Monday, April 30, 2007
When will the DEMS introduce bold ideas like this? Is invective and hatred enough for a national platform?
On the subject of invective...here's a video of Joe Biden (D, Caracas). Blind rage. Google it.
"It bothers Americans when we're told how unpopular we are with the rest of the world. For some of us, at least, it gets our back up -- and our natural tendency is to tell the French, for example, that we'd rather not hear from them until the day when they need us to bail them out again.Reid would speak like this if he did a better job irrigating his hemroids (and wasn't un-American).
In the meantime, let's be realistic about the world we live in. Mexican leaders apparently have an economic policy based on exporting their own citizens, while complaining about US immigration policies that are far less exclusionary than their own. The French jail perfectly nice people for politically incorrect comments, but scold us for holding terrorists at Guantanamo."
Read more about the cause [hint: GWB] of global warming on Mars and learn how you can make a difference!
Kind of related...
I found this image on Instapundit.com. I have several decidely anti-Catholic lefty acquaintances (who also happen to be tree huggers) and find some dark humor in the similarities between carbon offsets and the one-time selling of indulgences by the church.
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Sunday, April 29, 2007
This image complements my post about the 40th Anniverary of Expo 67. The image was posted on Paleo-Future: A look into the future that never was. I had never seen/read this BLOG before and it's very cool. The postcard reminds me of concepts for EPCOT presented by Walt Disney in a movie prepared for Florida legislators. He filmed this movie just two months before he died in 1966.
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Saturday, April 28, 2007
"If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this. The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should."
- Rep. Jim Moran, D-Virginia
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Jim Moran, D-Virginia, is in hot water with Jewish groups for declaring the "strong support" of the Jewish community was driving the push toward a war with Iraq.
The remarks, interpreted by some as anti-Semitic, were condemned Tuesday as "shocking" by the...
This is being reported by CNN and NOT the NY POST or LGF.
Friday, April 27, 2007
"The disarmament process would begin after the initial three-month amnesty. Special squads of police would be formed and trained to carry out the work. Then, on a random basis to permit no advance warning, city blocks and stretches of suburban and rural areas would be cordoned off and searches carried out in every business, dwelling, and empty building. All firearms would be seized. The owners of weapons found in the searches would be prosecuted: $1,000 and one year in prison for each firearm."
A Nigerian lesbian who "married" four women last weekend in Kano State has gone into hiding from the Islamic police, with her partners.
Under Sharia law, adopted in the state seven years ago, homosexuality and same-sex marriages are outlawed and considered very serious offences.
Lesbianism is also illegal under Nigeria's national penal code.
"We were happy then. And we didn't even know it."Per chance, Hugh has a comment about Munich that dovetails nicely with this article and what's going on in the GWOT.
Forty years ago Friday, the Montreal Universal and International Exposition of 1967 opened, a seminal event that still casts a spell on generations of Canadians....It was a time of optimism. a time when everything seemed possible for the city, for the country...The world was no more peaceful then. There was the Cold War and the Vietnam War and the Six Day War in the Middle East.
The site's ideals of modernity were seen in its monorail and its utopian architecture. A sleek subway had opened the previous fall. "Everything was novel. To take the Métro in 1967 was a happening. You felt you were boarding a futuristic craft," Mr. Laurendeau said.
Munich was very popular for a short time -from the signing of the agreement on September 29, 1938 until the invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, or until Hitler's nature become unmistakable even to the most appeasement-oriented Chamberlain supporter.There are two great books about the World Fair in 1939 and the days before World War II. The first is David Gelernter's 1939: Lost World of Fair and the second is Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton.
Reports like this [Jewish woman attacked in France] and this [School Scraps Nature Course As Pigs Enrage Muslim Pupils] would be similar to the types of news in the late 30s that preceded WWII. What I find eerie about those books is the kind of haze and confusion that existed against the backdrop of optimism and euphoria surrouding the World's Fair. My guess is that people knew what was coming, but hoped that by looking away those monumental issues would disappear (suppose it's human nature).
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
April 25, 2007
"Seventy-nine days after President Bush sent Congress a request for emergency war funding for our troops, the House of Representatives has passed disappointing legislation that insists on a surrender date, handcuffs our generals, and contains billions of dollars in spending unrelated to the war.
"Last November, the American people voted for a change in strategy in Iraq – and the President listened. Tonight, the House of Representatives voted for failure in Iraq – and the President will veto its bill.
"Democrats have forced this process to continue for too long. The President calls on the Senate to quickly pass this legislation so the President can veto it and then work with the Congressional leadership on a clean bill that funds our troops while respecting the judgment of our military commanders and helping ensure the safety of the American people."
