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Thursday, August 28, 2003

I Am A Blog Activist
by Lee

You know, we can talk about the liberal media all we like, but it’s pretty bad when even the Voice of America plays PC word games.

A missile fired by an Israeli helicopter gunship has killed a Hamas activist in the Gaza Strip. The raid came just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ordered his defense forces to take “all necessary steps” against Palestinian militants following a Hamas rocket attack against an Israeli city.

Palestinian witnesses identified the Hamas activist as Hamdi Kalakh, and said three other Palestinians were wounded in the Israeli operation. Mr. Kalakh was riding in a donkey cart in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis when the attack came.

A Hamas activist???  I suppose he was killed by an Israeli defense activist, and the event was reported on by a news activist.  Or, how about we just call a spade a spade, and rightly refer to Hamdi Kalakh as an Islamofascist terrorist?

Oh, that liberal media.

Posted by Lee on 08/28/03 at 07:11 PM in The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Church and State
by Lee

Over at Power Line, Hindrocket comments on the Ten Commandments case, and offers this accurate analysis of the “separation of church and state.”

On the other hand, any extremism that can be attributed to Justice Moore is nothing compared to the over-the-top reading the U.S. Supreme Court has given to the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.  The plain meaning of the clause is that the United States, unlike Great Britain and various other countries, is to have no official, state-supported religion.  That’s it.  The “separation of church and state” (much less the “wall of separation between church and state") is not a Constitutional concept.  At one time, talk of “separation of church and state” was a harmless and pretty accurate shorthand.  The reach of the state was modest and separation from it left religion plenty of room in which to flourish.  Today, however, the state is everywhere, and the practical effect of a rigid separation of church and state is to drive religion virtually into an illicit, underground status.  That hasn’t quite happened yet, but believe me, the left is working on it.  The ultimate cause of the Alabama debacle is the extremist reading the federal courts have given to the Establishment Clause, which turns something as inconsequential as putting up a monument to the Ten Commandments into a virtual Constitutional crisis.

By the way, my opinion is that the Supreme Court has mangled almost every word and phrase in the First Amendment, generating a jurisprudence that is frequently at odds with the plain meaning of the Amendment’s provisions and with common sense, not to mention the intentions of the framers.  More about that another time.

Want to see an example about how this concept has been so misconstrued and misinterpreted?  Take a look at this article in The Guardian.

It would be easy to deride the defenders of the monument or to dismiss the whole charade as the latest illustration of the scale of degradation in America’s political culture. However, Britons would do well to remove the mote in their own eye before resorting to ridicule. The only reason America can have these disputes is that it has a constitution that separates church and state (which we don’t). 

So while there is a constitutional, albeit contested, barrier between church and state, there is almost no distinction between church and politics. Indeed, when it comes to elections, religion is the primary galvanising force and the church the central mobilising vehicle. 

The author of this column is, like so many people in this country, woefully ignorant of the US Constitution, its origins, and its intent.

Posted by Lee on 08/28/03 at 02:53 PM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Lights Out, Again
by Lee

There’s a massive power outage in London.  This must, obviously, be the fault of the Bush administration.

Posted by Lee on 08/28/03 at 02:36 PM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Headline of the Day
by Lee

From Yahoo! Launch:

Bobby Brown Gets Hit With 14 Day Jail Sentence

He should be happy.  It’s been a loooong time since Bobby Brown had any kind of hit whatsoever.

Posted by Lee on 08/28/03 at 02:04 PM in Celebrity Idiots  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Guns In Action
by Lee

God made all men, but Samuel Colt made all men equal.  Like this guy.

A blind man reportedly shoots at two men trying to rob him Tuesday night.

Police said a blind man who lives at the St. Clements Manor in Inkster, an apartment complex for the disabled, opened fire on two men who were trying to assault and rob him. One of the suspects was shot in the chest, Local 4 reported.

The two suspected robbers then jumped through the apartment window, the station learned.

The wounded suspect was listed in critical condition at the University of Michigan Hospital. The second man was taken into custody.

The blind man was being questioned by police.

Of course, the blind guy would have been able to claim the moral superiority in the eyes of liberals had he simply let the robbers take his stuff and then kill him.

Posted by Lee on 08/28/03 at 11:25 AM in 2nd Amendment  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Not A Muhammad, Either
by Lee

Way back on March 24 I blogged on a young Iraqi boy with the name Dick Cheney.  Well, you can now add George Bush to the baby name list.

