"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!
:: Thursday, March 31 ::
READING THE LINES
If you think, you will recognize an amazing decription of what goes on inside Israel's borders: Headline:
Clerics, not the Knesset. Hmm... This report should remind the anti-Israelites that such are the freedoms in Israel. Women march there, too. Before President Bush's decisions, where else in the Middle East or Persia?
But we have a lot of trouble in the first sentence. "Religious traditions"? - who wrote this, Al Gore? "Religions would have been the accurate word, but ! -
- How is Jerusalem "home" to that third religion, Islam, when the name of Jerusalem does not once appear in the Qu'ran?
Further, what's with this "pride" thing? Will they simply march with dignity and remind the people of the importance of certain inalienable rights, or will they march and dance naked in an extended public sex show in the face of millenia-old "religious traditions" while demanding tolerance? They marched here in Asheville, the parade led by Candace Gingrich, followed by dancing nude "mud men." and a flamboyant, multi-float freak show that gave thousands of ordinary onlookers the impression that the gay agenda was this vision of decadence without discretion or dignity.
The article does end, though, with another positive reminder of civil liberties and civilized behavior in Israel:
My buddy Jason Thinks He might need some surgery for his snoring. I told him what I knew about yours. Could you send him an email and let him know what procedure you had done and if it worked.
If the info is useful... I had a deviated septum corrected in my nose in 1996 after yet another sinus infection. I haven't had such an illness since. With breathing passages opened, snoring gets very much reduced, but snoring also depends on alcohol and exposure to smoke.
My dad always snored. It led to severe sleep apnea, which became truly miserable and put him on a road to premature death.
Rwanda. Bosnia. Darfur. Iraq. Sad, isn't it? -that it takes a financial scandal involving his son, not standing by while genocides -plural- go unprevented and unchecked, to make this worthless secretary-general step down from his worthless organization. And while someone peddles a device to block FOX news from your TV, aren't they the only network who really seems to be following that story? Oh. He's sad, too:
He may just be capitalizing on blue-state America, especially since liberal magazine subscriptions have gone way up since the election. Maybe this article will help him sell more than the 100 he's sold. (This means he has not even passed $1000 in sales. Liberals will laugh at his idea, but will they be conservative enough to choose the cost-free option of simply choosing to not tune in to that channel?)
But he is lying about Fox News at the same time. Yes, there are lots of opinion shows on that channel, but so what? They report news, too, and haven't been caught up in forged document scandals like CBS and, now, ABC. Likening a purchase of the device to burning a draft card is stupid, but will attract buyers who also do not know the meaning of "unilateral," "tyranny," "Nazi," and, suddenly in this instance, "choice."
Why? He's done a good job. He's old and sick, will die, and go to heaven. That's worth rejoicing over.
He forgave his would-be assassin, traveled more than any other Pope, and did not bend from his principals concerning the sanctity of life. I had to respect his opposition to the Iraq war, and while I struggle with his message against contraception in the third world, his message was one of faith. I didn't like the message, but his consistency is admirable.
The only necessary concern for Christians worldwide is, WWNPD? What will the next Pope do?
I suppose security in museums just cannot break the boredom of their jobs. I often feel sorry for them. It is certain there has been a lot of yelling in the security offices.
This threw my memory back to a richly informative article about a different thing, forgery in the art world. My local museum's director shuddered at the level of entertainment I got out of the story. You have to pay to read it, but it is worth the money if you have an interest in art history.
But no, while funny at first, it was not acceptable behavior, not even at the Brooklyn Museum. He used glue and damaged the walls, he's gotten people with already bad jobs under more scrutiny at work, and his work is cliché, just more turd-on-a-stick anti-war statement art.
Just three years ago, he would have been sent to the torture chamber if he did this at the Iraq Museum. So this is another reminder that so many in the art world do not understand how free they are, and despite the creative ability so many of them possess, they are incapable of visualizing the societal consequences, big and small, of their vision.
Liberal talk radio went nuts about this on Monday. But ABC is backing off from claiming where the memo actually originated, and there are those pesky errors, such as the spelling of Schiavo's name and the incorrect Senate bill number. Hmm... Back to liberal talk radio, which will now accuse ABC of being run by conservatives and may still find a way to blame it on Rove. At Powerline, a senate staffer explains why it smells even more like fraud.
