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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Quote of the Day


Shares of New York Times (NYT) stock dropped 29 cents today to close at $3.77. The Sunday paper goes for $4 at the newsstand.

Maybe they could save costs by printing the paper on their stock certificates.

Eddy Elfenbein, "Crossing Wall Street," February 17, 2009

'Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain'

These days we go to great lengths to avoid the obvious.

"We" being the planet's leading "scientists."

"We" being the mainstream press.

"The obvious" being hard data that continues to pour in that refutes - directly - the flawed theories revolving around global warming.

A must read on that subject this morning:

"The media doing what it does best these days, feeding us disinformation"

A snippet:
At some point during the 1970’s a large part of the mainstream media decided to abandon journalism to become the Ministry of Truth. Advocacy journalism, instructing the peons and elevating their consciousness. The slo-mo but accelerating business disaster that resulted — loss of audience, fading profits, layoffs — should not detract from their considerable success at mastering the techniques of propaganda.

Propaganda, like this Slate article, is part of the problem, not the solution.
We were intended to be better than this.

I encourage you to read the article.

What Have We Become?

A point regarding Islamist hate and the civilized world's attempt to ban efforts to call it that:
Geert Wilders Is a Test for Western Civilization
By Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal

Twenty years ago, Andres Serrano put a plastic crucifix in a glass of urine, photographed it and called it art. Conservatives in particular weren't pleased: not with Mr. Serrano, not with his picture, and not with the National Endowment for the Arts, which had forked over $15,000 in taxpayer money to support this uretic gesture.

Also 20 years ago: On Valentine's Day, 1989, the Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Salman Rushdie, condemning him to death for supposedly blaspheming Islam in his novel, "The Satanic Verses." Iran later upped the ante by severing diplomatic ties with Britain and putting a bounty on Mr. Rushdie's head. The fatwa remains in effect today by order of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.

These twin anniversaries come to mind following the British government's decision last week to ban Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders from British soil as an "undesirable person." Mr. Wilders is also being prosecuted for hate speech in his native Holland, where he faces up to 16 months in prison if convicted. His alleged crime involves making a short film called "Fitna," which draws a straight line between Quranic verses and acts of Islamist terror. Mr. Wilders has also called for banning the Quran, which he labels a "fascist book" on a par with Hitler's "Mein Kampf."

The notion that liberals can have it both ways -- champions of free speech on the one hand; defenders of multiculturalism's assorted sensitivities on the other -- was always intellectually flimsy. If liberals now want to speak for the "right" of this or that group not to be offended, the least they can do is stop calling themselves "liberals." [link]
I think we've known for a long time that today's "liberals" are in fact nothing more than reactionaries. John Birchers in a different setting. Different hair styles. This is just another example.

To the point, though, why is the West so intent on shutting up a man - even to the point of arresting him - who speaks the truth, albeit a harsh truth, about Islam and many of its adherents?

One can draw a straight line between the Q'uran and Islamist terror.

Which is all that Geert Wilders did in his movie "Fitna." He took verses from the Q'uran and linked them to events of the day. Nothing more. And he is condemned by the West for having done it.

Cowards. We've become cowards.

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Here's Wilders's short film, "Fitna," for your edification. Beware. It's not for the squeamish.

* Requires YouTube registration to view.

Obama Signs Stimulus Colossus

Those with the greatest opportunity to benefit respond:
"Global stock markets react to the bill signing -- not well:

"Stock markets around the world tumbled today amid deepening concern over the health of the banking industry and doubts about the ability of governments to spur a recovery."

It's all downhill from here.

Where Will It End?

The headlines tell the sad story:

Three months ago: GM likely to be bankrupt before January

Two months ago:
GM and Chrysler get 17.4 billion Bailout

Today: GM needs up to $30 billion in aid to avoid failure