July 31, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:24 PM
The Qana tragedy was exactly the media coup Hezbollah was shooting for with their strategy of firing rockets at Israeli civilians from behind Arab civilians. Dozens of dead children dragged out of the Israeli-made rubble for the salivating MSM cameramen make Qana perfect — possibly too perfect.
As Israel Insider reminds us, there are questions as to what exactly caused the building collapse in which 54 civilians are said to have died. The closest Israeli ordnance landed 20–30 meters away from the structure more than seven hours before it fell. Although a secondary explosion or a weakening of the building that caused a delayed collapse can't be ruled out, there are other questions:
- Why were dozens of women and children packed into a building that terrorists had been using to store weapons?
- Why was the roof intact?
- Why did the civilians supposedly sheltering in the basement not leave between the attack at 12:00–1:00 AM and the collapse at 8:00 AM?
- Why were the dead civilians found in the building not residents of the building?
- Why did civilians not heed ample Israeli warnings to leave the area?
- Why did Lebanese rescue teams not start evacuating the building until the morning?
- Why was there hardly any blood?
- Why did the bodies appear to have been dead for days?
- Could bodies from the temporary morgue at nearby Tyre have been brought in as props?
Faked footage is hardly unheard of in that part of the world. Arabs are useless in a fair fight, which is why they resort to terrorism, which is essentially a form of propaganda — something at which they excel. Palestinians are infamous for filming phony Israeli atrocities at their makeshift Pallywood studies.
If this whole incident produces a feeling of déjà vu, it's because ten years ago, while fighting Hezbollah terrorists who were using civilians as shields, Israel accidentally hit a refugee compound, killing 106 civilians in Qana. Osama bin Laden has used the incident as a pretext for his terrorist atrocities.
Whether staged or not, last Sunday's event in Qana was the direct result of conscious Hezbollah strategy, and produced exactly the desired result. Israel temporarily suspended air strikes, and the "world community" is clicking its tongue at heart-wrenching pictures of dead Arab children.
Once wars were won through the raw guts and military genius of heroes like George Patton, Bernard Montgomery, and Ariel Sharon. If we don't pull ourselves together, this one will be won through the treachery of terrorists.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:49 PM
Professor David Barash, who teaches Animal Behavior, Evolutionary Psychology, and Peace Studies at the University of Washington, wants to take the depraved form of nihilism known as moonbattery to a logical if nightmarish extreme by creating human/animal hybrids — not for any scientific purpose, but simply out of hatred for God.
Since Darwinism as a comprehensive explanation of human life doesn't pass the laugh test, high priests of this godless religion feel compelled to defend it stridently. Rather than reject their preposterous beliefs, ideologues like Barash cling to them ever more frantically — and lash out at anyone who won't drink the Kool-Aid.
In Barash's words, the point of his horror movie hybrids would be to stamp out the belief that
the human species, unlike all others, possesses a spark of the divine and that we therefore stand outside nature.
You see, as PETA President Ingrid Newkirk put it, "A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy." Princeton's illustrious bioethicist Peter Singer would agree. Human life, like all life, is just a random accident with no meaning whatsoever. There is no difference between you and gerbil or a turnip or a stone.
Reality is a vacuous, meaningless void, and our existence has no value — or at least, that's what the liberal elite wants us to think. But anyone gullible enough to be convinced of this by test tube monstrosities probably believes it already.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:05 PM
I wish it were another of his lame jokes, but second-rate comedian and obnoxious left-wing fanatic Al Franken really might run for a Minnesota Senate seat.
AP reports that limousine leftists have been donating their pocket change to Franken's political action committee. The contributions tend to be small, considering the absurd wealth of the donors. Larry Hagman gave $555; Barbra Streisand could part with only $500. But the money's adding up. So far Franken has raised $500,000.
Although Franken claims he hasn't decided whether to run, he's already moved his radio show on the moribund Air America to Minnesota in preparation. The PAC money is not supposed to be used in his own campaign. But there's always a way to get around burdensome laws, as his Err America experiences will have taught him.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:16 PM
Iran's strategy for distracting the world from its nuclear weapons program while simultaneously weakening Israel for the kill is simple. Their cat's paw Hezbollah hides amid Lebanese civilians while showering hundreds upon hundreds of rockets down upon Israeli civilians. When the Israeli military inevitably responds, Lebanese civilians are killed. The Western media finishes the job from there.
There is only one risk to this strategy. The mullahs in Tehran are gambling that the MSM will be stupendously depraved enough to play along. For the strategy to work, the media must ignore Israeli civilian casualties, ignore Israel's lack of any reasonable alternatives to fighting back, ignore the fact that all civilian casualties in this conflict are the result of Hezbollah's actions, ignore everything but the liberal elite's blind hatred of Western Civilization as it zeroes in on damage caused by the IDF.
Needless to say the risk was a slim one. The strategy is working perfectly. Even in Israel, the media is reading from Ahmadinejad's playbook. Here are some of today's papers, focusing relentlessly Qana:
The terrorists our troops are fighting in Iraq would be able to accomplish nothing without assistance from our fifth-column press. Iran is exploiting the same soft underbelly to attack Israel. As a result of the propaganda barrage, Israeli soldiers are already refusing to fight in Lebanon. By the time Iran has nukes — and it won't be long — Israel will be too eaten away from within by political correctness to offer any meaningful resistance to its annihilation.
Israel will be the Twenty-First Century's first Western democracy to cease to exist as a result of Islamic imperialism assisted by moonbattery. It won't be the last.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:43 AM
Over the weekend Paris hosted a "pro-Lebanon/free Palestine" demonstration. Unsurprisingly, there was a great deal of moonbattery on display. Israel and America were denounced and terrorists like Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah praised. E-nough! has pictures and video. See if you can make sense of the sombrero guy in this shot:
Could it be that the Muslim–moonbat alliance is expanding to include the Reconquista crowd?
Hat tip: ¡No Pasarán!
July 30, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:12 PM
Hats off to Adriana Lima, for proving you don't have to be a degenerate moonbat to join the ranks of the beautiful people. The Brazilian supermodel is the 97th highest-paid famous person in the world according to Forbes, but she hasn't sacrificed decency for her fame and fortune, as she makes clear in a GQ interview.
Miss Lima describes herself as a Catholic who goes to church every Sunday. She believes that real love happens only once in a lifetime, and that sex is strictly for after marriage. Consequently she is still a virgin. She regards abortion as a crime.
Does having that kind of character make her less sexy? You be the judge.
Hat tip: The Dick List
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:45 PM
Ramsey Clark has announced plans to stage a "National Emergency March on Washington" to protest American support for Israel's attempts to defend itself. According to Clark, who was U.S. Attorney General under LBJ, the financial assistance our country has long provided to Israel is grounds for impeaching President Bush.
Participating in the spectacle will be various representatives of the moonbat–Muslim alliance, including the National Council of Arab-Americans, Partnership for Civil Justice, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation and the Stalinist ANSWER Coalition, with which Clark is closely affiliated.
Unlike the United States and Israel, Hezbollah and Hamas are not considered by Clark's ANSWER friends to be terrorist organizations. ANSWER's Brian Becker explains:
The characterization of Hizballah as a terrorist organization by the Bush administration must be understood in exactly the same way that they conducted the demonization campaign against the Iraqi government under the Saddam Hussein era. Which is simply to find a rationale to justify terrorist actions against the people who live in Lebanon, just as the Bush administration needed to find an explanation to carry out its war crimes, its crimes against humanity and its state-sponsored terrorism against the people of Iraq.
What does America have against poor little Lebanon? Apparently, we want to steal their nonexistent oil. According to Mounzer Sleiman of National Council of Arab-Americans, Israel is not trying to defend itself from terror attacks, but is acting as a pawn in an American scheme to gain control of oil reserves. Squawks Sleiman, who is described as an "independent military and political analyst":
The main aim of this war is not to free captured soldiers. It is not even to remove Hizballah. It is purely and simply to bring Lebanon down on its knees and bring about its disintegration.
Why anyone in the West would want to bring about the disintegration of a relatively civilized Arab state that has been moving toward democracy is not explained. If Lebanon did have any oil, we would just buy it. But in Ramsey Clark's circles, rational explanations are not to be expected.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:28 PM
Beautiful Southern Arizona is disappearing beneath mountains of garbage as a result of our government's outrageous refusal to get serious about defending the border with Mexico.
It's not enough for illegal aliens to thumb their noses at our laws by sneaking into the country. Apparently they feel compelled to demonstrate their contempt for the very land they are being allowed to colonize by strewing their trash across it.
From 2002 to 2005, 250,000 pounds of invaders' trash was cleaned up in Southern Arizona, without making a dent in the problem. Authorities estimate that invaders who were apprehended by the Border Patrol dropped 25 million pounds of garbage in the Arizona desert between July 1999 and June 2005. That estimate does not include garbage dropped by the majority of invaders who are not caught.
The accumulation of used toilet paper, human feces and rotting food that marks the trail of illegal immigrants is a health issue for those who live on or visit the land through which aliens invade. It also poses risks to livestock and wildlife.
It's estimated that the cost of environmental remediation for immigration-related damage in Southeast Arizona alone would come to $62.9 million dollars over five years. Hardest to clean up is the trash in formerly pristine wilderness areas. Authorities have had to resort to using helicopters and mules.
Naturally moonbats blame not the aliens who are raping our country, but the responsible few who have attempted to keep them out. Since border cities like Nogales have put up walls to defend themselves against the invasion, aliens are more likely to go out into wilderness areas. Carps Kat Rodriguez of Derechos Humanos,
If you were going to cities, you wouldn't need to carry three days' worth of food.
I knew it must be our fault somehow.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:23 PM
Code Pink militant Medea Benjamin managed to get some MSM face time last week when she interrupted Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Malaki's historic address to a joint session of Congress. Here she is getting tossed out:
Benjamin is a prominent radical whose views and tactics are extreme. She is credited with being "a chief organizing force behind the 1999 Seattle riots in which 50,000 protesters did millions of dollars worth of property damage in their effort to shut down meetings of the World Trade Organization" and has done everything in her power to undermine the American cause in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
Code Pink, which Benjamin cofounded and in which she plays a central role, may be her primary claim to infamy. As documented previously, this bevy of leftist harpies is known for raising funds for terrorists, trashing recruiting offices and taunting wounded soldiers.
You might wonder how a sociopath like Medea Benjamin was able to attend a joint session of Congress. Radio Blogger has the disturbing answer: she was given a ticket by a Congressman, Rep. Major Owens (D-NY). Owens' claim that he did not know she would make a spectacle of herself is hardly credible, considering her resume:
2005: Benjamin and three other moonbats showed up at a speech by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Their shouting and theatrics interrupted the speech until police had dragged them away.
2005: Benjamin and other Code Pink operatives obtained VIP access to President Bush's second inauguration. During his speech, they unfurled banners with leftist slogans.
2004: At the Republican National Convention in NYC, Benjamin had to be dragged out of Madison Square Garden for disrupting a speech by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
2004: At the Democratic National Convention in Boston, police tossed Benjamin out of the Fleet Center for unfurling another one her banners.
2002: Benjamin was able to disrupt testimony by Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld in a Congressional committee room.
Needless to say, Owens was perfectly aware that Benjamin would disrupt al-Malaki's speech, just as Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) knew Cindy Sheehan would pull some kind of tasteless stunt when she got her into Bush's State of the Union in January. Letting Benjamin in was the equivalent of standing up during the speech and chucking rotten tomatoes at the Iraqi Prime Minister.
Democratic Congressmen have assisted Benjamin's activities before. When she and her supporters raised $600,000 to assist the terrorist insurgency in Fallujah, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) reportedly wrote a letter to the American ambassador in Jordan to facilitate getting the aid through customs.
This is the sort of leadership we can look forward to if Democrats regain control of Congress.
On a tip from V the K.
July 29, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:54 PM
Photographer Jill Greenberg has hit upon a novel technique for expressing her political views: make small children cry and then snap their picture. She describes how she came up with the concept, after shooting a picture of a toddler:
He started crying on his own, and I shot that, and when I got the contact sheets back I thought, "This could go with a caption, 'Four More Years,'" like he was appalled at George Bush's reelection.
Elsewhere she describes her epiphany this way:
The first little boy I shot, Liam, suddenly became hysterically upset. It reminded me of helplessness and anger I feel about our current political and social situation.
Bawling children have the same effect on me — that is, they remind me of frustrated moonbats.
Now Greenberg has shot a whole collection of crying children. They usually don't start crying on their own, so she makes them cry by stripping off their clothes, giving them candy only to snatch it away again, making them stand on wobbly platforms, etc.
a kind of political statement about the current state of anxiety a lot of people are in about the future of the country. Sometimes I just feel like crying about the way things are going.
If only Greenberg would go back to her old practice of shooting monkeys. But she finds that children are "not as expensive as monkeys" — especially when she uses her own daughter.
Disturbing as Greenberg's behavior may be, she is hardly the worst offender when it comes to moonbats who menace children. At least she isn't threatening conservative bloggers' two-year-old sons with sexual abuse and death. At least she isn't making a heroine out of a maniac who systematically murdered her own five children.
Via YouTube, here's a sample of Greenberg's work:
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:22 AM
Apparently running out of ideas for obnoxious publicity stunts, Cindy Sheehan will be returning to her roots next month by once again camping out in Crawford while demanding a second meeting with President Bush.
This time it won't happen on the property of Mark Mattlage, who hosted her circus last year. Mattlage is a Democrat but not a moonbat, and offered his 1-acre property in the past not because he agrees with Sheehan's appalling views — which reportedly make him cringe — but out of concern for the safety of neo-hippy lowlifes who were congregating in a ditch and spilling out onto the road.
According to the She-hag, her freak show left Mattlage "with a better property and one with amazing positive and peaceful energy." But that wasn't enough for the greedy Mattlage, who wanted her to pay for increased liability insurance costs in anticipation of huge crowds, and to sign a "hold harmless" agreement. The Ditch Witch publicly responded with this:
I cannot in good faith accept the terms that you and your lawyers are holding us hostage with. ... I fear we will have to find alternatives to using your land...
Mattlage seems able to live with that. He had reservations about letting the moonbat troupe use his land when Bush was on his ranch "out of respect for the President."
Now Sheehan has acquired her own 5-acre spread in Crawford for stalking President Bush, admittedly paid for with insurance money from the death of her son, who died fighting for the very cause Sheehan strives to undermine.
As if that weren't disgusting enough, the property was acquired through a third party, one Gerald T. Fonseca of New Orleans, who shared with the sellers a sob story about losing his house in Katrina, but did not share his plans to turn the property over to Mother Moonbat and her army of tie-dyed creepazoids, who will use it as a base from which to disrupt the President's vacations at Prairie Chapel Ranch.
Mark Mattlage's last words to Sheehan were, "You can go away now." He wasn't speaking only for himself.
July 28, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:05 PM
Andres Oppenheimer regards Cuba's communist dictator Fidel Castro as "the least courageous leader in the region." It's hard not to agree, after reading his partial list of things Castro is afraid to allow:
- Free elections;
- Independent political parties;
- Independent media, or even independent thought on state media;
- Access to the Internet;
- His subjects to leave the country;
- Potentially critical foreign reporters to interview him;
- Foreign financial institutions to measure Cuba's crippled economy by international standards.
At 79, Castro may be a little old to acquire much courage. But since he won't be around long anyway, how much would it take for him to try to redeem himself for the death and misery he has inflicted on Cuba by holding free elections, rather than allowing the soul-crushing system he constructed to pass into another tyrant's hands?
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:24 PM
Blame V the K for sending the tip.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:21 PM
While Howard Dean denounces Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as an "anti-Semite" for not committing political suicide by declaring himself to be on Israel's side against Hezbollah, and top Congressional Dems Nancy Pelosi of the House and Harry Reid of the Senate threaten to disinvite al-Maliki from addressing Congress for the same reason, a piece by John Pilger in the liberal Guardian gives some insight into just how supportive the Left is of Israel, beneath the thin veneer of sanctimonious posturing on the part of prominent Democrats.
Pilger stridently laments:
Before our eyes, the Israeli regime (it is never called a regime, of course), armed and bankrolled by the United States, and backed by Britain, is set upon destroying an entire country, deliberately killing civilians, almost half of whom are children; and the crusaders are as quiet as mice or they are busy toiling in the great quarry of obsfucation.
One problem with using $5 words like "obfuscation" is they're hard to spell.
The Israeli military, which with awe-inspiring skill and bravery has managed to hold off the rest of the Middle East for generations, is dismissed with this:
In my experience of war and the Middle East, the Israeli army is one of the most craven. Every day, its soldiers humiliate defenceless, frightened old people and pregnant women at roadblocks and now its F-16 pilots drop phosphorous bombs on families fleeing in rickety vans.
In stark contrast to this "regime" called Israel and its "crusader" allies (namely the USA and Britain), the Hezbollah terrorists who started the current conflict by crossing into Israeli territory to kidnap people and by raining down rockets on civilian populations are the good guys, exemplifying "humanity at its noblest." They are glowingly compared with WWII partisans and the equally praiseworthy (per Pilger) freedom fighters who have been blowing up random civilians and cutting people's heads off in Iraq in an effort to reimpose totalitarianism in that fledgling democracy — or as Pilger refers to them, the "Iraqis who have succeeded in pinning down the American homicidal machine in their country."
Pilger concludes his diatribe by demanding that
those claiming to hold responsible office in "civilised" governments break their cowardly silence and tell the invaders to stop their killing and to get out now.
By "the invaders," he means Israel. Needless to say, you won't see stuff like this coming from conservatives — unless you want to count Pat Buchanan.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:02 PM
Giving an idea of just how far from reality the "reality-based community" has wandered in search of some means to justify its anachronistic existence, professional Bush-basher Molly Ivins is calling for a "reality-based presidential candidate": left-wing propagandist Bill Moyers.
According to Ivins, one of Moyers' qualifications is that he worked for LBJ during Vietnam — just like traitor, communist puppeteer and lawyer to the dictators Ramsey Clark. Moyers' contributions to the Johnson administration included supervising task forces involved in the catastrophic "war on poverty" and orchestrating the shameless 1964 campaign against Barry Goldwater. He personally gave the okay on the infamous "daisy ad," which implied that standing firm against Soviet imperialism as Goldwater advised would result in little girls getting nuked as they picked flowers.
Another supposed plus is that Moyers "is not afraid of being called 'unpatriotic.'" No kidding. Patriotism is hardly a positive quality in Moyers' anti-Christian, anti-capitalist and anti-patriotic "reality":
Not just religious true believers threaten our democracy. It's true believers in the God of the market who would leave us to the ruthless forces of unfettered monopolistic capital where even the laws of the jungle break down. And they're counting on your patriotism to distract you from their plunder. While you're standing at attention with your hand over your heart pledging allegiance to the flag, they're picking your pocket.
Ivins admits that Moyers is "no Holy Joe." That's putting it mildly. As Discover the Networks notes, he has raked in more than $20 million in taxpayer money from public broadcasting, yet refuses to disclose his income.
Moyers often manages to come across as a well-meaning avuncular fool. Actually, he is a vicious moonbat — as Ivins is no doubt aware. His hatred of Republicans is bottomless. He bitterly sneers at them for being "people who wrap themselves in the flag and sing 'America the Beautiful' with tears in their eyes." His nasty brand of propaganda is so far over the top that he was forced to issue a left-handed apology for falsely quoting former Secretary of the Interior James Watt as raving that "after the last tree is felled, Christ will come back."
Even Ivins knows that Moyers would never get elected, because few normal people could fail to be horrified by the concept of power in the hands of such a spiteful fanatic. But she gets paid to toss out wistful far-left fantasies. It's all part of belonging to the reality-based community.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:53 AM
Through its public health arm, the World Health Organization, the United Nations has alerted global citizens to a menace we might not otherwise have noticed: the sun.
If you look carefully during daylight hours you can often see a big yellow thing hanging in the sky. It shoots out invisible rays that can give you a sunburn — or even melanomas.
The WHO frets that 60,000 people a year die from sun exposure. A still more disturbing statistic is the 1.5 million "disability-adjusted life years" that are stolen from us by that insidious star. But WHO bureauweenies have come up with a clever list of stratagems to protect against the sun:
- Limit the time you spend in midday sun.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses when out in the sun.
- Use sunscreen.
- Don't waste your money at tanning parlors.
So long as the WHO is providing information this useful, world citizens can hardly object to the idea of global taxes to help finance it.
Moonbats should of course exercise extra vigilance in avoiding the sun, just as they should avoid crucifixes, holy water and getting stakes pounded through their putrid black hearts.
Hat tip: Wiggins
July 27, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:20 PM
In a natural extension of the time-honored terrorist tactic of using women and children as sandbags, it appears that Hezbollah has been launching attacks from behind the skirts of U.N. peacekeepers. Predictably, collateral damage has resulted, which the Left — personified by Kofi Annan — readily blames on Israel.
