Mohammed cartoons… again

A French magazine called Charlie Hebdo was set to publish an issue with a cartoon Mohammed on the cover and their offices were firebombed.

Mohammed says "100 lashes, if you don't die with laughter!"

Mahomet has buttocks on his head

Time magazine’s Paris bureau chief Bruce Crumley then wrote a disappointing piece full of vitriol aimed not at whoever the firebomber might be but at the publisher.

Although the current title is “Firebombed French Paper Is No Free Speech Martyr” judging from the URL the original title was “Firebombed French Paper A Victim Of Islamists Or Its Own Obnoxious Islamophobia” He opens with :

Okay, so can we finally stop with the idiotic, divisive, and destructive efforts by “majority sections” of Western nations to bait Muslim members with petulant, futile demonstrations that “they” aren’t going to tell “us” what can and can’t be done in free societies?

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Slightly over the top eh?


From the Guardian, a slight bit of hyperbole regarding Winston Churchill’s teeth. 

“These are the teeth that saved the world.” 

We shall Bite them on the beaches...


I can see it now… 

We shall go on to the end, we shall bite in France,
we shall bite on the seas and oceans,
we shall bite with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall bite on the beaches,
we shall bite on the landing grounds,
we shall bite in the fields and in the streets,
we shall bite in the hills;
we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.” 


Airborne Laser Destroys Ballistic Missile in Test

This is freaking awesome:

This is a test tracking, yesterday the real deal shot down an actual ballistic missile in the boost phase. I’m guessing it looked similar to the above test, but with a big explosion at the end. Can’t wait to see that one.

More here.

“Futuristic airborne energy weapons have officially arrived, so mark your calendars. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said that its airborne laser weapon successfully shot down a ballistic missile during a test late last night, according to Reuters.

The lethal intercept followed up on a demo last August that showed how the airborne laser could paint a target missile in-flight. We showcased the video of the earlier test that showed the laser from the modified 747 jumbo jet tracking the dummy rocket, which took place near San Nicolas Island off the California coast. Yesterday’s shoot-down occurred at Point Mugu’s Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons Division Sea Range off Ventura in central California.”

No word yet on the photon torpedoes.

Have a Very National Socialist Christmas!

Did you know that before The Grinch Stole Christmas the Nazis Stole Christmas? True. Take a look at these vintage Nazi Christmas tree ornaments on swastika wrapping paper!

Odin’s Cross and Nazi wrapping paper really gets one into the holiday spirit, no?

“Nazi Germany celebrated Christmas without Christ with the help of swastika tree baubles, ‘Germanic’ cookies and a host of manufactured traditions, a new exhibition has shown.

The way the celebration was gradually taken over and exploited for propaganda purposes by Hitler’s Nazis is detailed in a new exhibition.

Rita Breuer has spent years scouring flea markets for old German Christmas ornaments.
She and her daughter Judith developed a fascination with the way Christmas was used by the atheist Nazis, who tried to turn it into a pagan winter solstice celebration.”

This is funny and ironic, because Christmas started out as a pagan celebration.

“A winter festival was the most popular festival of the year in many cultures. Reasons included the fact that less agricultural work needs to be done during the winter, as well as an expectation of better weather as spring approached.[17] Modern Christmas customs include: gift-giving and merrymaking from Roman Saturnalia; greenery, lights, and charity from the Roman New Year; and Yule logs and various foods from Germanic feasts.[18] Pagan Scandinavia celebrated a winter festival called Yule, held in the late December to early January period. As Northern Europe was the last part to Christianize, its pagan traditions had a major influence on Christmas. Scandinavians still call Christmas Jul. In English, the word Yule is synonymous with Christmas,[19] a usage first recorded in 900.”

In any event, the Nazis failed.

“Happily, t5he [sic – beef] German people mostly ignored the clumsy propaganda efforts and continued with the same traditions as before.”

And no wonder.

Swastika shaped cookies could never top a gingerbread man.

