Saturday, February 09, 2008

...and then there’s PETA...



Is there anyone with half a brain who actually listens to these people? Now they are asking China to show kindness and respect for rats as they celebrate The Year of the Rat.
“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, said it has asked the Chinese government to consider animal welfare laws for rats used in laboratory experiments. The group also recommended a series of guidelines for animals used in science.”

Oh, that’s a holler. The country that won’t even grant real rights to its own people is going to go about protecting the very rodents that infest their cities. I can see that going over real well in China.

PETA must be so lost in their own self righteousness that they don’t even realize how thick they sound when they make these declarations.

The Changing American Military

Neo-Neocon has a great post about the ways the United States military is adapting to nation building and counter insurgency in a post 9/11 world. The Surge is not just an increase in troops as a number of folks are claimed, but a real change in the application of military personal. From the NY Times:
“The Army has drafted a new operations manual that elevates the mission of stabilizing war-torn nations, making it equal in importance to defeating adversaries on the battlefield.

Military officials described the new document, the first new edition of the Army’s comprehensive doctrine since 2001, as a major development that draws on the hard-learned lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan, where initial military successes gave way to long, grueling struggles to establish control.

It is also an illustration of how far the Pentagon has moved beyond the Bush administration’s initial reluctance to use the military to support “nation-building” efforts when it came into office.”

Friday, February 08, 2008

Yiddish Lullaby



Some more great animation, and a gem of a song.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

McCain: Don’t Turn Right

John Podhoretz has a new post up at Commentary’s blog, and I think he hits it right on the head.
“Obviously, it will help McCain in the long term to work to bring the Republican party together as soon as possible. But there is something a little lunatic in the demand that he essentially overhaul his campaign approach now, right this second. Because the thing is, he’s winning with his current strategy. It’s the other guys — the moderate-turned-movement-conservative and the Southern-Christian — who aren’t winning. He has three times as many delegates as Mitt Romney. No rational person would overhaul what’s working. There’s an echo chamber at work among those who dislike McCain — they hear and see and read mostly things with which they agree, and they therefore think that everyone agrees with them and that McCain must be in trouble. McCain knows trouble. He was in deep trouble last year, when he fired most of his staff and was left for dead by most of the political cognoscenti. Winning 600 delegates in a single night isn’t trouble. It’s the opposite of trouble.”

I do fear the base of the party abandoning McCain in November and sitting out the election, but he has run a centrist campaign early; he has already pissed off the base just as Clinton and Obama will surely do once they take the nomination and run to the center.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Republican Base Gets High



I have touched upon this briefly in the last few weeks on a few other blogs, but I figure I will put my thoughts down on my blog as to how I feel concerning those conservatives who say they will never vote for McCain, even if he takes the nomination. I am assuming McCain cleans up this Tuesday, so if he doesn’t this whole post is going to sound a bit odd.

Here are a few posts putting the McCain nomination in perspective.

Neo-Neocon:
It’s true that the press mainly covered McCain’s sound bites about needing more troops. But McCain’s website also contains excerpts from speeches and articles that indicate he was advocating a Petraeus-like counterinsurgency approach long before Petraeus was appointed for the job…

McCain was virtually alone in this position at the time, and subsequent events have underscored his rightness. Compare and contrast this man as Commander-in-Chief to Hillary or Obama, both of whom have advocated cut and run in Iraq on many occasions (Obama with total and utter consistency, Clinton with a bit of characteristic hedging).

Rachel Lucas:
Let me get this straight: you’d rather have Hillary Clinton, a bona fide socialist, liar, all-around bad person, as president. You’d rather have Obama, the senator with the most liberal voting record, as president.

Really? I throw up my hands in disgust. I truly do.

I know some say that they’d rather “have the country ruined” by a real liberal than by a RINO. You know what that sounds like? Something you’d read on DailyKos. He’s not going to ruin the fucking country, y’all. At most he has 4 years to do whatever he does and I’m pretty sure recent experience proves that no matter how bad a president is, they can’t “ruin the country”.