Ideas do have consequences and we all need to understand that the war on terror is taking place as much in the realm of ideas as it is on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.
This would be a good place to quote an important British writer, George Orwell, who wrote, "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." Even in America, our children are often taught a watered down, inoffensive, and culturally sensitive version of events ranging from the Crusades to the battle at the Alamo.
It’s time for people who believe that they have a stake in Western civilization and its traditions to get a little backbone — even if it offends somebody.
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Because when you say the war is lost, the next question to ask is if we lost, who won? Because in war, there are winners and there are losers. And if the majority leader has declared us the loser, then the question needs to be asked by the world and this country: who won that war in iraq? Well, I tell you who will claim credit for winning the war in Iraq. Al Qaeda.
If you believe giving these groups Iraq makes us safer, you know nothing about human behavior or history as a whole.
When you give into the dark forces of humanity, when you allow people who slaughter the innocent to win wars, you don't end their desire. You whet their appetite.
Senator Lindsey Graham
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Yesterday, Senator Reid said the troop surge was against the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group. That is plainly false. The Iraq Study Group report was explicitly favorable toward a troop surge to secure Baghdad. Senator Reid said there should be a regional conference on Iraq. Apparently, he doesn't know that there is going to be one next week. Senator Reid said he doesn't have real substantive meetings with the President. Yet immediately following last week's meeting at the White House, he said, "It was a good exchange; everyone voiced their considered opinion about the war in Iraq."Thus the DEM monopoly on open mindedness was broken (I'm only joking...it was never there to begin with).
What's most troubling about Senator Reid's comments yesterday is his defeatism. Indeed, last week, he said the war is already lost. And the timetable legislation that he is now pursuing would guarantee defeat.
Maybe it's a political calculation. Some Democratic leaders seem to believe that blind opposition to the new strategy in Iraq is good politics. Senator Reid himself has said that the war in Iraq will bring his party more seats in the next election. It is cynical to declare that the war is lost because you believe it gives you political advantage. Leaders should make decisions based on the security interests of our country, not on the interests of their political party.
Petraeus is a General on the ground...Reid sits in a chair all day irrigating his hemmoroids. Remember, "with its tortuous attempts to rename unpleasant facts out of existence...leftism has outlived its own failure by hiding itself within the most labyrinthine construct of social delicacy since Victoria was queen."
Yesterday on CNN's "The Situation Room," a segment was aired on Reid's Lost War. CNN correspondent Dana Bash asked the Senator Reid whether he would believe General Petraeus when the General comes to Capitol Hill to explain that there is progress being made in Iraq. Refusing to risk being confronted by facts that might not agree with Reid's Lost War comment, the Democrat's Senate Majority Leader said he wouldn't believe General Petraeus.
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“If men were angels,” wrote James Madison in “Federalist” 51, “no government would be necessary.” Because men are not angels, he argued, government is an inescapable necessity — not to perfect us, but to restrain our worst proclivities as well as to cultivate the better.
Recognizing the reality of human sinfulness and our proneness to partiality and unreason, we come to recognize government neither as the means nor the obstacle to our individual and social perfection, but as a necessary set of institutions that restrain and chasten as much as they enable and liberate.
BRIAN DOHERTY WRITES ON how the Right and Libertarians diverged (HT: Instapundit).
To Read and those who hewed to his libertarian line, the warmaking powers of the state were one of the most horrible things about it, and they did not believe it was a proper duty of the American government to go abroad to destroy international communism, or to legally crush domestic communism.
This became one of the clearest dividing lines between nascent conservatism and libertarianism, with the Buckley side mocking libertarians' effete and useless disengagement from the Cold War, scoffing at them for evading serious geopolitics for little intellectual seminars on demunicipalizing garbage service.
Americanism: The Fourth Great Western Religion
What does it mean to “believe” in America? Why do we always speak of our country as having a mission or purpose that is higher than other nations? Modern liberals have invested a great deal in the notion that America was founded as a secular state, with religion relegated to the private sphere. David Gelernter argues that America is not secular at all, but a powerful religious idea—indeed, a religion in its own right.
Gelernter argues that what we have come to call “Americanism” is in fact a secular version of Zionism. Not the Zionism of the ancient Hebrews, but that of the Puritan founders who saw themselves as the new children of Israel, creating a new Jerusalem in a new world. Their faith-based ideals of liberty, equality, and democratic governance had a greater influence on the nation’s founders than the Enlightenment.
