September 30, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:02 AM
A major study by PricewaterhouseCoopers has found that the cost of curbing gases alleged by people of a certain political persuasion to cause global warming will come to $1 trillion, the equivalent of a year's output for the entire economy of Canada.
Energy consumption and carbon emissions will continue to rise dramatically due to the industrial development of China and India, two countries much more focused on rising out of poverty than on environmentalism. Both have signed the preposterous Kyoto agreement, because it requires nothing of them. Meanwhile, the West is expected to pony up the $1 trillion so as to set Al Gore's mind at ease about the future of the planet.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:37 AM
In the name of the multicultural sensitivity that will completely cease to exist in Europe once Muslims establish hegemony, England is marching into dhimmitude one small step at a time. The latest step: a Muslim prayer zone has been established at Windsor Castle.
The prayer zone was introduced at the request of 19-year-old Muslim Nagina Chaudhry, who works in the castle's gift shop. She crows:
It feels amazing to be the first Muslim to read namaz (prayers) at Windsor Castle.
Windsor Castle is the official residence of the Queen of England, who is the supreme head of the Church of England. Buckingham Palace, the Queen's residence in Londonistan, already has a Muslim prayer zone.
September 29, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:17 AM
There was a time when Al Gore pandered to voters with boasts like this:
I've raised tobacco ... I've shredded it, spiked it,... and sold it.
If this is true, he owes his environmentalist friends a fortune in eco-indulgences, because now Gore has revealed that cigarette smoking is a "significant" contributor to his current hobbyhorse, the bane of mankind and all life on Earth, global warming.
The revelation was made to a receptive audience at United Nations headquarters, where Prince Albert spent nearly 3 hours lecturing bureaucrats on the perils of warm weather, on invitation from his old pal Kofi Annan.
Those in the audience lacking the initiative to sneak out of the auditorium learned not only that cigarette smoking is causing the planet to heat up, but that Greenland runs the risk of "splitting in two" — and that if that happens, parts of Manhattan, Shanghai, and Mumbai "will disappear."
It just gets scarier and scarier, doesn't it?
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:21 AM
Freelance food police are now going after restaurants and fast-food chains for serving grilled chicken that allegedly could cause cancer.
A DC posse calling itself Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine wisely filed their suit in moonbattery-laden California, where sympathetic judges and juries should not be hard to find. The goal is "to compel the restaurants to warn unsuspecting consumers" of the evils of broiled chicken, which contains an obscure chemical called PhIP that in sufficient doses could supposedly cause cancer.
Cries PCRM president Neal Barnard:
Even a grilled chicken salad increases the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer and other forms of this lethal disease.
The victims of the suit are McDonald's, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Chili's, Applebee's, Outback Steakhouse, TGI Friday's, and indirectly, their customers, who will have to pick up the cost of warning one and all not to eat their grilled chicken.
It might be easier to list the foods guaranteed not to cause cancer.
On a tip from Wiggins.
September 28, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:50 PM
National Republicans chose to support the shameless RINO Lincoln "Chafing" Chafee against his conservative opponent Steve Laffey for a Rhode Island Senate seat, on the grounds that Chafing being an incorrigible liberal makes him more electable in left-leaning New England. Now that he has secured the nomination, Chafing is returning the favor as you might expect: with betrayal, by blocking John Bolton's permanent appointment as United Nations ambassador.
If we really are going to continue with the degrading charade of participating in the UN, it is essential that we are at least represented by a guy like Bolton, who has the character to stand up to this odious institution's corruption and anti-American moonbattery. Unfortunately, his recess appointment expires at the end of the year.
Chafing is holding up Bolton's nomination while he demands "some clarification" regarding US policy toward expansion of Israeli settlements. Earlier in the month he stalled a vote on Bolton, apparently because he couldn't make up his mind. You might call it a silent filibuster.
With Republicans like Chafing, who needs Democrats?
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:26 PM
In light of the new Transportation Security Administration policy calling for "further inspection" of augmented breasts, this fellow should now be able to charge for his services:
It won't always be light work.
Compliments of Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:42 PM
Among the convenient (for Dems) pre-election leaks to hit the papers recently is the revelation that former Westchester County, New York DA Jeanine Pirro is the target of an investigation for considering secretly recording her husband.
Pirro's lowlife husband Albert is a political anchor tied around her neck that her opponents have exploited before. During their marriage, he has fathered a child with another woman and spent 11 months in the federal pen for tax fraud. Pirro blew off some steam by discussing with former NYC Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik the possibility of listening in on Albert's extramarital schemes. Ironically, someone else was listening in on them.
The reason investigators find Pirro's idle conversation worthy of an inquisition is that she is running against Andrew Cuomo, son of the infamous tax-and-spend liberal elitist Mario Cuomo, for New York Attorney General.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:58 PM
At long last, the Democratic Party has come up with a strategy for fighting the legions of crazed Islamic maniacs eager to die in their struggle to destroy our civilization. Potential Speaker of the House (third in line to presidency) Nancy Pelosi expressed it with uncharacteristic succinctness in the course of a windy diatribe devoted to preventing the Bush Administration from incarcerating terrorists. Take it away Nancy:
This is a time when the Golden Rule really should be in affect [sic]. Do not do unto others, what you would not have them do unto your troops, your CIA agents, your people in the field.
In other words, maybe if we upgrade the halal honey glazed chicken, lemon baked fish, etc. they've been scarfing at Club Gitmo to champagne and caviar, they'll stop torturing and dismembering any Americans they can get their hands on. For once a Christian concept makes sense to the Dems.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:09 AM
The never-ending threat of senseless random murder in the name of Islam has made life hard on airport screeners, who now have to worry about formerly innocuous items like sneakers and baby bottles... and augmented breasts.
The TSA Bulletin lists items that are allowed on planes as of September 26, including:
Items used to augment the body for medical or cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras or shells containing gels, saline solution, or other liquids.
items exceed 3 ounces or are not contained in a one-quart, zip-top plastic bag, you MUST declare to one of our Security Officers at the checkpoint for further inspection.
Recruiting airport screeners just got a little easier.
On a tip from Wiggins.
September 27, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:39 PM
Munsil describes this insult disguised as a memorial:
[The monument was] supposedly put in place to remember the losses of 9/11, an evil attack on our nation that killed thousands of innocent Americans. Instead it reminds us of American failings and American mistakes, real and imagined before and after 9/11. This memorial is a tribute to moral relativism.
By including inscriptions that cast America in a negative light and suggesting that 9/11 was significant mainly as a pretext for going to war, the monument expresses ambivalence at best about who the bad guys were: Muslim maniacs or the Americans they murdered on September 11. As Munsil observes:
Only in the relativistic context of left-wing protesters holding "Bush is a terrorist" signs do such inscriptions make any sense.
He wants the abomination torn down and replaced with a monument featuring more appropriate inscriptions like "LET'S ROLL," "UNITED WE STAND," and "GOD BLESS AMERICA."
But Arizona's current Governor, Janet "Nappy the Troll" Napolitano, likes the appalling monument. She defends this attempt to twist 9/11 into anti-American propaganda by piously bleating of its opponents:
I'm just sorry that they're trying to politicize 9/11. That's just wrong.
Arizonans are begged to make it to the polls and vote for Munsil this November.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:04 PM
Apparently in honor of the Islamic holy month Ramadan, Muslims have been lighting up Brussels with nightly rioting. Festive multicultural activities include throwing stones at people and passing cars, smashing the windows of parked cars, demolishing bus shelters, setting cars on fire, torching a youth club, looting a shop, throwing Molotov cocktails into St. Peter's Hospital (one of the largest in Brussels), and stealing the keys of the fire engine sent to extinguish the ensuing blaze.
Rioting has been getting under way each night around 8:30 PM, giving the Religion-of-Peaceniks time to fuel up after the daytime fasting required by Ramadan before they head out to show the dhimmis who sign their welfare checks who's boss.
If this sounds familiar, you might be thinking of the 3 weeks of car-torching and rioting in France around this time last year.
Hat tip: Atlas Shrugs
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:02 AM
Having banned smoking in restaurants, New York City's nanny state dictators are moving on to new conquests. Next on their list: artificial trans fatty acids, which the health department proposes to ban at all of the 24,600 establishments that serve food in the city.
The felonious fats make their way into pie crusts, French fries, and donuts by way of shortenings, margarine, frying oils, etc.
According to Chuck Hunt, executive vice president of the NYC chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association, the proposal would result in havoc as cooks would be forced to pour over every ingredient and discard old recipes. Just having the wrong vegetable shortening on the shelf could result in restaurants facing fines.
Fast food chains that employ thousands of NYC residents — such as McDonald's, KFC, and Dunkin' Donuts — would have to revise their products or be banned from the city.
Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden admitted that the ban would not be easy on restaurants. But then, making it easy to do business is not a bureaucrat's job.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:54 AM
It's not only the New York Times that leaks strategic details to the public. Through Military Magazine, Thomas Sowell has leaked the MSM's strategy for losing our wars:
The media seem to have come up with a formula that would make any war in history unwinnable and unbearable: They simply emphasize the enemy's victories and our losses. Losses suffered by the enemy are not news, no matter how large, how persistent, or how clearly they indicate the enemy's declining strength.
Casualties in Iraq have been extremely low compared to other wars we have fought. But in other wars, the media didn't hype each death for maximum demoralizing effect. Death number 2,000 was a much-anticipated event, squeezed by the media for the last drop of demoralizing effect. For perspective, consider that it took 2 years for 2,000 American soldiers to die in Iraq. During the Civil War, the Confederacy lost 5,000 in a single day, the same number of Marines that died taking a single island in the Pacific during WWII. Yet the Secretary of Defense is grilled by PBS's Jill Lehrer about the staggering loss of 10 Americans killed in a day.
The greatest victories in American history would have been perceived by the public as defeats, if the fifth-column propagandists who control the media now had been around to distort them. Focus like a microscope on American casualties, no matter how light, ignore what our forces accomplished in the course of incurring those casualties, and presto! Defeat is snatched from the jaws of victory.
Moonbats bleat that we need to win Muslims' hearts and minds. But our own hearts and minds are vastly more important — which is why our own media is by far the most effective branch of the global jihad against Western Civilization.
On a tip from Wiggins.
September 26, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:06 PM
As Daniel Pipes points out, Islam's current intimidation campaign against the West didn't start yesterday — although lately it has been picking up steam.
Pipes notes a few milestones:
- 1989: Over 20 were killed in rioting in India after Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini issued a death edict against Salman Rushdie for writing The Satanic Verses.
- 1997: The U.S. Supreme Court refused to remove a 60-odd-year-old frieze that CAIR didn't like because it had Mohammad in it. More lethal riots in India ensued.
- 2002: Jerry Falwell referred to Mohammad as a "terrorist," resulting in still more lethal rioting as well as church burnings in India.
- 2005: A bogus Newsweek story alleging that Americans were flushing Korans down toilets at Club Gitmo led to at least 15 deaths in Muslim rioting.
- February 2006: The Cartoon Intifada over a few utterly innocuous Danish cartoons resulted in hundreds of deaths in Muslim rioting.
- September 2006: Christians have been murdered and churches firebombed by Muslims after Pope Benedict XVI quoted a Byzantine emperor who understandably wasn't fond of Islam.
The contrived outbursts come closer and closer together. When they shove, we step back, mumbling apologies that invite them to shove again that much sooner.
Pipes notes that incidents get a lot more traction in Europe than they do in the USA. This is due not only to the ongoing Muslim colonization of Europe, but also to Europe's more advanced moonbattery, which has made it easier prey for bullies.
No one can guess what excuse Muslims might seize upon for their next explosion, since any random pretext will do. The rioting and demands for apologies have no meaningful connection to Danish cartoons or speeches by the Pope. Religion-of-Peaceniks are getting across a message, loud and clear, which Pipes sums up as:
You Westerners no longer have the privilege to say what you will about Islam, the Prophet, and the Qur'an, because Islamic law rules you too.
In other words, Muslims are telling us that we are already dhimmis. If we don't shrug off moonbattery and recover the will to defend our civilization, each future round of rioting will make it all the more obvious how right they are.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:05 AM
The good news: limousine leftist George Clooney is shrugging off suggestions from his moonbat fans that he should run for President. The bad news: "he sure sounded like a politician doing it."
Clooney's Hollyweird career has taken a hard-left turn recently, featuring the nostalgic attempt to exhume Senator Joseph McCarthy Good Night, and Good Luck and the convoluted exercise in anti-American paranoia Syriana.
To give an idea of what a George Clooney presidency would entail, below are a few quotes found on Celiberal.
Clooney as a judge of other men:
Let's face it: Bush is just dim.
Clooney as a humanitarian and defender of the Second Amendment:
Charlton Heston announced again today that he is suffering from Alzheimer's. [...] I don't care. Charlton Heston is the head of the National Rifle Association; he deserves whatever anyone says about him.
Clooney on combating terrorism:
I just want someone smart to stand up and shout, "Bullshit!" They tell us we're going to war and no one's saying "Bullshit" loud enough. And the language! Listen to the language! "Evil." "Evil"? "Nexus of evil"? "Evil-doer"? That's my favourite, "Evil-doer"! What's wrong with their vocabulary: couldn't they come up with "schmuck"?
Clooney the historian:
What did Bush do on 9/11? He ran away and hid. Even Reagan knew more about leadership than that, and he was as bad a symbol of America as I can think of, off-hand. But at least he's been in enough cowboy movies to know he had to come out and stand on top of the rubble and be seen shaking his fist or something.
If we don't stop taking people seriously just because they are good at flashing self-satisfied smirks from the silver screen, we really are going to find someone like Clooney in a position to do much more direct damage to our country than what their Tinsel Town propaganda has been able to inflict.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:06 AM
The lunatic Left's main man in the MSM, MSNBC's turbocharged twit Keith Olbermann, has been at it again, throwing hyperbole into overdrive and indulging in DU-style paranoia as he insults the President and defends all things Clinton.
Olbermann's frantic tone and total lack of respect for his superiors is so strongly reminiscent of a chimpanzee flinging feces at zoo patrons that the projection that characterizes leftists made it all but inevitable he would call the infinitely more dignified Chris Wallace a "monkey posing as a newscaster" for daring to ask Bill Clinton about his failure to deal with al Qaeda in the 1990s.
Clinton of course responded to Wallace's perfectly reasonable questions with a contrived thermonuclear temper tantrum that continued even after the interview had ended. Naturally Olbermann regards Clinton's jarringly childish performance not only as acceptable, but as "forceful and triumphant action for honesty."
With Olbermann, all roads lead to flinging poo at the President. In no time he was questioning Bush's honesty, "manliness," and fitness to serve as a prelude to plunging headfirst into paranoia. According to Olbermann, the Bush Administration was "re-writing history" by sending "its hyenas at Fox" to "sandbag" the "virtuous" Slick Willie.
Not only Fox News is at the sinister W's beck and call, but also ABC, which Olbermann is far from forgiving for airing "The Path to 9/11," a miniseries that failed to whitewash Clinton's well-documented irresponsibility, apathy, and incompetence in regard to Muslim terrorism. Apparently having been infiltrated by the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, ABC "enabled an Authoritarian zealot to belch out Mr. Bush's new and improved history."
According to Olbermann's own "new and improved history," it was all the Republicans' fault that Clinton was too busy molesting interns to defend the country from terrorists, because they doubted the sincerity of his politically timed cruise missile attacks on empty tents in Afghanistan and an aspirin factory in Sudan.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:42 AM
A little at a time, Muslim intimidation is causing Western culture to curl up inside itself and die. At Deutsche Oper Berlin, the staging of a Mozart opera is being canceled for fear Muslims wouldn't like it.
Hans Neuenfels' production of "Idomeneo" was deep-sixed because authorities deemed it an "incalculable security risk." In other words, because Muslims would be likely to use it as excuse to kill some more of us infidels.
The production features the severed heads of Poseidon, Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammad displayed on four chairs. Whether Christians or Buddhists might be bothered by this is irrelevant. Ever since 9/11, it's Muslims we're expected to pander to, even at the cost of the freedom of expression I thought we held dear.
