August 31, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:17 PM
Last September, England made a touchingly politically correct gesture by crowning Muslim Uzbekistan native Hammasa Kohistani as Miss England. Now it has received its just reward: Miss Kohistani is utilizing her position to denounce the West and even to blame it for Islamic terrorism.
Chirps Miss England:
Even moderate Muslims are turning to terrorism to prove themselves. They think they might as well support it because they are stereotyped anyway.
Got it? When moderate Muslims blow you and your family to bits for being infidels, it will be your own fault for not pretending that they don't want to kill you.
"There is this hostility," Kohistani complains, asserting that it comes "mainly from the Government" — not the countless imams in England and elsewhere who encourage confused young losers of the Muslim persuasion to kill themselves and take as many of us as possible with them.
Doing her part to keep mayhem in the Muslim mainstream, Kohistani drives her themes home some more:
Tony Blair addressed Muslims in particular, telling them that they need to sort out the problem within. That was a huge stereotype of the Islamic community. Even the more moderate Muslims have been stereotyped negatively and feel they have to take actions to prove themselves.
How dare Blair ask the Muslim community to stop blowing up buses and trying to bring down airliners? What is he, some kind of stereotyper? After all, at least 0.02% of terrorist acts are committed by non-Muslims.
Ironically, Kohistani and her family have received death threats from fellow practitioners of the Religion of Peace who don't like it that she goes out without a burka.
Meanwhile, girls who are better looking, English, and don't endorse an evil ideology that calls for our destruction don't get to be Miss England. But like any prize tainted by moonbattery (e.g., Pulitzers, Nobels), it doesn't mean much anyway.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:40 PM
Moonbat moviemakers are taking the next logical step after Fahrenheit 911 with a "docudrama" depicting the assassination of President Bush.
Styled like a retrospective documentary, Death of a President criticizes Americans' beastly behavior after Bush is shot by a sniper next year. According to Peter Dale, who heads a company that will air the hatefest this fall,
It's a pointed political examination of what the War on Terror did to the American body politic.
Naturally an Arab is wrongly accused of killing the President.
Remember when Bill Moyers referred to talk radio as "political pornography"? I think we've found a more suitable application for his term.
On a tip from Bill V.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:40 AM
Norway's Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud (LDO) is considering a request from a man who thinks he should be given two passports, because he is a "trans-person."
The supplicant wants both a man and a woman passport. Traveling in drag when your passport has you dressed like a normal person can cause difficulties, particularly with the increased security checks necessitated by the escalation of Muslim terrorism. The petitioner pleads:
For me this has made it virtually impossible to travel as a woman. I therefore make a plea that these rules be liberalized such that trans-persons have the opportunity to have two passports.
According to LDO adviser Stian Sigurdsen, the agency is currently trying to figure out "if it is discriminatory that these persons do not get two passports."
On a tip from Bill V.
August 30, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:51 PM
Today moonbats in Salt Lake City honored the scheduled arrival of President Bush to address the American Legion convention by staging a "Death to Israel" rally, the purpose of which was to protest "the torture and murder inflicted on Muslims by Israel and the penetration of the U.S. media by Israeli intelligence," according to organizer Robert Breeze, a local defense attorney.
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:48 PM
Children are our future, and moonbats are doing whatever they can to shape it in their image — including turning kids into pansies by politically correcting playgrounds into settings suitable for the Teletubbies.
The jungle gyms and monkey bars we grew up with have been replaced by simplified forms in Day-Glo colors, made of rubber and foam, like the spongy souls of those who build them.
Whimpers Donna Thompson of the National Program for Playground Safety:
Getting hurt on a playground is not a rite of passage to be an adult.
If "getting hurt" means occasionally scraping an elbow or bruising a knee, she couldn't be more wrong. How is a kid who has never learned the hard way not to be a baby ever going to develop enough character to qualify as a grownup?
Not only playground equipment, but even games have been banned by moonbats bent on producing a generation of gelatinous wimps. Grade-school kids in places like Cheyenne and Spokane are even forbidden to play tag. Dodgeball is particularly incorrect. As the National Association for Sport and Physical Education preaches,
Dodgeball does provide a means of practicing some important physical skills — running, dodging, throwing, and catching. However, there are many activities that allow practice of these skills without using human targets or eliminating students from play.
The students who are eliminated first in dodgeball are typically the ones who most need to be active and practice their skills. Many times these students are also the ones with the least amount of confidence in their physical abilities. Being targeted because they are the "weaker" players, and being hit by a hard-thrown ball, does not help kids to develop confidence.
Yet I can state from personal experience that even a puny little brat with all the coordination of Ted Kennedy on his fourth martini, who invariably got nailed in the face with the ball, used to love dodgeball — because unlike most school activities, it isn't boring. As for confidence, avoiding any situation in which you might fail is the last way to develop it.
NASPE's whining continues:
And it is not appropriate to teach our children that you win by hurting others.
On the contrary, in a hard world like the one that surrounds us, an unwillingness to hurt others is a lethal flaw, as we will find out once Democrats are running the War on Terror.
Deliberate wussification isn't the only aspect of moonbattery at play. Trial lawyers have also left their mark. As Donna Thompson smugly observes:
[I]n the long haul, it's going to cost less to make the playgrounds safe than to go to court.
Ironically, prissified playgrounds are deleterious not only to kids' development, but to their health. Says pediatrician and professor of pediatrics Jay Noffsinger,
The much bigger problem in this country is sedentarianism and not being active, and though I would be in favor of people looking at making playgrounds safer, there may be an overemphasis on that rather than the fact that we need to be having more of them and encouraging physical participation with kids in any activity we can get them into. We need to be encouraging physical activity in any form, rather than legislating rules about the safety thereof.
Now we know why MLB needs to import so many ballplayers. Before long policemen, firemen, and soldiers will have to be imported too, while native Americas degenerate into quivering blobs of politically correct Jell-O that resemble Dennis Kucinich with a beer gut.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:01 PM
Maggie Gallagher is right to be appalled by Newsweek's latest cover story. Noting that plunging birthrates are leading to the depopulation of large parts of the free world, Newsweek spins this as meaning "good things for restaurants and real estate."
Depopulation must be good, from Newsweek's point of view — not only because it means a shorter wait for a table, but because it is the direct result of the social corrosion known as liberalism. As Newsweek puts it:
Powerful social and religious taboos (in Greece) labeled childless women as barren spinsters, and cast suspicion on the sexual preferences of single, middle-aged men. No longer. In the space of a generation, that tight social corset has largely vanished, thanks to an array of factors, including better education and job options for women and Greece's entry into the cultural mainstream of the European Union. The result: a marriage rate below the EU average, and a birthrate among the world's lowest, at 1.3 per woman.
Casual sex leads to fewer babies, because there is no commitment associated with sex anymore, and children are thought of as unfortunate accidents who must be put to death for the sake of our convenience.
There might be a biological purpose to the "social corset" that the left-wing degenerates at Newsweek find so restrictive. Gallagher sites some scary stats:
In Japan, says Newsweek, 56 percent of 30-year-old women are still childless, up from just 24 percent as recently as 1985. About a quarter of German and Italian women appear headed for childlessness. It takes just under 2.1 children per woman to replace population. As European demographer Francesco Billari has explained, at the European average of 1.5 children per woman, the population will be cut in half every 65 years. At a birthrate of 1.3 children per woman, (think Austria, Italy, Spain, as well as Greece and Japan), the population will be cut in half every 32 years.
The good news is that the USA, which is less socially degenerate than Europe, consequently has a higher birthrate. By the same token, conservative Americans have a significantly higher birthrate than liberals.
Maybe there really is a silver lining to depopulation. It would be too perfect if liberals were self-selected out of existence by the very Darwinism they use to prop up their nihilistic ideology.
On the darker side, a depopulated Europe will be all the more vulnerable to demographic conquest by immigrating Muslims — a process that is already well under way.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:47 AM
Supporters of illegal immigration took down the American flag flying above the post office in Maywood, California, stomped on it, and replaced it with the Mexican flag in front of police last weekend.
When the cops eventually approached the pole to take down the Mexican flag, they were pelted with rocks and bottles. Apparently no one was arrested, and the Mexican flag stayed up there all day.
According to a volunteer from Save Our State, the demonstrators menaced pro-American counterdemonstrators. They shouted "Death to the Minutemen," jostled her, poured water on her, and threatened to "beat the s***" out of her. Another woman was beaten, as was an elderly man, as police watched.
Readers may recall that the "sanctuary city" Maywood disbanded the police department's traffic unit because it had been inconveniencing illegal aliens, who effectively run the town. Maywood has been completely overrun, and is now 96% Latino.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:48 AM
The dissolution of civilized norms proceeds at a brisk pace in liberal Vermont, where the busiest parking area in downtown Brattleboro has been colonized by naked teenaged moonbats.
The Boston Globe describes the situation in the Harmony Parking Lot as "a lark or an ode to youthful exuberance." Andrew Wdowiak, who works at neighboring Everyone's Books, outside of which the naked youths have congregated, describes it differently:
I needed about three drinks to erase that vision.
Another business with a prime view of the clothes-free teens is the Back Side Cafe. There have been complaints, but there is no law against public nudity in Brattleboro, and it would take a while to get one implemented and enforced.
Meanwhile, the birthday suit fad has been growing in popularity, extending to "group bike rides, skateboarding, hula-hoop contests, and a grass-roots music event that the group dubbed the Brat Fest."
Says 15-year-old Vermonter Hannah Phillips:
I think most of Vermont wants Vermont to be nude. People have a basic human right to be naked if they want to.
Words of wisdom from the state that gave us Howard Dean.
On a tip from Wiggins.
August 29, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:50 PM
In what appears to be a misguided attempt to suck up to Germany, Iran's maniacal Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suggested in a letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel that the Allies invented the Holocaust to embarrass their vanquished foe. As Mad Mahmoud put it:
Is it not a reasonable possibility that some countries that had won the war made up this excuse to constantly embarrass the defeated people ... to bar their progress.
Ahmadinejad has made a habit of casting doubt on whether the Holocaust really occurred, even as he openly threatens to reenact it using the nuclear weapons Iran has been feverishly developing, despite some diplomatic interference from among others Germany.
The letter also praised Germans as people with great potential "who are not allowed to play their constructive role in the world." This sort of rhetoric really used to resonate — back in the 1930s.
Fortunately Merkel is not as easily impressed as a certain senile MSM propagandist. She declined to grant the letter a formal response, dismissing its "totally unacceptable" criticism of Israel that "constantly put in question" that country's right to exist.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:49 AM
Although primarily used to propagandize on behalf of Muslim terrorists, the MSM's talent for fauxtography has other applications. For example, it allowed cutie-pie mouthpiece Katie Couric to lose weight instantly. Check out the waistline:
As TVNewser documents, both versions of this photo came from CBS.
Hat tip: Sticky Notes, on a tip from Bill V.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:52 AM
Writing on NRO, Congressman Bobby Jindal (R-LA) observes that the waste and fraud uncovered in the aftermath of Katrina has been a disaster in itself. Jindal notes just a few of the outrages taxpayers have financed:
- Months at a Hawaiian resort
- Five season tickets to the New Orleans Saints
- Hundreds of unoccupied trailers
- $175 per square paid for $5 per square roof tarps
- Overpaying by 20% on portable classrooms
- Cruise ships rented for months but only partially used
- Reimbursements to phantom victims
- Prison inmates collecting over $10 million in rental and disaster-relief assistance
- $2,000 debit cards spent on Louis Vuitton handbags, evenings at strip clubs, and Dom Perignon champagne
A staggering $100 billion has been approved in assistance, with not a whole lot to show for it. Meanwhile, private sector and faith-based organizations have battled their way through red tape to fill the extravagantly expensive void left by government incompetence, clearing debris that's still sitting there a year later, while bureaucrats publicly dream of taking over health care, where they would undoubtedly perform at a similar level of efficiency.
While moonbats exploit Katrina to propagandize in favor of racial balkanization, the real lesson is clear: we need to rely on ourselves, not the government.
August 28, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:26 PM
Puffington Host whack job Russell Shaw raised a few eyebrows by expressing a hope that there might be a terror attack prior to the November elections, because he thinks this would hurt Republicans at the polls. To dispel the notion that he must be twisted and insane, Shaw has produced a follow-up post in which he defends himself by pointing out that Republicans themselves are responsible for the following theoretical acts of terror:
- Your military son being killed fighting terrorists.
- The victims of Katrina issuing "please help us" screams.
- Your being put out of work because Republicans won't let the greedy multinational corporation you work for go bankrupt.
- Developers buying your trailer park.
- Your having to wait for a bus because demand has driven up oil prices.
- Your niece having a baby because she would have had to drive 200 miles to have it killed.
- Your cancer-ridden aunt annoyingly moaning in pain because Republicans won't let her smoke pot or be put out of your misery.
- Medical insurance prices rising because of the runaway greed of trial lawyers — I mean, because of insufficient regulation.
- A real estate agent not returning your calls because you're gay.
But it isn't only humans that suffer from Republican terrorism:
The polar bear marooned on the ice floe due to global warming, the tiger who futilely scampers away from high-powered rifle fire at the game ranch owned by rich Republican contributors- well, they are victims of terrorism too.
Kind of puts the small stuff like September 11 into perspective, doesn't it?
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:34 PM
Joseph Biden (D-DE), known by some as the dumbest man in the U.S. Senate, has claimed that no one will dismiss him as a Northeastern liberal because Delaware was once a slave state. In an attempt to convince voters that he can compete with Southern Dems in the primaries, Biden raved:
You don't know my state. My state was a slave state. My state is a border state. My state has the eighth-largest black population in the country. My state is anything from a Northeast liberal state.
Unfortunately for Biden, voters are likely to realize that only a Northeastern liberal could get his own foot that far down his throat.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:16 PM
The public is not invited to a parents' meeting in Rochester, New York, at which the topic of conversation will be a transgender teacher — i.e., a male faculty member who pretends to be a woman. There was no word on whether the teacher will assist in promoting "gender variance" among the students.
On a tip from The Right Reverend Rabbi Judah.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:34 PM
In the aftermath of the recent flare-up between Israel and Hezbollah, we can at least stop pretending that the U.N. is neutral in the greater war between civilization and Islamic imperialism. As the Weekly Standard reports, UNIFIL (the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) used its public website to post precise and up-to-date military intelligence regarding Israeli troop positions and movements, weaponry, and materiel.
The military intelligence handed out by UNIFIL — of obvious strategic importance to the Hezbos — could not be obtained from any non-U.N. source. Not even the blatantly pro-terrorist world press was publicizing this information, if only because reporters were too busy staging photos of put-upon Arabs to acquire it.
Stating the obvious, a retired senior military analyst noted that the intelligence "could have exposed Israeli soldiers to grave danger."
As for Hezbo movements and locations, the U.N. provided no specific information.
This isn't the first time UNIFIL did its part for jihad. In 2000, it videotaped the Hezbollah kidnapping of three Israeli soldiers, then stonewalled Israel for 9 months, pretending that it didn't have the tapes, even while clips from them were being shown on Syrian and Lebanese television.
Later U.N. bureaucrats justified their perfidious behavior by chirping that helping Israel recover the kidnapped soldiers by coughing up the tapes would have compromised their "full impartiality and objectivity," and that they had to "ensure that military and other sensitive information remains in their domain and is not passed to parties to a conflict." This shovelful of sanctimony is particularly amusing in light of the military intelligence they've been posting for Hezbollah's benefit.
Eventually Israel traded 429 Arab prisoners, including convicted terrorists, to get back the corpses of the soldiers, in whose deaths the U.N. is complicit.
The U.N. doesn't like the USA any better than it does Israel. The $billions we flush down this wicked organization every year are hardly likely to be applied toward advancing American interests, especially with the theatrically anti-American Hugo Chavez lobbying hard to join the Security Council.
The time has come to pull out of the U.N., before another cent is spent on the rope rogues will use to hang us.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:32 PM
Taking the culture war ever closer to the cradle, moonbats are now targeting 4-year-olds for sexual disorientation.
At the Park Day and Aurora private elementary schools in Oakland, allowances are made for incoming kindergarteners who don't "fit on either side of the gender line." At Park Day, a girl has been enrolled as a boy, and a "consultant" has been hired who worries that girls might become scarred by being forced to dress like girls. At Aurora, a clinical psychologist conducts staff training on how to nurture personality disorders in "gender fluid" children.
Apparently encouraging "gender variance" in kids too young to take the training wheels off their bicycles is all the rage in the Bay Area. Marci Riseman of San Francisco boasts of a 4-year-old son who likes pink dresses and wears a tutu to ballet class. Come back in 14 years and you will meet a very troubled young man who probably won't be voting Republican.
The Traditional Values Coalition refers to these efforts to indoctrinate little kids with sexual moonbattery as "normalizing the abnormal." Its executive director Andrea Lafferty zeroes in on the self-hatred that can be found at the root of all things liberal:
If you talk to your typical person across America, they would be appalled. [...] To teach a child at an early age self-hatred, and that's what this gender variance is, is very sad.
It's an open question whether "gender variance" advocates are only encouraging psychopathology, or actively creating it. As V the K asks:
What do you bet those confused little crumb-crunchers are just reflecting their parents' neuroses, or that "progressive" parents are encouraging little Emily to wear flannel and a toolbelt and little Berkeley to wear dresses and buttless leather chaps?
Whether they are planting the seeds of neurosis and depravity or just providing fertilizer, the gender variance crowd knows what it wants: future generations shaped in its own grotesque image.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:42 AM
New York's answer to Cynthia McKinney is State Senator Ada Smith of Queens, who has recently been found guilty of harassment after pulling off a staffer's hairpiece and throwing hot coffee in her face. Smith's prior accomplishments include blowing off a direct order from a police officer after she improperly drove through a security checkpoint at Empire State Plaza in 2004, and biting a Brooklyn cop's hand in 1998.
As you might have guessed, Smith is a Democrat.
With McKinney on her way home to Atlanta, there is a gap to be filled in Washington. Smith's talents are being wasted in Albany. She is encouraged to run for Congress, where she can graduate to terrorizing Capitol police.
On a tip from Wiggins.
