Bullet Wounds KKK Initiation Participant
Yet again, G-d makes His presence known.
A bullet fired in the air during a Ku Klux Klan initiation ceremony came down and struck a participant in the head, critically injuring him, authorities said.
The braindroppings of the Kaufmans and selected others.
Yet again, G-d makes His presence known.
A bullet fired in the air during a Ku Klux Klan initiation ceremony came down and struck a participant in the head, critically injuring him, authorities said.
"The Paris, Texas, school district apologized Tuesday for a performance by one of its marching bands which played an Adolf Hitler anthem and waved a Nazi flag during a football halftime show."
According to David Bernstein at "The Volokh Conspiracy", the University of Toronto cancelled a Palestinian Solidarity Conference because it came to the University's attention that, in order to attend the conference, all participants were required to agree to a 'Basis of Unity', which included:
"1. We support the Palestinian right of return. It is non-negotiable.When the organizers refused to let anyone in that didn't agree with these positions (to exclude others would violate the University's Statement on Freedom of Speech), the University cancelled the "conference." So, while part of me is amazed that such hatred and bigotry can be that openly expressed....on the other hand, at least some people may begin to see that a two-state solution isn't exactly what Israel's "negotiating partner" is really interested in.
2. A two state solution is not a viable or acceptable option for the Palestinian people.
3. Israel is a racist apartheid state.
4. Our activism is imbued with an anti-colonial feminist practice.
5. We support the right of the Palestinian people to resist Israeli [sic] and colonialism by any means of their choosing.
6. Actions that we organize at this conference will be developed under the framework of respecting a diversity of tactics."
OK, you know you don't want to eat in Vietnam when the dog meat might not even be dog meat...
Not to underestimate the terror one feels when threatened with a putty knife, but what about this paragraph:
The new charges against Angela Jackson, 18, of Susquehanna Township, come as she was awaiting trial for allegedly twice robbing a convenience store armed with an ice cream scoop.
Prepare for the new national War On Illegal Luncheon Meat...
Stuart Kaufman, a man blessed with great humor, keen insight, a great family and the political sensibilities that lie somewhere to the left of, say, Benito Mussolini, threw a bit of cold water on my unabashed accolades for Bush's speech in London the other day. I thought I should respond.
Jimmy had one other post that had me in tears. This is his response to Salam Pax, the infamous blogger from Iraq that wow-ed many surfers with waves of information during the war. The Pax-man wrote a letter to Guardian, that bastion of anti-Bush-ism, where he basically said 'thanks, but your doing a shitty job.'
"To tell you the truth, I am glad that someone is doing the cleaning up, and thank you for getting rid of that scary guy with the hideous moustache that we had for president. But I have to say that the advertisements you were dropping from your B52s before the bombs fell promised a much more efficient and speedy service."To which James responded as follows (he he he):
"Hey, Salam? Fuck you. I know you’re the famous giggly blogger who gave us all a riveting view of the inner circle before the war, and thus know more about the situation than I do. Granted. But there’s a picture on the front page of my local paper today: third Minnesotan killed in Iraq. He died doing what you never had the stones to do: pick up a rifle and face the Ba’athists. You owe him. .... The rug was soaked before we got there, friend. Cut the clever café pose; drop the sneer. That “Rambo” crap is old. Iraq needs grown-ups. Be one.Read the rest. I wish I could write like him too. But at least we get to read him!
Damn, James is good today.
Okay, one more toddler moment: we read a book this morning, and I gave it a theatrical reading worthy of Patrick Stewart. Gnat was impressed. “I love you, Daddee,” she said, and of course I said I loved her too.
"No. Call me dottor."
"You’re my best daughter only and ever."
Big hug. She looked at the TV, at the pictures of the wreckage in Turkey.
"I don wan news. I want Blues Clues."
You know what? Michael Moore is right. There are many Americans who are ignorant of the world around them. And they’re all TV news producers. Two big bombs in Istanbul, and what’s the big story of the day? Following around a pervy slab of albino Play-Doh as he turns himself into the police.
