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Mourning Captain America

March 8, 2007

Captain AmericaToday, I’m mourning the death of Captain America. No, I’m not a comic book collector. I mourn the loss as a blow to Patriotic America

The death of Captain America comes as a part of Marvels “Civil War” series, in which super heroes are being forced to register with the government. The so called “registration act” is an obvious allusion (albeit an extremely convoluted and misinformed one) to the Patriot Act. In the story Captain America leads the opposition to the forced registration, leading us to assume that the duty of a “real patriot” is dissidence, and the “real enemy” of our time is the USA Patriot Act.

To see the agenda behind the current Marvel storyline, one needs look no further than head writer Mark Millar. Miller wrote a graphic novel in 2003 that imagined what Superman would have been like if he had crash-landed in the Soviet Union rather than rural Kansas. He made said this about the project in a 2004 interview:

I was fortunate enough to have pitched this idea in a period when America still believed in freedom of speech. This isn’t a slight at the publishers in any way because they gave me no resistance whatsoever, but it’s clear that something like this would be a harder sell in the perpetual state of war and fear that’s been engineered in the States by the un-elected junta sitting in the Oval Office…

Like the Bush administration, Superman absolutely believes he’s doing the right thing when he steamrollers over all these weaker states and enforces a global ideology on the human population. However, we as the reader get nervous at the blurred lines between his utopia and the totalitarian state we see in the book, and which we seem to be heading for in real life as the US constitution is torn up before our eyes.

Captain America was created during WWII by artist Jack Kirby and writer Joe Simon as the anti-nazi, punching Adolf Hitler in the face in a 1941 issue of the comic book.

“It’s a hell of a time for him to go. We really need him now,” said co-creator Joe Simon, 93, after being informed of his brainchild’s death.

Captain America survived his battles with the Nazi’s but could not avoid falling victim to a liberal agenda which obviously fetishizes and romanticizes martyrdom. The Captains death in Marvels Civil War series says little about the state of American politics, but speaks volumes about the American left.

 

 

Today, I am mourning the death of Captain America, not the character but what he once represented. It was not merely a fictional comic book hero that was felled by a snipers bullet, but that last vestige of American Patriotism from a by gone era the met its demise, sacrificed at the alter of leftist ideology.

 

 

Thanks to Allahpundit from Hot Air for allowing me to “borrow” some of his research.

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When Danger Reared Its Ugly Head Al Gore Bravely Turned and Fled

January 21, 2007

GoreLooks like Al Gore has been pulling a Jimmy Carter with his film An Inconvenient Truth. This from The WSJ Opinion Journal:

Al Gore is traveling around the world telling us how we must fundamentally change our civilization due to the threat of global warming. Last week he was in Denmark to disseminate this message. But if we are to embark on the costliest political project ever, maybe we should make sure it rests on solid ground. It should be based on the best facts, not just the convenient ones. This was the background for the biggest Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, to set up an investigative interview with Mr. Gore. And for this, the paper thought it would be obvious to team up with Bjorn Lomborg, author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist,” who has provided one of the clearest counterpoints to Mr. Gore’s tune.

The interview had been scheduled for months. The day before the interview Mr. Gore’s agent thought Gore-meets-Lomborg would be great. Yet an hour later, he came back to tell us that Bjorn Lomborg should be excluded from the interview because he’s been very critical of Mr. Gore’s message about global warming and has questioned Mr. Gore’s evenhandedness. According to the agent, Mr. Gore only wanted to have questions about his book and documentary, and only asked by a reporter. These conditions were immediately accepted by Jyllands-Posten. Yet an hour later we received an email from the agent saying that the interview was now cancelled. What happened?

It’s pretty clear what happened. Liberals constantly refuse to face their critics out of fear they’ll be called out on their distortions.

France Takes Birth Rate Title

January 17, 2007

French Flag AllahYesterday, France accepted the award for highest fertility in the EU, tipping the scales at 2.0 children per woman. This from the UK Telegraph:

France’s birth rate is now two babies for every woman, the highest in Europe, the national statistics body said yesterday.

The European average is only 1.5. The birth rate in Britain is 1.8 children per woman of child-bearing age, and hovers around 1.4 in Germany, Italy and Spain. Even fewer women are giving birth in Eastern Europe. However, French women gave birth to 831,000 babies last year, the most in 25 years, according to the national body Insee.

Isn’t that special, the French are just reproducing like rabbits aren’t they. But did they give us the whole story? Should the French be poping the champaign corks or studying their Korans?

