June 30, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:20 PM
The Rainbow Family is a loose coalition of moonbats who describe themselves like this:
Some say we're the largest non-organization of non-members in the world. We have no leaders, and no organization. To be honest, the Rainbow Family means different things to different people. I think it's safe to say we're into intentional community building, non-violence, and alternative lifestyles. We also believe that Peace and Love are a great thing, and there isn't enough of that in this world. Many of our traditions are based on Native American traditions, and we have a strong orientation to take care of the Earth. We gather in the National Forests yearly to pray for peace on this planet.
In a word, they're hippies. But it's not all peace and love with the Rainbow Family. In one of at least three clashes near Steamboat Springs, Colorado recently, these flower children attacked U.S. Forest Service officers.
There are already about 5,000 Rainbow flakes at a campsite in the Routt National Forest for an event not scheduled to begin until tomorrow. The Forest Service has refused to grant them a permit to camp there, because they are in an area where up to 60% of the trees have been killed by a Beatle I mean beetle infestation and the risk of a fire is high. The narrow dirt access road would quickly become clogged with trapped campers if one were to break out. Sanitation could also be a problem, as is often the case with hippies.
Fifteen officers who were attempting to assert some sort of authority were surrounded by 200 unwashed weirdoes in what must have resembled a scene from a George Romero movie. Verbal abuse escalated to physical violence. A female officer took an elbow in the face; another officer was nailed in the leg with a rock; others were slugged. They were able to arrest only one hippie before using their batons and pepper spray to enable a retreat.
The next day forestry officials met with the "elders of the Rainbow Family," and were told that the younger generation can't help behaving like untamed savages because they come from an inner-city environment.
Any hippies who are actually brought to justice for violating the camping ban face a piddling fine of $135, including court costs.
Forest fires can actually serve a benevolent purpose, by clearing out the deadwood. But I suppose the Forest Service won't be able to take that into account in this situation.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:26 PM
By now everyone is aware of how drug dealers and violent gang members exploit our open southern border. Other types of criminal come across too: Junio Trenta might be an example.
Trenta, alternately described as a "transient" and as a "Mexican citizen working as a laborer" had previously been arrested for larceny. Now he's been charged with felony animal cruelty after he was caught anally raping a male puppy in the Martin County, Florida woods just after noon last Monday. On being discovered in this act, Trenta wondered aloud:
It's my dog. What's the problem?
One problem is that this guy is probably going to be a burden on American taxpayers for the rest of his life — and he is hardly alone.
Hat tip: Tomslick
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:58 PM
Stemming the invasion and colonization of the Southwest by hordes of penniless Mexicans continues to be anything but a priority for our government. When Bush agreed to send a token 6,000 National Guard troops to the border to provide support to the Border Patrol as the Minutemen have been doing, even that hollow gesture was enough to drive down illegal border crossings. But the improvement will be temporary, as word spreads south of the border that our bureaucrats have no sincere intention of defending our territory.
According to Bush's promises, 2,500 National Guard troops were to be on the border by the end of June. He's got 10 hours left and there are fewer than 1,000. All 50 states were supposed to send troops, but few are fully cooperating. Others whine that they have more important uses for the troops, like holding them in reserve to deal with forest fires and bad weather.
The full 6,000 are supposed to be in place by the end of July. That deadline will be missed also. But 6,000 is now considered to be a "maximum" — apparently meaning that there won't be more than 6,000 troops, but there may very well be fewer. Bush may as well have said he was sending 50,000 troops. At least that would be enough, were he actually to send them and let them actively defend the country from invasion.
Where there is no will, there is no way Mexico will be stopped from exporting its poverty into the U.S. Unless we find a way to hold the government accountable, this problem will inevitably fester into a crisis of historic proportions.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:14 AM
Two "civil liberties" groups are expressing their devotion to liberty by suing to ban a picture of Jesus Christ that has hung in a West Virginia high school for over 30 years. Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the West Virginia American Civil Liberties Union filed suit under the usual absurd pretext that permitting anything that acknowledges our culture's 2,000-year-old Christian heritage constitutes imposing Christianity.
Sputtered Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United:
I frankly cannot understand why this school insists that it is doing nothing wrong.
Maybe the suit should include punitive damages to get it across to these nonconformists that there is but one commandment they have to follow, now that progressives run our courts: Thou shalt have no gods before totalitarian moonbattery.
On a tip from The Right Reverend Rabbi Judah.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:16 AM
When an eagle tried to snatch the smallmouth bass he had hooked, Josh Williams attempted to scare off the opportunistic bird by tossing stones at it. Unfortunately this constituted harassing "an endangered or threatened species without a permit from the Secretary of the Department of the Interior" — and Williams was caught in the act by a Fish and Wildlife Service officer.
For this crime, Williams was sentenced by a judge to apologize to the eagle.
Let's hope that this miscreant has learned his lesson, and that next time he will obtain the relevant permit from Washington before shooing any birds.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:39 AM
What a dark and awful place it is inside the moonbat cave called the Huffington Post. Reading the rants there is like staring into Dante's dolorous abyss. Here are a couple of recent examples, on tips from V the K:
Apparently convinced that his party will not do well in this November's elections, Mark Crispin Miller is already accusing Republicans of rigging them. Bizarrely, he asserts that if we respect the election results, "we don't deserve to call ourselves the citizens of a republic."
Not to be outdone for paranoia, Russell Shaw believes that President Bush and Osama bin Laden have been collaborating on a video to be released on the Fourth of July for propaganda purposes. Sneers this sad little man (ellipses in original):
I can see it now- July 4 speeches and rallies, appearances with troops: "the war on terror is very real, and our brave men and women in uniform are there for us"... mention Osama..mention "emerging" Iraq democracy...keep America safe from terrorists and safe for the unborn and the true believers.
Bin Laden, according to this worldview, is a "scarecrow" — not a real threat at all, just a boogeyman to scare us with. In less that five years, some liberals have already managed to forget that September 11 ever happened — or crazier still, to convince themselves that somehow Republicans did it.
Withdrawing into their deformed imaginations may shield progressives from the effects of disappointment and grief. But it also shields them from hope, from pride, from love, from everything that makes life worth living. How awful it must be not to believe in anything but their own festering mental disease.
June 29, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:21 PM
So much for "Truth, justice, and the American way" — the classic Superman motto has been discarded for the new Superman Returns, as moonbat screenwriters Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris consider it to be excessively patriotic. Sneers Harris:
I don't think "the American way" means what it meant in 1945. He's an alien, from Krypton; he has come to Earth to be kind of a savior for this world, not our country ... And he has no papers.
Dougherty piles on:
He's not just for Metropolis and not just for America. What would happen with the immigration laws we have now?
Apparently, the two are complaining that our government even pays lip service to the concept of securing the borders from foreign invasion.
So Superman is no longer patriotic. At least, contrary to rumors, he isn't gay — yet.
Hat tip: Varla
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:08 PM
In terms of the number of innocent human lives they have ended, rats are challenged only by mosquitos and communists as mankind's worst enemy. The instinctive loathing most people have for all three is more than justified. Among their accomplishments, rats spread the Black Death through Europe, killing off nearly half the population. So it is hardly surprising that when an animal shelter in the San Francisco suburb Petaluma was forced to euthanize about 1,000 feral rats, sympathetic moonbats went berserk.
The rats had been hoarded in the home of convicted armed robber Roger Dier, who has been cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty. This real-life Willard first made the news back in the 1960s, when his home was the hideout for two men later convicted of plotting to kidnap the son of Frank Sinatra, leader of the Rat Pack. Nancee Tavares, Petaluma's animal services manager, describes him like this:
He's an intelligent man to talk to, but he smells like rat urine. He told me that when he had only 100 of them, he'd let them sleep with him in his bed. They'd get all in his shorts and stuff. And you can't potty train them, so you know they were urinating and defecating in there.
As for his massive rat collection, Tavares says:
We euthanized all of the adults except the ones we have to keep on quarantine because they bit staff. They weren't social. I would call them feral. We found many with eyeballs missing, teeth growing into the opposite jaw, huge abscesses with open wounds. Some were starving.
The euthanizing outraged local "rat fanciers," who had formed an email chain called "petalumarats" to find homes for the cuddly creatures. They bombarded the animal shelter with angry phone calls and emails.
Self-described rat lover Phyllis Mason raged:
This is an unspeakable injustice to those rats who deserved better.
Fumed rat aficionado Tina Bird:
Maybe they would have been better advised to leave the animals in their horrible conditions until we, the rat community, had a few days to get moving. Be sure that animal lovers across the United States will be scrutinizing Petaluma's actions and culpability for this slaughter.
Just as the judges and pious MSM fools who sympathize with the terrorist barbarians vacationing at Club Gitmo would be unlikely to invite any of the objects of their affection into their own homes, few of the rat activists have been willing to take in rats themselves. As Tavares observes:
Everybody's saying you can't euthanize them and they all say they want to help, but very few can take any.
Some of the horrid creatures actually have been adopted. Others will be traveling all the way to Los Angeles, where they will be put up for adoption by the Rat and Mouse Club of America. Still more will go up for adoption after they have been neutered or checked for pregnancy. All adopters have to be screened to assure they will be suitable parents for the rats. If only aborted humans were offered the same consideration as snake food.
Sometimes you can almost envy moonbats. Imagine what a relief it would be to live in a world where the worst thing you have to worry about is the demise of a rat horde.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:20 PM
In a shocking triumph of moonbattery over common sense, the Supreme Court has forbidden military trials for the foreign terrorists interned at Guantanamo Bay. Unless the ruling can be reversed through legislation, it will probably result in the terrorists — most if not all of whom regard it as their God-given duty to kill as many of us as they can — either being sent back to their home countries, or granted normal criminal trials as if they were American citizens caught sticking up liquor stores.
If they are sent back to their home countries, they will either be set free to resume their terrorist activities, or they will be incarcerated under conditions that will almost certainly be much less comfy than the accommodations at Club Gitmo — which should cause the liberal justices some concern if their primary motivation is the terrorists' well-being, as opposed to poking their own country in the eye.
Granting them normal criminal trials in the United States is unthinkable. It would be extravagantly expensive, would compromise critical intelligence, and would result in cartoonish O.J.-style spectacles that would make a mockery of the War on Terror by granting terrorists and their left-wing lawyers a soapbox from which to denounce Western Civilization.
Since the moonbats infesting our legal system all the way up to the top will not allow us to interrogate or incarcerate terrorists, the only option is to kill them on sight. After that's been prohibited, I suggest converting to Islam and declaring sharia. What else is left?
Justices Alito, Thomas, and Scalia were dissenting voices of reason. Chief Justice Roberts had to recuse himself. Moonbats Stevens, Kennedy, Bader Ginsburg, Breyer, and Souter voted to put the imaginary rights of foreign terrorists above American self-preservation.
In his dissent, Thomas wrote that this foolish decision would "sorely hamper the president's ability to confront and defeat a new and deadly enemy" and that the court's willingness "to second-guess the determination of the political branches that these conspirators must be brought to justice is both unprecedented and dangerous."
Comments Ret. Army Major General Robert Scales:
The American people and the Supreme Court and the rest of [the] people in the enlightened world ... have to decide for themselves, are we in a state of war or are we not in a state of war? The enemy is using our confusion about the conditions in the world today to their advantage and ultimately, we're going to end up with innocent dead in Europe, the United States and elsewhere in the world.
But the Supremes seem to regard themselves as safe, and as for the rest of us... I guess we'll just have to hope we're not riding on the next jet that gets flown into a skyscraper. The New York Times and Osama bin Laden must be delighted.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:08 AM
Now that the borders have been secured, terrorism is no longer a threat, Iraq has been stabilized, Iran and North Korea have been permanently declawed, our education system has been rescued from leftist teacher's unions and made into the best in the world, our space program is back on track, and we have found a cure for cancer, our government at last has the time and resources needed to address the menace of Amish farmers who sell raw milk.
Last fall a guy with a plastic container showed up at the home of Arlie Stutzman in an Amish settlement in northeast Ohio and asked for milk. Stutzman was hesitant, but his religious views did not allow him to deny him the milk, so he filled up the container. The mysterious stranger gave him $2 and left.
Then the trap snapped shut. The visitor was an undercover agent from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which revoked Stutzman's license because the milk hadn't been pasteurized to kill bacteria like E. Coli (although this also kills beneficial bacteria and diminishes vitamin content). Apparently pasteurization can be a problem for the Amish, who shun electricity.
It's comforting to know that vigilant bureaucrats will keep us safe from ourselves.
Hat tip: Byron
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:07 AM
It looks like Cindy Sheehan is serious about her hunger strike:
Hat tip: Wiggins
June 28, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:14 PM
Democrats often seem to live in a time warp, where the year is always 1968, the daisies in their hair never wilt, people still trust the mainstream media, left-wing politics haven't yet been proven utterly unworkable, and we can afford to lose our overseas war. Yesterday DNC Chairman Howard Dean confirmed this impression in a speech during which he attempted to equate the Bush administration with the allegedly "authoritarian" 1950s and promised a return to the "Age of Enlightenment," the 1960s (here's partial video).
As nostalgic Dems seem not to realize, the hippie era was not the apex of American civilization, but the nadir. It was a time of riots, assassinations, government bloat, social decay, and some of the tackiest fashion statements ever made this side of Paris. Ironically, the only good thing about their favorite decade is that it marked the beginning of their party's steady descent toward oblivion. As OpinionJournal points out:
[T]here's something bizarre about the head of the Democratic Party yearning for a return to the 1960s. After all, 1968 marked the beginning of the Republican ascendancy in American politics. Richard Nixon's narrow victory in that year's presidential election began an impressive 7-for-10 GOP streak, and of course the Republicans eventually broke the Democrats' congressional majority too. For a Democrat to long for a return to the '60s is the equivalent of a Republican looking back wistfully on the glory days of the Hoover administration.
While acknowledging that "we made some mistakes in the '60s," Dean promised to keep making them. Even after referring to the "culture of dependence" bequeathed to us by Lyndon Johnson's catastrophic War on Poverty, Mad Howie proclaimed his devotion to "moral principles" that would entail replacing our healthcare system with socialized medicine and driving up unemployment (and illegal immigration) by raising the minimum wage. The inevitable harmful effects of a minimum wage hike on American workers were dismissed as "economists' mumbo-jumbo."
The morality theme was laid on a little too thick because the forum was a religious conference. At one point he piously announced:
This is a moral nation, and we want it to be a moral nation again.
Dean, who left his church over a tiff about a bike path, even tried to pass himself off as a devout Christian:
I came in the wrong door when I first got here. I came in the back, and everybody was talking about praising the Lord, and I thought, "I am home. Finally, a group of people who want to praise the Lord and help their fellow man just like Jesus did and just like Jesus taught." Thank you so much for doing that for me.
Isn't there anyone at the DNC who can tell the Chairman that even if religious people aren't bright enough to embrace his enlightened flower child ideology, most do know when they're being patronized?
Thank you V the K for the tip.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:27 PM
The moonbats infesting the Huffington Post are still sore at the Swiftboat Vets for outing phony war hero Hanoi John Kerry — so sore that they have posted personal information on that execrable blog, for other kooks to use to harass veterans who refused to keep a lid on what they know about Hanoi John's service.
The names and personal info of vets were accompanied by comments like this one by "SatanLivesinUSA":
SwiftBoatVets who need some Black Ops done on them. I have some very good ideas I gleaned from "CIA BOOK of DIRTY TRICKS" Don't get mad, get EVEN.