September 25, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:58 PM
With funding from our Saudi friends, the Tablighi Jamaat Islamic sect is planning to build a "mega mosque" in their east London stronghold.
Tablighi Jamaat has close ties to the Wahhabi fundamentalist form of Islam that produced Osama bin Laden. Followers of the sect include 7/7 suicide bombers Mohammed Siddique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer.
The mega mosque could seat as many as 70,000 Religion-of-Peaceniks. The largest Christian church in the country seats 3,000. London already has a mosque with capacity for 10,000.
Says Patrick Sookhdeo, international director of the Barnabas Fund:
The mosque would bring a radical transformation of the local community. The mosque is the center of the community and people gravitate to it. You would end up having a completely Muslim community... It would create a separate district, a parallel society.
Not that assimilation is much on the minds of Eurabia's Muslims anyway.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:04 PM
As if we needed yet another reason to set aside the moonbattery and do whatever it takes to secure our border with Mexico, "undocumented immigrant" Juan Leonardo Quintero has managed to kill a Houston police officer in the back of a patrol car.
Despite being handcuffed and having been patted down, Quintero produced a gun and shot Officer Rodney Johnson four times in the head. Johnson leaves behind a wife and five children. He had received a commendation for valor for rescuing children from a burning building.
As for Quintero, he had been deported in 2004 after being convicted for indecency with a child. But in the absence of a government willing to defend the border, deporting Mexican criminals is spitting in the wind. As Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt puts it:
The subject was deported, and yet he came back, so if the government fulfilled their responsibility of protecting the border we would probably not be standing here today.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:27 PM
Rather than gracefully fade away into well-deserved oblivion, ex-Wham! pop singer George Michael has joined the ranks of has-been musicians who resort to conspicuous moonbattery to generate interest in their moribund careers.
Michael is touring for the first time in 15 years. He doesn't have a new album to promote, but his props ought to put Neil Young's rusty flower child politicking to shame. Here's how Daily Mail describes the on-stage gimmicks that accompany a pacifist diatribe entitled "Shoot the Dog":
[...] as he belted out the anti-war number, which portrayed Tony Blair as George Bush's poodle, a cartoon backdrop showing Bush, Blair and the Prime Minister's wife, Cherie, in bed together, emerged.
[...] An enormous balloon, a grotesque cartoon version of the American President, rose out of the centre of the stage, hovering menacingly above the singer.
When the star leaned down to unzip the balloon's trousers, out popped a British bulldog draped with the UK flag.
The dog was stuck to the balloon's inflated crotch, wagging its tail.
It remains to be seen whether Michael's moonbat pandering will earn him as much attention as his 1998 arrest for engaging in a lewd homosexual act in a Los Angeles men's room, or even his arrest earlier this year for falling asleep at the wheel while evidently under the influence of narcotics.
Congrats to W for so reliably earning the disapproval of the sort of people you would hate to have to agree with about anything.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:51 PM
Bringing us one step closer to the day Americans are arrested for swatting bugs, PETA is demanding that Six Flags Great America kill a Halloween season cockroach-eating promotion, which it deems to be "gratuitously cruel."
Six Flags is defending the promotion on the grounds that cockroaches are highly nutritious and fat free.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:08 AM
According to ancient tradition, Christian graves should face east in anticipation of the Second Coming. But tombstones at the new High Wood Cemetery in Nottingham, England will be facing northeast, so that dead Muslims can look over their shoulders at Mecca.
The cemetery has separate sections for different faiths, since at this point in British history it is still permissible not to be Muslim. However, headstones in all sections will be oriented Muslim style unless a special request is made. According to the 2001 census, 70% of the population is still Christian. But ever since 9/11, catering to Muslims has become priority number one throughout the dhimmified West.
Hat tip: Symbel
September 24, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:37 AM
Apparently the subjugation of Britain by Islam has been proceeding too slowly, so authorities have agreed to speed it up significantly by consulting with a panel of Muslim leaders before executing any counterterrorist raids or arrests.
In addition to tipping off the targeted terrorists, the Muslims will pass judgment on whether evidence against them is sufficient to warrant action. They will also be given a forum for making threats about "the consequences on community relations of a raid."
This literally suicidal policy will begin in Londonistan, but may be made national. Also under consideration is sharing MI5 intelligence information with Muslim leaders.
In other news from the British battlefront, Muslim leader Abu Izzadeen snuck into a closed meeting in east London to heckle Home Secretary John Reid. Izzadeen is responsible for an online video that has been downloaded by thousands of religion-of-peaceniks in which he inspires his audience with lines like these:
In the UK no fighting takes place yet, but don't be fooled, the time will come to you brothers . . . fighting is so close at hand. [...] You prepare yourself now and when the hard time comes you are ready to defend yourself; you are ready to die for the sake of Allah.
It doesn't look like Izzadeen will be on the panel. But no doubt his point of view will be well represented.
If the moonbats currently running Britain had been in charge during World War II, they would have asked Hitler's permission before launching the invasion of Normandy. Brits are encouraged to please get rid of their nuclear weapons before Muslims inevitably take over the country.
On a tip from Wiggins.
September 23, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:23 AM
Patrick Kennedy, Democratic Congressman from Rhode Island and son of the infamous Chappaquiddick Ted, has found a new way to spend our money: forcing insurance companies to provide treatment for his fellow substance abusers. The costs as always will be passed along to you and me.
You may recall that last May a profoundly intoxicated Pat Kennedy crashed his car into a security barrier near the U.S. Capitol. Explanations that he provided for his behavior include:
- He had to hurry to the Capitol to vote, though it was 2:45 AM.
- It's all a mystery because he couldn't remember any of it.
- It was the fault of drug companies for selling him Ambien.
Another possible explanation was provided by witnesses who saw him guzzling liquor at a local bar.
Being a Kennedy, he had no trouble evading the repercussions that would ensue if any normal citizen were to behave with such criminal recklessness. But it's not enough that he didn't have to pay. He wants us to pay.
According to Kennedy, people have no control over whether they get messed up and then get behind the wheel. Blissfully unencumbered by even a modicum of self-respect, he bleats:
I have an addiction. I have a mental illness.
His "illness" is just like asthma or any other physical illness, and has nothing to do with him being a spoilt and dissipated guy who finds that mustering the will power to control his own behavior is just too hard. Consequently, he demands that Congress pass "mental health parity" — which apparently means that neuroses and character flaws must be treated like actual real illnesses.
Indulging in the usual self-parodic liberal demagoguery, Kennedy declared that mandatory medical coverage for personal shortcomings is part of the "unfinished agenda for civil rights," because the dissolute are "discriminated against for an illness, a physical illness."
The effect this would have on health care costs is not hard to predict. Its effect on the economy and society in general when Democrats succeed in socializing medicine will be catastrophic. A culture in which feeling blue or liking your liquor qualifies you as a special victim to be financed by everyone else will inevitably rot away into a subspecies of penniless Pat Kennedys.
September 22, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:27 PM
Here's how Palestinians honor Pope Benedict XVI:
I used to do the same thing to models in the JC Penney catalog as a maladjusted six-year-old: eye patch, scars, etc. Except I gave them curly moustaches too. Good thing I didn't do it to pictures of the pedophile prophet, or there might have been riots. Religious tolerance is strictly a one-way street where Muslims are concerned.
Hat tip: LGF.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:08 PM
You don't want to look at this:
I told you.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:45 AM
Chavez is becoming well known for anti-American rhetoric that makes his mentor Fidel Castro sound like a Republican by comparison. But former Dem presidential candidate Harkin defended him:
Let me put it this way, I can understand the frustration, ah, and the anger of certain people around the world because of George Bush's policies.
In an astounding example of the disconnect between a prominent Democrat and reality, Harkin raved about the love Muslims had for America, before President Bush ruined everything by insisting on responding to their terrorist atrocities. An actual quote from a member of the United States Senate:
Every Muslim country was basically on our side. Just think, in five years, President Bush has squandered all that.
If characters like Harkin end up in control of the Senate, we could be in for some very serious trouble.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:12 AM
Sometimes you can say more with a question than you can with a statement, as when CNN's wise and insightful Wolf Blitzer asked President Bush:
Why would it be so bad if this Iranian regime had a nuclear weapon?
Unless he's been relying on his own network for news, Blitzer probably knows that the Iranian regime aggressively supports terrorism, has been overtly and fanatically hostile toward America since its inception, and has repeatedly promised to wipe Israel off the map. Maybe he just figures that since the first mushroom cloud will probably appear over Tel Aviv, we'll have plenty of warning and can worry about it them.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:52 AM
Peace-loving Muslims have been celebrating their diversity again, this time by going on a rampage against Christians in Nigeria.
In a foretaste of Europe a generation from now, six churches were burned, along with an unspecified number of homes and businesses belonging to minority Christians. A day later 1,000 Christians were still camped out by police headquarters, afraid to go home.
The pretext for the rioting is unclear. Some say a Christian woman said something unflattering about Mohammad; others said it was a market dispute.
Thousands of Nigerians have died since 2000, when the Muslim-majority north began implementing sharia. The Cartoon Intifada alone resulted in 120 deaths.
At least the violence won't last. Eventually everyone will either escape the country, submit to Islam, or be killed.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:36 AM
Bonnie Bleskachek, lesbian, has many sad tales to tell of the sexist oppression she endured after joining the Minneapolis Fire Department: cold shoulders, anti-gay slurs, soda cans bounced off her head, etc. But after she became the fire chief, the whip hand was hers.
Currently Bleskachek is on leave pending an investigation into various allegations of sexual harassment occurring over a period of 10 years. The department has been found to give preferential treatment to lesbians. Several women accuse America's first big-city female fire chief of retaliating against them for rejecting her homoerotic advances by denying them training and advancement opportunities.
But Bleskachek's career has its upside. According to Tom Thornberg, president of the local firefighters union,
She put a lot of time and effort into making this a job that's available for women.
In part she accomplished this by changing "the grueling physical test so it more accurately reflected the tasks required on the job," as ABC News puts it. In other words, she eased the physical requirements so that women could pass. If you pass out from smoke inhalation during a fire, try not to do it in Minneapolis, where if you weigh over 120 lbs or so you might find yourself getting dragged down the stairs by the ankles instead of carried.
On a tip from the non–office-safe Right Reverend Rabbi Judah.
September 21, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:46 PM
In case Hugo Chavez's anti-Bush antics at the U.N. yesterday weren't enough to convince you that at least one member of the vaunted International Community is not an adult in any meaningful sense, he followed it up today by walking the streets of Harlem, shouting bellicose absurdities like the deranged derelicts that help make Manhattan such a colorful place.
The moonbat solution to any international crisis invariably includes the word "dialogue." Here's an example of how Venezuela's current leader can be expected to hold up his end of the conversation:
Bush is an alcoholic, a sick man with a lot of hang-ups. [...] He doesn't know anything about politics, he got there because of Daddy.
I've heard remarkably similar observations from low-wattage moonbats whose limited mental capacities put intelligent conversation out of the question. But if dialogue is really the answer, maybe we could call upon insult comedian Don Rickles to draft an appropriate response on behalf of the State Department.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:15 PM
Arizona taxpayers have financed a purported 9/11 memorial that is actually a monument to leftist propaganda, depicting the events of September 11, 2001 not as a terrorist atrocity or even as a tragedy, but as a pretext used by the USA to wage war.
Here's the design of the memorial, via Flopping Aces:
Now here's the real thing, at Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix, via Espresso Pundit:
As you can see, the memorial is crescent-shaped, as if in homage to the Muslim authors of 9/11. Phrases are cut through the metal so that the sun will hit different ones throughout the day, inscribing them in light on the ground below — phrases like this:
This refers to an American plane accidentally dropping a bomb on a wedding party in Afghanistan.
Here's another one, suggesting it's all our fault for not stopping the attacks:
And a third, listing significant events that contributed to the USA going to war, namely the sinking of the Lusitania, Pearl Harbor, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and of course, 9/11:
Many moonbats believe the Gulf of Tonkin incident to be entirely bogus. The attempt to equate 9/11 with Tonkin implies a correlation of Vietnam with the War on Terror — a notion cherished by liberals because, thanks to their fifth-column maneuvering, we lost in Vietnam.
To sum up, this is not a memorial to those who died on 9/11, but an attempt to trivialize that historic day in the course of hijacking it for left-wing propaganda purposes.
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano describes this abomination as "unique, bold, educational and unforgettable." Ace is right to hope that after this outrage, Nappy will find herself no longer cruising toward victory in her reelection campaign.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:14 PM
It isn't only infidels who pay the price for Islam's barbarism. In Birmingham, England, a 6-year-old girl was burned to death in a Muslim "honor" killing.
The killing was inspired by a dating situation that did not meet with the approval of killers Hussain Ahmed and Daryll Tuzzio. A young man named Abdul Hamid was accused of dating Hussain's teenage sister. In the time-honored Muslim custom, they resolved the conflict by setting Hamid's house on fire.
They knew full well that a whole family was living there, but didn't care. From the Muslim point of view, nothing could be cheaper than human life. Little Alisha Begun was burned over 95% of her body and died the next day.
It's a good thing we have multiculturalism to remind us that all cultures are equal and must be celebrated (except of course our own). Otherwise, we might be tempted to discourage this quaint Islamic tradition, which now occurs on a regular basis throughout Europe.
On a tip from Steve.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:59 AM
Here we see Marxist thug Hugo Chavez of Venezuela holding up a collection of moonbattery by liberal guru Noam Chomsky as he denounces America at the den of dictators and their appeasers known as the United Nations.
September 20, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:03 PM
Remember when greedy lawyers managed to sue Dow Corning out of existence, throwing who knows how many people out of work, on the basis of completely unsubstantiated allegations that their breast implants were harmful to women's health? A similar scheme has been initiated in California, motivated by not only greed, but moonbattery. The target: the auto industry.
California is suing six major automakers for causing global warming. This may not pass the laugh test, but that doesn't mean it won't fly in the land of fruits and nuts. The state is demanding "tens or hundreds of millions of dollars," a cost that would be passed along to consumers by those car manufacturers that aren't driven out of business.
The auto industry regards this as a "nuisance" suit, but it should be remembered that the lawsuits brought against tobacco companies were considered nuisance suits too, until pathologically greedy lawyers saw that they could loot these companies for billions by jury shopping.
According to the suit, car manufacturers have caused grievous injuries, costing untold fortunes
including millions of dollars of funds expended to determine the extent, location and nature of future harm and to prepare for and mitigate those harms, and billions of dollars of current harm to the value of flood control infrastructure and natural resources.
In other words, millions of dollars to pay moonbats to dream up imaginary damages are to be paid by car makers, with the cost passed along to us. How my Mazda caused harm to "the value of flood control infrastructure" might be a good subject for Al Gore's next feature.
This frightening suit is being pushed by Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who is running for state treasurer as a Democrat. It could certainly fill the state's coffers for him — provided it doesn't snowball into something that causes economic collapse. David Cole of the Center for Automotive Research doesn't need a crystal ball to predict that other states will hungrily pile on if California gets anywhere with the suit.
Lockyer bellows that car manufacturers are a public nuisance for having produced "millions of vehicles that collectively emit massive quantities of carbon dioxide." He doesn't bother to explain how we're supposed to get to work without them. Too bad we can't sue avaricious bureaucrats for collectively emitting massive quantities of politically correct moonbattery that stand to cripple our economy.
On a tip from Metalgarth.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:09 PM
Sometimes it seems that reality is too politically incorrect for liberals to grasp. But a recent editorial by Sam Harris suggests they are developing at least a hazy idea of the Islamic menace massing on the other side of PC propaganda.
Harris is a true-blue lib who loves taxes, hates Bush, refers to Christians as "religious lunatics," supports gay "marriage," etc. Yet he has caught on to the fact that when it comes to the conflict with Islam, we in the West are the good guys, liberal ideology be damned. Here's the Reader's Digest version:
[...] liberalism has grown dangerously out of touch with the realities of our world — specifically with what devout Muslims actually believe [...]
