I thought at first this was a photoshop when Kanaka Girl sent it to me. But no, it’s making its way around Al Gore’s invention faster than Michael Moore getting down to CiCi’s for the pizza buffet. So, what right-wing blog did I cherry pick this from?
Um…MSNBC. Dude beside him whose face is obscured must be thinking “Move your hand, pal. No one can see me.”
“Hey, everyone, look at me! As usual, it’s all about me! But enough about me, let’s talk about…me.”
And not aliens as in “legal vs. illegal”, but as in “E.T. phone home.” Excerpt:
THE United Nations was set today to appoint an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist to act as Earth’s first contact for any aliens that may come visiting.
Mazlan Othman, the head of the UN’s little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa), is to describe her potential new role next week at a scientific conference at the Royal Society’s Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
Somebody please remind me again: why in the blue hell are we still a member nation of the United Nations?
UN renders itself even more useless, appoints country that stones women to its women’s rights commission
As if you needed any additional reasons to dismiss the usefulness of the United Nations, the UN has decided to give you one:
Without fanfare, the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged “immodest.”
Dude got away with it back in the day. However, you can paint a tiger, but the stripes are still there, aren’t they?
A former chief United Nations weapons inspector is accused of contacting what he thought was a 15-year-old girl in an Internet chat room, engaging in a sexual conversation and showing himself masturbating on a Web camera.
Scott Ritter of Delmar, N.Y., who served as chief U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991-98 and who was an outspoken critic of the second Bush administration in the run-up to the war in Iraq, is accused of contacting what turned out to be a Barrett Township police officer posing undercover as a teen girl. (Affidavit). […]
According to reports, Ritter was charged in a June 2001 Internet sex sting in New York, but that case was dismissed.
He had been charged with attempted child endangerment after arranging in an online chatroom to meet what he thought was a 16-year-old girl at a Burger King restaurant. The girl turned out to be an undercover policewoman.
Ritter said the criminal charge was a smear campaign in response to his criticizing U.S. policy in the Middle East. …
Of course. The charge has jack squat to do with Ritter hunting for weapons of mass destruction in a teenie bopper’s undergarments, does it?
Maybe Ritter can lobby to be prosecuted by Martha Coakley, in which case he can rest easy that his perversion will go unpunished…in this lifetime, anyway.
The United Nations: more useless than Barney Frank at the Playboy Mansion. More shameful, too.
The U.N. is more useless than a football bat. From the Washington Times:
The Bush administration, European governments and religious rights organizations are mounting a new effort to defeat a General Assembly resolution that demands respect for Islam and other religions but has been used to justify persecution of religious minorities.
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES SPEAKING THEIR MINDS: Pakistani Shi’ite Muslims shout anti-Taliban slogans during a protest Monday in Islamabad.
The resolution, called “Combating Defamation of Religion,” is sponsored by the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and has been approved by the world body annually since 2005. It comes up for renewal this fall.
U.S. officials said they hope to persuade moderate Muslim nations – among them Senegal, Mali, Nigeria and Indonesia – to reject the measure, which lacks the force of law but has provided diplomatic cover for regimes that repress critical speech. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic.
Religious rights groups say other U.N. measures, including statements by the Human Rights Council in Geneva, replicate the language of the resolution.
“Before, it was one resolution with no impact and no implementation,” said Felice Gaer, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan federal body that investigates abuses and proposes policies to advance “freedom of thought, conscience and religion.”
“Now we are seeing a clear attempt by OIC countries to mainstream the concept and insert it into just about every other topic they can,” Miss Gaer said. “They are turning freedom of expression into restriction of expression.”
Incidents cited include remarks last year about Islam by Pope Benedict XVI, the publication of cartoons in Danish newspapers that contained unflattering images of the prophet Muhammad and religious rulings issued against iconoclastic Muslim writers such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Salman Rushdie.
