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Monday, May 30, 2005

Remembering Memorial Day

Being Memorial Day...I thought Eric at Eric's Grumbles summed up Memorial Day from all angles in a way I wish I could have said it, but could never, because I have never lived it the way he has. I really enjoyed what he had to say...and glad he shared it.

happy 49th ric!

Ric turned 49 on May 29... Someone once gave me this quote regarding Maturity that I thought might apply...someone else will have to tell me if this is true or not. Maturity is...the exchange of Youth...Fun...and Happiness... for Slippers...a Pipe...and a False Appearance of Wisdom... For anyone 49 and over is there any truth to that? True or not, it is funny just the same.

France leads the way in reversing progress..imagine that!?

Now this story is interesting to me. Leave it to the French to be the leading "hold out" on progress. When I was an exchange student in Germany 12 years ago...I thought Europe was the coolest place in existence. They turned me on to the whole liberal socialist way of thinking. I wanted to be German or French and live their way of life forever. My liberal host parents who I still call "mom and dad" in German ["pappa and mutti" to be exact]..told me when they had to pay 2x the taxes as before in order to rebuild East Germany and get them working ... they said "no problem we have to do it"... When the EU was happening in the mid-90s and it meant more taxes and helping out the other countries in order to get them into the EU...Again "no problem"[back then the "euro" was going to be called the "ECU" - european economic unit] Germany always followed the French on these things and my host father said France is the model for all of us...until now...my host father wanted to ratify the EU constitution, but he's German. Now France on the other hand has said "no"...the EU being something France and Germany pushed for, even when the UK didn't want it [they still have their pound not Euro]... The French have rejected the EU constitution because...as stated by one French voter..."I am not against the EU, but I am against the fact that we should pay for other countries...and immigrants pushing the living wage lower...and worried about losing France's generous employment benefits...and we do not want immigrants coming into the country lowering the daily wages when we have 10% unemployment..." [those darn gypsies...of course gypsies do not work they "pinch" so no threat there] I don't understand why they don't understand why they have 10% unemployment. Their desire to be non-greedy Capitalists has in turn made them even more greedy socialists ...and I have not figured out which is worse... Someone needs to tell Chirac to tell his voters that a country without an immigrant population fueling the workforce is a dead population and that would explain theirs... All the growing cities in the US...not uncoincidentally are all cities where the immigrant population is booming...for instance, Austin, Salt Lake City, and Los Angeles is always on the list for the same reason...Oh! and other other thing these cities have going for them is they are putting in public transportation [so the lower classes can get to work] and France has that one down already...so they just need to let in some eastern europeans, and learn to work a full 8 hour day with overtime, and maybe French will be back on the language list in most U.S. public schools again, instead of Spanish and Japanese [please note: those countries already know how to work an 8+ hour day].

"Star Wars Geeks"

Here is a funny link of all the "Star Wars Geeks" [and I was a fan of the first three], but I never dressed up for the premiere..but after seeing this I may have missed out on something. I hope you do not take offense, but this segment from Conan O'Brien's show of the "Star Wars Geeks" was too funny not to share. Turn your volume up on this...

Culture War Is Not Jew Or Christian But Right Or Left

In honor of Ric's recent birthday yesterday, here is an article from one of his favorites Dennis Prager. He is a little "conservative" for me, and when I say that I mean "black and white," which is not to say there is no "black and white" just not "black and white" in all things...regardless, here is an interesting article and something I have always noticed myself as a former Theology/Philisophy student who spent my time with ecumenical groups of Christians, Jews, and Buddhists. I noticed what Dennis Prager is talking about...those who believe in the "rightness" or correctness of their book of faith over their own human compass of what is right and wrong rarely disagree on what matters most. If you meet an actual...practicing...believing...Jew, or Christian, or Buddhist...what is always astonishing to me was...that unless you asked what we were, we really all sounded the same when we talked issues, politics, or "right and wrong"...and maybe Prager is on to something as to why...but he made an observation that I know to be true.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Are U The Sensitive Type?

