Orwell's preface, so rarely published, concludes with his motivation for writing it, "It is the liberals who fear liberty and the intellectuals who want to do dirt on the intellect."
As they say - read the whole thing.
Orwell's preface, so rarely published, concludes with his motivation for writing it, "It is the liberals who fear liberty and the intellectuals who want to do dirt on the intellect."
As they say - read the whole thing.
Sabato: ‘Almost impossible that Obama wins by ’08 margin.
Note to libs: This is not Dick Morris or Karl Rove
Listen to Larry Sabato express skepticism on some of the current polling, especially in Virginia on this morning’s Face the Nation
The culture has truly tipped, with everyone feeling entitled to things they can't pay for and assuming somebody else over there will pay somehow, some time, and I shouldn't have to think about them.
Candidate Obama, an orator of great skill and cadence, might have overcome everything and put the U.S. on a brighter path. President Obama, unfortunately, fell short of the challenge. The wars have largely faded from headlines, but the economic struggles remain, along with an attendant worry about future federal spending, deficits and debt.
Obama’s Democratic supporters would argue that no one could have succeeded in what he inherited, that the nation’s problems were far more severe than anyone could handle in four years.
We respectfully disagree. On the central issue that will define his presidency — a stalled U.S. economy weighed down by crushing annual deficits and accumulated debt — Obama showed himself to be less leader than follower. While he expended his political capital on new government programs, unemployment stayed at debilitating heights.
For that reason, this newspaper recommends Republican challenger Mitt Romney for president
And while I am no fan of Dershowitz, in this he is absolutely correct. "It incentivizes people to engage in violence. What it says to people, is that if they don’t like ads, just engage in violence and then we’ll take the ads down.”
"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." -- Voltaire
And we also hope that environmentalists everywhere will take note: when greens find ways to enhance human well being while also protecting natural resources, good things happen for everyone. There are many serious environmental problems in our urbanizing and industrializing world, and managing the impact of human activity on the environment is something we need to do. But the planet’s resources ultimately need to be managed from a humanity-centric position: when environmentalists default to the position that human beings are a blight on the planet whose depredations must be halted they stop being part of the solution.
A little quid pro quo prior to electionThe White House moved to prevent defense and other government contractors from issuing mass layoff notices in anticipation of sequestration, even going so far to say that the contracting agencies would cover any potential litigation costs or employee compensation costs that could follow.
It involves the terrorist murder (not an electorally irrelevant burglary) of government officials, their reckless endangerment, the undermining of the Bill of Rights and free speech by our own administration in response to Islamist threats, and, ultimately, the complicity of that same administration, consciously or unconsciously, in the downfall of Western civilization.
Meanwhile, the mainstream media function as their more-than-willing accomplices in this downfall, in essence as Obama’s court eunuchs.
WATCHDOGS SAY WATERS PUSHED ETHICS LIMITS: The California Democrat hired her grandson, paid him well as her chief of staff. So House Ethics Committee reproves the grandson?Yes. And this is a committee with a GOP majority.
Whereas earlier today we presented one of the most exhaustive presentations on the state of the student debt bubble, one question that has always evaded greater scrutiny has been the very critical default rate for student borrowers: a number which few if any lenders and colleges openly disclose for fears the general public would comprehend not only the true extent of the student loan bubble, but that it has now burst. This is a question that we specifically posed a month ago when we asked "As HELOC delinquency rates hit a record, are student loans next?" Ironically in that same earlier post we showed a chart of default rates for federal loan borrowers that while rising was still not too troubling: as it turns out the reason why its was low is it was made using fudged data that drastically misrepresented the seriousness of the situation, dramatically undercutting the amount of bad debt in the system.
Luckily, this is a question that has now been answered, courtesy of the Department of Education, which today for the first time ever released official three-year, or much more thorough than the heretofore standard two-year benchmark, federal student loan cohort default rates. The number, for all colleges, stood at a stunning 13.4% for the 2009 cohort. The number is stunning because it is nearly 50% greater than the old benchmark, which tracked a two year default cohort, and which was a "mere" 8.8% for the 2009 year. Broken down by type of education, and using the new improved, and much more realistic benchmark, for-profit institutions had the highest average three-year default rates at 22.7 percent, with public institutions following at 11 percent and private non-profit institutions at 7.5 percent. In other words, more than one in five federal student loans used to fund private for-profit education, is now in default and will likely never be repaid!
