ClearCase_guy
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Ghandi: "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win."

We are now winning.

When Nancy Pelosi's Democrats took Congress away from Republicans in January 2007, unemployment was at 4.5%, the deficit had been cut in half to $180 billion, taxes were low, and the Dow Jones was about 14 thousand.

If I had my way
If I had my way in this wicked world
If I had my way
I would tear this old building down
-- Rev Gary Davis

The Enumerated Powers Act is a proposed bill in the United States House of Representatives which requires legislation passed by Congress cite those provisions of the Constitution that give them the power to pass such legislation.

I continue to assert that Islam deserves no First Amendment protection. They openly preach violence against others, and promote values which are in clear opposition to our Constitution. Our destruction is their aim. We cannot coexist, and we must not recognize their death cult as deserving of First Amendment protection.

From the CRU data dump:

From: Phil Jones xxxxxxxx
To: John Christy xxxxxxxx
Subject: This and that
Date: Tue Jul 5 15:51:55 2005
“The scientific community would come down on me in no uncertain terms if I said the world had cooled from 1998. OK it has but it is only 7 years of data and it isn’t statistically significant.”

What are we gonna do now?
Taking off his turban, they said, is this man a Jew?
’Cos working for the clampdown
They put up a poster saying we earn more than you!
When we're working for the clampdown
We will teach our twisted speech
To the young believers
We will train our blue-eyed men
To be young believers

"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward."

http://www.thirty-thousand.org/

All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state. Benito Mussolini

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2454347/posts

1) I didn't do it -- how dare you accuse me of this!
2) Maybe I did it -- but you have no evidence!
3) OK, you have some evidence -- but nothing convincing!
4) OK, this happened -- but no laws were broken!
5) OK, laws were broken -- but everybody does it! Why make a big deal out of this?
6) OK, the corruption in this administration is unbelievable and reaches new heights of obscenity -- but that's old news! Can't we just move on?
7) Hey, focus on it all you want -- I own the Senate! You can't touch me! HAHAHAHA!

“Yes, how could a young African-American man with strange origins, suspicious funding, shady associations, no experience, no qualifications and no demonstrable work history come out of nowhere and win an election?” ~ Ann Coulter on Alvin Greene

1) Feb 2010 - BP was fighting large cracks at the base of the Deepwater Horizon well for roughly ten days in early February. BP notifies the feds that things aren’t going well.
2) March – BP cuts costs and cuts corners on safety as they carry on their work
3) March – An engineer complains of practices on the rig, claiming that it almost blew up.
4) Obama announces that off-shore drilling will get a green light
5) Goldman Sachs sold 4,680,822 shares of BP in the first quarter of 2010
6) The CEO of BP starts dumping BP stock
7) April - The well explodes, killing 11 and beginning the spill
8) The federal government issues a moratorium on off-shore oil drilling.
9) The federal government is slow to act in dealing with the spill
10) The federal government will not accept foreign nations offers of help
11) The federal government will not use skimmers on hand to gather oil
12) Louisiana asks for permission to build sand berms to protect the LA coast.
13) The federal government dithers endlessly and declines to grant permission anyway.
14) Louisiana goes ahead and begins construction of sand berms.
15) The federal government orders that the construction of sand berms be discontinued.

It looks to me like this was meant to happen and meant to result in a massive environmental problem. I say the whole thing is more deliberate than accidental.

The underclass are “democrats” (take care of me collectivists),
the middle class are “republicans” (individualists),
and the uber rich are communists (rule over everyone).

My current list of "worst presidents":

1 Obama - Because he has actually tried to destroy the foundations of this country.
2 Lincoln - Because he should have understood that this country is about states choosing to form a union, not a centralized government imposing itself on the several states.
3 Wilson - He tried to turn this country in a bad direction (fascism)
4 FDR - He tried to turn this country in a bad direction (fascism)
5 LBJ - He tried to turn this country in a bad direction (fascism)
6 Carter - Incompetent
7 Clinton - Incompetent
8 Buchanan - Incompetent
9 Harding - Incompetent
10 Teddy Roosevelt - He tried to turn this country in a bad direction (but I actually think he meant well).

