Friday, May 27, 2005

"HE DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH": IS BILL MOYERS BEING PERSECUTED?

On Jan 30th of this year, I wrote a post attacking Bill Moyers' hypocracy. The final line was "It seems that 'he doth protest too much', and from the clearest of glass houses." Boy, was I ahead of the curve. I should have written "he has not yet begun to protest," because he was just warming up.

This week's columns by Ann Coulter and John McCaslin (2nd item in his column) both mention Moyers' latest rants, and the picture they paint is not flattering. Moyers apparently sees himself as a target of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's new chairman, Ken Tomlinson. This is strange, considering that Moyers ended his affiliation with them when he stepped down from his role at PBS, which is partially funded by the CPB. Having watched Mr. Tomlinson explain his desire to provide more balanced programming by adding shows that are produced by conservatives, I can say with confidence that he is not "targeting," or trying to silence any point of view. If anything, Moyers' opposition to adding conservative political programs to the PBS schedule is nothing more than a brazen attempt to squelch free speech that he disagrees with.

Another thing about Moyers bothers me. Why did he resign just after he launched his own self-titled show(Bill Moyers' NOW)? Did he forsee this coming "conservative attack," or was he just covering his ass in case of any fallout over his abuse of taxpayer funding over all those years? It seems too easy for him to fall back on the old "political persecution" routine, while he continues a decades long pattern of persecution against conservatives. Read the stuff I linked to, and decide for yourself about this guy. Even better, see Moyers' legacy at the NOW show's website. Even without Bill Moyers, the liberal slant is there. This is what Mr. Tomlinson seeks to address, not by silencing shows like this, but by adding new (and probably more popular) ones.

Monday, May 23, 2005

WMD VS. KORAN FLUSHING: NO COMPARISON

I must take issue with pundits comparing the Newsweek's "flushing the Koran" story to the Bush administration's WMD story. I don't recall 14 UN resolutions demanding that we stop defacing the Koran. Neither have I heard any other country's intelligence agency revealing that they believe the US has defaced a Koran. Finally, there are the dead bodies of the people killed by WMD in Iraq. I don't know how to compare this one to the alleged desecration of the Koran, unless someone produces the flushed pages. The difference is this: It has been proven that Saddam had WMD at some point, while no proof that any US personnel at Gitmo flushed a Koran down the toilet has been offered. Anyone comparing the two is off base.

Friday, May 20, 2005

A Study of the Palestinian Authority’s Promotion of Genocide: KILL A JEW, GO TO HEAVEN

I've spoken out against the Palestinian Authority often before, especially when it was controlled by Yasser Arafat. As Cal Thomas' latest column shows, things haven't changed under this new leader, Mahmoud Abbas. I don't think the average US citizen can understand the depth of the cancer in the roots of this society. The link in the outrageous title of this post leads to, and was adapted from a Palestinian Media Watch website. This site translates stories, cartoons, and even crossword puzzles from state-sponsored Palestinian media. See for yourself, and maybe you can understand why they must be included in the list of international terrorist organizations. Whether they are capable of spreading terrorism outside Israel and the surrounding countries is irrelevant. Worse than Saddam, the Palestinian Authority shares Al Queda's ideology; this is not a state we want to help bring into existence. I'm sure people said the same about Israel, but this place is very different, and much more dangerous than Israel was at it's modern inception. Read your history, and see the difference. Palestine was declared a nation at the same time as Israel, only to be wiped from the map within days. The blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the surrounding Arab regimes, as well as the UN and the US for their acquiescence. This applies to the history since 1948, too, with the UN and EU emerging as major enablers of the PA under Arafat. The Israelis are not the Palestinians' oppressors. The corrupt PA leadership fills that role, and they are stooges for every other nation in the region that opposes Israel's existence.

