31 October 2005
The Mayor of New Orleans has denied rumors that Mardi Gras is cancelled. He says he's expecting a record number of
floats this year on Main Street.
Five black men in purple dinner jackets and bow ties were found floating today under a pier in New Orleans. DNA tests
later identified them as The Drifters. Rumor has it they were under the boardwalk, down by the sea.
Hurricane Katrina - typical woman! When she came, she was warm, wild and wet. When she left, she took the house and
all its contents with her.
Two plane loads of volunteers left Detroit Michigan today bound for New Orleans to assist with the looting.
28 October 2005
Sarcasm aside, I usually don't get upset when it comes to Art. Artists are supposed to be iconoclasts. Art is supposed to breakthrough and engage you on a mythic level. The symbols are timeless and savage. Religion, Mythologoy and Art are inextricably intertwined. That is just the way it it.
I know, I know, your first reaction to the photoset is anger. It's like a slap in the face. You see these and say, "Come on! That is not how our culture is...they're making a mokery! They don't understand."
I would ask you, Dear Reader, to suspend your anger because I'm going to let you in on a little secret.
The europeans are in love with us.
That's right. If you ask your typical Frenchman or German, they know more about US history than most high school sophomores. They love our music, our 'bluejeans', our cuisine, our wines, our luxuries and - yes - our freedoms. They love all things American. That is not to say that all of them love us - just like us, Europeans get to read only the most salacious and controversial news that trickles out of our own media. So they 'across the big pond' have a very skewed idea of what goes on here. They think that we're out of control with sex, with money and with violence. They think we're all racist Klansmen running around with guns - the Cowboy mentality.
The ones that have visited the US are much less sanguineous. They differentiate between what the media portrays and what's really going on. So when you see or hear some EU trashtalking, take it in stride.
Officially: They love to hate us. When the cameras are off, the lights turned down low and the cabernet sauvignon is being poured - the fire in their eyes ignite as they begin to tell you about the first time they heard "Blue Suede Shoes".
Reminds me of the quote by WH Auden - "Between friends differences in taste or opinion are irritating in direct proportion to their triviality."
26 October 2005
- Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
I read some comments on the thread over at SecondcityCop.blogspot.com today and I found myself having much to say on some of the America detractors who shared their views on SCC's blog.
One person held up Chalmers Johnson as a source for the case against our current foreign policy. That is like citing Ted Kennedy as an expert in Boating Safety. Johnson's vitriol for America is scarcely self-contained. He is very vocal in what he believes is a corrupt, inept and imperialistic government that is running the country. The intellectuals on the Left sincerely believe that they are smarter than you....they've got all the answers. They read crackpots like Noam Chomsky or Chalmers Johnson - authors who claim lineage to Marx and Trotsky and, who admire the socialist model - and the Left announces that these 'intellectuals' are brilliant, thoughtful and introspective.
I think that they are deluded - either by a general distrust of authority or by naivete.
But whenever someones starts talking in cliches - the "vast military-industrial complex" and "American Imperialism" you have to ask yourself if this person is really a deep thinker.
It doesn't take too much reasoning to parrot the slogans of history. That's why if left to its own devices, everyone would be a liberal. It's the message that comes through our culture, our media and from our courts. That is why it takes courage, work, research and effort to be a conservative because when you get a knowledge of history, politics and review various systems of governance you realize that the bolshevik element in ours and every other culture is there simply to destabilize. They foment revolution yet, when a State gets established - it is the intellectuals who are marched out first to be shot.
These "useful idiots" are 10 year old children; they want us to make everything "fair." They want an even-playing field for everyone - regardless of qualifications or ability. They spout the same old worn-out cliches: Diversity, glass ceiling, quotas, affirmative action, reparations - in order to keep the feelings of guilt entrenched in our collective soul.
'Too much freedom is just enough' - is a slogan that I admire. It is always refreshing to meet immigrants to the US who come from poorer countries. They are absolutely ecstatic to be here, in the "greatest country in the world."
Why is that?
The leftists would say that it is due to the fact that the immigrants are in a new place and everything that is new is good. That is not the reason. These people come from some horribly repressive countries - places where if you said something bad about a politician, or the government or openly talked about sex : you'd be imprisoned or put to death. Read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and you'll see first hand how horrific it is to live in a place like the Soviet Union, Monte Negro, or Myanmar.
