Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Anti-(some)-war, etc.

Where were the denunciations by anti-war groups and the demonstrations over Russia’s attempt to annex Georgia? What naked hypocrites they are…


It is heartbreaking that Taiwan is allowed to compete in the Olympics (and participate in other international organizations) only if they do so under the moniker “Chinese Taipei.”


It’s all corruption in the end: A Rasmussen poll says 55% Say Media Bias Bigger Problem Than Campaign Cash.


Did you catch Obama saying the following of his wife:

"She's just a wonderfully normal, levelheaded person. Any American woman who meets her would immediately identify her as a fellow traveler."

With husbands life that, who needs enemies? The sad thing is, many on the left won’t even recognize what a catastrophic gaffe it is.


From Jay Nordlinger’s excellent series on the Beijing Olympics:

[T]he 1936 Games were a great boon to the Nazis, giving them legitimacy and cementing their power. Years later, the journalist William Shirer wrote, “Hitler, we who covered the Games had to concede, turned the Olympics into a dazzling propaganda success for his barbarian regime.” And Duff Hart-Davis, in his book Hitler’s Games, tells us that Berlin was turned out prettily and benignly — creating the illusion that Nazi Germany was “a perfectly normal place, in which life went on as pleasantly as in any other European country.”

I fear that history might be repeating itself.


Amplifying on my post on global warmist desperation, check out Joel Achenbach’s observation:

Somewhere along the line, global warming became the explanation for everything. Right-thinking people are not supposed to discuss any meteorological or geophysical event -- a hurricane, a wildfire, a heat wave, a drought, a flood, a blizzard, a tornado, a lightning strike, an unfamiliar breeze, a strange tingling on the neck -- without immediately invoking the climate crisis. It causes earthquakes, plagues and backyard gardening disappointments. Weird fungus on your tomato plants? Classic sign of global warming.


Of course, not everybody sees possible global warming as a bad thing; some knuckle-dragger named Dave Lindorff (who bears an appropriate resemblance to Rob Reiner) sees a “silver lining”:

Look at a map of the US. The area that will by completely inundated by the rising ocean—and not in a century but in the lifetime of my two cats—are the American southeast, including the most populated area of Texas, almost all of Florida, most of Louisiana, and half of Alabama and Mississippi, as well as goodly portions of eastern Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. […]

So what we see is that huge swaths of conservative America are set to face a biblical deluge in a few more presidential cycles.

Then there’s the matter of the Midwest, which climate experts say is likely to face a permanent condition of unprecedented drought, making the place largely unlivable, and certainly unfarmable. […]

So again, we will see the decline and depopulation of the nation’s vast midsection—noted for its consistent conservatism. […]

Finally, in the Southwest, already parched and stiflingly hot, the rise in energy costs and the soaring temperatures will put an end to right-wing retirement communities like Phoenix, Tucson and Palm Springs. […]

So the future political map of America is likely to look as different as the much shrunken geographical map, with much of the so-called “red” state region either gone or depopulated.

There is a poetic justice to this of course.

It is sad that such naked bigotry can find a home in what appears to be a real newspaper of some kind; this is the stuff of fringe hate groups.

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