Monday, May 31, 2004
Sunday, May 30, 2004
While growing up during the Cold War era, I'd seen many movies and documentaries and read books, both in and outside of Oceanside schools, about Hitler's atrocities. Why then did it take me until my late-20s to finally discover the collective horrors committed by Communist dictators?
I've become so fascinated with this question that I plan to write a book answering why communism's legacy -- marked by widespread poverty and unprecedented mass death (an estimated 100 million people were killed under Marxist regimes) -- is far less known and taught compared with Nazism's history.
Saturday, May 29, 2004
We believe that the Iraq war was unilateral. We believe that the participation of Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Ukraine does not change the fact that the war was unilateral; We believe that multilateralism can only be achieved with the participation of France and Germany; We believe in multilateralism.
We believe that this war was motivated by greed and oil;
We believe that when France, Germany, and Russia opposed the war, they were motivated by principle, and not by sweetheart oil deals or Oil-For-Food kickbacks;
We believe that US oil prices are too high, and that the administration failed in its responsibility to do something about it.
Friday, May 28, 2004
DNC sticks the citizens of the Boston area with a $50 Million tab.
If Senator Kerry had any concept of fairness, he would reimburse the city out of campaign funds.
Thursday, May 27, 2004
Just how damn desperate are the democrats? Is there nobody in their entire bloody party worthy of being John Kerry's VP?
It appears not. Kerry needs a Republican pull ahead in the polls. Perhaps being the most liberal member of the Senate is catching up with him.
Hypocrisy from the left. It's as natural to them as breathing. They complain non-stop if a Republican President mentions God, but had no problem with Bill Clinton's church front photo ops, with the Bible he was carrying getting bigger and bigger as he got into more trouble. Having the "Reverend" Jesse Jackson over to provide "counseling" was OK in their book too.
They didn't have any problems with the religious beliefs of these democrat Presidents either:
"And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe -- the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God." -- President John Kennedy's inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1961.
"No greater thing could come to our land today than a revival of the spirit of religion — a revival that would sweep through the homes of the nation and stir the hearts of men and women of all faiths to a reassertion of their belief in God and their dedication to His will for themselves and for their world." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
"If we ignore the spiritual foundations of our birth as a nation, we do so at our peril. It took a faith in God to win our freedoms." -- Harry S Truman
"Democracies rest on faith," -- Lyndon B. Johnson
HARD ROCK VS. CHOMSKY: via Andrew Sullivan:
Here's a delightful interview with rock star, John Schaffer, of the heavy metal group, Iced Earth, by a young Chomsky-reading Canadian leftist for the online magazine, Brave Words and Brass Knuckles. Money quote:
BW&BK: "This next question is controversial so I'm letting you know before we proceed. Some political analysts have articulated the view that what happened on September 11 was justified due to America's presence in the Middle East, specifically Saudi Arabia. Some political analysts view it as retaliation for what the US has done in the Middle East in the past. As a Canadian, I'm interested in hearing what you have to say about this view that's been put forth by analysts."
JS: "No, it wasn't justified. Not at all. And anybody who says so needs to have their fuckin' head examined."
BW&BK: "Do you think 9/11 will be viewed as the first event in the US empire's decline and fall?"
JS: "No. This is not an empire, first of all. If the United States was an empire, your country would be our 51st state."
BW&BK: "I understand."
No he doesn't understand. Read the whole thing. Parts of it are marvelous.
Ann Coulter raises some good points:
The terrorist "stronghold" of Karbala was abandoned last week by Islamic crazies loyal to cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who slunk away when it became clear that no one supported them. Iraqis living in Karbala had recently distributed fliers asking the rebels to please leave, further underscoring one of the principal remaining problems in Iraq – the desperate need for more Kinko's outlets. Last weekend, our troops patrolled this rebel "stronghold" without a shot being fired.
The entire Kurdish region – one-third of the country – is patrolled by about 300 American troops, which is fewer than it takes to patrol the Kennedy compound in Palm Beach on Easter weekends.
Jim Dyke nails it:
"Al Gore served as Vice President of this country for eight years. During that time, Osama Bin Laden declared war on the United States five times and terrorists killed US citizens on at least four different occasions including the first bombing of the World Trade Center, the attacks on Khobar Towers, our embassies in East Africa, and the USS Cole."
