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Saturday, March 13, 2004

Tim Blair has posted A Sad Postcard from Spain by Golan and Franco Aleman.

Fred Sanford would be a millionaire.

The New York Times also has an interesting article about scrap metal and China. Apparently China is devouring world scrap metal and sending it back to the U.S. in the form of all those low priced and cheaply made products that we're devouring.

A prediction in the article by unnamed experts follows a piece that I read almost a year and a half ago that was of the opinion that China was in the midst of a bubble. An economic bubble and that it may burst someday. It's not Armageddon or anything, but it does have the classic signs of an economic bubble that may cause pain for those who enthusiastically buy in late to the bull China.

It seems to me that it's usually true that when the media starts printing these types of stories it may already be too late to take advantage. For most of us anyway.

David Brooks in today's New York Times:

Kerry established himself early as the senator most likely to pierce through the superficial clarity and embrace the miasma. The gulf war had just ended. It was time to look back for lessons learned. "There are those trying to say somehow that Democrats should be admitting they were wrong" in opposing the gulf war resolution, Kerry noted in one Senate floor speech. But he added, "There is not a right or wrong here. There was a correctness in the president's judgment about timing. But that does not mean there was an incorrectness in the judgment other people made about timing."

Sounds to me like John Kerry is the poster boy for Post Modern thinking. There's no right or wrong. It's all about your perspective. Yea, the Spanish got a big ol' dose of perspective from terrorists didn't they?

See, Kerry adheres to the school of thought that tells us that mass murdering fanatics have a point of view too. And from their point of view they are justified in the murder of hundreds or thousands of people at a time. This philosophy has most clearly been expressed by the left's support for the Palestinians. From the Palestinians point of view they are fighting a struggle for independence and most of the left has accepted that. Now that others are being slaughtered because of someone's "perspective", well, that makes it difficult for the left. People begin to see that if they hold a consistent standard of civilized behaviour then the only rational conclusion is that the Palestinians are no different than the people who murdered 200 Spaniards the other day.

This is a perfect example of why I became a fan of Andrew Sullivan's weblog. Since 9/11 Sullivan has been an invaluable source for reporting, translating and explaining the European attitude towards the U.S. THAT'S why I linked to him.

I see now that delinking Sullivan was really a matter of time because the only thing we had in common was a belief that we must militarily fight terrorists and not treat it as some Clinton era law enforcement issue.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

So quit already, Howard! Howard Stern has been threatening to quit for at least ten years and now he's saying he may quit even if President Bush doesn't sign a new law that increases indecency fines because he's tired of not being able to do exactly what he wants to do on his radio show.

Personally, I don't think he can quit. What's he going to do, an HBO show? I don't think so.

Stern needs his job because he will disappear if he quits. He will be soon forgotten and he knows it. I predict Stern may actually quit, but he'll come back. It's all he has and he needs the attention.

A terrorist attack in Spain has left at least 192 dead and more than 1,200 wounded.

The Spanish government has been a partner with the U.S. in our terror war even though the Spanish people were overwhelmingly opposed to that cooperation.

I wonder. Are these Spanish people surrendering?

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

"Run, Forest, Run!"

Science has indeed created Forrest Gump's magic laygs.

Monday, March 08, 2004

I've gotta do this.

Another entry in Fox News Channel's Tongue Tied column tells the story about a black activist who spoke at a high school in Connecticut. The speaker, Mr. Jeffrey Johnson, said some very inflammatory things that were applauded by the black students while dozens of white students walked out. One of the things Mr. Johnson spoke about, according to the New Haven Register, was

"the system" that sends young black men into prison and special-education classes rather than to college.

"Young black boys are targeted by these systems," he said, citing the "systematic racism in place."

Mr. Johnson was given a standing ovation by the remaining students for his speech and after the speech he was lauded by many of the students who remained for telling the unpleasant truth.

Okay fair enough. Now how about if the school had later featured a white speaker who said that the reason so many black men were going to prison instead of college was because they were committing crimes. Those same students who had praised Mr. Johnson for his truth telling would have been simply livid that a white man had also told the truth.

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would soon arrive in town demanding resignations and calling the whole town racist.

How about if David Horowitz were invited to speak at the same school. If I had to guess I would say his speech would be denounced for it's divisive and racist nature, but only because he didn't tell those students what they wanted to hear. Mr. Horowitz would be not be consoling those students by telling them they were victims of "the sytem." He would be telling those students that that was horseshit and if they didn't want to go to prison they shouldn't commit crimes and if they wanted to go to college they need to study.

Mr. Johson's speech was inappropriate. Or at the least his speech should have been followed by a conservative speaker that offered an alternative view of "the truth."

But that would never happen because the conservative speakers speech would be labled as divisive and racist.

See how it works.

Canada is officially censoring language by offering cash rewards for examples of "insensitive" language. Good grief.

Lee Harris in Tech Central Station:

That is why the Democrats and the liberal media became apoplectic at the images of 9/11 that appeared in the Bush campaign ad. It was not Bush's use of the images that was so disturbing to them, but the images themselves. Democrats and liberals do not want to be reminded of 9/11; nor do they wish their country to be reminded of it either. Not because it is perceived as a campaign theme of the opposite party, but because 9/11, if rightly understood, requires a complete rethinking of their own warm and fuzzy vision of multilateral harmony in a conflict free world.

Iraq now has the most liberal constitution in the Arab world.

No thanks to the left. They fought this as hard as they could.

Thank God they weren't successful in keeping Saddam in power.