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Friday, August 11, 2006

The Friday Follies

A week when everything seems bass-ackwards

TGIF. Backwards is as backwards does, so we'll start with the most trivial news of the week. Tucker Carlson is reputedly going to be on Dancing with the Stars. This is obviously backwards. Shouldn't the producers begin by announcing the stars who will be participating in the show?

Tucker dancing with a stool... and coming off second best.

Next up, another triviality. Seems Mike Wallace journeyed over to Iran to interview -- what's his name? -- the current caliph of Persia. Until 60 Minutes airs the edited result, we have no way of knowing for sure what occurred between them, but we do have two early reports. The first contains the following fascinating passage:

Wallace has spent a lot of time in Iran over the past four decades, interviewing the Shah, former President Hashemi Rafsanjani and, most famously, the 1979 sitdown with the Ayatollah Khomeini [when he] asked the Iranian leader what he thought of Anwar Sadat's desciption [sic] of him as a lunatic.

There wasn't any of that this time. Wallace dismissed the common perceptions of Ahmadinejad.

"He's actually, in a strange way, he's a rather attractive man, very smart, savvy, self-assured, good looking in a strange way," Wallace said. "He's very, very short but he's comfortable in his own skin."

Oka-a-a-a--y. And there's this odd entry in the Drudge Report, which isn't actually linked to anything but provides much food for thought:

88-year-old CBS journalist Mike Wallace says Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [is] a 'reasonable' man on Sean Hannity's ABC radio program... Points out Ahmadinejad not anti-Jewish... just anti-Zionist state. Says many Jews in Iranian Parliament, in great positions in Iranian life... Believes Ahmadinejad sincere in his hope for peaceful coexistence between Iran and West... Troubled by comparisons of leader to Hitler... Marvels at Ahmadinejad's civil engineering degree, 'intellect', 'savvy'... Asks viewers not to bring 'prejudices' to Sunday night '60 MINUTES' broadcast... Proclaims 'discussion' was sincere and not for propaganda purposes... Developing...

What's backwards here? Certainly not that a CBS newsman would choose to overlook the Persian's crystal clear rhetoric of racial hatred at a time when Iran is fueling a proxy war against Israel to divert attention from its genocidal nuclear ambitions. That's to be expected. The CBS moonwalk when faced with evident truth has been remarkably consistent since Walter Cronkite decided to declare the crushing defeat of the Tet Offensive a victory for Ho Chih Minh. What amazes us is the relevance of a comment on this very site by the illustrious Dave Hardy in response to InstaPunk's post about Harvard lecturer Jessica Stern. The InstaPunk entry quoted from a Stern interview posted on the Harvard website:

Some of the leaders I’ve met are extremely charismatic. I have found myself feeling slightly mesmerized, even when these charismatic leaders espouse views I find abhorrent. I can readily imagine that young men from difficult backgrounds might feel hypnotized in the presence of these leaders, especially if the leaders have taken them into their homes, armed compounds, or schools.

This inspired InstaPunk to offer the following advice:

If Ms. Stern has close friends and family who care about her, my final words are to them. Don't let her go alone into any place where she can bask in the glow of the jihadist OR gangsta rap fads. She'll get hurt or killed. The women who choose to accommodate them are their most natural victims.

Here's what Dave had to say about it:

Remember how much of the British upper-crust was enamored with one A. Hitler, to the point where one lady attempted suicide at the outbreak of WWII? Not just interested in appeasing him, but quite fascinated with his person. Sounds much the same.

And so does Mike Wallace's apologia for what's his name. But shouldn't Mike know by now that totalitarian tyrants become totalitarian tyrants in the first place by establishing a cult of personality that overwhelms all other considerations? That being magnetic, attractive, charismatic, and persuasive is their one indispensable attribute, no matter how crazed they are in fact? Go home, Mike. Take up fly-fishing. Your job here is done.

Now, finally, we can move on to something that is, uh, another triviality. Harry Reid, esteemed barn burnerpatriot, expressed his gratitude about the multi-lateral effort to prevent another 9/11 type terrorist attack on his native land in these terms:

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the incident shows that "as a result of mismanagement and the wrong funding priorities, we are not as safe as we should be."

Reid blamed the expenditure of more than $300 billion to fight the war in Iraq for diverting money that should be spent to combat terrorism.

"This latest plot demonstrates the need for the Bush administration and the Congress to change course in Iraq and ensure that we are taking all the steps necessary to protect Americans at home and across the world," Reid said.

