Friday, December 29, 2006

Sounds fair to me

Chavez to shut down opposition TV

Update (8-Jan-07): Chavez: Will Nationalize Telecoms, Power

"C.A. Nacional Telefonos de Venezuela (CANTV), let it be nationalized," Chavez said. "The nation should recover its property of strategic sectors."

Update (10-Jan-07): Chavez says he will seek to allow unlimited presidential terms...

Further cementing his role as slave master of Venezuela...

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Oprah for President!

Update: From Peggy Noonan:
He doesn't have an issue, he has a thousand issues, which is the same as having none, in the sense that a speech about everything is a speech about nothing. And on those issues he seems not so much to be guided by philosophy as by impulses, sentiments. From "The Audacity of Hope," his latest book: "[O]ur democracy might work a bit better if we recognized that all of us possess values that are worthy of respect." "I value good manners." When not attempting to elevate the bromidic to the profound, he lapses into the language of political consultants--"our message," "wedge issues," "moral language." Ronald Reagan had "a durable narrative." Parts of the book, the best parts, are warm, anecdotal, human. But much of it pretends to a seriousness that is not borne out. When speaking of the political past he presents false balance and faux fairness. (Reagan, again, despite his "John Wayne, Father Knows Best pose, his policy by anecdote and his gratuitous assaults on the poor" had an "appeal" Sen. Obama "understood." Ronnie would be so pleased.)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Unlikely Political Allies

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Afghan Insurgent Leader opines: “It seems that every bullet that mujahedeen had fired toward the Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan has turned into a vote against Bush"

Via Pajamas Media.

"An affront to the entire civilized world"

AP Reports:
The Bush administration condemned Iran on Tuesday for convening a conference of people who deny the Holocaust happened, calling the move "an affront to the entire civilized world."

The Iranian regime is an affront to the entire civilized world. This absurd "conference" of "scholars" questioning the holocaust is just the latest in a continual attack on civility.

Bush ought to use this opportunity to highlight the greater damage the world's number one state sponsor of terror inflicts on a daily basis through the funding of Hezbollah, Hamas, the insurgency in Iraq and Lebanon, to name just a few. He also ought to laugh at James Baker for encouraging the US to negotiate with such people. How is negotiation possible when one side lives in an alternate universe? Get Real, James Baker.

For more information on the "Neturei Karta" Orthodox Jews fringe kook group often seen here in New York City, check out wikipedia.

Monday, December 04, 2006

What we can learn from El Comandante Chavez

Let me celebrate with my leftist brethren the advances to human freedom that was cast from the Venezuelan ballot boxes this weekend! May we remain true to the great Chavez as we seek to rid the Devil from our daily lives. Socialism is human. Socialism is love. God Bless! Allah Akhbar!

We here in the US have much to learn from this greatest of great men. Here is a list of suggestions:

-Perhaps we too may capture fingerprints of the US electorate before they vote. It is vital that that Venezuelans allow El Comandante Chavez keep tabs on the enemies of freedom so that they may be punished. This is the only path to a free and OPEN election. I suppose this is easier to accomplish when the voting machine company is owned by the State. Diebold, beware (see below).

-We ought to consider shutting down private news services here as well. The imperialists are poison and this is essentially a national health issue at the heart of it all. Congratulations Chavez on clamping down the Corporate Media. There is no need to be timid any more when the enemies’ goals are so plain.

-Using government busses to amass voters to the polls makes plenty of sense…

-We must take back our great industries such as oil and gas. Nationalization is a no-brainer! And then we can fund a massive anti-poverty campaign and pro-literacy initiatives with the proceeds. Yeah!

-Iran can be our friend too. Together we can smash the devil out of office and destroy the imperialist assault on our collective liberty.

-Belarus, with the benevolent Alexander Lukashenko at the helm is a model state. How can we also seek to mimic their fine example?

-Daddy Chavez really excites me! I’ve always wanted a Daddy that stood for fair, tough justice when I was a kid. Democracy gives us such wonderful presents. Long live Daddy Chavez!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Church of Clinton Growing

From the UK's Daily Mirror

In words that would not have been out of place in the Arkansas churches where he first learned the power of oratory, he thundered: "The great promise of progressive politics in the end is that we really do believe our common humanity is more important than our differences."

At that moment he became warrior and missionary, his faith helping the poor, his battle-plan to end global injustice.

See The Statist's Creed
We believe in one Ruler, the Lord Bill Clinton....

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Quite a circle of friends developing...

