Sunday, November 27, 2005

Another nutty professor! Where do they find these people?

Just when you thought Ward Churchill was beneath contempt and an pathetic outlier. John Peter Daly, an English professor at Warren Community College in New Jersey makes for a good dumb ass. A committed Communist, he's long past the kind of useful idiocy that populates university faculties.

It's not just the University of Colorado at Boulder that harbors wacko, America-hating lefties. Behold, the sequel: "Son of Churchill." At Warren County Community College in rural New Jersey, John Peter Daly, an adjunct English professor, went off the deep end last week in an outrageous e-mail to a student.

The student was Rebecca Beach, a freshman and member of a the local chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), a respectable, mainstream national conservative student organization created in 1960 with assistance from William F. Buckley Jr. and other leaders of the intellectual conservative movement. (Disclosure: I've been a guest speaker in years past at YAF's annual student seminar at American University in Washington, D.C.)

Rebecca's crime was to invite Lt. Col. Scott Rudder, a decorated Iraq war hero, to appear on campus on Nov. 17 to discuss with students America's accomplishments in Iraq. She compounded this felony by advertising the event via e-mail and by posting fliers around campus contrasting the number of people killed under communist regimes to those freed from communism by Ronald Reagan and worldwide freedom

So you know where Daly sits before you hear where he stands, you should be aware that he's a member of the Marxist Worker's World Party; a regular correspondent to their newspaper, Workers World; a gay activist; and an unsuccessful candidate for Congress in California of the Peace and Freedom Party (self-described as a "socialist and feminist political party" calling for "collective ownership" of industry and "an unconditional end to U.S. military intervention in the affairs of other nations"). None of this is illegal, of course, but it gives you a picture of an angry, self-disenfranchised outcast from mainstream society.

Read the whole piece.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Kurt Vonnegut senile and stuck on stupid

Oh yes yet another antiBush screed in the works this one from none other than Kurt Vonnegut, a real chesnut from the 1960s. What's the redeeming value in Vonnegut's work anyway as we approach the 21st century? Unlike Saul Bellow, Vonnegut's value diminishes over time. He sounded cool in high school but that's about it. It takes a grown up to figure out that Vonnegut is a fool. But the adversary culture admires him more particlarly when he sticks his foot in his mouth. James Lileks brilliantly calls out Vonnegut for appreciating ultimate high of suicide bombing. This from a man who made us uncomfortable about the bombing of Dresden. Vonnegut has certainly come full circle when it comes to indiscrimate death.

Vonnegut suggested suicide bombers must feel an "amazing high". He said: "You would know death is going to be painless, so the anticipation - it must be an amazing high."Mr. Vonnegut ? again, a patriot whose dissent is being cruelly ground into the nurturing earth before your eyes ? seems to think that suicide bombings literally happen in a vacuum, an unpopulated space where the bombers just pop like soap bubbles. It may be painless for them ? alas ? but it is not painless for the victims. You?d think such an obvious observation would go without saying, but we are dealing with an intellectual. What Vonnegut calls brave ? blowing yourself up so you can fly up to the great Bunny Ranch in the sky and rut with fragrant houris blessed with self-regenerating hymens ? does not exactly compare to the bravery required of the survivors.

Read the whole dressing down at Lilek's haunt, the ScreedBlog.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Ah those pangs, get me a phone

If this cretin with a conscience ever gets caught will this enter in to a plea for clemency?

"In my 21 years as a police officer, this is the first time I've ever heard of a crook with a conscience," said Detective Larry Ellison, who is investigating the case.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

PJ Buchanan sees history repeating itself for the Democrats

Patrick Buchanan, hardly a Bush booster, finds the Democrats' case against the President lacking. They tread on murky waters.

With his poll ratings at rock bottom and little to lose, Bush has just escalated the war politics. Democrats who have had it all their way since Cindy Sheehan set up Camp Casey would do well to wonder whether they have not ridden out a little too far into Indian country and are heading for the Little Big Horn where their daddies disappeared long ago.

In the late 1940s, the Party of Truman and FDR was shredded by Nixon, Bill Jenner and Joe McCarthy for having sold out Eastern Europe at Yalta, lost China, and coddled communists and Stalinist spies like Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter White. And there was a reason the attacks stuck. They had the ancillary benefit of being true.

The media may have rewritten history to make the Edward R. Murrow Left look
like the heroes of the era, but the Democratic Party never recovered from the charge its leaders had groveled to Stalin. JFK knew it, and ran and won the presidency as an anti-communist hawk.

