Saturday, August 10, 2002
Friday, August 09, 2002
"It is no friend of democracy, having announced its refusal to deal with the only two elected leaders of the Islamic world – Khatami in Iran and Yasser Arafat in Palestine, the latter the only Arab leader ever elected with western observers checking the process. The country has armed and succoured state terrorism and assassination by the Israelis. It has installed the worst sort of warlord gangsters in Afghanistan and, according to "intelligence", been party to upsetting (albeit briefly) the elected president of Venezuela. The world cannot afford to await its next move."
Those great statesman Arafat and Khatami. And Arafat was elected with western observers no less so he must be the legitimate leader. I'm sure he would have urged the invasion of Britain in 1939 also to prevent their interference with that great German elected leader, what was his name again, Holter, Hilter...something like that. And Khatami another fine choice, has he had his hired Arab goons fire into the mass crowds of protesters yet. And let's not forget the gangsters installed in Afghanistan, nothing like the enlightened government they had before. (Oh and he seems to have misspelled "succored", they apparently don't use those evil Microsoft spell-checkers at the Independent, or maybe it's just one of those odd British spellings like "colour", don't those Brits realize how many u's they are wasting. The cost in additional dead trees and ink must be staggering)
"The problem remains the practicalities. Whereas in Afghanistan the allies could rely on a local opposition force on the ground, no such scenario can be relied on in this case. The Spanish speaking minority in the south might be induced to rise up. There could be assistance from Minutemen in the mountains. But the democratic opposition is too defeated and divided to provide much help. The answer could be an "inside-out" strategy using special forces to take Washington and a few key nuclear bases. Provided the rest of the country was left to get on with its business, there would probably be little internal opposition to a seizure of the capital."
Hmmm...Spanish speaking minority, does he mean all those folks from Mexico who risk life and limb to get here. I would like to elect him to lead the charge against one of our key nuclear bases, I'm sure our boys at the bases don't get nearly enough target practice.
"That leaves the substantial problem of an "exit strategy". There is no point in a repeat of 1812. But the experience of America in Japan after the Second World War could provide a model. A period of occupation of five to 10 years could provide an opportunity to inculcate ideas of true democracy, with a fair electoral system based on absolute majority, abolition of the death penalty, introduction of unions into hi-tech industries and a break-up of the Zaibatsu, the overweening corporations such as Microsoft, Exxon and General Electric."
Fair electoral systems based on absolute majorities? Apparently they don't read anything by Locke, Hume, Jefferson, Madison, Burke over there at the Independent. They don't quite seem to understand that this government was explicitly designed not to be ruled by strict majority which is just specific form of despotism of one group over another. It was meant to leave room for minority voices and checks against government power. As for introduction of unions into hi-tech industries, as far as I know the unions have been trying to do this for years. Who does Hamilton think is stopping them, some evil government cabal? No, it is mostly a complete lack of interest on the part of folks who work in the industry who are mostly highly paid with excellent benefits packages who see no reason to send part of their income stream into the coffers of organized crime in the form of union dues. And let's not forget the requisite dig at those evil corporations, I know I am much more worried about GE and Microsoft than I am about the federal bureaucracy. After all Microsoft can seize my assets at any time, force me to use their services, throw me in a small cell, oh no...wait, that's the government. Actually Microsoft can't really force me to do anything. I am using one of their products now, but it is of my own free will. I could just as easily be using one of Apples products or Linux or Unix or I could write my own. But they're big and *gasp* a business so they must be evil. Offering people products that do useful things for them at an ever decreasing price is a horrible, horrible thing. It will be much better when the state directs what we need and supplies it for us. After all look how well it worked for the Soviets.
See Sasha Castel, Hoy, LGF and Andrea Harris for additional comments.
1) My Legions of Terror will have helmets with clear plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.
2) My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.
3) My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will be killed, not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten cell of my dungeon.
4) Shooting is not too good for my enemies.
5) The artifact which is the source of my power will not be kept on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River of Fire guarded by the Dragons of Eternity. It will be in my safe-deposit box. The same applies to the object which is my one weakness.
6) I will not gloat over my enemies' predicament before killing them.
Another problem I have is the fact that "when he lobbied for his cigarette tax, he insisted that he did not care whether the city made or lost money, but rather that the tax would keep children from smoking." That's just great. We are in a recession and our Mayor doesn't seem to care. He'd rather forward his own social engineering agenda.