Pentagon wants sensitivity training regarding the Qu'ran. Can you imagine what the ACLU would do if the Pentagon had a policy about sensitivity toward the New Testamant or the "Cross?"

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Why do we respect Islam more than our own religion?

I found the link to this article at Little Green Footballs that gave a different perspective than what the media is showing on the whole "Qu'rans in the toilet disaster stories." For one thing, the author, Jeff Jacoby points out that we should be telling the Muslims to calm down...and not kill someone because they feel as though someone not from their religion has offended them. But instead we have said we will not tolerate any disrepect of Islam. Truthfully, that message is as an un-american as it gets. We tolerate all kinds of disrespect, which is democracy in a nutshell. One person's disrespect is another person's ideology. Atheists are free to burn a Bible here. Instead the article suggests, that Muslims should unite against the "jihadist cancer" eating away at their religion. "Muslims against Terrorists" should unite to defeat any Muslim who would kill over flushing a Qu'ran down the toilet. Don't they burn our flag every week in their country anyway...?

Governor Beatty...NOT!

Warren Beatty has decided NOT to run for governor of California in this story. All I can say to that is..."the grateful state of California thanks you!" Don't get me wong "Reds" is one of my favorite movies and really shaped my thinking when I was a teenager, but Governor Beatty...I don't think so. If Warren Beatty can run for office and win, with his past and life [not that I think that should matter anyway] then Jane Fonda will be elected to something very shortly. In fact, I like her now that she has cut loose of Ted Turner. Good grief what's next Woody Allen as president? I wonder what a "Warren Beatty" policy would be? And lastly, why can't famous, clueless people who know no more about politics than I do just stay home and write a check to their chosen party like the rest of us. Their check would do a lot more good than their brains in office!

QUOTES OF THE DAY

Quote I like... Truth is tough...it will not break like a bubble, at a touch... Nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening... - Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote I don't like... Winning isn't everything...it is the only thing... - Don't know who said but I don't agree with it.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Dont Ask...Don't Tell...Is it Worth It?

This maybe a stupid question...like a child asking why is the sky blue? But for someone who is a non-military person...I have to ask...does this policy really work? If national security and terrorism are the paramount issues for conservatives, why would we care if someone was gay or not, if we they want to serve and have skills we need? I ask this because 20 linguists who spoke Farsi and other Arabic languages, that we are in desperate need of, have been discharged since 9/11 for being gay. For someone who lives in West Hollywood, California...it is hard for me to understand why do we even need a policy like this? I know there must be reasons, but I have never really heard the reasons articulated by anyone in the military about why this is so important other than it is "icky" to think about a straight man and a gay man in the service side by side. So is there more to this argument than this?... or is this it? 20 linguists seems like an awful lot of talented, skilled people to lose over a policy that no one can say why we need...or can they? I think our military is too important these days to consider things like sexual orientation when you have willing people with skills to serve.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

ATTENTION ALL MEN OUT THERE...!

Can this story really be true? Is this a real injury? Not being a man, I wouldn't know...but they always say women love being victims and make up half their stories...but when men cry "victim" this is the kind of story you get...good grief!

COMBACK LINE OF THE YEAR

If you have ever testified in court, you might wish you could have been sharp as this Cop. A defense attorney was cross-examining a Police officer during a felony trial - it went like this.... Q. Officer, did you see my client fleeing the scene? A. No sir, but I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender running several blocks away. Q. Officer, who provided this description? A. The officer who responded to the scene. Q. A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender... Do you trust your fellow officers? A. Yes sir, with my life. Q. With your life? Let me ask you this then officer, do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties? A. Yes sir, we do. Q. And do you have a locker in that room? A. Yes sir, I do. Q. And do you have a lock on your locker? A. Yes sir. Q. Now why is it officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, that you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with those same officers? A. You see sir, we share the building with the entire court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room. With that, the courtroom erupted in laughter, and a prompt recess was called. The officer on the stand has been nominated for this year's best comeback line and we think he will win. Submitted by Mike Nass - Ret. Philadelphia Police

Monday, May 16, 2005

Fur by any other source IS just as good...

