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Saturday, March 22, 2003
 

Adopt-a-Bunny



Corbett is cute, don't you think?


(DC Metro HBS)

Corbett is a sweet young lop with interesting markings. He is curious and playful and can dance, run, and play like a little boy. He is so much fun to be with and watch. Poor Corbett was very emaciated when first rescued, and would not eat one vegetable for weeks, but he is gaining weight, eating like crazy, and looking great. He has great ears, doesn't he?
(DC Metro HBS)


Another lucky, lucky rescued bunny who needs a good home. Any takers?
 

Arsenal of Democracy



Tonight BBB features the folks at the point of the spear. God bless and watch over all of you. I hope you make us proud and come home whole.

Shock and awe them. Shred and obliterate them. Annihilate their airfields and lunarize their laagers.

Your country supports you. We've held multiple votes, and 100% of them support you and your mission. We are one angry democracy. Show the rest of the world the face of the awakened giant.

When it's all over, feel free to unsling your weapon and unleash your bags of Hershey Bars. You can be magnanimous and merciful in victory, but not tonight.
 

Decapitation



Looks like it worked.

The regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is "starting to lose control of [the] country," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Friday, as U.S. and coalition forces unleashed a punishing air attack on Baghdad and northern Iraqi cities.

"The confusion of Iraqi officials is growing," Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon briefing. "Their ability to see what is happening on the battlefield, to communicate with their forces and to control their country is slipping away."
(CNN)


And how!

By now it's clear Iraq doesn't have a functional decision cycle. Instead they have a decision "C." There's a huge gap too obvious to ignore.

Even if the Iraqi leadership conceded the initiative, they might have been able to react and fight back. They could have hurled cannon fodder in front of our columns to slow us down. They could have detonated hundreds of oil wells behind our forces to close the door on them. And they could have attacked our stranded assets with poison gas. I'm not saying it would have been decisive, but at least they could have tried.

Fortunately, they never did. The Iraqis would have needed leadership to coordinate their forces. Said forces never got any.

Even if Hussein and his war cabinet still survive, they are out of communication and unable to collect intelligence or issue orders. They are de facto decapitated. This should be really interesting to watch.

James Robbins of NRO has argued that decapitation is more humane than waging war against a tyrant's conscript armies. No argument here. Just a question: if we decapitate the leadership, who is left to surrender to us?

Decapitation isn't a new strategy. We considered using Pershing II's to take out the Kremlin. That we didn't deploy them in this role is because we would have left the USSR's Strategic Rocket Forces leaderless. Who knows how they might have responded?

We tried decapitation against Libya in Operation El Dorado Canyon (but missed the bugger). Maybe next time, fella...

This time around, we seem to have succeeded. Haven't seen much of Hussein and Aziz on television, lately. If they don't show their faces soon, the Iraqi armies will be less likely to stay loyal for old time's sake.

So what's next? We've never done this before. Who is left to surrender to us?
 

The failures of the peace mongers



While pre-emption may be the worst possible foreign policy doctrine (but for all the others), I'm glad we're giving it a try. Pre-emption represents a clean break with the decades of failure that preceded the sneak attack on Manhattan and my own Arlington county. *

* (Not claiming any gravitas, but I heard 77's boom and saw the smoke.)

Forthwith: a top-ten list of failures. Sources are available upon request, but it would be like asking for a source showing the sun rises every morning.

  1. The Failure of Sanctions
    If you will recall, sanctions are the Democratic foreign policy alternative to Operation Desert Storm. From August 1990 to January 1991, sanctions failed to dislodge the Iraqi army from Kuwait. And since then, they have failed to disarm Saddam of his NBC arsenal. A double failure, but I'll count it only once.


  2. The Failure of Inspections
    Again, how many years have inspections constantly failed to achieve their declared goal of disarming Iraq? And on the day inspections ended, Saddam shot several (obviously uninspected) Scuds into Kuwait. Like sanctions, inspections are like Communism: oh they'd work if only we really tried...


