Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Worse is better

Gray Falcon explained aptly a couple of weeks ago that Obama means a return to the dark Clintonian times. And with Hillary as Secretary of State his words ring truer then even he feared. Is this the "change you believed in"? As the French say: "De plus ce change..."

To all that I say: brilliant! Now even the proverbially guillible Serbian public wil not believe the story on how the US policy to Serbia will be better under Obama. There will be, of course, the usual payed so-called analyst telling tall tales about how "Hillary will be only a clerk" and that "Obama will call the shots" but you and I both know it is nonsense. The cat is out of the bag and hopefully more will jump out. Heck, let as many members of the Clinton crime syndicate return, it is the only way for some people to understand.

One should not expect, of course, that the Serbian governemnt will be illuminated. It is you that have finally seen through the deception of ะพ "hope" and "change" that should make them at least act as if they get it.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Keep your pain

Who says American pop-culture is shallow? Okay, generally speaking it is, but every once in a while it produces glimpses of profound wisdom, often in works where you least expect it.

Star Trek V - The Final Frontier is generally considered the worst of all the Star Trek movies. Fans and critics did not like the production, the script, the dialogue...You name it! Still, they all missed a rather important lesson to learn...

The story goes like this: a renegade Vulcan named Sybok kidnaps Federation, Romulan and Clingon representatives on a remote planet, demanding a spaceship. During the course of the movie it is revealed he has telepathic powers that enable him to reach down to the worst emotional pain of a person and help him relieve it. As a result, they are so grateful to their "saviour" they are prepared to follow him anywhere. He performs the trick on Spock and doctor McCoy and attempts to do the same on captain Kirk who adamantly refuses "treatment". When McCoy attempts to talk Kirk into accepting it, Kirk retorts:

Damn it, Bones, you're a doctor. You know that pain and guilt can't be taken away with a wave of a magic wand. They're the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are. If we lose them, we lose ourselves. I don't want my pain taken away! I need my pain!

Indeed. The emotional pain and trauma we experience in our lives, however unpleasant they are, shape us just as anything else, make us complete persons. Same goes for nations all around the world. The suffering occupations, impoverishments, wars...All of those helped one way or the other shape the societies of today. To blot them out of memory or dismiss them as primitive relics means throwing the very essence of a nation into oblivion.

Do as James T. Kirk did! Reject out of hand the self-proclaimed messiahs who claim to have come to relieve you of your pain. They are in fact there to relieve you of your true self and have you submit to them and their sinister goals.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

90 years ago...

"The war to end all wars" ended on this day 90 years ago. Instead of bringing us lasting peace, however, it opened the Pandora's box containing previously unseen evils. Thus the name "the calamity that started all the calamities" is much more apropriate.

This poem captures the essential mood of the conflict: somber, dark, melancholic. You will be overcome by those emotions as soon as you read the first verse, as was I.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lt.-Col. John McCrae

Friday, November 07, 2008

Classless, cowardly, disgusting...but unsurprising as well

These are the words that, in my opinion, most aptly describe the attempt of character assasination against Sarah Palin by "unnamed sources from the McCain campaign".

"Doesn't know that Africa is a continent?" You honestly expect us to believe that? Even if it were true, it says more about the McCain campaign staff then Palin. How could they put such an ignorant person on the ticket? Did they vet her? And what on Earth were they trying to sell when they were saying that Sarah Palin was absolutely qualified if it's true that she is such an ignoramus? There is no way such ignorance would ever go unnoticed during a proper vetting process. As for complaining about her meeting the staff wearing nothing but a towel(or a bathrobe according to some versions)...You have to wonder whether the staff were members of the gay Republican caucus.

Yet, this is not surprising at all. The anonymous staffers simply reflect the personality of the man who was on top of the Republican ticket. It was quite safe to predict that McCain would blame the eventual election defeat on the conservatives, yet it was also certain that he couldn't do it openly in order not to jeopardize his future in the Senate so he had his minions do the dirty work for him and even they had to keep anonymous, which should say all about how low this smear attempt is. Don't hold your breath waiting for McCain to defend Palin, he only does that favour to liberal Democrats. Remember how he threw the North Carolina GOP under the bus for airing ads that connect Obama to Jeremiah Wright(wanna bet that this didn't play a part in the state going to the democrats)? Or took exception every time anybody said "Barack Hussein Obama"? Some thanks Palin got for giving McCain a prayer in these elections instead of him going the way of Goldwater, McGovern or Mondale in terms of electoral defeats. Honour, duty, character, decency...I hope that nobody after this pathetic campaign of defamation against Sarah Palin says those words in the same sentence with McCain's name(not that they deserved to be said before), at least not with a straight face.

