Monthly Archives: March 2012

Wow, OK — I did not really expect something like this:

Julian Assange to run for Senate

Updated March 18, 2012 08:10:48

WikiLeaks has announced its founder and leader Julian Assange is planning to run for a seat in the Australian Senate.

Assange is in England ahead of a possible extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations that he sexually assaulted two women in 2010.

He is currently on bail waiting for a British Supreme Court decision on his appeal against the extradition.

But WikiLeaks says despite his legal predicament, Assange is eligible to run for the Upper House.

“We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained,” WikiLeaks said on Twitter.

“Julian has decided to run.”

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

It makes sense that he would run — I would imagine that he has potential to gain much popularity amongst the leftists kicking around. He is a virtual hero of those who are fans of absolute government transparency and putting America’s own face in its proverbial feces to shame it. If he picks a properly liberal area I imagine that it will be quite a successful campaign, regardless of the status of his trial.

Merah’s Accomplice Still Out there

There is always a question as to whether or not a terrorist had an accomplice. Having one would indicate that there are still some skulls out there which need to be cracked, and apparently there is an associate of Merah’s still out there somewhere in Toulouse which must make it hard to sleep for many folks:

A video apparently showing a Muslim gunman’s attacks on soldiers and a Jewish school was sent to the Al-Jazeera news network – but not by him, French police have said, raising the spectre of a possible accomplice.

Al-Jazeera decided not to air a video that seems to have been filmed from the killer’s point of view and includes the cries of his victims. The decision came after President Nicolas Sarkozy asked the network not to broadcast it.

While French politicians describe gunman Mohamed Merah as a “lone wolf” terrorist, his brother is behind bars on suspicion of helping in the attacks and police are continuing to look for potential accomplices.

A French official close to the investigation said the video was not sent by Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman who was killed in a shoot-out on Thursday after a 32-hour stand-off with police at his apartment building in Toulouse.

Another official said the envelope sent to Al-Jazeera contained a Wednesday postmark from a large postal processing centre for the area around Toulouse, meaning it was unclear exactly where it was mailed from. He could not say anything about who may have sent the video.

AP via Google (originally found by Jihsan on politicsforum.org)

Naturally the next priority has to be finding the sicko who would send off such a video.

France right now is dealing with the fact that it has a lot of people left in their country, who are out there as we speak, and who are still actively involved in aiding and abetting terrorism. “Nightmare” is perhaps the only way to describe the situation.

Debating Constitutionality Of Obamacare, eh?

One of the more dramatic and romantic concepts in America is the ‘great debate in front of the Supreme Court,’ where the good guy presents his case in front of the wizened, hoary headed Justices and persuades them with beautiful eloquence to pass this or that law… The wizened old men stink, of course, of a repugnant conservatism that is unsympathetic and distant. The young, slick lawyers must persuade them through irrefutable logic that whatever it is must be passed…

The Supreme Court’s conservative justices tore into the Obama administration’s signature health care law Tuesday, posing the question: If the government can make individuals buy health insurance, why can’t it make them buy cell phones or even burial insurance?

When they vote together, the five conservatives are a majority of the nine-member court. President Obama’s legal team went into the second day of oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act knowing they needed to win over at least one conservative justice to join the four justices who appeared more sympathetic to upholding the law.

On Tuesday, achieving that goal seemed unlikely. The health care mandate, the requirement that with few exceptions all individuals must have health insurance or pay a penalty via their income taxes, was the issue on the second of three days of oral arguments before the justices.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen by court watchers as possible swing votes, appeared worried that the mandate would raise the curtain on an era of unlimited congressional power to regulate all aspects of American life.

“Can the government require you to buy a cell phone because that would facilitate responding when you need emergency services?” Roberts asked Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who argued the case for the Obama administration.

San Francisco Chronicle

How lovely… The old Justice will apparently stand by the idea of a limited federal government; the Left will bemoan the loss and wait for the day for these Justices to retire or die out to replace them with men and women who share their vision…

I know I have not really said anything here of consequence but I figure that I might as well post it, anyways.

