Thursday, March 31, 2005

Another MSM lie - New York Times and Columbia University

Lie # 19 on the list of MSM lies of 2005 is the New York Times' assistance in Columbia University's coverup of abuse of pro-Isreali students by Arab professors. The New York Sun described the New York Times' refusal to talk to the complaining students:
In an effort to manage favorable coverage of its investigation into the complaints, the university disclosed a summary of the committee's report only to the Columbia Spectator, the campus newspaper, and the New York Times. Those newspapers, sources indicated to The New York Sun last night, made an agreement with the central administration that they would not speak to the students who made the complaints against the professors.

The Sun obtained a copy of the report without the permission of the university administration. Last night, when a reporter from the Sun came to Low Library, the central administration building, for a copy of the report, a security guard threatened to arrest the reporter if she did not leave the building.

I include this item as a lie even though the NYT made no actual false statement. The wilfull failure and refusal to discover facts is the same as a lie. This incident involves more than mere bias and spin. The NYT acted in collusion with Columbia University to conceal facts. The MSM/DNC has many ways of lying.

Quote of the day - Bishop Fulton Sheen

Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.

Fulton J. Sheen

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

MSM - Lie # 18 - CBS and Terri Schiavo.

I have updated the list of MSM lies of 2005.

Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck carry the story of CBS' premature obituary of Terri Schiavo in advance of the actual completion of the murder.

I initially hesitated before including this one on the list of lies becaused the publication was a mistake and merely premature. BUT, CBS has obviously made up its mind about a key disputed point that retains relevance as Terri's family tries to prevent the murder before the 11th Circuit today.

While it was a mistake, rather than a lie, to print the obituary before Terri's murder is complete, the lie occurs because CBS includes a reference to Michael remaining at her bedside at the time of death. CBS has no idea whether that will happen or not. Michael's faithfulness to his wife (and fitness to decide whether she lives or dies) continues to be at issue in the ongoing proceedings. CBS has obviously made up its mind and doesn't mind fudging an obituary to help Michael maintain the fiction of being Terri's husband right up until the end.

Roger Ebert/Debbie Schlussel update

On Monday, I posted a link to a Debbie Schlussel column regarding Roger Ebert's support for a terrorist and Ebert's attempt to prevent his deportation.

Roger Ebert has responded to Debbie's column with an e-mail to Debbie. I include Ebert's e-mail and Debbie's response (minus the e-mail addresses):

> Dear Ms. Schlussel,
> >
> > Update your database. I have lost 100 pounds.
> >
> > As you know, because I made it clear in the letter
> > you refer to,
> > Ibrahim's offer to come to my house to cook for me
> > came during a period
> > when I was recovering from radiation treatment. By
> > suppressing the
> > context, you make it seem as if I support him
> > because I am a glutton.
> >
> > Of course I do not support terrorism, as you know
> > perfectly well. I
> > support Ibrahim, who was granted asylum in this
> > country at a time when
> > the Kurds were considered to be U.S. allies.
> >
> > From the New York Times article on the case:
> > " of his closest
> > friends, Martin Dzuris, who had fled Communist
> > Czechoslovakia and who
> > is now a loyal George W. Bush supporter, built a Web
> > site and organized
> > a letter-writing campaign to
> > politicians."
> >
> > He is a true conservative in that he opposes
> > unnecessary government
> > intervention in the private lives of citizens.
> >
> > Since you are personally aware of the nuances of the
> > case, as a fellow
> > journalist I doubt you are proud of the headline
> > "Roger Ebert Gives
> > Thumbs-Up to Terrorism." Surely there is a way to
> > make your argument
> > without playing dirty?
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >
> > Roger Ebert
> >
> > P.S. I submitted this letter to the "Comments"
> > section of
> >, and it was rejected because "we
> > have new standards in
> > place that prevent the use of vulgarity and profane
> > terms." What's with
> > that? If you have a sense of fair play, you will be
> > sure to see that
> > the letter is posted on the site.

Debbie responds:

