Saturday, November 27, 2004

Think nothing day...

Buy nothing day is brought to you by those who think nothing. Ha.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Ancient intensive fishing

Intensive fishing was an ancient practice

As usual, it was those wealthy landowners who caused the environmental destruction.

Intensive fishing by humans may be more ancient than previously thought, suggests a new archaeological study, which shows that significant marine fishing may have started in the UK in the 9th century.

...“I suspect what happened was that over-fishing of freshwater stocks meant that they became a rarity and only for the wealthy landowners. As a result, marine fishing and trade in salt cod and dried herring became much more intensive and supplied the common market,” he suggests.

A Rather nixonian exit



Goodbye Dan. Don't let the false documents hit you on the way out.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Mandatory pedestrianism

In the Sixties, Paul Ehrlich, the author of Population Bomb, and Lester Brown, the founder of the Worldwatch Institute, predicted that the "dramatic consequences" of our "throwaway lifestyle" were only a McDonald's carton away.

In 1968, Ehrlich said food shortages in India would kill 200 million people by 1980. In fact, by 1980, India was exporting surplus grain to Russia. thescotsman


Let's face it, death sells. Over and over the doomsday prophets pronounce that we are over consuming, overproducing, and using up our scarce and dwindling resources, such that if we don't start rationing now there will be nothing left and/or that mass starvations and environmental cataclysms will result.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news for those of you who subscribe to this secular doomsday theology, but we're all going to die anyway. Besides which, the earth is surprisingly resilient and apparently has already survived a mass extinction or two, as well as numerous climate changes, completely without the help or hindrance of mankind whatsoever.

Will we run out of petroleum? Perhaps. Someday. Why not ask whether we've run out of coal yet? Coal is what the British fleet used in the early days of the industrial revolution before they switched to petroleum. Strange how inventive we humans can be; yet we continually refuse to take our own resourcefulness into account when making predictions about how doomed we are if this or that happens.

In light of the fact that those who champion this picture of doom make predictions that are so often wrong, one must come to the conclusion that it's more an article of faith than fact that we are headed for an environmental Armageddon. People like Paul Erlich should be entirely without any credence whatsoever, yet his arguments are repeated here and there and echoed in environmentalist literature everywhere. But at least PBS has figured out that he's been thoroughly discredited.

Civilization as we know it will come to an end sometime this century when the fuel runs out.

Such is the grim prediction author and California Institute of Technology professor and vice provost David Goodstein concluded his lecture with Monday night.

...He said the world is headed toward a global oil shortage that could cause warfare, economic depression and the crumbling of institutions.

"There will be a crisis," he said. "It will be painful. We have just invaded Iraq. If anybody thinks that war was not about oil, you should think again. I call that 'oil war two.' The first Gulf War was 'oil war one.'" Nov. 9, 2004, U of New Mexico,


...and in predictions of disaster that can only be averted by--surprise!!--implementing radical progressive agendas such as the Kyoto protocol, slowing down economic growth, advocating a different system of economic control that is 'more sustainable', in order to stop 'urban sprawl', which is to say cordoning people into higher density areas in order to get them to stop driving. Conveniently high density urban areas also seem to render high Democratic voting percentages.

Malthus, way back in 1798, believed that overpopulation and competition over scarce resources would create wars and conflict in society as well as famine, pestilence, and the like, that in essence brought 'balance' to the overpopulation equation. Shouldn't we be willing to implement extreme measures to avoid these horrors? Sure, but are the dire predictions true? Hardly.

Despite the fact that higher development lowers birth rates, many of the same predictors of doom decry development as worse than overpopulation.

We've already had too much economic growth in the US. Economic growth in rich countries like ours is the disease, not the cure.
- Paul Ehrlich, author of Population Bomb and Population Explosion.


In essence this brand of environmentalism is a dead end. It offers stop signs instead of solutions and pessimistic predictions instead of facts. No one can predict the future but I think it's far more likely that doom would follow the implementation of Paul Ehrlich 'solutions' to the problems he says faces us.

In nature there's a word for the kind of 'sustainability' these prophets advocate: stagnation. Death. The opposite of movement and 'animation' if you will. It's certainly not progressive in any sense. It's regressive.

So let me just reiterate: there's too much pollution from automobiles, but the good news is that we will run out of fuel for those vehicles shortly thereby eliminating that source of pollution. But we should probably stop driving now anyway just to be safe. Mandatory pedestrianism! Also, there are too many people on the planet, but don't stop having profligate sexual relations--uh, just wear a condom. If that fails there's always abortion. (For the good of the planet of course.)

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Bush to the rescue

Unbelievable sequence of events.

Secret Service agent detained by Chilean police, Bush sees it and steps in.




Saturday, November 20, 2004

Superman bad for volunteerism

I'm not sure of the efficacy of this kind of study. I'm not sure I even want to ask where the funding comes from, but apparently thinking of Superman makes people think they suck, and that's bad for volunteerism.

Superman is too good a role model. Fans of the man from Krypton unwittingly compare themselves to the superhero, and realise they do not measure up. And as a result, they are less likely to help other people.


The one paragraph that struck me is the following:

Students who thought of Superman volunteered much less of their time than those who thought about other superheroes. Furthermore, Superman-primed subjects were significantly less likely to show up at a meeting for volunteers held three months after they were initially asked to participate.


Are you thinking about superheroes day to day? Hmm.

The reason, believes Nelson, is that asking people to compare themselves to an exceptional individual makes them realise their shortcomings. Whereas thinking about a general category encourages people to identify the strengths they have in common.

Shields up!

A new project to investigate the possibility of fitting spacecraft with a “magnetosphere” of their own, underway at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, recently received a cash boost from the NASA-funded Institute for Advanced Concepts.

Jeffrey Hoffman, an ex-astronaut who leads the project, envisages generating a magnetic shield using a superconducting magnet installed aboard a ship.

Astronauts are currently protected from cosmic radiation during a spaceflight by materials coating the outside of a craft which absorb the rays. But this material is typically extremely heavy, so a portable magnetic field could be a more efficient solution.

"Calculations show that using magnets would have benefits," Hoffman told New Scientist. A magnetic shell could protect a craft from cosmic radiation by deflecting away harmful cosmic particles. newscientist.com

Thursday, November 18, 2004

"new enlightenment" Bush=Hitler

Yes, Michael Moore is not alone.

The 2004 election revealed that American citizens are as intellectually and morally incompetent as the Germans in 1930. Such incompetence and ignorance always lead to tyranny. The United States is exactly at the same point in national degradation as the German nation in the 1930s when Hitler assumed absolute power and began his regime of mass murder and war crimes against the people of the world.

We've been conditioned to see Germany under Hitler as an unquestionably horrible example of dictatorial tyranny and inhuman barbarity--and to see our present American culture as completely opposite to that of Nazi Germany. And we like to think that if a tyranny such as that in Germany under the Nazi regime were present and growing in America we'd unquestionably be able to see it.

So it's a shock when we realize: most people living in Nazi Germany didn't see the tyranny! They thought it was the best time of their lives! new-enlightenment

The royalty connection

I've asked myself why it is that so many of the super rich are socialist and liberal, now I see the connection. It's about station, about "knowing your place." They're royalty.

Prince Charles draws back the curtain so that we can see the outlook of the super rich.

"What is wrong with everyone nowadays?

"Why do they all seem to think they are qualified to do things far beyond their technical capabilities?

"This is to do with the learning culture in schools as a consequence of a child-centred system which admits no failure.

"People think they can all be pop stars, high court judges, brilliant TV personalities or infinitely more competent heads of state without ever putting in the necessary work or having natural ability.

"This is the result of social utopianism which believes humanity can be genetically and socially engineered to contradict the lessons of history."

...latest pronouncement on British society - that its schools are imbued with a culture of "social utopianism" responsible for people getting ideas above their station - was laid bare at an employment tribunal yesterday. uk.news

Well this actually mirrors the views of those with billions that the government is best equipped to take care of the uneducated, unwashed masses. Those who otherwise would no doubt be unable to feed themselves. They become the providers, the planners of a more just society. They are the wise ones who are best able to decide the important decisions about who gets what in our society.

The super rich socialists begin to see themselves as Prince Charles no doubt does. As royalty.


