Saturday, January 25, 2003
GO READ GOLDBERG
He's at his best when he's mocking the French.
GOINGS ON IN IRAQ
According to the United Nations, one man approached the hotel's security gate with a metal instrument before Iraqi guards wrestled him to the ground. He was found to have three knives, the United Nations said.
About 40 minutes later, another Iraqi man stopped a U.N. vehicle outside the headquarters, pleading "Save me! Save me!" in Arabic, according to the United Nations.
The man, apparently unarmed, forced his way into the driver's seat of the stopped vehicle. As an Iraqi guard struggled to pull him out, a U.N. inspector watched from the passenger seat.
Iraqi officials took both men into custody.
Does anybody out there actually believe these guys will still be alive when we finally get a chance to go in and liberate the country?
Friday, January 24, 2003
THOSE BRITISH PAPERS DON'T PULL ANY PUNCHES
From The Sun:
Today, in just five years as Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder has stained the German flag, sabotaged German integrity and pulled the plug on the German economy.
He is the joke of European politics, a vain man clinging to power at any price. That price is paid at home by 4million jobless Germans.
It is also paid abroad as Germany’s painfully restored image is destroyed.
Schroeder, 58, sold his soul by clinging to power in a coalition with Greens. In return, he was forced to reject military action, even against a tyrant denounced by the UN.
Schroeder is a vain philanderer who sues anyone brave enough to suggest he dyes his hair or betrays his fourth wife.
He is so desperate for support that he has signed up to a shabby alliance with crooked French President Jacques Chirac.
The two men are playing a dangerous game for control of the EU.
And the greatest casualty looks like being euro-lover Tony Blair.
The Odd Couple have ganged up to carve up Europe and elbow Britain aside. Against Mr Blair’s wishes, they want a Franco-German Czar to run the expanded 25-member EU.
Oooh, the Germans are mad at us. I'm so scared! Oooh, the Germans!Rummy's ticked off the French and Germans.
"I find this comment on 'old Europe' deeply irritating. Old Europe is resilient and capable of bouncing back," French Finance Minister Francis Mer said.
Wait, so they're upset with Rumsfeld's "old Europe" comment, but they're not denying the label "old europe"?
In an editorial, Bild reminded Rumsfeld of his German roots and the ideals of the French Revolution which inspired the United States' constitution.
1: So they're fighting the term "old Europe" with examples of several hundred year old history?
2: Date the French Revolution began:July, 1789.
Date the Constitution was signed: September 17, 1787.
I'm thinking they're getting their inspirations backwards.
French media quoted French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie as saying: "We are no longer in prehistoric times when whoever had the biggest club would try to knock the other guy out so he could steal his mammoth skin."
True enough, but keep in mind that back then the French would have been the guys handing over their mammoth skins voluntarily and whimpering "Don't hurt us!".
"Does Washington want to risk a rift in the North Atlantic alliance over Iraq, which could lead to a division of Europe into countries that follow 'modern' America and an 'old' and 'problematic' faction that no longer wants to?" the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung asked.
No, they want "old Europe" to get it's act together and get their asses into the modern age.
Thursday, January 23, 2003
WELL, I'LL GIVE HIM POINTS FOR CREATIVE THINKING
A Seattle based group, the Council on Political Accountability, is .squatting on domains bearing the names of over 140 politicians
, to protest the GOP's supposedly racist ways. They're linking the web sites to other sites such as the National Association for the Advancement of White People and a petition to legalize cannibalization.
Jim Petro, the Ohio Attorney General is fighting to get the domain names(which are up for auction on ebay) turned over to the politicians and is looking into pressing charges under the Anti-Cyber Squatting Protection Act.
WHY WE KNOW IRAQ IS LYING
Condoleezza Rice clearly shows
what it means to voluntarily disarm.
