May. 4th, 2009
08:03 pm - First 100 days
THIS is the best summary of Obama's accomplishments to date I have ever read.
Nov. 7th, 2008
08:54 pm - Bill Whittle Brilliance II
On Tuesday, the Left – armed with the most attractive, eloquent, young, hip and charismatic candidate I have seen with my adult eyes, a candidate shielded by a media so overtly that it can never be such a shield again, who appeared after eight years of a historically unpopular President, in the midst of two undefended wars and at the time of the worst financial crisis since the Depression and whose praises were sung by every movie, television and musical icon without pause or challenge for 20 months… who ran against the oldest nominee in the country’s history, against a campaign rent with internal disarray and determined not to attack in the one area where attack could have succeeded and who was out-spent no less than seven-to-one in a cycle where not a single debate question was unfavorable to his opponent – that historic victory, that perfect storm of opportunity…http://www.ejectejecteject.com/arch
Yielded a result of 53%
Oct. 28th, 2008
From a 2001 episode of Chicago's Public Radio show "Odyssey."
"If you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movement and its litigation strategy in the court, I think where it succeeded was to invest formal rights in previously dispossessed peoples so that, uh, I would now have the right to vote, I would now be able to sit at the lunch counter and order and -- and as long as I could pay for it I'd be okay. But the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society.
As radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn't that radical. It didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it has been interpreted -- and Warren Court interpreted it in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. It says what the states can't do to you, says what the federal government can't do to you. But it doesn't say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf. And that hasn't shifted, and one of the tragedies of the civil rights movement was because the civil rights movement became so court-focused, uh, I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change. And, uh, in some ways we still suffer from that.
American Thinker: Obama 2001: Scrap the Constitution, Spread the Wealth
HotAir: Smells Like Socialist Spirit
National Review: Point of No Return - Mark Steyn
Michelle Malkin: Obama in 2001: How to Bring About "Redistributive Change"
Sep. 1st, 2008
06:33 pm - Oh, this is rich!
From the Associated Press
Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden received five student draft deferments during the Vietnam War, the same number of deferments received by Vice President Dick Cheney, and later was disqualified from service because of asthma as a teenager.But from the same article
According to the documents, Biden, 65, received several deferments while he was an undergraduate at the University of Delaware and later as a law student at Syracuse University. A month after undergoing a physical exam in April 1968, Biden received a Selective Service classification of 1-Y, meaning he was available for service only in the event of national emergency.
In "Promises to Keep," a memoir that was published last year and became an instant best-seller after he was tapped as Obama's running mate, Biden never mentions his asthma, recounting an active childhood, work as a lifeguard and football exploits in high school.Somehow I get the feeling he won't be raked over the coals by the libs as a draft dodger like Cheney was....
Aug. 9th, 2008
10:06 am - Cindy McCain
Wow, NOW I know why the media hasn't told a thing about Cindy McCain. If they DID mention her, they'd have to report things like THIS:
"As an advocate for children's health care needs, Cindy founded and ran the American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT) from 1988 to 1995. Cindy led 55 medical missions to Third World and war-torn countries. On one of those missions, Mother Teresa convinced Cindy to take two babies in need of medical attention from Bangladesh to the United States. One of those babies is the McCain's adopted daughter, 16-year-old Bridget McCain."
Jun. 24th, 2008
10:31 pm - Playing your CARDs right
I have a lot of trouble really beliveing he's a Democrat, when he writes things as intelligent as this:
President Bush said, "Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along."I didn't mean to quote such a long passage (from a much longer essay) but there didn't seem to be a good place to cut it off before the whole idea was complete.
Thus he stated, quite clearly, how delusional are those who think that what we have in our war with radical Islam is a "failure to communicate." There is no failure: communication has been crystal clear. Our enemies have announced their firm intention to destroy our civilization, to kill all the Jews, and to kill any Muslim who doesn't go along with their program. Iran has announced its intention, if they get nuclear missiles, to obliterate Tel Aviv. Al Qaeda has declared its intention to destroy the West.
We are not misunderstanding their intentions -- they have acted exactly according to these stated goals whenever they have had the power to do so.
