Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
It was announced today that Amsterdam's airport will start using full body scans to thwart future plane-bombers. But won't terrorists simply avoid using this airport and go through one with less stringent mesaures? Also, why would any passengers protest the "lack of privacy" resulting from these scans? If it comes to choosing between a body scan and a body bag, the choice is obvious.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I wanted to kick in the television when Alan Colmes defended the "rights" of the isolated extremist Abdulmutallab to a civilian trial. Jennifer Rubin at Contentions describes the terrorist denial that never ends:
"When the Obama administration flacks tell us this was only an 'attempt' or that it was 'foiled,' they should tell that to the passengers on that flight and to their loved ones. The Obama team is now seemingly in the business of defining terrorism downward. We are supposed to celebrate and think that the 'system worked' because 300 poor souls were traumatized rather than incinerated on Christmas Day."and
"The desire to not believe there are jihadist fanatics determined to kill us — organized in multiple international venues, not amenable to reason or persuasion, and only stoppable if captured or killed — is so intense that it still ensnares elite sophisticates and those who are charged with keeping us safe."
I get so angry when I read about irresponsible parasites like these!
"A mother and father with an incredible 14 kids who prove Britain's benefits system has gone bonkers, showering them with a whopping tax-free £36,847 (US$58,815) a year in handouts. Pregnant Dawn and Sean Cain's huge family, aged 21 years to 19 months, have just enjoyed a very merry Christmas, with every mouthful of their turkey dinner, and every present stuffed under their tree, paid for by taxpayers. He and wife Dawn admit their New Year's resolution is never to find work, because no job they'd get in Britain's recession-hit economy will come close to paying the same."Why should taxpayers support such leeches?
Monday, December 28, 2009
Here's a great tweet about the latest demonstrations in Iran:
"A revolution is happening in Iran and only the blogs are covering it. If only someone in Iran had slept with Tiger. #frontpagenews"Isn't that the truth!
Make sure you read the Media Research Center's Best Notable Quotables of 2009, the 22nd annual awards for the year's worst reporting. Categories include The Coronation of the Messiah Award for Fawning Inaugural Coverage; The Obamagasm Award for Seeing Coolness In Everything Obama Does; The Barbra Streisand Political IQ Award for Celebrity Vapidity; and the Damn Those Conservatives Award.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
I agree wholeheartedly with this reaction to Obamacare.
"...this American knows there is absolutely nothing in the Constitution that allows the federal government to force me to purchase something I don’t want, need or agree with. Call me uncompassionate, but as a matter of principle, I refuse to pay for some-else’s abortion, botox treatment or transgender surgery. And I refuse to let the government impose an unconstitutional mandate on me..... I’m tired of being patronized by moral hucksters who pander to the lowest among us as they use my money to buy votes from deadbeats. I’m tired of being lied to. I’m tired of having my voice ignored. I’m tired of having my money used to support causes with which I disagree. I’ve had enough. This is my line in the sand. I vow I will not allow one cent of my hard earned money to be used to further this socialist redistribution scheme. I refuse to participate. I will not be forced to pay for anything to do with this fraudulent bill. And I refuse to pay any fines that might be imposed. And taking a cue from the Democrats, I officially declare this debate over."
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I heard on ESPN Radio this morning that dog-killer Michael Vick -- MICHAEL VICK! -- has won the Ed Block Courage Award:
Make sure you read this Phil Sheridan column, in which he contrasts Michael Vick with other winners of this award. He writes,
"The Ed Block Courage Award recipient symbolizes professionalism, great strength and dedication. He is also a community role model. With this honor, he enters into an association which contrasts his fierce profession by becoming a major component of the Courage House National Support Network for Kids. He becomes an Ambassador of Courage for victims of abuse, violence and neglect."Excuse me, but didn't Michael Vick create victims of abuse, violence, and neglect??
Make sure you read this Phil Sheridan column, in which he contrasts Michael Vick with other winners of this award. He writes,
"It is the players who vote, and the Eagles players selected Michael Vick.**Sigh**
Not Jeremiah Trotter, who came out of retirement, accepted whatever role the coaches gave him and worked his way back into the starting lineup.
Not Todd Herremans, who has played remarkably at both guard and left tackle after being forced to use a little cart under his left leg after knee surgery in September.
Not Brian Westbrook, who had surgeries on his knee and ankle in the off-season and is trying to return after two concussions in one month.
Not Antonio Dixon, a long-shot undrafted free agent defensive lineman who was homeless as a child.
No. The Eagles chose to recognize Vick for 'what he's been through,' as head coach Andy Reid put it."
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I saw "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" on TV for the umpteenth time, and in this article Michael Goodwin mourns the lack of such decent men.
"The health-care debacle alone would make a classic Capra morality tale. The naked vote-buying that enabled Reid to get 60 was the very sort of insider corruption the three-time Oscar-winner despised. His reel heroes, including Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, would be denouncing the bill as crooked and stacked against honest, ordinary Americans."
