Monday, April 30, 2007

Mosque and State: Inseparable

There are many U.S. citizens who daily go about their lives in blissful oblivion to a process that is slowly but inexorably overtaking our society. Few "educated" members of society, due mostly to the government controlled schools, realize that the operable document that established our nation over 200 years ago, the much "revered" Constitution is more or less a dead letter. One flagrant example of this is the routine violation of the Second Amendment whose operative phrase "....the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Tell this to the residents of our nation's capitol, New York City or Chicago.

Most of us are aware of the separation of church and state that has been interpreted by the courts to remove all trappings of Judeo Christian religion from the public domain. There is however, a movement gaining momentum to establish a state recognized, eventually mandated religion. Islam.

One of these recent submissions to Islam involves a Minneapolis Target store. Muslim Target checkers refuse to scan any pork products. Due to the recent Muslim cab driver flap, one can only assume this refusal-to-touch-or-scan also applies to any products containing alcohol. Instead of advising the Target Muslim checkers that scanning pork is part of their jobs, Target accommodated their demands. The retail giant has either transferred the Muslims to other duties or a non-Muslim employee is called to scan the items. Question: Are Jewish Target employees afforded the same treatment, when they must handle pork? The answer is, of course, no. Singular privilege applies only to Muslims.

Another surrender to Muslims’ demands was recently announced by Minneapolis Community & Technical College. In what appears to be a direct violation of the US Supreme Court’s Justice Black 1947 interpretation of “separation of church and state”, the college has allocated tax-payer funds to build on campus foot washing basins for Muslims preparing for prayer. The school is also said to be involved in negotiations with Minneapolis’ Muslim leaders to, also, establish an on-campus Muslim prayer room. Of note is that Christian symbols and celebrations are banned on this campus but, the Islamic Muslim religion is now embraced and given—yet again—“special privileges.” Separation of “mosque and state” does not apply.

Questions: Does anyone see a developed pattern of capitulation to Islam in the state of Minnesota? Will Minnesota cities, as have already been implemented in Michigan cities, soon have calls to Islamic prayer broadcast to their citizens?

Another example of the Islamic strategy to eventually install their own religious laws, which will trump and replace US laws, within the USA involves MAS’ Washington DC based Muslim Accommodations Task Force (MATF). MATF states its mission as: “To help make campuses more “Muslim-friendly” by documenting existing religious accommodations and facilitating emerging ones. Over time, we will be able to rank colleges and universities on “Muslim-friendliness” and publicize our findings in the media and publications.

Although the provision of special religious accommodations is legally disallowed by colleges and universities they are, nonetheless, being implemented by these schools. Is this simply another example of our leftist-bent school system applying laws only if it agrees with them? It appears so. As we have viewed for several decades, all things Christian are being removed and banned. However, all things Islam are now being embraced—in violation of US law. But, after Islamic fundamentalist Shari’a law is installed in our court system—US law will be moot.

The leftist controlled academia and media, due to their commitment to multiculturalism and cultural Marxism are complicit in advancing the destruction of our republic.


Thursday, April 26, 2007

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

How about the following sign posted on ALL college campuses world wide?

Weapons carried by persons of ill-intent:
GUNS carried legally, WELCOME

Hat tip: Lew Rockwell
by Chuck George

Consensus is Not Science

As a former sailor aboard a small sailing vessel for many years ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ has developed a habit of being attuned to the weather and the concomitant changes associated with approaching weather systems. The National Weather service has significantly contributed to public safety and convenience by its use of satellite and radar observations. These observations are fed into computers which generate predictive models which are somewhat reliable for short periods. The further out into the future the predictions cover, the less certain their validity. For example the NWS recently tracked a weather system traversing the U.S. and predicted the arrival of severe weather including rainfall and thunderstorms in northwest Georgia on a specific date 4 days in the future according to the computer models. As the system's progress was monitored the arrival time and rainfall amounts changed 24 times over the 4 days of computer generated predictions and the system in fact arrived a day and a half later than predicted and resulted in 50% less rain than anticipated. The point is that predictions ARE NOT SCIENCE and at best an educated guess. Would you bet the rent money on the next month's weather forecast? This is in fact what the global warmistas insist we do by accepting their predictions of catastrophic near future climate change.

