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Monday, March 31, 2003

Sowell Patrol.

Does Foreign aid really aid anyone? The Sowell Man takes a look:

“Playing Lady Bountiful with the taxpayers' money may allow some people to feel good, and it certainly allows those who administer vast sums of money to become important and impose their ideas on the recipients. But that is very different from saying that this is the policy which produces the best long-run results.”

Oh boy, the Law of Unintended Consequences! My favorite!

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, March 31, 2003 | link

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Sunday, March 30, 2003

Velvet Abuse of Trophy Children.

I came across this very scary post on HMS Blog a couple of days ago. I wish this didn’t ring so true.

“It used to be that attachment disorder was primarily found among foster and adopted children with histories of intense abuse, neglect, or multiple placements. However, it is beginning to appear more frequently in ‘nice middle class intact’ families due to ‘normal’ parent's increasing detachment from children.

It defines attachment disorder as:

“Attachment disorder affects all aspect of a child’s functioning. A child may display some combination of the following primary symptoms:
Behavior: oppositional and defiant, impulsive, destructive, lie and steal, aggressive and abusive, hyperactive, self-destructive, cruel to animals, irresponsible, fire setting.
Emotions: intense anger and temper, sad, depressed and hopeless, moody, fearful and anxious (although often hidden), irritable, inappropriate emotional reactions.
Thoughts: negative beliefs about self, relationships, and life in general (‘negative working model’), lack of cause-and-effect thinking, attention and learning problems.
Relationships: lacks trust, controlling (‘bossy’), manipulative, does not give or receive genuine affection and love, indiscriminately affectionate with strangers, unstable peer relationships, blames others for own mistakes or problems, victimizes others/victimized.
Physical: poor hygiene, tactilely defensive, enuresis and encopresis,...”


The Velvet Abuse of Trophy Children has gone from being a rare disorder of the extreme upper and lower classes to being the standard for a tragically large percentage of the middle classes. Attachment disorder can be roughly described as the inability to form normal human relationships due to being raised in the absence of human relationships. They cannot attach to people because they have never had anyone to attach to. It isn’t surprising that this would happen in children who are severely abused or neglected because those children learned to regard all people as potential abusers, betrayers, or flat out enemies. It is also not surprising that foster children or orphans who get moved around a lot do not learn how to construct a normal, loving relationship. It is even unsurprising that ultra-wealthy children raised by a series of disinterested nannies don’t develop normal human attachments. Each situation I just described hinges on a disruption or negation of the normal emotional development of a child. What is new is the establishment of neglect as a standard parenting technique for the masses.

Attachment disorder is the hallmark of Velvet Abuse because that abuse is not physical or overtly mental. It leaves the body whole but the soul destroyed. Velvet Abuse is the neglect of children by parents who are too self-absorbed and too career-minded to bother with raising or even loving their children. The modern middle classes are so obsessed with their material pleasures that they have no emotional reserves left for their children. The children themselves are Trophy Children, conceived for the sole purpose of fulfilling the social expectations and goals of their parents. The Trophy Child was born because, in the Ideal Family envisioned by the “parents”, children are socially necessary. The child then exists solely to act as a physical manifestation of the aspirations of their parents. Junior exists to wear the clothes that show how wealthy Mums and Daddums are, have the scholastic achievements that show how brilliant their genetic forebears are, and have the active social life that reflects the status of their gamete donors. The child is a trophy not a human being. The child is an extension of the parents’ lifestyle.

The parents of these Trophy Children cannot be bothered with the loving or raising of those children. Such things would intrude on their self-fulfillment. The parents don’t love their child; they love their own image reflected in the child. Both parents work to afford the too big house, the luxury cars, and the many expensive toys. The children are shoved off into the care of daycare or nannies at the earliest opportunities so the parents can get back to their beloved lifestyles. The expensive childcare and the myriad after-school activities that come later are well worth the money because they ensure that the parent never has to waste time or energy parenting. Trophy children start daycare at 6 months of age, if not earlier (6 weeks isn’t unheard of), move into preschool at 3, before- and after-school care at 5, and every activity offered after that. I know, I nanny and I’ve seen it. The kids are out of the house by 7am, at care by 7:30, have after-school care or activities until 7 or so, and are in bed by 8pm. The parents spend maybe 30 minutes a day with the kids, including commutes. The kids eat freezer food or fast food almost every day. Their caretakers have a high turnover rate. The kids learn not to get attached to Miss Jenny because in a week or two she’ll be replaced by Miss Shaundra, who’ll be soon followed by Miss Kelly. They never interact with their parents and have social lives so heavily regimented that they form few real friendships. They have no unstructured free time so they don’t develop inner resources. They don’t play, they don’t converse, and they don’t care.

These Trophy Children are essentially orphans. They sleep in the same place every night but they don’t have homes. They don’t have the love and attention that make homes. They are neglected in every way but the material. They have every toy known to mankind but they don’t have anyone to play with. They have words of love but have never been loved. Their parents structure their lives so as to avoid spending time with their children and the children know it. Overtime means more than playtime; the next pre-meeting meeting means more than hearing what they did at dance/piano/soccer. When the kid gets sick, there’s nobody to call home to. Mums and Daddums show up at every play but never show up in real life. The children never spend the long, mundane hours with their parents that it takes to build a real relationship. Real love forms during long hours spent together talking about nothing much and doing less. You cannot schedule a reminiscence, a joke, a hug, or a moment. You just have them. They flow naturally from a connection that builds through living your life together. Well, trophy children and their parents live their lives alone, in the same house but in separate worlds.

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, March 30, 2003 | link

At it Again.

Perhaps jealous of all the war coverage, a Palestinian genocide bomber has attacked a cafe in Netanya. Luckily no one was killed although 30 were injured. The bomber died but he really doesn’t count. Netanya was the site of the Seder Massacre where 29 Jews were slaughtered last March as they celebrated the Passover. Idiots will undoubtedly start to fret over the “peace process,” oblivious to the fact that you cannot make peace with a people that wants war. The Palestinians had everything they wanted handed to them at Oslo and Camp David but rejected it in favor of a coordinated program of mass murder. I see no reason why the Israelis should make concessions to a people dedicated to exterminating them. If the Palestinians do not accept the reality of Israel’s existence, a Sudetenland Solution may be unavoidable. Heck, the alleged Palestinians are just Jordanians anyhow. 80% of the Palestinian Mandate comprises the nation of Jordan. The Palis were citizens of Jordan before the 1967 war, which was started by Jordan. I guarantee they paid Jordanian taxes. If they refuse to live alongside Israel, deport them back to their home nation: Jordan.