Speaking of war so easily

“Why is the U.S. government so against our people?” “They speak of war so easily, as if it’s on their daily agenda. We never speak of war.”
-Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking through a translator, in an interview with NBC News.

“Those who benefit from the pope’s comments and drive their own arrogant policies should be targeted with attacks and protests”
Ahmadinejad's boss, Iran's "supreme leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (from LGF)

Khamenei is urging attacks against the US while Ahmadinejad claims to "never speak of war." Anyone applauding Ahmadinejad's UN speech can be checked off on the enemy list. Can he be allowed to speak such lies when it is clear what that Iran's oil money is funding Hezbollah and Hamas? This post feels redundant...

Gore: "elimination of all payroll taxes" for a pollution tax

"For the last fourteen years, I have advocated and advocate today the elimination of all payroll taxes - including those for social security and unemployment compensation — and the replacement of that revenue with pollution taxes — principally on CO2. The overall level of taxation would remain exactly the same. It would be, in other words, a revenue neutral tax swap. But, instead of discouraging businesses from hiring more employees, it would discourage business from producing more pollution. A good swap."

—Vice President Gore speaking yesterday at New York University
(hat tip, NY Sun)

This is the first time I've ever heard of such a proposal, but I would welcome such an offer with open-arms. It is also becoming clear that Mr. Gore is running for president.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Friday, September 08, 2006

A tough stretch for the MSM


• Reutersgate (here, here, and here)
• Plamegate (here, here, and here)
• Path to 9/11 movie (here, here, here, here, here and here)

I have said it a million times, and I must say it again. Getting away with a lie in the Internet age is getting harder and harder. The more obvious it becomes that the entrenched media has its own bias (left bias) and is willing to lie and threaten people to cover them up, the more they are digging their own grave. Give the the liars a microphone.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Twisted Sisters/Twisted Reactions - Mahmoud Ahmednejad and Mel Gibson

There are interesting similarities between sadistic, mystical, and racist actor Mel Gibson and the masochistic, mystical, and racist President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmednejad. Both incite some sort of grand Jewish conspiracy against the world.

Their language is essentially the same; however the real threat they possess is quite different. Mel Gibson attacks Jews in drunken epithets and in stupid movies with lots of blood-letting. Ahmednejad attacks Jews by funding terror and proxy wars against the State of Israel.

Yet the press saved their outrage for the ultimately impotent Gibson; meanwhile, with Iranian missiles raining down on Haifa, Mike Wallace was in Tehran to offer the west a sympathetic view of Ahmednejad.

Gibson is a fool but he is his own worst enemy in the free world. Ahmednejad, on the other hand, not only states clearly his desire to destroy Israel, he actively funds its destruction.

Who has the guts to call a spade a spade here?

Friday, August 11, 2006

When is it time to go?

If you have people marching in US streets openly declaring allegiance to the head of a terrorist group who seeks the destruction of the Little and Great Satans, do we have a right to revoke their citizenship and get them out of our shores? Isn't this beyond speech and an open committal of treason?

Why are they here to begin with? The answer is likely the green card lottery, which has to be replaced with a more open immigration system (but with a strict interview process and selection criteria). We should never turn away someone willing to respect individual rights - but if you are bringing in people who swear allegiance to terrorists, than you have forfeited the right to exist in freedom.

Daily protests occur in Dearborn. At one recent demonstration, organized by the Congress of Arab-Americans, about 1,000 people attended. College-age men asked, in call and response fashion, "Who is your army?" Protestors responded: "Hezbollah." "Who is your leader?" they were asked. "Nasrallah," the chanters responded. Many carried placards of the Hezbollah leader. A few days earlier at an even larger demonstration, more than 15,000 turned out, about half of Dearborn's Arab community.

Those who regularly attend the demonstrations tend to be the most strident.

"Oh, Jews, remember Khaibar," the marchers chant. "The army of the Prophet will return."

The line is a reference to Khaibar, a Jewish town north of Medina that, according to Islamic tradition, was overtaken by the Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century. Once defeated, the surviving Jews of Khaibar were forced into serfdom. Two decades later, they were expelled from the Arabian peninsula.

Monday, July 03, 2006

The Church of Global Warming's Satan

Richard Lindzen is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT and today he shreds the religious global warming alarmists to pieces. Al Gore is wrong. There's no "consensus" on global warming.

"...there is a clear attempt to establish truth not by scientific methods but by perpetual repetition. An earlier attempt at this was accompanied by tragedy. Perhaps Marx was right. This time around we may have farce--if we're lucky."

Friday, June 30, 2006

Is MySpace behind proposed "social networking" website regulation?