  3. The Failure of the UN
    Seventeen Security Council resolutions; no successes. That's 5.67 strikeouts. But at least the UN can crow over their successes in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, right? Oh wait, they can't.


  4. The Failure of NATO
    Thanks to our invocation of Article 5, NATO is right alongside us as we prosecute the war against the terror masters. And of course NATO stepped up right quick to assist Turkey. And fellow member Turkey gave us full use of its bases. Or not.


  5. The Failure of Appeasement
    We've had almost twenty months since the sneak attack to answer the question of why do they hate us? None of the answers succeeded in deterring the Taliban or disarming Saddam. Or prevented Pyongyang from producing plutonium bombs. The legacy of Chamberlain is a perfect goose-egg.


  6. The Failure of France
    All last week this web log featured a picture of a protestor holding a pro-France sign. He was but one of many. Has France disarmed Saddam? On the contrary...


  7. The Failure of Protests
    Pro-Saddam protests emboldened the tyrant. Unless this was their goal, the protests failed.


  8. The Failure to Disassociate from Stalinists
    Marching with InternationalANSWER is like goose-stepping down Red Square. They actually increase support for the war. I suppose we warmongers owe them a thank-you for their failure.


  9. The Failure of Antiterrorism through Law Enforcement
    When terrorists attacked a US Navy Warship we let slip the FBI. Mind you, I've no brief against that agency, but they're unsuited to bear the burden alone. The folks who translated jihad to "holy crime" failed. Plain and simple.


  10. The Failure to Articulate an Alternative
    This is the peace mongers' biggest failure. All we ask is that you devise an alternative doctrine. There are several templates out there for you to use:
    • Containment?
    • Embargo?
    • Forward Engagement (heh heh heh)?
    • Assassination?
    • Massive Retaliation?
    • Assured Destruction?
    • Aggressive Multilateralism?
    • Detente?

    You can modify any of these to suit your taste, but for crying out loud: you can't beat something with nothing!

 

Censorship



Further evidence of the disintegration of Iraq:


(Fox News Channel)

Reporters driving around Baghdad, filming an SA-2 in transit. Contrast with Desert Storm, when all of Arnett's footage was "Cleared by Iraqi Censors."

Do they really want to let journalists provide free reconnaissance and bomb damage assessment for the Arsenal of Democracy? Or are they unable to curtail?
 

Naming the names



General Franks strikes me as Bradley. On the other hand, Major General Buford C. Blount, III is obviously Patton. Go Patton!
 

Comments check



Checking the comments, I thought you folks might like links to the topics under discussion. And I'd certainly like to consolidate the arguments into a single thread.

SIPRI:
Here's a list of 1980's and 1990's arms sales to Iraq from the Swedish International Peace Research Institute: (PDF) (HTML)

(Note: SIPRI has removed the original PDF from its server. Fortunately Google and Undecided still have it up.)

During the 1980s (when Hussein was regarded as a somewhat benevolent tyrant fighting our new enemies in Iran), we sold Iraq a bunch of traffic helicopters. And some compasses. Everything else (including medical cultures) Iraq obtained under false pretenses. Here's my $0.02 on the topic.

Even the articles cited in the comments acknowledge that the United States consistently condemned Iraq's use of CW. And as for the "aiming and fuzing" devices for which SIPRI cannot account: if you're right then we sold Iraq "dual use" technology. It's officially a no-no, but when you think about it, everything is dual-use. Traffic choppers and crop-dusters can be gunships and CW dispensers. Firewood make formidable clubs. We probably sold them some batteries, too. Electricity is the ultimate dual-use commodity.

HIGHWAY OF DEATH:
In the final days of Operation Desert Storm, the Iraqi Army (finishing up its rape of Kuwait) tried to drag its swag back to Basra. When we found them, we cut them off and killed them. (Melanie, thanks for the link. Why not post some bunny pictures? Everybody likes to see bunny pictures.)

Normally, I'd note that the event didn't spill much beer on this side of the divide, but in fact it did. American pilots grew sick of the slaughter. When the press beamed video into our living rooms, President Bush (41) ended the war -- some say prematurely.