I know...I know...I eat meat....so I guess I can't advocate for animal rights...but I am not sorry, that hopefully very soon the guards will have to give up their furry hats as they have always known them. PETA is normally loony...to the point I do not understand them anymore...but not everything they do seems so bad. FYI...Ric would definitely not approve a PETA story...whatever...

The Last Worst Place on Earth

I am not Ric, but I am filling in for a while...so here goes my first "squishy story." This past weekend I was at an associate attorney retreat with my firm in San Diego, CA. I had time to wake up on Sunday morning before a tennis game and read their Sunday newspaper. I found this story on the atrocities of North Korea labor camps. It was hard to believe it was real. I knew there were starving kids in North Korea...and I knew Kim Jong Il was the worst of the worst...and he made a funny character in the movie Team Ameica, but those are all generalities... intangible comments on a horrible person. After reading this story I am amazed at how cruelty knows no bounds and history DOES always repeat itself...maybe on a different continent than the last time... but that is just geography without prevention. The cruelty here is the same crap different channel just 60 years in between and worst of all mostly directed at children, the most vulnerable among us. The pictures this story provided were also as bad the horrors described. Rats can't be found in the workcamps because the children catch them all to eat them for their only kind of meat. 200,000 people, mostly children, are held in these camps for just being related to someone who has done something the government percieves as bad. The government practices "guilty by familial association" whereby whole families within three generations are imprisoned. 2 million people have been starved to death, of course, not because there is not enough food, but because they were denied food based on how much they were disliked by the government. Truthfully, I had no idea it was this bad. It brings me back to another true story of the Killing Fields...just repeating itself here. There was another good companion story also printed with this one in the San Diego paper...which talked about what needs to be done and how to help. It made me think of what Americans must have thought about when we first began to hear the stories from Jewish families coming back to the States about what was happening in Germany... How did Jane Fonda ever convince herself to get on that tank for a picture?

Friday, May 13, 2005

I'd Feel The Same Way If They Desecrated My Latest Issue Of Sports Illustrated

The use of the Koran to support suicide bombing of children or the beheading of innocent victims couldn't get Muslims out in the street to protest, but an unsubstantiated report of an interrogator at Gitmo tossing one in the can ignites world wide fury and violence. What the heck is wrong with these people? And on that note, I head for Espana with the lovely Mrs RTH! for two weeks of hedonism...with any luck. See y'all on June 1st.

Kittens Available To A Good Home

I'd take him but we have two large dogs. Posted by Hello

Kitty anyone? Posted by Hello
Anyone interested in adopting a kitty? They were found by the night security crew at the San Onofre nuclear power plant who are keeping them for the time being. Posted by Hello

Moral Bankruptcy

Here's a story about the "Women in Black" and their weekly anti-war protest. I know I've said this before but I'll say it again: Those who take a categorical "war is a waste of life" or "war is not the answer" view are morally vacuous and intellectually stunted. Strong words, yes, but absolutely true. War, unfortunately, is indeed sometimes the only answer, and consequently the lives lost are not wasted. Were it not for war, the southern half of the Korean peninsula would also be a dark zone surrounded by lights of commerce and industry, its people starving as they wondered how they found themselves in a hell on earth. Were it not for war, more than the 6 million innocents would have been gassed and cremated for the sole offense of not having been Aryan, and much of western Europe would be speaking German. Were it not for war, these Women in Black would likely not have the right to publicly display their ignorance.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Just Like The Democratic Party?

Take a look at a recent Democratic Underground poll re the true nature of Al Qaeda...golly! And I thought it was for real! My philosophy has always been to strive to understand and seek clarity on where those with opposing points of view are coming from...mostly so I can determine whether it is even worth debating anything with them. Once I know you firmly believe there is no such group as Al Qaeda, or that the Bush Administration orchestrated the 9/11 attacks, etc, further conversation is pointless.

