"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." - Plato
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
The Age Of Obama Is Upon Us - NFL Disses The Military
Media Silence On Homosexual Threats
A decade ago, it was big news on these pages when a pro-life website posted the names, addresses and photographs of abortionists and their enablers in the form of wanted posters. The Nuremberg Files encouraged viewers to communicate with the abortionists in a non-threatening manner to encourage them to stop. Nevertheless, in 1999, a federal jury awarded $107 million (since overturned)to northwest abortionists whose names and personal information had been posted on the website.
The presiding judge, perhaps correctly, found that the postings were clearly and illegally threatening: “I totally reject the defendants' attempts to justify their actions as an expression of opinion or as a legitimate and lawful exercise of free speech.” He described the postings as, “blatant and illegal communication of true threats to kill.”
Okay, fair enough, especially considering that people highlighted on that website had been killed. But fast forward almost exactly 10 years and we have an eerily similar campaign of intimidation and the very same indignant elitists who recoiled in horror back then seem untroubled today.
Last November, Californians reinstated traditional marriage after an imaginative state Supreme Court suddenly discovered in that state’s constitution a right to same sex marriage. Amazing! California’s constitution was more than a century and a half old before anyone noticed that. California’s great unwashed put Proposition 8 on the states ballot to amend the state’s constitution to define marriage as a traditional union between one man and one woman. Considering that’s how marriage has been defined by western civilizations for many centuries, Californians can be forgiven for believing the sacrament worthy of preservation. But, advocates of homosexual marriage are not the forgiving type. When Proposition 8 passed, gay activists didn’t just get mad, they went about getting even.
To do so, same-sex marriage advocates exploited California’s campaign finance laws to discover the names of all donors to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign and has not only posted their names, addresses and other personal information online, but used Google’s Map application to supply directions to whomever wishes to track down the donors and target them for intimidation, harassment or possibly, violence. The Nuremberg Files was the creation of a lone crank in Georgia. In this case, the world’s largest search engine has lent itself as a facilitator for intimidation and will share moral, if not legal, complicity when one or more of Proposition 8’s supporters come to harm.
But, for some reason, the voices of reason and moderation who condemned the Nuremberg Files website have been struck dumb. The voices of sanctimony from 1999 have little to say when the targets of the threats are those whom they disagree with.
I do not often read The Atlantic Monthly, but when I did last read it, it struck me as a serious, sober magazine that expected to be taken seriously. One of its columnists is a man named Andrew Sullivan. On the Atlantic’s website Sullivan argued that he saw nothing wrong with posting the personal information of donors to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign: “If Prop 8 supporters truly feel that barring equality for gay couples is vital for saving civilization, shouldn’t they be proud of their financial support? Why don’t they actually have posters advertising their support for discriminating against gay people - as a matter of pride?” Further he stated that possessing such information, “helps one see whom to engage.”
By that argument, abortionists should have been proud to have their names publicized and their addresses published on the Nuremberg Files. And engagement of abortionists was precisely what the Nuremberg Files advocated. The site even had a model, perfectly non-threatening letter for activists to send to abortionists.
But of course, Andrew Sullivan is being disingenuous and he knows it. The entire point of posting the personal information of Proposition 8 donors is to punish, harass and silence them. The only difference between the Nuremberg Files case of a decade ago and this episode is that elite opinion is in sympathy with the harassers. The measure of whether or not a particular tactic is right or wrong depends upon which side of the debate elite opinion resides and not upon any principle of civilized discourse. And when someone identified as a Proposition 8 donor does come to harm, Google, The Atlantic Monthly, and the entirety of the mainstream will absolve themselves of blame. He will be found to have brought it upon himself.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Shocking News! Leon Panetta Is A Hypocrite
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Obama Pledges "Mutual Respect" With Muslims
Apparently, Obama thinks that hasn't been tried.
President Barack Obama promised to improve U.S. ties with the Muslim world in his inauguration address on Tuesday, after tensions that followed the September 11 attacks and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect," said Obama, who became the first black president of the United States.
Seems to me that the "mutual" part is going to require some effort from the other side.
Guess What? Obama Has No Class
More evidence that Barack Hussein Obama is just another bottom feeding Democrat. So much for post-partisanship.