Tuesday, November 16, 2004

jesusland

Liberal bigotry. Pure and simple.

Not one to shy away from speaking his mind, Keillor proposed a solution to what he deemed a fundamental problem with U.S. elections. "I'm trying to organize support for a constitutional amendment to deny voting rights to born-again Christians," Keillor smirked. "I feel if your citizenship is in Heaven-like a born again Christian's is-you should give up your citizenship. Sorry, but this is my new cause. If born again Christians are allowed to vote in this country, then why not Canadians?" chicago.edu


Am I offended? Not really. I think it says a lot about the moral superiority of the left. The casting of all those who oppose you as inferior and unfit is a well-worn path. One that the left never seems to see itself as engaging in. Nevertheless, I'm much more offended by the accusations that I am stupid, a fascist, a rascist, against democracy, or just plain evil.

We could argue about how such a comment about taking away anyone's citizenship based on their group identification would normally be received by the left, even if it were in jest, but I'm really not into group victim hood at any level. (Boring.) Suffice it to say that I point it out for the sake of pointing out liberal hypocrisy. Replace Christian with Black, Jew, Women, or Communist, take your pick of protected groups, and such a statement would be hate speech.

But let's think about this whole 'jesusland' angle many liberals have latched onto post-election to soothe their wounded ideology. It's as if Karl Rove actually did possess Emperor Palpatine magnitude powers and performed a massive jedi mind trick on the partisans of the left. Because in flailing about for a scapegoat (note: almost imperceptible religious reference) Democrats not only confirm an image of secular animosity to religion, but risk cementing their role as anti-religious and being an enemy to people of faith and how would that ever help win another election?

Which begs the question: are Democrats for protection of religious liberty or eradication of it? I ask the question knowing that it is almost rhetorical. Many Democrats are Christians. I know quite a few, and they have varying views on what separation of church and state means. But when I read some of the more strident voices of the left I wonder. Such as the following:

The greatest threat to democracy is not militant Islamic fundamentalists who dwell as terrorists in foreign lands waiting to destabilize the free west; the greatest threat is religious fundamentalism within our own shores.

Democracy and fundamentalism are simply incompatible. That has always been the case. We are witnessing it now in Iraq--a state of affairs totally miscalculated by the Bush administration due to its utter ignorance regarding the true mandates for democracy; and that is what we are witnessing in the rhetoric of the religious right in America--itself barely able to sustain the core values of a liberal democracy. dailykos


My working theory about why American Christians are viewed by the left as if they were the Taliban, is that Liberalism itself at some point can become (for some) a fundamentalist religion. One that has all the same characteristics they decry of all fundamentalisms; a stark view of good and evil, every issue seen in black and white terms, good guys, bad guys, etc.

Today's breed of Republicans have nothing to do with the values they used to espouse, and that I myself espouse - the values of personal liberty and conservatism. Yes, I am a "classical conservative", or "neo-progressive" if you will.

Today's breed of Republicans, mi gordito, as you will read about in your history books when you get older, are a breed world history has seen before. Except earlier, in the mid-twentieth century, they were called Fascists. Today's Republicans in the USA are Republican Fascists. And anyone who doesn't see that, dearest, have problems and issues in which I am not, and am no longer, willing to entangle myself. There just isn't any justification anymore for support of this "party" of bigoted, fascist thugs. dailykos


Just food for thought, I guess.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Chomsky's Law Enforcement 'War on Terror'

Noam Chomsky, the Anarcho-Syndicalist (I'm still not sure what that means, except that it looks alot like communism to me), blogs on, "How to fight terrorists."

Not surprisingly it is exactly like the Kerry doctrine of the war on terror.

In the case of crimes, the first steps are (1) determining who was probably guilty, apprehending them, and bringing them to a fair trial; and (2) attending to the background circumstances, [no doubt background circumstances means the oppressive American Imperialism that prompted the terrorists to hate us. -es] and where there are legitimate grievances in the background, addressing them, as should be done quite apart from the crimes.

It’s the same whether the crime is a street robbery or large-scale international terrorism. In the latter case, there is a virtual consensus on this among specialists and intelligence agencies (including former heads of Israeli intelligence). Furthermore, the evidence shows that these are the most effective courses to take, including contemporary Islamic terrorism (the only case we are allowed to talk about). In contrast, Cheney’s preferred method has consistently increased the threat of terrorism, which is quite natural: violence tends to increase violence and support for it in response. The current Iraq war is an illustration. It was undertaken with the expectation that it would probably lead to an increase in terrorism, as it did. That’s just another of the many indications that reducing the threat of terror is not a high priority for planners, and another reason…

Hysterical intellectuals who prefer to shriek rather than reduce the threat of terror choose to interpret (2) as “appeasement” or “submission to terror” or “rationalization of terror,” etc. In sharp contrast, specialists in terror and intelligence agencies typically take the opposite stand. Comment is hardly necessary, apart from questions of intellectual history.

Police investigation and action might, under some circumstances, involve military force. There cannot be any general answer to the question.

Hmm. Very similiar to what Kerry said on Meet the Press in April of 2004:

"The war on terror is...occasionally military. ... But it's primarily an intelligence and law enforcement operation that requires cooperation around the world." Meet the Press.


Chomsky turns next to the preemption doctrine and again reiterates a key component of Kerry's philosophy --use of force only with UN approval, i.e. the global test.

As for “pre-emptive strike,” there has been a formal consensus on this since the UN Charter and the Nuremberg Tribunal. The formal consensus, the supreme law of the land in the US, bans the resort to force with narrow exceptions: when authorized by the Security Council, or in response to armed attack until the Security Council acts, in the latter case when “the necessity for action is instant, overwhelming, and leaving no choice of means, and no moment of deliberation.” These principles were established because of explicit international rejection, led by the US, of doctrine that now prevails: that resort to force is legitimate if we “know”—that is, have some reason to believe—that someone has the intention of attacking us.

I don't see anywhere in the constitution any mention of the UN Security Council. Perhaps Mr. Chomsky could provide a reference for his claim?

Surprisingly lucid so far, (Chomsky usually explains his convoluted ideas with elaborate twists and turns of seemingly random vocabulary), we next come to the key component of Chomsky's anti-americanism: moral equivalency. Under Bush's doctrine of preemption Japan would have been justified in attacking Pearl Harbor for the perceived threat the US posed to the dictatoral regime. After all, America is a global hegemon with a history of barbaric Imperial conquests.

That doctrine would, for example, justify Japan’s attack on US military bases in Pearl Harbor and Manila. The Japanese could read the US press, with its lurid discussion of how US bombing could exterminate this inferior and vicious race by burning down Japan’s wooden cities, and they knew that flying fortresses capable of bombing Japan from Pearl Harbor and Manila were coming off the Boeing Assembly line, so they “knew” that there was a serious threat of extermination, not just terror. Therefore, according to the “Bush doctrine,” shared by Kerry and elites generally, Japan had every right to bomb Pearl Harbor and Manila. In fact, they had a far stronger case than the one enunciated by Colin Powell, etc.: that “intent and ability” suffice to allow the US to attack a country, committing the “supreme crime” of Nuremberg, which encompasses all the evil that follows—the crime for which any participants, such as the German foreign minister, were hanged.


Ah well. Chomsky's always good for a laugh. He's something of a curiosity, in a perverted sense like a carnival freak show. Well actually, his ideas would not be so scary if so many of them hadn't just been articulated by the Democratic nominee for President.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Eternal life

"A government agency is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth."

-Ronald Reagan, February 6, 1984

3.4 million vote mandate

Bush received 60,393,205 popular votes, and Kerry received 56,974,703 popular votes. That's a difference of 3,418,502

Yahoo news... via drudge

Where's the outrage?

Can you imagine the scandal if this happened at the Reagan funeral for instance?

Minister of foreign affairs Joschka Fischer was never treated this disrespectfully abroad: not only that his plane had to fly loops for a very long time. He also had to push his way through a crowd. In the end the Europeans missed the funeral service for Yassir Arafat.

...The french minister of foreign affairs michel barnier was violently pushed against journalists. Wischnewski, who is in a wheelchair, had to be shielded by german security forces to protect him. The european minister of foreign affairs Javier Solanar was also stuck in the crowd.

