Wednesday, January 12, 2005


That famous U.S. airport security again. Email from a reader: "A colleague whose husband is a commercial pilot told me this one: A pilot who is certified to carry a gun went through airline security - showed his card, etc.. They let him keep his gun, but confiscated his nail-clippers. The security people said that some terrorist might take them away and use them as a weapon". Even if it's an urban myth, it's probably "fake but accurate".

Fabulous: "The nuclear-powered US submarine that ran aground in the Pacific last week, killing a sailor and injuring 23 others, ran into an undersea mountain that was not on the navy's charts, a US defence official said today.... A senior defence official, who asked not to be identified, said initial reports were that the submarine was cruising at high speed at a depth of about 120 metres on Monday when it ran into an uncharted sea mountain". [Contrast that with the sad fate of Russia's "Kursk". The comparison may not be exact but the U.S. boat survived a catastrophic front-end accident whereas the "pride" of the Soviet fleet did not. Higher safety standards?]

There is an article here showing how successful films and other light entertainment were in Hitler's Germany. Hollywood is Leftist too, of course. But Leftists have to be good at propaganda or they would not survive. Reality (like that described above in Europe) does not suit them at all. The article mentions Nazi themes as "law and order", "national respect", "homeland", "discipline and obedience" without mentioning that they were all Leftist themes in Hitler's time. You can find such themes in the American "Progressives" of 100 years ago and also, of course in Marx & Engels. And if Marx & Engels were not Leftists, I do not know who would be. It is only silly old conservatives who advocate things like liberty and respect for the individual. Leftists hate patriotism now but they were happy to use it in the past.

Green-eyed envy about the world's most popular cartoon -- which has just been dropped by by the "L.A. Times": "Gene Weingarten, a humor columnist for The Washington Post and Washington Post Writers Group, praised the Times decision during his weekly chat yesterday. He said the paper displayed "the kind of cojones missing in too many places" and described "Garfield" as "a strip produced by a committee, devoid of originality, devoid of guts, a strip cynically DESIGNED to be inoffensive and bad, on the theory that public tastes are insipid. Now we need others to follow suit. Like the Post." [No wonder people are always picking on McDonalds, Microsoft, Wal-Mart etc. Infantile hatred of other people's success is all too common. Should I hate Instapundit? I don't.].

Vin Suprynowicz has an interesting update on the almost certainly-true claim that the "AIDS-epidemic" in Africa has been vastly exaggerated. Hardly any African said to have AIDS is ever actually tested for it. But it suits the do-gooders to says that any sick African has AIDS. And somehow it's all our fault, of course -- from evil drug companies to the CIA.

My latest posting on MarxWords shows that Marx advocated terrorism. See what a thoroughly modern guy he was? My latest posting on "A scripture blog" shows why the apostle John was a "Gnostic".



That power only, not principles, is what matters to Leftists is perfectly shown by the Kerry campaign. They put up a man whose policies seemed to be 99% the same as George Bush's even though the Left have previously disagreed violently with those policies. "Whatever it takes" is their rule.

Leftists are phonies. For most of them all that they want is to sound good. They don't care about doing good. That's why they do so much harm. They don't really care what the results of their policies are as long as they are seen as having good intentions.

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