Protests Over Muhammad Cartoon Grow - Yahoo! News: "Villy Soevndal, leader of the small opposition Socialist People's Party, said Denmark 'cannot be a country
where the prime minister goes into hiding while Denmark loses export money,
Danish citizens are being threatened and Danish flags burned.'"
31 January 2006
28 January 2006
We should be allowed to use the same techniques our own domestic law enforcement is allowed to use. If a drug dealer is using his mothers house to sell drugs out of, we will arrest the mother if there is no evidence to arrest the son. Her house, her drugs. We will threaten her with the charges unless she testifies against her son. We have confiscation laws that allow the state to take land and personal property. We use solitary confinement against inmates, mental manipulation with the threat of longer jail sentences to gain confessions. We should be able to use the same techniques.
The ACLU and others are weakening our efforts and will hinder law enforcement and the military, leaving them unable to connect the dots.
"But documents describing two 2004 episodes tell a different story as far
as short-term detentions by local U.S. units. The documents are among hundreds
the Pentagon has released periodically under U.S. court order to meet an
American Civil Liberties Union request for information on detention practices.
26 January 2006
The land of the free versus the land of the freeloader, Part V
25 January 2006
Strolling down moonbat lane
Stolen in whole from The Best of the Web:
This Usenet posting, from one Moussaoui C. Abdenacer, will seem unremarkable, but bear with us (quoting verbatim):
«George Bush's whole administration has all the earmarks of a well prepared nazi-type regime! They are working on it tooth and claw! The only thing they need now is an internal terrorist threat, or civil disorder growing from anti-war protests to justify declaring a National Emergency with its protests to justify declaring a National Emergency with its legally sanctioned suspension of Constitutionally protected rights. Concentration camps for hard-core anti-war activists will be supported by the stupidity silent majority with their brainless, moronic, imbecilic, blind and bigoted moral retardation. Hence idiotic flag-waving becomes a substitute for rational analysis, and Jerry Falwell Bible Thumping a means of conditioning the rah rah war crowd to perceive anti-war protestors as low-life scum and traitors who need to be locked up or shot by loyal, awesomely patriotic volunteers like Marino Sicki of Arch-hate-a, Calif. who has publicly proclaimed his desire to kill protestors.OK wait, one more and then we'll get to the point. This is from Rick Burgess:
So I have a feeling that by this Spring civil unrest and economic turmoil will exacerbate domestic problems sufficiently to permit administrative type detention policies to be implemented by the Tyrant Bush with the complete support of all war-loving red, white, and blue American zombies. This demented hard-hat mental disease was prevalent during the Vietnam war era and those that don't learn from history eventually get a rude awakening. The economy is going to be so bad: the whole situation is going to be so bad; more oppressive measures will be imposed. They're already establishing special camps for those deemed a threat to national determination of your subversive potential rather than on any overt acts you may have committed.»
«Impeach George Bush! Call your Congressperson and demand it!
How much more blatant and obvious does the information have to be? We've got a President who very obviously came into power under very corrupt circumstances. . . . This is not just another Republican administration run amuck! Impeach George Bush Now!»
What's interesting is the dates on which these ravings were posted: Abdenacer's was on Feb. 17, 1991, and Burgess's on April 19, 1991. Yes, they were talking about the first President Bush. Well, plus ça change, though who would've predicted that Al Gore, who voted in favor of the Gulf War, would turn into one of these guys?
The land of the free versus the land of the freeloader, Part IV
The fact is that no-one works for a poor man – therefore markets must function at their best to support the public well being. Others still obsess over the socio-industrial complex.
«In France, a corporation is above all a social organization. Indeed, the French adjective “social(e)” can be translated as either “social” or “corporate” depending on context. Consider the importance of les syndicats (trade unions): the collective power of employees to bring business to a halt whenever demands are not met is more than just a right; it’s a national pastime. Also consider le cadre, the general term for management. The word itself has socialist connotations. Within a corporation, the term suggests a homogenization, as if individual managers all thought and acted alike—almost as if they were a part of a revolutionary army. Zut alors! That simply CAN'T be true!