So many people are blaming this on the looming religious right, the "rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth Christians," (as my barista said yesterday), the fundamentalists, as liberal talk radio says endlessly. It should alarm no one that this case gives many irreligious people the creeps. (However, it should be asked, again, loudly, even though we know the answer: Where are the outraged feminists, outraged at the ownership this cheatin' husband has over her, who would surely blame him at least in part for her bulimia?)
The big point: states do not have the right to run amok just because Conservatives usually favor states' rights. Federal law is a tool that , when necessary to address matters of right and wrong, is rightly used. Civil rights, anyone? Hello?
This from the majority opinion of the Eleventh Circuit:
There is no denying the absolute tragedy that has befallen Mrs. Schiavo. We all have our own family, our own loved ones, and our own children. However, we are called upon to make a collective, objective decision concerning a question of law. In the end, and no matter how much we wish Mrs. Schiavo had never suffered such a horrible accident, we are a nation of laws, and if we are to continue to be so, the pre-existing and well-established federal law governing injunctions as well as Pub. L. No. 109-3 must be applied to her case. While the position of our dissenting colleague has emotional appeal, we as judges must decide this case on the law.
That's a bit refreshing, actually. Now let the elected lawmakers do their thing, and let the judges go by the rule of law.
It had better get resolved quickly before the public gets sick of the whole thing, now that everybody is trying to get involved. The President did sum it up nicely, that it is better to err on the side of life.
I decided to tune in to liberal talk radio as I worked yesterday. I noticed, more than the routine dismissal of every church-going American as "fundamentalist," the frequency of the word "tyranny" being used to describe the Congress... that's the body of hundreds of people recently elected to limited terms, known on left radio as tyrants. Well, maybe they can vote those tyrants out next election and get someone in there more like Castro.
Health insurance! they cried. National health care! "I don't have insurance!" cried a man who sounded like he was around 30 years old. Did the all-knowing hosts ask why? Was the caller dealt bad cards in life? ..or was he spending the money on something else, maybe something else which lessens his health? No, of course the hosts did not ask.
Then there is this rampant use and misuse of the word, "politics" and it's various forms. Not all politics is bad politics. Using your legislative power to fight something you truly believe is wrong and behaving in a way your constituents would like you to behave may be labeled 'political," but it isn't bad.
Such an extremely high-profile person letting himself be seen around DuPont Circle during Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend suggests he may not be as smart as the theorists have been saying. Perhaps the President really is the smart one after all.
Alarming News points to a specific new word in Webster's new World College Dictionary: partial-birth abortion. She caught it from a longer list posted at The Club for Growth.
Al Qaeda wedgie blog cargo pants irritable bowel syndrome partial-birth abortion Botox digital camera chad e-commerce identity theft Megan’s Law paintball sheesh street cred touch screen webcast Wi-Fi WMD
First question: how in Sam Hill did it take so long for many of these words to get into the dictionary?
Second: Since every year it is a news story when new words get added, what news organizations reported the new words but left out partial-birth abortion? NBC's WKYC.com didn't mention it. Neither did NBC's KING5. Via Google News Search... the new words aren't news.
This, of course, reflects the ongoing Muslim view that all land once possessed by Islam still belongs to Islam. But this apology is perhaps the best they think they can get for now, since the only war Muslims ever won against the west was against France.
"...following the example of the Jews?" - do what? The Jews apologised for the Crusades? I am missing something here.
This news, especially being from Egypt, threw me back to a lawsuit filed by Egyptians in 2003 against all the world's Jews. Click this text for an informative, amusing read on that attempted suit:
I know enough about China and should have suspected this as a possibility. Mr. Bennett should have, too. One point made below still stands... that a big wig in American media making such a comment was and still is believable. The free press is in a sad state when we cannot read a report like the Chinese interview and immediately think that such a remark is out of character.
(The longer version of that last sentence, if written by a responsible writer, was that the bulldozing operation was intended to stop weapons smuggling via tunnels from Egypt.)
At the root of this, the lawsuit against Caterpillar is a continuation of the effort to dissuade anyone from doing business from the Jewish state. Nevermind that if the Palestinians hadn't chosen war, again, when they had the choice in 2000, there would be foreign investment in the Palestinian state as well.
Ahh, choice. I choose to stand in front of a heavily shielded bulldozer. I choose to take a shot at Tienanmen-style immortality, even if I am taking a stand for weapons-smuggling tunnels instead of freedom for the people.
