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Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Joke of the Day
Not quite sure where it originated from, but enjoy anyway.
A large group of Iraqi soldiers are moving down a road when they hear a voice call from behind a sand dune....
"One U.S. Marine is better than ten Iraqis"
The Iraqi commander quickly sends 10 of his best soldiers over the dune, whereupon a gun-battle breaks out and continues for a few minutes then silence.
The voice then calls out...
"One Marine is better than one hundred Iraqis"
Furious, the Iraqi commander sends his next best 100 troops over the dune and instantly a huge gunfight commences.
After 10 minutes of battle, again silence.
The Marine's voice calls out again....
"One Marine is better than one thousand Iraqis"
The enraged Iraqi commander musters one thousand fighters and sends them across the dune.
Cannons, rockets and machine gun fire ring out as a huge battle is fought.
Eventually one wounded Iraqi fighter crawls back over the dune and with his dying words tells his commander...
"Don't send any more men....
It's a trap.... There's two of them!!"
Friday, April 11, 2003
Not that I am one to gloat, but………………
This is perhaps the finest piece I have found from the hard left about the aftermath of the war in Iraq.
It comes to us from Barry Stoller, editor of the ProletarianNews
What a goddman dismal day. Just like the Six Day War or the fall of the Berlin wall.
Or worse, maybe today was the Arab version of the Soviet collapse. Certainly the PR department at the Pentagon is playing it that way.
And to think Muslims thought the Soviet collapse was good news. Liberals and anarchists, too. Well, fuckin' idiots, take a bow and enjoy the 'new world order'!
Commies, Muslims, leftists, Palestinians, oppressed of the world - we're screwed. As of today, we are SERIOUSLY on the run.
We have got to get it the fuck together. Together. Together. TOGETHER.
Marching in the streets with banners and puppets - well, that takes resistance only so far. Throwing stones, that's a bit better. But it's not enough. Ask anyone in Jenin.
Liberals, we know you're not REALLY with us. You'll be the first to crawl back to the Satanic Democrats.
If it was Gore bombing Baghdad, you'd be wringing your hands and making your lame-ass excuses. I remember Belgrade, you finks; I remember Somalia, too. Not to mention Vietnam; you think Nixon started that war?
I repeat: Commies, Muslims, leftists, Palestinians, oppressed of the world - we have got to get it the fuck together. Amerika sucks. It has GOT TO GO!
WE MUST ORGANIZE!!.
A dismal day? Like the fall of the Berlin Wall? Man, someone really needs to see a freaking shrink.
Picture of the Day
Guns for me, but not for thee
in what could only be described as the epitome of hypocrisy, gun control advocate Sean Penn's car was stolen
along with two loaded handguns he kept in his car.
Actor Sean Penn's car - with two guns inside - was stolen earlier this week from a busy Berkeley, California, street while he was eating lunch at a nearby restaurant.
The black 1987 Buick Grand National had a loaded 9 millimeter Glock handgun and an unloaded .38-caliber Smith And Wesson revolver inside, say detectives.
Friday, April 04, 2003
Funniest thing I heard all week
While writing about the evils of the New McCarthyism underway in the US
, Sally T. Grant, president of the Board of Governors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, made one of the most ludicrous statement I have heard.
Cold War anti-communist hysteria in the 1950s saw Americans jailed simply for studying the works of Marx and Lenin.
I also enjoyed here hat tip to Charles Schenck, head of the US socialist party during the First World War.
[You could just imagine my surprise to hear an ACLU’er defending Soviet spies.]
Now many people, including myself, have misgivings about many provisions in the US Patriot Act, but to make a statement like that ……… well bullshit is the only thing that comes to my mind.
Thursday, April 03, 2003
Nicholas De Genova, the now infamous Columbia professor who called for “a million Mogadishus”
to stop advancing coalition troops in Iraq at a "peace teach in" , has recently canceled a speaking engagement at the Brecht center in New York.
The irony of De Genova speaking at the Brecht center did not escape me.
For those of you who do not know who the Brecht Center's namesake is, here is what Michael Moynihan over at the Politburo dug up on Mr Bertolt Brecht
A brief synopsis: Bertolt Brecht’s was a doctrinaire Stalinist; a paladin of authoritarian communism, a blind follower of Soviet mandated terror and a happy recipient of the hilariously misnamed "Stalin Peace Prize." After a brief period of exile in bourgeois America, he was dragged before the House to spill the beans on friends and comrades in the CPUSA. While ordering Brecht to appear before HUAC raises obvious civil liberties issues, the ex-pat playwright's apolitical public face was a lazy, dishonest dodge. As former FBI agent Elmer Linberg recently told the New York Times, Brecht often met with NKVD sleeper agents in California: "[Thomas Mann] told us about several people in close touch with the Russians, among them Brecht. Every time Soviet intelligence agents came to Los Angeles, they would go and be with Brecht for several sessions. Mann told us that [but] we already knew from surveillance of Brecht."