> Dear Roger Ebert, "R. Hyde," "Reinhold Timme," or
> whatever name or pseudonym you are using these days:
> I was sorry to learn that you were ill, and am
> sincerely glad to hear that you are in remission.
> However, as you readily stated, during a recent
> appearance on "The Howard Stern Radio Show," your
> weight loss was forced--due to your illness.
> Regardless, that is not the issue. I did not once
> mention your weight or illness in my column. They are
> irrelevant. Instead, I mentioned your penchant for
> food, which appears-- from your letter to the U.S.
> Government--to be the sole reason you know this man,
> Ibrahim Parlak, and want him to be allowed to stay
> here. In your 16 line letter (as it appears on
> Parlak's website), I counted at least 7 references
> (almost one every 2 lines) to Ibrahim Parlak's
> "restaurant," restaurant "business," your status as a
> 10-year "regular patron" of the restaurant, his offer
> to prepare "special foods" for you, etc. I could have
> quoted all of those things to give it even more
> "context" (which you claim is lacking, but isn't), but
> in the interest of space, I chose only one of those
> many references.
> And therein lies the issue. You are vouching for this
> murderer and terrorist because he makes food you like
> to eat and you like his restaurant. But that does not
> mean he is not a terrorist or a man held responsible
> in the murder of two people, and did not lie about it
> to get into this country and remain here. As you are
> well aware, Parlak is and did all of these things, of
> which he is accused. In fact, his food preparation
> skills and restaurateur status have nothing to do with
> the price of tea in China, as the trite old saying
> goes.
> I am sure Osama Bin Laden could make a mean falafel
> and a fabulous fattoosh if he had to, but that would
> not be an excuse to fail to bring him to justice. I'm
> not saying this man is on that level. He isn't. But
> he's a terrorist and a murderer, who trained in terror
> training camps, and that's enough. And many in his
> shoes can make Middle Eastern food. In fact, several
> men arrested on terror charges and/or deported from
> the U.S. have owned, operated, and/or worked at Middle
> Eastern restaurants. The ability to make Baba
> Ghanoush is not a litmus test on whether one is a
> terrorist or a murderer.
> You claim that because PKK was not always classified
> as a terrorist group, as it was not so classified when
> Parlak came into this country, that Parlak should not
> be penalized. However, the same can be said of the
> groups Hezbollah, HAMAS, Islamic Jihad, and, yes, even
> Al-Qaeda. Yet, we regularly--thankfully--deport those
> who have been involved with these groups on a regular
> basis, even if they came here when, unfortunately, our
> country did not take terrorism seriously enough, and
> the groups were not labeled as terrorist groups. The
> State Dept. terrorist list only dates back to 1995 or
> 1996, when President Clinton signed a law mandating it
> and making it illegal to be involved with those
> groups. While, as you state, the Kurds were
> considered to be allies, the PKK was hardly considered
> to be so. It has ties to Al Qaeda and a host of other
> groups who hate us and want to eliminate us.
> Regardless, it was ALWAYS illegal to lie on
> immigration and other forms. And it was ALWAYS the
> policy not to let a man held responsible for the
> murders of two men (who served jail time for it) into
> this country. Yet, your culinary pal, Mr. Parlak,
> lied not once, but FIVE times on FIVE separate
> government documents/applications -- all of which are
> enumerated in my column, a fact which you continue to
> choose to ignore. It is a fact which is important,
> because, as you and I both know, had your chef, Mr.
> Parlak, been truthful even once regarding his
> conviction, he would NEVER have been allowed to stay
> here in the first place. He was granted asylum, only
> because he lied and continued to lie thereafter, every
> step of the way. That is the issue, plain and simple.
> Yet, you fail to address that.
> You claim that because Martin Dzuris, a
> self-proclaimed conservative Republican, is a friend
> and supporter of Parlak, therefore, some Kosher (or is
> that Halal?)seal of approval must automatically be
> stamped on Parlak. What does Dzuris know about
> Parlak? He played tennis with him and, like you, ate
> at his restaurant. Big deal. He was not there in
> Turkey with Parlak and his grenade, AK-47, and pistol,
> and he was also not there, each of the five times
> Parlak lied about his being held responsible in two
> murders. He was not there at the terrorist training
> camp in the Bekaa Valley, etc. What about that?
> And what about Parlak's lawyer, Noel Saleh, who openly
> declared that he donated to Hezbollah, another
> terrorist group, which murdered over 300 U.S. Marines
> and civilians, and who is president of an organization
> tied to terrorism? President Bush welcomed Islamic
> Jihad front-man Sami Al-Arian to the White House, as
> well as others who are strongly tied to terrorist
> groups. Bush, as you may know, is a conservative
> Republican, too. But, he, too, was wrong (and I
> called him on it, in an October 2001 series of columns
> and an "O'Reilly Factor" appearance, that same month).
> As a conservative, I really do not need to be lectured
> by a liberal, activist movie critic about the
> definition of a "conservative." "Unnecessary
> government intervention in the private lives of
> citizens" (your words) have nothing to do with this
> situation. This is not even close to akin to
> government intervention in abortion or someone's sex
> life, regardless of what your and/or my views on those
> issues are. In fact, the primary purpose of
> government is to defend its citizens--from harm, from
> foreign armies and invaders, etc. I suggest a review
> of the U.S. Constitution, as I can think of no better
> example of the federal government exercising its power
> per Article IV, Section 4, which states, "The United
> States shall guarantee . . . . and shall protect each
> of them [each State] against Invasion," or Article I,
> Section 8, which provides Congress (which created DHS)
> the power to "repel Invasions." When illegal aliens
> come to this country, and lie to get citizenship, that
> is, no doubt, an invasion.
> As for the headline you quote, which you claim is
> "playing dirty," I am, indeed, proud of it. On my own
> website, it's entitled, "Thumbs Down: Roger Ebert
> Supports a Terrorist." In your own letter to the
> government, you begin by saying, "I am a film critic."
> You are allowed to use your status as a TV and print
> movie critic as a credential, however dubious with
> regard to national security, for your claims that
> Parlak does not pose a risk to this country and is not
> a dangerous person, yet I am not allowed to use your
> trademark phrases employed as a movie critic? You
> can't have it both ways.
> As far as "playing dirty," I could have mentioned in
> my column your own failed "films," which you--no
> surprise given their gutter quality--wrote under the
> pseudonyms, "R. Hyde" and "Reinhold Timme."
> I could have discussed the "plot" of "Beneath the
> Valley of the Ultra-Vixens," the promotional posters
> of which feature two giant female breasts and erect
> nipples, with nude and semi-nude women orgying on top
> of them. I could have discussed the main character,
> "Lamar's obsession with rear entry," how "Lamar is
> trying to find other tail to try his technique on,"
> and the movie's "love scene from the mattress' point
> of view." Or I could have mentioned your masterpiece,
> "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," featuring "a
> sleeping woman performing on a gun which is in her
> mouth" and "lesbian sex scenes." Or I could have
> written about "Up!" which features an Adolf Hitler
> lookalike, playing character "Adolf Schwartz" (talk
> about belittling the Holocaust and WWII). "Springtime
> for Hitler," anyone? That's not to mention its
> "one-woman nude Greek chorus" that pops up at various
> intervals during the movie, to narrate, and "breasts
> from every angle imaginable."
> Had I mentioned these other things, perhaps you could
> have said that I was "playing dirty"--or merely just
> writing about you "playing dirty." But the dirtiest
> thing here is that a renowned movie critic--who
> employs ink by the gallon for his own print column--is
> using his renown to help a man like this--a murderer
> and trained terrorist. Then, he's shocked, shocked,
> when someone calls him on it.
> Sincerely,
> Debbie Schlussel
> P.S. I'm not sure why your letter to the "Comments"
> section of was rejected, as I don't
> believe it was vulgar or profane. It must have been a
> computer error, and I am therefore, forwarding and
> submitting it along with this response to the editor
> for publication.

I never knew about Ebert's porn movie credentials. I do remember Ebert panning Richard Gere's anti-Red China movie "Red Corner." I guess Roger never met an American enemy he didn't try to protect. Debbie's column is also posted at I believe Front page has posted this e-mail exchange by now also.

Quote of the day - Ronald Reagan

All great change in America begins at the dinner table.

Ronald Reagan

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Quote of the day - Ann Coulter

Have we been cryptic? Right-wingers said Clinton was a lying, unscrupulous traveling salesman. It turned out he was a lying, unscrupulous traveling salesman. Now liberals scratch their heads demanding to know: So what was it about him you didn't like?

Ann Coulter

Monday, March 28, 2005

I told you Richard Gere was less evil than much of Hollywood!

Richard Gere has openly criticized Communist China and the EU for EU's lifting of the weapons embargo against China:
"They should not be rewarded for this anti-secession legislation that's in now," Gere said, referring to a new Chinese law that sanctions the use of force against Taiwan.

When was the last time a Hollywood figure was critical of any anti-Taiwan measure?

Back in January I wrote critically of Gere, while reserving some room for doubt due to Gere's movie "Red Corner":
Actually, I have less contempt for Gere than other Hollywood leftists. His movie (I forget the name) that exposed the Chinese legal system was panned by MSM critics for obvious reasons. It was almost unheard of for a Hollywood actor to engage in such a project. Usually, the left reserves all of their hatred only for America. Now if only Gere would make a similar commercial exhorting the Iraqis to vote (not that it is needed) or a commercial exhorting Democrats to stop cheating in American elections, I could almost forgive him entirely.

Now if only we could prove that the terrorists want to harm the Dalai Lama . . .

