August 31, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:02 PM
There's a reason 90% of Swedish students aged 15–20 don't know what a gulag is, despite living in the neighborhood of the former Soviet Union. Swedish moonbats openly hold that knowledge of communist atrocities must be suppressed, lest people develop conservative views:
A recent opinion piece in Biblioteksbladet magazine (a periodical for Swedish librarians) denounced the government's plan to spread knowledge to students about the horrors of communism.
In the article, two school librarians write that informing students about the crimes of communism would be wrong as it would risk making the pupils' views more right-wing.
Kjell Albin Abrahamsson, who worked as a foreign correspondent in communist countries, was enraged by the piece, noting that by its own admission the Russian government killed 32 million "counterrevolutionaries" during the Soviet era. (The total number of people killed by their own communist governments during the 20th Century is estimated at over 100 million.)
Support for communism, both hidden and visible, is still quite prevalent among many groups of intellectuals, such as journalists, librarians and those writing in the culture pages of the daily papers. Indeed, outright supporters of communism can be found not only in the Swedish Left Party but also in the Green Party and in the ranks of the influential Social Democrats.
One symptom of this tendency is the widely believed myth among Swedes that Cuba is a relatively prosperous welfare state, offering a decent quality of life and fantastic healthcare to its citizens. Few bother to question the official statistics from a communist country where thousands of citizens have lost their lives whilst attempting to escape on rafts to the United States. Cuba might have gone from being the richest country in Central American to being the second poorest due to Castro's rule — but this has not stopped Swedish intelligentsia from spreading a positive view of his policies.
Similarly, Swedish journalists seem more interested in pointing out that Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is a morally superior socialist standing up to the vile Americans, than looking at his dubious moves towards a socialist planned economy and authoritarian rule.
Moonbats who continue to advocate communism aren't slow learners who haven't yet caught on that their ideology invariably leads to oppression, misery, and death. They know what they want: evil.
For evil to triumph, truth must be suppressed. This is why leftists flock to careers in journalism and academia that put them in positions to keep the good in ignorance, the better to corrupt them.
On a tip from Freedom Now.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:04 AM
Hollyweird has-been Brian De Palma has ratcheted up the propaganda in an admitted attempt to help bring about an American defeat in Iraq.
His outrage Redacted has managed to reduce European audiences to tears by graphically exploiting the alleged rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by criminal elements in the US military.
As even De Palma surely knows, the terrorists he would have us surrender to commit comparable crimes on a daily basis as part of a deliberate policy. But you won't see any movies about al-Qaeda torture houses, because those wouldn't advance De Palma's stated goal of causing us to lose the war.
Needless to say, if treasonous moonbats like De Palma succeed, there will be much more brutality in Iraq, not less. But brutality is to be exploited, not avoided. The objective is to bring about the defeat and humiliation of America.
Brian De Palma and his kind are no less the enemy than any of the al-Qaeda terrorists on whose behalf they propagandize.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:10 AM
In Baltimore this year, about 91% of murder victims had criminal records. In Philadelphia, it's 75%; in Newark, 85%. Over the past two years in Milwaukee, 77% of murder victims had an average of almost 12 arrests.
As a professor at New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice, David Kennedy is able to see through media spin:
The notion that these (murders) are random bolts of lightning, which is the commonly held image, is not the reality.
Recent homicide records show about 97% of Baltimore's murder suspects have prior arrests.
Needless to say, criminals will use guns to kill each other whether law-abiding citizens are allowed to defend themselves or not. The cherished liberal idea that normal people exercising their Second Amendment rights leads to a significant number of innocents being murdered is absurd.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:46 AM
In case you doubted that enviromoonbattery is a religion:
Forgotten to recycle any newspapers or tin cans recently? Feeling guilty because you neglected to carbon offset your flight to somewhere, anywhere, outside England this summer?
The Roman Catholic Church is at hand with a new line in "green confessions" to help eco-sinners to find forgiveness.
Dom Anthony Sutch, the Benedictine monk who resigned as head of Downside School to become a parish priest in Suffolk, will be at the county's Waveney Greenpeace festival this weekend to hear eco-confessions in what is thought to be the first dedicated confessional booth of its kind.
Vested in a green chasuble-style garment made from recycled curtains, and in a booth constructed of recycled doors, he will hear the sins of of those who have not recycled the things they ought to have done and who have consumed the things they ought not to have done.
If the Catholic Church is to retain its credibility, blasphemous fools like Sutch need to be defrocked.
On a tip from the Matterhorn.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:41 AM
Polk County, Iowa Judge Robert Hanson doesn't give a hoot what the law says or voters want. Having decided there is nothing so sacred about marriage that it can't be applied to perverse same-sex relationships, he has commanded local officials to process marriage licenses for homosexual couples.
Longstanding state law specifies that marriage is between a man and a woman. But liberal judges don't need laws when they have their own decrees.
The county plans to appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court. As always, it's all in the hands of judges in the end.
August 30, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:36 PM
As the global warming hoax begins its inexorable slide into well-deserved obscurity, its proponents are becoming increasingly shrill about the dangers of not taking them seriously. The latest menace: global warming could cause cougar attacks.
The logic is twisted like this:
Warmer winters kill off fewer deer, elk, and moose. This means more prey for cougars, whose numbers should grow correspondingly. More cougars, more cougar attacks.
Just this week a dog was attacked by a cougar in Canmore, Alberta. Let that lay heavy on your conscience if you're not driving a Pious.
Even more terrifying than the cougars is the vicious cycle created when the abundant moose further exacerbate global warming with their farts.
On a tip from Texan.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:51 AM
John Edwards may be too slimy and hypocritical even for Democrat Party apparatchiks, but not for the grand daddy of moonbats, Jimmy Carter, who calls the Breck Girl "a candidate whom I really admire."
I rest my case against John Edwards.
However, Jimmy the Dhimmi refrained from making an official endorsement. Maybe he doesn't want to cross his soul mate Fidel Castro, who is backing a Shrillary/Osama Obama ticket.
The last horse Carter backed was the visibly insane Howard "Dr Demento" Dean in 2004. For the country's sake, I hope his current pick sinks as quickly.
Unfortunately Carter's endorsement isn't the kiss of death it ought to be. Although his relentless propagandizing on behalf of terrorists and dictators and against his own country makes him arguably the most profoundly despicable individual on the public stage, he enjoys a 81% approval rating among Democrats.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:10 AM
PBS suppressed the documentary "Islam Versus Islamists: Voices From the Muslim Center" — originally intended to appear as part of their "America at a Crossroads" series — when it turned out that conservatives had been allowed to participate in its creation, and it failed to present Islam in a suitably favorable light. Now we learn that PBS ran the film past the ultra-radical Nation of Islam before it was deep-sixed.
Nation of Islam is renowned for spreading a psychotic and viciously racist ideology that holds that the white man is "the devil" and was created by a black evil scientist, just as PBS is known for spending taxpayers' money to propagandize on behalf of America's enemies, both foreign and domestic.
Director/producer Martyn Burke complained in an email to PBS officials:
Is there anyone who understands that no functioning journalist — or network, or publication can ever allow this kind of outrageous action? This utterly undermines any journalistic independence. … It virtually hands the story to the subject and allows them to become an active party in shaping it. That is advertising, not journalism. Is that not obvious?
PBS moonbats were down on the film from the moment they realized that producer Frank Gaffney and consultant Alex Alexiev are conservatives. Burke was actually asked, "don't you check into the politics of the people you work with?"
As Gaffney reports:
What began as a struggle to prevent people like me from playing in the left's sandbox at PBS mutated into a concerted effort to ensure that a film that told the story of anti-Islamist Muslims never made it on the air. […] There's no doubt that part of what was going on at PBS with our film was a naked antipathy toward conservatives.
The politically homogenous PBS execs ironically condemned the film as a "one-sided narrative" because it reached the conclusion, as Burke puts it, that moderate Muslims "are speaking out in a vacuum and often at great peril and always with great difficultly" — although not with as much difficulty as non-moonbats trying to speak out on PBS.
|FNC presents the story behind the documentary PBS made you pay $675,000 for but doesn't want you to see.|
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:09 AM
According to Robert Novak:
Edwards now is massively unpopular among party regulars who neither like nor trust him.
How can anyone fail to like and trust a cheesy trial lawyer? Yet even leftist pit bull James Carville is cooling on the Breck Girl, whose Marxist rhetoric has been backed up by $400 haircuts, $500,000 hedge fund salaries, and a $50,000 honorarium for giving a speech about poverty.
However, if Edwards scores a big win in Iowa, he could actually be nominated, whether party leaders like him or not. It's not as if the Dems have anyone much better to offer.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:08 AM
Here's a truth the Goracle will find inconvenient: according to a new survey, less than half of scientists are still buying the threadbare global warming hoax:
Of 528 total papers on climate change, only 38 (7%) gave an explicit endorsement of the consensus. If one considers "implicit" endorsement (accepting the consensus without explicit statement), the figure rises to 45%. However, while only 32 papers (6%) reject the consensus outright, the largest category (48%) are neutral papers, refusing to either accept or reject the hypothesis. This is no "consensus."
The figures are even more shocking when one remembers the watered-down definition of consensus here. Not only does it not require supporting that man is the "primary" cause of warming, but it doesn't require any belief or support for "catastrophic" global warming. In fact of all papers published in this period (2004 to February 2007), only a single one makes any reference to climate change leading to catastrophic results.
But even if global warming is crumbling, the libs still have Larry Craig playing footsie in the men's room, so they won't get stuck without issues.
Hat tip: Slapstick Politics.
August 29, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:50 PM
The heresy of erstwhile peacenik Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) will not go unpunished. As you might recall, his willingness to admit that the surge is working and that a timetable for surrender would be counterproductive created a firestorm at a town meeting in his district. Now MoveOn.org is gunning for him by running a campaign ad against him on his home turf.
Liberals aren't just invested in American defeat. They are committed to it to the extent that any Democrat who doesn't do his part to bring it about will be forced to walk the plank. It would not be the least unfair to describe the vermin at MoveOn.org as traitors — but they are not far outside today's Democrat mainstream.
On a tip from Nanc.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:36 PM
This doesn't come as much of a surprise:
In covering the 2008 presidential campaign, the network morning news shows are "overwhelmingly focused on Democrats, [and] they are actively promoting the Democrats' liberal agenda," according to a study released today by the conservative Media Research Center (MRC).
The study examined 517 campaign segments on the morning news shows broadcast on ABC, CBS and NBC in the first seven months of 2007. It found that the shows covered Democrats "nearly twice as much" as Republicans and framed interview questions from a liberal perspective most of the time.
It's becoming clear why housewives who watch too much daytime TV tend to recite DNC talking points whenever politics come up.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:21 PM
A little update on Norman Hsu, the NYC businessman who apparently has been illegally pouring money into Hillary Clinton's pocket in other people's names:
For the last 15 years, California authorities have been trying to figure out what happened to a businessman named Norman Hsu, who pleaded no contest to grand theft, agreed to serve up to three years in prison and then seemed to vanish.
"He is a fugitive," Ronald Smetana, who handled the case for the state attorney general, said in an interview. "Do you know where he is?"
Hsu, it seems, has been hiding in plain sight, at least for the last three years.
Since 2004, one Norman Hsu has been carving out a prominent place of honor among Democratic fundraisers. He has funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions into party coffers, much of it earmarked for presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.
Hsu and his associates have also given money to Dianne Feinstein, Chappaquiddick Ted Kennedy, Barack Hussein Obama, and Joseph Biden. Smells like a culture of corruption, doesn't it?
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:42 PM
Here's some news to break the Breck Girl's heart: Cuba's communist dictator Fidel Castro, one of the last living(?) remnants of Stalinism, calls a Hillary Clinton/Barack Hussein Obama ticket "apparently unbeatable."
Castro's good feelings toward Clintons were cemented by this:
But Castro's favorite POTUS since he took power is useful idiot par excellence Jimmy Carter.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:08 PM
A program called 287(g) is part of the Immigration and Nationality Act. It trains local law enforcement to run the fingerprints of foreign criminals through a national database to see whether they are eligible for deportation. The program can prevent things like illegal aliens with criminal records executing girls on playgrounds.
But in Putnam County, New York, just within commuting distance of NYC, Sheriff Donald Smith refuses to participate — ignoring calls from the Fraternal Order of Police, which regards 287(g) as "a necessary tool."
According to a reliable source, Smith has no law enforcement training, experience, or certification. But he does know how to play politics with our security. He kicks his responsibilities down the road by claiming that the program would have "no significant impact" in Putnam, without immigration enforcement being taken seriously at the national level — something that obviously will never happen under the current administration.
|Donald Smith: A bureauweenie in a cop's job.|
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:50 AM
If moonbattery does result in the complete obliteration of England, at least the torch of British civilization may remain lit in Australia, where efforts are being made to preserve the cultural values that define it.
John Howard's conservative government has introduced a new test for those immigrating to Australia, which stresses what Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews calls "the core values that have helped to create a society that is stable yet dynamic, cohesive yet diverse":
They are, for example, respect for the equal worth, dignity and freedom of the individual, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and secular government, freedom of association, support for parliamentary democracy and the rule of law, equality under the law, equality of men and women, equality of opportunity, peacefulness, tolerance, mutual respect and compassion for those in need.
Needless to say, most of these values do not sit well with Muslims. Having learned to parrot the rhetoric of their liberal allies, the Australian Muslim Civil Rights Advocacy Network squawks that values are subjective.
The test may be a token gesture, but even so it is a very encouraging sign in a political climate dominated by the cultural suicide the Left has been attempting to impose on Western Civilization with alarming success.
On a tip from Dave.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:21 AM
Taxpayers are now providing special telephones on the Tappan Zee bridge, which crosses the Hudson River above New York City, so that suicide chumps can call the Lifeline suicide prevention hot line and get the attention they crave. State troopers would be sent to the phones.
There's no walkway on the Tappan Zee; the headcases just stop their cars in the middle of traffic and climb over the side. Some of them jump; some of them just clamber up and wait for the police to rescue them, as traffic is forced to back up literally for miles.
As someone who commuted for years across the Tappan Zee, I have a better suggestion than the phones: anvils that the loonies can attached to their necks so that they will sink quickly, avoiding the traffic nightmares caused by rescue attempts.
On a tip from Nanc.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:38 AM
In case the high-profile immigration raids conducted to help get the amnesty bill passed duped anyone into thinking the Bush Administration has any interest whatsoever in defending our borders, the Washington Times reports:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement criminal investigators will no longer be involved in immigration work site enforcement or conduct checks for illegal alien prisoners.
Almost 1,000 ICE Office of Investigations agents will be reassigned exclusively to customs investigations, reducing the manpower involved in detention and removal of illegal aliens to 4,000 nationwide, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times and interviews with ICE union representatives.
Michael W. Cutler, a retired US Immigration and Naturalization Services senior agent, states the obvious:
We have only been given the illusion of making a serious effort to enforce our immigration law.
It is truly nice to know we'll never be called upon to vote for W again, after the way he has betrayed this country by refusing to stop the illegal alien invasion.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:54 AM
John Edwards, the zillionaire trial lawyer who lives in the largest and most expensive house in his county, has announced that we little people should sacrifice for Gaia by giving up our SUVs. Please deposit your forbidden vehicles in front of the Breck Girl's 28,200-square-foot mansion for disposal.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:36 AM
As mentioned earlier, when other countries' dregs pour across our undefended southern border, it isn't only our laws that get trashed. In Arizona, the beautiful Sonoran desert is disappearing beneath mountains of illegal alien trash.
Compliments of Varla, here are some shots of an "illegal super highway" south of Tucson:
On and on and on it goes: discarded backpacks, water containers, food wrappers, clothing, soiled diapers, you name it. Hey, if they had any respect for this country, they wouldn't be invading it.
If only Hollywood enviroweenies would outgrown their global warming posturing, they might be able to do some good by drawing attention to a real environmental crisis like this one.
That our government allows this is unforgivable.
August 28, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:12 PM
The latest modern convenience to be shunned by moonbats: diapers.
Moonbat mommies have convinced themselves that they can train babies from birth to signal when they need the bathroom, so that diapers are never required.
Once the signal is received, mothers need to act:
Isis Arnesen, 33, of Boston, has a 14-week-old daughter, Lucia, who is diaper-free. She said it can be awkward to explain the process to people, such as when she helped Lucia relieve herself in a sink at a public restroom.
If trannies behaved like this, I'd be all for letting them have their own bathrooms.
According to experts at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, kids have little control over bodily functions at less than 18 months, and none at less than 12. But moonbats don't often let scientific reality interfere with their fads. The important thing is that diapers are alleged to have a negative environmental impact.
Imagine the environmental impact of one of these moms with her kid on a transcontinental flight. Chirps Erinn Klatt, who uses "a gentle hissing sound" to encourage her 13-month-old to piddle on the yard:
[B]eing able to travel without a big, bloated diaper bag is terrific!
Sitting in the next seat is probably not so terrific.
On tips from Byron and Matt.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:39 PM
In the working-class San Francisco suburb Daly City stands this modest home:
Who would guess that some of Hillary Clinton's most generous donors live inside? The house is home to the Paw family, headed by Chinese-American mailman William Paw. The paws have donated $200,000 to Democrat candidates since 2005, including $45,000 to Shrillary. This is particularly odd, considering that according to a local elections official, they only vote "sporadically."
Apparently, the money is actually coming from Norman Hsu, who has been making a fortune in the NYC apparel industry, but once listed the Paw house as his address. He is one of Shrillary's top fundraisers, having earned the title of "HillRaiser."
Campaign finance laws restrict how much individuals can give to political candidates. But when high rollers max out, they sometimes give money in someone else's name — illegally.
What does Hsu want for the cash? Here's a clue: he has publicly criticized trade policies that restrict importing goods from China. With wheels left ungreased, there may be more restrictions to come, in light of the recent high-profile problems with Chinese imports.
When Chinese money talks, Clintons have proved to be very good listeners.
On tips from Byron and Charles.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:07 PM
Here's the Chicago Sun-Times headline regarding Alberto Gonzales' resignation:
D.C. | Attorney general quits and even Republicans glad
Maybe they should have held off on the partying until after they had the headline written. But then, it can't be all bad that the mainstream media — which is essentially the propaganda wing of the Democrat Party — is dropping its annoying pretense of objectivity.
Local halfwit Barack Obama offers this thoughtful quote:
I have long believed that Alberto Gonzales subverted justice to promote a political agenda.
Since the Sun-Times forgot to mention it, I'll point out that Gonzales was never credibly accused of doing anything illegal.
On a tip from Kevin.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:25 AM
If you're a Democrat with the integrity to acknowledge that our troops are succeeding in Iraq, steer clear of the moonbat-infested Portland suburb of Vancouver, Washington, where Dem Rep. Brian Baird made the mistake of admitting in front of a town hall meeting at Fort Vancouver High School that the surge is working.
Baird's pacifist credentials were in order: he voted against deposing Saddam Hussein and against the surge. He even has an 84% lifetime approval score from the ACLU. But then he told the audience that since the surge is working, we ought to give it time.
According to an eye-witness report, the crowd erupted in raucous applause when Jon Soltz of the PAC VoteVets.org accused Baird of being fooled "by a dog and pony show" on his recent visit to Iraq and of "providing cover for President Bush." Then Code Pink kook Zanne Joi "brought down the house" by denouncing Baird as "arrogant" and the war as only about "American oil profit."
Doris Holmes, active in local Democrat politics, screeched of Baird:
He lied. He's toeing the Bush party line. I can't believe he's a Democrat.
If a Congressman came back from Iraq with the last al-Qaeda terrorist's head on a platter, liberals would still holler in rage at any suggestion that America isn't losing. Yet the soldiers they despise are over there risking their lives to preserve the cushy lifestyles of these vermin, so that they can live comfortably inside their bubbles of anti-American propaganda and never get pricked by the barbs of reality.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:48 AM
One of the many advantages of our colonization by illegal immigrants is that it makes police work much more exciting. The lawlessness associated with Latin American towns run by drug lords has made it all the way to Hartford, Connecticut, where members of the Los Solidos gang have threatened to "blow up squad cars" and "shoot an officer who approaches them."
According to police, the gang is obtaining bulletproof vests. Officers have been getting shot at at the corner of Park and Zion, an area terrorized by Los Solidos going back into the 1990s.
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…" has turned into "Flush across our border your criminals, your freeloaders, your gangbangers yearning to spread chaos…" as a result of our policy of exerting control over our borders only by keeping out the law-abiding.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:35 AM
Moonbattery is literally obliterating England. In the words of Cal Thomas:
June 2005 and June 2006 nearly 200,000 British citizens chose to leave the country for a new life elsewhere. During the same period, at least 574,000 immigrants came to Britain. This number does not include the people who broke the law to get there, or the thousands unknown to the government. […]
Britons give many reasons for leaving, but their stories share one commonality: life in Britain has become unbearable for them. They fear lawlessness and the threat of more terrorism from a growing Muslim population and the loss of a sense of Britishness, exacerbated by the growing refusal of public schools to teach the history and culture of the nation to the next generation. What it means to be British has been watered down in a plague of political correctness that has swept the country faster than hoof-and-mouth disease.
The response of bureauweenies to their country's tailspin: they are about to grant amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, most of them Muslims adamantly opposed to assimilation. The invaders will also get top priority for taxpayer-financed housing.
As Sir Andrew Green of Migrationwatch UK observes:
If you break British law for long enough, you acquire rights not penalties.
Imagine being forced by your own government to finance an invasion that is not merely conquering your country, but displacing it. Short of armed rebellion, all Brits can do is get the hell out before sharia is imposed.
Only two generations ago they fought off the Nazis. The cultural rot known as moonbattery works fast.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:00 AM
Francisco Linares is facing six months in jail for violating the building code of Rolling Hills Estates, California, with a few modest home improvements:
When Linares asked the city to repair the white three-railed fence behind his house, he was told it was on his property and his responsibility. So he replaced the termite-infested planks. Then the city reversed itself and said Linares had illegally built the fence on city property.
In October 2004, the city charged Linares with three misdemeanors: for not taking down the fence, having a retaining wall built higher than a 2-foot restriction and for erecting stone columns without a neighborhood compatibility analysis. Later inspections found eight other violations, including a lack of permits for plumbing and grading.
He was eventually given six months to either acquire a pile of permits or tear down his work. When he did neither, Torrance Superior Court Judge Sandra Thompson threw the book at him.
Gasps Linares' lawyer:
We're talking about fixing a fence that was on city property. He didn't build a Las Vegas casino. You put a guy in jail for six months because he repaired the city fence?
Maybe Linares will learn that if you just sit on your tail and let everything go to seed, you can avoid attracting the attention of bureauweenies and stay out of jail.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:32 AM
It's terrible that an American president tricked us into an unnecessary war with hyperbolic propaganda and then proceeded to bomb a faraway country into the Stone Age, leaving it in ruins. I'm referring of course to Bill Clinton's jihad against non-Muslims in the Balkans.
As Warner Todd Huston notes in a review of 33 Questions About American History You're Not Supposed to Ask, the alleged "genocide" by Serbs prior to US intervention was vastly exaggerated. Supposedly 400,000 Muslim Albanians had been murdered by Serbs. Yet fewer than 7,000 people were reported missing during the entire conflict. Mines that were reported to be stuffed to the rafters with corpses turned out to hold no corpses at all.
But people did get killed. For example, 2,000 were killed in Clinton's bombing campaign, which then created a lasting humanitarian crisis by destroying hospitals, schools, and infrastructure.
At least Clinton succeeded in defeating the Serbs on behalf of the Muslims, who having been given the upper hand, responded by killing and displacing thousands of Christians. Saudi money is now flowing into the area to finance the terrorist farms known as madrassas. Four of the Fort Dix Six were examples of the sort of exports we can know expect from Albania, which is reportedly obliterating historic Christian religious sites, just like Afghanistan under the Taliban, which blew up ancient Buddhist statues.
Perhaps worst of all, the UN was put in control of the Clinton-created blighted zone. As a result, many areas still don't have reliable water, electricity, or roads. But they do have teenage sex slaves to keep the UN thugs entertained.
America's interest in going to war on behalf of Balkan Muslims has yet to be explained.
On a tip from Nanc.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:55 AM
More moonbattery from Norway's prison system:
Norway has put on show what it calls "the world's first ecological prison", where inmates play important roles in daily operations and learn to do their bit to protect the environment.
The Bastoey Island low security prison uses solar panels for energy, produces most of its own food, recycles everything it can and tries to reduce its carbon footprint. […]
The prison gained international media attention a few years ago for its living conditions, resembling a summer camp with activities like tennis, horse riding, and even swimming in the summer, when the North Sea waters warm up. […]
Surrounded by beaches and green fields, the prison grounds extend into a nature reserve and are popular with the inmates.
They have to make prison extra fun in Norway, since showing up to serve your time is voluntary.
On a tip from Panday.
August 27, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:09 PM
The liberals running California — specifically Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown — have reserved the right to abolish marriage.
After all, if homosexuals can't marry each other, why should anyone be allowed to get married?
Both the Governator and former Governor Moonbeam are of the opinion that the words "marry" and "marriage" have no significance in the California constitution, that what we think of as marriage could legally be renamed whatever moonbat bureauweenies chose to rename it, and that the statutory rights and obligations afforded to married couples could be abrogated by the state legislature.
