Saturday, November 20, 2004

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Just as the breakdown of a few Communist Eastern European states led to a general collapse of Marxism in the east, or the military humiliation in colonial Africa and the Falklands led to democratic renaissance in Iberia and Argentina, or American military efforts in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Panama City brought consensual government to Central America, a reformed Afghanistan and Iraq may prompt what decades of billions of dollars in wasted aid to Egypt, Jordan, and the Palestinians, the 1991 Gulf War, and 60 years of appeasement of Gulf petrol-sheiks could not: the end of the old sick calculus of Middle East tyrannies blackmailing the United States through past intrigue with the Soviet Union, then threats of oil embargos and rigged prices, and, most recently, both overt and stealthy support for fundamentalist killers.

Germany and France threw away their historic special relationships with America, while billions in Eastern Europe, India, Russia, China, and Japan either approved of our efforts or at least kept silent. Who would have believed 60 years ago that the great critics of democracy in the Middle East would now be American novelists and European utopians, while Indians, Poles, and Japanese were supporting those who just wanted the chance to vote? Who would have thought that a young Marine from the suburbs of Topeka battling the Dark Ages in Fallujah — the real humanist — was doing more to aid the planet than all the billions of the U.N.?"



Victor Davis Hanson

Friday, November 19, 2004

The Whole World is Going Down the Toilet

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Toilet Day


"The entire toilet movement is taking on the world," he said.
"People are saying 'we want good toilets' because a toilet is a basic human right and this basic human right has been neglected."


In recent years, hundreds of improved toilets have been built or renovated in Beijing. Today at the conference authorities were trumpeting their efforts.
With China hosting the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Mr Sim believes such efforts are very timely.
"When people come to see the Olympics they need first of all a good toilet," he said.
"And the bigger effect is when they go back, when they go back home their friends will ask them, 'I thought the toilets there are terrible'. And they will say, 'No you're wrong. Nowadays it's fantastic.'

50 Minutes in D.C.

Overheard yesterday in the capitol....


Shrink: "So he makes you angry?"

Powell: "YES. Yes. Very angry."

Shrink: "Would you like to talk about it?"

Powell: "He's just overbearing. And he always thinks he's right."

Shrink: "Is this frustrating. . .?"

Powell: "He won't shut up. He's a threat. A real threat."

Shrink: "A threat? How is he. . .?"

Powell: "He's going to undermine everything. Everything! He flies in the face of our American morals. He's completely out of control. . .and now that the change is made, there's nothing to stop him. He can do whatever he wants!"

Shrink: "Like--"

Powell: "I'm telling you, Western Civilization's at risk. I tried to reign him in, but he's consolidated power! It's over I tell you. Over! OVER!"

Shrink: "But he's just a shock jock. . . ."


Hattip to The Mad Parson.

Thursday, November 18, 2004


Ain't Talking 'Bout Love

Drivin' With The Devil

My cousin is a paramedic. Frank once told me it's the hardest thing he ever had to do: passing that Paramedic test. Frank is a smart guy too. So imagine my surprise this morning when I saw this:

NEW YORK - David Lee Roth, the former lead singer for Van Halen, is training to be a paramedic.
Roth began his career in medicine several weeks ago, riding along with an ambulance crew in New York.



EXTREME MAKE-OVER: Fallujah Edition

I love technology. Especially when it meets the U.S. military.
Here's what it truly is like to witness a 'dead man walking'

Maybe this drone will catch up with Kevin Sites by the weekend. Ok, from the Times of London, no doubt.
Nice to know not all the tabloids in the U.K. have their heads reamed. This entire article is great reading.

THE last hours of the mujahidin are terrifying. With the city they once ruled with the absolute authority of medieval caliphs now overrun by American and Iraqi troops, they have to keep moving. To pause even for a few minutes can mean instant death from an unseen enemy.
A group of 15 fighters dressed in black and carrying an array of weapons ducked into a two-storey house in war-torn southern Fallujah yesterday morning. Their movement was picked up by an unmanned spy plane that beamed back live footage to a control centre on the edge of the city. Within minutes, an airstrike was called and the house disappeared in a giant plume of grey smoke.

