October 31, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:52 PM
As if the BBC and CNN weren't already churning out enough moonbattery and pro-Islamist propaganda for the international audience, both al-Jazeera and France want to get in on the act.
An English-language version of al-Jazeera may seem redundant with CNN and the Beeb already out there; nonetheless it will start spewing on November 15. Al-Jazz International will "provide a voice to underreported regions around the world," according to a statement. It's true that sometimes you can flip all the way through the channels without seeing any pro-Muslim coverage from the Middle East, though you have to flip fast. Al-Jazz became well-known to Western audiences by serving as Osama bin Laden's megaphone after 9/11.
Yelling "Me too!" from behind everyone else is France, which plans to launch a 24-hour news channel in December that will challenge the "Anglo-Saxon" brand of moonbattery disgorged by the BBC and CNN. France 24 will broadcast in English and French. Its chairman and chief executive Alain de Pouzilhac explains that the point is to serve people who
are looking for contradictory opinions — which is what France 24 is proposing by relying on French values.
In accord with French values, taxpayers will be forced to finance this vanity project to the tune of $100 million per year.
If this isn't enough moonbattery to keep globetrotting progressives glued to the TV screen, there is also Hugo Chavez's Telesur, which disseminates hard-Left propaganda throughout Latin America.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:24 PM
The Hungarian Jew George Soros survived the Holocaust by pretending to be the Christian godson of a man whose role under the Third Reich was to confiscate property from Jews. Sweetness & Light quotes from an interview Soros did with Steve Kroft for 60 Minutes in 1998 regarding this phase of his life, which Soros himself credits with forming his character. It offers a disturbing perspective on the psychology of the man who has bought a large degree of control over the Democratic Party. Here's a highlight:
KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.
SOROS: Yes. Yes.
KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.
SOROS: Yes. That's right. Yes.
KROFT: I mean, that's — that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?
SOROS: Not — not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don't — you don't see the connection. But it was — it created no — no problem at all.
KROFT: No feeling of guilt?
KROFT: For example that, "I'm Jewish and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there." None of that?
SOROS: Well, of course I c— I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn't be there, because that was — well, actually, in a funny way, it's just like in markets — that if I weren't there — of course, I wasn't doing it, but somebody else would — would — would be taking it away anyhow. And it was the — whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the — I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt.
If Soros' Shadow Party strategy of pouring millions of dollars into left-wing 527s works, and he is able to remove the "main obstacle to a stable and just world order" by managing to "puncture the bubble of American supremacy," it's nice to know he won't lose any sleep over the chaos that ensues.
On a tip from Metalgarth.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:45 PM
Giving a preview of the tone we will have in Washington if Democrats succeed in taking over Congress, potential Chairman of the very powerful Ways and Means Committee Charles Rangel has blown his top again, publicly calling the Vice President a "son of a bitch."
The outburst was triggered when Cheney pointed out that if Congress does fall and Rangel takes control of the Ways and Means Committee, Bush's tax cuts are unlikely to be extended. The effect would be tax increases of over $1 trillion, with disastrous results for the economy. Cheney also observed that Rangel "doesn't understand how the economy works."
Rather than attempt to debate economic issues, Rangel pandered to his troglodyte base by calling Cheney names, while describing himself as "warm and personable." Rangel's juvenile putdowns included a suggestion that Cheney go into "rehab" to correct "whatever personality deficit he may have suffered."
When asked if he was again accusing the Vice President of being mentally ill, Rangel offered his own manifestation of mental illness with this line:
I don't think he's shot anyone in the face lately, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
This warm and personable remark refers to a hunting accident in which Cheney peppered his friend with a few shotgun pellets.
Past assaults by Rangel on the Vice President have included statements like these:
I would like to believe he's sick rather than just mean and evil. [...] Sometimes I don't even think Cheney is awake enough to know what's going on. Rumsfeld is the guy in Washington [...] running the country.
Trying to debate people of Rangel's caliber would be like putting forth reasoned arguments during a food fight in a junior high cafeteria. Yet it will be people like this who hold our economic fate in their hands if we do not choose wisely in next week's elections.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:39 AM
If you think global warming doesn't affect you, you must not live in Britain, where Environmental Secretary David Miliband has been inspired by climate fluctuation hysteria to make a bid for sweeping "enabling powers" to extend carbon emission controls to cover "non-energy intensive" sectors of the economy, including supermarkets and hotels. The staggering costs of indulging in this moonbattery will as always be passed along to the consumer.
Green tax levies are already laying a heavy load on the shoulders of anyone who travels by air or drives a vehicle that won't blow over in a stiff wind. But that's not enough for Miliband, whose schemes would cause gas prices to keep going up in Britain even as they go down everywhere else.
EU agreements meant to suppress
economic activity greenhouse gases by having countries trade carbon credits fail to cover many industries that do not produce significant emissions. But Miliband wants to force these businesses to buy carbon credits anyway, driving up prices for consumers.
David Frost of the British Chambers of Commerce calls this approach a "stealth tax" by which "business becomes the villain."
But of course, business has always been the villain from the point of view of moonbats.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:02 AM
So much for evaluating candidates as individuals. It's party that matters on Pinch Sulzberger's sinking ship.
As the Fox News folks might say: Fair and balanced? You decide.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:35 AM
Senator John Kerry had this to say to a rally of Democratic students in California yesterday:
You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don't you get stuck in Iraq.
Apparently stupidity and laziness are the only explanations that make sense to Jean François as to why soldiers would risk their lives and endure hardship to protect our country from its terrorist enemies. If they were smart like Kerry, they would figure out a way to game the system for three Purple Hearts so that they could come home and accuse those left behind of war crimes, thereby launching a stellar career in the Democratic Party.
October 30, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:41 PM
Five-man strike teams are to be used. Turner has figured it all out with diabolical precision: with 267 Congressmen and three Supremes who are "problems," only 1,350 "committed citizens" will be required to do the dirty work.
Murdering hundreds of Congressmen may seem a little extreme, but Turner has accumulated a long list of gripes, including these:
- Our government kills innocent people in Iraq.
- It ignores the will of the people.
- Politicians lie to get elected.
- Government spending is too high.
- Turner doesn't like the Patriot Act.
His criticisms of the government come from both the Left and the Right; some are even legitimate. I doubt he'll find his 1,350 committed citizens, though if Hanson isn't committed himself, he certainly ought to be.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:40 PM
Exhibiting an enthusiastic willingness to molest the preteen babysitters Americans won't molest, Rigoberto Ascensio Perez of Guatemala, an illegal alien with no known address in this country, broke into a Putnam County, New York house where a 12-year-old girl was babysitting her 2- and 6-year-old neighbors. Perez was wearing nothing but a mask at the time.
The undocumented housebreaker assaulted the girl, but she was able to fight him off. When police arrived, Perez had proven wise enough to put his clothes on, but not to leave the area. He bolted from the garage and broke free from a police officer, before running down an embankment and falling headfirst into a stream, where he was apprehended.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:48 AM
Populist rhetoric aside, you have to be pretty well-heeled to afford liberal ideology these days. Libs characterize Republicans as the Party of the Rich, but as Peter Schweizer documents, the Democratic Party has a much better claim to that title.
The anti–First Amendment charade known as "campaign finance reform" resulted in a new funnel through which the rich could pour money into the pockets of Democrats: tax-exempt 527 advocacy groups such as MoveOn.org, Americans Coming Together, and the Media Fund, which have sucked up $zillions from super-rich leftists like George Soros and Peter Lewis. So far in 2006, 17 of the top 25 contributors to 527s are funding liberal causes. A few more stats:
In 2004, 25 individuals gave over $2 million to 527s. Fifteen of them were Dems.
In 2002, donors who gave $1 million or more favored Democrats to Republicans by a 12:1 spending ratio: $36 million to $3 million. Of the top 10 individual contributors, only one gave to Republicans.
In 2000, 18 of the top 25 individual donors gave to Dems. To be the Party of the Rich, you need some very wealthy friends — like lawyers, who poured $182 million into politics in 2000, 75% of it to Dems; and Tinseltown, which gave 70% of its $32 million to the party of shoeless orphans like John Kerry, Herb Kohl, John Rockefeller, and Dianne Feinstein, all of whom are worth over $25 million. The only "Republican" Senator worth that much is Lincoln "Chafing" Chafee — a notorious RINO who many conservatives agree should be tarred, feathered, and run out of the party on a rail for his left-leaning voting habits.
The average GOP contribution is around $50. The Democratic Party won't release figures for its average contribution.
Bad enough that ultra rich liberals try to buy elections for likeminded candidates. Worse, these moneyed moonbats often attempt to buy offices for themselves. Ned "The Sped" Lamont has spent $4 million of his own money on his campaign for Senate in Connecticut. It cost John Corzine $60 million to become a Senator from New Jersey. Mark Dayton spent $12 million in Minnesota, Maria Cantwell $10 million in Washington, and Herb Kohl $5 million in Wisconsin. From 2000 to 2004, candidates who spent over $4 million of their own money were Democrats by a 3:1 margin.
Michael Barone refers to the limousine liberals who support the Democratic Party as the "trust-funder Left." They are people who either inherited their money, or found some other easy way to lay hold of it — e.g., through Hollywood, the Internet bubble, or George Soros' destructive currency speculation — rather than painstakingly acquiring wealth by creating it, like the "robber-baron" capitalists they so loudly despise.
As Schweizer notes, the ultra rich "have different priorities and concerns than other Americans." This may explain why the Democratic Party doesn't seem to have a coherent platform that it is willing to share with the unwashed masses.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:55 AM
Voters already know that Harold Ford Jr., who might soon be elected to the Senate, is black, is not a Republican, and is regarded by People Magazine as one of the "beautiful people." But many may not be aware that he has another qualification for office: a very unique point of view.
On foreign policy, for example, Ford may not be able to tell the difference between ballistic missile and nuclear tests in North Korea, but he is probably the first to recognize the nuclear threat we face from our close ally Australia.
On religion, he earned himself a round of applause with this remarkable statement:
My friend Lincoln Davis who chairs our campaign says there are, there's one big difference between us and misfortunate Republicans when it comes to our faith: he said that Republicans fear the Lord; he said Democrats fear AND love the Lord.
Here's the video:
If voters aren't ready for Ford's cutting edge views, he can always fall back on the race card, as his supporters have done by howling this perfectly reasonable ad off the air with claims that it's racist:
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:36 AM
Michael Palmer, general manager of Maine television stations WVII and WFVX, having had enough global warming moonbattery, has ordered his news department to stop hyping it until "Bar Harbor is underwater."
Annoyed when his stations broadcast a report for the fright fest
"A Convenient Lie" "An Inconvenient Truth" that he characterized as a commercial for Al Gore, Palmer sent out an email noting that global warming stories are the equivalent of
"the killer African bee scare" from the 1970s or, more recently, the Y2K scare when everyone's computer was going to self-destruct.
James Hanson, a prominent global warming crusader who received a $250,000 grant from a foundation headed by Teresa Heinz Kerry, is not amused. He calls Palmer's refusal to partake of the panic "irresponsible," and shrieks that if we wait until Bar Harbor is underwater, it will be "too late." Hanson is best known for yelling from atop the liberal soapbox "60 Minutes" that the Bush Administration won't let him talk about global warming.
More of a threat to Hanson's grants and TV appearances than W's sinister repression is a dawning awareness that minor climate fluctuations are not news.
On a tip from V the K.
October 29, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:26 PM
Just when you thought multiculturalism had already reached the apex of absurdity, Britain's Prison Service will honor Halloween by offering special privileges to inmates who call themselves pagans — including Devil worshippers.
While other prisoners labor on Tuesday, Satanists will be granted the day off, out of respect for their religious beliefs. Rituals can be performed, though robes with hoods are off limits for "security reasons." It's not known whether sacrificing pretty virgins to the Lord of Darkness will be allowed; if not, expect a lawsuit.
Actually, the pagan inmates are getting a raw deal. They are only granted two religious days off per year. Christians and Buddhists get three. Jews get seven, and Hindus get ten. Guess how many Muslims get?
Also, all inmates have to eat halal meat, even though less than 8% are Muslim.
Maybe pagans ought to try flying jets full of people into office towers, and setting off bombs on crowded subways and buses. Then they might get the kind of respect Muslims do. But fortunately, not even Satanists are evil enough to behave like Muslims.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:05 AM
French Muslims' colorful multicultural activity of setting buses on fire produced a casualty last night, as 26-year-old Mama Galledou was burned over 70% of her body on a bus in Marseille. She lies on the verge of death.
Festive youths celebrating their cultural diversity forced their way onto her bus, doused it with flammable liquid, and set it alight in what Marseille state prosecutor Jacques Beaume referred to as an "ambush."
The city's bus drivers refused to work until security is reinforced. The number of riot police in Marseille has been doubled to over 3,000.
Muslim diversity was celebrated in other parts of France too. Last night, another bus was torched in a suburb of Paris after hooligans beat up the driver and forced the passengers off, and 46 were arrested in skirmishes with the police.
On Saturday, three police officers were injured when "youths" attacked them with stones and Molotov cocktails. Police were also involved in combat in Reims and Toulouse Saturday night, which the central police service described as "relatively calm."
Four buses were torched on Friday. A fifth was pelted with metal balls and stones, and its driver hit with pepper spray. Over the past week, nine French buses have gone up in flames.
President Jacques Chirac has expressed his "horror," and Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin "strongly condemns" the attacks. I somehow doubt this will put a stop to them.
AFP attributes the violence to "social alienation, high unemployment, racial discrimination and tensions over integrating France's sizeable Muslim community." Pussyfooting around the fact that Muslims are at war with Western Civilization is not going to put a stop to the attacks either.
If only the rest of the world would learn from France's tragedy, by limiting immigration to numbers that can be assimilated — which in the case of Muslims means zero. But the establishment media's commitment to moonbattery will not allow that to happen.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:14 AM
Quebec's Department of Education is threatening to prohibit parents from sending their kids to evangelical Christian schools, on the grounds that these schools aren't teaching state dogma.
Parents themselves pay for these schools, over and above what they already pay in taxes to finance the state schools. But apparently they are to have no say at all in how their children are educated.
Quebec is traditionally a Catholic society. Is this yet another example of the Quebecois hysterically defending their cultural identity?
Au contraire. Quebec is actually rejecting its culture — in favor of moonbattery. The evangelical schools are being targeted for teaching Catholic doctrine on issues like homosexuality and evolution.
As Ted Byfield puts it:
Not long ago, Quebec was a Catholic Christian society, whose loyalty to its faith and historic traditions seemed unswerving. Now, having all but abandoned the church, it has the lowest attendance rates in Canada — and the highest rate of cohabitation outside marriage, highest divorce and abortion rates and lowest birth rate.
The cry of the Quebec separatists, who now sizably outnumber federalists, is they must leave Canada to preserve their heritage and culture. This is simply a lie.
First to last, their culture and heritage is Catholic Christian, and they have forsaken it. What they want to preserve is somebody else's culture, Sweden's perhaps.
If Quebec splits off from Canada, it might want to change its name to New Sweden — or maybe Moonbatlandia.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:40 AM
On the campus of William and Mary, a 2-foot gold cross has been removed "to make the Wren Chapel less of a faith-specific space, and to make it more welcoming to students, faculty, staff and visitors of all faiths."
William and Mary was established by the Anglican Church. Wren Chapel is in a building that was finished in 1699. These days a lot of nonreligious ceremonies take place in the chapel, as do non-Christian religious services, so the cross had to go, although Christians will be allowed to display in on the altar "at appropriate religious services." How open-minded of the college.
Once again we see the mighty river of Western history abruptly petering out into a shallow multicultural swamp.
October 28, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:09 AM
It appears that the corrosive paranoia hawked by Democrats may blow up in their faces.
Rather than address the weakness of its candidates or the unconstructiveness of its message, the Democratic Party has encouraged its followers to believe that its defeats are the work of Republican trickery. In both 2000 and 2004, we were repeatedly told that Bush didn't really win, but rather stole the election, in part through suppression of the black vote Dems rely on so heavily.
Now those crucial black voters are starting to wonder, If The Man is going to suppress my vote anyway, what's the use?
As the Gray Hag puts it:
[T]here are worries among Democratic strategists in some states that blacks may not turn up at the polls in big enough numbers because of disillusionment over past shenanigans.
Complains Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist and hater of "white boys":
This notion that elections are stolen and that elections are rigged is so common in the public sphere that we're having to go out of our way to counter them this year.
Even now the Times doesn't want to admit that these "shenanigans" are either absurdly exaggerated or completely fictitious. They report that teams of lawyers have been mobilized to find evidence of the mythical voter suppression that will once again be dragged out to explain their losses if common sense prevails next month.
Possibly for the same reasons that they vote overwhelmingly Democratic and tend to be sympathetic to the theory that George Bush blew up the World Trade Center, blacks are three times as likely as whites to believe that their votes will not be accurately tallied.
Says David A. Bositis of the Joint Center for Political Economic Studies, which is "dedicated to African-American issues":
African-Americans are more susceptible to conspiracy theories about the new [voting] technology because they have been subject to actual conspiracies more often than the rest of the population.
In other words, the reason they are paranoid is that the world really is out to get them. Or at least, that's what the politically correct establishment is committed to having them believe — even if it's to their own detriment.
October 27, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:53 PM
One problem with the hyperbolic rhetoric that gushes out of Hanoi John Kerry's mouth when he denounces America's military is that there are actually people out there clueless enough to believe him. When the Democratic Party's last choice to run the country says this:
...on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command.... [American troops in Vietnam] personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.
American soldiers [are] going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women...
it's hardly surprising that one of Cindy Sheehan's fans — a member of Peace Fresno — would scream at the mother of a fallen Marine that the other Marines her son died saving would "go on and kill and rape and sodomize some children in front of their parents."
If you've got the stomach, check out the video here.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:06 PM
Jyllands-Posten's editor in chief Carsten Juste was justifiably relieved:
Everything but a pure acquittal would have been a disaster for press freedom and the media's ability to fulfill its duties in a democratic society.
Now for the bad news: the suit was only dismissed because it couldn't be proved that "the purpose of the drawings was to present opinions that can belittle Muslims."
The Muslims who are gradually tearing Europe to the ground aren't likely to forbid themselves from presenting opinions that can belittle infidels. But then, why belittle when you can behead?
On a tip from MB.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:05 PM
Thirty-four people have been arrested for defrauding Social Security of nearly $2 million by pretending to be too fat to work. The culprits were listed as:
Alfonso Alvarez, Arnaldo Cruz, Carlos Barker, Francisco Castro, Julia Del Toro, Nancy Espinosa, Maria Fernandez, Tamara Fernandez, Xiomara F. Gonzalez, Xiomara M. Gonzalez, Anibal Guerrero, Leticia Hamid, Mustafa Hamid, Frank Hernandez, Lazaro Hernandez, Roalba Iglesias, Yolando Iglesias, Migdalia Interian, Miguel Interian, Yoanka Interian, Lucas Jimenez, Maria Martinez, Richard Mendez, Miriam Moreno, Rolando Morales, Olga Pena, Lujis Santos, Magaly Telleria, Dolores Valdes, Nery Valdes, Belen Villar, and Jacobo Villar.
Uh oh, I count only 32. It looks like two of them got away.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:57 AM
As if Israel didn't have enough problems — surrounded as it is by hundreds of millions of hostile Muslims committed to its destruction — now they face another threat: a possible Democratic takeover of Congress in the USA.