At American Thinker, Wendi Lynn G. explains "why the 'angry mob' is angry":
"We're justly and increasingly angry because our reps not only refuse to hear us, but they also chastise us for wanting to be heard. How else would they expect us to react when we feel so helpless and hopeless? No matter what we want, say, or do, our government is going to force us to eat a meal we never ordered. In addition, we keep saying, 'no, we don't want this', but they keep putting affirmations in our mouths and proceeding with their radical agenda anyway. We are not enjoying the governmental rape of our country. We said 'no,' and 'no" means 'no' in every language. Why doesn't this matter? Every poll reflects the president's rapidly declining approval rating -- for good reason. And still, Robert Gibbs flippantly dismisses it. How are 'we the people' supposed to feel? Certainly we do not feel happy, or even just mildly upset, about being disregarded. Far-left ideologues who supposedly espouse 'compassionate' causes have no compassion for how we feel, nor do they have a clue that we are an angry mob of their own creation."
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I'm reading "Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife" by Francine Prose, and I came across this beautiful section of writing on pages 68-69. She is describing the arrest of the residents of the hidden annex, and how close the world came to never seeing the diary at all. It had been kept in a briefcase...
"But now the briefcase was being put to a different use. Silberbauer dumped out the papers, along with some notebooks, and handed the satchel to his colleagues to stuff with jewels and cash.
The details of the briefcase could have come from one of those fairy tales that counsel reflection, patience, morality -- lest one wind up like the thoughtless, greedy man or woman (usually the wife) who mistakes the rhinestones for diamonds or cooks the magic fish for dinner. Eventually, Silberbauer realized he'd filled the briefcase with pasteboard and scattered rubies across the attic floor.
But how could he have imagined that what he had discarded --loose sheets of paper, exercise books -- was not only a work of literary genius, not only a fortune in disguise, not only a record of the times in which he and its author lived, but a piece of evidence that would lead to the exposure of his role in the Nazis' war against the Jews, even as so many like him slipped back into their old lives and kept up their furniture payments?
There was no way he could have known what the briefcase contained. How could anyone have suspected that a masterpiece existed between the checked cloth covers of a young girl's diary?"
Monday, December 21, 2009
Instapundit reports that the aptly named Senator Whitehouse feels that "foes of health care bill are birthers, right-wing militias, aryan groups" . If I remember correctly, we are also "domestic terrorists" and supporters of slavery. Have I left anything out?
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
THIS is a teacher? She gives teachers a bad name.
"A Northwest Career and Technical Academy teacher is accused of denying the Holocaust happened and telling students that the Nazis lacked the technology to kill so many Jews, one senior said. Jewish students said the teacher's comments have circulated widely and have created a poisonous atmosphere at the public school, which has led other students to make anti-Semitic jokes and threats against them."After losing her job, she should be made to watch the "Why We Fight" episode of "Band of Brothers"; or the great documentary "The World at War"; or "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey" in which he filmed the concentration camps.
I loved the comments regarding this Associated Press propaganda story on Obama, "the wartime President".
Friday, December 18, 2009
Here are some wonderful photos showing renovations to Capt. Robert F. Scott's Antarctic hut. As he famously wrote in his diary before the end came,
"Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of hardihood, endurance and courage...which would have stirred the hearts of every Englishman."
Thursday, December 17, 2009
It's the time of the year for the Christmas cookie transfat liability and indemnification agreement . No office should be without it!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Charles Hurt sums up the Democratic party:
"They no longer care what they promised voters. They don't care what the public wants. And they don't care about what is right. All they care about is a victory so that they can claim to have accomplished something."
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Haveil Havaliim #247 - Chanukah 2009/5770 Edition is now available for your Sunday reading pleasure at The Israel Situation.
Also, Jack is looking for hosts for Haveil Havalim in 2010. If you're interested, e-mail him at email@example.com
Also, Jack is looking for hosts for Haveil Havalim in 2010. If you're interested, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Here's a good article on what the Republicans should be doing to fight against the health care obscenity. This is a great opportunity for them to differentiate themselves from the Democrats, but unfortunately, they lack spine and have been almost invisible.
"If they don’t starting acting forcefully quickly and immediately, not only will they allow the country’s future to be unalterably damaged, they will be hastening the end to their own careers in the elections coming down the road faster than they can imagine."
Friday, December 11, 2009
For some good reading, or to discover some new blogs, check out The 8th Annual Right Wing News Conservative Blog Awards.
The Forward has a good article on Hanukah songs (not including that of Senator Hatch!)
"Whether approached with exuberance or with languor, with innocence or with knowingness, the music of Hanukkah not only lifted the spirits, but also promoted a tangible sense of connectedness with the past through print, sound and stage. Surely that’s something to sing about."