Gelernter traces the development of the American religion from its roots in the Puritan Zionism of seventeenth-century New England to the idealistic fighting faith it has become, a militant creed dedicated to spreading freedom around the world. The central figures in this process were Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson, who presided over the secularization of the American Zionist idea into the form we now know as Americanism.
If America is a religion, it is a religion without a god, and it is a global religion. People who believe in America live all over the world. Its adherents have included oppressed and freedom-loving peoples everywhere—from the patriots of the Greek and Hungarian revolutions to the martyred Chinese dissidents of Tiananmen Square.
Gelernter also shows that anti-Americanism, particularly the virulent kind that is found today in Europe, is a reaction against this religious conception of America on the part of those who adhere to a rival religion of pacifism and appeasement. A startlingly original argument about the religious meaning of America and why it is loved—and hated—with so much passion at home and abroad.
"The thing I like best about being a conservative is that I don’t have to lie. I don’t have to pretend that men and women are the same. I don’t have to declare that failed or oppressive cultures are as good as mine. I don’t have to say that everyone’s special or that the rich cause poverty or that all religions are a path to God. I don’t have to claim that a bad writer like Alice Walker is a good one or that a good writer like Toni Morrison is a great one. I don’t have to pretend that Islam means peace.
This is leftism’s great strength: it’s all white lies. That’s its only advantage, as far as I can tell. None of its programs actually works, after all. From statism and income redistribution to liberalized criminal laws and multiculturalism, from its assault on religion to its redefinition of family, leftist policies have made the common life worse wherever they’re installed. But because it depends on—indeed is defined by—describing the human condition inaccurately, leftism is nothing if not polite. With its tortuous attempts to rename unpleasant facts out of existence—he’s not crippled, dear, he’s handicapped; it’s not a slum, it’s an inner city; it’s not surrender, it’s redeployment—leftism has outlived its own failure by hiding itself within the most labyrinthine construct of social delicacy since Victoria was queen."
When President Bush vetoes the latest war spending bill it will be because of men like Christopher Shays that the DEMS can't get the two-thirds majority necessary to override the veto.
Unlike Shays, Pelosi is so narrow-minded and pig-headed that she can't listen to men like General Petraeus (or visit Iraq herself)...Instead of fact finding and seeking the truth she runs off to appease Syria's President Bashar al-Asad.
Last week, Connecticut Republican congressman Christopher Shays briefed his Republican colleagues on the progress he observed in Iraq earlier this month. No member of Congress has visited Iraq more often than Shays, and since he’s an outspoken critic of the Bush administration’s war strategies, members of Congress were attentive as he gave his impressions from his 16th trip.
He recounts that during one of his visits, behaving more like a “blunt member of Congress” than like the culturally sensitive former Peace Corps volunteer he is, he warned Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki about the consequences of delay. “I said to him, ‘Take a good look at me. You might not see me in November. You could have a Democratic Congress and then face deadlines that could mean we leave before Iraq is ready to stand alone.’”
Shays is counseling patience and resolve. He points out that last November’s voters have gotten what they wanted with a new secretary of Defense, a new ground commander, and a new mission and strategy in Iraq.
According to Hugh Hewitt, the film will be screened for congressmen and senators tonight. Please call your representatives in both chambers and urge them to attend.
The Hill switchboard is 202-225-3121.
Source: Al Qaeda's Plans
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Monday, April 23, 2007
I think the white house should have a global warming summit. Have lots of bottled water and booze. And hand out one square of TP to the ladies as they go into the ladies room. They can get 2 or 3 if they provide proof of "pesky" issues. That liberals believe that they can make pronouncements from on high on how the little people should behave never ceases to amaze.Here's one for the "do as I say, not as I do" file and it complements the above quote very nicely.
It looks like Google was getting in on the fun with their melting iceberg logo.
Actually, this isn't all that new. Google is a preachy company and they've been pushing carbon neutral nonsense for awhile.
Rosie says one square's not enough. According to Allahpundit:
It’s not often that she’s right, but she’s right. Dear god, is she ever.
Lest you think this is a farce, here's an article from the BBC on Sheryl's loo paper proposal. She just finished her Stop Global Warming College Tour!
Here's a money quote from Jim Manzi over at Planet Gore.
Google's trendy political correctness is an irritating, but not surprising, result of incredible growth in profits and value.
This is from Instapundit:
As I drove home, I heard a local DJ saying that no one will ever be able to listen to her music without thinking of butt-wiping, and then speculating that maybe Lance Armstrong had left her because "she wasn't diligent enough with the paperwork." That was the first of many similar jokes.
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CBS executives deny it, but there's a growing feeling within the network that Katie Couric is an expensive, unfixable mistake.
