Tuesday, November 29, 2005 

Go Tell It To The Third World

I share a fair number of opinions with Laura Ingraham. Chief among them is that celebrities should "Shut Up and Sing". This is doubly true because, while most fans grow up, celebrities almost never do. That's why so many Leftists still listen to the same old crappy protest music they did 40 years ago. The main difference is that their 8-track tapes were all stolen in 1979 so they have them on CD now. So, just about the time you find an actor/actress or artist that you can appreciate, they decided that a Platinum Album makes them an honorary genius in philosophy or political science and they start speading the "joy". I love rock music, but I'm beginning to hate rock musicians because I've realized that one of their defining characteristics is the ability to confidently express opinions on complicated world issues that they don't understand.

I have a hard time enjoying many movies because I can't disassociate the lame-brained actor from the perfectly fine character he is playing. Or I can't enjoy someone's music because she denounced the United States on her last World Tour.

So what got me going? Well, my wife and I really enjoy the antics of the Blue Man Group. They are hysterical, talented, and have the added advantage of being voiceless in their act. They don't talk, it's part of the gimmick. They do have some booming voiceovers however, and I recently saw a clip of a show segment that scored points at the expense of the United States. It pitted the entire world against the US on the issue of global warming. I'm rather disappointed. Especially since the majority of so-called greenhouse gases are expected to come from emerging economies like China or India, and of course all those exempt last world countries. It guess they were just taking comedic license.

 

The Enlightenment Oracle Speaks #3


If you don't have the guts to go braless, don't wear braless fashions.

Monday, November 28, 2005 

No Means No Mr. President


The president gave a speech that was supposed to simulate being tough on illegal immigration. He said a lot of good things but he hanging on to that damn so-called Guest Worker Program like a Pit Bull chomping down on a bloody severed human leg. I'm aggravated at Bush for thinking we're stupid enough to fall for this ham-handed attempt at manipulation. My 7-year old is a better scammer than that. This is just an attempt to scam the public using a standard liberal tactic. Take the same old crap, makes some cosmetic changes, give it a new name, and then try to convince the people that rejected it in the first place and it's something completely different. Just about any thinking person knows that these "guests" will be virtually impossible to get rid of once they're here. Most likely they'll be granted permanent residency, if not out right citizenship. No deal Mr. President. Any deal that allows illegals to remain in the US, does not provide for a San Diego style border fence along the entire border, doesn't contain provisions for summary deportation or internal sweeps, or increased manpower and funding for the Border Patrol, is not acceptable. Now or ever.

 

The Enlightenment Oracle Speaks #2


Intelligence in one field doesn't ipso facto imply intelligence in any other.

Saturday, November 26, 2005 

The Enlightenment Oracle Speaks #1

No one looks good with a soul patch, not even you.

Monday, November 21, 2005 

Creeping Incrementalism Keeps On Creeping

I saw another subtle shift in our national "paradigm" this morning. After my 7:30 am (yuck!) class this morning I had some errands to do at the main office. On my way back out I saw a poster that made me stop in my tracks, back up, and look again. There was a poster for the Language Department and featured on it was a map of the Spanish-speaking world. It came as a surprise to me that all of the southern United States from Florida to California was included. Now if you're a child of the Pseudo-Enlightenment (and you know who you are), you probably have a puzzled look on your face right now as you try to figure out what's so odd about that. The answer is that what's so odd is that neither the Language Department or the college thought that it was odd. What's odder still is the passive and unquestioning, even unthinking, acceptance of it. Yeah, I know. Chill out. It's just a poster. Well, that's true, but it's also a symptom.

Friday, November 18, 2005 

Thomas Seagrave Puts Me In My Place

File photo of Thomas Seagrave

As I've mentioned before one of my pet peeves is the "drive-by" or "hit-and-run" comments left by some people. They drop by just long enough to deposit a few insults and then they're gone. Naturally, a link back to their own blog or an e-mail address is out of the question. So you can't contact them and ask them to clarify and explain their rather sweeping statements

The one good thing about not getting Instapundit levels of traffic at your site is that you have the luxury of pointing out the idiocy and cowardice of these folks. Here is a response to my post "Kill Your TV":

Your blog is distinctly underwhelming and makes a particularly poor case for conservatism. Try reading a book. Any book would help, but perhaps one not written by Ann Coulter whom you seem to be imitating in earnest.
Thomas Seagrave | 11.18.05 - 8:16 pm | #

As Tom doesn't have the courtesy (and likely not the ability) to offer advice on how to make my site more "whelming", I suggest that he take one of the hundreds and hundreds of books that I've read and gingerly shove them up the down staircase. After you do that perhaps you could tell me exactly what aspect of Ann Coulter I'm imitating so earnestly? I've never made a secret of my fondness for Ann, but maybe I never made it clear that I've always liked the fact that her sense of humor, sarcasm, and way with words reminds me of myself.

