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Two Opposite Views

Michael J. Totten:

Liberals deliberately hope to put our troops in greater danger, according to Rove. In other words, Liberals=Traitors.

Anyone who has liberal friends and family members ought to know exactly how rotten and despicable and indefensible that statement is.

La Shawn Barber:

Karl Rove said what is obviously true: Democrats are soft on terrorism.

Most Democrats, at least the ones in Congress, are opposed to taking a hard line against terrorism simply because George Bush is in the White House.

An Ugly Bias

Omar on the news reporting of the Guardian:

... during the battle, people from the mixed Sunni and She'at neighborhood called 55 times and provided tips to the IP about the movements of the terrorists. Yes, 55 phone calls in less than 2 hours and if this doesn't show the real attitude of Iraqi citizens towards terrorists then I don't know what can! But still, the Guardian wants us to believe that the insurgents are winning. How disgusting!

Indeed. The Guardian is simply anti-American, thus its template: the US is in a perpetual quagmire and the "brave" insurgents never lose even when they have their ass handed to them. Oh, and the vast majority of Iraqis are increasingly weary and unsatisfied with the American "occupation".

Darth Rove

John Hawkins posts about the Dark Lord of the Republicans:

... the Democrats have already gotten more upset with Karl Rove than they are with the terrorists who are trying to kill Americans -- which, come to think of it, is pretty much the normal state of things.

Ouch. The man speaketh the brutal truth.

A similar reaction at Conservative Dialysis. J. M. Bergman reminds us again of the, ahem, overwhelming liberal support for the Afghan war.


Schummer and other Democrats are now demanding Karl Rove retract his comments. Let’s hope he tells them to ...

Find out what he says.

Finally, this post by Lorie Byrd is bursting with comments.

Update: The Instadude is most impressed with the Dark Lord.

Koch is Dreadfully Wrong

A mini-fisking of his column follows:

Having accomplished our original goals, we should advise the U.N. and Iraq that we will begin withdrawing our troops in August 2005 and will be out of the country by the end of this year.

What better way to tell all the terrorists in Iraq to relax for a few months, so that the US can exit, and then restart their heinous activities to take over Iraq (for Allah, of course).

We should also advise the U.N. that we are prepared to stay in Iraq, provided the Security Council creates a U.N. security force comprised of troops on a proportionate basis from every member of the U.N. Security Council to support the Iraqi Army with boots on the ground beginning in August 2005. It should further direct that U.N. member states will proportionately provide the Iraqi government with monies needed to rebuild the country.

The U.N. member states (minus the West) disproportionately provide the world poverty, misery, terrorism, dictators and blatant abuse of human rights. Why would anyone even expect these states to fork over money, let alone troops, for Iraq? Does anyone see France or Russia or China providing cash or troops for Iraq? Ed Koch must be kidding.

In addition, Iraq's neighbors should also be required to provide troops and funds, whether or not they are members of the Security Council.

I'm afraid he's serious. And horribly wrong. Do note the lovely neighbors:

  • Iran: A mullocracy; elections are a sham; women are, literally, stoned to death for adultery; premier exporter of terrorism in the world. For more info, click here.
  • Saudi Arabia: A real life Mordor; religious police enforce gender aparthied; alcohol possession punished by beheading; imams regularly nourish the souls with hatred.
  • Syria: A Baathist dictatorship; keeps Syrians and the Lebanese under the boot; a potent source of terrorism in Israel and Iraq; welcomes Hezbollah.

Ed Koch continues:

The New York Times reported on June 19 that "The leading countries of origin (of the foreign fighters) are Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Sudan." Those countries have a stake in a peaceful resolution of the conflict over rebuilding Iraq and supporting its newly elected government.

No, they don't want democracy to flourish in Babylon. There are two choice relating to Iraq that these dictators are offered:

  1. Helping the US to build a democratic country. [Hint: the regimes are not going to pick this choice.]
  2. Publicly a friend but not helping effectively. Privately wishing for chaos, and often supporting terrorism, in Iraq.

Note, Ed Koch is likely saying that the citizen-slaves of these nations want peace in Iraq. He is likely correct. But all these countries have dictatorships. The regimes not the citizen-slaves decide what goes on in the Middle East. They DO NOT want Iraq to be successful. Think about it. These monster don't follow human rights in their own country. Why the hell would they spend blood and treasure to improve the situation in Iraq? They'd rather have the evil JOOOS in Israel and the terrorism in Iraq. So that they could point at both and thus direct the rage, impotence, and frustrations of their own miserable populations to these two countries.

