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  • De Blasio raves about presidential hopeful, but it’s not Hillary

    07/25/2015 4:23:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 25, 2015 | Rich Calder
    Mayor de Blasio is a big fan of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders — because the Vermont senator is a proud “Democratic socialist.” [Snip] De Blasio was quick to correct CNN’s Carol Costello after she called Sanders a “socialist,” telling her the senator is a “Democratic socialist.” “I think there’s a lot to like in that title,” he gushed.
  • Bruce Jenner, Brett Favre, and the cultural totalitarians

    07/21/2015 7:40:29 AM PDT · by PROCON · 48 replies
    americanthinker ^ | July 21, 2015 | Paul Kengor
    In a truly surreal display, NFL great Brett Favre is being denounced by the left’s new cultural commissars for not clapping long and hard enough at ESPN’s ESPY awards, as Bruce/“Caitlyn” Jenner received a “Courage” award for his efforts to become a woman. Oddly, Favre did applaud – not doing so would have been a grave heresy to America’s new church of progressive inquisitors. His sin was not applauding enthusiastically enough. The New York Post placed a video of Favre’s blasphemous insufficient clapping, juxtaposed with Jenner’s celebratory ascent to the stage. The video repeatedly replays Favre’s cruel, disgraceful, calloused political-ideological-cultural...
  • The Relevance of Albert Speer: Decent Citizens in an Indecent Society?

    06/08/2015 9:41:00 AM PDT · by don-o · 37 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Apr 26, 2013 | Matthew Anger
    Albert Speer’s career is a microcosm of the decent (but philosophically agnostic) citizen living in an indecent (and ideologically fanatical) society. Speer served as Hitler’s chief architect, and during the Second World War was Germany’s minister of armaments. As such, Speer was a leading technocrat in a totalitarian state. While 21st century America is a far cry from the death camp regime, totalitarian aspirations are no longer a fringe phenomenon. Ideological despots are increasingly mainstream, and many individuals in power are bent on controlling the “totality” of national life. Their politicized morality is opposed to traditional beliefs, and it is...
  • A Point of View: The writer who foresaw the rise of the totalitarian state

    11/25/2014 12:36:39 PM PST · by Borges · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/25/2014
    The 19th Century Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote about characters who justified murder in the name of their ideological beliefs. For this reason, John Gray argues, he's remained relevant ever since, through the rise of the totalitarian states of the 20th Century, to the "war against terror". When Fyodor Dostoyevsky described in his novels how ideas have the power to change human lives, he knew something of what he was writing about. Born in 1821, the Russian writer was in his 20s when he joined a circle of radical intellectuals in St Petersburg who were entranced by French utopian socialist...
  • The IRS scandals: An evidentiary note

    06/23/2014 10:17:24 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 17 replies
    Powerline ^ | 6/23/14 | Scott Johnson
    Yesterday on FOX News Sunday Chris Wallace invited Washington superlawyer Cleta Mitchell and reptilian Democratic hack Julian Epstein to discuss the IRS scandals in the context of the “lost” IRS emails. More than one scandal inheres in the events, including Obama’s declaration of innocence regarding those involved; I therefore refer to the IRS scandals. The video of the FOX News Sunday segment is below and is worth a look if you haven’t seen it. At 2:30 in the segment Wallace displays a Missing Emails Timeline depicting a point made by Kim Strassel in her Wall Street Journal column of this...
  • Enough! They MUST Be Stopped!

