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Monday, September 30, 2002

Country Time!

There are two new books out detailing the surprising history of country music. Country is one of the most authentically American of musical forms. Check out Where Dead Voices Gather and Wrong’s What I do Best.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 30, 2002 | link

Stand and Be Counted.

The big march to protect the rural life in England went like gangbusters. A few interested parties were not among the 400,000 marchers, though. This article tells it straight and names names.

“Some of these people must realise that, if they are to live in and enjoy the glory of the British countryside, there is a reciprocal obligation. They must be prepared to put themselves out to defend their local farmers against suburban bigotry and class prejudice.”

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 30, 2002 | link

Steyn Alive.

Accused of lying in a column on Europe’s Muslim rapist epidemic and of being a “hatemonger,” Mark Steyn comes roaring back.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 30, 2002 | link

Torch Blows Out.

Robert Toricelli (D-NJ) has pulled a Perot and dropped out of the Senate race. He’s behind in the polls, is ethically compromised (to say the least), and the Secret Service has threatened to attack his daughter’s wedding. Okay, I made that last part up, but it’s the only excuse he hasn’t offered. The NJ Dems are now trying to evade state election law and put someone else’s name on the ballot. Too bad the law says you have to nominate your candidate 51 days before the election. Then again, laws are for the little people, not Democrats.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 30, 2002 | link

What’s Wit the Refs?

A little football aside: has the refereeing been terrible this year or what? I admit the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots choked this week against the Chargers and that the calls weren’t too egregious. Last week’s Patsy game had some awful calls though. In fact, I’ve seen several games, with several different crews, that were called like the league had already decided who should win. There were two very blatant blocks in the back in the Raiders/ Titans game. The refs have been calling holding like there’s no tomorrow, with several calls being very picky. The yellow flags have been obvious, petty, and cause the games to go on too long. So I ask, what’s with the refs?

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 30, 2002 | link

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Saturday, September 28, 2002

Leftist Triumph.

They’ve located one of the mass graves that hold the victims of Stalin’s regime. The probable body count in this grave is 30,000. Now if they could just dig up the other 27,970,000 victims (from Stalin alone) we might get somewhere.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, September 28, 2002 | link

Literarium.

I finally found Laura! I read it too. What an incredible book! I posted it on the Literarium. There’s a Grizzard too. Mmm, Grizzard.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, September 28, 2002 | link

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Wednesday, September 25, 2002

The Williams Report.

Can you delegate a right to the government which you yourself do not possess? Not according to Walter Williams:

“By contrast, I don't possess the right to take your earnings for any reason. Since I have no such right, I cannot delegate it to government. If I did take your earnings for housing and medical services, it would rightfully be described as an act of theft. When government does it, it's still theft -- the only difference is that it's legalized theft sanctioned by a majority vote.”

A truth so obvious, it takes a Liberal to deny it.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 | link

Just to be Fair.

Just to avoid giving an impression of blind distaste for Muslims, I am posting this story on the passing of the Turkish Wallenberg. Necdet Kent saved many Jews from slaughter by the Nazis and their French accomplices. This is a great man and a credit to Islam.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 | link

A Religion of Peace?

Rod Dreher looks at a new books that puts forth the idea that Islam, not radical elements of it, is the major threat to freedom and the West. The book makes a strong argument for the fundamental imperialism and violence of Islam, using the Koran and Islamic history for support. Whether or not the central thesis of the book is accurate (I have the sneaking suspicion it is), it raises many questions too important to be ignored. To me, Muslims are still mired in the “rights for me but not for thee” swamp that the West has always struggled to escape. Muslims don’t seem to be trying to escape from it. They seem to be reveling in it. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, but I wonder whether that is really true. If people in Islamic nations had the right to freely choose their religion, would they all remain Muslim? How many converts believe in Allah and how many are “converts by sword?” I wish someone who could get answers would ask these questions.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 | link

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Monday, September 23, 2002

For the Record.

