Wednesday, August 30, 2006
The antipodean adventures of Mark Steyn! Concluding points: “What a great country. Why isn’t it in the G8 and a permanent member of the Security Council?”
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
SKY GOD FLOUTED
“How can you tell who someone’s god is?” asks Orson Scott Card. “You look to see whose name they invoke as the cause of all things, good or bad. By that standard, the god of the devout Left is Global Warming.” Here’s Orson’s Psalm of Al:
1. Great storms ravage our cities, and the wise man saith: Global Warming hath done this.
2. Drought keepeth all storms at bay, and the wise man saith: This also hath Global Warming done.
3. Global Warming maketh the oceans rise; it maketh deep snow to fall;
4. Flood and fire, feast and famine, typhoon and tornado, hail and lightning, all things good and bad that come from sky or sea, Global Warming hath made them all.
5. And when our homes are beneath the waves, we shall know that Global Warming in its wrath hath seen our sins.
6. For our vehicles that glut themselves on oil, for the trees we cut and land we clear,
7. For the cooling and heating of our houses, for the plowing and harvesting of our fields, we are punished.
8. Whenever we burn carbon and release it into the air, we shall know that Global Warming seeth it, and is wroth.
9. O man! Thou hast flouted the great god of the sky, and by three degrees of temperature we shall be burned,
10. For Global Warming is a jealous god, and small and annoying is man.
(Via Daniel H.)
KINETIC ENERGY IS VERY GENTLE
TONY EASTLEY: It may have been like some, much of the ordinance, it didn’t actually explode when it pierced the vehicle. So you still stand by what you said?
ALEXANDER DOWNER: Yes, sure.
UPDATE. Zoe Brain—excellent name, that—explains the kinetic effect of an unexploded bomb delivery on Mr. Ambulance.
Australian Muslim spokesman Keysar Trad launches his stand-up career:
This man goes up to a prostitute and says how much do you charge? She says $50 and he says, ‘I’ll give you $100 if you let me do it Leb style’. And she says, ‘Nah, go away’. Then he goes to a brothel. He again asks how much do you charge, she says $100 and he says, ‘I’ll give you $150 if I can do it Leb style’. She says, ‘Get lost’. He goes to a more expensive brothel until he eventually finds one that says yes. She’s happy to take extra money. After he finishes, she says, ‘Well that’s the same as everyone else’. She says, ‘What’s Leb style?’ And he says, ‘I’ll pay you tomorrow’.
TIN OF OINK
Stuff that didn’t make it through customs in olden times:
Note the canned pig at right.
This week’s Continuing Crisis column for the Bulletin is also the final Continuing Crisis column for the Bulletin. I’m outta the place, with sadness. I’ll miss everybody there. Best office I’ve ever worked in.
UPDATE. Much thanks to everybody for friendly comments. No need for concern; things are good. More details shortly.
AN INCONVENIENT SEASON
The Al Gore effect approaches:
Americans shouldn’t expect Mother Nature to help with their heating bills this winter because it’s going to be nippy, according to the venerable Farmers’ Almanac.
After one of the warmest winters on record, this coming winter will be much colder than normal from coast to coast, the almanac predicts.
Via Joe Morris, who has further commentary.
Iowahawk: “Israeli Airstrike Leaves Reuters Ambulance in Flames, Chopped, Channeled.”
That’s via Chuck. And from reader Neil, who is referencing something no worksafe surfer has ever seen, this Reuterse image:
Green Helmet Guy looks like he’s about the steal the hubcaps. Which would be typical.
Foreign Minister Alexander Downer is standing firm on his comments yesterday slamming the media over its coverage of the Lebanon conflict ...
He accused “some of the world’s most prestigious media outlets” of falling for a hoax in their reporting of an alleged aerial attack on a Lebanese Red Cross ambulance by Israel.
“After closer study of the images of the damage to the ambulance, it is beyond serious dispute that this episode has all the makings of a hoax,” Mr Downer said ...
The references are in relation to the website www.zombietime.com/fraud/ambulance/ that alleges ambulance drivers stage managed the attack.
(Via Adam Indikt)
You see, the Imam told us, Adam was black because he was made from dirt. Ok, I thought. Sure, why not. The Imam went on. He said, we know that bones are white. Therefore, Eve was white. Because bones are white, and she was made from Adam’s rib.
All that would have been fine, except for the fact that throughout, the Imam insisted this had to be correct because it was based on scientific knowledge. This Imam was educated at, I believe, Al-Azar university in Egypt, the preeminent university in the Muslim world.
