Daily Archives: May 6, 2002

OK, I’ve calmed down a little… "Fascist" is pro…

OK, I’ve calmed down a little… “Fascist” is probably an unfair term to use to refer to Fortuyn. But the man did profess some ugly views of Muslims, and his appeal was along similar lines to Le Pen and to other non-mainstream right-wingers in Europe.

The Ole Miss Conservative has temporarily moved to…

The Ole Miss Conservative has temporarily moved to the University’s server. Instapundit Linkage Syndrome caused him to overwhelm his bandwidth.

The Post-Herald reveals what religion has hidden …

The Post-Herald reveals what religion has hidden

Hey, look what you get when you type in http://www.post-herald.com rather than http://www.postherald.com (the Birmingham afternoon paper).

The Ole Miss Conservative has the definitive taked…

The Ole Miss Conservative has the definitive takedown of the Guardian Guy’s visit to his home state. Are there any bloggers in Arkansas or Louisiana?

The Ugly Europeans – Jean-Marie Le Pen, Jörg Haide…

The Ugly Europeans – Jean-Marie Le Pen, Jörg Haider, and other xenophobes. By Chris Suellentrop

Old story, but I bring it up to comment on some of the tears being shed for Pim Fortuyn, the Dutch right-winger who was assassinated today. Make no mistake: if Fortuyn wasn’t a fascist, he was close enough to make no difference. This is a man whose entire platform was based on opposition to immigration, who said that the Netherlands was “full”, that Islam was a “backward religion”, and — best of all — that Muslims should be kept out of the Netherlands because they would endanger the Dutch reputation for tolerance. So he was gay; belonging to one minority doesn’t excuse hating another. He was the Dutch Le Pen.

But the usually sensible-enough Protein Wisdom, for example, quotes another blogger who calls Fortuyn a “neo-conservative” and not “a buffoon like Le Pen”. Great, so he was a smart racist demogogue. Andrew Ian Dodge blames the assassination on “the left”, generally, and claims this shows that “the left” doesn’t believe in democracy. Instapundit only uses the assassination as a launching pad for another anti-gun control rant.

Fortuyn should not have been assassinated. But he’s no great loss.

Dr. Weevil thinks that "Islamofascists" is unfair …

Dr. Weevil thinks that “Islamofascists” is unfair — to Mussolini. I don’t know about that, but I tend to think of Fascism as less of an Italian thing than as descriptive of the type of government — unlike Nazism, which was more clearly a German phenomenon, a German brand of Fascism.

InstaPundit.Com The good news is that I got an …

InstaPundit.Com

The good news is that I got an Instapundit link. Bad news is it’s to the old site, to my Stormwatch 2002! rant of a month ago. Oh, well.

ajc.com | News | Saudis confiscate women’s gowns …

ajc.com | News | Saudis confiscate women’s gowns

We aren’t talking evening wear here; these were the usual abayas, but were judged to be too clingy, too revealing, or too highly decorated. Our allies!

The TV network Lifetime traditionally shows an alm…

The TV network Lifetime traditionally shows an almost continual stream of women-in-jeopardy movies; us Neanderthal male TV watchers have made a lot of jokes about it. But it’s been successful, and why change what works?

LIFETIME kicks off its exciting new summer line up with the premiere of the LIFETIME Original movie, “Scared Silent,” starring Penelope Ann Miller (“Carlito’s Way,” “The Relic,” “Along Came a Spider”), Reed Diamond (“Homicide,” “Judging Amy,” “Three Days”) and Andrew Jackson (“The Last Don II,” “Earth: Final Conflict”). It’s the haunting story of a determined group of women, all raped by the same police officer, who challenge the male-dominated legal system to bring their rapist to justice. “Scared Silent” premieres Monday, May 20, from 9-11 PM (ET/PT) on LIFETIME Television.

You can’t make this stuff up.

CBS News | Plague Of Locusts In Afghanistan | May …

CBS News | Plague Of Locusts In Afghanistan | May 6, 2002 12:33:08

“Biblical proportions” is used in the very first sentence. It’s a cliche, but I can’t blame them. What more is Afghanistan going to have to suffer?