Saturday, April 30, 2005

France: A failed state?

At least that is what we are hearing from Aurelien Vernon, vice president of Liberté Chérie. Via E-nough!, a link to this WSJ article - :

France seems to be slowly coming apart...more worrisome than the lackluster economy, structural rigidity and persistent social problems that Mr. Camdessus described is the absence of hope among the French people -- a complete lack of faith that the future might bring something better in what has become the last collectivist nation in the Western world.

Interesting - the more any state moves towards collectivism (for the" good of the people", of course), the more the people seem to lose hope...I always think of film footage out of communist states showing blank-faced, blandy dressed people, moving like those lost in a vaguely unpleasent dreamworld from which they cannot (or have lost the will to) escape.

...there is our chronic unemployment, which for the past 20 years has oscillated between 8.5% and 12%... People stay unemployed over 16 months on average in France, while in the U.S. it's less than five months.

Remember that, when Democrats start telling us how "poor" and "unproductive" our economy is...and what has the hero of the left, Chirac, done for France?

The infamous annual wealth tax, which reaches 1.8% of the value of one's property, wasn't changed, despite the continuing exodus of the very wealthy who are sick and tired of being subject to this confiscatory charge. The law limiting the work-week to 35 hours, a major drain on the economy, was hardly touched.

So...nothing? Well, not exactly...

As a result of his primitive anti-Americanism and his rejection of free-market initiatives, Mr. Chirac now finds himself isolated in Europe. In the EU, a majority of countries see themselves as part of a Western world that spans the Atlantic and embraces a liberal world view.

The French have allowed their government to evolve into a leftist, socialist nightmare. It's a free country, with free elections, so this must be the choice of the French people. It is amazing how long some will hold onto a theory long after it has been disproven in reality (also see: Democratic Party/Post 9-11 foreign policy).

I question the intelligence of the French people, if they have been so duped by house-organ media outlets into thinking they lead some type of a superoir lifestyle...were Americans so gullible, John Kerry would now be bowing and scraping to our new Muslim masters, with the signed Kyoto treay in hand, and with his lips on Koffi Annan's crooked ass.

France, lied to and misled by its so-called intellectual elites, is on the edge of becoming a failed state, slipping into both social and economic misery.

Only somewhat sad, as apparently they have chosen this fate...

More bad news for the Democrats...

The Washington Times talks about why Bush beat Kerry by about 20% among married voters with children ...first, a good point about the immature liberal mindset:

Liberal students, egged on by aging counterculture professors, throw pies in the faces of Pat Buchanan, Bill Kristol and David Horowitz to stop any talk of tolerance and academic freedom. Pies in the face suggest the throwers have nothing to say...

Now, what influences parents more, pies in the face or ideas?

A new study by the Progressive Policy Institute, the policy arm of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, describes a "parents gap." Many Democrats who might have voted for a Democrat didn't vote for Mr. Kerry because they liked what Mr. Bush was saying about the way the entertainment culture makes it difficult for parents "to protect their kids from morally corrosive images and messages." Many of these parents were liberal when they were younger, but have discovered "lifestage conservatism." They're impatient with Democrats who refuse to put away childish things. As parents they connect with the adult community, develop religious affiliations and are more likely to vote for candidates who show respect for right and wrong.

Maybe if they threw more pies...meanwhile, in a column in today's Slimes, Tom Tiernery again shows who's serious in the battlefield of ideas :

Democrats have good reason to be aghast at President Bush's new proposal for Social Security. Someone has finally called their bluff.
They tried yesterday to portray him as just another cruel, rich Republican for suggesting any cuts in future benefits, but that's not what the prime-time audience saw on Thursday night. By proposing to shore up the system while protecting low-income workers, Mr. Bush raised a supremely awkward question for Democrats: which party really cares about the poor?

And the Democratic response?

...Democrats don't talk about much these days except the glories of the New Deal. They know that Social Security doesn't even have the money to sustain a program that leaves millions of elderly people in poverty. But it's their system, and they're sticking to it.

But I thought the Democrats were the self-proclaimed party of the intellectual elite? If pie-throwing and name-calling is the best our brainy "superiors" can come up with, it's no wonder America has turned to the Republican party. Dick Cheny and John Bolton might not be the warmest and fuzziest guys, but it sure beats getting my intellectual nourishment from a party fronted by Rosie O'Donnell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore and Jimmy Carter...

Rosie O'Donnell loves Jane Fonda, Saddam...

This morning's New York Post reports on where Holllywood loudmouth Rosie O'Donnell's sympathies lie:

"HANOI" Jane Fonda has at least one admirer of her Vietnam War-era antics. Rosie O'Donnell ranted to Fox News Channel's Geraldo Rivera in a taped interview that will air tonight: "All I know is that when I was a kid and the Vietnam War was on and Jane Fonda was the only person standing up and saying what every kid that was 9 years old like I was knew — war is wrong and we shouldn't go over and kill people . . . You know [President Bush] invaded a sovereign nation [Iraq] in defiance of the U.N. He is basically a war criminal! He should be tried in the Hague!

So the VietCong and Saddam are the good guys, and America is the bad guy...not a word about the hundreds of thousands of bodies being unearthed in mass graves in Iraq; it is George Bush that should be tried for war crimes...sounds like Rosie O is living on the message boards of the Democratic Underground ! Actually, all these Hollywood lefties seem to live on an entirely different planet than the rest of us (Planet Hollywood?)

Hey, Twinkieface, if war is wrong, why aren't you lecturing the Muslim fundamentalists who triggered this conflict? Oh, wait, she must be down with Maggie Gyllenhaal... it's all our fault...

Personally, I think this fat, treacherous, bigmouth dyke b*tch should be hung for treason. Someone should tell Rosie that giving aid and succor to the enemy is a war crime as well...see you in the gallows, tubby!

UPDATE 8PM : Today's WaPost
113 Kurds Are Found In Mass Grave - Hussein Victims Almost All Women, Children
...were it not for Rosie's war criminal, George Bush, how many more thousands of pits would have been built around Iraq, filled with the decompsong bodies of innocent woman and children...? Rosie? Maggie? Anyone?

Friday, April 29, 2005

Political Correctness, Hollywood Style

Daimian Penny links to James Lileks' article on the left-wing PC bile that spews forth at us from Hollywood's gaping maw. First, from Lileks:

The popular culture is finally beginning to deal with 9/11 in earnest, but it's doing so with the usual modern mix of internationalist pieties and timid, politically correct drivel...consider "The Interpreter." It's a big-budget suspense thriller, a movie that examines that august body of international concord, the United Nations, and how it deals with a terrorist threat. In real life, the answer would be "lunch."

Mr. Penny adds:

The Hollywood set keeps warning that America has become a Christian theocracy, but movies and TV shows can slander and smear Christians unreservedly - and the producers pat themselves on the back for being so "brave" about it. But God forbid we make the 9/11 hijackers look "evil" or anything! Liberal sensitivity undoubtedly has a lot to do with it, but I think the real reason was explained by a British cartoonist asked why Ariel Sharon was more heavily criticized than Arafat: "Jews don't issue fatwas."

