Saturday, November 06, 2004

Doesn't The Netherlands Realize They Had It Coming To Them?

From AP:

THE HAGUE -- The Dutch government yesterday vowed tough measures against what a leading politician called "the arrival of jihad in the Netherlands" after a death threat to a Dutch lawmaker was found spiked with a knife to the body of a slain filmmaker by his radical Muslim attacker.

A five-page letter released Thursday night by the justice minister forced political leaders -- including Amsterdam's Jewish mayor and members of parliament -- to take on bodyguards.

The document, attached to the body of filmmaker Theo van Gogh, was titled "An Open Letter to [Aayan] Hirsi Ali," referring to a Somali-born member of parliament. She had scripted Mr. van Gogh's latest film, "Submission," which criticized the treatment of women under Islam.

Miss Hirsi Ali, who calls herself an ex-Muslim, has gone into hiding.

"Death, Ms. Hirsi Ali, is the common theme of all that exists. You and the rest of the cosmos cannot escape this truth," the letter said.

"I know definitely that you, Oh America, will go down. I know definitely that you, Oh Europe, will go down. I know definitely that you, Oh Netherlands, will go down. I know definitely that you, Oh Hirsi Ali, will go down," it said.

Deputy Prime Minister Gerrit Zalm agreed with comments by other politicians who called Mr. van Gogh's slaying a declaration of Islamic jihad, or "holy war."

"We are not going to tolerate this. We are going to ratchet up the fight against this sort of terrorism," he said. "The increase in radicalization is worse than we had thought."

Among measures under consideration is an emergency law to enable authorities to revoke the Dutch nationality of dual citizens suspected of terrorist activity so that they can be deported.

Mr. Zalm said the intelligence service, which already has expanded since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, would receive more funding to help it monitor potential terrorist recruits.

The suspected killer in the van Gogh case, a 26-year-old Dutch-Moroccan national, was arraigned on six terrorism-related charges.

Jozias van Aartsen, parliamentary speaker for the nationalist People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), the second-largest party in the government of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, issued a statement that called Mr. van Gogh's slaying tantamount to a declaration of war.

"The jihad has come to the Netherlands and a small group of jihadist terrorists is attacking the principles of our country," he said. "I hope the Netherlands will now move beyond denial and do what is fitting in a democracy -- take action.

"These people don't want to change our society, they want to destroy it," he said.

My headline is, of course, a sick joke. Any regular reader of this blog knows that I had family members who called me, from Europe, on 9/11 and explained to me why America had it coming to us. I just couldn't help myself with the joke.

I'm glad to see that these Dutch politicians seem to get it. They seem to understand what is coming at them and are determined to respond strongly. Too bad they aren't a massive hyperpower like us. We need some serious help.

My Party Left Me

PowerLine points out that Seymour Hersh, the noted liberal author and writer for the New Yorker, has let loose with some pretty bizarre email rants recently. Here an brief excerpt:

Germantown, Md.: Do you believe the president will strive for unity? Or will he skew more hard right?

Seymour Hersh: in my view, he's got his mandate and he's going to carry on with his mantra -- bringing democracy to the middle east. pretty scary.

Go look at them all. Amazing. What an enlightened individual.

As I said in my post below, my party left me.

Some Thoughts For The Party That Left Me

I voted for no one but Democrats all my life, until I voted for Schwazeneggar in the California Recall Election. And, of course, I voted for George Bush in this most recent election. I do not believe I left my party. They left me. Some important thoughts from the Backseat Philosopher, thanks to Instapundit:

We Democrats are supposedly the party of the therapists, the teachers, and the 'relationship experts.' If anybody would be proud of the title, 'active listener', it would be a Democrat. We're the soft ones who understand where the other side is coming from and negotiate.

Many Democrats think that our patience and understanding are our weakness. "We don't know how to fight like the Republicans," we all told ourselves after Florida 2000. "We have to be more like them: tougher, meaner." "We have to energize our base more."