Maybe we could have an unofficial trade-off: a free Iraq and Lebannon for a new terrorist Palestinian state, at least until Syria and Iran go democratic. Egypt could turn democratic more peacefully than either of those countries, while Saudi Arabia might be in the early stages of a civil war against the Wahabbis. If change for the better can happen, hopefully we have started it in Iraq. We definitely shook up the terrorist PA's support, but obviously not enough for a true democratic leader to emerge from this political and cultural sewer.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

TERRORIST GITMO DETAINEE FLUSHES KORAN; US GETS BLAME

I have heard three somewhat vague reports, on CNN, FOXNEWS, and the NY POST, that it was actually a Guantanamo detainee who tore out pages of his government issued Koran and used them to clog his toilet in protest (of what, nothing was reported). If he's a Saudi, Afghani or Pakistani, why aren't those governments demanding he be turned over to face the death penalty under their laws? Why aren't the crowds in Islamic countries, and the Palestinian Authority turning on the phony "jihaddist" thugs who claim all manners of terrorist atrocities in Allah's name? Well, there's that little matter of Newsweek reporting that US servicemen flushed a Koran down the toilet as an interrogation technique. This sounds suspiciously like Washington "coctail party" gossip that got twisted into a "one anonymous source" news story, attempting to damage the Bush administration. I picture some addled-brained, but "high placed" bureaucrat, confusing or distorting the facts, and passing it on to some eager journalists with their own agenda. I truly believe that none involved expected the reaction in the Muslim world over something that is perfectly legal to do in our secular society, just not by military interrogators. If the report of a detainee actually doing this is true, I hope that Newsweek and the other MSM outlets take the time to report the facts.

One wishes the media would be onboard with exposing the hypocrisy of Zarqawi, Osama, the Palestinian Authority, and the Al Queda terrorists as traitors to their own faith, as well as criminals who slaughter more Muslims than us "western infidels" ever have, or will. Only then will the tide be turned from the "why do they hate us?" mentality to a "how do we defeat them?" line of thinking among liberals. The discrediting of Newsweek can be a step in the right direction, if they learn from this mistake. The media has downplayed the retraction, but couldn't shut it totally out, after their coverage of the riots the initial story caused. Now all of these media outlets need to make reparations for the abuses they have perpetrated on the public with their sympathetic coverage of Palestinian, Iraqi and Taliban terrorists; Gitmo detainees; domestic fundraisers for, or operatives of terrorist organizations. Remember, media and political pressure led to the release of several Gitmo detainees, and some have returned to commit further terrorist acts. I hope this lesson is not lost on Newsweek and others, and maybe they will use their first amendment rights to investigate the terrorists as deeply as they investigate the US military.

Here are four more columns about the Newsweek story from Michelle Malkin, Linda Chavez, Brent Bozell, and Thomas Sowell.

Monday, May 16, 2005

WARRIOR W: THE IRAQ SAGA

Though mentioned in the last post, I decided to give "Warrior W" a stand alone post, as I think befits him. These three very rough sketches comprise a chapter of US and world history, with Pres. Bush as the warrior for freedom and liberty. His legacy will endure in the minds of all the peoples of the Middle East, inspiring them to freedom. Each drawing has full commentary, so here are the links:

"Warrior W, the Iraq saga" part I, part II, part III; also see these and the rest of my political art pieces HERE.

I SUPPORT OUR PRESIDENT; HE IS A GOOD MAN.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

THEY CAME HERE TO DIE. WE DIDN'T.

This excerpt from the AP reminds me of a drawing (link here and above) I did on 04/24/03:

"Operation Matador, which began late Saturday, was launched after U.S. intelligence showed that followers of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had taken refuge in the desert border region _ believed to be a haven for smugglers and foreign fighters entering Iraq from Syria. Many of the insurgents were believed to have fled to remote parts of Anbar province after losses in Fallujah and Ramadi, farther east."

"As many as 100 insurgents were killed in the first 48 hours of the offensive as U.S. troops cleared villages along the southern banks of the meandering Euphrates River, then crossed in rafts and on a pontoon bridge, the U.S. command said. Many of the dead remained trapped under rubble after attack planes and helicopter gunships pounded their hideouts."

"At least three Marines were reported killed and 20 wounded in the first four days of the offensive _ the biggest U.S. operation since Fallujah was taken from militants six months ago.
'They came here to die,' it quoted Marine Gunnery Sgt. Chuck Hurley as saying. 'They were willing to stay in place and die with no hope. All they wanted was to take us with them.' "

Also see my three "Warrior W" sketches, recently added to my political art post. While rough sketches, they have relevant current political insights, much as the piece linked in the title does.