To be fair, I do appreciate your concern that I may be making a particularly poor case for conservatism. That maybe because I affiliate myself with the Conservative Movement only because it is the mainstream political movement closest to my views. My political and philosophical beliefs are more radical. I'm a radical for capitalism, individualism, and reason. If that sounds a little like Ayn Rand, there's a good reason. I've read every word the woman ever wrote, and like my enthusiasm for Ayn Coulter, my fondness for Ayn was based on my relief at finding a kindred spirit in a world where people want nothing more than to blend into the crowd and disappear.

So, to all the Toms in the cyber-world out there, if you leave a comment, particularly a negative comment, also leave a link back to yourself so there can be an honest discussion of the issue. I've changed my positions of various issues over the years, so it can be done. I've changed enough in my life that I changed my political registration from Democrat to Republican in 1980. So, that's proof that I'm growing up. Maybe Tom will grow up someday too.

 

Kill Your TV


I wrote just a few days ago on the distressing episode of E-Ring where innocent peace-loving Muslims were rescued from violent whacked-out Fundamentalist Christians. Just more proof that Hollywood is not only not on our side, but is actively working against it. The entertainment industry has long been the lap dog of the Left, but I fear they are gearing up to make it the pit bull of the Left.

The major networks and movie studios have been propaganda machines for the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, but I think it's safe to say we ain't seen nothin' yet. In addition to the above mentioned treason, we have the TV show Law & Order's thinly veiled smear of the Minutemen as blood-thirsty killers and bigots.

Nor can be forget George Clooney's new movie, "Good Night and Good Luck", about the inappropriately sainted Edward R. Morrow. Apparently George felt obligated to do his part to keep Murrow's reputation sparkling and muchly maligned Joseph McCarthy's tarnished. I've heard this is Clooney's response to Ann Coulter's book, "Treason", which he views as an attempt to rewrite history. This is true only if you consider history to consist exclusively of the version of events most convenient to the Left.

The famous Verona Cables (well, famous to everybody except Hollywood) have shown that, not only were many of the people "unfairly" accused by McCarthy in fact guilty, but one of Murrow's best buddies was a Soviet Spy himself. The question is, did Murrow know about this and provide cover, or was he just a crappy investigative reporter. Either way I don't think he deserves to have one of the most prestigious awards in journalism named after him.

Stand by by for more of this crap. The MSM thinks it smells blood in the water with the president's recent difficulties and they are desperate for the Left-wing masters to be back in power. The onslaught of anti-American propaganda disguised as entertainment will only get worse. You need to steel your resolve against it and you may need to be prepared to defend the truth at the water cooler when you go to work the next day. Don't just roll your eyes and say, "It's just a TV show." That's the sort of rationalization that gets us in trouble in the first place.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 

NBC Blows It

I'm watching E-Ring right now. They're having a hostage crisis. Who is holding whom. Why, American Christian Fundamentalists are holding a mosque full of innocent Muslims. Once again, a perfectly good opportunity to make WW2-style morale boosting and unifying entertainment is lost. I haven't seen anything this frustrating since the Muslim bad guys in that Tom Clancy movie were turned into neo-Nazis. Thank God we have Liberals to show us the way.

 

Nancy Pelosi Makes My Skin Crawl

Just watched Neil Cavuto interview Nancy Pelosi. She tried to reframe the Bush-bashing as the "Democrats positive agenda". Gag. When she wasn't busy changing the subject she kept repeating her mantra that her party is just looking for the truth. I don't know about you, but hearing the word truth coming out of Pelosi's mouth makes my skin crawl. It's like listening to Aleister Crowley lecture on virtue.

 

Who Is The Enviropontiff?

I found my self wondering today, if the Leftist's religion is Environmentalism, their god/goddess is the Earth, and university professors are their priests, who is the Pope? Please help me complete this metaphor/analogy.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 

Diversity Sucks #2

It’s been said that, unlike just about every other people on Earth, being an American is not so much a matter of race or ethnicity as it is about embracing the ideas and ideals that it was based on. I think this must be dead-on because every splinter group nut-job in the country swears that the nation was built on the principles they espouse. That’s why, on rare occasions, the Left will admit that the Founding Fathers were a bunch a great guys, then they’ll try to convince you that they were a hair’s breadth away from being socialists.

