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Thursday, July 20, 2006

How the media distorts the news

Ok, so of course George Soros, Noam Chomsky and Vladimir Lenin think the US news media is controlled by "right-wing corporations".

The bias in the media is subtle, but it's there. I know it, you know it - but you just can't quite put your finger on it?

Here's an example.

July 20 (Bloomberg) -- The day before Tuesday's US Senate vote backing embryonic stem-cell research...

Bloomberg (a liberal rag run for the benefit of so-called "right-wing corporations") makes it sound as if George Bush is single-handed stopping stem-cell research.

This of course is not true. The bill would have spent federal government dollars on stem-cell research, which sometimes involves getting stem cells from aborted fetuses. This is controversial among some of the President's backers (ya think?) and so he vetoed the bill.

What Bloomberg does not bother to mention is that any private company can acquire fetuses and do whatever they want to with them - including harvest them for new stem-cell lines. All this can be done without increasing government largesse or increasing government intervention over and control of science.

Government is the one entity that should never ever be involved in scientific research (for anything other than weapons). If government funds something, it becomes politicized. Whether it happens becomes an issue for politicians to debate and vote against - depriving everyone of the potential benefits.

When private organizations do science, they do it in the hopes of eventually making a profit on it. They will do this by helping people, curing disease and preventing it. It doesn't matter if it is controversial, it doesn't matter if some people are opposed to its use. Without the power of the government, those people are free to act on their own conscience and not use such products or treatments - and have no power to stop the rest of us from benefitting from them.

George Bush, by refusing to use Federal money to fund stem cell research, is not only playing to the conservative base - he is ensuring that by keeping stem-cell research non-politicized, it will get done.

Liberal advocacy organizations will of course spend millions of dollars on lobbying and TV ads, saying how terrible Republicans are - when what they ought to be doing, if they feel so strongly about it, is put those resources directly into stem-cell research.

(Of course, liberals don't care about it, they prefer to demonize Republicans. They have to demonize Republicans, or nobody would listen to them at all).

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Anti-Semitism of the Socialist Left

In the history of the 20th Century, violent anti-semitism is most commonly associated with its most famous executive - Adolph Hitler.

However, anti-semitism has a long history in Europe, and in particular, it has a long association with Socialism.

Hitler's hatred of Jews was not a freak aberration on the Continent. In fact, part of the reason he rose to power so quickly is that many Europeans sympathized with his beliefs. For a thousand years, Jews in Europe have been vilified; accused of everything from secret control of governments, to hoarding gold, to actually eating babies. Scapegoating Jews is something pretty close to Europe's national pastime, right behind football.

The European socialist movements capitalized on this, as one of many weapons of class warfare. In fact, it is still common to this day to see the phrase "Jewish bourgeois nationalists" on socialist web sites. (Google it).

Socialists are still firing their "Jews are the cause of all our problems" weapons. Europe is socialist, anti-semitism (and in fact, other racisms such as nationalism, anti-black racism, etc) are prevalent throughout the Continent.

To see Europe continue to attack Israel for defending itself is to be expected. European socialists walk hand-in-hand with Islamic fascists, when it comes to killing Jews.

p.s. An oddity of history: Current socialists / left-wingers will tell you that Hitler was a "rightist". This is a fascinating reversal, because Hitler was a socialist (leftist) through and through. You cannot implement socialism without state control of property and of people's live's, and this is exactly what Hitler did. Socialists claiming that Hitler was on "the right" is an attempt to put their sins on the backs of others.

p.p.s. "Left and Right" don't mean much. Aside from being relative terms (e.g., Noam Chomsky claims the US media is controlled by the "right", yet Dan Rather considers himself a centrist and Pat Robertson believes Rather wants to be buried next to Lenin), they are easily misconstrued by whoever is doing the labelling. Whereas it's much harder to dodge responsibility for the results of executing socialism, if you call its most successful adherents (Hitler, Stalin) by their proper names.

World War III

World War III is starting to flare up again. This conflict, which started in decades past and will continue for decades more, is the battle of Islamic Fascism versus the free world.

The immediate situation started three weeks ago in late June 2006, when Hamas operatives kidnapped an Israeli soldier, then demanded the release of thousands of Palestinian Arab prisoners held in Israel.

Of course, many of the Arabs we are talking about are in those prisons for acts of terrorism and violence. Hamas wants them freed for the obvious reason - to help fight their declared war of destruction against Israel.

Two days ago, on July 11, Hezbollah did the same, this time crossing the border into Israel, attacking Israeli troops, murdering some and kidnapping two. They fled into Lebanon with the Israeli kidnappees, and again demanded the release of Palestinian prisoners.

Hezbollah and Hamas are proxies for Iran and Syria. It is believed Iran funds these and other terrorist groups with $100M or more per year. Iran has pledged the destruction of Israel, as have Hamas and Hezbollah.

Given this background, Israel of course chose to retaliate, to apply pressure on several fronts:
1) on the legitimate government of Lebanon, who claims to have no power over Hezbollah, but who has always rejected demands that they disarm Hezbollah. Hezbollah is in defacto control of southern Lebanon and parts of Beiruit. Lebanon has an army - Israel rightly suggests that Lebanon should utilize that army to stop the actions of a gang of armed thugs - Hezbollah.
2) on Iran and Syria, who fund and help direct the actions of these terrorist groups.

The reactions of other parts of the world were to be expected. The United States rightly stated support for Israel's right to self-defense. Israel has every right to take whatever actions are necessary to free their citizens from the hands of kidnappers.

Europe condemned Israel's reaction far more strongly than they condemned the Arab kidnappings that created the situation we are in. This is typical, although the fact that Europe condemned the terrorists at all is somewhat surprising. Is Europe starting to "get it"? Perhaps.

This brings me to my next thought... Europe, anti-Semitism, and Socialism.