Canadian Major Paeta Hess-von Kruedener was among the four unarmed peacekeepers killed when Israel hit a U.N. post in Lebanon Tuesday. His own words throw some light on the inevitability of such a misfortune occurring, considering Hezbollah's disgraceful tactics and the U.N.'s knack for obtrusive uselessness.
In an email dated July 18, the Major wrote:
We have on a daily basis had numerous occasions where our position has come under direct or indirect fire from both (Israeli) artillery and aerial bombing.
The closest artillery has landed within 2 meters (sic) of our position and the closest 1000 lb aerial bomb has landed 100 meters (sic) from our patrol base. This has not been deliberate targeting, but rather due to tactical necessity.
Retired Canadian Major-General Lewis MacKenzie spells it out:
What that means is, in plain English, We've got Hezbollah fighters running around in our positions, taking our positions here and then using us for shields and then engaging the (Israeli Defence Forces).
Jihadists are well known for launching attacks from near hospitals, mosques and orphanages. The point for the terrorists isn't so much to hurt the Israelis physically, as to provide their moonbat allies in the Western media opportunities to flood the news with pictures of mutilated Arab women and children when the IDF returns fire.
Hezbollah's tactics are despicable in the extreme, and their media partners share their guilt. The civilians the MSM weeps over would not be getting hit by Israeli shells if terrorists didn't hide behind them, and terrorists wouldn't hide behind them if they couldn't count on getting the coverage they want from the media. Terrorism is war by propaganda. It wouldn't work if the media didn't play their part.
Hopefully U.N. bureauweenies have gained some insight into what it's like to be a defenseless bystander in a culture dominated by terrorism. It's probably too much to expect them to learn the difference between the good guys and the bad guys. But at least they might learn to stay out of the way.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:09 PM
The latest assault in the Left's crusade to subvert and/or destroy the Boy Scouts is taking place in Philadelphia, where City Solicitor Romulo L. Diaz Jr. is attempting to strong-arm the Cradle of Liberty Boy Scouts Council into excepting openly homosexual Scouts and leaders. Diaz is publicly gay himself, but absurdly claims that has nothing to do with his efforts.
If the Scouts don't knuckle under, they could face eviction from the building they have occupied rent-free since 1928. But if they do, the consequences will be even worse, and not only because it would undermine the basic liberty of freedom of association, and force them to forsake their principles.
Although it is almost never acknowledged by the media unless the Catholic church is involved, homosexuals often prey on underage boys — sometimes raping and killing them.
Does anyone remember Jesse Dirkhising? The 13-year-old boy was repeatedly raped and sexually tortured by homosexual lovebirds Joshua Macabe Brown and Davis Don Carpenter. He ended up dead with his own underwear duct-taped into his mouth. If you don't recall the story, it's probably because the mainstream media would hardly go near it.
If crimes like this weren't discretely buried by the politically correct media, it would be obvious to everyone that compelling the Boy Scouts to accept openly gay scoutmasters is not a bright idea. It would almost certainly attract an element that would endanger the lives of children.
But then, the lives of children have never been a concern for abortion supporters or Andrea Yates' apologists, so there's no reason to think this will slow down gay activists as they ruthlessly ram their agenda down everyone else's throat.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:16 PM
Artist Daniel Edwards created the above grotesquery, which is entitled "The Presidential Bust of Hillary Rodham Clinton." A suitably tasteful venue has been found for presenting it to the public: NYC's Museum of Sex.
The bust perches atop a pedestal inscribed with the presidential seal and the menacing words "The First Woman President of the United States of America." The monstrous piece was inspired by Sharon Stone's remark that 2008 was too soon for Shrillary to run for President, because people would be threatened by her "sexual power."
The artist describes his work as presenting New York's junior Senator
with her head held high, a youthful spirit and a face matured by wisdom. Presented in a low cut gown, her cleavage is on display prominently portraying sexual power which some people still consider too threatening.
The concept of Hillary as President is threatening, all right. But as for the "sexual power," it's too bad she doesn't have more. Maybe she'd be able to keep her husband from molesting other women.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:34 AM
The "liberal infallibility" tactic that Ann Coulter courageously addressed in Godless has reared its head in another form: Jewish infallibility. As Ben Shapiro observes, self-hating Jewish moonbats have been using it lately to attack Israel in its hour of need.
As readers might recall, Coulter caused an uproar when she pointed out that the insidious Jersey Girls, a bevy of 9/11 widows who happen to be moonbats, have used their victim status as a shield from criticism while launching leftist attacks on the Bush Administration. Coulter's refusal to regard the widows as beyond reproach threw the Left into a frenzy. Senators Clinton and Lautenberg denounced her; other Democrats called for her books to be banned.
Jewish liberals are now using a similar tactic by prefacing their attacks on Israel with claims of moral superiority by virtue of their Jewish parentage. Fox News' token moonbat Alan Colmes, British MP Gerald Kaufman and Puffington Host blowhard Jeff Dorchen have all employed the device. As Shapiro writes:
For Jews who oppose Israel's right to defend herself, their Judaism is a convenient tactic utilized to silence critics. "Surely," they imply, "if I am a Jew, I must have a deeper and more abiding love for Israel than anyone else. If you challenge my arguments, you will first have to admit that I have the moral high ground. I have a personal stake in this matter."
Shapiro points out that though identity politics tends to dominate discussion, it is almost always illegitimate, because "even if you have a personal stake in an issue, your ideas may be terrible." But in this case, the identity politics angle is worse — it's a lie:
The self-hating Jews who now attack Israel's most basic aspect of sovereignty don't care a whit about Judaism. They may have been born Jewish, they may enjoy matzo ball soup, they may go to a Reconstructionist synagogue once in a while to worship nothingness, but the tenets of Judaism mean nothing to them. These Jews care about Judaism the way Madonna cares about Catholicism. When it comes to the daily strictures of Judaism, these Jews are nowhere to be found. But as soon as it becomes politically advantageous to tout their Judaism, they stand front and center, birth certificate held aloft.
Identity politics is a canard when it comes to Judaism. Being born Jewish says nothing about whether you care for Israel, because being a Jew is about more than emerging from a Jewish uterus. A secular humanist, born a Jew, is still a secular humanist. Noam Chomsky is a Jew, but he is also a twisted and evil thinker who pines for Israel's destruction. Tony Judt is a Jew, but he hopes that one day Israel will be wiped from the map. Are Chomsky and Judt immune from criticism because they are Jews?
As far as Shapiro is concerned, it's impossible to be Jewish in a meaningful sense without supporting Israel:
The believing Jew is tied to Israel because God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people; the believing Jew is tied to strong Israeli self-defense because God mandated such self-defense in the Torah. A Jew who believes in his religion may without question claim that his Judaism demonstrates his commitment to Israel. It is a foul and rank political convenience for those who care nothing about Judaism to flout their Jewish birth as some kind of defense for their cowardly and foolish surrender-first ideals.
But even some full-time Jews fail to support Israel. Rabbi Dovid Feldman of Jews United Against Zionism has been screaming that Israel must be "totally dismantled, and the entire Holy Land should be returned to the indigenous Palestinian population" — which would require ethnically cleansing the area of Jews.
Blissfully unaware of how the current violence started, Keren Batiyov of Jewish Voice for Peace raves of Hezbollah:
Since they didn't initiate it, I would see that it's Israel's responsibility to withdraw and come to a ceasefire.
If certain Jews want to destroy Israel, does that make destroying Israel a good idea? That was too easy, here's a harder question: Can a house divided against itself stand?
July 26, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:34 PM
Using moonbattery to fight moonbattery, Rev. George Hargreaves of Operation Christian Vote has filed a complaint against Britain's Gay Police Association for placing a propagandistic advertisement blaming Christianity for violence against homosexuals.
The gay police club is now under investigation by Scotland Yard for possibly having committed a "faith crime" by violating the Racial and Religious Hatred Act of 2006, which was probably intended to insulate Muslims from criticism while they scheme of new ways to blow us to bits.
Here's the offending ad (click to enlarge):
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:27 PM
The moral depravity that brought us a woman's "right to choose" to kill her own baby is progressing as you might expect. Today Andrea Yates, a neurotic who systematically drowned her five children in a bathtub, was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Of course Yates is insane; anyone would have to be to commit such a crime. Still more insane is the society that kicks aside the corpses of five children in its rush to comfort the poor murderess for having been upset enough to kill them.
Instead of the appropriate execution, Yates will be subjected to a timeout at a mental asylum, to last until some bleeding-heart flake with a psychiatry degree decides that she's "cured" — at which point Noah, John, Paul, Luke and Mary Yates will still be dead.
The trusting children that she murdered one by one ranged in age from six months to seven years.
Yates' successful defense was to appeal to the moonbattery of our dysfunctional legal system by claiming to be a victim of one of the new-fangled mental disorders that the psychiatry industry is so creative at inventing.
The father of the dead children dutifully excused the woman who murdered them as a "loving mother who just fell to this disease." Rusty Yates has divorced and remarried, but he and Andrea are still "good friends." He expressed gratitude to the jury for "rising above superficial facts" — for example, the fact that she was undeniably guilty — because a mental institution will allow her to have a "better quality of life for herself" as their children's bones rot away in the ground. He called her acquittal a "tremendous victory."
It was a tremendous victory, all right — of moonbattery over sanity.
Katie Couric will be pleased too. When Dan Rather's replacement at CBS News was the anchor for the Today Show, she made a martyr out of Andrea Yates, even using the show to raise money for her legal defense.
Where do we go from here? How can our culture possibly become more morally insane than to excuse people for killing their own children?
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:13 AM
Cindy Sheehan ought to share the secret of her hunger strike regimen with Iowa farmers — it would be just the ticket to fatten up prize hogs. CR at Age of Hooper took a couple of shots of her sulking with Code Pink lunatic Medea Benjamin outside the Iraqi embassy, where she promises to sit pouting until Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki comes out to kiss her pudgy hand.
Here's Mother Moonbat three weeks into her hunger strike:
It's nice to see that her distress over "the barbaric Israeli attacks" against Hezbollah isn't affecting her appetite, although she seemed pretty upset in yesterday's diatribe at Mickey Moron's site:
I have been in such a blue funk of depression and worry since Israel's over-reaction — or "over action" in Lebanon... As hard as I may try, I cannot wrap my mind around the fanatical rhetoric coming out of DC and from all over the world and the mindless and seemingly overwhelming support of Israel's right to "defend itself." What Israel is doing in Lebanon by killing hundreds of innocent civilians in a relatively short period of time is like the US defending itself from the tens of thousands of innocent babies, women and children in Iraq. It is morally reprehensible and just an extension of BushCo's campaign to enrich the voracious war profiteers. ... I feel like I am living in Bizarro World. ... John Bolton said that there is no "moral equivalency" between innocent Arabs being killed and innocent Israelis being killed. It's not immoral for Israel to kill innocent civilians because they are fighting terror with more terror: it's the American Way!
And we all know nothing could be more evil than the American Way. It's enough to make a poor hunger-striking peace activist reach for another Mighty Cherry Charger.
July 25, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:25 PM
Connoisseurs of moonbattery who have exceptionally strong stomachs are invited to read the gushing hagiography of Kevin Barrett at Madison, Wisconsin's Capital Times. Not only does the piece describe the life story of the loopy drifter who went on to be a major figure in the "9/11 truth movement," but it reveals how it is possible that this sick little insect is still teaching at the University of Wisconsin, despite it being public knowledge that he inflicts upon his students a collection of delusions that would appall the most hardened psychiatrist — his fellow moonbats really like the guy.
Readers may recall that Barrett is active in a number of conspiracy cults centered on 9/11, and that the bizarre beliefs his students can expect to be subjected to include these:
- Terrorists did not cause the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
- The WTC towers were brought down by controlled demolition.
- Vice President Dick Cheney is the likely mastermind of the plot to destroy the WTC.
- Mohammad Atta was a pawn and patsy of the United States government.
- Al Qaeda is either a myth fabricated by the U.S. government, or a U.S. government front group.
- Many of the 9/11 hijackers are still alive.
- The FBI was responsible for the 1993 WTC bombing.
- The 9/11 attacks had nothing to do with Islam.
The path that led Barrett ever deeper into paranoid psychosis is downright clichéd in its moonbattery. Picking up the Capital Times account at the point he entered UW-Madison as a student:
Barrett combined his love of intellectual inquiry with a hard partying lifestyle, hanging out with "eccentrics and hippies," and receiving his bachelor's degree in journalism in 1981.
After graduation, he took off for San Francisco in a 1955 school bus. In the Bay Area, he sang in a punk band, wrote poetry and did odd jobs like moving furniture and proofreading academic papers. He spent a year in Seattle working for a group that advocated a nuclear arms freeze, and volunteering for former U.S. Sen. Gary Hart's 1984 presidential campaign. But upon returning to San Francisco, he fell back into his life of partying and creative intellectualism, enjoying gatherings at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Barrett, from a family of "lapsed Unitarians," was at the time dabbling in existentialism, absurdism and Zen.
With nothing better to do, he enrolled at San Francisco State, where he got masters degrees in English Lit and French. His English thesis was on Philip K. Dick, a pulp science fiction author known for writing whole novels in the course of a day or two while fueled by amphetamines.
Barrett met his Moroccan-born wife in NYC, and promptly converted to Islam. Check out this paragraph:
Later that day, he and his future wife met up to chat again, this time at a train station below the World Trade Center. Just a month later, the complex would be bombed for the first time, piquing his attention.
Like a perpetual adolescent who never quite moves out of his parents' house, Barrett washed up in Madison again, where he got a doctorate and has been teaching courses on Islam, which allow him to share his remarkable 9/11 theories with impressionable students.
But the touching story of the useless hippy who finally found his calling isn't over yet — and it may end with a fall. In a letter signed by 61 of Wisconsin's 133 legislators and delivered yesterday to both university administrators and Governor James Doyle, state lawmakers demanded that Barrett be fired before the fall semester starts. Presumably more would have signed if the legislature weren't on summer recess. Some of the $1 billion in taxpayer money that is poured into UW-Madison every year could be in jeopardy if the school's sympathetic educrats don't stop circling the wagons around Barrett.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:55 AM
Due to increased demand for housing in the Bay Area, prices have gone up, and this is fueling a huge construction boom that would soon solve the housing shortage, absent government interference. The problem is, this capitalistic process works without coercion, and is therefore totally unacceptable to the Marxists on San Fran's Board of Supervisors.
Their response to all this economic freedom is ever more draconian "inclusionary housing rules." Now when developers attempt to meet the housing need, 15% of the units they build must be rented or sold at below-market values. They can build the below-market units off site, but then the minimum is 20%, and the units can't be more than a mile away from the for-profit development. Otherwise low-income people might have to live in low-income neighborhoods.
Oh, there's another option: cough up a fee and the city will let you go about your business relatively unmolested. In law enforcement circles, this is known as "extortion."
Obviously by forcing developers to build units they will lose money on, SF's politburo is cutting into their profits, which will raise rents for normal people and slow down the building boom, thus preventing the free market from solving the housing problem. It will also result in people who work hard to pay the rent on a nice place having to share their buildings with low-class freeloaders who throw their empty beer cans in the pool. But the Board of Supervisors can take pride in the fact that their city remains at the vanguard of moonbattery.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:33 AM
It isn't enough that a foreign nation should be able to invade and colonize our country at will; American taxpayers must be forced to subsidize the invaders' college educations.
Have your hanky handy as you read the poignant stories of noble immigrants who happened to have been crossed by our borders and subsequently encounter slight difficulties in getting us to finance their college educations. "I was crushed," whimpered Matias Bernal, an illegal alien who had to "push aside Ivy League brochures" and settle for Cal State Fresno. "I refused to believe my education was going to stop," declared another illegal from Mexico, Nora Razon, who is saving $8,000 a year on her San Francisco State tuition, courtesy of American taxpayers.
To AP's delight, 10 states now allow students to pay in-state tuition, though they aren't even legal residents of the country, much less the state. Meanwhile American citizens from across the state line have to pay full fare. AP crows that "the majority of undocumented students in the United States can count on paying the same tuition as the citizens who sit next to them in class." Translated out of propagandese, this would read, "The majority of illegal aliens have most of their tuition paid for by Americans."
AP approvingly notes that California will soon join Texas among the states that grant state financial aid to illegal aliens — aid that will not be going to American students whose parents finance it with their taxes.
The "DREAM Act" (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) would impose this outrageous moonbattery at a federal level, making any illegal alien who comes out of a U.S. high school eligible for in-state tuition and financial aid. Needless to say, AP likes the idea:
Some universities, including the University of California system, have publicly supported the measure, saying they are interested mainly in getting the best students they can, whatever their immigration status.
Our fellow moonbats in academia like the DREAM Act too, because their main concern is in recruiting black and Hispanic students instead of whites and Asians, and they couldn't care less whether this is fair.
July 24, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:32 PM
No list of sociopaths and nitwits who have been awarded Nobel Prizes would be complete without mentioning 1976 Peace Prize winner Betty Williams, who has just treated hundreds of Australian schoolchildren to this announcement:
I would love to kill George Bush.
Indicating that the political climate in Australian schools doesn't differ much from that in the USA, the kids responded by clapping and cheering.
Williams won her prize by circulating a petition to end the violence in Northern Island. She is in Australia for the same Earth Dialogues forum that has provided communist fossil Mikhail Gorbachev yet another opportunity to be conspicuously useless.
Speaking of useless, the delegates at the forum wrapped up their three-day kookfest with a 26-point action plan. Their pious conclusions include the following:
- There can be no sustainable peace while the majority of the world's population lives in poverty.
- There can be no sustainable peace if we fail to rise to the global challenge presented by climate change.
- There can be no sustainable peace while military spending takes precedence over human development.
To which I might add, there can be no sustainable moonbattery without pompous fools making fatuous declarations.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:21 PM
The National Education Association is the USA's largest teachers union, and a very convincing argument in favor of any schooling other than public. As Phyllis Schlafly reports, moonbat resolutions piled up at their annual convention in Orlando this month faster than bat guano on the floor of a cave. The guardians of our children's future officially endorsed:
- Blowing taxpayers' money to alleviate "sexual orientation discrimination";
- Using multicultural education to reduce "homophobia" — i.e., to propagandize on behalf of the gay agenda;
- Including "diversity-based curricula" and "bias-free screening devices" in early childhood brainwashing;
- Non-sexist newspeak;
- A federally funded women's commission to advance feminist goals;
- Every child's right to "freely available information and knowledge about sexuality";
- Teaching children about diversity of sexual orientation and gender identification;
- The United Nations;
- The International Court of Justice;
- The International Criminal Court;
- Socialized medicine;
- Statehood for Marion Barry's District of Columbia.
The NEA took the opportunity officially to oppose:
- School vouchers;
- Tuition tax credits;
- Parental option or choice plans;
- Sectarian schools;
- For-profit schools;
- Distance learning;
- Home schooling;
- Permitting home-schooled kids to participate in public school extracurricular activities;
- Renting or selling empty public school buildings to any non-public school;
- Allowing the use of surveys to measure women's interest in sports, in an attempt to reign in the senseless abolition of men's athletic teams under Title IX;
- English as America's official language.
Making these lists even scarier, the NEA is angling to sink their claws into children at ever younger ages. To get their mind-control regimen off to the earliest possible start, they've called for public school programs "from birth through age 8," for mandatory kindergarten and for pre-kindergarten beginning at age 3.
By the way, last year San Francisco's 9th Circus Court of Appeals ruled that parents' right to control the upbringing of their children "does not extend beyond the threshold of the school door" and that public schools can inflict upon children "whatever information it wishes to provide, sexual or otherwise."
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:35 PM
The Left's attempts to drag us through a time warp into the 1960s are getting increasingly desperate. Students for a Democratic Society, a flower-child era organization that represented moonbattery at its most psychotic, has crawled out of its grave. Its first national convention in 37 years is scheduled to take place next week in Chicago, where it incited riots at the 1968 Democratic Party convention in an attempt to derail the presidential bid of pro-war liberal candidate Hubert Humphrey.
Seven SDS moonbats, including Hanoi Jane hubby-to-be Tom Hayden, were arrested for inciting the riots. The "Chicago Seven" were given token sentences that were overturned on a technicality. The Weathermen faction of SDS reacted to the trial by inciting more riots in Chicago in 1969. These were promoted as the "Days of Rage." The opening event was the demolition of a statue dedicated to eight policeman who had been killed in a riot. The red fist from "Days of Rage" promotional posters has been adapted to advertise the new SDS convention.
The original SDS was composed largely of "red diaper babies" — the offspring of communist activists from the 1930s. Eventually it was taken over by the terrorist Weatherman faction, which called for a race war against "Amerikkka" on behalf of the Third World.
The new incarnation of SDS espouses exactly the sort of moonbattery you might expect at its website, where you can register for the convention. It ought to be a riot. Chicago cops are reminded not to come without their nightsticks.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:45 AM
You have to hand it to Err America cofounder Sheldon Drobny: unlike many leftists these days, at least he isn't an anti-Semite. However, that doesn't mean he isn't a paranoid lunatic.