Friday, May 13, 2005

BOLTON BIAS ON ABC

Just when I thought I'd seen it all, ABC's morning news program had a piece on John Bolton that showed what looked like "hidden camera" video footage, with quotes from abused employees, as well as experts putting it all into context. The only problem was that none of this had anything to do with Mr. Bolton! They mentioned him at the opening of the segment, then apparently cutting to a separate report from the past about abusive employers in general, following that with more comments about Mr. Bolton's "abusive" behavior!

Of this I have no doubt: They made the comments from the past report about some other abusive employer sound as if they were about Mr. Bolton. Why ABC news thinks that people can't see through this type of anti-Bush administration propaganda is beyond me. How stupid do they think we are? I recommend that ABC get off the media bias horse, and stop competing for the crown of "biggest Bush-basher!" They only make themselves look more foolish.

Monday, May 09, 2005

TAKING THE HILL: TEACHING IN THE TRENCHES and POLITICAL WILL

Brother Giuseppe (a pseudonym) is a special Ed teacher in the Bronx. He tells me that one student out of the 17 in his class is truly "learning disabled," and the rest are just students with outrageously undisciplined behavior, or "out of control." I heard tales of parents in gang attire attending parent-teacher meetings, along with a lack of personal hygiene that is passed down to the children. This is the front line in the war to educate our most needy children.

The multcultural advocates that control the school system prohibit Brother Giuseppe from saying anything critical about the problems that are so apparent in the students' progress. This system has turned the power structure of education on it's head, and given the children more power than the educators. The parents are part of the problem, because most of them are product of the same failed educational system. If a student does something wrong, whether academically or behaviorally, the teacher must have done something to cause it, under today's standards.

Once upon a time in America, a student got his knuckles slapped with a ruler for the most minor discipline problem. If they went home and cried to mommy or daddy about it, they would be told; "You must've done something to deserve it," and been further punished by his or her parents. While this way of thinking is out of style, it is not extinct. Several public school districts around the country are "testing the waters," allowing corporal punishment by teachers in the schools, with a parental permission slip. Here is where the battle shifts to "the hill," or the political arena.

(Communist China created a self-imposed "cultural revolution" in the 1960's, but found that teaching a political belief system was no substitute for teaching actual facts [math, reading and writing] after less than a decade. It was a failed experiment, and they corrected it promptly. The difference in the US is that the "cultural revolution" has gone on for more than a generation before we realized how destructive it is. Now it is a far more entrenched system, with "punch the clock" unions, liberal judges, administrative bureaucrats, not to mention the mainstream liberal media and parents siding with kids who basically hate school, as all kids have throughout history. Multiculturalism and self esteem have supplanted disclipine as guiding principles in American education, while the Chinese experiment, teaching the opposite, didn't sacrifice discipline.)

Our elected representatives, from the local school council or PTA board member, all the way up to the President, are the higher ranks in the education war. While Brother Giuseppe is on the front lines, he needs the politicians to change the strategy and tactics, even the ground rules of the battle. This takes political will, sustained over a long period. If a majority of Americans realize that the education system is failing, then the first step is accomplished, politically. That is a far cry from fixing the problem, but perhaps we can move the battle to the (Capitol) hill, and fight from the high ground.

I'm ashamed that my support for Pres. Bush was misplaced regarding education, when he let Sen. Kennedy write the "no child left behind" law. Of course Sen. Kennedy is the largest critic of that law now, saying "it wasn't fully funded." This is another smoke screen that hides the true problems facing education today in this country. It's time for all of us, even non-parents, to use our political muscle to save the future of our country from this rotting and decrepit education bureaucracy, and to correct the corollary damage it's done to our culture.

Friday, May 06, 2005

IRAN: TERROR CENTRAL

Michael Ledeen's latest column gives excellent examples of how deeply Iran is involved in worldwide terrorism, from Iraq to Michigan, USA. His conclusion that we are back to a "Sep. 10th" mindset is debatable, but what's going on in Iran shouldn't be. Here are some excerpts:


"A few months ago, American forces in Iraq captured photographs and documents about a meeting in Syria between Iraqi terrorists and Syrian and Iranian intelligence officials. Similar information was found in Fallujah."

