Thursday, October 26, 2006

The end of an era, a sad day in Georgia.

I'm going to go out on a limb here, and make a prediction: The Republicans will retain control of both the House and Senate.

Why am I saying this?

First, I think the Democrats peaked too soon. Had they sprung the Foley October surprise a couple of weeks later, they might have had a chance. They didn't, and it's now just gone. Meanwhile, the stock market's up (MSM: "Nothing to see here. Move along"), gas prices are down (MSM: "Nothing to..."), and Cindy Sheehan's been revealed as both a slut and a shill. Good times.

Second, we're getting a good look at Nancy Pelosi. It's a pretty revolting sight. Her enemies list is so long, and so well cherished that she's having to plan on placing a felon in charge of the House Intelligenge Committee. Think about that: She wants a man convicted of accepting bribes to handle this nation's intelligence. Damn! And that's just one of her appointments. Never mind what John Conyers plans to get up to.

Third, this whole measuring the drapes thing. It's just a little unseemly for her to be hanging out like a vulture, waiting to feast on the corpse of the current political situation.

And on, and on. But that's not *really* why I'm predicting the Republicans will keep power. No, I'm predicting this because I *want* it to happen. I *want* to see Pelosi's face when she realizes she won't be measuring the drapes. I *want* to see the look on Hastings's face when he realizes he won't be able to leak to the NYT. I *want* to see the look on Conyers's face when he realizes that he'll never be called "Mr. Chairman" for real. I *want* to see the look on the face of the Democrat MSM when it realizes it's lost. I *want* to read the Diebold conspiracy theories on Daily Kos. I *want* to hear and see the rending of clothes, the tearing of hair, the gnashing of teeth that happens when Democrat dreams collide with American reality.

Oh, the exquisite agony! Yum!

UPDATE: A retirement to be hoped for.

The Religion of Pieces is getting ready to act up.

I was in Paris about four years ago, and had dinner with some friends of friends. At the time they quizzed me about the imminent war in Iraq. I was well-mannered, but quite honest in my responses. Among other thigns, I told them that the war in Iraq was a necessary part of draining the fever swamp that is the Islamic world. I also offered the opinion that France's muslim population was about to turn into a huge problem.

I later heard back that my comments were thought of as some of the most "politely-advanced fascist statements" they'd ever heard.

The people with whom I had dinner live east of the Republique metro station, next to Clichy.

UPDATE: More here.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

She's back.

Don't those eyes just project ... insanity?

Hmmm. So, this year the Republican scandals are about sex, and the Democrat scandals are about money.

Phew! And to think, I was worried about the election.

Click here to see what happens when Democrats take power.

The Clinton administration ignored the threat from al Qaeda. North Korea may turn out to be a much worse problem, and in the case, rather than ignoring the problem, Clinton, Albright, and Carter (history's greatest monster) actively sponsored the little gargoyle.

Monday, October 09, 2006

This evening, on the way home from work, I caught the Michael Savage radio show.

He was discussing the recent spinach deaths, his point being that those who've died have died from spinach that had been used as toilet paper by the Mexicans harvesting spinach. E. coli O158 being a human gut thing, don't you know. (MSM interruption: "Nothing to see here! Move along!")

So. Think about that, America: Every time you eat a green, leafy vegetable from California, you're probably eating the toilet paper of a third-world illegal immigrant, here to do the work American industry won't pay Americans to do.

Meanwhile, the President is considering a pocket veto of the border fence. Possibly because actual Americans demand actual toilet facilities as opposed to wiping their backsides with the green, leafy vegetables other Americans will end up eating.

Republicans do not deserve re-election. Among other things, they've as much as told us to eat shit and die.

MSM UPDATE: It's not Mexican workers, it cows. Although...
Health officials exploring other possible routes of transmission have not ruled out contamination of irrigation water, improper farmworker sanitation, or bacteria spread through tainted fertilizer or dirty farm implements.

So, maybe it's not the cows. Not that you'd get that from the headline.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

I'm watching Meet the Depressed right now. There's a debate going on about Iraq.

Republican: "Finish the mission."

Democrat: "Redeploy."

To his credit, Tim Russert is doing a decent job of grilling both sides.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Back in 2003, after I'd buried my mother, I took a week's worth of vacation in Rome before going back to work.