On: Chalmers Johson -
First, I cannot support Chalmers Johnson's views because he is a UC Berkley hippy with ties to the SDS. He's a "naom chomsky meets lyndon larouche" type ... America, Bad - Socialism, Good. His writings rail against Bush, Cheney and the CIA but where is the outrage against our own Border Invasion, the billions we spend on illegal immigration and on the criminals who victimize our own citizens? Johnson writes all about how much the Bushs, the CIA and Abu Graib are evil. Another "useful idiot" that gets book smart and tries to force feed his comintern agenda with a spoonful of sugar.
The '4 Sorrows' listed are laughable and, I know now why nobody reads this guy. Only someone with self-loathing & delusions of persecution could put that together.
1. Perpetual state of war - every civilization has to fight. You only preserve your country, boundaries and nation by having a strong military. Lions only attack sick, old or weak prey. "Pax Romana" is the last time a major civilization went without 'overt' battles.
2. Loss of Democracy - it's not the presidency that is eclipsing congress to take away our rights; it's the Liberal activist judges in the Courts who are "interpreting" our laws and making it up as they go along ... PC bullshit like diversity, hate crimes & the 'right to privacy' - they keep going to the EU to get precedents for interpreting our Constitution. It's outragesous!
3. Truth replaced by Propaganda - since the 60's we've been getting fed nothing but fluff and nonsense from our TV news and newspapers. The real Truth is finally getting exposed by good ole Conservative talkradio hosts (Thank you Michael Savage) and Bloggers (Thank you SCC), the Left has been spinning their Agenda since the 60's and no one ever called them on it.
4. Bankruptcy by military projects - Keep those military projects coming! The more we spend on military, the more markets we can expand into because more and more people will feel safe. And why shouldn't we? We've seen how ineffectual the UN is in a fight. Look hwo they screwed up Kosovo, how they have been a big, do-nothing pack of armed rent-a-cops. They are about as motivated as a bag of cottonballs. Chalmers says the Military and Bush will bankrupt us ...how about the billions we spend every year treating criminals to 3 meals, housing and free medical care? How about the billions we spend on giving Illegals tuition, medical care and welfare?
You and all the other "hate America" posters have a right to not like the government, the president or our military & their mission. But I don't appreciate having to hear you spit in the face of our soldiers, our constitution and our country simply because you believe in a socialist utopia.
22 October 2005
The Enviro-Nazis strike again using their pseudo-science and unchecked "enthusiasm" to impose their worldview on everyone who thinks that trees and animals are more important than human beings. The Wall Street Journal showcases just what a travesty the 1973 Endangered Species Act has been.
In 1990 Clinton jumped on the Spotted Owl bandwagon and, almost overnight, shut down 24 million acres of timber and stopping 80% of logging operations in California, Oregon and Washington. All this in an futile attempt at "saving" the Owl. The environmentalists claimed that logging was contributing to the deterioration of the owls' habitat. The governments' actions resulted in the decimation of the logging industry - the loss of 130.000 jobs, millions of dollars of revenue and the destruction of families.
The knee-jerk reaction to environmental issues is appalling. The Enviro-Activists act like nobody but them care about clean air, clean water and preserving our natural resources. And there seems to be a fringe quality interlaced throughout the Environmentalist community. The establishment of environmentalism came about due to Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring (1962). It highlighted an apocalyptic future which would come to fruition if the continued indiscriminate use of DDT continued unabated. DDT is now proven to be an effective pesticide that has saved millions of lives by reducing blood-born pathogens, such as malaria. But that factoid never gets computed by the Enviro-Nazis when calculating which 'cause' is going to get their attention next.
It turns out that much of what she wrote was not true. The science of pesticides and their environmental impacts were just coming into being when she was writing so it's somewhat understandable that she'd have some inaccuracies. But what is not forgiveable is the incessant whinings of the Enviro-Left and how they feel the need to take up the cause of every little species that gets labeled "endangered." The issue is - What is the basis for determining something is at-risk? The science has been shown to be faulty so their actions are based on false assumptions. The environmentalists have a fringe element that is, frankly, a bit frightening. Check out this ChemTrails website or this . Currently Contrails or Chemtrails are getting some press via the underground conspiracy theorists. There is even one site that claims to be able to eliminate ChemTrails simply by "willing them away" through mentalism. With many of these types it is like 'Conspiracy theory' meets grizzly addams. Not a good combination.
"Sonar hurting Whales" has now come to the forefront and smacks of being more tree-hugger hysteria. Yet another example of the non-sense that the environmentalists are spewing. "Nature" did this study but what did they use for methods? I remember distinctly that the Navy was blamed for causing Dolphin deaths - and, again it turned out that it was other Dolphins doing the damage & killings. It turns out that notall Dolphins are adorable, brighteyed "Flippers" with IQs of 110. Some of them kill other Dolphins for the fun of it. Hmmmmm.