Thursday, August 08, 2002
“To any honest observer, Zimbabwe's sin is that it has taken the position to right a wrong, whose resolution has been too long overdue--to return its land to its people… When we get right down to it, this legislation is nothing more than a formal declaration of United States complicity in a program to maintain white-skin privilege… It is racist and against the interests of the masses of Zimbabweans.”
This woman really does have the smallest brain in Congress and that is quite a feat.
"It follows that the Israelis hold their land in title derived from the British abandonment to them in 1948, at which point they conquered it against the Arab attempt to do the same. The British title derives from the surrender of these lands by Ottoman Turkey. The Ottoman title derives from the fact that the Ottomans were the native inhabitants of the territory, but of course it doesn’t, because they weren’t. They were invading Turks, no more native to the area than the British. They, in fact, conquered it from the Mamluks in 1517. Who conquered it from the Crusaders in 1291. Who conquered it from the Fatimids in 1099. Who conquered it from the Seljuks in 1098. Who conquered it from the Abbasids. Who conquered it from the Byzantines. Who inherited it from the Romans upon division of the Empire in 395. The Romans had conquered it from the last Jewish kingdom in 63 BC. The Jews had originally conquered it from the Canaanites. Before that, it had also been under the ownership of the Egyptians, who conquered it around 1450 BC, and then the Assyrians, followed by Persians and Greeks. Some of these conquerors were mere military overlords, some of them deeply penetrated the social and demographic fabric of the area. All came and went, to varying degrees."
"Note that this is also an illustration of the authentic Socratic method, which, fortunately, law schools do not in fact use: The teacher gives the answers in the form of questions and the student responds “Yes, Socrates.” Or perhaps the even more authentic Socratic method is for someone to ask people tough questions, until they kill him. "
Thou mewling fen-sucked malignancy!
Thou spleeny plume-plucked rampallion!
Generate your own Elizabethan curses here
Wednesday, August 07, 2002
"So supporting "internationalism," "multilateralism," abortion and racial quotas means you're "moderate" and "nonideological"? And anyone who feels differently is an extreme ideologue? Absolutely. The New York Times is rarely so explicit, at least in its "news" pages, but the aim of a large swathe of the left is not to win the debate but to get it cancelled before it starts. You can do that in any number of ways -- busting up campus appearances by conservatives, "hate crimes" laws, Canada's ghastly human-rights commissions, the more "enlightened" court judgments, the EU's recent decision to criminalize "xenophobia," or merely, as the Times does, by declaring your side of every issue to be the "moderate" and "nonideological" position.
You'll notice, incidentally, that I haven't used the word "liberal" to describe the left. "Conservative" has been carelessly appropriated by the media to mean no more than the side you're not meant to like. John Ashcroft is a hardline conservative, but so, according to the press, is the Taliban and half the Chinese politburo and the crankier Ayatollahs. So I think we conservatives ought to make an attempt to reclaim the word "liberal." We believe in liberty, and in liberating human potential. I don't know what you'd call a political culture that reduces voters to dependents, that tells religious institutions whom they can hire, that instructs printers on what printing jobs they're obliged to accept, that bans squeegee kids unless they're undercover policemen checking on whether you're wearing your seatbelt, etc., etc. But "liberal" no longer seems to cover it."
"During her time in Bosnia as an investigator, Ms Bolkovac, 41, uncovered evidence of girls who refused to have sex being beaten and raped in bars by their pimps while peacekeepers stood and watched. She discovered that one UN policeman who was supposed to be investigating the sex trade paid £700 to a bar owner for an underage girl who he kept captive in his apartment to use in his own prostitution racket.
Richard Monk, a former senior British policeman who ran the UN police operation in Bosnia until 1999, said: “There were truly dreadful things going on by UN police officers from a number of countries. I found it incredible that I had to set up an internal affairs department to investigate complaints that officers were having sex with minors and prostitutes.
The ruling yesterday will cause further embarrassment to the UN over the behaviour of its peacekeepers. In March investigators disclosed that British aid workers and the UN contingent in Sierra Leone were demanding sex from teenage refugees in exchange for food and money. The UN’s refugee agency, which carried out the inquiry, told of “a shameful catalogue of sexual abuse”. " (Link via Transterrestrial Musings)
''The idea of calling into question the illegitimacy of the acquisition of territory by force is odd to say the least. It runs a little bit off the reservation.''
So does that make the United States an illegitimate entity? How about the United Kingdom (the angles and the saxons were invaders from the continent)? Actually just about all the Arab countries would then be considered illegitimate as Arabs are indigenous to the Arabian peninsula and not places like Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon.