This is an excerpt from a piece called The Crescent and the Tricolor published in November 2000 in the Atlantic Monthly:

Islam has left Protestantism and Judaism far behind and is now the second religion of France. No official national statistics are kept on religion and race in France (the country, with its long tradition of equality of citizens before the state, holds such distinctions — officially, at least — to be meaningless), but the best estimates of the country’s Interior Ministry put France’s Muslim population at four million, two million of them French citizens. The historian Alain Besançon has estimated that given the meager rates of churchgoing in France (below five percent), the country now has more Muslims than practicing Catholics. In 1994 Le Monde found that 27 percent of Muslims were believing and practicing — which means that Islam may someday be the country’s predominant religion if one measures by the number of people who practice it. 

But Islam’s weight in France is even greater than that, particularly for the generation to come. For one thing, immigrants and their descendants are concentrated in a few important cities and regions (Paris, Marseille, Rhône-Alpes, Lille-Roubaix-Tourcoing). For another, although France’s non-Muslim population has replaced itself at roughly the Western European rate of 1.3 births per woman, immigrants from Islamic countries have been three to four times as fertile for quite some time. The birth rate among Algerian women was 4.4 in 1981 and 3.5 in 1990. That among Moroccans was 5.8 and 3.5 in those years, and among Tunisians 5.1 and 4.2. These numbers do show natality declining toward the national average, but only slowly. Meanwhile, the disparity in birth rates and the concentration of the Muslim population means that in certain French metropolises a new generation of citizens — those born from the 1970s to the 1990s — is one third Muslim.

France has the second highest percentage of Muslims in the entire EU (second only to tiny Bulgaria, who’s birth rate suffers from the Eastern European slump and only joined the EU on January 1st of this year), it makes perfect sense that their birth rate would surpass that of countries with smaller Muslim populations.

Paging doctor Steyn, doctor Mark Steyn…you’re needed at the maternity ward of Broussais Hospital in Paris.

Olbermann Calls Foxs’ 24 “Propaganda”

January 17, 2007

OlbermannKeith Olbermann attacked Foxs’ 24 as a “a program length commercial for one political party.” A somewhat realistic portrayal of a massive terror attack on on the US is automatically propaganda? What if Fox had made a movie which showed 19 hijackers flying 4 planes into targets all over the northeast before 9/11? Would that have been dismissed as propaganda and fear mongering Keith?

If Keith Olbermann is the sickness… Hugh Hewitt is the cure. This from todays opinion piece on ABC news:

 Given that there are easily, oh, 10 million people in the world who would stand up and cheer at the real version of Monday night’s fictionalized attack, and at least a few tens of thousands trying hard to do a deed of at least proportionate scale given the weaponry available, it is silly to argue that “it” couldn’t possibly happen. Of course it could happen. Eventually another nuke will go off, and it is not likely to be the obvious action of a state actor. So what is the “too far” in the question supposed to mean? It can only be that “24” is engaged in fear-mongering, and that is as stupid a charge as can be made.

Would the BBC have been going “too far” if in 1937 it had broadcast a radio drama depicting life in a Hitler-authorized death camp where hundreds of thousands of Jews were being executed in gas chambers, one of a string of such camps springing up across Europe?

Would a Paris newspaper have been going “too far” if it had run a short story in 1913 supposing trench warfare that would claim millions of casualties?

 Had PBS run a drama proposing a Communist massacre of millions of Cambodians in 1973 or a Rawandan genocide of more than a half million Tutsis twenty years later, would those prophecies have been going “too far?”

update-3.jpg I can’t believe I missed this point. Newsbusters has some quotes:

Olbermann recounted how 24 “featured a mall attack, a would-be suicide bomber on a subway, and a successful suicide bombing on a passenger bus. Not in places where these things have already happened, but in a country called the United States of America. In case you missed the point, the show finished up with a nuclear weapon detonating in a major American city, literally conjuring up the administration’s imagery for the war in Iraq, the good old mushroom cloud.”

Am I reading this properly? Did Olby just claim that there havn’t been any successful suicide bombings in The United States of America? That mall attacks havn’t been thwarted? That subway attacks havn’t been planned? I think it’s becoming more and more clear every day that ole’ Olby lives in fantasy land.

Oops! British Newscaster Makes An Arse of Herself

January 16, 2007

EmmaMeet Anglia News’ Emma Baker. She’s having a bad day. This from metro.co.uk:

At one point, Miss Baker, 26, said to an unseen male colleague: ‘Have you phoned your wife this morning or have you phoned Jan?’

Then, to an unseen female colleague, she said: ‘Good morning, Mrs Shameless.’ Viewer Sally Fox, 45, from Milton Keynes, said: ‘It was much more interesting than the usual local news.

It was like a soap opera.

‘When she put her hand up her shirt it seemed she was fiddling with her bra. I saw her tummy.

‘Then, when she said about the guy phoning his wife, it seemed she was suggesting someone was having an affair. I was thinking: “Whatever is going on?”.

