you play rough, and hopefully you don't get caught.
That sums up his style as Attorney General. Basically he's a cross between Ralph Nader and Don Corleone.
What makes Spitzer truly frightening is that with the support he gets from the fawning MSM, he could one day run for President.
Hat tip: William
May 2, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:37 PM
Shelby Steele has an interesting take on how moonbattery — or as he puts it, "white guilt" — prevents the USA from fighting all out and winning wars.
As we did in Vietnam, we are fighting in Iraq with one hand behind our back, fighting "so as to make a little room for an insurgency" — even though everyone including the insurgents knows that we could crush them if only we had the will.
The reason we don't is that we are no longer allowed to believe in ourselves, but are forced by politically correct ideology to renounce our own history. Consequently we are concerned not so much with the enemy as with our own sense of illegitimacy. You cannot win a fight while apologizing for your own existence. As Steele puts it:
Whether the problem is race relations, education, immigration or war, white guilt imposes so much minimalism and restraint that our worst problems tend to linger and deepen. Our leaders work within a double bind. If they do what is truly necessary to solve a problem — win a war, fix immigration — they lose legitimacy.
To maintain their legitimacy, they practice the minimalism that makes problems linger. What but minimalism is left when you are running from stigmatization as a "unilateralist cowboy"? And where is the will to truly regulate the southern border when those who ask for this are slimed as bigots? This is how white guilt defines what is possible in America. You go at a problem until you meet stigmatization, then you retreat into minimalism.
Our enemy in Iraq is not so much al Qaeda or the remnants of Saddam's ghoulish regime, as our own carping media and our fear that if we take off the kid gloves and play to win, effete Euroweenies might denounce us as cowboys. It doesn't occur to us that we ought to be proud to be cowboys.
This same phenomenon is causing us to lose the war of conquest currently being waged against us by Mexico — potentially the most disastrous war in American history, because of our bizarre refusal to defend ourselves. Here the enemy isn't Vicente Fox or left-wing demagogues within our own country like Juan Jose Gutierrez or Dolores Huerta. It's Senators Kennedy and McCain, and the President himself, and the rest of the Washington bureaucrats who don't believe in our country enough to defend it regardless of whether the media would consider them "racist."
In the end, we only have one enemy that genuinely threatens us. The rest are just opportunistic infections. The true enemy is the liberal elite intelligentsia that has poisoned our most crucial resource: our belief in what we are.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:27 PM
The illegal alien crisis is more serious than I thought. Compliments of William:
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:11 PM
Lou Dobbs is right to be annoyed at the way the MSM portrayed yesterday's demonstrations and boycotts in support of illegal aliens as being about immigration.
Our nation of immigrants has nothing against immigration. Invasion is not immigration.
Nor is the issue race — that's a card the Left has played several times too many.
It was no coincidence that the actions were planned for May 1, the traditional communist holiday. But that doesn't mean they had anything to do with helping the working class. As Dobbs observes:
In fact, a meat-packing job paid $19 an hour in 1980, but today that same job pays closer to $9 an hour, according to the Labor Department. That's entirely consistent with what we've been reporting — that illegal aliens depress wages for U.S. workers by as much as $200 billion a year in addition to placing a tremendous burden on hospitals, schools and other social services.
What then do the organizers want? Juan Jose Gutierrez, both director of Latino Movement USA and a representative of ANSWER, offers a clue. Dobbs quotes him:
The time has come...where we need to stand up and make a statement. We need to do what the American people did when they pulled away from the British crown. And I am sure that back in those days many people were concerned that was radical action.
In other words, they want a revolution — but not the kind where autocracy is overthrown in favor of freedom. We already have freedom; ANSWER is after the opposite.
They are after power — the kind only socialist dictators like Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Saddam, and Castro can wield. But they have an obstacle: America, the light that has been pushing back the darkness of totalitarianism throughout the world.
The Mexican invasion — unless it is stopped and the Mexicans who remain in the country are assimilated — will eventually tear America apart, just as surely as uncontrolled immigration from Islamic countries is causing France to disintegrate. As far as ANSWER is concerned, that's the whole point.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:39 AM
Molding eager terrorists requires brainwashing, and the earlier you start, the more effective you will be. This is how they do it in the psychotic death cult known by some as the "Religion of Peace":
American terrorism is still in its infancy. For the most part it originates in the animal rights and earth rights movements. So far it hasn't been as deadly as the Middle Eastern variety, but in its hostility not just toward some humans but all humans, it is even more profoundly antisocial. Here too seeds are strategically planted in minds too young to reject them, as in the kiddy movie Hoot, which is coming out Friday.
As described by CNS News, Hoot tells the story of a band of middle school children who have resolved to save some owl nests from a development project. They trespass, rip out surveyors' stakes, flatten tires, vandalize machinery, spray paint a police car, kidnap a land developer, release poison snakes, etc. in order to prevent the owls' little corner of the wild from being encroached upon by civilization.
