Saturday, July 22, 2006

Anti-Semitism -
The Proof

Via Reliapundit:

Two Connecticut professors got curious about the constant denials that extremely harsh critics of Israel were anti-Semitic. Edward H. Kaplan, the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Management Sciences, and Charles A. Small, Director of Urban Studies, Southern Connecticut State University, decided to examine the issue in formal way. Their paper, “Anti-Israel Sentiment Predicts Anti-Semitism in Europe,” appears in the August issue of the Journal of Conflict Resolution.

... The correlation was almost perfect. In a survey of 5,000 Europeans in ten countries, people who believed that the Israeli soldiers “intentionally target Palestinian civilians,” and that “Palestinian suicide bombers who target Israeli civilians” are justified, also believed that “Jews don’t care what happens to anyone but their own kind,” “Jews have a lot of irritating faults,” and “Jews are more willing than others to use shady practices to get what they want.

Go to the Astute Blogger to read the rest.

The History
Of Collaboration
Between Islamists
And The Nazis

The Islamofascists
Don't Understand
What They Are
Themselves Into

From Victor Davis Hanson:

Finally, the world is accepting that the Middle East problem was never about so-called occupied land -- but only about the existence of Israel itself. Hezbollah and Hamas, and those in their midst who tolerate them (or vote for them), didn't so much want Israel out of Lebanon and Gaza as pushed into the Mediterranean altogether. And since there will be no second Holocaust, the Israelis may well soon transform a perennial terrorist war they can't easily win into a conventional aerial one against a terrorist-sponsoring Syria that they can.

For its part, the United States has spent thousands of lives and billions in treasure trying to birth democracy in Iraq. We wished to end our old cynical support for Middle East dictators that earned us such scorn and instead give liberated Iraqis a choice other than either theocracy or autocracy.

In multilateral fashion, America has also welcomed the help of the European Union, the United Nations, China and Russia in convincing the Iranians of the folly of producing nuclear weapons. But like Hezbollah and Hamas, Iran does not wish to parley -- the beheaders and kidnappers in Iraq don't, either.

The two most liberal societies in Europe -- Denmark and the Netherlands -- welcomed almost anyone to their shores from the Middle East. Their multicultural hospitality was supposed to have led to a utopian "diverse" nation of various races, nationalities and religions. Instead, such liberality has earned both small nations pariah status in the Muslim world for the supposed indiscretions of a few freewheeling filmmakers and cartoonists.

Yet for all their threats, the Islamists -- from Hezbollah in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley to the Iranian government to the jihadists in Iraq's Sunni Triangle -- don't understand they are slowly pushing tired Westerners into a corner. If diplomacy, or aid or support for democracy, or multiculturalism, or withdrawal from contested lands, does not satisfy radical Islamists, what would? Perhaps nothing.

What would be the new Western approach to terrorism? Hard and quick retaliation -- but without our past concern for nation-building, or offering a democratic alternative to theocracy and autocracy, or even worrying about whether other Muslims are unfairly lumped in with Islamists who operate freely in their midst.

He forgot to mention brutality. It will be brutal and sad.

On The Verge Of World War III:
The Rising Tide Of Anti-Semitism

I expect the anti-Semitism to be ratcheted up in our world. I've been expecting it for a long time. Much of the left is mentally ill, and anti-Semitism is part of that illness. No one on the left has done anything to combat the illness, so it has just gotten worse.

Really, I think much of this anti-Semitism comes from fear.


Well, it is fear of confronting evil. When the rational world presents you with a great and powerful evil, the rational thing to do is to confront it, to fight against it, and to eliminate it. Confronting evil is something you are compelled to do if you live in the rational world.

If you are afraid to confront the evil - because it appears to be too powerful, or because you think there is too much to lose - then, you must find a way of living with the evil, a way of explaining the evil, so that it is tolerable. In short, you must retreat into the irrational.

You must find someone else to blame for the evil, which you would prefer to live with than confront.

