Archive for: July 2006

July 31, 2006

UNrelenting Nonsense

Filed under: Cluebat,Dithering,Politics,Rants,Security,Skullduggery,UN — Dennis @ 4:32 pm

It's true

I am about to commit a great heresy. I’m going to get a lot of hate mail in the next couple of days because I am about to speak the unspeakable, violate the inviolable, and generally be a mean, nasty, right-winger. Here goes:

The United Nations is a completely useless body that has long since outlasted its intended purpose and Canada should withdraw from it altogeather.

RantsBetter yet, scrap the whole damned thing and start from scratch with a new league where dictatorships and countries with abyssmal human rights records are not welcome. Half the reason that nothing ever gets done at the UN is because dictatorships vote on many issues as a bloc. And giving China veto power was just plain stupid to begin with.

I’m not the only one who has noticed this. Over at the Calgary Sun, Ezra “the Lip” Levant had his own little rant about the Un today while Peter Worthington in TO had his own thoughts about the futility of diplomacy and other such weapons of mass discussion.

What useful purpose has the UN actually served since the collapse of the Soviet Union? None whatsoever that I can see. Its list of failures, however, is absolutely staggering in its scope:

  1. Utter failure to prevent the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.
  2. Deafening silence in response to slavery in Sudan.
  3. They take over in East Timor and drop the ball.
  4. The Dutch government resigned en masse as a result of UN “peacekeeping” failures.
  5. The UN did nothing when Mugabe expunged all white farmers and caused a famine that threatens to kill 8 million. Now the UN is talking with Mugabe about solutions.
  6. The UN frequently fails to condemn human rights abuses in countries such as Iran.
  7. Speaking of human rights, remember when they let Libya run that show?
  8. They failed in Somalia.
  9. They failed in Bosnia.
  10. They failed in Kashmir.
  11. They failed in Angola.
  12. They failed in Iraq.
  13. They failed in Afghanistan.
  14. Hell, they’re even a joke in Sierra Leone.

Just one screwup after another, and these are only the ones off the top of my head. Type “UN failures” into any search box and see what you get. When I googled it, I got 15,300,000 results. A search for “UN successes” gets about half that number.

So why is this colossal widget society still around? What does it actually do, other than to provide money to buraucrats and other assorted windbags that wouldn’t be able to find a job anywhere else? The answers are: wishful thinking and nothing, in that order. And that’s why we should get out.

Canada’s exit from this farce would also serve to throw some much needed cold water on the wishful thinkers of the world who still cling to the belief that this toothless tiger is of any use. The blueprint for the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written by Canadian John Humphrey, and if Canada decides it’s time for something else, the rest of the world will have no choice but to take notice and start asking some hard questions that should have been posed over a decade ago.

The myths of diplomacy

Filed under: Cluebat,International,Mideast,Politics,Stupidity,Terrorism — Dennis @ 3:50 pm

AsshatteryWhen will some people learn? Terrorists practically take over southern Lebanon, invade Israel, kidnap and murder its citizens, and all the world’s “leaders” still babble on incessantly about the supposed need for finding a “diplomatic solution.”

Anyone who has ever paid any real attention to history, and apparently TO Sun columnist Peter Worthington has, knows damn well that diplomacy has never provided a real and lasting solution to any conflict in the entire history of mankind. A quote in the opening paragraph of his article, from Mr. Spock (yes, the pointy-eared guy from the old Star Trek series), sums it up perfectly: “The purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis.”

No matter what some pacifist lemmings might tell you, military force has more and longer lasting solutions to conflicts and aggressions than anything else humanity has come up with. Diplomacy might be all fine and dandy when it’s between two stable democracies (bearing in mind that no truly democratic country has ever attacked another) but it is utter folly when dealing with an enemy that has no such scruples.

Diplomacy didn't work on this guyNazis, communists, fascists, dictators of all sorts; Pol Pot, Benito Musolini, Josef Stalin, Robert Mugabe, Mao Tse Tung, Adolph Hitler. Name just one dictatorial thug whose reign was ever solved through diplomacy. Go on, try. Can’t do it can you? The only thing that bastards like that respect is sheer brute force.

So why do the supposed leaders, especially in the West, cling to the delusion that endless chinwagging will get anything at all done, let alone anything constructive? All diplomacy does is give dictators time to manouver into a more advantageous position. And the UN, careening down the slippry slope to irrelevance, is the worst of the bunch.

