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Thursday, February 14. 2008
We'd like to show a little solidarity - hence the cartoon today.
Instant Historical Revisionism. Like Vietnam.
The First Amendment, Volokh's update. h/t, Viking. My question for the court is this: Why isn't it equally reasonable to protect the category of "obnoxious jerks"? They surely are an oppressed minority.
Speaking of jerks, What is wrong with Paul Krugman?
"Mommy, where are my legs?"
From Venus or from Uranus? Good rant from No Pasaran
Rules are quides, not constrictions. Sonnets, at neoneoneoneo
Sowell on Who is fascist?
Berkeley backs down. When the delivery of Thorazine to their water supply is delayed, anything can happen. They are feeling better, now. Still nuts, but a bit more reasonable.
Why the Clintons are failing: Chickens coming home to roost. As we have said, nobody ever liked them or trusted - they were just afraid of them because they knew there was nothing they would not do. Related: MoDo tries to bury Hillary.
For real, or satire?
The sorcerer. Vanderleun
No No No No No. Not Lindsay Graham. How about Condi?
Scientist says the sun causes warming:
We show Sammenhold today with free speech
Two years ago, the cartoon riots over the Mohammed cartoons published in Denmark took place. Michelle Malkin brings up the subject this week again, rightly stressing that this is something to show solidarity (or, as in Danish, sammenhold) with for th...
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I've accepted the fact that I will be voting for McCain but that really would make me re-think the whole thing. Could he pick a more despised Republican? Maybe one of the Ohio idiots?
Maggie's Farm is the Great Satan. I declare a fartwa against you for dissing the Great Prophet.
RE: Historical Revisionism...
Just going on my faulty memory but I recall PM Tony Blair always strongly advocated for the removal of Saddam, way before USA had elected President Bush. If so, then the story of Britain and PM Blair being an American lapdog, after 9/11 and in the Iraq War, may be revising of history.
Prior to his Senate life and Presidential run Obama did have a life. Apparently it was and remains one that is quite conflicted.
Try as we may like to keep race out of the loop, it is Obama who actually presents the greatest racial blow to his outwardly kumbaya personna.
Before penning his book "The Audacity of Hope" Barry (as he was known in high school) Obama wrote a tome of a deeply conflicted individual. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance , now out of print, is a book we need to know about, for it opens up the suave, oleaginous Obama for what he is, or tries to be, in his own words.
Thankfully writer Steve Sailor has read Dreams and gives us a look at what lies beneath the veneer of the gliding gangster strut and unctuous oratory..it is not pretty.
Some excerpts from Sailors review on Dreams:
-Obama’s gift for restructuring the past into emotionally and aesthetically satisfying patterns made for an uneasy hybrid of fact and fiction, with composite characters, clearly made-up dialogue, and even preposterous dream sequences.
-Obama has led a fairly pleasant existence, with most of its suffering and conflict taking place within his own head as he tries to turn himself into an authentic angry black man.
- Which Obama is real? Or is that a naïve question to ask of such a formidable identity artist? William Finnegan wrote in the New Yorker of Obama’s campaigning: “… it was possible to see him slipping subtly into the idiom of his interlocutor—the blushing, polysyllabic grad student, the hefty black church-pillar lady, the hip-hop autoshop guy.” Like Madonna or David Bowie, he has spent his life trying on different personalities, but while theirs are, in Camille Paglia’s phrase, sexual personae, his specialty is racial personae
- A racial group is a large extended family, and Obama’s book is primarily about his rejection of his supportive white maternal extended family in favor of his unknown black paternal extended family.
- Instead, Obama falls under the spell of a leftist black nationalist preacher, Jeremiah A. Wright, who preaches African-American unity through antipathy toward whites . Reverend Wright remains a major influence on the presidential candidate . (The title of Obama’s second book, The Audacity of Hope, is borrowed from one of Wright’s sermons.) Ben Wallace-Wells notes in Rolling Stone: “This is as openly radical a background as any significant American political figure has ever emerged from, as much Malcolm X as Martin Luther King Jr.”