"It's a disaster. Everybody knows it's not working. CBS may not cut her loose, but I guarantee you, somebody's thinking about it. We're all hunkered down, waiting for the other shoe to drop."
Couric, 50, draws fewer viewers than did avuncular "interim" anchor Bob Schieffer, 20 years her senior. Much of the feature-oriented format she debuted with is gone, as is her first executive producer, Rome Hartman.
"The broadcast is an abject failure, by any measure," says Rich Hanley, director of graduate programs at the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Softball season started last night and we got off to a great start. Over the years you develop a camaraderie with your teammates that makes the first game of every new season very special.
How about some lyrics?
Early each day to the steps of Saint Paul's
The little old bird woman comes.
In her own special way to the people she calls,
"Come, buy my bags full of crumbs.
Come feed the little birds, show them you care
And you'll be glad if you do."
On this day in history the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair opened!
I did some server patching® this morning before heading off to the movies to see Meet the Robinsons. Unlike the Pixar movies, this one opened with a Mickey Mouse short from 1938 called Boat Builders. I consulted Mickey Mouse: His Life and Times to identify the release date.
I don't have enough superlatives in my vocabulary to describe the movie. I'm not sure if the movie reviewed well or not but it doesn't matter. The movie was wonderful and the message was full of optimism AND that's something we need more of. The movie also ended with a quote by Walt Disney...
"Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
So what was the message?
Don't spend your life being a victim because of things you have no control over. And the message went beyond passivity...it celebrates failure, acknowledging that success is 1/4 attitude and 3/4 having the gumption and tenacity to keep moving forward.
Okay....I'm not giving up the weekend yet. I'm off for a walk.
Friday, April 20, 2007
"We've done it," said senior producer Julie Snyder, who was personally interviewed for a 2003 This American Life episode, "Going Eclectic," in which she described what it's like to be a bilingual member of the ACLU trained in kite-making by a Japanese stepfather. "There is not a single existential crisis or self-congratulatory epiphany that has been or could be experienced by a left-leaning agnostic that we have not exhaustively documented and grouped by theme."Going Eclectic? Is this what Hillary meant by, "...more immediate, ecstatic, and penetrating mode of living..." The above quote is from a soon-to-be-aired episode of This American Life.
More details here. According to the article, "public radio couldn't be more pleased".
The latest polls are revealing some trends that have the Hillary Camp wondering what it will take to make their shrew likeable. I think it is likely an impossible task. The latest Gallup Poll has her favorable ratings collapsing from 58% to 45% and her negatives climbing to an almost insurmountable 52%. Even Dick Morris who long ago proclaimed that Hillary was only beatable by Condi Rice, notes that her popularity in every demographic of her base is falling through the floor, is backing away from his predicitions about her being the Democrat to beat as a result of her attracting new first time, women voters. All and all bad news for Hillary and good news for America.I'm remain cautiously optimistic. I just don't see the shrew losing the nomination to Obama. I really hope I'm wrong.
Not so fast says Power Line...
The Clinton machine is obviously stumped for the moment about how to deal with Obama. But my sense, Casselman to the contrary notwithstanding, is that the candidates other than Obama are not much more than nuisances for Clinton, who is a plausible presidential candidate, while Obama is not. And that the Clinton machine is relentless, unconstrained by conscience, and will prevail. It will then tap Obama to fill out the bottom of a formidable ticket. For the moment, I think "my sense" is worth about as much as the Gallup Poll.Hope springs eternal? What a roller coaster ride!
WASHINGTON, April 20 Democratic campaign strategists say an increasing number of fundraisers are lending their services to presidential rivals of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.
The strategists say the fundraisers are alienated by the Clinton campaign's aggressive method of dealing with prospective donors and pressure from the campaign to either raise money for Clinton or sit out the Democrats' nominating process, The Washington Times reported Friday.
- Kurt Vonnegut
If you have 12 minutes (maybe 15 if you read slow) you should read this article about Vonnegut.
He had, for example, a large capacity for facing brute contingency as part of human existence. A great deal of life is chance. (The fact that you were born, for example. Think how arbitrary that is.) And much of the rest of life consists of learning to evade that truth – walling it off, away from consciousness, because otherwise the reality of it would be too hard to fathom. Instead, we throw ourselves into fictions of power and belonging: nationalism, militarism, religion, the acquisition of cool stuff. These are ways to contain both the vulnerability before chance and the terrors of loneliness. In Vonnegut’s understanding of the world, loneliness is a fundamental part of human experience that became much, much worse in the United States, somehow, during the second half of the twentieth century – with no particular reason to think it will get better anytime soon.