"The (Iranian, Saudi and Syrian) terror masters hoped and expected that they would be able to turn Iraq into a replay of Lebanon in the 1980s, when they drove American and French armed forces out of the country. But they have failed. Contrary to their hopes and expectations, we — and the Iraqi people — have not been spooked by the wave of terror, and the Iraqis have demonstrated grit, bravery, and patience far beyond most "

"Two weeks ago there were massive demonstrations and work stoppages in the oil-rich regions, centering around the city of Ahwaz (Iran). The demonstrators called for an end to the regime, scores of people were killed, and hundreds were beaten and arrested."

"The trickery has to do with Rafsanjani's grand return to national politics (he is an ex-president). He intends to campaign as the anti-establishment candidate par excellence, and has reportedly connived with Khamenei to prepare a super-reformist image. Rafsanjani intends to run against the Supreme Leader, criticizing the regime's performance on everything from foreign policy (hoping to seduce the West into thinking that he — who has been a key figure in the mullahcracy for decades — will produce the long awaited 'opening' to the United States) to the management of the economy. It is unlikely that many Iranians will fall for this; they remember Rafsanjani as one of the most brutal leaders of the vicious crackdown on the student demonstration of the late eighties (a story recounted in shocking detail in the memoirs of the Grand Ayatollah Montazeri), and they are aware of the billions that he and his family have reportedly stashed away in foreign banks and real estate."

"In early March, Mr. Mahmoud Youssef Kourani, a resident of Dearborn, Michigan, pled guilty to providing material support to Hezbollah.... We're talking about the brother of the chief of Hezbollah's military security in Lebanon, a man trained as an agent by the Iranians."


Iran, while nowhere near as oppressive as North Korea internally, has much greater power and influence worldwide. I can't say which is the greater threat, only that they both must be dealt with soon. If you read this and the last post, you will note that none of the reasons I cited for regime change have anything to do with nuclear weapons. If either of these regimes gets a nuclear bomb, odds are that they will use it eventually, perhaps as these regimes draw their last gasps.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

NORTH KOREA IS A MODERN AUSCHWITZ

Chuck Colson has another excellent column about North Korea (linked in title). Those who think I exaggerate when I call the whole country a concentration camp should read his column, and I also recommend Christopher Hitchens' piece linked below. Mr. Colson also puts out a list of good links with alot of info on this horrible country. For further reading and information:

Today’s BreakPoint offer: Information on North Korea—North Korea fact sheet and Ideas for College Campus Awareness Campaigns (from the North Korea Freedom Coalition).
Visit this page on the State Department website to learn how to contact Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Support John Bolton, champion of human rights and religious freedom, as UN Ambassador.
Learn more about what the Wilberforce Forum did during North Korea Freedom Week.
Christopher Hitchens, “Worse than 1984: North Korea, slave state,” Slate, 2 May 2005.
See BreakPoint’s issues and research page on North Korea.
Kate Harris, “Rescue the Perishing, Care for the Dying: The Justice We Must Pursue,” BreakPoint WorldView, January/February 2004.
Kristin Wright, “A Foothold in the Regions of Misery: Human Rights in North Korea,” BreakPoint Online, 9 January 2003.
BreakPoint Commentary No. 050113, “‘Acts of God’ and Acts of Man: Turning Away.”
Stand Today is an organization dedicated to speaking out on behalf of persecuted Christians worldwide.
Chuck Colson is founder and chairman of BreakPoint Online, a Townhall.com member group.

This is shocking stuff, and it needs to be more widely publicized. Write to your representatives, or Secretary of State Rice. North Korea doen't need to be contained. It needs regime change, and that will not happen from within.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

SCIENCE MAGAZINES CENSOR GLOBAL WARMING SKEPTICS

A blogger called Pejmanesque has an excellent post about some science magazines refusing to publish studies that are skeptical about man causing global warming (tip o' the hat to Amy Ridenour). The subject has been a favorite debate topic of mine over the years, and I'm glad to see a crack in the wall of media silence imposed on my side in the debate. I call it a crack because it is only one report in one British media outlet. The magazines deny any censorship, of course.

Being that it's the "fashionable wisdom," perhaps the major benefactors of these publications subscribe to this theory, and the magazines don't want to piss off their patrons. Just a thought. It's important to remember that these magazines have a small actual readership. Their publicity and influence on society is maximized only when larger media outlets report on something they've published. To put a finer point on it: The NY Times isn't going to report about anything skeptical regarding man causing global warming, but will constantly cite any reports in these magazines that confirm man's culpability. If you want to be mentioned in the Times frequently, what do you do?

