Monday, December 31, 2007

Leftist Lawyer Accused of Vandalizing Marine's Car In Chicago

Black Five has the story. Marine Sgt Mike McNulty is on activation orders to Iraq (second tour). On December 1st, 2007, Mike went to visit a friend in Chicago to say goodbye before deploying. Sgt McNulty has Marine Corps license plates, which are available from the State of Illinois.

While at his friend's place, McNulty observed a man keying his car multiple times, making huge scratches in the paint to the tune of $2,400 in damages. Because of the monetary level of damages, the act was a felony under Illinois law.

Sgt McNulty confronted the vandal, who made anti-military comments to McNulty. McNulty called the police and had the vandal arrested. However, the vandal turned out to be Chicago Attorney Jay R. Grodner. Grodner refused probation for his vandalism and refused to pay for the damages to Mike's car, except for the $100 deductible not covered by Mike's insurance.

Mike has insisted on prosecuting Grodner for the vandalism, but since Grodner is an attorney, that will be difficult. Grodner is expected to file for a continuance of the trial until after Sgt. McNulty has redeployed to Iraq (he leaves January 2nd), when McNulty will be unable to appear, allowing Grodner to win by default.

Another Chicago attorney has recommended calling Groder or dropping him an email, and has provided contact information.

Law Offices of Jay R. Grodner

Phone: (312) 236-1142 Fax: (312) 236-6036

However, I notice that his website does not respond, so he may have taken it down.

His contact information is publicly available. If you want to write him a letter you can get his address in any address search engine (try

DO NOT harrass or threaten Grodner nor do any damage to his property. We don't fight that way. The public humiliation of this asshat should be sufficient. That and a successful felony prosecution, if one can be arranged. Do what you can by spreading the word.

Read Black Five for further information and suggestions.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Thoughts on Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto was murdered by a fanatic today as she was leaving a rally. I'm not going to regurgitate the news as most of you have already read all about it. If not, go to this link.

Bhutto was a beautiful woman, the first female Prime Minister of a Muslim state, who didn't wear hijabs or cover her face. It is said that moderate forces in Pakistan, those not interested in living under 7th century Sharia law, supported Bhutto.

Was it a Muslim fanatic or someone put up to the deed by the current ruler of Pakistan? Bhutto was back in Pakistan to try and make a political comeback. Current President Pervez Musharraf is very unpopular with the masses and Bhutto was working on replacing him in the office. Musharraf may very well be the mastermind behind her assassination.

In any case, we once again see the deep pathological nature of Islamic society where murder, backwardness and tyranny grow like weeds in an empty lot.

It makes me feel like getting out my Qur'an....and pissing on it.

I won't though, because that would make it hard to light.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Mohammed as Santa Claus

There have been a number of drawings of Mohammed as Santa Claus appearing in the blogosphere. Well heck, I have to give my version. Here it is.

I think the Santa hat is an improvement over the bomb in the turban and it reflects multicultural sensitivity in uniting both our great traditions into one to celebrate Christmas. I'm sure Imams everywhere will see it with tears in their eyes, touched as I am sure they will be.
Everyone, everywhere is urged to use this cartoon any way you see fit, with or without attribution. Let's spread the multicultural good cheer!

Merry Christmas Mo! And to all a good night.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Marine Adopts Disabled Iraqi Orphan

The A.P. has run a touching story about a U.S. Marine who adopted an Iraqi boy from an orphanage in Iraq. The boy, Ala'a, has cerebral palsy. U.S. Marines visited the Mother Teresa Orphanage in Iraq where Ala'a and other children were cared for by Catholic nuns. The Marines played with the children and one of them, Captain Scott Southworth, became acquainted with Ala'a. Ala'a seems to have adopted the Captain first, as he began to call him "Baba," Arabic for "Daddy."

Ala'a was only 9 years old and weighed only 55 pounds. When Southworth was told the boy would be moved to another institution in a year where his future would be bleak, Southworth impulsively offered to adopt him.

Read the whole story. It's a very touching story for Christmas. God bless Captain Scott Southworth and his new son, Ala'a! They are both home now, safe and sound in the United States of America.

The Piece Symbol

Naked moonbats make a huge "peace" symbol in the snow. I guess you could caption this picture "Freezing Our Asses Off for Peace." See the story at Moonbattery.

What is it about being a moonbat that makes them all such exhibitionists?

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Zionist Conspiracy Meeting Tomorrow

All members of the Gefilte Fish Chapter of the Zionist Conspiracy should remember that there will be a regular monthly meeting at my house tomorrow at 1 PM. Please bring your bound copies of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, you will need them for the open-book test.

Rabbi Yarmaluke will be bringing homemade Motzo balls for a snack, made by his lovely wife. Dress comfortably, skull-caps are optional. Remember, guests to our meetings must be approved in advance, unless they are international bankers, who are always welcome without preapproval.

After the open-book test, there will be a free-ranging discussion on how the Goyim are on to us and what we should do about it. It has recently been pointed out by highly astute websites that we Jews are in control of everything in our efforts to take over the world. We control the White Supremacist groups and websites; we control the Radical Muslim groups and websites; we control the Democrats and we control the Republicans. Wherever in the world there is strife and conflict, we, of course, control both sides. That way, no matter who wins, we win! There's method to our madness, so to speak. Soon the entire world will be Jewish and forced to eat chicken soup and bagels and watch endless reruns of "Fiddler on the Roof." The world will be a better place for it.

Some say we must stop those who would expose our nefarious schemes. They say that our latest gambit, promoting secret Zionist agent Ron Paul, is in danger of exposure. Frantic members of the ZC have been phoning me to complain about this astute anti-Zionist website. "He's about to pull the plug on our international Zionist Conspiracy!" they moan.

Not to worry, fellow conspiracists. The blogger is one of us. His website too, is part of our international Zionist Conspiracy. We are so good at controlling everything, we now control the anti-Zionists as well as the Zionists. Think about it. At first blush, his website seems crazy, ludicrous and terribly paranoid. But that's exactly what the ZC and the Elders want people to believe: that those who expose our massive conspiracy are simply harmless nut-cases, to be laughed at and forgotten. Then the Conspiracy will be safe from exposure.

I tell you, fellow Jews, we have all the angles figured out, all the bases covered. Soon all the Goyim in the world will be snacking on Gefilte fish and singing along to Fiddler: "Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match! Dum de dum de dum dum dum."

And since we have bought the world rights to the Fiddler reruns and have cornered the market on Gefilte fish, we will be rich beyond our wildest dreams! Ha haaa haaaa! (Cough).

Sorry, I need to practice my evil laugh more but I have a scratchy throat. Where is my wife? Where is that chicken soup? Zelda!! Come here!!

Facing Hard Decisions at Christmas

The company I currently work for has shut down until January 2nd. Most Silicon Valley high techs do that. They close the doors and send everyone home for the holidays.

However, that forces me to deal with some hard decisions for Christmas. Do I take a nap? Smoke a cigar? Write a blog entry? Watch TV? Eat something? Shop?

The answer is "all of the above." Well the "shop" decision can be deferred until Christmas Eve. I'm a guy, after all, and have to follow the guy-code. There could be serious penalties if I do not.

Well I'd better get to it.

Should I take a shower first?


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Bear Sweats in Midwest Due to Global Warming

Whoops, my mistake. That bear isn't sweating, he's sporting icesickles. It seems there's a huge ice storm in the midwest that's already killed 15 people, closed highways and caused havoc.

