Saturday, May 17, 2008

Mark Steyn thinks otherwise....

It says something for Democrat touchiness that the minute a guy makes a generalized observation about folks who appease terrorists and dictators the Dems assume: Hey, they're talking about me. Actually, he wasn't — or, to be more precise, he wasn't talking only about you. Yes, there are plenty of Democrats who are in favor of negotiating with our enemies, and a few Republicans, too — President Bush's pal James Baker, whose Iraq Study Group was full of proposals to barter with Iran and Syria and everybody else. But that general line is also taken by at least three of Tony Blair's former cabinet ministers and his senior policy adviser, and by the leader of Canada's New Democratic party, and by a whole bunch of bigshot Europeans. It's not a Democrat-election policy, it's an entire worldview. Even Barack Obama can't be so vain as to think his fly-me-to-[insert name of enemy here] concept is an original idea.

Increasingly, the Western world has attitudes rather than policies. It's one thing to talk as a means to an end. But these days, for most midlevel powers, talks are the end, talks without end. Because that's what civilized nations like doing — chit-chatting, shooting the breeze, having tea and crumpets, talking talking talking. Uncivilized nations like torturing dissidents, killing civilians, bombing villages, doing doing doing. It's easier to get the doers to pass themselves off as talkers then to get the talkers to rouse themselves to do anything. And, as the Iranians understand, talks provide a splendid cover for getting on with anything you want to do. If, say, you want to get on with your nuclear program relatively undisturbed, the easiest way to do it is to enter years of endless talks with the Europeans over said nuclear program. That's why that Hamas honcho endorsed Obama: They know he's their best shot at getting a European foreign minister installed as president of the United States.

Read it all here...

The perfect storm...

Seeking Power without the responsibility

Where American universities are headed

DUTCH POLICE ARREST CARTOONIST

Not bad...

GREG BARTO: "Here, in two paragraphs, is why I will be voting for McCain this November."

Friday, May 16, 2008

Good luck with that...

Dear Marriott
"When I stayed at one of your hotels recently and asked if it would be possible to email a copy of my receipt to me and your clerk said yes I was hoping for a copy of the receipt to be emailed to me and was not hoping to be inundated with spam on a near-daily basis.

Action on either of those points would be appreciated."

And Krugman thinks we should be just like them...

Strikers in France Challenge Sarkozy’s Plan to Reduce Jobs in the Public Sector
"As much as 55 percent of the state budget currently goes to pay for civil servants and state pensions. Mr. Sarkozy and his prime minister, Fran├žois Fillon, say they intend to have a balanced budget by 2012. Mr. Fillon was encouraged on Thursday by reports that economic growth was up in the first quarter, and that the French economy was likely to grow 1.7 percent to 2 percent this year."
These folks arent going to be around much longer, are they? Pass the cheese, please...

Maybe, maybe not - but like idiots they will vote for him anyways...

Does Obama Even Need The Jewish Vote?

Lets talk to them...

Islamic Univ Lecturer:Send Suicide-Bombers Armed with "Small Nuclear Bombs" to Israel

Merk Steyn on importing poverty...

Common Sense from Samuelson

Just shut up and campaign...

The Obama Campaign Goes Completely Insane:
"For Obama’s communications director to call the President’s remarks an “unprecedented political attack on foreign soil” is utter nonsense. More than that, though, Obama’s reaction is exactly the kind of “distraction” that he constantly complains about–even when the issues raised are legitimate ones to discuss (like his association with the Reverend Wright). To take a serious address like the one President Bush delivered in Israel today and shoehorn it into a campaign is exactly the kind of thing that drags down political discourse in America–and is the opposite of what Obama claims to represent."

Schmucks we are...

BECAUSE IT'S NOT LIKE WE NEED ANY DOMESTIC OIL OR ANYTHING...

Ah, Angelina...

P.J. O'ROURKE SUMS UP THE ELECTIONS:

Two substantive political issues are the federal budget deficit and the war in Iraq. Now, if you're electing Democrats to control government spending, then you're marrying Angelina Jolie for her brains. This leaves the Democrats with one real issue: Iraq. And so far the best that any Democratic presidential candidate has been able to manage with Iraq is to make what I think of as the high school sex promise: I will pull out in time, honest dear.

Though, actually, I think Angelina Jolie is smarter than Obama when it comes to Iraq.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Oh those evil oil profits?

Oil Refiners See Profits Sink as Consumption Falls
"After last year’s stellar profits, American refiners are going through a traumatic period. In a time of record gasoline prices, some of them actually lost money in the first quarter, and for virtually all refiners, profits are down sharply.