Mo Toons 4th anniversary

Yup its been 4 years since the cartoons of doom were published, causing riots, deaths and chaos around the world.

Why reproduce them again? Why not, after all they are just images on a screen, not that that stops august institutions such as Yale University from pre-emptively censoring themselves…


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Obama Says Iran has a Right to go Nuclear: Good Luck New York

So, our president – who, as is becoming increasingly clear, lives in a fantasy world – says Iran has a right to have nuclear reactors.

“LONDON — President Barack Obama reiterated that Iran may have some right to nuclear energy _ provided it takes steps to prove its aspirations are peaceful…

Iran has insisted its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity. But the U.S. and other Western governments accuse Tehran of seeking atomic weapons.

“Without going into specifics, what I do believe is that Iran has legitimate energy concerns, legitimate aspirations. On the other hand, the international community has a very real interest in preventing a nuclear arms race in the region,” Obama said.”

Yo, Obi-One, no nation that has leaders who proclaim that they want to wipe Israel off the map, and that also has ICBM’s that can reach New York City, has any right to anything nuclear. In fact, sanctions forever are all Iran deserves.

Picture 1

Hey New Yorkers, how does this make you feel? If you thought 09/11 was bad, imagine what NYC would look like today if 09/11 had been a nuclear attack instead of just a couple of airliners laden with jet fuel. It’s not hard.


Good night. Sleep tight.

Epic LULZ: The World of the Future

What do you get when you combine the soundtrack of a fifty-year-old vision of the future, with video of current reality?

Why this; this is what you get.

H/T Jonah Goldberg.

Best Science Write-up Ever: The Untold Story of Apollo 11


Popular Mechanics has outdone themselves with these dovetailed interviews of all involved in the Apollo 11 moon landing. I was riveted and stayed up way past my bed time.

Part 1: Launch Day.

Part 2: To the Moon.

Part 3: Landing Day.

Part 4: Lunar Exploration.

Part 5: The Trip Home.

Part 6: Re-entry and Splashdown.

And, of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without… wait for it… here it comes… extensive coverage of the event by The Onion.

Steyn ponders liberty in the technological era

For those of you who don’t read Tim Blair, here’s Mark Steyn on the radio.


The Coming of the Fourth American Republic

This is one of the most interesting articles I’ve read in a long, long time. Not only is it a good synopsis of American political history, but it offers some compelling prognostications as to where the US may be heading in coming decades.

“The United States has been called the oldest nation in the world, in the sense that it has operated the longest without a major upheaval in its basic institutional structure.

From one perspective, this characterization is fair. The nation still rests on the Constitution of 1787, and no other government can trace its current charter back so far. Since then, France has had a monarchy, two empires, and five republics. England fudges by never writing down its constitutional arrangements, but the polity of Gordon I is remote from that of George III. China’s political convolutions defy summary. “

Not a bad opening paragraph, no?

“Shift the angle of vision and the continuity is less clear, because we have had two upheavals so sweeping that the institutional arrangements under which we now operate can fairly be classified as the Third American Republic. Furthermore, this Third Republic is teetering (these things seem to run in cycles of about 70 years) and is on the edge of giving way to a revised Fourth Republic with arrangements as yet murky to our present-bound perceptions.”

This is what hooked me, right here. It is obvious to me that the current American political system is untenable. It’s all special interests, and those with the money or the political blackmail powers get the goods, which are stolen from the productive members of society, who usually have too much to lose to resist. At some point, however, there will be a straw that breaks the camel’s back. I don’t know what it will be, but it will seem trivial at the time, yet will balloon into an uncontrollable movement.

“The first was the Civil War and its aftermath, which established that sovereignty belongs to the nation first and the state second, and that the nation rather than the state claims a citizen’s primary loyalty. When the United States was founded, this ordering was not so clear. James Madison assumed the opposite in Federalist 46 and a generation of southern West Point graduates followed their states into secession in 1861.”

