When I saw this story at Yid With Lid

If colleges are indeed training the nation’s future leaders, America is doomed. On Sunday, the Daily Caller reported that Rohini Sethi, a student government leader at the University of Houston, was suspended and ordered to diversity training for engaging in the heinous act of free speech. In this case, the offensive speech was a Facebook post that read, “Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like AllLivesMatter.”

…concerning the University of Houston the first thing that came to my mind was this.

I can’t believe in an age when there are so many lawyers out of work that a University is willing to be this stupid.

Granted Universities have become rather insular in their thought to the point where actually educating people on thing that matter has become secondary but I suspect this is going to provide an education to those who attempted to put on this sanction.

Because this type of thing no longer takes place in a vacuum and because of this, the words of a political leader who I suspect is popular with the left, namely “GET IN THEIR FACES AND PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD:” will come into play here.

First we have the story of the persecution of SGA Vice President Rohini Sethi on blogs and conservative sites and college sites from the Daily caller, the college fix, campus reform, college insurrection and campus reform and of course Breitbart News

This means that right about now tens of thousands of conservatives on social media are discovering this story, tweeting about this story and getting outraged over it, which will cause Rohini Sethi who meekly submitted, likely thinking that nobody was with her to realize she is not alone.

Of course that means that among those upset will be Police Unions around the nation will also be discovering this who will pass this along to their members.

Even better this is an issue ready made conservatives both in Texas and for the Donald Trump campaign, all he has to do is send out a single tweet and literally tens of millions will be hounding the University of Texas

And as the Student Government had to pass an “ex post facto” rule to allow her to be sanctioned and that such sanctions involve money this is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Which likely means that groups like FIRE will get involved and they tend to get results to wit:

Adams State University will settle a federal lawsuit brought by a former ASU professor who says the school violated his free speech and due process rights when it banned him from campus over blog posts criticizing the university’s pay practices.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado announced in a press release yesterday that ASU agreed to rescind the “No Trespass Order” it enacted against Danny Ledonne and will pay $100,000 to settle the lawsuit the ACLU of Colorado brought on Ledonne’s behalf in February.

Ledonne was banned from campus in October 2015, two days after he began blogging critically about ASU administrators on his Watching Adams blog. Ledonne taught in the Mass Communication department and did media production work for ASU between 2011 and 2015. After ASU didn’t renew his contract in the spring of that year, he launched Watching Adams.

Now it’s very possible that despite all this potential Rohini Sethi might decide to continue to meekly submit in the hope it all goes away.

But I submit and suggest that it’s very likely that she might change her mind and fight and if she does she’ll discover that she has a juggernaut of opinion and law behind her and in the end the only power the University of Houston has is the hope of keeping her intimidated.

Personally If I ran the University of Houston I’d quietly reverse myself now before the storm comes and they get an education.

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There once was a time when people who are sick of the deceit and the spin of political TV might turn on sports as an escape.

That time is past, at least when it concerns ESPN:

the evening’s telecast of “Four Days in October,” ESPN’s 2010 documentary about Boston’s stunning comeback from a 3-0 deficit against New York to reach, and eventually win, the World Series, was missing his crucial Game 6 performance.

The bloody sock game was one of the defining moments in the 2004 ALCS which is likely why MLB decided the anniversary of the game was worth marking.

It’s easy to look back now and think that, of course, Boston would win that game with one of the great postseason pitchers of all time on the mound. But think back to Game 1, when Schilling pitched through a torn tendon sheath and was shelled for six hits and six runs over three innings.
It was fair to wonder how things could change. A day before Game 6, the Red Sox’s medical team came up with a radical procedure in which team doctor Bill Morgan would suture Schilling’s loose ankle tendon back into the skin. To be sure, Morgan first tried the somewhat barbaric procedure on a cadaver.
Nobody outside of the Red Sox’s clubhouse knew about the impromptu procedure, so it was easy to think the worst when there was visible blood on Schilling’s sock that surfaced early in Game 6. In actuality, it was just a byproduct of the stitches pressing against the tendon. Not only could Schilling pitch, but he came out pitching well in Game 6, showcasing a nasty splitter.
“And it wasn’t overblown,” remembers outfielder Gabe Kapler. “When there was all that talk about, ‘Was that really blood?’, not only was it really blood, but what he endured and mentally overcame the way he did may never be done again. I don’t know that there’s ever going to be a procedure like that to get a guy ready to pitch again. It was a little bit, like, science fiction-y.”

I hadn’t watch ESPN since the firing of Curt Schilling over this transgender nonsense, but pulling a Stalin and making him an unperson should be over the line even for the most left leaning of sports fans, particularly in Boston.

But ESPN rules sports so apparently this didn’t happen

If ESPN can throw Schilling’s performance in game 6 down the memory hole how does any conservative athlete or potential athlete do anything but presume that ESPN is sending this message.

If you have the “wrong” opinions and choose to express them openly then be aware we will cover your accomplishments differently

…assuming we cover them at all.

I’ll give schilling the last word:

As I look at the California Protesters attacking police and burning police cars I find my self thinking of all people Blessed Sister Restituta.

What you’ve never heard of Blessed Sister Restituta? Let me educate you.

She was born Helena Kafka in 1894. Helena was a nurse who inspired by Franciscan Nuns to join their order. She continued as a Nurse eventually becoming lead surgical nurse at Modling Hospital in Vienna at the close of the first World War.

Now one might wonder what an Austrian Franciscan Nun in Nursing has to do with Donald Trump, well that can be answered when you consider their enemies.

The supporters of Donald Trump find themselves having to brave the violence of those who wish to silence him and make any expression of support for Mr. Trump be hidden.

Sister Restituta meanwhile found herself as a faithful Catholic in a regime that had been annexed by Nazi Germany and as the anti-God Nazi regime invaded every aspect of life she had to deal with those who wanted faith silenced.

Sister Restituta was very outspoken in her opposition to the Nazi regime. When a new wing to the hospital was built she hung a crucifix in each of the new rooms. The Nazis demanded that they be removed. Sister Restituta was told she would be dismissed if she did not comply.

She refused. The crucifixes remained on the walls.

Does this sound familiar? If you’ve been following the culture wars it should be. Fortunately for us we have the protections of the 1st Amendment and a history of free expression which helps keep those who wish to suppress the free expression of opinion or religion in check, Sister Restituta was not so lucky.

One of the doctors on staff, a fanatical Nazi, would have none of it. He denounced her to the Party and on Ash Wednesday, 1942, she was arrested by the Gestapo as she came out of the operating room. The charges against her included, “hanging crucifixes, and writing a poem that mocked Hitler.”

The Nazis promptly sentenced her to death by the guillotine for “favouring the enemy and conspiracy to commit high treason.”

It is very likely that none of us will suffer the faith of Sr. Restituta who was beheaded on March 30, 1943 but let me point out something.
There was a time in Austria when if you told people that you would see Nuns beheaded if you let these guys get power they would have said you were crazy.

There was also a time, not long ago, when if you told someone who supported the likely nominee of a major US political party that attending one of his rallies would put your personal safety in danger when people would have said the same.

Now some of our friends on the left, who might not like this kind of thing may find it convenient to keep quiet about this, not wanting to risk chasing away potential voters.

And some of my fellows who don’t support Trump as the GOP nominee might also find it convenient to blame Trump for the violence of these protestors as an easy way to highlight all they find disagreeable with him.

There are two problems with this approach, first ethically it is dishonest and wrong.

But as a practical matter sooner or later these movements eat themselves, ask Troskey, ask Robespierre or ask Cathy Brennan.


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…all you need to read is this paragraph from the Spectator

There’s no way I would have done this if I hadn’t been a tenured professor, fairly near the end of my career. If I were seeking a new job in the US academy, I’d be pretty much unemployable. I can still publish in the peer-reviewed journals. But there’s no way I could get a government research grant to do the research I want to do. Since then, I’ve stopped judging my career by these metrics. I’m doing what I do to stand up for science and to do the right thing.’

So what is this horrible risky thing that Judith Curry did that others dare not

She began to be reviled after the 2009 ‘Climategate’ scandal, when leaked emails revealed that some scientists were fighting to suppress sceptical views. ‘I started saying that scientists should be more accountable, and I began to engage with sceptic bloggers.

Now this would on its face seem a sensible thing, after all if the science is with you engaging other people is the thing to do, as Yul Brenner said in the movie the Buccaneer: If you’re offer is good it will stand up under fire. and if the science is with you there is certainly no problem with someone looking over the data.

What does it say about climate cabal that this is considered such unacceptable behavior that no person without tenure would date to say it and be able to hold a job?

If you want to know where the special snowflakes on campus these days get it from , now you know.

Want to understand the Totalitarian left? via RS McCain Don Surber managed to explain them in three tweets:

Tweet #1 Bernie draws an analogy.

Tweet #2 Don Surber notes the ironic nature of said analogy.

I can see the protests now. No lettuce is illegal! Free People Free tomatoes.

So Sanders makes a tweet, Veteran Journalist Don Surber makes a response. Happens all the time on twitter.

Two minutes later:

Think about that for a second.

Bernie Sanders wants to be president of the United States and when challenged with a valid point by a journalist blocks him.

Of course Surber is lucky, if this was the country that Sanders Honeymooned in more than his tweets would have disappeared.

Moe: …if they ain’t got ants, they ain’t got ants!
A. Mouser: So you give them ants, und mice, und moths, all sroough the houses; you Dummkopfs!
Moe: Boss you’re a regular Napoleon

The Three Stooges Ants in the Pantry 1936

There is one constant concerning sin & temptation that any person who has struggled with it can easily recognize.

The easiest way to get immediate relief of the temptation is to give into it.

Like an addiction the temptation comes in waves with little things and triggers hoping to lead you there and as long as you are resisting the temptation grows, occasionally it will ambush you when you least expect but it’s always there keeping the pressure on until you give in.

Now once you give in there may be subtle attempts to expand said sin, convince you it’s not sin and finally make you decide that God is unreasonable for considering it sin, or it will try to reconcile you to the sin as something you simply can’t beat so why fight it, but all of it comes with a single end to keep you in that state of Mortal Sin by whatever means necessary.

For any Catholic priest, particular one in a parish, all of what I’ve just said is pretty basic stuff.  They’ve seen this a million times and would recognize this pattern in their sleep, not only because of their experience in the confessional but because they, as humans are subject to the same fight on a daily basis.

That’s why I simply don’t see how  the Vatican doesn’t get what’s going on with the anti-catholic left.

For over two years now the left has regularly fawned over Pope Francis, they have lionized him, ignoring statements and actions when they are orthodox and bending statements that support their cause.  As long as the vatican didn’t push hard against sexual sin they were with him.

This pattern was maintained during his US trip, every time he spoke clearly on subjects that were to their advantage (climate change, or the old church scandals) they emphasized it.  When he gave subtle references to the family or abortion they were minimized or even spun as not serious because they were subtle and if an action was so blatant that it could not be spun like meeting with the Little Sister of the Poor being sued by the president, they ignored it completely.

However the Kim Davis meeting once it came out was too big to ignore.  Suddenly every American leftist was up in arms.  How DARE he meet with this woman who is committing the sin of refusing to give into them!  A trip to comment pages of any leftist site saw the return of the Pope as a figure to be hated in the same way that Benedict XVI was and at some sites you didn’t have to bother going into the comments to see it loud and clear..

In other words the Catholic Church had decided to openly resist and they must be punished.

So what did the church do, did they use it as a teaching moment?  Did they stress that one can’t demand unconditional love unless they show it?  Did they use this moment to proclaim the love of Christ to all?

Nope ,they under pressure from journalists who, because of the Pope’s ethnicity don’t dare attack him, allowed themselves to be spun, to minimize, to obfuscate to give the media the narrative that they wanted, that the Kim Davis meeting was something other than it was in the hopes that it would pacify the mob of the left.  Like a sinner dealing with temptation they figured the easiest way to stop it was to give in, so they did, providing an official statement devoid of substance on the record while others hiding behind anonymity spun the event as if the Pope didn’t have a clue.

While it had the immediate effect of lowering the western media’s pressure it  took only a few days for the idiocy of this plan to be made plain, when Msgr Charamsa decided to hold his very public coming out party.

