Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

Monday, September 17, 2012

In More "It's 1938 Again" News...

China and Japan are playing dominance-games:
China and Japan’s worst diplomatic crisis since 2005 is putting at risk a trade relationship that’s tripled in the past decade to more than $340 billion.

Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. halted production at some plants while Panasonic Corp. reported damage to its operations in China as thousands marched in more than a dozen cities on Sept. 16. Shares of automakers fell in Tokyo after protesters called for boycotts of Japanese goods and in some instances smashed store fronts and cars after Japan last week said it will purchase islands claimed by both countries.
Read the whole article. It's a litany of bad Asian economic news.

And things are not better in EUrope.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney has his own "bitter clinger" moment in the press. Unlike last time, however, expect to hear about this every day for the next two months.

And in IslamicRageLand, more Islamic rage!  Expect to hear as little about this as the media can get away with, but they will be forced to cover it.

While I type this, my wife is in the living room watching In the Land of Blood and Honey, a charming little film about the 1990's war in Bosnia. It begins with a little paragraph of background:
Before the war, the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina was part of one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse countries in Europe. Muslims, Serbs and Croats lived together in harmony.
And then they didn't anymore.

I do not like the parallels I'm seeing.

Fuckit. I'm going to fire up Left4Dead2 and deanimate some zombies.

UPDATE:  Tam says it's not 1938 again, it's 1914. My only quibble - this time everybody's got machine-guns and tanks.

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