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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Iraq, Smack, and get back Dixie Chickbats!

Intelligent and stylish, this is All Things Beautiful. (It is remarkable how many excellent bloggers are women). You go to this blog to view the art first, but then find that the content is equally impressive. Here is an example of her writing style:

Give a dog a bone... Ahem.

And promptly raise the bar to impossible heights:

Bush took full command of the political stage with his five-hour appearance in Baghdad, just days after the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and used it to showcase a new Iraqi government he hopes to turn the war over to eventually. Yet in the end, some analysts noted, it will matter only if this new government can heal societal schisms and stand up effective security forces.

Let's recap this Administration's success in Iraq:

* Elimination of any WMD threat; Check
* Regime change Iraq; Check
* Liberating Iraqis from murderous tyranny; Check
* Fair elections; Check
* Constitution; Check
* Representative government; Check
* Decimating al Qaeda; Check
* Decimating Insurgents; Check
* Preventing civil war; Check

Not enough, they say; heal societal schisms, if ever anyone could define what that actually means... Well, my middle finger is firmly up, I say.

Let us be proud instead and give credit where credit is due and stop dragging our finest through the mud, who have sacrificed everything to get us this far. Let us congratulate this Administration for it has revived the noble pledge of old, 'The Atlantic Charter', forced to be abandoned throughout the cold war, but valid just the same:

Continue reading "Moving The Goal Post" »

The idea that there were no WMDs has been thoroughly refuted and now the Moonbat claim that there were no ties between Saddam and Al Queda is also proving to be a canard. Flopping Aces does some investigating


Amy Proctor smacks down the Dixie Chicks. Yes, they are easy targets. Especially since they are whining about the loss of a great deal of their audience after their various unpatriotic remarks. Guess what, Chickbats, most of the population of the United States love their country and are pleased and proud to be Americans. When you choose to diss the country, the President and the flag, then there will be plenty of Americans who choose to quit buying your CDs and attending your shows. It's not censorship, it is personal preference. You made your beds....

Michelle Malkin says, DIXIE CHICKS QUESTION YOUR PATRIOTISM - But don't question theirs!

Speaking of which, Villainous Company exposes the cabal that is even now plotting to murder every anti-American celebrity in their beds!


San Francisco revisited. A commenter mentioned that many of the pictures that Zombie has taken of citizens of Algorica are actually from Berkeley. Some, true, and many right from San Francisco proper. Here is a NSFW link with pictures from a typical street celebration in The City. I am not being unfair, it really is a different culture there now. You think this would happen in Chicago????


Finally, on a lighter note (?), Piglet has joined the Islamic Legion of Dishonor. Angel mentions that Piglet of Winnie the Pooh fame, has joined the ranks of:

1-Satanic Verses author Sal-man Rush-die, who has been in hiding since February 1989 because of a worldwide Isl-amic fat-wa calling for his death issued by the late Ayatollah Khomeini.

2-Writer, poet, and doctor Tas-lima Nas-rin, whose 1992 novel Laffa [Shame] touched off deadly riots in her native Bangladesh and triggered a Mus-lim death sentence on her head.
Is-lamic Censorship continues..

3-Playwright Ter-ence McNally, who is the victim of a fat-wa calling for his execution should he ever enter an Is-lamic nation.

4-Nigerian journalist Isio-ma Daniel, who wrote a column prior to her country’s scheduled hosting of the 2002 Miss World Pageant. She dared to say: “The Mus-lims thought it was immoral to bring 92 women to Nigeria and ask them to revel in vanity. What would Moh-ammed think? In all honesty, he would probably have chosen a wife from one of them.” These words triggered three days of riots that claimed the lives of more than 220 people. A government official in the Nigerian state of Zamfara issued a fat-wa declaring: “Like Sal-man Rush-die, the blood of Isi-oma Daniel can be shed.

5-Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian novelist Nag-uib Mah-fouz, whose neck carries a knife wound meant to end his life. His novel Children of Gebalawi (a/k/a Children of the Alley) — which indirectly depicts Moh-ammed, Jesus, and Moses as members of the working class — and his defense of Sal-man Rush-die led to the fat-wa.

6-Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Doug Marlette. The creator of the comic strip Kudzu and syndicated political cartoons offered an acid take on Isl-amic terrorism. Taking off on the What Would Jesus Drive? ad campaign (which implies that Christ wouldn’t tool around in a gas-guzzling SUV), his late-December 2002 cartoon showed a man in Middle Eatern garb behind the wheel of a Ryder truck. In the back is a nuclear missile, and across the top of the panel is the text: “What Would Mohammed Drive?” The cartoon didn’t run in the print edition of the Tallahassee Democrat (where Marlette is on staff), but it did appear briefly on the newspaper’s Website before being yanked off. Mus-lim groups howled, and Marlette was inundated with over 4,500 emails. “They all demanded an apology,” he wrote. “Quite a few threatened mutilation and death.”