If I may opine: the highway of death highlights one of our major vulnerabilities. We are capable of incredibly brutal (and necessary) violence, but only if it occurs off-camera. In this instance, we were executing rapists. Got a problem with that? Apparently you (or rather we) do, but only if we have to look at it.

Saddam is a slave-lord. We are waging war as an act of pre-emptive defense and (incidentally but perhaps no less importantly) liberation. To break the bonds of our own slaves, we fought the bloodiest battles in our history. If the Union Army had lost its nerve in 1864, would we regard it as more or less moral today? If Patton had classified Krupp's slave labor camps as part of the civilian infrastructure, would we have applauded his restraint?

Sometimes, I wonder if modern America is like an elephantine caricature: unstoppably powerful, but irrationally afraid of little white mice. We fight tyrants who will commit every war crime in the treaty, yet we nitpick about our own accidents and atrocities.

When I look at the highway of death, I don't mourn the loss of life. Saddam picked that fight, and his army was eager to rape. We finished that fight, but did we really have to destroy all those stereo's, large-screen TV's and designer clothes? (Oops, there I go nitpicking...)


Friday, March 21, 2003
 

Adopt-a-Bunny



If you need a break from all the warmongering, you would do yourself a favor by visiting the Minnesota HBS. They've got adoptable bunnies, a donations page and a wishlist. Three ways to make bunnies happy!

UPDATE: An ear-salute to Meg for pointing out an obvious editing error. Sorry Minn. HBS. Please forgive!
 

The Great American Chocolate Bar



(Spotted at the Corner)

I knew that no-flag, no-candy rule wouldn't last long.

The Arsenal of Democracy never goes into battle without its flags, candy and presents. We are magnanimous in victory, and we always bring rations of Hershey. There's no sense trying to ban this behavior: it's part of who we are.

So check out the last paragraph of this story:

One little boy, who had chocolate melted all over his face after a soldier gave him some treats from his ration kit, kept pointing at the sky, saying "Ameriki, Ameriki."
(MSNBC)


How very Halvorsen!
 

Arsenal of Democracy



It's the moral thing to do:

But beyond logic and utility, targeting dictators is a moral approach to war. If it must be fought, this is a very humane way to do it. No innocent Iraqis should be killed by Coalition arms in pursuit of their liberation. Some probably will be, but striking at the leadership decreases the probability that innocents will die. In fact, it limits both civilian and military casualties, on both sides. And if successful, it ends war quickly, which also spares lives and decreases destruction overall. It is much more humanitarian than resorting to mass slaughter on the battlefield, or destroying the infrastructure of cities and creating tens of thousands of refugees.
(NRO)


Sounds good to me. And here's an even better reason: the United States is invulnerable to decapitation:


It is worth noting that this technique is only effective against dictatorships, in which a single person or small group comprise the center of gravity, the focus and source of power. It would not be effective against a liberal democracy like the United States, because in our system, power is fundamentally divorced from personality. The system itself is the power, and clear rules of succession guarantee that the government will continue to function regardless of changes at the top.
(NRO)


Mr. Robbins really nails it here. Every time we fight tyrants, we have a huge natural advantage. American government is like the Hydra: cut off one head and two grow in its place. An attempt to decapitate America will always fail, but will most certainly awaken the sleeping giant. So today's selection from the AoD is Democracy: the invulnerable bane of tyrants!
 

Casualties of War



This is so true:

We’re already moving toward Baghdad in our war against Iraq, one I believe with all my heart is just and necessary. We don’t know how long it will last, or what the fallout will be. When the smoke clears, I am afraid that one home-front casualty will be some friendships.
(NRO)


Remember my cognatively dissonant friends? It's sooooo tempting to gloat and tease them right now. Given the effectiveness of Shock and Awe, don't they feel sheepish about their old "Words not Bombs" placards. Geez, twelve years of words and what do they have to show? By way of contrast, give the AoD a couple of days worth of flying robot bombs and presto change-o: results!

Oh how I'd love to ask them how it feels to live on the wrong side of history. Or if they ever get embarrassed about how their pacifism is violently defended by the Arsenal of Democracy.