Now, had this been a Christian saying this (particularly any form of fundamentalist Christian) the Episcopalians in the audience with me (nearly all very liberal) would have laughed and poked fun at the ignorant comments. But these Episcopalians said nothing. At first I thought it was nice that they kept their comments to themselves. Later, when I brought up the comment the Imam had made, several of the liberal Episcopalians actually defended him! And I wasn’t commenting about the man personally, just that I found it curious that he would make such a comment. But the cultural relativism had taken hold.
As Sir Robin says: “When political ideology comes first, other truths are sacrificed.”
YOU SAY “VON”, I SAY “VAN” ...
University of Chicago political scientist John Mearsheimer was in town yesterday to elaborate on his view that American Jewish groups are responsible for the war in Iraq, the destruction of Lebanon’s infrastructure and many other bad things. As evidence, he cited the influence pro-Israel groups have on “John Boner, the House majority leader.”
Actually, Professor, it’s “BAY-ner.” But Mearsheimer quickly dispensed with Boehner (R-Ohio) and moved on to Jewish groups’ nefarious sway over Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who Mearsheimer called “Von Hollen.”
Small mistakes. There are people who still think “Bush” is pronounced “Jooooooo puppet”.
LEBANON “BACK TO SQUARE ONE”
With the Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah expressing regret Sunday on Lebanese TV for the month-long war in Lebanon in which more than a thousand people died, many people in the Kingdom accused the Hezbollah militia of “adventurism” and being “irresponsible.”
According to Homoud Al-Bader, a Shoura Council member, Hezbollah’s kidnapping of the Israeli soldiers has taken Lebanon back to “square one.”
Jeddah resident Abu Sami said Saudi Arabia was correct when they described the Hezbollah war against Israel as an adventure. “If we look at the situation now, the only thing that Nasrullah gained was scaring Israeli citizens and forcing them to live in bunkers for a month. But let’s be realistic, what did the Lebanese people win? Nothing.”
Hasan Minawi is a Lebanese national in his early 30s living in Jeddah. He said, “Nasrallah’s regret was expected – he wasn’t even ready for this war. He did not build any shelters or at least set up an siren system to warn people about pending attacks. He was ready with arms but not with backup. He should have apologized long ago.”
Wow. Imagine how much more upset they’d be if Hezbollah had, you know, lost.
Monday, August 28, 2006
NO-APPEARANCE GANG STILL AT LARGE
A 16-year-old girl was tailed by a car full of men before being dragged inside and assaulted in Sydney’s west last night, police say …
The three men involved in the attack were described to police as having dark “mullet-style” hair cuts.
One was believed to be aged 20 to 25, 170 centimetres tall and clean shaven, police said.
The police press release said a little more than that:
Police are seeking three men described as being of Middle Eastern/Mediterranean appearance, with dark “mullet-style” hair cuts. One of the men is believed to be 20 to 25-years-old, 170cm tall and clean shaven.
In another case, men of no appearance were pursued by police of no description:
Shortly after 11pm police officers pursued a Ford Territory four-wheel drive believed to have been involved in the attempted carjacking in nearby Bass Hill, but lost sight of the vehicle.
And here’s the relevant police press release:
Shortly after 11pm the other car believed to be involved in the attempted carjacking, a Ford Territory 4WD, was involved in a pursuit at Bass Hill involving officers from the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad.
Even when the appearance of the no-appearance gang is mentioned—as in this weekend item—things remain unclear:
Police have released images of two men wanted for threatening a mother and her eight-month-old baby with a knife in Sydney’s inner-west …
Police today released two images of the men wanted over the attack.
All three are described as being of Middle Eastern/Mediterranean appearance.
They spoke both Arabic and English to the woman.
As reader Shadow Minion notes: “I can’t say I know too many Greeks who speak Arabic.”
(Via Chris, Nick C., and Dan Lewis)
Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad urges his people to blame someone other than the Israelis:
In a rare case of self-criticism, a senior official in the Hamas-led government said the Palestinians have bungled the aftermath of Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and called on residents to stop blaming Israel for all their woes.
Well, it’s difficult to blame Israel for this:
Hamas gunmen shot and killed a Palestinian motorist on Monday when he refused to stop at a roadblock they had set up in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses said.
(Via Martin G.)
Eco-person Richard Ladle ain’t happy about the effect of blogs on the spread of environmentalist propaganda:
This transition from individuals consuming their environmental news from traditional sources such as newspapers and television to selecting their news from the “electronic buffet” of the internet could have profound implications for the environmental movement ...
If we don’t respond quickly we run the risk of creating a generation of eco-illiterate consumers and voters at a crucial time for the Earth’s diminishing resources.
It’s a crucial time! Assist by driving a speedy $200,000 Gurkha to your nearest newspaper office loaded with tons of environmentaloid reportage. Stop eco-illiteracy!