Wednesday, January 26, 2005


Associated Press put terrorist collaborators on its payroll We now have evidence that Associated Press has been collaborating with terrorists in Iraq
Alberto Gonzales, terrorists and lying journalists When it comes to dishonesty, selective outrage and fake humanitarianism our media are second to none - Marian Wilkinson is no exception
Journalist smears Iraq's coming election If you want to know why Coalition troops have started to call journalists "roaches" then look no further than the likes of Paul McGeough
Problems with markets? Free market advocates place great store on moral frameworks and sound social institutions. Never forget that Adam Smith was first and foremost a moral philosopher
Saving and wealth creation Why savings fuel economic growth
Clinton's taxes did not cause America's recession There are two common explanations for America's recession. Both are wrong

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Great! The Conservative Philosopher blog is now up and running. An amusing thing is that one of the commenters identifies himself as "JR" -- which is an ID that I often use -- but it isn't me! He sounds a lot like me too. (Yes. I know that in Latinate grammar I should have said: "It isn't I").

Amazing! Socialist Worker (Trotskyites, I think) says GWB is NOT A Fascist! "Certainly, during his first term, George W. Bush got away with more reactionary attacks than anyone had expected.... But this isn't the proof of fascism--because all of these assaults have been carried out in one form or another by governments in the U.S. and elsewhere that are considered democratic, and often enough when the ruling party was the "liberal" alternative.... As appalling as the Bush administration's attacks have been, the situation today doesn't approach the violence of a fascist regime. What's more, if you define fascism to mean increased police powers and gutted civil liberties, then you have to consider the Democrats to be fascists, too." [Trotsky was a murderous bastard but he was right in saying that Lenin was just as Fascist as Hitler. So some realism in his followers is to be expected]

Arnold Kling has some excellent comments on Jim Bennett's book The Anglosphere Challenge -- a book which celebrates the traditions and values of the English and their derivative societies. Kling makes the point that I often do -- that traditional English values are essentially conservative rather than Leftist.

Bill Gates shows up the U.N.: "The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is doubling its contribution to increase access to basic childhood vaccinations in the world's poorest nations, bringing its total commitment to $1.5 billion. Over the next decade, the foundation will donate $750 million more to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, a partnership of private donors, companies and multilateral organizations, known as G.A.V.I. Melinda Gates said that the foundation was doubling the $750 million donation it made in 1999 to establish the alliance because that donation was "the best investment we've made." She said that more than 42 million children had been vaccinated against hepatitis B, that more than 670,000 premature deaths had been prevented from 2001 through 2003"

GWB is realistic: "Despite the skeptics, all historical evidence suggests that democracy can indeed spread further, that America can serve as an agent of its advancement, as it has done all over the world, and that democracy's spread will make the world safer".

Europe waking up? "The more aggressive approach toward Sheik Omar is part of an increasing effort to monitor and restrict militant imams in Britain and across Europe. Authorities have stepped up surveillance of militant mosques in several countries, including Germany and France. French officials deported an imam this month after officials said he was inspiring men to join the jihad."

Wow! Richard Perle delivers some very good put-downs to European whimpering about Iraq here

The wages of corruption: "It is official: the French are a nation of depressed pessimists, wracked with self-doubt and unable to see a positive future. This gloomy portrait of the current state of Gallic morale - or rather the lack of it - was made public yesterday in a damning report by France's prefects, the country's top administrators. "The French no longer believe in anything," the report said. "That is the reason that the situation is relatively calm, for they believe that it is not even worthwhile expressing their opinions or trying to be heard any more." The country's 100 prefects went on to use the words "lifelessness", "resignation", "anxiety" and "pessimism" to describe the attitudes they believe prevail in France today".

Believers in democracy at work: "The sons of a first-term congresswoman and Milwaukee's former acting mayor were among five Democratic activists charged Monday with slashing the tires of vans rented by Republicans to drive voters and monitors to the polls on Election Day. Sowande Omokunde, son of Rep. Gwen Moore, [D-WI] and Michael Pratt, the son of former Milwaukee acting mayor Marvin Pratt, were among those charged with criminal damage to property, a felony that carries a maximum punishment of 3 1/2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The activists are accused of flattening the tires on 25 vehicles rented by the state Republican Party to get out the vote and deliver poll watchers Nov. 2. The GOP rented more than 100 vehicles that were parked in a lot adjacent to a Bush campaign office. The party planned to drive poll watchers to polling places by 7 a.m. and deliver any voters who didn't have a ride."

I have received the following rather amusing email: "The Culinary Institute of America notes your mention of our college in your comments from Friday, Jan. 21. Please be aware the so-called quote from The Culinary Insitute of America was made up by the author of an article that appeared in the Weekly Standard. A close review of this article notes a future dateline of Feb. 13, 2005, with a later comment that the scenario is "undoubtedly just around the corner." Would you please clarify for your readers that the quote was a figment of the author's imagination, and the "spokesperson" quoted -- Ray Facino -- does not exist. Our college is disturbed by the inappropriate and inaccurate use of our name and has requested The Weekly Standard print a retraction and/or clarification".

My latest posting on MarxWords shows where Hegel got at least some of his ideas. My latest posting on "A scripture blog" looks at ROMANS 9:5 -- "Christ came who is over all, God blessed forever"



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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