By the good offices of my wife, a women with high-level contacts throughout the world, I ended up visiting closely-closeted parts of the Colonna Palace, home of Pope Martin V, in Rome. My God! What a great day! (Thank you V., Thank you GianPierrot. Thank you Julia.)

Why do I mention this? Because today is the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto. Read on...

In 1571 the Colonna clan threw in with Don Juan of Austria at the Battle of Lepanto. In their palace, the Colonna symbol is shown with time chained to it, a way to indicate that Marcantonio Colonna's reputation would be timeless.

The great poem about the battle is here. (I was required to memorize it when I was in secondary school, many years ago.) Great stuff. And stuff to be remembered today.

Money stanza:
The Pope was in his chapel before day or battle broke,
(Don John of Austria is hidden in the smoke.)
The hidden room in man’s house where God sits all the year,
The secret window whence the world looks small and very dear.
He sees as in a mirror on the monstrous twilight sea
The crescent of his cruel ships whose name is mystery;
They fling great shadows foe-wards, making Cross and Castle dark,
They veil the plumèd lions on the galley’s of St. Mark;
And above the ships are palaces of brown, black-bearded chiefs,
And below the ships are prisons, where with multitudinous griefs,
Christian captives sick and sunless, all a labouring race repines
Like a race in sunken cities, like a nation in the mines.
They are lost like slaves that swat, and in the skies of morning hung
The stair-ways of the tallest gods when tyranny was young.
They are countless, voiceless, hopeless as those fallen or fleeing on
Before the high Kings’ horses in the granite of Babylon.
And many a one grows witless in his quiet room in hell
Where a yellow face looks inward through the lattice of his cell,
And he finds his God forgotten, and he seeks no more a sign —
(But Don John of Austria has burst the battle-line!)
Don John pounding from the slaughter-painted poop,
Purpling all the ocean like a bloody pirate’s sloop,
Scarlet running over on the silvers and the golds,
Breaking of the hatches up and bursting of the holds,
Thronging of the thousands up that labour under sea
White for bliss and blind for sun and stunned for liberty.
Vivat Hispania!
Domino Gloria!
Don John of Austria
Has set his people free!

Great lines for Christians to sing in the ongoing culture war.

Say it again:
Vivat Hispania!
Domino Gloria!
Don John of Austria
Has set his people free!

BTW, if you want to know why Europe could be raised against the Religion of Pieces, well, read here:
The Venetians, on the left flank of the battle line, were especially passionate. Not long before, the Turks had so battered an island port maintained by Venetians (and others) that the Venetian commander, Marcantonio Bragadino appealed for a truce. The Turks promised him and his subjects safe passage — and then took him prisoner, beat him, cut off his nose and ears, put a collar on him, and made him crawl like a dog before the conquering army. In a little cage, he was hoisted up on the mast of the galley so that all in the fleet and on land could see him. Then he was brought down flayed mercilessly, his skin carefully stripped from his body as he died (the skin was later stuffed with straw and sent off to Constantinople as a trophy). Thousands of Venetians and others were slaughtered on the spot, or driven off in captivity for service on Turkish galleys or in Turkish harems

Half a millenium later, the Religion of Pieces remains unchanged, and so...
Since Osama bin Laden and others often cite these battles, for which he is still seeking revenge, it is not unwise for the people of the West to bear them in mind. Besides October 7, 1571 — the great victory by Jan Sobieski’s Polish calvary over the Turks outside the gates of Vienna on September 11-12, 1683 — deserves to be remembered. But there were also other great battles — some victories, some defeats — over that thousand-year period that still live in memory, or should.

What I am. Mostly.


The only downside here is that he'll die in a morphine haze, instead of the screaming pain he deserves.

The upside is that he'll get anally sodomized by Satan in an upcoming South Park episode.

God bless America!

The Religion of Pieces hates this tree! Stay away from this tree!

(Thank you, Steve Martin.)

Friday, October 06, 2006

This is really cool. That said, I'm still waiting for my flying car.

"Hello. I'm Bruce. I'm Darth Maul's PR guy."

Speaker Pelosi. It's going to happen.

May God have mercy on us.

5000 years of history in 90 seconds.

A successful jail break, complete with first-class plane fare, brought to you by the American taxpayer.

For once, the UN comes through.