In other words, it's freezing. The next moron who preaches global warming there should be pelted with snowballs.


Monday, December 10, 2007

Woman With Gun Stops Mass Murder in Colorado

An apparent maniac entered a church in Colorado yesterday, heavily armed. He had opened fire on a divinity school the day before and the New Life Christian Church in Colorado Springs took precautions. They provided security guards, including a pretty blonde named Jeanne Assam. Jeanne, a former cop, was licensed to carry a gun and was doing so when the maniac, Matthew Murray, invaded the church and began firing at parishioners. He killed two young women and critically injured their father.

According to the news stories:

The shooter, Matthew Murray, had as many as a thousand rounds of ammunition
for his assault rifle. With at least thousands of people still in the common
areas after the second service and smoke devices ignited, he could have killed
many many more than the two who did die. But Jean Assam stood in his

"I identified myself, I engaged him and then I took him down," she said
at the press conference. "I didn't run away. I didnt' think for a minute to run
away. I knew I was the one given the assignment to stop this thing."

Murray is now in the morgue and a lot of parishioners are still drawing breath. Thank God for Jeanne Assam, who not only possessed a firearm but fearlessly used it in a life or death situation. She's truly a hero.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Bernie Ward, Lion of the Leftards

Bernie Ward is an ardent liberal and talk show host of KGO Radio in San Francisco. He likes to call himself "the Lion of the Left." A former priest, he is still a practicing Catholic. This past week he was indicted on Federal charges of possessing and distributing kiddie porn on the internet. Apparently Ward downloaded kiddie porn and emailed it to others and then bragged about it in a chat room where he was being monitored. That was pretty asinine. Maybe he should change his moniker to "the Jackass of the Left." Ah, how pride doth go before a fall.

I never listen to Bernie's radio show, figuring I could learn more listening to the squirrels chattering outside my window, but I have not possessed any great malice for the man. He's just another dopey liberal, seriously reality-impaired and full of enough hot air to resurrect the Hindenburg, the ancient blimp he is often accused of resembling. Such folks are a dime a dozen in California, the home of fruits and nuts. If you got upset over all of them you'd spend your days in a psycho ward begging for your next dose of thorazine.

I once heard Bernie Ward speak at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California, where my son was attending high school. Bellarmine is a 150 year old Catholic high school that turns away two out of three who apply, due to its rigorous academic standards and demanding entrance exam. Bernie spoke there in 1998, talking about ethics and morality. I took a picture of him from the audience, which is posted on the right. I had to scour my portable hard drive for the digital photo and it took me an hour to find it, but I knew it was there.

The picture was taken on an early digital camera and is therefore small, but if you zoom in on the white board you can make out "Moral = (unintelligible)" and "Amoral" below it. I remember feeling quite ambivalent about the speech at the time, in that I considered liberalism to be very amoral and therefore could give little crediblity to the speaker. This, in spite of my interest in the topic.

The laws on kiddie porn are pretty strict. You can have as many as three kiddie porn photos on your computer "by mistake," and when you find them you have to report them or immediately delete them from your computer. More than three, you are considered a felon and subject to arrest. Whether you distribute them or not is irrelevant, just possessing them is a felony. These rules strike me as rather draconian, since any idiot could email you 4 pictures of kiddie porn, which would them be stored in a cache if you didn't notice them or delete them. Then the sender could simply turn you in because you are guilty of a felony. The minimum penalty is five years per picture. Ridiculous.

Bernie isn't so innocent, however. He bragged about downloading the porn and was observed distributing it. He claims he was only doing research on a book about "hypocrisy in America." Seems to me he was actually engaged in performance art along the same theme.

Nevertheless, I hate to see any man have his career and life and reputation destroyed over magnetic patterns stored on a hard drive. God, Bernie, what were you thinking? I will ask the Man Upstairs to cut you a break and get you out of this. However, I suspect the Boss has his own reasons and seasons for doing things. Perhaps it will make you a better man in the long run. Let's hope so. Resolve now to salvage your life in spite of it all. It won't be easy but it can be done.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Living In An Insane World: More Muslims Needed

There's so much nonsense on the political scene today I hardly know where to start. Let's see, the sick and insane culture of Darfur wants to kill a sweet lady school teacher with rosy cheeks over a Teddy Bear. She allowed her class of grade-schoolers to name a Teddy Bear, and they picked "Mohammed," after the kid who actually owned the Teddy Bear.

This was "an insult to religion" so she should be beheaded. Naming the toy bear "Mohammed" was an insult to the Prophet, a crime which demands death. What would I say to these poor offended Muslims if I could? Simple: "You sick bastards."

So what is the West doing about this very sick culture and religion? They are importing its adherents by the millions. They want more of those folks over here. What, you say they hate our guts, are forming terrorist cells all over the place, and have a 20 year plan to replace American democracy with Sharia law? WELL HELL, let's open up the floodgates and get more of them over here! That's the ticket.

I see Oprah Winfrey has come up supporting Barack Obama for President of the USA. She couldn't decide between Obama and John Edwards. Hmm, which one is the biggest airhead? Which one is the biggest pretty boy without a scintilla of substance? Heck, it was a draw, so she came down on the side of skin color. He's the same color as she is so he gets the nod. If you're going to have an idiot in the White House, he may as well lool like you. Well, sort of. Obama doesn't have cleaveage like Oprah. At least she's nice to look at.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Robert Spencer's Take on the Velaams Belang Controversy

Writing at Jihad Watch, Robert Spencer gives his take on the dispute between Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs and Gates of Vienna and other supporters of Velaams Belang.

His readers supply some very interesting and useful information in their comments. Do read it.

David Duke's Hatesite - Friend of the Left and Radical Muslims

If you really want to make your skin crawl, visit David Duke's website. If there's anything David Duke despises, it is Jews. He hardly mentions blacks anymore. His whole gig is attacking Israel, publishing Muslim-Leftwing lies about Israel, and promoting the Islamists of the Middle East who support his anti-semitism.

Other themes on Duke's website: support the troops, bring them home now. He links to, an anti-Israel, peace-at-any-price, 911-was-an-inside-job website, a website promoted by the fanatic Jason Raimondo and the kookish Michael Moore. Duke has an article claiming "Cindy Sheehan was right:" she agrees with David Duke that the Iraq war is a war for Israel's interests, not America's.

Duke's site advertises the fact the he will speak from Stormfront radio. Stormfront is a Neo-Nazi organization. It was created by former American Nazi Party member Don Black, who was also a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Stormfront uses the Odin's Cross as their symbol, the abbreviated Celtic Cross discussed in a previous post to this blog - except that their Odin's Cross bears the motto "White Pride World Wide."

I was disgusted to see that Dixie Broadcasting has formed a partnership with David Duke: they will begin broadcasting Duke's radio program "The Political Cesspool." I never listened to Dixie Broadcasting, in spite of my Confederate roots. Somehow I didn't trust them and now I know why.

One of the most illuminating aspects of the Klan/Nazi connection is the fact that it supports extreme leftwing causes - not conservative ones. This evil collaboration supports the "Palestinians" and opposes Israel, opposes the war on radical Islam and celebrates extreme leftists like Cindy Sheehan. Another telling point that is not in their favor: they support and promote the blooming nutcase known as Ron Paul, who is running for President as a Republican.

Friday, November 23, 2007

How to Save the Planet: Terminate Humans

The Daily Mail has a story of women who have sterilized themselves to "save our precious planet." They won't have children because it causes a larger "carbon footprint." One airhead named Tony Vernelli explained: "Every person who is born uses more food, more water, more land, more fossil fuels, more trees and produces more rubbish, more pollution, more greenhouse gases, and adds to the problem of over-population."

