March 31, 2003
In the lastest issue of Enter Stage Right I look at a few pop music war songs. It's an extension of post a few days ago.
"Pop Music in a Time of War"
Moynihan in the New Yorker
Nicholas Lemann gets into Daniel Patrick Moynihan as both politician and intellectual.
"Daniel Patrick Moynihan"
Megan McArdle honors Moynihan with this simple tribute, "You just liked the guy."
Adaptable War Plans
USA Today reports on when the Republican Guard will be attacked by U.S. forces. In the story, Dave Moniz and John Diamond ask the question that's been on many armchair generals' minds:
By the time American ground forces engage the Republican Guard, the 3rd Infantry Division will have been sitting in place nearly two weeks, leading to an obvious question: Why the race to Baghdad in the first place?
In the next paragraph, Moniz and Diamond offer an answer:
Military officials say one reason is that the Pentagon's war plan factored in the possibility that Saddam's government might collapse in a matter of days. If that occurred, the military wanted a large, powerful unit nearby to take advantage.
This was based on government officials' beliefs that Iraqi officers would give up without a shot or even turn on Saddam when war broke out. As it's turned out, the mass defections haven't happened, and the Pentagon isn't relying on that anymore.
Having a military presence at the ready in case of an implosion in Baghdad makes sense. You know the critics would have been screaming if Saddam's government would have collapsed soon after the bombing started but no U.S. troops were in the area to fill in the void.
I may know little about war tactics and strategy, but I do know that winning requires adapting to the unexpected. Allied forces seem to be doing that. The lack of Iraqi defections and guerilla attacks on their supply lines haven't stopped them from dishing out punishment on the enemy. The 3rd. Infantry Division has paused so supply lines can be secured while air power bombs the hell out of the Republican Guard. In Basra, Great Britian could have stormed into the city to squelch unexpected resistance. Instead, they're targeting Baath Party positions hoping to gain the confidence of Iraqi civillians.
"Attack on Guard May be Days Away"
Packers Fans Don't Donate
Wisconsin taxpayers aren't donating their refunds to the Green Bay Packers. A local accountant told S.I. his clients haven't even mentioned it. It must be because few people know they can do it. Packers fans are rather weird. A few years ago a whole bunch of them bought shares of the team that can't appreciate in value. It was, in essence, a donation. Why fans would buy worthless shares but not donate their tax return makes little sense unless fans didn't know about the latter.
This check-off might not have been necessary if the Packers jacked up ticket prices to pay for the renovation of Lambeau Field. We wouldn't have the check-off and the burden on Green Bay/Brown County taxpayers would have been reduced.
"Limit to Their Love"
March 30, 2003
Happy Birthday, Sara!
I know she won't read this but I want to wish my sister a happy belated birthday. It was yesterday, and no, I wasn't some rude dude who forgot about it. I gave her her gift yesterday (a book and a Casablanca DVD), and this evening the family will be going out to dinner.
I'm 0-4 in picking this year's Final Four. Oh, well, Marquette made it and Michigan State could make the games in New Orleans really interesting if it can knock off top-seeded Texas.
Adam Osborne and His 25-Pound Computer
Adam Osborne died last week, but he won't be forgotten by me. In 1981, he invented a 22-pound portable computer. Since I was 7 when the Osborne-1 came out, what does that have to do with me? Well, that computer, along with an Epson dot-matrix printer, let me finish many research papers in high school. For my mother, that piece of computer history was even more important because it helped her get through college.
To let you know just how primative the Osborne-1 is it has a small 5 inch screen, but you could also connect a larger monitor to it. A hard drive was non-existent. Two floppy drives (5.25 inch, not the War Games-sized floppies) provided storage, but at least that beat the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A's need for a cassette player. For an operating system, the Osborne uses CP/M instead of DOS, and WordStar is the word processor that came with the computer.
My mother will consider serious offers for her Osborne-1. If any computer collector is interested, leave a comment or e-mail me.
"Adam Osborne, Portable Computer Pioneer, Dead at 64"
"Portable Computer Pioneer Osborne Dies"
Here are more pictures.
March 29, 2003
Marquette in the Final Four
YES! YES! YES! "Holy Mackerel!" to use the late Al McGuire's words. Marquette beat Kentucky in Minneapolis and are going to New Orleans with a shot at winning a national title. Early on, the Warriors (TAM refuses to call them by the politically correct "Golden Eagles") had problems stopping the Wildcats on the offensive boards. As the game progressed, the rebounding evened out, in part because of Marquette center Robert Jackson.
