Saturday, April 30, 2005

Sums up the U.N.

Here is a great quote from Victor Hansen that pretty well sums up the U.N.

"The United Nations has sadly become a creepy organization. Its General Assembly is full of cutthroat regimes. The Human Rights Commission has had members like Vietnam and Sudan, regimes that at recess must fight over bragging rights to which of the two killed more of their own people. The U.N. has a singular propensity to find flawed men to be secretary-general — a Kurt Waldheim, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, or Kofi Annan. Blue-helmeted peace-keepers, we learn, are as likely to commit as prevent crimes; and the only thing constant about such troops is that they will never go first into harm's way in Serbia, Kosovo, the Congo, or Dafur to stop genocide. Even worse, the U.N. has proved to be a terrible bully, an unforgivable sin for a self-proclaimed protector of the weak and innocent — loud false charges against Israel for its presence in the West Bank, not a peep about China in Tibet; tough talk about Palestinian rights, far less about offending Arabs over Darfur. So U.N. anti-Americanism is a glowing radiation badge, proof of exposure to toxicity."
Go and read the whole article.

h/t to RightWing News and Wires from the Bunker

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

"Compromise" on the Constitutional Option

Some time ago I posted my opinion of the "So-Called Nuclear Option." Well, today it looks as if the Damn-icrats and Republicans have blinked.

In private talks, Reid said he was willing to allow two of Bush's seven contested appeals court nominees pass through the confirmation process, but only if Republicans drop threats to ban judicial filibusters (search), officials said Monday.

The Damn-icrats have agreed to let TWO of President Bush's federal court nominations go through, if the Republicans drop the move to end judicial filibusters. That is two of twelve nomiations that have been held up for four years by Senate Damn-icrats. Oh, well isn't that so nice of them to stop subverting the constitution on two nominations, but it gets better.

The Nevada Democrat also wants a third appointee to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (search) to be replaced by one chosen by Michigan's two Democratic senators, on top of the two Bush nominees to that court.

Now you want the Republicans to put one of your liberal nominations in for two of Bush's. This is insane. The constitution give the President the power to appoint federal judges. End of story. I certainly don't recall Carter or Clinton asking the Republicans to pick federal judges, or give a two-for-one sale on the constitution. The Senate Republicans need to "pull the trigger" and end the unconstitutional filibuster blocking Bush's nominations. If the Damn-icrats want compromise, they need to get out of the way and begin working with the other side of the isle.

"Complexities and Subtleties"

From WorldNet Daily...

I'm not too familiar with Maggie Gyllenhaal or her work, but it's going on four or so years after 9/11 and nonsense such as hers is not only getting distinctly tedious, but increasingly irrelevant.

Why does it always seem that actors and actresses always apply the Tao of Oprah to major geo-political matters? There's always qualifiers with liberals. Sure, they feel bad that you were mugged...but you are awfully rich and successful, you know, and, well, that engenders feelings of disenfranchisement. Sure, they feel bad that when burned alive in the Twin Towers, or plummeted to your doom...but, well, you were somehow contributing to unrest in the Middle East while putting together paper clip animals in your office. Just don't ask for any specific details; liberals tend to get even fuzzier than usual when pressed for them, though I'm sure Instant-Indian Ward Churchill can make some up on the spot.

And then there's "bravery." Hollywood has strange notions of what constitutes bravery. They occasionally get it right in their films but in real life...

You're 'brave' if you "ask questions (ie, slag) about the United States...and where's its headed," while trying to look pained and/or solemn.

You're 'brave' if you go abroad to tell the anti-American crowd what the anti-American crowd wants to hear.

You're 'brave' if you are nuanced and prone to such various complexities and subtleties that you can't do much else besides be nuanced, complexed, and subtle while dull workaday types from Fly-Over Land charge into burning buildings, wrestle with terrorists for control of the cockpit, storm Kabul and Baghdad, or vote for democracy in the face of insurgent violence.