So anyone can be an American, because there is no American race, at least not yet. I’ve heard people claim that an American race is in the process of becoming, but that nobody knows what it will be like. I’m inclined to make an analogy to something I learned in an Economics class once, The professor told us that there was no such as the economy being in equilibrium, that it could never reach the state of static equilibrium Marxists so longed for. Rather, equilibrium was something the economy was eternally moving toward, but never reaching. I think that the whole concept of an American race is similar; it is something our population moves toward, but never quite reaches.

Samuel Johnson once said that, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” This inspired my belief that cynicism may very well be the first refuge of a misanthrope, but I digress. What I believe even more is that the chest-thumping pride in heritage and race that we see more and more in our multiculturalism afflicted world is the first refuge of people who have nothing to offer the world. I’ve written before that I don’t feel any particular pride in my race, but I don’t feel any shame either. Think about it, you rarely hear about a Hispanic M.D. or Ph.D. ranting and raving at a MEChA rally. Conversely, you don’t hear about a lot of Caucasian nuclear physicists joining the Aryan Nations. Maybe it happens, but it’s rare. More than likely, when I mentioned on of the groups above you probably got a mental image of a person with only a partial set of teeth and a 30 year-old car, whether that’s fair or not.

So if you can’t feel good about yourself because of your race or nationality, what can you feel good about? How about what Americans have always felt good about—your accomplishments? Notice I said your accomplishments. Not your grandfather’s and not some distant ancestor who might have distinguished himself in the Crusades. I know this is tough to do. I, like some many others, used to feel I was thoroughly awesome because of the great accomplishments of members of my family both living and dead. However, I was confronted once with the prospect that some of my ancestors may have been slave owners and that I was effectively “guilty for life” through them. I objected strenuously to this absurd idea. I protested that to hold someone accountable for the actions of another, especially if they have been dead for hundreds of years was laughable at best and viciously unfair at worst. I had scarcely finished making my point when it occurred to me that by my very own logic I couldn’t lay claim to my ancestor’s accomplishments. It was then I realized that being American isn’t laurels that you rest on; it is a standard that you have to live up to and, if possible, elevate. I’ve found that idea to be a great motivator in my own life.

I’m going to suppose that most Americans want their country to be safe and secure and the place where their descendents live for generations to come. To do that we need to stop accepting statements like, “Our strength is in our diversity,” out of context. Sure, having Navajo Code Talkers in WW2 to confound Japanese spies was a great boon, but that superficial diversity was serving an underlying greater good, the preservation of our homeland. Thus, we were united behind a common goal. Multiculturalism is biggest pile of crap ever foisted on a gullible American Public. The Leftist snake oil salesmen that infest our land try to sell us this philosophical nightmare by passing it off as some sort of panacea for every social ill. I contend that trying to treat America’s problems with multiculturalism is like trying to treat a heroin overdose with heroin. It is unity that the country needs.

There is an old saying to the effect that a man cannot serve two masters. Anyone who has had the misfortune to be subordinate to two or more supervisors with wildly different agendas knows what I’m talking about. So, to that end, I suggest that we take the, “I can’t believe they haven’t done it already,” step of abolishing dual-citizenship. In my opinion, either you’re here, or you “ain’t”. It’s a dangerous world we live in and people with split loyalties are luxuries that we can’t afford. An acquaintance who emigrated from Germany once summed up his feeling on the subject like this, “If there was anything to miss about Germany I would still live there.”

About those dangers that I mentioned above, there’s no denying that there are people out there that would just as soon see all of us dead, and they’re probably swarming across our border with those people of questionable loyalty that I mentioned. We never could afford the de facto invasion of this country that has been going on for decades. Our leadership, however, was very adept at denying it. Now that there’s no denying it, our leadership seeks to minimize it. We have to demand iron clad border and coastal security, and I don’t give a damn who says that it’s impossible. If necessary, I’m willing to stand behind, and yes, pay the taxes necessary for, a Manhattan Project style endeavor to seal the borders and coastlines. Whether sealing the border is possible or not is irrelevant, we must proceed as if it were to achieve the maximum security.

For those that are howling that we’re sunk without the immigrants, let not your heart be troubled. Immigrants will still be accepted, but they would be monitored and processed such that we would know who and where they are, and just exactly how many immigrants we need. Under the current system we have no way of knowing for sure how many immigrants are needed to fill labor shortfalls. Also, a more orderly immigration process would help us get the workers we need. If the country needs more molecular biologists, importing a molecular biologist from India does the country a lot more good than importing 100,000 Mexican cooks, maids, and gardeners.