There will be very little, if any, posting on Sundays. It happens to be one of my dearly held religious beliefs that Sundays in Fall were expressly created by a benevolent God for the watching of football and the drinking of beer. You wouldn't want me to defy the will of God, would you?

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 23, 2002 | link

Burning Times.

Here’s a look at the political and scientific fallout from the Foot and Mouth Disease debacle of a fee years ago. Hmm, slimy politicos and scientific brain drain? Who knew?

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 23, 2002 | link

Blacklist!

Read the story of the Salisbury Review and its battle against the vicious McCarthyites of the Left. This is the freedom of the thought that has to be fought for and rescued from the greedy maw of Leftism.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 23, 2002 | link

Steyn Alive.

You have got to read this! Saddam’s novel. I’ll leave it at that.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 23, 2002 | link

Ding Dong the Thug is Dead!

Angelo Buono, one of the Hillside Stranglers, has died in prison. Of course, he should have been executed years ago. The article says he had heart problems. That is genuinely shocking. Who knew he had a heart?

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 23, 2002 | link

Paradise Lost.

This is a very good dissection of the modern English department and its political and social posturing. Ugly, but true.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 23, 2002 | link

Gender Wars.

Here’s more on CEDAW, the U. N. treaty to “reeducate” us on women’s rights. Actually, it means to “reeducate” us on a lot of rights. Take freedom of religion. If you think you ought to have it, you will be “reeducated.” Ditto for family rights, women’s right to choose how to raise her children, and the right to live according to your cultural traditions. If any of those rights countermand CEDAW’s 1970’s gender feminist dictates, you will be “reeducated.” Sound Stalinist? It is.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 23, 2002 | link

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Saturday, September 21, 2002

Florence, Where Art Thou?

I’m a big fan of Florence King. One of my favorite King scenes is in When Sisterhood Was in Flower, where Isabelle details the grammar and syntax of writing porn. Thus, I am linking this article in the Weekly Standard on how to be a porn star.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, September 21, 2002 | link

Perfectamundo!

Ever want to destroy an economy and cause widespread misery? Here’s a recipe for how to do it. Hint: it helps be a liberal.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, September 21, 2002 | link

The Politics of the Dinner Table.

The flavors and politics of home cooking are addressed here. This is a very good study of the effects of the decline of family meals and cooking at home. The intentions of those who would “liberate” us from our food and the de-civilizing effects of modern “grazing” habits are analyzed.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, September 21, 2002 | link

Art Attack.

There is a new exhibit of works by Anne Villayer-Coster at the National Gallery. V-C was a painter at the court of Versailles and her still lifes are astonishing. Check it out if you can, as the exhibit will be touring.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, September 21, 2002 | link

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Thursday, September 19, 2002

Speaking of Commies.

The Chinese have arrested Bishop Wei Jingyi for the crime of Catholicism.

“Wei was previously in Chinese labor camps from 1987 to 1989 and from 1990 to 1992, the group said.

“It said his arrest was a sign China is tightening its noose on the spiritual leaders of eight million Chinese Catholics the Vatican estimates are loyal to the Pope, compared to only five million in the state-backed Catholic Church.”


posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, September 19, 2002 | link

Cardinal Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, RIP.

Cardinal Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, a saint, an anti-Communist freedom fighter, and a great man, has died of stomach cancer. He spent 13 years in a Vietnamese concentration camp for the crime of Christianity. The Reds had to post double guards on him because he kept converting his solo guards to Christianity. Thanks to Rod Dreher on the Corner for this one. Follow Dreher’s link to get a radio interview that will blow your mind.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, September 19, 2002 | link

Our Furry Fiends.

PETA is in danger of losing their tax-exempt charity status. It’s so unfair. Just because they’ve been funding violent eco-terrorists. Just because you support terrorism doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. Ask Reuters. Just think of the arson, beatings, and death threats as “tough love.”