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, March 30, 2003 | link

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Saturday, March 29, 2003

Check Them Out.

I have new links in the sidebar. Be sure to check out First Things, one of the best religion, politics, and culture magazines out there. You could get lost for days in their archives. I am also linking to the Knights of Columbus searchable Catechism. Best of all, I found a neato site that lists the Daily Bible readings. One thing I’ve never liked about the many Protestant services I’ve attended is their lack of biblical readings. They would pick a verse or two but never a whole parable or anything like that. I like longer, more contextual, readings. Chunky style, if you will.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, March 29, 2003 | link

Coor Chief!

He’s the ace . . . he’s amazing! He’s Dangermouse! In this time of trial, isn’t it good to know that DM and Penfold are there to save the day? It is a little known fact that Saddam Hussein is in league with Baron Greenback and that Tariq Aziz is really Stiletto in disguise.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, March 29, 2003 | link

Note.

Whereas I am now in the grips of a full Martha, I have been cleaning up my blog as well as my home. In addition to the sidebar changes, I am attempting to add a comments features. If you see a comments thingie, please comment so I can verify if it works. Thank you. May the curses be lifted from your mustaches.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, March 29, 2003 | link

Literarium.

The Literarium has been updated.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, March 29, 2003 | link

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Friday, March 28, 2003

Quiz Time.

I don’t know if this is accurate, but it makes me happy.

Special Operations
You're in Special Operations


What branch of the military do you belong in?
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posted by Lee Ann on Friday, March 28, 2003 | link

Hard Questions.

With child abuse very much in the air, thanks to The Scandal, it is wise to take a look at how sexual abuse cases are prosecuted. I think anyone guilty of abusing a minor, whether a teacher, a priest, or movie director, should be imprisoned for life. I also believe in due process and in fair trials. These kinds of charges need to be thoroughly and soberly investigated. Child sex abuse cases reach witch hunt status with alarming speed. Not a few cases related to The Scandal have proved to be false accusations for reasons of extortion. With the main epicenter of Scandal in Boston, I think it is vital to look at how the Boston DA treats sex cases. Like everything else in Boston, corruption reigns. The Boston DA has cleaned up the Church there, but has also imprisoned people well known to be factually innocent. Gerald Amirault, for example. Dorothy Rabinowitz of the Wall Street Journal won a Pulitzer for her coverage of the 1980s daycare witch hunt that put Amirault in prison. It is cases like Amirault’s that make you wonder just how well any case of child sex abuse is really investigated. When public prosecutors knowingly presented false charges to juries then, how can we trust them now?

For the record, The Scandal is real and serious, but has been badly covered. Lots of melodrama, no perspective. The real scandal is not that pedophiles abuse children, which is evil enough, it’s the cover-up and reassignment of offenders. You cannot prevent all such crimes, unless you have psychic powers. You can only try to minimize the chance that they will occur, by carefully screening seminarians, and respond to abuse cases with speed and severity. The Scandal seems to be centered in certain sees. This means it all hinges on the bishop or cardinal. Some like Bernard Law were simply bad administrators, unwilling to set a firm policy and stick to it. Law cracked down on some offenders but let others slide. He let lawyers, shrinks, and experts run the show instead of doing his job. Others, like Roger Mohoney, were more concerned with their PR and with their lefty “cred.” In Birmingham, our bishops run a tight ship. In a diocesan audit, there was only one serious accusation in the past 50 years or so. The accusation was unproven but serious enough that the accused priest was permanently transferred away from any contact with young people. He later left the priesthood. The rate of priestly sex offenders is about 1%. The NYT has 1.8% accused in the past 50 years. But accusation is not guilt, see Cardinal Bernardin. The rate of sex offenders in the general population is 6%. The offender rate for Protestant clergy is around 2-3%, depending on the study. I am thankful that the media finally broke The Scandal, but I would be more thankful if they took on pedophiles in the public school system next.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, March 28, 2003 | link

Art Attack.

After WWII, the Russians looted a huge amount of art masterpieces from Germany. Germany wants them back. One Russian ministry says they’ll be returned, but another says no way. Now the no-way ministry is threatening to file charges. Sorry, comrades, the art is stolen and should be returned to Germany. Looting is theft no matter who is stolen from. The Nazis are not the nation of Germany. All stolen and looted artworks from WWII should be returned. That goes for American GIs too. If you looted it, return it.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, March 28, 2003 | link

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Wednesday, March 26, 2003

This or That?

I know I’m late and leave the dollar out of it. Via This or That Tuesday.

1. Poetry or prose? Prose, obsessions not withstanding. I hope these aren’t zero-sum questions.
2. Funky modern art or the older, "classic" variety? Classic, man.
3. Sculptures or paintings? Paintings.
4. Theatre: exuberant musical or serious drama? Drama, I guess. Musicals are too hit or miss.
5. Ballet or modern dance? Ballet.
6. Movies: major studio or indie? Neither. I don’t watch many movies anymore.
7. Authors: Shakespeare or Dr. Seuss? Shakespeare.
8. TV: PBS or A+E? A+E.
9. Music: Beethoven or Beatles? Beethoven. I have already posted on my hatred of the Beatles.
10. Thought-provoking question of the week: You are a contributing member of your favorite art museum, and visit on a regular basis. They announce a new, temporary special exhibit by an artist surrounded by controversy...this person's work and/or political views offend you. Do you stop supporting the museum, or just stay away during the time the exhibit is there? I stop supporting the museum until the exhibit is gone. I am under no obligation to fund that which I find offensive.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 | link

Moynihan Links.

Here’s Defining Deviancy Down, The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, and a condemnation of Zionism is Racism. And here’s Jay Nordlinger confirming my talks the talks but balks the walk suspicions.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 | link

Weird Thought of the Day.

Next phase of the War on Terror, let’s embed celebrities. Like we do with reporters, but this time we match the star with the appropriate unit. You know, put Martin Sheen in with a KP unit. Alec Baldwin in the motor pool. Barbra Streisand on Latrine patrol. Susan Sarandon mopping up on a carrier. Kid Rock with the 82nd Airborne. Just a suggestion.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 | link

I’m Back!

I’ve been doing a lot of spring cleaning and that means sorting through boxes of stuff. Most of that stuff is books. Heavy, dusty, heavy books. I’m dog tired and thus haven’t been posting.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 | link

Poetry in Motion.

In blogdom anyway. Just to reassure you that I can manage several obsessions at once, here’s more poetry. Today’s links are to Giacomo Leopardi, one of Italy’s greatest poets. His stuff is indescribably beautiful. It’s classical, lyrical, yet with an impressionistic emotional sensibility. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any decent site in English. It was hard enough finding anything in Italian. Geez, you’d think they’d have some variation on Project Gutenberg. My favorite Leopardi is La sera del di’ di festa. It has the most beautiful opening line in all literature: Dolce e chiara e’ la notte e senza vento.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 | link

Sowell Patrol.

