Archive for January, 2007

Edwards: premature, but building big

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Via Betsy, Edwards: 2004 run perhaps premature, and superficial, too

“When I ran in 2004, I spent most of my time thinking about being a good candidate,”

And his hair:

but he still has plans,

Edwards told a packed crowd spilling out of the 2,300-seat Wait Chapel. “These days I think about what I want to do as president of the United States.”

He claims that

“Jurors are like any other human beings — they’re like voters,” Edwards said. “They’re always looking for someone to trust. They want to find comfort with someone who’s being straight with them.”

Like that time he sent someone to buy him a PS3 at Wal-Mart, after beating on Wal-Mart for years. Who knows, maybe Edwards’s assistant bought the 10-year-old little girl a coat and a sandwich while he/she was at Wal-Mart.

“The Two Americas” guy must be trying to outdo Wal-Mart now that he’s built himself a 28,200 sq ft home, bigger than our local Wal-Mart.

Or maybe he’s planning on having the Two Americas over for a party: Dean Barnett says the manse has

an indoor recreation building that contains a basketball court, a squash court, two stages, a bedroom, kitchen, bathrooms, swimming pool, a four-story tower, and a room designated “John’s Lounge.”

Two stages: the better for practicing those campaign speeches? Who’ll be at the other stage?


Casa de Fausta has one shed that houses the lawnmower and the sports and camping gear. And my “main house” has three johns, but no “John’s Lounge”. On the other hand, The Husband pays more attention to me than what he does his hair, a preferrable situation for all involved.

If Edwards expects people “to find comfort with someone who’s being straight with them” – meaning himself – he must really believe that Everyone loves a good hypocrite.

Special thanks to the friend that sent the photo


Note I seem to be having the same email problem I had a few days ago where I send one email and the recipient gets multiple copies. My apologies for the inconvenience.

"We suffer from backwardness"

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Maria sent a most interesting video of an interview with Dhiyaa Al-Musawi on Abu Dhabi TV last month.

Among the things he said,
“We have destroyed many things, including the beauty of the general disposition”

Update: Baron Bodissey posts on it.

Hugo and Fidel are still an item

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

El Cubano Cafe asks, The Dictator on Mesa Redonda with Mini-Me today? and sends Fidel Castro reapareció en un video junto a Hugo Chávez

The Beeb has video. Socialism or death? Looks like it.

Here’s the outtakes – that’s Armando Manzanero singing in the background:

Victory lessons, and today’s items

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Victory Lessons from Ronald Reagan

greatest Republican of our time, we should revisit the crucial victory lessons from President Reagan. In all his campaigns for the California governorship and for the Presidency, Reagan demonstrated the timeless value of three essential political characteristics: clarity, cheerfulness and unity. If Republicans manage to emphasize and exemplify these traits they will win in 2008 and beyond and re-enforce their status as the nation’s majority party.

1. CLARITY. Throughout his public career, Reagan associated himself with a handful of simple but profound ideas: government isn’t the solution, it’s the problem; the people deserve lower taxes and less regulation; Communism must be defeated, not accommodated. In his public pronouncements he never varied from these core principles and he never worried about repeating himself, confident in the knowledge that the truth always sounds fresh and appropriate.

Twilight zone at the border.

Sunday June 3, 2007, is ICD 7: International Capitalism Day 2007 I’ve been celebrating all along but on that day I’ll celebrate even more (h/t Maria).

Pakistani Muslim couple tied up, stoned to death – on SUSPICION of committing adultery: the woman was 40, the man, 45. Atlas has more.

Hillary is resentful, but not at Bill. Me, I resent Hillary and all her nagging.

Bruce Kesler fisks NYT theater critic Patricia Cohen: Progressive Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism. Methinks Pat’s looking for a spot on the op-ed page, like her predecessor. (h/t Larwyn)

John Kerry’s on a roll (h/t Larwyn), which segues well with Interchangeable goofballs (h/t Maria).

CatHouse Chat asks Why don’t we let them decide?

Speaking of the troops, As for the married troops, they could still get homemade lemon squares.

In praise of oil, via Maria

This is the sunset of the “Age of Aquarius.” Was about time!

Don’t sign me up for one of these, thanks: The lunchtime facelift

A popular fast face-lift is called Sculptra, a 30-minute procedure involving a series of injections (a mix of poly-L-lactic acid material mixed with water) used to stimulate the growth of collagen and provide a gradual increase in skin thickness.

You call it a facelift, I call it a callus.

Eteins La Lumiere

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Well, it’s starting to look like Charles Aznavour week here at Fausta’s blog.

Fresh off the Pajamas Media feed:

“The Eiffel Tower’s lights will be turned off for five minutes on Thursday as part of a campaign to save energy and draw attention to the plight of the planet.”


The campaign called “Five Minutes of Respite for the Planet” is being held as world experts meet in Paris to thrash out a report on global warming.

Which will give you plenty of time to listen to one of my favorite Aznavour songs, Éteins La Lumière, Let’s turn off the lights (you can hear him sing the song in Spanish with a so-sexy French accent here), which translated means,

Let’s turn off the lights!
In the darkness my hands which hold you
Want to feel your face, your eyelids, your lips and your neck.
Let’s turn off the lights,
the night is ours.