I mean, come on. Those guys are, like, losers. And pass the cheese and capers. Did you hear my agent's got a new script?

Monday, April 25, 2005

Another One for the Obvious File

Here is an unsuprising little piece, that ending the assault weapon ban in September didn't bring about the end of civilization as the liberals predicted.

Despite dire predictions that the streets would be awash in military-style guns, the expiration of the decade-long assault weapons ban last September has not set off a sustained surge in the weapons' sales, gun makers and sellers say. It also has not caused any noticeable increase in gun crime in the past seven months, according to several metropolitan police departments.

Considering the fact that the assult weapon ban was just another feel-good piece of legislation that had no real affect on the "real world" I don't find it supprising that the our streets aren't "awash in military-style guns."

And This is in on the BBC

I used to think BBC was for Britain's Best Communists, but this is making me rethink that judgment.

British Broadcasting Corporation decided to conduct a little vox populi around Iraq:

"Two years after the statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled in Baghdad, marking the fall of the city to US-led forces, BBC asked seven Iraqis for their thoughts on how life has changed for them since the conflict."

The results were surprising, certainly for the BBC, whose attitude towards the liberation of Iraq has always been at best lukewarm. They were surprising for me too, not so much in what the seven Iraqis had to say, but that the BBC still chose to run the story.

Surprising to you maybe...

Here's Saad, 32, sound engineer from Basra: "Iraqis are feeling better. They are breathing the air of freedom. They read, watch and say what they want. They travel, work and receive a living wage. They use mobile phones, satellite dishes and the internet, which they did not even know before... As for terrorism, we are now beginning to unite against it and to defeat it."

GASP! You mean the Iraqi people are better off after the mean ol' Americans ousted the homicidal maniac, Saddam Hussein. Color me surprised.

The piece is a good read, go over and take a look.

H/T to ACE.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Another European Law We Need

Given the love affair that U.S. liberal judges have with European law (ie. Justice Ginsburg) maybe they should look at this fun law.

ROME (Reuters) - Dog owners in Turin will be fined up to 500 euros ($650) if they don't walk their pets at least three times a day, under a new law from the city's council.

People will also be banned from dyeing their pets' fur or "any form of animal mutilation" for merely aesthetic motives such as docking dogs' tails, under the law about to be passed in the northern Italian city.

"In Turin it will be illegal to turn one's dog into a ridiculous fluffy toy," the city's La Stampa daily reported.

Italians can already be fined up to 10,000 euros and spend a year in prison if found guilty of torturing or abandoning their pets, but Turin's new rules go into much greater detail.

Dogs may be led for walks by people on bicycles, the rules say, "but not in a way that would tire the animal too much."

Ok, I think lopping your dog's tail off just "cause it looks kewl" is rather mean. However, you can't walk your dog if it tires the animal too much. Better not run with your dog, he might get tired. I wonder if there are provisions for drinking out of the toilet and three square meals from the garbage can a day?

Civil Rights Abuses in Germany

Yes, Germany, that paragon of liberal ideals (at least according to some) is abusing the rights of cannibals. Yup, you heard it, cannibals. In Janurary 2004, Armin Meiwes was convicted of charges of manslaughter for murdering and eating a victim he met on the internet. Meiwes claimed that his victim was a willing participant in the, shall we say, meal.

Meiwes admitted to killing a Berlin computer specialist, Bernd-Juergen B, he met via the Internet, but was spared a murder conviction as the victim had asked to be eaten in a startling case of sexual fetishism.

Because the victim was a willing participant, Meiwes was only convicted of manslaughter, not murder. Hey, he wanted to be killed, dismembered, cooked and eaten. However, now the German court system thinks he got off too easy.

A top German court ordered a cannibal to be retried Friday, saying his manslaughter conviction for killing and eating a willing victim was too lenient. "The conviction only for manslaughter and not for murder does not stand up to legal review," the Federal Court of Justice said in a statement, upholding an appeal by prosecutors.

