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  • Dupes for the Dictatorship

    01/28/2014 5:53:07 AM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 7 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | January 27, 2014 | Nelson Hultberg
    Webster’s defines a dupe as “one who is easily deceived.” But a misperception prevails among most people. They think of dupes as ignorant people only. On the contrary, there are large amounts of intelligent dupes in all societies. Brains are no protection against dupery. In fact, I would classify dupery as one of the deadly sins that curse all men and women no matter what level of class and smarts they possess. Dictatorships depend upon dupery to perpetuate themselves – especially dupery among the intelligentsia. There are, in this writer’s opinion, three forms of dupery afflicting the human race, or...
  • AP Editor: We Still Consider Herman Cain A Second-Tier Candidate

    10/10/2011 8:56:06 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Yeah, Herman Cain won the Florida straw poll, crushing Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. And OK, a CBS poll recently found him tied with Romney among likely Republican primary voters. Sure, he also scored a resounding victory in another straw poll this weekend. And Rasmussen just today released the finding that 56% of GOP voters like Cain's 9-9-9 plan. So is that enough to make the Associated Press consider Cain a first-tier candidate? Nah. On MSNBC's "Daily Rundown" this morning, AP's political editor, Liz Sidoti, sniffed "we still consider him a second-tier candidate." View the video here.
  • LA TIMES: The world's biggest problem? Too many people.

    07/21/2011 12:12:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 75 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 21, 2011 | by: Mary Ellen Harte
    Our unsustainable population levels are depleting resources and denying a decent future to our descendants. We must stop the denial. A 2009 NPR story on U.S. pregnancies reported that half — yes, half — of all U.S. pregnancies are unintended. That's a lot of unintended consumers adding to our future climate change. And that's what the right calls the "liberal" side of the mass media. The politically conservative U.S. mass media cover unsustainable population levels even less. That pretty much reflects the appalling state of U.S. public education today on population. The U.S. approach to population issues across all levels...
  • US Is Suffering Sever Case Of Palinosis (Rant of the week!)

    06/14/2011 4:00:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | June 14, 2011 | Prof. David Michael Green, Hofstra Univ.
    I hope I never write another piece on Sarah Palin again. The woman is a disease, and I choose my words carefully there. She is everything that is wrong with America, and indeed, that is the only reason I’m writing this at all. This essay is altogether far more a commentary on Governor Quit’s America than it is on the woman herself. Our national problem is Palinosis far more than it is Palin. There have always been people like Sarah Palin, and presumably there always will be. The two real questions are why anyone cares about them and, most astonishingly,...
  • Poll Reveals Poorer And Less Educated Voters Support Sarah Palin, Wealthier Voters Prefer Romney

    05/09/2011 3:42:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 9, 2011 | Alex Alvarez
    A new Gallup poll reveals that voters who identify as more conservative, do not have college degrees and who make less than $24,000 annually are more likely to support former Alaska governor Sarah Palin over Mitt Romney for president in 2012. Romney, on the other hand, has evidently fared better with voters who describe themselves as “liberals to moderate”, have received degrees of higher learning and who make at least $90,000 a year. The split drives home the challenges facing any would-be GOP candidate: Catering to the party’s base without completely alienating those on the fence, and appealing to voters...
  • Guitar heroes: When the magic transfers from rock stars to instruments

    02/15/2011 4:39:17 AM PST · by decimon · 44 replies
    University of Chicago Press Journals ^ | February 14, 2011 | Unknown
    Budding guitarists seek the magical powers of rock hero instruments, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. "Like people from the Middle Ages who sought saints' relics, modern consumers like the budding rock guitarist desire fetishes (objects perceived as magical and possessing extraordinary power)" write authors Karen V. Fernandez (University of Aukland, New Zealand) and John L. Lastovicka (Arizona State University). "We live in a world where anybody with a modest amount of money can buy a close copy or a replica of a desired object," the authors write. "We wanted to know why consumers who...
  • The Barbaric Vision of 'Progressive' Heroes

