Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

"Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them."
-Thomas Jefferson

Those who have served in The Armed Forces of the United States have preserved for us the opportunity to live up to Jefferson's words. My humble thanks to them.

Would that our elected representatives served with one-tenth the commitment to honor, justice and humanity of the soldiers, sailors and Marines they sent into harm's way.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

McCain on Obama

'There are legitimate questions as to whether he’s out of his depth or not'
-Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) to National Review Online

Questions already definitively answered may be called legitimate questions, but more to the point, they are rhetorical questions.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day Update

"If it's not the Crusades, it's the cartoons."
-Dubya

I am reminded by Mind Numbed Robot, (Everybody Draw Mohammed Day 2010) to direct you to these earlier TOC posts. I am sure you'll enjoy them all, but I think April 26 is definitive:

Saturday, April 24, 2010
“Everybody Draw Mohammed Day”

Monday, April 26, 2010
Everybody Burn a Flag with Mohammed's Image Day

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Accommodating diversity

Saturday, May 01, 2010
The Mohammed Image Archive

While I'm here, let me link some other comment of note today:

Everybody Draws Mohammed Day [Mark Steyn]

The New Free Speech Movement

Paulpourri

What Does the Future Hold for Rand and Ron?
Without that Tea Party enthusiasm (whose top three issues, he [Rand Paul] explained, are "the debt, the debt, and the debt"), it would be impossible to imagine his victory Tuesday. His vision of a smaller, constitutionally limited government that is less adventurous on the world stage is much easier to sell now that people are holding regular rallies against big government.
Kentucky primary hype: Tempest in a Tea Party
Paul has established that the Tea Party can be a disruptive force. In Kentucky, as elsewhere, the Republican establishment is having fits.
EDITORIAL: The Rand Paul uprising
"We need to be proud of capitalism," Dr. Paul noted in an acceptance speech that hit on the fundamental cause of our current economic woes. The failure of arrogant congressional leaders to restrain themselves from spending other people's money, not capitalism, created our $13 trillion debt.
Rand Paul confuses supporters, spurs anger with comments on Civil Rights Act
Paul, who won his primary election Tuesday, launched into what has become a national political storm by arguing the merits of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which legally barred racial discrimination in public and most private places, with liberal talk show host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night.

On the show, he argued that the government should not have interfered with the operations of private business -- even to enforce civil rights -- while emphasizing that he does not support discrimination. He has made similar statements to his hometown paper and to NPR but the lengthy Maddow interview took off online.
Barry Goldwater, who had no racially discriminatory cell in his body, argued against the 1964 Civil Rights Bill on the floor of the Senate. He did so on Constitutional grounds. He did so in the midst of his campaign to be President: Which campaign he lost handily. He was right, and he was honorable. He did not abandon principle to expedience.

Credit Rand Paul for the same clear thinking and similar honesty. This single interview may cost him dearly; but he knows the Constitution, he understands the meaning of the word "principle," and he is an honest, open man. There are pathetically few who are either, much less both.

The fact that he could have let this sleeping dog lie makes him a more attractive candidate to me. Barack Obama dosed the dogs with phenobarbital while he was tiptoeing past them. Look where electing this dishonest, secretive man got us.

Rand Paul's Victory, Arlen Specter's Defeat, and the Quest for Authenticity
Rand Paul is trying to peddle authenticity along with his dire warnings about federal spending and the national debt. "The one thing about my campaign is that I am not afraid to be not elected," Paul declared as he brandished double negatives at his final pre-primary rally in Bowling Green. "That's what it's going to take: Someone who will tell the truth."

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

You can tell what it is supposed to be from the post title.How Mohammed might have been drawn if South Park had ever actually depicted him.

H/T Openoffice Draw, without which this would have been even worse. I don't know if software is able to have a fatwa declared against it. OO will just have to take its chances, I guess.

See also:

Announcing Blazingcatfur's Everybody Draw Mohammed Day Contest Finalists..set to music too...a really Mohammedan enraging tune in fact


and...

Why We're Having an Everybody Draw Mohammed Contest on Thursday May 20


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tea party false flag

A false flag is a way of lying by leading people to believe something dangerous and hateful is actually something safe and congenial, or vice versa. Progressive Campaigns Inc., is attempting to fly a false flag, on behalf of unknown "Progressives."

Chetly Zarko at OutsideLansing.com reports:

Zarko Research Exclusive: Dem Dirty Trick on Fake Tea Party Petition Revealed

Zarko Exclusive Follow-up: "Progressive" Campaigns Inc (PCI) Hired for Fake Tea Party Petition

Zarko says,
Their own client list [Progressive Campaigns Inc.] contains a laundry list of SEIU, Humane Society of the US, George Soros, John Sperling, T. Boone Pickens, John Freeman, the UAW, and the Michigan Democratic Party itself. This is no criticism against Progressive itself - they are just the hired hitman and have been highly efficient at their profession over the years.
I disagree, that list of clients is itself a criticism, and if Progressive is highly efficient at lying, that's worth criticizing, too. Would you work there?