Some US election post-mortems worth reading

Why McCain lost? by the blogger Jewish Odysseus

"McCainism," RIP, and Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish by Ace of Spades

Top Thirty Errors That Doomed McCain by Jennifer Rubin

Maverick McCain Ran as Himself
by Aryeh Spero

Obama should thank McCain and Rove by Richard Viguerie

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Preliminary US elections post-mortem

Five years after taking down the Iraqi one, America got a president Hussein of it's own. Carma is a bitch, eh?

Joking aside, Barack Hussein Obama won an electoral college landslide with 349 to 127 EVs but not so much in the popular vore (52%-47%). He won in all of the swing states as well as some traditionally Republican ones such as Virginia, North Carolina and Indiana(which, to me at least, is the biggest surprise of the night). The great paradox is, considering the large margin of vistory, the decisive factors that determined these elections had less to do with what Obama did and more to do with the actions of the Republicans and John McCain, or lack thereof. Here are some of the most important reasons why America will, as of January 20th, have it's first black president:

1) John McCain. As Don Feder wrote: "It was said of Bob Dole, another war hero, that he couldn't sell beer on a troop ship. McCain couldn't give it away". McCain looks artificial, stiff, gloomy, speaks monotonously and is inarticulate at times, has no sense of what the crowd feels or personal charm. Add to that the history of mental instability, intolerance to the point of verbal and physical abuse towards people who have different opinions then he does and that he spent the good part of the last decade warring against his own party and it's base and you could see why he was propably the worst possible candidate.

2) General situation. People seldom give three consecutive terms to a party in the US. Bearing in mind that the past 4 years brought a lot of problems for the USA, it was clear that this would be an uphill battle for the republicans, regardless of the candidate.

3) The McCain campaign. The first time that something was wrong were seen at spring when McCain secured the nomination whereas Obama and Hillary Clinton will still battling it out in quite a nasty campaign. Istead of using the democratic entaglement in the primaries to build McCain's image as a candidate and take a swipe at the other two using nothing more then what they were saying about each other, the McCain campaign went into hibernation, waking up only after Obama had sewed up his nomination in July. Even then, it's actions were lukewarm, devoid of energy and real arguments, mirroring McCain's personality. Nobody was ready to call Obama on his associations with Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, Tony Rezko or Louis Farakhan, even some controversial Obama statements were off-limits for reasons known only to John McCain. The nomination of Sarah Palin for VP spiked things up a little, and the Alaska governor brought the much needed charisma, charm and optimism. McCain even took a lead in most of the polls. Then came the stock market meltdown, which would have damaged McCain anyway, but his response to it was an epitome of incompetence and clumsuness. First he completely needlessly suspended his campaign to go to Washington in order to arrange a deal on the measures that need to be taken, then he voted for the bailout which was staunchly opposed by the republican base anbd thus reignited an old conflict. Eventually, he went on with the campaign the same way as it was before the Republican convention , without a clear message or a strategy and seemingly without the real desire to win...People were under the impression that he was just doing a job, that there was no passion in his actions.

4) The media. Mainstream papers and TV networks ususally favour democrats. This year, however, it was in an unprescedented scale. The dissection of Sarah Palin often transcended the limits of good taste. On the other hand, all (potential) Obama scandals were swept under the rug. It has reached a point where even some liberal commentators were uneasy with the apparent bias.

Well, now that it is all over, we can watch Obama change exactly nothing.

Monday, November 03, 2008

This had been coming for some time now

First it was the Vlaams Belang and with them "Brussels Journal", "Gates of Vienna" and Fjordman, then Bat Ye'or, then Oriana Fallacci, then Andrew Bostom, then Diana West and in passing many others. So it was all natural and logical that eventually Charles Johnson would turn on Robert Spencer.

And how! I don't think that even during Stalin's infamous purges did the offical representation of people go from highly revered to absolutely vile in such short time nor was such invective launched against the unfortunate victims. The charges and demands directed at Robert Spencer are about as absurd as they can possibly get. It beggars belief that a thinking person would give them a shred of credence. But LGF has ceased to be a place where thinking people meet for some time now.

This time, however, it seems Charles Johnson has picked the wrong man to start a fight with. Spencer is much more influential then the previous targets of Johnson's smears, and while Spencer is stopping short of a law suit(for the time being) I am certain he could and would make life on the right very unpleasant for Johnson. Hopefully, Johnson and his minions will head for obscurity after this and, more importantly, stay there.