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Explain to me how the petty, politically correct complaints of one person (or one family) always seem to succeed in bringing everyone else to their knees: "Principal Forced To Take Down Christmas Tree For One Family." Just how was he "forced"? Where was his spine and common sense?
Here's one thing Obama can't blame Bush for!
"President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to 47 percent in the latest Gallup poll, the lowest ever recorded for any president at this point in his term. Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and even Richard Nixon all had higher approval ratings 10-and-a-half months into their presidencies. Obama's immediate predecessor, President George W. Bush, had an approval rating of 86 percent, or 39 points higher than Obama at this stage."
Monday, December 07, 2009
Sunday, December 06, 2009
There must be some sort of competition between the U.K. and the U.S. to see which country kowtows the most to terrorists:
"MINISTERS have been BANNED from using words like Islamist and fundamentalist - in case they offend Muslims. An eight-page Whitehall guide lists words they should not use when talking about terrorism in public and gives politically correct alternatives."Well, obviously these politicians have forgotten what happened in London on July 7, 2005.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
I read about this outrage at Nealz Nuze. What would it hurt to let this patriotic war vet keep his flag? The man is 90 years old, for Pete's sake! How politically correct and petty can you get! He at least shows more respect than they do, and they should be ashamed.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
More Bush-bashing from Obama. Will it ever end? I doubt it! This is from Jennifer Rubin at Contentions.
"It has become a nervous tic with Obama. Something is wrong, people are upset — blame Bush! Obama is going to need to rely on conservative support to prosecute the war since his own crowd certainly won’t be cheerleading for him. So it would have been politically smart and classy to have credited Bush with the surge or with leaving him the assessment for the Afghanistan war, which he relied on in the spring (the one his team previously denied receiving). But that’s not this president’s style. For reasons that aren’t quite clear — either personal peevishness or political expediency — even in a wartime speech in which bipartisanship would have been essential, he felt compelled to get in his digs. If President Obama seems smaller than candidate Obama it’s because he allows pettiness to get the best of him. He should give it up. He’s now president after all."
I was amazed at this story about free $300 haircuts for the unemployed. Even most working people don't get $300 haircuts. Did anyone ever hear of Wal-Mart or Great Clips? This reminded me of the free Viagra for the unemployed -- it's completely unnecessary.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Click here for Argus Hamilton's latest take on the news.
"Joe Biden flashed a big smile in pictures with the couple who crashed Tuesday's state banquet as part of their audition for a reality show. Joe was glad to pose with them. If he can help get them cast in that reality show, he gets credit for creating his first two jobs".
Dr. Sowell has more random thoughts, including this one:
"In response to news of President Obama receiving the Nobel Prize for peace, an e-mail from a reader recalled a black classmate’s comments upon graduating from high school many years ago. When asked to list the advantages and disadvantages of being black, the black student facetiously listed as an advantage 'being praised for infinitesimal accomplishments.'"
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
This is the hero of the day:
"Seattle police officer Benjamin L. Kelly is being hailed as a hero for his actions early Tuesday morning, in which he single-handedly shot and killed Maurice Clemmons, the man wanted in Sunday's killings of four Pierce County officers."
Monday, November 30, 2009
Instapundit quotes Mickey Kaus on the stigma of food stamps:
"But a stigma placed on cash-like welfare (which food stamps are) remains a positive sign of a healthy work ethic. If you came across two societies--Society A, in which food stamps were stigmatized, with families reluctant to go on the dole even if they were eligible, and Society B, in which they weren't, you would want to bet on (and live in) Society A. It's one thing to relax the stigma on welfare in times of epic economic decline. It's another if the stigma doesn't return with the possibility of employment."I agree. Making entitlement programs too accessible also makes them too attractive. Many years ago, it was known as "the dole", and it was considered shameful if you didn't do everything you could to avoid it.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I hope this rally will be heavily attended ... and extensively coverage by the media. (The former is more of a reality than the latter.)
"SATURDAY DECEMBER 5 RALLYAnd please sign the petition, here.
IN FOLEY SQUARE:
STOP THE TERROR TRIAL IN NYC!
NEW YORKERS TO ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER:
“WE WILL FIGHT YOU ALL THE WAY!”
What: December 5th rally protesting the NYC based trial of 9/11 conspirators
Where: FOLEY SQUARE, MANHATTAN
When: Saturday, December 5th, 2009 12:00 noon
The 9/11 Never Forget Coalition, a diverse group of 9/11 victims, family members, first responders, active and reserve members of the military, veterans, and concerned Americans, is holding December 5th rally protesting the plan to bring the 9/11 terrorist conspirators to trial in New York City.
The Coalition formed to fight the decision of President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to try the 9/11 co-conspirators in New York City’s federal court, effectively giving war criminals the same rights as American citizens while endangering the safety of all New Yorkers."
The Times Online describes the murder of at least 25 people on a Russian train as the result of a "terrorist attack" , in quotation marks, as if it really wasn't one. For many Americans, the Fort Hood massacre was also a "terrorist attack".
