More Tone-Deafness from Kerry
Kerry wants Rumsfeld to resign over the abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib. But the vast majority of Americans, in every poll I've seen, do not. This should tell us something about the disconnectedness of Kerry as a judge of public sentiment, as well as his willingness to be a chickenshit. No wonder the liberal media identify with him so much.
I don't know if it's just my own wishful thinking, but I sure would like to see more evidence of a backlash against Big Media for their completely unprincipled use of Abu Ghraib as a tool with which to harm this Administration. Is it necessary to tell them we are at war and that this sort of thing is bad for troop morale? Used to be, people knew when to shut their fucking mouths (at least that's what the old-time propaganda posters would have us think). But in an age of ever faster and more far-reaching digital communications, the media have a commensurate responsibility to keep the impact of these things in mind. I'm not about to say that we can't wage war successfully in this modern world with everybody a potential videographer, but I am saying that a vote for Kerry is a vote for those who hate America.
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Updated: Thursday, 13 May 2004 10:27 PM CDT
The Liberation Will Be Televised
Here's an interesting article by Robert W. Tracinski on the mortal danger to Islam posed by Pamela Anderson's rack. Check it out.
Speak the Unspeakable
There's a fine essay (a speech, really) from Andrew C. McCarthy at NRO right now that makes a good case for calling a spade a spade. That is, we should not say that we are at war with terror, which is a method, but with those who are terrorists, meaning Islamofascists.
But maybe the best observation McCarthy makes regards the silence and acquiescence of too many so-called "moderate Muslims." Why don't more Muslims stand up and condemn the atrocities committed in their name?
"Repeatedly they'd tell us that the militant factions dominated their communities. These elements were usually not the most numerous, but they were the most vocal, the best networked, the best funded, and the most intimidating. Consequently, people whose patriotic instinct was to be helpful could not overcome the fear that they and their families could be blackballed if it became known that they had helped the United States prosecute Muslim terrorists. The militants had the kind of suasion that could turn whole communities into captive audiences."
Maybe it is all about coercion, which is a bad enough sign of the character of these "moderates." But, then again, maybe it's all about how Islam is an inherently violent religion and that the acquiescence of its "moderate" members is something more akin to indifference.
I have no confidence in Islam on either count. I think it is a global purveyor of spiritual fascism.
Michael Berg, the father of the young American businessman beheaded on video by Abu al-Zarqawi, says that those who committed the deed didn't know what they were doing. He said his son "was their best friend" because he was there in Iraq to help them.
I'm not too quick to criticize the heartfelt beliefs of a man whose son was just slaughtered for all the world to see, but one really must ask what the fuck he's thinking of. The elder Mr. Berg is an anti-war activist, but that's no excuse for being so utterly ignorant of ---if not delusional about--- the true sentiments of these wretched savages. Is it really possible that Berg has confused the genocidal desires of these Islamofascist foreigners with the legitimate aims of a hopeful Iraqi society?
I am sorry for the Bergs' loss, but what happened to their boy was anti-American and probably anti-Jewish hatred. These al-Qaedist turds want to do to all of us what they did to Nick Berg. The instant you begin to doubt that will mark the beginning of your own demise. It's time to accept the reality of these atrocities and to be grateful for the sacrifices our men and women on the front lines are making to provide for our defense and security. Those of us who cannot serve must find other ways to participate in this war against Islamofascism. If you do nothing else but argue against traitors and quisling bastards who damn our efforts with their sedition and propaganda, at least do that. That is a small role that I am taking on, too. But don't remain silent in the face of this nonsense. You are hated because you are an American. If you think you're going to buy yourself time and security by sucking up to these animals and "feeling their pain," you're out of your mind. They'd kill you just as soon as they would me, if they had their druthers.
Snap out of it, dhimmis. It's time to kill or be killed.
Yank His Citizenship
Courtesy of the Media Research Center, here's a transcript of Peter Jennings' remarks from his little program last night:
Jennings announced on the May 12 World News Tonight, following multiple stories on the prisoner abuse matter: "And now to the murder of the American civilian, Nicholas Berg. President Bush said today there was 'no justification' for what he called the 'brutal execution' of Berg. Mr. Bush also said it would not disrupt the U.S. mission in Iraq. The suspected terrorist leader, who's claimed responsibility for Mr. Berg's murder, is one of the most wanted men in Iraq -- at least by the United States."
How about mentioning the fact that Zarqawi's an associate of Osama's? Zarqawi is a prominent member of al-Qaeda ---in Iraq and murdering American citizens. Why not mention his affiliation? Because it proves this Administration's claims that al-Qaeda is a threat in Iraq? And what's with the stupid qualification "at least by the United States"? It's a smug, anti-American remark that real Americans should take him to task for.