After Huffington Post hosted this information, Swiftboat Vets unsurprisingly experienced an increase in harassment calls. Veteran Van Odell received calls at 1:47, 1:48, and 1:50 on a Sunday morning. A voice on the phone told him:
I want to know why you lied about John Kerry... Traitors must die. We will get you. You can't get away with this.
The call then degenerated into the inarticulate cursing that often serves moonbats as speech. Odell had to turn his phone off so that his 6-year-old grandson wouldn't be subjected to the calls.
The American Spectator managed to get the contact info taken down from Huffington Post. Here's a PDF of what it looked like up until yesterday afternoon (but with sensitive data blocked out). The complete information continues to be posted at the leftist blog Democratic Veteran.
Since Kerry remains unwilling either to release his full military records, or to stop assailing the Swiftboat Vets, they can probably look forward to more harassment. At least they won't be likely to forget that they're on the side of the good guys.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:26 AM
When the Los Angeles Animal Services Department decided to team up with a Hooters restaurant to put on a bikini contest to raise money to spay and neuter animals, the resulting brouhaha illustrated the level of kookiness prevalent in the city of fallen angels under the moonbat regime of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (who incidentally is the former Chairman of the UCLA chapter of the rabidly anti-American and anti-Caucasian organization MEChA).
As La Times puts it:
The department's role in the July 13 event raised the hackles of those who believe that the government's domain doesn't quite extend to judging the relative merits of swimsuit babes.
Or, in the words of indignant City Controller Laura Chick:
What is going on here?
In response to the outrage, a poster displayed on the city's website last week, prominently featuring a well-endowed bikini girl (and the word "adopt" spelled "addopt") was soon replaced by a picture of a sad doggie wearing a "Hooters for Neuters" t-shirt.
What would cause LA's hyper-PC bureaucracy to consort with a restaurant chain built on the concept of large-breasted waitresses in short skirts? Said Paula Petrotta, Executive Director of the city's Commission on the Status of Women:
All of us are looking for money under every stone.
Maybe if they didn't waste taxpayers' money on bureaucrats with titles like Executive Director of the Commission on the Status of Women, they would have more to spare for spaying cats.
The Animal Services Department has known controversy in the past. A previous chief left due to safety concerns after his car was vandalized by activists.
For her part, animal activist Judy Cairns has no problem with the bikini contest, so long as male city officials also show some skin. Leered Cairns:
I want to see Mayor Villaraigosa's legs.
Perhaps it's for the best that the city's participation in the contest has now been canceled. Hopefully that doesn't mean the show can't go on.
June 27, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:37 PM
Moonbats have heroes like everyone else. But whereas as a normal person's hero would be characterized by courage, sacrifice, devotion, and honor, a moonbat's hero displays the traits of cowardice, selfishness, irresponsibility, and ignominiousness. No one has done a better job of personifying these vaunted characteristics than the Left's latest champion, Ehren Watada.
Watada volunteered for the Army after the invasion of Iraq and willingly completed officer training. But when it came time for him to be deployed from Fort Lewis, he decided that the war didn't suit his political views, and refused to go. After all, preventing terrorists from forcibly taking control of a fledgling democracy is unjust and illegal. Besides, a guy can get hurt over there.
Needless to say, no Army can function when its soldiers consider deployment orders to be optional. This is why Watada is such a darling to the Michael Moore set that they declared today to be a National Day of Action in his honor. Moonbats have been publicly celebrating Watada's disgraceful behavior all across the country, with events planned for a long list of cities by the cult Courage to Resist. Here's how they describe themselves:
COURAGE TO RESIST is a group of concerned community members, veterans and military families that supports military objectors to illegal war and occupation and the policies of empire. Our People Power strategy weakens the pillars that maintain war and occupation in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere by supporting GI resistance, counter-recruitment and draft resistance, which cuts off the supply of troops.
Note that they not only side with al Qaeda and Baathists against the democratic government we are supporting in Iraq, but also with the Taliban, which they apparently would like to see back in power in Afghanistan. Their objective — to weaken our military by attacking morale and impeding recruitment — couldn't be more clear.
Here's hoping Watada is less comfortable in Leavenworth than his terrorist compatriots have been at Club Gitmo. Check out Hot Air to see Michelle Malkin give him a small taste of what he has coming to him.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:45 PM
As the al Qaeda collaborators at the New York Times batten down the hatches and wait out the storm over their deliberate crippling of government efforts to protect America from terror attacks, they might want to have a look in their own archives at what they were saying in September of 2001, back when 9/11 was so fresh in their minds, they were able to understand that terror attacks don't just blow up Americans in the abstract, but kill real people — possibly including them. These very words appeared on the Shady Gray Lady's pages:
Organizing the hijacking of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon took significant sums of money. The cost of these plots suggests that putting Osama bin Laden and other international terrorists out of business will require more than diplomatic coalitions and military action. Washington and its allies must also disable the financial networks used by terrorists.
The Bush administration is preparing new laws to help track terrorists through their money-laundering activity and is readying an executive order freezing the assets of known terrorists. Much more is needed, including stricter regulations, the recruitment of specialized investigators and greater cooperation with foreign banking authorities. There must also must be closer coordination among America's law enforcement, national security and financial regulatory agencies. ...
The Treasury Department also needs new domestic legal weapons to crack down on money laundering by terrorists. The new laws should mandate the identification of all account owners, prohibit transactions with "shell banks" that have no physical premises and require closer monitoring of accounts coming from countries with lax banking laws. Prosecutors, meanwhile, should be able to freeze more easily the assets of suspected terrorists. The Senate Banking Committee plans to hold hearings this week on a bill providing for such measures. It should be approved and signed into law by President Bush. ...
If America is going to wage a new kind of war against terrorism, it must act on all fronts, including the financial one.
But now Executive Editor Bill Keller et al. have come to realize that refraining from publicizing what are in effect military secrets regarding government efforts to track terrorist funding would violate the public's right to know. If you have room for your belly for any more of the Gray Lady's sanctimonious hypocrisy, Keller is now attempting to excuse his paper's despicable behavior by intoning that it would be "arrogant" for them to assume that attempts to keep Islamic terrorists from killing us "are perfectly legal and abuse-proof, based entirely on the word of the government."
Of course a guy who turned up his nose at the Treasury Department's urgent pleas not to hamstring this program wouldn't want anyone accusing him of arrogance.
If Keller, the reporters Eric Lichtblau and James Risen who wrote the funds-tracking expose, and whoever leaked the information to them are not either in federal prison or better still pushing up weeds by the end of the year, we'll know that the Bush Administration does not have what it takes to win the War on Terror.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:42 PM
Decades ago Jerry Brown, current Oakland Mayor and former Governor of California, staked out a position on the furthest fringes of the lunatic Left. He has now won the Democratic primary for California Attorney General.
Brown's fanatical opposition to capital punishment is legendary. When they gave the needle to William Bonin, who confessed to raping and murdering 21 boys, Brown was bursting with indignation — not at Bonin, but at his "Nazi-style" execution.
However, this has not stopped Brown from admiring the brutal communist dictator Fidel Castro and his former chief executioner Che Guevara. He cherishes an original flag from Castro's disastrous July 26 movement, allegedly given to him by Che Guevara's widow.
Brown shares this affection for Cuba's tyrannical regime with the cognitively challenged cutie pie Linda Ronstadt, whose public romance with Governor Moonbeam back in the 70s helped propel her career. Ronstadt is known for enraging audiences with her left-wing proselytizing.
After getting together with Mother Teresa, Brown appeared to be developing a conscience when he announced that "the killing of the unborn is crazy." But when pro-abortion activists opened fire on him, he declared himself in favor of abortion.
Further insights into his moral character can by gleaned from his announcement in 1992 that if he got the Dem nomination for President, he would pick Jesse Jackson as his running mate. Jackson, spiritual adviser to Bill Clinton, has amassed a fortune through race-baiting and extortion, cheats on his taxes, and has blown funds sent by do-gooder idiots on a mistress.
As Attorney General, Brown will most likely follow the lead of fellow anti-business crusader Eliot Spitzer, the New York State AG who is expected to be the Empire State's next Governor. Here's a sampling of Brown's rhetoric:
Hundreds of thousands of working people are currently exploited, and as attorney general, I could and will go after employers with our lawyers to enforce the law.
As for actually fighting crime, forget about it. As he says on his website:
I will lead the fight against crime as I have done as mayor of Oakland.
According to the California Department of Justice, Oakland is the least safe major city in that state. It is California's car theft capital. Its homicide rate is twice that of Los Angeles and four times the state average.
"I will be an unusual attorney general," Moonbeam tells his fellow Dems. There's one campaign promise he will keep if elected.
He's expected to take a shot at getting back into the Governor's mansion in 2010.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:37 AM
It may never have occurred to the fifth-columnists at the New York Times and Los Angeles Time to wonder what the soldiers out there risking their lives to defend them think of their treasonous efforts to assist Islamic terrorists. But if the curiosity that's said to characterize journalists ever gets the better of them, they might want to refer to a letter from U.S. Army Lt. Tom Cotton regarding their willful exposure of the program to track terrorist financing, sent from Iraq and published on Power Line. Here's most of it:
Unfortunately, as I supervised my soldiers late one night, I heard a booming explosion several miles away. I learned a few hours later that a powerful roadside bomb killed one soldier and severely injured another from my 130-man company. I deeply hope that we can find and kill or capture the terrorists responsible for that bomb. But, of course, these terrorists do not spring from the soil like Plato's guardians. No, they require financing to obtain mortars and artillery shells, priming explosives, wiring and circuitry, not to mention for training and payments to locals willing to emplace bombs in exchange for a few months' salary. As your story states, the program was legal, briefed to Congress, supported in the government and financial industry, and very successful.
Not anymore. You may think you have done a public service, but you have gravely endangered the lives of my soldiers and all other soldiers and innocent Iraqis here. Next time I hear that familiar explosion — or next time I feel it — I will wonder whether we could have stopped that bomb had you not instructed terrorists how to evade our financial surveillance.
And, by the way, having graduated from Harvard Law and practiced with a federal appellate judge and two Washington law firms before becoming an infantry officer, I am well-versed in the espionage laws relevant to this story and others — laws you have plainly violated. I hope that my colleagues at the Department of Justice match the courage of my soldiers here and prosecute you and your newspaper to the fullest extent of the law. By the time we return home, maybe you will be in your rightful place: not at the Pulitzer announcements, but behind bars.
There is a reason treason is against the law. The anti-American Left has repeatedly taken advantage of the fact that this law seems not to be enforced any longer. They have been testing the limits, seeing just how far they can go before America wakes up and realizes that it has to defend itself from internal as well as external enemies.
By deliberately exposing the program to combat terrorist financing despite government pleas, the liberal elite media has made it crystal clear that a) they regard themselves as a higher authority than our elected government; and b) they will not hesitate to go beyond propaganda to offer concrete intelligence support to the Islamic terrorists who strive to kill as many of us as they can.
The time has clearly come to draw the line. People must be called to account for this overt act of treason. New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller — who ignored pleas from co-chairmen of the bipartisan 9-11 Commission, Governor Tom Kean and Congressman Lee Hamilton, and even from the vehemently anti-Bush John Murtha not to expose the program — needs to be arrested ASAP.
June 26, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:04 PM
It took awhile, but the University of Colorado is finally ready to dump Ward Churchill, the plagiarizing, research-fabricating faux Indian famous for dismissing those who died at the World Trade Center as "little Eichmanns."
CU Interim Chancellor Phil DiStefano broke the happy news that Mental Ward has been issued a notice of intent to be dismissed. A panel recommended he get the boot in response to his "repeated and deliberate" violations of scholarship rules.
Apparently Churchill won't bother to appeal due to his eagerness to take the matter to court, where he can posture in front of the cameras, denouncing America as he spins himself as the victim of an imaginary police state. It doesn't matter if he knows he's through at UC — the objective is to milk the spectacle of his downfall for every drop of infamy, guaranteeing a royal lifestyle supported by speaking fees.
What's even sadder is that for every Ward Churchill who goes so far over the top they actually have to cut him loose, there are a thousand more academics who less noisily share his depraved and corrosive ideology, and use their positions to inculcate it into the minds of the young.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:35 PM
John Murtha, alleged patriot and possible House Majority Leader if the Dems take back Congress, has been so over the top for so long now in his frenetic quest to endear himself to our fifth-column media that it's getting difficult for him to outdo himself. Yet he continues to manage.
Plunging ever deeper into the Michael Moore/Cindy Sheehan territory that provides the Democratic Party with its most energized supporters, Moonbat Jack has now announced that the United States is more of a menace to world peace than the nuclear threat from the deranged communist dictatorship in North Korea.
In addition to this new tune, Murtha played all his old favorites to a sympathetic audience at a town hall meeting organized by Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek at Florida International University, including:
- The war cannot be won, so we'd better just give up.
- Terrorism should be addressed through diplomacy.
- Our troops in Iraq must cut and run immediately, whatever the consequences.
- We do not want permanent bases in Iraq, presumably because that would only feed the perception that there has been a point to invading Iraq in order to use it as a beachhead in the war on terror.
- There has been a sinister conspiracy to cover up the true events at Haditha, which evidently are known only to Murtha.
- Don't forget Abu Ghraib!
The crowd reportedly lapped it up. Chirped an audience member named Alnoor Jamal:
I believe we are in a mess over there.
Thanks to the likes of Murtha, we're in a mess here too.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:43 AM
Over the weekend 1,200 paranoid schizophrenics gathered at a hotel in Los Angeles to indulge in bizarre fantasies based on the premise that President Bush was behind the attacks of September 11. Cried radio talk show host Alex Jones:
There are so many prominent people who are incredibly well-respected who have stated that the evidence is overwhelming that 9/11 was an inside job.
Unfortunately he seems not to have named any of them.
It would have added to the organizers' credibility if they had asked W himself to speak at their kookfest. He might have given a presentation along these lines (via Knowledge Is Power, on a tip from V the K):
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:28 AM
I knew al-Reuters had to be good for something. Below are some scenes from the weekend's gala gay pride festivities.
The kids were adopted into this lifestyle.
New Yorkers didn't have all the fun. Here's San Francisco:
Welcome to the future our cultural elite has planned for Western Civilization.
June 25, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:30 PM
It's a tragic waste for Miss Denton to have tossed in the towel — especially when she was able to use the corrupt and opaque University of California system to finance the lifestyle of a degenerate czarina, courtesy of California students and taxpayers.
Here's what Metroactive had to say about her infamous $30,000 dog run:
Just how much money does it take to keep two dogs happy? Apparently, if they belong to UCSC Chancellor Denise D. Denton, the answer is around $30,000. That's $15,000 per pup for assured canine contentment at the university level. And what exactly do the dogs get for their 30 grand? While I can't be completely sure (Denton's around the clock security makes it difficult for even the most industrious of reporters to get a look inside the gates), I am willing to hazard a guess. For the University of California's money, I must assume that Chancellor Denton's dog run comes with fresh sod, new fencing, leashes, chew toys, a life-time supply of Kibbles and Bits, a flat screen TV and the first six months' payment on a hovercraft.
Of course, $30,000 for her pooches is chump change compared to the total of $600,000 in UC Office of the President funds she blew on remodeling her free house.
The university has also been shelling out a $50,000/year housing allowance to her lesbian lover, who lives in nearby Oakland. Mary Higgins, president of the Coalition of University Employees at UCSC, had this to say about the $192,000/year job Denton invented for her "partner" Gretchen Kalonji:
If you're sitting there at the regents' meeting, and you're hearing the students talk about how difficult it is to make ends meet and then they turn around and do something like this, it's just so arrogant. It's so unethical.