It’s a fair bet this Baghdad baby won’t run into anybody else in Iraq with the same name.

His parents named their six-week-old son George Bush, to show their appreciation for U.S. efforts to get Saddam Hussein out of power.

If the couple had had twin boys—the other baby would have been named Tony Blair, because the father says both the U.S. and Britain liberated Iraq.

The boy’s mom tells Associated Press Television News that all Iraqis hated Saddam’s regime—and that President Bush saved the Iraqi people from Saddam.

As the woman did the interview, little George Bush screamed in his crib.

Now, do you remember how many stories the media carried in the wake of 9/11 about the number of Middle Easter babies being given the name Osama?  Let’s see if this baby gets the same media attention.  I’m not holding my breath.

Posted by Lee on 08/28/03 at 11:17 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The Cheney Conspiracy
by Lee

Halliburton is making an assload of money in Iraq.  Lefties are pointing to this as proof of some sort of complicity and corporate payback.  The simple fact, folks, is that this is the legacy of Clinton’s decimation of the military.  With a force as small as the one we have now, we need trained soldiers to pick up a rifle and fight.  Any numbnuts can prepare and serve a meal, or work supply, or build bases.  Only a trained soldier can fight.  So, many of the support roles that have traditionally been filled by active duty military are now being filled by private contractors.  And the moneys going to these contractors, previously part of the standard military budget, are now being spent in private contracts to corporations like Halliburton.

But hell, it makes for a snazzy conspiracy theory, doesn’t it, liberals?

Update: Back in the comments to this post I explained what a “cost plus” contract is.  Since the lefties point to these type of contracts as evidence of a conspiracy, I’ll post the explanation here.

Haliburton, to my understanding, was given a “cost-plus” contract to manage putting out the fires and a few other things.  This was given without tendering or considering anyone else.  They then turned around and sub-contracted the work to Boots and Coots.  Essentially they got a bunch of money, to simply turn around and give the work to Boots and Coots.  Wouldn’t it have been cheaper to simply give the contract directly to Boots and Coots?  Does Haliburton add any value in this regard?  Perhaps it does, but on first glance it doesn’t appear too.

Manish:  I think you asked some reasonable questions, and I wanted to get a detailed answer for you, so I called my father, who (believe it or not) works for Halliburton.

A “cost plus” contract is quite standard for an operation like this.  There is really no way to tender an accurate bid for a job like putting out Iraqi oilfield fires, because nobody knew beforehand how big or how difficult the job was going to be.  As it turned out there were less than ten fires, but there potentially could have been thousands.  So a company like Halliburton (or in this case, its KBR subsidiary) will bid “cost plus,” meaning the cost of doing the job plus a percentage, usually 17% or less.  Not all burning wells are equally difficult to put out, so depending on what happened in Iraq it could have required a capital outlay in the billions of dollars on the part of Halliburton.  (Imagine if 1,000 wells had been set on fire.)

As far as Boots and Coots go, they only do one very specific aspect of the firefighting.  There are a number of firms who can fight the fires, and these other firms were contracted by KBR to do firefighting.  Boots and Coots, however, go in and extinguish the fire once it has been brought under a certain degree of control—that’s it.  It’s the most dangerous, specialized part of the operation, and it’s their specialty.  (Think of a surgeon who doesn’t open or close the patient, only doing the complicated specialized aspect.  Other, less experiences doctors can open and close and suture.) Once the fire is extinguished Boots and Coots turns the well over to Halliburton, which then has the job of capping the well.  The oil is shooting out of the ground, and it requires specialized equipment to generate a massive amount of pressure to essentially force the oil back down into the ground.  This equipment was developed by Halliburton, and it required tens of millions of dollars of development money.  Then, once the well is capped, someone has to rebuild the well.  Again, not the rubric of Boots and Coots.  So, in answer to your question, Boots and Coots was subcontracted by the KBR division of Halliburton to perform a very specific task, which is but one of the tasks required to put out an oilfield fire.

I hope this clears things up.

This is exactly the type of thing the left has no knowledge about.  If it sounds like a conspiracy, it must be one!

Posted by Lee on 08/28/03 at 09:56 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

The Running Man
by Lee

Obviously the threats from the Bush administration have now been enough to whip Wesley Clark into submission, because apparently he’s apparently decided to run in 2004.

