Friday, November 30, 2007


Hillary Lesbian Rumor Given Weight by DOJ Official Big Head DC
"We’re still a bit incredulous on this one, but a top level U.S. Department of Justice official is telling Big Head DC that Michael Musto’s rumor about Hillary Clinton fooling around with one of her top female aides Huma Abedin is based in reality!"

LINK referenced in 11 sources (Big Head DC, Ace of Spades HQ, docweaselblog, Atlas Shrugs, Middle Earth Journal, Big Head DC, Death By 1000 Papercuts, Weasel Zippers, The Joy of Sox, Big Head DC, Big Head DC)

Big Head DC LA Times Sitting on Explosive Prez Candidate Story?
Oct 31, 2007, 3:05pm ...her campaign helped kill by threatening to withhold a Bill Clinton interview may have gone into some shocking details into her sex life. Rumors of a close Hillary relationship with one of her top aides Huma Abedin, shown above, have long been swirling. Hillary has long denied being a lesbian.Earlier: Lesbian Rumors...

Ace of Spades HQ Ron Rosenbaum Rumor About Bill Clinton?
Oct 31, 2007, 4:41pm January 2009, but I don't know that even that's so earth shattering. Isn't that pretty much what we all expected anyhow? On the other hand... This is juicier. From the Michael Musto gossip column linked in the above article: As I recently said on MONICA CROWLEY's radio show, whisper campaigns are...

docweaselblog Hillary! re her Scissor Sister: "I did NOT have sex with that woman!"
Oct 31, 2007, 7:11pm ...front-runner's scissor sister. This blog, of course, does not deal in innuendo and rumor. Ok, this stuff is just too good to pass up: From AOSHQ, Michael Musto has some dirt: As I recently said on MONICA CROWLEY's radio show, whisper campaigns are claiming that HILLARY CLINTON is GAYLE KING–ing her...

Atlas Shrugs Hillary's Lesbian Affair with Muslim Aide
Nov 1, 2007, 1:20am ...2 years old, the family relocated to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Abedin returned to the United States to attend George Washington University. [1]" From BigHeadDC: We're still a bit incredulous on this one, but a top level U.S. Department of Justice official is telling Big Head DC that...

Middle Earth Journal Much Ado about Huma
Nov 1, 2007, 8:51am ...friend, campaign aide and constant companion, Huma Abedin. A photo of Huma with Hillary. (As my mom used to say, "Eh... she could do worse.") Some more on this. "I am close enough to Hillary and Huma to tell you that this 'rumor' is true," the official says. "It is well known inside her...

Big Head DC Someone Tried to Erase Huma Abedin from the Internet
Nov 1, 2007, 11:06am ..."partisan deletionist" of controversial political entries. Several commenters have already requested that the entry remain on Wikipedia. Earlier: Hillary Lesbian Rumor Given Weight by DOJ Official And: Michael Musto Intimates Hillary Affair w/ Girl

Death By 1000 Papercuts Hillary Clinton's Lesbianism: It Would Set Gay Rights Back 50 Years
Nov 1, 2007, 3:49pm ...gathered, attention turns to the Democrats. Now someone in the government, a Department of Justice official speaks--off the record, of course--at Big Head DC: "I am close enough to Hillary and [her personal aide]Huma [Abedin] to tell you that this 'rumor' is true," the official says. "It...

Weasel Zippers Report: LA Times set to Release Hillary Lesbo Story...
Nov 2, 2007, 9:36am ...her campaign helped kill by threatening to withhold a Bill Clinton interview may have gone into some shocking details into her sex life. Rumors of a close Hillary relationship with one of her top aides Huma Abedin, shown above, have long been swirling . Hillary has long denied being a lesbian. Rest here>>...

The Joy of Sox Schadenfreude 37 (A Continuing Series)
Nov 2, 2007, 10:30am With Joe Torre in Los Angeles, why couldn't the Dodgers and Yankees have simply swapped managers? :> ) Joel Sherman, Post: Joe Girardi called being...

Big Head DC Flashback: Gennifer Flowers Always Said Hillary's Gay
Nov 3, 2007, 10:41am With all the new rumors popping up about Hillary Clinton's alleged affair with her aide Huma Abedin - and the possibility that the LA Times is holding a story about it - many tipsters have reminded us of page 42 of...

Big Head DC London Times Picks Up Hillary Lesbian Rumor
Nov 26, 2007, 10:36am ...that Hillary Clinton may be a lesbian. An article published over the weekend shines new light on a rumored Clinton affair with her Muslim aide Huma Abedin. Matt Drudge picked up the story over the weekend via a banner headline. It was Drudge who first thrust the Bill Clinton / Monica Lewinsky...



Putin youthThe Caspian Sea nations look to be the group that hold the ring in the snout of the world with their monopoly on energy resources and sitting pretty on top of that mountain of gold, you'll find Putin. The same Putin who is bound by constitution to step down from power?, you might ask. Not so fast...
Vladimir Putin may use United Russia’s victory to break the constitution by standing for a third term in the presidential elections in March 2008. He has spoken ominously of his “moral right” to remain in power. Rallies “For Putin and For Russia” have been organised in a number of towns to encourage him to stand.

British Muslim Jokes

The Muslims get no respect from our cousins in the British National Party

But to be fair, what have the Muslims done of late to deserve respect?

Najistani just inspired me to add a Moslem Jokes thread. Now we know that one of the bests way to defeat a false idea is to ridicule it. So here we go. Please add yours to the comments section and then I will include them in the thread. For a real laugh please visit Al Jihadi.

Q: What do you ask a man who's just converted to Islam?

A: Have you started beating your wife?

Q How many Muslims does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: None, they prefer to sit in the dark and blame it on the Jews.

Q: How do you get a Muslim woman pregnant?

A: Dress her up as a goat.

Q: Did you hear the one about the Muslim who won a Nobel Prize in Mathematics?

A:Neither did I.

Q. How many muslims does it take to change a roll of toilet paper?

A. What's toilet paper?

Q How can you recognise a well-balanced Muslim?

A He's got chips on both shoulders.

Q: What do you say to a Muslim woman with two black eyes?

A: Nothing! You told her twice already!

Q: What do you call a first-time offender in Saudi Arabia?

A: Lefty!

Q: What's the difference between Dar al-Islam and a pot of bio-yogurt?

A: The yogurt has a living culture.

Q: What do you call a drunk Muslim?

A: Hamed.

Q: What do you call a very drunk Muslim?

A: Mohammed.

Nine year old Aisha and her kid brother Ahmed are talking about Mohammed. Aisha said "Last night Uncle Mo came to me and told me I had the gates of paradise between my legs and he had the key between his"

"That's funny" Ahmed replied. "For the last two years he's been telling me it's Gabriel's trumpet and I've got to learn how to play it"

Guy goes into sex shop and asks for an inflatable doll. Assistant asks him whether he wants a Christian one or a Muslim one. Customer asks what's the difference. Assistant explains that you need a pump for the Christian doll, but the Muslim one blows itself up.

Yes, England swings!

The Programming Of The Human Computer

Of the many joys of parenthood, one of the best is watching a child's mental development. It is not just a long-term, month-by-month process. It is something that happens week by week, day by day, sometimes hour by hour. Every day brings something new: A baby makes a new discovery, tries out a new capability, develops a new gesture or sound or facial expression. It's no wonder babies need to sleep fourteen hours a day. They're working harder and more intensively than most adults.

This is a source of joy for us parents; we want to see our children grow up to become happy, successful, independent adults, and we rejoice at every small step along the way. It is also a source of endless fascination, revealing to us what knowledge and effort and what a long series of incremental steps is required to reach the state of knowledge that we adults take for granted.

