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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Waah!! Waah!! He Took Our Left Wing Columnist Away!!

The LA Times fires far lefty columnist Bob Scheer. Good riddance as far as I'm concerned, but not a truly important event in the overall scheme of life for well-adjusted folk. I had heard this story earlier today and, when it appeared on Hugh Hewitt's site, I noted that my first thought was the same as Mr. Hewitt's. Namely, I could not conceive for an instant 24 Republican Senators writing a letter to a newspaper complaining about a columnist losing his job. What creepy immature entities liberals seem to be. [Note: Could it be the work of Karl Rove?]

Whatever Happened To Actually Reporting The News?

Why anyone would read the NY Times (or LA Times, or WaPo) for news about Iraq is beyond me. Read this Michelle Malkin post and tell me why.

What If They Had A Book Signing And Nobody Came?

What a pathetic wretch. Only worse are the members of the liberal, anti-Bush crowd that used her.

[Hat tipa: Mr Minority and Nickie Goomba]

You Don't Have To Live In The Middle East To Fall Prey To The Ministry Of Virtue And Vice

Has anyone been following this story out of Oakland where groups of men (by outward appearances members of the Nation of Islam) have ransacked liquor stores? Police are "baffled" they say. Why? These guys consider themselves to be in some manner believers in Islam. They read the Koran. They don't want liquor sold to "their people" so they destroy the booze and threaten the seller. If this were Saudi Arabia or Iran, it would be commonplace. Another wonderful offshoot of the religion of peace and tolerance.

The Story Of Ryan Davidson

If you haven't heard about young cancer patient Ryan Davidson and his love affair with the USC Trojans, read here. He will be traveling from Wisconsin with his dad to see his favorite college football team take on their cross-town rivals UCLA this weekend.

I'm Pompous, You're Pompous

Oprah Winfrey wants to help us understand Islamic terrorists...but don't call them that. [Hat tip: marigliano] Kathryn Jean Lopez writes about the creepy cachet of Che Guevera. This is all part of the blinkered morality of many on the left. They either have no idea what they are talking about, or are unable to understand what they are talking about. This leads to a self-centered conceit that only they know what needs to be done, and only they can drag the rest of us there. I could not find a link, but I recently read an article about Pauletta Washington (wife to Denzel...to whom, through a variation of six degrees of Kevin Bacon, I am tight with...ask and I'll explain) which touched upon her desire to return to her work at, and I paraphrase, "trying to reunite humanity." Well...first off, when exactly was humanity actually "united"? Second, who the heck do you think you are that you can say something so pretentious and not expect to be met by sniggles?

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Did Harry Reid Divulge Classified Information?

Harry Reid says he has "heard" Osama bin Laden may have been killed in the recent earthquake in Pakistan. I'd like to think that a U.S. Senator wouldn't be referencing information that he heard from his paperboy or from some unknown diner at the next table. If he heard anything of the sort it had to have come from our intelligence community, and had to have been classified information for obvious strategic reasons. So did he just pass on an unsubstantiated rumor (quite stupid) or classified information (quite dangerous)?

A Blogger's Wife's Lot In Life

Gas Prices Continue To Drop...No Thanks In Sight

The current average price (nationally) for unleaded regular gasoline is $2.15/gallon. Last month is was $2.51. Last year at this time it was $1.94. Still waiting for those Democratic Senators who were criticizing President Bush for not doing anything to now send a letter of thanks...or at least a brief note.

We Wouldn't Want Any Thumping Of Those Books

Interesting that prisoners at Gitmo all have Korans, but are denied Bibles. Someone please explain. [Hat tip: Dhimmi Watch]

But What Do They Know?

Our military believes we are winning the war, Iraqis overwhelmingly feel similarly but we never, ever hear about it on the MSM or from most politicians. Read all of Joe Lieberman's piece from which I quote the following: While U.S. public opinion polls show serious declines in support for the war and increasing pessimism about how it will end, polls conducted by Iraqis for Iraqi universities show increasing optimism. Two-thirds say they are better off than they were under Saddam, and a resounding 82% are confident their lives in Iraq will be better a year from now than they are today. What a colossal mistake it would be for America's bipartisan political leadership to choose this moment in history to lose its will and, in the famous phrase, to seize defeat from the jaws of the coming victory.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Random Stuff

How I went from a Large Mammal to a Marauding Marsupial overnight, I just don't know... Pilfered from Hugh Hewitt: Thomas Sowell said during a Fox News interview: "Why are other people bound to do for you what you won't do for yourself?" Great point. No question we should be responsible for the less fortunate among us, but simply being in a less fortunate position should not be the end of the inquiry. Maybe a few questions re how and why you have found yourself in this spot, how many opportunities did you squander on your way down, and do you recognize the continuing obligation to those who are helping you back up? Democrats are children in suits, and make no bones about it. Sadly, people that want to lead are explaining prior, and now unpopular-to-their-base, positions in favor of the war in Iraq as the result of tidal waves and "stampedes" and political pressure. So what they are telling us is put us in charge even though we have demonstrated the exact opposite of the ability to lead.

So How Do they Mate?

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Where's The ACLU When You Need It?

I had earlier posted about the decision to set up "prayer spaces" at Giants Stadium and Continental Arena and wondered whether the ACLU would take up the fight to put a stop to this clear violation of the Establishment Clause of our Constitution (at least as the ACLU likes to interpret it). Well, here's the content of my email to ACLU-NJ: "The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority is apparently in the process of, or already has, set aside "prayer spaces" at Giants Stadium and the Continental Arena. For details go to this link [SI.com article]. It would seem to me that, inasmuch as the Sports and Exposition Authority is a public agency, and both Giants Stadium and Continental Arena are public owned, publicly funded and, quite obviously, open to the public, that the creation of such "prayer spaces" is a violation of the Establishment Clause and therefore unconstitutional. I would like to know if the ACLU-NJ has taken, or plans to take, any steps to stop this. Thank you, Ric Ottaiano" If I don't get a response in the next few days, I will follow up. Just imagine if it was decided to put up creche in Giants Stadium so those Christians who wanted to pay silent thanks during this Christmas season could. Or even a simple Christmas tree. Or a Christmas tree and a Star of David or a menorah. The obvious reason for a "prayer space," or whatever they wish to call it, is to appease Muslim sensibilities. I doubt very much if a bunch of Latter Day Saints complained, we'd be looking at "prayer spaces" in public facilities. I'll keep you up to date on developments in my little quest here. The explanation I expect to hear, if I hear anything at all, is that since I'm not a resident of N.J. I have no standing to raise this issue. No problemo. I know lots of people in N.J. The next step will be to file a complaint with the ACLU-NJ and see what happens. Feel free to express similar sentiments to ACLU-NJ if you wish, and let me know if you get a response.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Maybe A Bit Of Glade Spray And Point Them Towards Mecca

Four U.S. soldiers face disciplinary action for burning the bodies of two Taliban rebels, but they will not be charged with crimes because their actions were motivated by hygienic concerns, the military said Saturday. It's too distressing to even comment upon other than I feel like Charleton Heston in the first "Planet of the Apes" movie: "It's a madhouse! A madhouse!"

What's Wrong With These People: A Continuing Report

The Palestinians elect a jailed terrorist and a guy who campaigned under the nickname of "Hitler." Yeah...this bodes will for the future of Israeli/Palestinian relations.

Merry Holiday To All, And To All A Non-Offensive Night

Another city falls prey to political correctness run amok. Boston has renamed its Christmas tree a "holiday" tree. I'm repeating myself, I know, but the Douglas fir with the glass ornaments, lights and presents underneath represents a particular holiday, not a grouping of any number of different holidays that may occur in proximity to each other. This is nothing other an anti-ACLU prophylactic measure. [Note: Actually, in some ways quite appropriate when dealing with a bunch of d##kheads, but quite detrimental in the long run]

Friday, November 25, 2005

Pants On Fire

In 1998, for example, when the Clinton Justice Department indicted bin Laden, the writ read: "In addition, al-Qaida reached an understanding with the Government of Iraq that al-Qaida would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al-Qaida would work cooperatively with the Government of Iraq." In October 2002, George Tenet, the Clinton-appointed CIA director, warned the Senate in similar terms: "We have solid reporting of senior-level contacts between Iraq and al-Qaida going back a decade." Seventy-seven senators — including a majority of Democrats — cited [the] connection as a cause to go to war against Saddam: " ... Whereas members of al-Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq." Read Victor Davis Hanson's piece for all the rest. It is scandalous that Democrats were, heretofore, allowed to lie without challenge. The record is replete with references, pronouncements and assertions by Democrats and Clinton administration officials about a link/connection between al Qaeda and Saddam's Iraq. The fact that many of these conclusions were reached before George Bush became President makes the claim that he "cooked the books" ludicrous.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Things That Make You Go ??

