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Friday, November 15, 2002
Oniony goodness

"You know, they say people get the government they deserve, but I don't recall knife-raping any retarded nuns."

Hilarious bit on the Republican victory over at The Onion.

More Pelosi

Balint Vazsonyi (a name I'd probably misspell even if I cut and pasted it) has an important piece over at The Washington Times about Nancy Pelosi and her ties to Socialist International.

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

If Nancy Pelosi thinks her brand of catholicism is conservative I'd like to see what she considers a liberal catholic.

I don't think I can have a blog and not link this.

Hate crime police raid 150 homes.

Ok, I guess I have to do it.

Warning, disturbing content ahead. A history of Michael Jackson's nose.


The Iraquis might just try to decieve the inspectors?! You've got to be kidding, they'd never do something like that, would they?!

Thursday, November 14, 2002
I know I linked to the drunk driving campaign a while back...

...but I just can't bring myself to link to the Michael Jackson photo that's floating around, it's just too horrifying. :)

"Don't diss our prophet" followup

I mentioned last week an Iranian Scholar sentenced to death for supposedly insulting Muhammad. Said scholar is now refusing his appeal and daring the government to kill him.

In his letter, Aghajari said, "I should have died when I lost my leg defending my country (during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war) but I've lived two decades more ... If the death verdict is true, let them carry it out, and if it is wrong, then judiciary needs to work on its shortcomings," Nikbakht told a news conference in Tehran.

Now that's what I call guts.

On the plus side, university students are taking to the streets and President Khatami says the sentence "never should have been issued at all."

The Iraqi Letter

Andrew Sullivan has the best response to the Iraqi letter to the UN that I've seen so far...

Whatever else it is, it surely isn't the product of a serious government with actual policies and actual members. It's the note that might be wriiten by a psychopath - full of inane self-grandeur, stupid threats, excessive Unabomber-style rhetoric and any number of Nazi-like references to the "Zionist entity."

The letter really does read like it was written by a ranting lunatic.

Safire's column

William Safire brings to light some aspects of the Homeland Security Bill that, if true are quite troubling.(Sorry, registration is once again required for the link)

Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend — all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as "a virtual, centralized grand database."

To this computerized dossier on your private life from commercial sources, add every piece of information that government has about you — passport application, driver's license and bridge toll records, judicial and divorce records, complaints from nosy neighbors to the F.B.I., your lifetime paper trail plus the latest hidden camera surveillance — and you have the supersnoop's dream: a "Total Information Awareness" about every U.S. citizen.

The attack on John Poindexter that follows though does kind of lead me to wonder about the veracity of the above. If untrue it would me nice to see it rebutted by someone more knowledgeable about the bill than I.

Seems out of place at the Times

This piece(Registration required) by Amir Taheri does a good job of explaining just how delusional Saddam is, at least in regards to his role as the Arabic Leader. How it managed to make it in the NY Times I don't know.

Lafif Lakhdhar is making sense

Great, an Arabic journalist who seems to possess some common sense finally makes it onto the radar and it's only because his common sense views have gotten him fired from the London-based Al-Hayat(Owned by Saudi Prince Khaled bin Sultan).

A couple of the best paragraphs:

"Turkey is today in its best situation. When Ataturk declared secularism in 1924 and abolished the caliphate, Turkey was only 4% literate; today, 95% of Turks are literate. Turkey will become a truly civilized and truly democratic country by joining the European Union (EU). Nevertheless, we have not left barbarity behind us. We are barbarians. Saddam Hussein declares that he won [the elections] by 100% - that is, no one died that day, no one had the flu that day [and was unable to vote]. This is a scandal. You must shake off this dirt..."


...[H]ost Sami Hadad accused Lakhdhar of wanting women to go out naked into the street, or in bikinis. In response, Lakhdhar said: "Women in the world do not go out into the street naked. I want the Muslim woman to be like the Chinese woman, the Indian woman, the Senegalese, the European, American and Russian women. Why do we act with racism against ourselves and claim that this is appropriate for them but not for us? I was recently in Egypt and students told me that I promote secularism, and that secularism is very good for Europe, but not for us. I told them that this is self-racism..."

I think the part about self-racism is quite telling. You generally only hear of the resistance to secularism in terms of it being against Allah's will and that if they "abandoned" Islam they'd go to hell. The idea that some don't seem to see a problem with European secularism at the very least raises some interesting questions about the real basis for the widespread support for Islam in the Middle East. Is it simply the hard-line governments keeping the people in line, or as Lakhdar suggests is it self-racism, or is it perhaps something else?

Thanks of course to posted by Rob at 11:11 AM

Could Michael Moore be misrepresenting things?

This story, by way of the The Daily Rant raises questions about whether Michael Moore sneakily edited his new film, Bowling for Columbine, to make it appear easier than it is to buy ammunition in Canada.

