The French government is again protesting American barbarism by refusing to provide any evidence in Zac's trial that might lead to his being subjected to the death penalty.
We actually agree. We'd much rather see him convicted and put in general population in a maximum security prison.
President Bush on drilling in the ANWR:
"ANWR can produce 600,000 barrels of oil a day for the next 40 years. What difference does 600,000 barrels a day make? Well, that happens to be exactly the amount we import from Saddam Hussein's Iraq."Frankly, Mr. President, we'd rather see Hussein out of power. That way, you can leave the ANWR alone.
— U.S. President George W. Bush
May 17, 2001
The scientists who discovered that New Yorkers are suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome as a result of 9/11 have just issued a follow-up report indicating that if you rub a balloon on your head, it will magically stick to a wall.
Apparently, exposing high school students to the real world and respecting their rights to free speech and expression of their concerns is bad. Sorry, all you head-in-the-sand types, but see if you can follow along: 1) Lesbian couples are real. They have real concerns. Some of your fellow students may even be (gasp) homosexual. 2) The legalization of marijuana is a valid topic of debate and opinion. 3) The freaking liquor store didn't advertise liquor. 4) Some high school chicks get pregnant. They might need pregnancy counseling.
What, did you people think that students who run a student-run paper shouldn't be allowed to express their opinions and explore their concerns?
Italian authorities are denying American claims that there is a credible terrorist threat against US citizens in Venice, Florence, Milan, and Verona, and are angry that we have the audacity to tell our citizens to be careful. Gabriele Albertini, Mayor of Milan, says, "There is no need for alarmism. There is no concrete evidence of a threat." That's why it was characterized as a "possibility," Gabe. I can think of a couple other unfortunate events of which we had no credible warning, and I'm sure that with a little thought, you can too.
Hey guys, think that if any Americans die in a bomb blast in Milan in the next couple of days, the Italians will start supporting us in this little spat we're having with Islamic Fundamentalists? Nah, we don't either.
Researchers have discovered that many New Yorkers - after the tragedy of September 11 - suffer from post-traumatic stress syndome, and that use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs went up as well. Gosh, who would have imagined? Do we pay people to research this?
The Supreme Court has ruled that illegal immigrants who are fired for attempts to unionize are not entitled to back pay. We're not sure why it took the Supreme Court to realize that people in the United States illegally have zero, zilch, nada when it comes to the right to employment within our borders. Advocates worry that these workers, unable to unionize, will be further exploited by employers who can fire them with impunity - perhaps that's one more reason for the border-runners to go about entering our country the legal way.
Under Zimbabwe's newly approved Public and Security Act, Mugabe's government can arrest anyone making a statement that is seen as critical of the President. The latest victim: Peta Thorncraft, a reporter for the British Daily Telegraph, who was documenting reports of violence by the ruling party against the opposition. Hmmm, makes us wonder what Mugabe has to hide - and it also makes us wonder why the Commonwealth has been silent since symbolically condemning the unfair elections in Zimbabwe. It's time for Africa to clean up its own back yard.
How touching. Hold us, please. Oh, and Ms. Moussaoui? There's a reason we "can't find the people who are truly responsible for this crime" - they are torn to shreds in the wrecked remains of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a crater in Pennsylvania.
Ariel Sharon is a Hawk. A stern reaction to the recent bombings is understandable, but we here at WWR believe that Sharon is proving by his actions that he has no real desire for peace with the Palestinians. We knew that Arafat is a hypocrite, but somebody is going to have to compromise here.
The ACLU is suing the city of Denver to cease keeping files that local law enforcement has maintained on peaceful protestors. While the city's steps towards having an impartial panel review the information is going in the right direction, we believe the files should be open to review by those people (and their lawyers) who have been documented within them. The Red Menace isn't hiding out in Denver - and, besides, all the anti-government hippies are in Boulder!
No, you still don't have a chance in hell with Britney. Don't get us wrong, Britney's an attractive young lady (with regrettably poor taste in music and men), but is this really news? Eye candy, yes - news, no.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is once against looking silly, attempting to stop a game of cow patty bingo to raise money for a high school prom. Laughably, they claim that the event is demeaning to the animal - apparently PETA speaks cow (and we thought only NOW was capable of that) or has mysteriously divined that the cow's feelings and social standing are somehow diminished by being walked around a field to poop. Amy Rhodes, a PETA-employed misanthrope, claims that it teaches children that it's acceptable to use animals in order to make money - apparently zoos, dog tracks, horse-racing, using animals in films, sled-dogs, farm animals, etc are all evils to be eradicated - or perhaps they'd rather just see humanity, the evil oppressor, eradicated.