This brings us to the whole issue of needing immigrants to fill job shortfalls. Just like the ideal would be for us to produce all the energy we needed domestically, unfilled job openings in America are a symptom of us underproducing labor. That’s right, I’m on the having babies thing again. If we were living through Great Depression-like times with 25% unemployment you could make a case for the tiny family, but we’re not. We have one of the highest rates of economic growth in the world year after year and an ever rising standard of living. I hate to say it, but most of us can afford a fairly large sized family now. In the end it will be more fulfilling than your friggin’ Porsche anyway. So once again, I invite you guys to throw the birth control pills away for a decade or two. We really, really need to destigmatize large families.

Next, I reject the entire world citizen concept. For one thing, I like the idea of the nation-state. We essentially have competing governments (we can vote with our feet if nothing else). Before we merge all the world's nations into one massive government, I think all those other countries have a lot of growing up to do. Rant and rave at us all you want, everybody knows you’re just jealous.

Sunday, November 13, 2005 

Diversity Sucks #1

Diversity sucks. There, I said it so you won’t have to. In a de facto Orwellian bizarro world where you can’t speak the truth because it’s the truth, the world in general and the United States in particular is desperately in need of a cadre of people who aren’t afraid to stand up and be disliked and reviled. In other words, we need people who are willing to be the bastard. People who are willing to step on toes, nay, stomp on them when necessary. People who can be counted upon to say the damn emperor is stark raving naked. We need these people to show by example that criticism won’t kill you and to bully our so-called leadership into doing what they were elected to do. This is something we can all do. If you don’t think you can find the time, put a bullet through your television set. You’ll be amazed.

The first order of business needs to be to rehabilitate any number of beliefs, traditions, and concepts that formed part of the core of our national psyche. I believe there has been a lot of throwing the baby out with the bathwater throughout our short history and sometimes I suspect that the dirty bathwater was just a cover for eliminating the baby. The so-called Progressives, or whatever cover name they called themselves at any given time, have been chiseling away at the underpinnings of our country since before the ink was dry on the Constitution.

So why do we have trouble now? Because Americans’ have an Achilles Heel. The average American is physically hardworking, but intellectually lazy. Now, before you start clicking frantically on the comments link, allow me to explain. I’m not saying that Americans are stupid, there’s no need to say that because the Europeans don’t need any help. Americans are just as smart as anyone else, but culturally we have a tendency to apply that intelligence towards things that have an immediate practical explanation. Furthermore, we tend to admire and respect the people who do just that.

Americans who show intelligence and interest in more abstract realms are eyed suspiciously at best and regarded as weird and dangerous at worst. Unfortunately, abstract ideas drive what occurs in the physical world and affect everyone eventually, whether they’re pragmatists or not. If you don’t deal with ideas directly they’ll sneak in the backdoor. Just a few days ago, I was at my Anatomy and Physiology class and the professor was talking about the nervous system, which lead to neurotoxins, which lead to chemical weapons, which led to the war in Iraq, which led to 20 minutes of valuable class time being wasted on the professor’s irrelevant political ideas. I’m a 45 year-old cynic, so I was safe, but I wondered about the kids that were sitting all around me.

So, let’s start of with a shocker/ American Exceptionalism is more than a concept. It is a reality that we live in this country every day and it is awesome. The intelligentsia would much rather you believe not only that it’s a just a myth, but also that it would be really horrible if it wasn’t. When you tally up the pros and cons, the United States has done far more good in the world than bad.

The highest good we have provided is by providing an example for how the rest of the world can get what we have. It isn’t our fault that most of the rest of the world would rather gouge their own eyes out than see what is there for everyone to see. Even during recessions the average American citizen has a standard of living that is unprecedented throughout history. People whose ancestors have been at each other’s throats for centuries live in peace together here. So how does such a miracle happen? Easy, you chuck all that crap from the old country when you move here and assimilate into the distinctive American culture, thereby transcending whatever you were before and becoming an American. If you continued the feud from the old world you would be fighting with your own.

To that end, assimilation needs to be rehabilitated as a positive concept. The Left pushes as hard as they can to stigmatize assimilation in general, and interest groups do a pretty good job of stigmatizing assimilators. Failing to fail in school equating to “acting white” is a common example. Americans tend to be fairly comfortable with assimilation, otherwise all that civil rights legislation would never have passed (over liberal Democratic objection). But strangely, after a brief move toward integrating our society, the demand became, not integration, but separate facilities. At colleges we find the outrages of separate dining facilities, dormitories, and even separate graduations. Not at the instigation of some evil WASP conspiracy, but at the demand of the affected minorities themselves.