Penny's right on; chicken liberals create straw men such as, oh, Christians, to knock down, then cite themselves for their artistic bravery. Follow the "cartoonist" link on Damian's page; see the banal evil of some of Europe's ink-stanied wretches....

I'll close with Lileks, again, with his thoughts on those whom attempt to "humanize" terrorists:

If anyone dehumanized themselves, it was the hijackers. It takes a dead rotten heart to board a plane, see a little girl, and know you're going to kill her before the morning's out — if all goes well, that is.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Abu Ghraib, again...

As the anniversary of the misdeeds at Abu Ghraib has passed, there are a few things interesting to note:

Chrenkoff points out that Ted Kennedy had no comment on the the second anniversary of the start of the liberation of Iraq (March 19th). Kennedy had no comment on April 9th, the second anniversary of the fall of Baghdad and Saddam's evil regime.

But boy oh boy, did he have a lot to say on April 26th in a "STATEMENT BY SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON ANNIVERSARY OF ABU GHRAIB SCANDAL " which reads like a S&M fantasy:

The sad anniversary of the Abu Ghraib torture scandal is now upon us. It's an appropriate time to reflect on how well we've responded as a nation.

The images of cruelty, and perversion are still difficult to look at a year later. An Iraqi prisoner in a dark hood and cape, standing on a cardboard box with electrodes attached to his body. Naked men forced to simulate sex acts on each other. The corpse of a man who had been beaten to death, lying in ice, next to soldiers smiling and giving a "thumbs up" sign. A pool of blood from the wounds of a naked, defenseless prisoner attacked by a military dog.
These images are seared into our collective memory...

Kennedy is a sick man - how we've responded as a nation??? Sorry, Ted, those were not choirboys in that prison; they were insurgents, involved in the killing American soldiers - that's what seared into my memory, that and watching the Towers fall from my office on 9/11. That doesn't matter to Ted; he cannot bring himself to mention the dead American soldiers who are fighting for freedom in the Middle East; and according to LGF, Teddy K. figures out a way to use the " T " word 38 times. Sorry, fat man, your liberal guilt is powerless against us! I cannot/will not shed crocodile tears for the incacerated terrorists; they weren't in Abu Ghraib (or Gitmo) for jaywalking...
Follow the links above; read 'em all...

And related, I loved this Reuters article, quoting the unbaised Human Rights Watch claiming Abu Ghraib was only the "tip of the iceberg". Check it out:

The group said it was concerned the United States had not stopped the use of what it called illegal coercive interrogation.

Illegal? Since when did Human Rights Watch start writing laws? Did the Democrats somehow sneak back into power?

Update 1028PM: Oh, lookie here, PBS has joined the fun: PBS' 'Now' Visits Guantanamo Prison .

"I remember the box, the pipes, even the two wires," Haj Ali says...

Another liberal S&M love story ? Yes, between a terrorist and PBS:

Then mayor of a Baghdad suburb and a member of the ruling Baath Party, he was snatched off the street in late 2003 and transported to the prison, despite denying involvement in the insurgency. During his almost three months at Abu Ghraib, Ali's family had no idea where he was.

OK, so according to PBS, if a Baathist Bagdad Mayor denies involvement in his own insurgency, we should TAKE HIM AT HIS WORD!

1- that's why PBS and its ilk don't run the country; 2- I hope he had a pleasent stay...

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Bolton detractors revealed as nutjobs!

So the truth comes out...most of those whom accuse John Bolton of misbehavior, well, have issues of their own. First, Powerline uncovers the backround of one Frederick Vreeland, who sent an email to Senator Joe Biden, which contained the following:

Bolton "has all the qualities needed to harm the image and objectives in the U.N. and its affiliated international organizations. If it is now U.S. policy not to reform the U.N but to destroy it, Bolton is our man," Frederick Vreeland, a former U.S. ambassador to Morocco, said in an e-mail to the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Biden couldn't leak it to the AP fast enough. Powerline did some digging on Vreeland:

Vreeland appears to be a virtual caricature of a career CIA and State Department official. He is rich, socially connected--his mother was the fashion icon Diana Vreeland--and liberal. Vreeland's views on key foreign policy issues are typical of career State Department Democrats

In an article Frederick Vreeland wrote for the International Herald Tribune on the Morocco terrorist attacks of 2003,, he balmes the usual suspects:

The irony is that these terrorist acts, like the similar ones a few days earlier in Saudi Arabia, are collateral damage from the U.S. strategy designed to rid the world of terrorism...Israel's lifestyle of constant terrorist threat is exactly what Americans want to avoid. And yet the United States is gradually following the path of successive Likud Party governments...

So it is not the fault of radical Islam; it is the Americans and the Jews that bring the terror upon themselves! Maggie Gyllenhaal is smiling right about now...

Next, LGF unveils the truth about Bolton accuser Melody Townsel, leader of Mothers Opposing Bush (MOB), who has a little confession of her own to make:

I plagiarized some columns while working for my college newspaper, and I was removed from staff. Months later, while working for another college newspaper, I wrote a review for a local play that tracked closely in format to another writer’s review — and, although it was not plagiarized, it made my editors, who had become aware of my recent past, very uncomfortable, and we mutually agreed that I would no longer submit stories to them.

Whose fault is this, Melody?

Republicans have dredged up un unfortunate chapter of my life...

Much like you are trying to do to John Bolton? Wow, talk about Instant Karma...

Finally, USA Today screams U.N. Nominee Faces New Allegations of Verbal Abuse All it takes is one sentence to know we have some issues here:

On Friday, Lynne Finney, a former legal adviser to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), sent a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. Finney wrote that Bolton "screamed that I was fired" when she refused to lobby for a weakening of restrictions on the sale of infant formula in the developing world.
State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said "no one at USAID at the time has any recollection" of such an incident.

Where Barbara Boxer is involved, expect looney liberals start falling from the trees...James Taranto exposes Lynne Finney in his April 25th Best of the Web:

So, who is Lynne Finney? To judge from the writings on her own Web site, she's a poster child for liberalism at its most eccentric-
This is a time of rapid evolution and intense transformation for us all. New discoveries in quantum physics, psychology, and spirituality are revealing ways to create wonderful new realities. It's estimated that more than 14 million people have already become enlightened or Self-realized...Things are heating up. Like popcorn, we are all popping faster and are reaching enlightenment at a rapid rate.


It also turns out she has a history of "recovering memories" of "abuse":
She was born into the madhouse of Hollywood's fantasy factory. Her mother was an artist and her father an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. She and her parents were portrayed in magazines as "the perfect family," but behind this facade was a nightmare world of violence and sexual abuse that lasted from the time Lynne was born until she was eight years old. Lynne had four near-death experiences that profoundly impacted her life. . . .

