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  • Wrong Ideological Choice has Cost Obama Dearly

    10/03/2014 5:32:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Barack Obama had a choice between liberalism and the Democratic Party. He chose the latter and it cost him dearly. Liberalism, as an ideology, insists that government can do good and great things for the people and the world, if the people running the government are smart liberals. The Democratic Party says the exact same thing. But liberalism is an ideal, while the Democratic Party is that ideal's representative here in the real world, and in the real world political parties disappoint. Just to be clear -- and to avoid a lot of "Oh, yeah? What about Republicans?!" responses --...
  • Professors are feeling hopeless. Good.

    09/12/2014 2:13:42 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 40 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Lauren Squires, a sociolinguistic professor at OSU, is distressed by the success of the "Word Crimes" parody from Weird Al Yankovic. Professor Squires tut-tutted, “Many linguists are shaking their heads and feeling a little hopeless about what the public enthusiasm about it represents: a society where largely trivial, largely arbitrary standards of linguistic correctness are heavily privileged, and people feel justified in attacking those who don’t do things the ‘correct’ way.” In his highly entertaining video, Weird Al does not hesitate to insult people who use bad grammar. The professor thinks that Weird Al’s attitude “raises deep and long-standing questions...
  • Jordanian-Palestinian Politician: There is no ISIS Ideology -- It's Islam

    09/06/2014 4:11:37 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 27 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 8-31-14 | ANB TV (Jordan)
    Palestinian-Jordanian politician Muhammad Bayoudh Al-Tamimi recently defended ISIS, saying that its doctrine "stems from the Quran and the Sunna." The Syrian soldiers recently killed at the Tabqa airbase "deserved to be slaughtered 100,000 times over," said Al-Tamimi, a member of the Jordanian Umma movement. According to Internet reports, the show was not broadcast by the Jordanian ANB TV channel that had produced it, but it was posted on the Internet by ANB TV on August 31, 2014. Interviewer: What is our position, here in Jordan, with regard to ISIS and the ISIS ideology? [...] Muhammad Bayoudh Al-Tamimi: I reject the...
  • Leftist Elitism and the Divine Right of Kings

    09/02/2014 10:08:33 AM PDT · by walford · 9 replies
    Facebook ^ | 09/02/2014 | walford
    There are some aspects of Modern Leftism that have evolved from the Divine Right of Kings -- particularly amongst the elites. Divine Right holds that one is born into a class of the wealthy and powerful due to the Will of the Almighty. Aristocrats-by-birth in agrarian medievalist Europe justified their relative wealth in those terms. So those who have economic success and political influence are so because they have been Chosen while the rest are by definition inferior in Divine blessing in their earthly poverty. Left to their own devices, those born poor would destroy themselves and thus need to...
  • The Best Worst President Ever (Suicide-prevention meds required!)

    07/12/2014 12:11:11 PM PDT · by SuperLuminal · 40 replies
    Hearst Connecticut Media Group - Newstimes ^ | July 12, 2014 | Mark Morford
    “Obama is the worst thing to ever happen to this country,” declares the wealthy, rakish, silver-haired Newport Beach white guy to his small group of perfectly tanned 50-something females sitting just a few feet away from us at a stunning restaurant patio overlooking the sun-kissed California coastline, just off of Highway 1, as he sipped his pinot and adjusted his wraparound Ray Bans, flush from the economy’s spectacular recovery that has benefitted his exact demographic most of all, stroking his purebred dog and taking various selfies with their $500 phones, oblivious to the furious swirls of irony and hypocrisy fluttering...
  • Forget Democrats and Republicans, Americans Actually Have 8 Distinct Political Ideologies

