Archive for April 13th, 2011

Atlas Shrugged: Part 1


The movie comes out on Friday.

Korean War: Canadians at Kapyong (updated)


As an Aussie I wouldn’t normally post this, but since JM Heinrichs has single-handedly restored my faith in Canadians – no easy feat considering the whacked ecotard lefties who teach over here – well, the following deserves a run.

The 60th anniversary of one of this country’s greatest military victories is coming this Easter weekend. Sadly, it will be little noticed by most Canadians.

On a hill near Kapyong in South Korea, on April 24, 1951, about 700 outgunned and surrounded Canadians stood off a major night attack by about 5,000 Chinese infantry. It remains one of the most perfectly fought defensive battles in history. Kapyong is unknown to most Canadians; indeed, the very conflict itself is famously called the Forgotten War.

Read on.

More on the Battle of Kapyong can be found here.

Unfortunately, however, Kapyong is now part of North Korea.

UPDATE

Democratic Gapyeong lives! Thanks, Wedge! 나 는 바보 sometimes! When I google mapped “Kapyong” it gave me the NK one.

There are two Gapyeong/Kapyong cities and the title uses the old spelling. A city I used to live in, Suncheon, also has a NK counterpart.

Hungry?


A certain US burger joint is causing quite a stir. Can’t imagine why.

UK to say NO to an EU carbon (dioxide!) tax


If only we could do the same in Australia.

The British government is “highly likely” to block European Commission proposals for a carbon tax contained in a widely-circulated draft version of the Energy Taxation Directive, EU diplomatic sources said yesterday (12 April).

“Without saying that we will definitely kill this thing before it is born, I think it is highly likely that we will block it,” a diplomat from one member state told EurActiv.

So if the EU isn’t likely going to have one, and the US likely not, and China and India definitely not, what is it exactly we’re doing in Australia???

BTW, there goes Juliar’s argument about Europe. Just who are we stepping in line with? Bolivia?

I want to punch Gaia in the face


Tim Blair notes today Bolivia’s new whacky climate laws giving nature equal rights to humans.

Well, they’re planning on sending them to the UN.

UNITED NATIONS — Bolivia will this month table a draft United Nations treaty giving “Mother Earth” the same rights as humans — having just passed a domestic law that does the same for bugs, trees and all other natural things in the South American country.

The bid aims to have the UN recognize the Earth as a living entity that humans have sought to “dominate and exploit” — to the point that the “well-being and existence of many beings” is now threatened.

The wording may yet evolve, but the general structure is meant to mirror Bolivia’s Law of the Rights of Mother Earth, which Bolivian President Evo Morales enacted in January.

That document speaks of the country’s natural resources as “blessings,” and grants the Earth a series of specific rights that include rights to life, water and clean air; the right to repair livelihoods affected by human activities; and the right to be free from pollution.

It also establishes a Ministry of Mother Earth, and provides the planet with an ombudsman whose job is to hear nature’s complaints as voiced by activist and other groups, including the state.

Facepalm.

Trump levels with Huckabee


According to a CNN-commissioned Opinion Research Poll, Donald Trump is now level with Mike Huckabee as the preferred GOP candidate for the 2012 US presidential election. Notably, every other GOP candidate has either remained steady, gone up only 1%, or had their numbers go down.

In contrast, Trump’s support has almost doubled, going from 10% to 19%, in the space of one month.

Does that lend itself to the idea of a Trump/Huckabee 2012 GOP ticket? Perhaps.

Trump isn’t a shoe-in yet by any means, however. According to a USA Today poll, in Florida – and we all know about Florida – Romney and Huckabee would beat Obama whereas the Donald would not.

H/T JM

Steamed buns probed


More food tampering in China.

Show me the funny


The Other McCain on HuffPo’s volunteer bloggers now suing for a piece of the action:

Earlier this afternoon, I remarked on Twitter how wonderful the Battle of Stalingrad was. Nazis killing Commies and Commies killing Nazis — killing each other by the thousands, day after day, week after week, for months on end.

It was a win-win, and the only sad thing is that the battle ended before every last one of those totalitarian bastards got killed.

Same deal with the dipsticks who are now suing HuffPo:

Read on.

H/T Insty

Climate refugees


There were supposed to be 50 million by now, mainly folks on tropical islands and such. Gavin Atkins has a look to see just how many there are.

H/T Tim Blair

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