Worries Zalman Shoval, former Israeli Ambassador to the US:
What one has to look at is whether a Democratic win in one or two houses of Congress will have a far-reaching impact on the administration's ability to pursue difficult [objectives] in its foreign policy, which could both influence and have a dire effect on Israel.
A premature withdrawal from Iraq, loudly demanded by many Democrats, would be a disaster for Israel, producing an Islamist state in its neighborhood with massive oil wealth to finance terrorist adventures. Very likely Iraq would become a client state of Iran, increasing that malignant regime's power — and capacity to strike at Israel. Needless to say, the party of Dennis Kucinich, John Kerry, etc. is unlikely to take effective action in response to Iran's development of nuclear weapons.
Yoram Ettinger served as the Israeli Embassy's liaison to Congress. He's concerned about the "change in worldview of the majority on Capitol Hill" that a Democratic takeover would entail. Given the current worldview prevalent in Congress, committee heads "consider Israel to be a strategic partner in the battle against terrorist organizations and rogue regimes." However, a Congress run by liberals would be likely to choose "negotiations rather than confrontation with terrorist organizations and rogue regimes." No one knows better than an Israeli how counterproductive it is to attempt to negotiate with terrorists.
Another factor is the United Nations, which is openly and often viciously hostile toward Israel. John Bolton's willingness to stand up to this corrupt and nefarious institution has won him no friends among Dems. A Congress more willing to suck up to the slippery moonbats and totalitarians who dominate the UN would leave Israel all alone.
Jonathon Rosenblum, an independent Israeli analyst, sees danger in the Dems' appeasement-oriented mindset. He considers it likely that liberals, who tend to prefer Europe to America, will follow the European model of feeding the Muslim crocodile, hoping to be eaten last. As he notes:
A deep ambivalence towards Israel has infected the Democratic Party.
That would be putting it mildly in respect to the Dems' left-wing base, which enthusiastically sides with the Palestinian terrorists devoted to destroying Israel by whatever means, no matter how despicable. Rosenblum cites a recent American poll:
Though the Democratic Party is the political home of the vast majority of American Jews, 54 percent of Democrats advocate that the United States adopt a more neutral — i.e., less pro-Israel — stance to the Middle East, as opposed to only 29 percent of Republicans.
Rosenblum shares Ettinger's concern about a pro-UN Congress, noting that Hanoi John Kerry continually attacked John Bolton for making America the odd man out at the UN, outside the consensus of our alleged "allies":
One shudders to think where Israel would be if the United States ceased to be the "odd-man-out" at the U.N. Recall that six of those so-called European allies, including France, voted in favor of a resolution of the U.N. Human Rights Commission specifically legitimizing terrorism against Israeli citizens to further Palestinian liberation.
"Palestinian liberation" means "Jewish elimination." Yet for reasons beyond my comprehension, most American Jews will probably continue to support the Democratic Party, even though the favor will not be returned.
Being at the front line in expansionist Islam's terrorist war against modern civilization, Israel will be the first to be affected if we put fools in charge who will cause us to lose. But it won't be the last.
October 26, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:58 PM
Considering that it's publicly funded, you would think the BBC would be just a little more subtle about its coziness with Britain's enemies, including Taliban combatants committed to killing British troops.
The BBC's David Loyn has had exclusive access to Taleban forces mobilised against the British army in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan.
"There is no army on earth as mobile as the Taleban," gushes Loyn in a puff piece devoted to lionizing the goons who provided a base of operations for launching 9/11. "They have surprised the British by the ferocity of their fighting and their willingness to take casualties."
Eager to provide pro-Islamist spin, Loyn offers this analysis:
The failure of aid policies to make a difference in southern Afghanistan and increasing corruption in the government and the national army, are spreading the power base of the Taleban.
As for the British, all they are good for is blowing up peasants' hovels, killing young girls, and demolishing mosques. But they were defeated by Afghans before (in the 19th Century), and all correctly thinking people yearn to see it happen again.
Our Islamist enemies could have paid the BBC a fortune for the type of propaganda Loyn is churning out for them and it would have been worth every penny. But it's British taxpayers who pick up the check.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:22 PM
The ongoing Muslim conquest continues to make France an unpleasant place to take public transportation. Last night "youths" (politically correctese for "Muslim hooligans") in suburban Paris forced passengers off three more buses, which they subsequently set on fire.
Bus drivers are refusing to enter parts of what used to be their own country after dark. Nighttime service has already been suspended in the Essonne region due to attacks that included a tear gas bomb. Talks have been scheduled to discuss what other service will have to be curtailed as a dying France curls into itself.
One of last night's forays hit the Nanterre bus line, which passes near Paris' financial district and was not thought to be at risk of attack. The "youths" have graduated from stones and crowbars to handguns.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin gibbers harmlessly about swift and stern responses that will never come about. "We cannot accept the unacceptable," he declared. But they already have.
AP gives the official moonbat explanation for the violence:
anger over entrenched discrimination against immigrants and their French-born children, many of them Muslims from former French colonies in Africa.
Imagine the discrimination this fifth column would face in any country that hadn't come to accept its own demise.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:42 PM
Just in time for Halloween, we learn that Roseanne Barr has crawled out from under her rock. You may remember her as the particularly obnoxious sitcom star who for some reason was asked to sing the national anthem at a San Diego Padres game and took the opportunity to hold it up to ridicule — spitting, grabbing at her crotch, and screeching instead of singing.
She lay low for some time after that disgraceful performance, the public having been fed to the teeth with her. Unfortunately, spittle-spewing, self-consciously "working class" moonbattery could be coming back into fashion. Barr's admitted problem with mental illness is not the impediment it once was.
Having undergone gastric bypass surgery, Barr has lost a few pounds, but none of her obnoxiousness or moonbattery. She explains the public's anger over her deliberate butchering of the Star-Spangled Banner this way:
I was too hip for the room, I think.
Her comeback HBO comedy special has her singing her own version of "My Way," which includes the lines:
And as the baseball fans all watched, butchered that song and grabbed my crotch. Yes, I was loud, but I was proud, and did it my way.
Other recent Roseanne activities include working on the moonbat video blog "Seven Days at Minimum Wage," which she hosts with the AFL-CIO and still harder-left ACORN. A couple of years ago, she went on a college tour with Michael Moore, which she says "reignited" her passion for political humor.
It's probably safe to give the HBO show a miss.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:28 AM
As noted previously, a group calling itself Gay Shame has been putting up wanted posters to intimidate a San Francisco architect, whom they resent for trying to clean up the Tenderloin district by planting trees. The report offered merely a glimpse into this cult's apparently limitless moonbattery. Venturing deeper into their moonbat cave will leave visitors scarred, but with new insight into progressive thought.
You might be surprised to learn that Gay Shame is opposed to gay marriage. This is because its members oppose marriage in any form. They have their reasons — like this one:
[M]arriage is the central institution of that misogynist, racist system of domination and oppression known as heterosexuality.
They also point out that "being queer" ought to be "an automatic challenge to the disgusting, oppressive, patriarchal institution of holy matrimony." Surprisingly, gay marriage plays right into the hands of Republicans:
The vision of the future the republicans and the gay marriage movement has offered will render most of us already in the margins of the picture (trans-people, sex workers, queers of color, HIV positive people, non-monogamous people etc) as the new enemy of the régime of married normalcy they hope to usher in.
Gay Shame is against trees and marriage, but there are things they support, including public sex in all bars:
We will not accept a crackdown on public sex, which is always a cover-up for a crackdown on queer visibility.
A favorite Gay Shame activity is defacing public sidewalks by stenciling slogans that reflect their "core values." These include:
- End Marriage
- End Prisons
- All Property Is Valueless
One of their slogans attacking even "DIY" forms of commerce as promoting the hated process of "gentrification" appeared directly in front of the moonbat-friendly Modern Times bookstore, which could barely make its rent and was providing them with free meeting space. The stencil was accompanied by a picture suggesting that such businesses should be burned down:
When the store owners threatened to revoke the free meeting space, Gay Shame removed the stencil.
All members of the SFPD and any other law enforcement agency will be used as nutritious compost to fertilize Golden Gate Park.
Mary supports terrorism in all its forms…as long as the right people get hurt!!
This city will be run by homeless hookers and tweaker thieves, not willie brown and his army of lying bureaucrats.
Last year over 169 homeless people dies on the streets of San Francisco. This year 16,900 rich fascist politicians will take their places.
Proposition XXX: All politicians who aggressively panhandle to the rich will be forced to remove the radioactive waste from beneath the Hunter's Point Naval Ship Yard with their bare hands in the nude.
Unemployed activists will be given productive employment throwing rocks and boulders through the windows of all live-work loft-style condominiums until all loft owners are forced to take shelter in the bay.
Pacific Heights will be converted into a squatted village. 2870 Pacific Ave, the former residence of [SF Mayor] Gavin and Kimberly Newsom will be turned into a 24 hour no hold barred ecstatic queer orgy space. Unfortunately, the Newsom's will not be allowed to attend.
Gavin will be placed in a glass box with his eyelids kept open, where someone will ask him over and over again, until eternity, "Do you have any spare change". After each request, he will be required to reach into his pocket and hand over a $100 bill.
This militaristic display of Fleet Week will be ceased and instead, all of the Blue Angels will be flown into the sides of large buildings downtown.
Mary uncompromisingly supports the metric system.
The trans-America pyramid downtown will become the national center for trans-liberation.
A new marriage/domestic partnership tax will be levied. The funds will go towards providing universally available sex reassignment surgery.
All animals in the zoo will be set free and they will reclaim their instinctual desire to be herbivorous [presumably including carnivorous animals that cannot digest anything except meat].
All members of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association will be forced to convert their restaurants to free soup kitchens.
Graffiti will be promoted and funded in all its forms by the Hotel Council in order to cover up all unsightly advertising.
Only her fellow San Franciscans could make potential Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi look like a moderate.
To give an idea of what progressives are progressing toward, here are a few pictures of the Gay Shame people participating in their various activities:
Hat tip: Grade-One Gadfly
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:16 AM
Okay, so Harold Ford Sr. didn't really call pro-life activists "crackers." But here's another one: Congressional candidate Steve Kagen (D-WI) felt compelled to beg for forgiveness after being recorded using the expression "we're on Injun time" to explain why he was late for a meeting on an Indian reservation.
Probably kneeling in supplication, Kagen bleated:
I did not mean any harm by my words, and I humbly apologize if I offended anyone.
But Christine Mangi, communications director for Kagen's Republican opponent John Gard, was not mollified:
You shouldn't hear remarks like this from people running for Congress. They should be held to a higher standard.
As for the Injuns themselves, Bobbi Webster, a spokesman for the Oneida Nation, said no apology is necessary because no one (except Mangi) was offended by the expression.
Tribal members say that themselves. It is not uncommon to hear somebody come in late and say, "Oh-Oh. I am running on Indian time." [...] We were laughing about all the calls we got today in regard to the Indian time comment and we said, "My God, aren't they interested in what the issues are all about?"
Good question. Some advice for Republican candidates: leave the hypersensitive grievance-mongering to Democrats.
On a tip from Wiggins.
October 25, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:42 PM
Well, almost anything. A Michelle Malkin video inspired by the Cartoon Intifada was apparently too hot to handle; it consisted of a slideshow featuring victims of Islamic violence. Also, this video spoofing Democratic foreign policy by David Zucker of "Airplane" and "Naked Gun" fame went a little too far and was stuck with a warning label:
But now that Google has bought YouTube, anti-conservative censorship will surely be a thing of the past.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:03 PM
The thanks we get for sacrificing 33,741 American lives in battle to rescue South Korea from the starvation and slavery that North Korea would have imposed on it without our intervention can be summed up in recent remarks by Song Min-Soon, South Korea's chief presidential secretary for security:
The US has probably been involved in the largest number of wars in the history of mankind. If we leave our fate in the hands of the US just for the sake of falling in step with the international community, it would amount to giving up our own destiny.
The remarks come in the context of attempts to get South Korea to go along with sanctions intended to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Song is likely to become Foreign Minister when that post is vacated by Ban Ki-Moon, who in return is replacing the UN's moonbat-in-chief Kofi Annan.
Maybe Song is right: Americans ought to be less warlike. Maybe next time the communist dictatorship invades from the north, we ought to allow the UN to handle it without our assistance. It might help reduce carbon emissions to just let the whole Korean peninsula go dark:
Hat tip: Silent Running
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:33 PM
It gets harder and harder for Dems to hit new lows in their political ads — yet they keep managing. Here they teach little kids to spew moonbattery:
They may be onto something. Liberal talking points do sound less absurd coming from small children.
Hat tip: Ankle Biting Pundits
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:21 PM
How disappointing: Harold Ford Sr. called pro-life activists "trackers," not "crackers." For a minute there I thought some real substance was going to be injected into the political debate, just in time for the election.
Maybe it will also be revealed that George Allen said "muchacha," not "macaca." Or maybe we should just drop all the nonsense of who was insensitive to whom and start thinking about 1 billion Muslims — because they're thinking about us.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:26 PM
Just how paranoid, anti-American, and divorced from reality are Muslims in America? A survey conducted at the Islamic Society of North America's 43rd Annual Convention last month gives an idea.
The survey included 307 Muslims who were American citizens. A few highlights:
Do you consider yourself to be a Muslim first, an American first, or both equally?
MUSLIM FIRST 214
AMERICAN FIRST 4
BOTH EQUALLY 86
Is the American government at war with the religion of Islam?
Did Muslims hijack planes and fly them into buildings on 9/11?
Did the U.S. government have advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, and allow the attacks to occur?
The British government says it stopped a plot by British Muslims in August 2006 to bomb planes flying to America. Do you believe there was a real plot by Muslims?
Should Iran develop nuclear weapons?
Was America justified in invading Afghanistan after 9/11?
Is violence by Muslims against the American military in the U.S. acceptable, in retaliation for the American government's actions in the Muslim world?
Is violence by Muslims against American government officials acceptable, in retaliation for the American government's actions in the Muslim world?
Talk about a fifth column. Those who believe in attacking the American military within the USA and assassinating our government officials may be minorities, but they are sufficiently sizable minorities to have us asking ourselves how many more of these folks we want to let into the country.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:21 PM
Apparently DNC Chairman Howard Dean is no more capable of explaining away his fear of RNC counterpart Ken Mehlman than he is of pronouncing the phrase "gladiatorial contest."
Too bad W doesn't trip over his tongue this badly. The networks would have a lead story for the evening news for the rest of the week.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:38 AM
Michael J. Fox's recent exploitation of his disease to advance the progressive campaign to further dehumanize unborn babies marked a new low in political advertising. In case you haven't seen it:
It's probably no accident that Fox's Parkinson's seems especially bad in the commercial. Here he is in his own words admitting that he will stop taking his meds in order to worsen his condition so as to pull heartstrings:
I had made a deliberate choice to appear before the subcommittee without medication. It seemed to me that this occasion demanded that my testimony about the effects of the disease, and the urgency we as a community were feeling, be seen as well as heard. For people who had never observed me in this kind of shape, the transformation must have been startling.
As Rush Limbaugh points out, this isn't the first time Democrats have politicized disease. John Edwards famously promised that Christopher Reeve would walk again, if only voters would elect John Kerry. But Missouri's Amendment 2 battle is particularly disturbing because under cover of confusing verbiage it would establish human cloning as a constitutional right.
There is no evidence that any miracle cures are in the wings if only Jim Talent, who opposes Amendment 2, could be removed from office. The objective — beyond replacing Talent with Democrat Claire McCaskill in the Senate — is to push aside any morality regarding the sanctity of human life.
Stem cell research is not really the issue; it is already legal in Missouri, and Talent is not trying to change that. The issue is raising unborn humans in Petri dishes for purposes of harvesting their cells, like something out of a horror movie. The motivation is not so much to cure disease, as to establish that human life has no inherent value, thus defending the liberal sacrament, abortion.
Amendment 2 opponents have a response on the air, featuring Jeff Suppan, who will be pitching for the Cardinals in the World Series tonight:
October 24, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:44 PM
Newsweek has now acknowledged that in 1975, when it screeched wildly about "ominous signs that the earth's weather patterns have begun to change dramatically," it was referring to global cooling, which has since gone the way of the white polyester leisure suit.
Unsurprisingly, it was human pollutants that threatened to plunge the planet into icy ruin. The reason the gloomy predictions didn't come about, we are asked to believe, is that clear-air laws — no doubt inspired by Newsweek's civic-minded journalism — reduced the aerosols that were supposedly reflecting sunlight back into outer space.
Being in step with other doctrinaire liberals, the folks at Newsweek now say we're all doomed because of human-caused global warming. They know it's true because of the "widespread consensus" among likeminded scientists.
But this time, if Newsweek turns out to be wrong as usual, it can fall back on a third scenario for the planet's manmade demise:
... a small increase in air temperature could cause more snow to fall in places like northern Greenland, where the ground is often bare. (Extremely cold air doesn't hold enough moisture for a good snowfall.) Increased snow cover, by reflecting more sunlight back into space, could trigger a return of the glaciers to North America.
In other words, if the ice age shows up after all, it's still because humans caused global warming. Since climate always fluctuates, the temperature is bound to go either up or down; either way, Newsweek has its bets covered, and won't have to eat any more crow.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:52 AM
Al Gore was in Berserkly yesterday, where he presumably found a sympathetic audience for his global warming tirades. He came to lend his support to California's Prop 87, which has been propped up by progressive Hollyweird zillionaire Stephen Bing. It would cure global warming by — how else? — raising taxes.
Here's how Prince Albert made his entrance:
"I'm here to change peoples' minds on the climate crisis and to support Prop 87," Gore called to a group of reporters after he emerged from the "100 miles per gallon" Toyota Prius that brought him to a noontime rally in a sun-drenched park behind Berkeley's City Hall.
His motorcade also included three motorcycles, two limousines and a Dodge Ram 1500 light duty truck.
Maybe the truck is how the
Pious Prius got there.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:32 AM
There are many things to love about Phoenix, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is near the top of the list. His latest outrage against the sensibilities of moonbats: mandatory English classes for inmates.
Spanish is spoken by quite a few inmates of Maricopa County jails, often because they are illegal aliens from Mexico. But as Sheriff Joe says:
These inmates happen to be incarcerated in the United States of America and in Maricopa County where I run the jails. And we speak English here, not foreign languages.
Sure to outrage ACLU types is the requirement that inmates learn God Bless America in English.
If only Arpaio would run for governor — or president.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:09 AM
Carolyn Abst, owner of a San Francisco architecture firm, had thought her neighbors would appreciate her attempts to revitalize and bring jobs to the cesspool known as the Tenderloin district. She was wrong.
One of her plans involves paying young derelicts to plant trees in an area that can use any beautification it can get. Locals were outraged. Matt Bernstein Sycamore, aka "Mary Hedgefunds" — a drag-queen and former prostitute who is a member of the activist group Gay Shame — sputters that homeless "youths" (i.e., runaways and budding young hobos) should not be asked to do "grunt work" like planting trees, because "It's exploitation."
The Tenderloin is populated largely by bums, pimps, drug addicts, transvestites, and prostitutes. Folks like Sycamore aim to keep it that way, and fear that any attempt to clean the place up might attract despised normal people like Carolyn Abst and distract from the more important issues of meeting the needs of prostitutes and providing subsidized housing to lowlife degenerates who don't want to be "exploited" by working.