For the record, I am a member of PETA. People Eating Tasty Animals.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, September 19, 2002 | link

Sowell Patrol.

The Sowell Man exposes the dangers of the arrogant, one-upsmanship of the Liberal elite.

“Being one-up is so important to some people that it colors the way they see every issue and can even over-ride concern for their own safety in a world of international terrorism. One of the ways of being one-up is to jump on the bandwagon of the latest fads, like being non-judgmental or supporting multiculturalism and deconstruction. These clever sophistries are the self-indulgences of sheltered and comfortable people.”

The problem is, the Leftists’ clever sophistries are racking up a serious body count.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, September 19, 2002 | link

Check Him Out!

Check out Lying In Ponds! He’s keeping track of partisanship in the major media. Literally! Box scores and everything.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, September 19, 2002 | link

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Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Ars Derbica.

I shall not be niggardly in my praise for this column.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 | link

Better Dead . . .

As if we needed more proof that Communism is evil, check out this story. The North Koreans have admitted to kidnapping 13 Japanese and holding them for decades in order to facilitate espionage. They’d make the victims teach North Korean spies Japanese language and culture while they were imprisoned. Eight have died. One victim was only 13. One more “progressive” triumph for the Left to crow about.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 | link

This is Bad, Even for Frogs.

The French are putting an author on trial for “insulting Islam,” which is their phrase for criticizing the Religion of Piece (piece of Israel, piece of Nigeria, and a piece of the Philippines). Okay, McCarthyism, censorship, intimidation, silencing the opposition, blah, blah, blah. I guess there’s no point in talking about rights of justice, as the French seem to have forgotten the meaning of the words. Rod Dreher has a good post in the Corner.

“If the Muslims succeed in using the law to silence Houellebecq, do not think they will stop there. One of their complaints is that a character in a Houellebecq (pronounced "WELL-beck") novel experiences a "quiver of glee" every time a Palestinian terrorist is killed. Hell, I dance the tarantella with roses in my hair whenever I hear that the Israeli Defense Forces have sent one of those kaffiyehed Nazis to that dee-luxe apartment in the sky.”

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 | link

Spot On!

Maybe the Limeys have finally learned the value of civil disobedience. Having seen many of their rights obliterated by Labour, the country folk are about to turn the terror tactics of the Left against them.

“Country people have seen how militancy, civil disobedience and even gross criminality bring effective results for the perpetrators. They remember not just the poll-tax riots, nor the way that animal-rights activists have terrorised investors in ‘unethical’ companies into withdrawing support, but they have the glittering example of the success of the IRA. This is a government that, whatever it might claim to the contrary, responds to terrorism.”

I don’t approve of violence, but the British Left can’t exactly complain. If the Left wants a class war, they ought to see what people with class can do.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 | link

One Last MNF Note.

What the hell was Steve Spurrier doing with his lips?

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 | link

Literarium.

I finally got around to updating the fool thing. I know, you've benn holding your breath until I posted there. I haven't been able to read much lately, so there's only a couple of magazines.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 | link

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Monday, September 16, 2002

I Know, I Know.

I should be watching the game. I hate Steve Spurrier and would love to see him get pimp-slapped by a real football team. They raved about his win last week, "Ooh, he scored 31 points!" Yeah, against the Cardinals! The freakin' Cardinals! He also let the Mighty Cards (giggle, snort) rack up 23 points. But as much as I want to see him lose, I couldn't take the commercials anymore. I timed out 2 minutes of game followed by 2 minutes of commercial. At every time-out, they ran a full commercial block. ABC must require 4 hour games. Sorry. No more MNF for me, even with Madden. Unless the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots are on. That's the only reason I watched last week. Patsies are for real, baby!

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 16, 2002 | link

Can We Say, Whore?