I also predict that the Fourth Republic will be a looser federation. Personally, I think going back to, “These United States” versus “The United States” would be better for every state. Here in Texas, I often hear resentment, very strongly voiced, about New York shysters telling us how business should be done here. Governor Rick Perry’s – admittedly empty – secession talk recently was just playing to the crowd here. Old time, old school traditional Texans absolutely hate excrement like Barney Fag and Charles Shyster, and count me among them. texas isn’t the only western state with a significant population of citizens who have grown to detest the federal government. I wouldn’t want to be a fed trying to get anything done in many areas of Montana and Wyoming, for example.

“The later historians of the New Deal and the Great Society sneered that the idea of “laissez faire” was an abdication of governmental responsibility, but this was propaganda. The best translation of the term is the activist “let us do,” not the passive “let us be,” and the societal quid pro quo was dynamic economic expansion, not the easy life of the rentier. To a large degree, the ideology of laissez faire was designed to protect interstate commerce from rentiers in the form of government officials extorting payments.”

This is a very astute observation. The difference between “let us be” and “let us do” is significant, with “let us do” implying that the government needs to actively facilitate that. I think this idea will lose credibility, and that “let us be” will be far more like the attitude of the coming American political reformation: If you give the government an inch, they’ll take a mile… and 45% of your income, if you are successful. This stolen money will, of course, be distributed to the lazy and undesirable members of society, and will amount to a subsidized breeding program, only by any other name possible to disguise that fact.

“The next great institutional upheaval was the New Deal, which radically revised the role of government. The process of economic growth was tumultuous, and the losers and dislocated were constantly appealing against the national political commitment to “let us do.” The crisis of the Great Depression provided a great opportunity, and it was seized. Starting in the 1930s, the theoretical limitations on the authority of governments—national or state—to deal with economic or welfare issues were dissolved, and in the course of fighting for this untrammeled power governments eagerly accepted responsibility for the functioning of the economy and the popular welfare.”

That’s where America well and truly jumped Fonzie’s shark, right there. I’ve said for years that if you simply repealed every law and dissolved every government agency created since the inauguration of FDR, we’d have a great country again. Today, I say simply decide to dissolve 85% of all government agencies, and do it by drawing straws: No better result could or would be achieved by picking and choosing, as they’re all bad anyway.

“The real-world answer imposed by the New Deal and its progeny turned out to be special interest capture on steroids. Control comes to rest with those with the greatest interest or the most money at stake, and the result was the creation of a polity called “the Special Interest State” or, in Cornell University Professor Theodore Lowi’s terms, “Interest Group Liberalism.” Its essence is that various interest groups seize control over particular power centers of government and use them for their own ends.”

Bingo. We have liftoff. This guy, who I think is actually a scum-sucking, maggot-out-of-hell, shyster, gets it. Perhaps I’ll put him on my, “Lawyers whose guts I do not hate” list.

“Laws can also raise transaction costs, which is much in the interest of the legal profession, itself one of the most powerful of the special interests. Legal looting also goes on via the endless list of regulatory laws. The Federal Communications Bar Association has over 3,000 members, most of them writing comments and briefs that will be read by very few of the other FCBA members before the Federal Communications Commission does what the congressional committee chairmen tell it to do. At the last annual FCBA dinner, a colleague looked at the 1,000-deep rank of power-necktied lawyers and commented: “Everything wrong with Washington is here in this room.””

Exactly right! In this retrograded American republic in which I find myself, we allow lawyers – a sub-citizen group who create nothing, produce nothing, and who provide no essential service that men cannot live without – to make the law, judge the law, prosecute the law, and defend us from the law. And this is all “regulated” by the ABA… a lobbying group made up of nothing but scum-sucking, maggot-out-of-hell, shysters. This American legal system has long been nothing but the worst sort of racket, and all of the lawyers in it have long been nothing short of racketeers. If I have anything to say about it, no lawyer in America v4.0 will be allowed to be a judge, and no lawyer will be allowed to be a legislator: It is a blatant conflict of interest to have lawyers making and judging law, and besides, lawyers bear fals witness for a living – prosecutors prosecute the innocent and defense attorneys defend the guilty – and so lawyers are intrinsically dishonorable people!