Sickamore doesn't live in the Tenderloin anymore, but that doesn't stop him from righteously campaigning to prevent others from making it livable. Fighting at his side is a retired stripper who claims her real name is Daisy Anarchy. Head of Sex Workers Organized for Labor and Civil Rights, Ms. Anarchy specializes in disrupting neighborhood meetings aimed at improving the area. "I'm giving voice to the voiceless," she screams.
Their campaign has entailed posting wanted posters aimed at intimidating Abst, like this one:
Past generations built this country by clearing forest and draining swamps. Now it's mainly just draining swamps — unpleasant work, but someone's got to do it.
On a tip from Varla.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:37 AM
The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund triumphantly announced yesterday that New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has agreed to let polysexual riders use MTA restrooms "consistent with their gender expression" — in other words, men who are sufficiently weird have a legal right to use the ladies' room.
The agreement results from a suit filed on behalf of 70-year-old telephone repairman, I mean repairwoman, I mean repairperson Helena Stone, nee Henry McGuinness.
Announces a proud Ms. Stone:
I'm a 24-hour woman. I just feel like a woman and I like to wear women's clothes.
The 24-hour woman had been arrested for relieving himself in the ladies' room at Grand Central.
In addition to the right to tinkle where he pleases, Stone won a $2,000 payment for legal fees. MTA employees will be forced to undergo mandatory transgender sensitivity training.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:54 AM
The ink is still wet on Air America's bankruptcy papers and already moonbats have announced a new liberal talk radio network, Nova M Radio.
Err Un-American cofounders Anita and Sheldon Drobny are behind the new venture, which is appropriately scheduled to make its first broadcast on October 30, known to some as Devil's Night. The network will feature shows hosted by Mike Malloy and Peter Collins, and a "nonpartisan" program by liberal pollster John Zogby. Deaniac Joe Trippi is lurking behind the scenes.
Displaying the same market savvy that led to Air America's collapse, they are basing the network in Joe Arpaio country. The folks at the mighty KFYI probably aren't losing much sleep. In addition to Phoenix's KPHX, it will run on KDXE in Little Rock, also hardly a hotbed of progressive moonbattery — although Little Rock did manage to produce Bill Clinton.
According to a Houston Chronicle report, the Drobnys "believed in the business model of liberal talk radio and wanted it to continue to grow." I think they meant, "wanted it to start to grow."
Maybe progressives should concentrate on winning control of Congress, so they can bring back the Orwellian "Fairness Doctrine" and force us to listen to them. As Air America proved, liberalism just doesn't work without coercion.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:54 AM
October 23, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:33 PM
Peacenik/thug Christiaan Briggs, who served as a human shield for Saddam Hussein and who beat rising pop star Billy Leeson into a coma after behaving rudely toward his girlfriend on a bus, has received an 8-month wrist slap for destroying a life with his antisocial behavior.
Leeson, who lay already comatose as Briggs walked away smirking, is lucky to be alive. He has required a tracheotomy, three brain operations, and 100 stitches in his head. Surgeons removed a large piece of his skull to lighten the pressure on his brain. His promising future with the ska band Les Incompetents is history. He is still in a lot of pain and has at least one more brain operation to look forward to.
Astoundingly, Judge Peter Birts decided that Briggs had been punished enough by his own guilty conscience, and seemed to regret having to give him any jail time at all. Here's what he had to say to Briggs at sentencing:
You are a serious, intelligent, hard-working and utterly decent young man of talent and ability and you will undoubtedly bear a heavy burden of guilt and sorrow about what you have done.
Apparently Briggs is the victim, not Leeson, because Leeson might conceivably recover one day, whereas Briggs will be gnawed at by guilt forever. Theoretically.
Maybe we ought to do away with courts altogether, and just count on criminals to feel guilty after they commit their crimes. That way leftist lawyer Lynne Stewart wouldn't have to serve her token 28 months for helping a major Islamic terror master conduct his operations from behind bars.
Meanwhile Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean face more than a decade apiece for trying to do their job.
Moonbattery has replaced justice on both sides of the Atlantic.
Hat tip: Are We Lumberjacks?
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:03 PM
Hats off to Hamtramck Judge Paul Paruk, who refused to let multicultural moonbattery turn his courtroom into the Gong Show. When Ginnnah [sic] Muhammad, an American who converted to Islam at age 10, refused to take off her niqab in his small claims court, Paruk tossed out her case.
The Honorable Judge Paruk explained:
My job in the courtroom is to make a determination as to the veracity of somebody's claim. Part of that, you need to identify the witness and you need to look at the witness and watch how they testify.
When Muslims aren't bellowing death threats, they are usually whining. Here's Ms. Muhammad:
I just feel so sad. I feel that the court is there for justice for us. I didn't feel like the court recognized me as a person that needed justice. I just feel I can't trust the court.
Dawud Walid, of the Islamic version of the ACLU, the terrorist front group CAIR, whimpered that the judge violated Ginnnnnnah's I mean Ginnnah's civil rights because
Although a niqab is donned by a minority of Muslim females, it is still a bona fide religious practice.
Typically, his sniveling took on a vaguely threatening tone:
There definitely needs to be greater sensitivity toward the growing populace in that municipality.
Hamtramck, like much of the Detroit area, has an ominously swelling Muslim population.
On a tip from The Right Reverend Rabbi Judah.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:51 PM
Senior US diplomat Alberto Fernandez has apologized for going on al-Jazeera to accuse American policy in Iraq of "arrogance and stupidity." He asserts that he "misspoke," and that what he said "represents neither my views nor those of the State Department." Yet somehow it came out of his mouth — and for the sake of a media outlet that famously specializes in inflaming Muslims against America and undermining American interests in any way possible.
Maybe Fernandez didn't realize that his remarks would get translated out of the fluent Arabic he used to serve them up for al-Jazz. Or maybe he is just so used to breathing Foggy Bottom's atmosphere of pure moonbattery, he didn't realize that what he was saying, in the venue he said it, bordered on treasonous.
Here's a foreign policy initiative guaranteed to improve our standing in the world: fire the entire State Department immediately and repopulate it with people willing to take their own country's side.
Hat tip: Clarity & Resolve
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:00 PM
The harmonic convergence between terror-supporting Muslims and fellow-traveling progressives manifested itself in Londonistan yesterday at an Al-Quds Day rally. Al-Quds is what Muslims call Jerusalem, a city they plan to take over when they're finished with London. Publicansdecoy has a first-hand report, complete with photos:
Here's some video, via Drunken Blogging:
One day we will look back and say, with just a little bit of napalm...
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:14 AM
Reader Larry B makes his case:
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:18 AM
The least the politically correct dhimmis at the Chicago Tribune could do is include air sickness bags with their paper, if they are going to subject readers to pieces like this one telling the story of David Huffman, a young man who had to be reprogrammed after he rudely tapped a Muslim on the head.
Tapping the woman on the head was part of some harmless prank. Supposedly, it nearly dislodged her hijab. Rather than accepting his apology, she called the police and pressed battery charges.
I understood immediately after I did it [that he shouldn't have tapped her on the head]. But even after I apologized, she was still so angry. I didn't understand that.
But it's not that hard to grasp once you realize that incessant Muslim anger is deliberately contrived to force us to apologize, because our apologetic stance gives them the upper hand. The more we apologize, the more angry they get, because they see that their anger is working.
Though Huffman pleaded guilty, the Cook County circuit judge wouldn't settle for a fine or jail time. He forced Huffman to undergo "sensitivity training" at the Chicago office of the terrorist front group Council on American-Islamic Relations.
There Huffman spent 40 hours learning, on our government's command, why he must honor a religion devoted to our destruction. He was forced to hang out at mosques, watch Muslims play basketball, listen to speeches about tolerance from devotees of the least tolerant ideology mankind has yet devised, make a PowerPoint presentation about how nice Islam is, etc.
The brainwashing apparently worked, to some extent. The Trib smugly reports that Huffman learned to be a more multicultural kind of guy, who took off his baseball hat during Muslim prayers "as if the national anthem had begun."
On a tip from Kevin.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:22 AM
The violent phase of the Muslim conquest of Western Europe is well underway in France. The police there face a "permanent intifada" that grows every year. There were 3,842 attacks on French police officers in 2004, 4,246 in 2005, and 2,458 in only the first 6 months of 2006. Muslims also attack firefighters and rescue workers, often after luring them to a scene by setting fires.
Yesterday 30 "youths" (the sympathetic MSM's euphemism for "Muslim thugs") took over a bus in broad daylight in a Paris suburb. They forced the passengers out, set the bus on fire, then stoned the firefighters who came to put it out.
To AP's horror, some mainstream politicians are "adopting positions previously confined largely to far-right fringes" by "suggesting that the minorities themselves are not doing enough to adapt to European mores." Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy is accused of "echoing... the extreme-right National Front" for saying that those who do not love France do not have to stay.
Shockingly AP, like the rest of the MSM, actually sides with the barbarians who are openly tearing down French civilization, using euphemisms and spin to distract people from what is going on, and trotting out lame liberal excuses for Muslim behavior, for example:
Minority youths have long complained that police are more heavy-handed in their dealings with them than with whites, demanding their papers and frisking them for no apparent reason. Such perceived ill-treatment fuels feelings of injustice, as do the difficulties that many youths from immigrant families have finding work.
Almost enough to make you weep for the poor jihadists setting buses on fire and throwing rocks at firemen, isn't it?
But even if it's crystal clear whose side AP et al. are on, the decline and fall of European Civilization is too big a story for them to bury completely. Though they discredit his union as "small," they at least quote Michel Thooris of Action Police:
Many youths, many arsonists, many vandals behind the violence do it to cries of "Allah Akbar" (God is Great) when our police cars are stoned.
Other unions toe the politically correct line of absurdly pretending that the French Intifada has nothing to do with Islam. But even they admit that France is at war. Says police union official Loic Lecouplier:
First, it was a rock here or there. Then it was rocks by the dozen. Now, they're leading operations of an almost military sort to trap us. These are acts of war.
There have been at least four gang beatings of police in Paris suburbs since September 19. According to Fred Lagache of the Alliance police union:
We are getting the impression these youths want a "remake" of what happened last year. The youths are trying to cause a police error to justify chaos.
Given that the media is squarely on the Muslims' side, this shouldn't be hard to accomplish; all that's needed is for France to fight back.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:25 AM
Fittingly, al-Jazeera is airing more of the Islamic Army videos of Americans being shot by terrorist snipers that CNN broadcast in order to show us all what they call the "unvarnished truth."
Al-Jazeera is widely acknowledged to be a participant in the Islamic terrorist movement, providing al-Qaeda and similar groups with a crucial means of distributing their propaganda. It was rumored that Bush planned to bomb al-Jazz as part of the War on Terror. CNN serves an identical role, airing what Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA) calls "terrorist snuff" films apparently provided by the very same terrorists.
If it was once a figure of speech to refer to CNN as "the enemy," it isn't anymore.
On a tip from Wiggins.
October 22, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:14 PM
A leaked account of a secret "impartiality summit" called by BBC chairman Michael Grade reveals just how far gone that odious institution has let itself sink into the repugnant depths of moonbattery. BBC execs and star presenters willingly admitted that the BBC is, in the words of the Daily Mail, "dominated by trendy, Left-leaning liberals who are biased against Christianity and in favour of multiculturalism.... by homosexuals and people from ethnic minorities [i.e., Muslims]."
According to one veteran BBC exec:
There was widespread acknowledgement that we may have gone too far in the direction of political correctness. Unfortunately, much of it is so deeply embedded in the BBC's culture, that it is very hard to change it.
Since they don't have to compete on the free market, there isn't much motivation for them to try.
Nearly everyone at the summit agreed that there would be nothing wrong with throwing a Bible into the garbage on TV, but not a Koran, and that if they could get an interview with Osama bin Laden, they would be glad to give him a platform to expound his views. Their "diversity tsar" Mary Fitzpatrick announced that Muslim talking heads should be able to wear veils while reading the news.
BBC political pundit Andrew Marr confessed:
The BBC is not impartial or neutral. It's a publicly funded, urban organisation with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities and gay people. It has a liberal bias not so much a party-political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias.
Washington correspondent Justin Webb admitted that deputy director general Mark Byford had to "correct" his reports to tone down his vehement hatred of America. He also admits that the BBC treats America with scorn and derision and gives it "no moral weight."
When former BBC business editor Jeff Randall complained to "a very senior news executive" about the relentless force-feeding of multicultural propaganda on the BBC, he was told:
The BBC is not neutral in multiculturalism: it believes in it and it promotes it.
A poor fit for the Beeb, Randall once showed up for work wearing Union Jack cufflinks. He was told:
You can't do that, that's like the National Front!
According to Randall, the Beeb is festering with pointy-headed intellectuals who
would rather steal from a poor box than stand to attention during God Save The King.
In short, the BBC is the purest quintessence of nauseating anti-American, anti-Western Civilization, politically correct, multicultural moonbattery, even from the point of view of its employees. The kooks who infest this execrable institution indulge in their pernicious hogwash on the British taxpayer's dime.
Hat tip: Ace of Spades
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:26 PM
Omaha police must have too much time on their hands, because along with the city's elected leaders, they are urging watchful citizens to dial 911 to report any miscreants they see violating a draconian new smoking ban that immediately effects 97% of local businesses.
Douglas County Emergency director Mark Conrey doesn't much like the idea of using 911 for something this frivolous. But according to Teresa Negron, sergeant in charge of public information for the police, smoking in public is to be treated like any other crime.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:06 PM
CNGOF, the professional association of French gynecologists and obstetricians, has encountered what it calls another manifestation of "Muslim fundamentalism" — Muslims assaulting doctors for examining their wives. It has noted that in at least two incidents, gynecologists were
physically attacked and injured by the husbands of patients on the grounds that as male doctors they should not examine their wives.
French authorities admit that there were 185 violent incidents in Paris area hospitals in 2005, up from 145 in 2004. But they don't keep track of how many involved Muslims behaving like savage maniacs because "such records would be discriminatory, and we have a neutral position" regarding the cancer known as Islam.
Doctors whose lives are on the line are sometimes less politically correct. A CNGOF statement asks:
Are male gynecologists and obstetricians going to have to be protected by the police from now on when they do their job? Will they have to go into hiding like philosophy teachers?
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:03 PM
At last someone has come forward to draw the line when it comes to treason in this era of fifth-column moonbattery — and CNN has crossed it. In response to the al-Jazeera of the West's decision to broadcast (and rebroadcast) a terrorist video featuring the killing of US troops by snipers, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Duncan Hunter has asked the Pentagon to give a much-deserved boot to CNN reporters embedded with US combat troops.
Letting CNN embed reporters with our troops is the direct equivalent of allowing Joseph Goebbels to embed agents with our forces during WWII. That CNN is effectively allied with Islamic terrorists and that it actively participates in the campaign to defeat the USA in Iraq can no longer be credibly denied. As Hunter puts it in a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld:
CNN has now served as the publicist for an enemy propaganda film featuring the killing of an American soldier.
Republican rep Brian Bilbray, who also signed the letter, observes of the video:
This is nothing short of a terrorist snuff film.
CNN moonbats are unrepentant as always. Why shouldn't they be? It's not often they are called to account for passing off treasonous propaganda as news. But if we are to stand a chance in our war with terrorist Islam, this will have to change.
October 21, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:53 PM
The obsequious fawning that has been the West's response to Islam's terror war against it has reached a new extreme of absurdity in England, where Greater Manchester Police have been instructed not to execute arrest warrants on Muslims at prayer time during Ramadan. An internal email listed the prayer times, so that officers would know when they must not pester Muslim criminals with their warrants.
Imagine a religion not devoted to killing anyone who won't submit to it getting this kind of treatment.
Muslims aren't even a majority in Europe yet, and already Europeans are shamelessly crawling on their bellies, having willingly reduced themselves to dhimmis.
Maybe the epic tragedy unfolding in Europe is a form of social Darwinism. Europe has become so rotted away by moonbattery that it no longer deserves to exist. If it doesn't pull itself together and face the threat from Islam, it won't exist for long.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:40 PM
It's nice to see sanity making a little headway against moonbattery from time to time. Overruling the clowns on the infamous Ninth Circus, the Supreme Court has ruled that Arizona can require voters to show IDs when they vote next month.
The moonbat spin is that having to prove you are who you say you are oppresses minorities. In reality, the only minorities affected are illegal aliens, who won't be minorities for long if we don't get the border situation under control. Leftists like those on the Ninth Circus want illegals to vote, assuming that they will vote for Democrats, who outdo even Republicans in their depraved willingness to put the interests of foreigners ahead of those of American citizens.
Voters without photo ID can still cast ballots during Arizona's early voting period, or they can cast provisional ballots. Also, the Supremes did not issue a ruling on the constitutionality of requiring ID, but only allowed this particular election to go forward with Arizona's photo ID law in place.
But at least a provisional baby step has been taken toward addressing the corruption and fraud that are perpetrated under cover of moonbattery in our elections.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:37 PM
A pair of young Egyptians were found guilty of offending public morals when they kissed in broad daylight in Cairo, right during Ramadan. The guy explained that he regarded the girl as his "sister." Luckily, they were only fined $175 apiece.
Eurabians are encouraged to get public affection out of their systems while kissing is still legal.
On a tip from The Right Reverend Rabbi Judah.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:54 PM
The verdict is in regarding the astounding case of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, two border patrol agents who were thrown in jail for wounding the apparently armed Mexican drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, who assaulted one of them while illegally on the wrong side of the border with a van full of marijuana.
Brace yourself to learn what they will be receiving instead of the commendations both deserve for attempting to perform their thankless duties. Ramos was sentenced to 11 years and one day, Compean to 12 years. The criminal was given immunity in exchange for testifying against the officers who tried to arrest him.
The draconian sentences were the result of having used a firearm in the commission of a supposed felony. Both agents are married fathers who will be leaving family behind. Cardone's wife gave birth to their third child a month ago.
As Ramos' lawyer Mary Stillinger noted, Aldrete was shot "not because he's a drug dealer, not because he's an illegal alien, but because of his actions" — actions that included assault and threatening behavior that lead the officers to believe he was armed (which for all we really know he was).
Johnny Sutton, who led the prosecution, promises that next time they catch Aldrete with a van full of marijuana on our side of the border, they'll put him in jail instead of the agents who try to arrest him. But I wouldn't count on it.
Even if meaningful border enforcement legislation makes it through Washington, it will accomplish nothing if can't cure our system of the culture of moonbattery that gives our society's enemies every advantage, and its defenders the shaft.
Hat tip: Debbie Schlussel, on a tip from Beef Brisket.
October 20, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:33 AM
An appalling combination of cowardice and moonbattery has put the kibosh on a British project to study the growth of the Islamic groups that have been spreading terror throughout the world.
The £1.3-million project, entitled "Combating Terrorism by Countering Radicalisation," was to "scope the growth in influence and membership of extremist Islamist groups in the past 20 years," "name key figures and key groups," and help "understand the use of theological legitimisation for violence." Key topics to be studied were "radicalisation drivers and counter strategies in each of the countries studied" and "future trends likely to increase/decrease radicalisation."
It was deep-sixed by the Economics and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council after academics whined that British researchers in Muslim countries would be put at risk, presumably because Muslims invariably respond with violence to being linked with violence.
In addition to cowardice, pure moonbattery was a factor. Sniveled John Gledhill of the Association of Social Anthropologists:
People feel that it smacks of the cold war use of academics in counter-insurgency activities — essentially using academics as spies.