This may seem like frank acquiescence to the charge that "liberals are soft on terrorism." It is, and they are.
A cult of death is forming in the Muslim world — for reasons that are perfectly explicable in terms of the Islamic doctrines of martyrdom and jihad. The truth is that we are not fighting a "war on terror." We are fighting a pestilential theology [...]
[...] despite abundant evidence to the contrary, liberals continue to imagine that Muslim terrorism springs from economic despair, lack of education and American militarism.
[...] liberal denial has found expression in a growing subculture of conspiracy theorists who believe that the atrocities of 9/11 were orchestrated by our own government. [...]
[Conspiracy theories] offer an unusually clear view of the debilitating dogma that lurks at the heart of liberalism: Western power is utterly malevolent, while the powerless people of the Earth can be counted on to embrace reason and tolerance, if only given sufficient economic opportunities.
I don't know how many more engineers and architects need to blow themselves up, fly planes into buildings or saw the heads off of journalists before this fantasy will dissipate.
[...] liberals hate the current administration with such fury that they regularly fail to acknowledge just how dangerous and depraved our enemies in the Muslim world are. [...]
In their analyses of U.S. and Israeli foreign policy, liberals can be relied on to overlook the most basic moral distinctions. For instance, they ignore the fact that Muslims intentionally murder noncombatants, while we and the Israelis (as a rule) seek to avoid doing so. Muslims routinely use human shields, and this accounts for much of the collateral damage we and the Israelis cause; the political discourse throughout much of the Muslim world, especially with respect to Jews, is explicitly and unabashedly genocidal.
[...] Unless liberals realize that there are tens of millions of people in the Muslim world who are far scarier than Dick Cheney, they will be unable to protect civilization from its genuine enemies. [...]
The same failure of liberalism is evident in Western Europe, where the dogma of multiculturalism has left a secular Europe very slow to address the looming problem of religious extremism among its immigrants. The people who speak most sensibly about the threat that Islam poses to Europe are actually fascists.
To say that this does not bode well for liberalism is an understatement: It does not bode well for the future of civilization.
But the fact that at least one liberal has caught the smell of coffee bodes well.
On a tip from Bergbikr.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:35 AM
At a school assembly at Velasco Elementary School in Freeport, Texas, the audience stood to show their respect as parent volunteers demonstrated their patriotism by pledging allegiance to the flag. Unfortunately, it was the Mexican flag.
Explains Principal Sam Williams:
We have stated in our mission statement that we are a campus that is a beacon of hope for a culturally diverse population.
According to a witness, the entire audience was asked to pledge allegiance to the flag. Calling in to KTRH, she asked:
Where is the sensitivity to the country and to the troops and the men and women that have fought and died for this country?
At least Americans aren't being asked to pledge allegiance to the United Nations flag — yet.
September 19, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:07 PM
Here's the sight that greated parishioners as they came out of Westminster Cathedral in London last Sunday:
The time has come to defend our civilization if we want it to survive.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:44 PM
An appeals court has ruled that it is possible to fire irresponsible airline pilots, even if they're Muslim.
Trans States Airlines pilot Mohammed Shanif Hussein was canned one week after 9/11 when he was seen in uniform, drinking in a bar. His presence was particularly conspicuous because he raised his beer in salute to a TV screen showing his fellow Muslims crashing a plane into the World Trade Center.
His lawyer argued that it would be discrimination to fire a Muslim. Besides, Hussein said that the huge smile he had on his face as he watched thousands of Americans being murdered was actually inspired by his wife being pregnant. But the 8th Circuit ruled that airlines do have a right to fire pilots for public drinking in uniform, even if they belong to a death cult sworn to our destruction.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:02 PM
Going socialized medicine one better, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to pay people to go to the doctor.
The idea is to break the dreaded cycle of poverty by inspiring people to get checkups and stay healthy enough to work. Bureaucrats are still trying to decide on the amounts of the payouts. Supposedly this will be financed privately, but not for long, once being paid to go to the doctor becomes established as an entitlement.
In New York, Bloomberg is regarded as a Republican.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:35 PM
Lest anyone entertain the foolish notion that there is any point whatsoever trying to negotiate Iran out of acquiring nuclear weapons, French Dhimmi-in-Chief Jacques Chirac has called for the suspension of U.N. Security Council action against the terrorist regime.
We must, on the one hand, together, Iran and the six countries, meet and set an agenda, then start negotiations. Then, during these negotiations, I suggest that the six renounce referring [Iran to] the U.N. Security Council and that Iran renounce uranium enrichment during negotiations.
In other words, the other five countries that have supposedly been trying to get you to lay off the nukes aren't going to get any help from us, so go for it, ayatollahs. As The Independent notes:
The French President is the first European leader to state publicly that a freeze by Iran is not a precondition for opening talks. The concession to Iran seems to be linked to events in Lebanon, where there had been concern that French soldiers may be targeted by Iran's proxy militia, Hizbollah, over France's previously hardline stance in the nuclear negotiations.
That is, French soldiers like this guy:
might get bullied in Lebanon if Chirac doesn't run diplomatic interference to assist an aggressive terrorist state in its quest to acquire nuclear weapons.
If Iran can push France around with just Hezbollah, imagine what it will be able to do once its nukes are ready.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:00 PM
He simply will not shut up.
As if believing that sticking enough knives in his own country's back will win him a second booby prize from the America-hating ankle-biters of the Nobel Commission, Jimmy Carter has been gleefully playing into the most hyperbolic Islamic propaganda, accusing the current administration of torturing put-upon Muslims.
Jimmy the Dhimmi once had his own opportunity to confront Islamic imperialism, when his failure to stand by our ally the Shah resulted in Ayatollah Khomeini coming to power in Iran. The immediate result was the invasion of our embassy and the holding of American hostages for 444 days while Carter sat on his thumb and squirmed. The long-term result was the upsurge in Muslim terrorism from which President Bush has been doing an admirable job of defending us, despite heavy resistance from moonbat quislings like Carter, who croaks to the likeminded Dhimmis at al-Reuters:
Things that are unanimously almost or globally assumed to be torture, they claim that this is not torture.
In the ultimate indictment of terrorist-enabling RINOs like John McCain, John Warner, and Colin Powell, Carter gushed that he is "filled with admiration" for them as a result of their efforts to impede the War on Terror. Please remember this endorsement and under no circumstances pass up any future opportunities to vote against these useful idiots.
Ironically, one excuse McCain et al. have made for insisting on five-star hotel treatment for terrorists is that the slightest inconvenience to them might result in maltreatment of our own captured soldiers. As it is, they are tortured, dismembered, and dragged through the streets, so of course we don't want their treatment by Muslims to get any worse. But by screaming to anyone who will listen that America tortures Muslims, Carter is assuring the worst possible treatment for captured Americans — as he is not stupid enough to fail to understand.
According to Carter, detaining terrorists who have every intention of dwarfing 9/11 with their next strike constitutes "illegal punishment" that Bush's administration "has stonewalled so they can continue to perpetrate."
Casting away any pretense of fairness, Carter proclaimed that it's Bush's fault that Palestinians won't stop trying to kill Israelis, and that America is less safe as a result. Then he went the extra mile to harm our country by trying to turn our closest ally against us by announcing that Bush has increased the terror threat against Britain.
This attack on America's foreign policy comes as Bush prepares to address the U.N. General Assembly. To Jimmy the Dhimmi's dismay, Bush will not debase himself by chatting with Iranian maniac Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the U.N., as Iran has been brazenly developing nuclear weapons, engineering terror attacks on Israeli civilians, and calling for a second Holocaust.
It's only natural that Carter sides with Ahmadinejad; after all, Mad Mahmoud would not be in power today if it were not for the Dhimmi's policies back in the 70s. Ahmadinejad is carrying on the Carter legacy. Here's what Jimbo had to say:
Our government now has a strange and unprecedented and pervasive policy of not speaking to anybody who doesn't agree with us in advance on controversial issues. So we close the door, we go into a closet and pout.
It may seem strange to be accused of pouting by an 81-year-old infant who has been pouting ever since Reagan gave him the righteous trouncing he so thoroughly deserved back in 1980. But juvenile behavior is bound to be oddly defined by a senile child whose unending denunciations of his own country are reminiscent of an ill-behaved kindergartener's attempts to gain attention by shouting obscenities.
The Dhimmi continued to sulk on behalf of hostile regimes that he favors:
So we don't talk to Iran, we don't talk to Syria, we don't talk to the Palestinian government, we don't talk to North Korea, we don't talk to any leaders around the world who disagree with us and this is where the problems arise.
Every time this vile old man opens his mouth, laws against sedition make a little more sense.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:54 AM
Lock the door, hide the women and children, board up the windows, and crawl under your bed: Catholics are sure to riot in the streets, shooting old women in the back, burning mosques and effigies of Mohammad, and screaming for suicide executions once they see al-Jazz's animated cartoon putting down Pope Benedict XVI.
On a tip from Wiggins.
September 18, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:03 PM
Maybe the de facto alliance between liberals and Islamic imperialists isn't as strange as it seems. True, Muslims promise to put an end to everything liberals claim to believe in: women's rights, religious tolerance, acceptance of homosexuals, abortion, multiculturalism, peaceful coexistence, etc. etc. But down deep the only thing progressives really seem to want is the destruction of our civilization — which is exactly what Muslims want. Their reactions to hearing anything they don't like are as similar as their objectives. Just as the Muslims reacted to the Pope's implication that they might be just a little violent with yet another explosion of violence, liberals reacted to ABC's "Path to 9/11" miniseries, which failed to whitewash Clinton's failure to respond to the escalating Muslim terror menace, with demands for censorship and violent threats.
Cyrus Nowrasteh recounts how he received death threats for having written the screenplay to "Path to 9/11," which the liberal establishment tried to suppress, despite its nonpartisan nature. Democratic Senators actually threatened ABC's broadcast license. La Times waged a propaganda campaign, attempting to portray Nowrasteh as some sort of right-wing Islamist in cahoots with Rush Limbaugh. Nowrasteh is neither a Muslim nor a conservative.
His screenplay isn't any kinder to Bush than it is to Clinton. But the irresponsible degenerate felon who preceded W as President is sacred to the Left, so no criticism — even implied criticism — will be permitted on network TV, which they regard as part of Dar al-Moonbattery, the liberal domain.
Progressives are going to like sharia. Zero tolerance for blasphemers will suit them to a tee.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:45 PM
Whether the Pope's unprecedented apology to Muslims was sincere or not, it clearly hasn't been accepted by the fanatical goons who are using his recent remarks as an excuse to launch another intifada against Western Civilization. British Muslim Anjem Choudary — who helped organize the Cartoon Intifada last February — is calling for the Pope to be executed:
Whoever insults the message of Mohammed is going to be subject to capital punishment.
Saying or doing anything that displeases Muslims for whatever reason is inevitably regarded as insulting the poisonous message of their pedophile emperor prophet. The totalitarianism they are in the process of imposing on the West goes beyond anything dreamt of by Hitler or Stalin.
Just to make sure no one gets the impression that the reverence Muslims demand will be reciprocated with even a modicum of respect, Choudary's followers waved placards with slogans like "Pope go to Hell" and "Jesus is the slave of Allah."
In other parts of world, Muslims have been torching churches and gunning down nuns. In Iraq, the jihadists who according to Democrats have nothing to do with the War on Terror have called for the Pope to be assassinated by a suicide bomber. They've also put out a video that features a scimitar slicing a cross, intercut with images of the Pope and the burning World Trade Center.
Democrats who hold that we should be negotiating with Muslims instead of fighting them might be tempted so propose executing a few Cardinals instead of the Pope. But even the dimmest are probably starting to realize that trying to appease Islam by giving an inch to it under any circumstances is like trying appease a fire that has broken out in your house by offering it pieces of furniture.
Rather than issuing ambiguous apologies that leave no one satisfied, Benedict XVI is encouraged to take the moral leadership that has been shirked by everyone else by stating the obvious: Islam is evil and must be confronted.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:06 AM
Thanks to the efforts of the Bush Administration, history has surprised everyone by presenting the USA with no major terrorist attacks since 9/11. But that will soon change, due to a wrench thrown into the gears of the War on Terror by Democrats and their RINO accomplices. National Intelligence Director John Negroponte confirms that the interrogations used to prevent terrorist attacks have been curtailed while the Administration attempts to fight off the moonbattery that is preventing it from protecting our lives.
In light of the Supreme Court's bizarre decision to extend Geneva Convention protections to terrorists who are not covered by this agreement, did not sign it, and most definitely do not abide by it, there has been "precious little" useful interrogation done, according to Negroponte, because using the sort of techniques that are liable to thwart terror attacks "may be kind of problematic because of the uncertainty introduced."
Attempts to resolve that uncertainty by defining just what is allowed and what is not allowed have been blocked by a coalition of reliably pro-terrorist Democrats and three prominent RINOs who have distinguished themselves by their willingness to sell out their party and their country in return for favorable coverage from the leftist media.
These three stooges are of course the allegedly Republican Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and John Warner. Every effort must be made to remove these irresponsible fools from office at the next possible opportunity. A fourth stooge, Colin Powell, fortunately does not hold office, but has been cheering from the sidelines as moonbats hamstring our capacity to combat terrorism.
According to McStain's pious posturing, the U.S. must "hold the moral high ground" by granting terrorists every advantage in their struggle to destroy us, including even a right to classified information that would further incapacitate our anti-terror efforts and put at mortal risk anyone who cooperated against terrorists.
According to the RINO brigade, taking the "moral high ground" requires granting "rights" to foreign terrorists to which they have no legitimate claim, in the full knowledge that this will inevitably result in the death of thousands if not millions of American citizens. A more profound example of moral depravity would be impossible to imagine.
Even defining what exactly is permitted would be too much of an encumbrance to terrorists, according to the sanctimonious RINOs, who apparently prefer a situation in which interrogators basically assume that they are not permitted to do anything other than ask politely.
It will take many more deaths than occurred on 9/11 to wake America up to the fact that Muslim terrorism is a serious threat, and that terrorist enablers like McCain et al. simply cannot be permitted to hold positions of responsibility.
September 17, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:07 PM
Muslims disputed the Pope's mild implication that their religion indulges in violence by shooting a nun and calling for the Pope to be assassinated. Naturally, the MSM screamed for the Pope to apologize, and he complied.
In the course of a speech in which he attempted to make the point that religion should not be used as an excuse to murder people, Pope Benedict XVI quoted Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus from the 14th Century:
Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.
Muslims predictably took the quote out of context and used it as yet another excuse to see how far the West would let them keep pushing us. Off the end of the world, would seem to be the answer.
In Somalia, the brave and peaceful disciples of Mohammad shot an elderly Italian nun three times in the back before running away, evidently as part of the same contrived uproar that had Iraq's Mujahideen's Army movement calling for the Pope to be targeted by suicide bombers for daring to suggest that Muslims might be violent. The movement promised to "smash the crosses in the house of the dog from Rome."
As Muslim thugs screamed their threats and insults, the liberal media characteristically backed them up to the hilt. Stooping ever further beneath contempt, the dhimmified vermin at the New York Times sniveled that "it is particularly disturbing that Pope Benedict XVI has insulted Muslims" and arrogantly issued the following demand:
The world listens carefully to the words of any pope. And it is tragic and dangerous when one sows pain, either deliberately or carelessly. He needs to offer a deep and persuasive apology, demonstrating that words can also heal.
These evil savages are trying to kill us and to obliterate our civilization, and the sacks of slime at the Times are worried that their feelings might be hurt.
Proving that if Western Civilization is to be defended, it will not be by the Catholic Church, the Pope has issued an apology oozing with "respect and esteem for those who profess Islam."
