WUI (Writing under the influence)

Somebody once said we are all Americans, sometimes born in the wrong places.
On a warm autumn day in 1986, while enjoying beer with my college buddies,
I decided to join my new homeland.

I've come to appreciate the ideals that helped create this great country.
Liberalism, political-correctness, multiculturalism and moral equivalence
are destroying it.

This old house Grovenet Wal*Mart Visiting Poland American wine better than French.

Thursday, July 26, 2007


Liberals couldn't care less

A while ago I asked why liberals care about Darfur but would easily condemn Iraqis to a blood bath that will result if we leave. Of course, I'm not alone asking the same question.

In the aftermath of America's withdrawal from Vietnam, hundreds of thousands of refugees fled Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. According to the U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees, between 1975 and 1995 more than 1.4 million Indochinese escaped, nearly 800,000 of them by boat. This does not include "boat people" who died at sea, 10% of the total by some estimates.

But of course, liberals couldn't care less.

The question is: if you know what happened there and if you know there is a very good chance it will happen again in Iraq, and if you care some much about human suffering that you are willing to start wars that have nothing to do with American interests (e.g., Kosovo), why are you so uncaring about what surely will happen in Iraq even if you don't care about American interests?

Genocide Flip
Liberals on Iraq.

By Jonah Goldberg

Barack Obama says preventing genocide isn’t a good enough reason to stay in Iraq.

“By that argument you would have 300,000 troops in the Congo right now — where millions have been slaughtered as a consequence of ethnic strife — which we haven’t done,” he told the Associated Press. “We would be deploying unilaterally and occupying the Sudan, which we haven’t done. Those of us who care about Darfur don’t think it would be a good idea.”

It’s worth pointing out a key difference between the potential genocide in Iraq and the heart-wrenching slaughters in Congo and Sudan: The latter aren’t our fault. But if genocide unfolds in Iraq after American troops depart, it would be hard to argue that we weren’t at least partly to blame. Yes, the mass murder would have more immediate authors than the United States of America, but we would undeniably be responsible, at least in part, for giving a green light to genocide. Obama offers precisely that green light in his proposed Iraq War De-escalation Act.

Some advocates of withdrawal try to maintain the moral high ground by arguing that there won’t be genocidal slaughter — though that sounds like self-delusion to me. Most close observers of the situation believe that if the U.S. were to sail out of Iraq, it would be on a river of Iraqi blood.

“The only thing standing between Iraq and a descent into a Lebanon- or Bosnia-like maelstrom,” a new report from the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution concludes, “is 135,000 American troops.” Rapid withdrawal, the report says, could bring “a humanitarian nightmare” in which “we should expect hundreds of thousands (conceivably even millions) of people to die.”

New York Times reporter John Burns, who has won plaudits across the ideological spectrum for the clarity of his reporting, recently told Charlie Rose of PBS, “It seems to me incontrovertible that the most likely outcome of an American withdrawal any time soon would be cataclysmic violence, and I find that to be widely agreed among Iraqis, including Iraqis who widely opposed the invasion.”

Ultimately, it’s unknowable what would — or will — happen if the U.S. “redeploys” until it happens. But what I find fascinating is the growing consensus around the Obama withdrawal-is-justifiable position. (If you think this unfair to Obama, feel free to call it the Hillary Doctrine or the Edwards Corollary or the Richardson Rule.)

Liberals used to be the ones who argued that sending U.S. troops abroad was a small price to pay to stop genocide; now they argue that genocide is a small price to pay to bring U.S. troops home.

President Clinton lied in his 1998 apology to survivors of the Rwandan massacre when he suggested that he and his staff hadn’t known genocide was taking place. Documents obtained subsequently under the Freedom of Information Act in 2004 by activist groups showed that the Clinton administration referred to the slaughter as “genocide” in its internal discussions but refused to say so publicly because Clinton had decided against intervention.

“Genocide can occur anywhere. It is not an African phenomenon,” he said in 1998 as part of his apology. “We must have global vigilance. And never again must we be shy in the face of the evidence.” Thus, Clinton nicely articulated a moral principle whose moral authority he excluded himself from.

