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Saturday, September 14, 2002
The Scourge of Richard Cohen, Vol. LI
(Ed. -- The following is a bit of mean spiritedness that will be an on-going feature of this blog. Normally the author will endeavor to be reasonably fair, but this is an exception.)
Richard does his best to express his anger and sadness over the event of last September 11 in A Day Like Any Other:
Given the length of the last Scourge, we’ll keep this one short and sweet. There’s little to criticize in the sentiments Richard expresses in this column. But I will note Richard’s use of the word “I” 23 times in the column and his starting and finishing the column with:
Perhaps he just needs someone to tell him that it’s not all about him.
Panic, It Ain't Pretty
I have no stomach for scourging this commentary by John Farrell from the Wanker:
George Bush is trying to hijack the UN. Delegates thought it was just a routine peacetime trip. They were settling back in their seats for a snooze when suddenly a scary-looking American president broke through the flimsy doors into the UN's cockpit, grabbed the controls and tried to steer it into a catastrophe. Will anyone have the courage to overpower him or will they nervously sit it out, hoping that they might somehow survive? ... A war on Iraq will not make the world a safer place. Perhaps the only way to make US policy successful is radically to change the aims. Then as the troops are brought home and the flags are waved the White House could declare that it had definitely achieved all the objectives in Operation Kill All the Wrong People and Make the Problem Much Worse.
I think it speaks for itself.
The deck still has a lot of race cards left:
Democratic Senate candidate Ron Kirk said Friday that GOP opponent John Cornyn’s comfort in sending U.S troops to Iraq may come down to racial and class differences between him and those who would be actually taking enemy fire. “Look who would be doing the fighting,” he said following a joint rally with Tony Sanchez, the Democratic candidate for governor. “They’re disproportionately ethnic, they’re disproportionately minority.” Kirk said that if the children of Cornyn’s wealthy friends and acquaintances were destined to be on the front lines, “he would be just as deliberative as the rest of us.” Kirk, the former mayor of Dallas, is black, while Cornyn, the state’s attorney general, is white.
Somehow, I can only hope that the people of Texas treat Mr. Kirk and Mr. Sanchez with the same contempt the people of Georgia have shown Bill and Cynthia McKinney. This racist nonsense has to stop.
The Big Tent
In an otherwise lame blaming of everyone but himself for his, and his daughter's, loss in the recent Georgia primary, Billy McKinney said more than he realized:
"I've always worked on what the Democrats wanted and tried to defeat Republicans"
That is the problem in a nutshell with the DNC these days. No ideas, no platform, no philosophy, just a blatant power stuggle in a zero sum game where the top priority is to defeat Republicans. Is it any surprise that a big tent with this as it's focus tolerates people like BiIly and Cynthia McKinney?
Friday, September 13, 2002
President George W. Bush is getting a lot of credit today for a rope-a-dope strategy that has suckered his opponents into untenable positions. As appealing as it is to think this, I am inclined to believe it's something of an exaggeration. The dopes are so reflexively anti-Bush and anti-American that they cannot help but look like fools so long as the President remains consistent and tells the truth. At some point the truth will win out, and I believe this is what we are seeing now. The folly of the UN and the Transnational Progressivists had to be exposed at some point. If we are extremely fortunate, their exposure and demise will come before they have inflicted irreperable damage on the world.
Nonetheless, the President's speech and strategery seem to working very well. It is refreshing to see a strong, determined man who is not intimidated by straw men.
Wednesday, September 11, 2002
Democrats to Blame Republicans For Dead Puppies
Sorry, I meant to type:
Democrats to Blame Florida on GOP
Of course, it was a Democratic primary and all the problems occured in counties run by elected Democrats. I guess not having problems in Republican areas is all part of the conspiracy. Say, you don't think Terry McAuliffe had them screw things up intentionally do you?
My Wife Must Be Doing Something Right
This morning before I left for work, I noticed that daughter #1 (the 7th grader) had done her hair up so that she could insert two small American flags, which remained there all day -- and she did this of her own accord without any prompting.
When I called home tonight after landing in Washington, I learned that daughter #2 (in kindergarten) had a special trip to the Principal's office today. After the class came back from the school assembly where they recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang America the Beautiful, their teacher instructed the class to write down what they are thankful for, and she wrote that she was thankful she is an American. I don't yet have all the details, but daughter #2's story apparently brought tears to the teacher's eyes and she forwarded it to the Principal who subsequently read it to the entire school.
To borrow a phrase from Lou Gehrig; today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
Nelson Mandela Is Right
If you take his words out of context when he says:
...the United States of America is a threat to world peace.
And the USA will remain a threat to "world peace" so long as there are those who threaten our freedom and security. Of course when you put his words into context:
We must understand the seriousness of this situation. The United States has made serious mistakes in the conduct of its foreign affairs, which have had unfortunate repercussions long after the decisions were taken. Unqualified support of the Shah of Iran led directly to the Islamic revolution of 1979. Then the United States chose to arm and finance the [Islamic] mujahedin in Afghanistan instead of supporting and encouraging the moderate wing of the government of Afghanistan. That is what led to the Taliban in Afghanistan. But the most catastrophic action of the United States was to sabotage the decision that was painstakingly stitched together by the United Nations regarding the withdrawal of the Soviet Union from Afghanistan. If you look at those matters, you will come to the conclusion that the attitude of the United States of America is a threat to world peace. Because what [America] is saying is that if you are afraid of a veto in the Security Council, you can go outside and take action and violate the sovereignty of other countries. That is the message they are sending to the world. That must be condemned in the strongest terms. And you will notice that France, Germany Russia, China are against this decision. It is clearly a decision that is motivated by George W. Bush’s desire to please the arms and oil industries in the United States of America.
