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that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance." --Henry Ward Beecher
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Thursday, March 06, 2003
Posted 7:59 AM by WiN
No. 1 religious persecutor left off the list
Can you guess who it might be? I am absolutely outraged about this.
The USCIRF expressed disappointment Wednesday that its advice had once again been overruled, "even though egregious abuses persist or have increased"More on this later...
Wednesday, March 05, 2003
Posted 3:05 PM by WiN
Crucify me for Saddam
Alright, can we now officially declare that the peaceniks have the overwhelming advantage in lunatics and psychotics? I thought so.
Posted 10:48 AM by WiN
As a response to the loony ultra-lefty group PETA's recent unconscionable PR campaign comparing commercial chicken farms to Nazi concentration camps, uber-blogger Meryl is organizing a grass-roots protest, International Eat an Animal for PETA Day. On March 15th, conscientious carnivores will consume thousands of pounds of seared animal flesh in protest of PETA and their cruel insensitivity to Holocaust survivors, victims and their families.
I am already on a high-protein diet, so I have been doing my part for quite some time now, but perhaps I'll visit my local butcher and pick out a particularly huge, bloody chunk of cow flesh to sear on the old barbie in protest. Mmmmm, I'm starting to salivate already. I just hope PETA gets the message - animal lives do not equate to human lives in any way, shape or fashion, and the more they insist that they do the more of a psychotic fringe group they appear to be. But then, you already knew that, right?
UPDATE: Might as well dress appropriately, too
Tuesday, March 04, 2003
Posted 2:56 PM by WiN
Stop bombs, not bongs
Deroy Murdock's column today on NRO takes John Ashcroft and the Justice Department to task for a massive, nationwide crackdown on marijuana paraphernalia sellers and distributors. He makes the case, which I agree with, that the kind of manpower (at least 1,200 law enforcement agents) and resources that went into this high-profile bust would be much better expended on rooting out and dismantling terrorist cells within our borders. Of course, at root is the whole argument of whether or not marijuana use should even be illegal or not. I am definitely pro-decriminalization and might even be convinced of the merits of total legalization, with appropriate controls and regulations as are now used in alcohol and tobacco sales and distribution.
To totally go off on paraphernalia sales, especially for relatively harmless marijuana use, certainly smacks of political grandstanding and poor prioritization of use of scarce resources. I suspect most of the agencies assisting in the raids were in it for the property they stood to be able to administratively confiscate, not to stop some terrible crime wave in their communities. But that's another topic.
I feel it is up to conservatives like myself to let the administration know how we feel about Justice's misguided efforts. Sending a copy of this column to your representatives and the White House, indicating your agreement with its' arguments, would be a good start.
Posted 12:14 PM by WiN
The TTLB Ecosystem is back
Well, the good news is The Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem is back. The bad news is that I am no longer a 'Crunchy Crustacean'. I have been relegated back down to lowly 'microbe' status once again.
Life in the Blogosphere is humbling that way. Guess I'll get crackin' on that there WMDI stuff. And kissin some serious warblogger arse.
Posted 9:58 AM by WiN
Flash!: Human shields decide to shield their butts instead
You didn't really think they'd stick around till the shooting started, did you?
Posted 9:05 AM by WiN
Keep those L.A. libs on their heels, Aaron!
Posted 8:43 AM by WiN
Republicans are beautiful people
Posted 7:55 AM by WiN
KSM capture mitigates post-Iraqi retaliation
The recent capture of al Qaeda financial co-ordinator Khalid Shaikh Mohammed ("The Brain") by Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence officials probably mitigated retaliatory attacks in the U.S. and other allied nations when the Iraqi liberation begins, according to this article on NRO.
KSM [Mohammed] and his key al Qaeda cells around the world were planning significant new attacks against the United States, with never-before-employed terror tactics.It also doesn't hurt Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's shaky image as a co-operative ally in the war on terrorism in advance of the coming Mid-East - Southwest Asia shakeup after Saddam is eliminated. The data found in KSM's apartment will help U.S. and allied intelligence agencies deal a crushing blow to the al Qaeda network, as bank accounts are shut down and operatives are rooted out worldwide. The stage is now set for the allies to advance on Baghdad and the liberation of Iraq to begin. All indications are that this will take place either right before or immediately after the vote is taken on the latest UN resolution, probably sometime early next week.
Monday, March 03, 2003
Posted 2:50 PM by WiN
You're still one of our two great political parties. Show some class, the good kind.
Peggy Noonan sends an open letter to Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic Party about where it is and where it should be headed. Some very good stuff here (I'm not a huge fan of Ms. Noonan's).
Deep down, in some still vital area of human knowledge within you, the place where you just know things, you have got to know that no political party primarily funded, supported and led by fierce pro-abortionists, by people whose great interest in life is seeing to it that the right to kill infants is retained, can long endure. Nothing can long stand on a foundation like that. Nothing.This is pretty long, as columns go, but a good read. And I agree with her when she says, "One wishes the Democrats well if for no other reason than the Republican Party will be at its best only when it faces a worthy and vital competitor." Let's hope, for our nation's sake, they can right the ship and begin producing some constructive ideas again instead of being the party of petty name-calling, racial balkanization and radical anti-Americanism. Our nation needs two great political parties. If the Democrats don't answer the call, someone else will.
Posted 11:45 AM by WiN
In his column today, Paul Greenberg tells it like it is in regards to the latest plan for a Palestinian state floated recently by President Bush:
Here's what all these diplomats don't want to admit, though surely they must know it: It isn't the prospect of a nice little state living in peace with its neighbor that brings all the Arab factions out in the street, firing their rifles, dancing and shouting and tossing candy. If they'd just wanted a state of their own, they could have had it years ago, decades ago. They could have accepted a Palestinian state at Camp David in 2000, or at Oslo the previous decade, or after the Six Day war in 1967, or at Lake Success in 1947, or when Britain's Peel Commission suggested it in 1937, or . but, as Abba Eban once put it, the Palestinians have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity.The Arab world doesn't want a 'Palestinian State', they want an end to the 'Jewish problem', complete control of Jerusalem and the 'right of return' for all 'Palestinians' - they want the destruction of Israel. Anyone seeking to be a part of the 'peace process' that doesn't recognize this, either publicly or privately, is going to make some very bad assumptions on how to proceed, and concerning what will succeed. Why America continues to pretend otherwise is beyond me.
Posted 7:05 AM by WiN
The Big Question
When does the shooting start? The UK's Sun thinks it knows the answer.
A crucial UN Security Council vote for war is now likely a week this Wednesday.So, stock up on chips, popcorn, soda and some adult beverages. Looks like this weekend we'll be watching that much-anticipated sequel "Gulf War II - Revenge of Bush". I know which side I'll be rooting for.
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.