Best Of Homespun Bloggers August 1st, 2004
The Cinema Politik
I’ve decided to re-examine some of the movies we saw
this summer, and as it turns out, most of them were
deeply political and profoundly meaningful. I’ve
followed the lead of journalists and film critics
everywhere and adopted the liberal agenda while
analyzing these films… you might be surprised at what
I now realize was there...
Médecins sans Politics
The French international aid organization Médecins
sans Frontières (MSF) has decided to removeall of its
employees and operations from Afghanistan, warning
that 'independent humanitarian work could no longer be
carried out safely'. Five members of the group had
fallen victim to terrorist attack back in June, and
Arash provided coverage at Afghan Voice. The pull-out
is a shocking decision, especially with the first-ever
presidential election just two months away. But what
was much more mind-blowing was the direction in which
MSF chose to cast the blame:
MSF claimed the American military had
endangered the lives of humanitarian volunteers by
blurring the distinction between soldiers and aid
Daniel W. Casey's Blog
John Edwards and the Content-Free Speech
I only caught the tail end of the speech given tonight by the resume-challenged John Edwards. I was watching the movie The Italian Job on cable, which is an entertaining caper about safe-cracking thieves. I decided, in other words, to watch a story about people who make their living more honestly than John Edwards.
Dean's Question And My Pledge
Dean's World has posed a question to Conservatives. He basically wants to know, if Kerry gets (barf) elected, will we do what we have been telling the Left to do for the past 4 years. Specifically, will we refrain from calling (barf) President Kerry a "traitor, loser, liar, incompetent" etc.?
What a Wonderful World...at Least in Speeches it is...
As a result of the million refugees, there is, of course, a health
The UN has also attempted to raise up to $350 million to provide relief
the suffering Sudanese. The big, bad, warmongering United States has
$62 million. The equally nefarious Britain $11 million. The
humanitarian states of Germany and France? Less than $4 million each.
It has been a busy week, what with trying to blog around finishing my
thesis. However, I persevered and for diversion, posted a note about
John Kerry's latest gig with the Teletubbies. On a more serious note,
were treated to Antonia Zerbisias's Toronto Star column, which
one of the soldiers in Iraq for his concerns about Fahrenheit 9/11's
impact on morale. None of those concerns appeared to pierce the steely
hide of Zerbisiasÿs ideology, however. Instead of recognizing that
Mooreÿs factually deficient ´screed¡ (as Zerbisias admits) is helping
deflate morale for the troops, Zerb takes up waving the Michael Moore
banner, and hopefully opines that Mooreÿs dissembling will see American
voters ´inspired to turn out on Nov. 2 and turf out Bush.¡
In his speech to the Democratic National Convention last night, John Edwards told the hypothetical story of a woman, sitting at her kitchen table, unable to make ends meet while her husband was away in Iraq.
She thinks she's alone. But tonight in this hall and in your homes -- you know what? She's got a lot of friends. We want her to know that we hear her. And it's time to bring opportunity and an equal chance to her door.
The typical Democrat translation of that is, we need bigger government to help her. But is that the best way to do it? What about private charities; don't they do a better job? And if all those folks in the hall are her friends, what have they done for her lately? Are they more likely to help out than, say, Republicans?
The answers to these questions can be found in this installment of "Considerettes Radio". Bill Bennett and I discuss the difference between the Democrats' and the Republicans' definition of "compassion".
Freedom of the Press - When Does it Cross the Line?
We in America have a problem with the Press/Media and how it reports the news and when it's reporting is Treasonous or Anti-American. Iraq has decided to shut down Al Jazeera and other Arab News Stations.
DUBAI, July 25 (Reuters) - Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari accused regional satellite channels of inciting violence and hinted Iraq might stop Al Jazeera operating in the country.
"Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, al-Manar and al-Alam have all become channels of incitement and opposed to the interests, security and stability of the Iraqi people," Zebari told Al Jazeera television.
"There is strong talk from some Iraqi government officials about closing Al Jazeera. Unfortunately it is being manipulated by terrorist groups and we will not tolerate this biased coverage," he said.
Is this limiting the Freedom of the Press or is it closing a Terrorist sympathizing News Organization? Where is the line that seperates the two? Let's look at the facts.
If you only listen to Democrats and don't pay attention to
they do, you would believe they despise the wealthy. The rich
got what they have by "winning life's lottery." The rich do nothing
unless it is driven by the goal of accumulating more wealth. The rich
are evil, and got their money through the hard work of the poor. We
It's A Matter Of Opinion
""She seems to have been a girl . . . with very highly charged emotional feelings and emotional feelings that are of a highly charged sexual nature."
She was 14 years old! I can understand that maybe a 14 year old girl may develop a crush on a teacher. However this is something a male teacher might pre-empt and at no time allow himself to be lured by the promise of sexual escapades with a minor. Further I can see a 14 year old girl displaying a certain curiosity about things of a sexual nature, but to have, "highly charged emotional feelings and emotional feelings that are of a highly charged sexual nature" is really stretching it."
Bill's Big Bloviating Blog
I Agree With the ACLU???
