Thursday, March 07, 2002

Gotta luv a Heinleinian pseudonym. Rational talk on the steel thing here.
Bernhard Bloviates

Via Drudge this from Sandra B in the WaPo:

As if to prove that she remains as dangerous as ever, she had this to say about President Bush and his performance post 9-11:

"It's pretty dismal and pretty scary," she said.

Talk about dismal and scary; pot meet ms. kettle.

Of course, we suggested, Bernhard would say that as a liberal person from New York City.

"I'm an intelligent person from America," she riposted and launched a heated blast. "I was born in Michigan and raised in Arizona, and while I do reside in New York, I travel the country extensively. Any thinking person who lives in the world would be disturbed at what's going on right now.

OK, so far. I am disturbed by terrorist plots against the US, the Mideast troubles, the Colombia situation...

I think Bush is amateurish and self-serving, and frankly it's disgusting.

Me too! That steel tariff is hypocritical and craven. If he signs campaign finance I'll really be steamed!

I think everybody is covering their [posteriors] with the Enron scandal and it was very convenient that Sept. 11 came along to deflect the fact that they should never have been in the White House in the first place. What happened in the election was completely corrupt."

Huh! I thought you were supposed to be "an intelligent person from America." How come you sound like every other UV'd in the substrate, hard wired, talking point regurgitating, anti-America lefty that is out there? Enron is a nonevent. Hey thinking gal, what did the administration do wrong there? Take political contributions? Where is the quid pro quo? In the immortal words of Ken Lay, "Thanks for nuthin', Dick."

As for your next statement, are you really implying that the attacks were a distraction from the Florida fiasco in which even blatant fraud and attempts to deny our overseas service members their franchise failed to elect the Gorebot? Are you sure it wasn't the Mossad? Maybe the Bushies struck a deal:

Karl Rove: This damn recount stuff just won't go away.

Andy Card: Mr. President, I think it's time we, ah, exercised that option we discussed...

POTUS: Awright, gimme th' phone.... Yeah, uh Ari, hi, no fine, lissen, whassaname a those spy guys you got... yeah the Mossad, well here's the deal, how would you like a whole lot more chain in dealin' with those damn neighbors a yers? Right...zactly... Hell I don' care, just make sure its in blue country so they'll support the war and forget about that damn Florida stuff.....

Riiiight. In your dreams Skeletor.

Tuesday, March 05, 2002

In a related rant...

Juan adroitly minces the whole "I may not agree with him, but I respect his right to say it," crap as it relates to the likes of hard wired leftist idiots like Rall and Sontag. Similar to that sentiment is the unwillingness of many to "judge" anybody. I expect that one comes from the old canards about ambling in others' footwear and dust jackets not being related to the quality of the content of a tome.

WRT to the former, I don't need to be a rapist or a killer to know one who participates in such activities is bad for society. Strawman you say? OK, you must mean we have to have endured the horrible childhood and upbringing that led the lad to commit such terrible acts before we deign "judge" him? So therefore all of us must be poor criminals from broken homes in order to make value judgements. One would think such poor cretins would be least qualified to judge. What would they use for context? With no judging going on (except by the most unfit to do so), societal norms would begin to disintegrate and that which was unacceptable before would become the norm. Since this is not always a bad thing (Woman's and black suffrage, acceptance of homosexuals) it is tempting to put a lot of stock in the "don't judge" mantra. The fact is that nonjudgementalism, in conjunction with its pal, undeserved self esteem is responsible for putting many on the path that leads to jail or worse. Most of these souls would have been spared had someone cared enough to judge and correct early on.

As far as appearances go in revealing the quality of the content, that one falls to reality as well. Maybe it was the story of Cinderella that first inspired the virtue of shabbiness, but in the real world how one looks, or rather how one presents himself, matters. Any apple may be rotten inside, but would you buy one with visible blemishes if there was a better looking one available? How one is attired and groomed demonstrates a respect for one's peers, supervisors and subordinates. Who would you tend to leave with your kids; a face pierced and tattooed kid in a Dead Milkmen T shirt and ripped jeans or a fresh (and metal free) faced fellow in Dockers and a Polo shirt? As Theodore Dalrymple writes in the latest NRODT, while not all with tattoos are criminals, almost all hardened criminals have tattoos. Sure, the dockers kid may in fact be an aspiring Catholic priest, but most of the time in the real world, WYSIWYG.

Monday, March 04, 2002

The Zoomie Zings

Air Force General Myers, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff sez about the recent pitched fighting in eastern Afghanistan:
"We knew that al-Qaida would have two choices, to run or stay and fight. It seems they have chosen to stay and fight to the last, and we hope to accommodate them."

Like the Uberblogger, I agree that these guys are not worth capturing and favor taking no prisoners other than for intel purposes.

What, no bayonet!?

I am briefly amused by a "What kind of..." quiz. The result is below. Egads! I could probably carry that monstrosity (I did answer yes to "Are you heavy?"). It looks like an assault rifle beset upon by a congressional committee. One hopes the version that makes it to the troopers is substantiually less clunky. (Though it might come in handy if we are attacked by giant alien bugs...)

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