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Friday, April 30, 2004

Gag Me
by Lee

I don’t know about you guys but I get a TON of porno spam.  Probably a third of all the email I get is spam, and most of that is for one perversion or another.  Normally it gets picked up by the spam filter, but quite a bit still ends up in my mailbox.

The latest thing seems to be women gagging while giving head.  Like, the guy shoves his tool so far down her throat that it actually triggers her gag reflex and she chokes.  Now I like good dirty porno as much as anyone else, but this is really disturbing.  It’s completely degrading, almost in a rape fantasy sort of way. 

Can someone explain the appeal of this to me?

Posted by Lee on 04/30/04 at 09:00 PM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Worse than Medusa
by Lee

The title of this article, Woman Allegedly Exposes Breasts on Stage, seemed intriguing.  (How do you “allegedly” bare your breatst in front of a crowd full of people.) But the details are what make it great.

A woman has been charged with trespassing after allegedly exposing her breasts at a North Idaho College student concert.

Mary Ellen Bartee, 51, allegedly lifted her shirt and exposed her breasts on the concert stage at the Student Union Building on Wednesday at the end of the concert by the band Raining Jane.

Police were summoned, and only intended to remove her from campus.

“But when she said she was not going to leave and I would have to arrest her and take her to ail,” officer Brian Brumbaugh says he did just that.

“I should have been arrested for indecent exposure,” Bartee told a judge during her court appearance Thursday, when she pleaded innocent to trespassing. A jury trial will be scheduled.

51 and flashing her boobies?  My God.  A woman’s breasts at 51 look like a sweat sock with a tennis ball in the bottom of it.  They should have charged her for a crime against humanity.

Posted by Lee on 04/30/04 at 08:38 PM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Pants on Fire
by Lee

It appears that fire was invented by Jews.

More than three-quarters of a million years ago, early humans gathered around a campfire near an ancient lake in what is now Israel, making tools and perhaps cooking food, in the earliest evidence yet found of the use of fire in Europe or Asia.

Researchers have found evidence that these early people hunted and processed meat and used fire at a site called Gesher Benot Ya’aqov in the northern Dead Sea valley.

At the conclusion of their report on this finding al Jazeera showed footage of a burning mosque in Falluja, calling it “proof” that fire is nothing but a plot by the Zionist apes and pigs and their infidel crusader brethren in the US military.

Posted by Lee on 04/30/04 at 04:37 PM in The Religion of Peace™  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Eats, Shoots, and Leaves
by Lee

An animal rapes its environment, destroys the local ecosystem, and causes a widespread famine.  Man?  No, koalas.

A koala population explosion on an Australian island has prompted calls for 20,000 of the furry, native marsupials to be shot to stop them destroying their island habitat and end a koala famine.

Some 30,000 koalas on Kangaroo Island, off the coast of the state of South Australia, are stripping the island of its native gum trees, destroying the ecosystem and causing a koala famine, say environmentalists and national parks officials.

“We are talking thousands of starving koalas,” said Sandra Kanck from the Australian Democrats, Australia’s third major political party.

“While they may be cute and cuddly we need to get beyond emotion to reality...my suggestion is professional shooters do it quickly and cleanly,” Kanck told Reuters on Friday of the proposed cull.

Shooting koalas.  Australia’s rampant culture of gun violence continues.

Posted by Lee on 04/30/04 at 03:35 PM in 2nd Amendment  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Artistic Freedom
by Lee

This is too cool.  An Iraqi artist has taken old Saddam statues, melted them down, and turned them into memorial artwork for US troops in Iraq.

Click on the picutres for larger versions.

Posted by Lee on 04/30/04 at 02:54 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

A Letter to John
by Lee

Inkslut has posted a letter to John Kerry from a guy serving in Iraq.

This is a letter from Ray Reynolds, a medic in the Iowa Army National Guard, serving in Iraq:

As I head off to Baghdad for the final weeks of my stay in Iraq, I wanted to say thanks to all of you who did not believe the media. They have done a very poor job of covering everything that has happened. I am sorry that I have not been able to visit all of you during my two week leave back home. And just so you can rest at night knowing something is happening in Iraq that is noteworthy, I thought I would pass this on to you. This is the list of things that has happened in Iraq recently: (Please share it with your friends and compare it to the version that your paper is producing.)