I could go and give many more examples that peel back the layers, but the Sailor piece is worth the read, and no cherry picking can do it justice. It is a powerful piece.
One thing it will do is cause you to ask yourself this question. Is this a man we can afford to have in the White House?
Still available at Amazon.....Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Habu, that was a great article. Why don't we hear about this stuff? All we get is fluff.
This should have gone in the piece on great church buildings. LIke some of you I prefer the Romanesque, but then again: there was a soft spoken architect came out of the "back woods" of academia and took their breath away. Unfortunately, it does not have the potential for a life that will span centuries--but, it is magnificent.
Yes, the Great Satan..now roll me a fat one...or was that fatwa?
Obama gets down to specifics, and it's not pretty
Is the American electorate solidly behind the idea of increasing foreign aid 845 billion over the next 13 years? Apparently that is what Barack Obama believes, for a bill he sponsored doing exactly that probably is coming to a vote today in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, according to Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media.
Barack Obama and Israel
One seemingly consistent theme running throughout Barack Obama's career is his comfort with aligning himself with people who are anti-Israel advocates. This ease around Israel animus has taken various forms. As Obama has continued his political ascent, he has moved up the prestige scale in terms of his associates. Early on in his career he chose a church headed by a former Black Muslim who is a harsh anti-Israel advocate and who may be seen as tinged with anti-Semitism. This church is a member of a denomination whose governing body has taken a series of anti-Israel actions
Is Obama an anti-Semite?
Kee-Rist amighty -- the Clintons are ahead of BoHo in Ohio & Pennsylvania -- see latest polls up on Drudge -- puh-leeze let's lay off him until he can finish off the Red Queen --
TIMING, dammit! One then two, one then two.
oops -- not Drudge, but Google News:
The Associated Press - 42 minutes ago
IN THE HEADLINES Polls: Clinton leads Obama in Pennsylvania, Ohio ... Former Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee to endorse Obama _ Clinton ahead of Obama in Penn.
Clinton leading Obama in Ohio, Pennsylvania: poll Reuters
Hillary Clinton Working Hard For Texas, Ohio Delegates NY1
Bloomberg - New York Times - Boston Globe - MSNBC
all 1,157 news articles »
Pleeze pleeze pleeze Lord don't let them come back!
Hillary may be ahead now and my even retain the polling numbers and win those primaries, however her negatives among the general voting population remain in the high 40 percentile. That is unheard of. She'll be a good deal easier to beat in the general election than Obama will be ..Obama is now the threat, especially if he reverses those Clinton numbers as he has done time and again and wins those primaries.
Anyway, that "Great Satan" bit is a mis-translation -- it's "Great Satin" and is the war-cry of silk-traders along the Silk Road who are angry over satin's inroads into the silk market.
okay no more goofy posts -- it's because i'm watching Bernanke & Paulsen testify to drooling congressional democrats, who are trying hard to doom the economy -- "We Got trouble, We Got Trouble!"
yeah, we do -- starting with "you".
My dear daddy taught me two things:
1. Always search for the truth
2. Never, never, never broadcast your punches!
Buddy is right!
In political contests the participants are required to lay out and then explain/defend positions. One can not help the broadcasting of these. Not only that but my statement is the political currency of the moment , it is no secret.
"Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed, for if you merely offend them they take vengeance, but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate, so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared."
I say destroy the Socialist Democratic movement. It is an incubus that must be destroyed for our freedoms to continue unchallenged by insiders.
Well, there's the twin arguments --
1) Is BoHo a bigger threat (than Clintonists) or not, and 2) is the USA socialist movement inside the fort or outside?
If inside, then Habu is right. If outside, then it is best fought by letting it bleed on the walls. What are the walls? Well, one of 'em is, ''conservatives are better people''.
With every member of the Congressional Black caucus , as well as a nice fat number of white Democrats belonging to the Democratic Socialist of America Party I think the question of whether they are inside the walls has been answered.
Democratic Socialists of America
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Had to give you the two sources separately as the system tagged it as spam.