You know that atavistic thrill you got when you heard that the bombing was beginning? Well the peace-weenies got it too, but they have to spend the rest of the day feeling guilty and ashamed about it. Ha ha!

Personally, I felt a little remorse: since we just might have decapitated Iraq, I was hoping we could save Shock and Awe for the next country in line. Think how the tyrants of the world would quake, knowing that we'd built such a mighty hammer, but decided to save it for a rainy day!
 

Quagmire Watch



Got this one from Drudge:

The Democratic National Committee is asking party members to defend Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle's criticism of the way President Bush has handled the Iraq crisis even as U.S.-led forces invade the country.

In the hours before and after the president's order Wednesday night to begin the war to topple Saddam Hussein's regime, the DNC sent e-mails to its grass-roots activists that said "Democratic leaders are standing up to Bush; Make sure you stand up for them!"
(Washington Times)


In war, we used to rally around the President. All the respectable political parties did it. When did we cross over the threshold?

"Republicans will stop at nothing to gain a political advantage from this military conflict," said an e-mail yesterday.
(Washington Times)


Yeah, they'll gain a political advantage alright. Even if they don't lift a finger.

The question is: how are the Democrats going to extricate themselves from this hole, or -er- quagmire?
 

The Vanities of Peace



Sick, twisted hippies:

Although the San Francisco police acted promptly, and began arresting those who refused to disperse, progress was slow as demonstrators locked their arms together within steel pipes. By half past eight, one intersection was shut down by people locked to large cement blocks; another group uprooted newspaper racks and strew them across the streets. There would be no business as usual for those San Franciscans who wanted to work and support their families. Will the protestors reimburse them for their lost pay? Their measure, designed to stop the war, hurts hardest the working poor they usually defend. While these protestors, many of them unemployed students, claim the safety of the Iraqi people is worth taking from the pockets of working Californians, President Bush and the majority of Americans know that only the liberation of Iraq from the dictator will truly make Iraqis safe, and are not about to listen to a small crowd of street rabble. At times like this, we must wonder - what exactly is their point?
(Frontpage Magazine)


Their point is to draw attention to themselves and flaunt their sensitive consciences. The're conceited. They're hungry for fame. They wish they were popular. They all want to be the King or Queen on top of Protest Mountain.

(Come to think of it, they sound a bit like the writers of web logs. Let's not dwell on that point too long...)

If you attend their rallies and read their signs, you'll quickly conclude that these folks don't have a credible alternative to pre-emption. They don't even have an argument. All they have are rants -- some are long, some are longer. They all translate to the same thing:

Me me me me me me me me me me me me

Hey mommy look at me!

Me me me me me me me me me me me me

We could slake their cravings for publicity and indulge ourselves a bit, by arresting them and letting the punishment fit the crime. Let's bring back public stocks and whipping blocks. Just this once. You know it's the right thing to do.
 

Candy so sweet



Here's today's other shock and awe:

A company in Peru is developing a sweet made out of a mixture of caramel and cocaine.
(Ananova)


!!!

The company, from Carmen Alto, says the Cocamel will help people relax from the stress of daily life.
(Ananova)


Well of course it will.

Thursday, March 20, 2003
 

Arsenal of Democracy





Tribes: run and hide. There's a new creed in town. A no-tribe, kick-butt, well-beloved force fighting for individual liberty and maximum freedom.

Listen Mr. Tikrit Mafia: you and your folks are toast. Listen: rest-of-world, your dreams of racial superiority are nullified by a mongrel mob thrust forth from the United States, and full of kill-crazy, wealthy, well-trained, smart folks who will Americanize your butt. This is the face of the Arsenal of Democracy!
 

Adopt-a-Bunny



The Tampa Bay (Florida) HBS looks like a fine organization. Check out their adoptions page. And doesn't their successes page make you smile?
 

