Daily Roundup

August 1, 2006

Nothing really caught my eye for a full-scale piece so I decided to single out a few stories for short bouts of mockery or discussion.

  • Israel is clearly rooting for civilian casualties. I mean talk about a disproportionate response. Hezbollah sends rockets into Israel and Israel has a few minutes warning (no thanks to Hezbollah ) so when they send missiles they call the civilians in the building telling them to get out. It seems that this trades off lower terrorist death rates for fewer Qanas. The best quote in the article is, ‘ “I asked if he was joking, and he told me: `The Israeli Defense Forces don’t joke,”‘ Mamluke recalled.’
  • I thought Hollywood was against blackballing actors and directors. Supporting a Communist government is far worse than a semi-drunken rant is. Of course former fans who decide to not purchase Dixie Chicks CDs are toothless hillbillies with no apparent brains while Hollywood bigshots show principles in blackballing a director.
  • Peta apparently supports stem cell research even though it will kill animals. This goes against their general philosophy that animals are equal to humans (but better than human embryos) and should be rescued, tested, and castrated just like humans. Now I may just be an animal hater but from my understanding of evolution sterilizing an animal is equivalent to death in their mindset (as does the Darwin Awards). It seems like they are sacrificing the feral animals for human convenience.
  • Castro must be dead if he issues a press release rather than a 7 hour long speech to announce his good health.
  • Only the media could make this a man bites dog story.

Gibson, Anti-semitism, Police Favoritism

July 31, 2006

People have decided that Gibson’s anti-semitic comments prove that the Passion of the Christ must be anti-semitic. The comments were pretty sick, but consider the general reaction after Woody Allen married his step-daughter. The thought was that we must separate his art from his rather disgusting personal life. Now I think that this idea is generally correct, and if before these comments “The Passion” wasn’t anti-semitic then afterwords it doesn’t change in character.

Another interesting thing is that what Mel Gibson said is pretty standard for Europe, except there they are sober enough to remember to say Israel or Zionists rather than ‘f-ing Jews’. Again the left-wing would applaud a statement like that made in a PC way by Woody Allen or some other actor.

The most disturbing thing about the case is that the police were almost able to cover this story up. There is no reason that non-undercover cops shouldn’t have a webcam on their uniform which uploads to the web on a 5-10 minute delay. The costs are none and the benefits are enormous. For example, do you think the Rodney King beating would have happened with the police knowing it would be immediately discovered. Wouldn’t it have been useful during the O.J. trial to know with certainty that Fuhrman hadn’t (or had) planted the evidence. We have the technology so why don’t we use it?