As a general rule there is never a bad time for a murderous dictator to meet his end, however the timing of Fidel Castro’s death, at a moment when most American leftists in media and academia are berating and bemoaning the election of Donald Trump is most fortuitous.
Castro’s death while all this insanity is going on provides a teachable moment for those who are returning to a classroom after thanksgiving.
So to all of those being told of the greatness of Fidel Castro by those who celebrated his rise to power and insisted that Cuba was a better place under him, while at the same time bemoaning the future of the United States under president elected Donald Trump by the professional leftists teaching them I pose the following question.
For decades the left has insisted that Fidel Castro was a hero who made his island a better place while insisting that claims of oppression were either false or overblown.
Yet despite this thousands of Cubans fled their Island, risking jail if caught and drowning if not in order to escape this supposed “paradise”. Even Cuban athletes representing the country had to be carefully watched when competing internationally because even the threats against their families on the island was not enough to guarantee that they would not defect to the west.
That is Cuba under the Castros.
Meanwhile before the election of Donald Trump celebrities from Al Sharpton to Lena Dunham, from Cher to Whoopi Goldberg and Amy Schumer vowed to leave the country if he was elected to escape the evils of what would be his despotic rule.
Not only did the various celebs all have sufficient wealth to allow them to leave the country without incident (unlike most of those who fled Castro) but under the laws of the United States they faced no fear of reprisal if they choose to go, no being stopped at the border, no imprisonment of families, not even a risky boat ride, the most dangerous part of leaving would be the risk of having to fly coach.
Yet when the time came, every single one of them decided to stay.
So my question to those attending a college where they are singing the praises of Fidel Castro while creating safe spaces and organizing marches to oppose Donald Trump is this?
If What you’ve been told about Trump vs Castro is true, why aren’t the Cubans staying and the celebrities fleeing? Wouldn’t that be the logical result?
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I must confess when saw the title of this piece at ESPN I misread it:
NWHL player Harrison Browne comes out as a transgender man
I presumed that the NWHL had discovered that one of their players was in fact born a man meaning that the women playing against him.
I was interested to see how teammates where dealing with a person of the biologically different sex sharing a locker room, if opponents were publicly saying it was no big deal while off the record complaining that it was unfair.
Alas once I read the story I realized why there was no reason to fuss.
Browne has decided to postpone a medical transition until he’s done playing in the NWHL, and he’s not changing his legal name right now for visa reasons. Browne says he is “not closing the door” to transitioning to the men’s side of the sport one day depending on how his body changes.
In other words Harrison Brown is in fact a woman, who “identifies” as a man, and thus none of the problems that I mentioned above apply.
“At the end of the day, Harrison is the same player he was last year,” Rylan said. “We’re here to support him. It’s really not a big deal when you look at it, we’re respecting his name, the pronouns and his request to be his authentic self.”
“Support has been a major thread of our team unity and success,” Beauts GM Ric Seiling said. “And that goes beyond the rink.”
Of course Harrison is the same player as last year, Harrison is a woman. That’s why nobody cares if “he” is in the locker room, or worries about being cross checked by “him” or thinks the Beauts have an unfair advantage with “him” on their roster. Because all the players know that “Harrison” is no more a man that the character of “Teddy” in Arsenic and old lace was the 26th president of the United States.
In other words, it’s just as unreal as if one of “his” teammates declared she was Harry Truman, as long as her self delusion doesn’t affect play, it’s no big deal. Of course the headline “Woman plays on WNHL team” isn’t really going to draw the clicks is it.
Two final thoughts
I really laughed at this paragraph
NWHL commissioner Dani Rylan said the league is now working on a policy that will include transgender athletes, and that the women’s league is accepting of a transgender man on a team roster.
In other words the NWHL commissioner is showing how open minded she is by allowing women to play in the woman’s hockey league. Big deal. When she allows “transgender women” (ie actual men) to play on the teams, share the locker rooms, and check players at full speed, then give me a call.
I presume that like other professional leagues the WNHL has rules concerning steroids and drug enhanced performances. If transgender men are allowed, who are being given testosterone as part of their medical transition, are allowed to play will the WNHL penalize a woman who took a testosterone supplements for the sole purpose of build muscle mass for an advantage and if so, is that fair?
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I’m a sucker for time-travel stories. Whether it’s Harry Potter, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Back to the Future, Stephen King’s 11/22/63 or anything else, a good story about the hero traveling back in time and affecting (or restoring) “the timeline” is one of my favorite diversions. If the plot is clever and resolves itself well, I’m even willing to put up with hokey dialog and two-dimensional characters. I just love it when a story, which can easily open itself to paradox, cliché and deus ex machina anti-climax, manages to apply self-consistent logic and arrive at an exciting, thought-provoking and satisfying ending.
Of course, we know that time travel is impossible. You can’t go back in time and murder your grandfather, there are no alternate universes and there is no grand government conspiracy hiding an actual time travel device so we just think it’s impossible. But that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to change the past, at least not if you’re a progressive, or whatever term the left chooses to apply to itself. The only hard part is getting yourself into a position to do it, such as becoming a Supreme Court Justice.
If you’re like me, and believe that words have meanings and expect that logical self-consistency is essential for any set of laws to make sense, then you would agree that once a law is passed it’s meaning should remain constant until such time as the legislature chooses to amend or repeal the law. That’s a pretty basic feature of any “government of laws, not of men.” The problem, as the left sees it, is that our Constitution was set up to make it hard to change the law, but we conservatives see this as a feature, not a bug.
The way the Constitution says you change a law is to advocate for the change and convince the legislature to pass the amendment, get it approved by the other house and have the president sign it into law. But that can be difficult since (ideally) each legislator is beholden to a constituency (those pesky “we the people” again), so they have to convince them that it’s a good idea too. If they can’t, then they may get voted out in the next election. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work. What if there were an easier way?
Let’s suppose that time travel were actually possible. Our legislative crusader could go back in time, maybe to the Constitutional Convention, and actually advocate to change the Constitution. Maybe convince James Madison that the first amendment should include that phrase “Congress shall make no law limiting the ability of a mother to kill her unborn child at any time during her pregnancy.” Then the Supreme Court never would have had to wrestle with the abortion question in Roe v. Wade.
Instead, the left has discovered that Legislative Time Travel is much easier. All they have to do is decide what policy they want to enact and then declare that the meaning of the appropriate legislation is actually different from what everyone thought it was originally, and – surprise! – it actually means just what it needs to mean to enact whatever policy they want. They did it with abortion, they did it with gay “marriage” and now they’re doing it with “transgenderism.” Instead of going back in time and convincing Madison, all they have to say is “Madison really meant whatever I wish he’d meant.”
And the Obama administration doesn’t even have to go back that far. By reinterpreting Title IX to include the nebulous term “gender identity” they have the chutzpah to tell legislators, many of whom are still around, that the law they passed to prohibit discrimination based on sex now means something completely different.
So now we find ourselves in an alternate reality where laws are no longer logically self-consistent, since “gender identity” is completely subjective and this made-up interpretation of plainly written law is now in direct contradiction of the First Amendment in forcing churches and religious organizations and employers to go against the practice of their faith (i.e. the free exercise of their religion) to accommodate what the American College of Pediatricians has classified as a psychological disorder.
Since we don’t believe in Legislative Time Travel, we need representatives who will follow the Constitution and not just make things up as they go along. Since Clinton has pledged to be Obama’s third term, we can expect more of the same if she is elected. It says a lot about how far left Clinton and the democrats have become that Donald Trump is actually the candidate who is more likely to restore our timeline to one that make sense.
Missy (The Master): He’s trapped at the heart of the Dalek empire. He’s a prisoner of the creatures who hate him most in the universe. Between us and him is everything the deadliest race in all of history can throw at us. We, on the other hand, have a pointy stick. How do we start? Clara:We assume we’re going to win.
There are few thing I enjoy more than re-watching the 2004 ALCS series starting with the 9th inning of game 4.
Even twelve years later and with three world series in the bag. The 2004 ALCS is special. It brings a smile to the face and a tear to the eye and it all began with the greatest stolen base in Red Sox History:
and ended with Big Papi knocking it out.
Now for Red Sox fans like myself the great comeback of 2004 is particularly special because it was our first world series win. That first championship is always the greatest.
I’m sure this isn’t unique to Red Sox fans. 1969 was the first championship for the Met and the 1969 Miracle Mets as some might have forgotten came back from behind to take the East from the Chicago Cubs and then swept Atlanta to win their first pennant.
Yes that’s a young Nolan Ryan who was to win his only World Series Ring of his incredible career with those Miracle Mets.
And if you go back even further in 1951 the then NY Giants were 12 1/2 back in August and 4 1/2 games back with ten to play and managed to come back and take the Pennant.
Now All of these teams and comebacks are legendary and every baseball fan knows them. Do you know the reason why?
Because they are exceptions.
Nobody talks about the seasons when the Yankees dominated in the 90’s or the Reds in 1976 or the 1973 Oakland A’s not because they weren’t great teams but because thing happened as expected.
And that brings us to the election results tonight.
As of this writing Massachusetts, Georgia, Virginia and Alabama and Tennessee have all gone for Donald Trump and when CNN reported that GOP donors are getting together to get money together to stop him Jake Tapper just said “Why don’t they wait till after the inauguration?”
At the same time as the GOP Establishment is doing this many of my fellow conservative activists are talking about the same thing stopping Trump or suggesting that he’s in trouble to wit
Yes, @realDonaldTrump will be solid front runner w/delegates after tonight, but now it is a delegate hunt marathon w/ front runner wounded
Now as I’ve said over and Over I’m a Ted Cruz guy. I voted for him today and I urge all voters to vote for Ted as the best candidate to secure the border, stop Obamacare, I’m glad he’s leading in Texas and exit polls look good in Oklahoma which would be one more state than the MSM was projecting and I’d be delighted for him to come back and win the nomination.
But I understand that such a comeback would be in the same class as the 2004 Red Sox , the 1969 Mets and the 1951 Giants and have no intention of pretending otherwise and I hope the Ted Cruz campaign does the same because you can’t get to where you want to go unless you understand where you are.
Now I don’t expect the Establishment GOP to tell the truth but I’m really bothered to see my fellow conservative activists retreat to their safe spaces
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A Lancashire Police officer told MailOnline: ‘There are Muslim areas of Preston that, if we wish to patrol, we have to contact local Muslim community leaders to get their permission’.
One officer from Yorkshire said on the online forum Police.Community: ‘I’m not allowed to travel in half blues to work anymore IN MY OWN CAR as we’re ‘All at risk of attack’ – yet as soon as someone points out the obvious it’s ‘divisive.’
that real people live.
And people will continue to live these truths until someone shakes them out of their apathy.
Last Wednesday in a Rose Garden ceremony Vice President Joe Biden, with President Obama at his side, announced that he will not be a candidate for president in 2016, although he certainly sounded like one.
And Biden heralded art of compromise in his address.
I believe we have to end the divisive partisan politics that is ripping this country apart. And I think we can. It’s mean-spirited. It’s petty. And it’s gone on for much too long. I don’t believe, like some do, that it’s naïve to talk to Republicans. I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our enemies. They are our opposition; they’re not our enemies. And for the sake of the country, we have to work together.
Eloquent words. But as hollow as a carved pumpkin.