The most recent version of the anti-defamation resolution, passed by the world body in December, cites the erroneous connection of Islam to terrorism and “stresses the need to effectively combat defamation of all religions and incitement to religious hatred, against Islam and Muslims in particular.” …
Let’s get something straight: there is NO “the erroneous connection of Islam to terrorism”! The connection is crystal freakin’ clear! A majority of Muslims are not terrorists, but a majority of terrorists are Muslim fanatics. Instead of confronting those who use Islam as a “reason” to perpetuate violence, it seems that the Muslim world would rather just shut the rest of us up.
I don’t know how to break it to those geniuses (genii?) at the United Nations, but we have this pesky thingy in America called a Constitution, which has an even peskier component called the First Amendment. Give it a once-over and get back to us Americans when it makes sense, m’kay? Thanks in advance.
Exit question: Notice that the UN resolution mentions Islam by name but does not mention the “other religions” by name?
From George Will:
On ABC’s “This Week,” Richardson, auditioning to be Barack Obama’s running mate, disqualified himself. Clinging to the Obama campaign’s talking points like a drunk to a lamppost, Richardson said this crisis proves the wisdom of Obama’s zest for diplomacy, and that America should get the U.N. Security Council “to pass a strong resolution getting the Russians to show some restraint.” …
Brilliant idea, huh? There’s just one small problem with that suggestion:
…Apparently Richardson was ambassador to the U.N. for 19 months without noticing that Russia has a Security Council veto.
D’oh! Scratch another one off the VP list.
Recall the story of how the UN’s World Court tried to usurp American sovereignty and stop the execution of criminal alien Jose Medellin, despite the obvious fact that the World Court has no jurisdiction whatsoever. Well, TX just gave a Texas-sized “kiss my rump!” to the Court by executing Medellin’s worthless hide yesterday. Details:
Texas has executed Mexican-born condemned prisoner Jose Medellin for the rape and murder of two teenage girls 15 years ago.
The state carried out the execution late Tuesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his request for a reprieve in a split vote.
The 33-year-old Medellin had claimed he was denied treaty-guaranteed help from the Mexican consulate when he was arrested.
Texas authorities say he never invoked his consular rights until four years after he was arrested. By then, he had been convicted and condemned for participating in the attack on 16-year-old Elizabeth Pena and 14-year-old Jennifer Ertman.
Memo to the UN: Don’t mess with Texas.
The World Court ruled in 2004 that the U.S. could not execute Mexican nationals who had been convicted in Texas (for gang-rape and murder of two teenage girls) and sentenced to die.
Anywho, the lame open-borders administration attempted to get Texas to abide by the overreaching World Court, and Texas told Bush to go to Hell. The case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, whereby a 6-3 ruling in favor of common sense and national sovereignty was handed down. SCOTUS said that the World Court had NO authority to intervene in the American legal system and that the president did NOT have the power to order Texas to abide by the World Court’s ruling.
Well, old habits die hard, because the World Court is trying to meddle again. Details:
The World Court ordered the United States on Wednesday to do all it could to halt the imminent executions of five Mexicans until the court makes a final judgment in a dispute over suspects’ rights.
The row, which has strained relations between the neighbors, centers on the fact that the United States failed to inform 51 of its citizens sentenced to die in U.S. jails of their right to consular assistance.
One of the five Mexicans on death row, Jose Medellin, is due to die on August 5 in Texas.
In 2004, the World Court ruled in favor of Mexico, finding the United States had violated international law, and ordered it to review the 51 cases to see whether the lack of consular assistance had prejudiced the outcome of their trials.
A year later, U.S. President George W. Bush ordered Texas to review Medellin’s case but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in March that Bush had no authority to do so, leading Texas to schedule Medellin’s execution for August.
“The court indicates that the United States of America shall take all measures necessary to ensure that five Mexican nationals are not executed pending its final judgment,” Judge Rosalyn Higgins said.
Mexico has asked the World Court or International Court of Justice (ICJ) for an interpretation of its 2004 ruling, given U.S. assertions that its federal states have a large degree of legal autonomy and it .cannot compel them to review the cases
Will the open-border amigos of Jorgé W. Bush in the administration pay attention to OUR court this time, or will they try to ignore OUR court to placate the UN’s court?
