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March 31, 2010

CNN Features Anti-Catholic Bigot on Abuse Crisis

Here’s why CNN is today known as the COMMUNIST NEWS NETWORK.  On Anderson Cooper’s 360 on Friday, CNN featured perhaps the world’s most deranged critic of the Catholic Church to comment, at length, on the explosive issue now confronting the Church.

“I’m passionately in love with what I would call the Holy Spirit. I don’t believe it matters if you call it God, Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, Fred or Daisy. It is the Holy Spirit. It does not matter. . . It seems to me that the Vatican are not- don’t actually believe in God at all. They are certainly not acting like they believe in a God that watches.”

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But Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center responds:

Sinead O’Connor is a despicable, hate-filled person who has no business being portrayed as a reasonable voice to discuss the Catholic Church that she has disgraced for the past twenty years.

CNN’s decision to have her on as a credible source to bash and criticize the Pope and the Catholic Church is like having the KKK on to criticize President Obama, or Nazis on to criticize Jews. It’s disgusting, unacceptable, and disgraceful.

When CNN decides to have legitimate, non-bigoted guests on, perhaps Americans will begin to trust them again as a viable news source.

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Sinead O’connor: “Fight the real enemy.”

Of all the rational and reasoned people CNN could have selected from to discuss this issue, this is who they choose?  A deranged anti-Catholic harpie.  The Liberal media (redundant, I know) is the real enemy.

Open-minded Lib’s Brain falls out

Open-minded: Matthew Modine

This is not from The Onion, gentle readers.  Hollywood actor, Matthew Modine, wants to “understand” Osama Bin Laden.

Why Can’t We Just Sit Down With Bin Laden And Say: Hey Man, Why Are You Mad At Me?

“Imagine if somebody were to really sit down with Osama Bin Ladin and say, ‘listen man,what is it that you’re so angry at me about that you’re willing to have people strap bombs to themselves, or get inside of airplanes and fly them into buildings.’ That would be the miracle if we can get, sit down and talk to our enemies and find a way for them to hear us.” – Matthew Modine

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Video, here.

Joy Behar says Liberals are more open-minded than conservatives.  And that may be the case.  But it’s possible to be too open-minded, don’t you think?  And it seems to me they’re awfully selective about who/what they’re open-minded about.  For instance, do you suppose Modine would be as willing to sit down with a christian conservative like Ann Coulter as he would Osama Bin Laden?  Do you think he cares about what makes you tick?  This particular courtesy is extended to radical head-sawing jihadists, not white christianist Teabaggers.  Your sin, apparently, is not being “the other.”

Libs don’t care why you’re mad at them because you don’t wear a burqa and slam airliners into American skyscrapers.  Also, Libs only want to know why Bin Laden is mad at us because that points the finger at AMERICA.  And Libs love doing that because they don’t feel part of mainstream America.  They don’t feel it’s a criticism of them, but of you.  But asking what makes a Teabagger tick is to point the finger at LIBS, and Libs hate doing that!  As “open-minded” as Libs claim to be, I have never seen one admit he’s wrong.  Never.  Neither do conservatives, for that matter, but we don’t lay claim to being “open-minded”; we claim to be right!

Joy Behar also says Liberals are more intelligent than you.  Really?  I offer into evidence exhibit A:  Matthew Modine.

“There is no Tape.”

Race monger, Al Sharpton, claims he heard the “N” word on “the tape.”  But he has a small problem– there is no tape.

The AP gave this account from Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind.

Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., told a reporter that as he left the Cannon House Office Building with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a leader of the civil rights era, some among the crowd chanted “the N-word, the N-word, 15 times.” Both Carson and Lewis are black, and Lewis spokeswoman Brenda Jones also said that it occurred.

“It was like going into the time machine with John Lewis,” said Carson, a large former police officer who said he wasn’t frightened but worried about the 70-year-old Lewis, who is twice his age. “He said it reminded him of another time.”

Andrew Breitbart has offered $10,000 to anybody who can offer evidence racial epithets were used against the Dem Black Caucus.  So far no takers.

“It’s time for the allegedly pristine character of Rep. John Lewis to put up or shut up. Therefore, I am offering $10,000 of my own money to provide hard evidence that the N- word was hurled at him not 15 times, as his colleague reported, but just once. Surely one of those two cameras wielded by members of his entourage will prove his point.”

The Dems use race as a weapon, which I believe actually stokes racial animosity in an otherwise post-racial country.  If that were the only reason I never voted for them again, it would be reason enough.

The Obama Doctrine

A picture says a thousand words.

From Powerline:

David Horovitz of the Jerusalem Post argues that the root of the current rift between the U.S. and Israel is a stark difference of perception between Washington and Jerusalem as to the Palestinian Authority’s peace-making readiness and intentions. According to Horovitz, Washington believes that the PA wants a deal and is prepared to make the compromises necessary to forge one. Meanwhile, Jerusalem considers this assessment “unfathomable.”

