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Wednesday, October 31. 2007
How AIDS got to the US. Reuters
The Illustrated Road to Serfdom
Dogs and the moral confusion of animal rights. Classical
Demon Corn. Corn?
Iraq's endangered Christians.
The Globe believes that the Moonbats won the Cold War.
A report from the Dem debate, by Riehl. A quote:
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I watched the debate last night and went to bed convinced that if any of them are elected I will be taxed so hard to support my neighbors' "needs" that I'll eventually be forced to go on welfare.
Their mantra of redistributing the wealth is downright scary.
Yes indeed, it's even scarier today than it was when Marx first proposed it.
Lantana, I don't know if you saw the list I posted of the number of Democratic Party Members who are also members of the "Progressive Party", which was hosted on the internet for two years by the Democratic Socialists of America ... until that was unmasked. The Democrats are warmed over Marxists and easily exposed as such in all their words and deeds. They have simply built on it since FDR, the most equal of all Socialists.
I will try to find the file and repost it for you.
Here is a list of current members of the "Congressional Progressive Party".
Hon. Lynn Woolsey (CA-6)
Hon. Barbara Lee (CA-9)
Hon. Diane Watson (CA-33)
Hon. Raul Grijalva (AZ-7)
Hon. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5)
Hon. Hilda Solis (CA-32)
Hon. Mazie Hirono (HI-2)
Hon. Phil Hare (IL-17)
Hon. Bernie Sanders (VT)
Hon. Neil Abercrombie (HI-1)
Hon. Tammy Baldwin (WI-2)
Hon. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
Hon. Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL)
Hon. Robert Brady (PA-1)
Hon. Corrine Brown (FL-3)
Hon. Michael Capuano (MA-8)
Hon. Julia Carson (IN-7)
Hon. Donna Christensen (VI-AL)
Hon. Yvette Clarke (NY-11)
Hon. William “Lacy” Clay (MO-1)
Hon. Steve Cohen (TN-9)
Hon. John Conyers (MI-14)
Hon. Elijah Cummings (MD-7)
Hon. Danny Davis (IL-7)
Hon. Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
Hon. Rosa DeLauro (CT-3)
Hon. Keith Ellison (MN-5)
Hon. Sam Farr (CA-17)
Hon. Chaka Fattah (PA-2)
Hon. Bob Filner (CA-51)
Hon. Barney Frank (MA-4)
Hon. Luis Gutierrez (IL-4)
Hon. John Hall (NY-19)
Hon. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
Hon. Michael Honda (CA-15)
Hon. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-2)
Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)
Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Hon. Hank Johnson (GA-4)
Hon. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (OH-11)
Hon. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)
Hon. Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13)
Hon. Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)
Hon. Tom Lantos (CA-12)
Hon. John Lewis (GA-5)
Hon. David Loebsack (IA-2)
Hon. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)
Hon. Ed Markey (MA-7)
Hon. Jim McDermott (WA-7)
Hon. James McGovern (MA-3)
Hon. George Miller (CA-7)
Hon. Gwen Moore (WI-4)
Hon. Jerrold Nadler (NY-8)
Hon. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC-AL)
Hon. John Olver (MA-1)
Hon. Ed Pastor (AZ-4)
Hon. Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Hon. Charles Rangel (NY-15)
Hon. Laura Richardson (CA-37)
Hon. Bobby Rush (IL-1)
Hon. Linda Sanchez (CA-47)
Hon. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9)
Hon. Jose Serrano (NY-16)
Hon. Louise Slaughter (NY-28)
Hon. Pete Stark (CA-13)
Hon. Bennie Thompson (MS-2)
Hon. John Tierney (MA-6)
Hon. Tom Udall (NM-3)
Hon. Nydia Velazquez (NY-12)
Hon. Maxine Waters (CA-35)
Hon. Mel Watt (NC-12)
Hon. Henry Waxman (CA-30)
Hon. Peter Welch (VT-AL)
It should be noted that Nancy Pelosi resigned as a member only after she began her ascent up the democratic Party ranks
One should also keep in mind that all of these are Democrats, that thier agenda when compared to the Democratic Socialist Party of the USA is very similar and that much of the phraseology used by both parties is code for something else..eg economic democracy is code for your money goes to someone else at their direction.