Denton was also arrogant and unethical enough to collect $68,750 in moving expenses to get from Seattle to San Francisco.
But despite her comfy seat on the gravy train, Denton was reportedly unhappy at UCSC. This might be because underpaid employees did not suffer in silence while she misspent funds that should have gone into their paychecks. It also might be because Denton had lost control of the spoilt left-wing brats who have turned the campus into a zoo, vandalizing SUVs, forcing out military recruiters, and even coercing Denton to sit through a skit about "institutional racism."
Denton displayed her devotion to the principles of free speech and free enquiry upon which higher education is founded by enthusiastically joining the lynch mob that went after Harvard President Lawrence Summers when he recklessly stated out loud that some think there may be gender differences in mathematical aptitude.
In a sane world, Denton might still be alive. Having risen to her level of competence and no farther, she wouldn't have been in a position to get in so far over her head that death seemed like the only way out. Unfortunately, academia is anything but a sane world.
Hat tips: Byron, The Radio Equalizer
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:39 AM
It looks like the English language may suffer from collateral damage in PETA's war on circuses. The animal rights organization best known for staging foolish publicity stunts, advocating terrorism, attempting to convince children that their parents are monsters, and of course, killing animals, is now demanding that Merriam-Webster change the definition of the word "circus" to conform with their hyperbolic propaganda.
PETA insists that the dictionary entry preach that a circus is a "spectacle that relies on captive animals... forced to perform tricks under the constant threat of punishment." People who just want to know what the word means would also be told that "modern circuses include only willing human performers." Tell that to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
As usual, PETA's extreme views are finding some traction: proper circuses (i.e., the kind with trained animals) are forbidden in 300 American cities, and a bill is pending to ban them from the entire state of Massachusetts, which once again finds itself at the cutting edge of moonbattery.
Look for similar assaults on the English language in the future. Activist thugs shouldn't find it all that difficult to bully left-leaning publishing companies into sacrificing accuracy to political correctness. They may even be able to get the word "kook" taken out of the dictionary.
If we really need to redefine "circus," too bad we can't use SondraK's definition:
Circus: any event that features Sheehan, Sharpton, naked hippies, paper maché puppets, Congressional Democrats...
Ironically, many PETA activists themselves seem to have escaped from a circus, if not a carnival freak show:
At least the nut with her face in the toilet was kind enough to put some clothes on.
On a tip from V the K.
June 24, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:33 AM
If Janet "Nappy" Napolitano is able to inflict herself on the citizens of Arizona for another term as Governor, she will owe a big one to fellow open-borders advocate John "Lettuce" McCain, who has built a career on his knack for ingratiating himself with the liberal press by attacking the positions of his fellow Republicans.
Nappy has repeatedly used the veto to prevent any effective defensive measures from being enacted to protect her state from a deluge of Mexican colonizers. In stark contrast, front-running Republican challenger Don Goldwater (nephew of the great Barry Goldwater, longtime Senator and forerunner of the Reagan Revolution) wants to defend Arizona.
Possibly inspired by no-nonsense Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Goldwater wants to build a tent city to house illegal aliens, since there are so many that incarcerating them has been a major problem. Apprehended invaders would then give a little something back to the country they've abused by helping to build a wall to defend it, and by cleaning up some of the mess and property damage they have created in the process of breaking in.
The Spanish-language news agency EFE News got ahold of this perfectly reasonable proposition and went wild, irresponsibly spinning it into a call for concentration camps.
Now Lettuce feels compelled to pile on. From a written statement:
That Mr. Goldwater is either unaware of or indifferent to the loaded symbolism, injustice and un-Americanism of his "plan" to address the many serious issues caused by illegal immigration reveals his flaws as a candidate, and a stunning lack of respect for the basic values of a generous and decent society.
My, aren't we self-righteous? The smoke screen of sanctimonious indignation almost hides the fact that McCain is selling out not only his own party, but his own country, by once again doing everything he can to prevent defensive measures from being taken to stem the Mexican invasion, which promises to have absolutely disastrous long-term consequences for America.
June 23, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:23 PM
Wonderful news: Norman Mineta, the only Dem holdover in the Bush White House, is finally clearing out.
As Secretary of Transportation, Mineta is best known for adamantly placing political correctness ahead of innocent people's safety in the aftermath of 9/11. While everyone else scrambled for ways to defend the country from further attacks, Mineta busied himself by launching expensive lawsuits against airlines that were struggling to survive, on the grounds that they allegedly discriminated against Middle Eastern passengers by being sane enough to subject them to added scrutiny.
Did you know that Mineta was briefly in an internment camp during World War II because of his Japanese ancestry? If not, it's a sure bet you've never heard his voice.
Mr. Mineta has received many awards for his sensitivity to ethnic profiling. Good for him, but I'd personally give him an award if he'd begin to act like a grownup and recognize that his childhood trauma shouldn't determine modern American security policy.
Unfortunately, his resignation isn't effective until July 7, but if we've been lucky enough to survive Mineta this long, we ought to make it a couple more weeks.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:59 AM
How's this for insolence:
Disregarding desperate pleas from the Bush Administration, the New York Times and Los Angeles Times have publicized government efforts to track global financial transfers as part of the war on terror, thus diminishing the program's effectiveness and imperiling national security.
The arrogance of these al Qaeda collaborators is so preposterous, you don't know whether to blow smoke out your ears or guffaw. Here's Doyle McManus, Washington Bureau Chief for La Times:
The key issue here is whether the government has shown that there are adequate safeguards in these programs to give American citizens confidence that information that should remain private is being protected.
Since when is it up to fifth-columnists in the media to determine what strategic information should be made public?
Here's what McManus has to say about the Treasury Department officials who yesterday pleaded at length with reporters not to sell us out to al Qaeda by making the program public:
They were quite vigorous, they were quite energetic. They made a very strong case.
As if that makes any difference. After all, whose side does Treasury think our media is on?
The Gray Lady, which had already accomplished the double whammy of handing Dems a phony issue and crippling our efforts to prevent terror attacks by publicizing the NSA's attempts to track terrorists' overseas phone calls, was predictably no better. Puffed NY Times executive editor Bill Keller:
We remain convinced that the administration's extraordinary access to this vast repository of international financial data, however carefully targeted use it may be, is a matter of public interest.
If these pompous traitors had published what are in effect military secrets during World War II, they would be sucking on cigarettes in front of a firing squad — which is one reason we won World War II.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:55 AM
Remember Howell Raines, the former Executive Editor of the New York Times, who was forced out in the aftermath of the Jayson Blair scandal, when the Shady Gray Lady had to admit to making up the news? Here's what he has to say about Fox News:
The key to understanding Fox News is to grasp the anomalous fact that its consumers know its "news" is made up. It matters not when critics point this out to Foxite consumers because they've understood it from the outset. That's why they're there. Its chief fictioneer, Roger Ailes, had been making up news in plain sight for a half century.
Raines is also remembered for his absurd campaign to get women admitted to the Augusta National Golf Club, which provided comic relief by displacing actual news as everyone else focused on the impending war in Iraq. Thanks for the laughs, Howie!
June 22, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:59 PM
It looks like global warming is more serious than I ever would have imagined. All this time I thought they were talking about temperature fluctuations of a few degrees in a century — fluctuations that would occur whether humans traveled by Hummer or by unicycle. But according to ABC (Anything But Credible?) News, global warming has caused Arizona to catch fire!
Here's Charlie Gibson's tease at the top of yesterday's Good Morning America:
The hot zone. Wildfires ravage the West and threaten homes. Is global warming to blame?
Reporter Bill Blakemore soon confirmed that yes it very well might be. And there's more: the smoke from the Sedona fire will make global warming worse still! WE'RE ALL DOOMED!!!
Don't forget to send your global warming anecdotes to ABC News. As you can see, they're getting a little desperate.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:20 PM
As if to enlighten anyone who hasn't yet grasped its political orientation, the ACLU is now suing Miami's public school system to force it to carry a book called "A Visit to Cuba" ("Vamos a Cuba") in its libraries. The book, which targets children aged 5–7, paints a rosy picture of life in this communist hellhole — so rosy that one of Castro's former political prisoners complained.
Chided Howard Simon of the ACLU of Florida:
We can appreciate that the book might be found to be offensive by some parents, but censorship is a cure that is worse than the disease.
ACLU termites really will stand up for free speech — so long as it's the kind of speech they like to hear. Too bad their anything-goes attitude doesn't extend to so much as mentioning Jesus Christ.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:20 PM
Nothing is sacred to food fascists: not even Fluffernutter sandwiches on their Massachusetts home turf. The Fluffernutter — made with peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff — has a long history in the Bay State, where Fluff was invented and popularized over 80 years ago. But that didn't stop state Senator Jarrett Barrios from reacting with outrage when he discovered the local delicacy is being served to Cambridge school kids. He plans to file legislation limiting Fluffernutters in schools.
State Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein is firing back with a proposal to name the Fluffernutter the "official sandwich of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." In words destined for the history books, Reinstein proclaimed:
I'm going to fight to the death for Fluff.
Possibly modeling himself on a famous Massachusetts politician who would no doubt vote for Fluffernutters before voting against them, Barrios plans to cosponsor Reinstein's bill. Claims a Barrios aide:
He loves Fluff as much as the next legislator.
Judging by some of the issues they've been using to divert themselves from real problems, this is saying quite a lot.
On a tip from William.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:45 AM
Since Christianity is unlikely to do what it takes to win the affection of moonbats — i.e., inspire legions of maniacs to devote themselves to killing the innocent by flying passenger jets into office towers, blowing themselves up at pizza parlors, etc. — Christians can look forward to ever more harassment and suppression from the increasingly intolerant Left, which is not about to let the Constitution get in its way. A couple of recent examples:
The perversely named New York Division of Human Rights is threatening to investigate the privately owned skating rink Skate Time 209 in Accord, New York for playing Christian music during an event it calls the "Christian Music Skate" party. A local newspaper may be charged with "aiding and abetting" unlawful discrimination for daring to advertise the party.
Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, Chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition, wrote a compelling open letter to Governor Pataki, in which he points out that no one has ever been denied entrance to the rink or been discouraged from patronizing it because of their religious beliefs, and that
There is a reason why the amendment which guaranteed religious liberty and freedom of expression was the First Amendment.
An equally appalling example reaches us from Foothill High School in Henderson, Nevada. Valedictorian Brittany McComb was giving the commencement address when officials actually cut her mic for having the nerve to mention Christ in her speech. School officials and a lawyer from the ACLU defended this outrage on the grounds that McComb was "proselytizing" — that is, she was allegedly promoting Christianity, which in a world run by progressives is strictly verboten. We certainly wouldn't want anyone to get the idea that a school endorses the religion upon which our civilization is founded.
No one worries that schools will be accused of endorsing the loony-Left moonbattery or seditious propaganda spewed during commencement addresses by the likes of New York Times publisher Pinch Sulzberger or John "Tokyo Rose" Murtha — probably because these are exactly the sort of views our schools do endorse. What progressives don't endorse, they feel compelled to forbid.
In case any "human rights" activists, educrats, or ACLU brownshirts are reading, here's the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, with a little emphasis added:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The borders are open. Anyone who doesn't want to live by these principles is welcome to leave.
On tips from Wiggins and V the K.
June 21, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:57 PM
All scientists agree that global warming is real, caused by humans, and an imminent danger to life on Earth, easily on a scale with the comet that killed the dinosaurs — any moonbat can tell you as much. Yet the MSM is having to stoop to some embarrassing lows in their attempts to convince us to fret.
Today ABC News marked the first day of summer by pleading with their audience to share anecdotes that would support the notion of a rise in temperature. This appears to be completely on the level:
Witnessing the impact of global warming in your life?
ABC News wants to hear from you. We're currently producing a report on the increasing changes in our physical environment, and are looking for interesting examples of people coping with the differences in their daily lives. Has your life been directly affected by global warming? ...
Show us what you've seen. You can include video material of the environmental change, or simply tell your story via webcam. Please fill out the form below, and be sure to include captions or other descriptive information if you're sending video. We hope to hear from you. Thank you.
The handy form lets you paste in your global warming allegations and shoot them off to ABC's producers for inclusion in their Chicken Little propaganda barrage.
I've got a story to send them myself. Just months ago, there was snow in my backyard. Now it's all melted. If temperatures keep rising at this rate, the blood will be boiling in my veins within a few years. But maybe I can still stave off disaster by taking an emission-free pogo stick to work.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:53 PM
Ahmed Saadat, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, is believed to have masterminded the 2001 assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi. He was held in a West Bank prison supervised by British and American monitors, until the monitors were called home because of threats to their security. Within minutes of their departure, Israeli troops stormed the prison, capturing Saadat and his accomplices before they could be set loose to murder more Jews.
Incredibly, Saadat's lawyer Kate Maynard is filing suit against the British Government, alleging that Britain violated the poor terrorist's rights by letting him fall into the hands of the Israelis he's been killing.
As it turns out, Saadat won't even be charged in Zeevi's murder due to insufficient evidence. But he has other blood on his hands, and is being tried on several terrorism-related charges.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:26 AM
Despite a few token National Guard troops on the border, the situation regarding Mexico's war of demographic conquest and the participation in it by the Quislings running our government remains unchanged.
An emblematic event occurred in the wee hours yesterday morning in Belmont County, Ohio, deep in the Heartland. Local police stopped a van that was going the wrong way on Interstate 470. Out of the van tumbled 20 illegal aliens, three of whom had already been deported.
The local cops called federal immigration officials. By this time we can read without even dropping our jaws that the feds ordered the reckless invaders to be set loose.
It makes you wonder: can a bureaucracy that is so corrupt and irresponsible that it cannot even refrain from assisting the invasion of our country really be called a government in any meaningful sense? And if not, how can it justify taxing us?
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:46 AM
No time-honored tradition is safe from the relentless corrosion of political correctness — not even the tall bearskin hats worn for centuries by the royal guards who have become emblematic of Britain.
The Labour Party's Chris Mullin has introduced a motion declaring that the hats "have no military significance and involve unnecessary cruelty."
It's no better on the other side: conservative lawmaker Ann Widdecombe wants her party to support the idea of replacing the bearskin with an artificial substitute, whimpering that
Black bears, who are intelligent and curious animals, are slaughtered in Canada so that their skins may be used for ceremonial hats.
Animal rights activists have been staging naked demonstrations in London because they don't like the hats. Canadian black bear are not endangered, nor are they killed just to make the hats. Fake fur is too hot and mats.
June 20, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:19 PM
Like rust, moonbattery never sleeps, but continuously eats away at the pillars of our civilization. The corrosion is taking a heavy toll on Christianity, having progressed to such an extent that the Presbyterian Church's national assembly now regards the Trinity as sexist.
The phrase "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit" won't do, because allegedly it "has been used to support the idea that God is male and that men are superior to women." Suggested substitutes include:
- Mother, Child, and Womb
- Rock, Redeemer, and Friend
- Lover, Beloved, and Love
- Creator, Savior, and Sanctifier
- King of Glory, Prince of Peace, and Spirit of Love
I don't know how they snuck that last one in. Shouldn't it be Queen of Glory?
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:26 PM
Wouldn't you know it — the 56-year-old Homeland Security employee who was arrested on almost two dozen charges for trying to seduce a sheriff's detective he thought was a 14-year-old girl turns out to be a Bush-bashing moonbat.
Brian Doyle's electronic correspondence with his imaginary victim included this profound analysis of the Bush Presidency:
he is not a good president. nice guy but not a good president . . . he is not very bright and it is evident . . . bush is a liar . . . there were NO weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. total lie to go to war.