    06/20/2014 10:19:42 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 18 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 6/20/14 | Lloyd Marcus
    It has become a daily frightening occurrence, hearing politicians, commentators, pundits, and stunned Americans say, “That's outrageous!” **snip**For example: the GOP was moving too slow in caving to Obama's amnesty scheme, so Obama said, Heck with it, I'll bypass everyone and make it happen. **snip** As with every other extremely arrogant action by Obama, from blatantly lying about ObamaCare to releasing the Taliban five, while everyone expresses disbelief, outrage, and concern, nothing happens. The same is the case concerning the disaster happening at our border. Despite bipartisan outrage, the tsunami of illegals continues. Then there is the absurd lie from...
  • Cleta Mitchell: The IRS scandals, part 3

    08/10/2013 8:58:44 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | 8/10/13 | Scott Johnson
    Cleta Mitchell is the prominent Washington attorney whose practice has given her a front row seat on the IRS scandals. On the just completed NR cruise Cleta gave one of the most compelling presentations involving topical matters of current interest. I asked her if she would let me record some of her comments in four short videos. **snip**In the video below Cleta discusses the almost unbelievable case of True the Vote founder and president Catherine Engelbrecht. Jillian Kay Melchior aptly calls it “True Scandal.” Can it happen here? In Obama’s America, it apparently can. Listen up!
  • New York Democrats Want to Ban Police From Describing Suspects By Race, Sex, or Age

    06/19/2013 6:57:32 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 128 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 19, 2013 | Mara Zebest
    New York Dems want to pass a bill that would limit a description of a suspect to identify suspects essentially by the clothes they wear only. Truly mind-numbing stupidity. NYPost reports the following: Cops might as well wear blindfolds if the City Council passes a bill that would let them use little more than the color of a suspect’s clothing in descriptions — or risk being sued for profiling, according to this provocative new ad (pictured) from the NYPD captains union. The ad asks, “How effective is a police officer with a blindfold on?” And the answer is not very,...
  • Inside the NSA's Ultra-Secret China Hacking Group

    06/13/2013 11:49:34 AM PDT · by Fred · 2 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 061013 | MATTHEW M. AID
    This weekend, U.S. President Barack Obama sat down for a series of meetings with China's newly appointed leader, Xi Jinping. We know that the two leaders spoke at length about the topic du jour -- cyber-espionage -- a subject that has long frustrated officials in Washington and is now front and center with the revelations of sweeping U.S. data mining. The media has focused at length on China's aggressive attempts to electronically steal U.S. military and commercial secrets, but Xi pushed back at the "shirt-sleeves" summit, noting that China, too, was the recipient of cyber-espionage. But what Obama probably neglected...
  • The Left’s Phony Defense of Freedom

    06/13/2013 10:04:22 AM PDT · by Fred · 1 replies
    Human Events ^ | 061213 | David Harsanyi
    There are many idealistic progressives who’ve remained opposed to the National Security Agency’s data mining programs regardless of who is in the White House. (We can’t surrender our freedom for safety, you know!) It’s only a shame that these same people have such little reverence for constitutional liberties in other areas of public life. Really, it’s worse than that. Consider the central case of the left these days: “Unfettered” freedom is a tragedy — decadent, unfair and un-American. So if, as liberals like to argue, it’s a moral imperative for Americans to scale back personal liberty to build a cleaner,...
  • Family's Home Raided over Facebook Photo of Child's Rifle

    03/19/2013 2:01:47 PM PDT · by JouleZ · 70 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | March 19, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    <p>New Jersey police and Dept. of Children and Families officials raided the home of a firearms instructor and demanded to see his guns after he posted a Facebook photo of his 11-year-old son holding a rifle.</p> <p>“Someone called family services about the photo,” said Evan Nappen, an attorney representing Shawn Moore. “It led to an incredible, heavy-handed raid on his house. They wanted to see his gun safe, his guns and search his house. They even threatened to take his kids.” Moore was not arrested or charged.</p>
  • DNC Wasserman Schultz tells you failure to comply with Obamacare will no longer be tolerated

    07/03/2012 9:28:27 AM PDT · by WKUHilltopper · 188 replies
    Here's the CNN clip: From her mouth: "It's not a tax". The Internal Revenue Service would be the “easiest enforcer” of penalties against those who refuse to comply for those who fail to not pay the tax that isn't. “This is a penalty that will be assessed on the tax return if you choose to roll the dice and make us all pay for your being irresponsible and increase all of our health care costs...“We’re not going to tolerate that any more in America. You have to be responsible and you have to pay a penalty if you choose...
  • Thousands of Communists and Neo-Nazis clash in streets of Hamburg