Climate Change alarmists [warmistas] seek to overturn the view that the temperature of the planet earth will remain hospitable to human, animal and plant-life. Curiously, despite all that has been written about "Climate Change", I have yet to learn anything about testable predictions. Are there any on the horizon?

Global Warming theory is only controversial because its proponents insist on the reliability of their long range dire predictions of floods, desertification, etc, which, in turn, necessitate draconian changes in the national and world economies. Somehow, in the ensuing hubbub over the alarmist predictions, climate scientists have forgotten their primary duty to provide convincing experimental data to validate their theory.

It is incumbent on climate scientists to make predictions derived from their theories about phenomena that can be observed over the next few years. Indeed, it is their scientific duty as proponents of the theory to provide the experimental evidence, and not the responsibility of the skeptics to disprove it. Those are the established rules of science.

One can observe that it is difficult to experiment on the world; however similar daunting challenges have been overcome by resourceful and ingenious scientists throughout history.

In 1632 Galileo Galilei was accused of heresy for questioning the Aristotelian "consensus model" of the universe which held that the sun and all other heavenly bodies revolve around the earth. He was threatened by the Inquisition with torture for holding these views, despite the fact that he - and anyone who troubled to do so - could see through a telescope that moons orbit the planet Jupiter.

An old man, Galileo was forced to recant and confess his error; he thereby escaped being burnt at the stake and was instead sentenced to house-arrest for the rest of his life. Science and history have of course proven him right. Ever since, the notion of enforced "consensus" has been anathema to scientists. Until now.

At present the warmistas are insistent that failure to accept their view that catastrophe is imminent is heresy even though these prognostications rely on a process little more reliable than reading the entrails of a goat.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Alternative Reality

Mark Steyn, as usual has a hilarious article in the Chicago Sun Times on the mindset of our typical leftist bed wetting set in the Ivy League as it relates to the tragic events at Virginia Tech last week:
[A]t Yale, the dean of student affairs, Betty Trachtenberg, reacted to the Virginia Tech murders by taking decisive action: She banned all stage weapons from plays performed on campus. After protests from the drama department, she modified her decisive action to "permit the use of obviously fake weapons" such as plastic swords.

To further illustrate the goofy mindset of todays academic elite he relates the following true story:
A few years back, a couple of alienated loser teens from a small Vermont town decided they were going to kill somebody, steal his ATM cards, and go to Australia. So they went to a remote house in the woods a couple of towns away, knocked on the door, and said their car had broken down. The guy thought their story smelled funny so he picked up his Glock and told 'em to get lost. So they concocted a better story, and pretended to be students doing an environmental survey. Unfortunately, the next old coot in the woods was sick of environmentalists and chased 'em away. Eventually they figured they could spend months knocking on doors in rural Vermont and New Hampshire and seeing nothing for their pains but cranky guys in plaid leveling both barrels through the screen door. So even these idiots worked it out: Where's the nearest place around here where you're most likely to encounter gullible defenseless types who have foresworn all means of resistance? Answer: Dartmouth College. So they drove over the Connecticut River, rang the doorbell, and brutally murdered a couple of well-meaning liberal professors. Two depraved misfits of crushing stupidity (to judge from their diaries) had nevertheless identified precisely the easiest murder victims in the twin-state area. To promote vulnerability as a moral virtue is not merely foolish. Like the new Yale props department policy, it signals to everyone that you're not in the real world.

This would all be amusing except for the fact that real people save for years to send their offspring off to be indoctrinated by these idiots.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Victim Disarmament Anyone?