And you can bet your ass that if the positions were reversed, and one of these totalitatian thugs had the upper hand, talking would be the last thing they’d do. Violent conflict with such as they is not only inevitable, but worsened by prolonging its onset (just look at what a decade of fiddleyfarting about with that high-strung Austrian with the funny mustache got us). That might not be very palatable, but the fact of the matter is that histroy has shown, time and again, that some things envariably lead to war, whether one side wants it or not. And everyone knows that wars are won by the side that has the stomach to win them, no matter what the cost. One man understood that better than any other:

If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.

You ask, What is our policy? I will say; “It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.” You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory—victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.

We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fall, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour!”

Sir Winston addressing the Canadian Parliament (click to play)

July 28, 2006

Sorry, Tom . . .

Filed under: Courts,Crime & Punishment,Justice,Stupidity — Dennis @ 2:38 pm

Eight-Ball AwardsWith apologies to Winnepeg Sun columnist Tom Brodbeck, I’m afraid that I have to horn in on his racket for a minute here. I’m not big on screwing off with other people’s ideas, but I think that I can make an exception here. Just what the hell am I up to? Well, it’s simple: I want to hand out an Eight-Ball Award.

That’s right. As many of you probably already know, Tom created the Eight-Ball Awards after Manitoba provincial court Judge Ronald Meyers gave a murdering little bastard young offender a sentence of one day (yes, you read that right: ONE DAY) for putting a billiard ball in a sock and smashing a man over the head with it until he was dead. Ever since then, Tom has been handing out Eight-Ball Awards in his Winnepeg Sun column to highlight some of the worst perversions of justice in our legal system.

I’m sorry to say that he’s been a very busy boy. So, with that in mind and considering that Tom likely has a lot of other stuff to do, let me fill in for him just this once.

This Eight-Ball Award goes to Ontario Court Justice Gregory Pockele. Yesterday, Pockle handed down a sentence of just a year of house arrest and a year of probation to 26-year-old Katherine Peckham of London, Ontario for killing her own newborn baby.

Yes, you read that right and no, I’m not making it up. Kill a baby and get sent to your room. Peckham had kept her pregnancy a secret from everyone around her, and not for the first time. She had concealed another pregnancy several years ago, but her family caught her the day of the birth before she could dispose of her problematic little bundle.

This time, however, there was no cavalry to ride to the rescue of the little baby boy who was born, full term and healthy, sometime between April 9 and 18.

In the early hours of the morning, while everyone else was asleep, she went to the bathroom and quietly gave birth. She cut the umbilical cord with scissors and bundled the child up before shoving him into a cardboard box in the basement . . . and leaving him there to die. She even admitted that he was alive at the time. She looked in on him again the next day after walking her (lucky to be alive) daughter to school, but couldn’t tell if he was still alive or not. She never looked again.

A couple of weeks later, on May 2, the family dog was caught scratching at the box in the basement and the ghastly secret was out.

So now you know what a baby’s life is worth in Justice Pockele’s courtroom. How pathetic.

July 27, 2006

Time for a reality check

Filed under: BS,Israel,Lebanon,Mideast,Rants,Security,Stupidity,Terrorism,Traditions — Dennis @ 2:38 pm

RantsOkay, maybe check isn’t the right word here. Some dunderheads lately seem more to be in dire need of a reality enema. That’s right, a good, cold blast of can’t-deny-this right up where the sun don’t shine. They wouldn’t be the only ones to benefit, either. The rest of us would then be spared their harebrained hyperbole and assorted other incongruous ignis fatuus clattering about in their cavernous craniums.

Damn. There goes my fancy word apportionment for the day. Oh, well. Pull up a chair, this is gonna take a while.

Nope, nothing to see here...The latest honkings from the usual goofy gaggle of disagreeable geese is, as you can likely guess, all about Lebanon, Israel, Hezbollah and Harper. It seems that they all want to shove their two cents into the juke box and expect the whole damn world to hop into their little conga line of conceit. Well, guess what, birdbrains? Bleep off I ain’t dancing.