Not surprisingly, the individual employee is marginalized.»
Crossposted on ¡No Pasaràn!
24 January 2006
The land of the free versus the land of the freeloader, Part III
Corbu points out that the prigs at Der Spiegel can’t quite differentiate between socialism and a commercial establishment with an open door policy, as if (under the law) Ikea was able to pick and choose who could walk through the door.
It might behoove them to consider the ancient proverb “gayer than Ikea on Superbowl Sunday”. I also doubt that they would care to notice that the same thing is happening at the evil “McDo,” where the name they have for these poor waifs is “customer”.
Crossposted on ¡No Pasaràn!
23 January 2006
The land of the free versus the land of the freeloader, Part II
No, it isnt New Orleans in days after Katrina, its what the Workers paradise that leftists keep talking about is like all the time.
As always the explanation is kept from the foot soldiers in the Childrens crusade, but eventually leaks out:
«Galloway is also known for his love of Cuban cigars, though he remains tight-lipped as to whether he has actually been skinny-dipping with the Cuban dictator. In his book,Im Not The Only One, Galloway writes of an incident when he went swimming with Castro. When asked to recall the anecdote during a subsequent interview, Galloway said: "You meet Fidel, you have to be prepared for a long night. If you are there on the right night, you end up in the Caribbean with Castro. Its quite a treat. Ill not go into what we were wearing... that would be a breach of confidence."»
Crossposted on ¡No Pasaràn!
22 January 2006
The land of the free versus the land of the freeloader, Part I
Crossposted on ¡No Pasaràn!
21 January 2006
Like floodwater for Chocolate
20 January 2006
Cultural revision’s sloppy seconds
« When social conservatives argue that legalizing same-sex marriage could lead to legalized polygamy, same-sex marriage advocates either laugh or sneer. It's a scare tactic, they say. It'll never happen.What then of the reverse, when polygamous marriages made outside of a country must be recognized by multiculturalism proponents who are ridden with guilt? The effect is simple – misused human rights laws will do something much worse: dissolve sovereignty of legal systems by imposing laws from foreign legal systems into domestic ones without legal argument. Phooey – if that’s the case why even HAVE legal deliberation? Why not just casually dispose of habeas corpus and common law in the interest of “progressivism” while you’re at it...
Last year, however, as Canada legalized same-sex marriage, Prime Minister Paul Martin commissioned a $150,000 study to debunk the polygamy argument. Big mistake: The study confirmed the scare tactic by recommending that Canada repeal its anti-polygamy law.»
Crossposted on ¡No Pasaràn!
19 January 2006
Howls of convenience
This is the thing about leftists – they have no problem wanting a Police state instrument of domestic informing worthy of Erich Honecker when it comes to creating a kind of thought-crime Ministry of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, but make a sour face when the government wants to protect its’ citizens and friends worldwide.
«Former Vice President Al Gore called for an independent investigation into President Bush's domestic spying program, insisting that the president "repeatedly and insistently" broke the law by eavesdropping on Americans without court approval.What’s plain to see is that Al “I’ve lost it” Gore’s notion was TRULY unconstitutional.
What Al Gore forgot to tell his audience was that he not only supported eavesdropping on Americans without court approval – he also chaired a project designed to execute just that in total secrecy. In short, Al Gore wanted to bug every phone, computer and fax in America.»
Others still think it’s about an even simpler and more typical lefty predeliction: Patrimony.
Crossposted on ¡No Pasaràn!
17 January 2006
WCBSTV.com: Your Source For New York News, Weather, Sports & Traffic: Controversial Words At Sharpton's MLK Event
WCBSTV.com: Your Source For New York News, Weather, Sports & Traffic: Controversial Words At Sharpton's MLK Event: "“We have a culture of corruption, we have cronyism we have incompetence I predict to you that this administration will go down on history as one of the worst that has ever governed out country.”