Experts say the refiners are caught in a double bind. The price of their raw material, oil, is rising because of strong global demand. At the same time, consumption of gasoline in the United States is falling as a result of slower economic growth and consumer efforts to conserve."


Read the whole thing. Dumbass political slogans will just make things worse.....

Another perfect example of why the government can't fix things....

Bottled Water Paradox: Banned, and Required:
"After two years of extremely heated debate that included references to ecology, history, geography, and the politics of selling or buying mass-produced cupcakes, the Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn voted at the end of last month to discontinue the sale of bottled water. It comes to about 670 gallons of water per week.

Just as the co-op membership: 13,966 has been selling its last few ounces of designer water, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital is very quietly going into its third year with signs posted over every sink in one of its newest buildings that say: “Do not drink the water. Use bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, or taking medication.”"

Yet another reason not to watch....

When an Anchor Curses on the Air, She Becomes the Night’s Top Story

I have always DESPISED the ever-present image of Sue Simmons on the telly. Nothing specific, she just irked me to the bone; and she will always be the poster girl for the vapid, empty and ridiculous waste of time that local news represents.
Couldn't have happened to a better person.....

Something to ponder...

The New Cold War
"The next American president will inherit many foreign policy challenges, but surely one of the biggest will be the cold war. Yes, the next president is going to be a cold-war president — but this cold war is with Iran."

Friedman hasn't been all that cogent lately; but this Op-Ed today makes a whole lot of sense. Appeasing the Shiite animals will be the left's primary focus after the election; and we will find out very quickly if our new President has any balls at all.

Bring on healthcare! We'll show you how to screw-up a nation!

Fantasy Budgeting Will Override Bush's Vetoes
"It s not very popular to pass energy policies that would really lower gas prices. That would mean giving up our SUV s, funding mass transit, and building more smelly refineries. It s not popular to tell some farmers that if they can t survive without taxpayer subsidies when commodity prices are this high, maybe they shouldn t be farming.

The fantasy is that suspending additions of light sweet crude oil to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve would lower gas prices. We re currently purchasing 68,000 barrels per day out of 86 million barrels purchased daily on the world market. Furthermore, refiners operate flat out over the summer. There is no additional gas to be had at any price. Adding a trickle more crude oil will not yield any more gas.

The fantasy is that rewarding farmers with subsidies will ease food prices. No, the subsidies will just reward favored farmers. Growing more food will ease prices, and that usually happens as the result of investments in technologies that increase crop yields."

Some common sense....

Jerry Pournelle:
"The fact is that the Democrats will control Congress. If they also control the White House, we will have a series of legislative packages that will make the Great Society look like a libertarian government. In opposition the Republicans rediscover their principles; it s power they haven t been able to handle since Newt Gingrich was Speaker.

The country is in trouble. We have forgotten our founding principles, and we move inexorably toward a European style socialist state, with the only winners being an enormous bureaucracy. This will accelerate the economic decline.

The argument is to give the Democrats their head, and pick up the pieces after the inevitable crash. I think that overlooks the resilience of tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect regimes. We haven t seen much in the way of reforms in Europe. The Democrats will create new bureaucracies that can never be dismantled: an example is the Department of Education. Reagan came into office determined to abolish it. Now it owns US education, and No Child Left Behind is entrenched. The Iron Law of Bureaucracy is inexorable.

The country was reasonably well managed when we had a Republican Congress and a Democrat President."

No big deal - right?

"The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate's politics were born in Chicago. Yet [Barack Obama] is presented to the nation as not truly being of this place, as if he floats just above the political corruption here, uninfected, untouched by the stain of it or by any sin of commission or omission.... My argument is not with him -- but with the national political media pack that refuses to look closely at what Chicago is.... Why is Obama allowed to campaign as a reformer, virtually unchallenged by the media, though he's a product of Chicago politics and has never condemned the wholesale political corruption in his home town the way he condemns those darn Washington lobbyists" -- Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Why be depressed?

Seven bombs kill 60 people in India's Jaipur

Nobody will do anything about it anyways....

Because they listen to the crappy studies...

More than 2 million U.S. youths depressed

Grim destiny

WaPo: Indiana is Lousy with Racism:
"This is where the election is headed, with help from the mainstream media: any and all criticism or opposition to Barack Obama will be labeled “racism.”"

Not premature at all...

The Morning Skate
Yes, it is premature to say this, but if the Red Wings and Penguins meet in the Stanley Cup Final which becomes more likely each day , the series will be marked by this rarity: The last Penguins team to win the Stanley Cup, in 1992, was coached by Scotty Bowman. The last Red Wings team to win the Stanley Cup, in 2002, was coached by Scotty Bowman.

Perhaps the researchers at Elias Sports Bureau can figure out the last time that happened, if it has ever happened at all.