So, combine that with white supremacists demanding a “homeland” in the Northwest, the president of Mexico claiming that the territory of Mexico extends beyond its current borders (and a Mexican Consulate who stated matter-of-factly that the US-Mexico border is in Arkansas now), the small but vocal group of die-hards in the deep south wanting to resecede from the union, and so on, and we now have the beginnings of American Balkanization.

Just in case you don’t know, my dictionary defines Balkanization as the process of breaking up a group, nation, etc. into smaller and usually mutually hostile units. Just FYI, this is considered a bad thing. If you listen to the news, or even ABC, CBS, and NBC, you learn quickly that not a lot of good news comes out of the Balkans. The take home lesson here is that it would be idiotic to even think of doing something here. I think it is highly unlikely that we would ever do such a thing, on purpose that is. I don’t know what things are like in your part of the country, but I get a fair amount of interaction with people from other countries and I get to watch how they interact with each other. If you think of racism, or any other –ism as a white vs. “other” thing, you are sadly mistaken. I have seen hostility between different minority groups that would make your blood run cold. Individually, certain members of these groups seem to have made their peace with the majority, but many don’t extend that courtesy to each other.

The only thing worse than becoming Balkanized nightmare would be to become a polyglot Balkanized nightmare. I’m definitely not discouraging anyone from become multilingual. I have always believed that one of the most valid criticisms of Americans was their stubborn insistence on not learning another language. I’m talking about the phenomenon of people moving somewhere and not bothering to learn the native language. The end result being groups of people who not only can’t talk to us, but can’t talk to each other. There’s a formula for misunderstanding.
A certain amount of hypocrisy exists in this. I once asked a Mexican co-worker why he didn’t show more consideration for me and speak English when I was present. He became furious and shouted at me, “I learned your God damned language, now you learn mine!” Well, I was a little more timid and leftist in my thinking back then, so I took it as a well-deserved criticism. However, a few months later, I heard the same fellow talking to a black co-worker about some Vietnamese people that had been hired. The “Yeller” was complaining bitterly about the new guys speaking Vietnamese to each other. As I recall, he said, “I don’t like it when they talk that shit.” To which the other fellow replied, “Yeah, [the boss] should make ‘em stop.” Some people have said that a common language is one of the few unifying characteristics that we have in the United States; I’m inclined to believe it
(More to come)

Thursday, November 10, 2005 

Credibility Factor Zero

I'm watching Bill O'Reilly right now. He's interviewing Mary Mapes, of fake Bush National Guard documents fame. He just asked her which political party she's registered with. Her Answer? She doesn't know. It could be either Democrat or Independent she says. So I'm suspecting that she probably just doesn't remember if the Bush documents were fake.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 

French Solution to Rioting: Pay Protection Money

Like an alcoholic constantly guzzling booze to "cure" his hangover, the French can be counted to try to put out the fire (rioting) to gasoline (appeasement and taxpayer money). I just read a post on Malkin's blog that the French leadership is now proposing to "solve" the problem by throwing vast amounts of money at the Islamo-gangsters presently burning the country to the ground. If you ever need to know the proper amount to tip a felon for raping your wife, ask the French. Bah! The only good I can think that might come out of that solution is that terrorist wannabes in other countries will move to France because mindless violence "pays" better.

Monday, November 07, 2005 

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

It just occurred to me that maybe we're selling the French short. These riots have been going on for 12 days now without them surrendering. Isn't this some sort of record for them? Just checking.

 

The Queston Is: Will They Get The Blatantly Obvious?

One hopes that some good will come out of all the destruction in France. In particular, one hopes that the French people, and all Europeans for that matter, will realize that the courses they've been pursuing could only lead to disaster. Maybe they'll even realize that once in a while we can be right about something. Nah. That'll never happen.

Now that Europe is an Islamic colony I find myself wondering if Charles Martel might be spinning in his grave. At the least, it certainly looks as if he fought his battles in vain.

 

Religion of Peace Update #2

Just checking my morning news. I see Muslim rioting in France continues for an 11th day and has spread to 300 French towns and two neighboring countries. When a French official insisted on calling the "disaffected youths" scum, they had the temerity to call for his resignation and a person has actually been killed. I fear not the last.