We also remember how they ran the Congress. For 50 years they ran Congress yet the number of Blacks serving has always remained low. Why is it that in Democrat controlled states Blacks still have a tough time winning elections. They run the true plantation telling minorities don't worry, you don't have to work, you don't have to achieve, you don't have to raise a good family, Massa 'ill take care of you.
Clinton actually got an easy question. “I need you to tell us what distinguishes Democrats from Republicans right now,” she was asked.
Clinton's answer was provocative.
Said Clinton, “When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation and you know what I'm talking about...'"
16 January 2006
BBC NEWS | Americas | Venezuela head angry at cardinal: "Venezuela's leader has demanded an explanation after a Roman Catholic cardinal said that the country was becoming a dictatorship.First he attacked American Missionarys and had them prepare to leave the country. Fidelitos attack on the church appears to be a page taken right out of history.
President Hugo Chavez described the Church's behaviour as 'undoubtedly a provocation' and demanded a full apology for the 'insults' and 'hate'."
The events leading up to Magna Carta
In 1209, John had been excommunicated in a dispute over the appointment of the Archbishop of Canterbury. He had used this as an excuse to confiscate church property and sell it back to his bishops at a profit. Part of the money raised by these exactions was used to create a fledgling British Navy.
Tyler Morning Telegraph - NEWS - 01/15/2006 - LOW REGISTRATION IN U.S. FOR MEXICO'S FIRST ABSENTEE VOTING PROGRAM
In the Mexican scenario we are talking about people who do not live in Mexico and do not plan to go back. They should not be able to direct the future of the Mexican people living in Mexico.
For example Puerto Ricans in NY would love to vote on the status or Puerto Rico. They would vote for independence but still live in NY. They would condemn the island to poverty.
Mexicans in the U.S. that want to vote should go back home, register, and ask for an absentee ballot. They should have to live under the government that they have chosen for the people in Mexico. If they wish to return to the U.S. they can get in line or violate U.S. law again and return.
A note to Mr. Rosas and the advocates, the immigrants do not want to declare themselves to the U.S. government, why would they declare themselves to the Mexican government. Declaration brings the worry that they would identify those people to the U.S. government and they will have to pay taxes to Mexico as Mexican citizens.
Tyler Morning Telegraph - NEWS - 01/15/2006 - LOW REGISTRATION IN U.S. FOR MEXICO'S FIRST ABSENTEE VOTING PROGRAM: "A fraction of the eligible voters registered for their first chance to vote by absentee ballot in Mexico's presidential election, authorities said Sunday.
Voting advocates said the low registration demonstrated a need for fundamental changes to the program, but election officials called it a good first step toward greater democracy.
"If this very same information had been out there for nine months, the turnout would have been different," said Pilar Alvarez of the Federal Electoral Institute, the independent government agency which oversees elections in Mexico.
...Roberto Rosas, a San Antonio law professor who lobbied in Mexico City for the absentee system last year, will be among those asking Mexico's Congress this year to issue voter cards in the U.S. and elsewhere.
'If they only give it out in Mexico, the numbers will remain low,' said Rosas, a consultant for Mexico's foreign affairs department. 'This is a lesson so we know what to do the next time.'"
Cocaine heist fuels fears traffickers run Guatemala - Yahoo! Australia & NZ News: "In the aftermath of the cocaine theft, Interior Minister Carlos Vielmann, who has frequently drawn parallels between Guatemala now and Colombia then, told reporters he had been approached a few months ago with 'indecent proposals' on behalf of drug traffickers.
The deal they envisioned: Let anti-drug units make more drug seizures to convey the impression that the government is gaining control over the traffic. In return, the government would turn a blind eye to other shipments."
Chile Elects First Female President: "Socialist Party candidate Michelle Bachelet, a political prisoner during Gen. Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship and a single mother of three, was elected president on Sunday, the first woman to lead a country long considered one of the most culturally traditional in Latin America.
With 97 percent of voting sites reporting, Bachelet had won 53 percent of the vote to about 47 percent for billionaire businessman Sebastian Piñera."