This game may have been the moment when Warrior guard Dwayne Wade gave a big shout out to the sports world. He dunked the ball, passed the ball, shot the ball, blocked shots, grabbed rebounds and ran up and down the court. When the buzzer sounded, Wade ended up with a triple-double (29 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists). Kentucky coach Tubby Smith put it bluntly, "We had no answer for Wade."
To let you know how amazing Wade played, he became only the third player in NCAA tournament history to have a triple-double. Over the years and years the tournament has been played with countless basketball legends only Magic Johnson, Andre Miller, and Dwayne Wade have gotten a triple-double.
Next Saturday, Marquette will take on Kansas, and there will be two storylines following these teams. Marquette will be living with the ghost of Al McGuire, who took the Warriors to a national title in 1977. Reporters will be digging out all their favorite McGuire quotes and memories. For Kansas, Coach Roy Williams will be a sentimental favorite to finally win his first national title.
Marquette University, Milwaukee, and Wisconsin will be cheering on the Warriors, and I have a feeling Coach Al is grinning from ear to ear.
"(3) Marquette 83, (1) Kentucky 69"
"Eagles [Warriors ed.] Have Landed"
Will Intern for Food
Someone hire Fredrik Norman so he can come to the U.S., soak up plenty of American culture, and go back home with lots of pro-America ammunition to use.
Heartbreak and Compassion
Two stories show the heartbreak of war, but they also show human compassion.
First, there is the story behind the now-famous picture of a soldier carrying an Iraqi child to safety. An Iraqi family was caught in the crossfire of an ambush on elements of the 7th Cavalry. After the fighting stopped, the Iraqi father screamed for help. Pfc. Joseph P. Dwyer rushed to the family and took the four-year-old boy.
(A subplot in this story is that Pfc. Dwyer enlisted in the army shortly after the September 11 attacks.)
Then there is the awful story of marines accidentally attacking a civilian vehicle near Nasiriyah killing three. The surviving family members forgave the soldiers for the mistake and blamed it on Saddam Huessein. The marines helped bury the dead at a nearby mosque.
"On The Scene: Iraqi Forgiveness"
March 28, 2003
Lots of Troop Love in Wisconsin
Southeastern Wisconsin residents swamped local Red Cross offices with care packages. The Milwaukee office had so much traffic there was no room in the parking lot. Millie Tischendorf said it best, "This is the only way I can help. What else can I do?" Even the local Hmong community donated. Sometimes multiculturalism isn't such a bad thing.
In a similar vein, a call should go out for care packages for Iraqis. Like the President has said time and time again, our beef isn't with the Iraqi people, it's with the Butcher of Baghdad. A few truckloads of M&Ms, blankets, soap, and teddy bears could help win the trust of the people over there.
"Red Cross Awash in Aid"
TAM now MTed
Like the new digs? Thank Joni, she's the design whiz behind this. If you've been a frequent reader to TAM over the past few months, you know about my battle with MT. I've managed to get all my Blogger posts into MT so that's a good sign. Since I've been having trouble publishing with Blogger for almost a day this might be God's sign that I should finish my MT plunge. There will be tweaking with the visuals, importing of comments (if it's anything like importing posts, I should get it finished by Christmas 2006), and I have to figure out a comfortable way to post--it will be hard to beat the ease of the blogBuddy/Blogger Pro combo. If something just doesn't look right or you have suggestions/comments let me know.
March 27, 2003
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynahan passed away. Although a long time Senator from New York, he struck me as one of the truly intellectual giants in Washington. He's the man who coined the phrase "defining deviance down," and was a serious Democrat who knew Social Security needed to be completely rehauled. He was a scholar, a neo-con, a diplomat, and from Ben Domenech's anecdote, a gentleman.
"Former Sen. Moynihan Has Died"
"Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Former Senator From New York, Dies at 76"
Because of the relatively high birth rates of French Muslims, Ben Shapiro calls for the nuclear disarming of France. He sounds serious, but we have a little time before an armored division has to come down upon Paris.
In the midst of war in Iraq, President Bush suffered a defeat in the Senate. They cut his tax cut plan in half. It's a setback but not a political disaster because the House passed a bill for the whole sha-bang. The two houses will have to hammer out a compromise in the conference committee. Even if the tax cut ends up being half of what President Bush wants, as Larry Kudlow writes, "half a loaf is better than none."
"The Tax-Cut Setback"
March 26, 2003
For those of you who have the need to have celebrity support (I don't really care what Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rick Schroeder, or Ted Nugent think about the war), Boycott Hollywood has a list of pro-war celebrities.