August 27, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:09 PM
Although the fifth column attempting to defeat us from within in our struggle against Islamic imperialism isn't exactly subtle, not even Reuters would make such a pageant of its treasonous allegiances as liberal MP George Galloway, who has been in Beirut praising the Hezbollah terrorists who provoked a deadly confrontation with Israel by kidnapping soldiers and firing thousands of rockets at civilians.
I want to congratulate the Lebanese resistance and their leading edge, Hizbollah, whose martyrs [...] have achieved this great victory. And in particular to their leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, whose name now rings in joy around the world.
Galloway's heroic Hezbo terrorists, who hid behind civilians while repeatedly launching rockets into population areas so that Israel had no choice but to respond, are responsible for each and every death that occurred in this conflict.
This should go without saying, but it is the entire world's obligation to see to it that Hezbollah is completely eradicated. Their contempt for even the most basic conventions of acceptable behavior would have shamed Hitler. Civilization cannot function if rules apply only to the good guys, while the bad guys fire rockets from behind women and children. Nor will it be functional for long if it continues to be eaten away from within by the abject moonbattery that makes a character like Galloway possible.
Speaking of abject moonbattery, Galloway joins in Dhimmi Carter's recent bashing of Tony Blair with this nonsensical calumny:
Tony Blair did everything he could to extend, to prolong, to intensify the suffering of the people of Lebanon. The blood of these thousands is on his hands.
The difficulty of imaging a British MP traveling to enemy territory to denounce his Prime Minister during WWII gives an idea of how badly we've degenerated since the Greatest Generation.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:03 PM
Tony Blair has shown a great deal of political courage by standing firm beside Britain's historic ally America and participating in the struggle to defend civilization from the terror threats emanating from the Middle East. For this, former American President Jimmy Carter has rewarded him with a knife in the back.
As Blair attempts to rally his restive party behind him, Carter has once again let his mouth fall open to pour forth the seditious nastiness that appears to characterize his every thought. Clucked Jimbo:
I have been surprised and extremely disappointed by Tony Blair's behavior.
Blair earned Jimbo's stern disapproval by participating in rather than impeding the foreign policy of a country Carter obviously hates — his own. For this crime, Carter denounced Blair as being "compliant and subservient."
Carter also took the opportunity to repeat the tired and nonsensical canard that killing terrorists in Iraq will only make them angry, thereby strengthening al Qaeda. He also berated America for having low approval ratings in Egypt, the enlightened land that produced Mohammad Atta and that is handed $2 billion per year courtesy of American taxpayers as a legacy of Carter's disastrous administration.
Other irresponsible idiocies predictably spewed by this shameful old gadfly include the false and corrosive notions that Iraq is "not better off" having replaced a genocidal dictatorship with a democracy, and that the USA and Britain "are not safer" having rid the world of a tyrant who openly supported terrorism, developed and used weapons of mass destruction, and attempted to assassinate Jimbo's fellow ex-President Bush Senior.
That the Democratic Party would inflict treasonous vermin like Jimmy Carter on the nation without apology is reason enough to oppose it with every ounce of your will.
August 26, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:21 AM
Don't forget to miss 60 Minutes tomorrow, so that you won't have to see New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin make this disgusting attempt to deflect criticism over his Three Stooges level of competence in dealing with Katrina:
You guys in New York can't get a hole in the ground fixed and it's five years later.
The "hole in the ground" is of course Ground Zero, where 2,752 people were murdered by Muslim terrorists on September 11, 2001. Cleanup of the site was finished ahead of schedule and under budget in May 2002. It involved removing 1.8 million tons of material. New Orleans remains a mess in every respect a year after Katrina.
Nagin's dig is a reference to the Twin Towers not having been replaced yet. True enough, the towers should have been rebuilt long ago, exactly as they were. Then we wouldn't have to worry about roaches like Nagin making fun of holes in the ground.
By the way, congrats to the Chocolate City Mayor on his Memorial Motor Pool:
On a tip from Wiggins.
August 25, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:49 AM
Is John McCain (aka Lettuce McStain) getting carried away in a premature effort to jockey leftward as part of a misguided election strategy? Or is the inner moonbat that led him into the unholy matrimonies that produced such abominable offspring as McCain–Feingold campaign finance reform and the shamnesty proposal he cosponsored with Chappaquiddick Ted once again flapping out of its cave?
McStain, who favors the bureaucratic crippling of industry and transportation to placate liberal ideologues who believe human activity is responsible for climate fluctuation, is participating in a junket that will include a stop in the formerly temperate Greenland (now covered in ice), where he and other Senators will solemnly observe the alleged effects of global warming.
The trip will also take him to a ritzy resort in Italy. There he will pose with other bloviators at an economic and political conference, no doubt sharing with them his conviction that the Industrial Revolution must be repealed, if that's what it takes to get him into the White House.
This follows on the heels of an unseemly accusation that President Bush tricked us into thinking that the war in Iraq would be "some kind of day at the beach." Apparently Lettuce wasn't listening in March 2003, when the first bombs were dropped on Baghdad, and Bush warned that the conflict "could be longer and more difficult than some predicted," and that "helping Iraqis achieve a united, stable and free country will require our sustained commitment."
Larry Sabato of University of Virginia's Center for Politics says McCain is trying to distance himself from Bush to appeal to moderates, but will soon tack back in the other direction, so that primary and caucus voters will think he supports the President.
"In the next two weeks, minimum, he will say some very positive things about President Bush and his Iraq policy," predicts Sabato, who jokes that McCain "was against President Bush before he was for him."
As for me, I was against Lettuce McStain before I was even more against him.
August 24, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:19 PM
If there is one animal that no reasonable person could be exposed to without loathing, it is the Canada goose. They aren't ugly, other than being grotesquely large. But they are unnervingly aggressive, even dumber than you would expect, and above all, they are numerous.
Their numbers used to be quite manageable. But misguided efforts to increase their population succeeded all too well, producing a plague of the hateful creatures. They will congregate by the hundreds wherever they find mowed grass, quickly converting parks and baseball diamonds into disgusting no-go zones completely coated in droppings well over an inch thick, so that it is literally impossible to step anywhere without hearing a nauseating squish.
Due to their prevalence even in urban areas, their combination of mindlessness and aggressiveness causes Canada geese to wander into traffic, resulting in massive traffic jams since — due to our own combination of mindlessness and moonbattery — you can get in trouble for simply driving over the miserable beasts.
At last authorities are lightening up on the moronic restrictions that prevent people from dealing with this menace. Landowners will finally be allowed to destroy their nests and eggs without federal permits. Airports will be permitted to round them up to be put out of our misery. When the giant birds threaten public health by congregating in their copiously crapping multitudes at reservoirs, athletic fields, beaches, etc., local governments will actually be allowed to do something about it. The hunting season for Canada geese, which ought to be year-round with a bounty paid, is at least extended into August.
Moonbats are appalled. There are literally millions more geese than we know what to do with, but the Humane Society wants them gently moved to someplace where they will stop causing havoc. Raves its utterly delusional urban wildlife program director John Hadidian,
They are very smart birds, and they learn right away where they are and are not tolerated.
Anyone who has ever dealt with these winged vermin knows that Hadidian must be living in his own private reality, which is blissfully free of Canada geese.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:02 PM
It's no wonder Salt Lake City's moonbat mayor Rocky Anderson is planning to bring in Cindy Sheehan for a protest during the American Legion's 88th annual national convention in his town next week. Countermoonbattery will dominate the Legion's agenda.
The convention will start with a recap of last year's resolution in support of the War on Terror, to which the loopy Left is so adamantly opposed.
Immigration reform will be discussed, with an emphasis on securing the border. Look for the Legion to reject amnesty and dual citizenship, and to call on immigrants to assimilate.
Also on the "top issues" agenda will be a discussion of how lawsuits waged by the ACLU are using taxpayers' money to attack American values.
Mayor Anderson's protest — timed to correspond with President Bush's arrival in Salt Lake City next Wednesday — may be understandable from the progressive point of view. But American Legion National Commander Tom Bock doesn't think much of it. He worries that service members will be maligned the way they were during Vietnam. Peaceniks may find it politically expedient these days to claim they support the troops even as they attack their mission, but in the end there is no separating the war from those who fight it. Says Bock:
When we start to fragment this country, that's when we start to feel defeat. America is not the bad guy — terrorists are the bad guys.
Terrorists — and their fifth column allies.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:48 PM
The city of San Jose, California has agreed to pay nearly $800,000 to the Hells Angels because three of their dogs were killed during police raids following a killing at a strip club. Santa Clara County had already coughed up about $990,000 in claims as a result of the raids.
But that's okay. Taxpayers have lots more money where that came from.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:12 PM
John Freeman died of pasteurellosis — aka "rabbit flu" — at the tragic age of 29, four days after picking up a rabbit on his Suffolk, England farm. Animal rights activists were so delighted, they repeatedly called his parents to share their joy.
One caller accused the couple's only child of "popping off rabbits for fun." Another suggested that his death was "rabbit's revenge."
The Freemans had to stay with relatives to escape the ringing phone. Said Mrs. Freeman:
They were implying that my son deserved to die. I just can't understand how people can be so callous. To ring someone up who is devastated with grief — it is disgusting.
Small wonder many moonbats identify more with animals than they do with human beings.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:36 AM
A fuming Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has revealed what "amounts to a conspiracy to murder thousands of New Yorkers."
This ghastly objective is to be accomplished by refusing to expand the clean-up area around Ground Zero. The conspiracy includes current and former NYC mayors Mike Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani, New York Governor George Pataki, President Bush (naturally), and the EPA, which has offices near Ground Zero — possibly a clever attempt to throw off suspicion.
Karl Rove's possible involvement in this insidious plot remains a subject of conjecture.
On a tip from Wiggins.
August 23, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:17 PM
Add Tony Bennett to the long list of ignorant zillionaire idiots in the entertainment industry who see fit to badmouth the great country that made their plush existences possible. Quoth the wise Bennett:
I have travelled around the world to Asia and Europe. They show you what they have contributed to the world. The British show you theatre, the Italians show you music and art, the French show you cooking and painting, and the Germans show you science. The only thing that the United States, which is still a young country, has contributed culturally to the world is jazz — elongated improvisation. It's tragic.
Worse yet, we don't even appreciate the jazz that is our only contribution to human civilization:
The Americans don't even know what they have come up with.
I'll have to admit, I can't stand jazz myself. But there are a few other American contributions that have apparently escaped Bennett's notice, including modern democracy, the telegraph, the sewing machine, the assembly line, the light bulb, the phonograph, the telephone, the airplane, splitting the atom, putting a man on the moon, the computer, the artificial heart, the human genome project, defeating communism, the blues, rock and roll, and a world-dominating entertainment industry that has made an ungrateful nitwit named Tony Bennett a very rich man.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:46 PM
Could it be that AP is feeling guilty about its left-leaning Lebanon fauxtography and wants to make amends? Look what they've put online:
The picture shows Seth Brigham of the Rocky Mountain Peace Center, who evidently believes that our termination of Saddam's genocidal dictatorship caused Hezbollah's recent attack on Israel, and that this somehow resulted in the death of JonBenet Ramsey in 1996.
I couldn't have summed up the lunatic Left any better in 1,000 words.
From personal experience I can tell you that state mental hospitals are prisons unto themselves. I have never been convicted of a crime and have always volunteered for mental health treatment and yet I have found myself imprisoned and in isolation for many days on end.
Here's a little more background on Brigham, via Denver Westworld:
A longtime Boulder resident, he produces an off-color program for the city's public-access CATV Channel 54, during which he makes political statements against corporate greed and government censorship. And although Brigham is bipolar and suffers from anxiety, he handles his mental illness with humor. His show, called Notes From the Quiet Room, is mainly used to parody mental illness in hopes, he says, of removing the stigma.
This same sort of humor must have given rise to the term "reality-based community."
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:09 PM
Special thanks to Walter Williams, for explaining why Western Civilization finds its very existence threatened by incompetent barbarians who are still living in the 7th Century. Iran, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, et al. would be insignificant pests if not for our only truly significant enemy, which works like AIDS to weaken our immunity so that a common cold hits us like pneumonia. That enemy is of course moonbattery.
As Williams observes, we have the capacity to blow Iran off the map. If the Iranians thought we had the character to exploit that capacity, they would immediately cease to be a problem. But being children of the Carter Administration, the ayatollahs know better.
Thankfully we didn't have to fight Germany and Japan amid the current state of decay. Imagine the outcry from the chorus of contemptible weasels known as the "international community" after Hiroshima and Dresden. Imagine how quickly limp U.N. types would call for ceasefires and negotiations as soon as we started to get the upper hand.
Before moonbattery had corroded both our spines and our minds, we realized that there could be no ceasefires with Hitler or Tojo. That would only have allowed them to regroup and then come back at us with more advanced technology. They were defeated because we understood that they had to be. The sort of insurgency we're dealing with in Iraq couldn't have occurred in Germany or Japan, because instead of fretting about their hearts or minds, we focused on totally vanquishing our foe, so that it was left with neither the means nor the will to resist.
The Germans and Japanese had competence, strong military traditions, and powerful economies in their favor. Muslims have a greater advantage: our press is on their side. If Joseph Goebbels had run our media in WWII, we'd be saluting swastikas now.
The internal enemies that flourish like toxic weeds in the smelly mulch of moonbattery are hardly limited to the media. Thanks to Democratic appointees like Anna Diggs Taylor, our legal system is lousy with them — to al Qaeda's great benefit. Our government itself is infected, as evidenced by Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), who recently announced, "I don't take sides for or against Hezbollah." Hezbollah isn't just waging a terrorist war against our ally Israel; it killed 241 members of the U.S. military when it bombed our barracks in Beirut.
Appeasement didn't work for Europe in the 1930s. If Hitler had been nipped in the bud, countless horrors could have been avoided, and tens of millions of lives saved — just as tens of millions of lives could be saved if we deal with Islamic imperialism before nuclear-armed terrorist regimes become a fact of life.
Iran knows we could kick it over like an anthill. It also knows that we won't. That is what gives it the freedom to develop weapons of mass destruction, to finance terrorism, and to wage proxy wars against Israel and the fledgling democracy in Iraq.
Having allowed Iran to develop nuclear weapons, why wouldn't we let it use them? Deterrence worked on the Soviet Union because they believed we would respond with massive nuclear retaliation if we or our allies were attacked. Why would Iran believe this?
If a nuclear device went off in New York City, would we retaliate on the appropriate scale? Possibly, but I doubt it. If I doubt it, the mullahs might doubt it. If the mullahs doubt it, they aren't just going to build the bomb, they are going to use it.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:47 AM
Here's something appalling, but not at all surprising. The nonpartisan watchdog group Judicial Watch has discovered that Anna Diggs Taylor — who was appointed by Dhimmi Carter to impose leftist ideology from a bench in Detroit, and who recently ruled in favor of the ACLU that the NSA must stop protecting Americans from Islamic terrorists by monitoring overseas calls — has been pouring money into that same ACLU.
Judge Diggs Taylor's 2003 and 2004 financial disclosure statements reveal that she served as Secretary and Trustee for the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan (CFSEM), a position to which she was reelected in June 2005. The CFSEM admits to having made a "recent grant" of $45,000 spread over two years to the pack of hyenas known as the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan — the same ones who brought the lawsuit against the NSA for wiretapping terrorists. Per the CFSEM website:
The Foundation's trustees make all funding decisions at meetings held on a quarterly basis.
In 2003, CFSEM made a donation of $180,000 to the Arab Community Center for Social and Economic Services, which has a case before Diggs Taylor.
Here's an idea: let's elect another Democratic President, and see if we can get Ayman al-Zawahiri appointed to the Supreme Court.
Hat tip: Stop the ACLU
August 22, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:38 PM
Could it be that people have had enough of being fed to the teeth with moonbattery at the expense of their physical safety? Arnold Kling thinks so. Having noticed that "the political elites are out of touch with mass opinion," Kling refers to the Monarch Airlines Flight A320 passengers who recently refused to fly with a couple of suspicious Muslim-looking characters as evidence that there has been a "shift in the popular mood" in the USA, Britain, and Israel — the three countries that constitute civilization's front line in the conflict with Islamic imperialism.
Some of us were bound to get sick of being told we're "racist" if we don't like it that Muslims want to kill us for failing to worship their barbaric god. A few might even be a little tired of having to show up at the airport three hours early to have our toothpaste confiscated and be forced to take our shoes off because the authorities are too politically correct to concentrate their efforts on the people who actually pose a threat.
Kling lists a few "elite opinions" he feels we've heard enough of:
- The world's Muslims share our desire for peace and democracy.
- Equal-opportunity passenger screening at airports is a better policy than profiling.
- The United Nations is the world's conscience and policeman.
- The "international community" will deal with Iran's quest for nuclear weapons.
- It is possible for the United States to bring about a constructive transformation of Middle East politics, either through diplomatic or military initiatives.
We're told we need to win hearts and minds. But it's getting harder to hide the fact that if this approach were going to work on Muslims, it would have by now.
Kling predicts that popular opinion will swing toward one of two positions:
- The Middle East is a hopeless cauldron of hatred. We should focus on homeland security, stay out of the Middle East, and have as little interaction with the Muslim world as possible; or
- A major war is inevitable, so that we need to get ready for it. Nothing else will stop Iranian aggression, and nothing else will stifle the funding, sponsoring, and glorification of terrorists.
The first is tempting to embrace, but Islam is not a menace we can turn our back on, as September 11 and the string of lesser attacks building up to it should have taught us. Britain, with its massive Pakistani population, doesn't have the option of withdrawal, nor does Israel.
We might just have to grasp the nettle and face up to the reality that Islam wants to hurt us. There's no use waiting for our superiors to figure it out.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:06 PM
Lou Barletta, the Mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania who has been set upon by the ACLU for attempting to uphold the rule of law in the face of the tidal wave of illegal immigration threatening to wash away his town, makes his case quite eloquently on the Sam Lesante Show. You can see it streamed on SSPTV Wednesday at 11:30 AM, 7 PM, and 9 PM, and Thursday at 11 AM and 9 PM.
To show your support for the honorable and besieged Mayor Barletta, stop by Small Town Defenders.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:33 PM
St. Petersburg Times columnist Robyn Blumner has the struggle against Islamic terror figured out: all we need is "more girlie men."
