Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Why We Love P.J. O'Rourke, XIV

"Since then [Iwo Jima] military hordes swarming in all-out attack and
military masses falling in desperate defense have been rare. When
they do happen, evolutionary throwbacks are involved - Kim Il-Sung,
the Ayatollah Khomeini, Saddam Hussein."

-- Peace Kills, X

Why We Love P.J. O'Rourke, XIII

"The fire chief said something about "repairs forbidden" and that the
French Quarter had fallen out of favor with Saddam Hussein. If
appearances were any indication, so had the rest of Iraq."

-- Peace Kills, IX

Why We Love P.J. O'Rourke, XII

"If Kuwait is Houston without Enron, Baghdad is Washington, D.C., without Pierre L'Enfant."

-- Peace Kills, IX

Why We Love P.J. O'Rourke, XI

"My own thoughts about the war:

- Was U.S. Radio reporter on roof of Nagasaki Hilton in 1945 saying,
"Civilian casualties are going to cause problems for U.S. winning the
hearts and minds of the Japanese people?"

- Geraldo Rivera expelled for sketching U.S. positions in sand on
live TV. Given Geraldo investigative journalism track record,
resulted in Iraqi artillery pounding Damascus."

-- Peace Kills, IX

Why We Love P.J. O'Rourke, X

"Luxembourgers may be better at earning, but they cannot excel the
Kuwaitis at spending."

-- Peace Kills, IX

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Why We Love P.J. O'Rourke, IX

"Aid-seekers in England would queue automatically by needs, disabled war vets and nursing mothers first.

Americans would bring lawn chairs and sleeping bags, camp out the night before, and sell their places to the highest bidders.

The Japanese would text-message one another, creating virtual formations, getting in line to get in line.

Germans would await commands from a local official, such as the undersupervisor of the town clock."

-- Peace Kills, IX

Why We Love P.J. O'Rourke, VIII

"Germans have turned into poultry with BMWs. What caused this is a mystery, but a splendid mystery given the behavior of Germany in the last century (and, for that matter, since the time of Tacitus).

And France is a treasure to mankind. A moral compass needle needs a butt end. Whatever direction France is pointing - towards collaboration with Nazis, accomodation with Communists, existentialism, Jerry Lewis, or UN resolution veto - we can go the other way with a quiet conscience."

-- Peace Kills, VIII

Why We Love P.J. O'Rourke, VII

"The United Nations Security Council offered a weak and vacillating response to Iraqi provocations. This timidity undermined the power and prestige of the UN - to the profound relief of all thinking people."

-- Peace Kills, VIII

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Why We Love P.J. O'Rourke, VI

"Israel stubbornly insists on existing. The foolish, despotic and corrupt governments of the Arab countries stubbornly insist on various alternatives."

-- Peace Kills, Chapter VII

Why We Love P.J. O'Rourke, V

"[The 'Palestinian' supporters in America"] want the people of the United States to ... what? Abandon one of our few allies and take up the cause of Arab regimes that hate us?"

-- Peace Kills, Chapter VII

Monday, February 20, 2006

The Face of the Enemy, II

This is not a photoshop. Just a standard display of what passes for a "Religion", and one of "Peace" at that.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Why We Love Yaacov Lozowick

"The Palestinians are still actively seeking the reversal of 1948, and Israel is still expected somehow to recompense the Palestinians for the crime of having won a war that was forced upon her - and fairly won."

- Right to Exist

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Why We Love P.J. O'Rourke, IV

"During a question-and-answer period Clinton said he supported the creation of a Palestinian state. It's a good idea. Islamic fundamentalists will need someplace to go.

Having them all in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip would allow the War on Terror to be conducted in a compact area with well-mapped terrain and an excellent road system.

As long as the Israelis don't get involved. We wouldn't want anybody on our side who was guilty of premature antiterrorism."

--Peace Kills

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Why We Love Saul Bellow

From his incomparable and unsurpassable masterpiece, The Adventures of Augie March:

"Even the man who wants to believe, you sometimes note kidding his way to Jesus"
- Ch. XIII

(If you don't have it yet, be sure to get the edition with Christopher Hitchens' foreword)

Why We Love P.J. O'Rourke, III

"The French are a smallish, monkey-looking bunch and not dressed any better, on average, than the citizens of Baltimore. True, you can sit outside in Paris and drink little cups of coffee, but why this is more stylish than sitting inside and drinking large glasses of whiskey I don't know."

Why We Love P.J. O'Rourke, II

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."

Why We Love P.J. O'Rourke, I

In his wonderful war travelogue, Peace Kills, P.J. O'Rourke has this to say on two of the nicest and most optimistic cities in the Free World:

"Tel Aviv is new, built on the sand dunes north of Jaffa in the 1890s, about the same time Miami was founded. The cities bear a resemblance in size, site, climate, and architecture, ranging from the bland to the fancifully bland. 

In Miami the striving, somewhat troublesome immigrant population is the result of Russia's meddling with Cuba.

In Tel Aviv the striving, somewhat troublesome immigrant population is the result of Russia's meddling with itself."

Monday, February 13, 2006

Like a Hurricane

Just in case we needed any more reasons to be thankful for President George W. Bush - here it is: US Prepares Military Blitz Against Iran's Nuclear Sites.

And since the wait might be long and agonizing, why not get to know some of the key actors a bit more closely?

A. The incomparable B2

B. One of many Los Angeles-Class nuclear submarines, the delightfully named USS Annapolis

C. Since any Naval operation calls for great surface ships, how about a nice Arleigh Burke-Class Guided Destroyer? And since we're at it, why not the USS Roosevelt?

D. The ultimate force for good in this world

Saturday, February 11, 2006

How to Be a GREAT Mideast Correspondent

For all our readers who can speak (or read) German, this is one of the best parodies on the Mainstream Media's slanted Mideast coverage that I have ever come across. All the usual substitutes for thought, from the "cycle of violence" to the "extremists on both sides" canard, are covered.


Sunday, February 05, 2006

Your Civilization Needs You

Support Denmark. The West will either win as one, or not at all.

The Face of the Enemy

"This is not a time to get wobbly"

Thus spoke the great Baroness Thatcher to George H.W. Bush in 1990. Her words are still as true as ever.

Hence my decision not to wobble, but rather to charge ahead at full speed:

Friday, February 03, 2006

Can You Tell Me Where My Country Lies?

It lies with me.

A bit more on this country, courtesy of Eric Cohen:

We are a nation of inventors, believing that the imagined possibility will become real in only a matter of time. We are a nation of idealists, believing that good will triumph over evil, and that the oppressed of other nations deserve the same liberties as we do. And our idea of the free society is the progress-seeking society--the society of math and science education and nanotechnology and sufficient wealth for all families to live private lives of dignity.

This is more than just beautiful, it is downright memorable. And there's more:

Virtue, not technology, is the real key to American victory and American greatness. And the problem of living virtuously in the high-tech age--as warriors against terror, as caregivers for the old, as inventors of new medicines--is the problem that looms largest in the days ahead.

May God Bless America.