When this decades long member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith not only came out as gay (not a big deal as a sexual orientation is not in itself sinful) but revealed himself to have a boyfriend and made a list of demands that the church redefine both the catechism and Church doctrine to define his actions as not mortal sin suddenly the church was once again put in a position where it had to act.

They had a choice, to give into these demands to rewrite scripture, tradition and 2000 years of church teaching on the spot and declaring the vows of a priest to be meaningless, or uphold both doctrine and the sanctity of priestly vows.

In reality it really wasn’t a choice at all, even those within the church who would like to undermine it were smart enough to understand the consequences of such an act.  So the vatican dismissed him on the spot and will likely be defrocking him within the week.

That was enough to once again unleash the left’s outrage machine.  The media was in full spin mode How DARE they fire a gay priest, how DARE they do such a thing (never mind the issue of vows and celibacy, as far as the press was concerned this was an anti-gay act!  Every media outlet was once again the attack and social media and comment sections were once more alive with the same outrage and hatred that they were spewing a week ago demanding this decision be reversed.

And that my dear friends is the lesson of the radical anti Catholic left and the press who support them.

You can not change them, you can not persuade them, you can not reason with them, like dealing the devil your choices are to either appease and give in, or resist.

I would have thought that a church whose primary foe’s modus operandi is exactly the same would have been smart enough to recognize such an obvious fact.  As it is apparently not let me bluntly state a rule that you can take to the bank:

Anyone inside the church who counsels either appeasement or surrender to such people/groups is either very stupid, very naive, incredibly gullible or actually on the other side.


Reg: What’s the point of fighting for his right to have babies, when he can’t have babies?
Francis: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.
Reg: It’s symbolic of his struggle against reality.
Monty Python the Life of Brian 1979

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

Snark concerning the Bruce Caitlyn not withstand lets cut to the chase and deal with the principles here that actually matter.

1.  Bruce Jenner is a free American.  He has earned what he has through a lot of hard work.  If he has the delusion that he is a woman, wants to be treated as a woman,  chooses to use the wealth he has earned over the years to pay for expensive surgery to remove & insert different anatomical parts to present himself as a woman, chooses  to take hormones to produce feminine physical changes and wishes to be called “Caitlyn” all to support said delusion (or even make a buck off it) that’s his business

If this was just some avg schmuck with more money than he can spend instead of a world-famous Olympic champion this would just be another rich eccentric able to find people willing to support or enable their delusions for a price.

2.  If Bruce Jenner dressed like Napoleon, choose to speak only French, surgically reduced his height and paid people around him to shout:  “Vive l’empereur!” wherever he went around would not change the neutral objective fact that is is not Napoleon.  Likewise no amount of  hormones, dress up or even altering a birth certificate will change the objective fact that Bruce Jenner is male any more than a delusion he was a vampire would be objectively real if he had his incisors sharpened into points,  only came out at night, slept in a coffin and ran away at the sight of the Crucifix.

 Barbara McMannon nailed it in this tweet concerning the Vanity Fair Cover:

 3.  While as a free American I acknowledge Mr. Jenner’s right to live his delusion and the right of others to, for whatever reason, play along with it, I insist on my right as a free American to not to go along with it.  I further insist on my right as a free American to publicly state the objective provable fact Mr. Jenner is not in fact a woman named Caitlyn.

  As I’ve said over and over again about Christianity in general and the Catholic Church in particular, the reason to believe it & act accordingly is because it’s true.

4.  Any attempt by the current cultural elites to enforce a subjective opinion upon society to replace an objective fact is dishonest and dishonorable.  Any attempt to compel said opinion on any individual or on society by law is oppression.

Since the days of old there has been money to be made  & power to be had from a spectacle if it draws click or sells magazines there are those that will take advantage of it and there has been nothing that has been more of a spectacle than the Bruce Jenner “Caitlyn” business.  But I see those trying to convince me that “Caitlyn” Jenner is a man for their own purposes no differently than this:

I refuse to dance for a bunch of flim flam artists out to scoop up the gullible.

Update: Jazz Shaw makes a valid point here:

Any citizen in the United States can legally change their name through a variety of available methods and I don’t consider it my place to question their choice. Like many other things we shall discuss here today, I consider it a matter of free speech. If the guy wants to be called Chelsea and files the appropriate paperwork, so be it. Chelsea it is. But to the best of my knowledge, Bruce Jenner has not taken those steps yet. If and when he does I shall be happy to call him Caitlyn or whatever else he chooses.


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Back in the day there was a big hubbub about the movie “Life of Brian” that actually led to a rather celebrated informal debate between John Cleese and Michael Palin and opponents of the film on British TV (you can watch the show here here here and here)

Now as we’ve reached where the refusal to acknowledge Bruce Jenner as Caitlyn brands one as a purveyor of hate does anybody want to make book on how long it will be before this scene is cut from TV broadcasts of Monty Python’s Life of Brian?

Who knew that those guy everyone thought were edgy comedians poking a finger in the eye of culture were just a bunch of bigots trying to perpetuate the heteronormative patriarchal oppression of the very Christian Culture they were supposedly mocking.

As Baldrick would say:  What a cunning plan!

A Final irony, according to John Cleese the theme of this movie is: “Make up your own mind don’t let other people tell you.”  How long before that’s considered cultural blasphemy?

Stacy McCain’s excellent post on the subject can be summed up in tweet:


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The Master:  Now I can say I was provoked

Doctor Who Utopia 2007


The stories continue to pour out of the MSM the MSM blaming Pam Geller for the ISIS attack on her event in Texas. With even some at Fox News getting into the act.

While all of this blame on Pam Geller might bring back memories of the Jim Crow era when Newspapers & pols blamed attacks against blacks on civil right crusaders provoking otherwise peaceful people into violence which would beg the question:  Does the media have any shame? (No they don’t) but I don’t think that’s the real lesson of the day.

I think the real lesson is for Christians, particularly protestants who believe in “Once saved always saved” to grab their guns  bombs  start shooting.

By the left’s argument we have established responsibility for religious violence lies at least in part,  for the person who commits an act that acts provokes ones deeply held religious beliefs.

Well if drawing a cartoon for display at a private event what about a Gay pride parade?  Or forcing someone to bake a cake for a Gay Wedding or forcing a JP to perform one?   After all Sodomy is one of the sins that “Cry out to heaven for vengeance?” Wouldn’t taking vengeance for such a sin would be justified?

Or what about Abortion?   This is the actual taking of an innocent human life, it’s murder.  By the standard the media and left are using for Pam Geller not only did the late Dr. George Tiller have it coming but so does every person who works at, assists or aids in an abortion.

Now again for a Catholic like myself, this argument doesn’t hold water. One sin doesn’t excuse another and such violent act would be mortal sin risking one’s soul and requiring sacramental confession and repentance to avoid damnation.

But there are plenty of protestants believe in the doctrine of “once saved always saved” meaning that once you accept Christ all your sins are forgiven forever, even the ones you haven’t committed yet.

Such a person would have no religious fear of shooting up a Gay Wedding or blowing up an abortion clinic or plowing through a gay rights parade with a truck, after all they believe they’re already forgiven and furthermore thanks to our friends in the media they can can feel justified because of being culturally provoked.

It’s practically an invitation for Westboro Baptist to grab their guns & start shooting.

Can’t you just see kids on the playground or in school beating up members of the LGBT club using this argument, can you imagine once the fear of actual violence by well armed Christians is established how quickly universities will shut down events, speakers and clubs due to worries about violence?  Can you see  insurers refusing to insure or pay off policies on events or movies or exhibits because the responsibility for any violence against them is partly with those holding them?

For decades our friends on the left have painted Christians as violent barbarians to be feared now they are taking steps to make it so.  I pray they are wise enough to see the end result of this new free speech standard they are setting and turn away from it before it’s too late.

And if not, May they be happy in the choice they have made and the environment they create.

Update: At least one MSMBC leftist gets it

Update 2:  Jim Treacher asks what would happen with Islamists targeted a Gay Wedding:

What would happen to all these people insisting, “I’m all for freedom, but…”? What would happen to their sudden respect for religious sensitivities? How would they deal with it if the brutal murder of gay people we’re seeing in the Middle East was brought right to their doorstep? How would they reconcile the cognitive dissonance caused by two of their favorite groups of pet victims colliding in such an inconvenient fashion?

I think the answer would depend on two things:

1.  Which group Islamists backers or Gay Activists  would throw more money to them

2.  Which group is more likely to cause them physical danger



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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’ve tweeted a lot over the years and I’ve never seen more uproar and quicker response from any tweet I’ve ever sent out and believe me I’ve sent out some provocative tweets in my time.

The responses I got varied from the simple vulgar expletive:

to tweets calling me “transphobic”:

to those suggesting I should be removed from the radio:

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:

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Today we got the word that Michael Graham will be leaving for Atlanta.

While that’s great news for Pastor George Kelly of my Magnificent Seven  (Who I hope Michael has on his show regularly) it’s really bad news for us around here.

The number of people willing to stand up and be counted on the conservative side of the aisle is already small, and as Michael reveals in his goodbye piece just what a conservative goes through in this state.

I’ve done talk radio in markets large (Washington, D.C.) and small (Charleston, S.C.) for 15 years. But Boston is the only place where I’ve had people actually walk out of a room when I entered, simply because I’m a conservative. It’s the only place I’ve ever had potential advertisers tell me, “I’d like to be on your show, but I’m afraid.”

They’re not afraid of intolerant, right-wing haters, my liberal friends. They’re afraid of {you.}

While I, to my knowledge, have not had the people leaving the room because I’m a conservative (although the fedora & 12 ft scarf have drawn some eyeballs) I can say that trying to sell a political show is hard.  Trying to sell a conservative radio show in a state where even the Republican party spends its time running away from conservatives is  harder.

But try selling an advertiser in that environment when this is going on:

According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for “lying” about political activity.

“I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s –saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs. I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS,” Lerner wrote in a May 8, 2013 email to former Nikole C. Flax, who was former-Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller’s chief of Staff.

That’s why Michael is heading south.  With the power of government behind them left managed to hold back the Tea Party in 2012 and put the fear of not-god in a lot of folks on the right but fortunately for Michael they haven’t reached the point where they can intimidate people en mass in red states.radio stations. For the rest of us, we’ll keep fighting as best we can.

However Michael is making one miscalculation, his quote above suggest that our friends on the left might feel consider local business intimidated into silence as a source of shame.

On the contrary the idea that the left has cowed those it wishes to intimidate is almost certainly a source of pride and a sign of things to come.for those of us who remain to continue to make the fight.


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draw-mohammedDo you remember Molly Norris?

She was the Seattle Cartoonist who suggested ” Everybody draw Mohammad Day” to protest the restriction of speech.

It wasn’t long before a FATWA was put out on her, She apologized for her actions but it didn’t matter. As far as radical Islam was concerned she had blasphemed, she went into hiding for fear of her life and remains so to this day.

Nobody in the MSM found that newsworthy enough to care.

This came to mind when I heard about Brendan Eich who was just forced out as CEO of Mozilla 

Eich isn’t another CEO,  he is the man who he created Javascript.

But those credentials were not good enough. You see six years ago he donated $1000 to the campaign to pass Proposition 8 which outlawed Gay Marriage in California or would have if a judge had not overturned it.

That donation when brought to the press brought a roar of media & activist generated uproar.

Mind you Mr. Eich’s position was not unique 7,001,084 voted to pass the law and at the time of his donation he had the  same position on gay marriage as Barack Obama did.

But that didn’t matter so Mozilla today issued this statement on their blog:

Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.

Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality.

The irony of course being they are saying this while not allowing comments on the post where the announcement takes place.

Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.

Actually it’s not hard at all, you simply base your hiring decisions on qualifications nothing more.

But that not the point, it doesn’t matter if 100 like Andrew Sullivan get a sudden pan of conscience or 100,000 like Patterico and Moe Lane uninstall firefox for an alternative browserthis like the Molly Norris case is all about intimidation

the Prop 8 donor list has already been used as a blacklist to ruin other lives and careers.  Vote the wrong way, and the brownshirts come for you, simple as that.

The only difference between the pair is the removal of Mr. Eich was done without threats of violence, but rest assured those days are not far away.