    06/04/2012 10:43:48 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 57 replies
    AFP ^ | June 4, 2012 | AFP
    Clashes between neo-Nazi demonstrators and far-left counter-protesters overnight in the northern German port city of Hamburg left 38 police officers injured, police said Sunday. Security forces were pelted with rocks, bottles and fireworks and responded by turning water canon and pepper spray on the rioting groups who turned out at a march by the far right. At least two parked cars and a police cruiser were set ablaze. Police, who deployed 4,400 officers to keep the peace between the two sides, took 63 demonstrators into custody and formally arrested another 17. Around 3,500 people, mainly from the hard left, turned...
  • Wis. Leftist Group's Mailing Tries to Shame Non-Voters by Revealing Their Names to Neighbors

    06/02/2012 2:37:47 PM PDT · by Qbert · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 02, 2012 | Tom Blumer
    Friday evening, Madison, Wisconsin blogger Ann Althouse reported receiving (HT Instapundit) an "Incredibly creepy mail today from the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund." She has a put up an image of what she received with names and addresses redacted (except for her name). It's a list which includes Althouse and many of her neighbors indicating who has and hasn't voted in the last two elections. Unsurprisingly the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund is the political fundraising arm of the Greater Wisconsin Committee, both of which lean very left. Both support the effort to recall Badger State Governor Scott Walker. Both appear likely...
  • A Soulless White House

    10/21/2010 12:16:47 AM PDT · by Ronbo1948 · 39 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2010 | By James Lewis
    I think Barack and Michelle Obama are secret totalitarians -- in spirit, if not yet in fact -- who believe mostly in their own superior intentions. Michelle really does think the country needs an all-powerful Food Mom who will make the kids eat right, so they never get fat. Even though Michelle can't control her own appetite any more than the rest of us can. Human beings love to eat because our ancestors lived in constant fear of famine. Humans got fat when food was plentiful, because the chances were good that a drought or a freeze was coming soon...
  • Statists and Liberals: Where They are Located on the Founders Political Spectrum

    08/14/2010 4:16:22 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 32 replies
    Renew America ^ | August 12, 2010 | Linda Kimball
    Much confusion reigns today because we think in terms of a left-right dichotomy. Communism is on the left we are told to believe and Fascism comes from the right, while people and parties are called either "leftist" or "rightist." Adding to the confusion, Liberals believe absolutely that even though moral absolutes do not exist, evil nevertheless absolutely comes from the Right, for the evil Right is the party of evil white people. Furthermore, Progressive Liberal educrats condition the minds of America's gullible youth with this insanity writes Dennis Prager in his article, "Black Murders Eight Whites; Media Blames Whites," "After...
  • Have we drifted too far?

    07/10/2010 5:05:41 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 21 replies
    vanity | Amos the Prophet
    The depth of depravity into which this administration seeks to drive us is difficult to fathom. Obama and the Democrat party truly are the enemy within...
  • Obama Doesn’t Rule Out Jail Time for Not Having Health Insurance (video)

    11/10/2009 10:11:41 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 58 replies · 1,856+ views
    ABC News ^ | Nov. 10, 2009
    Chairman Obama: "I think the general broad principle is simply that people who are paying for their health insurance aren't subsidizing folks who simply choose not to until they get sick and then suddenly they expect free health insurance."
  • EPA Lawyers Make Video on Why Cap and Trade Won't Work; Told to Take Video Down - Video

    11/10/2009 10:53:22 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 5 replies · 553+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 10, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video the Obama Administration does not apparently want you to see. It is a devastating critique of Obama's "Cap and Trade" idea, by two lawyers who work for the EPA. They say clearly in the video that the video only contains their views, and in no way represents the views of the EPA or the Obama Administration. The lawyers do seem to buy into the whole "man-made Climate Change" philosophy, which I would not agree with. But that is one reason the video is so devastating to the Cap and Trade policy. They believe in man-made Climate Change...
  • Fall Of The Wall? U.S. Sends Regrets