Good evening, London. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine- the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, whereby those important events of the past usually associated with someone's death or the end of some awful bloody struggle are celebrated with a nice holiday. I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, think, and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillence coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well, certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now High Chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Last night I sought to end that silence. Last night I destroyed the Old Bailey, to remind this country of what it has forgotten. More than four hundred years ago a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives. So if you've seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you, then I would suggest you allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament, and together we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever be forgot. -- V for Vendetta

Lesson 1) Bush destroyed the nation through his wanton deficit spending.
Lesson 2) Obama would save the nation through hugely out-of-control deficit spending.
Lesson 3) Obama’s poor results were caused by his caution and his unwillingness to engage in hugely out-of-control deficit spending.
Lesson 4) If the Republicans come back into power, they will kill us all through their wanton deficit spending.

Typical Liberal spew:
Why was George W. Bush a terrible president? The deficit! $160B!! Massive!! Unacceptable!
Why is Obama a brilliant president for tough economic times? Trillion dollar deficits! Two years in a row! That's the sort of stimulus we need!!
Why will a Republican congress be a disaster? They will usher in an age of deficit spending!! It will be awful!!

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."

"There are thirty-two ways to write a story, and I've used every one, but there is only one plot -- things are not as they seem." -- Jim Thompson

I'm sure some folks already know this, but it was news to me. Egypt has had four presidents since the 1952 revolution. In backwards order, they are: Mubarak, Sadat, Nasser, and Naguib.

I had never heard of Naguib, so I looked him up on Wikipedia:

In late 1954, however, Nasser accused Naguib of supporting the recently outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and of harbouring dictatorial ambitions. A brief power struggle broke out between Naguib and Nasser for control of the military and of Egypt. Nasser ultimately won the struggle and managed to force Naguib to resign from the presidency of Egypt in November 1954.

Egypt has been struggling to keep the Muslim Brotherhood out of power since 1954. They just lost the struggle.

Progressives pursue the ideal of equality.
Libertarians pursue the ideal of Liberty.

Conservatives adhere to proven practices which are known to make a society successful. The family. Rule of law. Property rights. Personal responsibility. Rooted in Western civilization and the Judaeo-Christian tradition, Conservatism deals with the reality of human nature, and not ivory tower ideals of what man "ought to be" or "could be".

Many years ago (in the 70's) I read a science fiction short story about a world-wide computer gaming phenomenon. A bit like "Civilization", people would pay money to "own" a country and then try to expand and conquer the world against other players. You could earn a lot of money if you won a round. It was also a spectator sport -- great players were known, people placed bets, there were lots of leagues and championship matches.

In the story, a man had purchased "Italy 1920" -- not a good playing position. He had done phenomenally well and nearly conquered all of the known world. Everybody knew about this tremendous performance. He controlled a (virtual) superpower.

Through a plot twist, he lost control of his game and someone else became "Italy 1920", although the 'game year' was now 1950, or something. The new player seemed to make a series of bad choices. He antagonized his allies. He rewarded his enemies. He decreased production of vital resources. He cut back on military spending. His tax policy was crazy. etc. etc.

In the end, the Great and Powerful Italian Empire Which Ruled The World, utterly collapsed into absolutely nothing within about 24 hours. No one in the history of the game had ever seen anything like it.

Everyone was shocked, but they also declared that the second player absolutely understood how to work the levers of the world better than anyone. A masterful performance -- aimed at destruction, not creation.

