Saturday, May 26, 2007

Κυριε ελεησον

Réquiem aetérnam dona ei, Dómine, et lux perpétua lúceat ei. Offeréntes eam in conspéctu Altìssimi.

Friday, May 25, 2007

If Suddenly You Forget Me

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.

If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

- Pablo Neruda

This Week’s Secondary Obsession... Kennesaw, Georgia TF1 is recycling old news again. Without causal link, they linked into this story with a very brief mention of some guy in Idaho who went nuts. Nuff’ said. The membership emits a muffled huzzah.

Of Course It Isn’t Fit to Mention

Here’s your ‘bumper sticker’, Johnny.

While european "humanists" was out in the streets trying to convince itself that Abu Ghreib was America’s Auschwitz and trying to say Dick Cheney was directing it personally or something, someone more likely to draw their admiration was having his ‘dissent crushed’. Guess how many of those thoughtful, nuanced, holier-than-though media operations deign mention this kind of story? None, even despite the genuine impression of some journos.

"The Quai d'Orsay is instinctively pro-China, pro-Russia, pro-Germany, anti-British and anti-American”

“The Quai d'Orsay is instinctively pro-China, pro-Russia, pro-Germany, anti-British and anti-American,” said one adviser before the election. “He will have to sit on them hard to take control.”
Thus spoke an adviser to Bernard Kouchner.
A contempt for knee-jerk French anti-Americanism also unites the two men. Mr Sarkozy has called America “the greatest democracy in the world”, and denounced the “arrogance” (if not substance) of France's hostility to war in Iraq. Mr Kouchner was one of the few Frenchmen to see merit in the Iraq intervention, though he criticised its aftermath. Both would hope for better Franco-American relations, which soured after 2003 (though Mr Sarkozy has no plans yet for an official trip). One plus is the choice of Jean-David Levitte, France's ex-ambassador to America, as Mr Sarkozy's national security adviser.

Golden Parachute to Become Golden Shower

Can you get any more Underwhelmed than this ?:

Papers seized by two investigating magistrates from General Philippe Rondot, a former head of the DGSE, France's intelligence service, show Mr Chirac opened an account in the mid-1990s at Tokyo Sowa Bank, credited with the equivalent of £30 million.
Saving his mayoral salary diligently no doubt, despite his weakness for Chateau Sempap.

Well it’s too bad that his luck is running out. His “sovereign” immunity runs out in 18 days. As for getting on the good side of a gullible public pining to turn its vanity about itself and its passive aggression into a sort of virtue, he no longer has a way to do that. Cast your mind back to when he was a lightening rod for criticism, and what it took to give him “papal infallibility”:
There is little doubt about the source of the media's obvious faith in Chirac's statesmanlike "grandeur": namely, his high-profile role in opposing the Iraq War in early 2003. In France, Chirac's anti-war stance predictably led to a spike in his popularity, as the "anti-imperialist" left suddenly found itself expressing pride in the courageous and upstanding leadership of a man who only the year before was being persistently referred to in "leftist" media as "Super-liar" [Supermenteur]: a leaden allusion to "Superman" that is as unfunny in French as it is in English.
Too bad it didn’t last. After this brief salad day, his favorability rating at home remained far below that of George Bush in the US.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

See Sarkozy. See Sarkozy run.

Perpetual motion machine.

Céline on wheels

La journée, la bouffe, le job ... Tout ça a du mal à passer.

Lo, The Causes of Nodding Stepford Children

Meet the feelies. Smug, smart... you know that they’re better people than you are. They became that way by giving money to neutral and opinionless handwringer nicey-nicey peacy-peacy causes who NEVER take sides politically. That would get in the way of thir main mission is to repeat to one another that their shit doesn’t stink.


Benevolence of Great Leader, Dear Leader, Uncle Joe, Uncle Ho, Enver Hoxha, Erich Honecker, Fidelito, Hitler, Mao, Abd’l Nassar, the murderers of 100 million civilians, Robert Mugabe, the Janjaweed, a cast of thousands, and all those other poster-children for grand European ideas about getting along are curiously overlooked.