And while it is impossible using historical data to extrapolate with precision what the current consolidated federal student loan default rate is, we do know that there is now $914 billion in federal student loans (which also was mysteriously revised over 50% higher by the Fed just a month ago). Using simple inference, all else equal (and all else has certainly deteriorated), there is now at least $122 billion in federal student loan defaults. And surging every day.
Socialism depends upon and presupposes material achievements which socialism itself can never create. Socialism is operative only in wealth situations brought about by modes of production other than its own. Socialism takes and redistributes wealth, but it is utterly incapable of creating wealth.
This assault on the First Amendment in the name of the prophet Mohammed is a sad day in America – and confirms fears that Muslim-American activists do not understand the fundamental separation of church and state in the American Constitution
This article suggests there is an enduring argument to be made against America conducting COIN. Specifically, the argument is that insurgencies often occur in weak and failed states, which are home to disproportionately high rates of mental disorders such as PTSD and depression. This results in a problematic cycle of violence and traumatic events which drive higher rates of mental disorder which, in turn, place additional pressure on a failed state to remain in that category. As a result, victory from the counterinsurgent’s perspective becomes almost impossible.
In These Times--which seriously make the New York Times look like the Wall Street Journal, has a story today with the headline, Romney loves American cars, Obama loves American car workers.
They got it wrong. While Mitt Romney, whose father was the CEO of the American Motors Corporation, does love American cars, Obama loves the United Auto Workers Union. His money-losing General Motors and Chrysler bailouts were political payoffs to his pals at the UAW--who now are pounding the streets for Obama's reelection.
Besides, Obama is a typical liberal. He loves "the people" but he could care less about individuals.
The arrest of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who made the film "Innocence of Muslims," may be a non-event for most Americans. But anyone who values free speech should care greatly about his fate.
Mitt Romney is facing perhaps the most corrupt and tendentious coverage in presidential history, as members of the fourth estate eschew any semblance of integrity in their attempt to skew interpretations in favor of their pinup, Mr. Obama.
If re-electing a President with the most extreme abortion views in our history wasn’t disturbing enough, Planned Parenthood is able to be so partisan thanks, in large part, to our generosity -- in the form of tax dollars – notwithstanding our opposition to their pro-abortion agenda! The case has long been made that our tax dollars subsidize Planned Parenthood’s abortion business. But there is another case to be made – that Americans are bankrolling Planned Parenthood’s aggressive liberal and partisan political activities.
Whether it’s their political agenda or their abortion services, Governor Mitt Romney is right to say that the taxpayers shouldn’t be funding Planned Parenthood. If Richards wants Planned Parenthood to be a “kick-butt” political organization, that’s up to her, but she needs to do it on her own dime and not on the backs of American taxpayers.
The decades-long incestuous relationship between the Democrat party and the mainstream media is birthing something monstrous.
The conventional wisdom holds that the future of American conflict will be dominated by drones, SEALs, and a massive combined naval/air team in the Pacific. This scenario envisions little purpose for land power outside the limited but potent capabilities inherent in Special Operations. But there is an alternative view that believes the conventional wisdom to be utopian and unwilling to consider the most likely conflicts to occur in the future.
As favoritism grows with the size of the government, economic freedom continues to be eroded by policies like bailouts, loan guarantees, and tax exemptions. Privilege has replaced the good public economic policies of freedom. The influence of a select few is eroding our economic values and introducing perverse incentives and inefficiencies that hurt our competitiveness
The communists over at the Southern Poverty Law Center are among the gravest threats to freedom in the United States, and are named as such in the AFDI Threats to Freedom Index. The enemedia eagerly laps up and repeats their designation of pro-freedom groups as "hate groups," and uses this designation as a propaganda tool to demonize and discredit us. But here is an excellent expose that shows what these subversives are really all about.
