Saturday, November 26, 2005

You Numbah Ten, GI!

Encouraging words from an ally, as reported by insightmag.com:

The overwhelming assessment by Asian officials, diplomats and analysts is that the U.S. military simply cannot defeat China. It has been an assessment relayed to U.S. government officials over the past few months by countries such as Australia, Japan and South Korea. This comes as President Bush wraps up a visit to Asia, in which he sought to strengthen U.S. ties with key allies in the region.

Most Asian officials have expressed their views privately. Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara has gone public, warning that the United States would lose any war with China...

Mr. Ishihara said U.S. ground forces, with the exception of the Marines, are "extremely incompetent" and would be unable to stem a Chinese conventional attack. Indeed, he asserted that China would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons against Asian and American cities - even at the risk of a massive U.S. retaliation.

First, but every twenty years or so, everybody who's anybody in another country makes this dismal assessment of U.S. military capability. You know, the same incompetents who rolled up the Taliban and Saddam Hussein in about the time it will take me to finish this paragraph. Interesting to see Mr. Ishihara spared the Marines similar judgment, especially since I don't recall Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, or Okinawa being victories for the Imperial Japanese Army.

Second, how does Mr. Ishihara know that China is willing to risk all-out nuclear war with the United States? There's a funny notion among many people that just because China is a totalitarian state with a lot of people, they'll react to every provocation like a disturbed anthill, regardless of results or casualties. "Oh, hell, so what if we lose 400 million of our countrymen in a nuclear exchange with Uncle Round-eye? We'll just declare it the Year of Cockroach."

I offer by way as example North Korea - a country I consider much more dangerous than China. The Hermit Kingdom has far less to lose by going to war than China does, and possibly much more to gain by invading South Korea.

North Korea makes no bones about using its (alleged) nuclear weapons if someone so much as snickers as Kim Il-Sung's hair. But...it doesn't. And it keeps on not using them. But if you're wondering who the contestants of the world's first nuclear war will be, I'm more willing to bet on India and Pakistan - or possibly, in the future, Israel and Iran.

The governor said the U.S. military could not counter a wave of millions of Chinese soldiers prepared to die in any onslaught against U.S. forces. After 2,000 casualties, he said, the U.S. military would be forced to withdraw.

Thank you, MSM. With your slanted, partisan coverage of the war in Iraq, your cynical inversion of the Vietnam body count, your doting on the anti-war movement, and - in the case of the BBC, especially - your sneaking identification with terrorists, you've managed to convince other countries - allies - that the U.S. really is a paper tiger. Wonder where Ishihara got that 2,000 figure?

I think the MSM could use a little white phosphorous, frankly...

(By the way, Ish, we've fought the Chinese before. In Korea during the '50s. And, you guys also lost at Midway, don't forget.)

"Therefore, we need to consider other means to counter China," he said. "The step we should be taking against China, I believe, is economic containment."


Forgive Daniel-san for saying so, Mr. Miyagi, but I don't think that The Crane is going to work this time.

Friday, November 18, 2005

President of the World...

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is "The Most Influential Man in the World," according to Esquire magazine.

The magazine has designated him as "the most powerful agent of change in the world" despite his lack of electoral standing and the fact he was laid low by a heart attack ahead of last year's presidential election...

...Esquire editor David Granger argued that Clinton was poised to become "something like a president of the world or at least a president of the world's non-governmental organizations."

OK...but does anyone recall this gem? Same magazine, btw.



President of the world, eh?

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Crackpot Theory Number One, French Riots Were Caused by Polygamy

As the violence begins to subside in France (which means that they are running out of cars to burn) the French politicians are now turning to trying to figure out the causes (lay blame) for the riots which have racked the country for over two weeks. One of these theories caught my eye as I was looking over the news from Frogistan (hehe thanks Ace). Namely, that polygamous families have caused the riots.

Bernard Accoyer, leader of the Union for a Popular Majority (UMP) in the National Assembly lower house of parliament, told French radio many rioters were Muslim youths from polygamous families who had problems integrating into mainstream society.