Nonetheless, this principle has saturated much of the recent discussion about Darfur. Indeed, as historian and columnist Niall Ferguson noted, Obama called for an increased military commitment in Sudan, including possibly sending NATO, in order to prevent genocide just two years ago.

There’s been so much talk about how conservative foreign policy’s moral credibility has been demolished under President Bush. Maybe. But what of liberal credibility? In the 1990s, amid the debates about Haiti, Somalia, Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the broad outline of the debate had conservatives advocating a narrower definition of the national interest while liberals argued — and I often agreed with them — for a more expansive one that included a heavy dose of moralism. Finally, liberals seemed to have shaken off the Vietnam syndrome and embraced an overly optimistic but benign foreign policy of nation-building and do-goodery.

Conservatives are at least still arguing about the national interest — but they’re also the ones touting the moral imperative of preventing genocide and even the need for nation-building. Where is the principle in the hash of liberal foreign policy today? How does liberalism recover? If you can justify causing genocide in order to end a nation-building exercise that — unlike similar efforts elsewhere — is fundamentally linked to our national interest, then how can you ever return to arguing that we should get into the nation-building and genocide-stopping business when it’s explicitly not in our interest?


How Polish jokes are born

I like Polish jokes. Especially when they are told by people who make less money than I do. But there is some truth to them. For historical reasons, Poles are not as sure of themselves as they should be and often do stupid things. For example, this guy.

Bus Driver Fired for 38,000 Text Messages

Jul 26 12:55 PM US/Eastern

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - A Polish bus driver has been fired for sending 38,000 text messages on his company cell phone in a losing effort to win contest jackpot, a spokesman said Thursday.
Leszek Wojcik, a bus driver in the northwestern Polish city of Slupsk, ran up a tab of some 94,000 zlotys ($34,000) with his text messages while trying to win a 100,000-zloty ($36,000) SMS contest that ended June 30, Slupsk city transport spokesman Hubert Boba told The Associated Press.

Boba said a city bus drivers' monthly company phone bill is supposed to be limited to 15 zlotys ($5).

Wojcik sent an average of 1,200 SMS text messages a day, each costing 2.40 zlotys ($0.86), on his work cell phone.

Wojcik told TVN24 television he wanted to buy a second car with his possible winnings.

"Now I'm without work," he said.

As a Polish joke, this would be hardly amusing, but I know there is a lot of material here for some comedian out there.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Bombs not breasts

There is a video of a topless protest by a anti-war group called Breasts Not Bombs at Hillary Clinton campaign launch party. After seeing it, I'm against breasts and for bombs.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Power outages

There are power outages in San Francisco and in Barcelona. I wonder when Bush will be criticized because, of course, one can't blame socialists.


One year of Obama's presidency...

...would be more damaging than any error W has made.

The controversy springs from a question at the YouTube debate asking whether Obama would be willing to meet, without precondition, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea.

Obama, an Illinois senator, said he would and called it a break with the Bush administration's diplomatic policies.

Clinton, in the debate, said she would pursue vigorous diplomacy but she wouldn’t make such a promise without knowing the other countries’ intent.

“I don’t want to be used for propaganda purposes,” she said.

In a telephone interview today, the New York senator went further. Of Obama’s comment, she said: “I thought that was irresponsible and frankly naive.”

This is not to say that Clinton's presidency would be much better. She would probably damage the country early in her second year.

Monday, July 23, 2007


Senator Smith,

...be ashamed, be very ashamed.

Poland getting ready to extend commitment in Iraq

Defense Minister Aleksander Szczyglo said on Saturday that Poland is preparing a new troop contingent that will be sent to Iraq early next year, if needed."We are preparing our soldiers for a 10th contingent, not because we foresee such a contingent, but because the Defense Ministry must be ready to act on any decision taken by the Government and the President," Szczyglo said.Poland currently has a contingent of about 900 soldiers Southeast of Baghdad.Poland has been one of the U.S.' chief allies in the Iraq war despite the fact that Polish public opinion is strongly against the war and Poland's involvement.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Chuck Riley is a Democrat and a liar...

...but I repeat myself.