Not News from Knoxville, TN
It's always interesting what the msm deems "news worthy". For instance, look at the coverage the Imus affair received. You would have thought this Imus character burned down the White House, he was a headliner for a week. And the Duke lacrosse case, that's another strange one. That was on the news full-time until the case started unravelling, then when it was clear the "suspects" were innocent, news organizations ran from it like it was typhoid fever. Even Jesse Jackson acts like he's never heard of it (he still hasn't apologized to the "suspects" for inferring that they were rapists).

What doesn't the msm deem as news? Stories like this:

These two left above were out on a date minding their own business when they were car jacked and this is what happened to them.

The animals pictured above right raped Christopher Newsom, cut off his penis, then set him on fire and fatally shot him several times while they forced his girlfriend, Channon Christian, to watch. An even more cruel fate awaited her!

Channon Christian, was beaten and gang-raped in many ways for four days by all of them, while they took turns urinating on her. Then they cut off her breast and put chemicals in her mouth … and then murdered her.

Ask yourself the obvious question: If this was four white people that did this exact same thing to a young black couple, would this be front page news? Simplify it even, do you think this is newsworthy? If it is newsworthy, where is CNN with the coverage, or the NY Times, or any of the msm? Their silence speaks volumes.

Also, keep in mind that this happened February 1 of this year, so the story has been kicking around for nearly three months, yet not a peep from the msm, or for that matter, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

courtesy of: mitchieville

A Moment of Silence

On this date in 1889 one of the worlds most famous collectivist/ socialists was born.
His father died in 1912 and left him a meager inheritance. He fancied himself a sensitive artist, and moved to a larger city where many unemployed artists of his time lived. His adopted home was much like Greenwich Village in the 1960's and Adolph Hitler was a hippie of sorts. Like most socialists who attain great political power he was a disaster of global proportions and an avid supporter of citizen disarmament.
It is ironic that he was born one day after the anniversary of the beginning of the American Revolution, 19 April 1775. May he and all such evil ones rot in Hell.


Stop the Presses! Again

The latest data in on the environazi/warmista scene is that forests in the northern hemisphere are contributing significantly to the global warming "emergency". This follows the recent release of the reason that the warmistas predictions for a "devastating" hurricane season for 2006 failed to materialize due to "wind shear in the upper atmosphere blowing the tops of the storms" and caused by, you guessed it, "Global Warming".

Researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reported in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" (April 17) that while tropical forests exert a cooling influence on global climate, forests in northern regions exert a warming influence — and it’s not just a trivial climatic effect.
Based on the researchers’ computer modeling, forests above 20 degrees latitude in the Northern Hemisphere — that is, north of the line of latitude running through Southern Mexico, Saharan Africa, central India and the southernmost Chinese island of Hainan — will warm surface temperatures in those regions by an estimated 10 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2100.

It would appear that the efforts to save the habitat of the spotted owl by shutting down the logging industry in the Northwest U.S. has significantly impacted the warming of the planet. ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ suggests that we stand by for the data outlining the negative impact on the planet of growing crops to produce ethanol. Oops that's already happened.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Non Sequitur

It is unfortunate that during the last few decades the teaching of logic in the government centers of indoctrination (skools) has been discontinued with the substitution of subjects such as recycling and political correctness. One of the results of these policies is the failure of a large segment of the population to be able to connect the dots when tragedies occur such as the recent carnage at Virginia Polytechnic. Most educational institutions are designated as so called "gun free zones" with the result that those qualified and allowed to possess weapons for self defense must divest themselves of the means of such defense while within these zones more properly designated as "free fire zones".
The truth is the polar opposite of what the gun control advocates will conclude. For what we have at Virginia Tech is just one more example of gun control and government protection failing miserably at their advertised goals, and in fact making such a massacre more likely to begin with.
Back in early 2006, a plan in the Virginia legislature to allow for concealed carry on the state’s college campuses failed in subcommittee. A representative of Virginia Tech said that the bill’s defeat would make “parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus.”