I thought I was done for the TG holiday but this one can't wait. Giants Stadium is going to set aside "prayer spaces" for...who else, Muslim fans. Oh, yeah. At the Continental Arena (NJ Nets) as well. These facilities are publicly owned (as far as I know) and are run by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. So a space is being set aside in public facilities for the religious needs of one group. Yeah, Christians and Jews and Hindus and Buddhists can use the "spaces" but they were not created at their request. Also, being a Christian, I'm not aware of any "prayer space" requirements in my religion. So when does the ACLU jump in? [Note: check this story out at StopTheACLU]

Happy Thanksgiving To All

Before I ease into the pre-, during and post-Thanksgiving festivities, I want to wish everyone a happy turkey day. Be sure to enjoy good food, drink and hopefully some good football. But be especially sure to enjoy the ones you love on this day of thanks and appreciation.

What's Wrong With These People: Chapter ??

If you are not familiar with the Middle East Media Research Institute, you should. It provides a glimpse into what is being broadcast by state controlled networks in various countries in the Middle East, with translations from the Arabic. With a hat tip to LGF, here's a clip (#906) and transcript of a children's cartoon broadcast in Saudi Arabia. Sponge Bob, it's not. The kids in the cartoon, after watching a parent killed by the IDF (Israeli Defense Force), vow to exact revenge. How? By strapping explosives to their waists and... "Abd Al-Rahman's aunt: Farewell, my dear ones. God willing, you'll be successful. Go, my children. Do not let the enemy beat you. Go and show the Zionists how brave and heroic are the children of Palestine. [...] Dawn breaks. Jassem: We are near the border, where the Zionists want to pass. We will attack them in accordance with our plan. May God be with you, brothers. I now our mission is a hard one, but with God's help we must stop this bloodthirsty enemy. If there are no questions, assume your positions. Karim and Abd Al-Rahman, you wait here. Here, these are for you. Your role in this operation is very important. While the others are keeping the Israeli soldiers busy, you must throw grenades at them. Abd Al-Rahman waits for an Israeli military convoy to pass by, and ties a string of grenades around his waist. Jassem: Brothers, get ready. They are coming. Abd Al-Rahman: I place my trust in God. Allah Akbar." Now if you were Chris Matthews, you'd anguish over what did we do to push them to the point where they indoctrinate their children...their children for God's (not Allah's) sake!...to become suicide bombers. The real point is that there is a completely different value system at work here that has nothing to do with the nature of the provocation. Our fatal misunderstanding is that all cultures and all peoples are just like us. Therefore, we analyze from our mindset and ask the question what could drive us to send our children off to kill themselves, and then feel pride in the aftermath. Wrong and irrelevant question. The tribal culture, that is most of the Middle East, is more concerned with what is best for the group rather than what is right or wrong. The reason you or I would never for a nanosecond contemplate sending our 13 year olds off to blow themselves up, and take as many with them as possible, is because IT IS WRONG. If someone was responsible for killing most of my family, I would still not send my 13 year old daughter, C-4 in pockets, off to kill herself and as many others as, "God-willing", she could. That's the difference between us and them. They may be perfectly delightful hosts when you happen to visit, opening your home and their hospitality to you, but when it comes to matters of what we consider to be basic morality, their thinking is not only wrong, but evil. Does that make the person evil? That's a discussion for a different day.

Quick Hits

It must be a good idea if both the Democrats and Iran's supreme leader agree upon it... Just what I wanted for Thanksgiving, naked PETA protestors in coffins... "A word to former President Clinton: there is something to be said for old time virtues, one of which is not to attack the country’s foreign policies or the President while we are speaking in other countries. We should reserve those criticisms for our appearances and statements here at home." Sometimes I agree with Ed Koch... Why wasn't he just teaching English and not calling for ''fragging" of military officers...

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Liberals (ala "Meathead") Are Two-Faced Fools

In a delicious bit of irony, actually several tasty bits, Meathead is opposing a proposed $1.50 per pack tax on cigarettes designed to fund emergency rooms and other health programs. Meathead was the driving force behind a 1998 ballot measure that added a 50 cent tax on tobacco products. But now he's worried that any new tax will cut into the funding his initiative was reaping. Why would that happen, you ask, since the new tax would be on top of the old tax? Economics, my friends, basic economics. Meathead realizes that by further artificially driving up the price of smokes, the overall demand will lessen because the habit will become unaffordable for many (or move elsewhere, e.g. internet, across the border) and therefore the beneficiaries of these taxes will get less than expected. If you think I'm making this up (which, with all respect, means you are economically ignorant), read the money quote: "If the state increased cigarette taxes as proposed by the hospitals, purchases would decline as smokers shop elsewhere for lower prices or give up the habit. If fewer cigarettes are sold in the state, tax collections will decline and First 5 [Meathead's initiative] would receive less money." So the caring liberal, worried about our health being compromised for profits by Big Tobacco, is pissed because this new tax may result in more people quitting therefore less money for his desired objectives. Isn't this precisely the motivations attributed to the tobacco companies?

Welcome To UAW-World

So far this year, GM has lost $4 billion. It's market share has fallen while that of Toyota and Honda has risen. It has 2.5 retirees per worker and pays out about $1500 in benefit costs per vehicle (Toyota pays out about $300 per vehicle). It has had to drop plans to modernize its engines. As a consequence, GM is downsizing by cutting its workforce by 10% and closing nine North American plants. The UAW response? These actions are "extremely disappointing, unfair and unfortunate." [left out by my reckoning, "...just because our union-negotiated contracts for pay and benefits are making GM uncompetitive in a global marketplace is no reason for it to try and improve its business position if it requires the least bit of sacrifice by our members. GM should be prevented from layoffs and from in any manner reducing wages and/or benefits. We're going to ride this bad boy right into the ground if we must and then collect our extremely generous, union negotiated pension benefits. Bastards.]

No, But The MSM Is Being Obviously Partisan

Democrats continuously harp on the same unsupported charges about "manipulated" intelligence, suggesting that our Commander-in-Chief is a bald faced, opportunistic liar. Months and months later, VP Cheney comes out swinging in response and what do we hear from the MSM? "Is Cheney being too divisive?"

Monday, November 21, 2005

By The Way...

Now that gas prices are down to $2.21/gallon (regular) nationally from $2.67 a month ago, I'll take a moment to allow all those who were ranting and raving that President Bush was sitting idly by while his oil buddies were raping the American public to now thank him for the 18% or so reduction we've seen over the last thirty days or so. Or is it only his fault when the price goes up, but not when it comes down. Nah...that wouldn't be logical or fair, would it? [Note: check out the cool link to the Daily Fuel Guage Report]

RightFaith: Announcing the Rally for Bush Blogroll

Japan As Mirror Image

In Japan, history teachers get sacked for teaching negative truths about their country, and not the party line (e.g. the U.S. started WWII). How ironic that here, the only way to keep your job is to teach negative falsehoods about your country (e.g. the U.S. started WWII).

Kids At School: Pictures You Never Will See

Where are these happy school kids enjoying and struggling with their fourth grade lessons? Click here to find out.

"A Momentary Glitch"?

CNN's live coverage of V.P. Cheney's speech was broadcast with a big, black "X" flashing over the image. See Hugh Hewitt and Political Teen for more.

The Logic Is Less Than Compelling

Doesn't "Las Cruces" have something to do with crosses anyway?

