Sunday, March 30, 2003

I finally got around to reading Dr. John Lott's analysis of gun control laws in America, "More Guns, Less Crime". His thorough and meticulously researched study makes a compelling case for concealed weapons laws as an effective means of reducing violent crime. It's a shame this book was roundly denounced as "biased" and "academically suspect" by the so-called "mainstream media". Dr. Lott addresses most of these falsehoods in the 2nd Edition of his book, showing such charges to be nothing more than blatantly false attacks, promoted primarily by the liberal gun control lobby.

I've resolved never to discuss gun control with anyone ever again, unless they have first read this book. Too often, the anecdotal, emotional arguments voiced on this issue cloud the basic truths; the mere existence of firearms does not lead to violent crime, and the use of firearms as an effective criminal deterrent is well documented, particularly by Dr. Lott's study. Knee-jerk zealots, gun control harpies included, should be forced to confront the ugly truths of their misguided policies sooner rather than later.

Mark Steyn is a national treasure. For those of you who may be feeling a bit weak in the knees, what with all the hysteria about the war starting to go badly, get some balls, and read his latest piece in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

This is getting way too funny. Maybe I should set up a separate blog called "PETA Watch".

There's a great piece in the Yale student newspaper today. I couldn't help but feel nostalgic after reading the article. The shady tactics of the leftist Anti-War movement to scuttle and discredit Pro-America rallies on campus are reminiscent of what I saw during my college days. The International Socialists, a motley communist organization that infiltrates college campuses like tics on a dog's belly, were the consummate "portable radicals". They protested every single issue, no matter how trivial, with frenetic religious fervor. Raising their ire was something of a sport for campus conservatives like myself. I will admit, there is some small part of me that wishes I was still an undergrad during this time of War, poking fun at all the spoiled rich kids turned Birkenstock socialists. Ah, the good ol' days...

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

I'm still waiting for PETA's statement denouncing electric utility companies after this shocker from Norway.

Sure enough, PETA released a statement condemning the US military's use of dolphins for minesweeping operations. It seems some people believe the principles of narrow, liberal political correctness are aptly applicable during times of War. Fortunately, I think most sane people will understand the Navy's logic that losing Flipper to a mine is lot better than losing a highly trained human soldier.

This odd little tidbit must be driving the lefties nuts! Dolphins, the sacred diefied sea creatures of the Environmentalist Left are being "exploited" by the US military in the "unjust war" on Iraq. I wonder if General Franks can conjure up some Special Ops duties for sperm whales and baby harp seals. Hmm...

Kudos to the good folks of Alberta for proving that not all Canadians are mindless twits. In response to the rude reception the Islanders received in Montreal last week, the Washington Capitals were treated to cheers in Edmonton when the Star Spangled Banner was played prior to Saturday's match. Then again, I shouldn't be surprised. They don't call Alberta "Little Texas" for nothing.

Monday, March 24, 2003

Last night, I was torn. For me, the Oscars is like the SuperBowl. I enjoy the show, if for no other purpose than to accumulate even more useless trivia ("...you know, Adrien Brody is the youngest man to win best actor..."). However, I strayed from my annual Academy tele-pilgrimage this year. Everyone knew it would turn into an Anti-War / Pro-Chicago lovefest, so I abstained. I hate musicals (why the hell are these people singing and dancing?!) and can't stand that bloated moron, Michael Moore.

I did happen upon Comrade Moore's outrageous acceptance speech for his so-called "documentary" on the roots of American violence. I really have nothing more to say about his embarrassment of a film, as so many great writers have already lampooned it for the pathetic hatchet-job that it is. John Fund summed it up best in this article last Friday.

Friday, March 21, 2003

Here's an interesting email from andrewsullivan.com. It's from one of Mr. Sullivan's readers, who described what he saw at an Anti-War rally yesterday. I suspect this sums up the low-down on the rest of the rallies, too.

As I walked among the crowd, I saw the protesters were very benign. From observing about 150 of them, I saw that most were very young- about 17 or so. There were some 50-something people leading the rest, but they were a minority. I saw signs and slogans, nearly all were ad hominem attacks on Bush. Their appearance ranged from dregs-of-life scraps to Tommy Hilfiger. Females outnumbered the males, but not by much. By the time I got there, the energy was gone. Whatever brought them together had vanished, and the entire atmosphere was like an 8th grade dance after the lights came on. Lots of milling about. The boys were trying to get the phone numbers of the girls, who were giggling and acting shy.

My righteous indignation melted. Initially, I took them seriously and wanted to jab a finger in their collective chest and ask where they were when Clinton hit the Sudan, or bombed the former Yugoslavia, or when Saddam gassed, tortured, and raped his own people. I wanted to challenge them. Did they think that after 9/11 we could ignore states that could aid and abet terrorists? Did any of their friends or relatives die on September 11th? But these kids were jokes. There was no serious thought here. To call this event a protest is to misguide the public. This was a social gathering... an interactive parade of America-hating. I wasn't angry. I was sad. All the clichés floated up to me: what a shame these kids are being raised to hate their country. How can they try to bite the hand that feeds them? What has gone wrong with these people to energize them to act this way?