The Kerkorian support case that enthralled us all (for a few days) a few months ago has been settled. The mogul has to pay the Ex $50,000 a month in child support. He had been paying $22,000 a month, but she wanted $500,000. As much as I usually side with the Ex and Child against Moguls, Ex is a particularly shameless gold digger. The poor Child is little more than a meal ticket to her; Child would be better off with Mogul. Check out this little tidbit:

“The 84-year-old tycoon has accepted paternity for the child, though both sides agree that he is not the biological father.”

So, she plays around after a 10 year relationship and wants the cuckolded Mogul to support her lifestyle. Forget gold digger, try Whore.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 16, 2002 | link

Wowza!!!

Did Jonah spank the U. N. or what? Incredibly good article.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 16, 2002 | link

Race Matters.

Liberal hypocrisy at its best. John McWhorter takes liberal racists to school.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 16, 2002 | link

Erudite Buffoons.

Oh how true:

“Despite intellectualism and because of emotionalism, they ignore facts and ward off sudden spats of reasoning. Snobs, mortified of common sense, they dismiss facts as tools of the riff-raff. Beneath the self-labeled open minds of E-Buffoons lie percolating inconsistencies and boiling desires not to know.”

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 16, 2002 | link

Sowell Patrol.

Wisdom. Now in bite-sized pieces.

“When someone is described as ‘independently wealthy,’ I have to wonder if they really are. Some people do not have the courage to be independent, even if they have a million dollars, while others march to their own drummer from the moment when they have enough money to pay the rent a month in advance.”

“People who speak disdainfully of ‘menial’ jobs probably have no idea how many millionaires and even billionaires began working in such jobs. The political left is so wedded to their assumption that people stay in their ‘class’ that it would never occur to them to check out the hard facts.”

“The next time somebody talks about how we should be guided by ‘world opinion,’ just remember those Palestinians and Egyptians dancing in the streets after 3,000 Americans were murdered by terrorists. Remember all the young Americans buried under a sea of crosses on the beaches at Normandy because we had to rescue the terribly clever French, who had blundered their way into a war in which they surrendered after less than two months of fighting. Remember all the tinhorn despots and half-baked intellectuals around the world who constitute a large part of what is called ‘world opinion.’ "


posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 16, 2002 | link

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Thursday, September 12, 2002

St. Chrissy-Poo.

Patrick, Warrior of the Delta Entente, called my attention to this little gem on Christopher Hitchens' trashing of Mother Teresa. While my first reaction was explosive anger, on closely rereading the interview, my final analysis is explosive laughter. St. Chrissy-Poo flies from one logical fallacy to the next without once using the intellect he is alleged to possess. This interview is on St. Chrissy-Poo’s book Missionary Position, his Kitty Kelly on Mother Teresa. I think I ought to mention that he seems surprised that people are disgusted by the sexual pun in the title. One more thing before starting, St. Chrissy-Poo is a former hard-line (near Stalinist) communist. He has never, to my knowledge, owned up to the murderous ideology (religion?) which he aided, abetted, and defended for so long. Keep that in mind when he gets all preachy. Well, off we go!

“One of the most salient examples of people's willingness to believe anything if it is garbed in the appearance of holiness is the uncritical acceptance of the idea of Mother Teresa as a saint by people who would normally be thinking - however lazily - in a secular or rational manner. In other words, in every sense it is an unexamined claim.”

‘The sky is blue’ is an unexamined claim but that doesn’t make it false. There are lots of unexamined claims. Why this one? Why not the “human rights” campaigns of Amnesty International, Jimmy Carter, or the U.N. Those are much bigger fish and more important on the world historical stage. St. Chrissy-Poo is a former communist. Why not tackle the “unexamined claims” of that religion?

“Why is it never mentioned that her stated motive for the work is that of proselytization for religious fundamentalism, for the most extreme interpretation of Catholic doctrine?” Oh, that’s why. St. Chrissy-Poo’s objections center on Mother Teresa’s religion. Other religions can proselytize at will, like communism or socialism, but not Catholics. Oh, just to point out a factual inaccuracy, Mother Teresa never pushed an “extreme” Catholicism. She was entirely orthodox. That is like saying Coca-Cola Classic is extreme compared to Diet Coke.