Such a mindset seems so typical of the anti-human, self-hating, death-wishing liberal Left. The "planet" is more important than human life itself. We should all commit hari-kiri to save the whales. Hmm, now there's an idea for liberals to consider. How about it Tony? Want to show us just how "responsible" you really are, how much you really "love" the planet? If humans are the cause of planet destruction, why stop at the termination of future generations? Why not start with this one?

The Mail article has a photo of Vernelli grinning proudly, as if she were some courageous hero instead of an eco-fanatic freak.

Earth to Tony: The earth, and everything in it, is useless except for the benefit it provides to human beings. Without humans, the planet might as well fall into ths sun and be consumed.

This story illustrates well the Left's version of religion. Mankind is evil, the "planet" a kind of god to which the former should be sacrificed. These people are very, very sick indeed. The only "carbon footprint" they need is one imprinted on their asses.

Chicken Little School Says Humans Destroying the Universe

A couple of American scientists have suggested that humans are "shortening the life of the universe." Apparently the Quantum theory holds that we can change things simply by looking at them. So when astronomers get out their telescopes and look at, say, the rings around Saturn, then they are somehow screwing up the Big Bang of the Universe. Or something like that.

Here's what they claim:
....quantum theory says that whenever we observe or measure
something, we could stop it decaying due what is what is called the "quantum
Zeno effect," which suggests that if an "observer" makes repeated, quick
observations of a microscopic object undergoing change, the object can stop
changing - just as a watched kettle never boils.

Gee, now all I have to do is look in the mirror several times a day and I can stop aging! Whoopee! I can live forever! Ain't science wonderful?

Well I have some scientific theories of my own. The moon, being made of green cheese, goes nicely with green Ritz crackers and a little white wine. And just as a watched kettle never boils, a boil never watches a kettle. This is the Stogie Quantum Theory of Boiling Kettles. I need a few billion more bucks in government grants so I can study this further, preferably smoking a Cohiba from a sidewalk cafe somewhere in the Left Bank.

Ah, Scientists! What a bunch of fucking morons.

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Thanksgiving dates back to the very beginnings of this country when sustenance had to be forced from the soil by hand or hunted. For the early Americans, Thanksgiving was a celebration of survival in a harsh new world.

The spirit of those early days lives on. It is well illustrated by Michelle Malkin's Thanksgiving post, "Stop Before You Gripe." Do read it.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Global Warming Stops Snow Fall Across Europe!


Read the worldwide snow report. It shows that it is now snowing like crazy across Europe. Why is there so much snow? Global Warming. Of course.

INTRODUCTION It has been an amazing week for snowfall across Europe. Austria has received the most but the snow has started to move across into the more western countries of Europe. Val Thorens and Alpe d Huez in France have received enough snow to enable them to open earlier than expected on this coming Saturday. A few resorts in Switzerland are scheduled to open for skiing at the weekends before they fully open on a daily basis. There is also good news in Italy as Cortina and Passo Tonale will open for the winter season on Saturday. Heavy snow has continued to fall across Canada. Read the whole thing.

Now go read the idiotic UN report and slideshow on how the planet is hurtling towards a global warming diaster and have yourself a good laugh.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Infidel Bloggers Alliance Kicks Butt

If you have been following the Velaams Belang and Swedish Party controversy, you owe it to yourself to read Infidel Bloggers Alliance. Lately there are a log of good posts there that shed light on facts to be considered. I need to put this blog in my "Must Read" links and I will do that this weekend.

The head guy there is Pastorius, one of most informed bloggers in the anti-Jihad movement and a man of integrity. He has been a great friend to me since I started blogging.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Al Gore Proven Right - Global Warming Heats Up South America!

No, wait a minute, I had that wrong. South America is having its coldest weather in 90 years.

Well obviously, you right wing fanatics, these freezing temperatures are caused by Global Warming, and man-made GW at that. This is called the Gore Inversion Effect, i.e when Global Warming really gets hot, we get freezing temperatures. Up is down and right is wrong. You fools!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Fjordman, Former Lizard, Defends the Sweden Party

The big blog debate over neo-Nazis in the anti-jihad movement continues unabated. A Scandinavian conservative, Fjordman, gives a powerful rebuttal to Charles Johnson's views at the Gates of Vienna. Do read it.

I remain of an open mind in this debate. Though I tend to agree with Johnson, I am by no means convinced that European conservative movements are seriously tainted by extremists of the Right. Indeed, Fjordman makes a convincing argument that the European right is strongly pro-Israel and antagonistic towards anti-Semitism in Europe. Also, there are many bloggers whom I greatly respect who agree with Fjordman.

Monday, November 12, 2007

A Seven Day Work Week - In Vain

Crap, I just worked a seven day work week and was looking forward to a nice big paycheck. But this morning my car dealer told me my tires and brakes are shot and he will be enjoying my fat paycheck, not me. But at least my car will get me to work where I can work like a mad fool to maybe pay my property tax bill on December 10. Oh well.

I love the cold weather we are having in the Bay Area. I like this time of year.

I bought myself a conversational French audio course from Amazon. It's called "Smart French." No, that is not an oxymoron! I am going to be fluent in French and that's all there is to it.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

It's a Jihad Christmas, Charley Brown!

Leave it to Charley Brown to find a way to incorporate Islamic traditions into Christmas! Now everyone is happy.

Larry Auster Challenges Charles Johnson of LGF

Larry Auster of View From the Right is a powerful thinker and writer. I don't always agree with him, but I respect his ability to think critically and logically. He has his own take on the recent effort of Little Green Footballs to out Velaams Belaang as a racist group. Auster quotes several of his readers who think Charles Johnson is becoming too intolerant of LGF members who disagree with him. I have heard this criticism from others as well, that the LGF members (which currently include me) are merely an echo chamber for Charles Johnson, and LGF a kind of online personality cult.

There may be some truth to this and Charles should take care to avoid this impression. Other online conservatives like David Horowitz have a thick skin for honest dissent and that enhances their credibility instead of diminishing it. My impression of LGF is that there are members there who challenge or disagree with Charles Johnson without getting kicked off. There are others who are slavish butt-kissers who, if Charles declared the world to be flat, would "turn on a dime" and become flat-earthers. I can never be a yes-man to anyone. I agree with Charles Johnson maybe 90% of the time and that will have to do. On the other hand, Charles does kick off trolls and liberals who sign up just to annoy the other members. I don't have a problem with that. LGF is not primarily a debating society and I wouldn't have joined if it were.

Online personality cults do exist. Free Republic is definitely one of them, and as a result, has lost a lot of credibility over the past 2 or 3 years. The owner of that site regularly boots off anyone who dissents with his specific beliefs and has roving sheriffs who flag any messages not adhering strictly to his party line. I got kicked off for disagreeing with some member over the causes of the American Civil War. This, in spite of the fact that I agreed with most Free Republic members about discussion topics about 90% of the time. As a result, I do not frequent Free Republic, read it, consult it, or link to it. I think the owner of that site is a flaming jerk. If you want to remain an active member of Free Republic, be sure to kiss the owner's ass publicly, slavishly and often.

However, that is not to say a website can't have reasonable rules, the infraction of which could get you banned. Michelle Malkin's Terms of Use are reasonable. There are legal liability reasons for her terms of use. She doesn't want to get sued if you slander, libel or threaten someone. This is fine. She says "In short, you’re my guest here. I welcome your participation, but if you abuse my hospitality, don’t be surprised if you are shown the door."