Count on it

Final thought:  If I was a young ambitious lawyer looking for a big payday and publicity I’d find a few Christians in companies like this willing to sue for the creation of a “hostile work environment”.    You will be amazed at how fast the worm will turn once companies realize they are susceptive to such suits from a pool of people who represents 77% of the population of the country.

Update: Byron Preston gets it.

“It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them.

“Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”

Update 2: Fausta opines


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Ramona: Didn’t a great man once say, “Science demands nothing less than the fervent and unconditional dedication of our entire lives?”

Sheldon:  He did.

RamonaAnd who was that great man?

Sheldon:  Me. Sorry Leonard.

Leonard:  Seriously? You’re not coming?

Sheldon:  You heard her. How can I argue with me?

The Big Bang Theory: The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem 2008

In short, resisting a more powerful opponent will result in your defeat, whilst adjusting to and evading your opponent’s attack will cause him to lose his balance, his power will be reduced, and you will defeat him. This can apply whatever the relative values of power, thus making it possible for weaker opponents to beat significantly stronger ones.

Jigoro Kano

As we enter day 4 of Mandela fest on every network and in every paper it’s become readily apparent that the left intends to do its level best to use Nelson Mandela as a club against the right even to the point where Ted Cruz is attacked not for his statements on Mandela but over troll statement by some of his commentators.

Talking points memo is in full Mandela attack mode going after any person who dares not bow down before the secular god, and the use of Mandela as a club vs the right dominate Memeorandum:

Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:

Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:


Anneta Konstantinides / ABC News:
Ted Cruz Criticized for Praising Nelson Mandela

Don’t Sanitize Nelson Mandela: He’s Honored Now, But Was Hated Then

Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
South Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag For Nelson Mandela


While it’s important to tell the truth about Mandela as he was and South Africa as it is that doesn’t solve the media problem nor counter the club that the left / media will us on us with low information voters.

So what is the solution? The clue comes in my initial post on Mandela’s death:

The world is full of examples of the former, of Castros of Putins of Mugabes, of men who started as revolutionizes against oppressors and became oppressors itself. Even here in America how many people were attacked in the name of “Justice for Trayvon?”

Because he did not, because he eschewed violence when he had the power to wreak it, because he instead restrained himself he also restrained an entire people who could have called for blood.

This made him great.

That example is the single greatest gift he gave to the world and is rightly admired for it and will be for centuries to come.

If only the Castros , Putins and Mugabes followed it.

The secular sainthood myth of Mandela is based on a single undeniable fact, that he is pretty much the only Leftist communist revolutionary in history that didn’t abuse the power he eventually won  to gain wealth & power for himself and repress and slaughter those who disagreed with him using either government or extra government methods.

That is so atypical, so extraordinary (even the peaceful Norwegians after liberation from the Nazis executed Quisling) that I have no problem calling Mandela “great” but more importantly what if we on the right embrace that standard and hold the left to it?

For example, when the left praises Castro, we put Uncle Fidel up against the Mandela Standard

Mandela: Didn’t keep power for himself for 50 years.

Mandela: Didn’t keep a secret police watching his political foes.

Mandela:  Didn’t keep dissidents from leaving

Mandela:  Held free elections with multiple parties

Mandela:  Didn’t have the wives of jailed prisoners beaten


Do you see? The left always seems to have excuses for murderous communist tyrants and dictators, but when we play the Mandela card how do they justify these acts when Mandela himself didn’t do them?

And that doesn’t have to be applied only to foreign affairs consider:

Mandela never used the tax system against his political foes

Mandela never summarily suspended law

Mandela didn’t use the government to suppress his political foes.

It can even be used on specific issues

How can voter ID be racist when Mandela’s South Africa requires it?

Q: Can I vote with my temporary registration certificate (TRC)?

A: No, you can only vote with your South African, green, bar-coded ID or a valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC). You can apply for a green, bar-coded ID or a valid TIC from the Department of Home Affairs.

Q: Can permanent residents vote in the elections?

A: No, only South African citizens with a green, bar-coded ID book can vote in elections.

One of the Alinsky’s rules for radicals is to:  Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.  By all means we should hold our friends on the left, both nationally and internationally to those Mandela standards they profess to admire.

And if they don’t, well obviously they must be racists.


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“But still,” persisted the Duchess, “you recommend supine acquiescence milord?”

Hornblower felt like a man on a scaffold taking one last look at the sunlit world before being thrust off. The grim realities of war were all round him.

“No,” he said, “I recommend resistance.”

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C.S Forester Lord Hornblower 1946 (p204)

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This has been done over and over again and it’s all about generating the requite fear, One of the things I’ve said many times is the first virtue, the virtue that has to come before all other virtues is courage, because if you don’t have courage you don’t have anything else. None of the other virtues will work.

The need for courage is the theme btw of Bill Whittle’s latest Shards:

the decision to be Ranger or King is one I have to make every day. And so do you. That anonymous Warrior Angel may be anyone. Maybe it’s you. Who knows? It could even be me.

And Anduril reminds me that there is no Greatest Generation. There is no sword broken; there is no Golden Age lost and locked in the past. There are only shards lying before us, waiting for us to gather the will to reforge and wield them. It’s a decision, not a doom or a destiny, and we have to make it every day.

It takes courage to fight the left that wants to define you as a racist or a bigot for daring to oppose them but the price is much higher for you and for those who follow if you don’t fight.

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Update: speaking of courage and or the lack thereof:

Pamela Geller notices how the British government has tied itself in knots trying to distinguish Islam (good) from extremism (bad). Perhaps she and her colleague Robert Spencer could explain this problem to the British, if they weren’t banned from entering the country because of their “pro-Israel views”:

If only the British had the courage they had 70 years past.

Macro:   Although he is now a God he is still same lovable young man we’ve always known, I can attest to that. And to enable his relationships with all of us to continue exactly as they were he has decided for convenience to retain his mortal form. Oh by the way his sister Drusilla has become a Goddess. Any questions?

Senator Lentulus:   Well of course it is unusual but ah as Victorious Macro says that is the nature of miracles. Why one must ask oneself are Gods are only made after death? Sooner or later a man was bound to reborn as a God in our very midst… I think we should count ourselves fortunate to be living in this time. Gentlemen posterity will envy us!

I Claudius Zeus by Jove 1976

Seriously, my Lefty friends—do you not understand how CREEPY this is to normal people?

Michael Graham Sept 25th 2009

You know if this

A video posted to YouTube on Sunday quickly went viral, because it shows a little boy praying to, not for, the commander in chief.

Squeezing his eyes closed tight, the boy, Stephen, says, “Barack Obama, thank you for doing everything and all the kind stuff. Thank you for all the stuff that you helped us with.”

“Thank you for taking the courage and responsibility for everything you’ve done for us,” the boy continues, adding that God has given the president “a special power.”

was a stand along story it really wouldn’t be a big deal, just a little kid who doesn’t know better.

But when you combine it with this

The Missouri State Fair imposed a lifetime ban on the rodeo clown whose depiction of Obama getting charged by a bull was widely criticized by Democratic and Republican officials alike.

The rodeo clown won’t be allowed to participate or perform at the fair again. Fair officials say they’re also reviewing whether to take any action against the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association, the contractor responsible for Saturday’s event.

Thou Shalt not take the name of thy god in vain
Bo, the president’s Portuguese Water Dog, arrived separately on one of two MV-22 Ospreys, a hybrid aircraft which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane.
The Noblest cause is to serve your  lord in all things
and with previous stories along these lines exile for questioning The One

It’s bad enough to question the faith but to question your Lord & Savor Barack Obama in public? In front of his high priestess?

Well that’s beyond the pale.

You shall not put their lord and god to the test.


and of worship

I’m honestly starting to lose count of how many of these there are. No “mmm mmm mmm” in this one or creepy substitutions of The One for Jesus, but kudos to the teacher who came up with the “change has come” drone. Reminds me of “one of us, one of us.”

I’m reminded of these words in 2009 from that fairest of fair-minded people the Anchoress:

I think it is wrong to jump the gun on this and make the accusation of idolatry. If we insist on hearing what may not be there, then we need to ask if our own ideology, which may tempt us to believe the worst simply because that’s what ideology does, is in charge of us. And if our ideology is in charge, name the Idolater.

It’s four years later and we have children praying to Obama, Stars referring to him as “our Lord and savior” without objections from clergy and those who make fun of him banished from employment in a state in their profession.

As I’ve said before, Liberalism is a religion, Abortion is their sacrament and apparently we’ve now established Barack Obama is its god and woe to them who would blaspheme.

and now begins the inquisition!

And let me remind everyone of one thing concerning this Abe Lincoln Moment:

Leaving their squalid houses and their tar-paper shacks, an impenetrable cordon of newly freed blacks followed Lincoln down the rubble-strewn streets, starting with a handful and swelling into a thousand. “Bless the Lord!” they shouted. “The great Messiah! I knowed him as soon as I seed him. He’s in my heart four long years. Come to free his children from bondage. Glory hallelujah.” And Lincoln replied, “You are free. Free as air.” “I know I am free,” answered one old woman, “for I have seen Father Abraham and felt him.”

One of Lincoln’s aides asked the mass to step aside and allow the president to proceed, but to no avail. “After being so many years in the desert without water,” a man said happily, “it is mighty pleasant to be looking at las’ on our spring of life.” Weeping for joy, they strained to touch his hand; dizzy with exultation, they brushed his clothing to see that he was real; fearing that it was only a dream, they wiped their tears to make sure they were in fact looking out upon his face. Moved, Lincoln ignored his bodyguards and waded deeper into the thickening flock.

One black man, overcome by emotion, dropped to his knees, prompting the president to conduct a curbside colloquium on the meaning of emancipation. “Don’t kneel to me,” said the president. “That is not right. You must kneel to God only, and thank Him for the liberty you will enjoy hereafter.”

Nobody had to prompt Lincoln to react this way.

What does it say about a leader if he needs somebody to prompt him to acknowledge he is not a god and what does it say when his followers are willing to play along?

I think it says it means the words Herod whispered under his breath after Lentulus’ speech apply to you.

Posterity will call you an ass. 

Me I won’t wait for Posterity to say so.

Olimometer 2.52

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James Taylor: This is the works! Either we’re out of business or bigger than ever before.

Mr Smith Goes to Washington 1939

I’ve talked a bit in the past of the cultural divide between the right and the left for a long time and as I look at the IRS scandal never has this conflict been more apparent.

Day by day the information is slowly leaking out via testimony,  statement and basic reporting.

On twitter we are repeatedly seeing the non-professional left declaring their approval of the tactics used by IRS against the Tea Party, anti-abortion groups, pro-marriage groups etc etc etc. The Professional left varies from the tepid (it’s wrong BUT) to the Joan Walshs of the world (scandal? what scandal).

Some on the right might not understand why the administration and their allies don’t just come totally clean, get this behind the and take the short terms hit, what they don’t understand is they are playing for much bigger stakes.  They are playing to cement the power in a more permanent way.

Just imagine big Government being able to actively stop those who would combat it with little fear.

It’s the kind of thing that can, in their minds, change the balance of power in the country permanently . If the political right can be restrained by governmental forces and their contributes intimidated the possibilities of the left are endless.

But DatechGuy“, you say, “What about the rule of lawWon’t people get punished?

HA!  If there are no consequences short of a few low level employees fired and maybe a mid level bureaucrat taking the fall, perhaps serving a year or two in a minimum security jail then quietly re-hired by a leftist think tank then there is absolutely no reason for this practice to be repeated again and again by a government of the left until not only Tea Party groups, but talk radio, the NRA, pro-life groups and the lot are too busy looking over their shoulder to mount any effective opposition.

These are the stakes the left sees if they win, and that’s why they are fighting so hard to slow down and stop this scandal before the administration proper can be tagged by it. If they get away with this, if they can effectively disenfranchise the right, in their minds be the start of another golden age much like their 40 year rule in congress from the fifties until 1994.

If they do succeed I see a much different result…

Update 2:  Part 2 is now up here

Update:  Delayed Instalanche and fixed a grammar point or two.  One more thought a day latter.

I noted today (Tuesday) that the information that is now top of the news from Mr. Snowden had been reported on in Aug 2012,  It didn’t raise a peep.