Friday, November 27, 2009
Atlas Shrugs discusses the disgraceful,outrageous defense that the 9/11 terrorists will use. Can we please make sure we get the best prosecutors to make sure nobody falls for this garbage? They are evil murderers, not mental "victims"!
And Powerline has a good article about the nightmare of Obamacare:
And Powerline has a good article about the nightmare of Obamacare:
"I don't believe that Democrats in Congress actually disagree with the majority of voters who expect a government takeover of medicine to result in worse health care at a higher cost. Rather, the Democrats believe that degraded health care is an acceptable price to pay for what they are really after--government domination over the life of every citizen. Whether the American people understand how profound is the Democrats' assault on their liberties, and will be willing to do what it takes to throw the greedy rascals out of power, remains to be seen."Unfortunately, most voters are morons who keep voting the same politicians into office over and over again. But why should the rest of us have to suffer?
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Here's an appropriate new name for the shopping insanity more commonly known as Black Friday.
"As much as I would love to spend my day off jockeying for a parking space in a crowded lot, I'm going to skip all the Black Friday festivities -- the fistfights, the screaming babies, the screaming adults, catching swine flu, the fender benders, the crowded food courts, the long lines at the wrapping desk and the cash register. One woman told me she does it so she's sure the stores won't run out of the gifts she 'needs' to get."
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Today I came across this amusing column about annoying sayings:
"There is a class of utterances that, when encountered, produces irritation, distress and, in some cases, the desire to kill. You hear or read one of these and your heart sinks. Everyone will have his or her (non)favorites. Mine is a three-word announcement on the TV screen, 'To Be Continued,' which says, 'I know that you have become invested in this story and are eager to find out how it ends, but you’re going to have to wait for a few days or a week or a month or forever.'"
I definitely agree with Soccer Dad. Murderous terrorists don't usually change their stripes, and to expect the release of such animals in exchange for Gilad Shalit is an outrage. If the Palestinians truly want peace, they should release him outright, without any conditions.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Maybe the Republicans are getting some spine after all. First, as you can see in this video clip my uncle sent me, Senator Lindsey Graham makes mincemeat out of Eric Holder, who can't even answer the questions. In another instance, Congressman Kevin Brady from Texas didn't accept tax-cheat Geithner's blame-Bush excuses:
"In a fiery exchange at Thursday's Joint Economic Committee hearing with ranking Republican Kevin Brady (Texas), who suggested that Geithner had 'failed' and should reconsider his job, the Treasury secretary asserted that he and his team had made great strides bringing the economy back from 'the brink.' Sensing the exchange was about to grow more pointed, Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) informed Brady his time had expired. But Geithner still returned fire, blaming 'almost a decade of public neglect,' and the economic harm that it wrought on the country, on the Bush administration. Replied Brady, 'Tell all of that to the millions of Americans who no longer have jobs because of your decisions.'"
Friday, November 20, 2009
The Anchoress has written another great post, which includes this description of our President:
"So, persuaded by the positivism of the press, Americans voted for a charismatic fellow whose college transcripts, friendships and background -and seemingly all of his instincts- were cloaked in a secrecy untroubling to incurious media; a guy who promised 'the most transparent government ever,' and sensible government economic policies. The guy who, since becoming president, has revealed himself to be -not the open, bi-partisan, coalition-building, transparent tower of transcendent brilliance the American people thought they were getting- but a flip-flopping, thin-skinned, secretive, teleprompter-dependent, far-left radical spend-a-holic who talks incessantly and does not listen, who can’t tell us where the money has gone; a guy who says pretty much anything that comes into his head, whether it is true or not, and figures that’s the new history; a 'uniter' who has locked the opposition party out of every policy debate (there actually is no debate, anymore) and has weakend our influence abroad (by becoming 'the worst sort of ally') and our security at home, has disrespected, snubbed or betrayed every one of our allies, cozied up to tyrants and done little in a bare year besides bankrupting the country, dissing his predecessor at every opportunity, making us wonder what sort of government he is fomenting, and whether he is in fact, actively working to tear the country apart.
In less than a year, the media’s choice for President, the guy they carried on their shoulders into the White House along with his 'most glamorous, most brilliant, most stylish First Lady, ever' has a surprising number of people missing George W. Bush. Obama even has some conservatives, myself among them, missing Bill and Hillary Clinton."
Thursday, November 19, 2009
In his take on the news items of the day, Argus Hamilton writes:
"Al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Alwaki told a Yemen newspaper that he exchanged e-mails with Fort Hood assassin Major Nidal Hasan. The FBI intercepted the e-mails and said some of what Hasan wrote was benign and the rest was protected by the First Amendment. As long as killing Americans is part of your religious belief, we must be tolerant of it."
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
THIS is the word of the year? "Worst word of the year" is more like it!
