Thursday, February 09, 2006

Just to sing

The European blog Barcepundit reports the EU is preparing regulations to restrict speech to prevent angering religious communities.

I'm afraid the esteemed Victor Davis Hanson was a tad too optimistic when he wrote that the cartoon controversy might mean an European awakening against Islamic fascism. Turns out that the European Union is planning a press code of conduct:

Plans for a European press charter committing the media to "prudence" when reporting on Islam and other religions, were unveiled yesterday.

According to Instapundit, Sweden is shutting down websites which publish the Mohammed cartoons. Following the related link yields this information:

According to Dagens Nyheter, the Swedish security services (Säpo), in collusion with Foreign Minister Leila Freivalds, have forced the website SD-Kuriren offline for publishing the Jyllands-Posten cartoons (SD-Kuriren is the house organ of the hard-right Swedish Democrats). “We think that this was the best decision after we were contacted by the Foreign Ministry and Säpo,” Anna Larsson, vice president of hosting compant Levonline, told DN. Freivalds told DN that “it is terrible that a small group of extremists are exposing Swedes to danger [by reprinting the cartoons].”

Only Europe's gonna fold right? Wrong. Here's news from Canada from Angry in the Great White North.

Shocking. Not surprising, perhaps, given Canada's tradition in recent years to value inoffensiveness over individual freedom, but I'm idealistic enough to to still be shocked:

The Cadre, UPEI's student newspaper has published the twelve infamous editorial cartoons that criticized aspects of Islam.

At the request of president Wade MacLauchlan, university administrators have removed all 2,000 copies of the paper from campus.

My God! It is something straight out of George Orwell's 1984. Thought police rounding up newspapers in order to suppress knowledge and keep the populace in peaceful complacency:

“When we realized that they were in circulation, we acted to round up the copies that were in circulation,’’ said UPEI president Wade MacLauchlan.

“We see it as a reckless invitation to public disorder and humiliation.’’


Hat tip:  Anointiata Delenda Est. The EU's Frattini has issued a clarification on the statement to restrain speech pertaining to religious communities. It is quoted in full from the Daily Telegraph:

"Following the publication of an article in the 'Daily Telegraph' of today, I want to clarify any possible misunderstandings about my position in regard to the so-called "cartoons" issue.

"As Commissioner responsible for the respect for and promotion of fundamental rights I have from the very outset underlined that the freedom of press, of expression and speech, including the right to critique, constitutes one of they key pillars upon which the EU is founded.

"I do not have the legal powers nor did I ever have the political intention to limit this fundamental right in any manner whatsoever.

"Since September 2005 I am in close contact with various representatives of the media, including the European federation of journalists, on issues linked to freedom of speech. I have offered to facilitate a dialogue between the media representatives and between them and faith leaders if that would be found useful by both parties.

"In their statement of 7 February 2005 the EFJ stated that it 'has encouraged the European Commission to support a professional dialogue among media professional groups and that they welcome the fact that Commissioner Frattini is doing just that'.

"Such a dialogue would aim at discussing a number of pertinent questions which we are confronted with nowadays. One of them being 'How are we to reconcile freedom of expression and respect for each individual's deepest convictions?', a relevant question as formulated by many actors , including the International Federation of Journalists.

"It is a dialogue on such a question which I would be wiling to facilitate but I will not impose such a role on any party if such a need would not be felt. Finally, I have never suggested imposing a code of conduct on the press, it is up to the media themselves to self-regulate or not, and it is up to the media to formulate such a voluntary code of conduct if it is found necessary, appropriate and useful by them.

"There have never been, nor will there be any plans by the European Commission to have some sort of EU regulation, nor is there any legal basis for doing so."

However, the Telegraph's journalist David Rennie goes on to reproduce the unedited transcript of a tape recorded interview he had with Mr. Frattini, the relevant portions of which are quoted below.

"Also we are organizing a round table, that I have scheduled for May 2006 between myself and all the representatives of the European media, the EFJ, the European Newspaper Publishers' association, the European Publishers' Council.

"I expect to address exactly the issue of the possibilities of reconciling the principle of freedom of expression, that cannot be limited of courser, with the principle of responsibility of journalists, and press in general. We will talk also about the so-called code of conduct, which I mentioned in the communication on radicalisation, but of course the point will be, when I talk about a code of conduct, I don't talk about an instrument to limit the freedom of expression. But I will try to offer to the press, to journalists, an instrument to self-regulate.

"The first point is, any kind of unilateral imposition coming from institutions should be avoided, but if you agree, and I speak to a very key sector in touch with public opinion, if you agree to the need to reconcile these two key pillars for example, freedom of expression on one hand, and full respect of religions on the other hand, if you agree on the importance of preventing and eradicating the roots of violence, please, help me, that's my new approach, because of course it is not through laws and imposition that we can solve this very difficult problem.

"Now, we are in this very difficult situation, why? Because there was a violent reaction to an expression of the fundamental freedom of the press. The publication [of the cartoons], and particularly the republication was, in my view, imprudent. Because probably they didn't calculate, they didn't think exactly of the consequences, and the risks of inflaming the situation, immediately after the victory of Hamas, immediately after the very serious threat posed by the president of Iran.

"So what I believe is that even in this very difficult moment, our first statement should be, freedom of expression should be granted, to everyone. But, in candour, of course violent reactions should be condemned, but that said, if you want to reconcile those two principles, please help me to find the best way.

"That is my political approach, it is not a bureaucratic one. If I have to condemn violence, obviously I condemn violence, but that said, after having condemned violence, what should we do? We should do something more, and we should together, journalists and editors, and European institutions address this together, because it is a matter of fact that this publication inflamed a very difficult situation in the Middle East. ...

"One suggestion is that this very difficult challenge ahead of us is to get involved the Muslim world. I cannot give them a privileged role, of course, I am the first to stress that human lives, the refusal of violence, and human dignity will be at the heart of European policy, and cannot be forgotten. But at the same time, if I were a journalist, I probably would have thought about the real context that one particular religion, one of the three big monotheistic religions, bans the publication of images of God, it's an element you have to consider.

"That's why I would suggest this concept of prudence. Prudence involves of considering all the elements. It is a relative concept, prudence. I should be prudent given the very difficult situation in the Middle East, I can be less prudent in a different moment, where all these very sensitive issues are not on the same table. I cannot create a privileged [ranking] among religions. But how can we treat one sentiment of religiosity, or another, it could depend on the context.


Nineteen eighty four was a fictional year to conjure with. Another year but a real one was 1968 when Neil Young wrote a song which became an anthem for a generation of protesters. Those who sang it then can still sing it today; if they can still carry the tune, not in earnest but irony.

Though your brother's bound and gagged
And they've chained him to a chair
Won't you please come to Chicago
Just to sing
In a land that's known as freedom
How can such a thing be fair
Won't you please come to Chicago
For the help that we can bring.

Events are picking up pace and maybe 2006 will be another one of those years.

Updated comment: It is obvious from the tape recorded transcript of Rennie's interview with Frattini that the EU official was aware that he had no legal power to censor. Neverthless it is abundantly clear in the interview that Frattini was preparing to appeal to publishers to self-censor. In his delicate phrase, "that is my political approach, it is not a bureaucratic one". Now I've heard this kind of speech before in trips to small mountain towns where a government representative is at pains to say that while he cannot officially encourage the headmen to pay the "revolutionary tax" levied by the insurgents he 'understands' that the rules of natural hospitality do not preclude making gestures of good will to all comers. But the government message to the headmen was really we cannot protect you and you will have to look out for yourselves though we will never officially admit it. As I said, I've heard this speech before but never expected to hear it spoken in the heart of Europe.


Blogger Meme chose said...

The only thing likely to unite us is the absolute certainty that the Islamists and Muslim tyrants will push their luck too far, outraging in the end even all these people clucking around trying to find someone to surrender to.

It's as sure to happen as day follows night.

2/09/2006 06:53:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Florida said...

Man, what a pillar of sand freedom of expression was perched on! Washed away by the smallest waxing of the tide.

2/09/2006 07:07:00 PM  
Blogger wretchardthecat said...

Freedom of expression was built, first of all, on the certainty that Western governments would never punish people for expressing an opinion. There is hardly a more eloquent testimony to the falsity of the Bush=Hitler meme or the Clinton=Hitler meme for that matter, than the contrast between abject kowtowing we now witness with the heroic poses the media used to strike. I feel ashamed for the academics and the media. Not of them, but for them. God help that I should never have to look myself in the mirror the way they must do now ...

But it would be unjust if we didn't recognize the courage of the Arab newspapermen who published these cartoons. We see their quality now.

2/09/2006 07:10:00 PM  
Blogger wretchardthecat said...

Sirius sir,

"Where and when did it all go wrong?"

I met a girl who sang the blues
and I asked her for some happy news
but she just smiled and turned away,
I went down to the sacred store
where I'd heard the music years before
but the man there said the music wouldn't play
and in the streets the children screamed,
the lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
but not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken
and the three men I admire most,
the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost,
they caught the last train for the coast,
the day the music died

2/09/2006 08:42:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

""That's why I would suggest this concept of prudence. Prudence involves of considering all the elements. It is a relative concept, prudence. I should be prudent given the very difficult situation in the Middle East, I can be less prudent in a different moment, where all these very sensitive issues are not on the same table. I cannot create a privileged [ranking] among religions. But how can we treat one sentiment of religiosity, or another, it could depend on the context."
That pretty well sums up part of Hewitt's argument.
Why folk cannot just extrapolate a tiny bit to see where this leads from where we've already been is beyond me.
Maybe Free Speech IS Free Afterall?
Hillary would know.
(also helps when your own history can be deleted at will and the watchdogs go right on acting like you have clothes on)
Maybe we should just get ahead of the curve and submit now.

2/09/2006 08:42:00 PM  
Blogger Utopia Parkway said...

A "press code of conduct" is not a law. Everyone who has published these cartoons has known that they are provocative and that they violate some "code of conduct." They've published them anyway.

All is not lost, yet.

This is described as a "voluntary code of conduct." This is an attempt by the Europeans to defuse this crisis without giving up their rights.

I don't think the muslims will buy it. They want more. This is a political atack on Europe by Iran and fellow travelers. They are not going to say "thank you very much for your sensitivity" and go home. They want their pound of flesh and I don't think they've gotten it yet.

What will the Euros do when this attempt at reconciliation isn't enough?

2/09/2006 08:43:00 PM  
Blogger ledger said...