Muslim militants behead seven abducted workers in PhilippinesDon't forget your UN/EU/BBC translator. In this case, "youth" equals Muslim.
Zamboanga City, Philippines - Al-Qaeda-linked Muslim Abu Sayyaf rebels have beheaded seven workers they abducted earlier this week on a southern Philippine island, the military said Friday.
The decapitated heads of the seven workers were delivered to two military outposts in Parang town on Jolo island, 1,000 kilometres south of Manila, on Thursday.
Anti-police riots in Sweden
On the 14th of April the Swedish police was subject to stonethrowing in the southern city of Malmö (third largest in Sweden). A large gang attacked the police what were filing a police report regarding a man with a sword. The gang, mostly younger people, then started the stonethrowing.
EU agrees to penalties for racism and xenophobiaExample 2:
LUXEMBOURG (AFP) - The European Union on Thursday made inciting racism and xenophobia crimes throughout its 27 member states in a landmark decision tempered by caveats to appease free speech concerns.
The new deal specifies one- to three-year prison terms be available for incitement to violence or hatred "against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin".
ORWELL'S TELESCREENS come to Britain.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
"...more immediate, ecstatic, and penetrating mode of living..."
The quote is from her 1969 commencement speech at Wellesley College.
If those words weren't penetrating enough, here she is hiding behind an oxymoron.
I've been flirting with this notion for awhile under some conditions- primarily that we lose the shrill "the world is ending" alarmism of Al and his ilk AND that change is driven in large part by free markets. Conservatives forget that it [conservatism] was cool with writers like Russell Kirk and J.R. Tolkien.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Including an earlier four-year stint with the Braves and four seasons as Toronto's manager, Cox has a career record of 2,180-1,690 going into Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs. He is the fifth-winningest manager in baseball history, trailing only Connie Mack, John McGraw, Tony La Russa and Sparky Anderson.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
This image is from a guide published by Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. for one of their brands called Via. Eventually I will do something more exciting with it [the image].
I have to scurry to get outside before the nor'easter arrives tomorrow. How about some lyrics?
Now I'm going outside to have an ice cold beer in the shade
Oh, I'm going to listen to my 45's
Ain't it wonderful to be alive
When the rock 'n' roll plays, yeah
When the memory stays, yeah
I'm keeping the faith
Friday, April 13, 2007
I could care less. He was critical of the president and a sound board for lefties like Chris Dodd. According to the LA Times DEM politicos will suffer the most from the dead air resulting in his sacking.
The only real 'ho' in any of this is Hillary Clinton who's rushing to Rutgers on Monday to take advantage of the entire pathetic episode. Sharpton and Jackson are national embarrassments (but we didn't need this media frenzy to prove that) and the managers of Viacom are complete hypocrites. While Imus was being flayed MTV was showing misogynistic videos that will continue to air until the country is bowing before Ahmadinejad (and the religion of peace).
Byron York says this in the opening salvo in a re-energized push to pass a new Fairness Doctrine. The left doesn't like competition and the success of conservative talk radio threatens their abject control of the airwaves. In a pinch, DEMS always use legislation for self-preservation.
This is also the perfect example of a shift from rule by the majority to the tyranny of the minority. The good news- there is evidence of a backlash against the vanguards of the PC movement.
One last commentary
ESPN needs to grow some (and by some I mean...). The entire network is suffering from severe pussification. Did Olbermann leave some funk when he took his sissy-self to MSNBC?
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Nothing invites more scorn from the left than admitting you watch/read/listen to FOX. There's a reason why ciruclation rates at the NY POST increased last year. There is a large swath of the country ignored by CBS/NPR/ABC/NY TIMES/NBC/TIME and the market votes with eyeballs (and dollar bills) everyday.
Labels: left-wing media
Scott over at Power Line has the best entry about Vonnegut I've read.
"The novelist Kurt Vonnegut died yesterday at age 84. Back in the day when I took my lessons in political thought from John Lennon, Kurt Vonnegut was one of my favorite writers.What made writers like Vonnegut, Orwell and Geisel so brilliant is their seeming comfort at exploring the dark side of their preferred orthdox at its rawest and most unbridled forms AND the comfort to live with what truths were revealed. An important reminder in this ideological tinderbox we all find ourselves living in.
Just before Vonnegut became a celebrity he collected his shorter fiction in Welcome to the Monkey House. Vonnegut included his early dystopian story "Harrison Bergeron" in the collection. In it he envisioned a nightmare future in which "everyone was finally equal." It's a story that runs against the grain of the kind of leftist political orthodoxy that Vonnegut came to embody."