The Left has long struggled to destroy the family, and for good reason. Without the family to provide social cohesion, the populace is easy prey for statists. An obvious example is the way the government hooks single mothers on welfare, creating intergenerational dependency that in effect turns large segments of our population into electoral farms, where government dependents are bred for their Democrat votes.
Once marriage has been destroyed, all they have to do is finish off Christianity, and the liberal goal of reducing us from Americans to two-legged domesticated animals will be within reach.
On a tip from Nanc.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:22 PM
The cowardly dhimmis at the Washington Post pulled a light-hearted Sunday installment of "Opus" by Berkeley Breathed because they thought Muslims might not like it.
The censored strip is currently available at Salon.com. It features the character Lola Granola explaining to her boyfriend why she wants to be a radical Islamist.
WaPo is Opus' home newspaper, though it is syndicated to others.
Just a week ago, the same strip suggested that the recently deceased Reverend Jerry Falwell doesn't belong in heaven. Needless to say, WaPo saw no need to pull that strip.
Once again, it is impossible to distinguish between depraved multicultural obsequiousness and rank cowardice. Whatever motivates the contemptible moonbats running WaPo, it certainly isn't devotion to freedom of speech.
Hat tip: Yellow Limes.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:56 PM
European liberals' misguided objection to the death penalty (except for inconvenient babies) has led to sanctimonious demands that the USA conform to their moonbat ideology. The European Union has even had the outlandish gall to ask Texas to enact a moratorium on the death penalty. Robert Black, spokesman for Texas Governor Rick Perry, offers this response:
230 years ago, our forefathers fought a war to throw off the yoke of a European monarch and gain the freedom of self-determination. Texans long ago decided that the death penalty is a just and appropriate punishment for the most horrible crimes committed against our citizens. While we respect our friends in Europe, welcome their investment in our state and appreciate their interest in our laws, Texans are doing just fine governing Texas.
If only this healthy attitude were shared by certain members of the Supremes, who would use foreign laws as precedents in American rulings.
Hat tip: Crush Liberalism.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:42 AM
Possibly inspired by liberal heartthrob Hugo Chavez, who originally tried to take power in a military coup, Huffington Post's insufferable Martin Lewis has called for a coup right here in the USA, on the grounds that his advanced BDS makes waiting until January 2009 for Bush to leave office inconceivable.
- Relieve President Bush of his elected role as Commander-in-Chief.
- Place Bush under military arrest.
In the midst of earnestly pleading with Pace to lead a military coup and attempting to justify it legally, Lewis asserts:
I am NOT advocating or inciting you to undertake any illegal act, insurrection, mutiny, putsch or military coup.
This busts up John Hawkins at Right Wing News:
You've got to love how the guy is calling for a military coup, but then he includes a line saying he is not calling for a military coup. It's not a coup because he doesn't call it a coup.
Liberals love that kind of talk. It's not a baby, it's a "choice." Hillary isn't liberal, she's "progressive." They don't want to surrender in Iraq, they just want to "redeploy" the troops. It's not a tax increase, it's "making people pay their fair share." So, if you propose an "illegal act, insurrection, mutiny, putsch or military coup," but call it something else, it doesn't count. Gotcha.
Neither is Hawkins misled by Lewis' later obnoxiously condescending claim that he was just kidding, but the dummies in Jesusland don't understand satire. As Hawkins notes, the original post was dry, legalistic, and not even remotely humorous. Also, Lewis' initial reaction when challenged by commenters was to puff out his sunken chest and defend his position self-righteously:
I utterly reject the use of any force or illegal action of any kind and specifically reject and condemn any calls for it. I do call on General Pace to speak his conscience and to do his ethical, moral duty to his forces and to his nation. Sometimes the right words from a man of courage have a moral impact that resonates.
You see, no force will be involved, so long as the President comes along quietly.
This is the discourse on a major liberal blog before the Dems get back in the White House. Imagine the political climate when Shrillary can go back to collecting FBI files.
|Martin Lewis: Demonstrating liberals' love of democracy by calling for a military coup in the USA.|
Hat tip: Sister Toldjah.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:44 AM
The establishment media — particularly the coercively financed public establishment media, which doesn't have to worry about ratings — sometimes seems like a nightmare realm comparable to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, in which independent thought is inconceivable. But even at the BBC, there are exceptions.
Newsnight's editor, Peter Barron, and the BBC's head of television news, Peter Horrocks have attacked a project called Planet Relief, which would devote an entire day to propagandizing on behalf of the global warming hoax. Asked whether the Beeb should campaign for Al Gore's climate change cult, Horrocks was firm:
I absolutely don't think we should do that because it's not impartial. It's not our job to lead people and proselytise about it.
It is absolutely not the BBC's job to save the planet. I think there are a lot of people who think that, but it must be stopped.
If only News Corps' Rupert Murdoch had that kind of integrity.
Although the Beeb has guidelines that supposedly assure impartiality, Horrocks and Barron are likely to be ignored. Regarding Planet Relief, a BBC spokeswoman piously intoned:
This idea is still in development and the intention would be to debate the issue and in no way campaign on a single point of view.
You see, the entire day devoted to global warming alarmism will be impartial.
But Martin Durkin, producer of the highly recommended Great Global Warming Swindle, accuses the BBC of stifling debate on the global warming hoax:
The thing that disturbs me most is that the BBC has such a leviathan position … that if it decides that it is going to adopt climate change as a moral purpose, I have got a lot of trouble with that. I don't think it is the role of the BBC to spend my money on a moral purpose.
Apparently even moonbats need a moral purpose. Having discarded traditional morality, they are now irresistibly drawn to the antihuman faux morality of radical environmentalism.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:51 AM
Another step downward in the freakification of America:
Four "gender-neutral" bathrooms have been added to the University of Vermont's student center — at a cost of $2,500 apiece. Each has a sign on the wall identifying it as a "gender neutral restroom."
Squeaks Annie Stevens, assistant vice president for student and campus life:
It's about inclusivity and accessibility and the importance of meeting all people's needs, not just a few.
A "transgendered" student calling himself Kelly adds:
Just because there can be tense situations in gendered bathrooms, especially for trans-identified people, you need a space to use the restroom and feel safe and comfortable.
The point isn't just to flush $10,000 down the toilet. It's to put the official stamp of society's approval on the practice of men walking around in women's clothes, sometimes even having themselves surgically mutilated to enhance their morbidly narcissistic fantasies.
At least this might keep these freakazoids from barging into the ladies' room.
Vermont also offers "gender-neutral residential suites," making it more convenient for perverts to hook up with each other.
But it's still not enough, according to Dot Brauer, director of the university's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Ally Services, who is demanding more special bathrooms, as well as private showers in the gym in case there are any cross-dressing athletes.
When these demands are met, more will follow. Moonbats are transforming America into a John Waters movie.
On a tip from Nanc.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:47 AM
Via Spanned Shot, here's a Spanish moonbat who traveled to Israel to protest that country's attempts to defend its citizens from terror attacks, heroically waving a Palestinian flag as he/she/it runs away from tear gas.
At least some moonbats know they're clowns. It's the ones who take themselves seriously enough to run for president that you have to look out for.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:45 AM
Many sequels are better left unmade:
Compliments of Ayres.
August 26, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:22 PM
When Hamas TV killed off Farfour the terrorist Mickey Mouse look-alike, who helped teach kiddies about the joys of killing Jews and other infidels, and replaced him with Nahoul the animal-abusing bee, it apparently was not out of respect for Disney's intellectual property. Now they're using an imitation Lion King to propagandize against the rival terrorist group Fatah.
Whereas a Lion King knockoff symbolizes Hamas, Fatah is subtly characterized by rats.
Hazem Sharawi of Hamas TV isn't coy about the intellectual property theft:
Disney stole a lion from the forest. We stole another lion.
Too bad Disney can't deduct royalties from the money expropriated from Western taxpayers and flushed down the Gaza Strip.
On tips from Wiggins and Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:57 PM
Moonbats will be pleased to learn that there were no fire trucks to be seen at a recent "Support Our Troops" rally in Nanuet, just north of New York City.
However, firefighters from eight Rockland County fire departments did attend the rally, which was held across the street from a moonbat demonstration in favor of surrender in Iraq.
Liberals have been complaining about the presence of fire trucks at previous pro-American rallies in the area. It seems that patriotism, like Christianity, must in no way be supported using government property.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:29 PM
Bill Kristol quotes a poignant letter from former Cambodian Prime Minister Sirik Matak to American ambassador John Gunther Dean, in response to Dean's offer to evacuate Matak after our Democrat-controlled Congress deliberately pulled the rug out from under democracy in Southeast Asia in 1975:
Dear Excellency and Friend:
I thank you very sincerely for your letter and for your offer to transport me towards freedom. I cannot, alas, leave in such a cowardly fashion. As for you, and in particular for your great country, I never believed for a moment that you would have this sentiment of abandoning a people which has chosen liberty. You have refused us your protection, and we can do nothing about it. You leave, and my wish is that you and your country will find happiness under this sky. But, mark it well, that if I shall die here on the spot and in my country that I love, it is no matter, because we all are born and must die. I have only committed this mistake of believing in you [the Americans].
Please accept, Excellency and dear friend, my faithful and friendly sentiments.
Kristol describes what happened next:
The Khmer Rouge took Phnom Penh a few days later. Sirik Matak was executed: shot in the stomach, he was left without medical help and took three days to die. Between 1 and 2 million Cambodians were murdered by the Khmer Rouge in the next three years. Next door, tens of thousands of Vietnamese were killed, and many more imprisoned. Hundreds of thousands braved the South China Sea to reach freedom.
If only there were some way to make Matak and the countless other victims of Democrat perfidy understand that most Americans are honorable. But if we give Democrats the power to do the same thing to Iraq that they did to Indochina, we'll have a hard enough time convincing ourselves.
On a tip from Bergbikr.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:49 AM
The late-night show "Live Prayer with Bill Keller" annoyed Muslims when Keller observed that Mohammed was a "murdering pedophile," that Islam is a "1,400-year-old lie from the pits of hell," and that the Koran is a "book of fables and a book of lies."
Rather than start their own TV show and try to interest viewers in watching it, CAIR fired off a letter demanding equal time on Keller's channel, à la the Unfairness Doctrine. But Tampa Bay's CBS-owned WTOG-TV found it more expedient to cancel Keller's show.
Crows CAIR's Ramzy Kilic:
They really based their decision upon our letter. They really did not know that Bill Keller was involved with this kind of anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Keller agrees that his 1:00 AM show was canceled at CAIR's behest:
(CAIR) intimidated the folks in New York, and the folks in New York caved in.
Let that be a lesson to anyone who fails to embrace dhimmitude like the invertebrate belly-crawling liberals running CBS.
On a tip from Bob.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:06 AM
The fifth-column Left has waged a relentless propaganda war aimed at securing an American defeat to Islamic terrorists in Iraq. But the moonbats are taking some return fire.
Freedom's Watch has launched a $15 million ad campaign explaining why surrender is not an option. The ads are quite a bit more compelling than Michael Moore movies and the MSM's defeatist sniveling. Check them out here.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:34 AM
Here's a very small surprise: vets don't much like Hillary Clinton.
In a recent Gallop poll, 59% of vets gave Shrillary an unfavorable rating. Her favorable rating was 37%. In stark contrast, Rudy Giuliani received a 64% favorable rating, and only 29% unfavorable.
The effect on our troops' morale of electing Shrillary should obvious. But if they can stand up to the barrage of defeatist propaganda endlessly disgorged by our fifth-column media, they can withstand most anything.
On the plus side for Shrillary, she is the favorite candidate of veterans who are Democrats. Why any vet would identify with today's Democrat Party remains inexplicable.
On a tip from Byron.
August 25, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:47 PM
It can't be easy for Rep. John Dingell (D-MI). As Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, he has to pander to the global warming cultists who increasingly dominate the Democrat Party, without inflicting too much direct damage on the auto industry, which is all that stands between his Michigan district and Third-World status. Dingleberry's solution: punish people for owning houses over 3,000 square feet.
The plan is to remove the mortgage interest deductions on what Dingleberry derisively calls "McMansions" — i.e., houses large enough to raise a big family in. This may be because his liberal constituents abort their children instead of raising them.
In order to address the issue of climate change, we must address the issue of consumption.
In other words, we must deliberately hobble the economy.
Naturally this will be spun as eating the rich, which liberals find morally acceptable. But as always, it isn't only the rich who get eaten. A senior economist for the National Association of Realtors estimated that Dingleberry's scheme would result in a national median house price decline of 4% — for all houses.
At a time when the housing market is already reeling from the mortgage foreclosure crisis, Dingleberry's idea would result in an estimated 280,000 additional foreclosures.
You have to wonder if any al-Qaeda plans could possibly damage America as much as those of Democrats.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:48 PM
Since liberals tend to think in bumper sticker slogans, I'll bet he gets some excellent suggestions. A few of my own:
What's So Great About America?
We Need Your Money More Than You Do.
Fighting Back Against Terrorism Is Too Hard.
The Decline and Fall of the West Is Inevitable Anyway.
Maybe al-Qaeda Will Be Gracious in Victory.
Everything's Free if You Force Someone Else to Pay For It.
There's Still Some Silverware Left in the White House.
Right Wing News has even better ones:
If you can read this, your taxes are too low.
From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
There is no baby on board because I aborted it.
Work harder! Hillary has new government programs to pay for!
And from RWN readers:
Unemployment checks for everyone! Vote Democrat.
Vote Dem: Killing our future 1 baby at a time.
If we give them what they want, they'll leave us alone.
Give the government back to the children. Vote Democrat!
EDWARDS'08: If you attack this country, my wife will talk mean to you.
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
Vote Democrat! We know who you are!
Abortion, regulation and the pursuit of hopelessness. Democrats in '08.
Hillary 08: Fork It Over, B***H!
On a tip from Nanc.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:15 AM
The more important question could be: does it matter? The answer is, only if the Cuban people use his death as an impetus to rise up and reclaim their country from communism.
Wiggins sends along some evidence that the evil old tyrant really has croaked at last:
August 24, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:56 PM
Two more firemen have been injured at the Deutsche Bank Building, where two other firemen were killed last weekend as a consequence of the hyper–anal-retentiveness of government bureaucrats who demand that every molecule be inspected for asbestos before removal. It was slated for demolition as a result of damage sustained on 9/11, yet still stands there in its funeral veil of black mesh, inviting disaster.
Now that a piece of construction equipment has fallen from the 23rd floor, injuring another pair of firemen, have the bureauweenies who have dragged this out for six years learned their lesson? Hardly.
According to a spokesman for the state agency in charge of construction at Ground Zero, all work at the site has been halted. Furthermore:
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation is coordinating an investigation with all relevant city, state and federal agencies.
Screams Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer:
They have got to shut this site down pending a full review.
Ten years from now, the Deutsche Bank Building will still stand there wrapped in its black burka, firemen and/or workers will still get injured inside, and bureaucratic fools like Stringer will still demand reviews and investigations, assuring that the demolition is never brought to a close.
On a tip from Mike.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:10 PM
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling that prohibited the distribution of Bibles to grade school students in a southern Missouri school district.
At issue was a long-held practice at South Iron Elementary School in Annapolis, 120 miles southwest of St. Louis, in which Gideons International representatives came to fifth-grade classrooms and gave away Bibles. A U.S. district judge issued a temporary injunction, and a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis agreed the classroom distribution should be prohibited. […]
The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in February 2006 on behalf of four sets of parents, asking that the district be stopped "from further endorsement of religion."
They ought to be more specific. After all, there's nothing wrong with endorsing Islam. It's only Christianity that liberals want suppressed. The ACLU would hardly be likely to sue if CAIR came into a school to pass out Korans, any more than they complain about grade-school–level books that promote homosexuality.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:13 AM
An irony of moonbattery is the close relationship between totalitarianism (ubiqitous government) and anarchy (absence of government), polar opposites that bleed into each other. For example, the sort of unwashed hooligans who stage riots at WTO meetings often refer to themselves as anarchists — yet to the extent they have any coherent ideology, it most closely resembles Stalinism. Another example is the authoritarian regime of Hugo Chavez. The more he tightens his grip on power, the more Venezuela dissolves into anarchy.
President Hugo Chávez's tightening grip over Venezuela's economy is generating distortions that economists fear could, paradoxically, eventually lead to a loss of control.
Price controls, currency controls and negative real interest rates are just some of the elements that have contributed to one of the highest rates of inflation in the world and a substantially overvalued exchange rate.
The economy is ever more dependent on the high price of oil. If that falls, so will Venezuela — into economic chaos.
If things get bad enough, they could always try freedom. It works for America,
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:53 AM
David McCumber, managing editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, has spoken from on high, explaining why his paper obstructed FBI attempts to defend us from suspected Muslim terrorists by refusing to run their pictures:
It seems that the lives of us little people are acceptable sacrifices for the sake of journalistic integrity. But McCumber does feel our pain:
I understand that people have a hard time with the concept that we get to decide what is news and what isn't, and what is fair and what isn't.
Ace responds to this weasel's staggering arrogance:
Umm... no, actually, you don't.
That's the problem. You keep insisting you have a more important, more influential job than the rest of us have agreed to give you. You jerkoffs keep describing the dream job that you wish you had, wished we would allow you to have. You simply refuse to accept that we do not give such important jobs out willy-nilly, and we especially don't hand them out to smugly incompetent morons like yourself who crave that sort of power just because they petulantly demand it.
You shouldn't wear so much make-up. It makes you look like a whore.
You're not the gatekeeper, "Decider."
McCumber tries to justify his terrorist-enabling irresponsibility with a dyslexic attempt to quote Benjamin Franklin:
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporaray safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
The absurdity of moonbats' attempts to use their professed love for liberty to justify their willful obstruction of any and all attempts to defend our lives from Islamic terrorists has reached yet another peak of absurdity. We are asked to believe that publishing the pictures of suspected terrorist scouts before they've actually sunk a boatload of innocent Americans would violate their privacy. Yet privacy is not an issue when it comes to celebrating Seattle's recent Hempfest 2007. Here's a picture the Seattle P-I's high journalistic standards didn't prevent it from running:
There won't be much of this on display when sharia is imposed. But like all useful idiots, McCumber is oblivious to the fact that America's enemies are his enemies too.
|David McCumber, aka "The Decider," should decide to go easy on the lipstick.|
August 23, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:38 PM
This is spot on, especially his reference to the cultural self-hatred — i.e., moonbattery — that prevents Western Civilization from defending itself from Islam:
Hat tip: The Irate Nation.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:36 PM
Last weekend two more firefighters died at Ground Zero, while attempting to put out a blaze at the Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty Street, which was slated for demolition after 9/11. Unlike other firefighters who have perished at this location, Joseph Graffagnino and Robert Beddia were not killed by Islam, but by our own neurosis.
The firefighters ran out of oxygen after being trapped in "maze-like conditions" created by plastic sheeting used in an overzealous attempt to keep dust from contaminating the air. Fifty others were injured, eight seriously. Air quality tests taken after the fire detected no contamination.
9/11 was six years ago. That's been enough time for liberals to suppress all but vague memories of that day — but not enough time to tear down one of the buildings damaged in the attacks. You see, since there might be "contaminants of potential concern" like asbestos inside, bureaucrats require that the building be dismantled one molecule at a time.
Daniel Henninger elaborates:
Basically, men in space suits were scrubbing virtually every interior surface by hand and dismantling it by hand. Who could doubt that the human error rate would rise over time under such conditions, such as the steel beam that fell and penetrated the roof of the firehouse nearby? Or indeed this fire. Abandoned buildings full of the same materials are demolished faster all the time, but not this one. Instead of a demolition plan that struck a balance between controlling the toxicity and getting the job done, the process created what is virtually a hermetically sealed environment—to demolish 40 floors of junk. They've made the building so "safe" you can't get it down. So after six years a fire erupted and two firemen caught in the "Matrix"-world of 130 Liberty St. died.
The details of this public-policy morass are no exception in the post-9/11 world. They are the norm. The hyper-complex requirements and mindset reflected in the public record over 130 Liberty St. mirror the endless debate and litigation we've also layered into efforts to surveil and prosecute terrorists.
Society needs lawyers and even a few bureaucrats. But we don't need for their legalistic, ultra-procedural mentality to so dominate our culture as to cause paralysis — and the avoidable deaths of firemen.
On tips from Varla and Bergbikr.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:14 PM
As the atrocious Jersey Girls taught us, not only is having relatives murdered by Islamic terrorists not enough to cure liberals of their moonbattery, it can even be used as a pretext to wallow in it publicly.
Phyllis Rodriguez is a particularly appalling example of this phenomenon. Her son Greg died at age 31 at the World Trade Center on September 11. Now she's giving speeches to peace activists with her bosom buddy Aicha El-Wafi — mother of Zacarias Moussaoui, aka the 20th hijacker.
Greg's father Orlando is also in on the fun, having testified for the defense at Moussaoui's trial.
Phyllis says she and her husband were scared for their safety:
The atmosphere in the nation was so frightening, we were scared to speak out.
"But," as Westchester's left-wing Journal News gushingly reports, "the Rodriguezes did not let fear stop them."
Got that? Their son was killed when Islamic maniacs hijacked planes full of Americans and crashed them into national symbols full of more Americans — and the Rodriguezes respond by going out of their way to side with his killers, while denouncing America as "threatening." A New York area newspaper fawningly approves, and also passes along El-Wafi's baseless allegations that Moussaoui "is being tortured too," just like his pampered terrorist colleagues at Club Gitmo.
Moonbattery isn't just deranged. It's obscene.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:20 AM
This was considered enough of a crime to warrant a 5-day suspension for the 13-year-old who drew it:
As you can see, there is no blood in the doodle, no sizzling bullets, no mutilated victims. It's barely even recognizable as a gun. Yet educrats at Mesa's Payne Junior High deemed it to constitute a threat to other kids, comparing its creation to the 1999 Columbine massacre.
Only when the boy's outraged father got in their slack faces did the bureauweenies lessen his sentence to three days.
Do moonbats forbid even the concept of guns because they think that by pretending guns don't exist, they can make themselves bulletproof? Or is it that guns represent masculinity and individual empowerment, two things liberals cannot abide?
Whatever their motivation, totalitarian moonbats' attempts to forbid boys' natural and healthy fascination with weapons continue to expose the depth of their pathological ideology's absurdity.
On tips from Dwaine and Wiggins.
Actually this occurred in Chandler, Arizona, not nearby Mesa, per the East Valley Tribune. Thanks to Jim for the tip.
In today's fast moving world sometime or another one has to rely on a loan for personal needs. Due to heavy competition banks from time to time offer loans specifically for everyone's needs and demands known as personal loans. Even if one doesn't have enough property to put on as collateral, he can always take advantage of unsecured loans provided by banks. The banks don't say no to even those who have a bad credit loans history. The dream of having ones own home can now come true due to the presence of home loan bank which gives you an opportunity to have your very own home.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:42 AM
At a carnival in St Columb Major, a little market town in Cornwall, a group calling itself the Page Three Beauties from the Ramalamadingdong Times dressed up as Muslims to poke fun at Prince Chuckles' plan for a mosque at his nearby "Surfbury" model settlement, despite there being only 33 practicing Muslims out of a population of 22,000.
There being no Flight 93 memorial nearby to orient them toward Mecca, they goofed around by trying to find the direction with fake compasses.
The Muslim colonization of Europe hasn't reached rural Cornwall yet, but unfortunately moonbattery has. Some traveling students saw the carnival and went screaming to the police on the grounds that the clowning might be "offensive" to Muslims.
Fortunately no one was arrested, though the cup that was supposed to go to the group that got the biggest cheer from the crowd was given to a less entertaining group instead.
Reverend Chris McQuillen-Wright of St Columb Minor church piously intoned:
One can see the intended humour and the play on words but, in light of the current international climate, it was insensitive.
The "current international climate" is one in which Muslim terrorists are trying to kill us for being infidels, while we humbly beg to be forgiven for existing.
On a tip from Panday.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:36 AM
Here's good news for parasitical hypochondriacs, bad news for all of us who use wireless technology:
The Alaska Supreme Court affirmed a state ruling awarding an AT&T Inc. equipment installer total disability and medical benefits as a result of health problems tied to exposure to radio frequency radiation levels deemed to be slightly above those set by the Federal Communications Commission.
The state high court's decision to uphold Alaska's Workers' Compensation Board has potentially major implications for the mobile phone industry, the tower business and other wireless sectors, according to a consumer advocacy group specializing in wireless health issues.
Got a health issue, real or imagined? Sue AT&T! Their invisible death rays are everywhere. The lack of evidence that wireless ever hurt anyone won't count for much in a courtroom — just ask Dow Corning.
John Edwards really ought to abandon his frightening quest for the White House and hop on this new gravy train.
On a tip from Matt.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:09 AM
The erstwhile "Breadbasket of Africa," Zimbabwe, is now Africa's worst basket case, with an inflation rate of over 7,600% — a direct result of the communist policies of its dictator Robert Mugabe.
Mugabe ruined Zimbabwe's economy by stealing land from white farmers and handing it out to his associates, with the result that now the land lies unused while the people starve. Now we find out that fellow leftist Jimmy Carter helped finance this crime.