As Gomez used to say, “TISH. That’s French.”

Update, Wednesday 31 January Lileks sheds a most unromantic light on the lights-out:

Let us all be inspired by the darkness. It seems to be part of a general French effort spearheaded by some toothless meth-freak

To see the meth-freak you’ll have to go to his post.


I was looking at this post and would like to ask any of you who have any idea of how to do blog things,
Currently I have my encoding setting at Universal (Unicode UTF-8). Unfortunately, after I switched to my own domain the Blogger platform doesn’t seem to want to accept foreign punctuation marks.
Does anyone know what I should do to remedy this?

It takes more than a village…

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

… it takes a culture of death.


Last August I posted that children are the salvation of their parents.

Back then I mentioned a paradox of our times,

There’s the acceptance in the Western World, in the name of multiculturalism and who knows what else, of societies that indulge into what for most of us is inherently revolting, aberrant degeneracy: the weaponization of children. Children suicide bombers, children witnessing public acts of unspeakable barbarity, children used as shields during gun battles, and the corpses of handicapped children (link in French) used as (warning: graphic images) death porn in a propaganda war.

Only a monster could conceivably do that; only people with a broken moral compass would support those like her.

Yesterday I was reading this post at Sigmund, Carl and Alfred. Among the things I found:

If you follow the links at SC&A’s post you’ll find dozens more.

Iranian blogger Kamangir (via Gateway Pundit) :

Fars has published pictures from “Hossain’s toddlers conference [implicitly means toddlers who are ready to fight for Hossain till ‘martyrdom’]”. Imam Hossain is the third Shia Imam, killed in Karbala, more than 1300 years ago these days. Since then, he has been the source of inspiration for Shias towards “martyrdom”.

I asked a friend to translate what the headbands that the babies are wearing say – “Allah Akbar”, the suicide bomber’s cry.

(WARNING: Very disturbing photos) During the Ashoura,

Many children participate, and the tradition seems to be an important rite of passage for many Shia boys

This is institutionalized child abuse.

(Update [WARNING: more disturbing photos) Linda explains

The origins of Ashura: When the Omayyad Moslem army arrived at Karbala, Ali, the last blood relative of Mohammed found that his cowardly army had deserted him. He rode out with about 30 of his closest followers, and they were slaughtered. Muslims flaggelate and mutilate themselves on the each anniversary of his death to show remorse for deserting him before the battle.)

Now that the American women politicians are talking about the children, maybe it’s time we start judging this behavior for what it is: depravity.

Update 2: A Mother’s Pride (h/t Larwyn)
Update 3: AP reporter Sheherazade Faramarzi makes it sound like the 6-yr-olds are doing this out of their own volition: Some Shiite Children Are Into Bloody Rite

The 6-year-old boy screamed and shook his head to avoid the razor blade. But his father held him firmly as Hajj Khodor parted the boy’s black hair and sliced his forehead three times with the blade.

Ali Madani’s cries became more violent as blood gushed from the wound, covering his small, terrified face. His father and a few other men, waving daggers, broke into a religious chant, recalling how the 7th-century Shiite Muslim saint, Imam Hussein, was decapitated, his head placed on a lance.

“We’re used to it,” said Mahmoud Jaber, 43, who brought his five boys and two girls for the ritual. “We’ve been doing this since we were kids. I started when I was 3. It doesn’t hurt because the cry of pain goes away with the faith.”


Nicaraguan illegal aliens and other Latin American items

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Nicaragua exports its poor… to Costa Rica:

Historically, Nicaraguans have always used their southern neighbour as a refuge during periods of violence, such as the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza or the war of the 1980s. But since the 1990s migration has been driven by the struggle for economic survival. After the fighting ended, demobilisation left thousands of soldiers and counter-revolutionaries on the loose, with no resources or future, in a country whose economy was unable to integrate them. At the time, the Nicaraguan government’s priority was to privatise and reduce public spending. Costa Rica, which has impressive economic growth and a remarkably well-developed welfare state for Central America, seemed an accessible El Dorado.

As I have said before, there is no such thing as “Hispanics”. The article explains,

“Costa Ricans see Nicaraguans as a negative value,” said Carlos Sandoval, a sociologist at San José university. He argued that Costa Ricans construct their identity around powerful ideas: the paleness of their skin, which is unusual in Central America (and is the result of the fact that there were only a few indigenous inhabitants when the conquistadores arrived); the stability of a democracy that has experienced little violence; and the success of an economy and a welfare state unique in the region. Costa Rica and its neighbours describe it as “the Switzerland of Central America”. Its ecotourist-friendly beaches and jungles, its relaxed way of life attract prosperous foreign tourists in numbers its neighbours can only dream about.

From this perspective, Nicaragua, with its wars and chronic instability, seems an immature country condemned to poverty. In Costa Rica, the dark-skinned immigrants are often described as violent, ignorant and untrustworthy, as thieves and alcoholics. “No seas Nica” (“don’t be an idiot”) is a common insult. This latent xenophobia, and correspondingly strong anti-Costa Rican feelings in Nicaragua, rises to the surface each time the perennial conflict over navigation rights on the San Juan river turns nasty.