The Sowell Man got bombarded by letters from high school students, on orders from their teacher, regarding one of his columns. His response to such nonsense makes up his latest column. Here’s the core of the column:

“It is bad enough when someone takes the position that he has made up his mind and doesn't want to be confused by the facts. It is worse when someone else makes up his mind for him and then he dismisses any facts to the contrary by attributing bad motives to those who present those facts.

“Creating mindless followers is one of the most dangerous things that our public schools are doing. Young people who know only how to vent their emotions, and not how to weigh opposing arguments through logic and evidence, are sitting ducks for the next talented demagogue who comes along in some cult or movement, including movements like those that put the Nazis in power in Germany.”


posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 | link

Quiz Time.

Wow, so these things are accurate.


Psycho. You are overwhelmed by anger. You may even
hate the world and everything in it and you
believe revenge is the way of the world. An eye
for an eye.


How Emotional Are You?
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posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 | link

Obsession Numero Uno.

Back to my original blog-obsession, Pius XII. More and more stuff has been coming out of the Vatican Archives concerning his papacy and the lead up to WWII. Here is a neat snippet on Pius XI ordering all Catholic Universities to explicitly refute Nazi racial doctrine. Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pius XII, was the driving force behind PXI’s relations with Germany.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 | link

Damien of Molokai.

Here’s a good story on Damian of Molokai, who lived with, ministered to, and treated the lepers of Hawaii. He lived among the lepers for 16 years before contracting the disease himself and dying. His cause for canonization just got a big push when a second miracle was attributed to him. A great and heroic man. He’s starting to become one of my most admired people.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 | link

What the $@#%!!!

Emmitt Smith signed with the Cardinals! That’s a lousy way to end a career.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 | link

Moynihan, RIP.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, former senator from New York, died from an infection today. He was 76. He was known for his independent mind and his honest talk. He denounced the evil effects of the Welfare State on the Black family long before anyone else. Not to rain on the pep rally, Wellstonily speaking, but while I recall him speaking independently about many issues, I also recall that he always voted the party line once the speeches were over. Correct me if I’m wrong.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 | link

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Monday, March 24, 2003

Quiz Time.

This is much better than my last religious theme song: God is good, God is great, Yea God! Let’s eat.

You have great faith!
You have great faith!


What Bible verse is your life's theme song?
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posted by Lee Ann on Monday, March 24, 2003 | link

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Sunday, March 23, 2003

Update.

It worked!

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, March 23, 2003 | link

Note.

I am attempting to install one of those quote of the day features. So if the blog looks screwy, that's why.

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, March 23, 2003 | link

Finally.

An appropriate tribute to Rachel the Rough Guide Radical.

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, March 23, 2003 | link

War News.

The suspect in the Camp Pennsylvania grenade attack in Kuwait has been identified. He’s Staff Sgt. Asan Akbar. The Army hasn’t determined the motive for the attack. They have come up with this: "It had to have been something that he placed in a higher position of importance that triggered him to do that, other than the people he ate with, slept with, lived with, breathed with." Gee, it wouldn’t be that whole Islam thing, now would it? I hate to say it, but if I were a soldier fighting in Iraq, I would not leave my Muslim unit mates unsupervised. This does put every Muslim soldier over there under suspicion, no matter how wrongly.

It seems eight US soldiers have been killed and five captured. The Iraqis will no doubt abuse and torture them like in the last war. The unbroken record of American POWs not being treated in accordance with the Geneva Conventions stands. I won’t hold my breath waiting for a protest from the vaunted International Community. It’s seems Europe and the rest of the world thinks that the Geneva Convention does not apply to US troops.

Yippe! A genuine material breach! Early reports are we’ve captured a chemical weapons factory. Good thing Saddam didn’t have any of these. If this pans out, it will be fun watching the French and Germans do the denial dance on this one.

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, March 23, 2003 | link

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Friday, March 21, 2003

Shocked and Awed.

I watched the main bombing around noon today. All I can say is “day-yum!” It looked like the whole city of Baghdad got wiped off the map. It looked like a sea of fire. Yet when the flames died down and the smoke cleared a bit, the reality of precision bombing came into full relief. The city was not wiped out. In fact the lights stayed on the whole time and the buses kept running. The skyline, which started out building, building, building, etc., ended up as building, building, hole, building, hole, hole, building, hole, building, building, etc. Unbelievable.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, March 21, 2003 | link

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Thursday, March 20, 2003

Shock and Awe.

Have you noticed that the vaunted Shock and Awe attack keeps getting delayed? Am I the only one thinking that’s because the Iraqis are surrendering so fast there’s no one left to either shock or awe?

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, March 20, 2003 | link

Catfish Strikes Back!

Patrick, the Mississippi Avenger, defends our war effort in the Daily Mississippian. Note how he thoroughly dominates the third paragraph.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, March 20, 2003 | link

Sowell Patrol.

Random Thoughts from the master.

“Why do actors -- people whose main talent is faking emotions -- think that their opinions should be directing the course of political events in the real world? Yet it is a mistake that they have been making as far back as John Wilkes Booth.”

“Those who are wringing their hands over how the war on terrorism can restrict our freedoms are often the same liberals who favored the loose immigration laws that have put so many terrorists inside our borders, thereby necessitating restrictions on everyone's freedoms in order to deal with people who should not have been here in the first place.”

“We are all anti-war -- and American troops in Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf represent the kind of protest that terrorists can understand.”


posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, March 20, 2003 | link

Ars Derbica.

Why do the US and the rest of the world constantly see the same events in such diametrically opposed ways? Derb gives the lowdown on what they don’t understand about us and what we don’t understand about them.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, March 20, 2003 | link

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Wednesday, March 19, 2003

It Has Begun.

President Bush addressed the nation at 9:15. The speech was short and sweet. He announced the commencement of hostilities, praised our troops and their mission of liberation, and spoke of the effort and commitment we will have to make to post-war Iraq. He looked strong, but thin. He wore a red tie, symbolic of war I suppose. He mentioned that the war may not be as short and easy as we think but he made it clear that he will accept no half-measures, only victory. It was a good speech.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 | link

Bulldozed Baby.

