Thursday, August 31, 2006

A Racialist Boondoggle

The following is an article published in The American Thinker:

By Thomas Lifson 8 30 06

The University of California, which has been raising tuition at an extraordinary pace for years, is throwing millions of dollars a year at a racialist boondoggle. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Matier and Ross report the creation of a new post:

...vice chancellor for equity and inclusion—a job that not only has an impressive title, but an equally impressive salary of between $182,000 and $282,000 a year.

Plus an office budget in excess of $4 million.

The mission is:

The goal isn’t so much to recruit more minorities but rather to ensure students, faculty and staff are “fully respected for their individuality and what they represent,” [UC Berkeley Chancellor] Birgeneau said.

Birgeneau said the aim is “to prize our diversity and learn from it and to appreciate people for being part of the whole but also for what they as individuals bring to Berkeley.” [....]

... “we decided we needed to create a new organizational structure which will look at issues of equity and inclusion holistically—that is, not just students, not just staff and not just faculty, but all, all together.”

This is startlingly illiterate, even incoherent. Translation: propaganda pap, thought control diversity training, hectoring, and thumb-on-the-scale preferences in hiring and promotion. And the effort is slated to grow:

The total $4.5 million budgeted for the new vice chancellor’s office might just be the start because, according to spokeswoman Janet Gilmore, the university “hopes to increase substantially the funding available to further equity and inclusion initiatives through fundraising.”

The whole edifice rests on doublespeak because the aim is to help certain groups at the expense of other groups. And nobody can tell the truth about it because it is both unpalatable and premised on a false picture of California’s and UC’s population [as well as illegal].

There is no majority population in California. Whites are a plurality, but they are under half of the population. So the euphemism “underrepresented minority” is employed. Falsely. You see, because Asian-heritage students excel at academics, they now outnumber whites at the top UC campuses. Caucasians account for a substantially smaller share of UC enrollment at the elite campuses than their share of the California population.

That means that whites are by definition an underrepresented minority! But you will never see UC including whites in the various schemes to benefit groups on the basis of race. Nor will they admit that the net effect of their efforts at racial engineering, should they succeed, would be to penalize hard-studying members of a racial minority.

California voters passed an initiative banning the state from preferences based on race. So the bureaucrats are forced to resort to nonsense language and stealth to implement their agenda. In the process, they damage the university, penalize those who work hardest to achieve, and waste time and [tax] money.
"...respected for their individuality..." At Berkeley? A true oxymoron.


Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Pacifist/Leftist mindset

The following post and graphic on the left was shamelesly stolen from a post by Rocco DiPippo at: THE AUTONOMIST because it ilustrates perfectly the mindset of many of todays collectivist/leftists. Read it and rage.

A blogger for the leftwing Huffington Post wishes for another 911 in order to 'save' American lives.

Russell Shaw, a self-described pacifist, states:

"I am not proud of myself for even considering the notion that another
terror attack that costs even one American life could ever be considered
anything else but evil and hurtful. And I know that when I weigh the possibility
that such an attack- that might, say, kill 100- would prevent hundreds of
thousands of Americans from dying who otherwise would- I am exhibiting a
calculating cold heart diametrically opposed to everything I stand for as a
human being. A human being, who, just so you know, is opposed to most wars and
to capital punishment.

But in light of the very real potential of the next two American elections
to solidify our growing American persona as a warlike, polluter-friendly nation
with repressive domestic tendencies and inadequate health care for so many tens
of millions, let me ask you this. Even if only from the standpoint of a purely
intellectual exercise in alternative future history:

If you knew us getting hit again would launch a chain of transformative,
cascading events that would enable a better nation where millions who would have
died will live longer, would such a calculus have any moral validity?"

The fact that Shaw tries so very hard to elicit a 'yes' answer to that question shows exactly where his sentiments lie. I won't waste copious words explaining why Russell Shaw expresses his warped sentiments; ones that many of his 'peace-loving' leftist colleagues no doubt share.

