Bernie of Planck’s Constant dedicated one of his beautiful mosaics to my blog
Thank you, Bernie.
I was Bernie and Layla’s podcast guest last week (May 16).
(And no, that’s not me in any of the pictures. Thanks for asking anyway.)
I got addicted to 24 on the first episode of day 4, when the evil terrorist mom was doing dastardly deeds like killing her son’s girlfriend.
That year had a great plus in the casting: the mom and son were played by Shohreh Aghdashloo and Jonathan Ahdout who also played mother and son in House of Sand and Fog, making it rather amusing to see how they got along without gloomy Ben Kigsley who also played Ghandi. Ghandi would have never lasted a minute in that household. Never mind that the really bad guy, Marwan, had been The Mummy and was a great bad guy.
After I watched the entire season 4 I rented the DVDs and spend a couple of weekends catching up with days 1, 2, and 3. My favorite character (other than Jack) is George Mason, brilliantly played by Xander Blakely.
George married evil Nina in real life.
President David Palmer Dennis Haysbert, is another favorite – you did feel you were in good hands with him. Unlike his brother, President Palmer #2 who whispered his way through a nuclear attack in LA. Obviously the writers were sorry they got rid of PP#1.
Best of all, I loved the pacing in day 4. I was addicted to the pacing.
Well, I sat through the whole day 6 and I’m missing the good old days.
One thing for sure, things were never the same after they killed off Edgar. Edgar wasn’t good-looking but he was reliable and solid. On day 6 they killed Milo, who was not only reliable, he was PDG-looking.
Having started day six with a nuclear explosion that apparently didn’t affect street trafficin LA, the whole season’s pacing went AWOL and, with still 20+ minutes to go in the final episode the net result was, as Blogs4Bauer said,
’24’ stops at this point. The next twenty minutes are actually an episode of ‘General Hospital’ that somehow got spliced in by mistake.
You know things were off when Jack came out of the ocean and I was wondering if his cell phone still worked. Back on day 4 you knew the phone would work because it was Jack Bauer’s phone, dammit!
Will I watch day 7 next January? Probably.
But let’s hope they cut out so much soap. The minute I see Chloe bringing her baby to work, it’s curtains, guys.
Update, Thursday, May 24: The Carnival of Bauer is on!
I had previously posted on May 14 on the Farfur/Mickey terrorist children’s program, which you have already seen on YouTube,
The Walt Disney Co. didn’t speak out when Hamas militants used a Mickey Mouse look-alike to preach Islamic domination because the company felt it would be ineffective, Disney’s chief executive said Monday.
The show was removed from the channel “for review” after Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti said the character represented a “mistaken approach” to the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation.
Iger said Disney had nothing to do with the decision to pull the program, although the company did speak to several government officials. Iger did not elaborate on those discussions.
Gateway Pundit was able to make a video of the France2 report showing a Palestinian family with twelve children in Gaza reacting to the Farfur/Mickey TV show (in French):
Anchorman David Pujadas introduces it as “an example of Islamist propaganda in the Palestinian territories.”
The report was filed by Charles Enderlin, Israel correspondent for France2 (Neo-neocon has posted about him), who has been known to send Palestinian stringers to the locations.
The video shows the portion of the Farfur/Mickey program that you can see on the You Tube video above. Then they show the whole family, with twelve children, gathered in front of the TV.
The girl, unnamed, says that “it’s a good program because Farfur/Mickey shows us respect and how to be good muslims.”
The man, identified as “Hazam, a school teacher,” says that it’s a good program and that Islam is against violence.
The woman, fully covered except for her eyes, says it was good because “it keeps children off the street, where they can come under bad influences”.
Fathi Hamad, programming director for TV Al Aksa, says that the Israeli propaganda had done his station a great favor: a million dollars’ worth of publicity.