A Catholic bishop from Springfield, Illinois is warning that the stakes for the 2012 election are even higher than most people think because voting for President Barack Obama could damn “you own soul” to hell.In a column and video posted by the official newspaper of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and obtained by Right Wing Watch on Wednesday, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki called out the Democratic Party for temporarily removing God from their platform, supporting abortion and recognizing that “gay rights are human rights.”“There are many positive and beneficial planks in the Democratic Party Platform, but I am pointing out those that explicitly endorse intrinsic evils,” the bishop explained. “My job is not to tell you for whom you should vote. But I do have a duty to speak out on moral issues. I would be abdicating this duty if I remained silent out of fear of sounding ‘political’ and didn’t say anything about the morality of these issues. People of faith object to these platform positions that promote serious sins.”(...)“Again, I am not telling you which party or which candidates to vote for or against,” he concluded, “but I am saying that you need to think and pray very carefully about your vote, because a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy.”
In remarks to the AIM conference, "ObamaNation: A Day of Truth," on September 21st, former Democratic pollster and analyst Pat Caddell said, "I think we're at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power in the role that the media plays in whether or not we maintain a free democracy." Caddell noted that while First Amendment protections were originally provided to the press so they would protect the liberty and freedom of the public from "organized governmental power," they had clearly relinquished the role of impartial news providers.
Canada's National Post takes aim at a word that is being used to stifle debate and destroy foes of jihad and Islamic supremacism. "Opinion: Stop calling criticism of Islam ‘Islamophobia,’" by Jackson Doughart and Faisal Saeed al-Mutar in the National Post, September 26:
All things considered, blacks and the civil rights culture surrounding them are the most open and prolific purveyors of racism in America. This is an ironic travesty which spits upon the graves of history’s abolitionists and offends all who are committed to a dream of equality under the law and goodwill among men.
For what it’s worth, I think that both The Nation and Fox have some valid criticisms of the MSM. The legacy press clearly prefers the liberal establishment to either the hard left or to social conservatives and libertarians. However, the right is correct that once the press ventures out of its center-left, establishment comfort zone it is more sympathetic to the hard left than to the populist right. The non-stop MSM hit pieces on the Tea Party, searching almost desperately for nuts and Nazis at Tea Party events in order to discredit the movement and the drum roll of predictions that the movement was about to disappear, were impossible to miss. The contrast with the much more welcoming treatment given OWS would, I think, convince an observer from Mars that much of the press hunted for evidence to hang the Tea Party and looked past compelling evidence that OWS was deeply flawed, largely without serious political support or impact and increasingly influenced by some very shady movements and folks.
I'd post every single entry at Atlas Shrugs if I could. Pamela's blog is off the charts with moral clarity. Head over there for an historic tutorial on freedom of speech and moral backbone in the face of totalitarianism.
and it is an issue that the military leadership should be asking themselves about. Accountability is imperative if the military is to continue to perform at a high level, but there is a widespread perception that accountability is lacking for those who wear stars on their shoulders.
Bottom line: Growth the past two quarters has averaged about 1.6%. Not only does this mean the economy is growing more slowly than last year’s 1.8%, it is also slow enough to signal about a 50% chance of a recession within a year. And the third quarter also looks weak.
The anemic, three-year-old U.S. recovery is already running out of steam. And if it does, it may be several more years before we see unemployment below 8%.
The liberal myth of race history exploded in latest book.
Ann Coulter is fearless.
In writing her newest book, Mugged: Racial Demagoguery From the Seventies to Obama Ms. Coulter takes the time to carefully and in detail explode the self-made liberal myth of liberals and liberalism as heroes in the American civil rights movement.
Folks, there are a couple of polls out there today that are just outrageous. One is the CBS/New York Times poll. The other is the Washington Post poll. I'm telling you: They are irresponsible. They are designed to do exactly what I have warned you to be vigilant about, and that is to depress you and suppress your vote. These two polls today are designed to convince everybody this election is over.
