Archive for November 2002

BOWLING FOR LIES

Forbes points out several well, let’s call them not-so-factual idiosyncrasies in Michael Moore’s film Bowling for Columbine:

ACTUALLY: Cool story, but police say it’s not true. They say the shooters skipped their bowling class that day.
MISSILES: Moore wonders whether kids at Columbine might be driven to violence because of the “weapons of mass destruction” made in Lockheed Martin’s assembly plant in Littleton. Moore shows giant rockets being assembled.
ACTUALLY: Lockheed Martin’s plant in Littleton doesn’t make weapons. It makes space launch vehicles for TV satellites.
WELFARE: Moore places blame for a shooting by a child in Michigan on the work-to-welfare program that prevented the boy’s mother from spending time with him.
ACTUALLY: Moore doesn’t mention that mom had sent the boy to live in a house where her brother and a friend kept drugs and guns.
BANK: Moore says North Country Bank & Trust in Traverse City, Mich., offered a deal where, “if you opened an account, the bank would give you a gun.” He walks into a branch and walks out with a gun.
ACTUALLY: Moore didn’t just walk in off the street and get a gun. The transaction was staged for cameras. You have to buy a long-term CD, then go to a gun shop to pick up the weapon after a background check.

Sounds like great documentary filmmaking to me.

WORDS OF WISDOM

To the Bush twins as they turn 21, excerpted from the NY Daily News:

Burn the fake ID cards.
Go back to Austin’s margarita palace, Chuy’s, where the bartender called the cops on you. Tipping is optional.
Since you are a Bush, beware of pretzels.
Listen to advice from your family

GOOD STUFF FROM A NORTHERN NEIGHBOR

This is the real war aim — or it should be, if we’re to have any chance of winning this thing: We have to change the hearts and minds of millions of Muslims, too many of whom are at best indifferent to great evil. “Changing” isn’t the same as “winning the hearts and minds,” which is multiculti codespeak for pre-emptively surrendering and agreeing not to disagree with them. For over a year now, nothing has been asked of Muslims, at home or abroad: you can be equivocal about bin Laden and an apologist for suicide bombers, and still get a photo-op with Dubya; you can be a member of a regime whose state TV stations and government-owned newspapers call for Muslims to kill all Jews and Christians, and you’ll still get to kick your shoes off with George and Laura at the Crawford ranch.

and…

As things stand, there are only three countries that are serious about the “war on terror”: America, Britain and Australia. And, even within that shrunken rump of the West, there are fierce divisions: Australia’s sissy press makes The Toronto Star look like, well, the National Post; it’s doubtful whether Tony Blair speaks for more than 30% of his parliamentary party; and President Bush’s resoluteness doesn’t extend to his Secretary of State or even, during Ramadan, to himself. The longer this already too long period of phony war continues, the more likely it is that even these stalwarts will decay and Canadianize. I worry about the thin line on which our civilization depends. This last year has been too quiet. Next Ramadan, when the traditional calls for a bombing pause are issued, let’s hope there’s some bombing to pause.

Mark Steyn with a good piece that touches on just about everything radical Islam and terrorist related.

DEAR LORD: MORE FROM THE TED RALL’S A BLOOMIN’ IDIOT FILE

Technically he doesn’t say it, but if you can’t pick up that Ted Rall is comparing Bush to Hitler in this column then your in trouble. Yeah, let’s just ignore the fact that Bush isn’t committing genocide, or occupying countries willy-nilly (Both things, I’d point out, that Saddam has done, or tried to do.). What’s important is that Ted Rall try to convince you of his insane, paranoid, and just plain asinine conspiracy theory.

I’M SHOCKED!

Absolutely shocked that the political parties might be trying to get around soft-money limits. Who would have thought?

105 DEAD AND COUNTING

More detailed info about the Miss World rioting.

The front-page article said: “What would (the prophet) Muhammad think? In all honesty, he would probably have chosen a wife from among them (the contestants).”
The paper, whose Kaduna offices were burnt, has been forced to print three apologies and faces punishment by authorities. It said the story went out in error, Reuters reported.
The government condemned the article which it says “without doubt exceeded the bounds of responsible journalism by making (a) provocative publication on the Holy Prophet.”
Islamic fundamentalist groups had for months warned of protests against the Miss World pageant.
The fundamentalist Nigerian Muslim Umma, an umbrella group of Islamic clerics and scholars, has declared a “serious religious emergency” and issued a statement calling on the government to stop the pageant, Reuters reported.

It looks like it’s not just the angry mob, even the Nigerian government is getting in on the action by chastising the paper.

RELIGION OF PEACE, TAKE 2

Diana West has a piece over at the Washington Times about Bush’s Islamic cheerleading.

Thanks to, among other things, the separation of church and state, it’s not in the president’s job description to be an Islamic scholar; but neither is it incumbent upon him to take up the pompom for old Islam. This seems particularly clear now that Mr. Bush has decided to weigh in on the blunt critiques of Islam offered by several conservative Christian leaders who have voiced their reactions (negative) to the violence at the core of Islam’s unreconstructed traditions of jihad. Islam is violent, said one. Islam is evil, said another; and besides, said another, Mohammed was a pedophile. Historic truths or baseless slanders? If the president has his way, we’ll never know. Such remarks “do not reflect the sentiments of my government or the sentiments of most Americans,” Mr. Bush noted pointedly last week. “Ours is a country based upon tolerance . . . and we welcome people of all faiths in America. And we’re not going to let the war on terror or terrorists cause us to change our values.”

While I do think it needs to be pointed out that not all of Islam is evil, or warlike or whatever, I worry that that President’s nonstop support of general Islam is leading to the glossing over of serious issues about Islam that need to be addressed. What gets lost is that even if the terrorists and rioters aren’t mainstream Islam they’re still a version of Islam, and there’s definitely something very unpeaceful about what they believe.
When people of your same faith can form a mob and kill 50 people just because the Miss World pageant is going on then I think it’s time to take a serious look at your faith as a whole and think about what you and those who share your view can do to bring the radicals into the mainstream fold.
It would be nice to see some mainstream Islamic missionaries head over to Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East to counter the radical leaders. Assuming Islam really doesn’t endorse the xenophobia and discrimination practiced so widely in the third world countries then the more enlightened members of Islam need to step up and bring their wayward brethren back into the fold.

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A disturbing article by Michelle Malkin on Middle Eastern illegal aliens points out that there are over 115,000 people from the Middle East here illegally.

MICKEY MOUSE… AUSTRIAN?

The Austrians are launching a toung-in-cheek copyright battle over Mickey Mouse after finding his likeness in a medieval fresco.

50 DEAD, BUT AT LEAST THE PAPER WON’T BE PUBLISHING ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT MOHAMMED

Hmmm, you’d think that Allah would disapprove more of 50 people dying in a riot than a newspaper saying Mohammed would have approved of a beauty pagent.