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Saturday, December 07, 2002
 
IT'S OFFICIAL

Iraq has lied about it's weapons program. They realize we found chemical weapons there last week, right?

Friday, December 06, 2002

 
FREE SPEECH WATCH

The Mayor-elect of Berkeley is (quite literally) trashing the Daily Cal.

 
THE TIMES BACKS DOWN

Raines has backed down and the NY Times will run the censored pro-Augusta National columns.

 
NINTH CIRCUIT

The Ninth Circuit claims that there is no right for citizens to bear arms given in the 2nd amendment. I'm not anything close to a lawyer so I don't feel like wading through it too much to pick out particular instances of insanity because if I did I'm sure my head would explode. Let's just say that they believe that the only people allowed to have guns are members of a state armed force, that they consider the second amendment as a "relatively obscure constitutional provision."

This of course is all such poppycock. Our founders won our freedom from Britain by way of the arms of individual citizens. The second amendment wasn't meant simply to allow 18th century hunters to feed their families, it was meant to protect the individual citizens from imposition of a tyrannical government. This is all common sense. The Constitution is not a list of the powers of the federal government, it is a restraint on those powers. To read the second amendment as the Ninth Circuit does you would need to believe that the founders actually intended that it be interpreted as allowing only the state to control arms. This would be absurd. The founders depended on the arms of the everyday citizen to overthrow the British government, and they wouldn't have denied the same ability to their descendents.

 
MSNBC FLATLINING

And aside from the MSNBC stuff, it's interesting to note that the highest rated CNN show (Larry King) had 30% lower ratings than the lowest rated FOX News show (Greta).

Thursday, December 05, 2002
 
GOLDBERG

Jonah Goldberg has a good column calling for the mainstream Muslims to step up and prove they're peace-loving.

 
*SIGH*

Last time I checked the Klan weren't exactly fans of the Jews either, not that that would stop a group of black anti-semites from protesting.

 
YOU WANT MUSTARD ON THAT?

They've found mustard gas in Iraq.

 
PALESTINIAN AL-QAEDA

Isn't it a little redundant to announce a national branch of an already international terrorist organization?

 
QUICK QUESTION...

Is it wrong to not have much sympathy for somebody not bright enough to not confess to a crime they didn't commit? Watching a story on CNN about some guys convicted of a rape that they didn't commit, but confessed to and I'm having trouble working up much sympathy.

Wednesday, December 04, 2002

 
MONKEYS ARE FUNNY

What kind of world are we living in when monkey-skull ashtrays have lost their shock value?

 
TIMES DISSENT

The NY Times is apparently stifling dissent within it's columnists. Nothing says journalistic integrity like not letting your columnists disagree with you.

 
ISLAMIC REFORMATION

Thomas Friedman points out that what is going on in Iran today "is a combination of Martin Luther and Tiananmen Square"

To put it another way, what's going on in Iran today is precisely the war of ideas within Islam that is the most important war of all. We can kill Osama bin Laden and all his acolytes, but others will spring up in their place. The only ones who can delegitimize and root out these forces in any sustained way are Muslim societies themselves. And that will happen only when more Muslim societies undergo, from within, their own struggle for democracy and religious reform. Only the disenchanted citizens of the Soviet bloc could kill Marx; only Muslims fed up that their faith is being dominated by anti-modernists can kill bin Ladenism and its offshoots.

He then goes on to talk about the main symbol of this movement, Hashem Aghajari, who was sentenced to death for questioning the supremacy of the clerics.

Said Aghajari:

"Just as people at the dawn of Islam conversed with the Prophet, we have the right to do this today," he said. "Just as they interpreted what was conveyed [to them] at historical junctures, we must do the same. We cannot say: `Because this is the past we must accept it without question.' . . . This is not logical. For years, young people were afraid to open a Koran. They said, `We must go ask the mullahs what the Koran says.' Then came Shariati, and he told the young people that those ideas were bankrupt. [He said] you could understand the Koran using your own methods. . . . The religious leaders taught that if you understand the Koran on your own, you have committed a crime. They feared that their racket would cease to exist if young people learned [the Koran] on their own."

Could Aghajari be the next Martin Luther?

Tuesday, December 03, 2002
 
Hmmm, $6,500 a month car payment...

Too rich for my blood.

 
GRRRR, STUPID BENGALS

Dick LeBeau might not be gone next year. A quick list of things the Bengals need to do to win.
1. Get rid of Mike Brown.
2. Get a GM.
3. Get a real quarterback.
4. Get rid of Mike Brown.
5. Get an entirely new coaching staff.
6. Get rid of Mike Brown.
7. Get rid of Bud Selig.