Don’t get me wrong, the Snowden story is big and given the IRS scandal PRISM needs to be considered in a whole new light but the difference in coverage is… interesting.

Could it be perhaps that the media is pushing this story now because the subject needs to be changed for the sake of Obama?


Olimometer 2.52

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The left will always tell you who they fear

Rush Limbaugh

If you want to understand why the left hates and fears Ted Cruz listen to his speech at Hillsdale College via Newsbusters

The Money Quote:

When I was a kid my father used to say to me all of the time: ‘When we faced oppression in Cuba I had a place to flee to, if we lose freedom here, where do we go?'”

I’ve Met Mr. Cruz Sr. once. I’ll bet he and Claria Csiong would get along like a house afire.

Have you ever noticed that it’s always people who have actually lived under socialism who seem to be the most opposed to liberalism in general and Obama in particular? It’s not an accident.

Today I stopped by one of my older advertisers Little’s floor covering in Fitchburg. The owner’s daughter was there working on the book while holding new child. I mentioned that perhaps some day she would be at the same desk doing the book for the family business. Her mom said she hoped for something better.

The more I think about it, the more I’m coming to the conclusion that for an example of freedom, you can’t do much better than a small business.

A citizen through his time and efforts creates the means to support himself and his family though hard work. If the work is done with quality, he thrives, grows and provides the means for others to support themselves and their families. All of this from the sweat of his brow and willingness to work hard, how much he earns, what he achieves how high he lives, all on his own shoulders with. Small business is the very essence and expression of American Freedom.

What hold him back, to some degree fate, to another his competitors chasing the same dream but the biggest anchor are the rules and levies the government can lay upon him.

So when you see (via hotair) a story like this

Minneapolis is the fourth-largest printing center in the U.S., according to Printing Industry Midwest, a trade association. Bolger said he’s fine with paying higher personal income taxes.

But he said his Bolger Printing company had to shed more than 100 of his 320 jobs because of the recession, and “I never want to go through that again” if he starts losing jobs to lower cost competitors.

“I’m a 58-year-old Minnesota boy. Wisconsin is probably not in my future,” Bolger said. “But I would have to shrink employees, decent middle class jobs. I thought that’s what this is about.”

…don’t be surprised. The state can’t control people who are not dependent on them and nothing makes a person more independent than running your own business.

People say liberals/progressives raise taxes for the common good and any harm to small business is incidental, accidental or for the greater good.

I disagree, to the liberal/socialist/progressive/Marxist the state is all, only its power can bring the utopia they believe in. The independent small businessman on his own, stands in his way both as a source of revenue for their foes, and as an example of what a person might be able to be outside of the states protective blanket.

That example given by the small businessman crystallizes the left’s greatest fear and that’s why, protestations not withstanding by progressives, they must see him destroyed.

“You shall not act dishonestly in rendering judgment. Show neither partiality to the weak nor deference to the mighty, but judge your fellow men justly.

Leviticus 18:15

Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.

John 8:11-12

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

John Adams

Father Damien Karras: I think it might be helpful if I gave you some background on the different personalities Regan has manifested. So far, I’d say there seem to be three. She’s convinced…

Father Merrin: There is only one.

The Exorcist 1973

For quite a bit I’ve been writing about a common thread that we see on the left

I wrote about the media’s big lie concerning Hurricane Sandy

If George Bush was in office Ginny White would be on every TV network but this is the time of the Big Lie.

The Big Lie, it’s all about not telling the truth or “speaking truth to power” but about pushing a meme and if some people are without blankets that’s just the way it is.

Susan Rice and Benghazi:

Note that the death of four Americans is not the issue, the administration sending out a person before the election to deceive is not the issue, no it is the idea that two of the three Senators who have critiqued said person are white men (we’ll ignore female Senator in the group) and she is a black woman and because she is a black woman the standards of truth and honesty do not apply here.

Israel & Hamas:

So in public Israel needs to show restraint, in private Hamas and their rocket firing friends are “some hooligans” than normal people would just go kill?

I object to the use of the term “Hooligans” it’s not like they are a bunch of bikers dragging their murdered people behind them as they rideoh wait:


Note that, not what is true, not what is right, what can be said.What can’t be said is any critique of Islam, no matter how true.

Amnesty International:

Managing that change has led to problems – an indication of which emerged in 2009, when Amnesty handed over about 800,000 pounds ($1.2 million) to two former executives as part of a confidential payout upon departure.

Normally one must speak truth to and about power, but if the group is a mainstay of the left apparently Silence is golden, particularly if it means suppressing truth about an iconic left money machine.

Sen Kelly Ayotte again:

this is the left, if the truth and the reality is not favorable we shall simply ignore it, deny it or pretend it was never there.

On the bright side they can still play the race card if they include her.

Update: Jennifer Rubin appreciates Ayotte, but she is not the left.


Elizabeth Elizabeth Elizabeth you are so close, being kind-hearted you conclude that Ms Williams is taking herself on a monstrous route unknowingly, but observe her argument carefully. This is a place she has been forever, in fact an honest reading of her piece admits the pro-abortion side has been there all along. The only reason she is making this statement in public is she believes it will advance her cause.

And the sanctity of life:

How many years do you think it will take before “So What” extends to other people who the left concludes are less important and less worthy of life?

How long before it becomes a matter of faith that those who would stand up and object or obstruct such obvious truths that are held by the more enlightened must be suppressed? Of course you’d have to disarm them first.

All these things have a common thread, a pattern and it’s consistent:

1. Truth is not valued unless it serves a particular ideology.

2. The reality of people’s state is subordinate to the perception of their actual condition.

3. Critique can be made based on optics rather than fact.

4. Behaviors that are considered beyond the pale by their own standards are tolerated from specific groups or people.

5.  Public standards only exist until they are no longer useful or needed in the fight.

Looking that this list, one might say, it’s a fight the laws of human nature, yet that is not entirely true, after all, if a person of the right has, say an affair, the left apply said rules to destroy them, as opposed to a Bill Clinton who is still celebrated.

Or one could say it’s a battle for “modern feminism” the right for women to advance, yet a Sarah Palin,  Michelle Bachmann, Nikki Haley or a Michelle Malkin can be publicly attacked in ways 1000 times beyond Sandra Fluke was,  and the attackers are embraced and celebrated.

You might argue that its conservative values that prompt the attack, which is why a Kelly Ayotte can be ignored, yet Islam is far more conservative and it is defended.

You could say openness and justice are the goal, but such openness doesn’t extend to their own.

You can plead equality for gays, yet the murder or beating of gays in Islamic controlled lands is not an issue while Israel’s allowing of gay culture to exist is “pink washing”

In short there appears to be a double standard being employed here, people complain of it often, but that appearance is deceiving.  There is a single standard being applied a common thread a singular target that must be destroyed:

That target, Judeo-Christian values, or put simply Christianity.

Christianity is everything the left despises:

It teaches the unity of men, when the power of the left comes from dividing by race or color or creed.

It acknowledges God as the source of our freedom and free will, rather than the state or another giving such freedom

It restrains appetites, greed (thou shalt not covet), lust ( thou shalt not commit adultery), spin (though shalt not bear false witness) and does so by simple rules, rather than letting one do what they want, when you want.

It forgives and accepts anyone, on the condition that said person acknowledges and repents of their sins or at the very least commits to fight the temptation to them.

It gives the absolute freedom to walk away from it, while giving you until the very last second of your life to re-consider before actual judgement is passed.

And worst of all, to those who embrace it the strongest it gives courage, the courage to stand against any slander, any pressure and even die for the sake of Christ rather than sin.

Now some might look at this and scoff, there are Christians without number who violate these rules.  Well YEAH of course they do, it’s sin, man is susceptible to sin and temptation yet Christianity accepts them and dares to forgive them if only they change.  Even the Pope has a confessor.

One might give numerous examples of preachers and priests who have used Christianity as a cloak for their own sins, YEAH of course but there are corrupt police, corrupt courts, corrupt politicians and dishonest accountants, that doesn’t mean we should abolish Police, Courts, Government and Math.

One can point to the sins of a government that professes Christianity but even then Christianity is a walk toward perfection, such perfection can’t be achieved on earth, the left constantly holds Christianity to a utopian standard that they promise but never deliver knowing that very few if any individual Christians reach that standard.

I can hear the arguments now:  There are all kinds of Christians that the left celebrates, yes They are, from breakaway Catholics to Protestants that abandon the written faith the left is always ready to celebrate any Christian that is willing to walk away from the plain language of scripture and tradition.  And since anyone and pretty much make their own protestant church by a vote of a group of people however small, there is no problem finding the willing, particularly when fame and acceptance from the right people is offered as a carrot.

Now I can hear those crying:  DaTechGuy you’re full of it!  It’s just a load of right wing nonsense you’re just upset because we are opposed to that wildly repressive organization known as the Roman Catholic Church that you follow.

That arrangement might hold weight if you didn’t consider the left and Islam.

Islam in general and radical Islam in particular is everything those who attack  Christianity in general and the Roman Catholic Church in particular despise:

The left says Christianity is misogynistic pointing to Paul words about subordination in verses 22-24 of Ephesians (while conveniently ignoring the radical for the time elevation of women in verses 21, 25-33) yet ignore the open misogyny when practiced without violence (divorce by simple proclamation of a man, subordination in practice, polygamy ), or with violence (honor killing, justified rape or slavery of non-believers)

They condemn Christianity as against homosexual acts  (as indeed it is, just as Christianity is against any other sin) yet the actual murder of Gays in Islamic lands or beating of Gays even in Western countries in Muslim enclaves are not newsworthy to them.

They abhor Christianity complaints about the free expression of things we find aberrant or insulting to Christ (as is our right) in public or private display to  and roundly condemn us a “puritanical” in defense of free speech.

Yet Molly Norris is still in hiding for a cartoon, South Park’s Muhammad episodes are still censored, Christians marching in Dearborn can be physically stoned and a filmmaker is still in prison over a (really lousy) film hitting Islam.

The question then is asked?  Why isn’t Islam even critiqued when Christianity is targeted?  The answer is simple.  Christianity IS the target thus the behaviors of Islam are acceptable because it is diametrically opposed to Christianity.

But what about they Jews you might ask?  Jews are no more Christians than Hindus are.  That’s true, but Judaism is the building block that Christianity is built upon.  We worship the same God, revere the same prophets and do our best to obey the same 10 commandments.  One can describe the difference between Judaism and Christianity in one simple expression:

Jews and Christians are running the same race, but Jews think Christians have jumped the gun, Christians think Jews didn’t hear it go off.


Now like any generality there are exceptions.   Pat Correll and the late Chris Hitchens come instantly to mind.  They have no use for Christianity but also have no use for Islam and at no little risk to themselves loudly fought its Fascism.  Likewise my friend Cynthia Yockey might take an exception to my arguments on the truth of Christianity but she is an implacable foe of Radical Islam and has abandoned the fiscal liberalism for the sake of her freedom.

It is no coincidence that all three of these people were rejected by the left for their apostasy although in fairness the left hasn’t yet reached the point where, like Islam such apostasy is punishable by death.


I ask you to look at the last 40 years.  Look at where the culture and the media has gone and ask your self, why?  Ask why children three generations removed from the cultural influences of Christianity find themselves killing themselves and others in numbers not seen before?  Ask why schools, particularly those controlled in places the left is strongest are places not of safety or education but of danger and mediocrity.  Ask why you have the most medicated culture in history, the most litigious culture in history and a generation that has physical and material advantages that their grandparents and great grandparents could only dream of, can’t cope with life and despair of their future.

None of this is a bug, it’s all a feature.  Is this what you want for your children and grandchildren?

I’m quite sure that this argument will produce scoffs, insults, pejorative labels and maybe even some counter arguments.  That’s fine, the nonsense I can deal with and as for the arguments,  if my thesis is any good it will hold up under critique.

But whatever you say, however you phase it, if you look at the left and the path they have led our culture I submit and suggest there is one way to understand it:

The common thread of the left is the destruction of Judeo Christian culture, standards belief and If you start from that position it all makes perfect sense.

