"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!
:: Monday, January 31 ::
A Symposium On Blogger Ethics & The Future Of Blogging
Karol's there with others - it's a quick read. CLICK!
The concept of blogging is so simple to me. It exercises the brain, and puts you in the company of thinking people. Employers simply need to understand that blogging is thinking out loud about things that matter.
There's a decision we sometimes consider, "Let's not go and say we did." Dan Rather is familiar with this concept, but there is entertainment value in touring the devastation, even if you burn up charitable resources in the process.
This gobbledy-gook was too much for my short-term this morning... here's his Iraq election blab:
"It is significant that there is a vote in Iraq. But no one in the United States ... should try to over-hype this election. This election is a sort of demarcation point, and what really counts now is the effort to have a legitimate political reconciliation. And it's going to take a massive diplomatic effort and a much more significant outreach to the international community than this administration has been willing to engage in."
Over-hype? Like... your service in Vietnam? and what the hell is "legitimate political reconciliation" on Planet Kerry? He's not even talking about a peaceful transfer of power in Iraq. He is actually going back to comdemning the Bush administration for taking the lead from a UN that cannot enforce its own resolutions. he is actually saying that being liked by the UN is more important than 25 million Iraqis having elected leaders.
Demarcation? Does this poseur even know what that word means? sort of? This is a sort-of demarcation point? I thought this was the election they said could not possibly happen on January 30.
"What the administration does in these next few days will decide the outcome of Iraq. And this is ... the last chance for the president to get it right."
Actually, what the administration did in the removal of Saddam, his heirs, and the Ba'athists decided the outcome of Iraq. After that, Iraq having an election today further decides the outcome of Iraq - did you get that memo, Senator Kerry?
Kerry, just interviewed on Meet the Press, explained his vote against Secretary Rice, but not without referring to how far she'd come.Given Kerry's proclivity to steal talking points from others, ("Bring it on;" "We need a regime change;" "Help is on the way.") I am surprised he did not take Bob Kerrey's condescending greeting to Rice: "I'm very impressed, and indeed I'd go as far as to say moved by (her) story, the story of (her) life and what (she's) accomplished. It's quite extraordinary."
Cartoonists Cox and Forkum illustrate Joh Kerry's no-vote here in one of my favorite all-time cartoons.
"We were getting bored with the box." - Philip Johnson (1906-2005)
If skyscrapers are the opposite of war, then Johnson was a great man of peace. He also understood New York City and this remark helped me get closer to understanding it:
"New York City is endless. They said that the buildings on Wall Street would ruin New York, and a generation ago they said that Rockefeller Center would ruin New York. They didn’t. And the reason these buildings go up so close to each other is because people want to be next to other people."
Paul Goldberger wrote, "It is a painful fact of our time that buildings seem increasingly to resemble each other no matter where they are built, and that means cities increasingly resemble each other, too." But, where Philip Johnson left his mark, you know the city.
My favorites (click images for close-ups):
The IBM Building, Atlanta, since renamed One Atlantic Center
There were many, many other camps, you know. It concerns me that the events of the week will cause millions to forget that not only was the number of camps, death camps, and ghettos much greater, other victims had to wait for many more months more liberation.
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Via Urban Grind, blogger Tom Carter writes a very smart thing:
Commenter Ron at the Grind adds this from his memory of US History:
One of the interesting things about this quote is that it mirrors remarks of John Adams in letters he wrote in the early 19th century. Adams used the quote as a basis for calling for a Jewish homeland.
This suggests a link between the founding philosophy of our country and modern state support for Israel, and another thing few people realize.
The Huygens probe is out of power on Titan, but Cassini still orbits. Learning about methane rain, rivers, and lakes was as fascinating as learning about iron gas - iron in a gaseous state! - swirling around a black hole in a condition outside of Einstein's Theory of Relativity.
But back to the more mysterious Saturnian moon Titan and its abundance of methane - where are the cows and why is it cold enough to have cryovolcanic flow?
Senior politicians, business leaders, and academics. In that order? Oh boy!