Short of having a child yourself—which I strongly recommend, by the way—I can recommend a few sources that will give you an appreciation for this momentous process of development.

One of the more useful books is What's Going on in There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life, by Lise Eliot. This is a neuroscientist's summary of all of the scientific research about the development of an infant's brain. Though it is written for the layman, it is very comprehensive (at about 450 pages) and a bit heavy going in spots, and it will be more understandable for someone who has had a good basic science education. I have not finished the book yet—but I have already been struck by one big fact: the extent to which the brain itself is shaped by experience.

A human child's brain—in contrast to other animals—is almost entirely unformed at birth. It is a giant unshaped potentiality, with quadrillions of undifferentiated connections between billions of neurons, with these connections waiting to be pruned and reinforced when the baby is born and begins observing the world.

In an intriguing formulation, Eliot describes the brain as being wired through "natural selection," as those connections which are used the most are reinforced, while unused connections atrophy. "By overproducing synapses [connections between neurons], the brain forces them to compete, and just as in evolution or the free market, competition allows for selection of the 'fittest' or most useful synapses."

The brain certainly has the innate capacity to develop all of the senses and its other capabilities. But the actual process by which these parts of the brain are developed is entirely driven by input from the world. In discussing how the overall structure of the brain is guided by genetically determined chemical cues—which encourage neurons from the eyes, for example, to grow toward the visual centers of the brain—Eliot then points out, "Genes direct the growth of axons and dendrites to their correct approximate locations, but once these fibers start linking together and actually functioning, experience takes over, shaping and reshaping these crude circuits to customize each child's hardware to his or her unique environment."

I can't remember who the philosopher was who first stated the dictum, "There is nothing in the mind that was not first in the senses," but it turns out this is true, not just as a philosophical observation, but as a physiological fact.

Dr. Eliot grasps the significance of this when she asks, "Why, if [the order of] development is largely pre-ordained, do [babies] not begin life with full vision and hearing, able to walk, talk, and do long division?" The answer, she concludes, "is so that we can learn."

Babies' brains are learning machines. They build themselves, or adapt, to the environment at hand. Although the brain is often appropriately compared to a computer, this is one way in which they differ. The brain actually programs itself. Imagine that you bought a PC, but instead of loading any software, you just plugged it in and the computer did the rest: it assembled its own operating system, and built its own drivers for the CD-ROM, the sound system, the printer, the modem, and whatever other hardware. A little later, it decided a word-processing program would be useful, so it made one, in English, Spanish, German, Hebrew—whatever would allow it to best communicate with the outer world. Eventually, it needed to read and calculate, so it set up character-recognition and spreadsheet programs. Children's brains are like this, accessing neural circuits as they're needed, wiring them up and honing them to the task at hand—to walk, to talk, read, forage for tubers, play the piano, etc.

I would put it this way: a child's brain is designed to be unformed and to be programmed by experience, because the whole purpose of the human mind is to learn from observation of the world.

As to the process by which the mind learns from observation, I can recommend a shorter and more accessible presentation: "The Baby Human," three one-hour shows produced for Discovery Health Channel. I have them on TiVo, and I think Discovery Health replays them occasionally, but they're also available through or through Netflix.

The three shows look at the early development—in the first year to 18 months of a child's life—of three different capabilities: "To Walk," "To Talk," "To Think." The episodes show all of the stages of development by showing children at play, and also by filming a series of simple and ingenious experiments conducted by cognitive psychologists to determine what a baby is capable of understanding or doing at what point and in what order. In showing the development of a baby's ability to walk, for example, they show a series of experiments designed to determine when a baby learns to check to make sure it has a stable surface beneath it, or that it has a strong hand-rail to hold on to.

The most fascinating of these episodes is "To Think," which explores the baby's discovery of basic facts about the way the world works. It traces how a baby learns "object permanence"—the fact that things still exist even when the baby can't see them; how he learns about the solidity of objects and the inability of a rolling ball, for example, to cross through a barrier; how he learns about shape, discovering that tall objects, for example, cannot fit inside a short container, or that wide objects cannot fit inside a narrow one; and how he makes his first discoveries about numbers and addition, reacting with disbelief, for example, when two objects are placed behind a screen and the screen is then pulled down to reveal only one.

This last experiment produces an example of one of the more amusing and endearing aspects of the show: the wonderful reactions of the children as they do double-takes and scrunch their faces up in confusion on seeing the laws of the universe apparently broken. The infants' incredulity at these magic tricks is a giant rebuke to centuries of philosophers who regard natural laws either as innately programmed into the mind, requiring no effort to learn, or as arbitrary and "socially constructed," as if a child learns them second-hand from "society." This show makes clear that a baby doesn't learn from what its parents tell it, because many of its most important discoveries about the world are made before it is capable of understanding language. And babies are refreshingly independent, obstreperously objecting to the researchers when they are encouraged to do or believe something that they know to be impossible.

Infants learn all of the most important truths about the world through great effort and by constant, direct, intensive observation of reality. How many modern philosophers can claim to do the same?

The subtitle of this series exaggerates when it describes babies as "geniuses in diapers," but it is correct when its introduction says that babies are "born with the capacity to think, reason, observe, and search for truth. Along the way, they learn about numbers, objects, cause and effect, and human intentions. They operate like intuitive scientists and confront deep philosophical questions"—in implicit terms, of course, not explicitly. And this series is very correct in the respect its shows for the baby's mind and for the crucially important work it is doing.

Babies are doing a lot more than eating, sleeping, and filling diapers. They are constantly working to discover big new ideas. Observing this process is a big part of what makes being a parent so exciting and fulfilling.

But "The Baby Human" also carries a message that is important even for those who are not new or prospective parents. It shows that the enormous power of the human mind is operating from the very beginning. The power of reason is demonstrated, not just by the great scientists, inventors, builders, and philosophers, but also by the feeblest infant making his first observations of the world.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Remains Of Soldiers

Fallen troops' effects handled with care Medals, mail -- maybe even a forbidden pup. These folks get it home.

ABERDEEN, Md. - The personal stuff they carried to war, the remnants of lives lost in Iraq, was spread neatly across long tables in a drafty warehouse last week.

Mortuary affairs troops wearing surgical gloves at the Joint Personal Effects Depot went about the tedious work of counting and separating out what belonged to the soldier and what belonged to the government...

In three years of war, Lt. Col. Deborah Skillman, the depot's commander, said her unit at the military's Aberdeen Proving Ground has cut the time for getting the personal effects back to the families from 45 to 22 days.

But the checklist efficiency does little to relieve the stress of handling, photographing and doing the inventory on the last items a fallen comrade may have held, laughed about, cared about.

"You're touching somebody's life here," said Army Capt. Cathy Carman, 34, of Eustis, Fla., who is in charge of the section that carefully packs and boxes up the belongings for shipment home.

"It's an emotional job; nobody here will argue about that," Carman said.

She gestured to a box of tissues kept nearby for the 120 troops and civilian personnel, many of them retired military, who handle the items belonging to soldiers and Marines killed in action.

Driver's license, house keys, letters from home, a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, diaries, cigarette lighters, Air Jordans, photo albums, children's drawings, Christmas stockings. Also the spent cartridges from the farewell salute fired by the service member's buddies in Iraq.

When a soldier is killed, his unit inventories and packs what he kept at his bunk site in rucksacks, sea bags and footlockers.

The personal effects of the more than 2,300 troops killed in Iraq have all gone first to the Dover, Del., Air Force Base and then to Aberdeen.

Rivera pointed to a torn-up piece of a brown paper bag with "We Love You" in what appeared to be a child's scrawl written in crayon upon it.