During a recession in the USA, Carter offered money earned by American taxpayers to buy Caucasians off their land. The payoffs stopped when it became clear that Mugabe was handing out the land to his cronies.
As even the left-leaning BBC admits:
The path to the seizure of white farms was opened and thus began the long slide to today's economic chaos.
More than a quarter century later, we still haven't finished assessing the damage caused by the Carter Administration.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:36 AM
Bette Midler cut down more than 230 trees around one of her properties on the island of Kauai without a permit, and the state has recommended she be fined. […]
Midler, known for her longtime commitment to the environment, was once known as the Compost Queen and appeared on billboards in Los Angeles advocating green recycling containers are for yard trimmings.
Midler's attorney sheepishly explained that she had the trees cut down on her 58,000-square-foot North Shore estate because they were nonnative species.
A better defense might have been that it's her own business what she does with trees on her property. But that kind of talk might endanger her precious reputation for being at the front of the environmentalist bandwagon.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:54 AM
Writing about biofuels for Fidel Castro's propaganda organ Granma, F. William Engdahl manages to get it half right. Yes, the biofuel industry is a scam that will accomplish none of its stated objectives, and that will drastically increase the price of food. But no, it's not part of a sinister plot to control the world.
Engdahl certainly grasps the overall picture regarding biofuels:
Leaving aside the faked science and the political interests behind the sudden hype about dangers of global warming, bio-fuels offer no net positive benefits over oil even under best conditions. […] The green claims for bio-fuel as a friendly and better fuel than gasoline are at best dubious, if not outright fraudulent. […] Ethanol is not some benign substance as we are led to think from the industry propaganda. […]
But the killer-diller about ethanol is that it holds at least 30% less energy per gallon than normal gasoline, translating into a loss in fuel economy per gallon of at least 25% over gasoline for an Ethanol E-85per cent blend. No advocate of the ethanol boondoggle addresses the huge social cost which is beginning to hit the dining room tables across the US, Europe and the rest of the world. Food prices are exploding as corn, soybeans and all cereal grain prices are going through the roof because of the astronomical — Congress-driven — demand for corn to burn for bio-fuel. […]
Prof. M.A. Altieri of Berkeley University estimates that dedicating all USA corn and soybean production acreage to bio-fuels would only meet 12% of gasoline and 6 per cent of diesel needs. He notes that though one-fifth of last year's corn harvest went to bio-ethanol, it met a mere 3% of energy needs. […]
Prof. David Pimentel of Cornell University and other scientists claim that net energy output from bio-ethanol fuel is less than the fossil fuel energy used to produce the ethanol. Measuring all energy inputs to produce ethanol from production of nitrogen fertilizer to energy needed to clean the considerable waste from bio-fuel refineries, Pimentel's research showed a net energy loss of 22% for bio-fuel — they use more energy than they produce.
To sum up: biofuel is a snow job.
If biofuel is inefficient and expensive, why bother to trick us into giving up food for it? Engdahl hints at a shadowy capitalist plot to control the world:
In the mid-1970's Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a protégé of the Rockefeller family and of its institutions stated, "Control the oil and you control entire nations; control the food and you control the people." […] As the popular saying goes, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you."
That is, Bush and his Big Oil cronies plan to starve the world into submission.
Actually, the real explanation is much simpler — though harder to comprehend. Governments around the world know that biofuel is an extravagant waste of time, money, and natural resources, which has already resulted in massive destruction of wildlife and sharp rises in food prices. But they subsidize it anyway to placate moonbats, who insist we "do something" about the fictional global warming menace.
On a tip from Kevin.
August 22, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:20 PM
Having bought a $3.5-million mansion in New Orleans with his common-law wife Angelina Jolie, movie star Brad Pitt is participating in the construction of politically correct "green" slums where commoners of the Lower Ninth Ward can live.
The award winning design for his slum is a house with a cistern and toilets designed for water conservation (very important when you're in a swamp), soy-based insulation (if the welfare check's late, maybe the residents can eat it), paperless drywall (paper causes global warming; just ask Cheryl Crow), and even solar panels (to help make it affordable).
Regrettably there was no mention of rooftop helicopter pads to allow for easy evacuation when the region inevitably floods again.
The plan is to sell the homes to former residents of the neighborhood. Since there's little chance any could afford them, I suspect government subsidies will come into play.
On a tip from General Jack D. Ripper.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:13 PM
It looks like we're on our way to the climate change consensus that moonbats keep barking about — but the consensus will be that significant manmade global warming is complete bunk. From the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works:
Washington DC — An abundance of new peer-reviewed studies, analysis, and data error discoveries in the last several months has prompted scientists to declare that fear of catastrophic man-made global warming "bites the dust" and the scientific underpinnings for alarm may be "falling apart." The latest study to cast doubt on climate fears finds that even a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide would not have the previously predicted dire impacts on global temperatures. This new study is not unique, as a host of recent peer-reviewed studies have cast a chill on global warming fears.
"Anthropogenic (man-made) global warming bites the dust," declared astronomer Dr. Ian Wilson after reviewing the new study which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Another scientist said the peer-reviewed study overturned "in one fell swoop" the climate fears promoted by the UN and former Vice President Al Gore. The study entitled "Heat Capacity, Time Constant, and Sensitivity of Earth's Climate System," was authored by Brookhaven National Lab scientist Stephen Schwartz. (LINK)
It turns out the climate is only one third as sensitive to CO2 as the UN's hyper-politicized IPCC has been screeching. At the current rate of increase, atmospheric CO2 will double around 2070. This would raise temperatures about 0.6°C — completely insignificant considering the climate's normal fluctuation.
This might be a good time for liberal elitists in the media and government to move on to a new phony crisis before the public starts to notice the egg oozing down their faces.
On a tip from Bergbikr.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:22 PM
From Spiegel Online:
The poor old Scandinavian moose is now being blamed for climate change, with researchers in Norway claiming that a grown moose can produce 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide a year — equivalent to the CO2 output resulting from a 13,000 kilometer car journey.
Norway is concerned that its national animal, the moose, is harming the climate by emitting an estimated 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide a year through its belching and farting.
Actually, farts are considered even more harmful to Gaia than CO2, as they contain methane. But Norwegians mustn't feel too guilty about ruining the climate and condemning us all to apocalyptic doom with their 120,000 moose. At least they're not responsible for Ted Kennedy's belching and farting.
On tips from Nanc and Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:42 AM
Life hasn't been easy for J. Michael Bailey, a psychologist at Northwestern University, since he put forward a theory of the bizarre "transgender" phenomenon that was determined by the mandarins of multiculturalism to be politically incorrect.
In the 2003 book The Man Who Would Be Queen, Bailey advanced the theory that guys who decide to go "transgender" are mainly motivated by an erotic fascination with their own selves as women. This jibes with the grotesque narcissism displayed so aggressively by transgender freakazoids. However, it does not conform to official moonbat dogma, which dictates that they really are women, who by some cosmic error were accidentally given male bodies.
At first the Lambda Literary Foundation, which exists to promote homosexual and transsexual deviance, nominated Bailey's book for an award. But then Lynn Conway, a sexually perplexed computer scientist at moonbat-infested University of Michigan, denounced the book as heresy and launched an email jihad, comparing it to Nazi propaganda.
A pack of feral academics descended upon Bailey, many of them — e.g., Conway and Deirdre McCloskey of University of Illinois-Chicago — transgendered themselves. A weird and provably false accusation was made that Bailey sexual molested one of the transgendered head cases featured in the book. Others made unfounded allegations of misconduct. Professors sent off strident letters to Northwestern, demanding Bailey's head on a platter, as well as to Illinois state regulators, on the grounds that Bailey was allegedly practicing psychology without a license.
Conway's website maintained a constant campaign against Bailey, and included a link to the site of transgender "advocate and consultant" Andrea James, who posted middle and elementary school pictures of Bailey's children, along with sexually explicit captions.
An inquisition into Bailey's alleged heresy lasted almost a year, bringing his research to a nearly complete stop and giving him a reputation in academia as radioactive. Two researchers were told by a government grant officer that they had better keep their distance from Bailey if they wanted any financing. Bailey regretfully reports that his colleagues were too cowardly to defend him, lest they too be denounced as witches by transgender totalitarians:
They saw what I was going through, I think, and wanted no part of it.
He stepped down as the chairman of the psychology department in 2004. But even now, the trial continues. The topic of what to do about Bailey was discussed just this month at the International Academy of Sex Research's annual meeting.
At least he wasn't fired, like Helmuth Nyborg, the Danish researcher who made the mistake of reporting a slight difference in IQ scores between the sexes. But the point has been made: Researchers are not to learn or to think. They are to reinforce politically correct dogma. If they do not obey, they will be made to pay.
|Professor and transgender freakazoid Deirdre McCloskey has been among Bailey's tormentors.|
On a tip from V the K.
August 21, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:57 PM
It looks like we'll have to give up our objections to the profane United Flight 93 memorial, which is less a monument to those killed resisting Muslim terrorists on 9/11 than an open-air mosque, designed as an Islamic crescent oriented toward Mecca. You see, the high priests of opinion have spoken from atop Mount Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Sometimes America's bubbling cauldron of resentments emits a poison that threatens to pollute good sense and the best of intentions. That such madness still haunts the planned Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset County is an unconscionable affront to the living and the dead.
As mentioned earlier, the father of one of the heroes of United Flight 93 does not want his son's name on this abomination. Too bad, snarls the lefty Post-Gazette:
The $57 million project is on track to open in 2011 — and so it should, without a further thought to anyone who would turn it into a point of sour conjecture. No names should be removed — they belong now to the ages.
Sorry, Mr. Burnett: your son Tom's name belongs to the ages — and the current custodians of the ages are moonbats.
On a tip from Reid.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:23 AM
The BBC has altered plans to depict a fictional terror attack on the show Casualty for fear that acknowledging the existence of Muslim terrorists might offend Muslims. Instead the terrorists will be depicted as animal rights activists.
This is the punishment the animal rights kooks get for not being bloodthirsty in their terrorist activities. But if Jerry Vlasak has his way, they might one day murder their way to the same obsequious treatment Muslims have received since 9/11.
At that point the Beeb may follow the lead of the Burlington Township High School in New Jersey, and portray terrorism as the work of conservative Christians.
The sniveling cowardice of our dhimmified media is a manifestation of a half-submerged cultural death wish that Muslims seem to be able to smell the way dogs smell fear. I can smell it too — and it stinks.
Hat tip: Brussels Journal.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:28 AM
The Muslim–moonbat alliance rallied yesterday in support of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, an "Arab-themed public school" — i.e., madrassa — that will open in Brooklyn September 4. Saudi terror-exporters will be pleased to know that they don't have to finance this one: American taxpayers are picking up the bill.
But not everyone is pleased. The original principal Debbie Almontaser was forced to resign for refusing to condemn the "Intifada NYC" T-shirts hawked by Arab Women Active in Art and Media, a group with which she has been associated.
New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind isn't pleased at all. From his statement:
Do we want a school to teach its students that Hamas militants are freedom fighters, and that Israel is an apartheid state? This school is ill-advised. It will not, as suggested, be a hope for peace; it is a blueprint for anti-Israel and anti-US extremism.
Apparently Hikind hasn't gotten the memo: the word "peace" is now a synonym for anti-US extremism.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:52 AM
The Dems and their media allies are completely committed to American defeat. But they may have to count on al-Qaeda and Iran to beat us on their own. It won't be easy to engineer our defeat in a war that we're winning without a significant percentage of the public being aware of it.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:17 AM
Islamic terrorism relies heavily on our media's help. For example, if al-Qaeda couldn't count on a defeatist spin on its horrific crimes in Iraq, there would be no point in committing them. In a more concrete example, the Seattle P-I is suppressing photographs that the FBI has publicized of suspected terrorists who have been scoping out Washington state ferries for terror attacks.
The FBI has received several reports from passengers and ferry workers about a couple of men who seem "overly interested in the workings and layouts of the ferries." They have been trying to use photographs taken by a ferry worker to identify the apparent terrorist scouts as quickly as possible, but they won't get any help from the Seattle P-I. Here's the excuse:
The Seattle P-I is not publishing the photos because neither man is considered a suspect nor has either been charged with a crime.
As V the K observes, we could have said the same about Mohammad Atta on September 10, 2001.
What a coincidence: just like Atta, the suspects are of Middle Eastern appearance. Here they are, via the National Terror Alert Response Center:
No doubt assisting in their apprehension before they succeed at killing Americans would be "racist" according to the prevailing ideology at the Seattle P-I.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:24 AM
The coming season of Fox's 24, in which Jack Bauer battles the fictitious menace of global warming, promises to be even more of a train wreck than already expected. Comedienne/activist Janeane Garofalo, formerly of the shrill left-wing hatefest Err America, is joining the cast.
Our country is founded on a sham: our forefathers were slave-owning rich white guys who wanted it their way. So when I see the American flag, I go, 'Oh my God, you're insulting me.' That you can have a gay parade on Christopher Street in New York, with naked men and women on a float cheering, 'We're here, we're queer!' — that's what makes my heart swell. Not the flag, but a gay naked man or woman burning the flag. I get choked up with pride.
At least the 24 folks no longer have to worry about getting their scripts cleared by CAIR.
On a tip from Aaron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:40 AM
British moonbats have found a "human right" for a foreign murderer to remain in the UK when he finishes serving out his wrist slap.
Learco Chindamo of Italy was 15 when he led a gang of 12 thugs to "sort out" a 12-year-old. When headmaster Philip Lawrence attempted to defend the little victim, Chindamo killed him.
Despite having been sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996, Chindamo may get out next year, and can look forward to a life of leisure on the British dole.
Lawrence's window would like to see Chindamo at least sent home, but nothing doing. You see, Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights guarantees a right to "family life," and Chindamo has relatives in Britain.
As always, the "rights" of criminals and aliens take precedence over the well-being of law-abiding citizens. But not to worry, Chindamo's lawyer tells the BBC that he's reformed.
Lawrence continues to be dead.
|When they let him out of prison, Learco Chindamo can continue to live off British taxpayers.|
On a tip from Panday.
August 20, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:34 PM
Seattle's Hempfest 2007 offered a glimpse at where American culture is headed if moonbattery prevails:
American Digest has much more, if you've got the belly for it.
On a tip from Matt.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:33 PM
Anyone who thinks global warming is harmless had better think again. The moonbats running Britain want use it as a pretext to impose deliberately excessive taxes on airline tickets.
The Department for Transportation wants to raise taxes on tickets by £13.50 per passenger, £27 for a round trip. That ought to put a righteous dent in the tourist industry.
From a DfT report:
Putting an appropriate price on carbon, through taxes, trading or regulation, means that people are faced with the full social cost of their actions. In the case of aviation, this means reflecting climate change costs in the price of air travel. If this is not done, prices will be too low and hence demand for a good or service too high to achieve a long-term sustainable outcome.
In other words, if they don't jack the taxes up high enough, proles will continue to avail themselves of air travel.
The liberal elitists who jet here and there preaching their climate change dogma won't notice the extra £27. But it's us little people who need to live more humbly to save Gaia and the polar bears.
This moonbattery has progressed to the point that it doesn't matter who you vote for:
While the Tories want to impose extra taxes on anyone taking more than one short-haul flight a year, the Liberal Democrats propose a £10 levy on domestic air travel and VAT on plane tickets.
One day you'll tell your grandchildren that once even normal people could fly.
|Brits could be seeing the tail end of affordable air travel.|
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:32 PM
In an enlightening piece on the metastasizing cancer known as the "Peace Studies" movement, Bruce Bawer lifts a rock to expose Johan Galtung, the phenomenon's spiritual father: a moonbat who has pushed the moral derangement at the heart of liberal politics to the point of overt evil.
Bawer's term for the Peace Studies movement is the Peace Racket:
We need to make two points about this movement at the outset. First, it's opposed to every value that the West stands for — liberty, free markets, individualism — and it despises America, the supreme symbol and defender of those values. Second, we're talking not about a bunch of naive Quakers but about a movement of savvy, ambitious professionals that is already comfortably ensconced at the United Nations, in the European Union, and in many nongovernmental organizations. It is also waging an aggressive, under-the-media-radar campaign for a cabinet-level Peace Department in the United States. Sponsored by Ohio Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich (along with more than 60 cosponsors), House Resolution 808 would authorize a Secretary of Peace to "establish a Peace Academy," "develop a peace education curriculum" for elementary and secondary schools, and provide "grants for peace studies departments" at campuses around the country. If passed, the measure would catapult the peace studies movement into a position of extraordinary national, even international, influence.
By "peace" they mean submission of the West to its tyrannical enemies.
Patriots have George Washington et al. Moonbats like Kucinich have Johan Galtung:
Their founding father is a 77-year-old Norwegian professor, Johan Galtung, who established the International Peace Research Institute in 1959 and the Journal of Peace Research five years later. Invariably portrayed in the media as a charismatic and (these days) grandfatherly champion of decency, Galtung is in fact a lifelong enemy of freedom. In 1973, he thundered that "our time's grotesque reality" was — no, not the Gulag or the Cultural Revolution, but rather the West's "structural fascism." He's called America a "killer country," accused it of "neo-fascist state terrorism," and gleefully prophesied that it will soon follow Britain "into the graveyard of empires." […]
Fittingly, he urged Hungarians not to resist the Soviet Army in 1956, and his views on World War II suggest that he'd have preferred it if the Allies had allowed Hitler to finish off the Jews and invade Britain.
Though Galtung has opined that the annihilation of Washington, D.C., would be a fair punishment for America's arrogant view of itself as "a model for everyone else," he's long held up certain countries as worthy of emulation — among them Stalin's USSR, whose economy, he predicted in 1953, would soon overtake the West's. He's also a fan of Castro's Cuba, which he praised in 1972 for "break[ing] free of imperialism's iron grip." At least you can't accuse Galtung of hiding his prejudices. In 1973, explaining world politics in a children's newspaper, he described the U.S. and Western Europe as "rich, Western, Christian countries" that make war to secure materials and markets: "Such an economic system is called capitalism, and when it's spread in this way to other countries it's called imperialism." In 1974, he sneered at the West's fixation on "persecuted elite personages" such as Solzhenitsyn and Sakharov. Thirty years later, he compared the U.S. to Nazi Germany for bombing Kosovo and invading Afghanistan and Iraq. For Galtung, a war that liberates is no better than one that enslaves.
His all-time favorite nation? China during the Cultural Revolution. Visiting his Xanadu, Galtung concluded that the Chinese loved life under Mao: after all, they were all "nice and smiling." While "repressive in a certain liberal sense," he wrote, Mao's China was "endlessly liberating when seen from many other perspectives that liberal theory has never understood." Why, China showed that "the whole theory about what an 'open society' is must be rewritten, probably also the theory of 'democracy' — and it will take a long time before the West will be willing to view China as a master teacher in such subjects."
This might be a good time to point out that Mao killed over 70 million of his own people in peacetime — and life couldn't have been much fun for those who survived. Bawer resumes:
Nor has Galtung changed his tune over the decades. Recently he gave a lecture that was a smorgasbord of wild accusations about America's refusing to negotiate with Saddam, America's secret plans to make war in Azerbaijan, Nazis in the State Department, the CIA's responsibility for 6 million covert murders, and so on. Galtung called for a Truth and Reconciliation Committee in Iraq — to treat America's crimes, not the Baathists'.
Galtung's use of the word "peace" to legitimize totalitarianism is an old Communist tradition. In August 1939, when the Nazis and Soviets signed their nonaggression pact, the same Western Stalinists who had been calling for war against Germany did an about-face and began to praise peace. (After Hitler invaded Russia, the Stalinists reversed themselves again, demanding that the West help Stalin crush the Third Reich.) The peace talk, in short, was really about sympathizing with Communism, not peace. And it continued after the war, when Stalin's Western supporters whitewashed his monstrous regime and denounced anti-Communists as warmongering crypto-fascists. "Peace conferences" and "friendship committees" drew hordes of liberal dupes, who didn't grasp that their new "friends" were not ordinary Russians but the jailers of ordinary Russians — and that the committees were about not "friendship" but deception, exploitation, and espionage.
Disturbingly, the evil old coot Galtung's influence on our current generation of college professors has been strong:
What these people teach remains faithful to Galtung's anti-Western inspiration. First and foremost, they emphasize that the world's great evil is capitalism — because it leads to imperialism, which in turn leads to war. The account of capitalism in David Barash and Charles Webel's widely used 2002 textbook Peace and Conflict Studies leans heavily on Lenin, who "maintained that only revolution — not reform — could undo capitalism's tendency toward imperialism and thence to war," and on Galtung, who helpfully revised Lenin's theories to account for America's "indirect" imperialism. Students acquire a zero-sum picture of the world economy: if some countries and people are poor, it's because others are rich. They're taught that American wealth derives entirely from exploitation and that Americans, accordingly, are responsible for world poverty. […]
In short, it's America that is the wellspring of the world's problems. In the peace studies world, America's role as the beacon of opportunity for generations of immigrants is mocked, its defense of freedom in World War II and the cold war is reinterpreted to its discredit, and every major postwar atrocity (the Gulag, the Cultural Revolution, genocide in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Sudan) is ignored, minimized, or — as with 9/11 — blamed on the U.S. itself.
These professors are methodically preparing another generation of unhinged radicals, maniacally devoted to the West's destruction. As Bawer concludes:
What's alarming is that these students don't plan to spend their lives on some remote mountainside in Nepal contemplating peace, harmony, and human oneness. They want to remake our world. They plan to become politicians, diplomats, bureaucrats, journalists, lawyers, teachers, activists. They'll bring to these positions all the mangled history and misbegotten ideology that their professors have handed down to them. Their careers will advance; the Peace Racket's influence will spread. And as it does, it will weaken freedom's foundations.
Sleepless as rust, the corrosive combination of evil and insanity known as moonbattery will continue to eat away at civilization from one generation to the next, until the day comes that only a dim memory remains of concepts like freedom and dignity.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:09 AM
To thunderous acclaim from the liberal intelligentsia, a team of feminist icons — including Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda — last year launched a women-run radio network. The mainstream media dutifully parroted press releases describing the launch as a "breakthrough" for women in the male-dominated world of talk radio.
The Boston Globe, for example, proclaimed that "GreenStone gives women an outlet." Business Week described the venture as "Talk Radio Minus The Testosterone."
Last Friday, GreenStone Media signed off for good.
Evidently programming that "carefully was designed by feminist experts to appeal to female tastes" appealed to no one but hardcore moonbats whose point of view already saturates television and is available on the radio via NPR, courtesy of our tax dollars. GreenStone was picked up by only eight affiliates, none in major markets.
GreenStone president and CEO Susan Ness whimpers that "women need a voice on commercial radio" and "radio needs women's voices."
Some good news for Susan:
- Laura Ingraham is on 340 stations and draws an audience of over 5 million.
- Dr. Laura Schlessinger's audience is larger still.
- Martha Zoeller, Janet Parshall, and Tammy Bruce are all doing fine.
- Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity don't have to be women to provide programming that millions of women want to hear.
But of course, these are all conservatives.
It's that cruel free market at work again, forcing radio stations to provide programming that people want to listen to. No wonder libs are trying to revive the Unfairness Doctrine.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:39 AM
Prison officials in Norway are having trouble figuring out how many beds to prepare. This is because the moonbats running the country expect convicts to turn themselves in at prisons voluntarily.
Surprisingly, some actually do. Others don't.
Complains director of Norwegian Correctional Services Ellinor Houm:
It's difficult to make plans for the prison terms when we have no idea who will show up and who won't.
At least Norway recently passed legislation making it illegal not to show up to serve your sentence.
Norway's crime rate is twice that of the USA's. But as Don Surber notes, that's not unusual among northern European countries.
As Power Line puts it:
[M]uch of Europe has succumbed to a liberal ideology that renders it more or less defenseless against civilization's enemies.
They used to say "Crime does not pay." Now it's moonbattery that doesn't pay.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:48 AM
When tinfoil-hat liberals go off on Karl Rove, the first reaction is to laugh at the patent silliness of their paranoid delusions. But then the awareness kicks in that they actually mean it. Insanity isn't so amusing when it causes its victims to fester with violent hatred, particularly when no one is making them take their meds.
Yep, you've done some horrible things in your life. Embarrassing things. Stupid. Mean. Violent, even. Eaten dirt. Smacked a baby. Kicked a kitten. Stomped some flowers. Stole. Lied. Cheated. Beat up a tree. Spit instead of swallowed. Drank bad wine. Voted Republican. Shared a needle. Promised to call and then didn't. You know, the usual.
But maybe some of these things now make you cringe and recoil and slump down a little lower in your chair when you think about them, because, well, maybe you've developed something resembling a conscience over the years, or maybe you've even gone so far as to consider the possibility of karma, of cosmic consequence, of the dire effects of wallowing for far too much of your life in all that goopy, stupid low vibration we sometimes call war or hate or religious dogma or the Olsen twins. […]
But then, something happens. In the midst of all this consciousness review and energy sifting, you pause. You take a karmic time-out. You lift your head from the hardscrabble tumult of your cosmic computations and look around, maybe read the papers and take in the recent headlines and suddenly it hits you like a dominatrix spanks her evangelical preacher in the hot fetish dungeon of cosmic irony: The stuff you've done? That horrible little army of things you think are so dire and awful and mean? Child's play. Trifles. Piddly little nothingness of who-the-hell-cares, barely registering on the Richter scale of pain and injustice and true human misprision.