"If We Can't Drive Them Out...We'll Breed Them Out": Edward The Longshanks

Please read this piece by Mark Steyn. As I prepare to leave for a two week vacation in Spain, I can't help think what Europe will be like when my 13 year old daughter makes this trip 20 years hence. Will it have awakened to the reality that it is slowly but inexorably losing its identity, or will it have been transformed into "Eurabia" as has been predicted by Egyptian scholar Bat Y'eor and others? P.S. Tomorrow will be the last day of posting for me until I return on 5/31. I expect that Don Georgina will continue the good fight, but undoubtedly from a more "moderate" (i.e. squishy) position.

Quick Quiz: What Is A "Whizzinator"?

Answer: Read here.

Elvis Will Be Calling In Next

Joe Scarborough got punk'd...or actually punk'd himself, when he couldn't tell the difference between the real Gov. Arnold and an impersonator on the Howard Stern show. The best part, however, is that Kay-lee-for-nya Assembly Democrats were already circulating the supposed comments by the Governor as fact.

There Are Certainly Some Odd Folks Out There

It is fascinating from a psychological, sociological and anthropological standpoint to muse as to why people like this think the way they do. What were they exposed to as kids? What were they taught in high school and college? What events have shaped their world-view? Nevermind...they're just morons and need to get a life.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Foreign Fighters Support "Insurgency"

Here's another story about the "insurgency" in Iraq being supported by foreign fighters. It maddens me to no end to hear that the insurgents are fighting to restore Iraq's sovereignty by driving the U.S. forces out. These people want the us out because their ability to undermine Iraq's sovereignty would be greatly enhanced. How many times must it be said that this battle is between the forces that want to maintain a free and democratic government in Iraq and those who want to implement a theocracy.

How Soon We Forget...If We Ever Knew

The sad story out of Denver regarding the police officer gunned-down ambush style gets worse. The prime suspect was likely an illegal alien who carried a Mexican driver's license, was cited for not having a valid license or ID, had three traffic stops before the killing, but was never questioned about his immigration status during any of the stops. My informed hunch is that the Denver P.D. (like the LAPD) is not authorized to ascertain immigration status on the basis that immigration violations are a Federal matter. Of course, the real reason is political. The pro-(illegal) immigration elected officials have their constituencies to support. At the same time, idiot Senators (and I include any like-minded Republicans as well) like Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) are pronouncing against the REAL ID Act legislation just passed that would require four categories of identification before a driver's license could be issued. Why? Because of greater inconvenience, with Durbin intoning, "If you think a trip to the division of motor vehicles is a bad experience today, wait until the REAL ID takes effect." Mohammed Atta, taking a break from one of his 72 virgins, must certainly be pleased.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Sometimes You Can Judge A Book By Its Cover

Arriana Huffington's new site, The Huffington Post, is up and running. With contributors such as Bill Maher, Gary Hart, "Meathead" and others of similar stripes, it should make for deep, insightful and provocative reading. In fact, without further ado, it is going directly to "...the Ugly."

Arianna Huffington: The Blogger

If you have not seen it yet...check out Arianna Huffington's new blog. She just opened yesterday. For her first day, she has featured articles by Walter Cronkite, Larry David and Andy Stern. I am sure this will be added somewhere to Ric's tryptych.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Kingdom Of Heaven's Gate

For whatever reason(s), Sir Ridley Scott's whitewash of the Crusades movie "Kingdom of Heaven" was not off to a boffo box office start. The $150 million epic took in only $20 million in its highly-hyped first weekend of release. For comparison's sake, "House of Wax" with a relatively meager $30 million budget, took in over $12 million.

This May Explain A Few Things

[Hat tip: holycoast.com] Posted by Hello (click to enlarge)

Do You See Any Irony Here?

Mother's Day gift suggestion from NOW. [Hat tip: Mr Minority] Posted by Hello

Well, PETA Compared It To Eating Chickens...