In case you don’t already know, “metal bars” like that are routinely used by Hamas to build those “home-made rockets” you’ve been seeing, one of which that killed an actual poor, innocent Israeli civilian yesterday
As Captain Ed points out,
The terrorist phenomenon started with the Palestinian people, and Lebanon should know that better than most. They have conducted terrorist attacks since 1964, when they first formed the PLO under Yasser Arafat.
TV Al Aksa retired Farfur/Mickey, but will continue to contribute to the depraved mentality.
And one can’t help but wonder if Disney didn’t complain out of cowardice.
Update, Wednesday 23 May: From Maria, A Taste for Terror: The long Palestinian suicide
The truth is that other Arabs want the Palestinians to continue to suffer. It’s useful as an excuse for all their failings. They have about as much sympathy for the refugees as all those good Germans had for the Jews whose real estate was suddenly available.
But the ultimate victims of this round of Palestinian violence are the Palestinians themselves.
After passing up so many chances for peace and statehood, they can no longer be classed as victims of Zionism. Yet the Palestinians are victims – of the other Arabs who exploit them and neglect them. And of the madmen spawned from their own kind.
If you need someone to blame for the current carnage, blame the Palestinian terrorists for whom violence has become a way of life (and death). Forget the rage of the dispossessed and all that sanctimonious claptrap. For the Palestinians preying upon their brethren, terror’s a business.
And business is good.
Another update Tarranto on Disney;
You’d think that Iger would be fierce as a tiger, not timid as a mouse. Not only that, but why is he quoting Daffy Duck, who works for rival Warner Bros.? Doesn’t Donald have anything pithy to say?
We talked about the Cannes Film Festival, French politics, and his books.
Venezuela’s Congress says it has approved financing for two films by actor Danny Glover, a close supporter of President Hugo Chavez.
The lawmaking body, which is closely allied with Chavez, said in a statement on its Web site Thursday that it approved $20 million for two Glover productions.
They include “The General in His Labyrinth,” which deals with the life of South American liberator Simon Bolivar. It is based on a novel by Colombian Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez and will be directed by Venezuela-born director Alberto Arvelo.
The other is “Toussaint,” which the statement said Glover plans to direct documenting the life of Haitian revolution leader Toussaint Louverture.
That’s right, folks, Venezuela will fund film on Haiti revolt.(See update below) In the middle of two-digit inflation and food shortages, there’s money for movies.
Time Out London calls it a frankly bizarre piece of film news, while Hugo says he
hopes will help his efforts to mobilise world opinion against imperialism and western oppression.
If there’s still any question that these films are not propaganda, here’s other news from Venezuela: Protests mount over Venezuela TV
Staff and supporters of a Venezuelan TV station that is due to be taken off air have unveiled a kilometre-long banner in Caracas in support of press freedom.
Protesters carried the banner, which read “S-O-S, freedom of expression” in 10 languages through the streets.
Opposition-allied RCTV is due to have its licence revoked on 27 May, being replaced by a state-sponsored station.
RCTV – Venezuela’s oldest private broadcaster – is due to go off air at midnight on Sunday when the government says its licence will expire and not be renewed.
I guess Caracas won’t get to see day 7 next January.
Hugh Hewitt proposes Necessary Amendments And An Argument For Discretion
(1) An amendment to establish a special category of illegal aliens which includes all males between the ages of 18 and 30 from countries with significant jihadist networks, with that list of countries to be determined by the DoD, the CIA and State. No probationary Z visas under Section 601(h) would issue to such illegals. A special visa could issue, but one that required special care in the background checks and special restrictions on the movement of such applicants until after their background checks were complete.
(2) Construction of at least half of the double-fencing prior to the issuance of a single probationary visa, and completion of all 800+ miles of the double fencing prior to the issuance of any 4 year Z visa or any Y visa.
(3) Acceleration of the six-year build-up in the authorized level of Border Patrol agents so that its number of agents reaches 25,000 within 3 years with the funding for their hiring in place. This should be another hard trigger.