The definition of compromise that contemporary Democrats believe in is that they hold fast to their positions while calling on Republicans to change their stands. If they don’t liberals label them obstructionists or worse. Examples? Obama has called his political opponents “hostage takers” and “enemies.” His still-unpopular ObamaCare law was passed by Congress with no Republican votes.
Prior to his election as president Obama was a US senator from Illinois, nominally representing me in Washington. His predecessor was Peter Fitzgerald, a Republican. Like Obama, Fitzgerald moved up from the Illinois state Senate to to the US Capitol and for two years he served with the future president in Springfield.
He was a very partisan and ideological Democrat who represented a district that really was probably 90 percent Democrat, and certainly I saw him as reflective of his district in that he was just one of those state senators from Chicago who viewed the Democratic party as being right 100 percent of the time and the Republican party wrong 100 percent of the time. He’s not one to work across party lines.
Yet in last week’s Rose Garden speech, Biden parroted the myth that his boss believes that “compromise is not a dirty word.”
But in reality Obama has his own definition of what compromise and that is “I win and you lose.”
There is what I call the turnpike effect: You get on the turnpike and it looks like yours is the only car on the turnpike, but five minutes later thousands of cars are buzzing all around you.
The last few weeks have had that effect on me. I normally focus on news from Latin America (which are usually grim), and rarely on non-political U.S. news, so it’s not like there aren’t enough crazy news to go around. It’s just that I don’t pay attention to them. However, now is the “What are you, nuts?” time.
In the past couple of weeks three stories have been high enough on the news cycle that I have decided to lump in the “What are you, nuts?” category:
1. Jenner, whether you go by Caitlyn or Bruce, is as much of a woman as I.
2. Rachel Dolezal is more black than Justice Clarence Thomas.
3. It was OK to allow the Clinton jail escapees wear street clothes.
On item #1, old news by now, but I am sympathetic to Jenner, and pray that the Lord help him find peace. However, the cold fact remains that a person with the Y chromosome who sires six children and retains all of his original factory-installed equipment is not a woman, no matter that the person has a glamour cover on Vanity Fair wearing thousands of dollars’ worth of make-up, hair, and clothes. It’s one thing for Jenner to decide to undergo a costly and most painful transition to live as a woman; it’s another thing altogether to insist thatwe all regard it as an accomplished biological fact.
On item #2, again, Dolezal’s may choose to live as a person of any race. However, Dolezal’s background by now shows a long history of lies (even a lawsuit), which point, at best, to the possibility of a mental disorder. The implication that she’s “more black” than Justice Thomas, who grew up in the segregated South, firmly deserves a place in the “What are you, nuts?” file.
Then there are Matt and Sweat (you couldn’t come up with a better-named duo if you tried), the two escapees who are still at large. In spite of their violent antecedents dating back to adolescence, the two were granted prison privileges that included the benefit of wearing street clothes. Yes,
I know the argument for allowing a man like that to benefit from the usual rewards for good behavior in prison. It goes like this: he’s there for life, or at least many many many years, and there needs to be some possibility of rewards for his cooperation or he’s going to make the place miserable the whole time. Having no rewards at all increases his dangerousness because he has nothing to lose by acting just as bad as he can, and nothing to gain by acting better.
Above all, the fixation on Caitlyn Jenner and Flozell of Spokane at a time when Chinese hackers are stealing state secrets with impunity; when the Chinese, Iranians, and Russians are laughing at our military; when our economy is being sustained only by massive Government borrowing (that can go on forever, right?) shows that, as a culture, we no longer care about Serious Things. We have lost sight of what matters, and instead are locked into a cycle of self-validation through self-gratification and fixation on frivolous identity culture.
We are bombarded daily with news that even a few short years ago would have been unimaginable.
A recent article in Salon written by an abortion worker refers to an aborted baby as an “unwanted growth” and by removing it they “preserved the woman’s chosen course.” Seeing tiny arms and legs floating in a bowl made her even more pro-choice pro-abortion.
Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion provider in the country, tweeted that they thought telling girls to protect their character on prom night was “despicable.”
And the latest Gallup poll states:
Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000’s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage, and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level. source
One glaring observation of this poll is that while support for abortion has gone up by three points, support for the death penalty has gone down by the same three points.
To see these findings in action, I need go no further than my own very conservative area where the illegitimate birth rate among teenagers has skyrocketed. Marriage is no longer important, and multiple children by different fathers is common.
Marriage and family, the bedrock of a civilized nation, is all but destroyed. I have no doubt that when the Supreme Court issues it’s ruling on same-sex “marriage”, it will come down on the side of the homosexuals, thereby completely changing the definition of marriage.
Benjamin Franklin emphasized that without virtue, free societies could not properly function. He said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
When was the last time you even heard the word “virtue”? If people conformed to accepted virtues, none of what is going on would be possible.
There is much talk on many sites, usually the ones focused on the economy, about some big event coming along to collapse our country. Trust me on this, it won’t happen like that. In fact, it’s already happening and has been for decades. The slow drip of immorality and depravity has already transformed our country into something most of us don’t recognize anymore.
The elites don’t want a collapse, they want slaves who will be willing to do their bidding.
John Adams, in a letter dated October 11, 1798, to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts said:
[…]we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
I have no intention of being anyone’s slave, and I hope you don’t either.
On Facebook I saw a liberal friend call the what-has-she-accomplished? attacks on Hillary Clinton “absurd.” Actually this is the best argument against HRC’s candidacy for president, although I can see why progressives are perplexed by this criticism. Libs’ minds are wired into whether people have the correct opinions and the right intentions. But of course no one cares if your trash collectors are Republicans or Democrats–you only care if that garbage is gone from your driveway once a week.
We’ve all worked with an office know-it-all, the person who can’t hack his own job but has plenty of ideas on how he can do a better job than his boss. All he–or she of course–needs is a promotion and the power to shine. On the rare occasion I’ve seen that complainer move up the ladder, the result was predictable, failure.
Because having great ideas and vision is only part of what is needed to be successful. You need to have skills to convince others that your course of action is the best–and to have patience to maintain alliances if initially confronted with failure. The concept of the philosopher-king is a myth.
Last week on MSNBC, Mark Halperin asked ten Iowa Democrats who are Hillary Clinton supporters to name one of her accomplishments while serving in the Obama administration. They couldn’t name any.
Seven years earlier on the same network, Chris Matthews asked a Texas state senator a similar question about Barack Obama–he was stumped too.
As for Obama’s record as president, we can look at a resurgent an anti-American Russia, the rise of ISIS, green energy failures, and a moribund economy. Obama’s biggest achievement is the still unpopular ObamaCare law–one that could be stripped down next month by the Supreme Court.
Americans: Do you really want four more years of an unaccomplished president? Can we afford it?
Duncan:It doesn’t have to be public as long as everybody knows
Yes Minister: Party Games 1984
This weekend everyone was all a twitter about the Saudi’s intention to arm themselves with Nuclear Weapons to answer the Obama enabled mullahs of Iran.
But unlike the Iranians who decided to develop their own program the Saudi’s being glutted with the wealth that comes from having only to poke a hole in the ground to find it are looking at a quicker route:
Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told BBC Newsnight.
While the kingdom’s quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran’s atomic programme, it is now possible that the Saudis might be able to deploy such devices more quickly than the Islamic republic.
Now given the effect of Obama’s retreat in Iraq, and the results of the Ukrainian surrender of their nukes the Saudi move is a prudent one but there is an obvious question worth asking.
Since 1947 the arab nations of the area have insisted the Israel is the greatest danger to peace, an aggressor out to enslave arabs and until 1973 fought multiple wars in an attempt to destroy them.
While Israel did not publicly admit it, the entire Arab world suspected that Israel had the bomb , and the first unofficial confirmation came out in 1986 meaning that they have known Israel had nukes for at least 30 years.
Yet the knowledge that the scourge of humanity, the country that the UN condemns more than any other. The state that Arabs the world over consider the ultimate aggressor at knowledge did not compel the Saudi’s to either develop or buy the bomb.
There is lot of talk that comes from our friends on the left, about the threat of Israel but the only crisis that Israel nukes brought to the middle east was arresting of the potential of Arabs to slaughter Jews en masse. And Arab nations for all their talk acted accordingly
Compare this to how Arab nations are reacting to a potential nuclear bomb.
Glenn Reynolds often says this Global Warming: “I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who keep telling me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.”
The Saudis/Arabs never acted like Israel with a bomb for 30+ years was a crisis because for all their talk they knew it was not.
Now with the Iranians about to get the bomb the Saudi’s are acting like it’s a crisis.
Now in fairness to Mr. Beutler, you can make a case that Mr. Paul has been more flexible in his positions and to some degree his article makes that case
Paul went on to suggest his old view—that we should not provide foreign aid to Israel—isn’t in contradiction with his new view: that foreign aid should be phased out, starting with antagonistic countries and working back to Israel, because “ultimately all nations should be free of foreign aid because we shouldn’t borrow money to do it.”
However attacking the Senator for the difference between his ideal (the elimination of foreign aid) and the steps that are politically possible to move in that direction (elimination of foreign aid to our enemies) is a weak argument as selling what is currently possible while making the case to the people for the next step is the way an intelligent pol creates change.
But in terms of sheer nonsense that pales before the argument that not being friendly to reporters is going to ruin him.
When he shushes a reporter or scolds her for talking over him, his loyalists don’t see an otherwise talented politician unable to hide his annoyance. They eat it up. In their minds Paul is the rare politician who’ll bite back at reporters when they supposedly expose their biases. But asking questions that other conservatives continue to raise reveals no bias. What it reveals is that, for all his natural talent, Paul can’t reconcile his beliefs with his ambitions. That’s a huge problem for a national politician. It will define his candidacy.
This is nonsense for two significant reasons.
The first is the most obvious, no matter how many times as a Republican you go along with a reporters meme or make concessions to their opinions, the reality is the goal of the Mainstream media is your defeat and if you are a strong conservative not just your defeat you but discredit you.
Making accommodations with people who want to destroy you is analogous to the Iran deal a denial of reality that will in the end only make things worse.
Will this affect Americans’ trust in the media? It could, but it’s important to keep in mind that such trust is already as low as it has been since Gallup began measuring it.
Each September we track a measure of trust in “…the mass media, such as newspapers, TV and radio — when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately and fairly…” The accompanying graph shows the trend since 1997, with the “great deal”/”fair amount” of trust category dropping from as high as 55% in 1999 to a low of 40% both in 2012 and in 2014.
In other words six in ten Americans don’t trust the MSM in fact according to Gallup’s chart less than one in five Americans trust Television or Internet news quite a lot or more and Newspapers only manage to produce that level of trust from 22% of Americans.
In fact not only are media trusted less than Banks but only 38% of independents and 54% of Democrats have even a fair amount of trust of the media.
That being the case when Rand Paul expresses public distrust in the media the most likely reaction from the majority of the voting public is going to be agreement
Will it be enough to win Senator Paul the nomination? Of course not, but disdain for the media can only help Rand Paul with voters and only someone from the media could fail to understand this.
In an age when everybody is turning to surgery, pills & fad diets Ms. hudson has a method of maintaining a competitive physical shape that openly reinforces uncomfortable truth.
“You [have to] work your ass off, that’s the only way. [And] you have to eat right,”
Furthermore it’s a question of consistency:
“I wouldn’t say [I work out] a lot, just consistently…People think for some reason you have to work out for two and a half hours…but, it can be little. It can be 20 minutes, it could be 40 minutes, but you have to [get it in],” she said. “You can’t do like two weeks and go like do two days and then take a week off and then do three days and then go, ‘Why aren’t I [seeing results?] I don’t get it.’ You know, you just got to do it — sad, like anything else in life!”
