Friday, July 28, 2006

"Pander and run"

Ouch. Peter Beinart, who is one of them, slams congressional democrats for the cynical opportunists they are:
After years of struggling to define their own approach to post-Sept. 11 foreign policy, Democrats seem finally to have hit on one. It's called pandering. In those rare cases when George W. Bush shows genuine sensitivity to America's allies and propounds a broader, more enlightened view of the national interest, Democrats will make him pay. It's jingoism with a liberal face.
Read it all.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

I have it! Eureka!

So Hillary has come up with the latest Democrat "plan" to woo middle class voters: the American Dream Initiative. This takes the place of the last Democrat campaign plan: "Everything Republicans do is wrong, but we will do it better and faster and smarter. Republicans suck. And if you don't agree with us, you're a big fat idiot who hates babies and puppies."

I guess this is progress for the progressives. Maybe this plan will last longer than the others.

Wisdom, indeed . . . with protein!

This is good for you -- trust me.

Your federal government at work --

Remember when you took a picture of your daughter on her first plane ride from Richmond to Orlando? May have got you onto a terrorist watch list.
The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one report a month. If they don't, there's no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments.

"Innocent passengers are being entered into an international intelligence database as suspicious persons, acting in a suspicious manner on an aircraft ... and they did nothing wrong," said one federal air marshal.
That's just great.

Via Cville blogs (Waldo Jacquith).

Monday, July 24, 2006

If I were President, things would be all peachy, all the time.

John Kerry, poster boy for self-impressed multi-tasking.
U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D- Mass., who was in town Sunday to help Gov. Jennifer Granholm campaign for her re-election bid, took time to take a jab at the Bush administration for its lack of leadership in the Israeli-Lebanon conflict.

"If I was president, this wouldn't have happened," said Kerry during a noon stop at Honest John's bar and grill in Detroit's Cass Corridor.
You see, Bush should have been making sure that Hezbollah didn't kidnap Israeli soldiers on Israeli territory. Kerry would have been there with his lucky hat, dropping off some CIA guys to infiltrate the positions and save the day. Fortunately, Bush has seen the error of his ways.

Is Kerry beyond parody yet? I'm getting that impression.

Click the links!

I have just subscribed to the Virginia Political Blog aggregator and the Charlottesville Blog aggregator [about friggin' time -- sitemeter]. There lots of good stuff at both -- check them out. These were organized by Waldo Jacquith, man about town (Charlottesville, that is). Thanks, Waldo.

Check out the Time Cube

Stephani from Georgia directs us to this odd place: TimeCube! Here you go:
Earth is composed of opposite hemispheres which rotate in opposite directions - equal to a zero value existence (plus & minus). As entity, the opposite hemispheres cancel out.
Earth exist as 4 - 90 degree opposite corner quadrants, but not as a 360 degree circle. Earth is Cubic opposites, nothing as circle. A singularity inflicted scholar has not the mentality, freedom or guts to know that academia is a Trojan Horse mind control. Singularity brotherhood owns your brain, destroying your ability to think Cubicism. Evil academia blocks out Time Cube site and suppresses its discussion and debate. You are an educated singularity idiot who can stupidily deny Nature's Harmonic 4 simultaneous 24 hour days within a single rotation of Earth, or even make parody of the Cubic Creation Principle - but your mental ability to comprehend the greatest social and scientific discovery of all human existence has been lobotomized by the evil academic singularity bastards hired to destroy your ability to think opposite. You cannot comprehend Opposite Creation. Religous/academic taught singularity is the reduction of the human mind to android.
I had no idea I was such an educated sigularity idiot, believing the earth isn't a cube. Wow. All those pictures from space make it look like a sphere! I HAVE BEEN BRAINWASHED BY THE TROJAN HORSE OF ACADEMIA! DAMN YOU, EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT, DAMN YOU!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

ACLU defends Fred Phelps --

Yep, Fred Phelps. The article fails to mention why his church has become so controversial, and I don't know whether it is because they ran out of space, or they were trying to make the ACLU look a little bit better than it would if WaPo had published relevant photos with the article. You know, stuff like this:
You know, the ACLU doesn't have to take every potential case -- I imagine Mr. Phelps can afford his own lawyers. Defending someone's Constitutional right to carry signs that say "God hates Fags" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" at funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and in Afghanistan can be viewed, I guess, as a check on government's ability to stifle political or religious speech -- I can acknowledge that. It's just that this Phelps guy is so odious, and his following so deranged, that it is difficult to understand why any smart lawyer (and the ACLU is full of smart crusader types) would use Phelps as a plaintiff in the suit. I mean, there are plenty of folks who are willing to picket at a soldier's funeral against the war in a perfectly peaceful and non-"God hates Fags" kind of way that would be much more sympathetic. Bad tactics, in my view.

