Thursday, August 05, 2004


A fabulous example of Leftist thinking from the current Socialist government of Spain. They are trying to get Gibraltar back off the British even though virtually every last Gibraltarian wants to remain British. So listen to the Spaniards here: "The interests (not the wishes) of the colony's inhabitants should be taken into account," the Foreign Ministry said in a background paper given to journalists." The reliance on brute force that the Spaniards showed in the era of Pizarro and Cortez seems still to be alive and well. We won't mention their civil war and its aftermath but it is almost comical what they have done to persuade Gibraltarians to rejoin Spain: They have done every last thing they could to make life difficult for the Gibraltarians. And they wonder why the Gibraltarians loathe them!

Gun control at work: The full scale of law and order breakdown in Britain was revealed last night. Gun crime has soared by 35 per cent, .... In the 12 months to March last year there were 9,974 offences involving firearms. Handgun use rose by 45 per cent, said official Government statistics. The figure has doubled since the post-Dunblane ban on such weapons from 2,636 in 1998 to 5,871... But the Government shrugged off the shock figures... The number of males murdered in shootings was up 41 per cent this year.... Paul Hampson of the Association of Chief Police Officers added: "The rise in gun offences concerns us all."... The number of gun crimes recorded in London was 4,192 versus 2,817 in the previous year.

Ban kitchen knives! "A Japanese man confessed to stabbing seven of his relatives to death early Monday with a kitchen knife and setting fire to a family house, a grisly spree rare in a country that takes prides in a low crime rate."

And ban all security guards too: "A knife-wielding security guard at a Beijing kindergarten went on the rampage yesterday, slashing 15 young children and killing one of them -- a four-year-old boy, Chinese state media and medical sources said. Three teachers were also injured when the security guard attacked children and staff at the Beijing University Number One Hospital's kindergarten with a kitchen knife, they said".

Australian Leftists OPPOSE homosexual marriage: "The gay and lesbian lobby has accused federal Labor of betrayal, after the shadow attorney-general, Nicola Roxon, told a gathering of Christians her party's views on homosexual marriage were identical to the Government's. Ms Roxon told the 1000- strong crowd at the "Why marriage matters" forum, held yesterday at Parliament House in Canberra, that Labor would support a Government bill to outlaw gay and lesbian marriage by the end of next week." Australia is a more conservative country than the USA in many ways -- despite being much less religious.

A most interesting excerpt from the Wall St. Journal "Political Diary" of 3rd (not generally online}: "The Boston Democratic convention featured a rich side menu of interesting seminars. One of the most controversial was a workshop for new Democratic campaign press secretaries that sounded like a call to arms in its advice on how to deal with the new media universe. Lecturers urged press secretaries to confront what one warned was "media that are no longer tilted in your direction." Bullying was openly encouraged. "When it comes to the media," suggested Democratic strategist James Carville, "intimidation works." I am sure Dr. Goebbels would agree.

The Bunyip is a good read -- as ever. His talent for humorous writing is worthy of the sadly missed Punch. So it is no mystery why my blast at the holocaust-denying Philip Adams did not get the attention the Bunyip's did.

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New rubric added immediately below. Thanks to Marc Miyake


Leftists acclaim "diversity" yet say "All men are equal". Figure that one out.

Perhaps the original example of Leftist "projection": Marx condemned conventional religion as the "opium of the masses". Why? Because he had an opiate to peddle.

Why can those who claim to understand the dangers of meddling with a complex ecosystem like the natural environment, not understand that government interference with a complex system like the economy is perilous too?

The conflict between conservatives and Leftists is not usually a conflict between realists and idealists. Mostly it is a conflict between realists and people who will say anything to win applause

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