From the No Shit Files

From the No Shit Files

CAIRO, Egypt (CNN) — Arab countries trail much of the world in economic growth and need to make changes in political and social institutions, but gains have been made in areas such as education and health, according to a U.N.-commissioned study.

I am sure some simpering harpy will say that this should be cause for celebration because the U.N. is finally seeing that changes need to be made. To me, this is a sign of the utter incompetence of the U.N. This is News?????

The gang rape story just

The gang rape story just took the wind out of my sails. Sometimes the news is so disgusting I just want to give up. I went to the used bookstore down the street yesterday, and I have good old Ludlum spy novel to read. I love older paperbacks when they get that old book smell and they have the yellowing pages. At any rate, I will be back tomorrow.

Charles Johnson, whose work at

Charles Johnson, whose work at unearthing and pointing out Middle East atrocities is unparalleled, has discovered the most disgusting and awful type of primitive, subhuman, tribal/Islamic justice I have ever heard of:

According to the victim, the Mastoi tribe demanded punishment after her 11-year-old brother was seen walking unchaperoned with a Mastoi girl in a deserted part of the village. The boy and his sister are from the lower class Gujar tribe.

The Mastoi tribe called a meeting of the tribal council, which ordered the girl to be raped to avenge their tribal honor. The teen-ager said she was taken to a hut and assaulted as hundreds of Mastois stood outside laughing and cheering.

Really- subhuman, primitive, simian- these are the only words I can muster for these scum. I want to go bitch slap every college professor who says that all cultures are equal.

One positive note- I have noticed that the mainstream media picked up on this story, and that in general, they have been doing a slightly better job of covering these atrocities. Maybe bloggers are having an impact.

One of my favorite all

One of my favorite all time web sites has been updated with lots of new pics. Go check out

So you get beaten like

So you get beaten like a rented mule in front of an audience of 1.5 billion people. No problem. Soccer sportswriters around the world, in an apparent attempt to turn off more Americans and to make themselves seem more laughable, have just awarded the Golden Ball to the LOSING goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn. That means the person who treated him like a red-headed stepchild, Ronaldo, has been snubbed.

This is akin to awarding Mike Tyson the MVP award for the last Tyson-Lewis fight.

Good news. Andrew Hofer is

Good news. Andrew Hofer is back from vacation.

Just watched Behind Enemy Lines.

Just watched Behind Enemy Lines. Boy did that suck the big one. Owen Wilson, who was BRILLIANT in Bottle Rockets and The Royal Tenenbaums, is not my idea of a fighter pilot. Go back to the quirky films you know and love, Owen, and don’t get swallowed by Hollywood. Oops. Too late.

BTW- Anyone see the Young Poisoner’s Handbook? Another great film from the Reservoir Dogs/Pulp Fiction era of good indy films.

I made the tragic mistake

I made the tragic mistake of having a huge iced mocha at 11pm. I am not sure why I did it, other than it is so hot out and I thought it would taste great. It did taste great, but now I am ready to start chewing paint chips off the wall I am so wired. So, with nothing else to do, and living alone for the first time in my life, I decided to read the papers BEFORE I wake up. It did not take long before I hit the jackpot. I am going to cut an paste this entire vacuous editorial from the NY Times, and it should serve as the Art of War (or whatever classic you choose) for conjecture and foolishness.

J. C. Watts, Into the Sunset

With minority appointees in a variety of high-profile posts – including Secretary of State Colin Powell, Housing Secretary Mel Martinez and Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser – George W. Bush has assembled the most racially diverse Republican administration in memory.

It should also be noted that every one of these individuals were chosen for their qualifications, and not their demographic appeal. Maybe Bush was not looking for a group of hacks who ‘looked like America,’ but rather was looking for the BEST QUALIFIED people to serve America. Who would have thunk that Republicans would do something like this (other than grass roots Republicans who are working every day with a wide array of minorities- ask Kevin Holtsberry about the struggle to get the school voucher program in Ohio- and btw- drop him an email and thank hi for his efforts). Unfortunately, this just does not fit the sound bites of venom and bile that many in the DNC and the NAACP love to employ with little or no disgression. Remember- according to the NAACP, Bush was almost complicit in the horrible lynching of James Byrd.