Congress targets social-networking sites

Rep. Diana DeGette, a Colorado Democrat, originally proposed legislation (click here for PDF) in April that would require Internet service providers to retain activity logs to aid in criminal investigations, including ones involving child abuse.

Now DeGette and some of her colleagues in the House of Representatives are suggesting that social-networking sites should be required to do the same thing.

"How much would it cost your company to preserve those IP addresses?" DeGette asked at a hearing on Wednesday that included representatives from Facebook, Xanga and Fox Interactive Media, the parent company of MySpace. "You're going to store the data indefinitely?"

Of course, any successful regulation of the internet is going to come in the name of protection of children. If this regulation is passed, costs of entry for new "social networking" sites are going to be significantly higher, thereby helping preserve MySpace's monopoly power. Who is the government to define what social networking is anyway?

When I was younger, I created a massively popular rating website frequented by a number of people under the age 18. When the NY Times wrote an article about the site, but would not publish the URL because we allowed minors to use it, our investors (lawyers) and someone we worked with (grandson of a former NY senator and a Georgetown law student at the time) suggested we work with the newly elected Senator Hillary Clinton to develop legislation to protect children online. We would then create a newly mandated software that "protected" the children (anyone with children connecting to the internet would be required by law to install this software). We would then have an immediate monopoly and guaranteed riches - all in the name of the children. Clinton could paint herself as tough on child predators and we could paint ourselves as a company protecting minors. Of course, I vowed to walk away from the company if we ever went down such a path.

But that approach is not very different than what we are likely seeing today. MySpace may very well be quietly working behind the scenes for regulations that on the surface seem to harm their business, but in actuality, harm smaller websites and companies much more than MySpace. Hiring a few more employees and servers to store this sort of information is a platry investment for News Corp. But what about the 16 year old entreprenuer working on a shoe-string budget who has the next great "social networking" website idea? Using the heavy hand of the State to destroy competition is nothing new.

The internet is an even playing field, a place where children can compete with multi-nationals, and it better stay that way.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Religious Al Gore

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Al Gore and his disciples are happy to spread their religion to gullible souls the world over. Its clear the majority of movie reviewers across the country shouted hallelujah to their preacher.

From Canada Free Press
"There is no meaningful correlation between CO2 levels and Earth's temperature over this [geologic] time frame. In fact, when CO2 levels were over ten times higher than they are now, about 450 million years ago, the planet was in the depths of the absolute coldest period in the last half billion years." Patterson asked the committee, "On the basis of this evidence, how could anyone still believe that the recent relatively small increase in CO2 levels would be the major cause of the past century's modest warming?"

Monday, May 29, 2006

Restating the case for the war in Iraq

I wanted to post a succint defense of the war in Iraq that I read on Orkut today. The author's name is Peter Lusby. I would like to see the new White House Press Secretary Tony Snow explain Iraq in terms like this.

The known facts are that, in the 1990s, Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and programs to develop more of them. The UN call for him to stop the programs and destroy the weapons was to be enforced by inspections, but he threw the inspectors out. By 2003, there was no way for the new inspectors to determine whether or not Saddam was in compliance. No records existed of the destruction of the weapons known, on the basis of Saddam's own earlier statements to UN officials, to have existed. No documentation existed to show what had become of the facilities, materials, and organizations involved in the WMD development programs known, once again on the basis of Saddam's own admissions, to have existed. The fact that Saddam was probably being conned by his own people is irrelevant.

But, leaving aside completely the issue of WMD, Saddam's régime was a blatant, open and public supporter of international terrorism. For the world to allow this thug and his henchmen to thumb their noses at the whole world, and continue to supply arms, money, training and sanctuary to Hamas and its fellow travellers was intolerable. It was essential to send a clear message, to every government who might be tempted to use terrorism as a tool of foreign policy, that the world would no longer sit idly by and let this happen.

As a result, Erupoean terrorist groups like the IRA, the ETA, and the Corsican separatists have been largely defanged, deprived of money, weapons, and popular support. Suicide attacks on Israeli civilians have dwindled to a tiny percentage of what they used to be. Governments of countries like Pakistan, Indonesia, Libya, Columbia, have all cracked down on terrorist activities, rather than risk being the next to suffer the wrath of American outrage.

Pragmatically, this administration has achieved a watershed in the elimination of terrorism as a tool for change. The war is not yet over, and it probably never will be, but at least the problem has suddenly been cut down to manageable proportions.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Internet libre para Cuba

A hunger strike to protest the Castro dictatorship's draconian limits on internet use within the slave labor prison known as Cuba.

