So ignorant, it’s scary

July 15, 2010

Remember, Sheila Jackson-Lee is one of our elected representatives, our nation’s governing elite:

Um… Congresswoman? Ma’am? Ehh… a couple of small details for you to consider:

  1. We did not win in Vietnam. There was no victory – except for the bad guys.
  2. There are not “two Vietnams.” South Vietnam ceased to exist in April, 1975, when North Vietnamese tanks rolled into Saigon.

I invite Representative Jackson-Lee to come to California and visit Little Saigon in Orange County and ask all the now elderly Vietnamese-Americans just how wonderful that victory was. Why, they all got Pacific cruises out of it. I’m sure they’ll be glad to tell you all about it. Waiting

You’ll be comforted to know, I’m sure, that this geographical and historical genius sits on the House Foreign Affairs committeeDoh

Other moments of Jackson-Lee brilliance: She once earnestly told the House that, to save the Earth from global warming, we have to get the carbon out of the air. (10:14am entry) Then there’s this gem, from a commenter at Ace‘s:

Sheila Jackson Lee was present at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory when the Mars Pathfinder landed in the mid 1990s. She inquired whether the rover would be able to roll over to where astronauts had planted the American flag. Sheila Jackson Lee, who represents a district in Houston and sits on committees that deal with NASA, did not know that astronauts had in fact planted flags on the Moon — not Mars.

More on that moment.

And she is one of the people who write our laws.  Be afraid. Be very afraid.Nailbiting

LINKS: More from Moe Lane, Hot Air, and Thinklets. Jimmie at the Sundries Shack throws a pop quiz at Congresswoman Lee regarding another example of her supernormal stupidity. Ed Driscoll wonders when John Edwards became President of Vietnam.

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Religion of Tolerance Watch

July 15, 2010

A church in Turkey is defaced with antisemitic and anti-Christian graffiti:

Police have started an investigation after a suspected group of people defaced the façade of the 1,700-year-old Mor Jacob Syriac Orthodox Church in Nusaybin, in the southeastern province of Mardin, with pro-Islamic slogans.

The offenders allegedly defaced the stone walls of the church on Monday with various slogans, such as “Clear off, bastards,” “Clear off, Zionist dogs,” “Heretics, lay off,” and “Zionist powers, clear off,” in Turkish and, “Allah u Muhammed,” and “Prophet Muhammad, fight the infidels and hypocrites,” in Arabic.

Fortunately the mayor had the decency to condemn this and make a statement of tolerance and respect toward all faiths, something that’s getting harder to find in Turkey under Islamist rule.

(via Jihad Watch)


North Korea: Dear Leader’s army crumbling?

July 15, 2010

North Korean defectors aren’t exactly unusual: many people try to escape their nightmare lives in the world’s largest prison camp. Most go through China; the lucky ones get to stay there, and the luckiest make it to South Korea. The unlucky, on the other hand, are caught before they can escape or are sent home by the Chinese, which usually means execution at the hands of the North Korean security forces.

So it can’t be a good sign for the regime of psychotic dictator Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il when those defectors include more and more of his own security forces:

North Korean soldiers defect to China fuelling fears of imminent military clash

An upsurge in the number of North Korean soldiers defecting into China fuelled fears of food shortages and an imminent military clash.

Previously considered to be among the regime’s most important assets, the North Korean People’s Army has always been well provisioned in order to ensure the troops remain loyal.

But a poor harvest and the disastrous revaluation of the North Korean currency in November of last year has worsened the nation’s already dire economic straits.

Defectors have claimed that they were required to survive on noodles made of ground corn and that meat or fish were a luxury, a journalist for Japan’s Asahi Shimbun reported from the Chinese  city of Shenyang.

On one stretch of the border, Chinese troops apprehended five North Korean soldiers in May alone. Prior to the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan in March, allegedly by a torpedo fired from a North Korean submarine, it was rare for troops to be taken into custody on the Chinese side of the Yalu River.

The defectors have claimed that senior members of the party and the armed forces were stockpiling provisions, another indication that the regime is steeling itself for a military confrontation.

Of course, a few grunts crossing the line does not mean the regime is about to fall at any moment, but the increasing tempo of defections and the tales the defectors tell of the woes suffered by civilians now spreading to the military do indicate a trend that should have that insane dwarf Kim and his henchmen worried. Indeed, if the reports of stockpiling are true, they see the signs, too.

On his deathbed, Roman Emperor Septimius Severus reportedly told his children:

Be harmonious, enrich the soldiers, and scorn all other men.

The Emperor’s advice was sound for, at that point in Roman history, a ruler’s survival depended on the loyalty of the army. It appears Kim and his flunkies in the North Korean leadership have forgotten that middle part and are now scorning even the soldiers, not just the common folks.

That could well be their last, fatal mistake.

(via The Jawa Report)

RELATED: Or maybe the defections are inspired by fear of South Korea’s killer robots? (via McKittrick)