The problem is that we are just too masculine. When terrorists fly planes full of our people into skyscrapers full of more of our people, we want to retaliate in a way that will prevent it from happening again. If we weren't so macho, we would realize that this only creates "a vicious cycle of ever-deepening depravity."
Instead of inviting Osama bin Laden to come on Oprah and talk about his feelings, we take "George Bush's swaggering cowboy approach to geopolitics." Bush "likes his enemies in black hats." If he weren't such a he-man, maybe he would be empathetic enough to understand that homicidal Muslim maniacs aren't bad people; they're only crying out for help.
Blumner quotes ivory tower wise man Gary Bertsch of the University of Georgia, who frets that people won't like us because we have used the military instead of Foggy Bottom bloviators to deal with terrorism. According to Bertsch, we must put emphasis on dialogue and give and take negotiation, as opposed to military dominance. Evidently that will enable us to set aside our differences, all hold hands, and sing Kumbaya with the Islamic fanatics so devoted to our destruction that they are perfectly willing to blow themselves to bits if they can take a few of our civilians out with them.
Blumner's piece is highly recommended for anyone who does not understand why it is a matter of life and death that Democrats do not take control of the government. It could quite literally be national suicide to put the country in the hands of these idiots at this point in history.
Nestled deep in that brown smelly stuff they call "nuance," liberals simply have no clue how to deal with reality. But reality will know how to deal with them. We certainly don't want them imposing their fate on the rest of us.
On a tip from Bergbikr.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:21 PM
It shouldn't surprise anyone that Dems like Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Evan Bayh, Joe Lieberman, and Ned Lamont are making a campaign theme out of bashing Wal-Mart — after all, to many it represents capitalism and mid-America, two things Dems' base bitterly hates. But as Caroline Baum suggests, they might want to look for some other boogeyman, because many voters will know that Wal-Mart does far more good than harm.
A study by Global Insight associates Wal-Mart's expansion during 1985-2004 with declines of 9.1% in food prices, 4.2% in goods prices, and 3.1% in consumer price index, which translates to a 0.17% reduction in the annual inflation rate.
Wal-Mart stimulates retail job creation. Over the study's 20-year period, it has created 210,000 jobs that would not have existed otherwise. Wal-Mart itself employs 1.3 million people, making it the country's largest private employer.
Some whine that Wal-Mart pays low wages, but in reality, it is the retail industry in general that pays low wages; as Global Insight states, "Wal-Mart does not appear to be paying below market wages." Due to Wal-Mart's depressant effect on inflation, real wages are 0.9% higher over the last 20 years than they would have been without Wal-Mart.
Liberals portray a job at Wal-Mart as hell on Earth. Yet when one opened in the Chicago area last January, 25,000 people applied for 325 jobs.
As Baum writes,
When Wal-Mart opens superstores in rural America, it brings jobs to the community. It provides goods as cheaply as possible to Americans who wouldn't otherwise have access to such a wide array of merchandise at rock-bottom prices. It even offers health-care plans for as little as $11 a month in some areas.
Dems' real gripe is that Wal-Mart has been able to grow so fast and offer such low prices because it has avoided unionization. This is further proof that unions may be great friends of Democratic politicians, but by driving up not only prices but unemployment, they are no friends of workers.
By the way, it's not only Americans who benefit from the Wal-Mart dragon the Democratic knights would like to slay with regulations. Michael Strong estimates that Wal-Mart could be bringing 38,000 Chinese out of poverty every month.
About 70% of the products sold at Wal-Mart are made in China, giving it direct access to the American market. The result is that Wal-Mart pulls about 460,000 Chinese per year out of poverty — probably more than all the pious NGOs in the world combined. Considering that government-to-government aid damages economies as often as it helps them, no one does more to combat poverty than Wal-Mart, including the World Bank.
No wonder libs hate Wal-Mart. Just as the Soviet Union proved that socialism doesn't work, Wal-Mart proves how well capitalism does.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:29 AM
Look for Al Gore and his Chicken Little acolytes to find something to fret about other than hurricanes this year. As you'll recall, last year a bad hurricane season highlighted by Katrina and Rita had the global warming herd stampeding to the conclusion that Bush's nefarious refusal to regulate SUVs out of existence was going to cause the world to blow away in a storm. But despite our government not having gone insane and signed the absurd Kyoto protocol, this year's Atlantic storm season is below normal.
Average at this point in the season is 1.5 hurricanes. So far in 2006 we're holding steady at none.
The reason we haven't had a hurricane is that sea surface temperatures have been cooler than average. Globally averaged temperatures in the upper ocean have cooled dramatically since 2003, countering 20% of the global warming occurring over the previous 48 years.
Proving that humans are causing global warming would be very hard. Proving that economy-ruining regulations would prevent it would be even harder. Proving that we are on the brink of a climatic catastrophe as Al Gore has been screeching so profitably would be impossible. Even proving that global warming is a problem is no cinch.
On the bright side for liberals, some glaciers continue to recede — as they have been doing since the 19th Century. Unfortunately, these are countered to some extent by "galloping glaciers," which grow by up to 50 meters per day; there are almost four times as many of these as were previously estimated.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:22 AM
Thank you Thomas Sowell, for pointing out a few simple realities that our leaders do not seem willing to address. Nuclear-armed Muslim fanatics, like we will soon have in Iran and before long throughout the Middle East, cannot be reasoned with, negotiated with, placated, or deterred. You can't trade them land for peace, cash for peace, nuclear technology for peace, or anything else. What they want is our humiliation and destruction. If drastic action isn't taken soon, they will get it.
The humiliation of Versailles made the Third Reich possible. But Muslim humiliation goes deeper. According to their ideology, non-Muslims are subhuman. Yet the Islamic world is undeniably inferior, and has been for centuries. What Muslims want is not a Palestinian homeland, but to punish us for their own intolerable inadequacy.
If only someone at the State Department would listen when Sowell asks:
What kind of people provide a market for videotaped beheadings of innocent hostages? What kind of people would throw an old man in a wheelchair off a cruise liner into the sea, simply because he was Jewish? What kind of people would fly planes into buildings to vent their hate at the cost of their own lives?
These are the kinds of people we are talking about getting nuclear weapons.
He's right that this "is not just another in the long history of military threats." Communists were evil but rational. Radical Muslims are both evil and insane. Our only options are to fight them before they have nukes, or fight them afterwards.
Their treatment of hostages, some of whom have been humanitarians serving the people of the Middle East, shows that what the terrorists want is to inflict the maximum pain and psychic anguish on their victims before killing them.
Once these fanatics have nuclear weapons, those victims can include you, your children and your children's children.
The terrorists need not start out by wiping our cities off the map. Chances are they would first want to force us to humiliate ourselves in whatever ways their sadistic imaginations could conceive, out of fear of their nuclear weapons.
After we, or our children and grandchildren, find ourselves living at the mercy of people with no mercy, what will future generations think of us, that we let this happen because we wanted to placate "world opinion" by not acting "unilaterally"?
We are fast approaching the point of no return.
As this situation spins out of control, American voters contemplate returning control of Congress to Democrats, who have shown nothing but contempt for the struggle against Islamic terror, and have done what they could to impede it. If you own stock in the human race, now might be a good time to sell.
August 21, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:27 PM
It seems we just aren't negotiating hard enough with Iran's maniacal president. While Western bureaucrats wring their hands and mumble about carrots, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is giving speeches like the one you can see here. A couple of highlights:
I want to declare loud and clear, so that the whole world will hear: These two countries [USA and U.K.] are not worthy of being members of the Security Council. [...]
If you want to have good relations with the Iranian people in the future, you should acknowledge the right and the might of the Iranian people, and you should bow and surrender to the might of the Iranian people. If you do not accept this, the Iranian people will force you to bow and surrender.
I guess that explains why oil-glutted Iran needs nuclear technology. But there's a bright side: at least Jimmy Carter isn't in the White House.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:58 PM
Peaceful Scandinavia continued its slide into violent chaos yesterday as Muslim gangs turned Norway's crowded waterfront complex Aker Brygge into a shooting gallery.
Located on Oslo's inner harbor, Aker Brygge features shopping, restaurants, offices, and residences. It was packed when the shootout occurred a little shy of 8:00 PM on a sunny summer evening. Two men — apparently innocent bystanders — suffered leg wounds.
Police are asking for help from the local Pakistani community. Lots of luck.
Wondered one witness,
How on earth can something like this happen here?
Welcome to Eurabia.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:16 PM
The quest for "diversity" — i.e., political correctness — is resulting in school textbooks that are becoming increasingly surreal in their rejection of reality in favor of the imaginary world the liberal elite would like us to think we live in.
To avoid trouble with educrats, publishers set quotas for how many minorities and handicappers must appear in their books. According to New York University professor Diane Ravitch:
There's more textbook space devoted to photos, illustrations and graphics than there's ever been, but frequently they have nothing to do with the lesson. They're just there for political reasons, to show diversity and meet a quota of the right number of women, minorities and the disabled.
Race-obsessed bean-counters often bleat that they're only trying to stay true to actual proportions. But in 2004, non-Hispanic whites accounted for 67.4% of the U.S. population, 59.9% among school-age kids. The quotas don't reflect this.
Here are McGraw-Hill's allocations:
- 40% white
- 30% Hispanic
- 20% black
- 7% Asian
- 3% American Indian
Reed Elsevier's Harcourt Education is a little easier on the white folks:
- 50% white
- 22% black
- 20% Hispanic
- 5% Asian
- 5% American Indian
At Harcourt, 3% have to be disabled. Others apparently have quotas for this too. Wheelchairs are kept on hand for props. Photographer Angela Coppola estimates that at least three quarters of the ostensibly disabled children in Houghton Mifflin textbooks are faking it. Using phonies has its benefits — real handicappers aren't easy to find at modeling agencies, and can be a problem logistically. Besides, they often have conditions like cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy that can make them less pleasant to look at.
It's not enough just to satisfy the bean-counters with numbers. Groups must be presented appropriately. According to McGraw-Hill's 2004 guidelines, Asians are not be seen "with glasses, bowl-shaped haircuts, or as intellectuals"; blacks must be "in positions of power, not just in service industries." An older McGraw-Hill manual forbids showing Asians as waiters, laundry owners, or math students. Mexicans aren't to be portrayed wearing ponchos or wide-brimmed hats — or drinking tequila, presumably. Blacks must not be portrayed in "crowded tenements on chaotic streets" or even in "innocuous, dull, white picket fence neighborhoods," for they must be shown to reside in "all neighborhoods, including luxury apartments."
Specific pictures that don't comply with these standards get deep-sixed, included one which was incorrect enough to show a barefoot child in an African village. Evidently we're supposed to pretend that African villagers bounce around in Nikes.
Not only illustrations, but actual content is affected. The McGraw-Hill 2002 textbook "The American Republic Since 1877" includes a profile and photo of the first African-American woman pilot, but doesn't get around to mentioning the Wright brothers.
Of course, anything that might offend Muslims must go, including a picture of a pig walking down a street that was banished from the cover of a Pearson Education first-grade reader in 2005.
Given their nearly absolute control of publishing and education, moonbats can be expected to continue constructing an alternate world that is more to their liking. Someday kids may learn that "Native Americans" (as opposed to natives of America) invented the airplane and that Lance Armstrong was paraplegic when he won the Tour de France. Needless to say, public education is to be avoided at all costs.
On a tip from Varla.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:39 AM
Those who think pint-sized bigot Autum Ashante actually wrote the racist diatribes she has been trained to recite in front of elementary school audiences will be impressed by Portland, Oregon's Children's Bill of Rights, which we are asked to believe was written by little kids.
Gushes the laughably credulous Oregonian:
Portland will soon become the first major U.S. city to have a children's bill of rights written by the very people it affects. [...] The document is a no-surprises list of fundamental needs and philosophies any parent or compassionate adult could support...
At least they got the "no-surprises" part right:
The three-page document holds a few basic truths to be self-evident: Every child deserves a voice in the decisions that shape their lives; every kid is entitled to a quality education, starting in preschool and extending beyond high school; and every youngster has a right to "physical, mental and spiritual wellness." [...]
All children [...] are entitled to extracurricular activities at school, including athletics and arts. Children should be free from discrimination regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation.
The bill of rights [...] makes it clear city and county governments should continue work to end homelessness and fight drug abuse.
In other words, it is a laundry list of liberal talking points, allegedly written by a "committee of more than 30 children," but apparently actually penned by Karin Hansen, wife of Portland Mayor Tom Potter.
Potter has been on a crusade to raise taxes so that more money can be flushed down public schools. A certifiable moonbat, he has children "testify" at the beginning of each week's City Council meeting, a tradition he links to the multicultural practices of African tribesmen.
Maybe politicians should stick to kissing babies, as opposed to using them for puppets.
On a tip from V the K.
August 20, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:34 PM
Here's something I didn't realize: White House political adviser Karl Rove is in charge of U.S. foreign policy. This surprising fact came to light when Cindy Sheehan led an army of moonbats in a siege of a fundraiser at which Rove spoke in Austin Saturday.
Chanting "Try Rove for treason," the Sheehanistas stormed the doors in an attempt to disrupt the $200 a plate dinner, while a jovial Rove made jokes at their expense inside. One moonbat managed to sneak into the dinner, but was soon escorted out again.
I want him arrested. He planned the war that killed my son.
Earlier in the day, peaceniks carried a banner reading "Rove: Guilty of crimes against humanity." A moonbat named Ann Wright, who used to be a U.S. diplomat, yelled "Karl Rove, you are a criminal!" through a bullhorn.
Other than killing Casey Sheehan and usurping control of the American government, it's not clear what crimes Rove is alleged to have committed, although it certainly seems they must be serious.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:06 PM
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Michael Moore must be ecstatic. The terrorists he so admires for killing Americans in Iraq have offered him the ultimate tribute by lifting scenes from his "Fahrenheit 9/11" for a propaganda video produced by the Rashedeen Army, a Sunni insurgent group. Mixed in with graphic images of Humvees being blown up by IEDs and purportedly dead American soldiers is a scene of Moore lobbying on the steps in front of Congress as the terrorist narrator says:
After all, there are honest and influential guys in America and if Mr Moore can talk to you like that, so can I.
Imagine being called an "honest and influential guy" by the modern equivalent of the Minutemen! But Moore must feel an even more profound satisfaction to know he has had an artistic influence on the terrorist community.
On a tip from The Right Reverend Rabbi Judah.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:10 AM
Islamophobic — anyone who objects to having their transport blown up on the way to work.
Palestinians — archetype "victims" no matter how many teenagers they murder in bars and fast food outlets. Never responsible for anything they do — or done in their name — because of "root causes" or "legitimate grievances".
In the current political climate, it is unthinkable that a European would be allowed to say anything Muslim activists don't want people to here. Consequently, Wilson has been fired from his job at the mobile phone company Orange. Muslims are ululating in triumph.
Soon history will look back and ask how Islam could have displaced European civilization without even encountering resistance. The answer will be that this barbaric death cult is receiving a great deal of help from the liberal elite, which semiconsciously shares its goal of obliterating the West. The liberal elite establishment will see to it that thought criminals — i.e., anyone suspected of opposing Muslims' gradual conquest — are silenced, as we recently saw with the Brussels Journal, and as has been illustrated so appallingly in the case of Oriana Fallaci.
Dhimmitude, coupled by the massive immigration and explosive birth rates of Muslims, poses a far more serious threat to Europe even than communism and Nazism. Europe would have survived conquest by Stalin or Hitler; given enough time, civilization would have reemerged. When Islam swallows up Europe, it will be gone forever.
On a tip from Steve.
August 19, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:20 PM
Prominent Democrat Andrew Young has been many things in his career: civil rights leader, Atlanta mayor, American ambassador to the United Nations. One job that he will probably leave off his resume is head of Working Families for Wal-Mart, which aims to counter the hostile propaganda Young's colleagues on the Left have been directing at the world's largest retailer.
For a former close associate of Martin Luther King, Young did a remarkably poor job of improving Wal-Mart's public image. When asked in a newspaper interview whether he was concerned about Wal-Mart driving mom-and-pop stores out of business, Young had this to say:
Well, I think they should; they ran the "mom and pop" stores out of my neighborhood. But you see, those are the people who have been overcharging us, selling us stale bread and bad meat and wilted vegetables. And they sold out and moved to Florida. I think they've ripped off our communities enough. First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it's Arabs; very few black people own these stores.
As Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles observed,
[I]f anyone would utter remarks like this about African-Americans, his voice would be the first to rise in indignation.
But nobody should be too surprised, considering that Young was backing Cynthia McKinney — who is often associated with Jew-baiting — in her recent unsuccessful primary campaign, on the grounds that "Congress needs controversy."
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:50 PM
Here's a classic blast from the past, compliments of Larry B:
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:53 PM
Catherine Mayo — whose moonbattery blossomed into florid psychosis aboard a flight from London to Washington last Wednesday, forcing it to be rerouted to Boston — has found some sympathy among her fellow "journalists." Have an airsick bag at hand; here's how the Boston Globe (owned by the NY Times) tells the tale of how Cathy came to publish grade-school–level anti-American diatribes in a Pakistani newspaper:
It was March 2003, the eve of the US invasion of Iraq, and into the office of dumbfounded Pakistani newspaper editor Najam Sethi walked an articulate, fresh-faced Vermont woman, saying she wanted to vent her anger at America in his pages.
Violence-plagued Lahore teemed with anti-American sentiment, yet Catherine C. Mayo seemed to move about with ease, Sethi recalled. And writing for the Daily Times of Pakistan, Mayo told about her 1960s activism. About her love of Cat Stevens and Howard Dean. About the mountains and lakes of her native Vermont. And about her shame and anger at America.
It's nice that the "fresh-faced" Mayo refrained from pulling down her pants and piddling on the floor, as she did on United Flight 923. Cat Stevens, by the way, is a hippy musician who converted to Islam and went on the record as agreeing that Salman Rushdie deserves to be murdered for annoying Iran's mullahcracy. He now calls himself Yusuf Islam.
The sympathetic Globe sums up Mayo with this:
[T]he picture that emerges from her intensely personal writings and from brief interviews with her family is that of a longtime liberal activist who became angry and devastated by the turn of events in the world since Sept. 11, 2001.
