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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Pissing Off the Buddha

So now the muzzies have managed to enrage the Buddhists. That takes some doing. Unlike Islam, Buddhism really is a religion of peace. The principle of turning the other cheek is imbedded more deeply in Buddhism even than in Christianity. Naturally the mainstream media are rearing up on their hind legs to scream "Islamophobia" at the top of their lungs.

Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Jews... It seems that Islam is at war with everybody. I would submit that if you are contentious with everyone around you, but that none of them are contentious with each other, then YOU are the problem. If a guy gets drunk and picks a fight with the whole bar, it would be irrational in the extreme to blame all of the other bar patrons for his unwarranted actions.

Islam is aggressive, regressive, and oppressive. It is misogynistic, homophobic, and intolerant. It does not fit into the sensibilities of the modern world, either in the West or in the East. In short, it has no redeeming qualities. It is a blight upon the civilizations of planet Earth.

We are long past the point where we should be calling this a spade. Islam is no more morally valid than any number of cults which have sprung up over the years. David Koresh and Jim Jones are separated from Mohammed by nothing more than time. They are fellow travelers, as are their deluded followers.

Sitting on our collective hands and mewling about human rights while Islam burns and slaughters its way across the entire planet is not the reaction of rational people, it is the refuge of cowards. The last decade has demonstrated beyond any doubt that the Western press and political class are full of cowards; maybe the East still have some wits and courage about them. We'd better hope so, because if our culture of spoiled, ignorant children refuses to awaken from this self-induced torpor of willful stupidity and blind acceptance of a virulent societal poison like Islam, your great-grandchildren may very well be answering the Muslim call to prayer every day of their lives.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Re-igniting Europe

I've stated here many times before that I do not trust Russians. I have good reason for that:

Valdimir Putin’s Russia has waged war against Georgia for the breakaway province of South Ossetia and recently signed a “border agreement” with South Ossetian leaders that Georgia condemned as a move closer to Russian annexation of the province. It has annexed the Crimean peninsula and is waging war in eastern Ukraine. Last November it signed a “strategic partnership” agreement with Abkhazia. Russian warships and military planes repeatedly have conducted military exercises near Latvian airspace and territorial waters in the Baltic, an effort, according to British defense officials, to destabilize the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Putin’s Russia has been an accomplice to Iran’s efforts to build a nuclear bomb. It is engaged in military cooperation with China of a “systemic character,” according to Russia’s Defense Minister. Russia is currently in the midst of a $700 billion rearmament program.

At home, Putin continues to crackdown on any opposition. Boris Nemtsov, a vocal critic of the Putin regime, was murdered recently in Moscow. Nemtsov joins Alexei Navalny, Stanislav Markelov, Anna Politkovskaya, Natalia Estemirova, and Alexander Litvinenko as Putin opponents who have been murdered or assassinated under “mysterious” circumstances.

Vladimir Putin has let loose on Europe the giant marauders of war and tyranny. Putin is one of those “wicked men” described by Churchill who has reinvigorated the “aggressive urge” of the mighty Russian state. He combines tyranny at home with aggression abroad, and appears to be erecting a new iron curtain in Eastern Europe.

What particularly concerns me about Putin is that he has no interest in cloaking his desires with feigned adherence to Marxism, but is rather interested purely in power and aggressive expansion. His predecessors in Russian rule, whether the Soviets or Tsars, at least had some limits within which they were required to operate. Putin believes in no such limits. His only concern is if he can get away with it. With weak leadership in Europe and non-existent leadership in the United States, he can get away with a great deal indeed.

We have a man sitting in the Oval Office -- who I now officially refuse to refer to as a President -- who threatens to shoot down aircraft belonging to our allies while leaving our borders alarmingly porous to terrorists and foreign agents, all while reducing our military forces to a nub. If we're lucky, this business with Putin will simply reinstate the Cold War -- which will be cold comfort for those eastern European states who will be sucked back into totalitarian rule.

If we're unlucky... well, none of us will be worrying about it for too long. You can be certain that $700 billion rearmament program isn't just building tanks, planes and rifles. The Soviets were convinced that first strike nuclear warfare was a winnable proposition under the right circumstances -- those circumstances being an overwhelming warhead count coupled with effective ABM systems. Putin was among the hardest of the hardline Soviets, and was thus very familiar with first strike scenarios. He has proven one thing over the last few years: he's not afraid to throw the first punch. Like all bullies, he'll keep pushing until he's forcefully stopped.

