Saturday, March 24, 2007
Earlier this week Dr. Helen put up a post about bumper stickers and personality that generated more than 300 comments about quirky bumper stickers before the dust settled. As it happened, I had already put in play my latest bumper sticker rotation.
It might surprise you that I, TigerHawk, would put a bumper sticker on my car. After all, I have chosen to blog my rants anonymously, and there is nothing much anonymous about a bumper sticker. However, I also enjoy tweaking the flower and chivalry of the Princeton left. It was for that reason, more than passion for the current president, that I left an oval "W'04" sticker on the back of my car for 28 months after the election. Somebody has to confront the hundreds of cars in town that still announce their support for John Kerry.
Even I, however, have my limits. I was never nearly so much a supporter of George Bush as I was an opponent of his opponents, and I confess to suffering from some of the poor spirits that Peggy Noonan says afflicts Republicans (WSJ sub. req.). It was time to remove the "W" sticker, but what to replace it with?
I hope (most of) you at least appreciate my selection (click to enlarge):
I have high hopes that this one may agitate even more college town lefties than a simple expression of support for our president, even this president. Wish me luck.
Buy one for yourself here.
I know it must occur to the bloggers on this site since it occurs to me and I'm almost as normal as most of you are.
But we are not dealing with RATIONAL people, nor a culture that even remotely incorporates any western thought.
Yet we attempt to employ a "negotiator", like the trained cop trying to talk the looney from jumping off the high rise roof.
We cannot negotitate with Islam and have it mean ANYTHING. Read their own sharia and Quran. It authorizes any deception in order to beat the infidels, at anything, but especially in attempting to spread Islam. Any method is "fair"
Islams are in our language and understanding sociopaths. Do sociopaths operate within our understanding of acceptable behavior. No. But Islams believe they can stone women to death for being victims of rape...victims, not wilful partners but victims.
Women are chattel and Islams still trade in slavery. T us they are perfect examples of sociopaths.
Islam and Christianity can NEVER be reconciled. The cultural differences and religious differences are too great.
That leaves the world with a choice. One must be dominant and one must be submissive. Current demographic trends point to Islam becoming dominant within our newborns lifetimes. Do we allow this to happen? Do we allow them NBC weapons to accelerate the pace of takeover?
Or while in a position of dominance do we act to decimate their numbers and slow the trend line, and then go about reversing it?
One answer leads to submission, the other to Churchill's broad sunlit uplands. We have a choice NOW, but the window is closing.
For those who wish to argue that this is a false choice please begin by reconciling the religious and cultural differences that have existed for a thousand years. Otherwise you have no argument, for one thing we do know. Certain things are irreconcilable.
I tried to have some courtesy extended to you on the other thread (about the British sailors), but you are making some statements that are pretty far out there:
"Islam and Christianity can NEVER be reconciled. The cultural differences and religious differences are too great."
There are several million Muslims living in the U.S., who practice their faith peacefully and go about their business as Americans, happy to not be living in the country of their (or their parents') origin. These folks seemed to have reconciled Islam within the context of a pluralistic society. Unless you can convince me that most of them are members of a whole bunch of sleeper cells, it's hard to see how your assertion can be true, or maybe I just misunderstand it. Also, you discount the cultural differences within Islam. Wahabbism is one Sunni (and Arab) strain that has produced most of the problems, funded by Saudi oil and started in a desert that is too damned hot and would drive anyone wacky.
Further to the point, 60 Minutes had on tonight a British Muslim disavowing radicalism and recanting his previous involvement with "The Network" (of radicals) in the U.K. and Pakistan. If he can flip, there is hope.
I don't underestimate the challenge of radical Islam. I think I understand how far out its philosophy and theoloy are (I am reading "The Looming Tower," which is helpful in this area). I don't think that at this point in time we need to nuke a billion people (and I am perfectly happy to have nuked Japan in 1945; my father, in the U.S. Navy at the time and headed to the Pacific theatre, may not have survived that war, otherwise). I wouldn't have wanted all Catholics throughout Europe wiped out in the 15th century because many of the leaders of the Church in Spain were acting horrifically towards Jews and other nonbelievers.
Go back and look at your Old an New Testament, and there is in enough in there to convince a Jewish or Christian extremist to do some nasty things in the name of God. My point here is that it's not religious texts per se that are the problem, but how crazy humans interpret them and then use it as justification for all kinds of bad acts.
Come on, Habu1 (your icon/picture is very fierce in appearance): stand tall, be strong, be true to your own values, and help to defeat your adversary on terms consistent with the culture you are trying to defend. Don't panic yet.
Maybe that would be a good bumper sticker:
DON'T PANIC (YET).
Hm, I still have my old Cthulhu For President kit that I got from the 80s. “Cthulhu For President, Why Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils” But what I actually proudly display on my bumper:
“My child is on the honor roll at Wamego Middle School”
Perhaps if they study really hard, we can get one someday that reads:
“My child graduated from Kansas State University with Honors”
That sticker will cost us about $2,000 an inch, and may be a bit over budget. (No, I’m not even thinking about sending ‘em to Princeton)
The ambiguity of this sticker is good. Peace had a change (until the dumbest president ever to outwit the world's self ordained intelligencia got the UN to approve action against those innocents in Iraq) or had a chance now let's show them what happens when we feel less than peaceful, etc.
I'm in the second camp. No one respects a coward hanky-twister. If it's clear that all you're going to get is a healthy arse whippin' or worse, you need to stand up and fight. We'd turned the cheek too many times to let the ME go any further.
And doesn't it sound like those peaceniks in Iran have a little date with those freelovin' guys & gals we call the US armed services? All that sword waving and warning .. it sounds like Iraq all over again.
Hey dan & Eric -
I can't say that you're adding very much to the level of civil discourse and reasonable exchange of ideas here. "Heat of the moment" excuses don't cut it, either. What's the point of such infantile postings?
I never studied asexual reproduction in great detail -- are you suggesting I use parthenogenisis, fragmentation, or some other form? Just so I'm clear.
"My only reservation about this sticker is that it implies that what followed the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam could be called "peace" with a straight face.
As opposed to the awesome peace that Vietnam experienced during the Vietnam War.
Wow, another Novak Republican--I was never really a Bush fan...except for when I was a really big Bush fan.
Thems some mighty big balls ya got there, TH. Musta got all swol'd up when you got them caught in the wringer a few times too many.