Ah, the UN's "peacekeeping" abilities are, well, not so much

Good lord. The UN "peacekeeping" force on the border of Lebanon is actually complicit in at least one Hezbollah kidnapping from 2001. It's this type of good work that makes me believe the UN is definitely the last, best hope of mankind. I'm still waiting for someone to tell me who said that (and if it isn't about the UN, I will be embarassed).

UPDATE: I used that fancy thing they call "google," and it turns out that Abraham Lincoln (See here or here) used it first:
My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
I could have sworn it was somebody talking about the UN. So embarassed I am!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Seems apt to me.

Pretty well sums up the situation in Israel and Lebanon, doesn't it?

Via Dissecting Leftism

Friday, July 21, 2006

Mmm mmm good . . .

I just love me some UN-bashing.
No, the failure comes in precisely the arena that supposedly justifies the U.N.’s existence: global peace and security. And that’s where the delusion comes in. The folks at United Nations Plaza have proved themselves to be either well-intentioned incompetents or cagey, crapulent kleptocrats. The list of their biggest failures is spelled out in blood: Somalia, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Congo (where peacekeepers reportedly raped the local girls), Iraq (where the U.N. bugged out after a bombing in 2003), Darfur, and, in what was supposed to be the model for U.N. peacekeeping, East Timor, which, after seven years of exemplary U.N. stewardship, recently became the ideal location to film a reality-show version of Mad Max.
But isn't the UN the "last best hope of mankind"? Who said that, anyway?

UPDATE: I used that fancy thing they call "google," and it turns out that Abraham Lincoln (See here or here) used it first:
My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
I could have sworn it was somebody talking about the UN. So embarassed I am!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Richard Cohen appears, by all standard measures, to be an idiot.

Richard Cohens supremely idiotic op-ed from yesterday has garnered a devastating response.
First big whopper which torpedoes Cohen's credibility, because it is an easy fact to check: Half of Israel's Jewish population is Arab Jews, not European Jews. How come there are Arab Jews? Because they were in Israel/Judea before Arabs became Muslim. In fact, they were the Jews before various historical events scattered and exiled some of them, one destination being Europe. (And yes, European Jews and Arab Jews are all Jews. The tracing of Ashkenazi Jewry from their origins in Judea are clear, their holy language, religious rituals, liturgy, and even genetic markers are the same, all dating back to where Israel is now, and they all regard each other as Jews and always have. So let's not even start with that particular nonsense.)
Read Cohen's piece, and then read the Keshertalk response. Excellent stuff.

What bothered me was Cohen's attitude of "well, you can't deal with the fanatics, so why try? Don't try to defend yourself in any meaningful fashion -- just 'hunker down,' let it happen -- and for God's sake don't kill anyone! That would make me say 'disproportionate response!'"

Friday, July 14, 2006

Ashley Judd on safari --

I knew Ashley Judd in high school--she was a senior when I was a troubled sophomore. We even went on a few dates. I am surprised (and saddened) to read that she is as reported here.

UPDATE: employer made Tacitus take the post down. Sorry about that.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Israel attacks!!!

It seems that Israel has invaded southern Lebanon. Check out the links here for complete coverage. Frederick Forsyth, indeed.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

My, how embarrasking!

Via Ace, we see that some fervent anti-abortion activist has taken to Fisking an Onion article. Yes, that Onion. Aspiring news and activist bloggers out there, please take note: the Onion is FAKE NEWS. It is not REAL NEWS. For REAL NEWS, you have to go to news sources that report on actual, and not fake, news.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Estate Tax --

It's not just for whitey anymore:
Supply-side economics guru Arthur Laffer could have written the floor speech of CBC member Rep. William Jefferson (D., La.):

The federal estate tax results in … slower economic growth, reduced social mobility, and wasted productive activity. Moreover, the costs imposed by the estate tax far outweigh any benefits that the tax might produce. It is unclear whether the estate tax raises any revenue at all, since most if not all of its receipts are offset by losses under the income tax.

Jefferson continued:

In 2003, Congress’ Joint Economic Committee reported that the death tax brought in $22 billion in annual revenue, but cost the private sector another $22 billion in compliance costs. Therefore, the total impact on the economy was a staggering $44 billion. And, when one calculates the amount of money spent on complying with the tax, the number of lost jobs resulting from businesses being sold, or the resources directed away from business expansion and into estate planning, it is clear why this punitive tax must be eliminated.

Jefferson’s effectiveness as a pro-repeal spokesman unfortunately plummeted after his ejection from the House Ways and Means Committee amid an ongoing federal corruption probe.
Read the whole thing, and ponder why anyone would think the estate tax is a good idea.