Archive for September, 2006
The Danes are selling 17% more of their cool stuff to us since the whole cartoon debacle and Muslim boycott.
Legos people. Buy Legos.
I slow down on the weekends. Hey, a girl needs her beauty sleep, right?
In the meantime, I’ve been reading up and here’s some reading to keep you busy, too:
In his dotage, Carter is proving once again that he is as malicious and mean-spirited a public figure as he is historically ignorant. And for all his sanctimonious Christian veneer, and fly-fishing, ‘aw shucks blue-jeans image, he can’t hide an essentially ungracious and unkind soul.
If you do not have Dr. Hanson bookmarked yet, please do so. His words serve as a tincture on the would of our moral relativistic times.
Jonah Goldberg calls the Iraq War the extremists “exuse du jour”. Of course Iraq has “made us less safe” and here is why:
If you’ve ever stood up to a bully, you know how this works. Confrontation tends to increase the chances of violence in the short term but decreases its likelihood in the long term. Any hunter will tell you that the most dangerous moment is when you’ve cornered an animal, and any cop will tell you that standing up to muggers puts you in danger. American colonists were less safe for standing up to King George III, and the United States was certainly safer in the short term when we stood on the sidelines while Germany was conquering Europe. Heck, we would have been safer in the short run if we’d responded to Pearl Harbor by telling the Japanese they could have the Pacific to themselves.
He contrasts standing up versus appeasement German style:
For me, the truly dismaying news this week didn’t come from the NIE but from the German media. A German opera house announced that it would cancel its staging of Mozart’s “Idomeneo” because Berlin police concluded that staging the opera — which includes a scene in which Jesus, Buddha, Poseidon and Muhammad are beheaded — would pose an “incalculable security risk” from jihadists. Germany, recall, proudly opposed the Iraq war — but still narrowly missed a Spain-style terrorist attack on its rail system this summer.
A leading Muslim spokesman in Germany explained that he was all for free speech, as long as it didn’t offend Muslims. The Germans’ all-too-typical appeasement of terrorism no doubt makes them “safer” and “creates” fewer terrorists.
And all it cost them — for now — is Mozart.
First it was Mozart and you said nothing. Then they came for Bach and you looked the other way. And then they came for the Dixie Chicks…..
Dean Barrett over at Hugh Hewitt interviews himself about torture and even describes water boarding for those who would like to know….and I think you should know, if you’re to form an intelligent opinion on the torture issue.
5) What’s the best way to get information?
6) Gosh, I live in an intellectual broom closet and determinedly try to avoid any enlightenment on this subject. Please, please, please – don’t tell me what water-boarding is.
No dice. In water-boarding, the subject is strapped to a board with his feet above his head. A sheet of cellophane is placed over his face. Since the technique has existed and been used successfully for centuries, cellophane wasn’t always the face-covering tool of choice. It used to just be a cloth. The interrogator pours water over the cellophane. This triggers a gag reflex. The prisoner feels like he’s drowning. He feels that way because the combination of everything causes supreme disorientation. If one speaks with intelligence agents who openly used this technique like the French, Germans or Russians, they swear by it. It also works quickly. The rumor is that Khalid Sheikh Muhammad broke in under a minute.
Is it torture? To my way of thinking: Yes. Should torture be used to extract information from a terrorist in the midst of a horrid plan to kill people? Yes. Will some innocent people be harmed? Yes.
Do the terroists conform modern notions of warfare? No. Are their methods aimed at military targets? Not when they succeed in their mission.
Shouldn’t we be better than terrorists? We are better than the terrorists. Ask the current residents at Abu Graib asking for the U.S. troops to “please come back”. The U.S. is not engaging in wanton use of intense interrogation methods wantonly or without cause. This is war. It is hell. There is nothing nice about killing someone, to state the obvious. Remember Sheikh Kahlid Mohammed is still alive and to be tried by military tribunal. Hopefully, he is given a death sentence and publicly hanged.
Repeat: We are at war.
