Vox Day makes the point.
A case could be made for a caveat regarding waste disposal and environmental regulations, but it's not strictly necessary. The point is, Rev. Jones burned a koran, and more fuckin' power to him.
Some folks make the point that Jones' actions are hurting American efforts in the region. They have a vaild argument and make good points. Jones' actions will probably cause our troops some grief.
...but muslims are notoriously thin-skinned. They go on murder sprees if you merely look at the koran funny or if they think you thought something even mildly critical about them, their religion, or their murderous pedophile prophet.
The guy announced he was going to burn a koran and brought down a PC-multiculti shitstorm on himself. He announced it again and the failmedia ignored him, which kept any of the PCM dickheads from winding up their lawyers, and so he was actually able to do it this time.
Vox Day and I have different views about the usefulness of our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he's right about the fact that we're not going to win anything as long as we refuse to acknowledge the reality of what we're facing, here. Treating islam with kid gloves because "the muslims might get mad at us and commit violence!" is getting us nowhere, and it's about time we figured that out. What we need to do is to start answering brutality with excessive brutality.
Example: nightclub bombing in Germany perpetrated by Libyan terrorists.
Response: bombing the capitol of Libya.
Result: nothing from the pipsqueak terrorist douchebag in charge there for twenty years.
These assholes are mired in the 12th century; we need to demonstrate to them that if they want to party like it's 1199, we're able and willing to accommodate them.
That is how you win a war against savages. Not by "respecting their beliefs" and condemning it when someone has the spine to demonstrate the correct method of defeating them.
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The headline of this AP piece on Obomber's new campaign is why I'm linking it.
"Obama opens bid for new term, no longer outsider", it goes.
"No longer"? When was Obama an "outsider"? In what way was he an "outsider"?
His effort at being elected to the Senate was aided and abetted by the press, which helped him win the election by suing to have his opponents' divorce proceedings unsealed. He would have faced a much tougher fight against Ryan had his divorce records not been released, but the press was right there helping Obama out.
Obama's list of friends and associates reads like a list of "Who's Who in Cook County"; the man is friends with major-league Democrat movers and shakers and has been since he was a state senator. Even in 2008 the guy was no more an "outsider" than Bill Clinton ever was. To find someone who is less of an "outsider" than Obama is, you have to go back to Tammany frickin' Hall.
Ace says the new campaign video is made of fail. I'll take his word for it; I'm not interested in wasting neurotransmitters on processing that garbage and it would take brainwashing to convince me Obama even approaches competent at being President. His first term has been a disaster and his concept of leadership involves letting other people do the hard stuff while he goes golfing.
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Another person who thinks China ain't "all that". I'm telling you: China's not going to take over the world, not unless it makes a lot of big, messy changes...and it won't.
It's kind of like playing SimCity. When you start a new game, it's a struggle to develop anything because you simply don't have any money, and money is what you need to put in the things that'll attract residents (taxpayers) to your little village. Things like roads, sewers, power, you know. (One gripe I've always had with that game: a city doesn't have to build its own power plant; you buy power from someone who makes it. But that's a conceit of the game; it's not supposed to be a perfect simulation of reality, anyway.)
After a while, though--if you do everything right--you end up with a sizable tax base and the money begins to roll in such that you no longer have to worry about how much you spend, and then you can do anything you want.
The analogy breaks down here, because the economy of the SimWorld is very simple; but China has gotten to the point that money and resource allocation are no longer critical questions. The money is, for the most part, there, and resources can be found to accomplish just about anything the Chinese government sets its mind to do.
The article I linked, though, makes it plain that China has (to invoke the simulation analogy again) enabled "cheat mode". They're not playing by the regular economic rules, but by a version of them that's been modified to reduce the downside of hard economic choices.
This works...for a while.
In a computer game, it works indefinitely because the people and the dollars are just bits that can be flipped on and off as needed. It costs nothing to change a few bits in a memory register such that you now have $1,000,000 instead of $100; the money doesn't have to come from anywhere and the other rules of the game ignore the fact that creating $999,900 out of thin air is highly inflationary in the real world.
In the real world, though, you can't do that, for a variety of reasons. Even when you have the legitimate legal authority to print money, there are consequences for running the printing presses. You can do it; and if you're smart (and/or lucky) you can do it for years--but sooner or later the cows come home to roost, and the piper must be paid for closing the barn door.*
*Deliberately mixed metaphor there.
That's why China won't become an economic superpower: they've invoked "cheat mode" but it can't go on forever, and when the time comes it'll either mean austerity programs or it'll mean economic collapse.
Japan was--in the 1980s--about where China is now. I keep saying this over and over again because it's true; we heard constantly about how Japan was going to surpass the US and rule the world economy, and we were all screwed, and we'd better learn how to speak Japanese because they're going to be running the show in a few years! ...and for many of the same reasons we're now told China is going to be ruling the world in a few years.
But Japan's success was built on economic conditions that would not--could not--endure. Japan was successful because it was a developing economy; its currency was not valued very highly and foreign currency was worth a lot of yen.
When Japan reached its peak, its currency became more valuable. This was its downfall: the easy profits were gone, and with it went the easy way of exporting unemployment that had seen it through thus far.
China is purposely keeping its currency cheap, because they're not idiots and they saw what happened to Japan. But this is going to have its own problems, ones that haven't arisen yet.
It's only a matter of time.
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Another Vox Day link, this time about the debt ceiling, and why it should remain where it is.
The GOP is, in fact, doing nothing about the deficit or the runaway federal spending, and you'd need an atomic force microscope to detect the amount of surprise I've got for this development.
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Glaciers are growing! But don't you know, we can't monitor every glacier in the world because there are so many of them, and all the glaciers we monitor are shrinking, so it's safe to say that Global Warming Is Melting All the Glaciers!
...except, apparently, the ones on Mount Shasta. Which, y'know, is pretty close to at least one major university, if I don't miss my guess.
BTW, glaciers are also growing in Washington and Alaska, so it's not just that one mountain.
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Dr. Pepper Cherry is amazingly smooth:
Best Line Ever in Pop Commercial starts at 0:17.
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Oh, this is nice: there'll be a second season of Working! Maybe I'll finally be able to get a decent screencap of Poplar.
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Volume 6 of B Gata H Kei includes some "prototype" strips.
Yamada's friend Takeshita, in the series, is a girl with short black hair and large breasts. In the prototype, she's built more on the Ayane Yano model (from Kimi ni Todoke).
The character design that was going to be Takeshita was instead (in the prototype) Mayu Miyano. And the character design for Miyano was some girl named Fujimiya.
It's hilarious and I can't wait for those guys to be done with volume 7.
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...looking at those pics of Ayane made me wonder when we'll get to see the Kimi ni Todoke live-action movie.
The anime series is trickling out here, and it might have been delayed by the earthquake--some animation studios were hit pretty hard--but news is spotty about that when OMFG T3H NOOKEZZORZ!!!!!!1`11`