Now if all the Ugly American stereotypes were really true I would probably have my thumb to my nose, wiggling my fingers, and saying, "Neener, neener, neener, we told you so." Fortunately, we are a more dignified people than that. It's a shame to see all of this going down because it was all preventable.

Sunday, November 06, 2005 

More Muslims Gone Wild

An aunt and uncle of mine had their 50th wedding anniversary today. I know that's not particularly interesting to you but it did provide a chance for me to catch up with some of my more elusive relatives. In particular, another uncle of mine who has been living and working in Saudi Arabia for the last 5 years. I got to pick his brain for some first hand impressions of that part of the world.

He made several observations during the course of our conversation, the first of which was that the Western mind can never completely understand the Muslim mind. You can learn more about them and understand them better, but you can't understand them completely. This mirrors some of my other studies. It would appear that some basic premises are diametrically opposed. Sort of a black is white, up is down, love is hate, freedom is slavery, Orwellian thing.

He told me to imagine a man driving 100 mph on a narrow two-lane road with his family in the car. His children are not only not wearing a seatbelt, they are actually hanging out of the windows. As a matter of fact, nobody is wearing a seat belt because to do so would be a sin. It seems that Allah has preordained when one is going to die and nothing can change that. Wearing a seat belt would be attempting to interfere with Allah's will. Therefore, it is immoral.

The flip side of this insanity is even more insanity. If it isn't your time, then you won't die no matter what you do. My uncle told me of horrifying car rides where the driver would pass at high speed on those two-lane roads, even though there was oncoming traffic closing at high speed. The driver's attitude? The oncoming traffic will more over and let them pass through the middle if it isn't their time. If they die in a head-on collision, then it was just their time.

He also regaled us with a story of the Saudi justice system. It seems that 3 Filipino workers had decided to take a day off and go fishing, in the Gulf presumably. They chose to wade out waist deep and fish from there. Two weren't having much luck, but one was and chose to clip his string of fish to his waist. To make a long story somewhat shorter, the fellow was attacked by a shark and eaten. His horrified companions ran off to report the incident to the local authorities.

In a typical case of no good deed going unpunished, the authorities arrested them for murdering the poor guy. They were sure they had committed the murder and come up with the shark story just to cover it up. Two weeks later a fisherman catches a 14-foot shark and when they cut it open they find Filipino parts in it's stomach. The authorities were unmoved. Their theory was that the two hapless guys and murdered the 3rd guy, cut him up, and feed the pieces to the shark to get rid of the evidence. They were kept in prison for 18 months before they managed to get out.

I've read some articles that claim that Muslims have a lazy streak so I asked him about that. He wasn't as harsh on this topic, but he still had some interesting comments. He said that in his estimation a huge percentage of the population population was unemployed and on the Saudi version of the dole because they refuse to take "demeaning" work. In a nutshell, they want to start at the top. They won't take a job unless it is a professional or management position and are willing to wait until one comes up.

However, the biggest problem in his view was the educational system, or lack, thereof. Saudi parents consider education to consist of learning to read Arabic, then reading the Qu'ran until you've memorized it. He told me with genuine admiration that they have phenomenal memories, but don't deal well with change and aren't adaptable at all. I got the impression that their heads are filled with knowledge. Unfortunately, none of it very useful.

My uncle is a chemical engineer and works in the petroleum industry and told me a related story as an example. Something as simple as a painting the handwheel on a valve a different color caused one of his Saudi workers to come completely unravelled.Just thought you'd like to know.

Friday, November 04, 2005 

City of Lights


The City of Lights seems to be lit mostly by the firelight of hundreds of burning cars and buildings. This flaming evidence of the intellectual and practical bankruptcy of the Multiculturalists will most likely be ignored. After all, when reality and ideology conflict it's always reality that must yield. The Left always wants us to be in consensus with Europe, particularly France which, for some insane reason, elitist Americans consider the role model for all things. On a side note, if the average Frenchman owned a rifle and two handguns, this would be over already. Just a thought.

Thursday, November 03, 2005 

Inquisitor Sets Me Straight

Periodically I get a nasty-gram from someone in my comments, just like most of you do I suppose. I welcome an informed debate as much as the next person but, by some strange coincidence, the people that leave the nastiest comments and e-mails always neglect to provide links back to them. Just an oversight I'm sure.

Such is the case with my post entitled, "Muslims Gone Wild". A person calling him-, her-, or itself Inquisitor took umbrage at my tiny little post. The comment is as follows:

The US didn't bail any one out in wwII. They just stayed out of it long enough till Hitler threatened Britain - america's last buffer against its German counterpart. Your view of history must have been acquired in discussion with Bart.
What the 'lefties' would say, what the 'right' would say.....

