Urbin Report

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

I Like Catherine Deneuve

PARIS (AFP) - Film stars and intellectuals including Catherine Deneuve, Sophie Marceau, Pedro Almodovar and Jorge Semprun attended a soiree here supporting the Cuban people and hitting out at repression by leader Fidel Castro.

She's still bloody nice to look at even now.

-- Les

Double Standards

From instapundit.com

SPINSANITY says that ad hominem attacks on Ashcroft are unfair, but widespread among Democrats.

I don't think that ad hominem attacks on Ashcroft are inherently unfair: when you have an executive official of power and discretion, questions of character matter. (Ad hominem arguments may be logically invalid, but that's a different topic.) The real problem with the attacks on Ashcroft -- whom I don't especially like myself, to be honest -- is that they're absurdly over the top. He's not Torquemada, pace Walter Cronkite. He's not even Janet Reno, whose record on civil liberties was dreadful but who got a pass because she was a woman appointed by a Democrat.

In fact, what's interesting is that Democrats can -- and Clinton did -- get away with far worse civil liberties assaults, while Republicans can (and Bush is) get away with spending far more money, because the pigeonholes used by the press include "Republicans who hate civil liberties" and "Democrats who are wasteful spenders," but not the reverse.

Why certain retorical habits of the left are pure nonsense

A true appreciation of the scale and scope of the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis should give pause to those who label Bush 'Hitler' and call Ashcroft a Nazi. I believe that it is insulting to the memories of the victims of the Nazi regime to use those labels with so little thought. If Bush were like Hitler, post 9/11 events would have unfolded quite a bit differently. Muslims would have been beaten in the streets of the US, some to death. Mosques would have burned. Muslim shops would have been looted. Legislation would have been passed stripping Muslims of all rights and within months camps would have been built. Muslim men, women, and children would begin to disappear into them never to be seen again. The Democratic party would have been outlawed along with all other political parties and most of its leaders killed or sent to camps. The media would be taken over and run by the state and any attempts at dissent ruthlessly crushed. Michael Moore would not be writing books. He would have been strangled with piano wire and left hanging from a meat hook (a heavy duty, reinforced meat hook to be sure). A vicious war would have been waged against all Muslim nations. Kabul, Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus, and Riyadh (for starters) would have been turned to sand. All oil fields in the Middle East would have been occupied. Citizens in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan would be bombed, brutalized, driven from their homes, and eventually killed to make room for the repopulation of those regions by Texans (Bush's volk). I could go on and on with this but you get my the point.

Dispatches from a Real War on Terror

Monday, September 29, 2003

More good stuff from Andrew Sullivan

THE REAL MCCARTHYITES: The hard left is always complaining about having their feelings hurt, I mean their views allegedly "censored." Among the more preposterous aspects of Wesley Clark's campaign slogan of a "new patriotism" is his pledge to create America where people are not afraid to voice dissent. Give me a break. This spring, I was almost deafened by the chants of the pro-Saddam or anti-war left. Walking the beagle tonight in my neighborhood in DC I saw three posters portraying vicious hatred of the United States. And that's fine by me. Furthermore, I have yet to see a single example of government censorship in this country since 9/11. (The worrying exception is the way in which the Secret Service seems to be quarantining legitimate demonstrations against the president. But this blog - and many others written by non-lefties - have been foremost in complaining about that). So where are the real blacklists, the real attempts to police thought, censor opposing views and ruthlessly promoote people on the basis of ideology, not merit? On campus, of course, one of the few places in America where the hard left still exercizes as much control as it can. David Brooks' column yesterday, when you think about it, is shocking. And its shock comes primarily from the fact that we all know it already.

I Love Primary Season....

2nd Place Howard Dean attacks Frontrunner Clark as a "Beltway Insider"

It was never an option

From the Washington Times

You might have read about "The Old Guard" hurricane vigil.
Now, "valiant" members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment are being saluted for their recent act of "patriotism" on Capitol Hill.
"As Hurricane Isabel's winds swept over Arlington National Cemetery, the soldiers who guard the Tomb of the Unknowns were given — for the first time in history — permission to abandon their posts and seek shelter," observes House Armed Services Committee Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican.
"But that wasn't what was going to happen, and Sgt. Christopher Holmes knew it."
To provide some background, the Army sergeant's guards take turns patrolling the cemetery's Tomb of the Unknowns in hourly shifts — never leaving their post.
The tomb was established in 1921 with the interment of an unknown World War I soldier, and a sentry has been posted there continuously, around the clock, since 1930.
"Cemetery superintendent John Metzler didn't want to put the guards in jeopardy unnecessarily with the fierce storm bearing down Thursday night," Mr. Miller notes, "so cemetery officials decided to let the guards move indoors if they felt they were in danger.
"That's never an option for us," Sgt. Holmes was quoted as saying. "It went in one ear and right out the other."

Mark Steyn on socialist pot (and other socialist things)

One of the reasons I'm in favor of small government is because there's hardly anything the government doesn't do worse than anybody else who wants to give it a go. Usually when I make this observation, I'm thinking of, say, Britain's late unlamented nationalized car industry. But when the government of a G7 nation can't run a small marijuana sideline as well as a college student with a window box, that seems to set an entirely new standard for official underperformance. Big government goes to pot, in every sense.

Sunday, September 28, 2003

A quick history lesson:

This Week In History:

September 27, 1998

Independent Persecutor Kenneth Starr has been offered a job... at Hustler Magazine! "After a reading of the Starr Report I am impressed by the salacious and voyeuristic nature of your work, I am offering you a position as Advisor On Pornography for Hustler Magazine," Larry Flynt said in a letter to Starr. "The quality and quantity of material you have assembled in the Starr Report contains more pornographic references than those provided by Hustler Online services this month. I congratulate you for opening the doors of libraries and schools to pornographic literature. Those of us at Hustler need your assistance in extending the parameters of pornography to a wider community of adults. You have opened a new era in promoting explicit sexual material to the public." Last month Hustler Magazine had 44 graphic references to genitalia, but the Starr Report has over 50 graphic references to genitalia. Ken Starr has yet to accept the position at Hustler.
On the other hand, the style of photography sucks.

So to speak.

-- Les

An Objectivist answers a really dumb question

QUESTION: "Do you think socialism was able to 'civilize' or 'tame' capitalism by 1914? Or do you think that capitalism did not need to be 'civilized' or 'tamed'."

First we must define our terms. Socialism is state ownership of the means of production. Capitalism is private ownership of the means of production.

