Monthly Archives: May 2005

Amnesty Int’l questions United States’s moral authority

Oh, please.
I just love the lede here:

In coordinated broadsides from London and Washington, Amnesty International accused the Bush administration on Wednesday of condoning “atrocious” human rights violations, thereby diminishing its moral authority and setting a global example encouraging abuse by other nations.

Two questions:
A) Since when did Amnesty International think we had any moral authority in the first place?
B) How ludicrous is it to suggest that the rest of the world is only now following our lead now we’ve led them down the abusive path?

Oh, Good God in Heaven. Voinovich has finally lost it. Check out this audio clip of our Senator in the floor of the United States Senate crying — crying! — over the nomination of John Bolton. Apparently, Voinovich ran for a second term in order to protect his grandchildren from the horror that is John Bolton.
Did I actually vote for this guy? Did I actually campaign for this loon? I am going to chalk it up to youthful indiscretion.
Hat tip: RadioBlogger.
UPDATE: You can find the video here.

What is the deal with Ohio’s Senators?

First, Voinovich nearly derails John Bolton’s appointment to the United Nations. Now, DeWine is part of the cabal that reached a gutless and embarrassing agreement to avoid the filibuster showdown.
I am ashamed that I have not only voted for both, but have actually assisted both in their elections. I’ll vote for neither one next time around.
Update: This just occurred to me: I wonder, would the President have fared any worse in the Senate recently if John Glenn and Howard Metzenbaum were still serving, rather than the “Republicans” that replaced them? I doubt it.

Another great piece from Jonah Goldberg

I don’t know how to read the minds of Islamist fanatics, but it seems to me they have all the excuses in the world they’ll ever need to hate us. Osama bin Laden says the Crusades are reason enough. When he blew up that train in Spain, he said it was partly out of a desire to avenge the taking of Andalusia — i.e. Muslim Spain in the 15th century. At some point you need to start saying, “Who cares what makes these people angry?” As Mark Steyn put it beautifully during the whole “blame the Crusades” moment:

Shortly after Pearl Harbor, the Japanese took Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands and arrested 22 British watchkeepers. The following year, they tied them to trees, beheaded them, and burned their bodies in a pit. You won’t find that in the Geneva Convention. The Japanese fought a filthy war, but here we are less than 60 years later, and Britain and Japan sit side by side at G-7 meetings. If America is really “paying for” events that occurred seven centuries before the Republic’s founding, then that’s the Muslim world’s problem, not ours.

Remember all the Ramadan-a-ding-donging about how we should have postponed hostilities in Afghanistan out of respect for the Holy Month of Ramadan? Muslims around the world wouldn’t tolerate such an affront, even though Mohammed himself became a helicopter of fists against his enemies during Ramadan. My absolute favorite complaint from the “respect Muslim sensibilities” crowd was when the FBI came out with a new “Most Wanted List” immediately after 9/11 and we were told this was “counterproductive” because it singled out Arabs and Muslims. Reuters favorably quoted Hussein Amin, an Islamic intellectual and former Egyptian ambassador to Algeria, “Why pick on Arabs? Are there no South Americans, Irish, Serbs, Japanese among the most wanted?”
Goodness knows that when investigators were picking through the rubble at Ground Zero and the Pentagon, the American public joined their hands in hopeful prayer that this heinous crime had been perpetrated by radical factions of Up With People and the Birmingham Alabama Garden Club because none of us want to upset the delicate China dolls of the Arab world by suggesting that jihadists are more likely to murder innocents than outfits like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir or Ducks Unlimited.
Yes, yes, the irony is rich that for all the bleating from the blame-America crowd about how this war or that invasion will ignite the “street” in the Muslim world it ended up being a ten-line item in the “Periscope” section of Newsweek. But that’s life.

Read the whole thing.

“Sexy Texas cheerleader ban clears first hurdle”

This is an interesting and thought-provoking article. Apparently, folks in Texas are getting their panties in a bunch (so to speak) because the high school cheerleaders and dance team routines are “too sexy” and their outfits are “too skimpy.”
I’d like to chime in on this debate — I really would. But I have to say that I don’t think I can have an informed opinion on the subject until I’ve seen some video (or at least some pictures) of what they are talking about.