June 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Gov’t To tell You What Kids to Invite to Birthday Parties
-By Warner Todd Huston
OK, now go read that headline again. There is no trick to it. I am saying that government is aggregating unto itself the power to tell you, a parent of an 8-year-old child, which of his school classmates he is allowed to invite to his birthday party. And government has decided that if your child doesn’t invite every kid in his class, then he isn’t allowed to invite any of them.
It’s about discrimination, don’t you know?
You see, our wilting flowers, our fragile, unable, emotionally unstable children will grow up to become serial killers if they don’t get invited to YOUR child’s birthday party. The government cares, see, and has so decreed. YOU will just have to invite everyone or you will be barred from having that party.
Fortunately this stupidity hasn’t yet happened in the United States but it did just occur in Europe. Sweden to be exact. The AP is reporting the Nanny State in Sweden has forcibly taken away the birthday invitations to an 8-year-old boy’s birthday party and told his father that he isn’t allowed to pass them out to only some of the other kids. If it isn’t all of them, then NONE should be invited.
The boy handed out invitations to classmates at his school in Lund, southern Sweden, but did not invite two boys because they were not his friends… The school, 360 miles south of Stockholm, confiscated all the invitations, saying it objected because it had a duty to ensure against discrimination.
The Father of the boy told authorities that one of the two boys had bullied his child and the other had not invited his boy to a past party.
Now, the anti-American left in this country would have you believe that Europe is the closest thing to nirvana, they say we should be emulating what they do there. We’ve even had self-hating Supreme Court Justices imagining that we should jettison the Constitution and take up foreign precedent as our own.
Big Brother and his nanny state rules all, even your 8-year-old’s birthday party.
Don’t laugh this off as something that could not happen here. Total domination of government over our lives is the ultimate end of modern liberalism. From the most important decisions to the least, most personal decisions, government must take all power unto itself to fulfill the liberal mantras of “fairness,” and “non-discrimination.”
It is already happening in Europe. It will come here if the Democratic Party and their malcontent, meddlesome constituency have anything to say about it. It’s just the kind of “change” just the kind of “new tone” they want. In fact, even if that isn’t their ultimate plan, it IS the ultimate destination, regardless.
Boston Globe: Obama Afraid of Muslims Because of New ‘Red Scare’
-By Warner Todd Huston
Derrick Z. Jackson of the Boston Globe has done it again. Now, usually Z is one of those columnists that is sure every white American is a racist and many of his columns are based on that assumption, but it looks like he is branching out from his normal black/white identity politics angle and adding a new twist to his column. You see, Z has just discovered that whites don’t hate only blacks, they hate Muslims too. How inclusive, eh?
Even more ridiculously, Z imagines that white Muslim haters in “red states” are forcing Barack Obama to distance himself from his Muslim background. In fact, according to Z, Islam is the victim of white America’s newest “red scare” and Obama is feeling the heat because of that undue hatred. It all means we are “Holding Muslims at arm’s length” to Derrick Z. Jackson.
I wonder where Z was on 9/11?
June 30, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Family, Media Bias, News, Security/Safety, Selwyn Duke, Society/Culture | Comments Off on The War on Boys: Where Feminists and Men’s Rights Activists Go Wrong
By Selwyn Duke
One problem with one-issue activists, it seems, is that they often view matters from only one dimension. This has always been one of the characteristics of feminists. Men get blame for being history’s conquerors and killers, for instance, but no credit for being its innovators and healers. We will hear about how women “create life” while men only destroy it, but forgotten are the fruits of men’s labors. Were it not for male medical advances that virtually eliminated female death during childbirth, many feminists wouldn’t be around to crow about their fecundity.
Given this misandrist atmosphere, it’s not surprising that an opposing group called “men’s rights activists” would arise. They rebut feminist ideology, bring many important issues to light and usually make excellent points. And I tend to like them.
One issue they’re front and center on is the “war against boys.” This refers to the characteristic problems exhibited by modern lads – such as higher dropout rates, worse grades, and lower college attendance than girls and a far greater likelihood that they’ll be targeted by the ADHD police for a pickling with Ritalin – and the causes of these things. As for the latter, men’s rights activists implicate a prevailing anti-male attitude in a highly-feminized society. And I essentially agree with that analysis. Yet, despite this, like the feminists, they go badly astray. In fact, the two groups have more in common than they would care to admit.
