The Word You
Bet He Knows How to Squeal Like a Pig
Eric Alterman proves as eager as ever to bend over
VodkaPundit Nominates Self for Secretary of Pampering
Via InstaPundit: Condoleezza Rice for President in 2008?
I think I speak for male hawks with good taste everywhere when I say, “Finally, a President I can hit on.”
You Bellicose Women can still get all dreamy over Rummy, don’t worry.
Ethnic Pushtuns are being forced from northern Afghanistan as local warlords move to crush pockets of potential resistance. The new violence is a significant step toward increasing the power of local warlords, at the interim government’s expense.
This should come as no surprise. Remember, we came to destroy the Taliban and root out al Qaeda, not to conquor and govern Afghanistan.
Removing the Pushtun population from northern Afghanistan is a way to consolidate power and squelch potential rebellion against the ruling warlords before it happens. It also is a big step in consolidating the power of regional warlords, thus decreasing the influence of Afghanistan’s fledgling central government and contributing to the de facto partitioning of the country.
Again, no surprise. Left to their own devices, this is how Afghans run their country. “Afghanistan” is more a geographic expression or a wishful thought than it is a nation-state. Or to borrow a phrase I coined for Somalia years ago, Afghanistan is a place on the map where other coutries aren’t.
A weakened central government will become increasingly irrelevant as outside powers choose to do business with local warlords or their external sponsors, such as Iran, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.
Does this matter? So long as each little warlord plays by our rules so far as al Qaeda and other terrorists go, then we shouldn’t be displeased. We can always use money to keep the various locals in line — or play them off one another. And don’t worry too much about Iranian influence. They won’t be a problem terribly much longer.
Back to StratFor for a moment. When it first started up and was free, I recieved their daily newsletter. They have sometimes excellent analysis, and, apparently, some pretty damn good sources. They’ll be publishing weekdays on WorldNet, so you might consider visiting and bookmarking. I just did.
The Only Difference Will Be The Reliability
It’s official — VodkaPundit is changing barstools.
Shortly, you can find all the same general uselessness at http://www.vodkapundit.com
I’m going to try to miss Bloggers ups and downs, but not very hard.
UPDATE: From the VodkaPundit conspiracy department. Could Blogger’s troubles be part of an evil plot to first addict people to blogging, then encourage them to swtich to a paid ISP by denying them their drug of choice?
Oxymoron, with the Accent on Moron
Why is it the more Ev upgrades Blogger, the more it degrades? Details just as soon as we’re finished dropping bricks on our toes, and other activites less frustrating than Blogger.
World Ends. Details at 11.
Proof of the power of idiocy was found last week when my beloved Denver Broncos released star linebacker Bill Romanowski.
And now we have proof of the manifestation of pure evil right here on earth — Romo will be play next year for the evilscumsuckingawfulvile Oakland Raiders.
Apparently, It Doesn’t Translate Well
Timeless political questions — answered by the US Consitution, courtesy of The Times (UK).
In any culture with too many young men with access to neither jobs nor women, I can understand why a certain number will blow themselves up and take out a pizza joint with them. Add in the age-old sport of slaughtering Jews, and that explains a lot of what goes on in the Middle East.
But what kind of a sick excuse for a culture sends out its women to do such idiocy? I’m no sexist, but any culture not at least minimally protective of women and children is ultimately self-genocidal.
As I tried to explore a couple posts ago, there’s something very, very wrong and very, very sick at the heart of Arab culture. Either they root it out themselves as I’m sure they’re able, we root it out for them as I damn well know we’re able, or eventually the whole damn planet gets blown up.
I only wish I were exaggerating. Now it’s time to rub the cat’s belly, listen to some purrs, and feel better for a few minutes.
Did I Miss Something?
Another story from Reuters (Motto: “One Man’s Internet News Source Is Another Man’s Painful Urination”), this time on reward money for the barbarians who kidnapped and murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
Washington is offering $5 million for their capture, more than enough money to turn heads in Karachi.
