Archive for February, 2007

Tomorrow at CPAC

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Robert has the roster.

I’ll be one of the 25 credentialed bloggers:

* Ace of Spades HQ
* Alarming News
* American Mind
* American Spectator
* Ankle Biting Pundits
* Captain’s Quarters
* Hot Air
* Human Events
* Fausta’s Blog
* Little Miss Attila
* Michelle Malkin
* Musclehead Revolution
* National Journal
* NewsBusters
* NOVA TownHall
* Outside the Beltway
* Politico
* Reasoned Audacity
* Red State
* RobertBluey.com
* SaveTheGop
* SeeJaneMom
* ShopFloor.org
* Spot On
* The Conservative Voice

The only one I’ve met in person is Ace. I’m looking forward to being there!

Update
Rob Bluey‘s started a CPAC blog.
Now excuse me while I go pack.

Gang rapes as revenge

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

I first read about this in Pamela’s blog yesterday,

A gang of serial rapists has been prowling the North, raping Jewish women as revenge for IDF actions in the West Bank, police revealed Tuesday after arresting six suspects.

“We are raping Jews because of what the IDF is doing to the Palestinians in the territories,” one of the six suspects told investigators from the Northern District Central Investigative Unit (CIU) during questioning. During their questioning and their brief appearance at the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court Tuesday, none of the four main suspects indicated that they felt remorse for their actions.

This is the latest in a long tradition where clerics call for chastity belts, because women are uncovered meat. We’re looking at a culture where

Rape is learned behavior in the home. Peter is absolutely correct in describing the insidious sexual dichotomy of Muslim male supremacy over the lowly denigrated female. Pierre underscored the degree to which a family will defend its own rapist because of alleged “honor.” Why should it surprise us that they have moved out into the streets and feel entitled to rape?

At the ideological level which Gudrun has so aptly introduced into this discussion, we encounter the classic practice of taqiya, lit. ‘guarding one’s self’ more commonly thought of dissimulation and its insidious behavior of orchestrating jihad by every possible means in a clandestine manner. Rape is just one more weapon in the jihadi arsenal for Dar el-dawaa and Dar ash-shahada.

This morning Sigmund, Carl and Alfred looks at the reaction from the Left. What reaction there is.

SC&A does bring up a crucial point,

Terror and hate- and the defense of terror and hate- are driven by an ideology of evil, period.

Freedom and democracy are antithetical to hate and terrorism because freedom usurps the power of the terrorist. With out the power to instill fear and punishment, the terrorist is nothing.

In the Middle East, the icons of freedom are the US and Israel. Freedom of all kinds, success and ever growing potential are what the terrorist must destroy. Prosperity is the fifth column the terrorists fear most. They cannot abide by a culture that is prosperous, because that culture seeks growth and progress. The terrorists cannot abide economic and educational progress because those things weaken their grip.

In the meantime, it’s time to teach women to protect themselves with firearms, because that’s what things have come to.

Cross-posted at MNM

One good turn deserves another

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

June 18, 2003:

Enrique Santos and Joe Ferrero of WXDJ-FM come back with a new prank as they fool Fidel Castro on the phone, pretending to be Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Here‘s the recording and transcript.

February 27, 2007:
Cuban president speaks on radio

A stronger Mr Castro appeared defiant on a recent video.
The ailing Cuban President, Fidel Castro, has spoken publicly for the first time since falling ill last July.
He was heard speaking live on the daily radio programme of his ally, the Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez.

It was a live call, and Chavez declared,

Fidel, tu me has convertido en una especie de emisario, de fuente, quién quiere saber de Fidel, yo le digo la verdad, (sobre) su recuperación.
“You have turned me into a kind of messenger, a source, about who wants to know about Fidel, I tell them the truth about his recovery”.

Yeah, right.

In other news, Michael Moore senteced two Cuban spies in Miami.

The Anchoress is watching Couric, Gore and the Clintons

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

As I said in my February 12 podcast, there are four bloggers I always visit. The Anchoress is one of them.

Yesterday she shredded to bits the ever-obtrusive Couric, Gore and Clintons, and she starts with,

We need new names in both our politics and our news broadcasts. The same damn people have held sway over everything for too damn long.

Read the whole post.

Yet I know exactly how she feels:

These people all make me tired. I’m tired of looking at them, reading about them, listening to them blab on and on. I’m tired of their tired excuse-making and double-talk. I’m tired of hearing that these people are greatest of people and that only haters could not absolutely adore them, at all times.

