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Friday, February 18, 2005
Best of my blogroll

I haven't done a survey of my blogroll in a while. Here's some good stuff from the writers from the right on the left.

Think that one through.


Ace of Spades quoting Ann Coulter: "Let’s burn their books when they burn our conservative newspapers... that way we can oppress them and increase global warming at the same time." The Ace has lots more good stuff from Saint Ann at the same link.


The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler offers a hilarious running commentary on a story entitled - I'm not making this up - "Kyoto protest beaten back by inflamed petrol traders."

A bunch of Greenpeace slime tried to storm the International Petroleum Exchange. "What they were not prepared for," the article informs us, "was the post-prandial aggression of oil traders who kicked and punched them back on to the pavement." To which my response is almost identical to the AIR's Imperial Torturer. Namely: "BWUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"


Eric Cowperthwaite discusses TANSTAAFL.

Hmmmmm. I always remembered it as TINSTAAFL. At any rate, his discourse is worth a look. Particularly the bit about costs most people who don't own their own businesses never consider:

"The bottom line, everything has a cost associated with it. The pretzels in your favorite bar are free because they are salty and you will drink your beer faster and buy more beer, or maybe the owner factors the 'free pretzels' into his overhead, which is applied to the cost of the beer before he sells it to you. I think every citizen should have to do the cost proposal for a bid for new business. They should have to build up the cost of an employee, including salary, bonuses, raises, floor space costs, computers and software, email, unemployment and social security insurance, benefits package, vacation, sick days and holidays and see just what it costs per employee. Then figure out how many employees in a given category they need to do a given amount of work for the company or government agency that requires the work to be done. Then figure out all of your other expenses, electricity, water, municipal, state and federal taxes, community improvement, charity donations, servers and software applications to enable the business and so on."


So here's an odd story. Curmudgeon Emeritus Francis Porretto of Eternity Road visited a blog where he saw this story about patrons in a McDonalds parking lot in France getting verbally abused because they were speaking to each other in English.

He left this brief comment: "MacDonald's? Non, non! C'est ne pas francais! Je voudrais une Whopper avec la works!" Which, if I still remember what I learned in four years of French I correctly, means roughly: "McDonald's? No, no, that's not French! I want a Whopper with the works!"

Apparently he was accosted by person or persons unknown who took this little quip as a sign of American linguistic imperialism or some such thing. Which prompted him to write a nifty little essay on why English is the only universal language and is likely to remain so for some time:
"Because American English adapts readily to new developments, accepts words borrowed from other tongues without resistance, and is relaxed enough in its rules to permit considerable departure from them without depriving the speaker of his ability to communicate, its hegemony has not limited the world's intercourse in any perceptible way. This would not have been the case with any of the ideographic languages, in which it's supremely difficult to use a dictionary and even harder to compose one. Nor would it have been the case with a language to which some national government laid a claim of title, as was the case with French.

Because the United States remains the world's power, both militarily, economically, and culturally, there remains a powerful incentive for the denizens of other lands to learn our language, and a far lesser one for us to learn any of theirs. What we have to offer -- military protection; innovative technology; general abundance; cutting-edge entertainment -- everyone else wants. The converse does not hold.

Will this continue to be the case? For the foreseeable future, yes. No other nation, including such "emerging powerhouses" as Russia and China, has yet embraced the core principles that made America the world's power, and, by extension, made our language the world's lingua franca. Russia's progress toward an open society and free markets has been stalled by a resurgence of the old authoritarianism. "Capitalist" China is a horse so dark it can hardly be seen in the noonday sun; all one can say of it at the moment is that it shows some promise. Neither realm is near to being ready for prime time, despite the fears of our military planners.


Wonderful stuff continues to come in from Iraq the Model. If you want the Iraq story that the New York Times won't tell you, this is where you look. Here's some news from today's entry
"Now they're targeting the She'at citizens and their religious symbols and mosques and I think this is a proof that they're losing and that their pre-election strategy was wrong and going back to the civil war plan that was previously applied (and proved to be ineffective) after the liberation indicates their bankruptcy and their inability to find a new effective strategy to face the huge success great determination of the people. Now it seems that the terrorists are recycling their stupid.

Terror has received so many severe blows in the last few weeks and I still believe that we should make use of the high morale of the people after the success in the elections and build more bridges between the security forces and the coalition on one side and the people on the other side.

And I think that the coalition and the Iraqi forces are making efforts to make this happen; on my way back to Baghdad from Samawa last week, some Iraqi soldiers and IP men stopped us an handed the passengers-with a nice language-a number of leaflets that urge the people to report any suspicious activities and/or elements and encourage people to report and assuring them that they don't have to fear from being tracked by the thugs....

