December 6, 2006

Ponderous Ponders

Hatched by Dafydd

First, on the home front: you guys aren't pulling your end. We've been doing our part, publishing good blogposts about exciting topics (Iraq, Iran, the GWOT, Mark Steyn)... but our hits are down.

The way Sitemeter works is that all visits by the same IP address within a 30-minute window are counted as a single visit: that is, if you visit once at 8:00 am and again at 8:27 am, it's not counted as two visits... just one.

But if you wait, twiddling your toes and filing your teeth, until 8:31 am, then visit -- that is counted as a second hit on the old greeter-meter.

Thus, in order to get our count up, so advertisers will rush to pay us money to keep this site flowing through the interether (whenever BlogAds regains consciousness), please to start visiting multiple times per day. You needn't stay long; for example, if you're headed from Captain's Quarters to Power Line, all you need do is first go to Big Lizards, and then continue on to Power Line. Simple as Simon!

If everybody did that, oh, four or five times a day, it wouldn't cost you much time (10 seconds per visit, maybe) -- but we'd be a powerhouse again in no time.

So let's see if we can't raise the bar up to 2,200 or 2,300 per day... and give those lefty bloggers a hiding they'll never remember!


North Korea is currently playing the roll of gangster state: they've been counterfeiting our money, extorting us by threatening to go nuclear if we don't pay them off, and now they seem to be engaged in "massive insurance fraud" (to the tune of $150 million or more).

Well, two can play at that game, Filstrup: I suggest we set the Bureau of Printing and Engraving to produce hundreds of billions of counterfeit North Korean "won" and start passing them all around Southeast Asia. Sure, some currency speculators will also take a hit -- please, God, let it be George Soros! -- but maybe we can completely collapse the DPRK's economy, make their currency worthless... and send a brutal message to the Dear Leader: don't mess with il capo di tutti capi.


I'm wending my way through Mark Steyn's America Alone. On page 78, I found a couple of thought-provoking passages. Here's the first:

Indeed, co-existence is what the Islamists are at war with -- of, if you prefer, pluralism; the idea that different groups can rub along together within the same general neighborhood. And even those who nominally respect the idea tend, on closer examination, to mean by "pluralism" something closer to "subjugation."

This is actually an old conundrum: if a society's greatest principle is tolerance, then are they obliged to tolerate the intolerant?

  • If the answer is Yes, then the society will quickly become an intolerant one, as it's taken over by those who will not tolerate the tolerant;
  • If the answer is No, they will not tolerate the intolerant -- then they're not very ruddy tolerant, are they?

Then there is this one, which is somewhat meatier:

The Islamists incite jihad from American, Canadian, British, European, and Australian mosques, and they get away with it. The West's elites lapse reflexively into twittering over insufficient "respect" and entirely fictional outbreaks of "Islamophobia." The Mounties, the FBI, Scotland Yard, and others are reasonably efficient at breaking up cells and plots, but they're the symptoms, not the disease. It's the ideological pipeline that needs to be dismantled. Through their network of schools and mosques, the Saudis are attempting to make themselvs into a Muslim Vatican -- if not infallible, at any rate the most authoritative voice in the Islamic world. We might have responded to the Wahhabist challenge by distinguishing, as William Tayler did, between Sunni and Shia, Sufi and Salafi, and all the rest, and attempting to exploit the divisions. But as proper Western multiculturalists, we celebrate diversity by lumping them all together as "Islam."

So far (through page 89, at least), Steyn hasn't developed this theme; but I think it points us towards one more way we can fight the war of Jihadism vs. Americanism.

Steyn is correct that there are many radical mosques in the United States; I've heard it said (I don't know if this is true) that there are more militant mosques in America than any other Western nation. These radical mosques contain radical imams who preach violent jihad as a matter of course.

Thus, for national security reasons, we should be surveilling every last one of these militant mosques, determined by our own intelligence operations (that is, sending loyal American Moslems into the mosques to listen to the sermons). From what I understand, they hardly hide their inflammatory opinions under a burning bush: it shouldn't be hard to decide that a mosque is "radical" if the imam says the congregation should financially support Hamas and encourage their children to become mall-martyrs.

Get warrants when there's court-level evidence; but do it under the president's plenary power as Commander in Chief when the probable cause is military level but not civil-court level.

Regardless of how we justify it, let's tap their phones, bug their conference rooms, tail their employees. Let's read their mail, ghost their hard drives, and track their bank accounts.

We should have been doing this for the last five years -- and maybe we have and the New York Times just hasn't gotten that leak yet. But somehow I doubt it.

Sure, the Democrats will fly up out of their seats, full nine feet high and higher. They're rush to commit savage acts of "oversight" on those clandestine agencies that are engaged in this "domestic spying."

Heh. Excellent... we send administration representatives (like Tony Snow) out to the Sunday talk shows to say that they neither confirm nor deny that we're doing this -- wink -- but really, Mr. and Mrs. All-American, don't you think we should be? And why are the Democrats so concerned about the "right" of fire-breathing Wahhabi imams to call for assassinations and bombings in Amerca, but not so much about your rights not to be blown up at work, at the mall, and not to have your kids blown up at school, like in Beslan?

