Friday, June 30, 2006

Another Right from the U.N.

I have absolutely no respect for the UN, it's time it followed the League of Nations. With some of the nations and their human rights records who are allowed to pass`judgement on others, its ridiculous.
A Canadian responds to the news that the "new" UN Human rights council passed "a declaration to protect the rights of native peoples around the world, including an assertion that they have a possible right to restitution for land and resources taken from them.

The text of the Declaration can be found here.

The members of the Council.  

Voting for:
Azerbaijan, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switerzland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Uruguay, Zambia.

While approved by 30 members, some 17 members either abstained (12), were absent (3) or voted no (2).   Several countries spoke about the lack of consensus (Ukraine, Morocco Russia, Guatemala, Switzerland, and Algeria.)   In the case of Algeria, they were hoping that the declaration would have been adopted unanimously so they could join the consensus, but, since the declaration was in conflict with the Constitution of Algeria, they couldn't vote in favor of it.   Go figure.   The United Kingdom was quick to note that the declaration was not legally binding and that citizens of the UK and its terrorities "did not fall within the scope of the declaration."

When your rights are guaranteed by China and Cuba and the always loving and caring Mexico and Zambia, you got cause to celebrate.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Mark Steyn moment

Mark Steyn speaking on Hugh Hewitt's show on Joel Achenbach, the Washington Post fellow traveler blogger whose admiration for Zarqawi is only slightly less than Al Jazerra.

Radio Blogger:
MS: Well, this man is disgusting. And to hell with him, frankly. I find it harder and harder as the days go by to take this kind of talk. You know, the Archbishop of Canterbury made this point. He said that the terrorists and the United States Air Force were both equivalent. They were only capable of viewing people at a distance. The guy in the plane, with all those anonymous buildings as little blips on the radar screen, on the GPS positioning thing way below him, he has more understanding of the humanity there. He knows which is the schoolhouse. He knows which is the hospital. He knows which is the restaurant. And he knows which is the one building he's allowed to hit. What's interesting to me about the people we're up against is they look you in your eyes. Zarqawi can look American hostages, British hostages...poor Margaret Hassan, an Iraqi aid worker, he can look these people in the eye and he fails to recognize their common humanity, and he reaches for his scimitar, and he cuts their throat. The guys at the Beslan school massacre...they looked those kids in the eye, and then they killed them. And the guy in the plane dropping the 500 pound bomb has more understanding of the common humanity that links us and the Iraqis and all peoples on this Earth than Zarqawi does. So to hell with that twerp at the Washington Post. I've got no time for him on a day like this.
Full transcript at Radioblogger.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Ann Coulter in a knockout

Don't mess with Ann Coulter. Hillary Clinton thought she could take a cheap shot by calling Coulter "vicious" for her remarks about the New Jersey widows who are enjoying fame on the grief circuit.
From DrudgeReport:
I don't agree with Hugh Hewitt that Coulter was over the line. There is something unseemly about these women and Cindy Sheehan who revel in their politics, counting on respect for their grief to shield them from criticism.

But not only are they beyond criticism, they are shielded from debate by their victim cachet and supposed "amateur" status. All of that would be bad enough but the MSM does not allow opposing viewpoints. No other widows have been given such a forum. The MSM supposedly speaks for those without a voice but they refuse to acknowledge that other voices and viewpoints even exists. If that isn't worthy of derision, I dont' know what else is. Good for Ann Coulter for bringing the issue forward. It deserves to be discussed.

And while we are on it, there is something ridiculous about Hillary Clinton making such remarks after giving an speech "on protecting children from exposure to sex- and violence-saturated media" when three-fourths of American children learned about oral sex thanks to her husband.


I am waiting for the reference to McCarthy from the Dixie Chicks for an upcoming tour. Public on-sales for their upcoming tour have been scrubbed for:
Oklahoma City

Disappointing sales have been averaging 5,000-6,000 for major markets and less in secondary venues that seat 15,000. According to Reuters/Billboard, there is uncertainty whether much or all of the tour may be postponed.

The tour is a national promotion with Target stores.
Remember that when you shop.

David Warren, a newsroom exception

David Warren is a journalist at the Ottawa Citizen.   He is one of the good guy journalists you can count on for reasoned arguments and human decency.   His blog is a neverending source of joy at the power of words and ideas.   In another age essayists like David Warren would have their writings bound and printed in books that generations could pass down with pride.

Today he writes about the terrorists planning attacks in Canada, with his usual graciousness and insight.   It's a great read.   And this was his footnote.
To my colleagues who could not be present, let me add the purport of a talk I gave, to a group of fellow-journalists in Toronto, on returning from the bush, Monday night.

