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30 January 2010

Fatemi capire

Il sindaco di Genova vuole regalare un terreno alla comunità islamica per farci una moschea (comunità che tra parentesi minaccia follie autoesplosive se non glielo dovessero dare). Due quartieri interessati geograficamente fanno un referendum: vincono i "No" con circa il 99%. I PD-ini al palazzo comunale dicono che e' colpa della politica "xenofoba e intollerante" della Lega. Ma in quei quartieri popolari della Genova rossa la Lega prende di solito il 3% quando va bene. Forse qualcuno ha overlooked qualcosa ?

Ultime dal pianeta caldo

Una nelle ultime trincee, mentre il collasso è ormai à la Berlino maggio '45.

Un commento: Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear - and that's the best spin you can put on this? It's a bit like trying to polish a turd.

E una lettera :

Sir - Dr Vicky Pope’s defence of the robustness of “the science” of climate change is too comprehensive. It is high time for the Met Office to recognise that the surface temperature record is deeply flawed: not just the discredited 1,000-year “hockey stick” that was the iconic centrepiece of Al Gore’s film, but also the more recent data. The leaked University of East Anglia e-mails reveal the obsessive mentality of scientists who have put truth-seeking second to pursuit of a mission.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s “mistakes” that Dr Pope refers to are no ordinary errors. They show a deliberate disregard for the principles of scientific objectivity. The IPCC had every reason to know that its account of the Himalayan glacier melting was misleading, just as it had every reason to know that its predictions of hurricane frequency and intensity were both unsubstantiated and implausible. On more than 25 occasions, the IPCC cites essays by WWF or Greenpeace as though they were serious academic studies.

The basic physics tells us that greenhouse gases have some warming effect. How material, how lasting, how much offset or accentuated by natural influences is unknown at this stage of scientific understanding — the temperature record certainly suggests no immediate cause for alarm.

Computer models will not give us the answer. They can only regurgitate what is programmed into them.

Lord Leach of Fairford
London EC3

29 January 2010

SOTUS POTUS - 2

Trifecta disseziona il carteresco SOTUS di ieri. Il momento topico è questo. Obama critica una sentenza della Corte Suprema, da cui deriverebbe la possibilità di finanziamenti politici dall'estero. In realtà, oltre a maltrattare la Corte davanti a tutti, Barry mente: e il giudice Alito scuote la testa e dice "Falso" (come anche altri, qui e qui). I finanziamenti esteri restano proibiti (salvo, naturalmente, nel caso di Obama stesso che ha taroccato le donazioni prendendone dall'estero in quantità). Si tratta invece di una più generale querelle per il primo emendamento, di cui si trovano dettagli qui.

28 January 2010

SOTUS POTUS

Deludente state of the union, to put it mildly (con una dose di demagogia poco notata). Porello, non capisce, che devi fa'.

It sounds like an all-purpose speech for President Anyone: We've met here in good times and bad, war and peace, prosperity and depression, Shrove Tuesday and Super Bowl Sunday, riding high in April, shot down in May. We've been up and down and over and out and I know one thing. Each time we find ourselves flat on our face, we pick ourselves up and get back in the race. That's life, pause for applause...

Dice: meglio essere un buon presidente per un termine, che uno medioocre per due. O magari, uno mediocre per un termine solo.

27 January 2010

De facto

Mark Steyn sulla NR (vedi il sito per i link):

The Islamization of the World

Metronieuws has an interview with Afshin Ellian, a witness for the defense in the Geert Wilders trial in Amsterdam. If you don't read Dutch, there's an English translation here. (I've modified it slightly, because I think he missed a nuance here and there.) Here's the key passage:

Q. You said the Wilders Trial reminds you of justice in your country of origin, Iran. Is that not somewhat exaggerated?

A. The Netherlands, of course, is not comparable with Iran, but it's about perception. If you cannot say that Islam is a backward religion and that Mohammed is a criminal, then you are living in an Islamic country, my friend, because there also you cannot say such things. Here I'm free to say that Christ was a faggot* and Mary was a whore, but apparently I should stay off of Mohammed.”