In a nutshell, he is just another garden-variety, leftist hack suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS). As such, he routinely ignores reality and facts, in this case a fact that destroys his own logic: Under the Bush presidency that Shaw obviously hates, life expectancy in the U.S. continues to increase. That is in spite of the loss of life Shaw imagines has been caused by Republican policies.

So logically, as far as saving American lives go, there is no need for Mr. Shaw to even suggest such a trade-off. On the other hand, to BDS sufferers like himself, the mass murder of American citizens might be considered a small price to pay to destroy George W. Bush and end Republican control of Congress and the White House.

And Pigs will Fly!

By Andrew Bostom:
Given the enduring and ignoble historical legacy of conversion to Islam at sword-point it remains to be seen whether contemporary Muslim religious authorities—particularly those within Palestinian society, and affiliated with Hamas or Fatah—will condemn publicly the forced conversions of the kidnapped Fox reporters Centanni and Wiig.

Moreover, will they be joined by a chorus of authoritative voices representing the entire Muslim clerical hierarchy—Sunni and Shi’ite alike—from Mecca and Cairo, Qom and Najaf, to the Muslim advocacy groups in the West (such as CAIR in the United States, and the Muslim Council of Britain in England)—unanimous in their condemnation of this hideous practice, and formalized by a fatwa stating as much?

These groups can and should be judged according to their reaction to this hideous practice. When they have a mind to do so, they are able to speak quite loudly and command media attention.

Will such Muslim authorities at least recognize the acute predicament of Centanni and Wiig by issuing a fatwa stating that their “conversion”, being under duress, was not bona fide, condemning in advance any Muslim who might now attack these journalists for “apostasy” from Islam?


Don't hold your breath.


Monday, August 28, 2006

"Aufwiedersehen, liebshen"

Between 1981 and 1991 Leonidas spent considerable time sailing in the vicinity of Puerto Rico and occasionally hid from hurricanes in the lagoons of Isla Vieques. He observed the mindset of these jerks at work and is pleased with the outcome.

By Dick McDonald
Do you remember when Puerto Rico was raising heck about the US Navy using that nothing little island just off the coast of Puerto Rico for bombing practices, which they had used for the past 75 years?

Demonstrations were held, Hollywood left wingers, Al Sharpton, and his fellow demagogues went down there to demonstrate to get the Navy out? I am sure it infuriated you just as it did me at the time. Well, here is our revenge.

Always be careful what you ask for, you just may get it!

One of the many headaches that the U. S. has had was the Puerto Rican Island of Vieques. In the waning years of the Clinton Administration, Protesters demanded that the US Navy abandon bombing and naval gun fire exercises that had taken place on the largely uninhabited island for nearly seventy years. Liberal icons bumped into one another to fly to Puerto Rico, boat over to the island, trespass (but never on a day that there was an exercise scheduled) and get arrested for the benefit of the New York Times or Newsweek. They included the Reverend Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Joan Baez, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Edward Olmos, Michael Moore and Ramsey Clark, just to name a few.

In 2002, the bombing exercises were transferred to an Air Force bombing range in central Florida, not far from the Jacksonville and Pensacola Naval Air Stations. In January, many of the protesters were back in Puerto Rico, celebrating the final bombing exercise on Vieques and waved Puerto Rican flags and placards that read

"U.S. Navy, get out of Puerto Rico."

The following February, Rumsfeld announced that the U.S. Navy will close the Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station in Puerto Rico in 2004, eliminating 1200 civilian jobs as well as 700 military positions. This naval facility is estimated to have put nearly $300 million annually into the local economy.

The next day a stunned [Socialist] Governor Sila Calderon, held a news conference in San Juan, protesting the base closure as a serious blow to the Commonwealth's fragile economy. The governor stated that "The people of Puerto Rico don't now or never did have an interest in closing the Vieques bombing range or the Roosevelt Roads naval base. We are interested in both staying in Puerto Rico."

When asked, the Commander-in Chief, Western Atlantic Command, said,"Without Vieques, I see no further need for the facility at Roosevelt Roads. None."

