Friday, July 31, 2009
At the first touch of rain, our world class infrastructure kicked into action. Mercifully, Sheila Dixit has not yet blamed plastic bags but it's early times....
a Libertarian Dog cartoon for the occasion-
Click on read more to view the English version of this cartoon below
So, how did it go?
But the event, which attracted so much interest that cable TV networks ran countdown clocks, had the taint of political theatre from the start.It is worth repeating -the "beer summit" was not to help race-relations, but to help Obama politically to get out a jam of his own making.A cynical move, as any. He would do well in Indian politics.He would shine in Bihar.
Obama was the main intended beneficiary, sitting in full public view at a picnic table under a magnolia tree with professor Henry Louis Gates, police sergeant James Crowley and Vice-President Joe Biden as a surprise late addition.
It was Obama who injected himself into the incident last week by accusing police of "stupidity" for arresting Gates after the academic broke into his own home because he had lost his keys.
It was Obama who escalated public debate to national proportions by linking the incident to a pattern of racial profiling by police.
And it was Obama, in an unusual lapse of judgment, who allowed public attention across the US to be distracted from his preferred topic of promoting a new healthcare system, to which he had devoted the previous fortnight in an attempt to force a deal on the US congress.
The US President inflamed tensions over race and reignited the culture wars at the very time he least wanted it. Now he needed a circuit-breaker to stem the damage and make the issue disappear.
An opinion poll released yesterday by Pew Research found 41per cent of Americans disapproved of Obama's action in coming out strongly in favour of the Harvard academic last week, despite admitting he was not aware of all the facts. Only 29 per cent approved.
Disturbingly for the White House, Obama's overall approval rating has fallen to 54 per cent, down from 61 per cent last month.
Charles Krauthammer on “beer summit:”
Well, I know all of us are supposed to get into the spirit of levity and good humor, but I'm afraid I can't.
This is a typical Obama. He commits an offense against the public good—he imputes racism where there was none—and then he declares it a teachable moment in which he will instruct us on tolerance, understanding, and brotherhood.
Now, he did this before. He does it over and over again. He's found in bed last year after 20 years with a raving racist. (We had known he had been in the church of Jeremiah Wright, but we didn't know about his racism until the middle of the campaign.) And what is Obama's response? He gives a speech on race, another teachable moment, in which he ascribes racism to everyone—white working class, African-Americans, Jeremiah Wright, his own grandmother—except himself. And he stands there hovering above it all, teaching us the ways of tolerance and brotherhood.
Look, he may be a great president or a lousy one, but when he acts in this way, when he stands above the fray in a patronizing and condescending way, instructing us on the ways of the world, I find him insufferable.
Otherwise, I'm sure he's a nice guy.
Thomas Lifson is stunned that-
the official White House Blog published this picture and that it is in the public domain. The body language is most revealing.
Sergeant Crowley, the sole class act in this trio, helps the handicapped Professor Gates down the stairs, while Barack Obama, heedless of the infirmities of his friend and fellow victim of self-defined racial profiling, strides ahead on his own. So who is compassionate? And who is so self-involved and arrogant that he is oblivious?
I think Lifson may be reading too much(or not) into the picture -photos do sometimes give a not fully accurate impression.But knowing Obama's well known self-regard, it is plausible.
We had about one and a half hours of power cuts today. The problem of scarce power, especially at the peak of scorching summer is an old one - and one that our benevolent welfare state has not been able to solve in over sixty years. Must be rocket science.
On top of that we have a chief minister who likes to impose the latest environmental fads double-quick on the hapless residents of Delhi.One such idiocy is the Earth Hour -which we shall be "celebrating" 4 times a year!
Click on read more to view the English version of this cartoon below
update -Some Hindi spellings(I'm not famous for them) cleaned up
Ooops- more cleaning up to do in both Hindi and English spellings! Replaced both the images as I had written "Liberation" instead of "Libertarian" . A freudian slip, perhaps, as the liberation (of body and spirit) from the coercion of others is the essence of libertarianism.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Michelle Malkins’s Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies is currently no.1 on the Amazon best seller list.
A refreshing change from the Obama-poodle media(I call it embedded media –embedded too deep in their messiah’s ass to see daylight), she pulls no punches. Soundbites from her appearance on the "Today" show-
MALKIN: Well I think he is a racial opportunist and I think that he has learned that he shouldn't shoot his mouth off when he explicitly admits that he didn't know what happened.