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Race: Much Ado About Nothing; the Celtic Cross

Little Green Footballs during the past week had a huge debate going about whether the European political group known as Velaans Belaang was a white supremacist group. It seems VB wants to keep Europe white. Charles Johnson posted a couple of videos from VB, one of which was a skit of a European family discussing Turkish immigration to Europe. I couldn't understand the Flemish (a dialect of Dutch that is spoken in Belgium) but I could understand the subtitles in French. The message of the video seemed entirely reasonable to me, that Turkish immigration into Europe should be restricted.

However, at the end of the video the camera focuses on a Celtic Cross sitting in a bookshelf, and the focus was obviously intended to convey a message. As someone of Celtic lineage, i.e Irish, Welsh, I like the Celtic Cross, which is a Christian cross with a halo around it (see photo at right). However, a version of the Celtic Cross has been adopted as a white power symbol. The White Power symbol differs from the traditional Celtic Cross in that it does not have a long base on the cross and resembles a plus sign with a halo (see photo below, left).

The cross in the VB video was the plus sign. And that is not a good sign. For that reason, I agree with Charles that we should not seek association with Velaams Belang, even though they are ostensibly in agreement with us about Muslim immigration and Islamic evil. Any association with white power groups is a death sentence to any movement. Such an association will never attract large numbers of sympathizers or followers.

However, I am not in sympathy with PC movements that demonize any casual comment or innocent remark that a particular racial group finds offensive. A case in point is the ridiculous recent brouhaha over Don Imus's silly comment about "nappy headed hos," which was intended to be cool and cutting edge, even though it was in bad taste. He was fired from his long standing radio show and, like Jimmy the Greek and others who voiced clumsy comments on race, demonized beyond belief. Such practices only foster a paranoid hypersensitivity in excitable people and do nothing to further genuine racial harmony or understanding.

We should reject the message of real racists who want to deny people equal rights on the basis of skin color or nationality. But this is not the same thing as wanting to stop immigration of those who do not share our cultural beliefs in pluralism and tolerance. One cannot promote tolerance by promoting intolerant groups, whether they be potentially violent, undemocratic Muslims or white power organizations.

Top Photo: a traditional Celtic Cross in a cemetery.
Bottom Photo: the White Power symbol.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Future of Saber Point

I am not satisfied with my progress here at Blogger. I am thinking of redesigning my site or moving it altogether. But where? I will decide that all in good time.

In any case, it's time for a change.

I would like to think all of my regular readers, both of them, actually, for their support.


Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Monday, October 29, 2007

Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week A Big Success

In spite of a determined and fanatical Leftist counterattack, campus Conservatives stood their ground last week and delivered their terrorism-awareness message to universities all across America. They were quite successful in making many students and faculty aware of the vicious aspects of radical Islam, including its oppression of women.

David Horowitz tells the story.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Indoctrinate U

The YouTube trailer for a film about Leftist indoctrination on college campuses is a useful illustration of my last post.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Time to Eject All Marxists From the Universities

Nonie Darwish, a former Muslim, spoke at U.C. Berkeley this week on the subject of Islamo-Fascism. At least she tried to speak, but was badly harrassed by the Communist Left who reign at America's top Center of Subversion.

Do see Zombie's picture essay of the event at this link. It is enough to make your blood boil.

Personally, I am for taking over all universities, firing all Marxist professors and expelling all Marxist students. "Academic Freedom" be damned. There is no "academic freedom" on campus now, only a monopoly on thought and free expression by the Far Left.

Once we boot them out, this Leftist scum will stop undermining our society and our country and Academics will start supporting them, as any university should.

Why we continue to tolerate this enemy presence in our midst is beyond me. They add nothing of value to American democracy, pluralism or society. They are a rotten tooth in the jaw of America. It's time to pull them out by the roots.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Calif Lt. Governor Makes Ass of Himself on Neil Cavuto

Neil Cavuto interviewed the Lt. Governor of California, John Garamandi, on television yesterday. Incredibly, Garamandi blamed the California fires on the War in Iraq (and by inference, George Bush), stating that with the California National Guard in Iraq, their resources were not available to fight the fires.

Neil Cavuto wouldn't let Garamandi get away with this misrepresentation, however. Cavuto pointed out that about 1,600 of the California National Guard were in Iraq out of about 17,000 total. Garamandi tried to keep talking to prevent Cavuto from asking embarrassing questions, but it didn't work. Cavuto interrupted him and insisted that he respond to his question of "how can this be true"?

Garamandi couldn't answer, but he tried. He said 50% of the California National Guard resources were in Iraq. Really? It seems less than 10% are in Iraq. Must be that new math we're always hearing about.

Garamandi was such a typical Democrat office holder on the show. He lied and exaggerated like hell, refused to answer questions, and wallowed in demogoguery. Garamandi and his ilk have convinced the rest of the country that California is the land of Moonbats, irresponsible with facts and money, ready to embrace every silly fad that comes down the pike and totally divorced from common sense. Why do so many non-Californians believe this?

Because it's true.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Are Nutty Democrats Caused by Global Warming?

There are now about 17 fires burning in Southern California. Nutball Democrats, like Harry Reid, are saying that the fires were caused by "global warming." Wow, that's some warming. The sun must have focused through a giant magnifying glass in the sky to ignite all those fires.

Well that seems unlikely. However, as one Democrat pointed out, Global Warming has increased temperatures in Southern California by one degree, and that's what caused the fires. Holy Moley, one degree! I'm surprised the whole state didn't go up like a tinderbox. Who could survive such a radical temperature change without a fire suit?

The truth is that fires of this type are common in Southern California and have been for years. Mudslides are common in other parts of California during the rainy season, and periodically a neighborhood will slide downhill or be engulfed in a tsunami of mud. This must be a result of Global Raining. We should all take our cue from these mudslides and start building an ark.

The only known cause of Global Warming that can be predicted with any accuracy is the nuttiness of the Left and the Democrats. Every normal weather pattern or natural disaster, whether it be floods, fires, tsunamis, mudslides or hurricanes, is immediately cited as proof of Global Warming. Then we hear theories described as indisputable fact.

Nothing doing, Dems. You have your religion and I have mine.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week Begins

Islam-Fascism Awareness Week began today. Various speakers on the subject will be speaking at various universities and other forums on the subject. selected this photograph as the symbol of Islamo-Fascism Awareness. It depicts a young Iranian woman being prepared for death by stoning, a barbaric practice common in Islam. The woman was convicted of adultery and, per the express orders of Muhammad, must be stoned to death.

See the UK article that ran this picture to learn more about death by stoning. It reads,
Under Islamic law a male convict is buried up to the waist with his hands tied behind his back, while a female is usually buried up to her neck. Spectators and officials then carry out the execution by hurling rocks and stones. The stones are deliberately chosen to be large enough to cause pain, but not big enough to kill the person in just one or two strikes.
Not surprisingly, the Left opposes Islamo-Fascism Awareness week, presumably because they always support Evil in all its forms and expressions.

In all fairness to Islam, not all adulteresses are stoned to death. Some are hanged. A rope is put around the neck and the victim hoisted into the air by a crane. At least with hanging, death comes swiftly. Gays are often hanged too. Women who are raped are often imprisoned, beaten or murdered in so-called "honor killings."

More graphic pictures can be seen at the links below.