I'm not saying that environmentalists are bad people - I'm convinced that the vast majority of them are good, decent people. It's just that their leadership and platforms need to be clearer on issues that they choose to get involved in. Otherwise they become just as indiscriminate as the chemicals that they deride. EarthFirst! wouldn't be Earth without humans.
I'm going to start a new organization: USAFirst!
17 October 2005
From the April 5 Washington Post: "TOKYO, April 5 -- The Education Ministry on Tuesday approved a controversial new series of school textbooks that critics say whitewash Japan's militaristic past. The move ignited immediate outrage among some of the country's World War II-era victims."
In this months' The Atlantic , Christopher Buckley writes a stinging satire on Japanese efforts to reframe their militaristic past into something akin to victimhood. Acting like picked on adolescents doesn't seem to fit into Japan's code of Bushido.
Here is an excerpt of the "exam" -
What historically significant event occurred on December 7?
a.) Woodrow Wilson declared war on Austria, in 1917
b.) Admiral William Bligh, of HMS Bounty fame, died in 1817, regretting he never had the opportunity to visit Japan.
c.) Charles Brooks, Jr became the first American to be executed by lethal injection, in Texas, in 1982.
d.) U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull flouted diplomatic protocol by speaking in a rude and disrespectful manner to Japanese imperial ambassadors in Washington, in 1941
"Bataan Death March" refers to:
a.) A Seattle grunge band.
b.) Hole no.5 at Osaka Golf Club
c.) A badly maintained highway west of Manila Bay
d.) A lesser-known funereal composition by F. Chopin
On a personal note, many former "aggressor" nations have adopted a "Who us?" mien. I spoke to a friend of mine who was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany. He told me he was going to be off for a few days last May. Knowing that Germans enjoy 6 weeks of paid vacation year round, out of curiosity I asked him what this particular holiday was for. He replied, "It is to celebrate when the allies liberated the German people from Nazi occupation." Hmmmm, I thought. The poor Germans are so burdened with guilt over 'the war' that they turned their defeat into a liberation. Just goes to show how much your choice of words goes a very long way to impacting the perception of your actions. NewSpeak aside, if you (the State) remove the word 'revolution' from the language - then people won't be able to conceptualize the idea of revolting. Get it? But I'll take a deep breath and refrain from Ranting about the state of language in our country - with the influx of Spanish speakers who won't bother to learn English.
There is actually a website devoted to the 60th anniversary of Allied Liberation.
We see this dynamic all over the world - it's not just in Japan. Although for Japan to downplay and trivialize the extent of its atrocities in China, Korea and the Phillipines - is outrageous. Here is a site that documents all the massacres commmitted by the Japs while occupying China.
Just ask the 200,000 'comfort women' or the residents of Nanking. I doubt that they would be very supportive of the revisionist Japanese history books.
What's next? Russian textbooks with the title - "Joe Stalin - Just your everyday Guy: A guide to the Lies about this gentle giant."
12 October 2005
I see illegals working as landscapers, as cement workers, as roofers, as painters, carpenters, and busboys. I was a busboy.
I don't think that Bush has his head screwed on right. I don't know precisely what type of agenda he has but he definitely has one. And it seems to be in favor of illegal immigration. "Por tu maldito amor" is a song by mariachi megastar Vincente Fernandez. The song title means "For your terrible Love" and relates how the singer's love for a woman is tearing him apart. Bush must be spending time in the White House with the strains of mariachi music flowing through the air, slamming tequila and crying over his lost loves. How can Bush support such a policy? He must not be able to see the ramifications - the divisiveness, the tax losses, taking jobs from Americans, and the decline in work quality (on skilled labor jobs). Illegal immigration is a costly business to advocate. According to the Center for Immigration Studies , the real cost of illegal immigration is in the billions. The findings:
Illegal alien households are estimated to use $2,700 a year more in services than they pay in taxes, creating a total fiscal burden of nearly $10.4 billion on the federal budget in 2002.
Among the largest federal costs: Medicaid ($2.5 billion); treatment for the uninsured ($2.2 billion); food assistance programs ($1.9 billion); the federal prison and court systems ($1.6 billion); and federal aid to schools ($1.4 billion).
If illegal aliens were legalized and began to pay taxes and use services like legal immigrants with the same education levels, the estimated annual fiscal deficit at the federal level would increase from $2,700 per household to nearly $7,700, for a total federal deficit of $29 billion.