"Birds are singing, the sun is shining and I am joyful first thing in the morning without caffeine. Why you ask? Because it is Word of the Year time (or WOTY as we refer to it around the office). Every year the New Oxford American Dictionary prepares for the holidays by making its biggest announcement of the year. This announcement is usually applauded by some and derided by others and the ongoing conversation it sparks is always a lot of fun, so I encourage you to let us know what you think in the comments.
Without further ado, the 2009 Word of the Year is: unfriend.
unfriend – verb – To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.
As in, 'I decided to unfriend my roommate on Facebook after we had a fight.'"
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
The New York Post has a good editorial about the obscenity of trying the 9/11 terrorists in that city:
"It makes no more sense to try those responsible in a civilian court than it would have been to hold a trial for the Japanese who bombed Pearl Harbor.
On a purely self-interested note, New Yorkers must be wondering whether it makes sense for their city -- still a high-priority terrorist target -- to have another bull's-eye painted on its buildings.
Of course it doesn't.
But bringing the world's most notorious terrorists to New York for criminal trials will do just that.
Alas, that's the reality of it."
It's time for more of Argus Hamilton's take on the news, which includes this item:
"NBC announced Wednesday that five of its prime-time programs are featuring green, pro-environmental messages in their scripts. It's obvious that NBC's parent company GE is trying to get stimulus money for the windmills they manufacture. If Jay Leno has to tell jokes only Al Gore would laugh at, don't blame the ratings on him."
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I like American Thinker's The AT Readers' Complete Lexicon of Political Speech. I had no doubt that #11 would be there!
I heard about this on ESPN radio this morning. I realize people are huge college football fans, but isn't this overdoing it just a bit? The victim of an armed robbery by Tennessee football players said,
" 'I think they should still be able to play football, regardless,' he said. 'Tennessee is my place. It's my football team.'
'Even after they put a gun in your face, you say let them play football?' 6 News asked.
'Yeah, it's Tennessee. That's the way it is sometimes,' Zickefoose said."
Saturday, November 14, 2009
This ultra-liberal letter to the letter made me see red. It's about that poor victim, the DC sniper. The writer says,
"Any life cut short is 'a waste'Since when is deliberately shooting & killing people at random considered a "mistake"?
.... John Allen Muhammad's attorney even said, 'The state of Virginia will execute a severely mentally ill man.' Now he's gone. It breaks my heart and kills the hope that people can change, that mistakes can be corrected, and that life has the possibility of rebirth."
Friday, November 13, 2009
Here's yet another column, this time by Suzanne Fields, about the baffling approval by Jews for Obama. Her title says it all -- "Deaf Ears, Dumb Voters": "Many Israelis are puzzled by how American Jews give the president a passing grade on the kishke test..."
Read Dr.Charles Krauthammer's diagnosis:
"Medicalizing mass murder not only exonerates. It turns the murderer into a victim, indeed a sympathetic one. After all, secondary PTSD, for those who believe in it (you won't find it in DSM-IV-TR, psychiatry's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), is known as 'compassion fatigue.' The poor man -- pushed over the edge by an excess of sensitivity. Have we totally lost our moral bearings? Nidal Hasan (allegedly) cold-bloodedly killed 13 innocent people. In such cases, political correctness is not just an abomination. It's a danger, clear and present."And speaking of mass murder, isn't it obscene that Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his fellow terrorists will go on trial in New York? The thought of it makes me ill.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Instapundit links to this excellent Dorothy Rabinowitz column; and Dennis Prager has a good column over at Jewish World Review, both in regards to political correctness in the coverage of the Fort Hood terrorist. It's just incomprehensible to me. Any night now, I expect Hasan's lawyer to give the usual sob story to a sympathetic Larry King.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Metafilter reports on this interesting survey:
"The Survey of American Jewish Language and Identity reports on the results of an online survey of 25,179 American Jews and 4,874 American Gentiles. Non-Jews say 'klutz' but not 'schmutz.' The more Orthodox you are, the more likely you are to say "Good Shabbos" instead of "Shabbat Shalom." And so much more you'll plotz."
Monday, November 09, 2009
What does it say about our country when hurt feelings are more important than people's lives?
Jack himself is the host of Haveil Havalim #242 - Taking Responsibility edition, at Random Thoughts - Do They Have Meaning?
Sunday, November 08, 2009
From 1961 to 1989, the Berlin Wall dominated Germany. Deutsche Welle has a good section on the 20th anniversary of its fall. The British Daily Mail shows some before-and-after photos. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of the end of Communism are things I never expected to see in my lifetime. I had a penpal in East Germany at that time, and I remember how odd it felt to finally start writing simply "Germany" rather than "East Germany" on the envelope.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
The UK Telegraph reports:
"Fort Hood shooting: Texas army killer linked to September 11 terrorists... Hasan, the sole suspect in the massacre of 13 fellow US soldiers in Texas, attended the controversial Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Great Falls, Virginia, in 2001 at the same time as two of the September 11 terrorists, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt."