Horovitz says that this divide seems almost impossible to bridge. However, if the rift really is only a disagreement about Palestinian intentions, then there is a potential solution: make more concessions to the PA and then, when the PA responds not with concessions of its own by with more demands, count on that response to lift the scales from Washington’s eyes.

Such an approach would not be an easy one for Netanyahu to undertake, given the composition of his coalition. But Netanyahu is clever politican and, if he agrees with Horowitz’s diagnosis, he will be tempted to find a way to placate Washington with concessions and then wait for the PA not to “miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”

I fear, however, that Horovitz’s diagnosis is not correct. The divide in perceptions about the PA may have driven disagreements between Washington and Jerusalem during the latter part of the Bush administration. But today we see not a disagreement but a feud, including an attempt by Washington to bring down the Israeli government. It’s implausible, I think, to attribute such a bitter rift to a mere disagreement about facts on the ground.

In my opinion, President Obama’s tilt towards the Palestinians is rooted in ideology, a considerably softer version of the ideology espoused by Jeremiah Wright . The facts that matter to this president do not pertain to the PA’s intentions. Rather, I suspect the key facts are these: compared to Israelis, Palestinians are downtrodden and non-Western. They are what leftist academics call “the other.” And promoting the interests of “the other” is a big deal for Obama — indeed, this imperative seems like the closest thing he has to a religion.

If I’m right, then Netanyahu will never be able to placate Obama. And he should not try.

March 30, 2010

What You Need to Know about the Catholic Church Sex Scandal

Ok, I’ve heard enough.  I don’t often agree with Lefty columnist, Maureen Dowd, but here she makes some undeniable points about the incomprehensible way in which the Catholic Church has dealt with it’s pedophile priests.  Leftwing sharks smell blood in the water, but we can’t simply dismiss them.

A NOPE FOR POPE – By Maureen Dowd

The church has been tone deaf and dumb on the scandal for so long that it’s shocking, but not surprising, to learn from The Times’s Laurie Goodstein that a group of deaf former students spent 30 years trying to get church leaders to pay attention.

The pope is in too deep. He has proved himself anything but infallible. And now he claims he was uninformed on the matter of an infamous German pedophile priest. A spokesman for the Munich archdiocese said on Friday that Ratzinger, running the diocese three decades ago, would not have read the memo sent to him about Father Peter Hullermann’s getting cycled back into work with children because between 700 to 1,000 memos go to the archbishop each year.

Let’s see. That’s two or three memos a day. And Ratzinger was renowned at the Vatican for poring through voluminous, recondite theological treatises.

Pope Benedict has continued the church’s ban on female priests and is adamant against priests’ having wives. He has started two investigations of American nuns to check on their “quality of life” — code for seeing if they’ve grown too independent. As a cardinal he wrote a Vatican document urging women to be submissive partners and not take on adversarial roles toward men.

But the completely paternalistic and autocratic culture of Il Papa led to an insular, exclusionary system that failed to police itself, and that became a corrosive shelter for secrets and shame.

If the church could throw open its stained glass windows and let in some air, invite women to be priests, nuns to be more emancipated and priests to marry, if it could banish criminal priests and end the sordid culture of men protecting men who attack children, it might survive. It could be an encouraging sign of humility and repentance, a surrender of arrogance, both moving and meaningful.

Cardinal Ratzinger devoted his Vatican career to rooting out any hint of what he considered deviance. The problem is, he was obsessed with enforcing doctrinal orthodoxy and somehow missed the graver danger to the most vulnerable members of the flock.

The sin-crazed “Rottweiler” was so consumed with sexual mores — issuing constant instructions on chastity, contraception, abortion — that he didn’t make time for curbing sexual abuse by priests who were supposed to pray with, not prey on, their young charges.

American bishops have gotten politically militant in recent years, opposing the health care bill because its language on abortion wasn’t vehement enough, and punishing Catholic politicians who favor abortion rights and stem cell research. They should spend as much time guarding the kids already under their care as they do championing the rights of those who aren’t yet born.

Decade after decade, the church hid its sordid crimes, enabling the collared perpetrators instead of letting the police collar them. In the case of the infamous German priest, one diocese official hinted that his problem could be fixed by transferring him to teach at a girls’ school. Either they figured that he would not be tempted by the female sex, or worse, the church was even less concerned about putting little girls at risk.

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We can safely and with confidence dismiss outright Dowd’s points about nuns and and priests being allowed to marry.  These child abuse cases involve HOMOSEXUAL priests with a penchant for little boys.  Marriage would do nothing to address that kind of perversion, and neither would a female priesthood.  That’s just the usual Lefty anti-Catholic hostility speaking.  She’s trying to use this crisis as leverage for everything else she hates about the Catholic Church.  One thing she conveniently forgot to mention though was the more obvious solution– disallowing HOMOSEXUAL PRIESTS.  Ban homosexuals, and pedophilia within the Church disappears overnight.  Overnight.  But that’s not even on Dowd’s radar.