During her recovery process, Lynne began to have spiritual experiences that opened her to new perceptions of reality. She studied the scriptures of many religions, explored the teachings of spiritual masters, and emerged from a world she perceived as hell into a world of miracles...

These are the people that Democrats such as Joe Biden and Barbara Boxer are rolling out as proof that John Bolton is "unqualified" to serve as UN Ambassador. What a travesty!

If this is the best the Dems (and their pals in the media) can do, then John Bolton should be confirmed as the new UN Ambassador immediately - let's call a special sesion!

UPDATE 7PM: The AP still reports all the above as breathtaking news, as well as throwing in some further unsubstantiated allegations...
Doesn't anyone at these "news" outlets know how to Google, for Jeebus' sake??

Monday, April 25, 2005

BBC Hires Hecklers?

This is just unbelievable...thru USS NeverDock we learn that :

The Conservatives have demanded a BBC apology over a programme which it says encouraged heckling at a meeting where Michael Howard was speaking.
The Sunday Telegraph says the Tories accused the BBC of "serious misconduct" after producers equipped hecklers with radio microphones.

If you remember that the Tories are "Conservatives", I guess it doesn't surprise you that the BBC would create the public opinion they are supposesd to reflect, as they grow more fearful of a Tory victory in the upcoming election.

But wait! The BBC has an excuse:

But the corporation said it was making a legitimate programme on the history and art of political heckling.


Gee, if I ever get caught shoplifting, can I tell the authorities I am engaging in "performance art", or maybe doing a sociological study? Hmmm....I seem to doubt that would fly. From the Telegraph:

Tory officials became suspicious at the meeting in Horwich, near Bolton, last Wednesday, when they saw BBC camera crew focusing on the hecklers rather than Mr Howard. They twice challenged the two men and a woman involved, and discovered they had been equipped with radio microphones.
Mr Black said that they described themselves as "shoppers". In fact, they were under direction from a BBC team...

Well, in all fairness, did they send any hecklers to a Labor Party meeting?

The Telegraph has established that none of Tony Blair's meetings was infiltrated or disrupted in similar fashion.

Well, I wonder why? Maybe because the BBC is in bed with Britian's (Liberal) Labor party, not unlike our MSM or PBS? Is Tony Blair's party is such danger that the house media needs to create an anti-Tory uprising?

This is an outrage; almost as bad as Dan Rather's forged memos...will the British rise up in revolt against their taxpayer-supported propoganda outfit?

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Maggie Gyllenhaal - Secretary/Slut/Traitor

Who's to blame for the terrorist attacks on 9/11? Not radical Muslims, of course. Maggie Hollywood has the right answers for us, talking about her new movie :
...what's good about the movie is that it deals with 9/11 in such a subtle, open way that I think it allows it to be more complicated than just, 'Oh, look at these poor New Yorkers and how hard it was for them,'" Gyllenhaal told the NY1 cable channel.
"Because I think America has done reprehensible things and is responsible in some way .."

OK, Maggie, sorry that you were sick of seeing New Yorkers weeping at the loss of their loved ones...I mean, really, what does that have to do with you, after all? From your perch in Hollywood you are much better positioned to decide how to depict the grieving, and how to assign blame, right?

I will skip "The Great New Wonderful"; based on the fall of the World Trade Center, if this is the opinion that informs it; I will implore others to do the same.

Link at:


Mainstream Media, RIP

George Will reads the eulogy for the mainstream media in his Sunday column "Unread and Unsubscribing":

Consumers of news now understand that, as Eastland says, "news is a thing made, a product, and that media with certain beliefs and values once made the news and then presented it in authoritative terms, as though beyond criticism. Thus did Walter Cronkite famously end his newscasts, 'And that's the way it is.' That way, period."

Not anymore, folks; not anymore....

Will also points out that bloggers may have saved the world:

If that had been the broadcast marketplace in 2004, John Kerry would be president: The three networks reported the Swift boat veterans' attacks on Kerry only after coverage of the attacks by cable news and talk radio forced Kerry to respond. The networks were very interested in charges pertaining to a Vietnam-era story about George W. Bush's alleged dereliction of National Guard duties -- until bloggers, another manifestation of new, small and nimble media, shredded it

Think I'm kidding? Read this:

Thanks, George!

Miss Marla Ruzicka - A Hero?

[NOTE: Orignially posted on April 17th; updated often since; scroll down for most recent {4-24}...]

A woman {Marla Ruzicka} who led an effort to help those ravaged by violence in Iraq, lobbying congressmen for millions of dollars in aid that she helped deliver to families, fell victim to the war herself when a car bomb killed her and two other people, officials said Sunday.

Her name turns up here:

"Flaws in U.S. Air War Left Hundreds of Civilians Dead," blares the lead headline of yesterday's New York Times...

Marla Ruzicka, a Global Exchange field worker in Afghanistan, said the most common factor behind the civilian deaths has been an American reliance on incomplete information to decide on targets.

So what is this
Global Exchange, which Filkins describes only as "an American organization"? A look at its Web site makes clear it's a far-left outfit that opposed any military intervention in Afghanistan. Blogger Michael Moynihan has more details on Marla Ruzicka, who turns out to be a fervent admirer of Fidel Castro. There's also a "report" on the 2000 election dispute from the World Socialist Web Site, which quotes her as suggesting Republicans are terrorists..

Read the rest, she blasts Republicans "skinheads." the whole drab routine...this is old hat for her, though - an August WaPo puff pices is telling :

Ruzicka, then 25, had already forged a reputation in leftist circles. She once had disrupted a speech on AIDS by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. Another time, she was hauled off by police after she ripped off a sarong -- which inside had a protest statement -- during a speech by then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

The MSN link contains this piece of telling news:

When the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began in March 2003, Ruzicka was already in Baghdad with Code Pink, said Jodi Evans, co-founder of the women’s anti-war group.

Code Pink is here ; please to note last item on homepage raising money for the "refugees" of Falluja...didn't see anything about helping out injured American soldiers, though (just don't question their patriotism). Just so we know where her sympathies lay...

Three Points to Ponder:
1- Miss Ruzicka did not deserve to die; I'm sure she did help displaced Iraqi citizens; apparently she worked w/Senator Pat Leahy to get funding added to an appropration bill
2- even being essentially a terrorist sympathizer, in both Afganistan and Iraq, she was killed by them anyway. She was helping them, via some good works and lots of media sympathy. Guess a blonde-haired American infidel is always a target, even when they are on your side...
3- dollars to donuts says we'll have Rachel Corrie II on our hands momentarily...

UPDATE April 19th: This is one of two pieces in today's USA Today regarding Miss Ruzicka; here she talks a bit about her work :

The American public has a right to know how many Iraqis have lost their lives since the start of the war and as hostilities continue...