Wesley K. Clark, the retired four-star general who has been contemplating a run for president, has told close friends that he wants to join the Democratic race and is delaying a final decision only until he feels he has a legitimate chance of winning the nomination.

“It’s safe to say he wants to run,” said a longtime friend who has had frequent political conversations with General Clark. “But he approaches this like a military man. He wants to know, Can I win the battle? He doesn’t want to have a situation where he could embarrass himself, but I’m absolutely certain he wants to run.”

There isn’t a chance in hell of this nimrod getting the nomination.  However, I think he’d be a very strong vice presidential nominee to someone like Howard Dean.  Having a retired four-star on the ticket with you can definitely bolster your military bona fides in the eyes of voters. 

Clark had better be ready for the media scrutiny.  Check out this page of quotes about Clark, and this is from a left-wing website.  Here’s a taste.

“Known by those who’ve served with him as the “Ultimate Perfumed Prince,” he’s far more comfortable in a drawing room discussing political theories than hunkering down in the trenches where bullets fly and soldiers die.” - CLARK AND VIETNAM - DEFENDING AMERICA by David H. Hackworth, April 20, 1999

Clark was also the C.O. of Fort Hood, TX, when the Waco Branch Davidian incident was going on.  He provided the military hardware that the attorney general of his good friend Bill Clinton used against the cult, and we all know how that turned out.  And let us not forget that Wesley Clark wanted to start WWIII.

Clark is about to grab a tiger by the tail.  He better be prepared for it to turn around and bite him.

Posted by Lee on 08/28/03 at 09:24 AM in Election 2004  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Prostituting Dead Children
by Lee

A reader alerts me to some goings-on over at MichaelMoore.com.  It seems that Mikey has linked to a story in the Guardian about an 11 year old’s suicide.  Mikey writes:

And sadly, an 11 year old British anti-war activist takes his own life after being tormented in school for his views.

Let’s take a peek at the article, shall we?  Basically this kid used to get picked on mercilessly.  No particular rhyme or reason for it, really.  He just got designated as one, and thus he bore the brunt of the other students.

Mother and grandmother offer a picture of a boy whose main problem seems to have been his inability to behave like a child. “He loved being one-to-one with adults,” says Sandra. “He loved to have conversations, but you couldn’t talk about something silly. He always wanted to know adult stuff, and sometimes I didn’t have the answers. He was constantly asking about the war with Iraq, and wanting to know the ins and outs of what countries had been attacked in the past. He always wanted to know what it was like to be older. He couldn’t wait to learn to drive, get his own place, go to college, make his fortune.”

Thomas had lately developed a passionate interest in politics, after accompanying his uncle Stuart to a Merseyside Stop the War Coalition meeting last autumn. He travelled to London to join the national demonstrations, heckled Jack Straw in Southport, picketed Geoff Hoon in Connahs Quay and even received a standing ovation for a speech that he made at a rally in Liverpool’s St George’s Hall. 

“He came into his own there,” explains his nan Shirley. “People were so impressed with him. Had he grown up he would probably have gone on to be a politician or a campaigner for human rights.” The anti-war campaign gave him a sense of belonging, adds Sandra. “It was the first place that he’d gone where nobody had name-called or punched him. I did worry about it because I didn’t know many of the other people there, but he really enjoyed it.”

It sounds like his political beliefs were the one high point in his life, something he could claim as his own, be a part of a larger whole, and do something that he felt makes a difference.  But, unfortunately, he was not able to parlay this political interest into a normal life with friends.  He was still the designated beating recipient, and this is more or less what drove him to suicide.

A truly tragic situation.  Now comes Michael Moore, who has a long track record of taking children and teens who have suffered and prostituting them for his own aggrandizement.  For Moore the interesting aspect to the story is that (a) it’s a kid, (b) he died, (c) he had been of a leftist bent, and (d) he had been bullied.  This is a perfect allegory for Moore’s view of the world.  All the lefties are schoolchildren, and the right are is evil Nazi conservatives looking to bully the lefties into submission.  No wonder Moore latched on to it, stuck his spin of events around it, and began promoting it on his front page.

The man has absolutely no conscience whatsoever.

Posted by Lee on 08/28/03 at 02:09 AM in Michael Mooron  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Sinister Bedfellows
by Lee

How proud the anti-war protesters must be.