"We don't know what that is. Maybe it's something a kid in Iraq gave to him. It was in his stuff and that's going home.."

Is it about what they "own"?

Sometimes we construct meanings for material objects much in the same way we construct meanings for people..

We all have that special, cherished, or "favorite" possession.

Yes this is our "stuff"..a mere tangible item - clothing, jewelry..perhaps a saved letter.

But it is not of consequence what this soldier "owned". It is now about letting those who loved him or her own more "joy" through the memories of her prized possession...own more love by letting his memory shine out to all those honor him...
and for us own more respect for those laying down their lives for us...even as we speak.


Leading News Stories For November 29, 2007

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it ws the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way."

-- Charles Dickens

Six leading news stories point the way human events are moving.

1. Iraq's McClellan George McClellan is famous as the general in the first year of the Civil War whose over-caution caused a string of Union losses. Rather than take the blame for these results, he went on to become the candidate of the defeatist "Copperhead" Democrats in the 1864 election.

If David Petraeus is the Ulysses S. Grant of the war in Iraq—the general who finally turned the war around and put it on a path to victory—then it looks like the role of McClellan is being served by Ricardo Sanchez, the general who presided over the early, muddled stages of the occupation of Iraq, failing to recognize that he faced an insurgency and failing to implement the right strategy to defeat it.

And now, like McClellan before him, General Sanchez has set himself up as a spokesman for today's defeatist Copperhead Democrats. It is fitting that the Democrats, who want to make sure we lose the war in Iraq, would join forces with a general whose main legacy as a commander was to help us lose it.

"Politics Creates Odd Pair: Sanchez and Democrats," Jonathan Weisman, Washington Post, November 27 It may be among the strangest of political alliances: a former commanding general in Iraq, blocked from a fourth star and forced into retirement partly for his role in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, and the speaker of the House, desperate to end a war that the general helped start.

But in partisan Washington, the enemy of one's enemy can quickly become a friend, and nowhere is that more obvious than in the new marriage of convenience between Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez.

On Saturday, Sanchez delivered the Democrats' weekly radio address. He excoriated what he called the Bush administration's "failure to devise a strategy for victory in Iraq," then embraced Democratic legislation linking continued war funding with a timeline aimed at ending US combat operations by December 2008….

For Democratic leaders, Sanchez's address has been a triumph, covered by the media nationwide. It interrupted a stream of stories about declining violence, which had stalled efforts to force a shift of war policy….

"I'm beyond perplexed," said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (SC), who criticized Sanchez at Senate Armed Services Committee hearings in 2004…. Graham said that he repeatedly asked Sanchez in private whether he needed more troops to pacify the fledgling insurgency, and that Sanchez always said no. "He never said any of these things when it could have made a difference," Graham said of Sanchez's criticism.

2. What to Say to Hugo Chavez A while back, a reader sent me a delicious story about an international conference at which Spain's King Juan Carlos finally gave Venezuela's Hugo Chavez the response he has deserved all along. In response to Chavez's rant calling the former prime minister of Spain a "fascist," Juan Carlos replied, "¿Por qué no te callas?"—"Why don't you shut up?"

The New York Times has a bit more on this story, including some historical context about the relationship between Spain, and Juan Carlos in particular, and Spain's former Latin American colonies.

When you're done reading the articles, get the T-shirt.

The king's dismissive comment, which has become popular across Spain and in Venezuela, makes Chavez look like the buffoon he is. But behind Chavez's pompous bluster is a very serious issue: his gradual transformation of Venezuela into a Marxist dictatorship—one of today's retrograde movements back toward a failed and discredited political system, as the article below nicely captures.

"A Comeback for Communism," Steve Chapman, Washington Times, November 28 Most of the rest of the world learned the folly of autocratic socialism in the 20th century, but Mr. Chavez prefers to repeat mistakes rather than learn from them. He has nationalized oil holdings, created new state-run firms, confiscated privately owned land and politicized finance, and tried to take over telecommunications and power companies.

All this is part of his grand plan for "Bolivarian socialism" and "the formation of the new man." Mr. Chavez does not dream on a small scale. "The old values of individualism, capitalism and egoism must be demolished," he says, and he is eager to get on with it, despite—or maybe because of—what else will disintegrate in the process….

Sometimes Mr. Chavez is just, well, strange. In August, he announced he would move the nation's clocks ahead, so the time in Venezuela will 3-½ hours behind Greenwich Mean Time instead of four. "It's about the metabolic effect, where the brain is conditioned by sunlight," he explained.

But all this is merely a prelude to the next stage of his revolution. It is expected to begin after a national referendum Dec. 2 on a package of constitutional amendments proposed by Mr. Chavez and his confederates.

The changes would not only repeal the two-term limit on his office, allowing him to serve for life, but also transfer virtually all power to one person: the president. He would be authorized to supersede local governments on a whim, declare a state of emergency anytime it suits him and seize farms and processing plants if he deems it necessary for "food security."…

In following Cuba's example, Mr. Chavez is doing something exceptionally novel: modeling his economy on one far poorer than his own. It's as if General Motors, dissatisfied with its fortunes, were to embrace the business plan previously used by American Motors.

3. The Real Stem Cell Issue The battle over the use of embryonic stem cells—mostly from embryos developed for fertility treatments, which would otherwise be discarded—has created a long-running battle of religious restrictions versus scientific freedom. Now a new discovery that may allow scientists to create embryonic stem cells from ordinary adult skin cells may make that debate obsolete.

Some conservatives are crowing that this means that they were right all along. But note that the new discovery was made by the man who first isolated embryonic stem cells to begin with. The discovery was made, not by those who chose to restrict their thinking or to stay out of the field for fear of controversy, but by scientists who had the freedom to continue working and experimenting.

The point of the stem cell controversy was never about which concrete medical technique would turn out to be the most promising avenue of research—embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells, or in this case a new alternative, adult cells transformed into embryonic stem cells. It was about the freedom to find out.

"Man Who Helped Start Stem Cell War May End It," Gina Kolata, New York Times, November 22 If the stem cell wars are indeed nearly over, no one will savor the peace more than James A. Thomson.

Dr. Thomson’s laboratory at the University of Wisconsin was one of two that in 1998 plucked stem cells from human embryos for the first time, destroying the embryos in the process and touching off a divisive national debate.

And on Tuesday, his laboratory was one of two that reported a new way to turn ordinary human skin cells into what appear to be embryonic stem cells without ever using a human embryo….
“If human embryonic stem cell research does not make you at least a little bit uncomfortable, you have not thought about it enough,” he said. “I thought long and hard about whether I would do it.”

He decided in the end to go ahead, reasoning that the work was important and that he was using embryos from fertility clinics that would have been destroyed otherwise….

Now with the new technique, which involves adding just four genes to ordinary adult skin cells, it will not be long, he says, before the stem cell wars are a distant memory. “A decade from now, this will be just a funny historical footnote,” Dr. Thomson said in the interview….

In the meantime, many leading scientists decided not to get into the stem cell field. There was a stigma attached, Dr. Thomson says. And, he adds, “Most scientists don’t like controversial things.”

4. The Global Warming Battle Speaking of battles between science and religious restrictions—or in this case, quasi-religious restrictions—one of the big stories of this year is that the battle over the global warming hysteria is finally coming to a head. The news is not just that global warming has become a politically correct cause of the cultural establishment. The news is that it is meeting resistance.

As an example, I would point you to two recent posts by Daily Telegraph writers in the right-leaning London newspaper's blogs. One writer concludes:

This year will be remembered for two things. First, it was the year when the scientific data showed that the cosmic scare over global warming may well turn out to be just that—yet another vastly inflated scare. Second, it was the year when the hysteria generated by all the bogus science behind this scare finally drove those who rule over us, including Gordon "Plastic Bags" Brown, wholly out of their wits.

