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Saturday, December 19. 2009
Begin your Christmas shopping yet? I thought I'd begin today or tomorrow.
Did everybody know that Wikipedia is a non-profit? FAQs about Wikipedia
What would they do to me today if they saw the pictures I drew in Kindergarten? (h/t, Tiger)
California as a failed state
Is health care reform a gift or lump of coal?
Above the law? SEIU and the MA Senate race
From Michael Feinstein in the NYT:
Libertarians and Conservatives, at Ace. One quote:
h/t Gateway - An interview with one of our favorites, Thaddeus McCotter, plus the Republican Policy Committee Principles (listed below on cont. page)
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I'm a Libertarian.
Barney Frank is NOT a Libertarian. He is not well liked in our community at all.
We can respect his lifestyle and gender choices. But that doesn't mean we encourage support or laws opening more opportunities above and beyond the standard set JUST FOR THEM.
The civil rights laws in this country do a good job of covering everyone. We have no need for additional laws to muddy the waters.
Barney Frank, the last I checked, was a slobbering pimp who denied he knew anything about the prostitution ring run out of his apartment. Now I support reducing vice laws and allowing prostitution (with heavy local regulation)....but he broke the law. He has continued to break the law as a senator preventing the alterteration of lending laws and prevent the audit of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Well, not technically BREAKING the law....but breaking every normal economic law I know.
Yeah - right.
I hate to intrude here, but I have not heard any comments on this story that appeared last week:
ONE MAN paid 25% of the ACLU yearly budget (20 mill). He did that for years. That means that it is entirely possible only 4 people dictated the damage that the ACLU would pursue, the havoc they would create on the Christian Tradition. The horrific fear they were able to install in the citizens of this country. Any comments on that? The ACLU is possibly owned/operated by only 4 people. Now all we have to do is find out who the other "owners" are. Read here:
Michael Feinstein isn’t the only luminary who has recently discussed the issue of so many popular Christmas songs, such as White Christmas or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, having Jewish authors. In his own inimitable way, Garrison Keillor recently added his own two shekels.
“If you don't believe Jesus was God, OK, go write your own damn "Silent Night" and leave ours alone. This is spiritual piracy and cultural elitism, and we Christians have stood for it long enough. And all those lousy holiday songs by Jewish guys that trash up the malls every year, Rudolph and the chestnuts and the rest of that dreck. Did one of our guys write "Grab your loafers, come along if you wanna, and we'll blow that shofar for Rosh Hashanah"? No, we didn't.
Christmas is a Christian holiday - if you're not in the club, then buzz off. Celebrate Yule instead or dance around in druid robes for the solstice. Go light a big log, go wassailing and falalaing until you fall down, eat figgy pudding until you puke, but don't mess with the Messiah.”
Perhaps Garrison Keillor was still suffering from the effects of his stroke he had this September. Perhaps Garrison will later state that he wasn’t expressing his own opinion, but that of Pastor Inqvist from Lake Woebegon. Coincidentally, on his December 12, 2009 show of Prairie Home Companion, what did he sing? None other than Tom Lehrer's Hanukkah in Santa Monica. While Tom Lehrer would never say this, imagine if Tom Lehrer had said the following in response to Garrison Keillor singing this song? “Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday. If you’re not in the club, buzz off. Celebrate instead with some Klezmer music or some gefilte fish, but don’t mess with the menorah, and don’t mess with my Hanukkah song.” (As my parents corrupted my childhood with Tom Lehrer's songs, I am exceedingly familiar with them, but this was not one of his better creations.) Here is A Christmas Carol, Tom Lehrer’s contribution to the Christmas song genre. Will Garrison ever sing it?
Garrison Keillor is a true-blue progressive, always has been. but if he had his druthers, i'm sure as a self-consciously certified nice guy he'd be glad to entertain you with his wit and whimsy while he's locking you down in your re-education cell.
Wikipedia is also part and parcel of the Climategate scandal: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/12/19/more-on-wikipedia-and-connolley-hes-been-canned-as-a-wiki-administrator/
snip from JimK's link:
What happened in this case was a successful conspiracy to take command of
> > information (and history) by a not-so small group of co-conspirators, a la
> > 1984, to serve their own means and ends.This is not a flash in the pan, but a
> > long term (over a decade) coordinated effort to literally rewrite history.
''...long term (over a decade) coordinated....'' the writer says, reminding that so very much of so very much of the cross-the-spectrum baloney we're now seeing expressed as several massive legislative bills are coming into a likewise focus.
makes me wonder if Monica Lewinsky was was just a deliberate, planned distraction ("We need a HUGE distraction --say, Bill, how about sacrificing a virgin in the Oval office? hey --wait, that MAY be an idea....") so that no one would notice, in the background of the sexarama drama, Motor-Voter, Glass-Steagall gutting, Fannie and Freddie receiving literally criminal (Raines, Gorelick, etcetera)command echelons straight from the administration, the dereg and hiding of credit default swaps (which metastized in the dark from a few million dollars worth in 2000 to sixty trillion dollars f liability by 2007) in the Commodity Futures Modernization Act (by then-deputy treasurer Gensler, now the all-powerful commodity futures trading commission chairman), the onerous and inexplicable reporting regs in Sarbox (which was the fix for Enron --both Enron and Sarbox being handiworks technically of the same team Obama has in control now, both artifacts of Clinton era which surfaced under "Blameable Bush the Silent") which drove the offshore dark-pool hedge fund formations which attacked us in the summer of 08, and so forth --all dating from the late Clinton era. 1998 stands out as the heavy plowing year, 2008 as the harvest year. A ten-year plan.
(and a ten times run-on sentence, sorry --in a rush to get outside)
Wikipedia is good for non-controversial information. It is especially good as an information filter. It is much easier to find a piece of data or information, such as what percentage of the vote did Al Smith get in the 1928 Presidential election, on Wikipedia, then go to the Wiki footnote to check the source, than it is to find it in Google. Wiki acts as a good information filter.
But for controversial topics, there will always be the issue of those who write with an agenda in mind. Unfortunately, those who believe they can learn all sides of controversial issue by going to Wiki are more often than not, sadly mistaken.
Just a note: Irving Berlin was not Jewish; he was Irish. He changed his name to fit in with the rest of Tin Pan Alley when the Irish were discriminated against. Or so I was told.