Let's be sure to let everyone know what kind of company Progressive Campaigns Inc. is. Their clients are statists, or worse. Their methods are objectionable and deceitful. They are willing to operate in the tradition of Reinhard Heydrich.

Put another way, if you like Alinsky's ideas funded by Soros, you'll probably think Progressive Campaigns Inc. is an upright organization with upright clients.

To reprise a point made here by Paladin: It's not the Tea Party, it's the tea party movement. We don't care about your political Party, we care about stopping the abuse by government.

Bad link fixed, sorry. 3PM Monday

Saturday, May 15, 2010

A definition of confrontational

This has been widely disseminated already, but the YouTube version was pulled over a copyright claim by the newspaper involved. It has to be a joke that a reporter's question at a press conference can be copyrighted, much less the response to that question. Of course, how easily YouTube is intimidated and the defensiveness of the newspaper just make it more interesting.

IAC, the question doesn't appear in this version, but you don't need it to understand the answer.




I really like Chris Christie.

BTW, the question was, "Governor, do you think this sort of confrontational tone that you're taking can increase your odds in getting this through the legislature?"

The columnist, Tom Moran of the Star-Ledger, can be found here. I don't recommend the link, but JIC you are perversely curious.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Rally for Hamas and Hezbollah

Kathryn Prater's story, Group rallies at Capitol to raise awareness of Israeli occupation, in today's Lansing State Journal:
A small group held banners Wednesday on the steps of the state Capitol, seeking to raise awareness about the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

They gathered to mark 62 years since the occupation began, after Israel became an independent state in 1948. Palestinians commemorate the day, called al-Nakbah, on May 15 each year.

"People are suffering tremendously," said Dearborn resident Sufian Nabhan, an American Muslims for Palestine board member. "Occupation is apartheid, occupation is segregation. Massacres are going on daily."

Nabhan said that in the last decade, both his parents died from cancer because they could not get through Israeli blockades to reach a hospital in Jerusalem.

"We're sending a message to our leaders in this country to stop supporting the occupation with military aid to Israel. We bear responsibility for what we pay for with our tax dollars," Michigan Peace Team member Mike McCurdy said.

"We may be few, but we stand in solidarity with thousands around the world," he said from the Capitol steps. "As long as this occupation continues, hate will be bred toward the United States."
The fact that the LSJ uncritically uses the word "occupation" and names the land in dispute the "Palestinian territories" is proof that the LSJ accepts the argument that Israel should be destroyed. Surely, the LSJ is aware that there is some controversy over whether there is any occupation, and they should have used quotes around the term. But, the LSJ does not take this assertion as an opinion, they accept it as fact.

Dating the "occupation" to 1948 is even more telling. This is critical in supporting the "Right of Return" - demanded by the "Detroit Declaration" of which Sufian Nabhan is a signatory. The "Right of Return" is a demand that 5.5 million Arabs must be allowed to move inside Israel's 1948 frontiers. Israel's Jewish population is 3.9 million.

Mr. Nabhan is President of the Islamic Center of Detroit. He also is probably a liar about his parents' deaths due to Israeli blockades. Might as well say his parents died because of Palestinian suicide bombers and failure to form a State, despite hundreds of millions in aid.

What the Hamas and Hezbollah supporters rallying on the steps of Michigan's Capitol building mean to say is made clear in this video. One wonders when American Jews who vote for the leftists, and that's most of them, will wake up.

First they came for the Israelis...

H/T MF

A public service to TOC readers

The American Language
An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States
- H.L. Mencken
This classic was written to clarify the discrepancies between British and American English and to define the distinguishing characteristics of American English. Mencken’s groundbreaking study was undoubtedly the most scientific linguistic work on the American language to date and continues to serve as a definitive resource in the field.
I had no idea this was online. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Obamacare, the physical model

Short video here.

H/T Paladin.

The wages of appeasement, the fruits of hypocrisy

What Did You Say About Muhammad?!

RTWT, here's a sample:
...the West has perpetuated a vicious cycle wherein Muslim sensitivities are ever heightened and outraged at the slightest slight, and Western freedoms of expression are correspondingly diminished and trampled upon...

...if you voluntarily act like a dhimmi — a subjugated non-Muslim who must live in debased humility — you will be treated like a dhimmi...
Emphasis mine. It's why former President Carter is known around here as Dhimmi Carter.

Also please note the "Support South Park" widget is removed from this site. Comedy Central caved to an Islamist blogger and then announced they are considering launching a series titled "JC," mocking Christ.

I have no problem with mocking religion, or God, but such selective mocking is a disgusting appeasement perpetrated by the vertebrally challenged. How do the hypocrites in charge of Comedy Central even stand upright?