Sarkozy Cracking Down On Extremists

This article was presented by Mike Powell on politicsforum.org and it seemed like a good enough topic to blog:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has spoken out strongly against extremism, but urged his countrymen not to stigmatize Muslims, after a 32-hour siege that resulted in the death of a radical Islamist gunman who confessed to killing seven people.

Sarkozy has proposed a raft of new anti-terrorist measures.

Speaking in a press conference straight after the end of the siege in Toulouse, the French president said anyone regularly visiting websites “justifying terrorism” or “preaching hatred and violence” would be prosecuted.

Sarkozy also called for punishments to those who travel to radical Islamic camps, even if they commit no crimes on French soil.

Russia Today (at least I think RT is that ha)

Of course, it is logical to punish those who went abroad and essentially trained as terrorists; it is only common sensical. They went to a place to learn how to corrupt and destroy the infidels and it does seem as if getting people who regularly visit these websites which preach hatred and terrorism makes some sense, but only if it is because of the terrorism aspect.

People fundamentally have a right to believe in whatever they want — and to speak freely on it. Such a right ought to be respected while those who preach outright terrorist attacks (or glorify them) should definitely be prosecuted…

One thing that should be considered, of course, above everything, is the idea of clamping down on the amounts of immigration and insuring that those who are coming are quality citizens more than anything else. Why this has failed to be a priority? Because the government really doesn’t care that much about the people but more about the profits they can glean from cheap labor.

A dastardly position if ever there was one!

요르단 한국의 중고차를 수입?

이 것을 읽어서 좀 놀랐다… :

대한민국을 ‘자동차 강국’으로 인식시키는 데 기여하는 숨은 공로자가 바로 요르단입니다.

우리나라 수출 중고차의 30% 이상을 수입해 주변 나라로 재수출하는데, 덕분에 ‘메이드코리아‘의 인기가 하늘을 찌를 듯 하다고 합니다.

김기봉 기자가 전합니다.

[리포트]

요르단 수도 암만의 시내 도로.

마치 국내 도로에 와있는 듯 온통 한국차로 가득차 있습니다.

요르단은 지난해 우리나라 전체 중고차 수출량의 31%인 9만 2천여 대를 수입해, 4년 연속 한국산 중고차 수입 부동의 1위를 지켰습니다.

YTN

놀랐던 이유는 내가 중고차 수출율이 높지 않다고 생각한다.

미국에도 많은 중고차를 바로 거기서 판매하는 것이다. 다른 나라로 보내는 것에 대해 절대 듣지 않다.  한국은  올해는 다른 나라로 많은 중고차를 팔겠어요?ㅋ. 지금 이해하지 않은 것 같다.

중고차가 싸고 대부분 오래동안 이용할 수 있다. 혹시 다른 나라로  수출하면 돈을 많이 필요하고 거기서 중고차 이라서 돈을 많이 벌는 것 아닌다고 생각한다.

혹시 한국은 “중고” 문화 더 필요하는 것 같다. 중고차 좋다.

California Police To Start Ignoring Laws

They claim that they are going to be ‘evening the playing field.’

The Los Angeles Police Department will soon start ignoring California state law, which requires police to impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers for 30 days.

The majority of unlicensed motorists in Los Angeles are immigrants who are in the country illegally and have low-income jobs. The LAPD says the state’s impound law is unfair because it limits their ability to get to their jobs and imposes a steep fine to get their car back.

Fox News (article originally found by Russkie on PoFo)

Oh my God…

It isn’t your job to decide what laws you enforce and which you dont. You are not lawmakers, you are law enforcers; you enforce the laws that are on the books or you are not doing your job.

These people are essentially trying to make a political statement through how they execute their job in such a fashion that truly messes things up…

In South Korea, if you were found to be currently illegal in the country they’d immediately begin processes to deport you… I try to explain the situation in America to them and honestly they are utterly confused by how ridiculous the whole matter is. It doesn’t sound like something that an effectual and proper government would do.