Wizbang perfectly puts into words what I and many others have been thinking, not only since last week, but for many years:
"...[I]t's time to trot out the standard playbook for Muslim leaders to distract Americans from yet another Muslim-perpetrated atrocity. (The order of these is somewhat fluid, to avoid appearing too obviously stock).
First up, condemn the atrocity in no uncertain terms. It was terrible, a tragedy, just awful, and our devout prayers go to Allah for the victims of this awful incident.
It's important to de-emphasize the details as much as possible. Words such as 'tragedy' and 'incident' work to disguise the sheer evil of the actions.
Next, start distancing Islam from the crime. Say that such things are abhorrent to 'true' Muslims, that no 'real' Muslim would ever do any such thing, and they find them as appalling and saddening (NOT enraging) as everyone else. If done right, the impression that is conveyed is that they are even more upset over it than everyone -- but they're too modest to say so clearly.
Then start rationalizing the deed itself. This must be done with a fine touch -- talk about how sick the individual must be to have done it, and talk about what sorts of things might have triggered the psychosis. Be careful, though; it's a fine line to tiptoe, between 'what this guy did was justified' and 'we need to know what caused it, so we might prevent it from happening again.'
This is when you go into the Crazed Muslim Of The Week's line of excuses for why he did what he did and talk about how he was a bit off kilter, but there is some substance to his ravings. Muslims ARE being persecuted and oppressed around the world, and while it's terrible that such a tragic thing happened, perhaps some good can come of it if some attention is shone on these abuses of the adherents of the Religion Of Peace...
Then there's the final step. This one is the one that takes the biggest stones. (Which is entirely appropriate for a religion whose most sacred object is a big rock in the middle of the desert.) You have to pre-emptively claim victim status for yourselves.
Talk about how concerned you are that there will be a backlash against ordinary, peaceful Muslims around the nation. Oh, most Americans are fine, upstanding, decent folk who understand fully that this awful, awful tragedy in no way reflects on Islam (never mind what the nutcase was saying about his motives before, during, and after), but there are some who will wrongly blame Islam for it -- and lash out at the poor, innocent, peaceful Muslims.
One minor problem with that: there's never been a real backlash against Muslims in America.
When Muslims acting in the name of Allah tried to blow up the World Trade Center, there was no massive backlash.
When a Muslim acting in the name of Allah shot up the El Al ticket counter at LAX, there was no massive backlash.
When two Muslims acting in the name of Allah went on a sniping spree in and around DC, there was no massive backlash.
When a Muslim acting in the name of Allah drove his SUV through the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill, there was no massive backlash.
When a Muslim acting in the name of Allah ran down people all over San Francisco, there was no massive backlash.
When a Muslim acting in the name of Allah shot up the Seattle Jewish Federation, there was no massive backlash.
When a Muslim acting in the name of Allah shot seven people atop the Empire State Building, there was no massive backlash.
When a Muslim acting in the name of Allah shot up a movie theatre in Baltimore, there was no massive backlash.
When a Muslim acting in the name of Allah shot up a van filled with Orthodox Jews, there was no massive backlash.
When a Muslim acting in the name of Allah killed five people in a mall in Salt Lake City, there was no massive backlash.
And when Muslims acting in the name of Allah killed over 3,000 people on September 11, 2001, there certainly was no massive backlash whatsoever."
Friday, November 06, 2009
I continue to be outraged and disgusted at the frenzied desperation of the Democrats to force us against out will to accept their health care bill!
Here, the editors at National Review discuss the three strikes against Obamacare:
Here, the editors at National Review discuss the three strikes against Obamacare:
"We call that three strikes: taking away Americans’ current insurance plans, replacing them with a system of government rationing, and burning through more than a trillion steadily depreciating U.S. dollars to get it done."And here's the latest by Thomas Sowell:
"Most people have earned money by producing something that other people wanted. But getting what you want by what you have earned, rather than by what elites will deign to allow you to have, is completely incompatible with the vision of an elite-controlled world, which they call 'social justice' or other politically attractive phrases. The 'uninsured' are another big talking point for government medical insurance. But the incomes of many of the uninsured indicate that many — if not most — of them choose to be uninsured. Poor people can get insurance through Medicaid. Free loading at emergency rooms — mandated by government — makes being uninsured a viable option."
Meet Sgt. Kimberly Munley, the hero of Fort Hood. When I heard the unwelcome news that mass murderer Hasan had unfortunately survived being shot, all I could think of was Sollozzo's line after learning that Don Corleone wasn't dead: "He's still alive. They hit him with five shots, and he's still alive!"