With nearly two-third of illegals lacking a high school diploma, the primary reason they create a fiscal deficit is their low education levels and resulting low incomes and tax payments — not their legal status or their unwillingness to work.
Amnesty increases costs because illegals would still be largely unskilled, and thus their tax payments would continue to be very modest, but once legalized they would be able to access many more government services.
The fact that legal immigrants with little schooling are a fiscal drain on federal coffers does not mean that legal immigrants overall are a drain. Many legal immigrants are highly skilled.
Because many of the costs are due to their U.S.-born children, who are awarded U.S. citizenship at birth, barring illegals themselves from federal programs will not significantly reduce costs.
Although they create a net drain on the federal government, the average illegal household pays more than $4,200 a year in federal taxes, for a total of nearly $16 billion.
However, they impose annual costs of more than $26.3 billion, or about $6,950 per illegal household.
About 43 percent, or $7 billion, of the federal taxes illegals pay go to Social Security and Medicare.
Employers do not see the costs associated with less-educated immigrant workers because the costs are spread out among all taxpayers.
The main reason that it is so costly is that, if given amnesty, illegals will continue to use welfare programs - further burdening the system but to an even greater degree. The vast majority of illegal aliens will continue to have very low incomes, and make very modest tax payments. However, legal status would allow them to use many more programs.
In the immortal words of William Holden in Network: I’m mad as hell and I can't take it any more!
Por favor presidente - despiertate!
11 October 2005
His inteactions with his son, Scott - especially when they are in family counseling - are capable of making all of us recall how we thought that our fathers were, at times, a bit of an enigma. Indeed, sometimes our Dads are downright mysteries.
One of the first movies my father took me to was "Goldfinger." I must have been about 5 years old....I still remember seeing the woman in the beginning of the film who was murdered by being spraypainted gold and can hear Sean Connery say, "They painted over the part of her back where oxygen would get through. She suffocated to death."
Dr. Evil encapsulates all the bad guys that were a part of the Bond series throughout the 60's and 70's. He attempts to balance a cool, hipster, relatable quality but, comes off like a self absorbed dork. Scott recognizes this in his father and is quick to ridicule him for it.
"Your stock is rising, No.2"
08 October 2005
The Vatican is bringing in heavy hitters to dig out Gays within its seminarian ranks. Salon reports that the Catholic Church is on another "power trip" and is looking to out some closeted clergy who may be lurking. Salon claims that this is a "witch hunt" and is yet another example of how poor gays are getting picked on. A source claims that "(an) ultra-conservative minority is driving the investigations, not knowing that some of their favorite icons in the clergy and hierarchy are themselves gay." Maybe the author's finger slipped and she meant to type "vast rightwing conspiracy."
Let's be clear. Everyone knows that there are many clergy who are gay. So what? It doesn't mean that they are pedophiles.
It does mean that they shouldn't be priests.
Let me explain. If you as a person are "called" to service in an institutional religious organization, such as the Catholic church, you take an oath of Chastity. You vow to refrain from sexual activities. This is an important aspect of cultivating a higher spirituality. From time immemorial this was the proscribed process for all "medicine men," Shaman or monks. And so it is with Catholicism. I wrote about this in a previous blog. If these people consider themselves gay then they are defining themselves as, first and foremost, a sexual entity. They are coming out and saying that their sexual identity is an essential part of who they are. That is not what a priest should be doing - I don't care if it's someone who is straight or bi or whatever....It detracts from their sense of clarity and muddles their judgement.
Of course we're all human and prone to all the faults and foibles that go along with that. And I don't expect priests to not have sexual impulses but those should be far, far away - not up at the front of their daily routine. If you hear, "I'm a gay priest" - that is supposed to be accepted by our "politically correct" asinine culture. But if you say, "I'm a straight priest" people would go - "I thought you were just supposed to be a priest. Period."
|the Vatican led a campaign to purge American seminaries of critical scholarship, replacing Modernists and demanding intellectual obedience to papal control. In the United States, troublesome seminary faculty were fired, and well-read, critical priests were replaced by new immigrants from Ireland and Italy -- generally poorer and less educated men who were willing to be obedient and play by the rules.|
And being gay is not always just a matter of biology. There are many gays who are victims of sexual abuse. That abuse triggered "gay" feelings in them because the abuse occurred when the victim was "pre-verbal" and doesn't remember the acts. So they go through their lives in their early teens with these feelings of wanting to act on (act 'out') and they have the mantra of "I've been gay my whole life" buzzing in their ears. When it was Uncle Charlie who was the one who "got them gay" way back before they could understand and vocalize what was happening to them. And clinicians and psychologists know that when you are a victim of abuse you either "act it in" or you "act it out". That means you act the abuse "out" on others as a way of dealing with it or you act it "in" by doing something to yourself (ie. overeat, look at porn, masturbate excessively...etc.) So when you take the issue of unresolved sexual abuse and put that person in a position of power within a huge institution - that is a loaded gun. You're putting your congregation at risk of being victimized.