But this lawsuit, if the media keeps up with it, should force the sensitive public to consider, as they should, where the responsibility lies (as in gun maker lawsuits). Also, with this case, even if she really did not know about the Palestinian weapons-smuggling tunnels, she still stupidly stood in front of a bulldozer that was heavily shielded, in which the driver could not see her. Oh, and this:
That's what's left of a scribbled American flag as Rachel teaches Palestinian children to play with fire and hate Americans, who have sent billions in aid to their people. To her credit, the stars weren't drawn with six points, not this time, anyway. Is her hair covered out of respect to the Muslim tradition of controlling women? - gee, she wouldn't have had to worry about that inside Israel's borders, where she could even have freely choosen to be a gay rights activist, if that's what she wanted to do.
Having viewed the above flag-burning photo, I challenge you to make sense out of this one:
Rachel Corrie's behavior, and that of those who visit Rachel Corrie memorial websites, were summed up nicely a year ago in a comment by Paul from Experimental Insanity:
The problem with people like her is they have Siding with the Underdog Syndrome. People afflicted with this syndrome will automatically and stupidly sympathize with what they perceive to be the underdog. This syndrome will defy the concept of good and evil, morality and intelligence and force the afflicted to side with the underdog no matter what the circumstances. In this situation, the afflicted girl with SWUS (siding with underdog syndrome) perceives the Palestinians as the underdog and Israelis as the top dog. At least she was put out of her misery.
Now the family who encouraged this behavior may be excused for suing Israel in their grief, suing the employer of the bulldozer's operator, but going for the money from Caterpillar demonstrates, conclusively... that's a low class family she's got there.
UPDATE: CHINA DISTORTED MR.BENNETT'S REMARKS via LGF via Hugh Hewitt I know enough about China to have guessed this as a possibility. Mr. Bennett should have, too. One point made below still stands... that a big wig in American media making such a comment was and still is believable.
SO WHO DO YOU SUGGEST, MR. BENNETT?
Washington Post Managing Editor Philip Bennett grants an interview to the Chinese media, and in an act of Narcissistic psuedo-intellectualism, repeats the same old boring lines. Imagine being anyone in the Chinese media and saying this about China in an interview:
You know, it really angers me that a managing editor in a position at the Washington Post has that job when he doesn't even know the definition of imperial, (any more than Jimmy Carter knows the meaning of unilateral) and repeats it just like the state-controlled media in that part of the world. Worse yet, he probably knows he is misusing the word, as he talks to the press of a country that would jail any Chinese who would say such a thing about China.
His answer to the question would most likely be the UN, just never mind the UN's inability (unwillingness) to stop the horror of the Ba'athist regime (where of course America took the lead) or the current Darfur genocide, and its proclivity to abuse programs like Oil-for-Food.
Conservative bloggers got cocky after the demise of Dan Rather. There was the John Fund thing, which isn't worth even explaining. There was the Jeff Gannon thing, which is the best the liberal bloggers could do (only to be buried alive by Ann Coulter). Brian at Junk Yard Blog posted a reminder to all that blogging is a hobby and to not get so uppity. I agreed mostly... Prolegomena does not pretend to be journalism. Hell, it's not even prolegomena for 99% of it's readers, considering how rarely comments are left behind.
But Brian has re-thought the hobby label, and correctly de-generalizes blogging-as-hobby, and then blogs deeper into what he also no longer calls "Rathergate"
You know damn well that our guys fired warning shots at a speeding, approaching car swerving aroung the concrete barriers. If the Italians do not own up to this big mistake made in the hostage payoff, we might do better without such stupid friends.
He reports women's news as well, including a health and fitness club for women in Kabul! (Imagine that happening during a Gore Presidency. Remember, dear liberal friends, they would have been executed for exercising before Bush overturned the Taliban.)
via Daily Lunch (link at left)
:: michael Saturday, March 12, 2005 [+] ::
:: Friday, March 11 ::
Here, have a nice up-to-date read about the barbaric government which best-ex-President Jimmy Carter helped become nuclear capable:
Miscreant Abu Ghraib guard Lynndie England faces court martial on May 3, and Drudge has the famous leash photo posted right now.