Arsenal of Democracy



Why we fight. Mark Bowden on Saddam Hussein:

After working on this story, I really do think that Saddam poses a serious threat to the United States and the rest of the world—not that he will attack Israel or the United States directly, but if he possesses or develops nuclear weapons of mass destruction, I have no doubt that he will find a way to get those weapons into the hands of groups like al Qaeda and others who will use them. Saddam has been making a very serious effort for some years now to develop the kinds of weapons that really can only be developed by a state. So I think that in the interest of self-defense it's really important that we do something to end his regime.
(The Atlantic)


Darn straight.
 

Old Europe



Is this true?

Plainly, America is a large presence. Often this tends to suffocate people, especially in wealthy countries. (Anti-American rage rarely erupts in poor or ex-Communist countries, unless motivated by militant religion or politics.) One can ask with some legitimacy: Can American corporations actually get larger, can its military forces grow even more powerful, can its entertainment culture grow even more dominant? Is there room for anyone else in the world?

Even those who admire America beyond what words can express ask themselves these questions. In the War Against America the casus belli seems less Iraq and its hidden weapons of mass destruction than America's size and success. True, French and Russian politicians are desperate to keep a lid on the Baghdad archives. But a large chunk of public opinion outside the United States has other motivations: It is now implacably hostile; it blindly condones the murder of Americans, whether by terrorist stunts today or WMD tomorrow. For some awful reason, it refuses to see America for what it really is--a large community of normal people--families, children, workplace colleagues--just like themselves. Instead it sees corporations, entertainment, and processed food. For some odd reason these things have given rise to an extraordinary malice.
(Weekly Standard)


I sure hope not.

Who remembers when the prospect of a European Union was still exciting? Remember the espirit of Maastricht? Even Americans were impressed in a "how cute, trying to imitate us" kind of way.

But the bloom was off the rose pretty darn quickly. Consider the Great Chocolate Cake v. Chocolate-flavored Cake war of 1993. Or the growing mountains of old refrigerators. Something just wasn't right.

Note to Old Europe: if you want to be a strategic counterweight to America, be my guest. But you won't get there by building a socialist colossus. Nor can you ape our forms, but reject our soul. To rival the United States, you must Americanize.

But once you do, why bother with the rivalry at all?
 

Quagmire Watch



This brand-new feature is dedicated to R. W. Apple Jr. of the New York Times for his prescience in publishing his editorial "A Military Quagmire Remembered: Afghanistan as Vietnam," timed to coincide with the fall of Kandahar. Think of it as an eye on the follies of war.

Question: What do these items have in common?

Item One. The No Flag Fule:

As U.S. troops roll toward the Iraqi border this week, they have been given orders on two matters of decorum: no throwing candy to Iraqi children, and no displaying flags regimental, state or even the American flag.
(International Herald Tribune)


Item Two. The Oscars:

Perhaps out of concern that their vast left-wing membership would use the numerous open mikes available to them leading into and during Sunday's Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to pull the plug on the nationally (and internationally) televised red carpet entrance at the top of the show.

Also, presenter Susan Sarandon has been shifted to host the "In Memoriam" segment, in the hopes that that solemn moment will limit her abilities to be political.
(The American Prowler)


Answer: The Basra/Hollywood Psyops Campaign

This one's too good not to try out. Oscar night will take place during the daylight hours in Iraq. I'm guessing the liberation of Basra (or another major Iraqi city) is scheduled for the same time.

So as the sensitive stars deliver their diatribes, the Arsenal of Democracy will be parading down the streets of Free Iraq, with their colors humbly stowed. Not that you'll note the absence of the red white and blue -- in fact, the AoD's arrival will be heralded by hundreds of newly freed Iraqis, expressing their gratitude and affection by proudly waving the stars and stripes.

I think it's called Operation Lee Greenwood. If it's not, it should be.
 