To be civilized is to deal with others only through their consent, through persuasion rather than brute force. Civilized men understand that physical coercion is out of the question, that any relationship between individuals must be voluntary. An uncivilized man, by contrast, has no reservations whatsoever about applying a club to any perceived adversary's noggin. Force and intimidation characterize his actions; coercion is his modus operandi.

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Deb Lundgren doesn't like pacifists either

These terrorists don't want to understand us, and they care nothing for our philosophy or our beliefs. They butcher children; they rape and genitally mutilate women. They don't care about being fair. There are no juries, and no free speech. It's either their way or execution. It is the death penalty, with no appeal, no delay. You are simply shot in the head where you stand, and your children shot before you.

Pacifists like my friend see themselves as being on the moral high ground and on the surface their argument sounds good. Their peaceful catch phrases appeal to some: Violence only begets more violence and two wrongs don't make a right. The safety and atmosphere of the liberated college campuses greatly boosts the courage factor involved here. It is easy to be a pacifist in a country sworn to protect us from violence.

But if the lives of one's own family, one's own neighbors and one's own countrymen are not worth fighting for, then what is? John Lennon was wrong, there are things worth living and dying for. A failure to respond would be to say that those 7,000 people were really of no value.

How bureaucracy deals with a dead horse

Friday, September 26, 2003

Sir Ridley Scott has aesthetic standards

My kids -- they're hardly kids, they're men -- grew up thinking Sinatra and Bobby Darin were heavy kitsch. Now, of course, they think they're very cool. I say to them, "They were always cool, mate, and that's it. It's you who didn't get it.' (Laughs)


-- Les

20 Questions the Media Will Not Ask Concerning Iraq

Something to wine about.

Personally, I think the 1970s and 1980s was the golden age of California winemaking; the most successful wines of that era—Ridge Monte Bello, Phelps Eisele Vineyard, Heitz Martha's Vineyard—had ripeness and power, but they also had finesse and elegance, qualities not currently found in many California wines. These days, the signature California style is flashy and in-your-face—"hedonistic fruit bombs," in the Parker vernacular. Though these wines tend to flow across the palate with all the subtlety and grace of the Soviet Army rolling into Prague, they do have a certain burlesque appeal, and they have been undeniably popular in recent years. Still, sales aren't nearly as brisk as they were just two or three years ago. Obviously, the weak economy has hurt business, particularly at the high end.

It's offical, Communists are against President Bush:

"It will take an extraordinary united all-people's front with a movement on the ground to defeat the Bush right-wing agenda in 2004," declares the online manifesto. "It can be done with the combination of the labor vote, the women's vote, and African-American and Latino vote, combined with the youth vote, the peace vote, the environmental vote, the senior vote, the farm vote, etc., all of whom are pledged to work as they never have before."
That's the message from Joelle Fishman, political action committee chairwoman of the Communist Party USA.
In a message on the party's Web site (www.cpusa.org), the Communist leader praises presidential candidates the Rev. Al Sharpton and Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, for "playing a radicalizing role" in the Democratic Party. And that's the party for communists, according to Miss Fishman, noting efforts to prevent a left-wing, third-party bid like Ralph Nader's Green Party candidacy in 2000.
"Many peace activists, who are cynical about the political process, have come to recognize that in order to stop the Bush Doctrine, it is necessary to defeat Bush. ...
"CPUSA Executive Vice Chairman Jarvis Tyner recently appeared on a panel in New York about the elections, which afforded an opportunity to exchange with many activists who voted for Nader in 2000. On the basis of Bush administration actions, most of those in attendance indicated they were thinking differently now, and would not be prepared to vote for a Nader-like candidate in 2004."
Miss Fishman advised her fellow communists: "We should remain flexible through the primary season. At the same time, we should do everything we can to build up support for the most advanced candidates, who are playing an important role in helping shape the national debate."

   from the Washington Times

Good stuff from CD Harris

"Any time somebody speaks out criticizing this administration or its policies, there is this orchestrated concerted effort to attack those who criticize. Criticizing those who are vocal in their personal criticism, their approach, their concerns, is McCarthyesque." - Tom Daschle
To which John Hawkins aptly responds: "So apparently, if Democrats attack Bush or his policies, that's freedom of speech, that's their right to dissent, that's the First Amendment in action. But if someone points out that their criticism of the Bush administration is uncivil, untrue, or invalid, hold on to your blacklists, it's McCarthyism. Welcome to Tom Daschle's world where only Democrats can have valid opinions and "mean" Republicans are by definition persecuting Dems by disagreeing."
I've been looking around the 'Net but I can't find any record of Daschle complaining about how the vaunted Clinton war room went into high gear every time someone criticized Bubba - or came forward with some lurid tale from his past. I must not be using the right search terms.

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Self Defense and the Single Girl

9th Circuit Blocks Hillary Book Recall , satire by Scrappleface.

The The Anti-Anti-Americans in France.

A review of Neal Stephenson's new novel.

It's Official, Palm hates its customers
I went to the Palm "Customer Support" (that's a case of false advertising) site to check for the tracking number for my Tungsten C.

Instead, I've find they have pushed the ship date out yet again.
This time to October 1. They have had since 9/10/03. I was told that they turn around repairs in 5-10 business days, typically 5 days or less.

I should have paid attention to the advice Otter gave Flounder.
Instead, I fucked up. I trusted them.

I'm really fond of my Tungsten C. It's a great device.
It's the Palm Customer Service/Technical support that is consumer hostile.
I wouldn't be so annoyed if I had at least one good experience with them, but this is the third time I've dealt with them and the third time I've gotten screwed over.

Meanwhile on cable television:

"Our entire political system is based on bribery."

-- Jesse Ventura, Former Governor of Minnesota, speaking on MSNBC.

British Jurist Exercises Rational Judgement

A judge has stripped a schoolboy of a £4,250 damages award after his school argued that it would be "madness" to compensate him for breaking his arm after falling off a swing as he played Superman during a sports day at Chillerton country primary school near Newport.

Ryan Simonds, from Rookley, Isle of Wight, was given damages by a county court judge in March for the injury.

But, overturning the ruling that the school was negligent, Mr Justice Gross said at London's high court that if "word got out" the boy had won his case "the probability is sports days and other pleasurable sporting events will simply not take place ... Such events could easily become uninsurable, or at prohibitive cost."
And the Fifth Horseman, who was called Absurdity, fell off his mount.

And there was much amusement.

-- Les

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

"I've known Wes for a long time. I will tell you the reason he came out of Europe early had to do with integrity and character issues, things that are very near and dear to my heart. I'm not going to say whether I'm a Republican or a Democrat. I'll just say Wes won't get my vote." - General Hugh Shelton, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the maverick soldier now running for the presidency.
   Found at Andrew Sullivan's site

Jerry Pournelle wants to scuttle the Shuttle.