So, Yankee go home? Fine. But we'll take our dollars with us. Hasta la vista, baby!

On February 21, the Secretary of Defense also announced that starting this year, the U.S. European Command would begin moving most if not all of its active combat and support units from bases in Germany to others being established in Poland, The Czech Republic, Hungary and Turkey to "better position them for rapid deployment to likely hot spots in those parts of the world."

Immediately the business and government leaders in the German states of Hesse, Rhineland and Wurttemburg, protested the loss of nearly $6 billion in revenue each year from the bases and manpower to be displaced.. A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry speculated that the move may be "what the Americans call 'payback' for the actions of this government in opposing Military action in Iraq".

" Does anyone know the German translation for: "Hasta la vista, baby?"
I think "Aufwiedersehen, liebshen" is a good translation.

Oh, ain't it nice to see a government with guts and a good memory.

Next stop South Korea?


Sunday, August 27, 2006

Environazis and other Collectivists

Where the old leftists still believe in the virtues of a centrally planned economy and the evils of capitalism, the green utopian leftists consist mainly of people who have developed a vague vision of an anarcho-agrarian society. Leftists originally joined the greens (environmentalists) with the intention of using them in the fight against capitalism. (there is an ongoing dispute as to who joined whom) But a funny thing happened to many of these cultists on the way to their socialist revolution: their anti-capitalism was transformed into an anti-industrial ethic. They abandoned their visions of a workers’ state to embrace the fantasy of a green Elysium that only the elect can enter. These people could also easily be classified as Luddites.

This is why they had no difficulty in deserting the materialism of Marx for Rousseau’s fantasy of the “Noble Savage”. None of this is really surprising. Their utopianism is obvious to any informed observer. Incredible as it seems and despite all the evidence to the contrary, these dangerous clowns actually believe that profit driven economic growth (is there any other kind?) creates mass unemployment and wholesale destruction of the environment.

What is really striking, however, is the resemblance of the green movement to revolutionary millenarianism — with one crucial difference: the top echelon of the green movement consists largely of intellectuals, the spoiled and selfish offspring of an affluent and indulgent capitalist society. In one subtle ideological move, “the dictatorship of the proletariat” has been transformed into the dictatorship of the lumpenintelligentsia.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Bush Kicks Pluto Out of Solar System

Bush’s big astronomy buddies announced this week that Pluto’s planetary status has been officially revoked, and it is no longer welcome in the solar system. Such is the price of dissent in this day and age.

On the bright side, three “dwarf planets” have been admitted into our celestial community – three new additions to Bush’s Galactic Coalition of the Coerced and the Bribed. One can only wonder what kind of deal he struck with all those poor, naive little dwarves. No doubt it involves stealing their oil.

However, I can’t help but question the timing of the whole thing. It’s just a little too coincidental that three whole planets appear out of their cosmic deep freeze now, simultaneously, without any sort of advance warning, and so close to the November elections.

I’m no astronomy expert. The planetarium at Berkeley was closed in violation of local indecency laws, and at Evergreen they simply fed us mushrooms and told us to write down what we saw. But I know enough about the subject to state with 99.9% certainty that heavenly bodies do not just materialize out of thin air for no reason, at least not for an Evangelical peeResident who favors superstition over science. With Bush conveniently off on another one of his alibi-establishing fishing trips, I doubt we’ll be getting any real answers either from him or the dwarves any time soon.


Why Academia Hates the West

The Austrian economist Schumpeter [writing over 60 years ago] and others have argued that the very success of capitalism will be its downfall. It will, because of the creation of more and more colleges and universities, produce an expanding pool of disaffected intellectuals. Now there have always been disaffected intellectuals. some of whom were quite brilliant and made great contributions to the development of free societies. I would dread to think where we would be today without such people. But these people were not the product of a mass education system.

