Saturday, August 17, 2002

If anybody was wondering (or cares)

Posts are lighter because of a coupla’ few things:

  1. I’ve a new job that I am happy to say absorbs much of my time and creative energy. If things go well, in a year or so I’ll be wealthy enough to hang out and bang out commentary of Den Bestean quality and quantity.
  2. In the meantime, since there is a sales component (to Europeans even!) to my new work, and I am not an anonablogger, I figure it might be a good idea to tone it down a little bit and stick to less transatlantically volatile subjects.
  3. I don’t feel quite so compelled to blog ideas and commentary now that the blogosphere has gained sufficient population that no Dowd article goes unfisked. If there is an issue that I might be especially suited to comment upon, like local politics or dragon survivability versus modern naval forces, I will. Otherwise, I am happy to watch new ideas make laps in the meme pool, regardless of who threw them in. The cool thing is that it is happening.
  4. There is so much good stuff to read out there. It truly heartens me to see regular Joes and Janes setting down in the ether reasoned, critical, and logically sound arguments shed light on the PoMo tripe and PC blather the academy and media have been able to promulgate, practically unchallenged, for so long. Like Tony said, the reason the blogosphere seems so libertarian/ojectivist/dynamist/conservative is that leftism in all its forms can’t stand the heat of criticism and reason.

Thursday, August 15, 2002

Now This is a Rant

Since I am busy with real work, I thought I'd post the below, which is making the email rounds. While my libertarian side gets twitchy at talk of what a citizen owes the state, I have to say, as has been pointed out by many, including Captain Manisacalo below, that the public face of the so called Muslim community has been less than reassuring re their loyalty to American ideals or even acceptance of different cultures. It reminds me of the old maxim about keeping a restaurant's restrooms clean. I knew a guy who would check out an unfamiliar place’s bathroom before he committed to sitting down for a meal. His reasoning was that if what they showed the public was that bad, then the state of the kitchen (what the public didn’t see) must be worse. Post 9-11 Muslim leadership does not even give good lip service. I wonder what it is like in the back…



I've been trying to say this since 9-11. I guess I will be labeled as a bigoted American

By: American Airlines Pilot - Captain John Maniscalco


"You worry me. I wish you didn't. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don't blend in anymore. I notice you, and it worries me. I notice you because I can't help it anymore. People from your homelands, professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends for more than 20 years now. I don't fully understand their grievances and hate but I know that nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.

On September 11, nineteen ARAB MUSLIMS hijacked four jetliners in my country. They cut the throats of women in front of children and brutally stabbed to death others. They took control of those planes and crashed them into buildings killing thousands of proud fathers, loving sons, wise grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favorite coaches, fearless public servants, and children's mothers. So I notice you now. I don't want to be worried. I don't want to be consumed by the same rage and hate and prejudice that has destroyed the soul of these terrorists. But I need your help. As a rational American, trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and unsafe world, I must know how to tell the difference between you, and the Arab/Muslim terrorist.

How do I differentiate between the true Arab/Muslim Americans and the Arab/Muslims in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying our parks, and living in OUR communities under the protection of OUR constitution, while they plot the next attack that will slaughter those very same good neighbors and children? The events of September 11th changed the answer. It is not my responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country, with ALL of its religions, with ALL of its different citizens, with all of its faults. It is time for every Arab/Muslim in this country to determine it for me.

I want to know, I demand to know, and I have a right to know whether or not you love America. Do you pledge allegiance to its flag? Do you proudly display in front of your house, or on your car? Do you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation, that He will protect and prosper it? Or do you pray that Allah with destroy it in one of your "Jihads"? Are you thankful for the freedom that only this nation affords?

A freedom that was paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of patriots who gave their lives for this country? Are you willing to preserve this freedom by paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love America? If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME know about it.

Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions you are taking as a community and as a religion to protect the United States of America.

Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the death of the innocent because I worry about who you regard as innocent. No more benign overtures of condemnation for the unprovoked attacks because I worry about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more sympathy...I am only interested in action. What will you do for America - our great country --at this time of crisis, at this time of war?

I want to see Arab Muslims waving the AMERICAN flag in the streets. I want to hear you chanting "Allah Bless America". I want to see young Arab/Muslim men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of money, time, and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to this nation as a whole.

The FBI has a list of over 400 people they want to talk to regarding the WTC attack. Many of these people live and socialize in Muslim communities.

You know them. You know where they are. Hand them over to us, now! But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action. Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter. You have disappeared from the streets. You have posted armed security guards at your facilities. You have threatened lawsuits. You have screamed for protection from reprisals.

The very few Arab/Muslim representatives that HAVE appeared in the media were defensive and equivocating. They seemed more concerned with making sure that the United States proves who was responsible before taking action.

They seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims from violence directed towards them in the United States and abroad than they did with supporting our country and denouncing "leaders" like Khadafi, Hussein, Farrakhan, and Arafat. If the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people then I want chapter and verse from the Koran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to back it up. What good is it if the teachings in the Koran are good and pure and true when your "leaders" are teaching fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance?

It matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if large numbers of the world's Muslims interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion. A form that has been demonstrated to us over and over again. A form whose structure is built upon a foundation of violence, death, and suicide. A form whose members are recruited from the prisons around the world. A form whose members defended Johnny Cochran and O. J. Simpson after the latter butchered his wife and murdered an innocent friend. A form whose members (some as young as five years old) are seen day after day, week in and week out, year after year, marching in the streets around the world, burning effigies of our presidents, burning the American flag, shooting weapons into the air. A form whose members convert from a peaceful religion, only to take up arms against the great United States of America, the country of their birth. A form whose rules are so twisted, that their traveling members refuse to show their faces at airport security checkpoints, in the name of Islam.

Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because our women proudly show their faces in public rather than cover up like a shameful whore? Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because we drink wine with dinner, or celebrate Christmas? Do you and you fellow Muslims hate us because we have befriended Israel, the ONLY civilized democratic nation in the entire Middle East?

And if you and your fellow Muslims hate us, then why in the world are you even here?

Are you here to take our money? Are you here to undermine our peace and stability? Are you here to destroy us? If so, I want you to leave. I want you to go back to your desert sandpit where women are treated like rats and dogs.

I want you to takE your religion, your friends, and your family back to your Islamic extremists, and STAY THERE! We will NEVER give in to your influence, your retarded mentality, your twisted, violent, intolerant religion.

We will NEVER allow the attacks of September 11, or any others for that matter, to take away that which is so precious to us: Our rights under the greatest constitution in the world.

I want to know where every Arab/Muslim in this country stands and I think it is my right and the right of every true citizen of this country to demand it.

A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers and sisters who died protecting the very constitution that is protecting you and your family. I am pleading with you to let me know. I want you here as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow American. But there can be no gray areas or ambivalence regarding your allegiance and it is up to YOU, to show ME, where YOU stand."

"Until then ... you worry me." ""

Monday, August 12, 2002

Such a Bargain

Ted Williams could have saved everyone a lot of trouble (and his heirs a lot of money, but screw them) if he'd signed up for this (via Scripting News (handheld edition))
I suppose it beats the costs and hazards of going the corpsicle route. Lots of interesting questions raised by this. Talk amongst yourselves. I've real work to do.