Here’s George Neumayr’s take on the Pro-Pali Pancake, Rachel Corrie. You remember, the little anti-American American nitwit who thought she could bench press a bulldozer? Well her radical buddies are blaming the Israelis. The fact that Little Miss Terrorlover spent the morning dodging bulldozers (which were trying to avoid her) and finally got squashed under a dozer she was running towards. Neumayr sums it up nicely with:

“An honest radical accepts the inevitable price of his radicalism; the fake radicalism which yuppie parents and profs underwrite ignores that price and then demands that others carry it.”

True, true. Rachel the Rough Guide Radical thought she could toy with the real world and make her fantasy world come true. She thought that everything would be just like it is in her Champagne Socialist professor’s tales of Sixties adventures. Oops, in the real world actions have consequences.

“Like bums who run out in front of cars then sue the drivers, the protesters who encouraged the self-destructive protest are using its tragic consequences to foment more audacious protests.”

This is the best description of the Pretty Pancake’s actions yet. Again, action, reaction. Decision, consequences. It really shouldn’t be that hard to understand.

“The American left is too churlish to concede this point. America's radical minds speak of ‘responsibility’ but never take it. They encourage ‘choices’ but disown bad ones made and disclaim any role in the consequences that follow from them.”

Of course not, that would mean reality would intrude on their egotistical fantasy world. And it’s all about ego isn’t it. It’s about Rachel saving the benighted Palestinians. Rachel the Rough Guide Radical saw the whole world as a reflection in her mirror. Her every action was geared towards bolstering her self-created image as the Radical Savior of the Oppressed Peoples of the World. The reality of terrorism, not to mention bulldozers, cannot exist because it draws its existence from a reality outside Rachel. She couldn’t handle that and so she denied reality until reality rolled up and squashed her flat.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 | link

Sinfully Good.

Some German company is making ice cream named after the seven deadly sins. If they were hoping for a scandal they didn’t get it, as the Church only gave them a boilerplate of disapproval. What on earth would “sloth” taste like anyway? Personally I don’t think this stuff is offensive, but I honestly can’t see much humor in it. “Gluttony” is mildly funny for a minute or two but the joke doesn’t hold up. The humor doesn’t work. Punny titles, as opposed to straight sin listings, would have been clever. One thing does bother me though. The company names their flavors after the seven deadly sins and then has their PR woman say the following:

" ‘Our ice cream has nothing to do with religion. They're just seven great flavors of ice cream,’ she said.”

Yes, babe, it has everything to do with religion. The word “sins” might clue you in. If you are going to be snotty about things, at least be honest about what you’re doing. I lose any and all respect for people like this. If you are going to make religion jokes, teases, or even bashes, have to balls to own up to it. Don’t play the “who me?” game.

Actually, I’m still trying to come up with ice cream oriented puns on the seven deadlies. I can think of other food puns but not ice cream. Greed eggs and ham, anyone?

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 | link

Hmm.

It is very strange to be sitting around, waiting for a war to start.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 | link

Brother Can You Spare a Placard?

Fox News presents a neat little report on who is ponying up the bug bucks for all those anti-war protests. Who funds Not In Our Name?

“Not in Our Name is financed by the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization. I.F.C.O. is a million-dollar-a-year non-profit that supports Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and once sponsored a group headed by Sami Al-Arian — the University of South Florida professor being charged with fundraising for terrorist organizations Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.”

Sounds peaceful to me. I guess they are bipartisan. They support the Communists Castro and the fundamentalist Islamist. That’s two ends of a very bloody spectrum.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 | link

Quiz Time.

Well this is unique.


What Flavour Are You? I tashte like Alcohol.I tashte like Alcohol.


Heh. Heh. I taste like beer. I like beer. Buy me a beer. I'm not drunk, I can drink plenty without... What was I saying? Beer. What Flavour Are You?


posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 | link

Zero Hour.

The deadline for Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq has passed and war is imminent. It’s only a matter of time before Iraq is liberated. The only remaining questions are when it will happen and what will Saddam do before he’s toppled. The Iraqi army is already surrendering (17 so far. I wonder if it’s the same group that surrendered last week?) and Saddam’s main threat is chemical or biological weapons. I’m praying that the war will end quickly and with as little loss of life as possible. I am also praying that Dubya will stand firm and keep the UN out of post-war Iraq. Decades of Baathist dictatorship and war may be bad, but UN control is infinitely worse.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 | link

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Monday, March 17, 2003

Draw!

Saddam has 48 hours to vacate Iraq or else be vacated.

Ah, Saddam, how shall we miss you, let us count the ways,
Er, uh, hmm . . .lemme think a minute.
With a missile, badly programmed?
With bombs, a mite off course?
With a gun, its sights misaligned?
Bow and arrow, not allowing for the wind?
A rifle, over the shoulder, sighting with a mirror?
How shall we miss you, let us count the ways.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, March 17, 2003 | link

Uh-Oh.

If Captain Peter Layton, of the Royal Australian Air Force, is right, we are in for a very unpleasant decade. Capt. Layton outlines the New Arab Way of War.

“The new Arab approach to conflict is an adaptation of the revolutionary warfare of the second half of the 20th century. Assassins using this new way of war now swim among the populations of the world. With cheap, unrestricted global air travel provided by Western technology, they can deploy wherever they wish; there are no front lines or safe rear areas. The assassins make effective use of liberal immigration policies that have permitted large numbers of Middle Eastern migrants to settle in the West. Small numbers of fellow travelers and sympathizers are distributed throughout Western nations, able to be activated to provide local support, protection, and knowledge for deploying assassins. Their command-and-control system relies on commercial communications systems and business application cryptography. This makes their control system strong, redundant, secure, and global and the assassins hard to detect, track, and target. They do not rely on their own technology even for weapons, instead using in situ civilian, commercial equipment for attack.

“The new Arab way of war is parasitic. Local supporters acquire weapons and explosives, provide safe houses, arrange transportation, and steal or hire vehicles. Assassins fly in, carry out attacks, and fly out quickly, avoiding arrest. Relying completely on local sources, they can strike deep into the Western heartlands, mimicking the strategic air attacks characteristic of the West.”


Saladin was respected by his enemies because he fought with honor. The New Arabs want to avoid honor at all costs. It will be very hard to fight a purely terrorist enemy because what we will need to do to fight him is at odds with classical war doctrines. We judge warriors by how they conform to the existing code of military honor. A noble soldier avoids killing civilians, fights only when he has to, and fights fair. He doesn’t set off bombs in noncombatant nations for the express purpose of killing civilians. This new Arab Way of War will end up redefining what is acceptable retaliation for an attack. The end result of this will be far more harmful for the Arabs than for the West. They will be fighting in the name of hate and conquest, while we will be fighting out of love for our countries and the survival of civilization. Evil cannot sustain itself and neither can these New Arab Warriors. When they go down, and they will and hard, they will take the innocent Old Arabs with them.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, March 17, 2003 | link

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone. Hope you have a holy-rollin’ good time. With a prayer and a beer I say, God bless you.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, March 17, 2003 | link

Quiz Time.

