My Solution: How to Restore Freedom of Association and End Government Tyranny

September 5, 2011 | Filed Under Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Free Speech, Freedom, Government, Law, Liberals, Regulation, Selwyn Duke | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

Unfortunately, many Americans have become inured to the trampling of freedom of association. You can work your fingers to the bone starting a business, and the government becomes a partner that contributes nothing but extracts much. It not only shares your profits and regulates you to death, but, more to the point here, dictates whom you must serve and the bases on which you may hire and fire people. And woe betide he who doesn’t bow before Leviathan.

A recent example of this is the Wildflower Inn, a Vermont B&B. After devout Catholic owners Jim and Mary O’Reilly refused to host a “wedding” reception for two lesbians, they were sued by the ACLU. As a result, they have had to expend resources retaining a lawyer for a case that they will no doubt lose and that will likely end with their having to pay monetary damages. Of course, the O’Reilly case is just one of many. In fact, today, Leviathan’s tyranny has reach a point at which you can be put through its meat grinder if you refuse to hire a cross-dresser or a Muslim woman who insists on wearing an eighth-century drape to work.

And tyranny is the word for it. After all, no one would deny that you have a right to include in or exclude from your home whomever you please. So why should you lose that right simply because you decide to erect a few more tables and sell food or to rent rooms to travelers? It’s still your private property, paid for with your money, created by the sweat of your own brow. Oh, yeah, that’s right. At one time a lawyer in a black robe declared such places “public accommodations” – and, as we all know, legal decrees alter reality.
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President Downgrade

August 23, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Jobs, Liberals, President, Selwyn Duke, Taxes | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

When Barack Obama promised change that would transform America, most never suspected that he would make history by presiding over the nation’s first-ever credit downgrade. But, well, yes – he can.

And he did.

Of course, the blame cannot be laid entirely at Obama’s feet. Since Congress controls the purse strings, it allocates the money (the president does have a veto pen, however). And, if in light of this we can still say that a president “spends,” for two terms Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, spent like a drunken sailor.

Yet the reality is that Obama has spent like three drunken sailors and a tipsy cabin boy. And this isn’t just rhetoric. According to a Weekly Standard piece featured at the very liberal NPR’s website, deficit spending under Obama is three and one half times what it was under Bush, as he has signed budget increases amounting to a whopping one trillion a year more in deficit spending. So the reality is that, in a great measure, the president owns our economic woes.
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The Myth of White Privilege

August 1, 2011 | Filed Under KKK, PCism, Race, Selwyn Duke, Society/Culture, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

Something must be wrong. My finances are in shambles; mainstream newspapers won’t publish my pieces; and, no matter how much I try to convince Fox News that they need male eye candy as well, they just won’t give me a show. Then I gaze into the mirror at my alabaster complexion and say “What’s wrong with this picture? I’ll have to address this at the next White People’s Meeting.”

Of course, it isn’t really true that all we Caucasians get together in a big conference hall somewhere and, rubbing our hands together with devilish glee, conspire as to how we’re gonna get ourselves some ‘a that there white privilege. Yet you wouldn’t know it listening to egghead academics, media mouths and uncivil-rights agitators.

Put “white privilege” into a search engine and no small number of results will be for “.edu” URLs, which means that our mental institutions of higher learning are busy teaching “critical race theory” and ideas such as “Whites are taught not to recognize white privilege” and that, as this University of Dayton site informs, white persons have a “special freedom or immunity from some [liabilities or burdens] to which non–white persons are subject….” There is also something called “The White Privilege Conference” and a website devoted to it (I actually had to log on to make sure it wasn’t a spoof site, but truth is stranger – and stupider – than fiction). And American Thinker recently wrote about an event called “Erasing White Privilege,” during which whites sat around in a room confessing their collective oppressor sins while “people of color” discharged rage, “yelling at them” and “preaching.” Ain’t Obama’s post-racial America grand?
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Three-Monkey Authorities Ignoring Another Black-On-White ‘Hate Crime’

July 22, 2011 | Filed Under Crime, Selwyn Duke | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

Like the three monkeys who see, hear and speak no evil, our authorities seem intent on ignoring the true nature of yet another black-on-white racial attack. In the New York City subway this past Sunday, 29-year-old Jason Fordell was attacked by a group of black men who taunted him for being white. Yet NYC police “are unsure” if the incident is a bias crime.

