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Monday
Sep202004

Hot Cold

It is because of things like this...

To many, this suggests a global warming fingerprint: The accumulation of greenhouse gases -- principally carbon dioxide -- has driven world temperatures to new heights (2002 and 2003 tied for second place after 1998 as the warmest years ever).
...that I write things like this. Not to mention this.

Sunday
Sep192004

A Complete Enemy

Captain Ed, blogging about France:

...disinformation operations are specifically designed to confuse and damage an opponent's intelligence services, placing them at a disadvantage against their enemies. Any time another country targets the US for such tactics, it puts American citizens at risk and when successful weakens our national security. But especially after 9/11, such activity cannot be seen as the actions of a friend, even an envious or concerned friend. Deliberate disinformation campaigns during wartime make clear that the aggressor considers themselves an antagonist to the US, if not a complete enemy.
Read the whole thing here.

Sunday
Sep192004

Rathergate Must-Read

The Washington Post has a must see piece on page one in Sunday's edition on Rathergate.



Related and, if anything, even more interesting graphic in the Post can be found here.

Friday
Sep172004

Missionaries to Wal-Mart Territory

Ed Haislmaier sent this over:

Writing in the Charleston Daily Mail ("Missionaries to Wal-Mart territory: Liberals still think the message is fine; the audience, stupid"), columnist Chris Stirewalt demolishes the newly public expression of the 'voters are too stupid to elect liberals' theory. That theory -- which to date has usually been only quietly and privately expressed among our friends on the left -- is the natural corollary to the left's longstanding, and often publicly asserted, belief that conservatives are stupid.



Money quotes:
Left-wing America has reached a conclusion about the half of the country that refuses to put them in charge: Regular people are too stupid and brainwashed to vote in their own self-interest.
and
Thomas Frank's book "What's the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America" has received accolades [from the left] for finally saying what so many had been thinking -- that the only reason liberalism lost was that conservatives were better at duping the rubes.
and
Like the avant-garde composer who creates a symphony so advanced and innovative that it sounds like a raccoon being tossed down the stairs in a steel garbage can, liberals know the problem is with the audience, not their work.
and
If the new idea for the left is to be even more condescending to voters, I don't suppose conservatives have too much to worry about.
Quick! Somebody syndicate Stirewalt before he gets away!

Friday
Sep172004

Project 21 Member Profiled

Project 21 member Kimani Jefferson has just been profiled in his local newspaper.



The paper profiles his conversion from an Al Gore voter in 2000 to Republican National Convention delegate (from Minnesota) by 2004.

Friday
Sep172004

Child Abuse

Jeez. You wouldn't think grown-ups would do this to a little kid.



Hat tip to Poisoning Pigeons.



Addendum: The Washington Times has more details.



(I just knew the thugs would turn out to be labor union guys.)



Addendum 2: I predict three-year-old Sophia Parlock may get to meet the President of the United States personally the next time he's in West Virginia...



Addendum 3: Michelle Malkin reports the union is apologizing (good for them) while Captain Ed doesn't think much of the story or of the Parlock family.



I love Captain Ed, but my instincts go the other way completely. I've been to, and organized, many many counterdemonstrations over the years. Folks who attend them are expressing their political views, and as long as they do so lawfully, they should be applauded for participating in the process. (Frankly, if a few more Americans had participated in counterdemonstrations in the 60s and early 70s a few million Vietnamese killed by the communists after we left might be alive today.)



I myself got slugged pretty effectively by a grandmother in Texas in 1980 after I unfurled a Reagan sign at a Jimmy Carter rally at the Waco airport. Some would say I should not have done it (in fact, that's what the Reagan people said later to me that very day; Jimmy Carter had some pretty graphic words, too), and now that I'm 24 years older I probably wouldn't do the same thing given the same circumstances.



Ultimately, however, what I did was harmless, and I went on to participate in probably over 100 more demonstrations and counterdemonstrations over the years with very little violence of any kind ever taking place. Violence at political rallies is the exception, not the norm, at political rallies in the U.S., so it is not surprising to me that citizens would expect to be able to wave signs without fear at an opposition-party rally. I can't call it irresponsible that one family tried.



Addendum 4:An update on the story from the Parlocks' local newspaper.

Friday
Sep172004

History Channel

I'm blogging while watching the History Channel's documentary "First Invasion: The War of 1812."



I thought I knew a good bit about that war but it turns out I missed learning about some good stuff, including more than one event helpful to Americans that was attributed to divine intervention (here's one blogger's take on a weather-related miracle, and a more disspassionate view of that same event), and some extremely impressive sacrifices by ordinary Americans to save the then-infant republic.



Although it isn't one of the miracles, in the Battle of New Orleans, 2,000 British troops out of a force of 10,000 veterans were killed or wounded by a ragtag American force that suffered 8 dead and 13 wounded. That sounds pretty close to a miracle to me -- at least, for our side.



I'll never listen to the Star Spanged Banner the same way again.


Friday
Sep172004

Quote of the Day

"Dan Rather does not like anyone in the Bush family that I know of, unless maybe one of the dogs."



-Bob Dole on the Tony Snow radio show, as quoted in the New York Times, September 17

Friday
Sep172004

Black Conservatives on "Voter Suppression"

Project 21 is calling claims of voter suppression by the NAACP, People for the American Way and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights a "smear-and-fear" campaign.



The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, run by its uber-leftist chairman, Mary Frances Berry, is holding a formal meeting on "barriers to the ballot box" September 17.



