Saturday, December 22, 2007



Demonising Russia and giving certain oppressive Arab countries a free pass
Government and media hypocrites

Quotation
I’m not voting for a preacher. I’m voting for a president. It boils down to who can best represent conservative American beliefs, not religious beliefs.
From Rod Dreher.

Speaking of double standards in reporting, Liberty Maven (via the LRC blog) notes in a kind of political Screwtape letter:
Focus on his campaign strategy rather than his message. Ron Paul’s message of freedom, prosperity, and peace should be overshadowed by talk of his successful grassroots campaign. The more we focus on how he raises money and the types of supporters he has, the less time he has to talk about his message that is sure to resonate with most Americans. We must make all attempts to block or cloud that message. If it were to get out, it could spell doom for our chosen candidates.
I noticed.

Putin power
Time’s man of the year. From Taki.

An interesting historical journalistic exception to Russophobia from the left that reinforces it on the right:
Although The NYTimes’ Walter Duranty was wont to fawn over Stalin, I haven’t seen much Russophilia in the MSM since the socialist paradise collapsed 15 years ago.
BTW Stalin wasn’t Russian; he was Georgian and always spoke Russian as a foreign language to him with a thick accent (I’ve heard Russian from a Georgian; it’s a challenge to understand!). He and I have the same favourite wine, Kindzmaurauli, which is from his country.
Romney and McCain are in a fuss about Putin not because he’s a dictator (Washington gets along with other autocrats just fine) but because the Russian president pursues what he sees as good for his country no matter whether Washington likes it or not. If the post-9/11 GOP continues to reject the very notion that other countries’ national interests might be different than America’s, they will continue to fail in the arena of foreign affairs — but at least they’ll have plenty more opportunities to be publicly outraged.
Window on their souls
Perhaps not as expressive as Mr Putin’s eyes (ha) but useful indeed
One advantage to Rupert Murdoch and his gutter-spawn empire: If we want to know what the neoconservatives are thinking (and maybe setting us up for), we can watch Fox News. Albeit from a entry-level, wannabe-ass-kicker perspective, the network functions as a 24/7 fireside chat from the air-breathing detritus calling shots inside the Beltway.

Here’s the mission in three little words: fear more fear.
Also:

Huck as Huey Long
A tax-and-spend liberal like Huckabee has as little chance of uniting the Right as the untrustworthy Romney and socially liberal Giuliani.
Just as well ’cos the mainstream Right sucks.

Christmas on the West Bank

The broken Compass

A promisingly fun anti-Narnia exercise turns out to be more Dan Brown rubbish
Somehow, one doubts that either the USCCB or Hollywood studios would have taken such a benign view of a film whose villainous organization were named “The Synagogue,” whose villains wore rabbinical rather than clerical garb, and whose author had been quoted as saying “I’m trying to undermine the basis of Jewish belief” and “my books are about killing Yahweh.”
As they say oop north, ‘Tha thinks?’
Opponents of bigotry would have been outraged — and rightly so.
Allah the unbound
The Pope’s point at Regensburg again
Muslims believe that Allah’s hand is unfettered — he can do anything. The Qur’an explicitly refutes the Judeo-Christian view of God as a God of reason when it says: “The Jews say: Allah’s hand is fettered. Their hands are fettered and they are accursed for saying so.” (5:64) In other words, it is heresy to say that God operates by certain natural laws that we can understand through reason. This argument was played out throughout Islamic history.

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