Say it ain’t so! Sadly, however, it is. The topic is Florida’s moronic law that forbids recounts in counties where electronic voting machines are used. What ignorant buffoon came up with that idea?
Revenge of the Hamster
Jacques Chirac has ordered the mobilisation of French troops stationed in Chad to be made ready for entry into Sudan,
'without waiting for the response of the international community.'
Noble sentiment one would think. Racing in to help the Sudanese who are so desperately in need of saving.However, where the Frenchies are concerned (and I say this being one quarter French - the sexy, buxom wench quarter that is), there is always an ulterior motive.
Harvey's Middle East
A lot of people have been making a terrible mistake. The EU Foreign
Minister Javier Solana said
yesterday, "I know that the fence has saved many lives but it would
have saved as many lives if it would have been constructed inside
Israel." The International Court of Justice referred to the entire West
Bank as the "Occupied Palestinian Territories."
Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors Without Frontiers), the well known international humanitarian organisation, is pulling out of Afghanistan and - you guessed it - blaming the Americans. The lead paragraph in the London "Independent" will give you some idea of the left's glee:
"It survived Soviet occupation, civil war, the Taliban and US-led invasion. But after 24 years of aid work, Médecins sans Frontières has been forced by the American military to flee Afghanistan."Forget for the moment the not-so-subliminal message that the American military is worse than the Red Army and the Taliban; simply ask yourself how did they Yanks manage to chase MSF out of the country?
Letter from Afghanistan
I am privileged to have received a letter from one of
our soldiers in Afghanistan. Major Juan Perez is truly
on the front lines fighting in the War on Terrorism.
He has graciously given me permission to print his
message. It is a message that all Americans should
The Medium is the Massage
Massaging the clueless into compliance, that is.
When was the last time you watched a movie or a TV show that did not have obvious left-leaning message tucked somewhere within? Even sitcoms can't resist the regular dig. Comedians and late night show hosts have always found politicians fair game--the original Saturday Night Live raised President-bashing to an art form--and soon thinly-veiled sneers at primarily conservative and/or Republican leaders/policies were appearing with nauseating regularity. I had forgotten about the pervasiveness of these "messages" until I happened to be wander over to TVLand the other night--trying to find a respite from the Democrat Convention--and heard any number of snide references to Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" drug message--usually delivered by a child.
You've probably read that quote under our picture at the top. Jonah Goldberg at NRO understands the way of the world when it comes to who's really pullin' their weight in the War on Terror.
But just in case you fe-lying lovers out there think Jonah (and me) are being unduly harsh in our judgment, here's proof cats don't give a hairball about the terrorist threats we face.
"Portland resident Jason Reinhardt watches them on late-night walks around the waterfront. "I can see tons of them climbing up from the roped tires hanging over the river. They’re huge, and they’re not afraid of much," he said."
Weapon Of Mass Distraction
Canada Gets Tough!
It's nice to see our northern neighbors are finally getting
tough with their immigration policy:
MUST SUPPLY NUDE STAGE PHOTOS TO OFFICIALS
By TOM GODFREY, TORONTO SUN
Missing from Kerry's Speech
The Hollywood produced show last night (both the video and the speech) leaned
heavily on Kerry's four months in Vietnam. A casual observer couldn't be blamed
for walking away from the speech thinking that was his whole resume. So to help
inform swing voters, I have decided to fill in the blanks on John "Flipper"
Kerry's resume that he left out last night...
I'm An Optimist
Do you folks get sick out there listening to some rich trial lawyer tell us how America is no longer the land of opportunity? Do you folks get sick out there listening to some billionaire's consort tell us that America is divided by those who work and those who don't? That the people who in fact pay almost all taxes - the top 50% of wage earners pay over 90% of taxes - are really getting undeserved tax breaks while being supported by the taxation of the poor, who in fact pay nothing?
Beware the New Brand of Illegal Alien
We've been warned for quite some time now that if our government does nothing to seal our borders, especially our border with Mexico, we will soon see Middle Easterners, perhaps with the intention of causing harm to Americans and the United States, sneaking into the U.S. through our Southern border so as to avoid those pesky immigration officials who might well find some reason to keep them out of our country. Well, my friends, the chickens have come home to roost. The cow has jumped over the moon. Hell has frozen over. Whatever “it-will-never-happen” phrase you prefer, you need to wake up and smell the coffee because the “it-will-never-happen” scenario has become an “it-has-happened” reality.
The Discerning Texan
How to Completely Mislead the Gullible
I had thought I was finished posting for the day, but then I came across this outstanding post on on the Everything I Know is Wrong blog. While it was gratifying to see that I am not the only one who has noticed the utter hyprocrisy of the Democratic platform, it is also unbelievable to me that this once proud and great party is now so out of touch with the average American that it feels it must attempt to conceal its true intentions from the electorate, and to fraudulently portray a false ideology instead. From a pragmatic perspective, I guess can understand why they do it (because they would get slaughtered if America had an understanding of their real intentions, particularly when it comes to the defense of the nation...); but to have a theoretical understanding of why they might do it, and to actually witness what lengths this party will go to to deceive the public are two different things entirely.