I just don't understand why so many liberals are against the war with Iraq. Den Beste, as usual, puts it best:
"One of the effects of the spread of Wahhabism has been to increase the influence of Islamic extremism and the promotion of "Islamic Republics" and enforcement of Sharia, which is why the fate of women in nations such as Iran and Afghanistan got dramatically worse when the extremists took control. (The ayatollahs are not Wahhabist, but they agree on many of the points of doctrine, and they did crack down on the women of Iran.) We fight a war against Islamic extremists, who among other things want to make their nations prisons for every woman in them. Vocal American activists for women's causes for the most part oppose our war, and by extension support the continuing spread of Islamic extremism and the repression of Islamic women."
Read the whole thing, it's worth the time.
:: Peter 8/30/2002 11:11:00 AM [+] ::
'I'm sorry, but I don't want to see mournful processions and bagpipes playing "Amazing Grace" over and over. I want to see a rekindling of the unrestrained anger we once felt.
I've seen conservatives rage for years about Bill and Hillary Clinton. I've seen liberals who still can't discuss the 2000 elections without uncontrolled fury. Why don't we still feel the same way about bin Laden?'
I posted a comment on The Weigh In and wanted to post it here as well, since it's about something I believe needs to be recognized:
'Why don't we still feel the same way about bin Laden?'
The video of Bill hugging Monica in that silly-ass beret was a daily segment on most media outlets for endless months. Biased diatribes and interviews with allegedly disenfranchised Palm Beach County voters, not to mention too many definitions of 'chad' to count, were on heavy rotation for even more endless months.
When was the last time you saw the video of the planes striking the towers? Or the even less-played video of AMERICAN CITIZENS JUMPING TO THEIR DEATHS? Deaths caused by Islamic Jihadists who hate everything America stands for. The media has decided that the American public needs to be coddled, evidenced by their collective decision NOT to show the planes striking the towers on 9-11-02 except once, in the early morning.
Why don't we still feel the same way about bin Laden? Because the media won't show it, politicians won't talk about it, and people don't want to remember it. All of which will have the same end result...it will happen again. And again. And again. Until we refuse to forget. Until we act.
Few things are as frustrating as thinking about the tremendous tax burden that ALL Americans suffer with on a daily basis. There's the outrageous Ad Valorem tax here in Georgia which adds roughtly the cost of one car payment a year with that money simply being flushed down the toilet of Georgia government. Actually, in the last election cycle, one myrmidon (to borrow a term favored by Neal Boortz) stated after the election that he voted for Roy Barnes for governor 'because he promised to repeal the Ad Valorem tax.' All well and good, and a great example of why some people shouldn't be allowed to vote: It was Guy Millner, the Republican opponent of Roy Barnes who ran on that platform. Which also, come to think of it, says something about the miserable ability of the GOP at getting their point across.
But I digress. The point of this brief diatribe is this: KILL WITHHOLDING! Yes, I know, kill off the IRS too. But at least let's get rid of withholding, this 'temporary' creation has now been around for an astounding 60 years.
Have questions about what to tell your children about September 11? The NEA has a whole bunch of anti-American diatribes. Or...you can teach them something worthwhile. Thanks, again, to Little Green Footballs for the link. The Thomas Fordham Foundation presents What Our Children Need to Know.
This is the one site I visit multiple times during the day, but occasionally so many people are so affected by the posts that the comments themselves take on a life of their own. This is one such occurence. I said it before, I'll say it again, and I'll keep saying it until it works: Wake Up!
Jonathan Larsen, before Rent and his tragic, untimely death, wrote a number of songs which were performed off-broadway this year in a show entitled Tick, Tick...Boom. Why bring this up? There's a lyric which asks: "What does it take to wake up a generation?" I wish I had the answer. They, this enemy we face so ambivalently here in America, hate us. Not just Isreal, not just jews. They hate us. Americans. All of us...Christians and Mormons, Atheists and Feminists. Anyone, simply, who is not them. What does it take?
:: Peter 8/28/2002 03:25:00 PM [+] ::
I love baseball. It's really that simple. I love the rhythms of the game, the strategy and the pace and the classic battle of catcher v. pitcher. And the day after the World Series every year is a depressing event, faced with months of winter...and my feelings about basketball are lukewarm, at best, until those 4 wonderful words: "Pitchers and catchers report." Except this year...this year has 4 dreadful words: "Friday midnight strike deadline." So it goes. What seems so simple to every fan seems impossible for owners and players to accomplish...and a strike, now, in the midst of a recession and a war, with the somber anniversary of Sept. 11 mere days away? How bad can PR be? What can they possibly be thinking?
Hey...you on the water-skis...Bottom line: Do you want to go to war against Iraq BEFORE or AFTER they develop nuclear weapons? All the posturing and tubthumping from all the Chomskyite NYTime editorialists ignores that question. I vote for BEFORE. Actually, I vote for NOW. Yesterday, really. We're at war, folks...with an enemy which hates us for what we believe in and what we stand for. With an enemy willing to kill themselves merely to kill more of us.
Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald wrote recently in regard to Isreal: "I no longer understand what it is the nation is fighting to defend." While normally I greatly respect his writing I took issue with this statement. He was drawing a moral equivalency between the Palestinian TARGETTING of civilians and the Isreali response which inadvertently killed civilians. There is no moral equivalency here. Creating it in the name of political correctness, to appease the Liberal Diety of Political Correctness I should say, is simply wrong. Not just wrong, but spiritually bankrupt. This needs to be known, never to be forgotten. These people, butchered by the Palestinians need to be remembered. And, in remembering them, repeat after me: NEVER AGAIN!
:: Peter 8/27/2002 02:35:00 PM [+] ::
Monday on Tuesday
Taking Monday off from work makes Tuesday a miserable experience. The Blog got ignored for a while due to familial duties, but I'm back...and still trying to learn...still not ready for any grand unveiling but closer than I was. Things still to master: Permalinks, Comments, Counter. Today's lesson plan is the last one. Wish me luck!
:: Peter 8/27/2002 01:10:00 PM [+] ::
Go read this! As usual, USS Clueless is the most intelligent read of the day.
:: Peter 8/27/2002 01:00:00 PM [+] ::