Monday, July 28, 2008

Become a StrangeBedfellow!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Has Uncle Sam gone senile?

from Pat Buchanan::

By bringing Poland into NATO, we agreed to defend her against the world's largest nation, Russia, with thousands of nuclear weapons. Now, the Polish regime is refusing us permission to site 10 anti-missile missiles on Polish soil, unless we pay Poland billions for the privilege.

Has Uncle Sam gone senile?

No. Tusk has Sam figured out. The old boy is so desperate to continue in his Cold War role as world's Defender of Democracy he will even pay the Europeans – to defend Europe.

Consider, too, the opening South Korea is giving us to end our 60-year commitment to defend her against the North. For weeks, Seoul hosted anti-American protests against a trade deal that allows U.S. beef into South Korea. Koreans say they fear mad-cow disease.

Yet, when a new deal was cut to limit imports to U.S. beef from cattle less than 30 months old, that too was rejected by the protesters. Behind the demonstrations lies a sentiment of anti-Americanism.

In 2002, a Pew Research Center survey of 42 nations found 44 percent of South Koreans, second highest number of any country, holding an unfavorable view of the United States. A Korean survey put the figure at 53 percent, with 80 percent of youth holding a negative view. By 39 percent to 35 percent, South Koreans saw the United States as a greater threat than North Korea.

Can someone explain why we keep 30,000 troops on the DMZ of a nation whose people do not even like us?

The raison d'etre for NATO was the Red Army on the Elbe. It disappeared two decades ago. The Chinese army left North Korea 50 years ago. Yet NATO endures and the U.S. Army stands on the DMZ. Why?

Because, if all U.S. troops were brought home from Europe and Korea, 10,000 rice bowls would be broken. They are the rice bowls of politicians, diplomats, generals, journalists and think tanks who would all have to find another line of work.

And that is why the Empire will endure until disaster befalls it, as it did all the others.

He goes on to name a long list of countries we can no longer afford to or should be seems, like globalism and multiculturalism, to continue under its own momentum rather than any merit.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Someone needs to do the due diligence at Atlantic Yards

from, letter2theeditor.gif An excerpt from a letter to the editor, penned by Alan Rosner, published in The Brooklyn Paper::

Had [Atlantic Yards] gone forward as planned, any number of risks would have had time to play themselves out. Just think: the social experiment of residential density twice that of anything ever attempted in all of U.S. history; creating super-blocks, despite decades of adverse experience; overwhelming Brooklyn’s 50- to 150-year-old infrastructure; overwhelming both vehicular and public transportation capacity; the traffic implications of protecting three Homeland Security Department terrorist targets.

Today’s disconnect between the law and reality could not be starker.

No matter the arguments presented [during the appeal of the state environmental review], the project being argued over is no longer the project laid in court papers.

This case is now only about who will have control of 22 contiguous acres in the center of Brooklyn.

The Nets aren’t required to come here and the housing in the second phase of the project may never be built it’s all left up to Ratner.

The courts cannot be counted on to address this sort of a problem.

What the (naked) emperors of this state need to do is require an honest study of the environmental injuries that a sports arena and acres of parking will inflict on surrounding communities and the borough at large.

The courts are failing, the politicians have failed - and now are proving to be massively corrupt - more than we even imagined - the economy is failing, yet the cash strapped state and city continue to pour money into a poorly planned boondoggle. "Why? is the big question. The one never asked, but always implied:: what does Bruce Ratner do or have to command such power?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Oh, I get it, its my fault.

Obama ‘slave’ shirt sparks lawsuit threat

Designer claims unhappy customer got assaulted, now wants to sue

by metro / metro new york

> email this to a friend

JUL 17, 2008

When a 25-year-old Manhattan graduate student who was assaulted Tuesday night got dressed that morning, she probably didn’t anticipate that her T-shirt would provoke four teens into shoving her, pulling out her earphones and spitting in her face.

Wearing the $69 T-shirt that sparked the alleged assault, designer Apollo Braun flashes a peace sign. (Photo: )

Then again, with a shirt sporting the slogan, “Obama is my slave,” it may have been wise to consider the possibility.