In a long, rambling, extemporaneous memoir, I emphasized the traditional hack virtues of smoking and drinking and general loucheness against the prim political correctness of the current media mainstream. The beauty of the old-time hacks, I averred, was that they did not seek fame, only adventure, in contact with life. They could be as anonymous as mediaeval artists. They did not consider themselves to be intellectuals, and so their heads were free of stinking pride. Yet they had pride in craft, which the current ones seldom have. All our little Woodwards and Bernsteins today want fame, instead. And they want it smoke-free and soberly, they are professional fame-seekers.

Take this, of course, with the charity I always intend.
Visit him often.

Drive by media

Tony Blankley on the "Media dance macabre".
At journalism conferences, the question is often brought up whether a journalist should see himself as an American first or a journalist first. Often the consensus is that they are journalists first.

I wonder how many of them would report a story if it would mean the death of their own child. And would any of those reporters who would be journalists first in even that appalling instant cheerfully mis-report a story in order to cause the death of their child? I suspect virtually none would.

If only they loved their country's young and willing warriors as much as they loved their own children.

But the journalists today are too swept up in their own dance macabre to even notice the murderous consequences of their own malfeasance -- or to hear the demands of simple decency.
Read the whole thing.

Sucking the base dry

From, a list of the 2004 losers that KOS funded to the tune of "$547,157.97 of donated money, squandered on the basis of the mass trust placed in Moulitsas by his readers."

Ben Konop -- Lost
Dan Mongiardo -- Lost
Richard Romero -- Lost
Samara Barend -- Lost
Jeff Seemann -- Lost
Nancy Farmer -- Lost
Ginny Schrader -- Lost
Jan Schneider -- Lost
Lois Murphy -- Lost
Jim Newberry -- Lost
Brad Carson -- Lost
Tony Knowles -- Lost
Stan Matsunaka -- Lost
Richard Morrison -- Lost

As for 2004, it looks like its a 1-19 score.

It's a public battle between the visible Left epitomized by KOS and the state Democrat party structures.   It serves a great purpose in sucking up money from the far Left who otherwise might actually accomplish something.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Inconvenient Facts

This is why newspapers continue on a slide to irrelevance.   In advocating that newspapers should write editorials to advocate gay marriage, Joe Strupp of Editor & Publisher, the newspaper industry journal, writes
The gay marriage debate has wasted time, energy and effort long enough. It barely shows up in a list of issues that concern Americans in a Gallup Poll released in the past week. And the current proposal for a constitutional ban on gay marriage may be the height of abuse.
So the fact that an issue in a snapshot poll isn't of immediate concern to people, should be an excuse to advocate gay marriage?

If you think that's what the poll says, you would be wrong.   In fact, as reported in the Editor & Publisher, some 51% of Americans say homosexuality is morally wrong.   Their source? -- a Gallup poll dated 6 days ago. I guess the social activists at E&P think Americans want to reward that immorality nonetheless.

Typical of Editor & Publisher, they do not link to the latest Gallup Poll.   And they certainly wouldn't want you to read this Pew poll on gay marriage.

And those preserve marriage amendments that passed in 11 states?   Even states where Democrats are the majority of registered voters?   That would be just too inconvenient a truth for Editor & Publisher.

Of course, E&P that covers the American newspaper industry so assiduously is -- Dutch owned.   It is a company with some interesting holdings and history and ambitions.   And talk about your odd connections.   The investor group that recently caused VNU to reconsider an acquisition and moved the company CEO to resign, incudes CalPers - the California public employees pension fund.   And recently Google joined NVU in a targeted ad deal.

Small world, huh?   Of course, the Netherlands is the only - the only - country in the world where a pedophile political party is being formed, so I guess we can expect differing moral stances.   And we have nothing, absolutely nothing, in common with a country that legalizes drugs to enslave their citizens and encourages euthanasia to rid themselves of the ill and the old.  

Canadian Newspaper Reaction

There is no greater contrast between reality and the shabby politicalization of MSM newspapers to be found than by comparing the Globe & Mail editorial to the Toronto Star editorial on terrorism in Canada.

Globe and Mail (Behind subscription wall):
The fear card has been dealt -- and Harper will play it
The uncovering of the alleged terrorist plot is a hair-raising alert for Canadians that will create new stresses in our multicultural fabric and ratchet up support for the law-and-order conservatism of Stephen Harper.
Toronto Star editorial:
Time to challenge Muslim extremists
But there are fundamental values expressed in our Charter of Rights that are not negotiable, that represent who we are as a society. As Harper rightly said yesterday in the House of Commons, "terrorists and the people they represent stand for nothing but hatred."

