Friday, March 14, 2003

HOLLYWOOD HYPOCRISY: Supporting a war just isn't as "hip" as it used to be according to Janeane Garofalo.

Indeed, in 1999 singer Judy Collins--best known for her soulful renditions of antiwar songs--actually sang at a White House gala at the very moment that U.S. and NATO bombs were flattening parts of Belgrade--accidentally destroying the Chinese Embassy in the process.

Similarly, singer Sheryl Crow is appalled by George Bush's moves against Iraq, but she had no problem with Bill Clinton's intervention in the Balkans. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the singer accompanied Hillary Clinton on a USO tour to entertain U.S. troops in Bosnia. "Once over there, I felt extremely patriotic," Ms. Crow told a reporter that year. "Here are these people, from 18-year-olds to military veterans, enduring real duress for the cause of peace. I don't ever want to play for a regular audience again, only military folks who are starving for music." Ms. Crow hasn't been seen around any military bases lately.

Some celebrities are at least honest about their hypocrisy. Comedian Janeane Garofalo was blunt in explaining why Hollywood types didn't protest any of Mr. Clinton's military ventures: "It wasn't very hip."


Unbelievable. I didn't know this was a popularity contest.
THE NY TIMES AGREES WITH ME!: William Safire has an article (in the NY Times!) that basically claims the same things I do in my earlier post today.
Yet another reason why the United Nations is completely stupid.
PETA BEING PETA AGAIN: Apparently eating meat is akin to a second Holocaust according to the Nazi-like organization that is PETA. Here's a protest worth joining to show PETA how much you think they suck.
IS FRANCE HIDING SOMETHING?: Steven Den Beste has opined on this subject before.

One more and the most important: suppose that the records also show that during the 1990's companies in France or Germany (or both) actively and deliberately broke the sanctions and sold equipment and supplies to Iraq which helped it to create these things, and that the governments of Germany and France knew and approved of this and actively helped. That's the biggest and most speculative suppose.

On that I can't place a probability; there's no way of knowing right now whether this happened, or whether such records will be found. But I don't consider the possibility of this to be vanishingly small. I think the chance is decent that some such illegal sales to Iraq took place, but I can't say how likely it is that the governments there actively approved of it, or at least deliberately ignored it (which is bad enough). That's the wild card.


Those who know me know that I am the last person to suggest any conspiracy theories. But one has to wonder about the intentions of the French when they veto a very fair and legitimate "test" resolution from the British government before Iraq!

While I certainly respect the opinions of intelligent anti-war protestors (although I have found few), the veto of the 6 tests for proof of full disarmament are extremely fair and still allow for a peaceful resolution of this conflict. Why then is France vetoing any UN resolution that might lead to war? Unfortunately, I am unable to find a copy online of the 6 tests established by the British government to prove full disarmament. In any case, they are all legitimate concerns and place the burden on Saddam to prove that he has been disarmed fully.

At a briefing for European and Arabic journalists, a British official called the French position "extreme" and "completely unreasonable." He added, "I don't think anyone is under the illusion that if you inject into the diplomatic bloodstream a strategic, in-principle veto it's going to make things very difficult. You are poisoning the system."

He added, "The French rejected our tests before the Iraqis. Enough said."

Thursday, March 13, 2003

WHAT POLITICAL STEREOTYPE ARE YOU?: No surprise here for me.

Jefferson
Libertarian - You believe that the main use for
government is for some people to lord it over
others at their expense. You maintain that the
government should be as small as possible, and
that civil liberties, "victimless
crimes", and gun ownership should be basic
rights. You probably are OK with capitalism.
Your historical role model is Thomas Jefferson.


Which political sterotype are you?
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Tuesday, March 11, 2003

THIS IS MY SCHOOL: Ok, so I knew my school was very liberal. But I didn't think it was downright stupid. Hardball came to American University last week and some idiots in the crowd decided to use the tired old slogan "No blood for oil!" to interrupt the show. Thankfully, Chris Matthews established some order.

”All four of you line up or up shut up,” he began, in inviting the demonstrators to express a policy position and question the senators. After several exchanges with student Maggie Holden, Matthews allowed the senators to respond to her anti-war remarks before cutting to a commercial break about a minute later. Though the four women were not forced to leave after their outburst they were told that no further demonstrations would be allowed, AU and MSNBC officials said later that they voluntarily decided to leave anyhow.

Thanks to these dipshits, I can guarantee that Hardball or any other televised show will not be coming to AU anymore. Somehow I don't these these people care.

ANOTHER BLAME AMERICA FIRST RETARD: Oh look. Yet another moronic novelist/playwright has joined the chorus of "artists" whose careers have gone down the shitter and hence have decided to bash America in order to gain publicity. This time, it's Tom Robbins. I haven't heard of him either.

Novelist Tom Robbins, in contrast, is so violently opposed to what he calls America’s “pimple-faced arrogance” that he yearns to see us get our “butts kicked.”

And these idiots wonder why people write books called "Why the Left Hates America". I've seen it many times before. These self-righteous assholes will proclaim that such a claim is "ridiculous" or that "their dissent is everything that America stands for." And yet dissent seems to entail America getting it's "butt kicked". In other words, he wants American soldiers to die. Not Saddam. Not his Iraqi Republican Guard. American soldiers.

Free speech is highly honorable. Self-righteous attempts to gain publicity so you can sell more books makes you a downright asshole.
SICK AND PISSED OFF: I've been quite sick and quite annoyed with my immune systemthe last couple of days so please consider this when I post my comments today.