Wednesday, July 26, 2006 

Mighty Muslims Versus Miss Indonesia



First of all, let me make this disclaimer. I haven't watched a beauty pageant of TV since 1974 when I was finally forced to admit that my sense of feminine beauty was at odds with the judges. None of my picks for most beautiful ever made it past the first cut. (You wuz robbed Miss Spain!)

Nevertheless, I was both surprised and not surprised to see a story on Reuters where a militant Islamic group in Indonesia was gunning for poor Miss Indonesia and four people who sponsored her. It seems the group has filed a complaint with the police in that country alleging indecency and an affront against Indonesia decency and women. (since when did a Muslim ever care about women?) If convicted, the "crime" carries a penalty of 2 to 6 years in jail.

Here is yet another glaring example of the disconnect between Western Culture and Islamic "Culture". Only a Muslim, and I do mean only, could look at the picture above and see a problem that needs to be solved.

Monday, July 24, 2006 

Riddle Me This

Actually, not so much a riddle as a couple of questions. I continue to try to educate myself, but I find certain areas remain dark. Such as the following two.

One: I know that good male Muslims die and go on to an eternity of mindless bliss being serviced by 72 virgins who apparently have nothing better to do, as well as a few other pleasures desert-bound Bedouins dreamed up. My question is, what do "pious" Muslim women get out of the deal? Since it's paradise I'm assuming they get to have 72 Muslim husbands whom they get to poison in their sleep over and over again. But that's just a guess.

Two: I lived long enough and studied long enough that I know I'm supposed to hate Jews. I've never really been satisfied as to WHY I'm supposed to hate Jews. I can't think of a time when one has really done me any harm. I have been a little disappointed that a couple of them declined to date me, but what are you going to do?

Sunday, July 23, 2006 

Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?


I've been doing my bit, watching the news, reading the paper, listening to talk radio, and trying to keep up with what the hired help in Washington is doing. But I must admit I'm growing impatient. I would really like for our government to make up its mind on a course of action so that I'll know whether to start teaching my children Spanish, Chinese, or Arabic. I don't think it's too much to ask, really.

Thursday, July 20, 2006 

Best Response Ever To Katie Couric

Someone just sent me this. I don't know for sure that it's true, but if it isn't it ought to be!

Katie Couric, while interviewing a Marine sniper, asked:
"What do you feel when you shoot a terrorist?"
The Marine shrugged and replied: "Recoil."

(hard to fault a Marine that eloquent)

Sunday, July 16, 2006 

$300 Per Barrel

My brother-in-law was just telling me about a newscast he had recently seen. He tells me that some talking-head had claimed the most recent turmoil in the Middle East is part of a plan to drive oil prices up to the $300 bbl/$20 gal range. The goal being to really stick it to us and have us over a barrel (pun definitely intended). Unfortunately, my brother-in-law is not a big news guy so he could tell me if it was a host, qualified guest, or raving crackpot that was being interviewed, so I don't know how valid the theory is.

What I do know, however, is that is that long before oil hits $300 a barrel, liberals will be screaming for the CEOs of all major American oil companies to be perp-walked out of their office building for refusing to engage in off-shore drilling, the Sierra Club, ELF, and the EPA will be picketing major utility companies accusing them of an inexcusable lack of insight because they hadn't built any nuclear power plants in over 30 years, and naturally Congressional Democrats will be voting to impeach Bush or his successor for stonewalling drilling for oil in ANWR.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 

Factists

Can facts hate? Of course not. But I'm sure every rational and semi-objective human being in the United States has casually mentioned a fact only to be subjected to angry and hysterical denunciation as a racist, fascist, or some other kind of -ist. You might have even been foolish enough to justify yourself by pointing out that the fact was, in fact, a fact--the truth. You were probably surprised when the denunciation resumed, only louder with more personal invective.

I've been planning on posting on this very question for some time but kept blowing it off. However, I came across some posts on Unabashedly Unhyphenated and the Freedomfolks and the topic generated the suggestion of a Factist Blogger Group, which I've volunteered for. This seems like as good a time as any to make that long-delayed post. KD (at UU) suggests starting with a definition and offers up his take:
Factism - The doctrine that facts subvert misrepresentation, particularly as used in a politically correct manner.
I was thinking along these lines:
Factism: (1) A stubborn belief in the existence of one objective reality in which everyone lives and is subject to. The fundamental nature of which is immutable and impervious to human whim. (2) An equally stubborn belief that facts can't be dispensed with by ignoring them or proclaiming the opposite to be true. (3) The offensive and outrageous belief that (1) and (2) are good things.
Non-factists aren't against facts, per se, only facts that conflict with what they want to be true or believe ought to be true. Example:
Non-offensive fact: The nations of Africa are no longer under European colonial rule.
Factist statement: Since the European powers have left Africa has gone to hell in a handbasket.
A lot of us who are reasonably objective have a hard time wrapping our minds around the seemingly bizarre concepts of subjectivists. To us, a rock hard fact is a comfort in a sea of chaos. To them, a rock hard fact is a speedbump on the superhighway of whim indulgence.