Jeff Johnson, a veteran and student of military history, thinks the invasion force is too small.
Jeff may be right, but we're only a week into this. Afghanistan took over a month and, technically, we're still smoking out groups of al-Qaeda there. Let's see what things look like in a month.
The BBC is reporting the allied forces are pounding on an Iraqi column near Basra. Could this be a replay of the "Highway of Death?"
"BBC Notebook Updates Basra Column"
March 25, 2003
Clint Black's "I Raq and I Roll" is the best pro-war song I've heard. I rarely listen to country but this song has a blues bent I like.
On the anti-war side, I've listened to the Beastie Boys' "In a World Gone Mad..." and Zack de la Rocha's "March of Death." The Beasties go off on President Bush's supposed past cocaine habit and the tired claim that the war's all about oil. At one point they rap, "Lose the weapons of mass destruction and the hate." The Beasties are talking about both Bush and Saddam. They're too naive to realize when everyone agrees to disarm only those who are honest and decent will actually disarm. Nasty thugs like Saddam only see it as an opportunity to get an advantage. For three guys who claim they're not pro-Bush or pro-Saddam, I heard not one criticism of the Butcher of Baghdad, but plenty of the President.
De la Rocha and DJ Shadow take a sonically harsher path, and there's also the petty insults to President Bush ("Who let the cowboy on the saddle? He don't know a missle from a gavel"). De la Rocha also thinks Bush is the bad guy rather than Saddam ("This man child, ruthless and wild /who gonna chain this beast back on the leash?"). And he tosses in the requisite "war for oil" claim (why don't we invade Canada, then?).
I'm still looking for a pro-war song. Hell, I'm almost at the point where I'll take a Ted Nugent track.
"Clint Black's Groovy Warmongering"
Blogcritics Book-Film-TV-Video Critiquees have been announced. The Threatening Storm shared the nonfiction award with Fast Food Nation. FFN is a stretch because it actually came out in 2001. Prague shared the fiction award with Life of Pi. Prague was pretty good but Arthur Phillips' constant use of irony got tiresome.
In the TV catagory, 24 surprised me with an award. Good, good choice.
March 24, 2003
We're not even a week in and the armchair generals are already complaining about the war. In this case, it's an ex-general so it gets a little more weight. Gen. Barry McCaffrey thinks more men should have been part of the invasion. Well, more would have been available if Turkey would have allowed troops to come into Iraq from the north. McCaffrey does think the allied forces will "take them (Iraqis) apart," but the cost could be 3000 casualties.
Then there's Greta Van Susteren who wanted an aerial bombardment on Republican Guard positions rather than sending out a bunch of Apaches. That way no choppers would have been shot or forced down. I only watched five minutes of her war coverage, and I'm already boycotting Gen Greta. Dumb is putting it mildly.
"Allies Risk 3000 Casualties in Baghdad - Ex-General"
UPDATE: Phil Carter has an explanation for the Apaches' mission. Greta should put Phil on her show. I might just watch it then.
I'm really scared of the Vatican/country girl group axis. Here's what Michael Moore had to say at the Oscars:
Ken Layne posts Steve Martin's joke when they came back from commercial:
March 23, 2003
TAM has had the biggest traffic on a Sunday in memory. Compared to many other webloggers, 250+ visitors isn't much, but readers have come without an Instapundit link. Thanks for reading, add me to your favorites or blogroll, and tell your friends about TAM. Lots of people are missing out, and we all have to do our part in fixing that.
At The Command Post--THE place for Net war coverage--I posted that not all Iraqis are happy after coalition forces arrived. Howard Fineman writes that smiling Iraqis are key component to the rehabilitation of the U.S.'s international reputation.
"The Global War for Hearts and Minds"
UPDATE: Any problems the RAF might have had with the missile can be blamed on a small-minded Welsh farmer.
Anti-war protesters place their egos above their concern for the downtrodden. As Rob Morse points out:
"Righteousness Bedevils S.F" [via Volokh]
America's first POWs of this war. Iraq, treat them well...or else.
Noel at Sharp Knife uses common sense in an uncommon fashion on Iraq and U.S. POWs:
Here's an interesting portion of an interview with President George H. W. Bush:
"A Father's Words on Going to War"
The paleo-con magazine Chronicles doesn't seem to want to expand its conservative readership. How else can one explain this insult:
As a regular reader of NRO I can firmly admit that all the holes in my head are natural.
The stock market's string of gains may come to an end tomorrow. The news that ethnic strife has shut down ChevronTexaco's Nigeria operations could spook the oil markets which could scare Wall Street.