Others academics complained that they didn't want anyone to think they suspect people who are "Asian looking" of being involved in extremism. The University and College Union declared that its members didn't want to be
sucked into a kind of Islamic McCarthyism, which has major implications for academic freedom.
Apparently it never occurred to these cringing fools that dhimmitude has much greater implications for academic freedom.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:35 AM
Al-Jazeera isn't the only anti-American news agency to broadcast terrorist videos as part of the propaganda war being waged against Western Civilization on behalf of Islam. CNN has been airing video of American soldiers being shot by snipers.
Ten separate sniper attacks against Americans are documented on a tape that CNN has aired at least twice on behalf of the Islamic Army terrorists who produced it.
Obviously the tape has public relations benefits for the terrorists who are attempting to replace Iraq's nascent democracy with a totalitarian state that can export Islamic violence, or they wouldn't have filmed it and sent it to a media outlet they could count on to play ball.
Shooting an American is one thing, but shooting an American with the whole world watching is much more effective. CNN is not only helping terrorists spread their propaganda, but encouraging sniper attacks on American troops. Unsurprisingly, CNN reports having "concluded the tape meets our criteria for newsworthiness."
Declared CNN executive producer David Doss, evidently with a straight face:
Whether or not you agree with us in this case, our goal, as always, is to present the unvarnished truth as best we can.
Just like their likeminded colleagues at al-Jazz.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:15 AM
Although it's incomprehensible that Democrats would effectively side with an enemy devoted to destroying us, as they have done whenever they thought they could get away with it during the War on Terror, it is not unprecedented. As political science professor Paul Kengor points out in his new book The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, a willingness to side with our country's enemies to inflict damage on a Republican president was also on display during the Reagan Era.
The same Ted Kennedy who rants and rails against W's attempts to defend us from terrorists arguably crossed the line from useful idiocy into outright treason when he offered to assist Soviet dictator Yuri Andropov in developing a public relations strategy to counter Reagan's foreign policy — the foreign policy that was to defeat the Soviet menace without a shot being fired.
Senator John Tunney (D-CA) traveled to Moscow on Kennedy's behalf to negotiate a secret partnership with Andropov, Kengor reveals. Tunney has acknowledged that he had played intermediary for Kennedy, and that he made 15 separate trips to Moscow. Chappaquiddick Ted told Tunney to reach out to "confidential contacts" to get the word to Andropov, who had enough nuclear missiles pointed at us to blow up the planet, that he wanted to work with him against the President.
Kennedy proposed that the dictator appeal directly to the American people in a series of television interviews, evidently intended to undermine support for Reagan's strong stand against communism. As Kengor notes of Kennedy:
He hoped to counter Reagan's polices, and by extension hurt his re-election prospects.
Fortunately, Andropov died before Kennedy's attempt to form a partnership got off the ground. But maybe the rise of Islamic terrorism is affording Ted chances to make new friends.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:58 AM
At the Oslo Natural History Museum, the relentless campaign to ram political correctness down our throats at every possible opportunity has manifested itself in an exhibit featuring gay animals.
The BBC is delighted that many families have attended the exhibit, which includes photographs of animals indulging in gay sex.
The museum advocates not only gay animal sex, but gay animal adoption, noting that "two males can hold a much larger territory than a regular flamingo pair, thus more chicks can grow up."
The claim is made that 10% of penguins are gay, and 100% of bonobo chimpanzees are bisexual.
As an unnamed American commentator was politically incorrect enough to note, the exhibition is an example of "propaganda invading the scientific world." Not to mention that it is tasteless in the extreme.
You can't even take your kids to the museum anymore. Needless to say, it's publicly funded.
On a tip from V the K.
October 19, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:30 PM
What's a welfare state to do when people don't want government handouts? That's the problem faced in Ohio's Geauga and Holmes counties, where the Amish prefer voluntary charity to coercive wealth redistribution. As a result, bureaucrats are falling short of their target food-stamp participation rates.
Those responsible for recruiting Amish for the food-stamp roll consider it a waste of time and money. Jeanne Carroll of the Orwellian Office of Family Stability is considering their request to readjust participation goals. In the meantime, both counties are planning advertising campaigns in an attempt to hook the Amish on government assistance. Hopefully these won't place too much emphasis on television ads.
On a tip from Metalgarth.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:07 PM
As absurd as it may sound, impeachment proceedings against President Bush on strictly political grounds are a very real possibility if the current crop of Democrats take control of Congress, as explained in a chilling piece at FrontPage Magazine.
Reasonable people would not try to impeach a lame duck president simply because they disagree with his foreign policy, since it would have disastrous consequences for the stability of our democracy. But a Democratic victory would not put Congress in the hands of reasonable people. The damage caused to our country both internally and in the eyes of the world would not be seen as a problem to characters like John Conyers and Charles Rangel, whose ghetto constituents expect them to poke The Man in the eye, and who will be Chairmen of the Judiciary Committee and the Ways and Means Committee, respectively, should Republicans lose control of the House next month.
It should come as no surprise that the radical Left hates this country and aspires to destroy it from within. The combination of the Islamic terror threat and control of Congress by lunatic-fringe moonbats like Conyers and Rangel could put their goal within reach.
Conyers has already introduced a bill (H.R.635) calling for investigating articles of impeachment. Nancy Pelosi, who lacks Conyers' slack-jawed stupidity, has poured cold water on it for temporary strategic reasons, but it could be resuscitated in no time once Dems are in control. Pelosi herself has made a point to leave the door to impeachment open. After promising to "launch investigations of the administration on energy policy and other matters," she was asked if the "other matters" could involve impeachment. Her coy response: "You never know where it leads to."
Conyers and his friends at the Center for Constitutional Rights have concocted a list of laws supposedly violated by the Bush Administration, including:
- Committing a Fraud Against the United States (18 U.S.C. 371)
- Making False Statements to Congress (18 U.S.C. 1001)
- War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148)
- Misuse of Government Funds (31 U.S.C. 1301)
- Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (50 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.)
- National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. chapter 15)
- Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 222)
- Stored Communications Act of 1986 (18 U.S.C. 2702)
- Pen Registers or Trap and Trace Devices (18 U.S.C. 3121)
- Obstructing Congress (18 U.S.C. 1505)
- Whistleblower Protection (5 U.S.C. 2302)
- The Lloyd-LaFollette Act (5 U.S.C. 7211)
- Retaliating against Witnesses (18 U.S.C. 1513)
- Anti-Torture Statute (18 U.S.C. 2340-40A)
- The War Crimes Act (18 U.S.C. 2441)
- Material Witness (18 U.S.C. 3144)
No matter how groundless, these are serious allegations. Investigating them will not only cost a fortune, but tie the government in knots for years. Our ability to defend ourselves against Islamic terrorists will be impeded, to put it mildly.
Progressives have resolved that the USA must lose in Iraq, allowing them to relive their Vietnam Era glory days. Although an impeachment campaign would not get Bush out of the White House, it could very possibly get our troops out of Iraq prematurely. The consequences for us, for Iraq, and for the world would be catastrophic. But that's not a concern for the crowd who will be running Congress if Republicans don't hold it.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:08 PM
The terrifying Chavez phenomenon — which threatened to spread totalitarianism, economic ruin, and rabid anti-Americanism throughout Latin America — appears to be running out of gas.
Peruvian moonbat Ollanta Humala, who seemed a sure bet to become President, is in a political tailspin, with disapproval ratings running as high as 70%. People are displeased by allegations that he resorted to torture and murder during Peru's war against the Maoist Shining Path guerillas.
In elections on April 9, Humala's coalition became the largest bloc in Peru's Congress by winning 45 out of 120 seats. But defections have already cost him half of these seats, amid complaints that he's gone too far to the Left.
Humala is an open admirer of the thuggish Fidel Castro protégé Hugo Chavez. He had hoped to join Chavez and Bolivia's Evo Morales in a new ruling leftist elite. Instead it looks like he will be joining Andrés Manuel López Obrador in a steady slide toward obscurity as the Chavez act grows increasingly stale and voters become aware of the high price to be paid in terms of liberty and economic health when leftists take control.
A similar anti-Left backlash is deflating Ecuador's Rafael Correa, whose boasts of ties with Chavez don't seem to be impressing many people.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:31 AM
Hollywood did its part for the war effort during WWII, putting out movies that built morale by emphasizing the heroism of those who fight to defend our country and our way of life. But these days the entertainment industry offers very different contributions.
"The Kill Pit," for example, is an 8-hour drama series expected to air next summer on Spike TV. It tells the story of some Iraq war veterans who rob a bank and take hostages. According to Spike, each episode will
follow the escalating action as the volatile soldiers plot their way out, the negotiator anticipates their moves and the hostages desperately try to survive.
In Pittsburgh, where this delightful series will film, the politicians are proud. Says Mayor Luke Ravenstahl:
It's great for the City of Pittsburgh to once again be showcased. Any opportunity we get to host a production like this in the city is great as a showcasing opportunity and as an economic generator.
Not many mayors would have been pleased to have their cities associated with a show characterizing our troops as criminals during WWII. But then, before moonbattery twisted our society against itself, it would have been inconceivable to produce such a show in wartime.
On a tip from General Jack D. Ripper.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:36 AM
One of the many advantages of being black in the age of political correctness is that you get quick service in restaurants — or else.
Rose Rock, mother of comedian Chris Rock, found that service was not fast enough to suit her at a Cracker Barrel in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. When she complained, she was offered a free meal. But she turned her nose up at it, having decided that she was being discriminated against.
Cracker Barrel is investigating and taking her allegation "very seriously" — which can't be easy to do, considering that this 21st Century Rosa Parks has dragged Al Sharpton into the farce.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could all sue every time we aren't served as quickly as we would like? We'd have so much free money, no one would have to work. Think of the leisure time we would have! But if no one worked, who could we sue for not bringing the food fast enough?
Restaurant employees probably already know this, but until the day comes that people start standing up to the race-based thuggery known as political correctness, black customers must always be served first.
On a tip from Wiggins.
October 18, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:22 PM
Because moonbats don't want you to. But if you need more reasons:
Via Ex-Donkey Blog.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:44 PM
While Democrats droolingly anticipate taking over Congress so they can try to impeach the President for being mean to Islamic terrorists, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, head of the leading state sponsor of terrorism, is indulging in a little anticipation too. He knows that Iranian nukes are just around the corner:
I told you that the second wave of the [1979 Islamic] Revolution has already begun [with my election to the presidency in 2005], and that it is bigger and more terrible than the first. [...] Now the West is disarmed vis-à-vis Iran [on the nuclear issue], and does not know how to end this matter. [...] God said that the infidels will have no way to harm the believers. [...] [I]f we retreat [even] a little, that is, if we agree to suspend [uranium enrichment even] for a single day, they will say that the Iranians retreat under pressure. [...] [I]f we do this, they will tell the entire world that the Iranians have finally stopped their [uranium] enrichment. Didn't we stop the enrichment in the previous round [of talks]? What did we gain by that? [..] I say that now, by the grace of God, we have gone most of the way; be confident that they will not dare to attack us.
If Dems do take over Congress, I hope someone can get word to them that we have bigger problems than whether the air conditioning has been adjusted properly for the vacationers at Club Gitmo.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:42 PM
Among the skeptics of representative democracy who demand that President Bush be forcibly removed from office for not sharing their political views is former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY), whose primary excuse for wanting Bush impeached is that he is accountable for the obsequious pampering that Holtzman characterizes as the "torture and abuse of detainees" at Club Gitmo.
Holtzman has been ranting about the Geneva Conventions, habeas corpus, defiance of the US Constitution, etc., as if any of these were relevant to the unlawful terrorist combatants who are now pigging out on culturally sensitive dishes on our dime at their tropical resort. She also holds that wiretapping overseas terrorist communications is grounds for impeachment.
Amid the yappings of this barking moonbat comes the plausible assertion that Dems taking control of Congress this fall "would make impeachment a serious reality."
Having served on the House Judiciary Committee during impeachment proceedings against Richard Nixon, Holtzman has succumbed to nostalgia for the hippie era, which she would like to reenact. Among Democrats, she is scarcely alone.
It's hardly likely that Democrats would actually succeed in removing Bush from office, since they have no credible grounds for doing so. But the impeachment proceedings themselves could cripple the administration's capacity to combat Islamic terrorists, in addition to subjecting our country to the world's ridicule.
Meanwhile, the terrorists whose comfort and privacy are such primary concerns for Democrats still dream about killing us.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:06 PM
The campaign to turn future generations into sissified blobs of hypersensitive jelly continues at the Willett Elementary School in Attleboro, Massachusetts, where tag, touch football, and all other games that involve contact have been banned during recess.
Principal Gaylene Heppe is worried about safety risks and of course the lawsuits they entail. I'm worried about what future generations will degenerate into if kids aren't even allowed to play tag on the playground because it's too physical. People like this might start to look normal:
But no doubt Robert Jensen is pleased at the thought of a generation of boys raised to be wimps.
On a tip from Bill.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:59 AM
By now we're used to moonbats blaming President Bush for everything down to the weather, but Carter's recent declaration that W is responsible for North Korea acquiring nuclear weapons hits the apogee of absurdity — because if any American is responsible, it is Carter himself, in association with his fellow stooge Bill Clinton.
Rather than take positive steps to deal with the developing nuclear threat from North Korea's maniacal regime, Clinton chose to send the left-wing patsy Carter to appease it. The result was 1994's Agreed Framework, under which the USA agreed to provide its enemy North Korea with two nuclear reactors and 500,000 metric tons of oil per year if the DPRK would only pretend for a while not to be building nuclear weapons. When Kim Jong Il still wouldn't let inspectors look at a suspected underground nuclear reactor, he was bribed with 1.1 million tons of food.
The reactors alone cost $6 billion — but no matter, American taxpayers have plenty of money.
Under the Clinton/Carter appeasement program, North Korea became the biggest recipient of foreign aid in the Asia–Pacific region — and the food aid didn't even go to communism's starving victims, but to the North Korean army, which killed thousands of Americans in the Korean War and could kill thousands more if we are forced to return. The reactors we built "now empower North Korea to produce 100 nuclear bombs each year" per FrontPage Magazine.
Rather than apologize for his catastrophic bungling, Carter now whines that the deal he brokered is "in the wastebasket" (where the North Koreans threw it as soon as his back was turned) and that the reason the rogue dictatorship won't behave is because W named it as part of the Axis of Evil.
Typically, Carter is so profoundly wrong that George Soros agrees with him.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:24 AM
The Cold War's sore loser Mikhail Gorbachev still doesn't want to fade away gracefully. Yesterday he paid a call on Midland, Texas, where he compared a proposed 700-mile wall to help defend our border to the Berlin Wall that Reagan famously asked him to tear down.
Having utterly failed at running his own country, Gorby has decided to help us run ours:
I think what is really needed are ideas and proposals about how to improve that cooperation and work out all of those issues regarding immigration flows. I don't think the U.S. is so weak and so much lacks confidence as not to be able to find a different solution.
Mixing his snarky jibes in with the Al-Gore–style global warming hysteria he has taken to spewing, Gorby bizarrely remarked,
Maybe if global warming results in melting the ice in Greenland, there will be an island where those who would like to separate themselves from the rest of the world could live.
He also managed to blame Bush for Russia's problems:
As for economic, political and religious freedoms, we can say our country has pulled itself out of the past and is a free country. Unfortunately, there are some in the world who would not want Russia to move rapidly and stand on its feet and be a strong country, including quite a few people in this country and the administration.
Actually Russia, where journalists keep turning up dead, and where an ex-KGB man continues to consolidate control, really is a free country — compared to what it was under Gorbachev's communist thumb.
At the risk of belaboring the obvious, there is a difference between a wall built by communists to keep slaves from escaping, and a wall built by a free country to defend itself from invasion — similar to the difference between Gorbachev and his old nemesis Ronald Reagan. Naturally Gorby is the one who got the Nobel Peace Prize.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:08 AM
It has been revealed by Annette Mountford, chief executive of the government-funded parenting organization Family Links, that children must not be called "naughty," because it damages their self-esteem.
Shouting at the little darlings is also forbidden, as is referring to the Supernanny's "naughty step," as it may lead misbehaving children to think that they themselves are naughty, when in actuality they are only acting out in response to the historical oppression of the chronologically challenged, or something along those lines.
Using the word "naughty" affects the mental health not only of the child, but also of the parent, who will suffer guilt for having inflicted such abuse.
Ms. Mountford announced on the BBC:
It's fine to be firm and consistent but you call that a naughty step and the child actually calls himself or herself naughty. That's really bad for them.
But Hugh McKinney of the National Family Campaign is on a different page:
Commonsense surely dictates that this politically correct claptrap doesn't work and it's about time that state-funded organisations like Family Links stop telling us what to do with our lives.
What a naughty thing to say.
On a tip from V the K.
October 17, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:50 PM
France's Muslim problem — I'm sorry, I meant France's problem with "gangs of youths, mainly of North African descent," continues to escalate.
Attempts by the police to establish even token authority in the Muslim no-go areas financed by French taxpayers are met with gleeful violence. On Friday three police officers were ambushed after they were lured into a housing project by an anonymous caller reporting a violent car theft. Their exit was barred, and they were attacked by about 50 "youths," who had equipped themselves with rocks, iron bars, and baseball bats. One of the officers had two teeth knocked out and required 30 stitches.
It's cocky of France's Muslim conquerors to show their hand while France is still in a position to fight back, if only it had the will. Soon they will have enough demographic leverage that there will be nothing the French can do but try to escape their own country with their lives. But the "youths" — and the imams presumably pulling their strings — appear confident that France does not have what it takes to try to save itself.
Hat tip: Right Voices
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:12 PM
If Cindy Sheehan's recent hysterectomy was an attempt to cure herself of hysteria as James Taranto has suggested, it didn't work. Hot Air has a recording of some remarkable comments the Ditch Witch made on the topic, apparently at a book signing with fellow moonbat Amy Goodman. Hot Air's transcription:
Over the summer I had a hysterectomy, and um, I got my "parts" back. I thought I could just [inaudible] on eBay, you know, "[inaudible] Cindy Sheehan's uterus." And so I planted it in the garden where the bush, it's a pretty bush… It's so funny 'cause me and my children, we'll always be a part of, of Crawford, Texas. Long after people forgot the horror of the Bush regime, long after, you know, we're forgotten. We'll always, our DNA will always be in the land…
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:08 PM
Cameraman Imad Muhammad Intisar Boghnat has demonstrated the even-handedness for which his employer al-Reuters is so well known by inciting rioters to throw rocks at Israeli vehicles.
The rioting occurred in the Arab village of Bil'in. Boghnat set aside his camera long enough to instruct rioters on how to cause maximum damage to Israel security vehicles. Video has him shouting "Throw, throw!" and "Throw towards the little window!"
The judge in the case, Major Amir Dahan, stressed that Boghnat
must be cut off from camera work in tense and sensitive locales where disturbances take place.
It goes without saying that Reuters photographers should also be cut off from Photoshop.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:33 PM
For sheer moral depravity in the face of Islamic terrorism, it wasn't easy to top Congressman John Dingell (D-MI), who famously declared, "I don't take sides for or against Hezbollah or for or against Israel." Yet 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark has managed. Via Vital Perspective, here's what he had to say about our alliance with Israel in a speech he coughed up at the University of Alabama last Friday:
There's a lot of demonstrations out there against the American government and its policies. We've made some serious, serious mistakes, the latest being — it's hard to pick the latest — but one of them, recently, was the one where we sided with the Israelis in that air campaign in Lebanon. And instead of stopping the bombing, we were cheerleading it. It hurt Israel, it hurt Lebanon, and it hurt us. It helped Iran.