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

"... when you employ a merit-based system, you get Condoleezza Rice. And when you employ affirmative action , you get Madeleine Albright." -- Julia Gorin

Morris on Clark

The Worst Roleplaying Game Ever Written?

Who is Yasser Arafat?

Andrew Sullivan with more on the Bush Haters:

I've been plenty critical of some aspects of this administration, especially on fiscal and cultural matters). I just don't think Bush is maliciously intent on destroying the fabric of the country. In fact, I think the president has done a pretty good job of responding boldly to some of the gravest crises the country has ever faced. But the intensity of the desire to see him defeated - by whatever means and whoever benefits - is a real phenomenon. It's stronger and more widespread than the antipathy to Clinton in, say, 1996. It will propel the coming electoral cycle. All the frustration that so many felt at the cultural realignment in the wake of 9/11 is going to come to a head. It was bad enough for some that this "moron" was elected. But that he presided over a real shift in the country's mood - against apologizing for American power, against appeasement of Islamo-extremism - is still too much to contemplate with equanimity. This is payback time. Check out this Boston Herald story for some price quotes from the angry base.The worldview of some has been shaken. And they are determined to see it restored.

Blood On His Hands

Does Mr. Maley have no curiosity about Clark’s role in the Waco holocaust, one of the biggest mass killings of American dissenters by the American government in our history? (If he is the Dave Maley who is public information director for well-regarded Ithaca College, you’d think his inquiring mind would want to know.)

Has Maley not already been made uncomfortable by the many creepy things about Clark that were under the rocks I have already turned over? Or is this the very reason he wants to prevent me from exposing more of these icky hidden facts to the clear light of day?

Clark’s role in Waco is an issue and a battle that the Left politically cannot win. It apparently was the pivotal factor in Clark’s rise to military four-stardom and political super-stardom, and it could and should become the cause of General Wesley Clark’s downfall, his Waterloo.

No wonder he's runnig as a Democrat.

-- Les

A wee bit of sterotyping here...
I'm not saying she wrong, mind you...:-)

CD Harris says:

Carol Moseley-Braun has now officially announced that she's running for President. Who knows, she might even outpoll the Communist Party candidate (unless, that is, they just nominate her themselves).

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Why and How to Remember September 11th

We should take this September 11—and every future September 11, while the threat of war on American soil still looms—as an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the cause of American security. We should resolve, not only "never forget," but "never again"—and then we should make good on that promise, waging war with all our might until the enemy that attacked us has been vanquished. At a time when our Administration claims to be doing everything in its power to prevent more attacks, and when many Americans are more worried about the economy than about terrorism, we must acknowledge that we have barely begun to wage that war—and if we are to live in safety, we must make sure that we begin it soon.

This is how to remember September 11: with solemn anger, but with resilience and fortitude; with the moral courage that comes from knowing that America is in the right; and with an unbreached resolve to defeat our enemies and once again live in a world of peace and security.

Friday, September 19, 2003

In honor of Talk Like A Pirate Day:
Lyrics by Xavier Atencio and music by George Bruns

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We pillage, we plunder, we rifle, and loot,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We kidnap and ravage and don't give a hoot,
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We extort, we pilfer, we filch, and sack,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
Maraud and embezzle, and even high-jack,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We kindle and char, inflame and ignite,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We burn up the city, we're really a fright,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.

We're rascals, scoundrels, villans, and knaves,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We're devils and black sheep, really bad eggs,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We're beggars and blighters, ne'er-do-well cads,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
Aye, but we're loved by our mommies and dads,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.

Thursday, September 18, 2003

More from Andrew Sullivan's Blog

THE ENEMY: Tom Friedman comes to the only conclusion possible from recent events. France is not an ally of the United States. It's an enemy. Their resentment is helping to undermine the cause of stability and progress in Iraq, and their machinations are doing immeasurable damage to the future of European-American relations. Money quote:
If France were serious, it would be using its influence within the European Union to assemble an army of 25,000 Eurotroops, and a $5 billion reconstruction package, and then saying to the Bush team: Here, we're sincere about helping to rebuild Iraq, but now we want a real seat at the management table. Instead, the French have put out an ill-conceived proposal, just to show that they can be different, without any promise that even if America said yes Paris would make a meaningful contribution.
But then France has never been interested in promoting democracy in the modern Arab world, which is why its pose as the new protector of Iraqi representative government - after being so content with Saddam's one-man rule - is so patently cynical.

Worse than cynical. Malevolent. I've been reading Peter Stothard's lively book about the most critical month in Tony Blair's premiership, Thirty Days. What really struck me about the internal debates in the British cabinet last March was the simple assumption of French malice and cynicism at every juncture. And this from a bunch of committed Europhiles. And it's getting worse.

Linux Developer Gets Laid

Philadelphia, PA - In news that is sure to excite the Linux community, long time Linux developer Todd Stanton got laid.

Hillary is keeping the Buzz up.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

The Top 10 Ways Fox News Intimidated CNN

The Bashing Has Begun! Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri democrat and Presidental hopeful has set up a web site bashing democrate front runner Howard Dean.

The Washington Times notes that some Nickels are larger than others:

Former President Bill Clinton is back in his natural habitat, which is the campaign trail, notes a Stuart News editorial yesterday. But the Florida paper does not buy Mr. Clinton's claim that he "never had a nickel" until he was out of office.
"The Clintons' final financial disclosure statement as they left the White House in January 2001 showed that they estimated their net worth at between $1 million and $5 million. And in the last year of his presidency, they accepted $190,027 in gifts. And on her way out of the White House, Hillary Rodham Clinton had in her purse an $8 million book deal. And the president's $200,000-a-year salary was hardly minimum wage."
"Of course, compared to what he's making now, the White House must seem like comparative penury. In his first year as an ex-president, Bill Clinton earned $9.5 million making speeches. That's a lot of nickels," the News concluded.

Next Generation Bar Codes

I didn't know this about Johnny Cash.

Thomas Sowell on California

Maybe it is just local pride on my part, but I think California is the purest example of liberal fundamentalism. New York and Massachusetts have their claims on that title, but California is not called the Left Coast for nothing.

Some recent examples: After an initiative was put on the ballot to curb panhandling in San Francisco, Democratic State Senator John Burton threatened to go into court to fight it, even if the voters passed it into law.

Governor Gray Davis recently added to his Left Coast record by signing into law a bill that will allow illegal aliens to get California driver's licenses. Given our lax election laws, this may enable those illegal aliens to vote.