"ChevronTexaco Nigeria Shuts Down"
UPDATE: The Command Post is up and running at its readable URL
TAM has hooked up with The Command Post for war play-by-play.
Please thank our soldiers for their bravery and courage.
Steve Linnwood posts on the Iraqi Street. They sure seem really upset at those troops from the "evil, capitalist, Christian" United States.
March 22, 2003
March 21, 2003
Interview with Protest Warrior
Now that the war has started anti-war/anti-American/anti-Bush protesters have responded by blocking traffic, vandalizing a Republican office, and just being all-around obnoxious.
Kfir Alfia decided to take on the anti-war protesters in their own arena. Last month he and some of his buddies crashed the San Francisco peace march. Just last week, Kfir and his posse struck again.
When this double degreed (computer engineering and film production) man with an Israeli first name isn't mocking the Left, he's works for a Silicon Vally startup building networking chips. He also started up ProtestWarrior.com to let the world follow his adventures into the heart of the "peace" movement. TAM got Kfir to take some time from work and protesting protesters to answer some questions. This interview took place before the 3.15.03 peace rally in San Francisco.
TAM: I read your account where you said that crashing the march (on 2.16.03) would be a fun
Kfir: I thought it would be a great opportunity to see the left in its unalloyed perversity. The left is very skillful when it comes to hiding their true beliefs. They know they can't compete in the marketplace of ideas, so instead they like to work in secret. The mainstream media does a great job of covering for them, witness the plethora of stories about the NRA, about pro-lifers, about the tobacco lobby, while never a word about the NEA, the eco-terrorists, and the ideological McCarthyism at our universities to give a few examples. So I thought this protest would be a rare opportunity to see leftists out in the open, unabashedly hawking their true core beliefs.
TAM: Why did you think that would be entertaining?
Kfir: I must admit I get a certain high from puncturing the moral self-righteousness of leftists. These people claim to have a monopoly on what is good, their entire self-esteem depends on it. So I like to take their premises to their logical conclusions, and show them that the policies they endorse actually lead to what they're purportedly against. For example, take our sign "Saddam only kills his own people. It's none of our business." A sign like that strikes at their ill-conceived mental constructs, because it's pointing out that their anti-war view on Iraq is very selfish and isolationist. And when this is pointed out to them, it
TAM: Do you enjoy needling the Left?
Kfir: It depends. Some leftists may be genuine about wanting to help people, they just have bad data. With them, it is a pleasure to educate them and help them, it's like bringing someone out of darkness into the light of truth, it's akin to saving souls. But the other kind, the hard-core emotional based leftists, the kind where you look into their eyes and see confusion, anger, and hatred, I just feel sorry for them, and all you can do is work to create a society where they have no power. And the way to do that is to reduce the role of the State in human affairs as much as possible. Evil is impotent on its own, and I want to do everything I can to cordon them off from decent society.
TAM: Have you been politically active? If so what other activities have you
Kfir: We've always been political junkies, but we've never had any official political jobs. We're just a couple of citizens who can't sit on our hands any longer and let the left get away with what it does. And since the Republican party is sure to continue its tradition of weak, pathetic, uninspiring ads, it's time for the grassroots to pick up the slack.
TAM: Do most of your friends agree with you on Iraq and the war on terrorism? If not, do you get abused? Has it strained any relationships?
Kfir: Most of our friends agree with us, and even the few that don't see eye to eye with us politically love our approach. However, my girlfriend has deep liberal roots, and she sometimes gives me a run for my money. But in the end, she never had a chance.
TAM: Besides Rush Limbaugh, what media attention have you gotten for your protest at the protest? Did you just call Rush's show or was there some news story that caught Rush's attention?
Kfir: We first called Michael Savage, one of our favorite talk show hosts, who loved the signs and told us to send him pictures. Based off him and all the other great reactions we were getting, we called up Rush the next morning, he loved our slogans, and the next thing you know we're being featured on his website. That inspired us to create this website, and we hope to keep getting more national attention, particularly after all the new material we'll have after this next protest on the 15th.
TAM: Give me your best reasons for going to war in Iraq?
Kfir: The primary reason of course is national security. September 11 was a clarion call that America faces a new threat, a threat perhaps even more dangerous than the Soviet Union. That threat is Islamo-fascism.
Now due to a successful campaign in Afghanistan, the Taliban is no more, and Al-Qaeda was largely disrupted. However, it is not enough to simply go after the terrorists themselves, we must also change the conditions that breed them.