Pure Coulter



In response to Bush's ultimatum, Saddam's son, Uday Hussein, said Bush was stupid. He said Bush wanted to attack Iraq because of his family. And he said American boys would die. At least someone is finding the New York Times editorial page helpful these days.
(Frontpage Magazine)


(snicker)
 

Arsenal of Democracy



According to Yahoo News:

Thousands of U.S. troops in northern Kuwait donned their protective chemical suits on Thursday, Reuters reporters with the military said, as units made the final preparations for an invasion of Iraq

Most troops went to "MOPP1" status -- wearing chemical suits with gas masks at the ready. MOPP, which stands for Mission-Oriented Protective Posture, is used by the military to distinguish different levels of preparedness for chemical attack.
(Yahoo>)


What the heck is MOPP1, and how does it differ from MOPP4? Here's the instructors' PDF, and an online guide (with pictures) is here.

Pretty scary stuff, huh kids?
 

Whiz Kid



Like he didn't see this coming:

An Australian man who changed his name to P- M- J- P- has been refused a passport.

The 57-year-old, from Melbourne, already uses the name on his driver's licence and on banking and medical records.

But a federal magistrate has dismissed his appeal against a decision not to issue him a passport, reports News.com.
(Ananova)


Follow the link to see his new name. It's a little too PG-13 for this web log...

Wednesday, March 19, 2003
 

Arsenal of Democracy



Nice little decapitation, no? Reminds me of the Pershing II ERW v. Moscow Subway strategy.

No word on the deaders. Let's hope we got as many as possible. Either way, those poor fools are spooked. Iraq's C2 is degraded.

Somewhere, some defector is smiling. Let's hope we can stage a relatively bloodless invasion. Lord knows we want a clean takeover. An unsinkable aircraft carrier might be useful for future conflicts, don't you think?

Note to the Army of Iraq: keep your heads down. After we de-Nazify you, we'll need your help to rebuild the country faster, better and smarter.

God bless America, and God bless a Free Iraq!
 

Adopt-a-Bunny



Four Corners Bunnies:

FOUR CORNERS BUNNIES rescues, rehabilitates, and finds loving homes for abused or abandoned pet rabbits in Southwestern Colorado and Albuquerque, New Mexico. D- W- of Four Corners Bunnies is a House Rabbit Society Educator and Fosterer who makes toy rabbits called "Lollylops". We also have some lovely hand-carved rabbit jewelry and some HRS t-shirts and sweatshirts with our logo. Proceeds from the sale of these promotional items goes toward the rescue, health care and fostering/adoption for domestic rabbits in the Four Corners area, through the Colorado Chapter of the House Rabbit Society.
(Four Corners Bunnies)


(Yeah, I dropped the r-bomb a couple times. It's a mission-statement, so I won't mess with it.)

Bonus: more bunny websites in the guestbook!
 

Arsenal of Democracy



Why we fight:

I've written this before, and every second makes it more certain: The formula for Hell in the 21st century, weapons of mass destruction plus rogue states plus terrorists, must be broken. Breaking the fatal linkage -- stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, eliminating terrorists and reforming rogue states -- should be the civilized world's common goal.

America, with staunch allies, has accepted the necessary burden.
(Strategypage)


Accurate and succinct.

Thank you Strategypage.
 

Revivalism



One of my favorite writers at National Review Online is John Derbyshire. While he often provokes criticism from the blogapalloza for his paleoconservatism (the good kind, not the bad kind), I find him charming in an R. Lee Ermey kind of way. His essay for today - contrasting the United States and the rest of the world - is one of his better efforts.

There is an innocence, an earnestness about Americans that, all too often, foreigners just don't get. If we love someone, we look into her eyes and say so. We take our Constitution seriously. One way and another, we passed through most of the great disillusioning experiences of the 20th century, from the Great War to the sexual revolution, with our illusions pretty much intact. Outside the intellectual classes, irony doesn't come easily to Americans. Europeans who come to live in the U.S. find that they have to perform major adjustments to their sense of humor to avoid giving offense to the literal-minded inhabitants of this country.
(NRO)


If he makes us sound a bit like religious zealots, it's because we are. Think about it.

Americans revere the sacred text of the Constitution. We gladly adopt all kinds of newcomers into our congregation. And if some people sneak into the service without signing the guest register, well they can stay too. Because every new convert makes us a little bit happier.