LAUER: A racial opportunist?
LAUER: He hasn't gotten to where he is today by being a racial opportunist, has he?
MALKIN: I think that he took that moment, used a health care conference that was a debacle, basically and took this story, which is really just a local parochial law enforcement story, to try and ensure some sort moment of his racial authenticity. And it backfired because he was wrong and he should have admitted it. And I think for a president that has offered up hope and change and a new politics is just another example. I wouldn't say that there is another example of corruption, but I think it is, I think it, it, it plays into this idea that a man who has hyped himself as something different and something new is nothing but that.
LAUER: You, you, you conclude all of that based on one mistake he made, in terms of a comment he made?
MALKIN: One mistake? Oh!
LAUER: I'm talking this comment. This particular comment-
MALKIN: It, it, no-
LAUER: -sets that entire scenario up for you?
MALKIN: No, I, I think it's clear that, that was a calculated move. Everything that this president does is Kabuki theater. Every townhall-
MATT LAUER: Let me ask you about your book. In it -- I mean clearly we know by the co-, we know by the title where it goes – you take on Michelle Obama-
MICHELLE MALKIN: I certainly do.
LAUER: -in this book. You call her the "First Crony."
MALKIN: Yes I do.
MALKIN: Because she was steeped in the politics of the Daley machine. Her father was a patronage appointee of Daley. She's beholden to the type of hardball politics that Barack Obama says he is against. Her entire professional career was based on nepotism. And now she has brought almost every-
Perhaps India’s softest, sweetest actress and with a voice that is aptly described by the lyrics of the song-
“Strumming my pain with her fingers,
singing my life with her words,
killing me softly with her song…”
Unlike many contemporary beauty queens like Aishwarya Rai and Sushmita Sen, she was a natural actor.
Heck, I will miss her!
Cross posted at What the Heck is Art?
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Many people hoped that the election of a black President of the United States would mark our entering a “post-racial” era, when we could finally put some ugly aspects of our history behind us.
That was quite understandable. But it takes two to tango. Those of us who want to see racism on its way out need to realize that others benefit greatly from crying racism. They benefit politically, financially, and socially.
Barack Obama has been allied with such people for decades. He found it expedient to appeal to a wider electorate as a post-racial candidate, just as he has found it expedient to say a lot of other popular things — about campaign finance, about transparency in government, about not rushing legislation through Congress without having it first posted on the Internet long enough to be studied — all of which turned to be the direct opposite of what he has actually done after getting elected.
Those who were shocked at President Obama’s cheap shot at the Cambridge police for being “stupid” in arresting Henry Louis Gates must have been among those who let their wishes prevail over the obvious implications of Obama’s 20 years of association with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Anyone who can believe that Obama did not understand what the racist rants of Jeremiah Wright meant can believe anything.
(I'm thinking of the clueless lady of the Indian TV, Burkha Dutt -Ed.)
With race — as with campaign finance, transparency, and the rest — Barack Obama knows what the public wants to hear, and that is what he has said. But his policies as president have been the opposite of his rhetoric, with race as with other issues.
As a state senator in Illinois, Obama pushed the “racial profiling” issue, so it is hardly surprising that he jumped to the conclusion that a policeman was engaging in racial profiling, when in fact the cop was investigating a report received from a neighbor that someone seemed to be breaking into the house that Professor Gates was renting in Cambridge.
For those who are interested in facts — and these obviously do not include President Obama — there has been a serious study of racial profiling in a book titled Are Cops Racist? by Heather Mac Donald. Her analysis of the data shows how this issue has long been distorted beyond recognition by politics.
The racial-profiling issue is a great vote-getter. And if it polarizes the society, that is a price that politicians are willing to pay in order to get votes. Academics who run black-studies departments, as Prof. Henry Louis Gates does, likewise have a vested interest in racial paranoia.
For “community organizers” as well, racial resentments are a stock in trade. President Obama’s background as a community organizer has received far too little attention, though it should have been a high-alert warning that this was no post-racial figure.
What does a community organizer do? What he does not do is organize a community. What he organizes are the resentments and paranoia within a community, directing those feelings against other communities, from whom either benefits or revenge are to be gotten, using whatever rhetoric or tactics will accomplish that purpose.
To think that someone who has spent years promoting grievance and polarization was going to bring us all together as president is a triumph of wishful thinking over reality.
