Saturday, February 25, 2006

Excellent Reason to Cancel UAE Port Deal : Justin Likes It !!


That “lovable” troll – Justin Raimondo – LIKES the idea of the UAE controlling our ports – and says his counterparts on the Left (especially that awful , no-taste Arianna Huffington !) are PROFILING our poor Arab brethren.


America’s self-appointed "Chief Copperhead" has kind of a THING about Arabs – apparently because they don’t get along too well with Jews. He also likes Hugo Chavez, Slobodan Milosevic, and Saddam Hussein ...(So manly !)


In the event you are “into “ self-punishment, here is a link to his latest bit of wit and wisdom :


http://antiwar.com/justin/

Enjoy !

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Permit Me a Geriatric Growl or Two…


Call me mean -spirited and divisive if you will,but I hate the way the Olympics
are covered on TV !


I have nothing against the athletes. I know they work very hard and do super-human things during the competitions. It’s the “Entertainment Events” and the Network Commentators I hate –passionately !


By “Entertainment Events” , I mean those insane gymnastic events – performed on snowboards or skis – with arcane scoring rules , and ratchet jaw commentary. It’s all quite spectacular, and it is clearly “made-to-order” for TV audiences , but what in Heaven or Hell does it have to do with Olympic competition ?


One event – Giant Slalom – in which skiers manuever around simulated obstacles – is spectacular in and of itself ; but is ruined for me by the loud, yelping commentaries that accompany it.


Hey, NBC : I have a working pair of eyes, which is why I’m WATCHING the event on television. I can SEE Kurt Muskular struggling to keep his balance as he rounds that tricky gate, and I don’t NEED you shouting at me !


I’ve saved my biggest gripe for last : Skate Dancing.


I watched the finals last night , and wanted – in the worst way – to snatch the remote out of my wife’s hand ,and fling it at the wall – after listening to Commentator Dick Button’s derogatory comments about the various teams; but I waited. NBC, it seems, had injected a note of “high drama” into proceedings normally about as exciting as watching wallpaper dry.


THE ITALIAN COUPLE HAD ISSUES !!!


It seems, during their last performance, the male skater had lost his grip on the female skater, causing her to fall down and go boom ; and she: good-natured trouper that she was , was giving him THE GLARE !


The NBC crew followed the couple around –on and off the rink – capturing evidence these two were not speaking to,or even looking at each other.
She was still doing THE GLARE , and he was IGNORING HER ANGER !!


COULD THESE ISSUES BE RESOLVED ??


Finally it was time for them to go on the ice. I wondered : would he do a lift on the lady , wind up , and pitch her into the stands ? If he did , how many generations would it take for the ensuing vendetta to subside ? Would NBC be doing follow-up coverage of the feuding ? Would they somehow find a way to blame the whole thing on the Bush Administration ?


Ho-hum. They managed to complete their program without resorting to anything even remotely homicidal – unless you count boring the audience to death .


As we prepared to switch channels , Dick Button – who had nearly soiled his drawers with joy over the rather boring Russian skaters – was heaping scorn on the Israeli team – who had turned in a very similar performance. It seemed they had made the unforgivable error of using Ravel’s “Bolero” as their background music : the same music somebody else had used in the 1980’s – which made them crass imitators, yadda yadda yadda.


Be still my heart : Women’s Figure Skating starts tonight …

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Girlie Porn : Is Someone YOU Love Addicted ??



Men of America : Has this happened to you ?


You leave for work in the early morning hours – but – a few minutes away from home, you suddenly discover you have left important papers or vitally-needed equipment behind; so you turn around and rush back to your cozy little home.


As you hurry to the door, you notice the house is still dark – except for the telltale blue flicker of a TV set – and you begin to wonder.


Why is my wife/girlfriend sitting there in the dark – at this hour - watching TV ?


You enter the house quietly. Perhaps she turned the TV on, forgot it,and went back to bed . Then you hear it : a low, ululating cry that seems to be coming from the TV room:


“Yes ! Yes- YES !!”


And, worse still : “ Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh – OH YES !!!


If you are like most husbands (or Significant-Others-likely-to-make-a-Real Commitment ), you are faced with a dilemma.


Should you get what you came for,and tiptoe out quietly ?


Or should you confront the wanton and “have it out” right now (in a sincere,caring,and supportive manner: paying special attention to her previously unattained needs; and your careless failure to recognize and meet them ) ?


Yep. That’s what I’d do, too. You are on your way to work !


But, just to satisfy your curiosity, you tiptoe to the slightly ajar door of the TV room, and peek in ---recoiling instantly from the gut-wrenching filth
flashing brazenly across the screen !