Doyle's lawyer says he is "consulting with some professionals" regarding psychological evaluation. If only all Bush Derangement Syndrome cases could be so sensible.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:54 PM
Today's Human Events piece by Deroy Murdock on the genocidal inclinations of the environmental movement includes a few quotes that should make your hair stand on end.
University of Texas biologist Eric Pianka, who has been publicly dreaming that airborne Ebola could wipe out 90% of the human race:
Things are gonna get better after the collapse because we won't be able to decimate the Earth so much. And, I actually think the world will be much better when there's only 10 or 20% of us left.
Brenna McConnell of Texas Lutheran University on Pianka:
He's a radical thinker, that one! I mean, he's basically advocating for the death of all but 10% of the current population! And at the risk of sounding just as radical, I think he's right.
Rebecca Calisi of University of Texas at Arlington:
There is no denying the natural world would be a better place without people. ALL people!
William Burger, Curator Emeritus for botany at Chicago's Field Museum of Science:
Surely, the Black Death was one of the best things that ever happened to Europe: elevating the worth of human labor, reducing environmental degradation, and, rather promptly, producing the Renaissance. From where I sit, Planet Earth could use another major human pandemic, and pronto!
Finnish environmentalist Pentti Linkola, who compares humanity to a sinking ship with 100 passengers and only room in the lifeboat for ten:
Those who hate life try to pull more people on board and drown everybody. Those who love and respect life use axes to chop off the extra hands hanging on the gunwale.
I wouldn't have thought it possible, but antihuman environmentalists are developing an ideology even more evil than communism.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:03 PM
In an apparent attempt to redefine the word "chutzpah," the corrupt, America-bashing, child-molesting, anti-Semitic, and thoroughly useless United Nations will be staging a "U.N. Conference on Global Gun Control" in New York that will run through the Fourth of July. The point of the conference is to advance global gun control, despite America's Founding Fathers having made it clear in our Constitution that the right to bear arms is second only to freedom of expression and religion when it comes to maintaining liberty.
Activists from the Control Arms Campaign (a coalition composed of Amnesty International, Oxfam International, and the International Action Network on Small Arms) will use the conference to push their newly discovered human right to be denied the right to defend yourself.
Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, had some choice words on the subject:
We have done much for the U.N., and in return, the organization has hosted despots, tyrants and dictators whose record of human rights abuses, aggression and genocide speaks for itself. And now comes an attack on our Constitution, on our national holiday.
America has always answered the call to help our international friends and neighbors, but when our very way of life is attacked, maybe it is time to find more worthy endeavors for our material and financial support.
Amen. But meanwhile, U.N. bureaucrats are badgering us for money to rebuild their pesthole, despite the fact we'd all be better served to have the decrepit building that so perfectly symbolizes this morally decrepit organization bulldozed into the East River.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:17 PM
All members of our government have a duty to do everything in their power to make sure America prevails in oversees struggles. Yet horrifyingly, some have shown themselves willing to sabotage our efforts for cheap political purposes.
As Debra Saunders notes, Senator Feinstein voted in favor of the October 2002 war resolution. Yet now she is yammering for "phased deployment" — the latest mealy-mouthed euphemism for "surrender and run away." As would be obvious to a child, this undermines the morale of our troops, while providing encouragement to the terrorist enemy.
The amendment she is pitching — calling for a strategically suicidal timetable for troop withdrawal — is not only counterproductive, but unnecessary. Bush is already under all too much pressure to withdraw troops as soon as it is feasible, as he has promised to do. But the idea of the USA winning the war and then coming back is unacceptable to Dems who want credit for bringing the troops home, and for the Republicans to get the blame for a thoroughly pointless enterprise, which the war will prove to be if we pull out prematurely and al Qaeda, Baathists, or an Iranian proxy government fills the void.
Here's how Saunders sums up Feinstein's perfidy:
Once a senator votes for a war resolution, the senator has not renounced his or her duty to criticize bad policies, nor does the senator forfeit the right to change his or her mind.
The senator, however, does have a responsibility to fight for victory — so that the troops who die abroad do not die in vain, or endure more fire because Washington pandered to voters' anxiety.
As awful as it is to imagine, our troops dying in vain may be the main objective of the cut-and-run crowd. As victory draws closer, they seem to be getting desperate to surrender before the military has a chance to return triumphant, leaving behind a secure democracy instead of a terror-supporting dictatorship that can be hung around Republicans' necks.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:34 AM
Joe Lieberman continues to reap the rewards for endangering his reputation for integrity by agreeing to run as Al Gore's running mate in 2000. Gore first repaid him when Lieberman ran for POTUS himself in 2004 by endorsing Howard "Dr. Demento" Dean instead. Now Al won't even endorse his "close friend" in his bid to hold onto his Connecticut Senate seat.
"I typically do not get involved in Democratic primaries," sniffed Prince Albert. It could be that he is too busy saving Gaia from the evils of human civilization to so much as say, yes I want Lieberman to win.
More likely, however, is that Gore is participating in the figurative stoning of the heretical Lieberman, who dared to observe the importance of winning the war in Iraq, and to highlight the significant progress we have made. Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman George Jepsen is endorsing Ned Lamont, Lieberman's primary challenger, no doubt because of Lieberman's unconscionable support for the war on terror. Fortunately for Joe, Gore is at least aware that his backstabbing would be a little too obvious if he followed suit.
June 19, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:23 AM
A warning to anyone who is not on board with the militant gay agenda: lay very low or suffer the consequences. John Leo drives home this point on Townhall.com by citing the example that has been made of Robert Smith, a member of the Washington Metro transit authority board who was fired by Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich for publicly voicing this forbidden opinion:
Homosexual behavior, in my view, is deviant.
This thought crime, committed on a talk show panel devoted to gay "marriage," was denounced by the Republican Ehrlich as "highly inappropriate, insensitive and unacceptable."
Since no reasonable person could dispute that homosexuality is deviant, Smith's crime consists of saying something that the gay lobby would rather people didn't hear. The Supreme Court has ruled that public employees and appointees have a First Amendment right to speak out on matters of public concern. But no one's going to let a piece of paper written by dead white guys get in the way of imposing the progressive agenda.
Smith isn't the first to get slapped for stepping out of line on the gay issue. As is usually the case when it comes to moonbattery, Europe and Canada are out ahead of the USA, even if we are catching up all too fast.
British writer on children's rights Lynette Burrows was investigated by Scotland Yard for daring to disapprove of homosexuals adopting little boys and for asking the highly sensible question, "Would you give a small girl to two (heterosexual) men?"
Also in Britain, police investigated Anglican Bishop Peter Forster for saying, "Some people who are primarily homosexual can reorientate themselves."
In Canada, it's gone even farther. A guy who ran an ad in a Saskatchewan newspaper listing biblical citations against homosexuality was ordered to pay $1,500 apiece to some gays who were offended. He was determined to have committed a human rights offense by quoting the Bible.
Quite apart from the highly destructive consequences of homosexuality in terms of health and society, the idea that merely disapproving of it is a punishable thought crime should terrify anyone who understands the importance of free expression.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:14 AM
After being hired by Six Flags America to impersonate Sylvester and Daffy Duck for the guests, 17-year-old Jonathan DeLeon was asked to cut his 3-foot-long braids. His mom chopped off some of the hair, but not enough to satisfy Six Flags, which explicitly states in its employee handbook that workers can't wear "any hairstyle that detracts or takes away from Six Flags theming," although exceptions are made for people who can come up with religious or medical reasons for not cutting their hair.
They said they wanted an all-American thing. That's what they said to all the black people. I had already cut it a lot, so I just left.
More than a dozen black employees have complained. Naturally, the American Civil Liberties Union is investigating this outrageous assault on fundamental human rights.
June 18, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:00 PM
It only seems that defeatist Dems like John "Moonbat Jack" Murtha have no idea what they're asking for when they demand retreat from Iraq. The other day on CNN's Situation Room (video), Murtha revealed that he actually has a pretty good idea just how disastrous the consequences of a premature "redeployment" would be.
Unsurprisingly, Moonbat Jack wasn't pleased that the House passed a resolution rejecting an "arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment" of troops from Iraq and confirming that yes, preventing terrorists from taking over this critical country is in fact part of the global War on Terror. As quoted on NRO's Media Blog, Murtha whined:
The thing that disturbed me and worries me about this whole thing is we can't get them to change direction. And I said over and over in debate, if you listen to any of it, in Beirut President Reagan changed direction, in Somalia President Clinton changed direction, and yet here, with the troops out there every day, suffering from these explosive devices, and being looked at as occupiers, wahwahwah, wahwahwahwah, wahwahwahwahwahwahwah…
There you have it: Murtha wants us to "change direction" just like Clinton did in Somalia. Presumably he expects similar results.
The consequence of our turning tail and running after winning a battle but taking casualties in the process was Somalia plunging unhindered into total anarchy. While flies crawl on the faces of pot-bellied babies, al Qaeda is taking advantage of these optimal conditions to create a new safe haven from which to launch their operations.
Worse yet, our precipitous "redeployment" out of Somalia — just like Reagan's regrettable retreat from Beirut after 241 Marines were murdered by Hezbollah "with the approval and funding of Iran's senior government officials," as a U.S. District Judge found — clearly served to embolden terrorists and to escalate their violent campaign against civilization. As Osama bin Laden said of Clinton's Somalia surrender (as quoted in "Hunting bin Laden"):
The youth were surprised at the low morale of the American soldiers and realized more than before that the American soldier was a paper tiger and after a few blows ran in defeat. And America forgot all the hoopla and media propaganda ... about being the world leader and the leader of the New World Order, and after a few blows they forgot about this title and left, dragging their corpses and their shameful defeat.
We must be headed toward victory if Moonbat Jack wants us to change direction.
On a tip from V the K.
June 17, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:06 AM
Considering the endless stream of pacifist sniveling emanating from Democrats, you would think they would jump at the first chance to turn tail and run from Iraq. But when it comes time to vote, something — common sense? conscience? — seems to get the better of their irresponsible rhetoric.
A resolution to bring the troops home by the end of the year come what may led to "bitter and sometimes raucous" debate in the Senate, before going down in flames 93-6. The only Senators supporting it were Democrats at home on the lunatic fringe: Hanoi John Kerry (MA), Chappaquiddick Ted Kennedy (MA), Robert "Sheets" Byrd (WV), Barbara "Botox" Boxer (CA), Russ Feingold (WI), and Tom Harkin (IA).
In the House, antiwar Dems had another opportunity to take a stand by voting against a nonbinding resolution affirming that an "arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment" of American forces is not in our best interest. It passed 256-153, with 42 Democrats voting in favor of trying to win the war. The resolution also affirmed the obvious yet contested fact that the fighting in Iraq is part of the war on terror.
None of this should come as a big surprise. When the loudest advocate of surrender to terrorism in Iraq, Moonbat Jack Murtha, had his demand for immediate withdrawal put to a vote in the House, it failed 403-3, with even Murtha himself voting against it.
Kerry is planning to present a new pullout resolution soon, despite its certain failure, especially in light of the notable progress we've been making in Iraq. I can hardly wait to see how the vote comes out. By now even Democrats must be wishing that Hanoi John would just shut up and go away.
It seems that spewing defeatist harangues to corrode the morale of our troops and sour the public's mood is one thing — actually voting for surrender in a war that we must win and are winning is quite another. Their getting the blame for it would defeat the whole purpose of Democrats causing us to lose.
June 16, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:56 AM
When Daryl Hannah's preposterous crusade to prevent Mexican squatters from getting thrown off someone else's property by climbing up a tree and refusing to come down resulted in her arrest, some might have assumed it was just a cheap publicity stunt intended to revive interest in a flagging acting career. But Hannah is a moonbat's moonbat — so flaky that when she recites kooky progressive rhetoric, she actually means it.
Her career in moonbattery began at age 11, when she became a vegan after a prolonged kissing session with a calf. At 12, she argued with her father, who insisted on paying taxes, even though some of the money might be used to defend the United States. As an adult, she has taken green ideology to absurd extremes, reusing bathwater to irrigate her garden and driving a vehicle that runs on recycled grease from fast food restaurants.
Hannah's acting career has been less impressive — leaving plenty of time to make what she calls "sustainable video-logs" about "inspirational and cutting-edge developments in green culture and lifestyle." You can check them out here. For your keyboard's sake, don't be drinking coffee while you watch the videos.
To someone as far out there as Hannah, it must make perfect sense that probable illegal aliens should use someone else's property to grow a farm in the middle of a major city.
Environmental activist John Quigley enabled Hannah's principled stand in the owner's walnut tree by training Hannah and fellow moonbat Joan Baez on the finer points of climbing trees. Quigley recounts what happened when the law finally came around:
On the morning the sheriff showed up, I spotted them and called out. She was on the rope and up the tree in about three minutes. It was an amazing athletic feat.
Hannah was proud to have been "laying my body down on the line" with her misdemeanor arrest. As she blissfully recounts:
I knew what I was doing was taking a principled stand. In fact, there was a very strange and unexpected sense of calm that came to me while I was coming down. It made me more confident that I was doing the right thing. ... If you take a principled stand, the Sheriff's Department will treat you with a lot of respect. They don't treat you like a criminal who just held up a 7-Eleven. They treated us with a lot of respect and courtesy.
Incredibly, Hannah takes the professionalism and courtesy of law officers as an endorsement of her criminal behavior. Her ridiculous "urban farm" is a violation of property rights, just as holding up a 7-Eleven would be. In essence, they are the same crime.
June 15, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:13 PM
Whether it's because the Rove indictment he repeatedly predicted and fervently wished for never happened, or due to the humiliation of getting trounced every weeknight by his nemesis Bill O'Reilly (who has six times his viewership), MSNBC moonbat in residence Keith Olbermann really seems to be coming apart. Here are a few censored excepts from emails Olbermann has sent to unappreciative viewers of his limping cable show:
- Hey, save the oxygen for somebody whose brain can use it. Kill yourself.
- Given how far you are from knowing your a- from your elbow about my industry, you couldn't be stupider, wronger, or dumber ...
- Go - your mother.
- You "Americans" still watching that evil f- O'Reilly?
Not even coworkers are exempt from Olbermann's antisocial tendencies. Here's what he had to say to a viewer about MSNBC colleague Rita Cosby, who probably wishes she had stayed at Fox News:
Rita's nice, but dumber than a suitcase of rocks.
Cosby's good-natured response:
Keith got it wrong. I'm not that nice.
Olbermann not only isn't nice, he isn't sane. Among his wackier opinions is his belief that the War on Terror is a smokescreen to defend the sinister Bush Administration from more serious issues, like who can be snagged in a perjury trap over the absurd Valerie Plame kerfuffle.
Ironically, the clearly unbalanced Olbermann has seen fit to question Ann Coulter's sanity:
Honestly, if you were Ann Coulter's attorney at a sanity hearing where could you possibly start?
He referred to her "walk on the swaying tightrope of her own emotional stability" before capping off his diatribe with this:
And lastly, back to my allusion about having to defend Ann Coulter in a sanity hearing, that was inappropriate — because it was insufficient. Imagine, in fact, defending her on Judgment Day — and trying to find her soul.
When Coulter says something a little over the top, the entire media goes up in a firestorm and her book sales shoot through the ceiling. When Olbermann does it, people roll their eyes and turn the channel. No wonder he's so angry.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:27 PM
It looks like liberals' conception of a rock-solid patriot, the sniveling Quisling John "Moonbat Jack" Murtha, may be called to account for the outrageous propaganda he's been spewing for his friends in the press regarding the Haditha incident.