A generation later, Nixon and Agnew charged the Democratic Party with having marched us into Vietnam and then, when the going got tough, of having turned tail, cut and run, and gone over the hill to march with the children against the war into which they had themselves led the United States. Those charges stuck for the same reason: They were true.

Between 1961 and 1969, when America was plunged into Vietnam, Washington was Democratic, from the White House to the Capitol to the pro-war Washington Post. When Nixon arrived in 1969, Democrats started calling it "Nixon's War," but the country knew it was a Democratic war. And when the liberals turned on Nixon, America turned on them and gave him a 49-state landslide. Vietnam was the wheel on which liberalism was broken and the FDR New Deal coalition shattered forever.

Now, Democrats have maneuvered themselves onto the same risky terrain once

Saturday, November 12, 2005

A new take on tradition, what exactly are we conserving?

There has been much talk about the great conservative crack-up. Here's an attempt from Lexington Green over at the the ChicagoBoyz blog to recast the tension between dynamist libertarianism and traditional conservativism. He thinks the answer lies in the exploration of what's called the Anglosphere developed by author Jim Bennet

The critical contribution that Jim Bennett is making is providing a unifying framework to do re-found both conservatism and libertarianism. He is taking [traditionalists'] insights and a bunch of other stuff, identifying a genuine tradition which really is ancient, common to us all, at the core of what makes us what we are, that has caused the freedom and prosperity we value. These ideas are not really new, but they needed to be repackaged and re-presented.

This means that the question of "what do conservatives want to conserve" can be coherently answered, finally. The question ?what liberties do libertarians value? can be answered better, by showing where the liberties they value came from, and how they they got here.

Derrick Jackson unloads on gangsta rap.

Derrick Jackson and I have very little in common. On most issues I find myself vehemently disagreeing with this reflexes.

But we apparently agree on the corporate exploitation of young black males by corporate America. The hip hop industry is a con. I laugh everytime Rebbock throws out its human rights awards. The corporation is a study in object hypocrisy.

It is tragic enough that black rappers and hip-hop moguls prostitute themselves to the Fortune 500 with the very stereotypes about violence, stupidity, and sexual drive that white society used to justify slavery, colonization, segregation, and lynching. After slave rebellions, the Underground Railroad, patriotism in world wars, marches on Washington, and murders of civil rights workers, Jay-Z makes millions saying, ''I take and rape villages."

African-Americans can no longer afford to coddle these people. The black czars of gutter hip-hop are the new house slaves. And Reebok's promotion of this material, along with Comcast and other media giants, is just as reprehensible.

In his second-quarter 2005 conference call, Reebok CEO Paul Fireman said that Jay-Z has ''been a great assistance in connecting us to the right people culturally, connecting us, working with athletes . . . Jay-Z is an inspirational person in that community."

Moguls like Jay-Z may be wearing pinstripes these days and Russell Simmons may be urging youth of color to vote, but as long as their foundation is rotten, they are a corrosive force in black culture. If the civil rights establishment is looking for a new crusade, it needs to summon the guts to ignore the billions that flow through the hip-hop industry. At the close of 2004 all top-10 rap singles ranked by Billboard used
the ''n" word in their uncensored versions.

Read the whole column.


Bravo for Maria Friedman!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Let us now praise the Jordanians

The bombings of hotels in Amman have provoked a blowback that obviously that the small minds of Al-Qaeda overlooked. A great miscalculation I believe. The real Arab Street speaks up and in volumes.

AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) -- Calling the al Qaeda in Iraq leader a "lowlife," Jordanians on Thursday flooded the nation's capital in bitter protest of the triple suicide bombings that shook the city a day earlier and killed at least 56 people, most of Arab descent.

"Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!" hundreds of protesters shouted, denouncing the terrorist network's leader -- a Jordan native -- after an Internet posting stated his group was responsible for the attacks.

Suicide bombings may be common in some parts of the Middle East but not in Jordan, and Wednesday's attacks on three Western-based hotel chains will only strengthen the resolve of Jordanians to keep terrorism from breaching its borders, said the country's King Abdullah II.

"We will pursue those criminals and those who stand behind them, and we will reach them wherever they are," the stern-looking king said in his address on state television.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Fish wrap rotting

This is bad news for the newspaper industry or good news for tree-huggers. The Wall Street Journal reports:

The Fourth Estate is braced to get more bad news about itself next week.

On Monday, the Audit Bureau of Circulations releases its semiannual figures on circulation -- and they are expected to show that paying readers continue to disappear at an alarming rate during the latest six-month period.

Challenged by online rivals, a dearth of younger readers and an advertising downturn, newspapers are suffering through their worst slump in years. The last ABC figures, which were released in May, were the worst for the industry in nine years, showing that average daily circulation had dropped 1.9% in the six months ended March 31 from a year ago.