(*Judging from the routine taunts of Muslim youth to ethnic European males on the streets of Amsterdam at night, the word "flikker" seems to be one bit of Dutch every immigrant picks up instantly.)

What the Wilders prosecution, the Danish cartoons, the Canadian "human rights" suits against Ezra Levant, Maclean's, and me, and many other ostensibly minor news stories all have in common is one consistent underlying principle — that Islamic law now applies to all.

If a Muslim doesn't want to show representations of Mohammed, good for him. But why can't Yale University Press?

If a Muslim doesn't want Winnie-the-Pooh's pal Piglet on his desk, go for it. But why can't a lapsed Anglican working for a British municipal council?

If a Muslim wants to fast during Ramadan, fast away. But why does a Brussels cop or a Scottish hospital worker have to ease up on the donuts?

We are making Islam the de facto established church of the Western world. And, lest you think this near parodic prostration before Islamic supremacism is a purely European phenomenon, read the official whitewash of Fort Hood, which is one of the most disgusting and contemptible documents ever produced by the U.S. military. The families of the dead should be furious at its craven evasions.

24 January 2010

Islam politico ?

Un document di lavoro del sinodo dei vescovi in sostanza condanna l'Islam politico.

Commento in un forum:

Come se esistesse, un Islam che non applica principi di fede all'ordinamento dello stato ! Questo all'atto pratico equivale a condannare l'Islam in toto ed e' un passo molto importante, ma e' stato fatto in modo "politicamente corretto" e sicuramente puo' apparire ragionevole anche agli occhi dei dhimmi multiculturalisti e di chi non conosce l'Islam. Se questa forte denuncia sia voluta, o se chi ha fatto questa asserzione l'abbia fatta ignorando l'impossibilita' teologica di un Islam separato dal potere temporale, resta ancora da vedersi.

22 January 2010

Burqa

Movies

Alcuni filmini che ho visto di recente su Uncommon Knowledge (qui il feed video; occhio che i video nei link sotto son grossi):

Yoo: Crisis and command - potere esecutivo e altri poteri, e perchè l'antiterrorismo pre-Obama e le corti militari sono stati e restano eccellenti idee.

Sowell: intellettuali self-serving e la società.

Rahe: il dispotismo morbido e noi, oggi.

(P.S. L'host, Peter Robinson, è il tizio che ha scritto il discorso di Reagan a Berlino, 1987.)

MA aftermath ?

The night of the philosopher-kings: VDH.

In Plato’s ideal society, philosopher kings and elite Guardians shepherded the rabble to force them to do the “right” thing. To prevent the unwashed from doing anything stupid, the all-powerful, all-wise Guardians often had to tell a few “noble” lies. And, of course, these caretakers themselves were exempt from most rules they made for others. We are now seeing such thinking in the Obama administration and among its supporters. [...]

There is, however, one difference between Plato’s thinking and the Obama administration’s agenda. Plato at least assumed that philosopher-kings were fantasy ideas and his utopia unachievable. Our president and his modern-day Guardians in contrast haven’t quite figured that out yet. Perhaps after this week’s election in Massachusetts they will.


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O forse no, dopo tutto. Krauthammer:

The reason both wings of American liberalism — congressional and mainstream media — were so surprised at the force of anti-Democratic sentiment is they'd spent Obama's first year ignoring or disdaining the early signs of resistance: the tea party movement of the spring and the town hall meetings of the summer.

You would think lefties could discern a proletarian vanguard when they see one. Yet they kept denying the reality of the rising opposition to Obama's social democratic agenda when summer turned to fall and Virginia and New Jersey turned Republican in the year's two gubernatorial elections. The evidence was unmistakable: Independents, who in 2008 elected Obama, swung massively against the Democrats: dropping 16 points in Virginia, 21 in New Jersey.

On Tuesday, it was even worse: Independents, who went 2-to-1 Republican in Virginia and New Jersey, now went 3-to-1 Republican in hyper-blue Massachusetts. Nor was this an expression of the more agitated elements who vote in obscure, low-turnout elections. Tuesday's turnout was the highest for any nonpresidential Massachusetts election in 20 years.

