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Friday, February 21, 2003
Posted 12:58 PM by WiN
A.N.S.W.E.R. doesn't like new math
The San Francisco Chronicle, using arial photography and a precise estimation technique, came up with only 65,000 peaceniks at last Sunday's Homocidal Dictator Support Group Meeting at Civic Center Plaza, less than 35% of the protesters' claimed number. Needless to say, hackles are raised.
Just think of the uproar if this technique had been used at the
Posted 11:55 AM by WiN
Leading the fight against all things French
Bigwig's done it again.
"Kids today, unlike the unwashed and drug-crazed hippies of an earlier generation, are actively seeking a system of values to live by." says former Secretary of Education William Bennett. "Love of country is much more important to them now, and what better way for a teenagers to show that love than by dry humping like crazed weasels?"
Posted 11:20 AM by WiN
Clinton v Bush re:Iraq
I just finished reading Larry Elder's column from yesterday - a powerful comparison of Clinton's speech prior to attacking Iraq vs. W's current plans as revealed in his recent addresses to the nation.
Anyone who opposes war now, but said nothing then, should read it. That should shut them up, if they have even a shred of intellectual honesty (which probably excludes 95% of today's Bush Bashers).
Thursday, February 20, 2003
Posted 3:15 PM by WiN
Flash: Greens still in denial
You gotta love headlines like this one - Environmentalist Says Blizzard Consistent with 'Global Warming'. Just keep pluggin' away, guys. The 'overpopulation starvation' thing didn't work out, neither did the 'new ice age'. Maybe some day you'll learn to rely on facts and not political agenda.
Posted 3:10 PM by WiN
U.S., Britain to submit another resolution
It looks as though a resolution to authorize force against Iraq will be submitted as early as Monday of next week. I can't for the life of me figure out why Bush has decided to go through with this symbolic exercise, except perhaps to underscore the utter uselessness of the U.N. in the fight against terrorism.
I wish them the best of luck, but I doubt this will go well.
Back to the war with Jihadistan and the front with Iraq, the U.S. has, ostensibly, conceded to the UN Security Council's request for yet another resolution (#18) on Iraq, to be presented Monday. The joint-sponsored U.S.-British resolution will declare Iraq in "further material breach" of its obligations to disarm itself of weapons of mass destruction, though the resolution will not include a stated deadline for Iraqi compliance -- a point previously insisted upon by the Bush and Blair governments. Submitting the new resolution on Monday, however, runs against the prevailing school of thought in the Security Council -- to wait until after UN chief weapons inspector Han Blix's report to the UNSC in early March before issuing any new resolution.So, friends and neighbors, set the Wayback Machine to sometime in the early evening about a week from tomorrow, and be sure to have FoxNews tuned in to get the play-by-play.
Posted 8:42 AM by WiN
Adrenal gland workout
Bet this puckered a few sphincters.
South Korea scrambled two fighter jets and readied anti-aircraft missile batteries after a North Korean MiG fighter briefly intruded into its airspace...[via joyfulchristian]
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Posted 5:53 PM by WiN
Dr. bin Strangelove
To quote a wise man, "If that's not evil, then evil has no meaning". [link, ironically enough, via joyfulchristian]
Posted 4:14 PM by WiN
Than never (my personal creed, BTW). The People's Republic of Seabrook: Carnival of the Vanities, Episode 22
Posted 3:06 PM by WiN
OUCH! That's gotta hurt!
James Taranto gets off some zingers, but this one is especially pointed:
Meanwhile, Reuters reports that a court in Hamburg, Germany, has convicted Sept. 11 co-conspirator Mounir El Motassadeq of 3,066 counts of accessory to murder. The Germans threw the book at him--only it was a slender paperback. Motassadeq, 28, got the maximum sentence of 15 years--less than two days per victim. Even if he serves out his term, he'll be a free man at 43. His victims will still be dead. We suppose the Germans have to treat accessory to murder as a minor crime, else the whole country would have gone to prison in 1945.[from today's Best of the Web Today, third item down "Weasel Watch"]
Posted 2:52 PM by WiN
The definition of scary
Posted 2:09 PM by WiN
Canaries in the coal mine...
...chickens in the oil field. Read about Operation KFC. [via Balloon Juice]
Posted 12:44 PM by WiN
The negative power of comments
Cruisin' through the blogroll, I came across this thoughtful post by Tony at Sand in the Gears. I had forgotten what good stuff was on Tony's blog, and how simpatico we seem. Anyway, stop by and read the post, then browse awhile. You won't regret it.
Posted 12:25 PM by WiN
Some have accused our President of being a fry or two short of a Happy Meal, while others are now claiming he's a genius.
If he brings down the U.N., or even significantly reduces its' influence, he will have done America, Israel and most of the Western World a great favor, for which he should justly be remembered. Michael points to the debacle that was Kosovo, but I would say the nadir was the horrible Rwanda nightmare (a recent story). If this is indeed the U.N.'s Waterloo, it is entirely fitting that it goes down in the year that Libya was voted chair of the UN Human Rights Commission and Iraq is due to rotate into the chair of the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Add to that communist China's seat on the Security Commission and you have what by all rights is a bureaucratic laughingstock of a world government.