It's obvious that Nelson Mandela is nothing more than what he has always been -- a disciplined, courageous man who helped bring down apartheid in South Africa, but one whose view of the United States in particular and freedom in general has that peculiar third world Marxist taint of unreality best expressed at every UN conference. He has no credibility, except to his choir.
Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Requiescat In Pacem
Peace unto all those that perished one year ago today, their families and friends -- all 280,000,000. And let us now have the courage and the will to see that we will never have another anniversary like this again.
Monday, September 09, 2002
This Is News?
Obesity is changing human shape:
The abundance of food in affluent societies is presenting the human species with one of its greatest evolutionary challenges.
So, evolution now can change humanity in less than 5 generations?
"What usually happens with evolution is that it's an imperceptibly slow process, an organism can change to meet small changes in its niche. "What's happening now is that we've changed the environment that we live in in an incredibly short time - one generation or perhaps two generations at most, and this has challenged our ancient metabolism, which for thousands of generations has been geared to fighting famine."
Is the first world going to evolve to a different species from the third world because we are overfed? Charles Murray is going to love this.
Brother Maynard! Bring up the Holy Hand Grenade!
I don't know about you, but I know I was waiting for the Vatican to weigh in:
Military action against Iraq should only be undertaken if the United Nations authorizes it, the Vatican foreign minister said Monday in the first statement on the issue by the Vatican.
Gosh, I can't wait to see the Swiss Guard show up to help fight in the war on terrorism. If events deteriorate to 14th century tactics, these shiny helmets and halberds will come in handy:
Surely, the Vatican will supply troops to the effort if the UN concurs, won't they? I mean, if you aren't going to bring anything to the table, then I don't give a damn what you think.
In an interview with the Italian Catholic newspaper L'Avvenire published Monday, Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran also warned the international community of the consequences that a war might have on both the Iraqi population and the stability of the whole region.
Oh yes, the vaunted Middle East Stability that has produced such wonderful results for the world, and most especially for the people of the Middle East. I mean, we wouldn't want entire peoples to suffer for the luxury of despots who supported the attacks, now would we?
"We can't impose the law of the jungle," Tauran was quoted as saying by L'Avvenire. "Obviously we can't fight evil with evil."
So that's what the US wants to do, to install the law of the jungle. How could I have missed that? Maybe because I was so mad I couldn't see straight after reading how you reached for the ultimate in moral equivalency, equating US actions in self defense with terrorism. Evil? EVIL???? So, self defense is evil? Is there something about those big hats that cuts off blood flow to the brain? I've heard over and over lately how might doesn't make right. Well, that's true, but might doesn't make wrong either. To paraphrase Jessica Rabbit, we're not really bad, we're just drawn that way.
"Should the international community ... conclude the use of force is opportune and justified, this should only happen with a decision made in the framework of the United Nations," the archbishop said. He added that it should be undertaken only "after assessing the consequences for the Iraqi people, as well as the repercussions that it could have on the countries in the region and on world stability."
In other words, it should never be done. How's this? The consequences for the Iraqi people are that they will be better off one year from now than they are today, just like the people of Afghanistan are after they were liberated from the Taliban. And if the repercussions throughout the Middle East cause some of the despots to fall and usher in democracy and freedom, then I think that's a good thing. Or does the Catholic Church advocate the application of Shari'a law by theocratic tyrants in place of democracy and freeedom?
The international community should "always give precedence to dialogue, never isolate a country or a government," said Tauran.
But, but, what about South Africa when it was practicing apartheid? What about Israel today? What exactly would you call their treatment? What about Zimbabwe? Is talking going to help the people Robert Mugabe is starving? Are the EU sanctions against Bob, his friends and family wrong? And do you really want to sit and talk with Saddam or Mullah Omar or Usama -- if he's alive?
In the interview with L'Avvenire, Tauran said: "We must be careful not to confuse justice with revenge and make sure that entire peoples suffer for the cruelty of those who carried out the attacks."
So the US is evil and only out for revenge? As someone else noted earlier today, if this were about revenge, the war would have been over on September 12, 2001.
Time to buy a clue.
Sunday, September 08, 2002
Pick a Cad, Any Cad
After I made up a letter from Cynthia McKinney to President George W. Bush making him responsible for any bad thing that may ever happen in the future, J Bowen over at No Watermelons wrote this back on May 18:
It's a dirty job, but...
Charles Austin can channel Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D., Saudi Arabia). Does that mean we can get rid of the original one?
At least let's make sure she doesn't breed with Richard Cohen.
Since Cynthia lost after this, then it clearly must have been one of the root causes of her defeat. Any suggestions on who I should channel next?