Forget about Miers this is Bush's most important nominee. This nomination actually does affect my daily life. I hope it was a good one. The Supreme Court is important...but this guy means more... Many believed that Greenspan caused George Bush Sr. to lose his second term because Greenspan did not lower interest rates soon enough before the election, and Clinton reaped the benefit. I will keep my fingers crossed that Bush made a good choice for all of us.
“The left mocks the right. The right knows its right. Two ugly traits. How far should we go to try to understand each other’s point of view? Maybe the distance grace covered on the cross is a clue.” --Bono, lead singer of U2.
When does prom night become so decadent it deserves to be cancelled? Found a new favorite cigar: Montecristo Mini Belicoso Why do we care so damn much about our enemy's sensibilities? I'd like to see even one-half of the print space spent on this sort of stuff devoted to unfiltered criticism and moral outrage over the beheading of live human beings. But the same officials would likely take no action if the poster depicted a crucifix submerged in urine because you are free to vilify religion but not to support it. Lastly, more modernity from a progressive and supposedly secular Muslim country.
Take a guess regarding what group of folks this might be about...
"We sit by and watch the Barbarian, we tolerate him; in the long stretches of peace we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence, his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creeds refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh, we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond: and on these faces there is no smile." Hilaire Belloc [courtesy of William F. Buckley]
Had a wonderful time in Sonoma tasting wine, eating great food, tasting wine and tasting wine. A few recommendations will be posted later. Anyhoo, multiculturalism (in Britain) means never having to face the wrong way while sitting on the crapper... [Hat tip: Dhimmi Watch] It also means requests for lesser sentences for gang-rape convictions...[Hat tip: LGF] New Orleans doctors killed critically ill patients rather than leave them to die during hurricane Katrina...
I know polls can be manipulated to read any way you want them...but this latest poll is the fourth story I have seen in the last month. Bush's approval rating is going from bad to worse...is anybody worried or know why? It cannot all be Harriet Miers fault.
Talk about men knowing their limitations... The Rolling Stones on the next tour...they're not worried about groupies or drugs or looking for a heart stoppin' good time anymore..no sir...it is all about the music...just being glad they can still perform together...and just staying alive...literally. On their next tour the Rolling Stones insist on having a defibrillator backstage during all performances...just in case. While on the other hand...some performers do not know their limitations and will not let their glory days die...Sylvester Stallone is actually going to make a Rocky 6. Didn't he have brain damage in the last one? Sylvester Stallone is 59 years old...maybe he should have a defibrillator next to the rink in this next movie...at least to make it more believable.
Daniel Craig is the new Bond... You know it was a well staged press conference when Craig says he had to take the role because the "script was so good" and he was buying vodka to make a martini when he got the call from his agent saying he had the role... My British friends told me over the weekend the real story was the studio and Craig were to keep this a big sceret so there would be lots of fanfaire with the Royal Marines escorting him to the press conference, etc...no one was to know. Well guess who couldn't keep their mouth shut?...and the Liverpool Press, a tiny local paper leaked it days early...his mommy!! She had to brag to all her friends in her local town about her son...so by the time it was released, everyone in England already knew.
This is big news (and our 1000th post, by the way)...therefore it will not find much airplay. Please, please, please read here and here about a letter intercepted by U.S. Intelligence from Osama bin Laden's top deputy to the leader of terrorist forces in Iraq, written this July 9. It describes the over-arching purpose of the "insurgency" to spread Islam and create an amirate and then a caliphate. Just as many have said for years to deaf ears. Again, take the time to read the letter and do your own follow up searches. OK. Off to the wine country.
North Korean kids are forced to engage in mass brainwashing... [Note: ...only one more to go...]
"It's not too far-fetched ... I don't put anything past the United States government. I don't find it too far-fetched that they tried to displace all the black people out of New Orleans." Which of the following intellectual luminaries made the above comment? 1. Louis Farrakhan 2. Spike Lee 3. Charlie Rangel 4. Howard Dean [Note: it's stories like this that have taken the recent toll on me...it is so discouraging to hear this type of bullsh## without any challenge whatsoever] [2d Note: ...only two more to go]
Due to the confluence of a number of factors (illness, travel, work), I haven't posted hardly at all lately. I must admit a bit of burnout that will surely be rectified with a trip to the Sonoma wine country with Mrs RTH! this Thursday through next Monday. Thereafter I expect to begin posting with renewed energy and vigor, and will start with some recommendations for you oenophiles. [Note: only three more to go...]