Which U.N. council, you ask? Hey, I’m glad you asked! It’s the U.N. Human Rights Council. No doubt the irony is lost on these numbnuts. Observe:
Imran Ahmed Siddiqui, the representative from Pakistan, echoed the ever-echoing refrain of all Islamic apologists in the West, when he complained that Littman’s initiative on genital mutilation, stoning and child marriage amounted to an “out-of-context, selective discussion on the Sharia law.” He asked that Littman not be allowed to speak: “I would therefore request the president to exercise his judgment and authority and request the speaker not to touch issues which have already been debarred from discussion in this Council.”
Apparently, free speech isn’t considered a human right…unless an American flag is being burned, that is.
Germany doesn’t seem to give a wet fart on a dry January Monday what the UN thinks. From Moonbattery:
Germany’s sovereignty survived the loss of two world wars. Let’s hope it can endure the U.N.’s endless grasping for control.
With the approval of its residents, Dresden is building a bridge across the Elbe to ease traffic congestion. Bureauweenie Francesco Bandarin of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization is enraged.
Earlier this year, UNESCO rejected a revised bridge design presented by Dresden, arguing that any bridge in the city’s famed Elbe River Valley would destroy the landscape and ruin the views of Dresden’s famous landmarks. UNESCO says the only acceptable solution is for Dresden to build a tunnel under the river.
Bandarin said unless Dresden immediately halted work on the bridge, it was impossible to seek any compromises. Bandarin also urged politicians in Dresden and the state of Saxony to hold a second referendum on the issue, even if it took two years to realize it.
If it doesn’t stop being impertinent and obey the will of the world community as decreed by U.N. chair-warmers, Dresden will lose its allegedly precious World Heritage status.
Worse things have happened to the city.
I’d love to see the Useless Nations try that crap in America to see how our leftist legislators respond.
Hamas shells two Israeli cities. Israel responds. Arab League whines like Ted Kennedy at the bottom of a brandy bottle and wants the corrupt anti-Semitic United Nations to respond…to Israel, of course.
Here’s a tip for the Arab League and Hamas: if you don’t want to get b#tchslapped back, don’t start the fight in the first place, you camelhumping morons! As the youth of America are fond of saying: Don’t start nothin’, there won’t be nothin’. Or as the older generation may say, don’t let your mouth write checks your #ss can’t cash!
Why do I call the guy naive? Read the intro of the story, and note the emphasis:
Kahraman Sadikoglu remembers the day in May 2003 when a U.N. agency asked him to move forward with a business deal that would make the world a better place — and help him earn a tidy profit.
“I was very proud to be working for the U.N., because the U.N. is the best in the world, and it solves the problems,” the Turkish shipping tycoon said in a recent interview. “I thought we were going to help the Iraqi people.”
Sadikoglu was asked by the U.N. to clear from the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr several sunken ships that were blocking this major supply artery into the war-torn country.
But nearly five years later, the colorful billionaire insists he’s out more than $50 million — with the meter running on another $100,000 a day in interest and expenses — and has been blocked from providing life-saving aid by the very agency charged with overseeing the project, the U.N. Development Program, or UNDP.
That’s not all. Dozens of crew members living on a virtual armada of Sadikoglu’s salvage ships — nine in all — remain stuck in limbo at an Iraqi port, unofficially held hostage, he claims, in a stalemate the UNDP seems uninterested in or unable to resolve.
Corruption, deceipt, and sleaziness. The United Nations: more useless than non-alcoholic beer in a Kennedy refrigerator.
Yes, that Google. “Do no evil.” I guess it depends on the meaning of the word “evil”, right? We all know they’re run by a bunch of leftist hacks, but now they’re not even pretending otherwise. From FNC:
How big do you have to be to earn the wrath of the United Nations and Internet giant Google?
If you’re journalist Matthew Lee, all it takes are some critical articles and a scrappy little Web site.
Lee is the editor-in-chief, Webmaster and pretty much the only reporter for Inner City Press, a pint-sized Internet news operation that’s taken on Goliath-sized entities like Citigroup since 1987.
Since 2005, he’s been focusing almost entirely on stories that deal with internal corruption inside the U.N., posting several stories online almost daily.
He’s been especially interested in the inner workings of what could be called the practical-applications arm of the international organization, the United Nations Development Programme.