When Rumsfeld said, "As you know, you go to war with the Army you have. They're not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time," he was deftly referencing the fact that Bill Clinton spent eight years gutting the military.
Britain is a BIG fat welfare state and they have also gutted their armed services. The situation is probably worse because labor has been in control for 20 years? How long has Blair been Prime Minister?
Mr Blair expounded his "doctrine of international community" in Chicago in April 1999, during Nato's air war against Serbia. It was an emotive appeal to America to choose internationalism over isolationism and, given the horrors of ethnic cleansing, was none the worse for that. But what the Prime Minister has signally neglected in his zeal for pre-emptive action is to provide Britain with the military means to bring it to a successful conclusion. Under strength and poorly equipped, the Armed Forces have been stretched to the limit, and their prospects look no rosier under Mr Blair's successor, whoever that may be. Labour has traded on the professionalism of the men and women in uniform to grandstand on the international stage, and that cynical attitude has now caught up with it.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Another great mystery...
What the hell were the NY Islanders thinking with this logo? Why would anyone ever willingly use the Gordon Fisherman for a professional sports team?
My list would be VERY different. Although Frankie might break the Top 10. I would also include video game characters.
My brother is a smart guy. He was a dual major- finance and business. He's NOT a nerd or a geek (he's playing on a machine I built). He used to go outside. Now he holds his urine, speaks in tongues and eats corn nuts from the Mobil Quick Center.
It's time for him to stop relying on the bully pulpit and the big screen, and put some skin in the game. He should buy Chrysler, which parent DaimlerChrysler put up for sale in February, and make it the greenest automaker on the planet.This would give him a deeper appreciation for what businessmen endure (risk-taking, competition, evolving market conditions and labor relations) while simultaneously allowing him to change an industry responsible for so much environmental degradation.
Dump Chrysler's gasoline-fueled internal combustion engines altogether and replace them with fuel cells, electric motors and engines that run on biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel.
The bottom line- Al has spent a lifetime in public service and he could benefit from some exposure to basic free-market economic principles. He also has an opportunity to put his money where his mouth is and get off the "do as I say not as I do" list.
Monday, April 09, 2007
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was attending ceremonies at the Natanz enrichment plant, where the Iranian press has speculated he will announce the installation of 3,000 centrifuges, a dramatic expansion of the program. State-run TV said only that he would announce "good nuclear news" in a speech at the ceremony.
Across Iran, school bells rang to mark the "national day of nuclear energy." The government sent out SMS messages of congratulations for the occasion to millions of mobile phone users.
In Tehran, some 200 students formed a human chain at Iran's Atomic Energy Organization while chanting "death to America" and "death to Britain." The students burnt flags of the U.S. and Britain.
At the heart of that thinking is this proposition: We’re the problem. America, or rather George W. Bush, is the problem. We’re not doing enough to get the Israelis and Syrians together; we’re not doing enough to address the grievances of the Palestinian people (than whom “nobody is suffering more,” according to Barack Obama); we’re not doing enough to mollify the dictators who are working against us.Maybe it's the DEM inability to speak in absolutes that makes them naive?
Akin to this is the feeling shared by most Democrats and, it seems, by most American voters, that if we can just get our troops out of Iraq all will be well in the world.
There are evil leaders out there — the mullahs of Iran, Assad and his thugs, Kim Jong Il, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and his pal Fidel Castro — who hate the United States and want to do us as much damage as they can.The other piece of Barone's article is this notion that returning Clinton to the White House will somehow restore peace. He writes:
They don’t hate us just because the Republican Congress didn’t raise the minimum wage or because George W. Bush has a stubborn streak and speaks with a West Texas accent. They hate us because of our freedoms and because we have worked to export those freedoms around the world.
Friendship, hope, and a determination to be on the road to peace are not enough to protect us in this world. A speedy exit from Iraq might make many Americans less unsettled while watching cable news — for a while. But it wouldn’t make us safer. It will just leave us more likely to face the kind of surprise we had on Sept. 11, 2001.
I recall reading a few weeks ago an article on Democratic fund raising that quoted a woman as saying that “we were very safe under the Clinton administration.” No, we weren’t “very safe” — we just thought we were. Bill Clinton knew we weren’t “very safe,” and he took some steps — unfortunately, not enough — to make us safer.Bill Clinton postponed (and not even successfully - USS COLE) what is inevitable and what NO amount of wine and cheese at Davos is going to solve.
What Nancy wants (what all DEMS) want is to be left alone to build cities like San Francisco. And DEMS do this by hiding behind bankrupt organizations like the UN (or mingling in Davos) because in the mind of a DEM as long as you're talking progress is being made. I guess as long as you FEEL like progress is being made ethnic cleansing in Darfur is just background noise.
