Saturday, February 28, 2004

Schlock, Yes; Awe, No; Fascism, Probably - The flogging Mel Gibson demands. By Christopher Hitchens Wow. Hitch lays into Gibson over The Passion. The more I read about this film the less I want to see it. Andrew Sullivan called it pornography. I've also heard it described as " sacred snuff film."

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Mark Steyn, as usual hits it on the head with the only real issue this election. I'm pretty disgusted with this FMA nonsense, but until it's clear that Al Queda is finished I don't want to see anyone in office who isn't Bush.

This is inspiring though it's a shame that this kind of patriotism has to come from an immigrant and in response to American anti-Americanism.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Hilarious idea from a Catholic news website (linked from NRO) on how a Catholic University can undermine the Vagina Monologues, that ridiculous piece of agitprop that is always being staged on some university somewhere (see the post from the University of Oregon production below):

An End to Ensler

It's become quasi-liturgical in its ritual predictability. A Catholic college announces it will stage Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues. Outraged alumni write Father President demanding action. Father President replies with the standard two paragraphs of clichés on the need to raise consciousness about violence against women. And of course the inevitable media coverage blitz always works to the benefit of the anti-family crowd.

Well, I have a suggestion for bringing the "V Monologues" to a halt.

You get jock fraternities to put on the play, casting their "little sisters" as the performers. No changes necessary; keep the script intact. Schedule it maybe for Ground Hog's Day, just to give faculty and admin hacks time after the Christmas break to read the posters and conjure up the mental picture of a roomful of Alpha Delts, all five or six tallboys to the good, wolf-whistling the actresses and hooting in sarcastic glee at the trash-talk.

Overnight, from being a bold and disturbing exploration of emerging values, the "V Monologues" will become a threat to women's safety and an insult to feminists everywhere. Deans will give interviews against it. Chaplains will denounce it from the pulpit. The women's studies department will organize candlelight vigils in protest. And don't worry about the lubricious enjoyment given the frat boys, because there won't be any enjoyment. Father President will hold a press conference announcing the cancellation, and threatening to suspend the fraternity that disobeys.

It'll spoil Father's Valentine's Day, though.

This photo is appropos of nothing, I just like the way it looks. I took it from Rattlesnake Island in Lake Erie sometime last year with my Nikon point-and-shoot.

America must learn from our laziest woman Here the article Steyn refers to in this piece: http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2004082146,00.html. Take an extra close look at the photographs of this woman and her mum. That gene pool needs to be shocked if not completely drained and acid washed. But this line I think describes welfare the best, referring to the measly amount of money this bitch got from the government:

...the greatest crime of welfare isn't that it's a waste of money, but that it's a waste of people. Forty quid wasn't enough for a "welfare queen" to queen around on, but it was just enough to enable her to avoid making anything of her life, enough to let her sit around all week "listening to CDs and watching videos".

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Welfare starts as a well intentioned means of helping people through rough spots in life, and winds up a way of life instead.

When John Kerry's Courage Went M.I.A. I don't know what to think of this. It should have been a bombshell years ago so I doubt it will be now. It certainly doesn't make Kerry look good, but then I believe John McCain was on that committee as well. I can't believe he would sit still for what this article describes.

In the committee's early days, Kerry had given encouraging indications of being a committed investigator. He said he had "leads" to the existence of P.O.W.'s still in captivity. He said the number of these likely survivors was more than 100 and that this was the minimum. But in a very short time, he stopped saying such things and morphed his role into one of full alliance with the executive branch, the Pentagon, and other Washington hierarchies, joining their long-running effort to obscure and deny that a significant number of live American prisoners had not been returned. As many as 700 withheld P.O.W.'s were cited in credible intelligence documents, including a speech by a senior North Vietnamese general that was discovered in Soviet archives by an American scholar.

I interviewed McCain in the early 1990s about the POW/MIA issue and his position then was that he was unaware of any hard evidence that Americans were still being held, but that he wouldn't be surprised if that were the case. He said there was historical precident in that the N. Vietnamese had held French POWs long after their war ended in 1954.

Doonesbury and the Winter Soldier I know it's a dumb question, but I wonder why all the repoprters who think GWB's National Guard service is somehow significant 30 years later don't seem to be interested in Kerry's role in VVAW and his war crime testimony?

Friday, February 20, 2004

This is an appalling story and one that the State of Arizona has been ignoring for decades. I've been reading about Colorado City for the past 20 years, about how the Mormons there scam the welfare system while fathering babies with little girls and controling people's lives like any other cult. I've been in St. George (it would be hard to find a more remote place) and saw how all the women had to dress alike and wear their hair all the same way. The State is scared to death of creating a Waco or even just a Short Creek incident again so they look the other way.