The problem started when Fordell transferred to a crowded 4 train at 42nd street, where he encountered four black men who began harassing him. The New York Daily News reports on what transpired next, writing:

“People started saying stupid little comments – cracker this, white boy this, f—-t this,” Fordell said. “I told them the only reason they were saying this is there was four of them and one of me.”

…As the train continued into the Bronx, the confrontation became physical, he said.

“I was in a headlock, punched and kicked on the floor,” Fordell said.

Then a passenger decided to join in – declaring, “Oh, I get a few shots, too,” before kicking and punching Fordell in the head, according to cops.

…”Everyone on the train was egging them on,” said Fordell

Fordell suffered numerous injuries, which included head-bleeding, a badly swollen eye and internal injuries, as evidenced by blood in his urine. The assailants also stole a bag he was carrying that contained $2900-worth of handmade leather accessories, which Fordell sells at an East Village nightclub.
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Media Matters Takes another Shot at Stirring Up Anti-Truth Outrage

July 17, 2011 | Filed Under Journalism, Media, Media Bias, Selwyn Duke | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

It really is a shame when a media watchdog has a twisted nose that mistakes putrescence for floral aroma – and vice versa. In a piece published Monday, self-proclaimed media watcher MediaMatters (MM) criticizes Fox News for running the supposedly “misleading headline”: “Cambridge, MA set to Pay Gay Employees More Than Straight.” MediaMatters takes issue with Fox because the headline doesn’t explain that the reason for the measure is to compensate homosexuals for a tax that married couples don’t have to pay.

Of course, a headline is a hook, designed to draw readers in, not an explanation. But Fox offered no such explanation – at least that’s what MM leads its readers to believe. The attack dog writes that Fox “excerpted an article from The Daily Mail, which has a similarly misleading headline. However, the Daily Mail article clearly explains that the city is offering gay employees a stipend to offset a federal tax that does not apply to straight employees.” The Daily Mail “clearly explains” this, so, obviously, Fox doesn’t.

Except that it does.
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Noam Chomsky Gets Half a Clue

July 11, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Communism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Foreign Countries, Liberals, Selwyn Duke, Socialism, Venezuela | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

Of all idiots, none is so useful as he who can masquerade as a genius.

MIT linguistics professor Noam Chomsky recently denounced Hugo Chavez, accusing the Venezuelan strongman of making an “assault” on his nation’s democracy and of cruelty with respect to a female judge he imprisoned for issuing an unwelcome ruling. The criticism made headlines, as the “renowned scholar” had long given aid and comfort to Ego-and-Mouth Chavez. In fact, when the leader denounced President Bush in an infamous 2006 U.N. address, it was Chomsky’s book Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance that he waved and used as a prop. And Chomsky often praises Venezuela’s socialist revolution, most recently saying, “It’s hard to judge how successful they [the Venezuelan socialists] are, but if they are successful they would be seeds of a better world.”

Well, socialism has only failed every time it’s been tried, but I guess Chomsky’s renowned intellect has finally figured out a way to do the same thing over and over again and achieve different results.
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Politically Correct Washington Supreme Court Overturns Murder Conviction

June 24, 2011 | Filed Under Canada, Civil Rights, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Hate Crimes, Judges, Law, Liberals, Nanny State, PCism, Race, Regulation, Rights, Selwyn Duke, Society/Culture, The Law, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

In 2007, Kevin L. Monday Jr. was convicted for the murder of Francisco Green and received 64 years in prison. The incident ad been caught on a 3-minute video recording shot by a street performer, and the footage clearly showed Monday coolly and calculatingly firing 11 shots at Green on a crowded Seattle, Washington, street corner. Thus, despite the reluctance of witnesses to testify, it was an open-and-shut case.