"Al Gore’s attacks on the President today demonstrate that he either does not understand the threat of global terror, or he has amnesia."
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
From the Best of the Web:
The Democratic Party is in a morally hazardous position: Its interests coincide with the interests of America's enemies. We get e-mails from Bush-haters who are positively giddy at every setback in Iraq, which they see as setbacks for President Bush--never mind that they're also, and more importantly, setbacks for America and for the Iraqi people.
Monday, May 24, 2004
My problem with this, is the apparent hypocrisy that is taking place here. Nancy and 47 of her like-minded friends pressuring the Bishop not to withhold the sacraments... Isn't this the "State" butting into the "Church's" affairs? It is completely within the Church's right to withhold the sacraments to anyone the Church leaders deem unworthy.
It is the Pope's responsibility to hold the Church to God's standards, laid out in the Bible, not to society's standards. And definitely not those of the 48 liberals who pressured the Bishop.
Sunday, May 23, 2004
Weinberg graduates this month as a student whose days at Cal were marked by what he calls "pinnacles of horror," in the pinched tone of a man betrayed. He remembers pro-Palestinian protesters insisting that Israeli border crossings are as bad as Nazi death camps. He remembers the glass front door of Berkeley's Hillel building -- where he attends Friday night services -- shattered by a cinderblock, with the message FUCK JEWS scrawled nearby. He remembers the spray-painted swastikas discovered one Monday morning last September on the walls of four lecture rooms in LeConte Hall accompanied by the chilling bilingual message, "Die, Juden. " . . .
Such anti-Semitism has always seemed the sinister province of fascists and neo-Nazis, Spanish Inquisitors and tattooed skinheads. How topsy-turvy, then, to discover that some of the most virulent anti-Semitism in America today seethes amid the multicultural ferment of American college campuses. And at UC Berkeley, which owes as much of its allure to radical rhetoric as to academic excellence, it thrives.
Berkely, the poster child for far left liberal democrat activism still mirrors the heart and soul of that movement.
Why American Jews support democrats (including their token Klansman in the Senate) is being coming harder and harder to understand.
Saturday, May 22, 2004
My friend Leslie Bates sent me this interesting link
It seams that 4 out 5 people over at filmthreat.com would not give propagandist Michael Moore a 15-minute standing ovation.
The interesting question, that wasn't asked, is just what would they give him?
Keep in mind that Moore continues the tradition of Goebbels in fine fashion.
Of course the French love his work. Remember that it was the French "art" community who rolled over and spread for the Germans.
Hell, they set a new land speed record for rolling over and spreading.
Friday, May 21, 2004
Thursday, May 20, 2004
"But speaking here in my capacity as a polished, sophisticated European as well, it seems to me the laugh here is on the polished, sophisticated Europeans. They think Americans are fat, vulgar, greedy, stupid, ambitious and ignorant and so on. And they've taken as their own, as their representative American, someone who actually embodies all of those qualities." - Christopher Hitchens on "Scarborough Country," last night. Tip of the hat to Andrew Sullivan for the quote.
Our enemy is not each other, but the terrorists who attacked us....
The blame should be put on one source alone, the terrorists who killed our loved ones.
- Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani to the 9/11 Commission
Another example of why it just doesn't make sense for American Jews to support democrats.
From the Washington Times:
Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, South Carolina Democrat, is defending statements he made in a newspaper opinion article that President Bush went to war with Iraq to protect Israel and appease American Jews.
Mr. Hollings refused to talk with the State newspaper in Columbia about the article on Tuesday, but his office released a letter the retiring senator sent a constituent as a statement, the Associated Press reports.
Mr. Hollings wrote that he could provide quotes from Jewish leaders in the United States and Israel to support his position. Mr. Hollings says characterizations of his comments as "anti-Jewish" are ridiculous.
Mr. Hollings' column appeared in three South Carolina newspapers earlier this month.
Abraham Foxman, president of the Anti-Defamation League, asked Mr. Hollings to retract his comments
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
A Blog list
What, you haven't heard about the fact that a former governor admitted having sex with a 14-year-old girl while in office, and later paid her hush money? Get in line...)
