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Tianamen Revisited

In The Bad on April 11, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Anyone who has doubts about the true nature of China’s government would do well to read the following link and then consider if they can still be neutral:

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Olympics For Everyone?

In The Bad on April 11, 2008 at 8:08 pm

A common line of thought goes that the Olympics are “for everyone.”  That we should put aside all differences to participate and be happy.  At least, this is what China and it’s sympathizers want us to believe.

This line of thinking in it’s relativistically correct haze ignores the context.  The context is that games are played between people and nations with a common set of values.  The values in the case of all sporting events are of individualism and liberty.

China, on the other hand, is not a nation that respects either liberty or the rights of individuals.  Instead, China is a totalitarian state that still in this day and age runs labour camps –

In light of the nature of the Chinese government, it is ridiculous to expound on the shared values between China and the people of the free world.  Further, China should never have been allowed to host the Olympics and the Chinese should not not even be allowed to participate so long as their system of government is illiberal.

Dragon Attack

In The Bad on April 9, 2008 at 10:07 pm

TimeOnline reports that the blue clad Chinese who run along with the Olympic torch are members of a paramilitary offshoot of the Chinese army (or is that really the People’s army?)

Given all the protests that are taking place, every country though which the torch passes is allowing foreign soldiers the right to attack it’s own citizens on it’s own soil!

After this, there should be no more talk of national sovreignity.

Please everyone, bow to the dragon.

The Unprinciped Olympics (or Chinese Dhimmitude)

In The Ugly on April 9, 2008 at 11:30 am

Here are the words:

“We recognize the right for people to protest and express their views, but it should be nonviolent. We are very sad for all the athletes and the people who expected so much from the run and have been spoiled of their joy,” Rogge said.

Here is the meaning:

We can accept violence from the Chinese govermnent with mild protests but please don’t spoil our joy – even if the to gain that joy we become complicit in helping a police state crack down on people demanding a little bit of freedom.  Even if we help this police state pretend that by hosting the Olympics it is part of the free world.

Wake up, Mr. Rogge. There are things in the world that are bigger than Olympic games and running a few moments with a torch in your hand.

Things such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Such things are not possible in a brutal dictatorship.  But then, maybe Mr. Rogge doesn’t understand principles.

Earth Day

In The Ugly on March 30, 2008 at 1:46 am

If there ever was any pretense that the environmentalist movement didn’t mean to reduce us to a pre-industrial age, the so called Earth hour leaves no doubt.  Sold as a “symbolic” gesture for now, it’s really meant quite literally.

 For more on this, read here.

Sad Morons

In The Irrelevant on January 25, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Astorology does belong in the humor and entertainment section:

This moron killed himself because he believed he had forcast his own death.

– And this has to get a prize for it’s unintended irony.

Got a funny one on these astrology, religion, faith healing etc.? Send it along.

And the winner is…

In The Good on January 22, 2008 at 9:33 pm

This is an old story but the lesson is one that is still relevant.

Nano the Wonder Car

In The Good on January 14, 2008 at 6:09 pm

Every now and then there is an event in response to which people reveal their souls completely.  In the short history of the Indian nation there have been only a few such events – independence, the prime ministership of Rajiv Gandhi, the liberalisation of the econony and the launch of the Nano.  (For those who came in late, the Nano is the cheapest car that has ever been built.)

It matters not whether the Nano clogs the roads or not or increases the demand for fossil fuels or not.  What the Nano symbolizes to the Indian people is progress and the power of achievement.  That is why every day more than one hundred and thirty thousand have flocked to see it at the Auto Show in Delhi.

The reactions as reported in the newspapers have been overwhelmingly benevolent and positive, as have been the comments from the competitors of the Nano.

In sharp contrast are the environmentalist prophets of doom such as Pachauri and the shrill and ugly crone (whatever her name is) who has made a career out of bashing Coca-Cola.

The creators of the Nano know they have done something great.  The prospective buyers and every benevolent person know that the achievement is great.  The detractors are irrelevant.