"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!
Is it that Putin is crazy, or not smart enough to run a country? - meaning, who might be pulling his strings? How in the world can you be the Russian head of state and a former KGB agent, and not know about the power of the American press, and that Presidents don't fire reporters? How can you know of rolling heads at CBS but not that it was ratings, something more like people pressure, and certainly not Presidential pressure.
Is this Putin projecting his relationship with the Russian media?
Perhaps, this was a bone thrown to the American media for more favorable writing toward Putin's leadership. (You can take the man out of the KGB, but you can't....)
Reading it gave me the same chill as when I read the dialogue of old Soviet interrogations and related propaganda, and the same chill I got when the likes of Gore and Kerry delivered their distracting whoppers at Presidential debates. I am betting, in part, that Putin really believes it, but also he wants the favor of the American press - a little bit stupid, a little bit smart, with a scary dash of Vishinsky.
Still, we have a Sovietologist for Secretary of State, and therefore an informed President. The Bush Administration seems to be doing the right thing with this mess:
It's an instructive collection of liberal venom, the result of cartoonist Ted Rall's bring-it-on. (The "execrable" Ted Rall, as Bill Whittle put it while putting "execrable" permanently in my vocabulary.)
At the end, something positive from someone I gave up on long ago:
"Believe it or not, no, I did NOT know that any of this stuff was out there. I'd read references by Republican bloggers to such things, but no one ever provided a link and I could never find it....Has the challenge been met? Yes."
I had to read this twice before I saw it - her punishment was greater because of her willingness to risk others' executions with a false accusation. Now, I have no idea what really happened, but if there was this tiny element of justice within that judicial mullah-brain, how much lithium do we need to send to help them connect the rest of the dots and stop it with punishing sex crimes altogether? Of course, that won't happen. Minds like that need laser-guided elimination and for better people to replace them.
Has anyone tried to search Amnesty.org? It pulls little up, and much of it is old stuff. Recently, NPR reported that Amnesty International was bitching about the treatment of women in Iraq, but I can't even find that there. I wonder if Amnesty does anything besides bank on its nice-sounding name.
Well... Gary Hart dropped the "Pence" in his thirties. Mr. Blythe died, And Mr. Clinton was given the name of the stepfather (remember that?). I didn't think Kerry was not born Kerry - just that his Jewish grandfather escaped European persecution (no surprise there) and made the name change after coming to the states. This is why you gotta read Coulter carefully.
I was worried about the editing that happens on letters pages. In the past, the entire meaning of some letters was lost. This time, they changed nothing.
This will offend local people who cannot read. Fortunately, there are several Michael Parkers in my phone book so my house should still be here when I return from work. Those who wear black are the Women in Black, who protested the war at the town's center, "Standing in silence mourning violence." They do the King march as well.
My message: do something real and have an effect. Give honor to the little people who have. And to the W.I.B.: have you prevented a single act of violence in the world by your... standing there?
:: michael Wednesday, February 23, 2005 [+] ::
LOOMING LEBANESE LIBERATION?
Please remember, dear non-blogging readers, the real occupation over there is not the territory Israel won in the wars it didn't start, but in Lebanon, by Syria.
Daniel Pipes writes with exciting optimism, and in a way instructive to aspiring dynastic dictators:
If someone is talking loudly, people should be able to ask for some quiet in the same way they should be able to ask someone to not smoke. It's all about civility, which does leave some of the responsibility with the would-be-bothered.
The only good that could come from this is if that annoying Verizion guy asks, "Can you hear me now?" and gets no answer.
:: michael Monday, February 21, 2005 [+] ::
:: Friday, February 18 ::
MORE WARMED-OVER ABU-GHRAIB
The AP has 884 words about the torture of Manadel al-Jamadi.
Two-thirds of the way down the article, they offer thirty-one words as to why he may have been the subject of such contempt:
Gee, do you think he had information about upcoming events and wouldn't spill it?
