Multicultural Corrosion, Mark Steyn (video)

An excellent clip for those not too keen on reading…

“Our core value, is that we have no core values.”

What do Miss South Carolina and Joakim Noah have in common?

huh – Reminds me of something…

HAHAHAHAHA! More on “teh Maps!”

Vietnam …few negative repercussions.

Mark Steyn Mark Steyn has a great new column up. Here is an excerpt:

“As the New York Times put it, “In urging Americans to stay the course in Iraq, Mr. Bush is challenging the historical memory that the pullout from Vietnam had few negative repercussions for the United States and its allies.”

Well, it had a “few negative repercussions” for America’s allies in South Vietnam, who were promptly overrun by the North. And it had a “negative repercussion” for former Cambodian Prime Minister Sirik Matak, to whom the U.S. ambassador sportingly offered asylum. “I cannot, alas, leave in such a cowardly fashion,” Matak told him. “I never believed for a moment that you would have this sentiment of abandoning a people which has chosen liberty … . I have committed this mistake of believing in you, the Americans.” So Sirik Matak stayed in Phnom Penh and a month later was killed by the Khmer Rouge, along with about 2 million other people. If it’s hard for individual names to linger in the New York Times’ “historical memory,” you’d think the general mound of corpses would resonate.

President Assad understood something that too many Americans didn’t. Then as now, the anti-war debate is conducted as if it’s only about the place you’re fighting in: Vietnam is a quagmire, Iraq is a quagmire, so get out of the quagmire. Wrong. The “Vietnam war” was about Vietnam, if you had the misfortune to live in Saigon.

But if you lived in Damascus and Moscow and Havana, the Vietnam war was about America: American credibility, American purpose, American will. For our enemies today, it still is. Osama bin Laden made a bet – that, notwithstanding the T-shirt slogan, “These Colors Do Run”: They ran from Vietnam, and they ran from the helicopters in the desert, and from Lebanon and Somalia – and they will run from Iraq and Afghanistan, because that is the nature of a soft, plump ersatz-superpower that coils up in the fetal position if you prick its toe. Even Republicans like Sen. John Warner seem peculiarly anxious to confirm the bin Laden characterization.

Depending on which Americans you ask, “Vietnam” can mean entirely different things. To the New York Times and the people it goes to dinner parties with, it had “few negative repercussions.”

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-2 Million People Dead.

-American Credibility Demolished.

“few negative repercussions.”

The New Google Earth :: Look up at the stars.

Looks cool! Gotta love the hokey, “You are now entering…Spaaaaaaace” (with echo) sound the added when you switch to the sky view.

CSI: Backyard

Original Crime Scene:

DownedHammok

After Forensic Investigation:

HousetotheCrotch

Awesome…

Flashback 1994: Getting on teh Internets

Notice how all the pages are just text with a graphic here and a graphic there. Also – all link color are the default blue/violet. Takes me back.

Oh but wait! Just search Geocities for “Awesome” and you get the same thing in 2007.

(Awesome is defined in part: amazing: inspiring awe or admiration or wonder; )

My Top “Awesome” Geocities pages:

I’ll close with a quote from the last site – and I’ll center the whole thing, cause it more accurately represents the authors original intent:

Star Wars is here, guys! Guys, Star Wars is here. GUYS! STAR WARS IS HERE! OH MY GOD IT’S SO AWESOME!!! HAVE YOU SEEN IT YET?!?!?! If you haven’t, you MUST! I don’t care if you don’t like Star Wars. Go see it. Ahh!! Yoda had a spectacular fight scene!! Oh my GOD! IT WAS AWESOME! And then the guy in front of us yelled “Yoda’s gonna kick some ass!!!” Oh, for the love of Jebus!! See this movie! “Wanna buy some death sticks?” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA HAHAHAHA!!!!! Heh heh heh heh
heh heh heh. I saw it at 12:01 this morning (5-16). It was fantastic. It was wonderful. It was wondertastic. Dun, dun, dun dun dun DUN dun, dun dun dun DUN dun DUN DUN DUN DUNNN!!!

Perhaps he forgot about this last bit…

Jar Jar

UPDATE: Matt sent me this massively ironic clip (especially around 2:30) 

“...an interesting kind of restraint, there’s not a lot of cursing or swearing, there’s not a lot of personal cuts. There’s not a lot of put downs that one would expect to find. You know, there’s not screen fulls of “Go To Hell!

It’s very tempting to…well…maybe I shouldn’t… Crap. Just can’t resist:

gth-Jarjar

Command & Conquer: No Mercy

CAUTION: Nerd crap below!