If the Police can begin ignoring laws like this it is a grave breakdown of the system that we hold and a veritable dereliction of duty.

Suicide & Princess Di

When I read this at first I could not really believe it but, statistics do not lie especially when they are easy to get numbers on such a thing as suicide in the UK:

The emotional pressure of external events seems to be particularly pertinent for women. For example, after the death of Princess Diana in 1997, there was a 33 per cent rise in suicides among women. This increase was particularly marked among women of a similar age to Diana. Deliberate self-harm also increased. It’s thought her death may have made people feel worse about their own personal distress.

BBC

I cannot contemplate having the life of a famous person somehow be a driving force in my depression and potentially lead me to ‘taking the leap.’

Perhaps this can illustrate how a society centered around celebrity worship can truly mess it up… The cult-like following that she received and the general worship provided through the endless stream of photographs and news covering her personal life created an environment where some women were actually influenced by the sadness of her demise.

Naturally, I believe Princess Di was a good person overall and she in no way is being indicted in this but rather what ought to be accused of causing such a negative phenomena is the worship of celebrities bred by the media.

They seem to be able to rob people of a sense of self-worth and create an alternate fantasy world that somehow seems to overshadow the importance of reality. The very lives of famous people with whom we have no practical connection somehow seem to effect us — it is idol worship in its purest form when the overall rate of suicide increased by 33% the year Princess Di left us (there seems to be no other event in England in 1997 that could explain such a sharp spike and experts apparently connect the two!)…

Everyone needs to take a step back from their television and from the continuous barrage of famous figures.

A British Soldier, 1775

He was a kind of skinny, shy kid from a village near Blackpool. His family was good and no surprises there with a mother and father who loved him more than the sun who shined upon him. She was a sweet woman, and he was a dear father, who worked the farm with all their strength providing for each child. In those days, there wasn’t extraneous bullshit. He put his heart to the wheel that tilled the land, and she put her heart into the hearth that fed the family.

The recruiters came to this farming village that was barely worth a name and asked for young men who were worthy to fight for the God & King & Country, and of course Peter wouldn’t be left behind. It wasn’t that farming life in the village was wrong but it was boring for a young man who’d memorized each task, knew how to milk a cow and till land so wheat or barley could grow. He needed more and he needed something else.

When the recruiter came to Lythamwick near Blackpool, a village long forgotten, he found a few recruits ready for the journey to England’s expanses — to England’s lands abroad.

Peter did the drills under the sweaty, fat Master Sergeant who had scars beyond belief; drilling under hot suns and feeling cool breezes on his neck; thinking real Soldering would never come for weeks of hell under the Veteran’s hand. He felt the distance grow ever so great between his home and his reality.

He was grateful to get on boats and go towards America to fight against revolutionaries… On ships, he drank the grog they called drink and ate the mess they called food, his skinny arms raising toasts when appropriate and drinking alcohol on good days and water on bad…

Smiling and laughing at a thousand stories, his serious and stern face on for the hundred sad stories and his other face laughing and bright  from all the thousand jokes from the Jewel in the Sea. Storied deaths, glorious in war. Comical romance, funny in every detail. Old veterans with rotted teeth and sailors with even more rotten teeth belching out laughs and hurrahs.  A long, beautiful passage across the Atlantic to America.

To Breed’s hill. Or was it Bunker Hill? And the American boys are all slunken, smart with guns a-ready to greet the Englishmen as they come up. Peter’s only battle and his last started with the drums of the army commanding a march and assault of the hill.

He was no coward and he was proud of where he came from because his dad always was a good man that laughed with great heart and his mother was a good woman who, under her gentle care, raised the sons  & daughters who would build Great Britain. Fearless in his satisfaction provided by the good people of his life, fearless because he had known good people, far & wide.

Peter Boy who made a few friends was amongst the Ranks of Red standing tall on those American shores where drums beat fiercely interrupted by canon’s roar. It was a song that no one had to sing because all of the deathly instruments were playing so loud you couldn’t otherwise hear.