Well, maybe that last one wouldn't help them, but it needs doing anyway.

 
FROM THE IRONY DEPARTMENT

Man shot dead at anti-gun march. Then of course they go on to use it as an urgent reason for the British to get tough on guns, never mind that they already have horribly draconian gun laws.

 
YEP, HE'S A GREAT GUY

News today on Saddam's torture tactics, which include rape, torture, and killings.

 
SUPREME COURT NEWS

The supreme court looks to take on the issue of affirmative action and racial preferences.

Good.

 
AND NOW ON TO ISLAM

Cal Thomas has a piece on how moderate Muslim leaders need to stip up and police their own ranks.

The theological battle must be taken to the Muslim world.

The president should consider calling for "moderate" Muslims to clean up their own house. Such demands are being made by Roman Catholic laity on their hierarchy in the wake of priests alleged to have sexually abused children. The president should ask Muslim political and theological leaders to go after their own, if they are, indeed, misrepresenting "true" Islam. We should not have to clean up after the mess they have made.


 
A LITTLE MORE RICH VS. POOR

J.T. Young has a good piece over at the Washington Times about class warfare, the progressive income tax, and how the tax cut isn't to blame for the decrease in revenues.

 
BOORTZ ON THE RICH AND POOR

Neal Boortz has some good comments about typical leftist anti-rich rhetoric.
An excerpt:

Buried in one of Reno’s paragraphs you will find the following sentence: “These are not the same alarms sounded when the rich help themselves to a larger share of the nation’s income or when the poor get it in the neck again, as they always do.”
...
...Mr. Reno talks about the (evil, nasty, filthy, contemptible, ugly, mean) rich “helping themselves” to that big hunk of the nation’s income. Helping themselves? Reno makes it sound like these nasty rich people just came down the “nation’s income” buffet line with an extra large plate and took much more food than they were entitled to, thus leaving less food for the pitiful poor people following behind. Reno would not want to recognize that the evil rich actually got their wealth through hard work and brilliant decision-making. Getting out there and working those 80 hour weeks, forgoing instant gratification, and working to make proper and intelligent decisions means nothing to a liberal. It’s all about taking what the government deems to be your “share,” and nothing more.
...
I’ll give Robert Reno some credit. Many of the poor do keep getting it in the neck, time after time. Trouble is, Reno doesn’t understand just why. The poor keep getting it in the neck because they insist on continuing the same behavior that caused them to get it in the neck the last time they got it in the neck. Most dogs learn faster than the poor. You aren’t going to become one of the nation’s evil rich by having a succession of babies you can’t afford, buying lottery tickets and beer with money you could be putting into a savings account, and putting $6000 rims on $5000 cars.


 
FROM THE "WELL, DUH" FILE...

Iraq thinks Bush is a "bad man". No duh.

Monday, December 02, 2002
 
GUTS... STUPIDITY... GUTS... STUPIDITY... WHICH IS IT?

As wrong as he might be, I have to give the author of “9-11, The Big Lie" credit for either guts, or stupidity. It takes one or the other to start the US press tour for your "the US military planned 9/11" book in New York.

 
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN OLD BOMB SHELTER?

If you're china you make them into hotels, nightclubs, markets, shopping malls and restaurants.

 
EPA, schmEPA

Neal Boortz has a good explanation of the new Bush EPA regulations.

When Clinton arrived in Washington he decided to throw a bone to the eco-radicals. He changed the terms of the New Source Review process to make it virtually impossible for any existing power plant to increase generating capacity unless the entire plant was brought up to the most stringent current clean-air requirements. Since this would be economically disastrous, it spelled an end to even small increases in generating capacity.

Here’s an example of how the rule worked under Clinton with one particular plant. This plant used coal to generate steam which turned the turbines on a generator and produced electricity. Someone developed a new propeller for this steam turbine. By removing the old propeller and installing the new one this plant could increase its generating capacity by 15%. That’s 15% more electricity from the same plant without one additional ounce of pollution. Now that sounds like a rather good deal, doesn’t it? The Clinton EPA, however, said “no.” The plant couldn’t install the new propeller unless the entire plant was brought up to current clean-air standards. So, the old propeller remained and the extra electricity was lost.

Under the new proposed rules from the Bush EPA, the plant would have been allowed to install the new propeller.

Good to know.

 
LEAVE IT TO THE NY TIMES...

... to make responsible spending sound like petty inter-party bickering.






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