Clark couldn't possibly expect anyone to believe that supporting Israel's defensive war against Iran's proxy terrorist army Hezbollah helped Iran or hurt Israel. Under the thin veneer of doubletalk, he's making his sympathies clear.
Israel is the only established democratic country in the Middle Eastern sea of Islam and hostile dictatorships. It is one of the few countries in the world that doesn't seem so consumed with jealousy at our success as to want to knife us in the back. It was deliberately put in a position in which it had absolutely no choice but to defend itself the only way it could. Hezbollah, which put Israel in that position, has killed more Americans than any other terrorist outfit other than al Qaeda. Hezbollah's host Lebanon won't even try to disarm it.
Clark isn't just ambivalent about who we should side with. He's angry that we sided with the good guys against terrorists with American blood on their hands.
If you want people of Clark's caliber running Congress, stay home in November.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:13 PM
According to the US Census Bureau, the USA's population topped 300 million today. It wouldn't be surprising if the mark was broken by a Hispanic born at Parkland Memorial Hospital as recently predicted, given the rate at which this hospital produces anchor babies at taxpayers' expense.
As Bryanna Bevens noted, Parkland is known for more than being the place where JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby were pronounced dead. At 16,000 births per year, it has the second busiest maternity ward in the country. About 70% of the babies are born to illegal aliens.
Cranking out 11,200 anchor babies per year isn't cheap, especially since medical care for illegal aliens is provided without charge. As a reward for invading our country, undocumented baby-makers receive prenatal care at our expense, including medication, nutrition, birth classes, and child-care classes. They also get free baby bottles, formula, diapers, and even car seats.
Low-income Americans might also get their hands on these freebies, but only if they hack through a jungle of red tape, which is not a problem for illegal aliens, who are not required to provide documentation, and therefore don't have to prove their needy status. Some of the natives who have taken on the red tape are now being sued by the hospital, because they resided outside Dallas County — but not far enough outside.
But it's not all free peaches and cream for the colonizers. They complain that sometimes they have to deal with hospital staff that still doesn't speak Spanish. Parkland is addressing this by offering higher pay to Spanish-speaking employees. Medical students at University of Texas Southwestern — for which Parkland is a training facility — now have a Spanish language requirement.
Despite the astronomical costs of providing these lavish services on behalf of the Reconquista, Parkland Memorial ended 2004 with $8 million in surplus funding, courtesy of taxpayers: $34.5 million from Medicaid, $31.3 million from Dallas County, and an extra $9.5 from the Federal Government. Only moonbattery could cause a country to finance its own conquest willingly.
On a tip from Harry.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:57 AM
What a surprise: Britain, Germany, and other European countries who denounce Club Gitmo and demand that it be closed don't want to take custody of the vacationing terrorists themselves, even when they are former legal residents who have nowhere else to go.
So if we can't keep the jihadists at their tropical resort, and we can't send them back to Europe, what are we to do? Lynne Stewart's wrist slap for helping Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman conduct his terrorist operations from inside prison reminds us that terrorists have not been incapacitated until they've stopped breathing. This leaves us with exactly one solution to the problem of Gitmo guests whose vacations are over:
On a tip from The Right Reverend Rabbi Judah.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:31 AM
By now you've heard that "civil rights" lawyer and assistant terrorist Lynne Stewart received only a 28-month wrist slap for helping Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman conduct his terrorist operations from inside prison.
The media pleaded for mercy for Stewart, who willfully assisted a guy who was involved in the first World Trade Center attack and tried to blow up the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, killing as many innocent Americans as possible. She's recovering from cancer, she's a grandmother, she helped poor downtrodden killers like the Black Panthers and the Weather Underground.
The judge agreed; John Koetl praised the evil hag as a champion of "the poor, the disadvantaged and the unpopular." He imposed a sentence much less than what you might get for having cocaine in your pocket.
You might say he showed mercy. But as the Wall Street Journal points out, mercy is inappropriate where there is no remorse,
and Ms. Stewart shows none, either for her crime or for the arc of a career which flows too naturally from championing the "liberation" movements of the 1960s to the Islamists of the present day.
Stewart has sniveled of her arrest:
It takes unfair advantage of the climate of urgency and hysteria that followed 9/11.
This is a woman that in any reasonable culture would be hanged — a creature perfectly willing to help Muslims kill us for living in the country that she hates. Instead she gets a few token months in jail and the adulation of liberals, despite leaving no doubt that she would do the same again and worse if given the opportunity.
This is only possible because leftists turned terrorist sympathizers like Stewart are not the exception but the rule in our justice system and in our media, both of which are rotten with a strain of moonbattery that is a more profound threat to our country than terrorism itself.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:19 AM
Lately life has been cold to global warming alarmists. Six people were killed in the premature blizzards in Upstate New York that dropped two feet of snow on Buffalo weeks before Halloween and caused 380,000 people to lose power. The NOAA National Climatic Data Center reports that September 2006 was cooler than the 20th Century average. To top it off, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has sent back the picture of Mars below, which indicates a history of "dynamic climate changes" on a planet where presumably no one ever drove an SUV or even smoked a cigarette.
Time had better do another scary cover story, before people start coming around to the idea that fluctuations in the weather are natural and inevitable.
October 16, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:12 PM
In light of movies like V for Vendetta, it's not easy for indies to keep up with the major studios when it comes to glorifying terrorism. But Julia Loktev must have done her very best with "Day Night Day Night," because it has been named Best Feature Film at the Woodstock Film Festival. Here's a synopsis from Rotten Tomatoes:
A 19-year-old girl prepares to become a suicide bomber in Times Square. She speaks with no accent; it's impossible to pinpoint her ethnicity. We never learn why she made her decision — she has made it already. We don't know whom she represents, what she believes in — we only know she believes it absolutely.
The Maverick Award went to filmmaker Barbara Kopple, whose subjects have included famous moonbats Woody Allen, Mike Tyson, and the Dixie Chicks. Apparently no one has been enough of a maverick recently to do something really rebellious, like make a movie opposed to terrorism — or moonbattery.
On a tip from General Jack.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:00 PM
Journalism professor Robert Jensen declares that masculinity is bad:
We need to get rid of the whole idea of masculinity. It's time to abandon the claim that there are certain psychological or social traits that inherently come with being biologically male. [...]
I don't think the planet can long survive if the current conception of masculinity endures. We face political and ecological challenges that can't be met with this old model of what it means to be a man. At the more intimate level, the stakes are just as high. For those of us who are biologically male, we have a simple choice: We men can settle for being men, or we can strive to be human beings.
Moonbattery isn't eating away our manhood fast enough to suit Professor Jensen. Maybe we need to try mass castration.
If reporters don't exactly reflect the point of view of normal people, it could be because characters like Jensen appear to be all too common on journalism faculties.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:19 PM
FEMA continues to apply our tax dollars to Katrina cleanup, in part by painting stove knobs red in over 100,000 government-issued trailers. Spokesman Aaron Walker says it will help residents tell the difference between the igniter knobs and the burner knobs on their free propane stoves.
According to Walker, there have been four fires related to gas or stoves in FEMA trailers in Louisiana, none in Mississippi. One person died in an explosion apparently caused by burners being left switched on.
How much this will cost taxpayers wasn't mentioned.
On a tip from Bill.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:03 AM
Left-wing lawyer Lynne Stewart now faces sentencing, having been found guilty of deliberately helping Sheik Ahmed Abdel-Rahman to conduct his terrorist operations from behind bars after he was arrested for plotting to blow up several NYC landmarks. Her behavior was consistent with her ideology, since she has openly called for "violence directed at the institutions which perpetuate capitalism, racism, and sexism, and at the people who are the appointed guardians of those institutions" — moonbattese for violence directed at the USA. Stewart assisted Islamic terrorists because she shares their profound hatred for our country and our way of life. Consequently, the Washington Post loves her.
Have your hanky ready — or a bucket. Here's an extract from WaPo's attempt to portray as a martyr to freedom this sick little insect who helped those who would like to kill you for being American:
As with other clients, she grew close to Abdel-Rahman and watched as he deteriorated mentally and physically through years of solitary confinement _ to the point, she says, that she felt compelled to help him speak out.
By "speak out," they mean give the green light to the Islamic Group to proceed with their terrorist operations.
Stewart has drawn comfort from her family, including her six adult children and 14 grandchildren, and enjoyed the backing of other defense lawyers and strangers who see her case as a symptom of intolerant times. There have been hundreds of letters of support and a series of rallies.
They quote the poor victim:
I am not a traitor. I am softhearted to the point of self-abnegation. [...] I did what I did for the client because he was a human being. Did my heart run away with me? It always does....
But Stewart perfectly defines the word "traitor," by deliberately assisting an enemy sworn to our destruction. Though she is certainly soft-headed, an advocate and facilitator of terrorism hardly qualifies as soft-hearted. And while technically even Abdel-Rahman qualifies as a human being, so do the innocent victims Stewart potentially helped him murder. Not that WaPo would dream of challenging any of her absurd assertions.
If only I had a subscription to the Washington Post — so I could cancel it. Although WaPo is not the first to try to spin this monster as some sort of heroine.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:33 AM
Normally news services strive to uncover information, not suppress it. But there are exceptions, such as the taxpayer-financed left-wing propaganda service known as the BBC, which is fighting to prevent a report believed to be critical of its pro-Muslim Middle East coverage from seeing the light of day.
BBC moonbats often use the Freedom of Information Act to get at information. But they don't want it applied to the Balen Report, which reportedly includes evidence of their anti-Israeli bias. Compiled with public funds, the report examines hundreds of hours of BBC radio and television broadcasts. The expensive campaign by lawyer Steven Sugar to have it made public was inspired by the BBC's pro-terrorist coverage of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, and could result in the release of thousands of pages of other documents the Beeb has been sitting on.
The BBC is of course the agency whose reporter Barbara Plett was famously moved to tears by the decline of the verminous terrorist Yasser Arafat.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:14 AM
The immigration moonbattery that has made a mockery of American sovereignty is even worse in Britain, where it is compounded by an absurdly generous welfare state that promises eventually to bankrupt the country. The Sun reports some appalling revelations by Rory Clarke, an immigration bureaucrat turned whistleblower.
Clarke reveals that even Americans are requesting asylum in Britain to get onto the gravy train:
A couple of years ago I met two black guys from the States who were over here because they thought they could get a better standard of living. [...] They claimed asylum because they said they were racially discriminated against at home. But they freely admitted they were here for the free healthcare and accommodation.
It takes up to 5 years for an application to be processed. In the meantime, applicants receive immediate free healthcare, free accommodation, and £35 a week in benefits, courtesy of British taxpayers.
About 5% of asylum seekers are genuine. The rest are freeloaders. Many are Arabs who come to the UK to dodge compulsory military service.
Even if the applications are eventually denied, immigrants are often allowed to stay in the country:
I helped evict 30,000 illegals from their homes. But they weren't taken to detention centres. Instead of them being kicked out of the country, we were told to let them go.
The government admits to 300,000 rejected asylum seekers still being in the country. But according to Clarke:
The Government figures are just the tip of the iceberg. I reckon there are at least a million and that number is growing every day.
Since less than a third of the illegals have any identification, no one knows who they are, or what they may have done in their native countries. Clarke notes:
If Osama Bin Laden got off a boat today and gave a false name and age he could be on benefits for three years without anyone being any the wiser.
Once again, our tolerance for moonbattery suggests that Western Civilization has a death wish.
October 15, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:20 PM
AP has squirted out a real tear-jerker regarding the horrors that were inflicted upon high school freshman Julia Wilson, just because she took a picture of the President, scrawled "Kill Bush" across the top, drew a dagger stabbing him, and posted her handiwork on the Internet to inspire likeminded others.
A pair of Secret Service agents pulled her out of class for a quarter hour of questioning. This reduced the poor darling to tears.
I mean, look at what's on my backpack – it's a heart. I'm a very peace-loving person. I'm against the war in Iraq.
Christiaan Taylor Briggs, also presumably misunderstood, probably commiserates.
Although US Code Title 18, Part I, Chapter 41, Sec 871 specifies a fine and/or up to 5 years in prison for behavior like Julia's, her parents think the agents went too far by making her miss 15 minutes of school.
Compounding this outrage against Julia's civil liberties, the Secret Service wasn't even required to notify her folks. "This has been an ongoing problem," according to the ACLU's Ann Brick in San Francisco.
Julia plans to avenge herself by putting up a new MySpace page devoted to undermining the war effort in Iraq.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:29 PM
British Airways employee Nadia Eweida has been suspended without pay for showing up at work wearing a necklace with a crucifix right out where people might see it.
Muslims and Sikhs are allowed to wear headscarves and turbans, but that's different, according to British Airways, because "it is not practical for staff to conceal them beneath their uniforms."
Eweida's father is an Egyptian Coptic Christian; her mother is English. John Ray at Political Correctness Watch comments:
Sad that it takes a Coptic Christian to stand up for the faith. The only thing a member of the Church of England would stand up for is homosexuality.
Although here have been some encouraging signs from the Church of England.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:50 AM
Having made an innocuous comment that was construed to be racist against Hispanics, Fox baseball broadcaster Steve Lyons has been fired right in the middle of the playoffs and replaced by Dominican announcer Jose Mota.
Fellow announcer Lou Piniella, also Hispanic, remarked during Friday's Tigers–A's game that Oakland infielder Marco Scutaro's surprising performance was like finding a "wallet on Friday," and that DH Frank Thomas needed to stop being "frio" and become "en fuego."
Lyons responded that Piniella was "hablaing Espanol" and joked, "I still can't find my wallet."
In the climate of fear created by multiculturalism, that's all it takes to destroy a career.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:23 AM
Our ever-resourceful Muslim friends have managed once again to find a reason to be offended by a world that treats them with nauseating obsequiousness. The London 2012 Olympics have been "plunged into controversy" by the revelation that they will occur during Ramadan, Islam's sliding holy month.
That year Ramadan will run from July 21 to August 20, and the Olympics from July 27 to August 12. This will put Muslim athletes at a disadvantage, because Allah doesn't want them to eat while the sun is up during Ramadan.
Growled Massoud Shadjareh of Londonistan's Islamic Human Rights Commission:
It shows a complete lack of awareness and sensitivity.
We smell another excuse to bully the rest of the world. Back down or there may be riots and terrorist attacks.
Said International Olympics Committee spokeswoman Giselle Davies:
The Games bring together virtually every religion and creed. How to deal with religious clashes is up to the athletes.
Yes, but Islam isn't like other religions. It is the only true religion. If you don't agree, prepare to get your throat cut by some glassy-eyed thug who thinks we're still living in the Sixth Century.
Next they will demand that all female athletes perform in burkas, so that Muslim women will not be disadvantaged.
On a tip from Barb.
October 14, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:10 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:26 PM
In an appalling example of our government conspiring with Mexico's against American taxpayers, the US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service and the Mexican embassy teamed up to produce brochures and public service announcements encouraging illegal aliens to take advantage of a Spanish-language class called "Food Stamps in Four Hours," which teaches them how to affix their lips to the government teat.
Ads airing throughout Southern California have encouraged thousands of illegals to step forward for handouts, which in the past they haven't done quickly enough to suit moonbats. Low participation "is a dilemma in the state" according to Bruce Rankin of the Westside Food Bank in Los Angeles. Complains Jerry Sanders of the Community Action Partnership:
They won't come on their own. They come from countries where they think the government isn't to be trusted. They figure there's a catch to free food.
There's a catch, all right: taxpaying American citizens have to foot the bill.
Illegals have also hesitated to lap up government milk out of self-respect. But moonbattery will eat that away in no time. Says Alfonso Chavez, also of Community Action Partnership:
The Mexican man is macho. He doesn't want to come to this country and beg. I tell them this is a program that will help the children. The kids are American-born, and they have a right to this program.
Once you start taking handouts to "help the children," it just keeps getting easier.
Sylvia Cruz came to the "Food Stamps in Four Hours" class after hearing about how risk-free and easy it is for illegals to collect food stamps on a Spanish-language news report. She then convinced her husband, a construction worker making $1,800 a month, to get on the dole. Said Cruz:
I think it was comforting for him to know the consul was talking about this program.
It certainly should not be comforting to those forced to pick up the tab.
Needless to say, offering something for nothing to illegals is not going to help our border problem. Nor is it going to help immigrants' assimilation, because do-gooder social programs will make it all too easy for them to subsist in Spanish-speaking ghettos from one generation to the next.
As with Arab immigrants in Europe, it isn't the immigrants themselves who are the problem. It is their children, who grow up expecting handouts and the privileged treatment dictated by political correctness. Europe is a generation ahead of us. That's why torched cars light up Paris at night and not Los Angeles — yet.
Hat tip: Right Voices
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:27 PM
Rep. Gerry Studds has died of a blood clot in his lung. According to his husband (yes you read that correctly; he's from Massachusetts):
He gave people of his generation, or my generation, of future generations, the courage to do whatever they wanted to do.
Having the courage to do whatever you want to do in Studds' case meant molesting underage boys. In 1983, Studds acknowledged committing statutory rape against a 17-year-old page and making advances toward two others (although he refused to apologize).
Because he only committed rape and didn't do anything serious like send perverted text messages, but mainly because he is a Democrat, he was not immediately driven out of his party like Mark Foley, but was reelected repeatedly even after his admission. He didn't retire from Congress until 1997.
Since this is the sort of behavior people have come to expect from Democrats, Studds was only censured, not forced to resign, much less thrown in jail where he belonged. Needless to say, the media didn't use his behavior as the basis of a propaganda campaign designed to tip the next Congressional election to Republicans.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:11 AM
As western New York digs its way out from under mountains of mid-October snow, locals might want to consider importing more cows, which are suspected of perpetrating global warming.
Cows produce massive quantities of methane by passing gas like Ted Kennedy at a bean bake. They also produce methane by belching.
The average cow blasts out 500 liters of methane a day. Scientists are hard at work on chewier foods, inoculations, microbes, and extracts of garlic in their efforts to reduce bovine methane, which has 23 times the effect of carbon dioxide when it comes to global warming. Disturbingly, Eurocrats have focused their pernicious attention on the issue.
Maybe the extracts of garlic should be tried on hysterical environmentalist moonbats, before they start banning cars — and cows.
On a tip from The Right Reverend Rabbi Judah.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:23 AM
Kids don't need to be "racist" to meet with the stern disapproval of Britain's politically correct educrats. At the Lunsford primary school in Larkfield, Kent, 10-year-old Ryan Stupples was banned from the dining hall because his packed lunch violating healthy eating guidelines.
A check of Ryan's lunchbox uncovered a variety of healthy foods, but also mini cheese biscuits and a piece of cake, which were found to be violations. Asked his father:
What 10-year-old boy won't get upset when he's [dragged] out of a dining hall in front of everyone and made to eat his lunch in the head teacher's office?
But headmaster Malcolm Goddard was firm:
We take healthy eating very seriously and everyone is aware of our new policies.
On a tip from Wiggins.
October 13, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:30 PM
Last summer a man named Skip Beaver was appointed president of the Greece, New York Chamber of Commerce. But he's already been dismissed, after getting arrested for indulging in his beaver-free proclivities with another guy in a pavilion in Genesee Valley Park.
Public sex takes place in many Monroe County parks, police said, most often at Genesee Valley and Durand-Eastman parks. Most frequently, but not always, the participants are men.