The Red Coats assembled at the beach front and looked up at the daunting task of a fortified hill– it was enough time for Peter to think in sweet words about a village a whole ocean way. Pete grabbed his musket with white knuckles, heart pounding for God, King & Country and feeling his dreams flood his belly, sending butterflies racing up his spine.

And charged up the hill,  at bugle’s blow, yelling as loud as he could to drown out the sound of battle, horror and war,   thinking that this was his duty and more than that this was a place he felt his soul dance with the drums and boom with the canons roar. This ugly place of war was where he felt the terror of glory, the unmasked beauty of life & death he had never felt before.

He knew his young life would end here and he had no regrets because he was a soldier to His Imperial Majesty, borne of duty. And this is the fate for loyal Englishmen who’d know more than farms. Sucking in each breath of air as the fruit & flowers of the fields, as the fruit of their farming villages now forgotten in auld lore.

His musket in his hands he felt the unforgiving sting of lead streak through his body. He cried out, aghast, a scream of pain reverberating through the whole of his body. And then he moved on. Going forward against all common sense, going forward from instinct. He was a Soldier, and he would go forward until he didn’t go anymore.

Another bullet struck him — dull and burning, breaking parts of him that he knew would soon end in despair.  And the third bullet struck like a blow he never felt before — strangely painless in its drunken wooziness. Like a drug, numbing to the tongue; like alcohol from the gourd.

Before he died he felt a man press his back hard  as if to staunch a wound. He heard drums beating and men going forward. He felt the thunder of the Earth rolling under a human tide. The warm, rich and loving hand upon his back sent a shiver down his spine and he heard the old Sergeant’s voice yell into his ear,

“Now we GO!, COME ON! COME ON!” For a short moment his body jerked as if to get up but his life was a red pool beneath him. The sergeant’s hand relaxed and lost its urgency, as if all was foiled.

He died with his face to the ground and a little village near Blackpool heard of him no more.

시위대는 대부분 외지인이다 ㅋㅋ

대부분 제주도 새로운 해군 기지를 반대하는 사람들은 외지인 이다… 극좌파가 단지 이 작은 마을을 선택하고 그 마을을 “지원하다”고 생각하지만 사실은 그 마을 사람들은 문제가 없다고 생각한다. 대부분 마을 사람은 동의하고 있다:

마을 주민 박 모씨는 “이들이 마을 전체 주민 의견을 수렴했는지 의문”이라고 말했다. 얼마 뒤 강정마을 전체에 사이렌이 울렸다. 강정포구 쪽에서 만난 윤태정 씨는 “반대 측이 위급 상황 발생 시 주민들을 불러모으기 위해 설치한 것”이라고 설명했다. 윤씨는 “실질적으로 반대하는 주민은 20~30명에 불과하다”면서 “사이렌이 울려 현장에 가보면 절반 이상이 외지 사람들”이라고 말했다. 실제 2007년 조사 때는 반대 주민이 680명으로 50% 가까이 나왔다.

매일경제

이런 것을 보면… 미국의 좌파랑 비슷하다. 거기서도 큰 일이 없어도 외지인 좌파가 나오고 큰 일이라고 외치면서 시위하다.

혹시 한국의 극좌파가 미국의 극좌에게서 배웠다. 아마 이런 정치적인 짓도 “미국 제국주의”때문이다 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ.

When You Disagree, The Children Suffer.

This is a perfect illustration of what the gay rights movement occasionally does in order to “win” support — this is absolutely textbook tactics of the PC Brigade’s logical fallacy and a clear demonstration of the point at which discourse & debate are at in our Democracy… The idea is clearly iterated: if you disagree with us, the young people will suffer due to your hatred! as if the Right Wing might as well be Mordor summoning its army of Orcs to campaign against goodness itself. Social discourse in the media age has become a bizarre fantasy land in which they are attempting to subvert people’s right to free speech through a Bitch & Moan Media Blitz:

“I spoke as honestly as I could, but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community. That is not true. I can assuredly say that it’s my life’s mission to love all people.”

