Posted by Lex, on November 20, 2005
Brought to you by the Weekend Edition of the Wall Street Journal (free minds and free markets!):
Did you realize that only 23% of the population of mainland China falls under the definition of “middle class”?
On the other hand, do you grok the fact that’s still 300 million people?
In other words, there are over 4 million more middle class Chinese than there are citizens of the entire United States. Which kind of puts that whole “emerging markets” thing into perspective. Duddn’t it.
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November 21, 2005
Don’t want to go into any details, suffice it to say that a thing which had been sufficiently worrying took a dramatic turn for the worse this weekend. I’ve been stretched a little too thin for quite some time now, and it’s time for me to shed some workload and re-prioritize my efforts. This has been fun, but faced with what I’m up against it’s far too time-consuming and a far too guilty pleasure.
Posted by lex, on November 9, 2005
The dry recitation of facts: Names, places, actions. The way things were, rather than the way some folks might like them to have been. The things that people said, rather than what they might later wish to have said.
You either like it or you hate it.
Some folks are really going to hate this: Writing in the on-line magazine Commentary, Norman Podhoretz has assembled a history of the facts leading up to OIF: Who knew what, or thought they did, when: About WMD, an al Qaeda-Iraq terror axis, “imminent” threats, Colin Powell’s speech to the UN, the “sixteen words” spoken by the President to Congress. Who it was that insisted that action was necessary, and then publicly recoiled when action was taken.
Who told the truth and who lied.
Who is lying still.
Posted by lex, on February 3, 2006
Apropos of recent discussions here and elsewhere on passionate beliefs, we have the continuing uproar between those who get excited about caricatures of religious figures, and those who get excited about the freedom of conscience. This is such an interesting discussion precisely because it goes to the very heart of the West’s struggle with Islamic extremism: It really is a war between Freedom and Submission (which is, after all, what “islam” means – submission to the will of God:
Posted by lex, on October 22, 2005
From the London Times:
THE United Nations withheld some of the most damaging allegations against Syria in its report on the murder of Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese Prime Minister, it emerged yesterday.
The names of the brother of Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, and other members of his inner circle, were dropped from the report that was sent to the Security Council.
The confidential changes were revealed by an extraordinary computer gaffe because an electronic version distributed by UN officials on Thursday night allowed recipients to track editing changes…
Remembering the Cole
Posted by lex, on October 12, 2005
Five years ago today al Qaeda-linked terrorists brought a small boat alongside the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Cole, and blew a hole in her side. Seventeen Sailors died, and the rest struggled like heroes in horrible conditions to keep her afloat.
The dedication of her crew, as well as the US Navy’s hard-won experience in ship construction and damage control, ensured that the ship would survive this test, and return to the fight.
Posted by lex, on September 20, 2005
The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not “insurgents” or “terrorists” or “The Enemy.” They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow — and they will win.
Sounds noble, dunnit? Well, maybe. But these don’t sound like winning tactics to me (and look hard for some shred of nobility):
Posted by lex, on December 20, 2005
If you can maintain your sense of humor while the world is going to hell in a hand-basket all around you, then you’re probably a gibbering idiot.
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Posted by lex, on October 26, 2005
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.
Posted by lex on October 22, 2005
CDR Salamander (back story at the link) tips us off to a Guardian mp3 containing the towering inferno that is a race-baited Joan Rivers. Or rather, the perilously fraught attempt to race-bait Joan Rivers.
Listen in. Have fun. Admire the old bird.
They don’t much make ‘em like that anymore.
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