Pride And Prejudice

TLB expected a good job from these people, but this is amazing: “When tasked to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in Haiti, we immediately headed to Mayport, Fla., at more than 30 knots and loaded 19 helicopters, personnel and support equipment from five different East Coast Navy squadrons in less than eight hours.” That’s the captain of the USS Carl Vinson speaking. More here.

This terrible time brings to mind the tsunami that killed over a quarter million people in Asia. Much of the world, thinking itself “progressive,” intellectual and advanced, savaged the USA for its response. Uncle Sam was damned as a hopeless warmonger whose first thought in times of natural catastrophe was to bomb the survivors. From this source comes a (very lightly edited) rant TLB considers seminal:

Today, during an afternoon conference that wrapped up my project of the last 18 months, one of my Euro colleagues tossed this little turd out to no one in particular:

“See, this is why George Bush is so dumb, there’s a disaster in the world and he sends an aircraft carrier…”

After which he and many of my Euro colleagues laughed out loud.

…and then they looked at me. I wasn’t laughing, and neither was my Hindi friend sitting next to me, who has lost family in the disaster.

I’m afraid I was “unprofessional.” I let it loose —

“Hmmm, let’s see, what would be the ideal ship to send to a disaster, now what kind of ship would we want?

Something with its own inexhaustible power supply?

Something that can produce 900,000 gallons of fresh water a day from sea water?

Something with its own airfield? So that after producing the fresh water, it could help distribute it?

Something with four hospitals and lots of open space for emergency supplies?

Something with a global communications facility to make the coordination of disaster relief in the region easier?

Well, Franz, we peasants in America call that kind of ship an ‘Aircraft Carrier.’ We have twelve of them. How many do you have? Oh, that’s right, NONE. Lucky for you and the rest of the world, we are the kind of people who share. Even with people we don’t like. In fact, if memory serves, once upon a time we peasants spent a ton of money and lives rescuing people we had once tried to kill and who tried to kill us.

Do you know who those people were? That’s right, Franz, Europeans.

There is a French Aircraft carrier? Where is it? Right where it belongs! In France, of course! Oh, why should the French Navy dirty their uniforms helping people on the other side of the globe? How Simplesse…

The day an American has to move a European out of the way to help in some part of the world it will be a great day in the world, you sniggering little f**knob…”

The room fell silent. My Hindi friend then said quietly to the Euros:

“Can you let your hatred of George Bush end for just one minute? There are people dying! And what are your countries doing? Amazon.com has helped more than France has. You all have a role to play in the world, why can’t you see that? Thank God for the US Navy, they don’t have to come and help, but they are. They helped you once and you should all thank God they did. They didn’t have to, and no one but them would have done so. I’m ashamed of you all…”

He left the room, shaking and in tears. The frustration of being on the other side of the globe, unable to do anything to assist and faced with people who could not set aside their asininity long enough to reach out and help was too much for him to bear. I just shook my head and left. The Euros stood speechless.

Later in the break room, one of the laughing Euros caught me and extended his hand in an apology. I asked him where he was from; he said, “A town outside of Berlin.” He is a young man, in his early 20’s.

I asked him if he knew of a man named Gail Halvorsen.

He said no.

I said, “That’s a shame,” and walked away to find my Hindi friend.

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Explaining how California binged and crashed is not easy; this newsletter tried it, and may have covered some aspects of the pratfall well, but the full story is very complicated. If you live in California or just enjoy “decline and fall” stories, this is an excellent place to start your research into what went wrong and who should be shot at sunrise.

If you believe open and fair debate is the norm in the USA’s media-dominated political sphere, you are overlooking the facts — as the media expect you to do. Consider these truths that are studiously ignored because they lie beyond the bounds of politically correct discourse.

Related: what happens when (1) the White House orders “objective reports” crafted to show the beneficial impact of its proposals; (2) a hack writes and delivers the texts and is paid; (3) the WH passes the bogus reports on to the media; (4) the media obediently publish the fakes as if they were not empty propaganda…and then the whole fraudulent scheme is exposed? Nothing. The lap dog media don’t report the hoax. It didn’t happen. It’s not news. See, the propaganda was not propaganda, it was honest “reports.” — Well, Pilgrims, are you fed up yet?