Faced with the hatred his fellow lefties have been spewing at Israel and its citizens, Drobny was forced to fall back on the standard moonbat explanation for the existence of evil: Karl Rove did it.
I came to the conclusion that the hostile comments about Israel on these liberal blogs are not coming from true liberals. Most of the anti-Semitism comes from racism and most of the racism I have experienced has come from the far right, not the left. And history shows that the Christo-fascist policies of the right have been responsible for historical anti-Judaism. ...
So my conclusion is that the bloggers who violently hate Israel and see it in black and white terms are not really liberals. ... I would not put it past the right wing to flood the liberal blogs with hateful criticisms of Israel to advance a perception that liberals are anti-Israel or anti-Semitic. And I see Karl Rove's fingerprints all over this.
So the Right's passionate and nearly unanimous support for Israel is just a smokescreen to cover an insidious "Christo-fascist" scheme to replace the Left's true opinions with our own well-concealed anti-Semitism — a scheme coordinated by none other than the dastardly Karl Rove. Either that or Drobny needs to start taking his meds.
July 23, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:45 PM
Apparently the ACLU places more emphasis on always taking the wrong side than it does on supporting gays, because it has filed suit on behalf of the Westboro Baptist Church, in order to allow this bizarre gay-bashing cult to keep disrupting the memorial services of fallen American soldiers.
Despite its name, the Westboro Baptist Church appears to have little to do with Christianity. The cult is led by a creepazoid named Fred Phelps, whose philosophy is built around the notion that God hates America for permitting homosexuality. His followers have managed to attract attention to themselves by crashing heroes' funerals, waving disrespectful placards and yelling hostile nonsense.
A highly sensible Missouri law bans protests "in front of or about" a location where a funeral is taking place, starting one hour before it starts, ending an hour after it's over. The ACLU wants this law declared unconstitutional on the false grounds that it limits protesters' free speech based on the content of their message. They are demanding an injunction that would allow Phelps and his gang to continue their disgraceful activities.
Phelps' daughter Shirley L. Phelps-Roper, a spokeswoman for the cult, triumphantly yelped:
I told the nation, as each state went after these laws, that if the day came that they got in our way, that we would sue them. At this hour, the wrath of God is pouring out on this country.
Speaking of people getting wrath poured out on them, wouldn't it be fun to lock Phelps-Roper in a room with Fox News' Julie Banderas?
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:10 PM
Congress and the MSM aren't the only places where the Left's betrayal of Israel has been on prominent display. The anti-Zionism on the left end of the blogosphere rivals Hezbollah's.
Here's what a Daily Kos commenter had to say last Friday:
Hezbollah is a response [t]o a needless war caused by a mistake. Richard Cohen said today in the Washington Post: "Israel's worst mistake is forgetting that Israel was a mistake." That isn't all he said, but the mere fact that the Post had the brass ones to print it is the handwriting on the wall for Israel. Time to fold the tent.
In other words, time for the entire nation of Israel to just die, in accordance with Richard's Cohen's twisted wishes.
Yesterday, Daily Kos announced that it is an "obscenity" that the USA is providing material support for Israel's efforts at self-defense. Amazingly, the "corporate media" is berated for not being sufficiently hostile to Israel. According to Kos (italics theirs):
The United States is now a legitimate military target in that war.
Since 9/11, we all know we're a target, but only on the lunatic Left is it known that we are a legitimate target for providing supplies to a democratic ally struggling to survive against Islam's terrorist onslaught.
Less well known than Daily Kos, but no less left-wing or hostile to Israel, is Culture and Life News, which accuses Israel of war crimes, America of complicity and both countries of not being democracies. Israel, a tiny free nation surrounded by hostile Muslim autocracies, is characterized as "the bully boy of the Middle East" in the same sentence that our President is yet again accused of having "stolen" the election.
These two blogs are representative of the Left in that they spit up pure moonbattery, unadulterated by even a hint of common sense. By now it's clear that moonbat orthodoxy allows no sympathy for the Jewish state or its citizens. Jewish identification with the Left makes less sense with every passing day.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:25 AM
Last week Congress voted on a bill "condemning the recent attacks against the State of Israel, holding terrorists and their state-sponsors accountable for such attacks, supporting Israel's right to defend itself, and for other purposes."
Who would vote against such a bill? Liberal democrats, of course, as noted by OpinionJournal:
- Neil Abercrombie (D-HI)
- John Conyers (D-MI)
- John Dingell (D-MI)
- Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI)
- Jim McDermott (D-WA)
- Ron Paul (R-TX)
- Nick Rahall (D-WV)
- Fortney Hillman Stark Jr. (D-CA)
Others voted "Present" — essentially the same thing as "Against" in this case, but with even less moral courage:
- Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
- Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
- Barbara Lee (D-CA)
- Maxine Waters (D-CA)
The lone "Republican" opposed, Ron Paul, is actually a Libertarian, who ran for President on that party's ticket in 1988, and who wanted to issue letters of marque to fight al Qaeda instead of going into Afghanistan following September 11.
Yet Democrats continue to rely on heavy Jewish support. Some mysteries defy comprehension.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:38 AM
Provincetown, Massachusetts is known as New England's "summer gay capital." Non-gays would be advised not to let the sun set on them there.
Heterosexuals are publicly denounced as "breeders" and "baby makers" in this enlightened rainbow town. As in Jacksonville, Florida, those who sign a petition opposing the abomination of same-sex "marriage" have their names posted on the Internet; at least one woman has been physically assaulted as a result. Verbal assault appears to be common.
Naturally these incidents are not classified as "hate crimes," because the targets are normal people.
As always, gays claim to be the victims. Art gallery owner Steve Bowersock squeals that "there are still a lot of straight people who treat gays badly." He admits to discriminating against heterosexuals, whom he delights in disgusting:
If I see someone nervous like a big butch guy, and you can just tell he's a redneck, I'll grab my partner and I'll kiss him.
I guess that's what people who you can just tell are rednecks get for probably being the kind who would stereotype.
On a tip from The Right Reverend Rabbi Judah
July 22, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:38 AM
General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz has admitted that GM is building hybrids not because they are economically sane, but out of sheer moonbattery:
Hybrids are technologically of doubtful benefit, and expensive, but necessary from a political and public relations point of view. Toyota has said, economically, hybrids make no sense. The reduction in fuel [consumption] does not pay for the technological content and cost of the vehicle so therefore economically it remains fairly nonsensical, so that's the left-brain analytical argument.
The right brain is it's the popular thing to do, many people believe that if we all drove hybrids the world would suddenly get cooler again and then it's the patriotic thing to do because if you drive a hybrid you will no longer be funding the Arab terrorists, and so forth.
So, with all those beliefs out there, you have to do a hybrid for public policy reasons.
As for driving hybrids to pour less money into the pockets of Islamic terrorists, if we really wanted to stop paying our own executioners, we would stand up to the environmental lobby and lift restrictions on drilling for oil at home.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:57 AM
Kudos to Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) for having the courage to admit that we are not at war with the tactic terrorism, but with the people who insist on using this tactic throughout the world to impose their barbarous ideology — which Santorum refers to as Islamic fascism.
Calling our struggle the War on Terror is politically "safe and misleading," Santorum observes. In WWII our enemy was not blitzkrieg but those who employed it, and the same holds true with terrorism today.
Santorum noted that "Islamic fascism" is "truly evil" and that it poses "as big a threat today as Nazism or Soviet Communism," adding that it "is the great test of this generation.
The first step toward passing this test is being able to look the enemy in the eye and call it by its name. Thank you Senator Santorum for dispensing with the staggeringly moronic "religion of peace" rhetoric and moving us in the right direction. We'll know we stand a chance when we can drop the redundant "fascism" part and just admit that what we are fighting is Islam — as our ancestors have been doing for well over a millennium.
No one wants to go to war with over a billion people, but that doesn't change the fact that over a billion people are already at war with us. The only way civilized people can live on the same planet as Muslims is if it is made very clear to them that we are not going to join them in the Seventh Century hell they have made for themselves, and that they will be held accountable for their behavior by the standards of modern society.
Few have been willing to do this, due to the corrosion called political correctness having rusted away our spines. This is why the menace of Islam, having lain more or less dormant for centuries, is once again attempting to conquer the West. They can smell our weakness, which has a single source: moonbattery.
July 21, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:49 PM
This weekend the relatively centrist Democratic Leadership Council will try to figure out a way to deal with their party's enemy within — "netroots" liberals, who have shown decreasing tolerance for anything that reminds them of normal Americans.
Presidential threats Hillary Clinton, Evan Bayh, Tom Vilsack and Bill Richardson will be on hand — but not Mark Warner, who has been going out of his way to pander to the sort of rabid online activists whose support raised Howard "Dr. Demento" Dean to prominence.
An aide for one of Dean's rivals described his netroots backers as resembling the grotesque characters in the "bar scene from 'Star Wars.'" In other words, these weirdoes can be identified as moonbats by sight — if not by smell. They are vying for control of the Democratic Party.
Their deranged leader is not DNC Chairman Dean — who is expendable — but the creepy Markos Moulitsas Zúniga of Daily Kos. When the charred and dismembered corpses of American contractors — all of them veterans with distinguished records — were dragged through the streets of Fallujah, Moulitsas was the guy who reacted with these immortal words:
I feel nothing over the death of merceneries. ... They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them.
Moulitsas has dismissed olive branches from "moderate" Dems (if that's not already an oxymoron) with terms like "LOL" and "DOA." Nothing to the right of the Khmer Rouge will win favor from his wing. Yet, thanks to lavish financing from unwholesome characters like George Soros and Peter Lewis, that's where the money is — and increasingly, where the power is.
Senator Joseph Lieberman is no moderate — his voting record is 90% liberal. Yet for his apostasy in supporting the American struggle against Islamofascism in the Middle East, he has been singled out for vilification by the netroots. Moonbat challenger Ned Lamont stands an excellent chance of swiping the Democratic nomination from this 18-year incumbent. If that happens, watch for the Democratic Party either to erupt into civil war, or to tack so far to the Left that their only hope of regaining power will be a coup d'état.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:12 PM
While castigating Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta's praiseworthy attempts to protect his citizens from the threats posed by runaway illegal immigration, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell let his rhetoric get away from him yesterday — revealing himself as a moonbat of the first order.
Referring to attempts to enforce immigration laws, Rendell bellowed:
A lot of this is being pushed by politicians who... feed off hate and divisiveness.
Yes, anyone who doesn't want our country balkanized by an ethnic group that is flooding into our country illegally at rates that put assimilation out of the question must be feeding off "divisiveness." To prove Rendell doesn't belong to this club, he decried efforts to maintain English as America's de facto official language.
He went further. In an apparent effort to appeal to the ever more influential lunatic wing of the Democratic Party, Rendell plunged off a cliff into sheer moonbattery:
The only ones I want to hear speaking up and complaining about immigration are the Native Americans who we screwed.
According to this stale loony-left theme, America is an illegitimate nation because most of us have ancestors who were born somewhere else. In fact, all of us do — including Indians. Maybe every last human on the hemisphere should pack up and head off to the other side of the world, leaving the Americas to the spotted owls and sucker fish. You first, Ed.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:17 AM
Three moonbats affiliated with Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy and arson charges related to a series of ecoterrorist attacks occurring across western states. Kevin Tubbs admitted to several firebombings, Kendall Tankersley to a couple attempts to set fire to the U.S. Forest Industries office in Medford, Oregon and Canadian Darren Thurston to being part of the overall conspiracy to sow terror and wreak havoc. More are expected to plead guilty today.
Kudos to the Justice Department for tracking them down. Let's hope they aren't let out of their cages any time soon.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:52 AM
While indulging in the standard Democratic denunciation of tobacco companies yesterday, this time for allegedly targeting children with flavored cigarettes, Hillary Clinton got a little carried away, and as Newsday puts it, "took a slight detour into the political twilight zone."
Apparently not joking, Senator Clinton shared the following at a Kaiser Family Foundation forum on media and the children:
At the rate that technology is advancing, you know, people will be implanting chips in our children to advertise directly into their brains and tell them what kind of products to buy.
An R.J. Reynolds spokesman characterized Shrillary's remarks as "inflammatory" and affirmed that his company markets only to adults. But he apparently did not deny planting microchips in children's brains to compel them to smoke cigarettes.
Below, Hillary models headwear that will prevent signals from reaching any microchips that cigarette companies might have planted in her brain. That ought to foil them.
July 20, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:48 PM
George W. Bush isn't the only one to aspire to the White House who spoke before the NAACP this week. The dubious honor is also held by Dick Gregory, who shared with his audience an amazing array of previously unknown information.
His revelation that the "insane, racist system" that allowed him the opportunity to become a successful comedian "turns ordinary people into violent criminals" will be old news to your average English professor. But Gregory was able to pull much more original assertions out of his hat — or wherever it is that he pulls them out of.
Here's an example:
White, rich, middle-class children have as much or more truancy and high school dropouts than poor blacks in the ghetto.
White teenagers in rural America are 83 times more likely to use crack than a black in a large, urban city, but they make you think it's black because they paint a black face on it, and you grab it.
Not only racism keeps the black man down. Pollution does too. "The FBI has documents on the relationship between lead exposure and homicide," Gregory revealed, but "nobody knows about it." Nobody, that is, except Dick Gregory.
Pollution is so serious because "polluted water can cause brain damage that turns ordinary people into violent criminals." Naturally anything this horrific will lead us back to our racist system:
They convince you that I'm just a heathen and I murder just 'cause I want to murder [but] I murder because something's in my food, something's in my water.
Unsurprisingly, it was the white man who put it there.
Malt liquor is made by white beer companies but only sold in black neighborhoods, and you don't get suspicious? They put a thing in it called manganese, and once you get so much manganese in you, you will kill your momma, but they've got you believing that's normal for you to act that way.
As if Gregory's bizarre allegations hadn't strained credulity far enough, he then went completely over the top by claiming that the work of the increasingly anachronistic NAACP is vital to the black community.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:09 PM
The Left hasn't been generous in repaying Jews for their traditional support. In a time of crisis for Israel, the liberal press astonishingly sides with the terrorists laying siege to it. Communists march beside pro-terrorist Palestinians in San Francisco demonstrations. Among Europe's left-leaning elite, anti-Semitism is more fashionable even than anti-Americanism.
Take Spain's Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. The Socialist Zapatero was elected on a platform of appeasing terrorists and bashing America in direct response to al Qaeda's March 11, 2004 terror attacks in the most contemptible display of national cowardice ever witnessed in modern times. Unsurprisingly, the wages of appeasement has been more terrorism under Zapatero.
In addition to his hard-left politics, Zapatero is known for hating Jews. He claims to understand the Nazis when it comes to what they used to call "the Jewish question."
But don't call Zapatero an anti-Semite. After all, Arab terrorists are Semites too.
On a tip from V the K
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:21 PM
Failed Communist dictator turned left-wing gadfly Mikhail Gorbachev is continuing his annoying efforts to seem relevant by carping on Australia to sign the preposterous Kyoto Protocol.
Gorby's vain hope is that the USA would then commit economic suicide by following suit. Fat chance of that: the Senate voted 95-0 not to go near Kyoto.
If Gorbachev really wanted to reduce carbon emissions, he would be preaching to India and China, not Australia. But hard-core polluters don't host envirokook stroke-offs like the Earth Dialogues forum in Brisbane, where Gorby is co-chair. This global forum reportedly features "leading international experts on the environment, economics and science." It's not clear which of these fields is Gorby's area of expertise, although we can certainly rule out economics.
Now chairman of the environmental lobby group Green Cross International, Gorby has been denouncing America for being a "stubborn animal" when it comes to the Kyoto treaty, which at this point looks almost as dead as his political career. In 1990, Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, allegedly for ending the Cold War (actually, for not being Ronald Reagan, who really did end the Cold War). As his prize gathers dust on the mantle, Gorby is reduced to traveling the world "to campaign about the perils of climate change" like a fat, bald Al Gore with a stain on his head.
Meanwhile, scientists continue to complain that global warming hysteria is bunk.
As for Prime Minister John Howard and his cabinet, they're too busy running Australia to meet with comrade Gorbachev. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer brushed off Gorby's visit with this:
Should I be trying to get people out of Lebanon or should I be at an Earth Dialogues forum? I think that answers the question.
Is Hollywood Squares still on TV? Gorby would be perfect for that show.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:31 AM
The Inter American Press Association warns that leftist strongman Hugo Chavez is using courts and legal reforms to choke freedom of the press in Venezuela. Said its President Diana Daniels of the Washington Post Co.:
The different branches of government appear to have a strategy to weaken the work of the independent press. We are worried that, far from improving press conditions in the country, freedom could be further restricted before and after the election.
New laws allow Chavez to close media outlets that violate strict broadcasting norms. Prison sentences for libel and slander have increased. Criminal investigations target journalists on apparently trumped-up charges ranging from libel to homicide to keep the media running scared.
But even if journalists are smelling a rat in Chavez, there's no doubt his special place in Cindy Sheehan's heart is still secure — and if there are any problems with the election in December, he can always get it ratified by Jimmy Carter.
July 19, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:43 PM
Congratulations to Reuters for exhibiting dhimmitude above and beyond the call of politically correct moonbattery with this gem of a caption:
It must have slipped someone's attention at al-Reuters that we can read the signs for ourselves. Supporting Lebanon is not the focus here.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:48 PM
The Democrat Party's ever more dominant lunatic fringe has been calling for Joe Lieberman's head to punish his apostasy of observing that the war in Iraq is worth fighting and that we are winning it. If money has its way, Lieberman might be evicted from his Connecticut Senate seat after 18 years. Moonbat challenger for the Democratic nomination Ned Lamont has outraised and outspent Lieberman by $600,000 over the past two months.
Lamont gets 70% of his contributions from out of state, much of it from Hollywood, where fortunately for Lieberman, generosity does not match the outlandishly opulent lifestyle.
Limousine leftists Barbra Streisand, Rosie O'Donnell, Norman Lear (producer of "All in the Family"), Jackson Browne, and Richard Donner (movie director) gave $1,000 apiece. Paul Newman parted with $2,100; he lives in Connecticut. Former "Baywatch" bimbo Alexandra Paul, who regards herself as an activist, coughed up $250.
Given the oceans of money these people swim around in, I hope they tip their manicurists better than this.
Billionaire hard-left puppeteer George Soros also contributed. Considering the millions of dollars he has sunk into efforts to manipulate our political process, I'm guessing he was a little more generous.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:01 PM
When it comes to moonbattery at its most treacherous, no one tops WaPo's Richard Cohen, who has openly sided with the Islamic terrorists laying siege to our democratic ally Israel.
The greatest mistake Israel could make at the moment is to forget that Israel itself is a mistake.
What an astonishing statement. But Cohen backs it up — with sheer idiocy, of course.
If you look at history in the funhouse mirror that serves Cohen as a mind, Muslim terrorism over the last 100 years is a result of the dumb idea of "creating a nation of European Jews in an area of Arab Muslims (and some Christians)." Inconceivably, Cohen seems not to be aware of the profound ties Jews have with their homeland, going back thousands of years.
Here's how Cohen feels about terrorists:
There is no point in condemning Hezbollah..... And there's not much point, either, in condemning Hamas.
You see, they're "zealots." That means they get to behave like savages, while civilized societies are morally obligated to cease existing for their sake.
Cohen's derangement extends to policy:
Whatever happens, Israel must not use its military might to win back what it has already chosen to lose: the buffer zone in southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip itself.
After recounting the reasons why withdrawing from these regions produced Israel's current predicament — Gaza openly run by Hamas terrorists, Hezbollah showering Israel with missiles from southern Lebanon — Cohen gibbers that reoccupying these territories would subject Israel to "having the world look on as it committed the inevitable sins of an occupying power." In other words, Israel would be subjected to hostile propaganda by pro-terrorist moonbats like Cohen, who dominate the MSM.
But like America, Israel will be subjected to hostile propaganda from liberals no matter what it does. That's the price you pay for being the good guy.
So what should Israel do, according a sage like Cohen? Withdraw further, absorb the blows, wait to die. Here's how Cohen puts it:
The smart choice is to pull back to defensible — but hardly impervious — borders. That includes getting out of most of the West Bank — and waiting (and hoping) that history will get distracted and move on to something else. This will take some time, and in the meantime terrorism and rocket attacks will continue.
Clearly Cohen is not the sharpest tool in the shed, but he could hardly be dumb enough to think that Muslims would ever "get distracted and move on" so long as Israel exists. To "hunker down," as he puts it, and wait until Muslims grow bored with rocket attacks, kidnapping and suicide bombing would mean acquiescing until the last Jew in the Jewish homeland had been murdered.