And I also noticed that Iraqi soldiers on other checkpoints started friendly conversations with the people and this is a good indication; searching isn't enough alone, bridging the gaps is what really matters. Security will not be achieved if the people do not cooperate with the authorities and I think now it's due the time for the people to take bigger role in a nation-wide action against terror.


Michael the Archangel takes on The Law of the Sea Treaty

It sounds boring. It isn't. The Law of the Sea Treay (LOST) is a classic example of why most all internationalist prescriptions are bad, bad, bad for both the citizens of the U.S. and the cause of individual liberty. It's also a classic example of how the odorless bureaucratic poison dispensed by nameless men in gray suits can be as lethal as that peddled by wild-eyed revolutionaries in jungle fatigues.

"This is not a new treaty, it has been around for over 20 years, it was first presented to President Reagan, who refused to ratify it saying, "On April 30 (1982) the (U.N.) conference adopted a convention that does not satisfy the objectives sought by the United States. It was adopted by a vote of 130 in favor, with 4 against (including the United States) and 17 abstentions. Those voting "no" or abstaining appear small in number but represent countries which produce more than 60% of the world's gross national product and provide more than 60% of the contributions to the United Nations."

What this bill would do (among other things) is require that the U.S. give up it's own authority on the open seas and instead be one of the member nations of ISA (International Seabed Authority), where all questions and disputes regarding the seas would be up to a one vote, one nation policy. Basically playing in a stacked deck of 120 seats belonging to nations that have anti-American agenda. Conflicts involving LOST will not be settled in U.S. courts but instead by an international tribunal (U.N. kangaroo court). Also according to the treaty, the ISA would have the authority to tax, by requiring a permit to engage in any activity affecting the seabed, such as oil drilling or mining. The permit would cost $250,000 . The ISA could also require royalty payments - wanna guess where that money would come from? How about from higher prices charged to us, the citizens in the United States.


On the lighter side (at least today), The Anarchangel (formerly Random Mumblings) wonders what Scott Adams (the Dilbert cartoonist) intended by delving into politics. In case you missed it, he's got the strip.

My own take on the strip was that I was happy to see that Adams hasn't been swallowed up by the left. George Will once opined that any organization that isn't avowedly conservative will almost certainly become avowedly liberal, and I think the same can generally be said of creative-types. Adams seems safe for now, though.

As a side note, I'm glad to see that Chris changed the name of his blog. I think it's quite an improvement over "Random Mumblings," since his comments are hardly random and hardly mumbling. Check out Chris' blog.


Yikes! Ravenswood informs us that Hillary Clinton wants federal legislation to make election day a national holiday AND allow ex-felons to vote!

I guess she knows where her party's bread is buttered.


Kevin Baker of The Smallest Minority uses an idiotic anti-gun commment on another blog to demonstrate the fascist mindset behind the typical gun-grabber.


And finally - and this is a great way to wrap up - the Zebra Report has a beautiful picture spread under the heading: "Pictures From Iraq That Are Too Shocking & Graphic for The Mainstream Media."

Don't worry, take a look. It'll make your day....I promise.
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Blogroll, please......

Chris Byrnes' Random Mumblings is proudly added to the blogroll.

His contempt for the Kyoto Treaty alone is enough to merit his addition. He also happens to be right on the other issues from what I can tell.

In my humble opinion, he should have gone with his URL - "Anarchangel" - as his title. But hey, it's his blog. Check it out.
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Thursday, February 17, 2005
Leftists Check Their Premises

Case A
Some Europeans ask the unthinkable: "Is it possible that Bush wasn't entirely wrong?"

Not very loudly, mind you. And not huge numbers of them. But if this article in the International Herald Tribune is at all correct, a small group of freethinkers among the European elite is at least considering the possibility.

Now the fact that a minority of Europeans are considering that Bush MIGHT not be ENTIRELY wrong might seem like a small thing. That's primarily because it is a small thing.

But it's still of at least passing interest, if for no other reason than to provide encouragement to those of us who believe that nearly all men are capable of redemption.

"A specter is haunting Europe and it is the possibility, after the elections in Iraq, that perhaps Bush is less of a dangerous bungler than so many Europeans previously believed him to be....

Here in Berlin over the past couple of weeks, for example, a spirited debate has taken place at the German daily Der Tagesspiegel, the issue of which was just how far to go in acknowledging that some good might now be coming out of the Bush foreign policy. According to Christoph Marschall, the editorial page editor of the paper, there was little opposition on the part of the assembled staff to a comment he wrote before the election, to the effect that there was going to be something inspiring about Iraqis going to the polls.

