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Monday, August 30, 2004

Stop it, Guys, I’m Serious!
by Lee

Moqturda has apparently thrown in the towel.

Rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for his followers across Iraq to end fighting against U.S. and Iraqi forces and is considering joining the political process, an al-Sadr aide said Monday.

The announcement by al-Sadr came as his aides were trying to negotiate an end to fighting in the Baghdad slum of Sadr City and in the southern city of Basra, where clashes have continued even after a peace deal was reached in Najaf, the holy city where al-Sadr militiamen battled U.S. and Iraqi forces for three weeks.

Al-Sadr “has called for a halting of all military operations in Iraq, and we are studying the idea of joining the political process,” said Naim al-Kaabi, an aide in Baghdad.

The announcement could provide a major boost to the government of interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. Al-Sadr has fiercely opposed the continued U.S. presence in Iraq and has denounced Allawi’s government as dependent on the Americans — but if he decides to join politics, it would suggest al-Sadr’s acceptance of the U.S.-backed political process due to lead to elections in January.

How will this play out?  Who knows.  I still think we should have dropped a bomb on this guy months ago.  But if things start to quiet down a little because of this then that’s nothing but good.

Posted by Lee on 08/30/04 at 08:33 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Saturday, August 28, 2004

The Price of Appeasement
by Lee

Now it’s France’s turn.

The Arabic-language TV network Al-Jazeera broadcast videotape Saturday showing two French journalists who apparently have been taken hostage in Iraq by a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq.

The journalists, Christian Chesnot with Radio France International and Georges Malbrunot with the newspaper Le Figaro, were reported missing the morning of August 21. It was not know where they were being held.

According to Al-Jazeera, the kidnappers are demanding that the French government overturn a recently passed law that bans Muslim students from wearing headscarves in French public schools.

The ban was passed by the French parliament in the spring and is expected to go into effect in September. French lawmakers judged wearing religious attire to public school to be a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state.

The enemy of the Islamofascists is not America, it is secular Western pluralism.  Nobody is safe.  America is the main target because America is the 800 lb. gorilla, but as this incident shows, even France can’t appease this problem away.

France, a county of 60 million, has a Muslim population of 5 million.

And with the low birth rate of white French nationals, that ratio is going to get a whole lot worse over the next half-century.  “Welcome to the Islamic Republic of France.”

(Link via A Chick Named Marzi.)

Posted by Lee on 08/28/04 at 07:55 PM in Europe and the UK  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

Oh Sweet Christ
by Lee

I just discovered I have a gray nose hair.  In addition to getting gray hair on my head, now I’m getting them in my nose!

Ugh!  I’m turning into a disgusting old fart, and I’m only 34!

Posted by Lee on 08/28/04 at 05:43 PM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

9 Gold Medals in Idiocy
by Lee

Carl Lewis can run, and he can run his mouth.

America’s biggest Olympic hero yesterday accused George Bush of exploiting the Athens Games for his own political advantage in the run-up to the presidential election.

Carl Lewis, who won nine Olympic gold medals in athletics in a record-breaking career, condemned Bush for using the presence of Iraqi and Afghan teams in Athens in a television advertisement to boost his chances of re-election.

Criticising Bush for linking his foreign policy with the two countries being allowed to compete here, Lewis said: ‘I felt that was disingenuous. It is funny that we boycotted the 1980 Games [in Moscow] in support of Afghanistan, and now we’re bombing Afghanistan,’ he told the Athens News yesterday.

‘Of course, we’ve invaded Iraq and are in there and are using it for political gain. It bewilders me, and I understand why the Iraqi players are offended.

‘To support the players or the community is fine, but for political gain I disagree.’

Old Carl needs to brush up on his history.  Who boycotted the 1980 Games?  Jimmy “World Peace” Carter, a president more responsible for the rise of Islamist extremism than any other.  And we boycotted the Games because the USSR invaded Afghanistan.  We invaded Afghanistan because they were providing safe harbor to the terrorist groups who attacked us on 9/11.  The fact that this simp can’t see that obvious distinction renders his entire opinion worthless.

