Archive for January, 2008

>Daily Kos contributor KibbutzAmiad is a complete clown

January 31, 2008 1 comment

>LGF has a link to a very funny piece by KibbutzAmiad Rightwing World: A trip through the Looking Glass in which he tells of his experience of reading right wing blogs over a period of a year.

It really does demonstrate the infantile intellectual level of today’s left, as represented at Daily Kos. There’s actually a very good reason why everyone on the left believe what he writes as true and everyone on the right has a good belly-laugh at what a complete clown he is.

What is the reason? The left is going to get a complete shock but here it is:

The right understands the left. The left does NOT understand the right.

In a post I did a year ago, The differences between Left and Right, I wrote:

The fundamental difference between Left and Right is that the Left thinks with its heart and the Right thinks with its head. To those on the Left, compassion and good intentions are what matter most. On the Right the most important consideration is ‘does it do good?’ This is why the Left thinks the Right is bad and the Right thinks the Left is wrong (as distinct from bad).

There’s a quote that is attributed to Churchill (apparently wrongly but nobody quite knows who said it first) that goes along the lines, “If you’re young and not on the left then you have no heart. If you’re middle-aged and not on the right then you have no brain.”

It’s also worth pointing out that most men don’t ‘grow up’ until they’re 30 while some men never grow up at all. Women have things pretty well worked out by the time they’re 25 though I would say that the current Gen Y young people are probably going to test that point given the rampant narcissism from this new entitlement generation.

I then continued:

…(Churchill’s) pithy aphorism explains the bad/wrong view that Left and Right have of each other. The vast majority of the Right (more than 90%) when they were young had leftist ideals, from wanting to be good to the environment to helping the poor. However, there comes a time when young people begin to ‘grow up’ attitudinally, they begin to see the world as it really is and the gravitation to the Right is a natural result. This is how come the Right knows that the Left is wrong; it’s been there. Meanwhile, those on the Left continue to believe that all cultures are equal, that because their cause is morally good any negative results don’t matter and that equality of outcome is more important than equality of opportunity. This is why the Left thinks that the Right is bad; i.e. you don’t agree with my high moral values then you must be bad.

One can tell that KibbutzAmiad is yet to make it to 30 given the poor use of language in his piece and the fact that he clearly hasn’t, as the saying goes, been “mugged by reality”.

KibbutzAmiad starts off:

A year ago, I embarked on a dark and frightening journey. I began monitoring the Free Republic and Little Green Footballs, two of the more well – know right wing blogs. I felt like Frodo, unsure of what Ring Wraiths or other dangers I might encounter. Would I emerge as the political equivolent of a Stepford Wife? Would my ‘97 Buick suddenly sport a “Freedom isn’t Free” bumper sticker? Would I inexplicably develop an affinity for jingoistic country songs? Maybe this was a bad idea. I’m a bleak sort anyway, and who knows how long my Klonopin prescription would shield me.

He started on ‘a dark and frightening journey’ and wondered what dangers he might encounter? When I read left wing blogs, which I do all the time, I am not frightened by what I might read!

My goal: get some insight into the Bizarro World of political blogging, go through the Looking Glass and venture forth into EvilLand. I regularly read and post on progressive blogs, and had heard tell of another land, far away and frightening…. As a Jewish/pagan socialist homeschooler living in the JesusLand of the north (DuPage County, Illinois) I felt pretty well armed. I’d been swimming in the swamps of Christian reconstructionism via the homeschool community, after all – what better armor could I ask for? I figured I was prepared.

He lives in the Bizarro World that thinks global warming is a planetary emergency, Islamic terrorism is caused by US foreign policy and, in any case, should be treated as a police matter and all cultures are equal while at the same time wanting to tax business into non-existence in an effort to create equality. Of course, people like him won’t stop until we really are all equal – and all have nothing. Socialism killed over 100 million people in the 20th century and that’s without counting any of the wars that occurred. It takes a fair capacity for cognitive dissonance to dismiss this fact and still promote socialist ideals.

