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Friday, March 31. 2006
But you can have an impact on Borders, if you believe their cowardice in the face of Jihad is shameful and un-American. And dumb: When you cringe in the face of bullies, you only encourage them.
Why not send 'em a friendly email? Personally, I like their stores, but this kind of dhimmitudinous, weak-sister behavior cannot be rewarded in the proud USA. We are not the UK or Canada.
(And also, if you are the only person in the world who has not seen those silly, harmless cartoons, here they are, via Jihad Watch.)
Image: Borders chicken dinner tonight, but we will add some Gibier sauce with fresh porcini mushrooms, and a mountain of Smashed
From ABC News:
From an excellent piece in The Daily Pundit:
Flag image from Whittier, California, posted in a long and comprehensive piece at Michelle.
Mexico invades and defeats the
"Nothing will stop us," they declare.
The Dems and the Repubs have figured it out together, in Washington over cigars and double Laphroiags, and the hell with the voters.
Guess what? The entire illegal immigration issue is about a complicated partisan maneuvering, and has nothing to do with the interests of Americans. And if both parties can conspire together against the voters, who can you punish with your vote?
This is one of those cases where politics trumps reason, law, national sovereignty, economics, common sense, and the will of the people.
People bitch about contentiousness in DC - but look what happens when both sides are on the same page, and against the voters. As the rapist said, "There's nothing you can do, so just sit back and enjoy it."
The fix is in. Just watch it unfold. As Mark Levin says, regular Americans are just too busy to protest.
Image from the LA march of Illegals on Parade, via Moonbattery
This man cannot help pandering to, or seducing, or flattering anyone he encounters.
It is a disease in him.
At Gateway, Clinton tells the Brits that their economy and system is the envy of the US. Let's hope the Brits don't believe that steaming pile of happy horsesh-t, because not a solitary soul in America envies the Brit government-stifled economy. And very few envy their antiquated socialistic and statist tendencies, and their Nanny-style emasculating Government.
On the contrary, Brits have every reason to envy the US economy and American freedom from an oppressive state.
Image, from Gateway, of Clinton reacting with his trademarked modesty to applause, recently in Britain.
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.
G.K. Chesterton (1924)
Thursday, March 30. 2006
First, read this advice and these US State Dept.
Second, read this on Mexican immigration laws and regulations. Remember, it is a felony to be in Mexico illegally. And their jails are not very nice - no TV and no A/C. And their guards and police are not well-schooled in multicultural sensitivity.
And the suggestion for the Minutemen and those who wish to support the laws of the US: Get a thousand folks to cross the border into Mexico without money and without passports. Seriously. See what happens. It would make an effective statement.
1. Can you commit pornography on yourself?
2. Are 16 and 19 year-olds children?
3. And what about this guy? (quote from The Globe article)
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The world is nuts. From Heather MacDonald with yet another great Heather MacDonald piece in City Journal - read it all, but here's a quote:
"They're selling postcards of the hanging
From the beginning of "Desolation Row," the closing track on 1965's Highway 61 Revisited. Now that Bob has finally allowed himself a lyric cheat-sheet at concerts, fans are finally getting to hear all the verses to this long, bizarre and incredible song, one that really has no counterpart or equal anywhere else in popular music. Try a live version from 2003 here.
Continue reading "Thursday Free Advt for Bob: Dylan Lyrics + Live Download"
Hahaha. What a funny spat. At least The Globe didn't refer to Scalia as "a Sicilian jurist." That would be racist, right?
Let's see... I guess we have two Jewish Jurists, two Italian Jurists, one Irish Jurist, one African Jurist, is it three Catholic Jurists, two or three English Jurists (not sure what white-bread country Roberts immigrated from). Gee, don't we need some American Jurists?
Sick Building Syndrome exists only in the minds of trial lawyers. Doctors say the "mold" thing is a joke, too, because mold is everywhere. Just look in my fridge. h/t, Lucianne.
Having it both ways: Dems insisted that the felony concept be entered into the illegal immigration bill, then loudly complained about it. Pretty slick. Pretty slimy.
Women: About cooking for hubbie, and plastic surgery. Ten Napel
Is there a War on Christians in the US?
RTLC has a piece on Bush's terrible salesmanship, which he equates with poor leadership. I agree with most of what he says, except I am not sure that those two can be so easily equated.
You always wondered what went on inside the Teacher's Lounge, didn't you? The secrets, revealed.
Springtime for Taliban in Afghanistan. And oh, I notice they have a new spokesman. When will we see him at Princeton?
Steyn on the decline of national sovereignty, via Driscoll
The courage that makes America great: Waldenbooks and Borders refuse to carry issue of magazine with Prophet cartoons.
A good idea from SDA:
Echoes of our piece on When Illegal is not Illegal: When Illegal is Right, What is Wrong?
From good ol' Orson Card, in a fine review of Three Books that Name Names, some interesting details about the women's vote:
A sampling of military staff officer quotes:
"His knowledge on that topic is only power point deep..." MAJ (JS)
"Ya know, in this Command, if the world were supposed to end tomorrow, it would still happen behind schedule." CWO4 (EUCOM)
"No. Now I'm simply confused at a higher level..." Foreign GO/FO when asked if he had any questions following a transformation brief at JFCOM
Read more of them at Irish Pennants
Wednesday, March 29. 2006
Oral Love: A review of a bowl of unusual new books on food, at Bookslut
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It is a cliche that the definition of neurotic person is someone who keeps doing the same thing, while expecting a different result. There is surely a good lesson in that expression. However, I often find it useful to think about things from the outside, in ... instead of inside, out. Especially with stubborn minds.