Actually, no. Our error is that we Democrats are far less understanding than we think we are. Our version of understanding the other side is to look at them from a psychological point of view while being completely unwilling to take their arguments seriously. "Well, he can't help himself, he's a right-wing religious zealot, so of course he's going to think like that." "Republicans who never served in war are hypocrites to send young men to die. " "Republicans are homophobes, probably because they can't deal with their secret desires." Anything but actually listening and responding to the arguments being made.

And when I say 'responding,' I don't just mean 'coming up with the best counterargument and pushing it.' Sometimes responding to an argument means finding the merit in it and possibly changing one's position. That is part of growth, right?

Here are some arguments that are being made that the Democratic party has simply not responded to, in the larger sense of the word "response":

Whatever the UN was, might have been, or should be, it now isn't. Genocidal tyrannies are on the Human Rights commision. Saddam Hussein funneled over 1.7 billion dollars to various decision makers and world leaders to weaken his sanctions program. One out of every three votes is about Israel. Until the UN is significantly reformed, you shouldn't take its decisions seriously.

If we view 1000 or even 10,000 dead soldiers as unacceptable, we will never be able to fight a real war again.

Proportional response with no preemption allows the other side to set the pace of the battle.

Throughout history, governments have had a strong interest in promoting long-term child-rearing heterosexual relationships. That is why governments create a legal definition of Marriage and provide lots of benefits to heterosexual couples who enter into it. This has been true for States throughout history independent of the religious beliefs of the populace. Worrying about changing that definition, even to the point of deciding against a change, is not automatically sexism or bigotry.

If you never are willing to draw a line where human life starts, there will be no line.
Just because it says something in the Bible doesn't mean there are no ancillary arguments supporting it. And just because someone uses the Bible as a source of their morality doesn't mean that any particular view of theirs is wrong. Actually, stuff that's lasted for thousands of years is more likely to be useful than stuff that was dreamed up in a French philosophy book.

I am not saying that all these arguments should win. But I do not hear enough Democrats elucidating reasoned counterarguments to these positions. "Bush insulted our allies and the UN," "Bush lied, people died," "We have become the aggressor," "Homophobia," "Religious nut."

These are not responses, these are dismissals. When Democrats start actively responding, we will succeed. Until then, we will be increasingly ignored as irrelevent.

Friday, November 05, 2004

The General In His Labyrinth

Thanks to LittleGreenFootballs for making me aware of this, from AP:

PARIS - Yasser Arafat is in a coma and is “between life and death,” though he is not brain dead, his spokeswoman said Friday. Doctors still had no diagnosis, but anxious Palestinian officials were already looking for ways to prevent unrest if their 75-year-old leader dies.

Leila Shahid, the Palestinian envoy to France, strongly denied French and Israeli media reports that Arafat was being kept alive on life support amid conflicting reports over his condition after a sharp decline a day earlier.

“I can assure you that there is no brain death,” Shahid told French RTL radio. “He is in a coma. We don’t know the type, but it’s a reversible coma. ... Today we can say that, given his condition and age, he is at a critical point between life and death.”

As LittleGreenFootballs points out, the type of coma Arafat is in is "unknown."

I would say, the condition of his health is multitudinous and labyrinthine. His coma is mysterious, and probably somewhat multifarious. Never have we seen such a suspension on the bridge between life and a sort of uncharted, and manifold, mosaic of, shall we say, not life.

Here, let's try this euphemism you frenchies:

Arafat is perched indeterminately in the simulacrum of life/death.


Thursday, November 04, 2004

Old Terrorists Never Die
They Just Get More Complex

In what has got to be the greatest euphemism for death that the world has ever heard, Yasser Arafat has been transferred out of ICU because his condition has gotten more "complex."

Sources at the French military hospital where Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat has been receiving treatment on Thursday denied reports that the 75-year-old Arafat has died, but described his medical state as “complex.”