Because now perhaps you are reading up on the rise and fall and much-desirable end of this one particular man, this dank, sweaty, adipose embodiment of a sad political caricature, this shockingly powerful force of darkness and cruelty and pure, unfiltered iniquity known to the world as Karl Rove.
From there the hebephrenic rant actually goes downhill. Rove is accused of all manner of absurd misdeeds, including being a homophobe, believing in good and evil, gutting the US treasury, staining the Department of Homeland Security with his "devious perfidy," attempting "to create a totalitarian GOP regime," being the "quotient of pure, clear vileness," etc.
As usual when Rove is assailed by a moonbat, there is no reference to any actual misdeed other than the outing of the pencil-pushing Valerie Plame, though it is public knowledge that if anyone outed this non-secret agent, it was Richard Armitage.
Just when you think Morford is about to catch himself and step back from the brink of genuine psychosis, he plunges headlong:
But wait, is this perspective a bit too unforgiving? Is this sort of talk, in its own way, just as spiritually corrupt and of equally low, repulsive vibration as Rove's own? Is it, in other words, somehow karmically wrong to see another's choice of sad, destructive path and be so deeply thankful you will never come anywhere near that quotient of pure, clear vileness? Could be, could be.
After all, the reincarnation set will happily inform you that, in truth, we've all been, at one point during the great cosmic continuum, a Karl Rove. We've all been a murderer, a rapist, a thug, a dictator and a witch and a peasant and a queen and a victim and sea slug and a rutabaga and a savior and a minion and a mindless megachurch Christian zealot and yes, even an Olsen twin.
As such, we are all here to learn in the same sort of glorious/tortuous way, and hence in the grand view no one's path is really any different than anyone else's and to judge one is to judge them all and etc. and so forth and oh my God it's all so vast and lovely and true.
But in this case, let us just say, no. Because this is the here and now. This is the moment we are in and this is the one that matters and it is just too delightful to repeat: You are not Karl Rove and I am not Karl Rove and therefore we can join hands right now, you and I, we can connect across this vast media chasm and via these very wires and we can, together, find a deeper understanding, a shared universal truth, a more profound coming together over the fact that, no matter how bad things might get, we will never have to be Karl Rove.
Hey, what's more karmically delightful than that?
More disturbing even than the advanced state of Morford's mental illness is the fact that the mainstream media pays venomous lunatics to vomit this sort of incoherent bile onto the pages of newspapers. Small wonder circulation is down.
For the sake of our cultural hygiene, if not public safety, Morford and his kind should be writing their editorials on padded walls with crayons held between their toes, as they lie on the floor in tightly strapped straightjackets.
|Mark Morford: The SF Comical's conception of an intellectual.|
August 19, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:44 PM
Moonbats continue to make a nuisance of themselves at Heathrow, where they are demanding that human civilization turn the clock back to sometime prior to the Wright brothers.
The moonbats are incensed by plans to open a new terminal at Heathrow next March and to add another runway around 2020. According to liberal ideology, civilization is supposed to contract, not expand.
There has been some "pushing and shoving" between the envirowackos and police, who incomprehensibly have not restored order by clearing the grounds of the vermin. Commander Jo Kaye of the Metropolitan Police is calling for more "dialogue" with the protesters.
Giving an idea how useful "dialogue" with moonbats would be, protest organizer Alex Harvey barks:
There are certainly times when unlawful action is required in order to force changes that aren't happening fast enough.
Among their demands: an end to air travel. Maybe we should send in Jimmy Carter to negotiate.
|Moonbats insist we forget how to fly.|
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:23 PM
John Edwards goes after the girl liberals love to hate:
They [conservatives] attacked Elizabeth [Edwards] personally, because she stood up to that she-devil Ann Coulter. … I should not have name-called. But the truth is — forget the names — people like Ann Coulter, they engage in hateful language.
Hateful language — you mean like "she-devil"?
In describing this latest insertion of the Breck Girl's shoe into his mouth, ABC News joins in the Coulter-bashing fun by quoting her out of context:
If I'm gonna say anything about John Edwards in the future, I'll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.
She was referring to the despicable Bill Maher's announcement that he wished Dick Cheney had been killed by a terrorist plot — a wish deafeningly echoed by the liberal Nutroots. But you wouldn't know this from reading ABC News, which describes Coulter as "flustered" by the low-caliber Elizabeth Edwards.
ABC propagandists aren't the only disreputable moonbats to use the quote out of context: Edwards' campaign exploited it to raise cash.
|Liberals enjoy flaunting their intellectual superiority to Ann Coulter.|
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:03 PM
Tom Burnett Jr. took part in the passenger uprising that prevented Islamic terrorists from crashing United Flight 93 into the Capitol on 9/11. Yet his father Tom Burnett Sr. has asked that his name not appear on the monument being built ostensibly to honor the heroes who died on that flight.
This is understandable, in light of suspicions that the "Crescent of Embrace" (now called the "Bowl of Embrace") memorial has been designed as an open-air mosque, intended to honor the Muslim hijackers rather than the brave Americans like Burnett who rose up against them — as painstakingly documented by Alec Rawls.
The moonbat-friendly Pittsburgh Post-Gazette turns a grudging acknowledgment of the senior Burnett's objections into a hit piece on Rawls, whose attempts to derail the abomination have laid him open to slander like this:
We basically have a fanatic who has continued to undercut and violate the families and is exploiting their feelings on his own behalf.
To discredit Rawls' observation that the memorial is actually a mihrab, which points Muslims toward their magic meteor in Mecca, the Post-Gazette brings in "geospatial information sciences professor" Daniel Griffith, all the way from UT-Dallas, who astonishingly claims that everything points toward Mecca, because the Earth is round.
This is great news for British taxpayers, who will no longer have to pay to rebuild prison toilets so that they don't face toward Mecca. It will also make it easier for the staff at Club Gitmo, who have been putting arrows indicating "qibla" (the direction toward Mecca) in the rooms of vacationing terrorists.
But the publication of this revelation is bad news for anyone at the Post-Gazzette who expects grownups to take their dhimmified leftist rag seriously.
A downloadable draft of Rawls' Crescent of Betrayal is still available for free.
On a tip from Reid.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:59 AM
Oh no, not more naked moonbats:
Hundreds of naked people formed a "living sculpture" on Switzerland's Aletsch glacier Saturday aimed at raising awareness about climate change.
The photo shoot by New York artist Spencer Tunick, famous for his pictures of nude gatherings in public settings worldwide, was designed to draw attention to the effects of global warming on Switzerland's shrinking glaciers.
"The melting of the glaciers is an indisputable sign of global climate change," said environmental group Greenpeace, which co-organized the event.
Melting ice in August may not be very convincing evidence that the global warming hoax is actually real, but moonbats seem to enjoy lying naked in the snow.
Greenpeace says the Swiss glaciers will be totally gone by 2080. Too bad I won't be here to do a follow-up post when they are proven wrong. Of course, that's the whole point of casting apocalyptic predictions far into the future.
On tips from Wiggins, Bergbikr, and Nanc.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:14 AM
One of the drawbacks of having no responsible government to defend our country from invasion is that we'll have to learn the language of our conquerors. WND reports:
Spanish-speaking students are flooding into an Illinois school district so fast that teachers who educate in English only are being involuntarily transferred, and they believe there will come a time when they no longer will have a job.
"I know what the trend is, and it's not looking good," Valerie Goranson told the Chicago Tribune. "Even if my job was saved this year, what about next year?"
She has twice lost a teaching assignment in the Waukegan district because she doesn't speak Spanish, she said. Last year, after teaching 5th grade at North Elementary for six years, district officials moved her to Clark Elementary to make room for a Spanish-speaking teacher at North.
Now she says it's happening again.
"I can understand why they are a little nervous," Mary Lamping, the district's chief academic officer, said. "If we don't have an English-speaking population to serve, then we're not going to need English-speaking teachers."
As liberals never tire of reminding us, America is a nation of immigrants. True enough, but immigrants are assimilated. When we have to learn the language of foreigners as a result of them pouring over our borders in violation of our laws, they are not immigrants but colonizers.
No country that permits this state of affairs can have a future.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:43 AM
A pair of moonbats who attempted to disrupt a Fourth of July speech by the President by showing up in anti-Bush T-shirts that they refused to cover have been handed $80,000 of our money as a reward for their antics, the ACLU has gleefully announced.
A judge dismissed trespassing charges against the aptly named Nicole and Jeffery Rank, who then were granted a settlement after threatening to sue. Their shirts had the word "Bush" inside a circle and slash on the front. On the back, one read "Love America, Hate Bush" and the other proclaimed that "Regime Change Starts at Home."
According to a White House spokesman, the payoff was made despite any wrongdoing by the government because allowing the case to go forward would have cost taxpayers even more. Given the political climate prevailing in the zoo formerly known as our legal system, the payoff for wearing the disrespectful shirts could have been in the $millions.
On a tip from Nanc.
August 18, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:04 PM
Correctly perceiving the Iranian regime to be America's worst enemy, Oliver Stone will not take no for an answer, and continues to offer Mahmoud Ahmadinejad his services as a moonbat propagandist.
According to filmmaker Alireza Sajjadpur, secretary of Iran's Islamic Society of Artists:
Stone's publicist referred to the bad image that the U.S. media has given to Islam and Islamic countries and said that the documentary could assist in countering such negative propaganda.
However, last time Stoned begged to do a hagiography of Ahmadinejad, he was dismissed as "part of the Great Satan."
Don't beat your head on a wall, Stone. Hugo Chavez would be glad to avail himself of your services. Just ask Danny Glover.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:24 PM
John Edwards has served as an inspiration to the pathologically greedy by financing a political career with money expropriated from doctors in absurd lawsuits that featured him publicly channeling the spirits of deformed children. Federal inmate Jonathan Lee Riches recently carried forth the Breck Girl's proud tradition by filing suit against Michael Vick for allegedly stealing his pit bulls and selling them on eBay to finance missile purchases from Iran. But that was only the beginning. Riches' latest suit makes even Silky Pony's avaricious exploits appear downright unimaginative by comparison.
The defendants in the suit are pumpkin-headed slugger Barry Bonds, MLB commissioner Bud Selig, and Henry Aaron's bat.
Selig has allegedly been providing steroids to Bonds, who has been using Aaron's bat. This corked bat features "secret chambers" in which Bonds stores the steroids. It turns out Bonds used this very bat to crack the Liberty Bell.
Other crimes by Bonds include bench-pressing Riches against his will and selling steroids to nuns.
In the name of justice, Riches is demanding "42,000,000 million dollars in Swiss Francs."
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:44 PM
This story suggests one of the many reasons healthcare will become extravagantly expensive once it becomes "free" under socialized medicine:
A small South Carolina parts supplier collected about $20.5 million over six years from the Pentagon for fraudulent shipping costs, including $998,798 for sending two 19-cent washers to an Army base in Texas, U.S. officials said.
The company also billed and was paid $455,009 to ship three machine screws costing $1.31 each to Marines in Habbaniyah, Iraq, and $293,451 to ship an 89-cent split washer to Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Pentagon records show.
The military is one of the few areas where turning the job over to the government is necessary. In terms of efficiency it compares very well to other government entities, like for example your local DMV. But wherever you have government bureaucracy, you will have situations where costs are ignored because hey, it's not our money, it's everybody's money. This is called the Tragedy of the Commons.
When HillaryCare becomes a reality, we will no doubt see scraped knees treated with $500,000 Band-Aids, while cancer patients die on the waiting list. But at least someone else will pay for it all.
On a tip from Nanc.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:26 PM
The MSM whines that bloggers are degrading the quality of journalism. But as Randall Hoven observes, bloggers have not been creating the shabby state of journalism, but merely shining a light on it. If the mainstream media would respond to revelations of its malpractice by performing better instead of by sniveling defensively, bloggers would be doing it a favor by offering some quality control. Since media elitist show no indication of mending their irresponsible ways, bloggers are doing the public a favor, by warning it that nothing coming out of the MSM can be taken at face value.
Speaking of favors, Hoven did us one by compiling a list of particularly egregious examples of MSM malpractice. Here are the ones directly involving the disturbingly influential New York Times and its insidious subsidiary, the Boston Globe:
- Hassan Fattah, New York Times (2006). Fell for a hoax. Did a front page story about the man in one of the famous Abu Ghraib photos. But it turned out that the man who claimed to be the one in the picture, who provided details for the story, was not the one in the picture at all.
- Jack Hitt, New York Times (2006). Lying, or at least really sloppy research. He wrote a story about a woman in El Salvador who was sentenced to prison for having an abortion when she was 18 weeks pregnant. It turned out that "her child was carried to term, was born alive and died in its first minutes of life." In short, her crime was infanticide, not abortion.
- Barbara Stewart, Boston Globe (2005). Lying/fabricating. "The Boston Globe acknowledged yesterday publishing a partially fabricated story by a freelance reporter about a Canadian seal hunt that had not taken place."
- The Boston Globe (2004). Fake photos, fake story. The Boston Globe published pictures alleging U.S. troops raped Iraqi women. The pictures turned out to be commercially available pornography.
- Jayson Blair, The New York Times (2003). Lying/fabricating. He fabricated parts or all of at least 36 stories. He, along with his bosses Gerald Boyd and Howell Raines, resigned from the NYT.
- Rick Bragg, The New York Times (2003). "Drive-by" reporting. "Bragg's defense -- that it is common for Times correspondents to slip in and out of cities to 'get the dateline' while relying on the work of stringers, researchers, interns and clerks -- has sparked more passionate disagreement than the clear-cut fraud and plagiarism committed by Blair. The issue, put starkly, is whether readers are being misled about how and where a story was reported." He resigned.
- Fox Butterfield, New York Times (2000). Lying/fabricating and plagiarism. In 2003, a federal jury ruled that "the New York Times and one of its reporters libeled an Ohio Supreme Court justice" in an article published April 13, 2000. The jury found that the article was "not substantially true". He also "had lifted material from a story in The Boston Globe while reporting, ironically, on plagiarism by a Boston University dean".
- Mike Barnicle, Boston Globe (1998). Lying/fabricating and plagiarism. Totally made up stories, including one about a black kid and a white kid with cancer. Also used quotes from George Carlin as his own. Fired from the Boston Globe.
- Patricia Smith, Boston Globe (1998), Pulitzer Prize finalist. Lying/fabricating "An award-winning metro columnist for The Boston Globe resigned Thursday after being asked to leave by the paper's editor, who said she admitted to fabricating people and quotes in four columns this year." "I attributed quotes to people who didn't exist."
- Walter Duranty, The New York Times (1930s), Pulitzer Prize winner. Lying. This man visited Stalin's Russia and wrote that nothing untoward was happening there -- no famine, etc. In fact, up to 10 million people died in the Ukraine famine. His writings matched Russian propaganda almost exactly. His Pulitzer Prize still stands.
Duranty's whitewashing of Stalin's genocide may seem a little dated, but the Gray Lady keeps it current by continuing to dismiss demands that the Pulitzer Prize with which Duranty was rewarded for his journalistic crimes against humanity be renounced.
Hoven came away from his research with some conclusions and some questions:
- These offenses have been going on for years, long before the internet. But there does seems to be a rise in the number of reported offenses in recent years. Did the number of offenses go up, or did the fraction of discovered offenses go up?
- In a good number of these cases, the errors were caught by non-journalists, sometimes communicating over the internet.
- If it is "too good to be true", or just too politically correct to be true, take it with a grain of salt - several grains, apparently, if from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, CNN or Reuters.
- The Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize just ain't all they're cracked up to be.
- If this is the visible part of the iceberg, just how big is the iceberg?
The iceberg is the size of the MSM itself. No wonder liberals are big on public television and the Unfairness Doctrine; wouldn't it be nice if they had the force of government to assure that their monopoly isn't threatened?
|By hiding communist genocide in the Ukraine from the public, the NY Times' Stalin apologist Walter Duranty helped established the level of the MSM's credibility.|
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:11 AM
Quadruplets in Canada? Bad idea:
A Canadian woman has given birth to extremely rare identical quadruplets.
The four girls were born at a US hospital because there was no space available at Canadian neonatal intensive care units. […]
Health officials said they checked every other neonatal intensive care unit in Canada but none had space.
This despite Canada's birthrate having fallen to historic lows.
Canadians are lucky now: they've got a free country right next door. After they get done paying for their "free" healthcare with exorbitant taxation, they have to cross the border and pay again down here, but at least they get healthcare. If Dems succeed in socializing medicine here too, the poor Canadians will have to drive all the way to Mexico.
Meanwhile in Britain, where bureauweenies nationalized healthcare long ago:
A young mother had to deliver her own baby in the lavatory of a flagship hospital because there were no trained midwives available.
Surveyor Catherine Brown had made the agonising decision to undergo a chemically-induced abortion after being told her 18-week pregnancy was risking her life.
But when the time came to give birth she was on an ear, nose and throat ward and had only her mother to help her through the ordeal. Her premature son Edward died in her arms minutes later.
The traumatised mother-of-one said: "I just howled and howled. I remember sitting there looking at him and thinking, 'What do I do next?'. I just sat there on the toilet looking at my dead baby.
"It was dreadful — a terrible nightmare. Then I started crying my eyes out and repeating, 'I'm sorry baby, I'm so sorry'. I still can't believe the hospital had no trained staff who could help me."
To compound Miss Brown's agony, the body of her child was almost discarded with hospital waste. […]
Her mother spoke of her fears that she was going to lose her daughter as well as her grandson, because she was bleeding so heavily.
"I was running around frantically trying to find gas and air for her and pleaded with nurses, who seemed very matter of fact, to assist," she said.
"The staff I did find told me they did not have the training to help. Catherine was left to deliver the baby alone with just me for help before cleaning herself up and going back to bed. It was horrific."
But their trauma was still not over. Miss Brown said staff almost took Edward's remains away for disposal despite her informing the hospital she wanted to hold a funeral.
Babies are only babies if liberal bureaucrats say they're babies. Otherwise, they're medical waste.
In related news, Elizabeth Edwards, wife of the Breck Girl, has announced that there is a "consensus" on the issue of socialized medicine, just like with global warming. She accused competing presidential candidates Shrillary and Osama Obama of not pushing for it aggressively enough.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:14 AM
From Scotland, land of enlightened socialized medicine:
Cancer patients are still waiting up to seven months for treatment.
Patients are supposed to be treated within 62 days of urgent referral.
But figures out yesterday showed only three areas in Scotland were meeting those targets every time.
In the worst cases, sufferers were kept hanging on for 220 days.
The only way to beat cancer is with immediate treatment — like you tend to get under free enterprise. A 220-day wait period for urgent treatment is a death sentence.
Yet there are Americans who will vote for Democrats, though it will result in our healthcare system being replaced by the sort of dysfunctional bureaucracy they have in Scotland. Mostly this can be ascribed to ignorance; few liberals ever poke their heads outside the propaganda bubble created by the mainstream media.
For those who have a clue what's going on in the world who would move us toward socialism anyway, the only explanation is a death wish.
On a tip from V the K.
August 17, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:59 PM
One distinguishing feature of liberals is that instead of learning from other's mistakes, they emulate them. The most obvious example is socialism, which has been tried many times with invariably disastrous consequences, but which never goes out of style among moonbats. A more specific example is light rail transit. Tom Barrett, the Mayor of Milwaukee, actually traveled to Portland, Oregon recently so as to study that city's financially disastrous light rail system, the better to impose a similar debacle on his own town.
Randal O'Toole has spent most of his life in Portland. As he reports:
Portland's public transit has done nothing to relieve the region's growing congestion; its high cost has sparked a taxpayer revolt; the developments along the rail lines were themselves heavily subsidized; and those subsidies led a crafty cabal of ex-politicians and developers to milk the system for their own gain.
Portland residents have repeatedly voted against the light rail boondoggle, but bureaucrats always find a way to expropriate the cash they covet. Their friends are getting rich on rail construction contracts and developer subsidies:
Meanwhile, budgets for schools, fire, police, and public health have all been cut, as property taxes that would normally go to those services have been diverted to subsidies for rail transit and high-density developments.
Since Portland began building rail transit in the 1980s, public transit's share of commuter traffic has actually declined from 9.8% to 7.6%, because bus service has been reduced to help pay for the poky and largely useless light rail.
Supposedly the light rail has spurred high-density development. This development was actually impelled by over $1.5 billion in handouts at taxpayers' expense. The term for perverting the market by coercively financing projects that only bureaucrats want is socialism.
As we have seen again and again in virtually every corner of the world, socialism is profoundly inefficient, and erodes both our liberties and our standard of living. So by all means let's have some more.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:42 AM
Look what illegal alien advocate and convicted felon Elias Bermudez has been charming enough to distribute to the media:
The Klansman in the photo is heroic Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose campaign against moonbattery in the Phoenix area can be compared to Hercules cleaning the Augean stables.
A little background on Bermudez: He lived here for 17 years as an illegal alien before marrying a US citizen. After becoming the mayor of 90% Hispanic San Luis, Arizona, he spent 6 months in the can on bribery charges and later did an 18-month stint in federal prison after pleading guilty to laundering drug money.
Since regrettably being let out of jail, he has taken a prominent role in illegal alien rallies intended to intimidate Americans into submitting to invasion.
Our community feels he [Arpaio] is trying to lynch us.
By "our community," he means illegal aliens, not Hispanics in general. Lynching to him means attempting to enforce immigration laws, instead of paying them vague lip service and then winking as they are ignored, as Governor Janet "Crappy Nappy" Napolitano is wont to do.
Bermudez bleats again:
A lot of people live in fear of the sheriff.
As well they should, because race-baiting smear jobs are not going to prevent Sheriff Joe from continuing to enforce the law. As always, he stands firm against the tide of liberal idiocy that is trying to wash our country down the drain. Since he can't build the wall that Congress falsely promised us, his approach is to incarcerate the criminal invaders:
Why would you come over and go to jail when you can't work and send money back?
Arpaio responded to Bermudez's latest childish antic by promising "to get more resources dedicated to increase my fight against illegal immigration."
In a sane world, Joe Arpaio would be head of Homeland Security.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:46 AM
Wonder why gas prices are high? Part of it is taxes, and part of it is this:
A US federal appeals court in San Francisco has upheld an order blocking supermajor Shell from exploratory drilling in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north coast. […]
The ruling deals a serious blow to Shell's plan to drill up to four exploration wells during the brief Arctic summer to test a $44 million investment the company placed in the region in 2005[…]
This sets up proceedings for the same Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to look into the matter more fully.
However, with December being the first chance for the three-judge panel to address the issue again, Shell has been shut out from drilling before the Beaufort Sea freezes for winter.
I'm sure Shell will continue to get a fair and impartial hearing from the leftists on the Ninth Circus. The US Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service already approved the drilling, but that's no reason not to tangle it up in expensive red tape, possibly indefinitely.
Good thing environmentalists' Suburus and Piouses run on pixie dust and not gasoline, or how would they get from their demonstrations to the courthouse and back?
In addition to preventing the exploitation of an energy reserve that does not involve handing over money to Muslims or Hugo Chavez, both of whom will spend it on weapons to kill us with, the envirowackos and their moonbat accomplices in the insane asylum known as our legal system have managed to jack up the price of doing business for Shell, which has no choice but to pass along such costs to us. Also, they have managed to prevent the creation of hundreds of permanent jobs.
On the plus side, liberals have given themselves something else to feel smugly self-righteous about.
On a tip from Byron.
August 16, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:21 PM
The Orang-utans of Borneo are facing an unprecedented threat as their habitat is destroyed to satisfy increasing global demands for bio-fuel.
As jungles are rapidly replaced by palm oil plantations, the great apes starve and are hunted, mutilated, burnt and snared by workers protecting their crops. At a rehabilitation centre run by the charity Borneo Orang-utan Survival, there are more than 600, mostly orphaned babies. Lone Nielsen, the centre's director, estimates that for each of the 227 animals they rescued last year, five more were killed in central Borneo alone. […]
With the world desperate for "green" fuels, demand for palm oil, which is used in bio-diesel, is guaranteed to increase. According to European legislation two per cent of all diesel must be vegetable oil, rising to 5.7 per cent in 2010 and 10 per cent by 2020.
Orangutans are considered the most intelligent primate after humans. Considering how many humans have bought into the global warming hoax, they may have passed us.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:10 PM
Here's a tourism tip for moonbats: Show your support for the "Bolivarian Revolution" by spending your next Caribbean vacation in Hugo Chavez's Venezuela. Just don't forget to take extra care. From the State Department's Consular Information Sheet:
Violent crime in Venezuela is pervasive, both in the capital, Caracas, and in the interior. The country has one of the highest per-capita murder rates in the world. Armed robberies take place in broad daylight throughout the city, including areas generally presumed safe and frequented by tourists. A common technique is to choke the victim into unconsciousness and then rob them of all they are carrying. Well armed criminal gangs operate with impunity, often setting up fake police checkpoints. Kidnapping is a particularly serious problem, with more than 1,000 reported during the past year alone. There have been several high profile kidnappings that have resulted in murder, including the killings of three minor Canadian brothers, a wealthy Italo-Venezuelan businessman, and the daughter of a senior Venezuelan military commander. Investigation of all crime is haphazard and ineffective. In the case of high-profile killings, the authorities quickly round up suspects, but rarely produce evidence linking these individuals to the crime. Only a very small percentage of criminals are tried and convicted.