And as far as the Iraqi players being “offended,” fuck them.  Being critical of the war and occupation is one thing, but as I said before, their failure to utter a single word of thanks for not having to face Uday’s torture sessions when they return home speaks volumes about the pathetic Arab mentality.  Bush is completely within his rights to use the Afghan and Iraqi athletes in his commercials.  Whether or not they want to admit it, the only reason they were there in the first place was because of George W. Bush.

Posted by Lee on 08/28/04 at 05:29 PM in Celebrity Idiots  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Hearing Voices
by Lee

Check out this new side project from Moorewatch and Right-Thinking’s own venerable webmaster, Jim:  They Can Speak For Themselves.  If you are in the military, or know someone who is, send them an email with a link to this site.

Oh, and if you missed it before, check this post out to see what some Air Force guys think of Michael Moore.

Posted by Lee on 08/28/04 at 03:51 PM in Michael Mooron  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The End of the Dream
by Lee

So much for the Dream Team.

It is not the color they bargained on, but the U.S. men’s basketball team were happy on Saturday to take any medal they could get their hands on.

The American team of NBA players salvaged some pride on Saturday, beating Lithuania 104-96 to take the Olympic bronze medal and avoid the embarrassment of becoming the first U.S. team to leave an Olympics without a medal around their necks.

“We wanted gold but we’ll take anything right now,” said forward Shawn Marion. “When you ain’t playing for gold and your playing for third, it hurts. We had to dig deep down but at least we are going home with something.”

When the NBA first began sending its players to the Olympics in 1992, the tournament became a battle for silver with players fighting more to get their picture with Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson than for rebounds and points.

But the U.S. armor was pierced swiftly in Athens when they lost their opening game against Puerto Rico, ending a 25-game winning streak dating back to the bronze medal game in Seoul.

I remember watching the opening credits to the games.  Almost every athlete who walked out onto the field was holding a camera of some kind, wearing a wide-eyed expression at the fact that they are about the experience the culmination of their years of hard work and competition, the honor of representing their country at the Olympic Games.  There was one group, however, with a noticeably different attitude: the US men’s basketball players.  They had their tough-ass thug gangsta scowls on their faces, wearing their hats sideways, grabbing their balls, jive-assing their way down the track with a sense of entitlement.

They were the “Dream Team.”

The Dream Team was the monicker first bestowed on the Men’s Team in 1992, when Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and the true titans of American basketball took to the floor and won the gold.  In the interests of political correctness, the networks began referring to the women’s basketball team as the Women’s Dream Team.  I always thought this was the pinnacle of PC lunacy.  After all, presumably everyone representing their country in any event is the best that each country had to offer, so there was no real reason to refer to the women this way other than it might offend some feminist harpy somewhere.  The Dream Team monicker has stuck ever since, for every team at every Olympics.  Including this year, when a bunch of pampered, disrespectful scumbags thought it might be dope to pop over to Greece and win a gold medal.  Now we see what that attitude got them.

It’s time to lose the Dream Team.  At least for the men.  In one of the true ironies of these games, with the men’s Dream Team going home with a bronze, the US women’s team won gold.  So if, during the 2008 Beijing games, the networks want to keep using the term Dream Team, let’s reserve it for the women.  The men have some dignity to regain.

Congratulations, ladies, on a job well done.

Update: Check out what 1992 Dream Team coach Chuck Daly had to say about the world’s basketball teams.

“Finally there will come a day—I’m not saying it will happen anytime soon, mind you, but it’s inevitable that it will happen—that they will be able to compete with us on even terms. And they’ll look back on the Dream Team as a landmark event in that process.”

It happened a hell of a lot sooner than he thought, didn’t it?  Funny what hubris will do for you.

Posted by Lee on 08/28/04 at 02:12 PM in Deep Thoughts  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

Greek Commies
by Lee

The irony here is astonishing.