I'm sure the lack of coverage has nothing to do with his political affiliation...[for the clue challenged, He is a democrat.]
More grandstanding by a democrat member of the 9/11 Commission. No surprise here.
According to Gazi George, a former Iraqi nuclear scientist, the Sarin loaded shell will be the first in a series of discoveries of such weapons.
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
'9/11' FLICK HAS FAR 'MOORE' FIZZLE THAN SIZZLE
"virulent feature-length attack on Bush"
"You will see things you haven't seen before and learn things you have not learned before," [Moore] vowed on Sunday.
Well, maybe if you spent the last three years hiding in a cave in Afghanistan.
Mostly Moore dusts off a litany of old accusations against the president - whom he portrays as both a buffoon and a world-class conspirator
Exactly how inept is the Kerry campaign? It's a question worth pondering after Kerry's pronouncement last week that "When Bill Clinton left office, not one young American in uniform was dying in a war anywhere in this world." That remark is as meaningless as it is stupid.
When it comes to the U.N. weapons inspection in Iraq, looking for a smoking gun is a fool's mission. That was true 11 years ago when I led the inspections there. It is no less true today -- even after the seemingly important discovery on Thursday of a dozen empty short-range missile warheads left over from the 1980s.
The only job the inspectors can expect to accomplish is confirming whether Iraq has voluntarily disarmed. That is not a task that need take months more. And last week's cache is irrelevant in answering that question, regardless of the U.N.'s final determination. That's because the answer is already clear: Iraqi is in breach of U.N. demands that it dismantle its weapons of mass destruction.
Glenn Reynolds goes on a bit more on the subject and how it relates to the artillery shell filled with Sarin gas today.
Monday, May 17, 2004
An artillery round loaded with Sarin gas exploded in Iraq.
This WMD delivery device (with the WMD agent still in it) was "of an old style that Saddam Hussein's regime had declared it no longer possessed after the Persian Gulf War."
To quote The Bride, "I guess that makes him a liar as well."
While we're on the subject of worrying way too much about dangerous Iraqi's trying to join American College fraternities:
More Human Rights Abuses on a horrific scale in Africa that nobody at the NY Times/Boston Globe/NPR could care less about...
The latest issue of Newsweek has on it's cover a picture of an alleged Iraqi prisoner stripped, tied to a bed frame, and the worst of all, has a pair of pink panties on his head. Is this a dangerous Iraqi who longs for the days of Saddam or a pledge trying to enter the Delta Iota Kappa fraternity?
Moderate democrat Senator Zell Miller, sums up the problem with American media coverage nicely:
"Those who are wringing their hands and shouting so loudly for 'heads to roll' over [the abuse] seem to have conveniently overlooked the fact that someone's head has rolled - that of another innocent American brutally murdered by terrorists. Why is it that there's more indignation over a photo of a prisoner with underwear on his head than over the video of a young American with no head at all?"
Sunday, May 16, 2004
If you have read enough about Abu Ghraib, try this story:
Saddam had their hands cut off. America gave them new ones.
Spanish troops returning from Iraq say, "We let our allies down."
Quotes from the troops:
"We left our coalition colleagues behind and abandoned the local people, who are living in wretched conditions."
"We felt used and let down by the politicians. Zapatero made the move purely for his own popularity."
"He did not address us and the king did not come. No thanks were given. There was no encouragement for the job we did," said Sgt García. "It was a celebration for Mr Zapatero."
"I would not want to exaggerate but it is a little like the American troops returning from Vietnam. There were no thanks. You came back and you could feel the indifference."
Precisely the opposite of what left wing liberal pundits predicted. Hardly a surprise
Senator Zell Miller, a thinking man's democrat, speaks out on the ultra-left wing, liberal John Kerry.
The learned Senator Miller sums up the Brahmin Kerry quite well:
"Look, John Kerry couldn't find Main Street with both hands, You can't make a chicken swim and you can't make John Kerry anything but an out-of-touch ultraliberal from Taxachusetts."
"With John Kerry on national security, it's vacillate, retreat and turn over to the U.N.
With John Kerry on domestic policy, it's tax, spend and redistribute income."