This is why Mom told you to put your toys away. Especially if you're being intimate with them. Ugh. But hey, to each their own.
Ken Layne provides this report on Saddam Hussein rewarding the families of Palestinian suicide bombers with U.S. dollars. This blood money should be a further indication of the need to remove Saddam from power due to Iraq's continued state-sponsorship of terrorism. It's time to correct the mistake we made in 1991 - what the hell are we waiting for?
Holy cripes, we beat Instapundit to the announcement on this one. Of course, who the hell saw it here, eh?
John Tesh wants to spank Bob Costas for his choice of words regarding Tesh's Olympic commentator abilities (or lack thereof). Ooh, John, them's fightin' words!
... in Texas? We're not surprised that an argument broke out at such a meeting, given the volatile nature of the whole issue - and we refuse to take sides ourselves. What did surprise us is this:
"I don't expect [student organizations] to subscribe to public access laws, and they have the right to restrict access to meetings if they choose," said John Dalton, UT assistant dean of students. "I believe strongly in the freedom of speech, and students should have the right to express their views. But they don't have the right to go into another organization's meetings to express these views."We're all about the right to free association, but not when public monies are involved. Would Mr. Dalton feel the same if it was a far-right group wanting to exclude - for instance, blacks or homosexuals - from their own meetings? We doubt it.
This report from the Washington Post shows that Democratic and environmentalist fears about the shaping of the nation's energy policy were probably well-founded. Not that we're against including industry in such vital discussions, but there's also that little tidbit about a government of, by and for the people.
English researchers have made the startling discovery that when kids grow up using their thumbs a lot, the thumbs get stronger and more dextrous. Next they'll be enlightening us with the earth-shattering revelation that when you climb up on something high, you can see very far.
It seems we have yet another attempt at punishing the son for the sins of the father about to make its way through the courts, wasting precious judicial time that could be better spent on today's crimes. While the practice of slavery, from our enlightened perspective here in 2002, was a tragedy of staggering proportions, the guilt for it lies with the whites and blacks of decades ago that created the institution and enabled it to flourish. What these companies did, at the time, was not a crime - and given the views at the time, it wasn't even necessarily immoral. Ms. Farmer-Paellmann's time would be better spent trying to improve the lot of today's black community rather than only looking backwards for someone to blame and punish. In fact, there are organizations out to discriminate, and, yes, even kill, blacks simply for being black - and, hint to Ms. Hyphen-Name, it isn't Aetna. Not to belittle what the slaves endured, because it isn't funny in the least - but Ms. Farmer-Paellmann, nobody likes a whiner.
The FCC strikes a blow in defense of scantily clad Victoria's Secret models and the people who enjoy watching them (except for that newer one who looks kind of like a man, but that's just our opinion). Here's a clue for the morons who wrote to the FCC to complain about the show in question - see that remote control? Learn how to use it. Whine about things that matter, like world hunger and global strife - and not things that don't, like a bunch of models in their unmentionables.
And no, it's not lost on us that there's a certain irony in us calling you a bunch of whiners. Anyway, we have to go do important things like watch models in their unmentionables.
Egypt continues to dispute the findings of the NTSB's report on the crash of EgyptAir 990. The NTSB's conclusion is that copilot Gameel El-Batouty caused the disaster by, while alone in the cockpit, disconnecting the autopilot, reducing engine power, and pointing the plane towards the ocean - all the while, calmly repeating the phrase "I rely on God." Egypt maintains that it was most likely a mechanical problem with the 767 - nevermind that there is no evidence to indicate such, and there is evidence to indicate that El-Batouty counteracted the captain's efforts to save his doomed plane. Maybe he just wanted to get a closer look at that beautiful Nantucket ocean view.
Not to paint Arabs with too broad a brush but a larger issue is why are Arabs so reluctant to think that another Arab could ever do wrong? Didn't September 11 show that simply being Arab and Muslim isn't some badge of honor that keeps you on the moral straight and narrow? Oh, wait, that's right - many of them think Israel carried out the WTC attack too... Admittedly, the Arab nations have gotten some pretty bad press of late, but this head in the sand routine grows old.
Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge is refusing to testify before Congress with regard to the White House's anti-terrorism budget, claiming it would violate the Constitution's requirements on separation of powers. That may be all well and good, but what strikes the folks at WWR as odd is this quote:
Ridge said he will continue to meet informally with lawmakers, but he has no intention of testifying because he is an adviser to the president, not a Cabinet member obliged to appear on Capitol Hill...when compared to this quote from President Bush's 9/20 address to the nation:
So tonight I announce the creation of a Cabinet-level position reporting directly to me -- the Office of Homeland Security.OK, so the position reports directly to the President... so an adviser perhaps... but it's a Cabinet-level position? If the two are so separate in the mind of the Administration, why the need for it to be a Cabinet-level position? The Reagans had "advisers" that were loopy astrologers, but you didn't seem them getting Cabinet-level positions. So, which is it? Is Tom Ridge merely an adviser (who happens to have responsibility for coordinating spending by several federal agencies - a little bit beyond advising, we'd say) - or is he part of the Cabinet? We suppose that depends on the day of the week.
Today marks the 20th anniversary release of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. While we're sure it's still the same heartwarming tale of a squooshyheaded (see Ann Coulter reference below) alien turning on his heart light, Spielberg felt compelled to make some edits for this release. Edits which, in our self-important opinion, are silly.
Digitally removing guns from the hands of government agents chasing an alien to replace them with walkie-talkies? We've seen the X-Files, damnit, and we know that agents always break out the guns when they are chasing aliens, vampires, and other creepy-crawlies. Seriously though, what's the harm in showing government agents properly using the tools of the trade? You may hate handguns - that's perfectly fine - but agents do, in fact, use them. No wanted person has ever been stopped by pointing a walkie-talkie at them.
Second - this change had apparently been made for the video release as well - what is the point in having the mother tell her son he can't go out on Halloween looking like a terrorist, and then changing "terrorist" to "hippie." Spielberg says it's due to the current post-9/11 environment, and while his heart may be in the right place, if the kid looked like a terrorist, he looked like a terrorist. Or is he saying that hippies look like terrorists? Also, in this post-9/11 country of ours, it isn't exactly cool to be a pacifist hippie either. Peace, out, people.
It seems the Incompetent Naturalization Service has blundered again. Right now, four Pakistanis have disappeared into the American landscape - their motives unknown - one of whom is listed on a terrorist watch list. The article goes on to say:
Once the men were discovered missing, the INS checked their names in its Interagency Border Information System and found that at least one had violated his visa status in the past.Maybe it's us, but that strikes us as putting the cart about two miles in front of the horse. It's time to roll some heads, raze this organization, and begin anew - after the events of September 11, gaffes like this are beyond comprehension.
The Democrats think the government should, as the Democrat-controlled Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passes legislation that would limit the amount of employer stock you can have in your 401(k). If there's anything we learned from the Enron debacle, it's that investing is risky business and that it DEMANDS that investors understand what they are doing. Big Brother telling you how and when to invest your money isn't the answer. If you're too dense or too lazy to read a book on the risks inherent in the game, then stay out of the market. Now, was that so difficult?
Ha, ha, fooled you - didn't we? Alabama's Judicial Inquiry Commission has dismissed a complaint by the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, filed in response to Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's 45-page decision declaring a lesbian woman an unfit mother. The uproar was over Moore's decision to include his uncalled for personal views on homosexuality alongside any legal issues which impacted his decision. The eloquent Chief Justice described homosexuality as "detestable," "abhorrent," and "an inherent evil." However, as detailed in the story, in a letter to the LLDEF, the Commission said they do not act against judges for statements made in their opinions unless there is evidence of "ill will."
Perhaps here at WWR we're a bit slow, but disparaging the sexuality of perhaps 160,000 of his constituents strikes us as a pretty clear sign of - if not ill will - at least some serious loathing which might remove any and all vestiges of impartiality. As a judge, Roy Moore has an obligation to remove himself from any case in which he deems he cannot be impartial - and, alongside that, the Commission has an obligation to not talk out of their backside. Somehow, we doubt either of those is likely to happen.