How dare they say that a cannibal can't murder and eat people! Where is the German equivalent of the ACLU crying that Meiwes' civil rights are being violated? Why did it have to get all the way to the Federal Court of Justice before anyone said "Hay, wait, what the hell are we doing letting an admitted cannibal get with murder?" At least someone finally did. Perhaps there is still hope for Europe.

Monday, April 18, 2005

UN: The REAL Video Game

First of all, this isn't entirely a joke...

I've come across some tepid ideas in the realm of video games, and the U.N. World Food Programme's "Food Force" is right up there with them. Anyway, long story short, an idealized U.N. that actually works and comes to the aid of those in need (before they are all dead) is the star of this show. Sweaty-palmed gamers hoping to jack cars, roll goblins for their +1 shortswords, or bust a cap on some Imperial stormtroopers are advised to look elsewhere.

Despite the fact that the game apparently takes place in the war-torn, fictional country of Sehylan, there is no combat or opportunity to act all unilateral. You drop food from helicopters. And, you set up farming projects. There may be paperwork involved. Does this sound as boring to you as it does me?

I mean, come on. If you're going to do a U.N. game, do it right, because the U.N. is basically Grand Theft Auto without baseball bats (though I'm pretty sure hookers would still be in the game. Or at least child sex workers, right?) But food for refugees? Pfft. There's palaces to build and Swiss bank accounts to pad! Let the US work the kitchen...

Player mission: play the U.N. or "play" the U.N.; either way, it's fun. Play the U.N., and it's up to you to consider possibly thinking about thinking about drafting a draft of a memo in regards the Human Rights Situation in Shlockistan. Or play as the Head Waiter-turned-Generalissmo of Shlockistan and defy U.N. resolution number 11,547. No matter what, there's plenty of opportunities for graft, corruption, nepotism, spite, and "benign" neglect. Just make sure to stick to the US! Expansion packs include: Grand Theft Annan - It's Kojo's Fault, and Sims Rwanda.

Double Standards

A couple weeks ago, the liberal media hacks went nuts over a memo written by a republican staffer. The memo, mentioned that the Terri Schiavo story was "a great political issue." The left then took aim at the republicans and chastised them for using an innocent woman for political gain. (Too bad they couldn't see clear to save said innocent woman from a long and arduous death.)

The memo was first reported March 18 by ABC News' Linda Douglass on "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings." It referred to the battle over the removal of the feeding tube from Schiavo, a severely brain-damaged Florida woman, as "a great political issue."

I agree to an extent. It is bad taste to use the Terri Schiavo case purely for political points. However, we are talking about politicians here. Many of them will say anything to get elected. I am more interested in the character of the person making the claim. So, if a politician jumped on the Schiavo bandwagon, but their voting history, and their speeches don't show a consistent record on such issues, the one issue doesn't mean very much.

Anyway, back to the double standard. Our favorite screaming meanie, Howard Dean, that paragon of centrist politics, took a crack at the Schiavo issue too. (Site requires registration. BTW, I tried to find it in any other site that did not require registration, but guess what, I can't find it yet.)

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Friday that his party would wield the Terri Schiavo case against Republicans in the 2006 and 2008 elections, but for now needed to stay focused battling President Bush on Social Security.

Now I am waiting for all the liberal hacks to run about screaming bloody murder that Dean would dare use the case of an innocent woman for political gain.



Guess I will be waiting for a long time.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Andrea Dworkin Quotes

In celebration rememberance of Andrea Dworkin's passing, I dug up some of her more "interesting" quotes. Enjoy.

A commitment to sexual equality with males is a commitment to becoming the rich instead of the poor, the rapist instead of the raped, the murderer instead of the murdered.

Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice. Rape, originally defined as abduction, became marriage by capture. Marriage meant the taking was to extend in time, to be not only use of but possession of, or ownership.

Note: why the hell did she get married then?

Men know everything - all of them - all the time - no matter how stupid or inexperienced or arrogant or ignorant they are.