So let’s start with the obvious: many of the stories posted and comments on these blogs are racist beyond belief. Nearly every crime story posted there featured a criminal who’s name evoked comments about their ethnic origin, invariably African American or Hispanic (and all Hispanics are illegal aliens, or so the belief is in Freeper World). Theirs is a world in which almost all African Americans are welfare exploiting criminals raised in single parent homes, and Hispanics are mostly “illegal aliens” also sucking up undeserved government dollars and having multiple “anchor babies” while undermining American wages.

The articles about crimes are not racist. They are about crimes committed by people who use victimhood as an excuse. I defy KibbutzAmiad to find one racist post by Charles Johnson on LGF. Not only that but Charles has been very vocal in his condemnation of organisations such as the British National Party and Belgium’s Vlaams Belang because of their promotion of racist policies. I defy him to find an article on LGF supporting a position that “all African Americans are welfare exploiting criminals raised in single parent homes, and Hispanics are mostly “illegal aliens” also sucking up undeserved government dollars and having multiple “anchor babies” while undermining American wages.” The last point about anchor babies is quite a legitimate talking point. It’s hardly racist.

KibbutzAmiad is either deluded or a liar. Or both.

Freepers and Lizards use the exact same language about Muslims that the Nazis did about Jews. In Wingnut World, Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison is a traitor and an Islamist terrorist, and Barack “Hussein” Obama, as they call him, is often referred to as “Hussein” or “Osama”. Little Green Footballs wins the dubious award for religious bigotry here, with the posters screeching endlessly about “Mooslimes” and other crass descriptions of Muslims, endless sarcastic references to the “Religion of Peace” and characterizations of Muhammad as a child molester. They engage in frequent flights of fantasy whereby they, the “Lizards”, as they refer to themselves, engage in killing Muslims, and desecrating the Koran or mosques.

Lizards refer to Jews as nothing better than vermin – rats- as the Nazis did? Check out Der Ewige Juden to find out what the Nazis really thought or read Mein Kampf. It’s a long, long way from how the right, anywhere, refers to Muslims. It doesn’t surprise me that Kibbutz doesn’t understand the reality of his German National Socialist predecessors. Talking about race is not racism just as talking about women is not sexism and talking about gays is not homophobia. These are simply left wing labels used to stifle debate so that that substance of the argument does not need to be addressed. Islam refers to itself as “the religion of peace”, which is rightly pilloried by anyone with half a brain regardless of political disposition given Islam is responsible for more than 97% of all terrorist attacks that take place in the world. Why is talking about this FACT racist? For Kibbie’s edification, Mohammed married Aisha at age nine. Nine, Kibbie, nine…Islam defends this fact, which is anathema to any right-thinking person’s values.

His post continues on with more of the same misguided drivel and then he finishes with a fantastic piece of what is referred to as psychological projection:

If I had to sum up my view of wingnuts based on the blogs, I would use one word: Fear. They are afraid of everything and everyone who don’t exactly mirror themselves, or how they imagine themselves to be. And even then, even in the secure walled garden that is the right wing blog, they are unsure…newbies are highly suspect, and any newbie that doesn’t immediately fall into line tends to be quickly banned.

Read the whole thing for yourself. I thank KibbutzAmiad for his terrifying journey through right-wing-death-beast-land and for giving me the opportunity to highlight the intellectual immaturity of today’s left.

The most amusing thing about his post is that he probably sees it as the highlight of his contributions. The fact it’s completely inverted will remain hidden from him for years to come – unless he gets mugged by reality.

(Nothing Follows)

Categories: Politics

>More CO2 is good for the environment

January 29, 2008 14 comments

>A new paper out by Arthur B Robinson, Noah E Robinson and Willie Soon points out that far from being a bad thing, the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere has had a net positive effect on the environment.

I encourage you to read the whole thing but what I’m going to do in this post is simply reprint the abstract and then only include the graphs, which are interesting in themselves.

ABSTRACT A review of the research literature concerning the environmental consequences of increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide leads to the conclusion that increases during the 20th and early 21st centuries have produced no deleterious effects upon Earth’s weather and climate. Increased carbon dioxide has, however, markedly in creased plant growth. Predictions of harmful climatic effects due to future in creases in hydrocarbon use and minor green house gases like CO2 do not conform to current experimental knowledge. The environmental effects of rapid expansion of the nuclear and hydrocarbon energy industries are discussed.