The Pope finally addressed the problem of pedophilia in the Catholic Church...sort of. Actually, we think he responded in the worst possible way. In fact, it was almost worse than no response at all. It seems as though someone had to pester and prod the Catholic Church into any sort of position at all, and when the Pope finally bothered to address the hundreds of millions of Catholics under his power, it came out as an almost resentful "Yeah, yeah, OK. It's bad." There was no recommendation for strategies to deal with the problem, just a meaningless "let's all get out there and try harder. Rah rah rah for the Lord!"
After the US moved to impose tariffs on steel imports to protect its dying domestic steel industry, we were a bit confused as to why a conservative President - who should be, typically, in favor of free market capitalism - would go the way of erecting barriers to free trade. The optimist in us would like to think it was to protect American jobs, and not to curry favor in steel-producing states which as this article suggests might be the case. Of course, optimism about political motives is usually foolhardy. So, in a countermove that we consider brilliant, the European Union is set to impose import tariffs on products produced in those states which only narrowly went Republican in the last election - in what could prove to be a swift kick to the political groin of President Bush. Normally we would boo and hiss about trade barriers - but retaliatory measures are acceptable if they return us to a more free marketplace in the long run. Now it gets interesting...
The verdict is in, guilty on all counts in the canine mauling death of Diane Whipple. Our favorite piece of the article:
"It's not my fault," Knoller said in a TV interview that was played for the jury. "Ms. Whipple had ample opportunity to move into her apartment. She could have just slammed the door shut. I would have."That's right - blame the victim! And if shooting victims had just dodged the bullets, they'd be alive - after all, I would certainly dodge. It couldn't possibly be your fault, Ms. Knoller, for owning two huge dogs known for their ferocity, that had menaced neighbors in the past, and that were trouble waiting to happen, now could it?
If complete stupidity were a crime, we'd slap that on to the offense of which you've already been convicted. Good riddance.
Al Sharpton's definitions aside, blacks can indeed be racist. But it does seem that the oppressed often becomes the oppressor. Can't we all just get along?
Ann Coulter's latest rambling diatribe attempts to link homosexuality to all the evils of the world, espouses the Boy Scouts as the last bastion of heterosexual perfection, and then brings it all the way around to Matt Lauer. See the connection? Neither do we.
First, Ann - pumpkin - yes, priests have been known to molest young boys - is it because they are homosexuals? Nevermind that there is no strong correlation between one's adult sexual orientation and the sex of a child that they might abuse (go on, check out the psych sites). Nevermind that priests don't exactly get to spend their time hanging out with altar GIRLS (except in the most liberal of Catholic Churches). Second, there are plenty of homosexuals still in the Boy Scouts who dare not come out of the closet because of bigots like yourself - they were there before the hoohah started, and they're still there. And they still aren't turning Scouting into a membership drive for NAMBLA as your homophobic paranoia would have you believe. Third, your comparison of the sex drive to alcoholism and smoking is absurd - one of the three is a biological drive hardwired into the human animal, the others are vices chosen by an individual that actually can change body chemistry to ensure that the habit is continued. We leave you to figure out which is which. Speaking of vices, when did you start smoking crack?
There's so much to rant about in your column, but the more educated readers can probably see your irrationality without the WWR pointing it out. Oh, and your picture on that website makes you look like you've got a bad case of SquooshyHead. So there.
In a recent episode of Hannity and Colmes, Sean Hannity relentlessly (and ham-handedly) pesters a Florida man not over his ATHEIST vanity license plate, which was the topic of the segment, but about his beliefs as an atheist. After paying brief lip-service to the topic of the debate, he wrenched the conversation around to an awkward discussion of theism vs. atheism. Alan Colmes at least attempted to stick with the subject, but Hannity ended the discussion with a snide comment, "We'll tell our audience to pray for you."
Read a book, loser.
The British - according to this article, they too are willing to use nuclear weapons if the need were to arise. Of course, they didn't go out on the hyperbolic limb and call rogue states "an axis of evil", opting for the less-Euro-socialist-inflaming term "states of concern." Why are they concerned? Because they're evil, damnit. Either way, let's see if the Continent rails against the UK for being willing to defend its people like they did when they learned that (gasp) the United States might be willing to use nukes in retaliatory strikes. Apparently, a lot of Europeans think that ICBMs and the like are designed to just sit there and look phallic, rather than defend a people.