Roger Ebert - terrorist enabler

Debbie Schlussel writes today about Roger Ebert's efforts to prevent the deportation of an Islamic terrorist, Ibrahim Parlak:
Parlak admits he was a member of the PKK, the Kurdish Islamic terrorist group on the State Department’s terrorist list. But he deliberately hid that he was found responsible for the murder of two Turkish border police, a fact he lied about at least five times— in applications for 1) political asylum, 2) Lawful Permanent Status, 3) citizenship, 4) his restaurant, and 5) a Michigan liquor license. Had he been truthful from the beginning, Parlak would never have been allowed to stay in the United States in the first place.

Ebert and others want us to reward the lies of a murderous terrorist alien—hardly sound immigration policy.

Carrying an AK-47 and pistol, Parlak threw a grenade and shot at the guards who were murdered. He claims he accidentally “lost” the grenade but it didn't detonate, and that he “never used my gun.” Would that line work for John Dillinger?

The murders took place upon Parlak’s return from a Syrian-run terrorist camp in Lebanon, where he spent eight months and was trained in rifle fire. Training at those camps then and now are members of terrorist groups Hezbollah, HAMAS, Islamic Jihad, and a host others that tell a lot about the company Roger Ebert’s friend kept before he lied to obtain the benefits of U.S. citizenship.

Yet this murderer and terrorist is “not in any way a threat to the security of the United States,” according to newly-minted terrorism expert Roger Ebert. “On the contrary, he is precisely the sort of citizen we should make welcome.” Review a couple of terrorism movies, and suddenly you are a scholar on the topic.

I view this as another example of the Berlin Wall orphans
never missing an opportunity to undermine the U.S. and the West.

Quote of the day - Laura Schlessinger

Don't worry so much about your self-esteem. Worry more about your character. Integrity is its own reward.

Laura Schlessinger

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Quote of the day.

Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, "Peace to you." But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have."

Luke 24:36-39

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Axis Sally - Ted Rall, Jane Fonda

Click here and here for my previous posts regarding Axis Sally, her World War II treasonous statements and her prosecution by the U.S. government. Those posts contain detailed information regarding Sally's conduct. They raise the question as to why today's traitors remain free and often on the government payroll even though Axis Sally was prosecuted for similar conduct.

I think the closest examples of conduct by modern traitors can be found in Ted Rall and Jane Fonda.

Here are the relevant actions of Axis Sally (according to World War Two Magazine):
On February 10, 1949, an American paratrooper from New York, 36-year-old Michael Evanick, told the jury he was captured on D-Day, June 6, 1944, after parachuting behind German lines in Normandy. Pointing his finger, he identified Gillars as the woman who interviewed him in a German prisoner-of-war camp near Paris on July 15, 1944.

"I'd been listening to her broadcasts through Africa, Sicily, and Italy, and I told her I recognized her voice," Evanick remembered. "She said, 'I guess you know me as Axis Sally,' and I told her we had a name for her." The witness said Gillars gave him a drink of cognac and a cigarette and told him to make himself comfortable in a chair. After a few drinks, he said, she sent for a microphone and began the interview, asking him if he did not feel good to be out of the fighting.

"No ma'am," Evanick said he replied. "I feel 100 percent better in the front lines where I get enough to eat." At that, he said, Gillars angrily knocked the microphone over, but regained her composure and offered him another drink.

On February 19, Eugene McCarthy, a 25-year-old ex-GI from Chicago, was called to answer a single question. Defense attorney Laughlin asked him if Gillars had posed as a Red Cross worker when she came to make recorded interviews with American POWs at Stalag 2-B in Germany. The soldier stated that she did not. Then in a dramatic outburst, shouting over the defense counsel's angry protest, the witness told the jury: "She threatened us as she left--that American citizen, that woman right there. She told us we were the most ungrateful Americans she had ever met and that we would regret this."

Sally was convicted for other offenses, but those offenses listed above involve verbal attacks on American soldiers or other direct attempts to demoralize captured American GI's. Those actions are strikingly similar to those of more recent traitors.

(1) Jane Fonda's activities in North Vietnam during the war are now notorious (even though some stories have since been vetted and proven false or exxagerated). Fonda's attacks on U.S. GI's (calling them liars, etc.) and public visits with North Vietnamese soldiers probably strengthened the North's resolve, lengthened the war and the GI's time in prison.
(2) Ted Rall is also notorious for his attack on Pat Tillman, the heroic former Arizona Cardinal who gave up his football career to fight in Afghanistan (where he was killed). Rall also has has penned a faux ad for Iraqi terrorist recruits. The point is, Rall expressly attacks American GI's, especially those who are killed or are in harm's way. Rall has dispensed with the niceties of debate and openly sided with U.S. enemies. He has done this from within the U.S. as well as in Afghanistan. He has been rewarded with a Pulitzer Prize nomination. Whether we prosecute him or resort to other measures, we have to realize that he is not part of the political debate. We should no more "debate" him than we would "debate" Osama bin Laden. Hosts like Sean Hannity should stop having him on their shows. Expose him, yes. Show the similarity between Rall and other Democrats, yes. Dignify him with debate, NO.

The point is, we are not helpless in the face of treason by modern cowards.

Quote of the day - Chiang Kai-shek

Don't be disquieted in time of adversity. Be firm with dignity and self-reliant with vigor.

Chiang Kai-shek

Friday, March 25, 2005

Another MSM/DNC lie - Terri Schiavo memo

I think the Terri Schiavo fake memo story finally merits inclusion in the list of MSM lies of 2005.
Saturday update.
La Shawn Barber comments here.

Quote of the day - H. L. Mencken

A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.

H. L. Mencken

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Quote of the day - Pope John Paul II

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.

Pope John Paul II

Monday, March 21, 2005

Quote of the day - Oswald Spengler

Long ago the country bore the country-town and nourished it with her best blood. Now the giant city sucks the country dry, insatiably and incessantly demanding and devouring fresh streams of men, till it wearies and dies in the midst of an almost uninhabited waste of country.

Oswald Spengler

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Terri Schiavo's painful death

Click here to see what our strategy should be in stopping Terri's slow starvation over the next two weeks. Yesterday, I noticed that Associated Press published a description of what Terri is in store for unless Congress or Florida intervenes to stop this murder:

Here is the general process of death for patients whose food and hydration tubes are withdrawn.

_Day One: The percutaneous endoscopic gastrotomy tube, which is placed through the skin and into the stomach, is removed in a simple surgical procedure. Patients who do not have mental cognition to have a sense of thirst or hunger will not be uncomfortable.

_ Days Three to Four: Urine output decreases and patients begin to lose normal body secretions. The mouth begins to look dry and the eyes appear sunken. Patients will look thinner because the body tissues have lost fluid. Their heart rate gradually goes up and their blood pressure goes down. In some patients, dehydration releases endorphins in the brain that create a state of euphoria.

_ Days Five to 10: People who are alert have a marked decrease in their alertness. Respiration becomes irregular with periods of very fast and then very slow breathing. Some patients will become restless while others will be less active. For patients in a persistent vegetative state, there may be no discernible change in their movements.

