Thursday, May 27, 2004

My Personal Double Standard

Jon Stewart nails it at the W&M commencement
I don’t know if you’ve been following the news lately, but it just kinda got away from us. Somewhere between the gold rush of easy internet profits and an arrogant sense of endless empire, we heard kind of a pinging noise, and uh, then the damn thing just died on us. So I apologize.

But here’s the good news. You fix this thing, you’re the next greatest generation, people. You do this—and I believe you can—you win this war on terror, and Tom Brokaw’s kissing your ass from here to Tikrit, let me tell ya. And even if you don’t, you’re not gonna have much trouble surpassing my generation. If you end up getting your picture taken next to a naked guy pile of enemy prisoners and don’t give the thumbs up you’ve outdid us.

We declared war on terror. We declared war on terror—it’s not even a noun, so, good luck. After we defeat it, I’m sure we’ll take on that bastard ennui.

The double standard is simple. If Anyone other then Jon Stewart said this stuff, I'd be pissed. But coming from him, it rings both of humor and honesty.

As a freshman I was quite a catch. Less than five feet tall, yet my head is the same size it is now. Didn’t even really look like a head, it looked more like a container for a head. I looked like a Peanuts character. Peanuts characters had terrible acne. But what I lacked in looks I made up for with a repugnant personality.

In 1981 I lost my virginity, only to gain it back again on appeal in 1983. You could say that my one saving grace was academics where I excelled, but I did not.

Damn funny Stuff.
It's his inherent sense of humility that keeps him good - Dennis Miller could learn a thing or two from that.


Way back in the days before hanging chad, Limbaugh used to do a bit about Goregasims. This must be what they look like.
Remember Kids, in Wisconsin Open burning is a privilege, not a right.

Somebody get this man a ticket to The Day After Tomorrow

"You want the truth? You can't handle the truth! We use words like deforestation, depleted aquifers, and hydrochloroflourocarbons! You use them as a punchline. How dare you use the Internet I invented and then question the manner in which I say the world should be run!!"

Another opportunity to thank Florida voters. Thanks guys. Diebold will be sending y'all a check soon.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Panty Raid

The Right has never figured out how to harness the power of sex which attracts youths. The Left, on the other hand, is quite good at it. And Ayn Rand was quite goofy at it.

Brian major score on the Mejia story.

Sean most excellent Invictus Reference, I keep a copy of it right next to my favorite Heinlein quote in my planner.

At least Bush didn't blame it on an Asshole Secret Service Agent.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Target Rich Environment

I honestly don't know where to start. Let's hit the Moore thing first - although I thought I said everything there was to say on this subject a few days ago.

No More on Moore Please
From a human rights lawyer writing in today's/yesterday's The Australian:
Moore's "documentary" claims may not be true, but to use John Pilger's formulation explaining the left-wing tabloid Daily Mirror's fabricated pictures of British soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners – "They may not be true, but what they represent is true." If the objective is anti-Americanism at all costs, it's a small price to pay to overlook inconvenient "facts".

Last week, Christopher Hitchens nailed Moore and the European intellectual climate which gave rise to this fawning phenomenon.
"Speaking here in my capacity as a polished, sophisticated European as well," Hitchens said, "it seems to me the laugh here is on the polished, sophisticated Europeans. They think Americans are fat, vulgar, greedy, stupid, ambitious and ignorant and so on. And they've taken as their own, as their representative American, someone who actually embodies all of those qualities."

In a world where "representations" trump reality, however, it's no wonder that Moore's "documentary" was awarded the top prize at Cannes yesterday. This is the same mindset that regards the disgraceful treatment of Iraqi prisoners as the moral equivalent of the act of Islamist fanatics in hacking off the head of a non-combatant in Iraq. Moore's indignant "anti-imperialism" over Iraq makes a convenient existential leap right over Saddam's republic of fear and the 200,000 mass graves, just as he silently omitted the Kosovo genocide, so as not to blunt the drama of his "documentary" sequence.

Yup. Ditto, mate.

Misplaced Rage Department
From the deeply scarred and truly tragic account of a man who has lost his son in the most vulgar way possible - but still just doesn't seem to get it. I feel for this man on several levels. Nick Berg's father in The Guardian:
People ask me why I focus on putting the blame for my son's tragic and atrocious end on the Bush administration. They ask: "Don't you blame the five men who killed him?" I have answered that I blame them no more or less than the Bush administration, but I am wrong: I am sure, knowing my son, that somewhere during their association with him these men became aware of what an extraordinary man my son was. I take comfort that when they did the awful thing they did, they weren't quite as in to it as they might have been. I am sure that they came to admire him.

I am sure that the one who wielded the knife felt Nick's breath on his hand and knew that he had a real human being there. I am sure that the others looked into my son's eyes and got at least a glimmer of what the rest of the world sees.
And I am sure that these murderers, for just a brief moment, did not like what they were doing.

I feel for the man, but I also think that an MRI is in order.

Why the Left is No Longer Taken Seriously
I am imagining FDR, JFK or LBJ at this rally. But the only one I could see attending would be WJC:

The Unimportant Stuff is always in the last Paragraph
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) - A U.S. soldier who said he left his unit in Iraq to protest an "oil-driven" war was convicted of desertion Friday and sentenced to a year in jail and a bad conduct discharge.

A military jury met for about 20 minutes before giving the maximum sentence to Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia, an infantry squad leader with the Florida National Guard.

"I have no regrets. Not one," Mejia said before his sentencing.

[ . . . ]

[Last Paragraph]Mejia is the son Nicaragua's most prominent leftist singer, who wrote the line "Let's fight the Yankee, enemy of humanity" into the country's former Sandinista anthem. The line has always proved controversial, and the Sandinistas, who ruled Nicaragua from 1979 to 1989, later dropped it from the anthem.

Just your average soldier - you might miss him in a line up with Willy, Joe and Sgt. Rock.
For the record, I think the "training wheels" joke is funny. In poor taste, but very funny.

Raindrops: Keep Falling On My Head

Uh, just heard something interesting. Exactly how much rain has fallen in Crawford?

Turns out, none. That's nada in Mexican. Zip.

You don't suppose he was drinking or otherwise intoxicated, do you? Is our President capable? Can he be trusted with watching the nuclear codes? Or is his sports life getting in the way of his ability to serve the America people?
May 13th. That was the last significant rainfall. Temps in the 80s since then. Dude can't even get time on broadcast TV anymore. Ain't no one believing him anymore.