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Members of the Greek Communist Party stand on the ancient Acropolis Hill over a single banner, which reads in Greek “Don’t forget in Najaf they’re slaughtering innocents, in Palestine they’re building a wall”, in Athens Saturady Aug. 28, 2004. The Communist Party is planning a demonstration in Athens against this weekends visit of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. (AP Photo/Derek Gatopoulos)

Communism is responsible for the wholesale slaughter of more 100,000,000 people over the past century, yet they speak of the “innocents” being slaughtered in Najaf, conveniently forgetting that it’s the Islamofascist freedom fighters that are the ones doing the fighting.  And they talk of the Israeli wall, not mentioning that while the Israeli wall is designed to keep terrorists out, their ideology was responsible for the Berlin Wall, which was designed to keep people in.  And it was the eeeeevil US, with its capitalism and steely resolve, that brought down the wall, freed Europe, and ended the threat of the Soviet Union.

Posted by Lee on 08/28/04 at 01:02 PM in Europe and the UK  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Payback
by Lee

Never let it be said that I am partisan in my disdain for stupid ideas.

There is for all practical purposes no real difference in the stated objectives of Mr. Bush and Mr. Kerry.  It’s tweedle dee or tweedle dumb.  Why waste your vote on one or the other when the effective end result would be the same?

If you believe that our country should embark on a different, more positive course then consider making the effort to write in Mel Gibson for President on Nov. 2.

Our purpose is to assist in drafting and electing Mel Gibson as the next President of the United States.

Honestly, I don’t think this is a joke.  Let me rephrase that.  It is a joke, but I think the campaign is serious.

Posted by Lee on 08/28/04 at 12:00 PM in Election 2004  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

Friday, August 27, 2004

Olympic Genetics
by Lee

Check out this picture of Russian gymnast Irina Tchachina.  As it turns out, her parents were brother and sister.

Update: The Yahoo link went dead.  Click below to see the picture.

Posted by Lee on 08/27/04 at 07:21 PM in Fun and Humor  • (2) TrackbacksPermalink

Make Believe
by Lee

I’m far from a prude, but this is truly one of the most vile, disgusting, immoral things I’ve ever laid eyes on.  If you would ever contemplate permitting your child to wear this, you need to take your own life.

Posted by Lee on 08/27/04 at 05:59 PM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (2) TrackbacksPermalink

Farouk the Hoser
by Lee

I’m skeptical of this report, but it does make for interesting reading.

A captured al-Qaeda operative has told Canadian intelligence investigators that a Montreal man who trained in Afghanistan alongside the 9/11 hijackers was responsible for the crash of an American Airlines flight in New York three years ago.

Canadian Security Intelligence Service agents were told during five days of interviews with the source that Abderraouf Jdey, a Canadian citizen also known as Farouk the Tunisian, had downed the plane with explosives on Nov. 12, 2001.

The source claimed Jdey had used his Canadian passport to board Flight 587 and “conducted a suicide mission” with a small bomb similar to the one used by convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid, a “Top Secret” Canadian government report says.

But officials said it was unlikely Jdey was actually involved in the crash, which killed 265 people and is considered accidental. The fact that al-Qaeda attributed the crash to Jdey, however, suggests they were expecting him to attack a plane.

“We have seen no evidence of anything other than an accident here,” said Ted Lopatkiewicz, spokesman for the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. “There has been no evidence found, from what I can tell—at least that’s been relayed to us—that there was any criminality involved here. It appears, at least the evidence we have, is that a vertical fin came off, not that there was any kind of event in the cabin.”

I think the big story here is that the guy was Canadian, given that country’s total lack of effort to try and reign in the Islamofascist elements operating in their midst.

Posted by Lee on 08/27/04 at 03:41 PM in Those Wacky Canadians  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Going In Early
by Lee

Jean Luc Picard has gone under the knife.

“X-Men" star Patrick Stewart is recovering at home after undergoing an angioplasty procedure earlier this week to widen an artery, his publicist said Friday.

Angioplasty involves the use of catheters to place a small balloon in a narrowed blood channel. When the balloon is inflated, the artery flows more freely.

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The 64-year-old Stewart who played Professor Xavier in “X-Men” and its sequel, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” went in for an annual physical on Monday, according to his publicist, Kelly Bush.

Doctors detected a blood-flow problem and recommended “pre-emptive angioplasty” to head off any future ailments.