On a side note, I am currently enjoying Humberto E. Fontova's "Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant." The author's pure hatred for Fidel, Che, and their supporters in the free world flows onto these pages in a way that just makes you smile. Eloquent honesty in describing not only of the sick deeds of the Cuban communists or the adoration Fidel receives from the glitterati is much appreciated. You'd be up in arms too once you understand the hypocrisy. If you have ever wondered why the Miami-based Cuban-American population was up in arms over Elian Gonzalez, check this one out.

Apparently, the free flow of information is not in the interests of the glitterati who worship Castro.

Link: The famous free health care that Cuban's enjoy

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Activist Under Fire for Wal-Mart Position

Akinyele Umoja, a professor of black studies at Georgia State University, complained: "What he's doing is providing credibility and legitimacy for some of these corporations that have policies that just reinforce inequality."
In the meantime, "the new store has received more than 8,000 applicants for 500 jobs." What is Umoja's advocacy of socialism doing for those 8,000 applicants?

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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Political posturing on Dubai port deal will hurt security efforts

Democrats plan bill to block Dubai port deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. Democratic senators said on Friday they would introduce legislation aimed at blocking Dubai Ports World from buying a company that operates several U.S. shipping ports because of security concerns.

Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Hillary Clinton of New York said they would offer a measure to ban companies owned or controlled by foreign governments from acquiring U.S. port operations.

"We wouldn't turn the border patrol or the customs service over to a foreign government, and we can't afford to turn our ports over to one either," Menendez said in a statement. The Senate Banking Committee also plans to hold a hearing on the issue later this month.

P&O, the company Dubai Ports World plans to buy for $6.8 billion, is already foreign-owned, by the British, but the concern is that the purchaser is backed by the United Arab Emirates government.

This is a bit more than normal political grandstanding - Hillary considers this an opportunity to look tough on terrorism in her seemingly ever-failing attempts to capture political middle she needs to ascend to the presidency. While seeing past her actions to her political aims might be easy for many, understanding the unintended consequences of a successful blockage of the port sale might require a second look.

Why do they hate us? Western culture, with an underscored respect for reason, capitalism, and individual rights for all members of society is diametrically opposed to the virus of Islamic extremism which is escalating a battle for greater control of the Arab world and beyond. Any progress in lifting the Arab world into modern western standards is not going to be achieved by bribing these regimes to not attack us or capitulating to the demands of the extremists. Our greatest weapon is appealing to the self-interest of Arab companies and workers with the mutual benefits thankfully available through cooperation in modern global markets. Shared interests and shared fortunes with the Arab world will create equal incentives for security both on our shores and theirs. An attack on America by Arabs becomes a self-inflicted wound and sets off internal forces overseas to eradicate the virus.

In the long run, free trade is a more effective diplomacy tool than any number of guns. We are open to working with the Arab world as equals, not as terrorists. Money knows no borders or race or religion.

If these Clintonian political postures are successful, we will send a clear message to the Arab world that America is xenophobic - Arabs need not apply to the modern world, leaving options such as Hamas the seemingly only viable alternative. Assuming the deal is accepted, we send the message that America responds positively to peaceful cooperation and our wrath is only reserved for attacks on the rights that make such free trade available at all.

After WWI, Europe closed the door on German participation in modern society. The unintended consequence was, of course, Hitler. We can invite Arab society into the modern world, but only so long as our interests are aligned.

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Friday, February 10, 2006

Snow Hedge

I love this!

Chicago Merc to Trade Snowfall Futures

CHICAGO (AP) -- First came temperature futures, then frost-day futures. Now - futures involving how much snow falls at Logan Airport in Boston or New York's Central Park.

The world's largest derivatives exchange said the new product, which will trade electronically starting Feb. 26, should help cities manage risk associated with snow accumulation. Insurance companies, retailers and other businesses with a lot riding on the weather also can use the futures to hedge their risk.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Cindy Sheehan and the Michael Moore effect

Today's Opinion Journal has a perfectly sharp expose of Cindy Sheehan's planned engagement with the disgraceful dictator-in-waiting Hugo Chavez, thereby cementing her anti-western celebrity. Harry Belafonte has nothing on Cindy.