And all of their pandering to the membership for what? Amnesty International, once a meaningful provider of information is, now resembles a gang of idiot potbangers trying to guilt trip the public all the way down to school kids for small donations. That’s quite a point of pride for an organization which has itself never actually freed anyone.

Click here to send a mass email to their entire membership, all at once.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Le Canard Diminué

The down-and-outers over at Rue89 are worried about Sarko's Big Takeover.

Rue89 is an online newspaper started by some dead-enders who lost their jobs at Libération PropagandaStaffel following the recent downsizings. They are more or less reduced to breaking earth shattering stories like "Cecilia didn't vote" or "Le Journal du Dimanche was forced to cancel their story about Cecilia not voting". How they manage to take themselves seriously is anybody's guess.


Socialized medecine kills. At least 145 patients over-radiated in a Toulouse hospital while receiving brain scans. Not to worry though. No one is showing any worrysome symptoms. Yet.

This is your brain.
This is your brain on socialized medecine.

What a difference 3 years, losing the Olympic games, a failed EU Constitutional referendum and a Presidential election make

Party like it's 2004. Not! No longer on their high horses, even Libération PropagandaStaffel doesn't give Michael Moore two thumbs up for Sicko.

Michael Moore praises the Socialized healthcare system that let 15,000 die from heat in 2003 (many waiting for ice water in hospital hallways).

So How’s That Jaw Jaw Thing Working For Ya?

EU-3 to meet U238:

"We have serious signals that something is under preparation in Europe," Moniquet said. "Iranian intelligence is working extremely hard to prepare its people and to prepare actions."
Household hint: keep some iodine handy.

- With thanks to the super sleuthy Grimmy

Erik Svane on Fausta's Blog-Talk Radio Podcast

Talking to the one and only Fausta on her podcast, Erik Reports from Cannes on Michel Moore’s worn-out welcome, and the doings of the film world today, including the trend to pack them back into the movie houses with 3D.

We look forward to hearing more from our intrepid reporter on the comings and goings at this year’s festival, as well as his own plans and impressions.

Cultural Exception Within a Cultural Exception

Plan on aging disgracefully? Then you know where to go.

Via Hot AIr

The figures seem to call the overblown bleating about prejudice to shame. Weirder still is the desire to try to “normalize” the conclusions through selective reporting regardless.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

More 1968 garbage being thrown out

Jean-Marie Colombani, the pompous blowhard director of Le Monde Al-Jazeera on the Seine who hypocritically used the headline "We are all Americans" the day after 9-11 (and then made sure that his rag shit on America every chance it got), has been fired.

How About Idea nos. 31 and 32?

Add to PropagandaStaffel’s “30 Ideas for Renewing the Socialists”: Drinking the Eco Kool-Ade or joining the Mehdis that they keep rooting for.

If the Lisbon declaration states something, you better believe it

I just love that can-do European spirit.

Watch out, next thing you know British playwrites will be lashing out at American tourists with their man-purses

The good news is that it's playing in an old brewery.

European expressionism, so to speak. Check out the Angela Davis look-alike in the back to the right.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Bring it on

Unfortunately, the French street often undoes what the French ballot box decides.

A Paris festival celebrating US music and culture has been called off following a series of anti-American threats, organisers said on Sunday.

Called "Three Days in America", the festival featuring country and gospel concerts, line-dancing, sales of US paraphernalia and a tribute to Elvis Presley was to take place from May 26 to 28 in Saint Cloud, southwest of Paris.

Organisers issued a statement saying they were forced to postpone the event following "persistent pressure and threats of an anti-American nature".

Hat tip to 5 Years Later.

Paving the Road to Hell with a Now Meaningless Term


Über-humanism. Sophistication. Diversity. Blah-blah-blah:

Called "Three Days in America", the festival featuring country and gospel concerts, line-dancing, sales of US paraphernalia and a tribute to Elvis Presley was to take place from May 26 to 28 in Saint Cloud, southwest of Paris.