The "crack in the wall" is important for many reasons. It is the first media report I've seen about this, but it may light a fire under these magazines' asses. Also, the "new media" can start to be a "republisher" of the contrary, or "out of fashion" view, relying on smaller, more independent publications as sources. Further, there is only so long one side in a debate can be silenced. That is why it's good to see these scientists standing up to the scientific journalism community, and "dropping a dime" on them to an "outside" media outlet. Open that crack, and let the sun shine in. Watch the propagandists run like roaches from the light.

PS: For some "contrary" data, here are some excerpts from the Pacific Research Institute's 2005 Index of Leading Environmental Indicators (easy version here).

July 2004 was the coolest July in the last four years. Perhaps that’s partly because the annual rate of increase in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is only about half of what is expected based on man-made emissions. Scientists believe the oceans are absorbing the missing half.

The arctic today, though warmer than it was in 1970, is colder than it was in 1930. In fact, temperatures in Greenland have fallen over the last 15 years. That is leading some scientists to believe that shifts in the wind, rather than temperature change, are responsible for any retreating of the arctic ice. (Tip o' the hat again to Ms. Ridenour, and the "Everything I Know Is Wrong" blog)

Monday, May 02, 2005

I WANT MY PRIVATE ACCOUNT!

Why don't the Republicans just come out and say that the private accounts will SUPPLEMENT the needed decreases in Social Security benefits that are coming anyway! This new talking point about "retirement security" is the lamest tactic yet. While their logis is true, the GOP is not leveling with the public any more than the Dems are, as they gleefully watch from the sidelines. When the President mentioned scaled means testing for the rate of growth of benefits (a fundamentally progressive idea), the Dems HOWLED that even Bill Gates should get his contribution to Social Security fully paid back, if such a thing is possible.

The Dems are standing on their heads on this issue, among others. They are blocking legislation that will help the constituencies they claim as their own, namely the lower and middle class workers, as well as minorities that, as a group, have shorter life expectancies than the national average. Their idea of "add on" private accounts hurts the poor even more than taking a portion (carving out) of Social Security taxes. If private accounts pass, they will cement Republicans as the party of the average person for as long as FDR has done for the Dems. Whether Pres. Bush's private accounts are a "carve out" or an "add on" is irrelevant, in historical terms. He has made the idea of ownership something that those of us with less means can aspire to.

Everyone is scared of the blunt truth: Social Security is a ponzi scheme with the taxpayer as both the recipient and the payer. By locking people over 55 years old into their current levels of benefit increases, the plan is paying off the last generation of scammees, while making better arrangements for people under 55. The reduced retirement benefit will be more than offset by the return on the private account, even if it's invested in Treasury Bonds. Think of it this way: Assume the returns on T-bills are the same as SS payments. Your SS benefits may be cut by 40 percent, but you've been putting 66 percent of your SS taxes into T-bills, which are your own property. This will give you over 120 percent of the income you would've had without the private investment option.

To separate private accounts from Social Security reform is wrongheaded madness. It's about time someone should say so, and bluntly.

I WANT MY PRIVATE ACCOUNT!

Sunday, May 01, 2005

WHY IT'S NOT HYPOCRITICAL FOR CHRISTIANS TO SUPPORT THE DEATH PENALTY

Doug Giles makes a compelling case for Christians to support the death penalty. Here are two relevant paragraphs:

If I were the toad that took the life of the Lundsford or the Lunde girl, the right "Christian" thing to do to show that I "love myself" would be to confess to the crime, give myself up to the police, seek forgiveness from Almighty God (and beg it from all family members of my victim) and then ask to be deleted. I’m not part of the Kool-Aid drinkers who think "loving your enemy as one loves himself" excludes punishing to death the perpetrator—whether it’s someone else or me.

If I did such a damnable act and really loved myself, then I would dutifully subject my person to punishment—in particular to death. Yes, if I really loved myself, I would bear responsibility for my actions, which means that I would insist on taking one for the team by leaving this planet, via execution, because I have just violently offended the sensibility of the entire human collective.

AMEN.