Stacy McCain links to a story in the NYT concerning a young Marxist who has developed a following:

Since its debut in September 2010 it has attracted nearly 2,000 print and digital subscribers, some 250,000 Web hits a month, regular name-checks from prominent bloggers, and book deals from two New York publishers.

While Stacy comments on the lack of interest in bloggers with bigger audiences I found the following words much more significant: (emphasis mine)

it got my attention because, of course, Marxism is the deadliest idea in human history. Marxist-Leninist regimes killed 100 million of their own citizens in the 20th century but, hey, let’s assign a cheerful human-interest story about this young idiot who thinks it’s hip and cool to revive a discredited ideology.

It’s that 100,000,000 in a century that is significant, that’s not as easy as it sounds.

Think about it for a moment. Government sponsored murder is a lot of work, there is apprehending a person, holding them, stripping them of valuables, mock trials, guards preventing the person from escaping or overpowering those holding them, the actual killing of the victim, disposal of the body, record keeping to make sure its done right and people to supervise the entire operation in case anyone gets cold feet.

Now consider the number of people murdered. 100,000,000 people murdered in a century works out to 1,000,000 a year or 2739 people a day, 114 an hour or just over one person murdered every 31 seconds 24 hours a day every day for a full 100 years.

How many people do you think murder on such a scale requires: 1000? 10,000? 100,000?

Maybe even 250,000!

Those hits aren’t visits to a web site, they are a reminder to the next person who wants to pick up the bloody mantle of 20th century Marxism that there are people ready willing and able to do its dirty work, they are the resume pool for the next Marxist regime

Update: Last paragraph repeated, removed

I was up very late last night and woke up to Morning Joe going absolutely apoplectic (I believe the scientific term is “Batshit Crazy”) over the following ad:

The left is angry and I’m not surprised. I’d be angry too if somebody turned my favorite message against me.

The Democrats won an election by pushing the class warfare line, the 1% line, the idea that Mitt Romney was an elite that didn’t care about you and your families. It was a sell that worked with low information voters.

Now you have the same message being played by the NRA to the same voters. It’s the class warfare argument, the 1%, the argument that the President and the rich Washington elites don’t care about your families as long as their own kids are safe.

The left hates this argument, they just used it and know it works.

I hope they play this ad every single day, I think it would be even more effective on Black & Hispanic TV considering how violence has been rampant, and ignored by the same elites that are pushing laws that will not do a thing to make their neighborhoods safer.

The left wanted to play class warfare, fine, our turn.

I’ll give the last word to Robert Stacy McCain


Expanding on my post of yesterday morning about the Democrat party not being what it was. I thought of another theme we regularly see from the MSM.

We are constantly told stories of the good old days when the Democrats and the Republicans got along so well, the days when members of congress really cared and worked together to get things done.

If you don’t know better, you might actually buy that claptrap.

What they really nostalgic are the good old days when democrats had power in congress that was almost totally unchallenged and Republicans Presidents had to come hat in hand to do anything.

For those too young to remember let’s put it in perspective:

For the 17 years of my life I never saw a day when either house of the congress was controlled by the GOP. For 10 of those years the Democrats had sixty votes or more in the Senate and never had less than 54.

(BTW during the first six years of Reagan’s presidency the GOP majority in the senate was never higher than 54)

For the first 31 years of my life I never saw the House controlled by the GOP. During that entire time the Democrats never had a majority smaller than 50 seats.

To put that in perspective, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and George Bush didn’t have a GOP house for a single day during their presidency.

It wasn’t until I was 37 years old that the GOP had both houses and the White house and that only lasted 4 months until Jim Jeffries flipped. I had to wait till age 40 for the GOP to have a 51-49 majority in the senate at the same time they had the house.

Put simply liberal reporters who were starting out in the 60’s 70’s cut their teeth it was a joyous time. An era where liberalism ruled supreme and the GOP was powerless.

Congressmen could get along, it’s easy to be nice and condescending to people who are no threat to your the power you crave, you can even throw them a bone now and again to show just how magnanimous you are.

Conversely for establishment republicans, it was an easy time. Other than the odd pork project (which made big government stronger) you never were expected to stand up and be counted. You never had to make a tough vote, you could tell the folks back home how upset you were at the direction the country was going and then go back to Washington and still be invited to all the best parties and get the respect due to a member of congress because it was clearly understood that you knew your place. It’s why people like Newt Gingrich, elected in 1978 were so hated.

Frankly I think the media and the Democrat never got over Gingrich taking the house in 1994. They consider power a divine right and resent having to appeal to the mere voters in order to maintain it.

That’s why I often compare them to feudal lords. For all their supposed French revolutionary zeal they really see themselves as the nobles of the Ancien Régime unjustly deposed of the authority that is their birthright, dreaming of the day when they will take their rightful place at the seat of power where they will as in the old days look out for those unwashed masses who really don’t know what’s best for them.

One you understand that, it all makes sense.

The Doctor: You know what really gets me about you Oswin? The soufflés. Where do you get milk? The soufflés. Seriously, is nobody else wondering about that?

Rory Williams: No frankly no! Twice.

Doctor Who Asylum of the Daleks 2012

Two days ago a story was reported at Breitbart of a pro-Hamas rally

Today, a hard left-wing pro-Hamas rally took place in Tel Aviv.

That came to an ironic end:

The rally apparently broke up shortly thereafter, thanks to rocket sirens warning of incoming ordinance … from Hamas-controlled Gaza.

Yes they had to run away from the rockets they were cheering, Ha Ha Ha, delicious irony we get a chuckle but this story illustrates a point far more important than a bunch of delusional leftists supporting homicidal barbarians who not only want to kill them but while they are in the process of doing so. A point that our friends on the left either can’t or don’t grasp or wish to ignore.

To understand this point you must go back to the “Crazy Uncle” Theory that I’ve mentioned before:

It’s not so odd that 1% of any population might be off its rocker, the problem is in a country of 300,000,000 that is 3 million people. Even if 1/10 of one percent is crackers that’s 300,000 people.

Ok so if Israel’s population is 7.7 Million than finding 77,000 1% who support Hamas shouldn’t be all that hard no big deal right?.

Until you consider the other side of the coin where are the pro-Israel protests?

Where is the single sign on a TV screen, where is that one Israeli flag not used for burning? Where are the counter cultural Arabs or that one crazy uncle in the mix in their population?

Consider the numbers: Jordan (6.1 mil), Egypt (Population 82.5 mil) and the West Bank Palestinian territories. (4.0 mil of which 1.6 million are in Gaza) that makes 92.6 million people. If you take 1/10 of 1% of that number you have 92,600 people.

That doesn’t even count anyone from places non-contiguous with Israel like Libya (6.4 mil), Saudi Arabia (28 mil) , or Iraq (32.9 Mil), Yemen (24 mil), Oman (2.8 mil), UAE (7.8 mil), Qatar (1.8 mil) Bahrain (1.3 mil) that’s another 105 million people a potential addition of 105,000 folks to our potential crazy uncle total bringing it to 197,600.

Nor do we consider Lebanon’s 4.2 million people because they are worried about what is happening in Syria whose 20.8 million people are fighting a government that kills more innocent Arabs every single day on purpose than Israel has killed accidentally in Gaza since the start of this operation.

Not a person in front of a camera, a man behind a microphone nor a fellow in front of a single web cam saying even something like:

“If you want to kill Jews, fine but don’t do it from populated areas where innocents can get killed.”

There is not a peep out of a population of 222.6 million of a opinion, even one as vulgar as the one I just typed suggesting firing rockets at Israel is a bad thing. Not one crazy uncle in a population 2/3’s the size of the US who dares express to the world that opinion from any of those lands.

Does that not strike our friends on the left as strange? More interestingly, why does this question not even occur to our friends on the left?

I submit and suggest that they don’t dare ask that question aloud or even to themselves, because the answer that is staring them in the face leads them somewhere that shatters their entire worldview.

That unasked question speaks volumes about the left and the Arabs.

There were a lot of words spoken about yesterday’s debate on the net (some by me) but one of the most important sentences was spoken by Robert Stacy McCain last night in an unextraordinary update to his livepost:

UPDATE 9:09 p.m. ET: Mitt opens with humorous anniversary congratulations, then goes into his 5-Point Plan for economic recovery. Having followed Mitt on the trail, I’ve heard this a zillion times, but for many of the 50 million people watching, it’s new.

That’s a totally unremarkable statement after all Stacy has been to rally after rally in Ohio. I’ve heard the pitch of the five point plan twice myself, once at St. Anselm and once at Holman Stadium in Nashua.

And I’ve even posted video that might seem familiar if you saw last night’s debate from St. Anselm

And Nashua

Nothing that people at the rallies haven’t heard a million times before.

But to a lot of the public it was all new, combined those two clips have less than 300 views., why? Because the MSM that has been “covering” the race has not been reporting it .

In fact on Morning Joe today they actually had the audacity to ask if this Mitt Romney would show up on the campaign trail. That prompted this tweet from me

and Stacy McCain Backed me up

That’s the real dirty secret of this debate, not that there is a different Mitt Romney at the debate then on the campaign trail, but that the Mitt Romney at this debate bears no resemblance to the caricature that the left, the media and the 30 seconds ads have painted.

The Totalitarian Media and Left made the mistake that all totalitarians make, they have heard their own propaganda so often and have lived in their own bubble so long they actually have started to believe their own spin.

The Iron curtain was solid right up until it fell, the Berlin Wall was a death barrier right up until chunks of it became collectors items, the Soviet Union was going to outperform the west right up until the moment when it collapsed.

And the press’ conventional wisdom on Mitt Romney was gospel, right up until the second it was not.

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Update: Stacy McCain Nails it in his American Spectator Piece

If ever there were a night when conservatives wanted to watch MSNBC, this was it — an all-you-can-eat buffet of schadenfreude, as one after another of the liberal network’s personalities tried to come to grips with what was perhaps the most one-sided presidential debate since JFK beat a shifty-looking Richard Nixon in 1960. “In terms of debate tactics, Romney was on the offense most of the night,” a glum Howard Fineman acknowledged, while a shell-shocked Chuck Todd admitted that the result “automatically elevates Romney as a credible alternative” and later added, in reference to the Obama camp’s post-debate mood: “They know they lost tonight.”

I remember getting back to the house with Stacy McCain & Dan Collins from the Scott Brown Victory Party at 3:48 AM for the 2nd day in a row after an early morning. We were all exhausted but Stacy put on MSNBC and we all stayed up long enough to watch Keith Olberman Squirm. That is what last night was.

I would hear my friends on the left say how evil and horrible and racist and imperialistic and oppressive America is and I’d laugh to my self ‘ah they always say that they love America’ and then on 9/11 we were beaten up and I grabbed them by the caller and jumped up and said: ‘C’mon let’s help her lets help America’ and they say No she deserves it. and at that moment I realized they really DO hate America

Evan Sayett March 2007

Let’s go a little deeper into my thoughts concerning the professional/activist left from my last post.

I’ve been researching some old posts at Stacy McCain’s previous site for a project and one of the milestones was Smitty’s first post as a co-blogger on March 3rd 2009. This post linked to a speech by conservative comedian Evan Sayett called How Modern Liberals Think at Heritage that five years later is still not only still worth listening to but is eerie in its relevance today.

I thought of this after an exchange on twitter last night. The has been a sideline to the Brett Kimberlin story a clash involving Ali Akbar & Ladd Ehlinger where the latest punch was thrown last night. It’s my opinion the entire business simply empowers those trying to change the subject and last night a tweeter of the left using the Pseudonym P. J. Nicolatore with the twitter account .@nicoleGennette (no it’s not the actual lady Anthony Weiner was tweeting his junk to)

I was surprised to be included in this tweet as to my knowledge I’d never tweeted this fellow but wanting to keep things focused where they should be I countered:


And then tweeted out Stacy McCain’s latest noting that it received yet another Instalanche meaning tens of thousands of people will see it. This is the tweet that came back:


Now lets me remind you again. Robert Stacy McCain is an American Journalist who for their own safety found it necessary to remove his family and himself from their home and state for exercising his first Amendment rights. To me that’s a blasphmey against the principles of America and it’s constitution, to the modern left, it’s a laugh line.

There was a time when the media/left would have been outraged over trying to silence a reporter for reporting a story.