If filmed after Jan. 1, 2001, under the Firearms Act, Mr. Moore should have been required to show a valid Canadian Firearms licence or a Customs Canada "confirmed declaration."

If filmed prior to that, Mr. Moore should have at least been required to show his driver's licence or other appropriate ID.

I think the real question though is: What the hell kind of policy was it that they had before 1/1/2001? You have to show your driver's licence? What, you just need to prove that you're somebody? "Yes sir, here you go. As you can see, not only do I exist and have a name, but I'm also allowed to drive a car. Can I have my ammo now?"

Wednesday, November 13, 2002
Sometimes I worry about myself

I'm writing a serious Poli Sci paper and so far I've cited a Star Wars: Episode II deleted scene and a Jonah Goldberg column utilizing the term "spastic monkey." I hope my prof has a sense of humor. :)

It's about time!

NATO's finally taking on the real threat... Actors!

Do we really need to pay for it?

Geez, you think that in California there'd be plenty of people who'd be willing to heckle our troops free of charge. Couldn't they just invade UC Berkeley? I imagine they'd get pretty much the same thing.

Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Oh goody!

We still have a chance to kill bin Laden!

Regarding the Augusta dust up.

You know, one of the hardest things about being a conservative and a "little-r" republican is realizing that there's a difference between what should be done and what you can rightfully make someone do.

I do believe that Augusta should admit women, and that barring them is discrimination. But because they want to, not because a court rules it. Hanging out with who they want to hang out with isn't illegal. We have freedom of association in this country.

You can feel that they have to do it, but you can't make them. They have the right to make the decision on their own. Of course you don't need to support them either. You can always not watch tournaments held there.

Well, geez...

As long as they voted on it I guess we can't possibly oppose Iraq now. You know, since they played the democracy card and all.

Well, that's not good.

A member of the Pakistani pro-Taliban, pro-al Qaeda party was elected to the Pakistani parliament.

Even though it's not a good thing I think de Borchgrave goes a little far in suggesting that Pakistan isn't an ally. There's the view of the common people, and the view of the government, and as long as the government agrees with us that's really all we can ask. We can't expect to control peoples minds. All we can really ask is that they don't openly support the bad guys.

Monday, November 11, 2002

I'll admit this anti-dui campaign would be effective as hell, but I really worry it's going to far. I mean, I could see this doing serious psychological damage to a child.

Indian state outlaws converting from Hinduism

So says the Washington Times. But at least they're not funding religious soup kitchens, because that would just be wrong.

How do you spell denial?

D-A-S-C-H-L-E apparently. Yeah Tom, you party doesn't need to rethink anything at all. Yeah... You just keep thinking that.

7 degrees of Internet blogdom

This from James Lileks, based on a New Yorker story, and brought to my attention by InstaPundit highlights just how wrong in their thinking about conservatives.

The other day I was talking with a Democrat friend about the election. She’d remarked, with equal amounts of sarcasm and good-natured ribbing, that the GOP had two years to build utopia. I thought about that later while walking Jasper around the block, and thought, no; they’re not about building utopia. Personally, I’m interested in keeping other people from building Utopia, because the more your believe you can create heaven on earth the more likely you are to set up guillotines in the public square to hasten the process.

Conservatism is not an ideology set up to creat a Utopia, it really is as Lileks suggests a system set up to keep others from dilly-dallying with the world to create their version of a Utopia. Conservatives recognize that there's wisdom in the collected knowledge of society and that there's a reason that things are the way they are.

Liberals on the other hand see how things could be, and want to shape the world in that image. They then view opposing movements as opposing their version of a Utopia, and can't quite understand that that isn't always the case. They take the idea of crafting a Utopia as a given and believe that conservatives must have their own Utopia to create, when really they just want to not accidently mess things up any more than they are already.

The Liberals cme at the Conservatives from a totally different world view. They can't seem to understand the conservative mind, and can only come to the conclusion that conservative's must be monsters(or to borrow Jack Ryan's oft-repeated phrase, "Klingons"). This in turn lends itself to the Politics of Fear. They can't rationally argue with Conservatives because they can't understand where they're coming from, so they have to demonize them and get the public to believe that they are Klingons as well. (Now feels like a good time for the disclaimer that of course some of this happens on the Conservative side as well, so consider me properly disclaimed.)

Which all leads to the fact that until this conclusion is reached by a greater number of people the dirty campaigning and Politics of Fear and demonizing will continue because you can't argue with Klingons. (Well you could, if you were in the Star Trek universe, but they'd just end up ripping you to shreds. You really wouldn't stand a chance. Ok, I'll just shut up now.)

Happy Veteran's Day

Why not take a moment to thank a member of our armed forces?

Nothing quite says "rational anti-war stance" like...

blatant anti-semitism.

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