From a house across the road, the explosion flushed out another group of guerrillas. Deafened by the blast, they stumbled out into the street, formed a ragged line and started off on the marathon to postpone their deaths, the drone dogging their every step.


“The rats are trying to move about,” Major Tim Karcher, of the Second Battalion, Seventh Cavalry, said as the figures flitted from street to street, seeking cover close to walls.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Wednesday Round-Up

I'm testing out my new browser - "FireFox" from Mozilla. I like it so far, it loads faster and has a cool bookmark system. Still a couple of bugs in here though, especially in Blogger. Anyone else having this problem? Meantime, here are a few highlights I came across this morning. Not much here to make me think the world isn't still off its axis.... but I have to hold out hope.
Give Peach a Chance, baby.

First is a take from FrontPage.com on the absurdity of burying arafat in Jerusalum:

Try to imagine proposals in the newly restored Union of 1865 to bury John Wilkes Booth in the ground of Capitol Hill. Or proposals to bury Hitler’s charred carcass in the Invalides in Paris, or in Westminster Cathedral in London. How about a proposal to bury Pontius Pilate and Attila the Hun in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican? Or bin Laden’s body, when it is DNA-confirmed, buried at Ground Zero?

Meanwhile, Coffee Annan is still too busy being a diplomat and slipping in snide remarks about the U.S. cleaning out Fallujah in less than a week to cooperate with the corruption explosion that is "Oily-For-Food". I can't stand this guy, and if he thinks he's doing the U.N. any favors by stonewalling, he's more deluded than I thought possible.

In the spirit of shooting the messenger, Mr. Annan has complained often in recent months about criticism of Oil for Food, denouncing it as a "campaign" that has "hurt the U.N." Monday's Oil for Food hearing evoked from Mr. Annan's spokesman, Fred Eckhard, the comment that Mr. Annan feels he has been "misjudged by certain media" and that Mr. Annan is "not being obstructionist" in his refusal to cooperate with congressional investigators. We are given to understand that Mr. Annan would help if he could, but his job entails so many over-riding responsibilities.

OK, except that when it comes to Oil for Food, Mr. Annan has labored hard in recent months to disavow his own large role and responsibilities. From both Mr. Annan and the entourage of U.N. speechwriters and spokesman who report to him have come a long series of disclaimers and protests, eye-catching less for what they tell us than for what they leave out.


Finally, from the always reliably "nuanced" BBC News.....

Condoleezza Rice is so closely allied to Mr Bush's interests that it is difficult to see how she would diverge, even if she comes under the influence of the State Department which tends to take a longer term view of world affairs.

a "longer term view" ? Oh, ok. I'm sure a longer term view would start to undo the damage and disregard with which so many in the international community have come to look at the U.S. Yeah right. And I love the Today Show's tease at the start of yesterday's show:
"RICE..... IN THE PRESSURE COOKER!" bellowed Matt Lauer.

That's funny.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004


The Kids are Alright

Let's Keep Things in Perspective

After a day of overblown rhetoric about how the United States has stepped over the line, and became a violater of the Geneva Conventions after the video of that Marine who took steps to ensure the continuation of his own life, I found myself twisting my head and asking if it's at all possible to put things in perspective. We've come a long way in this war and the last time I looked, the Geneva Conventions do not apply to bandits who butcher, disembowl, assinate and mutilate innocent human beings! What the hell is going on with people?

I found this compendious take on the events of the last 3 years from Victor Davis Hanson just a couple days ago. It's amazing how far we've come, what devestation we've withered and how cleanly we've gone about it. I doubt there has ever been a nation that has acted with such exceptionalby honorable intentions, not to mention the oceans of blood shed in pursuit of an ideal, in the history of mankind.