There are good reasons to oppose gay marriage, as there are sensible reasons to accept it. It is a legitimate debate. However, to compare the fact of the denial of such "rights" to the climate in Germany in the 1930s which lead to the Holocaust is simply brainless. When I read crap such as this, it further confirms that the author has no adequate response to the arguments on the other side of the question, so he must resort to this sort of demonizing of his opponents.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

And JFK Caused The Ethnic Cleansing In Bosnia

Take a look at a very well researched and thoughtful piece at DailyKos which ties together myriad and heretofore considered unrelated pieces of datum to conclude: Ronald Reagan caused 9/11. Brilliant!

More Substantive Debate

Harry Reid calls President Bush "a loser." Now I expect this kind of sophomoric comment from...well, high school sophomores, but not from U.S. Senators, and the top Dem to boot. The Democrats have become the rain-on-the-parade party, with absolutely nothing to suggest as an alternative to Republican policies, just criticism after insult after criticism.

More Evidence That The Dems Just Don't Get It

Here is some velly interrrresting data re income and voting patterns. The specific "red states" from the last election (i.e. carried by President Bush) are almost identical to the states whose family median income is below the national average. Eerily, the "coincidence" continues: The "blue states" almost exactly match up to the states whose median family income is above the national average. So the party of the workin' man, that employs the politics of class envy and warfare as a regular campaign staple, actually attracts less votes from the average stiff and more from the financial elite in this country. Don't tell Howard Dean.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Lawyer Humor In Reverse

A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply (actual letter): "Upon review of your letter adjoining your client's loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin." Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows (actual letter): "Your letter regarding title in Case No. 189156 has been received. I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 194 years covered by the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know that Louisiana was purchased by the U.S. from France in 1803, the year of origin identified in our application. For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France, which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain. The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Isabella. The good queen, Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus' expedition. Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called Louisiana. God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back, to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it AND the FHA. I hope you find God's original claim to be satisfactory. Now, may we have our damn loan?" The loan was approved. [Hat tip: Mrs RTH!]

Quick Friday Hits

Great article by Thomas Sowell about "Black Rednecks". Because it is historically accurate it will be ignored... Great quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character"

Let's Be Clear About Something

The fact that this point must be made is testament to the politicization of the war in Iraq specifically, and the war on (Islamic) terror generally. MSNBC reports that 269 persons have been killed in the last nine days by suicide bombers, IEDs, etc. Most of those murdered are Iraqi police force and military, and Iraqi civilians. Now explain to me how the killing of your own is the result of occupation by the "infidel"? It should be apparent to anyone with an open mind that, yes, these insurgents want the U.S. out of Iraq but, more importantly, they DO NOT want any form or fashion of democratic government in Iraq. Their overarching goal in Iraq and everywhere else these terrorists operate is, and always has been, the creation of an Islamic state. Self-governance brought about by whatever means is an anathema to them because it is contrary to the law of the Koran. Wake up.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

More News Not Fit To Print (by the MSM)

The Iraqi army, police forces and U.S. soldiers have captured 84 terrorists in the first few days of May during 19 separate operations. Don't hold your breath waiting to read about it in the NY Times.

What In God's Name Is Wrong With These People!?

Picture released by the U.S. Army Tuesday, May 3, 2005 shows a U.S. Army soldier comforting a child fatally wounded in a car bomb blast in Mosul [Hat tip: LGF] Posted by Hello

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Brandy New Addition To "...The Bad..."

It has been a while, but here's a new addition to The Triptych. I was paid a visit by "Site Author" from Actual Thought who was spending some time trying to rough up Kender. Unsuccessfully, I might add. It is amazing how most of these left wingnuts approach blogging with the same philosophy: just call those who disagree with you nasty names but avoid at all costs any sort of intellectually honest debate based upon facts. UPDATE: by popular demand, Actual Thought has been reassigned the "...the Ugly."

Are We Closer To Bin Laden?