Dr. Sanity:
GET A GRIP, PEOPLE!

While I have no problem with conservatives fighting to keep their candidate of choice in the race, I find it completely baffling that they would stay home in November if McCain gets the nomination. While I admit that I am not a conservative, and while I currently feel more at home within the Republican Party, I do not come to the issues the same way most in the party do. I also get that McCain has pissed off a lot of folks with his stances on campaign finance reform and immigration. People who feel McCain is wrong on those issues have every right to fight against his candidacy.
I will say that I don’t give a damn about campaign finance reform this election. I also don’t really care about the entire immigration issue (although a favor a comprehensive reform that also offers citizenship), the War in Iraq and the War against Islamism are the most pressing issues of our time. All the Republicans who say they would never vote for McCain, even if he got the nomination and was pitted against Hillary or Obama, I will have to dismiss him outright as folks who were never really that concerned with the conflict we are in.

If McCain gets the nod, Republicans should hold their noses and vote for him. I am truly disturbed to go to countless conservative sites and hear people say they would never give a vote to McCain; that it is better to have Hillary or Obama in office than give him the Presidency. It baffles me to hear from these types of idiots, but there they are in droves. The commentators at Little Green Footballs, who were overwhelmingly in favor of Giuliani and comment on the fight against Islamism constantly, appear to be completely disgusted with McCain. How can you possibly feel the Islamist movement is a major threat, and find McCain WORSE than Obama and Clinton as a candidate? I hope that this is just bellyaching from this crowd, but it worries me that they have a desire to “punish” the country for not sticking to a more right leaning candidate, and would simply sit out the election.

If Republicans want to wait around for Reagan to walk from the grave and “save the party” then they can sit out the election and “punish” the American people in the name of their superior purity. Wait until Jesus walks the earth; and then you can vote for him. In the meantime, the world will move on without you, and you won’t be able to bitch about what it looks like while your head is stuck in the mud.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Now I get Obama!

I am not an Obama supporter, but after watching this video, I boobs Obama. It’s like he boobs the future with boob words and poetic boobs. When he gets to the boobs in boobs he will surely boobs.


Boobs 08!
(Via Dean's World)

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Hitchens On Iran

Christopher Hitchens talks up our advantage in the battle against the Iranian regime in the new edition of Word Affairs Journal.
Consider our advantages. To begin with, all visitors to Tehran report an extraordinary level of sympathy with the United States among the general population. The availability of satellite-dish and cell phone-born information (which the regime unsuccessfully attempts to repress) fuels much of this. Perhaps even more of it is the result of the large and talented Iranian diaspora in the United States, as well as Canada and Europe. On my own visit to the country, I was astonished by the sheer number of people who had relatives overseas, and who wished they could join them. Most especially among the young, pro-American cultural and musical “statements” are as common as they were in Eastern Europe before 1989. Is it not significant that, in recent frame-up trials against local dissidents, the clumsy and stupid regime has made the charge of fomenting “velvet revolution?”

Second, we have removed from power the two most hated enemies, not of the Iranian mullahs alone, but of the Iranian people. It is true that many Iranians feel nervous about having American forces on their Afghan and Iraqi frontiers, but it is equally true that our ability to demolish the Taliban and the Saddam Hussein tyrannies has greatly impressed many Iranians. Though evidence exists to support the idea that Iran has invested in the destabilization of the American projects in both neighboring countries, evidence also exists that this investment is somewhat half-hearted, and that Iran is aware of the gruesome alternative of a recrudescence of Taliban or Baathist influence.

Third, Iranians are acutely aware of the backwardness of their country and society when compared with other neighbors, most notably Turkey, which with few natural resources has modernized itself into a candidate-member of the European Union. In contrast, Iran may be floating on a lake of oil, but still conducts much the same backward rug-and-pistachio economy that it was operating when the mullahs seized power almost thirty years ago. I mention the Turkish comparison for another reason: many Iranians are actually Azeri or Turkic and feel, as well as a resentment against Persian chauvinism, a kinship to a society more advanced and more secular than their own.