Archive for April, 2007
So let me get this straight. Our incredible, absolutely necessary kangaroo court in Guantanemo Bay essentially sets David Hicks free. Meanwhile, the Brits give the men who were going to blow up airplanes full rights, a fair trail and not only sentence them for life, but get useful intelligence into the bargain.
Yeah, it’s the Democrats who will screw up the War on Terror.
Seriously, it’s stuff like this that’s going to get the Islamists hung from the minarets. People will put up with suffering and oppression. But as the Soviets found out, they will not put up with an unhappy lifestyle.
“A huge totalitarian system, with all its tanks and guns, gulag camps and secret police has been brought to its knees because nobody wants to wear Bulgarian shoes.” – P. J. O’Rourke, on the fall of the Berlin Wall
How long will it be before Islamism is destroyed because burkhas are soooo 1354.
More places are banning plastic bags. Of course, there’s a reason paper bags are more expensive: they consume more resources when produced. And we do not, by the way, have a shortage of landfill space, photogenic garbage barges not withstanding. The next millenium of trash could be stored in an area smaller than Rhode Island.
Penn and Teller have an excellent program on the myths revolving around recycling and trash. Replacing plastic bags with paper ones is bad for the environment, not good for it. But, like all environmental crusades, we have a bunch of scientific and busines ignorami pushing a popular policy because it sounds good.
This is what happens when you empower government. Decisions are made for political reasons, not moral, scientific or economic ones. That’s a bad way of doing things.
Leave it to the EU, the Human Rights organizations and the State Department to support an Islamist Turkey. ‘Cuz it would be democratically-elected, dontchya know. The Turks, better than say the Bush Administration, seem to understand that religion should be a personal thing, not a governing philosophy:
Mehmet Gunes, 39, whose wife was wearing an Islamic-style headscarf, said: “We support what the army said. It’s a warning. My wife wears a headscarf — we’re not against that. We came here to stand up for a secular, enlightened Turkey. Our children’s future is important.”
Democracy is only one of the safeguards of freedom and not a particularly good one. I hate to risk Godwin’s Law, but we’ve seen democracies elect some pretty awful people to high office.
How stupid are the media. No one reported about the cab driver who was arrested on an old charge because he gave an alibi to the accused.
Seriously, I’ve never understood the excitement about the NFL draft. I’m always vaguely interested by the spectacle just baffles me. I’m perfectly A lot of these guys will never amount to much. All we know for sure is that Detroit has, yet again, blown a high draft pick on a wide receiver.
In the meantime, the best part of the draft every year is that it prompts a rare offseason TMQ.
If you’re in an Islamic country that is ignoring you, try not to plan to attack them.
In all seriousness, this is great and not entirely unexpected news. As time goes on, the terrorists are turning more and more against their fellow Muslims (even thought the Koran has the highest condemnation for such slaughter). As they do, moderates and not-so-moderates will turn on them.
It’s not too late to win.
I tried this out on several blog posts and e-mails. It’s quite accurate actually. Hat tip to Sullivan.
Even though I’m a scientist, I’m against this ham-fisted attempt by our Congress to improve science education. It’s yet another attempt to micro-manage our education system. It will almost certaintly have negative unintended consequences and fail to achieve its goals. My guess as to the negative unintended consequence? A deluge of frankly unqualified people in science majors and science education.
And, of course, there’s nothing in there about education freedom. Congress could make improved education a lot simpler, a lot better and a lot cheaper by just encouraging school choice. But we can’t have that. The unions would hate it. The government would lose power. The shithead parents would be in charge.
Plus it might work. And that would obviate the need for more compassionate spending by our Congress.
I’m now wuss on criminals. Ok, maybe I am on non-violent ones. But I believe in justice more than I believe in punishing the supposed guilty, so I have nothing but admiration for the Innocence Project, which has now exonerated its 200th man.
How many more are out there?
Well, Giuliani just lost my vote.
“I listen a little to the Democrats and if one of them gets elected, we are going on defense,” Giuliani continued. “We will wave the white flag on Iraq. We will cut back on the Patriot Act, electronic surveillance, interrogation and we will be back to our pre-Sept. 11 attitude of defense.”
Let’s see, accuse the Democrats of appeasing terrorists. Check. Support the intrusive useless Patriot Act. Check. Support torture. Check. Warrantless wiretaps. Check.
I am still a Man Without a Party.
Sully links to this diatribe about how Haley Barbour’s budget cuts to Medicaid are killing babies. It’s possible they are on to something. But it sounds fishy to me.
All that having been said, I must admit that it is the politics that makes by BS meter twitter. The NYT specifically, and most lefties generally, have been predicting a massive disaster from welfare cuts for years. Of course, I’m not sure how any disaster can be worse than the destruction visited on the African-American family by the Great Society welfare state. But this is the Left’s first chance, after a decade of welfare reform to say, “See! See! We told you welfare cuts would kill babies!”.
As I said, maybe they’re right. Maybe Barbour’s budget cuts are killing babies. But I think we need more than one year of data — and a disastrous year at that — before we start pronouncing someone a black baby killer. No?
Well, he is a Republican I guess.
The governor of Mass has ended abstience only education. I despise the way this is portrated as an either-or. The programs that teach about condoms and birth control also teach about absitenence. Of course, they don’t do it with “Monster in Your Bed” stories about catching AIDS from tears, so there you go.