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October 16, 2010

Liberalism: Ideology of Decline Double Header

We can count the many ways in which modern Liberalism (as in Leftism, not classical liberalism) is the ideology of civilizational decline, and here is just one more example.  The secular progressive/humanist/materialist worldview that our Euro friends have adopted makes them easy prey for their future Islamic masters.

French Protest “Austerity” Plan

(PARIS) — Diesel and jet fuel supplies were running low Saturday in parts of France as workers took to the streets for another nationwide protest against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to raise the retirement age to 62 [from 60]. Fuel supplies were a prime concern as unions announced that all 12 fuel-producing refineries in France were on strike and many depots were being blocked by protesters. Police were called in Friday to force three crucial fuel depots to reopen, including one near the southern city of Marseille.
Saturday’s march from the Place de la Republique in Paris was the fifth in a full month of protests that have swept this nation of 64 million people, affecting trains, subways, airports, hospitals, schools and other facilities.  The Ecology Ministry said fuel stocks at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport — one of Europe’s key hubs — were good until at least Tuesday, but the statement left open the question of what happens after that.

“(These protests are) an attempt to say stop abusing the workers and citizens,” Christian Coste, head of the CGT Union at Total’s La Mede refinery, told Associated Press Television News on Saturday. “We are not here to bring France to its knees and create a shortage, we are here to make ourselves heard.”

Workers have been striking for five days straight at the La Mede refinery in southern France.  On the streets of Marseille, garbage was left uncollected for the fourth straight day and firefighters had to extinguish some rubbish piles set afire.  Sarkozy’s pension reforms — especially raising the retirement age from 60 to 62 — are seen by unions as an attack on their near-sacred social protections. The government says that is the only way to save the money-draining pension system and insists people must work longer because they are living longer.

“The French understand that those who are blocking this country are at the head of the government,” CFDT union leader Francois Chereque said on BFM-TV.  Yet even at 62, France would have one of the lowest retirement ages in Europe. In cities around France excluding Paris, some 340,000 protesters were out by midday, according to the Interior Ministry. Union figures have been consistently far higher than official counts.

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A shocking abuse of human rights, I tell you!  Lazy bastards.  This is what Western civilization in decline looks like.  Their culture disintegrates beneath their feet as they protest for more “bennies”.  And not only lazy, but more stupid.  Literally.

Retiring Younger Makes You Stupid

Donna Agnew loves her job, which is a good thing, because the way the economy is gasping, the 64-year-old Boston art gallery owner says she may not be able to afford retirement for the foreseeable future.  She is hardly alone.  With 401(k)s looking more like 201(k)s these days, many baby boomers are putting off retirement to rebuild decimated nest eggs. But amid such uncertainty there may be hope: A number of studies suggest that staying mentally and socially active may help stave off dementia and other dreaded declines associated with aging.

One tantalizing British study, in particular, recently concluded that working beyond normal retirement age appears to keep dementia at bay. Probably the way things are going, I will never retire,’’ said Agnew, who has been working seven days a week in her ARTmosphere Gallery in the North End since laying off several workers earlier this year.

The British researchers scoured medical records of 382 men whose Alzheimer’s symptoms emerged around age 75. They found that, all other factors being equal, the symptoms were delayed about seven weeks for each extra year the men worked. “It is possible to affect onset of dementia by lifestyle choices later in life,’’ the study’s lead author, Michelle K. Lupton, a graduate student at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, said in a phone interview.

Lupton said that the group’s findings, published in May in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, shouldn’t be interpreted as a prescription to work years longer to avoid Alzheimer’s. Rather, she said, their conclusions add weight to the “use it or lose it’’ hypothesis of staying mentally engaged to slow the negative effects of aging.

Some scientists believe a trait called cognitive reserve may help explain why certain people are able to stay mentally sharper longer than others. The term applies to the brain’s resilience, its ability to cope with damage – such as the signature plaque that clogs the brain in Alzheimer’s – while still functioning normally.

Exposure throughout life to mentally challenging activities – such as pursuing an education, working at an engaging job, and volunteering – may contribute to building cognitive reserve, said Yaakov Stern, professor of clinical neuropsychology at Columbia University and a member of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Council.