There is nothing we can do, short of killing them or surrendering to them, that will stop them from acting as they have been acting for decades -- murderously and relentlessly. There is certainly nothing we can say.
There are no "root causes" we can address. Al Qaeda and Iran keep changing their statements of what we have done that provokes them. We withdrew our forces from Saudi Arabia -- and Al Qaeda no longer used that as their excuse for attacking us. But they kept on attacking. The excuse was the illusion -- the implacable hatred was the reality.
Nor have they misunderstood us. Those who hate us are among the best-educated people in the Muslim world. The more they know us, the more they hate and fear our civilization's influence on the Muslim world. They know that radical Islam is even less well-suited to deal with modern science and technology than fundamentalist Christianity, which has made its accommodations. To match the technological and scientific superiority of the West, they have to educate their children in something other than the Quran. Therefore they want to tear down the West and make sure everybody's children learn nothing but the Quran. In equal ignorance, the advantage of the West would disappear.
Furthermore, in the cases where we have negotiated with terrorists, they have almost never kept their word. When Ronald Reagan stupidly negotiated with Iran to buy, with American weapons, the freedom of hostages held in Lebanon by Hezbollah, our hostages were released (except those that had already been murdered) -- but they simply took more hostages. They finally stopped, not because of negotiations, but because the taking of hostages was no longer accomplishing what they wanted.
As for the Palestinians, they have never kept any agreement. Israel makes concessions; the Palestinians make promises. The Palestinians break the promises; Israel refuses to make any more concessions; and then the Palestinians scream that it's Israel that is not keeping the treaty. The Palestinians murder Israeli schoolchildren, and when Israel strikes back against terrorists, the Palestinians scream about Israeli aggression.
In short, there is no negotiation with people who have decided that everything we are and hope for and believe in must be torn down and destroyed. And it is amazing to me that the people most determined to rely on negotiations with these terrorists are precisely the people whose purported values are the first ones that these terrorists would destroy, if they were ever given the chance to decide how the West should live.
Apr. 20th, 2008
But here's an interesting history lesson:
Tongue in cheek, obviously.
Apr. 6th, 2008
09:35 am - Good Book!
I just finished an outstanding book by Peter Schweizer called Do As I Say (Not As I Do) about how high profile liberals utterly fail to practice what they preach.
It takes eleven individuals-- Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Al Frankin, Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Ralph Nader, Nancy Pelosi, George Soros, Barbra Streisand, Gloria Steinem, and Cornel West-- quotes their stated philosophies on such topics as fiscal accountability and environmental responsibility and then gives extensive examples of how differently these people act when it is their own money.
He's actually kinder to them than I would have been (but then he has lawsuits to worry about) but the unstated inference is that these people aren't against capitalism, they are against fair competition and try to browbeat others into accepting crippling handicaps that they themselves have no intention of adopting.
Mar. 18th, 2008
08:16 am - Excellent Book
I am reading Blacklisted By History by M. Stanton Evans, which I got through my connections at work (i.e. the Mobious Inter-University Library Loan).
While primarily billed as a book about Joseph McCarthy, it goes into very great detail about the politics of the Federal government, in particular the State Department, going back to the early 1930's. I am something of an amateur Cold War historian, and this book does a very good job of putting facts (many of which I already knew) into an overall picture of the times.
So much of what "everybody knows" about Tailgunner Joe and the Red Scare is simply not true, and provably not true. And yet it keeps getting printed as fact.
Mar. 16th, 2008
07:28 pm - Did you ever wonder
Did you ever wonder how it is that Conservative pundits get away with saying all those outrageous things? Well here's how.
Glen Beck here follows the Genesis step by step how his joking comment to John Hagee about the nutjobs who write him e-mails about Obama being the Antichrist somehow got transformed into HIM seriously making the accusation himself, and how Liberal Bloggers funnel the story into the Mainstream Media, and eventually the New York Times. And along the way we can see how Keith Olbermann rightfully earned the sobriquet "Olberdouche".
Other items of note: The outright lies about what else Beck said during the interview, and the deletion of the response Hagee gives to the question.
And people wonder why the Mainstream media is hemorrhaging money and viewers/subscribers.
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