To learn more about Islamo-Fascism, do check out the following links:

The Religion of Peace

Islam is the world's most evil religion. Just because Evil disguises itself as religion is no reason to tolerate it. Get informed.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Hillary Clinton's New Career

Zombie has opened a new gallery of unflattering photos of Hillary Clinton. If you find any unflattering photos, do contribute them to Zombie's new photo file.

I love these photos because they are great fodder for cartoons. I have used some of Zombie's photos to create some cartoons. Here are some of them.

First photo: Because Hillary will need a new job following the 2008 presidential elections.

Second photo: Remember Mrs. Olsen who once hawked Folgers Coffee with a Swedish accent? Hillary would be a great new Mrs. Olsen as she looks just like the original.
All she has to do is fake a Swedish accent. However, if she can fake a Southern accent, a Swedish accent is a snap.

The Harry Reid Smear Letter and Aftermath

I have often emphasized on this blog just how Machiavellian, dishonest and dirty are the Democrats in their pursuit of power. None personifies this dishonesty better than Senator Harry Reid, Democrat from Nevada. Reid was a leader in the transparent attempt to smear Rush Limbaugh by falsely claiming that Limbaugh called American soldiers "phony soldiers."

The truth, well documented in the archives and transcripts of the Rush Limbaugh show, clearly show Rush was referring to leftwing posers like Jesse MacBeth. These are the phonies who dress up like soldiers and fake their military service and pretend to be either veterans or active duty soldiers who "oppose the war" - however, they never were soldiers, never served and never were in Iraq. They are part of the expansive fraud known as the Democratic Party.

Harry Reid was particularly evil in his efforts. He stood on the floor of the Senate and denounced Limbaugh for impugning actual soldiers fighting in Iraq "for his freedom of speech, blah, blah, blah." Reid's entire speech was based on a false premise and a huge lie about the real facts. It would be very difficult to believe that Reid did not know the truth while he was smearing a private citizen.

Harry Reid then wrote a letter to Rush Limbaugh's employer attempting to get Rush fired or forced to publicly apologize for a wrong he never committed. Forty-one of his fellow Democrats signed the letter. Rush put the smear letter up for auction on eBay and it sold for $2.1 million. Rush donated the proceeds to a Marine Corps charity and matched the bid, bringing the full contribution to $4.2 million. Meanwhile, the Democrats' fraud was made known to millions of Americans who listen to the Rush radio show or read conservative blogs.

Proving that he is an unadulterated slimeball, Harry Reid and the mainstream media attempted to spin the auction by insinuating that it was a joint effort between Rush and Harry Reid, or that it was Rush's way of "apologizing" for his "insult" to American troops.

The mainstream media, dependable shills for the Democrats and the Left, continue to misreport the facts, stating that Rush "called soldiers who oppose the war 'phony soldiers.' " The media joined Harry Reid's efforts to steal the credit for the charitable contribution.

Unless the Dems lie like hell, they have no chance to win the public debate. For those of you who vote for these evil people, reconsider. These people do not deserve your support or your vote.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Melanie Morgan Links to Saber Point

The lovely Melanie Morgan (see picture, at right) linked to my post called "Code Pink Crushed In Berkeley." She linked to various blogs that covered the counter protest in Berkeley last Wednesday, and my post was one of the articles listed.

Thanks Melanie. I listen to you every morning on the way to work. It's great to know that KSFO radio (560 AM) exists in the belly of the beast, liberal San Francisco. Brian Sussman, Officer Vic and of course, the great Lee Rodgers, impart a welcome alternative to the constant leftist drumbeat of Bay Area media outlets.

I've never called into the show, but I'm out there, along with many thousands of other supporters. In fact, the show is listened to as far away as London, using the streaming internet connection at the KSFO website. Anyone can listen by connecting there.

God bless you guys and all you do for America. Someday I'd love to meet you all and shake your hands.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pete Stark Is Stark Raving Mad

Representative Pete Stark of the East Bay (Democrat, California) is a moonbat of the worst order and has often made outrageous comments during his long career as a horse's ass. Today on the floor of Congress he again proved again that "he's still got it."
Practically foaming at the mouth when Democrats failed to override the President's veto of SCHIP, Stark delivered a pained soliloquy accusing the President of being a liar and carrying on an "illegal" war in Iraq. Building to a crescendo and hoping to retain his reputation as the biggest ass in Congress, Stark raved: "You don't have money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President's amusement."

Stark later refused to apologize for his remarks.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Code Pink Crushed In Berkeley

Move America Forward's counter demonstration against Code Pink on Wednesday, October 17, was a smashing success. View the pictures of the big confrontation here.

Local media reporters seemed downhearted that their "peace" allies were so outnumbered and outvoiced.

American flags were everywhere, along with signs and t shirts, to get the message out that Code Pink does not speak for the majority of Americans.

Ah Berkeley! Long a festering wound on the ass of America. Maybe it's time to cauterize it.

Melanie Morgan of Move America Forward writes:
The pro-troop movement took back the streets of Berkeley for our troops on
Wednesday! The pro-troop/pro-military demonstration was an incredible
success and you've got to see the pictures and read the reports to fully grasp
what an oustanding event took place.

The media was dumbfounded, they could not believe so many people turned out - we've had 3 sources give crowd estimates of just our pro-troop side ranging from 250 to 325 to 500. They also were stunned that we outnumbered Code Pink in countering THEIR rally in THEIR base, the heart of the anti-military movement, Berkeley, California.

Check out the photographs and all the details at the MAF website:

Lame Lies of Libelous Liberals

I have often said that the Democrats are very Machiavellian, i.e. they are utterly ruthless in pushing their agendas and goals while attacking Republicans. The past couple of weeks have really demonstrated how dishonest the Left really is. You can believe nothing they say. Rush Limbaugh nailed it when he said "Liberals lie. They just flat-out, freaking lie."

Big Fat Democrat Lies now making the scene:

1. Rush Limbaugh was accused of calling soldiers who criticize the war "phony soldiers." 41 Democrats signed a letter by Harry Reid to Rush's employer. The letter asked that Rush be made to apologize for the "slur" against these "soldiers." However, the Democrats were grossly misrepresenting what happened.

Rush was criticizing Leftists who masquerade as soldiers for the purpose of anti-war propaganda, like Jesse MacBeth, a Leftist who posed as a soldier protesting the war. However, MacBeth never served and was never in Iraq. MacBeth was literally and truthfully a "phony soldier." The Dems disingenuously sought to undermine Rush's credibility and popularity by passing off his remark as a slur against actual soldiers who oppose the war (neither of whom could be reached for comment).

Liberals nationwide joined in pushing the massive lie, on the Senate floor, on Chris Matthews show, even on the MSNBC website home page. (I sent email to the latter excoriating them for propagating a brazen lie.)

Meanwhile, Rush has the Harry Reid letter up for auction on e-Bay and the current bid is $65,100. Rush plans to donate the proceeds to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to children whose parents die in the line of duty.

2. Randi Rhodes (see picture above right), a liberal radio host on Air America, is largely unknown outside of her tiny circle of radio show listeners. I had never even heard of her before this week. However, she apparently was walking her dog one night and fell on her face, breaking teeth and giving herself a black eye. Leftist commentators on Air America and moonbat websites like Daily KOS and immediately announced that Rhodes had been mugged by a right wing fanatic and beaten up because the Right just can't stand to have competing opinions on the air. One commentator at Air America was crying like a little sissy-girl as he regurgitated accusations against us on the "hate-filled" right.

