Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
I never knew much about her. But Chris Hitchens is someone I respect and trust. His article on her:
MT was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction. And she was a friend to the worst of the rich, taking misappropriated money from the atrocious Duvalier family in Haiti (whose rule she praised in return) and from Charles Keating of the Lincoln Savings and Loan. Where did that money, and all the other donations, go? The primitive hospice in Calcutta was as run down when she died as it always had been—she preferred California clinics when she got sick herself—and her order always refused to publish any audit. But we have her own claim that she opened 500 convents in more than a hundred countries, all bearing the name of her own order. Excuse me, but this is modesty and humility?
The rich world has a poor conscience, and many people liked to alleviate their own unease by sending money to a woman who seemed like an activist for "the poorest of the poor." People do not like to admit that they have been gulled or conned, so a vested interest in the myth was permitted to arise, and a lazy media never bothered to ask any follow-up questions. Many volunteers who went to Calcutta came back abruptly disillusioned by the stern ideology and poverty-loving practice of the "Missionaries of Charity," but they had no audience for their story. George Orwell's admonition in his essay on Gandhi—that saints should always be presumed guilty until proved innocent—was drowned in a Niagara of soft-hearted, soft-headed, and uninquiring propaganda.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Throughout the eight years of the Bush administration, we were constantly hearing the left tell us how stupid and incompetent he was in his foreign policy. Yet Bush was much better than 0bama. James Corum talks about how 0bama has abandoned our British allies on the issue of the Falkland Islands
The Bush administration got a lot of things wrong – but at least they usually had some idea of who America’s adversaries were and who America’s friends were. For example, Bush’s policy of maintaining the special relationship with Britain was a simple recognition of the close bonds of alliance, friendship and interests that the British and Americans have had since World War I.
In contrast, Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are apparently clueless about some of the most basic aspects of foreign policy: supporting one’s friends and fencing in one’s adversaries. The declaration of neutrality on the issue of the sovereignty of the Falklands issued by the US State Department is clear proof of the uselessness of the Obama administration.
In the grand scheme of things it makes little sense for America to give moral support to the Kirchner government in Argentina. Kirchner is no friend of the US and Kirchner’s government is in deep domestic trouble for its gross mismanagement of the economy and its attempts to suppress the press criticism of the regime at home. One has to wonder what benefit America gets out of hurting Britain on this issue. Perhaps Obama thinks that the more Leftist Latin American regimes will somehow approve of the US. If that is the case, he is truly mistaken, as most Latin American nations dislike the Argentineans, and have little sympathy for the mess Argentina got into over the Falklands.
Counting down the days until January 20, 2013.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Car bomb explodes in Newry
Published Date: 23 February 2010
A CAR bomb exploded outside a courthouse in Newry last night, police said.
There were no initial reports of any injuries in the blast in the Co Down town, which was heard as far away as Tandragee and Markethill.Police said the vehicle was abandoned at the front of the building around 10pm.Officers were in the process of evacuating the area when the car exploded.PSNI Area Commander Chief Inspector Sam Cordner condemned the "reckless" attack saying it was only by "a sheer miracle that nobody was injured or killed this evening".Police said the blast happened about 10.37pm and that warning calls had been made to a hospital and a local business.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Durham, N.C. — Durham police late Wednesday arrested the woman who four years ago falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of raping her.
Crystal Mangum assaulted her boyfriend, set his clothes on fire in a bathtub and threatened to stab him, investigators said.
A judge set her bond at $1 million during a Thursday morning court appearance. Mangum, 33, has been appointed a public defender and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 22.
Police charged her with attempted first-degree murder, five counts of arson, assault and battery, communicating threats, three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, injury to personal property, identity theft and resisting a public officer.
Do you lefties still believe that Mangum and Nifong were the good guys in that whole sordid mess that happened in 2006? Many of you will stop at nothing to harm white men, even if they have never done a thing to harm you.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Charles Johnson did some epic work exposing the fraudulent Texas Air National Guard memos during the 2004 election. But since then, the poor guy caught a bad case of the Tetrox Trots and turned into a certified leftwing moonbat.
An example, from a recent post on LGF:
The Daily Mail’s story by David Rose, claiming that climate scientist Phil Jones “admitted” there has been no global warming since 1995, is completely false.