He also complains (several times) that she took money from dictators, crooks, and spoke out on political issues. Well, what are St. Chrissy-Poo’s opinions on Fidel Castro, has he never heard of the Kennedys, and does he seriously think taking vows negates one’s free speech rights? OK, let’s ignore Chrissy-Poo’s coddling of leftist butchers and just say that dealing with dictators is bad. Sainthood is not synonymous with perfection. St. Chrissy-Poo actually whines that Teresa never gave back Carles Keating’s donation, even after it was determined that the money had been stolen. Well, was anyone asking for its return? Chrissy doesn’t say. Was the money already spent? Hey, you leper, scrape up your fingers and get over here. Hand over that corn muffin! You won’t be degrading your empty stomach with ill-gotten victuals. Just huddle quietly and think of Christopher.

Get this: “One of Mother Teresa's biographers - almost all the books written about her are by completely uncritical devotees - says, with a sense of absolute wonderment, that when Mother Teresa first met the pope in the Vatican, she arrived by bus dressed only in a sari that cost one rupee. Now that would be my definition of behaving ostentatiously. A normal person would put on at least her best scarf and take a taxi.”

Should she have worn the two rupee sari? I take it St. Chrissy-Poo’s intensive research failed to turn up the fact that the one rupee sari is the official habit of Teresa's order and she was thus obliged to wear it. As she took a vow of poverty, I doubt she had a “best scarf.” I also take it St. Chrissy-Poo would have had Mother Teresa take money out of the poor box to pay for that taxi? Of course, if she had worn her “best scarf” and taken a taxi, Chrissy-Poo would be railing at her unconscionable luxury.

Speaking of luxury: “There have been a number of articles - I've collected some more since my book came out - about the failure and primitivism of her treatment of lepers and the dying, of her attitude towards medication and prophylaxis.” Mother Teresa fails to have a multimillion-dollar, state of the art medical facility built to St. Chrissy-Poo’s liking. He is apparently unaware that it can take decades to get a building permit or any other kind of business license in India. Teresa’s medical theories were to treat as many of the millions of impoverished Indians as she could, turning away no one. Divide the money she took in by the number of sick and dying. There’s not a big profit margin in leper colonies. As for prophylaxis, they are forbidden by the Church. They are frowned on by many in India too. Teresa has had tremendous success with Natural Family Planning, a 98% effective method of birth control that is cost and chemical free, very important factors when dealing with the illiterate and destitute. Not good enough for St. Chrissy-Poo though. Teresa should have offered all the same amenities as the Madison Avenue clinics Chrissy-Poo frequents.

Money comes in, of course: “estimates that there must be $50 million in that bank account alone. She said that one of the things that began to raise doubts in her mind was that the Sisters always had to go around pretending that they were very poor and they couldn't use the money for anything in the neighborhood that required alleviation.”

Was this account under the control of the Order, Teresa herself, or the Church? Were the nuns able to immediately access the account or was it controlled by the Vatican? If St. Chrissy-Poo had done some research, he would have found that moneys collected by individual parishes or orders do not necessarily remain in their control. Money raised by any branch of the Church may be diverted to any end decreed by the Church Hierarchy. If Teresa raises a dollar, that dollar may go to the Daughters of Charity (Teresa’ order), a clinic in Africa, a leper colony in the South Pacific, a parish school in Haiti, Notre Dame, or anywhere else the Church feels there is an immediate need. When my parish raised money for a church renovation, part of the money ended up in Mexico. Money raised by any part of the Church belongs to the Church as a whole. St. Chrissy-Poo does not address this fact. Oh, it is also bad financial practice to spend all the money you take in. Some is kept back for the proverbial “rainy day,” some for meeting other financial obligations (rent, loans, etc.), and some as “seed money.”