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It’s going to take another attack to convince the fence-sitters: I hear this all the time. I don’t think that’s the case. I think the next attack on American soil will jolt whose who’ve moved on, who’ve forgotten the aching, clammy dread we all felt after 9/11. But others will believe that we brought it on ourselves. You already read it around the web - the bombings in Turkey were a response to Britain’s assistance for toppling Saddam; what did we expect? In other words: if we fight back, we get what we deserve. If we do not fight back, and we are attacked again, you can blame it on the crimes for which we have not yet sufficiently atoned. The only proper posture for the West is supine. Curl up and let them kick until they’re spent. Give them Israel and New York and perhaps they'll go away.
This is either going to end on their terms, or ours. Which would you prefer?
Oh, there you go again with the us vs. them, the good vs. evil, the with-us-or-with-the-terrorists. But these aren’t my definitions; these are the definitions of the enemy. (Eyes roll; “enemy.” How dramatic.) They certainly believe it’s a matter of us vs. them; they’ve been acting that way for years before we caught on. They certainly believe it’s a matter of good vs. evil, although they believe they are Good. No - correction. They believe they are righteous. They obviously believe that sides have been drawn, allegiances chosen; why else kill Turks, for heaven’s sake? Yes, the attacks in Turkey were aimed at Jews and Crusaders, but they obviously knew there would be massive numbers of wounded Turks, and they didn’t care. (The ones who are truly callous about the fate of other Muslims are the Muslim extremists. But, well, Muslims don’t kill Muslims, so the Mossad must have bombed the synagogues. QED.) I repeat: their terms or our terms.
This bill is abominable. Why should you all be responsible for paying for my pharmaceuticals in 5 years when I reach 65? What the hell have I done to merit that (other than reach that age)? If you say that people "need" it - they also need cars and cell phones. Should you be made to pay for those also? The bill reeks... not because it does too little... but because it does anything at all! It is a bill that will cost the economy millions of dollars and, as a result of the law of unintended consequences, will also result in the production of far fewer new pharmaceuticals to help mankind.
Peter (and whomever else reads this):
From his speech today in London:
"We must shake off decades of failed policy in the Middle East. Your nation and mine, in the past, have been willing to make a bargain, to tolerate oppression for the sake of stability. Longstanding ties often led us to overlook the faults of local elites. Yet this bargain did not bring stability or make us safe. It merely bought time, while problems festered and ideologies of violence took hold.
As recent history has shown, we cannot turn a blind eye to oppression just because the oppression is not in our own backyard. No longer should we think tyranny is benign because it is temporarily convenient. Tyranny is never benign to its victims, and our great democracies should oppose tyranny wherever it is found."
"Achieving peace in the Holy Land is not just a matter of the shape of a border. As we work on the details of peace, we must look to the heart of the matter, which is the need for a viable Palestinian democracy. Peace will not be achieved by Palestinian rulers who intimidate opposition, who tolerate and profit from corruption and maintain their ties to terrorist groups. These are the methods of the old elites, who time and again had put their own self-interest above the interest of the people they claim to serve."I wonder who he was refering to?
Michelle Malkin takes on some people I consider truly dangerous: Animal rights and environmental rights extremists.
While aspiring terrorists with tofu breath build nail bombs and play with matches, the best and brightest scientists around the world are forging miraculous breakthroughs that will benefit all mankind -- and especially the poor in underdeveloped nations that the leftists and Luddites claim to care about so much.
War is a failure of humanity. Its existence -- its need -- is civilization's bane. While that does not mean we should not fight them when necessary, it does mean that we cannot forget its many tragic consequences. Victor Davis Hanson, one of the great essayists of our times, has just written a book, Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think and the introduction has been excerpted in four parts (1, 2, 3 and 4). I haven't read the whole thing, but what I have has brought me to tears. When I hear statistics of war with thousands or even millions dead, it grieves me greatly but largely in an abstract way. But when I read about one person, in this case Hanson's uncle -- his life, his death, the people who mourned him and remember him still -- I get overwhelmed. And then, when I apply that story to the thousand, millions that died, well ....