I can just see Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI, 100%), sweating bullets on Anderson Cooper 360° or being grilled by Chris Matthews on Hardball, trying to explain why the Democrats don't want to know whether there are any terrorist mosques in America. Maybe the Superglue would break, and those blessed glasses would finally slip off his bulbous nose!

It can only help us to get a fight going between Bush and the congressional Democrats on just how far we should go to protect the American people. It's a heck of a lot better than drawing a line in the sand over minimum wage.

Oh, and by the way... we might just learn enough to be able to deport some of these Saudi-funded imams, or maybe stop a terrorist plot or two. That's almost as good as putting Democrats on the spot!

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, December 6, 2006, at the time of 5:17 AM

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The following hissed in response by: Addison Ingle

Here's a question: I use Google Reader, and before that, Bloglines. I don't think aggregators count as hits on sitemeter. I read every post of yours, but I might not be counted. Can you clarify?

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Dafydd - re: visits.
Your "hits" may be a function of your content. While I find it invariably interesting and often thought provoking, and I read your site virtually every day, I typically only visit once. That's because you only post once a day (and, given the thoughfulness of your posts, I'm sure that's plenty). I check in with Ace of Spades several times a day because he posts funny stuff and does it often. It's a simple capitalistic equation: the Blogad masters want traffic, volume of traffic is a function of volume of posts, ergo to get more traffic you have to post more-------------although for a portion of the profits I suppose I could just tap your door as I truck by heading for Ace.

The above hissed in response by: Freetime [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 6, 2006 8:44 AM

The following hissed in response by: Terrye

We tolerate the intolerant everyday. It has always been that way. I know people on the far right who sound like nazis and they have very little good to say about the US. But unless they actually hurt someone we do not do much about them.

The above hissed in response by: Terrye [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 6, 2006 12:34 PM

The following hissed in response by: Michael

This is my first comment so let me begin by saying your the coolest man. My main purpose for going and signing up for the little type key dealio and leaving a message was to more or less agree with one of the previous comments. Unlike the earlier comment I do come by regularly probably 4 to 5 times a day.....HOPING....there is something new to read. Usually I am let I'm sure most folks who've been doing this blog thing for any amount of time are. Leave more than one post per day and you can assure yourself plenty of add money bro. I would put an add up for 2 posts per day atleast. Give us meat and we will eat!

The above hissed in response by: Michael [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 6, 2006 3:03 PM

The following hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist

First, on the home front: you guys aren't pulling your end. We've been doing our part, publishing good blogposts about exciting topics (Iraq, Iran, the GWOT, Mark Steyn)... but our hits are down.

Yes, lots of good stuff lately, but Big Lizards always has good blogposts. Personally, i have cut way down on checking out my favorite blogs since the elections. i wanted to get my own 'Feel' of what happened, and what will happen. Call it my:

Anatomy of a to speak.

Anyway, i check in here more than the rest combined, and suspect their hits are down also.

North Korea is currently playing the roll of gangster state:

North Korea has their own currency?!?!? ;-)

Mark Steyn's America Alone.

Islam was given the Green Light by American voters in the recent elections. In America, i suspect that we will see large increases in Islam's Peaceful attack plans for America...mainly, more protests and more useage of our Court systems. Islam's 'Propaganda Machine' is finely tuned, fully supported by MSM and the World Press, fully supported by the UN, and heavily supported by America's Democrat Party and Liberals...not to mention the GOP support that is showing up in today's news:

...Palestinians' "right of return"...

...Middle East peace effort without Israel...

The United States should begin to withdraw forces from combat and launch a diplomatic push, including Iran and Syria, to prevent "a slide toward chaos" in Iraq, an elite panel recommended on Wednesday.

...Hamas representatives recently held talks with officials from the US Democratic Party at an undisclosed location...

These Peaceful attacks will help to soften America up for the main attacks later. Islam has a *BRILLIANT* War Plan, and we're back to wanting to talk some more.

The above hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 6, 2006 3:46 PM

The following hissed in response by: Maetenloch

The only problem with flooding asia with counterfeit NK won is that no one uses it outside of North Korea. And like in the old eastern bloc countries, it's probably illegal to take it any outside of the country. According to wikipedia visitors to NK have to use separate currencies depending on the countries they're from - blue/green for capitalist countries and red for socialist countries.

The above hissed in response by: Maetenloch [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 6, 2006 6:16 PM

The following hissed in response by: ShoreMark

I have "America Alone" on the credenza behind me, but I'm so busy clicking on Big Lizards every 31 minutes, that I've not had time to read it yet.

So I'll make you a deal, you keep excerpting it and I'll keep clicking, then I'll mail the unread hard copy off to that Iraq soldier library initiative that Powerline was touting awhile back (they'll probably appreciate a pristine book vs. the coffee stained ones I've already sent!)

The above hissed in response by: ShoreMark [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 6, 2006 7:20 PM

The following hissed in response by: hunter

Sorry to have been AWOL for awhile now.
The nation is being sold nappeasement and defeat by the same people who arranged for the Shah to get betrayed, the Kurds and Shia to get betrayed,a nd allowed Saddam to stay in power.
Screw 'em.

The above hissed in response by: hunter [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 6, 2006 9:04 PM

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