Britain is a very odd place these days. We are being subjected to what amounts to a racial and cultural war against us, yet our politicians refuse to talk about it, and the overwhelming majority of the indigenous population seem too cowed and fearful to force the politicians to not just recognise the problem, but to actually do something about it.
Truly, this is a country and a people staring into a racial and cultural abyss. A civilised indigenous race seems to have rolled over and allowed itself to be defiled, abused and defeated by the uncivilised detritus of the Third World.
What happened to us? When did we lose our will to survive as a proud and unified people? What on earth is wrong with the British? Our immediate ancestors would have been rioting in the streets long, long ago.
Can it really be because we are afraid of being called a word? Are we really so frightened of being called “racist” we are prepared to allow our children and grandchildren to inherit Hell On Earth? If defending your people, your culture, your country and your very civilisation apparently makes you a racist, then it is a badge I will wear with pride.
As the late Christopher Hitchens noted "The useless and meaningless term Islamophobia, now widely used as a bludgeon of moral blackmail, is "testimony to the effectiveness of all of the horrific violence and intimidation, including public beheadings" done in the name of Islam's god.
The truth is that "Islamophobia" is not a phobia at all-- it is a completely rational fear of an insane and irrational movement that threatens to swallow the world. Being afraid of the "religion of peace" after the innumerable acts of violence, terror and depravity committed in the name of its god across the globe is not an exaggerated response to its savagery; it is not at all inexplicable; and most certainly it is not illogical in the slightest.
Being afraid of ruthless moral savages who fanatically believe in Islam as they continually denounce and limit freedom of speech and thought; as well as spit on all the key values of Western civilization, is far from a phobia--rather, it is a natural response to the sad reality of Islam as it is practiced in much of the Middle East and around the world.
This is not to say that there are not some rational and reasonable Muslims who decry what is being done. I'm sure there are many. But they cannot or will not stand against the violence for long. They are simply too cowed and frightened by the thugs who we see on TV day in and day out who speak for Islam.
And, who wouldn't be? These same moral savages think nothing of killing those in their own religion if it suits their purposes: especially if they question or disagree with the brutality.
We are at war – yet too many stubbornly and foolishly don’t put the pieces together and refuse to identify the evil doers. We are circumspect and disgracefully politically correct.
Let me mince no words in saying that from Fort Hood to Bali, from Times Square to London, from Madrid to Mumbai, from 9/11 to Gaza, the murderers, the barbarians are radical Islamists.
To camouflage their identity is sedition. To excuse their deeds is contemptible. To mask their intentions is unconscionable.
Democrats spent the first century of this country's existence refusing to treat black people like human beings, and the second refusing to treat them like adults.
After fighting the Civil War to continue enslaving black people and then subjecting newly freed black Americans to vicious, humiliating Jim Crow laws and Ku Klux Klan violence, Democrats set about frantically rewriting their own ugly history.
Step 1: Switch "Democrat" to "Southerner";
Step 2: Switch "Southerner" to "conservative Democrat";
Step 3: Switch "conservative Democrat" to "conservative."
Contrary to liberal folklore, the Democratic segregationists were not all Southern -- and they were certainly not conservative. They were dyed-in-the-wool liberal Democrats on all the litmus-test issues of their day.
John Bolton provides the only truly honest assessment of Obama's absurd speech at the UN.
Rush Limbaugh makes the argument that reports about some recent polls are trying to depress conservative voters and are right now more oriented toward pushing agendas than measuring voters.
It is time that we quit ignoring the inherent conflict of interest in letting teachers select the people who decide whether or not they get a raise. If they can't see the conflict then they need to go back to remedial ethics class.
The Syrian rebels are definitely not a bunch of democracy activists who suddenly and reluctantly picked up weapons to fight for a free and peaceful Syria. Further complications arise from the differing agendas of the rebels’ main foreign backers, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which no longer see eye-to-eye on which rebel groups should get weapons.
The bottom line: what comes out of the Syrian civil war will not be prettier—or more stable, or more accepting of American priorities, or friendlier to Israel—than the Assad regime.