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September 8, 2010

Castro: Socialism Doesn’t Work

Fidel Castro rapes Michael Moore’s and half of Hollywood’s childhood.

HAVANA – Fidel Castro told a visiting American journalist that Cuba’s communist economic model doesn’t work, a rare comment on domestic affairs from a man who has conspicuously steered clear of local issues since stepping down four years ago. The fact that things are not working efficiently on this cash-strapped Caribbean island is hardly news. Fidel’s brother Raul, the country’s president, has said the same thing repeatedly. But the blunt assessment by the father of Cuba’s 1959 revolution is sure to raise eyebrows.

Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, asked if Cuba’s economic system was still worth exporting to other countries, and Castro replied: “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore” Goldberg wrote Wednesday in a post on his Atlantic blog.

He said Castro made the comment casually over lunch following a long talk about the Middle East, and did not elaborate. The Cuban government had no immediate comment on Goldberg’s account.  Since stepping down from power in 2006, the ex-president has focused almost entirely on international affairs and said very little about Cuba and its politics, perhaps to limit the perception he is stepping on his brother’s toes.

Goldberg, who traveled to Cuba at Castro’s invitation last week to discuss a recent Atlantic article he wrote about Iran’s nuclear program, also reported on Tuesday that Castro questioned his own actions during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, including his recommendation to Soviet leaders that they use nuclear weapons against the United States.

Even after the fall of the Soviet Union, Cuba has clung to its communist system.

The state controls well over 90 percent of the economy, paying workers salaries of about $20 a month in return for free health care and education, and nearly free transportation and housing. At least a portion of every citizen’s food needs are sold to them through ration books at heavily subsidized prices.

President Raul Castro and others have instituted a series of limited economic reforms, and have warned Cubans that they need to start working harder and expecting less from the government. But the president has also made it clear he has no desire to depart from Cuba’s socialist system or embrace capitalism.

Castro’s interview with Goldberg is the only one he has given to an American journalist since he left office.

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May 28, 2010

Who’s on First, and the Collapsing Euro

If you want to know what’s going on in Europe, this will answer your question (sort of).

January 21, 2010

Hollywood Favorite, Hugo Chavez: U.S. Weapon Caused Haiti Earthquake

Hugo Chavez, hero of the America-hating secular progressive Left opens his mouth again, stuff falls out.  This time accusing the U.S. of deploying a super duper seekrit weapon and causing Haiti’s earthquake.  It was just a practice run, of course.  Obama is really just practicing to take over Iran.

This kind of crap, gentle readers, should give you reassurance that you are on the right side of the issues against the blame-America-first Left.

January 7, 2010

No “Permanent Realignment,” Conservatism Still No. 1

MSM perception making.

Remember that one?

It seems, gentle readers, that news of your demise has been greatly exaggerated.

RIGHTWINGISM STILL NO. 1

More Americans identified themselves as conservatives in 2009 than any other ideological group — an uptick largely due to more independents shifting right, according to a new Gallup report.

Forty percent of Americans said they were conservative, compared with 36 percent who said they were moderates and 21 percent who professed to be liberals.

Political independents viewing themselves as conservative boosted the overall ranks of conservatives, who now clearly outnumber moderates in Gallup’s annual averages for the first time since 2004.

The report also said the percentage of Americans calling themselves either conservative or liberal has grown over the last decade, while the percentage of moderates has declined.

What’s striking about the report is that since 1992, there have been only two other years — 2003 and 2004 — in which the average percentage of conservatives across the nation outnumbered moderates.

And if there’s any lingering doubt amongst you, the MSM propaganda mongers out there, this should put it to rest.

December 31, 2009

APOSTATES

Nobody is hated more than an apostate to the Faith.  Someone who turns their back on his old way of thinking and walks away.  Because nobody has a keener insight on the inner workings of the machine against which they have turned, and few are more effective spokespersons against it.  That is what makes an apostate so dangerous, and so hated.