But after the election, when the paper's Washington correspondent suggested on Page 1 that maybe, after all, Bush sniffed out a truth about the 'axis of evil,' the staff strenuously objected. 'The idea that Bush might actually have been right - that was a little much for our staff,' Marschall said. Still, opposition or not, the paper in yet another editorial, spoke of 'the sublime nature of this day,' meaning Jan. 31, when the election was held, and criticized Europeans for failing to admit that 'even a wrong war can have some positive consequences.' In a similar vein, there was the article in Corriere della Sera by Marta Dassu, the director of programs for the Aspen Institute in Italy, to the effect that Europeans need to allow their judgment to catch up with the facts on the ground.

Case B
An American leftist on the state of the American left: "Losing Our Delusions: Not Much Left"

So says Martin Peretz in this article in The New Republic. Peretz, unlike most of his leftist brethren, is genuinely reflective and willing to examine what, in other contexts, the left likes to call the "root causes" of the phenomenon he explores. LIKE his fellow-travelers, alas, he can't resist looking to Europe for validation of his hunches. The longest journey.....

"Ask yourself: Who is a truly influential liberal mind in our culture? Whose ideas challenge and whose ideals inspire? Whose books and articles are read and passed around? There's no one, really. What's left is the laundry list: the catalogue of programs (some dubious, some not) that Republicans aren't funding, and the blogs, with their daily panic dose about how the Bush administration is ruining the country.

Europe is also making the disenchanting journey from social democracy, but via a different route. Its elites had not foreseen that a virtually unchecked Muslim immigration might hijack the welfare state and poison the postwar culture of relative tolerance that supported its politics. To the contrary, Europe's leftist elites lulled the electorates into a false feeling of security that the new arrivals were simply doing the work that unprecedented low European birth rates were leaving undone. No social or cultural costs were to be incurred. Transaction closed. Well, it was not quite so simple. And, while the workforce still needs more workers, the economies of Europe have been dragged down by social guarantees to large families who do not always have a wage-earner in the house. So, even in the morally self-satisfied Scandinavian and Low Countries, the assuring left-wing bromides are no longer believed.

My favorite part of Peretz' piece, though, and by far his most damning condemnation of the mindset of the modern left is his three paragraph conclusion, which also echoes things I've written in this forum:

"It is true: American liberals no longer believe in the axiomatic virtue of revolutions and revolutionaries. But let's face it: It's hard to get a candid conversation going about Cuba with one. The heavily documented evidence of Fidel Castro's tyranny notwithstanding, he still has a vestigial cachet among us. After all, he has survived Uncle Sam's hostility for more than 45 years. And, no, the Viet Cong didn't really exist. It was at once Ho Chi Minh's pickax and bludgeon in the south. Pose this question at an Upper West Side dinner party: What was worse, Nazism or Communism? Surely, the answer will be Nazism ... because Communism had an ideal of the good. This, despite the fact that communist revolutions and communist regimes murdered ever so many more millions of innocents and transformed the yearning of many idealists for equality into the brutal assertion of evil, a boot stamping on the human face forever.

Peter Beinart has argued, also in these pages ("A Fighting Faith," December 13, 2004), the case for a vast national and international mobilization against Islamic fanaticism and Arab terrorism. It is typologically the same people who wanted the United States to let communism triumph--in postwar Italy and Greece, in mid-cold war France and late-cold war Portugal--who object to U.S. efforts right now in the Middle East. You hear the schadenfreude in their voices--you read it in their words--at our troubles in Iraq. For months, liberals have been peddling one disaster scenario after another, one contradictory fact somehow reinforcing another, hoping now against hope that their gloomy visions will come true.

I happen to believe that they won't. This will not curb the liberal complaint. That complaint is not a matter of circumstance. It is a permanent affliction of the liberal mind. It is not a symptom; it is a condition. And it is a condition related to the desperate hopes liberals have vested in the United Nations. That is their lodestone. But the lodestone does not perform. It is not a magnet for the good. It performs the magic of the wicked. It is corrupt, it is pompous, it is shackled to tyrants and cynics. It does not recognize a genocide when the genocide is seen and understood by all. Liberalism now needs to be liberated from many of its own illusions and delusions. Let's hope we still have the strength.

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Sunday, February 13, 2005
Off to Phoenix..
...on businesss for 3 days.

Truth Revelation shall recommence Thursday.
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