    06/30/2014 5:12:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    In The Capital ^ | June 30, 2014 | Tess VandenDolder
    In the hyper-partisan world of Washington, it's too easy to fall into the trap of being either 100 percent Democrat or an all in Republican. But many Americans struggle to neatly define themselves on this two party spectrum, instead believing in a healthy mix of both liberal and conservative ideological truths to varying degrees. The Pew Research Center recently conducted a typological study, in which they discovered that most Americans fell within eight distinct political ideologies, outside of the standard two party system our government runs on. There groups are as follows: the Strong Liberals, who are pretty much what...
  • Liberals: Exempt from Scrutiny - as long as you say the right things

    05/06/2014 2:00:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | May 6, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    It doesn’t matter if you belong to the 0.1 percent as long as you say the right things. The qualifications of a Tommy “Dude” Vietor or Ben Rhodes that placed them in the Situation Room during Obama-administration crises were not years of distinguished public service, military service, prior elected office, a string of impressive publications, an academic career, previous diplomatic postings, or any of the usual criteria that have placed others at the nerve center of America in times of crisis. Their trajectory was based on yeoman partisan PR work, and largely on being young, hip, and well connected politically....
  • Novak memoir written from crass superficial thinking

    02/10/2014 8:29:02 PM PST · by Epistolizer · 3 replies
    Memoirs have always been a favorite literary genre. Some, like Winston Churchill's war memoirs, track important events from a single, and commanding, vantage point, yielding an insight into the contingencies of history. Others, like St. Augustine's Confessions or John Henry Newman's Apologia pro Vita Sua, detail a person's intellectual and spiritual development over time. Some, like Katharine Graham's Personal History, are just fun. Michael Novak's Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative is more Forrest Gump than Churchill. It evidences none of the brutal self-inquiry displayed by Augustine or Newman, and, unlike Graham's memoir, it is...
  • New evidence on the political views of mixed-race adopted and step-families

    02/03/2014 8:28:09 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 31, 2014 | Jim Lindgren
    Not surprisingly, there is no statistically significant left-right political differences in the proportion of adopted or step-families that are in mixed race households. Indeed, among families with step-children or adopted children, 11 percent of conservatives were living in mixed race households compared to 10 percent of liberals living in mixed-race households. Similarly, 9.4 percent of Republicans living in step- or adopted families were in mixed-race households, compared to only 8.8 percent of Democrats in such families. (Again, this small advantage for Republicans is not large enough to be statistically significant). If one breaks things down further by both party and...
  • What Your Healthcare Professional Doesn't Know About Abortion Breast Cancer Link

    02/02/2014 11:42:13 PM PST · by Pharmer1 · 13 replies
    Down on the Pharm ^ | 2/2/2014 | Pharmer1
    Under normal circumstances, a competent educator would conclude that there is a possible link, but that so far the analysis of data is conflicting or inconclusive. Further study is warranted. If an educator were not invested in the ideology that at least one abortion is a necessary female rite of passage into the Pentagonal Order of the Gaia Green Sisterhood, health professionals would be advised to be alert to the possibility of abortion breast cancer linkage and await further results. Well, a new meta analysis from China is out now, showing a stronger link between abortion and breast cancer......
  • Education Ministry Lets Teachers Peddle Politics

    01/23/2014 1:51:41 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/1/14 | Ari Yashar
    The Ministry of Education will reportedly allow teachers to express their political opinions in the classroom, as part of the "Israel moves up a grade" program being pushed forward by Education Minister Shai Piron (Yesh Atid). Under the new guidelines teachers will be given a freer hand in their class of impressionable young students, and will be able to determine the topics of their instruction in 25% of the hours of their annual educational curriculum, reports Channel 2. The new move, which allows teachers to hold discussions in class on political topics and express their opinions, follows closely on the...
  • Hail to The Panderer in Chief

    11/27/2013 7:53:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    "I'm not a particularly ideological person," President Obama told an audience of donors in Seattle over the weekend. He added (in Reuters' words) that "pragmatism was necessary to advance the values that were important to him." This is an old refrain of Obama's. As he said in his first inaugural, "The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works." "What works" is a cruel standard for the author of Obamacare, which may be one reason the White House has taken to scrubbing the sobriquet from its website and the...
  • The only reaction to give when Barack Obama says he's "not a particularly ideological person"

    11/25/2013 1:18:03 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 21 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-25-13 | The Looking Spoon
    No joke, he actually said this...How ridiculous is this?This ridiculous...(If you know your Star Trek then you'll know an emotionless android, above, when you see one) 
  • WHY DO LIBS OWN THE ARTS?