I am not familiar with Franco Frattini. But, here is his website:

See: Frattini website


My agenda: Thursday 9 February 2006:

Mr. Frattini meets Mr. Alexander Pechtold, Dutch Minister for Government Reform


We need to reconcile two fundamental requirements : to tackle effectively the threats to people's everyday life in Europe and at the same time to protect the fundamental rights which have been spelt out both at national and European level...


Carlo Presenti: Head of Cabinet (click name for email)

Diane Schmitt (click name for email): Deputy Head of Cabinet, Civil Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship

Antonio Bettanini (click name for email): Information and Communication,
Relations with the European Parliament

Lorenzo Salazar: Internal Security and Criminal Justice

Stefano Bertozzi:Immigration, Asylum and Borders

Stefano Signore: Strategic Policy and Evaluation

Karolina Kottova: External Relations, Enlargement and Development Aid

Donatella Soria: Assistant to the Cabinet

Friso Roscam Abbing: Spokesperson

See: Team

[Media Team]

Friso Roscam Abbing

tel: +32 2 296 6746
Fax: +32 2 296 0625


Constantina Avraam

Press officer media team Justice, Freedom and Security
tel: +32 2 295 9667


Denise Clarembaux
Secretary media team Justice, Freedom and Security
tel: +32 2 296 0539


See: Media Team


Should you wish to contact the Vice President [Frattini] you may send your mail at:
Vice President Franco Frattini

For general questions concerning the European Union, please contact Europe Direct or use the free-phone number 00 800 6 7 8 9 10 11 from anywhere in the 25 Member States and you will reach an operator who speaks your language.

(also see his links for email information)
See: Contact Frattini

[Most of text from press release]

Statement by Vice-President Franco Frattini on cartoons published by a Danish newspaper

As European Commissioner responsible for integration policy as well as the promotion and respect of fundamental rights, integrating communities with different religions, cultures and political affiliations is an objective that I strive for in my everyday activities. This is an objective that flows from the liberal principles that govern the European Union and its institutions, and indeed the life and history of our continent. I can understand the feelings of indignation, frustration and sadness of the Muslim communities over the last few days as they viewed the cartoons published by a Danish newspaper. Such events do not facilitate dialogue between faiths and cultures and provide barriers to the integration process to which the Member States of the Union are committed.

However, one of the founding principles of our Europe is freedom of expression, including the right to criticise.

A difference of opinion, even if it is bitter and disrespectful, often feeds into free polemic debate, in which satire plays a full part. We often discuss matters, sometimes passionately or even rudely, not only in our Parliaments or in the press, but in all manner of public arenas. This is the rule now, replacing armed and violent conflict, using words and ideas to create a society bound by the rule of law.

...Consequently, I personally regard the publication of the cartoons as somewhat imprudent, even if the satire used was aimed at a distorted interpretation of religion, such as that used by terrorists to recruit young people to their cause and turning them into fanatics, sometimes to the point of sending them into action as suicide bombers.

...I am not offering these common sense remarks with even the remotest intention of justifying the reactions that are currently being expressed against Denmark and others, including the European Union. Quite the contrary, it should be crystal clear to all that violence, intimidation, and the calls for boycotts or for restraints on the freedom of the press are completely unacceptable and will not bring about a constructive discussion between communities. Indeed, no dialogue is possible with those who would threaten fundamental human rights, nor with those who would resort to terror. The fact is that deprivation of freedom has always generated suffering and sorrow, so we must defend freedom even when that means letting those we disagree with have their say. Preserving freedom is the foundation for dialogue.

See: Press Release

Mr Fattini is big on immigration:

...The 7 new thematic programmes regroup the 15 current programmes. The aim is to simplify the delivery of foreign assistance and achieve more and better results with the resources available. One of the new 7 programmes covers Migration and Asylum. This programme will contribute to enable the EU to assist third countries in the areas of migration and asylum through an integrated
'Cooperation in practice - EU funding opportunities in the area of justice, freedom and security'
To help legal pratictioners, law enforcement officials and representatives of victim assistance services from the EU Member States...

2/09/2006 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger Deuce ☂ said...

There is little room to "rag on" on the Europeans when hardly an American Paper has carried the offending cartoons. The US media will not show pictures of people jumping from the world trade towers. It reports someone using the "n-word", the"f" bomb. It spins with contradictions. The National Association fot the Advancement of Colored people requires a gymnastic manouvre to advance "people of colour". Personally, I am offended by anyone, who never wore a dog tag, refering to Guantanamo as Gitmo. Chris Mathews in particular. The quickest way to end a career in US broadcasting is to touch anything that does not comply with a rigid racially correct perspective. The most recent boldest public outburst I have heard is "Merry Christmas". The Europeans have affectively reduced Islamic immigration to zero and the French and Dutch have started to expel radical Islamic offenders. The US cannot stop Mexican Army intrusion into Texas and most US police departments cannot even question someone's immigration status. Please let's reduce the 1776 BS to a respectful muffle.

2/09/2006 09:34:00 PM  
Blogger wildiris said...

For any of wretchard’s readers who are over 55 or 60, you probably remember the Berkeley Free Speech Movement of the mid 60’s; the point in time where all of the political nonsense started. The irony of what is happening now is that the Free Speech Movement was all about being able to say offensive things. Speech and journalistic codes in those “bad old days”, forbid the use of words like n****, kike, dyke, various four letter words and so on. The students at UC Berkeley went out and protested these codes and demanded the right to say whatever they wanted, regardless of how offensive it may be to anybody. The local police even went to the extent of confiscating publications like Zap Comics at the stores around town. Now we have come full circle and the kids at UC Berkeley who demanded the right to say whatever they wanted have now become the very censors of “offending speech” that they protested those 40 years ago.

2/09/2006 09:40:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"The Europeans have affectively reduced Islamic immigration to zero and the French and Dutch have started to expel radical Islamic offenders.
The US cannot stop Mexican Army intrusion into Texas and most US police departments cannot even question someone's immigration status
Kinda hard to say we're taking action and they aren't, isn't it.
Lies are destructive of Freedom, DC lies to us every day about this.
Congress investigates Google for things they have already submitted us to.
Would be nicer if 1984 was just an old book.
Likewise Brave New World.

2/09/2006 09:42:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

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2/09/2006 09:49:00 PM  
Blogger Deuce ☂ said...

There is good news and bad news about the sixties generation. The good news is that they soon will pass. The bad news and to my deeper regret, I will be one of them.

2/09/2006 09:54:00 PM  
Blogger Reliapundit said...

dhimmitude cannot exist without tryanny in the dhimmi's nation.

that's what is happening now - the table is being set for european dhimmitude.

intimidation breeding intimidation.

i think the euros who don;t like it will leave.

and then europe will become half muslim half dhimmi.

and no part free.

a new dark age.

2/09/2006 09:54:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"Actually,when the Viet Nam war draft was replaced by the draft lottery,attendance in antiwar demonstrations plummeted.
Much of the youthful idealism was pure unadulterated self preservation or cowardice depending on your point of view.
Which prepared them well for entry into politics, Govt. work, and re-education and parental remediation specialties.
AKA "Educators"

2/09/2006 09:55:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"Without that concern for a future, I may have scanned the post
and shrugged, "what me worry, I'll be dead"
Exactly, fundamental connections with life were severed by those who had the hubris to believe that only what they believed mattered.

History had come to an end, and there were no costs associated with re-inventing the wheel.
The individual is God, love is free, consciences are clear(ed).

2/09/2006 10:04:00 PM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

I keep asking myself if the Muslim street-rioting will spread to America, and if it does what will be our reaction.

So far, the Muslims here haven't really had the impetus to head for the streets because of the craven-ness of our print and broadcast media. They *must*, however, be aware of the flood of anti-Mohammad cartoons swarming throughout the internet and are choosing to ignore them.

Which makes me think that maybe, perhaps, American Muslims aren't as nuts as Muslims elsewhere in the world.

The other factor, of course, being in my initial question: what would happen if 100 or 1,000 or 10,000 Muslims felt the need to swarm down a Main Street in Springfield, AnyState, USA, carrying banners telling their fellow Americans that the needs of Islam are more important than the Constitutional guarantees this country was built upon ... including the right of individual citizens to bear arms.

2/09/2006 10:04:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"I keep asking myself if the Muslim street-rioting will spread to America, and if it does what will be our reaction."
Someone brought up the 2nd Ammendment being a buffer when things get really out of hand at the border.
Hewitt feels assured we won't descend into "civil disobedience" or some such.
I guess like Bubba and Reno he would feel no compunction not to call the Feds down on Citizens, in this case for treating our neighbors rudely, and of course disobeying the law.
Har de har.
I'm sure the GWB team could come up with a rousing condemnation of
Vigilantism and lesser sins against the state.
Might even throw in Hewitt's favorite put-down:

2/09/2006 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie Irons said...

wildiris' point is a fascinating one, which hadn't occurred to me.

When the Berkeley Free Speech Movement was underway, I was only in my early teens and in Chicago, but I recall the media depictions of its guiding spirit, Mario Savio, as a wild-eyed lunatic.

When I was a medical student, I got to sit and talk with him for a long time. He was actually a very gentle, extremely thoughtful person.

Not at all like what the media had made him out to be.

Should have been a lesson to me.

Jamie Irons

2/09/2006 10:16:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"telling their fellow Americans that the needs of Islam are more important than the Constitutional guarantees this country was built upon ..."
They don't have to:
The Govt. Schools, and Media are doing it for them.

2/09/2006 10:18:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Wretchard, your last few sentences of each post have always been Kipling-scary, but this one kicks it!

But the government message to the headmen was really we cannot protect you and you will have to look out for yourselves though we will never officially admit it. As I said, I've heard this speech before but never expected to hear it spoken in the heart of Europe.

Last time it was spoken in the heart of Europe, it was the Red Menace, it was called Communism. East Germany in particular.

As a kid in the big Catholic grade schools in Philly in the Sixties, the nuns told us the stories of Tom Dooley, how the Commies in China came and cut the teacher's tongue out and pounded pencils into randomly selected students' ears. The Roman Catholic nuns told us that.

Then we'd practice 'duck and cover' drills next to window walls through which we could see the huge refineries and their burn-off flaming stacks, knowing we lived next to the strategic targets of the looming WWIII.

It's been worse than this in the recent past for us paper tigers, you know. Before we became hippies, we built bomb shelters under our front lawns.

The Commies did a lot less than the Islamofascists have done to declare their deathly hatred of us, and we responded to them in a relentless, remorseless aggression.

The West is going to wake up. Right?

