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Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.
-- Ronald Reagan

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Thursday, January 16, 2003
Read THIS if you're fool enough to believe that North Korea can be trusted.

Never again. Wasn't that the UN's mantra at some point?

More on Crow
Andrew Sullivan has a whole piece on it. Very nice.
Here is a fabulously wealthy, famously cute singer, telling the impoverished men, women and children tortured, gassed and abused by one of the most disgusting dictators of all time that any attempt to rescue or liberate them is "not the answer." And she expresses this message in sequins. She couldn't afford diamonds?

Peace In Our Time
We all know that Sheryl Crow has shown us the light (and her nipples) with a t-shirt that reads "War is not the answer." Gandhi himself, although he did not silkscreen shirts and wore only homespun, nevertheless would be proud. And here is the gospel according to Crow, repeated not from a Mount, but from a Hollywood stage (as the scriptures predicted) "I think war is based in greed and there are huge karmic retributions that will follow. I think war is never the answer to solving any problems. The best way to solve problems is to not have enemies."

Well, obviously. Let us lambs lay with the lions, for if we were not enemies, we would not have problems! Let's just soak up the sun! I'm converted!

Actually, here's a good bit on pacifism, "Down with the Peace Movement" by Adam G. Mersereau

Marx Without the Realism: The intellectual roots of America-bashing.
An awesome article at Opinion Journal, by Lee Harris. Read it!

Read this article by Radley Balko about who funds the Democrats and other left-wing causes.
The oddest source of the left's money comes from the rich. The really rich. The Washington Times recently reported that the richest 1 percent of Americans give disproportionately more to Democrats than to Republicans. Republicans, on the other hand, get more money from the richest fifth of income earners.

Al Sharpton Watch
This piece from Jeff Jacoby in the Boston Globe is quite illuminating on Sharpton's past. I knew about the Tawana Brawley case, and had an idea that Bonfire of the Vanities was based on something that actually happened, but to have it all in one place is interesting. The hypocrisy of the Democratic Party is pretty plain, too:
If Sharpton were a white skinhead he would be a political leper, spurned everywhere but the fringe. But far from being spurned, he is shown much deference. Democrats embrace him. Politicians court him. And journalists report on his comings and goings while politely sidestepping his career as a hatemongering racial hustler.

Monday, January 13, 2003
VDH Alert
Victor Davis Hanson has a new piece available at OpinionJournal.com. It's really quite good, unless you're a Noam Chomsky fan, in which case you will undoubtedly dislike it. I like this: "The innate limitations of mortals matter little to our irritated utopians, nor can moral progress ever be rapid enough to keep up with a definition of perfection that evolves as quickly as the technology of cell phones."

Back to Blogging!
After a 2 week hiatus from blogging for vacation, and mental preparation for my black belt test, I have returned triumphant. The test was quite unpleasant, but I passed. I', sore as hell, but it was worth it.