    11/04/2009 4:18:56 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies · 2,127+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | November 4, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Cold War: The White House has announced our absence at ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Meanwhile, Russia has been practicing a nuclear invasion of an abandoned Poland. The Berlin Wall has been a famous backdrop for American presidents sounding the battle cry of liberty in the struggle against tyranny. It was there that John F. Kennedy expressed our solidarity with the encircled residents of that outpost of freedom with his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner." And it was there that Ronald Reagan, with a defiant "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," voiced our...
  • The Berlin Wall Then and Now

    11/09/2009 6:54:30 AM PST · by Ed Hudgins · 6 replies · 568+ views
    The Atlas Society - The Center for Objectivism ^ | November 5. 2009 | Edward Hudgins
    I first visited West Berlin in June 1981. I took the closed American military train through the 112-mile-long corridor through hostile communist East Germany that offered access to that city from the free world. I was told not to take photos out the closed and covered windows along the way. Peeking out the window I could see armed communist guards along the route making sure that the prohibition was enforced. West Berlin was an island of freedom in the middle of a communist country, protected by the occupying powers of the United States, Britain, and France. It was a bright...
  • House Health-Care Bill Would Establish 'Medical Homes' for the Elderly and Disabled

    07/30/2009 3:34:15 AM PDT · by Man50D · 199 replies · 8,090+ views ^ | July 30, 2009 | Marie Magleby
    The House health-care reform bill proposes to decrease hospital visits by establishing a “medical home pilot program” for elderly and disabled Americans. Such a medical home would not require a physician to be on the staff, and therefore could be run solely by nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Medical homes also would practice “evidence-based” medicine, which advocates only the use of medical treatments that are supported by effectiveness research. But physicians’ groups say the legislation could lead to restrictions on which treatments may be used for certain conditions, despite the fact that some patients might require a unique or unconventional...
  • Steele: The Democrats’ power has gone to their heads

    02/07/2009 1:49:36 PM PST · by Def Conservative · 22 replies · 1,188+ views
    Steele’s used to going off the cuff in his role as telepundit; see, e.g., his RNC acceptance speech for how comfortable he is speaking extemporaneously. Maybe he should prep for these things that way — start with an outline of points and then do it impromptu in a few takes, stitching together the best parts of each. He needs to be on his game, as the media will be itching to compare him unfavorably to The One and these weekend message duels give them a perfect excuse.
  • Activists Already Planning RNC Disruptions (Rat Bastard Anarchists Plotting For 2008 GOP Convention)

    11/12/2007 9:02:19 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies · 484+ views ^ | Nov 12, 2007 | AP
    Activists Already Planning RNC Disruptions MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ― Shrouded in black, with a bandanna masking her face, the self-proclaimed anarchist slips into her combat boots and dashes through town, tossing a Molotov cocktail here, launching a bowling ball there. The YouTube video is more parody than threat: The flaming cocktail ignites a charcoal grill, and the bowling ball knocks down pins instead of crashing through a Navy recruiting office window. But as the video fades to black, the message onscreen is clear: "We're getting ready. What are you doing?" With less than 10 months to go before the Republican National...
  • ATF Commerce in Firearms PDF Report (The War on the 2nd Amendment in the ATF's Own Words)

    02/08/2007 6:58:20 PM PST · by Copernicus · 443 replies · 3,964+ views
    ATF Report ^ | February 2000 | Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
    ATF Commerce in Firearms PDF Report The Gun Control Act of 1968 established the first comprehensive Federal licensing system for importers, manufacturers and dealers in firearms to the retail level. That system requires licensees to maintain detailed records on transactions in firearms, and subjects their business premises to inspection by the ATF. From 1968 to 1993, THE PROCESS TO OBTAIN A FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSE WAS OVERLY SIMPLE. (emphasis added) The annual fee WAS ONLY $10 for a license that authorized the person to ship, transport and receive firearms in interstate commerce and engage in retail sales. The statue required ATF...
  • Infamous Memories And Ideologies