So congratulations are in order for Mr Soetoro and his neo-Anarchist handlers like Bill Ayers; they've managed to severely weaken the United States and bring the world to the brink of World War III. I'm starting to think that was their goal all along.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Women & Children Fotos

The 1979 photoshoot (two of them, actually) that was the genesis of the later Van Halen breakup. A purely fluff article for your Friday afternoon that will have you waxing nostalgic for the period -- unless of course you were one of those queers who didn't like Van Halen. And I KNOW we don't have any of Those People reading this blog... Right?

Blonde Ambush

Ripped off:

Thirty-year-old Dimitry Nikolaev, a married Russian television actor, was having a drink at a bar in Moscow after a theater performance when an attractive blonde woman approached him. The unidentified woman invited him to accompany her to a sauna where, according to police reports, they drank beer and kissed before he blacked out.

The next morning, Dimitry woke up at a bus stop to find that his phone, wallet, and testicles had all been stolen.

Classic scam: spike the beer and give a bit of the kissy-kissy unt-- Hold on a minute. "Testicles"?

Changing the Rules

The Leftist Rulebook: If you can't win the battle under the current rules, just change the rules:

Attorney General Eric Holder told Politico that between now and his departure, probably in early March when the Senate is expected to confirm Loretta Lynch as his successor, he will call for a lower standard of proof for civil rights crimes. Such a change would make it easier for the federal government to bring charges in the case of a future Ferguson or Trayvon Martin.

“I think some serious consideration needs to be given to the standard of proof that has to be met before federal involvement is appropriate, and that’s something that I am going to be talking about before I leave office,” Holder, 64, said.

Yeah, that's a great idea. Let's enshrine a standard for political show trials into federal law. No way that could ever be abused...

Eric Holder is a criminal of the worst sort: a political appointee. It will take decades to repair the damage he and Obama's other creatures have done to this country, if it even can be repaired. It now appears they're determined to burn the house down from pure spite on their way out.

More Muslim "Tolerance"

American blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

The Religion of Peace™ strikes again. I'm sure the Western leftoids will find some way to make excuses for their Muslim buds. After all, we can't have people thinking that Muslims are violent nutjobs when there is clearly no evidence of such...

RIP Leonard Nimoy

Mo' money

Germany bails out the Greek commies again:

Germany's parliament approved an extension of Greece's bailout on Friday but a record number of dissenters from Angela Merkel's conservatives underscored growing scepticism in Berlin about whether a new Greek government can be trusted to deliver on its reform pledges.

While Merkel and Schaeuble's tough stance on Greece goes down well with German voters, the euro zone crisis has created space for a new euroskeptic party to the right of the CDU/CSU - the fast-growing Alternative for Germany (AfD). AfD leader Bernd Lucke wants Greece to leave the euro and said extending the bailout was "a bad decision for Germany and for Greece ... because economic misery in Greece will continue".

A new hardline nationalist party in Germany. That worked out well the last time.

But the European Commission's financial affairs chief Pierre Moscovici reminded Berlin in an interview with German radio just before the debate that allowing any country to exit the euro zone would merely raise the question "who is leaving next?".

Everybody. Because the euro-dollar experiment was doomed to failure from the moment it was conceived. I'm surprised it's lasted this long.

The Greek commies will spend their new windfall of Deutschmarks faster than a stripper in a shopping mall, the Germans will furrow their brow a little more deeply come April, and the whole Tinkertoy contraption called the Eurozone will creak a millimeter closer to its inevitable collapse. Putin is fairly drooling in anticipation of the event.

Lion Food

Inside the stinking remains of the modern civil rights movement:

I attended a #BlackLivesMatter at their “Solidarity Center” and sat next to a young black woman who went straight to sleep the second she sat down. She didn’t wake up until it was time to leave two hours later. Across from her sat a grotesquely obese, white “homeless” man who didn’t stop stuffing his face with free chicken until it was time to check his iPhone. He went back and forth with both indulgences without looking up the entire time. When we got there, every single person in the room had to say who they were and where they were from. There were 50 of us so it took up almost half the meeting. At least conservatives get to the point. This ridiculous mess is a big part of today’s civil rights experience...