Again, I can't help but wonder if Cindy is working for the people she publicaly decries as war-criminals. Each time she meets with a Chavez or calls George Bush the "world's biggest terrorist," she marginalizes the left further out of the mainstream of American thought and influence. Perhaps this should be known as the Michael Moore effect. The louder these people speak, the less their interests are served. Turn up the volume!
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez now rivals Fidel Castro as the Western Hemisphere's most visible symbol of anti-Americanism, which explains why "peace activist" Cindy Sheehan is climbing abroad the Venezuelan firebrand's bus. She has announced plans to attend the World Social Forum in Caracas, which kicks off today and will celebrate, among other things, Chavez's Bolivarian Revolution.

The annual "forum," which began in Brazil in 2001 as an anti-globalization conference, is also sometimes referred to as the "carnival of the oppressed." Like most events of its kind, it has become flypaper for the planet's kookiest activists, including many who still espouse the "armed struggle" against capitalism, the "North," whatever. Perhaps the grieving Ms. Sheehan, an avowed peace lover, has been so busy with the makeup artists and the cameras to pay attention to the violence-prone types she's now embracing. But the name of one of the forum's organizers -- Ernesto "Che" Mercado -- could have given the anti-Bush publicity hound a hint. A Latin American revolutionary who takes the moniker of a legendary Cuban executioner is hardly a follower of Gandhi.

Indeed, the Sheehan tour to Caracas belongs in the "you-can't-make-it-up" category: A bitterly outspoken American citizen who has made a career of lambasting her president, she travels abroad to celebrate with a dictator who has thrown his own critics out of work and even put them in prison, stripped the press of its freedom, destroyed property rights and militarized the government. His political supporters are known to be armed and dangerous and many Venezuelans in poor neighborhoods have reported that they are afraid to dissent from the Chavez agenda. Venezuela's arms build-up is frightening his neighbors and threatening regional stability.

We're glad Ms. Sheehan has the freedom to travel abroad. Many of Chavez's critics are denied that right, as are the critics of Castro. But she shouldn't wonder why, when she opens her mouth in the U.S., nobody takes her seriously.

Update: More wonderful news @ Gateway Pundit -
More Democrats Speak Out, Rally Around Cindy, Bash Bill Clinton

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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Mr. Tally Mon, tool of Hugo Chavez

Mr. Harry "Day-o" Belafonte further entrenched his anti-western legacy today, meeting with and praising the dictator-in-the-making and great friend of Iran, Hugo Chavez, happily proclaiming that Bush is indeed a terrorist.

This is same Harry Belafonte who noted "Hitler had a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich." The same guy who labled black Republicans as "tyrants." You can't forget his obligatory anti-business zinger: "We have got to bring corporate America to its knees." To service you, Harry, I presume? We're on our knees begging to hear you puppet Chavez's praise of Iran next. You won't let us down - you never have.

Chavez with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Get a brain, Moran

Via Michelle Malkin, as seen on a C-Span, broadcasting a town hall meeting in Arlington, Va this week, run by anti-war Democrat Reps. Jim Moran and John Murtha:

"Yes sir my name is Mark Seavey and I just want to thank you for coming up here. Until about a month ago I was Sgt Mark Seavey infantry squad leader, I returned from Afghanistan. My question to you, (applause)

"Like yourself I dropped out of college two years ago to volunteer to go to Afghanistan, and I went and I came back. If I didn't have a herniated disk now I would volunteer to go to Iraq in a second with my troops, three of which have already volunteered to go to Iraq. I keep hearing you say how you talk to the troops and the troops are demoralized, and I really resent that characterization. (applause) The morale of the troops that I talk to is phenomenal, which is why my troops are volunteering to go back, despite the hardships they had to endure in Afghanistan.

"And Congressman Moran, 200 of your constituents just returned from Afghanistan. We never got a letter from you; we never got a visit from you. You didn't come to our homecoming. The only thing we got from any of our elected officials was one letter from the governor of this state thanking us for our service in Iraq, when we were in Afghanistan. That's reprehensible. I don't know who you two are talking to but the morale of the troops is very high."

Watch the video here.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The Wobblies Resurface in New York, Targeting Starbucks and FreshDirect

Today's NY Sun has a front page story highlighting the Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the "Wobblies," attempt to unionize New York City Starbucks and FreshDirect employees.

I always get a kick out of the futile attempts of modern day communists to make a dent (they even utilize Soviet-style art work in their propoganda). In the wake of overwhelming public backlash against the New York Transport Union Workers, the timing and location of this push couldn't be worse.

That effervescent handmaiden of the left, Howard Zinn, cheered that "Wobbly Spirit" way back in 1965.
There is a stirring among the young, and talk of a "new radicalism." The timing could hardly be better...

While the wobblies set about to "abolish the wage system," their progressive impotence is always worth a chuckle.