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Wednesday, March 12. 2008
Embattled prostitute Kristen expected to resign
Goldwater, The John Birch Society, and Me: Buckley
Symbolism can save the planet.
Walmart States vs. Starbucks States. Am Digest
Geraldine Ferraro speaks truth - or part of the truth. Fact is, though, that Obama would be a talented politician no matter what his skin color. But not running for the presidency, though, if he were white. Not now, anyway. Amusing comments on this dumb kerfuffle at Insty.
Same kind of thing applies to Mrs. Clinton. Would she be in this race if she were a guy, and never married to a president?
David Mamet: "Why I am no longer a brain-dead Liberal." Fascinating essay from someone who thinks (or thought) like the average Upper West Sider. A quote:
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"Geraldine Ferraro speaks truth - or part of the truth."
That's a pretty ballsy stance, given that every blog I've read this morning (Michelle, HotAir, RedState, Ace) is up in arms over her quote. The shock! The horror! The blatant racism!
My thought was that some enterprising blogger should go back to these bloggers' archives from last summer and pull out all of the quotes where they said Obama was an "empty suit" and the like. Or, in other words, if he wasn't black, he wouldn't be a candidate. They've been preaching this trope for nine months now, but when somebody actually comes out and puts it into straight English, they're shocked! Shocked, I tell you, shocked!
Kudos for keeping your feet on the ground, NJ.
Re: the Mamet article. If schadenfreude is the word of the day, here's another in the same vein:
"Why I Left the Left" - Seth Swirsky
"Still, I approached the 2004 primaries with an open mind. I was still a Democrat, still hoping that leaders like Sam Nunn and Scoop Jackson would emerge, still fantasizing that Democrats could constitute a party of truly progressive social thinkers with tough backbones who would reappear after 9/11.
"I was wrong."
just read the Seth Swirsky piece -- very good -- we should send to all liberals --
I haven't read too many blogs yet this AM, but I'm with Dr. M on this.
I've been saying Obama is an empty suit forever and believe it to be the truth. Somewhere along the line in the Big branches of government one must take a stand, submit a bill and push it through, vote something other than "Present" or in the case of Arlen Specter an archaic Scottish "not proven" vote. Obama's not done that.
Doing SOMETHING by the nature of things creates enemies or at least vigorous opponents. But "'Cocaine Hussien", the soigne, soi-distant dandy is just a echo man for socialism and class warfare.
Were he not a mulatto he'd be the hottest thing in the Abercrombie catalog for middle aged mocha models.
Schadenfreude should be the regnant word for every Presidential election year. Never spoken but truly the psychological leibfraumilch of campaigns.
The following is from a pass it on email from Aunt Sal...))
Homer Hickam made an interesting comment on TV this week. In case you don't know who he is, Homer was a poor West Va miner's son who worked his way up to
being an employee/scientist for NASA. He wrote a book called "Rocket Boy" which was later made into a great movie called "October Sky".
This morning he was interviewed and said this, about the one-shot shootdown of the crippled satellite: "If this country's head was on straight, they would be holding a ticker tape parade for the Crew of the Cruiser, USS Lake Erie...
"This one rocket firing boosted our National defense 100 fold. N Korea, Iran, China, Russia, all know now that we have a safety net that can accurately stop their incoming missiles even if they are out of the earth's atmosphere.
"Of course, that was the plan all along, and it was a dandy plan. I just hope that the next person in the White House don't scrap the system and begin baking cookies for the enemy.
"Hillary or Obama will do just that, and that really makes me a little nervous.
At any rate, Kudos to the Officers & Crew of the USS Lake Erie. WELL DONE, BLUE JACKETS.
"At any rate, Kudos to the Officers & Crew of the USS Lake Erie. WELL DONE, BLUE JACKETS."
WELL DONE, BLUE JACKETS -- i third that.
Re Mamet, great read -- the dramatist's touch in every para. The moral-equivalency laundry list at the top is still too far liberal-orthodox for my taste (can we ever just do a little research on "Bush Lied Us Into War"? And Scooter Libby = Bay of Pigs?), but he's at least half way, and that's twice better than no way.
