Friday, July 05, 2002

A TERRORIST ACT?: Reports seem to conflict on whether the shooting at an Los Angeles airport was a terrorist act or not. All indications appear it was: occurrence on Independence Day, at an airport, at an Israeli airline terminal, by an Egyptian man who was yielding a gun and a hunting knife.

A tragedy for the families of the victims of course, but if this is the best that the terrorists can do, then we're definitely winning the "War on terror." In addition, the more terrorist acts these idiots pull, the less leftist self-hating loonies remaining. Personally, I don't feel very sorry for people who dedicate their lives to ending others.
THE GOOD "TERRORISTS": These guys are terrorists you can actually like, unless of course, they're calling you. Anyways, listen to the sound bites. Very funny stuff here.

Thursday, July 04, 2002

BABY BOMBER UPDATE: Apparently, some people can never stop kidding themselves. Here's a link to the latest on the "baby bomber" picture, from a man who defends the act, all but directly proclaiming it was Israelis who dressed the baby up themselves. I would expose the author for the fraud that he is, but Charles Johnson does a much better job here.
STRIKE ON THE HORIZON: Baseball players are getting ready to set a strike date according to this report. According to some players, such as Barry Bonds, another strike isn't going to hurt baseball's fan base, and the "fans will come back", no matter what.

Note to Barry, the fans may have come back after the 1994 strike, but it took years for that to happen. If you think fans are going to come back with warm embraces after a second strike, and post 9/11 on top of that, then you got another thing coming Barry.

Wednesday, July 03, 2002

HOW TO HELP: Thomas L. Friedman has an excellent article on how to solve the woes of the Arab World.

There is a message in this bottle for America: For too many years we've treated the Arab world as just a big dumb gas station, and as long as the top leader kept the oil flowing, or was nice to Israel, we didn't really care what was happening to the women and children out back — where bad governance, rising unemployment and a stifled intellectual life were killing the Arab future.

It's time to stop kidding ourselves. Getting rid of the Osamas, Saddams and Arafats is necessary to change this situation, but it's hardly sufficient. We also need to roll up our sleeves and help the Arabs address all the problems out back. The bad news is that they've dug themselves a mighty deep hole there. The good news, as this report shows, is that we have liberal Arab partners for change. It's time we teamed up with them, and not just with the bums who got them into this mess.

Many critics have lambasted the United States for being the "world's policeman" but if World War II was any proof, sometimes the world needs a policeman. Sometimes like now.
FROM THE "I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS SHIT" FILES: Check out the latest blatant violation of real human rights. If you can't see that they're something very messed up about this, then perhaps it's time you stopped reading those Noam Chomsky books.
MORE LIBERAL MEDIA BIAS: Andrew Sullivan blasted the New York Times, and deservedly so, for their latest political correctness b.s. In the latest column by Harvey Araton, in the sports pages of all places, the Times liberal bias manages to shine through as always. I mentioned earlier the pairing of a Pakistani and an Israeli doubles tennis team, and the banning the Pakistani government wishes to place on the Pakistani player for teaming with the evil Jew. The Times finally picked up on the story, and tried to remove any deserved criticism of the Pakistani government by claiming that if Americans or Israelis introspected, they would have likely done the same thing.
Here's the actual quote from the article:

It is no difficult task, then, to ridicule the complaining Pakistanis, but it is also fair to wonder if Americans who still prefer patriotic fervor to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" would have cheered one of their own teaming with an Afghan last fall, or how the Israeli public, which has taken no issue this time, would respond to Hadad and a Palestinian of choice.

Is this really necessary in the sports pages?! Isn't the job of sports reporters to report on sports?! This isn't a friggin' op-ed story here. It's basic media bias seeping through. I remember perusing the article when I mentioned to my father that such a paragraph was unnecessary and very likely wrong. We both agreed that the American and Israeli communities probably wouldn't give a damn about the incident, and if anything, view it as step towards diplomacy. Anyhoo, here's Sullivan's take:

Check out the p.c. nonsense even in the New York Times' sports pages. I noted yesterday the telling story of the Pakistani shunned by his own country's authorities because he played with a Jew. The Times wants to tell us that Americans would behave just as appallingly: "It is no difficult task, then, to ridicule the complaining Pakistanis, but it is also fair to wonder if Americans who still prefer patriotic fervor to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" would have cheered one of their own teaming with an Afghan last fall, or how the Israeli public, which has taken no issue this time, would respond to Hadad and a Palestinian of choice." Excuse me. Weren't we liberating the Afghans last fall? And I know of no evidence that Israelis would feel that way about a sporting event. This is just p.c. boilerplate to avoid criticism of a state and a culture that's anti-Semitic to its core. And excusing or ignoring anti-Semitism is now, sadly, part of the New York Times' ethos.

Sullivan, as always, nails it.

Tuesday, July 02, 2002

HOW OIL BUYS FRIENDSHIP: A long but highly interesting essay on America's relationship with "our friends the Saudis" from Victor Davis Hanson.

Marshall Wyllie, a former chargé at the embassy in Saudi Arabia, once summed up the American policy best: “We need their oil, and they need our protection.”

This pretty much defines our relationship. Without oil, Saudi Arabia would be revealed as the backwards, elitist dictatorship that it is. And now that we have a new, real ally on our side, with plenty of oil to spare, that being Russia, it's time we stayed true to our monniker that "if you're not with us, then you're with the terrorists."
ICC OPENS: Robert Kagan has an excellent piece on why the Internation Criminal Court is doomed for failure. The truth of the matter is that the ICC will create more conflicts than it will solve. The EU is deluding itself if it believes otherwise.

Europeans argue that if the United States succeeds in getting special treatment then, as one European diplomat told the New York Times, "rogue states will be popping champagne corks." That kind of argument reveals the utopian silliness that animates too many Europeans these days. "Rogue" states will not voluntarily abide by an international court's rulings, no matter what the United States does or does not do. Not abiding by international rules, after all, is what makes a "rogue" a "rogue".

The ICC will only cause conflict over the instances it should be used, and how it will be used. And since "rogue states" have not signed any charter abiding to the ICC, they could care less about it's existence.

Monday, July 01, 2002

MORE PC STUPIDITY: This is pretty funny, if not entirely retarded (err...mentally handicapped).

Kinda reminds me of how Bill Maher was canceled after he made "politically incorrect" statements, on his televsion show, conveniently labeled Politically Incorrect.

Sunday, June 30, 2002

FOREIGN INVASION: The latest trend in the NBA is the invasion of European and other foreign players. Current NBA analyst and former player Kenny Smith thinks this trend is due to "poor fundamentals." Apparently William C. Rhoden doesn't think so but makes no explanation why, merely saying he thinks there is something "deeper and more complex" to it than that.

Seeing as Rhoden doesn't bother to make any argument whatsoever, I think Smith is right on. American high school players are praised for their individual skills, but tend to lack the fundamental skills necessary to compete in highly competitive team sports. These skills are usually garnered at college, but most players don't seem to be playing too much college ball lately.

Personally, I'd rather pay to watch a Dirk Nowitski or Peja Stojakovic play than a high school scrub anyday.
WHY SPORTS MATTER: To some, sports are more than just a game. This article explains why.