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Can someone explain to me how wearing a Remembrance Day poppy to honor the troops is politically incorrect? I think we should all wear as many red poppies, and as much red, white, & blue, as we can on November 11.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Here's Monica Crowley on last night's extremely satisfying wins in Virginia and New Jersey:
"The message from voters: Enough. Enough big government. Enough massive spending. Enough deficits and debt. Enough sky-high taxes. Enough huge entitlement programs. Enough dismissing the will of the people. Enough radicalism in the White House and Congress. Enough seizure of our freedoms. Enough ravaging of the Constitution. Tonight, the American people said, 'Enough'. Enough to incompetence and unresponsiveness and disrespect from the Democratic president and members of Congress. And there’s a message in here for Republicans too: if you don’t learn the lesson of this victory, we’ll hold your feet to the fire as well. We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore."
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Read Austin Hill's column titled, "In The Era Of Obama, Americans Have Become 'the Evil Doers'". He writes,
"I am, however, nostalgic for the days when the American President seemed to be fond of his country, and its people. This is largely because I have increasing doubts that our current President is fond of either one."Obama himself is an evil-doer, for what he's done to this country in just ten months.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Read the latest column by Thomas Sowell about the dismantling of our country. I agree with the whole thing, and especially with this line:
"The entitlement mentality has eroded the once common belief that you earned things, including respect, instead of being given them."
Friday, October 30, 2009
I just have to print Charles Krauthammer on Obama and Afghanistan:
On the record number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan this month: "It does, of course, impress us with the urgency of the matter and how it has to be decided. But I want to point out one thing about what Obama said when he talked about the 'long years of drift.' There is something truly disgusting about the way he cannot refrain from attacking Bush when he is being defensive about himself. I mean, it is beyond disgraceful here."
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Congratulations to Clemens Heni and company on the publication of their new Journal for the Study of Antisemitism.
"The Journal for the Study of Antisemitism (JSA) is a select group of independent scholars who are interested in examining antisemitism in all its forms. This group is not affiliated with any institution or financially dependent on a single source of funding. We have in common an understanding of antisemitism as a social pathology that must be eradicated.“
Israpundit has an article that makes us realize once again just how hard the lives of our grandparents and great-grandparents were. We definitely take convenience foods for granted today, that's for sure!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I came across this great, short argument against Obamacare at Legal Insurrection, via Maggie's Farm:
"Instead of solely considering costs, shouldn't we ask if Americans are willing to die sooner from cancer, to give up access to specialists, to be refused safer, more accurate diagnostic imaging, to lose the most accessible screening programs, and to lose their autonomy in pursuing treatments for their families? Shouldn't we ask if Americans want to replace the most advanced and successful medical care in history with the restricted care and lower cost social programs of Europe, and insure the less than 5 percent of people who don't buy insurance but receive care anyway?"
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Argus Hamilton offers more of his take on the news here and here, including these items:
"President Obama suffered the worst drop in job approval ratings in fifty years last week. He's descended from eighty percent approval to fifty percent. The whole balloon flight was only intended to get him a reality show and he ended up president."
“Senator Max Baucus met with Democrats in the U.S. Capitol last week to merge the twenty-three-hundred-page health care bill. Every American ought to read it. It's so heavy that if you lift the bill three times a day you'll live to be one hundred.”
Monday, October 26, 2009
Today I received this video in an email from Honest Reporting:
"Dear Readers: The United Nations Human Rights Council spends all its time condemning Israel while ignoring real human rights abuses. Recently, the Council approved a resolution endorsing the one-sided, biased report of Judge Richard Goldstone and accusing Israel of "War Crimes." This resolution will now be considered by the U.S. Security Council.Please sign the petition at the end of this short video that will be sent to President Obama and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council urging them to veto this biased resolution."(By the way, Soccer Dad has had great coverage of the vile Goldstone Report.)
I always thought that you put serious articles about important issues on the Op-Ed pages. Evidentally, the New York Times now thinks that this embarassingly fawning piece on Michelle Obama belongs on its Op-Ed page. As with other Lucianne.com readers, I thought it was a joke at first, then became quite nauseous when I realized it wasn't.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I saw "The Third Man" for the umpteenth time the other night. The first sight of Orson Welles in this great film is always amazing.
This YouTube page also has the famous quote comparing Italy and Switzerland:
This YouTube page also has the famous quote comparing Italy and Switzerland:
"In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed — they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."(I once used this quote with my Swiss penpal when she made disparaging remarks about the United States, but she missed the point entirely.)
Friday, October 23, 2009
Linda Chavez writes about class envy. I am a proud capitalist. I have never understood why people who work hard, earn money, and become successful (Bill Gates and Sam Walton come immediately to mind) are constantly demonized and attacked, when in fact it's those young, able-bodied people who don't work, and who expect something for nothing, who should be criticized. To cut executive salaries by 90% just teaches you that if you bother to work hard, you'll be punished by having the pay and bonuses you earn taken away from you. So what's the incentive for working at all?
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I heard about this on the news this morning and thought it was a joke.