Does anyone wonder what happened to this Byzantine Empire that Manuel II Paleologus used to rule? In 330 A.D., Rome's first Christian emperor Constantine moved the capital to Byzantium. After the collapse of Rome in 476 A.D., Byzantium carried on as the capital of Western Civilization. For hundreds of years it fought off Muslim hordes that tried to destroy it. Finally, in 1453, the hordes tragically succeeded. The ancient Byzantine Empire ceased to exist — just as we will cease to exist if we do not confront Islam.
September 16, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:16 PM
Kudos to Katherine Kersten for speaking up from Minnesota's left-leaning twin cities on the sheer insanity of the 9/11 conspiracy theories being hawked by kooks like former University of Minnesota–Duluth prof James Fetzer — even if, as J.R. Dunn points out at The American Thinker, digging for background information would have blown Fetzer even farther out of the water.
James Fetzer is the founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth — a group of ivory tower moonbats who have been successfully promoting the fever dream that not imperialist Islam but the Bush Administration is responsible for the attacks of 9/11. Like an alarming number of people, Fetzer fantasizes that the World Trade Center was blown up with "secretly planted explosives."
To get an idea of just how divorced these folks are from reality, Uncle Fetzer holds that Osama bin Laden couldn't have been responsible for 9/11 because it's "contrary to Islam to kill women and children." As most of us have noticed over the past few decades, killing innocent women and children is a primary objective of Muslim terrorist groups. Islam has been spread by killing since its inception.
Fester also believes that Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and Donald Rumsfeld teamed up to bring down Paul Wellstone's plane with "a directed energy weapon that overwhelmed its electronic system." By the way, he describes the courses he taught to college students for decades as "critical thinking, logic and scientific reasoning courses."
The fantasies indulged in by Fester and his ilk are so outlandish, the minor details don't seem to matter. But when we find 48,000,000 Americans willing to believe in 9/11 conspiracies, it's worthwhile to trip up paranoid proselytizers with a few nitty-gritty facts.
For example, Fester holds that the Pentagon was "hit by a missile from an A-3 Skywarrior, most likely." Other moonbats agree. But as Dunn notes, the last of these aircraft had been decommissioned 10 years prior to 9/11, and they were never fitted to fire missiles. The idea that this 80-foot, antique warplane could be flown across Washington without anyone noticing is almost as absurd as the notion that it would be chosen for the job in the first place.
The mainstream media hasn't been picking up on this sort of thing. But then, when it comes to debunking the 9/11 Truth movement's bizarre mythology, it's hard to know where to start.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:03 AM
To help you get some use out of your tax dollar, here's a little something from NPR:
A researcher says he has a way to "Save the Earth from Global Warming" — for a while, at least. The idea is to do what volcanoes do: inject material into the stratosphere. That would create a thin haze and reflect some sunlight. [...] But the paper proposes using it not as a permanent fix, but to buy time until greenhouse gases emissions can be brought under control.
If global warming true believers ever find themselves in the driver's seat, the inevitable economic ruin might be only the beginning of our troubles.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:30 AM
While Carter judicial appointees such as Joyce Hens Green and Anna Diggs Taylor distinguish themselves for their outstanding service to al Qaeda, Clinton appointee Robert G. James of the United States District Court, Western Division of Louisiana has found another way to wreak havoc: by declaring that the shallows of navigable waterways are no longer open to the public, he has largely outlawed boating and fishing.
According to Phil Keeter, president of Marine Retailers Association of America:
Even though this action seems like a horrible pre-April fools joke, it is very serious. Because essentially all the waters and waterways of our country are considered navigable in the U.S. law, this ruling declares recreational boating, water skiing, fishing, waterfowl hunting, and fishing tournaments to be illegal and the public subject to jail sentences for recreating with their families.
I think it's safe to say we have enough Democratic appointees in the judiciary to last until the last of them retires.
On a tip from Wiggins.
September 15, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:51 PM
Zillionaire currency speculator George Soros, the Hard Left's answer to Dr. Evil, has his rhetoric in overdrive.
Evidently with a straight face, Soros preaches that we should be negotiating with terrorists, as opposed to fighting them. Perhaps we could have prevented the attack on the World Trade Center by offering to knock down one of the towers ourselves. Israelis might apply this approach by seeing if Muslims would be satisfied if they all waded into the Mediterranean to their waists, which would be an improvement over being driven into it completely.
According to Soros, the concept of a war on terror is "a false, misleading, counterproductive, destructive frame" that will only lead to angering the maniacs who are already trying to kill us.
Indulging in the cartoonish hyperbole that protects the lunatic Left from being taken seriously, Soros intones:
I would voice my concerns about the similarities between this administration and the Nazis and communist regimes.
Dick Durbin would certainly agree.
As chief Shadow Party puppeteer, Soros poured $23 million into 527s in 2004 in an attempt to tip the election to Hanoi John Kerry. According to Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center, he's trying a new strategy for the midterms:
George Soros has apparently opted to attack President Bush and the Republican Party by undermining America's war on terror.
The media and the Democratic Party are obviously on the same page.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:35 PM
An Australian Aboriginal girl who assaulted a white woman, kicking her as she lay on the ground and calling her a "white slut," did not engage in racial vilification because she was only using "the patois of the street," according to magistrate Kate Auty.
The Aborigine had been charged under a racial vilification law that was enacted to punish white supremacists. As she is presumably not a white supremacist, it's hardly surprising that the law was found not to apply.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:07 AM
If you have any long-term investments, now might be a good time to unload them. A scientist agrees that we have 10 years left to start listening to Al Gore or the planet is doomed.
Even if the summer of 2006 wasn't as hot as that of 1936, it was still hot enough to remind us that if it got a lot hotter, it might be too hot. Arctic ice has been melting.
Yelps James Hansen at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies:
I think we have a very brief window of opportunity to deal with climate change ... no longer than a decade, at the most.
Hansen, who believes the Bush Administration is trying to silence him, wants us to stop burning fossil fuels. Perhaps as an alternative we could use telekinesis to make our cars go.
Although Gore has alarmed true believers with graphics suggesting that Florida will soon be submerged, others remain skeptical. As Julian Dowdeswell of the Scott Polar Research Institute observes:
The melting of the Arctic ice will not itself contribute to global sea-level rise, as the ice floating in the sea is already displacing its own mass in the water. When the ice cube melts in your gin and tonic, the liquid in your glass does not rise.
But progressives might counter this by pointing out that when they get sufficiently agitated about global warming to start waving their arms around, their beer rises up in the bottle and pours out over their hands.
Environmental sciences professor Fred Singer of University of Virginia has also voiced skepticism:
Any warming from the growth of greenhouse gases is likely to be minor, difficult to detect above the natural fluctuations of the climate, and therefore inconsequential. In addition, the impacts of warming and of higher CO2 levels are likely to be beneficial for human activities and especially for agriculture.
Sami Solanki of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research is among those who note that if there is any global warming, it's caused by the sun:
It is brighter than it was a few hundred years ago and this brightening started relatively recently – in the last 100 to 150 years.
This might explain NASA's observation that it's getting warmer on Mars.
David Bellamy of the Conservation Foundation spells out the unbelievers' point of view:
Global warming – at least the modern nightmare version – is a myth. I am sure of it and so are a growing number of scientists. But what is really worrying is that the world's politicians and policy-makers are not.
Instead, they have an unshakeable faith in what has, unfortunately, become one of the central credos of the environmental movement: humans burn fossil fuels, which release increased levels of carbon dioxide – the principal so-called greenhouse gas – into the atmosphere, causing the atmosphere to heat up. They say this is global warming, I say this is poppycock.
But all these Doubting Thomases are failing to take into account a study released by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which found that global warming is real and caused by white folks.
Just to be on the safe side, banks might want to stop offering anything longer than a 10-year mortgage — unless normal people develop a capacity to take Prince Albert seriously.
On a tip from Wiggins.
September 14, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:35 PM
Incredibly, Hanoi John Kerry is still running for President, despite the word LOSER flashing neon-bright across his botoxed forehead. He's been up in New Hampshire campaigning and baiting the vets with whom he very briefly served in Vietnam before coming home to devote himself to undermining the war effort.
When asked if he feared being "Swift-Boated" — i.e., called to account for lying about his military service by people who were there — Kerry sneered:
I'm prepared to kick their ass from one end of America to the other.
No doubt he would have done the same to Charlie, except that he had to get home after a few months to attend hippie rallies at which he denounced those who stayed behind to fight as war criminals.
John O'Neill, a Vietnam vet who wrote the highly informative "Unfit for Command," was less than impressed by Kerry's taunts. Referring to the tour of duty that Hanoi John managed to drastically curtail by gaming the system for Purple Hearts for the sort of injuries you might sustain if you're not careful shaving, O'Neill chuckled:
Well, he's got eight times as much time to prepare for us as he spent in Vietnam.
Of course, Kerry could settle the issue of his war record once and for all by releasing it to the public — the whole thing, not just bits and pieces to sympathetic left-wing media outlets.
But that would be a drastic change of style for a guy obviously set in his ways. For example, he now supports a timetable for surrender in Iraq, despite opposing it last year. Shrugs Jean François:
I don't see that as a contradiction.
Not at all — it's just Kerry being Kerry.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:53 PM
Senator Joe Lieberman has picked up a crucial endorsement in the form of a denunciation by the one man most reliably wrong on any important topic, Jimmy Carter.
Shadow Party stooge Ned Lamont has attempted to buy Lieberman's Senate seat, blowing $4 million of his own inherited cash and the Devil knows how much of George Soros' just on the primary. His single issue is immediate unconditional surrender to the terrorists in Iraq.
This resonates with Jimmy the Dhimmi, whom even the Clinton Administration regarded as a "treasonous prick." Appearing on Larry King the other night, Carter seemed to accuse Lieberman of taking part in a conspiracy:
He was one of the originators of public statements that misled the American people into believing that the Iraqi war was justified.
If only we could get our hands on the conspirators responsible for convincing the American people that letting Jimbo be President wouldn't be a disaster that would haunt us for decades...
More Carter on Lieberman:
He's joined in with the Republican spokespersons by saying that Democrats who disagree are really supporting terrorism. So for all these reasons, I've lost my confidence in Joe Lieberman and don't wish to see him re-elected.
Actually, I doubt Lieberman ever said that Dems who politically sabotage our efforts in Iraq are supporting terrorism. But it's certainly true.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:14 PM
A mob of leftist misfits grandiosely calling itself the "International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration" has found President Bush guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The adjudicators found W guilty on 20 counts, which boil down to five crimes against humanity:
- Deposing Saddam Hussein.
- Authorizing "torture" of pampered captured terrorists.
- Altering the weather.
- Promoting sexual abstinence.
- Failing to do the job of local and state government in New Orleans after Katrina.
Bush has been found guilty by preposterous kangaroo courts before, notably one presided over by potential Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers. This one was convened by C. Clark Kissinger, who underscores the unbiased evenhandedness of the commission:
We did not proceed from the fact that we did or did not like George Bush and his policies. We proceeded from the fact that objectively there are such things as war crimes and crimes against humanity and we had to apply those criteria to decide what to prosecute the administration for.
Incidentally, Kissinger is a Maoist who writes for the newspaper of the Revolutionary Communist Party.
Even some moonbats are beginning to wake up to the fact that their "peace" movement is a facade for something extremely unsavory. Peace activist Jerry Olek expressed concern that both this silly commission and one of its sponsoring groups, World Can't Wait, are fronts for the Revolutionary Communist Party:
My concern is that the RCP is using, manipulating the legitimate peace movement concerns for their own strategic objectives — overthrowing democratic government and establishing socialism, communism.
Hopefully Olek and other peaceniks will one day move on to the next step, and ask themselves if they might be on the wrong course when they find themselves agreeing with totalitarian maniacs devoted to the destruction of our country.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:37 AM
In Western New York, Batavia schools superintendent Richard Stutzman is blowing off requests from parents that their kids be taken out of classes taught by a transsexual teacher.
Bob Knight of the Culture and Family Institute holds that by imposing a teacher with "transsexual disorder" who shows up for class dressed as a woman, the school district is indulging in "arrogance at its worst" and promoting the "pansexual revolution" by telling parents "you're going to go along with it, and we're not even going to give your kids an out."
Fortunately, there is an out: avoid public education at all costs.
On a tip from The Right Reverend Rabbi Judah.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:06 AM
Some of the most fascinating stories pop up in the media and then vanish, leaving us with no hint as to how it all turned out. For example, whatever happened to plans by Jack Murtha's Jew-baiting sidekick Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) to press charges against an 8-year-old boy with whom he had become involved in an altercation?
According to Moran, the boy claimed to have a gun, threatened to use it, and tried to steal his car. But then, according to Moran, the war in Iraq is the work of a Jewish conspiracy.
The kid's parents filed a formal complaint against Moran, whom they accused of attacking their unarmed son. Given eyewitness accounts of a "beet-red" Moran carrying the boy, yelling and cursing, the 8-year-old's account of the confrontation appeared more credible than the Congressman's:
He choked me and then cussed at me. I thought he was going to kidnap me or kill me ... All I told him was that I liked his car.
But Rep. Moran responded:
It's all lies.
On a tip from Wiggins.
September 13, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:41 PM
Characteristically showing the courage to speak truth to moonbattery even in the degenerate playpen of European politics, Tony Blair has once again stood up to the nattering ingrates who forget the debt they owe America, and choose to side with the darkness against it.
Rather than pandering to the prevalent baseness by denouncing Americans, Blair points out that
The reality is that none of the problems that press in on us can be resolved or even contemplated without them.
As for the left-wing lapdogs that have been nipping at the USA's ankles, and at his own for siding with us against terrorism and dictatorship, Blair says this:
The strain of, frankly, anti-American feeling in parts of European politics is madness when set against the long-term interests of the world we believe in.
Tony Blair is a liberal in most respects, but when he's gone his principled and responsible leadership will be sorely missed — and not only by those who still support him as his historic stint as Prime Minister heads toward its close.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:06 PM
They do have gall, don't they?
The Greatest Generation would have treated New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller to the firing squad for deliberately sabotaging our country's attempts to defend itself from external enemies. But in our day and age, he's still snug in his office, from where he denounces the government for impugning his conspicuously nonexistent "integrity and patriotism."
In possibly the biggest coup for al Qaeda since 9/11, its fellow travelers Keller and Slimes Publisher Pinch Sulzberger ignored pleas from the government not to expose a NSA program that had been monitoring terrorist phone calls to and from the USA. In saner times, Keller would be wearing a blindfold and puffing a last cigarette. Instead, he is wearing an attitude of elitist arrogance and puffing hot air:
I think the administration is genuinely distressed that we ran the story over their objections. I think they were embarrassed by it, by the fact that this most secretive of administrations has so much trouble keeping its secrets. I think they were probably sincere in their anxiety that publicizing this program might jeopardize it. And, you know, that's all fair, but when they stir up a partisan hatefest and impugn your integrity and patriotism, that is, to borrow a word from the White House list of talking points, disgraceful.
When al Qaeda pulls off the next 9/11, the philandering traitor Bill Keller and his ilk will have our blood on their hands — as he was made aware in advance. But don't you dare question his integrity and patriotism; that makes him mad.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:25 PM
That piteous mewling you hear is the final death whimper of Air America, which will be filing for bankruptcy.
The moribund liberal network could remain on the air for awhile, but probably not for long. Rats lacking the initiative to leave the ship voluntarily are being laid off.
Another cash infusion might stave off extinction, but evidently George Soros has found better uses for his Shadow Party funding than this lame attempt to challenge conservatives like Rush Limbaugh on the radio waves.
Best known for fleecing charities and "jokingly" advocating assassinating the President, Air Un-American was first heard in March 2004. Even Jerry Springer had better taste than to stick around for long, though Head Bloviator Al Franken actually hoped to use it to launch a run for the Senate.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:14 PM
As predicted by Entertainment Weekly, the Dixie Witches documentary entitled "Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing" was warmly received when it debuted at the moonbattery-saturated Toronto Film Festival last night.
The highlight of the film has the group's obnoxious singer Natalie Maines repeatedly denouncing the President of the United States as "a dumb f***."
