Archive for November, 2004

More on the corruption of the UN

November 25, 2004

Via Instapundit:

Even the much praised UN technical agencies, such as those dealing with refugees, are bastions of waste and corruption. No need here to discuss the disaster that is called UNRWA and what it has done to set back peace in the Middle East for nearly 55 years, all the while providing lucrative employment for generations of UN bureaucrats. The much-ballyhooed UN Development Programme (Note: Although the USA pays the lion’s share, the UN uses British spellings) likewise is hugely expensive, over-staffed, painfully slow in delivering meaningful assistance, and rife with anti-Americanism. These programs [or, if you prefer, programmes] generate a blizzard of statistics showing that everything, everywhere is getting worse all the time, and desperately requiring more money for more UN programs and agencies.

The American taxpayer is getting ripped off in a big way by the UN. The “need” to play the UN’s political games damages the US ability to act forcefully in its own interests. If the UN wants to stay in New York and frequent the bad restaurants and bars that have sprung up around UN HQS, that’s fine — but not with US tax money.

It’s time for the US and other serious countries (e.g., Australia, Israel) to get out of the UN.

A very liberal view of abortion…

November 24, 2004

Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr writes at Aintitcoolnews:

I also don’t have a problem with abortion. In fact, when it comes to Michael Moore, I believe in abortion up to the 236th trimester.

Read the whole thing. It’s his review of the recent Liberty Film Festive held in LA.

This is just plain wrong…

November 24, 2004

Dan Whitcomb writes in Reuters News: A California teacher has been barred by his school from giving students documents from American history that refer to God — including the Declaration of Independence.

The left becomes it’s worst nightmare…

November 24, 2004

Michael Goodwin points out in the NY Daily News that Dan Rather‘s fall is Nixonian.

Rather’s smearing of his critics was even worse than the bogus hit on W

To the end, Gunga Dan liked to play the part of the crusading journalist, a regular reporter just digging up the facts. That was his TV persona. In real life, his hubris made him more like Richard Nixon than Walter Cronkite. And like Nixon, the coverup was his downfall.

International Blue State Support

November 24, 2004

Powerline points out that it’s no surprise to those who pay attention on where it’s coming from.

The reason nailed…

November 24, 2004

From an email to Andrew Sullivan:

I grew up in redneck America – John Ashcroft’s hometown, no less – but I’ve been a chai latte-drinking, Times-reading, wine-scrutinizing-metro-scum pig living in the northeast ever since I got my law degree ten years ago. So I think I know “both sides” of this country pretty darned well. The Democrats didn’t lose this election because of the GOP’s gay bashing – the polls bear that out. And they didn’t lose because 51% of Americans are cross-wielding bigots who want to roll back our civilization to the fourteenth century. Follow the principle of Occam’s Razor – all things equal, the simplest explanation is the best. As applied here, that means the Democrats were not entrusted with the keys to the White House because there were just too many Americans who don’t like and don’t trust the Democratic Party. That’s why they lost this election. That’s why GOP voter id equaled – for the first time ever – Democratic voter id. That’s why Daschle lost his Senate race. That’s why the GOP has six more Senate seats than it did 25 months ago.
Let me say it again – the Democrats lost because they are not liked and they are not trusted. That, and really nothing else, was the verdict of this election. “

Damn good question!

November 23, 2004

Mr. Reynolds asks us to imagine how this would be playing if American troops were involved.
The case in point, massive allegations of sexual abuse by U.N. civilian staff and soldiers.

The United Nations is investigating about 150 allegations of sexual abuse by U.N. civilian staff and soldiers in the Congo, some of them recorded on videotape, a senior U.N. official said on Monday.

The accusations include pedophilia, rape and prostitution, said Jane Holl Lute, an assistant secretary-general in the peacekeeping department.

Mr. Knapp, posting at Protein Wisdom chimes in:

In the time it takes you to read this, Michael Moore will have eaten a bucket and a half of fried chicken, selectively edited 77 minutes of footage and “digitially enhanced” 14 photographs in an attempt to prove that incidents of rape and pedophilia by U.N. peacekeepers were all Bush’s fault.

He will also have downed two gallons of C2 instead of regular Coke in order to “keep the weight off.”

Mr. Moore, where are you?

November 23, 2004

From the Washington Times Inside Politics column:

President Clinton‘s new $165 million library in Little Rock, Ark., was funded in part by gifts of $1 million or more each from the Saudi royal family and three Saudi businessmen, the New York Sun reports.
The governments of Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar and the deputy prime minister of Lebanon all also appear to have donated $1 million or more for the archive and museum that opened last week, reporter Josh Gerstein said.
Democrats spent much of the presidential campaign this year accusing President Bush of improperly close ties to Saudi Arabia.
The case was made in Michael Moore‘s film “Fahrenheit 9/11,” in a best-selling book by Craig Unger titled “House of Bush, House of Saud,” and by the Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry.
Perhaps as a result, the Saudi donations to the Clinton library are raising some eyebrows. Mr. Unger said he suspects that the Saudi support may have something to do with a possible presidential bid by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2008.

Hate Speech at Columbia…

November 22, 2004

...aggressively anti-semite behavior by faculity members is ignored by the MSM.

In the world of Hamid Dabashi, supporters of Israel are “warmongers” and “Gestapo apparatchiks.”

The Jewish homeland is “nothing more than a military base for the rising predatory empire of the United States.”

It’s a capital of “thuggery” – a “ghastly state of racism and apartheid” – and it “must be dismantled.”

A voice from America’s crackpot fringe? Actually, Dabashi is a tenured professor and department chairman at Columbia University. And his views have resonated and been echoed in other areas of the university.

Blue State Intolerance

November 22, 2004

Hindrocket points out that blue state residents continue to slander the Red States.
Here are some choice selections:

Holt says the states differ in their understanding of tolerance. Yes, that’s correct. In red states, the Boy Scouts are happily tolerated for the good they do and the diversity they bring to the local scene. In blue states, on the other hand, they are bitterly hated and, whenever possible, driven out so that blue states can stamp out diversity and maintain their purity of anti-religious and anti-heterosexual culture. No true blue-stater would dream of tolerating a Boy Scout.

Read the whole thing.