On European sensibilities:
"Sometimes I swear that if a European hits his thumb with a hammer when no one’s around, he shouts GODDAMN JEWS!"On Ted "Wingnut" Rall:
"The French have a saying: his head, it is filled with urine. Or they should have such a saying; I’m sure it would sound elegant and dismissive. These people aren’t the loyal opposition anymore; they’re just the opposition. They may say they love America, but they love some idealized nonexistent America that can never exist as long as there’s individuality and free will. They’re like people who say they love women and beat their wife because she doesn’t look like the Playboy centerfold. I’m sick of the lot of them!"On Soros:
"I was tempted to write about George Soros comparing Bush and America to the rise of the Nazis, but I’ve just had it with these people. I’m more interested in those who ride the coattails of their rhetoric. I want someone to ask Dean this question in the Presidential debate: “Governor Dean, one of your wealthiest backers has compared America in 2000s with German in the 1930s. Do you agree with this analogy?” The only acceptable answer to my ears is “No, I don’t.” Period."And on writing in defense of a war even if you are not a soldier:
"I have to fight before I can express my opinion? That’s like saying I have to live in Antartica to draw penguins."Whenever I read him, I always chastize myself for not reading him regularly. Today is a good day to start....
In The New York Post, Linda Stasi takes Paris Hilton's parents to task in connection with the video that has now caused email servers to creak under the strain of all the forwarding:
She is, (and it is), without a doubt, a parent's worst nightmare. Well, unless of course you are Paris' parents, Kathy and Rick Hilton - then maybe you're living the dream.
I mean, let's be honest, the naked, probably drunk, 19-year-old sexed-up girl (it was shot three years ago) in this video is everything you raised her to be - and is playing exactly the role you raised her to play.
What are you so suddenly shocked and angry about? Did you find out she was having unprotected sex in a Marriott and not a Hilton hotel?
Where the hell have you been since your two daughters were running wild at 14? How did you allow them out to go clubbing and looking all sexed-up at an age when they should have been home with you having dinner and doing homework?
This story was verified as accurate by snopes.com (http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/onleave.asp). It's worth reading.
Mark Steyn writes an interesting piece about the odd pacifism of Europe.
You can't help noticing that it's the low-tech weapons that are really horrible. In Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and the Congo, millions get hacked to death by machetes. Even on the very borders of EUtopia, hundreds of thousands died in the Balkans in mostly non-state-of-the-art ways until the Americans intervened.
According to the latest estimates, the mass graves in Iraq contain the remains of at least 300,000 people, but we're still arguing about whether the war was "justified". The pacifism - or, more accurately, passivism - of Europe does not seem especially moral.
The EU has done a grand job of trumpeting its weakness as strength, but the fact remains that there's something hollow at the heart of European identity. You can't be a great power without great power: Slobodan Milosevic called the EU's bluff on that a decade ago.
When you say as much to Euro-grandees, they say, ah, but you wouldn't understand, here on the Continent we have seen the horrors of war close up, the slaughter of the Somme casts long shadows. I'll say. In the New Statesman last week, Philip Kerr managed to yoke All Quiet On The Western Front with Joan Baez and John Lennon, and unintentionally underlined just how obsolescent the Sixties folk-protest canon is. Where Have All The Flowers Gone? would have made a great song for the First World War, but not for Afghanistan or Iraq or anything we're likely to fight in the future.
In our time, mass slaughter occurs only in places where the West refuses to act - in the Sudan or North Korea - or acts only under the contemptible and corrupting rules of UN "peacekeeping", as at Srebrenica. In Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere, technological advantage changes the moral calculus: it makes war the least worst option, the moral choice. At the 11th hour of the 11th day, we should remember those who died in the Great War, but recognise that it could never be "the war to end all wars" and never should.
An interesting news story about Israeli Rap music's political content.
Wearing baggy sweat pants, a baseball cap pushed off-center and a glittering, rhinestone-studded Star of David necklace, Kobi Shimoni (known by the stage name Subliminal) swaggered on stage as if he were the Israeli incarnation of Eminem (news - web sites). With a booming rhythm track and an Israeli flag draped from the DJ stand, the show turned out to be as much a patriotic pep rally as a rapper's delight.
"Who has an Israeli army dog tag, put your hands in the air!" Subliminal called out in a mix of Hebrew and English. Hundreds of hands shot up. "Who is proud to be a Zionist in the state of Israel, put your hands in the air! Hell yeah!"
I have had a small correspondence with a Lt. Colonel in the army, who is stationed in Afghanistan. I sent the following e-mail to him. It would be nice if we all did something similar today:
Required reading: two speeches, one by Bush and one by Josh Chafetz. The President's speech was remarkable and hopefully seminal (we shall see if it filters out there). If you haven't read it, please do so. One line that grabbed me yesterday and which I was glad to see others pick up on it:
Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe because in the long run stability cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty.The end of Carterism, the end of what we never liked about Kissingerism. Those who say that the strategy used by Bush is dangerous have to first answer the threat and perils posed by continued appeasement. And they can't.