What Schumpeter and other observers meant is that as society became progressively wealthier the demand for ‘education’ would grow. It would be demanded as a right. As higher education became a mass system there would be a proliferation of what we call "Mickey Mouse" subjects in the humanities and social sciences to satisfy the increased demand. Examples would include almost any course with the word "studies" as a suffix.

Many of the maleducated graduates of these degraded subjects would have developed expectations that simply cannot not be met. Further, in the course of their studies they would have come under the influence of teachers and lecturers who would be imbued with the anti-capitalist ethic and a hatred of Western civilization, even if it meant allying themselves with Islamofascists.

Thus, when they graduate they find that their ideology and ‘education’ has made them superfluous to the cultural, intellectual and economic needs of the progressive economy that nurtured them. Having been made psychologically unfit for physical work, and painfully aware of their own intellectual inadequacies, they will become progressively alienated.

In short, they won’t feel needed. But what they mean by needed, however, is being put into positions in which they can exercise power and influence over others. The kind of positions that only a Soviet-style state could provide. It really is no accident that they strongly support interventionism and totalitarian states.

Having been denied what is theirs by right and so left feeling rejected an emotional vacuum has emerged. To them any society that does not need them (in the way they think they should be needed) is unjust. callous, materialistic, racist, etc. Schumpeter expressed it superbly in his book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy.

Gerard Jackson

Thursday, August 24, 2006

A Domestic Commercial Flight?

This is the main reason ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ will drive his truck across country rather than submit to the "booking" procedure of todays commercial airline flight.
"Continental Airlines, Business Class. "For your comfort and safety we ask that all passengers remain manacled for the entire trip, with sacks over their heads. Thank you for choosing Continental."


ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ will again fly commercial airlines when he is allowed to carry his self/family defense system ( .357 mag smith & wesson mod. 66).


Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Pain at the Pump II

Washington Times picked up this Jeff Leonard AP piece on Trilby Lundberg publisher of the authoritative Lundberg survey of national gasoline prices. Refreshingly for the AP, this story is a straight profile on Ms. Lundberg that reveals some important insights from the “gas guru” as Leonard dubs her.

She condemns the “overzealous meddling” of the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies, and said government-mandated reformulation of unleaded gas and engine modifications aimed at curtailing emissions are more to blame for gas price increases than the worldwide Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Well, this sure doesn’t fit the template. And she opines on global warming: “global warming is a “boogeyman for political opportunism.” Those who promote the theory are trying to create a power base and “believe global warming is a reason to hike taxes and hike prices”

Al Gore call your publicity agency (the AP) this doesn’t comport to well with your big summer media blitz. There’s only one problem Trilby Lundberg has more credibility in left her thumbnail than Al Gore. Her views are widely anticpated every time she reports.

Chris Alleva 8 22 06

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Refugee or Spy?

By Amir Kidon

An unusual sight was seen a few days ago, with the exit of Paratrooper Brigade forces from Lebanon: one of the brigade reserve soldiers was carrying, along with all his heavy equipment and weapon, a white kitten. "On the way back to Israeli territory we passed through the village of Kauzer," said the soldier, "and all of a sudden I saw a kitten coming out of one of the houses. After a few seconds I realized it is wounded and that its hearing has been hurt. I picked it up and carried it for six kilometers, until we reached Israeli territory. I decided it deserves a better future. After all, it is not its fault that war broke out." The first thing the cat and its new owner did after having crossed the border into Israeli territory was to share IDF military canned meat. The cat was named Kauzer by its new owner.

ht: rantburg


By Doug Hanson 08-20-06

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, citizens of New Orleans had their firearms unlawfully confiscated under orders from former New Orleans Police Chief Eddie Compass. So during a time when the means of self-defense were most needed, the Second Amendment rights of the city’s law-abiding residents were swept away based on a gross misinterpretation of a suspect state emergency powers law.

After hearing about the illegal gun confiscations, the National Rifle Association (NRA) filed suit in federal court and obtained a preliminary injunction that stopped the gun seizure. Not only did New Orleans ignore the court ruling, it also claimed that the gun confiscations never occurred! The NRA then filed a motion for contempt that additionally ordered the return of all seized firearms.