For whatever reason, the Jews have been the scapegoats of history. They have been blamed for Germany's failings, for the Great Depression, for the Black Plague, for the death of Jesus Christ, etc. etc. etc.

And, now they are being blamed for the problems in the Middle East.

Never mind that there is not a single country in the world with a large Muslim population, that does not have trouble with its Muslims. Never mind that there is Muslim violence in Malaysia, East Timor, Indonesia, India, the Philipines, Somalia, the Sudan, Paraguay, the Balkans, Chechneya, China, all places that do not have an appreciable Jewish population.

Still the irrational among us - those who fear having to confront this evil - tell us that if we could just solve the Israel problem, then the Muslim beast would be tamed.

As we stand perched on the verge of World War III, do me a favor, do yourselves a favor, do the world a favor, and do God a favor, do not succumb to fear, do not succumb to the irrational, do not succumb to appeasing evil and sacrificing your hold on the good.

The history of anti-Jewish sentiment is a history of terrible, malevolent evil. It is the history of death and destruction. It is not a future history you would want to contribute to. It is not something you would want your name associated with. It is not the legacy you want for yourself, you family, or your nation.

Choices will be hard, and will become harder in the coming days. Confronting evil is frightening. We may not win. We may lose our lives, our loved ones, our civilization. But, to do nothing in the face of evil is to ensure that evil will win. Let us make the hard choices. Let us live in the rational world, and reinforce the rational world, so that it will have a chance of living on into the future. Let us fight to give our children a rational world to live in, a world which has been rid of the evils we must now confront.

Where Is The Muslim Outrage?

Watch and listen to the whole thing. Do not turn it off in the middle thinking you understand. His point is nuanced and deserves a complete consideration.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Peace, Dude

Let's all roll one, light it up, and draw in a deep cleansing breath (don't forget to exhale). There, you feel better now. Unburdened with rationality. Able to glimpse beyond the doors of perception. If George Bush smoked herb, the world wouldn't be in the mess it's in, I'll tell you that, bra

Ah yes, it's time for a little trip down memory lane and back into the minds of our modern peace dudes, the anti-War death hippies:

Let me polish up my old peace symbol, slip into a tie-dye t shirt, and fire up the roach clip. Gather my children and I will divulge to you the secrets of Peace.

As we San Francisco Hippies figured out long ago, the way to peace is through weakness. If another country or culture wants to kill us, it's only because we offended them or because they find us threatening. To defuse their anger, let us apologize and accept guilt for every bad thing that has happened to anyone anywhere since the beginning of time. Just ask our leader Noam Chomsky. The death of the dinosaurs (early global warming), the Bubonic Plague (no free health clinics or medical marijuana); you name it, we did it. Or at least we would have done it had we the chance, as a matter of white skin privilige and cultural arrogance.

After we've apologized, we need to disband our military and renounce war as a matter of policy. In this way we will no longer be seen as threatening, e.g. by disarming, by refusing to go to war when the offended downtrodden destroy the Twin Towers or kidnap Israeli soldiers. Once they see we are very kind and forgiving and that we bear them no malice, they will become docile as lambs. We will then all gather at the crash pad where we will lounge on bean bags while passing around the water pipe and singing "Blowin' In the Wind."

Yes brothers and sisters, if we just got rid of our military there would be no more wars. It's perfectly logical. When did you ever see a war that didn't involve the military? Aha! I rest my case.

Following this scintillating logic, we could also eradicate crime by getting rid of the police force. Where there's crime there are police forces, so it is obvious that the former is a product of the latter. No more need to lock your doors at night! Who are burglars, but lonely people looking for acceptance? When they see locks on doors, they see it as a clear message: "You're not welcome. We don't like you." But when the doors are opened, they will be overcome by our love and trust, and so blinded by their tears of humility and gratitude that they will be unable to steal anything.