Of course, he failed to specify what measures he would have undertaken with the additional $300 billion, given that he and his party are opposed to the phone/internet taps and financial surveillance that were key to exposing the newest hijacking conspiracy. Perhaps he was merely taking the classic bass-ackwards Democratic stance that the only way to address any problem is to throw gigantic gobs of money at it without the slightest attempt to link legislative strategies with real-world problems or expenditures with results. Now we get it. If we'd just spent enough in the name of homeland security, it wouldn't matter how we spent it:  nobody would have any grounds to complain about a half dozen jetliners exploding on top of our most populous cities. And if they did complain, we could just spend even more.

Is there anything this week that isn't trivial? Yes. Is it just us, or is it bass-ackwards in the extreme that left-wing Hollywood celebrities are tripping all over each other to decry Mel Gibson's anti-semitism while the mainstream media can't be bothered to cover the institutional anti-semitism that floods newspapers, television, and the internet with fraudulent photos of civilian Lebanese casualties while left-wing MSM pundits continue to overlook the deliberate civilian casualties Hizbollah is wreaking on Israel?

We give up. You figure it out.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Michael Moore Takes Charge

Oysters... oysters... are you listening?

MEMORIES. After months of semi-exile, Michael Moore has mounted the stage once again to rally the Democratic troops:

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
It's All About Who You Sleep With ... a Cautionary Note from Michael Moore


Let the resounding defeat of Senator Joe Liebermansend a cold shiver down the spine of every Democrat who supported the invasion of Iraq and who continues to support, in any way, this senseless, immoral, unwinnable war. Make no mistake about it: We, the majority of Americans, want this war ended -- and we will actively work to defeat each and every one of you who does not support an immediate end to this war.

Nearly every Democrat set to run for president in 2008 is responsible for this war. They voted for it or they supported it. That single, stupid decision has cost us 2,592 American lives and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives. Lieberman and Company made a colossal mistake -- and we are going to make sure they pay for that mistake. Payback time started last night.

I realize that there are those like Kerry and Edwards who have now changed their position and are strongly anti-war. Perhaps that switch will be enough for some to support them. For others, like me -- while I'm glad they've seen the light -- their massive error in judgment is, sadly, proof that they are not fit for the job. They sided with Bush, and for that, they may never enter the promised land.

To Hillary, our first best hope for a woman to become president, I cannot for the life of me figure out why you continue to support Bush and his war. I'm sure someone has advised you that a woman can't be elected unless she proves she can kick ass just as crazy as any man. I'm here to tell you that you will never make it through the Democratic primaries unless you start now by strongly opposing the war. It is your only hope. You and Joe have been Bush's biggest Democratic supporters of the war. Last night's voter revolt took place just a few miles from your home in Chappaqua. Did you hear the noise? Can you read the writing on the wall?

To every Democratic Senator and Congressman who continues to back Bush's War, allow me to inform you that your days in elective office are now numbered. Myself and tens of millions of citizens are going to work hard to actively remove you from any position of power.

If you don't believe us, give Joe a call.

Michael Moore

P.S. Republicans -- sorry to leave you out of this letter. It's just that our side has a little housecleaning to do. We'll take care of you this November.

A lot of people considered it an anomaly that Michael Moore sat with the Carters at the Democratic Convention in 2004.

It wasn't an anomaly. It was an accurate indicator of the cesspool the Democratic party is becoming. Michael Moore is not really a blogger, but he is an appropriate symbol of the Kos/Atrios/Soros/DU hate wing of America. If they win in 2006 and 2008, the United States of America will become the paradise they envision -- a nation of 300 million people enjoying all the equality and security they have so lavishly admired in Castros's Cuba.

Why fight it? If a majority of Americans want to be punished, bullied, impoverished, and oppressed, that''s their rght. I won't stand in their way. I have no more than 20 or 30 years left in this life, and the Deluge will probably require a couple of decades to break over the heads of this foolish nation.

In the interim, I ask only one thing: honesty. It's clear that hardly any career Democrat can meet Michael Moore's standards. I applaud him at least for his clarity on this point. It's time for the new Democrats to recognize their best candidate for the 2008 presidential nomination -- Pat Buchanan.