15 January 2006
Imam Hook hates Peter Pan
11 January 2006
Oh, (further) horrors
Sarko joins the pod people, and Joel Shepherd goes home. Like a media with built-in limitations which requires a prominent polititian to circumvent them, the young in France feel the economic malaise (emboldened by, and emboldening the social malaise) all around them, and circumventing their own society. They are tuning in, dropping out, and, how to put it, um, leaving, dammit:
«My French teacher at the language school on Boulevard de Grenelle is well aware of the malaise. She’s young, blonde and pretty with startling blue eyes and that effortless Parisien fashion sense that manages to make her look like a model while utilising only one or two accessories. Her favourite topic for discussion in class? 'France en reinseignement'... or France in decline, broadly speaking. The politicians are crooked, the unions are always striking, the schools are no good, unemployment is terrible and the government doesn’t give people any freedom. Clearly she loves her country, she’s just annoyed that it doesn’t always function as advertised.
A lot of young French people appear to feel the same. Whatever the traditional French disdain for private enterprise, commerce and business degrees are amongst the most popular university courses. Many graduates then leave the country for better opportunities elsewhere, the kind of brain drain usually found in poor developing nations. Everyone seems to want to learn English. Passports to success, it seems, are no longer trusted when they're issued by the state.
And small wonder. For many French, 'liberal' remains a pejorative. The French Revolution didn’t just lop off the king's head, it enshrined the State in his place as the new sovereign. In some ways, perhaps, it was easier to kill the king than it was to kill the notion of kingliness. In France, someone is always in charge. Today, the bureaucracy is bloated and all-powerful. Bureaucrats rule their petty fiefdoms like little Napoleons, and the state regulates everything it can see. Welfare rules the lives of millions, and entrepreneurialism as understood in Australia or America is almost non-existent. People don’t just go out and do things, people wait to be told what to do.»
Crossposted on ¡No Pasaràn!
10 January 2006
wankers citizens like this...
Who needs enemies?
“All blood-libel, all the time”
I’m sure the self-detonation set calls it
One of the greatest human rights missions ever
«On Friday morning, May 26, 1991, Israeli Air Force planes were circling in the Addis Ababa sky; 15,000 Ethiopian Jews were circling the Israeli embassy, ready to charge toward the airport; rebel army forces were closing in on the besieged capital - yet the chief Ethiopian official, Kassa Kebede, ordered the Israeli chief negotiator, Uri Lubrani, to stop all actions. The Ethiopian government was demanding its promised price of $35 million in advance, here and now.It was supported by one of history's great proponents of liberations, and lefty contrarians had nothing to do with it, except to weasel or call it one thing or another to cast doubt.
What followed was a drama-cum-comedy of errors: Lubrani had no intention of paying up front and, in any case, the Ethiopian minister of finance did not know his own government's bank account number. The operation was almost aborted, and Lubrani, desperately searching for a convincing argument, recalls asking the minister, "Can you conceive that I represent a people and a government that will deceive you on a miserable $35 million?" The minister replied, "I believe you." Permission was granted for the operation to resume.»
In any event, "imaging another world is possible" is a phrase usually spouted by people who just don?t think you need to be a Nixon to go to China, and that the greatest negotiators are battle hardened and know how and when to shrink from conflict, and when not to. The tools of that craft completely escape the grasp of the globally roving tranzi love cult that has managed to dominate the west's media and social institutions. The irony is that those institutions themselves are supposed to be the keepers of the precepts of the culture which holds human rights up so high.
On the subject of Operations Moses and Solomon, Natalie Solent points to a BBC history page entry that attempts to diminish the action and make a mess out of the timeline, mixing up and omitting the date of further rescue operations 6 years later. The good little beeb goes further, as Natalie points out to when they will and won?t mention the nationality, race, or religion of a victim. Clue: when they?re a specially designated victim.
One wonders if media writers are actually aware of any any other view at all.