Rape can be stopped in its tracks once the rapists realize that women are defenseless, will not report them and will not resist. Beautiful women in bikinis can wander through Central Park in the middle of the night, perfectly safe. Once the thugs, punks and hoodlums realize that women mean them no harm, perfect peace will descend on the neighborhoods like a shower of pink lilac blossoms sprinkled by gossamer-winged, harp-playing cherubim singing in harmony like the chorus of an Italian opera. Trust me on this, dudes and dudettes, I saw it all in a vision the last time I dropped acid.

Stogie is the man. Go read the whole thing.

Under Attack
In Norway

The new Anti-Semitism is basically the same old anti-Semitism dressed up to look like opposition to Israeli policy, or "anti-Zionism."

However, when criticism of Israel is out of proportion to criticism of the rest of the evil in the world, then the dressing up just doesn't work, no matter how trendy it is. An example of this lack of proportion is the fact that every year between 1/3 to 1/2 of United Nations condemnations for bad behavior are directed at the state of Israel.

Often when a person or group are accused of this new for of anti-Semitism, they will deny the truth of the assertion saying it is not that they don't like Jews, instead, they simply disagree with the behavior of the state of Israel.

Ok, that sound fair enough.

But then, why is it that when Israel is engaged in a war with Hizbollah, Jews are then attacked for being Jews in the state of Norway?

Only about 1,300 Jews live in Norway, but because of the tensions and the current events in the Middle East, they are at risk of being attacked. The Norwegian newspaper Vårt Land reports that a Jew was assaulted by Arabs in the streets of Oslo last Saturday. In response, The Mosaic Community in Oslo has sent out a recommendation to its members to leave the kippah at home, or cover it under a cap. It is also warning its members against speaking Hebrew in public. During the past few days the Community has received several threats and other unpleasant messages.

The Jewish journalist Mona Levin declared she was shocked by the Mosaic Community's recommendations. In a reaction she said she was going to wear her Star of David again: "We should not hide that we are Jewish. If we do that, we betray ourselves."

At the same time, the cartoonist Finn Graff published an anti-Israeli cartoon in the popular Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet. The cartoon shows Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as a Nazi commander in the concentration camp of Auschwitz. The scene comes from the movie Schindler's List, in which the commander shoots down a random Jew from his balcony. For the sake of clarity: Finn Graff is the same cartoonist who declared only half a year ago that he would not draw a cartoon about Muhammad out of fear and "respect." Apparently he has no problems with his fear, nor does he need to show any respect when he can insult Jews or Israel, or Christians for that matter.

The Protocols
Of The
Learned Elders
Public Radio

Our tax dollars pay for National Public Radio, a station which airs programming which couldn't make it in the marketplace of ideas, if they weren't being propped up by someone. If one is ever tempted to believe the Bush is Hitler meme, one only needs to consider the fact that the government-funded NPR continually runs programming which attacks his policies, and generally slanders America.

As per usual, those who slander America are also wont to slander Israel. A couple months back two college professors named Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer wrote a paper which repeated many of the anti-Jewish tropes contained in the notorious anti-Semitic tract, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. Their paper was published in a journal affiliated with Harvard University, but that seal of approval was soon retracted when Harvard renounced the papers assertions.

But, that doesn't stop NPR from airing an fauning interview with the professors. Check this out:

Leave it to National Public Radio to give a helping hand to professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, authors of the notorious study, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.” Assailed by scholars, policy analysts, pundits and diplomats for their crude disregard of fact and scholarly standards, the two have generally ducked open debate with their critics. They opt for exchanges in print or safe broadcast venues – such as C-Span – where they allege that supporters of Israel systematically and traitorously undermine American interests in the service of the Jewish state.

Now NPR too has given the duo an unfettered opportunity to air their slanderous claims without a word of substantive challenge or interaction with knowledgeable critics. On July 6 anchorman Steve Inskeep pitched soft-ball questions at his guests, neglecting to mention even one of the errors, false and selective citations or glaring omissions cited by the many commentators faulting their paper. In prime listening time, Walt and Mearsheimer leveled one distorted charge after another.