“President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He and Vice President Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur.”
“President Obama swiftly responded to Hurricane Katrina,” the statement on the site continues. “Citing the Bush Administration’s ‘unconscionable ineptitude’ in responding to Hurricane Katrina, then-Senator Obama introduced legislation requiring disaster planners to take into account the specific needs of low-income hurricane victims.”
Monday, January 19, 2009
Charles Rangel Represents Some Pretty Smart People
He Who Fights and Runs Away....
Live to run another day.
Despite its losses, Hamas remains firmly in control of Gaza, and the fact that it took on Israel is likely to boost its image. Throughout the fighting, the group managed to keep firing rockets and hit deeper than ever inside Israel — perhaps its main military achievement.
"There was a world war against Gaza. We, at least, were happy that somebody was able to retaliate," said Hatem Wahdan, a 49-year-old from the northern town of Jebaliya who spent much of the fighting sheltering in a U.N. school.
Hamas claims its fighting strength is intact.
Considering that Hamas fled before the Israeli Defense Forces, one has to wonder who Hama's military is meant to fight.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Spare No Expense Celebrating Obama
Four years ago, a $40 million inauguration was criticized for its extravagance. Today, $150 million celebrating Obama's coronation is just fine.
In 2005, Reps. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., and Jim McDermott, D-Wash., asked Bush to show a little less pomp and be a little more circumspect at his party.
"President Roosevelt held his 1945 inaugural at the White House, making a short speech and serving guests cold chicken salad and plain pound cake," the two lawmakers wrote in a letter. "During World War I, President Wilson did not have any parties at his 1917 inaugural, saying that such festivities would be undignified."
The thinking was that, with the nation at war, excessive celebration was inappropriate. Four years later, the nation is still at war. Unemployment has risen sharply. And Obama pressed Congress to release the second half of a $700 billion bailout package in hopes of rescuing a faltering banking industry.
Obama's inauguration committee says it is mindful of the times and is not worried people will see the four days of festivities as excessive.
"That is probably not the way the country is going to be looking at it," said committee spokeswoman Linda Douglass. "It is not a celebration of an election. It is a celebration of our common values."
And that $150 million doesn't include all the money that CNN, NBC, PBS, CBS, ABC, the New York Times and the Washington Post are spending on their celebrations.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Joe the Plumber, Truth and Common Sense
Hillary's Pay For Play
Hillary Clinton auctions off her own senate seat.
Secretary of State appointee Hillary Rodham Clinton intervened at least six times in government issues directly affecting companies and others that later contributed to her husband's foundation, an Associated Press review of her official correspondence found.
The overlap of names on former President Bill Clinton's foundation donor list and business interests whose issues she championed raises new questions about potential ethics conflicts between her official actions and her husband's fundraising. The AP obtained three of the senator's government letters under the Freedom of Information Act.
Nothing to see here. Move along. Move along.
To anyone who has paid the slightest attention to the Clintons, the only surprising element about this story is that it was posted by the Associated Press.
Monday, January 12, 2009
The New York Times Steals From Charles Johnson
Maybe the Gray Lady is trying to "fake but accurate" behind, but it's not really getting ahead of the curve for the Times to claim credit for the research of others.
In his latest excuse for the New York Times’ biased coverage, “public editor” Clark Hoyt casually claims that a Times reporter unmasked a fake Iranian missile photo.Witty and his colleagues are frustrated because Israel has barred journalists from entering Gaza, and although The Times has two photographers in the region ready to go, it must rely on pictures taken by Palestinian photographers. “When I can’t have my own person there, I have to question every picture that comes in — to an obsessive degree,” he said. Last summer, Witty unmasked as a fake a photo of an Iranian missile test that ran on many other front pages.
Uh, no. We’ve been through this before, and the New York Times did not break this story. We did.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Laughing At The Hypocrites and Mediocrities Who Rule Us
I inaugurate each new year with a column recognizing the most idiotic utterances from the politicians and media types who have anointed themselves our superiors. In truth I could write a Kozmo Awards column every week with all the barnyard effluvia that typically finds its way into the news. It requires a great deal of discipline to limit myself to just two such columns per year as we wave goodbye to the old year and greet the new. The year just past easily presented me with the juiciest selection of targets of opportunity in the 18 years that I've been doing this. Obama worship and environmental alarmism reached levels that deserve their own chapters in abnormal psychology texts.