2/09/2006 10:21:00 PM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

Doug - how long you suppose all that palavering would take before our elected officials could issue an official "stance statement"?

How many cops/soldiers do you figure would show up to enforce it, should it be too civilized?

2/09/2006 10:22:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"When I was a medical student, I got to sit and talk with him for a long time. He was actually a very gentle, extremely thoughtful person"
I was there, but didn't pay much attention to his politics.
From what I recall about what I learned later, he was probably not unlike David Horowitz's father:
An honest, sincere, thoughtful and educated person, but a committed Communist.
Comments about the media remain true, of course.

2/09/2006 10:24:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Yeah, hope you're right, Nahncee.
But if the Pres Orders the Military in, who's to say?
Don't have to kill too many, just put down the insurrection and deliver the property to it's rightful owners.

2/09/2006 10:28:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Make those Elian Cuban Abduction pictures look like child's play.

2/09/2006 10:30:00 PM  
Blogger Pierre said...

2164th said...something pretty darn true and also sad. Yes the performance of the United States in this sad affair from the Dhimmi In Chief President Bush on down has been shameful. That two Jordanians have shown the way should make everyone simply pause and consider what sort of people they are.


2/09/2006 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger John Aristides said...

What would have happened to the West if not for this existential test of Islam? Would we have succumbed to centuries of somnolent senescence until we just faded away? Would we have awoken one day to find our lives filled with diversions, devoid of substance and freedom?

The West had embraced the deadly sin of licentiousness as a substitute for the virtue of freedom. We were on our way to going out with a whimper.

Then a man named Osama bin Laden rudely interrupted our sleep. Like Marx before him, he also may have been correct in analysis: we were decadent, and lazy, and narcissistic. But his predictions became obsolete the moment those planes hit the towers.

History has no determination, perhaps, but direction? I believe it does.

We will win, and Europe will be there with us (if a tad bruised).

2/09/2006 10:36:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Continuing to teach the Spainish/Mexican version of history, of course.

2/09/2006 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Our demographic curves are simply behind theirs:
They have begun to address it, we haven't.

2/09/2006 10:39:00 PM  
Blogger Deuce ☂ said...

Well said Aristides, well said.

2/09/2006 10:46:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie Irons said...

Aristides (OT),

The other day your mentioned (IIRC) that you were reading John Lewis Gaddis' The Cold War: A New History. By chance I happened to get it the other day myself; though I lived through the whole thing and thought I understood a fair amount about it, having read George Kennan and others, Gaddis certainly casts a lot of new light on the subject.


I think your comparison of Mario Savio to Horowitz's father (not that I am any kind of expert on either man) is apt.

Jamie Irons

2/09/2006 10:46:00 PM  
Blogger Deuce ☂ said...

An interesting article on the blogosphere in the beeb;

2/09/2006 10:58:00 PM  
Blogger Deuce ☂ said...

the article ednds with.....

Richard Sambrook, head of the BBC World Service and Global News Division (who runs a blog himself) accepts that the BBC needs to do more.

"The BBC should proactively engage with bloggers. This is a new issue for us. Some departments look at blogs, though haphazardly. But it pays dividends. The BBC is a huge impersonal organisation. It needs to come out from under its rock," he says.

As for using blogs as a source he says: "The key is careful attribution. It would be a big mistake for the MSM to try to match the blogs, but they can teach us lessons about openness and honesty. The MSM should concentrate on what it can do - explain, analyse and verify."

2/09/2006 11:02:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

At first on the field of battle one thrills at the sound of mighty and unearthly forces loosed, but in the din we suddenly realize that boys are dying all about us, and that these guns bear swift death and mangling to suffering men. Between us and the enemy are just a few deep shell holes and a thin red line of flesh and blood, as a human rampart, formed of men who hold their lives in their hands, ready to make the great sacrifice. Behind us are the hidden guns and the support trenches in the narrow strip of hard-won territory. Behind these are the moving columns on the long roads, the pulsing arteries of traffic, and the moving troop trains on the rails. Behind these in turn are the plying ships, the millions of toiling workers, and the suffering hearts of the nations in arms. Whole nations---yes, almost the whole of humanity---are organized for war and dragged into deadly conflict as by some devil's behest, instead of being organized for brotherhood and the building of a better world. Oh, not for this devil's work were men made. Surely mankind must come to its own in these birth pangs of a new era. Never, never again must a whole humanity of the free-born sons of God be dragged into the hell of war....

God proves He loves America by giving us Predators

2/09/2006 11:06:00 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

I personally believe that the proof is that he gave us oceans, but that's just me.

2/09/2006 11:16:00 PM  
Blogger ledger said...

greer rants: As I read the weasel words, I got a terrible feeling of dread.

Yes, so did I. It would appear that the attacks in London, Spain, and France have instilled fear on the EU.

Or, Mr. EU Big Shot is on the Muslim's pad. Either way it bad.

fred: So, who is really our worst enemy?

I would say both the people who are making death threats to us and those who fail to protect us.

If this is a clever state sponsored ruse to gain nuclear weapons, then those who hold power should expose said ruse and neutralize the perpetrators.

If it is an unrelated bunch of nuts threatening to behead people - the threat should be reversed (by any and all means).


dhimmitude cannot exist without tryanny in the dhimmi's nation.

intimidation breeding intimidation.

I agree, the smell of fear is in the air. It's must be removed.


I keep asking myself if the Muslim street-rioting will spread to America, and if it does what will be our reaction.

I don't know but I would guess it would not be pretty.


I guess like Bubba and Reno he would feel no compunction not to call the Feds down on Citizens, in this case for treating our neighbors rudely... Vigilantism and lesser sins against the state.

I wonder if our American culture has the fight necessary to do the job. I also wonder if it has the wind knocked out of it by one-sided "hate crime" laws and the threat of police force against citizens who are on the receiving end of the Muslim's threats.

It's one thing for a politician to comfortable sit back and make decisions with a detail of security guards - it's very different thing for the average Joe on the street without much protection. I am sure Mr. Frattini has security men. Those who preach tolerance should have some introspect as they sit protected.

Tony: Last time it was spoken in the heart of Europe, it was the Red Menace, it was called Communism.

Fascism has not changed just the name is different.

As for doing something about it, there are some high level people and email addresses which could be used to show your displeasure.

2/09/2006 11:32:00 PM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

Question, what is the shelf life of a story or a cartoon? It took six months for this to hit the fan, how does anyone know what the next load looks like? How can one be prudent while ignorant?
They're still out there picking and choosing, phishing for a live one.

2/10/2006 12:50:00 AM  
Blogger Das said...

Has everyone here read JB Kelly (Arabia the gulf and the West)? No? Well get a copy right now. I just read him today and I am stunned; Kelly saw it all coming and diagnosed it back in 1979 just as the sheisse was hitting the fan in Iran.

The spell of fear cast by the idiots who proclaim "don't call me violent or I'll kill you" must be dispelled in America by our courageous political cartoonists - where are they? I MEAN this is prize material = a large clown's red nose waiting to be honked.

2/10/2006 03:21:00 AM  
Blogger goesh said...

The question I would ask is how long until the arab street strikes out against bars in heavily populated muslim neighborhoods? All they have to do is burn a couple of them down, protest outside some of them, hassle and attack potential patrons and the bars would be out of business in a month's time. What about stores that sell pork in muslim neighborhoods? Same thing. How about protests demanding there be no porn shops within 1500 meters of any mosque? How about violent protests against gay bars in the vacinity of muslim neighborhoods? What is to stop the arab street from intimidating customers away from a bar in close proximity to a muslim housing project? The prophet forbids booze, pork and porn you know. Who is going to say they don't have a right to protest in such a manner when such things are so offensive to their religion?
These cartoons I think are just the tip of the iceburg.

2/10/2006 05:40:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It strikes me that much of our action is reactionary and defensive. Why not go on the attack? For one,

Why not transform the current Kyoto idiocy into something more intelligent and productive. If the goal is to reduce green gas emissions, why not tackle the problem at the source -- that is, fossil fuels. Create a "Kyoto" global fund dedicated to alternative energy research.

Kyoto funding to the universities would dilute funds going to these institutions from Jihadist sources. Perhaps it would even eliminate the need to accept these funds and the Jihadist political subversion tied to it.

Solving our dependance on fossil fuels should also disentangle us from related geopolitical problems. And with no oil market to export to, perhaps Russia would change its destabilizing policy. Though knowing the bastards as I do, that might be a bit of a stretch.

2/10/2006 05:50:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

An Andrew Sullivan
"Free Booze BBQ and Review"
every month would be nice.

Glad you brought up alcohol:
Muzzies plus Drinkers will never go as softly into the night as smokers and global warmers.
(on a related note: one of Hewitt's Heros, Rick Warren of
"A Purpose Driven Life"
has joined the Global Warming Brigades)
Next Book:
"God Wants You to Play God"
...problem is, while he's praying for the earth to cool down, I'll be praying for
Hell on Earth for our Muslim brothers.
...the Sisters all get Asbestos Hijabs.
After the boys are gone they can don their Sonia Suits.

2/10/2006 05:55:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Here ya go, VDH, read the whole thing.
Finding our footing where lunacy looms large
The only mystery is not how bizarre the news will be from the Middle East, but why the autocratic Middle Easterners feel so confident that any would pay their lunacy such attention.

The answer? Oil and nukes — and sometimes the two in combination.

By any economic standard, most states in the Middle East — whether characterized by monarchy, Baathism, dictatorship, or theocracy — have floundered. There are no scientific discoveries emanating from a Cairo or Damascus. It is tragic and perhaps insensitive, but nevertheless honest, to confess that the contemporary Arab world has lately given the world only two new developments: the suicide-bomb belt and the improvised explosive device. Even here there is a twofold irony: The technology for both is imported from the West. And the very tactic arises out of a desperate admission that to fight a conventional battle against a Westernized military without the cover of civilian shields, whether in Israel or Baghdad, is tantamount to suicide.

Meanwhile, millions of Africans face famine and try to inaugurate democracies. Asia is in the midst of economic transformation. Latin America is undergoing fundamental political upheaval. Who cares? — our attention is glued instead on a few acres near Jericho, the mountains of the Hindu Kush, the succession patterns of Gulf Royals, and the latest ranting of an Iranian president who seems barely hinged, and without petroleum and a reactor would be accorded the global derision once reserved for Idi Amin.