In the coming days, Canadians must strive to avoid a possible backlash to the arrests. To do that, the onus will be on all of us. But the key will be the Muslim community itself. Individuals must accept responsibility for developments and alienation in parts of the diverse Muslim community.
Oddly enough, it was the Globe & Mail who endorsed Stephen Harper in the last election.

Canadians will, of course, make up their own minds over which newspaper is more responsible.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Tolerance, Diligence, and Fairness

An editorial in the leftwing Toronto Star urging restraint in judging the suspected terrorists makes you wonder why the MSM won't give the police and troops the same level of respect they reserve for terrorists.
However, there are two overriding realities that must be remembered by everyone who is interested in the safety and security of this nation.
First, all 17 who were arrested are innocent until found guilty in a court of law. And second, if Canada is to fight those who want to unleash acts of terrorism against us, we all will be compelled to draw upon the best of what Canada has represented over the decades -- diligence and fairness.
I won't bore you with their campaign against the Toronto police, nor their savage editorials against the U.S. Suffice it to say, this tolerance, diligence, and fairness is completely uncharacteristic of them.

Armed and Dangerous, too

The Toronto Star has done a superb job of covering the arrest of 17 suspected terrorists.   So maybe they can be excused for the silliness of this headline:
SUV linked to biker massacre

William Jefferson, Democrat, Louisiana

MSNBC reports with barely an "alleged" on the dealings of William Jefferson, Democrat, Louisiana.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Products of Multiculturalism

Canada is calling them "home grown terrorists." These are Canadian citizens who would terrorize Canada.

But while nearly all of them have Canadian citizenship, they are either first born citizens or moved to Canada from an early age. All are in their early twenties, with the exception of two, one 30 and one 43, and 5 youth.
Charged are: Fahim Ahmad, 21, Zakaria Amara, 20, Asad Ansari, 21, Shareef Abdelhaleen, 30, Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43, Mohammed Dirie, 22, Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, Jahmaal James, 23, Amin Mohamed Durrani, 19, Steven Vikash Chand, 25, and Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, 21. A twelfth man was a youth when some of the alleged offences took place and can’t be named, along with the other five youths arrested.
All of them are not "home grown." They are the products of multiculturalism. -- that "separate, but equal policy" that served the Democrat party and was so disastrous for the South for 100 years after the Civil War. It is a policy of unassimilated immigration that makes Toronto an immigrant capitol of the World, rivaling London.

According to Statistics Canada, in 2001, over 3 million in Ontario were born outside of Canada, representing 27% of the total population of the province. In the last census, 43.7% of the population of Toronto was foreign born, almost double that of New York City. Toronto is a city of immigrants with, as Statistics Canada points out, "one of the highest proportions of foreign-born of all major urban centres in the world" and these are only the legal immigrants, most of whom moved to Toronto in the 1990s. And the new immigrants are not Christian, European, or Western.
Of Toronto’s foreign-born population in 2001 who came to Canada prior to 1961, the vast majority (92%) was from Europe, while only 3% was from Asia. During the 1990s, this trend reversed. Only 17% of immigrants came from Europe, and 63% from Asia.
Today, Toronto is nearly one-quarter Asian, a figure that promised to rise drastically when the Paul Martin Liberals announced they were raising immigration from Asia another 300,000 to 500,000. Toronto is, in fact, a Third World city.

The failure to assimilate these populations, whether from Asia or China, or, less commonly, Europe, is deliberate, partly economic - the desire to attract investment money - and partly political - the desire to import voters . Most "minorities" even when they attain majority status tend to vote Liberal party in Canada or for the Democrat party in the U.S. But the new immigrants are not moving to Canada in order to reinvent themselves or find economic opportunties. Many are escaping violence in their own countries. Most have no desire to adapt to or accept liberal libertine values that they find contemptuous, the same values that are pushed by the liberal political establishment in Canada and the U.S. Like cries of "racism" in order to slander Western culture, the insistence upon libertine sexual values, opposition to the death penalty, secularism, and weak courts with even weaker valued judges are all part of the destabilization of the West. Immigrants have no wish to assimilate into such a culture of depravity and elitism, a culture lacking in basic values.

The new immigrants, like blacks were in the South, are political tools. They are victims of preferences and separateness that makes their chances of success minimal and their chances of being thought of as "outsiders" a permananet status. They are the perfect candidates for disaffection and radical politics or radical religion. They are the Liberal time bomb, carefully selected to be the new victims who once employed and having served their purpose, will be condemned to urban city violence and not so benign neglect.