To illustrate I offer up two examples that opened my eyes. Both occurred at the Solano Community College near the SF Bay area. Both occurred, in fact, while I was sitting on the exact same bench on campus.

In the first instance, I was debating some topic with an acquaintance when a young 20-something woman that he knew approached. She was greeted and stood there listening to us talk. At one point, I supported a point that I was making by citing some statistics on Black-on-Black crime that had been recently released. She cut me off and snarled out, "You can't say that!". I was quite shocked at her needless hostility and offered what I thought was a reasonable response,"But, it's true!" "That," she sneered, "is WHY you can't say it." She then proceed to stomp off in a snit." Naturally, the remainder of our conversation was dedicated to figuring out what had just happened.

The second time, I was chatting with the same acquaintance, when another woman approached. This one, it turned out, had just turned 20. We were discussing a political science professor who was frustrating the hell out of us by spending only about 10 minutes per class on topic and the rest badmouthing Republicans. (He especially hated the mayor of San Diego for some reason.) When the young woman arrived we were grousing about college academics that use their classes as captive audience for their outrageous political views.

The conversation went something like this:

Her: Yeah, I know what you mean. I don't think Republicans should be allowed to teach college. Isn't there some kind of law?

We courteously explained that she had the positions reversed, which she found--disturbing.

Her: You mean you guys are Republicans?
Us: Yeah.
Her: But why? (obviously in distress)

We explained as best we could our political philosophy.

Her: (incredulously) Did you guys vote for Bush (in '92)
Us: Yes.
Her: Why?
Us: Because we don't want to live through Jimmy Carter again.
Her: Why? What was wrong with him?
Us: Come on, don't you remember what it was like when Carter was president?
Her: (without hesitation) No.

I admit that stumped us for a while until we realized that she was only 8 years old when Reagan became president. So we told her what it was like. We told her about double digit inflation, double digit unemployment, stagflation, national malaise, gas lines, even-odd rationing, the gutted military that still couldn't meet recruitment quotas, the national humiliation of the Iran hostage crisis for 444 days, the "rescue" mission that wound up needing to be rescued when it crashed in the desert, and everything else we could thinks of. None of which she had ever heard of. As we spoke the began to scowl more and more before she finally spoke.

Her: "I don't believe it!"
Us: "But, it's true!"

She gave us a contemptuous look and said something that absolutely stunned me.

Her: "I won't believe it until I see it on TV."

At this point she flipped her long blond hair behind her shoulder, whipped around and walked off. I yelled after her.

Me: "But that's when you should stop believing it."

She gave a snort but otherwise kept going.

My take home point on this, besides the factism thing. Is that for some people, TV is realer than real. It is the ultimate arbiter of what is and what isn't. But that's another post.