Adolph Wasn't Evil...Just Misunderstood

This is a perfect example of the difference in worldview between the right and the left. Chris Matthews speaks at University of Toronto and proclaims, "If we stop trying to figure out the other side, we've given up. The person on the other side is not evil -- they just have a different perspective." He also criticized the President for building up "worldwide animosity against his administration." The left's relativisms (moral, cultural, etc) will not allow it to distinguish people or governments or values as good or evil, right or wrong, correct or incorrect, decent or indecent. Hence the confusion and wrongheadedness evidenced by Mr. Matthews. First, why is world opinion worth caring about? World opinion did not mobilize against the Holocaust, Pol Pot's killing fields, the Soviet gulag, the genocide in Rwanda, to name a few. Where world opinion is on any important question is usually unconnected to the proper response. Second, Matthews is correct that we should never stop trying to "figure out" the other side. However, we do that in order to exploit weakness, not to hope to understand their motivations...unless we can use that knowledge against them. Last, and worst, is the liberal notion that we are all good, perhaps a bit confused or emotional, but essentially good. This is an immature and dangerous notion rooted in a pollyanish view of mankind. How can there be good without evil? How can Mother Teresa be the embodiment of good without a counterpoint to which to compare her? Hitler certainly did have a "different perspective," and it was an evil one. Stalin and Pol Pot certainly saw things differently than many, I'll give them that. Unfortunately, their perspectives resulted in the deaths of literally millions of innocent persons. Not by accident, but by design. To put it another way, did Jeffrey Dahlmer just have a "different perspective"? Did Charles Manson just have an opposing view? How preposterous and pretencious for Chris Matthews to lecture that there is no evil in the world, just differences of opinion.

Ethical Question...

On December 13, 2005 the founder of the gang "the Crips" is to be executed. Now a nun I know and used to work with is trying to get him clemency along with a lot of other famous people. [They are against the death penalty.] Not that he would be freed just not killed. So the question is...Does any "good work" you do on the inside in prison go towards a credit to earn your right to live back? Is there any situation where we should do this? He has written books and told people about the dangers of gangs. He actually has a huge fan base, but should that make any difference? Is having him around living in prison more of a benefit we should acknowledge...by our governor of California giving him clemency? Is this our ultimate act as a society to show mercy and forgiveness? Do we have any obligation to do this?

Federal Prison System Sued for Slow Delivery of Newspapers

If you have a moment, visit Common Good to see what is going on in our litigious society. The story noted in the title is here.

"Just Answer The Fookin' Question"-Kevin The Irishman

Iran has voted to bar U.N. weapons inspectors in the event it is referred to the Security Council. To all those who equate "morality" with "approved by the U.N.", what should that august body do if it decides Iran is a serious threat if it develops nukes but Iran will not allow any inspection or control of its facilities? Continue asking for inspections? Threaten economic sanctions? And when those do not produce the desired result? Military intervention? And by whom? Belgium? Let's hear it.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Quick Question

There always comes to mind (at least my mind) a question or two about the many issues of the day that never seems to be asked. For example, a filmmaker has produced a documentary with the conclusion that Saddam clearly had WMD, and proposes that the question we should be asking is, where did these weapons go? I've always wanted to ask a similar question to those who argue that either our intelligence was faulty or that "Bush lied." Inasmuch as we know without a doubt that he had, for example, chemical weapons (ask the Kurds), don't you think it a bit odd that we didn't even find these chemical WMDs, or convincing traces, we know he had manufactured and possessed? Wouldn't that suggest Saddam destroyed, buried and/or exported his WMD in the long months that passed while the U.N. dithered around?

We'd Better Wake Up Soon

If this story is true, and I have no reason to disbelieve it, we are a great risk if we just sit on our politically correct, self-centered asses. An al-Qaeda operative was arrested near the Mexican border and taken to a Texas jail. Here's the frightening, but not unexpected, part of the story: "...there are individuals from countries with known al-Qaida connections who are changing their Islamic surnames to Hispanic-sounding names and obtaining false Hispanic identities, learning to speak Spanish and pretending to be Hispanic immigrants."

How difficult is this to understand. I think we all can agree that there are terrorists bent on killing Americans in America. If you wanted to sneak into this country, what would be the most obvious place and way to do it? Across our southern border along with the thousands of others per day who do the same thing. Why is this such a difficult proposition to grasp. If we don't do something to shore up all of our points of entry (beginning with our border with Mexico), it is inevitable that we will have a major terrorist attack on our soil.

I point the finger at the ridiculous left-wingers who live in a land of Utopian denial as well as all on the right who are addicted to cheap, immigrant labor. I don't give a flying, feral fish who will then pick our strawberries, or watch our kids, or do our gardening. Don't give me that crap that no one will do these jobs. Someone will, you may just have to pay them more and pay more for certain goods. If the cost goes up, well it goes up.

What would you rather have? Inexpensive child care or a major metropolitan area up in flames?

Who Should Control The Internet?

I am here to serve. If you have been half-following the debate concerning the U.N. seeking control over the internet and aren't sure what this is all about...I will simplify it for you. All you need know is that China, Cuba, Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia had been pushing for the UN to be given control of the net. Do you need to know anything else?

Ginger Baker Rides Again!

If you want to envision what your septuagenarian grandfather would look like playing a drum solo with a true power trio, you must get Cream: Royal Albert Hall May 2-3-5-6 2005. The band's greatest hits are faithfully reproduced by Mr. Baker (age 66), Mr. Jack Bruce (age 63) and the unparalleled Mr. Clapton (age 61). The two disc set finishes with "Crossroads", "Sitting on Top of the World", "White Room", "Toad", and "Sunshine of Your Love." [Note: if you refer to the band as The Cream, then don't bother buying this DVD unless you first find music by The Jefferson Airplane or The Mountain]

More Muslim Tolerance

Christian girls in Indonesia beheaded...by Muslims...for being Christian. Explain to me how I can blame George Bush or America please. Otherwise I will have to directly confront a widespread, ugly underbelly of a religion just like yours and mine.

Al-Zarqawi May Be Dead

Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi may, that's "may," be dead reports the Jerusalem post.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Without Occupation By An Oppressive Force, They Can Live In Dignity And Peace

Not... [Note: the civil war is coming, the civil war is coming...]

Friday, November 18, 2005

There Was No "Connection" Between al Qaeda and Saddam?

In March 1998, after Bin Ladin's public fatwa against the United States, two al Qaeda members reportedly went to Iraq to meet with Iraqi intelligence. In July, an Iraqi delegation traveled to Afghanistan to meet first with the Taliban and then with Bin Ladin. Sources reported that one, or perhaps both, of these meetings was apparently arranged through Bin Ladin's Egyptian deputy, Zawahiri, who had ties of his own to the Iraqis. In 1998, Iraq was under intensifying U.S. pressure, which culminated in a series of large are attacks in December.Similar meetings between Iraqi officials and Bin Ladin or his aides may have occured in 1999 during a period of some reported strains with the Taliban. According to the reporting, Iraqi officials offered Bin Ladin a safe haven in Iraq. Bin Ladin declined, apparently judging that his circumstances in Afghanistan remained more favorable than the Iraqi alternative. The reports describe friendly contacts and indicate some common themes in both sides' hatred of the United States. ... Excerpt from the 9/11 Commission Report

West Virginia, UK

I had just not joked about West Virginia, and now this. [Hat tip: LGF]

And The Find-A-Silver-Lining Award Goes To...

The French police!!!! (applause) ...for reporting that, with only 98 vehicles torched two nights ago, it marked a "return to a normal situation everywhere in France". Note: can it be true that "the figure of 98 cars burnt was in line with the nightly average before the trouble began on 27 October." ? In other words, when there is no rioting by "disaffected youths" in France, 98 cars a night are set on fire anyway?

But Unprotected Anal Intercourse And Mowing Down A Herd Of Pre-Schoolers With A Gatling Gun...No Worries

If you had to decide whether your minor child would regularly engage in high risk sex, play with weapons best suited for an assault on Fallujah, or smoke cigarettes, which would you (albeit reluctantly) choose? Why do I ask? Well, it's because a group of US legal representatives has asked the major Hollywood studios to add anti-smoking announcements to all upcoming DVDs that depict smoking because they fear that youngsters who see films depicting smoking were likelier to take it up. If the theory is correct, then why is there no concern over kids taking up mass murder, indiscriminate violence and casual, anonymous sex?