The Religion of Pieces has started an intifada in France.

And in the Netherlands.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Guess what!?!??! We're beating al Qaeda.

Money al Qaeda quote:
...the enemy isn't easy, for he is great and numerous, and he can take quite a bit of punishment, as well.

MSM UPDATE: "Nothing to see here. Move along."

More on Masturgate.

So. A drunk pederast attempts entry to the Congressional pages' dorm. And Hastert never heard a thing.


What a slimey lot. I need a shower.

There goes nuclear non-proliferation.

Once the gargoyle explodes his bomb, the Japanese will start their own nuclear weapons project.

Think about that for a second. Japan rearmed, with nukes. That will send a chill through Asia. There's some history there.

I lived in Japan for a while. The closest experience that compares is when I was in the military: there's a pecking order, and everyone knows who's got the bigger pecker. (Rimshot!)

Also consider: The Japanese economy's been pretty stagnant for more than a decade.

It's not Weimar by any means, but it wouldn't take much for rearmed Japan to become militaristic Japan.

I wonder why China has given up on attempting to influence North Korea. I think part of it might be a calculation that Japan's rearming would push much of Southeast Asia into China's orbit. When you consider that the US and India have recently been working on defense agreeements, this might well be the Chinese response.

It's a beautiful bit of wu-wei. The US acts. India acts. North Korea acts. Japan acts. China does nothing, and the rest of Southeast Asia flocks to it as protector.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

This Foley scandal is disgusting. Fortunately he's a Republican, so he's done the right thing and quit. Contrast this with the behaviour, say, of Congressman Barney Frank.

This scandal does raise a couple of questions for me.

First: Does anyone remember the stink that was raised when the FBI raided the offices of Congressman William Jefferson, Democrat, Louisiana? In this case, Dennis Hastert led the charge against the FBI. In the Foley case, he apparently told a paedophile to go and sin no more. Seems to me that Hastert knows that he's sitting atop an Augean Stable of corruption and venality, and would like all the filth quietly ignored. If this is the case, then he's not fit to be speaker. Also, God knows what else will come of this investigation he's finally requested. When this all settles down, I'm sure we'll have a number of dirty old men on their way top cutting grass on an Air Force golf course.

Second: Does it look to anyone else that the Democat party has ceased to be the pary of ideas and become the party of smears? In retrospect it's obvious this had to happen. The Democrat party has become the party of piling disaffectefd minority on disaffected minority until you have 50% + 1 votes. No party thus organized can have ideas, as any idea from one disaffected minority is bound to outrage at least one other disaffected minority. In the end, all you have is the appeal of spoils-based bread-and-circuses. In such an organization, smearing becomes the way to get to a reward ahead of your competition.

Look for about five more Foley-sized scandals between now and election day. Look for a Republican loss of the house, and a near tie in the Senate. By next January, Hastert will no longer have a leadership position in the House, since the Republicans who are elected will have won despite him, not because of him.

My God! Can this be the party of the Contract with America?

Oh, yes, and look for the FBI investigation into this page scandal to start bearing fruit around this time in 2008.

A subtle American tactic in the Global War on Terror: Make them too fat to fight.

Gets me thinking of this.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Yeah, we're less safe after three years in Iraq. Sure.

As one Marine remarked during the march up, it's the perfect war: "They want to die, and we want to kill them."


As we say in Ireland, "Is minic a bris beal duinne a shron" - It's often a mouth has broken a nose.

So, the netroots crowd's favorite is going to lose, and Lieberman will go to Washington as an independent. After the knives left in his back by Algore, Hillary, et al., how likely is it he'll throw in his lot with them?

This is amazing!

Our overlords are going to actually do the people's will. For once.

Like Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter's a vicious little bastard, a small man with a mean streak a mile wide.

Having given massive impetus to the rise of radical Islam, he now travels the world denouncing those who would oppose it. His campaign to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was a textbook case of sedition. In a less-decadent America, he'd be booed in the streets and pelted with rotten cabbage.

(Unlike the Religion of Pieces, I feel no need to take his head because of his stupidities.)

Oh well. He's human, and someday he'll die. Then we'll be free of him.

The Religion of Pieces speaks: This pig must have his head cut off.

How dare someone say that Islam exhalts violence!?!!?!!

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