Saturday, September 14, 2002

According to a London newspaper, Saddam Hussein trained Osama Bin Ladin. Now how much change will we see in the "peaceniks" opinions?
Answer: Not a pennys worth.
U.S.S. Clueless, 8:50 p.m
It was brilliant. In fact, it approached genius. In fifteen minutes, Bush completely changed the entire world diplomatic landscape regarding Iraq and how the nations of the world think about Iraq and think about America's threat to attack Iraq.
Ben Fischer's Thoughts, 2:06 p.m
The U.N. speech was already one of the most crushing political moves that I have ever had the privilege to witness. Bush had cut a Gordian knot in such a fashion that it would have made Machiavelli proud, and Lyndon B. Johnson envious. ....
Everywhere you go, you see great results out of plans which are devious in their simplicity. Keep an eye on this president, folks. This guy is making history.

Advantage: Ben Fischer!
(Yeah, I know it's a cheap victory. But I take him from where I can get 'em.)
Polls show that support for an attack on Iraq are rising after Bush's speech.
Something in this Weekly Standard article caught my eye.
Put it this way--the U.N. speech was the first act of a three-act play. If [Democrats] are bailing on their opposition to the president now, wait until people see Act II, when there will be new revelations about just how serious a threat we face.
The U.N. speech was already one of the most crushing political moves that I have ever had the privilege to witness. Bush had cut a Gordian knot in such a fashion that it would have made Machiavelli proud, and Lyndon B. Johnson envious. And that's only Act one? Ye Gods, what the hell can Act Two contain?
Frankly, I think the U.S. is seeing the most effective use of foreign policies and speeches since the Reagan era. Yes, Reagan was arguably not the brightest bulb in the bunch, but he had a spectacular ability to make speeches and foreign policy moves that put the opposition on the defensive. Bush is doing the same thing. Just look at his recent speeches, including the famous Bush speech on how Arafat is no longer acceptable, which changed the entire controversy for the better. Now you see the Palestinians not being as supportive of Arafat. The famous "axis of evil" speech had the effect of increasing the voice of the student movement in Iran. Everywhere you go, you see great results out of plans which are devious in their simplicity. Keep an eye on this president, folks. This guy is making history.
When you think your life sucks, think about this poor man
My dad has a friend. The man is a very smart and funny guy. He used to buy comic books during the 1960's. During that time, he amassed a huge collection, including the original Spiderman, and nearly every Marvel comic book during that time. He also had classic editions of Playboy and Sports Illustrated. One day, he leaves home and goes to college. The next day, the mother decides to throw away his collection of old comic books, Playboy's, and Sports Illustrated. The value of a collection like that today in monetary terms? Well, just by looking here, one can see that the value of the Spiderman comics alone are amazing, pun intented. So remember kiddies, don't let your mother throw away your comic books!
Rand Simberg skewers the famous conspiracy theory that states that man never walked on the moon.
The (Pej)man tells us about an organization we all should be supporting. Specifically, he is starting an "adopt-a-bomb" program. Personally, I want my bomb to be named Suzie.

Thursday, September 12, 2002

I just checked out Instapundit, and he doesn't have Bush's speech up yet! I beat the man! Unfortunatly, he was actually teaching classes at the time, but I still feel proud of myself.
Bush just made a speech that will probably be one of the most significant speeches made this century. The short of it is that the United States is going into Iraq with or without the U.N.'s support. Because of this, the U.N. is now totally irrelevant, as the very nation who founded it does not feel an obligation to be bound by its idiotic actions. Bush was very eloquent and precise in his condemnation of the U.N. I'm very happy that Bush had the guts to go and make that speech to the U.N.

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Tony Pierce tells us about a speech we all wish George would make.
Before this day last year, we did not know.

Before this day last year, we slept.

On this day last year, we knew grief.

On this day last year, we knew fear.

On this day last year, we knew evil.

On this day last year, we learned of bravery.

On this day last year, we learned of mad men who sacrifice the innocent.

On this day last year, we learned of men who sacrificed themselves to protect the innocent.

On this day last year, we learned of those who danced at our countrymen's deaths.

On this day last year, we learned of allies who mourned with us.

On this day last year, a sleeping giant arose, and cried out in pain and anguish.

After that day, we sent vengeance from the skies to those men who had harmed us.

After that day, we learned of our true power.

After that day, we were filled with determination.

Now, a year after that day, we face a turning. This nation is entrenched in another fight for good, another fight for civilization, against forces which can not create, but find great joy in destroying. We will find out whether a country by the people, for the people, and of the people, can defeat those forces which have plagued humanity from time immemorial. The price for winning is high, but the consequences of losing are even greater. God bless the soldiers of our military, god bless those who died on that die, and God bless our country.
Who must do the hard things? Those who can. Shibumi
Oh Absalom, oh Absalom, would it be that I could die for thee! King Solomon, upon hearing of the death of one of his sons.