Why, oh why do we care what someone "feels" about something if they have no legitimate right to do so? Why don't we have the same expectations for them as we do for ourselves? [Hat tip: LGF] London to open "sexual theme park"... L.A.'s mayor dissembles big time when he says Gov. Arnold is misusing the initiative process and the issues that will appear on the November ballot "could and should be addressed by the Legislature." He's right that they "could" be addressed, but they won't because the California Legislature often runs counter to the will of the electorate (e.g. gay marriage, drivers licenses for illegals)... New Hampshire thinking about constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman...how ultra right wing... I've always wondered about the cachet of Che Guevera and attributed it to thorough lack of historical knowledge. Here's a little expose...
I can't believe I missed such an obvious point, but that's why Jonah Goldberg writes for National Review and I don't. In the mischaracterizations of Bennett's comments, he has been accused of advocating the killing or extermination of all black "babies." Well, for the sake of argument let's put aside the gross misstatement of his hypothetical and recall what he said. He said we could theoretically reduce the crime rate by having African-American women abort their unborn. When did aborting a "fetus" suddenly become killing or murdering a "baby" in the mind of all of these pro-choice liberals? Presumably the next time Ted Kennedy (or anyone else who excoriated Bill Bennett) weighs in on the abortion debate one can point out his agreement with the proposition that abortion is equivalent to murdering a baby. No?
Will the ACLU take this case? Or is there now a right to display obscene language in privately owned spaces?
The ACLU has coerced an Orange County (CA) based adoption agency to sign an agreement to no longer "discriminate" against homosexuals when it comes to placement of children. In 2003 the ACLU threatened to sue if a Virginia measure enabling the manufacture of "Choose Life" license plates is signed into law. They are now at it again in Tennessee.
So England should start to look for a new flag. Why? Because it's current design may be offensive to Muslims. Also from Britain, a Borough Council has announced a ban on all "pig-related items." Why? Because a Muslim employee, obviously not reciprocating in the kind of acceptance and tolerance he/she expects, complained. So, and I kid you not, a poor cold sufferer had to give up her box of tissues because on it was a representation of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. As Mark Steyn explains: Is it really a victory for "tolerance" to say that a council worker cannot have a Piglet coffee mug on her desk? And isn't an ability to turn a blind eye to animated piglets the very least the West is entitled to expect from its Muslim citizens? If Islam cannot "co-exist" even with Pooh or the abstract swirl on a Burger King ice-cream, how likely is it that it can co-exist with the more basic principles of a pluralist society? This is precisely the point, and always has been among those of us deeper than a puddle. How can anyone expect Islam to integrate itself into western societies when it is unable to adapt to what are by any stretch minor, everyday "inconveniences"? When will someone say: I take you at your word that you are offended by cartoon pigs however, if you wish to be part of this society, you will need to buck up and handle it. Otherwise please feel free to relocate somewhere more suited to your sensibilities. In short, GET THE F##K OUT OF OUR COUNTRY!!
Parents in Lexington, Massachusetts have been denied the right to allow their child to opt out of classes that teach gay marriage and sexuality...no surprise here the ACLU in Massachusetts says the school is on sound legal ground to force the parents to have their child participate. The ACLU of Massachusetts is quoted as saying, in defense of the school decision to not allow parents to opt out,..."public education would grind to a halt if parents had the right to demand classes tailored to each child based on the parent's moral views." But in fact, all these parents have asked for is that their own child not participate in the program...they are not trying to get rid of the program. What shocks me is that these are parents of a five year-old KINDERGARTENER who was sent home with a "Diversity Book Bag" with one of the books inside entitled "Who's in a family?," teaching about homosexuality and gay marriage. I was lucky just to know all the names of the people in my own family let alone understand the differences between mine and everyone else's family at the age of 5. It is kind of understood from what my friends in the gay community have told me is that five years old is the time to teach "gay and straight" because most gay men believe that is when they first felt they were gay. I had yet to acknowledge my body parts by that age...but who knows. The media there has said these parents are "oversensitive" and "intolerant" and said that these parents "will next will be trying to censor books like 'James and the Giant Peach.'" The parents have filed suit.
I'm still taking in information, but my first reaction to the nomination of Harriet Miers is none too positive. I am disappointed that she has had no prior judicial experience and, if true, that she had been pre-approved by Senate Democrats (anyone Harry Reid is for, I should look upon with question). Now she may turn out to be the second coming of Antonin Scalia, but the message this nomination sends is the wrong one. I wish I could learn the thinking that went in to this decision and who pushed for it within the Administration. The President missed an opportunity to make a statement with the nomination of a strong conservative with impeccable credentials and then let the Democrats threaten to filibuster. Right now, I'm not happy.
Nine Islamic terrorists were arrested in France for plotting to attack the Paris subway. Now help me out here. France has no troops in Iraq or in any other Muslim country. It was clearly against the invasion of Iraq. It is no friend to Israel by any stretch of the imagination and is considered a thorn in the side of America. So what precisely has France done to "encourage" such attacks besides being part of the infidel West? C'mon you root-causers. Let's hear it.