A recent arrest of Al Qaida's number three guy may lead to Osama bin Laden. As posted yesterday, this certainly won't help to bolster morale.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

"Slave State"

Please read this chilling piece by Christopher Hitchens about North Korea as it is forcibly devolved into oblivion by its lunatic leader. I cannot imagine what life is like for those unfortunate millions kept captive in that corroding country. I don't understand why our left wing friends are more concerned about the humiliation of a few murdering terrorists in an Iraqi prison then the birth of stunted and malformed babies because a population is slowly starving to death. [Of course, this we have been told is quite a humane way to die, as Terri Schiavo would attest if she could].

"Insurgents" Morale Low

Don't expect to see this story leading off the evening news, but it seems that we are achieving some success in Iraq.

Humor From The Men In Blue

Here is a police officer's response to the following email symposium question: "I would like to know how it is possible for police officers to continually harass people and get away with it?" It is not easy. In California we average one cop for every 2,000 people. About 60% of those cops are on patrol, where we do most of the harassing. One-fifth of that 60% are on duty at any given moment and are available for harassing people. So, one cop is responsible for harassing about 10,000 residents. When you toss in the commercial, business and tourist locations that attract people from other areas, sometimes you have a situation where a single cop is responsible for harassing 20,000 or more people each day. A ten-hour shift runs 36,000 seconds. This gives a cop one second to harass a person, and three-fourths of a second to eat a donut AND then find a new person to harass. This is not an easy task. Most cops are not up to it, day in and day out. It is just too tiring. What we do is utilize some tools to help us narrow down those people which we harass. They are as follows: PHONE: People will call us up and point out things that cause us to focus on a person for special harassment. "My neighbor is beating his wife" is a code phrase we use. Then we come out and give special harassment. Another popular one on a weeknight is, "The kids next door are having a loud party." CARS: We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive. They like to harass the drivers of fast cars, cars blasting music, cars with expired registration stickers and the like. It is lots of fun when you pick them out of traffic for nothing more obvious than running a red light. Sometimes you get to really heap the harassment on when you find they have drugs in the car, are driving drunk, or they have an outstanding warrant. RUNNERS: Some people take off running just at the sight of a police officer. Nothing is quite as satisfying as running after them like a beagle on the scent of a bunny. When you catch them you can harass them for hours. CODES: When you can think of nothing else to do, there are books that give ideas for reasons to harass folks. They are called "Codes" - Penal, Vehicle, Health and Safety, Business and Professional Codes, to name a few. They spell out all sorts of things for which you can really mess with people. After you read the code, you can just drive around for a while until you find someone violating one of these listed offenses and harass them. Just last week I saw a guy smash a car window. Well, the code says that is not allowed. That meant I got permission to harass this guy. It is a pretty cool system that we have set up, and it works pretty well. We seem to have a never-ending supply of folks to harass. And we get away with it. Why? Because the good citizens who pay the tab actually like the fact that we keep the streets safe for them. Next time you are in my town, give me a single finger wave. That will be a signal that you wish for me to take a little closer look at you, and then maybe I'll find a reason to harass YOU. Looking forward to meeting you! [Hat tip: Mrs. RTH!]

Why Not Just Buy Them The Car Too

Eleven states now grant driver's licenses to non-citizens who do not have visas. Congress is working on legislation that would require states to verify whether the applicant is in this country legally. One would think that post 9/11 there would be near unanimity for such legislation, but of course not. The usual suspects are having the vapors, but assiduously avoiding comment on the national security issues involved. What is remarkable to me is that there are still people in this country who will not place security concerns over the "rights" of persons to enter or remain in this country illegally. As I quoted an unknown poet some time ago (Rich Lowry?): "Their minds are so open, their brains fell out."