Recently, I obtained statistics on civilian casualties from a high-ranking U.S. military official. The numbers were for Baghdad only, for a short period, during a relatively quiet time. Other hot spots, such as the Ramadi and Mosul areas, could prove worse. The statistics showed that 29 civilians were killed by small-arms fire during firefights between U.S. troops and insurgents between Feb. 28 and April 5 — four times the number of Iraqi police killed in the same period. It is not clear whether the bullets that killed these civilians were fired by U.S. troops or insurgents.

One can debate in good faith what Miss Ruzicka's intentions were by trying to force the release of civilain combat deaths - inform the public, or inflame the public? Any number released by the American military would cause "international outrage"; be it 2,000 or 20,000. And as she herself admits, since many of the civilian deaths have been by insurgent forces (notoriously bad shots), it would be difficult to ascertain how many were actually caused by the coalition. In any case, any number released would most likely be considered 1- false, 2-an undercount.

The military should also want to release this information for the purposes of comparison with reports such as the Lancet study published late last year. It suggested that since the U.S.-led invasion there had been 100,000 deaths in Iraq.

Here is where Marla Ruzicka makes a good point; the Lancet study, which even the issuing group has admitted to being "an approximation at best", has been used as left-wing dogma, to the point where the 100,000 number is tossed about as fact on TV and radio all the time. But again - would any assertion made by the US government be believed?

She closes with:
A number is important not only to quantify the cost of war, but as a reminder of those whose dreams will never be realized in a free and democratic Iraq.

Yes, Marla, that is true. But I think of the unrealized dreams of my friends who perished when attacked on 9/11 by an enemy deliberately targeting civilians.

We regret civilian casualties, even if we don't always quantify them. Our enemies glorify in them, and relish the blood of innocents on their hands.

Big, big difference. Did Marla Ruzicka know it?

UPDATE April 20th: Interesting thoughts here - - "RantingProfs" - wondering why the media is failing to give what he (and I) believe is the whole story on Ruzica's works in the Middle East.

UPDATE April 21st: In an example of the selective information the media will disseminate, see this column lauding our angel by Herbert in the NY Times.
Marla's activities presented without context, as that might color the picture Bob Herbert is trying to paint here. This is the money quote, however:

Ms. Ruzicka, 28, was killed on Saturday in the chaos of Iraq. She and an Iraqi colleague, Faiz Ali Salim, were trapped in their car on the airport road in Baghdad when a suicide bomber attacked a convoy that was passing nearby. Ms. Ruzicka's vehicle was engulfed in flames. She and Mr. Salim burned to death.

The "chaos that engulfs" Iraq, Bob? Who uses suicide bombers, Bob? At least show some courage and denounce the terrorists (or insurgents, if you wish) that killed your hero. Or are you afraid to do that, because it would involve taking a stand against those who murdered Americans?

Marla Ruzicka deserves at least that much...

UPDATE April 24th: Alas, this is what I was expecting, in lieu of balanced discussion:

she had been traveling to and from the country since U.S.-led forces invaded, often going door-to-door to meet wounded Iraqis and gathering data for her surveys on those hurt and killed.

And what was she planning on doing with that data? Honest accounting, or propoganda? Actually, the above statement is contradicted later in the article here...

Ruzicka traveled to Iraq before the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion

Yes, read the post from the beginning - she came in before the invasion with Code Pink; but no mention of them or their far-left agenda...(now, if they had a far-right agenda, itwould be the lead, if not the headline)

The upbeat homily drew laughter from the more than 600 mourners, which included actor Sean Penn, who said he counted Ruzicka among his heroes, and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer

Two of Saddam's biggest supporters. Note how often Barbara Boxer's name shows up tied in with the radical left - again, imagine if these people were conservatives, do you think you'd hear a description like this -

...she was remembered as a force of nature, a cross between Mother Teresa and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, said Quill Lawrence, a radio reporter for the British Broadcasting Corp.

OK, THAT IS ENOUGH!! Mother Teresa???? Only in the BBC's eyes....

Saturday, April 23, 2005

John Kerry: Certifiably Insane?

We discussed here ( how John Kerry made a speech implying that Americans were undeserving of the First Amendment, because some people use their free speech to speak against liberal positions (PJ O’Rourke, witness to this event, called it an ideological position that is permanently unforgivable). Now we find out that he is attempting to limit the free speech of elected officials in his own party, as we learn here :

A fuming John Kerry had "daggers in his eyes" after a fellow Democrat promoted Hillary Rodham Clinton for president — suggesting the 2004 loser is green with envy at a potential rival.

The flap was touched off two weeks ago when Clinton spoke at a Minneapolis Democratic dinner and Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) told the cheering crowd that he was introducing "the next great president of the United States."

Two days later, Kerry came over to Dayton on the Senate floor "with daggers in his eyes" and said, 'What are you doing endorsing my 2008 presidential opponent?' . . . He was very serious," Dayton told the Minneapolis Star Tribune

I wrote about this Hillary Clinton- led liberal hatefest here and here . The question now is, has Kerry gone off the deep end completely?

Meanwhile, Kerry — and his outspoken wife Teresa Heinz Kerry — are increasingly claiming he was robbed last November and should have won.

This may sound good in the far-left echo chamber that the Kerrys (and their anti-Semitic son Chris) reside in, however…

-Claiming that Americans are incapable of free speech

-Menacing those whom dare to simply introduce your (perceived) rivals at dinners

-And darkly insinuating sinister forces cheated you out of your victory

…bears all the hallmarks of dementia, brought on here by an “inconceivable” election loss. Kerry, like all liberals, can never accept personal responsibility for anything; all defeats are based in racial, economic, or societal inequities, rather than personal misjudgement or false premises.

Kerry, like his liberal brethren, see the suppression of free expression, the threatening of rivals, and creation of imaginary bogeyman as justified if it helps advance their agenda.

This is madness.

Maybe he can share a padded cell with Al Gore.

Friday, April 22, 2005

France holds down Taiwan while China rapes her...

During a state visit to China, French Premier Raffarin threw support behind a law allowing China to attack Taiwan and continued to push for a lift of the EU arms embargo.,1564,1559253,00.html

Just to clarify:

At the outset of a three-day visit to China, French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said he supported Beijing's "anti-secession" law on Taiwan, and vowed to keep pushing for an end to an EU arms embargo that could open the door for Paris to sell weapons to the Asian giant.

Clear now? China’s desire to invade and overthrow the peaceful, democratic government of Taiwan in order to seize their resources and enslave them under communism is fully supported by the French Government. Wait, they’re going to arm them first:

At the same time, he vowed that his government would continue to push for the lifting of what
he called the "anachronistic" and "discriminatory" arms embargo against China.

New French to English dictionary definition, provided free of charge by the Jersey Nut:

Discriminatory = preventing a totalitarian nation from raping its peaceful neighbor

And why this sickening reversal of morality? What could be worth it?

China Eastern Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines signed a deal with the European consortium Airbus to buy a total of 10 A319/A320 planes. And China Southern completed an agreement on its purchase of five A380 super jumbos… The airplane deals penned Thursday are estimated to be worth some $500 million to $600 million, Airbus said...Some 20 other previously announced contracts were also finalized during the ceremony. Taken together, the value of the deals comes to around $3.2 billion

Money. That’s all that matters to the French government. Die quitly and pay us, we'll turn a blind eye...