* Over 400,000 kids have up-to-date immunizations.
* School attendance is up 80% from levels before the war.
* Over 1,500 schools have been renovated and rid of the weapons stored there so education can occur.
* The port of Uhm Qasar was renovated so grain can be off-loaded from ships faster.
* The country had its first 2 billion barrel export of oil in August.
* Over 4.5 million people have clean drinking water for the first time ever in Iraq.
* The country now receives 2 times the electrical power it did before the war.
* 100% of the hospitals are open and fully staffed, compared to 35% before the war.
* Elections are taking place in every major city, and city councils are in place.
* Sewer and water lines are installed in every major city.
* Over 60,000 police are patrolling the streets.
* Over 100,000 Iraqi civil defense police are securing the country.
* Over 80,000 Iraqi soldiers are patrolling the streets side by side with US soldiers.
* Over 400,000 people have telephones for the first time ever.
* Students are taught field sanitation and hand washing techniques to prevent the spread of germs.
* An interim constitution has been signed.
* Girls are allowed to attend school.
* Textbooks that don’t mention Saddam are in the schools for the first time in 30 years.

Don’t believe for one second that these people do not want us there. I have met many, many people from Iraq that want us there, and in a bad way. They say they will never see the freedoms we talk about but they hope their children will. We are doing a good job in Iraq and I challenge anyone, anywhere to dispute me on these facts.  So If you happen to run into John Kerry, be sure to give him my email address and send him to Denison, Iowa. This soldier will set him straight. If you are like me and very disgusted with how this period of rebuilding has been portrayed, email this to a friend and let them know there are good things happening.

Ray Reynolds, SFC
Iowa Army National Guard
234th Signal Battalion

Why is it that, almost to a man, everyone returning from Iraq makes virtually the same complaints about US media coverage of what is going on there?

Posted by Lee on 04/30/04 at 02:46 PM in The Press Machine  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

Honor for A Hero
by Lee

Pat Tillman has received a medal for his actions in Afghanistan.

Pat Tillman, the former National Football League player killed in combat in Afghanistan on April 22, has been awarded the U.S. military’s prestigious Silver Star posthumously, Army Special Forces Command said on Friday.

The Silver Star recognizes gallantry in action in military operations against enemy forces.

Army Special Forces Command said Tillman led the lead section of a platoon when the platoon’s trailing team came under enemy fire.

It said that while his part of the platoon was out of danger, Tillman maneuvered his team back toward the fray in order to protect the rest of the platoon, and directed gunfire at the enemy. It said he lost his life, but his efforts helped prevent the rest of the platoon from suffering any casualties.

Also, Jim links to this story where Rene Gonzales has issued a weak apology to Tillman’s family.

A University of Massachusetts at Amherst graduate student is apologizing to Pat Tillman’s family.

Rene Gonzalez had written a column for the campus paper saying the football player-turned-soldier who died in combat in Afghanistan wasn’t a hero—but a “G.I. Joe guy who got what was coming to him.”

Gonzalez said in an e-mail to a Boston TV station that he was trying to say Tillman’s celebrity had factored into his being labeled a hero.

He admits he tried to prove his point in an “insensitive way” and that the article wasn’t worth publishing.

Weak as ant piss, isn’t it?  Why is it that lefties always claim a haughty tone of moral superiority when they write stuff like this, but then never have the balls to stand by what they wrote when they later get called on it?

Posted by Lee on 04/30/04 at 02:36 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Iraqi Oz, Part II
by Lee

Last night I blogged on the Iraqi prisoner scandal, remarking that this is going to destroy whatever progress we have made in Iraq so far.  Well, here are a few international opinions, and they come to the same conclusion.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s human rights envoy to Iraq said Friday she was shocked by the images, while the editor of a London-based Arabic newspaper predicted Muslims would be furious.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard said Friday he was “appalled” by the images but praised the U.S. military for investigating.

British military expert Colonel Bob Stewart said the pictures would inflame an already volatile situation in the Arab world.

Stewart, NATO’s former commander in Bosnia, told ITN the images were “the best recruiting sergeant that al Qaeda and those people that want to fight against British soldiers, American soldiers and the rest of coalition could ever want.”

Photos also were splashed across many of Britain’s newspapers. “We are losing their hearts and minds” was the headline in the Daily Mail’s main editorial comment.

The Daily Mirror added: “When it comes to winning hearts and minds the U.S. Army hasn’t got a clue. Many of its actions seem calculated to make enemies of Iraqis and drive them into the arms of extremists. The photos of prisoners being tortured ... are the most unforgivable acts yet.”