The reality is that Moslems are no different than any other group of people, in that when a society is run by tyranny, when there is no economic, social or civil liberty, this breeds frustration, poverty, alienation, and fear. The people in these countries, rather than look to themselves as the cause of their problems, instead need a scapegoat, an enemy, which the dictator is always happy to provide.
Take the issue of the Palestinians. The Arabs have six million square miles of land. They could give their Palestinian brothers a state tomorrow, and with one day's oil profits give every one of them a bar of gold. Instead, the Arab dictators prop up Arafat and his loathsome gang of oppressors, and brainwash their people to be pure monsters. When mothers happily send their children off to bomb buses and schools, this is not based on any rational grievance. No, this is endemic of a sick, utterly immoral, anti-life culture that serves only one purpose: to keep tyrants in power.
For the last 50 years, Israel has been the shock absorbers for Western Civilization, taking the blows, fighting the fight. But Islamic fundamentalism has escalated this war into a global clash of civilizations. It's similar to the Cold War in that is it is Freedom vs. Statism, but what makes it even more dangerous is that Islamic terrorists are so utterly irrational, so willing to kill just for the sake of killing. This menace must be stopped.
So the best reason for going to war with Iraq is that it is time to start draining the swamp of Islamo-fascism. If we see this through, not just the toppling of Saddam, but the rebuilding of Iraq as a free republic, then it is our hope that it will become a paragon of hope for that benighted region.
This is the only way we will ever achieve real national security. But it is more than just about our safety. It is about the moral duty of the greatest country in the history of this planet, the United States of America, to bring freedom to all corners of the globe. We are the only ones capable of doing it. So to all the Iraqi men, women and children who at this moment are being tortured in Saddam's prisons, we have one thing to say to you: The calvary is on its way.
TAM: Plan on crashing any more marches?
Kfir: The next big one is March 15 in San Francisco. We plan on having a big presence there, with lots of new signs and slogans, so be sure to check protestwarrior.com in the days after for a full report.
The UW-Milwaukee Panthers were one lay-up away from upsetting Notre Dame. Clay Tucker drove to the basket and found Dylan Page open for the potentially winning score, but Page missed. With that the Panthers end their most successful men's basketball season ever. Congratulations guys.
"Panthers' Upset Bid Just Rolls Off"
Shameless anti-war Canadians booed during the "Star Spangled Banner" at a Montreal hockey game.
"Fans Boo as U.S. National Anthem is Played"
Anti-American "peace" protesters showed their colors. Staff of the Wisconsin GOP came to work today to discover "windows shattered by paint-filled objects and bricks, and office floors, walls, ceilings and office equipment covered with splattered paint."
Darrin Schmitz, executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, said,
In an e-mail from the Wisconsin GOP, the Capital Times received an e-mail from a group calling itself Citizens of Earth claimed responsibility for the vandalism.
At least these anti-war protesters didn't follow in the footsteps of their Vietnam-era brethren.
When will there be a denouncing of this crime by the anti-war crowd? I won't be holding my breath.
"GOP Headquarters in Madison Hit with Bricks, Paint Bombs"
"Vandalism at RPW Office"
March 20, 2003
TAM won't be doing play-by-play of Operation: Iraqi Freedom. I'm too caught up in watching live video from armored groups passing unmolested through Iraq. From the amazing shots of anti-aircraft fire from CNN during the first Persian Gulf War to reporters embedded with troops, I predict in the near future we will watch a war in real time. It won't be just video from a few platoons or brigades. It will be a comprehensive view of the entire battlefield. You may think the Pentagon wouldn't be for this, and you might be right. But embedding reporters with troops was a surprise for the media. They expected pool coverage like that in Persian Gulf I. If the military is sure the enemy's command and control has been knocked out, it wouldn't matter if they're watching cable news. They wouldn't be able to get their knowledge out to their troops. Information without networks is useless.
But even if the Pentagon didn't want real time war coverage, the digital media revolution will make it easier for reporters to collect video and information and transmit that home. The distance between Gen. Tommy Franks' vision and mine at home is getting smaller and smaller.
March 19, 2003
Star Spangled Ice Cream sounds like a good idea, but is it better than Ben & Jerry's? Can SSIC top the really yummy oatmeal cookie ice cream I had at the B&J in Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport?
If New Jersey is any indication, I don't want the federal government to issue a "red alert" on terrorism even if there's an attack. The New Jersey counter-terrorism chief told reporters that businesses would shut down and citizens would be kept off the streets under a red alert. In a state government brochure it reads, "The state will restrict transportation and access to critical locations." It's one thing to keep unneccessary people away from an attack site so police and rescue workers can help the injured, but to, in essence, declare martial law on areas where threats are lower is an overreaction.