“They don't know what they're talking about in their own economic policy. Today it's one thing, tomorrow it's the next. It’s the biggest say one thing, do another administration in the history of the country." -- Sen. John Kerry

I think I understand now why Sen. John "Flip-Flop" Kerry got the botox injections. It's so he can say things like this with a straight face.

A Third World Republic Called America Here's a major blast from the right at the GOP controlled Congress. It also happens to be right on the money. Apparently Congress exists only to transfer tax dollars into the pockets of Congressmen and their friends.

What Liberal Media? Bias? The American press biased against conservatives? Where ever did that come from?

The Democrats' Smear Race It always amazes me to hear that Republicans are so "mean spirited" when it's the left screaming "Nazi!" and "fascist!" at anyone to their right. To hear them tell it, GWB is the most evil scumbag to ever walk the earth, not just to be President.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

And the next domino begins to fall... I just hope Iranians will rise up and take care of the problem before we have to. It seem that things are coming to a head there.

I Was Kim Jong Il's Cook It seems Kim lives quite well in his version of the socialist paradise. Meanwhile, the people of N. Korea are reduced to cannibalism. And what do we hear in the way of protest from the left? Hello? Anybody?

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

'Vagina Monologues' draws large crowds as well as protesters. The left really is beyond parody anymore. This is from the University of Oregon student paper and includes wonderful quotes such as this:

"Issues of multiple identity and including women of color, women of different sizes, is an issue that's pervasive, and I personally feel that we need to talk about it," Melton said.

Issues of multiple identity. I wonder what that could be? One of these days I'm going to have to see this freak show, seeing as how I've always been "vagina friendly" as they say.

The Next Plague Great. Here's something else to keep me up at night worrying. I never even thought about this one. Someone could invent a virus that can't be cured. Looks like Stephen King was onto something with The Stand.

Monday, February 16, 2004

Arutz Sheva - Israel National News A piece on how the Pals say one thing to the world in English and then reveal their real plans to their people in Arabic. We need to let the Israelis take the gloves off. These animals will never stop until all the Jews are dead. Why don't we believe the Palestinians when they keep saying just that?

George Will: A few questions for John Kerry Will did a similar column for Al Gore a few years ago and it was just as devastating. Unfortunately no one in the mainstream media will ever ask Kerry these questions to his face.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

TCS: Tech Central Station - Why Didn't He Know? After 9/11, when it comes to WMD the onus is on dictators to prove themselves free of such weapons. Innocent until proven guilty won't prevent another attack. If that is troubling to the "get UN approval before you do anything" crowd, too bad.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Mark Steyn on John Kerry again, specifically his constant references to Vietnam. As always Kerry wants to have it both ways. This was a particularly good line:

The only relevant lesson from Vietnam is this: Then, as now, it was not possible for the enemy to achieve military victory over the US; their only hope was that America would, in effect, defeat itself. And few men can claim as large a role in the loss of national will that led to that defeat as John Kerry.

A brave man in Vietnam, he returned home to appear before Congress and not merely denounce the war but damn his "band of brothers" as a gang of rapists, torturers and murderers led by officers happy to license them to commit war crimes with impunity. He spent the Seventies playing Jane Fonda and he now wants to run as John Wayne.


He then closes the piece with this:

The question for anyone who thinks Kerry has "credibility" on national security is a simple one: who do you think Iran, North Korea, Syria, al-Qaida's Saudi paymasters and the rogue elements in Pakistan's ISI would prefer to see elected this November?

That's really what the 2004 election comes down to. They will see the defeat of Bush as a sign that we no longer are a country to fear.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Forget Halliburton Well, this is troubling...and infuriating. It seems that the lack of troops on the ground (or a philosophical unwillingness to use troops as trainers) has created a real opportunity for government contractors. There is clearly some truth to the "they didn't have a plan" mantra. Or, if they had a plan it wasn't a very good one.

GOP surrenders to Dems on e-mail This is why the GOP is known as "The Stupid Party." The Dems run rings around them and they still want to be friends. Pathetic.

This remarkable piece was on ABC News website called The Note. I guess it's kind of like The Corner on NRO. Anyway it's an amazing admission of how media bias works.

Like every other institution, the Washington and political press corps operate with a good number of biases and predilections.

They include, but are not limited to, a near-universal shared sense that liberal political positions on social issues like gun control, homosexuality, abortion, and religion are the default, while more conservative positions are "conservative positions."