It’s the (Ulp !) HOME IMPROVEMENT NETWORK !!!


Gentlemen : If you have never seen this insidious material before, mere words can do no justice to the effect of scenes like the following :


A neatly-but-casually dressed young man – who is not clenching the stub of a cigar in his teeth ,and who speaks perfect, colloquial English,is conferring earnestly with a moderately (but not threateningly) attractive young woman about a remodelling project.


He is suggesting conversion of the spare, highly functional dinette area into a reasonable facsimile of a Trappist refectory : complete with arched doorways , acres of hardwood tables,overhead racks laden with gleaming implements, huge cooking ranges and ovens,great,gleaming copper bottomed pots, and… Oh my !


The attractive young woman will never actually cook anything in this refectory – but she will get to show it off to all her green-with-envy friends ! (Oh, yes !)


There are, or course, no budget restrictions on this project …
(Oh-oh- OH !)


Come away from that doorway, Brother ! You’ve seen enough !


Tiptoe : softly – softly out the door , and scurry to your car before
She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed notices you have watched any part of a Home Improvement show !


There will be plenty of time – after you come home – to take drastic remedial action : to re-program the “favorite channels” so that “Pimp My Ride” , or “Motorweek” , or “ NFL Classics” , or “The Hunting Channel” come up when she tries to tune in any Shop-at-Home or Home Improvement channel. (You will, of course, use the adult “blocking” tools provided by your Supplier – if you have any sense at all.)


Men of America, strike a blow against Girlie Porn !!


Your future happiness may well depend upon it !

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

HUGO CHAVEZ BRINGS SOCIALIST BENEFITS TO VENEZUELA !!


So what if the poor peasants in Venezuela are STILL poor ?


Fearless Leader Hugo Chavez is making sure they are well-armed: another 900,000 rifles, MIGs, Fulcrums,patrol boats,SAMs,and (for those hungry campesinos out in the bush) submarines !!

http://www.vcrisis.com/index.php?content=letters/200602141617

To make sure los pobrecitos receive the correct sort of information, the benevolent Socialist government has increased its level of "guidance" on TV and other media outlets:

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2004/11/30/venezu9754.htm


It has also taken steps to reduce the amount of divisive chatter from those who do not have the proper attitudes towards Bolivarismo.

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2005/03/24/venezu10368.htm


and has taken steps to insure that the clear true voice of Bolivarismo is heard in the nation's courts.

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2004/12/14/venezu9864.htm


I ask you,my Progressive friends: Is this not a true miracle of Socialism ?

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Lay Off the Boy Scouts !!


I’ve had it with the vicious attacks on the Boy Scouts of America !


I’ve seen them called “ a Brownshirt Taliban” , “KKK for Kiddies”,
and worse !


The main bone of contention seems to be that the organization uses its free association rights (upheld by the Supreme Court) to screen out potential Boy Scout leaders who are openly gay : a precaution most parents whole-heartedly endorse.


“This is discrimination !” , the protestors howl. “ There is no scientific evidence that gays are more likely to be pedophiles than heterosexuals are.”


I’ve looked at the available evidence, and tend to agree – but pedophilia is not the issue !


Pedophilia is the desire to have sex with very young children , and those who practice it are (statistically) male members of the immediate family , and juveniles.


From a Scouting perspective, the young boys at risk for pedophile
molestation are Cub Scouts – who are usually well protected by Den Mothers. Cub Scouts are also quite a bit less likely to be far from home on extended camping trips.


The real issue is ephebophilia ( sometimes called hebephilia ) : the desire to have sex with young adolescents.


Ephebophilia is most notable among male homosexuals – many of whom see nothing wrong with having sex with a young adolescent male-whose sexual orientation is still somewhat amorphous.


Here is a link to a male homosexual information center that studies this problem:

http://www.mhamic.org/terminology/terminology_print.htm


Here's yet another link: this one to the "Queer Issue" of The Village Voice-

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0025,guichard,15827,1.html


If you would like to assess how widespread this disorder * is, I suggest you go to your favorite online search engine –eg: Google, Yahoo, or Jeeves – and type in the word “twinks”. (See how many entries you get. 100,000 or more is not improbable.)


A “twink” is a young boy – preferably about 14 years old – and one of the favorite pornography topics for male homosexuals (and others who frequent gay sex sites).


The Boy Scouts of America have been around for a very long time-and have had to deal with the problem of sexual abuse of young adolescents by older, homosexual leaders for a very long time.