The bulk of all this blathering can pretty much be summed up like this:

  1. Utter BullshitCanada should not get involved in this fracas (unless the UN wants us to send in peacekeepers) and should stay as neutral as possible and not side with anyone. That’s our tradition.
  2. Israel may have been provoked but they’ve totally gone off the deep end and their reaction is completely overboard and out of proportion.
  3. Whatever Hezbollah has done, there must be some logical reason for it. They’re victims.
  4. Israel should back down because “violence only breeds more violence,” and their current course of action will only further provoke islamic nutjobs everywhere, not just in the Middle East.
  5. The whole “war against islamofascism” thing is doomed from the get-go anyway because you can’t fight ideas with bullets or bombs.
  6. There is no moral difference between the two sides and what they’re doing; Israel is just as wrong as Hezbollah.
  7. The PM is just plain nuts and embarrassing the entire country by making no bones about where he and his government stand on this issue and saying exactly who he thinks is responsible for this latest Mideastern turd typhoon.

And just where the hell am I to start kicking over this little sandcastle of sanctimony?? Well, I guess the beginning’s as nice a place as any this time of year…

No way1: Don’t go mistaking years of Grit antimilitary neglect and spineless foreign policy for tradition. We weren’t neutral in the World Wars, Korea, the Cold War or the Gulf War and we’re not neutral now. When we’re led by a government with its head clear of its colon, we decide who is right and who is wrong and take sides appropriately. That’s a Canadian tradition. And as far as sending peacekeepers goes, all I can say is, were you born that stupid or did you have to take a course? You don’t send in peacekeepers when there is no peace to keep! The results of that kind of thinking became plain earlier this week. Southern Lebanon is an all-out war zone right now and any peacekeepers, UN or otherwise, are just going to get caught in the crossfire.

Reach out and touch someone2: Just what the hell do these extra-foam-latte-snorters expect Israel to do? Doing nothing when a bully slaps you only encourages him to slap you again. He does it because you showed him that he can. Groups like Hammas, Hezbollah the PLO and too many others to mention have been murdering Israeli civillians for decades with nowhere near the outcry that the international community regurgitates every time that Israel pushes back. A sovereign nation surrounded by implacably hostile enemies does not secure the safety of its citizens by engaging in mere tit-for-tat responses. Israel must, through sheer necessity, heed the observations of Brigadier James Wolfe and see the enemy for what they are. Whenever they “are in a scrape they are ready to cry out in behalf of the human species; when fortune favours them, none more bloody, more inhuman,” but that islamofascism “has changed the very nature of war, and has forced us, in some measure, to a deterring and dreadful vengeance.

Don't look like victims to me3: Bullshit. The eggheads would have you think that there’s a reason for everything. Well, guess what? Blind hatred doesn’t need a reason for jack shit; all it needs is a handy target to vent on (preferrably one that won’t hit back). Hezbollah was created by Iran so that it could wage a little proxy war with Israel without having to risk doing any of the actual fighting anywhere near Iran. And if you think that there can ever be any peace so long as these lunatic organisations exist, consider this little nugget from their charter: “The necessity for the destruction of Israel … It is the hated enemy that must be fought until the hated ones get what they deserve … Therefore our struggle will end only when this entity is obliterated. We recognize no treaty with it, no cease fire, and no peace agreements, whether separate or consolidated.” You cannot reason with someone, say to them “what do you want?” when the only thing they want is for you to be dead.

don't look too smart, does he?4: This is one of the dumbest Goddamned things I’ve ever heard. They’re even dumber than Bubbles looks if they think this is going to save their butts. Backing down in the face of aggression does not get you peace (see 2, above), it just tells the other side that they can screw with you and get away with it. A more honest statement would be that “inadequate violence breeds more violence.” The only way to hold homicidal screwballs like these in check is to give them the same treatment that we gave the Soviet Union: make the consequences of aggression utterly unthinkable. And as for provoking these looney toons in other parts of the world, just what kind of provocation do you think they need? Even if there was no Israel, they’d still find an excuse because a society like that desperately needs an external enemy to distract from its own failings.

5: Like hell we can’t. Nazism was an idea, remember? DUH!

Please take your seat6: Moral relativism like this makes me want to take a long lean over the port side. I mean, where the hell do you even start with this kind of idiocy?? Islamic nutjobs target civilians deliberately; Israelis target militants. Hezbolla “fighters” hide amongst dense populations of civilians to use as human shields and propaganda tools when they inevitably get hurt; Israeli soldiers gather togeather in large groups that you would think enemies would find tempting but never seem to go after (they’re called military bases, in case you’re wondering). Islamic screwheads want nothing short of the destruction of Israel and the death of all Jews; Israel wants to be left alone. If I keep this up, I’ll never finish this rant…

Not screwing around7: No, he isn’t. Have all those years of gutless waffling and fence sitting by the Grits really left us so utterly unprepared for a leader who actually takes a stand on something? I like to think not. The only ones being embarrassed by the PM’s uncompromising stand are the Liberals. Where they fiddly-farted about for decades, bleating about “soft diplomacy,” often while Canadians like Bill Samson were tortured by despotic regimes, Harper has been clear and decisive and made it plain that Canada isn’t going to sit down and shut up for that kind of crap as long as he’s in charge.

