Look closer. Think harder. Choose the sound argument over the clever one.

Friday, December 31, 2004

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Sunday, December 26, 2004

The AP: "...good poodles of fascism..."

Roger L. Simon says:

"What Stokes seems to be saying in his gnomic fashion is that because the 'Insurgents' seek to have their stories told, the Associated Press is obligated to do so. It sounds as if the 'Insurgents' were calling a press conference to express their campaign positions. But they weren't. What they were doing was brutally murdering innocent people in the street and they wanted the press there to record the event. The Associated Press, like good poodles of fascism, came along for that most necessary of tasks for terrorists in asymetrical war--publicity. "

Powerline has more.

That's why they tipped off the photographer, and that's why they dragged the two election workers from their car, so they could be shot in front of the AP's obliging camera. And the AP was happy to cooperate with the terrorists in all respects. We'd like to ask some more questions of the photographer, of course, but that's impossible since the AP won't identify him because of "safety concerns." Really? Who would endanger his safety? The terrorists? They could have shot him on Sunday if they were unhappy about having their picture taken....

That makes the admission pretty well complete, I think.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Catherine Seipp on Iraq the Model on National Review Online

Catherine Seipp on Iraq the Model on National Review Online: "I keep wondering, for instance, why those furious about the Right's antipathy toward gay marriage, and who still see American women as an oppressed class, are making common cause with Islamists who regard women as chattel and think homosexuals should be crushed beneath walls."

Though this is a long and cryptic who's-who of bloggers, it has a few gems.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

The real Che by Anthony Daniels

The real Che by Anthony Daniels: "The film clearly intends to suggest that Guevara was a youthful idealist, and that his idealism--so generous, so disarming--was the source of his later opinions and activities, such as his liberal and open-handed signing of death sentences after perfunctory trials, his support of regimes that had killed millions and scores of millions, and his wish that much of the population of the world should be immolated in a nuclear war for the sake of an alleged point of principle. The film is thus the cinematic equivalent of the Che Guevara T-shirt; it is morally monstrous and emotionally trivial. "

Monday, December 20, 2004

Sane Canadians

This blog proves that there's much to be proud of Canada (his "redneck" self-description notwithstanding), awarding his Red Ensign Standard to fellow Canadian bloggers.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

UN Commission on Human Rights: Little Credibility

Summary: The UN Commission on Human Rights has little credibility, as a quarter of its members are essentially repressive states. Out of the 53 member states, 13 are given the worst ("Not Free") rating by Freedom House (a human-rights watch-dog group).

Further, 16 more member states, rated "Partly Free," have either political or civil ratings of 4 or greater (teetering between "Free" and "Not Free"). That leaves 24 out of 53 members--a minority.

Analysis: UN Human Rights Commission Membership (2005) vs Freedom House's 2003 Country Rating shown below. Freedom House uses a 1 to 7 scale, where 1 = most free, 7 = least free. Political and civil freedom rated separately. See also the CIA World Factbook

Totalitarian states: Bhutan, China, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Guinea, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Swaziland, Zimbabwe.

Teetering between "Free" and "Not Free" (4 or more, either political or civil): Armenia, Burkina Faso, Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Nepal, Nigeria, Paraguay, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Ukraine.

Member Freedom House Rating (Political/Civil)
Argentina Partly Free (3/3)
Armenia Partly Free (4/4)
Australia Free (1/1)
Bhutan Not Free (6/5)
Brazil Free (2/3)
Burkina Faso Partly Free (4/4)
Canada Free (1/1)
China Not Free (7/6)
Congo Partly Free (6/4)
Costa Rica Free (1/2)
Cuba Not Free (7/7)
Dominican Republic Free (2/2)
Ecuador Partly Free (3/3)
Egypt Not Free (6/6)
Eritrea Not Free (7/6)
Ethiopia Partly Free (5/5)
Finland Free (1/1)
France Free (1/1)
Gabon Partly Free (5/4)
Germany Free (1/1)
Guatemala Partly Free (4/4)
Guinea Not Free (6/5)
Honduras Partly Free (3/3)
Hungary Free (1/2)
India Free (2/3)
Indonesia Partly Free (3/4)
Ireland Free (1/1)
Italy Free (1/1)
Japan Free (1/2)
Kenya Partly Free (4/4)
Malaysia Partly Free (5/5)
Mauritania Partly Free (5/5)
Mexico Free (2/2)
Nepal Partly Free (4/4)
Netherlands Free (1/1)
Nigeria Partly Free (4/5)
Pakistan Not Free (6/5)
Paraguay Partly Free (4/3)
Peru Free (2/3)
Qatar Not Free (6/6)
Republic of (South) Korea Free (2/2)
Romania Free (2/2)
Russian Federation Partly Free (5/5)
Saudi Arabia Not Free (7/7)
South Africa Free (1/2)
Sri Lanka Partly Free (3/4)
Sudan Not Free (7/7)
Swaziland Not Free (6/5)
Togo Not Free (6/5)
Ukraine Partly Free (4/4)
United Kingdom Free (1/1)
United States of America Free (1/1)
Zimbabwe Not Free (6/6)

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Deliberate Reduction in Blogging

To maintain perspective, my values and my priorities, I'm deliberately reducing my blogging (writing and reading) to provide Bride-of-Scrutinator and Son-of-Scrutinator with richer off-line content. Expect postings to drop to once a week or less for the foreseeable future. (I'm sure the Hound-of-Scrutiny will also appreciate this.)

Monday, December 06, 2004

NYT Defends Annan:TigerHawk debunks

The New York Times attempts to defend Kofi Annan against the corruption charges. TigerHawk debunks.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Dark Times for the Red Cross

Red Double-Crossed Again documents the ICRC's (International Red Cross') betrayal of their charter and the Geneva Conventions for the modern, fashionable, leftist, America-hating, terrorist-sympathetic position they now hold.

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