Three of the most widely read American magazines have recently run stories on how the occupation is going, and the verdict is unanimous. "Americans are Losing the Victory" screams one. "How We Botched the Occupation" is on the cover of another. "Blueprint for a Mess" is the verdict of the third.Chavetz goes on to say correctly that
Actually, I've taken some liberties with two of those headlines, so let me start over. "Blueprint for a Mess" is indeed the cover article in this week's New York Times Magazine. But "Americans Are Losing the Victory" is from the January 7, 1945 issue of Life magazine, and the full headline is "Americans are Losing the Victory in Europe." The Saturday Evening Post on January 26, 1946 ran "How We Botched the German Occupation." The Life article solemnly declared that, "Never has American prestige in Europe been lower" and that "we've lost the peace." It cites the prevalence of looting, the disorganization of the reconstruction authorities, the prevalence of disease, the continuing disorder. "We have swept away Hitlerism, but a great many Europeans feel that the cure has been worse than the disease," it intoned.
"I mention this, not to make the (obviously fallacious) claim that it "proves" that Iraq will turn out as well as Europe did. But I mention it as a caution against impatience and as a reminder that setbacks and rough patches are to be expected."Some perspective is actually important. Finally, two articles of note, one by Our Man Hitchens and the other by the incomparable Victor Davis Hanson. Their perspectives are invaluable.
If perhaps you were feeling pretty good today and thought things were getting better, here are three little items I found today that will bring you right down in the dumps. So read if you feel up to it.
Not too long ago, disliking Jews was a legitimate political and cultural attitude in the West. Nowadays, antiSemitism is politically incorrect, and people like Hier and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre are adept at exploiting this taboo to support Israel's racist and genocidal policy towards the Palestinians. They try to stifle discussion and criticism of Israel, and use threats when they can. But Dr Mahathir's example shows not everyone is afraid of being labelled anti-Semitic when they speak the truth, and not every voice can be silenced. The Palestinians continue their struggle and everywhere, as the EU poll shows, people are speaking up for justice and peace for the Palestinians, and against the Zionist threat to world peace and Israel's continuing illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Ahh, the days when anti-semitism was not politcally taboo and free speech reigned. Notice the parallel on world peace...a trend I think we will continue to see.
I haven't really got over a discussion I had last year with a very dear friend, of the generation before mine (and who had lived, therefore, through the war), a grande bourgeoise of the cosmopolitan left. After September 11 2001 she was indignant at the satisfied admiration felt by another friend, also of the left. Viscerally pro-Palestinian this woman had exclaimed: 'Well, you know, there are too many Jews about!'How are you feeling now? By the way, if you haven't seen all this other stuff from Andrew Sullivan, then your day isn't complete. Check out all the entries on that day....
I was watching Tony Snow's Sunday program a couple of weeks ago, and the panel was discussing Zell Miler's new book, and his "motivations" for writing it.
The always-interesting Evan Coyne provides some video of his favorite protester at the Rutgers pro-Palestinian rally.
Mary Lou is an attractive, articulate spokeswoman for liberal causes. She is also an example of why so many on the left refer to President Bush's intellect in derogatory terms: their standards are simply too high. It is unfair and unreasonable to expect that every candidate for elective office demonstrate the level of mental acumen shown in this speech. Watch, and you will see why Mary Lou is my new favorite protester.
On her web site ( http://barbrastreisand.com/statements.html ), America's reigning self-proclaimed political pundit/diva holds forth on the First Amendment and the CBS decision to exile the Reagan defamation to Showtime.
At the 1994 annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science, AAFS president
Well, they're right, these are the Worst Album Covers Ever.
Last night my wife (Susan) and I attended a ceremony at which my son (David Kaufman, for those ignorant few who don't alrady know) was presented an award by Judge Judith Kaye (the top honcho judge in NY State) on behalf of the Legal Aid Society.
Hee. I really don't have time. But this was too good.
I'm incredibly busy today, but I just wanted to put this out there. OpinionJournal - Extra.