There was a time when the media/left would have been outraged over firing of a Whistle Blower by the government.

There was a time when the media/left would be outraged over the death of a border agent due to a government program.

…or declaring Nobel Peace prize winner Lech Walesa too political for a medal of freedom ceremony.

…or a Cartoonist forced to go into hiding over a fatwa

…or attempts to silence bloggers that might get them killed

…or attempts to intimidate a black political activist into silence (background issues not withstanding)

…or protests AGAINST groups fighting child trafficking

…or a call for the destruction of places of worship of a religious minority

…or guidelines for women’s behavior

These positions are not accidents, let me remind you of the words of leftist Stanley Fish:

I know the objections to what I have said here. It amounts to an apology for identity politics. It elevates tribal obligations over the universal obligations we owe to each other as citizens. It licenses differential and discriminatory treatment on the basis of contested points of view. It substitutes for the rule “don’t do it to them if you don’t want it done to you” the rule “be sure to do it to them first and more effectively.” It implies finally that might makes right. I can live with that.

It is not an accident that during the cold war it seemed whatever side the US was on, the left was on the other.  These people are a machine that is only about power.

Now I know plenty of people on the left, like my Arch Enemy friend Chris, my friends Mike and his wife, commenter Foible who this would certainly not apply to and I see some others online such as Dominic Nanni who are young mean well and have the potential to figure things in the end who this would not apply to out eventually. I suspect each of them would be properly upset at all the things above. Unfortunately the only people who can say that about left’s leading lights are those not paying attention.

Update: BTW let me point out that while the left is attempting to intimidate and silence Robert Stacy McCain, I never said they’ve succeeded.

In attempting to discover the identity of “Randy Hahn,” the #StopRush boycott leader Shoq sought the services of Democrat consultant Neal Rauhauser, the e-mails obtained by The Trenches show. Rauhauser provided the group with extensive documentation about a Houston man named Jason, whose surname was redacted in the version posted by Bayne. Rauhauser then mused about exposing the man to harassment by sending his personal information to online groups.

If Shoq’s claims are accurate, the latest reports may suggest multiple connections between the Limbaugh boycott, MSNBC, the Obama campaign, Democrat operatives like Rauhauser, and tax-exempt groups like Media Matters and Kimberlin’s Velvet Revolution.

In 2012 you don’t need a permanent home, just an internet connection to write.

Update 2: And more of the left as they are:

Last Friday, an attaché of important gay people from Philadelphia made a trip to Washington D.C. as invited guests of President Barack Obama for the White House’s first-ever gay pride reception. There, they danced to the sounds of a Marine Corps band; they dined on crab cakes and canapés; they hand-delivered letters from concerned citizens like this 18-year old who has had four people close to him gunned down, and noted rhyming raconteur CA Conrad; and some of them took advantage of photo opportunities to give the late President Ronald Reagan the middle finger.

Remember these are the invited guests of the president

I’m sorry I can’t imagine a group of conservative Catholics doing that to Clinton or even Obama

Throw out that last, take this. This is the most titanic battle of modern times. A David without even a slingshot rises to do battle against the mighty Goliath, the Taylor machine, allegedly crooked inside and out.

Thomas Mitchell Mr. Smith goes to Washington 1939

Yesterday at the daily press briefing White House spokesman Jay Carney forgot the name of Border Agent Brian Terry who was slain in the process of the fast and furious scandal.

I’d like to think that this was a slip of the lip, I really would, just like I’d like to pretend that the Media ignoring the story for a year was just an oversight but it’s reaching the point where that just isn’t possible.

Last night on Twitter Dana Loesch brought up fast and Furious she received the following reply


Nobody cares about? Let’s remind everyone not only was the whistle-blower at the ATF that exposed this scandal fired, not only Brian Terry slain:

But for the family of Brian Terry, it’s the story of their son — murdered with guns given to killers by his own government. Yet many mainstream news consumers never heard of it until this week. According to Media Research Center, the first time NBC mentioned the story was last week.

But the same media that insists this is all about politics, those same caring people of the left forget that hundreds of Mexican citizens were also killed.

Now if you subscribe to the media template that the left is the crew that cares about the average person, (particularly people of color) this might come as quite a shock. You might ask How can this be that the caring left isn’t concerned about hundreds of Mexicans slain by an US program?

If you, however, have been paying attention, if you are involved in the daily tug of war in this country I’m afraid that like me you will rapidly reach the conclusion that the professional left, the left that makes it case on our airwaves, on the net is desperately trying to retain power in Washington doesn’t actually care about the basic fundamental right of Americans but is just another political machine, and like the fictional Taylor Machine, allegedly crooked inside and out…

Update: Fox reports Nancy Pelsoi says fast and furious is all about voter suppression and big money. Brian Terry remains unavailable for comment.

…apparently not so good:


WASHINGTON, DC — The National Bloggers Club, Inc. is announcing that it will continue to raise funds to provide financial relief to member Aaron Walker. An appeal to the peace order granted by Judge C.J. Vaughey was filed Monday.

Last week the Maryland judge issued a 6-month peace order and jailed attorney Aaron Walker, preventing him from mentioning Brett Kimberlin in public. A Blogger and Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney wrote of this order that, “this is a clear-cut case of a First Amendment violation — about as clear-cut as you’ll ever hear.” Since then, Walker has been working with a new legal team and the National Bloggers Club to legally restore his free speech rights.

“We’ve got over a dozen lawyers coordinating on this now, volunteering their time. Aaron’s first amendment rights are being violated when he is barred from even being able to publicly mention the case or Kimberlin’s violent past,” said Bloggers Club president Ali A. Akbar.

Akbar continued, “Yesterday they came after the Bloggers Club and my family — my family. We’re not stopping. We’ve got to raise $5,000 more dollars to continue to stand with Aaron Walker and I’m positive supporters will continue to step up.”

The National Bloggers Club is working to promote KimberlinFiles.org where supporters continue to give financial and written support to this cause.

In keeping with the ruling of the court, Walker’s response was simply, “thank you”.

This whole “intimidate the other side” business plan doesn’t seems to have a lot of legs, Stacy McCain might be in hiding but he’s blogging up a storm, Aaron Walker now has a new legal team that’s include Eugene Volokh consulting without pay, and the attempt by these democrats to intimidate black political operative Ali Akbar has been about as successful as you would expect of any attempt to intimidate a Texan.

And if Michelle Malkin and Stacy McCain posts aren’t enough Ali will be my guest for DaTechGuy on DaRadio this Saturday at 10 a.m. on WCRN AM 830.

This is going to end as well for the left as Wisconsin.

Two days ago I wrote about the risks of Free Speech and it’s costs. I mentioned Robert Stacy McCain’s multi-part series on the subject, asking how a person convicted of Bombings can draw hundreds of thousands of dollars of support from wealthy liberal organizations to go after conservatives, (strangely for Stacy he doesn’t ask why the conservatives fighting their fight are not worthy of the same support by conservative organizations but I digress).

Today Stacy and his wife & children are in an undisclosed location staying one step ahead of Mr. Kimberlin. As he puts it:

To people trying to guess my destination, good luck. Kimberlin loves to sue people to shut them up, but first he has to find the appropriate jurisdiction.

That’s a brave face and almost jovial face, but anyone who knows Stacy understands the bombs Kimberlin has set in the past and it is that knowledge more than any suit that is keeping him and his family moving.

To my friends on the left who are financing this fellow: Do you have any actual honor left? Have you become so secular, so utilitarian that you have reached this point? I have no problem with redemption and forgiveness, Christianity demands it but the person in question is not behaving in an honorable way, and if you are paying a man so he can force a reporter/blogger, his wife and children on the road to avoid him you have to ask yourself: Have you no decency? Have your totalitarian impulses becomes so strong that this is what its come to?

And Stacy, my suggestion is to re-locate to a concealed carry state or perhaps to the home of someone of Sicilian ancestry, for some odd reason such locations tend to be safer. I can’t imagine why.

Ladd Ehlinger is a much more worldly man than I

“This is crazy. Does Neal Rauhauser and all these other people really think they can associate with a guy like Kimberlin and ever hope to work in politics again? Not even a loopy Democrat would want to risk hiring someone who hangs around with a convicted domestic terrorist. What the hell are they thinking? Sure you can do dirty tricks – but this is way beyond that.”

True, but this is not politics as usual.

We like to think that in the U.S. of A., we can do politics without degenerating into third-world mayhem. We have political consultants and talking heads. It’s all about polls, the latest meme, marketing. Why, it’s nothing more than Coke vs. Pepsi.

People operate on that comfortable assumption.

But I think this election year is going to be different.

What if the Soros camp knows Kimberlin’s past and present and aren’t bothered by it? Look to the latest mayhem in Chicago; look to who funds the Occupy movement. I think you have your answer. I know I have mine.

Hard-core progressives believe that conservatives are pure evil. Evil! Evil, and must be destroyed. Long-winded intricate essays on Keynesian economics in the Weekly Standard is not going to change that.

And if your opposition thinks and feels that you are evil incarnate, then it will act that way, too.

I’m reading what Ladd has written thinking what is being done to my church and to Stacy and all I can think of is the line from Sahara when Frenchy is shot in the back after talking to the German commander under a flag of truce:

Capt. Jason: Frenchy was right, we don’t know the Nazis

If the left chooses to ignore this and decides to let this stand then all bets are off.

Update 2: Stacy updates the story here:

Convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin on Monday continued his effort to silence those who write about his criminal past by contacting my wife’s employer, claiming that I was “harassing” him. The resulting security concern required immediate relocation if I was to be able to continue writing about the case of Kimberlin, a violent felon, perjurer and admitted tax cheat who is employed as the director of a 501(c)3 non-profit that has collected $1.8 million in contributions since 2005.

Stacy Insists the story is not about him:

it is important to emphasize that this story is not about me.

This story is about Brett Kimberlin, a criminal of infamous reputation whose recent actions indicate that he fears widespread scrutiny. His attempts to suppress the truth have only generated more of the scrutiny Kimberlin had hoped to prevent, so that Monday for the first time his story merited a thread on the political news aggregation site Memeorandum.

Although I agree that Kimberlin is a big story, the primary story and additionally the willingness of “mainstream” left foundations to fund him is a pretty interesting tale…

…but for my money a reporter in America having to flee his home with his family for their safety because he dared to report on Mr. Kimberlin and the mainstream foundations that fund him is a hell of a story in itself, and the disinterest in the media in reporting it is even bigger.

I see Molly Norris all over again.

Update 4:
A whole lot of folks on the Net have discovered this, when will the MSM? Where is Fox? Where is Drudge?

Update 5: Remember spell check is not your friend thanks Calvin

Have you ever wondered why the left always seemed to take the side of the totalitarian states during the cold war. Well look at what’s happening on twitter and wonder no more:

Last night Twitchy reported that liberals had launched an assault on conservative Twitter users, reporting them as spam to trigger account suspensions and renewing their abuse of the flag-spam feature when conservative accounts were reinstated.

You can usually tell spam when it comes, you look at the account, it 0-10 followers and tweets out the same link to different folks hoping you will click on it (they also as a rule have an image of an attractive lady but I digress) Our friends on the left after seeing conservatives on twitter beat them time and time again have decided to abuse the reporting system to shut down debate:

the Left has begun organizing stalker mobs to falsely report conservatives for “spam”/”abuse,” in order to silence the Right on Twitter. Why?

Silencing opposition is the Left’s only hope for success.

If conservatives are permitted a fair chance to critique the Left’s agenda, to expose the Left’s tactics and demonstrate the failure of the Left’s policies, the Left loses. Not content to dominate academia, public schools, the entertainment industry, book publishing and the mainstream news media — all of which cultural institutions are characterized by an overwhelming liberal hegemony — the Left is now determined to silence conservative opposition in the few bastions of freedom that remain: Talk radio, cable TV and the Internet.

Ed Morrissey notes the real winners will be the spammers:

Here’s the problem. There actually is a ton of spam on Twitter, usually triggered by key words picked up by autobot searches. In the ideal model — and one that had been working fairly well until now — legitimate Twitter users would report the spam, and Twitter would suspend the accounts. That keeps traffic moving smoothly (a performance level that Twitter occasionally fails to maintain anyway) and disincentivizes spammers, at least to some extent. Now that the Left is abusing the spam mechanism, Twitter will almost certainly have to suspend its use, which means the only people who will win this game are the spammers, and we’ll have no way to deal with the flood of annoying marketing messages.