But now the Washington Supreme Court, in an 8-1 ruling, has overturned the conviction and a lower court that upheld it – thus forcing a retrial – claiming that the prosecutor used “racist” arguments. What is the supposed problem? While questioning witnesses, veteran King County deputy prosecutor James Konat cited a no-snitching street code in the black community and made references to the “PO-leese.” Writes Jennifer Sullivan of The Washington Times:
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Dalai Lama: ‘I am a Marxist’

June 19, 2011 | Filed Under Capitalism, Communism, Economy/Finances, Government, Liberals, Religion, Selwyn Duke, Socialism | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

There is no better way to proclaim your lack of spiritual and philosophical depth than by, two decades after the fall of communism, disclosing that you’re Marxist. Yet this is precisely what Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama did during a speech before 150 Chinese students at the University of Minnesota this month. Journalist Tsering Namgyal reports on the story at Religion Dispatches, writing, “‘as far as socio-political beliefs are concerned, I consider myself a Marxist.’ ‘But not a Leninist,’ he [the Lama] clarified.”

Well, that’s a relief. Those Leninists can really kill ya’. Marxists will just murder you.

This isn’t the first time the Lama indicated that his soul is as red as the robes he wears. During a lecture in NYC on May 19, the Tibetan leader credited “capitalism” with bringing new freedoms to China but then said, “Still I am a Marxist”; he then explained that Marxism has “moral ethics, whereas capitalism is only how to make profits.” That’s some deep thinking right there.
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The American Flag Is ‘Offensive’ in Schools Now

May 27, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Children, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Government, Liberals, Massachusetts, Patriotism, Selwyn Duke | 1 Comment

-By Selwyn Duke

Increasingly, it seems that the American flag is joining toy guns and dodgeball on the banned-from-school list. And the latest story on this front involves The Butterfield Elementary in Orange, Massachusetts, where a teacher told an 11-year-old boy that he may not hang his depiction of Old Glory because it might “offend” another student.

The boy, Frankie Girard, had drawn the picture in art class but then found that his teacher didn’t share his patriotism. Says his father, John, “He was denied hanging the flag up. And he asked if he could just even hang it on his desk, and he was told no. He could take the picture that he drew and take it home and be proud of it there.”

I guess patriotism has joined piety as a “private matter.” (Leftists tend to confuse closets with shelves. Everything that should be in the former, they display; everything that should be on the latter, they hide.)
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Importing Disaster: Demographic Changes Mean Democrat Future

May 7, 2011 | Filed Under Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Immigration/Immigrants, Liberals, Selwyn Duke | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

At a gathering some years ago, I had a political conversation with a man who had recently arrived here from Denmark. He was advocating his home country’s socialist system, which, of course, led to profound disagreement. He was good natured and cordial, however, so the debate ended on a polite note. Yet it also ended on an ironic one: When asked if he wanted to return home, his answer was no.

This is a common phenomenon. We see it, for instance, in liberal northerners who move to the South for the lower taxes and cost of living and greater freedom but then continue to vote for the kind of politicians who made the Northeast a nice place to leave. And while this befuddles many, it’s simply man’s nature. Of course people want that which is good, such as a better lifestyle, but wanting and attaining are two different things. Everyone wants good health, for example, but many nevertheless are too attached to unhealthful foods and practices to relinquish them. Oh, they might move into your healthy body if they could, but they would likely do to it what a government–subsidized project does to a good neighborhood.

Now, there is a reason why I’m talking about how a change in location doesn’t equate to a change in ideology. In the Financial Times recently, Richard McGregor reported on the latest population data, writing:
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No, Beauty is Not in the Eye of the Beholder

April 27, 2011 | Filed Under Art, PCism, Selwyn Duke, Society/Culture, Western Civilization | 1 Comment

-By Selwyn Duke

The American Thinker’s Rick Moran recently wrote a blog piece about how some Catholics in France destroyed two of Andres Serrano’s creations, excreta that some euphemistically refer to as art. Moran opened by saying that his topic would make for lively debate among commenters, and he was right. And it has also provoked a lively response from me.