There are no negative consequences for the kids' antisocial acts; on the contrary, they are portrayed as heroes who successfully prevent the construction of a restaurant. The bad guys are the builders; in the end the project manager gets arrested for violating environmental protection laws.
"Break the rules!" the trailer exhorts. It features a shot of the heroic teens standing in front of a bulldozer just like Rachel "Saint Pancake" Corrie; ironically, the restaurant they won't allow to be built is a pancake house. "You gotta start thinking like an outlaw," urges one of the teenage eco-warriors.
Jeanne Wolf referred to Hoot as "soft-core eco-terrorism," but director Wil Shriner characterizes the vigilante vandalism as "mischievous" and proudly observes that there is no smoking or farting in the film.
The story comes from a novel by Carl Hiaasen, whose work has been praised by Al Gore and Earth First, the extremist group that spawned the arson-oriented terrorist outfit Earth Liberation Front. Says Hiassen of Hoot's teenybopper outlaws:
There are times when you have to step across the law to do something right. It's nothing new in literature...
It certainly isn't. The concept of "stepping across" is central to Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky. But "stepping across" doesn't turn out quite as rosily for Dostoevsky's Raskolnikov.
How long did it take us to get from "Give a hoot, don't pollute" to urging children to sabotage construction sites? Where are we heading next?
May 1, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:53 PM
The boycott component of today's show of force on behalf of illegal aliens' "right" to disregard our laws and our sovereignty was spun by its organizers as a "Day Without an Immigrant." They know that America would never want to go a day without immigrants.
A day without illegal aliens, however, is quite another matter. As Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) points out, it would have more than few advantages, including these:
- There would be 20% fewer patients in emergency rooms across the Southwest.
- Maternity billings to Medi-Cal would drop by 66%.
- Gang membership would drop by 50% in some states.
- Phoenix would see a 34% drop in child molestation and a 40% drop in auto theft.
- The methamphetamine supply would dry up in some areas.
- The Border Patrol would make 3,500 fewer apprehensions.
- Colorado taxpayers would save about $3,000,000 on public services, its K-12 classrooms would be less crowded by 131,000 students, and its jails and prisons would have 10% fewer inmates.
- DUI arrests — not to mention traffic fatalities — would take a significant dip.
- Thousands of construction workers unwilling to work for third-world wages with no benefits would get their jobs back for a day.
Why settle for a day? We ought to follow up the phony "Day Without an Immigrant" with a very real "Decade Without an Illegal Alien."
Hat tip: Byron
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:38 PM
Today's boycotts and demonstrations in support of Mexico's invasion of our country are brought to you in part by ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), a disturbing moonbat sect that along with North Korea's regime is one of the last remnants of the nightmare era of Joseph Stalin.
This cult was formed only three days after September 11, with the express purpose of undermining our response to that day's atrocities. However, it was not a new organization in 2001, but only a new branch of the Stalinist Workers World Party, which split from the Socialist Workers Party after the latter condemned the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1957. According to Human Events, even the New York Times has acknowledged that "Some of the group's chief organizers are active in Workers World Party, a radical Socialist group with roots in the Stalin-era Soviet Union."
ANSWER is funded by the 501(c)3 group Progress Unity Fund (PUF), which shares its San Francisco address. PUF also funds the International Action Center, which is led by Ramsey Clark, the guy who has been over in Iraq defending a genocidal socialist tyrant on the grounds that the Iraqi people have no right to try their former dictator.
According to its website, what ANSWER wants regarding illegal aliens is immediate unconditional amnesty for all illegal aliens. They are of course opposed to border defence. In other words, they want the USA to voluntarily cease to exist as a sovereign nation. They're also on the record as wanting the Minutemen thrown in jail for being "vigilantes." It isn't easy to do, but ANSWER outflanks even President Bush on the left on illegal immigration.
So apparently it's quite fitting that big illegal alien rallies should be held on May Day, the traditional communist holiday. You might think that communists would oppose illegal immigration, which depresses workers' wages and undermines unions. But Lech Walesa, the labor leader who helped bring down Poland's communist dictatorship, could explain the depth of the communist commitment to unions. The objective is to impose totalitarian control after destroying democratic governments. Everything else is window dressing.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:47 AM
Cornel West, regarded by some as the most absurd living human, but by others as "the superstar of black academia," has taken his burlesque act to the United Kingdom, where he has been chastising Brits for not fulfilling their quota of black friends. Opines Dr. West:
[I]f you ask white Britons how many of them have more than two black friends, the answer is not many.
Professor West did not explore the possibility that this has something to do with the fact that Britain is located in Europe. I wonder if David Duke ever traveled to Uganda to scold the natives for not hanging out with Caucasians.
By the way, West has another album coming out. The Artist Once Again Known As Prince will be participating. Evidently Princeton isn't as fussy as Harvard about how their academic "superstars" spend their time.
Hat tip: Wiggins