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Sunday, November 06, 2005

People Who Live In Glass Houses ...

Remember how, just a few weeks ago, Europeans couldn't express enough outrage over the "racist" treatment of black Americans after Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans? We were treated to endless amounts of righteous indignation emanating from Paris and Madrid and London relating to the organized effort on the part of white America to: [(a) starve (b) drown (c) burn (d) all of the above] the thousands of African Americans holed up in the Superdome. Bush is Hitler etc. etc. etc.

Well, I have to tell you, I'm not one to wish ill upon anyone but, God help me, I'm taking no small amount of pleasure in seeing the French hiding in fear in their homes as disfranchised African and Arab immigrants and children of African and Arab immigrants rampage through the streets of scores of French cities at night, burning, pillaging, and creating mayhem throughout the land.

And I'm not alone in my "fascination." This from Arutz Sheva:
Got That "Ooo La La, Intifada" Feeling?
by Steven Plaut

Well, there are very few things as amusing these days as watching the French grapple with their backyard intifada. The suburbs of Paris are now more dangerous than Jenin, and the French are getting their comeuppance for decades of snootiness, for anti-American and anti-Israel agitprop, for decades of cowardice, and especially for the repulsive French love of old Jerry Lewis movies.

Paris is now being targeted by violent rioting hordes. For years, the French accused American racism of having produced the race riots in the US in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as the Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King business. And the French are sure that only Jewish cussedness and just plain Israeli evil lie behind the behavior of the Palestinian pogromchiki. The Gall of dem Galls! (
Plaut, an Israeli citizen, goes on to offer a solution to end the strife, ceding vast stretches of France to its enemies.

I know I shouldn't be amused by all this but the French brought it on themselves. Racist charognes.

Collegiate Times Gets It Right

Michael Hugman, a regular columnist for Collegiate Times, the student newspaper at Virginia Tech, makes good sense this morning. Go figure. Normally you expect to read in a college newspaper a string of articles denouncing the corporate world (although he does that, sorta) and demanding more power to the people and an end to oppression and such silly sloganeering. But in "Democratic party misleads voters by offering bogus solution to corporatism," Hugman makes the point that corporate heads - in this case that of Wal-Mart - often act out of selfish motives. Duh.
According to popular mythology, such liberal policies as minimum wages and environmental regulation stick it to the greedy and exploitative big businesses, and people who oppose such policies probably just have sizable bank accounts. However, popular belief and truth don’t always go hand in hand, especially when it comes to economic matters. If that popular belief were true, how would it explain the fact that last week Lee Scott, the CEO of Wal-Mart, called for an increase in the minimum wage in order to “help working families?” Has one of the biggest businessmen in the country suddenly experienced a change of heart—does he now think compassion is more important than the bottom line? Not likely—the primary responsibility of a CEO is to help the company obtain the highest profits possible after all.

So what’s going on here? He could simply be bluffing, like some liberals allege. But I think Scott is being sincere. It is actually in Wal-Mart’s financial interests to get the government to increase the minimum wage. A cursory glance at the facts shows the truth of that: Wal-Mart pays its employees between $8.23 and $9.68 per hour on average. That means that the current $5.15 minimum wage could be increased significantly without causing any serious problems for Wal-Mart.

Meanwhile, some of Wal-Mart’s major competitors, like K-Mart (sic) and Target, pay their employees a good deal less on average. It is likely that many of its smaller, local competitors also pay their employees less. Clearly, an increase in the minimum wage would impose greater costs on Wal-Mart’s competitors than on Wal-Mart itself. (
Hugman goes on to discuss something called "corporatism," which is fine, but I found it rather striking that a columnist for a college newspaper discovered what many of us learned many years ago - that the debate that occasionally rages over the minimum wage is really a side issue in the corporate world. Even where you'd expect it to have an impact, in the fast food industry, for example, the prevailing wage in most metropolitan areas far exceeds $5.15 and, in several cities, exceeds $10 an hour. So declarations of support for an increase in the minimum wage from the likes of the Wal-Mart CEO are worth no more than ... the minimum wage.

Good job, Michael.


Here's something you don't read about every day. Blackbeard is still roaming the high seas.
By Leela de Kretser, The New York Post

Pirates fired a rocket-propelled grenade and machine guns yesterday at an American luxury cruise liner off the East African coast, but the quick-thinking crew outran the modern-day buccaneers in a race across the high seas.

"My daughter saw the pirates out of our window, said Edith Laird, from Seattle, one of 151 passengers, mostly Americans, on board.

"There were at least three grenades that hit the ship, one in a stateroom four doors down from our cabin."

Two armed boats launched their attack at dawn on the Seabourn Spirit about 100 miles off the coast of Somalia, Seabourn Cruise Lines spokesman Bruce Good said.

The pirates opened fire and tried to board, he said, but the captain managed to maneuver the 10,000-ton liner out of danger and speed off. (link)
I'll bet my Second Amendment rights don't extend to a cruise ship off the coast of Africa.


And While We're On The Subject ...

Here's another news story this morning (in The New York Post) that cries out for a global discussion of Second Amendment rights:

PARIS — The urban unrest that triggered scores of arson attacks across France moved from the Paris suburbs inside the borders of the city overnight.

By 1 a.m. local time a total of at least 607 vehicles were burned in outbursts of mayhem across the nation.

The vandalism included the burning of more than a dozen vehicles within the Paris city limits, said national police spokesman Patrick Hamon.

The overall figures were expected to climb by daybreak, he added.

The violence, originally concentrated in neighborhoods with large immigrant populations northeast of the capital, has spread across France during the past 10 nights, extending west to the rolling fields of Normandy and south to resort cities on the Mediterranean. (link)
The French people, having been virtually disarmed years ago, are powerless against the mob. And the French government is unwilling to protect them.

This is not good.