What Bible book am I?

You are Revelation
You are Revelation.


Which book of the Bible are you?
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posted by Lee Ann on Monday, March 17, 2003 | link

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Sunday, March 16, 2003

The Top Ten Signs You’re Watching Too Much Fox News.



10. You want to slap the pancake makeup off Shepherd Smith.
9. You refer to the time before the news crawl as “back in the day.”
8. Your coffee break chatter starts with, “That Mort . . .”
7. You have memorized all of E. D.’s last names.
6. You are a woman and you find Brit Hume strangely attractive.
5. You are a man and you find Brit Hume strangely attractive.
4. You can no longer resist the animal magnetism of Alan Colmes.
3. You have suffered retinal damage from the glare off Laurie Dhue’s lip gloss.
2. Your love life has improved since finding your G-Block.
1. You have asked senior news correspondent Brian Wilson to autograph your personal copy of Pet Sounds.

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, March 16, 2003 | link

I Know it’s Wrong,

But I can’t help but laugh at this idiot. An American pro-terrorism activist got squashed under an Israeli bulldozer. She was lying down in front of a bulldozer in an attempt to prevent the Israelis from demolishing the home of a Palestinian terrorist. The Flat Floozy protested the knocking down of a house and thought she was a peace activist. I would have been impressed if she had used her body as a shield to protect innocent Jews from genocide bombers and snipers. It’s hard to respect someone who used her body to protect terrorists. It’s especially hard to respect someone who agitated for the right of anti-Semites to kill Jews. And that’s exactly what she was doing. The Israelis were destroying buildings used to shelter snipers and bombers. The only thing that has acted as a deterrent to genocide bombers is the threat of losing the family home. It’s also hard to respect a culture that doesn’t mind sending their children off to kill not only themselves but also innocent bystanders, but is grieved at the loss of a house. Little Miss Pancake lost her life defending death. Pardon me if I giggle.

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, March 16, 2003 | link

High Noon.

The Diplomacy Game ends tomorrow. Iraq and Chiraq better hope they have as good a hand as they think they do.

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, March 16, 2003 | link

Steyn Alive!

Eurabia and the militant anti-Americans get spanked. Steyn cuts right to why . . . oh, to hell with it. It’s Mark Steyn. Like you need a reason.

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, March 16, 2003 | link

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Saturday, March 15, 2003

Well?

Likee Blog?

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, March 15, 2003 | link

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Friday, March 14, 2003

Bronte-Saw-Us.

Wow, that’s the worst pun I’ve ever made. Said pun is my intro to this snippet on the just published novella by Charlotte Bronte. Yes, you read that right. It is a previously unpublished work called “Stancliffe’s Hotel.” It should be of great interest to Bronte fans or Vic Lit fans. It’s only 34 pages long so I wonder what they fleshed it out with. Useless critical articles I suppose. I’ve never read Bronte, any Bronte, before but I thought this was interesting.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, March 14, 2003 | link

A-Bove It All.

Oriana Fallaci’s The Rage and the Pride may have been published months ago but her argument is well worth revisiting, considering the upcoming war. How has the West responded to the attacks of imperialist Islam, or have we reacted at all? How can the Free West fight off the enslaving forces of the Islamists if our elites refuse to acknowledge the war declared against us? These are Fallaci’s questions, my questions, and the questions of Robert Bove. Bove gives his take on the current culture war in his review of Fallaci’s book. A taste:

“This is delightfully heady stuff, especially since it comes from what may seem to some an unlikely source—an avowed atheist. Paradoxical as it might be, Fallaci holds her unbelief as closely as her appreciation that Christianity—and Judaism—are inextricably woven into the fabric of Western Civilization; that European elites have abandoned this understanding is a primary reason, as she sees it, that Europe is committing cultural suicide. The question still before Americans is whether we follow suit. Will we submit our chunk of civilization, warts and all, to the cultural decay Europeans in Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam appear to have embraced? Do we will ourselves into a moral vacuum where nothing and nobody appears worth fighting for?”

A very good read.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, March 14, 2003 | link

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Iraq Around the Clock.

I haven’t posted much on Iraq. That may seem odd considering the coming war has been the number one news story for some time now. The reason I haven’t posted on Iraq is that there just isn’t anything to say. It’s not that I’m bored with it, it’s that I numbed to it. Enough, already. Every argument in favor of war or against war has been aired ad nauseum. From the Internet to the newspapers to the 24 hour new channels, Iraq has become a white noise, an ever present buzz in the background that drowns out any specific sound. No really new information has surfaced concerning a possible war, inspections, and Hussein’s compliance or lack thereof. As you are all dying to hear my opinion, here it is. We are going to war because Saddam and the UN have left us with no other option.

Inspections do not work because they cannot work. Inspections require good faith cooperation from the nation being inspected. They also require inspectors who are determined to do their job. We have neither. We have played the inspections game for 12 years. Saddam has never cooperated and rarely even deigned to pretend to cooperate. He produced just enough information to string out the game a little longer. Every time the UN failed to get Iraq to play by the rules, the Security Council changed the rules to make his cheating legal. Even so Saddam got bored and ordered the players off the field. Never once during the 8 years of the previous inspections regime did the UN enforce its own rules. The UN passed about 15 different resolutions telling Saddam to disarm, each resolution weaker and vaguer than the last. The only progress achieved by the inspectors has come during this most recent effort, because the inspectors are backed by the US military. Even now, though, all Saddam has done is to lie about his weapons and agree to destroy the few missiles that he claims he never had but the inspectors found anyway.

Despite this, the anti-war crowd insists that inspections are working. Because we have found a very few illegal weapons and forced Saddam to destroy them, the peace-at-any-price crowd thinks we should go on with this farce forever. The PAAP crowd honestly thinks that this time will be different. Saddam made a show of cooperation, therefore we should pull our soldiers out and let the UN save the day. Really? The UN has failed to do its job every time they have been allowed to try. Without the threat of military force, the current round of inspections will go the way of the last round. With the military gone, the UN will dither and “negotiate,” Saddam will obfuscate, and the inspections will stall. The world will look the other way as Saddam subverts the inspections and rearms anyway, with the aid of two prominent Security Council members. The UN will quietly give up and leave Saddam free to rearm his own nation and any rogue regime or group with enough cash.