Here’s the crux of the matter: “The money has simply been used for the greater glory of her order and the building of dogmatic, religious institutions.” This is really St. Chrissy-Poo’s objection. Teresa funds and supports Catholicism. If she were “providing” for the poor by shooting them, as Chrissy’s dear Stalin did, she would be a hero. If Teresa worked for the greater glory of the U. N., there would be no Missionary Position. If Teresa didn’t get her order in the public’s eye, there would be no donations, no services for the poor, and a heck of a lot of dead Indians. But there wouldn’t be that aggressive little Catholic, so dead Indians would be okay. St. Chrissy-Poo actually goes on to snipe at how many saints John Paul II has recognized. As if making a ridiculously slow process more efficient is something to be ashamed of. Maybe he’s just mad Ol’ JP II hasn’t gotten to him yet?

The rest of the interview is not even worth mocking. He whines on and on about how Teresa, dang ‘er, keeps resisting the “reformers and modernizers" in the Church. Well, maybe the reformers are wrong? St. Chrissy-poo’s support for the reformers seems oddly unexamined. He just keeps harping on the fact that Teresa was a devout Catholic. In guess being an orthodox Catholic is de facto wrong and no two ways about it. That’s the real point of his argument. He even trots out the old “she’s doing this in India, but the Church is doing something different in Ireland” dodge. Let me explain this: divorce in Ireland and lepers in India are two completely unrelated topics. How is Teresa supposed to respond identically to both situations? Divorce the lepers or give sponge baths to the adulterers? Different issues, different doctrines, different response. Oh, celebrities flock to Teresa, so Teresa is a sham, says Chrissy-Poo. Okay, drive off the celebrities (and the publicity and donations they bring) and let the poor starve and die in Hitchensian purity. I’d ask Crissy-Poo about this, but he’s off hobnobbing with celebrities.

The part about how Hindu-Muslim violence makes Catholic relief work wrong is pretty juvenile. The over-population myth is hashed over. (So how come he doesn’t whine about overpopulation in London?) St. Chrissy-Poo says Teresa gives India an image problem by focusing so much attention on the poor. Calcutta has theatres, universities, and operas, so we should all ignore the people dying in the streets. Something tells me it is Indians in no danger of starvation who are so elitist about Teresa’s work. St. Chrissy-Poo also says that Teresa’s recognition of the nobility of the suffering poor is evil. No, it just makes her an environmentalist. Note Teresa did not say suffering was good, she said it was noble. It is. Of course, Teresa also seems alleviated that suffering much more than Chrissy-Poo’s image-conscious limousine liberals.

“I'm an atheist. I'm not neutral about religion, I'm hostile to it. I think it is a positively bad idea, not just a false one. And I mean not just organized religion, but religious belief itself.”

Here we have St. Chrissy-Poo’s greatest unexamined claim, the goodness of atheism. Yup, just ask that 100-200 million strong pile of commie corpses about the goodness of atheism. Teresa’s Catholic love is evil but Chrissy-Poo’s atheist hate is noble. All Chrissy’s distortions and deliberate misunderstandings underpin his own religious beliefs. Teresa challenges Chrissy-Poo’s worship of UnGod and must be punished.

The rest of the article is pretty shallow. St. Chrissy-Poo can write, but I can’t see how he is considered a thinker. Non sequitor piled upon false analogy leading to pre-ordained conclusion. Explosive laughter has given way to slightly irked boredom.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, September 12, 2002 | link

Johnny Unitas, RIP.

NO!!!! The greatest quarterback ever, Johnny Unitas, who helmed the greatest game ever, has died at 69. This is so wrong.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, September 12, 2002 | link

Full Circle.

Theodore Dalrymple details how the Liberals of Europe are rapidly enacting fascism. I, for one, am not surprised. How are the words “preventive detention” for inducing sheer terror?

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, September 12, 2002 | link

Creating Evil.