Really, this is no surprise, as the problem I speak of isn’t unique to an activist of a given stripe but is one of modernity. To introduce it, I will cite a recent article by one David Kupelian titled “The war on fathers.” It’s an excellent piece by a man who has much of value to say, and I encourage you to read it. Yet it also contains the following line, “. . . young boys . . . don’t naturally thrive when forced to sit still at a desk listening to a teacher lecture for six hours a day . . . .”
-By Warner Todd Huston
Show it to every kid. And WHY is it cartoons aren’t like this anymore???
Give me liberty or give me death!
-By Warner Todd Huston
**UPDATE** BELOW FOLD
It looks like Google has officially joined the Barack Obama campaign and decided that its contribution would be to shut down any blog on the Google owned Blogspot.com blogging system that has an anti-Obama message. Yes, it sure seems that Google has begun to go through its many thousands of blogs to lock out the owners of anti-Obama blogs so that the noObama message is effectively squelched. Thus far, Google has terminated the access by blog owners to 7 such sites and the list may be growing. Boy, it must be nice for Barack Obama to have an ally powerful enough to silence his opponents like that!
It isn’t just conservative sites that Google’s Blogger platform is eliminating. For instance, www.comealongway.blogspot.com has been frozen and this one is a Hillary supporting site. The operator of Come a Long Way has a mirror site off the Blogspot platform and has today posted this notice:
I used to have a happy internet home on Blogger: www.comealongway.blogspot.com. Then on Wednesday night, June 25, I received the following e-mail:
Dear Blogger user,
This is a message from the Blogger team.
Your blog, at http://comealongway.blogspot.com/, has been identified as a potential spam blog. You will not be able to publish posts to your blog until we review your site and confirm that it is not a spam blog.
The Blogger Team
It turns out that there is an interesting pattern where it concerns the blogs that Google’s Blogspot team have summarily locked down on their service. They all belong to the Just Say No Deal coalition, a group of blogs that are standing against the Obama campaign. It seems the largest portion of these blogs are Hillary supporting blogs, too.
All I can say is, WOW! If Google is willing to abuse its power like this even against fellow leftists, what does it plan against conservatives, the folks Google hates even more!?
June 29, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Judges, Media Bias, News, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Chgo Sun-Times Takes Stand Against The Constitution
-By Warner Todd Huston
With more fallout from the Supreme Court’s latest 2nd Amendment ruling, the Chicago Sun-Times has published an op ed wagging a finger at the Supremes saying that the Heller decision will be a “tax on Chicago citizens,” and that it is a tax to be “paid in blood and money.” The Times scolds the Court with all sorts of dire warnings and worries that blood will flow in the city but, as with D.C., the violence in Chicago with its extreme gun ban often causes the city to top the lists of the most violent cities in America. So, why the Sun-Times imagines the current 25-year-old gun ban is worth keeping is anyone’s guess.
The Sun-Times, though, is filled with woe at the Heller decision and offers the downright stupid solution of more gun banning despite the singular fact that their “solution” has miserably failed in every city it has been tried — including the very one they claim to care about. Not to mention that the Times seems to have no clue about the Constitution nor any respect for the citizenry of that same city.
Thursday’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision gutting a Washington, D.C., handgun ban can best be viewed, from Chicago’s perspective, as a tax on Chicago citizens… A tax to be paid in blood and money.
Oh, the gnashing of teeth.
Because of the court’s ruling, Chicago residents, in the not too distant future, likely will be able to buy handguns and keep them in their homes for the first time in more than 25 years… That new freedom will come at a high cost for our citizens.
First of all Sun-Times, the Second Amendment is not a “new freedom.” It is well over a 200 year-old “freedom.” No, not even a freedom but a right bestowed upon us by God and not in your power to remove.
-By Thomas E. Brewton
Everything is better when we obey the Fourth Commandment’s instruction to keep the Lord’s Day holy.
Pastor Steve Treash preached Sunday’s sermon at Black Rock-Long Ridge Congregational Church (North Stamford, Connecticut). We need, he said, to ask ourselves frequently what would we have done differently in the past and what we would do in the near future, were we to know that our death was near at hand.
Our answer ought to be to follow the Fourth Commandment, to make more time for God in our lives.
Poets in earlier generations were on the right track. We should take time to smell the roses, we should leave a place in hectic schedules for our family and friends, and we should enjoy the beauties of nature and thank God for them.