Obviously as a person who doesn’t work out & eats wrong (but better than I once did) my opinion on health is not worth much so why am I bringing this up?
Because this applies to almost every single endeavor in life, from writing, to any kind of business to politics. People keep looking for a quick score or an angle it reminds me of what Max Hastings wrote about 3rd world armies who simply can’t get it through their heads the reality of relentless training as the secret to the success of British & American forces from his book The Battle for the Falklands
They all secretly believe that there is some pill you can take if you will tell them what it is.
But like those third world armies such as the arabs who routinely lost wars to Israel and to the mill if you are looking to get into Kate Hudson shape there is a simple answer
Hudson told Us. “Everybody wants some sort of secret and there just isn’t, it’s just you have to work out.”
It’s like the 10 commandments, easy rules are always the hardest to follow.
This is an important life lesson that’s worth learning
Third-Quarter 2014 Primetime Averages
FNC: 1,797,000 viewers, up 12 percent (313,000 adults 25-54, up 12 percent)
CNN: 555,000 viewers, up 2 percent (186,000 adults 25-54, up 4 percent)
MSNBC: 557,000 viewers, down 2 percent (150 adults 25-54, down 21 percent)
HLN: 352,000 viewers, down 4 percent (120 adults 25-54, down 12 percent)
Yes FNC is outdrawing them all combined and yes we can joke about Shark Tank re-runs beating MSNBC but let me throw a dose of reality at you. Those FOX numbers mean nothing as long as these broadcast news numbers remain true:
You will note that Fox total views barely beats the 3rd place CBS number for 18/54 year olds. Furthermore If we combine the totals of these 25,821,000 & 6,089,000 in the 18-54 demo for the seven networks in question here is what we get for numbers by comparison
NBC 31.6% 29.7%
ABC 31.1% 32.9%
CBS 24.5% / 24.7%
FOX 7.0% /5.1%
CNN 2.1% / 3.0%
MSNBC 2.1% / 2.5%
HLN 1.3% / 1.9%
So for all their power in cable Fox news reaches a whopping 7% of news viewers and not even Megan Kelly beauty has gotten them above 5.1% among 18/54 year olds.
Furthermore when you remember that the 25.8 million number represents only 10.7% of the voting age population and and 18.4% of the number of people who actually voted the impact of Fox (and to some degree the networks) is really understood.
Now to the left, being totalitarian in nature, even this modest bit of the electorate getting an opinion differing from their message is dangerous which is why FOX remains a target, but lets not kid ourselves. As long as we are crowing about FOX News vs CNN/MSNBC/HLN we are like the toughest player on the JV football team talking smack.
Until we break into those newsrooms thing swill not change and frankly until we break into the greater culture where the 89.3% of voting age people who don’t watch news go even that move will be wasted.
Conservatives pride themselves on seeing things as they are as opposed to the utopian left. Let’s start acting like it.
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Update: Hotair gloats over Media Matters failure but as long as Fox is only reaching 7% of news consumers and under 1% of the electorate they are winning.
…Then perhaps someone in the country would give a damn that she didn’t even make it to Michael Brown’s age:
How many people got shot to death in Chicago this past weekend? I don’t know, but I’m going to guess it’s probably more people than the Ferguson, Missouri, police have shot to death in the past five years. (OK, I just Googled it: 7 dead, 29 wounded in Chicago last weekend, including 16-year-old Shaquise Buckner. For killing black kids, the Ferguson police can’t ever hope to rival Chicago.)
When a story like Michael Brown’s death makes national news, it’s because the media decided there’s some kind of Social Justice angle. Matthew Shepard was a story like that, and it took years for people to admit it wasn’t really about “homophobia.”
But nobody is rioting in Chicago because Shaquise Buckner never made it to 17, Al Sharpton & Jessie Jackson will not be meeting with his mother, no nationally known lawyers will be holding news conferences about his death, the Black Panthers will not be holding vigils and his murder will be of less consequence to the left’s activists in the city than the potential opening of a Chick Fil A.
After all, there are no potential to change the course of the 2014 midterm elections from his death, is there?
Exit question: If Stacy McCain hadn’t mentioned Shaquise Buckner’s name how many people in the country would know it?
The 4th Doctor :“You know the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit the views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.”
Doctor Who: The Face of Evil Episode Four
Stan:I want you all to call me “Loretta”
Monty Python’s Life of Brian 1979
In the course of my reading yesterday I came across this piece at The Other McCain concerning the ongoing war between Radical feminists and Transgender activists.
I wish Brennan and her radical feminist allies could be strategic enough to realize that there is a huge majority of people who would be willing to support them on this one point — that “woman” is a biological category, not a “gender identity” — if only they realized how important this issue is. The fact that the people being targeted now are my ideological antagonists is not irrelevant to my concern. If hardcore feminists can be targeted this way, what do you think is going to happen when the Tranny Totalitarians target conservatives?
While I find the fight between this em “interesting” groups of people quite amusing there was a rather clarifying moment within this post. This was a tweet from a “transgender” person by the name of Sophia Banks and a response by a person who goes under “SugarPuss” that neatly encapsulates the actual reality here:
Now before we comment on this tweet there is one thing that needs to be clarified. There is, in fact, a tiny amount of people who are born with the sexual organs of both sexes and or an abnormal production of hormones. If a person is in such a situation one should respect whatever decision said person makes at the age of decision in terms of choosing to define oneself as either (or no) sex. None of what follows applies to a person with said medical condition.
Now back to that tweets, The bottom line is with the exception I just noted above there is a simple fact that can not be disputed:
Women do not have penises.
Or as Nursie once explained in Black Adder Series 2
Women do not have penises, Women have never had penises and baring an incredible advance in genetic modification and manipulation or transplant surgery women never will have penises any more than men will have wombs.
Now there are a statistically insignificant amount of men and women who have for whatever reason chosen to have their bodies physically altered, via surgery and or hormone treatments to resemble the opposite sex and who have chosen to live as such. The recognized term used for such a person is “Transgender”. In some countries such alteration is recognized by law, however this doesn’t change the actual reality any more than laws claiming a woman’s testimony is worth half of a man’s under sharia describes an actual mathematical ratio of eyewitness validity.
Now if that tweet said “Transgender woman” rather than simply “woman” I would have no problem with it as it acknowledges the objective reality of a person choosing to physically or chemically altering themselves in a way recognized by law. Nor do I have a problem with a person such as Sophia Banks choosing to live as a woman, function as a woman etc etc etc. Whatever my opinion of the wisdom or sanity of such a decision it’s not my life and therefore not my business. Nor would I have a problem is a person meeting “Sophia” chooses to use female pronouns in discussion, particularly if they had no acquaintance with Sophia before the alternation. Two of the three “transgender” people I know I only met after their “transformation” therefore I find it convenient to use feminine pronouns particularly if they do not wish their previous status disclosed.
However a line is crossed from amused disinterest line to outright defiance if any attempt is made to compel me to acknowledge this delusion as “fact” or if one wishes to force such an acknowledgement by law. At that point this goes from a delusion that only harms the deluded to an attempt to impose a blatant falsehood as truth which is wrong. A great parallel to this would be the group of “catholic” women who ordain themselves & others as catholic “priests”. It’s one thing for them to live this delusion, it’s quite another if they demand the actual Catholic Church to recognize the validity of their make-believe orders.
Or think of the character of Teddy Brewster in the Movie Arsenic & Old Lace. As long as Teddy is simply blowing his bugle and just talking to neighbors his delusion is not a problem or at most a minor annoyance, but the moment he demands secret service protection as an Ex President and insists on attending international conferences being acknowledged as Theodore Roosevelt and takes legal action to secure and compel it, then one would be compelled to remind him of objective reality.
And that brings us to this tweet I put out in response to Stacy’s post that caused so much fuss yesterday.
I found it all quite amusing and returned tweets for a bit until actual “life” trumped my amusement but as of this writing angry responses continue to enter my timeline. I’m not inclined to block them because I’m a first amendment guy & I generally don’t block an account unless it’s a phony troll one. Contrary to their totalitarian impulses crazy uncles/aunts have the right to their opinion just as I have and I further am confident in the wisdom of my followers.
While flogging this reaction might be good for traffic & DaTipJar there is a more interesting phenom to note in term of both psychology & the net that I’d like to discuss.
Five years ago (have I really been doing this that long?) I wrote a piece called “The Empowerment of Crazy Uncles” where I talked about how the internet empowers the 1% of people who are, shall we say reality challenged.
The problem is with the internet and social networking and the like that crazy 1% or 1/10 of one percent is suddenly empowered. Instead of the crazy uncle at the family gathering that you can ignore, suddenly he has 1000 friends that he can text to rebut and counter rebut all night. He is affirmed and empowered and boy is he motivated, because now there are thousands of people telling him he’s been right all along and is MUCH smarter than everyone thought.
300,000-3,000,000 crazy uncles as individuals isn’t a big deal, but get them all writing e-mails or making phone calls and most importantly AFFIRMING themselves and suddenly you have a potent economic and or political force. Suddenly there is a huge market for a book or 10,000 people willing to pay $20 for a DVD. That’s a fair amount of change and a person can make a good living off of it.
While the net empowers these crazy uncles there is one limiting effect upon them. While they make up a considerable niche market and an excellent activist base in reality they are a rounding error when compared to the actual population. That means if you have constructed your psychological identity based entirely on an illusion and have spent thousands of dollars and years of your time reinforcing said illusion via surgical & chemical alteration the one thing you dread above all else is the person who, without fear, is willing to deny your illusion , to pull back the curtain of the Wizard, or point to the procession and say “but the Emperor has nothing on!”
And if such a person is in any way a public person that might encourage others to do the same the carefully built lie that is one’s life becomes as fragile as a block of flats put up by hypnosis: You want to talk phobia THAT’s phobia.
But it’s not just those deluded and fearful of reality who are endangered, it’s the people who make their living supporting and enabling such delusions. The expensive treatments, the bestselling books, the political machines who can count on shock troops, the ability to exploit these people financially & politically for their own gain is never more in danger than when people are willing to stand up and bluntly say the truth. And the truth is this:
When your identity & belief system in your life can be summed up neatly in a 3 minute gag from a Monty Python movie Then it’s likely a wise move to re-examine that system closely.
It’s one thing to lose a cherished delusion, it’s quite another to lose the gravy train that those people illusions finance. That demands a loud, immediate and even a totalitarian response. That’s the real fear on display for the world to see here, if they did not have this fear they would have ignored me as just some guy on twitter to block.
Two things in closing: None of this nonsense removes the inherent dignity owed a person by virtue of humanity. Furthermore said person remains a child of God and thus the proper subject for prayer as required. Those are the rules.
If one’s goal is to intimidate and silence that last thing you want to see is this:
The amusing & irrational tweets from those outraged by my homage to reality will be the subject of my lead post tomorow. @rsmccain#tcot#p2 — Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) July 24, 2014
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Clive: April 1912. This is a photo of the Daniels family of Southampton, and friend. This was taken the day before they were due to sail off for the New World on the Titanic, and for some unknown reason, they cancelled the trip and survived
Doctor Who Rose 2005
Yesterday the administration and their media allies was dancing on air. They were able to announce that they had their seven million Obamacare folks (the methodology wasn’t quite made clear) .