It’s become increasingly difficult, however, to deny her other points about the Church’s timid handling of pedophile priests, when they’ve come down like a hammer on other infractions. So far I’ve not heard any explanation that satisfies me, and believe me I’ve waited patiently.  The way in which the Catholic Church has dealt with these pedophiles is nothing short of criminal.

So as friends of the Catholic Church, how should we deal with this crisis in a way that is credible and intellectually honest?

By my reckoning, there are three types of sin in this world: 1) individual, 2) ideological, 3) institutional.  Ideological sin involves a worldview that is inherently dark, destructive, or evil.  Examples of ideological sin would be something along the lines of racism, misogyny, or the God-denying worldview of Secular Humanism/Progressivism.  These are ideologies or worldviews whose mere existence are an affront to God.

Ideological sin often leads to institutional sin, which is any man-made physical embodiment of that first ideological sin.  Institutional sin, therefore, is the organized and systematic practice of that sinful ideology.  Examples such as the KKK or Nazi Party come to mind.

And finally, we have individual sin, also known as human frailty.  It’s what every single one of us is guilty of at any given point in our life.  Deceit, corruption, PEDOPHILIA, etc.  This kind of sin– or human frailty– is precisely what INDIVIDUALS within the Catholic Church appear to be guilty of.  And I don’t know how high up in the hierarchy this human sin goes in the context of this current crisis, but it appears to go pretty high.  And those held responsible for these crimes and omissions should also be held legally and morally accountable to the fullest extent.

The Catholic Church is an institution, and like all institutions it is run by human beings– fallen, sinful, frail human beings.  In the case before us, we aren’t dealing with ideological nor institutional sin, but with individual sin.  Roman Catholicism is a God-pleasing, life-affirming ideology.  And the Catholic Church is the organized and systematic practice of that God-pleasing belief system.  The sexual scandal that has currently engulfed the Catholic Church is a dark stain that will be hard to remove, but it does not change that simple truth.  The sin in question does not reflect on the Roman Catholic belief system, nor the vital importance the Catholic Church serves in this world.  On the contrary, this crisis is an assault on the Catholic Church by the sinful individuals of which we speak, as surely as it was an assault on those children.

As we confront the crisis of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, and the possible coverup of these crimes, it should always be with this perspective– that we are dealing with individual, not ideological nor institutional, sin. So let us not buy into the Leftwing agenda which desires nothing more than the utter destruction of Christianity and it’s largest Earthly institution, the Roman Catholic Church.  God is not guilty of crimes committed by his believers, nor is Roman Catholicism responsible for the sins committed by it’s followers.  The sin here belongs to the perpetrators and those that covered it up.  It goes no farther than that.

Cultural Marxism Comes to Iowa

Iowa town:  from Good Friday to "Spring Holiday"

Iowa town: from Good Friday to "Spring Holiday."

More cultural marxism and its war on Christianity.  Iowa Secular Progressive culture destroyer wants to eradicate every last vestige of our christian roots from the public square, all in the name of…you guessed it…diversity!

IOWA TOWN RENAMES GOOD FRIDAY TO “SPRING HOLIDAY”

One week before the most solemn day in the Christian year, the city of Davenport, Iowa removed Good Friday from its municipal calendar, setting off a storm of complaints from Christians and union members whose contracts give them that day off.

Taking a recommendation by the Davenport Civil Rights Commission to change the holiday’s name to something more ecumenical, City Administrator Craig Malin sent a memo to municipal employees announcing Good Friday would officially be known as “Spring Holiday.”

“My phone has been ringing off the hook since Saturday,” said city council alderman Bill Edmond. “People are genuinely upset because this is nothing but political correctness run amok.” Edmond said the city administrator made the change unilaterally and did not bring it to the council for a vote, a requirement for a change in policy.

“The city council didn’t know anything about the change. We were blind sided and now we’ve got to clean this mess up. How do you tell people the city renamed a 2,000 year old holiday?” said Edmond.  It didn’t take long for the city the resurrect the name Good Friday. Malin was overruled today and the words “Spring Holiday” disappeared.

Good Friday commemorates the day Jesus was crucified and died. Christians celebrate his resurrection the following Sunday, Easter.  The Civil Rights Commission said it recommended changing the name to better reflect the city’s diversity and maintain a separation of church and state when it came to official municipal holidays.

“We merely made a recommendation that the name be changed to something other than Good Friday,” said Tim Hart, the commission’s chairman. “Our Constitution calls for separation of church and state. Davenport touts itself as a diverse city and given all the different types of religious and ethnic backgrounds we represent, we suggested the change.”

“If you deny the idea of Good Friday then you have to deny Easter,” Monsignor Robert Schmidt told ABC affiliate WQAD.  Hart said the commission had no plans to change the name of Easter Sunday, because it fell on a weekend and government offices were already closed. The commission, he said, discussed changing Christmas, but decided enough other religions celebrate Christmas too.  Hart, however, could not name one.