Since Murtha seems to know for fact all sorts of juicy details about the alleged villainous behavior of our supposedly blood-thirsty Marines, it would be interesting to learn where he came by this information. So Neal Puckett, attorney for one of the Marines Murtha has been denouncing, plans to ask him — under oath.
If his client Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich is charged in the case, Puckett promises that
Congressman Murtha will be one of the first witnesses I call to the witness stand.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service hasn't finished its probe into the incident, yet Murtha has already found the Marines guilty of cold-blooded murder, and has shouted his verdict at every camera he could find in hopes of riding a tide of moonbattery to the position of Majority Leader should a catastrophic Dem takeover of the House befall us in November.
Since only Murtha seems to know for sure that the Marines did anything wrong, it's too early to determine whether they will be charged. But, says Puckett:
[S]ince Congressman Murtha has already judged these guys in public and folks have alleged a Marine Corp cover-up, I'm afraid that the Marine Corps will feel compelled to put these guys on trial to prove the Marine Corps hasn't done anything wrong in terms of a cover-up.
It'll be interesting to see if Moonbat Jack is willing to spew his seditious fibs under oath, or if he'll back down the way he did when House Republicans called his bluff by putting his demands for immediate surrender up for a vote.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:37 AM
The world is full of temptations. If we indulge in them, they can develop into addictions. For example, some people are addicted to pornography. Thankfully, Zombie has found a cure for this condition: a photographic record of the World Naked Bike Ride event in San Francisco last weekend.
Here are a few mild samples that give a general idea without sacrificing Moonbattery's PG rating:
No one who goes to Zombie's site and views the whole uncensored collection is going to want to look at pictures of naked bodies again anytime soon.
June 14, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:47 PM
First the Australian station's Virginia Trioli responded to 9/11 by asking if we shouldn't be "sitting down with" Osama bin Laden, so that we could "talk to him, understand their anger, listen to them."
Then Libby Price, filling in for Trioli, agreed that we should smoke the peace pipe with al Qaeda. When a listener pointed out that al Qaeda was demanding the return of Spain to Muslim rule, Price commented that this would make a nice "starting point."
Now Lindy Burns, the show's presenter, has done her best to top them both while interviewing a couple of moonbats on the topic of al-Zarqawi's death. One of the kooks raved the following:
Once we start to say we're absolutely entitled to use the same techniques as the terrorists and so forth, then we're stepping into a bit of a quagmire.
Rather than pointing out that it is utterly insane to allege that any civilized country considers itself entitled to set off car bombs in crowded markets or cut civilians' heads off in the course of filming propaganda videos, Burns purred,
Yes, that's the scary part.
But what about al-Zarqawi, the terrorist butcher with the blood of hundreds of deliberately killed civilians on his hands? Isn't he a little scary? Here's what Burns had to say:
Obviously from statements we have heard him make over the last couple of years he thought he was completely justified.
Bolt wants to check the water cooler, but there's a simpler explanation for the runaway moonbattery on display at ABC 774: it is almost entirely coercively financed at taxpayers' expense.
Media occupations have a strong tendency to draw people with fervently held but flaky views. When free market forces are not allowed to make them accountable to the public, they indulge in these views to their hearts' content, creating moonbat cave echo chambers in which no opinion is too foolish to be voiced, so long as it's progressive. CBS and CNN certainly present a distorted and unconstructive view of the world, but if you want hardcore lunacy, follow the government money to the BBC, PBS, NPR, Pacifica Radio — and Australia's ABC.
This is among the many good reasons that the media should never be funded by the government.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:47 PM
- Forcing people at a certain income level to buy insurance.
- Reducing the salt in processed and restaurant foods by 50% over the next decade.
- Having the FDA revoke salt's "safe" status and pass regulations to limit its use.
- Insisting that campus health clinics and counselors "improve their skills" in meddling in the lives of students who drink (which would be pretty much all of them).
But there is some good news. A resolution calling for Soviet-style price controls on prescription drugs was defeated, even though its supporters squealed that the drug companies whose research allows doctors to save so many lives make "excessive profits" by charging fair market prices for their products.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:42 PM
Center for Science in the Public Interest Executive Director Michael Jacobsen has decreed that some of the food at Kentucky Fried Chicken is "startlingly" high in fat. Consequently, the left's favorite tool — the lawsuit — will be employed to save us from the freedom to eat food of which busybody nanny-staters disapprove.
Trans fat is almost everywhere on this menu. By frying in such a dangerous oil, KFC is making its unsuspecting consumers' arteries Extra Crispy.
The suit demands that KFC either tell customers that their food could kill them, or prepare it in some way that customers presumably would not like — because if customers actually wanted fat-free fried chicken, the market would provide it without any coercion.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:18 PM
For days before Katrina, some chose to ignore ample warnings that they might end up underwater. Consequently they found themselves caught in a flooded New Orleans. The absence of competent local government left them to sit with their mouths stretched open like baby birds waiting for Mama Washington to drop predigested food inside.
Federal bureaucrats did not let them down. Failing to realize that nothing would prevent the media from accusing it of not doing enough, Washington attempted to wash away the flood in a counterflood of taxpayers' money. Now we're starting to learn just where some of that money went.
An audit by the Government Accountability Office found that as much as $1.4 billion of Katrina and Rita expenditures was spent bogusly. That's billion, not million.
Emergency aid was spent on such things as:
- A sex-change operation
- A divorce lawyer
- New Orleans Saints season tickets
Money was spread far and wide, going to pay for:
- A tropical vacation at the Punta Cana resort in the Dominican Republic
- Sex toys in Houston
- "Girls Gone Wild" videos in pricey Santa Monica
- Dom Perignon champagne in San Antonio
FEMA bureaucrats apparently found they could meet spending targets faster by handing money both to hotels, and to the guests staying in them. For example, California hotels were paid $8,000 to house a person who also received multiple rental assistance payments. Another "victim" got $2,358 in rental assistance while FEMA paid $8,000 for the same individual to stay at a hotel in Hawaii.
Millions of dollars in expedited housing assistance went to registrants who used the names and Social Security numbers of prisoners incarcerated all over the South. About $5.3 million in payments went to registrants who had used P.O. boxes as their allegedly damaged residences. One rider on the Katrina gravy train used a New Orleans cemetery for a home address. Another brazenly used 13 different Social Security numbers to get $139,000 in payments, all sent to the same address.
It seems the only player who didn't get anything out of this lavish spending spree was the one writing the checks. Washington had hoped to purchase a little positive regard by showing how much it cared. But the public relations dished out by the media couldn't have been less flattering if Uncle Sam had refused to spend a dime. Apparently you don't always get what you pay for.
But then, the government doesn't actually pay for anything. We pay.
On a tip from the thoroughly deranged Right Reverend Rabbi Judah
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:28 AM
Cheesesteaks being in the news lately is a reminder that John Kerry should buck up after his embarrassing 12% finish in a recent Iowa poll. People may have caught on that he's not presidential material, but he is always a serious contender for Upper Class Twit of the Year, as he proved in South Philly back in 2003 by ordering a cheesesteak with Swiss cheese.
At least he didn't specify Gruyère. A proper cheesesteak is made with Cheez Whiz, although American and provolone are also options.
Then Kerry tried to eat the sandwich in dainty mouselike nibbles, which is about as appropriate as cramming four hors d'oeuvres in your mouth at once at a snooty Back Bay soiree.
Don't give up, Hanoi John! We're really looking forward to more magic moments like these in 2008.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:33 AM
With a large offensive underway in Afghanistan and a big security crackdown being implemented in Iraq, it looks like we're getting serious about winning on these two fronts of the war on terror. Could this be the time to pull out the final stops and deploy the gay bomb?
The proposed gay bomb, which the U.S. military has investigated, would release a chemical agent that would make enemy soldiers "sexually irresistible" to each other, resulting in a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" blow to morale.
Another weapon that never quite made it off the drawing board was the "Who? Me?" bomb, which would make enemy fighters easily identifiable by causing them to be afflicted by "severe and lasting halitosis" or by excessive flatulence. The flatulence approach would have been good for some laughs, but it was abandoned because "people in many areas of the world do not find fecal odor offensive, since they smell it on a regular basis."
Other secret weapons draw their inspiration from horror movies. One would make the enemy hypersensitive to sunlight, a trait that makes vampires relatively easy to combat. "Sting me/attack me" weapons would cause swarms of enraged wasps or rats to attack our foes.
Unfortunately none of these weapons has actually been developed.
Hat tip: Wiggins
June 13, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:59 PM
How's this for a side-splitter:
This is the work of Steve Benson of the Arizona Republic. Like some others in the media who ought to be boiled in oil, he has won a Pulitzer Prize for his work. If the cartoon above cracks you up so much that you want to give the folks at Benson's paper some feedback on how funny he is, you can send them a letter right here.
We don't yet know if there's any real fire beneath the smoke the media has been generating over Haditha. But that makes no difference to moonbats of Benson's caliber. Malign the Marines first, ask questions never. If the objective is to express moronically simplistic left-wing conceits in the crudest way possible, Benson certainly deserves his Pulitzer. If not, the guy is downright cartoonish.
Gut busters, aren't they? When you're done laughing, be sure to savor the subtle nuance of their sophisticated weltanschauung.
Getting back to the Arizona Repugnant, Arizonans might want to take the advice often given by KFYI's Bruce Jacobs: "Leave the Rag on the rack."
Hat tips: Byron, Tony
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:41 PM
Oregon is at the cutting edge of assisted suicide for humans, but don't try putting a crippled snake out of its misery, or you might end up like 13-year-old Richard Cornwell, who faced a Class C felony charge of animal cruelty for humanely ending the suffering of a garden snake that had been run over by a car.
Girls in his Dundee, Oregon neighborhood turned him in for this crime. After a month charges were dropped, but not until his family had been forced to hire a criminal defense attorney.
Said Richard's mom, Terry:
This is ridiculous. If you're going to charge him, then fly strips should be illegal. And what about mousetraps?
Hopefully she didn't give the ASPCA any ideas they aren't already working toward.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:34 PM
Guided by the principles that there could never be too many taxes or too much coercive meddling in other people's business, members of the American Medical Association are calling for a sin tax on soda pop.
Such a tax could raise $1.5 billion per year, claims the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which is opposed to the consumption of most popular food.
The loot would supposedly go to fighting obesity — kind of like the way the zillions trial lawyers and their bureaucrat friends robbed from smokers went to fighting cancer.
Of course the primary concern is childhood obesity. "Consider the children" is always the last thing you hear before you get screwed.
According to studies, over-consumption of stuff like soda can be correlated with expanding waistlines. Soda taxes are presumably required to finance more of these groundbreaking studies.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:26 PM
Al Gore is training an army of 1,000 "messengers" to spread out across the country and disseminate global warming propaganda in the form of a slide show summarizing his movie and book named "A Convenient Lie," I mean, "An Inconvenient Truth."
"This moment cannot be allowed to pass!" Prince Albert announced. He's right; if libs don't follow through on their Chicken Little rhetoric to impose crippling restrictions on our economy soon, people are liable to realize that the sky isn't falling after all. Then they might have to go back to the global cooling angle they were milking back in the 70s.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:14 PM
If the prospects of Nancy "Stretch" Pelosi as Speaker of the House, Charles Rangel as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, and John "Moonbat Jack" Murtha as House Majority Leader don't scare a wet spot into your trousers, try this: Pelousy reportedly intends to place Alcee Hastings (D-FL) in the top Dem slot on the Intelligence Committee.
In this role, Hastings would be one of only several members of Congress statutorily designated to receive the most sensitive intelligence briefings regarding our country's most closely guarded secrets.
Why is this a problem? Because Hastings is a scoundrel and a crook. The Washington Times explains:
At the recommendation of a special investigative committee of the federal judiciary, which had concluded that Mr. Hastings, then a U.S. District Court judge, had lied and fabricated evidence to win an acquittal on bribery charges in 1983, the Democrat-controlled House voted 413 to 3 in 1988 to impeach him. Several of the 17 impeachment counts, reported Congressional Quarterly, "alleged that Hastings committed acts of perjury during his 1983 trial." Keeping in mind that Mr. Hastings would be told the most sensitive intelligence secrets, consider the fact that another impeachment count approved by the House "alleged that Hastings leaked information about a wiretap he was supervising and thereby forced a halt to an extensive federal undercover operation in the Miami area in 1985." In 1989, a Democratic-controlled Senate convicted Judge Hastings of accepting a $150,000 bribe in 1981 in exchange for a lenient sentence and committing numerous acts of perjury at his own trial. Once he was booted off the federal court, voters in southern Florida elected him to Congress, after which Mrs. Pelosi — the quintessential San Francisco Democrat — appointed him to the House Intelligence Committee.
Why would Stretch want to put this lowlife in such a position of trust? It may be because "Culture of Corruption" is her favorite phrase, but more likely it is a matter of sucking up to the Congressional Black Caucus, which is angry with her for trying to force out another corrupt black Representative, William Jefferson, before he's had his day in court.
Hastings does have one positive quality: he's hardly ever around.
If this is the leadership you want, by all means stay home when election day rolls around. Otherwise, make plans to get out and vote Republican.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:14 AM
Earlier Moonbattery reported on Joey Vento, the owner of Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia, who was bold enough to put up a small sign requesting that his patrons try to order in English.
His audacity is not going unpunished by the self-righteous brownshirts of political correctness. Rachel Lawton, acting executive director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, has announced the opening of a case against Geno's Steaks, intoning:
The complaint will say that the sign discourages patronage by non-English speakers because of their national origin and/or ancestry.
The charge is obviously absurd. Vento's own grandparents are immigrants from Sicily. No one has been denied service. As Vento points out, "If you don't speak English, the sign means nothing."
But with the standard liberal tactic of sending out squads of lawyers, activists, and/or bureaucrats to attack anyone not on board with their ideology, it doesn't matter if their case has merit. It just matters that they can make your life an expensive hell until you submit.
To his immense credit, Vento's not backing down:
I don't see why I should have to. It's freedom of speech.
As usual, the PC enforcers attempting to take away that freedom are also attempting to position themselves as the victims. Roberto Santiago, executive director of Philly's Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, whimpers that he has received "hate" emails as a result of his crusade against Geno's Steaks.
"This is dividing the nation," Santiago had the chutzpah to complain.
Hello, Santiago: it's Joey Vento who doesn't want the nation divided by pernicious balkanizing moonbats like you.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:40 AM
The cheesy but boyishly handsome trial lawyer John Edwards (aka the Breck Girl) led the pack of Democratic presidential contenders in a recent poll of likely Iowa caucus participants with 30% of the vote.
To give an idea of the caliber shyster we are dealing with in Edwards, here he is duping a jury into thinking he can channel the soul of a brain-damaged child:
I have to tell you right now — I didn't plan to talk about this — right now I feel her, I feel her presence. She's inside me and she's talking to you. . . . And this is what she says to you. She says, "I don't ask for your pity. What I ask for is your strength. And I don't ask for your sympathy, but I do ask for your courage."
Their courage, that is, in helping him loot the health care system.
Speaking of threats to our health care system, supposed frontrunner Shrillary Clinton finished second with 26%, possibly because she hasn't been to Iowa since 2003, which might be when this picture was taken:
Perhaps she should spend more time campaigning as opposed to indulging in high times with her friends.
John Kerry lurched to a distant third place with only 12%.
It looks like it's time to stick a fork in Hanoi John. But a career with the Teletubbies is still a viable option.
With thanks to Wiggins.