June 28, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Inernet, Islam, Media Bias, News, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on WaPo After Free Republic Again, Now Over Barack-is-a-Muslim Email
-By Warner Todd Huston
The Washington Post published a June 28th piece geared to protect Barack Obama from the nagging rumors that he is a secret Muslim, rumors that have been circulating since 2004. The Post’s Matthew Mosk penned an attack on Free Republic, based on an Obama flak who claims she has somehow discovered that Freepers are to blame, if not initially responsible, for floating the Barack-is-a-Muslim chain email that so many millions of Americans have found in their email boxes over the last four years. But, the Washington Post’s article is so filled with assumptions and a singular desire not to really investigate the matter that it boggles the mind. Naturally, all the journalistic missteps serve to shield Barack Obama from any controversy and make all opposition seem nefarious or unhinged.
The Obama flak in question is one Danielle Allen of the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton. Mosk wishes to assure us that she is one smart cookie, apparently. To settle any question to the contrary, we are treated to some earnest, if over-the-top, adulation for good Doctor Allen. Allen is called a “razor-sharp, 36-year-old political theorist,” that she’s “gained valuable insight into the way political information circulates,” and that she works at the institute “most famous for having been the research home of Albert Einstein.” Mosk tells us that Allen “boasts two doctorates, one in classics from Cambridge University and the other in government from Harvard University.” The Post tells us that one winter morning Allen was “studying in her office at the Institute for Advanced Study, the renowned haven for some of the nation’s most brilliant minds.” Mosk also tells us that Allen “works alongside groundbreaking physicists, mathematicians and social scientists. They don’t have to teach, and they face no quotas on what they publish. Their only mandate is to work in the tradition of Einstein, wrestling with the most vexing problems in the universe.”
Jeeze, next Mosk will be telling us that Danielle Allen is the virtual reincarnation of Einstein himself!
June 28, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Budget, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Energy, Media Bias, News, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Newt Tells us how to Fix the Oil Crisis
-By Warner Todd Huston
She thinks she has lit upon a “responsible idea” to regulate guns. The idea Megan Kristen Lewis of the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat thinks is “responsible” is to put global positioning tracking devices (GPS) in every gun. That way the government could track down your firearm if it is “stolen” or used in a crime.
Miss Lewis attempts to assure the reader that she really is a fan of guns before she unleashes this great idea, of course. She knows people with guns, she claims, and she doesn’t “fear” them. Why, she grew up around them, she says. Of course, they were always locked up in a safe so no one could get to them. Still, she says her Father taught her about “weapon safety from a very young age.”
Sadly, her Father neglected to teach her about the Constitution or about world and American history because if he did her Big Brother gun tracking program idea would have never occurred to her in the first place.
To buttress her case, Lewis recounts a story where a local Florida man accidentally shot himself with a .22 and seems to imagine that this is something extraordinary. But, this sort of silly singling out of an accident obscures the fact that humans are sometimes careless. Further, it’s a fact that gun accidents are not nearly as wide spread as other types of accidents. Car accidents, for instance, far out weigh gun accidents by many magnitudes of percentage. Does Miss Lewis want to restrict cars because of these accidents? I doubt it ever even occurred to her.
But, let’s get to her brilliant idea.
June 28, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Washington State’s Union Bought Governor
-By Warner Todd Huston
Democrat Governor Christine Gregoire won the governorship of Washington State in 2004 under a cloud of suspicion and possible voter fraud. The election was very close and after a recount Gregoire’s Republican rival still had the win. But, the Democrats weren’t happy with the recount. They wanted a second and calls went out for giant donations to get it done.
To steal the governorship Gregoire’s biggest donors were unions. Teachers unions and labor unions donated big money. Once the miraculous second recount suddenly showed that the Democrats had won (by 129 votes), Gregoire settled into office.
And then the payback began with unions making out like fat cats.
By Selwyn Duke
One of the consequences of being right in an age of lies is that it brands you as a radical. Remember that being an extremist doesn’t mean you’re wrong, but simply that your views deviate greatly from those of the mainstream. If you say that 2+2=4 in a land where everyone else insists it’s 5, you’ll be labeled a radical. The same is true if you assert that a certain society of men is full of wolves when everyone else believes they’re sheep.