Interesting, I suppose. But what I’d really like to know is how well is the WSJ planning on taking care of Pearl’s widow, Mariane?
Anyone have any info on this at all?
Dow Jones & Co. has established a fund for the benefit of murdered reporter Daniel Pearl’s widow, Mariane Pearl, and their son, with an initial contribution of $100,000. Please note that contributions are not tax-deductible. If you’d like to donate, you can send a check to:
The Daniel Pearl Memorial Trust
c/o Robert J. Laughlin, Vice President
J.P. Morgan Trust Company of Delaware
500 Stanton Christiana Road – 2/CS
Newark, DE 19713
I urge all of you who are able to do so to make at least a small contribution. Thank you.
For Nation-States, They’re 0-22.
This from AP: “Residents of Islamic countries harbor deep resentment toward the United States.”
Let’s face it, the Arab world (not Islam) resents any culture technologically sophisticated enough to build a power plant without foreign assistance. From the splendor of the Caliphate, the Arab world has descended into the only region of the world other than sub-Saharan Africa better known for violence and mineral deposits than for any modern achievement. And let’s be honest — early Caliphate culture owes most of its advances to the Greek world they plundered.
Also, that was an unfair comparison to southern Africa, because up until just 150 years ago, the climate and flora and fauna there made most any kind of permanent settlement impossible. Anything more the 20 miles from the coast, anyway. Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation is struggling — but still far more advanced than, say, Syria. I’d rather spend time in Iran (before or after the current abberation-as-government) than Iraq. And Turkey strikes me as a better place to plant roots than Libya. The only halfway decent Arab nations are the oil-soaked sandblots so rich as to count less as nations and more as investment banks in really big desert office parks.
What’s wrong with the Arab world? And how can we fix it before they start blowing us up again?
And You Thought You Were Enraged Before
I had no idea such a thing was even possible. So revolting, I won’t even type the words. Fortunately, Megan McArdle already did. Read it if you dare.
Tom Friedman Can’t Figure Out This Stuff?
The more I look at Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah’s Middle East Peace Plan, the better it looks for Israel to return to its 1973 borders.
Yes, I am just being an ass — because the plan is so flawed as to be worthless. There are only three reasons why the diplomats are all scurrying around so busily, depending on their nationality:
Americans: Setting the Plan up for a fall so we can get back to the business of supporting Israel.
Arabs: Setting the Plan up for a fall so they can get back to the business of killing Jews.
Europeans: Setting the Plan up for a fall so they can get back to the business of pretending the Arabs aren’t killing Jews.
Did I miss anything?
Pejman Yousefzadeh doesn’t just take down Noam Chomsky’s latest idiocy, he looks at our real-life Ellsworth Toohey’s entire history. Go there. Now. Click already.
VodkaPundit: Episode II — the Next Round
Back from running some errands — and with big news for fanboys like myself. AICN got hold of the script for the new Star Wars flick. Verdict? “Oh hell yes!” seems to sum up the reaction. Check it out if you’re interested.
Meantime, cut me some slack. I was an eight-year-old boy when the first movie came out, and I got hooked young.
One of These Things Is Not Like the Other
David Broder in today’s Washington Post: “What has happened, I think, is that the war on terrorism has so overshadowed everything else in the news from Washington that other subjects have virtually disappeared.”
The “other subjects” so important to Broder are the silly education reform law recently signed by President Bush, campaign finance reform, and state budget problems.
The education law won’t accomplish anything, Americans have never considered CFR important (and rightly so), and state budgets will be quickly fixed by the improving economy. So, yeah, we’re still fucking “fixated” on the damn war that’s blowing up our financial centers.
The question isn’t why Red America thinks the war is so important, the question is how David Broder can think his little nip’n'tuck policy wonk issues are.