Read her entire post here.

Maybe that wasn't a lighter note after all...

Well, Happy Non-Specific Gender Parental Guardian Unit Day! Be blessed one and all!


highboy said...

Amy Proctor has a great post about some interesting comments these women made more recently.

Anonymous said...

"* Decimating al Qaeda; Check
* Decimating Insurgents; Check"

We've killed 10% of them? Well, I can believe that. The question is whether events - including our actions - have caused this 10% to be replaced (perhaps even in excess of the original number).

(Yes, yes, I know, nowadays it means more like 9 out of 10 - which seems pretty unlikely in this case).

Let's hope this sort of optimism is warrented. After all, we've heard that the insurgency is in its last throes so many times that it's started to sound like one of those absurdly prolonged comic death scenes, and we've turned enough corners that folks are starting to wonder if maybe we're just going in circles . . . (-um, could I take a look at the map? -TRAITOR! You want us to lose!!! You hate America!!)

But the middle four are certainly good and hopeful things - if they can be maintained, probably the only things that could in some way salvage the war, turning it into a moronic miscalculation by our leaders that luckily turned out to have some good effects, if at a grievous and probably mostly avoidable cost. If not . . .

"Not enough, they say; heal societal schisms, if ever anyone could define what that actually means..."

I love it! Makes it sound as if these silly silly analyst-people want the Administration and Iraq's new government to be some sort of super-Dr. Phil. Of course, it's all too clear what that means - make sure Iraq doesn't collapse into all-out sectarian bloodshed, or larger-scale ethnic cleansing, or general anarchy, or be taken over by a repressive dictatorship of some sort - fundamentalist or otherwise - initially welcomed as at least being able to restore order and security . . . etc.

I would think that was pretty obvious.

" and give credit where credit is due"
Oh, I so agree. I so, so, so agree.


Of course, the reaction to the Dixie Chicks and death-dealing fatwas are very, very different things, so much so that any comparison would seem beyond absurd. But still, there's a worrying nugget of similarity. Certainly one can see how one of the Dixie Chicks saying, basically, that she didn't approve of Pres. Bush could rub some folks the wrong way. And such folks are perfectly free to not buy their music, or criticize them, or crush their cds with a bulldozer, etc., etc. Hey, it's a free country! But the scale, the tone of the reaction had a irrational or frenzied edge to it (like the freedom fries silliness) that I found very, very disturbing. No, no, of course, no one important called for their deaths, let alone attempted to carry out an act (I presume they received death threats, but who doesn't, nowadays? - and I have heard that there were concerns for their safety). And that's a very important diffference But is it a difference in kind, or merely, in the end, of degree?

"Guess what, Chickbats, most of the population of the United States love their country and are pleased and proud to be Americans."

Chickbats, that's clever . . . but of course, this statement is a total non sequitor. Hey, I love my country, and on the balance - we're far, far from perfect, but who isn't - am proud to be an American. This silliness about how all political opponents are really American-hating traitors isn't just bad form, it can be kinda dangerous to the values that America would seem to stand for. And people, too.

Too many people only've ever heard "my country, right or wrong," and never the bit which comes after.

"When you choose to diss the country, the President and the flag, then there will be plenty of Americans who choose to quit buying your CDs and attending your shows."

Natalie Maines dissed the President.

"Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas."

If you think that the President = the country, so that any criticism of the President is a criticism of the country (and by some weird alchemy of thought, that any criticism of the country = a lack of patriotism at best) . . . .well . . .

L'etat, c'est Bush?

-Dan S.

Anonymous said...


Radar, is there any chance you could post an open thread or something? I want to comment on what Loboinok says in the church/state thread, but it's off the main page and is about to fall off recent posts, and I don't want to go too off topic here . . .


-Dan S.

Anonymous said...

(Or, of course, you could tell me to go and get my own blog, or go bother Loboinok - the Oklahoma Lupine? -for a change, or whatever . . .)

-Dan S.

Anonymous said...

You do know the love parade happens in cities all over the world and is mostly attended by ravers. Maybe you need to stop trying to characterize the city with such broad stokes . Raver parties look like that, while the fillmore st. Jazz festival is a more laid back crowd. There are a lot of people in this city (diversity isn't just a buzzword) and they all have different types of street fairs.

I'm sorry you don't approve of each and every one. Maybe in the future, we can check with you before people dress up in funny costumes as it clearly offends your delicate sensibilities.

I'm curious where your idea of what San Francisco was comes from. My father is older than you, and he always saw the city as a bastion of progressive attitudes liberalism and a little healthy insanity. The era of which you speak seems more like my grandfather's time.


highboy said...

"bastion of progressive attitudes liberalism and a little healthy insanity"

I think that's the problem.

Anonymous said...

Maybe for you, some people like being around liberals. Me for one. I don't even mind some conservatives as long as they're the libertarian conservatives.