Ah, the loving wife.

Only when manhood is dead - and it will perish when ravaged femininity no longer sustains it - only then will we know what it is to be free.

Wild intelligence abhors any narrow world; and the world of women must stay narrow, or the woman is an outlaw. No woman could be Nietzsche or Rimbaud without ending up in a whorehouse or lobotomized.

Women, for centuries not having access to pornography and now unable to bear looking at the muck on the supermarket shelves, are astonished. Women do not believe that men believe what pornography says about women. But they do. From the worst to the best of them, they do.

Kerry Says Democrats are Dumb

Well, that's the impression I get from this article. Former presidential hopeful John Kerry was whining about losing the election, again, to a group from the League of Women Voters.

Kerry also cited examples Sunday of how people were duped into not voting. "Leaflets are handed out saying Democrats vote on Wednesday, Republicans vote on Tuesday."

So, Senator, are you saying that Democrats are so stupid that they would belief a leaflet left on their door, or car rather than the volumous media coverage that stated the elections were on Tuesday?

Terri Schiavo Part Deux?

I am not sure what to make of this story so I sat on it for a few days. I have not heard anything about this in the legacy media (msm) and only one new source has been covering it.. WorldNet Daily has been reporting that a woman by the name of Mae Magourik is in a hospice and being denied food and liquids.

In a situation recalling the recent death of Terri Schiavo in Florida, an 81-year-old widow, denied nourishment and fluids for nearly two weeks, is clinging to life in a hospice in LaGrange, Ga., while her immediate family fights desperately to save her life before she dies of starvation and dehydration.

Now some may start to cry "right to die" as they did with Terri Schiavo, but there are some serious differences here. In this case, Mrs. Magourik made her wishes well known. She had the presence of mind to make a living will that states that she DOES NOT WANT food and hydration withheld if she is not terminal.

Mae Magouirk was not terminally ill, comatose nor in a "vegetative state," when Hospice-LaGrange accepted her as a patient about two weeks ago upon the request of her granddaughter, Beth Gaddy, 36, an elementary school teacher.

In her living will, Magouirk stated that fluids and nourishment were to be withheld only if she were either comatose or "vegetative," and she is neither.

Now, I have to be the first to eat crow. I did not state publicly this, but it was my belief that the Terri Schiavo case would not cause an avalanche of "right to die" cases where non-terminal patients would be put to death with or without a living will. I might be wrong on that. This appears to be a case of a relatively healthy older woman being starved at the request of her granddaughter for the hell of it.

Also upon Gaddy's request and without prior legal authority, since March 28 Hospice-LaGrange has denied Magouirk normal nourishment or fluids via a feeding tube through her nose or fluids via an IV. She has been kept sedated with morphine and ativan, a powerful tranquilizer.

You read that right, without prior legal authority, and in violation of her living will, Magourik's granddaughter had her tranquilized and starved. If Magourik had been allowed to die, this would be a case of murder in my opinion. However, due to the rather limited media exposure, Magourik was airlifted to University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center.

Mae Magouirk, the 81-year-old Georgia widow over whose medical care a family tug-of-war reminiscent of the Terri Schiavo case has been raging, has been transported from the hospice in LaGrange, Ga., to the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center, according to her nephew, where "she is receiving food, fluids, cardiac care and neurological help."

Under the terms of an April 4 court order, Magouirk's medical treatment was to be decided by three cardiologists tasked with deciding what treatment would be best and where it should take place.

Happy ending, case closed, right? Wrong. First, the fact that a non-custodial guardian was able to deny food and hydration to a non-terminal, non-comatose patient despite her clearly stated wishes set forth in a living will, is a frightening president. The "right to die" crowd's argument in the Terri Schiavo case was that death was her wish. That if you don't want to be "artificially" supported with food and water you should explicitly state such in a living will. (A horribly backwards argument in my opinion.) Yet, here we have someone with such a statement still being starved. This is a scary legal president.