There is no mystery to voluntary disarmament. Countries that decide to disarm lead inspectors to weapons and production sites, answer questions before they are asked, state publicly and often the intention to disarm and urge their citizens to cooperate. The world knows from examples set by South Africa, Ukraine and Kazakhstan what it looks like when a government decides that it will cooperatively give up its weapons of mass destruction. The critical common elements of these efforts include a high-level political commitment to disarm, national initiatives to dismantle weapons programs, and full cooperation and transparency.
MMMMM, THAT'S GOOD IRONY!
I love it, the spam I'm receiving is now complaining about how annoying pop-ups are. :)
Wednesday, January 22, 2003
FROM THE CORNER
GUESS WHO'S PRO-LIFE [Rod Dreher]
The actor Jack Nicholson, who discovered as an adult that the woman he was raised to believe was his sister was actually his mother, who had conceived him when she was a teenager. She was advised to get an abortion, but chose life. Her son became a pro-lifer. He once said, "I'm very contra my constituency in terms of abortion because I'm positively against it. I don't have the right to any other view. My only emotion is gratitude, literally, for my life."
--The Corner on National Review Online
1. Whether he's pro-life or simply anti-abortion it's still unusual for any big star in Hollywood to hold the beliefs he holds.
2. For the record, I take more of a states' rights view of abortion than a pro-life one. I just don't think that the Federal government has the right to tell the states what to believe on the issue of abortion.
Oliphant's cartoon today takes a good look at affirmative action and reparations.
Tuesday, January 21, 2003
DAMN CHEESE EATING SURRENDER MONKEYS
On Monday, the foreign minister indicated that France was ready to take a leading role in attempting to slow U.S. and British war plans. As a permanent member of the United Nations, France can veto any resolution that would authorize military action.
De Villepin said there was no evidence so far that justified military action, and he didn’t rule out the possibility of a French veto if the United States sought a second resolution authorizing military action.
“In the event of second resolution ... we will not associate ourselves with military intervention that is not supported by the international community,” he said. “Using force like that would only be a last resort assuming all other possibilities are exhausted.”
Well that settles it, we'll just have to take an extra 15 seconds to get France to surrender before we can get this thing done.
Monday, January 20, 2003
NOT SO PEACEFUL PEACENIKS
So, they say we can't fight Iraq because they've done nothing wrong, but they see no problem taking on the likes of Starbucks and Citicorp?
Yeah, these anti-war protestors are comepletely rational people.
AN ITEM VERY FEW WILL CARE ABOUT OUTSIDE A 75 MILE RADIUS OF CINCINNATIWKRC has fired Pat Barry from his 3-6 PM shift.
He will be replaced by Sean Hannity.
While in general I'm sad to see local hosts lose out to national syndication I'm finding it hard to mourn the loss of Barry's show specifically. While he made sense much of the time I just thought that the show focused far to much on why people weren't coming downtown and had a tendancy to devolve into disagreements about either the definition of where downtown started and ended or whether he really was rude to his callers. The show left something to be desired, but I wish Barry the best of luck in the future.
WHAT? THE CLASS WARFARE PEOPLE MIGHT BE WRONG?
Opinion Journal explains how Bush's tax plan makes the system even more progressive.
OH, THIS IS GOOD...
They try to suppress black voting, they ran on the Confederate flag in Georgia and South Carolina, and from top to bottom the Republicans supported it.
--William Jefferson Clinton
It's the Republicans who are supposed to be running on the Georgia flag, right? Well try this on for size.
NRO has obtained a photo of a lawn sign distributed by Mike Snow's campaign and stuck on lawns all over Walker County and paid for by the Georgia House Democratic Caucus (for all intents and purposes, the money is from the Georgia Democratic party).
The sign, which displays the old Georgia state flag (two-thirds of which is the Confederate battle flag), reads: "Mike Voted To Keep Our Flag … Let's Vote To Keep Mike!"
Yep, it's the Republicans who are exclusively the hypocrites... uh uh...
Thanks to NRO
through whom I found it.