Could this be a roundabout way of diagnosing Bush Derangement Syndrome? Speaking of Mayo's "intensely personal writings," here's another sample, from a work entitled A New Kind of Arrogance (hat tip: Sweetness & Light, on a tip from Byron):
It gives me a severe case of nerves when I know what the news is before I have read it. Once America decided that "might is right", everything else became a cliché, too. When dissent is not allowed, all truth becomes predictable. [...]
Americans are not surprised that there are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. They are not surprised that Saddam Hussein cannot be found, and that Chemical Ali is missing instead of dead. They are not surprised that there is no Al Qaeda there. They are a little surprised that Iraq has so much desert, they thought that Baghdad made up most of the country. They are not surprised that Iraq’s only terrorist group has been recruited by US troops to serve as a police force. They are not surprised that Iraq’s nuclear facility has been looted, and Iraqi people are showing clear signs of radiation poisoning. What surprises them is that people are asking questions. [...] It goes right over the heads of Americans that when a crime has been committed, questions need to be asked.
Americans are true innocents when it comes to this. Since they did it, no crime has been committed, because America cannot do anything wrong. It is the innocence of an arrogance that even other empires in the world do not understand.
How tragic that she was wasting this talent at Pakistan's Daily Times. Maybe the Globe can make room on its staff.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:55 AM
In fashion news, condoms are reportedly all the rage at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto.
Franck DeRose, executive director of The Condom Project, aspires to "de-stigmatize" condoms by getting people to wear them as jewelry. He encourages people to create wearable art out of prophylactics, which allegedly "opens the door" to wider acceptance. According to DeRose, almost 400,000 condoms have been made into brooches and pins in various exotic places like Senegal and Burkina Faso.
I have grandparents making them in Togo and Ethiopia. I have groups of heterosexual men making them in Washington.
Adriana Bertini of Brazil does him one better by making clothing out of condoms, including "a blue harem outfit made of blue condoms, complete with a tight bodice and full-legged trousers." Here is Indian transvestite Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, admiring some of Bertini's work at the Toronto AIDS conference the other day:
If you'd like to impress your colleagues with both your fashion sense and your AIDS awareness, be the first in your department to wear a condom harem outfit to the office.
On a tip from Wiggins.
August 18, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:26 PM
As should surprise no one, the woman who went bonkers on a flight from London to Washington the other day, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Boston under escort by military jets, is a moonbat.
On board the flight, self-described peace activist Catherine Mayo made scary references to al Qaeda, asked if it was a "training flight for United Flight 93," produced a bag full of forbidden items including a Phillips-head screwdriver, and after pulling her pants down, urinated in the aisle in full view of other passengers. She was finally subdued and handcuffed.
Although this behavior is a little over the top even for a progressive, her political views aren't much wackier than the New York Times' editorial page. Mayo splits her time between Vermont and Pakistan, where she is a journalist for the Daily Times. Below are samples of her published writings.
From State of the Union, 2003:
I think the US people have forgotten that President Bush didn't win the election. He only got the job because they couldn't decide what to do with pregnant chads in Florida. [...] So when President Bush announced that God was telling him to bomb Iraq, my stomach turned over. He has no right to include God in his State of the Union address. [...] The government of the US has changed in the last few months, and the citizens of the country haven't noticed yet. It has become an oligarchy. Its leaders rule with a wave of their hands, laughing into their sleeves. They can create any truth they want, and then create proof that it is real. [...] When President Bush says that he is God, the ordinary people go out and shovel the snow out of their driveways. There is nothing else they can do.
From Value of Dissent:
The folksongs of the 1960s will never be written again because of President George Bush. He has hampered the liberties of my country in the name of September 11. Songs now can only talk of patriotism, they cannot mention peace.
From Freedom after 9/11:
Like their troops, Americans are plagued by questions about why they are in Iraq. No WMD, no Al Qaeda, no regime change. But they can't admit this to themselves. Never in history has the US made such a bad mistake. [..] Americans do not have a sense of humour anymore. This is the most telling characteristic now, the biggest cultural difference between them and the rest of the world. They can't laugh at a joke, they don't even understand it.
So maybe the scene on the airplane was a joke? More likely, Mayo's entire existence is a joke — a bad joke that the Left keeps telling.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:11 AM
Based in Belgium, this excellent blog is edited by journalist Paul Belien, who lost his newspaper job by publishing an editorial in the Wall Street Journal that failed to toe the liberal line on abortion.
For drawing attention to the encroaching horror of the Islamic conquest of Europe, Belien has been accused by Muslims' dhimmi collaborators of "racism." This is the modern equivalent of denouncing someone as a witch. Clearly, the threat Belien has been attempting to warn us about is not a matter of race, but of culture and ideology. But the definition of "racism" is easily expanded to fit any thought crime.
Belien is now subject to an official investigation. Police have been visiting his residence.
If Europe's liberal elite is able to silence voices of sanity like Belien's, Islam's demographic conquest is certain to succeed. Within many of our lifetimes, we will look across the Atlantic and see nothing but totalitarian Islamic regimes armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons. The great treasures of Western art will go the way of the Buddhist statues blown up by the Taliban. Concepts like democracy and decent treatment of women (let alone equal rights for women) simply won't exist there anymore. European culture will be eradicated, just as the diverse cultures of the Middle East were eradicated during the catastrophic spread of Islam during the Dark Ages.
The only hope for Europe is that brave voices like Belien's are allowed to be heard. It may not be too late for Europe to snap out of its moonbattery and defend itself from Muslim encroachment. Pardon the melodrama, but the future of human civilization is at stake.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:33 AM
Underscoring yet again how crucial it is not only to the health of the country but to our physical safety that Democrats be kept from positions of authority, a judge appointed by Jimmy Carter is demanding that the NSA shut down a perfectly legal wiretapping program used to gather the sort of information that saved thousands of lives when a plot to blow up transatlantic flights was foiled last week.
From her bench in Detroit, America's most liberal city, Judge Anna Diggs Taylor issued a nonsensical ruling claiming that listening to the overseas calls of enemies plotting to kill American civilians constitutes a violation of free speech and privacy rights.
The ruling came in response to a suit brought by a fifth-column alliance that included the ACLU, the Hamas front group Council on American-Islamic Relations, the watermelons (green on the outside, red on the inside) at Greenpeace, left-wing journalist Christopher Hitchens, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, whose former president Nancy Hollander "stated that she frequently engages in international communications with individuals who have alleged connections with terrorist organizations" in a footnote to the ruling. That was meant not as an argument to keep a close eye on this woman, but to prevent the government from surveilling terrorists.
Like the ACLU, Judge Taylor has a communist background. She helped set up an office of the National Lawyers Guild, described by Congress as the "legal bulwark of the Communist Party." She is exactly the sort of individual a Democratic president would appoint to impose left-wing ideology at the expense of our well-being and security.
That the Left is effectively operating as an ally to Islamic terrorists who are trying to kill us cannot be credibly denied. Distinguishing between terrorists and their liberal enablers is increasingly a matter of splitting hairs. They serve different roles, but in the same army. They share an objective: the destruction of our civilization.
August 17, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:41 PM
A rant by liberal columnist Molly Ivins, published just a week after a Muslim plot was foiled that could have killed thousands aboard transatlantic flights, gives an idea of the kind of trouble we will be in if liberals take control of the government with the country under terrorist threat.
According to Ivins, who presumably is paid good money to share her Democratic wisdom, terrorism is not a threat at all, but rather a joke. The "Karl Rove tactic" of asking people to take terrorism seriously is "close to comedy." Here's how she dismisses a large terror cell that was broken up in Canada:
Seventeen people were arrested in Canada for intending to behead the prime minister. Has anyone in all of history ever cared that much about a Canadian prime minister?
Applying this same razor wit to attempts to incarcerate terrorists, Ivins smirks,
Of the hundreds of prisoners, alleged terrorists all, who have been held at Guantanamo on the grounds that they were the worst of the worst, only about 10 have ever been charged with anything.
The rest, presumably, are innocent as babes. Maybe Ivins would like to invite them over for tea.
As for the recently foiled transatlantic terror plot:
In the latest episode, shortly after the announcement of a British-based plot to blow up American airliners, the United Kingdom and the United States were already airing their differences over when the perpetrators should have been arrested.
The Bush administration has put itself in the position of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. If, God forbid, a serious terrorist conspiracy is uncovered, there will be a tendency to dismiss it as a backlash to these overhyped "plots."
A plan to murder thousands of people does not constitute a "a serious terrorist conspiracy" to an elite opinion-maker like Ivins. Trying to pass it off as some kind of big deal makes Bush the boy who cried wolf. As for September 11, Ivins has forgotten all about it, and expects the rest of us to do the same.
If you value your life and the life of your family, do whatever you can to prevent the sort of people idiots like Molly Ivins would have you vote for from taking control of the government.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:54 PM
Here's a portrait presented to Bill Clinton by an Indian delegate at the 16th World AIDS Conference in Toronto the other day. I recognize Bubba, but who's the woman to his left?
She's more identifiable when she puts her best face forward:
Compliments of Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:34 PM
Congratulations to Jimmy "The Dhimmi" Carter on finding the ideal platform from which to pour the deluge of seditious sanctimony that gushes unendingly from his undisciplined mouth. Who better to host our worst ex-President's most recent indulgence in gross moonbattery than Germany's tirelessly America-bashing Der Spiegel (The Mirror — possibly so-called because it reflects everything backwards)?
Even Der Spiegel was less hostile to America and Israel than Carter in their recent interview. Below are just a few of the lowlights.
After Carter denounced the USA for supporting Israel in its attempts to defend itself from Hezbollah's kidnappings and rockets...
SPIEGEL: But wasn't Israel the first to get attacked?
CARTER: I don't think that Israel has any legal or moral justification for their massive bombing of the entire nation of Lebanon. What happened is that Israel is holding almost 10,000 prisoners, so when the militants in Lebanon or in Gaza take one or two soldiers, Israel looks upon this as a justification for an attack on the civilian population of Lebanon and Gaza. I do not think that's justified, no.
You read that correctly: there is no difference in the funhouse that serves Carter for a mind between incarcerating terrorists and sneaking into another country to kidnap soldiers. This is the guy Spiegel calls "the moral conscience of your country." Carter wouldn't qualify as the moral conscience of a rat's nest. As for Israel's "massive bombing of the entire nation of Lebanon" — this sort of cartoonish hyperbole sounds much more appropriate coming out of Hassan Nasrallah or the BBC than an ex-President of Israel's only ally.
It gets worse. With a little encouragement from his left-wing German friends, Carter lets his paranoid bigotry out into the daylight. Regarding the "rather strange coalition between Christian fundamentalists and the Republican Party"...
SPIEGEL: How can such a coalition of the pious lead to moral catastrophes like the Iraqi prison scandal in Abu Ghraib and torture in Guantanamo?
CARTER: The fundamentalists believe they have a unique relationship with God, and that they and their ideas are God's ideas and God's premises on the particular issue. Therefore, by definition since they are speaking for God anyone who disagrees with them is inherently wrong. And the next step is: Those who disagree with them are inherently inferior, and in extreme cases — as is the case with some fundamentalists around the world — it makes your opponents sub-humans, so that their lives are not significant. Another thing is that a fundamentalist can't bring himself or herself to negotiate with people who disagree with them because the negotiating process itself is an indication of implied equality. [...] And, of course, fundamentalists don't believe they can make mistakes, so when we permit the torture of prisoners in Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib, it's just impossible for a fundamentalist to admit that a mistake was made.
Got that? We're torturing the poor terrorists at Club Gitmo by not adjusting their air conditioning properly because we're fundamentalists who regard people who disagree with us to be subhumans whose lives are not significant. That's also why we won't settle everything by negotiating with the kind and reasonable jihadists, and why we won't admit that the out-of-hand fraternity pranks that occurred at Abu Ghraib were state-sanctioned torture.
As for Jimbo's communist dictator friend Fidel Castro:
SPIEGEL: He appears seriously ill now and Cuban exiles are partying already in the streets of Miami. You are probably not in the mood to join them.
CARTER: No, that's true.
Ever wonder just how pious and self-satisfied Jimbo can get? This gives an idea:
CARTER: I've used the prestige and influence of having been a president of the United States as effectively as possible. [...] I've still been able to carry out my commitments to peace and human rights and environmental quality and freedom and democracy and so forth.
Also in this interview, Carter condemns the Bush administration for not attempting to negotiate a "settlement" between Israel and Palestinian terrorists. Not even Jimmy the Dhimmi could be clueless enough to think negotiating with terrorists is a reasonable option. Or could he? Regarding the kidnapped Israeli soldiers, he bleats, "There has to be some exchange of prisoners." Rewarding terrorists for kidnapping people by releasing child-murdering psychopaths like Samir Kuntar apparently makes perfect sense to the "conscience" of our country.
Other views this ex-President was irresponsible enough to share with the hostile foreign propaganda outlet Spiegel include the belief that Iraq was invaded "under a false pretext" and that the American media has been intimidated into shilling for Bush, although "in the last six months or so some of the media have now begun to be critical." That our media is overwhelmingly hostile to Bush and always has been would be obvious to a child, but not to Jimbo.
Naturally Carter is pleased with his party's sacrifice of Joe Lieberman to pacifist upper class twit Ned Lamont in Connecticut. He also took the opportunity to compare Joe McCarthy's anti-communism to terrorism.
Thanks are due to Jimbo for reminding us all that politics needs to be taken very seriously. If we aren't vigilant, idiots like this can end up running the country.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:21 AM
Donovan Riley, formerly CEO of the University of Illinois Medical Center and Loyola University law professor, is running for a state senate seat in Milwaukee. He evidently believes in democracy so much that voting once isn't enough for him.
In the 2000 presidential election, Riley voted in Oconomowac, Wisconsin, where he had registered the day before. According to a Wisconsin attorney,
Then he drove down to Chicago where he was already registered and he voted again. This is about as blatant as it gets.
As Riley responded in a statement, "it's possible I made a mistake."
Here's Riley's platform:
- Economic opportunity, social justice, personal freedom
- Health care for all
- Ensuring women can make their own decisions about reproductive health
- Safety without concealed guns
- Fair elections
- Accessible government
If I might attempt a translation out of liberal duckspeak:
- Wealth transfers from those who earn it to those who don't
- Socialized medicine
- Abortion on demand and on taxpayers' dime
- Second Amendment rights ignored
Sorry, I got stuck on number 5. What do you suppose he means by "fair elections"?
Hat tip: Blogmeister USA
August 16, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:33 PM
The state of affairs aboard the New York Times must truly be grim, considering that the paper's liberal elite colleagues at Vanity Fair are already writing its obituary.
Detailing the "crisis of confidence" at the Times, Michael Wolff points out that it has become "a liberal caricature" that makes an easy punching bag for the Bush Administration.
The Times has been a mighty institution — "historically, more like a branch of government than a mere commercial enterprise." But history is slipping into the past. The Gray Lady's share price has plunged 50% since 2002. Nearly 30% of its shareholders objected to the company's slate of directors at the last annual meeting. Perhaps most ominous of all, the Times' bumbling leadership chooses now to plan opulent new headquarters — a "$850 million tribute to itself" that calls attention to its "weaknesses and vulnerabilities and inflated sense of grandeur."
Part of the Gray Lady's blues stems from demographics. Wolff suggests that its Eastern establishment readership "simply may not exist anymore. Or it's just aged out of the economic mainstream." Your average NYC resident would rather read the Post or the Daily News. The "urban-suburban yuppie type" is a natural target audience, but also an extremely fickle one that has plenty of other options.
Scandals have taken their toll. Jayson Blair, the star reporter whose main qualification was his ethnicity, made the paper a laughing stock when he was discovered to have been inventing or plagiarizing stories. The Judith Miller farce didn't help either, particularly since it highlighted how the Gray Lady abruptly turns on her own. Exposing — and thereby crippling — government attempts to prevent terror attacks by monitoring financial information didn't do much to enhance the Times' popularity.
The heaviest millstone around the Gray Lady's neck is Publisher Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger, an irresponsible left-wing flake whom Wolff describes as "flamboyant, hard-to-control, easy-to-dislike" and "attention-seeking, immature, verbally feckless." In the past Sulzbergers have exercised their power with a light touch. Not Pinch, who imposes his cluelessness on both the editorial and business aspects of the Times.
Wolff's prognosis is dire. First come the layoffs, then more restiveness on the part of board members,
followed by little changes in the nature of control, and then asset sales, and lots of secret meetings among family members on the subject of what to do about Arthur, and then a plan afoot to take the title of publisher from him, and on and on … until … the powers that be face the dreadful discrepancy between the declining fortunes of business as usual and a more probable upside of dismantling, selling, and letting the market have its certain way.
In short, there's a good chance the New York Times — from which the rest of the MSM takes its cues — won't be around for much longer. Sad, isn't it? First the Soviet Union falls, and now this.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:43 PM
When it comes to losing poorly, defeated Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his leftist supporters have managed to outdo even Al Gore's appalling 2000 performance by promising to place Felipe Calderon "under siege" when his election is confirmed.
A spokesman for Lopez Obrador's party growled that Calderon will "not be able to operate outside his office" when he becomes President. Fernandez also promises that Vicente Fox's last State of the Nation address on September 1 "will not be a picnic" — presumably because leftist thugs will disrupt it.
As with the 2000 Sore-Loserman ticket, the leftist Democratic Revolution Party has already lost, but they are dragging the country through a senseless recount process — despite the margin being almost a quarter million votes. Supporters camping out in front of Mexico's Congress building clashed with police yesterday, requiring the use of batons and tear gas.
Al Gore must be very proud to see his legacy at work in the world, and to see the Left's deep commitment to democracy underscored once again.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:44 AM
Readers may remember Hazleton as the Pennsylvania town that has courageously attempted to save itself from being swept away in a tide of illegal immigration. Naturally such efforts could not go unpunished by "civil rights" thugs.
A suit filed against the town's City Council alleges that the town's defensive measures of denying business permits to companies that hire illegal aliens and fining landlords who rent to them violates the U.S. Constitution. The suit doesn't need to have any merit; it just needs to cost enough in legal fees to force the little town to submit to illegal colonization by Mexico.