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1) Art can make you admire the Creator -- This aims at Joy, such as Beethoven's "Ode to Joy".
2) Art can make you admire the Creation -- ultimately, this results in sadness and loss. The transient nature of things becomes apparent when we focus on the Creation. In some cases (such as some Blues) this can help us focus of that which is not passing (see #1). In other cases, such as Michael Jackson, it allows us to wallow in the illusion of happiness within this passing world, and this can be our downfall.
3) Art can make you admire yourself -- this is Pride. This is sin. It is unavoidable, but we should be aware when we put ourselves on a pedestal, we set ourselves up as God and this is how we are lost. Much of Modern Art takes this form: "I'm so clever, I'm so sophisticated. I like splattered paint, if you do not see the beauty, it is because you are not at my level." Serrano's "Piss Christ" is "art" of this type, where the focus is really on the viewer's appreciation for counter-cultural values, not so much on the object itself.

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Additionally on Art: An artist can reflect his times. Andy Warhol's focus on consumerism (soup cans) and celebrity (Elvis) was an attempt at holding a mirror up to the empty reality (as he saw it) of America in the 20th century.
Alternatively, an artist can try to transform society. Picasso tried to rouse people with his painting of Guernica. Folk singers have tried to encourage changes along certain lines.
Finally, an artist can be transgressive and simply seek to shock, disgust and dismay the viewer. John Waters does this, Serrano did this. It is cheap and easy and really takes neither talent, creativity, nor intelligence. A great deal of postmodern art is transgressive garbage.

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The Left seeks centralized planning of society because they are convinced that they can recognize the Greater Good and can make all the right choices. Input from the masses would just foul up their plans, and it is neither wanted nor needed. The Elitists know what is best.
The Left opposes God because they are convinced that they can recognize the Greater Good and can make all the right choices. Input from God would just foul up their plans, and it is neither wanted nor needed. The Elitists know what is best.

How exactly did someone who less than two years ago was mired in legal debt, had a family in crises, and was written off politically when she “suddenly” resigned as governor make millions of dollars, write two best-selling books, lead a political movement that helped take back the Congress, produce a hit documentary series, endure an unprecedented media onslaught, and maintain her presidential viability, all while seemingly having her family now in a great place, if she is remotely dumb? -- John Ziegler

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The libertarians don't really even care if the US does well. All they care is that global business survives. If that means devaluing the dollar and allowing illegal aliens in to lower wages and regulation compliance then so be it.

There are good constitutional and conservative ways to kick start the economy, and there are short-sighted infantile libertarian ways to support global corporate profits over US economic success.
-- Who_would_fardels_bear
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Under a limited-government system the productive become rich ; under a powerful-government system the political become rich.
--ngat

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The 13th amendment freed blacks.
Blacks were full citizens, with all human rights.
Since 1973, 15 million blacks have been declared less than human, and killed because of that.
All God's children are human. Stop Abortion.

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“The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our time”.
— Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon (1914)

“Beacons of warning are being lit all over Europe. We shall not see them extinguished except by rivers of blood.”
— ClearCase_guy

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West is not 100% pro-life.
West sees homosexuality as a lifestyle choice, and not necessarily a bad one.
West joined the Congressional Black Caucus.
West voted against defunding ObamaCare.
West voted for the Pigford black farmer reparations.
West voted repeatedly to raise the debt ceiling by trillions of dollars.

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“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded - here and there, now and then - are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as ‘bad luck.’ “
-- Robert A. Heinlein

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“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
-- Daniel Webster

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In Sept 2001, who would have believed:

In 10 years, the president's name will be Hussein.
In 10 years, this event will be commemorated with prayers in Arabic.
In 10 years, Muslims at airports will search Americans for weapons.
In 10 years, secular regimes across the Middle East will fall while terrorists seize power with American help.
In 10 years, there will be a mosque built near Ground Zero to commemorate the ‘victory’.

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The Left can say anything they want, any time, any where. They have no moral foundation and therefore hypocrisy is not possible for them. There are no rules and they don't need to be consistent. It's all good.

For Conservatives, the rules are different. Any human failing by a Conservative can be ascribed to either "hate" or "hypocrisy" or both.