Before the last election, Chuck Riley knew he needed independents and even some Republicans to win. He knew he had won with Mary Gallegos 2 years earlier because she was punished for betraying conservative ideals when she voted for higher taxes. So he knew he had to do something to appeal to the part of electorate that voted for Cox and now was up for grabs again.
So Chuck Riley chose to pretend he stood on the side of law and promised to do something about illegal immigration.

In this flier, he promised the following:
1. Tougher penalties for illegal immigration
2. Secure our nation's borders

I was sceptical. After all, Democrats will do and say anything to be elected.

It turns out I was right. Chuck Riley had a chance to fulfil his promises this legislative session. Yet, he consistently voted against any common sense legislation.

I just received another flier from Chuck Riley that promises to "fight" illegal immigration. This time Chuck wants to only "reduce" illegal immigration. And he wants to do so by penalizing businesses getting state aid if they employ illegal immigrants; by calling on the federal government to secure our borders and reimburse Oregon for the cost of imprisoning illegal immigrants; and by increasing penalties on human traffickers who smuggle illegal immigrants into our state.

So basically, Riley doesn't want to do anything. If illegal immigrants are employed by businesses that don't use state aid Riley will not care. Riley knows he can't force the federal government to do anything. He also knows that human traffickers smuggle illegal immigrants across the southern border to California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas; not to Oregon. So this is just clever language Riley uses to sound tough knowing he won't have to do anything.

Lastly, he knows well that Oregon attracts illegals because the state gives driver licenses to anybody. So Riley knows exactly what to do to reduce illegal immigration but he chooses to sound tough and do nothing.


They may be blond, blue-eyed and Polish...

...but they are not stupid.

President calls U.S. missile shield in Poland a "foregone conclusion"
Warsaw, Poland
July 18, 2007
Polish President Lech Kaczynski said during his visit to Washington that the U.S. anti-ballistic-missile defense system will be deployed on Polish territory despite Russian objections to the plan.After talks with U.S. President George Bush at the White House on Monday, Kaczynski said the placement of interceptor missiles in Poland was a foregone conclusion.Kaczynski said the missile defense "shield system will exist because for Poland, this will be a very good thing," Polish public radio reported. Deputy Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, who is representing the Polish side in talks, has said he expects a comprehensive deal in September or October.Opposition politicians in Poland expressed concerns that the President has given a "final" answer and lost an important bargaining chip.

Poland getting ready to extend commitment in Iraq
Warsaw, Poland July 9, 2007
Defense Minister Aleksander Szczyglo said on Saturday that Poland is preparing a new troop contingent that will be sent to Iraq early next year, if needed.

"We are preparing our soldiers for a 10th contingent, not because we foresee such a contingent, but because the Defense Ministry must be ready to act on any decision taken by the Government and the President," Szczyglo said.

Poland currently has a contingent of about 900 soldiers Southeast of Baghdad.

Poland has been one of the U.S.' chief allies in the Iraq war despite the fact that Polish public opinion is strongly against the war and Poland's involvement.

Thursday, July 12, 2007


Isn't 44% a passing grade in public schools?

Iraq making mixed progress on goals: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Iraqi government has made mixed progress in meeting political and security goals, a U.S. official said on Thursday citing a report that may add to rising calls for a change of course in the unpopular war.

The widely anticipated report, to be released soon, grades the Iraqi government as satisfactory on eight of 18 goals set by the U.S. Congress. It showed that on eight of the benchmarks Baghdad's performance was unsatisfactory, and mixed on two others.

Saturday, July 07, 2007


Celebrate Live Earth, get an SUV

To celebrate Live Earth, we've decided that it's high time we got an SUV. Our mini-van is too small for 6 people and all the gear we need when going camping. At first, we thought we would get a Suburban. But it turns out that Ford has regained its senses and returned Excursion to the marketb under a new name: Expedition EL.

That baby can sit 8 comfortably, even in 3rd row. There is as much space in the trunk as in the biggest Suburban and it can tow 9,000 with tow package, which is exactly what we are getting. We want to try that American tradition of trailering: going anywhere, anytime without worrying if we find a cabin or a yurt for 6 people. The EPA mileage is not even listed for this fine vehicle because, if you are buying this beast, who cares how much gas you burn.

So, happy Live Earth day, everybody, we are finally going to contribute to the man-made global warming so people in Alaska can cash out on their water-front properties in 20 years.


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