The Economist has an article on Salvadoran gangs: El Salvador’s crime wave. The government is trying to tame criminal gangs
President Saca did his share of finger-pointing, lambasting the US, in particular, for worsening the problem of gangs (knows as “maras”) by deporting back to El Salvador thousands of Salvadoran nationals who had served time in US jails for crimes committed while in the US. According to the US Department of Homeland Security, there was a 26% rise in the number of Salvadorans deported from the US between January and September 2006. Among the deportees, almost one-quarter have criminal records. Since most have not committed any crimes in El Salvador, the authorities are unable to arrest them upon arrival at the international airport.

In Mexico, The new president has sent the army after the drug mobs. More importantly, he has started to reform the police

HE TOOK office as Mexico’s president only on December 1st, but Felipe Calderon has lost no time in putting pressure on the country’s powerful drug gangs. Last month he dispatched 7,000 troops and police to the central state of Michoacan. Forces of similar size have since been sent to Tijuana on the northern border, and to the Pacific resort of Acapulco. On January 19th, the government extradited four drug kingpins and a dozen lesser figures to the United States for trial. Notably, they included Osiel Cárdenas, the head of the so-called “Gulf Cartel”, by far the most powerful drug gangster to be extradited so far.

This flurry of action responded to a “real anxiety in some parts of the country” that organised crime was “out of control”, Mr Calderon told El Pais, a Spanish newspaper, this week. There were 2,100 drug-related murders last year, up from 1,300 in 2005. Some 600 killings took place in Michoacán alone in 2006. Many of the murders involved brutal cruelty: in a notorious case, five severed heads were dumped in a dance hall in Michoacán. Much of the violence stems from a turf war between the Gulf Cartel and its main rival, based in Sinaloa. Paradoxically, this was triggered by arrests made by the previous government of Vicente Fox.

Two things compound the problem. The first is the continuing demand for drugs across the border in the United States. The second is that during the seven decades of rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, defeated by Mr Fox in 2000, the main objective of policing was political control rather than crime fighting.

What do all these items have in common? They all pertain to immigration.

Sparse notes, and today’s other items

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Betsy, who is a teacher, has an item on how few notes Obama used to take in college,

“Obviously somebody almost Clintonesque in being able to sum a whole lot of concepts and place them into a succinct written style.”

and says, I have those same students. They’re usually arrogant or slackers. Me, I’d be insulted if anyone compared my style to anything Clintonesque.


In the Entirely predictable file: French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy says Negotiation was also key to resolving the Middle East’s big crises, such as Iran’s nuclear programme, the search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians and the “volatile” situation in Lebanon, and of course, Iraq.

Hezbollah House Plan

Via Atlas Shrugs, Why Do They CAIR about Jack Bauer? 24 is an opportunity for American Muslims to fight the real enemy: Islamism.

Craig attends China Bond premiere
I liked the movie.

Late afternoon blogging: romance

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Today I received my new triple-CD Aznavour collection (all French) and I’ve been enjoying it all day:

I’m in heaven.

Here’s a video to one of the most romantic songs ever:

Que c’est triste Venise
Au temps des amours mortes
Que c’est triste Venise
Quand on ne s’aime plus

On cherche encore des mots
Mais l’ennui les emporte
On voudrait bien pleurer
Mais on ne le peut plus

Que c’est triste Venise
Lorsque les barcarolles
Ne viennent souligner
Que des silences creux

Et que le coeur se serre
En voyant les gondoles
Abriter le bonheur
Des couples amoureux

Que c’est triste Venise
Au temps des amours mortes
Que c’est triste Venise
Quand on ne s’aime plus

Les musées, les églises
Ouvrent en vain leurs portes
Inutile beauté
Devant nos yeux déçus

Que c’est triste Venise
Le soir sur la lagune
Quand on cherche une main
Que l’on ne vous tend pas

Et que l’on ironise
Devant le clair de lune
Pour tenter d’oublier
Ce qu’on ne se dit pas

Adieu tout les pigeons
Qui nous en fait escortent
Adieu Pont des Soupir
Adieu rêves perdus

C’est trop triste Venise
Au temps des amours mortes
C’est trop triste Venise
Quand on ne s’aime plus

Translation here

The French are nuts

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Do they really think that making Nicolas Sarkozy look like Mr. Bean is a good idea?

It gets worse: 4 Saturday Night Fever moves, and 8 (eight!) Michael Jackson-like moves. Michael Jackson – just the name any politician would want associated with their campaign.

Says The Guardian

Sarkozy’s site is part of an effort to market the interior minister as hip and in-touch with the times and to collect contact details from potential supporters.

Hip and in touch with the times? What times are those? The times of almost three decades ago?

Mes amis, dudes, DISCO’s DEAD.

Sarko’s competition? She’s out there visiting Hizbollah and travelling to China on the Chinese government’s dime.


Nidra has more on the whole sorry spectacle.