    12/07/2006 9:56:21 AM PST · by NonZeroSum · 9 replies · 744+ views
    Transterrestrial Musings ^ | December 7, 2006 | Rand Simberg
    OK, perhaps the sixty-fifth anniversary of the Day of Infamyâ„¢ deserves more than a snarky hit piece on nutty 911 conspiracy theorists. Sixty five years after Pearl Harbor, it feels now like ancient history, despite the fact that we still have troops in Japan and Germany. I wonder how many people understand the implications of this date in history, or are even aware that it is a date in history? Many who have personal recollections of the event (my parents' and grandparents generation) are passing, or passed, from the scene. I was at the Arizona memorial a few weeks ago,...
  • The left finally find a cause they can support that will kill US troops

    05/16/2006 3:07:56 AM PDT · by Brian Allen · 21 replies · 1,878+ views
    BrookesNews.Com ^ | Monday May 15 2006 | Gerard Jackson
    Since the liberation of Afghanistan and Iraq the Democrats’ Leninist core, the leftwing MainStream Media Party and the left’s Hollywood collaborators have been doing everything in their power to demoralise the troops, delegitimise the President, subvert the war on terror and sabotage victory over the terrorists in Iraq. In other words, they have behaved like traitors. Yet when Bill Clinton continuously bombed the Serbia from a height of 15,000 feet without UN permission he was overwhelmingly hailed by the left as a great humanitarian and liberator. President Bush liberates 50,000,000 Muslims from tyranny and he’s Adolf Hitler. America’s cause in...
  • Democrats — World’s second largest Death Cult

    05/16/2006 3:01:22 AM PDT · by Brian Allen · 18 replies · 1,513+ views
    BrookesNews.Com ^ | Monday May 15 2006 | Dick McDonald
    Today, Muslims reign as the Number 1 Death Cult on the planet, closely followed by America’s Democrat Party. In 1,400 years of terror Muslims have slaughtered hundreds of millions forcing their faux religion on others. They are in the process of murdering 500,000 Dafurian Muslims because they are black. They recently murdered 2 million Southern Sudanese because they were Christian. Muslims are a “Black Plague” on this Earth. Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Pol Pot were sick despots who ordered millions killed. Democrats are more subtle, they killed more than any one of them under color of “higher” cause. Democrats have murdered...
  • Updated FR Excerpt and Link Only or Deny Posting List due to Copyright Complaints

    04/05/2004 3:53:42 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 746 replies · 202,406+ views
    April 5, 2004 | Jim Robinson
    <p>Note: Don't post anything at all from the Las Vegas Review Journal or anything from organizations run by Stevens Media, LLC or RightHaven, LLC until the lawsuit brought against us by them is resolved.</p>
  • How to identify American totalitarians

    05/02/2006 7:00:05 PM PDT · by KurtZ · 7 replies · 985+ views ^ | May 2, 2006 | Dennis Prager
    In the Soviet Union, the future is known; it's the past that is always changing. -- old Soviet dissident joke As a graduate student in international affairs at Columbia University, I specialized in the study of totalitarianism, especially, though not only, the communist variety. I found the subject fascinating, but I never for a moment imagined that any expertise gained in this field would prove relevant to American life. Sad to say, it has turned out to be the most valuable subject I could have studied. The totalitarian temptation is not confined to Nazis and communists; it can rear its...
  • Government Goons Murder Puppies!The drug war goes to the dogs.