After the HUAC imbroglio, the hero of agitprop theater quickly settled in the Russian puppet state of East Germany where he quickly curried favor with local commissars, securing a (comparatively) posh post in the nascent DDR theater world. In 1953, tired of living under the Russian boot heel, the East erupted in spontaneous, anti-Communist demonstrations. Soviet tanks responded by firing upon their imprisoned subjects, killing hundreds and ultimately imprisoning over 6,000 political "undesirables." In response to the uprising, Brecht sent a letter to the Politburo offering his support to the government, as the bloodied, undaunted protestors chanted "Death to Communism" and "Long live Eisenhower."
Wednesday, April 02, 2003
A reader informs me that the piece I posted from Dennis Miller was actually written by Larry Miller of the Weekly Standard. Seems that this has even generated enough of a ruckus to make into Snopes.com.
Go check it out
for a full explanation.
Tuesday, April 01, 2003
One more post for the Day.
Wow, I just checked my sitemeter and would like to thank everyone who is tuning in. My traffic is roughly tripple what it would normally be.
Its really tough when you think that you are just talking to yourself.
Dennis Miller on Israel
I think this should be mandatory reading in every classroom in the Middle East.
A brief overview of the situation is always valuable, so as a service to all Americans who still don't get it, I now offer you the story of the Middle East in just a few paragraphs, which is all you really need. Don't thank me...I'm a giver. Here we go:
The Palestinians want their own country. There's just one thing about that: There are no Palestinians. It's a made up word. Israel was called Palestine for two thousand years. Like "Wiccan," "Palestinian" sounds ancient but is really a modern invention. Before the Israelis won the land in war, Gaza was owned by Egypt, and there were no "Palestinians" then, and the West Bank was owned by Jordan, and there were no "Palestinians" then.
As soon as the Jews took over and started growing oranges as big as basketballs, what do you know, say hello to the "Palestinians," weeping for their deep bond with their lost "land" and "nation."
So for the sake of honesty, let's not use the word "Palestinian" any more to describe these delightful folks, who dance for joy at our deaths until someone points out they're being taped. Instead, let's call them what they are: "Other Arabs Who Can't Accomplish Anything In Life And Would Rather Wrap Themselves In The Seductive Melodrama Of Eternal Struggle and Death."
I know that's a bit unwieldy to expect to see on CNN. How about this, then: Adjacent Jew-Haters." Okay, so the Adjacent Jew-Haters want their own country. Oops, just one more thing. No, they don't. They could've had their own country any time in the last thirty years, especially two years ago at Camp David. But if you have your own country, you have to have traffic lights and garbage trucks and Chambers of Commerce, and, worse, you actually have to figure out some way to make a living.
That's no fun. No, they want what all the other Jew-Haters in the region want: Israel. They also want a big pile of dead Jews, of course -- that's where the real fun is -- but mostly they want Israel. Why? For one thing, trying to destroy Israel - or "The Zionist Entity" as their textbooks call it -- for the last fifty years has allowed the rulers of Arab countries to divert the attention of their own people away from the fact that they're the blue-ribbon most illiterate, poorest, and tribally backward on God's Earth, and if you've ever been around God's Earth, you know that's really saying something.
It makes me roll my eyes every time one of our pundits waxes poetic about the great history and culture of the Muslim Mideast. Unless I'm missing something, the Arabs haven't given anything to the world since Algebra, and, by the way, thanks a hell of a lot for that one. Chew this around and spit it out: Five hundred million Arabs; five million Jews.
Think of all the Arab countries as a football field, and Israel as a pack of matches sitting in the middle of it. And now these same folks swear that if Israel gives them half of that pack of matches, everyone will be pals.Really? Wow, what neat news. Hey, but what about the string of wars to obliterate the tiny country and the constant din of rabid blood oaths to drive every Jew into the sea? Oh, that? We were just kidding.
My friend Kevin Rooney made a gorgeous point the other day: Just reverse the numbers. Imagine five hundred million Jews and five million Arabs. I was stunned at the simple brilliance of it. Can anyone picture the Jews strapping belts of razor blades and dynamite to themselves? Of course not. Or marshaling every fiber and force at their disposal for generations to drive a tiny Arab State into the sea?
Nonsense. Or dancing for joy at the murder of innocents? Impossible. Or spreading and believing horrible lies about the Arabs baking their bread with the blood of children? Disgusting. No, as you know, left to themselves in a world of peace, the worst Jews would ever do to people is debate them to death.
Mr. Bush, God bless him, is walking a tightrope. I understand that with vital operations coming up against Iraq and others, it's in our interest, as Americans, to try to stabilize our Arab allies as much as possible, and, after all, that can't be much harder than stabilizing a roomful of supermodels who've just had their drugs taken away.