That and $50 will get me a manicure and a pedicure:

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Via Larwyn, the NY Post,

HOLLYWOOD’S wealthy liberals can now avoid any guilt they might feel for consuming so much non-renewable fossil fuel in their private jets, their SUVs, and their multiple air-conditioned mansions. This year’s Oscar goodie bag contained gift certificates representing 100,000 pounds of greenhouse gas reductions from TerraPass, which describes itself as a “carbon offset retailer.” The 100,000 pounds “are enough to balance out an average year in the life of an Academy Award presenter,” a press release from TerraPass asserts. “For example, 100,000 pounds is the total amount of carbon dioxide created by 20,000 miles of driving, 40,000 miles on commercial airlines, 20 hours in a private jet and a large house in Los Angeles. The greenhouse gas reductions will be accomplished through TerraPass’ [program] of verified wind energy, cow power [collecting methane from manure] and efficiency projects.” Voila, guilt-free consumption!

Oh, gooody! Just what I always wanted, a gift certificate for 100,000 pounds of greenhouse gas reductions!

Now I can go fly my private jet all I want!

Steve’s new book is out!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

and Lucianne has it.

It’s titled The Good, the Spam and the Ugly

And if you didn’t get his first book, what are you waiting for?

It has the best pie crust recipe on Earth.

Steve’s going to be on Fox. His fans eagerly await for details.

Dr Sanity posts on Hugo

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Dr. Sanity has a terrific post,

THE IDEOLOGICAL RHYMES OF HUGO CHAVEZ
History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” – attributed to Mark Twain

Is anyone surprised at this news?

One of the dissonant rhymes of history is at this moment taking place in Venezuela. If you listen closely, you will be able to hear the repugnant sounds of a familiar oppression in Hugo Chavez’ “socialist paradise.”

He is clamping down on the press; he is nationalizing all the industry; he is threatening jail to anyone who opposes him. Things are beginning to fall apart, so the solution for thugs like Chavez is to just get more control. As once was pointed out to Darth Vader in a similar context, I believe, “The more you tighten your grip, the more people will slip through your fingers.”

Dr. Sanity is right on the money.

The only thing I disagree with is this,

Awash collectivist fervor, it won’t be long before the Venezuelan people will begin to realize they have been conned by an expert.

While a significant number of Venezuelans realize they have been conned, and many are wanting to leave (so much so that Doral, an area of Miami, is now Doralzuela to the locals), Hugo’s core constituency, which is found among the large underclass of what by all criteria should have been a rich country, will take a very long time, if ever, to wake up to reality.

Why?

First of all, they see Hugo as “people like us”. While Hugo, unlike Lula of Brazil, didn’t rise from the underclass, Hugo has convinced them that he is one of them.

The prior Venezuelan administrations failed to turn oil money into a means of developing its most valuable resource, its people. And the people know it.

Chavez also knows the power of nationalistic propaganda in Latin America, which goes hand-in-hand with anti-Americanism. It goes like this:

[Insert contry’s name here] is THE country, and the USA wants to take over [Insert contry’s name here]’s assets, and will invade.

In Venezuela’s case there’s the oil, so of course this feeds into the fallacy. That the USA borders with one of the largest, most prosperous, most resource-rich countries with one of the most educated populations in the world, a country which has oil, and that country is so sure that the USA’s not going to invade that it, for all practical purposes doesn’t have an army that amounts to much, would never cross the mind of the afflicted with anti-American paranoia.

Additonally, Latin American politics, not just Venezuelan politics, have traditionally been based in the politics of envy. Marxist ideology, with its belief that “the rich are rich because they make us poor” and many variations on this theme, is the mothers’ milk of this mentality.

Then there’s all-oout propaganda, and repression of dissenting views: Hugo is silencing dissenting views little by little

Meanwhile, the government has vastly expanded its own media holdings. It runs three national TV channels, as well as Telesur, an international news channel set up by Mr Chávez as an answer to CNN. It recently bought CMT, a small Caracas channel, to broadcast Telesur at home. It has pumped money and other resources into “alternative” and “community” media, most of which are dependent on the state and are unlikely to adopt a critical stance.

Mr Chávez this month relaunched his weekly “Hello President” programme as a 90-minute nightly radio show, with a TV version once a week. Promising “exclusives” in every edition, he used the first to announce a new decree against “hoarders and speculators” with six-year jail terms for offenders. He also regularly obliges all TV and radio stations to broadcast his rambling speeches live.