Barack Obama’s past and his present tell the same story. His appointment of an attorney general who called America “a nation of cowards” for not dialoguing about race was a foretaste of what to expect from Eric Holder.
The way Attorney General Holder has refused to prosecute young black thugs who gathered at a voting site with menacing clubs, in blatant violation of federal laws against intimidating voters, speaks louder than any words from him or his president.
President Obama’s first nominee to the Supreme Court is, like Obama himself, someone with a background of years of affiliation with an organization dedicated to promoting racial resentments and a sense of racial entitlement.
An 18th-century philosopher said, “When I speak I put on a mask. When I act I am forced to take it off.” Barack Obama’s mask slipped for a moment last week but he quickly recovered, with the help of the media. But we should never forget what we saw.
I couldn't have put it better in a thousand years!
Ok, the title is just a take off on the conspiracy minded article in The Guardian which has lefties all over the world somersaulting in frenzy. Finally, the proof that the global warming was cooked up to make world safe for domination by oil companies by that evilchimphalliburtnazimonster Boosh-
Revealed: the secret evidence of global warming Bush tried to hide
Photos from US spy satellites declassified by the Obama White House provide the first graphic images of how the polar ice sheets are retreating in the summer. The effects on the world's weather, environments and wildlife could be devastating
Satellite images of polar ice sheets taken in July 2006 and July 2007 showing the retreating ice during the summer. Photograph: Public Domain
Graphic images that reveal the devastating impact of global warming in the Arctic have been released by the US military. The photographs, taken by spy satellites over the past decade, confirm that in recent years vast areas in high latitudes have lost their ice cover in summer months.
The pictures, kept secret by Washington during the presidency of George W Bush, were declassified by the White House last week. President Barack Obama is currently trying to galvanise Congress and the American public to take action to halt catastrophic climate change caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
One particularly striking set of images - selected from the 1,000 photographs released - includes views of the Alaskan port of Barrow. One, taken in July 2006, shows sea ice still nestling close to the shore. A second image shows that by the following July the coastal waters were entirely ice-free.
The photographs demonstrate starkly how global warming is changing the Arctic. More than a million square kilometres of sea ice - a record loss - were missing in the summer of 2007 compared with the previous year.
But on the other hand -
The images The Guardian does not want you to see
Arctic ice comparison August 2007 and 2008.What happened to all that ice that had disappeared just a year before in the Guardian article above? Despite evil Boosh’s super-secret nefarious plots, how could ice come back?-
The world has cooled since 2001 despite rising levels of CO2(black line).Looks like Boosh’s secret ray to melt the world is not working-
(watch out for the red line)
That ray has definitely gone bust.
Remember -Antarctica has 90 per cent of the Earth’s ice
In other news-
The snowstorm news is from July 22nd, 2009. So far there is no mention of it on the Guardian website(July 28).Doesn't fit the narrative.
A major and historic winter storm is underway at this Wednesday morning in Argentina. Snow is falling in many parts of the country and in many areas not used to winter precipitation.
In Bahia Blanca, a coastal city in the Southern part of the Buenos Aires, the snow storm is heavy and local authorities describe it as the worst snow event in 50 years.
An IBD editorial -
Sharp Americans are starting to understand H.L. Mencken's observation that "The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it." That pretty much sums up the modern environmentalist movement.
3,000 Low Temp Records Set This July!
"As always, whitey now sits in judgment of me, preparing to cast my fate."
Germany calls carbon tariffs "eco-imperialism"
Eco-imperialism..... that rings a bell.
(All the main links are from the Drudge Report)
Monday, July 27, 2009
A while back industrialist Adi Godrej was on UTVi spouting some green gibberish, the kind that most industrialists now mouth as a ritual. He believes he and his companies are taking steps that will do something about, among others, climate change.
That got my pea-brain in a ferment. Mr.Godrej is apparently an intelligent man –one must assume that since he is (apparently) efficiently running a huge business empire. Were he to put (tens or hundreds)millions in a venture, one presumes that he would thoroughly vet the project, deeply study the ins and outs, make sure that the his information is absolutely correct.
Yet, when it comes to climate change/global warming(take your pick), one wonders why such a thorough person does not ask –where is the evidence? Which study/studies prove man-made global warming?
If he has asked these question and has satisfied himself that the man-made climate change is a fact, then it is I who has some questions for him-
1) If the CO2 emitted by the humans is causing global warming, then why has the globe not warmed since 2001(in fact it has been cooling) despite skyrocketing amounts of CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere?