Left and right at their extremes no longer have any real meaning as labels. The JewJoe Lieberman case is intensely revealing. On domestic issues, he couldn't be more liberal -- he votes continuously for every measure that increases the scope and power of the welfare state, including the right of every woman to have a fetus scooped out of her uterus on the 269th day of her pregnancy. Obviously, this no longer matters to the new Democrats Michael Moore is assembling. What does matter is an ostrich-style isolationism so utter as to prefer the annihilation of the entire Jewish race to the death of a single American life.

Fine. Then let them quit pretending. Buchanan is their man. He would never have sent American troops into Iraq to rescue the sand niggers. In fact, he would never have committed American troops to World War II. He wouldn't have offended Louis Ferrakhan,  Jesse Jackson, John Dingell, and Cynthia McKinney by supporting the creation of Israel. Like them, he hates the Jews. Like them, he wants the Jews dead. All of them. Like them, he knows that the black and not-black muslims of the world would stop hating America if only we joined the western European-Arab-African-Russian consensus on the moral necessity of completing Hitler's mission, which would be a cinch to accomplish if only we could oust the fascist Hitlerian Republicans from the presidency and the Congress.

If you asked him nicely, I'm sure Pat Buchanan would moderate his rhetoric about abortion and other trivial domestic matters. (Remember, it's not really Christians you hate, or you'd gas Jimmy Carter.) If you want power, it's time to get real and go with your strongest horse. Pat Buchanan is the only presidential contender who will never send American troops into battle for any reason. Why? Because unlike you, he doesn't pretend that he has any regard at all for any life that didn't begin in America. He despises and hates them all. Meet with him. It could be a marriage made in hellheaven.
UPDATE.Welcome, Instapundit readers. While you're here, take a look at our coverage of the Reuters photo controversy, some thoughts on anti-Zionism, and our recommendations on rescheduling the Brits' cancelled Muslim Fun Day. Oh. Yeah. Check out our regular feature, The Friday Follies.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Muslim Fun Day

PSAYINGS.5A.12. We were so very sorry to read this story last week:

Theme park calls off "Muslim Fun Day"
Wed Aug 2, 2006 2:40pm ET

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest theme park has called off the country's first "National Muslim Fun Day" because of lack of interest, the park said Wednesday.

Alton Towers in central England was to open on September 17 for Muslims -- with halal food, a strict dress code and prayer areas.

Music, gambling and alcohol were to be banned for the day and theme park rides... segregated by sex.

But the park said the event's organizers, Islamic Leisure, who rented the park for the day and were marketing the event, had called it off due to "insufficient ticket sales."

"Alton Towers is disappointed that the planned Family Fun Day Sunday 17th September has had to be canceled," the park said in a statement.

We're convinced that muslims like fun as much as the next guy, so we decided to check out Alton Towers to see if there was some deficiency in their product offering. We found this video, which made the problem obvious -- not muslim enough by half. Too much ordinary, decadent western frivolity.

If the Alton Towers folks would like to try again, here are some suggestions for some Islamic fun that'll bring all 1.7 million Brit muslims through the gates in a flash.

Roller Coaster Ride

Up, down, and all around. Slam bang fun.


Note the custom-painted U.N. bumper cars.


Mommies, buy all the toys they want and buckle them on.

Eating Contests

And we've got great prizes for the winners.

Haunted House

You won't find any scarier apparitions anywhere.

Video Arcade

Everybody loves a good shoot'em up game.

Comedy Fest
Okay, some of the comedians bomb, but they're muslims.

The Tunnel of Love

NSFW warning: Not safe for Wahabbis. Cool.

And Food!

Click the pic to play the exciting Falafel game.

Well, we think it'd be fun anyway. Let us know when you've got your act together, and we'll be over there in a jiff.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Raw Deal for Hajj

We know something about PhotoShop too.

GIVE HAJJ HIS OWN TV SHOW. Conservative blogs like Little Green Footballs and Michelle Malkin seem to think that Reuters photographer Adnan Hajj was trying to make Israel look bad with his inexpert PhotoShop work. Our own analysis suggests that Hajj's big mistake was not PhotoShopping enough. According to the Reuters statement about the matter:

Hajj... told Reuters on Sunday that the image of the Israeli air strike on Beirut had dust marks which he had wanted to remove.

We did what the MSM editors probably did and what the right-wingers can never do: we gave Hajj the benefit of the doubt and assumed he was innocent until proven guilty. To this end we proceeded, via PhotoShop, to fade out even more of the dust marks that initially caused Hajj to edit the picture. When the image was finally dust free, lo and behold, even worse Israeli malefactions were suddenly brought to light. Apparently the photographer's error was that he didn't go far enough with his editing.