So take the dependency on oil away from Europe and the United States, and the billions of petrodollars the world sends yearly to medieval regimes like Iran or Saudi Arabia, and the other five billion of us could, to be frank, fret little whether such self-pitying tribal and patriarchal societies wished to remain, well, tribal. There would be no money for Hezbollah, Wahhabi madrassas, Syrian assassination teams, or bought Western apologists.

The problem is not just a matter of the particular suppliers who happen to sell to the United States — after all, we get lots of our imported oil from Mexico, Canada, and Nigeria. Rather, we should worry about the insatiable American demand that results in tight global supply for everyone, leading to high prices and petrobillions in the hands of otherwise-failed societies who use this largess for nefarious activities from buying nukes to buying off deserved censure from the West, India, and China. If the Middle East gets a pass on its terrorist behavior from the rest of the world, ultimately that exemption can be traced back to the voracious American appetite for imported oil, and its effects on everything from global petroleum prices to the appeasement of Islamic fascism.

Without nuclear acquisition, a Pakistan or Iran would warrant little worry. It is no accident that top al Qaeda figures are either in Pakistan or Iran, assured that their immunity is won by reason that both of their hosts have vast oil reserves or nukes or both.

The lesson from all this is that in order to free the United States from such blackmail and dependency, we must at least try to achieve energy independence and drive down oil prices — and see that no Middle East autocracy gains nuclear weapons. Those principles, along with support for democratic reform, should be the three pillars of American foreign policy.

In the meantime, until we arrive at liberal and consensual governments that prove stable, there will be no real peace. And if an Iran, Saudi Arabia, or Syria obtains nuclear weapons, there will be eventually war on an unimaginable scale, predicated on the principle that the West will tolerate almost any imaginable horror to ensure that one of its cities is not nuked or made uninhabitable.

Yet if billions of petrodollars continue to pour into such traditional societies, as a result they will never do the hard political and economic work of building real societies. Instead their elites will obtain real nuclear weapons to threaten neighbors for even more concessions, as they buy support at home with the national prestige of an "Islamic bomb." Saddam almost grasped that: Had he delayed his invasion of Kuwait five years until he resurrected his damaged nuclear program, Kuwait would now be an Iraqi province, and perhaps Saudi Arabia as well.

In the long-term, democratization in the framework of constitutional government has the best chance of bringing relief. But for the foreseeable future the United States and its allies must also ensure that Iran, and states like it, are not nuclear, and that we wean ourselves off a petroleum dependency — to save both ourselves, the addicts, and even our enemies, the dealers of the Middle East.

2/10/2006 06:07:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Whit said,
"whit said...
We've got sixty years invested in leftist, politically correct ideologies. It won't be easy to overcome the carefully inculcated pc sensitivities
...but he's counting on the muzzies to overplay their hand.
A safe bet, but are we too dumbed down, fat dumb happy and lazy to really care?
Just pay your illegal Mexican worker and use the savings to buy a larger screen TV to watch some young slut like Spears.

2/10/2006 06:18:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said... least the Sullivan BBQ would be more likely to result in Street Violence:
Spears will just have the suicide bombers entertained until they go to meet her in Neverland.
(with Jackson, of course)

2/10/2006 06:20:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yeah. As always, Victor Davis Hanson provides articulate and salient commentary. Thanks Doug.

2/10/2006 06:31:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Yeah, big whups: No Honking Clown Nose for me?

2/10/2006 06:34:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Doug, how 'bout a hulahoop?

2/10/2006 06:38:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...


2/10/2006 06:40:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wretchard said:

"Freedom of expression was built, first of all, on the certainty that Western governments would never punish people for expressing an opinion."

This is rather inaccurate. "Freedom of Press" was an accident of birth. There was no notion of 'Freedom of Press" when Gutenberg started printing Bibles. The 'press' wasn't a notion the instiutions of the day worried about. Contemporaries of Guttenberg might be burned-at-the-stake for saying the earth circled the sun, but the publishers of Galileo's tracts were not threatened with the same.

English notions of 'Freedom of the Press' emerged during the civil war. It developed from Cromwell's decision to build an army of hot-head protestant radical common-folk. Cromwell developed something of a "don't ask, don't tell" policy which has been passed down as 'freedom of religion" and eventually 'freedom of press'. Of course, this was really 'freedom of protestant interpretation', but that is another matter.

Cromwell's policy produced a revolutionary military unit, and nothing more powerful has been found to replace it.

To sum this up, "Freedom of Press" is a corruption of "Freedom of Conscious", and this later notion provides the foundation for a type of military unit. Cromwell's military unit then decided questions of government.

2/10/2006 06:42:00 AM  
Blogger Starling said...

NahnCee said...

"Which makes me think that maybe, perhaps, American Muslims aren't as nuts as Muslims elsewhere in the world."

NahnCee, I am teaching business strategy this year in an American University in the Middle East, in the United Arab Emirates. I have had all my students create blogs. About 50 of them wrote about the cartoon controversy in the context of the Danish boycott. I have summarized and excerpted about 30 of their posts on my blog. If you are interested in what moderate Muslim 22 year old business students at an American University in the Middle East think about this matter, look no further.


2/10/2006 06:47:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Great Stuff, Starling, thanks.

My students wrote nearly fifty posts about this controversy. Based on my understanding of what they have written, I can say that, on the whole, they believe that:

1) The Danish government and the paper that published the controversial cartoons should apologize to Muslims.

2) If necessary, Danish businesses should use their clout to get the government and the newspaper to do so. failing to do so, they stand little chance of regaining any of their lost market share in the Middle East and, most likely, elsewhere.

3) Despite well known brand names, very low switching costs, only moderately differentiated products, and sufficient excess capacity among local producers all combine to leave Danish dairy producers with relatively little of what Michael Porter calls "supplier power."

4) The actions of grocery stores lke the one mentioned in the article are admirable and correct. Still, they and other dairy manufacturers are motivated by principle and profit and will make the most of the situation economically if the opportunity arises.

5) The importance of the institution that the West calls "freedom of speech" is less important than the "right" of Muslims not to have their religion insulted, mocked, or disrespected. From that, it follows that

6) Freedom of speech and expression should have limits when it comes to religion and religious sensibilities.

As anyone who has read this far can see, I have a very interesting and informative semester ahead of me. And I wouldn't trade it for the world.
" Freedom of speech and expression should have limits when it comes to religion and religious sensibilities"

...I'd die for that one (AGAINST) in a heartbeat.

2/10/2006 07:01:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

That was just because your so damned argumentative!

2/10/2006 07:04:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Starling's post makes Hansons even more relevant:
Follow the Money!

2/10/2006 07:07:00 AM  
Blogger diabeticfriendly said...

i am contacting my local tailor, does my yellow star go on my left or right sleeve?

2/10/2006 07:08:00 AM  
Blogger diabeticfriendly said...

2) If necessary, Danish businesses should use their clout to get the government and the newspaper to do so. failing to do so, they stand little chance of regaining any of their lost market share in the Middle East and, most likely, elsewhere.

Maybe those couragous danes that were supporting the boycott of Israel and selling to the arab world will now want to sell to ISRAEL? I doubt it...

2/10/2006 07:10:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Hanson in a nutshell:
Pay folks so they can revert the World to Pre-Galileo Times.

2/10/2006 07:18:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

"The Profit"

2/10/2006 07:23:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Atavism for Fun and (the) Profit

2/10/2006 07:25:00 AM  
Blogger desert rat said...

It all goes back to a lack of any serious articulated Goals in the Mohammedan Wars, thus far.

No definition of Victory
No identification of the actual Enemy
No effective War Leadership

If the Bush Administration could remedy those errors in both style and substance there could be a Banner for the Free World to rally to.

As it is both the Mr Rumsfeld & Ms Rice have named Iran and Syria as Terroist Sponsoring States.

Yet both continue to export terror, unmolested by US.

The Bush Doctrine has gained US no respect, half hearted efforts rarely do.

Instead, whether reading the "Conservative" Pundits, or the "Blues" makes a reasonable reader shake their head in wonder about the competency of US leadership.

The Iranians and their agents are running a disinformation campaign and the State Dept's first reaction is to support the Enemy's propaganda.

Not only is the Federal Government not at War, it often supports the Enemy's efforts.

But for all means,
"Stay the Course"

We'll win in ten or twenty years, or so says Mr Cheney.

2/10/2006 07:44:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Long as you guard the border, come Hell or the Feds.
(Instead of fleeing to some Tropical Island, Jeesh)

2/10/2006 07:47:00 AM  
Blogger Utopia Parkway said...

This site has a roundup of political cartoons on the cartoon war. Those Muhammad Cartoons.

2/10/2006 07:56:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

HulaLooped? Pineapple boi, don't you mean HulaWhooped?

2/10/2006 07:56:00 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

It is kind of funny reading all the comments railing against the offense some muslims are taking with 'depictions of Mohammad'. Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself if you aren't one of the many posters here who took offense at the 'lefts anti-war stance' who moaned about the 'fifth column' the 'biased press' speaking of the treasonous acts of the dissenters. Are your previous words simply empty, devoid of action? Is your offense at those that question what you hold 'true' and 'sacred' somehow different from the Muslims whom also take offense? As far as I'm concerned both of these groups can take a flying f*** at the moon with your righteous attitudes.

2/10/2006 08:01:00 AM  
Blogger goesh said...

I would be all for violent protests against non-muslim women going about muslim neighborhoods with uncovered heads, if I were a fundamentalist that is. Who would stop me, irate bloggers? If I were a fundamentalist, I would torch a bar near my neighborhood too. Who would rat me out, another believer? I know! Let's get a blog petition going that says we will only tolerate violence directed against freedom of speech. Let's draw the line with pork and alcohol consumption and if necessary to keep the peace, you women should start to look around wal-mart for cheap headscarves to wear if you have to pass through a muslim community and pretty sacks to wear at the beach. Ain't it grand being free?? Hey! It's just a whole lot easier, cheaper and hassle-free to identify with the aggressors when the victims won't fight.

2/10/2006 08:15:00 AM  
Blogger desert rat said...

while many, both here and away,
" ... took offense at the 'lefts anti-war stance' who moaned about the 'fifth column' the 'biased press' speaking of the treasonous acts of the dissenters. ... "

There were no reported deaths, riots, building burned or lives threatened due to those moans.

You are right, from Belmonters there were no actions taken, only words.
Many bemoaned Mr Toles's WaPo cartoon. I believe that Mr Toles still has a job and, most likely, walks the streets of DC with the same sense of physical security that his readers enjoy.

Not so for Mr Rushdie,
Mr Van Gough, or these cartoonists, the newest members of the Jihadi's target group.