Second, there are some questions about the validity of the story. When I first heard the new report, I looked up the story and passed it along to a media personality I correspond with regularly. His reply was that he was unable to confirm the facts of the story. This was supported by John Hawkins of RightWing News.

I tried doing a little follow-up on my own but couldn't reach Ken Mullinax and oddly enough, although I reached the Hospice-LaGrange, they denied having a Mae Magouirk on the premises. I then called back and spoke to the admissions to verify. They also denied that they had a Mae Magouirk there.

So things may not be on the up and up with this story. A call goes out for help in a Terri Schiavo-esque story where a living will is being violated. But when questions of the authenticity of the story come up, it is resolved with a relatively happy ending, but chilling warning. Almost sounds too convenient. This is an issue which will have to be watched, very, very carefully.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

John Kerry Blows (CIA Agent's Cover)

Did I get ya with the head line? Did I? Huh, Huh?

Anyway, John F. Kerry, former Presidential Candidate, Senator, and All-Time Chuckel Head revieled the name of an undercover CIA operative.

Committee Chairman Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., both mentioned a name, [Name Removed Because I Am Not A Chuckel Head], that had not previously come up in public accounts of the intelligence flap.

It is not clear whether [A-Hem] is the undercover officer, but an exchange between Kerry and Bolton suggests that he may be.

Ok, well Dick did it too, but you would think that an upstanding military officer like Kerry would know better. Hahahahahahaha.

Ding, Dong the Witch is...

Dead. Andrea Dwarken, renown feminist and lesbian died yesterday at the age of 58.

Dworkin died Monday at her home in Washington, said her husband, John Stoltenberg.
Uhm what was that?

She and Stoltenberg, who were openly gay, began living together in 1974 and married in 1998.

Uhm, "She and Stoltenberg, who were openly gay" ok, sorry folks, I am still trying to wrap my mind around that. Ok, was she married to a gay man? Why?

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Freedom of Speech*

*As long as you are a liberal.

Its rather interesting to see the reaction that blogging is having in political circles. Notable politicians have begun calling for regulation of blogs. To that end, the city of San Fancisco is considering new laws regulating blogs.

Just when you thought the Federal Election Commission had it out for the blogosphere, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors took it up a notch and announced yesterday that it will soon vote on a city ordinance that would require local bloggers to register with the city Ethics Commission and report all blog-related costs that exceed $1,000 in the aggregate.

Blogs that mention candidates for local office that receive more than 500 hits will be forced to pay a registration fee and will be subject to website traffic audits, according to Chad Jacobs, a San Francisco City Attorney.

Ok, I want to see how that one works. If you live in SF but your blog is hosted outside the city, do you have to pay? What about if you live outside SF and your blog is hosted in the city? How the heck do they plan on tracking down SF resident bloggers? This has to be one of the frickin dumbest ideas I have heard. It just shows how the politicians have no freaking clue.

Next story, the Canadian courts ordered a media blackout (publication ban) of a current government investigation of government corruption.

A political scandal involving the Public Works Ministry, a government effort called the Sponsorship Program, and allegations of corruption in the ruling Liberal Party has Canada abuzz with rumors of payoffs, Mob ties, and snap elections. For the last two years, Canadian politics has been gripped by the so-called “sponsorship scandal” – tens of millions of dollars in government contracts which were funneled into advertising firms closely connected with the Liberal government for little or no work, but with shadowy rumours that much of the money found its way back into Liberal coffers. Prime Minister Paul Martin, himself a Liberal, appointed the Gomery Commission to investigate these charges and determine whether to bring charges against government officials for corruption and malfeasance.

So what happens? A U.S. blog, Captain's Quarters (now in the links list) publishes it.

OTTAWA -- A U.S. website has breached the publication ban protecting a Montreal ad executive's explosive and damning testimony at the federal sponsorship inquiry. The U.S. blogger riled the Gomery commission during the weekend by posting extracts of testimony given in secret Thursday by Jean Brault.