They include a belief that government is a mechanism to solve the nation's problems; that more taxes on corporations and the wealthy are good ways to cut the deficit and raise money for social spending and don't have a negative affect on economic growth; and that emotional examples of suffering (provided by unions or consumer groups) are good ways to illustrate economic statistic stories.

More systematically, the press believes that fluid narratives in coverage are better than static storylines; that new things are more interesting than old things; that close races are preferable to loose ones; and that incumbents are destined for dethroning, somehow.

The press, by and large, does not accept President Bush's justifications for the Iraq war -- in any of its WMD, imminent threat, or evil-doer formulations. It does not understand how educated, sensible people could possibly be wary of multilateral institutions or friendly, sophisticated European allies.

It does not accept the proposition that the Bush tax cuts helped the economy by stimulating summer spending.

It remains fixated on the unemployment rate.

It believes President Bush is "walking a fine line" with regards to the gay marriage issue, choosing between "tolerance" and his "right-wing base."

It still has a hard time understanding how, despite the drumbeat of conservative grass-top complaints about overspending and deficits, President Bush's base remains extremely and loyally devoted to him -- and it looks for every opportunity to find cracks in that base.

Of course, the swirling Joe Wilson and National Guard stories play right to the press's scandal bias -- not to mention the bias towards process stories (grand juries produce ENDLESS process!).

The worldview of the dominant media can be seen in every frame of video and every print word choice that is currently being produced about the presidential race.

That means the President's communications advisers have a choice:

Try to change the storyline and the press' attitude, or try to win this election without changing them.


Lileks again on Iraq and the Clinton administration.

Went back to the microfilm today to February 1998, when the Clinton adminstration was making the case for attacking Iraq. How things change. Clinton was arguing that Saddam not only had WMD, but that one day he might want to make more WMD, and this wasn’t acceptable. Interesting to read between the lines - the Clinton administration seemed to be arguing that the potential for future production was itself a valid reason to strike. Military force is never "the first answer,' Clinton said, “but sometimes it’s the only answer.” “It Saddam isn’t stopped now,” the AP story said, quoting Clinton,“’He will conclude that the international community has lost its will. He will then conclude that he can go right on and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction. And someday, someway, I guarantee you, he’ll use that arsenal.’” Thus spake Clinton in 1998. He went on to note that the strikes planned could not possibly destroy Saddam’s arsenal, because A) they didn’t know where everything was, and B) they didn’t want to kill Iraqis by unleashing clouds of toxins. And it gets better: a sidebar noted that this war plan – Desert Thunder – had been prepared weeks before, in case Saddam stiffed in the inspectors.

Bill Clinton had a plan to go to war before the crisis flared! What does that tell you? Obviously, he was looking for any excuse! Halliburton! We all know about the ties between Clinton and Halliburton – he gave them a sweet no-bid contract after his Balkans war, you know.

Anyway: it's deja vue all over again. You want to talk imminence? WMD? Democratic concern and conviction? Go back to the papers of 1998; it’s all there, right down to the terrorist links: Hezbollah, for example, swears it will strike Israel if the US attacks Iraq. (A poll of Palestinians showed that 94% supported Iraq, and 77% wanted Iraq to kill Jews if the US attacked Iraq.) Bob Dole was quoted as supporing the strikes but urging Clinton to seek Congressional Authorization. A story on Bush 41’s reaction said that the former president would completely support Clinton if he decided to attack, but noted that Bush 41 urged Clinton to get more international support - which was lacking at the time.

And indeed, Kofi struck a deal. Which fell apart by summertime. Which lead to cruise missile strikes. Which lead to boredom and disengagement. Which lead to half a decade of Saddam on the throne and the dissidents in the shredders and the tots in the gulag and dead people heaped in ditches and oil-for-palaces deals and Uday and Qusay pleasuring themselves in Rapeland Incorporated and Abu Nidal putting his feet up in a Baghdad apartment, pouring a nice cool glass of tea, and thinking: ah. This is the life.

I’m so old I actually remember when the Democrats cared about Iraq.

Monday, February 09, 2004

Keeping abreast of federal budget developments Another great one from Mark Steyn on our out of control federal budget. If a Republican president and Republican Congress let it get this bad then God help us the next time the Dems are in power. The GOP won't have a leg to stand on.

What if al Qaeda Had Been Hit Pre-emptively? I can just imagine the howling and screaming about racist warmongers had we done so. If this "anything America does is wrong" mentality existed in 1939 Hitler and Japan would have won WWII. And then they would have turned their sites on us.

Saturday, February 07, 2004

I think this is what conservatives had in mind when the New York Times announced that it had hired David Brooks to write a column. Finally someone from our side in "the paper of record." Devastating piece on Kerry, the number one receipient of special interest cash in Congress.