Helping Iraq and achieving success there would be counter-productive for the Thugs-in-Chief of the Middle East. A democratic and prosperous Iraq would be proof of their regimes' incoherence for all the undemocratic populations in the Middle East. For eons, these regimes have pointed at Israel and said that till that mess is solved, we'll have no reform/modernization. Then they continue on to support terrorism in Israel. They've kept up this scam for decades. But if Iraq is democratically successful, then why couldn't that be the case for Lebanon or Syria or Egypt or Sudan get the picture.

The advice that Ed Koch gives would guarantee failure. It would also prove to every single Islamist terrorist: YES, terrorism eventually pays; a few explosions for the Spaniards, a few years for the US but in the end they all eventually crack.

If that happens, then we would completely and utterly lose the Battle of Iraq.

Distributing Misery Equally

Walter Williams:

... Canadian politicians can't give their citizens a date certain when there'll be no more waiting, they're determined to deny them alternatives to waiting for government-provided healthcare. I'd bet you the rent money that Prime Minister Martin and members of the Canadian Parliament don't have to wait months and years for a medical procedure.

Also check out what Cox and Forkum have to say.

Hey, It Feels Good

Thomas Sowell:

The enactment of the first federal minimum wage law in 1933 raised the average wage rate in the Southern textile industry by 70 percent — and half a million nationwide blacks lost their jobs. But the welfare state has always been judged by its good intentions, rather than its bad results.

Milton Friedman rightly called the minimum wage the most anti-black law in the US.

No Love for McCain

The MSM pundits who think that McCain is, by default, the top guy for the Republican nomination for 2008 are seriously out of the loop. McCain doesn't have many fans in the conservative base of the Republican Party. I'd be mighty surprised if, assuming he runs, he becomes one of the top 3 contenders for the Republican nomination.

I'm not denying that the guy has national recognition. Just sayin' that he isn't going to go anywhere with the conservatives.

Here's some good advice. There you'll find good comments as well.

Regal Prose

Mr. Mustard sure has a way with, um, words:

I imagined he felt somewhat like the guy who has to have a colonoscopy at a hospital and gets the added pleasure of having a dozen medical students with clipboards there to also examine the noble majesty of his rectum.



... that helps explain why PBS threatens their intellect ...

Oh wait, that wasn't meant to be funny. Doh! Can't help it. I was born this way.


Update: John Lawson of the PBS station lobby on the proposed government funding cuts for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting:

"[This is] at least malicious wounding, if not outright attempted murder, of public broadcasting in America."

Hahaha, stop it, just stop, hahaha, you're cracking me up, haha...


An honest and competent econ professor:

I tell my students, often to their amazement, that it might not be worth it to try to get the best grade possible in economics. Let's look at it. Say they have biology, physics, English and economics classes. They work their butts off in economics, earning an A, but spending so much time studying economics takes time away from other classes, and they wind up earning an F in biology, a C in physics and a D in English. That makes for a semester grade point average of 1.75. They'd be better off, in terms of grade point average, if they spent less time studying economics, maybe earning a C, and allocating more time to biology and English and thereby earning a C grade in all their subjects. They'd have a higher grade point average (2.0) and wouldn't be on academic probation.

Read the column for more examples.

Truly Incredible

Lions save a 12 year old girl:

The girl, missing for a week, had been taken by seven men who wanted to force her to marry one of them, said Sgt. Wondimu Wedajo, speaking by telephone from the provincial capital of Bita Genet, about 350 miles southwest of Addis Ababa.

She was beaten repeatedly before she was found June 9 by police and relatives on the outskirts of Bita Genet, Wondimu said. She had been guarded by the lions for about half a day, he said.

[Emphasis mine]

The article also has this depressing information:

Kidnapping young girls has long been part of the marriage custom in Ethiopia. The United Nations estimates that more than 70 percent of marriages in Ethiopia are by abduction, practiced in rural areas where most of the country's 71 million people live.

Link via Instapundit.

