"Chomsky, Ali, Brittain and co. are, in other words, again asking Indian left-wing critics of the Communist regime in West Bengal for a ‘restoration of unity’ with a regime that has murdered and raped villagers attempting to resist its brutal policies. They do not view the murders and rapes in question as ‘criminal’ or as ‘brutal’, but merely as ‘tragically wrong’ - the sort of term one might use in reference to something that happens in a Shakespeare play, such as Juliet’s faking of her own death or Hamlet’s failure to kill Claudius when he first had the chance. They present the task of Indian leftists not as overthrowing the government responsible for the crimes or as bringing the murderers to justice, but merely as ‘putting pressure on the CPM in West Bengal to correct and improve its policies and its habits of governance.’"
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Another great post at the Great Surbiton about the way western left-wing activists like Noam Chomsky have condoned and supported communist violence in West Bengal. Here is just a taste:
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
This is truly the imploding of the Religious Right. The simple fact that they have gotten as foolish as to believe a shill like Mick Huckabee could possibly be the next president is beyond my comprehension. Then again, most of their arguments make little sense to me, so this poor decision they have jumped to in supporting the Huck is understandable. In an upcoming article (and yes, I did take this from the Huffington Post, which seems to have taken extra interest in him):
“The article, to be published in Sunday's New York Times Magazine, says Huckabee asked the question after saying he believes Mormonism is a religion but doesn't know much about it. His rival Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, is a member of the Mormon church, which is known officially as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The authoritative Encyclopedia of Mormonism, published in 1992, does not refer to Jesus and Satan as brothers. It speaks of Jesus as the son of God and of Satan as a fallen angel, which is a Biblical account.
A spokeswoman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Huckabee's question is usually raised by those who wish to smear the Mormon faith rather than clarify doctrine.”
I am not a Mormon by any stretch, but I have found it odd how religious members within the Republican Party have been so anti-Mormon throughout the years. I have family in Utah, and many Mormon childhood friends, and they are some of the most conservative and family oriented folks about. Their theology may be ridiculous, but as a voting bloc and cultural group, they seem to fit well within the family values sector of the conservative movement. This kind of squabbling within the religious right is just a sign of their disintegration as a viable political force. The RR may have enough voting power to put Huckabee in the top primary spot, but they will show how weak their decisions are when he reaches the real presidential race.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
I am by no means hardcore, but I do regularly catch professional boxing when the opportunity presents itself. It has gotten much more difficult since I relocated to Korea, but thankfully the internet allows me to access most fights a day or so after they occur.
Western boxing is not a popular sport in South Korea; Asian based martial arts are much more familiar and practiced. Ultimate Fighting is on cable TV however (a sport I have never cared for).
None the less, I had to wait a day to download the recent fight between Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton, which made accessing any news related website out of the questions in the last 24 hours. I am glad I waited; this was a great fight. Hatton may have been defeated in the 10th round, but he put up a great fight and I foresee greater things from him in the future. Mayweather, who was technically “retired” can now rest on his laurels and relax as a true champ. Back in May, when Mayweather fought Oscar De La Hoya, it was a big deal in my home town. De La Hoya is a modern day hero in many Latin American communities, and while we all knew he was long past his prime, most boxing fans in my town still hopped for a victory from the Golden Boy. The fight did not lead to a knock-out but Oscar still lost. After watching this recent fight, I can honestly say De La Hoya earned his respect by simply not collapsing under Mayweather’s assault.
What a great fight! With a sport as corrupt and crocked as boxing, it is thrilling to find a true competitive battle that doesn’t have a fraudulent taint.
I said she wasn't a few months back, but I guess Cynthia McKinney is running for President on the Green Party ticket. Just about any sympathy I had left for the group slips away.
Just what the presidential race needed: another anti-Semitic staunch dupe.