What this appalling little creature is calling for is willful submission to genocide.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:44 PM
Some Congressional Republicans call the Senate's amnesty monstrosity the "Reid-Kennedy" bill, not wanting to admit that fellow Republicans would have a hand in such an irresponsible fiasco, despite Lettuce McCain's cosponsorship and the support of Majority Leader Bill Frist and even the President himself. Rep. John Hostettler (R-IN), comparing it to 1986's disastrous Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), observes that "Congress and the administration have no credibility with the American people" when it comes to illegal immigration, and asks:
Why should Americans have any reason to believe that the supposed enhanced enforcement provisions in Reid-Kennedy will be effectively enforced by the administration any more than successive administrations have enforced IRCA? The administration will probably implement amnesty for millions of illegal aliens quite quickly. Enforcement will likely lag behind if it occurs at all. We will find ourselves in exactly the same place we found ourselves 20 years ago.
Well, not quite exactly the same place. According to James R. Edwards Jr. of the Hudson Institute:
The Senate amnesty would condemn the United States to the same harmful consequences that IRCA caused. Only now, its effects would be far, far worse.
IRCA granted amnesty to 2.7 million illegal aliens, but what's worse, it created an expectation that anyone who breaks into our country will be pardoned eventually. The result was the deluge of unskilled illegal immigrants that we are currently experiencing, with disastrous long-term social and economic consequences that are already beginning to unfold.
The Senate's absurd bill, in addition to lavishing privileges upon aliens that are not granted to Americans, would make it official that we do not expect the citizens of other countries to take our laws or borders seriously. As socialized medicine begins to take hold, America will become an ever more attractive magnet for the world's freeloaders. Penniless unskilled immigrants will not stop flooding over our underguarded borders until America is as poor as the Third-World dumps they've been leaving behind.
Hostettler, like many others, sees the problem with IRCA as being that it granted amnesty before putting in place working deterrents against illegal immigration — just like the current legislation.
For her part, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), the ranking Dem on the immigration committee, thinks the problem is that conservatives keep using the word "amnesty" to describe the amnesty bill.
A classic symptom of insanity is when someone repeats the same action, expecting a different outcome. The poverty and ethnic balkanization that would inevitably result from the Senate's shamnesty bill would benefit Dems demographically. But as for Republicans who support it, insanity seems the best explanation.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:41 PM
Jacques Myard, a member of France's Assemblée Nationale, is calling for the French government to "take every measure," explicitly including military measures, to put an end to "these outrageous attacks against civilians" — which is how he characterizes Israel's desperate attempts to defend itself from the relentless terrorist attacks being launched against it.
Congratulations to Myard, for overcoming the traditional French reticence to admit which side they're on. But much as I would love to watch the spectacle of whatever serves France for an army getting the daylights stomped out of it by "that shitty little country" — as the French ambassador to Britain calls Israel — I really doubt the French are logistically capable of moving enough troops across the Mediterranean to attract the IDF's attention.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:49 AM
Nogales has a real problem with illegal immigrants. La Times reports that they "engender suspicion and resentment from longtime residents." Says the Mayor:
Our crime rate has been going up because the only thing they've got is the clothes on their back.
He adds that the cost of illegal immigration "keeps going up and up.... We can't handle it."
The migrants arrive here penniless. They stay in shantytowns or at shelters, begging or depending on food provided by the city, which also provides their medical care. The public hospital's emergency room is clogged with them. The city also has to arrest and jail them when they resort to petty crime. As the police chief observes:
These people come here without money. One way they can survive is to turn to crime.
In short, illegal immigration is turning this city into a hellhole. By the way, I'm referring to Nogales, Mexico — not Nogales, Arizona, where illegal immigration stopped being a problem after a wall was put up to keep the invaders out.
Aspiring illegal aliens from southern Mexico and Central America who turn up in the Mexican Nogales now have to go around the wall, way out into the desert, to break into the USA. Our Border Patrol dumps about 500 of them a day back into Nogales so they can try again later, "drawn by rumors of amnesty" as La Times admits.
Some are career criminals. Whines Sergio Gonzalez Machi, a state official who operates a shelter:
There's no control over who the U.S. drops on us.
How thoughtless of the U.S. to inflict Mexican citizens upon Mexico.
Here's a little more irony: Nogales has a problem finding employees to work in its factories. The immigrants lack the basic work skills and literacy required to be of any use in maquiladoras. Many of them can't even speak Spanish but only Indian languages, and due to "different customs," cannot be expected to put in a full working day.
You can't blame Mexico for wanting them north of the border. But if we would just put an end to the moonbattery by ruling out amnesty and enforcing our national boundaries, the immigrants would stay in their southern villages. Not only would the USA be better off, so would Nogales, Mexico.
July 18, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:49 PM
Plunging headlong into fiscally suicidal moonbattery, San Francisco's Politburo — that is, Board of Supervisors — has voted unanimously to provide all residents with healthcare, including derelicts and illegal aliens.
The scheme covers checkups, drugs, X-rays, ambulance rides, blood tests, operations, the works. The optimistic estimate is that it will cost $200 million per year, which will be sucked from the jugulars of taxpayers and local businesses. Firms will be forced to cough up as much as $180 per month per worker.
Nightclub owner Michael O'Connor makes the easy prediction that this mandate will keep businesses from locating in San Francisco, and will make goods and services more expensive there, as prices are raised in an attempt to meet local government's socialistic demands. As he observes of Mayor Gavin Newsom, a former business owner himself,
One would think that someone who has owned and opened restaurants would be pretty clear on what the profit margin is, and how hard it is to get them open. A $5,000 licensing fee is difficult. A new $60,000 (health care) fee is disabling.
Here's a prediction of my own: you may think San Francisco is overrun with derelict drunks and drug addicts now, but in the near future it's going to look like Dawn of the Dead as tramps make their way from all four corners of the USA and beyond to climb aboard the gravy train.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:59 PM
It's horrible to think that some of the liberals bleating for Israel to negotiate with the barbarians laying siege to it may be aware than any negotiations would almost certainly entail setting free a terrorist who used his rifle butt to smash in the skull of a four-year-old girl.
The raid during which terrorists kidnapped Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev was inspired by a desire to exchange for Samir Kuntar. It was a sensible plan, considering that in a January 2004 deal brokered by Germany, Israel foolishly let loose 400 detainees in exchange for one kidnapped businessman and the bodies of three dead soldiers. In May 1985, Israel freed 1,150 Arab terrorists for three Israeli POWs.
Here's how Kuntar ended up in an Israeli jail:
Kuntar was one of a four-man group that crossed into Israel by sea, sent on the mission by the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), an affiliate of Yasser Arafat's PLO.
In the coastal town of Nahariya, the terrorists shot dead a policeman and forced their way into an apartment building, where they captured Danny Haran and his daughter, Einat, 4.
While the terrorists rampaged through the apartment, firing weapons and detonating grenades, Haran's wife Smadar hid in a crawlspace above the couple's bedroom together with their other daughter, two-year-old Yael, and a neighbor.
In an effort to prevent Yael from crying out and alerting the terrorists to their whereabouts, Smadar kept her hand over the child's mouth, and accidentally smothered her to death.
Meanwhile Kuntar and his group took Danny and Einat Haran to the beach.
"There, according to eyewitnesses, one of them shot Danny in front of Einat so that his death would be the last sight she would ever see," Smadar wrote later.
"Then he smashed my little girl's skull in against a rock with his rifle butt. That terrorist was Samir Kuntar."
For these noble accomplishments, the Palestinian Authority announced last March that it was giving the Lebanese Kuntar honorary Palestinian citizenship. He is the kind of guy who is admired in that culture.
The only other captured terrorist involved in Kuntar's raid was set free in the appalling 1985 exchange.
I rest my case that terrorists must be killed, not incarcerated.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:10 PM
It may sound like an oxymoron, but there actually is such a thing as a right-wing moonbat, as isolationist paleocon Pat Buchanan made clear today in a diatribe against Israel.
Sounding remarkably like the more common left-wing variant of the moonbat species, Buchanan wrenched every heartstring he could clutch in his ham-like fists as he denounced Israel for oppressing poor Muslims in its attempts to defend itself from the same Islamic terrorism that menaces the USA.
America itself faces the pundit's blustering wrath for not siding with Hezbollah against our democratic ally and for "subcontracting U.S. policy out to Tel Aviv" by happening to have some of the same Islamofascist enemies Israel does.
According to Buchanan, the USA "meekly complied" with Israel's commands by cutting off aid to the terrorist Palestinian Authority. And then:
The predictable result: Fatah and Hamas fell to fratricidal fighting, and Hamas militants began launching Qassam rockets over the fence from Gaza into Israel. Hamas then tunneled into Israel, killed two soldiers, captured one, took him back into Gaza and demanded a prisoner exchange.
Buchanan's anti-Semitic fantasies actually have him believing that the recent unprovoked and thoroughly intolerable aggression on the part of Hezbollah and Hamas was caused by American weakness in submitting to beastly Jewish demands that we stop handing out free money to terrorists.
As V the K points out, Buchanan's ravings probably sound better in the original German. No wonder MSM news programs love to stick this guy out there to represent conservatives, as if his warped mentality were the only alternative to liberalism.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:04 PM
The Muslim–moonbat alliance made itself heard in San Francisco last week when Palestinian and leftist groups teamed up to stage a protest in front of the Israeli consulate. The primary groups involved were the Palestinian Al-Awda (devoted to the destruction of Israel) and the communist front group A.N.S.W.E.R. (best known for organizing most of the major antiwar rallies we've had since September 11). Once again, Zombie was on the scene and put together a first-class photographic report. Here are a few samples:
Hat tip: Caption This!
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:51 AM
Newsweek's Eleanor Clift has always been strident, irresponsible and not particularly bright, so it's hardly surprising that she is following her beloved Democratic Party right over the edge of a cliff into an abyss of adolescent hyperbole.
He's the only one of those leaders who goes in there with a commanding popularity among his own people, because he is perceived to be an effective dictator. What we have in this country is a dictator who's ineffective.
She was referring to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and our President Bush. I wouldn't sell life insurance to loud-mouthed gadflies like Clift if Bush really were a dictator.
Hats off to Canadian native Chrystia Freeland of the Financial Times for not taking this idiocy sitting down. She had to shout over the anarchic cacophony that characterizes McLaughlin's show, but she got her point across:
But he's not a dictator! I mean we can't use, no we can't use these terms so loosely.
Clift backtracked slightly by replacing "dictator" with "authoritarian President." But thankfully Freeland didn't let that go either.
While it might seem trivial to nitpick over the preposterous rhetoric that gushes out of nitwits like Clift, it is actually quite important to call moonbats on even their most petty lies. Liberalism is basically an assault on reality. They chip away at the real world one lie at a time, repeating the lies over and over again until people accept them and we find ourselves living in an alternative universe constructed entirely of propaganda, where President Bush is a dictator, Saddam never had WMD, global warming is real and caused by insufficient regulation, high gas prices are the oil industry's fault, Israel is the aggressor against put-upon freedom fighters, Islam is a "religion of peace," the lazy are "oppressed" by the industrious, etc.
Reality is worth fighting to preserve, even if it means climbing into the playpen to outshout imbeciles like Eleanor Clift.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:29 AM
The campaign to objectify children won a small victory in Holland yesterday, when a Dutch court refused to ban the Partij voor Naastenliefde, Vrijheid & Diversiteit (Charity, Freedom and Diversity Party) for the sake of protecting kids from being confronted with their platform, which includes:
- Lowering the age of consent to 12 before getting rid of it altogether, on the grounds that restricting sexual relations with kids "just makes children curious."
- Allowing private possession of child pornography.
- Allowing daytime pornography broadcasts.
- Providing sex education for toddlers.
- Making adolescents aged 16 and up eligible to be prostitutes and appear in porno films.
- Legalizing sex with animals.
- Legalizing going naked in public.
- Legalizing all drugs.
- Providing taxpayer-financed "free" train rides.
Ironically enough, all this is being proposed in a country where before long a Muslim majority will no doubt be publicly stoning women to death for going outside without a headscarf. But a party devoted to pedophilia might have a future in Muslim Holland. Mohammad had no problem with raping children: his favorite wife Aisha was nine years old when he consummated the marriage.
Sometimes the Muslim–moonbat alliance almost starts to make sense.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:17 AM
As the war between Western Civilization and Islam heats up in the Levant, Muslims in the USA have unsurprisingly attacked via their fifth-column front, demanding that we turn against our Israeli allies.
Eleven Muslim organizations have commanded President Bush to condemn Israel's desperate efforts at self-defense, and to designate them as war crimes.
Zainab Al-Suwaij of the American Islamic Congress is bleating the usual moonbattery about negotiations, as if it could be a credible option to negotiate with terrorists bent on ending your existence.
Meanwhile the ubiquitous Ibrahim Hooper of the terrorist front group and censor of our television programming CAIR is pushing the divide and conquer strategy by attempting to convince us that standing by democratic allies that are under assault by Islamic terrorism is not in our interests.
Take it to the U.N., Ibrahim. You'll find a more receptive audience.
On a tip from Wiggins.
July 17, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:19 PM
Proving once again that nothing is too fatuous to come out of his mouth, Bill Clinton reportedly laid the following on a Jewish crowd in Toronto last week:
The Israelis know that if the Iraqi or the Iranian army came across the Jordan River, I would personally grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die.
Clinton of course famously egged on Ehud Barak to bend over backwards for Arafat, so that the terrorist toad was offered virtually everything he'd ever asked for if only he would lay off killing Israeli civilians for awhile. Arafat responded by launching the al-Aqsa Intifada.
Too bad Israel wasn't involved in the Vietnam War. Clinton might overcome his loathing of the military and served instead of evading the draft.
Thank you Bill for the tip.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:34 PM
Formed last year with massive backing from billionaire leftists including the insidious George Soros, a shadowy organization called Democracy Alliance promises to pull Democrats ever farther toward the lunatic fringe.
The alliance has been funneling money by the tens of millions into left-wing think tanks and advocacy groups such as Center for American Progress and Media Matters for America. A cash fix is even on the way for the desperate moonbats at the floundering Air America, who unlike conservatives in talk radio are not able to thrive in a free market environment on the strength of their ideas.
Public interest groups reportedly worry that Democracy Alliance "represents a large source of undisclosed and unaccountable political influence." Any organization receiving its endorsement has to sign agreements that hide the identities of donors. Election campaigns have to cough up information on contributions and spending, but most of the groups backed by the alliance are exempt from public disclosure laws.
Purrs Guy Saperstein, an Oakland lawyer and alliance donor whose name fittingly combines those of two main villains in the Satanic conspiracy story Rosemary's Baby:
Like a lot of elite groups, we fly beneath the radar.
The alliance is a cooperative for progressive fat cats that allows them to concentrate their influence by coordinating their donations. Becoming a "partner" requires a $25,000 entry fee, $30,000 annual dues and an agreement to pour at least $200,000 per year into alliance-endorsed projects. But $200,000 is chicken feed compared to the money rich fanatics like Soros, software entrepreneur Tim Gill and Progressive Insurance CEO Peter Lewis have been anteing up.
By serving as an accreditation agency for political advocacy groups, Democracy Alliance is able to put the squeeze on the groups that it excludes. Suitably left-wing outfits like the Center for American Progress, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and Center for Progressive Leadership are getting their pockets stuffed with money. But those accused of being too centrist — e.g., the Democratic Leadership Council, the Truman National Security Project and Third Way — have come away empty-handed.
Aside from driving political donations from the Center–Left to the Michael Moore Left, the main objective of Democracy Alliance is to construct a framework upon which to advance their leftist plans for America. As noted by another aptly named alliance elitist, trial lawyer and longtime Democratic donor Fred Baron:
The piece that has always been lacking in our giving is long-term infrastructure investments.
No doubt Democracy Alliance has a secret headquarters in some picturesque location, possibly on a volcanic island somewhere in the Caribbean. If only we knew its location, we could send James Bond or maybe Austin Powers to foil their schemes before they are able to wreak untold moonbattery upon an undeserving America.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:26 PM
By now it's obvious that September 11 was not enough to jolt American moonbats out of their alternate reality and make them realize that Islam is relentlessly hostile and must be confronted. The New York Times, located a few miles from the gap in the skyline where the World Trade Center used to stand, has been at the vanguard of efforts to undermine our defense against Islamic terror. At least in a place like Israel, where Islamic terror is a daily part of everyone's life, and it is undeniable that Muslims will not rest until their civilization has been eradicated, people don't have the luxury of indulging in escapist moonbattery. Or do they?
Yesterday about 1,000 left-wing lunatics rallied in Tel Aviv, out of the range (for now) of incoming Hezbollah missiles. They are enraged by the aggression — Israel's aggression, for reacting with violence to the kidnappings and civilian rocket attacks that it apparently provoked by giving ground to the "Religion of Peace" in Gaza.
Placards read "Olmert agreed with Bush: War and occupation," "Stop the war monstrosity," "Say no to the brutal bombardments on Gaza," "Peretz, don't worry, we'll be seeing you at The Hague," etc. Defense Minister Amir Peretz was accused by the protesters of murdering children in Gaza. It's not known if they think he drinks the children's blood.
Squawked one moonbat, who believed that Israel is overreacting to Hezbollah's unconscionable assaults on their civilian population,
Since when is the entire population to blame for all this?
He meant the Arab population. You see, in the bizarre upside-down world inhabited by peace protesters, it's Israelis who target innocent civilians.
Another protester, Manal Amuri of Jerusalem, wants the Israeli government to sit down and chat with Hamas and Hezbollah:
The Israeli aggression leads to an overall war no one wants. I think that Israel should negotiate with Hizbullah and Hamas and release Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the hostages. This way this story will come to an end.
It's one thing for an ignorant fool like Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) to repeat over and over again like a Head On commercial that all you have to do to end terrorism is "build relationships" with terrorists, as he did ad nauseam on Fox News Sunday yesterday. For someone who lives in Israel, under daily assault from Muslims who have made it plain that their objective is total cultural extermination to think that you can "negotiate" with a mad dog as it lunges for your throat is a tribute to the astounding resilience of moonbattery. For sheer idiocy, it is unsurpassed even by Amuri's other comments. No one wants the war? Then why did Hezbollah deliberately start it? Why don't they end it by giving back the soldiers they kidnapped? As for exchanging captured terrorists for the hostages — nothing could be more effective at encouraging future kidnapping, although the suggestion is actually welcome in that it serves as a reminder that terrorists cannot be incarcerated except for short periods; they must be killed.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:45 AM
A New England logger named Al Trepanier could be facing criminal charges for cutting a notch out of a pine tree while a moonbat was perching amid its branches.
The tree stands on the property line between Melisa DeMauro's organic farm and Michael Kourkoulakos' yard. Kourkoulakos, a tree specialist, wanted the 150-year-old tree cut down out of safety concerns, and DeMauro reportedly agreed on condition that she be given advance notice and other trees be planted in its place.
But when Trepanier showed up prematurely to make the tree into firewood, DeMauro went berserk. Taking a page from the playbook of deranged actress Daryl Hannah, who recently climbed into somebody else's tree to express her aversion to the concept of private property, DeMauro took to the tree and refused to come down. Unimpressed with her devotion to moonbattery, Trepanier cut a little notch out of the tree before leaving.
I felt life and death. I never thought in this lifetime I'd know what it feels like to be a tree that's getting cut down. I feel like me and this tree are the same person.
DeMauro has requested that attempted murder and assault and battery charges be filed against Trepanier. She alleges that he also threw surveyor's stakes at her as she sat in the tree. But according to DeMauro,
This is not about revenge. I just really feel like we all have a lot of healing to do and the only way we can do that is by taking responsibility for our actions.
Even after Trepanier gave up on cutting down the tree, DeMauro stayed up there for several days, although she did climb down at one point to host a summer solstice vegetarian dinner. Kourkoulakos agreed not to cut the tree down for the time being, but DeMauro continued to lurk among the branches anyway. While not hosting organic dinners, she subsisted on pine needles, which she described as "very tasty."
DeMauro's friend Heidi Feinstein, who owns the Life Alive Urban Oasis and Organic Cafe in Lowell, Massachusetts, was "not surprised at all" that DeMauro wouldn't come out of the tree, since "Melisa is a deeply committed environmentalist."
At least, she certainly ought to be committed.
Hat tip: Caption This!
July 16, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:58 PM
A warm thank you goes out to DNC Chairman Howard "Dr. Demento" Dean for reminding voters how serious the implications of rule by Democrats could be for national security concerns. After being introduced by Al Franken, the sorry flop who aspired to be the Rush Limbaugh of the Left, Mad Howie took the mic as keynote speaker at a three-day MoonbatFest in San Diego and proceeded to denounce President Bush for being weak on defense. Screeched Dean:
Explain to me how it is that this president is tough on defense? I think this president is weak on defense and he's hurt America because he hasn't done the right thing.
Dean then berated Bush for removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq, although Saddam had habitually violated the ceasefire agreement that had suspended hostilities after the Gulf War, had fired on U.S. aircraft, had attempted to assassinate a former U.S. President, and was seen by all credible authorities as well as by most Democrats as a serious threat to American security.
