Friday, June 30, 2006

Super-Wuss?


I’ll admit it: sometimes I enjoy reading Front Page. It is just so venomous and hate filled, it provides me with a good laugh the same way most Indymedia sites do.

But my God, they find the most ridiculous things to get upset about! Just the other day, they posted a review for the new Superman movie. It went a little like this…
“Instead, we got a dumbed down, girlie-man version of Superman in "Superman Returns." Like every sensitive, slacker metrosexual, Supe's gone off for five years to "discover himself." In the meantime, the dullest Lois Lane ever has a child out of wedlock. Nice message to send to your kids who will be begging to see this. No smoking lectures by Superman and plugs for tofu sandwiches got a lot of play though. Script-writers were more concerned with that kind of health than the splendid problems single motherhood brings.”


Now, I have not seen the movie yet. I figure I will check it out this coming weekend. Yet something tells me that the film will not be an exercise in leftist brainwashing. I figure Superman will save the world a few times and bring hope back to its people. Lots of flashy special effects will be presented, and it will be a nice fun ride of a film.

But who knows, maybe Supes will spend most of the film getting his hair done and dancing to Euro-Pop. Maybe Lois Lane will shag Jimmie Olsen and half of the Justice League, all while throwing her personal support behind the Earth Liberation Front and advocating an end to superhuman patriarchy. I mean, why is Superman’s sister called Supergirl? She should be called Superwomyn! Hawkman will complain about global warming, and Robin will become a heroin addict. Most of the Justice league will subsequently get an STD. The entire cast will then learn that all evil in the world is coming from, dum-daba-dum, George Bush! Superman and Howard Dean team up, and make quick work of the villain. The film ends with everyone enjoying organic tofu sandwiches.

Now that I think about it, that does sound like a good movie!

(That classic cover is from the very funny SuperDickery website.)

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

State Funded Parties

A nice exposition by Courtney Hamilton at “A neo-Jacobin” criticizing (and rightfully so) the state sponsorship of political parties.

...no political party has the right to exist, indefinitely. Talk about dependancy culture.

The state, under no circumstances, should be financing any political party - if supporters of New Labour, the Tories, or the Lib-Dems cannot cough up monies in support of their own parties, then why should we?

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A Masterful Plan

Over at American Footprints:

About a month ago, I (Eric Martin) noted that presidential hopeful John McCain had come up with a bold new plan to achieve victory in Iraq. Said McCain:
"One of the things I would do if I were President would be to sit the Shiites and the Sunnis down and say, 'Stop the bullshit.'"


Hmmm, is that strategy similar to Kerry’s 2004 plan to get Europe involved in Iraq by being 'nicer'? Better yet, can either of this statements be considered a ‘plan’? Doesn’t sound like it to me…

A Liberal War on Terror

A nice number by Martin Frost over at Fox News about the need for liberals to take on the fight against terror.

Beinart, a young, articulate editor and writer for the New Republic, has explained in great detail why liberals who adhere to their traditional pro-defense position can successfully lead our country in the war against terror. It’s something I have been thinking about for a long time.

Beinart and I both supported President Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003. Since then, we have both had serious second thoughts because of the degree of false information about weapons of mass destruction put forward by the Bush administration to justify the use of force against Saddam Hussein, and the sloppy way this administration has handled the situation in Iraq after the initial combat success.

However, as Beinart correctly points out in his book, this does not mean that liberals should also oppose strong action against radical Muslim jihadists who conspire to harm our country. Quite the contrary, liberals should be at the forefront of the fight against terrorists like Usama bin Laden-- just as liberals fought communists for control of American labor unions in the 1940’s, and just as liberals kept communism out of western Europe following World War II.

A Great Hypocrisy


Here is my recent piece up at Indymedia Watch. The way that many on the left make double standards for certain regimes (Iran, Iraq, Cuba…) is really at the heart of my move away from the leftist circles I used to run with. I am tired of hearing someone rail against the United States and its legal system, while at the same time defending Cuba and Iran’s judicial forms of justice. The reality and the rhetoric just don’t fit.