Michelle Malkin is on a blogging roll. Her topics range from an FBI Raid in Louisiana against Arab store-owners. Very interesting. Watch for updates. She also talks about how God has to be taken out of Veggie Tales on NBC. Yes, that would be one of the pillars of the Mainstream Media displaying their tolerance for all to see. Finally, read her post about the French writer and teacher who is in hiding for having the temerity to say that Mohammed was a polygamist and the Koran reeks of violence.
Finally, over at Ace some much need levity: First, the new Miss World order is looking, um, perky. The question on everyone’s mind: Do all young ladies in the Czech Republic look that naturally beautiful? Hey, I just report. You decide. Second, Muslim cabbies in Minneapolis offended by booze swilling Westerners now get Taxi signs notifying potential customers to move along if they have booze. There will be unintended consequences to this latest indulgence in political correctness. First it was the drinkers. Then, it was the ham-sandwichers. And when they stopped driving Senate members who harrass young boys. Oh, wait, they are still welcome. I bet no one saw this coming…..
- Should a Pastor drive a Mercedes? Is it right for him to fly First Class?
- How rich is too rich? At what point should someone donate their earnings in the service of a greater good?
- Is it right to have children if you can’t care for them under the modern guidelines of “good parenting”–college education, lots of lessons, etc.
- Are American’s gluttons–taking more than they should? Or is that just the philosophy of a scarcity mentality? Is it possible to answer yes to both?
Update: Over at Ace, speak of the Devil, a couple of retired Catholic Priests stole 8 Million dollars–skimmed it off the top. That’s a lot of skimming. I wasn’t referring to this more ribald taking advantage of loyal, tithe-paying church-goers. I was referring to the more subtle methods of taking.
Here’s an article that will buoy your sagging spirits: Super wealthy dad marries his daughter super secretly. No, this is not a joke, just like the bestiality camp in the Netherlands. Perversion aplenty even State side. And no, the couple is not Woody Allen and once step-like daughter Soon Yi.
Not so sure about this “clarifying” technology. When you text someone and you’re trying to be polite but the person is clearly a dumb butt, do you want the face recognition technology pick up your “personalized emoticon”.
“You seem mad.”
“I’m not mad.”
“But your emoticon says you are mad and it doesn’t lie.”
“I’m not mad.”
“Your emoticon says…”
“Okay, now I’m mad….”
Does that sound painful to you? According to first-hand accounts, having the wire bars unscrewed from Aaron’s head hurt like screws being pulled out of one’s skull. It got worse, the source says. He had to put his neck into flexion and extension for an X-ray to determine if the joint was stable.
There is very, very good news to reprt: his neck continues to heal and he now is the proud owner of a very hard neck brace. He can wear a different one to take a shower. Remember, he hasn’t had a full shower for over three months. Yes, I’m sure it is vile. Me wonders if he has indulged in a bath yet. Hmmm… Time for a phone call. Just a sec……
Okay, just got off the phone with the former Dr. Wileystein. Here’s the news:
- His neck is sore. He is moving a lot to get into postitions that feel better.
- He has big, gaping holes in his head. He says it looks like a giant snake bit his head and left venom holes. I told him I’d be right over to take some cool pictures. Yeah, I know, it’s gross. It’s kinda like giving birth, though. All that pain and misery and surrealness needs to be captured otherwise it becomes a misty water-colored memory.
- He has NOT taken a shower or otherwise immersed himself in a bath. He needs to protect the venom holes so they don’t get infected. Fair enough. Maybe I’ll postpone the visit a few days.
- He watched Million Dollar Baby the night before the appointment. Coincidentally, he had to fill out his Living Will before the appointment. How ominous is that? Thankfully, Rhonda didn’t see it.
- He’s in good spirits and feels optimistic. More friends/family visiting this week so they will have company again. Everyone is back to being healthy (kids had snotty stuff).
Here’s to hoping that the Wiley clan is beginning to look at this epidsode of their lives in the rear-view mirror. They are all changed permanently, no doubt.