The Increasing Strength of English Cricket

Bangladesh was rudely brought back to earth today. England smeared the Bangladeshi bowlers to all parts of the ground. England posted a gargantuan total of 391, the second highest in ODI history. It was all over right there. The Bangladeshis posted a decent 223 from 45.2 overs. Collingwood won the Man of the Match award for scoring a century and taking 6 wickets. He became the first person ever to do so.

Australia have some serious competition on their hands on Thursday.

So-called Truth

An anonymous commenter left a pile of crap a few remarks here. One of these:

Ever wondered why "insurgent" videos are banned in western media? You would think if such videos depict the killings of innocenct civilians then it would be an ace of spades in the hands of the American and British governments in their never ending propaganda campaigns. Truth is, it is clear and evident that the so called "insurgents" take the utmost care not to hurt civilians in any "resistance" operation.

Yes, you read that write. Zarqawi's butcher corps takes "the utmost care not to hurt civilians". The fact that tens, dozens, hundreds, thousands of innocent Iraqis have been brutally killed by the "resistance" doesn't bother this arse. Read what Ahmad has to say about it.

Perverted Babble

Dan on Juan Cole, an antisemitic professor:

One of the things I've always found fascinating about Cole is that he repeatedly lamblasts anyone who dares to challenge his academic expertise on the Arab world because he lived there and speaks Arabic, yet Cole has never been to Israel, speaks no Hebrew, and often ends up sounding like a state-run Arab newspaper on the subject during his periodic denunciations of the Jewish state.

Juan is a quintessential useful infidel. Read his post and decide for yourself.

Bush: A Disgrace to Fascism

The comparisons between the Nazi era and the Bush Administration never end. Here's a post at the Volokh Conspiracy discussing this sad affair. Clayton Cramer emails Juan a most peculiar and very correct opinion on intellectuals. I also fully agree with Juan on this matter:

... I find the idea that American academics at large are too afraid to criticize the Bush Administration to be quite laughable.

Isn't it strange that academia is largely and openly anti-Bush yet they're still and will remain free to spout that Bush is the new Hitler? The Bushitler's record on silencing the opposition is quite weak nonexistent. Some fascist!

Update: It truly never ends. Sigh.

And Now For Something Completely Different

An email story:

The professor told his class one day: "Today we will experiment with a new form called the tandem story. The process is simple. Each person will pair off with the person sitting to his or her immediate right. As homework tonight, one of you will write the first paragraph of a short story. You will e-mail your partner that paragraph and send another copy to me. The partner will read the first paragraph and then add another paragraph to the story and send it back, also sending another copy to me. The first person will then add a third para! graph, a nd so on back-and-forth.
Remember to re-read what has been written each time in order to keep the story coherent. There is be absolutely NO talking outside of the e-mails and anything you wish to say must be written in the e-mail. The story is over when both agree a conclusion has been reached."

Click here to read the story. Oh, it's laugh-out-loud good.

Damp Spirit

More thoughts on the world champions. Brian talks about McGrath and Warne and how the Ashes might shape up. At least we'll get an exciting series rather than the default mauling an Australian opposition gets every time. I know that the Aussies are bursting with talent but there has been one very noticeable change from the past. Their morale has been shattered. Their predatory and most effective body language has completely vanished. I've never seen that happen before.

Towards Autonomy

Iraq the Model:

Humam Hammodi, Chairman of the constitution drafting committee told Al-Sabah that the branch teams of the committee have succeeded so far in completing 80% of the constitution's draft.
Hammodi added that his colleagues at the committee branch-teams are willing to fulfill the task by the previously set deadline of August 15th 2005.
"The final draft will come out with an Iraqi spirit and there are actually little differences to debate" said Hammodi.

Here's hoping it passes with a comfortable super majority.

Instruction by Monsters

The first teacher takes attendance by calling out the roll numbers. The roll numbers are assigned in alphabetical order with respect to the first name. After the roll call, the teaching commences teaching assuming that one can call it that. Everyone opens the course book and the teacher starts to either read from it or writes the same material on the board. That was the only method of teaching in my Pakistani school.

Continue reading "Instruction by Monsters" »


Jay Nordlinger:

A reader living in Moscow sent me a photo from a rally in Azerbaijan, which showed a youth holding up a poster of President Bush with the words, “We Want Freedom.” The reader commented, “It’s good to remember whom people turn to when they’re desperate — and it ain’t Kofi Annan.”