He continued: “I should be able to express moral views on social issues, especially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years, without being slandered, accused of hate speech and told from those who preach ‘tolerance’ that I need to either bend my beliefs to their moral standards or be silent when I’m in the public square…I believe we need to learn how to debate these things with greater love and respect.”

MORE: Kirk Cameron—Homosexuality Is “Detrimental and Destructive”

GLAAD, however, was unsatisfied with the star’s explanation and offered its own response to his statement.

“Saying that gay people are ‘detrimental to civilization’ might be ‘loving’ in Kirk Cameron’s mind, but it’s gay youth and victims of bullying who truly suffer from adults like Cameron who espouse these ideas,” said GLAAD senior director Herndon Graddick in a statement.

E-Online

 

Who needs censorship when it has now become a legitimate view in many people’s minds that ‘youth and victims of bullying’ will suffer from someone’s opinion?

 

It’s utterly amazing that the Left Wing has adopted this approach of not necessarily trying to argue or confront (at least outside of the internet forums) the ideas that people put forward but contents themselves with demanding a kinder, gentler world in which other people’s fweelings are prioritized over what someone else thinks to be true.

 

We live in a period where we call people’s opinions that disagree with ours as “hate speech,” because we all universally recognize that hate is such an ugly emotion, isn’t it? Few people understand that hatred is a matter of perspective, and one of the big ideas of children’s television that has gone unnoticed & unlearned is the idea of understanding that perhaps some people may not agree with you fully, and that they may have a different perspective that you should try to understand before writing them off.

 

I don’t really know anything about this Kirk Cameron and cannot vouch for the validity of his words but I am guessing that, as the majority of Christians are raised, he grew up with the ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ mantra. Apparently, the veracity of his claim on this is irrelevant — the fact that in an abstract manner he opposes one aspect of someone’s life is enough to warrant outrage of the GLBTQ community.

 

A thousand scholars and Ivy League elites might come out and say that they feel that “religion is the root of evil,” and that “Christianity impeded scientific growth and the development of Western society.” None of these people are forced to apologize for their opinions (at least in the 21st century) because that is what it is: an opinion. The scholars have not said, “We despise Christians as individuals and seek to eradicate them from our society,” and although some people may argue that this is the underlying agenda of them these people with these opinions on Christianity or religion as a whole are not forced to be held accountable. In short, people do not recognize fully the right of the religious to act juvenile.

 

However, the media seems to embrace the puerile demands for apologies and accusations of hatred towards characters like Cameron because he dares to share his opinion publicly on his views of homosexuality.

 

Certainly we can debate homosexuality all day long — in fact, if you go to many web sites that seems to be the general theme.  This is the essence of free speech in a free political society: to be able to debate things.

 

But the trend for a while now (and a growing one) is not about debate but the accusation and the shrill, puerile whining of the Left that having any opinion that doesn’t coincide with their own is hateful. I consider this to be an assault on the basic premise of free speech.

 

Of course, the Left is not calling for Kirk Cameron to be held legally accountable but rather they are waging a nefarious campaign that is far more dishonest: they want to bitch, moan and throw temper tantrums over the opinions of others in hopes that every discussion and every debate turns into a gross argumentum ad misericordiam: we’re right because life sucks, and you should embrace us.

 

 It reminds me of that point in debates when people just want to break everything down to these emotional phenomena: How can you say that? They’ve suffered so much from big, bad, evil people and we must give them whatever they ask! This is so invalid it hurts the brain but it seems to be part & parcel in unpolished mainstream rhetoric.

 

It is a genius tactic in Democracy: appeal to the heart strings and play them like a symphony until you get what you want. The emotional undertones of the “Rights” campaigns that people launch often have this amazing Fascist appeal: “We the People have ENDURED! We the People have certain inalienable rights to NOT BE QUESTIONED! Because our History is one of TRAGEDY! And if you have a different opinion YOU MAKE CHILDREN SUFFER!

 

The PC Brigade are masters of the Argument to Misery: the debate is never about the truth or validity, it’s all about how people will suffer if we don’t accept the message they pedal.