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“The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.”
— Thucydides

“A civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.”
— Jean-François Revel

"Fascist", you say?

Friday, March 31, 2006

Courtesy once again of Glenn Reynolds' aptitude for picking up on the best stuff on the net, my attention has been brought to something brilliant I'd hate to have missed:

"Vodkapundit" Stephen Green hits the nail right on the head:

President Bush isn’t a fascist, and I can prove it.

We’ve seen what American bookstores and publications and universities do when confronted with real fascists: they knuckle under. You might not be able to find those Danish cartoons anyplace respectable, but you’ll sure find lots of anti-Bush stuff.

Ipso facto, America is doing just fine, thankyouverymuch.

Started "An Army of Davids"

Friday, March 17, 2006

Looks like I'm back on the air, following some technical trouble Blogger was having yesterday that apparently caused my blog, along with numerous others, to temporary vanish...

My copy of Glenn Reynolds' "An Army of Davids" arrived yesterday and I've just cracked it open this evening and am enjoying so far. One notable quote that's caught my attention:

"The secret to success in big business and politics in the twenty-first century, I think, will involve figuring out a way to capitalize on the phenomenon of lots of people doing what they want to do, rather than -- as in previous centuries -- figuring out ways to make lots of people do what you want them to do." (p. 21)

I certainly hope he's right!

More Warnings from Al-Qaeda

Monday, March 13, 2006

...courtesy of Instapundit. Something new to be concerned about, or just more of the same desperate theatrical posturing and attempts to incite divisions among Americans?

Meryl Yourish comments: "Sounds to me like they just got last season’s 24 on DVD."

Indeed. Sounds like they're scraping the bottom of the idea barrel. I hope they haven't also been watching Battlestar Galactica and building poorly-founded expectations that they'll drive us to some kind of pathetic navel-gazing self-doubt about our right to exist... Even a single attack of the magnitude they allude to would, I feel confident, put an end to such idle pursuits and galvanize Americans' will to hunt down Al Qaeda and its brethren and unequivocally destroy their ability to ever do such things again -- something the 9/11 attacks only partially succeeded in doing. But I certainly hope that any such attempts will be successfully thwarted, and we'll therefore never get to find out.

Oscars, Shmoscars

Saturday, March 4, 2006

Glenn Reynolds says he won't be watching the Oscars this year. I'm not planning to go out of my way to watch them either. I've had my fill of Hollywood's cultural cynicism and misguided activism in recent years, thank you very much. So many better things to do with one's time...

UPDATE Sunday 3/5: The Manolo is liveblogging the Oscars, with guestbloggers Stephen Green, Gay Patriot, Roger Simon, et. al. Hilarious stuff! OK, so I've got the show on in the background now so I can at least get the jokes. So sue me...