By contrast with the rest of the world's tribal pride, our patriotism is purer, less racist and a heck of a lot more portable. As I've said before, in the future, everyone will be American. Don't fight it; you'll enjoy it.

The world is full of messianic cults who wish to rule the world. Tribes who resist get cleansed (not the good cleansing, but the bad kind). Only America (the sole messianic cult who does not wish to rule the world) can kick their butts. Ask the Communists.

Or the Islamicists...
 

Together at last



Ananova has a story about robots.

(No excerpt. I'm trying to create enough mystery to make you read the original in full.)

Tuesday, March 18, 2003
 

Adopt-a-Bunny



Again, I'm holding off pictures until the protest photos scroll off the page. In the meantime, please visit the Massachusetts HBS and browse through their pages devoted to males, females and bonded pairs.

Thanks again for your support.
 

Arsenal of Democracy



Because this will require a lot of reading, I'll be brief. Eighteen pages of underwater fighting robots.

Part One: Robots of the Deep Blue Yonder
Part Two: Robot Subs Go to War
Part Three: Photo Gallery

Knock yourselves out!
 

Tractor Boy




(Photo Credit: Belligerent Bunny)

On my lunch hour, I took a swing down to 18th and Virginia Ave to see the show. If you want to see the location of Tractor Boy's last stand, he's pretty much in the dead center of this terraserver old overhead image. You can read a bit about Constitution Gardens here.

According to one of the reporters I met, Tractor Boy just showed up yesterday and started rooster-tailing around Framer's Pond. Folks thought he was dredging the pond for the National Park Service or something. The Washington Post has the rest of the story.

Does this sound familiar?

Can anyone here say "tranquilizer dart"? If the Park Police can't handle this, call in the National Zoo administrators--they've shown a special capacity to quiet wayward creatures.
(Washington Post)


Yup, I've been saying that since I started this web log.

 

Food fight



Okay, everybody hates France, but I like these guys:

A French Web site is urging people to send pretzels to U.S. President, who fainted and fell off a sofa in January 2002 after gagging on the salty snack.

The Web site, www.bretzelforbush.com, says the pretzels will be stored at a secret location before being sent to the White House in a historic mass action.
(CNN)


Remember we started this fight by going Orwell on French fries. But did they whine petulantly? No, they got even:

The pretzels are on sale for seven euros ($7.56) each, with one euro going to a children's charity. So far some 250 euros have been raised for the charity.

"We think that to oppose war is not to be against the American people, but simply against the politics of the Bush administration," the Web site says.
(CNN)


Charity and class. This round goes to France.
 

Feline Follies



This is chuckle-worthy:

Politicians in Vienna are debating whether to employ a city cat at their town hall.

The idea was raised after a group of mice ran across one of the rooms during a public debate on health issues.
(Ananova)


During a debate on public health issues...

According to the newspaper the city of Vienna used to employ a cat several years ago.

But it reportedly stopped catching any mice because employees kept spoiling her with cat food and treats.
(Ananova)


Could this be the reason that "Town Hall" translates to Rathaus?

Monday, March 17, 2003
 

Adopt-a-Bunny



This web log is choked with pictures -- and will be heck on dialups for a week. So rather than featuring individual bunnies, I'm going to feature entire shelters. Today, let's look at the Marin County (California) HBS, known as "Save a Bunny:"

Welcome to the San Francisco/Marin County Chapter (New Chapter!) for House Rabbit Society, a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing rabbits who are about to be euthanized at shelters.

We are passionate about finding permanent, loving new homes for rescued rabbits and educating people about the joys of living with rabbits as indoor companions. We accept rabbits from animal shelters only, because these rabbits have run out of time and options.

If for some reason you have a rabbit that you do not want, please contact your local humane society or see www.rabbit.org for suggestions on placing your rabbit. Tax deductible contributions and reliable volunteers are always gratefully welcomed and thoroughly appreciated.
Thanks for visiting us and REMEMBER…

Don't Buy A Rabbit. Adopt!
SaveABunny and Save A Life ©!
(Saveabunny)


Be sure to visit their adoptions page. It has lots of pictures and links to other local shelters.