In his piece, Moran states, “Art, as we learned when growing up, is in the eye of the beholder.” Yes, most of us did learn this growing up — and we learned wrong. That is to say, unless “art” doesn’t really exist.

Now, when the eye/beholder proposition is made, let us be clear on what’s being said. If we accepted that art were simply a physical representation of something — that is, it could be beautiful, ugly, uplifting, degrading or anything at all — the truth would be plain: If it were a physical representation of a thing, it would be art. And it certainly would not be in the eye of the beholder.
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Yes, Violence Can be the Answer

March 28, 2011 | Filed Under PCism, Selwyn Duke, Society/Culture, Western Civilization | 1 Comment

-By Selwyn Duke

It was the body slam heard around the world. When some Australian schoolboys decided to videotape themselves bullying 15-year old Casey Heynes, one of them got more than he bargained for. Casey, who had been pushed around and humiliated for years, responded to a punch in his face and other attempted blows by hoisting his tormentor WWE style and introducing him to the pavement. The result was a video that went viral in a way the bullies had never imagined and for a reason they certainly had never hoped: Casey has become a hero worldwide.

That is, a hero to everyone except the “experts.” Ah, the experts, uncommon people you can rely on for all-too-common senselessness. As The Sydney Morning Herald writes:

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Wrestling with Morality: Boys vs. Girls on the Mat

March 8, 2011 | Filed Under Children, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Liberals, Morals/Sex, Selwyn Duke | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

Imagine that you’re a young adolescent boy. Like many your age, you’re shy around girls, perhaps to the point at which even talking to one might make your heart race. You also like sports, so you go out for your school’s wrestling team. Then, lo and behold, you’re at a meet, and something hits you like a load of bricks.

Your opponent is going to be a girl.

You’re going to have to grapple with her. In front of spectators. Touching — and being touched in — intimate places.

You’d have to be touched to think this is okay, but it’s precisely the situation that confronted sophomore wrestler Joel Northrup at the recent Iowa State Championship. His response, as many of you already know, was to default his match against 14-year-old Cassy Herkelman and relinquish the chance to win a coveted wrestling title in deference to his moral convictions.
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Journalist in France Convicted for Anti-Muslim Hate Speech

March 5, 2011 | Filed Under Censorship, EU, Europe, France, Islamofascism, Liberals, Media, PCism, Selwyn Duke, Society/Culture, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

We’ve heard a lot about Geert Wilders, the Dutch parliamentarian whose warnings about Muslim influence in his nation place him in the crosshairs of the powers-that-be. But while the tow-headed modern-day Templar has thus far dodged the hangman on Truth-speech charges, another intrepid defender of Western civilization has not been so lucky. And we haven’t heard much about him.

He is French journalist Eric Zemmour, and he was just convicted this week of “inciting racism.” Writes The New American’s R. Cort Kirkwood:

Zemmour’s “controversial” remarks included his observation that most drug dealers in France were black or Arab, and that employers “have the right” to deny employment to those two groups of people.
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What Justin Bieber and General McChrystal Have in Common

March 4, 2011 | Filed Under Abortion, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Government, Liberals, Military, Music, Selwyn Duke | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

Well, Justin Bieber has lost his political virginity. And it was taken by, of all people, the stoners at Rolling Stone magazine.

Excerpts released from an upcoming interview with the teen star included political statements that, as some reading this will know, have earned him criticism in conservative circles. What fewer in the right-blogosphere may realize, however, is that they also brought him lashing from the left. Attacked from the right, attacked from the left…yikes. Just call him Bill O’Reilly, Jr.

Conservatives noted Bieber’s negative comments about the US healthcare system, but is such an opinion really notable? Remember, we’re talking about a 16-year-old Canadian pop star here. Far more notable is what raised the ire of the womyn on The (wrong) View and the capons at The New York Times: the singer’s views on the left’s sacred cow, abortion. As to this, Rolling Stone writes:
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Dallas Politician: ‘All of you are white. Go to hell!’