But the world Nancy wants is just an illusion. Just like Hitler wasn't content with Czechoslovakia, Iran and Syria won't be content until Israel is wiped from the face of the map. What troubles me these days is how indifferent the left is to Israel. I believe they view Israel as an obstacle (just like religion) to the little Utopia that Nancy is the spokesman (er, spokesperson) for.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
"To misrepresent unpunished piracy as a victory is as Orwellian as the congressional mandate banning use of the term "the global war on terror." What are we — Reuters?"
While I'm not in the Thompson camp I'm impressed that he invokes Orwell's name in the proper context. He's also doing what the GOP needs to do- fight back against ABC/NBC/CBS/NPR/NY TIMES/AP.
Labels: the good guys
Friday, April 06, 2007
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
- John Stuart Mill
I cannot imagine how patriotic Englishmen feel about this. (Though you can get some idea from the comments posted to the web sites of UK newspapers like the Telegraph.) I am no longer a British citizen, having taken up US citizenship 5 years ago. Even so, I am burning with shame at this disgrace to British honor. And from the Royal Navy—the Senior Service—of all places!
I shall watch with interest what happens to Britain over the next few years. I shan't care, though. However bad it is, they have it coming. Goodbye, Britain.
- John Derbyshire
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, deflecting White House criticism of her trip to Syria, said Friday she thinks the mission helped President Bush because it showed the United States is unified against terrorism despite being divided over the Iraq war.
Pelosi, D-Calif., met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus earlier this week, against the president’s wishes.
“Our message was President Bush’s message,” Pelosi said in a phone interview with The Associated Press from Portugal, where she stopped briefly en route back to the United States.
I’ve become bored hearing myself recount all the usual reasons—I dislike the anti-American Michael Moore element in the Democratic base, have less faith than my friends and neighbors in the government’s ability (or obligation) to solve all social problems, and so on. All that just invites a potentially endless argument.
Labels: the good guys
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Only 6% of Korean eighth-graders expressed confidence in their math skills, compared with 39% of eighth-graders in the United States, according to the latest annual study on education by the Brown Center at the Brookings Institution in Washington. The problem is that the surveyed Korean students are better at math than the American students.
Their kids are unsure and good, in short, while ours are cocky and dumb--not exactly a good position for the U.S. to occupy in an increasingly competitive global economy.
I caught a few minutes of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" on the way to work this morning. That was enough to remind why it's a bad idea to tune in NPR news shows even when sports talk radio breaks for commercials.
NPR's reporter described the Iranian capture of British sailors as part of a tit-for-tat involving the capture of Iranians and British personnel in and around Iran. So for NPR, the seizure of British sailors minding their own business on the open seas is not just morally indistinguishable from our capture of Iranian agents sent to Iraq to foment killing, including the killing of Americans; it's an understandable response to that action.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Okay...Contrast that image with this and this (CONTENT WARNING). Here's Barnett with an FAQ on the hostage crisis. My favorite is #8:
Why didn’t Iran just kidnap 15 American soldiers?I'm thinking of that picture of Pelosi in a Hijab. Neville Chamerlin. Google it.
That’s the question that no one seems to ask, especially those who consider Iran’s actions some sort of response to American wrong-doing. I’ve long argued in these virtual pages that George W. Bush scares the holy shinola out of the world’s bad men. [LIMESTONE NOTE: He used an absolute! Danger!!!!] If Iran tried this stunt on American troops, it’s hard to imagine President Bush being mindful of pleas to give democracy time to work.
This is where Bush is most effective as a wartime leader. For all his faults in communicating and building consensuses and crafting a coherent post-occupation strategy in Iraq, we’re fortunate to have him on that wall when the world’s bad men come calling.
"And I have one thing to say: Gulf of Tonkin, Google it. Okay."
At one point during the campaign Nancy said something about draining the swamp of corruption. Apparently Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) wasn't on the general talking points memo distribution list.
Feinstein Leaves Senate Defense Panel Amid ControversyIf this were a Republican it would be the lead story on ABC/CBS/NBC/NPR/NYTIMES. I've heard nary a peep from the MSM (circle the wagons). This is an awful story if the allegations are true.
Government watchdog groups want more answers as to why Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) stepped down from a military appropriations subcommittee at a time questions were being asked billions of dollars in federal defense contracts going to her husband's companies.
Feinstein resigned her post as chairwoman of the Senate Subcommittee on Military Construction Appropriations last week.