The film's subtitle is ironic, considering that it documents how the Dixie Chicks abandoned country music in favor of left-wing pandering. Maines, the architect of the band's fallout with its former fans, famously told a London audience she was ashamed to be from the same state as the President. When sales predictably plummeted, the shrewd Maines assured her partners, ''I think this is better for our career.''
Sure enough, the liberal establishment saw that they were rewarded. Time actually put them on its cover.
Maines acknowledges that she is no longer a country musician, telling a group meeting:
I just feel like, let country music rest.
The Dixie Chicks have a new career now. They are professional moonbats, whose new fans probably don't even like their music, but will tolerate it in order to get in a dig against Red State America.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:10 AM
Hard as it is to believe, Rosie O'Donnell may not be the most profoundly deranged character on the cast of ABC's "The View." Co-host Barbara Walters (aka Baba Wawa), possibly best known for having asked the immortal question, "If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?" insists that her dog can talk.
According to Baba, when she told her lapdog Cha-Cha she loved her, the Havanese said "I love you" back. She has reportedly promised to bring a witness on the show to corroborate her story.
Loudly lesbian co-host Rosie is no doubt pleased that Baba's canine sweetheart is female.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:23 AM
Penn State English prof Mel Seesholtz is not pleased at all that Arnold Schwarzenegger resisted a power play by gay activists by vetoing the euphemistically named "Bias-Free Curriculum Act," which called for indoctrinating California schoolchildren on the merits of homosexuality and transsexuality, starting in kindergarten.
Seesholtz blames the Governator's shockingly responsible behavior on the influence of the Left's most dreaded bogeyman, the Religious Right, i.e., conservative Christians. Here's what he has to say about them:
A very wise woman recently asked me "Who will rid us of the evil lunatics?"
We will. We must. Public education and a civil, civilized society depend upon it.
Seesholtz doesn't specify how society will rid itself of these "evil lunatics." Romans used to feed them to lions, but I'm sure liberals would consider that exploitative of animals.
One of the specific targets of Seesholtz's righteous wrath is Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily, who notes that the Professor will be teaching a class entitled "Religion in American Life and Thought." Somehow I doubt Christians will be cast as the good guys.
Not that Seesholtz is likely to inflict upon students anything they haven't heard before. As Farah observes,
[T]here are more little, bigoted, intolerant rats like this dwelling in the sewers that are America's universities than you could imagine.
On a tip from Wiggins.
September 12, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:20 PM
On ABC's "The View," noted theologian Rosie O'Donnell successfully plays to her New York City studio audience on the day after the 5-year anniversary of 9/11 with this line:
Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America.
One advantage liberals have is their knack for saying things that are so fundamentally false and gut-twistingly vile that you don't know where to begin rebutting them.
If your stomach is stronger than mine, watch the video:
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:46 PM
In June 1985, four Muslim terrorists hijacked TWA Flight 847 on its way from Athens to Rome and took it to Beirut. When they discovered that one of the passengers was U.S. Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem, they beat him unconscious, shot him to death, and dumped his body on the tarmac. In the end they escaped.
The only one of the hijackers to be caught is Mohammed Ali Hamadi, who was nabbed with explosives in his bag at the Frankfurt, Germany airport 2 years later. Convicted of Stethem's murder, he was sentenced to life.
Life lasted until December 2005, when he was released and sent back to Lebanon, very possibly as part of the deal that freed kidnapped German moonbat Susanne Osthoff, who praised her captors and may have been in league with them. U.S. authorities objected strenuously but were ignored.
When the Germans first let Hamadi loose, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack announced:
We will make every effort, working with the Lebanese authorities or whomever else, to see that he faces trial for the murder of Mr. Stethem.
Why subject us to speeches from Democratic Senators describing what Nazis our soldiers are for locking him up? Why give the ACLU a chance to spend our tax money finding a way to set him free again?
Like any mad dog, Mohammed Ali Hamadi must be hunted down and killed.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:16 PM
MSNBC's rabid jackal Keith Olbermann is hardly the only proud member of the unhinged Left with nasty things to say about President Bush. Sean Penn, best known as Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High and as tacky pop star Madonna's ex, is also a prominent Hollyweird leftist who has visited hostile Middle Eastern regimes (Iraq, Iran) in the role of useful idiot, and who keeps an Ann Coulter doll that he evidently derives sexual pleasure from burning with cigarettes. Mouthing off at the moonbat fest known as the Toronto International Film Festival, Penn briefly seemed to have something positive to say about the leader of his country when he announced that "One could make the argument that George Bush is a good politician." However, he quickly clarified:
I think the issue is how you define politician. Once upon a time, politics was the organization of things to benefit the people. [...] So that's the level of politician I think he's good at. Out of context, he's Beelzebub — and a dumb one.
Bush has degrees from Yale and Harvard. He has been Governor of Texas, and of course, President of the United States. Penn went to Santa Monica College and works as an actor — a profession with a well-deserved reputation for attracting airheads. Which one is dumb? You be the judge.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:55 PM
If you find yourself surrounded by moonbats with no crucifix at hand, try flashing the crest for the West Point Class of 2007:
Via Lucianne.com, on a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:09 PM
Yesterday each of us acknowledged the 5-year anniversary of 9/11 in our own ways. MSNBC's shameless moonbat demagogue Keith Olbermann honored it by attacking our President in a maniacal diatribe (video) that called to mind the possessed Regan's pea soup eruptions in The Exorcist.
Olbermann perfectly personified the words "sanctimonious" and "hypocritical" in the course of an unnervingly intense hate-filled harangue in which he posed in front of Ground Zero while piously denouncing Republicans for allegedly using Ground Zero as a prop.
Discarding any pretense of fairness, Olbermann spat that it was "beyond shameful" that Bush had not built something at Ground Zero, as if the President were somehow to blame for the morass of local politics that has delayed construction for years. Unable to grasp that a hostile terror-supporting dictatorship with a history of not only developing but using weapons of mass destruction might conceivably have something to do with the War on Terror, Olbermann snarled at Bush for wasting money on "irrelevant wars" instead of building something at Ground Zero.
After childishly suggesting that our President is a "grasping opportunistic dilettante" at best and an idiot at worst, Olbermann self-righteously accused him of turning American against American, even while calling for his impeachment — hardly a stance likely to foster unity.
Finally Olbermann lost his composure altogether, practically spraying saliva as he brayed that W was putting a political spin on 9/11 by attempting to respond to it, as if this would distract his audience from the fact that it was Olbermann who was trying to spin 9/11 into something it is not by twisting the entire epic of our struggle with Islamic terrorism into a shallow tale of Bush's imaginary iniquity.
In the end, after bitterly spewing his bile at ABC for daring to air "Path to 9/11," Olbermann wandered completely into the Twilight Zone — literally, with an awkward attempt to undermine the War on Terror by comparing it to an episode of the old television show.
One of the prices of freedom is that we have to tolerate the poisonous screechings of vermin like Keith Olbermann. All the same, couldn't the Catholic Church send in a Father Merrin?
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:21 PM
The toxic cocktail of moral equivalence, multiculturalism, and liberal self-hatred is literally destroying Western civilization by turning it against itself. Those who indulge in it run the risk of degenerating into hostile lunatics — like Philip Gray, a priest and chaplain to Church of England Bishop Nicholas Reade.
Mark Tooley of FrontPageMagazine recounts how Gray commemorated yesterday's fifth anniversary of 9/11 with an article in his diocesan newspaper in which he argues that London's 7/7 suicide bombers — who killed 52 and wounded 700 — were acting like Christians.
Behind modern fanatical Islamic terrorism lie many spiritual and religious passions and narratives also found in the Christian tradition.
According to Gray, Christians are like Muslims in that they "rejoice over the deaths of martyrs." Specific Christians who are sufficiently evil to celebrate committing suicide in order to kill the innocent apparently remain unnamed.
Gray displays his psychotically distorted perspective by drawing grotesque parallels between scenes from the Bible and Islamic terrorists. For example:
Blind Samson, his hairy growth returning, commits an act of suicidal terrorism as he destroys the pillars of the pagan temple.
We now have Christian priests telling us that Samson pulling down the pillars to which he had been chained is the equivalent of homicidal maniacs setting off bombs on commuter trains. It gets even worse:
We cannot simply ignore the violent passion of Jesus cleansing the temple with whips. We are never told of the collateral damage possibly resulting from his actions.
So as you can see, Christ Himself was a terrorist.
Of course, no moonbat would forget to mention the Crusades, which liberals, like Muslims, seem to think happened last Wednesday:
We need to consider the same religious passion and spiritual single mindedness lies at the heart of a London bomber and a Christian crusader.
Since morally we are the equivalent of terrorists, fighting them is out of the question. So what to do about terrorism? Gray suggests "inter-faith work," "community building," and "clear moral teaching, particularly within the armed forces" — in other words, blame ourselves and let them kill us.
As Tooley observes:
These dubious musings by an English priest are, unfortunately, not unusual among leftist Western religionists. Such prelates, uncertain and sometimes even ashamed about the doctrines of their own professed faith, are reluctant to identify objective evil, and even more reluctant to criticize non-Western cultures or religions. They strain to find parallels between perceived Western or Christian failings and the enormities of anti-Western and anti-Christian movements.
Thankfully the Church of England is not quite far enough gone to back Gray's blathering, but the religious think tank Ekklesia praised him for having "raised important issues."
Tooley perceptively realizes that the important issue here is how Muslims are able to exploit the Left's half-submerged longing for our civilization's obliteration:
Like the secular left, the theological left is inclined towards self-hatred, and its ideologies often espouse a cultural death wish. The death of the West is of course a goal to which radical Islamists are gladly lending a hand, hence the often odd if furtive philosophical agreement that occurs between Western leftists and Islamic theocrats.
No sane person could equate Christianity with the Islam practiced by mass-murdering terrorists. But the Religious Left is not the place to look for sanity.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:33 AM
A British court spared Omed Aziz from jail time for driving half a mile through a heavily populated area at speeds of up to 35 mph despite being totally blind, but did make him change out of the obscene t-shirt in which he showed up for his hearing.
Needless to say, Aziz had no license and no insurance. In addition to being totally blind, he suffers from leg tremors and is partially deaf. He makes his living by being paid £520 per month by British taxpayers to be disabled.
Aziz was given a 3-month suspended prison sentence and was asked to pay £364 in prosecution costs. He's banned from driving for 3 years. Oh, and he's been ordered to take an extended driving test if he ever decides to apply for a driver license.
Did I mention that Aziz is totally blind? His eyes were blown out by a bomb.
After his sentencing, he changed back into his "B4D MO7H3R FU5K3R" t-shirt before leaving the court with a smirk on his face.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:43 AM
I hope you enjoyed the final installment of "Path to 9/11" last night. For a TV miniseries it was surprisingly good. I'll be looking for it on DVD — provided of course Democrats don't still manage to have it banned.
Ohio's Charles Sanders, a Democratic candidate for Congress, is so incensed that ABC/Disney would run a miniseries that doesn't whitewash the Clinton Administration's refusal to confront the growing menace of Muslim terrorism that he has been calling for the company to be prosecuted for supposed Federal Election Commission violations.
Absurdly characterizing the ABC that gave us the prominent moonbat Peter Jennings as having "extreme right wing pals," Sanders invites the public to use a handy form to submit a letter of complaint to parent company Disney, the FEC, your local paper, your U.S. Senators, and your Congressional rep with the title "Prosecute ABC/Disney For Campaign Finance Law Violations."
As you know if you saw the miniseries, it is no hatchet job. It points out that due to political correctness, incompetence, and apathy, the Clinton Administration effectively encouraged the escalation of Islamic violence against the USA. Dems may quibble over details, but this overall picture is historical fact and not subject to argument — which is why Democrats tried so hard to get the piece suppressed.
"Path to 9/11" doesn't cast the Bush Administration in a favorable light either, but conservatives do not expect to be fawned over by the mainstream media, nor do they endorse political censorship — which is the main reason John McCain does not qualify as a conservative.
That a Democrat congressional candidate would try to use campaign finance law to intimidate a major media company for releasing something deemed by Dems to reflect poorly on Bubba underscores two critical points:
- Democrats are not the kind of people you want in positions of power.
- Either we repeal the terrifying abomination known as McCain–Feingold campaign finance reform, or we repeal the First Amendment; they cannot coexist.
Kudos to ABC for having the backbone to show the miniseries, revisions or no revisions. I hope their spine will hold up if thugs like Harry Reid end up controlling the Senate.
On a tip from Wiggins.
September 11, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:48 PM
Google shows a lot of creativity in the special logos they put up on significant days.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Birthday:
Birthday of Percival Lowell (I don't know who he is either):
Lunar New Year:
And of course, Persian (i.e., Iranian) New Year:
Here's their special logo to commemorate 9/11:
Very subtle and understated, don't you think? Coincidentally, it's the same one they use on Memorial Day.
By the way, congrats to Google for their 100% pro-moonbat rating on BuyBlue.org.
On a tip from Metalgarth.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:50 PM
If ever there was an argument for involuntary commitment, it is the 9/11 Truth Movement, a loose confederation of paranoid psychotics who have managed to convince themselves that President Bush blew up the World Trade Center. For anyone wondering how the Democratic Party could go even farther out on its limb after elevating kooks like Howard Dean to key positions, this movement provides the answer.
Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid reports on a 9/11 Truth Movement rally held in Lower Manhattan yesterday, on the eve of the anniversary of 9/11. Prominent among the speakers was Florida's Bob Bowman, who just won a Democratic congressional primary. Bowman has declared that the President and Vice President should be impeached, and added that "we have the evidence to indict them for treason."
This potential Congressman shared the podium with likeminded colleagues like Wayne Madsen, best known for being the only named source in a tabloid story alleging an affair between President Bush and Condi Rice. When asked whether Bush sanctioned the deaths on 9/11, Madsen opined that the only difference between the President and Ted Bundy is that Bundy was a better student. Thankfully he didn't endorse a suggestion from the audience that our President and members of his administration be lynched; Madsen will be satisfied if Dems take over the House and impeach them.
Madsen's sputtering hatred extends beyond Bush and his Cabinet to his entire family, which he claims "make the Sopranos look like Ozzie and Harriet Nelson." The poor guy probably wakes screaming from nightmares of Laura Bush drooling blood as she devours live children.
Another member of potential Congressman Bowman's crowd is William Pepper, who distributed articles of impeachment to be filed against President Bush, and who was introduced as a good friend of Venezuela's ostentatiously anti-American ruler Hugo Chavez, to the crowd's loud approval. Pepper wants Bush impeached for taking commonsense measures to protect us from terrorists. He concluded his remarks by quoting Fidel Castro's executioner, the bloodthirsty sociopath and moonbat icon Che Guevara.
Conspiracy theorist rock star Alex Jones was also on hand. He declared that America's government is composed of "psychopathic criminals" who "want to exterminate us" in order to reduce the U.S. population by 85–95%.
This is the fever swamp in which the new generation of Democrats is breeding.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:32 PM
Burt Prelutsky isn't buying the conventional line that our war isn't with Islam, but with Islamic outliers.
As Prelutsky notes, the "Religion of Peace" has been spread by violent coercion from its inception. When apologists claim that only 10% of Muslims want to slit our throats for being infidels, that would still add up to 120,000,000 hostile maniacs — far more people than Hitler or Stalin could have thrown at us.
The series of attacks against our country up to and including 9/11 didn't stop American Muslims from pouring money into "charities" that finance terrorism. Their behavior stands in stark contrast to that of WWII-era Japanese-Americans, who rather than form organizations like CAIR to team up with the ACLU against their country, displayed patriotism and honor, despite having far more to whine about:
In 1943, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team was formed. It consisted of young Japanese-American men. In spite of the fact that the Nisei faced widespread prejudice in America, and in spite of the fact that their own families had been imprisoned by the federal government at Manzanar and various other concentration camps, these volunteers became the most decorated combat unit of its size during World War II. It was thanks to their sacrificial efforts that over 200 members of the 36th Texas Division, the so-called Lost Division, were rescued from certain slaughter at the hands of the Germans. It was during this battle in France's Vosges mountains that Second Lt. Daniel K. Inouye, later to be elected to the U.S. Senate, lost his right arm and earned the Congressional Medal of Honor. Astonishingly, his was only one of 21 such medals won by the relatively small group. The unit became legendary, known as the "Go for Broke" guys who fought for their country and their honor, collecting nearly 10,000 Purple Hearts and a nation's gratitude along the way.