And let’s not underestimate the power of never wanting to admit one is wrong. The more insecure a person, the more difficult it is for them to admit they are wrong. Hugo’s constituency is not only psychologically insecure, but in most precarious economical and physical straits. For Hugo’s core constituency to admit they are wrong would mean the collapse of all they hold dear, at least for now.

Meanwhile, Hugo continues with his arms race: Venezuela buys more arms than Iran and Pakistan

Venezuela has spent more than four billion dollars on arms purchase that include rifles, ships, helicopters and planes in the past two years. This transforms the country into a large weapons buyer, leaving behind big purchasers such as Iran and Pakistan.

What should the USA do? For starters, off-shore drilling, drilling in ANWAR, and encougaring conservation in the USA will decrease dependence on Venezuelan oil – the source of Hugo’s riches.

Encouraging free trade with friendly Latin American countries, and abolishing all agricultural subsidies and tariffs in the trade with those countries will boost their economies and ours.

Hugo knows that prosperity is his enemy. Let’s encourage prosperity, then.

Update: Chavenomics 101

The French, global warming, and today’s items

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Nidra Poller continues to explain the French elections: Francois Bayrou, French Insiders’ Outsider. It’s more of the same-old, same-old:

Bayrou’s socialeconomic program, in which every economic measure is linked to a corresponding “social” or welfare measure, is based on the assumption that an unfettered, flourishing economy does not automatically favor the general welfare. Bayrou’s recipe for stimulating the sluggish French economy is a plodding reform package involving a balanced budget and small increment improvements – a 5% yearly increase in the research budget over a ten-year period, a referendum to reform the pension system, improved synergy between academic and professional spheres, slight advantages to employees willing to work 39 instead of 35 hours. He would make deficit spending unconstitutional, tax fossil fuel to encourage alternate energy sources, and somehow prod banks to invest in business.

Bayrou proposes a Small Business Act similar to the one established in the U.S. in the Fifties. This would favor small business in bidding for modest government contracts, and reduce the employer’s contribution to the employee’s social protection package; a contribution that doubles the real cost of French salaries.

In the interim, Bayrou would institute a quick fix for job creation: every company would be allowed an exoneration of the employer’s social security contribution for two newly hired employees. Similar selective exonerations have been applied in the past without ever demonstrating their effectiveness. Bayrou believes that the only thing missing is the spark! Something that would awaken and liberate energies, create a momentum, run on its own steam. But that wouldn’t be socialeconomy! It would be crude, crass American money-worshiping capitalism.

It hasn’t worked yet, but they dream on…

Update Helen asks, Is this the third man?

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Global Warming: Fact, Fiction and Political Endgame

Inconvenient Truth: Bush greener than Gore

So, while you hear nothing at all about President Bush successfully gaining international co-operation for a green initiative that does not destroy economies like the Kyoto treaty, and you read nothing about how the president is committed to helping the restoration of ancient Iraqi Marshlands, you hear rather too much about all the preening and moralizing going on by Green Al Gore…except when he cancels interviews that might make him address…inconvenient dissent.

Martin Luther protested against the selling of indulgences and got excommunicated. Nowadays you protest against the purchasing of carbon offsets and you get excommunicated, too.
Some things never change.

Update I {heart} Gerard

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“The big lie is that all religions are basically alike”

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Click on the image to read the story:

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In a lighter mode, Maria’s addicted to watching the San Diego Zoo pandas.

Terrorist trials and immigration

Monday, February 26th, 2007

I had a great time doing this morning’s podcast with John Chappell of Inside Europe: Iberian Notes and Jose Miguel Guardia of Pajamas Media and Barcepundit. As promised, we talked about the March 11 terrorist trials, and illegal immigration into the EU.

The trial of 29 people accused of planning, supporting, and carrying out the March 11, 2004 explosions in the Madrid trains started eleven days ago on February 15. Missing from the trial are the four suspects who blew themselves up in a Madrid apartment during a police raid

Among the dead is the alleged ringleader of the Madrid bombings, Sarhane ben Abdelmajid Fakhet, a Tunisian named in the international arrest warrants, the authorities say.

Brett Stephens explains the rules under which the suspects are investigated when in a Napoleonic code judiciary, as Spain has.

