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Thursday, October 03, 2002
Posted 10:07 AM by WiN
EU snubs third-world farmers
Big surprise - the whiney French and their toadies have blocked EU agricultural policy reform, essentially saying "I don't give merde for the third-world, I want my subsidies". I just don't want to hear them shooting off their self-righteous pie-holes at any "sustainable development" conferences from here on.
Posted 9:45 AM by WiN
Guns kill more people
Of course, someone had to actually fire these awful weapons.
Pants-wetting liberals will of course call for new, stronger gun laws, when in fact I'd bet a paycheck that when they find these scum they will have impressive rap sheets to go along with their sociopathic behavior. Preventing these kinds of horrible incidents is pretty easy: Keep the scum locked up for the maximum amount of time prescribed by law and consistently enforce already existing gun laws. Period. [link via The InstaProf]
Posted 9:37 AM by WiN
Iranian citizens out of control
Glen Frazier points to some recent polls of the Iranian populous that indicates that three-quarters of them think a dialogue with the U.S. is a good idea. Of course, this kind of thinking cannot be allowed and the messengers of this disturbing bit of truth have been duly reprimanded.
Posted 9:24 AM by WiN
Iraqis run crying to Uncle Kofi
Seems those mean old Americans and Aussies are performing "acts of terrorism" by carrying out "attacks" on vessels bound for Iraq.
Methinks they need a little explanation of what 'enforcing an embargo' looks like vis 'acts of terrorism' and 'attacks' on vessels. See, in enforcing an embargo, you usually have to board the vessel in question and look around. When you are boarding vessels bound for enemy ports, it's sometimes good to carry weapons, use of which of course would only be necessary if someone violated the terms of the embargo by attempting to stop said inspection. Terrorism and attacks typically consist of killing folks and blowing stuff up, none of which has occurred so far. So we'll see who Uncle Kofi sides with in this little spat. I know where my money would be.
Posted 9:05 AM by WiN
Dems can send in pinch-hitter in NJ, court rules
Well, the hornets' nest has now well and truly been kicked over. The New Jersey Supreme Court, all but one of whom were appointed during Christine Todd Whitman's term as governor, ruled 7-0 in favor of the Democrat's risky candidate replacement scheme. The New Jersey Republican party is, of course, screaming bloody murder and asking for a stay of the judgment, which would effectively bar former senator Frank Lautenberg, Torricelli's anointed replacement, from the ballot. The precedent, if this ruling is allowed to stand, potentially opens the door for a game of 'candidate roulette' in all future elections. If your guy is tanking in the polls, bring in a ringer after it's too late for their opponent to air any issue ads under the new campaign reform law. Here's one New Jersey voter's take:
Richard Bleecker, 65, a retired social worker, said, ''I am somewhat disturbed by the notion that a living candidate can take himself out in the eighth inning and bring in a pinch-hitter. Does this mean that in California Simon will take himself out of the running because he's losing, and the Republicans will put in Schwarzenegger?''This is definitely going to get interesting.
Update: Virginia Postrel postulates perfect analogy - NJ Election law=Calvinball (sorry, no permalinks to the post, just scroll down until you see Calvin).
Wednesday, October 02, 2002
Posted 3:03 PM by WiN
It is commonly known that the vast majority of college professors vote Democratic/Green, and that conservative thought is generally frowned upon if not outright disparaged. How does the higher education community, normally slavishly devoted to 'diversity', explain this? Quite simple, really. [via James Taranto (Eureka!) ]
Posted 2:00 PM by WiN
New Jersey race creating domino effect?
Will the shakeup in the New Jersey senate race cause a domino effect in senate races across the country?
This fiasco is looking more and more like a win-win situation for the GOP. If the Dems manage to slither around New Jersey election laws and get Lautenberg on the ballot, they will have to pour millions of dollars into his empty campaign coffers. If they can't, then Forrester cruises to an essentially unopposed victory, making the whole Torricelli melodrama that much more tragic for the hapless Democrats. Without too much imagination, you could even paint a scenario where Republicans gain a 3-seat majority. And the Democrats could only blame themselves for not seeing that Torricelli was replaced before the statutory time limit. Too bad.
Posted 12:41 PM by WiN
No words necessary
If you are a regular blog-surfer, you have probably already seen this, but I just came across it today. It is indeed a very powerful statement about the difference between the U.S. and our allies and those we are at war with. A must-see post.
Tuesday, October 01, 2002
Posted 2:28 PM by WiN
Locking in on target....
Wow, Saddam has agreed to let the inspectors back in. One teeny, tiny problem:
News reports said inspection terms would be guided by previous U.N. Security Council resolutions. But following the old resolutions would ensure that the mysterious and gigantic presidential palaces Saddam has built would not be inspected.Ok, that bites. But wait, Glen Frazier has A Thought...