Says a Commission press release on the briefing:

Recent allegations [of barriers to the ballot box] include events in Florida, where many elderly black voters have been reportedly intimidated by police officers investigating alleged absentee voting fraud; in Texas, where students at the predominately black Prairie View A&M University were threatened with arrest by the local district attorney, who erroneously suggested they were not eligible to vote in the county in which the school was located; South Dakota, where some Native American poll workers and voters asserted that voting fraud investigations were racially motivated and only served to intimidate and discourage Indian voters; and in Chicago, where problems with voter identification and provisional balloting implementation reportedly had racial implications.
Says Project 21's Kevin Martin:
The same forces we saw in 2000 - those speaking of a concerted effort to disfranchise minorities - are once again making ridiculous allegations to make up for their lack of substance. They speak of voter suppression and intimidation, but they say nothing about the lax voter registration and identification rules that could lead to voter fraud.
For more, go here.

Thursday
Sep162004

No Clownish Fluffball Enterprise

From Michelle Malkin's Love Letter to the Blogosphere today:

From This episode is also a powerful rebuke of the MSM's Wonkette-ization of the blogosphere--which enabled Old Media types to take comfort in gossip blogger Ana Marie Cox's bosom and minimize blogging as a clownish fluffball enterprise. They'll still visit her site for an occasional fix of penis jokes and fabricated rumors, but she'll no longer be in their daily must-reads, where she has been replaced by bloggers of substance who don't need to go slumming to command deserved attention from newsrooms across the country.
I recommend all of it.

Thursday
Sep162004

Congratulations to Sean

Congratulations to Sean at the Everything I Know Is Wrong blog for receiving 50,000 visitors to his blog.



Sean just happened to check his Sitemeter just as his webometer hit 50,000.



Everything I Know Is Wrong and Captain's Quarters were two of the very first blogs I read regularly when I first started paying serious attention to the blogosphere in 2003, and I have continued to visit each of them nearly every day since.

Thursday
Sep162004

Viacom's Responsibility

Peter Flaherty of the National Legal and Policy Center has a piece on the American Spectator website today saying it is time for Viacom board of directors, which has legal and moral responsibility for the actions of its subsidiary CBS, to get directly involved in setting the CBS scandal to rights.



The National Legal and Policy Center has placed on its website a list of contact addresses not only for CBS, but for individual members of the Viacom board of directors.



The members of Viacom's board include members of the cabinets of former Presidents Clinton and Carter and the president of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. The complete list is here.

Thursday
Sep162004

Leave the U.N.

It is past time for the U.S. to leave the United Nations.

Thursday
Sep162004

Rush Limbaugh's Storm

This wonderful short essay pays blunt tribute to Rush Limbaugh.

Thursday
Sep162004

Well And Truly Broken

This says exactly what I think about Dan Rather's comments as reported the Washington Post today.

Wednesday
Sep152004

Ingraham v.  O'Reilly

Congratulations to talk host Laura Ingraham, who gave Fox's Bill O'Reilly a much-deserved earful on his program tonight.



Laura did her homework and she didn't back down. O'Reilly tried a few tricks (such as telling her he didn't regard her as as right-wing as Rush Limbaugh -- he mistakenly thought it was a compliment), but Laura wasn't buying any of it.



Fox will run the O'Reilly Factor three more times between now and dawn. If I find a transcript or a copy online I'll post it here.

Wednesday
Sep152004

Just Kidding

It is amazing to me that satellite pictures of the United States seem to include state border lines.

Tuesday
Sep142004

No Jews or Christians Allowed

Can this possibly be legal?



Hat tip to Little Red Blog.



Addendum: I just telephoned Six Flags Great Adventure in NJ. I asked if what I had heard was true, that I must be a Muslim to be eligible to visit the park this Friday. I was told that the park is closed on Fridays. Seeing the loophole, I asked: "So the park is not open this Friday?" The Six Flags employee hesitated a second and then told me the park would be open this Friday, having been reserved by and for the use of a private group.



As it was after 9 PM when I called I was speaking to security personnel rather than to personnel in executive offices. If someone else has the full scoop on this I'd love to know it and will link to it if it is online, but if no one does I will call Six Flags tomorrow and ask them for their side of the story, and then post what I learn here.



Addendum #2 dated 9/15: WorldNetDaily is now reporting that Six Flags says the park will not be used exclusively by Muslim groups on Friday and that one of the Muslim organizations is backing off claims that the park will be "exclusively for Muslims" on Friday. The details in the WorldNet Daily story don't conform to what I was told by security personnel when I called Six Flags, but World Net Daily's source is the vice president of public relations for Six Flags, so unless other evidence surfaces, I'm going to assume she knows what she is talking about.



So, as the story stands now, there will be no religious test for entry into the theme park this Friday.

Tuesday
Sep142004

Dementia and Voting

The Washington Post expresses page one concern that people with dementia are voting.



Says the Post:

While many states have laws governing who is eligible to vote, attempts to disenfranchise voters with dementia could face constitutional challenge.
Change the could in that sentence to would -- if necessary, I'd challenge such a move myself.



There is absolutely no way doctors and caregivers can judge who is capable of making an informed decision. If a person can't vote -- literally can no longer understand how to physically cast the vote -- that's one thing, because that is an objective standard not determined by the judgement of a third party, but no third party should be able to take away someone's citizenship rights based on a medical opinion.



But taking the vote away from people who can't even pass one of Jay Leno's sidewalk civics tests, now that's a voting reform I can get behind.



Addendum: One of my must-read blogs, The Commons at Paulie World, rightly (in my view) corrects the Post's use of language in the quote above. I was glad to read the correction, because weak editing by big-budget, prestigious and (to be blunt) often self-important news publications is one of my pet peeves.

Tuesday
Sep142004

BatDad

People are laughing about Batman at Buckingham Palace, but the campaign for enhanced fathers' custody rights in Britain is apparently quite a huge issue.



More here.