    04/05/2006 12:57:02 PM PDT · by JTN · 251 replies · 5,695+ views
    Reason ^ | April 2006 | Radley Balko
    In the course of researching paramilitary drug raids, I’ve found some pretty disturbing stuff. There was a case where a SWAT officer stepped on a baby’s head while looking for drugs in a drop ceiling. There was one where an 11-year-old boy was shot at point-blank range. Police have broken down doors, screamed obscenities, and held innocent people at gunpoint only to discover that what they thought were marijuana plants were really sunflowers, hibiscus, ragweed, tomatoes, or elderberry bushes. (It’s happened with all five.) Yet among hundreds of botched raids, the ones that get me most worked up are the...
  • This is just a drill: Thanks to John McCain, Free Republic will shut down tomorrow at high noon for

    03/23/2006 8:03:45 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 1,256 replies · 40,000+ views
    <p>Thanks to John McCain, Free Republic will shut down tomorrow at high noon for 30 days. No non government approved electioneering messages may be transmitted over the internet for the 30 days immediately preceding a primary election.</p> <p>That is all.</p>
  • Liberals from another planet

    01/14/2006 4:45:50 AM PST · by Brian Allen · 20 replies · 1,057+ views ^ | Saturday January 14 2006 | Burt Prelutsky
    In the old days, along with such colonial powers as France, Spain, Holland and Germany, England indulged in what you might call unenlightened self-interest. The prevailing practice was to gut their colonies in Asia and Africa of all the natural resources they could get their hands on while the folks who mined the coal, picked the crops, and dug for the diamonds, lived in abject squalor. It may not have been nice, it may have been selfish and even brutal, but it made perfect sense. When some English noble stoked his fire, he probably never gave a second thought to...

    08/12/2005 3:25:54 PM PDT · by hang 'em · 595 replies · 10,074+ views
    Who is/was the WORST U.S. PRESIDENT EVER? Carter? Clinton? Make your choice and state your reasons.
  • Durbin Issues Belated Apology (Humor)

    06/17/2005 7:07:48 AM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 66 replies · 2,799+ views
    Transterrestrial Musings Weblog ^ | June 17th, 2005 | Rand Simberg
    June 17th, 2005 WASHINGTON (APUPI) Amidst growing outrage at his comparisons of US troops to Pol Pot's regime, Nazis and Stalin's Gulag, Illinois Senator Richard Durbin backed off from his earlier comments today, reading from a prepared statement outside his office that he hadn't meant to directly compare the situations: "I realize that my comments unjustly slandered many people in southeast Asia and other places who were simply trying to achieve a better society, and did not intend to compare what they did to the horrific atrocities that were occuring, and continue to occur, in Guantanamo. I wish to deeply...
  • American Citizen Barred From Pro-Illegal Immigration Rally; Assaulted, Then Detained By Police

    05/08/2005 9:27:10 AM PDT · by suspects · 92 replies · 3,229+ views
    630 WMAL ^ | May 8, 2005 | Michael Graham
    When opponents of the “Real ID” legislation announced a rally for illegal immigrants and their allies in Montgomery County, MD, there was one immigration-related group I was absolutely certain would not show up: The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the people responsible for actually enforcing our immigration laws. Casa de Maryland and others claimed 5,000 people would gather on Saturday to protest the “Real ID” Act working its way through Congress, and many of these people would be illegal immigrants themselves, we were told. If I were looking for immigration criminals, it’s exactly where I would be. That’s why...
  • Firms press suit vs. prof who urged students to back smoking ban (offered students extra credit pts)

    04/17/2005 6:31:22 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 21 replies · 829+ views
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | April 16, 2005 | AP
    STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) Despite defeating a proposed smoking ban at city restaurants and bars, a group of businesses is continuing its suit against a college professor for offering extra credit to students who helped promote the ban. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point professor John Munson sent an e-mail from his university account in November to students urging them to patronize non-smoking establishments and collect signatures to put an anti-smoking referendum on the ballot. In exchange, he wrote, the students would get up to 1,500 extra credit points. Although the referendum lost at the polls by 1,000 votes on April 5,...
  • In Venezuela, A Socialist Regime

    03/06/2005 3:41:55 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 2 replies · 527+ views
    Venezuela Today ^ | March 3, 2005 | Gustavo Coronel
    A few days ago the Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez declared himself a socialist in his customary negative style. Talking about the nature of his regime he said: "If not capitalism, then what?" as in "if not day, it must be night." His coming out of the political closet is another move in close imitation of Castro's own ideological striptease, which took place more than 40 years ago. Even more so than in the case of Castro, the main reason behind Chávez's embraced socialism is not really concern for the poor and the underprivileged. It is resentment of the rich and...
  • China's chance