Democratic cocooners will tell themselves that Coakley was a terrible candidate who even managed to diss Curt Schilling. True, Brown had Schilling. But Coakley had Obama. When the bloody sock beats the presidential seal — of a man who had them swooning only a year ago — something is going on beyond personality. That something is substance — political ideas and legislative agendas.

20 January 2010

Haiti dopo

Questo ci vuole, dopo l'emergenza. Meno Chavez, più mercato/ property rights/ law enforcement.

President Obama called the quake "especially cruel and incomprehensible." He would be closer to the truth if he had said the political and economic climate that makes Haitians helpless in the face of natural disasters is "especially cruel and incomprehensible."

The biggest reason for Haiti being one of the world's poorest countries is its restrictions on economic liberty. According to the 2009 Index of Economic Freedom, authorization is required for some foreign investments, such as in electricity, water, public health and telecommunications. Authorization requires bribing public officials and, as a result, Haiti's monopolistic telephone services can at best be labeled primitive. That might explain the difficulty Haitian-Americans have in finding out about their loved ones.

Corruption is rampant. Haiti ranks 177th out of 179 countries in the 2007 Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index. Customs officers often demand bribes to clear shipments. The Heritage Foundation's Index of Economic Freedom says that starting a business in Haiti takes an average of 195 days, compared with the world average of 38 days. Getting a business license takes about five times longer than the world average of 234 days — that's over three years.

Crime and lawlessness are rampant in Haiti. The U.S. Department of State Web site (travel.state.gov), long before the earthquake, warned, "There are no 'safe' areas in Haiti. ... Kidnapping, death threats, murders, drug-related shootouts, armed robberies, home break-ins and carjacking are common in Haiti."

[...] The way out of Haiti's grinding poverty is not rocket science. Ranking countries according to: (1) whether they are more or less free market, (2) per capita income, and (3) ranking in International Amnesty's human rights protection index, we would find that those nations with a larger free-market sector tend also to be those with the higher income and greater human rights protections.

Haitian President Rene Preval is not enthusiastic about free markets; his heroes are Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Cuba's Fidel Castro. Haiti's disaster demands immediate Western assistance, but it's only the Haitian people who can relieve themselves of the deeper tragedy of self-inflicted poverty.

Brown sugar

Scott Brown è il nuovo senatore del Massachusetts - posto tenuto da un Kennedy per gli ultimi 58 anni, nel bluest of the blue states of America. Ha superato di 5 punti la candidata democratica Coakley in uno stato che aveva preferito Obama a McCain di 27 punti, in una elezione di grande turnout, e con meno del 12% di registered republicans - nell'unico stato, per dire, dove George McGovern ha vinto nella catastrofica sconfitta 520 a 17 con Nixon nel 1972. (Vedi interessante mappa interattiva qui.)

Questo nonostante l'appoggio esplicito e portato di persona da Clinton (Bill) e Obama: come scrive Steyn, the course the "post-partisan healer" chose to set on January 20, 2009, led directly to his debacle on January 19, 2010. As a woman who managed to hold at least a couple of Kennedy seats once sang: Happy Birthday, Mister President!

È ovviamente - anche a parte l'aspetto operativo, cioé rendere il Senato passibile di filibustering repubblicano, una sconfitta umiliante per l'Obamacare:

I’ve quoted them before, but James Madison’s words in Federalist 63 bear repeating in light of the shocking developments in Massachusetts: “[T]he cool and deliberate sense of the community ought, in all governments, and actually will, in all free governments, ultimately prevail over the views of its rulers” (italics added).

Hats off to the voters of Massachusetts (of all places!) for demonstrating the truth of Madison’s words! The battle will still have to be waged in the days and weeks to come, but from the perspective of the future, we will look back on this night and say, This was the end of Obamacare.


C'è, giustamente, chi vede in questo risultato buoni segnali per il GOP nationwide - gli editors di NR: We have no doubt that [we] will have friendly disagreements with Senator Brown on many issues. But Brown ran on tax cuts, tough interrogations of terrorists, and opposition to a federal takeover of health care and a bank tax. If that is a winning platform in Massachusetts, it will surely be one elsewhere.