At its richest, most populous stage in its history, the United States, after reeling from a devastating blow to its financial and military nerve centers, in less than three years toppled the Taliban and Saddam Hussein, implemented elections in Afghanistan and scheduled them in Iraq, prevented another 9/11-like attack — and so far has tragically lost about 1,100 in combat in a war against a virulent fascism that is antithetical to every aspect of Western liberty. Our grandfathers would have considered all this a miraculous military achievement. We call it a quagmire, deride our leaders as liars and traitors, and often doubted that our Marines — the greatest street-fighting besiegers in the history of warfare, who stormed Manila, Seoul, Hue, and Panama City — could take Fallujah last April.

George Bush is asked to win the war without losing Americans. He must defeat Islamists, but not kill too many jihadists on global television. His second term must deal with everything from jobs and globalization, energy dilemmas, fickle Europeans, and a war where winning is sometimes seen as losing. Entitlements are out of control, yet his critics don't want cuts, but rather further increases. In such a topsy-turvy world, all that will see him through are his iron will to stay firm and consistent in face of a global media barrage. He must smile more, keep far quieter, seem much nicer — and carry an even a bigger stick. God help him, because few others will.

Monday, November 15, 2004


The Graft, Corruption & Stonewalling Continues.....

21.3 Billion Dollars..... Thanks U.N.

Well Well Well..... and I was under the impression that it was a mere 11-12 billion that Saddam Hussein had skimmed off the United Nations Oil-For-Food program set up by Kofi and Chirac. Twenty-one BILLION dollars. France and Iraq, quite a pair. You know, I truly believe that France was in bed with Saddam for so long, they were no longer sleeping together - just reading until one or the other fell asleep.
And now I hear the French are planning on naming one of their main streets after Saddam Hussein.
Maybe I'm just over-reacting. Paranoid.


But I doubt it.

Hand In Glove

More evidence that Arafat was a puppet of our old arch nemesis, The Soviet Union. Who knew the Russians had such grand designs! It seems Islam was one of the most promising tools to wield against the twin pillars of Democracy and Capitalism. It's a good thing Communism caved in on itself in the 80's but one wonders how much lingering influence their plan had on current Muslim hatred of the West.

History always repeats itself, and if you can live two lives, you have an even greater chance of seeing that repetition with your own eyes. During the last six years of my other life, as a Romanian intelligence general, the main task of the Soviet bloc espionage community was to transform Yasser Arafat’s war against Israel and its main supporter, the United States, into an armed doctrine of the whole Islamic world. America was our main enemy, and a billion adversaries could inflict far greater damage on it than could a mere one million. Islamic anti-Semitism ran deep. Our task was to convert its historical hatred of the Jews into a new hatred of the United States, by portraying this land of freedom as an “imperial Zionist country” financed by Jewish money and run by a rapacious “Council of the Elders of Zion,” the Kremlin’s epithet for the US Congress..

Although we now live in an age of technology, we still do not have an instrument that can scientifically measure the results of a sustained influence operation. Nevertheless, it is safe to presume that over the course of the further twenty-plus years—until the Soviet Union buckled—the combination between spreading hundreds of thousands of Protocols within the Islamic world and portraying the United States there as a criminal Zionist instrument should have left some trace. The hijacked airplane was launched into the world of contemporary terrorism by the KGB and its puppet Yasser Arafat, and it is significant that this became the weapon of choice for September 11, 2001.

Haptip to Frontpage.com

Because Heckel & Jeckel Were Already Taken

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip Nov 11, 2004 — When Safra Hassan went into labor Thursday, she told her husband she wanted to name their child Yasser after Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who died hours earlier.
It was only in the delivery room at Gaza's Shifa Hospital that Hassan, 32, discovered she was carrying twin boys.
"I looked at my husband and I said, we will call them Yasser and Arafat," she told The Associated Press. "I'm so proud that the name of Yasser Arafat will be in my house every day.

ABC NEWS

And who says reincarnation is a myth?

Sunday, November 14, 2004

QUOTABLE

"YOU KNOW TIM, THE ONLY POLITICIAN IN THIS ELECTION WITH A MANDATE IS JIM McGREEVY..."

James Carville, part-time standup comedian, this morning on Meet the Press.