Then there is the argument that Saddam is a danger to Iraqis only and is no threat to any other nation. Nice to know Iraqis are so disposable. I take it paying off the families of suicide bombers to the tune of $20,000 each fails to qualify as threatening another nation. Is that because Israel is part of Iraq and the bombings are an internal Iraqi concern? Or maybe funding terrorist groups who attack other nations isn’t threatening to those nations? Or maybe Hamas, Fatah Movement, Al Qaeda, and Hezbollah aren’t really terrorists; they just have problems with uncontrolled spontaneous combustion?

Then the PAAP crowd argues that a war would cause too many Iraqi deaths. Is Saddam the only one allowed to kill Iraqis? Saddam isn’t a problem when he deliberately kills innocent Iraqis but the US would be evil if we accidentally kill a few? Saddam kills more Iraqis in a month than the US would kill in the course of the entire war. Okay, I’ll grant that a US war against Iraq would be shorter than a month. Still, the PAAP crowd doesn’t care about the Iraqis themselves. They are under the impression that Iraqis don’t want freedom and don’t want an end to the terror regime they live under. Why the assumption of Iraqi masochism? It’s very telling that the people who want to keep Saddam in power don’t live in Iraq.

The Blood for Oil argument is so blatantly false that it barely warrants laughing at. If we wanted Iraqi oil we would have just lifted the sanctions and bought it. Doing so would be cheaper in terms of money and manpower. In point of fact, the US has almost no oil interests in Iraq. Only the French and Russians do. Most of France’s opposition to the war stems from their fear of having their lucrative oil contracts with Saddam brought to light. The Russians also have big money oil deals with Iraq. A new regime might want to renegotiate their contracts and would likely look with disfavor on nations who propped up the brutal Baathist regime.

But Europe is against us, cry the PAAP crowd. We will be waging a unilateral war. Well, dang it. Not only is my atlas out of date, but my dictionary is too. My atlas shows Britain, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, and Poland, among others, to be in Europe. In fact, of the 20 or so nations shown on my atlas map of Europe, only three are against us: France, Germany, and Belgium. Russia’s against us too but they are only half in Europe. The rest of Europe is allied with America. As for my dictionary, it defines unilateral as acting alone. We have about 40 allies supporting our efforts in Iraq. I didn’t know “forty” was a synonym for “alone.” So we have 80% of Europe supporting us and a broad, forty-member, unilateral alliance? Lo-o-o-ne-ly, we’re so lo-o-one-ly . . .

But it’s not a Just War! Even the Pope says so, cry the PAAP crowd! Having recovered from the shock of dedicated Leftists citing the Pope as an inviolable moral authority, I say, how nice. The Pope has indeed said he does not believe the criteria for a Just War have been met. Yet he has not outright condemned the war. He has given his advice and has left it up to each individual conscience to make their decision. I respect the Pope’s dissent because his is an honorable dissent. He has come out against almost all previous military actions by anybody and bases his opinions on heartfelt principles. Unlike some, His Holiness is not an anti-Republican-Administration-war protester. The Pope believes war can be averted. He has also condemned the Iraqi regime and Saddam Hussein in particular for human rights abuses and for getting the world into this mess in the first place. Yet in the end, the Pope is wrong. Yes, war could be averted but the only one who can avert it is Saddam and he isn’t going to. The diplomatic solutions supported by the Pope may indeed have worked, but the time for them is past. The UN has proved that it will not enforce the resolutions and negotiations that could have avoided war. Maybe 12 years ago, after the first Gulf War, the Pope’s suggestions could have worked. But the UN and the international community squandered the possibility of peace and now we are left with war. Sorry, Your Holiness, but George Weigel has done the best analysis of Just War Theory and the Iraq War.

The problem with diplomatic solutions to the Iraqi crisis lies with both the international community that proposes to solve it and the Baathist regime it is attempting to tame. As for the diplomatic community, it is a conglomerate of every regime under the sun, rogue or not. The international community that wants to make peace contains both France and Syria. Acting against Saddam’s interests is acting against their own. Syria is a terrorist state that has close ideological, political, and financial ties to Saddam. Bashir Assad, the Baby Dictator, has a vested interest in keeping the status as quo as possible. He also doesn’t want the UN to get any ideas about his regime. As for France, they not only have lucrative oil contracts with Iraq, they have major weapons contracts as well. A successful American war in Iraq could reveal exactly who sold Saddam his banned weapons ad who was building up his illegal nuclear facilities. The Germans and Russians have also armed Saddam and don’t want the extent of their illegal deals brought to light. Yet these countries, and others like them, make up the very International Community that is supposed to contain Iraq. Sorry, I didn’t just fall off the truffle truck.

As for the UN itself, it has proven that it cannot fulfill its own demands. The UN will ensure Iraq’s disarmament? Would this be the same UN that allowed one million Rwandans to be slaughtered while it debated what color to paint the trucks? Would this be the same UN that allowed Indonesia to invade, occupy, and religiously cleanse the sovereign nation of East Timor and refused to act in defense of the oppressed Timorese because they didn’t want to upset the invading Indonesians? Would this be the same UN that ruthlessly disarmed the East Timorese and then stood aside and allowed the Indonesian military to butcher them? The same UN that sat back and allowed the Serbs to rampage across the Balkans and left it to NATO to stop the killings? The same UN whose regime in Kosovo has let Albanian gangsters, Islamic terrorists, and various ethnic gangs run wild, leaving the populace to fend for themselves? The same UN whose Kosovo mission has distinguished itself only in the sophistication of its sex slave trade? Tell me again about the decisive UN and its vaunted moral authority.

Only one man has forced this war and that same man has the power to avert it: Saddam Hussein. Saddam broke every UN resolution ever passed, no matter how weak. Saddam is the one who gassed his own people. Saddam invaded his neighbors Iran and Kuwait. Saddam refused to disarm after his first defeat. Saddam has supported terrorist groups with both money and arms. Saddam has forced this crisis. But he has no intention of avoiding the coming war. He is an unelected dictator whose very life depends on staying in power. Too bad the UN cannot understand this. The UN treats Saddam as if he were just another career bureaucrat. They assume that Saddam is operating under the same standards of political pressures and ideas that democratically elected leaders are. This is political blindness on an unforgivable scale. Saddam has different motives and incentives than a democratically elected leader has, and his actions are predicated on the reality of being a tyrant. Western leaders like Chirac gain power by getting elected and when they lose their political viability they hop into a limo and get a chauffeur-driven ride back to bourgeois life. Saddam came to power through the business end of a gun and will lose power the same way if he weakens. In other words, he thinks differently. His power comes through intimidation and that’s how he responds to any challenge. Here’s a telling story about how Saddam responds to a diplomatic crisis [this is courtesy of Brendan Miniter at Opinionjournal; he gives no citation but presents it as news]:

“When Saddam Hussein met with papal emissary Cardinal Roger Etchegaray in Baghdad a few weeks ago, the Iraqi dictator responded to questions about why he wasn't cooperating with United Nations weapons inspectors by drawing a long knife. Holding it for the cardinal to see, he ran his finger along the sharp edge of the blade--it was an obvious gesture at intimidation.