Jay Carney was delighted and the President and Vice President went before the American public yesterday afternoon and declared just how wonderful Obamacare was and how the GOP would have to look people with coverage in the eye and kick them off. The networks ate it up (even CNN found the time to break away from Flight 370 coverage long enough to join the Presidential victory lap).
But while the White House was all smiles and President Obama, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi took their bows there were a few people not in view of the cameras.
If you watch the live coverage you saw plenty of people standing behind the president, you saw even more sitting in the crowd in front of him, but you know who was not either behind the president or in front of him?
Any Democrat running in a district that isn’t safe. There were as hard to find as Leland Yee on CNN
James Carvelle’s column not withstanding , it doesn’t matter how much the White House crows or how much the media spins this or how many seats on the good ship Obamacare between two ferns managed to sell, Democrats who actually have something to lose in November know a boat is full of holes will still sink when it goes out to sea and they’re determined not to be on it..
American voters oppose the Affordable Care Act 55 – 41 percent and 40 percent are less likely to vote for a candidate who supports Obamacare, while 27 percent are more likely and 31 percent say this will not affect their vote.
As I said to Maxine Baptiste this morning as she was crowing about Obamacare’s success
NATO allies will hold emergency talks on the crisis in Ukraine on Tuesday, for the second time in three days, following a request from Poland, the alliance said on Monday.
In calling the meeting, Poland, a neighbor of Ukraine, invoked a NATO rule allowing any ally to consult with the others if it feels its security, territorial integrity or independence are under threat, the so-called Article 4.
“The developments in and around Ukraine are seen to constitute a threat to neighboring Allied countries and having direct and serious implications for the security and stability of the Euro-Atlantic area,” the alliance said in a statement.
Emphasis mine; Poland knows Russia well.
There’s the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, under which Hitler’s Nazi Germany and Stalin’s USSR agreed to split up Poland.[i]
There’s the Katyn Massacre. Originally attributed to the Nazis, it was actually perpetrated by the NKVD (Soviet Secret Police); the USSR admitted to the massacre in 1990.
And there’s the Warsaw Pact. Allegedly it was formed counter as counter to NATO and as a “Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance” between the USSR and eight other eastern European countries, including Poland. But, as is well-known, it was de facto enslavement of those countries by Soviet masters.
But Poland doesn’t even have to look to the previous century find reasons to be suspicious of Russia and its goals.
Recall the scrapped agreement for the missile shield technology for Poland and the Czech Republic. It had been promised by George W. Bush, opposed by Vladimir Putin, and, in the end, was reneged on by Barack H. Obama. And recall that the turnabout was announced on September 18, 2009—the seventieth anniversary of the day on which Hitler and Stalin carried out their designs on Poland.
Polish President Lech Kaczynski and some of the country’s highest military and civilian leaders died on Saturday when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia, killing 96, officials said.
Russian and Polish officials said there were no survivors on the 26-year-old Tupolev, which was taking the president, his wife and staff to events marking the 70th anniversary of the [Katyn] massacre of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police.
Our leadership and many other observers may not be taking into account—or even be familiar with—the history of this abusive relationship, but it would be safe to bet that the Poles had it in mind when they decided to make their appeal to NATO.
This is not to say that the United States should intervene on behalf of Ukraine. Even if our mandate to do so were morally and politically clear-cut, in the wake of the hollowing out of this nation–militarily, economically, socially, and, most importantly, in the leadership sphere–we are simply not able to help Ukraine or any other nation.
But while the President of the United States continually provides negative examples of an observation made by King Solomon in Proverbs, Poland looks at Ukraine, scrutinizes its own history and soberly ponders reality. Please, God, let there be a few more sober realists in the USA!
[i] In his actions concerning Georgia and Ukraine, Russian president Vladimir Putin has borrowed a strategy from both Stalin and Hitler: both claimed that their attack on Poland was to protect ethnic Ukrainians, Belarusians and Germans in the country—a pretext, to be sure.
Putin used a similar justification, with respect to ethnic Russians living in the Republic of Georgia, for the Russo-Georgian War of 2008, which resulted in the “independence” of formerly Georgian provinces Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Both provinces “had been functioning for 15 years outside Georgian control, their de facto independence guaranteed by Russian peacekeeping troops.” Putin is using this same strategy at present as justification for Russia’s incursion into Ukraine–an old form of ethnic cleansing.
(DTG: We welcome UnCommonCents the first of our “villagers” with this post Villagers will write on local topics to the cities & towns in the area where I live.)
I’m a resident of Fitchburg Massachusetts and like many I make an effort to avoid the downtown area as much as possible. Being a husband, a father, a homeowner and a law-abiding tax paying citizen, my time is spent juggling all these blessings and needless to say time is of the essence.
Last Sunday was different , I had some business at the fire departments headquarters downtown and afterwards I had the rare opportunity to drive and “smell the roses” so to speak. I made my way down main street and noticed all the vacant storefronts. Nearly half of all businesses are gone! There are massive abandoned buildings with plywood where windows once stood. I thought to myself this used to be a thriving city and now it resembles Detroit! As I continued I came to another building that’s been decorated with banners and flags and I realized it was the CONDEMNED CITY HALL.
The banners and flags placed there are to mark the 250 anniversary of the City of Fitchburg. The heart of every city/town is displayed on “main street”. Consider it a trophy of achievement or in this case the lack there of! Fitchburg, a city that was once thriving with a busy main street, a place that was once SAFE to walk with your family and loved ones is now nearly abandoned and condemned!
This begs the question HOW? Just look into the mirror and you’ll see why and how. It has nothing to do with partisan politics aka democrat or republican, it has everything to do with the individuals WE elect into public office and if they have OUR best interest. The majority seek office for their OWN interest whether it be to further their party’s agenda or use it as a stepping stone for a higher position. If you want to see how well our elected officials are representing their constituents (we the TAXPAYERS) just drive down Main street. Politicians can manipulate numbers, the media can deceive but neither one can alter REALITY!
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You have to understand this before we go any farther. George Brett was using an illegal bat when he hat that game winning HR off Goose Gossage. All the yelling & screaming and the commissioner ruling not withstanding
Brett used a bat that was illegal and therefore under the rules of baseball was rightly called out.
The question of if the rule concerning the amount of pine tar on the bat was a good rule is an entirely different question.
If he in fact gave $20,000 via shadow donors he not only broke the law. He’s an idiot!
First of all there is no way he doesn’t know what the law is here.
Second of all he is doing it in a race with a dubious chance of success. Forgetting the morality of violating the law if you are going to cheat do it when you have an actual shot to win. Like the Democrats in NH
Third of all It’s of dubious value. You are talking $20,000 in a US Senate race, that would be like building a grand conspiracy to allow 2 people to vote twice in an election as opposed to a more organized effort.
But most of all, we have just passed through a moment when the administration and the justice department has made it clear that they will not punish anyone over Benghazi or the IRS scandal.
Did D’Sousa really think that an administration willing to use the IRS against their political enemies who are acting legally would not use the Justice Department go after a political foe who made the single most popular film against Barack Obama in 2012 in the case of an actual violation of law?
It would not surprise me if there was no “there” there and this is all about sending a message to any who would oppose this administration and I argued just yesterday in my subscription commentary (Ironically recorded before I heard about the D’Sousa story) that the system of campaign finance rules we have is pretty much phony.
…but bottom line the quality of the law or how it is enforced on you compared to say Sen Menendez. We’re conservatives, we understand life isn’t fair. the law exists as it is and if you are going to play the game you have to play it by the rules, particularly when you know when the umpire crew is in the tank for the other team.
And this time the league President is definitely not going to overrule his umps.
Update: This tweet is entirely correct
Dinesh D'Souza has become a victim of the Obama Administration's "selective prosecution" of only their enemies. Much worse then Nixon
What’s the defense? That he’s a good person who meant well and enjoyed camaraderie with the beneficiary of his illegal acts? I don’t think campaign finance laws work that way, but maybe I’m wrong. Personally, I avoid campaign finance because I think the law is set up to snag people on all sorts of weird details. I’m troubled by that, because it means that you can’t run for office unless you have plenty of legal advice, so how do you begin to run for office? It’s really oppressive. But if there’s going to be oppression like that, it can’t be an out that you didn’t mean to violate any law, can it?
Ground Controller:Please State your name and clearance code?
Ground Controller:Your names reality sucks? Ha Ha Ha Ha. One second Mr. Sucks
Red Dwarf 1999
I have made the argument over and over that the only reason to be a Christian in general and a Roman Catholic in particular is because it’s true. I’ve said if it wasn’t true then we’re just an elk’s club that meets on Sundays.
A person who lives according to beliefs not based in truth and reality is fooling him or her self. There are words for such belief sets.
Two are “Fantasy” if you want to be kind and “Delusion” if you don’t.
This came immediately to mind when I saw this story out of Japan.
Kozaki is one of hundreds of thousands of Japanese who have bought Love Plus, a game released on the Nintendo DS in 2009, which is intended to simulate the experience of high-school romance with one of three pre-programmed teen girl characters. For a sizable number of loyal male gamers, it has become something more: a relationship that, if not entirely like dating a real woman, comes close as a source of affection.
“I really do love her,” Kozaki explains, when he and two of his friends meet with me in a coffee shop in Akihabara, the Tokyo neighbourhood at the centre of Japan’s otaku culture. Kozaki fully expects the game to be a lifelong commitment. “If someone were to ask me to stop, I don’t think I could do it,” he says.
IN PERSON – IF INDEED PERSON IS THE RIGHT WORD – Geminoid F can appear strikingly beautiful in a way that doesn’t translate to photos or video. Her hair is smooth and glossy, and falls across her delicately translucent, pale silicone face. As she sits in the chair at Osaka University, she runs through an idling program of random motions. She blinks, fidgets and makes small, distracted movements with her lips. When she turns her head and looks at you with her plastic eyes, the effect is thrilling and unsettling. It feels as if you’re being stared at, a little too intently, by an attractive stranger.
This is cultural suicide on a grand scale. If you have people who are dealing with virtual women who are programed to be Stepford Wives and girlfriends They will have no idea of how to handle actual people with actual feelings and actual needs on their own. One can deny reality as long as you want but sooner or later reality is going to catch up.
Japan is dooming itself to demographic death and here in the US there are plenty of people also dealing with unreality that while not quite at the Japan point are going there.
The future belong to those who show up. At the rate Japan is going they won’t have to worry about being conquered by China, At this rate China will eventually just walk on into to an empty set of Islands.
“Be fruitful and multiply” is better advice they people know.
Well I’m back home after a morning of speaking on Behalf of WQPH Catholic Radio. It’s a new week which means it’s a new thermometer.
It’s a big week in two ways. As the final week of the month getting the paycheck guarantees the Mortgage payment in full, but more importantly if we get the 15 tip jar hitters @ $20 this week it means a full month of paychecks meaning that this system HAS worked.
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My name is Dr Leonard Hofstadter and I could never please my parents so I need to get all my self-esteem from strangers like you. (pointing at Sheldon) But he’s worse!
The Big Bang Theory: The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization 2008
One of the things that I’m asked an awful lot by people is: “How could the country have re-elected Barack Obama after the last four years.” One of the answers I invariably give is this:
“It took Pharaoh 10 plagues to let Moses people go, perhaps it will take 8 years of Obama for the public to figure it out.”