As an aside, I have come to believe that anyone who even wants to go to law school has likely been morally deficient from the womb, and that once they are brainwashed and indoctrinated by a law school, they are no longer even capable of recognizing simple right and wrong, and are therefore totally untrustworthy. As I’ve said before, I’d trust a crack whore before I trusted a lawyer… but I digress (Hey, I have to indulge my hatred for all things, “rule of law” every once and a while).

“This Third Republic has had a good run. It was wobbling in the late 1970s, but got bailed out by a run of good luck—Reagan; the fall of the USSR; the computer and information revolution; the rise of the Asian Tigers and the “BRICs”; the basic dynamism and talent of the American people—that kept the bicycle moving and thus upright.”

This sounds sorta/kinda right to me, but I didn’t have the same level of angst in the 70’s that I have now. Then again, I was in high school and smoking lots of pot at that time. LOL! One thing I am convinced of is that the American republic is completely broken and has been since about the middle of the Vietnam war.

“But it is more likely that the Special Interest State has reached a limit.

Few Washington lawyers and lobbyists know that it was once questioned whether the Special Interest State is an appropriate form of organization for a polity. This may seem a dubious statement, at a time when the ideology of total government is at an acme, but it is not unusual for decadent political arrangements to blaze brightly before their end. Indeed, the total victory of the old arrangements may be crucial to bringing into being the forces that will overthrow it. In some ways, the grip of the aristocracy on 18th-century France tightened in the decades leading up to 1789, and the alliance-of-states idea could have lasted a while longer had the Confederacy not precipitated the crisis. So the utter triumph of the Special Interest State over the past 15 years, and particularly in the recent election, looks like the beginning of its end.”

Decadent. Yes, that is precisely the word I was looking for. All the lawyer-politicians are on the take, all the lawyer-lobbyists are on the take, all the lawyer-judges are on the take, all the lawyer-prosecutors are on the take, and they are all fed by the legal-industrial complex, which is positively ruled by criminal defense attorneys, personal injury lawyers, and other similar excrement (Police and prison guard unions come to mind, since they are just the muscle for the shyster class anymore): It’s a legal circle jerk.

“We are in a crisis of legitimacy. The concept of legitimacy, the right to rule, is the single most important factor in political life. The particulars of how it is gained and lost are infinitely varied, according to the culture and history of the polity. In Monty Python’s “Holy Grail,” Dennis says to King Arthur: “Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.” But indeed the Lady of the Lake can be sufficient, if that is what enough people think, and a proponent of the Divine Right of Kings would regard committing the decision to the votes of the people as ludicrous.”

Sure is with me. I view no lawyer as a legit judge (Calling a lawyer-judge, “Your Honor” is hypocrisy of the highest level), and no lawyer as a legit legislator (The honorable shyster from New York?), regardless of what electorate they hoodwinked to get their jobs. Another problem with America v3.0 is that there is way too much democracy: Democracy is rule by fool, because the masses are asses, as I like to say. America v4.0 needs to have an objective method of voter qualification, and I propose this: Home ownership. And I mean outright ownership, not sharing the house with a bank through a mortgage (I would be disqualified under my own guidelines, by the way). I don’t care what your measured IQ is, and I don’t care what your education level is – much of that is subjective and the result of uncontrollable circumstance anyway – if you have figured out the American system well enough that you have bought and paid for the house – or condo, or townhouse – that you live in, that ought to be good enough. In any event, it should be obvious that allowing anyone who has simply survived 18 years to vote is cultural suicide. I, after all, turned 18 just in time to vote for Jimmy Carter. LOL!