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

EXTRA! EXTRA! President Bush calls Arafat a complete failure!
I'm happy to see Bush still has his head on straight.
The Christian Science Monitor also has an article comparing the U.S. to past empires. Needless to say, we come off looking very well. It's also interesting seeing what things the other empires did that resemble ours.
The Christian Science Monitor has a very well-researched article describing how America is percieved throughout the world. The whole article is required reading, but let me pick out a few points that I found interesting:
1. "A lot of people just didn't like you because of the war," she remembers. "But no matter what Godforsaken place you found yourself in there was always someone with a Coke, complaining about Vietnam but also asking if you could help them to get a visa to the US.". Isn't that fact ironic? No matter how much America is demonized, everyone still wants to come here.
2. And in South Korea, for the first time, anti-Americanism is no longer a fringe emotion, fashionable on the political extremes. It has become a mainstream current of respectable opinion. Fault-finding with America is becoming an instrument of national solidarity, especially among younger people like Yonsei University student Ham Chang, who thinks older generations that fought alongside US troops have been "brainwashed." But you wouldn't think so to watch a recent music video by popular all-girl Korean band S.E.S. It features cowboy-booted Americans being beaten up, fed to dogs, and tossed off buildings. I think that has to be the most disturbing piece of anti-americanism that I have ever heard of. Don't the South Koreans remember half of what we did for them? Gratitude is fleeting.
3. As gray flood waters crept toward the door of his Prague restaurant last month, waiter Jiri Kolar blamed America. "The floods [the worst in the city's history] are clearly caused by global warming, everybody knows that," he argued, as he took a break from carrying out food and electrical appliances. The important thing to note hear is that enviromental propaganda has clearly made a lot more progross in the European nations. Also, the flood wasn't the biggest in the history. There were some bigger ones before, trust me.
4. In Europe, for example, Washington's almost single-handed prosecution of the war in Afghanistan, and its apparent readiness to stage a preemptive invasion of Iraq alone, has bred the uncomfortable feeling "that we don't matter any longer," says French analyst Dominique Moisi. Yes, that's right. Europe doesn't matter. Horrors of Horrors! Whatever will the civilized world do? (Note: When I say Europe, I do not include Britain. Britain is cool. Britain actually helps, and actually matters.)
5. Americans, she explains "know what they want, and others can't teach them too much. They want the bottom line. They take action. They are capable and have big, good ideas. Damn right!
For more juicy bits, read the article.


Today, I just bought Tommy by the The Who. I'm amazed at the quality of the music, and the themes of the CD. To my surprise, the CD has more to do with God and religion than it does with drugs. I wish more rock albums were like this.
Thanks to Vodkapundit, I found a neat article describing the different ways a war with Iraq could go. The 4 options are:
1. Operation Desert Stun: a sudden, overwhelming attack on the center using air power and Special Forces designed to force a rapid conclusion to the war.
2. Operation Desert Slice: a sequential attack on the various regions of Iraq designed to segment and stabilize the countryside, isolating Hussein in Baghdad.
3. Operation Desert Storm II: an extended air campaign designed to cripple Iraq militarily and economically.
4. Operation Desert Thunder: a multi-divisional armored and mechanized attack on Baghdad.

Personally, I would like to go with Operation Desert Thunder. Why? Because it has the coolest name. Say it with me. Desert Thunder. Doesn't that sound good?

Good news! Colorado College is now inviting Daniel Pipes to speak in response to Hanan Ashwari. Daniel Pipes is one of the foremost historians and commentators on militant Islam. Specifically, he is against it.

Monday, September 09, 2002

Orson Scott Card of Ender's Game fame discusses religous tolerance and extremist Islam. Among many good points that he makes, one in particular that is interesting is the fact that medieval Islam was only tolerant by comparison to the times around it.
Thanks to Tim Blair, I found a list of suggested equipment for protestors of the WTO. Like Tim Blair, I was horrified at the list included. Particularly at the inclusion of baseball bats. Somehow, I doubt that the bats will be used for playing actual baseball.
In my opinion, one of the best things an inquiring mind can find in this world is someone from the opposite end of the political spectrum with whom one aggrees on a few key topics, and who has some fine writing ability. Christopher Hitchens has always played that role for me, ever since I read his Vanity Fair article about Mother Theresa and her faults. Mr. Hitchens plays that role once again. I would encourage everybody on the political spectrum to read his latest right now.

Sunday, September 08, 2002

Little Green Footballs has dug up old photos of the Palestinians celebrating 9/11.