Indications from the biggest newspaper publishers show many expect similar plunges for the six months ended in September.

Gannett Co., the nation's No. 1 publisher with about 100 papers, says its daily circulation through Sept. 25, including its publications in the United Kingdom, was down 2.5% over year-ago levels. At No. 2 Knight Ridder Inc. -- whose largest shareholder has called for the sale of the company -- the daily drop was 2.9%.

But here's the gist of the matter:

The growing worry in the industry is the numbers reflect not just a slump, or a simple extension of a long-term decline in readers, but a more tectonic shift in habits. More Americans clearly are getting their news online; about 30% of adults turned to the Internet for news in 2004, compared with almost none in 1996, according to a poll by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Such figures have newspaper owners scrambling to make sure readers going online get their news from their own sites -- not Yahoo, MSN, or other popular Internet-only sites that have sprung up.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

As Old Europe transforms into Eurabia; Just remember Theo Van Gogh

Peak's Talk remembers the Dutch film-maker Theo Van Gogh who was murdered by an extremist last year.

Some people should be ashamed of themselves

Maryland Democrats become unhinged. In the polarizing world of racial politics only the Trent Lotts get punished.

Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.

Such attacks against the first black man to win a statewide election in Maryland include pelting him with Oreo cookies during a campaign appearance, calling him an "Uncle Tom" and depicting him as a black-faced minstrel on a liberal Web log.

Operatives for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) also obtained a copy of his credit report -- the only Republican candidate so targeted. But black Democrats say there is nothing wrong with "pointing out the obvious."

"There is a difference between pointing out the obvious and calling someone names," said a campaign spokesman for Kweisi Mfume, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

This is nasty stuff.

Booting Ambassador Joe Wilson, a liar

Max Boot exposes the lies of Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

This is very bad tax policy

Rather than cut taxes across the board in accord with the voters will, the Massachusetts state legislature is about to subsidize movie-making.

BOSTON --A bill approved by House lawmakers Tuesday is designed to lure filmmakers to Massachusetts with a series of tax breaks and other incentives.

The bill would exempt from the state sales tax any purchases made in connection with the filming or production of a movie, as long as the production company intended to spend at least $250,000 total in the state during a 12-month period.

The tax break would also apply to film students for the purchases of materials for school related projects.

A company that applies for the tax break, but fails to meet the $250,000 threshold would be held liable for all the back sales taxes plus interest.

The bill also includes certain income tax and corporate excise tax credits and would cap how much the state could charge for use of state-owned property for a movie.

Lawmakers said the goal of the bill is to beef up the state's film industry. They said too many films set in Massachusetts are actually filmed in other locations that offer better fiscal incentives.

This is a prime example of bad tax policy. What a waste! Why not subsidize shoe- making, software or stents?

Michael Barone highlights the Italian American factor; In opposing Alito, Dems face big risks

Michael Barone has a word of advice for Democrats threatening to filibuster nomine Sam Alito. Don't mess with the Italians. They have clout politically all over the Northeast.

But if they[the Senate Democrats] filibuster, they risk alienating another constituency, Italian-Americans. To understand the risk, consider the number of votes cast against the confirmation of Antonin Scalia in 1986. That number was zero. Democrats knew Scalia was a judicial conservative?he had a paper trail as an academic?but they also knew that Italian-Americans very much wanted to see a fellow Italian-American on the Supreme Court.

For many years I have attended events sponsored by the National Italian American Foundation, an organization established in the 1970s in large part to dispel the Mafia stereotype. NIAF has been proud to seat the director of the FBI at the head table as its annual dinner. It was proud that in 1984 the four Democratic and Republican nominees for president and vice president (including Geraldine Ferraro, remember) attended its dinner?the only time in American history, I believe, that four nominees attended a single event.

The late Peter Rodino, longtime chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a liberal Democrat on most issues, once told me with tears in his eyes that one of his greatest regrets in life is that his father did not live long enough to see the first Italian-American on the United States Supreme Court. In 1987 I spent a day in Wilmington, Del., with Joseph Biden, who was running for president. He took me around the town, introduced me to his mother and father, and took me to lunch at a little restaurant in Wilmington's Little Italy. He knew everyone there very well and was very warmly received. The thought later occurred to me: There was no way this guy was ever going to vote against the first Italian-American on the Supreme Court. And no way any senators from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts were, either. They all had their friends in their state's Little Italy, and they weren't going to disappoint them. Scalia seems aware of this. He's reportedly willing to speak to any Italian-American organization that invites him.