2) There is no study that proves man-made global warming.That IPCC says it is not a proof –that is an argument from authority(And IPCC doesn’t do any research of it’s own). If you know of one, please let us humble folks know.
3)The computer models the IPCC relies on to come up with frightening future scenarios cannot even explain the past temperatures, neither did they predict the cooling of this decade –but you depend upon them to accurately reflect the future ones.
It is fair to say that “the only place where CO2 is causing temperature increase is in the IPCC computer models”, models which are deeply flawed and not subject to open review.
These are just a few questions –there are many, many others. I wish you and other super-rich dudes who like feeling good by taking up “green” causes would read, for a start, Joanna Nova’s The Skeptics Handbook. We look up to people like you and it disappoints us when you join in the cause of the greenies who do not have the good of humanity in their hearts. If you don’t believe me ask the millions who have died of malaria since the banning of DDT by the environmentalists. Oh, wait, you cannot do that – they are dead(the people, not the environmentalists,I’m afraid).
The greenies are among capitalism’s deadliest enemies and it pains me to see that you consider yourself on their side. We are still a poor people while you, sir, are fabulously rich, like a caliph in a fairy tale. It is saddening to see you help the people and causes that will keep us impoverished.
Here is my appeal to you, sir -
do study the facts about climate change as efficiently and thoroughly as you would if you were setting up a new industry,factory or a venture.And then, and only then, tell us what you believe about climate change.
I have hope that you will see reason.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
On the "Deadliest Catch" home page is this link: SEA ICE SCIENCE...New! Is global warming changing the Bering Sea? Get the answers now. Curious for the answers, I clicked the link which brought me to Bering Sea Ice: Science Q&A by Helen Fields. The Q&A presents overwhelming evidence that the Bering Sea has been getting colder lately. The conclusion: global warming. Amazing.It makes you wonder -has the notion of "global warming" made idiots out of many or is it that being idiots they sincerely believe in the anthropogenic global warming? Reminds one of the tale about Ghalib and mangoes-
“One day, as Ghalib was feasting on mangoes, a nobleman with his donkey came to meet him. The donkey walked towards the mango skin lying on the ground, smelt it and just walked away. The nobleman taunted, ‘Gadhe bhi aam nahin khaate (Even donkeys don’t eat mangoes).’ Ghalib retorted, ‘Gadhe hi aam nahin khaate (Only donkeys don’t eat mangoes).’”(Note- there are also other versions of this story floating around)
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Jairam Ramesh, the Indian environment minister, accused the developed world of needlessly raising alarm over melting Himalayan glaciers.
He dismissed scientists’ predictions that Himalayan glaciers might disappear within 40 years as a result of global warming.
“We have to get out of the preconceived notion, which is based on western media, and invest our scientific research and other capacities to study Himalayan atmosphere,” he said.
“Science has its limitation. You cannot substitute the knowledge that has been gained by the people living in cold deserts through everyday experience.”
But he(Obama on the Gates controversy) added that with all that's going on in the country with health care and the economy and the wars abroad, "it doesn't make sense to arrest a guy in his own home if he's not causing a serious disturbance."
Paul Mirengoff says -
This is idiotic. Whether a person was justly arrested in connection based on a given incident has nothing to do with what's happening with health care or in foreign wars. Is Obama trying to say that the arrest would have been okay if everyone had health insurance, the economy was prosperous, and we were out of Iraq and Afghanistan?
I'm afraid the answer to the question above is yes.The world's most powerful person is a clueless, preening, leftwing hack.
Thomas Friedman is a prominent global warming scaremonger.
He is also a first class hypocrite.
A few years ago, the Friedmans bought a seven-and-a-half-acre lot in Bethesda, Maryland. They tore down the existing house, and built an eleven-thousand-square-foot replacement11400-square-foot to be precise-
…along comes Thomas Friedman, porn-stached resident of a positively obscene
114,00011,400 square foot suburban Maryland mega-monstro-mansion and husband to the heir of one of the largest shopping-mall chains in the world, reinventing himself as an oracle of anti-consumerist conservationism. Where does a man who needs his own offshore drilling platform just to keep the east wing of his house heated get the balls to write a book chiding America for driving energy inefficient automobiles? Where does a guy whose family bulldozed 2.1 million square feet of pristine Hawaiian wilderness to put a Gap, an Old Navy, a Sears, an Abercrombie and even a motherfucking Foot Locker in paradise get off preaching to the rest of us about the need for a “Green Revolution”? Well, he’ll explain it all to you in 438 crisply written pages for just $27.95, $30.95 if you have the misfortune to be Canadian.
