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A CONSERVATIVE CONVENTION (PART II) – DEFINITIONS AND STRUCTURE

Over the past several days I’ve received a number of emails from people regarding the subject of my previous article (1), in which I advanced the idea of creating a ‘Conservative Convention’ in the coming year, for the purpose of sending a “wake-up call” to the leaders of the Republican party prior to the 2008 presidential election.

While I expected a more than a few people to respond to my idea, I never thought that so many of my readers would misinterpret the essence of my proposal, and I have only myself to blame for that. Indeed, I was far too vague in my initial presentation to reasonably expect that many of the folks who read it would truly understand what I had in mind when I wrote it.

Most of the people who responded to me about my piece seemed to think that I was chiefly concerned with creating a conservative third-party, since political conventions are traditionally held by formal parties, and their common aim is to nominate presidential candidates.

How I could have deluded myself into thinking that my proposal would be taken in some other way, generally, is a mystery to me. but then, lots of things are a mystery to me, so I’ve decided to cut myself a little slack and get on with the task of advancing the ball down the field, so to speak.

And so, without further ado, I submit to you the following clarifications and definitions.

The Goal Of The Conservative Convention

The goal of the proposed convention is to promote conservative ideas on a national level, put pressure on our government to stop ignoring the will of America’s conservative majority, and provide right-wingers with a launch-pad for taking back the Republican party from the “moderate” elements that are currently eating away at its very core.

It is NOT the goal of the event to form a new political party, nor should it be to attack any particular Republican lawmaker, although fair criticism of certain policies embraced by the Republican party’s leadership would certainly not be discouraged.

The Delegates

Instead of each state choosing delegates by means of a primary or caucus system who would then be sent to the convention to support a particular candidate for president, each delegate of the conservative convention would support a bill proposal designed to provide our nation with a realistic conservative solution to one of the various challenges facing it, and those delegates would be chosen based upon the strength of their arguments and the soundness of their logic. Suffice it to say that the state from which each delegate hails would be irrelevant.

Each would-be delegate would submit a written proposal concerning a specific issue to the convention’s administrative panel (see definition below) and the two best proposals on each of the eight topics of consideration (see list of bill proposal topics below) would be selected for debate at the convention.

Every accepted pair of proposals would be debated between spokesmen for each side, and afterward they would be voted upon by the entire assemblage on the convention floor.

Once a proposal has been voted on and sanctioned by the majority of conventioneers, the administrative panel would be charged with submitting it in the form of a bill to Congress in the months that follow.

The Administrative Panel

The convention’s administrative panel would be composed of seven (seems like a good number to me) of the most well respected and experienced conservative political activists/speakers/writers we can find who would be willing to volunteer their time to this endeavor. While these men and women would, of course, be prohibited from submitting their own bill proposals for consideration by their fellow panelists, they would, however, be permitted to address the assemblage at some point prior to the floor votes, and promote up to three of the proposals accepted by the panel.

Bill Proposal Topics (tentative list)

Healthcare
Immigration & Border Security
Public Education
Social Security
Federal Tax Structure
U.S. Energy & Environmental Policy
Balanced Trade Agreements
Gun Control

Other Aspects Of The Itinerary

Aside from debating and voting on various bill proposals, I believe that a certain amount of time should be set aside at the convention to show support for America’s military troops overseas, and that any conventioneer who is currently serving in any branch of the service should be permitted to address the assemblage on any matter they choose.

In my previous article on this topic I listed several key issues to be considered at the convention. Among them were the following:

Judicial Activism And The Supreme Court
The Threat Of Terrorism And Nuclear Rogue Nations
The American Left’s Assault On Christianity
International Free Trade Agreements And America’s Manufacturing Base
The Plague Of Political Correctness
Harnessing Government Spending And Regulation
Overturning Roe V. Wade

Although they may not be among the subjects considered for formal bill proposals at the convention (since the number of subjects must be limited, due to time constraints) I believe that the above topics are of vital importance to conservatives across the United States, and should be addressed by as many prominent speakers as the event will draw.

Furthermore, like any convention, this one requires a keynote speaker, one who embodies the spirit of modern day American conservatism, and who is capable of generating considerable media coverage. Of the several possibilities I’ve considered thus far, the leading candidates for this important role are (at least in my mind) author/former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (2), author/social activist David Horowitz (3), author/former presidential candidate/former UN Ambassador Alan Keyes (4), author/legal correspondent Ann Coulter (5), and author/constitutional scholar/radio host Mark Levin (6). Of course, I welcome any suggestions that my readers might have on this matter.