I thought these human shield wackjobs would have fled Iraq by now. We'll see if there are any left after tonight's "Shock & Awe" offensive.

I found it hilarious that the article noted that several "shields" left Iraq early after discovering that they were being manipulated by Saddam to protect military installations and oil refineries, rather than humanitarian targets, like hospitals. Some of them eventually came to the conclusion that Saddam's regime was, in their words, "repressive". Surprise, surprise...

There was another appalling display of Anti-Americanism in Cuba North last night. While I lived there, I heard infantile "America Sucks / Americans are dumb / Americans have no culture / Etc..." gibes daily, yet this disrespectful affront was different. Usually, Canadians reserve such comments for private, idle chatter amongst themselves. Last night they brandished their reflexive bigotry towards America for all to see. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

Cuba North owes its wealth, security and much vaunted social system to its long, prosperous trade relationship with the US. Without it, the Great White North would have succumbed to the flirtations of hardcore socialism to become the Great Red North. The special brand of blind hypocrisy that reared its ugly head last night was a big part of what prompted me to seek out a life and career in the US. The thought of spending the rest of my life in a country that prides itself on maintaining such an ungrateful, duplicitous relationship with its economic lifeline sickened me. I can only hope Canadians will someday realize the folly of their moral superiority complex towards America.

Thursday, March 20, 2003

Anti-War protesters have added a fetid new weapon to their protest arsenal: vomit. Is this what passes for civil disobedience these days? I know Gandhi drank his urine to achieve spiritual purity, but at least he did so in the privacy of his own hut. This scene is just downright disgusting, and quite unsanitary, I might add. Given the recent outbreak of killer pneumonia in several parts of the globe, is there any way to have these sick 'tards arrested for spreading potentially lethal biological agents?

What is it with the Germans and "ass play"?

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

As predicted, the White Flag Parade of '03 has begun.

It's GO TIME!

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Here's a great article on Hollywood's many Anti-War hypocrises. Apparently, they're only willing to protest military action if it's directed by a Republican. As Comrade Garofalo put it:

"Some celebrities are at least honest about their hypocrisy. Comedian Janeane Garofalo was blunt in explaining why Hollywood types didn't protest any of Mr. Clinton's military ventures: 'It wasn't very hip.' "

Sounds like family gatherings for the Sarandons are no different than Thanksgiving dinners at my girlfriend's "Chicago Liberal" parents' house. Here's Lenora Tomalin, Oscar winner Susan Sarandon's mother, describing to the Washington Post, a typical visit:

"When I visit Susan, I tread on eggs," Tomalin said. "The most difficult time was during the election of 2000. I live in Florida, and I was a Republican poll-watcher in Polk County. Afterward, I was sitting at the breakfast table with Jack Henry, my then-13-year-old grandson, and he looked over at me, with the sweetest little smile on his face, and said, 'I hear you voted for Bush.' I looked up at Susan, who's standing at the sink, and she says, 'All he wants to know is: How could you have voted for Bush?' And I thought, 'I'm not going to discuss my politics with a 13-year-old who has been brainwashed!' But I just let it go..."

This piece is from a British Labour MP in today's edition of the Times of London. I post this for all those friends and relatives of mine up in Canada (hereafter referred to as Cuba North) who think "Saddam isn't all that bad". I can only hope they turn off the anti-Bush propaganda from the CBC long enough to consider the facts of the Iraq situation with their own innate common sense, free from liberal ad hominem rhetoric.

Saturday, March 15, 2003

The latest on the war front...

An obscure Hasidic sect in New York claims to have stumbled upon a magnificent miracle: a locquacious carp (yes, as in fish) shouted ominous apocalyptic prophecies, which sect elders believe is a message from God warning the Bush Administration not to pursue military action against Iraq.

I have a question for the good rabbis of New Square. If this fish was truly a miracle from God, why did you kill it?

Friday, March 14, 2003

The Associated Press is reporting that European workers walked off the job this afternoon to protest the war. How is this a newsworthy event? These people ditched work to protest Geri Halliwell's ouster from The Spice Girls.

Then again, maybe I shouldn't be so hard on the Euro-trash. After all, they truly are deserving of another 1/2 day off, considering most of them only get 5 weeks of mandatory vacation time per year. Damn you Euro Slave-drivers!

Looks like the Dixie Chicks have taken their turn on the "Sin Wagon". How do you know if a celebrity has sold out? When they "Go Hollywood" and criticize the Bush Administration on the war with Iraq. Something tells me the Chicks aren't terribly concerned about pissing off their core fan base of rural Southern music fans, most of whom staunchly support the President's stance on Iraq. According to Natalie Maines, lead singer of the group (aka, the pudgy one), the Anti-Americanism she experienced during the band's World Tour had a profound impact on her. So much so, in fact, that the slurs she endured from smelly, Euro-trash half-wits were enough to convince her that Iraq's terror sponsorship is no longer a threat to global security.