Journalism at its most irresponsible. There really ought to be a law. At least there ought to be consequences.
The BBC interviews Phil Jones:
B - Do you agree that from 1995 to the present there has been no statistically-significant global warming?
Yes, but only just. I also calculated the trend for the period 1995 to 2009. This trend (0.12C per decade) is positive, but not significant at the 95% significance level. The positive trend is quite close to the significance level. Achieving statistical significance in scientific terms is much more likely for longer periods, and much less likely for shorter periods.
The Daily Mail headline:
Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits: There has been no global warming since 1995
but the text is more reasonable, if also, well, wrong:
He also agreed that there had been two periods which experienced similar warming, from 1910 to 1940 and from 1975 to 1998, but said these could be explained by natural phenomena whereas more recent warming could not.
He further admitted that in the last 15 years there had been no ‘statistically significant’ warming, although he argued this was a blip rather than the long-term trend.
As is common, the most egregious behavior is by the anonymous headline writer. The journalist, Jonathan Petre, can claim innocence, except for the peculiar use of the word “blip” showing a mind boggling lack of understanding of statistics for someone reporting on science, but at least an attempt at fairness.
The problem, Charlie, is that you're the one who does not understand statistics. If this 'trend' of 0.12c per decade (which is quite likely within the margin of error of the accuracy of the instruments being used) is not statistically significant, then THERE IS NO TREND.
These temperature readings are a sample. It is not possible to measure the temperature of the earth's atmosphere at every position in the atmosphere at every point in time from 1995 to 2010. Thus, our sample runs the risk of sampling error: The possibility that the sample is not representative of the overall temperature of the entire atmosphere. That is why we conduct a test for statistical significance. If the result is not statistically significant at at least 95% confidence, then there is a strong possibility of sampling error. And WE CANNOT MAKE ANY CONCLUSIONS FROM THE SAMPLE.
It is perfectly reasonable to say that there is no evidence of global warming since 1995.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
This is too funny. Over the last fifty years we have heard various members of the Beautiful People praise the Castros and the prison island they run in the Caribbean. Now we learn that many of them have been under both audio and video surveillance while they visited their marxist hero.
“I’m very nervous!” twittered super-model Naomi Campbell during a press conference held in Havana’s Hotel Nacional in 1998. “I just spent an hour and a half talking with your president, Fidel Castro! But he told me there was nothing to be afraid of because he already knew a lot about us (Campbell and her travel-chum, Kate Moss) from reading the press!”
Castro undoubtedly knew plenty about Mss’ Campbell and Moss–but probably not from reading Vogue, Elle or Cosmo.
“My job was to bug their hotel rooms,” disclosed high-ranking Cuban intelligence defector Delfin Fernandez, “with both cameras and listening devices.
“When word came down that models Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss were coming to Cuba the order was a routine one: 24-hour-a-day vigilance. Then we got a PRIORITY alert, recalls Fernandez, “because there was a rumor that they would be sharing a room with Leonardo DiCaprio. The rumor set off a flurry of activity and we set up the most sophisticated devices we had.”
“Delfin Fernandez has not only met some of the most famous men in the world,” says a story in the London Daily Mirror about the Cuban intelligence defector, “he’s also spied on them and been witness to some of their most innermost secrets.”
“Fidel Castro is a source of inspiration for me!” gushed Campbell while concluding her “press conference.”It is a great pleasure to be in Cuba. I’ve really enjoyed myself, and I plan to come back!”
And guess what, Naomi and Kate? Fidel has been enjoying watching these private performances of yours.
“Fidel Castro is a special connoisseur of these tapings and videos,” says Fernandez, “especially of the really famous.” And not even his closest “friends” are safe from this bugging. The best example is his longtime Castro “friend” Nobel Prize novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In what appeared as a touching act of generosity and friendship, Castro gave his friend “Gabo” his very own (stolen) mansion in Havana.
“We had remodeled it right before,” recalls Fernandez, “and we installed more cables for bugging devices than for the normal electrical appliances. We taped everything. Fidel doesn’t trust anyone.”
