Archive for February, 2006

Silver Lining

Monday, February 6th, 2006

A commentary by Melanie Phillips over at Real Clear Politics points out something good about the Muslim uproar over the Danish political cartoons….

[T]he cartoon jihad has made one thing crystal clear. No more alibis. The roots of global terror do not lie in Iraq, nor in Israel/Palestine, nor in Chechnya, Kashmir or any of the other iconic conflicts which are said to be its cause. They lie instead in the Islamists’ rage that their religious culture is not in power across the world, their determination to subordinate that world to its tenets and their truly pathological belief that it is they who are under attack if their victims dare defend themselves. Twelve scribbled drawings have lifted the veil — on both the nature of the threat and the disarray that greets it.

Read the whole thing. She has an interesting take on several aspects of the whole situation, including asking the question of just why this is a big deal now, when the cartoons were first published months ago.

Virtual Street Reality

Monday, February 6th, 2006

This is very cool.

h/t: Boortz

The Smoking Gu… err… Art

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

(Note: What follows are images that are virtually guaranteed to offend many people. They are depicted here for informational and discussion purposes. Please use your own judgement )

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On Satire and the “Religion of Peace”

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Please note: You’re not allowed to call yourselves followers of a “religion of peace” if you riot and make death threats over a political cartoon.

And just to put this whole Mohammad caricature thing in perspective… you might remember several years back when some jackass put a Crucifix in a jar of urine, took a picture, dubbed it “Piss Christ”, and sold it to a major American art museum. There was a furor among Christians, sure, but…

  1. A large part of the furor was the fact that Christians were being forced to pay for the thing, as it had been purchased and was being displayed at taxpayer expense, and
  2. I don’t seem to recall riots and threats of violence. My memory is a little fuzzy here, but I think I missed the news of the museum director receiving dozens of death threats, as the publisher of the cartoon mocking Islam has.
  3. Can you imagine what would happen if somebody were to make a “Piss Koran” piece and get it displayed a major museum?
    • (for that matter, can you imagine a museum that would buy the thing?)

A lot of people decry such statements, saying that this is the actions of some muslims, but not most of them. I’m still waiting for the major leaders of Islam to rise up and denounce such violence. Until that starts happening on a regular basis, I have a hard time believing those arguments.

Clarification: Yes, of course not all Muslims are nutcases; but much like the Democratic party in the U.S., the extremists seem to be running the show. As the Episcopalians once did with the Roman Catholics, perhaps it is time for reasonable muslims to separate themselves from their nominal religion.

Clarification on the clarification: I’m not trying to suggest that Roman Catholics are either “nutcases” or “unreasonable”. I am simply pointing out that sometimes people need to realize that the tenets of their organization have grown so different from what they individually believe, that the time has come to break off and form a new organization. Thus Episcopalians (and Protestants) from the Roman Catholics; thus the USA from England.

The images are here if you want to see…

The Way of the Whigs, pt. 2

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

I said, almost two years ago:

“The Democrat Party as we know it will no longer exist in 20 years. Possibly 10 years. Modern liberalism is in its death throes.”

Lately, I’m starting to think that I was too generous in how much time I gave them. The confirmation of not one, but two Supreme Court justices in the last year is one hell of a blow to the moonbat wing of the Democratic party, but that is really just a part of a larger trend that has been growing for decades, but only truly come to a head in the last several months.

Today I ran across a great post by American Princess that does a pretty good job of illustrating the problem. The short version is: the extremists have seized control of the party.

[T]his is what happens when truth gives way to ideology. The left is so obsessed with being right and taking Bush down they have given in to absolutely mindless political stances and conspiratorial Republican motives – though luckily for America they are also much more comfortable about stating what they really believe. Note the latest “unveiling” so to speak, of journalist Joel Stein, making the case for what liberals should really be saying. Perhaps the Kos crusaders will find him more agreeable, because as Mark Steyn so accurately articulates “…Stein is a hawkish chicken, disdaining the weasel formulation too many anti-war folks take refuge in.”

Democrats have been trying to walk the national security tightrope for years, and now the far left is removing the net. We’ve got Cindy [Sheehan] running for office, Kos and company rooting out the true believers (amongst elected officials and journalists), while the remaining journalists are finding it easier – and perhaps in the near future almost necessary – to out themselves as blatantly anti-war. It really is shaping up to be the moonbat trifecta for the Democratic party – which most likely equals a loss for them come November.

There is a subtle point in that last paragraph that I almost missed — it seems the real leftist journalists may also commit mass career seppuku by shedding the last pretenses of impartiality.

I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again — as conservative as I tend to be, the breakdown of one of our major political parties is bad for the country in the long run, because it allows conservatives to become complacent and pay less attention to what the people actually want of them. Then again, the liberals have such a strong record of fighting against competition at every turn, it seems that they may finally be getting what they wished for — but not they way they wanted it.

Insta-update: I should restate that. If the Democratic party does implode, it will be bad for the country in the “medium” run. The damage will probably really begin about ten years after such implosion, and not stabilize until a couple decades after a new major party forms and has time to solidify its base.