Saturday, September 30, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Tokyo Rose Dead in Chicago
Monday, September 25, 2006
John McCain: “My Moral High Ground is America’s Boot Hill”
Didn’t McCain go to Annapolis? And don’t they teach tactics and strategy at that school? Hey Chief, there is no moral high ground to be occupied by those of you who refuse to effectively defend Western Civilization. Period.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Bill Maher Gives Jihadis a “Come Hither” Gaze
The threat of Iranian supplied nuclear weapons in the hands of a terrorist group or groups is so potentially threatening to what we know as liberal democracy that the literal refusal to use effective tools to fight that threat is morally reprehensible. The threat that Radical Islam poses to people of other faiths is overwhelming. Overwhelming as it could include death or slavery. Let’s not forget the threat that Radical Islam represents to liberal special interest groups like women, gays, children and Jews. The refusal to aid those sometimes defenseless humans when presented with an outwardly benign option is simply not a moral stand.
Mr. Maher’s assumption of moral superiority is particularly galling as it came from a man who refuses to help others due to the fact that his sensibilities may potentially be offended. At some future time (maybe not even that far in the future) if our nation faces the threat of nuclear armed terrorist groups the refusal to use stronger methods than advocated by Mr. Maher (name, rank, jihadi number) would be suicidal, literally. Dr. Sanity has insightfully labeled much of this thinking as a problem with narcissism. The stance that Mr. Maher and many others have taken on this issue is repugnant, even within what many of us thought would be a portion of Mr. Maher’s moral compass.
Flying Debris discussed Mr. Maher in an earlier post here.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
What About My “Osama is Still Walking Around” Bumper Stickers?
Friday, September 15, 2006
Blog Reader Spots Al Qaeda Terrorist in Texas Real Estate Office!
This Most Wanted Terrorist Spotted in Texas Real Estate Office!
A commenter on Ace of Spades believes that she spotted Most Wanted Man Adnan G. El Shukrijumah during her work as a real estate agent. She and a co-worker believe that they spotted the terrorist as he was attempting to rent a house in what I get the impression may have been the Austin area. He held a Mexican Counsular id that he would not give up, he did not speak with a Hispanic accent and he tested the house to find out if screams would be heard outside. Little Green Footballs linked to the Ace of Spades piece and as usual the Gateway Pundit has a great post on the subject that includes some good background. There is a $5 million reward out for Mr. Shukrijiumah.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Rosie O’Donnell: The Big Cindy Sheehan
Rosie needs profesional phsychiatric help, as do the producers of “The View”
NewsBusters has the story as does Mary Catherine Ham.
Hat Tip: Wizbang.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Al Qaeda Planning Nuke Attacks?
Monday, September 11, 2006
In Memory of Howard “Barry” Kirschbaum - A Life of Family, Friends and Service
Howard "Barry" Kirscbaum - Missed by Friends and Family
Barry Kirschbaum lost his life in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. Barry likely started that tragic morning like so many other mornings during his previous four years working in the upper reaches of one of the world’s tallest buildings. Barry was the Director of Security for Marsh & McLennan, he was in charge of 20 officers who took care of floors 93 through 100 of Tower One. Marsh was directly below the offices of Cantor Fitzgerald. Tower One was the first of the Center’s towers to be hit; I have a friend who was on the fiftieth floor who was knocked several feet out of his chair, and he’s a big guy.
I never knew Barry but after spending a few evenings searching for and reading snippets of his life through the words of friends and loved ones I feel honored to be writing this post. The comment that seems to sum up all of his friends thoughts was left by a woman Barry dated before meeting his wife Rochelle; she described Barry as a “mensch”, the Yiddish word for a good guy. Indeed Barry was a mensch.
In 1972 Barry joined the New York City Police Department and eventually rose to the rank of Detective, he retired after twenty-five years in order to start a second career at Marsh & McLennan. During Barry’s time on the Police force New York City underwent dramatic changes that often wound up (as usual) putting the city’s Police force on the front lines of society’s problems. During his third year on the force the city of New York even teetered on the brink of bankruptcy. The posts left by his friends and colleagues resonate with Barry’s gift of gab and the gift of his friendship. I am sure that twenty-five years on the New York City Police force gave Barry a nearly endless font of material to amuse and inform his friends and family.
Barry’s path in life was service and friendship; twenty five years as a NY City policeman is more than yeoman’s service yet it was probably tough for him to leave all of his friends behind. Although it did take more than leaving a job to keep him away from those old pals, his daughter Lauren, now 27 said that “He knew every restaurant and what to order and who to go with.” In New York that alone is a full time job. All of his friends wrote of how much fun he was to spend time with, whether in the Kirschbaum home in Staten Island or in one of New York’s many restaurants.
There has been a very small but vocal minority of Americans who have disparaged the WTC victims during the past few years by stating that they deserved their fate. A few have actually used slurs to describe those victims. It should be noted that Barry’s service in the WTC helped a group of people who were transferring risk in a manner that has been critical to the advancement of individuals in our modern economy. Barry’s employer Marsh & McLennan provides insurance services; those services allow products and services to be offered to consumers at lower prices. Everyday products like mortgages have been made more widely available enabling more Americans to enjoy the benefits of home ownership. Those critics simply do not understand our modern society. Barry spent the last years of his life protecting those people who help to facilitate the modern commerce that is improving the lives of so many.
Barry was a lover of family, good friends, good jazz, good brandy and a good cigar. In memory of Barry I plan to have a little bit of brandy, put on some Thelonious Monk and smoke a stashed Cuban cigar this evening. All that is left is say a prayer for Barry, his family and his friends.
Barry’s New York Times obituary can be found here.
If Barry’s family or friends would like me to add to this post please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This post was written in conjunction with thousands of other bloggers who were organized by D. Challener Roe at DCOE.com. Many thanks to Dale for putting so much work into organizing this project.
Exchanges to Mark 9/11
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Flying Debris Putting Final Touches on 2996 Memorial
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Yep Flying Debris is the 2,996th blog to contribute
Flying Debris was honored to become the 2996th blog to honor a victim of terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This blogging memorial was organized by D. Challener Roe at DCOE.com. I will be honoring the late Howard “Barry” Kirschbaum. Barry was in the World Trade Center that fateful morning. I wanted to post this as I put the final touches on the piece about Barry and I need to state that I am honored to write about him and his life.
Schumacher to Retire After Season!
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Michael Schumacher navigates turn 8 during the 2001 US Grand Prix
Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher has announced that he will retire after this season, ending days of serious speculation. He made the announcement after winning the Italian Grand Prix at the famed Monza race course for his ninetieth win. Probably the only record that Schumacher does not hold is age at the time of victory and championship; he would need to race for another decade before equaling the great Juan Manuel Fangio.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Democratic Culture of Corruption: Free Speech
Monday, September 04, 2006
Bill Maher to Islamists: “Please Let Me Bend Over and Grab My Ankles”
As always Dr. Sanity has a very measured and informative post on self-delusion that is a must read for those interested in whys of the widespread equivocation that Mr. Maher has been practicing. The woman laughing in the video is the notorious “racial ambulance chaser” Mary Frances Berry.