Fuck Jennings. The guy is the very definition of a fifth column.
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Updated: Thursday, 13 May 2004 4:11 PM CDT
Wednesday, 12 May 2004
Flying Burrito Brothers Mood:
Did you know that Mexico has an air force? Neither did I. But, apparently, they filmed some UFOs in their skies last night, I guess it was, and everyone's very excited about it. I saw the footage and it definitely looks weird.
Maybe President Fox will grant these new aliens dual citizenship and send them up to Roswell to do some yardwork.
Preach It, Brother!
Looks like Oklahoma's Senator James Inhofe thinks the do-gooders need to get a grip. Finally we've got someone calling out Levin and Kennedy and other such pieces of shit on their utter lack of perspective.
But, hey. Looks like Turd Kennedy's friend Abu Zarqawi is following the Leftists' script just fine. Use Abu Ghraib just like the traitors here are doing as a pretext for decapitating a young American on tape.
Time to shut your fucking mouths, you worthless fucks. You sicken me.
I saw a woman interviewed on KEYE News last night who said that the pictures of the abused prisoners from Abu Ghraib reminded her of footage she's seen from the Holocaust.
That was about the same time I popped in a Simpsons DVD.
Fuck this nonsense. I've never seen such an overplayed hand in my whole life. Some of the conservative commentary says to just wait for the blowback. But I haven't seen a sign of any such thing.
"I want to die in a vegan world..." Mood:
As you may know, my ongoing online dating situation has been the stuff of [legends]. I've managed to squeeze a few dates out of it, but it's basically sucked ass.
Yet, I think I may have touched the nadir of my experience this morning when I opened the profile on one match and the first words of this woman's narrative were "I want to die in a vegan world..."
I thought it might have been a parody of some kind, but no. It continued on in this vein for the rest of the profile.
Let's be clear: veganism is unnatural. Which means it's the practice of freaks and perverts. Man only exists because he eats animals and uses their byproducts. People who don't understand this are condemned to die unsatisfied and hungry. Piss on 'em.
If God exists, he'll send me a full-bodied, raven-haired wench who likes to eat meat.
About Frank Meziere's Murderer
I don't have any news on the status of the piece of shit who killed my family's friend, but I just came across what I guess is the most recent decision handed down in this case by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which was in June of last year. (It's a .pdf file, if that makes any difference to you.) Read it to get a sense of just what straws these suits will grasp at in the defense of the indefensible.
I expect to see the decision on the piece of shit's latest appeal in the next few weeks. His argument this time is that he is too mentally retarded to be executed.
Strange. Frank was too good a man to be murdered.
I'm gonna be there in Huntsville, cuz. I'm gonna smile when I hear they've stuck you in the arm.
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Updated: Saturday, 8 May 2004 10:49 PM CDT
One day Ted Koppel will read, in addition to the names of American soldiers who died in Iraq, the names of friends who will have died in another attack on New York. One day Nicholas de Genovea, the Columbia professor who called for a "million Mogadishus" will understand that it means a billion dead Muslims. And then for the first time, perhaps, they will understand the horror of Abu Ghraib while we all raise our glasses, sardonically like Robert Graves, "with affection, to the men we used to be".
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Updated: Saturday, 8 May 2004 7:24 PM CDT
Friday, 7 May 2004
"I Think They Had Enough Today"
According to the New York Times, our boys are killing "scores" of insurgents in and around Karbala, Najaf, and Kufa. Right now. As we sit here and relax.
Outstanding work, gentlemen.
"I think they had enough today," Captain Adcock said of the insurgents as he chewed on a cigar after the battle on Friday. "They may get ready and go back tonight. But right now they've had enough."
And, as you might have expected, the giant circle-jerk that Big Media and the Leftist dhimmis are engaged in right now over the prisoner abuse scandal is being echoed in the mosques where al-Sadr is hiding:
"What kind of peace could come from you or your agents when you feel pleasure at torturing prisoners?" the 31-year-old cleric, Moktada al-Sadr, said to cheering supporters at his mosque in Kufa. "How are you going to control the world when you can't control a few soldiers here and there? If anyone did this to one of your people, would you accept it?"
What this stupid fuck fails to acknowledge is that the only thing keeping him from getting shredded to pieces by American soldiers is the fact that he's a pussy who hides in holy shrines and sends his men around with women and children to shield them from getting their tickets to paradise punched with a hole in their heads. Get it? The only thing keeping him alive is the American military's respect for those mosques and the innocent people who live around them. Take that from the equation and you've got several thousand dead towelheads inside of an afternoon.
A Word from a Correspondent
Deep Blade writes to say:
If they raze Abu Ghraib, as even Rumsfeld didn't disagree should be done in testimony today, I'll begin to see the US rising above its Iraqi mass-grave-era client, Saddam Hussein. Whose idea was it to take Saddam's gulag and use it as a prison, anyway?