With gas prices on the rise daily and things continuing to tank you wonder just how much longer will it take for people and business to finally say “Enough!”
I told Michael Graham that the president has no incentive to try to change or improve after all he won election as things were but I suspect there is another plan in mind. The Obama/Hofstadter gambit illustrated by this story stories like this out of France.
Let’s set the stage, Goodyear owns a pair of Tire factories they want to dump in the city of Amines (remembered for the less than successful Treaty of Amines a tiny bit of peace between England & France during the Napoleonic Wars” 1200 jobs are on the line and the only bidder was a self made US Tire & Wheel tycoon named Morrie Taylor. But when Mr. Taylor commented on the lack of productivity it resulted in the following exchange :
“This is the French way.” Mr. Taylor told us over the phone that he responded, “Sitting in a cafe is also the French way, and that’s what you’ll be doing soon” if this plant closes.
Mr. Taylor also said that the union bosses told him, “You have to do what we tell you, or we won’t let you buy it [the factory.]”
“So I told them, you guys go bag it,”
Now when the American with the money walked away this was a problem for the French Socialist government, the unions are their backers and the loss of union jobs means the loss of pay for voters. The French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg tried to intervene offering to broker a fair deal. Taylor’s response was classic
“Sir,” he wrote, “your letter states that you want Titan to start a discussion. How stupid do you think we are? Titan is the one with the money and the talent to produce tires. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government.”
This is Barack Obama’s card, the same one evidenced by Leonard’s speech in the episode, The US economy might be in shambles, our debt might be overwhelming and our unions might be choking cities like Detroit, but France and Europe is SO MUCH WORSE.
Well that will be true as there is a Texas and a bunch of Republican Governors to offer other alternatives anyways.
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Jabez Stone: What does it mean here, about my soul?
Mr. Scratch:Why should that worry you? A soul? A soul is nothing. Can you see it, smell it, touch it? No. This soul, *your* soul, are nothing against seven years of good luck. You’ll have money and all that money can buy.
The Devil and Daniel Webster 1941
10th DOCTOR: Come with me. You’ve seen the warehouse, you can’t agree with all this. You know this place better than me, you could help.
SOLANA:They’re over here! Guards! They’re over here!
Doctor Who Planet of the Ood 2008
“You see Mr. Simpson, a man, well, he’ll walk right into Hell with both eyes open….”
Not for the concept of the new abortion regulations, I’m resigned to democrats pushing for such things.
Not for the potential slaughter, The current slaughter is already depressing and frankly the world is full of slaughter from Africa to China to Mexico to Chicago, there is never a shortage of innocents murdered to be upset about.
Not even for the cheers as he made the proposition. I’m into history, the idea of a mob cheering evil as if it’s good has a long and distinguished pedigree.
It’s not like they have the youth of a Lindsay Lohan or a Amanda Bynes to explain their behavior, or the ignorance of many of those born in the last few decades who have never been taught differently or exposed to the word and came of age in a culture that mocks it at every turn.
Andrew Cuomo was born in 1955 eight years before me, His father Mario was born in 1932 11 years after my own. Both were raised Catholic, Andrew being sent to a Catholic High School. Both have been clearly taught the precepts of the Church and of Christ. Being Italian Catholics it is impossible they did not have one or move strongly devout relatives or in Mario’s case devout parents who set an example of faith and what it means.
Likewise Wallin at 61 not only came to age in a different era but as a Catholic priest would have had formal training and teaching in the Gospels, in the faith. These are not things that would be abstract to him, these would be things that would be understood.
Additionally both Cuomo’s and the former Monsignor (he left the church in 2011) by virtue of their place in society would have direct access to superiors in the faith, people of vast knowledge and understanding able to give them advice and guidance, access that an average Catholic simply doesn’t.
Yet they have discarded it like the wrapping of a gift at Christmas. Tossed it for pride in the case of Cuomo, lust in the case of Wallin and greed in the case of both.
The question is why?
Well the easy answer, the one that is most comfortable and least challenging is simple human weakness. These are sins, all people are vulnerable to sin. It is tempting to look at Mr. Cuomo and Msgr Wallin and say to ourselves: “They have given into sin, we are all sinners so rather than critique we should simply pray for them”, Indeed we should pray for them, but that answer while comforting to us permits us to ignore a most uncomfortable reality.
Both Mr. Cuomo and Msgr Wallin are intelligent and educated men. At ages 55 & 61 they both understand they at the very least a decade closer to death than to birth and like all of us are marching relentlessly toward it. This being the case, what do their choices tell us?
They tell us when it comes to Christ, they simply don’t buy it.
They don’t buy God, they don’t buy Christ, they don’t buy the idea of heaven and hell and they certainly don’t buy these words from the Gospel:
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few. “ Matt 7:13-14
They simply see the world in front of them as the only end and a supposed faith as a means to those ends. As Elizabeth Scalia bluntly put it concerning NY’s Governor:
“Yeah, well, he’s not seeking heaven, just now,” I shrugged. “He’s seeking the White House, and power.”
Of course he’s not seeking heaven Elizabeth, he doesn’t believe it’s there! For such a person Mass is a formality for electoral purposes or more likely a comfortable habit akin to Sheldon Cooper knocking on a door three times.
As I said on the air on the Money Matters Radio Network in my first broadcast as a guest host yesterday. The only reason to be Christian in general and Catholic in particular is because it’s true. If it’s not true the we are an Elk’s club that meets on Sundays and the rules of morality that take away from your wealth or comfort are the rules of fools and no amount of belief will make it otherwise. If it’s not true I’m a sucker for not walking across the bridge to Water street and buying every EBT card I can for .50 on the dollar and doubling my available grocery money in seconds.
But the converse is also true. If Jesus Christ is the Son of God, if the Gospel is the word of God, if the bread and wine are transformed at the altar into the body and blood of Christ and if heaven and hell exist, then no amount of disbelief, doubt or laughter will change it.
The tragedy of Andrew Cuomo and of Kevin Wallin is not solely in what they have done and choose to do driven by either the lust for power, sex, money or even drug addiction in Wallin’s case.
The tragedy of their actions is they knew better and were taught better and are intelligent enough to understand better, yet are still walking toward the open-pit. Watching them walk toward it is like watching a Lindsay Lohan or a Amanda Bynes self destruct. It’s a waste, it bothers me, it doesn’t have to happen.
But Andrew Cuomo and Kevin Wallin have one thing going for them, one card still in play:
And he told them this parable: “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. (So) cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?’
He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it;it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.'” Luke 13:6-9
Cuomo, Wallin, myself and anyone who is reading this still has that one vital ingredient to avoid the pit in front of us. We are still alive. I’ll do my best to steer clear of it, you do the same and I hope and pray that Mr. Cuomo and Wallin do too. They have the rest of their lives to do so….
FALSTAFF:My King, my Jove, I speak to thee, my heart!
KING: I know thee not, old man. Fall to thy prayers.
Henry IV Part 2 Act 5 Scene 5
One of the most frustrating things I run into regularly are people in complete denial. I see it in the church often, folks who go to Mass who are devoted to prayer who absolutely insist that the party of Abortion, Gay Marriage and the Obamacare mandates against the Church are not against Catholics because JFK was president and they simply can’t believe the party of Kennedy could possibly be against the church.
In the Jewish community I see the same. They look at the president Obama and his team and because of their historic connections to the Democrat party they can’t bring themselves to believe that the words he has said about Israel could be false and his support of the Jewish state could be hollow no matter what his record was.
Which Brings us to Chuck Hagel
Hagel nomination for defense was still just a rumor Glenn Reynolds linked: to this piece by Jen Rubin at the Washington post that said
President Obama believes in tough sanctions against Iran; Hagel does not. The president insists that he wants good relations with Israel (and thereby can influence its decision-making with regard to Iran); Hagel has displayed a poisonous animosity toward the Jewish state. Hagel has advocated direct negotiations with Hamas; Obama has never gone this far. The difficulty in articulating to foes and friends our positions on an array of issues is greatly magnified when a critical cabinet officials has a long track record of disagreement with the president, or at least what the president says is his current policy.
Now if a GOP president nominated Hagel for this post Jewish Democrats would not hesitate to go after the pick as a slap in the face to Israel, with Obama making the same pick the reactions on the left should be…interesting.
I would cry for the American Jewish community but they willingly voted for Obama and thus are getting the government they deserve. I’ll give the last word via insty this to Powerline:
It was to be expected that, in a second term, Obama would show more clearly his true colors. In fact, he promised the Russians to do so.
And there is something to be said for the kind of clarity Hegal’s selection will bring.
I’d say American Jews were playing Falstaff but in fairness Obama isn’t turning from his former self, he’s always been this way.
Update: It’s now official and I cleaned up the opening sentence that got away from me.
Koch explained to The Algemeiner why he decided to back the President’s re-election even though he says he suspected that Obama would backtrack on his pro-Israel overtures. “I did what I thought was warranted and intelligent,” he said, “He was going to win! There was no question about it. I thought it would be helpful to have a Jewish voice there, being able to communicate.”
So Ed Koch suspecting Obama’s promises to Jews were BS decided to support him because he thought his victory was inevitable? It’s a good thing England didn’t think that way in 1941 or there would have been no living European Jews to liberate or that Lincoln didn’t think that way in 1862 or there would be a Northern & Southern president right now.
Even more interesting is this:
Does anybody believe that Hagel regrets what he said about gays? I don’t think so. In fact, did he ever say anything (apologetic) between whenever that incident (when Hagel opposed an ambassadorial appointment on sexual orientation grounds) occurred many years ago until his name was discussed as secretary? Undoubtedly, one of his friends said ‘you better get the gays off your back,’ but they don’t believe it, they don’t believe it at all. If he really believes what he says today, he would have said it a long time ago, not today.
This, if true, means the Gay community doesn’t care if Hagel actually hates their guts as long as he gives them the demanded lip.
National Review says the Jewish Community is “outraged”, I suspect if Jewish leaders are outraged it’s only for being shown as dupes to the people in their community even before the president’s 2nd term begins.
But wouldn’t these same celebrities be worried about the impending tax hikes? Aren’t they worried that they could be impacted? Not a chance. Because when it comes to actually paying taxes, these celebrities don’t want to pay their “fair share.” And, guess what? They don’t have to.
Hollywood’s elites are using a whole array of methods to escape paying their “fair share.” They use of offshore trusts, tax havens and the transferring funds to wives or civil partners as tax dodges.
Well shortly after Proposition 30 was passed, Governor Brown signed legislation extending the state’s $100 million tax-credit fund for two more years. This measure allows California film producers a 20 percent or 25 percent credit against income and sales and use taxes.
There’s even more good news for Hollywood’s elite. California Assembly member Felipe Fuentes (D) has introduced Bill AB 2026. This measure would extend the State’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program by an additional five years, for an estimated tax break of $500 million dollars ($100 million per year). The program has already saved the Hollywood industry over $400 million in tax credits to date.
I wonder how much of that $400 mill went to democrat pols urging the rich to pay their “fair share”?
And that’s just the credits passed in daylight. For example while it’s axiomatic that you could consider using Henry C Frye for your accounting and financial planning needs, it’s also axiomatic the very rich have an army of Henry Frye’s on payroll ready to find the necessary credits and deductions to offset any increase in rates but the avg small businessman like say Walter from Aaron Pallet doesn’t.
Any person who doesn’t understand this just doesn’t get it.