Which should be for quite a while, from the look of things.

July 26, 2006

Deal with the root, already

Filed under: Iran,Mideast,Rants,Stupidity — Dennis @ 5:03 pm

Is it just me, or is anybody else getting damned fed up with the latte-lifters and their sanctimonious excusemongering and blamegaming over all the crap that’s happening in Lebanon right now? The conceit and moral relativism of these rodents is enough to make me want to puke.

They blame Israel for having the nerve to go after terrorists who have basically muscled in on the Lebanese government. They blame Harper for having the brass to point out that Hezbollah started this latest fracas and should have known better. They blame Big Nanny over at the UN for not “doing enough.” They blame the US (hey, why not?) for … well, for being the US, I guess. They tsk-tsk and tut-tut about saying what a shame it all is and laying blame everywhere but where it belongs.

Hezbollah are a gutless bunch of murderers who deliberately target nothing in Israel but civilians and gleefully use the Lebanese as human shields when their preferred whipping boy decides to swing back. Don’t fool yourselves; there will never be any peace as long as Hezbollah exists. It was founded solely for the purpose of destroying Israel and killing as many jews as possible. Period. But these homocidal harebrains are still nothing but puppets whose strings are pulled by the real threat to peace in the Middle East as well as the world.

Iran has been frantically trying to get its hands on nukes for years now and in the last couple of years they have been coming dangerously close. The rest of the world, however, isn’t deep enough in denial to think that an unstable theocracy led by a former terrorist can ever be trusted with the bomb.

Iran has also been waging a proxy war with the West for decades, creating Hezbollah in 1983 to act as its junkyard dog agains Israel while sitting back and putting on an innocent “what? me?” act. The fact of the matter is that Iran funnels hundreds of millions of dollars to these terrorists through Syria. Iranian “volunteers” are even now preparing to waddle off to jihad in Lebanon, as if the Lebanese want them there. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has also called repeatedly for Israel to be “wiped off the map.” When is the world going to wake up and deal with this lunatic?

July 25, 2006

LONDON ONT. AREA: Be careful

Filed under: ALERTS,Ontario,Security — Dennis @ 2:40 pm

AlertsOkay, let’s start off by saying that this may or may not be anything but I’m a firm believer in the “better safe than sorry” method of life management. Certain events in London, Ontario lately have raised some serious concerns with many local residents who have contacted me, so I’m going to pass them on here. Remember, though: nothing is official yet and the cops don’t seem to worried at this point.

Line TherrienHere’s what’s got everybody all itchy in Ontario: In a period of just over two weeks, three local women from the London area have turned up dead and two of them have been found floating in the Thames river.

The body of Line Therrien, 39, from St. Thomas, was pulled from the Thames on July 8. Therrien had left her home about midnight two days before and police are still trying to piece togeather the missing hours between then and when her body was found.

Sherry QuickfallThe same day that Line Therrien was found in the Thames, Sherry Quickfall, 45, of Belmont, was reported missing. The last word anyone heard from her was when a cellphone call she made to an immediate family member was “abruptly cut short.” According to Middlesex OPP Const. Doug Graham, “She (the relative) asked, ‘Are you all right?’ and then (her) phone went dead and that was the last time anybody heard from (Quickfall).” After a massive search, Quickfall’s remains were discovered on July 16. Police say that they do not suspect foul play.

no photoThe body of a third woman, whose name is being witheld at the request of her family, was found in the Thames on July 24. According to London Const. Amanda Pfeffer, this woman seems to have died from either medical causes or misadventure. “There’s no reason for us to suspect foul play,” she said.

While authorities are maintaining that there is nothing to worry about, and I do not want people jumping at shadows, my gut doesn’t like this. At all. London is a relatively small city, and three dead women in such a short time, two found in the same river, is just too suspicious for me to ignore. As the saying goes, “once is an accident; twice is coincidence; three times is enemy action.”

Just be careful. And keep your eyes peeled.

London Police can be contacted at (519) 661-5670 and the London number for Crime Stoppers is (519) 661-TIPS (8477).

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