Just Another Average Day...Allah Be Blessed

Suicide bombers kill 74 Shiite worshippers at two mosques in Baghdad. Most likely at the hands of their Sunni brothers. Couple of questions here. When our military, engaged in a firefight with "insurgents", pursue them to a mosque in which they have taken cover and...the horror, the horror...shoot back at them, there is "outrage" in the Muslim world over our "desecration" of a holy site. Our left wing dominated media begins hand-wringing in earnest over the propriety of our barbarous and insensitive conduct. However, I can't quite hear the opprobrium coming from our media and directed against this Muslim-on-Muslim violence, nor the anguish from Islamic leaders calling for a halt to this particular outrage. Explain to me again who the "infidels" are in the above scenario, and why?

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Just Because They Said It Doesn't Mean They Said It

I know perception is reality and all that good stuff. But if you are truly interested in what the Democrats actually thought at the time about whether Saddam had WMD, go to the video montage at the Republican National Committee's website. The unmitigated gall of the Kerrys and Hillarys and the rest of this thoroughly dishonest bunch to simply act as though they never made statements in support of the very same conclusion reached by President Bush, and then criticize him for reaching that conclusion...and hope that we are dumb enough to forget or ignore that inconvenient fact. Of course, there has been some attempt lately to explain this apparent inconsistency by saying that these poor, easily led Senators obtained their information "from the Administration", thereby suggesting that it was censored and skewed by the time it got to them. However, if I recall correctly, both John Kerry and John Edwards were at one time members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and, as such, were provided the very same information as was provided to the President. In any event, 7 of the 15 members are, and were, Democrats who had direct access to intel and who presumably reported back to their party buddies. So if Senate Democrats truly didn't get the entire scoop, it can only be for one of two reasons: Either the entire Committee was lied to by our intelligence agencies, or their representatives on the Committee didn't do a good enough job of reporting back.

At Least You Can't Make A West Virginia Joke

In Georgia, children can marry without parental consent or knowledge if the mother is pregnant. Wouldn't it be a hoot if Georgia also has a parental notification/consent law for abortions?

But I'm Not Sure This Is What Einstein Meant With His Theory Of Relativity

National police said vandals set fire to 163 vehicles overnight, down from 215 the previous night — a continuing drop that indicated an "almost normal situation everywhere" in France. But for, of course, the fact that vandals set fire to 163 vehicles overnight...

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Great Minds Think Alike

I was reading Hugh Hewitt's latest this evening and came across this excerpt from an interview with The Boss by NPR's Terry Gross: "TG: In the Kerry_Edwards campaign in 2004, you actually played for, for, for the campaign. How did you decide to do that? I think that is something you basically resisted before. BS: I tended to stay out of the partisan politics, and work on locally with different groups and things I shared interests with. But that was an instance where, it was like, you know, I just thought democracy was eroding, (chuckling) so visibly and obviously that if you didn't do something about it or try and do something about it, you had no right to get up on stage, and sing the songs I was singing, and try and be about some of things I've tried to be about for my worklife, so it was, it was, it was in the no brainer aspect of that election (chuckling) and it wasn't a big hard decision or anything. You know, it was just like, whoa, this is, you know, if you have built up any credibility this is the time to use it, you know this is the time to expend it, there was just no, no doubt about it (chuckling.)" Hugh had this to say: "It was a fine interview, except for this moment wherein Gross rushed past a fascinating opportunity. What exactly did Springsteen mean by "democracy was eroding," and why didn't Terry Gross ask?" Pre-freakin'-cisely! With a capital "freakin"! I was having a conversation this self-same morning where I was lamenting the fact that either no one knows how to, or deliberately refuses to, ask the obvious interview questions. I also said I would love to watch (or conduct myself, if given the opportunity) an interview program where the guests were actually pressed to explain their positions and assertions, without being allowed to duck and weave, by someone who knew how to zero in on the point. For example, Warren Beatty was recently asked why he was vehemently against one of the California ballot measures advanced (unsuccessfully) by Gov. Arnold. I cannot recall which one it was, but that is irrelevant to my point. His full response was that the proposition was a "right wing power grab." Now that statement cried out like a colicky baby for a follow-up along the lines of "What exactly do you mean, Warren, by a "right wing power grab"? Of course, nothing of the sort happened. The "interviewer" moved on to another topic, later removed his puckered lips from Mr. Beatty's behind, and the final credits rolled. To be fair, and to not drive away all potential guests, the questioning would necessarily need to be approached with the desire to simply obtain an explanation (even if the subject would prefer to speak in sound bites) rather than as an advocate for the opposite side of the argument. But someone needs to force a bit of clarity and honesty out of these folks otherwise it's not an interview but instead a PR moment.

But The Food Remains Unsurpassed And The Antiquities Are Marvelous!

Where is there a relentlessly rising crime rate which has, in many categories, overtaken the U.S.? Try Europe, that hotbed of gun laws and social safety nets, and where there is no take matters into your own hands "cowboy" mentality. All this is discussed in a piece by Gerard Alexander: The latest figures, scattered from 2000 to 2005, suggest that more assaults are committed per capita in England than in America, while Swedes, Norwegians, and Dutch experience roughly the same assault rates as Americans. Robberies (which involve force or the threat of force) are as common in England and the Netherlands as in the United States. Theft rates have surged ahead of the United States in Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, and Norway. Separately, auto thefts are now a European specialty, with Scandinavians, Brits, French, and Italians worse off than Americans. And the U.S. burglary rate is now lower than those in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and Britain.

Note: What was that about strict gun laws reducing crime? As someone has said before, we don't have a gun problem...we have a morality problem.

A Political Shocker!

Read here, but fasten your seatbelt first.

True...True.

If the desire for murderous glory is what makes suicide bombers act as they do, then scorn from all across the Muslim world on whose behalf she thought she was acting is the only lasting deterrent. Read Anne Applebaum's piece on the mind of the suicide bomber.

Will We Fiddle While America Burns

A must read is this essay by Major General Vernon Chong, USAF, ret. [Hat tip: Hugh Hewitt]. Do you ever notice that the MSM is totally uninterested in the opinions of members of the military unless that opinion is anti-war or anti-America or anti-Bush? Anyway, a few excerpts: When did the threat to us start? Many will say September 11, 2001. The answer, as far as the United States is concerned, is 1979 – 22 years prior to September 2001 – with the following attacks on us: Iran Embassy Hostages, 1979; Beirut, Lebanon, Embassy, 1983; Beirut, Lebanon, Marine Barracks, 1983; Lockerbie, Scotland, Pan-Am flight to New York, 1988; First New York World Trade Center attack, 1993; Oklahoma City – Murrah Federal Building, 1995; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Khobar Towers Military complex, 1996; Nairobi, Kenya, U.S. Embassy, 1998; Dares Salaam, Tanzania, U.S. Embassy, 1998; Aden, Yemen, USS Cole, 2000;New York, World Trade Center, 2001; Pentagon, 2001; Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Plane Crash, 2001 (Note that during the period from 1981 to 2001 there were 7,581 terrorist attacks worldwide). **** The attacks happened during the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush. **** We can lose the war by "imploding." That is, defeating ourselves, by refusing to recognize the enemy and their purpose, and really digging in and lending full support to the war effort. If we are united, there is no way that we can lose. If we continue to be divided, there is no way that we can win

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Keep your sons "butch" and your daughters "prissy" and you just might stop them from being "Gay"