The post excerpted below is even better, describing environmentalism as a religion trying to resurrect the fire and brimstone of traditional religion (a point made earlier by Cox & Forkum), but identifying environmentalism as an essentially nihilistic faith, advocating "loathing" for mankind.

"The Eco-Nihilists," Damian Lanigan, Daily Telegraph, November 24 Eco-ism is, of course, a form of religious belief, and Ms. Vernelli is [on the] nihilistic end of it. She must realise that if everyone behaved as she has, pretty soon there'd be no species left. Does she really loathe mankind so much that she'd rather that there were none of us around at all? That's some Kool Aid she's been drinking.

A sidebar—interesting though that one element of the eco-nuts is how they have co-opted one of the commonplaces of religious belief—hell. Instead of this phenomenon occurring after our lifetimes in an unidentified nether space, the Eeks have relocated it to the here and very nearly now: "Burning lakes, mass extinctions and pestilence await us if you do not mend your ways! An eternity of misery! Repent, oh you people!"
Oh sod off.

5. The Parisian Insurgency The unemployed young Muslim louts in the welfare-state housing projects surrounding Paris are rioting again—and it looks like the new round of riots is escalating. In a continent that has been systematically disarmed, the rioters are now getting their hands on rifles, and they are targeting the French police.

In a conversation a while back, Jack Wakeland described an insurgency war as occupying a grey area between a riot and full-scale conventional war. Judging from the description below, the French Muslim uprising is beginning to slide into that grey area, graduating from criminal activity to semi-organized urban guerilla warfare.

"Sarkozy Crisis Talks after Third Night of Riots," Henry Samuel and Richard Holt, Daily Telegraph, November 28 Nicolas Sarkozy is to hold crisis talks with ministers after three nights of rioting in Paris has left cars and buildings burnt and more than 120 police officers injured….

Police warned they were dealing with "urban guerrillas" with guns after rioting which began in suburbs north of the capital spread to other parts of the country following the deaths of two teenagers in Paris in a crash with a police car….

Most of the injuries to police officers happened on Sunday and Monday night, as rioters threw stones, set fire to buildings and in some cases opened fire on police. One officer was hit in the shoulder by a bullet from a hunting rifle that sliced through his flak jacket….

Patrice Ribeiro, of the Synergie police union, said "genuine urban guerrillas with conventional weapons and hunting weapons" were among the rioters….

"This is far worse than 2005," said Christophe, a 30-year-old anti-riot policeman, who stood in full battle dress, including bullet-proof vest and tear-gas canisters. "Last time they wanted to burn cars and buildings. Now they are after us," he said.

Youths were well organised, with small, mobile groups running rings around the police, said Christophe. "Last night we went into an estate to stop a fire from a car spreading to a building and were quickly surrounded. "We literally couldn't get out until reinforcements arrived," he said….

Forty per cent of Villiers-le-Bel's population of 27,000 are under 25 and 40 per cent of them are unemployed.

6. A Specter Is Haunting India A specter is haunting India—the specter of Communism.
No, really.

Nehru, India's first prime minister, sought a third way between the Soviets and the West, modeling the new nation's political system on Britain and its economic system on the Soviet Union, complete with a whole bureaucracy for central economic planning. India was also barraged with Soviet propaganda. I talked recently with a middle-aged Indian business consultant who recalled as a high-school student being taken on a school field trip to a Soviet "cultural center" in New Delhi.

Of course, all of that came crashing down along with the Soviet Union in 1991, and India embarked on a series of free-market reforms that have finally brought its moment of "takeoff" into modern, capitalist prosperity.

But while Communism is dead, its undead corpse is still wandering around, haunting India and bringing destruction wherever it has influence. The article below decries the destructive power of the atavistically named Communist Party of India (Marxist), which is using its power as a swing vote in India's parliament to block further free-market reforms and to scuttle India's growing alliance with America.

"A Red Scare in Delhi," Ron Moreau and Sudip Mazumdar, Newsweek, dated December 3 From his fortress-like red sandstone headquarters near New Delhi's Connaught Place—a bustling commercial hub lined with McDonald's, foreign banks and boutiques—Prakash Karat, India's reigning communist ideologue, is fighting to kill his country's economic- and political-reform process. If Karat gets his way, India will turn its back on its recent much-touted modernization—which, under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has led to 9 percent growth for four years now. Karat also hopes to undermine Singh's recent pro-Western foreign-policy overhaul—embodied in the pending US-India nuclear deal—in favor of old, blinkered, nonaligned politics. These are precisely the kinds of positions that kept India a poor and marginal backwater for many years. Yet to the amazement and dismay of many Indians, they may soon become its policy once more.

That Karat—the feisty, British-educated 59-year-old general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPI-M—has come to dominate New Delhi's agenda is remarkable, given that he has little national following, has never held elected public office and holds ideas that were already out of date 15 years ago, when most communist systems came crashing down. India's leftists, moreover, are widely reviled for their obstructionism on the national level and their violent misrule in West Bengal, the CPI-M's power base. Yet Karat (who was unavailable for comment) has nonetheless wielded outsize influence for more than three years. That's because the Congress Party-led coalition has just a razor-thin majority in Parliament, which has forced it to lean on Karat for support, turning him into a kingmaker and a potential spoiler….

Above all, Karat is known for his ideological purity. He "is dogmatic and puritan and Stalinist in approach," says Ramesh Dikshit, who was a student leader with Karat after he returned to New Delhi [from Britain].

Such dogmatism has given the government fits. Karat has managed to block Singh's attempt to privatize inefficient state-owned industries, has killed labor-market reforms and has prevented the opening of the banking and insurance sectors, as well as the booming and lucrative retail market, to foreign investment. Still, the real focus of Karat's ire has been the nuclear agreement with the United States, which New Delhi painstakingly negotiated over three years….

[S]peaking at a party gathering on the 90th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution, he vowed, "We shall not rest until strategic ties with the US are snapped."…

[T]he real losers, as always, will be India's poor, those still waiting for the economic miracle to reach them. The communists, in a bitter irony, will have betrayed the same unfortunates they are supposedly dedicated to helping.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


An oldie but a goodie by Spengler of Asia Times from 2005 puts forth the notion that democracy may in time destroy the enemies of the Anglosphere.

"They made a democracy and called it peace"

By Spengler

This year's 60th anniversary of the Anglo-American victory in World War II will call forth innumerable orations about the triumph of liberty. Ad nauseam, we will hear that the occupation of Germany and Japan as well as the fall of communism set a precedent for the birth of democracy in Iraq, leading to the spread of democracy throughout the Middle East. If the experience of World War II and the Cold War were any guide, the Middle East would be well advised to shun democracy at all costs.

That victory by the United States replaced German, Japanese and Russian tyranny with democracies is not in doubt. The problem is: where are the Germans, Japanese and Russians? If the United States had set out to exterminate its erstwhile enemies, it could not have done a more thorough job. Its adversaries of World War II and the Cold War are dying out. In the Islamic world, a breakup of traditional society might produce similar results. Tacitus' famous dictum ("they made a desert and called it peace") comes to mind. I insist on the point not because I think it should have been otherwise, but to admonish Americans to steel themselves for terrible times ahead.

The Complete Article In Asia Times

Leading News Stories For November 28, 2007

1. When asked whether the counter-insurgency war in Iraq is "winnable," Australian military expert (and advisor to General Petraeus) David Kilcullen replied that about 80 percent of counter-insurgency wars have been won. The problem, as Robert Kagan points out in the article below, is that such victories are not spectacular or noticeable. Insurgencies were never formal, organized, full-scale wars to begin with, so they tend to end not with a bang but a whimper.