"And to think that a whole swathe of wet leftie know-nothings (including Assad's man in the UNGA) called Jenin an instance of Israeli 'brutality.' Do any of them really know what brutality looks like? Were Israel to act like just another Middle Eastern shitpile, there wouldn't be a terrorism problem in Israel because there wouldn't be any terrorists because they, and their families, and their neighbours, and their neighbours' neighbours would all be dead or deported to Jordan. Why send in the IDF on foot into Jenin going from house to house when they could simply have used the Assad method: encircle the town with tanks and artillery pieces and simply reduce it to rubble? Why bother with the specific targetting of militants when it would be far more thorough to simply do what the Kuwaitis did after the Gulf War, and expel a few hundred thousand Palestinians? When Israel occupied Lebanon there was outraged condemnation. Now that Syria occupies Lebanon no one is interested. While Hafez al-Assad was flattening Hama, the UN were too busy fulminating about the IAF's attack on Iraq's nuclear reactors to notice."
WORCESTER, MA—Area 7-year-old Douglas Castellano's unbridled energy and creativity are no longer a problem thanks to Ritalin, doctors for the child announced Friday. "After years of failed attempts to stop Douglas' uncontrollable bouts of self-expression, we have finally found success with Ritalin," Dr. Irwin Schraeger said. "For the first time in his life, Douglas can actually sit down and not think about lots of things at once." Castellano's parents reported that the cured child no longer tries to draw on everything in sight, calming down enough to show an interest in television.
Here are some of the things my 5 year old believes (see if you can spot the similarities to liberal views)
1) She thinks everything in the world exists already and the only problem is distribution. I.E. How more of the stuff can get distributed to her.
2) She always wants what her sister has at any given moment even if she could care less about it 2 minutes ago.
3) She wants the government (me and my lovely wife) to solve all her problems and protect her from all harm but fails to see that this requires that we put severe restrictions on her activities.
4) She thinks the government is an endless source of largesse.
5) She also thinks that government redistribution is preferable to free and open trade.
"J won't let me play with her Barbie"
"Why don't you try offering her one of your toys in exchange?"
"No. J let me play with the Barbie"
"Why did you hit your sister?"
"She pushed me first."
"But you tried to grab her doll."
6) She always believes others have more than her.
"J got two Barbies for her birthday and I only got one, it's not fair!"
"But you got the big Barbie house you asked for."
"But I want two Barbies!"
"But you got a Barbie and big house"
7) Don't think they should really have to do any work to get what they want.
"Can we watch a cartoon now?"
"As soon as you put your dish in the dishwasher?"
"Can you do it for me?"
"No, you're perfectly capable of doing it yourself."
"But it's too hard!"
"Well then, putting on a cartoon is too hard."
"OK!" Throws the dish in the dishwasher with a harrumph.
8) She thinks she knows everything and that everyone should behave as she prefers.
9) She dismisses or disregards logical arguments and prefers to deconstruct everything you say.
10) When she can't deal with the sense of your argument she reverts to name-calling.
"...In May, a law was passed decreeing that any commercial farmer who continued to farm 45 days after being given notice to stop would face imprisonment.
On Friday, that law will be used to evict thousands of commercial farmers and their workers. Fear and desperation pervade the country. All the signs are that President Robert Mugabe is determined to hold on to power at any cost, including the destruction of the nation and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans."
Well, from news reports (and here) I have read only white commercial farmers have been ordered to stop. This is part of a Mugabe plan to redistribute white farmland to blacks in South Africa. Now while most of the commercial farmers are white, to fail to mention this tidbit in the op-ed seems disingenuous at best.
" WASHINGTON -- In a climate where the "dismal science" seems ever more aptly named, Wall Street's relapse into the land of the diminishing Dow has sparked fears of a so-called double-dip recession -- fears that are quite justified and have their roots in a systemic and decade-long abuse of the public trust by corporate malefactors and their political enablers.
(Full Disclosure: The author knows diddly about the stock market. He went through college on a journalism program, for God's sake. He last understood the mathematics curriculum in the fourth grade. Like most journalists, he only vaguely and dimly grasps the economics of his own business. He did not know the difference between a bull and a bear market until he was in his mid-thirties. His father-in-law has several times explained to him the concept of a "put," yet it remains to him a mystery. His wife handles all aspects of the family's financial life. He does not even have his own checkbook. He has an ATM card, which he frequently loses.) "
Tuesday, August 06, 2002
The Saudi's are not our friends. I suspected they were screening their calls when I constantly got their answering machine. I'm glad someone in Washington has finally figured this out.