Meanwhile, Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante, running for governor in the recall election, has denounced businesses for not paying "their share" of taxes and for violating an "unwritten social contract" by not providing enough benefits to their employees.

Just what is the right share of California's high taxes for business to pay? In one word: More. And just what is in this unwritten social contract? Whatever Bustamante says is in it.

Pat Gang on two years of war

There are certain singular events that can be defined as movements of the Linchpin of History. These are events that change the world so fundamentally that nothing Before is ever again quite the same as After. These events resonate hundreds and sometimes thousands of years later. Most recently, there have been two such movements: the sight of thousands of Germans tearing with bare hands and hacking with picks and sledgehammers at that hated wall in Berlin, and in 2001 the images of the World Trade Center towers collapsing in blood and ruin.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

"When a white person kills a black person, we all go out in the street to protest. But our children are being educationally killed every day in public schools and nobody says a thing." -- Floyd Flake, a six-term liberal New York Democrat who, despite opposition from the Congressional Black Caucus, co-sponsored a 1997 voucher bill for New York City

If You Want Something Done Right You May Have To Do It Yourself

John Publubiski Writes in the Little Green Footballs:

Over twenty years ago, while at university, I had a small apartment in an large old wooden Victorian building.....a real tinderbox. One day, while working on a term paper, I head someone downstairs screaming "help, please help"!

A tennent downstairs had started a grease fire while cooking with a frypan. I bounded down the stairs and found the other tennents struggling to move out their most cherished possessions, rather than attempting to put out the fire! Most, it appears, were "artsy types". One young guy ( who used to ALWAYS listen to Led Zeppelin) asked; "should we call the fire department"? "OH REALLY, do you think we should", I responded, fluttering my eyes like Bette Davis. I then grabbed the two fire extinguishers that lay barely TEN FEET from his apartment door, picked up both and ran , encountered the women who had started the fire, told her to shut the fuck up ( she was needlessly screaming her head off) and put out the flames.

The building smelled smoke for a day or two....I got an honourable mention from the fire department of Westmount.

We should certainly be guided by what the authorities say, but we don't necessarily have to wait on them in order to be able to do something.

That fire was very important for me. It was the first in a series of incidents that would gently nudge me away from my old lefty assumptions.

One important thing: Always, always, always remain calm....its the key to everything.

Moral Treason from Jimmy Carter
by Harry Binswanger (September 16, 2003)

On Saturdays, neither the NY Sun nor the WSJ is published, so I buy the NY Times. It keeps me from being overly optimistic. Today, on page 4 of the Times, there’s a story entitled "North Korean Standoff Poses ‘Greatest Threat,’ Carter Says." Here’s the lead paragraph:

“Tokyo, Sept. 5 - Former President Jimmy Carter, the man credited with defusing the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis, warned here today that the current standoff was the world’s ‘greatest threat.’”

Here’s how I would have written that lead:

“Tokyo, Sept. 5 - Former President Jimmy Carter, the man blamed for the failed 1994 attempt to bribe North Korea away from nuclear bomb development, admitted here today that the current standoff was the world’s ‘greatest threat.’”

A little later, the story said Carter’s 1994 trip “opened the way to the first nuclear agreement with North Korea.” Yeah, and Neville Chamberlain’s 1938 trip to Munich “opened the way to the first territorial agreement with Nazi Germany.”

Monday, September 15, 2003

A European Theory of Cowboy Behavior

Over the years, countless westerns have formed a very stereotyped image of cowboys from America's pioneer era. Everyone is familiar with the image of a lonesome, dusty cowboy with his six-shooter hanging ready at the hip. He drifts from one rough and lawless prairie town to the other, where you shoot first and ask questions afterwards, and where the local saloon can quickly transform into a lethal shooting gallery.

Is this portrayal in accordance with the historical actualities? Yes, in fact it is, and especially the Clint Eastwood-type comes closest to the reality. Almost all cowboys looked and behaved exactly like him, and were hard, obstinate, and taciturn men. This was not because of the uncivilised and heartless society they lived in, as one would think. The explanation is merely that they drank the world's strongest coffee.

Um. Okay...

-- Les

Mark Steyn on Swedish passivity:

You can blame it on a lack of police, as everyone's doing. But Lindh's killer didn't get away with it because of the people who weren't there but because of the people who were: the bystanders. When I bought my home in New Hampshire, I heard a strange rustling one night, and being new to rural life, asked my police chief the following morning, if it had turned out to be an intruder whether I should have called him at home. ''Well, you could,'' said Al. ''But it would be better if you dealt with him. You're there and I'm not.'' That's the best advice I've ever been given.

This isn't an argument for guns, though inevitably Sweden has gun control, knife control and everything else. It's more basic than that: It's about the will to be a citizen, not just a suckler of the nanny-state narcotic. In Lee Harris' forthcoming book Civilization And His Enemies, he talks about the threat of societal forgetfulness: ''Forgetfulness occurs when those who have been long inured to civilized order can no longer remember a time in which they had to wonder whether their crops would grow to maturity without being stolen or their children sold into slavery by a victorious foe.''

The Left are the new Conservatives. Good stuff from Andrew Sullivan.

My old friend Ian Buruma had a bracing essay in the Financial Times over the weekend. He baldly states something that is, to my mind, indisputable: the biggest force for conservatism in world affairs right now is the Western left. You only have to listen to what pass for their arguments about the remarakable experiment now being attempted in Iraq to witness the sheer Tory pessimism of them all. Their "anti-Orientalist" stance has robbed them of any means to criticize Arab or Islamist societies, or to support reform of them, even if it means temporary armed intervention. Their support for "peace" is really an argument for complete Western disengagement from societies and cultures where tyranny, genocide, terror and theocracy abide. How is it that one can scour the pages of, say, the Nation and not find a single essay marveling at the new freedoms in Iraq - of the press, of free speech, of religious diversity? Even when they do see the good side of, say, greater freedom for women in Afghanistan, their loathing of the Bush administration dampens much of their liberal conviction. Surveying the curdling of left-liberalism after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Buruma goes in for the kill:
The socialist debacle, then, contributed to the resentment of American triumphs. But something else happened at the same time. In a curious way left and right began to change places. The expansion of global capitalism, which is not without negative consequences, to be sure, turned leftists into champions of cultural and political nationalism. When Marxism was still a potent ideology, the left sought universal solutions for the ills of the world. Now globalisation has become another word for what Heidegger meant by Americanism: an assault on native culture and identity. So the old left has turned conservative.

Buruma is particularly acute in observing the parallels between old Tory bigotry about what those 'colored people' were capable of, and current leftist disdain for the whole idea of democratization in Arab countries.


By: John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.)