"Los Angeles, Mexico" Update

Patriots respond in my home town of Fullerton, CA. Note the "Angel of Independence" (found in Mexico City) superimposed on the L.A. skyline. The Spanish language reads "Your City. Your Team."Posted by Hello Apparently some industrious sorts draped an American flag over the offending portion of the billboard. My take on this, whether it was intended or not, is that it is suggesting that Mexican immigrants view L.A. not as part of California (read: America) but as simply an extension of Mexico. Someone should have anticipated that there would be a percentage of us that find this anti-assimilation suggestion inappropriate and counter-productive .

Yeah, But Later There Could Have Been A Toxic Gas Attack

It's good to see that our schools are taking seriously the task of protecting our youngsters. Even though it was a false alarm, think what could have happened had the burrito gone undetected for several days!

The Moral Abyss That Is Islam

My words are strong, but I believe appropriate. Inasmuch as these fanatics don't care a whit if they murder or maim their own, why is there no outcry from Arabs/Muslims when they take their own people down? Same goes for the use by the Palestinians of teenage and younger suicide bombers. I know many, including Don Georgina, will hand-wring themselves to death explaining why and how these things happen and the desperate motivations of those involved, but I just don't buy it. Throughout history there have been much worse "occupations" or internal political struggles in which neither side resorted to indiscriminate violence. India did not win its independence through the use of suicide bombers targeting civilians. Neither did we for that matter. There is truly a "culture of death" in the Middle East, and particularly Islam, that has its roots not in the moment but buried deep within the religious philosophy itself. That explains the ease with which the educated and well-off heed the call to martyrdom.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Is 'racial equality' the issue in need of a 'comeback' or at least a 'make-over'...?

Speaking of Ric's last post on "ginned up racism" under his Sunday hits...I just left another discussion on "racial equality in America" or the lack thereof and I wondered how true conservatives would answer liberals who often state, "that just because GWB has had two African Americans in the cabinet...that alone does not make a statement of racial equality becoming more certain...but rather a statement of simplistic symbolic politics that does not equal racial equality?" Liberals love to call the Conservatives "simple" aka "redneck"...have you noticed that too? This idea will only be helped this week by the new book coming out by Thomas Sowell "Black Rednecks and White Liberals" regarding racial inequality in this country and redneck culture. Just wondering what other people's thoughts might be because there is nothing like bringing up George Bush's cabinet to a group of liberals when discussing the malaise of racial equality in this country to get some very visceral responses...trust me...I tried it Friday night...it didn't go well...fortunately we were all at a restaurant so their responses had to stay at a reasonable tone. It all started with the question from a leftie, "why is the discussion of erasing racial inequality in this country on the decline?...I too quickly responded, "because maybe racial equality is on the way up?"I never got a word in edgewise after that...I just ate my creme brulee and just kept nodding. The impression I ended with was that Democrats [or at least the ones I know, which are mostly liberal arts professors] believe this is the one issue dying to make a comeback and bring the Dem's back into the forefront of the "middle of the road" person's thinking and rally the core of what was once the Democratic heyday of the 1960s? Can the issue of racial inequality make a comeback like Elvis and his 1968 comeback special? I do wonder...and will any response by Republicans about this issue just make the Republicans look like racists?

Quick Sunday Hits

Young girls can't get their ears pierced without parental approval, but can cross state lines for an abortion... Europe's spiritual emptiness and the host of pathologies it has caused... Proof of ginned-up racism proves that racism is still a problem...

L.A. Times Busted...Again

Here's a truly fascinating bit of investigative journalism (ironically, of journalists) conducted by an esteemed member of the pajama-blogger crowd, Patterico. Reuters has reported on the shooting by American soldiers of an Italian intelligence officer who was driving journalist Giuliana Sgrena towards a U.S. checkpoint in Iraq. The issue has been how fast was the car traveling when it approached the checkpoint, with our guys saying it was speeding upwards of 60 mph, while Ms. Sgrena asserting the it was only traveling 25-30 mph and that the fascist dog American troops were targeting her because of her anti-American views. Seems that satellite imagery has confirmed that the vehicle was indeed moving at around 60 mph like the military has said. This fact has been reported by Reuters. The L.A. Times, however, has deleted that fact from its reporting.