Categories: Climate Change

>Bill Gates really doesn’t understand capitalism?

January 29, 2008 2 comments

>In a recent speech Microsoft main man Bill Gates called on business to embrace a new idea – “creative capitalism”.

Exactly what he means by that is hard to tell but it boils down to the same thing as other crackpot, socialist ideas – take from the rich and give to the poor.

Microsoft CEO Bill Gates gave a glimpse of his future as a philanthropist in a speech in Switzerland last week, calling for a new kind of “creative capitalism” from businesses to help improve the lives of the world’s poorest people.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Gates challenged companies worldwide to work with governments and nonprofits to find ways to be charitable and solve the problems of the poorest people without sacrificing their own business needs.

“We have to find a way to make the aspects of capitalism that serve the wealthier people serve poorer people as well,” he said, speaking via a webcast from Switzerland.

The idea of creative capitalism combines the “two great focuses of human nature — self-interest and caring for others,” Gates said. By keeping in mind business acumen, corporations can find new and innovative ways to solve major problems for 1 billion of the world’s poorest people, who don’t get enough food or don’t have drinking water or reliable access to medication, which the rest of us take for granted, he said.

“This system driven by self-interest is responsible for incredible innovations that improve lives,” Gates said. “But to harness this power to benefit everyone, we need to refine the system.”

Gates plans to retire from full-time duties at Microsoft in July and devote most of his time to The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the philanthropic organization he runs with his wife.

Of course, there is no other country that matches US business philanthropy. Few people from outside America understand either that fact or the massive contribution to overseas’ charities that church groups make.

The always interesting Larry Kudlow hits back at Gates in his inimical style:

Bill Gates, bloviating at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is issuing a clarion call for a “kinder capitalism” to aid the world’s poor. Gates says he has grown impatient with the shortcomings of capitalism. He thinks it’s failing much of the world. This, of course, from a guy who’s worth around $35 billion (give or take a billion).

Don’t you just love it?

A guy without a college degree who invented a new technology process in his garage that literally changed the entire world, a guy who took advantage of all the great opportunities that a free and capitalist society has to offer and got filthy rich in the process, is now trashing capitalism and telling us it doesn’t work. What chutzpah.

For all his do-good preaching, Gates is ignoring the global spread of free-market capitalism that has successfully lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and into the middle class over the last decade. Think China. Think India. Think Eastern Europe. (Maybe even think France under Nicolas Sarkozy.) Gates wants business leaders to dedicate more time to fighting poverty. But the reality is that economic freedom is the best path to prosperity. Period.

The latest stats out of China are revealing. Here’s a country that was a basket case not so long ago and today is the world’s fourth largest economy — hot on the heels of Germany, the third largest economy. China just reported 11.2 percent fourth-quarter GDP, its fastest growth rate in 13 years. Total output for China is now 24.7 trillion yuan, or $3.42 trillion at current exchange rates.

At $14 trillion, the U.S. economy is still four times the size of China’s. But we’ve had free-market capitalism for more than 300 years. China’s only had it for about 15. China is still an undemocratic, authoritarian and repressive society that lacks the benefits of political freedom. But it was the late Milton Friedman who argued that the onset of free-market capitalism was the precursor to full-fledged democratic capitalism. China’s on the right track.

Gates says he has witnessed steep income and cultural inequities in his travels around the world, in particular to Africa. But for this he should blame the absence of capitalist principles, not capitalism itself. Even the most compassionate corporate executives are not going to bring prosperity to impoverished countries with statist economies. Until Africa’s nations undertake the market-oriented reforms that have boosted China and the other Asian Tigers — like South Korea and Taiwan — they will continue to rank at the bottom of the world prosperity scale.

The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal 2008 Index of Economic Freedom reveals how free-market economics is spreading like wildfire, while state-run socialism is on the decline. And it’s no wonder why. The free-market countries are prospering mightily, while the least-free economies are mired in poverty. We’re talking North Korea, Cuba, Zimbabwe and Iran. Also noteworthy is Venezuela. As the neo-socialist Hugo Chavez attempts to adopt Fidel Castro’s failed economic model, he’s sinking his nation toward Cuba-type poverty.