February 28, 2011 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Liberals, Race, Selwyn Duke, Texas | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

Most of you won’t know the name John Wiley Price, but he’s obviously a man well qualified to hold a position at the Eric Holder Justice Department. What has Price, a Dallas County Commissioner, done to distinguish himself?

He told a group of five citizens during a local-government meeting, “All of you are white. Go to hell!” reports on the story, writing:
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Democrazy: Egypt and the Eternal Constitution

February 25, 2011 | Filed Under Constitution, Democracy, Egypt, Foreign Countries, Government, Selwyn Duke | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

A little less than a century ago, the West entertained the notion that WWI would be “the war to end all wars.” Insofar as this was seriousness and not just selling point, it was naiveté. Obviously, a military solution cannot solve a moral problem – nor can it change man’s nature. And while we should realize this today, we now fall victim to another flight of fancy. This is the idea that a political solution can solve a moral problem.

As with the “nation-building” efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the unrest in Egypt has placed the issue of political change front and center. While longtime American ally Hosni Mubarak no longer clings to power, some Americans risk Iranian revolution redux as they continue to cling to a dream. Thoroughly democrazy, they believe that democracy, a means to an end, is the end itself; they sometimes even behave as if it’s a cure-all. For example, I’ve actually heard liberals say, “You conservatives are hypocritical; you only believe in democracy until it yields an outcome you don’t like. If the Egyptian people vote for the Muslim Brotherhood, we have to accept it.” Ah, what principle.

What consistency.

What bunk.
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The Independent’s Over-the-top Anti-Catholic Bias

February 23, 2011 | Filed Under Britain, Catholicism, Christianity, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Newspapers, Religion, Selwyn Duke | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

Except for those still caught in the web of the media matrix, it’s no secret that the Fossil Press seeks to destroy conservatism, tradition and Christianity. It’s also plain that central to this are unrelenting attacks on the Catholic Church. But a February 5 piece in The Independent written by one Michael Day reaches a low worthy of Cold War commissars.

The article concerns the fact that Pope Benedict XVI’s status as an organ donor ended when he ascended to the papacy and is titled, “Pope’s organs are too holy to donate to mortals, says Church.” Wow, that sounds really bad. It must be an example of the Church hierarchy superciliously placing itself above the hoi polloi. Except that a discerning person may smell a rat; in this case, a journalism-school rat who would never let the Truth get in the way of a cherished agenda. And, sure enough, while Day repeats the supposed Vatican sentiment in his first paragraph, a little ways further down is the real explanation for the Church’s policy:

Archbishop Zymunt Zimowski, a member of the Vatican health council, said it was because the body of the Pope effectively belonged to the entire Catholic Church. “It’s understandable that the body of the Pontiff should rest intact because, in his role as successor to Saint Paul and universal pastor of the Catholic Church, he belongs entirely to the Church in spirit and body,” he told La Repubblica.
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The Brit PM’s Limp-wristed Attack on Multiculturalism

February 22, 2011 | Filed Under Britain, Crime, Islam, Liberals, Nanny State, PCism, Selwyn Duke, Society/Culture, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

A sad testimonial as to the effete state of Western culture is that even ineffectual, feminized defenses of it are applauded as brave. Case in point: British Prime Minister David Cameron has made news by giving a speech in which he said that “state multiculturalism” has failed. And while he earned three spots on Drudge and a “hear, hear!” from mainstream conservatives, the truth is that whether or not his words are too late, they are certainly too little.

They’re also just words.

Let’s start by saying that Cameron, like all Western leaders, is a creature of the age who is either unwilling or unable to address the real problem: immigration itself. For it is not just multiculturalism that has failed but also the importation of multiple unassimilable cultures.
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The Nanny Staters at Life’s Dangerous Intersections

February 10, 2011 | Filed Under Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Health, Liberals, Nanny State, Selwyn Duke, Taxes | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

Increasingly, our government reminds me of a certain old Star Trek episode. It was titled “I, Mudd,” and in it the Enterprise explorers found themselves in the grip of seemingly perfect androids determined to serve man. The automatons informed the crew that humans were “self-destructive,” needed their “help” and couldn’t be trusted with freedom. One of the mechanical masters concluded by telling Captain Kirk, “we shall serve them [humans] and you will be happy…and controlled.”