Gary Aldrich racks up this interesting item on how government creates an “evil” entity to destroy. He uses the Waco standoff as his example. Aldrich is ex-FBI, so his points are a bit more interesting than normal. A corrupt government and a willing media are a deadly cocktail indeed.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, September 12, 2002 | link

Weevil Power.

Yet another reason why Alabama is great.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, September 12, 2002 | link

Race Dysfunction.

Check this out. Museums are restricting access to their collections based on race and gender. Why? To prevent giving “offense” of course. Come see the PC apartheid inherent in the museums!

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, September 12, 2002 | link

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Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Steyn Alive.

Mark Steyn on the 9/10 reaction to 9/11. This is a good column and about the only 9/11 item I will be posting. I don’t think a sob-sister routine is an appropriate memorial to those who died at the Pentagon and WTC. We did drown in treacle after Pearl Harbor and we shouldn’t now. The only 9/11 memorial I want to see is Baghdad, Riyadh, and Damascus in flames. Where’s Curtis LeMay when you need him?

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, September 10, 2002 | link

Buy This Book!

Theodore Dalrymple’s book, Life at the Bottom, is reviewed in the American Prowler. The book is grim, but required reading for any intelligent person. A sample of the review:

“Roughly since the late 1950s, bad ideas which had been percolating for decades in the minds of liberal intellectuals (determinism, sexual license, relativism, egalitarianism -- all impervious to fact or refutation) bubbled out of the academy into the larger culture, so that career-promoting academic hypotheses became ideas widely accepted.

“At the center of these cheesy ideas is a rejection of the efficacy of human consciousness.”


Buy a dozen copies.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, September 10, 2002 | link

I Love Diversity.

Gee, it seems that Afro-Cubans hate Castro too. Wonder if the “Liberals” will notice? Naaa . . .

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, September 10, 2002 | link

Read Me.

Here are two articles by Robert Bove. The first is a review of the new book The Cell, on the Al Qaeda cell that planned 9/11. A grim tale of intelligence failures and government inaction.

The second one is a nice change of pace. The wonder of the seashore and the undiscovered vacation paradise. Ahhh.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, September 10, 2002 | link

Steyn Alive.

Steyn on 9/11 and the moral twerps who can’t see past the stuck-in-the-air-noses on their faces.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, September 10, 2002 | link

Check It Out!

The Sabertooth Journal is a new blog that has a lot of spunk. A lot of links too. Instapundit’s funkier younger brother?

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, September 10, 2002 | link

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Friday, September 06, 2002

Steyn Alive.

Labor Day musings on the U. N. Global Poverty Expansion Program.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, September 06, 2002 | link

Ars Derbica.

“Screw Osama bin Laden and his little band of nutsos.”

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, September 06, 2002 | link

Lost Generation.

Do you need yet another reason to despise the education bureaucracy? How about assertive, self-confident idiots? Will that do it? Read this:

>“It is a trend that should worry us because, unlike in the past, ignorance is no longer tempered with humility. Rather, after years of psychotherapy disguised as pedagogy, ignorance is now buoyed by self-esteem — which, in turn, makes students more resistant to remediation since they don't believe there's a problem. This resistance, indeed, is part and parcel of a wholly misplaced intellectual confidence that is the most serious obstacle to their higher education. For the last two decades, I've taught freshman courses at CUNY and SUNY colleges in the city; the majority of my students have been products of the city's public schools. I am saddened, therefore, to report that more and more of them are arriving in my classes with the impression that their opinions, regardless of their acquaintance with a particular subject, are instantly valid — indeed, as valid as anyone's. Pertinent knowledge, to them, is not required to render judgment.”

Read the whole article. It’s scary.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, September 06, 2002 | link

Sowell Patrol.

The Apollo of the Intellect asks a simple question: with friends like these, who needs enemies?

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, September 06, 2002 | link

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Tuesday, September 03, 2002

The Real Anniversary.

