September 20, 2007

Couldn’t Help But Notice (092007)

You want offensive cartoons? I’ll give you offensive cartoons — Here’s just one (others are at the link):


According to the linked article, the cartoon “was prepared specifically for the official Palestinian Authority daily.”

We (the US, the EU, the UN, and others) are nuts to give any kind of financial support to people who would publish crap like this in their “state-sponsored” publications — and we unfortunately do. Companies like Intel, which early last year announced plans to set up a technological center in the Gaza Strip at the Islamic University of Gaza (I couldn’t determine the current status of the project involved), need a corporate brain scan.


Related — “Muslim Brotherhood’s papers detail plan to seize U.S.” (HT NixGuy):

Amid the mountain of evidence released in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial, the most provocative has turned out to be a handful of previously classified evidence detailing Islamist extremists’ ambitious plans for a U.S. takeover.

A knot of terrorism researchers say the memos and audiotapes, many translated from Arabic and containing detailed strategies by the international Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood, are proof that extremists have long sought to replace the Constitution with Shariah, or Islamic law.

Meanwhile, in Ohio, Governor Ted Strickland (I am moving towards calling him “Stricklandhimmi”) toasts CAIR, an unindicted co-conspirator in the same Holy Land Foundation case, while an adviser to Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman invites a 9/11 denier, David Ray Griffin, to speak — at a supposedly mainstream church. Organizations like CAIR and “truthers” like Griffin, Patrick Poole notes, “are still received and defended by the political power-brokers in Central Ohio and the Columbus establishment media.” The former need to be booted out of office. The latter deserve subscription cancellations on a massive level.


Tim Montgomerie’s Britain and America blog on Rudy Giuliani, SarBox, and initial public offerings, or IPOs (HT Patrick Ruffini via a Brain Shavings e-mail):

A key reason for Giuliani’s visit is to extract money from the wealthy and growing American population that can be found in London. Huge numbers of American businessmen and firms operate in London – the numbers have allegedly been swollen by people escaping the regulatory insensitivity of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Some London politicians have suggested that a statue of Senator Sarbanes and Representative Oxley be erected in the booming Docklands area of Britain’s capital city as a cheeky thank you for the business that (disputedly) has migrated across the Atlantic as a consequence of their lawmaking.

The “disputedly” link makes a pretty weak case, in my opinion:

According to the study, authored by experts at Ohio State University and the University of Toronto, more stringent corporate governance rules as stipulated by Sarbanes-Oxley are not responsible for any mass departure of NYSE firms to London.

Instead, the study suggests that there are simply fewer companies of the type that would typically pursue an NYSE listing.

First of all, the NYSE is not the only USA location for an IPO to list. There’s this entity called NASDAQ, where the large majority of IPOs are first listed — outfits like, oh, Microsoft and Google.

Second, many startup companies that might have structured themselves for an IPO are instead working to get bought out by bigger companies because of burdensome SarBox regs relating to going public.
Previous related post: Dec. 4, 2006 — London and Hong Kong “Heart” Sarbanes Oxley


Jesse Jackson gets his 7,546th free pass from the press (bold are mine):

Jackson sharply criticized presidential hopeful and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for “acting like he’s white” in what Jackson said has been a tepid response to six black juveniles’ arrest on attempted-murder charges in Jena, La. Jackson, who also lives in Illinois, endorsed Obama in March, according to The Associated Press.

….. Later, Jackson said he did not recall making the “acting like he’s white” comment about Obama, stressing he only wanted to point out the candidates had not seized on an opportunity to highlight the disproportionate criminal punishments black youths too often face.

So reporter Roddie Burris lets Jackson back away from a racist comment because he doesn’t “recall” it. Nobody, not even Al Sharpton, gets kid-glove treatment like JJ. Unbelievable.



  1. Hi Bizzyblog/Tom:

    Your report on the cartoons was illuminating, to say the least. They are offensive and disgusting. And their ilk, sadly, are far too common in the Arab world. I don’t know what can be done, and I wonder what the point is in engaging in commerce, diplomacy etc. with people and regimes who have utter contempt for our traditions and culture, but want nothing buy our money. Clearly, we are a generous nation and some of our actions are guided by a sense of neighborliness and responsibility — that we have a duty to be good citizens of this world. It will be a great day, I think, when we don’t have to buy their oil (I realize Palestine does not have oil, but I’m speaking of the larger culture from North Africa to Pakistan and points in between) or depend on any natural resources from that part of the world. Perhaps, then, we can go our separate ways. Tom, I believe that it is wrong to be a bigot. I believe it is wrong to hate or dislike someone automatically because of their race, creed or nationality.

    Comment by billl sloat — September 20, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

  2. Tom, I believe that it is wrong to be a bigot. I believe it is wrong to hate or dislike someone automatically because of their race, creed or nationality.

    Of course I agree, but it sort of seems to be a non sequitur with everything else.

    What’s maddening is that efforts to make us independent of, or less dependent on, foreign oil are stopped at every turn (i.e., ANWR, Gulf Coast drilling, etc.).

    Comment by TBlumer — September 20, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

  3. Bizzyblog/Tom

    Would the drilling in the Alaskan wildlife refuge make any significant difference? Would it guarantee in any way our energy independence? Would the proposed oilfield even be operated by a U.S. company, or could it be operated by a foreign national that could become the purchase target of a MidEast entity. I’m thinking BP swallowed by Aramco, or a Chinese company, or some such.

    And the Gulf — there is plenty of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and more to come. Indeed, Chevron has reached depths that were unimagineable just a few years back. I reckon you are speaking about the prohibitions against drilling near the Florida coast, or alluding to such. That does not seem to be an enviro issue as much as a tourism/economic/business/real estate value issue for communites along the West Coast of Florida. It is a green issue, yes, but green as in dollars — at least that is what I understand. It seems that people who have scraped and paved and built high-rises along the Gulf Beaches want to protect their property values by stopping offshore drilling. Can’t blame them. But it does appear hypocritical for a condo commando in Cape Coral to say stop the drilling when he lives on a lot built by dredging and filling.

    Back to Anwar (phonic). Why tap it now? We may be desperate for that oil some day — assuming petroleum deposits are actually there — in event of some national security problem that makes the MidEast fields inaccessible, or more costly to tap. (Perhaps a Pakisani A-bomb in the hand of islamic radicals, the very jihadists you often warn about.) Also, as you know, new drilling technologies appear to be opening up the Arctic seabed, so perhaps the wildlife refuge isn’t that critical after all, at least not as critical as some have painted it to be. I guess we are going to find out . . .

    Comment by billl sloat — September 20, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

  4. Bill, I think ANWR is one of many steps to take. What is it, 40 years we’ve been getting oil from Prudhoe. Does anyone think that hasn’t made a difference?

    Also there’s the massive amount of oil from shale or sands in the Rockies.

    Your points about Condo Commandoes in FL (haven’t heard that term before) is well taken.

    Comment by TBlumer — September 20, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

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