ICAN gets Nobel Peace Prize. BFD.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, another international gang of virtue signallers, has just received the Nobel Peace Prize.  So far, they have motivated fewer than 50 pipsqueak countries to sign a UN treaty banning nuclear weapons (122 have “adopted” it, but signing off?  Don’t hold your breath) .  BUT, they do have Yoko Ono onboard.  So far, North Korea is not impressed.

Somehow, I don’t think these folks rise to the standard set by Norm Borlaug.

Update (October 26): Jay Nordlinger reminds us of someone else who wanted to abolish nuclear weapons.



I don’t need another lecture from President Dumbass

At least the Crusaders were fighting back against an encroaching Muslim empire.

Richard Fernandez sums it up best

Christians are the most persecuted religious group on earth today and since the majority of the dead and dying are Egyptians, Ethiopians, Nigerians, Sudanese, Iraqis or Filipinos it is hard to see how Obama or Coates can speak for them.  Even if it the Christian custom to forgive, neither man, living safe in the First World, has the obvious right to dispense absolution on behalf of desperately poor men trying to survive and keep their faith.

There is something grotesque about the cultural leaders of the Western left, most of whom are atheist or lapsed,  finding the effrontery to don the mantle of religious authority to counsel people dying in distant lands to sit back and take it in atonement for their non-existent sins.  Maybe First World Politicians and journalists should stick to what they know.  I won’t tell them what they know if they won’t tell me what I believe.

The Man Who Defected to North Korea

Anyone who believes in something for nothing is already half on the road to being swindled.

Fortunately, millions who have defected to the People’s Democratic Republic of California are finding it easier to escape.

Update (22 July).  And then there’s this poor mook who’s looking for an Islamic paradise.  Tip from Via Meadia.

9-11 Memorials

I’m ducking most of them.  Ten years on, that dreadful day is still burned in my memory, the greatest shock since the assassination of President Kennedy.  We owe a lifetime of thanks for the lost heroes of that day, a lifetime of tears for the victims, and a lifetime of burning hatred for the perverted culture that attacked us.  We also owe it to ourselves to start dismantling the Police State that too many “leaders”–right AND left–eagerly erected in the days after September 11.  Because those bastards, in the legislatures and on the street, are doing exactly what the terrorists wanted them to do, destroying our culture and our polity.

Update (11 September). Randy Barnett called bullshit on the Police State back in the day:

Rather than provide for training and encouraging persons to be able to defend themselves — and to exercise their training responsibly — powerful lobbying groups have and will continue to advocate passivity and disarmament. The vociferous anti-self-defense, anti-gun crusaders of the past decades will not give up now. Instead they will shift our focus to restrictions on American liberties that will be ineffective against future attacks. Friday on Fox, Democratic Minority Leader Dick Gephart was asked whether additional means we have previously eschewed should be employed to capture and combat foreign terrorists. His reply was appalling. Now was the time, he replied, to consider adopting a national identity card and that we would have to consider how much information such “smart” cards would contain.

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Terrorizing ourselves

“The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.”  Read Lynne Kiesling’s take on the legacy of 9/11:  “Be indomitable. Refuse to be terrorized.”

Update (10 September).  Richard Fernandez thinks we should go on the offense: “We have no right to forgive. We have no right to forget.”  Michelle Malkin spells it out for the more obtuse.

Mark Steyn isn’t amused, either:

One reason why there’s so little room at Ground Zero is because it’s still a building site. As I write in my new book, 9/11 was something America’s enemies did to us; the ten-year hole is something we did to ourselves — and in its way, the interminable bureaucratic sloth is surely as eloquent as anything Nanny Bloomberg will say in his remarks.