June 12, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:25 PM
The YearlyKos kookfest in Las Vegas is over, and America is still standing. They'll have to try again next year.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid were in attendance. You had to know Mad Howie would fit right in, and apparently Dingy Harry did too.
Here's a picture from the event:
Yes, those are tinfoil hats.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:37 PM
To see a little fur fly, check out the screamfest between Fox News' Julie Banderas and Shirley Phelps-Roper of the bizarre cult that calls itself the Westboro Baptist Church:
WBC is the group of kooks who have been traveling around the country to the funerals of fallen American soldiers, where they stage protests that look like this:
The audacity of trying to turn heroes' funerals into sideshows in order to draw attention to their odious ideology is only topped by their righteous proclamations that it's all in the name of Christianity.
I doubt they've converted many to their point of view, but they have certainly managed to find some people's boiling point — including Julie Banderas's. Here's a partial transcript of Saturday's Big Story Weekend via WorldNetDaily:
Banderas: "The Bible says 'the fear of the Lord is hatred of evil,' [from the Book of] Proverbs. 'Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.' Perverted speech like yours: 'God hates fags.' You are preaching absolute B.-., and you know the final letter."
Phelps-Roper: "If you don't tell them that this nation is full of idolatry, full of adulteries ..."
Banderas: "Full of insane people like yourself, ma'am."
Phelps-Roper: "You're proud. You're proud of your sins. You can't do enough sinning. You think 'gay' pride, bimbo. You have sinned away your day of grace."
Banderas: "OK, you are an abomination."
Phelps-Roper: "America is doomed. America is doomed. ... Before your eyes, missy, you're gonna see the destruction of America."
Banderas: "If America is doomed, then why don't you get out? Why are you in this country? Why are you an American? Are you an American?"
Phelps-Roper: "I am exactly where my God put me to tell you plainly, that you are going to hell, and there's nothing you can do about it."
Banderas: "Why don't you take your church to another country, then, ma'am? Thank you so much. You should not be proud to be an American, and thank you. Good-bye."
If this "church" gets under your skin too, you might consider joining the Patriot Guard Riders, a commendable group whose members attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family to shield them from WBC's tasteless theatrics.
Hat tips: Wiggins, Michelle Malkin
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:56 PM
It's not only its poor that Mexico has been dumping across our resolutely undefended border. The USA is a convenient place to dump toxic waste too.
American environmental officials can't say how much poisonous gunk is trucked across the border, what its exact sources are, or precisely which hazardous chemicals might be included, as we lack a comprehensive system for inspecting and tracking the toxic waste trucked north from Mexican industrial plants. A $250,000-a-year program called Haztraks was deep-sixed in 2003 because the EPA was two years behind on data entry. Now they use a heterogeneous collection of forms that are practically useless. The small nonprofit Border Compliance Assistance Center has been compiling what data it can get hold of, but its figures are months old before they are made public, and probably not very accurate. Although the EPA has impressive plans involving electronic manifests and real-time tracking systems, these are years away from actualization.
Estimates suggest the toxic waste total has doubled since 1997 to over 43 million pounds per year. Some worry that terrorists could take advantage of the chaos to sneak dangerous materials into the country.
Thanks to a federal grant, California has the only regular hazardous waste inspection program on the entire 2,000-mile border. The result is that more waste gets pushed to other border states. Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Steve Owens explains:
It's kind of the hazardous waste version of undocumented folks coming across the border. When they tighten up the borders for hazardous waste entry (in California), importers are going to come through Arizona because our borders aren't controlled.
Sneaking in toxins under less hazardous classifications makes for lower disposal fees — as well as potential disasters. With customs agents overwhelmed trying to deal with the alien invasion and illicit drug issues, cheaters are unlikely to get caught.
The waste products being imported include various metallic elements and industrial solvents that would not be welcome supplements to our water supply. But I'm sure Senate Dems and RINOs will tell you that these toxins only taint wells that American hazardous waste is too lazy to poison.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:59 PM
Apparently at a loss for new ways to waste taxpayers' money, France's environment agency commissioned a report that studied the most environmentally sensitive way to care for your jeans.
Carried out by the research firm Bio Intelligence Service, the study found that jeans should be from a country that's not too far away and has strict antipollution laws. Machine washing, tumble drying, and ironing (!) cause 47% of the ecological damage associated with jeans. Dry cleaning jeans is "an environmental disaster."
The issue of toxic residue left by the flatulence of jeans-wearers who consume excessive quantities of smelly cheeses evidently was not addressed.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:45 AM
Say what you will about Ann Coulter's callousness, she certainly has managed to make her point — and it's one worth making. She wanted to warn us that the left's tactic of using grieving victims as mouthpieces is stifling dissent. Both liberals and conservatives have proven her right by screaming for her to shut up.
Cindy Sheehan is the most obvious example of the "liberal infallibility" phenomenon. The woman is clearly evil and insane, openly siding with terrorists and dictators and advocating her own country's defeat. Yet taking issue with any of her twisted ravings will result in dolts like David Letterman gasping with outrage that anyone would challenge what Maureen Dowd called this awful woman's absolute moral authority.
When Coulter called the Jersey Girls "broads" and accused them of enjoying their husbands deaths, she certainly crossed the boundaries of good taste, and made it easier for libs to paint conservatives as mean. But who's to say it isn't better to look mean than to look spineless? The Jersey Girls may be 9/11 widows, but they are also left-wing activists, and the liberal media has unfairly used them as a fortified machine-gun nest to fire on the Bush Administration. Someone had to have the guts to storm the nest and chuck a hand grenade into it. Ann Coulter may be obnoxious, but she has intestinal fortitude that those sanctimoniously tsk-tsking her at weak-kneed conservative blogs do not.
As Kevin McCullough puts it:
By paying the price for us she also challenges us to not be so timid, to fight for the integrity of substance, and to not fall for the idea that a victim can never be disagreed with.
What a twisted world it would become otherwise.
If there was ever any doubt that Coulter is correct in her essential point that grieving victims are being exploited to stifle dissent, it has been laid to rest by a pair of New Jersey Democrats, Assemblywomen Joan Quigley and Linda Stender, who actually want retailers to ban the sale of Coulter's latest book Godless: The Church of Liberalism in their state.
The lesson is obvious: criticize widows who are being exploited for political attacks and you might find your book has been banned. Thanks are due to Ann Coulter for making this so clear.
June 11, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:56 PM
Cindy Sheehan has weighed in on the death Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the single most important figure in the terrorist insurgency that killed her son. As any decent person would, she offered congratulations to our military for a job well done, and encouraged her fellow Americans to take heart in the progress being made in the struggle against Islamic terrorism.
"I suspect it's going to make the insurgency in Iraq worse," she predicted of his demise. If the terrorists respond like enemies usually do by trying to retaliate, says the Ditch Witch, it "will just prove to me that our presence in Iraq is just fueling the violence, fueling the insurgency."
She's right, actually. Without the coalition presence, there would soon be no more insurgency. That's because the people behind it — sadistic butchers like al-Zarqawi — would be running the government, using Iraq as they used Afghanistan in the prelude to 9/11, with the difference that they would have massive oil revenues at their disposal.
The only thing more horrifying than the possibility of that happening is the fact that there are people in this country who want it to happen.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:32 PM
While some moonbats don't see a problem with gorillas wandering loose, others think even palm trees are too dangerous. In Torbay, England, council officials have written to the chamber of trade complaining that the palm trees emblematic of the English Riviera might scratch somebody with their sharp leaves.
Due to this terrifying danger, the council's senior urban design and landscape officer Paul Osborne holds that
It is usually not appropriate for palms to be placed in heavily pedestrian streets.
Liberal Democrat Colin Charlwood compared palm trees to tigers, and emphasized that "they need to be placed out of harm's way."
As Tim Jones of the Devon and Cornwall Business Council observes, "the nanny state has gone absolutely mad."
Sixty odd years ago, the English stood down the Third Reich against overwhelming odds. Now some of their leaders are afraid of palm trees. What a difference two generations of moonbattery can make.
Thanks to V the K for the tip.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:45 PM
Progressives frequently prove themselves incapable of morally distinguishing between humans and animals, so it should come as no surprise that the socialists running Spain are advancing a law that would give great apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, etc.) the same fundamental rights as humans.
Apes could no longer be owned, but would be placed under the "moral guardianship" of the bureaucracy, like orphans and people with severe handicaps. They would be moved from zoos to special state-built sanctuaries, where presumably they could sit around playing board games and drinking warm gin like Winston Smith at the end of 1984.
Spain's parliament was evidently greatly moved when they heard testimony from the Seattle-based Great Ape Project (GAP), which strives to create a "community of equals" including people and apes. They've issued a declaration demanding that apes be allowed to wander around loose unless a court finds them guilty of being a threat to the community. Naturally the apes would get lawyers and a right of appeal.
Apparently it needs to be pointed out that apes are wild animals, and can be extremely dangerous. Even a chimpanzee is three times as strong as a man. Chimps have been known to bite off people's body parts, including genitals. But that's just monkey business next to what a gorilla could do.
Not all Spaniards agree that they are morally equal to apes. Fernando Sebastian, Archbishop of Pamplona and Tudela, observes that only a "ridiculous or distorted society" could come up with the law being proposed. As he notes,
We don't give rights to some people — such as unborn children, human embryos, and we are going to give them to apes.
Maybe they could make the law more fair by aborting baby apes. As it is, Pedro Pozas, Secretary-General of the Spanish branch of GAP, is calling for sterilization to prevent apes from being born that would have to be separated from their families.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:58 AM
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Charlie Rangel are reasons enough to make very sure Republicans don't lose control of the House — but there are many more, including House Majority Leader John Murtha.
Despite absurd attempts by the left to portray Murtha as a "rock-solid patriot," in any sane world he would be in jail — if not dangling from a gallows — for his relentless attempts to undermine the morale of our troops and the war effort in Iraq. As President Lincoln said:
Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage the morale and undermine the military, are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged.
Murtha's saboteur qualifications include:
- Repeatedly calling for immediate unconditional surrender to al-Qaeda in Iraq.
- Attempting to demoralize the Army by saying it is "broken, worn out" and "living hand-to-mouth."
- Actively discouraging potential recruits from joining the military.
- Accepting an award from openly seditious and pro-terrorist Code Pink.
- Enthusiastically embracing allegations of U.S. atrocities and hyping them to the press without waiting to find out what really happened.
Instead of just punishment for his seditious behavior, Murtha has been rewarded with servile coverage from our likeminded media. Having established himself with the MSM's help as a household name, Moonbat Jack has now announced that he will seek the Majority Leader position if the catastrophe of a Democratic takeover of Congress befalls us in November.
Some Dems were displeased with the sudden announcement. Said one Democratic aide:
This is a huge disruption and a major distraction and it's not what we need right now. It's a surprise and members don't like it.
Another accused Moonbat Jack of "putting the cart before the donkey." But even if some Dems know better than to want a treasonous kook like Murtha in such a prominent position, he is in tight with Nancy Pelosi, who would almost certainly be the Speaker. Just to be on the safe side, we had better make plans to get to the polls and vote Republican.
June 10, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:55 PM
You probably thought that the coalition forces that killed arch terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi were the good guys, didn't you? It's a good thing we have the MSM to correct such misperceptions.
An AP report suggests that even after dropping two 500-lb bombs on the poor guy, American troops beat him up:
An Iraqi man who was one of the first people on the scene after an airstrike that led to the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi told Associated Press Television News that he saw American troops beating a man who had a beard like the al-Qaida leader. The witness said he saw the man lying on the ground, badly wounded but still alive. He said U.S. troops arriving on the scene wrapped the man's head in an Arab robe and began beating him.
The same report notes that the bombs that put an end to al-Zarqawi's terror campaign "cut a wide swath of destruction" and that women were killed in the attack. It doesn't get around to mentioning why anyone would want to kill a fellow like al-Zarqawi in the first place, although a few good reasons can be found elsewhere:
These include the horrific truck bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad that killed 23 people, including the U.N.'s top envoy, Sergio Vieira; the March 2004 bombings of Shiite Muslim shrines in Karbala and Baghdad that killed 181 people; the kidnapping and beheading of Nicholas Berg; a car bomb attack on a vehicle convoy in Baghdad that killed 13 people, including three General Electric employees; the kidnapping and beheading of South Korean hostage Kim Sun-il; the kidnapping and beheading of two Bulgarian truck drivers; the kidnapping and beheading of a Turkish truck driver; and the September 2004 bombings in Baghdad that killed 35 children and seven adults as U.S. troops handed out candy during the opening of a new sewage treatment plant.
If those reasons won't do, 1960s retread and ex-Hanoi Jane hubby Tom Hayden has a more creative one — if you can make sense of it:
I have interviewed numerous Iraqis aligned with the armed nationalist resistance fighting the US occupation, and none had a good word for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Some even speculated that he was a fictionalized character "used when someone needs to do a bad thing and blame someone else." Others believed him to be serving British and American interests. ... One wonders who really turned him in. ... I have no reason to believe Zarqawi was an agent, only a misguided Islamic revolutionary. But I still wonder what those British soldiers disguised as Iraqis were planning on the day they were discovered in Basra in September 2004. I wonder if US Special Forces ever dress up as Iraqis and paint their faces. ... It is enough to argue for now that Zarqawi served the purpose of dividing and fragmenting the Iraqi national resistance into bloody sectarian strife. The tensions were built into the power shift from Sunni to Shi'a, and only needed sectarian leadership to unleash the death squads and ethnic cleansing. In doing so, they gave the US a new rationale for intervention, one appealing to guilty liberals and moderates, the need for an occupier to keep the fanatics from killing each other. Permanently. But in doing so, Zarqawi was engulfing Iraqs in a boiling cauldron that promised no end to the killing and no exit for the US. There were many interests who wanted him dead.
Hayden's tinfoil hat is two sizes too small, squeezing his thoughts until they merge into each other and squirt out of his mouth in a psychotic goulash of fragmented delusions, but I think he's trying to find yet another way to say, "The Americans are the bad guys."
Hat tips: Wiggins, NewsBusters
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:43 PM
It can't be easy for the Hollyweird glitterati to constantly come up with new causes to promote, each one sillier than the last. Daryl Hannah's latest will be particularly difficult to top.
Lately the actress has been addressing the world from a walnut tree in a shabby part of Los Angeles, on property whose owner has been trying for years to evict the squatters infesting what they call an "urban farm" so that he can build a warehouse.
The farm is particularly politically correct because not only was it planted on someone else's property, but the farmers are Latinos — most of them probably illegal aliens from Mexico. More than just a middle finger waved at the concept of property rights, the farm "has come to symbolize a lost way of life, a joining of community against the urban tide," as the New York Times puts it.
If the squatters really wanted to preserve their rural ways, maybe they should have stayed in their Mexican villages, instead of camping out on someone else's land in the second-largest city in the United States. But of course, it's the very absurdity of the issue that will put a lump in the throats of progressives. Hardcore moonbats Danny Glover, Martin Sheen, Joan Baez, and Ed Begley, Jr. have also posed for the cameras at the sacred urban farm, though I don't know if they went so far as to climb up in a tree like Daryl Hannah, who opines:
It's great for community. And one thing responsible for the breakdown of society is a lack of community.
Another is the constant flow of moonbattery seeping out of Hollywood.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:06 PM
Colorado teachers seem to go the extra mile when it comes to moonbattery. University of Colorado Ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill became a household name by calling 9/11 victims "little Eichmanns." High school geography teacher Jay Bennish made the news when a student taped him subjecting his class to an extended diatribe on the evils of America. Now Kathleen Ensz, vice chairwoman of a state Senate district committee for the Weld County Democratic Party, as well as University of Northern Colorado professor emeritus, has redefined the term "pushing the envelope" by stuffing an envelope full of dog crap through the mail slot at the office of Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO).