    11/24/2013 2:30:43 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 128 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11-19-13 | Teresa Mull
    I went to a lecture recently presented by the Smithsonian. The subject of the talk was Jack Kerouac’s Francophone roots, and I was expecting lots of intellectual wanna-be Beatniks. Instead I was surrounded by a roomful of typical old lib academics. It felt as though I were living inside of NPR. You know the type: the women are skeletal from not eating meat and from biking too much and have salt and pepper hair which they cut when they decided they hated men and also decided to look like one. They prefer the unkempt, “natural” look to actually bothering to...
  • Was Kennedy a Conservative?

    11/23/2013 11:07:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 23, 2013 | John C. Good man
    The idea that John F. Kennedy was really a conservative, rather than the liberal icon he is so often depicted as, is the thesis of a new book by Ira Stoll. The idea is seconded by George Will in a column in The Washington Post. Are they correct? Before examining the case, let me make an important distinction. I seem to be one of the few writers who sees conservatism and liberalism as sociologies, not ideologies. What's the difference? As I explained in a post at my blog: An ideology is a set of ideas that cohere. Socialism is an...
  • To Understand Obama and the Democrats, You Must Understand Liberal Ideology

    10/30/2013 1:26:20 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | October 30, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    (excerpt) All Obama cares about is that every day the general direction of the country is toward where he wants to go. The day-to-day minutia and the problems and the apparent failures of what he's trying to do, irrelevant. Because the chaos and the dismantling is the success. And when you're gonna start dismantling something as big as the health care system, of course it's gonna be a mess. These guys don't know what they're doing. They don't really have an alternative and they don't care right now. All they care about is that it gets so bad that there...
  • Thomas Sowell: Liberal Ideology’s Price

    09/03/2013 5:52:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/02/2013 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the many unintended consequences of the political crusade for increased homeownership among minorities, and low-income people in general, has been a housing boom and bust that left many foreclosed homes that had to be rented because there were no longer enough qualified buyers. The repercussions did not stop there. Many homeowners have discovered that when renters replace homeowners as their neighbors, the neighborhood as a whole can suffer. The physical upkeep of the neighborhood, on which everyone’s home values depend, tends to decline. “Who’s going to paint the outside of a rented house?” one resident was quoted as...
  • Does President Obama Have a "Foreign Policy?"

    08/24/2013 10:47:00 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 16 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 24, 2012 | Dan Miller
    Yes, He does. Lead from behind in whatever direction His ideology points and don't get held accountable for anything bad that results. President Obama's "foreign policy," like his domestic policy, has become clear and "transparent." His policy in both areas, largely implemented by His administration to keep His hands as clean as possible, is substantially the same and has four basic elements: ♦ Do whatever seems politically expedient, ♥ Encourage His admirers to continue admiring Him, ♠ Distort the "news" to make it as favorable as possible and ♣ Disconnect Him, and Distract attention, from any "bad" news that slips by. President Obama's proclivity...
  • Presidents and Political Ideologies

    08/20/2013 5:57:58 PM PDT · by LD Jackson
    Political Realities ^ | 08/20/13 | Jason Bradley
    This is a subject I’ve taken a few days to look into. It interested me for a couple of reasons: To highlight the president as a national leader; and, to show how they articulate and carry out their political values. For this I chose Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan. Johnson because he reinforced the Roosevelt paradigm and cemented modern liberalism with the “Great Society” program. Reagan, because he led a reactionary conservative revolution against that paradigm. A revolution in the making since the time of Johnson. This isn’t to offer any critiques but is more along the lines of...
  • US Supreme Court losing respect and trust of American citizens?