There is in fact a manly and legitimate passion for equality that spurs all men to wish to be strong and esteemed. This passion tends to elevate the lesser to the rank of the greater.That is the difference between aspiration and redistribution, between equality of opportunity and equality of outcome, between earned success and learned helplessness. My boss, Arthur Brooks:
But one also finds in the human heart a depraved taste for equality which impels the weak to want to bring the strong down to their level and which reduces men to preferring equality in servitude to inequality in freedom.
Earned success means defining your future as you see fit and achieving that success on the basis of merit and hard work. It allows you to measure your life’s “profit” however you want, be it in money, making beautiful music, or helping people learn English. Earned success is at the root of American exceptionalism.
The opposite of earned success is “learned helplessness,” a term coined by Martin Seligman, the eminent psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania. It refers to what happens if rewards and punishments are not tied to merit: People simply give up and stop trying to succeed.
All surveys show that most Americans still embrace our free enterprise system—today. The crucial test is whether the country is willing to support the hard work and policy reforms that will sustain it.The cost of failing this test will be more human than financial. In our hands is the earned success—and thus the happiness—of our children and grandchildren. The stakes in the current policy battles today are not just economic. They are moral.
"Too fat to fight," a new study by former Pentagon military chiefs, says school junk food and childhood obesity are a national security threat -- with more than a quarter of 17- to 24-year-old Americans too heavy to join the military if they wanted to.
Why is Planned Parenthood political and why can it use public funds for this purpose?
She goes on to write that the media are willfully transforming into Pravda on behalf of the President.
And she's right.
Tax credits for electric vehicles will cost the federal government nearly $2 billion through 2019. But the subsidy doesn't make EVs cost-competitive and will have little immediate effect on the nation's emissions, according to a report by theCongressional Budget Office.
Even with a tax credit and the lower fuel costs, electric vehicles cost their owners more over the vehicles' lifetimes compared with non-plug-in hybrids and conventional internal combustion engine vehicles, the report said.
The federal tax credit offers buyers as much as $7,500 per vehicle.
A plug-in hybrid with a battery capacity of 16 kilowatt-hours needs a $12,000 credit to be cost- competitive at today's vehicle and fuel prices, according to the budget office. The cost disadvantage rises with the size of the battery capacity.
...I think that still understates the cost, because of the expense of battery replacements which would probably require a new loan for most people they are so expensive. When you ad on top of that the limited range and the long recharging time, and there is just no reason to buy the things.
It’s time to simply give up. I’ve never been one, even in the bleakest of circumstances, to consider a situation utterly hopeless. However, the possibility of securing lasting peace in the Middle Eastern region of the world and establishing solid stable relationships with the nations and, most of all, the culture there is just that. All signs indicate that whatever form of diplomacy is exercised, any and all efforts amount to nothing more than outright futility.
While I, along with the majority of Americans, feel that it is the United States’ duty, even responsibility, to promote freedom, democracy and the preservation of human rights in all corners of the globe, there must come a time where the most logical diplomacy is no diplomacy. The time has come where the realization must occur within our government and our population that the divide between the ideals, morals and ethics that exists within the foundations of democracy and those within the culture of the Middle East is just too great.
With a society that bases the entirety of life around a glorified cult passing itself off as a religion whose principles are in stark contrast with the core beliefs of democracy, a permanent, even moderately long-lived peaceable relationship is an impossibility. For a long-lasting common ground to exist between West and East a massive ideological transition of unfathomable proportions would have to occur. Basically, Islam would have to cease to exist … or democracy would – but neither ideology is going anywhere.
Many will argue the need for continued diplomacy, arguing that the consistent and incessant violence, hatred etc. are the work and mindset of just a radical few. To pose a rebuttal to that theory: A radical “few” does not consist of hundreds of thousands of angry, rioting, burning, murdering, venom-spewing individuals strewn over a dozen countries for weeks on end with no word whatsoever from the “peace loving” Muslims denouncing the acts of the “radical few.” While there are differing degrees of hatred, that underlying theme seems to exist consistently among them all.