For fun, I created a website using the whole iMac stuff for the Wiley family. There are more pictures and all the previous posts in one place. I’ll add to it as I have more time. Buwahahaha! Okay, I’ll add a post here and there and add the pictures. Let me know what you think. It will be a kind of permanent archive to the whole ordeal.
Do you think the war against Soviet domination and totalitarianism finished with Reagan? Do you think that an armed-to-the-teeth Chinese aren’t interested in pressing their advantage? Do you think that Iran would flex it’s flimsy muscles without being aided, abetted and given comfort by the above suspects in addition to a complicit France, the whore always willing to lay with any lying scumbag for a buck?
The answer to all of these questions should be obvious. Right now, Russia is trying to turn the pro-Western democracy in Georgia back into an occupied state through espionage, coercian, and straight up violence. Georgia fights for her life.
Now, it is learned that Russia is calling back all their diplomats. Is Russia going to take Georgia by force? It looks like that might happen. And Georgia is seeking membership in NATO. Will NATO come to her aid?
What makes a person snap and molest and murder? Why are men more likely than women to sexually assault as a means of violence?
This man somehow managed to justify his actions. He had planned this event and executed it to frightening perfection. Dr. Helen posits that more boys and then men, need more emotional support to head off these types of problems.
My experience has been that boys, especially young boys, are particularily fragile. With less vocabulary and a narrower emotional range, if traumas or difficulties aren’t adequately supported–mostly by a loving, patient mother (we’re talking before three here)–and helped to interpret these traumas, they are like a rudderless boat at sea. If, as the boy grows, he doesn’t have a firm, loving father guiding him through the physically and hormonally rocky time of adolescence into adulthood, the boy is at even higher risk.
Boys seem to be more fragile emotionally and more prone to lethal long-term damage if left untended. That is not to excuse this nutjob or blame his mother and father. For every one mismanaged boy, ten end up okay. But those ten usually have someone intervene along the way.
There was debate at Dr. Helen’s about it “taking a village”. Group dynamics tend to dilute responsibility. There is already an undeclared war between parents and teachers, as it is, with each accussing the other of malfeasence.
One thing I notice, is that with the labelling that is so prevalent now, with teachers encouraging parents to medicate boys who don’t adequately mold and with parents relieved to externalize their troubled chld’s problem, challenging children are ironically, getting less support. Rather than being taught self-management skills, rather than having someone help them burn the anger and energy physically some boys are on a slow burn.
All this is not to say that girls don’t have their own issues these days–not the least of which is the ever-present fear of being victimized by one of these hostile, women-hating men. The problem for women is that while a few men prepetrate these crimes, all women fear the few men. A woman is most likely to be victimized at home, by someone she knows, but high profile cases like this remind women that supposedly safe places like a High School aren’t safe sometimes. When are those times? How does a girl defend herself against a crime when the problem is that she was picked because she has blonde hair and blue eyes?
It ends up being a vicious circle, doesn’t it? A messed up boy grows up and commits murder and mayhem. The hand that rocked the cradle rules this world, to an extent. And then, the boy takes out his rage on other women. Possible solution? Support mothers while they mothering their young kids (don’t throw them money–give in-home parenting support, if necessary) and intervene with boys once they are schooled. Social skills training would help all children and help their education, too.
I know. I know. The nanny state rears it’s ugly head. Would things be better if all welfare was pulled, so women would be forced to marry the doofus they have sex with? Would any of this prevent psychos like the Colorado murderer? Or must women just learn to live with the possibility of being a victim?
One of my beefs with blogger has been the inability to file posts for easy access later. So I have been looking to change over my blog to a more flexible system. Maybe I won’t have to do that. See?
Another cool thing… some posts don’t need comments enabled and there is flexibity for this also. Every day in every way Blogger gets better and better.
Finally. While they might all get “F” for speaking truth to power, UNH students are starting a petition to get a crazy Psych prof removed for his 9/11 conspiracy nuttiness. A crazy psych prof. Hmmm….. Who woulda thunk it?
Ann Althouse hasn’t commented on it yet, what with her own crazy co-worker at Wisconsin, but maybe she will again now that the semester has started. I wonder what the scuttlebutt is these days?