At 8:32AM PST this morning, I received two texts from my sister: "I've just coined a term based on 2 pot smokin long haired old hippies I just saw driving a BMW convertable," reads the first one. "And I think it applies to many other people, especially in NY, San Fran and Al Gore: Hippycrite." Hilarious, I'm ashamed I didn't think of it first, as I have a long history of making up great words (example: Anthetic; Hub; Business Casual). Little did I know at the time that I would have a great opportunity to use her text as a segue into a blogpost! Today's prime hippycrite (unsurprisingly) is our dear Madam Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, with the awesome headline from Ed Morrissey: "We need partial birth abortions for Jesus, or something." Money quote:
"When conservatives talk about religious values informing public policy goals, the Left shrieks about the separation of church and state and usually refers to the Right as an American Taliban. Pelosi will get a pass, however, because she uses the religious language to argue for their pet causes. It’s a good idea to capture this moment anyway, for the next time someone argues that “Christianists” are attempting a theocratic takeover of America."
Damned theocrats! Let the record show that I am firmly in support of the separation of church and state, generally oppose those who try to legislate morality, and I'm simply pointing out the double standard. When I say I oppose those who would legislate morality, I don't mean that I oppose religious people per say, only those who would legislate based on their religious moral codes (another reason to <3 Chris Christie). Also let the record show that while I'm pro-choice, partial-birth abortions are disgusting. It could easily be avoided by simply throwing the relevant pregnant woman down a long flight of stairs; famous example of this strategy shown below:
While still vaguely on the topic of Ed Morrissey and brilliant headlines: "AQ's #3 Applies for his 72 Virgins." Ed was on a roll today, and that literally made me bust out laughing. It was the first I had heard of news that we got AQ's #3 man, so I hoped to provide a funny way to break the news to those who haven't yet heard about this. Ed's colleague Allahpundit also provided a bit of laughter for me, albeit not straight off the bat with his headline. Money quote:
"Is the world’s submersibles industry so bereft of talent that James Cameron is the go-to guy when a national crisis in the deep sea erupts? This is like NASA announcing that they’ve detected a killer asteroid on course for Earth and Obama immediately dialing up Michael Bay."
Allah never fails to amuse, and he hit the nail right on the head there with that one. James Cameron being a big fag and taking himself super serially is one thing, but the fact that our government takes him super serial is a little frightening. Next thing you know, they're calling in Dog the Bounty Hunter to take out Bin Laden. Hmm... not a bad idea, good job Reed!
American liberal bloggers Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias are either divorced from reality or willfully ignorant: China's forced relocation projects are totally sweet (h/t: Instaglenn). Since I tend to know a little bit about China, I felt compelled to respond to this. The article mentions the millions of Beijingers forced to move for the olympics (typical Chinese stage management), but doesn't even hit the tip of the iceberg. Millions more were forced to move from their homes to accommodate the Three Gorges Dam project, in some cases without any sort of compensation at all (including funds which were embezzled by local officials, according to wiki). This must be the sort of progress for which Tom Friedman incessantly lauds China. Never heard of the tyranny of the majority I guess. We're not talking about eminent domain here, we're talking millions of people being displaced. Useful idiots...
I mentioned the Israeli flotilla incident a little bit yesterday, and have been reading about it for the better part of the day. My take is that the Israeli troops were justified in self-defense when it got to that point, but that it never should have gotten there in the first place. Israel should have known better than to fall into that PR trap, and now they will suffer for it. Big kudos to Obama and the U.S. representatives in the U.N. for standing up for Israel though, they seemed to divert a disastrous U.N. resolution that would have further isolated Israel in the international community and opened the floodgates for more anti-semitism and hate. This article via George Friedman is my choice of reading material for anybody who wants to look into this matter.
Also related, Professor Jacobson of Cornell Law proposed, "How about a convoy to Turkey?" He states:
"Turkey has repressed its large Kurdish minority, which seeks a nation of its own, and has threatened to invade Iraqi Kurdistan if it gained too much autonomy. Turkey, in turn, has been subjected to attacks from Kurdish separatist groups, and has responded harshly. The attacks on Turkey pale in comparison to attacks against Israel. Unlike Israel, the survival of Turkey and Turks is not threatened... Since Turkey now has thrust itself into the forefront of making sure Hamas can be resupplied by Iran from the sea, I presume Turkey will open its borders to shipments to Kurdish separatist groups, without inspecting those shipments for weapons."
Point well taken Professor, unfortunately logic and reason don't come into play when any Israeli conflict pops up. As we often say in the military, perception is reality; Israeli never gets credit for exercising restraint, and should have anticipated the headlines that would result from this incident. The situation should have been handled much better (before the idea to send the troops on board with paintball guns was put into action). Those on the flotilla were ready to provoke the response, and they got the headlines that they wanted; ultimately, it doesn't matter whether Israel was right or wrong.
Now for the roundup of the miscellaneous... Guatemalans are going to hell! I guess that would make Mexico hell's sphincter, the portal through which people must cross to get out of hell and into the U.S. Maybe this analogy isn't very good, so now for something completely different.
Take THAT, Airbud, you little bitch (or was he male, I don't remember). Lassie, suck it, there's a new big dog in town. Watch the video to have your mind blown by the world's coolest dog.