Referring to Israel's latest attempts to defend itself from the terrorist war being waged against it by Islamic barbarians, Dean raved:
If you think what's going on in the Middle East today would be going on if the Democrats were in control, it wouldn't, because we would have worked day after day after day to make sure we didn't get where we are today. We would have had the moral authority that Bill Clinton had when he brought together the Northern Irish and the IRA, when he brought together the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Only Dean could put "moral authority" and "Bill Clinton" in same sentence without snickering. He must be counting on us not to remember the bloody al-Aqsa Intifada that directly followed the absurd charade of Clinton bringing together Israelis with Palestinians who then as now were completely uninterested in peace under any terms other than the total destruction of Israel.
The world is a scary enough place without its last best hope being run by insincere and irresponsible fools like Howard Dean.
Hat tip: RedState
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:00 PM
The reconquistadors who brought us this spring's massive demonstrations against American sovereignty are throwing their weight around once again. The Mexica Movement has called for a boycott of the Walt Disney Company to punish it for owning ABC, which syndicates two voices they want silenced, Los Angeles talk show host Doug McIntyre and radio legend Paul Harvey.
Describing itself as an "Indigenous Rights Educational Organization," the Mexica Movement denounces Disney for allegedly having "made a habit of hiring talkshow hosts who spread the Minutemen white supremacist racist agenda." Sympathetic moonbats are instructed not to visit Disneyland, listen to ABC radio stations, pay to see any Disney-owned movies, watch ESPN or the ABC network on TV, or "buy any item that will in any way enrich The Walt Disney Company" — i.e., Mickey Mouse watches, etc.
McIntyre's thought crime was to shine a little light on the openly anti-assimilationist, taxpayer-funded Los Angeles charter school Academia Semillas del Pueblo, whose principal Marcos Aguilar believes in racial segregation and views his school as part of a larger cultural struggle against the Gringos. The school is also supported by the Pasadena City College chapter of MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil de Chicanos de Aztlan), a sort of Hispanic KKK that advocates the demographic conquest of the Southwest, to be followed by separation from the USA and ethnic cleansing of non-Hispanics.
As for the ageless Paul Harvey, he stands accused of being "proud of the racist genocide that Europeans committed against the Indigenous people of this continent" and of "advocating genocide, ethnic cleansing, extermination of our people, use of biological warfare, slavery," and so on.
The boycott is to persist until such a time as the Mexica maniacs
are assured of the immediate firing of all of Disney's ABC racist radio terrorists who are spreading racist hate against the Mexican and Central American community by inciting threats of violence against us.
As usual, the more shrilly moonbats accuse others of racism, the more extreme they are in their own race-oriented agenda.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:48 AM
This is a picture of a terrorist lowlife preparing to kill an American soldier. It was taken by Joao Silva for the New York Times. Times Assistant Managing Editor for Photography Michele McNally provides a comment on the picture:
Right there with the Mahdi army. Incredible courage.
Of course, to a normal person, "courage" in this situation would have entailed rushing the terrorist to prevent him from getting the shot off. But on the fifth-column Left, "courage" means climbing into the sewer with the rats attempting to overrun civilization. "Courage" means standing there taking pictures as a terrorist tries to put a bullet through the brain of a fellow American who is laying his life on the line to keep you safe from that same sort of terrorist.
"Courage," in the language of the vermin at the New York Times, means cowardice, treachery, treason, and moral depravity.
Silva didn't just fail to act. He was willfully complicit in any crimes this terrorist managed to commit. For he was there to participate as a propagandist. Michelle Malkin reports that he is hawking a whole book of photographs that his coziness with American-killing terrorists has enabled him to take. They were shot while on assignment for the Times, and are promoted as illustrating "a narrative about faith, sacrifice, war and martyrdom." In other words, the book is terrorist propaganda, paid for not only by those who buy it, but by anyone who purchases the despicable publication by which Silva is employed.
That the Times would side with terrorists against fellow Americans is not surprising. This malignant institution is presided over by a squishy, larva-like creature who is quite proud of his treasonous impulses. Publisher Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger is fond of telling the story of how he let his father Punch, from whom he inherited control of the paper, know whose side he was on in the Vietnam War. Via NRO:
Pinch was a political activist in the Sixties, and was twice arrested in anti-Vietnam protests. One day, the elder Sulzberger asked his son what Pinch calls, "the dumbest question I've ever heard in my life." If an American soldier runs into a North Vietnamese soldier, which would you like to see get shot? Young Arthur answered, "I would want to see the American get shot. It's the other guy's country." Some Sixties activists have since thought better of their early enthusiasms. Pinch hasn't.
It would be nice to think that Lucianne commenter DogRunner is correct and the Times has reached a "jump the shark" moment — a point at which the general public becomes aware that the Times is not a legitimate source of news, but simply a tool used by America's enemies to attack it from within.
But given the paper's relentless efforts to uncover and destroy covert antiterror programs, it seems likely that its regular readers are already perfectly aware whose side the Gray Lady is on in our struggle with Islamic terrorists.
July 15, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:35 PM
Anyone unconvinced that the Senate categorically refuses to resist the ongoing Mexican invasion will be surprised to learn that even though that august body voted 83-16 to build a fence across a token 370 miles of the nearly 2,000-mile border, it has now voted 79-29 not to fund it.
As pointed out by Jeff Sessions (R-AL), one of the lonely voices of sanity in the Senate:
We will rightly be accused of not being serious about the commitments we've made to the American people with regard to actually enforcing the laws of immigration in America, which many Americans already believe we're not serious about. They don't respect what we've done in the past, and they should not. We have failed, and it's time for us to try to fix it and do better.
Even if the Senate agreed to fund the fence they pretended to want, it's questionable whether it would ever be constructed. According to the Senate bill, we would have to consult with Mexico first.
Kris Koback, a counsel to the Attorney General under John Ashcroft, notes that it can take years just to getting two agencies within the executive branch to consult. Consultations involving local, state, and federal government, with a foreign government that quite obviously does not want a fence and would try to delay it, would drag on forever.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:45 PM
Good news for serial killers: Australia's Ivan Milat, incarcerated for abducting and murdering seven backpackers in the early 1990s, is getting back his television and toasted sandwich maker.
These special perks were confiscated a few weeks ago, due to public outrage. But now Department of Corrective Services chief psychologist Anne Young has determined that the practice of rewarding Milat for good behavior with these luxury items should resume. He also gets phone calls three times a week and visits on weekends.
Examples of the behavior Milat has exhibited while in prison include a failed escape attempt in 1997, possessing a hacksaw blade in 1999, and attempting to kill himself by swallowing razor blades and staples in 2001.
When they took his boob tube away, Milat promised to take another stab at suicide. He was moved to a "safe cell" for observation. After all, society wouldn't want to miss out on Milat's future contributions.
Relatives of his victims are less than thrilled by the decision — not that it makes any difference.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:14 AM
SatireNewsService reveals that Bush advisor Karl Rove has allegedly been secretly running the New York Times for almost four years.
According to Time Publisher Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger, Rove's surreptitious control came to light when Pinch
ordered an investigation to determine how the Times had come to publish detailed information about a top-secret government monitoring operation of the international financial transactions of al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. ... Unfortunately this story fits a pattern of publication that has almost ruined the Times' reputation for probity and journalistic honesty as well as causing incalculable damage to the Democratic party that our editorial policy supports.
Times internal investigator Edith Steingehirn points to the unmasking of the program to monitor al Qaeda's international calls and emails as another example of Rove's treachery:
We published that story just as the successful Iraqi elections were making the news and the Senate was voting to reauthorize the Patriot Act. The timing could not have been better for the Bush administration — it made it look as though the Times would do anything — absolutely anything — to undermine the administration and Iraqi efforts to build a functioning society.
Rove's political motives are obvious. As the Times is closely associated with the Democratic Party, Stein notes that the Gray Lady's actions
make Democratic leaders seem unserious about terrorism, ungracious toward America's soldiers and sailors, petty about any Iraqi successes in bringing modernity to a backward region, mean-spirited about the President, careless about America's reputation in the world, unwilling to work with Republican colleagues on important legislation and profoundly ignorant about America's history, culture and meaning.
It can hardly be denied that the NY Times' credibility among anyone other than left-wing extremists has been reduced to nil. Tearing at his hair, Pinch shouts that "the only hidden hand that is twisted and evil and demented and malicious enough to pull this off is the one attached to the hard right arm of Karl Rove!"
But White House spokesman Tony Snow denies that W's advisor has had anything to do with it:
Karl Rove has a whole planet to run, he doesn't have the time or inclination to run a parochial newspaper with a declining stock price and diminishing readership.
Nonetheless, BBC and CNN have reportedly launched internal investigations to see if they're being run by Karl Rove too.
July 14, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:25 PM
Hats off to Hazleton, Pennsylvania Mayor Louis J. Barletta, who on behalf of his constituents has let it be known that enough is enough when it comes to illegal immigration. His Illegal Immigration Relief Act is a model for local governments willing to step up and fill the gap left by our unconscionably irresponsible and unresponsive federal government.
Barletta describes the act in an open letter that warrants quoting at length:
I believe the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth. People who are in this country have an incredible amount of opportunities and blessings. But some people have taken advantage of America's openness and tolerance. Some come to this country and refuse to learn English, creating a language barrier for city employees. Others enter the country illegally and use government services by not paying taxes or by committing crime on our streets, further draining resources here in Hazleton.
Illegal immigration leads to higher crime rates, contributes to overcrowded classrooms and failing schools, subjects our hospitals to fiscal hardship and legal residents to substandard quality of care, and destroys our neighborhoods and diminishes our overall quality of life.
The City of Hazleton is empowered and mandated by the people of Hazleton to abate the nuisance of illegal immigration by aggressively prohibiting and punishing the acts, policies, people and businesses that aid and abet illegal aliens. That is why I proposed the Illegal Immigration Relief Act.
Part of this ordinance, if enacted, would punish companies that hire illegal immigrants by denying them permits, making it harder for them to renew permits and forcing their loss of city business.
Another part would hold landlords accountable. Because people moving into the city naturally require a place to sleep, our landlords are our first line of defense. Landlords who rent to illegal immigrants — that is, who rent to people without checking their documentation, may be fined $1,000.00 for every illegal immigrant staying on their properties.
The final part of this ordinance makes English the official language of Hazleton. All city documents will only be available in English. Those applying for a permit would have to speak English. While our emergency services will never be denied to anyone because of a language barrier, every other aspect of city business will be conducted only in English. Let me be clear, this ordinance is intended to make Hazleton one of the most difficult places in the U.S. for illegal immigrants.
This measure is not racist because it does not target one particular race. The Illegal Immigration Relief Act is intended to deter and punish any illegal immigration in the City of Hazleton. Requiring the use of English does not target any other language; it merely states that no matter what language you prefer to speak at home, English will be spoken when you conduct business with Hazleton officials.
Illegal Immigration is a drain on city resources. Every domestic incident, every traffic accident, every noise complaint, each time we send our police department, fire department or code enforcement officer to respond, it costs taxpayer dollars.
If the City of Hazleton began publishing official documents or conducting business in a second language, how would we respond when someone asks us to use a third, or fourth language?
Recent crimes — the shooting on Chestnut Street, the discharge of firearms at the Pine Street Playground, and high profile drug busts — have involved illegal immigrants. Sadly, some of those allegedly involved in those crimes were detained by other law enforcement officials over the years, but were somehow allowed to remain in this country. They eventually migrated into Hazleton, where they helped create a sense of fear in the good, hardworking residents who are here legally.
This ordinance does not roll back the welcome mat to those who are legally in the United States. This country was built on the backs of legal immigrants. My own great grandparents came to this country seeking a better life. Rather, this ordinance seeks to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into Hazleton. They are not welcome here!
To the residents of Hazleton, I say thank you for your continued support. Hazleton is moving forward and becoming an even better place to live. To our recently arrived legal immigrants, I say welcome. I personally wish you all the best. With hard work and determination, the United States and Hazleton can be a place where your dreams come true. And to illegal immigrants and those who would hire or abet them in any way, I say your time is up. You are no longer welcome.
Naturally, lawyers acting on behalf of illegal colonizers are reacting with lawsuits. Their claim is that the ordinance unconstitutionally infringes on federal jurisdiction over immigration. By now moonbats have figured out that the federal government is sufficiently isolated from the people it allegedly represents that it simply will not defend American territory from foreign invasion. They know that until the blessed day comes that Democrats and their RINO allies like Romaine McStain are voted out on their ears, local government and citizen volunteers like the Minutemen are our country's only means of self-defense.
Unlike McLame et al., Barletta is actually responsive to his constituents:
There's no place for me to hide in a small city. I get it in the grocery store, I get it at the lunch counter, when I get my morning coffee, when I'm pumping gas. People are begging me, because we are losing the one asset that this city has to offer — our quality of life.
Imagine if normal Americans had access to Lettuce, Chappaquiddick Ted, Arlen Specter, and the rest of the Senate shamnesty crowd. But there's no use fantasizing.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:29 PM
Minutes before President Bush arrived at the Nikolai Church in Stralsund, Germany yesterday, Greenpeace moonbats who had been skulking in a tower of the church unfurled a giant poster screaming anti-Bush slogans. It's a good thing they were kooks of the harmless variety, as they apparently would have had a clear shot at the President.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:09 PM
Dan Rather isn't the only MSM dinosaur who refuses to stagger off to the tar pits where he belongs. Former NBC liberal elitist in chief Tom Brokaw will be hosting a marathon propaganda fest on the Discovery Channel Sunday evening, apparently intended to scare the gullible into voting for the party most likely to throw the brakes on our economy in the name of cute penguins and cuddly polar bears. But Roger Pielke, Sr., a professor of atmospheric sciences at Colorado State University, is not on board with the program.
"Global Warming: What You Need to Know" is a "disappointment" to Dr. Pielke, because it "misleads the public" by relying on "just a few scientists with a particular personal viewpoint on this subject" and because it features a number of "errors and misconceptions." Pielke wishes that Tom Brokaw and friends had seen fit to "use the two hours to present a balanced view on the spectrum of perspectives on the human influences on the climate system."
But of course, presenting a balanced view defeats the whole purpose of propaganda. That's why the show will feature, as Pielke puts it, "just a few scientists with a particular personal viewpoint on this subject, which misleads the public on the broader view that is actually held by most climate scientists."
A press release promoting the program puts it differently:
Produced by the global alliance of Discovery Channel, the BBC and NBC News Productions, and hosted by award-winning journalist Tom Brokaw, the two-hour special presents the facts and leaves it up to the viewers to determine their own truth about global warming.
That is, viewers will be left to decide for themselves whether to succumb to abject panic when Brokaw makes menacing declarations like this one:
By the year 2100, in the lifetime of our children and grandchildren, our world will be a drastically different place. Severe weather will become the norm rather than the exception.
The "international team of experts" contributing to the special includes Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences and international affairs at the highly moonbat-friendly Princeton University. Oppenheimer also serves as "science adviser" to the lefty group Environmental Defense, and has been affiliated with environmentalist organizations Scientists and Engineers for Change and Environment2004. To state the obvious, he has an agenda.
Among the "errors and misconceptions" noted by Pielke are inferences that rapid glacial retreat is a new observation, and that all glaciers are retreating. The documentary might have gained a little credibility by admitting that climate models have not demonstrated accuracy in predicting variability over decades, and that controlling CO2 emissions will not significantly influence climate.
Iain Murray is a senior fellow specializing in global climate change and environmental science at the free market-based Competitive Enterprise Institute. As he puts it:
These days, people get bashed over the head with the idea that there is a consensus, and anybody who speaks out against the so-called consensus is a contrarian or a tool of the oil industry or an otherwise morally suspect person.
In the end, this attitude could blow up in the face of global warming alarmists. Al Gore fans will surely believe even their most hysterical claims. But everyone else is likely to dismiss them as ideologues trying to pass off politics as science.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:54 AM
The Brussels Journal offers a terrifying piece on the progress Muslims have made in their demographic conquest of Western Europe. The initial focus has been in cities, from which they are rapidly displacing the native inhabitants. As the author Fjordman predicts,
Soon, you will travel from London to Paris, Amsterdam or Stockholm and find that you have left one city dominated by burkas and sharia to find… yet another city dominated by burkas and sharia.
Absurdly, the politically correct Left is celebrating the replacement of Europe's diverse cultures by a single grim Islamic one in the name of "cultural diversity." Here are a few examples of what this so-called diversity entails:
In England, Muslims are creating no-go areas for native Europeans. Signs indicate that whites can enter only at their own risk. Hindus are also subjected to ethnic cleansing. Caucasians are fleeing Londonistan in droves.
In France, there were 818 of these "no-go" zones when the presumably horrified government stopped keeping track — which was way back in 2002. Anything representing Western civilization, including post office trucks and fire engines, is routinely attacked with Molotov cocktails in these areas. The welfare checks go in; only violence and Islam come out. In French math classes, Muslim students refuse to write plus signs because they remind them of the Christian cross. Following last year's riots, the police announced that the situation had returned to normal when a day passed with only 98 vehicles set on fire by Muslim hooligans.
In Holland, Muslims will soon make up the majority in all major cities. Forty percent of Moroccan Muslims in the Netherlands explicitly reject Western values and democracy. Thirty-two percent of native Dutch already want out of what's left of their country.
In Germany, at least 50 women have been killed in the past decade in "honor killings" — i.e., for trying to live Western lifestyles. Germans are considered by the Muslim colonizers to be "stinking people" who are "doomed to go to hell" for being "useless creatures and infidels."
In Denmark, Muslim taxi drivers spy on female immigrants, so they can be hunted down and killed if they attempt to escape from Muslim society.
In Norway and Sweden, protection money must be paid to bloodthirsty Muslim gangs.
It is becoming increasingly impossible to deny that the bleak and brutal culture of Islam is in the process of destroying European civilization. Yet Islam is only an opportunistic infection. Muslims have wanted to destroy the West for well over a millennium. If they are only now beginning to succeed, it is because only now is the West willing to let itself be destroyed. As Dutch politician Frits Bolkestein puts it, Muslim conquest by immigration
has to do with the loss of confidence in one's own civilization. ... There is no clear European identity today. This has a real impact on foreign policy.
In other words, Europe is dying because it doesn't believe in itself. Where once pride acted as an immune system to protect from external threats, now there is only the sanctimonious self-hatred known as liberalism. Europe is dying of moonbattery.
July 13, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:33 PM
Give up? It's Christiaan Briggs, the Kiwi Green Party peace activist who volunteered to serve as a human shield for Saddam Hussein and who beat ska singer Billy Leeson into a coma. The picture comes via Are We Lumberjacks? Here's another one:
Kind of looks like Alec Baldwin, doesn't he? Or is it just the look in his eye?
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:03 PM
It was too much to hope that Dan Rather would quietly crawl off to the tar pits like a dignified dinosaur. The Dan was on Larry King last night, and as a NewsBusters report indicates, his monstrous ego has not deflated, despite him having been unceremoniously dumped by his longtime home CBS.
Absurdly, Gunga Dan continues to stand by the pre-election Bush National Guard smear job that resulted in his hard fall onto his face. Sure, it was based on crudely forged documents, but focusing on that is just "a diversionary technique."
When reminded that CBS News has been known as "the liberal network," the Dan retorted
They call you names when you insist on being independent.
You seen, sinister forces have it in for guys like Rather, who are "willing to be truly independent, and fiercely independent when called upon, and dedicated to pulling no punches and playing no favorites." Proving that he has no plans to emerge from his liberal time warp, the Dan proceeded to dig up the crumbling bones of McCarthy and Nixon. Raved Rather:
Now, when you're a reporter involved in those kinds of stories on a regular basis, there are...powerful people who say we've got to get rid of this guy or...we're going to damage him up.
That's right, Dan. They're coming for you. So maybe you'd better go home and hide in your closet.
But I'm forgetting, Rather isn't really retired. He's got a gig on HDNet, where he will no longer be "held back by the corporate structure of CBS." Congratulations to the Dan for breaking the story that HDNet exists.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:37 PM
As noted in a policy paper released this week by the Senate's Republican Policy Committee, the McCain–Kennedy amnesty abomination that the Senate had the unmitigated gall to try to shove down the country's throat would dictate that foreign construction workers — some of whom may have snuck into the country illegally — be paid well above the rates American workers on the same job might be earning. As the report mildly puts it, Lettuce McStain's and Chappaquiddick Ted's shamnesty bill
would guarantee wages to some foreign workers that could be higher than those paid to American workers at the same work site. This is unfair to U.S. workers, inappropriate, and unnecessary.
The unconscionable bill grants higher wages for foreign temporary workers in all construction occupations, even if the project isn't federally funded — just one of those special perks you get for not being an American in an America run by moonbats.
Nonetheless, Senate RINOs like Bill Frist and Mitch McConnell have supported this outrage — and of course, Democrats love it, despite the phony rhetoric regarding their commitment to the working man.
Speaking of Senate RINOs and phony rhetoric, Arlen Specter lashed out at Republican Senators who have had the decency to oppose the shamnesty bill, crediting the noxiously politically correct Time Magazine for being "right on target in identifying the underlying racism and xenophobia which really grips us despite our denial of it."