2/10/2006 08:18:00 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

DR, I agree, most took no action even though they urged it - empty words, they didn't have the courage of their convictions - whatever. Both groups are on the wrong side of the issue.

2/10/2006 08:23:00 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

optho wrote:

"MSM abuses its priviledge to serve the common good i"

hmmm, so you think they should muzzle themselves in order to serve this "common good"?

2/10/2006 08:25:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...


You're right. And from now on I not only intend to boycott your offensive posts, I intend to issue a couple of fatwas concerning your offensive behavior.

Fatwa 1/ Massacre all Trolls on sight.
Fatwa 2/ Take everthing belonging to chauvinist Trolls.

Ash, your holocaust will come.

2/10/2006 08:29:00 AM  
Blogger desert rat said...

A year or so ago many posters, here, thought we were embarked on a Clash of Civilizations, Cultures & Religions, or a Quest for Empire.

turns out to have been, none of the above.

9-11 change everything, alright. Especially commuter traffic patterns in NYC. It certainly has made short hop air travel an unattractive option.

To exploit the Enemy's weaknesses the "West" or US needs to do all those "nonmilitary" options that the Government is bad at.

But first an Authority has to define Victory. Once there is a Goal, one that can be articulated and visualized, that Goal would be readily achieved. But there is no Vision of Victory.

The first President Bush had a "Vision" problem, to bad it was a genetic trait.

2/10/2006 08:31:00 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

threalswede, if you dig through the archives you will see plenty of examples of posters here making the treason claim. Treason is a serious crime with serious penalties. Any assertion that dissent is treasonous is ludicrous. Take a look at venom spewed over the NY Times publishing of the wiretap story for example.

I agree one shouldn't be forced to censor, nor should one be forced to self censor out of fear. The sword cuts both ways and hence my inclination to point that out here.

2/10/2006 08:39:00 AM  
Blogger Marcus Aurelius said...

The Capital of the EU is not in Brussels it is in Mecca. Sweeden's capital is Damascus, the Ukraine's in Tehran.

It seems the people get it, lets hope the people in Europe can shake their leaders out of their subservient and SUBMISSIVE nature or at least elect new leadership that listens to the people.

2/10/2006 08:42:00 AM  
Blogger desert rat said...

I have read & participated on this site for many months.
And while there have been calls to "Nuke" cities, destroy economies, raze cultures and a variety of other man made disaster scenarios.
No one called for burning down the WaPo. Bombing the NYTimes, nor killing Dan Rather. No fatwa was issued demanding Mr Tole's job or head.

You are right, though, there are many impotent words.
The Mohammedan's words are not empty, there in, ash, is the Challenge.

No Belmonteer will come to your home and stab you to death, ala Mr Van Gough.
They may talk a meaner game then the Iranian President, but the posters here have even less capacity to wreck havoc or loose the dogs of War then he does.

None of us have access to a nuclear device, either, I hope.

2/10/2006 08:43:00 AM  
Blogger Das said...

America's self censorship is appalling; what, one major daily has printed the cartoons? NPR's and CNN's declarations of Respect make me laugh. What the press respects can fit on a dot visible by electron microscope. Someday, after many bodies and buildings gone, we will look back on this cowardice;we will wonder why we lay down so quickly for these maniacs. And especially in America. We just assume American Muslims have not imbibed any American "take it easy" spirit; we just assume that they will react like terrorist savages this early in the game.And so we shield them from the cartoons on a mass scale.

2/10/2006 08:43:00 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

I feel ashamed for the academics and the media. Not of them, but for them. God help that I should never have to look myself in the mirror the way they must do now ...
I really enjoy history. But when it came time to think about making a career of it--decades ago--...I heeded the warning I heard at the time that I'd wind up in really really bitter arguements about things that were inconsequential. And these arguements would scale. The more inconsequential the arguement the more bitter it would be.

We are in the midst of such an arguement. Only I think it is the Western liberal establishment academics who are being called on the carpet by Moslem religious academics.

Why indeed did Melville begin his novel Moby Dick with the line "Call Me Ismael."

2/10/2006 09:01:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...


Ishmael concludes, "Do thou, too, live in this world without being of it."

2/10/2006 09:11:00 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

optho wrote:

"ash - when Dan Rather uses public airwaves to disseminate things he believes are as good as true, because according to him they ought to be true, then 'muzzling' is too tender a word. (Want to revisit that story?)"

How about when the President of the United States uses the State of the Union address to talk about Yellow Cake from Nigeria. (Is this a story worth revisiting? - oops, it seems we are, in a sense)

Ex-Cheney Aide Testified Leak Was Ordered, Prosecutor Says

2/10/2006 09:21:00 AM  
Blogger Karridine said...

"There's SOMETHING happening here,
What it is, ain't exackly clear...
There's a man with a gun over there,
Telling me I got to beware!

I think its time we
Children, what's that sound?
Everybody look what's going down...

There's BATTLE LINES being drawn,
Nobody's right, if EVERYBODY's wrong
Young people speakin' their mind,
From behind...
The Youngbloods, circa 63-64

Gummint can't protect me now...

2/10/2006 09:23:00 AM  
Blogger Annoy Mouse said...

I think it is an act of war when middle east nut cases threaten the west provided their collective ability to carry out the threats are credible.

I think it is treasonous when western press threatens the security of the west by exposing classified programs that are being carried out to counter middle east nutcases that are threatening the west.

The ME are against western powers.

The MSM are against western powers.

One is a threat to freedom.

One is threat to survival.

The NYT doesn't ballyhoo Islam.

Al Jazeera doesn't ballyhoo Islam.

Both ballyhoo the US.

2/10/2006 09:24:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

You are addressing the false argument used by so many.
(Heard Mike Gallehger use it last nite.)
If the Cartoons were false, their argument would carry more weight, but they aren't.
"I don't think anyone wishes to give gratuitous offense, nor was that the original purpose of the cartoons."
The Truth Hurts,
and not just
The Mohammedans/Our Enemies.

2/10/2006 09:42:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Same with Rathergate if I'm reading Opotho right.
(how could ash not be wrong?)

2/10/2006 09:45:00 AM  
Blogger desert rat said...

all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it seems they're here to stay
oh I believe in yesterday.

2/10/2006 09:46:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Namely, the MSM deals in LIES constantly,
and some folks have nothing better to do than to toke up and sing old Beatles Songs.

2/10/2006 09:47:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

I forgot which stinging/biting animal you said you have in Texas sized doses, 'Rat.
Was going to wish it on you, but senor moment interrupted me.
Damn Mexicans.

2/10/2006 09:49:00 AM  
Blogger desert rat said...

well man, if we're going back to the future.
There are some benefits to living near the open border.

You talk about a guy running off to a tropical island to hide from Reality, at least I'm planning to maintain a land bridge, back to civilization.

I hear the pokalolo is really something, there in the islands.

2/10/2006 09:55:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

"the fear that we'd need a philosophical justification to be seen telling someone else what should or shouldn't be offensive to them.

Well I say that delicacy is b.s. I had excellent examples to look up to in my upbringing
If the PC Police have not taught us that yet, who will?
What are you refering to in your upbringing, warped as it was?

2/10/2006 09:56:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

"Just to Sing"

2/10/2006 09:57:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

"You talk about a guy running off to a tropical island to hide from Reality, at least I'm planning to maintain a land bridge, back to civilization."
Every time they bring down another building we can live in peace and harmony with nature again here.
...Long as I can teach the Sugar Lobby Subsistence Farming in Time.

2/10/2006 10:01:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Well, they ARE "Subsistence Farming"
but you know what I mean.

2/10/2006 10:02:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

AOL Hell

2/10/2006 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger desert rat said...

SING, sing a song
make it simple
make it loud
so the Whole World can sing along

When the lyric don't fit
we'll have to admit
It is with dread
we sing of Mohammed

2/10/2006 10:05:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Ash can keep Opotho busy arguing, and the rest of us can have fun!

2/10/2006 10:05:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

SING, sing a song
make it simple
make it loud
so the Whole World can sing along

When the lyric don't fit
we'll have to admit
It is with dread
we sing of Mohammed.

The Left has quit,
the right don't know s...
were in a snit

2/10/2006 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Maybe Condi and GWB will just turn Mohammed into Pallidin.
Stranger things have not yet happened.

2/10/2006 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

8:43 AM
Take it Easy,
Take it Easy,
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you craaazy.
Sounds like the DC Choir

But what we gonna do when the well runs dry?

2/10/2006 10:16:00 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

optho wrote:

"That is intellectually dishonest. Address and defend your 8:01 post, please."

I'm sorry, I did not intend to "shift the venue" but rather the two issues seem intricately entwined to me. You seem to think that since CBS broadcasts on the public airwaves they are beholden to tell the 'truth'. Well, the truth is a slippery fellow and we all iterate our version of it. We can guess as to the motive. (Rather or Bush purposely lied, or, they simply got the story wrong – whatever - their 'truth' was disseminated and which would be the more egregious lie, the one told by the President in a State of the Union Address or the one told by the newsman? Which is the more egregious mistake or lie? It seems the president should be held to a higher standard, especially in a State of the Union address.

I fail to see how, as you wrote “MSM abuses its priviledge to serve the common good” The MSM parses the tea leaves and reports the truth as they see it, they are not abusing their privileges by getting the story wrong, it is a fact of life and people are necessarily influenced by their biases, and we as consumers of the media need to keep this in mind.

2/10/2006 10:18:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

"rather the two issues seem intricately entwined to me."
That ain't all, unfortunately, but I digress.

2/10/2006 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger Cosmo said...

Frattini’s balancing act is ludicrous -- and quintessential oily eurocrat double speak, too.

We won’t know what’s ‘offensive’ until it is arbitrarily declared so, after publication, by people interested more in intimidation than in curbing genuine offense.

The only ‘solution’ to this ‘problem’ would be approval prior to publication, and I don’t even want to think about that . . .

2/10/2006 10:54:00 AM  
Blogger Cosmo said...

Consider this new standard of acceptability for free speech:

'How are we to reconcile freedom of expression and respect for each individual's deepest convictions?'

What if 'my deepest convictions' means no one is free to disagree with me? And if I can back it up with violence, I get my way, right?

And why is it always assumed that the cartoons are 'insulting or 'offensive'? Simply declaring them so doesn’t make them so.

Why do we always concede the terms defining the debate to the opposition?

2/10/2006 10:57:00 AM  
Blogger Cosmo said...

