Tuesday, February 01, 2005


Spartac.us has a good roundup of Left and Right reactions to the Iraq elections. Some prime examples of Leftist carping, of course. There's even a lonely Massachusetts blogger who is celebrating the turnout. And, would you believe? Arab broadcasters were more positive in their coverage of the elections than the German ones were!" They're sick puppies over there in Germany.

Random Observations has an interesting angle on the claim that U.S. policy is run by the "neocons"

The world's leading dissident? "Shortly after his re-election, President Bush met with former Soviet dissident and now Israeli Cabinet Minister Natan Sharansky. Bush has read Sharansky's The Case for Democracy, as have several of his Cabinet members, including incoming Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. For his part, Sharansky called President Bush, 'The world's leading dissident.' Now that is a compliment!"

Sowell on MSM bias: "There are still people in the mainstream media who profess bewilderment that they are accused of being biased. But you need to look no further than reporting on the war in Iraq to see the bias staring you in the face, day after day, on the front page of The New York Times and in much of the rest of the media. If a battle ends with Americans killing a hundred guerrillas and terrorists, while sustaining 10 fatalities, that is an American victory. But not in the mainstream media. The headline is more likely to read: "Ten More Americans Killed in Iraq." This kind of journalism can turn victory into defeat.... there is the mainstream media's almost exclusive focus on American casualties in Iraq, with little or no attention to the often much larger casualties inflicted on the enemy. Since terrorists are pouring into Iraq in response to calls from international terrorist networks, the number of those killed is especially important, for these are people who will no longer be around to launch more attacks on American soil. With all the turmoil and bloodshed in Iraq, military and civilian people returning from that country are increasingly expressing amazement at the difference between what they have seen and the one-sided picture that the media present to the public here".

There is an article here which shows that the "evil" power companies during the 2000/2001 California electricity shortage were actually the heroes of the day -- running their plant at destructive levels in an attempt to meet demand. The real culprits were the Greenies and the politicians: "Deregulation was sold to the public as a way to lower electricity bills to consumers. But one of the reasons that deregulation unraveled was that California's monopoly utilities had to recover their unpaid sunk costs, called "stranded assets," for nuclear power plants besieged by environmental lawsuits and over-market subsidies for renewable energy plants (e.g., solar, wind, biomass). And municipalities wanted to siphon electricity ratepayer's monies off to retrofit old polluting power plants or build new peaker plants.... How much the restrictions on flows for the protection of salmon runs may have had a bearing on the plunge in hydropower remains uncertain, but many such restrictions kicked-in around 1999-2000".

California shiftiness: "California politicians love to gripe about how the state gets shorted by the federal government. Those complaints sound peculiar against the background of some recent news. Over the last three years, the state Department of Health Services has received about $100 million in federal funds to fight bioterrorism, and officials there can't seem to account for it".

Wicked Thoughts is now a well-established humour blog but it may rise to new heights now that a daily item of odd news is being added to the jokes.

My latest posting on MarxWords shows that Marx was hostile to his own mother. My latest posting on "A scripture blog" looks at passages which refer to Jesus as being "worshipped"



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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