[Big gap]

The Constitution has a residue of the original alliance-of-states polity that has never been used. Two-thirds of the state legislatures can force Congress to call a constitutional convention, and the results of that enterprise can then be ratified by three-quarters of the states. So reform efforts could start at the grassroots and coalesce around states until two-thirds of them decide to march on the Capitol. There is already a lively movement along these lines. On the other hand, the states are no paragons, in that the model of the Special Interest State reigns triumphantly there as well, so a few comments about pots and kettles could be made. Realistically, though, organization from the bottom up is a real possibility.”

Oh, it will be grass roots, all right, but this next revision of the US may well have a few elements of the French Revolution to it. Obviously, I’d shed few tears over a Great Terror if applied solely to lawyers. LOL!

It’s very long, but you really ought to read the whole enchilada.

The Bustling Metropolis of New York, Circa 1664

This is pretty cool:

“AMSTERDAM – To see some of the most important documents in the early history of New York, you need to go to Amsterdam.
The Rijksmuseum, the Netherland’s national museum, put those documents on display Friday, including early maps and the only report of the purchase of Manhattan by Europeans…

A detailed 1665 painting by Johannes Vingboons is also on display, portraying the early city like a small Dutch village of the period. A windmill stands out in the background, and the town’s gallows are prominently on the coast in plain view of arriving ships.”

Yes, the gallows were on the waterfront to warn sailors to behave themselves while in port. I’s built for four, so it must have seen quite a bit of action.


Here’s the full rez version at Wikipedia.

Russia Backs Return to Gold Standard

It’s sort of a modified, limited hang-out, but Russia is promoting at least a partial return to the gold standard for international currencies.

“Arkady Dvorkevich, the Kremlin’s chief economic adviser, said Russia would favour the inclusion of gold bullion in the basket-weighting of a new world currency based on Special Drawing Rights issued by the International Monetary Fund.

Chinese and Russian leaders both plan to open debate on an SDR-based reserve currency as an alternative to the US dollar at the G20 summit in London this week, although the world may not yet be ready for such a radical proposal.”

Too funny: Having money backed by real value is “radical.” No, it isn’t, it’s moral… but you can be sure the Russians and Chinese are not proposing this for positive moral ends, rather they have designs on taking advantage of the US mountain of debt that Obi-One has buried us under to weaken us economically. Still, I’m glad they brought this up, because it will strike fear into a lot of arrogant hearts, or it ought to.

If some countries return to the gold standard, international financiers and financial institutions will flock to those currencies and the US dollar and other unbacked fiat currencies will plummet into worthlessness. If that doesn’t worry you, it should. The US, GB, Australia and other western nations are in no position to return to the gold standard: Too much money in circulation and nowhere near enough gold to hitch to it.

Still, at some point this is going to happen, even if it takes a total global financial meltdown to achieve it… and it just might.

The choices will come down to this…


…or this.


Biden was right!!

It galls me to say it but hairplugs got at least one thing right about Obama.


“Mark my words,” Biden told donors at a Seattle fund-raiser Sunday night.

“It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America.

“Watch. We’re going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.

“And he’s going to need help . . . to stand with him. Because it’s not going to be apparent initially; it’s not going to be apparent that we’re right.”

Were screwed!

Were screwed!

Hellloooo Vlad the lad.

Russia to create Arctic troops to defend ice treasures

This probably isnt going to end well.


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Gerald Celente, Prophet of Doom

World economic collapse? Second American revolution? Tax revolts? WW III (WW IV actually)? All of this we can expect in the next few years according to Gerald Celente of Trends Research.

I’ve been trending (ha ha) this direction in the bleakness of my outlook for several years now, as our dysfunctional political class decides to levy 1900% tax increases on beer, and ponders not giving the citizens tax refunds due to state budget shortfalls, and similar actions that bespeak of an abject level of venal hubris.

So, how to survive the coming societal collapse? My suggestion would be to take some lessons from a Russian who watched the Soviet Union implode.