In the late 1980's the Democratic Party realized they were using far too many Marxist/socialist terms so they held a meeting at which it was decided they would immediately begin to use the word Progressive as a mask for socialist.
They are attempting to be very crafty as they cover their socialist argot with new phrases. It's simply old wine in new bottles.
In order to know who the players are one must know the connections between the grops, who FUNDS them and what their objectives are.
search out their funding by using:
http://www.discoverthenetworks.org ..make sure when you use the "Search" function it is set to search it's own database, not the entire internet.
Down here on his home turf, the Edwards campaign has started a tempest in a teapot over a student reporter's story that asked whether having a campaign headquarters in an affluent area sent the wrong message about his commitment to reduce poverty. The reporter's story is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb8r0XIZs7Y. It is very tame. If the Edwards campaign ignored it, it would sink without a trace. But the campaign tried to bully her to pull the story and when that didn't work they bullied her adviser. You can read a report on the dustup here: http://www.newsobserver.com/politics/story/751369.html. Why do I have the sinking feeling that if elected this is how he'd treat those who disagree with him? And should I be suspicious that it may not be just him, but just about anyone from the Democratic Party? ("We know what's good for you; now do it and like it!")
Hillary and Soros and The Blog Monitors
Richard Poe has a must-read two part piece on how Hillary, with Soros funding, set up the left blogosphere. Read it all. Here's his conclusion:
In it, Hillary declared, "We are... putting together a network in the blogosphere". She attributed its success to the efforts of "institutions that I helped to start and support like Media Matters and Center for American Progress..."
With these words, Hillary confessed to a federal crime. Both groups are supposedly "non-partisan", 501(c)3 tax-free organizations, strictly prohibited from coordinating efforts with a national political candidate such as Hillary.
More importantly, the two groups Hillary mentioned are deeply implicated in Bloggergate. Democrat billionaire George Soros launched the Center for American Progress in 2003 with a $3 million donation. The Center subsequently launched Media Matters for America in May 2004, which in turn launched the Center for Independent Media (CIM) in April 2006.
CIM tax filings bear the same address as Media Matters in Washington, DC.
The Center for Independent Media awards "fellowships" to leftwing bloggers, including cash subsidies, free legal service, free access to LexisNexis database searches and more. Its founder, President and CEO is none other than David Bennahum.
Bennahum helped found Media Matters, where he served as one of its original senior fellows.
On January 27, 1998 - ten days after Matt Drudge broke the Monica Lewinsky story - Hillary Clinton told reporters at a White House press conference that the Internet needed an "editing function or gatekeeping function".
With the help of David Bennahum and others, Hillary may finally achieve her goal.
From The American Thinker & Poe
...from the Poe URL, a condensed overview form NewsMax.
Long/short, Democratic 527 groups are apparently paying bloggers all over the place. But read it for yourself.
Here is an innocuous group pick off the Internet after using a leftest code phrase of "economic justice"..sounds great...yeah
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)'s Visual Map
Radical Quaker organization that supports America's unilateral disarmament
Supported the Vietnamese Communists, Pol Pot, Fidel Castro, and the PLO
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) was founded by Quakers in 1917 "to provide young Quakers and other conscientious objectors an opportunity to serve those in need instead of fighting during World War I." AFSC is "committed to the principles of nonviolence and justice" in the face of any and all external threats, confident that "the transforming power of love, human and divine" will ultimately cause aggressors to lay down their weapons and permit peaceful reconciliation to prevail. Following what it calls "the radical thrust of the early Christian witness," AFSC members affirm that they "regard no person as our enemy."