Unfortunately, this psychopathology has so gained the upper hand in our popular culture that I've begun to feel like the man in the fable about the village whose grain bins were tainted with ergot, a natural source of the hallucinogen LSD. He was selected to receive the village's single portion of clean grain so that somebody would remember that everyone else was crazy.
And so in awarding the 2008 Kozmos, I hope to remind you of what is sane and what is not.
Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker of the House of Representatives. As such, she was easily the most powerful Democrat in the country last year. Wouldn't you find it comforting to learn that she grasped the essentials of the critical issues facing the nation? I'm sorry to disappoint you. On NBC's Meet the Press last August, Speaker Pelosi explained her opposition to oil drilling: "I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels," she explained. Later in the interview she extolled natural gas as, "cheap, abundant and clean compared to fossil fuels."
Notice to Pelosi acolytes: Natural gas is every bit the fossil fuel that oil and coal are. And burning natural gas releases carbon dioxide just as burning oil and coal does.
Nancy Pelosi fails on alternative fuels, but wins big with the Alternative Reality Kozmo.
Only one man could win the Al Gore Memorial Kozmo for carbon footprint hypocrisy, and that's Al Gore. Last year, Al Gore won for hosting a Nobel Prize celebration in Scottsdale, Arizona to which he and Tipper arrived in a private jet, as did his guests. He served exotic delicacies flown in from around the world.
Well, during the year just passed, Al Gore spent his winnings on a new carbon-belching toy - a 100-foot long houseboat complete with high performance personal watercraft. The irony proof Al Gore christened his carbon belching yacht, "Biosolar One."
For most of the last year, the mainstream media had to dig deep to stoke the alarmism that sells papers. It was USA Today that won the prize for the most Ridiculous Fear-Mongering Kozmo of 2008 with its prediction that, because of global warming, 20 foot long giant snakes would slither into the southern one-third of the United States, swallowing pets and children.
"As climate change warms the nation, giant Burmese pythons could colonize one-third of the USA, from San Francisco across the Southwest, Texas and the South and up north along the Virginia coast, according to U.S. Geological Survey maps released Wednesday.
The pythons can be 20 feet long and 250 pounds. They are highly adaptable to new environments," America's News McPaper predicted.
There is no reason to believe that either Al Gore or Nancy Pelosi is willing to give up their jets, so hide your children. Snakes are going to eat us all.
But, there is a bright light in the global warming darkness. Not all environmentalist wackos simply stoke fear. Some seek out novel solutions and they deserve recognition. The Live Like Ed Begley Environmentalist Kozmo of the year award goes to Al Gore and Brad Pitt admirer, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Craig Alan Bittner. Perhaps inspired by the movie "Fight Club," Dr. Bittner is accused of using his patients' liposuctioned blubber to fuel his and his girlfriend's SUVs. As Bittner himself boasted on his website: ""Not only do they get to lose their love handles or chubby belly but they get to take part in saving the Earth."
While this might appeal to the biofuel crowd, the California Department of Public Health and the California Board of Registration in Medicine, among others, have some issues with Dr. Bittner.
At last report, Dr. Bittner had fled to Columbia. It's too bad that California authorities can't recognize true genius when it manifests itself. Hopefully Dr. Bittner will win this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Where In The World Is Christine Gregoire?
Yesterday, her whereabouts were unknown, with speculation simmering that she was about to accept an appointment with the Obama Administration, possibly at the Commerce Department where the disgraced Bill Richardson had to withdraw his nomination.
Gov. Chris Gregoire is out of state and has practically disappeared, but her office won't say where she is.
She has scheduled one-on-one interviews with local media Tuesday, but won't say what the announcement is.
Gregoire was set to be the keynote speaker Tuesday at a pre-legislative session forum sponsored by The Associated Press, but her office canceled Monday afternoon. Legislative director Marty Brown will stand in for Gregoire at the forum.
Today we learn that she is in Washington DC.
If she resigns as governor to reignite her insatiable political ambition, then who would be governor. It's too bad that it can't be Dino Rossi. After all, after the votes were counted, she submitted his budget to the legislature.