If you’ve ever wondered why the Left singles out conservative women and minorities for such ferocious attack, it’s because they too are considered a type of apostate from the Liberal faith that claims to represent them.  Women and people of color of this type are feared and despised by the Left because they threaten the Left’s monopoloy on this demographic, without which they would cease to exist as a political force.  Without this solid monopoly, particularly of people of color, the Left goes the way of the Dodo.  So they guard it jealously.  As a person of color, and an ex-Liberal, I am the Left’s worst nightmare.  I am an apostate twice over.  Personally, I can’t tell you how delightful it is to be able to say the things on my mind without fear of some insipid white Liberal telling me what speech codes I’ve just violated or thought crimes I’ve committed.  Because as a “person of color,” I am not afflicted by that disease known as “white guilt.”  It’s why the Left hates folks like me so much.  They can’t control me because I am immune to the virus of white guilt that so many of you are infected with–that mental virus they use to control you.

David Horowitz, a former communist, and Pat Caddell, whom I still consider an old school Democrat, are also despised by the far Left as apostates; here spilling the beans on the inside workings of the machine:

Thank You: Vlad Tepes

December 29, 2009

Where’s the Love?

Hugo Chavez: hard to please.

Why do Liberals crave so much to be loved by thugs the likes of Chavez?  And the mullahs?  I have a recurring picture of that emotionally neglected woman crawling after her abusive husband crying “love me!”  Such advances are almost always met with contempt.

HUGO CHAVEZ:  OBAMA ILLUSION IS OVER

“Let’s not kid ourselves: the Obama illusion has finished, and the shameless interventionism of the American administration shows that,” wrote Chavez.

Having opposed the Copenhagen climate change summit’s final agreement as a behind-doors deal between major powers that ignored nations on the margins, Chavez said rich nations were making a mockery of U.N. principles of equality.

“Those leaving us on the verge of an unimaginable ‘ecocide,’ those who caused climate change, should be forced to accept their responsibilities,” he said.

Where’s the love, Hugo Chavez? Sure, he hasn’t lifted the embargo on Cuba, and couldn’t deliver the free goodies at Copenhagen, and his Nobel Peace Prize was essentially returned unopened.  But he is a president, after all, not an emperor.  And China calls its own shots.  Does he really deserve this?:

OBAMA SMELLS LIKE SULFUR

Chavez, who was not included on the original list of speakers for the final day of the summit, ended the proceedings with bitter references to the Peace Prize-winning Obama as the “Nobel Prize of War.”

The Nobel Prize of War just finished saying here that he is here to act. Well, show it sir. Don’t leave by the back door,” he said.

Three years after Chavez likened Bush to the devil during a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the socialist strongman tore into Obama, claiming Friday that “it still smells like sulfur in the world.”

The rest here.

Wasn’t it enough that President Obama refused Chavez’s nemesis, Colombia, MFN trade status?  Did President Obama not get any props at all for denouncing Honduras for ousting the Chavez puppet, Manuel Zelaya in that entirely legal “military coup”, and then proceed to impose punishing sanctions on that poverty-stricken country?  They shook hands, they exchanged gifts.  What more does Chavez want?  I have little affection for these Third World blowhards and their premise that the World “owes them”.  I like even less the Liberal craving to be loved by these guys.  Because it is seen as weakness and does not serve our national interests.  President Obama has made his first impression, and you can’t ever take those back.

December 24, 2009

The Ten Suggestions – revisited

A preacher in England offers his novel take on the Eighth Commandment-thou shalt not steal.

Delivering his festive lesson, Father Jones told the congregation: ‘My advice, as a Christian priest, is to shoplift. I do not offer such advice because I think that stealing is a good thing, or because I think it is harmless, for it is neither.

‘I would ask that they do not steal from small family businesses, but from large national businesses, knowing that the costs are ultimately passed on to the rest of us in the form of higher prices.

‘I would ask them not to take any more than they need, for any longer than they need.

‘I offer the advice with a heavy heart and wish society would recognise that bureaucratic ineptitude and systematic delay has created an invitation and incentive to crime for people struggling to cope.’

And the kicker,

The married father-of-two [priest] insisted his unusual advice did not break the Bible commandment ‘Thou shalt not steal’ – because God’s love for the poor outweighs his love for the rich.