Unfortunately, as a "centrist" liberal, he uses this fact to argue for a series of low-cost "nation-building" efforts across the globe which he explicitly calls "half-measures," while he skirts away from defending a counter-insurgency victory where it really matters, in Iraq.

But the kind of counter-insurgency victory he describes is where we are now headed in Iraq. The US has just agreed in principle with the government of Iraq to establish a long-term presence there of 50,000 troops, who will largely move into the role of training and supporting Iraqi forces—which is possible, now that we have al-Qaeda on the run.

The British leftist newspaper The Guardian puts its own spin on this, claiming that the agreement includes "preferential treatment for American investors in return for a guarantee on long-term security," while the New York Sun gets the essence of the story more accurately, arguing that this agreement—if it can be implemented—would wind down major US combat operations and lock in our long-term presence in Iraq by the end of 2008, in effect wrapping up the war in Iraq before President Bush leaves office.

"Unheralded Military Successes," Robert D. Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, November 25 When I visited Arauca province in northeastern Colombia in February 2003, it was considered the most dangerous part of the country. Attacks by narco-terrorists using improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, and cylinder and car bombs occurred every few hours. U.S. Army Special Forces members, who were in the province to train Colombian army troops, left their base only in full battle-rattle—that is, in body armor with guns at the ready—just like in Iraq. The town of Arauca was a ratty sprawl of tacky storefronts with awnings made of black plastic, the kind used for garbage bags. Attacks on the pipeline carrying Colombian oil to the Caribbean coast were unrelenting.

By last year, though, there had been dramatic change: Proper cafes were open, storefronts were painted, crowds flooded the streets—at night too….

In town, I walked the streets with Army Capt. Troy Terrebonne of Houston, who told me, "Wherever you want to go, we can go, on foot. It's safe here." The last IED attack in the town had been 18 months earlier….

There has been no magic-bullet solution in Colombia, no newsworthy technique that you could write about. It was just bread-and-butter, never-give-up, attrition-of-the-same….

As Colombia has gone, so has the Philippines. Before 9/11, the southern island of Basilan was a Muslim terrorist hide-out. In 2002, with the help of Green Berets, Filipino army forces cleared it. By last year, Manila-based businesses felt safe enough to invest there. When I visited last year, Basilan had cellphone towers, more roads and bridges paved with asphalt, more schools and increased agricultural production….

The overwhelming majority of our deployments abroad are neither bellicose nor utopian. To the contrary, they are the epitome of half-measures—using a few hundred troops at the most, usually just a few dozen. These missions are full of compromises with the host nation and recognize on a daily basis our military limitations. The host nations have been overwhelmingly democratic and have evolved as such during the years of our deployments. In most cases, they specifically requested our military assistance. Not to assist these fledgling democracies would be irresponsible, given our resources and historic role as a great power.

2. Problems of Their Own While we're muddling through in Iraq, the enemy—as usual—has problems of his own. Reuters reports that, just as al-Qaeda wore out its welcome with the local tribal leaders in Anbar province and Baghdad, so Iran's agents seem to be wearing out their welcome with local tribal leaders in Southern Iraq.

According to Reuters, "More than 300,000 Iraqis including 600 Shiite tribal leaders have signed a petition accusing Iran of sowing 'disorder' in southern Iraq." One of these local leaders declared, "The most poisonous dagger stabbed in us, the Iraqi Shiites, is the (Iranian) regime shamefully exploiting the Shiite sect to implement its evil goals."

At home, a government-run newspaper has attacked Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—indicating that Iran might be headed for another of those rounds of brutal political infighting that dictatorships are always prone to.

"Tehran Paper Attacks Ahmadinejad," Sadeq Saba, BBC News, November 21 In a rare attack on Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a hardline newspaper has accused him of behaving immorally towards his political rivals.

The Islamic Republic daily, close to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has said Mr. Ahmadinejad's behaviour is dangerous for Iran….

In a hard-hitting editorial on Wednesday, the Tehran paper said the president's treatment of his critics was immoral, illogical and illegal.

It was referring to a recent speech by Mr. Ahmadinejad when he described people opposed to his nuclear programme as traitors and accused some senior former nuclear negotiators of spying for foreigners….

It shows that the Iranian president is not only losing support among ordinary people because of economic hardship, he is also angering part of the establishment for using the nuclear issue to bolster his personal power.

3. Conference in Cloud Cuckoo Land Today the Bush administration convened yet another Conference in Cloud Cuckoo Land—another international conference designed to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians, by means of ignoring all of the actual causes that are driving that conflict. In the article linked to below, Ralph Peters pretty accurately describes all of the facts that the conferees are blithely ignoring.

"No Lasting Peace," Ralph Peters, New York Post, November 27 Today's session in Annapolis may or may not result in a we-the-undersigned statement or a few unenforceable commitments. And yes, there's merit just in bringing folks together and keeping them talking. But the baseline difficulty is that we want to solve problems for people who don't really want those problems solved.

Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah Party, for example, couldn't accept a genuine peace tomorrow morning…. Consider what peace with Israel—real peace—would mean in the West Bank and Gaza, in southern Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley: tens of thousands of gunmen (and terrorists) out of work, with no marketable skills—and radicalized by decades of fanatic rhetoric….

Generations have grown addicted to the struggle—and its perks. It's the only bearable justification for their individual and collective failures in life. Real peace with Israel would probably spark a convulsion throughout the Arab world—as tens of millions realized that their sacrifices were a travesty that merely empowered thieves….

If you want a sober perspective on the Annapolis dog-and-pony show, just ask yourself this: Who will leave disappointed, if nothing much results?

The Arabs won't care. They came because we got on our knees and begged.

The Israelis will just be relieved that their latest trip to the geostrategic dentist is over.

Any Russians soiling the furniture at the Naval Academy will be delighted if another American effort flops.

And the Europeans just popped in to check the "we care" box.

The only unhappy campers will be us. We set ourselves up. Again.

4. Our Friends the Saudis, Our Enemies the Yemenis? The New York Times and other newspapers are carrying a new report based on captured data about foreign fighters in Iraq, showing that the largest number of these fighters comes from Saudi Arabia, once again drawing attention to the problem the US has in accepting a Saudi religious theocracy as our "ally."

But to temper this news, I though it was also important to link to a blog post from Ed Morrissey, who points out that Yemen, which has a contested border with Saudi Arabia—in one of my old maps, the dotted line showing the border simply disappears into the desert—is the real source of many of these nominally Saudi terrorists.

"Another Sign of Progress," Ed Morrissey, Captain's Quarters, November 23 The Guardian reports that over 40% of the foreign terrorists who went into Iraq for al-Qaeda had Saudi citizenship, a trend that has been reported repeatedly over the last two years. A raid on an AQI camp in Sinjar on the Iraqi-Syrian border reconfirmed this trend. Since the raid early this year, the number of terrorists trying to cross into Iraq has declined dramatically, showing that the quiet efforts of the Saudis may be paying off—even though a significant portion of the "Saudis" may be anything but….

The Guardian waits until the end of the article to list the third-highest contributor to the terrorists in Iraq: Yemen. This has more significance than readers might conclude, given its position in the story. The ethnic Yemenis, not the Saudis, have been the biggest problem in the war on terror, and the Saudis have the same problem with them as we do.

One of the terror-war factoids that one hears repeatedly is that the majority of the 9/11 terrorists came from Saudi Arabia. What most people don't know is that the majority of those were ethnic Yemenis from disputed territory between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, which the Saudis now control. The territory generates terrorists against the Sauds as much or more than against the Iraqis or the US, as al-Qaeda exploits the dispute to amplify hatred against the Saudis.