As a person of the right I’ve already expressed my opinion of what the House should do in terms of the “Fiscal Cliff” although I absolutely love Glenn Reynolds’ ideas in USA Today which include Simpson Bowels, a plan to taxing the Government revolving Door and particularly his idea for Hollywood:
3. Make Hollywood Pay Its Fair Share. At the DNC, actress Eva Longoria offered to pay more taxes. Well, back during that Eisenhower era that the Dems are so nostalgic for, there was a 20% excise tax on movie theater revenues. It was established to help pay off the post-World War II debt. Now we’re in debt again. Bring it back. For added fun, extend it to DVD sales, movie downloads and music on CDs and over the Internet. As a great man once said, at some point, you’ve made enough money. If we need more tax revenue, who better to pay it than Hollywood fatcats with their swimming pools and private jets?
A survey of 800 Obama voters, conducted last month by Benenson Strategy Group for the moderate Democratic think tank Third Way and shared first with POLITICO, finds that 96 percent believe the federal deficit is a problem and that 85 percent support increasing taxes on the wealthy.
Yet 41 percent who supported the Democratic incumbent want to get control of the deficit mostly by cutting spending, with only some tax increases, while another 41 percent want to solve it mostly with tax increases and only some spending cuts.
Just 5 percent of Obama supporters favor tax increases alone to solve the deficit, half the number who back an approach that relies entirely on spending cuts.
Meanwhile, according to polling by CNN, registered voters oppose Obamacare by a margin of 10 points — 52 to 42 percent. Independents like Obamacare even less, opposing it by a margin of 22 points — 57 to 35 percent. Clearly, voters didn’t think they were ratifying Obamacare when they pulled the lever for Obama.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 56% of Likely Voters at least somewhat approve of President Obama’s job performance. Forty-two percent (42%) at least somewhat disapprove.
This is the second day in a row the president’s approval rating has been this high. This is his highest level of approval since being reelected and the highest since the earliest days of his time in office
For the first time in Gallup trends since 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage. Prior to 2009, a majority always felt the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all, though Americans’ views have become more divided in recent years.
Now it’s the job of polling companies to poll but I think any argument on what to do at this time based on polls are nonsense.
We just had an election. The result was the status quo. Any poll that says Obama voters want spending cuts is meaningless because those same voters choose the candidate who pushed for tax increases instead, as Mary Katherine Ham put it:
Too bad they all voted for the man who’s offering a rather more unbalanced approach than Republicans.
If the voters wanted a President who wanted spending cuts, if such an issue was overriding to them, they would have acted differently, if they didn’t like the GOP House or the Democrat senate they had a chance less than 30 days ago to do something about it.
They did not.
I objected to the left arguing the GOP should follow their path based on polls in December of 2010, I see no logical reason for any pol to base a decision on a random sample polling when they have the hard data from the only one that matters.
I fully expect Barack Obama and Harry Reid to act based on their victories, I expect the GOP to do the same, what happens next will depend on how clever they are in doing it. As far as the American People are concerned they had better decide to like it.
It’s absurd and chauvinistic for Obama to talk about the woman he thinks should be Secretary of State of the United States as if she needs the big strong man to come to her defense because a couple of Senators are criticizing her.
Believe it or not, Rice isn’t the first potential Cabinet nominee to be opposed by members of Congress up on the Hill. Obama also left out the inconvenient detail that there is another senator who has Rice in the crosshairs: Sen. Kelly Ayotte. But perhaps a female Senator holding Rice accountable didn’t sound menacing enough in the era of the “War on Women.”
But Powers also noticed something else the president said:
Feast on those words for a second: The U.N. Ambassador had “nothing to do with Benghazi.” At this point, the White House press corps should have flown into a frenzy, demanding to know why a person who had nothing to do with Benghazi was put on five Sunday talk shows as…the face of Benghazi!
A frenzy? You expect a White House press corps that spent two days after a successful attack on US soil killing an ambassador hitting Mitt Romney to go into a frenzy over the president’s Butterfly McQueen admission on Susan Rice?
I’m sorry Kristin, you may have noticed the Sen Ayotte business but if you haven’t figured out yet that the media has absolutely no interest in any story that shows this administration in a bad light you are in denial. Stacy McCain put it best:
Extreme naïveté is necessary to believe anything the Obama administration says and extreme cynicism is necessary to pretend that the Obama administration is telling the truth. So, are the pro-Obama media naive fools or cynical hacks? We report. You decide.
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Today I woke up to the news that some LGBT activists have decided to launch a Starbucks Appreciation Day since their attempts at Chick-Fil-A protests were as the LA Times put it: “more subdued“ as opposed to those who live in reality land that called it: “a dismal failure“
Still a positive move is smarter than a negative one, I figured I’d check when the date would be to see if Chick-Fil-A fans would counter there or perhaps stay away from Starbucks for the day…
…then I found out it was TODAY.
The story came out THE DAY BEFORE THE “appreciation day”.
This is very significant because it shows not strength but weakness. Here is why.
1. Normally you might expect this to go out a few days before such an event, that allows people to build up folks and media. Instead the media announcement comes the night before and doesn’t hit nationally until the day of the event. This tells me the groups pushing this are not confident in drawing beyond their core protest groups. The additional days would not add to their numbers.
2. The groups pushing this were afraid of any kind of counter. A 2nd Chick-Fil-A day where they would be outnumbered would be very bad for them, but people choosing to skip Starbucks for the day would be worse. By not announcing this event the majority of Starbucks customers today, unlike the people at Chick-Fil-A last Wednesday will have no idea their custom will be considered a symbolic act.
These tactics tell me they know they are in trouble, the whole Chick-Fil-A thing allowed the reality of both their weakness and their opponents strength, this “instant” event allows them to create a false media meme that will be picked up by national media.
The Anti-Chick-Fil-A Kiss-In not worky so well? LOL! As I noted on Fox & Friends this weekend, the approach of punishing people and companies with whom you disagree is fascist, petty and rejected by the American people. I’m all for positive, encouraging activism meant to promote the things we agree with. Apparently that’s a lesson the left can only learn from failure and embarrassment.
Update 2: No More Mr. Nice Blog has the hive mind business backwards (note a person of the right/tea party will talk about why they believe what they do while the left demonstrates er fedoraphobia) but he is exactly right in terms of tactics
Face the fact that Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was a great one-day success for the right, and it’s going to be difficult to mount an imitation protest that equals or exceeds it; if you fail, you look less powerful, and even if you succeed, what you did looks like me-too-ism.
Better to give the right its one-day news-cycle victory and then stop drawing attention to that victory.
Due to the relative birthrates of left and right I think he’s wrong about the long game, but it’s still the right move for the left and the best advice I’ve seen anyone there give.
I bet I’d have enjoy playing AH games with him back in the pre-pc days.
Lt. Kaminsky: You wanted confirmation, Captain? Take a look! There’s your confirmation!
Tora Tora Tora 1970
Egypt has had a rough time since the initial coups that brought Nasser to the throne.
They’ve lost multiple wars, they’ve had authoritarian leaders, the people have been oppressed and the dictators and powerful and mainly filtered the aid wealth to themselves instead of improving the lot of the avg Egyptian.
So you can imagine with his first speech the first democratically elected president of Egypt, newly congratulated by Obama on his win would be focusing on solving these problems with his first speech wouldn’t you?
In his first public speech addressing tens of thousands of mostly Islamist supporters, Egypt’s president-elect Mohammed Morsi has vowed to free the blind sheik jailed in the U.S. for a plot to blow up New York City landmarks.
Morsi, Egypt’s first Islamist and civilian president-elect, promised Friday to work to free Omar Abdel-Rahman, the spiritual leader of men convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Well if you are a person who gets his news from the MSM you are likely shocked and surprised. After all those warning about the Muslim Brotherhood came from people like Pam Geller and Robert Spencer and Front Page Magazine and blogs on the right.
Now I don’t blame the Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt for doing this, like the tale of the Scorpion and the Frog he is acting according to his nature (no doubt learned in his years at USC) nor do I blame the Egyptian people who have the right to elect the president of their choice…but NOW that the choice is made it is up to the US to make them aware that such a choice has consequences.
And before you make the “oh it’s a different culture” argument consider this from Allahpundit:
Bear in mind, this guy has a Ph.D from USC, taught at Cal State-Northridge for three years in the early 80s, and has two children who are American by birth. This isn’t a case of a random Arab politician demagoging America by praising some jihadist degenerate who plotted against the U.S. This is a guy who lived here, studied here, worked here, and had kids here. And now he’s looking to spring someone who was even further ahead of the terrorist curve than Bin Laden. Go figure that a Truther would make freeing characters like Rahman a priority.
So now the mask is off and our friends on the left have to decide: Confronted with this new reality are they going to deal with it directly acknowledging what is going on and acting accordingly or is their hatred of Pam Geller, Robert Spencer,Kathy Shaidle and all of us who have sounded the warning for years just too comfortable for them to abandon it over a little thing like freeing the first person who tried to take down the World Trade center?
Your call people.
Update: the quotation marks were not appropriate for the title, removed
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Ben Franklin 1743
I am the state, your majesty. Let us say it privately so that we never need to discuss it in public. I am France, Louis. I am the state.
Cardinal Richelieu The Three Musketeers 1948
A lot of people are rightly wringing their hands over the results in Egypt as the Muslim Brotherhood has won the presidential election.
An Islamist backed by the Muslim Brotherhood declared victory as Egypt’s first democratically elected president even as the country’s military rulers issued a decree that stripped the position of much of its power.
This entire situation brings conflicting thoughts. First of all you have the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists taking power. Pam Geller reminds us that this was the logical conclusion of all of this from the start and anyone not in denial could have seen this coming a year ago
January 2011 flashback to a Sandmonkey tweet that was retweeted by Mona Eltahawy, another Egyptian protest lover who was subsequently sexually attacked at one of these “freedom” protests. Of course, I disagreed with Sandmonkey and had my public falling out with him over my insistence that the Muslim Brotherhood was very much a major player in the overthrow of Mubarak and whatever freedom Egyptians had enjoyed under his government.
And Cogressman Allen West said the same last year:
It is a basic truism that all people deserve self-determination, the problem with the middle east in general and Egypt in particular is the majority of the people wanted is the Muslim Brotherhood, what the people want is Sharia. And what the Muslim brotherhood wants is war with Israel and its destruction.
Now the Egyptian Military has stepped in, playing the role of Richelieu retaining many power but most significantly stripping the president of his war making power.
Egypt’s new president will have the power to declare war, but only “after the approval of the SCAF.
Why have they done this? Because the reality of Egypt is the military NOT Mubarak has been the true power for decades and remains the power today. The situation hasn’t changed and as I’ve said before:
The Military has become rich and fat with peace and US aid and has done it without getting slaughtered in wars with Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist’s in theory would love actual war with Israel and believe in it. They have been fed the propaganda for thirty years of victories that never happened, the military however knows differently but the reality is the military knows it is a war they will lose, badly.
And that doesn’t even consider how vulnerable a defeated Egypt will be to a Sudan or Libya that decides to make territorial claims.
That is the great contradiction. If Egypt is given proper democracy with the military subordinate to the will of the public you have a war that is going to destroy Egypt, yet the only way to stop such a war is for the Military to hold true power.
Yet the reality is that as long as the people are shielded from the consequences from their decisions they will continue to make bad ones.