Many of Lee’s stories were featured prominently whenever Web users looked for news about the U.N. using the powerful Google News search engine, a vital way for media outlets both large and small to get their articles read.
But beginning Feb. 13, Google News users could no longer find new stories from the Inner City Press.
“I think they said, ‘If we can’t get this guy out of the U.N., let’s disappear him from the Internet,'” Lee said.
Lee said he felt certain that the Internet company and the international agency had now joined forces to make his work less accessible to the public.
According to Stricker, on Feb. 1 someone e-mailed Google a complaint about Lee’s Web site, alleging that Inner City Press was a one-man operation, thus violating the Google News ground rule that news organizations it lists must have two or more employees.
Lee is vague about how many people work for the Inner City Press, but said there’s at least one woman who works for the organization full-time, as well as “about half a dozen” volunteers.
“If people work for us as volunteers, why does it not count?” he said. “Is it their business?”
The reaction to the de-listing, however temporary, has been furious. The non-profit Government Accountability Project lambasted the company, calling Inner City Press “the most effective and important media organization for UN whistleblowers.”
“We’re alarmed,” said Bea Edwards, GAP’s international-program director. “The question is, is what user sent the complaint? And it’s probably not too hard to guess. We would guess the complaints came from the UNDP.”
Everyone knows the U.N. is useless and corrupt, but to have Google doing their dirty work is shameful.
In other news, Hell freezes over. From al-Reuters:
We cannot ignore the recent improvements both in the security and political situation in Iraq,” Staffan de Mistura, head of the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), said in a speech to the Security Council.
He said the reduced level of violence could be attributed to a number of factors including the increased presence of U.S. and other troops, a ceasefire declared by Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mehdi Army militia, and increased cooperation with Iraq’s neighbors.
You know that just had to hurt!
What a shocker. From AP:
Arms embargoes imposed by the United Nations since 1990 have been effective in only about a fourth of the cases, according to a new study.
The report, compiled by The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and the Uppsala University Special Program on the Implementation of Targeted Sanctions, said U.N. arms embargoes have had limited impact on both the compliance of targeted countries and the arms that flow to them.
The study looked at 27 U.N. arms embargoes imposed between 1990 and 2006, including the cases of Iraq, Iran and Taliban-controlled Afghanistan as well as African countries such as Liberia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.
“There appears to be a correlation between the imposition of a U.N. arms embargo and improved target behavior in only a quarter of the annual observations made for the 27 mandatory U.N. arms embargoes studied,” it said.
This was in spite of the arms embargo being “one of the most frequently used forms of sanctions” to maintain international peace and security, it said.
In other breaking news, water is wet.
Corruption at the United Nations is about as new as Moses’ robe (for those of you on the left, Moses was a high-profile dude in the Bible). But this is just shameful:
After releasing new figures showing that the global AIDS epidemic is smaller than it previously reported, the United Nations’ AIDS-fighting agency denied yesterday that it had inflated estimates for years in an alarmist effort to raise funds.
Having lost two friends to AIDS in the 1990’s, I do not trivialize the seriousness of the disease or the impact it has on family and friends left behind. However, “cooking the books” in order to obtain funding could have an adverse impact on efforts to combat the disease, because it can lead to a “boy who cried wolf” situation.
Exit question that you can probably see coming from a mile away: if the UN wildly inflated the number of HIV cases in order to obtain funding for research, is it unreasonable to think the same thing is happening with that junk science fad known as global “warming”?
Whatever would we do without the United Nations? Pfffff-bwahahahahahaha! Sorry, friends, I couldn’t keep a straight face on that one! Anywho, from the AP:
The U.N.’s top climate official warned policymakers and scientists trying to hammer out a landmark report on climate change that ignoring the urgency of global warming would be “criminally irresponsible.”
Everyone will feel its effects, but global warming will hit the poorest countries hardest and will “threaten the very survival” of some people, he said.
“Failing to recognize the urgency of this message and act on it would be nothing less that criminally irresponsible” and a direct attack on the world’s poorest people, De Boer said.
Ignoring the genocide in Darfur isn’t criminally irresponsible, but ignoring junk science is? Got it. Thanks for the clarification.