I have been a long time fan of the C&C game series. For some reason – the guy’s commentary on this one is funny to me. I am sure nobody else will even be slightly interested in this post at all.

Oh and by the way – I agree with the Fetching Mrs. Whatthecrap, “Gamer” is the stupidest name for someone who likes video games.

Anyway – for those who find no point to the above:

Airline Practical Joke

Two Bullets in the Hand, One Big Crock of Bull

As Ace said, “The monsters we call “our troops” are now throwing intact, unused ammunition at poor elderly Iraqi women to inflict the cruelest wound of all: mocking disdain.”

What’s next – Sarcasm? Yo Mamma jokes?

That’s a perfect opener for this phony baloney story from the AFP. I just couldn’t help posting about this latest media fable.

Here’s the original screen grab from the AFP (via: hotair):

AP Phony

In case you can’t read the caption:

An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house
following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

Here’s a blow-up of the Magic Bullet Woman in case you still don’t get it:

Magic Bullet Woman

Note that, “hit her house” could also be translated, “found,” or, “traded a goat for at the market.”

Several sites have also posted this image and caption by the same al-Okaili fellow published on July 10th.

bed-bullit

“An Iraqi elderly woman inspects a bullet which she says hit her bed during an alleged overnight raid by US and Iraqi troops in Baghdad’s impoverished district of Sadr City. Residents said two people were killed and four wounded during the raid.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)”

Same woman? There is more here. Still not convinced? How about Ballistics… Perhaps. Either way – Wissam seems to have a knack for the “old woman holding bullets” photo op.

But then again there is some hope to this story- after a little digging – I unearthed some of al-Okaili’s earlier images and captions that he submitted to the AFP that were rejected:

missels

An elderly Iraqi woman shows two ballistic missiles which she says hit her house
following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. (AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

ping pong

An elderly Iraqi woman holds forth a ping-pong paddle which she says flew in through the window and slapped her left buttock  following an early coalition forces tournament nearby in the Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. (AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

no-onions

An elderly Iraqi woman shows a burrito given to her by coalition forces with onions even after she expressly requested them to “hold the onions” The burrito also contained hot sauce which is strictly forbidden in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

maalox

An elderly Iraqi woman shows a bottle of Maalox she was forced to down after eating an extremely spicy, onion filled burrito delivered to her by coalition forces following an early raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

jarjar-toy

An elderly Iraqi woman shows a look of disgust as she holds a Jar-Jar Binks toy after she was forced to watch Star Wars Episodes 1-3 following a promise by coalition forces that the movies were as good as the originals. (AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

Bottom line: The AFP should be ashamed of publishing something that is so obviously propaganda.

Tim just sent me a link to another rejected photo caption cambo:

waterandbread

An elderly Iraqi woman shows how she was brutally attacked with bread and bottled water by coalition forces following an early raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

This media flubbing isn’t new either – Michelle Malkin has a good summary up. Absolutely unacceptable.

The Revrun

Not quite sure what is going on here:

wtf?

A large quantity of jeans? 

Bear Grylls from Man Vs. Wild on Jimmy Kimmel

Bear is back…

Please let me know if this video goes down…

I have to also say that for all the “It’s not real” blow hards out there – It’s TV! Of course it’s not going to be 100% all real. I used to work filming and editing video and part of the magic is that you cut the film in a certain way to make it more interesting. Often something from later in the filming may get interlaced earlier into the final movie because it makes more sense there. Also – many times things called pick-ups are filmed later to add filler content to help carry a shows momentum. In the case of Man Vs. Wild – they probably get further along in the filming and decide that they want to teach a certain technique or include a certain situation – so they will film it later and then cut it into the show wherever it fits.

And really -How real do you want Man Vs. Wild to be? Do you want to watch Bear toss and turn through 8 hours of a freezing sleepless night?Bear Grylls

As all the accusations are flying over the show being “fake,” it seems like people are forgetting that it is still good and entertaining. Furthermore – Gryll’s stated that in the future they are going to work in the crew more and be a lot more transparent about the way the show is made.

“Re: the recent press accusations of motels and stagings in the show that have been doing the rounds, all I can say is they don’t always tell the full story, but that’s life and part of being in the public eye I guess.

The upshot is we’re determined to make all new shows more inclusive of the crew and their role. Discovery and Channel 4 will also include a disclaimer at the start of the show so there’s no confusion.”

You can read the whole deal here.

Of course they wouldn’t tell the full story…it’s the media for crying out loud.

I, for one, will continue to enjoy the show and am, frankly, glad that they are going to talk a bit more openly about the crew. Personally – I find Man vs. Wild to be highly entertaining and Bear Grylls to be a cool and funny host. What more could you want from a show?

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