Then check this out
The Dems are neck deep in Socialism
ugh -- enough to turn your stomach, alright. But those names are still marginal -- read the wiki -- except for the unionists, they're without executive power -- just the nut fringe as of yet. All you need do to be a member is send in a few bucks -- cheap feel-good for morons. But yes, a threat inasmuch as the policy influence on the Democratic party. Maybe the blue Dogs will save the party. The Reds are mighty 60s oriented -- the old farts won't last much longer. Ed Asner -- jeez -- wot a freaking maroon.
Well Nancy Pelosi was a member until she started moving up the food chain. It's importance is in showing that a significant number of Democrats have such a strong disposition toward socialism that they are willing to become members of an avowed socialist party whose goals are antithetical to what the USA stands for.
Then if you even casually examine the Democrats goals and compare them with the Socialist Democrats of the USA there is no difference. That cannot be good, and the average citizen has no idea that many are serving two masters.
Google Obama+Democratic socialists
I am riding shotgun with HABU on this one--they are here, and they have been camped out in our schools for 20 years.
By-the-way. Just got run off the road on major north/south freeway today. Guy driving big truck (60's Peterbuilt?) with a very large, large, big trailer. Trailer too dirty to read anything just saw the three flags: Mexican, US, and Canada. No company names on trailer, so no idea what he was hauling. But, he was about an hour south of Canada. The dang truck was too filthy to even read the license, so now point in calling the cops. The guy was driving his rig, like a sports car. SO my point is that we have two very important battlegrounds now: our schools and our infrastructure must be defended from the socialist mob, and our place, our peaceful home must be defended from the invaders. How we gonna do that folks?
yep -- it's just that -- well -- if you jump the gun then you wind up in stir and useless when the stars do align. Case in point, John Brown's Rebellion ended up dangling from a rope. He jumped the gun.
AP...in answer to your query, "How we gonna do that..?
Allow me to point to what I consider to be THE most valuable resource on the net for the answer.
I believe he has readers from every country on the globe. The information is incredible. His book "Patriots" will not only answer your question but he weaves into the storyline the "how to's" of many skills etc.
It's not a wild eyed, overthrow the government site but a site for planning if something bad happens. I read it daily, and I've had Marine Corps and CIA training and I still learn stuff..but you have to practice, not just read.
He also sells a very nicely done spiral backed book on his first few tears blogs of note. I recommend the both books.
I promise you I'm not steering you in the wrong direction. This is a valuable resource.
Democratic Socialism vs. Republican Socialism
By JB Williams
Is that our choice in 2008? - The Democrat Party is owned and operated by the Democratic Socialists of America(1). All modern Democrat candidates propose growing the federal government to a social services giant involved in every aspect of individual life and paid for by “the rich.”
Democratic Socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically—to meet public needs, not to make profits for a few. To achieve a more just society, many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives. (From the web-site http://www.dsausa.org/dsa.html )
This is the “change” all Democrat candidates are promising in their campaigns. Beyond the obvious personality differences between Hillary Clinton, Barack Hussein Obama and John Edwards, there is no ideological difference between the candidates. So Democrats are voting for one or the other on the basis of personality alone. If individual personality decides the Democrat nomination, Barack Obama wins. If Hillary wins, it’s based on Bill’s personality, not Hillary’s.
No matter which of the three Democrats you support, you are supporting wide open Democratic Socialism. We have even renamed it “progress” so that you can feel patriotic about it.
Their rhetoric sounds so peachy keen, it's a mystery why it always -- always -- turns out the very opposite.
from The Wall Street Journal
Feb. 14, 2008
Four people were killed when a gunman opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University, according to campus police. The gunman also was killed.
If just one student had had a gun he/she could have taken the guy out and saved lives. Those kids were just penned up animals waiting to be slaughtered.
That's why the cops can't help you. They just fill out the reports and do investigations. The police, 99% of the time are just a clean up crew in these situations. We need the police, but we also need a responsibly armed citizenry. Thank God a host of states have concealed weapons laws.
yep -- the "gun-free zones" just become madmen's shooting preserves.