Unsurprisingly, the Anti-American Communist Lawyers Union is prominent among the pack of hyenas that has set upon Hazleton. Yaps ACLU shyster Omar Jadwat:
This mean-spirited law is wrong for many reasons but the most obvious is that the city does not have the power to make its own immigration laws.
The tactic of claiming that only the federal government can enforce immigration law has been used before. It is favored by fifth-columnists because they know that the bloated obscenity known as the federal government has absolutely no interest in defending the country from foreign conquest.
Hazleton's heroic Mayor Lou Barletta is standing fast, promising to take the case all the way to the Supremes if necessary. "We're not going to be bullied," says Barletta, whose open letter on the necessity of defending Hazleton should be an inspiration to small towns everywhere.
August 15, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:30 PM
In light of the recently foiled Muslim plot to kill thousands on flights between Britain and the USA, Whitehall summoned British Muslim leaders to see what kind of cooperation it could expect in combating the metastasizing menace of Islamic terrorism. The answer was unequivocal: none.
Rather than even pretend to cooperate, the Muslim reps took the opportunity to demand that the Islamic holidays Ramadan and Eid-ul-Adha be made into public holidays. You know, the same way they made Christmas a public holiday in Pakistan. They also declared that they should be subject to Sharia instead of British law for family matters, as if their conquest of Britain were already complete. Evidently British Muslims feel that the laws democratically enacted by Parliament apply to them no more than do the moral norms of civilization.
Growled Syed Aziz Pasha, secretary general of the Union of Muslim Organisations of the UK and Ireland:
[I]f you give us religious rights, we will be in a better position to convince young people that they are being treated equally along with other citizens.
Or, if I might translate into plain speech:
Submit to dhimmitude, and we'll stop trying to kill you, infidels.
Hat tip: Clarity & Resolve
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:56 PM
The Oakland Military Institute is a public charter school that provides an opportunity to escape from Oakland's decadence and squalor. As the school's superintendent Bruce Holaday puts it:
[W]hat we're offering — habits of good character, looking sharp, being polished, polite and well educated — a lot of families do appreciate.
One person who definitely does not appreciate this is Aimee Allison, who is unfortunately a member of Oakland's City Council. Allison has been screeching that considering the $7,400 per student it's given every year, the school is underachieving. Granted, that's too much money, but other Oakland public schools get the same. As for underachieving: last year it ranked fourth out of 21 Oakland middle schools in the state index.
A more serious sin, from Allison's point of view, is that many students go from military high schools to careers as military officers. Ms. Allison, comfy and safe because our military keeps her that way, is building a career on objecting to war. She wants the moonbat-laden Oakland school board to discuss the school's continued operations — i.e., to kill it.
Allison makes Mayor Jerry Brown (formerly known as Governor Moonbeam) look downright Republican by comparison. Since opening the school six years ago, Brown has watched it grow to 500 students. He notes that "it's unconscionable for an Oakland politician to take away an educational opportunity that parents want."
Unconscionable — but hardly surprising, considering Allison's background. Running under the banner of the Green Party, she won her council seat by campaigning on a four-issue platform, one of which was "limiting recruitment on local high school campuses."
Allison won the admiration of moonbats nationwide in 1991 when the Army Reserve unit in which she was supposed to serve as a medic was deployed to Saudi Arabia and she was able to finagle an honorable discharge by appealing all the way to federal court after declaring herself to be a conscientious objector.
Although it's anybody's guess what could possibly be honorable about joining the reserves for the financial benefits, then refusing to give medical treatment to wounded American soldiers, Allison emphasized this sordid episode in her campaign. Oakland has degenerated to the point that this apparently helped her get elected.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:12 PM
With Christian civilization under assault, clergy needs to offer guidance and inspiration. Instead it has tended to wallow in the same politically correct bilgewater that is washing it away. But Michael Nazir-Ali, Britain's Bishop of Rochester, bucks this trend by pointing out that multiculturalism isn't the solution to Muslim violence — it's a cause of it.
The liberal response to Islamic terrorism is to fret over Muslim grievances. But there is really only one Muslim grievance, and it goes back for centuries. They don't like it that we exist.
As Nazir-Ali observes, "there can never be sufficient appeasement, and new demands will continue to be made." What they want is the planet to themselves. There's only one thing Israel could do to make them happy: disappear. The same goes for the rest of Western Civilization.
Meanwhile, political correctness causes us to deliberately cultivate the Islamic cancer growing inside our society. Mosque schools have been encouraged in Britain. Instead of learning math and science and the background of British culture, kids learn to hate the infidel in the name of an evil god from the dark ages. By favoring segregation, school and housing policies allow the cancer of Islam to metastasize.
The answer is not to patronize the barbarous cultures of immigrants' ancestors, but to assimilate them into Western civilization by teaching them its values, which Nazir-Ali summarizes as recognition of "the innate dignity of all human beings, with fundamental equality, with liberty and with safety from harm" and a commitment to "freedom of belief and of expression." No one embracing these values would be susceptible to radical Islam.
Before we can assimilate immigrants by teaching them to believe in our culture, we need to believe in it ourselves. That's why it is crucial that we conquer multiculturalism, moral relativism, and every other form of moonbattery so that we are no longer a house divided against itself. The alternative is to allow Western Civilization to be torn to pieces from within.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:03 PM
It looks like AP might be trying to pull ahead of al-Reuters in the game of winning a place in Allah's heart by using phony photos to propagandize against the targets of jihad. Below is some Lebanese ruin caused by those incorrigible Israelis.
It's the same car, but Reuters didn't think to balance a wall-hanging inscribed with Koranic verses on the door. It's that extra spark of creativity that makes AP's Islamic propaganda so invigorating. Of course, they probably had some help from their Hezbollah friends.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:01 AM
Worldwide, hunger is not the problem it once was. But that's certainly no reason for do-gooders to stop fretting. We have a new problem now: obesity.
As University of North Carolina professor Barry Poplin told the annual conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists yesterday:
The reality is that globally far more obesity than undernutrition exists.
The problem is only getting worse as hunger declines. One culprit is affordable food, a symptom of the scourge known as globalization. Poplin offers the inevitable solutions — taxes and bureaucratic meddling:
[I]f we charge money for every calorie of soft drink and fruit drink that was consumed, people would consume less of it. If we subsidize fruit and vegetable production, people would consume more of it and we would have a healthier diet.
University of Minnesota prof Benjamin Senauer approvingly notes that the skinny Japanese spend almost 25% of their income on food, whereas porky Americans spend only 14%. Taxes and regulations could fix that too.
But the government has more work to do than simply driving up the cost of food. It also needs to reform our lifestyles. Probably clutching at his hair, Senauer dramatically intones:
Obesity and overweight bring with them significant risks of chronic disease and premature death and adjusting domestic policy to encourage a less sedentary lifestyle is literally a matter of life and death.
Maybe some of the money raised by taxing incorrect foods could be used to buy 1984-style telescreens, so that bureaucrats could ensure that we all do calisthenics every morning.
On a tip from Bill V.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:03 AM
The recently aborted major terrorist attack has provided professional blatherer Julia Sweig with an opportunity to offer yet another rendition of the classic liberal tune, Why They Hate Us. Unsurprisingly, she only succeeds in explaining why moonbats hate us.
Here are the primary sins for which the world might hate America, according to Sweig:
- Bush's "tough talk after 9/11."
- Failure to commit economic suicide with the absurd Kyoto accord.
- Removing a menacing, genocidal dictator from power in Iraq.
- Incarcerating terrorists.
- Winning the cold war against communist totalitarianism.
- Being powerful.
- Not applauding when our "ally" Germany knifed us in the back over Iraq.
- Being associated with the wealth and opportunity made possible by globalization.
- Being capitalist.
- Being characterized by the media as indifferent to the victims of Katrina.
- Being so "vulnerable, hostile and fearful" that some of us want the border defended against foreign invasion.
Actually, the number one reason we are hated by our enemies is that we aren't Muslims. Number two is that we support democratic Israel against totalitarian terrorists. Sweig doesn't get around to mentioning either.
Personally I can think of only one legitimate reason people might hate America: it's riddled with useless idiots like Julia Sweig.
August 14, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:19 PM
If the above photograph doesn't strike you as disturbingly sexual, you must not practice Islam. It was taken by five-year-old Hannah Edwards' mother to a British Passport Office in preparation for a trip to France. But bureaucrats rejected it, on the grounds that the little girl's bare shoulders might offend Muslims.
Jane Edwards was forced to jump through numerous hoops, but she was finally able to get a picture deemed acceptable to Muslims into the hands of British authorities. The experience left her fuming:
This is quite ridiculous, I followed the instructions on the passport form to the letter and it was still rejected. It is just officialdom pandering to political correctness. ... How can the shoulders of a five-year-old girl offend anyone?
Welcome to dhimmitude, Mrs. Edwards. The idea of five-year-olds being seen as sex objects is not all that strange in the context of a religion invented by a "prophet" who raped a 9-year-old girl — and that religion sets the standards now.
But even if bare shoulders can lead to trouble, it's okay for Brits to wear a hijab for their passport photos. This might make them difficult to identify, but the important thing is to do whatever the nice Muslims want, so that maybe they'll direct their terror attacks at someone else.
On a tip from Bill V.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:24 PM
Once again, the indispensable Zombie has used his camera to distill moonbattery to its quintessence. Here are a few highlights from a "Stop the U.S.-Israeli War" rally in San Francisco Saturday:
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:24 PM
Breaking news from al-Reuters: Israel has secretly enlisted the Starship Enterprise to assist in its nefarious campaign to inflict pointless destruction and misery on long-suffering Arabs.
That the crew of the Enterprise should fall under the influence of the insidious Israeli–neocon cabal is not entirely surprising. Star Trek fans will note that the crew includes a Russian, an African, a Chinaman, and even a Vulcan, but no Arabs. Although that could be because the show takes place in the future.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:55 PM
At al-Reuters, even the health news is propaganda. ¡No Pasarán! passes along the first-hand account of a freelance writer living in Israel whose Reuters editor insisted on her twisting medical stories for political ends:
One of the reasons I stopped freelancing for Reuters medical Web site: Instead of doing a story about a massive Israeli hospital drill or the discovery of a new drug platform, Reuters wanted me to write about Israel restricting ambulances with pregnant and or sick women and children inside from entering Israel.
Needless to say, the fact that Israel is desperately attempting to defend its citizens from an enemy that has no qualms at all about sacrificing its own women and children in terror attacks would not be highlighted.
As usual, the insistence on spin isn't the result of a sinister plan, but rather something worse: a mentality thoroughly engrained in the MSM that the objective of journalism is not to inform but to propagandize on behalf of the Left and its Muslim allies.
Fields like health and medicine, though not directly related to politics, may be especially vulnerable, because journalists may feel they can take more liberties at the expense of sound reporting — or they may politicize all the more excessively as a means of expressing their frustration at having to do unglamorous stories while others fire righteous rhetoric at the USA and Israel from only a few miles away from the battle front, posing in flak jackets as the wind tousles their exquisite hair.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:35 AM
Giving the lie to the dangerous canard that Muslim terrorists do not represent Islam in general, British Muslim representatives — including six lawmakers and reps from 38 Muslim organizations — responded to the foiled plot to murder thousands of infidels by blowing up transatlantic flights as you might expect: by blaming the British government for not pursuing policies more to their liking.
In an open letter to Tony Blair, they declared that "current British government policy risks putting civilians at increased risk both in the U.K. and abroad" by providing "ammunition to extremists."
The implication is clear: if you act like good little dhimmis rather than supporting the USA and Israel, maybe we'll stop trying to kill you.
But it appears the British could be rediscovering the backbone that allowed them to overcome Muslims' kindred spirits, the Nazis. Here's Home Secretary John Reid's reaction:
No government worth its salt would be supported by the British people if our foreign policy or any other aspect of policy was being dictated by terrorists. We decide things in this country by democracy, not under the threat of terrorism.
Implicit in this response is an understanding of how the politics work. "Respectable" Muslims with their councils and Parliament seats make demands; terrorists enforce them.
Unfortunately political correctness requires politicians to live in an ink cloud of doublethink that continues to prevent them from admitting the obvious, even as they show signs of standing up to Islamic bullying. Said Foreign Officer Minister Kim Howells:
I have no doubt that there are many issues which incite people to loathe government policies — but not to strap explosives to themselves and go out and murder innocent people. ... I think it is very, very dangerous when people who call themselves community leaders make some assumption that somehow that there's a rational connection between these two things.
But there is a connection. Not that complying with Muslim demands would stop the terror; it would just invite new demands. But no serious person could deny that Muslims use terror as a political tool — and will continue to, so long as political squeamishness prevents us from confronting them effectively.
August 13, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:19 PM
While some Muslims plot to blow up airliners full of people or Michigan's beautiful Mackinac Bridge, others attack from the other flank by staging demonstrations against the USA and its allies. Even as the chilling details of their most recent schemes of mass murder and sabotage come to light, Muslims had the staggering gall to stage a rally across from the White House yesterday. As usual, they were joined by radical leftists, for whom Islam has replaced communism as the best hope for destroying America and all that it represents.
Here's how the sympathetic New York Times describes the "thousands" of participants:
The diverse crowd included many Arab-Americans and Muslims, college students and families, as well as veterans of prior demonstrations against the war in Iraq.
The content was the usual: Israel commits war crimes by defending itself from Muslim terrorists, Israel should get out of Lebanon and just let the rockets fired from there blow them to bits, "Palestine" should be freed by replacing a Jewish democracy with a Muslim police state, Israelis are the terrorists, etc. Naturally the protesters were opposed to American support for Israel and for the nascent democracy in Iraq.
Several speakers denounced President Bush for admitting that the legions of bloodthirsty maniacs who are trying to kill as many of us as they can with an ultimate objective of obliterating our civilization are Muslims. Giving new meaning to the word "chutzpah," Mahdi Bray of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation declared that Mr. Bush owes Muslims an apology.
They just tried to blow up 10 transatlantic jets full of people and to destroy the bridge linking the peninsulas of Michigan. But our President owes them an apology.
"There is no Islamic fascism," Bray brayed, objecting to Bush's phrase, "Islamic fascists."
That's the thanks W gets for speaking in euphemisms. He should have just said "Muslims." They aren't fascists — fascists at least could make trains run on time.
The shady Gray Lady mentions offhand that ANSWER sponsored the rally, without of course mentioning this group's Stalinist roots. Prominent among the kooks and fiends lurking behind the scenes at ANSWER is Saddam Hussein's lawyer Ramsey Clark, who was on hand at the demo to proclaim our "solemn obligation to impeach President Bush." He also called for impeaching Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
There is plenty to be said about President Bush, not all of it good, but the bottom line is this: our country's worst enemies don't like it that he's President.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:46 AM
The Left's prolonged campaign to tear down the 29-foot cross commemorating Korean War vets at the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego appears to have failed. There was no opposition in the Senate to a bill that will protect the memorial from liberal lawyers by putting it under the administration of the Department of Defense.
A federal judge had ordered San Diego to remove the cross or pay $5,000 per day in fines. But Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supremes put a hold on that, until the Ninth Circus had a chance to hear the case in mid-October.
In 2004, voters approved an initiative to put the memorial under federal protection by a 76% majority. However, a state judge decided that would be unconstitutional, presumably because it would prevent ACLU types from tearing down the cross.
Even California's wacky Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein approved the current measure to protect the memorial.
Moonbat efforts to outlaw holy water, garlic, and sunlight continue unabated.
On a tip from Wiggins.
August 12, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:35 PM
On the surface it seems that the Left and Islam have nothing in common. After all, Muslims' only positive quality is that they intend to eradicate the self-indulgent decadence personified by liberals. As for liberals, their only positive quality is that they claim to uphold freedom of speech and equality for women, neither of which will survive Muslim conquest. But hatred of America, Israel, and Western Civilization in general provides enough common ground for Muslims and moonbats to forget their differences as they attack their common foe: the rest of us.
Davids Medienkritik provides first-hand documentation of the latest manifestation of this marriage made in hell. The sample pictures below were taken at a Muslim/moonbat rally that took place today in Berlin.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:44 AM
As the Muslim plot to blow up as many as 10 transatlantic passenger planes at the height of tourist season widens to other countries, it is becoming increasingly obvious that a catastrophe that would rival 9/11 in terms of loss of life was averted thanks to tactics the New York Times and its despicable ilk have done their best to prevent authorities from employing by exposing and loudly denouncing attempts to monitor overseas calls, bank transfers, and phone logs.
According to British antiterrorism chief Peter Clarke, the plot was foiled because authorities had "a large number of people" under surveillance, monitoring their "spending, travel, and communications."
WSJ is right to wonder "if Scotland Yard would have succeeded if the ACLU or the New York Times had first learned the details of such surveillance programs."
The Left's representatives in our government continue to undermine our defenses against Islamic terror any way they can. Top Senate Dem Harry Reid — who prematurely boasted of having "killed" reauthorization of the Patriot Act — reacted to the recent news by sniping at the President's policy in the Middle East. When the Times exposed the FISA program that collects information on overseas calls so that terrorist activities might be monitored, Reid denounced it as an "NSA domestic spying program" and croaked that it was illegal.
Fellow Dem Senator Ted Kennedy had this to say in light of the aborted atrocities:
[I]t is clear that our misguided policies are making America more hated in the world and making the war on terrorism harder to win.
If Kennedy has any sober interludes at all, he is probably aware that 1995's foiled "Bojinka" plot was nearly identical to the one that was just disrupted. Yet he and the rest of his contemptible party expect us to believe that if Bush didn't insist on confronting the menace of Muslim terrorism, it wouldn't exist.
The Dem–MSM alliance has also made it nearly impossible to interrogate terrorists, and difficult even to keep them incarcerated. Naturally they disapprove of the ethnic profiling that was almost certainly employed to zero in on the British-born Pakistanis who were behind the plot. The idea of taking the war to the enemy, so that they are too busy playing defense to attack us, is so adamantly rejected by Democrats that it caused them to dump their own recent Vice Presidential candidate in favor of the absurd little twit Ned Lamont. Some Dems are demented enough to demand Bush be impeached for his successful efforts to defend us from Islamic terrorism.