Some are outraged at Ensz's antisocial behavior, while others are probably snickering at the stupidity of using an envelope that had printed on it her own nine-digit zip code. But the professor is to be commended for her succinctness in expressing her party's point of view.
Rep. Musgrave is the House sponsor of a constitutional defense of marriage. Her seat is considered vulnerable, so anyone in a position to vote for her is encouraged to do so.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:30 AM
Joey Vento, owner of Geno's Steaks in the section of Philadelphia known as "ground zero for cheesesteaks," has gotten moonbats' knickers in a twist by posting a small sign in his window that reads, "This Is America: When Ordering Speak English."
Says Vento, whose grandparents went to the trouble to learn English after immigrating from Sicily in the 1920s,
They don't know how lucky they are. All we're asking them to do is learn the English language. We're out to help these people, but they've got to help themselves, too.
His staff helps out anyone who can't order in English. No customers have been turned away because of their lack of language skills. But of course, this isn't good enough for progressives, who are striving to balkanize the melting pot in hopes that an America divided against itself will not be able to stand.
City Councilman Jim Kenney has asked that the sign be taken down. Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp., sniffs that Vento "isn't representative of the Philadelphia attitude" and has threatened not to use Geno's in future advertising campaigns. Local Latino activists plan to send people to Geno's to order in Spanish to see if they can bring about some incident they can hype into a lawsuit.
But Vento is holding his ground, even if it could cost him business. The little sign isn't his first sin against political correctness. The walls of his shop feature memorials to Officer Daniel Faulkner, the Philadelphia cop liberal icon Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of murdering.
Hat tip: William
June 9, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:38 PM
Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), possibly the most openly treasonous member of a government ever to escape execution, has shown his support for the troops once again by questioning whether they deserve any credit for ridding the world of al-Qaeda's top terrorist in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
When asked if it was fair to say that taking out al-Zarqawi wouldn't have happened without U.S. troops on the ground, Murtha sneered:
I'm not sure about that. I'm not sure they couldn't have done it from the outside. If it's as portrayed, it was a bomb that killed him from the air, so I'm not sure about that.
Granted Murtha is not one of the brightest bulbs in Congress, but even he probably understands that there is more to killing terrorists that pushing a button so that a bomb will fall out of nowhere and land on them. Even with a significant military presence, it took years to get al-Zarqawi. Without American boots on the ground to track down the rat and mark the target, al-Zarqawi would have lived to be as fat and feeble as Murtha.
So can't we give the troops and their mission a little bit of credit, after such a remarkable accomplishment?
Of course not. As champagne corks popped throughout the sane world, Murtha sulked:
We cannot win this. It's a civil war.
Sorry Jack. Al-Zarqawi wanted a civil war too, but our troops didn't give him time to bring one about. America is winning whether liberals like it or not.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:31 AM
Kudos to John Bolton for threatening to withhold funding from the corrupt and pernicious United Nations unless Deputy U.N. Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown apologizes for snide remarks directed at Americans.
Americans shell out 22% of the U.N.'s budget, but that hasn't endeared it to the useless bureauweenies who infest this malignant institution. The British subject Brown has caused ire with the patronizing implication that the denizens of Middle America are too ignorant to figure out why the world needs people like him. I have to admit that I can't figure it out myself.
Brown also lashed out at Rush Limbaugh and Fox News before a presumably appreciative audience of New York City Democrats on Tuesday.
Kofi Annan named Brown as his chief of staff after a secret meeting at the home of Clinton's U.N. ambassador Richard Holbrooke. Further insight into where Brown is coming from can be gleaned from the fact that he was renting a house on George Soros' estate for $2,500/month less than the previous occupant. Brown has been criticized for allowing U.N. staffer Justin Leites to play a leading role in the presidential campaign of Hanoi John Kerry.
June 8, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:32 PM
Not everybody's heartened by the timely death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Certain congressional Democrats believe the whole thing was a stunt.
According to Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), "This is just to cover Bush's [rear] so he doesn't have to answer" for the propaganda barrage our left-leaning media has been directing at the military, as well as his poor poll numbers. "Iraq is still a mess," opines Stark. "Get out."
Stark could be onto something. Considering that the element of surprise is critical in war, when you've just killed the enemy's top general is an ingenious time to surrender. They would never see it coming.
2004 presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) apparently agrees, declaring that al-Zarqawi was only a small part of "a growing anti-American insurgency" and so it's time to turn tail and run.
Democratic Congressmen aren't the only paranoid kooks in this country. There are also the nuts who vote for them. OpinionJournal points to a commenter who had this to say about al-Zarqawi's death on Daily Kos:
By my reckoning he's been dead for years. Great photo-op though. But what news are they trying to keep hidden from us?
as well as a writer at the equally deranged Huffington Post who was inspired to provide this insightful commentary:
If there are any Americans left who believe that the death of Zarqawi is anything other than an orchestrated photo-op, then it's time to start scouting out apartments in Vancouver. I hear no one cares about the weed there, or the marrying homosexuals.
Cheer up, Reps. Stark and Kucinich. al-Zarqawi may be dead, but your voter base is still in place — at least, until it relocates to Vancouver.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:35 PM
Here's where al-Zarqawi went wrong: he hid out in Iraq, instead of coming to America as an illegal alien, where melting into the underground along with tens of thousands of illegals known to be from terror-supporting states would have been child's play.
According to a chilling report from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General that was released on Friday so as to attract minimal attention, 45,008 illegal aliens from countries on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror or countries that willfully harbor terrorists were caught between 2001 and 2005 — and then released into the general public, even though their identities could not be confirmed.
Of course, we're only talking about the small minority who were caught. DHS doesn't know how many of these were ever deported since it doesn't keep track, but the report estimates that 85% of them would abscond even if deportation orders were issued.
The terrorists among them can easily assume new identities after they are released. After conferring with FBI Director Robert Mueller, Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) reports that
a number of individuals from countries with al Qaeda connections are changing their identities. They're changing their Islamic surnames for Hispanic surnames, adopting false Hispanic identities… and hiding among the flood of illegals coming over our border and disappearing into the country.
Displaying a remarkable knack for understatement, the DHS report states that "the high release rate could undermine the public's confidence in the department's ability to secure our northern and southern borders."
It is most definitely time to knock together some of the coconuts that serve government bureaucrats for skulls. The Senate — home of the Shamnesty bill — might be a good place to start come election day.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:22 PM
Thanks to the heroic efforts of our troops, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is dead at last. Lamentably, the greater enemy — moonbattery — is still very much alive, as proven by the despicable ravings of Michael Berg.
Berg's son Nick, a contractor working in Iraq, was beheaded by al-Zarqawi. A ghastly video of the event was circulated on the Internet bearing the caption, "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi slaughtering an American." The CIA believes it was al-Zarqawi himself holding the knife.
Yet the senior Berg reports feeling no relief on learning that this sick butcher has received his just desserts. While the civilized world does a Snoopy dance, Michael Berg — a Green Party congressional candidate — sullenly mopes, weeping that he can understand what the evil maniac's family is going through. Actually, al-Zarqawi's family had already disowned him.
Having a common enemy in our President apparently caused Berg to identify with al-Qaeda's Big Cheese in Iraq. Instead of thanking Bush for bringing justice to the murderer of hundreds of innocents including his own son, Berg petulantly raves:
I don't think that Zarqawi is himself responsible for the killings of hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq. I think George Bush is.
But Bush's alleged crimes don't end there. Snarls the ungrateful Berg:
Yeah, like George Bush didn't OK the torture and death and rape of people in the Abu Ghraib prison for which my son was killed in retaliation?
It could not be determined whether Berg is receiving medication to treat his lurid delusions.
When asked what would give him satisfaction, Berg squawked, "The end of the war and getting rid of George Bush."
By "the end of the war," Berg clearly means, "America's defeat in the war." Otherwise al-Zarqawi's death would be good news.
How dark and terrible it must be inside moonbats' heads. Now back to the Snoopy dance.
With thanks to V the K, Wiggins, Rob.
June 7, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:58 PM
The frantic urge to throw taxpayers' money at people who wouldn't listen to warnings to get out of the way of Katrina has subsided somewhat, but freeloaders continue to suck up the loot. Theon Johnson has himself a great deal. He lives for free at a Holiday Inn at JFK Airport in New York, where he was flown at our expense back in September.
After shelling out over $500 million, FEMA finally stopped paying for hotel rooms for Katrina evacuees. But by then, Johnson had been at the Holiday Inn for more than 30 days, so he now falls under the protection of a local squatters-rights law. It will take a judge's order to pry him out of his free hotel room.
FEMA gave him free money too, but he's already blown the $9,000 — mostly on partying. Says Johnson:
I spent my money just the way I wanted, and I think [FEMA] should send me some more.
For now he's broke. Every now and then he'll tear himself away from the TV and go out to beg for change or pick up free canned goods from a church. Even his caseworker is getting fed up:
They sit around on their butts watching TV. There's only but so much I can do if they're not willing to help themselves.
Given the apparent difficulty of finding a judge in New York City sane enough to throw Johnson and other Katrina bums out, a buyout deal is being negotiated with the Legal Aid Society. Johnson will spend his cut on fun before returning to his house in New Orleans.
It's nice to see someone besides trial lawyers actually benefit from moonbattery.
Thanks to V the K for the tip.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:23 PM
Nanny-staters really do have it in for cigarettes. New Jersey appears ready to follow New York, Vermont, California, Illinois, and New Hampshire in requiring that they be self-extinguishing, to make sure no one sets the ashtray on fire.
Self-extinguishing matches may be next on the legislative agenda. I could never understand why the government lets us play with matches to begin with.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:14 AM
As expected, Governor Janet "Nappy" Napolitano has vetoed an attempt by Arizona's legislature the fill the vacuum caused by the federal government's refusal to defend American territory from foreign invasion.
The bill she killed would have increased funding for border enforcement and taken the commonsense measure of making illegal immigration a felony. It's urgently needed; more than half of the 1.2 million arrests made last year at the Mexican border took place in Arizona. But out of the over 100 vetoes Nappy has applied since taking office in 2003, the legislature has managed to override exactly none of them.
The solution to this urgent problem lies in the hands of voters. Nappy is up for reelection in November. Arizona voters are entreated to vote for anyone but her.
June 6, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:48 PM
It should come as news to no one that the Nobel Prize–winning terrorist Yasser Arafat would kill Americans. This is the guy who engineered the Achille Lauro hijacking, during which wheelchair-bound American Leon Klinghoffer was shot and chucked into the sea. Now we learn that the foggy-headed fools of Foggy Bottom were aware from the start that Arafat was behind the murder of American diplomats in 1973.
According to an official U.S. intelligence memorandum dated June 1973 and released yesterday by the State Department,
The Khartoum operation was planned and carried out with the full knowledge and personal approval of Yasser Arafat.
The Khartoum operation entailed the seizure of diplomats at the Saudi Embassy in Sudan by Palestinian terrorists, in the course of which Ambassador Cleo Noel and U.S. charge d'affaires George Curtis Moore were executed, evidently on orders from Arafat. They were shot starting with the feet and working upwards, so as to prolong their agony.
Officially, the U.S. government blamed the Palestinian faction Black September, so as not to make it known that our partner in peace had committed murders that went beyond acts of war. Even while Arafat was holding forth before the U.N. General Assembly and grinning hideously during his Clinton era trips to the White House and Camp David, his culpability in these murders was known.
In 1986, there was an effort to indict Arafat under U.S. law, but Foggy Bottom "weighed in against such an indictment on the grounds that Arafat and his colleagues would some day be key to settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict," according to Daniel Pipes.
No wonder Arab terrorists despise us enough to think they can get away with crimes like 9/11. For decades the pattern has been they push, we move. Kudos to W for refusing to negotiate with Arafat.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:27 PM
For an extra $3, visitors to Bill Clinton's presidential library in Little Rock will soon be able to hear recorded narration by Slick Willie himself as they tour various exhibits. The audio tour should offer interesting glimpses into an alternate history in which liberals are the good guys. For example, His Slickness rewrites his impeachment as an ideological battle with malignant Republicans. As he spins with a chuckle:
[W]hen I won, it was a profound sort of psychological shock to a lot of them. Then they went into overdrive fighting me. They weren't accomplishing anything, just banging away. Then they did what people who care too much about power do: They overdid it.
As even most people who rely on the MSM for news know, Clinton committed numerous felonies while serving as President. As a result he was impeached and disbarred. Yet Clinton was somehow the victim, and also the victor, while those who wanted this irresponsible, lowlife criminal removed from the White House were petty, power-mad Lilliputians to be dismissed with a chuckle. No doubt school textbooks are telling the same story.
Hat tip: Barb
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:42 PM
Here's some good news: the Ditch Witch is going on a diet.
In association with a collection of fellow kookazoids that includes Code Pink, Willie Nelson, Danny Glover, Dick Gregory, and Dolores Huerta, the She-Hag is planning an "open-ended hunger strike" codenamed "Troops Home Fast" (get it?). It's scheduled to begin on the Fourth of July and to keep going at least until mid August. That's when her traveling freak show will move back to Crawford, where she can sneak bonbons inside an air-conditioned trailer while her idiot hangers-on stew in the Texas heat.
Who knows? If Mother Moonbat can only eat when there are no cameras pointed at her, she might actually get rid of this muffin top:
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:39 PM
Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) is done hiding at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and ready to face the world again after driving drunk with no headlights resulted in him nearly colliding with a police cruiser and then crashing his car on Capitol Hill.
Since he's a Kennedy, he was not thrown in jail, but instead given a ride home and spared the breathalyzer test that would have confirmed the testimony of witnesses who had seen him getting tight at a local bar. As you might recall, Kennedy's account of that night's events were all over the place: he was on his way to vote at 2:45 AM; he couldn't remember any of it; it was all the fault of drug companies for selling him Ambien.
But now Rep. Kennedy is ready to take responsibility for his irresponsibility — or at least pretend to in the silliest way possible, by proclaiming that he's prepared to do "in terms of bookings, in terms of mug shots, fingerprints, whatever they might have me do." His voice shook as he indulged in idiotic race rhetoric by declaring, "It's what anyone else would have done to them if they were an African-American in Anacostia."
Apparently we are to take this to mean that he was not let off because he's a Kennedy, but because he's a Caucasian. Were this not absolute nonsense and an insult to our intelligence, it would mean that white people have immunity from drunk and reckless driving charges.
The race card has been played just as absurdly, but much more effectively by Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), who would have us believe that assaulting a Capitol police officer was justified in her case since only race would explain her being asked for ID before entering a high-security building. More than two months after an incident for which she should have been immediately jailed, the prosecutor's office offers no indication as to when they might stop goofing around and put this sociopathic woman in a cage where she belongs. Apparently they are waiting for people to lose interest so they can just let the matter drop.
Someone should tell Kennedy that when playing the race card, it helps to be black. But no matter: he has already played his privilege card, and despite his posturing, there is no chance of consequences for his criminally reckless behavior.
Thanks to V the K for the tip.
June 5, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:18 PM
Patriotism stimulated by soccer's World Cup has resulted in a renewed urge in parts of Britain to display the English flag, otherwise known as the Cross of St. George. Naturally moonbats are outraged.
Whines Anjem Choudary, former leader of the Islamic extremist group al-Muhajiroun,
The cross does represent Christianity and for Muslims it also represents a crusader history of occupation and murder.
