Wednesday, May 03, 2006


The Euston manifesto: For a Renewal of Progressive Politics
Harper urged to block UN appointment
Wolves in sheep's clothing on extremist Islam mission
Hamas in charge
Visa row on links to terror
B'nai Brith Press Release
Why `this night' is still different
The rise of the Islamist Axis
The Shabbat guest
Let's ignore Hamas
Cat and mouse with Muslim paranoia
World Bank. Money won't fix things here
ABC Parliamentary debate

I particularly recommend "The Shabbat guest"



There is a big Leftist whine here about GWB interpreting the constitution to suit himself. Odd that the same people don't object to the Supreme Court interpreting the constitition any way that suits themselves on matters such as abortion, affirmative action etc. So sad that the Left are now realizing that two can play their game -- the game of squeezing anything you like out of the constitution. I wonder how long it will take them to start arguing that the "original meaning" of the constitution should be respected? When the Left can celebrate a Left-dominated court denying to whites the "equal protection" explicitly provided for all U.S. citizens by the 14th Amendment, they can't squawk about GWB interpreting his "Commander in Chief" powers rather widely.

Japan: Matchmaking ads 'to boost birth rate': "Alarmed by a falling birth rate and rapidly ageing population, Japanese policymakers are thinking about allowing TV ads for matchmaking agencies in the hope that an increase in couples will result in more children. Japan's population shrank in the year to October for the first time since 1945, heightening worries about economic decline due to a smaller workforce supporting a growing number of pensioners. An official at the Trade Ministry said today that the ministry is considering allowing advertisements for matchmaking agencies to be shown on television, which is currently forbidden".

The wails over the wall: "Another little-mentioned fact has to do with the Israeli security fence -- it is the reason there haven't been any attacks for so long. The wall that separates Israeli from Palestinian territory -- and makes liberals, libertarians, and plain old bigots like Bob Novak shriek like stuck pigs -- has cut by over 80 percent the number of Israelis maimed and murdered by suicide bombers. This barrier is not a political border; it can be dismantled. But lives taken by terrorism cannot be reconstituted. Still, mention any security fence intended to prevent undesired or undesirable human acts, and the Kumbaya Crowd launches into maudlin impersonations of the sainted Ronald Reagan, RIP: 'tear down this wall.'"

Estrich nervous about Leftist haters: "'I'll take a stand in favor of hatred,' said psychoanalyst Justin Frank, author of Bush on the Couch. Frank was defending Susan McDougal's tirade about why she hated Bush over my more restrained approach to winning elections. Radio host and commentator Hugh Hewitt scribbled furiously. A stand in favor of hatred. Hugh could not have been happier. His theory is that 'angry Democrats' will give Republicans a victory in the midterm elections. It's probably the Republicans' only shot, given the current numbers. Do Democrats have the capacity to seize defeat from the jaws of victory? You should have heard them boo Hugh at the Palm Springs Book Festival last weekend. It was music to his ears. I found it somewhat terrifying."

TN: Realistic juries evaded: "The district attorney who reached a plea settlement with ex-teacher Pamela Rogers for having sex with a 13-year-old student says one reason he didn't want to try the case was that some men on a jury would not convict an attractive woman for having sex with a teenage boy. District Attorney General Dale Potter said he was concerned that some male jurors might not convict Rogers, a former Warren County grade-school physical education teacher, because they wouldn't view what the attractive 28-year-old woman did as having harmed the boy. 'The fact that I could not get a jury of all women did play a heavy factor in my decision not to go to trial,' Potter said. 'There's a segment of men that would say that the victim wasn't harmed, but instead got lucky..."

More anti-Wal-Mart hysteria: "Wal-Mart's proposal to offer banking services to its customers has touched off another round of anti-Wal-Mart hysteria. At the urging of community banks and some members of Congress, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is holding a series of public hearings on Wal-Mart's application for an industrial bank charter (IBC). Never before in its seventy-three-year history has the FDIC held hearings on an IBC application, and they should not start now. Consumers would benefit from Wal-Mart's expansion of financial services, although some banks afraid of competition are trying to block the bank charter."

The Estonian example: "Estonia is the ninth economically freest country in the world. Today, many people find it difficult to remember the days of the Soviet Union, when the Estonian economy was completely dominated by the state and marked by endless lines and shortages. Mart Laar replaced the "dead hand" of the government with Adam Smith's "invisible hand." His government eliminated import tariffs (a decision that was partly reversed by Estonia's membership of the European Union) and established a flat income tax. Corporate taxes on reinvested profits fell to zero and a currency board was established to combat inflation. The government also undertook extensive privatization of state companies. Though Estonia experienced a sharp but short recession that was shared by all transitional economies, by 1995 the economy was roaring again. According to the World Bank, between 1995 and 2004, Estonia's per capita gross domestic product (GDP) grew at a compounded average annual rate of 6.6 percent. During that decade, Estonia's GDP per capita adjusted for purchasing power parity rose from $6,847 to $12,773 in constant 2000 dollars, an increase of 86.5 percent. Estonia's sustained, high growth rate was among the region's highest and set the country on course to join the rest of the developed world.



"All the worth which the human being possesses, all spiritual reality, he possesses only through the State." -- 19th century German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Hegel is the most influential philosopher of the Left -- inspiring Karl Marx, the American "Progressives" of the early 20th century and university socialists to this day.

The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism. The very word "Nazi" is a German abbreviation for "National Socialist" (Nationalsozialistisch)

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