_ Days 10 to Death: Patients do not appear to respond to their environment at all and may appear to be in a coma. Length of death process is determined by how well-nourished patient was and how much body fat and fluid they had when procedure began. May be outward signs of dehydration, like extremely dry skin. Kidney function declines and toxins begin accumulating in the body. Toxins cause respiratory muscles to fail. Multiple organ systems begin to fail from lack of nutrition.

Source: LifePath Hospice.

I think it is fair to say that AP is being somewhat euphemistic.
Sue Bob provides more information about this process:
In my role as attorney for health providers, I have heard stories about patients whose feeding tubes--and suctioning tubes--have been removed before they were so near death as to be insensible. The nurses and other staff who have talked to me about this have relayed virtual horror stories.

Death by starvation and dehydration is not painless unless one is near death BECAUSE OF OTHER CONDITIONS.

Quote of the day - Barry Goldwater

After one of his [Hubert Humphrey] long-winded harangues I suggested he had probably been vaccinated with a phonograph needle. He responded by saying that I would have been a great success in the movies working for Eighteenth Century-Fox.

Barry M. Goldwater

Classics of Conservatism - part V - Barry Goldwater

Click here for parts I, II, III and IV.

This month's classic book recommendation is Barry Goldwater's "Why Not Victory?."


Goldwater wrote many books, but this one is the most focused of any of those books. The book addresses one issue - victory in the cold war, and how the American people were being lulled into complacency, appeasement, fear and retreat. By the early 1960's, the buzzwords of the day were "peaceful coexistence" and other such codewords for appeasement. "Why Not Victory?" is filled with such nuggets as:
"For the first time in our history, that glorious word 'victory' is slipping from our national vocabulary."

Goldwater placed the issue in stark terms. Defeat, not "peace", is the opposite of victory. By focusing on victory in the cold war, Goldwater showed how we could achieve true peace. His words turned out to be prophetic, as the events of 1989-1991 would prove.

Goldwater's words are increasingly relevant today, as the MSM/DNC tirelessly attempts to shift America's focus away from victory in the war on terror to "peace." As the memory of 9-11 fades, MSM/DNC attempts to "resolve" the war through negotiated settlements, land-for-peace deals, UN involvement and outright appeasement will increase. Only by remembering history can we understand that the only way to resolve the war is to win it.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Quote of the day

"It is a big mistake for us to grant any validity to international law."

UN Ambassador John Bolton

Another lie

I have added an item to the MSM lies of 2005. The MSM/DNC has no way to fight back on the Rathergate issue, so it resorts to blatant lies on collateral issues.

Terri Schiavo - her two week ordeal begins.

It is important for us to remind our friends and readers as often as possible that Terri will linger and starve to death over a two week period. She will not die painlessly as the left would like us to believe. Today is only the first day in what promises to be a painful and cruel ordeal.

The two week nature of her ordeal has not been emphasized in the MSM/DNC as of yet. If the public is confronted with the daily reality of Terri's starvation, much of the public will become sickened by the prospect of government ordered killing. Terri's ordeal can become the equivalent of the abortion photographs that the MSM/DNC does their best to shame us into ignoring. Leftists cannot be confronted with the truth behind what they advocate. The publication of abortion photographs destroys leftist euphemisms and brings the ugly reality to the forefront. In the same way, daily, regular discussion of Terri's slow death by starvation and thirst will destroy much of the mythology upon which the left has relied thus far.

The court has not simply turned off a machine. The court is engaging in unspeakable cruelty. That cruelty must be discussed on a daily basis until it stops.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Quote of the day

Our schools should get five years to get back to where they were in 1963. If they're still bad maybe we should declare educational bankruptcy, give the people their money and let them educate themselves and start their own schools

William John Bennett

Terry Shiavo - a misspelling

Apparently I misspelled Terry Schiavo's name in a previous post. That misspelling has attracted a fair number of hits from Google searches from those who also made the same spelling mistake. [Most of my traffic the past few days has been from Google misspellers looking for Terry "Shiavo"]. For those Google misspellers, here are the links to Schiavo posts that appeared after I began spelling her name correctly.
I left the misspelling in this post's title for the benefit of those who still make the mistake.

Terry Schiavo update - a creative solution

Drudge posts the following red letter headline this morning:
**Exclusive Fri Mar 18 2005 00:50:07 ET** The Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee, Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) has requested Terri Schiavo to testify before his congressional committee, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. In so doing it triggers legal or statutory protections for the witness, among those protections is that nothing can be done to cause harm or death to this individual.

Members of Congress went to the U.S. Attorney in DC to ask for a temporary restraining order to be issued by a judge, which protects Terri Schiavo from having her life support, including her feeding and hydration tubes, removed... Developing...

This idea is very similar to a comment left by Sue Bob on this page several weeks ago:
I've been writing to Jeb Bush about this. Do you happen to know what his legal power is? I get the impression that he could begin a criminal investigation (and perhaps take custody of Terri as a material witness?)[emphasis added].

While I am not familiar with that area of law, apparently Congressman Enzi and his staff are.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Law of the Sea Treaty

I have seen very few bloggers mention the imminent passage of the Law of the Sea Treaty. This treaty would effectively turn control of the world's oceans over to the UN. The Bush administration recommends that the U.S. Senate pass this treaty despite the notorious conduct of the UN in recent years, including positive statements about Hezbollah, the sex abuse scandal in the Congo and elsewhere around the globe, the UN weather agency scandal, the oil-for-food scandal, the UN's notorious opposition to the Iraq war, the UN's placement of foxes in charge of chicken coops, etc. I can't imagine what the U.S. government is thinking.

This one needs immediate blogging if we are to avoid not only a major boondoggle, but serious curtailment of our sovereignty.

Could John Kerry's "global test" have been any worse?

Friday update.
I haven't seen any blogging on this issue from anyone else. Keep in mind what the LOST treaty really means:
Under LOST, the U.N. will finally have the tax and regulatory powers it has lusted after for so long, together with a commercial income stream, independent of the purse strings of national legislatures. Any entrepreneur wishing to explore or mine the ocean floor would have to pay the Authority and provide technical assistance to the Enterprise, the ISA's own commercial ocean mining corporation. Articles 192 through 237 are loaded with environmental legalese that will provide U.N. autocrats and their NGO allies at Greenpeace and the Sierra Club with unrestricted power.

In order to generate some activity, I will link to some of the well known blogs so I can at least generate some trackbacks. Michelle Malkin posts about other matters here and here.
David Limbaugh posts about other matters here and here.
Scrappleface posts about another matter here.

Captain's Quarters writes negatively about the UN but does not mention the LOST treaty.

Quote of the day

I think I have an idea that would save money and lives: Have large men escort violent criminals. Admittedly, this approach would risk another wave of nausea and vomiting by female professors at Harvard. But there are also advantages to not pretending women are as strong as men, such as fewer dead people. Even a female math professor at Harvard should be able to run the numbers on this one.

