Monday, October 23, 2006

Conversations with a 5 yr old... (Updated)

Him: (Referring to the blanket he named Fuzz when he was two.) Dad, how do I know this blanket is really Fuzz?

Me: (Trying to get ready to leave the house.) That's either a totally inane question, or it's so philosophically profound that I don't have time to answer it right now.

Update: Conversations with the 10 yr old go more like this:

(After a brief discussion in which I informed her that getting two out of ten questions correct on her history quiz meant that she was going to have to reread the chapter, find the correct answers to the ones she missed, and write down the page numbers where she found them...)

Her: Why are you being so horrible to me?

Me: I'm not being horrible, I'm being strict.

Her: You ARE being horrible!

Me: I'm not, I'm being strict.

Her: You ARE!

Me: Baby...

Her: Don't call me BABY!! Cause I'm NOT your BABY!!!!

Update 2: This just in... I've been handed a note explaining her position.

It's like you're feeding me sour cream cheese.* And acting like a brat.** I try to get done. I try to read the chapter, and I do the test, but am I free?


Just another day at the office...

*Yeah, I have no clue what that's about.

**That she thought to scratch that part out shows real progress. She doesn't usually edit those thoughts.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

A Terrorist Attack on the US!!!

But wait, I think we might just be in danger of watering down the definition of terrorist attack here.

LITTLE ROCK - A man who allegedly shot a crossbow at a motorist after being on the receiving end of an obscene gesture has been charged with committing a terroristic act.

Wayne Allen Dierks, Jr. 26, was arrested Sunday and is also charged with possession of an instrument of crime, driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended driver's license.

The incident began when a motorist cut in front of Dierks' sport utility vehicle. Steve Gilgenbach, the motorist, said that Dierks then began pursuing him in his SUV, yelling and cursing at him and then fired the crossbow, shattering Gilgenbach's rear window.

It looks like anti-terrorism laws are going to join hate crime laws and the RICO Act as a way to increase the penalties on criminal acts that have nothing to do with the rationale for the law. Nevermind the absurdity of making it against the law to carry out an act of war on the US.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


A powerful video montage put together by Michelle Malkin a few months ago has been banned on YouTube. The video, entitled First They Came..., shows different scenes illustrating the violent goals of the Islamists interspersed with text. Malkin has posted a response to YouTube's action on her blog, complete with video in which she takes them to task for going dhimmi. Watch the video.

(H/T Instapundit.)

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys

The French have moved quickly from abject surrender to collaboration.

The south Lebanese village of Merwahin was the stage Thursday, Sept 28 of the first near-showdown between UN and Israeli forces. DEBKAfile publishes here the first photo of an encounter between 4 French Leclerc and at least 5 Israeli Merkava tanks in that Lebanese village.

Despite the photographic evidence, Israel officially denies the incident. DEBKAfile reports the French force sought to prevent the Israeli unit from combing through the Hizballah-dominated village in search of the raiders who crossed into Israel and broke into the IDF’s Kibbutz Shomera arms store last week. They made off with a large quantity of side-arms, anti-tank weapons, LAU rockets and hundreds of combat grenades, which the Israeli force was determined to recover.

Back when the French were waffling on whether to send troops to Lebannon, I started a blogpost on the subject but discarded it. I was waffling myself on whether a) the French were being hypocrites for advocating a UN-guaranteed cease fire while refusing to send the troops they promised, or b) were being smart for wanting to ensure their troops would not be under the byzantine bureaucratic UN command structure. In the back of my mind lurked the question of whether we even wanted French troops there. That question has been answered.

Meanwhile, an Iranian official has floated a suggestion that seems likely to be picked up by the French as a way to resolve the stand off over Iran's nuclear weapon ambitions.

PARIS — Iran has proposed that France create a consortium to enrich Tehran's uranium, saying that could satisfy international demands for outside oversight of the nuclear program.

Mohammad Saeedi, deputy chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency, made the proposal in an interview with French radio in Tehran, suggesting two French nuclear manufacturers as possible partners in the consortium.

"To be able to arrive at a solution, we have just had an idea. We propose that France create a consortium for the production in Iran of enriched uranium," Saeedi told France-Info in the interview broadcast Tuesday.

Once the French were in the country, then they would provide a shield for Iran's clandestine activities. It would be impossible for the US to respond to Iran's continued development of a nuclear weapon without coming into conflict with France.

No one believes that Iran is not trying to build a nuclear bomb. Any agreement with the Iranian government that depends on them keeping their word is doomed to fail. They will simply carry on their development activities in secret, and will have obtained a nuclear capability within 2-5 years. That is unacceptable. If Bush does not act soon, though, he's going to find that the French have resolved the situation in favor of the Iranians, acting, as they did for Hizbollah, as human shields for evil.

(H/T to TIADaily for both stories.)