Prelutsky doesn't see any conspicuous eagerness to serve among today's Muslim Americans, although he overlooks Asan Akbar, whose stint in the Army was certainly notable.
Of course there are Muslim Americans who have served with distinction. But who are the outliers?
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:39 PM
We dodged a bullet when Oliver Stone managed to direct "World Trade Center" without indulging in his usual paranoid moonbattery. But another bullet may be on the way.
Hinting at a possible future project, Stone chose the fifth anniversary of 9/11 to remark that
There is a great story in a movie, a conspiracy by a group of people in the American administration who have an agenda and who used 9-11 to further that agenda.
Stone has used movies like "JFK" and "Nixon" to rewrite history for political purposes. Apparently oblivious to irony, he nonetheless accuses President Bush of behavior "right out of George Orwell" for supposedly exploiting 9/11 to increase his own power.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:25 PM
Associated Press has taken advantage of this somber anniversary to rally our spirits in their traditional fashion with yet another piece devoted to convincing us that the world hates us because in the conflict between Western Civilization and Muslim terrorists, the USA is the bad guy.
Here's how it kicks off:
PARIS (AP) - The nations of the world joined Monday in solemn remembrance of Sept. 11 - but for many, resentment of the United States flowed as readily as tears.
Various world leaders are quoted pandering to the America-hating press by making fools of themselves with fatuous and counterproductive comments. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, for example, declared that "we're not more secure since 9/11." Her remedy? As AP words it, we need to
encourage understanding between different peoples, and to help end the sense of alienation and exclusion among some young Muslims that fuels extremism.
We don't need to kill terrorists, we just need to give them a hug. If only the bad old USA would understand.
Even Germany's Angel Merkel piled on, kowtowing to the treasured moonbat notion that America isn't gentle enough with terrorists:
In the fight against international terror ... respect for human rights, tolerance and respect for other cultures must be the maxim of our actions, along with decisiveness and international cooperation.
Hey, what's the word "decisiveness" doing in with all that oatmeal?
At least Israel ought to appreciate our willingness to fight back. Nonetheless, AP managed to dig this quote out of an Israeli daily:
This is Sept. 11 five years later: a political tool in the hands of the Bush administration.
Apparently Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai had nothing bad to say about America. He thanked us for our sacrifices in prying his country out of the grip of al Qaeda and the Taliban and rebuilding it after decades of war. His kind words are quickly countered with this unsubstantiated assertion:
But on the streets in the capital, Kabul, many Afghans grumbled that they had not seen much improvement.
AP didn't go to the trouble of actually finding an Afghan who thinks life was better under the Taliban. After dismissing our remarkable achievements in Afghanistan, the piece finally wraps up by crowing that Pakistan may be our ally, but the people still hate us.
But at least we can rest assured that Pakistanis couldn't possibly hate us any more than the liberal media does.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:28 AM
The war against Western Civilization that was escalated so radically 5 years ago today is a war of propaganda. Militarily, Muslims would have a hard time getting the better of the Boy Scouts. But our enemies are skilled propagandists who understand that terror attacks against civilians can be as effective as conventional campaigns — given a cooperative media.
Imagine how little traction al Qaeda et al. would have gotten during the Greatest Generation. Things never would have reached the point of 9/11, because the recent resurgence in Islamic imperialism would have been nipped in the bud in 1979. Imagine the America of George Patton permitting the 444-day kidnapping of our embassy personnel in Iran — or any of the terrorist acts that have followed in its wake. We would have dealt with the terrorists decisively and without apology, and that would have ended the matter.
Muslims would have been insane to attack America in the 1940s. Terror attacks would have accomplished nothing, because the media would have used them to rally the public behind our government's overwhelming response. In contrast, today's media amplifies the effects of terrorism, but does everything in its power to discourage a response.
The Media Research Center marked the 5-year anniversary of 9/11 by releasing a report of network coverage of the War on Terror. After analyzing 496 related stories that aired on ABC, NBC, and CBS nightly news from 9/11 through the end of last August, here's what they found, from their executive summary:
- Most TV news stories about the Patriot Act (62%) highlighted complaints or fears that the law infringed on the civil liberties of innocent Americans. This theme emerged immediately after the law was first proposed in September 2001, less than a week after the 9/11 attacks. Only one report (on NBC) suggested the Patriot Act and other anti-terrorism measures "may not be enough."
- ABC, CBS and NBC heavily favored critics of the Patriot Act. Of 23 soundbites from "experts" (such as law professors or ex-FBI agents), 61 percent faulted the law as a threat to privacy rights. Of 19 soundbites from ordinary citizens, every one condemned the Patriot Act, despite polls showing most Americans support the Patriot Act and believe it has prevented new acts of terrorism.
- Most of the network coverage of Guantanamo Bay focused on charges that the captured al-Qaeda terrorists were due additional rights or privileges (100 stories) or allegations that detainees were being mistreated or abused (105 stories). Only 39 stories described the inmates as dangerous, and just six stories revealed that ex-detainees had committed new acts of terror after being released.
- Network reporters largely portrayed the Guantanamo inmates as victims, with about one in seven stories including the word "torture." The networks aired a total of 46 soundbites from Guantanamo prisoners, their families or lawyers, most professing innocence or complaining about mistreatment. Not one report about the Guantanamo prisoners included a comment from 9/11 victims, their families or lawyers speaking on their behalf.
- Most network stories (59%) cast the NSA's post 9/11 terrorist surveillance program as either legally dubious or outright illegal. Exactly half of the news stories (64) framed it as a civil liberties problem, while 38 stories saw the President provoking a constitutional crisis with Congress and the courts. Only 21 stories (16%) focused on the program's value as a weapon in the War on Terror.
- ABC, CBS, and NBC were five times more likely to showcase experts who criticized the NSA's surveillance program. Of 75 total soundbites, 41 of them (55%) condemned the program, compared to just eight (11%) from experts who found it worth praising. The CBS Evening News has so far refused to show any pro-NSA experts.
It's not only the media that's changed since WWII. We've changed too. Our spirits corroded by a constant onslaught of moonbattery, many of us have been brainwashed into despising ourselves enough to tolerate a media that is effectively allied with evil barbarians who are trying to kill us.
There was a time when a media that constantly carped on how poorly the war was supposedly going, that endlessly exaggerated our alleged poor treatment of the enemy, and that undermined our war effort by deliberately revealing classified information would have been run out of town on a rail. This is why we could defeat the Nazis and Imperial Japanese, but are having such a hard time with bumbling savages who are still living in the Seventh Century.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:31 AM
September 10, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:48 PM
help ensure public opinion does not associate fashion, and fashion shows in particular, with an increase in anorexia, a disease which, along with bulimia, is considered ... as a mental and behavioral problem.
About a third of the models who participated in last year's Pasarela Cibeles will have to sit it out this time because they don't weigh enough to suit Spanish bureauweenies, who have decreed that models must have a minimum height–weight ratio of 18 to qualify as politically correct.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:12 PM
Muslim immigration — which constitutes a full-scale invasion in Europe — is on the rise in the USA, to the delight of Islam's advocates at the New York Times.
Only five years after 9/11, Muslims are pouring into the country in "surprising numbers." Nearly 96,000 Muslims became legal permanent US residents in 2006 — the most in two decades. This only counts legal immigrants — many more are taking advantage of our government's unconscionable refusal to stem illegal immigration. As the Slimes coyly notes, many Muslims come in "as students and tourists who sometimes overstay their welcome." Others stroll across the border from Mexico.
No doubt some of them just want to escape from the hell their religion has made of the Middle East. But most will help extend that hell to our shores. Muslim immigrants do not tend to assimilate, but rather demand dhimmitude from their host countries — as Europe has been discovering so tragically.
Muslim immigration to America has been significant since the 1960s, when quotas favoring culturally compatible Eastern Europeans were found to be too sensible to be politically correct. Now that Islam has found the West's Achilles' heel after 1,500 years of struggle — i.e., that due to moonbattery we will not defend ourselves from conquest by immigration — they can be expected to inundate our country in ever greater numbers, as they have done so successfully in Europe, providing themselves not only with a fifth-column political power base, but with a base from which to recruit terrorists and launch terrorist operations.
The Times, which shares Islam's hostility toward Western Civilization, appears to regard it as "strikingly positive" that Muslims in this country have begun "to mobilize politically and socially." They have formed organizations such as CAIR, which mau-mau the media, hamstring the War on Terror, and provide fronts and funds for terrorist groups such as Hamas.
Getting a foothold in the Great Satan's backyard hasn't been easy. The Gray Lady blubbers that one Muslim woman was stared at on the bus for wearing a head scarf. Other Muslims "continue to endure long waits at airports, where they are often tagged for questioning because of their names or dress" — and all just because they want to kill us for not submitting to their evil cult.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:08 PM
Nasir Ashraf, a Christian construction worker in Pakistan, drank from a glass chained to a public water tank. A Muslim asked him,
Why did you drink water from this glass since you are a Christian?
He then called over some other Muslims and accused Nasir of polluting the glass. Nasir found himself at the mercy of a mob who hoped to please their malevolent god by beating him. He woke up in a clinic with a dislocated shoulder and his collarbone broken in two places. At least Ashraf wasn't a former Muslim who had converted to Christianity; then his punishment would have been death, as sanctioned by both Islamic scholars and many Muslim governments, including Pakistan's.
You might think that events like this, which are hardly unusual, would get it through even to moonbats that Muslims are not interested in fitting into their hokey multicultural mosaics. Islam did not spread throughout the Middle East at the expense of Christianity due to its greater enlightenment, but to its violent intolerance of competition.
Unfortunately dhimmis seem capable of realizing this only when it's too late, as in the case of the YMCA, which is being squeezed out of the Palestinian territories for being nominally Christian, despite having stridently denounced Israel in favor of "the oppressed Palestinian people."
Given a chance, Muslims would squeeze us right off the planet. Liberal appeasement isn't likely to stop them.
On tips from Wiggins.
September 9, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:57 AM
Could it be that universities are gathering the courage to resist the moonbat professors who have been squandering their credibility? Brigham Young University has placed physics professor Steven Jones on paid leave while it reviews his conspicuous involvement in the elaborate paranoid delusion known as the 9/11 Truth Movement.
Jones, a prominent member of this moonbat cult, believes that 9/11 was an inside job. The most convincing evidence for most who accredit this juvenile theory is that according to the tenets of liberalism, only white male heterosexual conservatives are capable of evil. Jones reinforces this with claims that traces of thermite were found at Ground Zero.
Although Jones has been circumspect enough not to specifically blame Dick Cheney or Karl Rove for blowing up the World Trade Center, he has implicated unnamed government groups, and asserted that terrorists could not possibly be responsible for making the Towers fall.
Jones' allegations are obviously insane, but that's hardly unusual in academia — a depraved NeverNever Land in which any fantasy is regarded as credible, so long as it reflects badly on the United States. Having taught at BYU since 1985, Jones would seem to be safe to indulge in any extreme of irresponsible and unprofessional moonbattery.
But perhaps times are finally changing. In a statement, BYU announced that it is concerned "about the increasingly speculative and accusatory nature of these statements by Dr. Jones" and that "Dr. Jones' work on this topic has not been published in appropriate scientific venues."
University spokeswoman Carri Jenkins further noted that
It is a concern when faculty bring the university name into their own personal matters of concern.
With college costs shooting through the stratosphere, it's nice too know that someone in academia is aware that people will expect a little more than deranged anti-American propaganda in return for the money.
Naturally the Left will squeal about "academic freedom," but after Ward Churchill and Kevin Barrett, this canard is getting harder to take seriously. A professor who shouted to anyone who would listen that gays need to be tarred and feathered would be out of a job in no time, as would a physics professor who announced that the moon is made of Velveeta. Left-wing politics is not a free pass to attach a university affiliation to loony-tunes moonbattery.
Let's hope BYU shows Jones the door, and leaves a firm shoeprint on the seat of his pants. Unfortunately, with him gone there will still be quite a few to go, as David Horowitz documents so well.
September 8, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:08 PM
Brad Pitt may not have much acting ability, but he dispenses some clever advice to his fellow libs. Here's how to avoid the commitment of marriage while still maintaining the high ground in the eyes of your regular squeeze:
Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able.
In other words, he would like to be subject to a $zillion settlement and alimony payments when his arrangement with Angelina Jolie hits its Hollywood expiration date after another couple of months, but he's willing to sacrifice on behalf of put-upon gays who haven't yet been allowed to reduce marriage to a tasteless joke. What a noble guy.
On a tip from Bill V.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:29 PM
Judicial Watch is best known for having been a major pain in Bill Clinton's backside. Unfortunately, even with Bubba on the sidelines there is more than enough government malfeasance to keep this public interest group busy. Using the Freedom of Information Act, it has forced the Department of Homeland Security to cough up records documenting 226 incursions by personnel of the Mexican government onto American territory between 1996 and 2005.
The Judicial Watch website offers detailed maps of the incursions, as well as descriptions of documented incidents occurring between our Border Patrol and the Mexican government. These include:
- Shots fired on both sides of the border.
- Unmarked helicopters invading American airspace.
- Drug smuggling assisted by the Mexican military.
- Confrontations with armed members of the Mexican military.
Is the United States military not strong enough to defend us from Mexico? Or is our government lousy with moonbat bureauweenies who need to have their heads knocked together? Visit Immigration Stance to find out if your rep in Congress is one of them.
Even leaving aside the demographic time bomb being planted by millions of illegal immigrants, even ignoring the threat of Muslim terrorists exploiting the anarchic situation, only Dems and RINOs could fail to notice the obvious fact that for the sake of our national honor as well as our national security, we must take control of the border immediately.
Hat tip: Res Ipsa Loquitur.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:54 PM
Shadow Party tool Ned Lamont isn't the sharpest tool in George Soros' shed. It's SOP for Dems to steer clear of all things Monica, but the Nedster couldn't help but open is mouth on the topic — and in went his loafer, tassel and all.
Remember Joe Lieberman's rebuke of Clinton from the Senate floor in 1998, the one that chastised Slick Willy for his appallingly irresponsible behavior, but stopped well short of suggesting that anything should be done about it? This masterful political stroke defused enough of the anger over Clinton's reckless degeneracy and disregard for the law as to doom efforts to pry him out of office. It also launched Lieberman onto the national stage, setting him up to be Gore's pick for VP.
But Lamont thinks it was a bad idea, chiding Lieberman with this:
You don't go to the floor of the Senate and turn this into a media spectacle.
Lamont apparently doesn't remember that Monicagate attained spectacle status without any help from Lieberman — who was pouring cold water on it to make it go away.
Connecticut's answer to Dennis Kucinich implied that Lieberman was disloyal to one of his "oldest friends" by mildly criticizing Clinton's outrageous and criminal behavior. The irony isn't just that Lieberman has been knifed in the back by virtually every "old friend" in his party, but that Clinton himself, after initially supporting Lieberman, is now bashing him on behalf of Lamont.
Dan Gerstein, communications director for Lieberman's campaign, helped write his Lewinsky speech. He holds that it prevented Dems from "being widely perceived as 'the anything goes party.'" Thanks to the way the party turned on Lieberman, we now know that there is one taboo: supporting your own country's war effort.
But fortunately for Lamont, being a moron is still okay.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:20 AM
How's this for ominous? From a letter to the CEO of Disney by top Senate Dem Harry Reid and friends, demanding that Disney's ABC network pull the fictionalized miniseries "Path to 9/11" because it is rumored not to conform sufficiently to Clintonoid spin:
The Communications Act of 1934 provides your network with a free broadcast license predicated on the fundamental understanding of your principle obligation to act as a trustee of the public airwaves in serving the public interest. Nowhere is this public interest obligation more apparent than in the duty of broadcasters to serve the civic needs of a democracy by promoting an open and accurate discussion of political ideas and events.
