"You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours." -Sir Charles Napier
BigEarth of New Mexico sez, The warmest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great national moment, reserve their neutrality.
Bill Whittle's mom sez, If you can’t say anything of deep and meaningful scientific or political import that is not supported by fact, reason, historical precedent and in-depth step-by-step logical analysis then don’t say anything at all!
:: Friday, July 30 ::
WHERE ARE WILLIE AND JOE?
Victor Davis Hanson knows, and knows why.
Neither Willie nor Joe could speak last night, nor did anyone really speak for them in Boston:
The image of Kerry and his absurd salute is the icing on the cake he'd like you to eat. It so fits to see this image the same day it is revealed that his war videos were much the product of re-enactment. It is the mystery of the brain... that he could possess the foresight to take a movie camera to Vietnam for shows down the road, his apparent foreknowledge of the power of television media, but that within that brain there lies his limit, and he is nothing but a plagiarist parrot running a campaign on faded bumper sticker slogans or the talking points of his current opponent.
Enjoy the latest show, even if you have seen it somewhere before:
"To all who serve in our armed forces today, I say, help is on the way."
Dick Cheney said it much better. Four years ago. Ya think?
I don't know if I am more disgusted with this guy or the masses who follow him... for ripping off slogans from faded bumper stickers, stealing talking points from Bush's State of the Union, and now this... at least the former personal injury lawyer from North Carolina, Senator John Edwards, replaced "help" with the word "hope". I saw someone wearing the Kerry button which reads, "Bring it on!" and wondered if he knew that was Bush's message to the thugs and assassins in Iraq - I know that same person snorted when Bush wrote, "Let freedom reign" on the note announcing Iraq is sovereign.
I cut cable TV off months ago to avoid having to watch this shit, so I have missed the whole DNC thing, but I woke up to NPR and BBC playing his four-line pander for the "Bush Lied" constituency.
I will be a commander in chief who will never mislead us into war. I will have a Vice President who will not conduct secret meetings with polluters to rewrite our environmental laws. I will have a Secretary of Defense who will listen to the best advice of our military leaders. And I will appoint an Attorney General who actually upholds the Constitution of the United States.
It is with these four lines that I believe he has lost this race.
The hallucinations continue:
"...we have an important message for those who question the patriotism..."
Again, please, who are these people who raise this question? Perhaps the speaker of the four-liner above?
I was walking to lunch and crossed the bridge into Georgetown and the black man sitting on the ground with the cup said "All I wanted was some money, and Theresa Heinz told me to shove it." He received $0.31 from my pocket--the quarter was because he said "Te-RAY-za".
Hitler's top men would barely argue, seeing Christianity as for the weak, they were clear in their opinion that Islam was very compatible with the way of the Reich. Why else would Egypt's Nasser have welcomed Hitler's Wermacht to train the Egypt's army better Jew-killing methods?
BOTW links to the Official Web Site of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, currently represented by a sleeveless female in Copley Square who also neglected to cover her head. That site announces what may have been another Phoenix-style Muslim protest against terror:
The photo links to a copy of a news article, which links to photos which make one wonder - if it were not for Abu Ghraib and the O-word, how many would have still attended this rally? The answer is sadly easy to guess. How about that tee-shirt that reads, "We are all Palestinians"? In the words of Dominick Dunne, "Oh shit. Here we go again."
I was genuinely excited at the news of the new WTC design, but have since gotten over it. The fact that America could not get it together enough to simply rebuild was something to accept before that. Then we get memorial mania and an endless supply of freak-show ideas. After that, the oh-so-clever 1,776 foot-high spire maudlinly named the "Freedom Tower." Ho-hum. Now we get a lawsuit:
To clarify, these are the tunnels defended by Evergreen College alumnus and now-martyred Rachel Corrie, while she stood in front of the Israeli bulldozer which wrecked the house covering a tunnel access, and wrecked her because she didn't get out of the way.
Egypt could help here, the smuggling does begin in their territory, after all. To clarify, that is the territory returned to Egypt during the Carter Administration, territory won by Israel in a war Israel didn't start. That is the same territory where Egypt would have had to dig a grave for its Third Army had Israel not decided to spare it.
My money is not on Egypt any more than the rest of the Arab world. From Reuters (link no longer good), it will be up to these Palestinians:
But the tunnel issue has become the talk of the town, with many residents privately urging tunnel builders to cease, and threatening them and their families if they do not. The backlash has grown since a six-day Israeli siege of Rafah in May that killed 42 people, militants and civilians alike, and displaced hundreds after a spate of demolitions. Some tunnels have been blocked off by irate residents concerned their adjacent homes might be bulldozed or blown up during the next Israeli army sweep.
It interests me how in this modern age we are returning to walls and moats. I suppose it depends on the advancements of your enemy.
I wasn't aware he wasn't already buried, in his rubble pile in Ramallah. He seems to like it there. Will his wife, Suha, in Paris on $100,000 per month allowance, still receive something once widowed? Once dead, where will they bury her?
This matches my impression of the IRA when I lived in London eleven years ago: that they only cared about blowing things up. Depending on this bomber's particular level of fanaticism, these Arab Israeli citizens were either "Jews by association" in his vision, or were "martyrs" as the trampled in Mecca.
An interesting reminder of how the Left in America always lectures the rest of us to look to Europe for some wise example of how to run things, blind to the significance of the fact that those who dance at the news of dead Jews and Americans find solidarity with the Left as it marches.
It just occured to me, the similarity in "Hague" and "Hagia". Does this court see its wisdom as divine? Does the Left recognize the faith it wears on its sleeve?
Memo #2 to Herbert: Afghanistan - where Pat Tillman was recently killed in action continuing to fight Al-Quaeda after Bush's all-out response destroyed the Taliban, resulting in the 4000+ polling stations where even women are registering to vote. Justin Hunt died in the country which used to pay $25,000 to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers. Saddam checkmated? - he would have ended up with more palaces than a chessboard has playing pieces if Bush hadn't taken the lead that resulted in Saddam facing trial instead in one of those palaces.
"Competitors from high risk countries, presumably including the United States, Britain, Spain, and Israel, will have Greek security escorts," the report said. "Some, including the U.S. and Israeli teams, also will have their own security forces. The U.S. State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security will provide the U.S. Olympic team with a security force of 100-110 agents, analysts, and administrators."
Funny, I though giving the terrorists what they want would reduce the risk, but Spain is still high-risk?
So it's the former personal injury lawyer from North Carolina, Senator John Edwards.
If there is any good news in this for me, it's the revival of my Taranto-esque prefix for the former personal injury lawyer from North Carolina, Senator John Edwards.
Even better, the Allah Pundit will return to his Edwards poster-posting. And even better, I look more forward to the Vice-Presidential debates than the Kerry-Bush ones. All that smart Edwards talking is still going to pale against the seriousness of Cheney.
Yes, I am nervous about this pick because as we saw in the last election, more than half the popular vote went to a priss like Gore. Hoards will vote for the handsome one, who with his only elected office ever spent that time running for President or selecting his Georgetown mansion.
The Allah Pundit (link at left) links to a hilarious accidental photo of John Kerry. A Yahoo News Photos search brought forth more photos. Thinking of Democrats and guns and their many lectures on gun safety, I looked especially for that would-be Presidential trigger finger:
and I recalled with a smug feeling Madame Feinstein, her rare California conceal-carry permit, and her eternal image of gun safety:
This is not entirely fair to Kerry, as his photo seems to have been taken within two seconds of his missed shot. But still, here he is again, with another show to add to the wetsuit shot, the snowboarding shot, "I never fall", "The son-of-bitch knocked me down", and so on.