"Red Alert? Stay Home, Await Word"
Punchthebag has kept up his observations on Anarchy Lew Rockwell and his paleoconservative/libertarian minions better than TAM. Those guys will really get goofy once the bombs start falling. He links to David Frum's and Jonah Goldberg's latest attacks on Anarchy Lew et. al.
We're hours away from war. There's no sign Saddam will accept exile over invasion, and the White House has sent Congress its intention "to take the necessary actions" against Iraq. Keep our brave soldiers in your thoughts and prayers. They'll need them.
"Gov't Prepares Americans for Casualties"
"Powell: 30 Nations in Coalition"
March 18, 2003
I'm back from a few days of spring training baseball. It was fun, but I had to catch some of the few days in Phoenix where the sun wasn't out. I'll offer a more complete report on my trip later. Right now, we're almost at war with all the uncertainties that entails. While I don't know how easily the U.S. will liberate Iraq, I do know that Saddam's remaining hours in power are numbered. Then begins the even more complicated task of rebuilding Iraq and making it a beacon of liberty in the Middle East.
"President Says Saddam Hussein Must Leave Iraq Within 48 Hours"
March 13, 2003
In a response to an e-mail sent by a Wisconsin legislative aide who is off to serve in the Middle East a cowardly anti-war/anti-American slimeball sent this e-mail:
Chrissie Hynde wants the U.S. to get its butt kicked in Iraq, and now someone who works in the capitol wants a soldier killed. The anti-war movement had better start denouncing these anti-social elements if they want to maintain any kind of moral decency.
"Hate for Peace"
March 11, 2003
Many, many congratulations to the UW-Milwaukee Panthers for winning the Horizon League tournament and getting an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. I was there at the U.S. Celluar Arena along with 10,000 others to see the Panthers leap out to a 14-0 lead and never look back. The first half was marvelous with UWM playing tough defense and taking advantage of every Butler mistake. The second half was sloppy, but it was for both teams. Butler never could get it close to make the Panthers nervous. Three teams from Wisconsin will be in this year's tournament. I can't wait.
"Wisconsin-Milwaukee 69, Butler 52"
Anti-war/anti-American protesters got violent and destroyed a Sep. 11 memorial. The police won't do anything unless the owner of the fence where the memorial was displayed presses charges. La Habra Police Capt. John Rees' lame excuse is "For this to be vandalism, there had to be an ill-will intent." If burning and ripping flags and signs isn't ill-will, I don't know what is.
"Antiwar Protesters Trash 9/11 Memorial"
I actually agree with an anti-war Lefty. Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies doesn't think Congressman Jim Moran's (D-VA) comments last week were anti-Semitic. She said, "Acknowledging that the Jewish community is one of several influential communities in the U.S. is not anti-Semitic." This is in response to Moran's remarks:
Where's the Jew-bashing here? I don't see it. Moran is wrong in claiming that "strong" Jewish support is driving the war talk. 59% of Jews support war with Iraq, not that different than others Americans. I don't detect any anti-Semitic stereotype in Moran's remarks either. He didn't even refer to Shylock. How Moran is linking Jews to war talk is that many war advocates in the Bush administration and media are Jewish. There's Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, John Podhoretz, and Bill Kristol just to name some off the top of my head. They're Jewish, pro-Israel, and pro-war, but they haven't based their support on ethic or religious grounds. Their support for war is based on American interests and Western values. In the end, Moran is a foolish blowhard rather than a vile anti-Semite.
"Moran Said Jews Are Pushing War"
The war will go Hollywood. George Allison who just finished working on a Michael Douglas movie will design the set used by military officials at briefings in Qatar. Here's the NY Post's description of the set:
Bill Clinton, the most Hollywood of all the Presidents, must be jealous as hell for not getting to stand on that stage.
"Let the Shooting Begin: H'Wood Adds Pizzazz to War Briefings"
MOAB was tested today in Florida. It's a 21,000 pound bomb that makes a daisy cutter look like a firecracker. But while being the biggest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal, police in Pensecola, 30 miles away heard nothing out of the ordinary.
In a related story, people in Moab, UT are upset with the bomb's name. They want to be associated with mountain biking rather than a huge bomb.
"U.S. Tests 'Mother of All Bombs' in Florida"
Peaceful Moabites Want Big Bomb's Name Changed"
After reading John's review of Tears of the Sun I'll be saving that Bruce Willis flick for the rental store.