Ann Coulter

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Seventeen year anniversary

I heard on Paul Harvey's program this morning that today is the anniversary of the day in 1988 that Saddam Hussein ordered a chemical attack on innocent Iraqis, killing 5,000. I can't find a reference to this on the web. (Of course I haven't looked very hard yet).

afternoon update.
Thanks to "sleepy" for posting this link in the comments.

Quote of the day

How anybody dresses is indicative of his self-concept. If students are dirty and ragged, it indicates they are not interested in tidying up their intellects either.

S. I. Hayakawa

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Terri Schiavo - the final week (?)

As we get closer to Terri Schiavo's murder, I have very little to add to the many insightful comments from many bloggers. I would direct you to two blogs in particular. Sherri has worked tirelessly to keep us all informed on the latest updates and to provide background on the husband and the whole sordid story. Check out her latest update.

Sue Bob (a Texas lawyer) has written about some questionable legal issues that are being overlooked in the state's rush to kill this woman, including (1) the lack of justification for her placement in a hospice and how this placement has benefited the husband and skewed the legal issues and (2) how feeding does not constitute medical intervention.

My own perspective relates to our civilization and its future. Civilization can survive illness and injury to its citizens. Civilization can survive even indignities and tragedies. But civilization cannot survive government sponsored euthanasia. Civilization can survive whatever caused Terri's condition much more easily than it can survive Terri's murder. Euthanasia affects the very core of our humanity and our values. We are corroding the very building blocks upon which we built this civilization in the first place. If you don't understand what I am saying, wait twenty years - you will understand then.

Quote of the day

A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.

Spiro T. Agnew

Monday, March 14, 2005

Quote of the day

"You have been disgraced by Allah and you withdrew . . . . The extent of your impotence and weaknesses became very clear."

Osama Bin Laden - in 1996 - citing Washington's feebleness in the face of the 1992 Aden hotel bombings and the Black Hawk Down business in Somalia in 1993.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

A new lie

I am in the process of adding a new lie to the list of MSM lies in 2005. It seems that the Philadelphia Inquirer has quoted from some comments at LGF and falsely attributed them to LGF itself.

The Inquirer acts not as a news organization, but as one that desparately needs to discredit an increasingly popular alternative news source. If the blogosphere were insignificant, the Inquirer would not have done this. When Rush Limbaugh first began to gain listeners, the MSM/DNC ignored him. Only after it became clear that he would not go away did the MSM/DNC start to slander him.

It is more than ironic that Ted Rall did the same thing to LGF last month. See lie number 12. There really is very little difference between a garbage spewing cartoonist and supposedly respectable mainstream newspapers.

Quote of the day

Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.

Ronald Reagan

Saturday, March 12, 2005

More Guns, Less Crime

We await the onslaught of propaganda from the usual suspects in the MSM/DNC regarding gun control. This onslaught will inevitably follow the shootings in Atlanta and Wisconsin yesterday and today.

The leftist buzzards will be especially encouraged because the Wisconsin shooting happened at a church service. It is amazing that there have been actual proposals from actual elected officials to ban guns from all church services in response to previous shootings. Elected leftist officials just love the thought of churchgoers unarmed and at the mercy of crazed killers.

The best response to the coming barrage is the truth. Much of the truth is contained in John Lott's study, More Guns, Less Crime. Lott's book contains statistics showing that the areas with laws allowing "concealed carry", violent crime is lower. Combine this with statistics showing that violent crime such as robbery of occupied homes increased dramatically in Canada and England after the imposition of gun control, and you have an easy response to the propoganda.

More Guns, Less Crime(click to enlarge)

The best examples of gun control in this country are schools and airplanes, where no guns are allowed. Yet schools became battlegrounds during the late 1990's and airplanes became the terrorists' weapon of choice. The reason that these gun control laboratories produced such violent results is that the victims were disarmed while the criminals/terrorists ignored the gun bans or found other weapons.

Remember this when they blame George Bush for the shootings and propose to reenact the semi-automatic weapon ban.

Quote of the day

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.

Barry M. Goldwater

Axis Sally - background

Earlier this week I wrote about Axis Sally and the comparison between that WWII traitor and the modern day traitors who hide behind the concept of "academic freedom". I wrote that there is very little difference between the actions of Axis Sally and those of numerous modern journalists and professors who seek to undermine our morale and promote obvious falsehoods. I pointed out that Axis Sally spent time in prison for her actions and that a broader understanding of Axis Sally would reduce the modern climate of tolerance for those who side with America's enemies:
If we can force a little history into the mainstream discussion and rescue the concept of "treason" from the memory hole, we won't have to stand by helplessly while taxpayer funded professors tell their audiences how to commit acts of terror.

Here are some additional examples of the conduct that resulted in treason charges being brought against Axis Sally:
Like her counterpart in the Pacific, Tokyo Rose, she liked to tease and taunt the soldiers about their wives and sweethearts back in the States. "Hi fellows," she would say. "I'm afraid you're yearning plenty for someone else. But I just wonder if she isn't running around with the 4-Fs way back home."

She would get the names, serial numbers and hometowns of captured and wounded GIs and voice concern about what would happen to them, in broadcasts that could be heard in the United States. "Well I suppose he'll get along all right," she would say. "The doctors don't seem... I don't know... only time will tell, you see."

Gillars [Axis Sally] had posed as a worker for the International Red Cross and persuaded captured American soldiers to record messages to their families and relatives in order to garner a large listening audience in the United States. By the time she finished weaving propaganda into the broadcasts, the POWs' messages to their loved ones were not exactly messages of comfort.

On February 19, Eugene McCarthy, a 25-year-old ex-GI from Chicago, was called to answer a single question. Defense attorney Laughlin asked him if Gillars had posed as a Red Cross worker when she came to make recorded interviews with American POWs at Stalag 2-B in Germany. The soldier stated that she did not. Then in a dramatic outburst, shouting over the defense counsel's angry protest, the witness told the jury: "She threatened us as she left--that American citizen, that woman right there. She told us we were the most ungrateful Americans she had ever met and that we would regret this."

There is much more to her story. I will post more on Axis Sally and her counterparts, Tokyo Rose, Lord Haw Haw and others. In the meantime, ask yourself what principled distinction there is between Sally, Jane Fonda, Michael Moore and others. How could we have prosecuted Sally, but not her modern day stepchildren?

Friday, March 11, 2005

Quote of the day

“Despite what many Americans think, most Soviets do not yearn for capitalism or Western-style democracy.”
— Dan Rather, CBS Evening News, June 17, 1987.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Rather's farewell

I did not catch Dan Rather's last news broadcast last night. I did watch the one hour documentary detailing Rather's career. I won't quibble with his spin on the various stories over the years, but I know he presents a distorted "strawman" view of what constitutes "bias." In last night's documentary, Rather tried to define his opponents' accusations of "bias" as mere disagreements. This view is obviously false and papers over Rather's decades of distortions, spin, memory hole manuevers, falsehoods, smears and other MSM/DNC tactics. Dan Rather's legacy is sampled here.

My final (??!!) thought on Rather's career is that Rather could not defend himself against accusations of bias in a free debate with any leading conservative pundit. Rather defends himself and discusses bias only with a friendly audience or interviewer. Without a real challenge, Rather feels free to create and spar with strawmen of his own imagination. A well versed new media personality, such as Rush or Hannity, or even bloggers such as John Hinderaker or Charles Johnson could eat Rather alive with his own past words in a true debate. Rather's fig leaf of objectivity depends increasingly upon his insularity from any real discussion of his own history. Rather has insulated himself the way that Cronkite and Murrow were insulated from any real competition when the MSM still had its monopoly. The difference with Rather is that his insular act has increasingly played to a smaller and smaller audience over the years.

I hope to provide additional posting that places Cronkite and the rest of the CBS "legends" in their true context soon.

On a related note, Charles at LGF posted some interesting thoughts that were triggered by last night's farewell news broadcast. LGF points out that Rather employed some 9-11 footage last night that has been buried since 9-11. He is right, but LGF's post has encouraged me to create a more comprehensive post that categorizes the MSM/DNC tactics into several genres. I think this will help us understand what we face every day in the MSM/DNC and help further the new media revolution. If Rather's career is to serve any good purpose, it will be as fertilizer with which we can create a deeper understanding of the MSM/DNC machine that he so loyally served for almost five decades.

Quote of the day

What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long.

Thomas Sowell

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Rather update

As we slouch towards Dan Rather's pompous, overdramatic, self-important exit, it is gratifying to see that his very presence causes tremors within the CBS family.

A Michigan affiliate had to yank abruptly an online poll that suggested that the affiliate might not broadcast Rather's farewell documentary. Hat tip to Michelle Malkin.

The MSM/DNC in action.

Click here for my post (and links) describing how Dan got his start by smearing innocent elementary school children in the immediate aftermath of the JFK assassination.

Click here for my post describing how we can combat the MSM/DNC's subtle spin on Rathergate.

I don't intend to stop writing about Rather just because he will soon be gone. I plan to post a new item combating the lazy Republican tendency to criticize Rather by contrasting him with the "great traditions" of CBS News established by Cronkite and Murrow.

Ward Churchill, Peter Arnett, Axis Sally

The war has begun to bring about discussion of the concept of treason. Most recently, University of Colorado professor and fake Indian Ward Churchill has become the subject of much discussion for his comments likening the victims of 9-11 to Nazis. He has also been caught on tape advocating terrorism and advising audience members on the best way to carry out terrorist acts (hat tip to Michelle Malkin):
You don’t send the Black Liberation Army into Wall Street to conduct an action.
You don’t send the American Indian Movement into downtown Seattle to conduct an action. Who do you send? You. Your beard shaved, your hair cut close, and wearing a banker’s suit.

For some reason, we have long been squeamish in this country about prosecuting anyone for treason. Much of this squeamishness results from the official MSM/DNC line on McCarthyism. [See Treason and McCarthy and his Enemies for the real truth about Joe McCarthy.]

Conservatives today point to Churchill and attack the media, the education establishment and others for promoting a culture that allows a Ward Churchill to thrive. Conservatives are right to make this kind of attack, but they are missing one point that would make their arguments more convincing.

We have precedent. In 1948, American authorities prosecuted Axis Sally for her wartime broadcasts. Axis Sally was an American citizen who had moved to Germany prior to the war. During the war, she broadcast propaganda for the German government designed to demoralize the American troops. Her most famous broadcast occured one month before D-Day, in which she took part in a radio play that stressed the deaths that would inevitably befall American troops in any invasion:
Perhaps Sally's most famous broadcast, and the one that would eventually get her convicted of treason, was a play titled Vision of Invasion that went out over the airwaves on May 11, 1944. It was beamed to American troops in England awaiting the D-Day invasion of Normandy, as well as to the home folks in America. Gillars played the role of an American mother who dreamed that her soldier son, a member of the invasion forces, died aboard a burning ship in the attempt to cross the English Channel. The play had a realistic quality to it, sound effects simulating the moans and cries of the wounded as they were raked with gunfire from the beaches. Over the battle action sound effects, an announcer's voice intoned, "The D of D-Day stands for doom... disaster... death... defeat... Dunkerque or Dieppe." Adelbert Houben, a high official of the German Broadcasting Service, would testify at Axis Sally's trial that her broadcast was intended to prevent the invasion by frightening the Americans with grisly forecasts of staggering casualties.

Axis Sally (her real name was Mildred Sisk) would be convicted after the war and would remain in prison until 1962. Using the standard under which Axis Sally was prosecuted ("prevent the invasion by frightening the Americans with grisly forecasts of staggering casualties") we could prosecute almost any MSM/DNC commentator, expert or reporter who has spoken about the War on Terror.

The main difference between Sally and the MSM/DNC puppets is that Sally actually left the country and took up residence in a foreign country before she committed treason. Otherwise, the situations are the same.

Another good example of a modern day Axis Sally is Peter Arnett, who went to Baghdad during the major combat phase of the Iraqi war and gave an interview in which Arnett told an Iraqi audience that Saddam was winning the war, that American resolve was weak and that American soldiers were bogged down. This interview was designed to bolster the morale of the Iraqi fighters, prolong the war and enable Saddam more time to transfer his WMD's to Syria.

Churchill and Arnett committed acts equally treasonous as Axis Sally. I think the key to overcoming our squeamishness about prosecuting treason today is to understand Axis Sally, Lord Haw Haw, Tokyo Rose and others. Check out more on Axis Sally here, here and here.
Discuss her on your blogs. Post and comment about Axis Sally and the other WWII propaganda traitors. If we can force a little history into the mainstream discussion and rescue the concept of "treason" from the memory hole, we won't have to stand by helplessly while taxpayer funded professors tell their audiences how to commit acts of terror.
March 12, 2004 - Click here for more background on Axis Sally.
Correction - Axis Sally was released from prison in 1961 (according to World War II magazine's November 1995 issue) - not 1962 as I wrote earlier.

Dan Rather - an exception??

Much of the discussion this week has focused on Dan Rather's long, tortured farewell. The MSM/DNC has tried to spin the Rathergate affair as some sort of clerical error. At the same time Rather tries to justify his sorry career by making the Rathergate affair into some kind of exception:
"No rhinoceros has a hide so thick that some well-placed, hard-thrown, pointed spear can't get under it," Rather told the Daily News.

"As a reporter, I risked more than some people do. ... Nobody's perfect, I'm not as a person, as a reporter. I don't have any apologies for that," he said.

"For better or worse, I'm a big-game hunter. And I'll continue to hunt big game."

He says he knows he'll still be the target for critics because he's not backing down from chasing important, controversial stories - something he has never done since he was a cub reporter in Houston.