UPDATE: Australians to be taxed for taking a shit. I shit you not.

UPDATE II: Wow! That was fast! Celente predicts tax revolt b eginning with property taxes, Hoboken, New Jersey residents protest property tax increases! I used to live in Hoboken – it’s right across the river from Manhattan – and it’s a very liberal Democrat town, so I find this just flabbergasting.

UPDATE III: I actually posted another scene from this film months ago, but it’s gaining new currency now.

McCain’s Perfect Choice for a Running Mate: Governor Sarah Palin

While most of the pedantic, two-dimensional, inside-the-box-thinking, conservative political hacks are touting Tom Ridge for the slot (Not a bad guy, but…), David Freddoso notes a far superior choice has been proposed: The Republican Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

I believe this is a truly inspired idea. Gov. Palin ran as an anti-corruption outsider, and handily defeated a corrupt and entrenched Republican political machine. Plus, at 44, she would almost totally wipe the “age issue” McCain has off the slate, and since Obama is only two years her senior, there is no way they could attack her for her youth and inexperience: She has much more executive experience than Senator Obama has.

Not to mention the fact that, she’s a gorgeous woman who exudes mass quantities of charisma…


and has a super-solid family life.


Dibs on the eldest daughter! LOL!

This inspired choice would allow McCain to actually capitalize on his “maverick” persona, as Gov. Palin shook Alaska politics to the core: She’s a charming, charismatic woman, but she can also play with the big boys and kick ass.

What say ye?

UPDATE: Things are looking optimistic!

UPDATE II: Welcome to all 4500 8000 40,000 in the past few hours (so far!) people visiting us from Google. We’re a fairly opinionated right-wing blog, and you might like to take a look at our “About” page. You might also be interested in our other coverage of Sarah Palin and whether she becomes a prospective Vice President of the United States. You can find this coverage here and here. Personally, I hope she does, but you can feel free to debate the idea in comments below. All first comments are moderated, but unless you either insult or use severe profanity (and I mean severe by my standards, which generally only means the C U Next Tuesday word or the implication that someone has had a rather enjoyable erotic experience with someone who has borne a child), however if you come up with a new one, I may simply delete your comment. I, and all other contributors to this blog are more than fair in what we permit.

UPDATE III: Nayr Drahcir, don’t bother even trying. You will not be published.

UPDATE IV: A lot of people must like Palin.

UPDATE V: More coverage of Governor Sarah Palin and a theme song here.

UPDATE VI: Funniest observation on the announcement yet: “Put Obama and Palin on a basketball court one on one. Winner takes all!”

UPDATE VII: [spot_the_dog] No, we do not have any pictures of “Sarah Palin + Naked,” nor do we have any of “Sarah Palin + Swimsuit.” In the past 24 hours, there have been 157 separate searches on this site for “Sarah Palin Swimsuit,” and 161 separate searches for “Sarah Palin Naked.” I repeat, we have no bathing suit, swim suit, bikini, or naked pictures of Sarah Palin. What kind of people do you think we are, anyway? 😉

UPDATE VIIa: [spot_the_dog] Ace has noticed a similar search phenomenon on his blog and has a theory…

UPDATE VIII: A well-rounded view of the selection of Sarah Palin for the Vice President Nomination can be found here.

UPDATE IX:  We got it!  YES!  Nude photo of Sarah Palin right here!  (C’mon.  You know you want to click.)

UPDATE X: Feel free to visit our main page and read the latest posts we’ve written.

Messiah Worshipped

As I was purchasing the new Metallica album today, something caught my eye, and I had to pick it up and examine it further.

It was this DVD:

His Story

Barack Obama: His Story

For $18, I figured I may as well. $14.20 later (apparently it was discounted further. Bargain basement Messiah! Messiah for all!) and I now have a new DVD to watch. It was the blurb that made me did it.

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HMAS Sydney, Turnbulls speech.