One such “wave” of abuse occurred in my area about a generation ago,and created a major scandal. Right on the heels of this scandal,a trusted leader-not involved with the abuse, as far as I know- decided it would be a good time to “ come out of the closet “. ( Talk about really bad timing !)


The organization dropped him like a hot potato . He took them to court and lost-and lost-and lost: all the way up to the top.


Since then,assorted civil liberties groups , gay advocacy groups , and ideologues of various stripes have harrassed the Boy Scouts like a swarm of gnats: pressuring everybody who will listen to them to penalize the Scouts for making the safety of their membership more important than soothing the ruffled feathers of those most likely to do harm.



I guess this is what passes for civil rights now !


* note: The American Psychiatric Association still classifies ephebophilia as a “disorder” – but just barely. It seems the problem is so common among gays , it has become “normal”.

Friday, February 10, 2006

That Old Red Menace Has Me in its Spell…


In the 1950’s , it was not unusual to see articles in mainstream magazines with titles like : “The Red Menace Must Be Stopped !”


Were you to try and publish such an article anywhere today – including the Internet – you would be greeted with rudely worded suggestions you were in dire need of psychiatric care ; because we all know there is no “Red Menace” !


How do we know this ? If we’re under the age of 50, we probably learned it in school. Those of us who are over 50 have had it drummed into our stubborn heads by the Media, by our political leaders, and by the Academic Community – (which has written many books on the subject, and which can cite them in mind-numbing detail.)


Hmmmm…. Would Chinese Communist espionage and other activities on US soil be considered a menace ?


Here’s a report I saw on Reuters yesterday (brief citation).

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Taiwanese citizen was charged in the United States on Thursday with being a covert agent for Beijing, and accused together with a Frenchman of trying to illegally export an F-16 jet engine, Blackhawk helicopter engines and cruise missiles to China.

U.S. prosecutors in Miami said a federal grand jury had returned a nine-count indictment against Ko-Suen Moo, of Taipei, and Maurice Serge Voros, of Paris.


Reports-so far – in the Mainstream US Media …..none.



Report from 11/05. (This did make the Media-about 6 weeks later,and was never really followed up.)



Story in The Washington Times, 11/05/05


“Four persons arrested in Los Angeles are part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering ring, federal investigators said, and the suspects caused serious compromises for 15 years to major U.S. weapons systems, including submarines and warships.


U.S. intelligence and security officials said the case remains under investigation but that it could prove to be among the most damaging spy cases since the 1985 one of John A. Walker Jr., who passed Navy communication codes to Moscow for 22 years.”


In the interest of conserving bandwidth, let me say a search of “Chinese espionage>USA” on Google will produce volumes and volumes of Chinese espionage cases in the USA- going back decades.

Just for chuckles, I suggest a further search of
“Cuban espionage>USA” .


You may find the under-reported story about a female Castro agent who penetrated the NSC, and who managed to escape detection for several years.


Two days ago , in Atlanta, Georgia ( Yes, that’s still part of the USA, last time I looked ) a technical editor for Epoch Times was beaten in his apartment by two Koreans and a Chinese. His laptops were stolen,but cash and other valuables were undisturbed.


At noon on February 8th, two armed men forced themselves into the home in Atlanta of Epoch Times Chief Technical Officer Mr. Yuan P. Li, beating him and stealing two of his laptops. After Mr. Li managed to free himself from the extension cord used to bind him, he was taken to an area hospital for treatment. His statement describing this attack is published below.

This crime, occurring in a very safe area in Atlanta and done without concern for the taking of valuables, breaks new ground in the Chinese Communist regime's campaign against The Epoch Times.


The Epoch Times is a strongly anti-Communist publication, which specializes in critical reports about conditions and life in Red China.


National Media interest to date : None.


“Well, okay,” the Intelligentsia say. “ We all know the Chinese like to play rough – and maybe they do stray onto our turf once in a while – but you can hardly cobble up a “ Red Menace” from that ! That would be kind of paranoid, wouldn’t it ? “

“ For there to be any sort of menace, there would have to be some sort of Party infrastructure here in the United States.”


If you are looking for a Party infrastructure , you might want to visit the linked site – which is neutral-friendly towards groups on the Left.

http://reds.linefeed.org/groups.html


Just for the sake of clarity, I have eliminated groups that are “Socialist or Social Democrat”, have eliminated both Green Parties, and have concentrated on “hard core” Communists.


It is difficult to estimate true numbers,since the groups tend to report numbers of cadres (a cadre is presumed here to mean an organizational “cell” ), so I’ll have to count in cadres.