Hypocrisy, corruption, etc. That’s the United Nations for you. Glad to see those folks taking climate crisis so seriously! From Pajamas Media:
The would-be regulators of the world’s climate (and your wallet) will be jetting to Bali this December for Ban Ki-Moon’s next UN weather fest: “UN Climate Change Conference 2007.” UN policy allows even the lowlier UN staffers to travel business class on long-haul flights (your tax dollars at work), the better to arrive wined, dined and ready to hit the ground …and the beaches … and the golf courses … and the tennis courts — running. Apparently there is so much to discuss that the conference will run for a full fortnight, from Dec. 3-14, at Bali’s seaside luxury resort of Nusa Dua.
For all those taxpayer mugs out there who have not had the experience of flying business class to spend a fortnight at Nusa Dua, check out the spectacular seaside photos of the Bali International Convention Center, with its slogan: “The Place…Where Business is a Pleasure.” For more information, page through the Bali conference outline on the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change, or UNFCC, web site. This includes a handy list of pre/post conference tours, and a list of hotels (Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa, and Melia Bali Villas and Spa Resort, already sold out) plus recreational facilities: sailing, fishing, snorkeling, ocean kayaking, and, of course, the shopping gallery.
There, undistracted by the winter winds whipping past the UN’s NY headquarters (now prepping for a $2 billion renovation), they will discuss the many ways in which the UN can collect fees and fund more conferences via taxes and productivity caps administered by the same UN system which refuses to open its own books to the public (where is that full and transparent accounting we were promised for the tsunami donations?).
Recall that the UN apparently rebuffed out of hand a recent invitation from Canada to move its headquarters north. One might just wonder — would “climate change,” be such an urgent UN issue were UN bureaucrats required to hold their meetings without availing themselves quite so amply of other people’s money to enjoy their own convenient change of climate.
Quick Multiple Choice Quiz on the UN system: Will the UN release for the perusal of Joe-average taxpayer a detailed post-conference breakdown of staff expense accounts for Ban’s bash on Bali?
C. You’ve got to be kidding
D. In order to operate, the UN must preserve its confidentiality in such matters. Tennis, anyone?
I don’t think there’s much more for me to add to that, now is there? Well, maybe one thing: the United Nations is more useless than tits on a boar.
What else? Global “warming”! From Texas Rainmaker:
Looks like the crisis in Darfur is just another catastrophe engineered by SUVs and incandescent lightbulbs.
THE slaughter in Darfur was triggered by global climate change and that more such conflicts may be on the horizon, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says in an article published today.
Whatever you do, don’t blame it on the religion of peace, whose members have launched attacks on civilians and driven them into makeshift villages in the Saharan desert.
“Hey, Ibrahim, you hot? Me, too. Let’s go kill thousands of people!”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday whether some of the city’s police officers could be deployed with U.N. peacekeeping missions.
Recruiting police for the U.N.’s 16 peacekeeping missions around the globe has been historically challenging.
“New York City has one of the most diversified police forces around and I think the secretary-general would like to explore possibilities,” U.N. deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said before the meeting. “Getting police to join peacekeeping operations is one of the high priorities for the U.N.”
Bloomberg left the meeting without speaking to reporters. Stu Loeser, the mayor’s spokesman, said his office had no comment.
New York City has recently fallen short of its police recruiting goals so it’s unclear if it would have any officers to spare for international peacekeeping.
The U.N. peacekeeping department said 321 American police officers are currently involved in missions abroad, primarily training local police. Of those, 225 are in the Kosovo region of Yugoslavia, and others are in Haiti, Liberia and Sudan.
We all knew the UN had no teeth when it comes to…well, when it comes to anything. They issue of a lot of platitudinous claptrap on a daily basis, but when push comes to shove, no one thinks highly enough of the UN to commit their own country’s resources. So where does the UN turn to staff their “peacekeeping” missions? Their perennial whipping boy, the United States. It’s like they’re telling us “You suck! You’re a bunch of imperialist pigs who resist our One World Order agenda! By the way, can we borrow some of your cops for our useless missions?”
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