It’s time to end our futile efforts. It’s time to bring our hundreds of millions of dollars in annual wasted financial aid home. It’s time to bring our extremely valuable human resources home and put up a hypothetical fence, leaving these ungrateful children to their own destruction and demise. It’s time to steal a page from the diplomatic playbook of U.S/Cuban relations. End this insanity. It’s time!
Over at City Journal, Michael Totten chronicles the recent history of intimidation and violence perpetrated against so-called blasphemers and apostates by radical Muslims who feel insulted. By forcing Americans to hold their tongues due for fear of violent repercussions, Islamic terrorists have effectively eroded the free speech rights of Americans.
He nails it here. He gets it. Blair says this is a long struggle and America must be strong and should not worry about being loved
The headlines shouted “Ryan Booed!” after Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan dared to enter the lion’s den of the AARP on Friday to talk about Medicare.
But that was near the beginning of his talk. What wasn’t widely reported is that the boos subsided and the applause increased as he explained how Obamacare harms Medicare and how the Romney/Ryan plan would save it.
This is the story of how dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), previously used to treat malaria, was banned based on flimsy evidence and ideology, seeing the beginnings of the green industry.
Millions have died as a result. Malaria is a disease that is caused by a bite from a female mosquito, which induces protozoan parasites into the blood stream of the recipient
The always excellent Jonathan V. Last at The Weekly Standard has a remarkable piece about the corrupting influence of abortion on the left’s mindset—how elevating it to primacy status in the political arena has thoroughly distorted the thinking of otherwise smart people, forcing them to adopt positions that would be simply ludicrous if they weren’t so horrifying.
We have all heard the old saying that giving a man a fish feeds him only for a day, while teaching him to fish feeds him for a lifetime. Redistributionists give him a fish and leave him dependent on the government for more fish in the future.
If the redistributionists were serious, what they would want to distribute is the ability to fish, or to be productive in other ways. Knowledge is one of the few things that can be distributed to people without reducing the amount held by others.
That would better serve the interests of the poor, but it would not serve the interests of politicians who want to exercise power, and to get the votes of people who are dependent on them.
Barack Obama can endlessly proclaim his slogan of "Forward," but what he is proposing is going backwards to policies that have failed repeatedly in countries around the world.
Yet, to many people who cannot be bothered to stop and think, redistribution sounds good.
LG Chem received $151 million from feds, $100 million from stateTwo years ago, when President Obama visited the LG Chem battery plant in Holland, it was hailed as part of the transformation of Michigan to a “green economy.”The battery plant, which supplies batteries for the Chevy Volt, got $151 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.Today, $133 million of that $151 million has been spent, but since April, the company's 200 workers have been on "rolling furloughs" because the electric vehicle market has failed to blossom as promised by many.
NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg's "Big Gulp" ban, a ban on sugary drinks over 16 ounces in size, has been in the news for over a month now. Just last week, the NYC health board voted to put the ban into place. Today that same health board voted to allow the distribution of Plan B, or the morning after pill, to teenage girls without parental consent
The press has been kind to the Obama administration during its travails in the Middle East, kinder than it might have been if the president were a Republican. That may finally be changing—and it only took a fiasco of epic proportions to do it.
(Jerry Z. Muller, "Introduction: What Is Conservative Social and Political Thought?, in Conservatism: An Anthology of Social and Political Thought from David Hume to the Present, ed. Jerry Z. Muller [Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997], 3-31, at 18-9 [italics in original; footnote omitted])1. a skepticism regarding the efficacy of written constitutions, as opposed to the informal, sub-political, and inherited norms and mores of society. For conservatives, the real "constitution" of society lies in its historical institutions and practices, which are inculcated primarily through custom and habit;2. the central role of cultural manners and mores in shaping character and restraining the passions, and hence the political importance of the social institutions in which such manners and mores are conveyed;3. the need of the individual for socially imposed restraint and identity, and hence skepticism regarding projects intended to liberate the individual from existing sources of social and cultural authority;4. an emphasis on the family as the most important institution of socialization, and despite considerable divergence among conservatives over the proper roles of men and women within the family, the assertion that some degree of sexual division of labor is both inevitable and desirable;5. the legitimacy of inequality, and the need for elites, cultural, political, and economic;6. security of possession of property as a prime function of the political order;7. the importance of the state as the ultimate guarantor of property and the rule of law, and hence the need to maintain political authority;8. the ineluctability of the possibility of the use of force in international relations. [sic; period in original]9. Conservatives [sic; capitalization in original] have a propensity to assert that the successful functioning of a capitalist society depends on premarket and nonmarket institutions and cultural practices. Anxiety over whether the cultural effects of the market will erode these institutions and practices is the most consistent tension within conservative social and political thought.