Loveline is a great source for this stuff and is the first place that I heard it asked, "when did you get gay?" Dr. Drew (addiction medicine MD) asks his "gay" callers all the time this question, and invariably, the caller can recount a specific incident where he was "turned" gay by an inappropriate sexual act while at a very early age.
|Even if the Vatican were able to "cleanse" the American seminaries this time around -- leaving only the stupid, the obedient, the terrorized, the very good liars -- the risks seem great|
If you want to see what an untreated sexual predator can do to a young man's life, check out Jeff "the Frugal gourmet" Smith's indictment. He was an ordained minister.
So if you're gay - do whatever you want with your life but don't be a priest, deacon, vicor, pastor or reverend.
04 October 2005
Oh it was so much simpler back when a red was a red.
Salim Mansur writes in yesterday's Toronto Sun a thoroughly enlightening tirade against Useful Idiots: the slogan first instituted by Vladimir Lenin. He coined the phrase "useful idiots" to describe those living in western democracies who made common cause with his Bolshevik politics.
"He understood them well, held them in contempt while exploiting their despicable naivete and self-loathing for propaganda purposes of the gulag he made of Russia, and his successors from Stalin to Gorbachev served as chief wardens."
There are many well intentioned, good hearted people on the Left who, unintentionally do the bidding of those among us who want to destabilize the Family, remove God from our society and want the State to be the be-all, end-all for all of us. It is sad and pathetic that people can't or won't recognize the dynamics of Stalinist Russia that are an intrinsic part of the Left's platform.
Take the slogan "Give peace a chance." What is implied is that we can't wait to go to war and, given other things being equal - have not the initiative to look at other avenues of conflict resolution. How long did Bush give Saddam to hide or dispose of his stockpile of WMDs before we went into militarily? 18 months! Saddam had a year and half to comply while GW used the United Nitwits to try to force compliance with inspectors. War was the last resort.
How about a slogan of "Give War a chance" because the peace-niks don't really understand who and what we are fighting against. War sometimes works. War certainly worked against the Nazis. It certainly got rid of them. Even at the time of the '30s we had a large portion of our citizenry who were actively opposed to the war. But doing battle and fighting for what you beleive in is sometimes worth the effort. I know Cindy Sheehan doesn't think so but she is a demented personality who is out of touch with reality.
So the Leftist media machine continues to brainwash us with commercials, the newspapers, and cable access News. Don't believe the hype and, don't believe the Media. I've read some sources that claim that Orwell's novel depicts what our society would be like if we went towards a more conservative bend. That is non-sense. Liberals are the ones with the agenda and who ply us with "isms"
Hitler was a social democrat (a Leftist liberal), and was a Vegan and a non-smoker. Hhhhmmmmm.....interesting, no?
01 October 2005
The Times of London reports that the effect of "hard diversity" which teaches that no culture is better than any other culture and that "differences should be celebrated," was what caused the July 7 London bombings.
They simultaneously assert that no culture is better than another, but they will happily elaborate that Western culture is actually inferior and shy away from celebrating it for fear of causing offence, the report says. We are witnessing the revolt of the civilised against civilisation.
Diversity without values is nothing.
If you dare to compare Christianity with Islam without making the point that Islam has an undercurrent of violence that is absent in Christianity, then you are not being truthful to yourself nor anyone else. For decades we have had the leftist media trying to convince us that we are wrong. "Oh, Islam is Peace" we are told, or "Diversity is our strength" or some such drivel.
The instincts of conservative pundits, it turns out, have been right all along. Not every one is created equal and not everyone who chants to allah is a terrorist. But as they say, we're not looking for a group of Norweigian nuns who are doing the killing, murder and beheadings in the name of allah. If law enforcement is racially profiling, then that means that the police are using their instincts and their intelligence in identifying a pattern to the crimes that they are tracking. It is not only commendable it should be expected.
Diversity is not the answer - it is a dead end. The political correctness and "thought policing" are reminiscent of Orwell's '1984.' The Left has shoved slogan after slogan down our throats "for the common good"
Coming soon to a Dick Durbin rally near you -
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH