Monday, April 30, 2007
But, back to Malkin. Vigilante poses a legitimate question. I support gay rights (especially gay marriage and adoption), women's rights (including reproductive rights) and social justice. I've sided with vigilante about many (but not quite all) issues concerning George Bush's un-provoked, unnecessary, and largely unilateral invasion and unplanned occupation of Iraq (UULUIUOI).
Malkin is....well... she is..... a "Conservative!!!"
Here's why I read Malkin daily. Malkin seems to fill in vigorously and aggressively in defense of key Liberal issues like FREE SPEECH and WOMEN'S RIGHTS around the world when my traditional liberal allies ignore (or, at least underplay) the terrific evils all around us.
There is no doubt that some of the traditional liberal websites ignore, or at least downplay, certain stories. I think it's some variant of a "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" philosophy. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I'm just missing the liberal outrage I would have normally expected in the pre-Bush world.
Certainly I know of no liberal website or liberal blogger or liberal reporter that supports the kind of gross evil headlined this morning by Michelle Malkin: A cry for help from Iran.
But Malkin is the one carrying the banner. VIVA MICHELLE!
I believe that زنان نیروی انتظامی translates roughly as "Iranian Police and Woman with Hejab."
TECHNORATI TAGS: MICHELLE MALKIN WOMENS RIGHTS VIGILANTE IRAN IRAQ BLOGGING RELIGION ISLAM FREE SPEECH
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Sunday, April 29, 2007
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But a quick, very quick or nearly instantaneous and absolutely unilateral withdrawal from Iraq seems to be a short sighted and overly simplistic approach to a very complex problem in a very complex region of the world.
These candidates, along with Harry Reid, do not want to consult with the military (or even listen to them) and they don't want to consult with our allies in the coalition or even with out NATO partners in Afghanistan.
The candidates demand six months (or six days) and were out!
That bothers me a lot and, at any moment, I'm likely to post yet another verbatim statement or press release from Senator Joe Lieberman, who I feel really understands the complexity of the issues. But that is not the subject of this journal entry.
Instead the subject is the rapidly vanishing Freedom of Speech among the Arab nations of the Middle East. I'll keep this brief and mostly just point to three stories and three links.
- Iran, who already has one of the most censored and restricted media on earth, with highly censored Internet access, has announced they will now begin to monitor and censor mobile phone communications, particularly messaging and photograph and video transfers. "Iran's Telecommunications Ministry will start filtering "immoral" video and audio messages sent via mobile phones, state television reported on Saturday." See the complete story here.
- Sandmonkey, one of the very few remaining, clandestine but free, bloggers in Egypt is shutting down his blog. Fearing at least for his freedom and possibly for his life, he is going into hiding. To be certain, Sandmonkey is pro-American and a darling of the right wing here, but shouldn't freedom allow all points of view? Sandomnkey writes, "One of the chief reasons is the fact that there has been too much heat around me lately. I no longer believe that my anonymity is kept, especially with State Security agents lurking around my street and asking questions about me since that day. I was the model of caution, and believing in my invincibility by managing not to get arrested for the past 2 and a half years, I've grown reckless. Stupid Monkey. Stupid And speaking of the state of the Egyptian blogsphere, it has been pretty depressing in its own right. One has to wonder at some point the futility of being a keyboard warrior in a country where nothing seems to matter to its people anymore."
Finally, in spite of an extremely well organized effort by the FREE KAREEM website and his supporters worldwide, the eleven city worldwide protest yesterday is unlikely to encourage Egypt to lighten the four year prison sentence handed down to Kareem Amer, the young and idealist blogger whose criticism of Islam and his native Egypt was tame and restrained compared to the vitriolic attacks leveled at President Bush and the Christian religion everyday in the American blogosphere.
Islam and many governments of the Middle East are unwilling to allow the slightest dissent with the exception of one single, shining beacon of hope and freedom: Iraq.
That's why I can't join my fellow Democrats in a rush to destroy that freedom. I will not join those who simply use the war and occupation of Iraq as an excuse to attack the current Republican administration.
That is not to say we can or should tolerate the continued bloodshed that accompanies the current American occupation of Iraq. But let us not rush headlong to send Iraqis into the Orwellian world of their imprisoned neighbors.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
The photo on the right is of the boy, moments before he committed the beheading.
We are shocked by the pure evil. How could anyone manipulate a boy of twelve to commit such a heinous act? How can anyone develop that much hatred?
We aren't talking about a lone psychopath. This isn't a repeat of Virginia Tech. This isn't just one child, mistreated, bullied or unbalanced who snapped. This is an organization of hundreds, thousands, perhaps even tens of thousands who feel no remorse for the acts they commit. Metaphorically speaking, this is a holy war, spawned by the devil, to create a veritable hell on earth.
Over and over and over again in New York, London, Madrid, Bagdad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Afghanistan and in your home town, the target isn't military. It's not soldiers. The target is women and children. It isn't just genocide, it's humanicide.
As we debate Iraq we want to pretend it's simply a battle of ideas on how to extract ourselves from Iraq. We cannot and will not face the truth. It doesn't matter if you side with Harry Reid and John Murtha or with Joe Lieberman and John McCain. It doesn't matter. Iraq is just one small island of fear in an entire ocean of terror.
Why must the lighter skinned Janjaweed kill all the dark skinned Africans? Why must they rape and mutilate all the women? Why must some children be tortured? Why must other children be forced to do the torturing?
Can this violence spread? Will it happen here?
Of course we say no, but......
Why must I read vile attacks in blog responses on conservative and liberal blogs alike? Why must we react to those with whom we disagree by threatening murder, torture, rape and mutilation? In theory we only broker ideas. In theory. Why are we threatened? Is Al Sharpton really the devil? Ann Coulter?
The threats you can read every day against liberals and conservatives alike seem to mirror the events in the worst terrorist videos or the most horrific of Abu Ghraib photographs.
When will it happen that one or more of these threats become reality? When will we read the person "X'" was tortured, raped and murdered? And how long will it take for some blogger or reader to say that "X" got what he or she deserved?
The story in Genesis about the Tower of Babel tells us that God cursed man with many different languages to prevent him from reaching Heaven.
Is this rush to violence another curse from God?
Are we programed, as a species, to self destruct?
I don't know. I do know that someone programmed a twelve year old to behead a man.
TECHNORATI TAGS: SAVE DARFUR VIOLENCE SUDAN IRAQ WOMEN'S RIGHTS HUMAN RIGHTS DARFUR TERRORISM CHILD ABUSE OLYMPICS CHINA ANN COULTER ABU GHRAIB
With all due respect, I strongly disagree. Senator Reid's statement is not based on military facts on the ground in Iraq and does not advance our cause there.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I don't think Buffett is greedy. His generosity is legendary.
But I do think he, like millions of Americans (and people around the world) has simply lost track of his priorities. I know Warren Buffett, just like all of us, had shed many tears over the tragedy at Virginia Tech.
Warren Buffett, this is just like Virginia Tech..... multiplied by 6,250. What is it worth to end this tragedy?
From Fortune Magazine. As always, editing and emphasis are mine. As always, you are encouraged to read the entire original article.
Warren Buffett and Darfur
Sudan divestment movement targets Berkshire Hathaway's China oil holdings, reports Fortune's Marc Gunther.
By Marc Gunther, Fortune senior writerc
It should be a fascinating debate. Berkshire has become a target of the divestment campaign because it owns 2.3 billion shares of PetroChina Co., a subsidiary of the state-controlled China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC). CNPC has extensive operations in Sudan; it owns a major stake in Sudan's national oil consortia.
So-called socially responsible mutual funds also have sold their holdings in PetroChina. The Calvert family of funds went further, creating an online report aimed at helping people stop the violence in Darfur.
"Warren Buffett is, after all, much more than one of the world's great investors. He is a decent, generous man of unquestioned integrity. When he speaks, much of the world listens. He now has a platform to speak on behalf of victims of genocide. Why not take it?" It was worth repeating!
Why Not indeed?
TECHNORATI TAGS: SAVE DARFUR BAN KI-MOON SUDAN CHAD WOMEN'S RIGHTS 2008 OLYMPICS HUMAN RIGHTS DARFUR GEORGE BUSH UNITED NATIONS WARREN BUFFETT BERKSHIRE-HATHAWAY
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Pick your fight. Take your stand.
What is your priority? Where do you invest time and money? Where is your heart and soul?
The Supreme Court Ruling on Partial Birth Abortion?
The Albert Gonzales/Bush Administration firing of 8 Federal Prosecutors?
The massacre at Virginia Tech and, now the deranged video tape of the killer, reaching out from the grave to exact the ultimate revenge on us all?
The massive suicide murders of 200 in Iraq yesterday? Think of it as Virginia Tech times Six! Twelve more killed today, by the way.
I could easily list twenty more stories. Or thirty. Or more.
They are all important. But please take a few moments of your day and consider the horror in Sudan and Darfur. I've compiled the story below from multiple press reports. All are linked at the end of this story:
In my opinion the actions by the world's so-called leaders amounts to nothing more than posturing and preening. China is chafing under the threats, mostly from French Presidential Candidates, to boycott the 2008 Bejing Olympics. But they still prevent any meaningful United Nations sanctions.
And while President Bush yesterday announce the strongest unilateral sanctions against Sudan, and has continued to place diplomatic pressure on Khartoum, economic leaders like Warren Buffett refuse to divest stock in the Chinese oil companies that fuel Sudan's continued genocide.
Is it progress that a few American politicians at least try to make the news with posturing speeches or congressional confrontations.
Unless you're a six year old sex slave.
Resources: Reuters Alert Net and Yahoo News (via Reuters)
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Darfur: The Final Solution
Someday soon Darfur will be a memory. A blight on our history. A sad moment we'll all look back upon and say "Why didn't somebody do something?"
More to follow.... Maybe a monument or two.
But I still have a lot to say.
Watch this space.
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Monday, April 16, 2007
The McCain plan for Iraq today (which basically endorses President Bush's "surge" plan) is the best plan for Iraq in this interim period until the next election.
In the 2008 election the American people will have a chance to choose a new Commander in Chief. I trust that we will be able make a reasoned, logical decision between two (or more) candidates who will offer clear direction to take in the middle east.
Between today and January, 2009, I want to place our trust with General Petraeus and the commanders on the ground in Iraq. I also do not want to weaken or usurp the powers entrusted to the President under the Constitution. I certainly don't want Nancy Pelosi as the Pretender in Chief.
To those who feel President Bush has betrayed that trust, then begin the steps necessary for impeachment. But, until you replace the President, you must allow the President and General Petraeus to do their jobs.
To read or to watch John McCain's complete speech, click here. Again, what follows below is highly edited to reflect my exact views, and all emphasis is mine.
It is the right strategy. General Petraeus literally wrote the book on counter insurgency. He is a determined, resourceful and bold commander. Our troops, many of whom have served multiple tours in Iraq, are performing with great skill and bravery. But the hour is late and we should have no illusion that success is certain.
In Iraq, American and Iraqi soldiers risk everything to hold the country together, to prevent it from becoming a terrorist sanctuary and the region from descending into the dangerous chaos of a widening war.
In Washington, where political calculation seems to trump all other considerations, Democrats in Congress and their leading candidates for President, heedless of the terrible consequences of our failure, unanimously confirmed our new commander, and then insisted he be prevented from taking the action he believes necessary to safeguard our country's interests.
See also my essay from back on March 13, 2007: Arrogant Americans Determined To Go It Alone
TECHNORATI TAGS: JOHN MCCAIN NANCY PELOSI IRAQ IRAQ STRATEGY DEMOCRATS REPUBLICANS WAR ON TERROR PRESIDENT BUSH AL QAEDA LT. GENERAL PETRAEUS
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Thursday, April 12, 2007
I really am working on two essays I feel are important. One concerns Iraq and the other Darfur. I hope to have them both posted within the next 24 hours. Sadly I am unable to accomplish as much in 24 hours as the fictional hero Jack Bauer on the television series "24."
But the Imus controversy has exposed a raw nerve. Are we going to have a protected group within our society? Are we happy with two sets of rules? Two sets of morality?
The answer is nowhere as simple as it might seem.
Don Imus is attacked and vilified and fired for a simple statement that is racist and misogynistic. Ill timed and poorly thought out as the statement was, the attack on Imus seems well out of proportion to the crime.
Imus is gone from at least MSNBC and that, in itself, is not the issue. I have no problem with his firing. Shows get cancelled and disk jockeys get fired every day. They have no union and there is no grievance committee.
But I have a great deal of a problem with the resulting theory that there are and should be two sets of rules regarding speech, especially racist and misogynistic speech or any other forms of hate speech. One set of rules for the rap stars (black and white) and one set of rules for the middle aged white men.
I don't buy Snoop Dog's explanation for one second.
|"First of all, we ain't no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC going hard on black girls. We are rappers that have these songs coming from our minds and our souls that are relevant to what we feel. I will not let them mutha-----as say we in the same league as him."|
Now Snoop is absolutely right when he says that old white men can't know his life, his story, his path, his pain or his feelings. Snoop can, should and must write and perform what's in his mind. And, I must add, Snoop is a great talent.
But this isn't affirmative action for rappers. And multi-millionaire singers don't get additional rights denied to the rest of society. A ho is a ho is a ho is a ho.
We can't have one class of people protected from all criticism. Snoop should, can and must be allowed to write and sing what he feels. But attacks on women, the objectification of a sex, the hate speech directed at a race (and people who aren't absolutely physically beautiful and physically picture perfect)is not acceptable.
He can write it, but he must be subject to the same criticism as anyone who portrays similar disregard for the worth of another human being.
This gigantic hit for Snoop Dog and Ludacris, "Hoes in My Room," put literally millions of dollars in their pockets. Imus, in the worst day of his 40 year career never thought, mush less said, anything this disgusting:
by Snoop Dog and Ludacris
Who in the hell let them booger bears out they cell (Not me)
And what they doin' in ya' room? Nigga make 'em bail (Yeah)
And told security, "Let 'em in, with no delay" (Ha Ha!)
So when they get here, they'll probably be like half naked
Don't mean to trip out, but bitch yall got to dip out (Dip Out!)
Catch the elevator up one floor
Presidential with the slidin' key for the door (Oh No!)
Them bitches was so ugly, I told 'em to go home
Who let these hoes in my room?
(Man who let these hoes in my room?)
Who let these hoes in my room? (Oh no!)
(Did you let 'em in?)
Who let these hoes in my room?
(Well who let 'em in then?)
Who let these hoes in my room? (Get out!)
[Verse 3 - Luda (Snoop)]
Now, these chicks wouldn't leave, they was ready to clown
One was 5'6 and weighed three hundred pounds
(No she didn't come thru with a thong on
She did for the hell of it, big fat whale of it)
You can't separate me, Ima separate you
Bitch ya' pussy smell like Pepe Le Pew
(You filthy, nasty, sick in the head
Sittin' in my dressin room with dick on ya' bread)
But I was turned off by her tupper-ware titties
(Fake bitches, break bitches, make bitches
Kick rocks, when they fucked up in they face
Tick-tock, you gots to get up out my space
Hey Ludacris let's get the fuck up out this place, let's bounce)
Then it got to my head, and somethin' reminded me
I know who let 'em in, it was Bill O'Reilly (Faggot)
(Ya' white bread, chicken-shit nigga!)
LINK TO THE FULL LYRICS HERE: HOES IN MY ROOM
You gotta love the reference to Bill O'Reilly. I guess ole Ludacris and Snoop Dog told us a thing or two. Yep, they sure put them old white men in their place.
Say, my memory seems to be failing me... didn't Ann Coulter get in deep trouble for calling someone a faggot? Didn't she lose a bunch of newspaper columns? I guess Ann is not in the protected class. Only rap stars can call people faggots without any penalty.
We're talking about Ludacirs and Snoop Dog, two of the richest, most influential and powerful men on earth today. Men so powerful and so influential that they escape the fair and balanced criticism of leaders like Bruce Gordon and Al Sharpton or Jessie Jackson.
They wrote this and they performed this piece of art and radio stations played it and they are getting rich from it.
But that nappy headed ho Imus got fired.
TECHNORATI TAGS: FREE SPEECH DON IMUS BRUCE GORDON MSNBC CBS SNOOP DOG LUDACRIS BILL O'REILLY ANN COULTER
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Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The first shoe has just dropped as it has just been announced that MSNBC has made the decision to terminate Don Imus from the MSNBC schedule. I believe CBS will soon echo that decision.
In light of all that has gone on, I recommend that you read Michelle Malkin's dogged, determined and thorough research into the world of "Bitches, Niggas and Hos."
WARNING BEFORE YOU PROCEED! The language used in Malkin's post is about the most vile, disgusting and hateful you will ever read. And every word of it was written, not by Malkin, but by the urban contemporary Rap and Hip Hop stars who dominate the charts today. This is the music today's youth are drowning in.
Every word is from a music track being played this instant in the community where you live!
The language used to describe women and the overt abuse of women in this music makes Imus literally look like a saint! And while he got fired, these stars earn millions and win Grammy's.
Doesn't anybody besides me realize this is a double standard that turns every moral imperative on its head.
And, while I'm on a rant, let me tell you of my disappointment at the one sided actions of CBS Board member, and former NAACP President, Bruce Gordon. Gordon is on every venue calling for Imus to be fired from CBS radio. And yet CBS Radio owns about 180 radio stations. Nearly half of these stations play the music (the exact songs with the exact words) Malkin profiles in her blog.
Gordon states, "We must have a zero tolerance policy."
If Gordon had one ounce of moral integrity in his body he would DEMAND CBS IMMEDIATELY REMOVE ALL THIS MUSIC FROM EVERY CBS STATION. Is Gordon avoiding the issue and protecting the "integrity" of black music artists? Gordon has the power. Gordon has the moral authority. If Bruce Gordon spoke, the Hip Hop community would listen.
Or does "zero tolerance" only apply to middle aged white disk jockeys?
Here is the link to Malkin's blog entry into the musical landscape of hit radio: Imus vs. the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks Chart
Read it and weep.
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