But Mr. Etchegaray wasn't stricken with fear. He simply reached into his pocket and drew out a rosary.

‘We Christians have weapons too,’ the cardinal told the dictator.”


Now think about this story here. Cardinal Etchegaray, the papal envoy, went to Iraq for the specific purpose of pulling Saddam’s shrimps off the American barbie. The Cardinal represents Saddam’s best chance of avoiding war and his inevitable downfall. So what does Saddam do? He pulls a knife. Even with someone who is there to help him, Saddam has to play the bully boy. Does the UN really think it can do business with a guy who pulls a knife on a papal envoy? Is this how the Security Council likes to do business, with regular Sharks-Jets smackdowns? When faced with the possibility of war, the US has made phone calls, held meetings, offered loans, and built a coalition; in the same circumstances, Saddam pulls a knife. The story of the Cardinal and the Knife may seem to be just a human interest piece, but it is indicative of why we cannot play games with Saddam any more.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 | link

Found!

Elizabeth Smart was found alive a few hours ago. She was found during a traffic stop outside of Salt Lake City. She was with a handyman named Brian David Mitchell, also called Emanuel. He’s the second Smart handyman to be a suspect in the case. The family came out with his name and description about a month ago. You’d think they’d have done that sooner. I don’t want to take blame away from where it belongs, but exactly how many homeless, drug-addicted handymen did these people have?

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 | link

Duck!

The prime minister of Serbia has been assassinated. The killing is alleged to be the work of one of Serbia’s organized crime gangs.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 | link

A Frenchman to Admire.

It’s time for the Fashion Shows again and this year Jean Paul Gaultier produced a triumph on the catwalk. Not with his clothes, with his attitude. It seems old Jean Paul found an ideal way to deal with anti-fur protestors:

“Jean Paul Gaultier must have been tipped off that the anti-fur protesters were going to target his fashion show because he was certainly ready for them.

“When the first one jumped onto the runway in Paris on Saturday he got a surprise. Two security guards immediately leapt aboard and wrapped him in a big fur coat, before dragging him off.”


Follow the link to see a picture of the anti-fur nut swaddled in sable.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 | link

In Archaeological News.

In Scotland, a building crew unearthed an Iron Age burial site. The grave, containing a body, sword, and other adornments, in a rare find. It is even more rare to find such a grave intact. It should give us a lot of information about the culture of he Iron Age Scots, or Picts, or whatever they were back then. The detail about the head being on a stone pillow was interesting. Not as interesting as the toe rings though.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 | link

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Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Pardon Our Progress.

I’ve decided to restructure Ye Olde Blogroll. I’m going to separate out the news and politics sites from the artsy sites from the blogs. I hope this will make the site more user friendly. Either that or I’m having a major Martha Moment.

Update: All the changes have been made to the template, but the template is not registering them. In other words, the sidebar you see to the left does not exist on my blogger template. Blogger, in it's infinite capacity for stupidity, is not registering the changes I've made. The permalinks should be in an entirely different order and several links have been updated. The Forum html has been removed entirely, about a week ago. If any of you can help me un-screw up my sidebar, please email me.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 | link

Literarium.

The Literarium has been updated. Several times actually, but I just now got around to announcing the fact. There are posts on Stephen Ambrose, Mignon Eberhart, and my bizarre loathing of Royal Arabian Blondes.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 | link

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Monday, March 10, 2003

Sacre Bleu!

Good heavens, they’ve out-Frenched the French! It seems Saddam’s elite fighting force doesn’t know that it’s traditional to wait for the war to actually start before surrendering.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, March 10, 2003 | link

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Saturday, March 08, 2003

Why Yes . . .

I'm feeling better. Chloroseptic and Tylenol saved the day. Now I'm healthy enough to be driven mad wondering why I can't get the Weather Pixie to show up anywhere in the template except in "settings." If you can help me out there, please do.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, March 08, 2003 | link

Sola Scriptura Kinda.

Don’t you just hate it when the Bible doesn’t say what you want it to? Here’s a nice Revised Fundamentalist Version of the Bible, finally giving us what the Holy Spirit meant to say.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, March 08, 2003 | link

Read Me.

Figures lie and liars figure, even in Britain. Let Theodore Dalrymple explain.


posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, March 08, 2003 | link

Red Letter Day.

Here is an article from the Inside The Vatican that quotes in full a letter from Eugenio Pacelli (Pius XII) disparaging the nascent Nazi movement. The letter dates from just after the Beer Hall Putsch and details how the Nazis stirrred up anti-Catholic sentiment due to the Church’s denunciation of the Hitlerites’ anti-Semitism.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, March 08, 2003 | link

Hey Look!

I’m Evil. Why isn’t this surprising?


How evil are you?


posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, March 08, 2003 | link

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Friday, March 07, 2003

Poor Me.

I'm not feeling well so don't expect much posting during the next day or so.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, March 07, 2003 | link

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Thursday, March 06, 2003

Justice Delayed and Denied.

In 1943, Stalin had 4,500 Polish officers slaughtered in the Katyn Forest. During the WWII, the Allies preferred to blame the Germans but the truth has been known for decades. Despite knowing about Soviet responsibility for the massacre, the world has pretty much ignored it. A recent book, God’s Eye, sets out to change that. With a heavy dose of forensic evidence, Frank Fox holds up Russia’s bloody hands for everyone to see.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, March 06, 2003 | link

Sowell Patrol.

The Sowell Man takes on class warfare from guess which class:

“People used to complain about ‘the idle rich.’ But the idle rich did not do the kind of harm being done by today's busybody rich, who feed their own egos by bankrolling political crusades on the left which hurt the very people that the left claims to care about -- working people, minorities, and children.”

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, March 06, 2003 | link

Check This Out.