PS- do read Matt Taibibi’s takedown of Friedman. It is hilariously well –deserved.
Update- Mark Steyn:
Well, obviously, being a renowned expert, Thomas Friedman, like Al Gore and the Prince of Wales, needs a supersized carbon footprint. But you don't - you can get by beating your laundry on the rocks down by the river with the native women all day long.
"Environmentalism" is a government restraint on economic advance and, therefore, social mobility. In other words, it's a way to ensure you'll never live like Tom Friedman.
Friday, July 24, 2009
"She(U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) has made a spate of vulgar remarks unbecoming for her position everywhere she went since she was sworn in," North Korea's KCNA news agency quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying.(emphasis mine)
It said her comments earlier in the week that North Korean behavior such as a recent spate of missile launches was like an unruly child demanding attention "suggests she is by no means intelligent."
"We cannot but regard Mrs. Clinton as a funny lady as she likes to utter such rhetoric, unaware of the elementary etiquette in the international community.
"Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping," the report added.
"It is our view that she can make even a little contribution to the implementation of the U.S. administration's foreign policy as secretary of State only when she has understanding of the world, to begin with."
Maybe it's a kind of reverse diplomacy -the more they insult U.S. and it's officials, the more goodies Obama might be inclined to give them. Perhaps Obama's appeasement of Iranian mullahs was an encouragement.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
CNN interviewed the hosts of the show "Mythbusters" about the conspiracy theorists who believe the Apollo Moon landing was faked, and the their extensive efforts debunking the claims of the Moon landing deniers.
However, buried towards the end of the interview is a gem of video of Buzz Aldrin, famously one of the first astronauts to walk on the Moon, being confronted by one of these moon landing skeptics several years ago. The man angrily calls Aldrin a "coward" and a "liar." Aldrin tells the man to get away from him, and when he refuses, Aldrin promptly punches him in the face.
Video(the action is about 2:45 minutes in)-
Whoopi Goldberg better stay away from Buzz. She is one such nut herself.
Does he really know enough about what happened to say that? Maybe it was Professor Gates who behaved stupidly, or at least arrogantly. He is, after all, a Harvard professor. I was once a Harvard professor, and my instinct is to side with the Cambridge cops. But if I were president of the United States, I might pause before casually accusing other Americans of acting stupidly unless I were confident I knew what I was talking about.
At 6ft6ins and 34stone, meet one of the largest and heaviest women on the planet - and she's still growing
That's 216 kilos!
Tanya in better days-
Ok, about that wish -we might make an exception for Osama Bin Laden. That would make him harder to hide.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." -- Arthur Koestler
Thanks to Obama, the sales of her books are surging as are those of Hayek's seminal "The Road to Serfdom".
More books getting a boost from Obama-
Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny
Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism
Amity Shlaes’ The Forgotten Man
Rahm Emanuel, Paul Begala, Obama, Pelosi and Axelrod - characters out of Atlas Shrugged?
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Man-made global warming is set to accelerate desertification - some experts say this is probably already the case.....Many deserts will suffer a decline in rainfall between five and 10 or even 15 percent, it predicts.
World's deserts getting greener despite global warming.....It could be that an increase in rainfall has caused this effect.
I should like to laugh heartily at these buffoons but they are trying to radically remake the world. Fools trying to change the world to their own image - one just cannot laugh.
Australian scientists say global warming is turning the world’s squid into much larger creatures…
Global warming is shrinking fish.
But, unfortunately for the embedded media (embedded deep in Obama's ass), Bush did not say it, Obama did-
Barack Obama's gaffe: seeking greater inefficiencies
Would health care reform bring "greater inefficiencies" to the country's health care system?
That's exactly what Obama said Monday when he spoke about health care reform at the Childrens National Medical Center in Washington.
"The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system," Obama said in remarks after a health care roundtable with physicians, nurses and health care providers. "And greater stability and security to America's families and businesses."
I wonder how will this be reported. On other hand this might not be a gaffe -his monster healthcare bill promises to bust the bank even more than he already has with trillions in stimulus and bailouts already down the drain. Perhaps he is seeking inefficiencies - and with great success!
