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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Cool Your Jets, Ariel

I have the utmost respect for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. But when he repeats a tired old canard about the allied nations, including the USA, standing by and doing nothing while Adolf Hitler slaughtered six million Jews in the 1940's, I have to respectfully ask him to back off.
Sharon: World Didn't Help Stop Holocaust

By Associated Press


JERUSALEM -- In a speech marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Wednesday that the world "didn't lift a finger" to stop the Holocaust. Sharon said Jews learned a lesson from the genocide that they can only rely on themselves.

In unusually harsh remarks to parliament, Sharon noted that when the Nazis began deporting Jews from Hungary to Auschwitz in large numbers in 1944, Allied forces did not bomb the railroad tracks leading to the death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Sharon said that over a period of several weeks, more than 600,000 Jews from Hungary were killed in Auschwitz. "The sad and terrible conclusion is that no one cared that Jews were being killed," Sharon said. "At the time of the most terrible test, friends and benefactors didn't lift a finger," he said. "This is the Jewish lesson of the Holocaust." (link)
I'll refrain from responding to his idiotic comment about bombing railroad tracks in order to stop the genocide (No I won't. Who does he think the Nazis would have put to work repairing the tracks before killing their Jewish laborers anyway?).

I would remind the good Prime Minister that cemeteries around the world contain the mortal remains of 405,399 brave Americans (not to mention Canadians, British, Australians, Russians, and the French) who gave their lives in the fight against the Nazis and their axis allies. To suggest that they died fighting for the wrong reason, or in an endeavor other than that which meets his approval seems to me to be extremely callous and totally unwarranted.

Crocodile Tears

Why is it these people only to seem to be interested in our young men and women serving in the military when they're dead?
War dead mourned at protest on campus

By Lisa Petrillo [San Diego] UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

San Marcos – Student Sarah Leonard began yesterday's war protest by asking groundskeepers to mow down the giant W someone had planted on the lawn at California State University San Marcos.

Leonard and her fellow College Democrats then placed 1,374 white crosses atop the still-visible plug for President Bush.

And they read the names of all U.S. military men and women who died in the Iraq war.

"Everybody goes by and sees this and realizes these are all people. It's not just numbers they hear on TV before they turn off the bad news," said Leonard, who is majoring in sociology and criminology. (link)

I might believe Ms. Leonard and her ilk truly cared about the casualties sustained in the war in Iraq if they went down to the local Red Cross office and gave a pint of blood. But no. There would be no point in that.

What Again Is He Being Honored For?

John Chaney, longtime coach of the Temple University basketball team, is looked upon by many as being a flake; by some a moron. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and suggest he was simply drunk:
Chaney goes on Bush-league rant

IT WAS intended to be a brief, gracious John Chaney acceptance speech for a "special achievement'' award (700 victories) at last night's 101st Philadelphia Sports Writers Dinner at the Cherry Hill Hyatt.

But you never know what you're going to get when you steer Chaney toward a microphone. In an unexpected and stunning first for the prestigious annual banquet, Temple's Hall of Fame coach made news as few can. After a good-natured jab at WIP fill-in Garry Cobb (a President Bush supporter), Chaney crossed the line by turning his time at the podium into a forum to rail against Bush and the war in Iraq. He expanded on his public scolding of Ohio voters, who were key in Bush's re-election, following the Owls' victory at Xavier on Saturday. (link)
Interestingly, a number of members of the audience wanted no part of Chaney's outrageous behavior and shouted him down.

"Get him out of here,'' one called.

"The election's over, John,'' one hollered.

"Sit down and shut up,'' others shouted, a couple heading to the exits.

A couple others echoed those words as Chaney went on, at one point challenging one catcaller to meet him outside.

It appears there were at least several rational, sober people in the room. Unfortunately, the honoree wasn't one of them.

Gotta Love Those Muslims

Somebody tell me again why we are supposed to be compassionate toward the Islamic world.

From the BBC:

Somalis build mosque on cemetery

Somali militiamen have begun building a mosque on the site of an Italian colonial-era cemetery in Mogadishu, which they desecrated last week.