5. Stalin Lite Russia continues its retrograde course back into a "Stalin Lite" dictatorship—a kind of cross between the old Soviet Union and corrupt South-American-style fascism. In the story linked to below, Vladimir Putin continues to project his own tyrannical designs onto the US, accusing us of trying to undermine the legitimacy of Russia's elections—elections that are actually undermined by Putin's muzzling of the press and arrests of opposition political leaders.

Meanwhile, the Russians are also playing a role in trying to re-inflame the Balkans by encouraging Serbia to oppose independence for Kosovo and to threaten to splinter Bosnia.

"Putin Accuses US of Trying to Discredit Russian Vote," Clifford J. Levy, New York Times, November 27 President Vladimir V. Putin on Monday accused the United States of trying to taint the legitimacy of next week’s Russian parliamentary elections by pressing a group of prominent independent election observers to abandon efforts to monitor the campaign.

Mr. Putin contended that the monitors, who are deployed by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, had halted plans to appraise the parliamentary balloting at the urging of the State Department in Washington….

If Russia maintains a robust military, Mr. Putin later added, “we will not allow anyone to poke their snotty nose into our affairs.”

American diplomats said they had no role in the cancellation of the election-monitoring mission, and the monitoring group called Mr. Putin’s assertion “nonsense.”…

Over the weekend, the opposition coalition led by Garry Kasparov, the former chess champion, held rallies and marches that were broken up by riot police officers in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities, with hundreds of people taken into custody. Most were later released.

Mr. Kasparov himself was arrested in Moscow on Saturday when he tried to deliver a letter to the election authorities assailing the conduct of the election, and was sentenced to five days in jail. His movement, Other Russia, says Mr. Putin is creating a Soviet-style dictatorship in Russia….

[T]he Kremlin has used its control over the election laws, government agencies and the news media to ensure that the opposition has little if any chance of gaining a foothold in the next Parliament.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


The US has lost a great friend with the defeat of John Howard in the Australian election. His quality is best summed up by his declaration after 9/11 that "now is not the time to be an 80% ally."

Unlike the French and that slogan "We are all Americans now," he meant it.

He lost for two main reasons. Contrary to the hopes of the left (Australian and international), it was not because of his unyielding support for the United States. Rather, his undoing came in part because he won the battle to support the US decisively in 2004.

His increased majority in the election of that year gave him unexpected control of the Australian Senate as well as the House of Representatives (the Australian equivalent of Congress). On that basis, he embarked on a campaign of industrial reform for which he had no mandate.

His reform, which instituted individual workplace agreements that made work conditions like holiday pay negotiable (Work Choices) was very unpopular with a significant section of the electorate. While many liked his economic achievements, he alienated a section of his own support base who had come over to his side of politics precisely because they wanted economic "security."

In the 2007 election, his opponents were able to play on fears of further losses of protections on matters such as holiday pay and overtime rates. The philosophic underpinnings of a fully free market in labor had not been sufficiently explained or accepted.

The second reason he lost was further proof of the senior relationship of philosophy to politics. While he had been busy making Australia stronger and more prosperous (4.3 % unemployment, real wages growth of 16% over the last 5 years) the cult of global warming had been saturating the heads of the electorate. It is hard to believe that global warming was a top issue in the Australian election, but it was. His opponent Kevin Rudd's first declared goal in office will be to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

The Australian people are still strongly pro the US alliance and Rudd claims to be, too. Unfortunately he leans to the American left, so his position is a contradiction. Like them, he is an internationalist.

Australians are entering uncharted waters. There's plenty of philosophic work to be done downunder.

Tom Minchin is a writer, researcher, and businessman based in Melbourne, Australia.

Leading News Stories For November 27, 2007

1. As the US shows signs of winning the counterinsurgency war in Iraq, some of the defeatists on the left are denying that it's happening. Investor's Business Daily's Michael Ramirez portrays Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as Baghdad Harry, a takeoff on "Baghdad Bob," the press flack for Saddam Hussein who famously declared that "there are no American infidels in Baghdad" even as our tanks drove into the city's center.

Those who can't deny our success in Iraq are trying to change the subject. The New York Times reports on the dilemma faced by Democratic presidential candidates, who are now "trying to shift the focus to the lack of political progress [in Iraq], and highlighting more domestic concerns like health care and the economy."

But the complaints about lack of political "reconciliation" in Iraq miss what is really happening there: the insurgency is being defeated first, without reconciliation—and the reconciliation will come later, because the insurgency has been defeated. In the meantime, the Times reports that US diplomats are setting more modest goals for what they hope to accomplish politically.

The best answer to complaints about Baghdad politics is given by Charles Krauthammer, in the article linked to below, which argues that the Democrats are reversing ends and means. They are setting the political benchmark as the end they want to achieve, when political deal-making is really just a means to the end of victory over al-Qaeda and Iran in Iraq.

Even more deeply, I would cite this as an example of the virtue of persistence, the one substantial virtue President Bush has displayed in his management of the war, and a virtue that may eventually outweigh his many flaws. Persistence means accepting whatever reality dictates is necessary to achieve your goals—rather than giving up because Plan A didn't work out.

"On Iraq, a State of Denial," Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post, November 23 It does not have the drama of the Inchon landing or the sweep of the Union comeback in the summer of 1864. But the turnabout of American fortunes in Iraq over the past several months is of equal moment—a war seemingly lost, now winnable. The violence in Iraq has been dramatically reduced. Political allegiances have been radically reversed. The revival of ordinary life in many cities is palpable. Something important is happening.

And what is the reaction of the war critics? Nancy Pelosi stoutly maintains her state of denial, saying this about the war just two weeks ago: "This is not working.... We must reverse it." A euphemism for "abandon the field," which is what every Democratic presidential candidate is promising, with variations only in how precipitous to make the retreat.

How do they avoid acknowledging the realities on the ground? By asserting that we have not achieved political benchmarks—mostly legislative actions by the Baghdad government—that were set months ago. And that these benchmarks are paramount. And that all the current progress is ultimately vitiated by the absence of centrally legislated national reconciliation….

The Maliki government is too sectarian and paralyzed to be able to end the war in a stroke of reconciliation.

But does the absence of this deus ex machina invalidate our hard-won gains? Why does this mean that we cannot achieve success by other means?...

Sure, the de-Baathification law has not been modified. But the whole purpose of modification was to entice Sunni insurgents to give up the insurgency and join the new order. This is already happening on a widening scale all over the country in the absence of a relaxed de-Baathification law….

This [the Democrats' criticism about "benchmarks"] is to fundamentally mistake ends and means. The benchmarks would be a wonderful shortcut to success in Iraq. But it is folly to abandon the pursuit of that success when a different route, more arduous but still doable, is at hand and demonstrably working.

2. Things Fall Apart Unfortunately, Iraq is about the only place in the Middle East where things are going conspicuously well at the moment. In two other vital conflicts, lack of American initiative may be allowing events to spiral out of control rapidly—as they always do when America stops asserting itself in the world.

In Pakistan, our failure to push Pervez Musharraf out of power to make way for a secular, relatively liberal leader like Benazir Bhutto has not preserved Musharraf's power as a friendly strongman. Instead, it has further weakened him to the point where he faces a new challenge from a much less savory rival: anti-American "moderate" Islamist populist Nawaz Sharif, who has returned to Pakistan and is now billing himself as the country's "real" savior.

It's another example of how Musharraf does not seem to be capable of suppressing anyone except the good guys in Pakistan—while he continue to fold before the Islamists and their sympathizers.