And just think: any one of these bunnies could be yours.
 

Flashing for Peace



Just when you thought you’d seen enough naked protestors...

A German artist is calling on people around the world to flick their lights on and off to protest against war in Iraq.
(Ananova)


Oh, it’s the other kind of flashing. What a neat idea. You could flash out Morse and start arguments with your neighbors and stuff (not to mention freak out any poor, innocent, by-standing epileptics).

Mr Guessfeld said: "Every Sunday, a flickering ribbon will run around the globe. Those politicians responsible won't be able to overlook it."


Yeah, if they were Space Politicians or something. Otherwise, you’re fighting (and losing to) trees!
 

Arsenal of Democracy



So the Fifth Column wants to break into Vandenberg, et al.:

The military authorities at Vandenberg Air Force base have already announced that they will use deadly force to repel the saboteurs. Legislators should take forceful measures as well. They could begin by increasing the penalties on existing legislation for this kind of civil disobedience and make them mandatory.
(Frontpage Magazine)


The article goes on to discuss "black-blocs" or destructive and obstructive attacks directed against the American military and civilian populations. Honestly, did you ever think the Left would sink so low?

Here at BBB, we’ve been thinking about how to reduce the threat of killer-hippies. One solution would be to buy back a weapon we have long since retired and passed on to Foreign Military Sales: It’s effective against both solitary pinkos and red hordes. You know what I’m talking about: VADS.

The M167 VADS Vulcan Air Defense System, which has been withdrawn from service, was a towed short-range air defense gun intended to protect forward area combat elements and rear area critical assets. It also protected against lightly armored ground targets.
(Global Security)


Follow the link to see what they look like. You could even hitch it to your pickup! Of course, if our beloved Army brought back the M167, it would need a new name. I suggest: the Mother Of All Drivebys (MOAD). Now that's crowd control!

A little too hardcore for you? You know I was only kidding... Let’s try something else.

From the very beginning of this web log, I have advocated a strategy of confronting angry mobs with butterfly-nets and tranquilizer guns. I regard this equipment as more humane than even handcuffs because the net is soft and humiliating. And as for the gun: remember that the usual suspects have a long history of tranquilizing themselves.

Once you’ve bagged yourself enough bohemians, you should ship them to Guantanamo and confine them to outdoor cages. But don’t be cruel: site their cages next to "cheering sections," where charitable organizations can ensure that the prisoners are adequately supplied with tomatoes, eggs and rocks (for the roughage).

For declaring war on the United States, they deserve no better.

Sunday, March 16, 2003
 

Clean Consciences



Yesterday the pure people congregated in a national park and flaunted their finer sensibilities. Because they care more than you, they must be better people. And (this is apparently an official rule now) better people are allowed to litter.



If this were a fair world, everyone could treat national parks this way. I'd like to see the US drill for energy in ANWR, but to some people that would make an unacceptable mess.



If you'll permit me a neologism: acceptable mess. Use it to excuse the kind of stuff you'd condemn, if the other side did it.



You're allowed an acceptable mess, as long as you do it for the children.



This pamphlet is little, yellow and different. It asks: "What are we fighting for?" Silly me, I thought these people were against fighting. Guess not.



Indulge me in a moment of public service: whoever you are from Crooked Creek Golf Club, your cap is still here. As long as it doesn't interfere with your tee time, why not fire up the SUV and retrieve it. I think you left a bunch of "No Blood for Oil" stickers nearby.

When the protest ended, many of the locusts of peace apparently marched up 15th Street to the McPherson Metro Station, distributing an acceptable mess all along the way.




Is it really too much to ask you to properly throw away your debris? Oh, and International Answer: I think it's well past time for your handbills to come down.



This is disgusting. Why do these folks think they can make acceptable messes wherever they go? Like scores of Hansels and Gretels, they dribble the crumbs of peace from the Washington Monument to McPherson Square. If you're in the neighborhood, check out 15th Street. There's actually a trail of this junk stretching for seven city blocks.

What could explain this madness?


 

 
   
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