Organisers issued a statement saying they were forced to postpone the event following "persistent pressure and threats of an anti-American nature".

- H/T: Frank

Sunday, May 20, 2007

"The Party that Doesn't Lie"?!?

The wheels might just be falling off the cart in Spain for Zapatero. His party faces regional election, but acrimony is flying in every direction about everything but schools, highways, and sewers. Stifla and tant effin pis, spanky. This is the guy who's trying to peddle this doozie:

Zapatero's party routinely describes itself as one that never lies. This is a biting and pointed allusion to the idea that the conservatives committed political suicide by deceiving voters _ blaming Basque separatists for the blasts even as evidence of Islamic involvement mounted _ in the run-up to the general election held three days after the massacre. The train bombings killed 191 people and wounded more 1,800.
In other words, he wants you to believe that if he knew on 8-7 that an Al-Queda cell was behind 7-7, that he would have said so? Hunh? Sure, you would have. Let's get you back into that sweater that ties in the back, now, shall we?
"This is called having principles of tin, like the patriotism they try to exhibit every day,'' Zapatero roared at a campaign rally in Valencia.
Two days later Rajoy shot back at the Socialist leader, describing Zapatero's own principles as a joke. ''His are those of the Marxism of Groucho Marx,'' Rajoy said.
This is the Europe that the American thinks we're supposed to actually take seriously.

Funny, though, that the bravado of what a nation that withdrew forces from the Middle East and elected a faux-democratic-socialist who's enamored with Chavez and Castro WOULD HAVE SAID TO ITS' PEOPLE counts for "bravitude." Don't believe it for a moment. Regardless of political persuasion, one is either WITH the likes of Zapatero or one is with the allies, the ones from whom he withdrew military support. Fellow travelers come in all shapes and sizes, even ones who call themselves Economic Liberals, and show themselves to be more obsessed with dismantling the world view that guarantees their freedom from fear and tyranny than anything else.
When the Washington Post revealed at the beginning of November 2005, that agents of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had kidnapped Muslims assumed to be terrorists and had detained them in illegal secret prisons, I was unable to imagine what would be in store for me over the following months. That same day the American NGO Human Rights Watch published a report, in which similar information was brought to light and substantiated and where we learned that these secret detention centres were in Poland, Romania and other Eastern European countries. As we later learned, the sources for the Human Rights Watch came from, amongst others, the CIA themselves.
In other words, Dick Marty is suggesting that even whatever transparency the CIA can afford is atmospherically incorrect, even if his end-goal is to terminate a program going selectively after the hardest-core bad-asses of the jihadist terror networks.

Remember? The "peace camp" bleated about using intelligence forcefully to limit the human cost of going after terrorists. That is, when they weren't distracted by their own 40 year old obsession with the CIA which they otherwise want to convince you is incompetent, incapable, and evil whenever they had the opportunity to say it, and in that "Usama bin Forgotten" tone that thinks that looking at patterns of international telephone calls is a fascistic imposition on the rights of would-be mass murderers, and to the point of mendacity.

Would he prefer limiting this to open warfare? Certainly not. It seems he would prefer that NO methods be employed, and that EU, CoE, and the rest of the alphabet soup states of Europe do nothing about terror except leave it to their own citizens to helplessly bang pots in the streets and see their citizens kidnapped and paraded for the news cameras.

If they think that any of the peacenik posturing will protect any citizen or defend any notion of anyone's individual freedom, then they truly have drunk the 68er kool-ade, and plan on forcing that idée fixe on the generations that evolved past it.

Psychotic Anti-Semite Imagines Himself Clairvoyant

Willem, from: “Merci Ben Laden” / “Thank you Bin Laden”

Kouchner expelled from the French Socialist Stalinist Party

Austin Bay comments on Sarkozy and Kouchner.