I also hope that all the posts placed here and on other sites don’t give someone the impression that I am an American exceptionalist. I believe that the US should, and must, follow legal and moral guidelines. We can not make rules that we expect others to follow but will not undertake personally. What I am tired of is the Third World Exceptionalism that has grabbed hold of the left in the last 20 or so years. You either believe Human Rights should be universally applied to all people, or you don’t believe in Human Rights. That type of thinking may not always work with my pragmatic side; the two often battle it out in my head concerning proper and realistic policy. But that is for a later day, here is the piece.


When is execution of a homosexual acceptable? When Iran does it of course!

“I'm sorry for what happened to those boys. However, I will not protest in the current political environment lest my actions be mistaken or misinterpreted as support for regime change in Iran. I will not add any kindling, no matter how small, to the mad fires of U.S., Israeli and Western imperialism and the quest for world domination, which want very much to torch Iran to the ground, its institutions, civil society, museums, libraries, schools and mostly its people, as has been done in neighboring Iraq.”


The double standard that some people hold for repressive regimes is sickening. How can you possibly say you support human rights and not take a stand against this type of action by the Iranian government?

We saw this same double standard pop up concerning the genocide in Darfur. A number of Indybay folks even claimed that the protests aimed at ending the genocide were revealing (there) true aims--to villify the arab world, thus deflecting from the criminal state of Israel.” Vilify? I know that this may not gel well with Indybay, but genocide is taking place in Darfur. If anything, these types of activists demonstrate an obvious disregard for human life, unless it is people who fall under their “pet projects”.

In the eyes of many Indymedia writers, even when genocide is perpetuated in Africa, Israel is to blame. What these activists need to realize is that many of us who support Israel also believe in a Palestinian state. Nor do I feel I would be able to defend every action Israel has taken against Palestine. But to make the accusation that all the worlds’ problems pail in comparison to what is going on in the Middle East, or worse, that all the world’s problems are somehow an Israeli construct, then you have crossed the line into loony country. If you are going to hold Israel to such standards of conduct, you had better extend those principles to all nations and people.

When it comes down to it, the gay community will legally celebrate their rights and culture in cities across America and Israel, while their Iranian counterparts may be put to death by their government for simply being.

But of course, this is all the doing of those evil Zionists.

Monday, June 26, 2006

The Conspiracy Theorists are Coming!

Over at Simply Jews, a nice piece is up regarding a recent gathering of 9/11 conspiracy nuts.

"There are so many prominent people who are incredibly well-respected who have stated that the evidence is overwhelming that 9/11 was an inside job."

Introducing a new level of respect: "incredible". Is it that the respect level is so high as to be incredible or the mere fact that these anonymous "people" are respected is incredible? Of course, Alex (the author) does not mention any names, hoping that the future compiler of the list of the "incredibly well-respected people" will include him into this category.

UCSC Chancellor Denice Dee Denton - 46

UCSC Chancellor Denice Dee Denton was found dead of an apparent suicide this weekend.

“Denton apparently jumped from a 43-story luxury apartment building in downtown San Francisco, police and university officials said. Her longtime partner, Gretchen Kalonji, has an apartment in the building, according to property records.”


Unfortunately, the last year produced a number of scandals involving some of her decisions at the Santa Cruz campus.

“Denton was also plagued by accusations of lavish spending at a time the university is raising fees and cutting budgets.

She was criticized for demanding $600,000 in renovations to her campus home and for helping secure a $192,000-a-year job for Kalonji as director of international strategy development.

Denton was also ensnared in the controversy that erupted last fall over revelations that UC executives were granted millions of dollars in bonuses, housing allowances and other perks without proper approval.

An independent audit released in April found that Denton received a series of benefits in violation of UC policy, including a $21,000 moving allowance and a $16,000 signing bonus.”


The activist community in Santa Cruz surely didn’t make her life any easier. Her home was vandalized on more than one occasion, and self righteous radicals often singled her out when the world was not moving in the direction they felt it should.
I am no blaming the radicals at UCSC for what has happened, but I do expect them to act responsibly in the future. Regardless of what your feelings may be concerning a specific leader or administrator, everyone deserves a basic right to privacy and respect. Do I think Santa Cruz lefties will do this? No, but it is at least worth mentioning.