08 January 2006
Hanson to Europe: remember your virtues
Victor David Hanson, using as a writing vehicle a 'letter to Europe', points out the affinities in their world that they should notice:
«In the multiracial society of the United States, an American black, Asian, or Latino finds natural affinity in London and Brussels in a way not true in Lagos, Ho Chi Min City, or Lima. For millions of Americans "Eurocentric" is no slur - for it is an appellation of shared values and ideas not of race.The emotional and selective view the European left have of the world outside of the alliance of democracies isn?t just foolish, it's as unsustainable as their vision of their future:
Even in this debased era of multiculturalism that misleads our youth into thinking no culture can be worse than the West, we all know in our hearts the truth that we live by and the lie that we profess - that the critic of the West would rather have his heart repaired in Berlin than in Guatemala or be a Muslim in Paris rather than a Christian in Riyadh, or a woman or homosexual in Amsterdam than in Iran, or run a newspaper in Stockholm rather than in Havana, or drink the water in Luxembourg rather than in Uganda, or object to his government in Italy rather than in China or North Korea. Radical Muslims damn Europe and praise Allah - but whenever possible from Europe rather than inside Libya, Syria, or Iran.»
«If America, the former British commonwealth, India, and China, embraced globalization, while the Arab Middle East rejected it, you sought a third way of insulating yourselves from it - and now are beginning to pay for trying to legislate and control what is well beyond your ability to do either.Disintigrating concepts of borders, languages, and culture, and they still belive that such a mess can be a union or even a nation... Unglaublich.
Abroad you face even worse challenges. In the post-Cold War you dismantled your armed forces, and chose to enhance entitlements at the expense of military readiness. I fear you counted only on a tried and simple principle: That the United States would continue to subsidize European defense while ignoring your growing secular religion of anti-Americanism.
But in the last 15 years, and especially after 9/11, heaven did not come to earth, that instead became a more dangerous place than ever before. Worse, in the meantime you lost the goodwill of the United States, which you demonized, I think, on the understanding that there would never be real repercussions to your flamboyant venom.
Your courts indict American soldiers, often a few miles from the very military garrisons that alone protect you. Your media and public castigate the country whose fashion, music, entertainment, and popular culture you so slavishly embrace.»
Crossposted on ¡No Pasaràn!
Ché pimps chocolates, we pimp Ché's carrion
One of the most amusing American-Expat blogs that I?ve run across is Observing Hermann. Normally he?s funny, but this one takes the cake, exposing that typically bad German marketing, complete with blasting the gain during the television ad, and ideas as repetitious as they are dimwitted:
«Hermann came running into the kitchen screaming his lungs out but I didn't make it back to the TV in time. The new Merci commercial is out and it's the biggest abomination yet, he says. It's no cheesier than any of the other ones they've done in the past, he says, but gulp-gasp-oh-my-God it's "depicting" the holy image of Che Guevara himself!
This particular commercial features Che as a poster (not a new concept) and he apparently gazes down approvingly at the Merci box during some hippie-esque 60s flashback and then there are one or two other sudden distortions in the space-time continuum and then we end up back in our time period/zone again and somebody gets stuck with the chocolate box after a wedding or something.»
...and do it unhappily, at that.
Crossposted on ¡No Pasaràn!
07 January 2006
Write a children's book, dammit!
And we're supposed to care?
Wonkette writes a novelette. Every Gazette goes into a capsheaf of sweat.
Washington's very own village idiot, the apparently young woman who everyone pretends to take interest in and tries to be nice to, has written a novel.
Mark Gauvreau Judge writing in this weekend's WSJ pans it in 7 column inches, 3 more than the MSM's poster child of blogging deserves.
It's not Cox's fault. She's was fingered by the twitterati as a suitably shallow representation of a blogger for them to neither question, unravel, or understand. Fitting, given that her subject is so frequently herself or one fantasist analog or another or herself.
Next step in this info-tainment kabuki is likely little more that for some media outfit to sell her as a victim and then give her a talk show, all in a fit of how to "package a new product."