So what is the deal? What is wrong with free speech? Hustler magazine can publish pictures of naked chicks (not that there is anything wrong with that, if you're over eighteen) but bloggers can't discuss our opinions about Dan Rather and his forged document collection? I guess rights are a good thing as long as its their rights, and not ours.

Update: Oops forgot my Hat Tips to Ace (who is playing teasing us that he is retiring. I think he is just mad he didn't sell enough t-shirts. Dude how many bloggers are under XL?) and Chirs Muir.

Out of the Frying Pan (Update on the Minutemen Project)

Well, the minutemen, who I mentioned in this previous post, have finally caught the government's eye. The government of Mexico, not the U.S., however. Mexican President Vincente Fox has ordered the Mexican Army on to stand-by and actually ordered 1,000 troops on to the border.

"The Mexican military is on stand-by," reports NBC's Tucson affiliate KVOA. "One unit has about a thousand soldiers. They're located just across the border."

WTF is up with that!?!? So some civilians decide to keep people from crossing into the U.S. illegally and the Mexican military is put on alert? So, is it now the Mexican government's policy to order its citizens to the U.S.? Do they think it is a right to enter the U.S. illegally? What is the deal?

"We totally reject the idea of these migrant-hunting groups. We will use the law, international law and even U.S. law to make sure these types of groups, which are a minority, will not have any opportunity to progress."

These guys are on OUR SIDE of the border. They are OUR problem. Not an international problem, not a Mexican problem. As I stated, I don't think this is a good idea. But I think the idea of trying to intimidate our political system by posting your military on our border is unacceptable. Consider if you will, the security YOU, Mexico have lived in due to the good relationship you have with your neighbor to the North and the Monroe Doctrine, before you do something rash.

Yup, He's Still Dead

If you have been in the hills without a T.V., radio, Blackberry, cell phone, or other communication device, you might have missed that the Pope died Saturday. I can not even come close to stating the importance of (St. ?) John Paul (The Great?)'s contribution to the Roman Catholic faith or the world in general. But do we have to show is body on display 24/7 on the news? Its not like he is going to jump up and do a jig, or something. Yeah, I can understand showing the reaction of people around the world. I can understand spending a few minutes each night on the evening news talking about it. But all dead pope, all the time?

I may watch the Pope's funeral on Friday. I have to teach in the morning anyway, I may try to get up and watch it. How many Papal funerals am I bound to see? (Ok, so far two, but who's counting.) Maybe we should start the Pope channel. For those who want to watch the Pope's body 24/7 you can tune into channel 2460947560 on cable and 0213456712340956823975 without a converter.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Modern-Day Minutemen

Its a sad day when the U.S. goverment cannot control its own border and the citizens feel obliged to patrol the border.

About 1,200 people, mainly from the Southwest, were expected to attend events including stationing people along the border 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the next 30 days in a type of massive neighborhood-watch program.

Not sure I like this idea. Not the racist profile, or the "gun-toting, nut-job" angle (hell, I fall into the second catagory) but rather the idea that I fear this is a recipe for disaster. Having a bunch of civilians, with little or no training, plodding around in the dark with the heavily armed boarder patrol doesn't sound like a good idea.

Now some are characterizing these "minutemen" as a bunch of racistm red-neck hay-seeds I don't see the idea of trying to stop illeagal immigration as being racist.

Armando Navarro, a University of California-Riverside political science professor and coordinator of the National Alliance for Human Rights (search), made up mostly of Hispanic activists, had some harsher words for the Minutemen.
"They have advertised nationally for volunteers to come in and enjoy the climate in the hunt against Mexicans. Literally, that's the language that they have used to promote their nativist, racist politics," Navarro charged.

In addition to the political fall-out in the U.S., the "minutemen" have drawn the attention of Latin-American, Al Qaeda allied, gang MS-13.