Maiquetia Airport, the international airport serving Caracas, is dangerous and corruption is rampant. Concerns include personal property theft, mugging, and "express kidnapping" in which individuals are taken to make purchases or to withdraw as much money as possible from ATMs, often at gunpoint. The Embassy has received multiple, credible reports that individuals with what appear to be official uniforms or other credentials are involved in facilitating or perpetrating these crimes. For this reason, American citizen travelers should be wary of all strangers, even those in official uniform or carrying official identification. There are also known drug trafficking groups working from the airport. Travelers should not accept packages from any persons and should keep their luggage with them at all times.
Because of the frequency of robberies at gunpoint, travelers are encouraged to arrive during daylight hours if at all possible. If not, travelers should use extra care both within and outside of the airport. The Embassy strongly advises that all arriving passengers make advance plans for transportation from the airport to their place of lodging. If possible, travelers should arrange to be picked up at the airport by someone who is known to them. The Embassy has received frequent reports recently of armed robberies in taxicabs going to and from the airport at Maiquetia. There is no foolproof method of knowing whether a taxi driver at the airport is reliable. The fact that a taxi driver presents a credential or drives an automobile with official taxi license plates marked "libre" is no longer an indication of reliability. Incidents of taxi drivers in Caracas overcharging, robbing, and injuring passengers are common. Travelers should take care to use radio-dispatched taxis or those from reputable hotels. Travelers should call a 24-hour radio-dispatched taxi service from a public phone lobby or ask hotel, restaurant, or airline representatives to contact a licensed cab company for them. […]
While visiting Venezuela, Americans are encouraged to carry as little U.S. currency on them as possible and to avoid wearing expensive or flashy watches and jewelry. Due to the poor security situation, the Embassy does not recommend changing money at the international airport. Visitors should bring a major credit card, but should be aware of widespread pilfering of credit card data to make unauthorized transactions. Travelers' checks are not recommended as they are honored in only a few locations. It is possible to exchange U.S. currency at approved exchange offices near major hotel chains in Caracas (personal checks are not accepted) and at commercial banks with some restrictions. Due to currency regulations, hotels cannot provide accommodation exchange. There are ATM machines throughout Venezuela. Malfunctions are common, however, and travelers should be careful to use those only in well-lit public places. ATM data has also been hacked and used to make unauthorized withdrawals from user's accounts.
Popular tourist attractions, such as the Avila National Park, are increasingly associated with violent crime. Americans planning to participate in outdoor activities in potentially isolated areas are strongly urged to travel in groups of five or more and to provide family or friends with their itineraries prior to departure. […]
U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Venezuela are advised to take common-sense precautions and avoid large gatherings and demonstrations, no matter where they occur.
Harassment of U.S. citizens by pro-government groups, Venezuelan airport authorities, and some segments of the police occurs but is quite limited. However, Venezuela's most senior leaders, including President Chavez, regularly express anti-American sentiment. The Venezuelan government's rhetoric of hate directed against the U.S. government, as well as American culture and institutions, is slowly affecting attitudes in what used to be one of the most pro-American countries in the hemisphere.
Ah, life in socialist paradise. Hopefully some vacationing moonbats will enjoy the place so much, they won't want to come back.
On a tip from Jimbo.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:05 PM
If you felt sorry for the poor delicate basketball players that Don Imus offhandedly referred to as "nappy-headed hos," you can stop now. Center Kia Vaughn is exploiting this preposterous kerfuffle as an opportunity to loot not only Imus, but — since they also have money — MSNBC, NBC Universal, CBS Radio, CBS Corp., Viacom Inc., Westwood One Radio, and producer Bernard McGuirk.
The idea that calling people childish names should be grounds for a multi-$zillion lawsuit is laughable in the extreme, but absurdity flourishes in the tort system that gave us John Edwards. As sports law expert Michael McCann notes, Vaughn stands to win despite her flimsy slander case, probably without even going to court. The whole idea is to extort the victims into paying a settlement:
It is highly likely that this lawsuit will settle out of court. Even though I believe it will be difficult for Vaughn to succeed, the lawsuit itself is highly damaging to Imus, and he will thus have a strong incentive to settle.
The justification for going after NBC, CBS, etc. is ominous in its implications. The networks stand accused of allowing an atmosphere to exist in which someone could say something that isn't nice. If that becomes a crime punishable by extravagant tort awards, our whole culture will become as mealy-mouthed, politically correct, and utterly uninteresting as the bureaucrat-approved pabulum on NPR.
Supposedly some of the loot from the lawsuit will go to "a scholarship program to study the effects of bigoted and misogynistic speech on society." Maybe this will be a way to get college credit for listening to rap albums. Fortunately I doubt there will be much cash left over for this moonbattery after Vaughn and her lawyers treat themselves to lavish spending sprees at the expense of our freedom of speech.
If Vaughn is successful, I'll lawyer up for the next troll who calls me a "Christofascist redneck retard." Of course, I might also have to sue myself for creating an environment in which people can say what they want, as if this were still America.
On a tip from White Cane.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:57 AM
Not scared into abject hysteria yet by the global warming hoax? Maybe this will work:
Should global warming continue to ravage our planet at current rates, the numbers of people suffering Leishmaniasis, a flesh-eating and sometimes fatal disease will increase dramatically, experts warn. Leishmaniasis is caused by a parasite transmitted via sand fly bites usually found only in tropical climates. Rising temperatures will increase the number of countries the sand fly colonises, moving further north and through Europe.
But it isn't just global warming that subjects us to flesh-eating bacteria — there is also the other cause of all evil in the world. Testifies one Ross Boyle of the University of Hull:
Global warming and the military presence in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan mean that this horrific and debilitating disease is affecting more people than ever before.
You see, soldiers "in Iraq and Afghanistan are also exposed to the conditions associated with contracting Leishmaniasis." Who knew Afghanistan had a tropical climate?
Whether Karl Rove had any direct involvement in the spread of Leishmaniasis has not been determined.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:11 AM
What's next, after homosexual activists get their way with gay "marriage"? Artist Amber Hawk Swanson offers a clue:
Amber Hawk Swanson met Amber Doll on January 25 and the two were married the next day in matching rented gowns at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. […] Swanson, a video and performance artist, had ordered her bride online: Amber Doll, a lifelike sex doll, was specially made to look just like her.
Swanson combines mocking marriage with mocking art. The final four days of production of the expensive doll, its trip to Vegas with Swanson, and the "marriage" were all filmed as part of the artsy video To Have, To Hold, To Violate: The Making of Amber Doll. It screened at a Chicago showing of movies by local homosexuals.
Now Amber Doll is participating in artistic projects "exploring the interplay between fantasy and reality in sexual relationships." Swanson tattooed the word "Bully" on her own wrist and had "Prey" painted on the doll's. This should give you an idea of the nature of the self-indulgent fantasies Swanson enacts with her inanimate "wife" in front of cameras for the sake of what now passes for art.
On a tip from A.C # 1.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:23 AM
The anaconda wraps itself around democracy in Venezuela ever more tightly.
Yesterday Hugo Chavez proposed changes to the constitution that will allow for his indefinite re-election, the better to transform Venezuela into a socialist slave state on the Cuban model. The proposal was announced before the National Assembly, which is composed of 167 lawmakers, all of whom are Chavez supporters. He also controls the Supreme Court, the federal bureaucracy, public oil and infrastructure companies, and all but two state governments.
From the International Herald Tribune:
The project has already led to fierce debate over Chávez's expanding power. Critics in the Roman Catholic Church have been clashing with Chávez over the re-election proposals, with one cardinal, Rosalio José Castillo Lara, calling him a "paranoid dictator." […]
Since Chávez's re-election to a third term in December, he has surprised many with the breadth of the changes in his political and economic policies.
He has nationalized telecommunications, electricity and oil companies; forged a single socialist party for his followers; deepened alliances with countries like Cuba and Iran; and sped the distribution of billions of dollars for local governing entities called communal councils. […]
About 20,000 of the councils are expected to be created this year, with authority over issues like infrastructure and some social welfare projects transferred to them from municipal and state governments. Chávez's critics say the councils must remain loyal to his political ideology to receive funding.
But not to worry, Chavez was democratically elected — and it looks like he'll be the last Venezuelan to be able to say that for quite some time.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:12 AM
The willingness of Christians to submit to Islamification is unfolding as one of the great tragedies of Western history. Deranged by moonbattery, they no doubt feel very self-righteous about sacrificing their own faith to a barbarous cult on the altar of multiculturalism.
Regarding the defense of Christendom from the encroachment of imperialist Islam, here's what Roman Catholic Bishop Tiny Muskens of the Netherlands has to say:
Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn't we all say that from now on we will name God Allah? … What does God care what we call him? It is our problem.
Actually, our problem is moonbat dhimmis like Muskens, who are dismantling the Christian religion from within, leaving Western Civilization without the backbone required to counter threats like Islam.
Fortunately the people are not as far gone as the establishment. A De Telegraaf survey found 92% disagreed with Muskens' twisted view; the other 8% were probably Muslims.
On tips from Texan, Byron, and Adrian.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:49 AM
Buddhist moonbats are in hot water after releasing $7,000 worth of various frogs, turtles, and eels into the Passaic River. The creepy-crawlies had been liberated from Chinatown, where they had been slated for the supper table.
New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection is threatening the moonbats with fines up to $1,000. Nobody knows how the alien species might effect life in the river.
On a tip from Byron.
August 15, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:54 PM
The mistake of relying on the mainstream media for news could have you thinking that Venezuelans love leftist strongman Hugo Chavez, and share his noisy hatred for America. But Gustavo Coronel, a former member of Venezuela's Congress, assures us neither is the case.
Anyone who refers to sinister dictators like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Robert Mugabe as "brothers" is bound to find favor among Hollyweird's useful idiot contingent. For example, Danny Glover — who has taken $18 million from Chavez to make a propaganda movie — compares him to MLK. But what do Venezuelans think of him?
Coronel draws on a June 2007 poll by Hinterlaces, Venezuela's premier polling company. With 95% reliability, it found:
• Attacks against the U.S. by Chavez are rejected by 75% of participants and approved of by 14%;
• To give money away to other countries, as Chavez is doing from the Venezuelan oil largess, received the support of only 9% of those polled, while 87% rejected it;
• The pretense of Chavez to re-elect himself indefinitely by modifying the existing constitution is rejected by 63% of those asked and approved of by 19%;
• 81% of Venezuelans would generally like to see new political leadership in the country.
As a leader, Chavez's approval rating in Latin America is in the bottom three, along with his role model Fidel Castro and Peru's Alan Garcia.
The flames of anti-Americanism Chavez has attempted to fan are sputtering out. Venezuelans are more appreciative of America than are residents of Britain, Sweden, or France, at least one of which owes its very existence to America.
Among the many beneficial results of an end to Chavez's rule would be replacing his phony enmity with the natural goodwill that the people of Venezuela and America have no reason not to feel for each other.
|Chavez is more popular among American moonbats than among Venezuelans.|
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:34 PM
At last, a little good news regarding the illegal alien invasion:
The closure of an American-run railroad in Mexico stranded thousands of U.S.-bound Central American migrants near the Guatemala border and many of them were deported Wednesday by immigration authorities.
Some camped along rail lines waiting for trains that will never come. Others tried to walk hundreds of miles to the next working rail line and some turned themselves in to Mexican authorities.
The government sent hundreds of federal police and soldiers Tuesday to clear out the migrants, who for decades have hopped freight cars on the Chiapas-Mayab railway, the Mexican rail link closest to the Guatemalan border.
What, Mexico uses the military to defend its territory and deports illegal aliens? What remarkable ideas! Why didn't we think of them?
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:05 PM
"Consult our quick guide to fuel-efficient cars, then cruise through the tollbooth at the pearly green gates," the tag line explained, nestled between a scale of "good" and "evil" signs.
According to the piece, if you drive a Toyota Prius Hybrid or a Honda Civic Hybrid, you are pious and your reward is "Dinner in heaven with Leonardo DiCaprio." […]
And to those who dare to drive a Hummer, Ford Explorer or Cadillac Escalade, Marie Claire said: "We'll see you in carbon-emissions hell."
Not all the punishments and rewards are otherworldly. Greenpeace will "slash your tires" if you drive fun cars like Mustangs or Jeep Wranglers, but you will get a "bear hug from Al Gore" for puttering around in a Civic or Corolla. (More like a ManBearPig hug, NewsBusters' Paul Detrick snickers.)
Someone needs to explain to the priests of political correctness that rewards are supposed to be good things.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:09 AM
Liberals might want to rethink their festering hatred of News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch, whose willingness to indulge global warming moonbattery goes well beyond the climate change pandering infecting 24.
His British BSkyB satellite TV customers get free energy-efficient light bulbs and low-flow showerheads with their set-top boxes. Fox-owned TV stations in the US are encouraged to join the FOX-e energy team, which aims to save the planet by turning off unused lights and appliances.
Murdoch has declared that News Corp. will be "carbon neutral" by 2010. This entails the usual symbolic "energy efficiency measures," as well as participating in carbon offset swindles. Hey, it's his money.
Much more disturbing than this PR silliness is the threat of his using the various media at his disposal to brainwash the public with dangerous global warming propaganda. Ominously, Murdoch proclaims:
Our audience's carbon footprint is 10,000 times bigger than ours. That's the carbon footprint we want to conquer.
The more dupes are convinced to buy into the global warming hoax, the more likely it is that leftist demagogues will use it to impose backdoor socialism and to cripple our economy with ruinous taxes and excessive regulations.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:53 AM
The Nutroots (i.e., the Democrat Party's edgy new base) consist of some sadly messed-up individuals. Don't take my word for it; the moonbats infesting Democratic Underground will tell you themselves. Some sample comments from a thread launched by the surprisingly insightful question, "Just Curious…How many DUers have started meds since becoming a member of the community??":
ativan-I tried zoloft but couldn't…cum
I love ATIVAN tis my drug of choice!!!!!!
ativan helps me maintain some normalcy
Just told my doc I won't take Effexor.
went on zoloft about a month into this admin. wish I was joking
Take from me, kid: Keep taking the meds. The alternative is way too messy. Keep seeing your doctor. Keep seeing your therapist.
Getting on Wellbutrin two years ago helped me a LOT.
IF THE ANTIDEPRESSANT YOU ARE ON DOESN"T DO THE TRICK (AFTER GIVING IT ENOUGH TIME TO WORK) ASK THE DOC TO TRY ANOTHER ONE: I went through several over 25 years, including Effexor XR, and the one that works very well FOR ME is lexapro.
Wellbutrin, just last week, in fact Today is Day 6.
Watch out for Effexor! It's effective, but it is addictive!!! Wyeth, the maker of Effexor, wants people to get hooked.
I wonder if Wyeth makes anything that works on paranoia.
Effexor has some of the worst side effect (brain-shivers, weight gain) of all of them, and also some of the worst withdrawal symptoms. […] I have tried to stop 8 times in the last 25 years…
This fucking EffexorXR is 100x worse than cocaine to stop. And, EffexorXR does not get you high.
There are some new, cutting edge SSRIs out there… I am also interested in some of the headway they are making in very targeted, low dose electro-shock therapy.
IMO, the people who aren't depressed aren't paying attention Or they're too dumb to figure out what is going on (or much smarter than I am, since everything just confuses me).
I was on Effexor XR for over two years. Went on them in 2004 after four years of Bush. I almost died trying to quit them. […] Having been off of all meds for over a year now, I realize that it's ok to be pissed off at what is happening in this country.
Effexor is what worked for me, but I'm off of it now because I'm broke. And I have no health insurance. It turned down the volume of my anxiety attacks to a manageable level[…] Unfortunately, it didn't save my marriage[…]
So that's why they're so keen on socialized medicine!
I have been on either Zanex or valium since 1987 All due to anxiety and panic attacks . However since the loss of jobs and not being able to find new work things have really gotten worse than ever , this on top of this admin and it's freakish dealings which affect just about everything one can think of just must have pushed me over the edge , plus the loss of my mother , who was my last contact to years gone by . I have been put on Lexapro too but this really screws me up big time even though I went through their determined adjustment period . I would rather not be on anything and just be able to function enough to get out of the apt and deal with what it left of my life which is very little . I don't like being under some drug corps control .
If they would just stop voting, I could almost feel sorry for this sorry crew. Almost.
Hat tip: DUmmie FUnnies.
August 14, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:22 PM
Despite any claims to the contrary, Al Gore didn't invent the Internet — and he didn't invent the global warming hoax either. From today's Washington Times:
D.C. resident John Lockwood was conducting research at the Library of Congress and came across an intriguing Page 2 headline in the Nov. 2, 1922 edition of The Washington Post: "Arctic Ocean Getting Warm; Seals Vanish and Icebergs Melt."
The 1922 article, obtained by Inside the Beltway, goes on to mention "great masses of ice have now been replaced by moraines of earth and stones," and "at many points well-known glaciers have entirely disappeared."
"This was one of several such articles I have found at the Library of Congress for the 1920s and 1930s," says Mr. Lockwood. "I had read of the just-released NASA estimates, that four of the 10 hottest years in the U.S. were actually in the 1930s, with 1934 the hottest of all."
Could it be that the climate naturally fluctuates, and when it gets warmer, some of the ice melts? Nah, that explanation is too obvious.
Maybe carbon emissions were about to destroy the planet, but the Great Depression slowed down our economic activity enough for the situation to improve. This would explain why now that weather has been getting slightly warmer again, Dems want to engineer another depression with crippling taxes levied in the name of Mother Earth.
On a tip from Bergbikr.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:20 PM
Just how clueless is the clownish Barack Hussein Obama? Here he is explaining to voters in New Hampshire how he would refocus troops out of Iraq, the main front in the war with Islamic terrorists, so as to better fight Islamic terrorists:
We've to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there.
When John Kerry and John Murtha make outrageous statements like this, it is vicious and treasonous. But coming from Osama Obama, you have to ask yourself, does this moron even know any better?
If B. Hussein is at all curious what our troops really are doing in Iraq, besides murdering babies of course, informative articles are available even from left-wing publications like the New York Times and Der Spiegel.
As noted at The Belmont Club, there are people who engage in indiscriminately bombing villages and killing civilians in Iraq, though they aren't American troops. Maybe Obama has the USA confused with al-Qaeda? If people could confuse Obama with a credible candidate for president, anything's possible.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:41 PM
It isn't every day that Moonbattery can recommend content on Huffington Post, but Amitai Etzioni raises an excellent point regarding a recent leftist diatribe spit up in the New York Times.
A short excerpt from the self-indulgently lengthy "Our War on Terror" by Samantha Power:
The war rhetoric has […] licensed the executive branch to remove itself from traditional legal frameworks and consolidate power in imperial fashion. And the torture, kidnappings and indefinite detentions carried out at the behest of senior administration officials have blurred the moral distinction between "us" and "them" on which much of Bush’s logic rested.
She screeches about America's "disavowal of international law" and refers to the warped perception of our terrorist enemies as "self-sacrificing Davids taking up slingshots against a rich, flaccid, hypocritical Goliath" as if she more than half shares it
It would be hard to avoid the conclusion that Power is a strident and irresponsible moonbat, who finds more fault with our own government than with the terrorists trying to blow our civilization to bits, whom she would treat to all the rather excessive advantages of our criminal justice system. Alarmingly, the paralysis this would create in our attempts to defend ourselves is of no concern to liberals.
Power is not the gal anyone in their right mind would want conducting the War on Terror — which is probably why the Times conspicuously failed to note that she is a key advisor to presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama. Here's the bio they gave her:
Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh professor of the practice of global leadership at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
What, nothing about taking a whole year off during 2005–2006 to work with Osama Obama? Nothing about continuing to serve as a key foreign policy advisor in his campaign?
Granted, only a total fool would vote for a clueless empty skin like Obama for president. But there is no shortage of total fools in this world. Imagine an antiterror policy directed by the sort of mouth-foaming, terrorist-coddling, blame-America moonbats who write pieces like Power's for the Times. Then do whatever you can to make sure it never comes to that.
|Power indicates the direction America will be taking if kooks like her take charge of antiterror policy.|
On a tip from Elizabeth.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:06 PM
Doctors and health workers have been banned from eating lunch at their desks — in case it offends their Muslim colleagues.
Health chiefs believe the sight of food will upset Muslim workers when they are celebrating the religious festival Ramadan.
The lunch trolley is also to be wheeled out of bounds as the 30-day fast begins next month. […]
The new guidance comes in the wake of the failed terror attacks on Glasgow and the death of suspect Kafeel Ahmed, 27.
Health chiefs in Lothian and Glasgow will give all employees time off to pray and to celebrate Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan.
But Greater Glasgow and Clyde as well as Lothian NHS boards also issued the advice, warning workers not to take working lunches, and said all vending machines should be removed from areas where Muslims work. […]
The guidance, which was sent round many organisations, was produced by Glasgow consultancy Meem, which advises on Muslim issues and counts the Scottish Parliament among its clients.
Crows Na'eem Raza, a senior consultant with the ostensibly "multicultural" Islamic lobbying group Meem:
The idea is to get faith in the workplace out in the open. […] After the Glasgow attack this is very important.
That's right, you certainly do need to consolidate gains after an attack. After all, even a technically failed attack is actually a success if it terrifies the enemy into becoming still more submissive. Sound strategy, Mr. Raza!
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:14 AM
Brussels' Socialist Mayor Freddy Thielemans provides still more evidence of the insidious moonbat–Muslim alliance, per this press release from SIOE:
A demonstration planned for 11th September in Brussels and entitled "Stop Islamisation Of Europe" has been banned by the Brussels Mayor Freddy Thielemans.
The demonstration was intended to commemorate the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks against the USA with a minute's silence, on the 6th anniversary of those attacks.
It was also intended to show that it was Islamist terrorists who carried out that mass murder and nobody else.
SIOE considers that conspiracy theories blaming American and Israeli authorities for the atrocities actually dishonour the victims and their families.
The demonstration was also to protest against the growing Islamisation of Europe whereby Islamic practices and sensitivities are increasingly placed above those of non-Muslims.
In a meeting on 7th August with the Brussels police SIOE organisers, Anders Gravers, Stephen Gash and Udo Ulfkotte were informed that policing the demonstration would be no more difficult than for any other similar event.
However, on 9th August Mayor Thielemans (now known as Caliphate Freddy the Grand Mufti of Brussels) declared he banned the demonstration because he could not guarantee public safety.
The mayor's spokesman Nicolas Dassonville said: "The danger to public order is too high, to allow the Brussels protest to go ahead. The sizeable foreign community living in the area could react to the action."
SIOE was started to combat exactly this kind of attitude expressed by our politicians.
"The city of Brussels authorities receive between 500 and 600 requests to hold protests each year. In the last five years only six have been banned," said Dassonville.
The SIOE protest was remarkable in that the organisers had firm agreement from political parties, religious groups and others, that they would stand shoulder to shoulder, united against Islamisation of Europe and would forget any differences they had on other matters!
It would, therefore, have been a truly multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-political and diverse event, in the spirit of what the European Union purports to promote.
One man's unilateral action put and end to it, however.
But I wouldn't characterize this outrage as "one man's unilateral action." Europe's liberal establishment consistently favors Islamization, and attempts to marginalize and even silence those who would resist it, as the late and lamented Oriana Fallaci knew so well.
You have to wonder if Thielemans grasps the irony of his validating the protesters' complaint by refusing to allow them to voice it. Despite his ban, there may be some peaceful protest activity in Brussels on the 9/11 anniversary after all…
|Freddy Thielemans, authoritarian socialist dhimmi.|
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:23 AM
When it comes to unions, John Edwards is right about there being two Americas: one for the rank and file who pay the dues, and the other for the fat cat union bosses. From the Detroit News:
In the past five years, pink slips have descended upon tens of thousands of union workers in Michigan, while others have seen their health care and pension benefits gutted and wages frozen or cut.
But in many cases, labor's pain stops at the union hall door.
During the toughest economic times for organized labor in decades, union leaders are more likely to keep their jobs and get raises than the members they serve. A Detroit News analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data revealed a growing pay divide between labor bosses and the rank and file who pay their salaries with their dues.
Michigan's biggest unions represented 60,000 fewer workers in 2006 compared with 2002. While membership plummeted 14 percent, jobs at union halls remained safe, dropping less than 1 percent.
Workers who kept their jobs saw the disparity between their paychecks and those of their union bosses grow. The pay gap between the state's 50 top-paid labor leaders and union workers has grown by $18,000 since 2002 — an economic chasm expanding by almost $10 a day. Records supplied to the Labor Department by the unions themselves show that the state's 50 top-paid union officials now earn an average of $186,000. More than 1,000 labor officers and staffers in Michigan made more than $100,000 in 2006, more than twice as much as the average union worker.
Whatever constructive purpose unions may have served in the past, they are now merely economic parasites — potentially lethal ones that are killing the American auto industry and crippling our education system. Other than the Democrat Party, which they are instrumental in financing, the goons running unions are of no help to anyone but themselves.
|If Jimmy Hoffa ever turns up, he'll demand a huge raise.|
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:31 AM
Capitalizing on the climate of fear created by their Islamic allies, leftist protestors appear to be planning to shut down Heathrow:
A hard core of anarchist demonstrators are drawing up plans to bring Heathrow to a standstill using an array of tactics including disguising themselves as ordinary holidaymakers to cause havoc in the airport terminals.