    02/22/2005 8:51:43 AM PST · by Willie Green · 22 replies · 833+ views
    Prospect Magazine ^ | Issue 108 / March 2005 | Joshua Kurlantzick
    <p>In the autumn of 2000, while working as a reporter in Bangkok, I was sent to Laos for a story. Since I knew I would be spending several days in the somnolent capital, Vientiane, I called an acquaintance who lived there, a smart woman who I hoped might take a romantic interest in me. We met one evening and she suggested that we find one of the quaint stands overlooking the broad Mekong river and sip cold beers.</p>
  • Democrats Poised to Seize Water (and Power) in Washington

    12/30/2004 9:54:32 AM PST · by Clint Williams · 42 replies · 1,709+ views
    News from the Front ^ | 12/27/2004 | James Buchal
    "The natural tendency of every government is to grow steadily worse--that is, to grow more satisfactory to those who constitute it and less satisfactory to those who support it."                                    H. L. MenckenLast week, while most Washingtonians were  focused on the ongoing effort by Democrats to seize control of the office of governor, Governor Locke last week jumped the gun and released a proposal for new water legislation that gives a preview of life under a Gregoire Administration, where every fervid fantasy of Seattleites can become legislative reality.  The proposed water law amendments, breathtaking in scope and audacity, replace centuries of...

    08/17/2004 10:36:22 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 59 replies · 2,278+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 8/17/04
    A leader of one of the major protest groups planning to disrupt the GOP convention said Monday she will not instruct her members to refrain from violent attacks against New York City police, delegates or city residents during a planned 250,000 person march on the night before the convention. Referring to planned protests as "a battle," Tanya Mayo, national coordinator for the protest group "Not in Our Name," told radio host Sean Hannity that her group alone has 30,000 members, but that other groups could swell that number by hundreds of thousands during a planned march up 7th Ave. to...
  • Johnson's killer just killed

    06/18/2004 2:45:01 PM PDT · by M. Peach · 383 replies · 1,047+ views
    Fox News | M. Peach
    Just reported on Fox News
  • NYC suspect linked to Pakistani terrorists in London pub plot

    06/16/2004 9:52:25 PM PDT · by Qaz_W · 253+ views
    Associated Press via ^ | June 16, 2004 | Tom Hays
    NEW YORK -- A Queens man has been jailed secretly since April on suspicions he joined a Pakistani terrorism cell in a plot against targets in London, officials said Wednesday. The suspect, Mohammed Junaid Babar, was detained by the Joint Terrorism Task Force on April 10 as a material witness, according to two law enforcement officials. Babar has been in custody since then at the Metropolitan Detention Center in lower Manhattan. One of the officials, who both spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, alleged Babar aided a plot to "blow up pubs, restaurants and train stations" in...
  • Al-Qaeda turns to crime to finance terror acts

    06/16/2004 1:18:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies · 274+ views
    Straits Times ^ | JUNE 16, 2004
    Terrorists turn to drug trafficking, forgery and credit card fraud after usual sources of funding are frozen LONDON - Al-Qaeda members are turning increasingly to criminal activities to fund their terror campaign. Faced with a crackdown on their usual sources of financing, they have turned to drug trafficking, counterfeiting, forgery and credit card fraud. Law enforcers are still uncertain how to tackle this new aspect of the terrorist threat. After the US-led war in Afghanistan overthrew the Taleban regime in late 2001, Al-Qaeda was forced to scatter. The freezing of about US$130 million (S$225 million) of alleged terrorist funds worldwide,...
  • Saudi police surround house in capital