Walt and Mearsheimer alleged that “neo-conservatives” who are “closely identified with Israel and have been pushing American policy for a long time to support Israeli objectives” drove the U.S. against its own interests into war with Iraq. Inskeep didn’t bother to mention any of the many counter-arguments to this scapegoating of Jews for the Iraq war, including, for instance, stories in The New Yorker, New York Times, The Washington Post and The LA Times that record Israeli ambivalence and even dismay at Bush administration intentions to invade Iraq.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Media Is
Now Officially
As Anti-Semitic
As British Media

Accompanying image is from the cover of this weeks Washington Post Magazine.

Washington Post comes right out and says it: The Jews control America:

Washington Post Magazine
A Beautiful Friendship?
In search of the truth about the Israel lobby's influence on Washington
By Glenn Frankel, Page W13
In search of the truth about the Israel lobby's influence on Washington.

"A Beautiful Friendship," huh? That would be the Washington Post and Nazi Germany?

This is the same kind of anti-Semitic crap that flew around Europe in the leadup to WWII? Why is it the Jews are always picked on like this?

This makes me sick at heart.

Oh yes, I can be rational and explain that, yes, Jewish groups do lobby in Washington, but that there are very few things Jews can actually agree upon in this world. I can point out that many of the major peace activist/anti-War people leading the charge against Israel at this point are themselves Jews. I can point out that the same people who say we are in bed with Israel, also claim we are in bed with the Saudis; a people who hate Jews so much that not a single Jew is allowed to enter Saudi Arabia.

Yes, I can point out all these things, but I have this feeling like I'm climbing a steep hill and all the dirt is crumbling and I am falling down instead of climbing up. The people of our time are determined to believe lies. They are determined to find answers in conspiracy theories. No rational explanation will suffice.

It doesn't suffice to explain that Israel is the only real human-rights protecting democracy in the entire Middle East, and that is what explains our "beautiful friendship. It doesn't suffice to explain that Israel and America are the two most technologically innovative nations on the face of the Earth, and perhaps that explains our friendship. It doesn't suffice to explain that Israel was granted status as a country for the Jews in 1948, and that the Arab world's response to that was to attack them on the first day of their nationhood, and that Arab nations have been attacking them ever since.

Meanwhile, Israel continues to try to trade land for peace. Most recently, they just gave away the land, and didn't even demand anything in return.

And, what they got in return was more of the same. Hizbollah, an official political party in the Lebanese Parliament attacks Israel. The nations of the Earth recognize that Hizbollah is a proxy army funded by Iran. But still, the nations of the Earth condmen Israel for using "disproportionate force."

Maybe another reason America has a "beautiful friendship" with Israel is because we also are condemned when we defend ourselves, and condemned even when we try to do good.

Anti-Semitism never leads anywhere positive. I am frightened for the world.

RFID Chips:
Sign Of
The End Times?

From Wired Magazine:

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts -- Katherine Albrecht is on a mission from God.

The influential consumer advocate has written a new book warning her fellow Christians that radio frequency identification may evolve to become the "mark of the beast" -- meaning the technology is a sign that the end-times are drawing near.

"My goal as a Christian (is) to sound the alarm," said Albrecht, in a conversation over tea at a high-end grocery store.

Albrecht has been a leading opponent of RFID, which is fast becoming a part of passports and payment cards, and is widely expected to replace bar-code labels on consumer goods. RFID chips contain unique identification codes, and can be read at varying distances with special reader devices.

Albrecht hopes her new book, The Spychips Threat: Why Christians Should Resist RFID and Electronic Surveillance, will be embraced by the millions of Americans (59 percent of them, according to a 2002 Time/CNN poll) who share her belief that the Book of Revelation in the Bible forecasts events that are yet to come.

The Spychips Threat is in fact a Christianized version of its secular predecessor, Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID, which came out last fall.

Both books are published by the Christian publishing powerhouse Thomas Nelson. Both lay out the same totalitarian scenarios, based on documented plans by Philips, Procter and Gamble, Wal-Mart and other companies, along with the federal government, to track consumer goods and people individually.