This all went on for about three-and-a-half minutes. She was preening herself and pouting like Madonna, sticking out her boobs.

‘Then somebody obviously told her this was going out live and her face went ashen.

Who says British comedy sucks? Apparently the “or have you phoned Jen” comment to her off air colleague was an allusion to an affair he’s having. 

I’ll have the video of this just as soon as it becomes available.

EU To Step Up Anti-Death Penalty Campaign

January 16, 2007

Where does the EU get off assuming it can interject itself into the justice systems of other UN member states and set the standard for just punishment?

This from Deutsche Welle:

 The European Union has vowed to  step up efforts aimed at a global ban of the death penalty in the wake of the recent executions of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and two of his aides

German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries said on Tuesday the bloc was planning to submit a resolution to the United Nations to put the moratorium on the agenda of the UN General Assembly.

 

 

“We all believe that the death penalty is something that should be rejected,” her colleague, German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, told reporters after informal talks with his and Zypries’ EU counterparts in the eastern German city of Dresden.

 

I find it funny that what spurred the EU’s most recent zeal for it’s anti-death penalty crusade was the hanging of Saddam Hussein and his two henchmen, as if the deaths of three war criminals illustrated the injustice of capital punishment.

 

And for to love of God can we please stop referring to the accidental beheading of Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti as a “botched execution“? Your death is instant weather your neck snaps or you are decapitated by the rope…just ask Saddam. A “botched execution” would be if someone’s head caught on fire while being electrocuted, missing the vein in a lethal injection or requiring a second stroke in a beheading.

 

For the sake of clarity, I oppose the death penalty domestically. However, I believe exceptions should be made for convicted war criminals and dictators.

Who Would Quote a Slave Owner?

January 15, 2007

MLKThe LA Times has gone all “PC warrior” on Arnold Schwarzenegger in celebration of Martin Luther King Day:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, speaking today at a breakfast honoring Martin Luther King Jr., used the sentence “One man with courage makes a majority.” The governor uttered the familiar line without attribution, which is probably a good thing. It comes from former President Andrew Jackson, brutal Indian slayer and slave owner.

Well thank you LA Times for taking the Governor down a peg. How dare he quote an American President. But might I, before we pass judgement, throw another quote out there?

Was not Jesus an extremist for love — “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you.” Was not Amos an extremist for justice — “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” Was not Paul an extremist for the gospel of Jesus Christ — “I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” Was not Martin Luther an extremist — “Here I stand; I can do none other so help me God.” Was not John Bunyan an extremist — “I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience.” Was not Abraham Lincoln an extremist — “This nation cannot survive half slave and half free.” Was not Thomas Jefferson an extremist — “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be. Will we be extremists for hate or will we be extremists for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice–or will we be extremists for the cause of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill, three men were crucified. We must not forget that all three were crucified for the same crime–the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thusly fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment.

Wow! What kind of idiot would quote Thomas Jefferson? He was an evil slave owner wasn’t he?

Oh…that right…it was Martin Luther King Jr.

 update-3.jpg The LA Times won’t allow a trackback on this criticism.

Pelosi’s Tuna Hypocrisy

January 12, 2007

pelosiLess than 100 hours in, and Pelosi can’t seem to stem the growing tidal wave of hypocrisy. This time it’s the minimum wage hike.

This from The Washington Times:

On Wednesday, the House voted to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour.
    

The bill also extends for the first time the federal minimum wage to the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands. However, it exempts American Samoa, another Pacific island territory that would become the only U.S. territory not subject to federal minimum-wage laws.
    

One of the biggest opponents of the federal minimum wage in Samoa is StarKist Tuna, which owns one of the two packing plants that together employ more than 5,000 Samoans, or nearly 75 percent of the island’s work force. StarKist’s parent company, Del Monte Corp., has headquarters in San Francisco, which is represented by Mrs. Pelosi. The other plant belongs to California-based Chicken of the Sea.

Patrick McHenry gets quote of the day though, to the obvious perturbing of Barney Frank:

During the House debate yesterday on stem-cell research, Mr. McHenry raised a parliamentary inquiry as to whether an amendment could be offered that would exempt American Samoa from stem-cell research, “just as it was for the minimum-wage bill.”
    

A clearly perturbed Rep. Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat who was presiding, cut off Mr. McHenry and shouted, “No, it would not be.”
    

“So, the chair is saying I may not offer an amendment exempting American Samoa?” Mr. McHenry pressed.
 

“The gentleman is making a speech and will sustain,” Mr. Frank shouted as he slammed his large wooden gavel against the rostrum.
 

