Wednesday, September 07, 2005

A circle jerk at the confederacy of dunces

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

If you have real damage, bring it out

This morning I was watching MSNBC's reporting on the hurricane in New Orleans. Their helicopter flew over a race track and a shopping center. The roof had blown off the racetrack grandstand and the parking lot was flooded. "Unbelieveable damage," intoned the reporter.

For God's sake. It was a category 5 hurricane and the reporter finds it "unbelievable" that a parking lot is flooded and a roof is missing. If there is serious damage by all means show it to us, but get a grip.

Update 9/7/05: Now that the full disaster is apparent on everyone's TV screen, it's remarkable how much less often you hear the word "unbelievable." It's all too believable and it is just what was predicted.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Nothing else to say

It's the season of the year when everyone pretends to be appalled that the President is taking a vacation. 
Q:  How can he possibly go to Crawford, Texas, while there is a war on? 
A:  What the hell else is there to do in Crawford, Texas, but manage the war?  At least in D. C. there are some decent bars.
Anyway, have these people with nothing else to write about ever heard of telecommuting?  It's the wave of the future, I hear.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Schiavo > Sheehan

Once again Protein Wisdom has spoken truth. Cindy Sheehan is the Terri Schiavo of the left. She About Whom Nothing Bad May Be Said. She has achieved the purity of a saint in the eyes of the lunatic left, just as Schiavo wasted away to perfection in the eyes of the lunatic right.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

To profile or not to profile

RealClear Politics relates an unsettling series of events on the airplane that was diverted to Boston a while back. At the end, the post asks, rhetorically, whether the flight attendants did the right thing or were they guilty of impermissible "racial profiling." It's a question frequently asked, but it's the wrong question. The right question is "does profiling work"?

It may not always work. It's not unthinkable that there might be a yellow haired, blue eyed terrorist. Therefore, it may be dangerous to assume that only dark skinned young men from the middle east pose a danger. But I never want fear of being accused of racism to cause a flight attendant or anyone else to hesitate before doing whatever is necessary to save my lily white ass from being blown up.

Whether or not profiling is permitted should be decided solely on a determination of what is in the best interest of my safety and not in the interest of preserving anyone's sensitivity.

Heather McDonald adds perspective. (HT Michelle Malkin)

Being "Moderate" doesn't cut it

I grew up in the segregated South. For years respectable "moderate" Southerners would admit that Jim Crow was perhaps not fair, but that the culture would change slowly. Eventually the problem would be solved, but we couldn't rush it. Nothing changed; no progress was made toward solving the annoying Jim Crow problem.

Then something happened. There were race riots and new laws. The "moderates" realized that if things didn't change and soon, there would be hell to pay. They stopped being moderates and started trying to make integration work. Racism hasn't been wiped out anywhere, but life is different now than it was 50 years ago.

So why are we so in love with Moslem "moderates"? The ones who say things will change if we just ease our way out of Iraq and Afghanistan and Palestine. If only we will understand the frustration of Islamic supremacists. If only we will understand the wisdom of letting Islamic law rule the world.

Nothing will change if "moderation" from Moslems is the most we can hope for. We need Moslems who will stop with the "moderation" and start making Islam work in the 21st century. If they don't appear there will be hell to pay for everyone.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

The Death of Multi-culturalism

We can only hope.  Maybe Britain's strife will awake us to the danger.  For decades now the willfully dense priests of academia and government in the United States have claimed that "diversity is our strength."  Nonsense.  Diversity is a fact, not a strength.  Unity and mutual respect are strengths.  We have too little of it.  Britain has almost none, and the result is violence.
Britain has almost abolished the ancient common law rules about self-defense, too.  They will suffer from that lapse as well.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Raging Queens

The hacks at the NCAA have forbidden the display of team mascots at NCAA events which are "hostile and abusive." Meaning mascots which refer to American Indians.
Recently, Charlotte, North Carolina, obtained a new NBA franchise which they stupidly named the "Bobcats." Charlotte boosters call the city "the Queen City." Why didn't they name their basketball team "the Raging Queens"? Is it because Charlotteans are renowned for their sensitivity to gay men and wouldn't want to demean them by having a "hostile and abusive" team mascot. I doubt it. I've been to Charlotte, and I'm gay. It's because you don't name your damn team after someone you think is worthy of abuse and hostility.
Of course, as a native of Georgia (making me a Native Georgian), I'd be delighted to have the Atlanta Braves change their mascot to "Atlanta Crackers." I and all the other crackers would sit there, drink our beer, and think we'd been complimented.

Update: Thanks to Jeff Goldstein for the link and I wish I could write like he does.