    07/14/2013 4:31:25 PM PDT · by usalady · 49 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 13, 2013 | M
    Over the last four years the negative attitude of Americans toward the US Supreme Court indicates it is less respected and trusted each year.
  • Obama Wings it in Egypt

    07/10/2013 8:05:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Who says President Obama isn't a unifier? Last week, Edmund Sanders of the Los Angeles Times reported from Cairo: "As rival camps of Egyptians protest for and against the toppling of President Mohamed Morsi, there is a rare point of agreement: America is to blame." Both the Muslim Brotherhood and the coalition arrayed against it believe that the United States is against them. And, amazingly, both sides have a point. Obama supported Hosni Mubarak, our geriatric dictator-client, right up until the moment Mubarak needed us most. But when events, or just the news cycle, made that support difficult, Obama abandoned...
  • When Labels Don't Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity

    04/24/2013 11:01:37 AM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 9 replies
    Pew Research Hispanic Center ^ | April 4, 2012 | Paul Taylor, Mark Hugo Lopez, Jessica Hamar Martinez & Gabriel Velasco
    When it comes to the size of government, Hispanics are more likely than the general public to say they would rather have a bigger government providing more services than a smaller government with fewer services. Some 75% of Hispanics say this, while 19% say they would rather have a smaller government with fewer services. By contrast, just 41% of the general U.S. public say they want a bigger government, while nearly half (48%) say they want a smaller government.
  • The Libruls are Winning. How Can We Win Instead?

    02/26/2013 8:26:51 AM PST · by DanMiller · 20 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 25, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Offer free reverse-lobotomies? Probably not. This is a rant. So sue me. A Hell of a Lot!The problemsAn article at American Thinker is titled Three Reasons Conservatives are Losing the Battle for America. Although it struck me as excessively repetitive it's probably correct for the most part and well worth reading. The "legitimate media"(AKA Department of Information) are substantially dominated by libruls and present all of the news that fits their world view. Libruls want nothing to do with anything, or anybody, conservative and shut their ears, eyes and therefore minds accordingly. Political correctness is running amok, which limits not...
  • Liberal/Conservative Divide Explained - Paranoia

    02/17/2013 9:22:01 AM PST · by DeprogramLiberalism · 33 replies
    Deprogramming Liberalism ^ | February 17, 2013 | Jim Autio
    Professor George Lakoff describes himself as a cognitive scientist. In his book, Moral Politics How Liberals and Conservatives Think, Professor Lakoff illustrates the problem of accurately describing the dichotomy between contemporary liberalism and contemporary conservatism in America. From the section, The Worldview Problem for Cognitive Science in chapter two:~The job of the cognitive scientist in this instance is to characterize the largely unconscious liberal and conservative worldviews accurately enough so that an analyst can see just why the puzzles for liberals are not puzzles for conservatives, and conversely. Any cognitive scientist who seeks to describe the conservative and liberal worldviews...
  • The Myth of an Impure GOP (Ideologically sound, but not always effective)

    01/16/2013 7:24:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/15/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    It’s hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movement’s problems are mostly problems of success. But the Republican party’s problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure to recognize the limits of that movement’s success. American conservatism began as a kind of intellectual hobbyists’ group with little hope of changing the broader society. Albert Jay Nock, the cape-wearing libertarian intellectual — he called himself a “philosophical anarchist” — who inspired a very young William F. Buckley Jr., argued that political change was impossible because the masses were...
  • Key to benevolence: Experiencing divine love may be gift that keeps on giving