I don’t know if the episode was meant as big-government allegory, but it could serve as such. And there’s no shortage of nanny-state intrusion stories to bring it to mind. For example, consider a proposal by a New York City senator to prohibit citizens from using gadgets such iPods, cellphones and music players while walking. You read that right – not while driving or operating buses or trains.

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Is it Time to Expand the Fairness Doctrine?

February 5, 2011 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Fairness Doctrine, Government, Judges, Law, Liberals, Regulation, Rights, Selwyn Duke, Talk Radio, The Law, TV | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

In keeping with the demagogue’s credo “Never let a good tragedy go to waste,” some among us are extracting as much mileage from the Jared Loughner massacre as they can. It is being used to raise money and reduce freedom, with the latter amounting to calls for gun and speech control. And among these calls is the proposal to resurrect the Fairness Doctrine (FD).

The basic idea behind the legislation is that if a radio station airs some controversial opinion, time must be provided for the “other side.” And quite coincidentally, I’m sure, this is only to be applied to talk radio, an arena in which the “other side” happens to be the left side.

Conservatives, of course, are opposed to this, and, with their control of Congress, the FD won’t emerge from that chamber. But they are missing a grand opportunity, a chance to exhibit that much ballyhooed thing called bi-partisanship. I suggest that we don’t have to fight over the FD, as we can come together over the following proposal: Not only reinstitute the legislation – expand it.
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The Great Race Deception

February 2, 2011 | Filed Under Biology, Christianity, PCism, Race, Religion, Science, Selwyn Duke, Society/Culture, Technology, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

Just about two years ago, people were speaking of a new era: post-racial America. Well, it occurs to me that if we get any more post-racial, we’ll have a race war. And the latest on this front is a new exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science (MOS) called “RACE – Are we so different?” Reports American Thinker’s Peter Wilson:

The exhibit offers a fascinating window into the fun-house mirror world of race theorists, racial “scholars,” and a good part of the anthropology profession. Even a sympathetic reviewer in the Boston Globe admits that “there’s a wearying didacticism to the show,” and it’s no surprise that the didactic lessons about race are all slanted toward the left.

As for that Globe reviewer, Mark Feeney, he writes:
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Attacking the Family: Making the Terms ‘Father’ and ‘Mother’ Passé

January 17, 2011 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Government, Liberals, Selwyn Duke, State Department | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

It seems that our neutered, post-Christian culture just can’t do enough to vindicate Muslims’ accusation of Western decadence. And the latest affront to common sense and Truth is an attack upon the family: The State Department will remove the terms “father” and “mother” from passport applications and replace them with “gender neutral terminology.” Reporting on the story, Fox News writes:

“The words in the old form were ‘mother’ and ‘father,’” said Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services. “They are now ‘parent one’ and ‘parent two.’”

A statement on the State Department website noted: “These improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a child’s parents and in recognition of different types of families [emphasis added].”

Improvements? A real improvement would be eliminating the Brenda Spragues from government.
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Walking Short: The Life and Lies of Sheriff Clarence Dupnik

January 12, 2011 | Filed Under Arizona, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Liberals, Selwyn Duke | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

The obvious villain in the Gabrielle Giffords tragedy is the man who caused it, the very disturbed Jared Lee Loughner. Sadly, though, there have been villains in the response to it, too – many villains. And while it’s hard to make a pick for this Black Hat Award, one man who has certainly distinguished himself is Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.

As you may know, Dupnik has been busy warning of how speech has consequences while in the same breath blaming conservatives for the actions of Loughner. Now, I don’t blame the sheriff for asking why. It is fine to look for reasons. It is not fine to be reckless and wrong. And it’s a sin when it’s born of indifference to Truth.