Economist Mark Perry, on his Carpe Diem blog site, reports that both the U.S. share of world GDP and its global stock market capitalization are shrinking. But this isn’t a bad thing at all. It doesn’t mean that America is heading downward. On the contrary, it means that newly freed economies are heading up.

The reality here is that the rising tide of global capitalism is lifting all boats that employ it. Capitalism works. It’s a good thing. It’s the key to unlocking a nation’s prosperity. In fact, free-market capitalism is the greatest anti-poverty program ever devised by man.

Another billionaire, George Soros, the Davos partygoer who finances near every left-wing political-action group on both sides of the Atlantic pond, recently wrote in the Financial Times that the era of capitalism is coming to an end. Soros, of course, has been predicting this for at least 20 years — through the greatest world boom in history. And how was it that Soros made his money? Trading currencies in the technologically advanced world financial markets, the very same markets that were spawned by 20th century free-market capitalism.

So I just have to smile when billionaires like Bill Gates and George Soros turn cold shoulders to the blessings capitalism bestows. Or when their buddy, Warren Buffett, broadcasts the importance of hiking tax rates on successful earners and investors.

Look fellas, the command-and-control, state-run economics experiment was tried. It was called the Soviet Union. If you hadn’t noticed, it was a miserable failure.

By the way, Larry, today’s left don’t believe that it was a miserable failure. In fact, they don’t refer to the misery and death toll of 20th century socialism. I often wonder what to rank as a leftist’s number one value. I sometimes think it might be naivety.

(Nothing Follows)

Categories: Economics

>UK fights to improve its education system. The left resists.

January 28, 2008 Leave a comment

>One of the institutions that the left fought for control over was our education system. Winning that battle many decades ago, they have turned out students ignorant of the world around them, biased against the institutions that do good in the world – for example free markets and the church; with an inability to recognise true evil such as socialism and Islamic expansionism and completely lacking skills in maths and English grammar.

Do they feel any shame at this shocking outcome? Of course not. One of the beauties of being on the left is never having to say you’re sorry. As long as intentions are well meant, outcomes are irrelevant.

There’s clearly a cultural battle going on in the UK with a review under way about the shocking state of academic standards at GCSE level. Business needs educated, sharp recruits in order to compete in an ever smaller, more competitive world.

That the UK’s education system has failed the last generation is well documented. This idea that self-esteem is enhanced by having students ‘progress’ in spite of not meeting required standards at the end of each year has been powerfully destructive.

The number of teenagers failing their GCSEs will soar as a government drive to raise standards makes the exams harder, education chiefs have warned.

Candidates will not be awarded a C grade or better unless they pass new “functional skills” tests in English and maths under moves designed to ensure pupils master the three Rs.

If you didn’t read it then you wouldn’t believe it.

But England’s biggest exam board – AQA – warned a generation of teenagers would suffer a “grave injustice” when GCSEs become more difficult as a result.

The previous generation has already been inflicted with a “grave injustice”. At some point things have to improve.

Pupils will struggle to compete for jobs and university places against school-leavers who achieved better grades in previous years, the board said.

No they won’t. If you understand how these positions are assessed then you know things like different standards across years and schools are taken into account.

AQA deputy director general Andrew Bird said the functional skills tests would effectively “change the standard” of GCSEs.

“From our modelling, it will suppress the pass rate at A*-C at GCSE,” he said.

This suggests that many pupils currently achieve Cs without mastering what the Government believes are “the basics” of literacy and numeracy.


In written evidence to the Commons schools select committee, AQA said reforms were “a major concern”.

The significant “change in GCSE standards” in English and maths would distort school league tables, the board said.

Well distort them, then!

It is unbelievable that the whole reason for opposing higher standards relates to not making people feel bad rather than actually achieve positive results.

That’s the cultural left for you.

(Nothing Follows)

Categories: Education, United Kingdom

>Europe knows they have a Muslim problem. Will they do anything about it?