Castro’s top intelligence people would gather for the screenings of these tapes almost like Hollywood types for an upcoming movie, reports Fernandez. “Hummmm, these scenes are more scandalous than anything in any of her movies!” Fernandez recalls a top intelligence officer chortling while watching the nighttime cavortings of a famous Spanish actress. “Now, it really seems to me, compañeros,” the Castro intimate snickered as he looked around the room, “that this señorita should be making more respectful comments about our regime, right?”
This is karma at its best. These idiots, including Jack Nicholson, Chevy Chase, Oliver Stone, Harry Belafonte, Kevin Costner, Steven Spielberg, and many others have always had access to information about the atrocities of the Castro regime. Yet they decided to go over there and give the scum their moral support. They might as well have been praising Timothy McVeigh or Charles Manson.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Monday, February 08, 2010
Our recent post about IRA terrorist Slab Murphy drew the following response:
This is a typical red herring response of IRA terrorist supporters concerning the role of the British military in Northern Ireland. The problem the IRA have is with their fellow citizens of Northern Ireland who do not want to leave the UK and join the Republic of Ireland. These people, known as Ulstermen or Ulster Scots have been in Northern Ireland just as long or longer than the catholic Irish.Slab Murphy is not a dirtbag. He had the name "slab" when ye was young because he was a large fellow. Also, the IRA in South Armagh (where Slab lives) has been defending Ireland from British soldiers who are not wanted there by he local populace.
The British military has praised the courage and audacity of the IRA's South Armagh Brigade. Just read "Bandit Country" or any other authentic books on the area.
The British "soldiers" have killed many more civilians in Ireland than the so-called Irish "terrorists."
The IRA has not been saintly, but the British military has been even less so.
I asked an Ulster Scot friend of mine who lived in Northern Ireland throughout the Troubles and who escaped two assassination attempts to respond to this pro-IRA brainfart:
The Sutton Index of Deaths from the conflict in Ireland states British Army killed 297 people and the IRA 1709 people.Ulster Scots wha hae!
Some people may not want the British Army but many people don't want the IRA,Catholics included.
The IRA have killed as many of their own people as loyalist groupings have.
Most people in the Republic of Ireland don't want Northern Ireland either as shown by Sinn Fein losing votes there.
Friday, February 05, 2010
The winner of the Grammy for Album of the Year the other night did a duet with aging rocker Stevie Nicks..... and laid an egg. Now Taylor's record label finds it necessary to make excuses for her singing, which sounded like a sick chicken:
Borchetta first responded to the backlash in The Tennessean. Asked by The Associated Press why he felt the need to defend Swift, he said because the criticism was "just over the top."
"It's that classic thing that critics do of building something up and then wanting to tear it down," he said.
Swift rehearsed her performance and duet with Stevie Nicks two different times at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in front of a crowd of people. Critics were nicer then. Entertainment Weekly wrote of the rehearsal, "The two women's voices complimented each other nicely on the harmonies of 'Rhiannon ...'"
But on Sunday night's Grammy show, Borchetta said Swift had a technical issue that made her worry about her performance. (Attempts to reach The Recording Academy for comment went unanswered.)
"We had a volume problem in the ear. So, she was concerned that she wasn't able to hear everything in the mix," Borchetta said. "That's just part of live TV. ... So you're going to have difficulties on occasion. Unfortunately, on one of the biggest stages, we did have a technical issue. She couldn't hear herself like she had in rehearsal."
As quickly as you could say "Fearless," bloggers and media outlets, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, pounced on Swift's performance. The chatter at times overshadowed the four Grammys she won - including album of the year.
The artist who should have won the Grammy for Album of the Year does not need anyone to make excuses for her performance. Gaga and Elton rocked the house. What's more, Gaga never lipsyncs. She never uses an autotuner. She sounds better live than in the studio.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
/ˈstupɪd, ˈstyu‑/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [stoo-pid, styoo‑] Show IPA adjective, -er, -est, noun
1. lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull.
2. characterized by or proceeding from mental dullness; foolish; senseless: a stupid question.
3. tediously dull, esp. due to lack of meaning or sense; inane; pointless: a stupid party.
4. annoying or irritating; troublesome: Turn off that stupid radio.
5. in a state of stupor; stupefied: stupid from fatigue.
6. Slang. excellent; terrific.
7. Informal. a stupid person.
Origin: 1535–45; < stupidus =" stup(ēre)">
New definition of stupid: People who vote for the grammy awards.