What do I mean? Erik Erikson famously said that "Psychotherapy begins where common sense ends." I like that. Despite being a psychoanalyst and thus by definition a happy diver into the human depths, I rarely take anyone deeper than is necessary. You don't want people to run out of air on the way down, or to get the bends on their way back.
This is why I like the idea of Reality Therapy. You may call it God, or Life, or Reality, or Chance, or whatever you chose, but It has a funny of way of teaching, and re-teaching us whatever we need to learn until we finally learn it, or die first. For me, this is analogous to the image of Christ at the door of our heart, knocking and knocking until we open the door.
Life is always trying to teach us something, and we all have problems and weaknesses and blind spots and areas of stupidity and of emotional immaturity where we can improve our mastery of life and of ourselves.
Sometimes, all we need to do is to stop, look, and listen to find what it is that life is trying to teach our stubborn minds. While I would rather piously - but truthfully - say that the red buds now emerging on my antique French Roses are teaching me that God is in his heaven, instead I will offer a timely but trivial example from my own life. I will quote myself:
Life is the real final exam, but you get to take it over every day. I will never forget my favorite Neurology professor in medical school who overheard me and a friend bitching about an exam in the hallway. "This is nothing," he said. "Every patient you will ever have is the real exam. These exams are just for you to find out what you don't know, before it's too late."
Keep knocking, Reality. Eventually, we will get it. Thanks to God that every day is a new chance to learn and change.
San Francisco: Ace contrasts SF's desire to remove the Christians, with a local political bacchanalia. Maybe we should just give California to the Mexicans.
The B-sub-s switches from matter to anti-matter 17 trillion times per second. I feel that way sometimes. Physics News at YARGB
Excellent discussion by Auster on how classical liberalism led to the modern mega-state.
Murray's idea is far too rational to be tried, but it's a darn good mental exercise. Count me as being in favor of it. One quote:
Read the whole thing - link above.
Your tax dollars at work. Homeland Security buys 80 security cameras for tiny Alaskan fishing village. Osama - take note.
Who organized the illegal immigration marches? The Spanish radio stations.
"Immigration backlash"? Saunders says no, at RCP.
Do you have Adult ADD? Take this quick test:
1. Do you sometimes get up to get something out of the refrigerator while watching TV?
2. When reading a technical text or doing homework, do you sometimes wish you were watching The Sopranos, or going to bed, or going out with friends?
3. When you have a huge pile of bills and paperwork, do you think "Aw, shit"?
4. Have you ever clicked "OK" or "I Agree" or "Next" on a website without reading all of the information?
5. When you are supposed to be focusing on something tedious, do you ever think about sex or other kinds of fun?
6. Have you ever opened a box from the bottom instead of the top?
7. Have you ever used a digital camera without memorizing the manual first?
8. Have you ever had trouble finding your keys?
9. Have you ever stared out the window, thinking "I'd rather be fishing?"
10. When you are online, do you move from site to site without spending at least 15 minutes perusing Maggie's Farm in detail?
If your answer is "Yes" to one or more of these questions, you definitely have ADD. See a doctor immediately before it gets worse.
It is a rare moment when a multitude of swirling ideas merge into a coherent concept, but the anti-semitic rants of a couple of Harvard profs and the admission of a Taliban spokesman to Yale did it. They are so similar to the relatively innocent "Mules" that the drug lords of Medellin use to move narcotics into the United States, and both are the unwitting messengers of Evil (remember Evita: "There is Evil, ever around us ..."?)
Well, both the Harvard profs and the Yale admissions folk are clearly the mules for Evil, but how? What is the key to their voluntary yielding to dark forces beyond their comprehension?
Hatred -- the door through which Satan enters each one of us fallable mortals. In the current case it is Bush hatred, but we have also seen Reagan hatred and, yes, Clinton hatred and Kennedy hatred (there wasn't much LBJ hatred - it was more like bi-lateral contempt).
Hatred of Bush has led these ivory-tower educational employees (hard to refer to them as intellectuals) to take leave of their moral senses, and it leads them into becoming another example of our oft-discussed phenomenon of liberals not holding "brown" peoples to the same standards as "whites" (remember the 3 million Cambodian deaths - which the Left didn't protest?)
We cannot believe so few people discern this incredibly clear pattern! Satan - Evil, if you will - is exploiting Mules blinded by hatred, and leading them to advocate for and even praise genocidal killers like Hamas, the Taliban, and Pol Pot, and even the Nazis if so doing might in their twisted view hurt the target of their hatred and impotent rage, "dubya", the democratically-elected President of the United States.
This is said better, about the sad plight of the French, than I could say it, from No Parason:
Image of a typical French person from party theme site here.
Tuesday, March 28. 2006
Stirrings of wisdom in the Yale Daily, quoted by Ace:
More on Aztlan - with the map! Moonbattery.
Skiing in Dubai: Indoor skiing. Amazing
Iraq claims Mosque massacre was faked. Sneaky.
Too much good stuff to mention. Read Gateway today. He has become a daily must-read. How does he find the time?
Meet Yosh Bolton. Princess
A few snippets, which require no comment because they speak for themselves. Our News Junkie posted this piece a day or so ago about the unpopularity of marriage among American blacks:
Marriage is for White People. WaPo, H/T, Instapundit
At the same time, Morse posted a piece at Town Hall titled Marriage: A Social Justice Issue. She points out, as has been done before by others, that most of black poverty is due to the absence of marriage. Marriage creates wealth and social stability, among other things. One quote:
And a comment from one of our readers, re the News Junkie post:
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