Of course anything that reminds Muslims of Christianity must be vigorously suppressed. Cable giant NTL has ordered van drivers and subcontractors not to display the flag lest Muslims take offense. Those affected by flag bans also include construction workers at Heathrow, taxi drivers in Blackpool and Cheltenham, firemen in East London, and TESCO truck drivers.
Since the British Union Jack incorporates the English as well as the Scottish flag, moonbats have a ready-made excuse to ban that too, so patriotic Brits are encouraged to fly it while they can.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:27 PM
Today marks a minor milestone in the collapse of French President Jacques Chirac's authority, as French citizens ignore the fact that one of their 11 bank holidays, Whit Monday, has been officially repealed.
Those refusing to work include whole government ministries. Schools, post offices, and museums were closed. In what remains of the private sector, about half of businesses were expected to open.
The famous French competence that inspired the character Inspector Clouseau has once again been in evidence. The Finance Ministry told road haulage operations to conduct business as usual, but the Transportation Ministry has banned trailer trucks for the day. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin admits that the situation is producing "difficulties and perhaps even incoherence."
Rescinding Whit Monday as an official holiday was occasioned by the heat wave of 2003, which killed thousands of elderly people in France. Working an extra day was supposed to offset a 0.3% corporate tax, with the proceeds to be flushed down the bureaucracy in the name of the old and the disabled. But it's one thing to crank up business taxes even higher, and quite another to get the French to show up for work on a day they're used to having off.
The good news for Chirac is that the chaos can't hurt his approval ratings much. When you're down to 17%, how much lower can you go?
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:43 AM
Sandy Schlesinger owns land 35 miles from the Mexican border. This puts him on the front lines in the war of demographic conquest being waged against us by our southern neighbor. A big-hearted guy, Schlesinger has been in the habit of giving the invaders food and water before sending them along. He may think better of this habit now that one of them has blinded his dog Gobbler.
In an act of sheer malice, an invading alien approached the kenneled dog and hit Gobbler in the face with pepper spray. The group of invaders then proceeded to accept Schlesinger's offer of water. Only later did he realize what had happened. A vet had to inject one's of Gobbler's eyes with steroids and sew it shut. The other eye is open but blind, leaving Gobbler unsafe from rattlesnakes and other hazards of the desert. The vet says this isn't the first family dog he's seen pepper-sprayed.
Schlesinger's neighbors Rick and Barb Burton also used to provide food and water for incoming illegal aliens, but their empathy dried up when their home was broken into and ransacked. In the absence of an effective government to defend them from foreign invasion, they have put up a fence around their property, but they're still afraid to leave their dogs home alone.
Other neighbors' pets were lost when a screened-in porch was broken into — presumably by illegal aliens. The invaders damage fences that get in their way, with the result that livestock wander off.
These are only minor incidents. The long-term damage that will be caused by allowing a Third World country to export its poor to the USA will be incalculable. Unless the invasion is stopped, the effect on government services, the economy, and our social cohesion will soon reduce America to a shadow of what it is now.
Certainly there is a time for niceness. There is also a time to defend your country from those who would invade it. If only the lesson learned so painfully by Sandy Schlesinger could be passed along to Bush and the Senate before our country is as disabled as Gobbler.
June 4, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:20 PM
The specter of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is only one of many reasons to see to it that Republicans hold onto the House of Representatives in November. Another of the more compelling ones is the fact that Charles Rangel of New York's 15th Congressional District is in line for the extremely powerful position of Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
Rangel's most impressive attribute is his gift for irresponsible demagoguery. He has gotten so carried away as to compare President Bush with Bull Connor, the Birmingham Chief of Police who came to personify anti-black racism way back when civil rights activists were actually interested in civil rights, as opposed to special privileges. If Bush has ever said or done anything racist in his life, I'm sure we would know about it.
Often behaving more like a sophomoric "activist" of the Al Sharpton/Cindy Sheehan variety than an elected politician, Rangel has made an embarrassing habit of deliberately getting himself arrested at protests. But his most famous stunt was his sponsorship of a bill to reinstate the draft. Rangel knew the bill would go nowhere, since the Defense Department has seen no need for a military draft in recent times. The point was to provide himself with a soapbox from which to spout class warfare rhetoric and oppose the war on terror.
Like many on the left, Rangel exhibits an appalling cynicism toward the principles most Americans hold dear. He sneered at the historic elections that have been held in Iraq, dismissing the entire war as a "fraud" and barking that Americans "don't want their children to die for other people's freedom." Of course, if Americans didn't die for other people's freedom, as when we fought to liberate Europe from Nazis, by now we would be boxed in a corner and lucky to have any freedom ourselves.
Cynical, irresponsible, given to indulging in corrosive class warfare foolishness, and so immature as to be impervious to rational argument, Charles Rangel is possibly the last elected official in the country we would want in the critical position of overseeing how Congress spends our money. Yet that's exactly the sad fate that awaits us if Democrats retake the House this fall.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:46 PM
You may remember former Brigadier General and alleged shoplifter Janis Karpinski from the gala Abu Ghraib media orgy. She was the one busted down to Colonel for dereliction of duty and deceiving investigators.
Karpinski responded to this disgrace by loudly proclaiming that she was being made a scapegoat to protect those higher up the chain of command, as if the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and/or the Secretary of Defense should be held accountable for discipline lapses at overseas prisons.
Having cast aside the notions of honor, loyalty, patriotism, and common sense that would prevent most career soldiers from behaving this way, Karpinski now finds herself in a position to make a career of her self-serving squawking. She has joined the down-with-America lecture circus, appearing beside such notable moonbats as Ray McGovern and the Ditch Witch to denounce American policy.
Testifying before a kangaroo court calling itself the International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration, Karpinski planted seeds of paranoia in the fertile manure that can be found beneath the tinfoil hats of her audience:
She said women serving in the military in Iraq have been raped while using outdoor latrines in the middle of the night where male soldiers lurk in wait for them, and that several women have died in their sleep from dehydration owing to their decision to drink no water past mid-afternoon in a country where temperatures average 120 degrees, that they do this in order to avoid having to get up in the middle of the night to use the latrines.
In terms of the willful stupidity required to believe this whopper, Karpinski may have topped her bizarre claim that Donald Rumsfeld's office ordered the activities represented in the infamous Abu Ghraib photographs out of which the media got so much mileage. People just don't die of thirst when they know water is readily available.
Naturally Karpinski's deranged opinions and shameless willingness to propagandize against her own country has made her a hot property for the MSM. Check out this video of an AP interview, in which Karpinski had the following to say about allegations of atrocities by American troops
I wish I could tell you I was completely surprised, but I'm not… It's almost to be expected… particularly of the Marines. But it really makes me wonder where else this may be taking place… Are these isolated incidents as they would want us to believe? I don't think so.
Thanks, Janis. Very helpful. Keep it up and I'm sure we can look forward to your face on TV every evening.
June 3, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:58 PM
Conservatives have been understandably furious at some Republicans for refusing to honor their very basic responsibility to defend the country from foreign invasion. Were Bush eligible to run again, a conservative might find it hard to support his nomination. There are 23 Republican Senators, including such prominent names as John McCain and Bill Frist, who voted for the abominable shamnesty bill and consequently must be voted out of office at the first opportunity.
But when November rolls around, we need to be careful not to let anger spill over into the House, which passed a very reasonable bill to address the immigration issue. No such bill could emerge from a Congress controlled by Democrats, who would turn the House of Representatives into a house of horrors were they to become the majority, by placing moonbats in key positions from which they could inflict incalculable damage on society.
The first frightening face to assail us in this house of horrors would be that of Nancy Pelosi, the San Francisco liberal in line to become Speaker. Pelosi is a fanatical advocate of abortion, who has repeatedly voted to preserve the nightmarish practice of partial-birth abortion, whereby a baby is delivered but only part way, so that it will still be legal to crush his skull and suck out his brains. The woman who may soon be Speaker is so fond of abortion, she has even voted to force U.S. taxpayers to fund abortions in other countries. Pelosi's consistent advocacy of baby killing has earned her a 100% rating from NARAL.
Other Pelosi votes have favored the following:
- using lawsuits to circumvent the Second Amendment
- gay "marriage" and even adoptions
- race-based college admissions
- obesity lawsuits against food providers
- "alternative sentencing" for criminals
- the Marriage Tax
- blatantly unconstitutional restrictions on political speech in the name of "campaign finance reform"
- the pointless economic suicide pact rejected by the Senate 95-0 known as the Kyoto Protocol
Here are some of the things she's voted against:
- dealing responsibly with illegal immigration (0% ranking by FAIR)
- tort reform
- tax cuts
- authorizing new oil refineries
- drilling in ANWR
- the Patriot Act
- the Pledge of Allegiance
- school vouchers
Pelosi's patriotism and support for our troops can be summed up in a single observation: she crawled into bed with Jack Murtha at the height of that despicable individual's campaign to win media adulation with insincere demands that we surrender to the terrorists our troops are fighting in Iraq.
Unless this strikes you as an appropriate resume for the next Speaker of House, make your plans to vote in November, keeping in mind that not all Republicans have sold out conservatives, and even those who have aren't any worse than Nancy Pelosi.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:47 PM
Hans Blix, former chief U.N. weapons inspector and international bureauweenie extraordinaire, has seconded Helen Thomas' ingenious call for ending the menace of nuclear-armed rogue regimes by outlawing nuclear weapons.
Blix led a study that in only two years reached the novel conclusion that so long as weapons of mass destruction exist in any country's arsenal, "there is a high risk that they will one day be used by design or accident."
His report includes the insight that "the first line of defense against the spread of nuclear weapons is indeed to make states feel that they don't need them." Why would reasonable, well-intentioned regimes like North Korea and Iran feel they need nuclear weapons? Why, because of the iniquitous USA, naturally. As Blix explains,
They see 130,000 American soldiers in Iraq, and they see American bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They remember that Mossadeq, who was elected premier, was ousted with subversive methods from the outside.
He had to reach back to the 1950s for Mohammed Mossadeq, who used to run Iran. The CIA is reputed to have been involved in his downfall.
A guy doesn't attain Blix's lofty status without realizing that understandable fear of the cowboy country is not the only reason a demented dictator like Kim Jong-Il and an advocate of genocide like Ahmadinejad would want nuclear weapons. There is also the fact that the USA won't ratify a nuclear test ban treaty. Says Blix:
[T]he U.S. is opposed to a ratification but the reality is probably that if the U.S. were to ratify then China would, if China did then India would, if India did Pakistan would, if Pakistan did then Iran would. So it would set in motion a good domino effect.
If we're going to fantasize about improbable domino scenarios, here's one I like better: Hans Blix decides to shut his mouth until he has something constructive to say. Then Madeleine Albright follows suit. Seeing a trend, Kofi Annan does the same, and so one until at last every pompous U.N. bureaucrat and posturing international gadfly has fallen silent.
We can dream, can't we?
June 2, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:08 AM
If any lingering respect survives for Camelot despite the battering its reputation has endured from Chappaquiddick Ted and his chip off the block Patrick, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is doing his kooky best to put it out of its misery.
Flinging himself to the outer edges of the lunatic fringe, RFK Jr. is squawking that the Republican Party stole the 2004 election. In a cover story due out today from the sober and responsible folks at Rolling Stone Magazine, the noted environmentalist wacko whose field of expertise now extends to election fraud announces that Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters from casting ballots.
Ken Blackwell — now a Republican candidate for Governor of Ohio — is the key villain in Bobby Jr.'s conspiratorial fantasies. The blackguard Blackwell allegedly used his position as Ohio Secretary of State to purge eligible voters from the rolls, make the lines long at polling centers, rig a recount, and so forth. As proof of his theories, Kennedy notes that CNN had predicted that Kerry would win Ohio, and yet he lost.
The piece is the fruit of four months of investigation, during which time Kennedy had use of the research facilities of Rolling Stone. I believe these consist of three bongs and a coke spoon.
Previous RFK Jr. research yielded the remarkable discovery that Hurricane Katrina was caused by Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour's insidious attack on the Kyoto Protocol.
June 1, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:20 PM
In case you haven't collected enough reasons to be outraged and disgusted by the Senate's suicidal amnesty bill, here's another from Fox News:
The head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says a loophole in the Senate immigration bill could allow criminals to stay in the country, much like the 1986 bill providing amnesty to illegal immigrants.
Emilio Gonzalez, who would be in charge of any guest worker program, says the current bill would prevent the agency from sharing information on potentially dangerous applicants with law enforcement officials, making it difficult to remove criminals and national security threats from the country, even if they're rejected from the program.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:48 PM
Here's some encouraging news: New York State's Comptroller, Democrat Alan Hevesi, has come to realize that his remark during a Queens College commencement address about "putting a bullet between the President's eyes" was "beyond dumb," "remarkably stupid," and "incredibly moronic." Maybe there's hope, and New York Democrats are beginning to develop some insight into the nature of the views they express.
Then again, maybe Hevesi's lawyers let him know that the Secret Service would be well within its rights to throw him in jail.
For his part, Senator Chuck "The Schmuck" Schumer (D-NY) accepts Hevesi's apology, according to spokeswoman Risa Heller. Hevesi is up for reelection this fall. He's a cinch to get another term in New York's present political climate — provided he tones down his apologies.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:31 PM
The bleeding heart moonbattery that has replaced justice in our courtrooms must have gone beyond self-parody, because it just isn't funny anymore.
One recent case that won't have you laughing is that of a 76-year-old Ohio man named Chester Kozlowski, who made the mistake of paying Troy Tenace in cash for some repair work to his chimney. Tenace came back later to get the rest of the old guy's money. He didn't stop at robbery, but cruised right along to murder. Kozlowski was found gagged and strangled. His face had been stomped in with heavy boots.
Naturally, Tenace was sentenced to the death he richly deserves. Also naturally, given the state of our "justice" system, 12 years have passed and he is still alive. Now the Ohio Supreme Court has reversed his death penalty, on the grounds that Tenace grew up amid other sleazeballs and consequently had an unhappy childhood. Oh, and he "expressed remorse."
The childhood that gave Tenace a license to stomp in old men's faces was made horrible because, according to his relatives, his stepfather had sex with his sister, and Tenace himself was supposedly sexually abused by babysitters. He and his siblings were allegedly taught to steal and use drugs by the age of 10.
In the majority opinion, Justice Judith Lanzinger wrote:
Tenace was doomed from the start.
Justice Judy is right about one thing: growing up in an atmosphere of degeneracy certainly won't make you less likely to be a criminal. Murderers tend to be lowlifes, and lowlifes tend to be produced by other lowlifes.
The notion that this mitigates stomping in an old man's face after taking his money goes below degeneracy to absolute moral insanity.
Hat tip: Varla
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:33 AM
As our Senate could not possibly be too stupid to realize, allowing our nation to be invaded and colonized by a foreign country will inevitably result in a breakdown in the rule of law, since our laws will need to be discarded before our Mexican conquerors can institute their own.
The first signs of this are already apparent. In the "sanctuary city" of Maywood, California, the police department's traffic division was eliminated because it was giving too much grief to illegal aliens driving without licenses.
Now news reaches us from El Paso County that Sheriff Leo Samaniego is in trouble because his deputies stand accused of checking immigration papers. Naturally moonbats are eagerly participating in the decline and fall of the USA. Members of the Border Network for Human Rights were to present a petition to the county commissioners yesterday, demanding Samaniego's head on a platter for alleged complicity in defending our country by enforcing its laws.
"Batería de la Luna" — thank you William for this translation. I might be required to change the name of this site soon.