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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

They Haven't Learned a Bloody Thing

I chuckled when I read this story in today's Washington Post:

The Iraq War, in Hollywood's Theater
Despite the Drama, Films About the Conflict Fizzled at the Box Office

By Paul Farhi, Washington Post Staff Writer

After five years of conflict in Iraq, Hollywood seems to have learned a sobering lesson: The only things less popular than the war itself are dramatic films and television shows about the conflict.

A spate of Iraq-themed movies and TV shows haven't just failed at the box office. They've usually failed spectacularly, despite big stars, big budgets and serious intentions. (link)
Why did I chuckle? This:

"Hollywood seems to have learned a sobering lesson."

Seems not. Astonishingly, the very next story in the same Washington Post happens to be about another anti-Iraq War movie that's about to be released:

'Boys Don't Cry' Director Turns Her Lens on What It Means to Be a Soldier
By John Anderson, Special to The Washington Post


" 'Stop-Loss' is a movie about guys who signed up after 9/11 for all the right reasons -- protect your family, your home, your country," she says. "And they have this experience that every soldier told me soldiers go through. It's about protecting the soldier to your left, the soldier to your right, being willing to die for them and being challenged by the nature of this conflict, the nature of urban warfare. So many soldiers said to me, 'They're putting us in impossible circumstances.' "

And those circumstances include stop-loss: In the movie, a soldier who thinks he's being discharged (Ryan Phillippe) is told he's got to go back to Iraq. He refuses. Interstate flight ensues. (link)
Yawn. Hasn't this one been done? A dozen times in recent years? All the anti-war/anti-Bush movies run together after a time.

Learned a sobering lesson? Please. These people haven't learned a bloody thing.

When The 2nd Goes, The 4th Goes With It

Charlton Heston, February 11, 1997, on the need to protect the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution:

The original amendments we refer to as the Bill of Rights contain 10 of what the constitutional framers terms unalienable rights. These rights are ranked in random order and are linked by their essential equality.

I say that the Second Amendment is, in order of importance, the first amendment. It is America's First Freedom, the one right that protects all the others. Among freedom of speech, of the press, of religion, of assembly, of redress of grievances, it is the first among equals. It alone offers the absolute capacity to live without fear. The right to keep and bear arms is the one right that allows 'rights' to exist at all.

Because there is no such thing as a free nation where police and military are allowed the force of arms but individual citizens are not.

The Washington D.C. police, March 25, 2008:
Police launch gun program
By David C. Lipscomb, The Washington Times


The Metropolitan Police Department yesterday moved cautiously into its program to ask to search homes in the District for illegal guns while civil rights activists knocked on doors and used bullhorns to keep residents from participating.

"We shouldn't make the next casualty of street violence cherished civil rights," said Johnny Barnes, director of American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area. "We're very uncomfortable with police randomly banging on doors without probable cause asking for access." (link)
Don't believe there is a correlation between the 2nd Amendment having been - for all practical purposes - voided in D.C. and the police there doing house-to-house searches, looking randomly for potential criminal acts? You need to get your head out of your ass.

America's First Freedom - protect it or all we have worked for will be lost.

Why China Looks So Inviting

The Tax Foundation on combined corporate tax rates around the world:
Currently, the average combined federal and state corporate tax rate in the U.S. is 39.3 percent ...

• 24 U.S. states have a combined corporate tax rate higher than top-ranked Japan.

• 32 states have a combined corporate tax rate higher than third-ranked Germany.

• 46 states have a combined corporate tax rate higher than fourth-ranked Canada.

• All 50 states have a combined corporate tax rate higher than fifth-ranked France.
What do we care? America's rich are being soaked. That's all that matters.

Somebody Give 'Em a Bar Of Soap

Why is it that anti-war protesters in this country always look they're disease-infested and malnourished? Is there something in their dope that causes them to look like they just crawled out from the sewer?

Four of the "Holy Name 6" from the story we brought to you yesterday:

Could someone give these poor wretches a hamburger and a glass of milk and show them where the bathtub is?

Mugshots courtesy of the Chicago police department and Gateway Pundit.

Another Day, More Media Deceit

Busted!
BBC erases all traces of lies over Bush speech report; so what have we learned?

Exhibiting a thoroughness worthy of Orwell's Ministry of Truth, the BBC has been busy erasing all traces of the corporation's blatantly dishonest reporting of President Bush's speech on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion.

On Wednesday the BBC reported the speech under the headline 'Bush speech hails Iraq "victory"'. The headline was supported by the following sentence in the story:

He said recent troop reinforcements had brought about "a major strategic victory in the broader war on terror".

However, this isn't what Bush said. What he said was:

The surge has done more than turn the situation in Iraq around – it has opened the door to a major strategic victory in the broader war on terror.

'Opened the door to' is obviously very different to 'brought about' – the BBC's own words. The deceitful editing of the story, and the equally deceitful headline, were clearly designed to expose the President to the ridicule of the BBC's viewers around the world, by creating the impression that he was once again prematurely declaring victory in Iraq, as he was ridiculed for doing back in 2003.