In other words, anyone who wants the border defended and doesn't think the federal government should be dictating higher wages for foreigners than for American workers is a racist and a xenophobe. Thank you Senator Specter, for confirming that the words "racism" and "xenophobia" no longer have any meaning whatsoever in our society.
Specter is Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. I wanted to do a "House of Horrors" piece highlighting what a disaster it would be for the Democrats to take control of the House and put John Conyers in that position. Conyers is a corrupt fruitcake who wants to impeach the President for not taking a pacifist stance toward Islamic terrorism, and to steal money from taxpayers to hand out to those with African ancestry in the name of "slavery reparations." But it's hard to believe that even Conyers could be worse than a moonbat demagogue like Specter.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:59 PM
The terrorist moonbats of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) attempted to firebomb the Bel-Air home of UCLA researcher Lynn Fairbanks to punish her for working with primates. Actually, they left their Molotov cocktail on the front porch of Fairbanks' 70-year-old neighbor.
According to ALF, Fairbanks has been using monkeys to study "psychological, psychiatric and social problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, substance abuse, criminality and violence," which would certainly make her an appropriate target for violent criminals who clearly suffer from psychological, psychiatric, and social problems, no doubt have difficulty focusing their helter-skelter minds, and seem to drink more than their share of bong water — except that according to UCLA, that's not what Fairbanks studies.
There aren't many things that animal rights nuts get right, which is fortunate — otherwise people would get hurt.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:41 PM
According to Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly, contractors knew back in 1999 that there were problems with the bolts attaching concrete panels to the ceiling of the Big Dig highway tunnel, where a woman was recently killed by 12 tons of falling concrete. Inspections earlier in the week revealed at least 60 signs of loose bolts, among other problems. It would be prudent to expect more panels to fall. Faulty construction and poor oversight have plagued the project from the beginning.
But what do you expect for a mere $14.6 billion? That's how much loot the Bay State managed to flush down this massive boondoggle, the most expensive highway project in American history, which was originally supposed to cost $2.5 billion back in 1985.
Massachusetts bureaucrats are reacting to the mess they made at taxpayers' considerable expense as you might expect: they are demanding more money. Overseers of the project can expect to be sued for millions. The overseers of the overseers — i.e., the bureaucrats who brought about the Big Pig porkfest — remain unaccountable.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:59 AM
It's no wonder moonbats hate the military — if they believe even half of the paranoid fantasies floating around on the Internet. For example, the left-wing Omaha Independent Media Center features a link to Artificial Telepathy, which discusses a devious cabal codenamed "the Aviary":
"The Aviary" is a collection of strange birds: a group of key scientists, military men and intelligence agents who share an intense interest in UFOs, telepathy, remote viewing, parapsychology, mind control and the creation of psychotronic weapons. ...
Members of the Aviary have reportedly participated in MILABS operations — black operations by rogue military-intelligence units that stalk, harrass, terrorize, kidnap, drug, gang-rape and mind-rape innocent civilians, using hypnotic mind-control programming to implant a false post-hypnotic "memory" that the episode was an "alien abduction."
MILABS is short for military abductions. For those with lots of time on their hands, a whole book has been written on the subject: MILABS: Military Mind Control & Alien Abductions. According to an enthusiastic review:
We are informed that many UFO abductions are the result of Military personnel, men in business suits, or men in white lab coats each who are abducting individuals either "to"
(a) To obtain as much information from the abductee as to what Transpired during their abduction i.e., to obtain any "technology Or advanced information as they possible can which could Potentially be used by their country (America) to advance their Own technology from the "abducters" OR
(b) The American Government "agencies" are themselves imprinting false and misleading information into the minds of the unsuspecting public to further the cause/belief that UFO abductions/aliens are a reality, this is to steer the public's belief away from what really is going on, i.e., a new Stealth technology or advanced black budget technology to which they, (the Americans) do not wish the public to learn about, and they are more than happy for this technology to be camouflaged under the guise of "alien abductions".
Terrifying eyewitness accounts point the finger directly at the military — this one, for example:
Another witness, Delora, recalls that he father who was a career Navy Officer, was stationed at an ammunition depot in Shoemaker Arkansas, and during those early years whilst he was stationed there she remembers flashbacks of being with both her parents inside a Military bunker where she saw "aliens" performing experiments on humans.
Delora knew that this bunker housed chemical and biological weapons which may have been an interest to these "aliens". She also claims to have seen a number of humans suspended in gas or liquid filled capsules. Delora holds the opinion that those people that were contained inside these capsules were clones and being used for secret bio-warfare or chemical warfare experiments.
Apparently stealing the Mexican elections, destroying New Orleans levees, and of course blowing up the World Trade Center are only the beginning of our government's underhanded villainy. It's not known whether tinfoil hats provide any protection from government-sponsored alien abductions, but I advise wearing one at all times just in case.
Hat tip: Indy Media Watch
July 12, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:52 PM
Michelle Malkin shines welcome light on some disturbing moonbattery emanating from the Bush Administration. Though W will sometimes grudgingly acknowledge that the border needs to be defended and immigration law enforced, it's clear his heart isn't in either task. What's less obvious is the extent to which his administration will play ball with hardcore Reconquista extremists, who are less interested in doing the "work Americans won't do" than in the demographic conquest of the southwestern third of the country.
The National Council of La Raza ("The Race") is no less racist than the Ku Klux Klan. At least the Klan doesn't soak up federal handouts. La Raza does. Per Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA), La Raza has devoured $30 million in federal grants since 1996 — more than half of it last year alone.
Some of the cash goes into charter schools like La Academia Semillas del Pueblo in Los Angeles, which teaches "Aztec math." Here's what the principal Marcos Aguilar has to say on the subject of assimilation:
We don't want to drink from a White water fountain, we have our own wells and our natural reservoirs and our way of collecting rain in our aqueducts. We don't need a White water fountain…We are not interested in what they have because we have so much more and because the world is so much larger. And ultimately the White way, the American way, the neo liberal, capitalist way of life will eventually lead to our own destruction.
Other charter schools run by La Raza that our tax dollars subsidize include one in Tucson called the Aztlan Academy. "Aztlan" is what Reconquistadors call the large section of the USA that they want split off from the rest of the country, after displacing other ethnic groups.
The Mexicayotl Academy in Nogales, Arizona openly focuses on race-based left-wing activism. Its program is "structured and developed around the concepts of identity, culture, and language." By language, I don't think they mean English.
It goes without saying that helping Spanish-speaking students to assimilate is probably not a priority for these schools, any more than it is for La Raza. W's generosity with our money notwithstanding, the group is principally funded by the radically left-wing Ford Foundation. As Discover the Networks observes:
La Raza's politics are at the far left of the political spectrum. Its Policy Analysis Center lobbies for affirmative action, bilingual education, stricter hate crimes laws, mass immigration, and amnesty for illegal aliens. La Raza characterizes increased immigration control as a violation of civil rights, and the reduction of government handouts to immigrants as "a disgrace to American values."
La Raza is closely associated with MEChA, which it has actively funded. Unlike La Raza, MEChA doesn't bother trying to look respectable. It is openly committed to driving all non-Hispanics out of the Southwest. Their chilling motto recalls the Third Reich: "For the Race everything. Outside the Race, nothing."
Nonetheless, we have recently been subjected to the spectacle of Karl Rove publicly attempting to curry La Raza's favor.
As Malkin concludes:
President Bush pays lip service to immigration enforcement and assimilation, while the White House sends Karl Rove to make nice with the separatist leaders of The Race and the Bush Education Department showers our tax dollars on radical Reconquista schools. It doesn't add up.
Unless, of course, you're using Aztec math.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:43 PM
On behalf of the French bureaucracy, Jacques Chirac has made it clear that all is forgiven for Zinedine Zidane, who very possibly cost France the world championship in soccer when he was sent off from the World Cup final with a red card for his appallingly unsportsmanlike conduct.
Apparently mistaking himself for a goat, Zidane put down his head and rammed Italian defender Marco Materazzi in the final minutes of the game, before a penalty shootout resulted in Italy's triumph.
At an Elysee palace lunch, Chirac gushed:
You are a virtuoso, a genius of world football. You are also a man of heart, commitment, conviction. That's why France admires and loves you.
Not since Jimmy Carter last met with Hugo Chavez has one man left so much slobber on the seat of another man's pants.
Funny, I don't recall Clinton inviting Mike Tyson to the White House for a butt-nuzzling after he lost a heavyweight championship match by biting off part of Evander Holyfield's ear.
It's alleged that Zidane's outburst was instigated by a remark pertaining to his Arab parentage — something along the lines of "you son of a terrorist whore." Given the nature of French politics, that same Arab ancestry is now serving him well.
Speaking of Zidane's ancestry, his mother wants Materazzi castrated.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:42 AM
Fifteen years after the Evil Empire collapsed around him, resulting in a hard-line coup followed by the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev is still chewing sour grapes. The former General Secretary of the USSR's Communist Party sounds a little like a petulant teenager as he snipes:
We have made some mistakes. So what? ... Do you really think you are smarter than we are?
When it comes to politics and economics, the answer is a resounding yes.
Whines the former dictator, who has been fawned over by liberals who don't want to give Reagan credit for winning the Cold War:
Americans have a severe disease — worse than AIDS. It's called the winner's complex.
There is a disease worst still, suffered by Gorby and other communist fossils, many of whom can be found in Western universities: loser's complex.
July 11, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:09 PM
Tinfoil hat leftist Kevin Barrett, who has made a lifestyle out of his belief that the World Trade Center was destroyed not by Muslims but by Republicans, is still on to teach Islam this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, despite outrage at the depraved and literally psychotic views he imparts to his students.
Wisconsin's Governor Jim Doyle and U.S. Rep. Mark Green, as well as several state legislators, have called for Barrett's dismissal. But after a 10-day review of his teaching, Provost Patrick Farrell determined that Barrett is fit to teach, and that his belief that Dick Cheney blew up the World Trade Center deserves to be espoused in a university classroom under the guise of education.
Farrell piously declared:
We cannot allow political pressure from critics of unpopular ideas to inhibit the free exchange of ideas.
Larry Summers was not asked to comment. No one can credibly deny that Barrett would be removed from his job at once if his bizarre delusions didn't find favor in the hearts of moonbat educrats.
Needless to say, the ACLU applauded Farrell's decision.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:26 PM
Unfortunately, Cindy Sheehan's "hunger strike" isn't going to be taking much off this muffin top:
Cindy Sheehan Watch points the way to a first-hand account of what Mother Moonbat has had to endure during her pathetic excuse for a hunger strike, appropriately enough from a site subtitled "Marxist Thought Online":
I find traveling out of the country very challenging being on a fast. When I was on a layover in Madrid on my way to Venice, Italy yesterday, the closest thing I could find to a smoothie to get a little protein was a coffee with vanilla ice cream in it. Traveling for 22 hours is very taxing under normal circumstances — but then again, when have we had normal circumstances since the 2000 and 2004 successful coup attempts that have brought BushCo into power?
I traveled from Venice to the frontier of Italy to the province of Udine which is right at the foot of the pre-Alps. I am here for a huge youth festival which includes many elements of social justice and peace work. It is beautiful and the air feels different from other places that I have travelled. It is strangely soft and gentle as is the natural light. However, there is not a Jamba Juice on every corner, so blended juice drinks with protein powder are impossible to find.
It's tough for a poor hunger-striker to stay slim on a "fast" fueled by Jamba Juice's offerings. A 30-oz. Mighty Cherry Charger, for example, will load you up with 660 calories (H/T: Knowledge is Power).
While Sheehan pigs out on ice cream and smoothies, Guillermo Fariñas continues to starve himself to death in protest of the suppression of free speech by Fidel Castro, darling of Cindy's Hollywood supporters. Courage isn't always as appetizing as a Mighty Cherry Charger from Jamba Juice. Here's what it looks like:
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:12 PM
As moonbattery continues to degrade the fabric of civilization in Western Europe, it is becoming questionable whether it will always be possible to conduct business across the Atlantic. A 2004 European Union ruling demands that Microsoft hand over key computer code to makers of rival products. This is similar to demanding that General Motors turn over free cars to rival carmakers.
Naturally Microsoft has hesitated to slit its own wrists so that its competition can lap up the blood for nourishment. To punish such intransigence, the EU is now threatening fines as high as €2 million per day (about $2,555,000), backdated to December 15, if Microsoft doesn't knuckle under. If the company is still holding out at the end of the month, fines would go up to €3 million per day. This American (i.e., not European) company was fined €497 million by the EU in March 2004.
Europe's dictatorial bureauweenies have also demanded that Microsoft sell a version of Windows without Media Player, which Microsoft would certainly do without coercion if there were any sane reason for consumers to prefer it.
It's bad enough that communist China pirates our extremely valuable intellectual property. The EU is worse, self-righteously demanding that we hand it over voluntarily, then slapping us with fines if we don't comply fast enough.
There may not be much honor among thieves, but a thief who knows he's a thief is at least more honorable than the sanctimonious moonbats running the EU.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:43 PM
Don't have a mouthful of coffee when you read this: Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., better known as Pinch, Publisher of the New York Times, will be lecturing at the Chautauqua Institution on Thursday. The topic? Applied Ethics: The Obligations of Citizenship.
Too bad the Chautauqua Institution doesn't offer a lecture series entitled Applied Treason: The Treachery of Moonbattery. Pinch — who presides over a paper that has repeatedly endangered American citizens by exposing counterterrorism measures — would be better informed on that topic.
Regarding Pinch and the America-hating liberal elite media establishment he personifies, Gerard Jackson makes some excellent observations at Free Market News Network:
For "Pinch" Sulzberger treason is second nature. In the '70s this traitor published articles by Wilfred Burchett even after being told that the Australian "journalist" was a KGB agent who had participated in the torture of POWs in North Korean camps.
Too many people make the mistake that the treason so easily committed by these al-Qaeda collaborators is driven by an irrational hatred of President Bush. This is a very naïve view. It is not Bush they hate but the patriotic America he represents. After all, the Times covered for the despicable Duranty, painted Stalin as a misunderstood philanthropist, the murderous Ho Chi Min as an agrarian humanitarian, Castro as a freedom-loving liberal, Chavez as a misunderstood reformer, etc.
In short, any enemy of America will be fawned over by the Gray Lady, regardless of who's in the White House.
Pinch takes pride in his treasonous attitudes. He's fond of telling the tale of how he informed his father Punch Sulzberger (from whom he inherited control of the Times) which side he was on in the Vietnam War. As described by Stanley Kurtz:
Pinch was a political activist in the Sixties, and was twice arrested in anti-Vietnam protests. One day, the elder Sulzberger asked his son what Pinch calls, "the dumbest question I've ever heard in my life." If an American soldier runs into a North Vietnamese soldier, which would you like to see get shot? Young Arthur answered, "I would want to see the American get shot. It's the other guy's country." Some Sixties activists have since thought better of their early enthusiasms. Pinch hasn't.
This pretty much sums up the shallow, flippant, treasonous mentality of the most powerful person in the mainstream media.
Hat tip: Rantburg
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:24 PM
Rock star Bono, famous for his advocacy of Third World debt relief, has incurred the wrath of some moonbats because a private equity firm that he established has invested $300 million in Pandemic Studios, which produces the video game "Mercenary 2: World in Flames."
The game involves assuming the role of a mercenary sent to Venezuela, where a dictator has seized control of the nation's oil industry.
Sniffs Jeff Cohen, author of "Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media":
It's hard to fathom why an artist who claims to be about new paths to justice for developing countries would be mixed up in a computer game that glorifies stale, old mercenary approaches.
David Lindorff, who coauthored a book entitled "The Case for Impeachment," fumes:
This kind of right-wing war game plays to the propaganda message that the Bush White House has been pushing for years: that Chavez is a dictator oppressing his people . . . Bono should use his financial interest in the company to kill it, or better, he should pull out entirely as an investor.
But the game seems to owe as much to reality as to propaganda. As those of outside Lindorff's bubble of moonbattery are aware, Chavez really is a dictator (even Venezuela's highest Catholic prelate confirms it), and he really has seized control of Venezuela's oil industry, as well as the nation's broadcast media.
As for Bono, he's probably never heard of the game.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:59 AM
Yesterday a rally was held across from the New York Times' office on West 43rd Street in Manhattan to protest that profoundly execrable publication's deliberate campaign to assist Islamic terrorists by exposing the classified details of government efforts to protect us from them. Two of my favorite bloggers were on hand, Pam from Blogmeister USA and Pamela of Atlas Shrugs.
Pam sums up the purpose of the protest:
The claim that we are against freedom of the press couldn't have been more wrong. Freedom of the press carries with it an inherent responsibility to use common sense in reporting — something the New York Times failed to uphold. We, the public, have every right to call them on it, especially when stories published in our "interest" actually do more to threaten our safety than keep us informed. When a newspaper uses its considerable power and influence in order to defame a sitting president and endanger a society's safety in the name of the public's "right to know," it deserves both our contempt and censure.
Both Pam and Pamela brought their cameras. Here are a couple of samples from Atlas Shrugged:
...and a couple more from Blogmeister USA:
Hat tip: The Right Place
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:12 AM
A man with a Middle Eastern name taking a flight from Houston to Atlanta was asked if he had a laptop in his baggage. He said no, but the X-ray machine revealed that he was lying. A search of his baggage revealed a battery taped to a clock and copy of the Koran. The entire soles of both of his shoes were gutted out. He had everything he needed to bring down the plane except explosives. They couldn't check his criminal background because of computer problems. So he was allowed to board.
Apparently the plan was for someone else to smuggle the explosives onto the plane, which fortunately did not blow up. The FBI was called in to investigate afterward. They dismissed the affair as a "non-event."
Meanwhile, the FBI is busily investigating a year-old video of a couple of guys using a Koran for target practice.
July 10, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:24 PM
At last, something vaguely resembling straight talk on the issue of the Muslim menace threatening to blow Britain to bits from within. British MP Sir Nicholas Winterton had this to say about nonassimilating Muslims:
They should stop politicizing dress, such as wearing the hijab and burkha, they should learn English, they should not return to their homelands to get a spouse, cease forced marriages and accept once and for all that the United Kingdom is not, and never will be, an Islamic state.
Pretty tame stuff, but more than moonbats are willing to tolerate. Shantele Janes, Director of the Cheshire, Halton, and Warrington Racial Equality Council, is "extremely concerned" about the MP's mild views — or rather, by the fact that he has enough backbone to express them:
We think that it is offensive and divisive and we are appalled that someone in his position would be so irresponsible as to make the comments he did, contributing to the climate of hostility towards Muslims in the U.K.
As for the rest of the Conservative Party, it's cowering in a corner, hugging its knees. Its Central Office released a statement whimpering that "These are Sir Nick's personal views."
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:49 PM
Just when I thought W had finally reached the limit and could no longer outdo himself in the pursuit of pure evil...
NewsMax reports that three days before Mexicans went to the polls, London-based American journalist and blogger Greg Palast was screaming that
George Bush's operatives have plans to jigger with the upcoming elections.
This was followed on the day after the election by an article in which Palast raved:
As in Florida in 2000, and as in Ohio in 2004, the exit polls show the voters voted for the progressive candidate. The race is too close to call. But they will call it — after they steal it.
It seems the FBI obtained Mexican voter files through the information broker ChoicePoint — the same one Jeb Bush utilized to put in the fix on the 2000 election. Naturally, the election theft was accomplished under the guise of counterterrorism.
W's villainy knows no bounds — or borders.
Hat tip: Right Wing Nation
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:32 PM
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain is in for it now. The NAACP is screeching all the way to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over remarks Strain made in a local television interview.
Still dealing with the criminal aftermath of Katrina, Strain announced that anyone loping around his parish wearing dreadlocks or Chee Wee hairdos could "expect to be getting a visit from a sheriff's deputy." The sheriff made his motives clear:
I don't want to see temporary housing because of Katrina turn into long-term housing for a bunch of thugs and trash that don't need to be in St. Tammany Parish.
Most outrageous of all, Strain announced that his department was committed to preventing crime, and wasn't going to worry about "hurting someone's feelings."
The NAACP denounced his remarks as unconstitutional.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:00 PM
Aggressively homosexual Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank's successful 10-year campaign to change immigration law so that it wouldn't be so "unduly restrictive on political grounds" — a godsend to terrorists — turns out to have been motivated by his gay agenda.
Prior to 1990's Frank Amendment, aliens could be denied entrance to the USA for a variety of commonsense reasons related to ideology. In their place, Frank left us with a rule that foreigners could not be excluded or deported "because of any past, current, or expected beliefs, statements, or associations which, if engaged in by a United States citizen in the United States, would be protected under the Constitution of the United States."
In the words of James R. Edwards, Jr., author of "The Congressional Politics of Immigration Reform," the Frank Amendment "sought to extend the First Amendment to the world — despite foreigners' lack of corresponding duties that U.S. citizens bear or the status of being subject to the U.S. government's jurisdiction."