However, in any big-picture strategy, there's always a danger of losing moral weight.We've already lost some. After September 11 our president told us and the world he was going to root out all terrorists and the countries that supported them. Beautiful. Then the Israelis, after months and months of having the equivalent of an Oklahoma City every week (and then every day) start to do the same thing we did, and we tell them to show restraint.
If America were being attacked with an Oklahoma City every day, we would all very shortly be screaming for the administration to just be done with it and kill everything south of the Mediterranean and east of the Jordan. (Hey, wait a minute, that's actually not such a bad id . . .ooh, that is, what a horrible thought, yeah, horrible.)
The Daily Outrage
This is the title of a series of articles from Matt Bivens over at the Nation Magazine
. Instead of being filled with real outrages like US Marines being publicly executed and hanged in Iraq
or Iraqi civilians being gunned down by Iraqi militia in Basra
, Bivens tends to concentrate on other “outrages”
, like prayer packets for US soldiers.
The Nation magazine, as many of you may well know is a stalwart of any good liberal, prominently display on every coffee table in Berkeley and Amherst. From proclaiming Joe Stalin as its “Man of the Decade” in 1940, to its tireless and relentless defense of convicted Soviet spies like the Rosenbergs and Alger Hiss, the editors and writers at the Nation have always brought lefties insightful pieces of horseshit to spark conversations at dinner parties and teach ins across the North East.
No wonder Hitchens ditched this rag.
When Johnny Apple says we're thwarted, we must be on the verge of winning.
Great article by By Jack Shafer of slate
In Part 1 of the wartime news cycle, the press stands slack-jawed at the withering display of U.S. air power and high-technology battle gear (Kosovo, Afghanistan, and now Iraq). Bombs have gotten smart! the press writes. In Iraq, the bombs have become so smart, many of them have earned advanced degrees in their spare time. Geniuses at the Pentagon are revolutionizing warfare with amazing tactics. Special ops are the ultimate force multiplier. The locals are about to rebel. And so on.
Having exhausted that vein, the press demands a new angle, and the vagaries of war supply them with Part 2 of the cycle. Victory wasn't as instant as we were led to believe! U.S. forces have "bogged down"! The early blitzkrieg could not be sustained, and U.S. forces are increasingly vulnerable to counterattack. The uprising has failed to gel. You can't win a war from the air; you need lots more troops on the ground.
After bogging down in the "bogged down" angle, the press stages a rally in Part 3. They discover that Milosevic, Bin Laden, Saddam, et al., are the real geniuses. The enemy commanders are cum laude graduates of the international war college and masters of the art of asymmetrical warfare as practiced in Vietnam, Northern Ireland, and Israel. The enemy is fighting the battle on its terms. Unnamed sources in the Pentagon fret about the previously lauded American tactics. Apple furnishes the boilerplate:
"We underestimated the capacity of his paramilitary forces," said a senior uniformed officer at the Pentagon. "They have turned up where we did not expect them to, and they have fought with more resourcefulness than we expected them to demonstrate."
In Part 4 the press informs us with great surprise that Saddam wasn't the only warrior who learned from past battles. Unconventional warfare turns out to be unconventional for a reason: It is a superb form of suicide. Reporters pretend they never doubted the outcome. The United States wins and promptly loses interest in the region. So does the press—until the next war cycle and Johnny Apple's prognostications.
The Ugly American?
Sometimes we Americans can be childish [freedom fries, Paris jokes] but never have I seen the flags of other nations burned or effigies of their leaders and soldiers dragged through the streets.
You want to see what "ugly" really is? Have a read.
Iraq protesters deface British war monument in France
Vandals have defaced one of the biggest British war cemeteries in northern France with graffiti condemning the US-British invasion of Iraq, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) said.
Insults aimed at British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George W Bush were sprayed in red paint over a monument to Britain's dead from World War I and discovered by a gardener last Thursday.
"It was removed by the afternoon but not before a couple of coach loads [of visitors] had been through and seen it - we are pretty hacked off and I am pleased to say the French authorities are too," Tim Reeves said, the CWGC's representative in France.
The words "Rosbifs [British] go home! Saddam Hussein will win and spill your blood" were painted in French over the base of the cemetery's main monument - an obelisk topped by a cross.
On one side was a swastika and the words "death to the Yankees".
Also daubed were the words "dig up your garbage, it is fouling our soil," and "Bush, Blair to the TPI (International Court of Justice)".
Some 11,000 British dead are buried at Etaples, which lies on the Channel coast around 24 kilometres south of Boulogne.
It was the site of several hospitals during the 1914-1918 war.
A judicial inquiry has been opened.
"This violation of a burial place, scandalous in itself, is an attack on the memory of the sacrifice made by the British and American soldiers who contributed to the liberation of our soil," local member of parliament, former Socialist arts minister Jack Lang said.
"Our disagreement with the British and American governments [on Iraq] can in no way justify any assault on the memory of men who sacrificed themselves for our country," he said.