Notice the assumptive assignment of blame in the following statements:

a) “it is terrible that a small group of extremists are exposing Swedes to danger [by reprinting the cartoons].”

b) “We see it as a reckless invitation to public disorder and humiliation.’’

c) "the importance of preventing and eradicating the roots of violence"

d) “the republication was, in my view, imprudent. Because probably they didn't calculate, they didn't think exactly of the consequences, and the risks of inflaming the situation”

Question: Would such pandering and solicitousness be extended to any other group? Or is it only extended to those – like gangsters – capable of threatening violence?

Seems those spouting off the most about free speech will defend it only if there is no price to be paid.

2/10/2006 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger desert rat said...

but, ash, even as Mr Wilson's report from Niger showed, the Iraqis had been attempting to aquire the Yellowcake. That they had been unsuccessful in the attempt does not alter the fact they had made the attempt.

Mr Bush and his Staff have spun the truth a few times, flat out lied at least a couple, and continue to mangle the English language in their attempt to figure out what to do, next.

Does that put them on the same footing as Mr Rather, in our System, it can.
In the Mohammedan System, Mr Rather would have died, one way or the other. The Syrians and their negotiating style in Lebanon comes to mind, quickly.

There is no equivilency between the two Systems, which goes back to the outrage over Cartoons.

The Scope of the Actions is what defines the crime. Not the strokes on the keyboard.

When some in the West begin to behave like the Mohammedans are behaving, acting out their frustration and rage in a recriprical manner.
In France, Denmark, Holland, Germany or England, that is when to watch the News, and the US Public will wonder, WHY?

Out of respect for the Combatants the NYTimes will be unable to tell US.

2/10/2006 11:02:00 AM  
Blogger T said...

The contradiction, as usual with you, is that you actively appluad censorship in the corporate media in relation to something like the occupation of Iraq.

No free speech for the media when it means showing an American soldier's corpse after it's been ripped into 20 pieces, with blood oozing out of the decapitated skull, after being hit with an explosive device. Censorship of the true number of Iraqis killed by illegal US aggression. Absolutely no coverage of opposing views in the lead up to the war, even to the point of having Pentagon plants (Judith Miller) posing as journalists.

Seriously now, do you EVER tire of massively contradicting yourself? I begin to wonder how you do it, it must take a concerted effort to be such a hypocrit. But of course when annoying voices like me pop up to expose contradictions and hypocrisy I'm quickly censored and marginalized, paid no attention to, eliminated from record, personally attacked, character assasinated, faced with childish attempts to hijack my blog. But hey freedom of speech right?

Give me a fucking break!

2/10/2006 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

opotho said...
charles - my edition of 'Moby Dick' has a sixteen page introduction by none other than Edward Said. Can you imagine?

I haven't read the Said intro in years, but I turn to Melville always.

Melville was writing in the 1830-40's when theological arianism was all the rage on both sides of the atlantic--under the guise of higher criticism. (Now it is dogma in liberal seminaries on both sides of the atlantic--placing them in theological agreement with the moslems as to the person of Jesus.)

Arianism -- named after the Alexandrian Egyptian, Arius, was the third century heresy that held that Jesus was fully Man but not fully God.

This Arian heresy was denounced at the council of Nicea in 325 AD. From it we get the Nicean Creed. However, its said that many of the christian churches in the mideast followed this path up to the time of Mohhamed and this is the form of christianity that mohhamed encountered. And in fact, the moslem take on Jesus does have some resemblance to the Gnostic Gospels. These were found in December 1945 near Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt, this collection of 13 ancient codices dates from AD 390.

The great historical accomplishment of Jesus from one end of the earth to the other was that it was Jesus ultimately who caused the abolishion of the ancient sacrificial system.

It was a grisly business the world over -- and Jesus stopped it.

In order for him to do it however, men had to believe that he was also fully God. Because only God himself could be sufficient to atone for the sins of man.

When men stopped believing that Jesus was fully God then sacrifices had to resume.

This is what the killing of the whale was about--and this is why Melville began is tome "call me ishmael"--because sacrifice of all types -- is the the consequence of believing that Jesus is not fully God--that is, one who is fully sufficent to atone for your sins.

btw All this business is in the midst a massive sea change. Part of the reason for this change is coming from Mathematics where arianism got it first great boost ...from the person of Issac Newton. We are in the midst of a golden age of mathematics because with the computer -- mathmaticians finally have a tool they can do some kool stuff with. For practical reasons, you want to encourage your kids to learn statistics and algorithms. But the top side of Math has been completely sheered away. The certainties of Newten which underpinned the theological writings of the 19th century are gone.

2/10/2006 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

mika. said...

Ishmael concludes, "Do thou, too, live in this world without being of it."

9:11 AM
where is this quote from.

2/10/2006 11:16:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

11:01 AM Cosmo,
You hear that crap over and over from the mouth of Hewitt.
It's like in just this special situation we'll censor speech. if that will be the end of it.

11:00 AM Sirius
"I only hope people will notice this discrepancy, and one other: The Danish cartoons speak to a truth that Ahmadinejad's do not."
So far, unfortunately, Cosmos' list of "reasons" still blank out the importance of that critical reality for far too many.
(9-11 can't happen again if we just stop telling jokes)

...even for educated folk like Hewitt.

2/10/2006 11:28:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

And an infantile attachment to "fairness" which causes them to be at constant war with any legitimate authority.


2/10/2006 11:31:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

11:07 AM Well, I guess we all just lost that argument to Superior Intellect:
Were F.....

2/10/2006 11:36:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Opotho 9:52 AM,
I misread your upbringing paragraph, sorry.

2/10/2006 11:40:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...


Chapter 68. Ishmael reads the whale's "hieroglyphs".

2/10/2006 11:46:00 AM  
Blogger tim maguire said...

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2/10/2006 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger tim maguire said...

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2/10/2006 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger tim maguire said...

One of them being 'How are we to reconcile freedom of expression and respect for each individual's deepest convictions?'

No such reconciliation is necessary or even positive. What we are bound to do is recognize each individual's right to have the deepest convictions of their choice. We are not in any way bound to respect specific convictions.

Shame they don't bother to make that distinction.

2/10/2006 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

Optho wrote:

"There is no equivilency between a lying politician and a lying press, though the first evidently justifies the second in your sophistic world."

Are you seriously trying to maintain that a President delivering the State of the Union Adress is equivalent to any politician giving a speech? In fact, isn't the President "under oath" when he gives that address?

2/10/2006 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger John Aristides said...

Two things that, to me, landed with a thud.

Frattini said, "So what I believe is that even in this very difficult moment, our first statement should be, freedom of expression should be granted, to everyone."

Second, from this article in the BBC, Abdullah Badawi said, "The West should treat Islam the way it wants Islam to treat the West and vice versa. They should accept one another as equals."

The first quote says freedoms are granted by someone. Note the fundamental difference between this position and Jefferson's in the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.

If rights are granted by a government, they can be taken away. Frattini's formulation worries me, as does much of what he says.

As for the assertion that Islam is equal to the West, and should be treated as an equal, I would like to know what values and metrics Abdullah is using to make this judgment. In every measure I can think of, the West is superior to Islam (except, perhaps, in fanaticism, murder, and cultural ugliness).

An Islam that resides in the West, enjoying the protections and comforts the West provides, is not equal, much like an organ is not equal to a body. This talk of "equals" masks a fundamental truth: Muslims who freely choose to emigrate to the West are subsumed therein. Their values are of a lesser kind than the values of their host.

This is not even mentioning the assertion of superiority by Muslims who don't live in the West, when they try to tell those that do what they can and cannot say. Their behavior belies this talk of "equals". They think Truth is on their side, that God is on their side, and that history is on their side.

Screw 'em (as another blogger might say).

2/10/2006 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Please cite the Proverb that references your Platonic Baby.

Sirius 11:57 AM,
Damn You!
(see 11:58)

2/10/2006 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger John Aristides said...

Jamie Irons (and whoever else may be interested).

I agree. I had read many things on the Cold War, but Gaddis's short (relatively) and insightful book is excellent. I strongly recommend.

I just finished it, actually, reading it in conjunction with these other eye-opening books:

Tony Judt's Postwar, which is a book about perspective. Totally fascinating.

Jung and Halliday's Mao: The Untold Story, which was also recommended by Bush, I believe.

William Taubman's seminal work Khrushchev, which is a fascinating look inside Soviet Russia, and at the man who almost pulled the temple down on our heads.

Other honorable mentions:

Applebaum's Gulag: A History.

A documentary called The Fog of War - Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara.

Like Jamie, I thought I knew a lot about the Cold War. After reading these books, I realized I was wrong.

2/10/2006 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

2, actually

2/10/2006 12:31:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

opotho 12:27 PM,

"You build on the mistake of Pangloss, who assumed that their were reasons for things that he couldn't yet explain. You assume the reasons and even provide a cause, because you just know."

When he believes in things
he don't understand,
then we suffer.

2/10/2006 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger desert rat said...

Ms Parton is a surgically enhanced model, though I'm sure the stock version was adequate to the tasks at hand.

2/10/2006 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"When men stopped believing that Jesus was fully God then sacrifices had to resume."
Kanye West comes to mind.

2/10/2006 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Yes, arguing Yellow Cake is getting off track though you introduced the MSM's public duty.

The hypocrisy lies in the outrage so many had with "treasonous leftist anti-war arguments/MSM publishing secret warrantless wiretapping" or IOTM's rant about images of the fallen, followed by outrage over Muslims being offended by cartoon depictions of prophet Muhammed.

Those hypocrisies remain, and I reiterate that both are wrong, we should be free to express ourselves.

2/10/2006 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger John Aristides said...

You know, when Miss Parton would show up to sing at the Grand Ole' Opry, they would fly a prop-plane around the city trailing a gigantic bra.

Swear to God.

2/10/2006 12:41:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

You never got to my stinging/biting Ariz animal question, 'Rat.
I said something about brown recluse, I think.
...not refering to bin Laden, btw.

2/10/2006 12:41:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Can't we just slash its throat and be done with it? After all, we don't want to be called hypocrites.

2/10/2006 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

12:41 PM,
Tony won't be impressed until they do it with an SR-71.

2/10/2006 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Mika, 12:42
"When men stopped believing that Jesus was fully God then sacrifices had to resume."

2/10/2006 12:44:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I derive great pleasure skimming Ash's posts, reading about every tenth word.
Some of you might give that a try.

2/10/2006 12:47:00 PM  
Blogger desert rat said...

Who uses violence and the threat of even more violence in the future when a differing viewpoint is broadcast.