Getting caught by patrolling cops usually results in a misdemeanor charge of public lewdness. Often the cases are plea-bargained down to disorderly conduct, which is a violation. Monroe County Assistant District Attorney William T. Gargan is quick to assure that people are arrested for public lewdness without "an eye toward caring about anyone's sexual orientation."
Social worker and sex therapist Bill Kelly has counseled dozens of men who have engaged in similar activity. He says some do it in public parks because they're afraid to at home, while others get a thrill out of the "novelty."
No word on which camp Skip Beaver falls into.
On a tip from Bill.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:17 AM
It's official: Air America has filed for bankruptcy, proving once again that liberals cannot compete with conservatives on the radio in a free-market environment.
This has obviously been in the cards for awhile, even if Err Un-American was still denying bankruptcy rumors only a month ago. The network's liabilities add up to almost five times its assets. Its list of debtors goes on for 25 pages, and includes such infamous moonbats as Al Franken ($360,749.50) and Chuck D ($10,749.99).
Too bad they couldn't find any more charities to rob. But liberals will still have coercively financed public radio such as NPR and Pacifica to prop up their worldview. If Dems take over Congress, they may even be able to use the absurdly named Fairness Doctrine to impose their ideology on commercial radio — or at least suppress the conservative programs that people chose to listen to when government compulsion is taken out of the picture.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:46 AM
The sickness known as multiculturalism is degenerating into a form of totalitarianism as frightening as it is absurd. When 14-year-old British schoolgirl Codie Stott was put in a discussion group made up of Muslims who jabbered away in Urdu because only one of them knew any English, she asked to be put in an English-speaking group so as to be able to complete her science class assignment. In response, teachers reported Codie to the police, and she was arrested for racism.
The little girl allegedly spent 3 1/2 hours in a bare prison cell. As her mother observed:
She'd have been better off not saying anything and getting into trouble for not being able to do the work.
That's the idea. Codie was finally released without charges, after authorities deemed that she had been sufficiently terrified. Robert Whelan of the Civitas think tank notes:
A lot of these arrests don't result in prosecutions — the aim is to frighten us into self-censorship until we watch everything we say.
Two weeks after the incident Codie is back in school, although she's been put in a different science class. But she's not out of the woods yet. Her school is investigating before deciding what action to take. Declaimed Headteacher Dr. Antony Edkins:
We aim to ensure a caring and tolerant attitude towards people and pupils of all ethnic backgrounds and will not stand for racism in any form.
Here's how Muslim immigrants repay this sanctimonious solicitude:
The same school district made the news last April when a 10-year-old boy was actually hauled into court for allegedly calling another little kid a "Paki." When District Judge Jonathan Finestein observed that the decision to prosecute that case demonstrated "how stupid the whole system is getting," teachers union leaders assailed him for "feeding a pernicious agenda" that aided the hated (by lefties) BNP.
If anyone is benefiting Europe's nationalist right, it is the totalitarian moonbats who leave people with no other option other than dhimmitude.
Hat tip: Crush Liberalism
October 12, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:36 PM
The Seventh Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Elizabeth Book of Ormond Beach, Florida has a right to expose her breasts in public to protest a law against exposing breasts in public.
Let's hope Cindy Sheehan doesn't find out about this. There isn't much she won't do for attention.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:15 PM
It isn't the craziest thing to come out of her mouth. While signing autographs for her new book in which she publicly fantasizes about traveling through time so that she could kill the President when he was a baby, Cindy Sheehan announced that she's a finalist for the Nobel Peace Prize.
If Jimmy Carter could win it, why not?
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:29 AM
In a move that should make Jimmy Carter nervous, the Justice Department has charged Adam Gadahn with treason.
Gadahn, aka Adam Pearlman, aka Azzam the American, became a Muslim as a teenage misfit in Southern California and later went off to Pakistan to make propaganda videos for al Qaeda. He's the first American to be charged with treason since the WWII era; the maximum punishment is death.
According to the charges, Gadahn has given al Qaeda "aid and comfort ... with the intent to betray the United States." In his video productions, Gadahn has referred to the 9/11 atrocities as "the blessed raids on New York and Washington," and to the USA as "enemy soil." He has expressed hope that "the streets of America shall run red with blood."
Incredibly, al Reuters has managed to drag Mark Foley into this story:
Justice Department officials denied the case was timed to deflect attention from the fallout over lewd computer messages sent by a former Republican congressman to young male aides, a scandal that may help Democrats seize control of Congress in the November 7 elections.
Hat tip: Best of the Web Today
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:32 AM
Twyana Davis has finally received jail time, unfortunately not for attempted murder of her own child, but for statutory rape of her baby's father. She got 10–25 years in prison, and a $10,000 fine. She deserves worse.
Ten years ago, Davis attempted to kill her infant daughter by wrapping her in plastic and throwing her in a trash bin. The baby was discovered and spared a horrible death, but not a horrible life — Davis was later given custody of the child she had attempted to murder.
At the time, Davis claimed the baby was the result of being raped at a party. In fact the baby was the product of rape, but Davis was the rapist. Ten years down the road, she confessed that the father was her cousin, who was 12 years old at the time. Unsurprisingly, he grew up to be a rapist too, and is serving time for it in Ohio's Lebanon Correctional Institution.
Davis was originally convicted of child endangerment, but received nothing more than probation. She wrote a book about her experiences called Sacred Womb, and was booked on Oprah and 20/20, where no doubt everyone admired her great courage and paid tribute to her suffering.
When she gets out on parole, perhaps she'll write another book, so that Oprah can fawn over her some more, as housewives coo and wipe their tears.
Hat tip: BelchSpeak
October 11, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:02 PM
The US-based environmental publication Grist Magazine is a significant player in the global warming movement. Moonbats as prominent as Al Gore and Bill Moyers think enough of it to have granted it one-on-one interviews to promote their various projects. Now Grist is promoting a project of its own: Nuremberg-style war crimes trials for skeptics who refuse to drink the global warming Kool-Aid.
Here's what Grist has to say about "the denial industry":
[W]e should have war crimes trials for these bastards — some sort of climate Nuremberg.
Gore himself is fond of the phrase "global warming deniers" to describe infidels who won't buy into his apocalyptic fantasies. Some resent these terms, including Roger Pielke, Jr. of the University of Colorado's Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, who writes:
The phrase "climate change denier" is meant to be evocative of the phrase "holocaust denier." [...] This allusion is an affront to those who suffered and died in the Holocaust.
Comparing the chimera of human-caused global warming to the very real horror of the holocaust — as if driving an SUV were the moral equivalent of making people into lampshades — is gaining traction among the increasingly frightening fanatics who dominate the environmental movement. If they were in control, their frenetic desire to silence anyone holding opinions they deem environmentally incorrect would very possibly overcome the liberal aversion to capital punishment. But as Brendan O'Neill has pointed out, executing the opposition isn't really necessary:
Whatever the truth about our warming planet, it is clear there is a tidal wave of intolerance in the debate about climate change which is eroding free speech and melting rational debate. There has been no decree from on high or piece of legislation outlawing climate change denial, and indeed there is no need to criminalise it, as the Australian columnist suggests [he means Margo Kingston]. Because in recent months it has been turned into a taboo, chased out of polite society by a wink and a nod, letters of complaint, newspaper articles continually comparing climate change denial to Holocaust denial. An attitude of "You can't say that!" now surrounds debates about climate change, which in many ways is more powerful and pernicious than an outright ban. I am not a scientist or an expert on climate change, but I know what I don't like — and this demonisation of certain words and ideas is an affront to freedom of speech and open, rational debate.
Behind the talk of facts and figures we can glimpse the reality: an authoritarian campaign that has no interest whatsoever in engaging us in debate but rather thinks up "shrewd" ways to change the way we behave. From the description of facts as "so taken-for-granted that they need not be spoken" to the lumping together of climate change deniers with Holocaust deniers — and even Holocaust practitioners — we can see a creeping clampdown on any genuine, open debate about climate change, science and society. This represents a dangerous denigration of free speech.
Free speech is only the beginning of what envirokooks threaten. Imagine people who might have you hanged for not agreeing that smoking cigarettes causes climate change in a position to do their worst to the economy. It would make the Great Depression look like a golden age of prosperity.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:45 PM
It has been revealed that plunging gasoline prices are the result of market forces, not an insidious Republican plot.
This may come as a surprise to CNN's Jack Cafferty, who proclaimed on "Situation Room" on August 30:
You know, if you were a real cynic, you could also wonder if the oil companies might not be pulling the price of gas down to help the Republicans get re-elected in the midterm elections a couple of months away.
The tinfoil-hat moonbattery presented as news by the MSM has had its effect. A USA Today/Gallup Poll recently managed to garner a 42% positive response to this paranoid insinuation:
Do you think the Bush administration has deliberately manipulated the price of gasoline so that it would decrease before this fall's elections?
The national average was $3.06/gallon on September 5; yesterday, it was $2.26/gallon. Crude, which peaked at $78.40/barrel on July 14, dropped to below $60/barrel. But as H. Sterling Burnett of the National Center for Policy Analysis notes, this is not the result of a conspiracy:
This is basic economics. Markets, when not encumbered by foolish legislation to "fix" a problem, work.
He attributes the price drop to three main factors: increased supply, decreased demand, and decreased risk.
As Rayola Dougher of the American Petroleum Institute observes:
The very idea that we have a command-and-control oil economy is silly. I think if politicians were really in charge of oil prices, they'd be low. In fact, they'd probably be free right now!
Unless Karl Rove is holding back the free gasoline until just before the 2008 elections...
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:08 AM
Three quarters of the 900 cabdrivers who service the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are Muslims. This has become a problem, because Allah doesn't want cabbies to drive travelers who are carrying alcohol.
Muslim drivers have demanded the right to refuse fares without having to take their cabs to the back of the line. After consulting with the Minnesota chapter of the Muslim American Society (which is devoted to subjecting the USA to Islamic law), the Metropolitan Airports Commission settled on the solution of granting cabbies unwilling to carry alcohol a special color light on the roof. This means that if you made some purchases at the airport's duty-free shop, you will have to wait until a cab comes that isn't driven by a Muslim — which these days could take a while. But as FrontPage points out, the implications are more serious:
Other Muslims in Minneapolis-St. Paul and across the country could well demand the same privilege. Bus conductors might follow suit. The whole transport system could be divided between those Islamically observant and those not so.
Why stop with alcohol? Muslim taxi drivers in several countries already balk at allowing seeing-eye dogs in their cars. Future demands could include not transporting women with exposed arms or hair, homosexuals, and unmarried couples. For that matter, they could ban men wearing kippas, as well as Hindus, atheists, bartenders, croupiers, astrologers, bankers, and quarterbacks.
As we have seen repeatedly, the Muslim capacity for intolerance is unlimited.
Here's a solution that ought to work better than the colored lights. Since America is a free and modern country, if you want to live in the Sixth Century, move back to the Middle East.
The colored light solution has been nixed, because "the public response was overwhelmingly negative, and some taxi companies feared that people opposed to the system would switch to other forms of ground transport instead of cabs." There's a lesson here. When Muslims push for sharia and dhimmitude, we can push back.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:22 AM
It's nice to see the Justice Department doing something about race-based vote suppression — not the fairy tale variety whined about by Dems every time they lose an election, but the real McCoy. The targets are Caucasians.
In rural Mississippi, twice-convicted felon Ike Brown is chairman of the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee. He uses his position to keep his fellow blacks in office. It isn't hard work, considering blacks outnumber whites 3 to 1 in the county, but he still feels compelled to cheat:
Mr. Brown is accused in the lawsuit [brought by the DoJ] and in supporting documents of paying and organizing notaries, some of whom illegally marked absentee ballots or influenced how the ballots were voted; of publishing a list of voters, all white, accompanied by a warning that they would be challenged at the polls; of importing black voters into the county; and of altering racial percentages in districts by manipulating the registration rolls.
Having been completely cowed, local whites don't even want to be quoted on the subject. Said one woman:
There's a lot of voting irregularities, but that's all I'm going to say.
Even the state's Democratic establishment is put off by Brown's tactics. He is being defended in the suit by a "maverick" Republican lawyer named Wilbur Colom, who calls Brown "a Karl Rove genius on the Noxubee County level."
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:19 AM
Drudge reports that David Zucker, who produced and directed the comedy classics "Airplane" and "The Naked Gun," had long been a Democrat, until that party's haplessness on security issues caused him to defect to the GOP in 2004. He created an ad intended to be used in the final stretch of this fall's campaign. Unfortunately, no one will use it because Republican strategists consider it over the top. What a shame. Here's the ad:
October 10, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:33 PM
From another disturbing piece at The Brussels Journal:
Since last Sunday's local elections in Belgium more than one fifth (21.8%) of the municipal councillors in Brussels, the capital of Europe, are immigrants of non-European origin. Most of them are Muslims, and most of them have been elected as Socialists. The non-European immigrants vote overwhelmingly Socialist, owing to the fact that many of them are rentseekers who migrated to Western Europe attracted by the subsidies of its generous welfare states. The immigrants have become the electoral life insurance of European Socialism.
Europe has used the welfare state to slit one wrist. It has used lax immigration policy to slit the other. Now it is sitting in the bathtub, watching the blood seep out of its body. The European of tomorrow will subsist as a slave whose purpose is to finance festering slums full of indolent Muslim baby machines — until the day comes that Europeans don't exist anymore.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:03 PM
A piece on Fox News brings to light more information on the sickening crescent-shaped abomination that squats across from the Arizona state capitol in Phoenix. Originally intended as a memorial to the victims of the Muslim atrocities of September 11, 2001, it has been twisted by liberal politics into something quite different.
9/11 Memorial Commissioner Paul Eppinger defends the outrage wholeheartedly, while blaming the terrorist attacks on America's loyal support for the only civilized country in the Middle East. But Len Munsil, the long-shot Republican challenger for governor, accurately describes it as a "monument to moral relativism."
The characters in the monument's often grossly inappropriate inscriptions add up to the number of victims killed on 9/11. Now we learn that some members of the memorial committee wanted to add 19 to that number, so as to commemorate the hijackers too.
Arizona voters, please be aware that Governor Nappy supports this unconscionable desecration of the memories of those who died on that awful day.
Watch the Fox News segment on Hot Air.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:59 PM
Hamas has branched out into childrearing. MEMRI pulled the following from one of their websites:
The Arabic at the top actually reads "How to make your son a terrorist," per MEMRI. The guy on the right is Yahya Ayyash, legendary Hamas explosives engineer. The baby has an al-Qassam Brigades ribbon on his head.
Here's how to guarantee your tike grows up to be a good Religion-of-Peacenik:
Hat tip: Relapsed Catholic
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:22 PM
Byron, California isn't the only place where public school students are subjected to pro-Muslim indoctrination. In Nyssa, Oregon, students dress up as Muslims for extra credit, learn the "five pillars" of Islam, and listen to guest speakers who show up in Muslim garb, waving Korans. Islam gets the whitewash we have come to expect.
Needless to say, none of the kids will be coming to social studies class dressed as priests or rabbis. Religion is bad in the context of public schools. But as of September 11, 2001, Islam became the exception.
Edward White III of the Thomas More Law Center can't make sense of it, "unless there's an exception in the Establishment Clause, which says you cannot teach religion in schools unless it's Islam."
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:00 PM
Yesterday CNN founder Ted Turner indulged in a rambling sermon in front of the National Press Club in DC. From atop his high horse, he instructed the world as to how it should conduct its affairs.
We must "get rid of all nuclear weapons" under the supervision of International Atomic Energy Agency (a part of the astonishingly corrupt and anti-American United Nations). We must "get serious about family planning." We must provide free solar panels to the world's poor. We must have a strong United Nations, presumably to keep the USA in its place. We must all work together instead of "going to war whenever somebody disagrees with us or that we don't like the way they look or the way they smile." We must pick up trash that we see in the street and carry it to a waste basket. Et cetera et cetera ad nauseam.
Amidst the righteous preaching came this remarkable statement:
I always feel like if you really work hard and get to be nearly perfect, then you can go around and tell everybody else what to do. But if you're not perfect, you shouldn't tell other people what to do.
Since his oration largely consisted of telling other people what to do, I can only assume that Ted Turner has attained near perfection.
Since he's only nearly perfect, Turner is entitled to a few mistakes.
A year ago, Turner announced that "the North Koreans are absolutely sincere" and that there is "really no reason for them to cheat" regarding development of nuclear weapons. He continued to rave:
I looked them right in the eyes, and they looked like they meant the truth. I mean, you know, just because somebody's done something wrong in the past doesn't mean they can't do right in the future or the present. That happens all the, all the time.
Now Turner is "very upset" that, like Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, he has been played for a fool by North Korea's Stalinist dictatorship.
Another minor flaw is his indecisiveness. Regarding the epic struggle between Western Civilization and terrorist Islam, he still hasn't figured out which side to take:
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:00 PM
Once again Danes are in trouble with Muslims for their Mohammad cartoons — and this time, moonbats deliberately started the fire.
Some juvenile but harmless cartoons were produced in the course of a beer-soaked impromptu contest held by the youth wing of the Danish People's Party, which favors resisting the Muslim conquest of Denmark. Lefties from an "artists' group" called Defending Denmark had infiltrated Danish People's Party Youth "to document (their) extreme right wing associations." Undercover moonbat Martin Rosengaard Knudsen videotaped the contest and gave the tape to a television station, which aired it on Danish TV.
Muslims are of course in a lather. Two DPP members seen in the video are now in hiding, in fear for their lives.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:00 PM
Pop singer and motor-mouthed moonbat Barbra Streisand was back on stage at Madison Square Garden last night, despite having collected a fortune for her "last ever" tour back in 1999 (former fans have threatened to sue).
Fans shelling out an average of $250 a ticket got to see her ridicule a stooge imitating President Bush between songs. Not everyone was appreciative. Michele Newland left before the show was over:
I paid to hear Barbra sing, not make fun of President George Bush.
It got so bad, a few dozen people began to heckle her during the show. One man shouted, "What is this, a fund-raiser?"
Babs elegantly responded:
Why don't you shut the f- - - up. If you can't take a joke, why don't you leave and get your money back.
He got up and left. Let's hope he did get his money back.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:00 PM
What the Ivy League elitists who behaved like drunken peasants when Minutemen founder Jim Gilchrist attempted to speak at Columbia last week lack in class, they make up for in chutzpah. Rather than apologizing for their appalling behavior, they have gone into spin mode, attempting to characterize themselves as the victims of the speakers whom they would not allow to speak.
According to Karina Garcia of the Chicano Caucus, one of the poor thugs who rushed the stage while Gilchrist was speaking was "kicked in the face" by a Minuteman. He didn't think to go to the hospital or file a police report, but Garcia's group is "talking to our lawyers."
Minuteman spokesman Tim Bueler said that only three Minutemen were present at the speech turned melee, and none of them attacked anyone. One of them, Marvin Stewart, was "repeatedly subjected to racial slurs including the N-word," while Gilchrist's speech was snatched away and his glasses "ripped off" while uniformed campus police "stood by and did nothing."
The use of the forbidden N word to attack Stewart was ignored in most media accounts, but not by Alicia Colon, who underscores the astonishing hypocrisy:
The student protesters carried signs calling the Minutemen racists while their cohorts shouted the "n" word at a black man. Disgraceful!