Such rhetoric rings hollow in the ears of the victims who have survived the recent outrages by evil or deranged members of society after being stripped of the means to prevent or mitigate it.
The mentality of dependence that the leviathan state encourages with its wars, welfare state, gun control and public schools has also made would-be victims feel helpless whenever confronted by an actual threat. Today, Americans generally trust the state to protect them. But this trust is completely misplaced. In 1999, when two students slaughtered a dozen of their schoolmates and a teacher at Columbine, the Swat Team hesitated for a crucial period of time before storming the building – even as a student held a sign in the window declaring that a victim was bleeding to death within. On 9/11, the hijacked victims who heroically fought back stopped one plane from causing much more damage than it did, but on all four planes the passengers and pilots had been disarmed and thus were at a disadvantage against a handful of fanatics with boxcutters.
The governments response: prohibit nail clippers on commercial flights and treat passengers as convicts.
The instances of firearms used by private citizens to thwart would be criminals are legion but seldom reported in the national media. This writer is a retired law enforcement officer and is thus permitted to carry a concealed firearm within any jurisdiction of the U.S. Nevertheless he is prohibited from boarding a commercial flight while armed and cannot even place necessary ammunition in the checked luggage of such flights. The proper response to those who would advocate the further disarming of law abiding citizens is: ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ! (Come and Take Them!)

Monday, April 16, 2007

Useful Idiots

Recently Michael Moore contacted ailing responders to the cleanup project at Ground Zero at the World Trade Center in order to offer them medical treatment in the health care system in Cuba. His most recent sleight of hand stunt is designed to illustrate the superiority of medical care in the island "workers paradise" of Cuba as compared to the U.S.

There is little doubt that foreigners can receive decent medical care in Cuba if they are prepared to pay for it with hard currency. In fact, Cuba trains medical doctors and exports them to various countries around the world where they are paid what amounts to slave's wages and used as propaganda tools of the Castro regime. A good number of these doctors have defected from their assigned tasks in Venezuela and fled to Colombia where they are awaiting refugee status in order to emigrate to the U.S.

Meanwhile in Cuba, the citizens are forced to suffer hospital and medical conditions that civilized humans would avoid imposing on their pets.
This is typical of the Castro regime which showcases its facilities for foreign tourists and Hollywood useful idiots while forcing Cubans to suffer the indignities of third class citizens in their own country.

Many foreigners (especially Hollywood celebrities) believe that the facilities used by regular Cubans are the same as those that they use and when they return to their countries they help spread Castro's lies and propaganda about the "excellent, free healthcare" that Cubans receive.

While visiting Cuba aboard our sailboat, and ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ being able to understand and speak Spanish, we were able to observe the flagrant disparity in the treatment of Cubans versus visiting foreign tourists and Communist Party aparatchiks.


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Lynch Mobs; One Win One loss