Gee, thanks, progressive activists!

This has been picked up by the Washington times Breitbart.com and is at the top of memorandum.

I find the most interesting that not a week earlier I was writing about low tactics being used against the Lonely Conservative and Zilla of the Resistance as well. What still amazes me is how these people are so willing to do this openly.

If Twitter is playing along with this nonsense it might even be actionable. I wonder what will happen if our sides lawyers start contacting Twitter and the people doing this. It would be….interesting.

As the truth of the left’s prospects in this election become more apparent expect more of this because the bottom line is our friends on the left can’t compete in the market place of ideas so they want to shut it down. These are the tactics of the Soviet Union, Cuba and Communists throughout history afraid of the voice of the people and the prospect of them hearing any message other than their own. It’s the tactic of fear and that means one thing:

Ride Right Through them, they’re demoralized as Hell!

Final thought, is this yet another example of the left acting like Fedual types? Can’t compete, instead of better arguments, send in the thugs.

Update: Just One Minute reminds us these tactics might seem familiar to pro-Clinton bloggers who had interesting google blog problems during their primary against a certain Illinois Senator in 2008.

There is no more telling sign of desperation for the democratic party than this web site:

We want the names of all the bloggers!

Think about it, The Campaign of the President of the United States, the most powerful person in the world wants information on any e-mail, any story, any public statement or blog post that might dare “attack” the president.

I reported NY-9 voting republican, if that’s not an attack on the president I’d like to know what is?

Even more pathetic than this Orwellian nonsense is the page that comes up after you report such an “attack”

Tell on your friends and give us money

You’ve got to give them credit for chutzpah. Most totalitarians pay you to report opposition to the state, these guys ask you for your money instead.

May 17, 2010:

I looked at the organized adulation of a “dear leader” but wasn’t willing to call it marxism, just people excited and gone a bit overboard.

I agreed that the health care bill was socialism gone amok but wasn’t willing to call it marxism

I looked at the some of the appointments and figured hey you are just dealing with low level guys from academia.

I looked at the undermining of Israel and figured it wasn’t Marxism, just simple antisemitism, and those are two different things.

Then came the Arizona law and I figured it was just pandering to their radical base domesticity.

Eventually you have to go where the data takes you…

…“If you start from the idea they are all Marxists it makes perfect sense.”

Remember America, this is our own damn fault. We did this to ourselves.

Because when people have a secret ballot they vote against this:

Leftist thugs harassed and then superglued the doors of a popular Wisconsin grocer after it was discovered that individuals at the store had donated to Scott Walker’s campaign last year.

and this

Police are increasing patrols near the Brookfield home of a state tea party leader who has pushed for greater health and pension concessions from public employees after he received a veiled death threat over the weekend.

Wisconsin Tea Party Patriots State Coordinator Michael Hintze told police when he answered a call on his cell phone about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, a male voice “asked if he was wearing a bullet-proof vest” and then hung up.

And of course those who were chanting about democracy has a rather distorted view of it when practiced by their opponents:

Protestors both for and against the recall showed up. Even though they initially kept their distance, Holperin supporters engulfed the recall effort, and that’s when the situation turned tense.

“They circled around us, and they’re bullying us. They have a loud horn and they’re trying to intimidate people that would like to come and sign the petition,” said Kim Simac, recall leader, “I do think that this is an intimidation ploy.”

Simac says protestors even got involved with their petitions.

“We had a lady come up and write profanity and rip some of them right on our table…. so I guess that’s what democracy looks like to them.”

And it looks like the officers have taken a “liberal” view of serve and protect:

The policemen who were there, and who were standing in close proximity to these events as they unfolded, did nothing to assist those collecting the petitions as they were being destroyed, despite such an action being a Felony under Wisconsin law. Police also did nothing to clear the walk way for citizens that wanted to sign the petitions. Recall Committee members received many phone calls the following day from Merill area citizens who stated that they showed up to sign the petition, but were too afraid to get out of their vehicles and approach the recall table.

Kim Simac, leader of the recall effort, who has also received numerous personal threats, has now declared that enough is enough. “Tomorrow we begin taking the necessary steps to put a stop to this kind of behavior.”

As much as the national media would like to ignore these things the people of Wisconsin are not going to forget them. Add to that the sheer nonsense of the class struggle business:

The protests have been on behalf of well-paid people with excellent jobs — better jobs than the average Wisconsinite’s. And the protesters got massive extra doses of freedom to express themselves in the state capitol for over a month, without any threats of violence or even arrest for the crimes they committed in full view of the police. I mean, I know they have their complaints, but they are not even the bottom sector of the Wisconsin economy. If there were to be a class struggle here, they would be taken aback to find themselves in the role they actually have in this economy: the oppressors!

The left is right, this is looking more and more like Egypt. They are playing the role of Mubarak’s thugs.

Update: It is apparently even worse.

Update 2: The underground conservative lays it down:

Sad to say, I agree. There will be an ugly incident with violence, either toward individuals or toward perhaps a business that doesn’t support Da Union. And it will happen sooner rather than later.

Many of these union goons are trying to provoke an incident. Getting in people’s faces, as Der Fuhrer has urged, literally — such as the goon who literally blew a whistle in the face of Meade from Althouse or the thugs who are trying to steal phone cameras from anyone trying to record protests — will eventually provoke a physical response from someone.

At that point, it’s on. Eventually our side will have to fight back against the type of physical intimidation and Gestapo tactics that are being used by the Left. We have a case of a Madison bank branch forced to close because union thugs threatened the safety of the bank’s customers and employees.

And I seriously doubt if law enforcement will do the job we trust it to do. Clearly the sympathies of most law enforcement officers are with their union brethren instead of the public.

This is the most dangerous party of all of this. If public confidence in those who are sworn to protect them disappears then what makes America different goes away. Public safety unions should think long and hard before continuing down this path.

The NYT talked a bit about Koch today and told about his philanthropic work:

Mr. Koch, a billionaire who is perhaps best known for his family’s contributions to conservative causes, got a standing ovation from scientists, Nobel laureates and politicians of various political stripes as he opened the new David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he gave $100 million to help build.

Yup $100 million for cancer research I was curious how the left would react. So I went to Wonkette to check it out

David Koch is super sad about how the mean poor/working people are upset because he’s funding and directing the destruction of government unions nationwide. This makes him feel bad! And even though the deeply secretive David Koch never does an interview, the New York TImes somehow managed to get him to speak, on the occasion of David Koch being honored for giving millions of dollars to a cancer research center, because he has cancer and wants to cure his own cancer, even though he owns an evil forestry empire that insists formaldehyde (a carcinogen) is not a carcinogen. See, when poor people get cancer, it’s because they suck. And when rich people who exploit nature and humanity get cancer, it’s time to send $100 million to some little people who can maybe take care of the problem.

Ok I wasn’t really curious, I excepted exactly this, and the comments were even more fun, take a peek:

Here’s one

The only upbeat part of that article is that David Koch has cancer. Everything else is just Koch-sucking.

and Barbara:

I’m really sorry about his prostate cancer. I hope that it doesn’t spread to his anus. If he has to have an asshole transplant, he will be the first person to have the transplant reject the donee.

doc zoom:

It would be inhumane to publicly rejoice at the news that a fellow human being has cancer.

I will therefore rejoice only in private.

And these are not exceptions, they are typical of the comments left. Remember if you disagree with the left politically and do something about it, you are evil and deserve a painful death..

Meanwhile after reading a bit of this nonsense I left the following comment myself:

Yeah tear off those name because if there is one thing that the world needs, is fewer people giving hundreds of millions for cancer research.

I’m sorry but you folks have become parodies of yourself

That comment was rated -31 (so far) and generated five replies one example:

Dear Teabag Troll. We’re happy meester Koch is giving some of his billions to cancer research instead of his usual global warming lovin’, union bustin’, big insurance savin’, Freedom Works sponsorin’ right wing “hobbies”. Just pointing out how he’s all about taking care of #1. Well those things and dinosaurs.. but then they gave him his oil.

Now you might wonder why I bothered? Well it’s because when I saw the reaction I thought of this article I blogged about before:

Monitor Group, a Cambridge-based consultant firm founded by Harvard professors. The management consulting firm received $250,000 a month from the Libyan government from 2006 to 2008 for a wide range of services, including writing the book proposal, bringing prominent academics to Libya to meet Khadafy “to enhance international appreciation of Libya’’ and trying to generate positive news coverage of the country.

And as Moneyrunner put it:

Professors sent to visit Khadafy included luminaries such as Joseph Nye, former dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; Lord Anthony Giddens, former head of the London School of Economics; Francis Fukuyama political philosopher from Stanford University; and Benjamin Barber, who has written extensively about democracy.

The Monitor Group is not a small organization, boasting 1,500 employees and 29 office worldwide. It is particularly proud of its Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Network, Racial Diversity Network and Women’s Leadership Initiative. For some reason it did not choose to devote part of its website to its “Whitewashing Brutal Dictators Project.”

Well of course I’m sure that since Wonkette readers are so outraged over the Koch article I’m sure that even through the monitor group supports leftist causes they must me outraged over their accepting money from a person who sends jets to slaughter his own people. There has to be article after article and comment after outraged comment on the subject, Right?

Hey there is evil and there is EVIL

Wrong. The monitor group doesn’t rate an article, doesn’t rate a comment, doesn’t rate outrage, but be fair after all Koch is supporting Scott Walker who wants to make labor rules that are still more generous than federal rules or those in other states so he deserves to be opposed cancer research money or no, but as long as you are funding Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Network, Racial Diversity Network then taking money from actual dictators and mass murders. Hey its all cool.

This is the backwards world of the left, take a bow Wonkette and readers thereof. You make it so easy to show the left for what it is.

Update: Irony meter overload #1 Another replay to what I wrote from Gef05:

What’s interesting is you see our snark as self-parody.

Yet you are unable to see the irony in a man spending millions to say “this carcinogen is no carcinogen” while donating money to cancer research.

Just please go away and play with your own kind. (emphasis mine) Somewhere where the rest of us don’t have to tolerate your lack of thought or your hatred for your fellow man.

The “hatred for the fellow man stuff” is funny and it prompted one more reply from me:

Where is the hatred thing coming from? I don’t know you or any of the people here? Why should I hate any of you?

I just think you’re very very wrong on this topic and other and a lot of the people here are kinda angry. I see it a lot on the left when I cover events and it’s really amazing to see how people kind of lose it .

But hey its a free country, you’ve got to get it out of your system somehow and it makes for good fodder for the blog and the radio show so I should be grateful.

And BTW as an American, in America, you are all “my kind” even Yankee Fans.

Irony meter overload #2 There is another place where Walker is being compared to a dictator:

So in this clip covering the protests in Wisconsin we have the requisite comparisons to Egypt, but PRESS TV also finds someone willing to call Gov. Walker a dictator. Have a look at the photo they’ve used in the background of their set and tell me which dictator they have in mind

Side by side with Iranian TV, solidarity all!

Irony meter overload #3
When Bobby hates you; you stay hated:

He went on to say that he had just visited a high school with [former Florida Governor Jeb] Bush. The crowd booed and hissed.

Booed and hissed? In Obama’s face? Just as he’s talking about the things that drive us together as opposed to the things that drive us apart?!

Did Obama’s own supporters ever take his Tucson speech seriously? And yet his opponents were supposed to moderate their politics at his behest.

Obama may be their guy but there are limits to the famous tolerance of the left.

(BTW the Bobby quote is from old Joe Kennedy he complained how JFK was kind of soft, but Bobby was his boy. I found the quote in Tip O’Neil’s autobiography Man of the House. Should be required reading right and left.)

Update 2:: One of the Wonkette people teased over the lack of comments last night. Alas they didn’t wait for today’s Instalanche.

Update 3: somebody decided to put my comment up on Fark and it generated hundreds of comments. It was suggested that I go over there because apparently I’m being hit pretty hard there. To that I say: So?

