Tuesday, October 21, 2003
The reason for Berman's inability to do likewise is that it would jeopardize the moral superiority he feels as a 'progressive' that allows him to look down his nose at those who don't agree with him, shut his his mind to their arguments and close his heart to their humanity. Apparently this is the only way the champions of an idea that has been discredited by a century of misery can maintain their illusions that they are still in the vanguard of history."
Saturday, October 18, 2003
Moreover, and above all, let us remember that words count only when they give expression to deeds, or are to be translated into them. The leaders of the Red Terror prattled of peace while they steeped their hands in the blood of the innocent; and many a tyrant has called it peace when he has scourged honest protest into silence. Our words must be judged by our deeds; and in striving for a lofty ideal we must use practical methods; and if we cannot attain all at one leap, we must advance towards it step by step, reasonably content so long as we do actually make some progress in the right direction."
Friday, October 17, 2003
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
According to the Angry Left, we're the bad guys. I defy them to find a similar photo of a Fedayeen soldier.
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Since this is a Reuters story, we have to check for bias, and it is not hard to find. They say that: 'Muslim-Christian violence in the region has caused about 2,000 deaths in clashes since 1999.' Nearly all the dead were Christian villagers killed by Muslim terrorists, something concealed by the bland 'Muslim-Christian violence'. For Reuters, the killers are not terrorists, but 'militants'. Their estimate of the death total may be low by a factor of 10. I have seen much higher estimates, though I have not seen a careful study. "
Good for Jim for pointing this out. I don't know for sure that they only put up stories that will affect the election, but I do believe they ignore "tribal" violence in third-world countries. They would of course be quick to cover a single Palestinian death at the hands of the IDF.
Monday, October 13, 2003
Parker should know. Once caught up in the miserable world of welfare fraud, sex, drugs and abortion, she underwent what many have called a miraculous transformation into what she is today – one of America's leading advocates for true, faith-based success and empowerment of the nation's poor. "
"Nearly 40 percent of all 'poor' households owned their own homes, and the average home of those classified as 'poor' by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with a garage. More than 750,000 of the 'poor' owned homes worth more than $100,000, and 71,000 owned $300,000 homes. Nearly 60 percent of 'poor' homes have more than two rooms per person. That means that the 'poor' have twice as much living space as the average Japanese. And the same percentage have air conditioning.If things are so bad, why are they so good? To listen to Michael Moore and others, poor people are being physically lifted by the scruff of their neck and hurled into a tent-city. A poor person lives better than an average income person in 2/3 of the world.
- 64 percent own a car; 14 percent own two or more.
- 74 percent own microwave ovens; 23 percent have automatic dishwashers; 91 percent have color television and 29 percent have two or more TVs.
- 'Poor' Americans are better off than the general population of Europe.
- 'Poor' children eat more meat than do higher-income children and, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, have protein intakes 100 percent higher than middle-class children.
The obesity rate is higher among the 'poor' than among the middle class. The same report notes that the daily intake of such vitamins as E, C and thiamin among children in families below 75 percent of the poverty threshold is greater than among children in families 300 percent above that threshold."
Maybe it's all about envy, in the end.
Saturday, October 11, 2003
Not only did Saddam's regime admit to possessing thousands of tons of lethal chemical and biological agents, Baghdad gave a detailed inventory of their WMD arsenal to the United Nations.Pres. Bush's SOTU referred to the above list. The press has been ardently insisting that the neocons pulled the figures and amounts of unaccounted weapons out of their posteriors.
This week's Weekly Standard revisits Baghdad's 1998 WMD mea culpa - complete with a laundry list of the frightening weapons that the press continues to suggest were a figment of the Bush administration's imagination.
Just before Iraq kicked out U.N. weapons inspectors in 1998, Saddam admitted he had:
• At least 3.9 tons of deadly VX nerve gas, along with 805 tons of precursor ingredients for the production of more VX.
• 4,000 tons of ingredients to produce other types of poison gas.
• 8,500 liters of anthrax.
• 500 bombs fitted with parachutes for the purpose of delivering poison gas or germ payloads.
• 550 artillery shells filled with mustard gas.
• 107,500 casings for chemical weapons.
• 157 aerial bombs filled with germ agents.
• 25 missile warheads containing germ agents, including anthrax, aflatoxin, and botulinum.
Again, the above arsenal is NOT what U.S. or European intelligence suspected Baghdad had. These are the WMD's that Saddam himself admitted to having.