Popular encyclopedias such as Funk & Wagnalls (1983) lump together Hitler's German regime, Mussolini's Italian regime, General Tojo's Japanese regime and Generalissimo Franco's Spanish regime under the single rubric of "fascist" so it seems clear that it is the accepted wisdom that all four regimes were basically similar and differed only in matters of detail. Anyone who knows even a little of the history of the period concerned, however, must realize how far from the truth this is. The feudal warlords of Japan, the antisemitic socialist of Germany, the Conservative Catholic monarchist of Spain and the pragmatic socialist of Italy were in fact united over only one thing: Their dislike of Lenin and Stalin's Communism and "Bolshevism" generally. There clearly is some need, therefore, for us to look at what Mussolini and the Fascists really were and did.

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Larry Miller goes out for a walk on Thursday Morning

Most newspapers and TV news outfits have, it seems to me, spent two years subtly saying, "Don't act, don't move, let it all be. Sit and wait, and let the image grow smaller and smaller like a gas station in the rearview mirror. Very soon it will be a dot, and eventually it will be gone completely."

But I don't think I'm going to do that. I don't think I'm going to let it go away. I think I'm going to wade through the shrill self-hate and say, "Go on. Continue on. Clean this up. Win." Because I think that's not only the right way to remember the people who held hands and jumped from those towers, I think it's the right way to remember the soldiers who've died on these first few steps to justice. By the way, it's also the right way to remember every murdered bus rider and every terrified Arab who's spent the last thousand years seeing the sadistic face of the torturer who's about to kill him. They're not his brothers, you know, they're his oppressors, and we are the best thing that's ever happened to him.

That's the choice: Stop, or keep going; keep our promises, or forget we made them; be responsible, or irresponsible; face facts, or ignore them. It's easier to stop, you know. Beating these folks will take a very long time. Decades, probably, and that's if we do everything right.

Hey. Life itself takes decades if you do it right.

-- Les

I saw a few blogs/LJs mention " The Top 25 Censored Media Stories of 2001-2002"

So I took a look. It appears that the Far Left Extremists have their own "Black Helicopter" crowd too.

Johnny Cash, R.I.P.

Semper Fi

"Soccer moms are evil. SUV drivers aren't the spawn of Satan. Mini-van drivers are." -- Bitter Bitch

Hillary is turing 9/11 into a political issue. No surprise there.

Friday, September 12, 2003

Sam Kinison was The Man.

Oh No! They Did It Again!

(September 12, 2003) — The city is being accused for at least the second time this year of tearing down a building by mistake — but this time, city officials seem somewhat more willing to take the blame.

Raymond R. Mielcarek filed a notice of claim against the city in late August, stating that his five-car garage at 865 Clifford Ave. was erroneously demolished in May, and with it tools and machinery estimated to be worth about $14,122 destroyed. The garages have a replacement value of roughly $27,360, according to the claim.

Mielcarek could not be reached for comment.

The intended target, a vacant carriage house believed to be at 855 Clifford Ave., was easy to miss, said Community Development Commissioner Linda Stango. For one thing, it was obscured by a house. For another, it wasn’t actually on Clifford Avenue.

City attorney Jeffrey Eichner said the city was still in the process of reviewing the claim, which includes a nine-page spreadsheet listing the contents of the garages.

Meanwhile, the building that was supposed to be demolished, at 855 Clifford Ave., remains standing. Stango said it would likely be torn down in an upcoming round of demolitions.

The city has mistakenly torn down buildings before, including a house at 75 Maria St. three years ago, and another building eight years before that. About 350 structures are demolished each year.

“ I don’t remember more than a couple (accidental demolitions) a year,” Eichner said. “ We don’t get a lot of claims on it. It’s very seldom.”

Another reason why I read Andrew Sullivan

THE GREAT DIVIDE: My friend Lawrence Kaplan had a terrific little piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Terrific because it put its finger on how quickly a cultural and political divide emerged in the war on terror. By and large, the Democratic party is now opposed to continuing this war, as currently envisaged, and want to wind it down as fast as possible, seeking diplomacy over force, denying the nexus of terror in the Middle East, eager to undo the new mechanisms law enforcement has to prevent future terrorist attacks, while engaging in Dowd-like attempts to embarrass and infantillize the men and women with the dreadful responsibility for our security. Listening to the Democratic debate earlier this week, I was amazed at how few had any strategic plans for taking the war to the enemy, how the very concept of 'enemy' seemed to unnerve and embarrass them. Similarly, the New York Times, a paper that witnessed first-hand the terror, now prefers to use the occasion of the anniversary for a classic piece of moral equivalence, comparing the murder of 3,000 innocents to the U.S. complicity in a coup in Chile thirty years ago. For these people, the first instinct is always, always, always, that the United States is morally suspect. They haven't changed. The moral clarity after 9/11 terrified them. They wanted it to go away so badly so they could switch the conversation back to the faults and evils of America.

"There isn't any question but that a significant part of the way in which the French political diplomatic class defines itself is against America, and this has been a continuing neurosis amongst the French political class for many decades." -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw

Thursday, September 11, 2003

"Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals. That it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the Government. That it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen's protection against the government." -- Ayn Rand

I found this funny.

Here are some Haiku poems about the nine democrat dwarves.

John Kerry
Served in Vietnam,
he reminds us constantly.
Hitched to ketchup chick.

John Edwards
Pissy little boy
at one time was frontrunner.
Whoops...not anymore.

Carol Mosely Braun
Lady from Chi-town,
oh my goodness, what a loon.
Socialist leanings.

Dennis Kucinich
Tinfoil hats abound.
No weapons in space for him.
Silliness walking.

Joe Lieberman
Good old Mumbly Joe,
sometimes seems reasonable.
At other times, though...

Dick Gephardt
He's an old war horse.
Trouble with Streisand's faxes
leads to Babs blow-up.

Bob Graham
He's from Florida.
Boring, boring guy is he.
Hard to make haiku.

Howard Dean
Internet loves him.
Lousy bedside manner, doc.
Angry, angry man.

Al Sharpton
Tawana Brawley;
oops, nothing really happened.
Race-baiting nimrod.

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

He's still the 500 pound gorilla of the Senate.

Senator John Kerry's Credibility called to question.

Here's one for you Dune fans out there:

Share & Enjoy!

Ack!!! I actually agree with a Democrat!!!

But Wisconsin cheese-lovers are uniting against the threat, seeing protectionism at work, not homeland pride. U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., mocked the European claim in a letter he sent Thursday to the U.S. trade representative.