The bottom line is THERE IS NO GOOD SOLUTION TO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN EGYPT, like Syira we only have a series of bad choices to choose from. The best we can do is to make sure that if the Egyptian people choose Sharia and War and oppression of minorities, we express our displeasure using the primary tool at our disposal, our aid and our expressions of displeasure.
We have to play it cool and smart, I wish we had an administration up to the task.
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Cracker:You loved David, you love a man you make love with a man, you have a baby, but babies cost money, there’s never enough money, so you talk about abortion , you go and see Michael, his advice what does Michael say?
Maggie Harvey:Michael says we will always be welcome in his church no matter what I do.
Fr. Michael Harvey:I was trying to make it easier for you.
Maggie Harvey:I didn’t want it made easier, I wanted you to say ‘No’. I’m a good Catholic I believe, I go along to my priest a lifetime of sacrifice and all I ask for is to protect the child in my womb, but he won’t.
In the Catholic church for example priests, Bishops and even Popes still go to confession because they are not free from sin. Those confessors are also in a way coaches, helping people through the tough times.
And that takes me to the specific case of Jerry DeWitt who is mentioned in the CNN article. It’s very clear from his own words where his problems began:
As a young fresh-faced minister, DeWitt was first confronted with his disbelief when he “became the person who got the burden of preaching about hell,” he said. “I really loved the people I preached to, I loved them like family. So imagine preaching that if you don’t do this, you are going to burn in hell. That wasn’t easy for me.”
“It wasn’t easy for me”. This isn’t a question of doubt it’s was laziness, unwilling to talk about a harsh reality because of how it made him feel Think about that for a second:
Imagine if your doctor was not willing to tell his patients about a disease that could kill them because “he loved the patients” and “it wasn’t easy for him”.
Imagine if a parent unwilling to correct their children from doing wrong because “they love their child” and “it wasn’t easy for them”
Imagine if your accountant was unwilling to tell you about financial issues because “he loves his client” and “it wasn’t easy for him”.
In fact we see it in Washington today with elected officials unwilling to solve our financial issues because they love the people and “it isn’t easy for them”
In other words, he wanted to be liked. It’s difficult to be liked when you are telling unpleasant truths that people might not want to hear, even if Christ himself said they where true.
There is a reason Pride is first on the list of deadly sins.
What we have here isn’t someone who had disbelief, he had discomfort and because apparently he didn’t share his discomfort with someone with more experience who might have counseled him. If he had asked me I would have quoted one of my very first posts:
Some argue that a good God would not allow such a thing, yet they don’t question that a good law (against murder for example) may cause a person to be imprisoned for life or worse. It isn’t bad law its the offenders bad choice that makes him liable to judgment.
Our unwillingness as people to face that fact is not unlike an overweight person avoiding a scale or a person sick unwilling to see a doctor. It is much easier to avoid an unpleasant truth than to confront it and do something about it. To the degree that Satan is active this is by design, denial works in his favor
The Devil is a psychologist and a con man rolled into one and will always steer us toward the easier more comfortable choice. Of course he could have talked to people of more experience, who could have provided some answers, but again the sin of pride, I don’t need anyone else help or opinions I can do it all myself.
After doubts about hell, DeWitt began to research other schools of thought about God and belief. He began to develop other doubts, about certain biblical translations and about healing.
And of course the rest for Mr. DeWitt is history. He has the rest of his life to decide otherwise, but if he continues on this path the CNN article will make him popular with many in the media, he will appear on TV, he will be lionized, he will never lack for speaking opportunities with crowds of people cheering him while others less apparently and thus not able to fuel his ego will be silently praying for him and if those prayer are not answered affirmatively, if he hears the voices of the crowd above the silent voice whose message he decided was too hard to express he will achieve the fame and respect he desires and will be held up as an example to others for the rest of his life…
…after that he’s on his own. I wish him the best of luck in making that decision.
President Bill Clinton’s recent endorsements in a handful of House primaries have conjured up memories of the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, as he has sought to reward his wife’s supporters and candidates with loyalties to the couple.
Hey I’m sure Obama is going to help his supporters too, when the general election comes around he will stay as far away as possible
• Third. They ascertained — painfully — that the plea made by the Pope John Paul II during his visit 14 years ago, to the effect that the Cubans lose their fear, had been for naught. Except for a few hundred opposition democrats who are permanently harassed and beaten, sometimes jailed, Cuba’s is a society rotted by fear.
But the manifestation of fear that intrigued them the most was not that of the oppositionists but that of the apparent supporters. They heard their double-talk up close and were terrified.
In private, the functionaries appeared open, tolerant and desirous of deep reforms that would include the political arena. One of them even admitted that a multiparty system and free elections were essential for society to truly advance toward modernity — even if the communists lost power.
But as soon as someone else joined the conversation or the journalists appeared, the officials reprised the most inflexible and Stalinist orthodox discourse, parroting the official script without leaving out a single comma. It was a painful spectacle.
This is the most telling thing of all, that the people are repressed is not news, but that the government functionaries live in fear says everything. They know where they will end up if they seem to be deviating, even slightly from the Communist line.
C. S. Forester had this type of person pegged in one of his Hornblower books Flying Colours
Hornblower bowed, but as the Colonel remained unbending he stiffened to attention. He could recognize that type of man at once—the servant of a tyrant, and in close personal association with him, modeling his conduct not on the tyrant’s but on what he fancied should be the correct behaviour of a tyrant, far out-Heroding Herod
I’d rather be judged by Castro himself than someone like this, a person so terrified for his position will be the most ruthless in order to protect their own hide.
I would not want to be these people when the end finally comes.
China is a disaster waiting to happen. For all of America’s problems, they are solvable by our people who have the creative freedom to act. China simply can’t do this and remain the state they are. Economic reforms might have delayed the inevitable, but the inevitable is still coming.
Although China insists the carrier is intended for research and training, its use has raised concern about the country’s military strength and its increasingly assertive claims over disputed territory.
While the development of carriers is driven largely by bragging rights and national prestige, China’s naval ambitions have been brought into focus with its claims to disputed territory surrounding Taiwan and in the South China Sea.
But the really big news out of China that for some reason is not on the TV news screens is this:
For the first time on record, the Chinese Communist party has lost all control, with the population of 20,000 in this southern fishing village now in open revolt.
The last of Wukan’s dozen party officials fled on Monday after thousands of people blocked armed police from retaking the village, standing firm against tear gas and water cannons.
Why is this significant, well two reasons one explained in the story:
Although China suffers an estimated 180,000 “mass incidents” a year, it is unheard of for the Party to sound a retreat.
And the second is that this story is now getting legs first here:
A Chinese village hit by violent protests over land grabs in September has been under police blockade for days, with internet access cut and food supplies running low, residents said on Monday.
The village of Wukan has for months been the site of simmering protests by locals who say officials sold farmland to developers without their consent. Protests against official misconduct are increasingly common in fast-developing China, but the residents of Wukan have taken things a step further, erecting barricades over the weekend to keep police out and posing a challenge to the authoritarian government.
On Wednesday, the mayor of Shanwei city – which oversees Wukan, a village of 20,000 – threatened to take strong measures against those who instigated others to create trouble and damage public property, the official China News Service said.
Mobile phone pictures show the villagers have armed themselves with rudimentary weapons and are preparing to fight. One resident posted on the Chinese version of Twitter: “Even people coming to send rice and wheat flour into the village have been chased away by police but we will not give in to corrupt officials. We will protect our homes with our fists.”
Outside Wukan, life appeared normal with shops and markets open. Police erected a roadblock three or four miles from Wukan and checked cars traveling in both directions. They prevented a Wall Street Journal reporter from entering.
A press officer for the local government denied that any land grab had occurred, although he did acknowledge that villagers were angry over a land issue. He said the local government understood local concerns, and the situation would be resolved either this week or next.
“It will absolutely have a smooth resolution,” the official said.
Police have sealed off a village in Guangdong province, blocked people from fishing and cut food supplies to crush land protests involving hundreds of villagers, residents said on Wednesday….
There is even a Wikipedia page talking about both this incident and a previous one in September. Expect to see major editing attempts from the Chinese government.
More significantly these stories are now going beyond one town’s issues to general unrest Business Week:
The standoff is the latest in a series of demonstrations that have sparked concern among Communist Party leaders who have ruled China for more than six decades. Zhou Yongkang, a member the ruling Politburo Standing Committee and the country’s top law enforcement official, twice this month called for handling social conflicts with care.
“There is growing unhappiness within the Chinese populace at large about the behavior of Party members,” said Dean Cheng, a research fellow on Chinese political and security issues at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. “The result is growing internal pressures at the same time that you have a leadership whose legitimacy is likely to be challenged.”
Walking further, I came across a rather farcical sight of some farmers digging a well next to a castle; a moment I will always savor as a photographer in a place like China where castles are not in huge supply. I explained this to the farmers and they just shrugged their shoulders, oblivious to a photographer’s happiness. I asked them what happened, and they simply answered the developers ran out of money, and they are getting back to doing what they do best. They are even slowly starting to plant trees and build shelters near the buildings, adding they think it is now safe to think the developers are never coming back. This I can believe, as the absence of any security (something very rare in China) leads one to think that even the developers have given up on what is already there.
I suspect the security focus is elsewhere.
These aren’t new stories, check out this video from 2009:,
I’m sure building these ghost cities gooses China’s economic stats, gives its workers something to do (see also: FDR and the WPA), and as the Australian item hints, allows the Chi-Coms to generate plenty of PR to entice useful idiots such as Thomas Friedman. But how many of these ghost cities does China have?
It is hard to obtain good data in China, but something is wrong when the country’s Homelink property website can report that new home prices in Beijing fell 35pc in November from the month before. If this is remotely true, the calibrated soft-landing intended by Chinese authorities has gone badly wrong and risks spinning out of control.
Decision time is coming and as is usually true in all authoritarian nations when it hits it will hit fast and all at once. For all of the posing in the media the fact remains that China is a communist dictatorship and it can’t go beyond it’s limits without loosing its grip, which it can’t do and keep control.
So what will it be, concessions, or a Crackdown? My guess is a crackdown on the assumption that the rest of the world is too worried about their own issues to care. I’d say it’s a pretty safe assumption.
Update: Great minds think Alike, Ladd Ehlinger opines notes US inaction after Tiananmen Square and questions the inaction of Time’s people of the year:
For those in league with the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring, a question for you. Why aren’t you helping these poor people out in Wukan? Anonymous and Lulzec: occupying Wall Street isn’t quite the same as occupying Tienanmen Square, is it? If any of you cared about freedom and liberty, you’d be all over China like smell on dead fish.
Instead, you try to shut down the ports of Portland, Oregon (economically hurting countless American workers and yes, even union members), when you’re not busy putting 91 people out of work at the Milk Street Cafe.
That’s because they won’t end up dead for killing jobs in NY or Oregon. Our leftist friends will always fearlessly oppose those who will avoid doing fatal harm.
Update 2: Stacy McCain wants this to go viral, I hope it does. The contrast to the occupods is striking. It reminds me of the contrast between the death of Lady Di and the death of Mother Teresa the same week.
Though all the media praise, however his poll numbers just didn’t match the hype but that didn’t stop the MSM from pushing him and having him on their shows. All of them touting him as a “sensible conservative” alternative to Mitt Romney.
Now the numbers are slightly different. The media does not see a “nameless not-Mitt” at the top of the heap, they see Newt Gingrich an experienced pol of long standing who for all his faults is a skilled and able in the art of political warfare.