It's also worth noting that the overwhelming majority of the WMDs Saddam confessed to went completely undetected by U.N. weapons inspectors who combed Iraq for 12 years.
Clinton bombed Iraq in 1998, unilaterally, pre-emptively, in response to the same threat. Either Desert Fox was equally unjustifiable, or Iraqi Freedom was every bit as justified.
The insurmountable obduracy of the reflexively anti-Bush left leaves me with no hope that even the discovery of stockpiles could allay their vitriolic spleen.
"[J. David Chadwick]: Considering that we still have troops in every area that we have conducted operations during the Clinton administration, why is this operation in Iraq viewed negatively in the press as a Vietnam- style quagmire?
Secretary Rumsfeld: Give that man an 'A'.
I'll tell you, it's beyond me. I just had a hearing before the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on an emergency supplemental budget. And that very day, 17 members of the United States Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, had just arrived back from Iraq. And six of them were on that committee. And they went right down the line, every single one of them, saying that what they see and read about Iraq in the United States and in the region does not compare with what they personally saw and experienced with their own eyes. These people went right down -- they were stunned by the difference between what they experienced in that country and what they saw and what they were being told in the press.
Now, it should not surprise you that the next day there was not a single word in the press about that hearing. Not one of those first eyewitness comments by seven members -- six or seven members of the United States House of Representatives of both parties -- not a single word of what they said about what was taking place in Iraq appeared, to my knowledge, in -- at least in the Washington press."
"Is a crying baby alive? No, not necessarily, decided Cook County Circuit Court Judge Karen Thompson last November when she acquitted a mother previously convicted twice of murdering her newborn daughter.If this doesn't disgust you, then you are incapable of being disgusted...
"Thus is the latest of increasingly grotesque decisions made by liberal judges to accommodate abortion - first of unborn babies, then of partially delivered babies, and now of babies who are delivered but have not “established a separate and independent life,” as required by Thompson in her reversal.
"In question is whether a six-pound, 19-inch baby girl was “completely separated” at delivery when her mother, Elizabeth Ehlert, killed her.
"Cook County State’s Attorney Dick Devine has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to intervene, arguing that “complete separation” would mean the umbilical cord must be cut."
Infanticide is being redefined before our eyes. This is political activism, not justice, not law. Meanwhile, the Senate judiciary committee keeps out anyone with a even hint of pro-life tendencies.
Judge Karen Tobin Thompson, Municipal, District 3 can be reached at (847) 818-2094. When you call, simply voice your opinion, be courteous and respectful.
What would that imply?
President Bush's Democratic opponents say it renders the decision to go to war a 'fraud' or 'hyped.' But they miss the point, for there was indeed massive and undisputed evidence to indicate that the Iraqi regime was building WMD.
Defectors and other Iraqi sources nearly all agreed on his WMD program. The actions of Saddam's government - fending off United Nations weapons inspectors tooth and nail, hiding evidence, forgoing opportunities to have the economic sanctions lifted - all confirmed its existence. "
Friday, October 10, 2003
FDR Made The Great Depression Worse:
"That's not an unusual view among economic historians, but it is almost unknown among the general public. Thomas Sowell plugs a new book on the subject, and sketches the evidence against FDR. Who was most hurt by FDR's policies? Sowell says, 'poor people and blacks', the very groups that gave him the most support. "
I'm getting verklempt! Talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic. The New Deal was not new, nor was it a deal. Discuss. -- Linda Richman/Mike Meyers
Not all of Roosevelt's alphabet soup was bad, of course! A lot of wonderful public works were built during that time: dams, bridges, parks, trails, etc.
What wasn't good were the punitive tax levels...90% the top bracket. Why work hard? Why take the risk?
I have no "sympathy" for the rich on that note, but it goes back to the basic bleeding heart conservative ideal: the poor and needy are best served by a growing economy. The tax cuts Kennedy proposed were accepted in his time without any of the current class-warfare clamor, because the basic idea was sound: the same should be true today.
You grow an economy by releasing resources/energy into it, even if the government must operate at a deficit to accomodate the tax relief.
But the Bush-haters of today cannot get their mind around the idea that tax cuts will help the needy, not hurt them. They refuse to accept this, since it runs counter to their ideal of a nanny-state.
Paul Marshall: Very widespread, there are few Muslim countries where it does not occur. It takes four forms.