I posted on the wonkette thing because I found it interesting and illustrative of the left, and I found the reactions to my comments even more illustrative of the same. The reactions on Fark simply reinforce the point I was making.

I find it all quite amusing.

So fark guys, welcome, feel free to take a look around and come back if you want.

There seem to be a lot of “interesting coincidences” going on with Egypt

Item: Today on WCRN there was an interesting caller linking the revolt in Egypt with the attacks on Coptic Churches in Egypt.

Frankly this hadn’t hit me before but it makes a lot of sense. The government came out strong against the attacks with members of the Mubarak family going so far as to be human shields during Church services.

Less than 4 weeks later they are calling for the fall of the dictator.

Item: Take a look at who is supporting revolt actively in Egypt:

The question is begged: What have Obama’s allies Ayers, Dohrn and Code Pink taught the Muslim Brotherhood and other anti-Mubarak organizations in Egypt about using protests, riots and the modern social media to coordinate their actions to undermine the Mubarak regime?

Being that they have common enemies–the United States, Israel, and governements allied with them–it is understandable that they would be allies. It must give them encouragement that President Obama has yet to disavow Jodie Evans and Code Pink, but instead continues to do business with them as Evans and Code Pink act as conduits between terrorists and Obama.

I’m sure when you read the whole piece you will dismiss as just coincidence the connections between Hamas, Code pink and Bill Ayers.

Item: It loses something in translation:

There you have it: the velvet glove with the word “Freedom”; the steel fist with the words “Make Ready” with its well-known Quranic reference. Actually, not steel fist – steel swords, crossed. The Muslim Brotherhood.

It is not “freedom” that they intend to bring to Egypt – or to anywhere else.

But just wait for the CIA, the State Department, the Administration, the mainstream media, and so many others to tell you the Muslim Brotherhood is all about little Aisha and freedom, and if you question them, you’re an Islamophobe (Shariah definition of “Islamophobe”: Blasphemer or Insulter of Islam, punishable by death in an Islamic state).

The Language barrier has apparently been a positive thing for the Muslim Brotherhood and they are very keen to preserve it.

And as Yid with Lid reports we all know who is behind this don’t we:

In a column published today on Media Matters political correction site, MJ Rosenberg claimed that the current Egyptian crisis was the fault of AIPAC and the “Israel Lobby.” For those of you who have lived on a different planet till today, “Israel Lobby” is a polite way of saying “Jews.” It is based on the old anti-Semitic canard that it is the Jews who control the United States government.

It doesn’t matter how you slice it the Anti-Semites will always manage to blame the Jews for everything.

Egyptians, like all people deserve the right to have leaders who govern by the consent of the governed. We need to keep our eyes wide open to make sure that this actually becomes the fact, rather than being governed by an Iranian or Islamic state.

I didn’t hit the sack till 3 so I missed most of the first hour and a half of Morning Joe but the line I heard was similar to a couple of liberal hosts I heard on the radio this morning.

The gist was: We aren’t saying Sarah Palin is responsible but look at this cross hairs and the rhetoric being used. Politico was particularly not covering itself with glory and Mika seemed to egg on Tom Brokaw in the imagery business.

If Byron York was watching doubtless he would be feeling nostalgic because today he notes what Bill Clinton did to turn the attack in Oklahoma City to his political advantage:

Later, under the heading “How to use extremism as issue against Republicans,” Morris told Clinton that “direct accusations” of extremism wouldn’t work because the Republicans were not, in fact, extremists. Rather, Morris recommended what he called the “ricochet theory.” Clinton would “stimulate national concern over extremism and terror,” and then, “when issue is at top of national agenda, suspicion naturally gravitates to Republicans.”

As York notes this morning this is exactly the line Democrats in a political hole right now are trying to play.

One veteran Democratic operative, who blames overheated rhetoric for the shooting, said President Barack Obama should carefully but forcefully do what his predecessor did.

“They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers,” said the Democrat. “Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”

Another Democratic strategist said the similarity is that Tucson and Oklahoma City both “take place in a climate of bitter and virulent rhetoric against the government and Democrats.”

Lets cut to the chase, tough talk has been the political rule in the US since 1789 and before. Nuts are going to be nuts no matter what. The idea of watching out for “inflammatory” rhetoric is yet another attempt to suppress speech. No amount of speech restriction is going to make a dangerous nut any less dangerous.

Who decides what rhetoric is “inflammatory”? The eastern elites? The same media that had nothing to say about the nasty Anti-Bush stuff until he was out of office? The same media who didn’t say boo when we see signs in marches that say. “Behead those who oppose Islam” or “We support our troops when they shoot their officers?“. For some reason until the Bush years were over this was not a topic the media (other than fox) choose to bring up.

Look for the passive aggressive business for a while. It’s the left and the media best chance to put conservatives on the defensive without actually doing anything to actually earn support by positive action. Watch for it also be used to attempt to restrict 1st and 2nd amendment rights.

…in Ezra Klein’s sort of Mea Culpa:

Ezra Klein made the biggest mistake that can be made by a liberal — progressive — socialist — communist — no labelist — whatever the heck they call themselves on the 31st of the month.

He was being honest.

He does not believe in the Constitution.

He is cynical about it and he projects that same cynicism onto those who disagree with him.

That’s a pretty serious charge but he backs it up:

In reality, the tea party — like most everyone else (emphasis mine) — is less interested in living by the Constitution than in deciding what it means to live by the Constitution. When the constitutional disclaimers at the bottom of bills suit them, they’ll respect them. When they don’t — as we’ve seen in the case of the individual mandate — they won’t.

What a telling statement in that last paragraph is.

What Ezra Klein means by “most everyone else” is Ezra Klein.

And so the sentence means that Ezra Klein is not interested in living by the Constitution but rather, Ezra Klein wants to decide what the Constitution means.

That is his point of view.

Such a belief would explain why the Left was so upset about Gitmo — shredding the Constitution — under Bush but now could not care less about Gitmo.

When a document means whatever people want it to mean then it means nothing. The Constitution is a contract and a contract means what is says. How would you like us to redefine what the deed to your house means? The contract you work under, The rules of blackjack when you are winning? Or as Don puts it:

Well, when you are taught — as Al Gore said it — that “the Constitution is a living and breathing document” you really miss the entire point of having a Constitution.


In his latest he laments the possibility that Israel will cease to be a democracy. Although on topic Israel Matzav answers him the better question is this. Why isn’t Jeffrey denouncing the lack of democracy among Israel’s enemies?

The idea that this fellow who worships at the altar of Fidel Castro is crying about the limits of democratic government is laughable. I hope the Babalu guys weren’t drinking when they saw this story.

The brilliant Ron Radosh explains the whys and wherefores of this kind of attitude now evident in David Remnick

“liberals like Remnick are simply tired of standing up for a cause that has become unpopular on the left.” In making his comment, Remnick announces that he is officially adopting the position taken a few years back by the London leftist intellectuals

Because in the end nothing is more important than being considered part of the right club. And in a slight variation of the old social club model being a supporter of Jews in Israel is enough to keep you out.

I’m with Fr. O’Malley on this one.

The Eu and the fools who decided to give up their identities for the sake of what in my opinion amounts to a Franco German alliance sphere and the ability of a lot of elites to get themselves voted comfortable lives paid for by the citizenry, are in a panic.

As the Economic situation gets worse and worse and bailout after bailout is discussed the once invincible Euro zone is showing the inevitable cracks that such foolishness brings, to wit:

But look at your response to them: what they are being told as their government is collapsing is that it would be inappropriate for them to have a general election. In fact [EU Economic and Monetary Affairs] Commissioner [Olli] Rehn here said they had to agree to their budget first before they are allowed to have a general election.

Just who the hell do you think you people are? You are very, very dangerous people indeed: your obsession with creating this euro state means that you are happy to destroy democracy, you appear to be happy with millions and millions of people to be unemployed and to be poor.

Untold millions must suffer so that your euro dream can continue. Well it won’t work, because it’s Portugal next. With their debt levels of 325 percent of GDP they are the next ones on the list, and after that I suspect it will be Spain, and the bailout for Spain would be 7 times the size of Ireland, and at that moment all the bailout money has gone – there won’t be any more.

These people must be getting nervous because they have reached the point where they are escorting people out of the chamber because a Mr. Schultz’s feelings were hurt.

Nobody likes to be called a fascist but apparently Mr. Schultz and the folk who support him have a much thinner skin than those who they oppose as pointed out by Daniel Hannan in the Telegraph:

Several aspects of this episode should alarm us. First, there is the democratic objection. Surely it is up to the electorate to decide who sits in a legislature. If Bloom can be denied his place by his fellow MEPs, what is to stop the federalist majority voting to expel every Eurosceptic?

Then there is the liberal objection. In a free society, the right to say what you will trumps the right not to be offended. We should allow people to be ignorant, ill-mannered, obnoxious; to condemn themselves by their boorishness.

Above all, though, there is the sheer one-sidedness. I’ve blogged before about the way in which Euro-integrationists routinely dismiss their opponents as Nazis. The leader of the European Liberals, Graham Watson, has said that Eurosceptics put him in mind of “the National Socialists in the German Reichstag”. In the run-up to the French referendum on the European Constitution, Margot Wallström, then Sweden’s Commissioner, travelled to the Theresiendstadt concentration camp to and told “No” voters that this was where their ideology would lead. Only last week, Herman Van Rompuy, the Euro-President, said “we have together to fight the danger of a new Euro-scepticism. Fear leads to egoism, egoism leads to nationalism, and nationalism leads to war”.

Yet they still sit in fact check out this clip where that same Mr. Schultz throws out the “fascist” label against a person who makes the unforgivable sin of asking for the financial books to be opened.

Bottom line, when bloated dictatorships and or bureaucracies she their power and privileges start to slip away they tend to get angrier and panic ridden and more oppressive. As Andrew Stutterford says at NRO:

But then the EU parliament is not about freedom. Never has been. Never will be.

Indeed. Via Sissy Willis on Twitter

Update: Cubachi comments:

If anything, I want to thank Mr. Bloom for sticking to his principles and proving once and for all, the pathetic nature of the European Union. If only this socialist wet dream can be thrown in the dustbin of history. I think this can be the beginning of the end of the UK’s membership.


China 2010:

A Chinese woman has been sentenced to a year in a labor camp for retweeting a Twitter post that mocked Chinese protesters who smashed Japanese products during a recent demonstration, her fiance said Thursday.

On October 17, Cheng Jianping, under the username wangyi09, added a few words to a message written by her fiance, before resending it on Twitter.

Eleven days later on the day the couple had planned to marry, Cheng’s fiance, Hua Chunhui was taken away by the police from his office in the southeastern city of Wuxi.

Well that’s horrible! It’s a good thing we live in America where the political class would never consider suppressing those who disagree with them…oh wait

SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): “There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out. Off. End. Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future.”

Hillbuzz nails it:

If Senator Rockefeller is so casually saying things that 20 years ago would have had him run out of town on a rail, just imagine what these nuts are saying behind closed doors in their Leftist cloisters.

Expect the media to give this the attention it deserves sometime after Joe Scarborough endorses Sarah Palin for president.

It looks like Comedy Central is REALLY trying to stage manage a successful rally:

Steve Albani:
Please note, taping for television or any other filming is strictly prohibited between 3rd and 7th Street without a media credential.

Richard Pollack sets him straight about the law:

Although it may not make any sense to you at this moment, the National Mall is not a TV set, although it may look like one.

As the former chief Washington producer for ABC’s “Good Morning America” for nine years, let me assure you that you cannot bar cameras from public walkways on the Mall. It has never happened.

And so we will be there crew and all.

It does seem a bit incredulous that a rally for “reasonableness” should exclude freely based camera crews exercising their First Amendment rights to cover your attendees walking on public property. Unless this is Prague in 1968. And unless Comedy Central own tanks. Or unless it deploys a Comedy Police with enforcement powers.

An attempt to protect their live show, or an attempt to manage news? It will be fun to see them try to stop people on public property filming and tweeting. I don’t think it will go over well with their fans. Are these people really this stupid?

I smell crashing and burning.

Update: After 2 hours of watching this I know why they were forbiding filming. It really REALLY Su*&^!

Update: Tweet of the day:

This really says it all