“Mr. Arafat is not dead,” Christian Estripeau, a spokesman for the Percy Military Training Hospital in Clamart outside Paris, told a news conference in a brief statement.

“The clinical situation following the first days after [Arafat’s] admission has become more complicated. The state of health of the patient requires appropriate treatment which necessitated his transfer during the afternoon of Wednesday, November 3, to a unit suitable for his condition,” Estripeau said.

I wonder what kind of unit that is. The morgue, maybe?

Here, let me try another euphemism out for the Frenchies. How about:

The condition of his health has become more "nuanced."

Or. how about,

We are coming to appreciate the "subtelty" of his condition.

Children Telling Ghost Stories Around The Campfire

I called a friend yesterday to see get some information I needed. I asked the usual, "How it going?" His response was a very depleted sounding, "As good as can be considering the circumstances." He sounded very depressed. I was truly concerned. This is a very upbeat guy. "What's wrong?"

"Well Bush is going to be in the f*$%in White House for another four years and he's going to destroy our world."

My friend said he had been in one of the major studios pitching a script that morning and it was like a morgue. Everybody's depressed and angry.

For the next hour I listened as he ran off a list of wild statements and conspiracy theories, which I will try to summarize:

1) Bush is going to stack the Supreme Court with Conservative Christians who will take away our freedom. I asked him "what freedoms?" Turns out he's talking about abortion. I told him I understood that concern (didn't bother discussing sanctity of life issues revolving around assisted suicide, late-term abortion, cloning, etc. although I do feel that as a society we have to draw the line somewhere eventually).

2) The Patriot Act: Bush can lock up anyone at any time. And he does. Thousands of people in fact. (I have read about the Patriot Act, and I have read the Patriot Act itself. It does not give Bush the right to lock people up. It extends already existing laws dealing with how the government can do surveillance, stipulating that they can now access internet records and library records with a warrant.)

3) Bush has never done anything good for anybody. I asked "what about Afghanistan?"

4) Afghanistan's elections were fixed.

5) The War on Terror is about money. Halliburton has already made billions. They will make a hundred billion dollars, before this is all through, just wait and see.

6) Our elections were fixed. The voting machines were hacked. I told him that it does seem reasonable to be concerned if the voting machines are networked on the internet (I'm not sure if they are or not) because they could then be hacked, but in that case they could be hacked by anybody, Democrat of Republican, Green, Al Qaeda. Anyone.) He said no, that's not the only problem. The CEO of Diebold came out and said that he would do anything to get Bush reelected. It was shortly after that that Diebold was awarded the contract to make the voting machines. Diebold has the keys to all the voting machines, and they are lock solid Bush supporters. That's how the election was stolen.

7) Bush lied about Iraq's WMD's. There was no threat. Iraq was about oil, not about the threat of the WMD's in the hands of terrorists. (I acknowledged that oil is a probably a factor in the war. He said we should all be driving Prius')

8) Nuclear weapons technology is getting easier and less expensive all the time. It's inevitable that terrorists will end up with nuclear weapons one day, so we should just get out of the Middle East all together.

9) Iran is the real threat. Why didn't we go after them. He doesn't care if we just turn all the sand in the whole country to glass.

How about that folks? This friend of mine, who is pitching scripts at major studios doesn't care if we kill every man, woman and child in Iran.

This, every bit of it, depresses me.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

What Is Wrong With This Guy?

Screaming Memes.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

A Patriotic Pledge Of Allegiance

Thanks to Daimnation for making me aware of this. Jeff Jarvis is proposing that we all take this pledge:

After the election results are in, I promise to:

Support the President, even if I didn't vote for him.

Criticize the President, even if I did vote for him.

Uphold standards of civilized discourse in blogs and in media while pushing both to be better.

Unite as a nation, putting country over party, even as we work together to make America better.

I agree.