I am preparing for a seminar on Homosexuality and it role in Churches. I have had the neat opportunity on a couple of occasions to be asked by my ex-priest/professors and few other odds 'n ends professors, just six of us, to do one day workshops for lay people and/or clergy on different topics a group wants. It is some of the most fun I have ever had. As an ex-seminary student I still get the opportunity to know all of my former prof's who keep me around for the "x" factor opinion as the only non self proclaimed liberal and non-professor (but probably should've been since I really have not been as good at anything since, I was studying Theology in graduate school). I was researching my portion of the discussion I have to argue which is...just because you are "born gay" does not mean science has pre-determined you will be gay, just maybe predisposed you. Our genes or genetic markers say a lot of things about us, but that does not mean we become everything our DNA says. Whether or not I am right, I found some interesting studies on why being born gay is not in and of itself why you become gay that I have never heard before...and are awfully compelling. I never read these studies in the LA Times or Newsweek who did stories on gay research. One article I am using as a talking point is the evidence from the latest and best of the identical twin studies. A study of same sex attraction in twins done by Columbia and Yale in 2002. The study concluded that "LESS GENDERED SOCIALIZATION" in childhood not genetic or hormonal influences, plays the dominate role in the development of the same-sex attraction. From 0-13 if you keep your child's socialization gender specific it is empowering to your child's sexual idenity and more indicative of what they will become than what your child's DNA tells you. The best line I read was, in fact, NURTURE BECOMES NATURE when this type of socialization occurs. Just like you learn to pee in the toilet rather than your underpants becomes your nature. The researchers noted that "if same-sex romantic attraction has a genetic component, it is massively overwhelmed by other factors." I found this in the American Journal of Sociology (2002) article called "Opposite-Sex Twins and Adolescent Same Sex Attractions." Another study done by two pro-homosex scientists conceded that despite common assertions to the contrary, there is no intrinsic link between what is caused biologically/genetically and what is moral. The scientists stated biological causation does not automatically mean there is a clear conclusion that the the legality or morality of a behavior can be made from the mere fact the cause is biological, because all behavior is biologically caused, both normal and abnormal, hetero and homo. Such common sense!...and rare to find it published in the mainstream because all the mainstream research that I found published in Time or Newsweek did not even mention a "nurture over nature" argument. Wish me luck this works out in Santa Cruz this weekend...I must have a death wish to be the one this time with this position speaking so close to San Francisco.

Good Thing Hamlet Didn't Smoke

The perfect storm of brainless zealotry and political correctness in this story of the necessity to rewrite an Arthur Miller play...while in progress...to delete a scene in which an actor lights a cigarette on stage because of an audience complaint. No...I'm not kidding. Remember: When a society is soul-less, the body becomes the temple and health the new morality.

A Glimpse Into The Future

Someone much, much wiser then I has said that if we want to see the results of proposed left wing social policies, just look to Europe. Everything the left is proposing here has already been tried there (mostly to great ruination). In the UK, schools are providing pregnancy testing and abortions to girls between the ages of 11 and 18 without the parents' knowledge or consent.

Thought for the Day

“Men are really nothing more than extremely advanced dogs” who want the same thing from their women that they want from their underwear: “A little bit of support and a little bit of freedom.” -- Jerry Seinfeld I was reminded of this last night in a discussion about men with a man. You men are so practical.

If It's Not, It Should Be

The following was supposedly composed by Chuck Pitman, Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret). Can't vouch for it's accuracy yet, but as the title to this post says... "For good and ill, the Iraqi prisoner abuse mess will remain an issue. On the one hand, right thinking Americans will abhor the stupidity of the actions while on the other hand, political glee will take control and fashion this minor event into some modern day massacre. I humbly offer my opinion here: I am sorry that the last seven times we Americans took up arms and sacrificed the blood of our youth, it was in the defense of Muslims (Bosnia, Kosovo, Gulf War 1, Kuwait, etc.). I am sorry that no such call for an apology upon the extremists came after 9/11. I am sorry that all of the murderers on 9/11 were Islamic Arabs. I am sorry that most Arabs and Muslims have to live in squalor under savage dictatorships. I am sorry that their leaders squander their wealth. I am sorry that their governments breed hate for the US in their religious schools, mosques and government-controlled media. I am sorry that Yassar Arafat was kicked out of every Arab country and high-jacked the Palestinian "cause." I am sorry that no other Arab country will take in or offer more than a token amount of financial help to those same Palestinians. I am sorry that the USA has to step in and be the biggest financial supporter of poverty stricken Arabs while the insanely wealthy Arabs blame the USA for all their problems. I am sorry that our own left wing, our media and our own brainwashed masses do not understand any of this (from the misleading vocal elements of our society like radical professors, Vanderbuilt, Harvard, Yale,U Utah, others, and the NY TIMES, CNN, ). I am sorry the United Nations scammed the poor people of Iraq out of the "food for oil" money so they could get rich while the common folk suffered. I am sorry that some Arab governments pay the families of homicide bombers upon their death. I am sorry that those same bombers are brainwashed thinking they will receive 72 virgins in "paradise." I am sorry that the homicide bombers think pregnant women, babies, children, the elderly and other noncombatant civilians are legitimate targets. I am sorry that our troops die to free more Arabs from the gang rape rooms and the filling of mass graves of dissidents of their own making. I am sorry that Muslim extremists have killed more Arabs than any other group. I am sorry that foreign trained terrorists are trying to seize control of Iraq and return it to a terrorist state. I am sorry we don't drop a few dozen Daisy cutters on Fallujah. I am sorry every time terrorists hide they find a convenient "Holy Site." I am sorry they didn't apologize for driving a jet into the World Trade Center that collapsed and severely damaged Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church - one of our Holy Sites. I am sorry they didn't apologize for flight 93 and 175, the USS Cole, the embassy bombings, the murders and beheadings of Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl, etc. etc! I am sorry Michael Moore is American; he could feed a medium sized village in Africa. America will get past this latest absurdity. We will punish those responsible because that is what we do. We hang out our dirty laundry for the entire world to see. We move on. That's one of the reasons we are hated so much. We don't hide this stuff like all those Arab countries that are now demanding an apology. Deep down inside, when most Americans saw this reported in the news, we were like - so what? We lost hundreds and made fun of a few prisoners. Sure, it was wrong, sure, it dramatically hurts our cause but until captured we were trying to kill these same prisoners. Now we're supposed to wring our hands because a few were humiliated? Our compassion is tempered with the vivid memories of our own people killed, mutilated and burnt amongst a joyous crowd of celebrating Fallujahans. If you want an apology from this American, you're going to have a long wait! You have a better chance of finding those seventy-two virgins. " [Hat tip: Mrs RTH!]

Professional Mourners...An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

The Taiwanese employ "professional mourners" at their funerals. What can be said that hasn't already?

"New Jersey: It Always Smells Like This"

My home state is looking for a new slogan. Here are some of the front runners: "New Jersey: You Got a Problem With That?" "Most of Our Elected Officials Have Not Been Indicted" "Bada Bing! Choose New Jersey"

Excerpts Of The Day

What has aroused Arab voices against Zarqawi has nothing to do with the immorality of blowing up people celebrating at a wedding -- it has to do with the immorality of blowing up Muslims celebrating at a wedding. Dennis Prager hits the nail on the head today [...and here's more evidence of that fact]. Just remember people that the "outrage" you may hear demonstrates the worst moral relativism. It may prove useful in undermining these fanatics, but it is still evidence of moral blindness. No country in the West has done more to cultivate world Arab opinion, to appease Arab terrorists, to ostentatiously oppose American Middle East policy (Iraq above all), to champion the signal Arab cause of Palestine. It was no accident that Yasser Arafat chose Paris as his place to die--Paris, after Jerusalem, his second holiest city. Paris burns anyway. As the French seem to learn every 70 years, appeasement does not work. It merely whets the appetite. And the angry alien young were already hungry. Read all of Charles Krauthammer's piece. The San Diego Union Tribune editorial puts to rest (yeah, right) the "Bush lied" canard. So Europe's present biculturalism makes disaster a certainty. One way to avoid it would be to go genuinely multicultural, to broaden the Continent's sources of immigration beyond the Muslim world. But a talented ambitious Chinese or Indian or Chilean has zero reason to emigrate to France, unless he is consumed by a perverse fantasy of living in a segregated society that artificially constrains his economic opportunities yet imposes confiscatory taxation on him in order to support an ancien regime of indolent geriatrics. Who else but Mark Steyn.

New Addition To The Triptych

Make sure you visit Black & Right, a terrific blog by Bob Parks, a former Republican congressional candidate (California 24th District), among other interesting things. The title should be a tip.