Abdel Bari Atwan, editor of Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper in London, agreed. “It is absolutely shocking. I think this is the end of the story, the straw that broke the camel’s back, for America,” he told the UK Press Association.

“People will be extremely angry. ... Sexual abuse is the worst thing in that part of the world. It is shocking to all Muslims. America has lost the battle completely. I believe there will be more attacks.”

And there was one interesting comment from Ann Clwyd, a British politician who has been leading an organization to compile evidence against the Hussein regime with the goal of eventually prosecuting Saddam at a tribunal.

Ann Clwyd, Blair’s envoy and a lawmaker from the ruling Labor Party, voiced her condemnation. “I think they are absolutely terrible. I am shocked,” she told British radio.

However, Clwyd said there was no comparison with how prisoners were treated under Saddam. “A small number of cases, horrible though they are—you cannot compare that with the tens of thousands of people Saddam Hussein was responsible for executing and torturing.”

And I think that’s an extremely valid point.  When you look at all of the outrage and condemnation being hurled at our soldiers from the anti-war folks, it needs to be remembered that they were all conspicuously silent when Saddam and his goons were doing much, much worse.

Posted by Lee on 04/30/04 at 01:55 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Diplomatic Solutions
by Lee

Finally, a job that the United Nations is qualified to do.

If the United Nations did not have enough on its plate already mediating in Iraq and the Middle East, a new dispute has emerged to tax its dispute-solving powers—over the size of Edinburgh’s dustbins.

The latest call for UN intervention follows angry confrontations between residents and council workers in the Scottish capital following the installation of large, wheeled bins in some of the city’s most historic streets, a report said on Friday.

Locals are angry at the size of the new six foot (1.8 metre) bins, saying they are inappropriate in a part of the city which has been designated a UN World Heritage Site, the Edinburgh Evening News said.

Now residents have been told that UN cultural organisation UNESCO, which monitors such heritage areas, is to step in and inspect the dustbins over the coming summer.

And we conservatives said that the UN didn’t serve any valuable function.  For shame…

Posted by Lee on 04/30/04 at 01:49 PM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

So I’m A Leming
by Lee

This is making the rounds in the blogosphere, so I figure I’ll be just like everyone else.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

And here we go.  “Some Americans nursed on the popular ideology of equivalence find this attractive.” From Between War and Peace : Lessons from Afghanistan to Iraq by Victor Davis Hanson. 

(Link via Tim Blair.)

Posted by Lee on 04/30/04 at 01:23 PM in Fun and Humor  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Blame it on the Saudis
by Lee

Here’s an interesting take on Osama bin Laden and the war on terror.

Despite the devastation wreaked by terrorist attacks on the United States and other targets around the world, the forces of political, ultraconservative Islam are actually “weaker” than ever. “They’re fighting their last fight.”

That unexpected assessment comes from Syrian-born, Yale-trained scholar Sadik Jalal Al-Azm, an emeritus professor of modern European philosophy at the University of Damascus and one of three winners this year of the Erasmus Prize, which is awarded annually by a Dutch foundation “to a person or institution that has made an exceptionally important contribution to European culture, society or social science.” This year, the prize, worth 150,000 euros (almost $179,000), has been awarded to each of three thinkers from the Arab world whose work has explored the theme of religion and modernity.

Al-Azm, born in Damascus in 1934, has taught at the American University in Beirut and at Harvard, Princeton and Germany’s University of Hamburg. In an interview with the German weekly Die Zeit, Al-Azm, whose writings have examined modern philosophy, Islamic fundamentalism and trends in Arab thought, offered a reading of current events that challenged conventional wisdom. At the heart of his analysis: the assumption that Osama bin Laden’s followers attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon not because those structures were bin Laden’s first-choice targets but because they symbolized the power of the United States, which, in turn, was Saudi Arabia’s main supporter in the world.

Bin Laden was born in Saudi Arabia, whose ruling regime he considers corrupt. Therefore, Al-Azm explained, it’s the Saudis whom bin Laden really has been after, but he has done so indirectly. Thus, he attacked the United States, Saudi Arabia’s surrogate and supporter, in the hope of destabilizing the Saudi regime. “[He] attacked America because attacks on local regimes in the [Middle and] Near East wouldn’t have been successful,” Al-Azm said. He suggested, too, that bin Laden had hoped to scare the Americans, who already had a presence in Saudi Arabia, out of the country, thereby leaving the Saudi regime vulnerable to an overthrow by fundamentalists. But the United States did not pull out of Saudi Arabia immediately after September 2001. Under George W. Bush, events played out differently.