(4) A detailed statement of how and by whom the millions of background checks and interviews called for by the act are to be done, with funding authorized and allocated to support such obligations. This should also be a trigger.
(5) A set of easy to read ceilings on Y visas which cannot be raised except by Congressional directive.
(6) The elimination of social security credits for years worked as an illegal, and the payment –perhaps over a term of years– of at least 50% of unpaid back taxes
That would be a start.
Under the compromise, 400,000 guest workers each year will get special visas that could be renewed up to three times for two years. Four million more would be allowed to come in under generous family provisions. So there will be a big jump in newcomers.
Troubling, too, are the so-called Z-Visas for which those now here illegally will be eligible. This document will give those here illegally access to driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers. If that’s not amnesty, nothing is.
That said, the bill has some positive features. For example, it starts to move us away from an immigration system based on family ties to one based on merit and skills. This is important. It also seems to commit the government to securing the border before the rest of the provisions take effect. If security isn’t first, it will fail.
Further negotiation is no doubt on the way. A common-sense starting point might be Rudy Giuliani’s idea of securing the border first, then making sure all who come are fingerprinted and have tamper-proof IDs. So let the negotiating begin.
Via Jihad Watch, Islamic militants, security forces battle in Lebanon. The AP calls them Islamic militants, the NYT calls them Islamists, and people are dying:
Eight civilians were killed by shelling today, according to Reuters, adding to the 22 Lebanese soldiers and 17 militants killed in the fierce fighting on Sunday.
Witnesses said that militants belonging to Fatah al-Islam fired rocket-propelled grenades as well as machine guns today at army posts on the camp perimeter, according to Reuters.
The continuing violence is one of the most significant challenges to the Lebanese army since the end of Lebanon’s bloody civil war.
Many of the complex crosscurrents of Lebanon’s politics have been visible in the crisis. The camp in Tripoli has been off limits to the Lebanese army under an agreement with the Palestinian leadership and Arab countries. On Sunday, Lebanese citizens, who hold the Palestinians responsible for sparking the civil war in 1975, cheered the army on the streets of Tripoli and outside the camp.
Syria, which Lebanon accuses of backing Fatah al-Islam, closed several border crossings in the area. And the fighting broke out as the United Nations Security Council took up a resolution to try suspects tied to the February 2005 assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri. Syria has been accused in previous investigations of ordering the killing, but vigorously denies any connection.
Fatah al-Islam has been a growing concern for security authorities in Lebanon and much of the region. Intelligence officials say that the group counts between 150 and 200 fighters in its ranks and that it subscribes to the fundamentalist precepts of Al Qaeda.
The group’s leader, Shakir al-Abssi, is a fugitive Palestinian and former associate of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the former leader of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia who was killed last year in Iraq. Both men were sentenced to death in absentia for the 2002 murder of an American diplomat, Lawrence Foley, in Jordan.
I haven’t figured out why the BBC’s using scare quotes, Lebanon clashes ‘kill civilians’ but the death toll is significantly higher than the AP report shows. Update: The WaPo states that 50 combatants were killed in the first day of fighting Sunday
Here are some Facts and figures on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
Gateway Pundit posts that
One of the men killed in Sunday’s fighting, Saddam El-Hajdib, was a suspect in a failed German train bombing a sign that Nahr al-Bared refugee camp had become a refuge for militants planning attacks outside of Lebanon.
A spokesman for the Lebanese government was interviewed by the BBCA newscast and blamed Syria for the bombing. Certainly the Lebanese media’s clear about it: Lebanon media see Syria behind violence.
The Lebanese citizen says, “justice is a principle above all. Security on the other hand has its own logic; you kill this guy, you spare that guy…”
Yeah, but you don’t understand, as Assad’s court scribe Patrick Seale put it, “Syria cannot tolerate a hostile government in Lebanon”! So it must kill all politicians that it doesn’t like! But hey, “it doesn’t mean the end!”