BBC Talking Point is the most frustrating thing in the world. We're continually fascinated by the opinions of the readership, but sometimes would like to pick these people up and shake them till their brains work. For instance, under the "forum" entitled Should the UK send more troops to Afghanistan?, we have the following gem:
"Britain should NOT send troops to Afghanistan. It is NOT our war. However terrible the events of September the Eleventh were the country of Afghanistan did NOT instigate them."We are so damned sick of hearing idiots say "this is not our war. This is America's war." Were these cretins asleep when they covered the basic commonality of values between Europe and America? Do they think that if they stay out of it, the Islamic fundamentalists will just ignore them? Have they not heard all the propaganda coming out of Islamic extremists about the Decadent West? Idiots.
Yes, there are a lot of opinions supporting the US, but the (relatively) few posts condemning the war in Afghanistan are infuriating. We're all about free speech (yada, yada, yada), but that doesn't mean we can't call it stupid.
The latest news from the BBC involves paying kids to pass their exams. Last we checked, this was the province of parents, not the government - and certainly not the taxpaying public. School funding should be used for improving schools and the quality of education offered, not paying off children to put down their X-Box controller and do what is expected of them. Everyone should have equal opportunity to learn - however if a child chooses to be part of the chaff and not the wheat, that's a personal decision, and not one that taxpayers should be forced to bribe them on. Let's use those funds to instill a love of learning through better classes and teachers - not through reinforcing the notion that learning is drudgery to be endured. And we say this as a couple of former students who, had we been British and under this plan, would have made bank.
Take a close look, world, for the legacy of brutality continues. Tsvangirai will disappear soon enough, we're sure, and then it's six long years until the next "election."
If you're interested in stopping the lunacy that lives on in Zimbabwe, our pals at Amnesty International suggest you write a letter to President Mugabe, to turn his heart of stone to one of soft and cuddly things like puppies and newborns. Yes, I'm sure that will stop a man who has shown a complete disregard for human life - if only those white farmers and black opposition members had done more letter writing!
Not to pick on Amnesty International (well, ok, maybe a little), but they've gone and done it again. Someone needs to get these shmucks a new PR person.
From this article regarding France's views on that poor, misunderstood youth, Zacarias Moussaoui - also known as the 20th hijacker - we see that Amnesty International has jumped into the fray, supporting the French position to withhold information should Mr. Moussaoui face the death penalty. Also, from their own website, we see that they are encouraging their members to use the case of Moussaoui to protest the U.S. government's handling of tracking down suspected terrorists within its own borders.
So, let's see - we get the goods on a guy who was planning to hijack a plane full of innocent people and then crash it into a building full of equally innocent people, and putting him to death is a "very bad thing"... but if you're a Nigerian woman, Amnesty International just wants to make sure you get a fair trial before that rock cracks open your skull.
Amnesty International showed their true colors this week. This is an organization that has virtually creamed themselves with delight anytime they can point a finger at the United States for any trivial violation of what they deem to be human rights. I'll be the first to admit that the United States isn't perfect, but let's examine the story of Safiya Hussaini - a Nigerian woman who is on the verge of being buried up to her neck and then having large stones smashed into her skull until she dies a bloody death for the crime of... (gasp)... getting some nookie on the side. Yes, under Islamic sharia law, she must be stoned to death if she is convicted of adultery. And what do our pick-and-choose friends at Amnesty International say about all of this? Well, one Mr. George Ngwa, had this to say
"We are not for or against sharia law, but we are campaigning for a process based on fair trial where a suspect is allowed basic rights such as access to a lawyer and the ability to speak out in his or her own defense."Stop the presses! Is this what I am hearing from a group that bitches, moans, and whines about the United States as if we're some oppressive regime of tyrants? Claiming to not have sense enough to be FOR or AGAINST sharia law would be like the friendly folks here at WorldWideRant saying that "we are not for or against tossing cuddly babies into vats of boiling tar for shits and giggles."
Anyone with a goddamned active brain cell could see that sharia law is barbaric, horrid, and wholly unfit for proper civilization. What's that? You want to get drunk and be in public? Well, son, here's your 80 lashes! Yet, Amnesty International would rather chastise the United States for the smallest of infractions while turning their collective head to the barbarism of Islamic fundamentalism. We should all be appropriately disgusted.