    02/05/2011 8:58:41 PM PST · by bronxville · 4 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/26/2011 | Michael Coren
    TORONTO, ON (The Interim) - There is nothing right or left-wing about pro-life, but pro-lifers are repeatedly and ridiculously condemned and dismissed as being on the right. Life, however, is more important than political labels.
  • The challenge of public diplomacy vis-a-vis the delegitimisation of Israel

    01/05/2011 10:07:18 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 6 replies
    melanie phillips ^ | Melanie Phillips
    As we all know by now, Israel has lost the battle for public opinion in the west. Even the Israel government is now acknowledging this fact. Israel and its defenders have been outclassed and outmanoeuvred in a war of the mind being waged on a battleground it never even acknowledged it was on. Calls for more and better hasbara, however, are meaningless if the message or narrative promoted by Israel and its defenders misses the point of the attack being waged upon it. And it does miss that point, by a mile. You cannot resist or overcome a threat unless...
  • The Elite Turn Against Obama

    07/07/2010 8:02:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 112 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 7, 2010 | Lloyd Grove
    Even the Aspen Ideas Festival, an annual gathering of the country's brightest lights, isn't Obama country anymore. Lloyd Grove on the president's waning support among the intelligentsia. You’d think the well-heeled and enlightened eggheads at the Aspen Ideas Festival—which is running all week in this fashionable resort town with heady panel discussions and earnest disquisitions involving all manner of deep thinkers and do-gooders—would be receptive to an intellectually ambitious president with big ideas of his own. In a way, the folks attending this cerebral conclave pairing the Aspen Institute think tank with the Atlantic Monthly magazine might even be seen...
  • Peter Singer: ‘Why Not Sterilize the Human Race into Extinction?’

    06/11/2010 9:28:12 AM PDT · by ezfindit · 75 replies · 1,380+ views
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 6/8/2010 | Peter J. Smith
    Singer explains Benatar’s antinatalist philosophy, which bases its moral framework by weighing the consequences of existence, in this way: “everyone will suffer to some extent, and if our species continues to reproduce, we can be sure that some future children will suffer severely. Hence continued reproduction will harm some children severely, and benefit none.” Singer then invites readers to engage in a thought experiment: "So why don’t we make ourselves the last generation on earth? If we would all agree to have ourselves sterilized then no sacrifices would be required — we could party our way into extinction!"
  • The despicable 'duty to die'

    05/15/2010 3:15:35 AM PDT · by Scanian · 23 replies · 660+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 15, 2010 | Thomas Sowell
    One fashionable notion among some of the intel ligentsia is that old peo ple have "a duty to die," rather than become a burden to others. This is more than just an idea discussed around a seminar table. Already Britain's government-run medical system is restricting what medications or treatments it will authorize for the elderly. It seems almost certain that similar attempts to contain runaway costs will lead to similar policies when US medical care is taken over by the government. Make no mistake: Letting old people die is a lot cheaper than spending the kind of money required to...
  • Noemie Emery: Obama's education of little use to his presidency

    01/13/2010 5:27:48 AM PST · by Scanian · 16 replies · 721+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 13, 2010 | Noemie Emery
    David Brooks notes that in the last year, something dire has happened: The public has turned decisively against the "educated classes" and all of their works. At the same time, it has also moved against Barack Obama, who began his term with approval ratings that bumped up against 70, and have now sunk to the high to mid-40s, with "strongly disapprove" ratings that rival those of George W. Bush at his worst. It has also moved strongly against his -- and the educated classes' -- ideas. It is more pro-life, more anti-climate change, more free market, less statist, more inclined...
  • And Its Soviet Similarities

    10/31/2009 7:09:51 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies · 840+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 30, 2009 | SVETLANA KUNIN
    USSR, 1959: I am a "young pioneer" in school. History classes remind us that there is a higher authority than their parents and teachers: the leaders of the Communist Party. The story of young pioneer Pavlik Morozov is required reading. Pavlik reported his father to the secret police for disobeying government regulations. His life exemplified the duty of all good Soviet citizens to serve their government. From the first year in school, all of us are made aware of our ethnicity (ethnic Russian, Jewish, Asian, etc.) and class (proletariat, intelligentsia), around which society is structured. This inherent divisiveness makes it...
  • Robert Reich: Keep stimulus money away from skilled workers and “white male contractors”