Colon also notes that the moonbattery of these Ivy League hooligans goes beyond opposition to border security and the sanctimonious racism practiced by the Left:
One student banner read "Workers of the World unite," clearly identifying the Marxist ideology of the groups.
Colon thinks that Columbia might salvage its reputation by hunting down and expelling the students who participated in this "anti-free-speech riot." I'm not going to hold my breath until that happens.
Here again is video of the outrage:
October 9, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:44 PM
The Left has come another step closer to its nightmarish objective of absolute equality as new age-discrimination laws go into effect in Britain. Lawyers will be happy too, as the laws promise a bonanza of lawsuits.
It is now illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of age regarding hiring, promotion, firing, or even retirement. The regulations apply to the young as well as the old — after all, we are all equal and interchangeable! — so that suits can be expected if older workers are paid more than younger ones. Some worry that even asking job applicants how much experience they have or how old they are could land them in court.
As if to discourage employers from hiring anyone at all, the regulations force them to produce positive proof that they did not discriminate. There are no caps on the jackpots for those who sue and their lawyers.
The laws are vague, so it will be up to courts to determine just what constitutes age discrimination. Some cases might end up being appealed to the European Court of Human Rights. Sensible interpretations are unlikely.
As with most moonbattery alleged to benefit workers, it is workers who are made to suffer. Employers are already cutting back on benefits to long-term employees, so they can't be sued for not giving the same benefits to everyone else.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:13 PM
On a tip from Bill V.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:56 PM
The city of Berkeley, California is earning its reputation for heavy-handed moonbattery by putting the screws to the Sea Scouts, who teach sailing skills to area youth. As a public service organization, they qualify for free berthing privileges at Berkeley's marina — or at least they did, until the city decided that they must "repudiate" their association with the Boy Scouts of America or pay $6,000 to use the marina.
Lefties loathe the BSA because it is an explicitly Christian organization that does not allow homosexuals or atheists in positions of leadership. Fortunately, the First Amendment guarantees freedom of association. Unfortunately, moonbats couldn't care less what the Constitution guarantees, unless it suits their agenda.
The Thomas More Law Center filed a brief in support of the Sea Scouts, seeking to reverse a California Supreme Court's opinion that Berkeley could discriminate against them because it doesn't like their beliefs.
Precedent is not on its side, but if Berkeley wins, look for John Mark Karr to sue his way into the Girl Scouts as a Den Mother.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:08 PM
A sickening puff piece on DailyBulletin.com crows over the expansion of Islam into the kookier fringes of the American Hispanic community.
Boasts Hussam Ayloush, spokesman for the Southern California chapter of the Hamas front group CAIR:
Go to the mosque in downtown L.A. and you'll see a large number of Latinos.
One you might see is Luqman Malik, a Catholic Hispanic who was inspired by the atrocities of 9/11 to join the death cult responsible for those horrific crimes — or, as the article puts it, "found solace in Islam in the days after Sept. 11, 2001."
His family had the good sense to be appalled, but now Malik has his own family, having married a "very traditional Muslim lady." Malik works as an inspector for an aerospace company; try not to think about that next time you fly.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:08 AM
Via Immigration Watchdog:
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:34 AM
Showing an encouraging willingness to stand up for itself and for Western Civilization, the Church of England has raised its voice against the favoritism the British government shows toward Islam.
A confidential Church document leaked to the Sunday Telegraph criticizes the "privileged attention" granted to Muslims, who still make up only 3% of the British population. It lists a number of ways the government responded to the 7/7 terror attacks by pandering to Muslims, including flying Muslim scholars to Britain at taxpayer expense, setting aside forced marriage legislation, and encouraging financial arrangements that follow Islamic rules. This shameful kowtowing has failed to produce any "noticeable positive impact on community cohesion," according the report; on the contrary:
Indeed, one might argue that disaffection and separation is now greater than ever, with Muslim communities withdrawing further into a sense of victimhood, and other faith communities seriously concerned that the Government has given signals that appear to encourage the notion of a privileged relationship with sections of the Muslim community.
This marks a welcome departure from the wishy-washy dhimmitude that has characterized the Church of England's official stand toward pro-Islam multicultural moonbattery.
Hat tip: The Brussels Journal
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:58 AM
Dwayne Buckle of Queens was standing outside a movie theater in Greenwich Village when a group of seven women walked by. He said, "Hi. How are you doing?" It was a big mistake.
Apparently the women were militant lesbians who didn't appreciate his friendliness. One of them spat on him. He spat back. Then they attacked. Patreese Johnson stuck a steak knife in his abdomen.
Johnson, who has been charged with first-degree assault, first-degree gang assault, and attempted murder, explains:
As I got my knife, Renata hit him for spitting. Then everyone jumped in because he is a man. Then some young men had helped us. After that we walked away. I admit I did cut him one time for my own safety.
Buckle calls the attack "a hate crime against a straight man." Let that be a lessen to any normal people who let the sun set on them in Greenwich Village.
On a tip from The Right Reverend Rabbi Judah.
October 8, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:54 PM
A note from Little Green Footballs reader Enlil of Gothenburg, Sweden:
Tonight there were power shortages all over Sweden's second largest city, Gothenburg. "Youth gangs" took the opportunity, spreading the European tradition of "Ramadan Riots." Within an hour most schools and commercial centers in the north eastern suburbs were vandalized.
It's complete chaos in north eastern Gothenburg. "We've sent all available police units but there's no way we can stop the vandalisation," police spokesman Frank Karlsson tells gp.se.
Several youth gangs are wandering about smashing windows and breaking into schools, malls, banks and a retirement center.
Our dhimmified media is keeping quiet so far, but here's a report in Swedish.
Hat tip: Planck's Constant
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:32 PM
This won't surprise anyone who was already aware that President Bush is the Anti-Christ, but it has been revealed that his maternal grandfather may have been none other than the guy once known as "The Wickedest Man in the World," Aleister Crowley.
Crowley was a self-consciously sinister womanizer, drug fiend, and occultist best known for his slogan, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." Crowley did not make up this motto, but channeled it for a "praeterhuman intelligence" who would seem more likely to vote Democratic than Republican. But being the Anti-Christ, President Bush is certainly capable of tricking us by pretending to be a conservative while he secretly imposes drugs and debauchery in the name of Satan.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:29 PM
A massive turnout of over 10,000 people defied Hugo Chavez's intimidation tactics, packing a 2-mile avenue yesterday to show their support for Manuel Rosales, who will face Chavez in a December 3 election.
It is not yet too late for an opposition leader to stand up to Chavez without winding up in front of a firing squad. Rosales boldly denounced the thug for wasting Venezuela's oil wealth, for ignoring the explosion of violent crime, and for leading the country on a path toward Castro-style dictatorship.
Despite the near certainty that Chavez will once again resort to election fraud, Rosales urged people not to boycott the election. Let's just hope that someone with a little more respect for democracy than Jimmy Carter is on hand to monitor it.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:55 AM
Forty former employees of its subsidiary Cafe Express are suing Wendy's after they were fired as required by law for being illegal aliens.
Their gripe is that Cafe Express lawyers failed to file paperwork that would have allowed the aliens to stay on the job under a 2001 federal program — before Wendy's had even acquired Cafe Express.
Daniel Olivares, who worked illegally for Cafe Express for 9 years, was supporting family back in Mexico with his pay. He says he is not looking for work because he might be caught by the authorities, although he is not afraid to sound off to the press. How he is supporting himself is anybody's guess, but if the courts come through with the "unspecified damages" demanded by the suit, he may never need to worry about working again.
October 7, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:46 PM
An excellent piece in Investor's Business Daily entitled Pelosinomics reminds us of what we all stand to lose if Nancy Pelousy et al. manage to take control of Congress and work their black magic on the economy.
A steady barrage of MSM propaganda has many convinced that our economy is currently in the dumps. Not so:
Since the [Bush tax] cuts took effect, the economy has added $1.26 trillion in real output, $14.4 trillion in net wealth and 5.8 million new jobs, while productivity has grown 10% and business investment 24%. Since 2000, total consumer spending has risen $1 trillion — nearly $8,000 per household — after adjusting for inflation. The Dow Jones industrial average is hitting new highs.
Then there's the budget deficit, which the Congressional Budget Office reckons will come in around $250 billion. By our calculations, that's about 1.9% of total output. In early 2004, when Bush vowed to halve the shortfall, it stood at 3.6% of GDP.
Also, unemployment is at only 4.6%, and all this despite a market meltdown in 2000–2001 that obliterated $7 trillion in wealth. The state of our economy is not a problem — but Dems will fix it anyway, and fix it good by killing the Bush tax cuts that allowed America to outperform every other major economy since 2001, by raising the minimum wage (which obviously will increase unemployment), by extending jobless benefits (which won't help the unemployment rate either), by suffocating the economy with intrusive regulations, by perverting market forces with subsidies, and by resolutely refusing to do anything other than raise taxes in response to the cancerous growth in entitlement spending that will bankrupt the entire country if not addressed. As the article notes:
And this is just what they'll admit to. Who knows what else is in store.
How sad the Foley scandal has sucked all the air out of the debate over the nation's future. How tragic that many will now sit this election out for all the wrong reasons. When they wake up to find their taxes raised, the economy stumbling and their incomes falling behind, they'll regret their lassitude. But then it will be too late.
On a tip from Bergbikr.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:58 AM
In yet another parallel between the tragedy that occurred in Cuba when Fidel Castro took power and the one unfolding now in Venezuela, refugees from Hugo Chavez's regime are turning up by the thousands in South Florida. They have been reluctant to speak out, cowed by intimidation tactics. Others have lost heart, due to a failed (and apparently rigged) 2004 referendum to get rid of Chavez, and to Chavez's increasing control over all branches of government, including the electoral commission.
Hoping to dispel fears and to revive the opposition, anti-Chavez activists are planning a rally today in Miami, featuring the slogan, "dare to reclaim your democracy."
Venezuela is still technically a democracy, with presidential elections scheduled for December 3. But Chavez has been working hard to undermine democratic institutions, and has hardly made a secret of his plans to plunge Venezuela into a Castro-style dictatorship. Elections are increasingly characterized by fraud and intimidation, emitting such a left-wing stink that Jimmy Carter endorses them.
Speaking out against Chavez, even from Miami, has its dangers. Says Venezuelan Leopoldo Torres, who is seeking asylum in the USA:
I have my family in Venezuela, and whatever I say here could be bad for them. That's how they attack the opposition, by going after your family.
Torres escaped Venezuela after he was beaten by Chavez goons because his aunt is romantically involved with labor leader Carlos Ortega, who was jailed for challenging Chavez's proletarian paradise by organizing an oil strike. Ortega escaped and is in hiding.
That's what life is like when moonbats take control.
October 6, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:01 PM
The University of North Dakota has been forced to sue the NCAA to retain the nickname "Fighting Sioux," which has been deemed by moonbats to be politically incorrect.
The school is asking to be able to use its nickname throughout the school year without being subject to any postseason sanctions. They are also attempting to scalp the NCAA for "unspecified money damages."
NCAA spokesweenie Bob Williams is defiant:
We are planning on aggressively defending our right and our responsibility, quite frankly, to conduct our own NCAA championships in an environment free of racial stereotyping.
You see, the name Fighting Sioux is racist. Would they prefer Wimpy Sioux? No one has a problem with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:26 PM
The latest in moonbat fashion was on display in Olympia, Washington yesterday as part of The World Can't Wait's heroic campaign to overthrow the United States government.
October is not too late for summer casual wear:
In the Pacific Northwest, the wise moonbat is always ready for rain:
Other fashionable options leave the hands free if wet weather rolls in:
Even cars can be fashion statements:
Up in Seattle, the coming Halloween season brings back the classic frumpy old witch look that is never out of style for long:
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:52 AM
I began it while living in Newtown, having become increasingly incensed at the idiotic but seditious propaganda I had to put up with everyday along the main street. Their vitriol and irrationality increased over time, but I found frustrating that it went unchallenged. I'd engaged marxists a few times but there was no getting through to the smug inculcation. Finally, I was tipped into answering all this juvenile bile when six foot graffiti went up on the wall of the 7-Eleven, "KILL HOWARD!", left there for days. For me it went too far and I saw no end to the spiraling hate. I thought if no one else was going to counter this dangerous inanity then I would.
In time I learnt that the far-left is orchestrated by power-brokers, mostly via unionism, who inflame tension and emotion in the gullible and impressionable to build a support base. Most far-left supporters seem to be using it as a crutch or outlet for personal issues, which explains the level of irrational, emotional attachment they put into their beliefs, and how they can be selective and too often contradictory about which information they'll absorb, like Queers for Palestine, etc.
I also learnt that their dogma is circumscribed, which is why they keep repeating the same issues with the same lines over and over. And which is why I can now leave twmoap; they've said all they're going to say, from here on in there's nothing new. The posters and meeting topics are on rotation, the anti-war message is the same one with each month's demo, and so on.
True enough, moonbats often sound like broken records. There isn't room in their cramped little mentality for any new thoughts. Nonetheless, exposing their idiocy is a duty that must be performed on an ongoing basis. Kudos to Romeo Mike for having done a fine job by turning up gems like these:
Hat tip: The House of Wheels
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:43 AM
It's wonderful that Congress has approved $1.2 billion for border security and has authorized a 700-mile fence to slow the Mexican invasion. If only the fence would really be built.
No sooner did Congress authorize construction of a 700-mile fence on the U.S.-Mexico border last week than lawmakers rushed to approve separate legislation that ensures it will never be built, at least not as advertised, according to Republican lawmakers and immigration experts.
At the last minute Congress gave Bush — who has always dragged his feet on border defense — leeway to distribute the 1.2 billion on a variety of projects, not just a fence. Our money can be spent on roads, "technical infrastructure," etc., some of it probably useful, a lot of it probably not.
All sorts of people get to weigh in on "the exact placement" of a fence, including Indian tribes and governors like Arizona's Nappy Napolitano, who is not serious about border defense.
Alternatives are to be used "when fencing is ineffective or impractical." One alternative that would fit the government's MO would be to flush the money down the toilet and let the demographic conquest of the Southwest continue unimpeded.
Loopholes leave it up to Bush to decide when, where, and how much fence will be built. Homeland Security is already proposing a fence only half as long.
As Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) observes:
It's one thing to authorize. It's another thing to actually appropriate the money and do it.
Even if the whole $1.2 billion were spent on a fence, it's doubtful it would pay for 700 miles, in light of estimated costs ranging from $3 million to $10 million per mile. Unsurprisingly, considering that it may not even be built, no one seems to know when the fence has to be finished.
But at least Republicans managed to look like they are doing something about the Mexican invasion that promises to have disastrous long-term consequences for our country.
October 5, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:51 PM
American plans to build a fence to protect our country from the ongoing Mexican invasion is an "offense," according to Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez, and his country might just do something about it: namely, complain to the United Nations.
When asked if Mexico would refer the matter to the notoriously corrupt and anti-American UN, Derbez answered (sort of) that his country is
examining with the foreign relations legal team what options are open at an international level, and we will take them.
My Bureauweenian is a little rusty, but I think this translates to: "We just might."
President Vicente Fox calls our wanting to defend our territory "shameful," but his spokesman Ruben Aguilar isn't worried about it, since he doesn't believe Congress will come through with the money to build the fence. If Dems take over the House, he might prove right.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:13 PM
Today the moonbats at The World Can't Wait attempted once again to drive President Bush from office by promoting rallies to express their petulance. In NYC, about 1,000 aging hippies and other useless persons turned out for a march from Dag Hammarskjold Plaza to Union Square. Bush is still in the White House, but they did manage to close down a lane of Second Avenue for a while.
Though the main objectives were to depose W and denounce the War on Terror, 82-year-old Lydia Sugarman took the opportunity to protest against the Vietnam War, which ended a generation ago.
Another participant showed up in a red cheerleader outfit with the word "Radical" emblazoned across the jersey — a male participant.
Once again, El Marco was on hand and took some excellent pictures:
LGF operative NoSubmission caught the circus at Union Square and provided some more first-class photojournalism for an LGF slideshow (viewable here):
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:58 PM
France's Libération, a left-wing relic from the hippy era, is about to go belly up. Despite its fundamental devotion to attacking all things capitalist, its fate lies in the hands of financier Edouard de Rothschild, its major stockholder, who says the paper has until the end of the month to figure out how to cut costs and increase earnings.
The idea of turning a profit is anathema to the moonbats running Libération, but Rothschild apparently expects a return on the €20 million he has flushed down the paper. It lost €6 million in the first half of the year, and paid readership is falling.
This summer Rothschild forced out editor Serge July, who created the paper with Jean-Paul Sartre back in the flower-power days. In response, some of Libé's best-known reporters have quit, invoking the astonishing "conscience clause," which dictates that media owners have to keep paying the salaries of journalists who quit because they are offended by the owners' policies or politics.
Imagine trying to do business in a country with laws like that, and you will understand why France, like Libération, is tailspinning toward ruin.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:36 AM
Until Sharia is imposed in the West, our conquest by Islam will continue to be characterized by a growing anarchy, as we lose control and Muslims struggle to gain it. The most obvious example of this phenomenon is France, which is tailspinning into complete chaos. But manifestations of pre-conquest anarchy are sometimes more subtle.
In Londonistan, Muslim Constable Alexander Omar Basha, who is attached to the police's diplomatic protection group, refused his assignment to guard the Israeli embassy because he doesn't like Israel. Appallingly, he was excused from this duty on "moral grounds."
I wouldn't like to be trapped in a London synagogue if a fire breaks out (or is set), and Muslim firefighters decide they have moral objections to putting it out.
Of course, Jews are just the canaries in the coal mine. What goes for them will soon go for all infidels.
On a tip from The Right Reverend Rabbi Judah.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:56 AM
A variety of campus moonbat sects, including the Chicano caucus, the African-American student organization, and the International Socialist organization, organized protests in opposition to Minutemen being allowed to speak at Columbia. Flyers advertising the event on campus were torn down or defaced.
Fellow Minuteman Marvin Stewart preceded Gilchrist on the stage. He was booed and heckled throughout. Being black, he was subjected to accusations of selling out by not embracing moonbattery. One student's demand that Stewart speak in Spanish was greeted with load applause and a standing ovation.
After Gilchrist had taken the podium, students actually stormed the stage, knocking over tables and chairs, assaulting the speaker, and unfurling a banner that read in Spanish, English, and Arabic, "No one is ever illegal." Pumping their fists in the air, they chanted "Si se pudo," the slogan favored by militant illegal immigrants from Mexico of the Reconquista stripe.
Columbia junior Ryan Fukumori, who took part in this contemptible disgrace, declared that Gilchrist and Stewart are "racist individuals" and consequently "have no right to be able to speak here."
The totalitarian moonbat vermin at NYC Indymedia euphorically revel in this assault on the concept of free speech in a piece subtitled, "Audience rushes the stage, racist speakers forced off in fistfight."
If the Left doesn't horrify and disgust you yet, check out the video:
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:22 AM
The undeclared Muslim intifada in France now injures an average of 14 police officers every day. According to the interior ministry, nearly 2,500 officers have been wounded so far this year.
Muslims in France are heavily involved in drug trafficking and other crimes, but when police attempt to arrest them, they are set upon by ululating mobs. It is unsafe for French police to patrol in pairs or small groups.
In a letter to interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy, Michel Thoomis of the Action Police trade union writes:
We are in a state of civil war, orchestrated by radical Islamists. This is not a question of urban violence any more, it is an intifada, with stones and Molotov cocktails. You no longer see two or three youths confronting police, you see whole tower blocks emptying into the streets to set their "comrades" free when they are arrested.