When we went to the die-in, we were given the opportunity to hug a man who knew someone who was killed by police. The circumstances behind the “murder” were not clear but the white protestors didn’t care. They were looking for self-flagellation. One white guy started bawling his eyes out as he held the unimpressed black man and I had to bite my lip not to laugh. I approached this crybaby after the incident, and he told me how gut-wrenching it is to meet someone who has experienced “the loss in their own life,” and alas, the world doesn’t understand what’s going on here. He was holding a sign that said “Racism kills,” and I can’t imagine him ever getting laid or having any friends at all. Ghetto blacks at war with police don’t appreciate crying white liberals. They see them as weak because they are.

You may think I am being sarcastic when I say that a plague would do America a world of good. I assure you that I am not. Our culture is drowning in genetic sewage.

Friday Timewaster

Dolphin Olympics 2. Kinda like those "how far can you throw the cute fuzzy animal before it lawn darts" games, but with more backflipping. And water.



Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Great LLAMA!!! Chase of 2015




Truth hurts, eh?

The Vatican sought Wednesday to defuse a diplomatic tiff with Mexico after Pope Francis referred to the possible "Mexicanization" of his native Argentina from drug trafficking, the latest instance of Francis' casual speaking style getting him into trouble.

Mexico is a disease-ridden shithole ruled by petty warlords and their collaborators in what passes for a national government. For evidence of that, all you have to do is notice the swarms of Mexican peasants streaming across the American border in order to get away from it.

Not again...

Apparently not satisfied with the way they raped the Alien movie franchise in the 1990s, Hollywood has decided to do it again:

Director Neill Blomkamp and star Signourney Weaver confirmed during an interview with the UK's Sky Movies that they are working together on a new film in the "Alien" series. They also revealed that the film will fit into the series before the unpopular "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection" sequels.

I like Sigourney Weaver as much as the next red-blooded American male. She was particularly drool-inducing in Galaxy Quest with that blonde wig and low-cut shirt. Yowsah! But I digress... My point is that there's obviously a big difference between Weaver '86 and Weaver 2016. Michael Biehn (Corporal Hicks) is also getting up there in years. I just don't see how this is going to work. But it gets worse:

Blomkamp, the South African director of sci-fi films "District 9" and "Elysium", first signalled his dream of an "Alien" movie by posting concept art on Instagram earlier this year. He developed the film in his own time

Those are two of the most blatantly Left-wing, anti-capitalist, anti-white movies it has ever been my displeasure to encounter. If he brings that same political activism to his Alien reboot -- and there's nothing in his history that would indicate otherwise -- it will be a disaster. I didn't think anyone could possibly do more damage to the franchise than Scott did with that abomination called Prometheus, but it appears I was wrong. To be fair, Prometheus wasn't an overtly political movie, it was just depressingly misanthropic. I got the distinct impression while watching it that all Ridley Scott wanted for Christmas was a warm bath and a razor.

At this point, I'm pretty well convinced that the most entertaining thing modern Hollywood could do for me is cease to exist.

Thursday Tunes

I heard this recording of the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) liturgy set to a choral transcription of Barber's Adagio for Strings this morning on Sirius Symphony. Performance by the Choir of Trinity College at Cambridge. I cranked up the sound and was absolutely mesmerized for 10 minutes. Even forgot I was in traffic. Hauntingly beautiful.



Fahrenheit 451

ISIS Burns 8000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in Mosul

While the world was watching the Academy Awards ceremony, the people of Mosul were watching a different show. They were horrified to see ISIS members burn the Mosul public library. Among the many thousands of books it housed, more than 8,000 rare old books and manuscripts were burned.

On the same day the library was destroyed, ISIS abolished another old church in Mosul: the church of Mary the Virgin. The Mosul University Theater was burned as well, according to eyewitnesses. In al-Anbar province, Western Iraq, the ISIS campaign of burning books has managed to destroy 100,000 titles, according to local officials. Last December, ISIS burned Mosul University’s central library.