"Thomas Blanton, the executive director of the archive, told The A.P., 'At Guantánamo, the U.S. government turned a jukebox into an instrument of torture.'"The continued sympathy and misplaced outrage regarding terrorists makes me ill. What next, a live Prison-Aid concert to raise money for those poor prisoners?
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
One of the items in the latest Argus Hamilton column just reminded me that race hustler Louis Farrakhan is convinced the swine flu vaccine was developed to kill black people. What's just as scary is the number of fools who actually believe him! Will it be considered racism when unvaccinated people die of swine flu anyway?
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I definitely agree with this assessment of reality TV and the disgraceful people who want, or who get, their owns shows. These people are shameless enough, but it adds fuel to the fire when the media caters to them, and when viewers continue to watch this garbage.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Take a look at Argus Hamilton's latest column. He includes such items as this:
"President Obama flew to San Francisco on Thursday aboard Air Force One. As the plane headed west it had to fly into one hundred and forty mile an hour headwinds. Al Sharpton accused the wind of being racist for opposing President Obama's progress."
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Click for today's Graph of the Day from American Thinker: Rockets Fired Into Israel by Hamas and "other terrorist organizations". Nice, eh?
It's an insult to use the word "mother" to describe this inhuman, greedy British creature, who faked her son's illness in order to collect disability:
"A mother claimed £130,000 in benefits for her son by pretending he was disabled in a six-and-a-half year deceit during which she kept him wheelchair bound and convinced doctors he was so unwell they should operate on him."To fake your own illness for money is bad enough; to ruin your own child's like this way is unforgivable. As punishment, she should have done to her what she did to him. (Oh, but that would be too 'cruel and unusual', wouldn't it?)
Greg Crosby has written another of his wonderfully nostalgic columns, this time about attending his high school reunion. Enjoy!
Friday, October 16, 2009
I read two stories today that couldn't be more different. This one is about animals who have saved people's lives. Unfortunately, this one is about human animals, "mother" and friend, who abused her child (This vile creature had previously served only 6 months of time for killing her toddler). To me, the fact that the 18 year old sister didn't get help is just as bad; she's 18, not 8, and supposedly an adult who should have known better.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Have a laugh at the latest Argus Hamilton column, which includes quips such as this one:
"The Los Angeles Dodgers swept the St. Louis Cardinals in three games to win the National League Divisional Series in St. Louis Saturday. The TV ratings were huge. President Obama watched all three games and was named the series Most Valuable Player."
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The Anchoress expertly analyzes the hatred of President George W. Bush:
"In reviewing all this, it does seem to me that this passionate 'hate' of George W. Bush is based not on substance but on style. Obama swagger is cool; Bush swagger was arrogant. Obama arrogance is 'confidence.' Bush confidence was 'ignorance.' Obama’s misspeaks and gaffes are ignored, Bush’s were magnified. Obama looks good. Bush looked goofy. All that 'hate' seems to be part of an adolescent values system that is willing to overlook a multitude of sins as long as you get to belong to the jock/cheerleader clique, and not the Nerd/AV gang."
Monday, October 12, 2009
If you were as impressed and awed as I was by the Emmy-winning September 11 program "102 Minutes That Changed America", then you have to see "JFK: 3 Shots that Changed America". As with "102 Minutes", it's just powerful raw film footage without narration.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Lloyd Greif, the son of Holocaust survivors, has written this excellent analysis of what Obama's policy means for Israel:
"Obama spoke eloquently to the United Nations about having compassion for 'the Palestinian boy in Gaza who has ... no country to call his own.' Where’s his concern for the 3,000-year-old Jewish communities in Arab lands that were ethnically cleansed between 1948 and the early 1970s? Commencing with Arab League retaliation for the declaration of the State of Israel, 1 million Jews were forcibly removed from their homes and personal property, forfeiting 62,000 square miles of land (nearly five times Israel’s 12,600 square miles) and assets worth approximately $300 billion. What of their 'right of return?' By tying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to improving Muslim-U.S. relations, Obama has forced Israel into the position of answering for U.S. failures in the Muslim world and making the sacrifices necessary to mend that relationship. Obama has placed immense pressure on Israel to halt settlement building. Where is the equal pressure on the Palestinian Authority to ensure Israel’s security? Obama’s far greater pressure on the Israelis has emboldened Arab intransigence and moved the Middle East farther away from the prospect of peace."
This time, Jack himself is the host of Haveil Havalim #238 - The We Love The Dodgers/Angels Edition! available at his blog Random Thoughts-Do They Have Meaning?
Saturday, October 10, 2009
How is this for gall?
"Members of the New York City Muslim community suggested Saturday they were being unfairly targeted in a terror plot probe, as a friend of the probe's prime suspect said the scrutiny has put his 'life on hold.'"Aww, isn't that tough. Maybe if they weren't still trying to murder Americans, we might not be targeting them; what they did to us on September 11, 2001 actually did put people's lives on hold -- forever.