Friday, September 01, 2006


About time!

The US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, has compared Bush Administration critics to those who sought to appease the Nazis before World War II, warning that the US is confronting "a new type of fascism". Mr Rumsfeld, speaking at an American Legion convention in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, delivered some of his most explicit and extended attacks yet on the Administration's critics, provoking an angry response from Democrats who accused him of "campaigning on fear".

By comparing US foreign policy with World War II and the Cold War, Mr Rumsfeld sought to portray sceptics of the Bush foreign policy as being on the wrong side of history. Mr Rumsfeld again ridiculed US officials who, before World War II, wished to negotiate with Adolf Hitler. "I recount that history because, once again, we face similar challenges in efforts to confront the rising threat of a new type of fascism," he said. "But some seem not to have learned history's lessons. Can we truly afford to believe that, somehow or someway, vicious extremists could be appeased?"

His use of the word "appease" is seen as an attempt to associate critics of the Administration with the failed efforts of the British government to mollify Hitler in the 1930s.... Mr Rumsfeld aggressively defended the war in Iraq and his leadership of it.While he acknowledged the reality of debate in a free society, he attacked the media, saying reports have been manipulated by Iraqi insurgents or al-Qaeda terrorists. He suggested that negative news stories and criticism of the war sap the nation's will to fight in Iraq. "The struggle we are in is too important to have the luxury of returning to the 'blame America first' mentality," Mr Rumsfeld said.

More here. Taranto has more on the speech and the slippery Democrat reaction to it.



Generation gap: "It turns out that NPR lefty Juan Williams' kid is a conservative. Sweet. He's running for the D.C. city council as a Republican. Where did Juan go wrong? Then again, with Juan's recent attack of common sense on the race issue, maybe the kid's influencing the dad."

Dumb Californians want to make their fuel even dearer: ""As Los Angeles motorist Jill Cantrell removes the pump nozzle from her Honda Civic gas tank, she spouts out two figures: '$56 for a gas tank for me and $78 billion in profits last year for the oil companies,' she says. 'I'm livid.' How many other Californians are angry about gasoline prices -- and ready for their state to take action -- will be clear this November, when voters decide whether to levy a new tax on oil companies that drill in California and use the money for in-state development of alternative fuels."

More UN corruption: "For years the United Nations tried to cover up perverted and outrageous behaviour by uniformed and civilian personnel who have served in East Timor since 1999. But as a new wave of more than 2000 UN-employed police and staff prepare to travel to the capital Dili, Sukehiro Hasegawa, the top UN official in East Timor, has acknowledged for the first time that the UN system failed to bring anybody to justice for crimes that included sexual abuse of children and bestiality. Dr Hasegawa declared that the UN's Integrated Mission in East Timor, which officially became operational on Monday, would enforce a "zero tolerance" policy towards sexual exploitation and abuse committed by uniformed and civilian UN personnel. He said several UN staff would be employed solely to enforce the policy, which will include briefings for all staff at which "they will be made aware of the consequences of any activity they may carry out that could blacken the authority of the United Nations".

Cynics mock stars' African charity: "Madonna feels responsible for the children of the world and has found herself a "big, big project" to help orphans in Malawi. Gwyneth Paltrow declares "I am African" in a new advertisement for a charity working in Africa. The continent has long been a favourite destination for celebrity campaigners, going back to 1954 when Danny Kaye became UNICEF's goodwill ambassador. U2's Bono and fellow Irish rocker Bob Geldof are Africa veterans, and more recently Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have brought Hollywood gloss to the continent. But the latest flood of stars searching for a good cause has prompted a collective groan in the press and among bloggers, as people question their methods and motives. "We are on the verge of farcical at this point," said Michael Wolff, columnist for Vanity Fair, when asked about Africa's popularity among famous performers. "This has become just a part of the public relations play book. Everybody has a PR person and every PR person says 'which country do you want to adopt?'."

Califonia tries to rein in irresponsible judges: "A bill concerning sentencing of dangerous juveniles authored by state Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, is headed to the governor for a final yea or nay, Ashburn's office announced Thursday. Senate Bill 1626, also known as "Dylan's Law," would discourage judges from giving "slap on the wrist" judgments to teenage rapists and other dangerous young offenders, Ashburn says, by requiring judges to formally explain their decisions when issuing lenient outcomes. Ashburn introduced the law in honor of Dylan Pardo of Bakersfield. Pardo was 14 in 2003 when she was drugged and raped by a 17-year-old who received almost no punishment. The Californian typically does not name victims of sexual assault but Pardo has chosen to talk about her case publicly. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has 30 days to sign the bill, veto it or take no action, in which case it would automatically become law".

Donkey police in South Africa: "Police in South Africa, which has one of the highest rates of violent crime in the world, have been told to ride donkeys or bicycles to crime scenes. The advice, offered by a smiling Charles Nqakula, the country's embattled Minister of Safety and Security, to a passing-out parade for new recruits, drew immediate criticism. Mr Nqakula was responding to complaints that because his force was undermanned and underequipped, officers were often slow to reach the scene of a crime. "If you don't have a car, ride a bicycle or a donkey," Mr Nqakula told the newly qualified officers at the weekend. His remarks came after an upsurge in armed attacks and concern that the country's criminals are better equipped than its police. "This is typical of the complacency of a government which is no longer accountable to any except its own," a spokesperson for the opposition Democratic Alliance said. The South African murder rate is second only to that of Colombia and reported rape cases rank among the highest in the world. Residents are 12 times more likely to be murdered in South Africa than in the United States and 50 times more likely than in Europe"

Arab Prince speaks out: "Arab leaders wasted billions of dollars to fund a war they can never win, a member of Jordan's royal family charges. "Arab leaders stole billions of dollars from the Arab people in order to spend them on weapons to fight Israel, which they can never defeat, instead of using the money for health and education purposes to aid their people," Jordanian Prince Hassan Bin Talal told an international conference in Kyoto, Japan, according to the Israeli Ynet news. Once in line for the Jordanian throne, Prince Hassan spoke to the world conference of the interfaith group "Religions for Peace," attacking Iran's nuclear development program and warning against nuclear armament, especially on Iran's part."

For more postings, see TONGUE-TIED, EDUCATION WATCH, GREENIE WATCH, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WATCH, GUN WATCH, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE, FOOD & HEALTH SKEPTIC and AUSTRALIAN POLITICS. (Mirror sites here, here, here, here, here, here and here). Other backups here


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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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