Since there were many guests missing after the beginning of the main ceremony, a second ceremony was held close to the cairo airport. Like many others, Fischer was not allowed to participate in this ceremony either. lgf

Dhimmitude is the status of infidels under Arab rule. I can't imagine Fischer being so accomodating for the Bush Administration.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Honest Reporting

Honest Reporting has a montage of Arafat's real legacy. Great site too by the way.

Downtown is packed! Posted by Hello

Lots of marchers Posted by Hello

Veterans Parade Posted by Hello

"We are all Palestinians"

The insanity is that France loves and honors the terrorist Arafat more than it does George Bush.

His coffin, draped in the Palestinian flag, was taken to a military airport, where a ceremony attended by members of the French government was held.

The plane carrying his body then took off for Cairo, where his funeral will be held on Friday.

The Palestinian Authority has declared 40 days of mourning.

Mr Arafat's widow Suha wept openly with her head bowed during the ceremony at the Villacoublay airport.

She was accompanied by French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath.

As a military band played a funeral march, Mr Arafat's coffin was carried by a guard of honour to an Airbus plane bearing the livery of the French republic.

The BBC's Caroline Wyatt in Paris described the ceremony as simple but dignified - a send-off fit for a head of state, as many in France saw Mr Arafat.

No members of the public were present at the airport. Earlier, crowds of Arafat supporters at Percy hospital, chanting, "We are all Palestinians", had waved candles and flags as Mr Arafat's body began its journey home.

Somewhat sickening. Of course, "We are all Palestinians," means solidarity against the evil oppressor jew.

Some militants accused Israel of causing his death and a leader of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Raid al-Aidi, swore to avenge it:

"We hold Israel fully responsible for the assassination of our mentor and father... It was caused by the siege imposed on him."

Speaking truth to JesusLand?

Chronicling the new liberal past time: Speaking truth to JesusLand. Here's a nice list of what America will look like in four years from now:

"Divided We Stand, United We Fall into Fascism: What a Red State-Only America Would Look Like"

In the same vein we have:

"The American people have decided to reelect George Bush. And so a great darkness has fallen upon our land and perhaps the whole earth, a darkness which may not be relieved by light for many decades if ever."

Hee hee. I love it. Next here's some of the ultimate left-speak to be found anywhere. It doesn't differ too much from the previous examples but it is more forthright about it's real goals.

"Organizing All the Oppressed To End All Our Oppressions"



Buh Bye.

Leora Dowling and her husband thought returning from deep in "red" America to her native New England would make them feel more comfortable, more like the people around them shared their values. Since the election, she's been contemplating another move. To Italy. abcnews

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Cheer up Lefties

Cheer up Liberals. The possibility that we live in a multiverse makes it likely that somewhere, somehow, the election results in 2004 were different.

The consequences are remarkable. A universe must exist for every physical possibility. There are Earths where the Nazis prevailed in the Second World War, where Marilyn Monroe married Einstein, and where the dinosaurs survived and evolved into intelligent beings who read New Scientist.

So it is possible, theoretically, that in at least one of the multitudinal universes of possibility that John Kerry isn't merely the biggest loser of 2004 but a huge, landslide, seachange, over-the-top, history-making winner!

In this hypothetical universe John Kerry is even now pronouncing the mandate of the voters: restoring integrity to America so that he can formally return the US to it's rightful place at the feet of the United Nations.

There Michael Moore is on TV everyday, on every channel, shaking his fist at the inverted 'states of red' who dared vote against peace and for the, by now, impeached George W. Bush, awaiting a criminal trial at the Hague.



John Kerry will begin bringing troops home from Iraq and embarking on a radical reversal of the crazy Bush doctrine.

A new, more intelligent, more effective War on Terror will begin. In cooperation with our allies, the democratic socialist countries of Europe, and the corrupt countries at the UN, some of whom are dictators and terrorists themselves, John Kerry will announce a new global effort to rid the world of injustice: "Operation Infinite Appeasement".

Good luck multilateral Kerry universe. You're gonna need it.

Thank God, uh sorry... I meant Jesus, that 59,834,725 Americans in this universe called Jesusland, that we don't have to see Operation Infinite Appeasement play out over the next four years.

Terrorist leader finally declared

Dead.

The terrorist leader beloved by so many Europeans, the UN, and terrorist organizations everywhere died today. Finally.

From 1920 through 1999, a total of 2,580 residents of Mandatory Palestine and, since 1948, the State of Israel fell victims to hostile enemy action; in most cases, terrorist attacks.

The last terror-related death in 1999 was recorded on August 30, 1999. The first death in 2000 was recorded on September 27, 2000, with the outbreak of the current wave of Palestinian violence and terror.

...1,032 people have been killed by Palestinian violence and terrorism since September 2000.


It's about time. Make no mistake this man was not a statesman he was a terrorist. A thug. A gangster. A dictator. A murderer. A thief.

His passing should be marked by a single line of news buried somewhere in the back pages along with how many local burglaries and incidents of jay walking there were last week: "Terrorist leader dead at age 75. Good bye and Good riddance."

So where's the money? Arafat controlled a vast amount of money, almost all of it from aid to Palestine. He plundered 'the treasury of palestine' and treated it as his own personal wealth. In fact, Forbes estimated his personal net worth at $300 million dollars.

As Yasir Arafat lies dying in Paris, the battle over his legacy involves an unstated but widely acknowledged concern: He personally controls several billion dollars, and no one else knows where it all is.

The extent and whereabouts of this fortune, which relies on different aides and advisers as co-signers, have been a hidden part of the disputes at his bedside, Israeli and Palestinian officials say, giving the imminent death of this revolutionary figure the elements of a Victorian novel.

Mr. Arafat has kept knowledge of the accounts compartmentalized, and only he knows all the details, well-informed Israeli officials say, in assertions confirmed reluctantly by Palestinian officials who do not want to harm Mr. Arafat's legacy.

Much about the financing of the Palestinian movement in the last four decades has been shrouded in secrecy, and its details are hard to pin down. But Palestinians say Mr. Arafat used the money to finance the Palestinian movement and administration, to pay salaries, bestow gifts, ensure loyalty, establish embassies, buy arms and pay groups ranging from charities to young fighters like Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades.
There's nothing to see here. Let's just move on.

Is Holland on Red terror alert?

Police action, blocks cordoned off near Holland, police wounded by grenade.

Terrorists surrounded?

Rising Dutch anger.

Fallujah hostage slaughterhouse

NEAR FALLUJAH, Iraq — Iraqi troops have found "hostage slaughterhouses" in Fallujah (search) where foreign captives were held and killed, the commander of Iraqi forces in the city said Wednesday. foxnews

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Michael Moore, a look back

Gee, liberals were saying the same thing about the stupid American voters before the election.
Michael Moore continues to have unkind words for his fellow countrymen. On his international book tour, the author of “Dude, Where’s My Country?” was asked what he thought of Americans. “They are possibly the dumbest people on the planet ... in thrall to conniving, thieving, smug pricks,” he replied. “We Americans suffer from an enforced ignorance. We don’t know about anything that’s happening outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing.” (Dec. 8, 2003) msnbc

Maddona... err, Esther says just leave Iraq-- now.

This is the kind of talk that lost Kerry the election. I hope it never stops.

LONDON (AFP) - US pop star Madonna made a rare foray into politics, calling for her home country to withdraw its troops from Iraq during an interview with British radio.

"I just don't want American troops to be in Iraq, period," she said on BBC Radio.

"My feelings are 'can we just all get out?'," said the 46-year-old star, who lives mainly in London with British film director husband Guy Ritchie, who said she believes the US-led war will not help in the fight against terrorism.

"Global terror is everywhere. Global terror is down the street, around the block," she said.

"Global terror is in California. There's global terror everywhere and it's absurd to think you can get it by going to one country and dropping tons of bombs on innocent people."

Madonna's best known belief is her adherence to the Kabbalah, a faith based on the study of Hebrew texts which has become increasingly popular in recent years, notably among music and film stars.

On other subjects, the singer said the recent US presidential election had illustrated how US society was "becoming very divided".