Only the MainStream Media could call this rouge nation an “ally” of the United States.

And when the rotted corpse of France eventually collapses, you’ll find me laughing...

Injured Civilian Executed by "Insurgents"

With thanks to terrorist mouthpiece Al-Jazeera:

The scene moves to tall grass, where a man with thinning, gray hair and wearing a blue flight suit is lying on his back, the right side of his head bloody. The helicopter’s three-man crew was Bulgarian, and it appeared that the man shot in the video was one of the crew...The survivor then tries to walk, limping with his back to the insurgents, who say something to him that makes him turn around. He raises his hands to somebody off camera as if gesturing to them to stop what they are about to do.

“Carry out God’s verdict,” someone is heard saying, and the militants shoot the man at point-blank range, continuing even after he falls to the ground. One gunman shouts, “Allahu akbar!”

Shooting a wounded civilian from behind, then screaming "God is Great" {while likely doing their monkey dance}, while filming it for primetime airing on Al-Jazeera.

These people are animals.

link here:

PBS pulls hair, gnashes teeth...

We wrote a post a while back mocking The Corporation for Public Broadcasting for its concern that they may be infiltratrated by less-than-liberal ideas {Oh, the humanity!}. Not to fear, they have their pals in the media on the case :

A senior FCC official, who would not speak for attribution because he must rule on issues affecting public broadcasting, went further, saying CPB "is engaged in a systematic effort not just to sanitize the truth, but to impose a right-wing agenda on PBS. It's almost like a right-wing coup. It appears to be orchestrated."

And these are the people who run public broadcasting? Who see opposing viewpoints as a “right wing coup”? No bias here, right folks? Well, they prove it thusly:

A series of focus group sessions and two national surveys conducted by two polling firms -- the Tarrance Group and Lake Snell Perry & Associates -- found few perceptions of bias in PBS's or NPR's reporting in 2002 and 2003. For example, among people who identified themselves as "news and information consumers," 36 percent said PBS's coverage of the Bush administration in 2003 was "fair and balanced,"

36% probably mirrors pretty closely the number of the population that belongs to the “Bush=Hitler” faction of America. The article goes on to say that 46% offered “no opinion” on this question. In other words, couldn’t one say that 2/3rds of the people surveyed did not call PBS coverage “fair and balanced?” No bias in Washington Post reporting either, huh?

Tim Graham at The Corner also links to this story, with this comment:

…in the strange land of public broadcasting, every tilt to the right is seen as a gross violation of the First Amendment, which must have a clause I haven't seen that includes the precious right of conservatives to subsidize liberal viewpoints, which shall never be infringed.

Sorry folks of CPB and PBS, your liberal salad days may be drawing to a close…maybe Air America has some openings….

Thursday, April 21, 2005

The (Character) Assassination of John Bolton

Well, the politics of personal destruction as once again reared its ugly head in Washington. Although Republicans have used this tactic (see the Clinton Impeachment, which almost cost them control of the House in the 1998 elections) before, it is the Democrats that have made it their #1 weapon in trying to derail nominees with opposing ideologies. The painting of Judge Bork as an extremist (as opposed to what I call a “strict constuctionalist”) was bad enough; their attempt to portray Clarence Thomas as a serial sexual offender almost split the country in two. No matter to the Democrats, they’ll turn citizens against one another if it can help their aims – sheesh, they were rooting for the death of American soldiers in Iraq in the hopes of defeating George W. Bush!

So here we go again. Unable to defeat Bolton on either professional competence or ideological grounds, the dirty Dems start chucking mud. With the help of Ohio Republican Senator
George Voinovich (who did not bother to attend even one hearing), the Democrats have forced a delay in the vote of up to three weeks. On what grounds? The WSJ reports:

My conscience got me," declared Ohio Republican George Voinovich on Tuesday, forcing a postponement in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote. And what so shocked his sensibilities? An accusation, from avowed liberal and anti-Bush partisan Melody Townsel, that Mr. Bolton had shouted at her and pounded on her door when they were both out of government in the 1990s.

Melody Townsel is the head of MOB – Mothers Against Bush. No reason to doubt her testimony, right? That’s enough to derail a Presidential appointee? This tall tale has already been thrown into dispute with affidavits from more reliable witnesses with differing accounts (see this Yahoo story ; towards the bottom, of course). No, wait, the Democrats have found two others who will bear witness:

There is former State Department career official Carl Ford, who claims Mr. Bolton rudely disagreed with his policy positions.

My God!! Bolton had the nerve to disagree with a state department careerist! Who does he think he is? Finally:

They have been investigating a dispute Bolton had with a woman over her maternity leave when she worked for him at the Justice Department — in 1988.

The National Review, in an editorial, explains to us why the Democrats are digging so deep to find some inconsequential dirt: (via Pejmanesque )

The attack on Bolton's temperament is an obvious misdirection anyway. Democrats simply object to his kind of multilateralism that aggressively pursues international support for the goals of President Bush's foreign policy rather than simply kowtowing to international institutions for its own sake. In other words, Bolton will "serve" the president rather than the U.N.

And that is the crux of the matter. The Democrats want an Ambassador that will make the foreign policy of the United States subservient to the whims of Crooked Kofi’s United Nations. And all it took was one Republican Senator, too lazy to even attend the hearings, to roll over, in fear of the editorial pages of the liberal media (the NY and LA Times are currently besides themselves with glee).

The derailing of this nomination via character assassination must be stopped. The stooping to slander when all else fails does not fall under the Senate’s right to “advise and consent”. For the good of the future of the Republic, the Democrats must fail here.

No matter what the NY Times says…

Feel the Burn, Krugman!

We’ve all done our share Paul Krugman bashing (my most recent here ); but well, this is just flippin’ brilliant

While Krugman’s twisted logic and willful blindness are great sport to tear apart with witty bon mots, it can become kinda like fishing in a stocked pond sometimes. The Econopundit brings it to a new level, complete with a multitude of charts and graphs, and absolutely annihilates the most recent economic prognostication from this alleged “Economics Professor”.

It’s cruel, but you know you must read it; not unlike rubbernecking on the Turnpike…

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Dhimmitude at DePaul

Columbia University has found their soul mates in Chicago's DePaul University. Check out the haps at this bastion of free speech :

Thomas Klocek, a professor at Chicago's DePaul University, was suspended without a hearing for challenging the views of a Muslim student group.

A "dhimmi", according to Dhimmi Watch is:

Dhimmitude is the status that Islamic law, the Sharia, mandates for non-Muslims, primarily Jews and Christians. Dhimmis, "protected people," are free to practice their religion in a Sharia regime, but are made subject to a number of humiliating regulations designed to enforce the Qur'an's command that they "feel themselves subdued" (Sura 9:29). This denial of equality of rights and dignity remains part of the Sharia, and, as such, are part of the law that global jihadists are laboring to impose everywhere, ultimately on the entire human race.