Within a day or so, it was revealed that Randi Rhodes beat up herself by slipping and falling on her face, in perhaps an unconscious parody of her radio show's ratings.

The incident again reveals how dishonest, irrational and paranoid are the wailing sissy-girls of the Left. Before any facts about the incident were known, masses of liberal nutroots had jumped to conclusions without any evidence whatsoever.

3. State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) - This is a medical aid program that was authored by Senator Ted Kennedy and Senator Hillary Clinton. It is supposed to provide federal dollars to states to assist families who make too much money to qualify for medicare, but still can't afford private health insurance. In other words, it's socialism. Currently the act provides $5 billion annually to states for this purpose. Recently, Congress passed a bill to expand the funding from $5 billion to $35 billion annually. President Bush vetoed the bill because he believed the bill would federalize health care, expanding the scope of SCHIP much farther than its original intent. Bush said “I don’t like plans that encourage people to move from private plans to the public. And that’s what that bill would do.”

Democrats and their house organs in the mainstream media are now slurring Bush and non-socialist members of Congress as being anti-children. One Scott Thill at Alternet asked "Does Bush hate kids?" Nancy Pelosi blamed the veto on "Hate Radio," Paul Simon, the singer, called the veto "a heartless act." One of the most extreme examples of Leftist slander came from Newsweek who described Michelle Malkin this way: "Heartless right-wing blogger attacks 12 year old brain injury victim over insurance. Sick."

The only thing sick about it is the gross misrepresentation by Newsweak. Slander is their byword. The boy's family had been used by Democrats as an example of why funding should be increased sevenfold. Malkin did not attack anyone. She merely pointed out that the family of this boy was already on SCHIP coverage and the Democrats' desired increase would have no effect on his coverage. How is that "attacking" the boy? Newsweek grossly misrepresented the facts.

The Democrats are going to try and override the SCHIP veto on October 18. They hope to persuade some of our squishy soft Republicans to support them in this regard, and all of the slanderous publicity is geared in that direction. Vote with the Dems or be slandered as "anti-child."

Monday, October 15, 2007

Code Pinko Broads Battle in Berkeley - UPDATED

UPDATE 10/17/2007: Move America Forward members and supporters showed up at the Code Pink anti-Marines rally in Berkeley today and greatly outnumbered the Code Pinkos. The latter were surrounded by normal-looking people and a sea of red, white and blue American flags. Way to go, Melanie Morgan!

Original article:
Zombie has pictures of Code Pink, a bunch of fat and homely leftists of the female variety, protesting the Marines recruiting office in Berkeley, California. Code Pink is obvious by the pink clothes they wear, their open mouths and closed minds, and the fact that most of them are fat and homely. Really girls, isn't all this protesting REALLY about the fact that you can't get laid?

Code Pink is returning to the Marine recruiting office on Wednesday, October 17, to continue making asses of themselves. Melanie Morgan has organized a counter demonstration so the Code Pinkos will have someone in their face for a change.

Below is one of Zombie's photos of the October 7th Code Pink protest in Berkeley. I Photoshopped it so it reads the way it should. See original at Zombie's site.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Fact Finding Mission to Belgium

I love that poem "In Flander's Fields" and reposted it last Memorial Day. Until recently I didn't really know what "Flanders" was. We never covered it in any of my high school or college courses. However, when in Amsterdam, we took a day tour of Brussels, Belgium and there I learned what it is. Flanders is the region of Northern Belgium; the Ardennes is the Southern region.

Canadian troops fought in Flanders during World War I, and that's the origin of the famous poem "In Flanders Fields" by Lt. Col. John McCrae, M.D.

The Ardennes is where the Battle of the Bulge was fought in Word War II.

Brussells was lovely. They are very proud of their statue of "Mannequin Piss," a young boy urinating in the center of town. After hoisting a few excellent Belgian beers in the local Brasserie, I could appreciate the feeling.

We enjoyed local brews at the Brasserie and the stoic young bartender, Jerome, warmed to us slowly. We eventually won him over with sincere appreciation of his beer and by including him in our conversation. I told him he spoke excellent English. He proudly replied that he had perfected his English by watching the O.J. Simpson trial on television every day. I told him, "You must have learned a lot of bad words" and we both laughed.

He then grabbed a beer glass with the bar's logo and gave it to me as a memento. "Quick, put it in your pocket!" he whispered. I did. It survived the trip home and now serves as a Badge of Beer and Brotherhood and Brussels and Belgium and Brasseries. (Burp.)

Saturday, October 13, 2007

In Paris: Are the French Rude to Americans?

I have been as critical of France as the next guy, especially over the past five years. However, going to France and seeing and meeting French people somewhat softened my attitude. France was and is a great civilization, albeit one that is in decline. I would love to see it saved, to resume its once prominent position as a center of Western Civilization.

My attitude was softened by the courtesy shown to me by my French hosts. I went there expecting coldness and rudeness from the French, but did not get what I expected. I had been told that they would be rude to anyone who did not speak French or spoke it poorly. They weren't. My first encounter with a French person was the lovely young woman taxi driver who transported us from the train station (where we had traveled from Amsterdam) to our hotel. I gave her a preprinted card showing the name of our hotel and the address. "Nous allons ici," said I. "Okay," she replied. I hopped in front with her and let my son and nephew occupy the rear seat.

In the car she asked me in stumbling English to wear my seat belt. I said, "D'accord!" and put it on. She said, "Thank you." I replied, "Pas de quoi!" Finally I realized she could understand English so I told her what a good driver she was. She smiled. She had nice legs too, but I didn't mention that.

Many of the French do speak English and are willing to do so. Later, when we were exploring the Champs d'Elysee, I noted that most of the storefronts were in French, but had an English translation below. The French were clearly marketing to their English-speaking customers. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed. I wanted it all in French. My wife, however, was annoyed that it wasn't all in English. She's a hard woman.

In the restaurants where we ate, the waiters all spoke fluent English and catered to us and tried to please us. The only time I had to speak French was the one time we went to McDonald's. The little French girl behind the counter didn't speak English. However, all I really had to do was point at the order board on the wall and hold up two fingers to indicate a double order. The Parisian McDonald's was packed. So much for the cultural purists.

Most restaurant menus were in French, but also had English subtitles. This didn't always work out. Creme Brulee was described as "Broiled Cream." It is actually a delicate custard.

My experience indicates the Parisians are not rude to Americans and if you don't speak French, go anyway. I have no second thoughts about returning to France. Next stop: Normandy.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Cindy Sheehan Flying High

Considering the scary things we see these days, this Halloween may be the most frightening yet.

Picture of the cackling Cindy was borrowed from Zombie's site.

Go here to see Zombie's latest batch of pics.

Thanks Zombie, you know how we love scary stuff this time of year.

Happy Halloween!

Nobel Peace Prize: A Leftist Farce

Al Gore has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts at desseminating a massive lie, that global warming is man made and caused by CO2 emissions. In recent years, critics have been saying that the Nobel Peace Prize is most often awarded to leftists and anti-American extremists, and 2007 proves once again that it's true.

Prior winners of the Nobel Peacenik Prize include Nelson Mandela (1993), Yasser Arafat (1994), Kofi Annan (2001), and Jimmy Carter (2002).

Earlier this year Al Gore also won an Oscar for his propaganda film, An Inconvenient Truth. This, in spite of its errors and false premises. But then, the Academy of Motion Pictures gave an Oscar to Michael Moore for the same thing, "best documentary," for his highly biased and deliberately slanted film, "Bowling for Columbine" in 2003. For the Left, there is no such thing as objective truth, there is only the collectivist cause and any and all means to advance it.