Can you imagine being so publicly opposed to the war that you would make some tasteless comments about Condi's decision [CHOICE] to be single (and not have children) while simultaneously lining your defense-industry husband's pockets? Isn't this exactly what Michael Moore has accused the the VP of doing with Halliburton?
The DiFi in her own words (awash in hypocrisy if those allegations are true):
"Who pays the price? I'm not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old and my grandchild is too young. You're not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family. So who pays the price? The American military and their families. And I just want to bring us back to that fact."
Here is Michelle Malkin on the coverup.
On Monday, a former colleague sent me an email about the service which I gaily (and without really investigating) distributed around the office. I've just learned the **NEW SERVICE** was a hoax and part of an annual GOOGLE tradition. Here's another poor sap who was fooled. Ironically, he works in the magazine industry and had just put to bed their last paper issue.
The beta user testimonials were ridiculous and I should have read them more carefully. In particular, the one from Anna-Christina D., Lifecoach, who writes, "Gmail Paper is a scrapbooker's dream. I paper archive all of my son's emails, cut them out in creative shapes, and paste them in my binders."
I really, really, really need a short vacation.
The other paper related story is a little more serious. The U.S. has imposed tarrifs on coated paper from China, Indonesia, and Korea.
Tariffs Imposed on Chinese Coated Paper (04/02/2007)This could be the opening salvo in a trade war that could have serious repercussions. I will post more later regarding implications. I also saw on the wire that paper mill union reps are heading to Washington to talk to legislators about the need for them to help save jobs in the forest industry [source]. The conditions for protectionism (unions) in Washington are more favorable since the elections. These industries should be allowed to fail. If the government inoculates them from competition consumers pay more and the protected companies will ignore market-signals that help them improve/innovate [ECON 101].
The U.S. imposed duties on two Chinese makers of coated paper, one at 10.9%, the other at 20.4%. The Commerce Department says the volume of coated paper imports from China increased 177% last year to $224 million.
The decision came on the grounds that China is illegally subsidizing some of its exports. Paper manufacturer NewPage Corp. filed a complaint, with the backing of leaders of several industries, to the Commerce Department regarding the Chinese government's practices.
"You know, at one time there must've been dozens of companies making buggy whips. And I'll bet the last company around was the one that made the best goddamn buggy whip you ever saw. Now how would you have liked to have been a stockholder in that company? You invested in a business and this business is dead. Lets have the intelligence, lets have the DECENCY to sign the death certificate, collect the insurance, and invest in something with a future."
Monday, April 02, 2007
In my opinion, Orwell underwent a conversion of sorts that's necessary here in the US. In many essays he damns the British Empire, but at the end of his life, envisioning the stark alternatives, he came to see the redemptive qualities of his own national charater.
If there is hope, wrote Winston, it lies in the proles.
Orwell was a man who understood the human condition and his essays mean more now because of our own precipitous slide into the primordial ooze. This is Orwell some 50+ years ago:
What has kept England on its feet during the past year? In part, no doubt, some vague idea about a better future, but chiefly the atavistic emotion of patriotism, the ingrained feeling of the English-speaking peoples that they are superior to foreigners. For the last twenty years the main object of English left-wing intellectuals has been to break this feeling down, and if they had succeeded, we might be watching the SS men patrolling the London streets at this moment. Similarly, why are the Russians fighting like tigers against the German invasion? In part, perhaps, for some half-remembered ideal of Utopian Socialism, but chiefly in defence of Holy Russia (the “sacred soil of the Fatherland”, etc etc), which Stalin has revived in an only slightly altered form. The energy that actually shapes the world springs from emotions—racial pride, leader-worship, religious belief, love of war—which liberal intellectuals mechanically write off as anachronisms, and which they have usually destroyed so completely in themselves as to have lost all power of action.This is what the West needs now...not some phony politicos engaged in listening tours and conversations.
Epilogue & Disclaimer
The idea for this entry came from an article written by John Derbyshire called In Memory of Private Moyse. My outlook is very grim these days and I probably have a case of the Derbs. Coping suggestions?
Teachers drop the Holocaust to avoid offending MuslimsIt's much easier to desecrate tombs when historical facts are ignored.
Schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Government backed study has revealed.
It found some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial.
Dozens of Jewish tombs damaged in northern FranceHow long before the Associated Press/Reuters updates the story indicating "youths" were responsible for this?
PARIS (Reuters) - More than 50 Jewish tombs were damaged overnight in a cemetery in the northern French city of Lille, a local government official said on Sunday.
"Fifty-one tombstones were damaged, of which two were broken. The vertical part was separated from the horizontal part or broken," a spokeswoman for the local prefecture said, adding that none of the tombs were broken into.