Now, thank heaven, the whole world can see the demonic nature of Israel's asault on Beirut. And they can see that Hajj is innocent. Reuters should be pretty darned relieved that they can put him back to work in the field where he belongs, fighting for truth, justice, and the annihilation of Zionism. Al ali akbar and all that.

We'd ask LGF, Malkin, et al for an apology, but it probably won't be forthcoming. You know how right-wing conspiracies are. Evil. Evil and stubborn.

Maybe Reuters will give us some credit for our discovery. Should we hold our breath?

Saturday, August 05, 2006

The Oldest Victim

Anna Mae Dickinson

PSAYINGS.5D. As Oliver Stone's World Trade Center rolls out into theaters across the country, New Yorkers are clearly struggling with their emotions about the picture and its all-too-real premise. The normally ebullient gossip columnist Cindy Adams published a review yesterday in which she declared:

Too soon for this. Maybe not for Californians or Belgians, but for New Yorkers.

Her sentiments are confirmed by an AFP story this morning which reports:

 For many New Yorkers it is too soon. For others the very idea of reliving the September 11 tragedy through the eyes of Oliver Stone in his new film "World Trade Center" is too traumatic to think about.

"I have no interest whatsoever. I think it's horrible. Just the idea of having a movie about 9/11 bothers me," said Jessica Amato in summarizing the mood of many New Yorkers about Stone's new project, released nationally August 9.

As sad as all this is, it pales in comparison to the trauma experienced by Anna Mae Dickinson, resident of Lower Manhattan and, at 102, the oldest and last surviving victim of the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. Her story is told in a moving piece in the New York Intelligencer:

She was eight when she lost her father and narrowly escaped death herself on the Titanic. She was 11 when she lost her Aunt Olivia in the torpedoing of the Lusitania. She was 31 when she lost her first cousin Alfred in the Hindenberg explosion. She was 37 when she lost her nephew Thomas in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.And she was 97 when her tiny apartment was shaken and battered by the collapse of the twin towers on Sptember 11, 2001.

These days, she lives with a full-time nurse who has been with her since her mother died in 1980. The two of them had moved into their apartment in 1912 and remained together for the next 68 years. Anna Mae never married, although she has a cat named Charlie, the fifteenth to bear that name since she lost the original Charlie in the Titanic disaster.

"I'll never let go of Charlie," she says in a voice so feeble that her nurse Edna frequently has to interpret her words for visitors.

The tale that unfolds in the Intelligencer is sad beyond belief. Anna Mae's mother never recovered from the loss of her husband. She was so frightened of water that having landed in Manhattan after the sinking, she never left the island because it involved crossing water. Mother and daughter spent their entire lives in the grip of an inconsolable grief. To this day, Anna Mae does not take baths, but must be bathed in a sitdown shower which she endures only by maintaining a tight grip on her rosary throughout. Fortunately, though, Anna Mae remains in surprisingly good health, except for chronic eye infections caused by her constant weeping.

After a few more prosaic questions, the reporter asked Anna Mae how she had managed to cope with so many stunning losses in the course of her life, especially the deaths of her relatives in the Lusitania, Hindenberg, and Pearl Harbor disasters. The old woman is so overcome by emotion that the nurse has to answer for her:

"She never paid them no mind. To her and her mother, every single day was, is, the 15th of April, 1912. That's when all the clocks stopped for both of them." Sure enough, none of the clocks in the apartment is ticking, and all of them read 2:20.

How, the nurse is asked, did Anna May react to the appalling catastrophe of 9/11?

"Terrible. She thought the apartment had hit an iceberg, and she knew we was going down all over again. She carried on something awful."

Then, finally, the bitterly hard question of the day: How does she feel about them making a movie of that devastating day?

This time, Anna Mae answers loud and clear, with no need for assistance from her nurse: "Too soon," she cries. "Too soon. The wounds are all still too fresh. They had no right to make that disgusting movie about our poor ship when some of us were still alive to feel the pain." And then she commences to sob like an eight-year-old girl.

So if New Yorkers think they're exquisitely sensitive, maybe they should take a minute to think about the titanic example set by Anna Mae. For many of the 9/11 survivors, it will be a long, hard, distracting road to the age of 102, and the truth is, too many of them aren't dwelling nearly enough in the past to make their grief last so long and so monotholically.

Time to buckle down, New Yorkers, and reach for the new gold standard of agony. We always hear that New Yorkers love a challenge. Well, they've got one now.

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