You may find interesting more than 17,100 basic and applied American scientists, two-thirds with advanced degrees, who have signed the Global Warming Petition instead. I bet you never heard of this. They sign this declaration:
That's is the part I have never understood in this greenhouse emission panic - carbon dioxide. That was the earliest thing I learned about plants - they breathe what we exhale and make the oxygen we breathe.
Can I say that protestors are tacky? I mean, they are--same shit as last time. They scream obsenities and they complain that they aren't covered by the conservative (?!?!) media. They made it necessary for police in riot gear to be 3-5 deep along the parade route in some places. Once again, folks who loaded up the family wagon and shelled out lots of money were diswayed from their good time by these people, who frankly, I don't get. Their information is wrong, their signs are misspelled, and frankly, I'm embarrassed for them. Even though I thought Bill Clinton was a sick joke as a man, let alone president, he still WAS PRESIDENT and my Mama raised me that you show respect.
And they left their signs all over the ground again.
The Ball was very fun, good bands, good DJs, yummy food and lots of drinks. I'm very tired. We kept saying we'd leave early but then we didn't.
At the same time, Meet the Press is on TV and they are running the clip of President Bush saying, "Bring it on!" (which was later stolen by the completely unoriginal John Kerry during the 2004 campaign).
Then somehow I end up on Rudolph Valentino's page, which leads me to this apparent image of John Kerry's past life:
This, of course, threw me back to another pair of images:
-Burkas represent the diversity on the planet.
-We are all Palestinians.
-We shouldn't have interfered with the tradition of never-a-vote in Afghanistan.
-They weren't cowards.
-The Iraqis aren't ready to vote, either.
-We should have left Saddam's torture chambers and rape-rooms alone - WE'RE NO DIFFERENT!
-Let the seventeen UN Security Council Resolutions work.
-Books not bombs.
-No blood for oil!
-No oil from Alaska!
-Unbreathable air! Undrinkable water!
-If you drop your Trees Please sign on the ground, DC Sanitation will clean up after you - see? Socialism works!
-When Clinton lied, no one died!
-Abu Ghraib. ABU GHRAIB!
-Typical born-again Christian President says he will protect my right to choose what to do with my own soul. HOW DARE HE?!
-Choice is my RIGHT!!
-My right to express my dissent has been taken away!
FANCY DRESS I hate it when the media jump to conclusions. Did it occur to them that Prince Harry, aware of the differences between their nations due to the recent action in Iraq, was simply reaching out to the French?
Wow- even this royally educated mind is still a stupid kid going for shock value among his partying peers. He probably did it to scoff at the probable overreaction to an arm gesture expressed in the heat of the moment at at soccer match in Italy earlier this week. Unfortunately - he doesn't compare, and he's too old to spank.
MY POINT IS... Prince Harry's ignorance is an echo of not-just-young ignorance in America, where I am actually astonished to learn this:
Now how in Sam Hill can they be this damn stupid? I am accustomed to stupidity among half of my fellow countrymen, but this is maddening. It's the First Amendment, for Pete's sake. First. FIRST. How do we get a damn thing done in this country if so many people are too goddamned lazy to read the FIRST Amendment?
Fortunately, as I noted yesterday (below), our President knows this. Bush, in an interview about his faith, spoke of his responsibility to "protect the right" - protect, instead of merely allow. At least it's certain he's read the Amendment.
Notice the important wording - "protect the right" instead of "allow"
Liberals should have been pleased by Bush's unintended downgrade of God the Son to "philosopher" in that (in)famous 2000 debate. Aren't these the same leftists who scorn Republicans in letters to the editor, quoting the wisdom of Jesus and what he really meant?
Nothing could be more important to a free people than the understanding the danger of human nature in its government, foreseen by Constitutional authors who knew the citizenry must be armed against it, and who also knew this:
a government must recognize itself as beneath a higher wisdom, a higher moral authority, a higher power, subject to the grace and the judgment of that power.
Under God, indeed. Under. Not even on an equal level. Confused? - See USSR for a counter-example.
Really? Ya Think? Do you think Saddam trucked a bunch a shit into Syria before the invasion, too? I just don't get reporters recycling old stories without some self-consciousness.