As Chuck Morse, a Republican challenger for Frank's seat observes:
Barney Frank ... opened the "turnstiles of terrorism" in America by sponsoring legislation that made it nearly impossible for federal agencies to deny visas to terrorists. As a result of its passage, the "Frank Amendment" tied the hands of the FBI, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and other agencies for the better part of two decades, while terrorists formed their sleeper cells and plotted this nation's demise.
Morse notes that the majority of the 9/11 terrorists were known to be associated with militant Islamic groups before they entered our country.
To be fair, Frank's purpose certainly wasn't to let in more terrorists. It was to let in more homosexuals. In his own words:
[I]n 1990, I had the enormous satisfaction of sponsoring a successful amendment to American immigration law that repealed the homophobic provisions of that statute in all of its permutations.
Frank's problem with immigration law was that it was allegedly used to keep foreign gays from entering the country, although I've never heard of people being tested for homosexuality by customs agents. Lisps an indignant Frank:
I was determined to do everything that I could to abolish this abomination.
By his own account, he played the gay card to get his legislation through:
Before I came out, my colleagues respected my insistence on the repeal of the antigay provision as they would respect any colleague's strong feeling on an issue. But once I had acknowledged that I was gay, this moved from being simply an issue with which I was concerned to something that was obviously deeply personal.
Automatically, this meant that those of my colleagues who wished to preserve good working relationships with me understood how important this matter was to me, and their willingness to accommodate me increased accordingly.
But Frank felt that changing the rules for gays alone wouldn't have worked:
Evidence of this came early for me when (in 1981) the House of Representatives voted 281 to 199 to overrule a District of Columbia City Council repeal of the city's sodomy law. It occurred to me that just as the antigay exclusions had been first written and then tightened as part of a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws, my best chance to wipe them out was to do it in that same comprehensive context.
So what if the Frank Amendment lets in a few thousand terrorists? We'll just have to chalk it up to collateral damage.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:18 PM
Massachusetts — the state that inflicted on the world both Hanoi John Kerry and Michael Dukakis — is the very belly of the beast when it comes to moonbattery. The Bay State was the only one carried by the wacky George McGovern in 1972. Its current representatives in the Senate perfectly personify the term "liberal elitist." Yet even here, voters are anything but thrilled with characters like Hillary Clinton and Al Gore.
Scott Rasmussen, who predicted the 2004 presidential vote to within half a percentage point, has released a poll finding that Massachusetts would choose John McCain over Shrillary or Prince Albert as a presidential candidate.
According to Rasmussen:
It's not clear whether these results tell us more about the weakness of Clinton and Gore or about the strength of John McCain as a potential candidate. It's probably a bit of both.
There's a third factor to consider: just how far to the Left "Lettuce" McCain has wandered, with his fervent opposition to border control and his apparent belief that the First Amendment doesn't apply to political speech.
As the Democratic Party is drawn ever further toward the lunatic fringe by the maniacs at Daily Kos and MoveOn.org, it is creating a vacuum for RINOs to fill. Unless this trend is reversed, the good news is that Dems will probably not be reinfesting the White House in 2008. The bad news is that the Republican who defeats them may be a Democrat in all but name.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:46 AM
Sick of being forced to provide free health care to illegal aliens at local taxpayers' expense, Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas is planning to bill Mexico for medical bills run up by its penniless citizens. Last year, Dallas County lost $27 million treating people from outside the area whose bills were not paid. An estimated 90% of foreign freeloaders are from Mexico. Said County Judge Margaret Keliher:
If you're not Dallas County residents, we think where you are from should pay for your indigent health care.
According to the Washington Times, Mexican consul official Hugo Juarez was "visibly perturbed" by the idea.
"How do they know who is Mexican?" cried Juarez. "Nobody asks for your nationality nor immigration status when you go to the hospital."
If they don't, they sure should — though no one expects Mexico to pay the bills anyway.
A solution to this growing problem would be to start defending the border against foreign invasion. But of course, that would be racist.
July 9, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:19 PM
An excellent post on Elephants in Academia draws the starkest of contrasts — on one hand there is the hunger strike by Guillermo Fariñas; on the other, the self-serving farce being performed by Cindy Sheehan and her limousine leftist Hollywood friends.
A little background is in order, since you are unlikely to have heard about Fariñas on the nightly news. He's an independent journalist in Cuba who has been on a hunger strike since January 31 in protest of the Castro regime's refusal to let him and other journalists use the Internet to transmit their work to the world beyond that island prison.
Fariñas has been hospitalized, and has undergone emergency surgeries to address complications from not eating. If not for an occasional IV drip, he would have starved to death by now. He got this word to Reporters Without Borders:
I want all Cuban citizens to have the right to an Internet connection, but also for the independent press to be able to report on the government's activities, and if I must be a martyr for Internet access, so be it.
At the other end of the spectrum, Cindy Sheehan has allegedly gone on a diet and threatens to stay on it so long as the USA continues to defend democracy from Islamofascism in Iraq. As Elephants in Academia points out, this diet could include "soy chai lattes, smoothies, protein shakes, etc." The idea of Mother Moonbat actually suffering from real hunger is laughable.
Funnier still is the "rolling fast" in which some of her Hollywood pals will be participating, whereby the fast passes from one publicity-hungry celebrity to another, so that no one has to stay on it long enough to get the munchies. Ironically, one of the clowns taking part in this is Danny Glover, who has been very vocal in his support for Castro's dictatorship.
Hat tip: Decision '08
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:57 PM
The something-for-nothing siren song popularized by trial lawyers is causing more than a few people to crash on the rocks. In a particularly appalling example, William Allen Cunningham faces charges for repeatedly poisoning his own children's soup. The objective: to extort money from Campbell's by threatening to sue.
The poor kids, aged 3 years and 18 months, had to be taken to the emergency room on three occasions after drinking soup laced with substances like Prozac and Amitriptyline.
According to U.S. Attorney David Nahmias:
He did contact Campbell's during the course of these poisonings to tell Campbell's that their soup was tainted and they had some interaction with him both on the phone and by mail which is why he's also charged with mail and wire fraud and communicating a false statement about tampering with food.
The charges against Cunningham — three counts of tampering with consumer products, one count of mail fraud, one count of wire fraud, and one count of communicating a false statement that the consumer product has been tampered with — could earn him up to 75 years.
Strangely, there seem to be no charges directly pertaining to knowingly poisoning his children. As for their current health, prosecutors decline to comment.
Hat tip: Overlawyered
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:27 AM
There was a time when homosexuals were aware of the value of discretion. They did not parade down public streets in obscene outfits, nor did they loudly proclaim their gayness in order to generate sympathetic media coverage. "Outing" a gay was a nasty thing to do. How times have changed.
Christ Church of Peace, a gay church in Jacksonville, Florida, has announced that it is outing those who believe in the sanctity of marriage by publishing online the names and addresses of those who signed a petition in favor of a state constitutional amendment that would specify that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.
The church's aggressively gay membership is encouraged to view the list of petition signers to see if they can find anyone they know. That would given them "an opportunity to initiate an open and meaningful conversation with that person." It would also give them an opportunity to denounce the person as a "homophobe," or to ring that person up at 2:00 in the morning (as moonbats have been known to do), or to throw rocks through that person's front window. The church's press release includes some disingenuous BS about preventing fraud, but the purpose of the list is clear: to intimidate.
Fortunately, these tactics are only effective if those who think institutions like marriage are worth preserving agree to be intimidated.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:21 AM
George McGovern, the moonbat who managed to win a single state (Massachusetts, naturally) in the 1972 presidential race, is older now, but no wiser. He's been up in Canada, denouncing his country's policies from foreign soil and participating in a depraved ceremony to honor those who skittered off to Canada like cockroaches looking for the nearest dark crack rather than defend freedom from totalitarianism during the Vietnam War.
The war against Islamofascism in Iraq is "needless and mistaken," according to McGovern, who also opines that "history will be on the side of the Canadians" for welcoming American drafter dodgers during Vietnam.
Tom Hayden, former spouse of Hanoi Jane Fonda, was also on hand, pathetically attempting to revive his hippie-era glory days by demanding that the Canadian government treat American deserters as generously as it did draft dodgers a generation ago.
About 50,000 draft dodgers headed north of the border because they had too much "courage and wisdom" to risk their lives when their country needed them. Fortunately, quite a few of them are still up there, even after the amnesty Jimmy Carter granted them in 1977. In an appalling perversion of the concept of honor, a statue has been unveiled to commemorate their self-serving cowardice.
The statue depicts a Canadian welcoming two American draft-dodgers. It will be permanently housed at an art gallery in Nelson, British Columbia.
The Sierra Times quotes a couple of guys who weren't courageous enough to run away and hide, but who went to Vietnam and faced deprivation and death on behalf of their country and democratic civilization. They don't seem to think much of McGovern or the statue. Said a vet who later served as an NYC police officer:
Now we're honoring cowards and turncoats? I never thought I'd see the day. What's happening with this country?
Another vet currently serving as a police officer in New Jersey felt the same way:
Those yellow bellies have some nerve glorifying their cowardice. It's disgusting.
Even Massachusetts voters might agree.
July 8, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:49 PM
When moonbats responded to Ken Lay's death by heart attack with shrill claims that the fallen Enron founder is actually still alive and being hidden away by friends in the Bush Administration, many took this as further evidence that the Left has become completely unhinged. Take this remark, by a commenter named Frank D at Dvorak Uncensored:
The White House will probably set him up in the same place they have "safe-housed" Osama bin Laden for the past few years… …AKA - Cheney's undisclosed location
I myself reacted uncharitably to this theory, actually laughing out loud. But that was before I saw the evidence — a photograph secretly taken in Dick Cheney's famous undisclosed location:
Next time I'll try not to be so quick to dismiss progressives as deranged fools in the grip of paranoid delusions.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:36 PM
Visiting the left end of the blogosphere is like lifting a rock to see repulsive creepy-crawlies writhe and squirm in horror of the light. These creepy-crawlies often invade conservative blogs as trolls. Normally, their deformed and clumsily expressed opinions are good for a snicker. But as it progresses, the sickness that is moonbattery leaves laughter behind — as in the case of Deborah Frisch, who threatened a conservative blogger's two-year-old child with sexual abuse and death.
Until as recently as yesterday, Dr. Frisch was an instructor in the Psychology Department at the University of Arizona. As she was getting virtually no traffic at her own blog South(west)paw, Frisch reached out to a wider audience by commenting on Jeff Goldstein's conservative Protein Wisdom.
Here are some extracts from comments Dr. Frisch posted, via Blackfive:
I'd like to hear more about your "tyke" by the way. Girl? Boy? Toddler? Teen? Are you still married to the woman you ephed to give birth to the tyke? ...
[...] as I said elsewhere, if I woke up tomorrow and learned that someone else had shot you and your "tyke" it wouldn't slow me down one iota. You aren't "human" to me. ...
Ooh. Two year old boy. Sounds hot. You live in Colorado, I see. Hope no one Jon-Benets your baby. ...
I reiterate: If some nutcase kidnapped your child tomorrow and did to her what was done to your fellow Coloradan, Jon-Benet Ramsey, I wouldn't give a damn. ...
Give your pathetic progeny (I sure hope that mofo got good genes from his mama!) a big fat tongue-filled kiss from me! LOTS AND LOTS OF SALIVA from Auntie MOONBAT, if you don't mind! ...
I am SHAKING, I tell you, SHAKING!!! in my boots at the prosect at an FBI and/or state police trooper tromping down my driveway to see if I was a threat to the progeny of the pissant name of Jeff "pissant" Goldstein of the pathetic, neutered, sissified, state of Colorado. ...
Wanna escalate this game. Fine wit me. ...
Thanks to Blackfive's post, which thoughtfully includes contact information for Frisch's department head at University of Arizona, Frisch is getting a wider audience than she might have expected. On the positive side, her blog is finally getting some traffic. On the negative, she has found it necessary to resign her position.
Like a true moonbat, Frisch is claiming to be the victim, whining that she feels "threatened" by comments on Blackfive's post. As for Protein Wisdom, this recommended site is currently unavailable due to denial of service attacks apparently launched by moonbat supporters of Dr. Frisch.
Political blogging can get ugly, but at least no one should have a hard time telling the good guys from the bad guys. And to think Frisch didn't even make David Horowitz's book The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America.
Thanks to V the K for the tip.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:46 AM
Mona Charen has published a handout entitled "Dysfunctional 'Family Rules'" that was given to a ninth grader by a health teacher in Plymouth, New York. Here it is, without copyediting:
Here is a list of some of the unworkable rules found in dysfunctional families
Boys shouldn't cry. (they should be like diminutive adult males, independent, self contained, and tough. they should bear pain and hurt with a kind of stoicism and emotional flatness exemplified by rugged males in cigarette commercials and by romantic depictions of fighters and the wild, wild west.)
Girls should always be nice. (Talk nice talk. Never say anything negative. Do nice things. Never do anything that would make someone look askance at you. Nice girls DON'T.)
Elders always deserve respect and come first. (No matter how the elder behaves, the elder must be treated gingerly, for and elder has power — even if it used capriciously and irrationally.)
There is only one way to do things. (That is, there's only one RIGHT way to do things. There's only one right way to handle a spouse, to deal with the kids, to have a birthday party, to dance . . .)
Don't talk, think or feel about sex, money, and feelings. (Talk . . . well, talk stirs things up, gets people upset, well it just causes more trouble. When it comes to sex, money and feelings, silence takes on a precious eloquence. Silence is not only golden, it's high grade platinum.)
Work first, play later. (Much later . . .)
The older child must always set an example for the younger children. (Good example that is.)
Children should always obey their parents. (And it's the parents job to see that their children make the RIGHT decisions — the decisions the parents want. Then when the child reaches the magic age of emancipation — 18 or 21 — the Good Decision Fairy will plink the child on the skull with a charmed wand and make the child a full-fledged adult who always makes Good Decisions.)
Don't talk about your family to anyone outside the family. (Outsiders will just spread malicious gossip. So always pretend that everything's OK at home, even if it isn't. there's nothing worse than being disloyal to your family.)
So in order to be functional, a modern family should consist of boys who snivel, girls who say nasty things and who DO, elders who are disrespected and disobeyed, traditions that are ignored, private matters that are aired in public, responsibilities that are blown off, and older children who set poor examples for their siblings.
If public education cannot be wrested away from the sort of moonbats who would come up with this list, it needs to be abolished, before it can remake society in its own obscene image.
July 7, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:33 PM
If RINOs have you wondering just how far to the left a politician can go and still qualify as a Republican, the answer is: Michael Bloomberg. Here's what NYC's Mayor Mike had to say to a Senate committee on illegal immigration the other day, regarding the half million illegal aliens he estimates live in his city:
Although they broke the law by illegally crossing our borders ... our city's economy would be a shell of itself had they not, and it would collapse if they were deported. The same holds true for the nation.
Of course, the issue isn't really the feasibility of deporting every last illegal alien. The issue is whether we are going to start taking our own laws and national sovereignty seriously, so that others might do the same.
As for trying to defend the border with Mexico, Bloomberg is philosophical:
[Y]ou might as well sit on the beach and tell the tide not to come in.
Too bad illegal aliens don't stand accused of smoking in public or worse yet, exercising an American citizen's constitutional right to own a firearm. Then anarchism would lose its appeal for Bloomie.
Alan Gottlieb, Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, was forced to conclude that Bloomberg is "a blooming idiot." As Gottlieb notes:
He doesn't seem at all alarmed that among the millions of illegal aliens sneaking into this country are criminals and possible terrorists. But evidently, he thinks that scenario is far preferable to one in which law-abiding citizens can arm themselves against thugs, including ones that are here illegally.
What do you expect from a liberal Democrat? But I'm forgetting again already: Bloomberg is officially a Republican.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:01 PM
Remember Lynne Stewart? She's the left-wing "civil rights" lawyer, a darling of the New York Times, who represented the Blind Sheik, terrorist Omar Abdel-Rahman, after he was busted for the Religion of Peace's first stab at bringing down the World Trade Center in 1993, as well as for a plot to bomb various NYC landmarks, including the George Washington Bridge, the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, and the United Nations.
Stewart went the extra mile for her client when she violated a signed agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice by passing along a press release from Abdel-Rahman, calling off a ceasefire so that Egyptian Islamic Jihad's terrorist operations could resume. In the past these operations had included assassinating Anwar Sadat, as well as cutting open tourists and stuffing Islamic leaflets into their bodies.
The Left's lovable Lynne was also found guilty of deliberately distracting guards so that Abdel-Rahman could dictate messages in Arabic to interpreter Mohammed Yousry, who presumably passed other terrorism-related instructions along to those who would implement them.
In the positive column, at least Stewart made it crystal clear why terrorists need to be executed, not incarcerated.
Considering the nature of the activities she did her best to facilitate, Stewart is a prime candidate for execution herself. Unfortunately the maximum sentence for her convictions — providing material support to terrorists, defrauding the government, and making false statements to the government — is a mere 30 years. The federal probation department wisely suggested she serve every minute.
Unsurprisingly, Stewart's lawyer disagrees. The appropriately named Elizabeth Fink has declared that 30 years would be "draconian, inhumane and ludicrous."
In consideration of Stewart's age (66), her having had breast cancer, and her work as a leftist lawyer, if not her open advocacy of "violence directed at the institutions which perpetuate capitalism," Fink thinks her client should get off with disbarment — and no prison sentence.
How many of us will need to be killed in our own cities before even liberals wake up to the fact that terrorism is serious, and that those who commit or enable it must be dealt with severely?
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:14 AM
Granted Madeleine Albright doesn't seem to be all that bright, but mere stupidity cannot account for her outrageous attempt to blame President Bush for the North Korean nuclear menace bequeathed to him by the corrupt and irresponsible Clinton Administration in which Albright served as Secretary of State. This leaves runaway chutzpah as the only explanation.
Here's what Mad Maddie had the nerve to spew on Larry King the other day:
Frankly, Larry, I think the problem here is that we are watching the failure of five years' worth of American diplomacy.
But readers will recall that it is the regrettable Clinton Administration that shoulders the responsibility for North Korea's nuclear acquisitions. Investors Business Daily outlines some milestones:
- 1993: North Korea threatens to leave the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. After conducting U.N. inspections there for a year and a half, former International Atomic Energy Agency chief Hans Blix warns he can't provide "any meaningful assurances" North Korea isn't making nuclear weapons.
- 1994: Under the "Agreed Framework" negotiated by the Clinton administration with help of ex-President Carter, North Korea agrees to stop building nuclear weapons. In exchange, it gets billions in aid, including food, oil and modern nuclear reactors.
- By 2000, according to a congressional report, North Korea would become the "largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid" in Asia. North Korea immediately starts cheating on the deal, acquiring nuclear know-how and material from Pakistan and China.
- 1998: A U.S. government report finds at least 1 million North Koreans have died of starvation as aid is used to kick-start the nuclear weapons program.
- 1998: Clinton's military chief of staff tells Congress North Korea has no active ballistic missile program. A week later, North Korea shoots a Taepodong-1 missile over Japan and toward Alaska.
- 1999: Clinton eases sanctions against North Korea. U.S. signs a $5 billion deal to build two nuclear reactors. North Korea diverts aid to speed WMD program. Mass starvation reportedly continues.
- 2000: Despite continued breaches of the "agreed framework," Albright travels to Pyongyang, where she cheerfully clinks glasses with Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il. Media hail the meeting as a diplomatic masterstroke by Clinton.
- 2002: New York Times headline: "North Korea Says It Has A Program On Nuclear Arms."
As IBD points out, Albright could be right about five years of failed policy — provided she's referring to the years 1994–1999.
July 6, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:52 PM
Attention moonbats: don't let Ken Lay get away with his devious Bush-assisted scheme to escape punishment. If you have any information regarding Lay's whereabouts or posthumous activities, share them with the vigilant folks at Ken Lay Is Alive and Well.
The site provides photos to help dutiful citizens identify this scapegrace, should he be wearing a disguise or have undergone plastic surgery:
Sightings should be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org at once. Please also inform your local media outlets.
With thanks to Wiggins and V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:12 PM
Rising pop star Billy Leeson, lead singer for the British band Les Incompetents, was riding on a London bus last week when some maniac started harassing his girlfriend. An altercation ensued. After the two men got off the bus together, the maniac threw a punch that resulted in Leeson fracturing his skull and going into a coma. The madman ran off laughing. His name: Christiaan Taylor Briggs, peace activist.
Briggs is best known for leaving his New Zealand home in 2003 to serve as a human shield, defending the genocidal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein in the name of peace, love, and the children. In 2001, he ran for Napier City Council on the Green Party ticket and fortunately lost. Masochists can subject themselves to Briggs' bloviations at his blog Last Straw.
Leeson remains unconscious, in critical but stable condition, while Briggs is at large, having posted bail — though he had to cough up his passport and is supposed to observe a nightly curfew. Let's hope Leeson recovers and is able to steer clear of peace activists in the future.