Yet millions of people are still willing to take the advice of the NY Times and vote for the profoundly execrable Democratic Party, even as it places their own lives at risk.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:30 AM
Maybe there's something to this global warming stuff after all:
Compliments of Larry.
August 11, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:22 PM
In the aftermath of the foiled Muslim plot to kill hundreds of innocent people by blowing up passenger planes, the terrorist front group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is upset with President Bush for using the term "Islamic fascists."
Fearing that terms like this could cause us to become annoyed at the bloodthirsty savages who are trying to kill us, CAIR called on the President to show restraint. Needless to say, they didn't call on their fellow Muslims to restrain themselves from murdering whomever happens to be on the next airplane they manage to blow up in homage to their vicious god.
Yelped CAIR's Nihad Awad:
We believe this is an ill-advised term and we believe that it is counterproductive to associate Islam or Muslims with fascism.
Awad called upon Americans to be more like the British, who are so shamefully dhimmified that they will pretend atrocities have nothing to do with Islam even when everyone knows better.
But "Islamic fascists" doesn't miss by much, according to Edina Lekovic of the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles:
It would have been far more accurate had he linked the situation to a segment of people rather than an entire faith, along the lines of, say, radical Muslim fascists.
If Bush has said "radical Muslim fascists," everyone could be assured that he has nothing against moderate Muslim fascists, who might be defined as Muslims who only want to maim infidels instead of blowing us to bits.
You might ask, What's in a name? Whatever you choose to call them, they are evil maniacs who will not stop trying to destroy us until we have destroyed them. But as Islamic history expert Daniel Pipes points out:
You cannot diagnose and treat a disease without first identifying and naming it. So, a strategist cannot defeat an enemy without first identifying it and naming it.
Pipes is certainly right. How could we have ever triumphed over the Nazis or the Imperial Japanese if we had been too timorous even to admit we were fighting them?
But I agree with CAIR too, to the extent that we're not at war with "Islamic fascists," any more than WWII had us at war with Nazi Redcoats. We're at war with Islam — or rather, Islam is at war with us. Failure to face this fact will not make it go away.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:10 PM
Al Gore has done a nice job of riding his environmental alarmist hobbyhorse back into the limelight. But despite his strident declamations exhorting us to embrace a "carbon-neutral lifestyle" because "humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb" and "we have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tailspin," Gore doesn't seem to be much of an environmentalist himself.
Maybe a moonbat would buy the excuse that flying around in a private jet to promote his global warming propaganda film "An Inconvenient Truth" is offset by using "renewable energy credits" (comparable to the medieval practice of purchasing indulgences from the church; in Gore's case, they're paid for by the movie's distributor). But how does this lecturer on the evils of excessive consumption explain owning three homes, one a 10,000-sq-ft monstrosity with eight bathrooms?
How will the Jimmy Swaggart of tree-hugging puritanism make us understand his unwillingness to kick in 2 cents per kilowatt hour to participate in a D.C. area alternative energy program?
How does this righteous guardian of Gaia's chastity justify his family's large stock holdings in Occidental (Oxy) Petroleum, a company known for drilling where greenies don't want it to?
Maybe Prince Albert needs to buy some more eco-indulgences with the $20,000 per year in royalties he rakes in from Pasminco Zinc, which mines on his property and dumps large amounts of barium, iron, and zinc into Tennessee's Caney Fork River.
On a tip from Don M.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:51 AM
But did you know Green Helmet is a film director? Here's some behind-the-scenes footage of him directing a Hezbollywood production in Qana last month:
Another star of the Lebanese propaganda industry is Bomb Magnet, so known because of her knack for being photographed weeping and lamenting in front of different destroyed buildings:
Beirut can't hold onto talent like this for long. My guess is they're both headed to Hollywood.
Hat tip: Wiggins.
August 10, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:07 PM
For an excellent overview of recent pro-Hezbo propaganda tricks perpetrated by al-Reuters, the New York Times, Associated Press, and U.S. News & World Report, check out this short movie.
Then ask yourself why Western news agencies would want to fake the news to advance the interests of Islamic terrorists who have the blood of Americans all over their hands:
Next, ask yourself why you would believe anything such news agencies try to tell you.
Hat tip: Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:52 PM
Despite the best efforts of the New York Times and the rest of the Left to make it impossible for authorities to monitor the activities of the terrorists who have already killed thousands of Americans and clearly plan to kill as many more as they can, a major terrorist attack has been foiled. It entailed blowing up passenger planes flying from the U.K. to America. Unsurprisingly, Homeland Security raised the threat level to red for commercial flights from Britain to the USA. Unsurprisingly — or suspiciously, to the mind of a moonbat.
Here's what AMERICAblog has to say about it:
And isn't it queer that the emergency is declared within a day of Republican party leader Ken Mehlman launching an all-out offensive against Democrats following Joe Lieberman's loss in Connecticut, an offensive in which Mehlman, the White House and Republican operatives are claiming that Democrats no longer care about national security or the war on terror.
And just at that moment we get our FIRST ever red alert. Beam me up, Scotty.
Yeah, Scotty. Please beam him up.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:32 PM
Many believe that Democrats' disturbing unwillingness to confront Islamic terrorism results from Bush Derangement Syndrome having festered into such an extreme psychopathology that Dems cannot perceive this rather obvious threat or anything else other than their own sputtering hatred of the President.
But others think it works the other way around: liberals don't oppose the war on terror because they hate President Bush; they hate W because he is fighting terrorists.
Unlikely as the latter explanation may sound, Ann Coulter holds that liberals would hate Bush "for fighting terrorists even if he had a 'D' after his name." Lieberman's defeat to the one-issue cut-and-run Lamont certainly supports this. Hillary Clinton, who gets howled at by anti-war moonbats everywhere she goes, also has a pacifist primary challenger in Jonathan Tasini.
Liberals' most vociferous attacks against the President have nothing to do with his actual shortcomings, such as his refusal to defend the Mexican border, to get federal spending under control, or to refrain from signing abominations like McCain–Feingold. Nothing inflames libs like his highly successful efforts to defend the country from the terrorism associated with Islamic imperialism.
But the problem with believing that Dems hate Bush because of the war on terror and not the other way around is that it would mean they want their own country to be destroyed by evil savages. That's too crazy to be true — isn't it?
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:57 AM
The future looks grim for Israel — not because it's under attack by a relentless enemy unencumbered by any sense of decency; not because the morally deformed "world community" opposes its very existence; not because the Iranian menace, sworn to Israel's destruction, is developing nuclear weapons. There is a still greater threat: moonbattery.
In the past Israel has been able to overcome tremendous challenges. But that was when it was on its own side. What makes moonbattery the worst enemy any civilization could face is that it turns you against yourself, so that you are unable to ward off even trivial external threats. For example, Islam has wanted to destroy the West for 1,500 years. Due to the West's vast cultural superiority, we hardly noticed the threat for the last several centuries. That's changed — not because Muslims have caught up to us economically or military, but because moonbattery has eaten away our souls so that we can only fight back in a piecemeal fashion, defensively blocking one enemy attack after another, lacking the will to strike a decisive blow of our own.
Martin Sherman of Ynet illustrates how this pertains to Israel's current situation with a couple of quotations:
The minute we leave south Lebanon we will have to erase the word Hizbullah from our vocabulary, because the whole idea of the State of Israel versus Hizbullah was sheer folly from the outset. It most certainly will no longer be relevant when Israel returns to her internationally recognized northern border.
Amos Oz in "Try a Little Tenderness" (Interview) Ha'aretz, March 17, 2000
We are tired of fighting, we are tired of being courageous, we are tired of winning, we are tired of defeating our enemies, we want that we will be able to live in an entirely different environment of relations with our enemies.
Ehud Olmert Address at Israel Policy Forum, New York, June 9, 2005
As Sherman explains:
The first citation encapsulates the feebleness of mind and failure of judgment of the bon-ton addicts who form the elite of Israel's civil society and who have set the tone of public debate in the country since the 1980s. The second reflects the feebleness of spirit and failure of leadership that has characterized the Israeli polity over the past quarter-century, and allowed the nation to be swept away in [a] torrent of politically-correct drivel.
Israel knew that Hezbollah was stockpiling thousands of missiles, just as it has known for a while that neutralizing the Hezbos will require a massive deployment of ground forces, not just Clinton-style air strikes. Yet, as Sherman puts it, Israel's leaders "stubbornly refused to recognize the military imperatives of the situation — and the long-term strategic costs of that refusal."
Only now is Israel beginning to realize it has no choice but to cut through the fog of liberal elite moonbattery and act decisively to confront its enemies as it has done in the past. The price of this delay has been high:
As the government dithered, its weakness and hesitancy began to take heavy toll on a range of vital national interests — degrading Israel's deterrent posture in the Arab world, eroding the Arab fear of the consequences of attack on Israel's civilian population centers and infrastructure; accumulating diplomatic damage via continual bombing of Lebanon which did little to quell the deluge of rockets on Israeli civilians, but much to stir up international condemnation; fomenting growing anger across the Moslem world — and hence pressure — on regimes that tacitly endorsed a swift crushing of Hizbullah; and perhaps most disturbingly, undermining the US perception of Israel's military prowess and hence of its value as an ally.
Not to mention the over 1 million Israelis who have been forced to flee their homes or cower in bomb shelters.
To add insult to injury, the despicable "world community" — as represented by the United Nations and the mainstream media — won't even grant Israel the prize of victim status. While international bureaucrats righteously demand an immediate ceasefire that would clearly benefit the Hezbos, the media resorts to trickery as it shamelessly propagandizes on behalf of Israel's barbaric enemies.
Being a victim is not an option. Israel and the rest of the West have to fight to win — like Muslims are doing.
August 9, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:08 PM
If you think the phony pictures al-Reuters has disseminated as part of their anti-infidel propaganda campaign are out of line for an allegedly professional news organization, check out some of the pictures they didn't publish:
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:56 PM
Despite Ned Lamont's appalling victory over Joseph Lieberman in Connecticut, moonbattery suffered a minor setback today, as Cynthia McKinney lost the primary for her Georgia Congressional seat. She did not lose gracefully.
McKinney blamed her defeat not on her 9/11 conspiracy theorizing or her assault of a U.S. Capitol police officer, much less on her wacky left-wing politics. Rather, she held the media and electronic voting machines to blame.
Journalists allegedly failed to "tell the whole story," while the voting machines that have been used in all Georgia precincts since 2002 but that failed to tally votes to McKinney's liking are "a threat to our democracy."
McKinney's noble concession speech included the immortal words:
Let the word go out. We aren't going to tolerate any more stolen elections. ... We want our party back!
Her campaign's hostility toward the media got a little out of control during several incidents in which her staff threatened and/or assaulted employees of Atlanta's 11Alive. In one, a female photographer was lured toward McKinney's car, where a staffer grabbed her wrist and threatened her with violence. In another, a photographer was struck and his equipment knocked to the ground. In a third, goons followed a 11Alive staff member into a satellite truck outside McKinney's headquarters, prompting a call to 911.
This gives an idea of the caliber of some of the people the Democratic Party has managed to inflict upon Congress. At least we'll be rid of McKinney — for the time being. She's come back before, having lost her primary in 2002 before reclaiming her seat in 2004. For now her fans can rest assured that her tradition of over-the-top moonbattery will be carried on by others — like Ned Lamont if he is elected to the Senate.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:24 PM
Here's how WaPo kicks off its coverage of the Connecticut primary:
In a stark repudiation, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) narrowly lost the Democratic Senate primary here Tuesday night, falling to antiwar candidate Ned Lamont in a campaign that became a referendum on the incumbent's support for the Iraq war.
As Lucianne.com reader Penney remarked, "They must have worked on that first sentence for days! ...Weeks?!!"
A more accurate version might read:
In a treacherous betrayal, liberal Senator Joseph Lieberman was knifed in the back by his own party and consequently lost the Democratic primary to a moonbat whose single issue is his demand for immediate unconditional surrender in Iraq, indicating that the Democratic Party will no longer tolerate anyone who does not toe the line of the ascendant extremist wing financed by the sinister fanatic George Soros.
Lucky for Lieberman this isn't the Soviet Union (yet). A one-way ticket to Siberia would be the best he could hope for. That's what he gets for trying to act like a grownup in a party that's come to resemble junior high detention hall.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:52 AM
Hollywood isn't the only source of silver screen scatterbrains who take it upon themselves to set the world to rights through moonbattery. Over 100 celluloid saps at the 59th Locarno International Film Festival are protesting the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, declaring in a written statement:
As Swiss film-makers, artists, intellectuals and citizens, we refuse to remain silent witnesses to this blind strategy of destruction.
To these weighty words were added righteous demands for an "end to all violence." The film-makers affirmed their solidarity with the Palestinians and Lebanese, and denounced Israel as a "criminal state."
Needless to say, they did not suggest that Hezbollah end the violence by ceasing to launch terror attacks against Israeli citizens. After all, according to Europe, Hezbollah is not a terrorist organization. If the European Union admitted it to be one, Europeans would have to stop funding it. Hezbollah's assets in Europe would have to be seized.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:47 AM
Like some preternatural disease in a zombie movie, the moonbat fantasy that the atrocities of September 11 were somehow caused by the Bush Administration continues to spread. Westminster John Knox Press, the publishing arm of the American Presbyterian Church, has seen fit to publish a book calling upon Christians to extend their faith to bizarre conspiracy theories.
In Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11, author David Ray Griffin reveals that the USA is the world's chief embodiment of demonic power. He also reveals that the World Trade Center was destroyed in a controlled demolition, despite those crashing airliners we all thought we saw.
Unsurprisingly, Griffin is a college professor.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:37 AM
I've heard first-hand from some moonbats that the only source of "news" they're willing to believe is the smirking clown Jon Stewart, who must be to the liberal MSM what the MSM is to Fox News. Even Stewart has had to acknowledge the great progress civilization has made in northern Iraq. Naturally he regards it as an object of ridicule:
That anyone could find Stewart appealing or humorous is hard for me to grasp. That people would think his lame show can substitute for factual information is incomprehensible — although it does make moonbats' disconnect from reality a little easier to understand.
August 8, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:08 PM
John McCain may be clueless on the subject of illegal immigration, but when it comes to the New York Times, he offers some sound advice: "Don't believe everything you read."
On July 28, Gray Lady published this amusing anecdote:
Two summers ago, on a Congressional trip to Estonia, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton astonished her traveling companions by suggesting that the group do what one does in the Baltics: hold a vodka-drinking contest.
Delighted, the leader of the delegation, Senator John McCain, quickly agreed. The after-dinner drinks went so well — memories are a bit hazy on who drank how much — that Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican, later told people how unexpectedly engaging he found Mrs. Clinton to be. ''One of the guys'' was the way he described Mrs. Clinton, a New York Democrat, to some Republican colleagues.
As McCain told Jay Leno:
We had dinner and that's it. ... I'm sorry it isn't a better story.
But Leno had already referred to the enhanced NY Times version in his nightly monologue:
That showed me how two sides can get together, when a McCain and a Clinton can both end up acting like a Kennedy. ... It's kind of interesting when Hillary asked him if he wanted to go out for a cold one, Senator McCain said, "No thanks, I'm married."
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:27 PM
One of the most frightening aspects of the Ned Lamont wing of the Democratic Party is its almost psychotic hypocrisy. For example, today Jesse Jackson called for Lamont's victory over 18-year Senate veteran Joseph Lieberman. Lieberman's 90% liberal voting record is 10% shy of acceptable to an ideologue like Jackson. Needless to say, Jackson's own 100% pure liberal opinion can easily be predicted on any topic, so there's no point listening to anything he says, except to marvel at the remarkable hypocrisy that underlies his duckspeak.
Using the same tactic as Muslims who describe Israeli and American victims of their suicide bombers as "terrorists," Jackson declares that Lieberman has run "a scurrilous campaign" comparable to a "mudbath." No examples are given because there are no examples. Meanwhile, Lamont's supporters have apparently hacked Lieberman's website, knocking it out of commission along with his campaign's email on the day of the primary. One of their own websites featured this:
Radical leftists in the Democratic Party want to purge Lieberman because he has the backbone to stand by his views on the war in Iraq. Most Democrats in the House and Senate voted in favor of the war, but then withdrew their support once the troops were out there dodging bullets, when it became apparent that by causing an American defeat, they could hurt the President politically. For failing to conform to these treasonous vermin despite overwhelming pressure, Lieberman is accused of abandoning views "to the prevailing winds."
But did I say Lieberman was being purged? Not at all: he's purging himself, according to Jackson. After all, he said he would run as an independent if the nomination is pulled out from under him.
If this were the Soviet Union liberals still pine for, Jackson would be smugly reporting that Lieberman had shot himself in the head — six times.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:53 PM
Last February Ignacio Ramos responded to a request for backup from fellow Border Patrol agent Jose Alonso Compean, who had noticed a suspicious van near the Rio Grande River in the El Paso area. The van turned out to be carrying 800 pounds of marijuana. The two of them and another agent chased Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, an illegal alien and drug smuggler who headed back for Mexico on foot.
Shots were fired. Ramos saw Compean on the ground bleeding and kept chasing the criminal, who turned toward him and apparently pointed a gun. Ramos shot at him and seemed to miss. Aldrete-Davila got into another van that was waiting for him on the other side of the river and escaped.
It turns out the bad guy was wounded in the buttocks during this incident. Here's how our authorities handled the matter:
Aldrete-Davila was given full immunity and free medical treatment. Ramos and Compean were arrested for violating his civil rights.
Squealed U.S. Attorney Debra Kanof:
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled it is a violation of someone's Fourth Amendment rights to shoot them in the back while fleeing if you don't know who they are and/or if you don't know they have a weapon.
But Aldrete-Davis did have a weapon. Or did he? It turns out he might not have.
Kanof also pointed out that it is a violation of Border Patrol policy for agents to pursue fleeing suspects. Yet we are supposed to believe that our bureaucrats have any interest whatsoever in defending the country, and that there is some point to even having a Border Patrol when moonbats with law degrees won't let them do their job.
How are we supposed to follow the Border Patrol strategy of apprehending terrorists or drug smugglers if we are not supposed to pursue fleeing people? Everybody who's breaking the law flees from us. What are we supposed to do? Do they want us to catch them or not?
Obviously, the answer is not.