As far as other speakers are concerned, I think it would be a good idea to have representatives from several right-wing activist groups such as the Christian Coalition, Citizens Against Government Waste, and the National Rifle Association address the convention on the topics of their respective specialities.

Location And Date

While no particular date has been chosen for the commencement of the convention, it has been suggested that a day in early autumn of 2007 would be a good time to hold it. As for the location, it is my considered opinion that a medium sized city in the mid-west like Kansas City, Missouri or Oklahoma City, Oklahoma should be considered, because such a place would afford people from both the west and east coasts relatively equal travel time to the event.

In closing, I want those of you reading this article to keep in mind that nothing written above is etched in stone, and that I encourage anyone who wishes to be involved in this project, at any level, to share their ideas with me. I’m sure there are a lot of red-staters out there with innovative minds who have opinions on the matter, so don’t hesitate to drop me a line at your earliest convenience at either thofab@adelphia.net or darcprynce@hotmail.com.

I thank you for your kind attention.

(1) https://www.renewamerica.com/columns/daley/060521
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(3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Horowitz
(4)
(5)
(6) https://www.answers.com/topic/mark-levin

By Edward L. Daley
Owner of the Daley Times-Post

https://times-post.com

They Threatened to Burn Her Children in Front of Her

The likes of Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Elaheh Rostami and Iran Action are desperately trying to portray the Islamic Republic of Iran as an acceptable form of government to the world. In their numerous meetings they tell their gullible audiences lies and half truths and try to excite their inherently anti-American audiences with the heroic fairy tales of anti-imperialist struggles by the Islamic state.

Then there are the likes of Shirin Ebadi, who talks about the horrors of the Islamic Republic to her Iranian audiences, who know these things too well, but when she gets the international stage opportunity, she chooses to talk about Palestine and Guantanamo.

Here is one Iranian lioness however, who risked it all to tell the world about the murder of Shwaneh Ghaderi. Read about what Dr. Roya Toloii suffered as a result and understand why Iranians like me feel so strongly about Islamic Republic apologists and their allies:

Dissident tells of assaults and threats against children during 66 days in jail run by Iran’s clerical regime – By Philip Sherwell in Washington

Senate Reveals Ugly Underside of the Nanny State, by Christopher G. Adamo

As the United States Senate continues relentlessly towards the goal of amnesty for illegal aliens, its political movers and shakers are illuminating the despicable realities behind the phony compassion of liberalism. In a stunning act of treachery against the American people, the Senate has set the stage to plunder America’s social security system and give the spoils to illegal immigrants.

According to populist presidential wannabe John McCain (R.-AZ), illegals deserve access to the social security funds because they paid taxes. Yet nobody seems to know how much they paid, what percentage of their paychecks was withheld by the government, or how much more they have cost American society than they may have paid into the system.

The lingering myth that social programs exist for the good of the people has just been shredded by the proposed Senate action. Such programs were never devised to assist those in need, but rather for the political empowerment of the individuals dispensing the benefits.

Although liberals in Congress wailed that President Bush’s proposal to privatize a tiny portion of Social Security would bankrupt the system, they are now perfectly willing to give away an enormously larger portion of those funds to the millions of illegals working in the dark fringes of the U.S. economy.

In truth, liberal abhorrence for the privatization plan never had anything to do with a possible lack of funds. Furthermore, every privatization proposal offered by the White House ensured that sufficient funds would be available for those who opted to remain within the present system.

Rather, what the liberals could not stomach was the possibility that, by maintaining ownership of those funds, Americans might forestall congressional access to them. Had such been the case, no opportunity would exist by which the Senate could misuse the monies in this misbegotten attempt to curry favor and loyalty of the illegal population.

Worse yet, the far greater returns historically reaped from private investment would mean that average citizens might gain greater independence from the government trough. Hence they would realize that they had little further need for the benevolence from liberals.

The popular perception has been that Social Security constituted the third rail of politics, alluding to the idea that even barely brushing against it would be tantamount to committing political suicide. So, in comparison, the Senate action ought to equate to grabbing hold of that third rail, while standing knee-deep in water.

The fact that such Senate pandering might bankrupt the system sooner than is presently expected, is apparently a yawner to the left. This is strange, especially when considered in comparison to the hysterics with which every mouthpiece of the nanny state responded to the President’s plan to bring fiscal sanity to the program through partial privatization. Yet this situation does not represent some incomprehensible dichotomy.

In truth, the present system is, by design, a scheme to maintain a mentality of dependence on government among America’s seniors. Decimating the funds from within will not change this all-important status quo. And, by incorporating the twelve million illegals into the system, America’s dependent (and thus compliant) class can be enlarged to a breathtaking degree.