As one of the multitude of celebrity asshats who has spoken out against the doctrine of pre-emptive war espoused by the Bush administration, surely he would never subject himself to pre-emptive surgery, would he?  he should wait until he has a massive heart attack, and only then, when it there is no doubt that his heart is unhealthy. should he commit himself to the knife.

Posted by Lee on 08/27/04 at 02:54 PM in Celebrity Idiots  • (5) TrackbacksPermalink

You Touch My Tra La La
by Lee

Lest anyone think that Gunther is not for real, you can buy your own copy of the Ding Dong Song from Amazon.com.



Posted by Lee on 08/27/04 at 10:17 AM in Europe and the UK  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

It Ain’t Easy Being Green
by Lee

Over at MOOREWATCH I’ve blogged numerous times on the claims that Michael Moore, champion of the working man, treats his employees like shit, refusing to let them form a union, that sort of thing.  Well, take a look at the latest left-wing lunatic asshat to expose his true self.

No one can question the activist credentials of this week’s recipient of the finger of shame: Craig Rosebraugh.

For many years, Rosebraugh, 32, was the public face of both the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front, a position that earned him plenty of attention from the media--and the FBI--when ELF arsonists burned down condos in Vail, Colo., and torched sport utility vehicles at a Chevy dealership in Eugene.

A veteran street protester, last year Rosebraugh published The Logic of Political Violence, a 276-page book whose cover depicts the World Trade Center ablaze. Its thesis? Nonviolence does not work when your opponent--such as auto manufacturers, who “continually give birth to larger gas-guzzling vehicles"--has no conscience.

In the wake of the controversial police shooting of James Jahar Perez in March, Rosebraugh’s new revolutionary group, Arissa, scored headlines by putting up fliers that read: “It’s about time we put an end to these pigs....”

Not long ago, Rosebraugh added another chapter to his storied career: restaurateur. In December, he opened Calendula, an upscale vegan restaurant in a well-appointed Victorian on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. This new venture, however, has made his radical ideals appear limper than a strand of wheat-free spaghetti.

Apparently, some of Rosebraugh’s employees felt that working conditions at Calendula needed improvement. But when they brought him their grievances, they say his response was to fire them.

“His leadership style was ‘Do as I say--and just do it,’” says Katharine Atkinson, who before the recent firings was Rosebraugh’s floor manager.

Read the whole thing, it’s an astonishing case study into the demonstrable hypocrisy of the left-wing mind.  And this nugget at the end sums the whole thing up for me.

Meanwhile, Rosebraugh appears to have found it difficult to live up to his own standards. He denounced SUVs in his book, and had earlier defended ELF for setting them aflame. But until March, Rosebraugh drove a Toyota 4Runner.

Priceless.  This is just like Michael Moore denouncing the greed of the upper class, all the while charging $40,000 for a speech and flying around in a private jet with an armed escort.

Posted by Lee on 08/27/04 at 09:43 AM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (2) TrackbacksPermalink

Going to Work
by Lee

There’s been rioting in the streets of Manila over Iraq.  Now about the war, but because Filipinos aren’t allowed to go there.

Riot police used water cannons Friday to disperse protesters demanding that the Philippines lift its ban on allowing its citizens to go to war-ravaged Iraq for jobs.

The protesters marched to the presidential palace to urge President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to let them leave for Iraq, where they said U.S. military contracts await them.

“Your concern for us is highly appreciated but we need cash,” one placard read. “Please allow us to work in Iraq,” said another.

Riot police and rolls of barbed wire blocked more than 200 protesters at the foot of a bridge leading to the palace, where they sat down, linked arms, and sang religious songs, vowing to stay there until the ban is lifted.

But after several hours, riot police trained water cannons on them and pulled demonstrators from the crowd one by one. The workers tried to stay in place by huddling close to each other, but the strong pressure of water from the fire hoses forced them to disperse.

“Most of us are going hungry here. If they can give us jobs here, then its OK, but they can’t,” said Danny Baloloy, a plumber who said a job that pays $650 a month awaits him at a U.S. base in Iraq.

So, if Iraq is a quagmire, then the Phillipines must be really screwed up.

Posted by Lee on 08/27/04 at 08:16 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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