The AFSC worldview is founded on the belief that evil does not exist within individuals, who are endowed only with goodness by their divine Creator; that evil exists only outside of the individual, in societal institutions which often cause people to do terrible things that are inconsistent with their inherent goodness. Thus AFSC "seek[s] to understand and address the root causes of poverty, injustice, and war … [and] to confront, nonviolently, powerful institutions of violence, evil, oppression, and injustice." According to AFSC, the chief exploiter of other nations, and consequently the primary agent of evil on earth, is the United States.
AFSC has actively assisted Communist nations in their quests to achieve economic prosperity. In the 1920's the organization sent Jessica Smith to Russia to "determine famine relief needs." A Communist herself, Smith was married to Harold Ware, a Communist cell leader in Washington, D.C. (After Ware's death in 1935, Smith married John Abt, General Counsel to the Communist Party USA and a member of CPUSA's political committee beginning in the 1950s.) As AFSC author Ruth Anna Brown explains, "We have helped, or are helping, Communist countries reach the amount of economic growth and development necessary for them to allow a degree of relaxed domestic control."
Quaker author Jerry Frost recalls that in the 1930s "the AFSC refused publicly to criticize the Soviet Union because building up cultural and personal contacts seemed the only way open to defuse hostilities." In the eyes of AFSC, the real threat to world stability at that time (and after) was the United States.
In the 1970s John McAuliffe, who then headed AFSC's Indochina program, initially characterized the news of Cambodian massacres under Pol Pot as an American "misinformation campaign," and lauded the Pol Pot regime as "the example of an alternative model of development and social organization." AFSC also distributed a printed defense of the Khmer Rouge well after the genocide in Cambodia had been exposed. At that time McAuliffe said "all reliable sources indicate that the [Marxist] Vietnamese are carrying out the task of reconstruction with extraordinary humaneness." When McAuliffe and AFSC finally recognized the horrors of Pol Pot's regime, they placed the blame squarely on the United States.
In recent decades AFSC has agitated for the unilateral disarmament of the United States. Terry Provence, Director of AFSC's 1970s-era Disarmament Program, was a founding member of the U.S. Peace Council and a member of the Soviet-oriented World Peace Council. Along with fellow Communists Nico Schouten and Walter Rumpel, he led the 1979 "Mobilization For Survival" rally in Washington. A recent pamphlet distributed by AFSC says that the "solution" to international strife is "to disarm America and have it withdraw economically and militarily from the globe." Today AFSC is a member organization of the Abolition 2000, Win Without War, and United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalitions.
AFSC, which recently formed an alliance with the radical group MECha, strongly opposes laws that would apprehend and punish illegal immigrants in the United States. It has denounced Operation Gatekeeper, a government initiative implemented in October 1994 with the aim of securing -- by means of increased border patrol agents, fencing, lighting, and underground sensors -- the San Diego border with Mexico, which was then the busiest illegal alien crossing point in America. AFSC views such measures as "brutal" affronts to the human dignity of "undocumented" immigrants.
In March 2005 AFSC complained that "the U.S. denies immigrant workers the most fundamental labor rights," and called for the protection of "the rights and dignity of all people, regardless of legal immigration status." AFSC has posted on its website a detailed list of strategies for illegal aliens to use in the event that they are interrogated, detained, or arrested by immigration authorities or police. The organization advises that such individuals "not answer questions" about their birthplace or legal status; "refuse to allow immigration authorities or police to enter your house without a search warrant"; "ask for and receive a list of agencies who provide free or low cost legal immigration services"; and "appeal [any unfavorable] decision of the judge in front of a higher court, saying you don't accept the decision."
AFSC was a signatory to a November 1, 2001 document characterizing the 9/11 attacks as a legal matter to be addressed by criminal-justice procedures rather than military means. Ascribing the hijackers' motives to alleged social injustices against which they were protesting, this document called on the United States "to promote fundamental rights around the world."