How very tolerant. Of course, these obviously weren't Muslims in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, they were just some random people burning some random books which they happened to find lying around. Dumbo tells us so, therefore it must be true.

**Re-hinging to reality...** STANDBY...

Like all religious fanatics, these people will naturally seek out the lowest possible point on the intellectual spectrum. But there's a bright side to all of this: religious civil wars tend to decimate populations in the regions where they occur. The Thirty Years War wiped out roughly one third of the population of Europe and led directly to the Enlightenment. I think we can all agree that the world could do with 33% fewer Muslims in the Middle East.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Giving it all away

Everybody's doing the totalitarian tango:

The kids who once sought liberation from the Man’s stultifying grip are now rushing into his arms for protection against the specters of racism, misogyny, and transphobia. Even more shocking, their teachers and professors, who fought for free expression when they were students, are eagerly acceding to their demands.

For an outstandingly condescending example, see University of Chicago professor Eric Posner’s recent Slate article, “Universities Are Right—and Within Their Rights—to Crack Down on Speech and Behavior.”

Posner’s article rests on a laughably flimsy premise: students are children, not adults, and left-wing speech codes are necessary to shelter their precious little brains. He ignores the reality that as recently as 50 years ago, teenagers were getting their hands dirty in factories, fighting in wars (hang on—some of them still are), getting married, and having babies (well, that too). Our glut of kids living at home into their 20s is an historical aberration.

But the mollycoddling of Millennials has far darker implications than the legions of basement-dwelling man-boys playing Call of Duty. We can wince at student unions banning Robin Thicke’s soulless R&B song “Blurred Lines” for its “rapey” lyrics or demanding “trigger warnings” on class syllabi, but the problem is that these crybabies are allowed to vote. And more important, they’re enforcing their pearl-clutching views on everyone else.

It's a perfectly understandable outcome in a culture which idolizes victimhood. In their warped, propaganda-sodden little brains, if you're not a victim you're an oppressor. From their first days of elementary school until they graduate from college (and tell daddy they like school and want him to pay for a post-graduate degree), a single, overpowering message is hammered into their heads day after day: Victim = Good, Not Victim = Bad.

Since the demographic in question consists almost entirely of the soft-handed spawn of the white middle class, none of whom have ever missed a meal, they are neurotically driven to do everything in their power to make themselves feel like Victims, or at the very least self-appointed champions of Victims. That means demonizing others for their views, especially if those views can be pigeon-holed into a politically correct hotbox like "police racism" or "war on women" or some other illusory nonsense which will fit onto a protest sign or into a snarky Tweet. Their culture is one of reaction and emotion, not thoughtful insight or analysis of consequences. That makes them mentally weak and easily manipulated -- exactly what the power brokers in the Democrat Party are trying to breed.

Lyndon Baines Johnson once said, "I'll have those niggers voting Democrat for the next two hundred years." Now Obama and the modern Democrats are gunning for the middle class white vote. At the rate we're going, in another generation they'll have it.

Freedom can never be taken, only given away.


Lawsuit claims Purina food sickens and kills dogs

Wouldn't surprise me. We feed our dogs table scraps, real meat, and treats which I can verify as being made from real meat. They are both very happy and healthy. I wouldn't feed dry dog food to a... well, to a dog.

I laugh at vets and the misinformed people parroting them who tell me that only processed dog food is healthy for dogs and that table scraps are bad for them. I always respond thus: "Dogs have been domesticated for 10,000 years. What exactly do you think they were eating before American food processing corporations started selling third tier byproducts as 'dog food' for ridiculous profit margins?"

Vets push dog food brands for the same reason doctors push name-brand prescription medications.

Same as the old boss

The Cleveland Browns have remodeled their brand:

No seriously.

Little late for that...

Jamaica decriminalises marijuana use

Talk about closing the barn door after the horse has bolted.

The Penalty for Intelligence

Few things in life give me as much satisfaction as watching progressives and social engineers being hoisted by their own petards. This is the inevitable result of affirmative action: reverse discrimination.

