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Friday, March 14, 2003
Posted 1:45 PM by WiN
Eat an Animal for PETA Day tomorrow
In case you had forgotten, tomorrow is Eat an Animal for PETA Day, a protest against PETA's latest, despicable publicity ploy. Read all about it at Meryl's place. She's getting an incredible amount of support from the blogging community, including some who have created posters like this one from Jack Rich:
Makes my mouth water just looking at it. You can bet I'll be doing my part.
Thursday, March 13, 2003
Posted 10:49 AM by WiN
Lefty moral equivalence
Meryl linked to Diane's interesting take on Democratic cover fire over Jim Moran's anti-semitic remarks. I loved it. To paraphrase Sally Fields' remark to Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit, she has a lyrical way of cutting through the bullsh*t.
UPDATE: Another very good take on the Moran incident, and the rising evidence of tolerance of anti-semitism as a systemic problem in the Democratic party, from Linda Chavez.
Posted 10:34 AM by WiN
Whilst winding my way from Meryl to Diane and her diatribe on the historical accuracy of the New Testament, I saw her post on this Iraqi girl's blog. From the looks of her referrer list (bottom of the page) she's become quite popular (and linked to). It's a fascinating read - a lot of it about everyday life in Baghdad and preparations for the coming war, which she obviously disagrees with. Another prime example of how blogging gives you a window into the world of ordinary folks you would never in a million years have a chance to converse or correspond with - truly awesome.
CORRECTION: It seems I mis-interpreted Diane's reference to Salam's blog. It seems that Salam, the host of the blog, is a guy. The 'Iraqi chick blogger' is his 'guest blogger', "Riverbend". Sorry for the confusion! And Salam, I still think it's cool that you're blogging from Iraq, even though you're dreading the war. I can certainly understand, and I pray that God delivers you and your family safely through the fighting and that you live a long and happy life under the new government.
Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Posted 1:10 PM by WiN
CotV XXV lives!
After much behind-the-scenes wailing and knashing of teeth, the 25th edition of the Carnival of the Vanities is online at The Daily Rant. A big thanks to our host(s) Jay & Jane, "The Carville/Matalin of the Blogosphere".
Joe Bob sez, "Check it out".
Posted 11:44 AM by WiN
'Lone Ranger' Bush a Godsend
I have been too busy to blog as much as I'd like the past week or so, but I didn't want to let this column by Dennis Prager go uncommented on. Mr. Prager seems like an imminently likeable guy, which is no doubt part of the reason his radio shows and columns are so popular, but I can't say that I am always in agreement with his ideas or moral prescriptions. But, that having been said, I couldn't be more in agreement with his sentiments here:
Let it be said before we know the outcome of the war in Iraq that America and the world are inordinately lucky to have George W. Bush as America's president.Now I fully realize there are millions of Americans, and many times that elsewhere in the world, who would declare this hogwash and Religious Right-Wing-American hubris. Yet Prager doesn't strike me as very right-wing, and he's certainly not a card-carrying member of the 'Religious Right' as liberals define it. But again, in my mind, he couldn't be more dead on.
George W. Bush believes in a God "who is not neutral" between good and evil, between the torturer and the tortured. The Democratic Party prefers to see God as a deity who shies away from making moral judgments. Or whose judgments are His alone, unknowable to mortals.It is almost inconceivable to me how anyone could refute that America, of all the nations in the world, has been and continues to be the greatest power for good at least for the last century and perhaps even longer than that. Regardless of whether one is inclined to acknowledge the hand of divine Providence on this country, it is hard to dispute that great evil has been undone and overthrown over and over again by the forces of American democracy. Consider the consequences had America not existed, or had chosen not to take sides, during WW I, WW II, the Cold War or the Korean Conflict. Extrapolating from the pre-American-intervention periods of each of those confrontations, it is indisputable that millions upon millions more people would have been ruthlessly murdered, falsely imprisoned or lived for generations under oppressive dictatorial regimes.
The parallels in Iraq are easy to draw and discounted only through contorted interpretations of known facts and human nature. I believe that, contrary to the bleating of leftist 'intellectuals', Bush is actually wiser, if not smarter, than those who simply look at the Iraq situation through the narrow scope of present circumstances. Bush has listened to the 'experts' on the region, the Iraqi regime, Islamism and weaponry and sees clearly that this is a pivotal point in history. Saddam must be stopped, and America and her Anglo-sphere allies are the only ones who are both able and willing to do so. Asking the consent of the U.N. is merely a formality, a step that is prudent but by no means essential (as our previous President, among others, demonstrated repeatedly). Framing U.N. consent as a superior condition to national or, in this case, regional interests is both ludicrous and dangerous. Preferring the moral authority of a body that allows Libya to chair a committee on Human Rights and Iraq to host a conference on disarmament as well as giving veto power to a murderous, communist dictatorship proves the bankruptcy of this position.
Thankfully, Bush has chosen what is right over what is expedient, which Prager points out:
George W. Bush would surely like the world to agree with him and to like him, but, thank God, he is prepared to go it alone and to be hated -- a defining trait of a great leader.I believe history will prove out not only the wisdom but the absolute necessity of Bush's choice, and that his name will be spoken of with the same reverential awe by lovers of liberty as Jefferson, Lincoln, FDR, Churchill, Reagan and Thatcher. Heady company, to be sure, but completely justifiable if the overthrow of Saddam and democratizing of the Middle East leads to the eventual defeat of the murderous Islamist terrorist network and the granting of freedom and basic human rights to millions of Muslims. One last word from Prager:
George W. Bush is regularly described by American and foreign critics as a "cowboy." They are right, and for this, too, we should thank God. The Europeans and Democrats use that term as an epithet, but for many Americans the image of a lone cowboy fighting bad men is a revered one. Many of us have far more moral confidence in the Lone Ranger than in Jacques Chirac or Kofi Annan.Amen.
Monday, March 10, 2003
Posted 2:40 PM by WiN
Carter bucking for 'Axis of Weasels' membership
Yes, that world famous humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Jimmy Carter, is flaunting his weaselhood in this editorial in last Saturday's New York Times. This pathetic peace-mongering palaver has already been thoroughly fisked at OxBlog, but NRO's Ramesh Ponnuru takes a more methodical approach in his column today.
Just a few comments on Ponnuru's excellent rundown of the moral bankruptcy of Carter's 'Just War' distortions (I'll use Ponnuru's points as reference - quotes are Carter's):
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.