"You can look at me; after 43 years, I've got a lot of scars," Rather said. "They're all from the front. I didn't get it in the back because I didn't run. And now would not be a time to start."

It kind of makes you want to erect a statue in his honor. Or at the very least carve his image into Mount Rushmore. Without rehashing his whole career, all one needs to do to dispel this image is read about his actions in the wake of the JFK shooting in 1963:
It was a different lie--one delivered on national news, and at the expense of children--that caused Rather trouble at the time. As reporters from around the world descended on the Texas city, Rather went on the air with a local Methodist minister who made a stunning claim: Children at Dallas's University Park Elementary School had cheered when told of the president's death.

The tale
was perfect for the moment, reinforcing the notion among distant media elites that Dallas was a reactionary "City of Hate." It slyly played to a local audience, too: The school named was in upper-income University Park, one of two adjacent municipal enclaves that shared a school district and a reputation for fiercely protected, lily-white privilege. Finally, for the ambitious Rather--a native Texan and then a Dallas resident--the account represented the very sort of revealing, local dirt that the throngs of out-of-town competitors would have to work far harder to get.

Except that it wasn't true, and Rather knew it, Barker says.

Approached earlier by the same minister with what was a second-hand account, Barker himself had run the story by the school's principal and some teachers, all of whom denied it outright. Because of the shooting, which took place at 12:30 p.m., the principal had decided to close the school early, though without telling the students why. The children at the school--including three of Barker's own--were merely happy to be going home early, he was told. There couldn't have been any spontaneous cheering at the news of Kennedy's murder, because no such news had been announced.

Undaunted, the dogged minister--"a very, very strong liberal and a very, very strong Kennedy supporter," Barker says--moved on to Rather.

"Rather came to me, and I said, 'My kids are in school there, and I checked it out, and there's not a darn thing to it,'" says Barker. "He said, 'Well, great--I'll just forget it.' But instead of forgetting it, he went out and did this gut job on Dallas and its conservatism," with the preacher's story at the center of his report.

There is much more to the story, including Rather's attempts to sidestep the customary editing session so that Rather could get the story on the air without the knowledge of his superiors or the local affiliate (which knew that the story was false). Hat tip to and Accidental Harpist.

I wonder if tonight's CBS documentary on Rather's career will mention this lie or even interview Barker. This episode, in which Dan Rather targeted children for the sake of advancing his career, puts the lie to all of his self-inflating hero talk. What Michael Jackson is accused of doing today, Dan Rather did, though less literally, in 1963.

Quote of the day

Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.


Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Dan Rather postmortem - "failure to authenticate"

Much of the MSM/DNC commentary I have seen this month as it relates to Rather makes grudging reference to Rathergate and Rather's "failure to fully authenticate" the memos in question. The MSM/DNC never acknowledges that the memos were forged. It is almost embarrassing to watch the MSM/DNC contort itself into a pretzel as it attempts to spin the scandal into a mere failure to authenticate. "Failure to authenticate" sounds like a careless error of a harried fact checker. A clerical error. An accident. The MSM/DNC would turn a lie into a mere typographical error.

Twenty years ago the MSM/DNC would have achieved its purpose through sheer repetition of the "failure to authenticate" phrase (if the scandal had even seen the light of day in the first place, that is). The MSM/DNC is used to a world where facts disappear down the memory hole by virtue of MSM/DNC's constant repetition of the same lie over and over again. History's version of events would come to look like the standard MSM/DNC line.

Today, we have the power to force the truth into tomorrow's history books. We can make sure that media watchers, voters, average citizens, etc. will know that CBS suffered its downfall because of a forgery, not an accident. Remember these key facts and remind your readers and friends - especially as Rather undergoes his long, painful farewell:

(1) Someone(s) sat down over a period of time and typed lie after lie into the computer. Someone(s) composed the words that would communicate a false, invented, story. This person (or persons) invented an entire story, complete with names, dates, heroes and villains.

(2) Someone(s) forged the signature of a dead military officer onto four separate documents containing those lies (I think there were more than four memos, but only four made it onto the CBS report).

(3) Someone(s) crumpled the forged memos to make them appear old.

(4) The above actions constitute a crime(s), insofar as the forgers were forging official government documents.

(5) The DNC and the Kerry campaign timed their "fortunate son" ad campaign to coincide with the release of the forged memos on CBS.

(6) Without rehashing the rest of the details, CBS and the Kerry campaign sought to benefit from criminal actions and, to a certain extent, almost certainly acted in concert with those who created the initial forgery - either in the timing of the public release, the placing of the forged documents into CBS' hands or otherwise. The full extent of that cooperation may never be known.

Only when repeating the darkest details of this mess do we lose the innocuous image of a mere "failure to authenticate." The real image of a disturbed individual(s) sitting at a computer carefully inventing lies should put to rest any spin that the MSM/DNC should try to place on this scandal. Underneath all of the spin, there is sordidness, viciousness, bitterness, deceit and every other manifestation of an exercise in raw power for wrong ends.

Anyone who would attempt to impede the exposure of that scandal does not deserve the benefit of spin or a clever MSM/DNC whitewash catchphrase such as "failure to authenticate."

Quote of the day

“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of 'liberalism,' they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

- Norman Thomas, Socialist Party presidential candidate.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Another Sgrena lie

This time it was CNN. CNN inserted a false translation of Sgrena's words into the CNN story so as to imply that Sgrena's car was traveling slowly as it approached the U.S. military checkpoint. This one has been added to the MSM lies of 2005.

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin. CNN removed the offending translation after Malkin embarrassed them with the facts. CNN did not acknowledge any "error" or change in the remaining portions of the story.

Michelle Malkin retains a link to the original story - falsehood and all.

Another lie - Sgrena

I knew it had to happen sooner or later. The MSM/DNC has committed an identifiable lie in spinning the story of the shooting of the Italian communist. Until today, the MSM/DNC had been guilty mostly of bias in its reporting. The MSM/DNC had left out key facts, given undue weight to the dubious claims of the communists and failed to report that the "reporter" in fact worked for a Stalinist newspaper.

We have come to expect that type of behavior from the MSM/DNC. But we have also come to expect outright lies, and the MSM/DNC has now done that also. AP has used a photo of a car that had nothing to do with the Italian communist in its story about last weekend's shooting.

"Fake, but accurate?"

AP misidentified the car in its video. Only after LGF found the identical photo in an early February story did the truth come out. The car in the photo was not damaged by soldiers and tells us nothing of what happened over the weekend.

Bias and spin are SOP for the MSM/DNC. But when it is caught misrepresenting its photos, that is a specific verifiable lie.

Click here for the update to the MSM lies of 2005.

Quote of the day

The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.