Monday, November 14, 2005

I Left My Heart In San Francisco....My Brain Elsewhere

The City by the Bay voted 60-40% to ban military recruitment from high schools and colleges. This largely symbolic gesture nevertheless raises a number of points. The people behind this ballot measure (and those who voted overwhelming in favor of it) presumably would be in favor of such a ban actually having the effect of law, thereby preventing our military from recruiting in San Francisco. It is also reasonable to presume that these same proponents would be tickled pink if every city (and state) viewed this issue as they do. That being the logical case, these folks are in essence saying that our military should be prevented from seeking personnel to be part of our armed services. That means they are either for the re-institution of the draft (not likely) or for the eventually erosion of our entire military force (likely). Remember people: U.S. military...bad. North Korean, Iraqi (pre-downfall of Saddam), Syrian, Iranian, Chinese military...good.

Sometimes The Inevitable Is Inevitable

Pretty much everyone with any kind of functioning mind said, well, if it's unconstitutional to have the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, then it must also be to have "In God We Trust" on our currency. Very logical, very true. Well, as expected, Michael Newdow's latest lawsuit is a challenge to just that. The debate about the Establishment Clause of our Constitution has been repeated ad nauseum. I'm pretty confident that the original framers had in mind the concept of freedom of religion, not freedom from religion, and I'm too weary to again point out the obvious support for that proposition. What interests me is the motivation of people like Newdow (and, quite frankly, many lefties) when they make issues like this their raison d'etre. To me, it bespeaks a deep-seated, overwhelming dislike (hate?) for this country, its history and its institutions mixed in with an unhealthy dose of narcissism. The language of the Pledge, or that is found on our coins, hurts no one and should "offend" very, very, very few. It is neither the cause nor result of oppression or any other preventable evil in this country. So why the big deal? There must be something else here.

Bad Joke Of The Day

President Bush has authorized the Joint Chiefs of Staff to begin drawing up a battle plan to pull France's butt out of the fire yet again. Facing an apparent overwhelming force of up to 400 boisterous teenagers, Mr. Bush openly doubted France's ability to hold out much longer. "If the last two world wars are any indication, I would expect France to surrender any day now", said Bush. Joint Chiefs head, Gen. Peter Pace, warned the President that it might be necessary to send up to 5 marines to get the disturbance under control. The general admitted that 5 marines might be overkill, but he wanted to get the matter handled within 24 hours of the troops arriving on scene. President Bush asked Gen. Pace to withdraw the marines as soon as possible after order was restored. He also reminded Gen. Pace to make sure the marines did not take soap, razors, or deodorant with them. The more they blend in with the native population, the better in the President's view. [Hat tip: SFH]

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Muslims Burn Churches In India...They Must Be Marginalized

The difference between me and Hagar the Horrible is not that I don't take offense or become insulted or believe myself to occasionally be the victim of an injustice. The difference is how my culture places limitations on my reaction and response versus his society's acceptance of violent and immediate response. Read here about 2000 Muslims in India organizing in order to burn churches, convents, schools and homes of pastors and priests. Motivated by what? The usual...perceived blasphemy of Islam: Muslim clerical leaders yesterday called their flocks to gather outside the Jamia Madni Masjid central mosque where they urged them to attack the Christians. In fiery speeches, the leaders provoked the mob to set to fire each and every Christian place of worship. I would like someone wiser than I to please explain why this sort of conduct, which occurs daily throughout the Muslim world, is not "mainstream" and why it could not happen here (since it apparently is already happening in France and other parts of Europe). If any number of Roman Catholic priests, or Protestant archbishops, called upon their flocks to do any of the acts regularly performed by Muslims at the behest of their clerical leaders, there would be immediate and ongoing denunciation, and some very pointed questions regarding what has happened to "our" religions. I don't imagine Newsweek would be speaking in terms of Catholicism having been "hijacked" by a radical minority.

Texas Bans Gay Marriage

The voters of Texas overwhelming approved a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. This debate has occurred before at RTH! and you know where I stand (i.e. no problem with same sex civil unions, but against state recognition of same sex marriage). The interesting, and repeated, talking point from the left can be found in the linked article from a gay rights website. Namely, that arguments in favor of such bans are "part of a long-standing effort by the extreme right..." and then fill in the blank. It is sad that, in some circles, the notion that marriage should be reserved to one man and one woman is considered a radical, extremist position. [Note: Not at all like the mild, reasonable and centrist position of approval for a man marrying another man.]

Apologists Please Explain

Dennis Prager referred me (OK, not personally) to the latest from FreedomHouse.org regarding political and social freedom through the countries of the world: Of the states with an Islamic majority [total of 47], only one, Mali, is rated Free. Only 11 of the 47 nations (23 percent) with an Islamic majority have democratically elected governments. In the non-Islamic world, which comprises 145 states, 110 are electoral democracies (75 percent). Democracy and freedom remain the least rooted in the Middle East's 14 countries. Israel is the only country rated Free (7 percent). Three states--Turkey, Jordan, and Kuwait--are Partly Free (21 percent), and 10 are Not Free (71 percent). Israel and Turkey are the only electoral democracies (14 percent of the country total) in the region. Is it therefore so difficult to conclude that those who kill and maim and burn in the name of Islam are working for something antithetical to our Western ideals? UPDATE: it was correctly pointed out that the data i'm referencing was from 2001 (i didn't notice)...i will check to see if the trend is the same, better or worse and then get back...

Do You Know About This?

"The Abu Sayyaf is a group of Muslim militants who have staged various kidnapping and bombing attacks against Christians and foreigners in this largely Roman Catholic nation." Read this story to learn in which "Largely Roman Catholic nation" these terrorists are operating [it's not France] and then ask yourself why this isn't being dissected by the MSM despite the fact that the current battle has been going on for three days and 20 people have lost their lives so far. OK, I can't restrain myself. Perhaps because it does not involve attacks against a supposedly oppressive, mainly white Western nation and thereby provide the potential for a racial/ethnic angle. It is, therefore, more difficult to excuse this Muslim violence as the result of "disaffection" or "marginalization." Just a thought.

...And There Are No Longer Any Civil Rights Issues To Address

The Rev. Jesse has also come to T.O.'s defense against the "Man." [Note: see earlier post re Ralph Nader speaking out in defense of T.O.]

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Irregardless, This May Explain The Defeat Of The California Election Initiatives

Fortune 500 companies spend $3 billion (that's with a "b") per year teaching basic English to its employees. This has always been a pet peeve of mine with the question circulating constantly how can someone who made it through elementary school, four years of college and, in some instances, three years of post-grad still not know how to properly conjugate verbs, pronounce words or string several coherent sentences together. I've had associates in my law firm advise me that they wanted to "axe" a question (I've resisted saying something like, give it a chance before you kill it), pronounce "demurrer" as "demure" and not understand the distinction between "imply" and "infer." I have a few theories...none fully formed yet. One is that if no one ever corrects you, how will you know you are wrong? The second is the constant use of improper language, syntax and pronunciation in the media and popular culture. When all you hear are insipid lyrics ("Where dey at? Where dey at?"), talk ("If I had only knew what was happening..."), and the substitution of "Ya know what I'm sayin'" for actually knowing what you are saying, it will have an effect.

Paul McCartney doesn't like Bush...who'da thunk it?