Saturday, May 15, 2004
Words from Mr. Reynolds:
DONALD SENSING HAS A ROUNDUP OF SCANDALS INVOLVING UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPING FORCES and it's pretty damning stuff.
Friday, May 14, 2004
Here are more details.
Perhaps the liberal Senator Kerry should take a high road page from former Senator Dole and resign.
The Wall Street Journal sums up the argument well:
There's an easy solution: Kerry should quit the Senate, as Bob Dole did in June 1996. This not only would allow the appointment of a full-time replacement but also would demonstrate Kerry's own confidence in his presidential campaign, possibly giving a boost to his party's morale.
Air America has shut its sales offices in Los Angeles and Chicago and is recasting its business plan, the network's president said Wednesday as troubles beset the liberal talk-show network.
With Air America not broadcasting in those two cities after a financial dispute in April, network President Jon Sinton said, "There's not much sense in having sales offices in cities where you don't control a station."
About 15 to 20 people were laid off in the closing of the sales offices, the latest sign of problems for Air America, launched on March 31 as a liberal alternative to the country's predominantly conservative talk-show culture led by Rush Limbaugh.
Since it started, Chairman Evan Cohen, Vice Chairman Rex Sorensen and head of programing David Logan have left while co-founder Mark Walsh has stepped down as chief executive to take a smaller role in the organization, Reuters news agency reports.
If Conservatives dealt with the adherents of Libéralisme Moderne the way the Left has dealt with humans in general whenever the Left has obtained unrestrained power, there wouldn't be any Liberals left standing. Of the universities and the urban centers of Liberalism there would be nothing left but smoking ruins, and there would mass graves from coast to coast.
For the left to admit that there is a better, morally superior, way to deal with political disagreement would in effect be an act of self-condemnation.
I would expect Hell to freeze over before that happens.
Thursday, May 13, 2004
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
A review of Err America. Here are some of the highlights:
I tuned in, expecting to hear sober policy analysis mixed with glee over President Bush's political pickle.
Instead, I got 10 hours of rancid venom directed at the President, Rumsfeld, Rush Limbaugh, the Catholic Church and anyone else the hosts felt like slamming. If you're a card-carrying lib who likes crude sex jokes and a cartoonish echo chamber, Air America is for you.
During a day of torture by radio, I heard ads for Hewlett-Packard, Greyhound and, especially, General Motors. I asked GM why it appeared in such shows.
Ryndee Carney, GM's manager of marketing communications, said the ads were wrongly picked up from an earlier deal with WLIB. She said the station was ordered to "cease and desist" yesterday, and added: "GM will not advertise on any Air America affiliates."
At least he has the good sense not to appoint any democrats to the job...
Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry said on Wednesday Republican Sen. John McCain topped his list for defense secretary
This may just be wishful thinking on my part, as Kerry tries to pull his campaign out of it's current quagmire, which has a lot of democrats saying that he is unelectable.
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
We have every confidence Mr. Volcker will lead a thorough investigation, but the public should not be asked to take it on faith that he will be given access to all information and rely on his interpretation alone. As the above-quoted contract makes clear, the Secretary-General has the authority to waive all these confidentiality agreements. The fact that Kofi Annan has chosen instead to pursue a campaign of legal intimidation is a pretty good indication that he intends as much of a whitewash as he can get away with. . . .
Monday, May 10, 2004
Sunday, May 09, 2004
Friday, May 07, 2004
Boots and Sabers makes some rather on target comments about Err America and it's primary host.
Larry Miller, making damn good sense. Here is a sample, but read the whole thing:
Ah, but you see, half measures are, in fact, exactly what Mr. Annan and the United Nations want, because that's the way they work. Remember, this is the organization that literally and figuratively pulled its trucks over to the side of the road in Rwanda and let the jeeps full of machete-wielding murderers roll from town to town until they had hacked up all the screaming people they could find. Apparently, the U.N. follows some goofy Star Trek Prime Directive of "Never get involved."
Hey, bonehead, the only reason there ought to be a United Nations in the first place is so that you do get involved, so that every so often you put your baby blue helmets in between the bad guys and the screaming people before they get chopped up. That's the reason you have such a big, tall, pretty building in Manhattan, you know, not to go to cocktail parties on the Upper East Side and chat up the local, needy blondes.