But I am thrown back to the Bush haters' cliche gripe of having not found Bin Laden. Accused abortion clinic bomber Eric Rudolph hid in Western North Carolina, evading some 400 FBI agents and puh-lenty of good citizens who would have turned him in. The FBI didn't even find him - a deputy did, after Rudolph got tired. So what kind of infidel magic is supposed to have long-already flushed bin Laden out from the Hindu Kush where he has people who will die hiding him?
I have defended the Church's call against war here because I think the Church has to do that. However, Vatican voices need to shut up. How many more worthless UN Security Council resolutions would have pleased the Vatican? Do we need to send the Cardinal a video tape of Saddam's prisoners being tortured? Would the Vatican like us to step up the fight against Iraqi terrorists and make it quick? What about the children?
I am blogging on this quite late. These days when the phrase "Bush Administration" is in the reporting of something scandalous, I take a wait-and-see.
I am not a regular reader of his column because there are simply too many columnists. But I have still read some of him for years and know that I like him. The recent news of his accepting money sounded like human error and not like the deeds of a Jayson Blair or Janet Cooke.
The story of Armstrong Williams allegedly taking cash from someone in the Bush administration to promote the No Child Left Behind Act is bizarre. I have no doubt that Williams truly supports the Act, but taking money for publicizing it without disclosing it seems very wrong to me. I agree with Jonah Goldberg that if the Clinton administration did this, conservatives would be outraged. This is no different.
China to Make Sex-Selective Abortions a Crime... translation: Feminists to remain silent at China's attempt to increase its low female population, the result in part of forced sterilization of women and female infanticide which also pulled no memorable outrage from feminists.
Do they pronounce that /em'ay-es'ay trece/ ? I think that's how Spanish letters are spoken. Doesn't sound all that tough a name to me, but it stands for "La Mara Salvatrucha" and I found a web site con photos!
The so-called moderate front-runner replacement for Yasser Arafat is not man enough to avoid pandering to the misled masses. Mamoud Abbas labeled Israel the "Zionist Enemy" and re-hashed the "martyr" label for the Palestinian dead. Just what we need, more self-proclaimed martyrs to explode at checkpoints and in Israeli pizza parlors. This is a terrific unmasking of a man who made the news for being critical of the Palestinian uprising and has called for an end to violence.
A brilliant essay by Victor Davis Hanson (excuse the redundancy) went to print a year ago connecting the Augean Stables and the Palestinian situation. Neither the stables nor the Palestinian Authority had been cleaned for 30 years. Hercules took care of the former. Divine intervention will be needed for what's left at the end of year 31.
This year, scholar Mary Lefkowitz deeply analyzes the forgotten role of the Greek gods in myths, particulary that of Hercules. For what's left to clean in Palestine, they had better summon real help, not that of a Zeus or an Allah, and certainly not that of an Arafat clone.
AND SPEAKING OF UNMASKING
Take a good look at Muslim Charity: oil-rich Saudi Arabia pledged 10 million to the Tsunami victims. Everyone knows that Indonesia holds the world's largest number of Muslims. Saudi Arabia's aid to the families of suicide bombers: in the hundreds of millions.
For once I agree with the Secretary General. Anyone with a brain knows that either Annan or Bush can give this answer. I know the value of saving face and good politics, but operating from where you are is more efficient.
Mornings were not the same after NPR decided to stop making Abu Ghraib the first two words of my day.. for months last year. It must have been awkward for them, too. Will Helen Thomas call it the biggest story of 2005 as well?
Good news, NPR, the same Democrats who want us to lose this war are bringing it back to bring down Gonzales:
There is a good way to handle this: remind the public there is a difference between torture and hazing. Remind the public that those soldiers in the photos are being prosecuted and punished. Remind the public what the Ba'athists did in their state-run torture chambers. Ask the public why the Democrats want so much sympathy for the rapists and torturers who are not really getting anything like a dose of their own.
If Americans are not outraged by what happens in our own prisons, why should they rally for Ba'athist prisoners?