Ramos and Compean have both been convicted of discharging a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries an automatic 10-year sentence. They are also charged with other crimes, and could both end up in jail for 20 years. That's what they get for doing a job the authorities don't want done.
Meanwhile, the El Paso's Sheriff's Department is keeping an eye on the Ramos home, because the family is receiving death threats apparently related to Aldrete-Davis' bullet in the butt. These threats need to be taken very seriously, since thanks to moonbattery, Mexican criminals can cross the border at will.
On a tip from Steve.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:47 AM
Liberals have been ambivalent at best about who to side with between Israel and Hezbollah. On one hand you have a democratic ally. On the other, you have vicious Muslim terrorists who want to annihilate it. The farther to the Left, the more heavily sentiment tilts in favor of the terrorists.
But an AP piece may make some moonbats realize that the Hezbos aren't quite angels. They don't just kill Israeli civilians, they also kill trees — and even animals.
Katyusha rockets fired from Lebanon have set ablaze the Mount Naftali Forest, wiping out 750 acres and trapping cuddly animals with whom moonbats should be able to identify, including coyotes, jackals, and snakes.
When Israel was established in 1948, Mount Naftali was bare. The forest the Hezbos have been burning down in hopes of killing some women and children was meticulously planted by Israelis. But of course, this doesn't excuse Zionists for being American allies.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:33 AM
It's hard to say who wins if Dems let their ship go over a cataract by throwing the liberal Joe Lieberman overboard in favor of MoveOn.org's choice Ned Lamont. Sure it would make Democrats less electable nationwide to be revealed as intolerant fanatics who will eat their own to impose Soviet-style absolute ideological conformity. But on the downside, as the Dems veer ever farther toward the lunatic fringe, they're pulling the center of gravity with them. RINOs will keep moving leftward to fill the moderate liberal vacuum. Instead of a choice between conservatives and liberals, we are going to end up with a choice between liberals and the radical Left, like they have in France. The Dems will lose elections, but they'll win the war by drawing the country toward moonbattery.
At least one person will be happy with a Lieberman defeat today. Over the weekend, the rabidly anti-war Chris "Tweety" Matthews — who has expressed a wish that Cindy Sheehan run for Congress — used his syndicated show to beg his fellow moonbats to get to the polls and vote for Lamont. As transcribed by NewsBusters:
This August 8th the Democratic voters of Connecticut will render a decisive verdict. If challenger Ned Lamont beats Joe Lieberman then it will tell us the Democratic Party has had it with the war in Iraq. If Senator Lieberman survives it will tell us all, Republicans and Democrats, independents that it's safe for anyone to support this war. That's right even a Democrat from a liberal state where most Democrats hate the war and detest the President who chose to fight it. ... I want a huge turnout. ... If Democrats in Connecticut think this war has not been good for America they should use their precious ballot, fought and died for, for two centuries of patriots to say so.
At least Tweety has dropped any tedious pretense of objectivity. Maybe he can afford to, now that he has the valuable endorsement of the wacko Left Pacifica Radio's Amy Goodman.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:16 AM
The ACLU is at it yet again, using the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of religion as a pretext to repress Christianity, this time in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, where a memorial is being erected to Katrina victims that will brazenly feature a cross.
The 13-foot cross and accompanying monument listing the 129 parish residents killed by Katrina is going up on private land near the Mississippi River–Gulf Outlet shoreline. The project has been coordinated by a group of volunteers working on their own time. No public money is involved.
But none of this matters to ACLU, which will not tolerate anything resembling public acknowledgment of our 2,000-year Christian heritage. Louisiana Executive Director Joe Cook is denouncing the memorial as government promotion of a religious symbol on a public waterway.
Here's Parish President Henry "Junior" Rodriguez's reply to the Anti-Christian Lawyers Union:
They can kiss my ass.
Kudos to Rodriguez and St. Bernard Parish. Let's hope some moonbat judge doesn't force them to pay legal fees to the ACLU when this winds up in court.
August 7, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:03 PM
The Muslim–moonbat alliance continues to solidify, as budding young socialist dictator Hugo Chavez has thrown his weight behind Hezbollah in its struggle to destroy Israel.
Plunging headfirst into hyperbole, Chavez has absurdly characterized Israel's attempts to defend itself from Hezbollah as a "fascist outrage," "genocide," "in the style of Hitler," and a "new Holocaust." Naturally, the USA is to blame for Israel's "imperialist aggression."
Foolish remarks have been accompanied by corresponding gestures, as the chief of mission at Venezuela's embassy in Israel was withdrawn last Thursday.
These childish antics have won accolades from the usual corners. British MP George Galloway announced that Chavez, along with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and dying Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, is a "real leader of the Arab people."
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:18 PM
According to a poll of likely New Hampshire Democratic primary voters by Dick Bennett, who has been polling the state since 1976, Dems and Republicans may have finally found something they can agree on: Hillary Clinton.
Below are a few of the choice epithets Democrats used to describe their 2008 presidential frontrunner:
- lying bitch
- evil, power-mad witch
- the ultimate self-serving politician
- devil incarnate
- power freak
- political whore
And here I was thinking Democrats are wrong about everything. According to Bennett:
Forty-five percent of the Democrats are just as negative about her as Republicans are. More Republicans dislike her, but the Democrats dislike her in the same way.
He says he's never before seen so many New Hampshire voters show such hatred for a member of their own party. Meanwhile, national Dems remain fixated on polls that give Hillary Rotten a big early lead based on name recognition. The U.S.S. Shrillary is headed straight for an iceberg.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:28 PM
As Gerard Henderson observes in the Sydney Morning Herald, an anti-war rally is not really an anti-war rally if it opposes only one side in a two-sided conflict. Yesterday's Hiroshima Day rallies in Australia are a case in point. The agenda was laid out explicitly by Green Left Weekly:
Stop the war on Lebanon and Palestine. No nuclear power, no uranium mining. Troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. No attack on Iran.
Note there's nothing here about Hezbollah starting a war by kidnapping Israelis and shooting rockets into their cities, or about Iran supplying those rockets to a terrorist organization, or about other terrorists destabilizing Iraq by blowing up civilians in marketplaces, or even about the terrifying Iranian regime's mad rush to acquire nuclear weapons. As usual, the focus was not peace or nuclear technology or anything else other than the psychotic hatred of Western Civilization that is the Left's defining characteristic. This alone makes its alliance with Islam workable.
The main Sydney rally was reportedly "effectively taken over" by ethnic Lebanese. Many of them would not be in Australia if they had not been granted refugee status during the Lebanese civil war by an act of grace on the part of an Australian government that included John Howard, whom yesterday's banners depicted as a terrorist. This sort of gratitude is to be expected.
Also to be expected is Muslim exploitation of the West's useful idiot class. Muslims are almost as good at propagandizing as they are at firing rockets from behind women and children. Where moonbats have created the machinery of anti-Western propaganda, Muslims will push them aside and take over the controls.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:35 PM
Charlie Sheen, Kevin Barrett, James Fetzer, and the rest of the obnoxious lunatics who make up the "9/11 Truth Movement" may be irritating in the extreme, but aren't their childish conspiracy theories just a harmless diversion? Not if you ask Val McClatchey.
Mrs. McClatchey managed to take the one and only picture of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93, after the passengers heroically rose up against Muslim hijackers who apparently intended to fly it into the Capitol. Producing physical evidence of what actually happened that day has not won her any friends among 9/11 conspiracy theorists, who would like to throw her famous photo down a memory hole so they can get on with the task of constructing their alternate history of September 11.
Proclaiming her photograph to be a fraud on a variety of pseudo-scientific grounds is not enough for conspiracy-minded bloggers, who have publicly maligned her character and have even called her at home to harass her. A kook calling himself Killtown has posted her home address, phone number, and personal email address online.
Conspiracy kooks' assertions that Mrs. McClatchey photoshopped smoke into her photograph are highly ironic, considering that their moonbat brethren at al-Reuters were recently caught red-handed doing exactly that.
Unlike the Reuters picture, Mrs. McClatchey's is entirely authentic, as verified by the FBI. According to special agent Jeff Killeen of Bureau's Pittsburgh office, it is "a very legitimate photograph... that was taken moments after Flight 93 crashed to the ground."
But of course, the tinfoil hat brigade believes that the FBI is in on the conspiracy. Whether they think Flight 93 was shot down by Air Force missiles on orders from Karl Rove or captured by alien spaceships is not clear.
"The truth speaks for itself," says Mrs. McClatchey. Too bad not everyone is listening.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:56 AM
Great news for avant-garde film fans: Federico Fellini, thought to have died in 1993, may actually be alive and well and running Italy's justice department under Prime Minister and coglione Romano Prodi.
Who else but Fellini would think to address Italy's overcrowded prison system by letting the criminals go free? The results of this surreal policy have been as chaotic as any scene in Satyricon or Roma.
Plans call for over 12,000 prisoners to be released over the next few weeks. So far more than 5,000 have been set free, although a few of them are already back behind bars — having committed new crimes within hours of being granted their liberty.
In Udine, a plumber in jail for attacking his wife was rearrested six hours after his premature release for trying to strangle her. In Sardinia, a couple of freed jailbirds got drunk, smashed up a bar, and then attacked police officers who tried to calm them down. Other crimes have been committed by released inmates throughout Italy, including assault, breaking and entering, and armed robbery. Some foreign inmates who were released could be connected to Islamic terrorism.
Antonio Mazzocchi of Alleanza Nazionale has an excellent suggestion, which might also be applied to those who want to close down Club Gitmo:
All those who have reoffended should be sent to the homes of MPs who voted for this appalling measure.
At least now Prodi's liberal government has learned its lesson, and will promptly start building more prisons to alleviate the overcrowding — right?
Wrong. Here's what justice minister Clemente Mastella has to say:
What I would ask those people being released is that they try to behave responsibly. This is simply a noble gesture of clemency and no emergency or threat has been created... The prospect that some would reoffend was always considered and anticipated but it is of no cause for concern.
Italy appears to be headed to hell in a handbasket. If only Fellini really were around to film it.
On a tip from Wiggins.
August 6, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:48 PM
The Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which manufactures replacement parts for nuclear weapons, hosted a freakfest Saturday as moonbats converged from far and wide to demand that the plant "be closed, its buildings and land decontaminated and used for human causes."
Eight moonbats were arrested on misdemeanor charges for obstructing a roadway when they sat down in front of the plant and refused to move. The youngest of them is 43; four are in their sixties. At this point growing up is no longer an option for them.
Other moonbats busied themselves by chanting and pinning paper "peace cranes" to the fence. Unfortunately no corresponding demonstration was held Iran.
Although some dismissed the protesters as "communist, tax-exempt, leftover hippies of the '60s who have protested and long mocked the sacrifices of our veterans," they did show remarkable creativity in finding their way to Oak Ridge. A group featuring Buddhist monks came by "peace walk" from Atlanta. Participants in "Footprints for Peace" performed a relay run from Portsmouth, Ohio. An Asheville, North Carolina contingent came by bicycle. I hope they remembered to put their clothes on.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:04 PM
Sidney Blumenthal really ought to join the "9/11 Truth Movement." His paranoid imagination is wasted on standard issue leftist diatribes against American policy in the Middle East.
In a recent piece, Blumenthal managed to use variations on the evidently ominous word "neoconservative" no less than 15 times as he denounced the Bush Administration for allegedly allowing the dreaded National Security Agency to share intelligence with Israel on the flow of rockets pouring from Iran and Syria to Hezbollah, and from there into Israeli population centers. Sharing critical intelligence with an ally that is under attack may seem like normal behavior, but it is actually part of a "covert neoconservative scenario" that shockingly involves fighting terrorists rather than the preferred liberal approach of offering to lick their toes if they'll promise to be nice.
The sinister neocons want more than to spoil all the constructive diplomacy that worked so well with Arafat when liberals held the White House. According to Blumenthal, they even want more than to drive Hezbollah out of southern Lebanon so as to stop the rocket barrage. The secret objective is to push Israel into a "cleansing war" with Syria and Iran, in order to "redeem Bush's beleaguered policy in the entire region."
You can practically feel a mist of Blumenthal's spittle as he raves of the neocon cabal's iniquitous machinations:
By using NSA intelligence to set an invisible tripwire, the Bush administration is laying the condition for regional conflagration with untold consequences — from Pakistan to Afghanistan, from Iraq to Israel. Secretly devising a scheme that might thrust Israel into a ring of fire cannot be construed as a blunder. It is a deliberate, calculated and methodical plot.
Relax Sidney. As bad as things look, there is a solution. It's called Thorazine.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:31 AM
Reuters has been caught with its hand in the cookie jar. This dhimmi propaganda service has withdrawn a photograph of smoke rising from Beirut following an Israeli air strike after bloggers observed that it had been deliberately faked to make the smoke heavier.
As Reuters confessed:
[P]hoto editing software was improperly used on this image. A corrected version will immediately follow this advisory. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Here's Reuters' politically correct alternative:
Photoshop's clone tool was employed — duplicating not only smoke but also buildings, as documented at Little Green Footballs, where it is also pointed out that the photographer who took the photo is the same Adnan Hajj who took this priceless and very possibly staged propaganda pic at Qana:
Unfortunately, al-Reuters still hasn't confessed that the Islamic terrorists for whom it carries water really are terrorists, not "freedom fighters."
In related news, a Reuters employee is in hot water for telling Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs:
I look forward to the day when you pigs get your throats cut.
As Johnson observed:
I think it's more than fair to say that Reuters has a big problem.
So do those relying on Reuters and the rest of the liberal media for their news.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:38 AM
Getting news out of Cuba has been difficult lately, but fortunately Wiggins was able to pass along this shot of Castro following his surgery:
August 5, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:27 AM
If you always wanted to try LSD but don't want to break the law or risk damaging your brain, you can simulate the experience by entering the world of Professor James Fetzer, a leading figure in the "9/11 Truth Movement." For the equivalent of taking an extra hit, check out the interview he did last month with fellow kookazoid Bill Deagle on Republic Broadcasting Network.
Listeners know from the start that it's going to be a bad trip when an intro reveals Bush's diabolical plan to divide the country into economic zones by building a 10-lane NAFTA superhighway from Texas to Duluth. The purpose is to advance the North American Union at the expense of American sovereignty, but the result will be to exacerbate global warming, which will cause life as we know it to be unsustainable.
From there, the interview does its best to go downhill. Screw Loose Change has transcribed a few lowlights:
DEAGLE: "[my patient] in fact was one of the 5 exposed to radiation from exploded micronukes in the Oklahoma City Murrah building that were..."
FETZER: "Micronukes in the Murrah building?"
FETZER: "Fascinating. Fascinating."
FETZER: "They're building these detention camps all over the country [...] I just think there's going to be a huge group of us marched off to these detention facilities when they perform the next phoney attack on the US, suspend the constition and turn the American military against the American people."
DEAGLE: [describes giant detention camps which can hold a million people each, including some in Canada with special rail connections, and some of the camps underground such as under 'DIA' (Denver International Airport)]
FETZER: "What in god's name is their plan... I've heard different speculations I've heard reports that they're equipped with full-sized guillotines suggesting that they're going to lop a lot of our heads off. I've also heard the idea of creating huge slave labour camps, so it's even cheaper for American corporations to produce their goods."
FETZER: "What's going on with this chemtrail business? What's the purpose of it, what's it accomplishing?"
DEAGLE: "Well its primary purpose is threefold. Number 1 it's to turn the air into a plasma so they can have geo-tectonic effects using scalar satellite-based technologies to trigger what's called the 'peizo-electic slip threshold' with specific harmonic frequencies of any [earthquake?] so they can trigger off an earthquake as a weapon anywhere on Earth, like the Bam earthquake in Bam, Iran that occured a little over a year ago. They can also set up what's called a trans-dimensional vortex..."
FETZER: "Just to translate this for some of our listeners because you're using a lot of very technical scientific language - what you're saying, Bill, let me translate it, is they can affect the weather, that they're doing things that will make the atmosphere more useful as a medium for using HAARP technology to bring about events like earthquakes, hurricanes, the whole bit."
DEAGLE: "Right. And they actually created what's called a trans-dimensional vortex that pulled in the storm cells that formed Katrina over New Orleans, that was done on purpose. Number 3, they're using it so..."
FETZER: "You're saying that Katrina was allowed to grow and become a force-5 hurricane and hit New Orleans on purpose."
DEAGLE: "On purpose."
FETZER: "Just elaborate on why."
DEAGLE: "Because first they had to destroy the oil production facilities down there they had to create a wetland which is part of the hijacking again, the use of the environmentalist movement. They had to allow only certain areas to be rebuilt which is what's happening we see [Donald Trump??]"
FETZER: "Just tell me a bit more about why, why did want to destroy the oil production facilities off the coast of Louisiana?"
DEAGLE: "It's the Goldfinger Effect, which is why we're in Iraq not to steal their oil but so nobody else..."
FETZER: "To make the cost of oil go up and up and up up because the supply has gone down and down and down."
I have to agree with Fetzer about one thing: the bizarre beliefs that flourish on the Left these days really are fascinating — in a morbid kind of way.
On a tip from Byron.
August 4, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:46 PM
From Indonesia, home of the moderate Muslims:
The message is a little too subtle for Democrats, who according to a Times/Bloomberg poll, still haven't figured out who the bad guys are:
Democrats supported neutrality over alignment, 54% to 39%, while Republicans supported alignment with the Jewish state 64% to 29%.
Won't it be nice if American Jews remember this come election day?
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:01 PM
Deafeningly homosexual Andrew Sullivan has officially joined the tinfoil hat brigade by linking to a YouTube video that he finds "persuasive." The video features conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of infowars.com and prisonplanet.com infamy — a paranoid schizophrenic best known for his prominent position in the campaign to convince the haplessly gullible and/or mentally defective that the Bush Administration was responsible for the atrocities of September 11. As noted at The Corner, Jones is reputed to have
predicted the 9/11 attack in a July 2001 television taping when he warned that the Globalists were going to attack New York and blame it on their asset Osama bin Laden.
In the video, Jones follows the lead of Democratic Underground by conducting a "scientific test," this one allegedly proving that Vice President Cheney blasted his friend Harry Whittington with a shotgun from 15–18 feet away.