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Ain’t multiculturalism just grand!  The arrogance– and ignorance– of the cultural elitists on full display here.

Now repeat after me: Diversity Is Strength and 2 + 2 = 5.  Keep repeating that over and over again until you really believe it, Winston Smith.

But not just diversity, the good mayor also claims “our Constitution calls for separation of church and state.”  Really?  Where?  What clause?  There is no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution.  That doctrine is taken from one of Thomas Jefferson’s letters, and has been pushed by the anti-christian Left to insane limits the Founding Fathers never could have foreseen.  This Secular Progressive psychopath of a mayor unilaterally imposes his vile culture-destroying agenda on an entire town, all in the name of a Constitution of which he is clueless, and…you guessed it.. “diversity.”

The sad reality is the more “diverse” and “multicultural” our country becomes, the less diverse we are allowed to be.  Thus everybody is now forced into the closet lest we “offend” somebody in one of the Left’s protected classes (notice, however, that it’s usually the secular progressives complaining, rarely other religious or cultural minorities).  However, and this is key, the SecProgs only apply that rule selectively against Christianity because that’s their real target.  Thus our judeo-christian traditions, culture and religion must be relegated to the closet.  Good Friday becomes “Spring Holiday”, Easter becomes egg rolling day, Thanksgiving is now Turkey Day, and Christmas becomes Festivus.  That’s diversity?  It’s cultural annihilation.  When the social engineers of the Left were touting their new multicultural model back in the early 1980s, I don’t recall them telling us this is what we were signing up for, do you?  Rest assured they knew it all along.

H/T: paleocon

IPCC Scientist Now predicts 30 Years COOLING

He’s an “IPCC” scientist, so it must be true!  More global warming news you absolutely will not find in the New York Times.  After all, Obama’s got an energy bill to pass.

“The weather we’ve seen this winter marks the beginning of a mini Ice Age.”

The science is now settled!

Man arrested for Cantor death threat

GOP whip, Eric Cantor

The media “outrage” will be decidedly lacking on this one.  In fact, there’s nothing at all to see here.  Move along.

Federal authorities have arrested a Philadelphia man and charged him with threatening to kill House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and his family.

Norman Leboon will be charged with two federal counts: threatening to kill Cantor and interfere with his federal duties, and posting video online containing such threats. He is scheduled to appear in federal district court in Philadelphia on Monday afternoon.

The arrest is the most serious in a string of threats of violence against lawmakers in wake of the divisive health care vote. At least 10 Democrats along with a handful of Republicans, including Cantor, reported threats of violence during the past week.

In a video posted on YouTube, Leboon said Cantor was a “liar, you’re a Lucifer, you’re a pig, a greedy [expletive] pig.” He also seemed to refer to a bullet found in Cantor’s office last week and said it will be placed in his head. Richmond Police had originally discounted the bullet as a stray. It is unclear whether the FBI will expand the investigation into the Richmond bullet.

According to an FBI affidavit, the investigation moved swiftly. On March 26, the FBI’s San Francisco office got a copy of a YouTube video in which Leboon allegedly made threats to kill Cantor and his “cupcake evil wife.”   The video makes reference to Cantor’s Judaism and also seemed to speak about bullet that was fired into his Richmond office.

“Remember Eric at our judgment time, the final Yom Kippur has been given,” according to a transcript of the video in the affidavit. “You are a liar, you’re a Lucifer, you’re a pig, a greedy (expletive) pig, you’re an abomination, you receive my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer’s abomination.”

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It’s a tit for tat we have to play, gentle readers.  No choice.  Just last week Cantor was being called a liar and accused of manufacturing these threats.  I think we’ve clearly established that both sides have their loons.  But only one side is trying to exploit them for political gain.  And still no evidence that Congressman Lewis was called a “nigger” and spat upon.

Dem “Violent Right” Narrative Continues

Filed under: Nation — Tags: — Jesusland @ 00:03

Lefty talker, Ed Schultz, comes out reciting the DNC “violent Right” talking points, is given a spanking for it, and sent home crying to mommy.  He then blames “the Right” for unfairly attacking him. lol.  Then his sidekick, Laura Flanders, comes to the rescue, but just resorts to the same talking points, using the same “spitting” and “nigger” examples we’ve already debunked.  This will be their well-orchestrated game plan until November.

Schultz: “I have to apologize to my audience tonight.  This was not the way this interview was supposed to go.  But this is how the Righties operate.”

Ed Schultz comes off as a buffoon here because he is forced to explain his own extreme comments about Dick Cheney, even as he denies others the same right to put their own comments into context.  They did that to George Bush for eight years, and they’re still doing it today.  They get to explain their moronic statements, you don’t.  Politics 101.

UPDATE: The “coffins” have already been debunked too.

March 29, 2010

Vandals Attack GOP Headquarters in Virginia

That’s odd.  This story didn’t make the mainstream news.  No MSM delivering the party line on this one.  Color me shocked!