The Daily Telegraph has learned that protesters are smuggling smart clothes into the "climate camp" in an attempt to sidestep police and security staff and get into the terminals and office buildings.
There are also fears they could be planning bomb hoaxes and assaults on the airport's security fence - methods which could bring the airport to a grinding halt at the busiest time of year causing misery for passengers.
"Direct action" literature being handed out on site advises people to board plans and then refuse to take seats and to handcuff themselves to barriers and to each other to cause maximum disruption.
Another suggested technique, which would cause major panic in the aftermath of the attempted bombing of Glasgow airport, is to buy a scrap car, drive it into a road to be blocked and then slash the tyres.
Reportedly planned activities include "sending hoax packages to maximize disruption." Only the leadership of the Democrat Party has made the synergy between Islamic terrorists and the Left more obvious.
The moonbats' ostensible goal is to prevent the expansion of Heathrow. According to liberal ideology, air travel is sinful because it causes global warming. But whatever their latest pretext, their motivation is the same as the Muslims' — implacable hostility to Western Civilization.
What an opportune time for jihadists to exploit the chaos with a suicide bomber — since their progressive friends have neither the sincerity nor the courage to take matters that far on their own. Lefties' lack of guts and genuine conviction now constitutes the only meaningful distinction between them and Islamic terrorists. The time for tolerating either is over.
On a tip from Panday
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:22 AM
Will wonders never cease? From Der Spiegel:
Ramadi is an irritating contradiction of almost everything the world thinks it knows about Iraq — it is proof that the US military is more successful than the world wants to believe. Ramadi demonstrates that large parts of Iraq — not just Anbar Province, but also many other rural areas along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers — are essentially pacified today. This is news the world doesn't hear: Ramadi, long a hotbed of unrest, a city that once formed the southwestern tip of the notorious "Sunni Triangle," is now telling a different story, a story of Americans who came here as liberators, became hated occupiers and are now the protectors of Iraqi reconstruction.
The article goes on for pages, explaining how leftist propaganda notwithstanding, America is winning our war against Islamic terrorism. What makes this amazing is that Der Spiegel has been instrumental in amplifying this very propaganda, usually to deafening levels. Not so long ago, they were feeding their readers this:
Now, they're writing this:
In many cities and villages in Iraq's 18 provinces, terrorist networks are either weaker or have been destroyed entirely. The number of attacks is declining, as is the number of racially or religiously motivated killings. […]
Earlier this year, thousands of attacks occurred every week, and hundreds died daily. It seemed that terror reigned supreme, that its resources were inexhaustible. But now the trend appears to be reversing itself. Terror is weakening, and its leaders, most recently al-Qaida's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, are issuing dramatic appeals to radical communities not to give up the fight. This is a good sign. […]
Something is happening in Iraq that is consistently concealed behind images of bombings. The situation that the White House and its deceptive advisors had erroneously predicted before their invasion — that the troops would be greeted with candy and flowers — could in fact still come true. That's already the case in many places. It's as if the terrorists have lost popular support, as if their acts of violence have driven the Iraqi people into the arms of the enemy, the Americans.
Davids Medienkritik tries to make sense of it:
We would speculate that SPIEGEL editors have finally reached the realization that the version of reality they have painstakingly crafted for the German public since the conflict began - one of failure, disaster, debacle and quagmire for the Americans in Iraq - is no longer tenable when compared to the facts on the ground and will ultimately collapse on their heads like a flimsy house of cards. But with many American Democrats still in full irrational disaster-mode on Iraq (despite obvious recent improvement with the surge) this seems a somewhat unusual and perhaps premature move. Only time will tell…
Speaking of defeatist Dems, Victor Davis Hanson has also noticed a shifting tide:
Do anti-war politicians frequently proclaim our defeat in Iraq — or instead worry that the war might be won? In the spring, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced Iraq was lost, the surge a failure and Gen. Petraeus not "in touch." We haven't seen Sen. Reid much lately.
But we have heard from the House's majority whip, Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C. He's worried that Gen. Petraeus' good news about the surge might be "a real problem for us" — "us" being anti-war Democrats. And at a congressional briefing, when Gen. Jack Keane reviewed the positive signs from the surge, Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Kan., walked out on the testimony. She complained that there was "only so much that you could take … after so much of the frustration of having to listen to what we listened to."
Even the New York Times went a long way toward acknowledging that we're winning by publishing "A War We Just Might Win" by liberal Bush-bashers Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack.
Looks like Der Spiegel, like the Gray Lady, sees a winning horse and wants to place a bet on it. This is bad news for Democrats and their terrorist allies — but great news for civilization.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:03 AM
Remember Nahoul the Bee, who took over as the hero of a Palestinian kiddy show on Hamas-TV after the evil Jews did in his predecessor Farfour the Terrorist Mouse? It pains me to report that Nahoul has not been setting a very good example for the children. Here he is swinging a cat by the tail:
He goes on to torment a larger cat, which loses his temper but can't do much from inside his cage:
The point is supposedly to teach children not to be mean to animals. If the real point is to teach viciousness, the kids are apt pupils; you can hear children laughing as the guy in the bee costume tortures the cat.
My own point is that Palestinian culture has once again shown itself to be depraved and dysfunctional. You take Islam, add victim mentality, then put an entire country on international welfare and what do you get? This, and terrorism.
August 13, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:29 PM
Sooner or later people are going to figure out that CO2 is a natural component of our atmosphere and not a deadly toxin. But greenies need not worry, because the next pseudo-toxin is already waiting in the wings. ContraCostaTimes reports that "nitrogen pollution" is already killing our butterflies by causing rye grass to grow.
Agricultural activity and burning fossil fuels are alleged to release 125 million metric tons of nitrogen per year. In keeping with current fads, nitrogen stands accused of causing global warming. Also, it makes plants grow faster, which is unconvincingly spun as a bad thing.
Earth's atmosphere is 78% nitrogen. If bureaucrats can figure out a way to tax it all, there's virtually no limit to the social engineering they'll be able to finance.
On a tip from Mike.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:33 PM
Remember when it came to light that despite killing a Democrat debate cosponsored by the leftist Congressional Black Caucus because it was to be hosted by Fox News, John Edwards had taken a fat advance from its parent company News Corp.? Now we learn more:
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards recently defended taking a lucrative book contract from a publisher controlled by Rupert Murdoch — whose News Corp. empire Edwards has sharply criticized — by insisting that "every dime" of his $500,000 advance went to charity.
Left unmentioned by Edwards, however, was that Murdoch's HarperCollins paid portions of a $300,000 expense budget for the book to Edwards's daughter and to a senior political aide, Jonathan Prince.
What's more, everyone knew in advance that the book was worth nowhere near the $800,000 Murdoch paid out in advance. Edwards' snooze-inducer Home: The Blueprints of Our Lives has only recouped about $100,000 worth of royalties — to no one's surprise. Apparently Murdoch was actually making a political contribution, just as he has done to Shrillary Clinton's campaign.
Edwards continues to rail like the demagogue he is against the evils of his benefactor Murdoch. He might want to show a little gratitude, as well as shame. But then, both are probably in short supply among left-wing zillionaire trial lawyers.
On a tip from Charles.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:59 PM
Considering that Islam's intifada against the rest of the world is the number one issue of our times, it should be encouraging to see Hollywood finally make a movie about religious terror. Is Tinseltown at last ready to climb out of its cramped cocoon of loony-left ideology and address reality?
The answer is a definitive no. The religious terrorists of Hollyweird's imagination are not Muslims, but Mormons.
The anti-Christian bigotry that characterizes the Left becomes especially ugly where Mormons are concerned, possibly because of the Mormon faith's particularly American roots. Resolutely ignoring the Islamic menace, Hollywood wallows gleefully in this bigotry in September Dawn, which goes back 150 years in its attempt to create a credible religious threat that isn't Muslim.
According to a review by Michael Medved, the movie portrays the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a "corrupt cult led by an all-powerful, blood-thirsty mass murderer."
Sounds like Mohammed, doesn't it? But the liberal weenies in Tinseltown would never have the nerve to launch a broadside like this at Islam. In Medved's words:
The trailer for the film makes clear its hostile point of view, with Terrence Stamp as Brigham Young announcing in portentous and menacing tones: "I am the voice of God. And anyone who doesn't like it will be hewn down."
The narrator then informs potential viewers that in 1857, this monster acted "in the name of God" in the savage murder of 120 men, women and children. "Who ordered the massacre, and why, has been hidden in a cloak of secrecy and conspiracy," he solemnly intones. "And the reputation of one of the nation's mightiest religious figures has been preserved and protected — until now!" At that point, the trailer offers a black-hatted character screaming, "Mormons, do your duty!" to command stern-faced gunmen to blast away at innocent victims.
Actually, the Mountain Meadows Massacre has not been hidden by any Religious Right conspiracy, but has simply been buried in the sands of time, like thousands of other equally regrettable incidents that have occurred throughout the world. Digging it up for a movie now serves propaganda, not entertainment purposes.
Historians have not determined that Brigham Young had any involvement in the massacre — but the movie's producers apparently have. Orwell was right: He who controls the present, controls the past.
|The grim face of religious fanaticism — according to Hollywood.|
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:20 AM
Apparently Dems either believe there is a huge contingent of undecided homosexual voters, or they think the moral decay that their party both represents and cynically exploits has reached critical mass in the population at large as it has in the media. Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid comments on the "gay debate" televised on the gay TV channel Logo and moderated by gay or pro-gay journalists, at which the Dem candidates virtually crawled on the floor in their shameless pandering:
John Edwards insisted that he had not said that he was uncomfortable around gay people. And he thought it would be worthwhile to teach children about the reality of homosexuality. Senator Barack Obama claimed America's "founding documents" support gay rights, without citing any evidence for this view, while New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was greeted with hostility for daring to suggest that homosexuality was a choice. He later backed away from that assertion.
Careful, Richardson — you wouldn't want anyone to think your head isn't screwed on backwards. In today's Democrat Party, stating the obvious can get you excommunicated. Just ask Joe Lieberman.
Needless to say, neither the opinions nor even the existence of former homosexuals was acknowledged at the forum, which pressured the candidates to champion the gay agenda. This features pressing for the sacrilege of gay "marriage," superior legal status for homosexuals under the guise of "hate crimes" legislation, permitting sodomy in the military, and of course, coercive government assistance in the ongoing campaign to cram homosexuality and the bizarre phenomenon of transsexuality down the public's throat.
Crusading for more gay privileges — I mean, "rights" — is sure to be a hit with the media. As Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth notes:
[T]hese days it's getting harder and harder to distinguish between the "gay"-cheerleading media and "gay" activists themselves.
It may be the trendily pro-gay media as much as homosexuals themselves that the Dems have been sucking up to. They forget that like gays, the liberal media will be on their side no matter what they do. The general population is another story.
Though most of the candidates are holding out on gay "marriage" so they can later try to pass themselves off as moderates, only the uninformed will buy it — and most of the rest will not be pleased. Kincaid quotes a new Quinnipiac poll:
among the roughly 40 percent who say it might have an impact on their decision, support of a gay rights group, depending on the state, turns off from two to almost four times as many voters as it attracts. On a net basis it makes more independents less likely to vote for such a candidate.
2008 may not be the train wreck moonbats have been dreaming of.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:14 AM
You would think tinfoil-hat–wearing liberals would be heaving a big sigh of relief, now that Karl Rove has announced his upcoming resignation. It looks like he won't be declaring himself dictator and imposing martial law after all. But down in the fever swamps, moonbats are unwilling to give up on this innocuous advisor as the personification of evil. Some samples from the comments at Democratic Underground:
He might not be a physical presence in the White House after this month, but there's no way he's going to keep his pudgy fingers out of things. He'll just be exercizing his evil machinations from someplace that doesn't have the press crawling all over it.
He will still run Bushes whitehouse. Its a ploy to avoid accountability.
If he were going to jail, I would be happy, but this? Its nothing. Monkeyboy can still take his orders from Rovie.
I don't trust this one bit. He's got something up his sleeve.
We haven't seen the last of Karl Rove.
Seriously, when he walks away, watch to see when Cheney and Bush have left the country, and then RUN to the local X-Ray Clinic and HIDE BEHIND the LEAD WALLS.. bring a cooler.
No doubt if Dems take control of the White House and steer the country straight for catastrophe militarily in Iraq and economically at home as they have repeatedly promised, it will actually be due to Rove's continued machinations.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:57 AM
Multiculturalism, welfare, and social decay are having the predictable effects in Red Ken Livingstone's London and throughout England: what was until recently the heart of civilization is reverting to jungle:
Scotland Yard has just completed the task of counting how many street gangs there are in London. The results are staggering: there are more than 170, some of them up to 100-strong. It means on any given night, several thousand gang members are roaming the capital, many of them thirsting for violence. In other British cities, notably Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Birmingham, there is a frighteningly similar picture.
Not to worry though, the authorities have figured out a solution:
On Wednesday, a year-long government study concluded that black teenagers urgently needed role models to divert them from the world of gangs and criminality.
Since expecting England's non-English residents to become English by assimilating is apparently out of the question, let's hope the strategy of finding ethnically appropriate role models is more effective than Britain's draconian gun control laws:
Firearm discharges in Greater Manchester are running at a record 120 a year, with nearly a third of them are gang-related.
But at least we don't need to worry about law-abiding citizens shooting back.
On a tip from Panday.
August 12, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:30 PM
As Christianity gives way to political correctness, we are not losing religion altogether; we still get to keep the negative aspects. We lose the meaning, the purpose, the spirituality, and the reward, but we still get to keep puritanical restrictions, demands for self-sacrifice, intolerance of sceptics, and the righteous condemnations of the pious.
The Detroit News' Nolan Finley points out how our hollow new quasi-religion has even recycled some of Christianity's seven deadly sins:
Pride. The vanity of individualism is discouraged as a threat to the collective good. Lifestyle choices must conform to the standards of propriety set by all-knowing spiritual leaders (think Al Gore).
Gluttony. Consumerism and overconsumption are the great evils. Frugality is a virtue, and piety is attained by the Carteresque measure of living a smaller life, accepting less. Traditional religions reward sacrifice and self-denial with immortality; it's not yet clear how the new faiths will incentivize deprivation.
Greed. The notion that American ingenuity and productivity entitle this country to a bigger piece of the pie is unholy. We're expected to feel guilty about our prosperity, pressured to give away our wealth.
Lust. While the new faiths don't meddle so much in your sex life — nearly any sexual practice is OK, as long as it's "safe" and consensual — if you hunger for big trucks, big houses, big cigars — your wages are damnation.
Of course, when the Goracle sets standards of propriety, his message isn't "live as I live," but rather "live as I tell you to live."
At least devotees of political correctness get a pass on the other deadly sins. Leftists aren't likely to speak out against envy, anger, or sloth.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:29 PM
Having decided that the many constitutionally dubious restrictions on firearms aren't restrictive enough, eBay has announced a change in its policy:
In mid-August, we will be updating our Firearms, Weapons and Knives Policy to place more restrictions around gun-related items. Once these changes take effect, we will prohibit listings of any firearm part that is required for the firing of a gun. This includes items like bullet tips, brass casings and shells, barrels, slides, cylinders, magazines, firing pins, trigger assemblies, etc.
The new restrictions were triggered by the Virginia Tech shootings. Cho Seung-Hui bought ammo clips on eBay prior to his killing spree — no guns, just ammo clips, which aren't very dangerous by themselves. Oh, and he bought some rubber duckies. No word on when eBay will start restricting those too.
On a tip from Brooklyn Red Leg.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:25 PM
Christianity took another step toward dissolution yesterday as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America decided to accept clergy actively engaging in homosexual depravity.
The Bible strongly and repeatedly condemns homosexual behavior. But we have a new religion now: political correctness — according to which homosexuality is not only accepted but celebrated as the most effective way to redeem yourself for the sin of being born Caucasian.
Our new religion has been destroying Christianity not only through the media's frontal assaults, but also through infiltration from within. Needless to say, a church that accepts what the Bible condemns is Christian in name only.
On a tip from Fellowes.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:58 PM
The joke known as Chocolate City Nagin admits that New Orleans' out-of-control murder rate sends a message that the city hopeless enough to reelect him Mayor even after the post-Katrina debacle is a very dangerous place. But on the positive side, it "keeps the New Orleans brand out there," no doubt bringing in tourists from around the globe curious to see first hand what murder and mayhem look like.
Tourism is the lifeblood of the New Orleans economy, though this industry may give way to federal handouts as a primary source of income.
On a tip from ToddonCapeCod.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:11 PM
Leftist Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) has announced a plan intended to cripple the American economy in the name of the global warming hoax. Quoth Dingleberry:
If we are serious about global warming, we need to reduce consumption by making it more expensive. […] We need to do things that are difficult, costly and will require sacrifice from all of us.
By "reduce consumption" he means deliberately engineer a depression under cover of bogus envirowacko ideology. The real objective of course will be to plunge the country into poverty. Socialism made some great leaps forward during the Great Depression. But wealthy, self-sufficient Americans aren't going to let themselves be enslaved by socialists. If you want someone to submit to a wheelchair, first you have to disable their legs.
In addition to an economy-suffocating $100 per ton tax on "carbon emissions" and another 50¢ per gallon tax on gasoline, Dingleberry's scheme calls for a punitive tax on insufficiently modest homes, which he derides as "McMansions." Look out John Edwards, owner of the most expensive house in his county.
It would be impossible to overstate the catastrophic consequences of socialist Dems like Dingleberry consolidating power in Washington. If they are able to exploit the global warming hoax to the fullest, people are going to be thrown out of work by the hundreds of thousands, creating a new constituency of government dependents while ending the American dream. Remember the Soviet Union? That's our future under Democrats.
On a tip from Bill.
August 11, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:54 PM
Attempting to capitalize on our deranged tort system, Jeromy Jackson of West Virginia is suing McDonalds for $10 million because they put cheese on his Quarter Pounder With Cheese, even though he didn't want any.
Jackson claims to be allergic to cheese. According to the lawsuit, he "was only moments from death" after eating some cheeseburger.
Whether this parasite is laughed out of court remains to be seen. In 1992, a klutz named Stella Liebeck was awarded $3 million for spilling McDonalds coffee on herself.
Imagine how bad it will get if John Edwards, patron saint of pathologically greedy trial lawyers, ever slithers his way into the White House. Capitalism will be sued out of existence.
On a tip from Wiggins.
August 10, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:04 PM
Macon, Georgia Mayor Jack Ellis has sent a declaration of solidarity to Venezuela's leftist dictator Hugo Chavez, who in turn has publicly displayed his own solidarity with other belligerent enemies of the USA, including Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Fidel Castro, Cindy Sheehan, Danny Glover, and Sean Penn.
Ellis made this proclamation not only as the Mayor of Macon, but also in his capacity as VP for tourism for the World Conference of Mayors.
There was no word on whether Ellis' declaration was in response to Chavez's recent record-setting eight-hour broadcast calling for a global "alliance of civilizations" to resist American "imperialism." Nor is it known when he will be changing his name to Hakim Mansour Ellis, as he promised to do when he converted to Islam after being elected.
On a tip from Bill.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:14 PM
Columbia Journalism Review reports on a reporter who has learned to hide from the media spotlight:
For Supreme Court buffs who watch C-SPAN, yesterday morning was one of disappointment. A promising panel discussion, "Covering the Court(s): Reporters on the Supreme Court Beat," that included a bevy of court reporting superstars — like Charles Lane from The Washington Post and Dahlia Lithwick from Slate — was to be televised. But, at the last minute, the plug was pulled on the C-SPAN cameras because the queen bee of Supreme Court reporters, Linda Greenhouse of The New York Times refused to join the panel if the event was going to be covered by the wonky news channel.
According to Queen Greenhouse:
I didn't want to have to modulate my comments for a national audience.
As C-SPAN VP of programming Terence Murphy wonders:
If professors of journalism and working journalists taking part in a journalism education conference don't stand up for open media access to public policy discussions, who will?
NewsBusters isn't happy about it either:
As the self-appointed "fourth branch" of government ostensibly entrusted by the public with exposing the activities of the other branches, journalists should never ban others from covering their own activities. Then again, we should hardly expect professional behavior from a SCOTUS reporter who marched in a pro-choice protest while covering abortion for her paper.
Greenhouse may have learned the hard way to keep her views shrouded from the public. At a Harvard speech last June, she made a complete fool of herself, pining for the hippy mentality of the 1960s, blathering about weeping at a Simon and Garfunkel concert, striking out at Christians, advocating abortion, denouncing Club Gitmo, and in short revealing herself to be exactly the sort of lunatic fringe leftist who would earn a Pulitzer churning out propaganda for the NY Times.
Needless to say, no reasonable person would expect her reporting on controversial Supreme Court rulings to be impartial, once having gotten a whiff of her extremist ideology. Even NPR was taken aback by her lack of professionalism.
Now she hides her perspective from the public, behind the facade of journalistic objectivity the willfully naive might still believe applies to the Times.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:09 AM
According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, most Americans regard news organizations as politically biased, inaccurate, and callous toward the people they report on.
The percentage feeling this way is even higher among those who get most of their news from the Internet. These people tend to be younger and better educated, and a majority of them condemn news organizations for "failing to stand up for America."
But even among those who continue to line up at the MSM's TV/newspaper trough for their daily dose of propaganda are aware that what they're getting fed does not conform to reality.
Twenty years ago, a majority of Americans trusted the liberal establishment media. Thanks to the Internet, now people know better.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:44 AM
The latest example of socialism advancing under the cover of environmentalism reaches us from Texas, which will soon offer $3,500 vouchers to drivers of modest means to replace pre-1996 vehicles.
Older cars pollute more. According to global warming theology, each old car on the road could bring our planet a few fractions of a millisecond closer to apocalyptic doom.
Doom could be staved off a little longer if people drive environmentally ruinous yet politically correct hybrids, which is why you only get $3,000 if you replace your old car with a non-hybrid.
The Houston Comical reports that the "program is voluntary." That means you don't have to buy a new car, or take the free money if you do. Too bad it doesn't mean you don't have to provide the free money come April 15.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:20 AM
Hollyweird phonies enjoy preaching to the rest of us regarding the sacrifices we must make to avert the imaginary global warming crisis, but they never show a willingness to make any meaningful sacrifices themselves, right? Wrong!
Loony-tunes actress Cate Blanchett is doing her part to save the planet by not washing her hair.
Cate has attached a timer to her shower head, so that the water will only run for the two minutes required to take a shower if she leaves her hair unwashed.
This pleases Gaia because there is a limited quantity of water on the planet. Many believe that water used in the shower eventually finds its way into someone else's shower. But global warming dogma seems to suggest that water consumed by humans actually disappears into another dimension, so that every drop becomes precious.
Another objective of the filthy hair campaign is to "become a green example to her kids."
Boasts Ms. Blanchett:
It's great to see my children engaged in these things, like when you put the water on when you put the toothbrush under the tap, you turn it off the minute you take it out and you don't let the water run.
Hopefully the kids won't be out of grade school before they figure out that their mom's head is full of loose screws.
On a tip from V the K.
August 9, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:18 PM
Here's one you probably won't see above the fold — The Downside of Diversity:
It has become increasingly popular to speak of racial and ethnic diversity as a civic strength. From multicultural festivals to pronouncements from political leaders, the message is the same: our differences make us stronger.
But a massive new study, based on detailed interviews of nearly 30,000 people across America, has concluded just the opposite. Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam — famous for "Bowling Alone," his 2000 book on declining civic engagement — has found that the greater the diversity in a community, the fewer people vote and the less they volunteer, the less they give to charity and work on community projects. In the most diverse communities, neighbors trust one another about half as much as they do in the most homogenous settings. The study, the largest ever on civic engagement in America, found that virtually all measures of civic health are lower in more diverse settings.
Some things even Harvard professors can't help notice. The liberal Putnam was forced to admit that people in more diverse communities tend to
distrust their neighbors, regardless of the color of their skin, to withdraw even from close friends, to expect the worst from their community and its leaders, […] to agitate for social reform more but have less faith that they can actually make a difference, and to huddle unhappily in front of the television.
Putnam is terrified that KKK types will seize on his research as proof that race hate makes sense. They certainly might, but only because they go as far off their deep end as diversity advocates go off their own.
Not everyone has to be ethnically identical for a community to thrive. Minorities can certainly be assimilated. It's when assimilation stops and balkanization begins that we fall prey to the disastrous form of social decay known as multiculturalism.
On a tip from Bill.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:24 PM
The global warming cult has crossed the line into full-fledged lunacy.
Bill McGuire, director of the Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre and author of books promoting global warming hysteria, has published an article on the leftist Guardian alleging that the planet will punish us with floods, earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, and even volcanoes if we do not heed the high priests of environmentalism. An excerpt:
The Earth is responding as a single, integrated system to climate change driven by human activities. Global warming is not just a matter of warmer weather, more floods or stronger hurricanes, but is also a wake-up call to Terra Firma. It may be no coincidence that one outcome of increased volcanic activity is likely to be a period of falling temperatures, as a veil of volcanic dust and gas reduces the amount of solar radiation reaching the surface. Maybe the Earth is trying to tell us something. It really would be worth listening before it is too late.