The BBC has an article discussing some of the issues surrounding the trial. The International Herald Tribune takes A brief look at the 29 suspects in Spain’s March 11 Trial.

During the podcast we also talked about the possible sentences. The way the Spanish laws work, no matter how long a sentence, the culprit serves only a maximum term of forty years.

You can listen to the podcast here:

How are the subjects of terrorism and immigration related?

Europe, however, is also a magnet for immigration: It will attract up to 1 million newcomers this year. But the European experience with immigration is quite different from that of America. Part of the reason is that many immigrants to Europe end up on welfare, while in the United States, almost all immigrants take one or more entry-level jobs and work their way up the economic ladder. Welfare is simply not the American way.

Islamic Conquest of Europe?

Moreover, most immigrants to the United States are fully integrated into American society by the second generation, regardless of their country of origin. By contrast, most immigrants to Europe are Muslims who refuse to assimilate and instead tend to cluster in marginalized ghettos on the outskirts of cities across the continent.

Here, too, the American experience is quite different. The best available estimates show that there are between 1.9 million and 2.8 million Muslims in the United States. And unlike their European counterparts, American Muslims generally do not feel marginalized or isolated from political participation. According to a 2004 Zogby Poll, American Muslims are more educated and affluent than the national average, with 59 percent of them holding at least an undergraduate college degree. Moreover, the majority of American Muslims are employed in professional fields, with one in three having an income over $75,000 a year.

But back to Europe: The Muslim population of Europe has more than doubled since 1980, and according to some estimates, there are some 25 million Muslims living on the continent today. Demographers predict that this figure may double by 2015, and that the number of Muslims could outnumber non-Muslims in all of Western Europe by mid-century. This prompted Princeton University’s Bernard Lewis to tell the German newspaper Die Welt that ‘Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century.’

This reality is already influencing European foreign policymaking and does not auger well for the future of transatlantic relations. Indeed, many analysts believe that the steady weakening of Europe is the underlying cause for the widespread anti-American and anti-Israel bigotry found among Europe’s elites, many of whom are bowing to pressure from Muslim residents as a way to buy a fake peace with radical Islamists. Says Fouad Ajami, a well-known authority of the Arab world: ‘In ways both intended and subliminal, the escape into anti-Americanism is an attempt at false bonding with the peoples of Islam.’

John links to Aaron Hanscom‘s interview with Professor Javier Jordan of the University of Granada, and of Jihad Monitor, who explains further,

The analysis of personal profiles of more than 300 jihadists arrested in Spain shows that there is a significant proportion that belong to the middle-class, have family, are fluent in Spanish and have even obtained Spanish citizenship. For example, in the Abu Dahdah network, an Al Qaeda cell dismantled at the end of 2001, half of the members would be classified as “socioeconomically integrated.”

Social exclusion, imprisonment or arriving to Spain without family and work are factors that can make an individual even more vulnerable to the recruitment process. Under these circumstances, the jihadist group offers friendship, camaraderie and material support, while inculcating the subject with radical ideas. Nevertheless, the process can occur without any material favors being offered. To explain it in simpler terms, the key ingredient is the “bad company” one keeps. In most cases, jihadist values are spread through confidential ties and friendships.

Follow Barcepundit‘s links for more background on the trial.

Botched investigations, feeble sentences, massive unrestrained illegal immigration into a welfare state, and social isolation of immigrants add up to an explosive mess.

We’ll do a follow-up podcast as the trial develops.

James Cameron finds Jesus

Monday, February 26th, 2007

… or at least he claims to not only have found Jesus’s grave, but also the graves of Jesus’s whole family.

Scholars don’t believe him, Kobayashi Maru, Eric, The Anchoress and Steve are posting about it.

Apparently Cameron thinks that finding

10 ancient ossuaries – small caskets used to store bones – discovered in a suburb of Jerusalem in 1980

is evidence, because

One of the caskets even bears the title, “Judah, son of Jesus,” hinting that Jesus may have had a son

All I can say is, if the name Jesus was anywhere near as common in Judea 2,000 years ago as it is today in Spanish-speaking countries (and the Phillipines – I knew a Philipino named Jesus), Cameron’s got his work cut out for him.

Heck, even The Dude found Jesus at the bowling alley:

More at PowersPoint, via Jeremayakovka

Update, Wednesday 28 February: What did I tell you?

Other archeologists note that the names listed by the documentarians were the most common names in use at the time for Jerusalem.

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