"People are becoming very polarized," she said. "We have people who don't want to think, and who just want to guard what is theirs, and they're selfish and limited in their thinking and they're very fearful in their choices."

Madonna said that her personal choice for the presidency would have been Wesley Clark, the former four star general who was well beaten to the Democratic nomination by John Kerry.

"I thought very carefully about it. I thought Wesley Clark had the best leadership qualities," she said.

"If he had the same political experience as Kerry he could have bridged that gap." yahoo

*Sigh* After these inspiring comments I feel some remorse about voting for Bush. I just didn't realize that I was being selfish and limited in my thinking. Not to mention fearful in my choices. I was wrong, Madonna, I mean, Esther, you have taught me the meaning of wisdom, of unselfishness, of making brave choices like making our soldiers drop everything and leave Iraq now. Thank you Esther.

Oh, the irony, the hypocrisy of Madonna demanding political conformity and labeling those who disagree with her as unthinking. What if I want to rebel against your choices Esther?

She said: "The stance of a rebel is 'I don't care what you think'. But if it's just for the sake of upsetting the apple cart, you're not really helping people.

"You turn the apple cart over and then what? Then everyone's looking at an apple cart that's turned over and they're like, well, now what do I do?"

The 45-year-old mother-of-two said her days of shedding her clothes on stage or in front of the camera are also over.

Madonna wants to shed her old image

"I thought I was liberating mankind but, like I said, I wasn't really offering an alternative.

"To a certain extent I was saying 'Look, you know, why do men only get the job of objectifying women in a sexual way? I want to do it too.'

"There was an element of that, but there was also an element of being an exhibitionist and saying 'look at me'. It wasn't that altruistic. I can admit that."

Madonna - who was named after her mother - said she now wanted to be called Esther as part of her following of the Kabbalah religious teachings.

"My mother died when she was very young of cancer, and I wanted to attach myself to another name," she said.

"This is in no way a negation of who my mother is. I wanted to attach myself to the energy of a different name." bbc


I'm sure everything would be ok if everyone converted to Kabballah?

Tonight's links of interest

Stolen election rebutal

More stolen election rebutal.

Non-jesus voters

Good advice Dems, I'd listen.

Voting is compulsory in Belgium?

An RDF visualizer, hmm.

Kick the oil habit in 50 years?

Oil prices drop.

Sore loser laundry list.

Seymore Hersh: hard left ideologue. So what else is new?

Bush voters are stupid, ignorant and hypocritical... Classic liberal condescension. I hope they keep it up.

Powerful Hitchens

Many are the cheap and easy laughs in which one could indulge at the extraordinary, pitiful hysteria of the defeated Democrats. slate

God will kill Bush...

Acts of God

SFSU intifada

San Francisco State University, Finarelli showed up at the student union building that morning to help table and distribute literature to solicit new club members after President Bush’s victory the previous election day. What he found was a noisy and menacing mob of over 300 Palestinian, Arab, Muslim and radical leftist students surrounding his club’s table being held back by 13 San Francisco State police officers. The police officers were forced to surround the CR’s table both in front and in back in order to protect the conservative students’ safety.

It gets better...

UAV's battle tested

In Iraq, UAVs provide situational awareness for troops guarding garrisons and high-value targets, support mobile troops during scouting missions, and watch over convoy movements, among other missions, Weatherington said.

"They're a real advantage," he said. "If a convoy is going down the road and sees something up ahead that looks unusual, they can literally stop, put one of these things together and launch it, fly down the road and see what's down there — without endangering the convoy." defenselink.mil

Monday, November 08, 2004

Capitalism's global war on poverty

A US research group wants a war on poverty and pollution to match the war on terrorism. The group, the Worldwatch Institute, says the division between rich and poor amounts to global apartheid. bbc


It might surprise some to know that I basically agree with the above statement. However, I wouldn't agree with any of the policies the Worldwatch institute advocates in order to 'fix' this state of affairs.

We have one goal but two visions. We are divided not so much by what kind of world we want but by how we get there.

For instance, Worldwatch points out that governments and semi-government forces in many third world countries war for control of national resources, but NGO's like Worldwatch also oppose any efforts to bring private industry and capitalism into these same countries, which is likely the only thing that will really improve life in the long term for these poverty stricken nations, i.e. foreign investment.

My main disagreement with the worldview of many of these NGO's is that the solutions they promote are really just warmed over international welfare programs based on the same old half-baked marxist blather.

Daniel Bitler from the World Wildlife Fund made it clear what sustainable development really means to committed political environmentalists. "Sustainable development is setting the necessary social and ecological limits to economic growth," he declared. In other words, poor people like Issac and his children should not aspire to the opportunities and wealth enjoyed by the citizens of developed countries. This vision is based on the false Malthusian notion that the world's resources are limited, condemning a large portion of the world's people to misery and poverty in perpetuity. reason.com


As I outlined in a previous post, there are a variety of factors that keep some countries poor. Lack of free markets, property rights, and individual freedom is usually number one on the list. The answer to global poverty is not redistribution of global wealth in the name of equality, which would in fact result in untold misery to both rich and poor as the economic engines of western countries are plunged into depression, but capitalism and free markets. It took 200 years for the United States to 'get rich' as it were, and it wasn't part of a central plan. It was a convergence of historical precedents carried down through western civilization: secure property rights and rule of law.

What's intriguing to me is the time warp, ideologically, that liberal activists seem to be stuck in. Bemoaning American over-consumption, demanding that the poorest countries be given our wealth, while insisting that trade is exploitation. Their proposals defy common sense and nature. They also sound more like the low level communist literature of the thirties than of modern think tanks and politicians.

The people of the third world deserve freedom and prosperity. There is in fact no good reason that Zimbabwe or Haiti cannot be a rich country except for the type of burdens created by their own governments. Which are in fact political obstacles, not economic ones. Do we help them to develop the tools to create wealth or do we keep them in an apartheid state of welfare subservience by insisting that the only solution to poverty is international socialism?

Destroy poverty: let capitalism do its job.

BBC Reporter cries for Arafat

Not improbable at all.

The BBC has received some 500 complaints about Plett's broadcast, which was broadcast on its Radio 4 program, "From Our Own Correspondent."

In her report, Plett said: "When the helicopter carrying the frail old man rose above his ruined compound, I started to cry . . . without warning."

She went on to reflect that, "in quieter moments since I have asked myself, why the sudden surge of emotion? I suppose there was a pathos about the strong contrast between this and other journeys Yasser Arafat has made."

In her report, entitled "Yasser Arafat's unrelenting journey," Plett noted that "foreign journalists seemed much more excited about Mr. Arafat's fate than anyone in Ramallah We hovered around the gate to his compound, swarming around the Palestinian officials who drove by, poking our microphones through their dark, half-open windows."

She lamented that amid all the media activity just a few hundred loyalists turned out to see him off from Ramallah, "waving and calling out one of his favorite sayings: 'The mountain cannot be shaken by the wind'."

Where were the people, she asked, "the mass demonstrations of solidarity, the frantic expressions of concern?" Then she answered her own question: "I think this history explains Palestinian emotions better than mine.

"For me, it was probably the siege. I remember well when the Israelis re-conquered the West Bank more than two years ago, how they drove their tanks and bulldozers into Mr. Arafat's headquarters, trapping him in a few rooms, and throwing a military curtain around Ramallah. jpost.com

Incredible Hubris

The left is completely transparent. This article title says it all: Global View: Four years to reap

The words might well apply to U.S. President George W. Bush. After much sowing he has reaped what he sought: a second term. But what he and the United States will reap during it will not all be healthy. An economy and stock markets that are, as I predicted two weeks ago in the column, likely to rally in the near term, are unlikely to have a good four years. washingtontimes.com


I hope this election failure causes the the liberal press to come out of the closet for good. No more hiding folks.

All the right people

All the right people are concerned about our assault on Fallujah. This is a sure sign that we are doing the right thing.

Arab League Secretary General Amr Mousa said Sunday he was concerned over U.S.-Iraqi plans to launch a massive military attack on the Iraqi city of Fallujah.


Concerned. As is Kofi Annan. It's even gratifying to hear the right phrases as well, "be patient in dealing with insurgents," and, "dialogue and agreement are essential for a secure Iraq."