I only had minimal sympathy for these prisoners, assuming they were Ba'athist thugs, not men thrown in prison for looking funny, but the media never cared what kind of men these prisoners were. Of course not. They didn't care what kind of devil Saddam Hussein was, either. Americans did, however, go on laughing at the idea that Martha Stewart was going to get beaten in prison.
Still, I wonder about fair punishment. I expect such military prison guards to not be the best and the brightest in uniform, but even the dumbest Americans should know to avoid the camera when committing a crime. These guards gave the enemy and the enemy media, theirs and ours, exactly what they wanted, severely and terrifyingly endangered the real soldiers in the field, and made the idea of women in the military look like a bad idea, which in turn would surely hurt women's rights in the region.
About punishment: the thought of her getting 16 to 30+ years is mesmerizing. Will the military court be fooled by the incorrect labeling of her actions as torture? But look at the damage, I am at the same time in agreement with Christopher Hitchens's May 4, 2004 opinion, that it is not unreasonable to think that these guards should have been "taken out and shot." Had there been a firing squad for the guards, I would still be typing in support of it now, a year later. Oh, the pain of being civilized...
About women: what was the media saying about women when they made Lynndie England the face of this scandal? Why didn't it matter that she had likely leashed a man who raped wives and daughters in the name of Saddam's state? Why do we know only her name and not the names of the other guards?
About ordinary people: the media made damn sure you knew she was from West Virginia.
About the importance of events: I woke every morning last year for months to a voice from an obsessed NPR saying the words, "Abu Ghraib." Helen Thomas called the scandal, not the capture of Saddam Hussein, but the scandal, "the biggest story of 2004" (making Ann Coulter's recent characterization of Thomas as an "old Arab" even more fitting). And leftists and war protesters dressed as the Ba'athist prisioners and engaged in a worldwide, multilingual scream of "BARABBAS!" Here, in my local pool of liberal people, it means nothing to them when reminded that women and men voted in Afghanistan after the removal of the Taliban, and the Iraqi rape-rooms, torture chambers, and mass grave-diggers are gone. It means nothing.
This article should be reporting the second fatwa, don't you think? ..but that explains the slur against nonexistent "'disproportionate' measures similar to those which the Sept 11 attacks sparked in the US." Well, at least they didn't call us the Jewish-controlled U.S.
Of course it took them a year.
IT TOOK HIM HOW MANY YEARS?
Kofi Annan's uselessness is, in light of American-led success, truly laughable. Annan has actually managed to make Al Gore's endorsements look timely:
But he doesn't bother to think about what is different, like the illiteracy rates, state-controlled media, and blaming all problems on the Jews throughout most of the Middle East. And... do what? - discipline is no longer enforceable?
It's no surprise he repeats the failing abortion/death penalty talking point which demonstrates the liberal inability to distinguish innocence from criminal condemnation. And of course he goes to counting abortion doctor murders without analyzing the seven - seven - such murders (and convictions) in more than three decades of Roe... Yeah, those Christians are out of control in this nation of free speech, constantly open debate, and successfully prosecuted criminals. Again - quick! Let's bitch about the numbers in our prisons.
The point of this blog: there is nothing new here, yet this guy gets his re-hashed, second-hand opinion published for the (thankfully) less-than-fifty percent of Americans, those who nod their heads in agreement today, not even recognizing that he would have already been tortured and executed in the culture he compares to that of American Christians.
I got him, finally, with a nugget of gorgonzola and a D-Con trap that closed on his little mousy head and nearly popped out his eye, but created no mess. The guy at the hardware store suggested the trap I used because it was the most "humane." I really haven't half a shit to give about how a mouse gets caught, I like the covered-box design of the trap.
He got into every kitchen drawer, every dining room drawer, even on top of my refrigerator and wall-mounted cabinets, and on top of my bar. Cheese and rice! - mice can go anywhere! The pit bulls were worthless, and kept me from bringing in a cat. He ignored the bread in the trap, but went for seashell-shaped candy in a closed box in the cigar drawer atop the buffet instead. That's when I switched to a little nugget of stinky cheese. WHACK!
"Not guilty," will say the jury. These inconsistent witnesses, plus the paralegal who testified having witnessed coaching in the kids' mother's past lawsuit, make it predictable. I really do not think he is guilty of child molestation. Wouldn't there be a victim from a normal family? Wouldn't there be witnesses who wouldn't get caught in their lies? This time, we do not have race-baiting lawyers, brain-damaged jurors, a Fifth-taking cop, or a Judge Ito to blame.