She's a gossip columnist covering the least interesting personal lives on earth. Political naïfs think she is a political blogger. The politically oriented think she?s a celebrity blogger. In other words, she had to do something to avoid editing trade newsletters or trying to find some other use for a liberal arts degree. Otherwise she can look forward to a lifetime of self-analysis and second guessing:
«Q: You talked about the other gossip columnists who are straight men and you're -Crossposted on ¡No Pasaràn!
A: Not a straight man.
Q: Right, not a straight man. But your blog is definitely focused on your personality and the fact that it's a woman.
A: I take advantage of that.
Q: Would it work if Wonkette, if the blogger behind Wonkette?
A: Didn't have the same personality?
Q: Well, if they weren't female or young or white or all these things that are so DC-friendly.
A: I think Wonkette could be not white. I think that could probably work. But I think it's weird. I mean, I think I have taken over the personality of the blog in a way that the other Gawker people haven't.»
What continental defence?
Yet more idiocy from Ali Larijani, the head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council as reported by Adnkronos International, has issued further threats to Europe:
«"not to force the Islamic Republic to cut short the dialogue process and to opt for another scenario". Speaking on Tuesday night on state television he said: "We are for a strategy based on dialogue, but if the counterparty Europe plays dirty, then we will pass onto another plan that we have worked out and then there will be problems for the Europeans."They're already under attack, and frankly, it already IS hell. In other words, ?heads I win, tails you lose?.
"In this game, we are for a result that will be satisfactory to both Iran and Europe," said Larijani adding that "if we lose, the same will also happen to the other party (Europe) and they will have to prepare themselves to live in a hell."»
Knowing little, if anything about the reality of human nature (as opposed to having fantasist follies about it), Europe is thoroughly prepared to grab its? ankles.
Germany and France's mob populism at home has consequences. It's cost of distancing itself from the US is serious and meaningful.
«The European talks, for their part, lack clear momentum and teeth; European foreign ministers have been refreshingly strong in their rhetoric but without results. Most important, the United States and Europe have failed to bring aboard Russia and China, whose vetoes in the U.N. Security Council could obviate any meaningful multilateral response.It no longer has the instruments to deal with a gathering storm, and has little choice left but to capitulate to the first tyrant that shows up with a slingshot.
Tehran has masterfully exploited the limits of the U.S. and European approaches, pressing ahead with elements of its nuclear program, seeking strategic allies whom it can tempt with its vast oil and gas resources and further suppressing democracy at home.
For all Iran's claims that it wants a nuclear program for energy alone, its leaders seem interested only in results allowing it to enrich its own uranium - a dangerous proposition given the mullahs' history of deceit and radical government.»
Crossposted on ¡No Pasaràn!
06 January 2006
Through the cowardly proxy of soundbites
Making politics through the cowardly proxy of soundbites, the BBC and others have been jumping for joy at Ariel Sharon?s illness, and do a little of the usual whitewashing of hatred while they?re at it. It sounds like "Mr. Breathless" can't wait to report on people tap dancing on Sharon's grave - largely due to the nonsense they've been telling themselves for years.
The group blog Jewlicious points out that even the Vatican has been drinking a little from the plastic tub of moonbat Kool-aid and points out some of the frenzy and confusion that comes with the press taking joy in the misery of one of their designated straw men.
Crossposted on ¡No Pasaràn!
05 January 2006
Zapatero lobbies Morales over Bolivia energy nationalisation plans
But Mr Morales has given no indication that he is prepared to give ground. In an interview with Spanish newspapers, he said all contracts signed with oil majors were "null and void" because they had not been ratified by the Bolivian congress. He said Repsol's gas exports to Argentina would be cancelled, and that the company would be subjected to an official audit. He reiterated plans to nationalise Bolivia's energy reserves, although confusingly, he said Repsol's property would not be "confiscated or expropriated".
04 January 2006
The emperor has no groceries
Former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry was mugged by a gang of kids. The unfortunate event points out fallacy that expecting sympathy from twits is nearly as naïve as playing tonsil-hockey with someone who kind of looks like someone you're afraid is after you - thinking that this would keep the real thug at bay.