It's pretty much official now. When ever Michael Moore's lips are moving, he's lying.
Jordan recently seized 20 tons of chemicals trucked in by confessed al Qaeda members who brought the stuff in from Syria. The chemicals included VX, Sarin and 70 others. But the media seems curiously incurious about whether one could reasonably trace this stuff back to Iraq. Had the terrorists released a "toxic cloud," Jordanian officials say 80,000 would have died!
More bad news for liberal democrats!
Payrolls have risen now for eight straight months, with 867,000 new jobs created so far this year
Thursday, May 06, 2004
Film companies and other Hollywood entities are under no obligation to promote, pay for, or otherwise endorse politically motivated films/television shows/etc. Why? Because "freedom of speech" is about being able to say what you wish without fearing *imprisonment* or *execution* or some lesser form of *legal* punishment. Freedom of speech isn't about being able to make money off what you say, or being able to rely on corporate America to spread your message for you.
Further proof that far left liberals are anti-Israel.
Why so many American Jews are democrats is getting harder to understand.
With President Bush, this is a genuine emotional moment.
If this was former President Clinton, we would be wondering if he was copping a feel.
At least he could pull it off. I just can't imagine John Kerry even attempting such a thing.
It is one of the reasons he is probably unelectable.
Or as my friend John wrote as satire a few months back:
By this point, the coffee was working on me, and the other Koffi was following close on my heels. I went to the men's room, and opened the door to one of the stalls. These stalls, incidentally, are not like regular bathroom stalls: they are more like closets with a toilet. My eyes grew wide.
"I can't believe it!" I said. "It's the several billion dollars unaccounted for from the United Nations Food for Oil program!"
"But I thought that was in Switzer -- I mean, are you sure?" Anan asked me, surprised
It seems the UN is stonewalling on the Oil For Food Scandal.
This smells of a coverup!
What did Koffi know and when did he know it?
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
"If National Review could can Coulter, the mainstream left can certainly can Rall. My bet is: they won't. Nothing should be allowed to detract from the war against Bush. Not even elemental decency and taste." -- More good sense talk from Andrew Sullivan. Read the whole thing.
Tuesday, May 04, 2004
More from Glenn:
"Federal Deficit Likely to Narrow by $100 Billion."
This is more bad news for the liberal John Kerry and the democrat party.
From the nice man over at Instapundit:
SUDAN IS PRACTICING GENOCIDE -- but it will keep its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Commission. But of course. . . .
Monday, May 03, 2004
For over a hundred years, May Day has been celebrated as a holiday for workers to commemorate their struggle for a better life and honor their contributions to society.
The international labor movement has long purported to be an advocate of policies intended to help workers. Yet, too often, the same policies have resulted not in empowerment of workers, but rather their oppression. The more radical part of the labor movement has espoused political systems whose unintended consequences have in past times turned against the very workers they were intended to support. Under the regimes that implemented these systems, more often then not, workers were crushed under the heavy boot of tyranny. They were systematically bludgeoned to subsistence levels, and their standard of living was reduced to that of primitives. Along with the improvements in wages and working conditions in certain parts of the world, the 20th century also resulted in large scale decimation of workers, with the most vulnerable falling prey the easiest.
To mark this day, we at Catallarchy remember those who lost their lives and fell victim to the ideologies mistakenly espoused by those who claimed to elevate the workers of the world.
Sunday, May 02, 2004
Meanwhile, the whole world's media, Internet and otherwise, are justifiably upset by the behavior of some US and British soldiers and (probably) their superiors in and out of intelligence. And let's hope they are all punished for what they did. But bad as it is, it is not nearly as bad as what was done in the name of the United Nations and the whole world. Billions of dollars were made keeping a homicidal maniac dictator in office who, as state policy, dropped his adversaries (or anybody he just didn't like) in paper shredders or simply shot them or pushed them off buildings, leaving behind 300,000 unmarked graves and counting. We're all concerned that one Iraqi prisoner died from interrogation. Not good at all, but let's keep it in perspective. The real crimes are on a mass level -- Iraq and Rwanda where well over a million died en toto. And we all know who looked the other way on both of them. The Secretary General of the United Nations.
"For any statement, no matter how innocuous, there exists a nonempty set of people who will take offense at it."