The HMAS Sydney was an Australian cruiser lost with all hands off the Western Australian coast during WW2. This was the only allied warship to suffer that fate, and as it was lost fighting an inferior foe (a merchant raider) .



The loss of 645 men, with no trace, and the survival of most of the raiders crew (she was also damaged in the fight and sunk from the damage after the battle) led to a cottage industry of conspiracy theories including the covert assistance of a Japanese submarine and the massacre of Sydney survivors by the raiders crew.



The Captain of the Komoran always maintained the Sydney had made a terrible mistake and instead of remaining at long range  (where the Sydney would have destroyed them without risk to itself), pulled in close allowing the Germans to unleash a couple of unanswered salvos to great effect. The German crew concentrated their fire on the target directors and bridge area, effectively decapitating the ship. Much of the fire directed back at the Kormoran was sporadic and disorganized, clear signs the turrets were fighting independently as best they could. The last sighting of the Sydney was a burning hulk disappearing over the horizon.


Captain Detmers (of the Kormoran) reported all this, but despite searches little was found of the Sydney, and no crew were ever found. There was a body washed up in a float thousands of miles away which may have been a crewmember, but this has been unable to be proven.



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In Remembrance

Tomorrow, the 11th of the 11th is a special day in all our hearts. Even Americans would be aware of this.

That’s right. It’s Pepero Day!!!

Today Is September 11, 2008. I Will Never Forget, Nor Will I Forgive.

While many people died in the atrocities in 2001, we tend to remember most the Twin Towers falling.

Many of us watched it happening in real time, even myself here in Melbournistan, Australia.

Seven years after the event, the enormity of it is something that never leaves; perhaps that really was the end of history as we know it, rather than the year 2000.

For someone with the gift of the gab, this is one that renders me nearly speechless, and so I will just leave you with a comment of the frollicking mole’s from Tim Blair’s old blog:

I saw people jumping and never considered it suicide. It was a choice between the auto-de-fe of the islamists or the quick death of their own making.
They made a CHOICE not to die by burning, I only hope they closed their eyes and thought back to when they were 5 and could fly….

In the interests of tolerance, diversity and multiculturalism, and for those who think that America (we) deserved 9/11:

I hope you fucking rot in hell.

God bless America and her martyrs.

(crossposted at RightWingDeathBogan)

UPDATE (Beef): Memories of that morning posted here.

BTW, guess who’s back?

Check out CNN’s next Business Traveller to see who.

Actually like the guy, so go easy.

Much more pissed (and not just the soju) at CNN going so freakin’ easy on Obama whilst laying their gimp boot into McCain… again, and again… and again.

But wait! Surely, of course, the MSM would never be so biased… surely.

Apology Given

Here’s the lowdown: a white guy takes a book to work to read on his breaks. The book is a non-fiction account of the Ku Klux Klan, a group deservedly criticised by most for their abhorrent, nasty, despicable, disgusting and appalling racism and race-based attacks on innocent citizens. More specifically, the book “recounts a 1924 riot between Notre Dame students and the Klan in which the students from the Catholic university prevailed.”

The man, Keith John Sampson, works at a university, supposedly a place which has the aim of educating and informing people, and the book he was reading is available from the university’s library. So technically, there’s nothing wrong with the book itself other than it’s topic matter.

His judgment was off in choosing to read that particular book on his breaks in my opinion. It’s certainly a subject matter which still has an effect on some people living in the United States, and is close to the heart of many people.

Yet should he have received an official reprimand for reading the book? I don’t think so. I think he’s a mature, intelligent person and, in all likelihood, doesn’t support the KKK in any way. Most people certainly don’t, and I’m going to assume that he doesn’t. I think his aim in educating himself further about the history of his country is a good one. He certainly could have been more sensitive to the feelings of his colleagues and could have read the book at home.