Posted 1:41 PM by WiN
"Oooo, you have such big.....shoes"
Ok, so now I no longer have to whisper my shoe size to the sales guy in JustForFeet
Posted 8:30 AM by WiN
Congress trying to force Bush's hand on recognition of Jerusalem
Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush recognized the popular appeal of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and made moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv one of their campaign promises. Both backed down, though, in hopes of brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Now, congress is forcing the issue and Bush is reluctantly going along.
If I were W., I would have made it one of my first official acts, essentially daring Powell to resign before he even got started (which I realize is 20/20 hindsight). Jerusalem is the seat of Israel's government, and the historical capital of the Jewish state going back hundreds of years. To deny that, and make its' status 'negotiable', is an unprincipled position on our part, and sends the wrong message about our support of the region's only democracy and a staunch ally. Congress shouldn't have to force the executive to recognize this, but it is their job to do what is in America's best interests. Bush should do the right thing and start making plans to move the embassy before the end of his term.
Posted 8:07 AM by WiN
Dow to continue slide?
Well, following the first 6-month slide since 1981, you might start thinking that it's almost time to jump back into stocks for the ride back up when GWII finally takes off. Irwin Kellner says to wait at least one more month.
Posted 7:55 AM by WiN
"The Torch" a Cuban hero?
Well, it turns out that he is. A somewhat startling revelation to yours truly, Robert "Quitter" Torricelli is actually a friend of Cuban democracy and a staunch advocate of the U.S. embargo. Who'd a thunk it?
The shenanigins of the Democratic party to try to distort New Jersey election laws in an attempt to get a replacement candidate on the ballot should make for interesting reading for the next few days. Maybe if they do manage to finagle a ballot change, the GOP could entice the embattled Christine Todd Whitman into resigning as EPA chief and subbing for Forrester. Well, I can dream can't I?
My Bloginality is INFP
AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY
We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold no power to dispatch diplomats to negotiate; we can send no troops to defend those who choose to risk their lives in the cause of freedom.
What power we have is in our words, and in our thoughts. And it is that strength which we offer to the people of Iran on this day.
Across the diverse and often contentious world of weblogs, each of us has chosen to put aside our differences and come together today to declare our unanimity on the following simple principles:
- That the people of Iran are allies of free men and women everywhere in the world, and deserve to live under a government of their own choosing, which respects their own personal liberties
- That the current Iranian regime has failed to create a free and prosperous society, and attempts to mask its own failures by repression and tyranny
We do not presume to know what is best for the people of Iran; but we are firm in our conviction that the policies of the current government stand in the way of the Iranians ability to make those choices for themselves.
And so we urge our own governments to turn their attention to Iran. The leaders and diplomats of the world's democracies must be clear in their opposition to the repressive actions of the current Iranian regime, but even more importantly, must be clear in their support for the aspirations of the Iranian people.
And to the people of Iran, we say: You are not alone. We see your demonstrations in the streets; we hear of your newspapers falling to censorship; and we watch with anticipation as you join the community of the Internet in greater and greater numbers. Our hopes are with you in your struggle for freedom. We cannot and will not presume to tell you the correct path to freedom; that is for you to choose. But we look forward to the day when we can welcome your nation into the community of free societies of the world, for we know with deepest certainty that such a day will come
A personal note: I have only had one Iranian acquaintance in my life, but I definitely considered him a friend. While I was in college (second time round) I had a part-time job as a self-serve gas station attendant. The senior employee was an engineering student named Rahim. The school I attended had (and probably still has) a significant middle-eastern student population, a lot of them in engineering. This was also during a period (mid-eighties) when Iran was not a popular place to be from (Iatolla Khomeini era). Since he was obviously middle-eastern, people would sometimes ask him, "Where are you from?" to which he would reply, with a sly grin "Persia".
He was not very political, so the topic of Iranian politics rarely came up. Occasionally he would show me some propaganda sheet he had picked up on campus, written in Farsi, and translate some of it for me. He also delighted in the ridiculous political cartoons showing Uncle Sam in various uncomplimentary poses. He seemed to regard the whole thing as humorous, but he got very serious when he spoke on rare occasion about the danger his relations back home faced from the oppressive regime. He had married an American and intended to stay here, at least until things got better back home.
I can't count the number of times he helped me out with work-related situations like swapping shifts and taking over for me in emergency situations. I gladly did the same for him. He was especially enamored with a nice "fuzzbuster" I had that I used for my many trips to Dallas. He borrowed it for a couple of trips he had to make to El Paso, where a former professor was holding a term paper of his "hostage" and he was negotiating to have the paper approved in order to get credit for the course, which was holding up his degree. He returned from his trips singing the praises of the magical device.
I lost track of him, of course, after I quit the job but to this day he is the face of Iran to me - friendly, helpful and a little mischievous, with a heart of gold. I wish him and all the people of Iran good will and the blessings of freedom.