Spitzer poetry corner:
to degree of nth
and Governor yet
'til March seventeenth"
Copied from an article:
> Salute to Denmark--new resistance to Islam
> SALUTE to Denmark... This could very well happen here on our
> Susan MacAllen is a contributing editor for (
> FamilySecurityMatters.org) Salute
> the Danish Flag - it's a Symbol of Western Freedom By Susan MacAllen
> In 1978-9 I was living and studying in Denmark. But in 1978 - even in
> Copenhagen, one didn't see Muslim immigrants. The Danish population
> embraced visitors, celebrated the exotic, went out of its way to
> protect each of its citizens. It was proud of its new brand of
> socialist liberalism one in development since the conservatives had
> lost power in 1929 - a system where no worker had to struggle to
> survive, where one ultimately could count upon the state as in, perhaps, no other western nation at the time.
> The rest of Europe saw the Scandinavians as free-thinking, progressive
> and infinitely generous in their welfare policies. Denmark boasted low
> crime rates, devotion to the environment, a superior educational
> system and a history of humanitarianism. Denmark was also most
> generous in its immigration policies - it offered the best welcome in
> Europe to the new
> immigrant: generous welfare payments from first arrival plus
> additional perks in transportation, housing and education. It was
> determined to set a world example for inclusiveness and multiculturalism.
> How could it have predicted that one day in 2005 a series of political
> cartoons in a newspaper would spark violence that would leave dozens
> dead in the streets -all because its commitment to multiculturalism
> would come back to bite?
> By the 1990's the growing urban Muslim population was obvious - and
> its unwillingness to integrate into Danish society was obvious.
> Years of immigrants had settled into Muslim-exclusive enclaves. As the
> Muslim leadership became more vocal about what they considered the
> decadence of Denmark's liberal way of life, the Danes - once so
> welcoming - began to feel slighted. Many Danes had begun to see Islam
> as incompatible with their long-standing values: belief in personal
> liberty and free speech, in equality for women, in tolerance for other
> ethnic groups, and a deep pride in Danish heritage and history.
> The New York Post in 2002 ran an article by Daniel Pipes and Lars
> Hedegaard, in which they forecasted accurately that the growing
> immigrant problem inDenmark would explode. In the article they
> reported: "Muslim immigrants.constitute 5 percent of the population
> but consume upwards of 40 percent of the welfare spending."
> "Muslims are only 4 percent of Denmark's 5.4 million people but make
> up a majority of the country's convicted rapists, an especially
> combustible issue given that practically all the female victims are
> non-Muslim. Similar, if lesser, disproportions are found in other crimes."
> "Over time, as Muslim immigrants increase in numbers, they wish less
> to mix with the indigenous population. A recent survey finds that only
> 5 percent of young Muslim immigrants would readily marry a Dane."
> "Forced marriages - promising a newborn daughter in Denmark to a male
> cousin in the home country, then compelling her to marry him,
> sometimes on pain of death - are one problem"
> "Muslim leaders openly declare their goal of introducing Islamic law
> once Denmark's Muslim population grows large enough - a not-that-remote prospect.
> If present trends persist, one sociologist estimates, every third
> inhabitant of Denmark in 40 years will be Muslim."
> It is easy to understand why a growing number of Danes would feel that
> Muslim immigrants show little respect for Danish values and laws.
> An example is the phenomenon common to other European countries and
> the U.S
> .: some Muslims in Denmark who opted to leave the Muslim faith have
> been murdered in the name of Islam, while others hide in fear for their lives.
> Jews are also threatened and harassed openly by Muslim leaders
> inDenmark, a country where once Christian citizens worked to smuggle
> out nearly all of their 7,000 Jews by night to Sweden - before the
> Nazis could invade. I think of my Danish friend Elsa - who as a
> teenager had dreaded crossing the street to the bakery every morning
> under the eyes of occupying Nazi soldiers - and I wonder what she would say today.