Absent from the Christian version is the original foreword by the science fiction author and blogger Bruce Sterling. In its place, Albrecht and co-author Liz McIntyre have written an introduction that says that RFID chips, particularly the VeriChip subcutaneous implant designed for humans, bear an uncanny resemblance to "the mark" described in the Bible's Book of Revelation.

If the VeriChip becomes a common payment device similar to the "contactless" payment system in the Exxon Mobil Speedpass, all who wish to buy and sell goods will be compelled "to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads," as it says in Revelation, the Spychips Threat authors contend.

Another passage in Revelation describes a vision in which "a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image." Albrecht and McIntyre write, ""Interestingly, an implanted RFID device like the VeriChip could potentially cause such a tormenting sore if it is subjected to a strong source of electromagnetic radiation," such as a directed energy weapon.

But fear not, says Boston University professor Richard Landes, who specializes in the history of apocalyptic thought. New technologies often trigger alarm among millenarians -- those who believe Christ is returning to Earth to set up a theocratic kingdom, but only after nonbelievers die most unpleasantly in a battle with the anti-Christ.

Y2K, bar codes and Social Security numbers all triggered end-times warnings, said Landes, who was co-founder and director of the Center for Millennial Studies at BU, which studied contemporary cult activities and end-times literature prior to 2000.

"Even the introduction of the Gutenberg press caused waves of apocalyptic thinking," said Landes.

Albrecht does not believe those who said bar code labels and Social Security numbers were "the mark of the beast" were completely wrong. Rather, those technologies were precursors to RFID, and steps toward totalitarianism, she said. "All of these technologies are of concern," said Albrecht. "I'd like to think I'd be speaking out against them, too, if I was around at the time they were introduced."

Albrecht's entry into the Christian book marketplace has not marginalized her voice in the media or with the RFID industry. Last week, Albrecht and her Spychips co-author, Liz McIntyre, made appearances on ABC-TV, The Osgood Files on the CBS Radio Network, and on the late night radio program, Coast to Coast AM. McIntyre was also quoted in a Financial Times article last month.

"I don't see any evidence of her being ostracized," said Mark Roberti, editor and founder of RFID Journal, an industry trade magazine. Roberti has appeared opposite Albrecht in debates in the media and at industry conferences.

But Richard Landes, the BU history professor, believes Albrecht may be among those who are seduced by the power of feeling like they are players at the center of world events.

"It's enormously attractive," said Landes. "If you believe you live in the end-times, then everything you do has meaning. You become a warrior, and everything is at stake."

Landes compared the feeling of sharing a collective, apocalyptic experience or narrative as like a near-death experience. "It's an intense, incredibly intimate experience," Landes said.

Albrecht sees little joy in what she predicts for RFID, however. "I hope I am wrong," she said, before leaving for an interview with ABC. "I'll take no pleasure in being proven right in a few years."

Prime Minister

Prime Minister Zapatero of Spain has come out with a blistering criticism of Israel, saying they are using "abusive force." He then showed his solidarity with the cause of the Palestinians by donning a Kaffiyeh.

You know, like Arafat used to wear.

Like the terrorists wear.

And, what is the Palestinian cause with which Zapatero feels solidarity? Both the PLO Charter and the Hamas Charter unequivocally call for the destruction of the Jewish state. So, that's what Zapatero is calling for.

Do not believe that he is not sophisticated enough to know what those charters say.

I am a big, dumb sales guy at a medium-sized company in Souther California. I am not a political sophisticate. I am not paid to understand geopolitical events.

But, I friggin' know what the Palestinian Charters say. You think Zapatero doesn't?

He does, my friends. He does.

He's just another blip in the long tradition of European anti-Semitism.

Oh, and get this. Zapatero also warned Israel that their behavior has hurt relations with Spain. I guess that means Israel can't count on any help from the fearsome Spanish military which was defeated when the Jihadis bombed a train station in Madrid.