Finally last Wednesday, in what was seen as as a “landmark victory for NRA and law-abiding gun owners,” Judge Carl J. Barbier of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana turned down a motion for dismissal by the City of New Orleans and held that,

…the Second Amendment applies to law-abiding residents in the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans.

Why the judge had to rule on this most basic of Constitutional rights was because the City of New Orleans attempted to justify the unjust seizure by claiming that the Second Amendment does not apply to residents in the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans! This should take care of any doubts about the true agenda of leftist functionaries and what would be in store for US citizens if they ever returned to power in our nation’s capital.

But the battle isn’t over in Louisiana. After denying for months that the city had ever confiscated any weapons, in March of this year, Mayor Nagin and the police department admitted in federal court that the firearms were stashed in two trailers. After agreeing to a process where the citizens could reclaim their firearms, the NOPD,

"…never notified gun owners how to claim their guns, and turned many away citing impossible standards for proof of ownership."

This sad state of affairs will possibly lead to more inquiries about the entire conduct of the NOPD, including accountability of the illegally confiscated guns. The Mayor’s defiance about returning these weapons leads to suspicions that a significant percentage of them are missing or stolen – probably at about the same rate that saw a number of “no-shows” of police officers in the critical days after the hurricane hit.

The suit must now proceed in a timely fashion since it appears that the chances of successfully reclaiming these firearms dwindle with each passing day.


Saturday, August 19, 2006

Will there be a Turnaround?

In the Israel Hezbollah war where a Patton was needed, Israel got an incompetent Halutz and a bumbling Olmert.
"War is a bloody, killing business. You've got to spill their blood, or they will spill yours...I don't want to get any messages saying, 'I am holding my position.' We are not holding a Goddamned thing. Let the Germans do that. We are advancing constantly and we are not interested in holding onto anything, except the enemy's balls. We are going to twist his balls and kick the living shit out of him all of the time. Our basic plan of operation is to advance and to keep on advancing regardless of whether we have to go over, under, or through the enemy. We are going to go through him like crap through a goose; like shit through a tin horn!.." George S. Patton Jr.

The Post-modern, Western way of war prides itself, not on victory, but on minimizing casualties. Israel strove so hard to limit civilian casualties (getting of course no credit from the world's Jew haters) that it neglected to defeat its enemies. Instead it expended much effort explaining why victory was unachievable. Recall this: our enemies killed 3000 American civilians in one day--and celebrated-- while we search for every opportunity to flagellate ourselves over the deaths of one enemy prisoner. Israel is at war for weeks and kills less than a thousand and diplomats cry halt. The most damaging fallout from Israel's delicate, politically correct prosecution of the war, is that the surrounding jackals, having drawn blood, will seek a second holocaust soon with renewed vigor.
America is deeply infected with the same disease of political correctness. We too have forgotten how to wage war and too many of our Generals seem to have spent more time learning the arts of diplomacy than the art of war.


Friday, August 18, 2006

A Perverse Logic?

The greenies, environazis and other collectivists who wish to add to government powers are forever trotting out charts, graphs and Hollywood extraganzas to support their positions and solicit grant dollars from our rulers in Washington, so let's have some fun with letters:
everyone knows that hurricanes and tropical storms get tagged with names that progress through the alphabet each season.

Well, in Just 9 days, we will come to the one year anniversary of the emergence of hurricane “Katrina” from the mere tropical storm Katrina. That’s Katrina with a “K”, the 11th letter of the alphabet, thus the 11th hurricane of 2005.

So has this year’s K-storm, named “Kirk” shown up for the party yet? No, and neither have Joyce, Isaac, Helene, Gordon, Florence, Ernesto, or Debby. Do you suppose it was something we said?

Tropical storms Alberto, Beryl, and Chris did briefly show up, but they drank of the intoxicatingly warm tropical waters in moderation, and went home early, and soberly, without becoming hurricanes and doing the knocking-over-the-punchbowl things that hurricanes tend to do.