We need armoured vehicles and water cannon. They are the only things that can disperse crowds of hundreds of people who are trying to kill police and burn their vehicles.
However, others keep their heads wedged deep in the sand. Gerard Demarcq of the police union Alliance pooh-poohs the notion of an intifada, and actually claims that increasing attacks on officers are proof that the police are successfully "retaking territory" from Muslim gangs.
In Les Mureaux, where an attempt to arrest an Arab for not wearing his seatbelt resulted in chaos last weekend, mayor Francois Garay complains that aggressive police tactics — i.e., not allowing France to devolve into total anarchy — afterwards leaves "the people on the ground to pick up the pieces."
On a tip from Wiggins.
October 4, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:48 PM
The media has gone into such raptures over the Foley scandal, you could almost forget that there is plenty of weird sleaze to go around. For example, Democratic West Virginia State Senator Randy White's campaign for a second term hit a snag when a Charleston TV station broadcast bizarre pictures featuring White nude and men wearing body paint.
White blames a disgruntled ex-employee for stealing the photos from his computer. He assures the public:
There was nothing sexual about these pictures, and nothing sexual before, during or after they were taken. But it does look bad, and it is not easy to explain.
In a letter to local newspapers, White referred to recent troubles with depression and what he called a "personal identification situation."
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:29 PM
Moonbattery has incapacitated our legal systems to such an extent that some have resorted to taking matters into their own hands.
When the 52-year-old alcoholic ex-vagrant Terrence Allan Ellis raped a young girl in the tiny Australian town Meringur, he was sentenced to 3 1/2 years, and could be out in less than 2 1/2 with time served. Wonders the girl's mother:
Where's the justice in that? He gets a virtual holiday and we're stuck with a life sentence. We saw him at the court. He looks healthier than he ever did when he was living around here.
Ellis' house mysteriously went up in flames last Sunday night. As many as 40 people turned out to watch it burn, including the girl he raped. Some brought coolers.
Police confirm that the fire was suspicious. But as the girl's father predicted,
I don't reckon the police will be working too hard to solve it.
At least Ellis wasn't forced to give up a Florida House seat.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:05 PM
Our public schools may be vehemently hostile to Christianity, but they aren't opposed to all religions. In Byron, California, 7th-graders at Excelsior Middle School made students adopt the role of Muslims for 3 weeks to help them learn about Islam. The kids used Muslim names, recited Muslim prayers in class, were made to recite passages from the Koran from memory, and were even expected to honor Ramadan.
Unsurprisingly, parents sued. If schools are forbidden to endorse Christianity, why should they be able to ram Islam down kids' throats? Still less surprisingly, San Francisco's Ninth Circus Court of Appeals sided with the school. Now the Supreme Court has rejected an appeal.
Crowed Linda Lye, a lawyer for the school district:
I'm delighted that the Byron Union School District can put this case finally behind it and get on with educating children and exposing them to the world's great cultures and religions in an appropriate way.
If they really want the kids to learn about Islam, they ought to show them United 93.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:24 AM
As if oblivious to civilized norms, the American military has been overfeeding the terrorists vacationing at the tropical resort known as Guantanamo Bay.
Jihadists are served 4,200 calories per day, well over the 2,000–3,000 recommended by the US government's own dietary guidelines. Gitmo spokesman Navy Cmdr. Robert Durand admits that one guest doubled his weight to 410 pounds. As Durand explains:
The detainees are advised that they are offered more food than necessary, to provide choice and variety, and that consuming all the food they are offered will result in weight gain.
Don't illegal combatants have a constitutional right to be protected from their own gluttony? What is this, Nazi Germany?
Human rights groups blame lack of exercise opportunities, though guests who refrain from assaulting the help can use treadmills, stationary bikes, etc. for up to 12 hours per week. Access to the fitness equipment has nothing to do with whether the vacationers provide information — we certainly wouldn't want to engage in coerced interrogations.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:20 AM
Having no Al Gore to defend them from the perils of insufficiently regulated carbon emissions, dinosaurs were subjected to dramatic climate change 120 million years ago. In the space of 10,000 years, ocean surface temperature went from 30°C to 36°C. Says Simon Brassell of Indiana University, who discovered these temperature fluctuations by examining fossilized bacteria:
The changes appear step-like, as if the climate is switching from one mode to another.
You know, like the way the media switches back and forth from the 1970s "WE'RE ALL GONNA FREEZE" mode to the current "WE'RE ALL GONNA COOK" mode — although nature's oscillations aren't nearly as frequent.
Hat tip: Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:18 AM
Now that people are having fewer children, the "stage parent" phenomenon — whereby people attempt to become movie stars vicariously through their kids — has been extended to dogs. Hollywood Paws LLC capitalizes on this phenomenon by offering relevant training. But though many dogs may be called, few are chosen for the silver screen. The also-rans' broken-hearted owners have expressed their disappointment by filing a lawsuit.
A Rottweiler named Goliath, whose owner Rachel Armstrong is taking part in the suit, ran up a $2,000 bill at Hollywood Paws. He was subsequently booked on "The Tyra Banks Show," but his segment ended up getting cut. Now Goliath is making do on $100 a day for appearing in a low-budget movie.
The company's website makes it clear that immediate stardom is hardly guaranteed:
If you have the requisite commitment and drive, we can give you and your pet the tools to vie for acting work. But show business is, well, a dog-eat-dog world – the competition for animal parts is as fierce as any human casting call. It's still up to the production company, director, producer, casting agent and other professionals to make the final decision.
Nonetheless, owners insist that Hollywood Paws pay for their broken dreams.
Hat tip: Overlawyered
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:35 AM
A report just issued by the Department of Justice's inspector general (PDF) finds that convicted terrorists are allowed to continue to participate in terrorist activities from within American prisons through mail and verbal communications.
It's been known at least since 2005 that the Religion-of-Peaceniks responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing continued to engage in jihad from behind bars, despite being housed at Administrative Maximum Penitentiary (aka ADX, ADMAX, Supermax) in Florence, Colorado, from where they exchanged correspondence with a terror cell in Spain.
The new report finds that the Bureau of Prisons does not read all of terrorist inmates' mail, does not even have enough translators to translate their mail, doesn't have sufficient staff qualified to evaluate terrorists' communications, and "is unable to effectively monitor high-risk inmates' verbal communications, which include telephone calls, visits with family and friends, and cell block conversations."
Even at ADX, 50% of convicted terrorists' phone calls are not monitored. If Osama gets cold in his cave, he might want to turn himself in, so he can get his three square at taxpayer expense while he coordinates the next 9/11 in a more comfortable environment.
Terrorists are not criminals. They are illegal enemy combatants. The point isn't to punish them, it's to prevent them from killing us. There is only one way to accomplish this: kill them first. How many American civilians are they going to be allowed to murder before our government figures out that they do not belong in prison, but lined up in front of machine guns?
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:29 AM
Three years after hearing arguments, US District Judge Denise Page Hood has ruled that the Anti-Christian Leftists Union can proceed with a challenge to the constitutionality of the USA Patriot Act.
Its clients in the case include Muslim charities, which are notorious for funneling money to the terrorists trying to kill us. According to the ACLU's pettifogging jackals, these clients have been harmed by the Patriot Act because it has prevented people from making charitable donations. Let's hope so.
On a tip from Wiggins.
October 3, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:11 PM
What could be more heartbreaking to a progressive educrat than to see young people reading the Gospels instead of listening to gangsta rap on their iPods? When 7th-grader Amber Mangum tried reading the Bible during lunch at her Maryland middle school, vice principal Jeanetta Rainey ordered her to stop or face punishment.
Rainey claimed that reading the Bible violated school policy. As it turns out, the school's policy is not quite that progressive; its administrative procedures explicitly state that students
may read their Bibles or other scriptures, say grace before meals, and pray before tests to the same extent they may engage in comparable, non-disruptive activities.
However, Amber's family couldn't get the principal to acknowledge this, or to respond to them at all. So they filed a lawsuit, not asking for money, but only that a judge put it on the record that students can't be forbidden from reading the Bible during free time at school.
Needless to say, nobody's forbidden to read the Koran during free time at school.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:38 PM
Left-wing playwright Eve Ensler, best known for her monotonously vulgar The Vagina Monologues, has now treated the world to an off-Broadway play entitled The Treatment, which depicts the American soldiers currently risking life and limb to fight Islamic terrorists on our behalf in Iraq as torturers with mental problems.
Ensler, a personal friend of Hanoi Jane Fonda, casts her adopted son Dylan McDermott as a soldier so haunted by having abused put-upon terrorists that he has to confide in a therapist. Even the ideologically sympathetic New York Times calls the play a "dismaying muddle," though the propagandists at AP find it "deeply unsettling, even haunting."
Hat tip: Debbie Schlussel
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:27 AM
The Hamas front group CAIR has bullied Minnesota's KDWB into submission, after the station transgressed against dhimmitude by airing a comedy skit in which contestants on "Muslim Jeopardy" are threatened with beheading if they get the answer wrong.
In a letter to the station, CAIR purred that it has
no desire to inhibit free speech or freedom of expression. However...
Evidently rioting and terror attacks will be unnecessary, because the station caved immediately. Morning host Dave Ryan was forced to apologize on air, and an obsequious statement was posted on the station's website:
KDWB does not condone making light of Islam and Muslims. We regret that listeners found the "Muslim Jeopardy" comedy skit of one of our on-air hosts to be insensitive.
The station has agreed to work together with CAIR and local Muslims to "offer public service announcements that would promote interfaith understanding" — i.e., disseminate their propaganda.
CAIR encountered similar courage when they bullied Fox over the show 24.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:36 AM
Spaniards spent 800 years subsisting as dhimmis under Islamic occupation. At last, in 1492, they succeeded in kicking their Muslim overlords out of the country. For several centuries afterwards, Spain was among the greatest countries of the world.
Unfortunately Spain is a great country no longer, as it proved decisively when it reacted to the March 11, 2004 Muslim terror attacks by electing the Socialist José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, who campaigned on a platform of appeasing terrorists. Now, after hundreds of years, annual festivals celebrating Spain's liberation from Muslims are being watered down — so as not to offend its past and future masters.
Traditionally festivals feature locals dressed in medieval costumes reenacting the battles that drove out the Moors. Effigies of the bloodthirsty pedophile warlord Muslims worship are triumphantly burned. But now:
[A]ccording to reports, local authorities have toned down the rituals to preserve Islamic sensibilities and avoid a repeat of the furor that followed last year's publication of Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
I shudder to think of what those who fought valiantly for generations to free Spain from Islamic domination would think of the belly-crawling dhimmis who voluntarily renounce that hard-earned freedom out of political correctness and cowardice.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:42 AM
The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, which represents four remote Alaskan villages, is saying no thanks to free oil being offered as part of Hugo Chavez's anti-American propaganda campaign. From a prepared statement:
Despite the critical need for fuel in our region, the Unangan (Aleut) people are Americans first, and we cannot support the political agenda attached to this donation.
Due to transportation costs, fuel oil is outrageously expensive in the more remote parts of Alaska. But the villages will not have to go without. Donations have been pouring in from those who appreciate their patriotic stance. Fishing companies and a development association have also been helping out.
Are you listening, William Delahunt?
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:44 AM
A Turkish-born Muslim by the name of Adnan Emre was charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct after tearing down part of a Queens memorial to Paul Talty, a police officer who died on September 11. The memorial consisted of a picture of Talty, a cross, crossed American and Irish flags, and a plaque reading "Rest in Peace, Paul. We miss you. God Bless."
Talty rushed into the south tower of the World Trade Center as it fell, leaving behind a boy, a girl, and a pregnant wife.
Emre screamed "This is political!" as he tore down the shrine. The worst he can get is 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
October 2, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:01 PM
A new milestone in animal rights moonbattery has been attained with the arrest of a Wisconsin woman for neglecting the needs of hamsters. She was hit with 39 counts each of failure to provide food and drink and failure to provide proper shelter to animals, for a grand total of 78 counts, although only six hamsters actually died.
One of these days they'll get so carried away, they'll extend rights even to prenatal humans.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:32 PM
French philosophy teacher Robert Redeker is now living on the run. He has been forced to leave his job, and to search out safe houses in which he can hide his family from Muslims who have promised to kill them. Redeker's crime: observing that Islam is violent, and that it is imposing itself on Europe.
Redeker was reckless enough to note in a Le Figaro op-ed that Islam "exalts violence," that Mohammad was a "warlord without pity, a pillager, someone who massacres Jews and a polygamist," and that "[h]atred and violence reside in the book by which all Muslims are educated, the Koran." He also complained about encroaching dhimmitude:
Islam is trying to force Europe to bend to its vision of mankind. As in the past with communism, the West finds itself under ideological surveillance.
In response, an Islamic website published Redeker's photo, phone number, and address, with directions. Death threats poured in via telephone and email, proving Redeker's point beyond dispute. But that will be a small consolation if they hunt him down and slit his throat, along with the rest of his family.
Police are offering him some protection, but he has to come up with his own safe houses. Education minister Gilles de Robien feels "solidarity" with Redeker, yet chides that "government employees must show prudence and moderation." In other words, if you risk your neck by angering the Muslim savages who are emerging as Europe's future masters, you have only yourself to blame.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:43 PM
If AP is to be believed, top dog Senator Bill Frist (RINO-TN) wants to bring the Taliban into the Afghan government.
Winning wars is easy when you define success like this:
You need to bring them [the Taliban] into a more transparent type of government. And if that's accomplished we'll be successful.
France found similar success in WWII, when they brought Nazis into their own government.
More from potential presidential candidate Frist:
Approaching counterinsurgency by winning hearts and minds will ultimately be the answer. Military versus insurgency one-to-one doesn't sound like it can be won. It sounds to me ... that the Taliban is everywhere.
Fellow RINO Mel Martinez is on the same page, opining that negotiations with the Taliban are not "out of the question." Says Martinez:
A political solution is how it's all going to be solved.
As you may recall, the Taliban provided al Qaeda with a launch pad for September 11. When Martinez bleats about a "political solution," he means a political solution to this:
If they negotiate really, really hard, they might possibly get the Taliban to promise not to do it again. But I doubt it.
Needless to say, if we turn Afghanistan over to the Taliban, that means the Taliban wins and we lose, however Frist and friends may chose to spin it.
The Dems and RINOs might be right. Maybe it's impossible to extend civilization into the Islamic world. But accepting that leaves only two other options: 1) the Democratic strategy of waiting for them to acquire the technology to wipe us off the planet; and 2) the glass parking lot approach.
Hat tip: Hot Air.
PS: Frist is disputing the story. Putting the "moronic" into oxymoronic, he says he's only willing to do business with "moderate Islamists."
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:14 PM
Here we go again. From News24:
Versailles - Seven French police officers were hurt during clashes with scores of youths that broke out after a car chase in Les Mureaux, in the western Paris suburbs, justice officials said on Monday.
The incident late on Sunday followed the arrest of man who drove his car into a police vehicle after being chased for a traffic offence.
As the man was being taken to the police station in another vehicle, it was set upon by a crowd.
"There were about 250 people - very angry and very hostile," police officials said.
The prosecutor's office said the number was close to 130.
Some of the police were hurt when a stone hurled into their car detonated a tear-gas grenade. One of the police cars was gutted by fire. There were no arrests.
Attack on riot police
On Wednesday seven youths suspected of the September 19 beating of two riot police officers in Corbeil-Essonnes south of Paris were arrested during a raid on a housing project.
Both officers suffered injuries to the face and head and bruising to the body.
One was hospitalised.
The attacks underscored continuing concern over violence in Paris's depressed suburbs, where riots broke out nearly a year ago.
In a letter sent to French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy last June, a senior government official warned of a sharp spike in crime and the active incitement of Islamic radicals in the northern suburbs.
Notice how they get to the last sentence before indirectly admitting that of course these "youths" who run wild in the streets and attack police cars must be Muslim colonizers. We are not going to prevail over a determined enemy that we are too emasculated by moonbattery even to name.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:31 PM
A new report entitled "Domestic Abuse, Guidelines for Pastoral Responsibility," backed by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, finds not only that the Church has failed to prevent domestic abuse, but that it has actually encouraged it by teaching harmful Christian principles.
According to the report, the notion of a masculine God to Whom mortals submit validates "overbearing and ultimately violent patterns of behavior" in intimate relationships. By endorsing self-denial rather than the more fashionable self-indulgence, and by encouraging forgiveness, Christianity invites victims to forgive their abusers rather than turn them in to authorities. Putting emphasis on forgiveness is "perverse" when someone's welfare and safety are at stake.
No doubt the authors would consider forgiveness in the context of a crucifixion to be downright depraved. It's hardly surprising that Islam is so rapidly displacing Christianity in England, if the Christian clergy has such low regard for its own faith.
On a tip from Bill V.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:48 AM
Even a few liberals are showing signs of moral revulsion at imperialist Islam and the increasingly obvious fact that the Left sides with it against Western Civilization. Check out this four-part video, via The Jawa Report:
October 1, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:48 PM
A coalition of 24 extremist sects combined to draw a total of 70 pro-terrorist demonstrators at a rally in Brooklyn yesterday in honor of the 6th anniversary of Yasser Arafat's al-Aqsa Intifada. El Marco came back with some photos that illustrate what sort of people — other than journalists and Democratic politicians — fail to understand who the bad guys are in the struggle between civilization and Islamic terrorists. A few examples:
The best thing about moonbats is the moral compass they provide. Whatever the issue — Muslim terrorism, low-life cop-killers, communism — you can be sure they will always point to due wrong.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:01 AM
Texas attorney Domingo Garcia is suing Royse City for over $1 million dollars on behalf of a client who had to be forcibly subdued, allegedly only because the police who arrested him didn't speak Spanish.
Garcia holds that it is the responsibility of American police to learn the language of the Reconquistadors "in order to properly communicate with Spanish-speaking persons."
He has filed a similar suit against the city of Irving, where police had to get a little rough while arresting an illegal alien named Jose Palomino, who had been coming into the USA to work for 23 years but claims not to know what cops meant when they repeatedly yelled "Down!" in English instead of Spanish.
According to Garcia, who considers the term "illegal alien" to be a "racial slur":
A police officer, like any public servant or anybody in the private sector, has to cater to the language of the market.
There's no denying that when it comes to crime in the Southwest, the language of the market is Spanish — although that would eventually change if we started defending our borders.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:35 AM
Voice of the Martyrs reports:
After an Islamic young man made several unsuccessful advances on Jummai, a female Christian, he angrily reacted by calling her a fake Christian who follows a "useless Jesus." Jummai responded by telling the boy he followed "a useless prophet—Muhammad." Furious, the Muslim boy raised alarm through the town by proclaiming that a Christian lady blasphemed Muhammad. She was quickly taken to the local police station where she was kept in custody to diffuse the potentially volatile situation.
The Islamic Casanova showed up with a "militant band of friends" and attacked the police station, enraged that Jummai wasn't being punished for blasphemy. By the time the smoke cleared, 18 Christian churches, 20 Christian homes, and dozens of Christian shops lay in ruins. Thousands of Christians were displaced as they tried to escape with their lives. Two thirds of all Christian churches in the area were destroyed.
When Pastor Adeyinka of Christ Apostolic Church tried to escape, Muslims set his car on fire. At least they let him live. Let's hope Europe's Muslims are as considerate in the near future, when they have the demographic upper hand.
On a tip from Metalgarth.