That's right, one bombing of a train beat the entire Spanish military into defeat. And, the funny thing is, there weren't even any Spanish military stationed on the train.

Just hearing about the bombing scared them so bad they ran away.

Oh, here's some more info of which I wasn't aware previously. Apparently, Zapatero has quite a history of anti-Semitism:

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain and Secretary General of the Socialist Party, arrived to power at a time nobody expected, not even inside the Party.

Keen on populist tirades against the United States "Dickhead Bush" and "Ketchup Queen Kerry", his whole campaign did not bring much attention until the moment Al-Qaeda decided to blow up Madrid trains, killing almost 200 people and bringing to an end Spain's membership of the West.

From that moment on, everybody knew nothing would be the same, and Spanish Jews knew there were hard times ahead. Prime Minister Zapatero has not disappointed them.

'Understand Nazis'

Although many experts had foretold of the imminent disappearing of European Jews, nobody expected such a virulent explosion of anti-Semitism in Spain, not even under a Leftist government.

The first signal came on Monday, 5 December, when during a dinner with the Benarroch family, Zapatero and wife began claiming what Vidal Quadras, member of the European Parliament, described on the radio as "a tirade of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism".

By the moment the Benarroch couple had left the table to express their regrets, Zapatero was explaining his lack of surprise about the Holocaust: according to the people present, Zapatero claimed to understand the Nazis.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Media Bias
In Favor
Of Israel

It's not often I hear a clear case of media bias in favor of Israel. So, when I do, I have to note it.

I live in the Los Angeles area. Here is La-la Land, we have a very popular talk radio station called KFI. All day, KFI has been running, at the head of their news segments every half hour, the news that Hizbollah shot a rocket into Nazareth, "where Jesus Christ grew up."

Believe me, the people at KFI do not sound like they give a half a hoot about Christ, so this is clearly an attempt by KFI to elicit anger at Hizbollah.

Any anger which can be elicited against Hizbollah, is more support for Israel in her time of need, so I'm all for it.

The BBC's BS

The BBC's reporting on the war between Israel and Hizbollah is total BS. (From Atlas Shrugs):

You may not be surprısed to learn that BBC's storylıne ıs sımple. The Lebanese suffer and you should see ıt. A BBC sent a reporter to Damascus to show how generously the Syrıans have been wıth the fleeıng Lebanese though not to leave the ımpressıon that fleeıng to Syrıa may provıde Lebanese wıth a way to escape the bombs, the reporter explaıned that the camp he vısıted has reached ıts lımıt. To cover hıs tracks, the reporter admıtted ın passıng that many of the refugees are famıly members of Hızbullah terrorısts!

Reports from Israel mentıon destructıon but downplay casualtıes. Lebanese chıldren are terrıfıed but not Israelıs. Lebanese are evacuatıng areas Israel suggests they evacuate.

Northern Israelıs are fındıng shelter ın the South where many volunteers opened theır homes to them but that ıs not reported by the BBC. Haıfa ıs just as much a ghost town as Beırut but you would not know ıt from the BBC coverage.

My sıster, brother ın law, her son, daughter ın law and theır chıldren - 10 year old Enav and 7 years old Lıad and Shıran have been spendıng long hours ın a 5 by 10 secure room as dıd thousands of theır neıgbors but you wıll not hear about that. Hızbullah Katyusha rockets hıt an Arab vıllage ın the Galılee, the Arab town of Nazereth and the Arab part of Haıfa but you wıll not hear about that.

There are whole hours when no reporter from Israel got on the aır. When one fınally dıd, ıt was to show one destroyed house and move to the questıonıng of an offıcıal about Israelı cooperatıon wıth foreıgn governments tryıng to evacuate theır natıonals. I cannot but wonder whether they are tryıng to compete wıth Al Jazeera or are merely arm chaır romantıc terrorısts lovers.

If you wonder about whether anybody ın Lebanon blames Hızbullah for the troubles, you can fınd the answer ın a BBC artıcle ARABIC MEDIA UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT. There you wıll discover that Lebanese are complaining that Al Jazeera's pro-Hızbullah coverage. Yes, BBC, lıke any enemy publication can be most useful. And, yes, ıt ıs an enemy outlet to anyone who opposes terror.