Perhaps polygamy is a symptom of a more serious problem? Perhaps the erosion of values might have contributed? Perhaps the decline of your own civilization which allowed for the rise of these polygamous families helped fan the flames that erupted in France? Maybe this is a sign of a more wide spread problem in the French culture, than a few people who shack up together? Has anyone considered that? In an attempt to be compassionate to their poor, the French have segregated them in large, walled off communities. The architecture in these communities is more reminiscent of a prison than a home. All the while, rather than trying to stimulate their economy to provide gainful employment for these people, the French government keeps them oppressed by putting them on the dole. This leads these "youths" to feel more as a Muslim foreigners rather than French citizens. Case in point;

Muslim organisations did not immediately comment but anti-racist organisations condemned the remarks, saying they were racist and could further isolate ethnic minorities.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

"In God We Trust" Under Attack

Everyone's favorite Godless atheist Michael Neudow is at it again. After the Supreme Court told him to shove his last attempt to piss God off, Mr. Neudow is now trying to force his beliefs on the rest of the nation again. This time he wants the government to remove the words "In God We Trust" from all currency.

The Sacramento atheist who is suing local school districts to stop them from having students recite the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance has turned his attention to the nation's currency.

So here he goes butting his nose in where it doesn't belong again. Doesn't this guy have a real job?

"I'm just saying, do like you're supposed to," Newdow said to News10. "Stop taking one position, my side or [indecipherable]. You know, if government came out and said God doesn't exist, that's wrong. I would fight that just as much. I just want government to say we don't have an opinion on religion. American citizens do whatever you want."

So Mr. Neudow, forcing the government to go to extremes to avoid all mention of the possibility of some higher being, or Creator isn't forcing the government to adopt your side of the argument? The phrase mentions God, not a specific God. Not Jesus, not Allah, not Jehovah, not Vishnu, just God. That doesn't sound like taking one side of the argument to me. If you are so secure in your belief that God doesn't exist, why are you worried that some weak-minded, superstitious people might put that word on your coinage? And can you explain how some quaint little platitude forces you to believe in a being you don't believe in?

You know Mr. Neudow, if everyone sued the over every thing that gave even the hint of offence, there would be nothing left of our culture and society.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Think About the Muppets. Or Not

I work a boring night job, and during breaks I read whatever I can get my hands on. Mostly all that is available are various brain-dead gossip rags. But, we have Vanity Fair, and while Vanity Fair is what People might be if it had gone to community college, at least VF has articles.

One such article concerned PBS. I'm not sure how that muppet-crewed Flying Dutchman continues to wheeze along in this era of satellite, DVDs and digital TV, but there it is. The author of the article, James Wolcott, pillories conservatives for generally disliking PBS. OK, fine. I'd prefer conservatives to concentrate on fighting terrorists, anyway. But somehow this led to drilling in the ANWR (Need money, muppets? See you on the rig, then) and Jim's notion that conservatives want to drill up there solely to be mean to liberals. And caribou. And giant mosquito herds. Not because we might need the oil or because America doesn't run on caribou, but because we're just jerks.

The article then ended - and I'm paraphrasing here - on the note that if America had more Cindy Sheehans, we'd be a better, truer country. Right. The radical left's premier stuntwoman. And I'm left wondering, "now where in the hell did that come from?" In all seriousness, the article read better and was more coherent overall than when broken down into the talking points I've presented here, but still, how did Cindy get into it? I was frankly expecting the other Big Bird.

So, anyway, when PBS comes around again rattling the donation can, think of the Muppets. Or the caribou.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Lake Sold Down the River

In a stunning display of care and compassion, the voters in the Lake Local School District sold themselves down the river by voting down the school system's operating levee for the sixth time.

Lake's levy, which would have brought in $1.8 million annually to the Wood County district that includes a tiny part of Ottawa County, was defeated by a vote of 2,218 (52 percent) to 2,011 (48 percent), according to final, unofficial results. That marks the smallest gap between "yes" and "no" votes in the last five elections.

Now this cracka can understand the feeling of voters who might perceive that they are being unfairly taxed. However, this wasn't a levy to buy the school board president a new car, or even to keep the foot ball team playing (the districts athletics have been privately sponsored for over a year now). This was a levy to raise money to keep the schools operating.

After defeating a five-year emergency property tax levy equivalent to 8.74 mills on Tuesday, the reality is that the district is facing a deficit of more than $1.5 million by the end of 2008 and has lost the chance to collect any new funding next year.

"We don't want the state to come in and mandate what we have to do and make more cuts," board President Margene Akenberger said. "It's bad now, but if the state came in, I just think it would be ugly."