Maoists-200 cadres
Castroites – 200 cadres
Trotskyites- 300 cadres
Marxist/Leninists – 50 cadres
Stalinists – 500 cadres


The size of the crowds at major Party demonstrations has been in the hundreds of thousands. Eliminating the curious ,the groupies, and the hangers-on ,it is still obvious the combined Communist factions are able to field tens of thousands of activists : a “Party infrastructure” by any definition !


The next time someone looks at you with pity, and tells you : “ But Communism is dead “, keep in mind that old Monty Python routine :


“ Actually, sir: I’m not quite dead yet !”

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The NSA Hearings : The Media Misses a HUGE Story !


I ‘ve been reading the news in the papers and on the Net, and I’ve watched the reports on TV; but so far, the Media seem almost clueless.


Locked onto the story that “over 5000 Americans’ phone conversations were monitored” , the reporters seem to be missing a huge story:


Suspected Terrorists telephoned over 5000 people in the USA !


WHY did terror suspects from Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran,Indonesia,Syria,and other powderkeg countries call people in America ?


Were they ordering pizza ? Getting competitive estimates on car insurance ? Signing up for 30 day “firmer butt” courses at the local health spa ? Subscribing to The New York Times ?


Here’s a clue :


These are people with an intense –some would say fanatical – desire to do us harm.

Much of their waking day is spent attempting just that , and their telephone calls and their E mails are apt to be concerned with the transmission of intelligence, status reports on operations in progress,warnings to cell members, instructions on financing,etc.,etc.,etc.


If “Uncle Achmed” – a terrorist in Khartoum - calls “Cousin Farad” in Baltimore, and tells him “ The family is still sick” , it tends to mean :“Our cell is still under surveillance, so be careful what you say. “


The very fact these communications are being made to people on our soil is the real story …and it is an alarming one !


The fact the Media seems to be ignoring this story is prima facie evidence that ideology (perhaps I should say “axe-grinding” ) and news-gathering are poor companions.

Monday, February 06, 2006

“Death to America “– More Than Just a Slogan !


It has become quite fashionable- in leftist,copperhead,and pro-Islamic circles-to claim the United States has attacked Islamic countries without justification or reason.

History,however, tells a very different story !


Before 9/11/01, there were at least 12 attacks by Islamists : all carried out on US soil. Daniel Pipes lists the following:


 July 1980: an Iranian dissident killed in the Washington, D.C. area.
 August 1983: a leader of the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam killed in Canton, Mich.
 August 1984: three Indians killed in a suburb of Tacoma, Wash.
 September 1986: a doctor killed in Augusta, Ga.
 January 1990: an Egyptian freethinker killed in Tucson, Ariz.
 November 1990: a Jewish leader killed in New York.
 February 1991: an Egyptian Islamist killed in New York.
 January 1993: two CIA staff killed outside agency headquarters in Langley, Va.
 February 1993: Six people killed at the World Trade Center.
 March 1994: an Orthodox Jewish boy killed on the Brooklyn Bridge.
 February 1997: a Danish tourist killed on the Empire State building.
 October 1999: 217 passengers killed on an EgyptAir flight near New York City.

In addition, there were numerous attacks on Americans overseas. (Daniel Pipes is quoted here. Emphasis and additional punctuation/spacing added .)


“America's war on terrorism did not begin in September 2001. It began in November 1979.

That was shortly after Ayatollah Khomeini had seized power in Iran, riding the slogan "Death to America" - and sure enough, the attacks on Americans soon began.

In November 1979, a militant Islamic mob took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran, the Iranian capital, and held 52 Americans hostage for the next 444 days.

The rescue team sent to free those hostages in April 1980 suffered eight fatalities, making them the first of militant Islam's many American casualties. Others included:

 April 1983: 63 dead at the U.S. embassy in Beirut.
 October 1983: 241 dead at the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut.
 December 1983: five dead at the U.S. embassy in Kuwait.
 January 1984: the president of the American University of Beirut killed.
 April 1984: 18 dead near a U.S. airbase in Spain.
 September 1984: 16 dead at the U.S. embassy in Beirut (again).
 December 1984: Two dead on a plane hijacked to Tehran.
 June 1985: One dead on a plane hijacked to Beirut.


After a let-up, the attacks then restarted: Five and 19 dead in Saudi Arabia in 1995 and 1996, 224 dead at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998 and 17 dead on the USS Cole in Yemen in October 2000.


Pipes notes:
“ In all, 800 persons lost their lives. “


It’s worth noting some of these murders were carried out by Shi’ites – associated with Iran and/or the PLO ; while others were carried out by Sunnis -–associated with al-Qaeda and other offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood.


Clearly, “Death to America” is not an empty slogan: It is a way of life.