    01/07/2013 9:55:09 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 4 replies
    Spending quality time with God appears to make benevolent love possible for many Americans, new research indicates. The Godly Love National Survey, led by researchers at the University of Akron and the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, found people who most often reported feeling God’s love were more than twice as likely as the average American to give time to those in need more than once a week. More than four in five respondents said they experience God’s love at least “once in a while;” a similar number said they felt God’s love increasing their compassion for others. The...
  • Statistical correlations

    11/03/2012 4:14:28 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 6 replies
    PeaceByJesus.com ^ | 8/21/2012 | Daniel1212
    Statistical correlations This is a compilation of how states rank according to their voting record, faith, beliefs, etc., from polls and records, and their possible relations to each other. Also, demographical map below More national stats on the spiritual, etc. State of the Union here. Rankings (1,2,3...) mostly by this author (could have slight errors). Click on the word "rank" to go to the sources. Duplicate percentages = same rank, thus highest rank less than 50. Press F11 key on most browsers for full screen viewing. PDF download here. Political rank determined by average margins of victory in last...
  • OBAMA KNEW...(AND HIS MUSLIM ROOTS ARE SHOWING!)

    10/25/2012 10:53:36 AM PDT · by Stayfree · 7 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | Oct. 25, 2012 | Jeffrey Lord
    Is Hillary Clinton's insistence yesterday that the leaked State Department e-mails were "not evidence" yet more evidence that indicates the Obama White House not only knew what was going on but deliberately turned a blind eye to Benghazi because of that ideology? Specifically, did an ideological soft spot for Sharia -- Obama's name is being used by his step-grandmother to raise funds to educate kids in Sharia -- blind the U.S. government to the threat posed by Ansar Al-Sharia? A group whose objective, says its Libyan leader, is to "impose Sharia" on Libya.
  • It will be the hot "arab summer" in Israel and the Gaza strip . Thanks to Qatar and Obama

    10/24/2012 3:02:08 PM PDT · by Ulysse · 2 replies
    ulysse
    As a straight consequence of the "arab spring" , we have heard 2 days ago that the Emir of Qatar went to the Gaza strip through the new Egypt to fund the islamlists of Hamas..... Mr Obama is a dangerous ideologue , Mr Romney ! Could be time to say something....
  • Columnist may have planted a dangerous seed for anti-gunners

    08/14/2012 5:03:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 August, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Conservative columnist Jacob Sullum may have planted a dangerous seed the other day when he suggested – one can only hope tongue-in-cheek – that in addition to criminal and mental health background check requirements, one’s ideology must also be determined before that citizen is allowed to buy a gun. Sullum offered the suggestion in a column originally published by Town Hall on Aug. 8 and more recently in the Desert Dispatch on Tuesday. He notes that the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is now lobbying Congress and the two mainstream presidential contenders to “do something” about guns. Writing about...
  • The case against reelection

    08/10/2012 10:27:27 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/9/12 | Charles Krauthammer
    There are two ways to run against Barack Obama: stewardship or ideology. You can run against his record or you can run against his ideas.The stewardship case is pretty straightforward: the worst recovery in U.S. history, 42 consecutive months of 8-plus percent unemployment, declining economic growth — all achieved at a price of an additional $5 trillion of accumulated debt.The ideological case is also simple. Just play in toto (and therefore in context) Obama’s Roanoke riff telling small-business owners: “You didn’t build that.” Real credit for your success belongs not to you — you think you did well because of...
  • Allen West slams Palm Beach Post:'Self-appointed elitists blinded by ideology'

    07/05/2012 1:17:23 PM PDT · by T.O.K. · 9 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | July 5, 2012 | michele Kirk
    Congressman Allen West blasted Robert Crowder, his Republican opponent in the upcoming 18th Congressional District race. He also took a few swipes at the Palm Beach Post in a scathing letter that the Post chose to publish on July 3rd. In the letter, West said he would not accept requests by Crowder to debate him. "I refuse to waste the voters’ time by dignifying Crowder’s cynical political maneuvering." West also explained why he refused to interview with the Palm Beach Post editorial board
  • Conservative Wonderboy Grows Up, Embraces Obamacare and Philosophy