Bricks were thrown through the windows of the Albemarle County GOP headquarters overnight in what appears to be the Charlottesville area’s latest act of politically fueled vandalism.  County GOP Chairwoman Rachel Schoenewald arrived at the office in the Albemarle Square shopping center Friday morning to find two windows shattered and a third partially damaged.

“Hopefully, everyone will conduct themselves as community members and that this violence does not escalate or continue,” she said.  The county’s GOP headquarters also serves as the district office of Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle.  Schoenewald declined to blame any particular group, but noted that people are angry on both sides of the political spectrum.

“There are millions of people across the country,” she said. “Many of them are upset, one way or another. I hope this is the last of the violence.”  Albemarle County police are investigating the incident. Police estimated the damage would cost roughly $1,000 to fix. Police asked anyone with information about the vandalism to call Crimestoppers at 977-4000.

The shattered windows come five months after someone glued shut the GOP headquarters’ doors on Election Day when Republican Bob McDonnell defeated Democrat R. Creigh Deeds in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.

“Those responsible for the destruction of property at the Albemarle GOP headquarters should be caught and brought to justice,” Perriello said. “I implore people on all sides of this debate to put an immediate end to attacks and threats. These actions are dangerous and reprehensible, and they have to stop.”

Bell also urged an end to the politically motivated threats and vandalism Friday.  “This stuff has got to stop,” Bell said. “People who cut gas lines or throw bricks through windows need to be prosecuted and put in jail. If this keeps up, somebody’s going to get hurt.”

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Germans losing fear of Global Warming

Filed under: Entertainment, Global warming — Tags: — Jesusland @ 08:49

The kind of story you won’t see run in the U.S. media until Obama’s done passing his global warming energy bill.

It seems the long and chilly winter has taken its toll on climate change sensibilities despite the fact that weather has nothing to do with climate.  The latest figure is a clear drop from the 62 percent of Germans who said they were scared of such changes just in autumn 2006.

The new survey, carried out by polling company Infratest for Der Spiegel magazine, showed a quarter of those questioned thought Germany would profit from climate change rather than be badly affected by it.

Many people have little faith in the information and prognosis of climate researchers with a third questioned in the survey not giving them much credence. This is thought to be largely due to mistakes and exaggerations recently discovered in a report of the intergovernmental panel on climate change, the IPCC.

Germany’s Leibniz Community, an umbrella organisation including many climate research institutes, broke ranks by calling for the resignation of IPCC head Rajendra Pachauri.  Climate research has been put, “in a difficult situation,” said Ernst Rietschel president of the Leibniz Community. He said sceptics have been given an easy target by the IPCC and said Pachauri should take on the responsibility and resign.

Last summer the glacier on Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitz in Bavaria, was covered over with plastic sheeting to try to protect it from warm rain which threatened to accelerate its melting.

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More Ann Coulter On Her University Of Ottawa Appearance

My grandfather, may he rest in peace, taught his children to pick their friends well, and their enemies better.  I don’t agree with everything Ann Coulter says, and certainly not the way she says it.  But she has picked all the right enemies.

“When we have a terrorist attack, the Left asks: ‘What did we do to provoke it?

How the Left treats Islamic terrorists vs how they treat us, gentle readers:

“Have you heard, any of them, ask the same for something they’ve imposed on us?  Have you heard the Democrats once ask, ‘Why are they mad at us?  We need to understand their rage!’  We have to understand the rage of people who killed 3,000 Americans in terrorist incidents.  We’re told, ‘We have to understand the people in this country, minorities and whoever else, unhappy with whatever.  We gotta understand their rage. We have to expect it. We have to allow for it.’  Well, how come the anger that we feel, the Democrats aren’t interested in understanding?  Why do they not ask, ‘Why are they so mad?'”

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When terrorists attack America and kill 3,000 U.S. citizens, we are told their hate is all OUR fault.  The Left calls it “blowback.”  You see, we are “little Eichmans.”  We had it coming to us for supporting Israel, etc., or as in the movie Syriana, radical Islam is fueled by the assassination of fictional Arab “reformers” by fictional American foreign policymakers; as if reformers in the Arab world are threatened by George Bush, and not by radical Islam!  What a fantasy world the L-tards foist on us.  But the point is, that’s Libs bending over backwards to “understand” the enemy. (They can hardly even bring themselves to use that word– “enemy”– with regards to terrorism, so afraid are they of sounding anything like a Rightwinger, so afraid are they of giving aid and comfort to our cause.  But they will use it against you!)

But your anger, gentle readers, and your reported threats of violence over the healthcare bill are not given quite the same sympathetic reception.  The Left not only couldn’t give a rat’s ass about the source of your anger and mere threats of violence by a few hotheads, but they will magnify this anger beyond all proportion to create an image of “the Right” in a way they wouldn’t wouldn’t think of doing to radical Islam.  You’ll see no talk of “blowback” here, no Lib handwringing about “why do they hate us”!  But watch them have a cow when Sarah Palin says “reload”!  lol.  They will never ask “why does the Right hate this policy or bill?” because you are not Muslim terrorists, which means the answer to that question is of no benefit to them.