The diversity of the executive branch, however, has underscored the whiteness of the Republican delegation in Congress, which has but one black member, Representative J. C. Watts of Oklahoma.

This is such an annoying statement that I almost want to smash something. Like Gail Collins. The statement is constructed so that the reader will infer that the Republican party is racist because Congress does not have any black Republicans, while the executive branch has a number of high profile minorities. It is rather apparent that the NY Times is incapable of discerning between individuals who are elected and who are appointed. Or maybe they would just rather state that all people who vote for anything other than a black Republican are racist. If anything, this should be construed as a plus for the executive branch, who is capable of choosing appointees in a color-blind manner- not a negative against Republican voters throughout the country. After all- black candidates do have to run in order to be elected- and they usually have to run VIGOROUS campaigns against Democrats and the NAACP (although that may be redundant). Once black Republicans are elected- they will be denied entry to the Congressional Black Caucus- a bigotry towards idea, and not skin color. In the end, this is another not-so-veiled snide attack on those racist damned republicans- that means you. By the way- the Senate has only had two African-Americans since the end of the Civil War- Massachusetts Republican Ed Brooke and Carol Moseley-Braun.

He announced yesterday that he would not seek re-election in November. Mr. Watts, the fourth-ranking member of the House Republican leadership, said his goals in Congress had been accomplished and that he wished to spend more time with his family.

Sounds like valid reasons to me- but I tend to believe people at their word.

Behind these bromides

Main Entry: bromide
Pronunciation: ‘brO-“mId
Function: noun
Date: 1836
1 : a binary compound of bromine with another element or a radical including some (as potassium bromide) used as sedatives
2 a : a commonplace or tiresome person : BORE b : a commonplace or hackneyed statement or notion

Emphasis Mine

is a history of conflict between Mr. Watts and the party leadership over his own ambitions as well as the party’s failure to reach out to minority candidates and voters.

Which we will not document, as this is pure speculation. How anyone can say that Republicans have not been reaching out to minorities (albeit with minimal success) is beyond me. Bush went to the NAACP convention- where he and all Republicans were tarred and feathered by Julian Bond. You would think that just treating African-Americans as equals would be enough for the NAACP. You would be wrong. Oh yeah- 8 years of Clinton, the ‘first black President,’ and it was that racist bastard John Ashcroft who came out against racial profiling.

Mr. Watts was welcomed into the fold in 1994 by a virtually all-white party establishment that was eager to put a black face on conservative Gingrich-era policies that were hostile to minorities.

Like the Welfare Reform Act that Clinton signed.

But Mr. Watts, who grew up in a harshly segregated section of Oklahoma known as Little Dixie, was more intimate with the effects of discrimination – and more sympathetic to affirmative action – than party ideologues could stand.


“One thing the Report Card demonstrates is the Congressional Black Caucus is not a monolith. Though 24 of the 39 Caucus members (including two non-voting delegates) received As, not all of them voted with the NAACP all of the time.

There were 8 Bs and three Cs among CBC members. Rep. J.C. Watts of Oklahoma, the lone Black Republican in Congress, got an F, voting with the NAACP position just 21 percent of the time.”

He was also sharply critical of the party for alienating black voters and for not encouraging minority lawmakers to aspire to leadership positions.

We don’t need to document- We are the NY Times.

Most recently, he considered running for majority leader – the party’s No. 2 leadership spot behind speaker of the House – but backed off after the majority whip, Tom DeLay, became the favorite to win that job. The party of Trent Lott, the Senate minority leader, and Mr. DeLay has a long way to go to build a more diverse membership and leadership.

He didn’t run because he would have lost- not too hard to figure out. I guess it would be pointless to point out all the white faces in the Democrat Congressional Leadership.

Why do I even read the NY Times?

Just finished Bernard Lewis’s What

Just finished Bernard Lewis’s What Went Wrong. A great read, and I would recommend it. Andrew Sullivan’s book review club seems to have taken off, and this sparked an idea for me. I would much rather just have a book exchange. If anyone has a book they would like to swap (I usually buy several every month), I would be glad to ship you my copy of What Went Wrong in exchange for another tome on relevant issues, both historical and political. The deal is, you send me the book, I send you the book, we are both responsible for the shipping, and then you send it on to someone else in exchange for another book in the future- a book swap club, if you will. E-mail me if you are interested.