    06/16/2004 2:54:30 PM PDT · by Zeppo · 61 replies · 549+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 16, 2004 | AP
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi security forces and police surrounded a house in the capital Wednesday, Saudi security officials said, and intermittent gunfire was heard. Police surrounded the entire district of Al-Badeaa, in southwestern Riyadh, and officers at a checkpoint about a half-mile away diverted traffic to other routes. Gunfire could be heard late into the night and more security forces were seen arriving. The operation came as Saudi Arabia has stepped up the search for the kidnappers of Paul Johnson, an American who was taken hostage Saturday. Witnesses who had been diverted from the area by police speculated...
  • Early Al Qaeda Plans Targeted 10 U.S. Sites -Panel

    06/16/2004 3:08:24 PM PDT · by QQQQQ · 10 replies · 427+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 16, 2004 | Deborah Charles
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Al Qaeda had originally planned to crash hijacked planes into 10 targets in the United States and carry out simultaneous attacks in southeast Asia, the panel investigating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks said on Wednesday. The commission issued a report saying that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, believed to be the main planner of the Sept. 11 attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people, had originally drawn up a more-extensive scheme in which he would also pilot a hijacked airplane. Al Qaeda had drawn up a list of targets that originally included the sites hit on Sept. 11 -- the...
  • "How would Reagan end the Muslim madness? "

    06/12/2004 7:28:55 PM PDT · by redrock · 98 replies · 730+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6/10/04 | Gal Luft
    President Reagan's death brought to the fore his outstanding accomplishment of ending the Cold War. Like American presidents before him he led the U.S. in the charge against the "evil empire" by forging alliances and sending troops to remote theaters at high cost in blood and treasury. What makes Reagan's vision for victory particularly remarkable is that it stemmed from the belief in the power of technology as both a force multiplier and a game changer. For the three and a half decades that preceded Reagan's presidency, Americans lived in the ominous shadow of a thermonuclear war that threatened to...
  • Bandannas Can Be Religious (French Fruit-Loop Alert)

    01/20/2004 8:05:13 PM PST · by Kieri · 5 replies · 369+ views
    The New York Times (AOL) ^ | 01/20/04 | ELAINE SCIOLINO
    (snip) The proposed French law prohibiting the wearing of religious symbols in public schools was initially interpreted to include Islamic headscarves, Jewish yarmulkes and large Christian crosses. Those were the three items singled out last month in a speech by President Jacques Chirac and in a report by a blue-ribbon commission on religion and the state. Then the issue of the turban worn by Sikhs was raised, as France's tiny Sikh community protested that its boys would quit school before removing their turbans. Today, Luc Ferry, the Minister of National Education, went further. He told the National Assembly's legal affairs...
  • RUDYARD KIPLING-- Hard Lessons About Human Nature For Utopian Multiculturalists!

    01/18/2004 1:24:07 PM PST · by Apolitical · 140 replies · 747+ views
    ICONOCLAST ^ | Stephen Rittenberg
    "...They promised perpetual peace. They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease. But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe..." As the British Empire declined so too did the reputation of Rudyard Kipling. A great story teller, he was, as George Orwell noted, the poet laureate of empire. Gradually Kipling came to be viewed as anachronistic and archaic. A more liberal and supposedly more tolerant view became the dominant one amongst English speaking wordsmith intellectuals, so that by the time Kipling died in 1936, socialism, communism...
  • FReep This: David Duke to Speak at Antiwar Rally

    02/21/2003 10:27:48 AM PST · by TBP · 68 replies · 709+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | February 17, 2003 |
    David Duke To Speak Against Iraq War In Virginia This Saturday: Richmond Meeting Will Denounce Jewish Influence Over U.S. Foreign Policy By | February 17, 2003 2/18/03 10:28:15 AM EURO Press Release Richmond, Virginia -- David Duke to speak against Iraqi war in Richmond, Virginia, this Saturday. Says Israel, not Iraq, is a threat to world peace and American security. Richmond, Virginia, February 17, 2003 . European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) National President David Duke will speak in Richmond, Virginia, Saturday, February 22, 2003 against the war with Iraq and the need to end support to Israel....