    07/03/2012 7:44:46 AM PDT · by edpc · 47 replies
    Atlantic Wire via Yahoo News ^ | 3 July 2012 | Elspeth Reeve
    Like so many teenagers, Jonathan Krohn says he cringes when he thinks of some of the deeply uncool things he said when he was 13. Unlike most teenagers, Krohn said those things on camera in a speech at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference, making him a YouTube sensation. Now? Krohn tells Politico's Patrick Gavin he's not a conservative anymore. He likes gay marriage and Obamacare. He's going to New York University in the fall. He name drops German philosophers. But his old fans can't accept that he's changed. "Come on, I was thirteen," he told Politico. "I was thirteen."
  • Opinion versus Fact: Why Opposing Beliefs Leave No Room for Compromise...

    03/12/2012 9:46:04 AM PDT · by MV=PY · 17 replies
    A Voice of Sanity ^ | 3/12/12 | Robert Ringer
    Opinion versus Fact: Why Opposing Beliefs Leave No Room for Compromise Between Republicans and Democrats In Senator Jim DeMint’s new book, Now or Never, he boldly states, “The differences between the Democratic and Republican Parties are irreconcilable: there can be no compromise between collectivism and freedom.” How refreshing that someone in the U.S. Senate has the courage to speak the truth. I totally concur with Senator DeMint’s position. The vast majority of Democrats are not interested in truth. They are not interested in logic. They are not interested in helping others. And they certainly are not interested in upholding and...
  • Progressive Obsolescence

    02/12/2012 8:16:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10 February, 2012 | Arnold Ahlert
    Few things make this conservative happier than when progressives drop their holier-than-thou facade and reveal their true intentions. A column written by NY Times columnist Adam Liptak entitled “‘We the People’ Loses Appeal With People Around the World” is a textbook example. Essentially Mr. Liptak, and no doubt many of his progressive soul-mates, are ready to kick the Constitution of the United States to the curb because they consider it an “obsolete” document. Yet in explaining why, Liptak inadvertently reveals something else along the way: progressivism is an utterly bankrupt ideology. Why is the Constitution “obsolete?” “There are lots of...
  • Is Fox News going centrist for 2012?

    12/05/2011 8:38:52 PM PST · by Mozilla · 69 replies · 1+ views
    The Morning Call ^ | 11-5-11 | Lucas Shaw Reuters
    Consider another media critic convinced. Gabriel Sherman, a contributing editor at New York magazine who has spent many a word on Fox News, wrote a post for the magazine's Daily Intel blog Monday suggesting Fox has adopted a "new strategy" for 2012. "Fox is trying to credibly capture the center without alienating its loyal core of rabid viewers. To this end, the network is flexing its news-gathering muscles in high-profile ways that will capture media attention," Sherman wrote. Sherman is not the first media critic to make this claim. Howard Kurtz did so back in September after talking with network...
  • Islam or Islamist? Is our trouble with a religion or an ideology?

    10/30/2011 6:49:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/28/2011 | Andrew McCarthy
    Islam or Islamist? That is the question. Is the term “Islamist” a politically incorrect fabrication to dodge the inconvenient truth that Islam itself is inherently and inevitably chauvinistic and totalitarian? Or is it a necessary distinction to draw: denominating supremacist Muslims striving to impose on societies a classical, rigid construction of Islamic law, distinguishing them from authentic Muslim moderates who elevate reason, embrace pluralism, and take sharia as spiritual guidance rather than the mandatory law for civil society? I think we have to separate Islamists from Islam. My friend Robert Spencer disagrees. As NRO readers may know from my reviews...
  • Socialism, Communism and Cultural Marxism: Spiritual Diseases of Our Time