Meanwhile, those gullible seniors who, on cue, expressed such vehement outrage at the possibility of privatization, and who insisted that all future generations of Americans be consigned to the same dismal system into which they have been sold, are relatively quiet as this theft of the funds is being perpetrated. Far from being mindful of how Social Security’s Ponzi scheme actually works, they are content to be demagogued by the nightly news and other liberal institutions who presume to do their thinking for them.

Thus far, the liberal media has said little if anything of comparative alarm over the Senate plan. And, not surprisingly, other liberal institutions such as the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), who have historically engaged in a charade of support for the cause of senior citizens, are instead conducting their typical, clandestine advocacy of liberalism.

Here again, their rationale, while seeming totally contradictory on the surface, becomes entirely consistent when one considers where their real concerns and sympathies lie.

Hardly true to the notion of bettering the lot for seniors the AARP understands that its own fortunes rely on the size of its membership rolls. And any horde of new dependents, regardless of the degree to which they constitute a drain on Americans, will nonetheless only increase those rolls.

Thus it should surprise no one that, far from seeking to secure the nation’s borders and ensure America’s security and stability as a haven for seniors, AARP has in fact supported pro-illegal organizations such as MALDEF, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, to which it has contributed thousands of dollars.

In this it shows itself to be virtually indistinguishable from every other liberal institution presumably dedicated to the plight of the downtrodden, but in reality only exploiting such people as a resource to further its acquisition of power.

Such outrageous betrayal of the American people by the compassionate members of the United States Senate (and virtually unopposed by the likes of the AARP) plainly illustrates the sinister mechanism fueling the massive growth of government in recent years. Furthermore, it could provide a backdrop against which President Bush might present his privatization plan with great success.

Unfortunately, having been absolutely on the wrong side of the illegal immigrant issue from almost his first day in office, the present situation provides the President with no such political leverage.

Thus Republicans once again cede the moral high ground, and in the process thoroughly undermine the conservative cause. And another golden opportunity to turn back the tide of liberalism is disgracefully squandered.

Liberty Letters Comment: Contact your US Senator and tell him you are outraged by their plan to turn over social security money to a class of lawbreakers. Contact the AARP and invite them to stick to defending seniors not liberal politics.

Cheerleading for Zarqawi at the New York Times

You’ve all seen the recently captured video of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as he clumsily fumbles with an M-249 machine gun and requires help from a cohort. The U.S. military gave his performance a resounding thumbs down, mostly in an attempt to ridicule him and downplay the idea that he’s some kind of superhuman Arab warrior. In other words, they were trying to damage the image of one of our biggest enemies. That’s what you do in a time of war, especially when presented with such a plum opportunity.

But not so fast, says the New York Times, which managed to dig up some military personnel who downplayed Zarqawi’s seeming incompetence. In an article entitled “Not All See Video Mockery of Zarqawi as Good Strategy,” the Times explained it this way:

“The weapon in question is complicated to master, and American soldiers and marines undergo many days of training to achieve the most basic competence with it. Moreover, the weapon in Mr. Zarqawi’s hands was an older variant which makes its malfunctioning unsurprising. The veterans said Mr. Zarqawi, who had spent his years as a terrorist surrounded by simpler weapons of Soviet design, could hardly have been expected to know how to handle it.”

Oh! Well, okay, then, if you put it like that. Gee whiz, sure, sorry about the misunderstanding, our mistake, what were we thinking? Wouldn’t want to impugn the reputation of a valiant terror warrior, the George Washington of Sunni extremism.

But getting back to the real world . . .

“Mr.” Zarqawi? By all means, give this mass murderer a title of respect. I guess if it was World War II, it would be “Mr.” Hitler in the New York Times. But the larger point is, why would anybody on our side of this conflict against terrorism (if indeed the Times is on our side) cut this guy any slack about anything?

Let’s say that the Times is correct in its assessment that Zarqawi couldn’t really be expected to be proficient with that particular weapon. So what? Would it inconvenience the Times too much to let the U.S. military have this relatively minor propaganda victory over a vicious and depraved terrorist whose aim is to keep killing innocent Iraqis until they give up on their aspirations to be free? Why would the Times go out of its way defend Zarqawi’s image?

The Old Gray Lady ain’t what she used to be and her motivations truly constitute a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma – and that’s putting it mildly.

Greg Strange provides conservative commentary with plenty of acerbic wit on the people, politics, events and absurdities of our time. See more at his website: https://greg-strange.com/

Strap-on Dildos Vs. Teenage Pregnancy

Many Americans are rightfully concerned by the high rate of teenage pregnancy in this country. Few of these pregnancies are planned and most are conceived out of wedlock. Many end in abortion, others in the trauma associated with having a baby and giving it up for adoption. Teenage moms who keep their babies often sink into poverty along with their young. The fathers of these babies are often teenagers themselves and even more frequently unable to adequately support their children or act as responsible dads to them.