Such bombings don't just kill 12 people, they leave behind survivors with missing limbs, blindness, deafness, and shrapnel in their bodies to provide pain - torture, if you will - as long as they live. Then there is the loss of the medical facility and the number of would-be patients affected.
(Notice how the Leftist idea that Bush knew about 9-11 would be reprehensible and deserving of constant contempt, but the probability of a terrorist holding vital information is no reason to get tough.)
Of course, let's give the routinely terrorized Jewish State some bad publicity, too:
..and they teach students (but only the right kind, their kind, of students) to want the same: I experienced my own trouble at UNC for publicly ridiculing a student government leader. I faced sexual harassment charges while she and her fellow lawbreakers were absolutely no cause for concern to the school's administration. This was the event that confirmed my conservatism. After that, everything else I witnessed made sense.
Fascist colonies? Well, a friend argued that public support for the Vietnam War was evidenced by huge box office success of The Green Berets. He got a D on his paper until he argued the professor back up to a B. The student newspaper opined that there was no coincidence when the Allied forces lauched Operation Desert Storm on Martin Luther King's birthday.
Hypersensitivity? When Rite-Aid Pharmacy moved their number-one category of shoplifted inventory to within visual range of the cashiers, organized black activists on campus went nuts. Black hair-care products were what got moved. Instead of calling against their own for making them all look bad, they blamed the store that suffered the losses. I remember mere a handful of days, in four years, when the Daily Tar Heel did not mention racism, sexism, and homophobia on the front page. Harvard, of all schools, was the first I remember actually creating free speech zones. My language was blamed for creating "a demeaning academic environment for another student's academic pursuits." My victim, the one who broke four laws, never filed a complaint. Someone else made the decision for her that she was a victim. Her grades were never presented as evidence. Five months later, my case was dropped for lack of evidence by the Chancellor. Thank God it was not the current UNC Chancellor.
An accurate description? Yes, especially if lawbreaking is not an issue with them but being told they are wrong is. And all that happened over 14 years ago. To keep up with current campus antics, I regularly read Dr. Mike Adams's columns, in total amazement that he hasn't been fired or beaten on campus.
It would be an interesting movie plot to have a captain with an inferiority complex resulting from the name of his vessel. The captain would then have to prove something so the world would know him and the crew rather than the original honoree.
:: michael Wednesday, February 16, 2005 [+] ::
:: Tuesday, February 15 ::
CIVIL RIGHTS IN CANADA?
John Leo addresses the question , "What will Alec Baldwin find in Canada?" with some predictable humor, but also with some eyebrow-raising reporting of official Canadian censorship:
What liberal media? Would Ward Churchill say he was a little Eichmann as well? He was just following ratings, after all. But he wasn't burned alive at work by the enemy - not literally, anyway. So, no, Churchill will have nothing to say.
Last Thursday's Best of the Web opens with a word so difficult I forgot to finish reading the column:
Iraq synecdochically thanked America for its freedom last night. During his State of the Union address, President Bush introduced a couple who were sitting with the first lady, Janet and Bill Norwood. The Norwoods' son, Marine Sgt. Byron Norwood, was killed during the liberation of Fallujah.
Whereupon another honored guest, Iraqi human-rights advocate Safia Taleb al-Suhail, stood, turned and embraced Mrs. Norwood, who was seated behind her.
The man who resurrected "kerfuffle" may not have such success with this one. I have failed to use it for a week. To look it up, you have to find "synecdoche":
A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole (as hand for sailor), the whole for a part (as the law for police officer), the specific for the general (as cutthroat for assassin), the general for the specific (as thief for pickpocket), or the material for the thing made from it (as steel for sword).
Was the hug a synecdochical thank-you? Wouldn't it have been fun to play Karl Rove and inject that word into the Liberal lexicon in such a way that they assume it meant "staged." It would have been better than when the MSM went nuts with the word "gravitas."
Iraq synecdochically thanked USAiiiii fer its freedom last night. During his State hof da Union address, President Bush introduced a couple who were sitting wif da first bitch, Janet and Bill Norwood. da Norwoods' son, Marine Sgt. Byron Norwood, was killed during da liberation hof Fallujah.