This newsletter is fascinated to learn that Israeli diplomats are advised by the same consulting firm that stage-manages Obama’s meetings with heads of state, Wallace & Sons Storm Doors and Aluminum Siding, of Pellagra Hollow, West Virginia. Its “autre amateurism” is all the rage, with critics hailing the devil-may-care spontaneity and seeming brainlessness of the firm’s approach to cross-cultural misunderstanding. “So I got six great-grandparents, so what,” Wallace said in a telephone interview from his office in the Cut-Rite-Cut-Rate barber shop in Pellagra Hollow. “We look at it like anybody can do this diplomat crap.” He appears to be correct.

First the Underwear Bomber, and now this. Who’s minding the store?

Everyone knows the CIA just assassinated one of the most important men in the Iranian atomic bomb project, thereby stalling Iran’s attempt to get the ability to destroy Israel. Everyone is wrong. Read the real story.

Speaking of “the real story:” there is an excellent quiz here that the entire electorate should take. You identify, from a list, the person who is quoted. Put your cursor on the name of the person you believe said the words, and left click; you will be told whether you are right or wrong, and if you are wrong, an explanation will be provided. Try it, no matter what your location on the political spectrum. Highly recommended.

Idiots are not confined to the ranks of the anonymous, are they? Here’s evidence of that truth, as if you needed it.

Related: it could be that some reasonably intelligent people still believe in the empty dogma of AGW, so if you know any such pathetic individuals, commit a humanitarian act and send them the URL that links to this article. It explains cogently (1) the role of the sun in heating the earth (duh!) and (2) how the Little Ice Age and the Global Warming Period were excised from AGW holy writ, lest the faithful fall into doubt and stray from the fold. Highly recommended.

It’s a fact: in the past year, the activities and statements of The One have literally caused the (small) staff of TLB to fear the Obama administration. Those are very scary people, and not just because they are incompetent. It almost comes as a relief to learn that genuine fear of Obama and his gang of resolute cynics is not a unique phenomenon.

So there is nothing to be afraid of, because Obama loves us? Yeah, and two plus two is six. Click on the link and understand.

Fasten your seatbelt. Mike Mann, the faker who faked the Hockey Stick graph twice and was twice proved to have faked it, gets a cool half million from Uncle Sam, and Bishop Hill, a guy who was instrumental in exposing the truth from the very beginning, tries to figure out just who and what the heck these “environmental reporters” are because they have been such compliant propagandists in promoting the greatest hoax in the history of science (don’t journalists have a professional responsibility to question what people want them to report?). Whew.

Brown might win in Massachusetts, according to some polls and observers. TLB will believe it when it happens. And don’t think for an instant Barney Frank has any clout at all with the Powers That Be: if Brown wins, he could well be denied his seat in the Senate long enough to protect Reid’s filibuster-proof margin. Frank was talking through the seat of his trousers. — Update: not long ago, Frank added to the mess by explaining exactly why Brown would be kept out of the Senate until Obamacare passed: “If Scott Brown wins, it’ll kill the health bill.” This loon should listen to himself on occasion.

TLB has told you several times that the VA is not an example of good health care delivery, and you didn’t believe it, now did you? Well,you should have. And you should also realize that when Obamacare kicks in, if it does, what the electorate gets won’t be as good as what the VA provides now. Remember this assertion.

Eric Holder, the secretary heading the federal Department of Justice, refused to prosecute a case that everyone considered an easy win for the feds; the suspicion lingers that because the accused was an operative (well, thug) of the New Black Panther Party, and black, he got off improperly. Now a federal court says you can’t decide whether to prosecute on the basis of race, which this newsletter thought was already the case. Meanwhile Holder and Co. continue to stonewall an investigation into why the guy was not dragged into court and held accountable for intimidating voters. Holder should lose his job.

A weblog post says, “Google and other US companies are duplicitous in their dealings with despotic regimes, hiding their furtherance of repression behind free trade and freedom rhetoric that is hollow.” Yes. Click on the link for validating information.

This newsletter likes the Salvation Army. A second Christian relief organization that needs your donations: World Vision. They were in Haiti and doing good works when the earthquake hit.

The power of the mind, or of whatever it is some people have instead of minds….

“…the age of Obama is over, one short year into his Presidency.” What? Well, here’s the case for that contention. You decide.

Opinionated commentary on the Massachusetts election. TLB’s view: Kennedy should tell his supporters to vote for Brown.