Reduction measures totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past few years have eliminated bus service to state transportation minimums, the supplemental positions that oversee sports and extracurricular activities, and four custodial jobs. Board member Eric Hirzel said the district could cut corners to save money by offering teachers early retirement incentives to reduce what the district is paying in wages and benefits or by shutting down the district's Millbury building that contains the superintendent's and treasurer's offices.

This isn't a case of a school board spending the citizen's tax money on extravagant expenditures. This is a school board trying desperately to find the funds to keep the schools open and teach YOUR kids how to read! I just hope that the jugheads who keep voting against these levies wake up and smell the REDISTRICTING which may be down the road if Lake Local doesn't get the funds it needs.

Carty Elected High Potentate of the Fiefdom of Toledo

After four years of relative quite (because Mayor Ford did little if anything) Toledo once again elected its often histrionic "favorite son", Carty Finkbeiner as mayor.

It is quite sad that a Mr. Finkbeiner, who made a name for himself by verbally and physically assaulting employees and citizens alike, telling the deaf to move to the air port, and other notable gaffes could be the best choice for the lead position in city government.

So, hold on to your hats as Toledo enters yet another era of mediocracy with Carty once more at the helm.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

WTF is Bloxing?

Two Crackas in my Soup... has been selected for something called "Friday Night Bloxing" over at a Polish web site at polblog.pl. Well I don't know nuttin' about no bloxin' but I can trade punches with some wimpy liberal all night long. Head over and take a gander.

SHTURMGRUPPA: Question is, Two Crackas consists of two crackas, ie, two posters as opposed to the usual one poster per blog. So, I'm assuming we have a 2-1 advantage over potential opponents. That is, unless they team up against us, thereby reducing the odds to 1-1, but then we have four guys in the ring at the same time bloxing with each other, which is technically a blog-room brawl, I think.

Violence in Paris Toned Down on 12th Night

Mind you toned down means that there weren't any more deaths.

PARIS, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Rioting for the 12th straight night in four regions of France left more than 1,100 vehicles torched and 330 people arrested overnight Monday. While Paris had its first relative lull with just 17 vehicles burned, riots broke out after dark in the southern city of Toulouse and the northern city of Lille, and two schools were torched in districts north of Paris -- Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardie.

Yet again, the paragon of liberal values shows the rest of the world how to compassionatly govern its people.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Chirac Fiddles while Paris Burns

In the U.S. the Muslim riots in France are just now starting to receive serious media coverage, but it may be too late.

PARIS - Rioting by French youths spread to 300 towns overnight, and a 61-year-old man hurt in the violence died of his wounds, the first fatality in 11 days of unrest that has shocked the country, police said Monday. As urban unrest spread to neighboring Belgium and possibly Germany, the French government faced growing criticism for its inability to stop the violence, despite massive police deployment and continued calls for calm.

The story has much deeper causes than what the media is willing to present. The local causative factor in the unrest that has swept Paris was when two young men were electrocuted while trying to hide from the police. Now, mind you, the police didn't kill the youths, but rather the youths, being pursued by the police, tried to hid out in an electrical sub station. Apparently they forgot the whole, don't touch anything rule when hiding near high tension wires.

In case you thought that this was about police brutality, the police in France are virtually impotent. The police are held in very low regard by the media in France, and the legal system rewards the lazy and penalizes the officer who really wishes to make a difference.

I first saw l'insecurite for myself about eight months ago. It was just off the Boulevard Saint-Germain, in a neighborhood where a tolerably spacious apartment would cost $1 million. Three youths - Rumanians - were attempting quite openly to break into a parking meter with large screwdrivers to steal the coins. It was four o'clock in the afternoon; the sidewalks were crowded, and the nearby cafes were full. The youths behaved as if they were simply pursuing a normal and legitimate activity, with nothing to fear.