    10/22/2011 1:58:37 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 33 replies
    Renew America ^ | Oct. 22, 2011 | Linda Kimball
    "In 1919, Georg Lukacs became Deputy Commissar for Culture in the short-lived Bolshevik Bela Kun regime in Hungary. He immediately set plans in motion to de-Christianize Hungary. Reasoning that if Christian sexual ethics could be undermined among children, then both the hated (traditional) family and the Church would be dealt a crippling blow, Lukacs launched a radical sex education program in the schools. Sex lectures were organized and literature handed out which graphically instructed youth in free love (promiscuity) and sexual intercourse while simultaneously encouraging them to deride and reject Christian moral ethics, monogamy, and parental and church authority. All...
  • Report: Occupy Oakland Devolves into “Lord of the Flies”

    10/20/2011 7:15:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    Verum Serum ^ | October 20, 2011 | Verum Serum
    Report: Occupy Oakland Devolves into “Lord of the Flies” John on October 20, 2011 at 12:01 am From the Oakland Tribune: The next thing Hughes knew he was in a headlock, then he was being punched, and then he was on the ground as a large man began to choke him. This happened as Hughes, a substitute teacher and Occupy Oakland resident, tried to keep a larger man who also lived in the camp from threatening a woman there. Finally, after another threatening incident involving the same individual, the occupiers had had enough: About 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, a group of...
  • Tenured Ignorance

    09/24/2011 7:06:01 PM PDT · by Shalmaneser · 11 replies
    Academic Zoology ^ | September 23, 2011 | ~
    Lots of people are taking this Elizabeth Warren person out behind the woodshed. I thought I’d add my two cents. Let us note first off that none of what she said is particularly surprising. It’s painfully obvious that she’s a perfesser, and that’s just what perfessers do. Trust me: I’ve observed the species in their native habitat a long time now (there’s a reason I call this blog Academic Zoology), and I can recognize them on sight. Just by looking at her, you know Elizabeth Warren has three cats and a collection of “world music” on her iPod. She’s got...
  • Why Do All of Dictator Obama's JOBS ! Speeches and Programs Result in More DEBT ?

    09/14/2011 11:36:13 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 7 replies
    Vanity/ Failedideology | September 14, 2011 | Graewoulf
    This is truly a great mystery to me: How can a US President fail so badly after trying so hard to revive the failed ideologies of Keynesian Instant Spending Socialism, or as it is better known: " KISS, " and Socialism itself? It just doesn't make any sense! It must be very discouraging for Dictator Obama to take the very best of the failed ideologies of the past, work so hard, be so arrogant, make so many, many pretty speeches, and sign so many Pork Barrel, no ear-mark, no targeted, ( govspeak in the District of Corruption changes so fast,...
  • Defining My Conservatism

    08/08/2011 11:16:44 AM PDT · by mhutcheson · 4 replies
    Snap out of it, America! ^ | 08-08-11 | Michael Hutcheson
    I identify myself politically as a (independent) conservative. While there are certainly extremists and radicals in every political affiliation they are, without exception, in the minority. However, the mainstream media, politically ‘correct’ bloggers, certain minority groups and the liberal left in general have been largely successful in defining and portraying (for various self-serving and chiefly political reasons) all conservatives as right-wing religious fanatics, hate-filled homophobes, xenophobes, misogynists, racists and warmongers. Unfortunately, this view seems to be widely believed, at least generally, among non-conservatives. Therefore, and since I fall into none of those categories listed, I wish to clarify and express...
  • Rev. 18:3: Evolution...Primordial Heresy as Royal Science of Man Becoming God

    07/19/2011 5:07:06 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 109 replies
    Renew America ^ | July 18, 2011 | Linda Kimball
    From the days of Adam right down to our own time, the devilish belief that man is God has danced across history, seducing millions in its path. Early Church Father John of Damascus identifies barbarism as the primordial heresy, the idea that man is god: "Barbarism is that which prevailed from the days of Adam down through ten generations to the time of Noah. It is called barbarism because of the fact that in those times men had no ruling authority or mutual accord, but every man was independent and a law unto himself after the dictates of his own...
  • AZ Wildfires.