Just when it seemed the overhyped Cheney hunting accident story had finally petered out and died, the maniacal Jones — who frighteningly has managed to get hold of a shotgun himself — blows holes in targets, a watermelon, a dead Cornish hen, and a rubber kick-boxing dummy by the name of Bob in this nonsensical video, which after running for more than 10 minutes triumphantly concludes that eyewitness reports of Cheney accidentally peppering Whittington from 90 feet away are a lie.
To quote the laughably credulous Sullivan, "Make your own mind up":
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:58 AM
As Edmund Burke said,
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
This principle has allowed the ACLU to thrive for generations, eating away at our civilization any way it can to the delight of the liberal elite as the rest of us shrug and wonder what we can do. Fortunately, this may be changing.
One of the ACLU's most insidious tactics is to rely on left-leaning judges' habit of awarding them attorney's fees in Establishment Clause cases. These are cases in which the ACLU uses the First Amendment — which guarantees freedom of religion — as a pretext to repress Christianity. After financially breaking the kneecaps of anyone who dares bring Christianity into the public sphere, ACLU jackals are then lavishly compensated by the taxpayers, despite working pro bono.
Not only is this a lucrative revenue stream for this pernicious organization, but it often allows it to get its way simply by threatening to litigate, since governments from the local to the federal level fear having to pay it massive legal fees. This is known as "judicial blackmail." It differs from having the Mafia threaten to break your windows in that larger sums of money are involved, and the Mafia isn't devoted to destroying our heritage and our religious freedom.
Kudos to Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) for finally doing something about it. He has introduced a bill that will
prevent the use of the legal system in a manner that extorts money from State and local governments, and the Federal Government.
Joe March of the American Legion elaborates that the legislation
would amend or revise the Civil Rights Act, in terms of eliminating the ability of judges to award attorney's fees, in cases where there is litigation brought against religious symbols in this country ... and things such as the Boy Scouts and public seals.
August 3, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:20 PM
Once again the New York Times has proven itself master of the passive lie — the art of misleading not by what is said, but what is not said. Today the Gray Lady devoted nearly 1,500 words to promoting a four-hour documentary about Katrina's aftermath by race-guilt merchant Spike Lee. Somehow they forgot to mention that Lee believes the U.S. Government deliberately caused last year's flooding in New Orleans in order to be mean to blacks.
It's not too far-fetched . . . I don't put anything past the United States government. I don't find it too far-fetched that they tried to displace all the black people out of New Orleans.
Combining the influences of Farrakhan and Ward Churchill, Lee told al-Reuters:
I wouldn't put anything past the U.S. government when it comes to people of color. There is too much history ... going back to when the U.S. army gave smallpox-infested blankets to Native Americans.
If they can rig an election, they can do anything!
The Times doesn't hide that Lee has an agenda. The long piece yammers about his "themes of race, class and politics" and how "[t]his gumbo of a film lingers on the politics of disaster response." It even quotes him in Ward Churchill mode, citing Malcolm X about chickens come home to roost.
Yet they never get around to mentioning that Lee believes the flooding was the result of government sabotage.
Says HBO's Sheila Nevins, the film's executive producer, "I realized this would be the film of record."
If Nevins is right, propaganda produced by a paranoid screwball motivated by extremist racial politics will be accepted as historical reality. His colleagues at the NY Times — the "newspaper of record" — are reliably smoothing off the rough edges to make it easier to swallow.
George Orwell said it well:
He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.
This is why we do not want the likes of Spike Lee and the New York Times controlling the present with their propaganda.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:32 PM
Communist dictator Fidel Castro's health problems, signaling the impending end of his rule, have led to joyous celebrations among those who have escaped his hellish regime. But there's also a downside — what if, instead of a smooth transition to his thuggish younger brother, the totalitarian regime were to disintegrate as other communist dictatorships have been doing? What if instead of subsistence-level slavery, Cubans were able to attain the freedom, dignity, and wealth they deserve? What if they were actually to have a say in their own destiny? How do you think that would make moonbats feel?
The answer is awful, as a recent piece in Madison's Capital Times makes clear. Denizens of Wisconsin's answer to Berkeley fret that the sinister Bush Administration will take advantage of the transitional period to sow seeds of democracy in Cuba.
Congratulations to the Capital Times for managing to find Ricardo Gonzalez, an extremely rare Cuban ex-pat wacky enough to support the current regime. Gonzalez raves that the USA is scheming to annex Cuba.
Former University of Wisconsin English prof and "prominent local Socialist" Robert Kimbrough also has his pink panties in a wad. He quotes a 2004 report by the U.S. Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba (headed by Condi Rice) as saying:
We pledge to help the Cuban people, and a new transition Cuban government, as you move away from the totalitarian Communist dictatorship and toward a free and representative democracy.
According to Kimbrough, this is "disgusting."
A fellow UW professor squawks that any U.S. involvement in helping our close neighbor transition from dictatorship to democracy
would be disastrous and lead to more complications than the United States is either able to deal with or would want to do in the world community.
There's that enlightened "world community" again.
Another Madison moonbat chips in that encouraging political and economic freedom in Cuba
is a very imperialistic approach, that we have some God-given right to have a hand in Cuba's affairs.
Hurry up, moonbats. If you don't defect to Cuba before freedom breaks out there, you may have to settle for North Korea. Or you could just stay in the USA while denouncing it and spewing hypocritical nonsense about how you prefer communism to wealth and freedom — but then people would continue to dismiss you as evil clowns.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:50 AM
I guess when you're a diplomat, being diplomatic just comes naturally. Here's what Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Dan Gillerman had to say about the latest fatuous bloviations emitted from America's worst president, Jimmy "the Dhimmi" Carter:
I think that President Carter's appearances, op-eds, and speeches are an embarrassment. I think that they are an embarrassment to the great institution of the presidency. I mean, President Carter wasn't that great of a president to start with ... I really don't know what has happened to him over the last few years.
That's putting it rather nicely — especially considering the way the Carter op-ed that sparked the comment piled one inanity on top of another.
According to Jimbo, responding to rocket attacks on civilian populations that are deliberately launched from within other civilian populations is "inhumane and counterproductive." Better Israelis should just die already. The result of their troublesome efforts at self-defense against Hezbollah and Hamas
has been that broad Arab and worldwide support has been rallied for these groups, while condemnation of both Israel and the United States has intensified.
How Israel could pander to the judgments of people evil enough to support these terror groups and the left-wing fools who condemn it for fighting them without ceasing to exist is not explained.
Jimbo demanded the release of Lebanese prisoners, presumably including the monstrous Samir Kuntar, who snuck into Israel and bashed in a four-year-old girl's skull after making her witness her father's murder. I suppose from Carter's politically correct point of view, Kuntar was just celebrating his diverse ethnic heritage.
Not even passive defenses are to be allowed to Israel. The common sense step of building a fence so they can keep out the terrorists is dismissed with this:
Palestinians see their remnant territories reduced to little more than human dumping grounds surrounded by a provocative "security barrier" that embarrasses Israel's friends and that fails to bring safety or stability.
The sneer-quoted "security barrier" is working, by the way.
Never one to open his mouth without denouncing America, Carter managed to work in this:
A major impediment to progress is Washington's strange policy that dialogue on controversial issues will be extended only as a reward for subservient behavior and will be withheld from those who reject U.S. assertions.
The solution of course is to abandon this "strange policy" of expecting anything whatsoever from Arabs, and to wallow around in "[d]irect engagement with the Palestine Liberation Organization or the Palestinian Authority" for another decade or two while Muslims go right on killing Israelis and working on nukes.
For a more detailed response to Carter's latest foolishness — though a little less diplomatic than Ambassador Gillerman's — there's a good piece at FrontPage Magazine.
Hat tip: Knowledge Is Power
August 2, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:48 PM
The honeymoon is just getting started in the bizarre marriage of convenience between Islamic terrorists and the loony Left. Not hesitating to bring their insidious alliance out in the open, the ANSWER Coalition is boasting an "amazing response" to its call for an August 12 protest across the street from the White House, at which Israel will be denounced for attempting to defend its population from Hezbollah and Hamas terrorists.
Working with ANSWER to whip up attendance at the anti-Israel rally are the National Council of Arab Americans and the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation. The Hamas front group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which dictates programming decisions to Fox, also urges supporters to attend.
Other than hatred of freedom, America, and Jews, moonbats and supporters of Islamic terrorism would seem to have nothing in common but their body odor and lack of moral sanity. But that seems to be enough.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:57 PM
As if we didn't have enough reasons to make very sure the Dems don't retake Congress in November, the irresponsible moonbat Charles Rangel, who is line to be Chairman of the excessively powerful Ways and Means Committee if Dems take over, has promised to resign his seat if they do not.
Rangel has represented Harlem for almost 35 years. He is a noisy critic of the Iraq War, and given to cheap publicity stunts like getting himself arrested and introducing a bill to reinstate the draft. As Discover the Networks documents, he has played the race card relentlessly, claiming that anything the Left opposes — e.g., cutting taxes, welfare reform, arresting criminals, failing to vote for kooks like Fernando Ferrer, partially privatizing Social Security — is racist. His demagoguery is so over the top that he sometimes seems to be deliberately poking fun at himself. Republican policies are beneath even Hitler, President Bush is just like Bull Connor, etc.
According to Rangel, referring to Islamic terror as Islamic terror "is discriminating, it's bigoted." He also has a soft spot for the dictatorship in Cuba. When Castro toured Harlem in 1995, Rangel gave him a bear hug and joined in a prolonged standing ovation for the brutal totalitarian thug. He opposed a House resolution in support of pro-democracy dissidents in the prison camp communism has made of Cuba.
Although Rangel is hardly the kind of guy you take at his word, there is a slight chance he really will go away if the Dems lose, so please vote wisely.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:20 PM
Could it be that John Murtha will actually have to pay a price for the seditious lies he has screamed to the media in his frantic efforts to bring about our defeat in Iraq?
As you might recall, Murtha had the following to bellow regarding the Haditha incident:
[T]here was no firefight, there was no IED (improvised explosive device) that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood.
No responsible person would make these allegations without an investigation, because at this point only those who were there know what really happened.
One man who was there is Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, and he is not taking Murtha's politically inspired abuse lying down. Earlier his lawyers made it clear that if Wuterich is charged in the Haditha incident, Murtha will be called to the stand to repeat his calumnies under oath. Now Wuterich is suing the Pennsylvania Democrat for libel and invasion of privacy.
Naturally Moonbat Jack will hide behind the "speech and debate" clause of the Constitution, which protects members of Congress from being held legally accountable for what comes out of their mouths. But Wuterich's lawyers hold that Murtha's hyperbolic ravings about the Marines' alleged crimes were made outside the scope of his role as Congressman. Legal experts have held that the clause only applies to what is said during legislative proceedings, not the slander attention-hungry Representatives may spew to the ever-receptive media.
The point of the suit is of course not money, but to clear Wuterich's name — which will be all the harder to do after a Congressman has gone out of his way to convince the public that he's guilty.
As for how two dozen people came to be killed at Haditha that day, Wuterich reports that Marines were engaged in a firefight with suspected insurgents; they used grenades and rifles to clear two houses that were determined to be hostile. His account has detailed eye-witness corroboration. Until something more substantial than Jack Murtha's treasonous posturing comes to light to discredit him, I'll take Wuterich at his word.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:52 AM
Just how warped is this "world community" whose disapproval we're expected to fear?
Jordan-based Arab Bank, which has been fueling terrorism Saddam-style by providing payments to the relatives of suicide bombers, is calling for a federal judge in Brooklyn to dismiss a lawsuit being brought against it by thousands of Israelis on the grounds that terrorism does not violate any "international norm." The bank's lawyers also note that many people do not consider Palestinian suicide bombers to be terrorists.
The plaintiffs can sue in U.S. court if they prove that funding the random murder of Israeli civilians violates norms accepted by "civilized nations." But what does that mean when formerly great nations have succumbed to dhimmitude and moonbattery?
Echoing the depraved bleating of the politically correct dhimmis at al-Reuters following September 11, a lawyer for the bank proclaimed:
One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter — that holding is binding on this court.
Counters Gregory Joseph, a lawyer for the plaintiffs:
We have a bank in New York paying bounties on the bodies of dead civilians. It would be a remarkable ruling for the court to conclude that the widespread and systematic killing of civilians was not a violation of international law.
Remarkable, but not all that surprising — so long as it's Muslims doing the killing.
August 1, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:40 PM
Sean Swain's write-in candidacy for Governor of Ohio is going to be a steep climb. He is running the campaign on a budget of $17 per month from a cell at the Toledo Correctional Institution.
At least the self-described "insurgent candidate" is bursting with ideas. For example, the Governor and his staff should have their pay reduced to minimum wage, and Ohio should establish independent relations with Cuba and Venezuela. Also, prison reform is needed, as the "Ohio prison system is the single most abysmal spending disaster in the history of Ohio government," which might explain where he's getting his $17 a month.
As part of his election efforts, Swain is seeking endorsements from Latin American dictators Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. He'd better hurry if he wants to get Castro's.
Swain has called for current Governor Bob Taft to recall Ohio National Guard troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, asserting that Taft's refusal would prove him to be "a coward, a lackey of the grocer's machine."
Although Swain regards himself as a political prisoner, he is charged with stabbing to death the nephew of the Clerk of Courts. If they ever let him out, he will either be the Governor of Ohio, or he will "seek political asylum in Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Cuba or the Zapatista-controlled areas of Mexico" — places where he can "write freely and continue the struggle against the oppressive forces of international capital."
Another option would be to work for Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:29 PM
Over the weekend C-SPAN did its part to mainstream paranoid psychosis in our political discourse by televising lowlights of the American Scholars Symposium (ASS), featuring pioneers on the frontier of tinfoil hat moonbattery's outer fringe.
The point of the symposium was to drive home the belief that the infamous events of September 11, innumerable eyewitness accounts notwithstanding, were not terrorist attacks but a series of atrocities staged by the United States Government.
Speakers included conspiracy theorists James Fetzer, Steven Jones, Bob Bowman, Alex Jones, and Webster Tarpley — certifiable lunatics each of them, as the hyperlinks will attest. By the way, Bowman is running for Congress (as a Democrat — surprised?).
Alex Jones' Infowars.com explains the significance of C-SPAN televising this sideshow:
Preaching to the choir is a method best left in the past and the C-Span airing is a positive step towards reaching out and educating those who remain in the dark about the staggering volume of evidence which clearly indicates that the official story behind 9/11 is a fraud.
The distinction, background and high esteem of the speakers at the conference, coupled with C-Span's notable reputation as a bellwether of the mainstream body politic, provides for a perfect symbiosis to advance the credibility and critical acclaim of the 9/11 truth movement as something far weightier and more influential than a cadre of conspiracy theorists — a label still peddled by fading elements of the blowhard establishment press.
But no doubt the "blowhard establishment press" will soon come around and start implying on the nightly news that the Bush Administration was behind 9/11. After all, a prominent actor, a Democratic Congresswoman, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and now C-SPAN have tested the water for them.
On a lead from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:55 PM
According to Ms., it is time for "women of conscience" — by which they mean women who have done away with their inconvenient babies — to "stand up and speak truth to power." By "power" they must mean elected representatives — not the autocratic courts that have intervened to impose abortion nationally.
The stated purpose of the petition is "to save lives and to spare other women the pain of socially imposed guilt," though a more efficient way to save lives and avoid guilt would be to refrain from aborting babies.
There's also another purpose: the petition form asks that you "proudly" contribute to "Ms. Magazine and its Reproductive Freedom Fund" — major credit cards accepted.
As CNSNews.com reports, not all woman who have had an abortion are happy about it. In an Elliot Institute study of woman eight weeks after an abortion, 36% had experienced sleep disturbances, 31% had regrets about what they'd done, 25% had visited a psychiatrist, and 11% had been prescribed psychotropic medication. But at least they all had a chance to be alive.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:03 AM
I'm not above being delighted by the brutal dictator Fidel Castro's health problems, but breaking out the champagne may not be appropriate. Control of the communist island prison known as Cuba is passing into the hands of Castro's younger brother Raul — who may be even worse.
Raul attempts to compensate for his lack of charisma with even greater fanaticism. When Fidel named him as his successor way back in 1959, he warned, "Behind me are others more radical than I." Raul played a major role in Cuba's military adventures in Angola and Ethiopia during the 1970s. Whereas Castro didn't admit to being a communist until 1961, Raul belonged to a communist youth group even before the Cuban Revolution.
In 2001, Raul warned that the USA ought to do its best to normalize relations with Cuba while Fidel is still around, because later "it will be more difficult" — apparently meaning he plans to be even more unreasonable.
It's not clear whether Fidel's immense popularity among our entertainment industry's dimmer bulbs will transfer to Raul when his control of Cuba becomes permanent.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:25 AM
Rage at seeing Rep. William Delahunt (D-MA) once again throwing blocks for his political ally Hugo Chavez on C-SPAN recently inspired Douglas MacKinnon to remind us just who we are dealing with in Venezuela's bellicose dictator.
Chavez is cut out of the same cloth as North Korea's Kim Jong Il and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which may explain why he has been holding friendly powwows with both of them. Many career diplomats consider him to be a greater threat to the USA's national security than any Middle Eastern terrorist group, al-Qaeda included. Chavez has just wrapped up a $3 billion weapons deal with Russia that includes 24 fighter jets, 53 attack helicopters, submarines, and 100,000 machine guns. Russians are building him a Kalashnikov factory in Venezuela so he can make more as needed.
In terms of conventional military, nothing Chavez buys from Russia is going to put Venezuela on a par with the United States. But the stronger he is, the more destabilization he'll be able to spread throughout Latin America.
More disturbing are his talks with Iran concerning the acquisition of nuclear technology. As much of a threat as a nuclear Iran will be to Israel, a nuclear Venezuela will be to the USA. The country is two and half hours away from Miami by jet — less by missile.
Chavez has made no secret of his eagerness to oppose the USA. As he utilizes Venezuela's oil wealth to acquire weaponry and grease friendships with rogue regimes, we'll need to keep a very close eye on him. As MacKinnon notes, we'll also need to "remember and identify his apologists here in the United States" — i.e., folks like Massachusetts' William Delahunt.
On a tip from Byron.