Too often the juvenile state of the american detract her/im from considering reason simply s/he is too busy taking issue with it sounding 'left' to consider the possibility of it being reasonable.

Time to stop being american and advance to a less intellectually retarded state of being. Might do much to address the rabid stupidity illustrated by your views.

Inquisitor | 11.03.05 - 2:16 am | #

To start with Inquisitor, I'm going to do you a favor and just assume you're an ignorant foreigner. Otherwise your grammar, spelling, punctuation, and syntax clearly demonstrate who the "retarded" person is.

I will do you the courtesy that you denied me. I will answer you on a point-by-point basis.

The US didn't bail any one out in wwII.

I suppose that depends on how you define "bail". If you choose to define it as meaning that the Allies were doomed to failure without American help, you may have a valid point. It is possible that the enemies of the Nazis could have won the war eventually. However, WWII would have taken a lot longer than the six years that it did. There is also the possibility that the Western effort could have collapsed and the planned invasion of Britain taken place successfully. This would have left the Soviet Union to carry the day. I'm confident that had they defeated the Nazis we would have had to deal with an Iron Coast instead of an Iron Curtain. Either way, the war would have cost many millions more lives. So in that sense at least, we did bail them out.

They just stayed out of it long enough till Hitler threatened Britain - america's last buffer against its German counterpart.

This is probably your most valid criticism. America always has had strongly isolationist segments of the population. I'm not one of them and I'm convinced that this tendency is one of the things that gets us into trouble because it causes us to adopt a passive foreign policy. We probably should have gotten involved sooner, but we couldn't because we had a pseudo-enlightened far left-wing Democrat who was busy ruining what was left of the country.

As an additional point I would like to point out that we went to war with Germany only after we were attacked by the Japanese and Germany declared war on us a few days later.

I must point out your rather disingenuous attempt to sneak in an anti-American comment with your clumsy comparison of 1940s America and Nazi Germany as "counterparts". Of course America had some rather embarrassing flaws then as now, but they didn't include state-sanctioned genocide on an industrial scale, nor forced labor camps, nor a great deal many more other things.

Your view of history must have been acquired in discussion with Bart.

I'm going to assume you're referring to the cartoon character Bart Simpson since you didn't provide any amplifying information. I seldom watch the Simpsons so I'm not really up to date on the political and social views of a fictional elementary school student. I do find it very quaint, however, that in order to characterize my beliefs you had to go all the way to an animated child. I'm also presuming that your point is that my beliefs, like a cartoon, are once removed from reality.

Moving on, my view of history was acquired by means of much study, vast amounts of reading, and questioning people who lived through the period in question whenever possible. I particularly seek out dissenting views to help clarify my own.

What the 'lefties' would say, what the 'right' would say.....

Too often the juvenile state of the american detract her/im from considering reason simply s/he is too busy taking issue with it sounding 'left' to consider the possibility of it being reasonable.


Ah. This is some of your best work. You're definitely a rhetorical wizard. No American is smart enough to notice your "below the radar" slap at American intelligence. Not only do we get the overt "juvenile" comparison, but we get a bonus covert distinction made about the American state. There is the American state, and there is the reason or reasonable state. Don't tell me, let me guess, Inquisitor. The reasonable state and your state just happen to coincide perfectly. Who could have seen that coming?

Sorry if we've hurt your feelings. It's just that most Americans know crap when they hear it and aren't likely to suffer fools gladly. The few Americans that do wind up working in foreign embassies as far as I know.

By the way, your formatting sucks and an ellipsis only has 3 periods. I thought you would like to know.

Time to stop being american and advance to a less intellectually retarded state of being. Might do much to address the rabid stupidity illustrated by your views.

Ah. An ad hominem attack. Nothing says, "I'm right and you're a poopy-head!" quite like one of those. Again your rhetorical subtlety amazes me. I'm sure none of my fellow Americans noticed the distinction between being an American and being intellectually advanced.

Finally, I'll have to say that you were way too self-centered in your comment. It seems that all you wanted to do was make yourself feel better and you didn't care about enlightening me at all. If my views are illustrative of rabid stupidity as you claim, why didn't you do the right thing and teach me where I'm wrong. You left me hanging. Was it my position that Muslims need to make some changes before they can be good neighbors? Was it my position in favor of a bold American foreign policy? Was it my excessive use of pictures of large-breasted women? Was it my blog's tacky color scheme? For God's sake! Help me out here man!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 

Muslims Gone Wild


It appears the Muslim rioting in Paris has reached its 7th day. North African members of the Religion of Peace are running amok in the streets. How much longer can it be before they start demanding that we come and bail their asses out? After all, as the old saying goes, "Do something for somebody once, it's a favor. Do it twice and it's your job."