He said he supported U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan's warning of the dangerous repercussions of using military force.

Last week, Annan sent messages to the leaders of Iraq, the United States and Britain warning a full-scale attack on Fallujah would threatened the security and stability of the entire Iraqi nation. He called for including Iraqi groups not represented in the interim Iraqi government in the political process as a solution to the crisis.

Mousa called on the Iraqi government to be patient in dealing with the situation in Fallujah, which is controlled by armed insurgents, saying "dialogue and agreement are essential for a secure Iraq." washingtontimes.com


We really dodged a bullet when the American people defeated the UN candidacy of John Kerry.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Hope has triumphed.

President Bush's re-election gives the free world a second chance.
BY JOSE MARIA AZNAR

Many took for granted that Mr. Bush would be defeated. They were wrong. The mistake committed by those who create caricatures is that they believe that normal people are going to substitute reality with caricature. The American people have decided that the best option is to offer a new mandate to Mr. Bush. If not, the achievement of these elections would be inexplicable: an extensive margin between the two candidates, in favor of President Bush, in favor of the popular vote; an increase in the number of his senators; a comfortable majority in the House of Representatives. Mr. Bush has managed to consolidate a movement that has been emerging for some years. He has managed to consolidate a natural conservative majority in his country. Aznar

Saturday, November 06, 2004

UN Appeasement

This is the genius organization that Kerry wanted to hand over our foreign policy to. Kofi: "Killing terrorists only makes things worse."

Annan wrote to leaders in Britain, the United States and Iraq's interim government warning a strike on Fallujah risked further alienating Iraqis and disrupting January's elections, diplomats in New York said.

Blunkett said the US-led coalition had to listen to Annan's concerns but added: "I think on this occasion he is entirely wrong.

"If the elections are to take place, if they are to be adjudged to be democratic and if there is to be security and stability and a democratic Iraq in the future, then the terrorists have to be rooted out, both for the Iraqis and for the rest of us," he said.

"If they got their hands on Iraq, they would do what the Taliban did in Afghanistan; they would act as the hosts for the encampments, for the training, for the launch point for those who would kill anybody in our country," he said. yahoo

or Burns 2008?


Mr. Burns how do you feel about possibly running against Senator Clinton in the 2008 election?

"I could crush her like an ant. But it would be too easy. No, revenge is a dish best served cold. I'll bide my time until.... Oh, what the hell. I'll just crush her like an ant."

Vader in 2008


"I find your lack of faith in the GOP disturbing."




(Hit the play button to hear mood enhancing music.)

French quagmire: Ivory Coast


ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's military killed eight French soldiers in a bombing raid on the rebel-held stronghold of Bouake on Saturday and opened fire on troops from the former colonial power in the main city of Abidjan.

French President Jacques Chirac ordered the West African country's warplanes involved in violating a cease-fire to be destroyed after the assault on Bouake in which 23 French soldiers were injured. news.yahoo


These yahoo news stories disappear after awhile... see here: bbc, iht, wsws, bbc, radio netherlands

Arab news roundup

'Exploited' Bedouin teen treads Israeli catwalk.

Zionist Starbucks opening branch Jordanian capital of Amman.

Saudi Clerics urge Michael Moore's minutemen to fight US forces as their duty and right.

Kuwait gives $60 million in aid to Najaf to build up infrastructure.

Arab investment up. albawaba.com

Jordnian prince encourages election participation in Iraq.

Iraqi ambassador to Syria named. Writer Hassan al-Alawi, former press secretary for Saddam Hussein returned from exile after US liberation.

The seige and assault on Fallujah is under way.

Trans-Sahara Counter Terrorism Initiative

Fearing that huge tracts of largely deserted African territory could become a safe haven for terrorist groups, the US is poised to increase efforts to assist governments on the continent to better control their territory.

According to Gen Charles Wald, Deputy Commander of US European Command (EUCOM), there is a lack of government control in and around the Sahara region and “we can’t allow areas like that to be ungoverned, to become a haven for terrorists”.

A new US security assistance programme, called the Trans-Sahara Counter-Terrorism Initiative (TSCTI) and costing as much as $100 million, aims to address these concerns. The programme would be an expanded follow-on to the Pan Sahel Initiative (PSI), which helped train and equip one rapid-reaction company, about 150 soldiers, in each of the four Saharan states: Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad.

The follow-on programme is needed, US officials say, because increasing the capability of friendly governments in the region to better control their territory is a long-term process and one that Gen Wald said Washington was committed to maintaining. One US defence official added that, given the vast swaths of territory involved, 150 soldiers per country “is not nearly enough”. The TSCTI would train additional forces, include more countries and help foster better information sharing and operational planning between regional states, considered as important as creating new units.

The problem, Gen Wald said, is that the Sahel has a history of being a centre through which arms and other illicit trade have flowed. Now, terrorists could seek to use those traditional routes as a safe haven, a recruiting ground, or for fund raising. Explaining US concerns, Gen Wald said the problem was “a combination of some [current] terrorism activity and the potential for a lot more if we don’t watch it”.

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Saddam's illegal weapons

Saddam working on three long range ballistic missiles with ranges of 500 km or more.

Iran's Military

I'm not a subscriber so I haven't read the full article...

The IRGC leadership is widely viewed in Iran to be employing the nuclear stand-off as a vehicle to encroach further into the political sphere. As the constitution prohibits serving IRGC staff from running for office, a number of retired officials from its ranks have recently been appointed to senior positions or elected to the Majlis. There has even been speculation that IRGC could field its own candidate for the 2005 presidential elections. Further political influence, combined with its full control over Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, could make the IRGC the most formidable obstacle to a transformation of Iran's foreign policy. janes.com

US French cooperation War on Terror...

Cooperation is possible, as well as necessary.

In recent months, the United States and France have put considerable pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad not to interfere in Lebanon's presidential election this fall, while encouraging Lebanese politicians to exert control over the political process. This unusual display of trans-Atlantic coordination in Middle East policy has begun to reshape political alignments in Lebanon and encourage the growth of a broad-based pro-democracy movement. meib.org

Friday, November 05, 2004

Vote or Die?

How did I miss this? Too much going on in the election I guess.

"I was a little reckless with my comments, to be honest," Diddy said on Tuesday (November 2). "I realized I relinquished my power too early after I educated myself. I shouldn't have said that until I felt that there was somebody that could be better for my people. ... I learned a lot in this process. I learned that my power could be used better. Instead of attacking Bush, it would be better to light a flame under young Americans and let them make the decisions."

A more informed Diddy has been sticking to a bipartisan approach in telling people to register and get out to the polls. The objective of his Citizen Change organization has been simple: They want to educate, motivate and empower, and in the process they've made the phrase "Vote or Die" a household slogan. mtv

Zarqawi better run

Almost makes one sad for Michael Moore's minute men. Almost.

NEAR FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) — U.S. warplanes pounded Fallujah late Friday in what residents called the strongest attacks in months, as more than 10,000 American soldiers and Marines massed for an expected assault. Iraq's prime minister warned the "window is closing" to avert an offensive.

For the past three nights, long convoys of American soldiers from Baghdad and Baqouba have rolled onto a dust-blown base on the outskirts of Fallujah, a city that has become the symbol of Iraqi resistance. U.S. commanders here have been coordinating plans either to fight their way into the city or isolate it from the rest of Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland.

If they fight, American troops will face an estimated 3,000 insurgents dug in behind defenses and booby traps. Military planners believe there are about 1,200 hardcore insurgents in Fallujah — at least half of them Iraqis. They are bolstered by insurgent cells with up to 2,000 fighters in the surrounding towns and countryside. usatoday

Unteachable Ignorance

The election results reflect the decision of the right wing to cultivate and exploit ignorance in the citizenry. ...my relatives [who voted for Bush] are not ignorant, they are just greedy and full of classic Republican feelings of superiority.)

Ignorance and bloodlust have a long tradition in the United States, especially in the red states. slate


That's the way to win the election the next time around, call everyone who voted for your opponent idiotic, ignorant, and bloody savages. The red states are murderers who are willfully ignorant. I must say this is offensive, but not very surprising. It's also a little gratifying to know that your hunch is right--the left, or at least those represented by Jane Smiley, have fully closed their minds to reality--confirming the death of liberalism.