Good work. You've just identified your prejudice.
«There is a sort of an unwritten code in Washington, among the underworld and the hustlers and these other guys, that I am their friend.»
In this case, the meme was the bitch that set him up...
Crossposted on ¡No Pasaràn!
Un poids, une mesure
What happened to books
McCune, who created the program, acknowledges that his school system is trying something controversial, but he says lower-income families can get help paying for the computers. "In all four schools, nobody has been denied access because of a lack of ability to pay."
Richard Rahn writing in the Washington Times says Europe has its own particular sort of flu:
« This fall in status in Europe has resulted in a rise in envy and often an irrational dislike of the outside world (much of it directed at the U.S.). Many Europeans are in denial about the failures of their socialist or "social market models." All too many are woefully ignorant about the reasons for economic growth or failure. Europe is strangling itself in bureaucracy and killing incentives through excessive taxation. Now the Germans and French are trying to infect the new free market economies in Eastern Europe with this status flu.Crossposted on ¡No Pasaràn!
Though it may be tempting to gloat about the problems of the French and the others, it is in nobody's interest to do so. The United States, in particular, and its free market allies should be much more pro-active by supporting the pro-growth policies of some of the smaller and newer free market countries. Many in the European ruling elite put down pro-growth policies by disdainfully referring to them as the "Anglo-Saxon model."
The U.S. government ought to wage an aggressive information campaign in Europe to offset many factual misrepresentations about the U.S. in the European press -- particularly in health care, levels of poverty, schooling, crime, justice, etc. By almost any measure, though far from perfect, the U.S. comes out better than much of Europe.
Such a campaign will not cause Europeans to love Americans, but it might help force them to view their own failed policies more critically, the first step in bringing about change.
The vaccine for economic flu is economic literacy. European (and other) economic education organizations have been dispensing the vaccine, but their resources are too meager to stop the spread of economic ignorance. Americans have in general greater economic literacy, and hence have been less infected by economic flu, because private individuals and businesses have understood it is both their responsibility and in their long-run interest to support economic education programs run by nongovernment organizations.
As the European economic flu has become more acute, there are signs more of their citizens and companies are prepared to support those who fight for economic literacy. If Europeans were as familiar with the teachings of Hayek as those of Karl Marx, most of their economic problems would disappear.»
The King has left the building
Though the judge had earlier refused to take up the case, he was overruled by the Court of Appeal, which agreed that Cascioli had a reasonable case for his accusation that Father Righi was 'abusing popular credulity'. Cascioli's contention is that the Church is misleading people, and that as there is no reliable evidence that proves that Jesus lived and died in 1st-century Palestine apart from the Gospel accounts, there is no real basis of the Christian faith. He also argues that all the claims for the existence of Christ, other than the Bible, stem from authors who lived 'after the time of the hypothetical Jesus' and were therefore not reliable witnesses.
03 January 2006
Diene emphasizing their serious approach to the caricature issue determined in his final report that "Islamophobia is the greatest component of discrimination within Europe."
Arbour in a letter to the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) members revealed his concerns by defining the cartoons in the paper as "an unacceptable disrespect" and appointed two reporters to investigate the issue.
02 January 2006
If you don't get it, you don't get it
The Nazis of old and the leftists of new have more in common than you can imagine. Their hatred of their own society is so deep that they?ll team up with psychotics who through their envy and resentment of humanity want to perform a clitorectomy on half of civilization. Otherwise, this Dutch language Nazi poster says it all: "With Germany against Capitalism."
Thanks to John Ray's excellent blog Dissecting Leftism for alerting us to the poster on the left. The poster on the right is younger in vintage, but older yet in spirit, and equally as hateful and ignorant.
The very least one could say is that they aren't dissimilar, and never that far away in it's desire to control good people. It's become standard fare for those who behind a veil of pretense about being for "peoples," are not actually for people at all, and who are woefully blind about the past.
Crossposted on ¡No Pasaràn!