This week is the fifth anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa. Her loss was truly earth-shattering. Mother Teresa made the world a better place simply by living in it. She saved over 8,000 lives a year in Calcutta. She was voted India’s greatest citizen. She is a saint and will be a Saint. When she died, I was rooming with a girl from Gujarat, India. When the news came on TV, it wasn’t 3 seconds before her phone was ringing. She was in tears. The call was from her parents, who were sobbing. She was on the phone the rest of the night with various crying, shocked relatives. She and all her relatives are Jainists. I don’t think any knew or were aided by Mother Teresa or the Daughters of Charity. The simply loved her. They, and every Indian I’ve ever met, loved Mother Teresa for no other reason than that she loved them. If I was stunned and crying, you should have seen my roomie. Mother Teresa truly deserves memorials.

Mother Teresa’s Official Webpage
Mother Teresa Memorial Web Ring
A Mother Teresa Biographical Page, includes a photo of a young Teresa.
Another Good Mother Teresa Page
A Mother Teresa Page with lots of good links.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, September 03, 2002 | link

Drool Britannia.

How far have the Brits fallen? So far one might think all British citizens get a lobotomy for their 21st birthday. A recent poll has Brits deeming Di’s death the most important event in British history. More important that either World War. More important than the collapse of the Empire, or the creation of the Empire for that matter. Pathetic, really.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, September 03, 2002 | link

The Di Plague.

I never liked Princess Diana. I thought she was a fairly ugly, empty headed twit. She had great “style,” but then so would I if I had a $6 million a year dress budget. She played the media like a fiddle, but she still came off as a manipulative idiot. I wasn’t all that upset that she died. Oh, yes, tragedy for the family sure, but she’d be alive today if she had worn her seatbelt. The only thing worse than Di herself was the embarrassing display of mass-psychosis that followed her death. The self-aggrandizing hysteria of the rabid Di-fans was like watching a funeral staged by Leni Reifenstahl. There was no sense of real grief, or of respect for the grief of Di’s children, there was only a sadistic mania that dared anyone to resist the morbid mind-meld. To watch the “grieving” crowds at the gates of Buckingham Palace was to see the faces of the spectators at the Roman Coliseum, screaming for blood. The bullying mourners even demanded that Di’s children be paraded around like zoo animals for the entertainment of the crowds. The frenzy of the “grief” was the strongest testimony to it’s falsity. Real grief is not a display. It doesn’t grab passers-by and demand that they acknowledge and admire the grief. Real grief does not wallow in a sense of its own superiority for being the most blatantly grieving. It was fitting that Britain’s most shameless self-promoter’s own death was overshadowed by the self-aggrandizing “grief” of her mourners.

Mark Steyn’s article on the Dianafication of 9/11 brought on this particular rant.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, September 03, 2002 | link

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Monday, September 02, 2002

Steyn Alive.

It cannot be legal to write a column this funny.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 02, 2002 | link

Nice Work.

Jonah Goldberg’s G-File contains this very great line:

“Whether it's the bogus secular astrology bound up in all the talk about ‘Generation X,’ or the monochromatic indictments of the popular culture, or the reflexive bigotry which assumes that southerners or Christians are backward or that blacks and (liberal) women have an elevated moral sense, too many journalists subscribe to the notion that some things have to be believed to be seen.”

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 02, 2002 | link

Weevils Unite!

Hollywood’s Tojos of Tolerance have struck again. How low could they go? Rod Dreher lifts the rock so you can see.

“The Real Beverly Hillbillies they're calling it. Some fun that'll be. Yes sir, southern white people — the kind who tend to own guns, believe in God, love their country and vote Republican — are Hollywood's niggers.”

Of course, you know, this means war!

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 02, 2002 | link

Lionel Hampton, R.I.P.

Lionel Hampton, a jazz great so great the word great isn’t quite enough, died at the age of 94. Go listen to one of his albums. Right now. I’m not kidding. Now!

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, September 02, 2002 | link

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