The red forces, known then as the slave-power, pulled 265 unarmed men from their beds on a Sunday morning and slaughtered them in front of their wives and children. The error that progressives have consistently committed over the years is to underestimate the vitality of ignorance in America. slate


Yes, we Red folks are a bloodthirsty lot. Ready to kill Democrats at a moments notice. What I find most disturbing about this period of 'self-examination' by the left is that they are not doing any self-examination. It's all about what's wrong with the right and all those who were persuaded to vote for them. I find this disturbing because it speaks of a deeply seated arrogance that cannot even question, for even a moment, whether or not their prejudices are actually factual.

They know no boundaries or rules. They are predatory and resentful, amoral, avaricious, and arrogant. Lots of Americans like and admire them because lots of Americans, even those who don't share those same qualities, don't know which end is up. Can the Democrats appeal to such voters? Do they want to? The Republicans have sold their souls for power. Must everyone? slate


I find it amusing that in 2000 the Democrats claimed George Bush was an 'illegitimate President' and therefore had to govern as if Gore had won. Now that Bush is apparently 'legitimately' elected, he doesn't have 'a mandate' and so should govern this deeply divided nation by not enacting any conservative agenda. Somehow I think that if Kerry had won by the same margin it would have been considered a mandate and the left woud not be talking about moderation and healing the divide.

Could it be that the real reason we will not see any bipartisan coming together, bridging the divide, or healing the division is that when democrats call for such they mean that Republicans must compromise? I suspect that Democrats never think supporting some actual cuts in spending programs might go a long way toward creating a bipartisan atmosphere rather than putting out press releases about Republicans starving children and killing seniors for suggesting smaller increases.

In the end I think Paul Krugman outlined what the actual Democratic strategy will be: increase the partisanship and increase the opposition. Judging by Jane and Paul, I don't think it will take too long before we are back to Bush is a Nazi.

President Bush isn't a conservative. He's a radical - the leader of a coalition that deeply dislikes America as it is.
...thanks to a heavy turnout by evangelical Christians, Mr. Bush has four more years to advance that radical agenda.

...But Democrats are not going to get the support of people whose votes are motivated... by their opposition to abortion and gay rights ....All they will do if they try to cater to intolerance is alienate their own base.

...Rather than catering to voters who will never support them, the Democrats - who are doing pretty well at getting the votes of moderates and independents - need to become equally effective at mobilizing their own base.

In fact, they have made good strides, showing much more unity and intensity than anyone thought possible a year ago. But for the lingering aura of 9/11, they would have won.

What they need to do now is develop a political program aimed at maintaining and increasing the intensity. That means setting some realistic but critical goals for the next year.

Democrats shouldn't cave in to Mr. Bush when he tries to appoint highly partisan judges - even when the effort to block a bad appointment fails, it will show supporters that the party stands for something. They should gear up for a bid to retake the Senate or at least make a major dent in the Republican lead. They should keep the pressure on Mr. Bush when he makes terrible policy decisions, which he will. nytimes


From my perspective George Bush has already allowed the spending to continue on autopilot for far too long. Let's not forget that budget increases are programmed into every years budget automagically so that any proposed reduction in the increase can be fought as a cut.

I don't have any hope that there will be any bipartisanship in our near future. Democrats are too bitter and too wrapped up in their own 'fantasy world of spin' to be able to bend on any issue that matters to them-- that is to say, every issue matters to them equally, so that no matter what the Republicans plan to do it will be fought as any ignorant Red State desire to kill and destroy should be fought.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Communist Party of France

See what an ignorant American I am? I didn't know there was a Communist Party of France. Much less that it had any real history of involvement in politics.

In the 1945 elections the Communist Party became the strongest political group in France when it won 25 per cent of the vote. The following year the party entered the government with Maurice Thorez as deputy prime minister. spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk


They currently hold 21 seats in the French National Assembly.

The National Assembly consists of 577 members known as députés (deputies), each elected by a single-member constituency. It is presided over by a President (currently Jean-Louis Debré. The term of the National Assembly is at most five years. The President of France may dissolve the Assembly (ie: call new election), except if he already dissolved it in the preceding year.

The official seat of the National Assembly is the Palais Bourbon on the banks of the river Seine. It is guarded by Republican Guards.

The last legislative elections, held in June 2002 resulted in the following distribution of seats:


357 Union for a Presidential Majority
140 Socialist Party
29 Union for a Democratic France
21 Communist Party of France
7 Left Radical Party
23 other
wikipedia.org


Bush Wins!



I couldn't resist.

Democratic Underground Roundup

'Finding' Kerry votes in Ohio

http://www.butlercountyelections.org/pdf/canvas.pdf

Page 7

The correct count for Bush is 1389. They list it as 3,399.
The correct count for Kerry is 3321. They list it as 1,401.

So... we see what should be a 2,010 vote decrease for Bush, and what should be a 1,920 vote increase for Kerry.

on top of this: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


We may have uncovered something... D.U.M.B.


Who are you going to believe? My exit polls and pollsters or your lying eyes?

To believe that Bush won the election, you must also believe...

To believe that Bush won the election, you must also believe:

1- That the exit polls were WRONG...

2- That Zogby's 5pm election day calls for Kerry winning OH, FL were WRONG. He was exactly RIGHT in his 2000 final poll. D.U.M.B.


Yes, another fraudulent election.

American Democracy may be on its Deathbed. The exit Polls Worked in Non-Electronic Voting Sites. But in the sites where un-recountable electronic voting took place the exit polls were off and in Bush's favor. This is the smoking gun. This is the clear sign that the failure of the republicans in the house and senate to support paper ballot legislation was intended to enable the theft of the presidency and further congressional seats. This election has zero credibility and must be overturned. D.U.M.B.

Sounds like the Democratic party to me.

"An end to the rule of profit, for a socialist society to meet the needs of all."

Oh, looks like they're supporting Ralph Nader. Probably Green Party members moonlighting.


The Democratic Underground Horde, or D.U.H., is busy in their 'fantasy world of spin' delegitimizing the Bush victory with conspiracy theories. Hee, hee.

First of all, this election was definitely rigged. I have no doubt about it. It's a statistical impossibility that Bush got 8 million more votes than he got last time. In 2000, he got 15 million votes from right-wing Christians, and there are approximately 19 million of them in the country. They were eager to get the other 4 million. That was pretty much Karl Rove's strategy to get Bush elected. D.U.H.

Chirac snubs Allawi

But French President Jacques Chirac — dubbed Le Worm — was doing his best to scupper bridge-building.

He will snub a meeting with Iraqi PM Iyad Allawi in Brussels today. It is a sleight aimed at Mr Bush and Tony Blair, who back Mr Allawi.

Chirac — who tried to stop the war to topple Saddam Hussein — will leave Brussels before the new Iraqi leader arrives.

However Chirac DID find time to visit Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in hospital yesterday.

Meanwhile, Mr Blair was working to heal rifts over Iraq, and flew to Brussels to rally EU leaders.

Last night he called on Europe’s leaders to end their “state of denial” over Mr Bush’s election win.

He told The Times countries against the war must now work with the US.

The PM said: “The election has happened. America has spoken. The rest of the world should listen.

“It is important that America listens to the rest of the world too.

“The fact is that President Bush is there for four years. Some people are in a sort of state of denial.” thesun.co.uk

Iraqi's NATO training in Norway

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2004 — Key Iraqi civilian and military leaders arrived at the NATO Joint Warfare Centre in Norway this week to attend an eight-day pilot training course designed to teach them how to promote civil-military cooperation as they build their security institutions.

...The center staff offers this instruction through lectures, simulations and exercises that give participants the opportunity to "walk through" possible real-life scenarios under the guidance of NATO instructors, they said.

The Iraqi participants range from senior military officers to civilian staff with Iraq's defense and interior ministries. Iraqi authorities selected them as key leaders from within the country's security forces.

A senior Iraqi representative at today's news conference said the training offered valuable insights into coordination between military and civil forces — a significant part of establishing a stable security environment in Iraq. He thanked the coalition for its support and expressed appreciation to NATO for hosting the session. defenselink.mil

The real stupidity

Yeah, the daily mirror is dumb. But I consider this even dumber.