Given that situation and given the media history of the last several months, the I’m sure the Huntsman campaign expected yesterday’s event to be huge. The Media’s favorite Republican Jon Huntsman taking on the ultimate liberal boogyman mano a mano in New Hampshire, the state where Hunstman has put all his eggs in the basket.
It should have been perfect for the MSM, Huntsman looked presidential:
The crowd was good
It drew press:
And not only did Huntsman came across as strong, knowledgeable and a viable GOP alternative…
…but it was full of substance, that which he media supposedly craves.
Yet this morning I didn’t see any clips on MSNBC, I didn’t see any commentary of Huntsman standing up to Newt. I heard a lot of talk about people voting for Ron Paul 3rd party if Newt wins but nothing.
Governor Huntsman must have been scratching his head this morning. Where was the coverage? Where was the attention that the adoring media has showered upon him in the past? Cripes Hot air covered it more than Morning Joe.
After dodging the question twice in two days, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman appeared to shut the door on running as a third-party candidate for president, if he doesn’t become the Republican presidential nominee.
“I’m not running as an independent. I’m not running as an independent,” Huntsman told reporters after a town hall meeting this morning. “I don’t know how many times I have to say that.”
This is the first time Huntsman appeared to completely rule out a run outside the Republican Party, and it’s his most definitive answer to date. Previously, the former ambassador to China seemed to leave the option open, saying he was running in the GOP and planned to win the Republican nomination.
Governor Huntsman seems like a nice fellow and is likely more conservative that he lets on, but he was played by a Journo-listic MSM that convinced him there was a demand for his candidacy. When he came into the race he was used as a stalking horse for the entire GOP field. He could count on all the air time he wanted as long as he was hitting his fellow GOP candidates. And even as he failed to catch fire beyond a high single digit in New Hampshire he could count the MSM to give him some air time.
The race has changed, damaging Mitt Romney is no longer the priority. Mitt has to be propped up, nurtured and saved. The left understand as it always did Mitt is the weakest possible candidate to face Obama in 2012, not only for the White House but for congressional candidates too. Jon Huntsman is a candidate designed to take votes from Mitt and damage him, but they MSM don’t DARE let Mitt die, not if it raises Gingrich.
Huntsman’s performance yesterday does nothing to make Newt less popular, but would certainly impress potential Mitt voters. A month ago when Newt wasn’t on top that might be fine, today, it doesn’t serve his purpose.
Now that there is no chance for him to be a 3rd party candidate for liberal republicans who dislike Obama’s policies to vote for there isn’t even that reasons to have him come. The only other alternative is for him to play the Stephen Schmidt position as a “former GOP presidential candidate” on a panel. There is a reason Morning Joe was talking Ron Paul today.
Jon Huntsman is an intelligent and accomplished man and if by some miracle he is nominated I will have no problem voting for him over Obama but as far as the MSM is concerned I believe they think he’s outlived his usefulness and he may only now be figuring out that his friends in the press have been taking him for a ride.
So let this be a lesson for any future person thinking of running for the GOP nomination someday in the future. The MSM is not and will never be your friend and if you think otherwise then you have no business running for president.
If you want to know what liberalism does this headline at the Boston Globe says it all:
Led by the child that simply knew
And this opening paragraph:
The twin boys were identical in every way but one. Wyatt was a girl to the core, and now lives as one, with the help of a brave, loving family and a path-breaking doctor’s care.
Brave is not the word for this, cowardly is.
If the kid likes girls things, that’s no big deal, if later in life he decides he is gay and prefers men later in life, that’s his business. If he chooses to cross dress that will be his business too.
But for parents and doctors and the Globe to celebrate the denial of reality, for parents to indulge their child to the point where they allow him to believe something that simply isn’t true is an abrogation of responsibility. Let’s tell a simple truth that apparently the Globe, the doctor and these parent are unaware of.
A child doesn’t know, a child wants. A parent knows and frankly should know better.
In the end this is a free country and this boy’s parents have every right to raise their sons any way they see fit. They have the right to spend as much of their money as they want on whatever kind of treatment they wish. What they don’t have is the right to impose this reality on others, but that is exactly what will happen.
I guarantee that any person who dares challenge their version of reality will be ostracized by the school, by the newspapers and by our liberal friends.
Well, ostracize me if you want, but I’m not playing along.
The Shadow had to cloud men’s minds to be in business. The Green Hornet had to go through the fetishist fol-de-rol of donning costume, floppy hat, black mask, gas gun, menacing automobile, and insect sound effects before he was even ready to go out in the street. The Lone Ranger needed an accoutremental white horse, an Indian, and an establishing cry of Hi-Yo Silver to separate him from all those other masked man running around the West in days of yesteryear.
But Superman had only to wake up in the morning to be Superman.
I was reading Neo-Neocon this morning (via live at five). She noted although Herman Cain withdrew 3 days ago he is still being hit by the Daily Beast:
a person can spout off to the press these days (the Daily Beast is operated by Tina Brown and owned by Newsweek) and say virtually anything without proof, and it will all be printed as long as it’s about a person the MSM wishes to eliminate. One would think that Cain had been destroyed enough already, but apparently the Beast desires to humiliate him still further
she also noted a distinct lack of curiosity concerning a key subject:
the Beast trots out the old “dozens of communications between her and Cain, including pre-dawn text messages” routine. Somehow no one’s ever managed to find out how many of them were from Cain, and no one ever seems to care.
I had that in my mind when I saw this tweet from Modern Comments:
I have been hearing this again and again ,in so many forms, about so many candidates. So lets answer this fear…
We all, as uber-political junkies know that because we know that a lot of effort is going to be done by the vast Left Wing / Union conspiracy in their GOTV (Get Out The Vote) efforts.
Yes, we know the left is not going to fight “fair”
Make no mistake about it, folks, the next year is going to be tough on conservatives. Barack Obama has been one of the worst Presidents in American history, but he’s not just going to roll over and hand the presidency to the GOP. Since he has almost nothing positive to campaign on, he’s going to run an extremely negative campaign and the mainstream media will do everything in its power to help him. The attacks on the GOP nominee are going to come fast and furious for the better part of a year
Yes, this all sounds scary, but here is the reality:
They’ll spend hundreds of millions of dollars to define whoever the GOP nominee is….
They’ll have thousands of hours of airtime and column inches written by their MSM follows proclaiming it…
They’ll produce youtube videos by the hundreds, posts by the thousands and tweets by the millions from paid bloggers…
They’ll do all this in an attempt to create a negative image of the GOP nominee and place it before voters faces in the hope that it will settle on those voters minds…
…but all of that will be hard pressed to counter the image of Barack Obama in voters mind acquired simply by waking up each day and living the train wreck of last 3 years his presidency has been.
What a handicap the left is operating under! They have to manufacture and peddle a storyline and hope the voters buy it. All we have to do is remind people of what they’ve already lived and we’re supposed to be afraid of these guys?
That’s why I say, media dollars and attacks not withstanding:
for every morning, from now to election day they will wake up and Barack Obama will still be Barack Obama.
Update: Roxeanne De Luca at her own blog notes something concerning the Cain attacks that I neglected:
Da TechGuy notes, almost with surprise, that Herman Cain is still being attacked by the lame stream media. The anti-Palin attacks didn’t stop when Obama won in November of 2008, nor when she went back to Alaska, nor when she resigned her governorship. The Cain attacks will continue for a long, long time – a Mob-like reminder to conservative women and minorities that there are penalties for not playing by the rules (i.e. allow the MSM to demonise the Right as being the party of rich, privileged middle-aged white men).
Martin Weiss, a 47-year-old Hollywood manager who represented child actors, was charged in Los Angeles on Dec. 1 with sexually abusing a former client. His accuser, who was under 12 years old during the time of the alleged abuse, reported to authorities that Weiss told him “what they were doing was common practice in the entertainment industry.” Weiss has pleaded not guilty.
On Nov. 21, Fernando Rivas, 59, an award-winning composer for “Sesame Street,” was arraigned on charges of coercing a child “to engage in sexually explicit conduct” in South Carolina. The Juilliard-trained composer was also charged with production and distribution of child pornography.
“I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry. … It’s the big secret,” Feldman said.
The “casting couch,” which is the old Hollywood reference to actors being expected to offer sex for roles, applied to children, Feldman said. “Oh, yeah. Not in the same way. It’s all done under the radar,” he said.
“I was surrounded by [pedophiles] when I was 14 years old. … Didn’t even know it. It wasn’t until I was old enough to realize what they were and what they wanted … till I went, Oh, my God. They were everywhere,” Feldman, 40, said.
I’m sure after this story we will see Morning Joe team talk about this in detail.
Update: It’s important that this story is trending on Hotair but the problem is it not on local or national TV.
Throughout the 2010 election cycle, agreement with the Tea Party far outweighed disagreement in the 60 House districts represented by members of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus. But as is the case nationwide, support has decreased significantly over the past year; now about as many people living in Tea Party districts disagree (23%) as agree (25%) with the Tea Party.
Well if that’s true, then Colin Powell is right about his implication that the Tea Party is toxic. After all if the Tea Party is polling poorly in even their own districts then they certainly don’t have power in a blue state like Massachusetts and Republican and Democrats in the Bay State certainly aren’t going to give them the time of day…Oh Wait:
Yes you read that right, a republican state rep and a democratic state senator together talking about the system, the vagaries of redistricting and taking all kinds of questions from the Tea Party crowd, blissfully unaware of the supposed divisiveness that the media says they should have encountered.
If this Pew poll held water wouldn’t these two blue state polls be eschewing the tea party for say Occupy Boston or Occupy Worcester? Or just might the reality of the situation be different that what is being reported?
If you want to hear propaganda, listen to what media and elites say. If you want to know what’s actually happening, watch what they do.
The Occupy protesters who call themselves the 99% because they’ve been victimized by those evil 1% corporatist banker types, are now sitting comfortably in their warm homes as they recruit the homeless, people without warm homes, to keep the protests going in Indianapolis.
Occupy L.A. might resemble a homeless encampment outside City Hall, but some are complaining that the real homeless are moving in on the anti-Wall Streeters in order to take advantage of the relatively plentiful food.
As cities around the country have swept Occupy Wall Street camps from their plazas and parks in recent weeks, a number of mayors and city officials have argued that by providing shelter to the homeless, the camps are endangering the public and even the homeless themselves.
With the story of the occupation changing sometimes by the hour, those who can leave or relocate may have done one or both by the time you read this. Those possessing warm beds will eventually crawl back under the covers.
Presuming Dilworth Plaza’s $50 million makeover is imminent, what becomes of the troubled souls who have emerged from the shadows to form a commune in crisis?
For all the fear that anarchists may force a showdown with police, why aren’t more people talking about what happens when bulldozers roll up on a site inhabited by so many with nowhere else to go?
My reaction to this is: Homeless? There are HOMELESS in Obama’s America?
None of these stories have become big nationally, and they will not, why? Because that would involve acknowledging a problem with the homeless during the Obama years. The arguments that removing the camps can’t be made by the Obama left because it would truly turn the Occupy Camps into Obamavilles.
Rest Assured when the GOP takes the White House and the Senate in 12 months the MSM will re-discover the Homeless and they will be blamed on the incoming Republican president and congress (or George Bush)
But until that time, these homeless stories will remain local, incidental and unnewsworthy.