Sorry About The Light Posting The Past Few Days

So, check this out; it got very hot here in SoCal over the weekend (as it did across the nation). A transformer blew in my neighborhood, so they routed all power for several blocks through the transformer outside my house. This caused the lights in most of my house to go out. To top it off, the air-conditioning went out completely.

It was 100 degrees in the house for two days. Oh yes, and the cable kept going down as well. I don't know why.

Then, when the electric company came out to fix the transformer, there was a power surge which blew out my cable modem. So, I called the cable company, and they came out and gave me a new modem. But, still my friggin' computer won't work. So, the cable guy tells me he thinks the surge also blew out my wireless unit.

Well, nope that wasn't it.

The surge blew out something in my computer which is causing my web browser to not work.

Now, I could easily go out and buy a new computer, and set it up. However, the problem is, I have well over 1000 iTunes on my computer which I first need to copy to CD.

That takes some time.

Meanwhile, I am stuck with my wife's Mac, which does not interact with blogger in the same way. With a Mac, I have to write all links, bolds, italics, etc. in html or I can't have anything but straight script.

So, that's what you see here.

Once again, sorry, but this is the best I can do for now. Oh yes, and my wife wants her computer back.

How unreasonable of her. Can't she see I have a world to save.


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Will Rejoice

What do you think he means by this?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday promised a “rejoicing” for Muslims in the Middle East “soon,” the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Speaking to university officials in the town of Mashhad, Ahmadinejad said the “volcano of rage” at the “arrogant powers” was “on the verge of eruption.”

Referring to escalating violence in Lebanon and northern Israel, he was quoted as saying, “The Zionists themselves have realized that they have launched a risky move and are aware that the flame of the fury of the regional states will set them ablaze.”

The Christian Church has been warned, yet I have not heard Christian Pastors stand up and speak out on this Hitler-like lunatic. I guess they think the problem is someone else's. Of course, that's what they thought when the first Hitler was beginning to rattle his saber.

I am sickened by the silence of my fellow Christians.

Monday, July 17, 2006

John McCain
It Right

John McCain, being interviewed on MSNBC, was asked whether, perhaps, the Israelis ought to exercise restraint in their war with Hamas and Hizbollah:

Norah O’Donnell: As you know the President is in Russia with the G-8 leaders at this time. On the way there…uh, he spoke on the phone with several Arab leaders. In particular the Lebanese Prime Minister, uh…who asked if the President is going to try and rain in the Israelis.

Tony Snow was asked about that, uh…and he says, “No. The President is not going to make military decisions for Israel.” But let me ask you, should Israel exercise some restraint?

John McCain: sh…wha…should…shouldn’t…shouldn’t the question be, shouldn’t Hezbollah exer…and…Hamas exercise restraint? Their the ones who initiated this. Shouldn’t they be the one’s who say: “Ok we’ll still be launching rockets, we’ll stop killing and capturing Israelis? Uhh… And then we can sit down and have a roadmap for piece.

Wh…why is it that the Israelis are somehow the ones to be [reined] in? Shouldn’t we [rein] in those wh…who initiated these attacks?

Sunday, July 16, 2006

In America

From Al Fin, the other astute blogger:

Why is america currently the location for so many new startups and innovators? Why are there certain locations in america, inside the US and Canada, where startups are particularly likely? Writer Paul Graham has a few ideas, which he penned in his essay, "Why Startups Condense in America."Here is a list of his reasons:

The US allows immigration.

The US is a rich country.

The US is not a police state.

American universities are better.

You can fire people in america.

In america, work is less identified with employment.

America is not too fussy.

America has a large domestic market.

America has venture funding.

America has dynamic typing for careers.

Then, Graham goes on to explain how a country might incorporate these traits, then go further yet to beat america.

Go read the rest at Al Fin.