Hat tip: Florida Cracker
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:42 PM
It seems nothing escapes the voracious maw of progressives' paranoia. Enron founder Ken Lay, a 64-year-old who had been under tremendous stress for some time, died of coronary artery disease yesterday. Naturally moonbats suspect foul play.
"Ken Lay Conveniently Dies? Just now? Only 64" is the title of a post on the wacky Dvorak Uncensored. According to poster "Smartalix":
Question: is he really dead, or is something weird going on? Was there any foul play? This is just too convenient. The report says his heart "just gave out." What does that mean? I think this should be thoroughly investigated.
Some of the commenters also seem to have wedged their hollow heads into tinfoil hats several sizes too small. Here's what Andrew has to say (please excuse the spelling):
He is the first Bush croney who was going to go to jail, that wasn't going to happen, Georgy can't affort for any of the illegal activities he has been invovled in (domestic spying, conspiracy against the american people, anti-trust involvement with OPEC) to have more light shed on them. Kenny Boy is the first Captain to be taken out, yes, this is more of a mob organization than an administration. And I'm a conservative!
Yes, and I'm a leprechaun. Frank D reveals that Lay is hanging out with other members of the grand Bush conspiracy:
The White House will probably set him up in the same place they have "safe-housed" Osama bin Laden for the past few years… …AKA - Cheney's undisclosed location
he totally pulled a jack bauer and disappeared….
Probably hugging himself as he rocks to and fro under a table, Tim Harris mutters:
I shall also make note that Timothy McVay is also alive and well. Government protects their own, I am sad to say. Makes me wonder if Alex Jones is right about all this stuff…
Welcome to the "reality-based community."
Thanks go to Varla and V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:02 PM
The staggeringly arrogant Lieutenant Ehren Watada, who refused to go to Iraq because the struggle against terrorists there doesn't suit his politics, has now been charged by the Army for missing movement, contempt toward officials, and conduct unbecoming an officer.
Watada volunteered for the Army after the war in Iraq was underway. He doesn't apply for conscientious objector status because he says he isn't against war per se. He's just against fighting to avoid the catastrophe that would follow the collapse of the democratic regime in Iraq.
Needless to say, if soldiers don't have to follow orders that don't happen to conform to their current political views, the military will be totally dysfunctional — which is why this absurd character is regarded as a hero on the Left.
For now, Watada continues to work at the Fort Lewis base from which he refused to be deployed. He could face a few years in the brig, dishonorable discharge, and forfeiture of pay. Regrettably a richly deserved death by firing squad seems to be off the table.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:59 AM
Thank you Norah O'Donnell for not fawning over the allegedly hunger-striking Cindy Sheehan when she appeared on MSNBC's Hardball yesterday to once again remind us that what this liberal icon stands for is not just abandoning democracy to terrorism in Iraq, but a profound hostility to the United States and the freedom it represents.
Visibly appalled by Mother Moonbat's antics, O'Donnell asked whether she would rather live under the socialist dictator Hugo Chavez than President Bush. The answer: a simple "yes."
If only this horrid creature could have been telling the truth just for once. I'm sure Chavez would be willing to take her off our hands. The Ditch Witch would make a fine Minister of Anti-American Propaganda.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:11 AM
Moonbats have heroes just like everyone else. The only difference is, moonbats' heroes are evil.
A classic example is Che Guevara, the homicidal thug who won progressive hearts by serving Fidel Castro as chief executioner. The latest moonbat to idolize this sociopath is Jose Rivera, who has written a play called "School of Americas" that portrays Castro's bloodthirsty henchman as a saintly wise man who passes righteous judgment on the USA for defending the fledgling democracy in Iraq.
The things that Che says in the play are things that people feel around the world. Che said in the 1960s the greatest enemy of mankind is the United States, and there would be people who say that today.
Yet it doesn't seem that anyone would rather live in the hand-to-mouth totalitarian hellhole that Guevara murdered to make possible than the wealthy and free United States.
The play opens today in New York, where the liberal elite can be expected to bob their empty heads in smug approval. Rivera does not plan to put it on in Miami, home to many Cubans who have managed to escape the ghastly regime that Guevara represents.
Needless to say, Rivera is not Cuban himself.
Hat tip: Wiggins
July 5, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:08 PM
It's a laugh a minute with the folks at Democratic Underground. Now one of its clever contributors has proven that 9/11 was inside job by setting a fire inside a cement rabbit hutch.
The moonbat "spooked911" describes his foray into empirical science step by step. First he built his rabbit hutch by arranging a circle of hardware cloth enclosed by a square of the same material on a slab of concrete. Then he put in some newspaper and a dish full of kerosene. On top he balanced another piece of concrete. He did a little clipping of the hardware cloth with wire cutters to simulate damage. Finally he tipped over the dish and lit the kerosene.
The Bush Administration may not want you to know this, but the structure failed to collapse, thus scientifically proving that the World Trade Center towers fell due not to Arabs flying jets full of innocent civilians into them, but to a sinister Rethuglican plot.
Photos of each step of the experiment were included, which no doubt would have convinced even the most stubborn skeptics. Unfortunately someone exceeded their bandwidth and the photos are gone now. Or were they deliberately suppressed by Karl Rove? Fortunately you can still see one of them below.
As V the K suggests, future DU experiments might by undertaken using a bathtub and a rubber ducky to prove that New Orleans levees were torpedoed by President Bush after Katrina.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:54 PM
Whenever any weather phenomenon occurs that can be characterized as the least bit unusual, it's quickly followed by a flood of global warming rhetoric. Whether it rains, or it doesn't rain, or it snows, or it doesn't snow, or it's hot or it's cold or the wind blows, we're given to believe this is fresh evidence that planet earth is doomed because the USA thoughtlessly destabilized climate.
If Americans are so all-powerful that we control the weather, at least we're doing a few things right. The Hastings, Nebraska office of the National Weather Service, which covers a part of tornado alley that normally sees up to ten twisters a year, is reporting that their region hasn't seen a single confirmed tornado for the first six months of the year for the first time since 1950.
I forecast that for once the media will neglect to hypothesize about possible global warming connections.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:12 PM
Moonbats in their haven Santa Cruz, California celebrated the Fourth of July yesterday as you might expect: by publicly torching Old Glory at their "Second Annual Old Time American Flag Burn."
About 25 "revelers" took part in the event, which occurred at a burn barrel at Seabright State Beach.
As for their motivation, 32-year-old organizer Sha Lar explained:
It seemed like a good idea to burn some flags just because we can.
Another 30-something participant clarified that he wanted to "reclaim the flag" by setting it on fire, and announced that
Not only those who support President George W. Bush can wave the red white and blue.
But Elijah Manchester, a 16-year-old who just happened to be on the beach, didn't understand what they hoped to accomplish by burning the symbol of free speech. Maybe there's hope for the future.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:20 PM
A concert by Jamaican reggae musician Buju Banton in Brighton, England has been canceled because gays object to his lyrics. Concorde 2, the club that was to host the concert, deep-sixed it after being intimidated into believing they might lose their license if they let it go on.
Concorde 2 had already promised that Banton would not perform the 1992 song "Boom Bye Bye," to which gays take particular exception. But it's not just songs they want banned — it's Banton himself. As a spokesman for the Brighton and Hove city council explained:
We weren't interested in seeing his set list. The position is that tours are usually used to sell records, and all the offending tracks are still on sale.
In other words, this has nothing to do with paranoid fears that the concert would lead to violence. They don't like Banton, so they are shutting him down. I hope Liberace never had to deal with thugs like this.
Brighton is the San Francisco of England, i.e., its "gay capital." But it's not the only place in England where Jamaican reggae acts have been closed down for conspicuously failing to embrace the gay agenda. A July 29 concert by Beenie Man at the Bournemouth International Centre was canceled due to the "violent and homophobic nature of song lyrics." In November 2004, a Sizzla Kalonji show in Milton Keynes was nixed because the gay rights gang Outrage! accused him of holding incorrect views.
No doubt some reggae lyrics are over the top. Lyrics often are. I doubt reggae acts have pushed the envelope any farther than rap or death metal. Fortunately no one takes the lyrics all that seriously — unless they offend gays.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:19 AM
Taking a page right out of Al Gore's sorry playbook, leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is demanding a full recount of the 41 million votes cast in Mexico's presidential race.
Yelped Jesus Ortega, Lopez Obrador's campaign manager:
We are convinced of the triumph of our candidate. We will demand a recount vote by vote, report by report, polling place by polling place.
According to a preliminary count, Felipe Calderon beat Lopez Obrador by 400,000 votes. But 3 million ballots weren't counted because they were incorrectly marked or otherwise appeared invalid. As in Florida, voters lacking the mental wherewithal to complete a ballot properly were assumed by the Left to be in their camp. But election officials say that even if the invalid ballots are counted, it would only reduce Calderon's margin of victory from 1% to 0.64%. Nonetheless, Lopez Obrador's party is demanding that all voided ballots be reviewed. Maybe they can find some hanging chads.
Despite Lopez Obrador's tantrum, Interior Secretary Carlos Abascal has let it be known that recounting each and every ballot is "physically impossible and also legally impossible." Mexican law does not allow for recounts simply on the basis of the election being close.
But as with Gore, Lopez Obrador probably knows that no matter how many times they count the ballots, he still lost. The point is to cast a pall over the winner's administration, granting fanatics in the opposition an excuse to challenge its validity. This contemptible strategy won't do Mexico any more good than it did the USA.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:36 AM
Thanks go out to Pennsylvania's Cassey Weierbach for demonstrating one of the drawbacks of attempting to address serious problems like AIDS by washing them away in a deluge of taxpayer money.
Weierbach has traveled the country jerking tears at churches, youth groups, and medical conferences with a tale of being raped and infected with AIDS as a child. Now that it has become public knowledge that she doesn't really have AIDS, she has been arrested for defrauding her state of $66,000.
Weierbach's AIDS activist activities included touring with the San Francisco group Hope's Voice, whose executive director Todd Murray grew skeptical when Weierbach showed no symptoms, and downright suspicious when, after downing a few shots in a bar, she hopped out of her wheelchair and started dancing. A doctor finally blew the whistle on her after she refused AIDS medications.
Free on $25,000 bail, Weierbach does not have a listed telephone and may not have a lawyer. Whether she turns up for her trial remains to be seen. Chances are that her case is the tip of a very expensive iceberg.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:22 AM
In the summer of 2004, some melon-headed whales, possibly demonstrating how they came by their name, got lost and ended up in the shallow water of Hawaii's Hanalei Bay. Environmentalists blamed the U.S. Navy, which was using sonar in war games nearby.
It was not proven that the sonar caused the whales to lose their way. The Navy had been using sonar in the Hawaiian islands for half a century without anyone accusing it of making whales get lost. Nonetheless, they agreed to conduct aerial surveys before using sonar and to restrict the use of sonar to certain areas.
This wasn't good enough for the Natural Resources Defense Council, which has now won a restraining order to keep the Navy from using high-intensity sonar during the Rim of the Pacific 2006 exercise. U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper declared that the Navy had committed an "arbitrary and capricious" violation of the National Environmental Policy Act by putting military concerns ahead of solicitude for whales.
It probably didn't cross judge Cooper's mind to wonder how likely it is that Iranians, North Koreans, or communist Chinese — whose submarines the Navy is attempting to protect us against — give a rat's rear end whether sonar confuses whales.
July 4, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:57 PM
If you're flying Old Glory this Fourth of July, you had better take it down at once, unless you want to risk the disapproval of Howard Zinn.
Zinn is best known for writing "A People's History of the United States." The fashionable cynicism and rabidly anti-American tone of this "Marxist tract" (as David Horowitz describes it) more than makes up for its lack of footnotes "and other scholarly apparatus." As a result of its popularity among leftist college professors in fields ranging from history to women's studies, it has sold over a million copies. In a coda to the 1995 edition Zinn explicitly states that he has no interest in objectivity: the point is to brainwash students into hating America — or, as Zinn puts it:
I wanted my writing of history and my teaching of history to be a part of social struggle. I wanted to be a part of history and not just a recorder and teacher of history. So that kind of attitude towards history, history itself as a political act, has always informed my writing and teaching.
In other words, history owes nothing to truth: it is just a weapon to be used in the Left's propaganda war against the United States. Here's how Zinn's book describes the American Revolution that we've been celebrating today:
Around 1776, certain important people in the English colonies made a discovery that would prove enormously useful for the next two hundred years. They found that by creating a nation, a symbol, a legal unity called the United States, they could take over land, profits, and political power from the favorites of the British Empire. In the process, they could hold back a number of potential rebellions and create a consensus of popular support for the rule of a new, privileged leadership.
And all this time I thought it had something to do with liberty.
Given his paranoid hatred of this great country, it's hardly surprising that today is not Zinn's favorite holiday. You might say Zinn is to the Fourth what the Grinch is to Christmas. He's calling on Americans to "Put Away the Flags."
According to Zinn, God does not bless America, and patriotism is "one of the great evils of our time." Did you think there was something special about this country? Not at all. After all, our ancestors fought with Indians and Mexicans — cultures that qualify as politically sacred due to their conspicuous lack of success.
Zinn chastises Americans for a long list of alleged crimes both ancient and modern, but our ultimate crime, according to Zinn and his ilk, is our "arrogance" — i.e., our belief in ourselves. He hates the flag because it attests to the fact that not all of us have succumbed to cynicism and self-hatred. Some of us are naive enough to believe all that stuff about liberty and American exceptionalism — including me, which is why my flag is flying and I hope yours is too.
Hat tip: DUmmie FUnnies
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:32 PM
To show the soon-to-be-fasting Mother Moonbat that they share her commitment to supporting Islamic terrorism and undermining the establishment of democracy in Iraq, a collection of limousine liberals from the make-believe industry will be holding a "rolling fast," in which no one has to go so long without food that they actually get hungry, because after 24 hours, another posturing prima donna takes over the fast, allowing them to get back to their champagne and caviar before their tummies start to rumble.
The fast will presumably last until the government has surrendered to al Qaeda and/or agrees to put Hollywood in charge of foreign policy — or until the press loses interest, which fortunately will happen much sooner. Righteous participants include the usual suspects, including actors Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, and Danny Glover, and novelist Alice Walker. No doubt butlers will be standing by with emergency IVs in case any of these pampered elitists actually try to go a whole day without indulging their appetites.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:15 AM
July 3, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:23 AM
Moonbats' struggle to impose a balkanized Tower of Babel in place of the American melting pot reached a new extreme of absurdity over the weekend as out-of-town activists descended on Geno's Steaks to force a conflict by ordering in Spanish.
Geno's, a classic South Philly cheesesteak joint, has been in the news ever since the press discovered that owner Joey Vento put a small sign in his window reading, "This is America. When ordering speak English." Philadelphia's Human Relations Commission filed a complaint over the sign, and was backed by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.
Yelped North Jersey lawyer Gilberto Garcia, who organized the stunt:
What we seek is to be served when we order in Spanish.
In an apparent attempt to grind it into the gringos' faces that they can invade our country and then demand we speak their language, Garcia timed his antic for the Fourth of July weekend. He brought along a troupe of 30 immigrants in t-shirts printed with "Pan, Bisteck y Queso, Por Favor" (Spanish for "Bread, Steak and Cheese, Please").
One Mexican native came to the counter and instead of making any attempt to be understood, just kept bleating, "Pan, pan" — Spanish for bread. He was given a cheesesteak, as were all the rest of them.
In the past, Geno's employees have good-naturedly helped non–English-speaking customers to order. If the goal was to prove that they don't even have to try to speak English, Garcia has won a victory in the righteous struggle to replace America with some wretched polyglot third-world hellhole. But it's a small victory, as Vento never intended to turn any customers away — and as of yet, his employees aren't forced to speak Spanish back.
July 2, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:08 AM
A Whitehall report entitled "Young Muslims and Extremism," drawn up for the British Prime Minister warns of a threat that will only grow as Islam fills the vacuum formed by the West's lack of belief in itself: white converts to this barbarous religion who take up a "terrorist career path."
Caucasian operatives are highly prized by al Qaeda, on the assumption that it is easier for them to evade detection as they prepare terrorist attacks. We've already seen that Islamic terrorists do not have to be Arab or South Asian. Shoe bomber Richard Reid was half white, half Jamaican. John Walker, better known as Johnny Taliban, was a product of the San Francisco area's ultra liberal white upper middle class. A white, middle-class Belgian woman given the code name Mireille to protect the identity of her family married a Moroccan and took part in a suicide attack against American forces in Iraq.
Western converts to Islam who are being groomed as terrorists aren't going to be as easy to spot as a motor-mouthed jackass like Ibrahim Hooper. According to the report:
Such individuals are encouraged to maintain a low profile for operational purposes and do not develop the network of associates or political doctrines common to many other extremist Islamists.
The report also notes that an estimated 208,000 British Muslims supported the atrocities of September 11, and 416,000 have admitted feeling no loyalty toward Britain.
As usual, the enemy is inside us, turning us against ourselves, destroying us from within. This is made possible by moonbattery.
July 1, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:41 AM
This fall Barrett is scheduled to teach a large introductory course on Islam at University of Wisconsin at Madison, a major publicly funded university, and a similar course at Edgewood College of Madison. Among the beliefs that Barrett may be sharing with his students:
- Terrorists did not cause the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
- The WTC towers were brought down by controlled demolition.
- Vice President Dick Cheney is the likely mastermind of the plot to destroy the WTC.
- Mohammad Atta was a pawn and patsy of the United States government.
- Al Qaeda is either a myth fabricated by the U.S. government, or a U.S. government front group.
- Many of the 9/11 hijackers are still alive.
- The FBI was responsible for the 1993 WTC bombing.
- The 9/11 attacks had nothing to do with Islam.
UW-Madison cannot use the tenure excuse with Barrett, who does not have tenure but works under a contract that is renewed each semester. He does not keep quite about his views. He is a member of multiple tinfoil hat cults (Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth, Scholars for 9/11 Truth, Scientific Panel for the Investigation of 9/11) and has been quoted in Madison newspapers. Here's a sample of Barrett's writings:
As a Ph.D. Islamologist and Arabist I really hate to say this, but I'll say it anyway: 9/11 had nothing to do with Islam. The war on terror is as phony as the latest Osama bin Laden tape... The real bin Laden, who insisted that he had nothing to do with 9/11, has been dead since late 2001 or early 2002. The fake messages have been fabricated by "al-CIA-duh" to support the Bush regime and its phony "war on terror." It is time for Americans to rise up in revolt against the fake terror masters who are looting U.S. taxpayers, torching our Constitution, destroying our economy, and threatening nuclear Armageddon.
Barrett openly admits that he discusses his conspiracy theories in the classroom, and that he has managed to persuade students that our own government was behind the 9/11 atrocities.
If Barrett were a lone schizophrenic subjecting his students to these sick delusions, he would not be employed. In the grotesquely decayed realm of academia, his views are no more out of place than they would be in a psychiatric ward. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article on the growing prevalence of bizarre 9/11 conspiracy theories among academics. Here's an excerpt from Barrett's response:
Personally, I find 9/11-triggered Islamophobia to be far beyond paranoid, while the common-sense hypothesis that this war, like all our wars, was set off by a fabricated war-trigger incident strikes me as sane, lucid, and in accord with Occam's razor. Indeed, after studying the issue intensively for more than two years, I am tempted to say that those who accept the by now thoroughly-discredited official myth of 9/11 (as, I am ashamed to admit, I once did) are stupid, paranoid, and racist — the moral and intellectual equivalent of the "good Germans" who succumbed to Nazi mythology.
Imagine being a student in a classroom run by a teacher who shrieks that anyone who doesn't agree that Dick Cheney blew up the World Trade Center is "stupid, paranoid, and racist," and you'll have an idea of the absurd madhouse into which education is degenerating.
It's no wonder Ward Churchill's warped views raised no eyebrows until the world outside the ivory tower found out about them. He thinks the terrorists who killed 3,000 innocent Americans on September 11 were heroes, but at least he doesn't pretend that it was really Republicans who did it. In some departments, that makes him a moderate.
Of course, it isn't only in academia that deranged points of view have gained increasing acceptance. As McBride observes of Barrett's ravings:
[A] lot of his rhetoric isn't that far removed from that which is espoused by the NY Times, anti-war referendum organizers, Cindy Sheehan, and the national Democratic Party. The rhetoric is characterized by an obsessive hatred of George Bush and any governmental authority or power, a tendency to give every benefit of the doubt to our enemy and none to our administration, a moral relativism that holds that we are just as evil as the other side... or, worse, that we are more evil than they are because we created them, and they are just misunderstood. Kevin Barrett just takes it a few steps farther than the rest, but really his views are on the same plane.
This worldview is harbored by too many of our elites in this country — in academia, in the media, particularly on the east coast, in Hollywood, and in the upper echelons of national Democratic leadership. And it's hobbling our ability to conduct the war on Terror. That's why it matters.
Who knows? Maybe moonbats will succeed, and future generations of Americans will accept as fact that the Bush Administration blew up the World Trade Center, and that the struggle against Islamic terrorism was all a big sham.