Given that the UN Security Council gave Saddam Hussein another ten years to do his thing, Iran 's mullahs should be begging for the reappearance of Security Council sanctions and Susan Sarandon.
Allah did not grant their prayer for a Kerry-Edwards victory last November, but maybe it is a test of their faith, maybe ten years from now, the Security Council will get to surpass what they did with Iraq and pass an eighteenth resolution against Iran.
Still, the above phrase "U.S.-backed effort" is a disappointing thought, that we would still have to, again, play that stupid game of acting like the UN has any worth in these matters. This second-trerm, war-winning, world-changing President should call that spade a spade and jump straight to taking charge of Iran.
CHAPEL HILL DRAMA CRIME (brought to your attention by Gina in Chapel Hill)
Already, I am cringing for two reasons. Someone minding his own business got beaten, badly, beside the busiest intersection on Franklin Street. The thugs didn't even care that he was on the phone.
The other reason is not the large protest that was organized to raise awareness, it was is the call for a change in so-called hate crimes legislation. For all the arguing that that a racist or anti-homosexual motive is especially heinous, the people are better served when the message is simple: beating someone is wrong. (The police have called it aggravated assault for a long, long time.)
So the community does the predictable: they hold a rally. But there is a problem with these things, hundreds of people showing up not to protest violence on principle, but to relate to the crime victim, with many even lying about knowing him. One campus gay activist did contribute a remark worth remarking on:
Well, there is the facts-of-life right there, young man. College campi will always be populated by adolescents, with adolescence in charge of their human nature. This includes guys from backgrounds where the sign says, "No whiners." There will always be incidents like these, best fought with simple messages about right and wrong, and severe punishment for the wrong.
The murder of Matthew Shepard was a horrifying reminder, and the dragging death of James Byrd in Texas further reminded that men will never be rid of it. But thoses cases also reminded us that life sentences and death penalties follow such crimes, and are far more likely in an ever-improving world of crime-solving. Quick - let's now bitch about the number of convicted in our prisons!
Do you get outraged? Yes. Do you rally against violence? Yes. Do you, as the leading figure of the community, say something like this?:
Do you, as a newspaper, use this rally photo to change the bad guys' ways?:
Back to Chancellor Moeser - whose administration is guilty of literally persecuting Christian organizations at UNC - that remark is exactly the kind of sanctimonious and historically inaccurate crap that gets protesters off the point, and, I believe, motivates the thugs to go beat up another queer.
Memo to Moeser: those who hid Jews in Copenhagen would have, along with their entire families, faced bayonettes and bullets, on the spot, for their good deed, and they knew it. You were only serving the protesters' onward-tolerant-soldiers illusion, while at the same time most of these people would be back tomorrow with new signs if you decided to protest Israel.
Interestingly, the press has little to say about the disparaging remarks spoken to the crime victim before the beating began. The word "fag" is quoted third-hand, but the rest is only references to "other" "several" remarks. It happened as the bars closed. Were the thugs students or not? Drunks? It is known that there are many witnesses, but only one has come forward. Why? Was the word "fag" even being used because they knew he was a gay man? That word is loosely used. If so, how did they know he was gay?
Are we going to learn via a conservative college newspaper (before college liberals steal them) that this victim acted like an ass in the bar? It's possible. In dozens of articles on this event, robbery is not reported as a motive.
My main point: this taking-action in Chapel is not as much a protest against crime, it is a self-congratulatory gathering of the oh-so-tolerant, willing to distort history and eager to control thought by law. Thank God the real world is coming soon for most of them.
The gun news blogged below reminded me of another infamous name, Wanita Young, the woman who sued two good girls after they anonymously delivered a love gift of cookies after dark (blogged here Feb. 6).
Whataminute - the President of a food bank did not recognize the concept of an anonymous gift of food when it was found at her door with a construction paper heart gift tag attached? That food bank is about to get smarter leadership.
Well, people shouldn't harrass her, but maybe a little mob justice isn't always all that bad. Especially when it is clear that she still doesn't get it:
Uh, hello, bitch. "All this over cookies" is the girls' line. For you, it is over suing two sweet girls, even after the parents offered to pay your bills for overreaction and melodrama. It is over abusing the ER and the courts.