Bottom line: the number of named storms so far this year, three. Last year at roughly this time, 11.

In 2005 we had 15 hurricanes, and 7 of those were major. This year the latest (revised down twice now) prediction is: 7 hurricanes, 3 of those major. Looks like we are losing 50% of our hurricanes per year! If we started out with 15 in 2005, we will have our last hurricane ever during the season which ends in, …wait for it – December, 2009! Holy cow!!

Paging Al Gore! Al Gore, call your office immediately … and get me re-write!

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Pocketbook Jihad

The world media has ready access to figures that indicate that perhaps more than a third of Hezbollah's fighters died in the recent conflict with Israel. Why does the world's media refuse to provide this information, while focusing almost exclusively on Lebanese civilian casualties?

In a word, "Business."

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Afghanistan was and Lebanon is

By Mark Steyn

Lebanon is a sovereign state. It has an executive and a military. But its military has less sophisticated weaponry than Hezbollah and its executive wields less authority over its jurisdiction than Hezbollah. In the old days, the Lebanese government would have fallen and Hezbollah would have formally supplanted the state. But non-state actors like the Hezbo crowd and al-Qaida have no interest in graduating to statehood. They've got bigger fish to fry. If you're interested in establishing a global caliphate, getting a U.N. seat and an Olympic team only gets in the way. The "sovereign" state is of use to such groups merely as a base of operations, as Afghanistan was and Lebanon is. They act locally but they think globally.

That's the issue: Pan-Islamism is the profound challenge to conventional ideas of citizenship and nationhood. Of course, if you say that at the average Ivy League college, you'll get a big shrug: Modern multicultural man disdains to be bound by the nation state, too; he prides himself on being un citoyen du monde [a citizen of the world]. The difference is that, for Western do-gooders, e.g. leftists, it's mostly a pose: They may occasionally swing by some Third World basket-case and condescend to the natives, but for the most part the multiculti set have no wish to live anywhere but an advanced Western democracy. It's a quintessential piece of leftie humbug. They may think globally, but they don't act on it.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Pain at the Pump?

We are all impacted by the recent as well as long term increases in the cost of energy as it affects the costs of transportation of all the products we need. The recent spikes in prices of oil and related products are often blamed on "gouging" (by privately owned corporations) which is a favorite term used by politicians and others who are ignorant of economic realities. What the leftist politicians do not want you to know is that the major contributors to this situation are the environmentalists and their puppets in the federal and state governments as well as the thugs in charge of many third world countries.

EXXON MOBIL is the world's most valuable listed private company, with a market capitalisation of $412 billion. But if you compare oil companies by how much they have left in the ground, the American giant ranks a lowly fourteenth (much of this reserve capacity is controlled by so called "democratic" governments held hostage by environmentalists who preclude exploration , production and refining). All 13 of the oil firms that outshadow it are national oil companies (NOCs): partially or wholly state-owned firms through which governments retain the profits from oil production.

One result of government ownership of oil supplies, is that they manage oil fields as well as production, refining and distribution less efficiently than privately owned firms, resulting in less oil for everyone. The national oil companies are not really investing and developing oil fields, they are using the energy reserves as political assets to maintain political power and line the pockets of despots around the globe.

There are roughly 60 national oil companies worldwide. Nearly half of them own reserves outside their home country, or hold ambitions to do so.

Our friends the Cuban communists are on the verge of developing oil production in the offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits which are off limits to U.S. companies due to laws enacted at the insistance of the Sierra Club and other environmental lobbies. By the way, the current price of gasoline in our friend Hugo Chavez's Venezuela is $.12/gallon. ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ has purchased diesel fuel there for $.06/gallon.