It's pretty ridiculous to say that, if the United States will just raze Abu Ghraib, you'll begin to see us as being better than Saddam. Did you mean to write that? We are obviously on a higher moral plane than that psychopath, and what we are doing to liberate the Iraqi people is a beautiful demonstration of the superiority of our system. They are free to speak, worship, associate, and purchase as they please. A huge step forward in just a year.
It may be of symbolic interest to tear down Abu Ghraib, but so would renovating it into a top-notch school or museum. The Iraqis should consider transforming such buildings into working monuments to the future, as well as the past.
But you're only riding this because it is perceived as a slam on the President. I think it's time for the Left to take a breath and read the facts. Nobody cared about the abuses when they were first reported months ago; they only care now because there's [pretty] pictures to look at and swoon over.
At the NRO's Corner, Peter Robinson says that his friend, Stanford professor John McCarthy, has a great idea: encourage the new Iraqi government to sue Kofi Annan and the United Nations for their theft of billions of dollars from the Oil-for-Food program.
Michael Moore, the Treasonous Jar of Rancid Smegma, Lied
The communist cocksuckers who enjoy his work will not care that Michael Moore lied about Disney refusing to distribute his upcoming [documentary]; in fact, it was all a stunt to generate some pre-Cannes publicity. But to make such an allegation should tell you something about the man's integrity and the sort of paranoiac horseshit he trades in (e.g., Disney didn't want to run afoul of the President's brother, the Governor of Florida, for fear of losing tax breaks on the Disney real estate down there). It's all lies meant to pollute the public trust. But his fans just love him for it. Especially the French.
Moore is a fucking liar and commie toad. Piss on him.
Want a sense of just how weird the mentality of some people can be? Here's what Delaware's Senator Joe Biden said today, regarding the reaction of the Arab world to the prisoner abuse scandal:
"We probably would have done less damage to our image and our legitimacy and our motive had Iraqi prisoners been shot."
And you know what? That's probably true. There would probably be less fall-out had our guards actually murdered those men instead of sexually humiliating them.
Now, I'm a big believer in human dignity and I know I wouldn't want to be treated as those prisoners were. But I also believe that life is worth living and that you can overcome shame. Human beings are resilient. We all go through hell on Earth many times in our lives and, if we are mentally and emotionally strong enough, we can survive a lot of things we may think before we never could.
But murdering a defenseless man is less of a crime than stripping him of his clothes and sexually degrading him before strangers? I think that's weird. Of course, it's no weirder than this whole scandal, whereby a system of incredibly violent and widespread torture and murder practiced for decades by the former government is mitigated by an outburst of stupidity and criminality from a handful of prison guards. Go figure.
My Aunt Opal
While it's still her birthday, I want to remember to you my beloved Aunt Opal. Today would have been her 104th. She wanted to see her 100th, but she passed away after "only" 99 and a half years of life.
Opal Omino Jackson was the last of the six children born to Samuel Parker Jackson (1856-1941) and Mary Frances "Molly" Chapman (1861-1903). She was a native of Lawn, which is near Buffalo Gap, Texas (if it's even more than a memory now).
Opal was my Great-Grandmother Lula's baby sister. She and Uncle Dewey never had children of their own, but all of her nieces and nephews were accounted as such.
Opal had a low threshold for nonsense, but she was very playful and quick-witted. She loved all the usual old-fashioned card games and dominoes. And she observed the dignities of her age even down through a time that no longer stood on ceremony.
When I was younger, I was religiously devoted to my genealogy and I examined and cross-examined her many times for anything useful she might know. I am glad I did because much of what she told me about our family's past would undoubtedly have been lost to History had I not.
But, in the last many years of her life, I basically stopped asking her about the past. I did so because I knew that she didn't care to talk about it and that it was even somewhat painful. After all, she had outlived the great majority of the people closest to her. It was nothing she wanted to consider.
But it was easy enough to stop probing her for information because the best part of her was her. She was a hoot. You couldn't open a door for her that she wouldn't rather have opened for herself. And she was sly and hip in her sense of humor. Really. I genuinely enjoyed her company even more than what she could tell me.
Still, I loved her, too, because talking to her was making a connection with my deepest roots. Here was a woman who knew her own paternal grandmother very well ---until the age of 27. When she talked about Cornelia Gilbert (Coleman) Jackson, Opal was talking to me about the personality of my great-great-great-grandmother, a woman born in Mississippi in 1839. Can the beauty of such a thing be overstated?
Anyway, I just wanted you to know a few things about my Aunt Opal. She was a doll, as you can see.
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Updated: Friday, 7 May 2004 8:28 PM CDT