    01/22/2009 7:13:19 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 93 replies · 2,869+ views
    michellemalkin ^ | 1/22/09 | michellemalkin
    I missed Clintonite moldy oldie-turned-Obama economic adviser Robert Reich’s testimony a few weeks ago on how the government should spend federal stimulus money. The Berkeley professor engaged in academic fantasy land talk about getting all the cash out to workers as quickly as possible — a pipe dream debunked by the CBO report I mentioned in my column yesterday. Even more noteworthy, however, were the comments Reich made about which workers deserve the stimulus bucks most. Reich’s proposal exposes the lie that the Obama administration is actually interested in revitalizing basic infrastructure for the good of the economy. No, what...

    11/18/2008 7:24:10 PM PST · by · 118 replies · 2,413+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11-18-08 | Ma Parker
    As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit. Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D. I'm bathing in holy water as I type. To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh. Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth -- as long as we're setting ourselves free -- is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among...
  • Condiment (Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice for VP?)

    03/12/2008 2:27:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 1,853+ views
    The New Yorker | The March 17, 2008 Edition | Hendrik Hertzberg
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  • Postmodern Epistemologies

    02/19/2008 7:57:37 AM PST · by bs9021 · 11 replies · 154+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 19, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Postmodern Epistemologies by: Bethany Stotts, February 19, 2008 ...How does style affect our perception of the text, and does style itself impart its own distinct meaning?...Modern Language Association (MLA) professors attempted to answer these questions by drawing upon postmodern academics who remain skeptical of absolute knowledge, one of whom belongs to the radical “naturalist” Brights movement. Among the scholars mentioned were Donald Freeman, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Mark Turner, Daniel Dennett, and Noam Chomsky.... Instead, Chodat referred the audience to the works of radical atheist and Brights Movement member Dennett, who is listed on the site as one of the movement’s “enthusiastic...
  • Abortion Remark Angers Students: UNC Prof Wary of Down Syndrome

    02/18/2008 2:13:31 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 108 replies · 955+ views
    The News & Observer ^ | 2/18/2008 | Samuel Spies
    CHAPEL HILL - A professor's comments on Down syndrome and abortion angered some students on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus this week. Professor Albert Harris told students in his embryology class Monday that he thinks fetuses with Down syndrome should be aborted. In his lecture notes, he wrote: "In my opinion, the moral thing for older mothers to do is to have amniocentesis, as soon during pregnancy as is safe for the fetus, test whether placental cells have a third chromosome #21, and abort the fetus if it does. The brain is the last organ to become functional." Harris, who has...
  • What if? (Bush is not nuts?)

    02/08/2008 1:30:57 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 38 replies · 151+ views
    Politiken ^ | February 3rd, 2008 | Mogens Rukov
    Now, What If…? Now, what if our ideals destroy our sense of reality and lead us down the wrong path? What if Bush is really a great president? By Mogens Rukow What if Bush…? What if Islam…? Think, what if the intelligentsia…? What if multicultural…? Think, what if Arafat…? What if my a.. was…? What if you could go on forever? Now, what if there existed the equivalent of contrafactual history writing? What if there were the equivalent of hypothesizing what the world would be like out if history hadn’t turned out the way it did? What if Hitler had...
  • [Conservative] Undergraduate attacked in Township

    12/15/2007 12:25:55 PM PST · by College Conservative1 · 54 replies · 1,570+ views
    Francisco Nava '09 was physically attacked by two men in Princeton Township yesterday evening, sustaining a concussion but no other serious injuries. The assault comes on the heels of several threatening messages recently sent to Nava, apparently in connection with his involvement with the socially conservative Anscombe Society. Nava was walking from a borrowed car to the house of a boy he is mentoring when he was stopped by a man dressed in black and wearing a ski cap. According to Nava, the man said that someone was hurt and asked for his help. A second assailant, who was waiting...
  • Can Fred Thompson Win in 2008? (3 part series on Lefty Mag TNR)