Islam is a warrior’s creed that served its early followers well. It prospered because its ethos makes it very successful as a medieval war machine when men fought with swords, bows and spears. From impoverished desert tribes, they rose to forge an empire in a short time that stretched from Spain to India. The ethos it engendered – brotherhood for believers, contempt and hatred for non-believers, belief in heavenly rewards for fallen warriors, a high fertility rate (which requires the subordination of women), blind obedience – created formidable warriors. But these same qualities are handicaps for Muslims in the age of the microchip. Islam’s ritualistic practices inculcate blind obedience among its followers and not questioning inquisitive minds. The way the Koran is taught in traditional Madrassahs is by memorization. This leaves no room for asking questions. Asking questions risks the student of being accused of blasphemy or unbelief. Great scientists and philosophers do not come from such a passive environment. Islam is specialized and tailor-made for a society that no longer exists, and instinctively wants to drag the rest of the world back to these “glory days”. It used to be excellent for breeding soldiers, to plunder the lands of non-Muslims. But even this gets increasingly difficult, in a world of advanced technology. It's worth your time to read all of Bruno's words.
Read this Washington Post op-ed piece by a Palestinian from Gaza. Then place your bets on how long before Hamas begins instituting coordinated terror attacks in order to shift the focus from the utter inability of the Palestinians to govern themselves and create a society, to the Zionist entity. [Hat tip: LGF]
The island of Bali -- a popular spot for international tourists -- is a Hindu enclave in Indonesia, which has the highest Muslim population of any nation in the world. CNN Report Since the 2002 attacks, Jemaah Islamiyah has been tied to at least two other bombings in Indonesia, both in Jakarta. Those blasts, one outside the Australian Embassy in 2004 and the other at the J.W. Marriott hotel in 2003, killed at least 23. The group wants to establish an Islamic state across Southeast Asia. Newsmax.com Let's go through the drill again. These Al-Qaeda linked Islamo-terrorists want the same thing that they all do. The establishment of a local Islamic (i.e. non-secular, non-religious other than Islam) state wherever they happen to be, as part of a worldwide Caliphate. Killing Indonesians, Australians, Japanese and the odd American vacationing in Indonesia has nothing to do with Israel or the "infidel occupation" of Iraq. The goal is to drive out secular, non-Muslim culture and society wherever it may be. The goal remains the same. Only the liberal elite excuses for the conduct change. [Note: I have no answer to this, but condemning these scum to death and then executing them, although the right thing to do, will of course have no deterrent effect since they want to die anyway.]
I tell you what you political hack, opportunist. When you link your request for a condemnation of Bill Bennett's remarks with a condemnation of Robert Byrd's statements as appear in his new book, we'll talk. Now on to the statement itself. Bennett said: "If you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose -- you could abort every black baby in this country and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossibly ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down." The supposedly "racist" and inflammatory part of the statement would appear to be the linkage of blacks to crime, inasmuch as that is the premise upon which the hypothetical was based. The objection is certainly not that Bennett was supporting the right to an abortion. For that alone, he would be hailed not condemned. There was a point in time in our history that organized crime was for whatever reasons a predominantly Italian-American endeavor. From the 1920's thru the late 1950's most organized criminal activity from bootlegging, to prostitution, to hijackings, to gambling, to loansharking was dominated by the Mafia. And that organization was pretty much exclusively peopled by Italian-American men. So if someone were to have posited the theory that, if you no longer had a steady stream of Italian-American men to replace the aging, imprisoned or dead members of the Mafia, that organization...and the crimes it committed and/or sponsored...would necessarily drop. In turn that might serve to reduce the overall crime rate at the time. Now there may be arguments that could operate against the theory (such as the crime vacuum being filled by other, non Italian-Americans), but that doesn't make the theory "racist." Why I have to do this, I don't know. Actually, I do. It is obviously because many of us are too politically correct to deal with certain unpleasant realities. U.S. Department of Justice statistics thru 2002 reveal, for example, that African-Americans were seven times more likely than whites to commit homicide. In 2002, per 100,000 population, 24.9 blacks committed homicides. The number for whites was 3.6 and for all other races 2.9. Now you can argue that the figures are incorrect. But short of that, it is evident, at least for homicide crimes, if you remove the African-American contribution, the overall rate is drastically reduced. One may wish it wasn't so, or be embarrassed to admit the truth. But it is what it is. The problem these days is that we are more concerned over whether certain facts are "inflammatory" or "insensitive" rather than true. [Linked to: Stop The ACLU]