To be precise, Dupnik implicates right-wing talk radio – he mentioned Rush Limbaugh – and cable news in the Giffords shooting. Yet a number of obvious things seem to have eluded this man, this supposed professional investigator. For starters, if we’re actually going to analyze the politics of Loughner, we should note that one of his former classmates, Caitie Parker, describes him as a “left wing” “political radical” and “pot head”; moreover, Parker — who had been in a band with Loughner — states that he was a fan of the radical leftist punk-rock band Anti-Flag. Note here that Loughner did, in fact, echo that band’s ideas on his YouTube page. Also note that on that page Loughner had listed as one of his favorite works The Communist Manifesto.
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The Missing Link in the Evolution of Barack Obama

January 5, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Communism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Liberals, Selwyn Duke, Socialism, WWII | 1 Comment

-By Selwyn Duke

One of the problems with the idea of “American exceptionalism” is that it exacerbates a kind of complacency common to man. This is the phenomenon whereby people often view themselves as exceptions, saying, after some tragedy, for instance, something such as “I never thought it could happen to me.”

On a national level — and this especially plagues great nations — this manifests itself in the notion that “it” could never happen here. Oh, the “it” could be descent into tyranny, domination by a foreign power or dissolution. Or, maybe, it could be the election of a leader who is a Manchurian candidate, a traitor within, someone bent on destroying the nation that gave him everything. That…“it”…couldn’t happen here. In fact, the idea is so preposterous to many Americans that, if such a threat loomed, they would never see it coming. And they would call a person who warned of it a nut.

So I want to present you with a hypothetical. Let’s say a leader were elected who had, during his childhood, been mentored by an avowed Nazi. Let us further say that his guardians had chosen this mentor for him, indicating that they likely were sympathetic to the man’s beliefs. Now, let us say that upon reaching college, this future leader gravitated toward Nazi professors. Moreover, we then find out that a man who knew the leader as an undergraduate and was, at the time, a Nazi himself, said that the leader was “in 100 percent, total agreement” with his Nazi professors and was a flat-out Nazi who believed in old-style Brownshirt tactics.
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Citizen, Class Warrior, Florida School Board Gunman…and Good Humanist

December 28, 2010 | Filed Under Crime, Florida, Selwyn Duke | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

In the film “The Devil’s Advocate,” Satan poses as a powerful attorney bent on undermining man through the law. When he finally reveals himself to the main character toward the movie’s end, he delivers a self-adulatory monologue during which he proudly states, “I’m a fan of man. I’m a humanist. Maybe the last humanist.”

Speaking of devilish actions, by now most Americans have heard of Clay Duke (no relation!), the gunman who opened fire at a Panama City, Florida school board meeting. We know that he was upset about his wife’s dismissal from a district job and that he wanted to exact revenge on those he deemed responsible. We also know that no innocents were harmed and the only fatality was Duke himself, who, after being wounded by a brave security guard, died by his own hand.

What few know, however, is Duke revealed that he had the philosophical foundation of what we today call “leftism”: On his Facebook page, he listed his religion as “Humanism.”
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Ending the TSA Madness: Listen Up, Folks, Here’s How You Win the Profiling Debate

December 22, 2010 | Filed Under 9/11, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Government, History, Islamofascism, Liberals, Nanny State, Regulation, Rights, Security/Safety, Selwyn Duke, Terrorism, TSA | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

One thing that saddens me about the TSA security controversy is that we’re missing a great opportunity. Sure, the insanity of patting down three-year-old, blonde-haired lasses and octogenarian grandmothers with prosthesis has caused a great backlash, as more and more people are realizing that our government’s common-sense-blind approach is born of a deadly allegiance to political correctness. In fact, I’ve even heard a few usually very careful pundits float the idea that we should think about profiling Muslims. Unfortunately, though, they invariably drop the ball in the debate.