The BBC's Mohammed Olad Hassan saw a small corrugated metal structure amid the coffins which litter the area.

He says the capital has been very tense since the armed militia group occupied the cemetery last week.

The Italian government has described the graves' desecration as barbaric.

The decision to build a mosque has been condemned by many local residents, as well as by local Islamic authorities.

The militia exhumed the human remains of some 700 graves and dumped them near Mogadishu airport. (link)

Barbaric is right. Are there any civilized Muslims on this earth that are willing to put a stop to this sort of thing? Or are they waiting for George W Bush to do that for them as well?

Gotta Love Those Muslims II

I need to read the Koran. There has got to be some powerful message in it to make adult men go insane and do things like this (from the BBC):

Kuwaiti 'slit daughter's throat'

A Kuwaiti man has reportedly confessed to killing his 14-year-old daughter because he believed she was having sex.

Adnan Enezi - an employee in the Islamic Affairs ministry - had just returned from the pilgrimage to Mecca.


He allegedly bound and blindfolded his daughter, Haifa, knelt her down in front of her two brothers and sister and then cut her throat.

The daily said that after cutting Haifa's throat the first time, he swapped the knife for one with a sharper blade as she bled and screamed in front of her siblings. (link)

There is a disease infecting much of the world. It is called Islam.

Democrats Give Rise To 'The Lost Cause'

In 1866, Jubal Early, seeing his beloved state of Virginia and his fledgling country, the Confederacy, in shambles, gave rise to the notion that was "The Lost Cause." In essence, 'Old Jube' (and other prominent southern writers like Edward Pollard, editor of the Richmond Examiner) declared the South to have been right in its efforts to maintain its various states' rights and to oppose with force of arms the oppressive - and uncompromising - might of the North. They declared the Civil War to have been "the good fight" and they would have won had it not been for the overwhelming forces (in men, materiale, infrastructure, etc.) arrayed against them. Southerners for decades would rally around the concept that, yes they had thrown the South into abject poverty, but the cause was just.

Well, mark your calendars. This is the day when the Democratic party has begun an effort to give birth to its own version of the myth of "The Lost Cause." It is provided to us by Paul Starr in an article, entitled "Winning Cases, Losing Voters," in the New York Times this morning.
AS Republicans revel in President Bush's inauguration and prepare for his agenda-setting State of the Union address next week, many Democrats would like to consider almost anything but the substance of politics as the reason for their defeat last November. If only John Kerry had been a stronger candidate. If only the message had been framed differently. If only the party's strategists were as tough as the guys on the other side.

The limits of candidates and campaigns, however, can't explain the Democrats' long-term decline.

Democrats have paid a historic price for their role in the great moral revolutions that during the past half-century have transformed relations between whites and blacks, men and women, gays and straights. And liberal Democrats, in particular, have been inviting political oblivion - not by advocating the wrong causes, but by letting their political instincts atrophy and relying on the legal system.

To be sure, Democrats were right to challenge segregation and racism, support the revolution in women's roles in society, to protect rights to abortion and to back the civil rights of gays. But a party can make only so many enemies before it loses the ability to do anything for the people who depend on it. For decades, many liberals thought they could ignore the elementary demand of politics - winning elections - because they could go to court to achieve these goals on constitutional grounds. The great thing about legal victories like Roe v. Wade is that you don't have to compromise with your opponents, or even win over majority opinion. But that is also the trouble. An unreconciled losing side and unconvinced public may eventually change the judges. (link)
They paid the price for doing what was right, you see.

Mr. Starr does call for moderation in the party's positions. But he avoids making any pronouncements as to what accommodations should be (much like Hillary Clinton's empty call for "common ground" yesterday). When put to the test, I'll bet neither he nor any of his confederates would give an inch when it comes to affirmative action, abortion, or gay rights.

So what are we left with?

Lament. Reminiscences. Talk of what might have been. The just cause.

If only the overwhelming numbers of uneducated, uncultured, and unknowing - unseeing - voters hadn't gotten in the way.

The Noble Lost Cause.