Now, for years I’ve been telling people that most of our Democrats are essentially socialists; sure, either they won’t admit it publicly or aren’t fully aware of it themselves (quite common; self knowledge is often sorely lacking, especially among leftists). It was a message as hard to relate as it is for many to accept, as it renders you something less than the kind of “credible” commentator who gets invitations to appear on Fox News (bigot Opio Sokoni was on O’Reilly last week). But that message now goes down a little easier with the recent Democrat proposal to nationalize oil refineries.
There is a great article on this very subject by a writer named Lance Fairchok; it is titled “Why Do We Call Them ‘Democrats’?” After quoting a couple of Democrats who waxed enthusiastic about nationalizing the oil refineries, he presents this Freudian slip by Congressman Maxine Waters:
June 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, 2nd Amendment, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Obama Dances on Guns
Here is a perfect example of how Barack Obama says NOTHING while seeming like he is saying something. Watch him dance on his various stances on the Second Amendment. He was for it before he was against it before he was for it again.
The fact that the media allows him to get away with this garbage proves they are n the tank for him.
June 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, News, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on WaPo: Scalia Says ‘Hear, Hear’ to Machine Guns in D.C.?
-By Warner Todd Huston
It didn’t take long for the Washington Post to weigh in on the wrong side of the Second Amendment issue, did it? The Post’s Colbert I. King could not contain the disgust he feels for at least one part of the Constitution more in his response to the Supreme Court’s Second Amendment ruling today. He flipped his top and went so far off the deep end that he seemed to imagine that Justice Scalia just gave the nod for citizens to get “machine guns” to indulge their newly affirmed ability to indiscriminately fire their loaded guns “at will” in D.C. In fact in this op ed, King was so unhinged that he seemed to utterly dispense with logic as he penned his newest ode to the wild-eyed phobia that is his inordinate fear of guns (yet, curiously, not of criminals).
King’s very first few paragraphs seem to be written without the slightest bit of reflection of how illogical his position on the concept of gun laws is because it looks as though he imagines that criminals might obey a draconian anti-gun law, or any gun law for that matter if only it is enforced. One wonders why Mr. King thinks criminals are called criminals if laws would prevent them from doing anything? Worse, King can’t seem to tell the difference between a law-abiding citizen using a gun in self-defense and a criminal using it for evil. It seems as if to King criminals and citizens are indistinguishable.
King begins his spittle-speckled rant with some informal colloquialisms.
There’s one group of District residents absolutely unfazed by today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling shooting down the District’s strict handgun ban: the dudes who have been blowing away their fellow citizens with abandon since the law was put on the books 32 years ago.
Excuse me, Mr. King, but these “dudes” have been thumbing their noses at your 32-year-old gun ban, too and for the entire 32 years. The new SCOTUS ruling is certainly initially meaningless to them, but so is your three decades old gun ban that was supposed to fix it all, sir. How hard is that to understand?
I reiterate, criminals do not obey laws, sir. This is why we call them criminals.
June 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Union Basically Proposes Gov’t Run Grocery/Drug Stores?
-By Warner Todd Huston
It sure seems as if a union head has basically proposed that the government take over grocery and drug stores in New York. John R. Durso, president of Local 338 of the Retail Worker Department Store/United Food and Commercial Workers union, wrote in a recent public statement that the people cannot expect stores to serve the public and that government should step in with more legislation.
A recent report by the New York state’s attorney threatened a lawsuit against the drug store chains Rite Aid and CVS after an investigation found that expired goods were being sold at stores in New York. This prompted the union chief to say that the investigation “proves that we shouldn’t rely on drug stores to provide necessary food items to the community.”
Durso’s union supports a program of incentives and tax breaks to encourage development of supermarkets, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing in and of itself. But, what his statement said could easily be taken to further ends than mere tax breaks. If we cannot expect businesses to serve the public, what is left if not a take over of supermarkets and drug stores by government?
Imagine the big government aspect of this sort of idea? Big brother responsible for feeding us? What would follow, of course, would be price fixing and rationing once price fixing began to negatively affect the market. Ah, but the union thugs would have life easy if this all happened. After all, one apparently cannot be fired from a government job!
Once again the lesson is that unions are antithetical to the public weal, wholly detrimental to good government.
June 27, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, Thomas Brewton | Comments Off on Which Way the Wind Blows With Obama
-By Thomas E. Brewton
The words of Bob Dylan’s song, “You don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind is blowing,” gave the Weatherman Underground its name.