(from Andrew Bolt):
Global warming is intensifying the monsoon in Central India, according to a study that warns of increasing risk from heavier rains during the season.
Each year, millions of farmers in India hope and pray for the right kind of monsoon rains to help grow their crops. But it’s believed climate change is delaying the onset of the monsoon - threatening crops and pushing up the prices of basic foods. .
I think we can have a standard template where one can put in just anything in the blanks, say-
Manisha Koirala had become very obese due to global warming.
She has now lost much weight. Her weight loss was caused by climate change.
You get the idea. Now children, fill up the blanks in your own words. The most alarming one will get a prize.Really scary enough and it might even fetch the clever student a Nobel prize. You may copy from the notes of Rajendra and Al -our finest pupils.
Update - some links fixed
Monday, July 20, 2009
So a colored person who does not believe in the leftist drivel poses a special kind of challenge to them.Harry Alford, representing the National Black Chamber of Commerce is one such person.
His exchange with Barbara Boxer during a meeting with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is a must watch-
George Joyce has some excerpts-
Harry Alford, representing the National Black Chamber of Commerce lashed out at Senator Barbara Boxer during a meeting with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Alter was challenging Boxer’s position on climate change legislation – specifically, Boxer’s contention that green jobs were being created in California.
Alter responded by telling Boxer:
“The last time I checked California is an economic basket case and these green jobs aren’t going to solve it.”
Well, that’s when the fireworks began. After citing a PEW study on climate change, Boxer decided to patronize Alter by citing “resolutions” and statements – not research - from the NAACP and John Grant, CEO of 100 Black Men of Atlanta.
Alter quite rightly exploded, asking Boxer what statements from other black men have to do with determining the truth of climate change legislation.
"All that's condescending and I don't like it. It's racial. I take offense to it. As an African-American and a veteran of this country, I take offense to that. You're quoting some other black man -- why don't you quote some other Asian or some other... You're getting racial here."
Boxer’s strategy of citing other black men in order to persuade Mr. Alter didn’t quite cut it with this penetrating and astute gentleman:
"We've been looking at energy policy since 1996. And we are referring to the experts, regardless of their color. And for someone to tell me, an African-American, college-education veteran of the United States Army, that I must contend with some other "black group" and put aside everything else in here -- This has NOTHING to do with the NAACP, and really has nothing to do with the National Black Chamber of Commerce. We're talking about energy. And that -- that road the chair went down, I think is God awful."
When will liberals stop patronizing minorities in America?
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Well, they are leftists first, human rights campaigners later.
For years it has been clear to those who bear the brunt of criticism from human rights watchdogs like Amnesty and the UN Human Rights Council, that something is wrong with the international system aimed at exposing gross violations and war crimes. The overwhelmingly disproportionate criticism heaped on Israel and other democratic states, and the near blindness to the brutal oppression that takes place in dozens of other countries, especially Arab states, makes the entire pretense of international human rights law look like a sham.
But last week, one of these bodies was caught with its pants down. Two months ago, the Saudi-based newspaper Arab News described a fund-raising event for Human Rights Watch held in the Saudi kingdom, where high-level Saudi dignitaries were treated to a powerful presentation where the organization not only petitioned the brutal elites for funding, but paraded the fact that they were doing battle against pro-Israel pressure groups in the West — a clear repudiation of their purportedly objective status.
All this is very damning for an organization that for years has tried rebuffing accusations of being blatantly anti-Israel. As one commentator writing at the (British) Spectator put it, “Whatever Israel’s faults, there is something deeply wrong about a human rights organisation trying to raise money in a religiously oppressive monarchical state out of criticising a liberal democracy. It does make one wonder how people committed to human rights can get it so wrong.”
It also makes one wonder how the world can continue to take such organizations so seriously.
Read the whole thing.
Mother earth and the humanity are now belaboring under the reckless overpopulation of these two hegemonic groups who will not let the rest of us live in peace without their overbearing meddling.
So let's -
BAN SHEILA DIXIT, NOT PLASTIC BAGS
BAN SUNITA NARAIN, NOT PLASTIC BAGS
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Some statements are inherently unbelievable. Such as: "I am an official
of the government of Nigeria, and I would like to deposit $60 million
in your bank account." Or: "I'm Barry Bonds, and I thought it was flaxseed oil." And this new one: "I'm Barack Obama, and I favor more competition in health insurance."