The laxisme of the French criminal justice system is now notorious. Judges often make remarks indicating their sympathy for the criminals they are trying (based upon the usual generalizations about how society, not the criminal, is to blame); and the day before I witnessed the scene on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, 8,000 police had marched to protest the release from prison on bail of an infamous career armed robber and suspected murderer before his trial for yet another armed robbery, in the course of which he shot someone in the head. Out on bail before this trial, he then burgled a house. Surprised by the police, he and his accomplices shot two of them dead and seriously wounded a third. He was also under strong suspicion of having committed a quadruple murder a few days previously, in which a couple who owned a restaurant, and two of their employees, were shot dead in front of the owners' nine-year-old daughter. (Quoted from The Barbarians at the Gates of Paris by Theodore Dalrymple)

Thutopiae eutopa of liberal ideals, the nation that socialists, liberals and democrats compare bad old America to, is rotting from the inside out. Add to that, that the violence is spreading. It's not rebellion just in France, it's a more wide spread corruption of society that has been brought about by the decay of the values structure in Europe. Criminality is no longer punished, it's not your fault. Enterprise is frowned upon, how dare you try to improve yourself, make yourself better than anyone else! The government has been entrusted with your entire life, economy and society, and they lost it all. Is this really what we want for ourselves or our children?

Friday, November 04, 2005

*Gasp!* The CIA has SECRET Prisons for Terrorists

According to the upright, democratic organization, Human Rights Watch, the CIA has established secret prisons in Eastern European nations, namely Poland and Romania.

BRUSSELS (AFX) - The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has secret prisons in eastern Europe, notably in Poland and Romania, where Al-Qaida suspects may be held, Human Rights Watch said.

And? What's your point?

First, if the HRW can be trusted (and that has yet to be established), so what if the CIA has terrorists holed up in Poland and Romania? These people are not just enemies of the U.S. They are enemies of all Western culture. If you think they don't like us, wait till we are out of the way and they have a free hand to go at the super-secularist governments in Western Europe. Personally, I feel BETTER now that I know that al Qaida thugs are being stuck in small, dank, filthy cubicles in Poland, rather than trying to infiltrate the U.S. to kill our citizens or Iraq, to fight our troops.

When are the hand-wringing liberals going to get it. If these guys get their way, there will be no freedom to complain about the government having secret prisons. There won't be peace demonstrations. Those of us who don't share their extremist views will long for the comfort of a prison like Gitmo, or Poland.

Ruin Ohio Now

Origonally Posted on Oct 6, reposted for the November 8 Elections by Cracka Jack.

For those of you who live in Ohio, you should become aware that there are slew of issues on the ballot for the November 8 general election. Issues 2, 3, 4 and 5 have been supported by a group calling themselves Reform Ohio Now (RON). My first experience with RON was a T.V. commercial which did a good job of portraying Governor Taft as a goat. What that has to do with reforming the electoral process in Ohio I am not sure, but I have seen tactics like that before. Most notably from political extremist groups like MoveOn where the organization attacks its political opponents rather than actually address what the issues are.

So I felt it was important to actually find out what the issues are. So, I am going to take a look at each of the issues from my admittedly conservative point of view.

Issue 2 would establish a legal basis for allowing people to vote by mail. On the surface this may seem like an ok idea. However, in light of the fact that Ohio already has a process in place for dealing with absentee ballots and provisional ballots this issue seems to be superfluous. Ohio's absentee ballot requirements are sufficiently lenient that anyone who has an even half decent reason for not going to the polls on election day can vote absentee. Additionally, allowing voting by mail would open the door for counting votes from people such as "Superman" or "Cinderella" from people who were offered crack to register new voters, such as happened in the last presidential election cycle.

Issue 3 changes the political donation regulated. This is a response to the Tom Noe scandal. This amendment would limit the amount of money an individual can donate to a political campaign. Sounds good, huh? It also allows for organizations to donate to political campaigns and allows them to keep their donor's secret. This would allow for outsiders (such as George Sorors) to donate large sums of money to candidates without a paper trail. Again opening the system to exploit and abuse by rich contributors.

Issue 4 takes the power to draw political districts from the elected officials to a board of political appointees. In this case, I can't see any potentially good in this issue. Rather than allowing politicians (not an honest lot mind you) who are responsible to their electorate draw political districts it gives this power to a board of appointees who are responsible only to their political cronies. Go to Ohio First to see a map of the potential political districts.

Finally, Issue 5 removes oversight of the elector process from the secretary of state, an elected official, to a "bipartisan" board of political appointees. Again, taking into account the mess the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, a group of political appointees, has gotten into this seems like a very bad idea too.

In my very un-humble opinion, the move by RON to "fix" the electoral system in Ohio is potentially more damaging for Ohio voters and opens the system more extensive voter fraud.

I challenge Ohioans to look, and decide for themselves.

Here is the ballot issues as they appear on the ballot.

Here is RON, the one's who support the issues.

Here is Ohio First, the one's opposed to the issues.