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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Ugly Frenchman - 1190 and 2011

In 1190 AD, Richard the Lionheart - a Norman (French) duke who was also King of England - was in Salerno, Italy on his way to the Crusades.
"Passing through a small village ... he heard the cry of a hawk coming from one of the houses. Believing that only noblemen had the right to own hawks he pushed his way in and seized the bird. He was at once surrounded by a crowd of angry villagers and when he refused to give it back they attacked him with sticks and stones. One man drew a knife and Richard struck him a blow with the flat of his sword only to see the blade snap. So the crusader King was reduced to pelting villagers with anything he could lay his hands on in order to make his escape(.)"
- John Gillingham

So here we are almost a thousand years later and French aristocrats - they're called "Socialists" now - still go around the world thinking they carry their own rules with them. And they still get surprised when the locals refuse to put up with it.

Yes, I know Richard I and Dominique Strauss-Kahn are very different people. First of all, Richard didn't have some foofoo girlie name. And Richard carried a sword, fought for Christendom, killed jihadis, and bought expensive clothes because his clothes were, you know, made of armor. He probably had to spend a lot of money on accommodations too because, well, he brought his own army and those things cost a lot to carry around. What's this Strauss-Kahn character got going for him? He's just some Euro-bureaucrat/politician married to a rich babe who wires him bail money when he gets arrested for rape. How sophisticated and French, ne c'est pas? Good luck with the bail thing, Domi. You can send Roman Polanski a thank you note for America's, uh, heightened standards of custody when it comes to rich French a-holes charged with sex crimes. You'll see France again when either the jury comes back with the right verdict, or your wife's people have enough meetings with the maid's people to reach an agreement on price. Welcome to America. If socialism is helping some extended West African family get rich you are certainly walking the walk. Perhaps you should have read the fine print when you checked into the hotel. Apparently $3K a night does not include butt-rangering the staff. Maybe you mixed up Manhattan with some other place French sophisticates visit. Be interesting to find out where such a place might be. We'll probably know soon enough; previous victims seem to be crawling into the light faster than I can type. Hope your wife inherited a really, really, big fortune.

You might have been better off on crusade, mon ami. Bon chance.

(And if you think about Richard I breaking his sword when he should have kept it sheathed, try not to think about what you were swinging at the cleaning lady.)

And if the Pakistanis had decided to interfere?

America Prepared For War With Pakistan
"By May 2nd, the U.S. had assembled a huge naval and air force in the region, that was pointed at Pakistan. This force would attack any Pakistani troops or warplanes that went after the U.S. forces in the bin Laden compound, or who might be able to do so."
When I heard about the bin Laden raid I remember thinking we should have had a serious covering force to support the raid team. Apparently it was practically an invasion force. Good.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wikileaks - "(L)eftist revolutions never deliver on their promises."

Tim Blair:
Usually they collapse, over the course of a few decades, into bitter power struggles, official hypocrisy and general misery. WikiLeaks has accomplished this faster than most. The last 170 days, since those first cables were published, have been like watching the entire rise and fall of the Soviet Union on fast-forward. Add some Benny Hill girly chase music and you’ve even got Assange’s legal troubles covered.
Read the whole thing.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A great Bin Laden question I've also wondered about...

Jonah Goldberg asks
For a week, people have been asking, “Why won’t the president release Osama bin Laden’s photo?” That’s the wrong question. We should be asking, “Why was Barack Obama in such a hurry to tell us bin Laden was dead?”

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

"Our educated unemployed are most susceptible to demagoguery."

From the ever-impressive Thomas Sowell, The ‘Education’ Mantra:
Students can graduate from some of the most prestigious institutions in the country without ever learning anything about science, mathematics, economics, or anything else that would make them either productive contributors to the economy or informed voters who can see through political rhetoric.

On the contrary, people with such “education” are often more susceptible to demagoguery than the population at large. Nor is this a situation peculiar to America. In countries around the world, people with degrees in soft subjects have been sources of political unrest, instability, and even mass violence.
Read the whole thing.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Don’t Worry: Osama Was Shot in Accordance with Islamic Tradition

"So that’s why everyone involved was very careful to handle his dead body in accordance with Islamic tradition… as best they could. I mean, there were a few minor bumps along the way, like when the body kinda sorta got dragged off by wild dogs. That happens. No one is perfect, not even the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)). And you have to understand that dogs are just animals, and a big difference between animals and people is the ability to show respect for Islamic traditions. Anyway, those dogs were chased immediately, the body was retrieved, and the canines involved were given a stern talking to."
Read the whole thing.

(HT: Instapundit)

Monday, May 2, 2011