Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Howard Dean: thoughtless ranter

Last Friday, Howard Dean told the College Democrats of America, "The president and his right-wing Supreme Court think it is 'okay' to have the government take your house if they feel like putting a hotel where your house is."

The writer of the story, Carolyn Bolls, notes, Dean ignores the fact that the president hasn't appointed a single member of the current Court.

And more importantly, the "right-wing" members of the court were the dissenters in the decision in question!

How can an intelligent man say something so obviously false and erroneous in good faith?

Update: A Dean supporter (azizhp) takes Dean to task over the remark. And at the same guy's dKos diary on the subject (for those who don't know, Daily Kos is the biggest blog out there, and it's the haven for online leftists) one commenter states, "I'm 100% behind it. Why? Because it resonates, and I'm perfectly willing to go for a false statement that illustrates a truth."

Did you get that?

I'm perfectly willing to go for a false statement that illustrates a truth.

To his credit, azizhp spanked the commenter: "you are willing to disseminate a false statement just because it suits your goals? have you no sense of decency?"

Kudos to aziz.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Interesting article

    lf the ultimate purpose of human existence is the at­tainment of the Beatific Vision, and if we have a culture which prohibits all official and many cultural acknowledgements of that purpose, we have a culture which denies that purpose. And in its place the culture puts—for nowhere does nature so bitterly abhor a vacuum as in this question of the meaning of life—the atheistic pursuit of happiness in this world.

    That was my first point. My second is that this atheistic culture is also dead.
That from Maclin Horton's article "Nothing at the Center".

Check it out.

Friday, July 15, 2005

The Plame leaker: Joseph Wilson, her husband?

Read this. And the relevant stories at Redstate, especially those by Leon H, Nick Danger, and Erick... make sure you go back to early July as well.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, it's not worth your time :-)

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

"How FDR Made the Depression Worse"

That's the intriguing title of this article by Robert Higgs.
Debunking 8 Anti-War Myths about the Conflict in Iraq

That's the title of this article which takes on the following myths:
    1) George Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
    2) A study released in March of 2003 by a British medical journal, the Lancet, showed that 100,000 civilians had been killed as a result of the US invasion.
    3) The Bush Administration claimed Iraq was responsible for 9/11.
    4) The war in Iraq was actually planned by people like Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz back in 1998 at a think tank called the Project for the New American Century.
    5) The war on terror has nothing to do with Iraq.
    6) Saddam Hussein had no ties to terrorism.
    7) Saddam Hussein had no ties to Al-Qaeda.
    8) The Downing Street Memo proves Bush lied to the American people about the war.
HT: Joe Katzman @ Winds of Change.