First, there are direct, violent attacks by extremists on Christian communities. These occur in Egypt, Algeria, Iran, Yemen, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Phillipines, Nigeria, Indonesia (the list is not exhaustive). In most of these cases the Government is either unable or unwilling to stop the attacks.
Second, there is civil war and communal violence where the Christian community has resisted the spread of radical varieties of Islam. Since the National Islamic Front (formerly the Muslim Brotherhood) took power in Sudan in the late 1980's two million people have been killed, mostly Christians and animists. In Nigeria some 11,000 people have been killed in the last three years over the introduction of Islamic sharia law. There is a similar death toll in eastern Indonesia, where paramilitary militant organizations such as Laskar Jihad, allied to international terrorists, have slaughtered local populations.
Third, there is widespread discrimination against Christians in Muslim countries. They are frequently at a disadvantage in marriage, custody and inheritance cases, are forced to subsidize Islam through taxes, are severly restricted in building and repairing churches, and are often excluded from government positions. This happens in most Muslim countries. In some cases, as in Pakistan or Iran or Nigeria, the testimony of a Christian counts less in a court case.
Fourthly, blasphemy and apostasy laws disproportionately target minorities.
In Saudi Arabia, Christianity is entirely forbidden.
And the penalty is quite severe.
Yet so many groups contend that Muslims are persecuted by the West and the USA in particular, domestically and internationally. I have yet to see evidence that, on balance, any Western community persecutes Muslims, random isolated incidents notwithstanding. The church I attend, University Presbyterian, sent flowers to the local mosque after vandals spraypainted their building. Would that ever happen in Pakistan? Well, after a group of Muslims killed Christians in a church in Quetta, there was NO outpouring of sympathy.
Is it wrong to point out the contrast? By the measure you use, it shall be measured back to you. The West is quick to say mea culpa, the Islamic world is quick to accuse and find fault. I hear no grace, forgiveness, or love in their prayers for our speedy deaths and destruction. Meanwhile, we depose their tyrants, send them medical volunteers, and they shoot at us.
Thursday, October 09, 2003
Tuesday, October 07, 2003
In this groundbreaking modern slave narrative, Francis Bok shares his remarkable story with grace, honesty, and a wisdom gained from surviving 10 years in captivity.Don't hold your breath waiting for this to be the high on the Democrat's agenda, or mentioned on indymedia.
May, 1986: Selling his mother's eggs and peanuts near his village in southern Sudan, 7-year-old Francis Bok's life was shattered when Arab raiders on horseback, armed with rifles and long knives, burst into the quiet marketplace, murdering men and women and gathering the young children into a group. Strapped to horses and donkeys, Francis and others were taken north, into lives of slavery under wealthy Muslim farmers.
For 10 years, Francis lived alone in a shed near the goats and cattle that were his responsibility. Fed with scraps from the table, slowly learning bits of an unfamiliar language and religion, the boy had almost no human contact other than his captor's family. After two failed attempts to escape -- each bringing severe beatings and death threats -- Francis finally escaped at age 17, a dramatic breakaway on foot that was his final chance.
Yet his slavery did not end there, for even as he made his way toward the capital city of Khartoum, others sought to deprive him of his freedom. Determined to avoid that fate and discover what had happened to his family on that terrible day in 1986, the teenager persevered through prison and refugee camps for three more years, winning the attention of United Nations officials and being granted passage to America.
Now a student and anti-slavery activist, Francis Bok has made it his life's mission to combat world slavery. His is the first voice to speak for an estimated 27 million people held against their will in nearly every nation, including our own. "Escape from Slavery" is at once a riveting adventure, a story of desperation and triumph, and a window revealing a world that few have survived to tell.
I seem to recall a recent speech condemning the modern scourge of slavery, and calling on nations to act to end it... who was that... where... OH YEAH!! It was Pres. Bush, right-winger, at the UN General Assembly.
By the way, I found this on WorldNetDaily. You know, the e-zine that leftists despise. Good to know somebody knows what principles are.
Friday, October 03, 2003
"From the time the UN began to receive oil revenues under Iraq's Oil for Food program (December 1996) until the start of the war, the body raised $64 billion in oil revenue from Iraq. Humanitarian imports designated on paper total less than $45 billion, and only $25 billion was actually delivered. No one has accounted for the difference. The UN placed Iraq funds 'with five different creditworthy banks' but won't disclose which ones or how much money is on account. In nearly seven years of operation, the program has never been audited."