I love technology:

Using hyperspectral imaging, which takes pics of the pages at different wavelengths, the monks will attempt to extract hidden text from the 1,600-year old Greek Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest existing Christian bible. The monks hope to be able to use the method to retrieve faded revisions that were made to the parchments by hand over the years by ancient scholars.


They have earned it on the international stage:

Too many people judge Bangladesh on pre-conceived, often misinformed, ideas without digging a little deeper. Perhaps that also works in Bangladesh's favour as opposing teams are not remotely aware of the sting they possess. With the conquest of Australia, Bangladesh have won five out of their last nine one-day internationals and the prey list include both finalists of the 2003 World Cup.

That's more than good enough.

The Mighty Humiliated Again

Australia, the winner of the last two cricket World Cups, lost their 4th consecutive match in 7 days. This is easily the most wretched week for Australian cricket in over a decade. I understand that once in a while, on a bad day, the best of teams loses. But to not click in 4 matches is a sure sign of trouble. The Australian invincibility itself has been shattered and the Aussies can't seem to take the heat. Their aura of fear and intimidation is gone. Hell, Bangladesh were not scared and persisted till the end when they won.

Why should England be worried about the Aussies?

Young Teenager Steals a Plane


A 14-year-old boy stole a Cessna and went on a late-night joy ride, taking off and landing twice before being arrested, police said.

Here's the website for Cessna. He stole that.

Authorities said the theft raised questions about security.

Gee, ya think?

Cowart said the teen could have entered through the typically unlocked airport gate or climbed a fence.

Americans must feel very safe.

Tolerance of Evil

An astute observation by VDH:

The more left-wing the Westerner, the more tolerant he is of right-wing Islamic extremism.

I've personally seen this strange hesitance to unequivocally oppose Islamism by those who effortlessly and mindlessly call President Bush the reincarnation of Hitler. It's deprave and depressing.

Via Tim Blair who has a similar update.

The Mighty Vanquished

The Bangladeshis will forever cherish June 18, 2005. They accomplished what was considered impossible a week before: they defeated Australia in a cricket match. The lowest ranked ODI cricket team trounced the world champions.

There can't be too much praise for Mohammad Ashraful who showcased his first ODI century at a strike rate of a 100. I can't imagine the surge of emotions he must felt after making that glorious score. The Bangladeshis owe their victory to his supercharged century. This man has, no question, cemented his place in the team.

What a truly sad state of affairs it has been for the miserable Australians. In a matter of a week, the Aussies have been shocked, humiliated, and now humbled. "We will just laugh it all off," was what Ponting said after their defeat in the Twenty20 match. They'll have to cry this off.

Update: I gather this is quite an appropriate reaction.

More Reactions:

Update III:

Update IV: I admit it. I'm proven wrong.

A Terrorist Thug


Colonel Brown, whose brigade is the principal maneuver unit in Mosul, said the military began to close in on Mr. Sharkawa after the capture a few weeks ago of a terrorist - known as Mullah Mehdi and Mehdi Moussa - who ran his operations on the east side of the Tigris River in Mosul. Information turned over by Mr. Mehdi helped lead to Mr. Sharkawa, the colonel said. A Mosul resident provided information hours before the raid, by American and Iraqi troops, that helped identify Mr. Sharkawa's whereabouts, he said.

What's up with this Mr. business? The US military is hunting down these Islamist thugs and the NYTimes refers to them as Mr. so-and-so. Why such respect for scum?

Anyway, this monster really knows how to share the love.

With his local support here fading, three weeks ago Mr. Sharkawa ordered a suicide car-bomb attack against members of his family who he believed had turned on him, American officials said. The attack in Mr. Sharkawa's hometown, Qabr Abed, south of Mosul, killed two of his cousins who were working for the police.

Link via Rich Lowry.

The Next Generation

I didn't quite get all the information in this comprehensive article but it's certainly interesting to read about the technologies that will replace, or at least diminish, DVD in the near future.

I've wanted Blu-ray to be the successor to DVD since it's capable of much higher storage capacities as opposed to HD-DVD. However, the article described a few downsides to the Blu-ray discs. The Blu-ray discs would thus require extra protection. Read the full guide to find out why.

Don't forget to read about the unbelievable HVD at the end.