... [T]he BBC's 'Have Your Say' thread on the story was filled with comments hostile to President Bush and the US, with many commenters citing and ridiculing the 'victory claim' which Bush never made. At least two commenters called for Bush and Tony Blair to be hanged ...

... [B]y lunchtime on Saturday the story had been corrected, and the headline on the video clip had been changed.
President Bush can expect an apology any day now from the BBC.

Want To Ensure a McCain Victory?

Can you imagine how the black community is going to react if the Democratic Party goes into its convention in August with Barack Obama leading in the popular vote and in the delegate count, and the party chooses ...

... Al Gore as its nominee?

There are those who think it might happen:
Don’t discount Gore-led ticket
By Mark Tomasik, TCPalm.com

U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney, whose district includes much of Martin and St. Lucie counties, is hoping he won’t have to attend the Democratic Party national convention in Denver in August.

If he does go, that will mean the Democrats still haven’t decided a nominee for the presidential election. And if neither Sen. Hillary Clinton nor Sen. Barack Obama has clinched the nomination by August, Mahoney says we may see a brokered convention, meaning the nominee could emerge from a negotiated settlement.

“If it (the nomination process) goes into the convention, don’t be surprised if someone different is at the top of the ticket,” Mahoney said.

A compromise candidate could be someone such as former vice president Al Gore, Mahoney said last week during a meeting with this news organization’s editorial board. (link)
Swell idea. I'm sure the Democratic Party's most solid voting block - African-Americans - will go along with it.

John McCain needn't even campaign if that happens. Game. Set. Match.

A Coming Attraction

Drudge has the news:

George Michael Plans tour of USA; Will Tickets Sell?...

As long as we have degenerates who like to hang out in men's rooms in our city parks, we'll have a constituency for George Michael. May they enjoy one another's company.

It Was Just a Matter Of Time

On January 12, 2006 I wrote the following:

"I have a bridge in Arizona I want to sell you."

This was in response to an article that appeared in the New York Times on the same day that had to do with a new study linking Central American frog extinction to global warming.

My comment at the time:

"There was a day, not that long ago, when "scientists" would have been laughed out of the scientific community for concluding that global warming causes frog extinction because they can't find anything else that might have caused it. But not today. They get headlines in The New York Times."

Behold, two years later, in that same New York Times, an article dealing with the same frogs:

Link to Global Warming in Frogs’ Disappearance Is Challenged

Stick around. All the pseudoscience - and accompanying hysteria - are about to come crashing down.

And not a day too soon..

What? How Can This Be?

You're telling me that Great Britain is more prosperous and more stable than is the United States of America?

That's what this study says:

If you think it’s bad here, don’t try Switzerland
Michael Evans, Defence Editor, Times of London

The United Kingdom has been ranked as one of the most stable and prosperous countries in the world, beating the United States, France and even Switzerland in a global assessment of every nation’s achievements and standards.

A one-year investigation and analysis of 235 countries and dependent territories has put the UK joint seventh in the premier league of nations. The top ten comprise also the Vatican, Sweden, Luxembourg, Monaco, Gibraltar, San Marino, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands and the Irish Republic.

The US lies 22nd ... (link)

How can this be?

Well, let's run an experiment. Let's ship our 12 million impoverished illegal aliens to the United Kingdom and see how that alters those "prosperous" and "stable" calculations - both there and here. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of "your "tired, your poor, your huddled masses" from every other country on Earth as well.

I'm a big supporter of immigration, so don't get me wrong. I just offer up this exercise to prove a point. No, the USA is not as prosperous - on the whole - as Britain is. But the comparison is unfair. How about we judge by the standard of living of Manhattan compared to that of ... say, Glasgow. What does it prove?

Why This Is Getting So Much Air Time

One might wonder: Why is Hillary's gaff over that 1996 visit to Tuzla, Bosnia getting so much play on the evening news (even CBS News) in 2008? There's a good reason for it (besides the fact that everyone at CBS is hoping she's defeated by Obama). The best way to put it is ...

... what she did was so Clintonian.

Yes, a word has been placed in the pantheon of lexicon for the kind of crafty, sneaky, deceptive, obscuring, equivocating weasel words that the Clintons - husband and wife - became famous for in the 1990's. A definition (from Bubba himself):

It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is. If the--if he--if 'is' means is and never has been, that is not--that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement..."

Hillary's "embellishment" of the events that played out in 1996 in Bosnia remind all of us of that unseemly era we all had to endure - day after blessed day - when this pair of shysters stretched the truth beyond all semblance of reality.

"I didn't have sexual relations with that woman ... " because oral sex isn't sex.

A reminder why we all just hope and pray that they go away some day soon.

How Embarrassing

How would you like to have a governor nicknamed "Doobie Dave"?

Only in New York.

Well, maybe Washington too. Connecticut. Vermont. Oregon. California ...