In Lebanon, the US failed to follow up on the withdrawal of Syrian troops in 2005, and, much more important, Israel failed to vigorously prosecute its 2006 war against Hezbollah. The result has been another year of political paralysis, the steady attrition of Lebanon's liberals in a string of political murders, and the threat that Lebanon will plunge back into the chaos of sectarian civil war.

Note also that while this is happening, Condoleezza Rice is convening a conference to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—which the Syrians are taking advantage of this conference to offer up Lebanon as a bargaining chip in order to wring concessions out of Israel.

"Vote Is Postponed as Lebanese President Leaves," Thanassis Cambanis and Nada Bakri, New York Times, November 24 The departing Lebanese president, Émile Lahoud, asked the military to take charge of the nation’s security on Friday, a few hours after the speaker of Parliament prolonged the country’s political crisis by postponing for a week a vote to choose a new president….

The caretaker government, composed of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and his cabinet, has final authority until a new president is chosen.

Lebanon’s presidential crisis intensified Friday night, when the parliamentary vote to replace Mr. Lahoud, already postponed four times, was delayed yet again by Nabih Berri, the speaker of Parliament. Mr. Berri set the vote for next Friday….

The governing majority, backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia, has failed during two months of haggling to reach a deal with the opposition, backed by Syria and Iran. Mr. Lahoud is aligned with Syria. Mr. Siniora is considered an ally of the United States and Saudi Arabia….

One of the opposition’s main demands is that Hezbollah be allowed to keep its militia under a new president and new cabinet….

Samir Franjieh, a lawmaker with the governing coalition, said that Syria was waiting to see if it would be asked to play a central role in the peace talks. If Damascus reached an understanding with Washington, he said, Syria might use its considerable influence in Lebanon to push for a settlement.

3. Rudy's Math I've tried to avoid the overly casual approach of referring to Hillary Clinton as "Hillary" and to Rudy Giuliani as "Rudy." But considering that Giuliani's campaign signs all read, simply, "RUDY," I've decided to give up and occasionally call him only by his first name. Resistance seems futile.

The presidential primaries are closing in on us fast, with the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary now less than six weeks away. As I've been reminding my readers, these early contests are likely to be won by Mitt Romney (and possibly Mike Huckabee), and not by Giuliani, despite the fact that he has a strong lead in nationwide polls. So what is Rudy counting on?

In the article linked to below, Tom Bevan explains the math, outlining the Giuliani campaign's plan to stay in the running, in second or third place, in the early contests—and then to build up an irresistible mathematical lead on 2008's extra-super Super Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Huckabee's momentum among Republicans may have peaked. Robert Novak's latest column attacks Huckabee as a "false conservative," a "high-tax, protectionist, big-government advocate of a strong hand in the Oval Office directing the lives of Americans." He also notes, correctly, that this is the "inherent danger" of the Republican Party's embrace of Evangelical Christians, who turn out to have a soft spot for government-coerced "compassion."

Novak notes that Huckabee has done well in part because no one has attacked him for his pro-welfare-state views. "Until now, they did not bother to expose the former governor of Arkansas as a false conservative because he seemed an underfunded, unknown nuisance candidate." Not any more—so the attacks are coming, with National Review's Jonah Goldberg, for example, describing Huckabee as "scarier than Ron Paul," the libertarian candidate with the New Left foreign policy.

Meanwhile, the Giuliani campaign has some recent good news and bad news. On the good side, the latest crime statistics for New York City reveal that the city's murder rate has hit a spectacular new low, with criminologists speculating that it may be theoretically impossible to drive it any lower. This highlights Rudy's signal accomplishment as New York City's mayor: the breaking of the crime wave.

On the other hand, Tony Perkins, a prominent leader of the religious right, has denounced Giuliani, arguing that Rudy's promise to appoint "strict constructionist" judges still "licenses him to appoint any number of judicial candidates who will leave Roe v. Wade exactly as it is."

He's right, of course, and in my book that's a selling point for Giuliani's candidacy: that he is not likely to entrench the judicial agenda of the religious right. But Perkins's article is evidence that many on the religious right will, for that very reason, not settle for Giuliani's vague promise to appoint strict constructionist judges.

"Giuliani's Nomination Strategy," Tom Bevan, RealClearPolitics, November 12 Rudy Giuliani Campaign Manager Mike DuHaime and Senior Strategist Brent Seaborn held a conference call with reporters earlier today to outline their strategy heading into the primary season….

The argument goes like this: Iowa, while important for momentum, will not award its 40 delegates until later in the cycle, tentatively in mid-June. In New Hampshire, where the Giuliani campaign says they feel good about their current 2nd place position, the Granite State's 12 delegates (half of the normal 24 thanks to the 50% penalty levied by the RNC last week for holding its contest earlier than February 5) will be allocated on a proportional basis….

And then comes the Big Kuhuna on February 5th. The Giuliani campaign points out 1,038 delegates are at stake on Feb. 5th, nearly half of what is needed to secure the nomination, by far the single biggest day in the primary process.

Among those states in play on Feb 5th using a true winner take all delegate process (in other words not by winner take all by Congressional district) where the Giuliani team expects to win outright are New York (101), New Jersey (52), Connecticut (30), and Delaware (18)—for a total of 201 delegates. Missouri and its 58 delegates is another true winner take all state where the Giuliani team expects to be very competitive (Rudy is campaigning there today and recently received the endorsement of Senator Kit Bond)….

The main point that DuHaime drove home is that Rudy Giuliani is the only candidate who will enter February 5th with a big block of delegates (201, or 1/5th of the total at stake) more or less locked down. If things go as planned, regardless of the outcome of the early contests, when the dust settles on February 6, Rudy Giuliani will emerge as the delegate leader in the Republican race.

4. The Real Endangered Species readers sent me a link to an appalling article from London's Daily Mail about young environmental zealots who have had themselves sterilized so that they can never have children—on the grounds that children as such are a blight on the earth. Here is how the Daily Mail describes their spectacularly nihilist outlook:

While some might think it strange to celebrate the reversal of nature and denial of motherhood, Toni relishes her decision with an almost religious zeal.

"Having children is selfish. It's all about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet," says Toni, 35.

"Every person who is born uses more food, more water, more land, more fossil fuels, more trees and produces more rubbish, more pollution, more greenhouse gases, and adds to the problem of over-population."

While most parents view their children as the ultimate miracle of nature, Toni seems to see them as a sinister threat to the future.

To the extent that this outlook becomes accepted, the real endangered species we will have to worry about is man.

I link below to a good commentary on this from Investor's Business Daily, which gets extra points for citing the best answer ever directly given to all of these claims that every new human is just another mouth to feed: Julian Simon's identification of the fact that every new human is also another mind capable of creation.

"Environmentalism's Outer Limits," Investor's Business Daily, November 23 Enviro-fanatics are sterilizing themselves to reduce their "carbon footprint." We dread where their nihilistic ideology—that mankind is an evil planetary force—will lead next….

The late economist Julian Simon, that prophetic debunker of Malthusian overpopulation theory, proved that people are no drain on our precious planet's natural resources. Rather, they are the solution to scarcities, thanks to the increasing ingenuity of successive generations….
Simon showed that "the ultimate resource is people—skilled, spirited and hopeful people who will exert their wills and imaginations for their own benefit, and inevitably they will benefit not only themselves but the rest of us as well."

5. "I Get to Live How I Want" Jack Wakeland has coined the term "The Empire of the Pursuit of Happiness" to describe the full impact of "globalization" on traditional societies across the world. More than an economic system, capitalism is a moral system, which carries with it the premise that the individual's pursuit of his own happiness is the central moral purpose of human life.