It is somewhat ironic that coinciding with the failure of one lynch mob to accomplish its objectives, the race pimps, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton should be successful in bringing down one of the so called "shock jock" darlings of the media for a tasteless characterization of the members of a women's college basket ball team.
ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ has long found Mr. Imus to be less than entertaining notwithstanding being disgusted by has been coke heads wearing cowboy hats and badly in need of tonsorial services. The coup-de-grace administered on Mr Imus by the politically correct media at the behest of the race pimps Sharpton and Jackson, especially after nearly a week of his disgusting, groveling, auto-da-fe was a bit more than this humble spartan could stomach. As usual, Stephen at Dr. Horsefeathers beautifully juxtaposes this bit of theatre against the year long suffering if real victims in the Duke Lacrosse injustice.
[T]he most blatant racists are liberals who view everything under the aspect of black victimhood and white racism.
[A]s Imus falls all over himself apologizing over and over for his insulting words, who will apologize to the Duke Lacrosse players for the far worse trauma they endured than the Rutgers’ basketball players? Will Jackson and Sharpton apologize for endorsing the lying accusations of a black woman? Will Selena Roberts, the New York Times sports writer, cum sociologist, apologize for hurling around charges of racism, sexism, and white privilege, while suggesting that actual innocence would not purge the deep sickness of white racism made manifest by the Duke scandal? And how about the courageous Duke administration and faculty, who eagerly leapt—not to the defense of their own customers, the students—but to the defense of a lying accuser who proclaimed her black female victimhood? Will they apologize to the lacrosse coach they eagerly dumped overboard? Will the craven, politically correct President of Duke resign? Don’t hold your breath, because, you see, Liberals are not interested in the lives of actual real individuals—the young student athletes and their families, nor even the real life of the accuser. Instead these politically correct race hustlers and self-flatterers choose to lump individual human beings into pre-formed templates. They employ a “narrative” in place of factual truth, thanks to their ‘education’ as good PoMos. The narrative is about Amerika, a country poisoned by racism, sexism and capitalism. As the evidence against the lacrosse team emerged and collapsed in all its flimsiness, Roberts deplored the temptation to view the athletes as innocent; they were, after all, part of a larger system, college sports, sexist values, white racism, capitalism, etc. so even if the evidence supported the athletes’ story, that mattered less than that they were part of a racist, sexist culture. The accuser was also not seen as an individual, but rather a member of a victim class. That worked for Tawana Brawley and we expect the Reverends Sharpton and Jackson to continue working the strategy even after the case has been dismissed. Watch to see the various Liberal politicians condemn Don Imus while empathizing with the poor black woman who tried to destroy the lives of ‘white men of privilege’. Liberalism means never having to admit you're wrong because you're heart is with the oppressed.
Stephen's entire post is worthy of your perusal.

At least now we can get on with the really important issues like the eight federal attorneys now collecting unemployment benefits.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

21st Century Thermopylae?

It has for some time, especially since 9/11/01 been puzzling for many to observe the seemingly incongruent affinity for Islamic jihadism by the left/liberal/academic establishment. Although there have been several hypotheses advanced explaining the phenomenon, ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ is intrigued by that presented by Yaacov Ben Moshe which is excerpted here:

Totalitarian systems loath each other but they hate the individual human being, his sense of humor and his free thought much more. That is why the Totalitarian left and Caliphate Islam find common cause with each other. In each of them, it is the system not the people in it or the ideals they hold that are important; the individual is an object of suspicion and disdain. As Hannah Arendt wrote in The Origins of Totalitarianism, “Totalitarianism strives not toward despotic rule over men but toward a system in which men are superfluous,” The devotion to a strict fundamentalist interpretation of the Koran and the seemingly opposed devotion to the total and complete adherence to the intellectualized principals of the western left differ in their content but not in their disregard for reality and the complex nature of humanity.

This is why so many elite campuses are so inhospitable to Jewish and Christian speakers of any but the leftist point of view while they positively swoon in reverence over speakers from Islam who represent terror as an instrument of social control, the subjugation of women and death or conversion for all unbelievers. Even left wing speakers who do not toe the Agélaste Left party line are drowned out and not allowed to speak in today’s academia. Speakers of both the left and right who dare defy the intellectual Taliban of academia and support Israel or speak in support of American values are routinely harassed, drowned out and intimidated socially, academically and even physically. This is a universal characteristic of totalitarians of any stripe, they are more comfortable with other totalitarians, no matter how diametrically opposed their ideas, than they are with those who can see and point out the absurdity of their slavery to empty ideas and pathetic rationalizations.