Le Modèle Social Français
01 January 2006
The difference between a holding cell that destroys freedom and one that protects it
Traian Ungureanu (who has been fired by the best) may not speak for all Romanians, but he speaks for our dear friend Kit who translated a recent article of his.
"Are there ?secret? American prisons in Romania and Poland? One should hope so! Why? First of all, because it?s consistent with pro-American attitudes among Eastern Europeans who know what the inside of a Soviet prison-state looks like. Esteemed Strasbourg and dearest Bruxelles, allow us to use the only on-the-job training we?ve had in forty years of forced labor. We are experts in prison facilities and we have no problem in telling the difference between a holding cell that destroys freedom and a holding cell that protects it.
Second, because Romanians and the Poles have a great thirst for life and travel and they would like to combine the two without visas (thank you!) and without bomb-propulsion systems. [It?s a play-on-words. Something like ?transportation services powered by bombs?.]
But who?s asking? The answer is most enlightening: the Council of Europe, an institution born out of Winston Churchill?s vision, in 1949. Almost fifty years on, the great British Prime Minister would make an excellent subject of inquiry for this Council. Churchill was an unabashed advocate of freedom and force. The freedom to live one?s life under the principles of western democracy and the use of unlimited and not overly restrained trust to act against those who try to destroy it. Those who don?t care much for Churchill should know that they are missing both the wisdom of the past and the meaning of the present. Our times are much more treacherous than Churchill?s clear-cut fight. The enemies of the West are no longer waging an open war, they no longer have a flag or a government nor do they wear uniforms.
The Council of Europe, The Washington Post, Human Rights Watch and other American abuse-detectors want to know if there are secret prisons in Eastern Europe. They?re asking the wrong question and the enquiry will do nothing but harm Europe. These institutions which seem ever so ready to investigate, and have too much time on their hands, would do better to ask another question: are there secret terrorist networks in Western Europe? What is their purpose? Is it to disseminate Arab cuisine in Europe, or to destroy the West?s political system? Unless they choose to look into the prior, the aforementioned organizations might ask themselves this: how do we defeat such an enemy? In our case, victory is defined as nothing less than the right of each citizen inhabiting a space between Malmö and Birlad [a one-horse-town in Romania] to die as the Almighty wishes, and the Almighty?s right to retain His place and not be substituted by a foreign god, nor by the resentful motives of an anti-American part of Europe.
This continent, whose freedom is still guaranteed by the American military, has learned to be persnickety [I love that word!], like a homeowner who dismisses the fire fighters who come to put out the fire because their uniforms are not buttoned-up. Those who criticize American practices are counting planes in Timisoara, but they are unable to suggest a solution on how to make the members of a terrorist cell talk. Other than a utopian view of a terrorist who was busy chopping heads the other day turning into an eager conversationalist, America?s critics offer no alternative.
However, everything depends on the successful interrogation methods, from the opportunity to freely lambaste Americans, to the right of The Council of Europe to have a building as its headquarters, instead of a pile of ruins.
Interrogating terrorist prisoners cannot always be done by following the contemporary standards of Western justice. Investigating a suspect rests on all that comes with the territory of the rule of law, and on the sovereignty of a constitutional state. The investigators have access to accounts, to personal information, witnesses, friends, archives, private papers. A prisoner captured in Pakistan or in a Muslim neighborhood in Bruxelles has either no papers, or has too many. He is unable or unwilling to speak the language, he is not integrated into anything. There?s nothing the good old fashioned justice systems can do when faced with a suspect of this kind. It is inconceivable that the honorable Council of Europe is unaware of this fact. It is unthinkable that Human Rights Watch, which is in itself a huge log book of the lawlessness of Arab states, is oblivious in this respect. The source of their dogmatic distress is not a lack of information, but their hostility towards President?s Bush?s policies.
The way they see things, Romania and Poland are nothing but American enclaves inside the European Union, out of control territories that make perfect targets for retaliation in the guise of their concern.
This is their secret and ugly truth."The article clearly speaks for itself.