Last night I went to see Paul McCartney for the first time ever for me at the Pond in Anaheim, CA. It looked more like a Frank Sinatra concert in the section I was sitting, but we are all getting older. The group I was with was fortunate enough to know a guy on the crew and security so we went in early and what did I see... Political stands inside the Pond. I do not know if they were all over or just in this one area. The first pamphlet handed to me was "The Lies the Bush Republicans told me...#1...Bush lied to get us into IRAQ. #2 Bush is only driven by cronyism. #3 The war is fought for Bush's oil and gun friends to get rich." Now when I saw this I figured "oh boy...I hope he is not going to preach behind his microphone all night." In fact he didn't at all other than remind us about cruelty to animals and not to eat meat...thankfully. He had a disclaimer I read that all stands other the ones selling his t-shirts, etc. were not necessarily stating his views. He just allows in whatever his local fan clubs support, and if most of them are hippies then I guess they have more stands at his concerts. He did have one t-shirt that was cute with Bush on it holding up 2 fingers... for his two terms saying, "I bet you'll vote next time...Hippie..." The only part where Paul gave himself away was at the end when he said he loved all of us, California etc. but please VOTE in 2006 if we think this coutnry is going to hell in a handbasket because voting is the only way to get us out of the mess we're in...I guess he just couldn't resist. Otherwise it was fantastic. I think I almost cried twice during a couple songs. On a side note...it was mentioned to me by Ric that loud noises on a fetus are not so good. I am 6 and 1/2 months pregnant right now, but I didn't really believe that statement. Well my kid who is a boy was going crazy in there all night for the first time in my entire 6 months. Everyone thought I was standing up to dance but really I coudn't sit down. But maybe the kid was just irritated by the political atmosphere rather than the music. Although he did seem to calm down when Paul finished with "Hey Jude." That was when I teared up a little I think too.

Even When They're "Supportive" They're Frightening

We may be able to find "common ground" with these folks in the long run, but it ain't gonna be easy when you express your outrage over the bombings in Jordan by saying things like this: "By killing Jordanians here in Jordan, civilian Jordanians going to a wedding, they did something that not even a Jew would do" How comforting. Of course, that's a minority opinion and shouldn't be seen as the take by the Jordanian/Arab street. Here's their chorus: The bombings were the work of the Jew-dog, infidel. [NOTE: these people are almost as dogmatic as American environmentalists. ]

Friday, November 11, 2005

I Guess We've Run Out Of Consumer Issues

Ralph Nader comes out in favor of T.O.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Repeat: "I Am Not A Mark Steyn Groupie...I Am Not A Mark Steyn Groupie...I Am Not..."

Another freakin' tremendous article by Mr. Steyn. A few tasty morsels: When you’ve got estranged demographic groups with 50–60 per cent unemployment and an over-regulated economy that restricts social mobility, lavish welfare is nothing more than government-subsidised festering. **** Well, it’s true there are Muslims and there are Muslims: some blow up Tube trains and some rampage through French streets and some claim Mossad’s put something in the chewing gum to make Arab men susceptible to the seduction techniques of Jewesses. Some kill Dutch film-makers and some complain about Piglet coffee mugs on co-workers’ desks, and millions of Muslims don’t do any of the above but apparently don’t feel strongly enough about them to say a word in protest. **** I look on religion like gun ownership. That’s to say, New Hampshire has a high rate of firearms possession, which is why it has a low crime rate. You don’t have to own a gun and there are sissy Dartmouth College arms-are-for-hugging types who don’t. But they benefit from the fact that their crazy stump-toothed knuckle-dragging neighbours do. If you want to burgle a home in the Granite State, you’d have to be awfully certain it was the one-in-a-hundred we-are-the-world pantywaist’s pad and not some plaid-clad gun nut who’ll blow your head off before you lay a hand on his $70 TV. **** A hyper-rationalist might dismiss the whole God thing as a lot of apple sauce, but his hyper-rationalism is a lot more vulnerable in a society without a strong Judaeo-Christian culture. American firearms owners have a popular slogan: ‘If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.’ Likewise, if you marginalise religion, only the marginalised will have religion. It's a great read.

Can I Recover?

I have avoided posting on this issue because it depresses me. Out here in CA, all of the Arnold backed initiatives failed. Parental notification (not consent) for abortions for minors, redistricting by retired judges rather than politicians, fiscal curbs and brakes on spending, and five, rather than two years before public school teachers can get tenure (and, for all practical purposes, lifetime employment). My disappointment lies not so much in the outcome, although I was in favor of all four, but in the dishonesty that either could not be seen through by the general electorate, or which was recognized but found to be less significant than beating back anything believed to have been proposed by a putative Republican governor. One at a time. Parents must provided consent (not just be given notice) for their minor kids to get tattoos, ear or other body part piercings, go to a suntan salon, have any other kind of surgery, bring an Advil to school or go on a field trip to a museum. But not to have nascent lives surgically yanked out of their young uteri (Can you tell where I stand on this issue?). The fact that a young girl will do it anyway is a non-sequitur. They may get tattoos or piercings or tans anyway. The issue is the right of the fit parent to have control and influence over the raising of their child. Not the fears of the abortion lobby of any sort of restriction opening the door to further restrictions. The argument against allowing a panel of retired judges to perform redistricting was that it was a "power grab" by politicians. How stupid is that? Quite, since the status quo is that those very same politicians do the redistricting now. This reform would have taken power away from the pols, not given them more. Gray Davis was recalled because of the lack of fiscal restraint he presided over, including sweetheart deals to public employee unions. Gov. Arnold is swept into office to fix this problem but his effort to do so is subsequently rejected by the very same electorate. He is accused of cutting the education budget. Well, the state education budget is $3 billion more this year than it was last year. What he did was to not increase it as much as was planned. Put it this way. If you were hoping for a fifty percent raise but only got twenty-five percent, would you be complaining that your household budget had been cut from the previous year? Where in the private sector can you be entitled to lifetime employment at all, much less after having "proven" yourself for all of two years (actually, about 18 months if you are a teacher)? I am a bit of an expert in employment law and I can assure you it is virtually impossible to fire a teacher without spending several hundred thousand bucks in legal fees to do so. The type of job security tenure (which, by the by, generally requires about 7 years of service if you are a college professor) provides is about the same kind I have as a partner in a law firm. Would you hand out partnership after two years of employment? It is very disappointing that decisions have been made based clearly upon either abysmal self-education or purposeful partisanship.

Ghandi, They Ain't

I pilfered this observation (without remorse) from LGF: "The riots in France that started in the Parisian suburbs are ringing alarm bells throughout Europe. These incidents of civil disobedience should serve as lessons to neighboring countries on how not to treat a minority population." Piece by Souhelia Al-Jadda. "Civil disobedience" is a sit-in at the public library, not the burning of cars, other personal property and real estate.

The ACLU Strikes To Prevent Violation Of Laptop Computer Rights

In this burgeoning technological age, it is unrealistic to not expect to introduce that technology into our public schools as a learning tool and to prepare our children for this digital age. My local elementary school district has instituted a "Laptops For Learning" program that provides laptop computers for students to use at school and home. The cost to most families is about $490 per school year for three years. However, depending upon the availability of grants and financial assistance, parents who may not be able to afford the full cost can get help. If a family simply cannot afford the laptop under any circumstance, the child will be placed into a classroom where laptops are not used. Who has a problem with this? The ACLU who has threatened the district presumably because the "rights" of those who cannot afford laptops (or simply don't want to spend the money) are being violated. If you're troubled by this, take a moment and visit Stop The ACLU.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

On France

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

You Need A Purpose And A Target, People!

"It is formally forbidden to any Muslim seeking divine grace and satisfaction to participate in any action that blindly hits private or public property or could constitute an attack on someone's life" --Union of French Islamic Organisations (UOIF) fatwa re violence in that country. Remember that words such as these are very well chosen before being broadcast.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Ninth Circuit At It Again

"Parents have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students." "... there is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children." ...and this is at the elementary school level. Read about it here and here and here.

Yeah, But Their President Is A Pretty Easy Going Guy

Iranian cartoon shows kids blowing themselves up to kill Jews. But who are we (and the UK et. al.) to be concerned about Iran developing nuclear weapons.

Are These Folks Out Of The "Mainstream"?

Dad and his two boys find something to bond over: Let's kill daughter/sister's boyfriend for bringing "dishonor" onto the family. Arrested and found guilty. Where did this culturally backward, misogynist event take place? Oxford, England. One of the persistent and immutable battlegrounds of this cultural clash are the standards of the honor and face driven society versus those of the Judeo-Christian, good versus evil, right versus wrong based view. They are not compatible. Never have been, never will be.