Dhimmi Watch documents cases worldwide, like that of DePaul, where fear of violent Muslim retribution forces people/organizations/countries into subserviance to their desires, however wrong they may be. Read it, and you know why this is a war we must win - our survival as a nation is at stake.

UPDATE: The results of dhimmitude at DePaul and Columbia are on display LIVE in Britian !,,2087-1572356,00.html :

Luciana Berger, 23, described last week how she had been forced to resign from the executive committee of the National Union of Students (NUS) after being abused and spat at by left-wing undergraduates and Muslim activists because she is Jewish.

The fact that this kind of hate is now allowable at Universities does not bode well for the war at hand. But again, is this not a natural progression, when DePaul professors can lose their jobs for simply arguing against a Muslim point of view?

I thought we said, "Never Again"?
Oh...never mind.

Boston Globe hates Pope, Columbia hates Jews...

That’s right, get your racist two-for-one here! The Boston Globe, clown prince of the looney left-wing media, gives us a cartoon mocking the new pope as a conservative curmudgeon. Sweet Jebus, can you give the guy 15 minutes before you start tearing him down? And look at those poor liberal Catholics in the cartoon…why can’t the Pope, as well as the American people, just bend down to their will already?

To add further insult, perennial angry man Derrick Z. Jackson pens this essay
/the_catholic_church_steps_backwards/ (sorry, you may need to cut/paste link):

WITH THE election of Joseph Ratzinger to be Pope Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church is not joining the 21st century anytime soon. After all the speculation that it was time for a pope from a developing country and after the debate of whether the conclave of cardinals would pick someone who would build bridges toward the church's outcasts and second-class citizens, the church fled to yesteryear, hoping to avoid facing today.

Only a liberal can be “progressive”; right, Derrick Z.? I don’t read a lot of this schmuck’s work, but whenever a decision, or election, goes against Derrick’s views, it is because people are always “fleeing” from something, taking refuge in fear, turning their backs - anything but accepting people are rejecting a liberal idea on its (lack of) merits.

The cardinals made a choice so cautious as to verge on the callous. If Ratzinger's past words guide his rule, his papacy has the potential to irritate and inflame religious and cultural tensions around the world.

So the new Pope is already to blame for “inflaming racial tensions” ?? C’mon…who’s really inflaming tensions, Derrick? Not sure? Look in the fr**kin’ mirror, dope! And hey, thanks for giving more unsubstantiated ammunition to the enemies of the Judeo-Christian culture!

And speaking of Judeo…Columbia University continues to wave its anti-Semetic flag high, now that it has whitewashed itself with internal probes that few take seriously. According to Campus Watch, , the department of Middle East studies has decided to honor vile anti-white, anti-Jew “poet” Amiri Baraka :

Columbia University's Middle East Institute recently sent out invitations for an event honoring Amiri Baraka, Campus Watch has learned.

Baraka, born LeRoi Jones, is known for his writings on jazz, but more for his Marxism and anti-Semitism. As the poet laureate of New Jersey Baraka created a firestorm with his poem "
Somebody Blew Up America," a diatribe accusing Israelis of having been warned of the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. When Baraka rebuffed calls for his resignation, New Jersey lawmakers responded by abolishing the position of poet laureate.

Baraka's anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism reach
far back into the 1960s, as does his violent animosity to whites, American society, and the West as a whole.

Well, why shouldn’t they? As long as Columbia continues to condone the activities of these violent anti-semites on their staff, there is every reason to expect these esteemed professionals will just continue to dial up their hate. Columbia, of course, will deny this is the result of liberal policies; they will just blame it on the Jews (again).

Thanks to great the great Democrats in the state of New Jersey for giving this hate-monger a title! Do you want to know the difference in morality between the two political parties today? Baraka is what the Democratic Party considers a poet laureate.

UPDATE: If you want a positive view of the new pope, and discussion of the great challenges he may face, see this article via LGF…will the new pope be to radical Islam what John Paul was to communism?

Air America to Crash, Burn…

If this were a newspaper headline that I was writing, it would say:
Air America to Crash, Burn
JerseyNut sh*ts himself with glee…

Now, if this was the New York Times, it would say, of course:
Air America to Crash, Burn
Women, Minorities most affected...

This article in the Los Angeles Times by Brian C. Anderson,0,7147223.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions
Reiterates many of things we have said on this sight before about Air America; see over here and here . Let’s roll with a few items that Brian Anderson tosses out at us:

The liberal Air America Radio, just past its first birthday, has probably enjoyed more free publicity than any enterprise in recent history. But don't believe the hype: Air America's left-wing answer to conservative talk radio is failing

Don’t worry, the Mainstream Media will still be trying to convince you that this is a hit. After all, they listen to it!

And look at Air America's ratings: They're pitifully weak, even in places where you would think they'd be strong. WLIB, its flagship in New York City, has sunk to 24th in the metro area Arbitron ratings — worse than the all-Caribbean format it replaced

Mario Cuomo can explain this to us simpletons:

Some on the left say it's because liberals are, well, smarter and can't convey their sophisticated ideas to the rubes who listen to talk radio. Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, whose own stint as a talk-show host was a ratings disaster, gave canonical expression to this self-serving view. Conservatives "write their messages with crayons," he maintained. "We use fine-point quills."

OK, Mario, what-ever. Now let us educate you on why you’re a miserable failure:

Industry surveys show that talk-radio fans vote in greater percentages than the general public, tend to be college-educated and read more magazines and newspapers than the average American

the triumph of political correctness on the left makes it hard for on-air liberals to lighten things up without offending anyone. [killed by your own sword! –ed.]

And a quite logical reason for this network's flop: Oversaturation -

Political scientist William Mayer, writing in the Public Interest, recently observed that liberals don't need talk radio because they've got the big three networks, most national and local daily newspapers and NPR.

As a reaction, with typical left-wing “tolerance”, the Democrats are now starting to talk about stifling free speech that they don’t agree with:

If some liberals had their way, Congress would regulate political talk radio out of existence…To accomplish this, New York Democratic Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey has proposed reviving the Fairness Doctrine to protect "diversity of view," and John Kerry recently sent out some signals that he too thought that might be a good idea.

Sigh. We’ve said it before and we will say it again: Liberals only believe in superficial diversity, diversity they can use to divide; however, ANY DIVERSITY OF IDEAS IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN !

That John Kerry would have been quite a president, huh? Did anyone see this story by PJ O’Rourke detailing his Massachusetts meltdown?
Entitled Kerry Loves the Mainstream Media . . . And Has Contempt for the American People, he reports the following from a media symposium where Kerry was the featured guest:

We learned," Kerry continued, "that the mainstream media, over the course of the last year, did a pretty good job of discerning. [of course he would think that - ed.] But there's a subculture and a sub-media that talks and keeps things going for entertainment purposes rather than for the flow of information. And that has a profound impact and undermines what we call the mainstream media of the country. And so the decision-making ability of the American electorate has been profoundly impacted as a consequence of that. The question is, what are we going to do about it?"