Now she’s suing the $69 shirt’s designer, Apollo Braun, for “all he’s got,” the designer claims.

But the Israeli-born Braun — born Doron Braunshtein — says what allegedly happened to his now-disgruntled customer isn’t his fault — and that his outrageous design reflects not his views but those of “ordinary WASPs.”


Poor guy. He's right, its us ordinary wasps that made him do it. Afterall we're the establishment, right? I mean, WASPs own the New York Times, the Daily News, we have a WASP mayor, WASP real estate developers, and presidents of most Ivy League schools and the largest ethnic group there, due to ethnic nepotism are WASPs, right?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

With Threat of Fare Hike, More Ideas for MTA to Save

With Threat of Fare Hike, More Ideas for MTA to Save

With talk of the MTA raising fares again after recently raising them (well, not the bus and subway base fare, but still), there are some suggestions about what the MTA can do instead.

For instance, City Councilman Eric Gioia proposed that the MTA sell its midtown building at 44th Street and Madison Avenue to raise money. He said, "There's no justification for the MTA to be on Madison Avenue. This is a glaring example of an asset being underutilized." Per the Sun, the MTA noted it has sold off expensive properties and is working on other cost cutting measures, but selling office buildings is not in the plans for now.

Hmmm how about NOT selling a certain piece of land - Vanderbilt Yards, for 200 million under its value. How can the MTA demand a fare increase when they are giving money away to billionaires like Bruce Ratner - in down turned economic times, no less?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The End of Science

from Steve Sailer:

The End of Science

Having fixed the housing market, the federal government is turning its attention to fixing science. John Tierney writes in the NYT on the inevitable aftermath of the Larry Summers affair:

Until recently, the impact of Title IX, the law forbidding sexual discrimination in education, has been limited mostly to sports. But now, under pressure from Congress, some federal agencies have quietly picked a new target: science.

The National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Energy have set up programs to look for sexual discrimination at universities receiving federal grants. Investigators have been taking inventories of lab space and interviewing faculty members and students in physics and engineering departments at schools like Columbia, the University of Wisconsin, M.I.T. and the University of Maryland.



Yeah, just what we need in America now - dumbing down our universities...even more.

when will the nonsense end? At this point, probably when the egalitarian left has damaged society to the point where we cannot afford it any more. When you're big and fat and gas is 1.50 a gallon you can be wasteful.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

good thing we liberated them and took them in as refuges, eh?

British girls as young as 14 are being trafficked for sex within the UK

By Daily Mail Reporter

File picture of teenage girls on way to school

Targets: British-born girls as young as 14 are being trafficked for sex within the UK (file picture)

British girls as young as 12 are being forced into prostitution by migrants in a new crime of 'internal' people trafficking.

Children from ordinary families are groomed by older men posing as boyfriends before being pimped around the UK to have sex up to 20 times a night.

They are raped and often drugged, according to police.

Officers have identified 'syndicates of Iraqi men throughout the UK' behind the exploitation.


It was not suddenly bred,
It will not swiftly abate,
Through the chill years ahead,

Thursday, July 3, 2008

A Canadian court has overturned a father's punishment

On one hand, canada is trying adults for hate speech on the other, stopping parents from disciplining their kids.
A Canadian court has overturned a father's punishment for his daughter after she refused to stay off the Internet, his attorney said Wednesday.

The girl, 12, took her father to Quebec Superior Court after he refused to allow her to go on a school trip for chatting on Web sites and then posting "inappropriate" pictures of herself online using a friend's computer, AFP reported.

The punishment was for the girl's "own protection," according to the father's attorney, Kim Beaudoin, who is appealing the ruling.

"She's a child," Beaudoin told AFP. "At her age, children test their limits and it's up to their parent to set boundaries. I started an appeal of the decision today to reestablish parental
authority, and to ensure that this case doesn't set a precedent."

Otherwise, she continued, "Parents are going to be walking on egg shells from now on."

According to court documents, the girl's Internet usage was the latest in a rash of disciplinary problems. But Justice Suzanne Tessier, who was presiding over the case, found the punishment too severe.