"Residents of a certain German city have no claim to the word 'hamburger,' for example, any more than those who live in the Belgian capital could sue over use of the term 'brussel sprout,' " Feingold said. "The success of immigrant cheesemakers in the U.S. has turned names like 'feta' and 'Swiss' into generic names that indicate product characteristics rather than geographic origin."

On the other hand we could simply call it "Wisconsin _____" cheese and see what sells better.

-- Les

Funny, she doesn't look Jewish...and the Saudies wonder why people won't take them seriously.

From the nice folks at the The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler

Can You Hear The Whistle Blowing?

Are the Donks listening to the sound of the oncoming freight train that has just left the station in Alabama? Or are they gonna just stand there on the tracks with their fingers stuck in the ears (& asses) going "Lalalalalalalalal... I can't heeeeeeeeeear you!"?

It's all nice, warm and fuzzy to say, from their Hallowed Halls of Hubris (aka Congress), that they represent "The People?", but when "The People?" are afforded the oppurtunity to actually have "TAXATION WITH REPRESENTATION" (aka Voting On Their Own Damned Taxes), the Donks' claims seem to fall a bit short.

Should we go up and tap 'em on the shoulder and alert them to their imminent demise, or just stare and watch the slaughter in morbid fascination?

Clarification: Yes, we know the Goober-nerd of Abba-llama is an "R". But this method of
"Tax 'Em 'Til Their Arses Bleed" is, by and large, the Donk Methodology of Mismanaging Other Peoples' Money?.

Prolefeed: The "rubbishy entertainment and spurious news which the Party handed out to the masses."
See Al Franken and Michael Moore for modern examples.

Good Stuff from Instapundit:


Bill Sampson, recently released from a Saudi Arabian prison, has been telling his story in the National Post and on Global television, and as horrific as his ordeal was, even more appalling is the Canadian government's behaviour throughout. The Canadian government, first through John Manley as foreign minister and then his successor Bill Graham, was not only reluctant to believe allegations of torture but sided with the Saudis. After Sampson's release, the most conceded by Mr. Graham has been that there was "mistreatment."
Mistreatment! Good Lord!

Sampson's accounts are graphic: Strung upside down and beaten, the soles of his feet whipped, being forced to squat, arms tied around his legs and a bar pushed under his knees and then hung between chairs and spun and beaten, his genitals hit, testicles stamped on, and more.

"No evidence of torture," insisted the Canadian government for 31 months of his imprisonment on trumped up charges.

Funny how so many people who criticize the U.S. criminal justice system take a "what can you expect from the wogs?" approach to this sort of thing. The Saudis, of course, deny everything. But then, they also claim to be our allies in the war on terror. . . .

UPDATE: Reader Brian Dunn emails:

Yet the Canadian government is filled with people who still think Guantanamo Bay is a torture center. I bet Mr. Sampson wishes he faced our tender mercies rather than the Saudis'.

And then the Canadian government would have complained loudly!

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Ok, I'm a geek, I recognized every movie reference right off the bat.

Interesting choice for Jade. :-)

Michael Moore can go for top honors now.

It's money. Use it.

Dick Morris with some interesting insights on the 2004 race.

An interesting observation from the French Press found on Instapundit:

MERDE IN FRANCE NOTES an interesting bit from the French press:

We are very interested in American deaths in Iraq. If we were as passionate about our own elderly, we would have had fewer victims. If the Americans are as moved by our deaths as we are by their deaths, they'll soon make a landing in France to stop the massacre. It's just that, and we will never admit it, every American soldier killed in Iraq causes, if not happiness, at least a certain satisfaction.

I'd already kind of figured that out, but it's nice to see it admitted in print.

David Horowitz on Rodney King and his supporters:

Poverty, as a friend mine has said, is different from being broke. Being broke is when you’re out of pocket. Being poor is a dispiriting and disabling state of mind. Giving money to dysfunctional people is not a way to make them rich or even comfortable. It’s a way of enabling them to pursue their self-destructive behaviors at an even higher velocity.

If Rodney King had obeyed the orders clearly given and had laid down in a “prone position” on the night of his famous encounter with Los Angeles police, 58 people would be alive today, $16 billion would be circulating in the economy and four dedicated LAPD officers who were working to the book that night would not have been forced to endure two trials (the first had acquitted them) and had their careers destroyed to appease the liberal conscience.

From where I stand conscience appears to the recognition fo the fact that one's own actions have moral consequences to the lives of others. But liberals who claim to be acting in accord to their own "conscience" will as a matter of apparent routine engage in acts that are destructive of human life and acts of outright treason.

-- Les

Monday, September 08, 2003

From another listing of Michael Moore's failings.

Roger Ebert, Movie Answer Man, takes Michael Moore to task. Sort of. It almost gets apologetic towards the end, and generally allows Moore to get the final word. But there are some zingers.

As a reporter, I was offended when Moore walked into the backstage press room and immediately started spin control. Instead of acknowledging he had been booed and dealing with that, he lectured the press to "tell the truth--don't say it was a divided house because five loud people were booing." Everyone in that room had heard a lot of booing ("at least half the house," The New York Times reported). To paraphrase a famous Richard Pryor line, Moore was asking us, "Who you gonna believe? Me, or your lyin' ears?"

By the next day, he was quoted that the boos of his enemies were somehow amplified, that the boos came from a claque in the balcony, that stagehands were behind it. Everything but boos from the grassy knoll. He even said some of the booers were booing the other booers. If anyone knows that you cheer in order to drown out boos, it's the Academy.

A protest against a tax hike in oh so liberal Seattle?
You bet! Don't be getting between them and their coffee!

Jerry Pournelle on the Unpublished Heinlein Novel.

Liberal Andrew Sullivan takes on the lies of Michael Moore again:

MORE MOORE LIES: Just a revealing throw-away, caught by blogger, Anthony Cox. As an afterword to his predictably inane ramblings on his website, Michael Moore links to a story he describes thus: "And sadly, an 11 year old British anti-war activist takes his own life after being tormented in school for his views." The piece he cites argues no such thing. If anything, this bullied and probably gay kid in Britain, who killed himself at 11, found some solace in his "anti-war" campaigning. Will Moore use even a completely unrelated, dead 11-year old to advance his bile? You bet he will.

David Horowitz tells us how we should look at the War on Terror:

There is one reason – and one reason alone – that Americans have been safe for the almost two years since the 9/11 attacks.

That reason is the aggressive war that President Bush and the American military have waged against international terror and its Axis of Evil. The war on terror has been fought in the streets of Baghdad and Kabul instead of Washington and New York. By taking the battle to the enemy camp, by making the terrorists the hunted instead of the hunters, President Bush and the American military have kept Americans safe.