The article linked to below chronicles one aspect of that moral revolution: the rise in India—the ultimate bastion of the arranged marriage—of the independent, single working woman, free to choose her own life course and her own mate. It is an example of how economic progress enables and encourages the independence of the individual, with far-reaching consequences.

"Careers Give India's Women New Independence," Somini Sengupta, New York Times, November 23 Not long ago, an Indian woman, even a working Indian woman, would almost always have moved from her parents’ house to her husband’s. Perhaps her only freedom would be during college, when she might live on campus or take a room for a year or two at what is known here as the working women’s hostel.

That trajectory has begun to loosen, as a surging economy creates new jobs, prompts young professionals to leave home and live on their own and slowly, perhaps unwittingly, nudges a traditional society to accept new freedoms for women….

The changes are sharpest in the lives of women who have found a footing in the new economy and who are for the most part middle-class, college-educated professionals exploring jobs that simply did not exist a generation ago….

More than anything, Ms. Maddala said, she wanted to savor her independence a bit longer. She moved here from Hyderabad, about 300 miles away, earlier this year. She described the lessons of freedom this way: “What is me? What is myself? How can I manage? We come here, we realize we are strong.”

“I get to live how I want,” [Ms. Cariappa] said. “There’s nobody telling me I can’t.”…

In November, Ms. Cariappa announced that her freewheeling days were coming to an end.

She and her boyfriend of seven years had decided to marry. That, too, was a break with her family’s tradition, because he is from another community, from another part of the country.

6. Where Was America Born? The 400th anniversary of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, has finally brought significant national attention to the rivalry between Jamestown and Plymouth, the Massachusetts settlement which, despite coming thirteen years later, has stolen credit for America's origin and even for the first Thanksgiving (actually held at Virginia's Berkeley Plantation in 1619).

The implications of this rivalry go far beyond local bragging rights, because the two colonies were founded on very different principles. Virginia was founded by a secular company of adventurers in search of profit—while Massachusetts was originally settled by religious zealots who escaped from religious tyranny only to impose their own religious tyranny. Which better represents the American spirit?

"If Not First in Time, First in the Country's Heart," Abby Goodnough, New York Times, November 22 This year, as Jamestown, Va., splashily celebrated the 400th anniversary of its founding as the nation’s first permanent English settlement, the home of Plymouth Rock found itself on the defensive….

In a speech near Jamestown on Tuesday, President Bush challenged the popular notion that Plymouth was home to the first Thanksgiving.

“The good folks here say that the founders of Berkeley held their celebration before the Pilgrims had even left port,” Mr. Bush said, referring to a plantation in Virginia where settlers arrived in 1619. “As you can imagine, this version of events is not very popular up north.”

In response to such barbs, the people of Plymouth have gone to greater lengths than usual to prove it is “America’s Hometown,” as its marketing brochures announce.

“There’s no question Jamestown was first,” said Peggy Baker, director of the Pilgrim Hall Museum, home to Myles Standish’s sword and other Pilgrim artifacts. “But when it comes to issues of historical significance, we don’t just talk about first; we talk about what speaks to people’s emotions. Plymouth is the settlement that has spoken to the hearts and souls of Americans over centuries.”

Unlike the Jamestown settlers, who were mostly men seeking investment opportunities and planning to return home, the Pilgrims who came to Plymouth 13 years later were families hoping to start anew, Ms. Baker said.


IrvingBritish National Party member, Nick Griffin's appearance (along with writer David Irving) at Oxford Union a scheduled at is creating a huge furore with MP, Dr Julian Lewis, resigning and many other bodies and individuals howling in rage. Why is this? Well, it seems that Nick Griffin and the BNP is thought of as 'racist'. Here is Mr Griffin's rebuttal to that charge:
Nick Griffin: I became involved with the British National Party out of desperation at the fact that no-one else was doing anything in Britain to stand up for the survival of Western culture, Western values

Monday, November 26, 2007


This message from a British Patriot:

End of Islamic Awareness Week

Of course it is.

So it is the end of Islamic Awareness Week.

Well it is for the turnips but never for us. The True Owners of this Country. For us it is Islamic Awareness Week, every week of the year. And will be until we make all of our fellow citizens aware of the evil of Islam.

Today is a link day to one particular site that has collected some of the most horrific images and videos that, should you choose to view reveal the truth of Islam.I warn you that these videos are truly sickening and SHOULD NOT be viewed by children or people with a weak stomach. If you are using Firefox as your brower and have difficulty in viewing some of the clips then switch to Internet Explorer and you should be fine. I suspect you will view only one or two. I managed three but had to stop after Inhumane treatment.

Russian diplomats beheaded June 25, 2006 Wickedness shown as freedom fighting, may Yahshua turn these people to the truth!

Theo Van Gogh movie - Submission This is what Theo Van Gogh the movie director was murdered for!

Shosei Koda Japanese Hostage

Eugene Armstrong Violent and brutal

Jack Hensley Beheading Very brutal, peaceful Islam kills again

3 Kurds Beheaded by Army of Ansar

Kim Sun IL His fault? He was a Christian and in the wrong place out to help people. 20/06/2004

Video Of Turkish Driver Durmus Kumdereli beheaded by Tawhid and Jihad

Paul Johnson He did not deserve this. Victim of this unrelenting violence against the Americans 18.06.2004

Nicholas Berg An American Jew dealt the treatment of Fanatic Islam

Prisoner of War Execution Superior Justice in Islam, See for yourself what they do

Inhumane treatment by sadistic sick Muslim people.

What happens to Collaborators Rough Justice of Islam

Muslim Justice Unknown Russian soldier slaughtered by fanatic Muslims

Daniel Pearl Carried out in Pakistan

Iran's march for war: Click here

Mothers sacrifice their children for terrorism: Click here

Palestinian songs of hatred: Click here

Arafat’s peace education or Hitler’s youth: Click here

Hitler’s youth, not only in “Israel” but all over, this is from Dubai: Click here

Dubai’s sick comedy: Click here

Arafat confronted on his Hitler camps: Click here
A recent Populus survey showed that an overwhelming 93 percent of British Muslims think that attacks on civilians in the UK cannot be justified and 86 percent rejected targeting military establishments.Given that there are over 2 million moslems living in Our Country, from those figures, we can extrapolate the following information.

7 % of Muslims think that attacks on civilians in the UK can be justified - 140,000 possible bombers

14 % of Muslims approve of targeting military establishments - 280,00 possible bombersFrightened? You should be. Do you want an end to this fear? Then do something about it. Join the British National Party. Let them deport the preachers of hatred and the people who wish to kill us in the same way they killed the victims in the gruesome links above.

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Saturday, 24 November 2007

Beware of cheap foreign imports
A collectors item if we do not halt the Cult of The Dead Paedophile


Kyoto ProtocolJapan, the home of the Kyoto Protocol is struggling to meet its emissions targets and is digging itself deeper, ever deeper into debt in its determination to do this.
Japan is falling far behind its Kyoto commitments to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to 6 percent below its 1990 by 2012. Emissions in 2006, for instance, were 6.4 percent above 1990 levels.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

'Don't Go Out There, Will!'

From a “random comments” roundup in today’s Detroit Free Press:

Democrat Bill Richardson, saying the nation’s image abroad needs a makeover: “We have to find ways again where American diplomacy is not considered cowboy diplomacy, but is considered diplomacy where we’re not the policemen of the world, but the conscience of the world.”

So what should we call this made over, non-cowboy, conscience-of-the-world diplomacy?

Let's just call it what it is: Quaker-wife diplomacy.

And we know how that always turns out.