    06/27/2007 6:49:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies · 1,289+ views
    The New Republic ^ | June 25/26/27, 2007 | Jonathan Chait & Jason Zengerle
    Last week every Republican presidential candidate with hopes of emerging as "The True Conservative" in the race--Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback, Duncan Hunter, and Ron Paul--traveled to Kansas City to speak to the National Right to Life Convention (NRLC). And then there was Fred Thompson. Although he's not yet an official candidate, Thompson clearly plans to run--and he plans to run as the Truest of True Conservatives. So it seemed that a sojourn to Kansas City to stoke an important segment of the conservative base would be in order. But Thompson skipped the trip, choosing instead to address the NRLC by...
  • Prime Minister John Howard's address to the Quadrant Magazine 50th Anniversary Dinner

    10/04/2006 4:00:37 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 832+ views ^ | 3rd October 2006 | The Honourable John Howard, MP, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia
    TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER THE HON JOHN HOWARD MP ADDRESS TO THE QUADRANT MAGAZINE 50TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, SYDNEY Thank you very much Paddy McGuinness, Chief Justice, Justices, Your Eminence, Your Grace, my Parliamentary colleagues and ladies and gentlemen. I’m finally succumbing to Peter Garrett’s advice and its great to embrace an evening of culture and poetry and all of that after overdosing on my Philistine sporting pursuits over the weekend in almost the four corners of the Earth, from one side of the country to the other. But it really is an enormous pleasure for Janette...
  • The Ruin of Russian Illusions (Reflections on the 1917 Russian Revolution)

    06/29/2006 12:03:57 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 1 replies · 265+ views ^ | 1917 | NIKOLAI BERDYAEV
    The catastrophe, termed the Russian Revolution, through all the degradations, tribulations and disappointments, has to lead to a new and better awareness. Such an experience in the life of a people cannot but enrich and sharpen our perceptiveness. But a crisis of soul will have to precede this perceptiveness with a readiness for repentance and humility. The light will be begotten after an inward cleansing and ascesis. This -- is a law of spiritual life. And it is needful to be aware, that all the whole thinking portion of Russian society, that which has esteemed itself as the bearer knowingly...
  • Silence of the intellectuals is modern society's loss(Barforama)

    10/14/2004 5:12:51 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies · 380+ views
    The Straits Times ^ | 10/14/04 | Alan Riding
    As societies dumb down and reality shows take over, facile pundits now overrule true intellectualsPARIS - Among the striking cultural differences between France and Britain is the way their intellectuals operate in the public arena. While the French expect their thinkers to speak out on matters of conscience and state, Britons view the very idea of an 'intellectual' with suspicion, preferring their 'scholars' to work quietly in elitist circles. But both have added weight to the political debate. And now both, it seems, are becoming endangered species. The waning of the power and status of the intelligentsia is hardly exclusive...
  • The New Stupidity

    03/03/2003 2:48:36 PM PST · by Alec Mouhibian · 76 replies · 1,225+ views ^ | March 3, 2003 | Alec Mouhibian
    Back to Political · Back to home · EmailThe New StupidityBy Alec Mouhibian(Note: This is a long essay, so it is highly recommended you print and read.) If one wishes to ascertain the force of turpitude that is the most primary and inherent arch-villain of the liberty establishing, capitalist, reason-embracing principles that characterize the foundation and prosperity of the United States of America, one need travel no further than back to kindergarten, where the tell-all question that lies at the philosophical base of the entire boondoggle which is the modern political spectrum, was posed regularly: One plus one equals…?“Two,” would...
  • Celebrating My 40th Anniversary

    10/31/2002 7:50:02 PM PST · by logician2u · 2 replies · 337+ views
    The American Spectator | September-October, 2002 | Tom Bethell
    CAPITOL IDEASBy Tom BethellCelebrating My 40th Anniversary        I write on August 28, which is the 40th anniversary of my arrival in these United States. It is a date I am always conscious of. The changes since 1962 have been immense, of course, and I won’t hazard any conclusions here. I am inclined to say that the changes have mostly been for the worse, but I am not confident of that. Our lives are so besieged by change that any contemporary judgment is likely to be ill advised. Old-timers in any event are notoriously inclined to look back on a...