If Kerry Is Elected

If Kerry is elected President I hope that we will get over the horrible partisan nightmare we have been going through ever since Clinton was elected. I am disappointed in my fellow Americans. We are killing ourselves with our own rhetoric.

It may seem like my rhetoric is partisan to the extreme as well. I want to restate, though, that I have said that a Kerry Presidency will not destroy the U.S. I don't really even pretend to know what kind of President Kerry would be. He hasn't told us. He might be a good President.

At worst, he will pull the troops out of Iraq and leave the Iraqi's to another thug dictator. That would be very bad for the Iraqi's. It would be a shame on our country, but it would only have a nominal effect on the USA.

Another worst case scenario resulting from a Kerry Presidency lies with Iran and it's program to develop nuclear weapons. I am pretty sure that Kerry would go the way of Europe on this one, that is he would try to negotiate a solution. I don't think that would work. In that case, Israel might very well make an attempt to destroy Iran's nuclear program. This could lead to a war, and the destruction of the state of Israel. That would, of course be horrible for the Jewish people, but once again, it would only have a nominal effect on the United States.

I am not worried for the U.S. in the case of a Kerry Presidency.

When I wrote yesterday that I am frightened by the idea that half of our citizens think that Kerry is a viable option for President, I wrote it because he hasn't actually given us a reason to vote for him. We don't know what he will do. He has given us two ideas on every issue, and in some cases more. Throughout the entire campaign he has been the all-things-to-all-people candidate. Like Prager says, if you want the war to stop, then Kerry is your guy. If you want to fight the Iraq War through to it's conclusion, then Kerry is your guy.

So, we don't know.

It is frightening that half of our citizens will vote for a guy who has made virtually no definitive statement of his positions.

The reason for this phenomenon is complex, having to do with party loyalty, fear of the war, knowledge of the fact that much of the world is mad at us, etc., but the major reason is that a large portion of our population have a visceral, though I think irrational, hatred of George Bush.

Similarly, a huge portion of our population had a visceral, though I thought, irrational hatred of Bill Clinton.

This hatred is frightening. I don't think people are seeing what is right in front of their eyes. People who indulge in this kind of hatred, in my opinion, have left the real world. That's why it is frightening, because it is a dangerous thing to have a large portion of our population thinking so irrationally. As Logic Monkey and Prager pointed out yesterday, such irrationality can lead to chaos and devastating results.

That's why I say it is frightening. Get it? It's not that I am frightened of a Kerry Presidency

Maybe this irrational hatred of our political figures has come about because we have become such a nation of children, so bent on instant gratification, that we want every politician to answer every one of our needs. We will not sit still and wait for things to come around to our way again.

The truth is, in America the way things work is we hire a man to be President and the country goes in one direction for a while, until we get tired of that direction, and then we hire someone with a different ideology. We didn't like Nixon, we got rid of him and put a different type in. We didn't like Carter, we got rid of him and put a different type in.

I know it's a very obvious thing to say, but jeez guys, that's democracy.

But of course I am rooting, and cheering, and doing the wave, and spilling my popcorn, and all that for Bush today. I will feel more proud of my country if we finish the job we have set before ourselves, and I feel more confident that Bush would see to it that we will.

Something To Think About When You Vote Today
Filmaker Theo Van Gogh, Great Granson of Vincent Van Gogh
Killed By Muslim
After Making Movie Critical of Treatment Of Women Under Islam

From AP:

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - A Dutch filmmaker who had received death threats after releasing a movie criticizing the treatment of women under Islam was slain in Amsterdam on Tuesday, police said.

A suspect, a 26-year-old man with dual Dutch-Moroccan nationality, was arrested after a shootout with officers that left him wounded, police said.

Filmmaker Theo van Gogh had been threatened after the August airing of the movie "Submission," which he made with a right-wing Dutch politician who had renounced the Islamic faith of her birth. Van Gogh had received police protection after its release.