Hell breaks loose all over the world, the economy stinks, and we're going broke. But the president parties, yuks it up with Letterman and skips intelligence briefings. All the while, the press sees no evil.
. . . how the candidates are so precisely locked in an even standoff, when the newspapers are pounding it into our heads that the pathetic, miserable Romney hasn’t got a chance? Where would Romney be now if the media gave him something close to equal treatment? Is it possible that the media’s desperate boosting of their candidate is causing the electorate to tune out or even skew in the other direction? I think so. I find myself repelled by media bias.Ann, you’re not alone. Fewer than one-in-three independent voters have a great deal or even a fair amount of trust in the mass media. I do wonder if the media are trying to make it look like Obama’s a shoo-in for reelection in order to demoralize Republicans, to prevent us from donating to Mitt Romney and to discourage us from voting in November.
To be sure, to debase any belief system is never admirable and often despicable. However, debasing Islam does not constitute a crime, and in the eyes of Islam itself is not a punishable act. The answer? Defending not Islam, or the prophet, or the Maker — who hardly require the meager defense of mortals — but the ideals of liberal democracy. Brave work it is indeed to engage in the jihad of the pen against the jihad of the sword. If Islam is to keep the imposter of political Islamism from usurping our ideals, belief and rightful values, we must, as Muslims, oppose the Islamists ourselves. The alternatives do not bear thinking about.
Crushing conventional wisdom will only slow this gang down for a few days, meaning Romney will have to govern in a hostile environment, but so did Reagan and Bush. The reason that Obama is doing so badly when the party ID skew is removed from the polls is the Independents are going strongly for Romney.
BTW, polling shows distrust of the media at an all time high. Their bias has become too extreme to ignore.
Here is the bottom line in my mind. Someone that allows their kids to be blown up, or to be used as a human shield is a savage. What Is Wrong With Calling Savages---Savage? Exactly Nothing.
Kudos to my friend Pamela for telling the truth and shame on the news media and politicians for implying that its hate speech.
I see the Obama campaign has redesigned the American flag, and very attractive it is too. Replacing the 50 stars of a federal republic is the single “O” logo symbolizing the great gaping maw of spendaholic centralization. And where the stripes used to be are a handful of red daubs, eerily mimicking the bloody finger streaks left on the pillars of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi as its staff were dragged out by a mob of savages to be tortured and killed. What better symbol could one have of American foreign policy? Who says the slick hollow vapid marketing of the Obama campaign doesn’t occasionally intersect with reality?
But 2008 was no ordinary election. Blacks, for example, usually cast only 11% of the vote, but, in 2008, they made up 14% of the vote. Latinos increased their share of the vote by 1.5% and college kids almost doubled their vote share. Almost all pollsters are using the 2008 turnout models in weighting their samples. Rasmussen, more accurately, uses a mixture of 2008 and 2004 turnouts in determining his sample. That’s why his data usually is better for Romney.
But polling indicates a widespread lack of enthusiasm among Obama’s core demographic support due to high unemployment, disappointment with his policies and performance, and the lack of novelty in voting for a black candidate now that he has already served as president.
If you adjust virtually any of the published polls to reflect the 2004 vote, not the 2008 vote, they show the race either tied or Romney ahead, a view much closer to reality.