> In 2001, Denmark elected the most conservative government in some 70
> years - one that had some decidedly non-generous ideas about liberal
> unfettered immigration. Today Denmark has the strictest immigration policies in Europe.
> ( Its effort to protect itself has been met with accusations of
> "racism" by liberal media across Europe - even as other governments
> struggle to right the social problems wrought by years of too-lax
> If you wish to become Danish, you must attend three years of language
> classes. You must pass a test on Denmark's history, culture, and a
> Danish language test.
> You must live in Denmark for 7 years before applying for citizenship.
> You must demonstrate an intent to work, and have a job waiting. If you
> wish to bring a spouse into Denmark, you must both be over 24 years of
> age, and you won't find it so easy anymore to move your friends and
> family to Denmark with you.
> You will not be allowed to build a mosque in Copenhagen. Although your
> children have a choice of some 30 Arabic culture and language schools
> inDenmark, they will be strongly encouraged to assimilate to Danish
> society in ways that past immigrants weren't.
> In 2006, the Danish minister for employment, Claus Hjort Frederiksen,
> spoke publicly of the burden of Muslim immigrants on the Danish
> welfare system, and it was horrifying: the government's welfare
> committee had calculated that if immigration from Third World
> countries were blocked, 75 percent of the cuts needed to sustain the
> huge welfare system in coming decades would be unnecessary. In other
> words, the welfare system as it existed was being exploited by
> immigrants to the point of eventually bankrupting the government. "We
> are simply forced to adopt a new policy on immigration.The
> calculations of the welfare committee are terrifying and show how unsuccessful the integration of immigrants has been up to now," he said.
> A large thorn in the side of Denmark's imams is the Minister of
> Immigration and Integration, Rikke Hvilshoj. She makes no bones about
> the new policy toward immigration, "The number of foreigners coming to
> the country makes a difference," Hvilshøj says, "There is an inverse
> correlation between how many come here and how well we can receive the
> foreigners that come." And on Muslim immigrants needing to demonstrate
> a willingness to blend in, "In my view,Denmark should be a country
> withroom for different cultures and religions. Some values, however,
> are more important than others. We refuse to question democracy, equal rights, and freedom of speech."
> Hvilshoj has paid a price for her show of backbone. Perhaps to test
> her resolve, the leading radical imam in Denmark, Ahmed Abdel Rahman
> Abu Laban, demanded that the government pay blood money to the family
> of a Muslim who was murdered in a suburb of Copenhagen, stating that
> the family's thirst for revenge could be thwarted for money. When
> Hvilshoj dismissed his demand, he argued that in Muslim culture the
> payment of retribution money was common, to which Hvilshoj replied
> that what is done in a Muslim country is not necessarily what is done in Denmark.
> The Muslim reply came soon after: her house was torched while she, her
> husband and children slept. All managed to escape unharmed, but she
> and her family were moved to a secret location and she and other
> ministers were assigned bodyguards for the first time - in a country
> where such murderous violence was once so scarce.
> Her government has slid to the right, and her borders have tightened.
> Many believe that what happens in the next decade will determine
> whether Denmarksurvives as a bastion of good living, humane thinking
> and social responsibility, or whether it becomes a nation at civil war
> with supporters of Sharia law.
> And meanwhile, Americans clamor for stricter immigration policies, and
> demand an end to state welfare programs that allow many immigrants to
> live on the public dole. As we in America look at the enclaves of
> Muslims amongst us, and see those who enter our shores too easily,
> dare live on our taxes, yet refuse to embrace our culture, respect our
> traditions, participate in our legal system, obey our laws, speak our
> language, appreciate our history . . we would do well to look to
> Denmark, and say a prayer for her future and for our own..
> If you agree with this article, then please pass it on...
Needs attribution, the blog or newspaper it originally came from. There are some good talking points, but, I refrain from using items I can't validate.
Yes, it needs the link. Still, it feels accurate. Europe is willfully naive - and decadent.
Here you go...
It does more than feel accurate.