I am wondering if the trial will be over,
By the time the Judge finishes reading 11,000 pages,
Or will the Judge himself be over?
By the time he gets through 11,000 pages.
But thanks to Kasab,
And all those pages,
I have become richer,
Because I invested in paper.
Because of Kasab ,
The candle makers are happy,
Thanks to all the depression,
The sales have picked up even in the recession:
Now where Kasab is,
That’s where all the high security is,
If they had put that security at India's Gateway,
Then our country wouldn’t have to go through fate's terrible way.
Read the whole illustrated poem here
Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies
Friday, July 17, 2009
I say arrest all tigers and lions -they might even survive better in jails than under the protection of government-NGO axis.That is unless they get capital punishment.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Update- Glenn Reynolds says-
Hey, I thought we were in a global-warming crisis where we needed drastic measures. This looks more like business as usual to me. Perhaps if they acted like there was a crisis, more people would believe there was a crisis.
Obama is a symbol of everything wrong in higher education today:He has graduated Columbia and Harvard Law School with a head full of a fluff, no substance. He throws around words that are in vogue among the academicians, but it is clear that he (and probably they) have no notion of what they mean.
It's hard to disagree.That university faculties have gone ga-ga for Obama is no secret.They love him as much as they hated Reagan.It is like a clear symptom of a deep-rooted disease.
Roger Kimball has a book on it- Tenured Radicals. Highly recommended by the LNC.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Every time you switch on an energy-efficient, warming friendly light, a Chinese worker gets sick
Whoever thinks that the environmentalists have the good of humanity in their hearts needs to have his head examined.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
It might be reasonable and indeed necessary to emphasise human rights. It could also persuasively be argued that India needs more human rights activism. Yet the pursuit of a single goal disregarding all else, including concern for due process and fairness, is fraught with danger. For it relies too much on inherent moral standing of those who have attached themselves to the cause of human rights virtually assuming that they are guided by no other consideration save for a deep belief in their cause. It is particularly worrisome because their message is ostensibly guided by a sense of moral uprightness—a claim human rights activists are quick to make and underlies their basic advantage vis-à-vis the state. And because the message is so inextricably linked with the credibility of the messenger, even the slightest blemish damages the worthy cause of human rights. Ms Setalvad’s alleged improper behaviour falls squarely in this bracket as it strengthens of the hands of her detractors, who, suspicious of Ms Setalvad and her ilk, become dismissive of human rights itself
In a different but similar(no, it's not a paradox) context Melanie Philips says-
It is time now for all decent people of goodwill everywhere to boycott NGOs like Amnesty, War on Want and all the others who are pushing these obscene lies and libels about Israel. No decent person should have anything to do with these organisations. No-one should give money to these inciters of hatred and purveyors of lies. They have sided with the forces of genocide and Islamic fascism against the Jewish people, truth and conscience. They have become a force for evil in the world.
Gay rights advocates make a huge issue of Christian opposition to gay marriage, while remaining indifferent to the Islamic jihad -- or, if they care about the jihad, many are still willing to throw overboard allies who may not be in lockstep with their social agenda. The fact that the Islamic jihadists, once in power, will treat gays far more harshly than Christian conservatives ever dreamed of doing doesn't seem to enter into their calculations.
As with feminists who have abandoned their suffering sisters in the muslim world, they are leftist first, gay later
Twenty milligrams; that's the average amount of carbon emissions generated from the time it took you to read the first two words of this article.
Now, depending on how quickly you read, around 80, perhaps even 100 milligrams of C02 have been released. And in the several minutes it will take you to get to the end of this story, the number of milligrams of greenhouse gas emitted could be several thousand, if not more.
This may not seem like a lot: "But in aggregate, if you consider all the people visiting a web site and then all the seconds that each of them spends on it, it turns out to be a large number," says Dr. Alexander Wissner-Gross, an Environmental Fellow at Harvard University who studies the environmental impact of computing.
Wissner-Gross estimates every second someone spends browsing a simple web site generates roughly 20 milligrams of C02. Whether downloading a song, sending an email or streaming a video, almost every single activity that takes place in the virtual environment has an impact on the real one.
Will these preachy media entities now shut down their websites to save the planet? If not then can we consider them green hypocrites, like Al Gore and Rajendra Pachauri?