The threat to pull the license of a major network for allegedly straying from their political orientation is outrageous, and hardly even veiled.
By "accurate" Dingy Harry et al. clearly mean "complimentary to our preferred depiction of events." Whether "Path to 9/11" really is accurate or not is beside the point — and clearly not the Senate's business. ABC is not even trying to pass it off as a factual account.
"Fahrenheit 911," on the other hand, was pure propaganda marketed as fact, which clearly and deliberately undermined our war effort. But for some reason, Senate Dems had no problem with it.
The possibility of characters like Reid taking over the Senate should terrify anyone who doesn't want the First Amendment effectively repealed, and both history and popular culture subjected to political control.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:15 AM
Envirokooks love spotted owls, right? After all, they were willing to destroy 130,000 jobs in the Northwest in honor of the birds. But they love their obstructive lawsuits more.
As forest science professor Thomas Bonnicksen notes:
Activists again are filing lawsuits to stop forest management, and the government pays them to do it. They craft settlements that pay them handsomely with taxpayer money so that they can live well and file the next lawsuit. No wonder they are inflexible.
Their latest misdeed is a suit to prevent restoration thinning in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Ironically, they are using the California spotted owl and the Pacific fisher (something like an otter) in their arguments. Although neither is listed as threatened or endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, both will be in trouble if their habitat burns down — which is bound to happen if thinning of the forest is not allowed.
As Bonnicksen observes, it isn't only PETA that kills animals — forest fires do too:
Massive wildfires move so fast that flames can overtake animals like deer, bears and fishers before they escape. Streams boil and fish die. Ash fills burrows and suffocates ground dwellers. Smoke inhalation kills most animals before the flames reach them.
The spotted owls will be hit hard when Sequoia National goes up in smoke. Mexican spotted owls lost 90% of their habitat in New Mexico's Los Alamos fire.
You would think this would elicit tears of sympathy from tree-huggers. But apparently impeding constructive human activity is an end in itself, and takes priority over the well-being of wildlife.
September 7, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:31 PM
The way the Democratic Party, mainstream media, ACLU, et al. block the War on Terror at every turn, you have to ask yourself: doesn't the Left think we have a right to defend ourselves? The answer is definitely not, as can be seen by the nature of the moonbattery with which they have been replacing justice.
In Norfolk, England, burglars kept coming back again and again to loot farmer Tony Martin's property. When he finally waited up with a shotgun and let them have it, he was convicted of murder.
In Brooklyn, Ronald Dixon wounded an intruder he caught rifling through drawers in his son's room. The crook turned out to have a 14-page rap sheet. Now Dixon has a rap sheet himself: he was charged with illegal possession of a firearm due to a technicality and thrown in the same jail as the burglar.
In Florida, 71-year-old Melvin Spaulding was arrested for attempted murder after he shot one of the thugs who was beating his 63-year-old neighbor in front of his home.
In an attempt to put an end to this lunacy, Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed a bill that takes the radical step of explicitly legalizing self-defense. Other states have been following suit.
Unsurprisingly, moonbats are outraged. For example, the site License to Murder is devoted to obliterating the distinction between self-defense and murder. The difference is slim to begin with — from the point of view of a political persuasion that can't tell terrorists from freedom fighters.
So if we can't defend ourselves, just what are we supposed to do when attacked? Simple:
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:26 PM
The stakes this November could hardly be higher, as the House stands to be taken over not just by Democrats, but by moonbats — in key leadership roles.
As noted previously, San Francisco whack job Nancy Pelosi would be Speaker of the House. Reckless demagogue Charlie Rangel would be Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. Seditious advocate of our military defeat John Murtha could be Majority Leader. The outrageously corrupt Alcee Hastings would chair the Intelligence Committee.
But wait — there's more:
Michigan's John Dingell (aka "Dingleberry") would chair the Energy and Commerce Committee. This is the guy who recently had this to say about the Hezbollah terrorists who have managed to shed the blood of hundreds of Americans, while they were showering rockets by the thousands onto Israeli population centers:
I don't take sides for or against Hezbollah or for or against Israel.
Unsurprisingly, considering his profound lack of moral sense, Dingleberry is known as a "New Deal Democrat" — i.e., a socialist.
Chairman of the Financial Services Committee would be the aggressively gay liberal activist Barney Frank. You may remember him as the Congressman whose live-in boyfriend was running a gay prostitution ring out of his Georgetown brownstone.
Had enough? So have I — yet there's still more:
The bat-faced leftist gadfly Henry Waxman, who helped Code Pink finance Muslim terrorists fighting our troops in Fallujah to the tune of $600,000, would chair the House Government Reform Committee.
Did I mention that the corrupt nut John Conyers would be Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee? Conyers has already held a make-believe impeachment hearing at which he and other sophomoric fools suffering from advanced Bush Derangement Syndrome acted out their fantasy of deposing the President. Another of his passions is the notion of stealing money from Caucasians to hand out to people who happen to have African blood, to be justified as "slavery reparations." Conyers has lobbied to free convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Every effort must be made to prevent this sort of vermin from taking over Congress.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:05 PM
Enraged that it does not give him a free pass for devoting himself to molesting interns while the al Qaeda menace escalated, Bill Clinton is demanding that ABC pull "The Path to 9/11" — or give it a spin more to his liking.
Unless ABC buckles to his pressure, the miniseries will air Sunday and Monday. Per ABC spokesman Jonathan Hogan, it is a
dramatization, not a documentary, drawn from a variety of sources, including the 9/11 commission report, other published materials and personal interviews.
The clownish former Secretary of State Madeleine Halfbright and national security adviser Sandy Burglar — who stole top secret documents in an apparent attempt to cover up the Clinton regime's ineptness in the face of Muslim terrorism — are also blowing steam out their ears over their depictions in the miniseries. The nutroots crowd has been in a lather, calling for boycotts.
Anything that annoys moonbats is probably worth watching, so be sure to tune in. It certainly won't be less historically accurate than "Fahrenheit 911."
On a tip from Bergbikr.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:10 PM
Just how sick would a woman have to be to make a career out of exploiting her son's death to attack the cause he heroically died for? We'll be finding out on September 19, when Cindy Sheehan's Peace Mom hits the shelves. In it the Ditch Witch reportedly reveals that she has fantasized about going back through time to murder President Bush when he was a baby.
It seems moonbats' hostility toward babies isn't limited to the unborn. Remember troll from hell Debbie Frisch, the left-wing college professor who threatened conservative blogger Jeff Goldstein's two-year-old with sexual abuse and death? As V the K notes, she and Mother Moonbat have quite a bit to talk about.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:44 AM
Greg Gutfeld's outrageous HuffPo post blaming Steve Irwin's death on President Bush and global warming was a parody, but the Guardian's Germaine Greer is apparently on the level as she denounces Irwin's career and squawks that the "animal world has finally taken its revenge."
While everyone else mourns the tragic lost, Greer clambers on top of Irwin's tombstone to shout:
What Irwin never seemed to understand was that animals need space. The one lesson any conservationist must labour to drive home is that habitat loss is the principal cause of species loss. There was no habitat, no matter how fragile or finely balanced, that Irwin hesitated to barge into, trumpeting his wonder and amazement to the skies. There was not an animal he was not prepared to manhandle. Every creature he brandished at the camera was in distress. Every snake badgered by Irwin was at a huge disadvantage, with only a single possible reaction to its terrifying situation, which was to strike.
It takes a bitter heart not to acknowledge the great good Irwin did for wild animals by giving them so much favorable publicity. If anyone gives a hoot what happens to some endangered poisonous snake in a remote part of the world, it's not due to the screechings or terrorist acts of pious animal rights activists, but because guys like Irwin encourage normal people to like animals. Being a progressive, Greer manages to twist this into something bad:
The animal world has finally taken its revenge on Irwin, but probably not before a whole generation of kids in shorts seven sizes too small has learned to shout in the ears of animals with hearing 10 times more acute than theirs, determined to become millionaire animal-loving zoo-owners in their turn.
The heart of her animosity toward the beloved naturalist is revealed near the end of Greer's nasty diatribe:
Howard is now Irwin's chief mourner, which is only fair, seeing that Irwin announced that Howard is the greatest leader the world has ever seen.
Getting stung to death by a sting-ray is apparently too good for someone with nice things to say about Australia's conservative Prime Minister John Howard.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:50 AM
In light of abysmal flops such as Mario Cuomo's radio show and Al Franken's Air America, libs have apparently figured out that they cannot compete with Rush Limbaugh head on. With the new talk-radio network GreenStone, scheduled to launch September 12, they seem to be adopting a stealth strategy.
Ostensibly, GreenStone will be an apolitical talk network for women, covering plastic surgery, feng shui, spring cleaning tips, etc. But you don't have to scratch very hard to see beneath the surface. The network's creators and major investors include the left-wing activist and infamous traitor Hanoi Jane Fonda, radical feminists Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan, anti-Second Amendment harpy Rosie O'Donnell, and Gail Evans, who was involved in the founding of CNN with zillionaire leftist Ted Turner.
Steinem explicitly denies that GreenStone will be an all-girl version of the floundering Air America, even if it is renting studio and satellite time from Air America's owner, Piquant LLC. But given the ideological background of the people involved, claims that GreenStone will have no political agenda are hard to take seriously — especially with Steinem making comments like these:
The radio has become overbalanced toward the ultra-right. [...] AM talk radio does not reflect the fact that only 30 percent of the country, at the most, is anywhere near Rush Limbaugh.
As NewsMax theorizes:
[C]ould GreenStone be a "stealth" network designed to wear a disguise of apolitical camouflage so it can fly below the radar to conquer American women with its concealed left-liberal agenda?
Approximately one-third of today's conservative talk-radio listeners are women, a worrisome thought to Democratic power players.
GreenStone apparently will use a softer propaganda technique — and make a play at those women listeners with the goal of becoming commercially viable.
The Radio Equalizer doesn't see GreenStone as a relatively subtle companion to the blaringly obnoxious Air America, but as its replacement:
[W]hen Air America folds, what will stop GreenStone from immediately filling the libtalk gap? Nothing- they'll even have Air America's physical operations at their disposal.
Meanwhile, many in the industry have wondered why GreenStone doesn't seem to have more than a few stations carrying its programming at this point. But that's where Air America again comes into play: when it folds, GreenStone will immediately gain potential access to dozens of affiliates across the country in fast need of programming.
What is it about the Left's agenda that causes its advocates to be so sneaky?
Hat tip: Sweet Spirits of Ammonia
September 6, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:57 PM
Greg Gutfeld has this to offer:
Although many networks and papers have covered Irwin's death from every possible angle, no one has really asked the most important question of all: Why did the stingray attack him in the first place?
The unspeakable truth: it was the warming waters of the sea that caused the transformation of the stingray's behavior - from its natural, docile mood to the demeanor of a crazed, heartless killer. The warming waters, as you already can guess, were caused by increasing global temperatures - an alarming phenomenon continually ignored by the one person really responsible for all of this: George Bush, our so-called President.
Steve Irwin may be the first death caused by a stingray - but it won't be the last. As sea temperatures increase, thanks to the Bu$h/Cheney cabal, do not be surprised if you see millions of green turtles, starfish, hermit crabs, sea slugs, urchins - plus an odd seahorse or two - rising from the depths to exact revenge on all that is human and at fault for the current state of the world.
Let us hope that they only target the "Repuglicans."
On a tip from Bill V.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:31 PM
Let's hope three-term NYC Mayor Ed Koch is through running for office as a Democrat, because the treatment Joe Lieberman received from his fellow Dems for supporting the War on Terror would be downright decent compared to what they would have in store for Koch after his recent editorial Wake Up! We Are At War. Koch throws a roundhouse at the treasonous kooks who have taken over his party, and connects squarely:
There is something terribly wrong with people seeking to demean and weaken the president in wartime, thereby strengthening our country's enemies. As a result of the language and tactics of those opposed to our presence in Iraq, our enemies have been emboldened, believing the American public to be sharply divided on the war, and in fact at war with itself. To other countries, Americans appear pitted against one another not in an election, but in a verbal bloodbath, convincing the world we are impotent—a paper tiger.
Lefty bloggers are fond of wringing their hands and muttering about conspiracies to pick a war with Iran. Actually, we are already at war with Iran, and have been since 1979. We just haven't started fighting back yet. But don't blame Koch for that:
The tyrannical forces in Iran led by its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, make clear that if they can destroy us, they will. Ahmadinejad has said about the United States, "…Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism?...you had best know that this slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be achieved…" Ahmadinejad has also stated his goal of destroying the state of Israel several times, saying, "…Israel must be wiped off the map."
If a sovereign nation makes such threats, do those who are threatened have to wait until the missiles are in the air before taking action? Or may threatened states defend themselves with preemptive action?
Being Jewish, Koch can't help but pick up on the anti-Semitism that is becoming increasingly prevalent on the Left. He also can't help but notice the fact that in the War on Terror, progressives are not on civilization's side:
Many of those who attack the president, hoping to make him ineffective and bring him down, are opposed to our alliance with Israel. You can verify that and the signs of anti-Semitism by looking at the banners and listening to the anti-Israel invective in the speeches in the street demonstrations and marches against the war in Iraq and President Bush. Regrettably, many of those marchers are blind to the terrorism that faces the Western civilization, sympathize with it, or fear it less than they despise the governmental leaders of the U.S.
Koch has wandered so far off the modern Democratic reservation, he even acknowledges that British-born Muslims constitute a threat, and that we're afraid to ask ourselves if the same might be true of Muslims born here. He notes that despite pious bullying from "civil libertarians," ethnic profiling is critical to defending ourselves from Muslim terrorism:
We know today that the 19 terrorists who brought the World Trade Center towers down were Muslims. We know that Muslims planned and implemented the attacks on our embassies in Africa, the USS Cole in Yemen and the army barracks in Saudi Arabia. So when our counterintelligence investigates alleged terrorist groups, shouldn't suspected Muslim groups be first on the list?
There was a time when common sense from a Democrat wasn't as startling as hearing a cat talk. Unfortunately Koch is among the last of a dying breed.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:24 PM
Thank you, Tony Snow, for issuing a well-earned spanking to NBC's petulant pretty boy David Gregory. Gregory, known as much for his obnoxiousness as for his overcoifed hair, once again lost his own cool in the process of trying to rattle the President's Press Secretary.
Things started to get out of hand when Snow politely noted that Gregory was (as usual) spewing talking points for the Democratic Party instead of asking purposeful questions:
GREGORY: It's not a Democratic argument, Tony.
SNOW: Let me answer the question, David.
GREGORY: But hold on, let's not let you get away with saying that's a Democratic argument.
SNOW: Okay, let me — let's not let you get away with being rude. Let me just answer the question, and you can come back at me.
GREGORY: Excuse me. Don't point your finger at me. I'm not being rude.
SNOW: Yes, you are.
Pointing fingers have come up in the context of David Gregory's tantrums before. Here he is with Snow's predecessor Scott McClellan:
Why was the White House relying on a Texas rancher to get the word of Cheney's hunting accident out over the weekend, asked Gregory, accusing McClellan of "ducking and weaving.''
"David, hold on… the cameras aren't on right now,'' McClellan replied. "You can do this later.''
"Don't accuse me of trying to pose to the cameras,'' the newsman said, his voice rising somewhat. "Don't be a jerk to me personally when I'm asking you a serious question.''
"You don't have to yell,'' McClellan said.
"I will yell,'' said Gregory, pointing a finger at McCellan at his dais. "If you want to use that podium to try to take shots at me personally, which I don't appreciate, then I will raise my voice, because that's wrong."
"Calm down, Dave, calm down,'' said McClellan, remaining calm throughout the exchange.
"I'll calm down when I feel like calming down,'' Gregory said.