And wouldn’t it be nice if the NHL and these clubs honored Scotty along with the captains of those two teams — Mario Lemieux and Steve Yzerman — prior to Game 1 of the Final, maybe by having them drop the puck for the ceremonial opening faceoff?
If Philly loses tonight, it is all but over, and this Times blog is spot-on in its prediction. Certainly, the two best teams are showing their stuff; and a showdown between the two is going to be maybe the best Cup Final in quite some time. Watching the Flyers lose is ALWAYS something I find satisfying, though...

The Brothers certainly love their Newports...

Cigarette Bill Treats Menthol With Leniency

I guess it's better than sueing the Port Authority...

U.S. victims of attacks in Israel sue Swiss bank
American victims of bombings and rocket attacks in Israel have sued Swiss bank UBS AG for more than $500 million, accusing the bank of helping fund the militants behind the attacks through dealings with Iran.

Now there is nobody to vote for...

McCain Breaks From Bush Administration on Climate Change, Calls for Mandatory Caps

Monday, May 12, 2008

Then why bother watching?

The vapidity of cable news, part 998 in a continuing series

Smarter than your average bear....

That Pundit on Fox News? An Upstart Named Rove

Not much to argue about...

Mark Steyn on Israel
By most measures, the Jewish state is a great success story. The modern Middle East is the misbegotten progeny of the British and French colonial map-makers of 1922. All the nation states in that neck of the woods date back a mere 60 or 70 years — Iraq to the Thirties, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel to the Forties. The only difference is that Israel has made a go of it. Would I rather there were more countries like Israel, or more like Syria? I don’t find that a hard question to answer. Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East (Iraq may yet prove a second) and its Arab citizens enjoy more rights than they would living under any of the kleptocrat kings and psychotic dictators who otherwise infest the region. On a tiny strip of land narrower at its narrowest point than many American townships, Israel has built a modern economy with a GDP per capita just shy of $30,000 — and within striking distance of the European Union average. If you object that that’s because it’s uniquely blessed by Uncle Sam, well, for the past 30 years the second largest recipient of U.S. aid has been Egypt: Their GDP per capita is $5,000, and America has nothing to show for its investment other than one-time pilot Mohammed Atta coming at you through the office window.

Beyond Fat Albert....

‘This Is How We Lost to the White Man’:
"Part of what drives Cosby’s activism, and reinforces his message, is the rage that lives in all African Americans, a collective feeling of disgrace that borders on self-hatred. As the comedian Chris Rock put it in one of his infamous routines, “Everything white people don’t like about black people, black people really don’t like about black people … It’s like a civil war going on with black people, and it’s two sides—there’s black people and there’s niggas, and niggas have got to go … Boy, I wish they’d let me join the Ku Klux Klan. Shit, I’d do a drive-by from here to Brooklyn.” (Rock stopped performing the routine when he noticed that his white fans were laughing a little too hard.) Liberalism, with its pat logic and focus on structural inequities, offers no balm for this sort of raw pain. Like the people he preaches to, Cosby has grown tired of hanging his head."

Read the WHOLE THING!

Now, now - Lets remember to be multi-cultural....

Jordanian Kills Pregnant Sister to 'Cleanse Family Honor'

Go get him!

Alan Dershowitz: Jimmy Carter is a Liar
"When former President Jimmy Carter spoke at Brandeis University in January, he complained that 'this is the first time I've ever been called a liar...'. Well, he'd better get used to it, because I can now prove that he is a liar."

No virgins for you...

Palestinian Work Accident Watch

Money for everything....

Saudi Money for Harvard and Jimmy Carter
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, whose $10 million contribution was turned down by Rudy Giuliani in the days after the 9/11 attacks, is showering American colleges and political institutions (like the Jimmy Carter Center for Peace and the James Baker Institute) with multi-million dollar donations: Harvard Islamic Studies Program Opened.

One of those good thing/bad thing things...

A cigarette vending machine that can perceive whether you're old enough to smoke?

Of course they don't count... they're just poor white folk!

Dueling Demagoguery

After anointing Obama as the nominee on Tuesday, the media narrative has shifted to the West Virginia and Kentucky "Appalachian" contests. They are reduced to quaint curiosities in which poor, white, uneducated mountain people from a "bygone era" have been trained to make their way to a school gym and push a button just like real people for the delight and amusement of the media elite.

The "dueling banjos" video in this post entitled "On to Appalachia" is a good example. Presumably it is a reference to the retarded West Virginia inbred voter demographic making up Clinton's 20% to 40% margin of support there.

You must always be nice

Via Instapundit.com

The "Alien" method...

Tiny Surgical Instruments Suck Appendix Out of Your Stomach and Into Your Mouth