We are within a few months of Al Gore calling for virgins to be thrown down a volcano to propitiate the Earth Goddess. Envirowackos aren't just misguided. They are quite literally and dangerously insane.
|Maybe if we chuck her down the volcano, Gaia will forgive us for all the jet travel by the Goracle and his Hollywood friends.|
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:25 PM
The purpose of government is to protect the safety and property of lawful citizens. But moonbattery perverts government, distracting it from its purpose, even deranging it to the point of persecuting the lawful for the sake of the lawless.
In Britain, an intruder has died of his injuries after falling from a fourth floor window. Greater Manchester Police responded to the incident by arresting the homeowner, who reportedly could face murder charges.
There is precedent. A farmer named Tony Martin was given a life sentence for shooting a burglar.
If the government fails to protect us from criminals, we can at least try to defend ourselves. But how do we protect ourselves from the government when it sides with the criminals?
On a tip from Panday.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:38 PM
NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies has recently corrected some of its erroneous data regarding the hottest years in US history. Writes Steve McIntyre of Climate Audit:
Four of the top 10 are now from the 1930s: 1934, 1931, 1938 and 1939, while only 3 of the top 10 are from the last 10 years (1998, 2006, 1999). Several years (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004) fell well down the leaderboard, behind even 1900.
This is big news, considering the current global warming debate. But I'm forgetting, there is no debate because we have a "consensus" — which is why GISS head James Hansen, who has been making big money by publicly guzzling Al Gore's Kool-Aid, released no official announcement regarding the corrections. After all, according to global warming dogma, nine of the ten warmest years in history have occurred since 1995.
On a tip from V the K.
People often don't have enough cash on hand to meet emergency needs. In such cases they have to rely on instant loans from banks. Some short term needs can also be fulfilled by getting two to three weeks loans of small amount such as payday loans, which allows borrowing $100-$1500 extended till borrowers next pay day. There are secured loans which can be obtained by putting up collateral for the amount of money borrowed. Students can get loans for their studies. One such popular loan scheme is known as federal stafford loans, where loans come from banks and other private lenders and the federal government pays for the interest. Those interested in building their homes or buying ones can get home loans from banks. There are loans provided to rebuild credit that is improving bad credit history. Such loans are known as debt relief loans. Some organizations provide long term financing in the form of loan guaranty service such as U.S dept of Veteran Affairs.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:02 PM
Invitation-only feminist blogger Biting Beaver, who has enjoyed the support of more readily accessible feminazis like Majikthise, Feministing, and John Edwards' friend Andrea Marcotte, offers some insight into the liberal love of abortion. Via Riehl World View, here's what BB had to blog about her porn-ogling son:
[I] hate myself for not pouring him down the sink at Planned Parenthood or grabbing a rusty coathanger and doing the job myself even if it killed me.
The poor kid reads her site too — because she forces him to:
I've had him read Dworkin, my site, and other places […] and I still can't unseat this problem. He can recite feminist literature all day long, he can understand the tenets, the ideas behind it, how it links together but he will not allow this knowledge to stand in the way of his porn use.
I know, that as soon as my child leaves my home and moves into his own place that he will be looking at porn immediately. I know that I am raising a problem for women. I know that this child will one day grow and will fully absorb the messages that porn sends to men. I know that my child masturbates to degradation of my people (when I use that phrase I mean womyn) and that with every orgasm he will further solidify his own hatred of and superiority over, women.
I know that there will likely come a day where my son coerces a young woman into sex (rape) and there isn't a damned thing I can do about it. I look into the eyes of my son and they still sparkle like they did when he was a baby, but he's not a baby anymore, he's growing into a man and that man will have trained himself to degrade women before he leaves my home.
Teenage hormones are implacable. As all reasonable womyn should be able to see, aborting male babies is the only sensible solution.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:15 AM
Thanks to our punitive levels of taxation, every silver lining has a storm cloud inside it. By catching Barry Bonds' dubiously record-setting 756th home run ball, Matt Murphy put himself if the highest tax bracket for individual income — about 35%.
If the ball is appraised at $600,000, the IRS will demand a staggering $210,000.
Murphy says he may not sell the ball because of its sentimental value. That's his right — but he'll still have to pay Uncle Sam for the privilege of owning it. After all, the rich must pay their fair share!
On a tip from Brooklyn Red Leg.
August 8, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:12 PM
Jennifer Bell, a 22-year-old from Thorpe End, Norwich, complained to her doctor for eight months about her severe headaches, nausea, stiff neck, and diarrhea, only to be told that she suffered from stress. At long last the doctor/bureaucrat got tired of her complaints and referred her to a neurologist, who put her on the 13-week waiting list for a "relatively urgent" MRI.
Jennifer died of her undiagnosed brain tumor three days before the MRI was scheduled to take place.
Another triumph for socialized medicine: Jennifer Bell will never grow old enough to burden the system. Plus, the government saved the cost of the MRI, freeing more tax money to cover those costly administrative salaries.
Hat tip: Blue Crab Boulevard.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:26 PM
Attention moonbats: here's a chance to convert your beliefs into cold hard cash. JunkScience.com has issued the Ultimate Global Warming Challenge. They will pay $100,000 to the first person to prove scientifically that humans are causing harmful global warming.
What a cinch! Everyone knows that people cause catastrophic global warming. The Goracle says there is no debate! Hurry and make your 100 grand now.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:22 PM
Larry Bourgeois spent 4 years in the Marine Corps. Several patriotic items are displayed unobtrusively around the home he shares with his wife Brenda in Longmont, Colorado. Apparently these were reasons enough for moonbats to burn an American flag outside their home.
If a cross were burned outside a black couple's home, hate crimes legislation would apply. But the purpose of these laws is to confer superior legal status to traditional Democrat constituents. Consequently, it's no crime to hate patriots. Since no laws were broken, the police filed a report and called the matter finished.
But as Bourgeois observes:
Anytime somebody comes in the middle of the darkness of night to start a fire in your front yard, maybe next time it's your house.
No doubt the moonbats responsible intended to send this very message.
Here's an even scarier thought: imagine who the flag-burners would like to see in the White House; then imagine them getting their way.
|Old Glory after falling into the hands of moonbats.|
Hat tip: Slapstick Politics.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:28 PM
From the point of view of moonbats, any imposition of Western norms on a non-Western culture is bad. Fortunately, Australia is not currently run by moonbats.
As Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough has had the courage to observe, Australia's Aboriginal communities represent
a failed society where law and order and behavior have broken down and where women and children are unsafe.
Child sex abuse is epidemic among Aborigines. In an attempt to apply a little bit of civilization to the problem, plans call for the national government to take partial control in the Northern Territory. Alcohol and hard-core pornography would be banned, and Aborigines would be forced to spend part of their welfare checks on essentials like food.
Aboriginal activist John Ah Kit predictably went through the roof:
This is about the beginning of the end of Aboriginal culture; it is in some ways genocide.
With his moonbat hyperbole dialed down a notch, Kit also opined that as a result of restrictions on child rape, hard-core porn, alcoholism, and dissoluteness, Aboriginal culture is "being smashed to smithereens."
For the sake of the Aborigines themselves, I wish he were right.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:57 AM
Nothing typifies the politically motivated, counterproductive meddling of moonbat social engineers better than light rail systems. It doesn't matter if people don't want to ride on them. Bureaucrats will build them anyway, because the systems fit their enlightened theories as to how population units ought to be transported.
When construction is based on moonbattery instead of demand, the result is inevitable: bankruptcy, averted only by expensive bailouts involuntarily financed by taxpayers. A fine example is the Las Vegas monorail, scheduled to hit insolvency in the year 2010, unless it turns into a permanent financial sinkhole by attracting a government bailout.
In Houston, METRO spokeswoman Raequel Roberts has been attempting to compare the light-rail system's stray-current problem to graffiti — resolutely ignoring the structural damage stray current can cause by corroding metal.
Also in Houston, a rail extension promises to wipe out homes and businesses by the dozens.
Phoenix has been dug up for as long as anyone can remember — making Central Avenue unnavigable and putting business owners' backs to the wall — for the sake of a new light rail system. Since there aren't enough people living along the Central Avenue corridor to support the rail, the authorities have been trying to promote high rise apartment developments in a city where people like to spread out.
Needless to say, light rail lines do not reduce congestion, but add to it by taking up precious roadway. But they make social planners feel good about helping to move society away from individual transport, and toward one-size-fits-all people movers that take us from where it's been determined we should live to exactly where it's been determined we should go.
On tips from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:02 AM
A new pair of shoes caused 60-year-old Peter Catterall to develop a weeping sore on his toe. This might have been no big deal, had Catterall not lived in Britain, where medicine is under the control of a socialist bureaucracy. After being dismissed with assurances that the sore would heal by itself, he came down with blood poisoning and died of massive organ failure.
Under socialized medicine, everyone has one foot in the grave. At least Catterall didn't live long enough to be a burden on the system.
On a tip from Nanc.
August 7, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:44 PM
Unfortunately not all of the moonbats in beautiful Colorado are confined to Boulder and Denver. The Telluride Town Council has voted to impeach the President and Vice President of the USA.
Apparently this means that Nancy Pelosi ought to see if Telluride has a runway big enough to land her oversized jet, because she is the President there.
Over 180 entities — including San Francisco, Berkeley, and Chapel Hill — have passed similarly infantile impeachment measures. If local government is the farm system for higher office, our future is bleak.
No Republican holds office in Telluride, a resort town that features "Gay Ski Week."
Boasts Scott McQuade, director of the Telluride Tourism Board:
Telluride is today, and always has been through history, a very open and accepting place.
In other words, they hate Republicans and will not tolerate conservatives. Vacationers are advised to spend their money elsewhere.
|As President of Telluride, Pelosi is entitled to another special plane, suited to local runways.|
On a tip from The Paperboy.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:11 PM
On September 6, a special "Concert For Virginia Tech" will take place at the university, in honor of the dozens of defenseless victims gunned down by Cho Seung-Hui. According to the press release,
the concert was conceived as a way to help the university community move forward in the aftermath of the April tragedy at Virginia Tech.
Among those performing is the rapper Nas. Here's how the press release describes him:
Nas is hip hop's foremost lyricist and thinker. And, some would argue, hip hop's conscience.
One 44, two 45's
3 loaded clips, 4 niggas roll, one nigga drives
500 Benz, 6 reasons why
This kid should die
We shootin every motherfucker outside
Pulled on his block, jumped out the car, guns in our hand
At the same time everybody ran
There that nigga go, hiding in the crowd
Let the trigger blow, 7 shots now he lying on the ground
Blood on the floor
Then we shot some more
Niggas he was with
2 niggas hit, one nigga fell
One tryed to run, go get him son
Make sure he's done before we bail, i aint trying to goto jail
Must handle beef, code of the street
Load up the heat, if these nigga think they could fuck around
Real niggas do real things
By all means, niggas knowin how we get down… It goes…
Shoot 'em up, just shoot 'em up, what…
Kill kill kill, murder murder murder
I'm sure Cho would be touched.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:37 PM
Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin was posed quite a challenge on the Today show this morning, when fellow lib Andrea Mitchell asked her to try to think of something negative to say about the atrocious Hillary Clinton. Ms. Goodwin opined that Shrillary may need to make herself more likable to us little people by proving that she's human:
It means she may have to take a risk of making a mistake. She may have to take a risk of not being so articulate and so prepared, to show spontaneity, to show humor.
But as NewsBusters points out, we already know that the articulate and prepared Hillary is capable of making mistakes. What's really worrisome is that she doesn't learn from them, as with the HillaryCare socialized medicine debacle that she will almost certainly revive.
Fortunately for Hitlery, her elite intelligentsia fan club doesn't learn from its mistakes either, or it wouldn't be backing another Clinton.
On a tip from Eneils.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:43 PM
A poignant quote from the wife of presidential candidate John Edwards, aka the Breck Girl:
We can't make John black, we can't make him a woman. Those things get you a lot of press, worth a certain amount of fundraising dollars.
Don't despair, Liz. You can sure come awfully close!
On a tip from Nanc.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:25 PM
According to the liberal Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, there are two things responsible for recent territory grabs in the Arctic by Russia and Canada. Two guesses as to what they are should be enough for anyone who knows moonbats.
One outgrowth of global warming is increased international interest in previously inaccessible areas of the Arctic Ocean, including the North Pole and the Northwest Passage. […]
The United States comes out looking somewhat short on adventurousness and enterprise as Canada and Russia seize the day in seeking to plant their flags in the Arctic. This is not the United States that went to the moon. Is its leadership getting soft, or is it too engrossed in Iraq?
The culprits: global warming and the war in Iraq. Why do I get the feeling that if the problem at issue had been Earth-bound asteroids or incurable hemorrhoids, the causes would have been the same?
|A Russian flag planted on the North Pole seabed, thanks to global warming and Iraq.|
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:44 PM
New York City may continue its campaign to impose totalitarian moonbattery on the English language by extending its ban on the word "nigger" to the words "ho" and even "bitch."
The bitch ban is particularly ridiculous, in light of this word's heavy use and multiple meanings. Even New Yorkers, no friends of linguistic liberty when political correctness is at stake, acknowledge its absurdity.
Testifies Michael Musto, one of the insufferably self-satisfied trendoids who write for the Village Voice:
On the downtown club scene, we divest any negative implication from the word and toss it around with love.
Hamish Bowles, European editor at large of Vogue — wearing "salmon seersucker and a purple polo" as he orders a sushi special — opines:
I think it's a description that is used insouciantly in the fashion industry. It would only be used in the fashion world with a sense of high irony and camp.
But Councilwoman Darlene Mealy squawks that the word creates "a paradigm of shame and indignity" for all women. Needless to say, if we ban every word that militant moonbats like Ms. Mealymouthed suspect of creating paradigms of shame and indignity, we'll soon be reduced to grunting and gesticulating like her Brooklyn constituents.
Although attempts to control thought by banning words is disturbingly reminiscent of 1984, not even Mealymouthed expects the measure to be enforced. In addition to eroding whatever remains of respect for the law, unenforceable bans supposedly "carry symbolic power."
As far as I know, Hillary Clinton hasn't commented on the bitch ban. No mention was made of synonyms, so her name should still appear on NYC ballots.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:18 PM
A special thanks goes out to noisy eco-moonbats Al Gore, Laurie David, Robert Kennedy, et al. As Jeff Bercovici laments, their outrageous hypocrisy protects us all from the disastrous consequences of normal people taking the global warming hoax seriously.
Barbra Streisand offers tips for low-carbon living on her website, but tours in a private jet with a 13-semi entourage. Laurie David produced the Goracle's preposterous A Convenient Lie, but also travels by private jet, producing more harmless but politically incorrect CO2 emissions in a year than a normal person would in a lifetime. The utterly unhinged Bobby Kennedy is founder of the Waterkeeper Alliance and a lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council, yet opposes windmill farms because they might be slightly visible from the jewel-encrusted Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port. The Gore-adoring eco-twerp Leonardo DiCaprio made clear his commitment to his own ideology by proclaiming "I try as often as possible to fly commercially" — from which you can infer that he too travels by private jet. Of course, the Goracle himself runs up legendary power bills with his regal lifestyle while preaching sacrifice to us peasants.
As a chagrined Bercovici notes:
It's always galling to be exhorted to curb your consumption by people who are living the poshest lifestyle imaginable. But the problem here goes beyond aesthetics. Eco-hypocrites undercut the very message they're trying to peddle. How desperate could the planet's plight be if the people who present themselves as most concerned about it consider flying first-class commercial an unacceptable sacrifice? Why should anyone bother to carpool when Streisand requires her own convoy? Or forgo A/C for a fan when Edwards is chilling in the largest house in his county? The implication of the hypocrites' behavior is that we must take all measures to fight global warming short of those that would reduce our quality of life. But a reduction in quality of life — or at least a redefinition of it — is exactly what Americans are going to have to accept to make a meaningful dent in greenhouse gas levels. […]
Celebrities who say they have the power to change people's minds are right. Laurie David and Al Gore are a big part of the reason global warming has become a daily part of the national discussion. But without real, visible commitment to back up all the talk, it's just a fashionable pose — and we all know what happens with those.
Yes: when they reach their expiration date, they go out with the trash — where the global warming hoax belongs, so that unscrupulous politicians can't use it as a pretext to paralyze the economy with more taxes and regulations. Thanks again, eco-hypocrites!
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:59 AM
Once again, US District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper has placed her moonbattery ahead of our national security by forbidding the Navy from using high-powered sonar in upcoming training exercises off the Left Coast.
Cooper issued a preliminary injunction after militant environmental extremists in the Natural Resources Defense Council sued the Navy, claiming that sonar annoys whales. Only the wacky Ninth Circus Court of Appeals can reverse it.
The Navy points out that even a temporary ban will compromise crucial training for sailors soon to be sent overseas. As Navy Captain Neil May puts it:
It's akin to sending a hunter into the woods after one of the most lethal preys known, but sending him in partly deaf and blind.
The Pacific is full of ultra-quiet diesel-electric submarines, many of them owned by hostile countries like Iran and North Korea. They can't be tracked effectively without active sonar.
But what are the lives of our sailors worth compared to lovable huggable whales?
|Our Navy got the better of the Nazis and Imperial Japanese, but now it's up against Florence-Marie Cooper.|
On a tip from Adrian.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:21 AM
As Arnold Toynbee wisely noted, "Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder." For proof, have a look at who Britain has chosen to be the new Foreign Office Minister, George Soros acolyte Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, who wants the UK to give up its seat on the UN Security Council to the bureaucratic abomination known as the European Union.
Just last October, Malloch-Brown told fellow diploweenies in Brussels that the EU is heading toward a single seat in UN institutions, enthusing that it should happen "as quickly as possible" because "I'm a huge fan of it."
At this point no one should be terribly surprised that liberal government leaders could be "huge fans" of surrendering British sovereignty. Just be thankful London Mayor Red Ken Livingstone isn't the Foreign Office Minister — Britain's seat on the Security Council would be turned over to al-Qaeda.
On a tip from The Panday.
August 6, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:01 PM
Homosexuals certainly are getting heavy-handed when it comes to imposing their depravity on normal people by force. Four San Diego firefighters were recently forced to participate in a gay pride parade by openly lesbian Fire Chief Tracy Jarman.
According to a press release, the firefighters "were subjected to vile sexual taunts from homosexuals lining the parade route." These included "Show me your hose," "You can put out my fire," "Give me mouth-to-mouth," "Blow my hose," etc.
When the firefighters failed to respond, the crowd got nasty, cursing at them and flipping them the bird. The gays directed lewd gestures at the firefighters, blowing kisses, grabbing their crotches, and even exposing themselves.
As one fireman reported:
You could not even look at the crowd without getting some kind of sexual gesture. If any crew member were to hang up pictures at the station of what we saw, we would be disciplined.
Apparently imposing this was part of Jarman's campaign to make the fire department more "diverse."
On a tip from Bob.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:20 PM
Jose Luis Rubi-Nava, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, stands accused of killing his girlfriend in a jealous rage by dragging her behind his truck for more than a mile. His lawyers' defense: even if he did commit this gruesome murder, he can't be given the death penalty because he's stupid.
In a world deranged by moonbattery, equality means the more inferior you claim to be, the more equal you are. Since dumb people are deemed to be inferior, it's only just that those who are sufficiently stupid are so much more equal than the rest of us that they should be exempted from paying the full price for the crimes they commit.
Rubi-Nava is alleged by his lawyers to have an IQ of 66. As much as 3% of the population has an IQ below 70, which qualifies them for coveted "mentally retarded" status — making them ineligible for capital punishment per the Supremes. Of course, most people don't take the Wechsler test aware that their lives depend on getting a low score, like Rubi-Nava.
Maybe those who kill while in drunken stupors should be allowed to get drunk before taking the IQ test, so as to determine if they were functionally dumb enough at the time of the crime to be spared.
Whether the "undocumented American" Rubi-Nava is really retarded, or it's only our legal system that's retarded, his victim, mother of three Luz Maria Franco Fierros, remains just as dead.
Hat tip: Slapstick Politics.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:40 AM
If only global warming moonbattery could be dismissed as a harmless fantasy of human-hating liberals. Unfortunately, it is producing costs that are anything but harmless.
Britain will soon inflict upon itself "pollution charges" of up to £25 a day just to drive into city centers. London's Mayor Red Ken Livingstone plans to introduce the plan in February. At least 10 other British cities may follow with their own levies.
Naturally politically incorrect cars are charged more than ultra high-mileage death traps — even though drivers of safe vehicles are already singled out for extra penalization with the national vehicle excise duty.
Hopefully NYC's lefty Mayor Mike Bloomberg isn't watching.
On a tip from Bill.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:18 AM
If you really want to save the polar bears by ceasing to contribute to global warming, first you have to die — then you have to be disposed of in an eco-friendly manner.
In a new process incongruously called resomation, bodies are eliminated by heating them to 300°F in water and potassium hydroxide. This avoids the harmful gases produced during cremation, leaving behind only white dust.
According to the Daily Mail, it costs up to £300,000 to install a resomation machine. "Resomation roadshows" are being held to promote the practice.
From an environmentalist perspective it would be better if you had never existed at all. But until science enables retroactive abortion, this may be the best we can do.
On a tip from Bill.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:52 AM
Penmanship practice for British schoolchildren at the Newlands Primary School in Wakefield, West Yorkshire includes pledging allegiance to the Muslim god.
Ten-year-olds are required to write out the lines "Allah is the greatest" and "I bear witness that there is no God but Allah."
There are reportedly no Muslims in the class. But Leeds, 15 miles away, managed to produce three of the 7/7 suicide bombers.
Imagine Muslim students being asked to copy Bible passages. The erosion of our civilization by the moonbats infesting education could not be more obviously deliberate.
Hat tip: Right Mind, on a tip from David.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:18 AM
Highlighting the absurdity of attempting to prevent the fictional phenomenon of anthropogenic global warming, it has been found that walking produces more "greenhouse gas" emissions than driving a car. From the Times Online:
Food production is now so energy-intensive that more carbon is emitted providing a person with enough calories to walk to the shops than a car would emit over the same distance. The climate could benefit if people avoided exercise, ate less and became couch potatoes. Provided, of course, they remembered to switch off the TV rather than leaving it on standby.
The sums were done by Chris Goodall, campaigning author of How to Live a Low-Carbon Life, based on the greenhouse gases created by intensive beef production. "Driving a typical UK car for 3 miles [4.8km] adds about 0.9 kg [2lb] of CO2 to the atmosphere," he said, a calculation based on the Government's official fuel emission figures. "If you walked instead, it would use about 180 calories. You'd need about 100g of beef to replace those calories, resulting in 3.6kg of emissions, or four times as much as driving.
"The troubling fact is that taking a lot of exercise and then eating a bit more food is not good for the global atmosphere. Eating less and driving to save energy would be better."
Goodall is a Green Party parliamentary candidate and completely on the level.
Taxes on walking, eating, and getting up off the couch can only go so far. Even breathing releases CO2.
Clearly there is only one way to prevent global warming. We must cease to exist. Of course, the liberal elite will have to go last, so that it can supervise our extinction.
On a tip from Bill.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:16 AM
Sean Penn's recent trip to hobnob with noisily anti-American dictator Hugo Chavez has disgusted some people even in Tinseltown. From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Even major Hollywood liberals are saying Sean Penn "went too far" in letting himself be used by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez to again bash the United States. It was all part of a very anti-American and anti-Hollywood propaganda pitch to boost various Venezuelan causes — including a visit to a filming site project that is being launched specifically to snare moviemaking away from Hollywood.
Asking not to be identified, one major Hollywood producer — himself a big contributor to liberal causes and Democratic candidates — told this column Sunday, "It's no secret that Sean is very left-wing, even in a town where liberal or even radical politics have long been common. But as much as many people here despise [President] Bush, a lot of us think this trip to Venezuela by [Penn] was wrong.
"Danny Glover did it too. … It isn't the proper thing and only gives ammunition to conservatives who like to point to Hollywood as being anti-American."
That it does. Notice the major Hollywood producer didn't dare give his name for fear of being blackballed, handing conservatives still more ammunition.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:46 AM
From City Journal:
Mountain-bike enthusiast Suzanne Aucoin had to fight more than her Stage IV colon cancer. Her doctor suggested Erbitux — a proven cancer drug that targets cancer cells exclusively, unlike conventional chemotherapies that more crudely kill all fast-growing cells in the body — and Aucoin went to a clinic to begin treatment. But if Erbitux offered hope, Aucoin's insurance didn't: she received one inscrutable form letter after another, rejecting her claim for reimbursement. Yet another example of the callous hand of managed care, depriving someone of needed medical help, right? Guess again. Erbitux is standard treatment, covered by insurance companies — in the United States. Aucoin lives in Ontario, Canada.
That is, Canada, the land of enlightened socialized medicine, of the kind we will have here if we allow Democrats to impose it on us.
To the left, individuals like Suzanne Aucoin are insignificant. All that matters is that the sacred State be allowed to metastasize. Too bad Erbitux doesn't work on governments.
On a tip from V the K.
August 5, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:22 PM
Newsweek continues to tack so far to the left, it's spinning in circles. Its latest issue is devoted not so much to propping up the global warming hoax, but to smearing anyone who casts doubt on it as a "denier" in the pay of the evil oil companies that make our lives so miserable by supplying us with cheap energy.