What are we going to do about it????? Holy threat to free speech, Batman! O’Rourke exposes Kerry for what he really is, and what most Democrats long to be: Demagogues

It's hard for an American politician to come up with an ideological position that is permanently unforgivable. Henry Wallace never quite managed, or George Wallace either. But Kerry's done it. American free speech needs to be submitted to arbitration because Americans aren't smart enough to have a First Amendment, and you can tell this is so, because Americans weren't smart enough to vote for John Kerry.

Thankfully, John Kerry is soon to be relegated to history’s dustbin. There is a God, after all…

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Oh No, Canada !

So all you blue-staters want to move to Canada, eh? Well, it appears as if your northern utopia may be fading into the cool mountain mist. David Frum has an Op-Ed column in today’s Times which shows the cracks widening, and the grand liberal experiment falling into the abyss:

Together, the opposition Conservative and Bloc Québécois parties could force an election call at any time. Opinion polls suggest that if an election were held now, the Liberals would lose decisively.

The discrediting and defeat of Canada's Liberal government would constitute a grand event in Canadian history: after all, the Liberals have ruled Canada almost without challenge for the past 12 years and for almost 80 of the past 109 years...

Many Americans see Canada as a kind of utopian alternative to the United States: a North American democracy with socialized medicine, same-sex marriage, empty prisons, strict gun laws and no troops in Iraq.

What they don't see is how precarious political support for this alternative utopia has become among Canadian voters in recent years. From World War II until the 1980's, Liberal power rested on two political facts: its dominance in French-speaking Quebec and its popularity in the immigrant communities of urban Ontario.

When the French and the immigrant communities get together, it spells disaster ! Where will Moby and the United States of Canada call home now?

People worldwide are slowing opening their eyes to the institutionalized failure of this liberal/socialist doctrine…just remember in the USA we tossed it overboard first!!

(Remember the headline well: "How could 59,000,000 Americans be so stupid?” Heh...)

Monday, April 18, 2005

FOX News is the Devil !!

Washington Post columnist William Raspberry joins the chorus decrying Fox News, declaring them "dangerous" in his very first sentence. It would be nice if he used that word to describe Al-Qaeda, but anyway, let’s give him a quick Fisk:

The in-your-face right-wing partisanship that marks Fox News Channel's news broadcasts is having two dangerous effects.
The first is that the popularity of the approach -- Fox is clobbering its direct competition (CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, etc.) -- leads other cable broadcasters to mimic it, which in turn debases the quality of the news available to that segment of the TV audience.

Two things: He does not go far enough in describing the clobbering here – Fox is drawing more than all of its competitors COMBINED. Second, where does he see a copycat? Anyone? Bueller??

Part of the FNC approach, on the other hand, is to promote itself as "fair and balanced." I suppose it does so with a wink and a nod to its far-right audience, who must know it isn't balanced. Certainly those near the center of the political spectrum know it.

With a “nod” to its “far-right” audience? Bro, if the Fox audience is made up of primarily the far-right, then the Democrats are in bigger trouble than anyone has been led to believe. Then again, Raspberry does not grace us with his definition of “far-right”.

But it has been generally accepted that the mainstream media at least try to get it right -- even when they too grudgingly acknowledge their errors after the fact.

Accepted by whom? Yourself, as a member of the biased MSM? You should recluse yourself of this one, buddy…
Now I’m going to pull a few quotes where Mr. Raspberry is somewhat on-target:

I think the plan is not so much to convince the public that its particular view is correct but rather to sell the notion that what FNC presents is just another set of biases, no worse (and for some, a good deal better) than the biases that routinely drive the presentation of the news on ABC, CBS or NBC -- and, by extension, the major newspapers.

This is correct! That’s why viewers are flocking to Fox – they are tired of hearing the same liberal canards repeated over and over as fact in the bulk of the MSM.

What worries me is that journalism could become a battlefield of warring biases: I'll sock it to your guy, your party or your position on a public issue, and you'll sock it to mine

Well, the liberal media has been socking it to conservatives and their ideology for some time, Mr. Raspberry. Sorry we decided to fight back, and sorry so many people seem interested in hearing about it.

But if the Times and The Post or any other mainstream news outlet -- including the major networks -- come to be seen as the left-of-center counterparts of Fox News Channel, why would anyone accept them as authoritative sources of truth?

Because the simple truth is, THEY ARE the left-of-center counterparts of Fox News Channel. You are upset at losing your position as the authoritative source of truth? Then you should have ditched your biases a long time ago, brother. Too late for tears now.

The second, far more dangerous, effect is that it threatens to destroy public confidence in all news.

Alas, here is where Raspberry is most on target. Public confidence in news is already destroyed. BUT IT WASN'T WRECKED BY FOX!!!

The Times, Post, Reuters and columnists like yourself have been weakening the foundation for years; now the bill has come due.

Unfortunately, this diminishes us all. Now truth has become subjective, nobody believes anything, and rumor and innuendo are becoming the coin of the realm.

This does not help create an informed democracy, but then again, neither does a mass media with an openly left-wing agenda, with its bias appearing not just in its editorial pages, but apparent in headline selection, story composition, and even story selection (Sandy Berger, where are you?)

Just don’t blame Fox – they didn’t start it; they're just the best at it...

Treason on the AM dial

The soldiers of WW2 had Tokoyo Rose; we have Air-America. I don’t have a transcript, but what I heard this morning between approximately 7-720AM EST was as follows:

- America has vastly undercounted the amount of worldwide terrorism in 2004 (previously, mind you, we were “overcounting” it to support our evil war aims).

- Most Americans don’t care about the rest of the world; only America (they pointedly singled out “Christian Conservatives” and that convenient bogeyman, “the far right”). Nevertheless, we all share in the blame as Americans in the rise of worldwide terrorism, since the Iraq war has given terrorists a training ground to use to export terror elsewhere. {this is classic anti-American liberalism – we are to blame for all the world’s problems because we fought back. If only we just listened…}

- The Insurgents are winning! The "Morning Sedition" (appropriate title, at least they know themselves) team claimed that since reporters fear to leave Baghdad, they are unaware of the “fact” that the insurgents are taking over the country town by town (of course, when the media reported chaos in Iraq because terrorists were targeting reporter’s hotels in Baghdad, there was no concern about limited access to the rest of Iraq) and that we have just stopped “engaging” them.

- I turned it off as they were mumbling about some hostage crisis they seemed disappointed wasn’t panning out as truthful

Well, there you have it, folks…we have accusations of lying by American officials, blaming Americans for all terror attacks worldwide, demanding “apologies” from Americans; and propaganda, completely unverifiable, that the insurgents are winning the war.