No less a villain are the international news agencies, BBC, CNN, and others, who bribed and capitulated with the Baathist dictatorship.
Now, consider, who are the leading voices of criticism against Iraqi Freedom?
News agencies, and the UN.
"WARSAW, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Polish troops in Iraq have found four French-built advanced anti-aircraft missiles which according to the military were built this year, a Polish Defence Ministry spokesman told Reuters on Friday. 'Polish troops discovered an ammunition depot on September 29 near the region of Hilla and there were four French-made Roland-type missiles,' Eugeniusz Mleczak said. 'It is not the first time Polish troops found ammunition in Iraq but to our surprise these missiles were produced in 2003,' Mleczak said. The Roland anti-aircraft system is a short-range air defence missile in service with at least ten countries, including France and Germany. It is mobile, usually mounted on a vehicle, and defence experts say the missiles are highly effective against aircraft attacking at low and medium altitude. Under a strict trade embargo imposed by the United Nations, Iraq was barred form importing arms since the invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Mleczak said Polish troops were notified about the missiles by a local Iraqi, who received a reward for the information..."
Thursday, October 02, 2003
The Orwellian language engineers of the neo-Stalinist left have been hard at work for many years.This comment, from "Shiplord Kirel," was so clever I just had to preserve it.
'Unilateral' is one of their favorite targets, along with 'intervention'. Originally, it meant an action by a single nation as opposed to that of an alliance or a treaty group.
Today it apparently means anything that is done without the approval and consent of Noam Chomsky, the Guardian editorial staff, and the UN bureaucracy.
'Intervention' of course is any action that does not acknowledge left-wing rhetoriticians as the final authority.
The entire left-wing worldview, from Vietnam onward, is a myth, a big lie adapted to the centralized media of a past era; a relic, if you will, of 1960s American television and its insufferable hubris and elitism. This is why a billion Muslims cannot destroy tiny Israel, why leftists cannot loot American wealth and re-distribute it to dictator-pandering European investors, and why Euro-profiteer sponsored dictators like Saddam Hussein cannot survive.
The authoritarian sound-bite world of the linear media has passed its peak just as the backward elites of Europe have learned to exploit it. How sad.
It is often alleged on the far right that the commercial media are tools of the extreme left. On the evidence, the opposite is true; left-wing poltical culture as we know it today is entirely an artifact and tool of the advertising industry and the commercial media.
Wednesday, October 01, 2003
"Imagine you are PM. And you receive this intelligence. And not just about Iraq. But about the whole murky trade in WMD. And one thing we know. Not from intelligence. But from historical fact. That Saddam's regime has not just developed but used such weapons gassing thousands of his own people. And has lied about it consistently, concealing it for years even under the noses of the UN Inspectors. And I see the terrorism and the trade in WMD growing. And I look at Saddam's country and I see its people in torment ground underfoot by his and his sons' brutality and wickedness. So what do I do? Say 'I've got the intelligence but I've a hunch its wrong?' Leave Saddam in place but now with the world's democracies humiliated and him emboldened? You see, I believe the security threat of the 21st century is not countries waging conventional war. I believe that in today's interdependent world the threat is chaos. It is fanaticism defeating reason. Suppose the terrorists repeated September 11th or worse. Suppose they got hold of a chemical or biological or nuclear dirty bomb; and if they could, they would. What then?"
Amen, brother Blair.
9-11 was not only the murder of 3,000 people, the destruction of three buldings, the hijacking of 4 planes.
It was the attempted murder of over 50,000 people, stemming from a limitless bloodlust. Do not doubt for a moment that the killers desired a higher number than even that. If they'd had a nuke, they would have used it that day.
Saddam as a state actor was no threat to the contiguous US. His threat was from a proxy war, a sponsorship of non-state actors sowing death and wanton destruction.
Does anyone truly doubt that if Saddam could have supplied Al Qaeda with anthrax or sarin he would have?
"Troops e-mailing their families or interviewed by hometown papers often express amazement at the dissimilarity between what they see and what the media emphasize. They ask, Where are the stories about schools reopened, city councils established, infrastructure repaired?
“To hear the media tell it, America has done nothing to improve…security, and the Iraqi public is volatile and seeking revenge,” Eric Knapp, a Marine stationed in Najaf, wrote recently in a New York Post article linked to Instapundit."