Will Nancy don her scarf again and go ask her buddy to stop?
In other words, Hizbullah is siding against the Lebanese government and army by not even acknowledging Fatah al-Islam, or its sponsor, and blaming it on a US-Israeli conspiracy.
I’m sure Nancy can’t wait to sink her teeth on that, too.
Meanwhile, you wouldn’t know that Israel is under attack by reading the headlines.
Update Captain Ed asks,
And where is the UN in all of this? It’s their refugee camp which has fostered these groups and allowed them to operate openly. Shouldn’t the UN be disarming people in refugee camps? Or have they abandoned that mandate, as they have abandoned others?
NZ Bear has the text of the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill, aka draft immigration bill, aka The “Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007”. It is time-consuming, but you should read it.
Hugh Hewitt has an 8-part series of comments on the bill.
Illegal aliens would not be subject to back taxes. Had I known, I would have declared myself an illegal alien and stopped paying taxes years ago. It would have saved me enough money to buy myself a nice place at an offshore tax haven so I won’t have to pay the taxes that will have to support the bureaucracy the bill will create.
Because it will overload the existing bureaucracy, and not just the DHS and ICE.
Powerline has “F*** you”: The inside story
Senator Cornyn, tacitly supported by Sen. Jon Kyl, pushed hard to streamline legal procedures to allow prompt deportation of illegals. Senator Kennedy resisted.
As the clock moved closer to 1:30 p.m., Senator McCain suddenly lost it. “This is chickenshit,” he told Senator Cornyn. “I think it would expedite things if you would just leave the room, Senator, so we can get along with finishing this up.” Senator Cornyn responded: “Wait a minute. We’ve been meeting for three months on this in good faith, and now you parachute in here this morning and tell me to leave? I think you’re out of line.”
Senator McCain responded: “F*** you! I know what is going on here. I know more about immigration than anybody in this room!” Other Senators moved in to calm things down, and the talks went on. Senator Cornyn’s provision was not included. At 1:30 p.m. sharp, the conferees (not including Senators Cornyn or Menendez and a few other negotiators) were in the press gallery, congratulating each other. Senator Kennedy recognized Senator McCain early to make his televised comments, then Senator McCain departed before the press conference was over for a flight to New York City. Later that afternoon, he missed yet another Senate vote – this one on the Democrats’ $2.9 trillion budget plan, an outline for the largest tax increase in U.S. history.
Mark Steyn calls it Capitulation, from A—— to Z
Time for an Amnesty bill deathwatch?
My take on all this for the 2008 election:
The Republican candidate that manages to do a campaign running against the Bush administration, strong against illegal immigration and strong on winning in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be the winner in all of this. It can be done, and I suggest that the candidate considering this course of action call Sarkozy’s campaign manager. He did it.
Special thanks to Larwyn for the links.
Update From Rob, Kennedy Dupes Republicans on Immigration Bill
Conservatives will be especially disappointed. They’ve already watched President Bush sell out to Kennedy on education and Medicare reform. But Bush’s collusion with the Massachusetts Democrat on immigration reform threatens to alienate them permanently. Heaven forbid that Bush try to reform anything else in his remaining 20 months in office.
Of course, the President doesn’t bear all the responsibility. Many Republicans in Congress are equally responsible for failing to protect the principles that voters sent them to Washington to defend. Conservatives have come to expect such behavior from Republicans such as Sen. Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania moderate. The shocker is that conservative Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) went along with it.
The GOP’s failure on immigration reform is most astounding because the issue is crystal clear: There are those who follow the law and those who break it. If one issue galvanized conservatives, this was it. Some have even traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border to safeguard our country. Two Republican members of the U.S. House, Reps. Duncan Hunter (Calif.) and Tom Tancredo (Colo.), launched long-shot presidential bids because of the issue.
Response to White House Myth/Fact on Immigration Bill
10 Key Myths About the Amnesty Agreement Go read every one of them.