They had the general idea right, as evidenced by the inscription in the lobby of the UN building in New York ""They shall beat their swords into plowshares and the spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again. (Isaiah 2:4)." They just forgot about the minor detail of what exactly would bring that to pass - the coming of Messiah
Posted 11:50 AM by WiN
Giving the French "What For"
I have not indulged in any French-bashing thus far (although I reserve that right), simply because others are doing such a bang-up job. But I just read a column by Washington Times columnist Tony Blankley that really sums things up well for me.
The list of countries under the French whip is ironic: Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Romania and Bulgaria. All these countries were on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain during the Age of Communism. They were unlucky enough to be occupied by the Soviet Red Army in the closing months of WWII, and thus lived in enforced slavery for a half-a-century. But geography was destiny. France was occupied by American, British, Canadian and other British Empire troops, and was thus saved from such a fate by their English-speaking liberators. It is worth recalling that while French soldiers were throwing down their rifles in 1940 as the Germans advanced, the flower of Polish manhood charged into the invading Nazi tanks on horseback in the last and most gallant cavalry charge in history. Of course, they were killed to the last man. While the Poles were dying with their boots on, the French were living on their knee-pads (during which, they cheerfully ferreted out and shipped their French Jews off to the German death camps). How dare the French attempt to blackmail the Poles — of all peoples. (And the Czechs and Slovaks who they helped to sell out at Munich.)I highly recommend you read the whole thing. Four and a half stars (out of five) on the Lileks Screed-o-Meter.
In the meantime, buy a bumpersticker.
UPDATE: Got your bumper sticker? Good, now get the t-shirt.
Posted 10:50 AM by WiN
I *am* somebody!
I'm honored, and frankly surprised, to be included in a group of "new" blogs which are far more widely read such as Ain't too proud to blog, Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, the essential Israpundit, and uber Blogger Andrea Harris. Also on the list is last week's host of the Carnival of the Vanities, John Ray of Dissecting Leftism (highly recommended). If I wasn't feeling so icky, I'd throw a little party on my blog's behalf tonight. But for the time being, if you read this and have a blog I might like, I'll buy off your Blog*Spot banner to celebrate. Post your url in the comments section and I'll pick one at the end of the day.
Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Posted 3:27 PM by WiN
Affirmative Action Bake Sale
I absolutely love this demonstration by the (UCLA) Bruin Republicans of how affirmative action really works. Of course, it made the local libs hopping mad:
Juan Carlos-Orellana, president of the Democratic Law Students Association, responded to the event with similar indignation, referring to the bake sale as an "insulting trivialization of the serious issue of race and gender equality."Sounds like it might have started some instead. [link via James Taranto]
Posted 1:45 PM by WiN
Cross-Blog Debate Results
The cross-blog debate over U.S. military intervention in Iraq is over. A summary of all answers to pro-war questions can be found at Stand Down, and a similar summary for the other side can be found at The Truth Laid Bear. I would like to say a hearty "thanks" to N.Z. Bear and the folks at Stand Down for all the work they have put into this. I for one feel it has certainly been a worthwhile exercise, with a healthy exchange of opinions and viewpoints. In fact, there were so many responses it borders on the unwieldy, but better to have too many responses than too few (within reason).
I'd like to be able to say that the all the anti-war folks were demonstrably full of it, but that's not the case. Some sounded surprisingly Libertarian in their views, at least in this context. Others made reasonable arguments that I could easily concede were thoughtful, intelligent responses to the questions posed. Of course, my view of the situation hasn't changed, but I didn't expect that anyone's would be as a result of this exchange. All the facts have been on the table for a while now, nothing has changed dramatically in over a year, so it's mostly now a simple question of political and moral philosophy. I stand with President Bush, mainly because I believe him to be an intelligent and deeply moral man, who has surrounded himself not with 'yes-men' but with thoughtful, well-informed and experienced advisors who he is not afraid of consulting or opposing. To put it simply, he has the facts, as far as is humanly and technologically possible, and a strong 'moral compass'. He has made a very difficult decision, one with frighteningly horrific possible ramifications either way he went, and I think he has made the right one.
Thoughtful bloggers on the other side of the coin, such as Julian Sanchez, Tony Steidler-Dennison, Josh Koenig and some of those who posted comments to this post on Stand Down, obviously differ, but choose to do so without the ridiculing or name-calling which has sadly become more and more common as a liberal response in discussions with conservatives. I really appreciate that, and would really like to see such debates on other topics in the future if anyone feels up to the task and has copious amounts of free time to devote to it.
As we watch and wait in the days ahead for what looks to be an inevitable Allied military action against Iraq, I think we can all agree that we pray for a quick conclusion to hostilities with a minimum of bloodshed on either side, and most of all for freedom and justice for the Iraqi people and oppressed peoples everywhere.
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.