You can count on it.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Terrorists Arrested in Canada

While the Globe & Mail loftily throws "alleged" into every third paragraph in their story about the foiled terrorism plot in Toronto, the Toronto Star seems to take the story more seriously.   Perhaps because the terrorists most likely would have targeted Toronto.

In any case, the leftwing Star doesn't flinch from publishing the names of those arrested. By comparison, the Globe & Mail as of 9am PT still hasn't published a single name.

1. Fahim Ahmad, 21, Toronto;
2. Zakaria Amara, 20, Mississauga, Ont.;
3. Asad Ansari, 21, Mississauga;
4. Shareef Abdelhaleen, 30, Mississauga;
5. Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43, Mississauga;
6. Mohammed Dirie, 22, Kingston, Ont.;
7. Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, Kingston;
8. Jahmaal James, 23, Toronto;
9. Amin Mohamed Durrani, 19, Toronto;
10. Steven Vikash Chand alias Abdul Shakur, 25, Toronto;
11. Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, 21, Mississauga;
12. Saad Khalid, 19, of Eclipse Avenue, Mississauga.

In addition to those above, 5 juveniles were arrested, their identities protected under Canadian law.

If the past is any indication, the Globe & Mail will wait to see how the story plays in the Washington Post before committing themselves to a storyline most likely to smear the intelligence community and slander the police.

I can't hear you

There's something politically tone deaf about an article bemoaning the yet-to-be-implemented U.S. requirement for those entering or leaving the U.S. from Canada have passports on the same day that 17 terrorist-wannabes were arrested in Toronto with 3 tons of explosive material.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Some news is good

Other wonderful news.
The New York Times Co. is cutting 700 company-wide jobs. About 130 of those came from the Times-owned Boston Globe, which offered buyouts. Tribune Co., which publishes 11 newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, said last week that it would use layoffs to cut costs.
And this is something to savor:
This is The Post's second round of buyouts in the past three years.
And worth repeating:
This is The Post's second round of buyouts in the past three years.
These, folks, are the people who cheer when our troops are wounded, when our soldiers are accused of the slightest wrongdoing.   These are the people who want to make the U.S. into the degeneracy that make others hate our guts.   These are the despicable, disgusting people who wish us ill when we will not bend to them, and they are the traitors who would lose a war to win an election, no matter what the casualites.

Selfish bastards

The UK journalists union is calling for a boycott of Yahoo for their alleged actions in China.

Google is not being boycotted for having done the exact same thing.   Nor MSN for cooperating with Chinese authorities..   Oddly, China isn't being criticized for their actions in supressing freedoms.   No average Chinese citizens are named as being detained, questioned, or arrested.   NOOOOOO   The high-minded journalists are protesting information that Yahoo allegedly gave to Chinese authorities about -- journalists -- those Super Citizens who are above the laws.

I don't recall journalist unions protesting the imprisonment of 87 in Cuba for having spoken out about freedom and wanting to distribute books.   I seem to have missed their outrage over the threats in Venezuela against newspapers that criticize Chavez.   I must have skipped reading the day(s) they protested arrests in the Soviet Union for speaking your mind or writing your thoughts online.   And surely they wrote about newspapers closed in Egypt for their views that differed from the governments?

Makes you so happy to know 170 Washington Post employees were let go, doesn't it?   Selfish bastards all of em.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Where is the outrage?

I just know the MSM will be outraged that a reporter was assaulted after an interview and had his tape recorder stolen.

Oh, wait, nevermind.   He was investigating a Los Angeles charter school that was founded by a, for want of a better word, separatist in a segregated school that, apparently, excludes whites.  

I mean, it's not like the reporter was hurt. /sarcasm off


If ANY Republican had even remotely suggested that Bill Clinton should be shot between the eyes, let alone at a college commencement speech, the media would have a fit.

But since it is was the New York State Comptroller making the offensive remarks, it's perfectly all right, I suppose.   He apologized afterwards.   Not to the graduates for injecting politics in their commencement.   Not to the parents and friends attending the commencement for his rudeness and crassness at what should have been a happy moment.   Not to the Queens College for making fools of them for having invited him in the first place.   He apologized to Chuck Schumer, and "hoped his apology reached President Bush."

This despicable Democrat is all too typical of that party.   On Wednesday they unamimously endorsed his bid for a second term as New York State Comptroller.   Such people cheapen their offices, discredit their party, demean themselves, and insult their audiences.   And I will just bet that his political donations will triple in the coming weeks.