Bunker Mulligan "Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." ~Mark Twain

June 2, 2005

Stars & Stripes

Filed under: International,Military — Bunker @ 6:24 am

I really don’t understand why folks who dislike the military are often the same people who push for diversity. I can tell you from personal experience that the military is the most diverse group of people you will ever meet. We’ve got ‘em all. Including members of a royal family. From Nigeria. Capt. Wisdom Osagiede-Ogbewekon. He is in Iraq, working to help get their nascent government operating. As he has a perspective they can respect.

“I tell them, ‘Look at me. What does that tell you? I’m an African who is an officer in the most powerful army in the world,’” says Osagiede-Ogbewekon, a member of the active Guard and reserve. “I’m a very good example of what America is.”

(HT to Sarah)

May 31, 2005


Filed under: International,Society-Culture — Bunker @ 1:47 pm

Mark Stein writes that Europeans have become the next best thing to left-wing Nazis:

And it’s the willingness to subordinate individual liberty to what Hutton calls “the primacy of society” that has blighted the continent for over a century: Statism — or “the primacy of society” — is what fascism, Nazism,
communism and now European Union all have in common. In fairness, after the first three, European Union seems a comparatively benign strain of the disease

Yes, Virginia. There is Nazism. It is in Europe.

Was it this blog?

Filed under: International — Bunker @ 5:22 am

Roger L. Simon asks that about the release of eight dissidents by the Syrian government. I took up the challenge Roger made, and Ammar requested by writing an email to the Syrian Embassy. Perhaps plenty of others did the same. I simply asked that Syria join civilization, a place where they once thrived.

Maybe they have decided to do so.

May 12, 2005


Filed under: International — Bunker @ 8:16 am

Catez Stevens, one of our Homespun Bloggers, is in New Zealand. The strength of the blogosphere in general and our diverse group in particular shows through with the story of The Children of Darfur which you’ve probably not seen before.

Darfur has certainly fallen off the radar screen, hasn’t it?

May 11, 2005

UN Who?

Filed under: International — Bunker @ 6:21 pm

The UN has defenders who feel like they have the intellectual horsepower to take Roger L. Simon to task for writing things about the Oil for Food scandal.

Here are the topics they say Simon should be covering instead. Each is a link on their site, and the text immediately below it is a quote from the text of that site:

Tackling the threat of transnational organized crime
A major U.N. conference began here Monday urging the international community to tighten the noose around organised crime syndicates and terrorism networks by combatting them together.

Maybe they can start by looking into the Secretariat first.

Shipping supplies to millions of Iraqi schoolchildren
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shipped 5,612,257 student kits, 201,416 cartons of chalk, and 5,106,885 school bags for primary and intermediate-level schoolchildren in Iraq from the start of the Iraq War in 2003 through November 2004

I think Smash did better than that on his own.

Controlling the Marburg virus
Medical teams trying to stamp out the worst recorded incidence of Marburg virus in Angola are beginning to get the deadly outbreak under control as cooperation from stricken communities improves, the U.N. health agency said Saturday.

What isn’t said is that the UN provides only oversight, and no hands-on support.

Building thousands of homes for tsunami victims
UNDP in cooperation with UN-Habitat will spend $36,1 million to build 9,000 houses for Aceh tsunami survivors. UNDP will contribute $10 million to the joint fund. To start the program, UNDP has launched another program to sort out tsunami garbage, to find materials that can be used for the housing construction.

Sounds pretty stingy to me.

Partnering with the private sector to meet humanitarian needs
UN humanitarian officials call on international community to learn from tsunami

Ahhh…. Let’s get together and talk about how other people should be doing more.

Reducing child mortality rates
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reduced child mortality significantly over the past decade and has expanded its mandate to cover protecting youngsters from exploitation, the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the consequences of extreme poverty, outgoing Executive Director Carol Bellamy said today.

Nothing like patting yourself on the back as you leave your golden office suite, is there? No mention of USAID or Rotary International as being key players in all this.

Rehabilitating Iraq’s marshlands
The Ministry of Water Resources is coordinating the work of numerous non-governmental organisations, U.N. agencies and others, with financial support from Canada, Italy, Japan and the United States.

Is that the same Iraq where the UN didn’t want us to go, and from whence they departed quite hastily? I wonder when they found the time to restore the marshes?

Eradicating polio
Local health departments, working with UN agencies, have run an aggressive media campaign for every household in the country to have their children under the age of five immunised.

Nothing like repeating the topic above. Same response.

Rebuilding lives in Afghanistan
More than 3.5 million Afghans have returned to their homeland since the end of 2001, when the Bonn Agreement set Afghanistan on the long and bumpy road to political stability and socio-economic development. UNHCR has been part of that process since its beginning, with staff and offices all around Afghanistan to assist the millions displaced by the decades of strife and war.

The Bonn Agreement? After the US eliminated the Taliban, the UN began discussion on The Creation of an International Commission of Experts to study how to deal with refugees returning. Most probably made it back before the commission was even formed.

Fighting the global malaria epidemic
United Nations Foundation Challenges Donors To Help Raise $500,000 for Malaria Efforts in Africa

This is certainly what the UN does best–issue challenges for fundraising.

Curbing the world’s most hazardous pollutants
As part of a United Nations-backed effort to rid the planet of some of the worst pollutants tied to cancer, birth defects and immune system damage, 800 government officials and observers from 130 countries will gather next week in Uruguay for the first meeting of a treaty banning the world’s most dangerous pesticides and chemicals.

Perhaps I was a bit hasty in that last response. THIS is really what the UN does best–call a meeting.

Improving global disaster and emergency response
Multi-Partner Conference Explores Ways to Engage Private Sector in Coordinated Response to Disasters; President Clinton Addresses Group

Yet another conference. This one will solve all the World’s problems because they invited Bill Clinton.

Building a sustainable future
UN-backed ecological report warns of potential new diseases and ‘dead zones’

Yessiree! We have a report!

Realistically, I can endorse the work of the World Health Organization as a force in eliminating and preventing disease–when the Secretary General allows them to do real work. Most of their money and all of their drugs come from–THE EVIL WEST!

But if that is the best they can do to defend the UN, I’d say they’ve pretty much shown that organization is indefensible.

May 10, 2005

Spy vs. Spy

Filed under: International — Bunker @ 5:53 am

I have always been a bit wary of Arthur. Surely he must be some kind of operative. A Pole living in Oz? Who could write such a script. It must be real.

April 29, 2005

The next Survivor series

Filed under: International — Bunker @ 7:42 am

I seldom pass along emails like this, but it fits a topic we should all be interested in:

Enter Mexico illegally. Never mind immigration quotas, visas, international law, or any of that nonsense.

  • Once there, demand that the local government provide free medical care for you and your entire family.
  • Demand bilingual nurses and doctors.
  • Demand free bilingual local government forms, bulletins, etc.
  • Keep your American identity strong. Fly Old Glory from your rooftop, or proudly display it in your front window or on your car bumper.
  • Speak only English at home and in public and insist that your children do likewise.
  • Demand classes on American culture in the Mexican school system.
  • Demand a local Mexican driver license. This will afford other legal rights and will go far to legitimize your unauthorized, illegal, presence in Mexico
  • Drive around with no liability insurance and ignore local traffic laws.
  • Insist that local Mexican law enforcement teach English to all its officers.

Good luck! You’ll be demanding for the rest of time or soon dead. Because it will never happen. It will not happen in Mexico or any other country in the world except right here in the United States. Land of the naive!

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