Monday, July 03, 2006 

Shocker! Europeans Polled And Find America Lacking


I found an AFP article about a poll in Britain that shows our cross-Atlantic brethren have a less than stellar opinion of us. One: I'm not so sure how objective it was because if a Leftist polling organization conducted the poll the phrasing was most likely rigged. Two: Even if they do, who cares? Three: I seriously doubt these figures are accurate.
LONDON (AFP) - People in Britain view the United States as a vulgar, crime-ridden society obsessed with money and led by an incompetent president whose Iraq policy is failing, according to a newspaper poll.
  1. Vulgar? I've seen your TV shows and commercials. Benny Hill? Gag!
  2. Crime-ridden? Crime rates vary from year to year but have declining steadily since the beginning of the Reagan era.
  3. Incompetent? Maybe in some areas. After all there are some issues he agrees with Europeans on.
  4. Iraq policy failing? If you'll notice the bombs have been going off on your soil. Besides, what part of "generational conflict" don't you get? We're fighting people who are "frothing at the mouth mad" about stuff that happened 900 years ago. Over here we refer to stuff that happened 5 years ago as "ancient history".
The United States is no longer a symbol of hope to Britain and the British no longer have confidence in their transatlantic cousins to lead global affairs, according to the poll published in The Daily Telegraph.
  1. Just when the hell did we apply for the job of "Symbol of Hope for Britain"? How about you guys spend some time putting teeth back into the phrase "Rule Britannia"?
  2. Furthermore, leading global affairs is like herding cats. The only common purpose the globe seems to have is lining up when the US is handing out "cat food".
The YouGov poll found that 77 percent of respondents disagreed with the statement that the US is "a beacon of hope for the world".
  1. Good. Then you guys won't mind stopping moving here. Please!
  2. Since we've failed to be that beacon of hope, you shouldn't mind if we divert all aid money toward more worthy goals. Finishing Reagan's 600-ship Navy comes to mind or more combat aircraft. You know, something people can be proud of.
As Americans prepared to celebrate the 230th anniversary of their independence on Tuesday, the poll found that only 12 percent of Britons trust them to act wisely on the global stage. This is half the number who had faith in the Vietnam-scarred White House of 1975.
  1. Appeasement, capitulation, surrender, and treason are not synonyms for "wise".
  2. The reason the poll numbers are half as large for GWB is that, all things considered, Nixon was still twice the president he is.
A massive 83 percent of those questioned said that the United States doesn't care what the rest of the world thinks.
  1. That's because we don't care what the rest of the world thinks.
  2. If what you think was important, you would already be states.
With much of the worst criticism aimed at the US administration, the poll showed that 70 percent of Britons like Americans a lot or a little.
  1. Actually, that has been my experience too. Most Europeans I have met have usually indicated that they like American people just find. It's our government they hate.
  2. Unfortunately, Europeans have abandoned their own patriotism and consequently can't wrap their heads around the idea that Americans identify with their government to a much greater extent than most other people in the world.
US President George W. Bush fared significantly worse, with just one percent rating him a "great leader" against 77 percent who deemed him a "pretty poor" or "terrible" leader.
  1. He isn't a great leader, but he is a fair one.
  2. He also serves as a placeholder president for future elections.
  3. Thanks to Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, GB doesn't have to worry about going down in history as a terrible president.
More than two-thirds who offered an opinion said America is essentially an imperial power seeking world domination. And 81 per cent of those who took a view said President George W Bush hypocritically championed democracy as a cover for the pursuit of American self-interests.
  1. More than two-thirds of Americas wish our government would stop bowing and scraping to the rest of the world and start pursuing America's self-interests. Perspective is amazing isn't it?
  2. Imperial power? Ha! I wish! If I had my way Canada, Cuba, and the Philippines would be states by now and Japan and Germany would be US provinces.
  3. Furthermore, as far as I'm concerned, we own the moon. We got there first and planted a flag. If I could figure out a way I would charge all you conceited bastards just to look at it.
US policy in Iraq was similarly derided, with only 24 percent saying they felt that the US military action there was helping to bring democracy to the country.
  1. We deride your suicidal your immigration policy, but hey, it's your funeral.
  2. US military inaction wasn't bring democracy either.
  3. Furthermore, as a rock solid believer in constitutional republicanism, I find democracy a little overrated at times. What good is freeing a nation just so that it can vote itself back into slavery?
The article goes on to quote an American Embassy spokes who stated that they had conducted their own polls which disputed the negative results of the YouGov poll. But still...
In answer to other questions, a majority of the Britons questions described Americans as uncaring, divided by class, awash in violent crime, vulgar, preoccupied with money, ignorant of the outside world, racially divided, uncultured and in the most overwhelming result (90 percent of respondents) dominated by big business.
  1. This one always blows my mind. Every time this topic is researched the United States come out on top for private charitable giving. On top of this is the insanely generous giving of our government. We pick up the largest portion of the tab for the (hack, spit!) United Nations. We spend as much time defending and protecting our "allies" as we do ourselves. As I recall, at one time the United States Department of Defense was the second largest employer in the Philippines.
  2. There are fewer class distinction here than just about anyplace else which is further ameliorated by having the highest degree of mobility between classes.
  3. Crime? Already talked about it for the most part. Only addition, we're importing a lot of it through runaway illegal immigration.
  4. Vulgar? By that you probably mean we don't do things the way you would do them. Contrary to popular opinion we do have a culture here. You should know, the world spends half its time aping it. Besides, anybody that drinks warm beer is a friggin' barbarian in my book.
  5. Preoccupied with money? It's how we Americans keep score and part of the famous American work ethic. Besides what would you have us do. Be a nation obsessed with stamp collecting or "Antique Roadshows"? Who would you borrow money from then?
  6. Ignorant of the outside world? That's probably because you guys aren't interesting.
  7. Don't believe what the poverty pimps of the Left tell you. The issue gets better every year. People get along better and associate more freely. Interracial dating and marriage become more common every year. I've dated interracially myself. So give us a break. After all, the British Empire wasn't thrown away in a single day.
  8. Uncultured? Moving past the Benny Hill thing, I would put an hour of a custom car show up against an hour of "Footballers Wives" any day.
  9. Dominated by big business? We're a capitalist country, so welcome to real life. We are also rapidly becoming a nation of business owners. The majority of Americans have some financial interest in business, either through direct investment or participation in retirement funds. Meet America Inc.
Ah! I feel better now. Please bear in mind that I like British people, for the most part. As individuals.

Saturday, July 01, 2006 

The CNN-ification of Fox

Has anyone else noticed that lately Fox News seems to be gradually degenerating into a CNN clone? There are still hard-hitting stories about topics the MSM would never cover, but they do seem to be getting fewer and fewer. Even shows like the O'Reilly Factor and Hannity & Colmes seem to have become the "All Duke Rape Case All The Time Channel". But this is probably only because there has been a slump in "Missing Pretty Blond Girl" material. However, we do still get periodic breathless reports that there is nothing to breathlessly report. I may be wrong, but I thought that's what shows like Entertainment Tonight and HardCopy were for. Makes you kind of wonder about that Saudi Prince buying a huge chunk of NewsCorp.

I don't really watch the shows anymore, I record them on the DVR for later. That way I can fast forward through the shows until I get to something substantive. If I see the face of Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Newt Gingrich, or a particularly amusing moonbat, I hit play. Saves me a lot of wasted time. I can now get through Bill O'Reilly and Hannity& Colmes both in about 40 minutes or so. Thank God we still have the Internet, for now.

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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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