But I think that rather than accusing him of “racial harassment”, the university would have been more responsible in having his manager take him aside for a quiet word and mention that it would be preferred if he not read such material on campus. Most employees are quite responsible if asked nicely. I think the university were wrong in how they handled this.

Ratko, World’s Smartest Cab Driver: EU= Big Yugoslavia

I’m not a regular reader of Michael Totten, but Instapundit linked to an absolutely riveting post of his that kept my attention for far too long this morning. I’m the world’s foremost authority when it comes to ADD post-reading, so that’s saying something (If a post reaches to the bottom of my 23″ monitor, I almost always skip it).

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Ratko, by far the world’s most intelligent and prescient cab driver:

This brilliant man summed up the problem with the European Union in a single fractured sentence… and he claims not to speak English:

“So far, everyone Sean and I spoke to in the former Yugoslavia thought Kosovo’s newfound independence was a good thing – including the Serbs we had coffee with in Belgrade on two separate occasions. The Serbs we met, though – Filip David and Predrag Delibasic – are cosmopolitan writers and intellectuals who don’t adhere to the Serbian Nationalist line.

“Montenegro and the European Union?” Sean said.

“No!” Ratko said. “European Union…big Yugoslavia.”

No pundit anywhere has ever said it better. The EU is an attempt so fuse different cultures, different languages, and profoundly different peoples into a whole, just like the royals and later commie bastards did with Yugoslavia… and, I might add, Czechoslovakia.

Today, those former unholy amalgams have split up into the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Montenegro, Kosovo et al. Will the EU learn a lesson from this? Nope. And, I’ll bet real, actual money on it.

Read the whole enchelada to get a feel for this region, as Michael and crew take a sometimes harrowing trip through there. It’s one of the finest blog posts I’ve ever read.

On The Revisionist History Channel Tonight…

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Tonight I have the esteemed honour of being able to watch what will surely be the TV highlight of the year. The History Channel presents:

The True Story of Che Guevara

Life of a Rebel: A righteous Robin Hood to some, a war-mongering menace to others, his quest to expand revolution across the globe would have Armies vying to crush him, and thrust him into a life cloaked in danger, mystery and intrigue.

What’s the bet that there’s very little “true” about this documentary?

I should mention that this is also the channel which displays shows like “Loose Change”.

UPDATE: “Ernesto became a revolutionary because he was a terrible dancer.” Based on that, I’m destined to become a revolutionary too! Or Guevara can’t take a little bit of criticism… I know what I’m thinking.

UPDATE II: “Che always rushed to the front lines in battles, to protect his ideals.” Unlike his Left friends, who merrily let good men die so they can then go on to criticise the Fallen.

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I’m in a bad way, Nurse Gina. I need some TLC… lots of it. I mean, hours and days of TLC. Weeks of your TLC, please, Nurse Gina!

Just warm that damned stethoscope first, okay?

Jokes aside, follow this link and read Gina’s piece on military nurses. They shouldn’t be forgotten.

What I Ponder on Memorial Day

I’m an eleventh-generation American by my paternal line.  My forefather John arrived in the Colonies in 1657 (Exactly 300 years before I was born).  Then, there was Tobias and William I: By the time William II fought for the Colonials in the American Revolution, my family had been on these shores about 120 years.

Following were William III and William IV: William IV’s son, Parker, fought for the Union in the American Civil War.  After Parker came Lorenzo Dow, and Lorenzo Dow’s son, Hobart I, was Navy enlisted during WW I.  At this point, it has been about a quarter of a millennium since John settled in Maryland.

My father, Hobart II, was an Army Air Corps pilot in WW II, and then a USAF pilot in Korea and Viet Nam.

I humbly thank all of my forebears for the sacrifices they made to make my life possible.

Lorenzo Dow, Left, and His Brothers

My great-grandfather, Lorenzo Dow (Left), and his brothers, circa 1890, in West (by God) Virginia.

P47-D Thunderbolts

My father flew Republic P47-D Thunderbolts like these in WW II.

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