I’ll try to get more details, and I will have some more thoughts up a little later, but Max was father of the Thor missile, which later became the Delta launch vehicle. He was instrumental in getting Reagan and Weinberger to commit to missile defense, and, keeping up with the times, he was equally instrumental in briefing Dan Quayle and initiating what became the DC-X program. His thinking was always fresh, and that we aren’t farther along in space is to a large degree because his wisdom generally went unheeded.
Ad Astra, Maxwell.
Professor Reynolds got sufficiently amusing responses to his contest to come up with the words for “If I Were A Taliban” (to the tune of “If I Were A Rich Man”), that I thought I’d give it a whirl.
Anyone have some lyrics to “Taliban On The Run” (to be sung to the tune of McCartney’s “Band On The Run”)?
Best ones will be posted.
I’ve ranted on the subject of fear of flying vs avoidance of lousy airline service before, but Mark Steyn has written, I think, the last word on the subject. I am in awe.
He has also coined a great new word. I like Islamofascists, but Islamakazi is very evocative to describe the suicidal fanatics who carry out their will.
[Update] I should clarify the above, lest it be misinterpreted. I like the word “Islamofascists.” I find actual instances of them despicable.
Apparently, prayer in NY public schools is OK, as long as you’re Muslim. Now, I’m not real big on praying myself, and in fact think that the best way to resolve this issue would be to simply abolish public schools, but given that that’s not going to happen any time soon, can someone from the ACLU explain to me why you can pray to Allah, but not to Christ, in a public school? Why a generic prayer (or even a moment of silence) is “government establishment of religion,” but an explicitly Islamic prayer on school grounds, during school hours, is not? My email address can be found to the left, for any who wish to take up the challenge…
According to this story from Reuters, via Bayarea.com, Kabul residents are enjoying watching and playing soccer in their stadium without having the games interrupted by executions (often the family of the victim was forced to carry them out). They also get to play in shorts, and to actually applaud (you know, clap your hands together) the rare (it is soccer, after all) score, instead of chanting “Allahu Akbar!”
O tempora, o mores! Sounds like anarchy. Just give them a few millennia–they’ll be begging for the Taliban to come back.
The BBC interviewed Fearless Leader the other day. For those of morbid curiousity who wish to get a view into the mind of a pathetic (but homicidal) loon, I found a transcript at the English edition of Ha’aretz. Now that he’s lost his country, his soldiers are deserting him by the hundreds, we’re supposed to be quaking in our mothers’ army boots. Apparently, he is still going to destroy America, though he’s not real clear on the concept of, well, how.
BBC: What do you mean by the destruction of America? Do you have a concrete plan to implement this?
Omar: The plan is going ahead and, God willing, it is being implemented. But it is a huge task, which is beyond the will and comprehension of human beings. If God’s help is with us, this will happen within a short period of time; keep in mind this prediction.
I think you’ve been hanging out with Osama too long, Omar. Translation: “America will be destroyed, but we’re too feeble minded to figure out how to do it ourselves (just as we’re too idiotic and incompetent to learn to fly airplanes into buildings), so we’ll just trust to Allah.”
Short period of time, or no, my free advice is to not hold your breath, Omar. And, by the way, speaking of short periods of time, I wouldn’t be buying any green bananas either, if I were you…
In honor of Dan Goldin’s departure tomorrow, Keith Cowing at NASA Watch (Goldin’s long-time web nemesis) has published this link in honor of the event. Well, I got a chuckle out of it, but Bloom County generally has that effect…
Apparently, if we’re to go by the reaction in Kabul, while, as the old song goes, “girls just wanna have fun,” what they really want is freedom. So do boys.
Opinion Journal’s Claudia Rossett has a good follow up to Michael Ledeen’s piece yesterday on the US as fomenter of revolution. We are also (often, unfortunately, with inadequate justification as of late) still a symbol of liberty worldwide, as becomes clear whenever and whereever the boot of oppression is lifted from silent throats, and people can speak their minds and hearts.
As we wonder what lies ahead most prominently in Iraq, but also across the rest of the Islamic world, what we must keep in mind is this universal human cry. America is a land that stands for liberty, and in this we have allies–however silent they may now be–among repressed people everywhere. We can debate how best to get our message out. In waging war we need not only faith in our own values, but strategy on the ground. But in understanding what lies locked up in the tyrannies of the world, it will be important to remember the shouts in Kabul this week: “America, America!”
The images from liberated Afghanistan shows that America is much more than a place–it is still an idea–one of the most powerful ideas ever conceived–that calls to people all over the planet. I hope that we can continue to live up to the reputation, perhaps even better than we have in the past, at least the recent past. For much of the world (particularly the Muslim world), the status quo is not liberty. It’s past time for the folks at Foggy Bottom to end their mindless worship of stability, and once again orient our policy in support of the values on which this country was founded.
Glenn Reynolds and Andrew Hofer are having trouble dredging up any sympathy for these fools. Me too.
Normally, the Darwin Award is an individual achievement, honoring that person who has eliminated him or herself from the gene pool in the stupidest possible way. I think that this year, it should be a special group award, and perhaps even retired. No one is going to ever top this bunch. Or at least, if someone does, I want to be warned if ever they come within a couple hundred miles of me.
And yes, allow them to be martyrs if they are too stupid to surrender (they must be getting down to the dregs in the virgin supply along about now), but allow a few to return to Pakistan, Arabia, Egypt, and New York to spread the word about what happens to those who throw in their lot with murdering fundamentalist monsters.
My theory that this was sabotage was complicated (but not necessarily invalidated) by the most recent findings.
According to the story in the New York Times,
The tail was torn off, leaving the attachment points, which are made of the same composite, still bolted to the plane’s metal frame, investigators said. They have not found any evidence that an explosion or contact with another object in flight caused the damage.
So much for the loose fastener theory…