This is classic sedition, all right – some may call it treason, as they are certainly giving psychological aid and comfort to the enemy.

I have asked in the past
for people to listen to Air-America, if only to see how truly vile and anti-American it is.
What I wish to do is make a list of public figures that appear on-air with these slimebags, and ask them if they agree with the positions put forth by this network.

I want to see them squirm...

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Sunday Science, w/Ordnance on the Half-Shell !

In recent research stolen from the "Liberal Labs", here's an interesting article showing that a natural, recurring change in the degree of tile in the planet's access may be responsible for the occurance of Ice Ages.

The Earth's rotation axis is not perpendicular to the plane in which it orbits the Sun. It's offset by 23.5 degrees. But the angle is not constant - it is currently decreasing from a maximum of 24 degrees towards a minimum of 22.5 degrees. This variation goes in a 40,000-year cycle.

Peter Huybers of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Carl Wunsch of the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology have compared the timing of the tilt variations with that of the last seven ice ages. They found that the ends of those periods - called glacial terminations - corresponded to times of greatest tilt.

"The apparent reason for this is that the annual average sunlight in the higher latitudes is greater when the tilt is at maximum," Huybers told LiveScience in a telephone interview.
More sunlight seasonally hitting polar regions would help to melt the ice sheets.

This article indicates we should be entering a new ice age; but as the expected changes are not occuring, human factors (ie: warming) may be a contributing factor. Time to supersize those SUV's, folks, because the ice age will not stop by itself!

Next up is this related study showing that changes in ocean currents were a reaction to, and did not cause, ice ages . Here they state as a matter of fact:

Ice ages are driven by changes in the amount of heat that arrives at the poles from the sun.

..which would seem to validate the first article. Maybe enviornmental groups would do better to look at the forest, instead of just focusing on a few trees.

I wasn't kidding about this info being lifted from "the liberal files"; I got them via Crystalinks, , kind of a new-age clearinghouse linking to various events of interest to editor "Ellie". Everything from Earth Science and Sunspot Meters to UFO's over Stonehedge, Ellie has something (including an inspirational message or two) for everyone. Just for giggles, also see:

Stone Age Erotica Found
Conspiracy Page (alright, not as funny)

Finally, in the "only in New Jersey" files; the Asbury Park Press reports in an editorial entitled "Ordnance on the Half-Shell", they inform us that:

...the Army Corps of Engineers has issued warnings that some processed clamshells were found to contain unexploded World War I-era ordnance from munition dumpings off the Atlantic coast.

Hand and rifle grenades, mortar rounds and even cannon shells were traced back through a trucking outfit to a company that makes canned clams. That company is now scanning incoming harvests of clams with metal detecting equipment.

There's that Homeland Security for you!

UPDATE April22nd: The Glaciers are retreating, but apparently it's more than global warming :

Although higher air temperatures are a factor, they say, the full picture may go beyond just simple global warming...This study demonstrates the enormous importance of gathering long-term data.

I love they way global warming was one of those scientific absolutes among the liberal community; yeah, as if you can figure out global temperature patterns on a four billion year old planet just by saying, "but..but... this is the second straight hot summer!"

The Evil Agenda of the Pontificating Pundits

We have written much on how, well, totally wrong the media and its so-called experts have been on all matters international. Via Roger Simon, ,we link to Victor Davis Hanson's essay in NRO, where he dissects and explodes the theories these media-appointed wise men hold so dearly. Mr. Simon believes:

What Scowcroft, Brzezinski, Albright et al really want is the status quo. It is the preservation of the "expertise of the experts" above all. If nothing changes, they remain in place.

Nothing to differentiate them from all of Europe's business/political class, I suppose...maybe that's why they are always whining about "multilateralism" with our European "allies".

Just a few of the bombs Hanson highlights:

Brent Scowcroft predicted on the eve of the Iraqi elections that voting there would increase the risk of civil war... He also once assured us that Iraq “could become a Vietnam in a way that the Vietnam war never did.” Did he mean perhaps worse than ten years of war and over 50,000 American dead, with the Cambodian holocaust next door?

Zbigniew Brzezinski feared that we could not do what we are in fact presently doing in Iraq: “I do not think we can stay in Iraq in the fashion we’re in now…If it cannot be changed drastically, it should be terminated.” He added ominously that it would take 500,000 troops, $500 billion, and resumption of the military draft to achieve security in Iraq.

Madeleine Albright, while abroad, summed up the present American foreign policy: “It's difficult to be in France and criticize my government. But I'm doing so because Bush and the people working for him have a foreign policy that is not good for America, not good for the world.”

Yea, OK, Ms. Albright, I'm sure it was real difficult...(and on a side note, a good friend of mine ran into Ms. Albright in a tony New York haberdashery during the late summer of '04; she was crowing to whomever would listen about how "George Bush's time was up!". Right again, dahling...).

Read it all; this archive piece refers to a WSJ article that refers to the media's ignorance of the facts at hand as simple cowardice. Is that worse than propogating the status quo for continued employment as a talking head, even if it means using the prestige of your name to frighten people? Evil is as Evil does, I guess...

One more from Hanson:

Elections in Afghanistan and Iraq, troops out of Saudi Arabia, democratic demonstrations in Lebanon, West Bank voting, promises of change in Egypt — all that and more is “not good for the world”?

Only if your hatred of George Bush is greater than your love for freedom for the peoples of the

Saturday, April 16, 2005

European Appeasement and the Iranian People

While Europe bends and scrapes before the hate-filled Mullahs of Tehran, (while patting themselves on the back as "peaceful progressives"), the Iranian people seethe. In today's WaPO, this column by Elahé Sharifpour-Hicks, speaks the great truth that Europe fears to hear:

The reasons for the failure of Iran's reform movement will be debated by historians, but what is remarkable is the extent to which the West, the rhetoric of the Bush administration notwithstanding, appears prepared to acquiesce in Iran's slide into immovable authoritarianism, precisely the form of governance that Western leaders, led by the Bush administration, have identified as being conducive to the growth of terrorism elsewhere in the region.

"Acquiesce" is a nice word for "Appease", no? Our author is being too polite...

A call for an end to U.S. pressure means acquiescing to the status quo. The broader Middle East is showing ample evidence of the power of clear U.S. rhetoric in favor of freedom and democracy to bring about change

True enough; those who call for the end of US pressure, especially the Europeans, do not want Iran to change. They can make money this way (see Saddam, Cahvez, China, etc.). Now here's the best policy advice I've seen anywhere in the WaPo in years:

The United States should make clear that it is ready to resume dialogue with the Iranian government on the full range of concerns between the two countries as soon as a government that is representative of the wishes of the Iranian people, freely expressed, is in power in Tehran. That does not include a retread version of former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, or any of his bloodstained acolytes...In the meantime the United States would do well to maintain its efforts to reach out to the Iranian people over the heads of their government

Are you listening, US State Department? Or are you waiting for an editorial in tommorow's New York Times, promoting continued appeasement and validating your failed point of view?