Sunday, September 07, 2003

You got to hand it to DNC chairperson Terry McAuliffe.
Today he said the following on Meet the Press:

Bill Clinton did not blame former President George Bush. Bill Clinton, when he took office with Al Gore, inherited a recession. He didn’t blame anybody else.

Boy, can that man lie in a most Clinton like fashion!
Let's spin the wayback machine and take a look at what really happened:
"[S]enior Administration officials, including Bentsen and Panetta, concede that the professed shock at higher deficit estimates issued after the election was largely feigned. Moreover, the new Clinton team issued initial budget projections soon after taking office that put absolutely the worst face possible on the deficit outlook, manipulating data to reinforce the impression that Bush had left Clinton with a fiscal nightmare." -- Los Angeles Times, April 24, 1994, p. D1.

Go back and check the numbers. The economy was already starting a (slow) growth when Clinton won the election in 1992 by a minority. Then Clinton passed an economy on the down turn to President Bush 43.

A family of four with an income of $40,000 saw their tax burden go down from about $2,000 to $45 under President Bush's tax-relief package.

" If you know that 15 out of the 19 Sept. 11 terrorists are from one country and you happen to notice that, it’s not profiling, that’s minimally observant." -- Dennis Miller

From Instapundit.com

BELLESILES UPDATE: Ralph Luker notes that a new edition of Arming America, the discredited work of former Emory historian Michael Bellesiles, will soon be published by an outfit called Soft Skull Press. And no, I'm not making that up.
It would be nice, of course, if this second edition rigorously addressed the systematic errors of its predecessor (some of which are spelled out at length in this Yale Law Journal article by James Lindgren) but I suspect that such hopes are in vain. Were this book an answer to Bellesiles' critics, and the charges of fraud that ultimately led to Bellesiles' dismissal and the withdrawal of his book from the market, I suspect that his original publisher, Knopf, would have been happy to bring it out.

World War Four

What are these quiet Americans doing in the capital of Mauritania, a nation that has never made the front pages and sits a continent and a half removed from the immediate interests of the United States? And what are their colleagues in a dozen other far-flung regions doing, handing out money and guns and hard-won secrets to governments and warlords and military men in the southern islands of the Philippines, on the steppes of Uzbekistan, in the dense jungle between Venezuela and Brazil?

The guys in the sunglasses have a name for this not-so-secret campaign. They call it World War Four, an unofficial title that is now used routinely by top officials and ground-level operatives in the U.S. military and the CIA. It is a global war, one of the most expensive and complex in world history. And it will mark its second anniversary this week, on Sept. 11.

The White House would rather it be known as the war on terrorism. But in its strategies, political risk and secrecy, it is more like the Cold War, which the CIA types like to consider World War Three. Its central battles, in Afghanistan and Iraq, have been traditional conflicts. But while the public's attention was focused on those big, controversial and expensive campaigns, the United States was busy launching a broader war whose battlefields have spread quietly to two dozen countries

Saturday, September 06, 2003

Pandering - The Redistribution of Virtue.

These thin-skinned charlatans, these claimants to undeserved restitution and apology are torn between their self-identification with undifferentiated others and a guilty desire to assert themselves. Hence, we are treated to the sorry spectacle of the richest and most productive achievers apologizing for their accomplishments and desperately buying the blanket approval that they must have to survive psychologically.

Worse, those thirsty for the accolades of the depraved are not content with bastardizing their own existences. They will not be content until everyone whose life is self-sustained, whose self-esteem is intact, whose integrity is unbreached, until these affronts to their own abased selves are brought low. Egalitarians are never proponents of equality in values. The only equivalence they will accept is the warped perversion of parity in poison. What they cannot achieve through redistribution of income they push for via "redistribution of virtue."

These panders will never accede to the proposition that virtue is achievable by all. Better, they believe, to tear down what is objectively valuable and transfer that virtue to those who least deserve it.

Denounce the productive. Worship the moochers.

Castigate the brave who are willing to defend their lives. Applaud the fearful who cower at the sight of a gun.

Accuse the responsible able to protect their own health of heartlessness. Bless the negligent who refuse to care for their own bodies: the obese, the lazy, the dissolute.

Brand the inquisitive who desire only to direct their own education as ignorant. Celebrate the mindless cattle who accept whatever State-mandated garbage is shoveled into their minds.

Censure the creative. Endorse the dullards.

Demonize the lonely few seeking to uphold the moral autonomy of all. Ennoble the criminals who prey on all and demand the booty as theirs by right.

Boycott, damn, excoriate, prosecute, rebuke, revile, smear, stigmatize, and vilify the individuals who unflinchingly defend freedom, who stand up to the agents of the State, who refuse to accept a single chain around their necks, who want only to live their lives in peace, to make their own decisions, keep their own money, form their own relationships, practice their own careers; heroes, large and small, famous or obscure, who cannot fathom the mentalities, the souls of those who salivate at the prospect of intimidation, of control, of power over their neighbors.

Do anything and everything possible to ensure that the damaged, the impaired, the adulterated and the diluted are the ones to receive the judgment of "virtue," a virtue stolen from those who truly deserve such an evaluation. Worry over the opinions of the "talentless," the "self-indulgent," the time-wasters. Let the mediocre dictate to the good how they must be treated. Place the lives, the careers, the judgments of the superior in the clumsy fingers of the ignorant, the failures, the usurpers.

I have no use for such people, do you?

-- Les

Friday, September 05, 2003

I admit it, I'd do it too...

Democrats Expected To Ambush Arnold

California Democrats are planning an 11th-hour "late hit" on GOP gubernatorial front-runner Arnold Schwarzenegger, mirroring tactics used to defeat other California Republicans and deployed against President Bush in the 2000 election.

Former Reagan adviser and veteran GOP strategist Ken Kachigian tells columnist George Will that the strategy has become the Democrats' "trademark," and he warns that the last-minute ploy is almost always successful.

Wow, football is cooler than I thought!

The Daily Howler points out that the Left lies about what they call lies.

A nice bit found on Instapundit.com

A spokesman for Mr Berlusconi said the prime minister had been telephoned recently by Col Gaddafi of Libya, who said: "I will do whatever the Americans want, because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid."

Good. Dictators who support terrorists are supposed to be afraid. That's a major part of the plan. (Via Right-thinking).

Andrew Sullivan has a few issues with Howard Dean:

His plan for universal socialized medicine terrifies me, as it should anyone committed to the beleaguered excellence of American healthcare. His reflexive support for tax hikes is also troubling. I don't trust him on a bunch of other issues like, ahem, national security.

Thursday, September 04, 2003

A good wrap up of the 2000 presidential election.