Update- Times of India now claims that it "has emerged
as the world's No.1 English newspaper website in terms of page views"
TOI also regularly publishes apocalyptic editorials and articles about Global Warming. In view of the new research above, they are now among top climate criminals among the media.
I ask them to either stop preaching to us unwashed masses or start practicing what they preach. Times of India, shut down your site at once -it is killing the planet! Or else shut the f*** up about climate change.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Notice that a constant running through his ideas on most issues is this -Big Government is the solution.
Hope and change, isn't it?
Anything for Obama -that is media's motto.
Update - notice that a large screen television is also on
Sunday, July 12, 2009
So the UN set out to work. The Lou Nuer tribe was targeted for disarmament first, but the SPLA pillaged the tribe’s cattle in the process, while neglecting its need for security against its tribal rivals. The Lou Nuer tribe formed its own army and attacked the SPLA. It was eventually defeated, at the cost of over 2,000 lives.
...an incompetent, corrupt, or criminal administration, with an equally malign army, is being cheered on by the UN as it tries to carry out a process of civilian disarmament
More tragedy awaits-
the UN, pleased with how well its approach has worked in southern Sudan, is eager to take its act worldwide
I always enjoy it when the masks slip and the warm-mongers explicitly demand we adopt a massive Poverty Expansion Program to save the planet. “I don’t think a lot of electricity is a good thing,” said Gar Smith of San Francisco’s Earth Island Institute a few years back. “I have seen villages in Africa that had vibrant culture and great communities that were disrupted and destroyed by the introduction of electricity,” he continued, regretting that African peasants “who used to spend their days and evenings in the streets playing music on their own instruments and sewing clothing for their neighbors on foot-pedal powered sewing machines” are now slumped in front of Desperate Housewives reruns all day long.
A rhetorical gong Mr. Obama has been banging a lot lately is the idea that the people pointing all this out are liars. "When you hear the naysayers claim that I'm trying to bring about government-run health care," he said in one speech, "know this: They're not telling the truth." He adds that opposition to a public option isn't "based on any evidence" and that it is "illegitimate" to argue that his program is "is somehow a Trojan horse for a single-payer system."
So much for changing the political tone.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Is there a pattern emerging, given the Cap and Trade bill recently passed at Obama's urging?
Indeed there is.
His apology tour for past American "sins" (all occurring before his reign, he explains) was not enough for Obama to cleanse our collective historical record. He wants to go beyond being the redeemer. He wants to be the rectifier. The military has been complicit in war crimes, so we should gut the military so as to minimize the risk of similar "crimes" in the future. Has America,as the great industrial power, used its might to pollute the earth? Gut American industry with taxes, regulations, and cap and trade (which will empower our competitors and reduce America to a second-rate, if we are lucky, industrial power).
All the better that our American-based multinationals will have less power to wreak havoc on the lesser developed world. Have we played a "bad role" on the international stage? Well, we are walking back from supporting our allies (Columbia, Great Britain, Georgia, Israel) since our power is always a temptation to use, and every time we use it (in Obama's fevered imagination) we harm the world. So we will weaken our allies by minimizing our support for them and rectify our past actions (see especially Iran and Israel). Since America played a role in a coup in Iran over 50 years ago, we must rectify our sin by stepping back from "meddling" in Iran.
We opposed Hugo Chavez in the past. We must rectify that by shifting to the opposite tack and implicitly support him and his allies in the region (think Honduras).
To Obama, the mere existence of American strength - be it diplomatic, economic, military - is a sin because it leads us to exercise such power. Every time we exercise such power we bring about harm. He must not only apologize (and be the redeemer) but turn back the clock by "undoing" the harm. He wants to make history right - by undoing history.
As Obama wants to level Americans by engineering a massive transfer of wealth (remember the "spread the wealth" gaffe during the campaign) so also he wants to level America to the status of any other nation in the world. This is reflected in his reliance on the standards of the ‘international community" and his increasing emphasis on abiding by the rulings and directions of the United Nations rather than focusing on supporting American interests abroad.
These are the lessons, the education, he learned at Columbia, at Harvard, and in the pews of his finishing school ‘Trinity United Church of Christ" from his American-hating mentor and moral compass, Jeremiah Wright, Junior- a man who based his sermons on the evil that America has always practiced in every sphere where it exercises any national power.
Obama, redeemer of America's sins. Our modern day Christ figure-but without the personal and redemptive suffering. That is what he has in store for the rest of us. And for America.