The rejection of the fact that western civilization is being stalked by a pitiless and increasingly powerful beast is a position that appears to be shared by the western leftist elite as well as the libertarian/pacifists who of all people should know better. ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ can see an eerie historical parallel between todays situation and the political bickering between the various Greek city states in 480BC. The problem even manifested itself in the councils of Sparta as evidenced by the conflict between a majority of the ephorate and the Agiad king, Leonidas. No, your humble host has not (and probably will not) viewed Frank Miller's recent production. Our source is Herodotus and other contemporary writers. Yaacov's essay (the first in a series of 3) is, or should be, required reading for all who would transmit the traditions of liberty to future generations.

hat tip: John Ray


Monday, April 09, 2007

Liberty's Enemies

Recent history seems to give the lie to leftist assertions that capitalists are committed to a laissez faire economy and elimination of governmental regulatory burdens on business. If one researches the contributions of many large corporations and the grants of substantial sums from large "philanthropic" foundations it becomes readily apparent that in fact these entities are for the most part investing in government intervention in order to generate accretions to their bottom line. The recent emergence of businesses dedicated to environmental issues such as selling "carbon offsets" and manufacturing compact flourescent light bulbs are examples.
Fred Reed:
"Commerce watches government as a tick watches a cow. Getting money from the government is immensely profitable and in general easy, since the people who dispense it do not own it and so do not care what is done with it. Industry, understanding this perfectly, is always looking for something to sell to the government [or items/services that the government forces us to purchase such as so called "safety" items or insurance policies].
After 9/11, a huge market sprang up for the paraphernalia of security: metal detectors, x-ray gadgets for baggage, and such like. These things cost whole bunches. Airports after all have lots of gates. Here was a Comstock Lode for tech industry. Further, a new federal bureaucracy came into being, hiring large numbers of people, screeners and marshals and supervisory ’crats, who suddenly had a monetary interest in terrorism. When you get paid for solving a problem, the last thing you want to do is to solve it. Where would exterminators be without cockroaches?

The next time a leftist or environmentalist (redundancy alert) refers with disdain to Exxon Mobil's penurious grants to scientists who are skeptical of the catastrophic and anthropogenic effects on climate change, they should be reminded of the vast sums granted to scientists by government agencies and such as the Tides and Ford foundations as well as General Electric on condition that human causes be the designated villain.


Friday, April 06, 2007

The Envelope Please!!

Fellow blogger Wightwingwadical has tagged your humble and laconic host with the coveted Thinking Blogger Award.
Here are the rules that came with the award:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,

2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,

3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote.

That's it! Please, remember to tag blogs with real merits, i.e. relative content, and above all - blogs that really get you thinking!

I will therefore fulfill the above requirements for displaying the prestigious symbol by linking to 5 blogs that stimulate the grey cells within this granite-hard Spartan cerebrum.

1) Eternity Road posted by Francis W. Porretto is a daily read for ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ and the intellectual pearls cast there on a daily basis are a true wonder. How the curmudgeon manages this daily feat is a mystery. He has also already been tagged with this award.

2) Clayton Cramer's Blog contains posts on a variety of social political and cultural subjects from the perspective of an intellectual conservative. This humble Spartan has occasionally shamelessly stolen posts from him (with attribution of course).

3) John Ray posts on a broad range of subjects using many individual blogs. Our favorite is Dissecting Leftism.
ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ has been accused of plagiarism by one anonymous leftist commenter for quoting John.

4) Fred's Humboldt Blog, although posting on subjects mainly of interest in Northern California is none the less a fellow libertarian and enables ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ to maintain contact with the wacky, socialist northern coastal part of his native state.

5) Grouchy Old Cripple in Atlanta claims to be pushing the envelope of political correctness. Denny is always humorous in addition to skewering the practitioners of "diversity" and political correctness. His Saturday Boobage and blonde jokes are thought provoking in the extreme.