Joe User points out that the US defeated France in WWII.
It's true, but it's not what is taught in schools.

It's not commonly known that France was an Axis power for most of World War II. "Vichy France" is treated as some sort of puppet but it was an active participant in World War II as an Axis power. Most history books gloss over France's behavior in South East Asia. But in fact, France actively aided the Japanese, a fellow Axis power, in Indochina. Most people aren't aware of this, they think after France got taken out in 1940 that they were essentially like a chess piece off the board. In actuality they switched sides and from 1940 to 1944 they fought for the Germans and Japanese. Only after those bloody Anglo-Saxxons (UK/USA) conquered, er liberated France for Charles De Gaulle (and boy he sure showed his appreciation didn't he?) and his small contingent of "Free French" did France nominally return to being an "ally". And that was in the last 6 months or so of the war in Europe.

Pardon My English Blog

Andrew Sullivan Bitch Slaps NYT columnist Maureen Dowd

THE FATUOUSNESS OF DOWD: She's off to a great start in the fall. Here's arguably the most fatuous sentence yet penned by the air-brained columnist: "If all those yuppies can climb Mount Everest, at 29,000 feet, can't we pay some locals to nab Osama at 14,000 feet?" Yep, she wrote that. Yep, they published it. It's her critique of the armed forces' failure so far to capture Osama bin Laden. Does she think it's funny? Does she think it's insightful? Does she think it's helpful? Here's hoping none of that applies. Wouldn't you love to see her in a room with special forces troops, risking their lives right now to protect us? Wouldn't you love to see her tell them that an outdoorsy yuppie could do their job better?

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

"Your face is starting to twitch again, Al. You are making me nervous, I have to say. I love having you here, but ..." - Tucker Carlson to Al Franken, when Franken guest co-hosted Crossfire.

"I've been reading disturbing reports that my state, Florida, is about to lose the coveted title of "The Doofus State," which we Floridians worked so hard to win following the 2000 presidential election by not being able to figure out whom we voted for. We have been the Doofus State for just two lousy years, and now these greedy Californians, who had the title for decades, are trying to get it back." -- Dave Berry

Democrats' hard-money blues

More on Bush Haters

"[Bush Hating] undermines the good faith necessary for democratic discussion. Which is a large part of what people like Al Franken are all about." -- Andrew Sullivan

Mr. Yardley at Commiewatch writes:

(Faculty and teaching assistants’ strikes at my undergraduate institution played a pretty big role in bumping me out of my left-wing beliefs; there’s nothing more pathetic than a well-paid, tenured professor out on a picket line refusing to teach, squandering your scraped-together tuition dollars, extending the school year into the summer, and disrupting the seasonal employment prospects of thousands of largely working-class students, all because he’s got some sort of pathetic Lenin fantasy and thinks he’s leading the vanguard of the international proletariat.)

Pardon me if I seem a bit mean-spirited, but I sometimes have a fantasy about sending all these Lenin and Stalin wanna-be's to a Soviet-style labor camp in order to show them the socialism experience from a victim's point of view. Of course, the grand tour of Hell on Earth would not be complete without the Lubyanka breakfast.

-- Les

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Andrews Sullivan is a bright guy with a good blog.
He does view stuff through a left of center lens, so he says stuff like this:

THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER LANDING: Can we all now agree that that was the dumbest political gesture of the last two years?

The proper response to this is "no." Of course the left didn't like it. They don't like anything he does. Even if he does something they would normally like, they wouldn't like it out knee-jerk response.
His base, the core Republicans did like it. They liked it a lot. So did most of the active duty & retired military, which is another base of his (remember the Gore-Lieberman lawyer hit squads roaming Florida, getting as many military absentee ballots thrown out as they could...).

So Bush did something to energize his base. Get over it.

More on Moore. Bowling DVD altered to remove some of his more blatant propaganda work.

The New Readers' Guide to the works of Rudyard Kipling

Monday, September 01, 2003

Forward movement by NASA

From Instapundit.com

BUSTAMANTE UPDATE: Stefan Sharkansky has posts on MEChA here and here.
He also notes, via email, that the lefty regions of the blogosphere don't seem as willing to condemn Bustamante's racist connections as the righty regions were willing to condemn Trent Lott's.

The Drudge Report is running with a story about racist comments Arnold made back in the 70's. Not a word about Bustamante's racist connections.

The challenge to critics should be this: Name one civil liberty that has been violated under the Patriot Act. They can't, which is why they instead rely on hyperbole in an increasingly successful effort to make the Patriot Act a dirty phrase. -- Rich Lowry

From the Washington Times, "Hillary's expertise" -- from a Wall Street Journal Online Article

"We're not making this one up, folks. In a video snippet you can play for yourself on the NY1 News Web site, Hillary Rodham Clinton accuses the Bush White House of 'a coverup at the highest level,'?" the Wall Street Journal says in an editorial at www.OpinionJournal.com.
"'What transpired in the White House' an angry Mrs. Clinton asked this [past] week from the steps of New York's City Hall. 'I know a little bit about how White Houses work. I know somebody picked up a phone, somebody got on a computer, somebody sent an e-mail, somebody called for a meeting, somebody, probably under instructions from somebody further up the chain, told the EPA, 'Don't tell the people of New York the truth,' and I want to know who that is.

"Mrs. Clinton's coverup accusation was prompted by a report from the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general, which says the Bush Administration prodded the EPA to issue reassuring reports about the air quality in Lower Manhattan after September 11. She's not buying the argument that, in the chaotic aftermath of that day, no one really knew what was going on with air quality.

"Maybe the first couple of days, Mrs. Clinton allows. 'But a week later, two weeks later, two months later, six months later? Give me a break. They knew, and they didn't tell us the truth,' she says.

"This, of course, comes from the same woman who as first lady thought it understandable that her long-subpoenaed records could suddenly materialize in a room right next to her White House study. 'I think people need to understand that there are millions of pieces of paper in the White House,' she told Barbara Walters, 'and for more than two years now people have been diligently searching.'

"Recall that she also dismisses the collection of hundreds of FBI files of Bush and Reagan appointees as a 'bureaucratic snafu' by innocent newcomers 'who did not recognize the mistake.' And who can forget her classic disavowal of any responsibility for the sacking of staffers in the White House Travel Office?" the newspaper asked.

"We suppose Mrs. Clinton's explanations have to be taken on faith. So if the honorable junior senator from New York now wants to argue that she knows a coverup when she sees it, because she knows all about how these things work, who are we to argue?"

Losing Bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terror by Richard Miniter

Will the last registered voter leaving the blue states please turn off the lights.