Oh. I didn't know "synecdochically" was a gangsta word. Our common language just keeps going to hell.
* * * My favorite word of the week was used by Bill Whittle to describe the "execrable" Ted Rall. I know two execrable people. I have called them that all week. No need to look it up - If Whittle uses that word to describe Rall, you know what it means.
* * * Yesterday, Ann Coulter brings back the old street word for a two-for-the-price-of-one coupon:
I didn't immediately get it, but the 3rd definition is priceless:
a person who belongs to two minority groups and can satisfy two quotas or appeal to two political constituencies, esp. a black woman, who can be counted twice in a position she holds, as fulfilling a racial and a sexual quota.
Ah - the vet thing and the native thing... do you think if they had run Churchill for President, he may have actually won just a few more votes than John Kerry?
While I chiseled a hole in an antique door for a mortice lockset, I listened to Terry Gross's interview of Mrs. Cheney, who was on to talk about history and history-oriented children's books. That happened for a while, but, predictably, Terry had to go to the lesbian thing and Mrs. Cheney's views. Terry was polite, I suppose, in comparison to and especially in the wake of John Kerry's low-class handling of the subject during the last debate.
As Terry continued to imply that Mrs. Cheney was reluctant to contradict the President, it finally came to this head, "Terry, I have contradicted the President six times in the last ten minutes. I thought I was here to discuss history."
"Do I remind you of your daughter, Mrs. Cheney? Would you be ashamed of me, too?"
But Terry had to go there again, and continued to imply that Mrs. Cheney was reluctant to discuss the subject. It finally came to this head, "Terry, I have discussed this subject more with you than probably anyone else has on this show in the last six months."
Again, silence. Terry was totally tripped, and she deserved it. Interestingly, pehaps predictably, I cannot find the interview posted or even followed-up at the NPR website.
The Left has overused the Hitler and Nazi analogy as much as it has incorrectly used it. As I fought against wishing Dr. Wheeler had chosen something else by remembering why he was right:
*The Palestinian National Covenant called for exile from Palestine of all Jews who had arrived after 1917 and their descendants. After Yasser Arafat agreed to remove this from the Charter, it was still displayed in its original language. *Palestinians celebrate suicide bombers by:
-naming streets after them -creating shrines for them -honoring the mothers who have abandoned their children to explode and knock on the door of heaven with the skull of a Jew -allowing Palestinian children to trade suicide bomber cards the way American kids trade baseball cards -dancing in the streets and passing out candy on September 11, 2001
The list goes on and on, but I am outta time, but this short list makes it clear to me that Wheeler's analogy is correct and appropriate.
:: michael Wednesday, February 09, 2005 [+] ::
Now that's a damn fine statement against the man who led the Palestinians into war, oppression, and deeper poverty. They could have had a four year-old state by now, with foreign investment and a growing economy to make them less focused on Israelis having more. Instead, we see the Palestinians for who he led them to be - haters of Jews and lovers of death living unproductively, in squalor.
"Hard decisions?" Like what? Was that Dr. Rice, or Maddie Albright in blackface?
Perhaps the other Arab nations could make the "hard decision" to let the Palestinians settle in their vast territories. Another "hard decision" would be for those Arab nations to invest a little oil money in their fellow men. Too bad they sided with Saddam Hussein, and too bad that the genocidal mission of the Islamic world requires a never-ending Palestinian problem next to the Jewish state.
I successfully installed deadbolts and doorknobs, including drilling all the holes, in very irregular doors and jambs ... and everything fit!
I bowled a 173 after bowling a 137.
Those fukkin hippies next door moved away and took their worthless, barking, aggressive dogs with them. Good riddance.
One year ago today, my now-ex-boss called my house to tell me that being friends with women she did not approve of created "trust issues" between us at the office. Yes, she actually left that on a recording, after starting a catfight with them two nights before in a bar. It is so amazing: how can someone have what is literally a million dollar idea and then do something that damn dumb?