Much ado has been made

Much ado has been made about a possible realignment of Jewish voters into the Republican party, and most of it is cynical in nature and makes no attempt to understand that some things are simply not politically motivated. I am a registered Republican who has a tendency to vote libertarian, but to me, there has never been an issue regarding the defense of Israel. My support for Israel and Israelis has nothing to do with the fact that Jews may vote one way or another. The reason I support Israelis and the state of Israel is simply because it is the right thing to do. I see through the equivocation, relativism, anti-Semitism, and the other bullshit, and I simply have put my foot down on the issue in a way that previously have been hard to predict. Republicans are in support of Israel in spite of the traditionally Democrat Jewish vote, not because they are trying to swing a few votes here and there.

I am supporting Israel because it is the right thing to do. Period.

Here is the story that sparked this little blurb.

If you are as depressed

If you are as depressed as I am about Layne, Welch, and everything else, just remember that we are still blessed with William Quick and Stephen Green and Megan McCardle and Martin Devon and so many others who do great work.

And we always have Jeff Goldstein and Andrea Harris to say what you were thinking but didn’t have the balls to say.

There are so many others- LGF, Daimnation, etc. I am here to tell you that the status of blogging is good.

From the Sgt. Schultz files:

From the Sgt. Schultz files:

This week the Army announces an increase of reservists on active duty in support of the partial mobilization, while the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force each announce decreases of reservists. The net collective result is 177 more reservists than last week.

At any given time, Services may mobilize some units and individuals while demobilizing others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease. Total number currently on active duty in support of the partial mobilization for the Army National Guard and Army Reserve is 34,478; Naval Reserve, 8,760; Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, 36,773; Marine Corps Reserve, 4,096; and the Coast Guard Reserve 1,485. This brings the total Reserve and National Guard on active duty to 85,592 including both units and individual augmentees.

This mobilization appears routine and mundane enough to not be a sign that Iraq will be hit soon. The mobilization to look for will be a large increase in sea and airlift capacity and reserve support component activation.

Via Drudge: Another meme that

Via Drudge:

Another meme that will never die: George Bush is stupid, Democrats say.

If you hadn’t read in this newspaper, Rep. Diane E. Watson, California Democrat, proclaimed President Bush has a low IQ – “of 88.”
“That tells you something,” she said, insisting that a “shadow government” consisting of Mr. Bush’s “father and the guy who calls himself the vice president” was actually making the decisions in this country.
“The ’88’ certainly isn’t making the decisions,” she said.

Yawn. The same old tired assertions. I will, however, give Rep. Watson for a nice two-fer. Bush is stupid, and there is a shadow government. Double Yawn.

This headline says it all

This headline says it all about our friends at the Guardian:

US Nuclear Attack on Hiroshima Paved the Way for September 11 and Its Aftermath

The whole article deserves a sound Fisking, but the opening paragraph is particularly odious:

Now that the number of innocent civilian victims killed collaterally in Afghanistan by the US bombardments is equal to the number killed in the attack on the Twin Towers, we can perhaps place the events in a larger, but not less tragic perspective, and face a new question: is it more evil or reprehensible to kill deliberately than to systematically kill blindly? (Systematically because the same logic of US armed strategy began with the Gulf war.) I don’t know the answer to the question. On the ground, among the cluster bombs dropped by B52s or the stifling smoke in Church Street, Manhattan, perhaps ethical judgments cannot be comparative.

There you have it- Moral equivocation, reliance on dubious statistics, and a mixture of conjecture and dubious false truths. Didn’t someone already debunk the Marc Herold civilian casualty claims?

Oh yeah. That can be found here.

Repeat a lie often enough…

The rest of the article should be read at your own risk. Damn jackals.

This is one battle we

This is one battle we can not afford to lose, or we will see our soldiers being accused and tried by every two-bit dictator in the world.

The US Assault On World Criminal Court

One question- How long before charges are brought against Ariel Sharon and George Bush? I say a month or less.