Confronting Islamist fanatics over their exquisite and false sensitivities is important, and bringing the Comedy Central cell to heel would be a good start.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Clueless in Utah

The political atmosphere, obviously, has been toxic and it's very clear some of the votes that I have cast have added to the toxic environment. Looking back on them, with one or two very minor exceptions, I wouldn't have cast them any differently even if I'd known at the time it would cost me my career.
-Soon to be former Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah)

That one word, "career," is why he's gone. He doesn't get it, even while sniveling about his loss. Bob, taxpayers are waking up to the fact that they are employers at will. It wasn't working out with you.

David Brooks and E.J. Dionne were enraged by Senator Bennett's failure to extend his tenure. There couldn't be a better portent.

"This is a damn outrage," said David Brooks. Dionne called it "... almost a non-violent coup." I don't know if Dionne thinks it was nearly violent, or nearly a coup. Either way he's nearly intelligent. Anything that outrages David Brooks is good news.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Mothers Day

64% Still Rate Being A Mother As A Woman’s Most Important Role

Thank the Hairy Thunderer or the Cosmic Muffin for that. Some entity more than human deserves credit.

Still:
Eighteen percent (18%) disagree, and another 18% aren’t sure.
That first 18% will never agree that biology may not be destiny, but that it is strongly indicative. They will yearn for the creches of Huxley's Brave New World until parthenogenesis frees them. They will overcome. Babies, of any duration, are parasites from which they must be freed.

Another 18% can be considered amenable to reason. They see that children are the future, or at least cynically recognize that it is children ad infinitum who will pay for our burgeoning 'social democracy.'

If the latter 18% were told that a man's most important role is 'father,' once -and however- he becomes one, they will then easily resolve their quandary and pick philosophical compatriots based on either the furthering of civilization over barbarism, or the prospect of hedonism and narcissism uber alles.

Bad link fixed. Sorry.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Soft bigotry in Ann Arbor

James Taranto mentioned this in his Wall Street Journal Best of the Web Today column, making many of the obvious (except to Ann Arbor's Dicken Elementary School Principal Mike Madison) observations.

Taranto (he uses the Royal "we"):
We don't doubt Madison's good intentions, nor do we think it was a "wasted venture." It seems to us an excellent idea to expose black youngsters to accomplished black adults, for just the reasons he states.

But why only black youngsters? We are forever hearing that white Americans continue to harbor "racial resentment," derogatory stereotypes, even flatly racist attitudes toward blacks. In this column's opinion, that problem is overstated. But it certainly couldn't hurt to show pupils of pallor that rocket scientists don't necessarily "look like them."

Further, who's to say an accomplished black adult can't be a role model for a white child, or vice versa? The multicultural mindset is impoverished inasmuch as it sees people primarily as members of a subpopulation, rather than as Americans or human beings.

During our childhood, we once read a book about Harriet Tubman, the escaped slave who made a career of rescuing other slaves. It never occurred to us that because Tubman was black, her story was "black history" and therefore not of interest to us. We were inspired by her heroism in the cause of freedom--universal human themes.

Similarly, the laws of physics do not discriminate. Anyone with the aptitude and the interest can become a rocket scientist. That's a worthy lesson to teach children of any color--and that ain't rocket science.
The field trip reminds me of the blacks-only graduation ceremonies at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan (and others, see here and here). The people organizing such things would be shocked, shocked, that their "reaching out" is actually teaching that blacks and whites being together necessarily denigrates one race or the other. Or both at once. Mike Madison is training them to it.

Taranto did miss the question of what this field trip causes these students to think about each other, and the direct, if subtle, contribution it therefore made to turning out future racists of all pigmentation. So sad that young people are in the hands of idiots whose intentions are good.

When society's preponderant meme, like Madison's, is that people are perfectable if we just shelter them from competition, force them to have the right experiences, make them obey the proper regulations and shovel enough money at their personal problems - this racial profiling is what results. Accomplishing it means you have to be in charge of their lives. Unfortunately, society has decided to put such people as Mike Madison in charge of our most impressionable members. We should be ashamed.

The other obvious question, of course, is what firestorm would have been visited upon Mr. Madison if it had been a whites only field trip. He never even thought about that, because he was too busy condescending to the black children mistakenly placed in his care.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Government Motors - Corporatist Welfare Queen



They lie. Just like Ally Bank, formerly known as GMAC.

These persistent lies do not improve GM's image. The consistency of the lying is as outrageous as is the government complicity.

Who is the advertising agency? McCann Erickson. McCann Erickson's historic motto is "Truth Well Told." Well, that's the end of that motto. McCann Erickson should be ashamed to let a client commit such a faux pas. The client should be boycotted.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

The Mohammed Image Archive

Is here.

A sample:
"Mohammed's Flight from Mecca in 622 AD; Algerian color postcard from the 1920s or '30s. Mohammed is the figure entering the cave. The original postcard is in a private collection.
(Hat tip: Martin H.)"
Everybody Draw Mohammed Day is May 20th. Join in the centuries long tradition and add to the archive.