Many a rant are just ignored, or just counter ranted. No harm, no foul.

Many a charge of "Treason" are rants as well, ventings of frustration at the current System. But no violence entails, post rant.

Is there outrage that the Mohammedans are offended?
I think not.

The concern is over how that outrage is expressed.
If my outrage at Mr Bush is expressed here, as misgivings to his Policies. All well and good.
If I were to take a weapon to the White House, to make sure my point was taken "seriously", it'd be off to Jail with me.

The Mohammedans are free to be outraged, free to run "counter" cartoons. They should, if outraged, take those actions that are appropriate in Civil Society.

To step beyond the Civil, to the Criminal, well that is beyond the bounds of Modern Society.

The is no equivilence to the differences between Civil and Criminal behaviour.

And there are no hypocrisies in that, at all.

2/10/2006 12:54:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Presbyterian here:
Try harder, even when it doesn't work!
(blame the Joos)

2/10/2006 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

12:57 PM
hmmm, maybe that's Hewitt's Problem.

2/10/2006 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger John Aristides said...

No, no, no Ash. You're not getting it.

The right to free expression encompasses the right to be offended. Coupled with the right to speak is the right to receive speech as one will. Flowing from this is the right to respond to the offensive speech as one will.

Therefore, being offended is not the issue. Please stop saying it is.

What's at issue is the curtailment of these rights. The right to be offended and the right to respond to an offense are subsumed under the right to free expression. What's not included in these freedoms is the right to intimidate, the right to threaten bodily injury, the right to incite a riot, the right to incite murder, etc. It's when people, in this case Muslims, marry their right to be offended with proscribed actions--threats, intimidations, rioting--that one must stand up and register an objection.

The reason, to me, is obvious. The blowback from incorporating the "right to threaten" within the "right to respond" is that the initial speaker's freedoms are curtailed. Being threatened with bodily injury for speaking is as effective, if not more effective, than having a law that proscribes the same type of speech. Therefore it should be fought with as much fervor as you would an anti-speech law. For all the fuss the Left makes about freedom of expression, this should be obvious.

Which means you should object to the Muslim reaction, because they have surpassed the "right to respond", superceded it really, by venturing into the off-limits area of intimidation.

To talk of hypocrisy in being offended is to completely and entirely miss the point. Everybody has a right to be offended. In fact, everybody has a right to be hypocritical in how they take offense. There is not, however, a right to intimidate, a right to threaten, or a right to silence someone else.

This is what the Muslims are doing. This is why they must be confronted.

2/10/2006 01:04:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Well said, 'Rat.
"To step beyond the Civil, to the Criminal, well that is beyond the bounds of Modern Society"
Hewitt thinks we can accomadate that.
(actually he thinks too cute by half might work)

2/10/2006 01:04:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

With Aristedes and Opotho on board, we can just sit behind the curtain and think up Snarky things to say.

2/10/2006 01:06:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

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2/10/2006 01:08:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Now these things were thus ordained; he not like the high priest, which he offers for himself, and for the errors of the people, in time of darkness over all the land; shall offer gifts and sacrifices.

Micah 1:09 - AM I THAT AM I -

2/10/2006 01:09:00 PM  
Blogger John Aristides said...

Confronted, I might add, with more offensive speech.

If their delicate sensibilities cannot handle it, let them react rabidly. Then we can put them down like Old Yeller.

(Was that too dramatic, Trish?)

2/10/2006 01:11:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Queens are offensive to Muslims!
Off with Yher Head!

2/10/2006 01:13:00 PM  
Blogger PeterBoston said...

If images of Mohammed are out of bounds does that also mean his criminal record is taboo?

2/10/2006 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger John Aristides said...

'Rat beat me to it:

The concern is over how that outrage is expressed.

As he says, mode of expression is the alpha and omega of the issue.

2/10/2006 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

have any idea what this is, Mika?
Came up in a desktop search for something else.
It goes on, with a video of the one handed exhibitionist.
>so about a week ago someone rings me up at home.... 'is that Emmanuel
>Goldstein?' then he phones back the following day and goes 'huaaaagh' on
>the phone before dropping the handset in excitement
>and a day or two later, just coming out of our house to put something in
>the rubbish bin, a pair of blokes over the other side of the road, again
>start making orgasmic noises
>I'm not paranoid enough to record minidisc when I pop out for a few
>seconds...... but perhaps I should be

The video clip, which was captured on 1/September/2000, is the culmination of that thread of harassment. You have to understand that MI5's abuse is in threads; they choose a topic, and then continue with it for months and years. Sometimes they drop a topic, usually to be replaced by a worse one, and you never hear of it again.
If the person in the video clip were not an MI5 agent, then he would deserve privacy, despite carrying out a real or feigned act in a public place. But I am almost 100% sure, because of context, that this man was one of their operatives, which removes any consideration of privacy from his act. He is facing away and cannot be clearly identified from this clip. I've never seen this man before or since, but that is true of most other such incidents.

2/10/2006 01:23:00 PM  
Blogger John Aristides said...

If images of Mohammed are out of bounds does that also mean his criminal record is taboo?

Reminds me of that scene in Liar Liar:

Carrey: I object!

Judge: Your reason, counselor?

Carrey: Because its devastating to my case!

2/10/2006 01:25:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"The male imagination is always on the prowl, always trying to imagine the figure underneath - especially nice when the wind whips up and you get a revealed cast of an entire beautiful (sometimes) female frame. "
The thing that worries me about Das is that he seems to imply that although a male frame is not *especially* nice...

2/10/2006 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I forgot that I haven't mentioned on this forum that prior to 9-11, I used to go to beach down at the Wailea Resort, and watch tall slender women in white robes walk by, as their LARGE yacht bobbed offshore.
Rumor was it was bin Ladens.
Arabs are now trying to by the Fairmont Hotel Enterprise,
Here that would mean the
"Kea Lanai" resort, which is where The Yacht was parked.
Maybe I'll see bin Again.
(When will I...)

2/10/2006 01:43:00 PM  
Blogger PeterBoston said...

You get a prize if you can deliver his liver.

2/10/2006 01:47:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Sandy or not, I suppose?

2/10/2006 01:48:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

If only they had a Mary figure:
Cartoon would show her delivering Laden's Liver.

2/10/2006 01:50:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Chopped, of Course.

2/10/2006 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger John Aristides said...

People should be made to explain why each time they mindlessly repeat the charge, and then to explain again after anyone with common sense challenges them.

Opotho, I agree. This is the other big issue.

Dalrymple, in the latest NRDig (subscription), had this to say:

If in Islamic countries free criticism of the religion were allowed without endangering the lives of the people who criticized it, then the Danish cartoons would have been gratuitously offensive and reprehensible, because quite unnecessary, as are all the gimcrack works of art such as Piss Christ that so offend the Christian sensibility. But the fundamental objection to the cartoons was not that they were offensive, but that they were pointed, albeit rather crude, criticism.

The fundamental problem of the Muslim world is that it wants the material fruits or benefits of the Enlightenment without the Enlightenment itself. A considerable proportion of the large migrant population from Islamic countries to Europe has wanted this too, which is why many such migrants are notably less successful in their adopted countries than their Hindu, Sikh, and Chinese counterparts.

Muslims have been trying to square this circle for well over a century, since they first became aware of just how retarded they were by comparison with a civilization that theirs once more than equaled. Like the inhabitants of the ghetto, they want the respect of the rest of the world without wishing to do the things necessary to obtain it.

I wrote this in my analysis of Huntington:

The fitness of the West will create a gravity that pulls others towards it, and much like the matter that gets burned off when approaching a black-hole, the unfit paradigms of each civilization will get discarded the closer the society gets to Western norms.

Of course, if the society itself is fundamentally contradictory to Western values, thereby precluding any successful mutations from appearing within its sphere of influence, it will burn up entirely as its contact with the West increases. Islam comes to mind here, with its embrace of revelatory truth at the expense of empiricism. If Islam is to survive, its ontology will have to burn up in the atmosphere.

2/10/2006 01:59:00 PM  
Blogger desert rat said...

Now you've done it, doug.
You offended me, now I'll have to boycott Magnum PI reruns and a couple of old Elvis movies.

What else comes from HI, anyway?

2/10/2006 02:03:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Izuz Doug,

You'd think youz recognize that jumbo mumbo when youz seez it.

2/10/2006 02:09:00 PM  
Blogger enscout said...

Damn those Swedes.

My Norwegian kinfolk used to say - the yellow stripe down the middle of their flag represents the one running down the middle of their back - a reference to their sellout to the Nazis in WWII.

I guess Norway is standing (or not) with them this time. Just makes me gag!

The Corporate offices for the company I work for is in Stockholm. Think I'll send out some resumes.

2/10/2006 02:11:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie Irons said...

Sirius Sir (1:02 PM):

[Begin quote]

Ms Parton is a surgically enhanced model...

As Johnny Carson used to say: I did not know that.

The things a person learns here.

[End Quote]

It has long been my contention that when commenters on a blog are mostly of the male persuasion, as seems to be the case today, sooner or later the topic will drift (despite the best, if misguided, efforts of the ash's and iotm's among them) to thoughts of women and sports...

So how 'bout them Pistons?


Jamie Irons

2/10/2006 02:13:00 PM  
Blogger desert rat said...

I do not think sonia is into the Pistons, but you never know.

How's the kayak training coming, doug?

If it was not these cartoons, it would have been something else. Good thing it was an "Art" and "Expression" issue.
If only to show the MSM for the sniveling scum the seem to have become.

2/10/2006 02:19:00 PM  
Blogger Das said...


My point was that the burkha doesn't hide the female shape from the male eye or inner eye as much as Wahabbi thugs would like - especially when a divine wind kicks up ( definition of kamikaze? A strong wind that tightens the cloth of a burkha to reveal a Babe for Allah) -

males don't wear burkhas, do they? didn't get yr point...

2/10/2006 02:23:00 PM  
Blogger desert rat said...

While the Russians are well beyond Cartoons in their fight with the Mohammedans

12 Mohammedans dead in southern Russia amid Beslan repeat fears

" ... law enforcers had opted for action in the Stavropol Territory village of Tukui Mekteb due to fears that the militants were planning a repetition of the bloody attack on a school in the North Caucasus town of Beslan in September 2004, which claimed the lives of 331 people, including 186 children.

"The decision to eliminate terrorists was taken after the police received information about a planned terrorist attack involving a hostage-taking in a school in the Stavropol Territory," Viktor Barnash said.