NACO, Ariz. -- Members of a violent Central America-based gang have been sent to Arizona to target Minuteman Project volunteers, who will begin a monthlong border vigil this weekend to find and report foreigner sneaking into the United States, project officials say.

So, on the one side we have liberal professors calling the minutemen racist, on the other side, armed, terrorist, gang members. If this isn't a bad situtation all around, I am not sure what is.

Friday, April 01, 2005

I Don't Like Michael Schiavo

That is an understatement. I first heard of the whole Terri Schiavo mess a few years ago. I used her case as an example in several of my classes when discussing persistent vegetative states. I didn't take one side or the other in terms of killing her, but used her as a modern reference to the condition.

As the story became more of a national media event, naturally, I became more informed on the issue. I have some doubts that she really was in a PVS as I studied it in college. Maybe she was, maybe not. We will never know at this point. However, as the hyperbole on both sides increased, I tried to keep an open mind in regards to Michael Schiavo's motives. In the last weeks of Terri's life, many accusations have been made against Mr. Schiavo. And as I said, I wanted to believed that most, if not all, but just angry people saying angry things.

Schiavo's behavior in the last hours of his "wife's" life, have changed that. For what reason would he release a video of Terri in her last hours, after fobiding reporters access to her for fifteen years? For what reason would you have Terri's brother and sister forcibly removed from her room just prior to her death? For what reason would you forbid her parents from joining her bedside as she died? For what reason would you deny the family the closure of a funeral? For what reason would you move the body to Pennsylvania, when you and her family live in Florida? For what reason other than he is an arrogant, self-absorbed, jerk.

"I'm not Dead Yet!"

But you'll be stone dead in a minute.

It appears that the Pope is on his lasts legs. Even though I am not Catholic, I must take a moment to pay tribute to one of the people who helped bring down communism .

God speed JPII.

While We're On Ends...

That of the US, according to this guy, isn't going to be pretty, either.

Originally, I tried to link to this story as it appeared per the Jerusalem Post, but something's up with that site, so I linked to Jihad Watch. Hats off and so forth.

My inkling is that things have become so dicey for Islamic Jihad these days - following elections in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon - that many radical Muslims have basically started casting runes and reading entrails in hopes of finding a favorable sign, somewhere, anywhere.

This is about as much scientific research and analysis went into Palestinian scholar-lite Silwadi's report - that the US will end in 2007 as the result of an enormous tsunami. We won't be entirely wiped out, Silwadi cautions - that would have grave economic implications for the world - but we'll get soaked enough that we'll cease to be a superpower. He kind of reminds me of the guy who'd like to see his boss dead but still wants to get his paycheck each week.

This is fuzzy stuff we're talking here; Nostradamus is lucid by comparison. Because the Pharaoh is punished for his arrogance and pride, and because Silwadi thinks the US commits the same said sins, the US will be punished by Allah, too. He claims, as per Jihad Watch:

a careful reading and analysis of words appearing in the Opening and Yusuf suras show that the US will exist for only 231 years.

How did he reach that number? Silwadi said that by combing a number of suras hinting at US sins he reached the numbers 1776 (the year the US achieved independence) and 231. He added the two numbers and the result was 2007, the year when the US is expected to disappear....

In an attempt to find a reference to this metaphor in the Koran, Silwadi said he counted 1776 verses from the beginning of the Koran until he reached verse 26 of the Ibrahim Sura, which states: "And the parable of an evil word is as an evil tree pulled up from the earth's surface; it has no stability."

Pfft. Got prophecy? How about this - and this is true - I share the same first name, last name, same birthday (October 20th) as an African-American man I met online some years back. My conclusion? Coincidence. Silwadi's? A sign of some coming apocalypse after he totaled twice the month and date upon which we were both born, arriving at the mystical number SIXTY, which, as well know, follows that which is FIFTY-NINE and proceeds that which is SIXTY-ONE...

I've seen more logic expended on determining winning lottery tickets. And that's all this is, really: radical Islam's winning lotto ticket.