AFSC was also a signatory to a March 17, 2003 letter exhorting members of the U.S. Congress "to oppose ... 'Patriot [Act] II'" on grounds that it "contain[ed] a multitude of new and sweeping law enforcement and intelligence gathering powers ... that would severely dilute, if not undermine, many basic constitutional rights." In addition, AFSC has given its organizational endorsement to the Community Resolution to Protect Civil Liberties campaign, which tries to influence city councils to pass resolutions of non-compliance with the provisions of the Patriot Act.
AFSC opposes Israel's construction of an anti-terrorism security fence, which it depicts as an illegal "apartheid wall" that violates the civil and human rights of Palestinians. AFSC has been a leader in promoting the U.S. speaking engagements of Israeli "refuseniks," or conscientious objectors, who refuse to serve in the Israeli Defense Force on grounds of Israel's alleged oppression of Palestinians. One notable refusenik whose lecture tours have been sponsored by AFSC is Noam Bahat.
Another AFSC priority is to help turn public opinion against capital punishment. "We're working to get doubts into the public consciousness," says AFSC, "so those eligible for jury duty in capital cases will understand that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment."
The General Secretary of AFSC, responsible for the administration of the organization's U.S. and international programs, is Mary Ellen McNish. McNish previously worked for numerous other non-profit organizations, including the YWCA and Planned Parenthood.
AFSC has received grants from the Blue Moon Fund, the Columbia Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Minneapolis Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Public Welfare Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, and numerous others.
In 1947 AFSC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
It appears this really happened. I hope so. lolol!
From Iain Murary at The Corner.
Readers might remember that after 9/11, the military band at Buckingham Palace broke with tradition and played the Stars and Stripes. Yesterday, as king Abdullah of Saudi Arabia arrived to meet Her Majesty the Queen, they played a somewhat different tune to greet the visiting monarch's arrival: Darth Vader's theme music. The video has to be seen to be believed.
Darth Vader march greeting for king Abdullah.
SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON OF "ECONOMIC JUSTICE
Karl Marx in his own words adopted by the Democrats of this country.
- The whole of what is called world history is the creation of human labor.
- Capitalist development prevents human beings from reaching their full potential asself-determining beings.
- Only when capitalists are overthrown, private property is abolished, and communal ownership of the means of production is established by ab initial dictatorship of the proletariat can economic justice be achieved.
From the Progressive Congressional Caucus :
“The Congressional Progressive Caucus offers the Progressive Promise for all. We believe in government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Our fairness plan is rooted in our core principles. It also embodies national priorities that are consistent with the values, needs, and hopes of all our people, not just the powerful and the privileged. We pledge our unwavering commitment to these legislative priorities and we will not rest until they become law.
1. Fighting for ECONOMIC JUSTICE and Security in the U.S. and Global Economies
The Democratic Party :
From a radio address by Nancy Pelosi..in part
“And a New Direction means expanding economic justice by keeping good paying jobs here at home instead of shipping jobs overseas. We will begin with a commitment to research and innovation, ending outsourcing subsidies, and raising the minimum wage.
The theme of Marxism is deeply embedded in the Democratic Party and they’re coming to get YOUR hard earned money.
Private property takings are just part of it. It is also necessary to construct a picture of national unity in the confiscations.
"Oh," you say, "these two items can never be coordinated, not as long as we have a First and Second Amendment."
Yes--and so, the first line of defense has to be, the election of non-communists, in order to protect the Constitution by protecting the Supreme Court.
So, please, brothers and sisters, let us come together on a candidate, let us not gut ourselves with third party nonsense--
Great point Buddy. Actually points. The key right now is not to fracture the right into factions that leave the field to the Democrats in '08....
The dynamic of dropping those 30,000 bombs on Iran should be very interesting on the '08 outcome.