Especially when only more public resources will have to go to these people who cannot control themselves. That does not contradict my stand on personal responsibility, but there will always be people who will never take control, and we will have to pay for them.
I stumbled across this rarely-updated blog and found a smart observation of so-called black media. I have been long aware of Ebony, Jet, etc, but was unaware of these sites:
The blogger at Black Media Watch copies a press release about a survey connecting conspiracy theories about AIDS popular among Black Americans and condom use. He reports very interesting omissions from that survey when reported in the above black media.
Since the blogger writes that these media sources are also rarely updated themselves, I wonder if there are other black media sites that should have his attention instead. I think it is a great idea, but that he may be watching the wrong sites instead of black media sites more influential of the black population. If I find them, I'll do my own survey of the reporting of the genocide of black Africans in Sudan. I have a hunch I will find only minor reporting and little outrage.
In the meantime...
HOLOCAUST MUSEUM WATCH
A group has formed to pressure the US Holocaust Memorial Museum to pull its head from the sand and address the very real genocidal mission of Islamism.
I think this is a great idea, but their outreach is lousy. Holocaust Museum Watch has no website. I saw their ad in the latest Commentary Magazine, but in that ad no is no contact information. At least having their ad accepted by Commentary is an indication that they are legitimate.
via Crosswalk via Alarming News, where Karol asks, "Is there anything that can't be described with a Nazi analogy these days?"
At least it has led to a new big word at "What's the Rumpus?"
It gets only ever, ever more clear how the Left is on a mission to make people stupid. From this blockhead on MSNBC to best ex-President Jimmy Carter, from "Nazi" to "unilateral," the abandonment of established definitions will be the undoing of civilized society.
So the bitch neighbor had an "anxiety attack" and went to the hospital. I can't believe the judge tolerated her gross overreaction, and further added that the girls exercised poor judgement in being out so late at night. The girls had skipped a teen dance to bake the cookies. I suppose the rest of the teens being out later at a dance didn't bother the judge nearly as much.
I guess the girls are lucky the victim and judge didn't seek damages for failing to list the ingredients. (Dammit, they're now thinking, if only we'd thought of that!)
This illustrates what I hate the most in people - dramatics, and the desire to be a victim. This bitch also ran up a $1400 hospital bill... for an anxiety attack, and then took the girls to court. It gets better:
Of course this begins with the if - the UN gives a damn about marking Auschwitz if there is a glamorous dinner after the event. And the media is more concerned if the American dignitary doesn't wear black. And American blacks remain, in general, unconcerned about the disarming, displacement, and mass murder of African blacks by their Sudanese Arab masters. They just keep marching with the party who would disarm Americans and subject them to the gun-control vision of the UN.
I guess when you do something to get the death penalty, life really is going to be a bitch until you get the needle. Keep an eye on death penalty opponents using this new coin and forgetting what the condemned have done.
:: michael Wednesday, February 02, 2005 [+] ::
:: Tuesday, February 1 ::
No time to blog, but you can read my locally-oriented wine column here.
Well, I will blog this: While wallpapering Mother's bath yesterday, I turned on CNN from the other room. I almost never do that, but forgot why. How many times did I have to hear about Hillary Clinton fainting? I swear it was more than once every half-hour. At least I heard about the launch of the Michael Jackson trial enough to remember to not turn the news, any news, back on for six months, but CNN... good grief. If there are only seven headlines in the whole world that are worthy for TV, then only bloggers can be counted on to deliver the truly worthy stories.
And this: if you steal the conservative newpapers on campus, and even burn them, it's free speech. If you write a paper advocating spanking unruly children in school, your speech is unacceptable. Go to this site to watch a video of the consequences of non-discipline in Dutch schools.
And this: Bleeding Brain rants on Germany's good intentions potentially forcing a woman into prostitution, an interesting event in the country that just had to acknowledge it's ownership of Auschwitz, yet actually appropriate, considering Germany's opposition to our closing of the Ba'athist rape-rooms.
Update: Zelda's on it, too, with a question I bet you hadn't thought of yet...