How could Bush possibly get elected? After all the Great Depression is ongoing there in America isn't it? Sounds like someone is believing election lies.

Tens of millions of ordinary Americans live in more economic insecurity and enjoy less opportunity as a result of the America he is building. Abroad he is leading his country into a dangerous and unwinnable confrontation with Islamic fundamentalism that obstructs the rooting out of terrorism, whose crassness is exposed daily in the flow of news from Iraq. A grass roots revolt should throw him out of office as an incompetent. guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

The Voice of the American people

In an election with the highest voter turnout in history, George W. Bush received the highest number of votes of any President in history. The Senate Minority Leader, Tom Daschle has been defeated, and the GOP has gained seats in the House and in the Senate. Yesterday was not merely a defeat for Democrats, I believe it was a repudiation of a party that gave free reign to its most divisive and partisan impulses.

To give you an idea of how and why George W. Bush won, I spent most of the day on Tuesday getting out the vote in my precinct. At 6:00pm, when the poll workers updated the list of all who had voted up to that time, my precinct had reached a 60% Republican voter turnout. Virtually all of the remaining voters I was able to reach by phone before 8:00pm said they had either just voted or were heading out the door. So I expect that the Republican voter turn out in my district could have easily reached 70%! (The registrar will release precinct level stats later this week.)

I've read a few of the comments made by disheartened Kerry supporters. I'm not sure they even represent the average Democratic voter, but may be more reflective of an understandable emotional response to the election. Comments like:

...Even if Ohio is litigated, it shouldn't be this close. We're telling the world that we endorse the last four years, and give thumbs up to more evil.

...Okay, we won't blame it on Rove. We'll blame it on the overwhelming intolerance and bigotry of the American public.

...This "election" proves a few things that I've long known and hated about this country:...

...Feudalism disguised as Fundamentalism has won. Osama has won today.

...This election has shown how stupid majority of Americans are. They are ignorant and stupid. They are stupid and they elected their president. Let them enjoy another 4 years of fear, war,and terror. It is their choice.

...The "moral majority" has won. They will read their bibles and insist that the nation was founded by Christians as rabid as themselves - not realizing their ignorance. And we who know better will have to stand by and watch while they destroy our Constitution and all it has stood for since 1787.

They have elected a diabolical administration that has made the most disastrous and irresponsible decisions in the history of the country, as well as the most diplomatically inept, inarticulate, and moronic president that has ever lived on Pennsylvania Avenue.

I hope they will enjoy the self-fullfilling prophesy of their Armageddon - and I hope they rot in Hell for wanting to "bring it on" while dragging the rest of us with them.

...Congratulations to all Americans who have helped push the world further into the abyss.

...To each and every person who voted to re-elect George W Bush, a warm congratulations. You slack-jawed, gun toting, mindless fools.

You have dug your own grave, and brought any attack that happens on your soil in the next four years upon yourselves.

The world washes its hands of you.


For Democrats who are disheartened today, I sympathize, but I have no message of solace. The lesson of this election is not that Americans are stupid, deluded, or duped, the lesson is that America is an exceptional nation with unique role in history. Bill Clinton won two terms as President by running as an optimistic 'new democrat'. Not as a prophet of doom condemning American Imperialism. Still, during Clinton's first term Republicans took control of the House. Then in Bush's first term they also took control of the Senate. Even after all of the harshest charges of war profiteering, treason, idiocy, and fascism were hurled at this President, he won, and Republicans gained more seats in both the House and Senate.

My take is that Michael Moore's position of honor at the Democratic convention and the full adoption and endorsement of Fahrenheit 9/11 by the Kerry campaign as its anti-Bush message is what lost him the election. I believe that if Kerry hadn't aligned himself with the most anti-war and easily perceived anti-American rhetoric of the left he could have had a shot at winning the Presidency. A majority of Americans just do not agree that America is an oppressive, imperialistic, racist, bigoted, and evil nation. It's not just that they don't believe it. It's just not true.

As I have said before, the left and the right both basically agree on ultimate ends. We all agree that we love our children, that we want peace, prosperity, safety, health, clean air, to live productively, to see beauty around us-- in short: we all want life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for ourselves and our world. Unfortunately we disagree on how we get there. What's more, we regularly confuse those who disagree with us as disagreeing with those ultimate ends.

How we come to an agreement on how we achieve those ends is an open question. But my hope is that Democrats will choose to join us where they see a common goal and some possibility of some agreement knowing that we are not out to destroy civilization but are trying to do what we can to make it better.

If not, I promise to visit some of you in the soon to be built gulags to the north. (After the invasion of Canada.) Heh. Heh.

Michael Moore's relevance...

I love it.

Michael Moore's relevance after the election.

What French media bias?

3 November 2004: Le Monde French Newspaper
Headline: Baghdad under the occupation
Purpose: Paint as grim a picture of Iraqi hatred against America as possible.
Mission: Accomplished

Nobody had considered these nineteen months like that. For the Iraqis, delivered to violence, with paranoia and the depression, Bush, it is the enemy, Kerry, it is the unknown.

Baghdad is an occupied city. It is a not easily describable state. And yet, there is always something in the air to point out it.

The American occupation, it is Abou Ghraib and torture, they are the systematic prisons and blows, humiliation.


Granted the translation is imperfect, but the meaning is clear. Bush is the enemy to Iraqis and Kerry an unknown.

Rare are these Iraqis who do not describe themselves like angels struck down by a foreign and diabolic force. Rare are those which do not recall all the day, as to entreat the fate, than this country is that of the "kindness" and L ' "hospitality" . The enemy of Iraq, it is inevitably the foreigner. The first marked ones are the United States, Al-Qaida, Iran and other neighbors.

"We will not however be free, known as the student, as long as Saddam will be in our heads." He speaks about mentalities, good manners, and especially about "values" . For him, the enemy of Iraq, it is initially the Iraqi.

"Under the dictatorship of Saddam, the Iraqis were wolves for the Iraqis. It there deaths, disappearances, of had tortured many, remembers Mona, an academic. However it was nothing compared to today. Under this occupation, with this war, solidarity and confidence do not exist any more. We are not only any more afraid of the moukhabarat - secret service of Saddam Hussein -, but of the our neighbor, man in the street. The danger is everywhere." "people do not think any more that to survive and gain dollars , known as Ammar, even if it means to trample the others."

...Because there are today at least two dictatorships in Iraq, that of the occupant and that of the rebellion. The occupation, which brought, by eliminating Saddam, a freedom of unanimously greeted word, a political freedom, a religious freedom, is however a dictatorship in oneself. "There cannot be democracy under occupation" , hears one everywhere. As for the rebellion, it makes reign terror, it refuses the freedom of found word, it imposes its order political and religious, it judges and it condemns. "It there has a multitude of dictatorships, thinks Ali, a writer. That of the Americans, that of the government of Iyad Allaoui, that of the nationalist guerrilla sunnite, that of the guerrilla sunnite islamist, that of Al-Qaida and the foreign djihadists, that of the guerrilla Shiite of Moqtada Al-Sadr, that of the gangsters, that of the jerk of my street with his kalachnikov... " It speaks, like Ammar, of the Iraqis become of " small Saddam ".

"The insane American night of the bloggers"

I'm almost accustomed to the backwards english translation of google but here's an interesting article at Le Monde about the 'unreliability' of those 'crazy' bloggers.

With a reference to Little Green Footballs!

For the bloggers, it is an insane night, the test of the fire of the policy on line. What imports prudence that the great media can adopt: on the blogs, rumours, surveys and information with half reliable circulated. But they seem credible, so much so that Wall Street wavers and that brokers, influenced by rumours of victory of the democratic candidate, are agitated and sell. Later, in the night, Matt Drudge retrogresses and delivers high and strong its opinion, photograph of the president to the support: "victorious Bush" . Site headlight of the anti-Bush fight, MoveOn.org, remains quiet with a simple call to the participation of the voters, without offering of follow-up of the evening. Another icon of the dispute, Michael Moore, realizer of documentary Farenheit 9/11 , gold Palm to the last Festival of Cannes, accomodates the messages and comments of the voters who could not vote or who were pilot irregularities.