If only Gregory's behavior were caused by teething or diaper rash, he might one day grow out of it. But serious cases of moonbattery complicated by runaway egotism can last a lifetime.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:39 AM
In hopes that 9/11 taught us a little something about the centuries-old war of conquest the Islamic world has been waging against the West, Michelle Malkin has published a Post-9/11 Vocabulary Test. By now we've all heard these terms:
But even for those familiar with the concepts, Malkin's definitions are instructive — for dhimmitude in particular:
Dhimmitude. The official state of inferiority of non-Muslims under Islam; the bowing and scraping of vanquished infidels to their intellectual and military conquerors. You saw it in the immediate post-9/11 appeasement of Muslims angered by the name "Operation Infinite Justice" (it was an insult to Mohammed). You saw it in the cowards of the mainstream media unwilling to defend free speech during the Mohammed cartoon rage. You saw it in the mau-mauing over the faked Koran-flushings at Camp Delta. You see it in our government's persistent pandering to grievance-mongering groups yelling "Islamophobia" and filing lawsuits at every turn.
You see it in the refusal to profile at the airport, limit immigration from terrorist-enabling countries, and shut down Saudi pilot training programs — even to this day — for fear of hurting feelings. You will see it throughout the week-long commemoration of 9/11 as pundits and scholars deemphasize the jihadi roots of the terrorist attacks in favor of "dialogue" and "tolerance" and self-flagellation.
In our time, a shorter definition of dhimmitude might be: moonbattery in the face of the Islamic onslaught.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:51 AM
How did Massachusetts — world capital of America-loathing elitist moonbattery, home of both Chappaquiddick Ted Kennedy and Hanoi John Kerry — ever come up with a governor like Republican Mitt Romney?
Harvard's infamously leftist John F. Kennedy School of Government has decided to honor the upcoming fifth anniversary of 9/11 by hosting Mohammed Khatami, former President of Iran, the world's worst supporter of Islamic terrorism. Khatami, who presided over the bloody July 9, 1999 crackdown at Tehran University, will be holding forth on the "Ethics of Tolerance in the Age of Violence." Governor Romney has responded to this outrage by refusing to provide state police escorts.
In terms that even the eggheads at Harvard might be able to grasp, Romney explained that state taxpayers should not be forced to buy red carpets for a terrorist goon, and that it's a "disgrace" to expect them to — particularly in light of the anniversary that's coming up next Monday. He noted that the U.S. State Department singles out Khatami for his prominent role in sponsoring terrorism and in torturing and murdering dissidents who speak out for democracy.
That same State Department will be providing security for Khatami's visit. No doubt the Foggy Bottom folks are appalled at Romney's rudeness. The truth is, a former head of state deserves a little more graciousness. Maybe we could have the Cape Code Orca drive Khatami around and show him the sights.
Hat tip: And Rightly So!
September 5, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:22 PM
Fortunately for Mexico, the leftist revolution of defeated presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador is petering out.
Mexico's answer to Al Gore threw a prolonged tantrum when he lost to conservative Felipe Calderón by a narrow margin on July 2. If the election were held now, López Obrador would get the spanking his behavior warrants, losing by 24%.
According to political columnist José María Carmona:
The political career of López Obrador is entering its final phase.
The former Mayor of Mexico City squealed that fraud prevented him from being elected, but failed to offer any meaningful proof. His move to occupy the Paseo de Reforma with a tent city of his moonbat followers has paralyzed Mexico City traffic and crippled local businesses. Although his Gore-esque strategy may have succeeded in undermining Calderón's perceived legitimacy, most Mexicans seem to wish López Obrador would just go away. However, his supporters plan to continue their campaign of civil disobedience, casting doubt on Mexico's stability and potentially scaring away foreign investment.
As he grows increasingly strident, López Obrador has taken to screeching like a Kossack about judicial coup d'états. He calls upon his supporters not to recognize Calderón as the President, and has even threatened to set up a parallel government.
Soon it will sink through his skull that he lost, and López Obrador will slink back into his hole. Look for him to reappear in a few years, crusading against the weather.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:15 PM
Kudos to John O'Sullivan for elegantly explaining how the patriotism and moral clarity with which Americans had the character to respond to 9/11 has been eaten away by a strain of moonbattery he calls "counter-tribalism."
Here's how he described the mood in New York after 9/11:
No single word — revenge, sorrow, anger — does it justice.
Certainly it includes sadness; some passersby weep as they read the death notices. It is also defiant; no one talks of making concessions to avert the further wrath of the murderers; many wear patriotic red, white, and blue ribbons on dress or lapel. At the same time it is more calm and judicious than a mere desire for revenge. What New Yorkers seem to want is a measured and accurate punishment and the prevention of any such barbarism in future — in short, a victory over terrorism that will give meaning to the sacrifice of the dead.
It would be hard to imagine a more dignified and appropriate response — or one more at odds with the defeatist mentality of the apparently ascendant Democratic Party. Moonbattery has been eating away at us like rust, reducing us to pathetic shadows of our true, best selves.
We heard more and more from the "counter-tribalists" — those Americans who consider themselves more sophisticated and intellectually detached than simple-minded patriots but who take the side against America as reflexively as a hard hat worker or suburban soccer mom salutes the flag. They are an anthropological curiosity — moved by the same instinctive tribal loyalties as a primitive people with the exception that they are loyal to other tribes. And not just any other tribe but the one that happens to be opposed to the United States.
Counter-tribalism explains many oddities such as those feminists who can't bring themselves to welcome the ousting of the women-hating Taliban in Afghanistan because it was accomplished by George W. Bush. It is the ideology of a large lumpen intelligentsia in schools, the courts, universities, the "netroots" Democratic Party, the establishment media, Hollywood, etc., etc. Its slogan runs: "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." And Barbara Kingsolver expressed it perfectly when she wrote: "In other words, the American flag stands for intimidation, censorship, violence, bigotry, sexism, homophobia and shoving the Constitution through a paper-shredder."
In a free country like the United States, Kingsolver is entitled to say such things. Shouldn't the rest of us be free to say that this is vicious and unpatriotic drivel and that counter-tribalism is not dissent but hatred of America? And don't we owe the dead that honesty at least?
Another thing we owe the dead is to shrug off the moonbattery poured down upon us by the liberal elite, and to win the war that took their lives.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:13 PM
Marking another minor milestone in the Islamification of Europe, Britain's Royal Preston Hospital is now pandering to Muslims by spending £12 (~$23) apiece for hospital gowns that are actually burkas.
The "Inter-faith gown" as it's called in PC newspeak reveals nothing of the patient but the eyes and hands.
As Conservative MP Philip Davies notes,
The average patient on a ward will look at this and be resentful because they will say to themselves: "This has been brought in because it is a Muslim request."
They themselves may have other requests, like more visiting hours, more flexible meal times or a brighter lamp for their bedside table, but they know they've got less chance of achieving this. A burka-style hospital gown is only high on the priority list because of the politically correct world we live in.
But at least the non-Muslim patients don't need to pay the jizya — for now.
Other recent spending priorities for Britain's socialized healthcare system include £700,000 on motivational speakers even while beds were being cut, and £2,500 to have a sex-changed sailor's tattoos removed to help him feel "more feminine."
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:54 AM
The culture of death continues to deteriorate in progressive Holland, where suicide has become a hot fad among teens.
Fretting authorities blame peer pressure and the Internet, but the roots of this morbid trend are to be found in the Dutch embrace of euthanasia, which has already led to the execution of unhealthy babies.
As Colleen Carroll Campbell observes,
The radical and sweeping embrace of suicide as an answer to the problem of human suffering, and the elevation of euthanasia to the status of a basic human right, has convinced Dutch teenagers that suicide must be a noble act, the kind that wins plaudits, prestige, and even legal protection.
Hopefully this is not a metaphor for the suicide by inaction of Dutch civilization. Unless the Dutch act resolutely in the near future, an Arabic-speaking, Muslim theocracy will replace the Netherlands.
When faced with a painful crisis, is it better to struggle, or simply to die? Sanity offers one answer, moonbattery another.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:57 AM
Anti-Semitism is getting ever more popular on the Left, as the Anti-Defamation League is starting to notice.
MoveOn.org, a central pillar of the sinister Shadow Party, was instrumental in advancing hard-left stooge Ned Lamont at the expense of the relatively responsible Joe Lieberman. Possibly unaware that George Soros is himself Jewish by birth, his creepy MoveOn minions have been trashing Lieberman for being a Jew. Anti-Lieberman posts on a MoveOn.org board have included such endearments as "Zionazis," "Jew Lieberman," and "media owning Jewish pigs." One moonbat wondered, "Why are the Jews so Jew-y?"
MoveOn.org responded to complaints, incredibly yet unsurprisingly, by dismissing the issue as a conservative plot.
The ADL's Abraham Foxman believes that MoveOn.org "should assume some responsibility" for "this hateful content," but I think the nutroots sociopaths who are consolidating their control of the Democratic Party should be encouraged to express their true feelings, so that Jews know just what they're voting for when they vote for Dems.
September 4, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:16 PM
Not even the Catholic Church is safe from the corrosive ravages of moonbattery, as Sister Joan Chittister proves in an appalling editorial that takes blaming the victim to obnoxious extremes by asserting that 9/11 turned the world upside down — thanks to America's wickedness.
According to Chittister, no one knows why Muslims attacked us, and no one has tried to find out. America lashed out blindly, randomly going after the first country that came to hand:
In the midst of national grief—and for many, anger—all that mattered, apparently, was who to strike in retaliation. Anybody would do, it seemed.
By some bizarre coincidence, the country we lashed out at happened to be the one providing al Qaeda with its main base of operations. America followed this crime by politically incorrectly putting an end to the genocidal, terror-supporting dictatorship in Iraq. As a result, "the world divided in its loyalties, most of them against us."
If the world really is maleficent enough to side with al Qaeda, the Taliban, and Saddam Hussein against its last best hope America, we'll have to be ready to fight the whole planet. What else can we do, succumb to pure evil?
As for Chittister, she already has. Muslim terrorists would be hard pressed to find a more enthusiastic propagandist. Americans are hysterically denounced as "invaders, torturers, paranoid partners in global destabilization" who "pick up people in grand random sweeps, call them terrorists, hold them without charge, detain them without lawyers, cage them like animals," etc. etc. ad nauseam. As Chittister undoubtedly knows, some people will choose to take these calumnies seriously — to al Qaeda's great benefit.
The psycho sister goes on to accuse America of being responsible for the terrorist regime in Iran pursuing nuclear weapons, of degenerating from a democracy into a kingdom, and of not being a Christian country.
The last charge is especially ironic when you consider that Chittister has blamed the dreaded Religious Right for the USA's insufficiently supine foreign policy.
To the nutty nun's credit, she once made an amazing discovery. A couple of years ago she was exploiting Bill Moyers' sympathetic PBS forum to denounce American forces in Iraq when she stumbled upon it by accident:
I'm absolutely certain that some of the people that we're killing over there are pregnant women. Now what do you do? Now what do you do? That's military abortion.
Imagine that: a form of abortion not endorsed by liberals. No wonder the Church overlooks her evident mental problems and lets her be a nun.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:26 AM
Last summer seventh-grader Jumanah Saadeh jumped into a public swimming pool in Ypsilanti, Michigan wearing pants, a full-sleeve shirt, and a headscarf. For obvious health and safety reasons, she was told to get out. Encouraged by Muslim leaders, her teacher, and a civil rights attorney, she took advantage of this opportunity to advance our dhimmification.
I felt humiliated and disappointed because I was denied an opportunity to have fun with my friends just because I'm Muslim.
When pushed by Muslims, the liberal dhimmis running Washtenaw County predictably moved. Now Muslims get to swim in public pools with their clothes on.
It looks like Jean Raspail may be even more prophetic than we knew. In his highly recommended novel The Camp of the Saints, the overrunning of the West by Third-World hordes begins with Muslims using political correctness to take over public swimming pools.
September 3, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:00 PM
You wouldn't know it to read the MSM obituaries of Glenn Ford, who regrettably died last Thursday, but Ford was more than a great actor. He was a great patriot. From NewsMax.com:
At the beginning of World War II Glenn served in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. In 1942 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine he helped build safe houses in occupied France for those hiding from the Nazis and was among the first Americans to enter the infamous Dachau concentration camp at war’s end. He went on to serve in the Navy and at war's end he was commissioned a Commander in the Naval Reserves.
Committed to service in the armed forces, Ford also served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the Third Marine Amphibious Force in 1966-1968. He once went on a jungle mission with a Special Forces Team during the Vietnam War. Ford was the only actor to have served with both the Green Berets and the French Foreign Legion and his military record is well recognized in both the United States and France as a highly decorated veteran.
Among his numerous medals and commendations are the Medal of Honor presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars; the Medaille de la France Libre for the liberation of France; two commendation medals from the U.S. Navy; and the Vietnamese Legion of Merit. He received the rank of Captain with the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1968; retiring in 1977.
Also in entertainment news, director Oliver Stone is whining that movies aren't sufficiently hostile to the military. Hollywood has come a long way from Glenn Ford — unfortunately in the wrong direction.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:32 AM
Remember the irritating Miller Beer commercial that ran last Christmas, with the house all lit up in gaudy flashing lights, prominently featuring a peace sign? Apparently that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Miller's moonbattery. This formerly American (now South African) brewing company spent $30,000 to sponsor the ongoing four-day rally against U.S. sovereignty on behalf of illegal immigrants in Chicago.
Next time, reach for Budweiser.
September 2, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:55 AM
Failed Ohio congressional candidate Paul Hackett, who has won over the black hearts of the nutroots by denouncing the war in Iraq after serving in it, has been revealing some truly ugly colors. Hot Air has video of this obnoxious clown insulting Dan Senor on Fox News last week, calling him "Herr Senor" and "little unterfuhrer of propaganda, Mr. Senor there."
Maybe Hackett didn't know at the time that Senor's mother survived the Holocaust. But he certainly knew it when he came on Mark Levin's radio show afterwards and pugnaciously refused to apologize for his unconscionable behavior.
Thanks Hackett, for making it all the more clear who the bad guys are.
On a tip from V the K.
September 1, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:43 AM
It's a relief to know that even if we don't slough off political correctness and begin resisting Islamic encroachment before it's too late to save Europe from demographic conquest, at least some remnants of our civilization might survive. Turkish schoolchildren are being taught classic Western stories — with a few alterations.
Pinocchio calls upon Allah. In The Three Musketeers, Aramis converts to Islam. Tom Sawyer is given a "special treat" for learning the Arabic words to Islamic prayers. Pollyanna announces that she believes in the end of the world as foretold in the Koran. Heidi learns that praying to Allah is good for the nerves.
Maybe Muslims will refrain from treating the Louvre the way they dealt with the ancient Buddhist statues they blew up in Afghanistan. Of course, they'll have to paint a burka over the Mona Lisa.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:17 AM
Australian Prime Minister John Howard has really stepped over the line, going so far as to suggest that Muslim immigrants to his country should learn English and treat women with respect. Naturally Muslims have reacted sharply to this violation of the protocols of dhimmitude.
Dr. Ameer Ali, chairman of the Australian government's Muslim advisory committee, is threatening more riots if Howard doesn't watch his tongue. Growled Ali:
[W]hen you antagonize the younger generation... they are bound to react.
Iktimal Hage-Ali, a member of the Prime Minister's advisory group, screeched like a cat with its tail caught in a car door, accusing Howard of "marginalizing" Muslims by asking them to stop marginalizing themselves.
Howard stood his ground — sort of — refraining from apologizing but continuing to uphold the pernicious fiction that most Muslims want to assimilate into Western culture:
There's a small section of the Islamic population which is unwilling to integrate and I have said generally all migrants ... they have to integrate.
Howard has more backbone than most, but we will not be able to prevent the obliteration of Western civilization by Islam unless we admit to the fact that any immigrant who wants to integrate into our culture is by definition not a Muslim. Muslims expect us to integrate into their culture — as subservient dhimmis.