The Left creates its own fake causes and awards fake prizes to the fakers who advance them. It's enough to gag a maggot.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Dutch and Their Tolerance of Evil

My visit last week to Holland (the Netherlands) was interesting. It was fun to see ancient places, other kinds of architecture, use a different currency (Euros) and eat different kinds of food. All in all, I like Holland. I saw ancient cathedrals with families buried in the floor of the church, their epitaphs chiseled into the stone, their dates of death in the 1680's. I saw some of the famous windmills that were used to pump water out of Holland, since much of it is below sea level. That old tale of the boy with his finger in the dike is based on fact. As we drove along the seacoast, we noticed that the sea to our right was higher than the land to our left, the two separated by the earthen mound which supported the road.

The Dutch largely struck me as people who keep to themselves and are very laid-back. They do not get easily upset. I saw no one on the streets raising his voice. In the morning hustle to work and school, people avoid eye contact with each other. They were neither overly friendly nor hostile. We felt safe walking along the streets, though I might not have felt that way if my last name was Van Gogh or Fortuyn. Theo Van Gogh was murdered in 2004 on the streets of Amsterdam by a Muslim fanatic after making a film critical of Islam's treatment of women; Pim Fortuyn, an elected official, was murdered on the street by an animal rights kook in 2002.

Rod Dreher of National Review Online wrote this about Pim Fortuyn's murder:

Fortuyn's legion of enemies denounced him as a fascist and a racist, partly
for his tough-on-crime policies, but mostly for his belief that immigration
should stop, and that immigrants — particularly Muslims, whose views on women
and gays he considered barbaric — should be pressed harder to assimilate into
Dutch life.

While in Amsterdam, I read an English language pamphlet about the region, written for tourists. It was openly and unabashedly political, stating that after the last elections, the Dutch had voted for the Labor Party in droves, "turning Pim Fortuyn's party out of power." "Holland is tolerant again" it bragged. Obviously the writer had never read the observation of Thomas Mann, a German social critic whom the Nazis opposed, that "Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil."

Some Dutch have long been tolerant of evil. They were tolerant of the Nazis who occupied Holland during World War II; some of them turned in the Franks, which resulted in the deaths of three family members in a concentration camp. No doubt some Dutch citizen wanted to curry favor with the tyrants in the hope they would kill him last. Today some Dutch citizens want to curry favor with Muslim fanatics through appeasement and looking the other way when the innocent are murdered.
In a third example of Holland's rubber backbone, there is the story of Aayan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim who fled Islam to become a member of the Dutch Parliament. She collaborated with Theo Van Gogh on his film and became the object of a Muslim death threat. The brave Dutch didn't exactly rally to her side: they tried to get her kicked out of the country in a brazen act of appeasement to intolerant barbarians.

Slate tells the story:
To give a brief back story, it will be remembered that Hirsi Ali, a refugee from
genital mutilation, forced marriage, and civil war in her native Somalia,
was a member of the Dutch parliament. She collaborated with Theo van Gogh on
a film—Submission—that highlighted the maltreatment of Muslim immigrant
women living in Holland. Van Gogh was murdered on an Amsterdam street in
November 2004; a note pinned to his body with a knife proved to be a threat
to make Hirsi Ali the next victim. Placed inside a protective bubble by the authorities, she was later evicted from her home after neighbors complained that she was endangering their safety and then subjected to a crude attempt to deprive her of her citizenship.
Islamic appeasement by the Dutch is now in full bloom. When I visited Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam, there were various rooms set up in the annex next door with films to educate the public about the Nazi pogroms and what happened to Anne Frank. However, I wandered into one room where a rapt audience stood watching a film about the Islamic cartoon flap of two years ago. The narrator of the film sounded outraged at the "disrespect" shown to Islam, noting that "depictions of the 'Prophet' are forbidden," while the scene on the screen showed angry Muslims burning a Danish flag. I was outraged that Anne Frank House would be showing a pro-Muslim propaganda film. I said out loud, "What has this got to do with Anne Frank? Islam sucks!" and walked out. No one even looked at me.

The Dutch have learned nothing from the lessons of history. They repeat the same errors over and over. Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil. That should be the new motto of Holland and replace windmills and wooden shoes as its most oft depicted logos.

UPDATE: Aayan Hirsi Ali warns the West: we must defeat Islam.

Photo: A canal in Holland

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

A Visit to Anne Frank's House

Before visiting Paris, we visited Amsterdam (in the Netherlands, or Holland). While there I was determined to visit Anne Frank's hideout, the building in which she and her family lived while hiding out from the Nazis in the 1940's.

We arrived at the building a half an hour before closing time, but paid the entrance price anyway. I figured a brief glimpse would be better than nothing, as I do not know when or if I will return to Amsterdam.
The building is devoid of all furniture, which was carted away by the Nazis after the Franks were arrested. The building is a four story affair where a Dutch businessman hid the Franks and another family, the van Pels, for two years during the Nazi pogroms of World War II. The upper floors of the building were allegedly closed off and unused due to the war. In actuality, the upper floors housed the Franks and the van Pels.
We walked down a hall to where a bookcase stood ajar from the wall. Behind the bookcase was a well worn door leading to the living quarters. The bookcase had been used to hide the door.
The living quarters were quite small. There were four bedrooms, one for Peter, the son of the van Pels, one for Peter's mother and father, another for Anne's parents, Otto and Edith Frank, and finally, one for Anne Frank and her sister Margot. For all, there was a single toilet with no bath or shower, and a kitchen where meals were prepared and eaten.
I saw all of these rooms in the deepening gloom of late day, including the room belonging to Anne and Margot. Anne Frank had cut pictures of people and scenes from magazines and had pasted them with tape onto the walls of her bedroom. The pictures are still there, now covered with large sheets of glass or plastic to preserve them. Anne was in that room for two years; I was there for a minute or less.
Anne Frank was a pretty, intelligent young girl, who was taken to Bergen-Belsen, a slave labor camp, where Anne and her sister Margot died from disease. Her father Otto was the only family member to survive. After the war someone found Anne's diary still in the building and gave it to Otto. The diary was later published as a book and has been widely read and translated from the Dutch to many other languages.
I read Anne's diary, published as Anne Frank, the Diary of a Young Girl, in high school. I have read it at least twice more since then. I was always moved by it and could identify with Anne, having kept journals myself since I was 10 years old.

The picture at the top right is a picture of the building hiding-place (it is the second building from the right, with the white flagpole). The other pictures include Anne Frank's bedroom with the pictures she affixed to the walls; the kitchen; and the toilet where Peter van Pel often hid out from Anne. I took all of these photos.
It was a sobering experience to stand in these same spaces where Anne Frank lived and wrote over sixty years ago. She has always been an inspiration to me.

This is Anne Frank

Monday, October 08, 2007

My Encounter With a Young French Woman

I took French in high school more than forty years ago. It was my favorite subject. At first I was getting my usual grade of C in the class, until my teacher asked me if I wanted to have a French pen pal. I started writing to a French high school student in Lyon who was studying English. We wrote to each other, half in French and half in English. We would correct each other's mistakes. The fact that I was actually communicating with a real Frenchman in his own language really inspired me. I could see a practical reason for learning French, and my grade subsequently went to an A and remained there throughout high school.