Had the Americans withdrawn, and had the Saudi government become weaker, “the [Islamic] fundamentalists, who are even more extreme than the Saudi ruling family, would have come to power and Islamicized Saudi society according to their plans,” Al-Azm said. In fact, he recalled, fundamentalists had been hoping for just such a change in one of the region’s regimes for a long time. That was also the goal, Al-Azm added, of the fundamentalists who assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1981, hoping to take control of Egypt’s government.

In Iran, of course, fundamentalists did take over, but the problem with Islamist-controlled states such as Iran or the Sudan, Al-Azm said, is that now, years later, they offer the faithful in other countries “no positive [role] models” to emulate. “The model the Islamists offer is that of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and, when the Taliban fell, there wasn’t the slightest voice of opposition from the Islamic world,” he added. “Not a single Islamic [leader] spoke out publicly against [what happened in Afghanistan] or in support of the Taliban regime.” Therefore, Al-Azm proposed, the rash of terrorist actions carried out by Islamic extremists in recent years has only demonstrated that, today, their brand of “Islam is on the retreat.”

I love the line, “Under George W. Bush, events played out differently.” Exactly.  The Jihadis expected Bush to follow Clinton’s example: turn and run.  Well, they wanted to declare war on the United States, and they damn sure got one.

The other salient point was that radical Islam has no positive role models.  This is the entire purpose of going into Iraq, to provide a role model for other Arab states (and their restless populations,) that you can retain your Arabic/Islamic identity and still live in a free, open society.

Posted by Lee on 04/30/04 at 12:40 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Attention Bloggers
by Lee

There’s a slot open on the Watcher’s Council.  If you’d be interested in joining, go check it out.

Posted by Lee on 04/30/04 at 12:36 PM in • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Finding Ammo
by Lee

It’s a good thing that this happened in the gun-free utopia of Australia.

RED-faced police have lost 1,000 rounds of pistol ammunition, which fell from the back of an unmarked station wagon.

Two boxes of ammunition were being transported by police when the rear tailgate opened unexpectedly and the cargo fell out, due to a faulty locking mechanism, a Victoria Police spokesman said.

The incident occurred on Friday morning at a roundabout in Melbourne’s south-east and police, along with a number of motorists, stopped to retrieve the ammunition.

One box had split open, spilling rounds onto the road, but the second box has not been found.

The spokesman said the rounds were contained in a cardboard box marked “ammunition”.

Since nobody in Australia has a gun I wonder what the police think the public could do with this ammunition? 

Posted by Lee on 04/30/04 at 02:43 AM in 2nd Amendment  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Iraqi Oz
by Lee

This is absolutely disgraceful.

United States soldiers at a prison outside Baghdad have been accused of forcing Iraqi prisoners into acts of sexual humiliation and other abuses.

The charges, first announced by the military in March, were documented by photographs taken by guards in the prison.

Some of the photographs, and descriptions of others, were broadcast in the US on Wednesday by a CBS television news program and were verified by military officials.

Of the six people reported in March to be facing preliminary charges, three have been recommended for courts martial.

The program reported that poorly trained US reservists were forcing Iraqis to conduct simulated sexual acts in order to break down their will before they were turned over to others for interrogation.

In one photograph naked Iraq prisoners stand in a human pyramid, one with a slur written on his skin in English.

In another, a prisoner stands on a box, his head covered, wires attached to his body. The news show said that, according to the army, he had been told that if he fell off the box he would be electrocuted. Other photographs show male prisoners positioned to simulate sex with each other.

“The pictures show Americans, men and women, in military uniforms, posing with naked Iraqi prisoners,” a transcript said.

“And in most of the pictures, the Americans are laughing, posing, pointing or giving the camera a thumbs-up.”

The program’s producers said the army also had photographs showing a detainee with wires attached to his genitals and another that showed a dog attacking a prisoner.

The Army is investigating, a Brigadier General has been relieved of command, and courts-martial are being prepared.  The distinction here is not that this occurred, but how we are dealing with it. 

I don’t for a second buy the argument that these younger soldiers are being used as scapegoats.  Anyone with a modicum of rational thought would know that humiliating prisoners in this manner is a violation of the Geneva Convention.  Can you imagine the reaction that would happen in America if a group of Jihadis did this to american soldiers?  Iraq would be the world’s largest sheet of glass right now.