All kidding aside this should be the wake-up call that gets through to the Dhimmis of Europe. More importantly it should be hammering reality upon the thick skulls of the Dhimmicrats of this country. This is what we can look forward to if we don't get this situation under control.

 

Classic Rock Stations


Just a little pet peeve of mine. How come every classic rock station in every city in the country thinks that the only three bands that released music in the 1970s were Boston, Fleetwood Mac, and Led Zeppelin? Not that they were bad bands, I just would like a little more variety in their playlists. They're not much better about the 1980s either. After Def Leppard they start running out of ideas fast. I know it's nit-picky, but I can't listen to talk radio all the time because there is only so much anyone can say about Scooter Libby, Supreme Court nominees, etc. if you know what I mean.

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  • The All Seeing Eye. A symbol of the Enlightenment and I like to think one day it will be a symbol of me. *** Middle-aged juvenile delinquent. *** Meyers-Briggs INTP if you follow that. *** My primary interests are in history, philosophy, languages, and literature. All the things that guarantee you'll never get a well-paying job.
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You can't run as a phony patriot and then claim your victory is a mandate for surrender.

--Ann Coulter--


If you kill them, they’re martyrs. If you lock them up, they’re martyrs. So kill them.

--Allahpundit--


The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow.

--Ayn Rand--


There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the whole world.

--Thomas Jefferson--


For everyone but America the free world is mostly a free ride.

--Mark Steyn--


The fact is that political stupidity is a special kind of stupidity, not well correlated with intelligence, or with other varieties of stupidity. At the higher levels of the intelligentsia, the correlation may actually be inverse: the more brilliant you are, the stupider your politics. Albert Einstein seems to have thought well of Stalin; Hitlerism got its start in the universities.

--John Derbyshire--


One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.

--Robert A. Heinlein--


An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile--hoping it will eat him last.

--Winston Churchill--


One day, our grandchildren may ask us what we did when Islamic fascism threatened the free world. Some of us will say we were preoccupied with fighting that threat wherever possible; others will be able to say they fought carbon dioxide emissions. One of us will look bad.

--Dennis Prager--


Nothing could be more jolting and discordant with the vision of today's intellectuals than the fact that it was businessmen, devout religious leaders and Western imperialists who together destroyed slavery around the world. And if it doesn't fit their vision, it is the same to them as if it never happened.

--Thomas Sowell--


It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.

--Calvin Coolidge--


It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.

--Samuel Adams--


The flames kindled on the 4th of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them.

--Thomas Jefferson--


All government is an ugly necessity.

--G. K. Chesterton--


America learned the hard way: it's the world of September 10th that's really crazy.

--Mark Steyn


Public schools are forbidden from mentioning religion not because of the Constitution, but because public schools are the Left's madrassas.

--Ann Coulter--


We expect nothing from the MSM. It never disappoints us.

--Joe Guzzardi--


The world will not greet you with open arms, but with a clenched fist.

--Barry Goldwater--


Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.

--Benjamin Rush--


Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like a fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

--George Washington--


It should be the highest ambition of every American...to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.

--George Washington--


"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

--C. S. Lewis--


Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggy" until you can find a rock.

--Unknown--


"They must cast off the European skin, never to resume it. They must look forward to their posterity rather than backward to their ancestors."

--John Quincy Adams--


I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.

-€”Benjamin Franklin--


There is nothing a nonconformist hates more than another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the existing standards of nonconformity.

--Unknown--


Male White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (W.A.S.P.) oppression must end.

--ER--


[I]n Her Majesty's northern Dominion the public health system is such an article of faith that no private hospitals are permitted: Canada’s private health care system is called 'America'.

--Mark Steyn--


When I sell out, this is where the blogads will go. Please remember, it's not for me. It's for the children.

--ER--


Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

--Theodore Roosevelt--


It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

--Unknown--


Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions.

-- G. K. Chesterton--


"A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel."

--Robert Frost--


A formula that makes religion and politics easy to understand: (Islam - Allah = Communism)

--Unknown--


It seems amazing that no Continental politician is willing to get to grips with the real crisis facing Europe in the 21st century: the lack of Europeans.

--Mark Steyn--

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