    06/04/2011 7:35:44 PM PDT · by yankee turned redneck · 11 replies
    Will Arizona get federal help for their wildfires? I doubt it.
  • Some Thoughts on the Conservative Ideology

    05/25/2011 1:28:03 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 8 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-23-11 | Dave
    Conservatism is a thinking mans ideology. It requires understanding and wisdom, research and knowledge, and the ability and willingness to judge right from wrong. It requires a moral compass, a fortitude for righteousness, and above all a love of liberty. To be a true conservative the value of the individual must be nourished and a fierce independence cultivated that can withstand the petty criticisms, persecutions and mockeries of those who have yet to see the light and embrace the truth. The conservative ideology cannot be separated from logic or from common sense. To me being a political blogger and commentator...
  • Truth vs. Ideology

    05/07/2011 5:10:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 7, 2011 | Bill O'Reilly
    Frustrating! That's the appropriate word for what is happening in the wake of the Osama bin Laden raid. Besides the precision of the Navy SEALs, the big story to emerge from the action is that coerced interrogation gave the CIA vital information used to track bin Laden to his lair. Current CIA Chief Leon Panetta has confirmed that.Of course, that exposition is embarrassing to the left, including President Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Clinton, who are all on record as saying coerced interrogation does not work. Apparently, they were wrong in a big way.The nails-on-the-blackboard part of...
  • Misreading Obama

    05/06/2011 1:08:07 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 06, 2011 | Jack Cashill
    From the moment Barack Obama took center stage at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, the world has been busily trying to decipher the man. No one has been more busy reading Obama in the years since than the chair of the Harvard History Department, the esteemed Dr. James Kloppenberg. At numerous symposia, on both sides of the Atlantic, he has shared his distinctive insights on our 44th president. In his new book, Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition, Kloppenberg has assembled his insights into a misreading of Obama so sincere and so profound that it causes one...
  • Obama, lost in thought ["simple-minded partisans" frustrated]

    04/27/2011 2:02:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 85 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 26, 2011 | Dana Milbank
    When I covered George W. Bush’s White House, my job was made easier by the simplicity of the subject. The president had a few defining mantras — Cut taxes! Rally the base! Terrorists hate freedom! With us or against us! — and most of his decisions could be understood, even predicted, by applying one of the overarching philosophies. With President Obama, there is no such luxury. The political right is befuddled as it tries to explain him: First, Obama was a tyrant and a socialist; now he’s a weakling who refuses to lead. The political left is almost as confused,...
  • ...paved with good intentions....The leftists mantra...

    04/12/2011 1:25:38 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    newstime.co.za ^ | Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | David Gleason
    When I first read Paul Johnson’s seminal work on the History of the Modern World, now published under a different title, I was thunderstruck by the assembled evidence of the rape, pillage and murder of those unfortunate to be governed by the Russian Communist state. The precise numbers are difficult to ascertain with authority but Johnson’s sources indicate that 10% of the population were subjected to Stalin’s penitentiary establishments. If you reckon around a million died in the Gulag every year between 1936 and Stalin’s death in 1953 that would account for 17 million of his fellow, and no doubt...
  • The Ancient Evil Religion of Political Correctness

    03/30/2011 10:34:38 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 17 replies
    Conclub ^ | 03-26-11 | Dave
    With quiet dignity a hooded figure revealed himself from the protective ring of trees. Mounting a small hillock he faced the sea of expectant faces. A measured sweep of his hands pulled back the hood to reveal a wizened face framed by a long white beard. For a long moment not a sound was heard or movement evident in the crowd. The robed figure examined the myriad of faces before him with watery blue eyes that shone with intelligence and understanding. What he saw before him was hope. Hope on faces that only hours before had expressed only despair and...