The region, like North Ossetia, where Beslan is located, borders on the troubled republic of Chechnya.

Barnash said five police officers were now reported to have been killed in the operation, up from four, but no civilians had been injured. ... "

2/10/2006 02:25:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

kakimikaze. divine wind, indeed.

2/10/2006 02:31:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"didn't get yr point..."
You have to try harder, Das.
(Not that it's worth it.)

2/10/2006 03:05:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"In effect, 'prudence' is used as a substitute for analytic determinism, which is essentially absent in complex systems."
Thus, "What the Hell"
must suffice:
Full Speed Ahead!
...or Astern on those Sullivan BBQ nites.

2/10/2006 03:13:00 PM  
Blogger PeterBoston said...

(open bracket)a href="url" (close bracket)text(open bracket)/a(close bracket)

open bracket = <
close bracket = >

2/10/2006 03:16:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

< - a href=" -"- > Title of Article, or Dirty Joke Goes here < -/ -a ->

Take out all the - dashes (and spaces around them) - put url address where Belmont Club is, copy and paste here.
Also, if you just start an annonymous blog, you get a little WSIWYG Editor, and you can experiement posting tricks there.

2/10/2006 03:21:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Another thing I forgot to mention here:
Those ever so religiously observant Arabs were always propositioning Hula Dancers and the like here to put on a show and spend the night.
Actually, I guess that is being pretty observant.

2/10/2006 03:28:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Hey Stupid!
He already knows how to paste in a url ;-)

2/10/2006 03:45:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I have an Iron Stomach,
but it's the Tin Ear
that really deserves credit.

2/10/2006 04:06:00 PM  
Blogger Das said...

Doug thanks for the lesson. I'm going to try to post a link;

Here is an example of one brave Seattle artist shut down - not by Muslims but by:
Seattle's cowardly art mandarins

2/10/2006 04:16:00 PM  
Blogger enscout said...

OK bubble boy

2/10/2006 04:35:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

US French wine boycott cost Frogs
$112 Million.
Buy Danish!

2/10/2006 04:47:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Someone, (Hewitt or Hedgecock, I think) said Brooks column was great also, but it's "Premium Content"
...tried to get the two week free trial, but you have to give credit card number, etc.
Anyone see what Bennet did to CNN?
(I didn't)

2/10/2006 04:50:00 PM  
Blogger John Aristides said...


Go here for the Brooks column.

Mark Schulman posted it in full.

2/10/2006 04:54:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

It's "Brigitte Bardot" in French.

2/10/2006 05:03:00 PM  
Blogger enscout said...

Mona Charen writes:

Historian Bernard Lewis has predicted that Europe will be majority Muslim by the end of this century "at the very latest." In Stockholm, Muslim teenagers can be seen wearing a T-shirt that says "2030 — then we take over."

2/10/2006 05:05:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Bardot, in a letter to a French gay magazine, wrote in her defense, "Apart from my husband—who maybe will cross over one day as well—I am entirely surrounded by homos. For years they have been my support, my friends, my adopted children, my confidants."

On June 10, 2004 Bardot was convicted by a French court of "inciting racial hatred." She was fined 5,000 € and it is the fourth such conviction/fine she has faced from French courts. These recent fines pertain to her aforementioned book. In particular the courts cited passages where Bardot referred to the "Islamization of France" and the "underground and dangerous infiltration of Islam." (France's 5-million member Muslim community is the largest in Europe.)

Bardot has lost a considerable amount of sympathy from her fans due to her now-frequent anti-Muslim, anti-gay and anti-Immigrant outbursts

2/10/2006 05:10:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Nuthin like the Truth to really offend people.

2/10/2006 05:12:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

That's HARD to believe, opotho.
But it is CNN
Jeez, that seems a bit much even for CNN, though.

2/10/2006 05:14:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Ageist Pig!

2/10/2006 05:26:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...
Looking for Jamie's BB team, and that came up.

2/10/2006 05:33:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Good Catch, Opotho.
Understandable that MSM would stick together, but why should we, the blogosphere, when it's OUR responsibility?
Can you contact Glenn at his site?
Maybe we should mail everyone else.
Malkin would run w/it I bet.

2/10/2006 05:52:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...


2/10/2006 05:54:00 PM  
Blogger Das said...


I haven't talked to Kurt for a while; I don't know if he posted pictures of his work and withdrew them or what; I do know that the official art thugs mentioned in the article were pretty hard on him - and he was very much one of their own...

2/10/2006 05:54:00 PM  
Blogger PeterBoston said...

I think Diana West is correct in part but the reluctance of the MSM to publish the cartoons in both Europe and the USA is not out of fear of explode-a-dopes. The shiver is from the cold breeze of reality that post-modernism is bullshit.

For the last few generations the dominant political and social trend has been liberalism. Some core prinicples have been institutionalized protection of defined indentity classes, multiculturalism, and an unrelenting attack on corporate and national monopoly power.

Along comes Achmed who not only doesn't play nice by the rules but kills the referee to boot. Instead of worrying about his hair metrosexual man starts worrying about keeping his head.

For the self-annointed liberal intellectual the world has been turned upside down. The shock of having your belief system crumble beneath your feet must be overwhelming. To top it off they know that to save their own asses they have to turn in their claim on moral authority over to the cowboys.

Lucky for them, and for us, there are still more than enough cowboys around to take care of the problems. I think we will see two new political trends from this. The radical Left in the USA and Europe will move further left, fragment from the major political parties, and reorganize as a new and improved Communist Party. The rest of us will move decidely right, demand and receive more than titular allegiance from immigrant populations, and when and if the time comes unleash the Leviathan.

2/10/2006 05:55:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Good Stuff, Boston.
9-11 Dems would probably take over the party right now except the Paleos are hanging on tooth and nail.
Hope Dr Sanity sees your comment.

2/10/2006 06:08:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Only hope is the damn dem paleos will pay dearly in '06.
If the message gets through MSM fog.

2/10/2006 06:10:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Wonder what archives that teen video girl thing has?
Can't remember the site!
If you can't I'll fire up my newsreader, think I have it there.

2/10/2006 06:13:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I'll try getting through to Limbaugh w/premium mail link.
1/100,000, I'd guess.

2/10/2006 06:15:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Hewitt and Radioblogger.
oops, hewitt thinks they should not be posted!
CNN case is a perfect illustration of HOW WRONG HE IS.

2/10/2006 06:17:00 PM  
Blogger desert rat said...

There are more than a few Cowboys left.

Just won't find them hanging out at Turtle Bay or Foggy Bottom.

Thees only one problem with the Cowboy in the White House,
all hat, no cattle.

2/10/2006 06:30:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Shoot, I was sure I had it on my reader. I'll search my history.
Reader has these quick notices, I think I saw one that said
"CNN, where the books burn themselves."
Here's that Bennet thing:
CNN Double Standard

2/10/2006 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Mostly Hat,
Too much Camel.

2/10/2006 06:32:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

It was
which now gets redirected to

Maybe she changed her site:
That's where the Bennet Clip is.

2/10/2006 06:35:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...


Here's a link, if you want to.
If not, I'll copy your post and try.

2/10/2006 06:39:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

That's the way it always worked in Calif with the farm subsidies.
My dad was complaining about it in the 50's!
"Lindy Boswell" was the biggest villain in his eyes.
Think it was cotton in those days.

2/10/2006 06:43:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

It was on my reader, and he or she is now at Expose the Left.
Feed: The Political Teen
Title: CPAC Author: Ian

Was at CPAC all this afternoon .. posting will resume sometime tomorrow.

2/10/2006 07:20:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

VDH point is that ignoring problems then would not be so costly/dangerous.

2/10/2006 07:23:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

But Fireballs seem more rather than less likely by continuing on the present course, right?
If the Euros or Us get nuked, I would guess something would happen.

2/10/2006 07:26:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Opotho 6:47 PM
But why is it so invisible on the Blogosphere?
Seems pretty big and illustrative to me.
Maybe get bennet to contact Rush.
Rush watches it a bunch during his show, don't know how much gets taped/tivoed.

2/10/2006 07:31:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

'Rat would know.
Step one is training/staging grounds in Syria.
Just today I heard someone say we know exactly where their terrorist training camps are.
What are cruise missiles for?

2/10/2006 07:44:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Those lovely Democrats:
As the post-Katrina crisis worsened, Democrats and other administration critics seized on the nickname and phrase and called for Brown's resignation. They also maintained that Brown hadn't been qualified to head FEMA to begin with — his previous job had been heading the Arabian Horse Association. Brown finally resigned on September 26.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, even introduced a bill this past November that would require minimum job requirements for political appointees to the Department of Homeland Security, which includes FEMA.

So it was a little odd at Senate hearings on Capitol Hill today to see the very same Frank Lautenberg telling Brown: "Keep your chin up and fight back. You're not here to be the designated scapegoat."

Brown had just emerged from a heated and scathing exchange with Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., who told Brown to "put a mirror in front of your face so you can recognize your own inadequacies."

2/10/2006 07:49:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

J.H. Binford Peay III August 5, 1994 --- August 13, 1997

Anthony Zinni August 13, 1997 --- July 6, 2000

What were those two like, Trish?

2/10/2006 07:56:00 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Aristides wrote:

"What's not included in these freedoms is the right to intimidate, the right to threaten bodily injury, the right to incite a riot, the right to incite murder, etc. It's when people, in this case Muslims, marry their right to be offended with proscribed actions--threats, intimidations, rioting--that one must stand up and register an objection."

How do you view the charge of treason? Is this an empty word with no consequences? When folks here state that it is treasonous for the NY Times to reveal the secret warrantless wiretaps is this not similar to a fatwa against depictions of Muhammed?

I'm a big fan of free speech!! I am not a big fan of sparing people their religious sensitivities but a situation occurred to me this evening. Say I had over for a dinner this evening some orthodox Jewish friends and I server a meat pie. I assured them it was kosher but in reality I served a pork meat pie. After dinner, over a fine cognac, I laughed and told them of my joke. Should I be held accountable for offending their silly religious sensibilities?

Just wonderin'....really.

2/10/2006 07:57:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

think I posted that after you, but I've got google's inside line!

2/10/2006 07:58:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Man, I think my thought process is skewed sometimes.
What fool would (will?) respond to that?

2/10/2006 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Yeah, cause I heard Bennet talking about it Wed or Thurs nite.
Maybe I can find it.
Think I started recording just as he finished, however.

2/10/2006 08:03:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"Just wonderin'....really. "

2/10/2006 08:05:00 PM  

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