And now you know why the Left seeks to “understand” radical Islam, and jihadis who go haywire on U.S. bases, and pedophiles in exile, and murderers on death row, etc., but not their fellow law-abiding Americans on the Right.  Because it doesn’t benefit them.  Their lackeys in the Elite Media, of course, go along with the script, and will do so until the November mid-term elections.  That’s all it’s really about– using this ginned up story and campaigning with it until the mid-terms.  Which means we won’t be talking about healthcare, and that’s what this is about too!

So we’ve just taken another peak into Lefty’s mind:  their efforts to “understand” their enemies is one driven purely by politics.  It’s tactical, not ideological.  When they ask “why do they hate us”, in response to anti-Americanism for example, that’s code for “how can we use this as leverage against the Right, or how can we blame it on America.”  If, on the other hand, the anger is directed at THEM, then they simply aren’t interested.  And worse, they’ll fabricate a narrative around it that suits their agenda.  Rant over.

The Islamization of Nigeria

Nigeria serves as a model, and a warning.

Ain’t multiculturalism just grand!

327 House members tell Obama to make U-turn on Israel

This is as bipartisan as it gets, and just goes to show how out of the mainstream of American politics Obama is on Israel.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will continue discussions with his senior ministers in the coming days, looking for a way out of the crisis with the US. He received some badly needed support on Friday from 327 congressmen, who signed a letter expressing concern that “the highly publicized tensions” in US-Israeli ties will “not advance the interests” of either state.

Meanwhile, in Washington, congressmen – three-quarters of the House of Representatives – signed a bipartisan letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing solid support for Israel and the expectation that differences between Jerusalem and Washington will be smoothed over quickly and in private.

“We are writing to reaffirm our commitment to the unbreakable bond that exists between our country and the State of Israel and to express to you our deep concern over recent tension,” the letter read. “A strong Israel is an asset to the national security of the United States and brings stability to the Middle East.

“We are concerned that the highly publicized tensions in the relationship will not advance the interests the US and Israel share. Above all, we must remain focused on the threat posed by the Iranian nuclear weapons program to Middle East peace and stability.”

The letter stated that the US’s unswerving commitment to Israel’s security has been essential in forging previous Israeli-Arab peace agreements, “both because it convinced those who sought Israel’s destruction to abandon any such hope and because it gave successive Israeli governments the confidence to take calculated risks for peace.”

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Let’s read between the lines here.  They won’t say this out loud, but this is what they mean: by his mistreatment of Israel, Obama is signalling to all those in the Middle East who are committed to Israel’s destruction that their goal is a realizable one.  HE IS EMBOLDENING ISRAEL’S ENEMIES.

March 28, 2010

OBAMA PUNKS ANOTHER ALLY

Recall the Elite Media narrative that Bush was damaging U.S. relations with our allies.  It’s a message they pounded into our heads for eight straight years.  Bush was a cowboy, Bush was arrogant, he is despised overseas.  Well, maybe so, but he was despised by all the right people, not our allies.  Compare and contrast that to foreign relations in the Age of Obama– making friends of our enemies, and enemies of our friends.

Reports: Netanyahu ‘Humiliated’ by Obama Snub

For a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Benjamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip viewed in Jerusalem as a humiliation.

After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on settlements, Obama walked out of his meeting with Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisers and “let me know if there is anything new”, a U.S. congressman, who spoke to the Prime Minister, said.

“It was awful,” the congressman said. One Israeli newspaper called the meeting “a hazing in stages”, poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli delegation eventually left rather than risk being eavesdropped on a White House telephone line. Another said that the Prime Minister had received “the treatment reserved for the President of Equatorial Guinea”.

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I know CCHQ is a bit late on this one, but I question whether even the President of Equatorial Guinea would have been so shabbily treated.  Our worst enemies, Iran and N. Korea would not have been thus treated.  To be a U.S. ally, it appears, is the kiss of death in the Age of Obama.

U.S. allies Gordon Brown of the U.K., Alvaro Uribe of Colombia, Nicholas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, the Dalai Lama, have all been reportedly snubbed in one way or another by President Obama.  Now add to that growing list Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.  Nothing, and I mean nothing, suggests Obama has any love for, or loyalty to, our Israeli allies.  On the other hand, do you want to be treated as royalty by this administration?  Declare America the Great Satan.  Threaten to wipe another country off the map, and now watch Obama bend over and grab ankles for you.  Courtesy reach-around optional.

At the bottom of all this is the Obama administration’s belief that 1) the Arab-Israeli conflict is at the root of all other problems in the Middle East, particularly Iran; and 2) Israel is at fault for the Arab-Israeli conflict.  Solve the latter by taking a hard line against Israel, and the former will resolve itself.