The bottom line is that the libs are protecting this industry…God…they’re acting like Republicans!

update-3.jpgI decided to dig a bit deeper. It turns out that Star Kist Samoa, inc. does not allow its employees to unionize. This is from the American Samoa Bar Association web site which lists lawsuits brought against Star Kist Samoa:

Employee handbook that strongly advised employees not to join a labor union, described a system of “progressive discipline” prior to termination, and required the employee to sign a statement that he has read the manual and understands its provisions, gave rise to contractual rights and obligations with regard to discipline and termination of employment. Palelei v. Star Kist Samoa, Inc., 5 A.S.R.2d 162.

They not only advise not to unionize, they TERMINATE employees for Union activity:

Termination of employment due to union activity is perhaps the most obvious example of conduct which is federally preempted by the National Labor Relations Act and over which territorial court has no jurisdiction. Su`a v. Star-Kist Samoa, Inc., 7 A.S.R.2d 58.

But wait, Starkist Samoa must at least pay their employees a fair wage right? Think again:

Territorial minimum wage statute, including provision for punitive damages for wilful failure to pay territorial minimum wage, does not apply to employees covered by provisions of federal minimum wage law. A.S.C.A. §§ 32.0320, 32.0340. Moea`i v. Reid, 9 A.S.R.2d 48.

Punitive damages provision of territorial minimum wage statute, for wilful failure to pay the minimum wage, is limited to a claim based on the difference between the employee’s hourly wage and the minimum wage; this provision does not apply to an action for breach of contract where, although the employee has not been paid, his contractual wage was higher than the statutory minimum. A.S.C.A. §§ 32.0320, 32.0340. Moea`i v. Reid, 9 A.S.R.2d 48.

That’s 5,000 employees of Star Kist who have been absolutely hosed by the hypocrite Pelosi.

update-3.jpg Newsbusters is all over it.

update-3.jpg Video of Congessman Patrick McHenry on the floor asking Barney Frank about adding an exemption for American Samoa in Stem Cell Research:

update-3.jpg Democrats are now promising to change the minimum wage bill. This from The San Diego Union-Tribune:

Fending off charges of favoritism, House Democrats say a just-passed minimum-wage bill will be changed to cover all U.S. territories – including American Samoa – before it reaches President Bush’s desk.

The story continues:

Spokesmen for Pelosi and Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, the author of the minimum-wage bill, said it excluded American Samoa at the request of nonvoting Delegate Eni Faleomavaega, a Democrat who represents the Pacific island territories in the House. Raising the federal minimum wage would devastate the local tuna industry, Faleomavaega said in a statement last week, adding that American Samoa’s economy is “more than 80 percent” dependent on Chicken of the Sea and StarKist. 

If this incident has done nothing else, it has proven that Democrats are willing to sacrifice jobs and businesses at the alter of political points. Also, their bending to the protest of Delegate Eni Faleomavaega of Samoa proves that Democrats understand the effect that a minimum wage hike has on jobs…they just dont give a damn.

Queen Nancy’s Fuzzy Math

January 12, 2007

So we’re about at the half way point in the Democrat’s “100 hours”…or are we. Not according to Queen Nancy. This from Yahoo! News:

The clock is ticking for House Democrats, but it’s hard to tell what time it is.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif., was touting a plan to push six bills through a Democratic House in 100 hours or less as early as June of last year. She’s reached the halfway point — in fewer than 20 hours, according to her count.

But just as the official clock for a basketball or football game stops for time-outs and commercial breaks, Democrats aren’t counting the minutes spent on business unrelated to those six designated bills.

So while the House has been in session for almost 48 hours since the 110th Congress was sworn in Jan. 4, the clock on Pelosi’s Web site says only 17 hours 48 minutes have elapsed.

Ok, I’ll bite. Let’s do some math here.

The new congress was sworn in on the 4th of December and have completed, according to Queen Nancy’s official count, 17 hours and 48 minutes of legislative hours. That’s 6 of the new congress doing an average of approximately 3 hours of legislative hours a day. A day equals 24 hours. It would therefore take, in Queen Nancy’s eyes, 8 days to complete 24 hours worth of this congress legislative duties.

For the Republicans to have finished their first 100 days when they took over 1994 it would have taken 800 days according to Queen Nancy’s Fuzzy math…but wait a second, that doesn’t include weekend days which would number around 228, giving us a total of 1028 days for the Newt Gingrich house to complete it’s 100 days. For now, I’ll let the Holidays and football games slide and we’ll leave it at that.

Folks, Queen Nancy’s fuzzy math tells us that the 1994 newly sworn in congress should have had 2 years and 9 months to complete their first 100 days of business.

Just Another Kennedy

January 11, 2007

This is absolutely sickening. Especially coming on the heals of El Loco consolidating power.