The problem is that they don’t believe they occupy the moral high ground. Instilled with the idea that advocating “racial profiling” (a propaganda term) amounts to bigotry, they generally back down as soon as someone looks askance at their suggestion. This is especially frustrating to me because I’ve long been promulgating an airtight argument that, not only refutes the racial-profiling propaganda, but also illustrates why the moral high ground actually belongs to our side. So I’ll present the argument again in the hope that it will now receive a better reception. Here it is:
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You Can Touch My Junk, but Nothing Else

December 6, 2010 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Children, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Islamofascism, Liberals, Nanny State, Selwyn Duke, Sex Offenders/Rape, Terrorism, TSA | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

Now that “Don’t touch my junk!” has become a rallying cry, I must ask a question: What’s with this youth-culture tendency to refer to male genitalia as “junk”?

Since I keep my nose to the ground, I noticed this slang innovation long before John Tyner drew his line in the sand; it seems to be a phenomenon of the last five years or so. And it’s one I’d like to put on the junk heap.

If I have any junk, it won’t be on my body and probably will end up in the trash bin. And if the TSA wants to rummage through it, hey, be my guest. It’s said that you can tell a lot about a person by examining his refuse. So you can touch my junk — but let’s be a bit more careful when we lay our hands on the language, shall we?
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Profile Muslims or Pat Down the Masses?

November 27, 2010 | Filed Under 9/11, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, History, Islam, Islamofascism, Liberals, PCism, Police, Regulation, Religion, Security/Safety, Selwyn Duke, Society/Culture, Terrorism, TSA, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

With all the bad press the TSA has received recently, we can’t be sure if the acronym stands for Transportation Security Administration, Touches Sensitive Areas or Truly Scandalous Attention. But, for sure, its pat downs and sci-fi radiation screeners give many of us another good reason to avoid the increasingly unfriendly skies. Yet while the TSA right now has supplanted the IRS as the bureaucracy we most love to hate, its policies are merely part of a longstanding cultural trend: the failure to recognize that the good of the many outweighs the good of the few.

It’s the same reason why certain cities, most notably London, are now surveilling their residents with thousands of video cameras. If you’re not willing to administer punishment sufficient to deter all the criminally inclined save a few intractable miscreants, some of whom you can catch, the only other solution is to have an all-seeing Big Brother that can catch all. It’s much like treating a cancer: If you cannot target just the affected tissue, the only other solution is to treat the whole body.

Because the former is preferable not just in medicine but also law enforcement, behavioral-sciences specialists long ago developed the method called “profiling.” Unfortunately, social-engineering specialists soon after discredited the universal application of profiling with a method called propaganda. Consequently, when we want to administer targeted treatment in the effort to thwart terrorism, we’re told that it’s “racial profiling” and beyond consideration. This is utter nonsense.
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When the Democrat Party Left You Behind

November 8, 2010 | Filed Under Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, History, House of Representatives, Liberals, President, Selwyn Duke | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

Many years ago, a very nice lady with whom I was having a political discussion announced to me, “I’m a Democrat.” My immediate response was, “By birth or by choice?”

It’s a relevant question for many Americans, as some treat party affiliation as if it’s akin to ethnicity. It can work like this: Their pappy was a Democrat, and their grandpappy was a Democrat, and their great-grandpappy was a Democrat, so they have to be one, too. This is despite the fact that the party has changed along with the generations. Their grandfather is gone — and so is the party that he once supported.

This is why it’s interesting when an elderly person who was a passionate Democrat in his salad days is still so today. I would say to such an individual, “It was very brave of you to admit you were all wrong about things and abandon all your old beliefs.” If this left him puzzled, I’d explain that since the Democrat Party is radically different today than it was 50 years ago — since it’s now pro-abortion, for all intents and purposes promotes faux marriage, advocates race-based quotas, pushes amnesty for illegals, bails out wealthy fat cats with our tax money and refuses to enforce laws in a race-neutral fashion (the Black Panther case), among other things — that he must accept this radical agenda as well. After all, to oppose this ideological sea-change in the Democrats but still support them would be to place party ahead of principle.
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