The winning of hearts and minds in Iraq is a slow, laborious process, and any progress that has been made on this front has just been destroyed by the actions of these soldiers.  This is a violation of the UCMJ, it’s a violation of international law, and it’s a violation of simple human decency.

Look, you guys know me, I’m not soft on our enemies at all.  Kill ‘em all and let God sort ‘em out.  But it is these types of rules that separate Western society from the type of lawless thuggery promoted by the Islamists.  We are better than them, and one of the ways we demonstrate that is by idealism in our actions.  Saddam Hussein will have a lawyer at his trial, not because the right to a defense and the rule of law were principles he believed in, but because they are principles we believe in.  We cannot permit soldiers to treat prisoners this way.  This isn’t a simple case of an Iraqi thug “accidentally” walking into a door jamb, this is humiliation and degradation of the worst kind, and these soldiers deserve every punishment they have earned.  If their superiors knew about it then they too need to face consequences.

We have a job to do in Iraq, and a huge part of that job is convincing the rank and file Iraq people that the United States is there to help them.  Well, you can bet your ass that al Jazeera is going to be showing these photographs in heavy rotation for days or weeks.  The actions of these soldiers have set back the war effort by an incomprehensible amount, and there are over 700 dead soldiers who gave their lives in the furtherence of that effort.  How many more will have to die to make up the ground we have lost?

Posted by Lee on 04/29/04 at 11:03 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (7) TrackbacksPermalink

Fat Black Ass
by Lee

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love being right.  Longtime readers of this blog will know that I believe that Al Sharpton’s presidential gig was nothing more than his attempt to control the Democratic Party agenda by setting himself up as the man who can deliver the black vote.  He did it in the last mayoral election in NYC.  He refused to endorse the Democrat, blacks stayed home, and the Democrat lost.  (The fact that Bloomberg, a Democrat RINO, was elected in his place is a topic for another day.) At any rate, Sharpton knew he would never get the nomination, but a successful candidacy with black voters would mean that the real nominee would have to kiss his ass in public.  Discussing Sharpton’s offer to go to Haiti as a peace mediator, I wrote:

What is the downside here? The Bush administration should send him off with their full, public blessing. Haiti is a real shithole, a complete write-off as a country. Sharpton would most likely fail, so he’s not going to make the place any worse. But if he were to somehow succeed, it would greatly elevate Sharpton’s stature in the Democratic Party. The more powerful Sharpton gets, the more the Democrats are going to have to kow-tow to his radical agenda, and that will do nothing but make the Democrats less palatable to centrist voters. The more Sharpton grows in popularity the better the chance Bush has of getting reelected.

I followed up on this theme in this post.

How could sending him possibly hurt the Bush administration? If he actually manages to accompliosh something—unlikely—Kerry and Edwards are going to be placed in the position of having to publicly kiss his big fat ass, and the Democrat Party will have to give in to his racial extortion in order to deliver the black vote in November. Even if Sharpton fails Kerry and Edwards are going to have to laud his bravery and idealism.

Well my friends, the Al Sharpton public ass-kissing bonanza has begun, and as the presumptive nominee, John Kerry, who served in Vietnam, is puckering up to be the first in line.

In what may be a surprising move to some political circles, Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) has issued an invitation to former Democratic Primary rival Rev. Al Sharpton to address this summer’s Democratic National Convention in Boston.  Senator Kerry makes his comments tonight in an exclusive one-on-one interview with BET NIGHTLY NEWS anchor Jacque Reid at 11 p.m. ET/PT as a prelude to a special two-part series with BET airing Monday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 4.

And what did Kerry say during the interview about his reasons for inviting an anti-semitic racial arsonist to speak at the convention?

“ ... He certainly earned the right to be part of this process, and I think he can be very, very helpful in motivating people, in helping to register people.”

In other words, Sharpton showed in the NY mayoral race that he can not only deliver (or not deliver) the black vote, but that he has no party loyalty, and unless his gigantic ego is massaged in public by a bunch of important white guys he’ll take his football and go home.  Which was exactly his game plan all along.

Hey, Kerry.  Enjoy the aftertaste, now that you’re Sharpton’s bitch.

Posted by Lee on 04/29/04 at 09:14 PM in Election 2004  • (3) TrackbacksPermalink
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