Dutch national broadcaster NOS and other media reported that Van Gogh's killer shot and stabbed his victim and left a note on his body. NOS said witnesses described the attacker as having an "Arab appearance."

A witness who lives in the neighborhood heard six shots, and saw the man concealing a gun. She said he walked away slowly, spoke to someone at the edge of the park, and then ran.

"He was walking slowly, like he was trying to be cool," she said, describing him as wearing a long beard and Islamic garb. "He was either an Arabic man or someone disguised as a Muslim," she said.

Another witness told Dutch Radio 1 the killer arrived by bicycle and shot Van Gogh as he got out of a car. "He fell backward on the bicycle path and just laid there. The shooter stayed next to him and waited. Waited to make sure he was dead."

The slain filmmaker was the great grandson of the brother of famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, who was also named Theo. In a recent radio interview, Van Gogh dismissed the threats and called the movie "the best protection I could have. It's not something I worry about."

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende called on the Dutch people to remain calm.

"Nothing is known about the motive," he said in a written statement. "I want to call on everyone not to jump to far-reaching conclusions. The facts must first be carefully weighed so let's allow the investigators to do their jobs."

Balkenende praised Van Gogh as a proponent of free speech who had "outspoken opinions."
"It would be unacceptable if a difference of opinion led to this brutal murder," he said.

Police spokesman Eric Vermeulen said the attacker fled to the nearby East Park, and was arrested after exchanging gunfire with police. Both the suspect and a policeman suffered minor injuries.

"They were conscious" when taken to hospital, Vermeulen said.

Van Gogh's killing immediately rekindled memories of the 2002 assassination of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn who polarized the nation with his anti-immigration views and was shot to death days before national elections.

In addition to his film, van Gogh also wrote columns about Islam that were published on his Web site,, and Dutch newspaper Metro.

The short television film "Submission" aired on Dutch television in August, enraged the Muslim community in the Netherlands.

It told the fictional story of a Muslim woman forced into a violent marriage, raped by a relative and brutally punished for adultery.

The English-language film was scripted by a right-wing politician who years ago renounced the Islamic faith of her birth and now refers to herself as an "ex-Muslim."

Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a member of the Dutch parliament, has repeatedly outraged fellow Muslims by criticizing Islamic customs and the failure of Muslim families to adopt Dutch ways.

The place of Muslim immigrants in Dutch society has long been a contentious issue in the Netherlands, where many right-wing politicians have pushed for tougher immigration laws and say Muslims already settled in the country must make a greater effort to assimilate.

Theo van Gogh, 47, has often come under criticism for his controversial movies. In December, his next movie "06-05," about the May 6, 2002 assassination of Pim Fortuyn, is scheduled to debut on the Internet.

Go to to get more revealing information, like this:

First interview on Dutch television spends half of the time of an interview with an eye witness establishing that the killer "may have been disguised" as an arab.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Here's What The Hell Is Wrong With Our Country

Logic Monkey explains the mass hysteria:

... the radical left is utterly opposed to logical thinking. In fact, femminism (wymyn's ways of knowing) deconstructionism (words have no fixed meanings) and Marxisim (everything is a social construct) are by their very nature opposed to logic, which, I contend, has as it's foundation the following proposition- "There are things in the world and I can know them".

All those radical philosophies are, I contend, an attack on rationality. Now, I also believe that when you have abdandoned reason, you quickly become a mob. When you drop reason and embrace emtionalism, you quickly become dark and evil- you become a howling mob just ready to "stick it to" the rich, or the men, or the Christians, or whoever the radicals want you to hate.

Dennis Prager was trying to make the same point on the radio today. He was saying that the radical left, with their antipathy to values, paves the way for the extreme fascist right to come in and take control. He said he is worried that all this likening of Bush to Hitler is dangerous because it causes average people to lose their moral bearings, which will create chaos, and eventually lead to a truly fascistic thug in the power. He compared our country to the decadent rot of the late Weimar Republic.