Economics 101

I'm not fan of "big oil." But I am ambivalent unless and until given some reason to be otherwise. I am a fan, however, of clarity and honesty. All this talk of "obscene" profits and manipulation of markets is just red meat for anti-big business, left wing idiots trying (successfully) to make points with their choirs. The economic facts remain that oil companies are making big money because the size of their operations allows more revenue to be produced. If I have one extraordinarily profitable RTH! franchise, versus ten reasonably profitable franchises, the former will yield for me a greater profit margin, but the latter will yield for me greater profits in dollars. Such is the case here. ExxonMobil is making 9.8 cents for every dollar in sales (with a shittake-load of sales). Coca-Cola and McDonald's make 13.8 cents, while Google makes 24.2 cents. If those three companies were as big as ExxonMobil, they each would be making even more "obscene" profits in dollars.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

The First Step Has Been Taken

The Senate has lifted the ban against drilling in the ANWR. Barbara Boxer is livid. Six Republicans -- John McCain of Arizona, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Mike DeWine of Ohio, Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island and Gordon Smith of Oregon -- joined most Democrats in opposing drilling. My favorite comment was by Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis. who said, "Drilling in the arctic refuge is something that has been, and should continue to be, discussed in an open debate instead of as part of a backdoor maneuver." Well, it's been discussed for about 30 years now. What else needs to be said?

If I Had Only Had A Role Model Like Sam Alito When I Was Young I May Have Aspired To Become An Attorney Or A Judge...Oh, Wait...I Am An Attorney...

The ethnic angle regarding the Sam Alito nomination is refuted in this piece by Duncan Currie ("Italians for Bush"). My overly lengthy and non-elegant title tries to make the point that I'm not sure about this ethnic role modeling stuff. Do kids become doctors because they knew of a physician growing up that looked like them or had their same heritage? Or were they simply taken by that person's abilities and personality? I didn't choose my career because I was surrounded by Italian-American attorneys. Quite frankly, I'm not sure why I chose it, but I certainly didn't know of any attorneys or judges that shared my heritage. Like most kids, I wanted to be first a pro baseball player and then a pro basketballer. My role model-heroes? Mickey Mantle and Walt Frazier. I wanted to be like them, but certainly not because their people were from Napoli. I just admired their abilities, attitude and lifestyles (obviously not knowing enough about the Mick at the time).

"Soccer Victories"

A Blackhawk helicopter is hovering low, running a mission in the Sunni Triangle. Alone in a field there’s a unkempt child of about twelve years old. The boy, acting on everything his father has told him, looks up at the chopper with hatred in his eyes, picks up a rock and cocks his arm, ready to throw. But the gunner in the Blackhawk has something in his hand too, and he’s a bit quicker. Whoosh! A soccer ball flies out of the door of the chopper. The boy stands in disbelief for a moment, and then collects himself enough to run after the ball. Once he retrieves it, he looks up and with a smile from ear to ear, and excitedly waves to the American soldiers in the Blackhawk. This is the beginning of a piece you can find in NRO written by Army reservist Steven Kiel who is stationed in Iraq. He has an eponymous blog which you should visit as well to learn about what is really happening over there.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Paris Riots Spread To 20 Towns

"What we have hee-yuh...is a fail-yuh tuh assimilate." [Note: if you don't get it, leave a comment and I'll explain]

Key al-Qaida Figure Captured

A key figure in al-Qaida’s terror network in Europe is under arrest, U.S. counterterrorism officials tell NBC News. Two U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, say that the alleged terrorist, Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, also known as Abu Musab al-Suri, was recently arrested in Pakistan.

Clarence Thomas Not Really African-American

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has editorialized that Justice Clarence Thomas is a black man "with an asterisk." In less polite terms, he is an "Uncle Tom", an "Oreo cookie", a "house nigger" because he doesn't "represent the views of mainstream black America." In other words, he's not black enough...he's too beholden to whitey...he's a sell out. This is simply reprehensible garbage that is spewed almost daily by the left, but goes unchallenged and uncriticized by the MSM. Forget that Justice Thomas is a brilliant jurist (and for you critics out there, before you start in on his supposed lack of ability, ask yourself by way of comparison what do you know about David Souter and his portfolio of work). Since when did understanding and applying the Constitution of the United States require that you be able to "represent the views" of a constituency? This is a perfect example of where the left just doesn't get it. The Supreme Court is NOT there to represent any particular group or individual. That's the job of elected representatives. Justice is to be blind to the status or characteristics or desires of the litigant, not subject to the vagaries whatever is defined as "mainstream" at that particular moment.

Quick Quiz

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) complained in 2003 that “all racial groups should be represented” when a certain science based organization makes particular decisions regarding nomenclature. What was she griping about? Look here for answer (you'll need to scroll down to the second entry).

We'll Start With A Strongly Worded Letter Followed By Some Harsh Language

After seven days of rioting outside of Paris by "North African and black African minorities" (i.e. Muslims) French authorities are "battling to paper over differences between ministers over the best way to tackle the unrest." Perhaps an extreme show of police power, arrests and buckshot? Oh yeah, the root cause of the rioting is "frustration among youths in the area over their failure to get jobs and recognition in French society." Bummer.

FaithFreedom.org

Take a moment and visit FaithFreedom.org. If your time is limited, at minimum click on to the "Gallery" section and view the photos. Very disturbing, and little reported, reality.

D'oh!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Anita Hill reveals that President makes Supreme Court picks to further his political agenda! Next she'll disclose that the sky is blue and the earth is round.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Lead, Follow, Or Get The Hell Out Of The Way

That is what Senate Democrats need to learn when it comes to the impending vote on drilling in the ANWR. You cannot complain daily about the high price of gasoline, that it is President Bush's fault and that he is not doing anything about it, complain upon our reliance on foreign sources of oil, but then oppose opening up the ANWR to oil exploration. What precisely is the Democrat's solution then? Well, it's not building more refineries. They're dead set against that. It's not more nuclear power. They're dead set against that. It's not for more oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico or off the coast of California. They're dead set against that. I'm begging some liberal Dem to please explain to me their solution to this problem.

Just A Reminder

As the Dems try to restart the "Bush lied..." mantra, go to Tran Sient's Watch for a reminder of just who happened to endorse the idea that Saddam had, or was trying to obtain, weapons of mass destruction.

Hurricane Wilma?

You Wonder Why Kids Don't Learn Nothing In School

Los Angeles Unified School District administrators provided chaperones, security and buses in order to facilitate their students walking out of school to join a protest against President Bush's policies. Question: would they have done the same if it was an anti-abortion protest?

New Additon To The Triptych

Please visit The Religion of Peace which I've perma-linked to "The Good..." as well as included their counter graphic in the right sidebar.

Guess The Idiot

President Bush honored [Rosa Parks] and then nominated Samuel Alito, a states' rights, strict-constructionist throwback to a bygone age, to the Supreme Court. Alito is a "favorite" of the conservative right wing in the nation that has stood on the opposite side of history from Rosa Parks. His legal foundation is clearly adverse to civil rights, women's right to self-determination and labor. He has even earned himself the nickname "Scalito," after Justice Antonin Scalia, the court's most radical reactionary. Was it: (1) Rev. Al (2) Bill Maher (3) Rev. Jesse (4) Nancy Pelosi (5) Ted Kennedy Look here for answer.

Please, Oh Please, Oh Please Let It Be True!

In another tanatalizing hint that there is a Deity and he is likely a Republican, read about the draft Cindy Sheehan movement to run against Hillary...

But It's For Research Purposes

Michael Moore owns Haliburton stock...

Question By One Who Has Been Out Of The Loop

I'm not sure I'm completely following this "Plame-gate" thing. The initial charge which resulted in the investigation by Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor, was for violation of the IIPA (Intelligence Identities Protection Act) which makes it a crime to disclose the identity of a covert CIA operative. The definition here being someone who has served outside the U.S. anytime within the last five years prior to the disclosure. What I'm reading is that Valerie Plame, at the time of her supposed "outing", had been working at Langley, VA for the previous six years. Since, last I heard, Langley was still part of the continental United States, what am I missing?

Back To Reality...Oops, There Goes Gravity...

Tehran, Tehran, a helluva town: Read here about the supposed amputation of an eight year old's hand for stealing bread (I'm not convinced that's what's going on in the photos, but it's child abuse nonetheless)... Muslim morality requires the confiscation of mannequins... Muslims riot in Paris...