Free Republic is one of the few places where a Conservative can come and speak freely. The Left is outraged that such a thing is possible, and they desperately want to stamp such things out of existence. They would shut us up in the name of Free Speech. They would march us off to the camps and the ovens, because we are so full of hate.

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Words of wisdom from MrB:

A biblical worldview includes the following beliefs:

•absolute moral truth exists
•the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches
•Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic
•a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works
•Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth
•God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today

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Should the power of government be Limited or Unlimited? History has shown us the disaster that comes from the tyranny of Unlimited (Unconstrained) government power. I would think that the virtues of Limited (Constrained) government would be obvious.

If government is to be Limited, then how do we determine the proper role of government? How do we know what government can justifiably do, and what government ought to refrain from doing? This is a key question. If the proper role of government is left undefined, then it can easily slip into an Unlimited role.

In the United States, we have a written Constitution. This is a defined document. It can be amended, and on that basis it can be seen as a living document – but it is not dynamic and ever-changing based on the whims of whoever is in office. If we consider the Constitution to be “living” to that extent, then we don’t need a written constitution at all. But it’s what we have. It explains quite precisely what the federal government can do – which is precious little.

We have a Limited Government all laid out for us, but when we ignore the original intent of the Founders, then we open ourselves up to the tyranny of Unlimited government power.

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The country has a race problem, and I stand here waiting for blacks to cleanup their culture. I know where the problem lies, and it's not with people like me.
No more apologies. No more platitudes. No more "shared responsibilities". No more cowardice about the conversation on race. Let's have that conversation: Ghetto culture is killing this country. Full stop.

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I think we can look back at various events from the past few years and see them as trial runs and experiments in crowd psychology.

Athens, Greece? Yeah, the Left can energize crowds and burn down part of a city.
Occupy Wall Street? Yeah, the Left can move a peaceful crowd into a number of locations without unduly upsetting local authorities.
Flash mobs? Yeah, the Left can organize crimes of convenience which are committed by faceless crowds and impossible to chase.
Trayvon Martin? Yeah, the Left can gin up public support for anyone at all, and against anyone at all, and the Left can manipulate racial backgrounds of people so that they can be conveniently labeled as "the bad guy race".

All the ingredients are there. All the training is fresh.

If the Left finds an incident (Trayvon) they could initiate massive peaceful protests (OWS) which, once established, could spark confused over-reaction by authorities (triggered by flash mob violence), which could result in crowd counter-reaction and masive violence and destruction through civil disobedience (Athens).

The stage is set. The powder kegs are piled high. And Obama has a match.

GEORGE COSTANZA
Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorance on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing is frowned upon... you know, cause I’ve worked in a lot of offices, and I tell you, people do that all the time.

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The country is in decline, and it started before 0bama.

1. Nothing is right or wrong. The moral and ethical decline is almost complete.
2. Collective guilt over something done by people who are now dead, and who had a similar skin shade.
3. Lack of national identity. Few people identify themselves as American first, and then maybe something else second.
4. Work ethic thrown out the window. Work, productivity, creativity, honesty are worth nothing.
5. Indolence rewarded. Society needs to take care of the disabled, ill and elderly, but not able-bodied individuals.
6. Attempting to right all “wrongs.” Agitation over unequal outcomes caused by unequal abilities.
7. Political correctness causing individuals to lose their jobs and reputation over words spoken.
8. Creation of a permanent ruling upper elite class that assumes privileges for itself and scorns the ordinary person.
9. Creation of a permanent underclass that is dependent on government and which in gratitude votes for more government gifts.
10. A media that is completely biased in favor of all of the above.
11. A badly-informed electorate, due to its own laziness and stupidity, which has extremely shallow knowledge of current and world events.
12. An education system under government control that is completely biased in favor of all of the above.

From Iwanttheusaback

Today, the only thing not tolerated is intolerance of doctrinal tolerance, the only evil is calling out evil, and the only heresy is calling anything heresy.

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