Friday, February 06, 2004

Victor Davis Hanson from NRO on why finding vast stockpiles of WMD doesn't matter. How can people not get this? After 9/11 the rules changed. It was time to start draining the swamp that is the Middle East. Iraq was just first in line.

Let's resolve the WMD debate once and for all Here's a weblog with an excellent synopsis of all the WMD issues on one page.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Here's what John Kerry had to say in 1992 when primary opponents of Bill Clinton raised the fact that he was a draft dodger. I'm sure that any day now he'll issue a similar statement telling his supporters to lay off the "Bush was a deserter" claim. Sure he will. Otherwise he'd be a hypocrite and we know that Democrats are never hypocrites, that's only for Republicans.

I don't know if this will work, but it's HTML code for posting a map of all the countries you (in this case, me) have visited. So far I've hit 11 of them.



create your own visited country map

Mark Steyn, as usual has another beauty. This one is on some of the many side benefits of the war on terror that haven't gotten much attention, and how we were told that you can't wage war against a phenomenon like terrorism.

But here's the interesting thing. Pace the historian, it seems you can wage war against a phenomenon. If the "war on terror" is aimed primarily at al-Qaida and those of similar ideological bent, it seems to have had the happy side-benefit of discombobulating various non-Islamic terrorists from Colombia to Sri Lanka.

This isn't because these fellows are the administration's priority right now, but rather because it's amazing what a little light scrutiny of international wire transfers can do.


Here's a major slam on John Kerry. I sure hope we start to see more of these. It sounds like there are plenty of stories.

I just had to post this whole thing from James Lilecks. It's fantastic:

Heard a John Kerry speech today: ended with “Purple Haze,” I think. As a Hendrix tune for the campaign, it’s better than “Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire,” which would be the most inapt Kerry tune imaginable. He has no fire. He wouldn’t catch fire if you doused him in kerosene and shot Roman Candle balls at him. He’s a sopping-wet asbestos poncho. But it was the 60s music that made me shudder. It appears that in the middle of the new war we’re going to revisit the most important war ever, Vietnam.

God no. Please no. I think I speak for millions when I say that I am deathly sick of the counterculture sixties. The music, the war, the protests, all the hagiography - it's not a reflection of the era’s importance but the self-importance of the generation who hung on the bus as it trundled along down the same old rutted road of history.. I’m tired of hearing about the boomers’ days of whine and neuroses; I’m weary of ritual genuflection to their musical icons; I’m utterly disinterested in most of the pop-cult trivia they hold so dear. We’ll probably be better off when that demographic pig has been excreted from the python so we can see the era clearly without choking on the smoke.

What's the message here? John Kerry is best suited to lead us in the present war because he was a prominent opponant of the last one, which we lost. John Kerry led the fight to leave South Vietnam to the mercies of the North. John Kerry would rather lose a theater for the right reasons than win it for reasons the critics derided. Dress it up however you like, but that’s what it came down to; college students marched not against the Vietnamese war but the American participation in that conflict. Anyone fill the Mall in DC to protest the reeducation camps? Any Solidarity with the Boat People committees formed on campuses after the fall of the south? The privations of the vanquished South Vietnamese were an uncomfortable consequence of their goals – but of course it didn’t detract a jot from the nobility of the cause. I still remember the week we had a Vietnamese woman stay at our house - she was a Party member, a professional, and what did she bring back home for her kids? White paper. To draw on. A luxury item, that.

If Kerry wants to bring this era back, he’s demonstrated that his branch of the party are the modern-day Bourbons. They have forgotten nothing and learned nothing. For them the great evil wasn’t communism, but America’s response to communism. And now the threat isn’t Islamic terrorism, but what we do to combat it. We act without French approval. We act after 170 UN resolutions instead of crafting a 171st which forbids us from acting. We deploy anti-missile defenses around the Korean peninsula instead of striking a deal to give them more food, more oil, more time. In short, we act as if we have a pair.

I’m sure this appeals to the people in my neighborhood who’ve altered their NO WAR WITH IRAQ to read NO HALLIBURTON IN IRAQ. (Seriously.) And I’m sure those people said YEAH! when Terry McAuliffe – Carville without the warmth – accused Bush of “not serving in the military,” and said that Bush Sr. pulled strings to get him an honorable discharge. They know that’s true. They know it. Just as they know that Bush never flew a jet, and has the IQ of a warm rock, etc. etc. The whole AWOL thing is slanderous nonsense – but it’s completely consistent with the new tone. Imagine if the head of the RNC had floated Mena rumors in 96, or wondered aloud about Gore’s role in Ron Brown’s “mysterious” plane crash death. And imagine if these memes were floated in the middle of a hot war. The difference is that "Mena" would have been a hot-button word at the RNC convention for those nutballs who wear 348 buttons and straw hats, whereas I suspect that the "Bush was AWOL" idea will be embraced enthusiastically by delegates who are NEA secretaries from Nebraska. We'll see.