The ironic end to all of the Leftist crusades for social justice and misguided attempts to soothe their carefully nursed guilt complexes is the near-complete destruction of our education system, both at the secondary and collegiate levels. Their insistence that stupid people be admitted to universities because they're some favored shade of brown, and that bright people be denied entry because all of the seats are filled by or reserved for the stupid brown people, has devalued college degrees to the point that they are no longer a primary hiring consideration in many sectors of American business -- especially industry, manufacturing and technology.

Such businesses are profit-driven, and that requires bright, self-motivated employees. Their recent experiences with the products of entitlement-driven scholarship programs have made them very mistrustful of degreed individuals, favoring instead industry experience, native intelligence, and a proven work ethic at a lower-tiered job, especially "hands-on" jobs. If someone is willing to get their hands dirty, they're probably not going to disappoint when you put them in an office and ask them to effectively manage dozens of people with dirty hands.

It has become popular among media pundits over the last few months to opine that the country desperately needs a President who does not possess a college degree, but who does possess a track record of career successes. A blue collar man who became white collar through the sweat of his own brow. I couldn't agree more, because those are the people who built the country in the first place.

Once again, I'll just leave this right here... in case you neglected to read it the first few times I linked to it.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Canal Red

A Chinese "businessman" is building a competitor to the Panama Canal, cutting across 172 miles of the commie-infested hell known as Nicaragua:

At the [groundbreaking] ceremony, the canal’s impresario—a Chinese billionaire named Wang Jing —spoke fulsomely about the canal, describing the project as “the most important in the history of humanity.” His audience mostly consisted of local officials and about two hundred Chinese and Nicaraguan employees in yellow and white hard hats and orange and blue jumpsuits. Later that day, Wang, a pudgy man in his early forties, appeared at an event in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, with Daniel Ortega, the former Marxist guerrilla turned born-again Christian who has become the country’s eternal President. Ortega pushed through the bill that last year granted a fifty-year, renewable canal concession to Wang.

Wang’s development plans, approved last summer by the Nicaraguan Congress, which is dominated by Sandinista Party loyalists, call not only for the canal but also for new seaports on both coasts, new satellite cities along the canal route, and tourist resorts. They also include a new railroad, highways, an oil pipeline, and steel and cement mills.

Industrial development and expansion of the power grid are good things. They help to pull poverty-stricken primitive societies into the modern world, and that's a step forward for everybody. But there's a catch:

There has been much speculation about Wang’s relationship with the Chinese government. He insists that he is a “private businessman,” but Nicaraguans and others who have met him and visited his corporate offices in China have come away convinced that he is is well-connected in Communist Party circles. The Ortega government, never known for its transparency, has been particularly opaque about its dealings with Wang, increasing concern about corruption in the canal concession.

In other words, the ChiComs want to buy a Third World country so they can build themselves a canal to compete with ours. Now who are the imperialists? Gotta hand it to them; they've learned their lessons well and have become the yankee traders we used to be.


Crazier'n a roomful of cats:

In a cramped city like Tokyo, where owning a pet is a luxury and most apartments have strict no-pets policies, it’s hard for cat lovers to spend quality time with their favorite animals. In response, cat cafés have cropped up all over the city, where people get to sip delicious beverages while petting a purring kitty. But even that doesn’t come close to having a cat in your own home, because the time spent with the furry creatures is quite limited.

That’s why a Japanese company has come up with a great idea to get its employees to interact with pets more often – a cat-populated workplace! The offices of Ferray Corporation, an internet solutions business, is filled with nine lovable rescued cats that are allowed to roam freely all through the day. The cats are so adorable that employees of Ferray are reporting considerably lowered stress levels.

I can see this as being really relaxing for Vizigoth... provided he can bring a pellet gun with him.



Cougars look elsewhere

That's it?

Wrist slap:

A U.S. Marine who vanished in Iraq in 2004 has been sentenced to two years in prison for leaving his post and then fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S.

As part of the sentence handed down Monday, Cpl. Wassef Hassoun will have a reduction in rank, loss of pay and a dishonorable discharge.

He deserted his unit in a warzone, stole a military vehicle and lost his weapon -- so he gets two years in jail and a DD? Really?

Not many years agone, we shot war time deserters. I guess we've pussified that along with everything else about American culture.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Transcontinental Airway System

This is the archeological remains of the precursor to aircraft radio navigation beacons. They're all over the United States. Piclick for more info.