[Meanwhile in the secret room, il PDL candida alla regione Lazio una sindacalista pro-islamica, pro-immigrazione de noantri, pro-tutto quel che vi viene in mente di sinistra stantìa. Solo che dall'altra parte, non saprei dire se per fortuna o no, c'è un relitto storico, e non uno come Brown.]

19 January 2010

Pico y pala

Oltre ad Israele, di cui di nessuno parla, Washington, certo, ha risposto in modo immediato. Però, ci fa sapere il Corrierino, ha mobilitato forze addestrate a fare la guerra e non certo a spalare. Che idioti colossali. Come se l'esercito /marina /younameit americani non fossero sistematicamente i primi e i migliori (insieme al piccolo Satana, Israele appunto) su tutti i teatri di disastro naturale. Noi cosa kzo avremmo fatto mai ? Il Corriere, certo, ha menti illuminate - pero` andare un po' a spalare potrebbe giovargli.

16 January 2010

Haiti dopo

Emergenza, ma... e dopo ? La soluzione è nota - generazionale come tempi, ma c'è.

14 January 2010

Backlash myth

Il CAIR denuncia un presunto aumento dei crimini motivati dalla religione contro i musulmani in America. È una palla. Come al solito quelli nel mirino sono gli ebrei. E d'altra parte il CAIR (come la MSA) è un proxy di Hamas.

13 January 2010

Buona idea

"Papà, stasera ti fai una bella pizza ?"

"...Ehm, sì, buona idea. E quando vengo su la faccio anche per te, ti va ?"

"Sì, mi pare proprio una buona idea, papà."

(Giovanni ha 2 anni e mezzo)

Dephase

Il dephasing delle embryonic stem cells a favore delle adulte o pluripotenti corregge finalmente (in parte) altro caso di scienza hijiacked dalla politica. Chissà se qui se ne accorgerà qualcuno.

10 January 2010

...but we'll still kill you

“We are at war against al-Qaeda,” says the president. Really ?

[...] the Pantybomber [...] was president of the Islamic Society of University College, London. Kafeel Ahmed, who died after driving a burning jeep into the concourse of Glasgow Airport, had been president of the Islamic Society of Queen’s University, Belfast. Yassin Nassari, serving three years in jail for terrorism, was president of the Islamic Society of the University of Westminster. Waheed Arafat Khan, arrested in the 2006 Heathrow terror plots [...], was president of the Islamic Society of London Metropolitan University. [...]

This “war” is about the intersection of Islam and the West, and its warriors are recruited in the large pool of young Muslim manpower, not in Yemen and Afghanistan so much as in Copenhagen and London.

[...] You can’t win by putting octogenarian nuns through full-body scanners. All you can do is lose slowly.


E non è che siano grandi novità...

01 January 2010

Buon 2010. E ...

per benvenuto nel nuovo anno, due pezzi facili.

1) Una satira che non sembra tale (un commento: God, I read 3 paragraphs before I realized it was a parody.):

In the wake of the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253, President Obama, in a news conference from the Pacific White House in Hawaii, on Monday cautioned Americans to avoid "lashing out against folks in puffy underpants."

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, the son of a wealthy Nigerian banker, faces charges of attempting to destroy an airliner by detonating a high explosive sewn into what the FBI described as "boxers or briefs ... but clearly not adult incontinence undergarments."

"Our future as a nation depends on how we react to this incident," the president said. "If we start profiling people based on the mere appearance of their slacks, a lot of incontinent adults as well as infants and toddlers will be swept up in the discriminatory backlash. Civil rights and social justice must take precedence over our parochial concerns about fire, explosions, crashes and the potential of physical harm resulting from such events."

Standing side by side with the chairman of the Council of Adult Incontinence Relations, Obama noted that some of his own relatives had worn absorbent underwear, and "none of them ever attempted to down a jet."


2) Una non-satira che e' seria contestant per il più grottesco pezzo di paragiornalismo leftista delusional della decade 0x. Bill Whittle, Scott Ott, e Steve Green lo demoliscono allegramente qui.