President Obama’s approach (as Bill Clinton’s before him) is only emboldening Israel’s enemies–as well as our own–and in fact making the elusive dream of peace in the Middle East all the more unrealizable.  Tiny Israel, alone in a sea of Islamic fascism, is surrounded by sharks; and instead of a life preserver, Obama has tossed them a bucket of chum.  What do you suppose are the odds the sharks and their victim settle their differences peacefully?  Obama is setting the stage for Intifada #3, and who knows what else.  An emboldened Hezbollah in the north?  Scuds from Iran?  Let’s just say we’ve seen this all before.  Obama is going to get a lot of Israelis killed.

And let’s all please stop pretending that President Obama gives half a damn whether or not Iran gets a nuke, shall we?  He doesn’t.  His treatment of that country thus far, and of Israel, is a pretty clear indication he’s more than willing to live with a nuclear Iran. Every good Leftist believes Iran has as much right to a nuclear arsenal as Israel does.  In the “nuanced” thinking of the Left, it’s only fair!  The fact that one of these countries is our democratic ally and the other our Islamo-fascist enemy doesn’t even factor into their equation.  A friend of America is hardly ever a friend of the Left.

The Seige of Vienna 1683

Polish Winged Hussars to the rescue at the Seige of Vienna

I love history, and this one holds a particularly warm place in my heart.  In 1683, the forces of Islam stood at the gates of Christendom, with only the city of Vienna standing between them and the soft underbelly of Europe.  For those inside the city, the situation looked hopeless.  But the West was saved when a “Holy Alliance” of Austrians, Germans, and Poles repelled the armies of Islam at the crumbling walls of that besieged city.  As if lifted straight from the pages of a Tolkien novel, it was an unlikely victory snatched from the jaws of certain defeat thanks only to the dramatic, without a minute to spare arrival of the famed Winged Hussars under King Jan Sobieski of Poland.  His 14,000 Polish cavalrymen in winged armor descended from the hills above and overran the Ottoman line.  It was the largest cavalry charge in history, and turned the tide of the battle.  You are a christian today– and not a Muslim– thanks to the “religious fanaticism” that motivates men like this to protect their way of life.

“Just one more mine, and Vienna would fall.”

“The fall of Vienna would open the door for the Ottomans to conquer all of Western Christendom.”

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Sobieski said the reason he responded to Austria’s appeal for help was “to proceed to the Holy War, and with God’s help to give back the old freedom to besieged Vienna, and thereby help wavering Christendom.”  Today, everything men of the West such as these have fought and died for since the Islamic horde broke out of the Saudi Arabian peninsula is being squandered by the open borders, mass Islamic immigration, multiculturalists of the Left.  Islam will have its prize on a silver platter without firing a single solitary shot thanks to that cultural disorder we call Secular Progressivism.

March 27, 2010

A Crude Awakening

Have you ever wondered what will happen when all the world’s oil supplies run out?  Peak Oil is fast approaching.  That is the moment when the amount of oil we are able to extract from the ground begins to decline, even as the supply for that oil continues to rise.  That effectively ends the era of cheap oil, and life as we know it begins to change; beginning with 1) economic shocks the likes of which make our current one seem like a piker because these depressions will be imposed by nature rather than by a speculative bubble; 2) global wars to secure that diminishing resource, followed by 3) drastic reductions in standards of living, and finally 4) massive die-offs of the world’s population as our industrial civilization slowly but inexorably grinds to a standstill.  Can we find an alternative resource to replace oil and avert this catastrophe?

Hydrogen is off the table as that technology is another 30-50 years away.  To replace fossil fuels with solar, we’d need a solar panel half the size of California.  To replace fossil fuels with nuclear, we’d have to build 10,000 new plants, and the world’s uranium supply would become exhausted in 10-15 years.  Biofuels?  You’re looking at mass starvation as arable land used to grow food is transferred to energy production.  And if we do discover a suitable alternative, the question is will that discovery come in time to avert catastrophe?  And just as importantly, will we have enough time to retool our entire civilization to that new energy source?  I don’t know.  My faith remains in the God of the Bible.  But frankly, the future looks like shyte from where I’m standing.  Yet as always, you be the judge.  I am more than happy to be debunked on this one.  I hope I’m wrong.  Unfortunately, the facts appear to be on my side.  Will your grandchildren or great-grandchildren ever ride on an airplane?  The answer might very well be no.

Oil Production to Peak in 2014, Scientists Predict

Predicting the end of oil has proven tricky and often controversial, but Kuwaiti scientists now say that global oil production will peak in 2014. Their work represents an updated version of the famous Hubbert model, which correctly predicted in 1956 that U.S. oil reserves would peak within 20 years. Many researchers have since tried using the model to predict when worldwide oil production might peak.

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“Not one in a hundred people in our country have even an inkling of the problem we are facing.

“The world has now exceeded sustainable peak supply.”