THE man who helped mix the deadly one-tonne Bali nightclub bomb Sawad, alias Sardjiyo, yesterday said he wanted to thank the Australian people who had supported his cause during recent Australian anti-Gulf War protests.

And fellow bomb-mixer Abdul Ghoni urged Australians against forming friendly alliances with America.

The pronouncements of the two Bali bombing suspects came as they and the evidence against them was handed from Bali police to prosecutors.

“I want to thank the Australian people who supported our cause when they demonstrated against the policies of George Bush. Say thank you to all of them,” Sawad said.

For all the comparisons the left tries to make between Iraq and Vietnam, they’re right in one respect.  Islamic terrorists and the communist Vietnamese have both used the anti-war left in the west to advance their respective causes.  Nobody ever went broke underestimating the ignorance of a “peace” protester.

Posted by Lee on 08/27/03 at 09:07 PM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (7) TrackbacksPermalink

Full Power
by Lee

The world’s largest battery was switched on today.  It’s the power supply for the world’s largest vibrator, which has been inserted into the world’s largest vagina.

Posted by Lee on 08/27/03 at 08:59 PM in Fun and Humor  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

She’s Outta There
by Lee

Jessica Lynch has been honorably discharged from the Army.

Posted by Lee on 08/27/03 at 03:57 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Ford on Foreign Policy
by Lee

Harrison Ford joins the pantheon of celebrity idiots.

At a safe distance from his homeland, veteran Hollywood actor Harrison Ford launched a broadside at US policy on Iraq, his country’s gun laws - and the film industry for producing “video games” for teenagers.

“I’m very disturbed about the direction American foreign policy is going,” said Ford, with US post-war casualties having exceeded those during the actual conflict.

“I think something needs to be done to help alleviate the conditions which have created a disenfranchised and angry faction in the Middle East.

“I don’t think military intervention is the correct solution. I regret what we as a country have done so far,” said Chicago-born Ford, 62.

He’s in Madrid plugging Hollywood Homicide.  It’s amazing how leaving the United States immediately makes celebrities’ tongues wag about all things political.  To be fair, I am sure that they get asked their opinions on this subject more by the foreign press than they do here, but don’t they know about the phrase “no comment”?  I guarantee if they asked Ford if he liked to do his girlfriend up the ass he’d sure as hell know how to decline to answer the question.  Funny, too, that he had no problem making millions of dollars playing Jack Ryan, exactly the type of person he undoubtedly despises.

Posted by Lee on 08/27/03 at 02:42 PM in Celebrity Idiots  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Mother of the Year
by Lee

I don’t know about anyone else, but if my mother had done this when I was growing up I would have taken my own life.

A Pennsylvania woman was arrested after allegedly buying her son and 3 of his friends beer and stripping for them in a hotel in an attempt to make up for a failed birthday trip to ride go-carts.

The 34-year-old woman was ordered Friday to stand trial on charges of corruption of minors, indecent assault and reckless endangerment stemming from the alleged July 26 party.

Police said the youths met at a western Pennsylvania go-cart track to celebrate the birthday of the woman’s son. When the boys discovered all the go-carts rented out, the woman drove to Ohio to buy beer and then took the youths to a hotel, police alleged.

In the room, the woman gave the boys beer, gave them $1 bills, told them she wanted to be a stripper and asked them to put the money in her bra and panties, police said. She also exposed herself and asked the boys to spank her, police said.

The boys were all under 16.

Posted by Lee on 08/27/03 at 02:42 PM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Helping the Pedo
by Lee

Here’s one more reason to hate lawyers.

Dismaying victims of clergy sexual abuse, prosecutors who won a guilty verdict against John Geoghan for molesting a 10-year-old boy said Tuesday his conviction will be erased because the former priest died while appealing the case.

Case law dictates that the court where Geoghan was tried will automatically be ordered to invalidate his 2002 conviction, said Emily LaGrassa, spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

“The Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that if a defendant dies while his appeal is pending, the indictments are to be remanded to the trial court with an order that they be dismissed,” she said.

They die, so they get a pass?  It looks like the law in this case favors the defendant’s claims of innocence over the fact that the defendant were convicted by a jury of their peers.  “Well, he was convicted and sent to prison, but since he died while claiming he didn’t do it we’ll expunge his record and clear his good name.” I didn’t think you were still entitled to a presumption of innocence after you had been convicted.  Disgusting.

Posted by Lee on 08/27/03 at 02:35 PM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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