Supreme Global Weapons Inspector Dr. Hans Blix offered in a recent interview with MTV, the most respected political and foreign affairs network on the planet, that he considers global warming to be a bigger threat than armed conflict with Iraq. So, the world's greatest threat, according to Dr. Blix, is one which the scientific community can't even prove exists conclusively. I'm waiting with baited breath for Kofi Annan's announcement of an imminent nuclear attack from the "real" Axis of Evil: the Boogie Man, the Abominable Snowman, and Sasquatch.

Elizabeth Smart isn't dead after all, only brain dead. How mentally damaged does one have to be in order to get brainwashed by this guy. I don't know, maybe the body order and all that greasy beard hair has some sort of bizarre hypnotic effect on pubescent girls and wrinkled ex-prostitutes.

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Yet another example of the absurdities of living under a dictatorship.

Is it fashionable to leave ones front yard looking like a junkyard garage sale? Is this the next hip trend Middle America should adopt from the ghettos, like the advent of gangsta rap as a mainstream cultural force? I can't help but think this could very well be the new fad to sweep the nation very soon, what with all the ramshackle houses I see on my morning transit ride through the gross underbelly of West Phoenix. What else could explain this collective mess, if not for the possibility that it might actually be cool to stack an old refrigerator and a urine-stained couch on the front lawn?

A liberal acquaintance of mine suggested that there is no cool trend afoot. She said I'm being too hard on the pride-impaired homeowners along my bus route. "They can't be expected to keep their houses in good repair because they are poor," she offered with a derisive sniff. Of course, she would hear no further argument. These people are poorer than most, so they are absolved of even the most minor of responsibilities in the eyes of bleeding-heart liberals.

I don't know, but it seems to me that the decision to place your broken furniture and appliances in the front of your home for all to see, rather than in the backyard to spare the neighborhood from enduring a grotesque eyesore, is, after all, a freebie: "Hmm...this toilet is busted...should I put it next to the driveway or in the shed out back? I'm poor, so I guess it goes out front with the old water heater and TV..."

I'm liking Vince Vaughn these days. It's not often you see an actor defend his roots in the face of ugly anti-America bashing from Euro-trash flunkies, plus toss in a backhanded shot at Canadians. From the March 3rd edition of USA Today:

As an A-list celebrity, actor Vince Vaughn employs an array of weapons to cope with hecklers, from a Saharan wit to a waiting limo.

But during a movie shoot recently in England, Vaughn found himself repeatedly reaching for the same comeback. Three totemic words from the attic of history: the Marshall Plan.

"I'd say one in three conversations wound up the same way, basically that 'America is the devil.' So I'd ask folks to think about the Marshall Plan a bit and get back to me," says Vaughn, 32, referring to the Allied blueprint for the reconstruction of Europe after World War II. "In the end, though, I just had to tell people, 'I'm not having this discussion anymore.'"

But if you're heading overseas, be prepared to have it. Again and again. If the past 100 years were widely considered the American Century, this new one is fast shaping up as the Anti-American Century.

Just ask tourist Colleen Frost, 33, who hopped into a cab recently on her first day in Berlin. An English-speaking driver demanded an explanation for what he called "America's megalomania."...

During Vaughn's stay in England, he found himself criticized on all those levels. Like a boxer countering each blow, he shot back with the best responses he could.

Sometimes the complaints left him speechless, like the time he was told "'America had no culture' by a kid wearing a Kobe Bryant T-shirt and listening to rapper DMX."

But one incident really stung.

"Man, it was bad," says the Rat Pack-y star of Swingers. "These girls saw us and were kind of flirting, and they kept asking us if we were American. Finally we said, 'Yes,' and they just took off.

"One girl turns and says, 'We were hoping you were Canadian.' Canadian? Since when was it cooler to be Canadian?"


Sunday, March 09, 2003

Looks like we're in for a repeat of the White Flag Parade of '91. The Cowardly Lion Corps of the Iraqi Army already started surrendering, before the first shot has even been fired. Something is terribly wrong with the state of world when the drug gangs of South Phoenix have a greater tolerance for armed resistance than the fearsome military forces of a large Middle East nation. How is it that most United Nations members are still willing to pussyfoot around Saddam the Paper Tiger at the expense of their relationship with the United States? Am I missing something? Is the prospect of planting the freedom seed between the Tigris and Euphrates that distasteful?

Thursday, March 06, 2003

Al-Qaeda's face of terror? Man, this guy looks more like my Uncle Ralph with a monster hangover than a sinister global terrorist.

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Where else, but on a city bus, would I have overheard a disheveled hobo discuss the merits of GPS-based surveillance systems? Where else would I have also heard said hobo issue, with his very next breath, a warning not to masturbate in public, for fear of being arrested by an off-duty police officer? Where else would I have heard this philosopher of the streets wax poetically about bygone days, when fortified liquor seemed to have a little more kick? Where else would I have heard this grizzled Renaissance Man lament the scourge of rap music for keeping Johnny Cash’s gnarled twang off the airwaves.

Where else, but on a city bus?