"Gun accidents involving children are actually at record lows, although you wouldn't know it from listening to the mainstream media. In 1997, the last year for which data are available, only 142 children under 15 years of age died in gun accidents, and the total number of gun-related deaths for this age group was 642. More children die each year in accidents involving bikes, space heaters or drownings."
I wonder if we are going to start hearing about a BMX bike and space heater control lobby. Also, I still don't see why, if these people really care only about the safety of children, that they just make the punishments for negligent parents harsher. Why should the insist on taking all guns away from everybody, including childless people who simply want to be safe in their own homes. It all seems very similar to our mentality in airports where former Presidential candidates, Barbara Walters and 80 year old congressional medal of honor winners are severely inconvenienced because we want to protect ourselves from people who are obviously of a very different profile. In the words of Homer Simpson, "that's not America, that's not even Mexico!"
"Another defense mechanism commonly utilized by supporters of gun control is denial. Denial is simply refusing to accept the reality of a given situation.9 For example, consider a woman whose husband starts coming home late, has strange perfume on his clothes, and starts charging flowers and jewelry on his credit card. She may get extremely angry at a well-meaning friend who suggests that her husband is having an affair. The reality is obvious, but the wronged wife is so threatened by her husband's infidelity that she is unable to accept it, and so denies its existence.
Anti-gun people do the same thing. It's obvious that we live in a dangerous society, where criminals attack innocent people. Just about everyone has been, or knows someone who has been, victimized. It's equally obvious that law enforcement can't protect everyone everywhere 24 hours a day. Extensive scholarly research demonstrates that the police have no legal duty to protect you10 and that firearm ownership is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family.11 There is irrefutable evidence that victim disarmament nearly always precedes genocide.12 Nonetheless, the anti-gun folks insist, despite all evidence to the contrary, that "the police will protect you", "this is a safe neighborhood" and "it can't happen here", where "it" is everything from mugging to mass murder.
In my experience, the common thread in anti-gun people is rage. Either anti-gun people harbor more rage than others, or they're less able to cope with it appropriately. Because they can't handle their own feelings of rage, they are forced to use defense mechanisms in an unhealthy manner. Because they wrongly perceive others as seeking to harm them, they advocate the disarmament of ordinary people who have no desire to harm anyone. So why do anti-gun people have so much rage and why are they unable to deal with it in appropriate ways? Consider for a moment that the largest and most hysterical anti-gun groups include disproportionately large numbers of women, African- Americans and Jews. And virtually all of the organizations that claim to speak for these "oppressed people" are stridently anti-gun. Not coincidentally, among Jews, Blacks and women there are many "professional victims" who have little sense of identity outside of their victimhood.
Identity as Victim
If I were to summarize this article in three sentences, they would be:
(1) People who identify themselves as "victims" harbor excessive amounts of rage at other people, whom they perceive as "not victims."
(2) In order psychologically to deal with this rage, these "victims" utilize defense mechanisms that enable them to harm others in socially acceptable ways, without accepting responsibility or suffering guilt, and without having to give up their status as "victims."
(3) Gun owners are frequently the targets of professional victims because gun owners are willing and able to prevent their own victimization."
Monday, August 05, 2002
"There are only 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who don't."
fascist - a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.
Hmmm... maybe Max just misunderstood and the reader was referring to Gore in his comment.
"Scholars will recall that in the beginning, the Roman empire operated with laws recorded on just 12 tablets which every school child had to memorize. Over time, as laws proliferated, the 12 tablets grew to some 3,000 brass plates stored in the capital and read by nobody. American accounting rules have outdone in a few years what the Romans took 13 centuries to produce."
"Everybody is in on the act. The Financial Accounting Standards Board has, at last count, enshrined generally accepted accounting principles into three volumes comprising some 4,530 pages. Some of the FASB rules run to over 700 pages on how to book a single transaction. It should surprise no one that two skilled accountants, looking at the booking of the same transaction and using their knowledge of the same rules, come out with different results."
"It happens all the time in legal matters. Learned judges hearing the same testimony and reading the same briefs often render split opinions of 5-4 or 2-1. It is rare that they are castigated by the media or Congress for failing to agree unanimously, but in the accounting profession a difference of opinion is often reported as if a fraud has been committed."
"Congress, which suddenly has become expert on the nearly 5,000 pages of rules governing private-sector accounting, prevents our own government from using GAAP. The reasons for this hypocrisy is clear. If GAAP were used by the federal government, the reported surplus last year of $170 billion would have to be reported as a deficit of $580 billion."