Some tell their mishaps or those their friends, prevented from voting, because ever registered on the electoral roll of their county in spite of their administrative steps. Lastly, comes time from the comments, rejoicings or concerns. Little Green Footballs , a preserving blog, is delighted in advance by the head that Chirac and Kerry will make when they will learn the victory from Bush and that they will realize that "their post-modern ideologies, morally devaluated were rejected by the Americans" . As for the blog Daylikos , it releases at 6. 47 GMT its last post and its irritation: "More I think of it, more I am irritated that the TVS give results for Ohio whereas they are still clearly undecided. Let us leave these whores votes be counted."

No enthusiasm in France

Can google get any more useful? French newspaper translations? Yes.

The French newspaper Le Monde has this story about French reaction to the Bush victory.

It is only at the end of the day, after Mr. Kerry recognized the victory of his adversary, that the French president, Jacques Chirac, reacted to the re-election of Mr. Bush. It congratulated it and said to hope that this second mandate "will be the occasion to reinforce the Franco-American friendship", indicated the Elysium.

"In the name of France and on my personal behalf, I wish to express you my more sharp congratulations for your re-election with the presidency of the United States of America", wrote Mr. Chirac in a letter addressed to his counterpart that it
describe as "dear George".

"It is in a spirit of dialogue, of regard and of respect mutual that must continue to develop our co-operation, our common combat against terrorism and the action which we carry out together to promote freedom and the democracy ", affirmed Mr. Chirac.
"We will not be able to find answers satisfactory to the many challenges with which we are confronted today without a narrow transatlantic partnership. France and the United States have to play an essential role there ", added the French president.


That's the official response, (at the end of the day). The unguarded opinions are less charitable. Even considering that the worst is from the communist party of France!

The first secretary of the socialist Party, François Holland, and chair it UDF, François Bayrou, for their part preached the construction of " stronger" Europe, making re-election of George Bush an argument of countryside for "yes" to the referendum on the European Constitution.

"Europe must be strong compared to America, which, in any case, will try to impose its vision of the world" , François Holland declared.

"If Europe wants to exist, to make hear its voice, it is necessary that it gathers. That will require many efforts ", increased François Bayrou.

Like Hubert Védrine, the president of the UDF admitted that "incomprehension" between two banks of the Atlantic did not concern the only responsibility for George Bush. "It is checked today that actually this orientation was supported by a majority of the American people" , it underlined.

For Henri Emmanuelli, one of the heads of file of the left wing of the PS, the vote in favour of George Bush also corresponds "to a major slip of the United States on the ideological level ", which it considered to be catastrophic " (...) for the world" .

The VOICES Pro-bush MUCH Less AUDIBLE

For the Communist Party, the re-election of George Bush is a "very bad news for all the people of the world ", because "it is the candidate of the warlike higher bid, the unilateralism and American hegemony" .

"Bush is a dangerous man for his country and its country became dangerous for the whole of the world" , estimated the deputy Vert Noël Mamère. "the mode of Bush is an authoritative mode which exploits (...) the fear of the war and terrorism ". Yves Contassot, spokesman national of the movement ecologist, had spoken before about "black Tuesday" and a "day of mourning for the democracy, peace and the environment ".

Deputy UMP Herve Mariton, in favour of the intervention in Iraq, estimated that the re-election of the outgoing president was "a good news, not only for the United States but for France and the world ", while wishing that the Bush administration have "in heart to correct" a "certain number of faults and made errors these last years" .

"Obviously I delighted by this result" , his/her liberal colleague Alain Madelin increased. "Vis-a-vis the hyperterrorism and with the threat of Islamic Fascism, one needs the engagement of the American power (...). I that the world has need of a gendarme and fear of the gendarme" it added.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Bush victory not good enough...

Boy that didn't take long.

...international monitors at a polling station in southern Florida said Tuesday that voting procedures being used in the extremely close contest fell short in many ways of the best global practices.

The observers said they had less access to polls than in Kazakhstan, that the electronic voting had fewer fail-safes than in Venezuela, that the ballots were not so simple as in the Republic of Georgia and that no other country had such a complex national election system.

"To be honest, monitoring elections in Serbia a few months ago was much simpler," said Konrad Olszewski, an election observer stationed in Miami by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

"They have one national election law and use the paper ballots I really prefer over any other system," Olszewski said. iht, (via drudge)

Bush WINS!!!

At this point this is not set in stone-- but I say it looks like this will be the ultimate result of the election. My prediction anyway.

Bush 273
Kerry 265



BUSH
Alabama 9
Alaska 3
Arizona 10
Arkansas 6
Colorado 9
Florida 27
Georgia 15
Idaho 4
Indiana 11
Iowa 7
Kansas 6
Kentucky 8
Lousiana 9
Minnesota 10
Mississippi 6
Missouri 11
Montana 3
Nebraska 5
North Carolina 15
North Dakota 3
Ohio 20
Oklahoma 7
South Carolina 8
South Dakota 3
Tennesee 11
Texas 34
Utah 5
West Virginia 5
Wyoming 3

Total: 273


KERRY
California 55
Connecticut 7
Delaware 3
DC 3
Hawaii 4
Illinois 21
Maine 4
Maryland 10
Massachusetts 12
Michigan 17
Nevada 5
New Hampshire 4
New Jersey 15
New Mexico 5
New York 31
Oregon 7
Pennsylvania 21
Rhode Island 4
Vermont 3
Virginia 13
Washington 11
Wisconsin 10
Total: 265

Look out for Moore's 'minutemen'

When the Democratic Mayor denounced Michael Moore he was CHASED down several city blocks!!

Moore “is a massive liberal gas bag and unfortunately has a following and needs to be counteracted,” said Naugle, whose attitude did not play well with the assembled crowd. After Moore left, a throng of Kerry supporters lashed out at Naugle, chasing him down several city blocks while some screamed, “Bigot!”

Naugle escaped unscathed. hillnews.com


Another indictation that a truly close election may result in violence.

Should today’s result produce a questionable margin of victory for Bush in Florida, four years of repressed Democratic frustration could erupt in violent protest or acts of civil disobedience, observers said.

“There’s no question that emotion is running so high that physical violence isn’t out of the picture,” said Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.). “The Bush and Kerry arguments are going back and forth. People are threatening each other’s beings. A lot of it has to do with 2000 and a lot of pent-up anxiety. At some point, it starts spilling over into the streets.”

Media bias?

Noticed this this morning. 4 out of 5 of these news websites have a picture of Kerry only on the front page. Top Story is of course the election.

4 out of 5?

Voting machines with 'extra' votes

XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX TUE NOV 02, 2004 09:06:35 ET XXXXX

UPDATE: VOTES 'FOUND ON MACHINES' IN PHILLY BEFORE POLLS OPEN

Before voting even began in Philadelphia -- Republican poll watchers believed they found nearly 2000 votes already planted on machines scattered in heavy-minority locations throughout the city.

Republican poll watchers claim:

One incident occurred at the SALVATION ARMY, 2601 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, Pa: Ward 37, division 8.

Pollwatchers uncovered 4 machines with planted votes; one with over 200 and one with nearly 500...

A second location, 1901 W. Girard Ave., Berean Institute, Philadelphia, Pa, had 300+ votes already on 2 machines at start of day.

ANOTHER INCIDENT: 292 votes on machine at start of day; WARD/DIVISION: 7/7: ADDRESS: 122 W. Erie Ave., Roberto Clemente School, Philadelphia, Pa..

ANOTHER: 456 votes on machine at start of day; WARD/DIVISION: 12/3; ADDRESS: 5657 Chew Ave., storefront, Philadelphia, Pa...

MORE...

The Kerry Campaign says reports of votes already on machines are 'false.'

"Serious news will not appear first on the DRUDGE gossip website," senior Kerry adviser Joe Lockhart told reporters.

Officially, election officials explain the discrepancy is being caused by a number showing how many times various machines have been used.

But officials could not explain why used machines in other locations were reportedly 'clean.'

Elsewhere, a gun was purposely made visible to scare poll watchers at Ward 30, division 11, at 905 S. 20th St., Grand Court. Police were called and quickly surrounded the location...

Developing... drudge.com