I agree.

I see it all around me. When a BBC reporter like Barbara Plett admits to shedding tears for Arafat it normalizes such sentiment, which, of course, leads to more people who will be taken in by Arafat's Fascism.

But, of course, we are talking about America here, and yes, America is in danger as well as Europe. I am frightened by the fact that fully half the country thinks Kerry is a reasonable alternative to Bush. I am frightened by the evidence of massive voter fraud. I am frightened by the conspiracy theories, and examples of Jew-hatred that are bandied about in the media, and in polite conversation.

I am only heartened by the idea that, maybe, most of that 50% who will vote for Kerry just haven't really been paying attention.

I hope that's it, anyway.

In About Six Months We're Going To Find Out
Walter Cronkite Is Battling Alzheimer's

In an interview with Larry King a couple of days ago, Old Walter said two extraordinary things. This:

The only thing that could damage the turnout would be the threats that might be implied, as many of the new registrees are challenged as to their various things. Their spelling of their name and the state where they really come from, whether they're immigrants or not, do they have passports, all that kind of thing. If they are challenged at the polls, as they line up to go into the polls, they may fear having to answer all those questions. Particularly if they do have anything wrong about them and shouldn't vote.

and this:

Former CBSNEWS anchorman Walter Cronkite believes Bush adviser Karl Rove is possibly behind the new Bin Laden tape.

Cronkite made the startling comments late Friday during an interview on CNN.

Somewhat smiling, Cronkite said he is “inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing.”

Interviewer Larry King did not ask Cronkite to elaborate on the provocative election eve observation.

What the hell is wrong with our country? It seems like a mass hysteria.

Thanks to Power Line and Little Green Footballs.

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Fascist-Sympathizing Anti-Semitic "Columnist"
Writing For London's Daily Mirror

Excerpt from an article by columnist John Routledge, from The London Daily Mirror. Routledge appears to be one of those writers who strings short, unrelated quips together in an imitation of a real thought process. But, what he writes is worth knowing about because he is a columnist for a major newspaper in England. Here it is for what it's worth:

America is in the grip of an overwhelming dread of terrorism, cynically promoted by the Republicans, their neo-conservative hard men and their dupes in the media.

Never mind that 15 times as many people were shot, strangled, poisoned, stabbed and otherwise murdered by other Americans as died in the 2001 Twin Towers horror.

YASSER Arafat, the Palestinian president, appears to be at death's door. Not surprising, really. He's 75 and he has been under house arrest for the past two years. If he stepped outside his front door, an Israeli sniper would shoot him.

A lesser man would have given up the ghost long ago. Something must keep him going. That something is the great wrong done to his people, and his lifelong mission to put it right.

I salute the courage of Yasser Arafat and the dogged determination of his people. They will outlive the hatred of the Israelis and the criminal indifference of their Yankee paymasters.

First, Routledge, America is not in the grips of dread over terrorism. You Europeons are. That's why Europe runs away from conflicts. Clearly, Spain ran scared after the Madrid Massacre. America faces it's conflicts and confrontations head-on.

And, by the way, why is it that when it happens to Euros it's called a massacre, but when it happens to Americans it's called a "horror," or a "tragedy," or some such non-descript noun which removes the blame from where it lies; the fomenters of Islamofascism?

But I guess, according to you, America shouldn't be fighting back against people who plot chemical weapons attacks, and radiological weapons attacks against our people and your people.

Only a few thousand people were killed at Pearl Harbor in 1941, should Americans have refused to help the British in their war against Hitler back then? And if we hadn't helped, what language would you be writing in now, you twee little quaking quim?

As far as you far as your comments about Yasser Arafat go, well, if you support a man whose life's goal is to kill Jews and steal money from his people then you are a fascist, and an anti-Semite.

Congratulations to you, that's a great niche in life.

