Archive for July, 2006

Ick, eew, yikes, and wow…

Remember, kids, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. In the case of 81-year-old Norman Bertram Coleman Senior, the “somebody” he knows is his son – smilin’ Norm Coleman, Minnesota’s millstone of a Senator.

Seems pappy was gettin’ it on with a much younger woman in a car outside Carbone’s Pizza in Saint Paul, and got popped by the police for, ahem, “lewd conduct” and “indecent exposure”. Had Junior not been Junior, I’m sure he’d be facing “soliciting a prostitute” and possibly some drug-related charges. Pappy, you need a prescription for them little purple pills…

Remember, kids: It’s O K If You’re (the father of) A (prominent) Republican. IOKIYAR.

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', General | on July 26th, 2006 | No Comments »

Unproductivity

Indymedia is, of course, the “MySpace” for the slightly older but still cluefully-challenged on the far, far left. Here in the Twin Cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, er, Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the “collective” that runs the local “node” apparently had their heads up their, yes, collective butts for quite some time, and – o happy days – we were left with a largely non-functional website for over a year. How the bleeding-hearts of the cities managed to coordinate their ill-conceived, pointless acts so often lacking in symbolism, purpose, or planning during those days, I haven’t a clue.

Alas, this digital embarassment to all things liberal in Minnesota has been back for a bit, and this post (and the comments) from yesterday showcases, in a nutshell, everything that’s wrong with the fringe left. Be sure to read the “fascist” comment, it’s priceless.

This is why the anarchist, libertarian, fringe left never accomplish anything meaningful.

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', General | on July 24th, 2006 | No Comments »

The Jerusalem Post

The Jerusalem Post’s website is one of my two main ways of keeping abreast of developments in that part of the world (the fairly similar Haaretz is the other). Alas, they seem to have been experiencing a huge slew of problems with their website all day today. I don’t know if it’s innocent technical problems; given the developing situation on the country’s northern border, the possibility of a DOS/DDOS attack has to be considered. For that matter, they could be seeing the “slashdot effect”, but when their site is up – a few pages, for a few minutes at a time – it seems to not have been updated at all today. Yes, it’s the Sabbat, but that didn’t stop Hizbollah from firing a few score rockets and missiles into Israel, and I wouldn’t think it would stop the Post from reporting about those and other developments.

Time, I suppose, will tell…

Published in: General, History | on July 23rd, 2006 | No Comments »

On Proportion

A lot of the pro-Palestinian and pro-Lebanese pundits, when all their other attacks on Israel peter out, and when forced to confront the inarguable fact that Israel’s military operations are a response to attacks instigated by Hamas and Hizbollah (effectively the “Palestinian Authority” and government of Lebanon, respectively), decry the IDF’s actions as “disproportionate”. This proves two things: That these pundits are tools, and they don’t understand what asymmetric warfare is all about.

The conflict against Hamas and Hezbollah has many parallels with the conflict in Viet Nam against the Viet Cong. In all three instances, small, irregular groups attempted, or are attempting, to wage a war of attrition on a larger, better equipped, country. In all three cases, the militant groups are backed and supported by governments not their own.

A regular, standing military force can be attacked at it’s bases, it’s barracks, and it’s installations. Militant groups, by and large – and the Viet Cong, Hamas, and Hezbollah, in particular – don’t live on bases and don’t wear uniforms. They look like everybody else, and live just like everyone else around them. They don’t sleep in barracks – they sleep in houses and apartments. And, sadly, when you kill them, you kill the people around them. It’s a sad fact of war, and life, and death. Any thoughts that Israel is being irresponsible when attacking militants fade in contrast to the tactics of the militants themselves. Suicide bombs and Katyushka rockets are indiscriminate in the extreme, and, in the case of the latter, utterly random and for all practical purposes undirected.

Does Hizbollah warn Israelis before launching rockets at them? Do they drop leaflets warning them to leave the area or seek shelter? Of course not. Do they even make an attempt to target military or government targets? Not at all.

Israel, like it or not, has one of the best-equipped, best-trained military forces in the region. If they wanted to kill every Palestinian, they could – probably in well under seventy-two hours. If they wanted to make every city, town, and village in Lebanon look like Dresden in 1945, they are more than capable of doing so, quite quickly. But they haven’t, and they aren’t going to, because they aren’t stupid.

Stupid is distorting the truth of the matter and, yes, just plain making stuff up, like the claim, oft-reported in recent days, that Israel is dropping “chemical weapons” on Lebanon, and that “thousands are critically ill” from breathing the conveniently-unidentified “weapon”. Stupid is saying Israel is in violation of the Geneva Convention because they’re “targeting civilians”. There have been, in the last week, about three-hundred reported “civilian” deaths in Lebanon, as a result of Israeli attacks. Even supposing – in an environment where a dead militant is a dead civilian unless he dies with a weapon in his hands – that they’re all really civilians – , for a week’s fighting by one of the world’s most advanced militaries, one which launched literally thousands of combat sorties with it’s air force of quite advanced F-16s – being stupid enough to believe that a “war on the people of Lebanon” has produced so few casualties with so much effort is to do a great disservice to the men and women of the IDF. Just tonight they’re said to have dropped twenty-three tons of bombs – most likely twenty-three two-thousand-pound precision-guided munitions – on a single target, and, if Hizbollah’s spokespeople are to be believed, failed to kill a single person. A single one of those twenty-three bombs on a school, a market, or an office building could easily kill far more than the three-hundred people so far dead. Heck, twenty-three bombs landing on random houses could easily kill more than three-hundred people. There’s no war on the civilian population; stop being stupid.

Published in: General, History | on July 19th, 2006 | No Comments »

Help an Israeli Soldier

A lot of people seem to be adamantly anti-Israeli… No, I take it back; a lot of people seem to be adamantly anti-semitic, and (try to) disguise this quite disagreeable attitude by using vague conspiracy theories and other ridiculous “reasoning” by masquerading as anti-Israelis. It’s stupid, but that’s the way it is.

If you’re not a hater, you might want to show Israel a little support during their current period of difficulty. One of the easiest ways to do this – and, I think, one of the niftiest – is thru a website that delivers pizza, ice-cream, soup, soft-drinks, and even hamburgers to IDF soldiers. An army travels on it’s stomach, they say, and for less than $20 USD, you can help make sure the men (and women!) defending Israel are well-fed. Neat, non?

Published in: Geekiness, General | on July 19th, 2006 | No Comments »