Sunday Funnies: Klavan on the Culture

November 7, 2010

Forget Survivor and Jersey Shore, Andrew Klavan brings us the best reality show yet: Lies! Deceit! Treachery! You too can be a Mainstream Media reporter!

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

Britain relies on France for its defence? What could go wrong?

November 7, 2010

Oh, how about a French aircraft carrier breaking down?

As President Nicolas Sarkozy prepares to use a historic London summit to announce the use of RAF jets off the Charles de Gaulle, his naval chiefs have told him she is no longer seaworthy.

“She’s meant to be heading to Afghanistan to support the war there but is instead in home port with a faulty propulsion system,” said a French Navy source.

“This is a carrier which is meant to be defending not only France but also Britain over the next decade. As far as the London summit is concerned, her breaking down could not come at a worse time.”

Following Britain’s strategic defence review last week, it looks certain that the UK and France will each have just one operational aircraft carrier each towards the end of the decade.

But Britain will have to rely solely on the Charles de Gaulle until at least 2020 while the Queen Elizabeth, a new carrier, is being built.

This follows the announcement of the scrapping of the carrier Ark Royal and its Harrier Jump Jets.

I earlier covered the sad state of the Royal Navy, which is being reduced to it’s smallest size since the 16th century. And now this: reliant on Britain’s most ancient enemy for naval security, yet that enemy is… incompetent.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the future of the US military under the social democracy the Democrats so dearly desire. Europe, when it went down this path, could rely on us to bail them out. Well…

Just whom do we rely on?

And, Anglophile that I am, I have to say it again: Nelson weeps.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

What we believe: natural law

November 7, 2010

Bill Whittle continues his series of video essays on modern American conservatism, this time considering the topic of Natural Law and its distinction from Political Law, and when the former requires us to fight the latter. This has always been an obscure topic for me, even though it’s central to our essence as a nation, as shown by this one sentence in the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Whittle does an excellent job explicating this, and I urge people who want to understand the ideas behind the Founding to watch.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)