Weatherman Underground members were activists in the Soviet revolutionary sense, aiming to destroy the political and social framework of the United States. Senator Obama, closely allied with the leaders of Weatherman Underground, has worked throughout his career to further Weatherman’s anti-capitalist and anti-American agenda.
He proposes to raise our taxes back to the confiscatory levels of earlier Democrat/Socialist administrations. He proposes to expand the welfare-state, aiming to make us all equally poor, in conformity with the social justice paradigm of equally distributed income without regard to productive work or merit.
Key members of his campaign staff are Weatherman alumni or supporters. Senator Obama was a member for 20 plus years of Rev. Wright’s church, where the reverend repeatedly damned the United States and its white citizens.
June 26, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Judges, News, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on The Constitution LIVES – 2nd Amendment Finally Upheld
I am sure I’ll have more to say as time moves on, but for now here is an AP story with the news…
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense in their homes, the justices’ first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history.
The court’s 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia’s 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment. The decision went further than even the Bush administration wanted, but probably leaves most firearms restrictions intact.
The court had not conclusively interpreted the Second Amendment since its ratification in 1791. The amendment reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
See the rest at Breitbart.com
June 26, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, News, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Cartoonist Rall Sees ‘Bad Times’ for Country as ‘Great Times’ for Him
-By Warner Todd Huston
Riddle me this: when is a cartoonist as shallow and one dimensional as his own creations? When his name is Ted Rall. The San Antonio Express-News ran a short story covering a convention being held in Texas that is serving as a gathering place for some of the nation’s increasingly fewer political cartoonists. Rall has been chosen as the president of this seemingly ever more irrelevant organization and apparently the Express-News found his glee at this nation’s ills to be interesting copy.
Naturally, the Express-News gave us the Rallian set up for today’s “ills”:
An unpopular war, a shaky economy, the prospect of a border fence, a delicate climate seemingly seeking revenge this summer, soaring food and fuel prices, and a potentially polarizing presidential election — it all adds up to a gloomy forecast for most Americans.
All these claims are, of course, liberal shibboleths and lack any context. Merely the mouthing of these topics is enough for the media to say “see, it’s all going to hell.”
But, then we get to Rall’s outrageous comments.
June 26, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Abortion, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, News, President, Religion, Society/Culture, Thomas Brewton | Comments Off on Obama: Bringing Us Together Over Dead Bodies
-By Thomas E. Brewton
A man like Senator Obama, who is so callous with regard to God-given human life, is unworthy of holding public office.
Read The Audacity of Death in the Wall Street Journal to see the extent to which Senator Obama, a scion of the SDS radicals of the 1960s and 70s, embraces the amorality, if not complete immorality, of soulless, so-called scientific, philosophical materialism.
His indifference to human life comports well with that of the liberal-progressive intelligentsia in the 1930s, who defended Stalin’s barbarity and indifference to human life, so long as it was in the service of the latest liberal-socialist dogma.
The very groups (ACLU and Planned Parenthood) who today promote murder by abortion were, in the 1920s, promoting eugenics in order to reshape society in conformity with so-called scientific socialism. Their supporters, notably Madison Grant, wrote books to support eugenics for breeding an elite society that would promote the scientism and liberal-progressivism that had overtaken Ivy League schools and, at the beginning of the 20th century, had spawned the first degraded generation of American liberals.
-By Vince Johnson
There is a surprising course awaiting your discovery in Chemeketa’s 2008 summer class schedule.
It is about something more important than computers, or history, or math, or nutrition or any of those things. In fact, this course may very well be dealing with the most important subject you can learn about in your entire life. I know this first-hand because I experienced this course last summer.
It is a three-hour course starting Saturday, June 28, and yes, if you haven’t guessed already, I’ve registered to experience it again this summer. Notice that I said “experience” this course rather than “take”. You can’t “take” this kind of course because it is an “experience” and one that will find a permanent home wherever your pleasant memories are kept.
When you “take” a course, as in History or Biology, you learn by using a combination of thought processes requiring logic, memory, reasoning, etc. Emotions have nothing to do with it. When you “experience” a course, you learn by using a combination of energies such as surprise, anger, bewilderment, fear, disgust, pleasure, etc. Emotions have everything to do with it. Yes, you can learn about emotions from courses in Psychology, Human Relations, Nursing, Counseling, etc. But you can learn much more about emotions by experiencing them rather than reading about them.