Saddam And His Madman Plans

Click here and scroll down to picture to get confirmation of Saddam and his WMD plans. Thanks for Mudville and Little Green Footballs.

Bin Laden Admits We've Got Him On The Ropes
Media Edits That Part Out

Ok, so we've had the Dan Rather forged memos situation, the New York Times/CBS News joint effort to release the completely false story al-Qaqaa story, and now, via Little Green Footballs, I find that the New York Post is reporting that the media edited the Bin Laden video so that it would not negatively effect Kerry:

Officials said that in the 18-minute long tape — of which only six minutes were aired on the al-Jazeera Arab television network in the Middle East on Friday — bin Laden bemoans the recent democratic elections in Afghanistan and the lack of violence involved with it.

On the tape, bin Laden also says his terror organization has been hurt by the U.S. military’s unrelenting manhunt for him and his cohorts on the Afghan-Pakistani border.

A portion of the left-out footage includes a tirade aimed at President Bush and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, claiming the war in Iraq is purely over oil.

Charles at Little Green Footballs comments:

This is outrageous. After three years unseen, Osama bin Laden releases a video acknowledging the Bush administration’s record of success in Afghanistan, and in hunting down the Al Qaeda network, and showing his particular hatred for the man who brought this ruin upon him—but the media doesn’t think we should see it? Instead we get a whitewashed, edited version that seems to be equally critical of Bush and Kerry, and wire stories extolling Bin Laden’s confidence and health?

Release the full tape!

It will be interesting to see how these nuts behave if George Bush is re-elected.

Keep The Faith

From George Will, via Instaputzi:

Reasonable people can question the feasibility of Bush's nation-building and democracy-spreading ambitions. But, having taken up that burden, America cannot prudently, or decently, put it down. The question is: Which candidate will most tenaciously and single-mindedly pursue victory? The answer is: Not John Kerry, who is multiple-minded about most matters.

Tuesday's winner will not start from scratch but from where we are now, standing with the women of Bamiyan, Afghanistan. Back in Washington recently, Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, said those women were warned that Taliban remnants would attack polling places during the Oct. 9 elections. So the women performed the ritual bathing and said the prayers of those facing death. Then, rising at 3 a.m., they trekked an hour to wait in line for the polls to open at 7 a.m. In the province of Kunar an explosion 100 meters from a long line of waiting voters did not cause anyone to leave the line.

Which candidate can be trusted to keep faith with these people? Surely not the man whose party is increasingly influenced by its Michael Moore faction.

Halloween Costumes Of The Year

Two of my favorite bloggers, Michelle Malkin and Vanessa, come in on opposite sides of an issue. What to do? What to do?

I think I'll laugh.

I guess that means I agree with Vanessa, over at If They

This must make me pretty evil, but I'll admit that sweet lil beaming face of "The Littlest Prisoner at Abu Ghraib" just about had me tipping over the chair in a depraved sort of mirth

2004's Scariest Halloween Costumes

Can you imagine how angry that Abu-Ghraib kid is going to be at his parents when he grows up, and goes off to college, and goes through his rebellious human-rights activist phase?

Heh heh. I see some therapist bills coming.

UPDATE: At the risk of having this turn into a two-way conversation, or a dialogue, or something so meat world and old-fashioned, I just have to note that Vanessa over at If They added comments about the criticism of the folds behind "The Littlest Prisoner" scandal:

They may have been dancing on the edge of the Cliffs of Propriety, but I don't personally think they made the leap. It's nothing Trey Parker and Matt Stone wouldn't have stooped to. Don't let me stop you from being offended though, if that's your bag.

I should note that if I had a child, I wouldn't be dressing it up as The Littlest Prisoner at Abu Ghraib because geez people, I'm not an insensitive brute, okay? I'd be a respectable parent and go for more traditional Halloween styles. Like an undead zombie with blood with bits of skull missing and a stump for an arm or something.

Heh heh.