Sunday, August 13, 2006

Israel: Meet your Jimmy Clinton

During most of 1979 and 1980 ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ was cruising in Spanish speaking Mexico and Central America. The Iranian hostage crisis was often a subject brought up in conversation with our hosts in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Honduras. Invariably those who spoke to us on the subject were astonished at the lack of "huevos" demonstrated by the Carter Administration. The world is now reaping the results of that pusillanimous behavior. The following article illustrates the point precisely.

By Steven Sanders 8 12 06

Here in the U.S. we’ve had our share of questionable leaders from time-to-time. They arise, do their work, and then hopefully go away without causing too much long-term damage. In a country such as ours, the effects are usually minimal on a long-term scale.

Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. president to face the threat of Islamo-Fascism. He became the first U.S. leader to confront a radical Muslin regime, in Iran. His answer? Weakness. Don’t threaten, negotiate, slowly increase the pressure. Did it work with Iran? Hardly. We were seen as weak and incompetent in the region. The hostages being released only after Ronald Regan took office.

William Jefferson Clinton stood down no less than seven direct attacks by Islamo-Fascists on our strategic national interests and Country, killing numerous Americans. His answer: slow, deliberate, incremental action, sponsored by the U.N., which only emboldened and elevated the terrorists leaders. Cruise missiles against Bin-Laden, retreat in Somalia. Withdrawal and caution, the hallmarks of his term. The result? Empowerment. Al-Quaeda remained in-place, stronger than ever. Bin-Laden a hero.

Enter Ehud Olmert, an IDF journalist and a lawyer, a career politician. A man who finds himself as the prime minister of Israel at crucial point for the country. Ascending to power through the unfortunate ailment of Ariel Sharon. Hezbollah challenges him by capturing 2 IDF soldiers and killing several others. His reaction: caution, air power, limited ground invasion. The result: a U.N. cease-fire, Hezbollah remains, U.N. troops return, status quo. A tie.

A “Tie” is okay for the U.S. in the big picture world of global politics. After all, we’re separated by oceans. For Israel in the Middle-East, a tie carries a harsher price. It smells of weakness and invites further aggression.

I pray for the 10-13 year old Israeli children who will one day soon have to fight another war against Hezbollah; a war brought to you courtesy of “Jimmy-Clinton politics” and Olmert’s “tie”.


Saturday, August 12, 2006


ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ has been forced to reactivate the word recognition function for comments due to the influx of spam.
Our apologies.


Friday, August 11, 2006

Made It!!!

Well folks your wait is over. ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ has made it back from a 4000+ mile drive to Kalifornia for some skin cancer repair. Having made just under a dozen trans continental trips over the past 26 years (including 3 on a motorcycle) I have noted many changes to our fair land. The area of my youth has become seedier and more crowded which is understandable as the ideal climate (weather wise) has attracted a host of jerks who are now in control of the state.
I sometimes wonder if the fuel retailer signs advertising a discount for cash payment are having any takers. Who carries a bushel basket of banknotes along on such a journey? Thank the environazis who have insisted that absolutely NO additional oil will be produced or refined in these united soviets.
ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ only stopped a total of 3 times for fuel as "Nessie" the Ford F250 4x4 pickup has a 90 gallon transfer tank in the rear for (taxed?) diesel fuel. Petroleum bulk plants are a good place to buy fuel at sometimes $1.00/gal under the retail outlets.
The interstate highway system is losing its battle with the welfare and munitions sectors for maintenance $$$. As a result , at any given time about 2 miles in 10 are "under construction" and most of the rest contain bone jarring holes, dips and cracks. The worst (and they used to be the best) highways are in the Kalifornia soviet and the Kalifornia Highway Gestapo are hard at work doing what they can to generate cash flow for the various soviets (municipal and state) utilizing the 5lb vehicle "code". The trucking industry is the main target in this strategy and the consumers are blissfully ignorant that the extorted $ are passed along to them in increased transportation costs.
It will be a few days before ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ is up to speed enough to comment on the current sociopolitical scene, so please bear with him. In the meantime a bit of unsolicited advice: Never utilize a mode of transportation that precludes your possession of an "asshole" equalizer. Preferably in the range of cal .357.