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Friday, October 2. 2009
From Dalrymple's The Cult of Insincerity:
Lawrence Silberman discusses stare decisis vs Originalism (video)
Banning dissent in science. Coyote. It's disheartening to say the least.
Who killed California? National Affairs
Related: Can New Jersey be saved?
Pethokoukis: The not-so-secret plan to raise our taxes:
Related, from Tiger:
Powerline: Is Conservatism brain-dead? Or is Beck the new Brain?
The top 40 political blogs (nb: We are not a political site. We are an elite boutique site for the Illuminati)
Ireland to determine Euro serfdom today.
The KrautMan on Obama's French Lesson
Office of the President attacks media. Driscoll
Why they hate Palin. Video. The intensity of the hatred is disturbing to me. What has she done that is so terrible? Except lead a vigorous, adventurous American life, and not go to an Ivy?
The media doesn't cover unemployment like they usta do. Funny about that.
That oughta do it: 25 minutes on Aghanistan, a day on the Olympics. What am I missing? It's a major blow when you put yourself and your family on the line like that. Who is doing the thinking in the WH? Well, like I care...
Is Tom Friedman the dumbest guy in the world?
Climate change! Record cold temps hit US (from Drudge):
Ain't it terrible when facts don't fit your narrative? But it can be easily solved: get more hysterical. The reality that the earth may be cooling should be far more worrisome for humans - and there is nothing we can do about it but to adjust. Winter is coming here, but Maggie's Farm will help you cope with invigorating weather. Dig out your long-johns: we will re-post our Winter in New England series this year.
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Palin is a "sign' in the heuristic sense --like anti-semitism is a sign. tyrants large and small are anti-semite; tyrants large and small (and aspirational) are anti-palinite.
I thought they hate her because she's smokin' hot. Ugly, hairy legged, clip haired, mean faced women (democrats) don't like hot babes.
Phil & Buddy are right- and may I give you a woman's perspective?
Sarah Palin is also hated because she is brilliant, articulate, personable, and has actually done it All (a Genuine feminist) without liberal angst. She & her family are whole & tight, and- the biggest one of all- she did NOT have an abortion when her youngest was diagnosed as Downs. That's a slap in the face for any woman who has had an abortion for any reason.
I'm old enough to be her mother, and I admire her greatly.
"she did NOT have an abortion when her youngest was diagnosed as Downs. That's a slap in the face for any woman who has had an abortion for any reason."
While I agree that many who are in this situation are angry at SP for this reason, applying this logic to "any woman" seems specious. Why should one person's decision to make a deeply personal decision for any number of reasons feel a "slap in the face" because of the choice of someone in a different situation? A person who has internal values that are not influenced by the whim of what other people think should feel neither humiliated nor vindicated by the actions of others.
i agree with you all the way, ms lee.
KRW, i think Lee is not saying what should be, but what *is*.
Semantics. /< insert 539 paragraph detailed discussion of various philosophical arguments about perception and reality here /> ...and it's turtles again. Now that IS a slap in the face.
i think the simple fact is, having a baby is so profound a commitment that any politics derived is gonna be incoming, not outgoing, from momma.
turn it around --an unplanned pregnancy would lead a woman who wants the baby to decide to abort on the basis of being pro-abortion? not likely, but what do i know.
You are right that Sarah Palin is not the issue.
It is actually about freedom of the individual versus the power of the state - or as you say, tyranny.
It is about the elites protecting their elitism and keeping the rabble at bay.
It is about whether the lives of every person, who died or was injured fighting for the cause of freedom, were lost in vain.
It is about good versus evil.
It is about the defense of our Constitution.
It is about the kind of world you want and the kind of world you want to leave to your children.
God help us if we lose this battle in the never ending war against freedom.
I teach part-time at a community college. One of the largest in the nation. One that is leading the way to "green collar" jobs by making up fake degrees like "wind tower technician" (uh, mechanical engineer/electrical engineer?) and soaking up NSF money like no other community college, currently enjoying 30% increase in customers, and decrying the lack of new revenues all at the same time!?!. ("Don't sign any petitions for tax referendums, that will hurt the college.")
At the pre-term dinner/in-service event we were treated to a raft of lies:
1. All of Germany is politically united and therefore tough regulations are producing jobs! (The figure of 5.216 million people, or 12.6% of the working-age population, is the highest jobless rate in Europe's biggest economy since the 1930s.- BBC)
2. All of EU is convinced of the "overwhelming consensus" (one trick ponies they- flogging that one still!) Ever heard of Vaclav Klaus?
3. The earth is warming (you lie!) the oceans are rising (you lie!) and people and plants and animals are dying (you lie!). Oh yeah, and if we act quickly, we can still save 0.5°!!
The punchline was: "We [as educators] need to tear down the Berlin Wall of climate denial!" [cheers]. Um, uh, they mean the wall that keeps Commies in? As in we need to let out the communists? Or Deniers are like the Soviets, keeping freedom loving people locked up? Did they just dis' communism? As a teacher I am supposed to help the school by brainwashing my students who are there to learn technical stuff?
Totally feeble rambling and AGW cheerleading for NSF grants is what it amounted to. Just say the right things and pray for cash.
Phil, here's some great stuff on Steve McIntyre, who appears to have very recently utterly splintered the hockey stick:
Just curious. Do you have to take this crap? Is it required that you attend these dinner events? Are these meetings presumed to be apolitical? Were there any others squirming in their seats while this idiocy was being spewed?
I got $25 to attend and a belly full of good food. I prefer to keep up on the lunacy of the people that run the school. Closing my eyes and ears to what crazy people say makes me less aware of crazy people in my presence.
Besides, I love being a conservative subversive in the midst of such hubris- they haven't a clue I even exist!!
Love that Wretchard clip: "I think that one of the challenges of statecraft is to prepare for the Fall of the Inner Berlin Wall; what to do when the fantasy shatters. I think on the day after we’ll be confronted with many shattered institutions, completely bankrupted, mere Potemkin shells; out of money, out of ideas, and out of excuses. I am not optimistic about society’s ability to handle it because even conservatives, I think, will have difficulty anticipating the thoroughness of it and its probable shocking suddeness."
It's great to know that Obama can spare 25 minutes to talk about Afghanistan with the good general that he picked himself.
The time spent flying to Copenhagen and courting the IOC was obviously more important.
Another chapter in The Boy Who Wanted to be President concludes. What will be next?
He is a fraud...He met Mccrystal as a formality to cover the expense, tens of millions, to fly to Copenhagen with a staff of a hundred or so to prostrate himself before the IOC. He does not care one damn bit for Mccrystal or the troops who are doing the dirty work for America...
Believe it or not, in 1990 the BBC (!) had a 45 minute special debunking the "human-made CO2 causes all climate change" stuff -
The IPCC was formed to look at human influence on climate. It was rapidly clear that CO2 was our largest contribution. Fair enough - but that then morphed into AGW, that our CO2 output was the major driver, and with our other "pollutants" we were the only cause of change. No need to look at anything else - after all, the IPCC is not supposed to look at anything else, so neither should anyone else.
On a dozen fronts, social engineering-by-crisis.
The real crisis is the social engineering.
Nevertheless, a crisis is a crisis, and a crisis takes money to fix.
When the crisis is, there's a crisis that requires your money, that means the crisis is, you still have your money.