Toby Harrmann has me pumped for baseball. Oh, did I mention that I'll be off to Arizona Thursday to watch a little spring training baseball? I guess I just did. I better start beefing up on who'll be fighting for the utility infielder spot on the major league roster.
"Toby on Assignment: Spring Training First Impressions"
March 10, 2003
Zimran Ahmed on Turkey's rejection of U.S. troops in exchange for a huge wad of cash:
March 09, 2003
Sony CEO on Net Music
At least one entertainment CEO understands the music biz needs to change dramatically. Nobuyuki Idei, Chairman and CEO of Sony told Tony Perkins:
The music industry has been spoiled. They have controlled the distribution of music by producing CDs, and thereby have also protected their profits. So they have resisted Internet distribution. Six years ago I asked Sony Music to start working with IBM to figure out how to offer secured distribution of their content over the Net. But nobody in Sony Music would listen. Then about six months ago, they started to panic. They have to change their mindset away from selling albums, and think about selling singles over the Internet for as cheap as possible?even 20 cents or 10 cents?and encourage file-sharing so they can also get micro-payments for these files. The music industry has to re-invent itself, we can no longer control distribution they way we used to. Most entertainment executives understand this, but how to exactly execute on this model is more difficult.
"Sony's CEO Unplugged"
Progress in Afghanistan is being made. The .af domain is up and running. It's not huge step because it will be years before most Afghans ever get on the Internet, but it shows the country is looking to the future.
"Afghanistan to Launch Internet Domain"
UPDATE: 1200 attended the pro-war/pro-troops rally while only 300 went to the anti-war gathering. The Journal Sentinel did point out that no American flags were seen among the anti-war protestors. Anti-war=Anti-American? You be the judge.
"Radio Talkers' Pro-War Rally Outdraws Peace"
ANOTHER UPDATE: Charlie Sykes was one of the speakers at the rally and jots down some thoughts and analyzes the local media coverage
March 08, 2003
Who's side is Hans Blix on? While sounding objective and reasonable in his report to the Security Council, he failed to mention that Iraq has a drone that could be capable of delivering chemical or biological weapons. The easy answer is that Blix is loyal to the U.N. He works for the U.N. and wants to keep that body involved with this issue. If President Bush were to go to war without U.N. approval, its influence would be extinguished. Blix declaring on worldwide television that Saddam has the capability to use bio/chem weapons would only give Bush more reason to defy the Security Council should France or Russia use their veto. So, Blix "forgets" to mention the drone.
The same people who were crying, "dirty tricks" about the U.S. spying on Security Council members should hold Blix's feet to the fire. This was a dirty trick in plain sight.
March 07, 2003
In one of those weird coincidences the anniversaries of the deaths of Josef Stalin and Ayn Rand [via Fredrik Norman] fall within a day of each other. Stalin was a brutal dictator who saw people as mere cogs in his quest for power, while Rand was a radical defender of Man's independence and freedom. Even more interesting is Rand fled the same Russia Stalin ended up ruling.
"Russia Marks Stalin's Death Anniversary"
There are a few pro-troop/pro-war rallies [also see here] in the SE Wisconsin area tomorrow. I won't be at any so I would love some reports. Just send me an e-mail about what happened. If you have a weblog where you posted your coverage, send me a link. Heck, I'll probably add you to my blogroll. I have few WI webloggers on there.
This picture shows what Greenpeace really wants when it opposes the war with Iraq. Along with the sign reading, "No War" is a sign in smaller letters asking, "When will the U.S. disarm?" Greenpeace wants an emaciated U.S. A U.S. not able to extend its power in defense of its interests and its security. To Greenpeace the biggest threat to world peace isn't Saddam with ABC weapons. It isn't North Korea who seems to have a death wish with the U.S. And it isn't al-Qaeda. The biggest threat is the United States. More precisely, a President Bush-led United States. There wouldn't be half the public outcry if Bill Clinton wanted to go to war.
Greenpeace obviously ignores 20th Century history where the U.S. aided in the defense of the West from totalitarianism and did more to promote human rights--both political and economic--than any other nation on earth. Ironically, without American power Greenpeace might not be around today to protest against it.
March 06, 2003
Home Depot wants to open a store in West Bend, WI, just a few minutes from my place. Whenever something big is planned there are opponents. Cesar Suarez, executive vice president of the local chamber of commerce thinks Home Depot would bring too much competition. "I think it's more of a cannibalizing effort between Menards and Home Depot. We know there is retail warfare going on between Menards and Home Depot," he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. As an officer for the chamber of commerce he I would think Mr. Suarez's job would be to promote commerce, not fight it. Home Depot will challenge Menards, Wal-Mart, and other places that sell tools and home building supplies on price and service. The words "retail warfare" put a smile on my face. That means robust competition is happening. Consumers will be better off. Instead of promoting commerce, Suarez is lining himself with the natives against the orange invader.
