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Friday, July 23, 2004
  End States That Sponsor Terrorism by Leonard Peikoff
End States That Sponsor Terrorism by Leonard Peikoff -- Capitalism Magazine

Although this article was published about three years ago, it is as timely today as it was a month after 9/11. Dr. Peikoff does an excellent job connecting the historical dots that the 9/11 commission never even saw leading up to 9/11. He makes an excellent case that our enemy is the ideology of Muslim fundamentalists, who hate America and the freedom and prosperity that we enjoy.
  www.AndrewSullivan.com - Daily Dish
www.AndrewSullivan.com - Daily Dish
This is my first attempt to use the "BlogThis!" web software provided free from google! It allows the user to click on a button in the google IE toolbar
(available for IE users here). We'll see how it turns out :-)

Anyhow, this is to call attention to an interesting Blog I've been reading lately by Andrew Sullivan. He's a conservative who also happens to be gay. More accurately, I'd say he is a gay Republican (conservatives are for the most part religious zealots, who wish to retain the vestigial horns of religion in this country which have managed to reemerge in spite of the founders having lopped them off 200 years earlier). I don't endorse everything he stands for, but his blog has made some interesting points. Take a look, for what it's worth.
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
  Ronstadt Gets the Boot
The New York Times commented in an editorial today about the injustice of president of the Aladdin ejecting Ms. Ronstadt from the hotel for her political commentary ( She praised Fahrenheit 9/11 director Michael Moore). They have opined that this is a violation of her right to free speech. But the fact of the matter is that it is not. The president of the Aladdin was perfectly within his rights to kick her out for her untimely comments. Linda Ronstadt was not hired to give her political opinion (which most people wouldn't pay to hear), but for her ability to sing beautifully (and in fairness, she has a wonderful voice, and I love several of her songs). She should have known that by voicing her opinion she was taking a chance.

I applaud the courage of the Aladdin's president for standing up for the company's rights, without apologizing.
  After 20 Months, 9/11 Commission Still Can't Connect the Dots
With the final release of 9/11 commissions' 600 page report, it is clear that a lot of time and money has been spent for nothing. The report consists of a number of criticisms of government policy, as well as pointing out around 10 "missed" opportunities to stop the attacks. That there were missed opportunities in hindsight is of no surprise to anyone. Hindsight is 20/20, after all. The problem here is the 9/11 commission (and most Americans) can't see the forest for the trees. The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 is not the sickness we need to understand - it is merely a symptom of a much more virulent and destructive illness.

If a doctor were to diagnose someone with a malignant tumor, we would consider the person foolhardy at best to refuse to have it excised and treated. But we would consider that person downright irrational if he were then to have the gall to hold the doctor responsible for predicting and stopping that tumor from spreading. Yet this is the very attitude present in the 9/11 commission and in many Americans. What must be understood is that people don't just fly airplanes into buildings, hoping to kill tens of thousands of peaceful people. There is a reason for such behavior, and that reason is their philosophy and moral code. In this case, the philosophy is Militant Islam, and the terrorism it engenders. Until we see that Militant Islam is an ideology which loathes and reviles the virtues of the United States (reason, science, freedom, progress), we will be plagued by terrorist attacks. The "cancer" that the 9/11 commission is blatantly ignoring is the terrorists (and the nations supporting them, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia) who have a passionate desire to crush civilization into dust.

The notion that the government can protect us from terrorists, without hunting them down and killing them, is a joke. The kind of omniscience needed to prevent the innumerable possible attacks does not exist and can not exist. And it is foolhardy to believe that we are safer from terrorist attacks today than we were on 9/11. As proof, consider the following: Do you know what you should do if there is a biological/chemical/nuclear weapon set off in your city? Where would you go? What would you do if you were exposed? Don't feel stupid - I don't have those answers either. But I do know one thing - we are all safer with those terrorists who threaten us dead than with them alive.

As an example of the proper tactics to be employed, consider Israel's response to terrorism. In 1972, Palestinian terrorist group Black September kidnapped the Israeli Olymptic team, all of whom were subsequently killed. Five of the terrorists were killed that day, but others still lived. What did Israel do? It launched "Operation Wrath of God" (I'm an atheist, but I love that name), and over the next 20 years hunted down and brutally killed each member of that group. For further details read Simon Reeve's excellent book One Day in September. You can purchase it at Amazon.com.
  Supreme Court's latest legal failure...
Henry Mark Holzer explains how the latest rulings in three cases regarding terrorists has set the stage for all kinds of future absurdities. 

Late last month, the Supreme Court of the United States decided its first three War-on-Terrorism cases. It’s bad enough that two of the three decisions considerably weaken the President’s power as constitutional Commander-in-Chief to fight that war, exemplify judicial activism at its worst, and again expose the Court as an Orwellian “more equal than others” branch of government. Worse, is that the decision in the third case – Rasul v. Bush – augurs ill not only for the War-on-Terrorism, but for all future United States military actions...Keep reading

Tuesday, July 20, 2004
  Getting started....
Well, this is my first attempt at "blogging".  I've been reading several blogs over the last two weeks, and decided that it's time to give it a try.  This blog will mostly consist of my philosophical, political and economic viewpoints, as well as some book reviews.  Who knows, I might even chime in on some Computer Science topics too (nothing too technical though). 
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