“Jurassic Park: Special Edition” Will Be Much Less Exciting
This from the Washington Post: T-Rex wasn’t so fast, after all. There’s a whole bunch of science stuff involved, but biomechanist John R Hutchinson thinks Tyrannosaurus Rex was a slow walker, and not much of a runner.
The six-year-old in me refuses to believe it.
US Invades Georgia, Accidentally Bombs Carter Center
Not in my wildest Cold Warrior dreams back in ’84 did I ever think we’d have units speckled about the vast spaces of Soviet Central Asia. And now we might be sending up to 200 soldiers to help out in post-Soviet Georgia in the Caucasus, too.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Georgia President (and former Soviet foreign minister) Eduard Sheverdnaze has asked for US assistance in battling al Qaeda, and President Bush has agreed. However, no formal agreement has been worked out.
Also, no word yet on exactly how fast Stalin is spinning in his grave.
Back to the News, Right After This
If reminiscing is the first sign of senility, then I probably don’t have much longer before I’m drooling on myself and wearing Depends. In any case, some morbid curiosity got me to collect some celebrity one-line takedowns from the past few weeks on VodkaPundit.
And You Belgian Gits Better Watch Yourselves, Too
From Matt Welch. The URL says it all.
It’s a Little Early for a Drink, But What the Hell
Richard Bennet is paying more attention to VodkaPundit than I am. Apparently, I outposted the
He Will Be Missed
Spike Milligan is dead. From him we got Peter Sellers, Peter Cooke & Dudley Moore, and Monty Python. And from Python we got the equally irreplaceable Kids In The Hall.
Happy Happy, Joy Joy
Alex Del Costillo alerts us to “How China Might Invade Taiwan” from the latest Naval War College Review. After reading this, I hope Taiwan is on the short list to buy F-35s. And lots of them.
For the US not to recognize a legitimate democracy while continuing to lend legitimacy to the butchers of Beijing is beyond me. Listen closely: You do not get to kill your students with impunity. And we need to remember that American consumers hold more power over China than the PLA.
And back to the NWCR for a second. Military publications have some of the best, most far-ranging, forward-looking articles you’ll find on world events. Also check out the Army War College quarterly, Parameters. The Spring issue should be available soon.
Such a Nice Little Neighborhood, Too
Moving a little slowly right now. Woke up to the sound of the car alarm. Yep, a break-in. No damage, no one hurt — but I still need some coffee and to settle down a bit. Twenty minutes VodkaPundit will back back to normal business.
For MY 16th Birthday, I Wanted A Nice Bottle of Red, Not Too Tannic
For those who missed last night’s post: Yes, I was made aware that the drunken teens statistic was a damn lie. You can read my apology here.
But Does Frank Have Any Short Jokes About Robert Reich?
Just when I thought I was El Supremo of the celebrity one-line put-down, here comes Dr. Frank. In this fun post, he calls Noam Chomsky a “senile academic demagogue gnome.”
And that’s one of the nicer things the Good Doctor says. Read the whole thing.
Would You Like Curry With That?
More good news from the biggest potential member of the Anglosphere, courtesy of Fred Pruitt.
According to this Times of India story, President Bush seeks to “intensify economic and defence collaboration with India.”
You can find my original hope for a very close and friendly relationship with India by clicking here.
It Only Sounds Harsh Because He Means It That Way
Thanks to cloning techniques and embryonic research, and otherwise against the odds, a baby was born without the Alzeimer’s gene.
The 30-year-old mother, who is not named, carries a form of Alzeimer’s that will surely strip her of her mind sometime in the next 10 years. This dominant version was certain to be passed on to any child she might bear — without the help of medical science, that is.
So will you anti-science weasels please now shut up?
To Whom It May Concern
Someone is becoming a very frequent reader from the Popsite domain. I know this, because you’re Googiling me every time you visit. I appreciate the engine hits, I really do. But do yourself a favor and bookmark VodkaPundit. You’ll find it much easier to find it that way.