But could I speak French today and be understood? Could I understand someone French in an everyday conversation? I would soon get to find out. My wife and I visited a drugstore (called a "Pharmacie" in French) as I had a cold sore on my lip and needed some ointment.

We went into the Pharmacie and the shelves were loaded with French products, nothing in English. I looked around but didn't see any lip ointments. I avoided the eyes of the French girl behind the counter so I wouldn't have to embarrass myself by talking to her. But finally I looked up and she was staring me straight in the eyes with a sweet smile. She said, "Bon Jour!"
I smiled back and replied "Bon Jour!" Then I thought, ah what the hell, and I let her have it with my 40 year old high school French.

"Avez-vous quelquechose pour les levres?" (Do you have something for lips?)

She replied, "Mais oui, pour les levres dessechees et fissurees?" (Yes, for dry or cracked lips?)

I said, "Oui, mais aussi j'ai une blessure sous ma levre." (Yes, but I also have a sore under my lip.)

She said, in French though I can't repeat it, "Follow me, I have something over here." I followed her to another counter where she produced a small box containing a dispenser of a French ointment. She showed me the tube inside and explained how the nozzle worked, all in French. I understood everything. However, I was afraid the stuff wouldn't be strong enough - I wanted something more than ointment for chapped lips. So I said, "Oui, mais j'ai une blessure et j'ai besoin de quelquechose tres fort." (Yes, but I have a sore and I need something strong.)

She replied, "Mais oui, il marche bien pour ca." (Of course, it works well for that).

I nodded affirmatively to indicate I would buy it and followed her to the cash register where she rang up the sale. I smiled and said, "Merci beaucoup." She smiled and replied that she hoped she would see me again soon. I felt shy. I think she thought I was cute, in a grandfatherly sort of way, with my incompetent French.

I felt very proud of myself for the rest of the day. I had carried on a conversation, all in French, with a French citizen (a beautiful young woman). Amazingly, she had understood me and I had understood her. However imperfectly, we had communicated. My old French teacher would have been proud.

I came to a great realization: if you are forced to use a language, you will learn it. I feel that if I spent two years in France I would become quite fluent in the language. I decided then that I would renew my study of French when I returned home.

Since this is an American computer, I couldn't put all the proper French accents into the text above, but you get the idea.

Stogie Returns from France

We got in from our trip to Europe last night. Nineteen hours of traveling from our Paris hotel to our front door - it was rough. I did love Paris and most of the French people I met were quite nice, but it's great to be home.
Paris is mostly a museum of past epochs. Many, if not most, of its buildings are 18th or 19th century, with many chimneys on the roofs, one for each office or apartment. They aren't used anymore but their presence confirms the age of the building. See this impressionist painting from 1877 of this type of building - they look the same today and they are all over Paris.

Then there are the historic churches and buildings dating back to the 12th century or even before. The Tuileries is a castle-like building of bricks and turrets, where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned for the two years before she was guillotined in La Place de la Revolution, now called Place de la Concord. I also visited the spot where she and others lost their heads. Talk about class envy, the Democrats could learn something from those French revolutionaries. No wonder the Dems love them so much.

I was impressed with Notre Dame Cathedral, finished in the 12th century after 200 years of building. The acoustics were remarkable and we heard the ancient organ at full throttle, during the ordination of some new priests. This is the place in Victor Hugo's famous story about the Hunchback of Notre Dame, who hopped around the gargoyles on the sides of the building shouting "Sanctuary, Sanctuary!" We received copies of the ordination service in written form, and I found I could read and understand about 80% of it - my high school French still serves me well after 40 years. I could only understand about 10% of the spoken French, however - it is too fast for me.

I really enjoyed the Louvre and D'Orsay museums. I saw the Mona Lisa, took several pictures of it (they allow photographs without the flash), and saw many other famous paintings and sculptures. I decided that Monet is my favorite French artist. Seeing much of his work up close and in real life convinced me of this. His work blows away the others - Renoir, Gaugan, etc. I thought Vincent Van Gogh's works were mostly junk. My five year old grandson could do as well.

In the Musee D'Orsay I found Van Gogh's "Starry Night" (Nuit Etoilee) painting, the one that inspired Don Mcclean's famous song, "Vincent (Starry Night)." Watch and listen at the link provided. Okay, I will give Van Gogh credit for his use of color. Even his amateurish "Sunflowers" (which we saw in Amsterdam) is pretty for its colors. His primitive creations do have some charm, but I wonder how famous he might be today if he hadn't had the marketing inspiration of shooting himself. Just my opinion.

On one day we visited the Palace of Versailles. It was one plush place, the pad of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette before some cockaded Parisian rabblerouser with ruined teeth announced "Serf's Up." The working masses took his cue and showed up at Versaille one day to inform Louie and Marie that they were sacked. I can see why they might have been so pissed off. If you are having trouble making ends meet, a couple of 18th century yuppies living in incredible splendor simply as an accidental result of their birth would tend to be annoying. Still, I think the head-chopping thing was a bit too much. Pink slips would have been quite sufficient. And all that nonsense about "let them eat cake" was never actually uttered by Marie Antoinette. No doubt the rumor was started by Karl Rove's great, great grandfather.

Leonardo DaVinci's work was interesting - I found the painting "Virgin of the Rocks" that is discussed in "The DaVinci Code," a weird painting to be sure. Took a couple of photos of it.  I have more adventures to relate, but I will do that later.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Stogie Invades Europe

My wife and I have decided to see Paris before it becomes the capital of the next Caliphate. We are leaving for France tomorrow morning at 4 AM. So there will be no more postings until our return.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

San Francisco Rebuffs US Marine Corps

Coming home from work last night I heard a disturbing story on KSFO Radio, Brian Sussman reporting. The U.S. Marine Corps has a unit known as the "Silent Drill Platoon." The Silent Drill Platoon goes around to various US cities and makes videos of them marching in their precision drill, presumably for recruiting purposes.

A few days ago they came to San Francisco and requested permission to march on California Street and be filmed doing it. The anti-military, anti-United States and anti-everything normal Frisco Fruitcakes who hand out permissions for such things refused to give them a permit. So the Drill Platoon filmed across the Bay instead and visited San Leandro High School where they were welcomed and presented to the students.

The Frisco Fruitcakes told the Marines they could film California Street just as long as there were no Marines in the shot. This is the same city, the same Citadel of Sedition, that refused the USS Iowa a berth in San Franciso, refused to allow student ROTC on its campuses, and who recently attempted to ban the Blue Angels from their little Commie Cesspool by the Bay.

A few dozen angry callers to Sussman's show stated they would stay out of San Francisco if at all possible and not shop there anymore. Sounds like a plan to me.

Boycott the unamerican, slime-ball Frisco Weirdos! Stay out of Frisco and don't buy a damn thing there if you can help it. San Francisco, where the city philosophy is to be as weird and as mean as possible at all times; where once a month radical bicyclists take over the city and shut down major traffic lanes; where the idiot Mayor, all on his own, legalizes gay marriage; where they have naked men in feather boas marching down California Street but not U.S. Marines.

San Francisco is another name for weirdness, perversion, drugs, welfare, high taxes, bad traffic, freezing weather, no parking and high crime; a City with an Attitude, a BAD ATTITUDE. It is the home of Hippies and Marxists and weirdos of every stripe and persuasion. San Francisco is a scabrous and syphlitic canker sour on the ass of California; its population so strange and odd and abnormal that they ought to put their jeans on over their heads, view life through the open fly, paint eyeballs on their butt cheeks and walk backwards.

Yes, they really are just that weird....and worthless.