“We are looking at multi-generational resource wars.”

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March 26, 2010

Same Victimhood, Different Day

Someone said “nigger”?  Someone was downright mean to you?  Left a death threat on your voice mail?  Boo hoo hoo.

More Bottled Piety

This week’s talking point is the sudden danger of new right-wing violence, and the inflammatory push-back against health care. I’m sorry, but all this concern is a day late and a dollar short. The subtext is really one of class — right-wing radio talk-show hosts, Glenn Beck idiots, and crass tea-party yokels are foaming at the mouth and dangerous to progressives. In contrast, write a book in which you muse about killing George Bush, and its Knopf imprint proves it is merely sophisticated literary speculation; do a docudrama about killing George Bush, and it will win a Toronto film prize for its artistic value rather than shock from the liberal community about over-the-top discourse.

Socialism and totalitarianism are tough charges from the hard right, but they seem to me about as (or as not) over-the-top as Al Gore screaming “digital brown-shirts” or John Glenn comparing the opposition to Nazis. When 3,000 were murdered in Manhattan, and Michael Moore suggested Bin Laden had wrongly targeted a blue state, I don’t think that repulsive remark prevented liberal politicians from attending his anti-Bush film premiere. Yes, let us have a tough debate over the role of government and the individual, but spare us the melodrama, the bottled piety, and the wounded-fawn hurt.

Like it or not, between 2001 and 2008, the “progressive” community redefined what is acceptable and not acceptable in political and public discourse about their elected officials. Slurs like “Nazi” and “fascist” and “I hate” were no longer the old street-theater derangement of the 1960s, but were elevated to high-society novels, films, political journalism, and vein-bulging outbursts of our elites. If one were to take the word “Bush” and replace it with “Obama” in the work of a Nicholson Baker, or director Gabriel Range, or Garrison Keillor or Jonathan Chait, or in the rhetoic of a Gore or Moore, we would be presently in a national crisis, witnessing summits on the epidemic of “hate speech.”

So here we are with the age-old problem that once one destroys decorum for the sake of short-term expediency, it is very hard to restore it in any credible fashion on grounds of principle when the proverbial shoe is on the other foot. A modest suggestion: If the liberal community wishes to be more credible in its concern about contemporary extremist anti-administration rhetoric, then they might try the following: “Please, let us avoid extremism and do not fall into the same trap as Baker, Chait, Keillor, Gore, Moore, or Range when they either expressed open hatred toward their president, or speculated about the assassination of their president, or compared their president to a fascist. We must disown such extremism, past and present.”

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Bush Derangement Syndrome right back at ya, Leftards.  It’s a genie you let out of the bottle, you anarchy-loving, culture-destroying filth.  Every downturn in the culture the last 30-40 years– including in the level of our current political discourse– can be traced right back to your doorstep.  Harsh language hurts your feelings?  Not that CCHQ endorses threats of violence, but well, that’s one of the upsides to being out of power!  We get to watch you choke on your own medicine.

Breitbart Ignores Politics, Focuses on the Culture

The Guru: Andrew Breitbart

We are losing the West, not because we can’t win elections, but because we lost the culture.  Andrew Breitbart gets it.  He knows the battle for the heart and soul of America does not lie in party politics.  Victory goes to those who control our cultural institutions– the media, entertainment, academia, and I believe even the churches.  Everything else flows from that.  Everything.

This is not a sympathetic piece by Time, but at least they try to play it right down the middle (probably because the author knows Breitbart’s an up and coming news aggregator and doesn’t want to entirely alienate him either).

Citizen Breitbart

Breitbart perceives himself as a new-media David out to slay old-media Goliaths. As he sees it, the left exercises its power not via mastery of the issues but through control of the entertainment industry, print and television journalism and government agencies that set social policy. “Politics,” he often says, “is downstream from culture. I want to change the cultural narrative.” Thus the Big sites devote their energy less to trying to influence the legislative process in Washington than to attacking the institutions and people Breitbart believes dictate the American conversation. Recently, Big Hollywood has gone after Sesame Street for a musical number titled “We All Sing with the Same Voice” that, it alleges, contains “controversial political messages designed to promote multiculturalism.” Big Government has targeted the Obama Administration’s safe-schools czar, Kevin Jennings, for a reading list, compiled when he headed the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, that includes books depicting adolescent homosexual encounters.

Such cultural crusades might seem to appeal mostly to the far-right fringe, but Breitbart is tapping a deep reservoir of conservative dismay. Former Bush Administration official (and TIME contributor) David Frum says, “What matters to [conservatives] is not why the government is spending $15 million on this or that. What matters is a perception that hostile forces are invading your home, school and family. Those forces come in on TV and in newspapers. An enormous amount of what conservatism now does is media criticism.”

The rest, here.

Note the picture.  Taylor made for Time’s limousine Lib readership.  The wine, the bubble bath, etc.  Breitbart’s an “influential” conservative.  hahaha!  Morons.

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