January 27, 2008 Leave a comment

>Is Europe starting to get a clue about the cultural misfits in their midst known as Muslims?

AN “overwhelming majority” of Europeans believe immigration from Islamic countries is a threat to their traditional way of life, a survey revealed last night.

The poll, carried out across 21 countries, found “widespread anti-immigration sentiment”, but warned Europe’s Muslim population will treble in the next 17 years.

Why will it treble? Continued immigration or simply because they have such a high birth rate?

It reported “a severe deficit of trust is found between the Western and Muslim communities”, with most people wanting less interaction with the Muslim world.

So called ‘moderate’ Muslims consistently fail to denounce atrocities committed in their name. They won’t even call Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist groups so no wonder there’s a ‘deficit of trust’.

Last night an MP warned it showed that political leaders in Britain who preach the benefits of unlimited immigration were dangerously out of touch with the public.

They are, indeed, out of touch with the public and that’s why the BNP and Velaams Belang are increasing in popularity along with other nationalist groups.

The study, whose authors include the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, was commissioned for leaders at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

It reports “a growing fear among Europeans of a perceived Islamic threat to their cultural identities, driven in part by immigration from predominantly Muslim nations”.

And it concludes: “An overwhelming majority of the surveyed populations in Europe believe greater interaction between Islam and the West is a threat.” Backbench Tory MP David Davies told the Sunday Express: “I am not surprised by these findings. People are fed up with multiculturalism and being told they have to give up their way of life.

Multiculturalism and pluralism have come to mean different things. The former now means that the home country can’t impose its culture on immigrants, who are allowed to follow pretty much any rules they like, and the latter is why the USA and Australia have been so successful with its immigrants fitting into the existing culture.

“Most people in Britain expect anyone who comes here to be willing to learn our language and fit in with us.”

There is an argument that Western Europe has given up its cultural heritage in favour of nanny state-ism and therefore that rent-seeking Muslims fit right in.

Mr Davies, who serves on the Commons Home Affairs Committee, added: “People do get annoyed when they see millions spent on translating documents and legal aid being given to people fighting for the right to wear a head-to-toe covering at school.

“A lot of people are very uncomfortable with the changes being caused by immigration and politicians have been too slow to wake up to that.”

The report says people have little enthusiasm for greater understanding with Islam and attempts to improve relations have been “disappointing”.

And with the EU Muslim population expected to reach 15 per cent by 2025 it predicts: “Any deterioration on the international front will be felt most severely in Europe.”

I think it will end up being felt most severely by Muslims. Time will tell.

But leading Muslim academic Haleh Afshar, of York University, blamed media “hysteria” for the findings. She said: “There is an absence of trust towards Muslims, but to my mind that is very much driven by an uninformed media.

“To blame immigration is much harder because the current influx of immigrants from eastern Europe are by-and-large not Muslim.

The danger is that when people are fearful of people born and bred in this country it is likely that discrimination may follow.”

Have you ever heard such drivel? Those words could be right out of the mouth of Tariq Ramadan. To say that the media is uninformed is to deny the fact that the BBC, AP, CNN et al shill completely for Muslims to the detriment of the rest of us.

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Categories: Europe, Islam

>Sunday night rock ‘n’ roll

January 27, 2008 Leave a comment

>Motörhead are a British heavy metal band formed in 1975 by bassist, singer and songwriter Lemmy, who has remained the sole constant member. Usually a power trio, Motörhead had particular success in the early 1980s with several successful singles in the UK Top 40 chart. The albums Overkill, its follow on, Bomber, Ace of Spades, and particularly No Sleep ’til Hammersmith, cemented Motörhead’s reputation as one of Britain’s foremost heavy metal groups. More recent exposure has included providing wrestler Triple H’s entrance music, and performing live at WrestleMania events; and in 2004, contributing the song, “You Better Swim”, to the soundtrack of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. In 2005 the band received their first Grammy.

While Motörhead are typically classified as heavy metal, speed metal or thrash metal (and often regarded as a foundational influence on the latter two styles); Lemmy dislikes such labels, preferring to describe the band’s music simply as “rock and roll”. Motörhead’s approach has remained the same over the band’s career, preferring to play what they enjoy and do best, their like for the early rock and roll is reflected in some of their occasional cover songs. Motörhead’s lyrics typically cover such topics as war, good versus evil, abuse of power, promiscuous sex, substance abuse, and “life on the road”.