June 26, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Europe, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, News, Patriotism, President, Resa LaRu, "Warchick" Kirkland, Security/Safety, Society/Culture | Comments Off on This CAN’T Be Good: NK Delegation Visiting Venezuela
-By Resa LaRu Kirkland
I have made it my duty to get people to call the evil we face in this day and age what it truly is: Islammunism. Not only is Islamofascism incorrect, the calling of evil or unpopular regimes “fascist” was the goal of Krushev when he was training infiltrators on how to bring down the USA. His reasoning? Words play subtle tricks on the mind–that is the essence of PC, and why I call it “Political Castration.” The word correct–even if you say you don’t buy into it–has an effect on the brain of all who hear or read it.
Never call it correct again.
It is why, starting in the late 1950’s, you started to see small changes. No longer did textbooks, movies, or media refer to America as a Republic; we were a democracy, because Krushev knew that that word would cause the easily led to be more inclined to vote Democratic, which was just the lip-glossed version of Communism. Hitler’s Nazis? THEY WERE SOCIALISTS. They were on the left of the spectrum, which is one reason Hitler and Stalin HATED each other. You can only have one Communist leader, and they both wanted it. But so thoroughly did Krushev’s Kronies take over the three commonalities of America that we now refer to the Nazis as “fascists,” which he taught his people to call any unpopular or brutal regime rather than “Communist.”
That one worked as well.
June 25, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Education, History, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Farnsworth of CBS News Needs American History Lesson
-By Warner Todd Huston
Remember when the 49ers gold rush happened in Maine? How about when Dan’l Boone explored California? Do you remember when Lee surrendered his Confederate army in Fargo, North Dakota? Well, to those famous places with famous incidents we can add that great Revolutionary War battle of Lexington and Concord… Virginia. At least we can do so in the reckoning of one Jamie Fansworth of the CBS News blog “From the Road” because it seems our friend Farnsworth is a little fuzzy on where some of the most famous battles of the American Revolution were held.
Today, in the CBS blog post about McCain declaring “Energy Independence by 2025,” CBS News’ Jamie Farnsworth wrote the following (my bold for emphasis):
Las Vegas, NV — Senator John McCain unveiled the name of his energy project in Las Vegas today as he wrapped up the western swing of his two week energy tour. Deemed the Lexington Project, McCain’s plan states the U.S. will be independent of foreign energy sources by the year 2025.
“For the town where Americans asserted their independence once before,” McCain explained of the plan’s namesake in Virginia. “Let it begin today with this commitment: In a world of hostile and unstable suppliers of oil, this nation will achieve strategic independence by 2025.”
One teenie, weenie problem. The famous battles of the Revolution in question occurred in Massachusetts not Virginia.
In fact, Lexington, Virginia wasn’t even founded until after the great Revolutionary War battle in Massachusetts. We know this because the battle in Massachusetts was what the town in Virginia was named after.
Here is a bit of help for Farnsworth.
The City of Lexington, originally known as Gilbert Campbell’s Ford, was established as the town of Lexington in the Spring of 1778. The name chosen by the Virginia Legislature for the new county seat was in honor of the first great battle of the Revolutionary War, the battle of Lexington, Massachusetts, which had occurred three years earlier.
As Max Smart is wont to say, “Missed it by that much.”
Park Service refuses to say who broke the circle
Since last week, the Park Service has been inundated with hundreds of emails, demanding to know WHO is being depicted as breaking the circle.
It can only be the terrorists. The circle is a symbol of peace, and only the terrorists can be charged with breaking the peace on 9/11.
Thus the planned memorial shows the terrorists breaking our peaceful circle and turning it into a giant Mecca oriented crescent (which remains completely intact in the so-called redesign). In other words, it’s one giant: “ALLAHU AKBAR!” (heard on Flight 93’s flight recorder as the doomed flight careened towards the ground).
June 25, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Dan Scott, Democrats/Leftists, Energy, Science, Society/Culture | Comments Off on Reader Poll: James Hansen calls for trials of energy executives, what next?
-By Dan Scott
This poll will gauge reader perception to the issue that Dr. Hansen of NASA has recently raised that I cover in my post here. One vote per computer, and please spread this permalink to the poll far and wide to get a good mix of input across the blogosphere.
-By Warner Todd Huston
Everyone is talking about the “importance” of blogging and wondering where it will all lead at least where it concerns the influence blogging might have on politics. There was even a warning that bloggers are facing oppression and arrest at an increasing rate in some despotic countries proving that blogging is already causing at least some ripples in the political waters about the world. There is no reason at all to assume this is a fluke or that these ripples will cease to radiate from bloggers any time soon. All in all, to many it seems blogging is a newfangled concern we all face.