"Home Depot Plan Raises Concern in West Bend"
We're going to get pink bills. I know it, I know it, I know it!
But seriously, how about a $20 coin? It would be really tough to conterfeit that, and the casinos would love it.
"The (New) Color of Money"
Congratulations to all the recipients of the National Humanities Medal. Special congratulations go to Brian Lamb for making C-SPAN a window into Washington and to Thomas Sowell for his breadth and depth of scholarship. [via Power Line]
Larry Elder points out the hypocracy of the anti-warriors. They cry out and even strip to show their dismay at impending war, yet when President Clinton launched attacks against Serbia in 1999, there were few protests. Actor Mike Farrell even supported Clinton. This goes to show that the opposition isn't so much anti-war as anti-Bush.
"Where Were Bush's Critics During Kosovo?"
March 05, 2003
Our soldiers will need tunes while spreading truth, justice, and American liberty across Iraq. For that, there's TROOPtrax. Michelle of A Small Victory is collecting donations to go for used CDs for the troops. No Barbra Streisand, I hope.
The most important invention of the second half of the 20th Century is undoubtably the microchip. What area of life hasn't the microchip and its offspring, the computer, not deeply affected? Having people from around the world reading my words just wouldn't be possible without the microchip. In a few weeks, the U.S. may shock the world by how it uses its microchip-powered smart weapons to liberate Iraq. Charles Rousseaux reviews Microchip and has much praise to give the book and the thing itself:
"Tech Bubble That Didn't Burst"
March 04, 2003
Even though France has given in, Russia hasn't ruled out using its veto.
"Russia Still Hedging on Iraq Veto"
This Sunday, there will be a pro-war rally near West Bend, WI. Here are the details from the Republican Party of Wisconsin:
TAM would love to be there, but the big kahuna will be working
Gerald Posner is a former anti-war (Vietnam) protester who regrets his past. He now opposes this generation's war protesters:
"Was I That Stupid?" [via David Frum]
Howard Owens thinks Bono isn't your typical knee-jerk, anti-Bush/anti-American/anti-war celebrity:
Bono also points out the anti-war movement's inconsistency:
March 03, 2003
ProtestWarrior.com has slogan ideas for upcoming pro-war rallies. (One is planned for Milwaukee this Saturday.) You can also buy t-shirts and bumper stickers. I like the shirt wanting to give Communism another chance.
ProtestWarrior.com is run by Kfir Alfia, the man who hooked up with San Fran anti-war/anti-American protesters last month. His efforts got him a mention on Rush Limbaugh, PowerLine, and TAM.
I've just begun my wine fascination and already I've abandoned the fine products of France. When a country wants to oppose, rather than support, protecting the values of Western Civilization, then it's going to get called on it. I'll be looking for fine Australian, Italian, Spanish, Bulgarian, and British wines in honor of those countries who support ending Saddam's reign of terror.
On a corner in Racine, WI pro- and anti-war demonstrators faced off.
If The Sun's right, the French-U.S. heavyweight bout may not make it 12 rounds.
On French president Jacques Chirac's international standing:
And President Bush gave Chirac a stunning blow when he told him, "President Chirac, we will not forgive and we will not forget."
March 02, 2003
So, Saddam's thugs wanted the anti-war/Saddam-sympathizing human shields only at specific "strategic sites." The goofs who thought they could actually stop smart bombs from falling also had a change of heart:
"Human Shield Britons Quit Baghdad"
This looks like a fun weblog, and it's linked to TAM.
March 01, 2003
The Turkish front was on, then off, then on, now off again. Bulent Arinc, the Turkish parliment speaker, has a lot of power to be able to void a vote. Imagine Dennis Hastert (or even Newt Gingrich) with such power. The Turks are in a dilemma: either they can accept U.S. troops and billions in aid or reject both. Either way the war is going to happen despite Turkish public opposition. The Turks can get something positive out of it or end up with a potential crisis on their southern boarder with no U.S. aid.
What the speaker's act does is push back the war a few more days. Even if the parliment vote wasn't voided, it would have taken a few weeks for U.S. troops to be in place. I'm guessing war will happen in late March/early April barring some other obstacle.
"Turkish Parliament Nullifies Vote on U.S. Deployment"