Here is Part I of a symposium on Islam is from Frontpage.com. Jamie Glazov sets the ball rolling but the four experts have the run of the column. It becomes very clear why it’s so hard to have any kind of dialogue with Islam. Spencer, a critic of Islam, brings up a strain of Muslim theology that preaches violence and the support of terrorism within a segment of the Muslim population, prompting the CAIR guy to scream about how Spencer called ALL Muslims violent. No matter how many times the Spencer points out that CAIR guy is deliberately misquoting him, the CAIR guy keeps on repeating the lie. In fact, every time the CAIR guy responds to any question he starts with an insult. Literally, every CAIR guy post starts with how Spencer is an idiot. Even the pro-Muslim secular humanist AbuKhalid resorts to insults rather than argument. I wish there had been a better historian on there because the Muslims were spouting off half-truths and lies like crazy. The usual lies about “the Christian West in the last century” get a lot of play. Neither Muslim seemed aware that Stalin was an atheist and Hitler a pagan. Any criticism of Islam is ignored in favor of a rant about prior (apologized for or greatly exaggerated) Christian misdeeds. The issue at hand is never addressed. You have to read this to believe it. After the CAIR guy, fisking would be redundant.

Here is Part II of the Islam Symposium. It is better than the first because Glazov is more involved in keeping he discussion on track. The CAIR guy and the AbuKhalid still dance around the issues but Glazov is there to call them on it. Neither CAIR guy or AbuKhalid ever gives a straight answer to the question of why the Islamic world is not more vocal in denouncing terrorism and the “hijacking of True Islam.” Notice in the part about women’s rights how Glazov’s example of a woman’s right to sexual freedom (and the attendant right to misuse her freedom) gets mangled and ignored by the two Muslim apologists. They deliberately ignore the question of whether a woman could live her life as she wants without fear and throw in smokescreens about prostitution, indecent exposure arrests, and domestic abuse. I am seriously suspecting that CAIR guy and AbuKhalid work for the Onion.

Here is Part III. This is the final installment. There is just nothing more to say.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, March 06, 2003 | link

Oh Boy!

I have a new favorite insult: “Curse be upon your mustache.” See, I can find good things in Islam. I respect a good insult. This even beats “May you get obscene phone calls from your psychiatrist.”

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, March 06, 2003 | link

Just So You Know.

I’m not the only one making fun of Madonna’s literary efforts.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, March 06, 2003 | link

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Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Check Her Out!

Have you checked out Janis at Gone South? You should. She's a hoot.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, March 04, 2003 | link

What the @#%$!!!!

Madonna, yes that Madonna, has a deal to write children’s books. What the hell kind of sicko freak would let that whore anywhere near their young children? Sure, the gap-toothed wonder has tons of wisdom to give the kiddies, like proper underwear display, how to spread eagle without straining muscles, or how to love yourself (and 6 or seven other people too).

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, March 04, 2003 | link

Here We Go Again.

Yippee! The press has found their new serial killer du jour. This go round we have beautiful young women lured to their doom by promises of stardom. It’s a Glattman, I’d say, vintage 1950s,not to be confused with the inferior Lisa Sobek killer of a few years ago. Blood and media circuses to keep the populace sated.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, March 04, 2003 | link

Football Update.

The Raiders have signed both Jerry Rice and Tim Brown to long term contracts. Rice is 40 and Brown is not much younger. While both are great players, and Rice is a legend, I don’t think it’s wise to sign players this old to long contracts. Will they still be able to start in a year or two? How much are the Raiders really able to spend on veteran backups? I’m not wild about this. Short term, I’d pay anything I had to to get them, but I would not go in for a 6 year contract.

As for the “Diversity Committee” investigating the Lions, that’s a crock. The Lions hired Mariucci because they desperately need him. Exactly what benefit would black America get from having a slew of assistant coaches file in for a time-wasting interview? The Lions have won maybe 5 games in two years. Taking a risk on an untried coach is a luxury they cannot afford. Football is big business. The Lions were 2 and 14 this year (give or take one loss). They needed a guaranteed winner to rebuild their franchise. They were too far in the hole for even a Tony Dungy to help. Here’s a helpful guideline for coaching hires in the NFL: If you have 11 or more wins, the coach stays put. Sure, hover around 11 for a couple years and the front office gets antsy, but the coach has about as much security as he will ever have. When these teams do change coaches, they want a proven winner. They can smell a championship and want somebody they know can get them to the Super Bowl. A team with fewer than 11 wins will look for a new coach. A rookie head coach (and most black coaches are either assistants or college heads and would thus be rookies) has his best shot at getting hired to a team with between 5 and 10 wins. Those are the teams that have core talent, a decent front office, and the ability to take a risk on a new guy. When Ty Willingham goes pro (he will, in 3-5 years, post-championship and repeat) he will go to a team with a record of about 10-6. Any team with fewer than 5 wins cannot take any chances. They need a proven great coach and they will pay through the nose for him. Johnny Cochrane’s extortion schemes do not change reality.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, March 04, 2003 | link

Learn Your Lesson.

Paul Johnson presents five lessons we have learned, or should have learned, from the Iraq crisis. This is a lot of material packed into a short article. Lesson 1 regards France:

“We have been reminded that France is not to be trusted at any time, on any issue. The British have learned this over 1,000 years of acrimonious history, but it still comes as a shock to see how badly the French can behave, with their unique mixture of shortsighted selfishness, long-term irresponsibility, impudent humbug and sheer malice.”

Let’s skip ahead to Lesson 3, on the UN:

“The assumption, in many minds, seems to be that whereas individual powers act on the world stage according to the brutal rules of realpolitik, the U.N. represents legitimacy and projects an aura of idealism. In fact, more than half a century of experience shows that the U.N. is a theater of hypocrisy, a sink of corruption, a street market of sordid bargains and a seminary of cynicism.”

Remember, you will be tested later.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, March 04, 2003 | link

Jazz, Baby.

What Happened to Jazz is the centerpiece of this month’s Atlantic Monthly. Okay, two Bill Clinton articles are technically the centerpiece but Clinton is repulsive and who wants to read them? The Jazz article covers the rise and semi-fall of Wynton Marsalis and the currently woozy state of jazz music. The central idea is that Marsalis brought back older, classical jazz tropes and established Jazz as a canonical American music. So what’s the problem? The problem is some artists and companies have created a museum-like atmosphere that has stagnated the current Jazz scene. The record companies found they could make more money off their old catalogues than by discovering and promoting new talent. The artists went overboard in playing the major Jazz canon and ended up playing nothing new. Everybody blames Marsalis for his success and his “establishing” of Jazz as a classical musical genre. Marsalis himself can be a bit of a jerk, which doesn’t help him any. The article deals with the current uncertainty about the future direction of the music and what new trends will come along to revivify the artform. Read the article because it’s worth the price of the magazine.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, March 04, 2003 | link

Read Me.

Here is an interesting interview with Sir Martin Gilbert, the author of The Righteous. The book is a history of those Righteous Gentiles who saved Jews during the Holocaust. As loudly as we condemn the guilty, we should twice as loudly praise the good people who opposed evil.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, March 04, 2003 | link

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