Catch that?  I call that last one the marxist “tell.”  Poor=good, Rich=bad.  Here delivered as God loving the poor over the rich.  Which is not biblical.  I grew up in the Third World.  I’ve seen poverty.  Not the-poor-are-overweight variety of poverty we are familiar with here in the West.  I’m talking the fly-infested skeletal child, the cardboard shacks, the open sewers, and literal starvation, Sally Struthers variety of poverty.  I wouldn’t pretend to judge or moralize over someone driven by that kind of desperation to take morality into their own hands.  I haven’t walked in those shoes myself, and I’ve been tempted by far, far less.  But have we really descended to the level of poverty and desperation as a society that would justify theft to the extent it should be taught from the pulpits?  Are the poor more desperate now than when God’s law was handed down to us?  Or is this good priest’s advice more a reflection of what’s going on inside our churches ideologically.

More here.

Hat tip: Jawa

UPDATE: America’s Young Theologian quotes Thomas Aquinas in defense of the good priest above:

Nevertheless, if the need be so manifest and urgent, that it is evident that the present need must be remedied by whatever means be at hand…then it is lawful for a man to sustain his own need by means of another’s property, by taking it either openly or secretly: nor is this properly speaking theft or robbery.

I would agree with Thomas Aquinas.  Survival trumps all.  And if a man should be so driven to steal, he would find no condemnation from me.  But I’m willing to bet Aquinas never had a burger thrown back in his face by a “starving” panhandler because he only takes cash.  So while in theory I’m 100% onboard with Aquinas, on a practical level I’m pretty convinced the good priest mentioned above was merely grandstanding to make a larger point.  That larger point probably having to do with “structural justice”, or something along those lines.  And that’s fine.  Honest.  But the way he went about it was ridiculous.

UPDATE: further guidance on Thomas Aquinas in the comments.

December 2, 2009

Pacifism, Socialism, Pardons, and Other False Compassions.

Can you hear that giant sucking sound?  It’s the sound of  “Compassionate conservative” Gov. Mike Huckabee’s presidential aspirations flushing down the toilet.   With the Maurice Clemmons murders–execution style–of four Washington state police officers, Huckabee’s chances in the Republican primaries have become nil.   Gov. Huckabee, obstensibly in an act of compassion, pardoned this guy to roam the streets and blaze a trail of mayhem culminating in that massacre at Tacoma, WA.

In the majority of cases, he [Gov. Huckabee] followed the recommendation of the state parole board, but in several cases he overrode the objections of prosecutors, judges, and victims’ families. And in several, he followed recommendations for clemency from Baptist preachers who had been his longtime supporters.

Prosecutors told him he was ignoring his responsibility to explain to citizens why he was setting free convicted murderers and rapists. His response, some of them say, was to blame others and strike out against his critics – an off-note from a man they consider a gifted politician.

Here, Huckabee cited Clemmon’s age, who was 16 when he was arrested for his crimes.   As a christian, I don’t blame the man, and I don’t judge the man.   Everybody’s a genius with the benefit of hindsight.  And compassion is a fundamental tenet of the christian faith.  So what went wrong?  I think his pardon falls into what some call “false compassion.”

The examples of what constitutes false compassion are myriad and varied, but it’s basically when someone is “compassionate” on behalf of someone else.  I don’t mean compassionate toward someone else, I mean on behalf of someone else.  It’s “compassion” where he/she has no right to be compassionate.   Do you have a right to forgive someone who slighted someone else?  Or does that right belong to the person actually slighted?  Do you have a right to give away someone else’s money in the name of compassion–especially when the one actually benefitting isn’t a third party, it’s YOU?  Or should the money you’re giving away in the name of “compassion” be YOURS?  When you wrongfully assume the right to show “compassion”, that is false compassion.

And this is what’s so dangerous (and cheap) about false compassion– it’s easy, often thoughtless, it’s no skin off your back.  Gov. Huckabee, in an act of false compassion, and against the wishes of Clemmon’s actual victims–people living with real fear of this monster–released him to the streets.  And because it’s easy, and often thoughtless, this brand of compassion can sometimes lead to unintended consequences such as in Tacoma, WA.