The band’s distinctive fanged face logo was created by artist Joe Petagno in 1977 for the cover of the Motörhead album and has appeared in many variations on covers of ensuing albums.

I am embarrassed to admit that I bought tickets to see Motley Crue when they toured Australia a few years ago. Why, do you ask, would a man with my obvious high quality taste in music do such a thing? Because the great Motorhead was the support act. They were great – and loud – easily outdoing Motley Crue in the music department but losing the flamboyant stakes.

Killed By Death is, in my opinion, the greatest heavy metal song ever written so here it is, with some of their other great numbers.

Killed By Death

Ace Of Spades


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Categories: Music

>Saddam lied, people died

January 26, 2008 2 comments

>To the truth-averse left – a tautology if ever there was one – the ‘Bush lied, people died’ meme has been a major part of what passes for intellectual analysis.

CBS’s 60 Minutes turned left some years ago and has become more and more loopy, a demonstrated in recent times with the inane Save The Planet series. For them to broadcast an interview demonstrating what really was going on with Iraq is quite remarkable.

NEW YORK — Saddam Hussein allowed the world to believe he had weapons of mass destruction to deter rival Iran and did not think the United States would stage a major invasion, according to an FBI interrogator who questioned the Iraqi leader after his capture.

Saddam believed that the oil deals he had done with UN Security Council members China, France and Germany, as well as bribes paid to representatives from those countries would protect him from any US action.

Saddam expected only a limited aerial attack by the United States and thought he could remain in control, the FBI special agent, George Piro, told CBS’s “60 Minutes” program in an interview to be broadcast Sunday.

“He told me he initially miscalculated … President Bush’s intentions,” said Piro. “He thought the United States would retaliate with the same type of attack as we did in 1998 … a four-day aerial attack.”

“He survived that one and he was willing to accept that type of attack,” Piro said.

The Associated Press spoke to a close aide of Saddam’s in August 2003, who said that Saddam did not expect a U.S. invasion and deliberately kept the world guessing about his weapons program, although he already had gotten rid of it.

Saddam publicly denied having unconventional weapons before the U.S. invasion, but prevented U.N. inspectors from working in the country from 1998 until 2002 and when they finally returned in November 2002, they often complained that Iraq wasn’t fully cooperating.

Piro, a Lebanese-American who speaks Arabic, debriefed Saddam after he was found hiding in an underground hideout near his home city north of Baghdad in December 2003, nine months after the U.S. invasion.

Piro said Saddam also said that he wanted to keep up the illusion that he had the program in part because he thought it would deter a likely Iranian invasion.

Anyone with half a brain understood that this must be true when it became clear Saddam had been lying about his weapons program. It’s also possible that Iran is playing the same game in reverse. They are now militarily much weaker than Iraq and want to both deter any plans that country might have post-stabilisation, as well as presenting itself as the strong horse in the region.

“For him, it was critical that he was seen as still the strong, defiant Saddam. He thought that (faking having the weapons) would prevent the Iranians from reinvading Iraq,” Piro told Scott Pelley of “60 Minutes.”

Piro added that Saddam had the intention of restarting an Iraqi weapons program at the time, and had engineers available for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

I’m sure that the Daily Kos, Huffington Post etc crowd will deny this one all ways ’til Tuesday.

Piro also mentioned Saddam’s revelation during questioning that what pushed him to invade Kuwait in 1990 was a dishonorable swipe at Iraqi women made by the Kuwaiti leader, Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah.

During the buildup to the invasion, Iraq had accused Kuwait of flooding the world market with oil and demanded compensation for oil produced from a disputed area on the border of the two countries.

Piro said that Al Sabah told the foreign minister of Iraq during a discussion aimed at resolving some of those conflicts that “he would not stop doing what he was doing until he turned every Iraqi woman into a $10 prostitute. And that really sealed it for him, to invade Kuwait,” said Piro.

Such are the petty things that people go to war for…

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