But is it new? And what the heck is it all for, really?
To answer the first question, let’s be clear about the relative newness of blogging. The only things that make it new is that it is done via a computer and has opened up the world of social comment for more people to indulge in then ever before. But we have seen something the like of blogging before. In fact, without a past relative of the blog we would not have became the United States of America in the first place.
-By Michael M. Bates
Democrat Senator Joe Biden described Barack Obama last year: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
Biden received justifiable grief for his artless observation.
Nevertheless, the view that Obama is a smart, eloquent communicator enjoys widespread currency.
There’s no denying the man gives good teleprompter. If you turn down the volume on the TV it looks like he’s watching a tennis match, but with the sound up he does a yeoman’s job of reciting what’s been written for him.
The unscripted moments are problematic. Like in the debate when he condescendingly conceded, “You’re likeable enough, Hillary,” in a way that made him appear haughty. Or when he asserted last month that 10,000 people had died in Kansas tornadoes. The actual number was 12.
June 24, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, News, Religion, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Media Fooled: ‘Lost Tribe’ Not so Lost as Previously Reported
-By Warner Todd Huston
Remember last month when the “amazing” photos of the “lost Indian tribe” in the Brazilian jungle were making the rounds? Remember how every single news agency in the world jumped on this “astounding” report? They were a “lost tribe,” they were an “uncontacted” people, they were shooting arrows at the “big bird” and dressed in war paint. All manner of claims were made about these people, but many reports seemed to claim that these photos were intended to “prove” they exist and that the photographs were the result of a chance encounter.
Turns out that there was no “chance” to it and no one seriously doubted these people existed at all. Further, the man who took the photos knew almost exactly where to go to get those pictures, so “lost tribe” is hardly the correct terminology bywhich to describe these people.
What we have with this story is a perfect example of the media jumping on a story without bothering to clarify all the facts. In fact, the newest news of the incident is going to the other extreme and calling the whole incident a “hoax.” But the revelations made by the photographer do not really reveal an outright hoax as much as evidence that the original story was only a little misleading.
June 24, 2008 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Anti-Union Ads in Colorado Raising Ruckus
-By Warner Todd Huston
Looks like the union thugs in Colorado are getting a bit worried that the Center for Union Facts TV ads are making people aware of the sham the unions are trying to perpetrate on Coloradans with their opposition to Amendment 47.
Even though TV 9 News’ report leans in favor of the unions, the story does give TCUF a little space to layout some of their issues.
The ads running on stations around Denver, including 9NEWS, are paid for by the Center for Union Facts. It’s an organization founded more than two years ago because “labor bosses were going unchallenged,” said spokesman Tim Miller. “The commercials are our way to educate the public about the mismanagement of union dues.”
Amendment 47 is a hot button issue for Colorado and if passed would prevent unions from collecting mandatory dues from people that don’t want to join the union.
-By Dan Scott
Every taxpayer needs to brace themselves for the coming porkfest of the 2009 transportation budget with it’s associated earmarks. Liberals will be pushing mass transit as the PC solution to our energy problems. Please, before you, the taxpayer, are forced to fork over yet billions more dollars down the pork hole demand that Congress address the basic problems of the existing mass transit systems. The problem with mass transit in a nutshell is in most cases it is not more energy efficient than a car and those few that are, are not cost effective given the huge subsidies to compete with the automobile.
Enough of liberal gold plated boondoggles costing the taxpayer billions of dollars on the false premise that if you can stuff enough people in the same space you’ll use less energy and it will be cost effective. Again, very few light and heavy rail systems in the US use less energy per passenger mile than a car and those very few that do are massively subsidized to the point a car is still more cost effective. All other metro areas that use mass transit actually use more fuel to transport people than if they took a car. The reason is utilization rates vary from hour to hour during the day. Running a huge operation with empty buses and trains during off hours more than gobbles up any savings that might be achieved during rush hours. The only thing that hinders individuals from making their own energy efficient and cost effective decisions in transportation is the refusal of city planners to allow the building of parking garages, they intentionally created the lack of parking in cities to push public transportation in the misguided belief that they not the public would be making the most enlightened decisions. We call that hubris, and it’s also called creating a problem to take the credit for solving it.
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