Having studied here in the 1980s, Morsi thinks he knows America. But his contempt for Western culture is such that he believes that he and other Islamists can dictate terms to the United States with impunity. President Obama’s attempt to win the hearts of minds of the Muslim world failed. But Morsi’s contempt is such that he believes he can demand more appeasement. Morsi says Egypt won’t live by American rules but he seems to think that the U.S. must accept his dictates. Given the refusal of the Obama administration to make him pay a price for this arrogance, there’s no reason for him think that he can’t get away with it.
I absolutely agree that our devotion to free speech can cause headaches and challenges. But so can any number of non-negotiable facts of life. Anyone with a child knows that having a kid creates all sorts of problems and inconveniences. But few decent parents respond to those problems and inconveniences by loving their kid any less. And as a general rule, only evil, incomprehensibly stupid, or selfish people would consider getting rid of their kid to avoid the inconvenience.
There’s nothing wrong with exercising sound judgment, even caution, when it comes to offending another’s most cherished beliefs. But the First Amendment isn’t the problem here, the dysfunctions and inadequacies of the Arab and Muslim world are.
James Burnham famously said that when there is no alternative there is no problem. If free speech in America causes a comparative handful of zealots to want to murder Americans, the correct response is to protect Americans from those zealots (something the Obama administration abjectly failed to do in Libya) and relentlessly seek the punishment of anyone who succeeds. Because, as far as America is concerned, there is no alternative to the First Amendment.
LONDON — The Muslim world cannot have it both ways. It cannot place Islam at the center of political life — and in extreme cases political violence — while at the same time declaring that the religion is off-limits to contestation and ridicule. ...How about that? The French are defending free expression more than the Obama administration, which decided that terrorists get a veto over our Constitutional rights.
The porn-grade American movie that started the unrest was pitiful. The murderous violence that followed from Cairo to Benghazi was criminal. Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical newspaper, then had a strong editorial case for mocking the religious fundamentalism that produced the killing; it chose to do so through caricatures of Muhammad.Gérard Biard, the editor in chief of Charlie Hebdo, put the case well: “We’re a newspaper that respects French law. Now, if there’s a law that is different in Kabul or Riyadh, we’re not going to bother ourselves with respecting it.” Alluding to all the violence, Biard asked: “Are we supposed to not do that news?”
U.S. federal policies to promote electric vehicles will cost $7.5 billion through 2019 and have “little to no impact” on overall national gasoline consumption over the next several years, the Congressional Budget Office said in a report issued on Thursday.Greens have an odd knack for developing useless and expensive government policies. Ethanol, ballyhooed as a way to reduce greenhouse gasses, raises food prices for the poor and, in the US, actually increases greenhouse gas emissions at great cost. Costly programs to create “green jobs” seem to produce more scandals than jobs. And now we have a subsidy program for electric cars that costs money but otherwise gets nothing done.
I wish Romney would stop listening to the campaign managers, and listen more to his gut, which drove him to make a good, strong statement when our guys were attacked and killed in Egypt and Libya. I hope he finds the courage to speak truth to power in the next few weeks, and calls out this shameful administration for its fecklessness, its betrayal of our troops and our people, and its amazingly insouciant willigness to invent a new fable most every day. That would give us some hope that a President Romney might be able to navigate the tsunami approaching our civilization.
And yes, even master it. I think we’re ready to engage the war for our future. The bad guys have had a long, free run at us. Time to get serious.
With just 47 days before the general election and Mitt Romney attempting to pivot the focus of the election back on the state of the economy, citizens with Democratic leanings are actually doing an about-face on the economy compared to their Republican counterparts, according to a recent study from the Pew Research Center.Considering the media is doing their best to shield their Precious Obama from any bad news–essentially ignoring it completely–this does make some sense. If a Republican incumbent was presiding over such misery it would be the 24/7 focus. As an example, when was the last time any network newscast led off with high gas prices?
New data found that just 15 percent of Democrats believe that recent economic news is mostly poor, a percentage that took a significant drop from the 31 percent of Democrats polled last month who did think that economic news was mostly bad. According to the study, the 15-percent clip is among the lowest percentages during President Barack Obama’s nearly four years in office.