There you have it ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy and:

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Socialist Birds of a Feather

During a cruising visit to the "People's Paradise of Cuba" ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ had the dubious "honor" of visiting some of the Spanish financed resorts east of Havana along the 30 kilometer beach of Varadero. The only Cubans allowed on the premises of these oases are Communist Party apparatchiks, or the "employees" who are paid by the Cuban government at a fraction of the rates paid for their salaries by the Spanish "investors".
Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said Tuesday that his country plans to renew cooperation with the regime of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, four years after the European Union imposed sanctions on the island over the arrest and execution of Cuban dissidents.

"It is absolutely unthinkable for the Spanish government not to sustain, defend and develop an intense and constructive policy with the Cuban authorities" based on dialogue, Moratinos said after a meeting with Felipe Perez Roque.

What is absolutely unthinkable is that the Spanish government would send its Foreign Minister to set up a farce, trying to confuse the other countries that are part of the European Union, claiming that it was beginning a "dialogue" that would include monitoring the human rights situation in the island, when in reality Moratinos refused to meet with any of the dissidents and all he did was to consent to everything that the Castro regime asked, in exchange for Spanish companies to be able to continue exploiting Cuban workers, dealing in stolen properties and for thousands of shameless Spanish sexual "tourists" who satisfy their disgraceful instincts on needy Cuban women and minors, engaging in a kind of sex acts which are reminiscent of the rape of slaved female Cuban natives and African women during the abominable colonial era.

According to Guillermo Morales Matos, Professor of Geographical Analysis at the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid, approximately 200,000 sexual tourists travel from Spain to Cuba each year.

"We will have to await the results, the Zapatero government has always ignored all the pleas from Cuban dissidents to help improve the human rights in the island," said Vladimiro Roca, one of Cuba's best known dissidents. "What he really came to do was to guarantee the Spanish investments in Cuba."

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Stand By With the Vaseline

ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ and family are currently entertaining family guests from the socialist kingdom of Sweden. We have been spending an inordinate amount of time accompanying them on "shopping" expeditions. They are amazed by the "cheapness" of items as compared to equivalent items in the socialist paradise where they reside and are puzzled by the reasons for it. Typical consumer items in the U.S. which are taxed at 7% cost about half what comparable items cost in Sweden and ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ has attempted with limited success to explain to them the reasons for this.
Two of the visitors are employed by small businesses in Sweden that must pay the government an "employment tax" on each of their employees equal to 100% of the employee's salary. This covers the government mandated 5 weeks paid vacation per year as well as their health insurance which has been experiencing an exponential increase in co-payments for the last several years. (Also and additionally there is a "Value Added (sales) Tax" on ALL goods and services of 25%).
During the absence of employees for the mandated 5 weeks per year vacation plus the government mandated paid sick leave and "personal" time the employer must pay replacements who are entitled to the same benefits. If employers are unable to pass these costs on to consumers they must go out of business with the resulting unemployment benefits paid by other taxpayers.
Not surprisingly, the results of this system are prices for all consumer products of about twice that of the "evil" U.S.
These folks protest that medical treatment (usually after a substantial waiting period and increasing co-payments) are "free" not to mention the "free lunches'' at all government centers of socialist indoctrination (schools).
Welcome to the plan that the Dhimmocrat party envisions for US.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

This Just In!

As James Taranto often observes: Truth often imitates [Jimmy Carter] Scrappleface
British Hostages Seek Asylum in Iran
by Scott Ott

(2007-04-01) — In a fresh, un-coerced video communiqué released today by the Iranian government, 15 British sailors and marines held captive for eight days, said they would seek asylum in Iran, “the only country that really seems to want us.”

The hostages said they have already begun the paperwork to become Iranian citizens, and have started classes to prepare them for conversion to Islam.

“Whatever else you might think about President Ahmadinejad,” said one British sailor under no duress, “at least he took risks to get us, and genuinely desires to keep us in his country; which is more than we can say for Prime Minister [Tony] Blair.”

The British prime minister, upon hearing of the defections, said, “We did all we could, within the bounds of diplomatic propriety, to request the release of our troops. We really were fond of them. I do hope that they’ll come back and visit us sometime.”