Casey Stengel

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Notes from around the blogosphere

As numerous bloggers struggle to save the remnants of western civilization, the least I can do is link to some of them:

Sherri has done tremendous work these past few weeks trying to expose the truth about Terri Schiavo and the circumstances of her condition. Click here for part II of her latest series. (Part I is excellent also.)
The left's absolute faith in euthanasia has caused it to enter into an alliance with a rogue husband whose wife has entered a coma under mysterious circumstances. (And I am being diplomatic.) The left has their "eye on the ball". They are not going to let a few inconvenient facts get it the way of their promotion of state sponsored murder.

David Limbaugh posts his thoughts on Robert Byrd.

Wizbang laments that our forces could not kill a communist journalist despite firing 300 to 400 rounds into her car.

Michelle Malkin covers the NYT's whitewash of the government's attempt to regulate bloggers.

The Accidental Harpist recounts one of Dan Rather's early falsehoods.

And not least importantly, I struggle with various phrases to identify the leftist political machine that has all of us in its crosshairs.

The real enemy - the core, the hive, the Berlin Wall Orphans, etc.

We (the blogosphere, conservatives, new media, etc.) have spent much time these past few months and years fighting everyone from Islamist terrorists to John Kerry to Dan Rather to Eason Jordan. These fights have been crucial. We certainly have more fights to undertake as we prepare to prevent Hillary Clinton from taking back the White House.

But we miss the point if we focus only on these fights and ignore the big picture. Clinton, Rather, Kerry, etc. are only tools of the larger enemy (with which Islamist terror has become unwittingly allied). Even our continued exposure of the MSM/DNC strikes only a few layers further down and misses the real core. I am not sure what the real core is, but numerous authors have come close to defining and identifying it.

Recently, Nelson Ascher of Europundits identified the global left as the "Berlin Wall's Orphans":
But there were probably, no, not probably, but surely, those [in the West] who felt utterly defeated at the time [of the fall of the Berlin Wall]. They just didn’t think it was advisable to go public with their anger and frustration.

Ascher discusses their strategy in terms of recent events:
This newly ever-growing Western left, not only in Europe, but in Latin America and even in the US itself, has a clear goal: the destruction of the country and society that vanquished its dreams fifteen years ago. But it does not have, as in the old days of the Soviet Union, the hard power to accomplish this by itself. Thanks to this, all our leftist friends’ bets are now on radical Islam. What can they do to help it? Answer: tie down America’s superior strength with a million Liliputian ropes: legal ones, political ones, with propaganda and disinformation etc. Anything and everything will do.

Is it any wonder that Democrat politicians and hacks continuously provide sniping and negativity, but no solutions or alternatives. DNC/MSM behavior is consistent with Ascher's theory, but not with any legitimate journalistic or foreign policy goal.
Read the rest of Ascher's article, including his prediction for the Berlin Wall Orphans' strategy in response to any future nuclear attack upon the U.S.

The left never got over the loss of their precious wall.

I was reminded of this Berlin Wall analogy today when I read Mark Steyn's column:
With hindsight, the fellow travelers were let off far too easily when the Iron Curtain fell like a discarded burqa. Little more than a decade later, they barely hesitated a moment before jumping in on the wrong side of history yet again.

Steyn compares the attacks on Reagan's foreign policy with those against Bush:
In a few years' time, they'll have it down pat -- just like they have with Eastern Europe. Oh, the Soviet bloc [the Middle East thugocracies] was bound to collapse anyway. Nothing to do with that simpleton Ronnie Raygun [Chimpy Bushitler]. In fact, all Raygun [Chimpy] did was delay the inevitable with his ridiculous arms buildup [illegal unprovoked Halliburton oil-grab], as many of us argued at the time: See my 1984 column ''Yuri Andropov, The Young, Smart, Sexy New Face Of Soviet Communism'' [see the April 2004 column ''Things Were Better Under Saddam": "The coalition has destroyed Baathism, says Rod Liddle, and with it all hopes of the emergence of secular democracy'' -- which was published -- really -- in the London Spectator.]

The idea that the DNC/MSM and the rest of the global left has acted consistently from the cold war through the current war is one that needs to be explored thoroughly. We will not defeat the global left and its American DNC/MSM component by repeating RNC talking points at election time, or stressing that John Kerry "doesn't have the experience" or other such ephemera.

We must learn to see our opponents in the full context of the struggle that has ensnared America for decades. A few years ago, Joe Sobran traced the global left's lineage back to the New Deal and labeled it "The Hive."
Sobran analyzes the Hive's affinity for Stalin, and its modern incarnations in the DNC/MSM, whose drones demonstrate an uncanny ability to mimic each others' speech, opinions and catch phrases:
“Civil rights,” feminism, environmentalism, national health care, gun control, and abortion on demand may not seem intrinsically related, but they all extend the authority and power of the centralized state over private relations. The Hive intuits this with almost infallible accuracy, so the liberal bees support and promote such causes at every turn.

Our attempts to understand Sobran's "Hive" or Ascher's "Berlin Wall Orphans" are still in their infancy, as the new media allows conservatives to begin comparing notes and sharing thoughts. We still grasp for terminology and struggle to identify the very thing we talk about.

The more we talk about it, the sooner we can properly identify and refer to it - whatever this thing is that threatens to engulf our remaining liberties while obstructing our efforts to win the war. A good next step would be to make sure we analyze every politician, news item, journalist, educator, etc., solely in terms of their role or place in America's ultimate struggle. If they support and are supported by the Berlin Wall Orphans/Hive/DNC/MSM then we must attack on that basis instead of the more traditional items like their attendance record in Congress or their failure to sponsor any bills for 20 years. [Those minor items achieve relevance only when they are covered up by the DNC/MSM, thus implicating anti-DNC/MSM and anti-Hive analysis.]

I realize that this type of analysis takes discipline on our part, but our enemies are very single minded and focused - so WE must become single minded and focused.

Quote of the day

Coercion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.

Ronald Reagan

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Quote of the day

Democrats couldn't care less if people in Indiana hate them. But if Europeans curl their lips, liberals can't look at themselves in the mirror.

Ann Coulter

Update to MSM lies of 2005

I have updated the list of MSM lies of 2005.

One of the newly added lies relates to the PBS Kinsey documentary. While the lie related to one specific historic point, there is a broader harm resulting from the new found Kinsey worship among the MSM/DNC. Deb Schlussel wrote a recent column about the evolution of the porn industry (and all that it spawned) since the early 1970's.
Does “Inside ‘Deep Throat’” show us the advent of AIDS and other deadly diseases and cancers brought on by the rampant, joyless behavior spawned by the industry “Deep Throat” helped unleash? Does it mention all the porn stars who’ve been diagnosed with AIDS, some of whom died? The addicts porn created and the families it destroyed?


While it is true that the porn industry did play an important role in the ills of which Ms. Schlussel writes, more credit belongs to Kinsey, who led the way for the porn industry with his "scientific" studies and flawed reporting two decades earlier. Those who celebrate Kinsey today lament his premature passing before he could see the true fruits of his work in the late 1960's sexual revolution. Those who so lament make no mention of the ills of the sexual revolution that both Kinsey and Deep Throat helped create.

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