McAuliffe said he was responding to the GOP’s attacks on Democrats’ patriotism. Examples given: none. You want attacks on patriotism, listen to Wesley Clark, who has specifically accused Bush of being unpatriotic – and in the same speech said that the Democratic party was the only party that exemplified Christian teachings. (I’m not getting this from second-hand sources; I heard the speech on Hugh Hewitt’s show with my own small ears. I hope Hugh posts the audio soon so it’s out there for all to hear.) We’re not discussing issues here; we’re not even discussing how next to prosecute the war. Because that doesn’t matter.

I’m waiting for a Kerry speech in which he seems angrier about 9/11 than he does about tax cuts.

I’m waiting for an ad that simply puts the matter plainly: who do you think Al Qaeda wants to win the election? Who do you think will make Syria relax? Who do you think Hezbollah worries about more? Who would Iran want to deal with when it comes to its nuclear program – Cowboy Bush or “Send in the bribed French inspectors” Kerry? Which candidate would our enemies prefer?

O the shrieking that would result should such an ad run. You can’t even ask those questions, even though they’re the most relevant questions of the election.

Oh, more thing. Let’s say President Kerry would be forced to act against North Korea, because we caught them shipping nukes to a terrorist organization, and once we got there we uncovered all the torture camps and poison-gas human experiment labs. Let’s say his administration had several retreads from the Clinton era. Do you think we’d see this image below on Democratic Underground message boards?





Just asking.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

On the calls for an inquiry into Iraq's WMD and pre-war intelligence. Don't stop at the WMD, let's also look at who kept Saddam in business all those years, eh, mon ami? Il n'est pas les Americains.

Flashback: William F. Buckley Jr. at West Point on John Kerry in 1971. This is a speech Buckley gave to the 1971 graduating class of West Point. Kerry had just testified at a Congressional hearing about the horrible war crimes American soldiers were supposedly committing daily in Vietnam, and Buckley comments on what Kerry had to say. If the Dems really want to go back to those days to bash Bush for blowing off a couple weekends of National Guard duty, then they have to go back to what Kerry said in those days as well. Now says he is proud of having served in Vietnam. At the time, not so much.

An interesting article about a former Palestinian terrorist who apparently saw the light and now talks about his conversion. Unfortunately he is a rarity and a marked man. As an apostate, under Islam (the Religion Of Peace) he must be killed.

Auschwitz Under Our Noses Good piece from Anne Applebaum on the death camps in North Korea. I really don't know what we can do about them though, other than bring them to the world's attention and hope that the so called human rights groups will start noticing. I won't hold my breath though. As long as it can't be blamed on the U.S. they won't really care that much.

Monday, February 02, 2004

This is apparently an e-mail sent out by a Kucinich supporter in New Jersey. It goes well with the endorsement he got from Grandfather Moonlight a couple months ago:

To All Kucinich Supporters: New York City Friends of Kucinich will be holding a group meditation and visualization for the Dennis Kucinich campaign. This will occur at 8:15pm on Wednesday, January 28th.

The intention of the meditation will be to create the energy pathways needed to give the Kucinich vision and everyone who aligns with that vision a voice in America and the World and to attract the prosperity and resources to do so.

At 8:15pm EST find a quiet space alone or in a group...Place your hands over your Heart Center and align your Heart and your Voice with the vision of the Kucinich campaign. Set an intention to reach out to others, especially possible supporters of the campaign. Spend five to ten minutes in this space. Close the meditation with a statement of gratitude.

If you are unable to participate at that exact time, then find a time as close as possible to 8:15pm that evening and set your intention to tune into the group, sending your thoughts and energy either forward or backward in time.

We hope as many people as possible can participate. Remember Dennis' belief in the interconnectedness of all living beings. So be it.

ok - that is it - I'll wait to hear back from ya...

peace and blessings,

Kim

Kim Brooks Wei
New Jersey Coordinator,
Kucinich for President
NJ website: www.njforkucinich.us


Now that is comedy. I sure hope Dennis doesn't return to his home planet just yet. He provides so much entertainment down here.

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Revealed: the gas chamber horror of North Korea's gulag. This is sick. I wonder if anything will be done about it? Doubtful. We have too much on our plate already and there isn't anyone else with balls enough to do anything.