The cover article takes tinfoil-hat moonbattery to Keith Olbermann extremes, raving hysterically about a "well-coordinated" and cartoonishly sinister "denial machine" that schemes to mislead the public at the expense of Mother Earth. As evidence of the cabal's perfidious influence, Newsweek notes that a minority actually buy the unequivocal and deliberate lie that there is no significant scientific debate regarding anthropogenic global warming, despite this lie having been screamed relentlessly by self-interested demagogues like Al Gore and mendacious propaganda outlets like Newsweek.
Ominously, the reader is repeatedly asked to equate the imaginary cabal of deniers with Big Tobacco, which liberals were so successful at looting after softening up with a demonization campaign. This time expropriating billions from the tobacco industry isn't enough. All human activity allegedly causes global warming, and therefore will be subject to liberals' pathological greed. The first lawsuits have already begun.
NewsBusters takes the Newsweek diatribe to pieces. But no one discredits Newsweek like Newsweek itself, which is furiously back-pedaling from the global cooling hysteria it was hawking in the 1970s, even as it rallies liberal true believers against modern civilization in the name of the global warming hoax.
On a tip from White Cane.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:11 PM
Early this morning a "gang of youths" (the media's euphemism for Muslims) attacked an ambulance north of Sundsvall, Sweden. The crew, which was attempting to assist a woman having a respiratory crisis, locked itself in the ambulance as "youths" smashed the windshield and prevented it from driving away.
If only this incident were as rare as it was bizarre. As The Brussels Journal notes, driving an ambulance in Eurabia is becoming a very dangerous occupation. A few examples:
- Swedish ambulance crews refuse to go into some Muslim enclaves without police escorts.
- An ambulance is told to switch off its siren so as not to provoke Muslims.
- Police officers are wounded trying to rescue an ambulance from a mob of 250.
That the media continues to evade the fact that these incidents invariably involve Muslims indicates that though it has been backed into a corner, Europe is not yet willing to fight back. Before long, it will be too late.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:46 AM
Despite the show's popularity with conservatives, there has always been a vein of moonbattery not far below the surface of Fox's 24, most notably in its willingness to cave in to CAIR, effectively giving this Hamas front group veto power over plot developments and even agreeing to disseminate its propaganda. Next season, the moonbattery will bubble up to the surface, as Jack Bauer confronts the fictional menace of global warming.
The folks producing 24 will help rescue our put-upon planet by using a "planet-friendly" biodiesel blend in their diesel vehicles and generators, converting a diesel-powered sound stage to electricity, having scouts drive Priuses, and delivering scripts and schedules via email instead of by car. The effect of all this foolishness on the Earth's temperature can be predicted quite reliably at precisely zero.
In addition, the 24 page at Fox.com now includes preachy energy conservation tips and a speech about global warming by series star Kiefer Sutherland. More propaganda will follow when the season starts.
Worse yet, climate change will be incorporated into the show's plot. Maybe they'll make it extra poignant by having a patriotic Muslim-American, wrongfully accused of terrorism, save a family of drowning polar bears by buying a new Prius and some of Al Gore's carbon credits, after Jack Bauer prevents him from being assassinated by a sinister cabal of neocon global warming deniers.
August 4, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:15 PM
Jake and his wife MJ of Freedom Folks were attacked today by a mob of communist moonbats prior to a Chicago protest against the railroading of Border Patrol agents Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos. From Jake's first-hand account:
A lady was selling the Communist paper there and asked us if we were Minutemen. We responded in the affirmative, she noted proudly the headline of the communist paper which had the story of a Minuteman rally in New Jersey that had been, according to her, shut down by them.
She then began shouting that we were Minutemen alternating that with chanting "Death to the Minuteklan." The crowd of about 30–40 people on the sidewalk joined in with the chant and soon all forty people were calling for our death.
At that point several of the goons darted across the street and began trying to bat the cameras out of our hands. Several more came across the street splitting up, one group of mostly women began dragging MJ across the street by her camera, it's strap around her wrist. The other group, mostly men approached me and attempted to keep me from getting to MJ and still trying to get the camera away from me.
They succeeded in getting the camera away from him. Here's the result:
They also destroyed MJ's still camera, and threw a bag of protest signs over a gated fence after ripping it from her hands.
Freedom of speech is not permitted in countries in which moonbats have taken total control. Obviously, it won't be permitted here either if moonbattery prevails.
This video includes Jake being interviewed after the incident:
Hat tip: Cao's Blog.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:21 PM
You had to figure a place known as Sin City would be fertile grounds for moonbattery — especially after it cursed the country with Harry Reid. But the city has its share of patriots, including Dan Towbin, who flies an oversized American flag at his Las Vegas Hummer dealership. Unfortunately the City Council has ordered him to take it down.
Towbin has permission for the 109-foot pole. The problem is, the flag allegedly flaps too loudly, disturbing the Buddhist monastery–like conditions that prevail in Vegas.
Towbin has been to court before for the right to fly the flag, and he's still fighting:
The American flag stays. I'm not convinced that people are complaining because of noise. This is about vindictiveness and power.
Anyone in the Las Vegas area who's in the market for the King of SUVs is encouraged to show Towbin Hummer some support.
Hat tip: The Cigar Intelligence Agency.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:41 PM
Via Sweetness & Light, pictures tell the story of four American contractors who were murdered and publicly mutilated by terrorist barbarians while providing security for a convoy delivering food to Iraq, the reaction by Marxist-in-Chief Markos Moulitsas at the Daily Kos, and Hillary Clinton sucking up to Kos and his moonbat horde, casting even the pretense of dignity aside as she attempts to overcome their contempt and prove she is far left enough to warrant their support.
Kind of looks like something that might get its head stuck in a rat trap, doesn't she? Anyone who votes for a creature like Shrillary will have committed a crime against decency.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:00 PM
An ongoing jamboree marks the centenary of the original Boy Scout expedition, at which Lord Baden-Powell set out with 20 boys and taught them how to catch and skin rabbits, start a fire, and build shelter in the untamed outdoors. It's taking place on Brownsea Island in Dorset, the starting point for that historic first expedition. However, moonbattery has changed things just a little over the last 100 years.
Nobody is singing around a campfire, because they have been forbidden on the island for the last 30 years. In place of the campfire stands a large potted plant, "around which the Scouts of 2007 can gather and write down thoughts on how to achieve world peace."
No one is eating any fresh-killed rabbit, or even hamburgers or sausages, since meat has been banned on the grounds it might offend someone's religious beliefs. Instead the Scouts are subjected to vegetarian meals served up at a huge marquee equipped with industrial ovens and refrigerators full of veggie burgers.
At least Scouts don't have to worry about tripping in the dark if they get up at night to use the portable lavatories. Solar-powered lights line the walkways by the hundreds.
Scout leader David Massen laments:
Baden-Powell could just take his Scouts out on a boat for a fishing trip, whereas if I want to do the same I have to take a two-hour training session and write a four-page risk assessment statement.
If this is scouting in the age of political correctness, you can't blame kids for preferring to stay home and play video games.
On a tip from Hope.
August 3, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:52 PM
Divers continue searching on a hunch that an Oldsmobile with a dead girl inside it could be resting on the riverbed nearby.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:18 PM
If you venture to the farthest extreme of the lunatic left, you will come upon the website Daily Kos, founded by Markos "Kos" Moulitsas, an individual so morally depraved that he reacted to the murder and public mutilation of American contractors in Iraq with the immortal words "I feel nothing over the death of merceneries [sic]. […] Screw them."
Daily Kos is the ultimate fever swamp of tinfoil-hat, down-with-Amerikkka extremism, as vulgar, paranoid, hate-filled, and deranged as anything moonbats have ever come up with. It's a place where Keith Olbermann would feel at home while high on PCP. Named in its honor is the YearlyKos convention, which is taking place now in Chicago.
Shamefully and disturbingly, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pandered to these sick freaks by showing up for last year's YearlyKos in Las Vegas, as did known nutcases Babs Boxer and Wesley Clark. This year it's different: practically all top Dems are attending.
Last month in a Daily Kos straw poll, Hillary Clinton came in at a lowly 9% for POTUS choice — which for her is actually a dramatic improvement. You see, not even an authoritarian socialist like Shrillary is left-wing enough to find favor in Kosland. Nonetheless she will be in Chicago kissing the malodorous rears of the nutroots fruitcakes who malign her. Also in attendance: all the other Dem candidates, and the entire Democrat Congressional leadership.
Crows Simon Rosenberg of the New Democrat Network:
Look, the fact all the major presidential candidates are attending means that the Net roots, in a very short time, has earned its seat on the big table. These days you can't have a dialogue in Democratic politics without talking about what the Net roots are thinking. And how fast they've risen from the periphery to the center is a big cultural change — and everyone's grappling with it.
If normal people were to bypass the MSM's whitewashing and get a glimpse of the vermin Democrat candidates happily crawl into bed with, Kos kooks would be grappling with a blowout like we haven't seen since McGovern.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:48 AM
Yesterday John Edwards demanded that his fellow Dem candidates return any campaign donations from Rupert Murdoch and his hated News Corp., on the grounds that Fox News Channel is not relentlessly liberal like all other television media outlets. The Breck Girl feels so strongly about this, he managed to kill a Democrat debate co-sponsored by the ultra-left Congressional Black Caucus because it was to be hosted by FNC.
Now it comes to light that Silky Pony earned at least $800,000 from a book yawn-inducingly entitled Home: The Blueprints of Our Lives — which was published by Murdoch's HarperCollins.
Edwards pocketed a $500,000 advance plus $300,000 for expenses. Needless to say he's not giving the money back, any more than he would give back the $millions he looted from doctors with a cheesy trial lawyer carnival act that featured channeling the spirit of a handicapped fetus.
Not that this need stop him from attacking Shrillary for collecting $20,000 in donations from allegedly right-wing News Corp. officials.
On a tip from Charles.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:02 AM
Despite the contentious political environment, there is one thing that pretty much all Americans can agree on: our new Democrat-controlled Congress consists of boobs.
According to a Zogby poll, only 3% of the public gives Congress high marks on how it has handled the war. Even Bush, despite his admitted screw-ups and being relentlessly hammered by the media for years, rates 8 times higher.
Not even Democrats like the Congress they've imposed on us: they give it a 94% negative rating on the war — probably because we haven't yet officially surrendered to terrorists in Iraq.
The Dem strategy of trying to have it both ways by promising abject surrender to the Party's despicable Daily Kos base, without immediately driving the bus off a cliff at the first possible opportunity, does not seem to be working out so well.
There is one silver lining for Dems. Thanks to their control of the mainstream media, they have 41% of the public holding the absurd view that surrendering in Iraq would not constitute a defeat.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:43 AM
Open borders advocate John McCain has abruptly changed his tune, deftly steering away from the iceberg even as water pouring in through the hole it tore in his bow reaches his chin. His resolute opposition to border security and sponsorship of the thankfully defeated McCain–Kennedy shamnesty abomination have his presidential ambitions headed straight for Davy Jones' locker, but at least he has finally seen the error of his ways.
Now McCain supports a bill that offers no amnesty, that toughens penalties for sneaking back in after being deported, that requires employers to check workers' citizenship status, and that finally requires illegal aliens who break other laws to stay in jail until they've been deported.
Other sponsors of the bill include Lindsey Graham and Jon Kyl, both of whom prominently supported the Senate's latest attempt to ram amnesty down the country's throats. Could it be that at long last they've remembered who they work for?
August 2, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:32 PM
There is one good thing about socialized medicine: it teaches people to stop being pansies and take the pain. For example, the ominously named NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence), which controls which drugs will be available under Britain's socialized medicine regime, has decided that rheumatoid arthritis patients don't need abatacept, even though it has been shown to cause a dramatic improvement in 40% of patients with severe symptoms.
NICE bureaucrats have decreed that abatacept is not cost-effective. After all, issuing bullets for patients to bite on would have a fraction of the cost, freeing up tax money to pay administrative salaries.
In a free country, you get whatever medical care you're willing to pay for. Under socialism, you get what your bureaucratic masters see fit to give you. But at least it's free — meaning that you pay for it whether you use it or not.
On a tip from Bill.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:36 PM
Thanks for your patience. Hopefully they will be resolved soon. Sorry for the lost comments and trackbacks.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:00 AM
If Islamic terrorists kidnap Koreans in Afghanistan, who will moonbats blame? The USA, naturally.
Anti-American sentiment is never far under the surface in South Korea, which apparently will never forgive us for saving it from being conquered and enslaved by the communist North. Unscrupulous politicians are adept at exploiting this. Yelps presidential contender Chun Jung-bae:
The U.S. should come forward as a concerned party given that the war on terror began in the U.S.
You see, we started all this by building skyscrapers right where Muslims could fly hijacked planes into them.
Fellow politician Kim Hyuk-kyu growls:
It's hard to predict what changes the Korean people will experience in their sentiment if the U.S. sticks only to principles and contributes to further damage.
That is, they might resent us even more if we don't encourage future kidnapping by freeing Taliban terrorists. The moonbat outfit Solidarity for Peace and Reunification of Korea has gone so far as to threaten a "massive" candlelight rally if the USA doesn't start bargaining with the Taliban immediately.
Fortunately cooler heads prevail in the South Korean government. Said one official:
Afghanistan is a sovereign nation. If we keep saying, "The U.S. should apply pressure" or "It's the U.S.' responsibility," this will embarrass Afghanistan. If Taliban prisoners are released, they will immediately point their guns at American soldiers.
Presidential spokesman Cheon Ho-seon even noted:
If you believe that the U.S. holds all the keys, that's far from the truth, nor is it helpful in solving problems.
What? Bad things can happen that aren't the responsibility of the USA? Someone get the word to the mainstream media!
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:06 AM
Bad news for Michael Moore, overweight advocate of socialized medicine: Hamish Meldrum, the head of the British Medical Association, questions whether the obese should be given treatment for their problem.
As anyone unfortunate enough to have required medical care in Britain is painfully aware, the country has succumbed to socialized medicine, placing bureaucrats in charge of who gets treated and when.
Asserts Dr. Meldrum:
We are saying, "This patient has a hyper-appetite problem" rather than, "They are just greedy." People like to put fancy labels that suggest things are a medical problem. But [obesity] is not just a problem for GPs, it is societal. We are in danger of over-medicalizing.
He has a point. But if Moore is getting treatment for his weight problem, he ought to be thankful he lives in a country where a free market provides whatever medical care people are willing to pay for.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:36 AM
Boy wonder Barack Obama doesn't have much government experience yet, but he's already managed to infuriate arguably our most crucial ally in the War on Terror.
Pakistan's Minister of State for Information correctly characterized as "sheer ignorance" Osama Obama's asinine suggestion that after surrendering to al-Qaeda in Iraq, he might invade Pakistan were the American public to prove moronic enough to put him in charge.
Key US ally Pervez Musharraf is hanging onto power in Pakistan by his fingernails. Al-Qaeda has been calling for a coup against him. Now a presidential candidate shows him the same kind of support Jimmy Carter offered the Shah of Iran with such disastrous consequences.
In the unlikely event there are Moonbattery readers who aren't better informed than Obama, it should be pointed out that Pakistan is a country of about 165 million, armed with nuclear weapons, whose air space we need to fly through to support our troops in Afghanistan. We need to stay on good terms. While pressure may need to be applied to ensure cooperation, there are more subtle ways of doing this that publicly threatening to invade, as a peacenik like Obama ought to know.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:51 AM
At least one person approves of the loud-mouthed moonbattery of Tinseltown glitterpig Sean Penn: socialist dictator Hugo Chavez, an almost cartoonishly bellicose enemy of the USA.
While praising Penn as "one of the greatest opponents of the Iraq invasion," Chavez read aloud from a letter in which the actor called for the President's impeachment and denounced the Vice President and Secretary of State as "villainously and criminally obscene people."
Penn has been touring Venezuelan film studios. He might be following Danny Glover in pursuing new sources of revenues. There will come a day when American audiences stop indulging these characters.
|Penn unwittingly displays what would happen to him if he relentlessly shot off his mouth against the government in the kind of country Chavez is making out of Venezuela.|
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:50 AM
Elton John, the flamboyantly homosexual pop star who symbolized Britain's decline by getting knighted by the Queen, is calling for the Internet to be shut down.
Pronounces Sir Elton:
Let's get out in the streets and march and protest instead of sitting at home and blogging. I do think it would be an incredible experiment to shut down the whole Internet for five years and see what sort of art is produced over that span. There's too much technology available.
In addition to being a moonbat, Sir Elton is quite the Luddite, as he readily admits:
I am the biggest technophobe of all time.
John has also called for a ban on religion.
On a tip from V the K.
August 1, 2007
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:29 PM
Accusing Rudy Giuliani of the sin (to moonbats) of being a capitalist, John Edwards denounced him to an audience of San Francisco hippies as "George Bush on steroids."
What would that make Edwards? Hillary Clinton on estrogen? Or as ToddonCapeCode suggests, Rosie O'Donnell without the steroids?
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:19 PM
The loony-left Sierra Club has tried to punish the Fox News Channel for not endorsing the global warming hoax with sufficient servility by leaning on Home Depot to pull its advertising.
The semi-veiled threat is that Home Depot's public image will be trashed if they do not do the bidding of environmental extremists. Fortunately, the company is showing some backbone. Home Depot may cater to the greenie fad by employing Ron Jarvis as vice president for environmental innovation, but here's what Jarvis has to say about the Sierra Club's strongarm tactics:
It's not our place to judge Fox News's position or any other media outlet's position on global warming. Nor will we try to influence that position with our advertising dollars.
Adds spokesman Jerry Shields:
We're not in the business of censoring media.
FNC's sin is not denying the global warming hoax, but merely showing both sides of the issue. A year ago last fall, Sierra Club praised Fox News for running a hysterical pro–global warming piece. But Fox has also allowed people to express contradictory views, which is blasphemy to militant Kool-Aid–guzzlers.
Let's hope other companies show as much spine as Home Depot, because Sierra Club's jihad won't stop here. Bellows Executive Director Carl Pope:
This is the beginning of a long-term campaign. As corporate America becomes more and more aware of the fact that global warming denial is no longer morally acceptable … over time, corporate America will be less and less interested in advertising on Fox.
It isn't easy being fair and balanced in a unfair world crowded with bullies like Pope who are anything but balanced.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:39 PM
As a promotion, the Lowell Spinners decided to play a politically correct baseball game against the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Basemen were renamed "base persons," the batboy became the "bat person," and the shortstop was referred to as the "vertically challenged stop." Errors went unannounced so as not to offend the players who committed them.
The Spinners lost the game, 9–5.
That's what they get for only going halfway. To have a truly politically correct baseball game, you would have to dictate equality of outcome — the purpose behind most any coercive government program beloved by liberals, such as affirmative action. The game would have been a tie, as everyone would have known in advance.
On a tip from ToddonCapeCodd.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:35 PM
If only useless bureaucrats would just flush the excess money they expropriate from us down the toilet. Instead, the loot is flushed down less appealing receptacles such as NPR.
Mona Charen reports trying to listen to what our money is spent on:
I haven't listened to NPR in a while. So glad to see they haven't changed. At the top of hour news roundup this morning I heard this tease: "The largest army in the world turns 80 today. We'll go to China to celebrate." Celebrate? Can you imagine that NPR would mark the anniversary of the US Marine Corps or Army with the word celebrate?
Were the soft-spoken Stalinists at NPR celebrating the American soldiers killed by the People's Liberation Army during the Korean War? Or were they celebrating the 70 million or so potential counterrevolutionaries who were liquidated after it brought Mao Zedong to power? Most likely they were just following the reflexive liberal practice of siding with evil wherever they find it.
Naturally NPR exploited the opportunity to portray America as the more militaristic country, with claims that China spends 1/47th of what the USA does on each soldier, and that its defense budget is less than 10% of our own.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:55 AM
Okay, it's not news, because it happens on a daily basis. All the same we don't want to accept this as being as normal as it is frequent:
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — An illegal immigrant who was deported in 1997, sneaked back into the country and then killed two people in a drunken-driving crash was sentenced Tuesday to up to 15 years in prison.
Nilssen Torres Paredes had pleaded guilty in May to manslaughter. He was drunk and speeding the wrong way in a 30 mph zone when he struck a car, injuring the driver and killing the two passengers, Audra Kaczur and David Calogero, prosecutors said.
Paredes was sentenced to 5–15 years. He was also charged with lying about his identity. My guess is he'll be back on our roads, drunk and driving the wrong way, within 7 years, at which point Audra Kaczur and David Calogero will still be dead.
Every country has the right to defend its borders. The people of a free country have the right and the duty to remove from office bureaucrats who refuse to perform this basic and essential function.
PS: Here's a partial list of crime victims of illegal aliens.
On a tip from White Cane.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:36 AM
In case you haven't seen this Penn and Teller video, here's a chance to watch sanctimonious moonbats being effortlessly duped into signing a petition to ban water. After all, it causes urination!
On a tip from Pat.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:27 AM
The Left's strategy of Balkanizing America by breaking it down into allegedly victimized special interest groups that compete for preferential treatment is predictably blowing up in its face, as each "oppressed" clan tries to out-snivel the others:
Three veteran workers at the state's Human Rights Division have lobbed federal lawsuits at the agency, charging a bizarre pattern of discrimination that hurts women and blacks in favor of gay white men.
A recent lawsuit by human-rights worker Veanka McKenzie, claims a "calculatedly sexist dress code" forbids females from wearing jeans, while giving special treatment to gay white men — who are also known to wear cowboy hats in the office.
Lawyers for McKenzie, 40, argued that the inconsistent policy was a reaction to negative publicity about alleged ageism and race discrimination against whites when Commissioner Kumiki Gibson, who is black, fired two older Caucasian women.
Here's a solution: why don't we go back to regarding human beings as individuals? Then people could advance by merit, instead of by being sufficiently devoid of self-respect to claim victim status.
On a tip from White Cane.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:07 AM
Tired of liberals making obscene gestures as you drive by in your Hummer, hopefully splashing mud over their Birkenstocks? Get on their good side with one of Glenn Beck's Hydrocarbon Powered Eco-Vehicle stickers. A few testimonials:
I just got my Hydrocarbon Powered Eco-Vehicle sticker and put it on my Oldsmobile Cutlass. Not exactly a fuel-efficient car. It drove to the grocery store and when I came out the people who parked next to my car noticed my Eco-vehicle sticker and said, "Wow!, an eco-car. So does it run on water?" I told him it runs on hydrocarbon and that the carbon is used to lubricate the engine's moving parts. He was truly impressed. He said he was going to look up hydrocarbon powered cars and how to convert his car to run on hydrocarbon.
I Got It Last Week and Went To Fill My GMC Truck With Gas, And Low And Behold A Guy Asked Me If My Truck Was Burning Green. Well I Had No Idea What He Was Talking About, I Said WHAT? He Said I see Your Eco-Vehicle Sticker. I Said "O Yes Its A HYDRO-CARBON BURNING VEHICLE," He Said Thank You, That's Very Nice Of You To Burn Clean Fuel. So Glenn They WALK AMONG US, Most Don't Have A CLUE
I was having lunch with some customers and one of them commented on my new Chevy Avalanche (she called it a big truck/SUV thingie) suggesting that it probably didn't get very good gas mileage and that's not good for the environment. My response was that it was a new "flex fuel" vehicle and did not need gasoline; I was referring to the E-85 ethanol. When we left the restaurant, she noticed the Hydrocarbon sticker and was very impressed. She asked where I got my hydrocarbon and I coyly said that several gas stations in town were now carrying hydrocarbon. She now thinks I'm wonderful!
But the feedback includes a cautionary tale:
You will not believe this one, or maybe you will. I just got my Hydro-Carbon sticker this morning, and I love it! But, when I went to a little liberal town I used to live in, oh, 15 minutes from where I live, someone took a Sharpie to my decal! Yes, in less than 4 hours a liberal, obviously slightly educated, blacked-out my sticker. Thank the great lord, and Glenn Beck, for selling these in packs of two. I will now have to use my last one. I guess I have to be very careful about where I park while in hippy-town.
However, it should go without saying that leaving anything of value in the proximity of hippies is reckless.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:35 AM
The NY Times editorial by vociferous Bush critics Michael O'Hanlon And Kenneth Pollack admitting that the situation is turning around in Iraq did not find a receptive audience in the corrupt and treasonous Pelosi toady John Murtha.
Barked Abscam Jack:
I dismiss it as rhetoric.
He also belittled the inspiring progress that our troops and Iraqis who believe in democracy have made by dismissing it as "an illusion."
When reminded of the inevitable massacres that would target those who have supported democracy and trusted America were we to "redeploy" and let the terrorists win, Murtha shrugged off the rivers of blood that would flow as Iraq's problem, then quickly scuttled for cover behind leftist demagoguery, hysterically shouting:
We're the ones causing the problem.
If Murtha really doesn't like rhetoric, he must actually believe that the terrorist groups vying for power — al-Qaeda, the Iranian-backed Shiite militias, the Sunni remnants of Saddam's genocidal Baathist regime — are just freedom fighters combating the pernicious presence of America. As soon as we leave, they'll all get together for a barbeque.
Like many in the Democrat Party, Murtha is either an idiot, or he's evil and thinks we're idiots. As in most cases, the latter seems more probable.