Adolescent girls get pregnant. They have abortions and babies. They receive contraceptives. Depending on the law of the state, they may be able to terminate pregnancies or get birth control without a parent’s knowledge or permission. Both teenage boys and girls can buy condoms over the counter

However, adolescent girls and boys cannot legally go into an adult bookstore to purchase sex toys. A parent or guardian who supplies such items could be prosecuted for enticement or contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

This is outrageous. Sex toys can be an aid to chastity by making it possible for people to gratify their often strong, even overpowering, physical needs without a partner. Such products should be at least as available to minors as contraceptives.

There is one kind of sex toy that is designed for use with a partner and can play a major role in the fight against teenage pregnancy and that is the strap-on dildo with a clitoral stimulator. Not only should it be legal for minors to have strap-ons but furnishing them with these tools should become a standard part of beginning to date.

While it is best for adolescents to avoid any type of partnered sexual activity, the penetration of a male by a female wearing a strap-on dildo is far safer than the more usual sex acts. Transmitting sexually transmitted diseases generally requires skin-to-skin contact.

There are risks with the use of strap-ons but they are few compared to fellatio and minuscule compared to vaginal intercourse or unaided anal intercourse. (A small risk of disease transmission exists if a dildo is taken out of one anus and immediately inserted into that of another person. Other types of infections could be transferred if the dildo is inserted into a vagina after being in an anus or if it is not cleaned properly after use. Cleaning is a simple matter of soap and water as it is for all sex toys.)

Even in this era of general gender equality, it is still usually the boy who attempts to initiate sex and the girl who is expected to set limits if limits are in fact set; it is without exception the girl who gets pregnant. Thus, it makes sense to provide any sexually mature girl with a strap-on dildo.

A teen girl who possesses a strap-on may suggest to boys that they perform a sex act that is kinkier but far safer than the ones boys usually suggest to girls. Boys can be expected to differ greatly in their reactions to such suggestions. Some are certain to Just Say No. Others will enthusiastically answer, Yes! Many, perhaps most, will balk as the girl coaxes (sound familiar?). However, none will get pregnant. No abortions will be performed and no one will suffer through the ordeal of nine months of an unwanted pregnancy because of this practice. No children will be born doomed to inferior care by unprepared parents because a young lady made love with her beau in this manner.

Of course, a strap-on dildo could be inserted into a girl by a boy or into a girl by another girl or into a boy by a boy. While no sex toy should ever go from an anus to a vagina, these uses would also cause fewer problems than the more common sex acts among youths. However, the penetration of a boy by a girl ought to have a special appeal to those with old-fashioned values who want to see more young women enter matrimony with intact hymens.

Some readers may see this suggestion as man-hating and part of a what Christian Hoff Summers has designated a war on boys. To the contrary, it is pro-male. By reducing the numbers of young men who father children they are unable to support, we will help them avert jail when they come of age. Financial destitution is not necessarily a legal defense for the failure to pay child support so fathers with low incomes often end up behind bars. They can be raped in jail. A sexual assault while incarcerated may leave a man psychologically traumatized and infected with an STD, including life-threatening HIV. By contrast, if a young man’s anus is well lubricated and relaxed, a dildo’s pressure on his prostate may be exquisitely pleasurable and lead to an orgasm.

Nor should it be assumed that awarding a strap-on dildo to a girl de-feminizes her. If she should in fact use it with a boy who is a backdoor virgin, she must practice patience if she is to make the experience a good one for her partner as well as herself. Patience is a positive virtue in people of either sex and especially necessary for (eventual) motherhood (should she chose that role). Both sexes get to see, and feel, how the other half lives which could increase their empathy for the other gender and be a valuable preparation for heterosexual matrimony.

The strap-on dildo should be available to any teen girl because, regardless of whether it is utilized or not, it makes it less likely she will get pregnant. A girl may react to her date’s pass with a suggestion that is opposite yet similar. He might tell her he does not want to engage in that sort of sex because it could cause discomfort or trigger sexual identity anxieties. She can ask him to compare those problems with the suffering involved in undergoing an abortion or carrying an unplanned pregnancy to term. The analogy could lead to worthwhile introspection and, consequently, improved behavior on the part of teen boys and young men. Thus, the dildo would serve a worthwhile purpose even if it never gets inside a rectum.

Abstinence education, training in the social skills needed to resist unhealthy peer pressures, girls’ sports, and the availability of contraception are all important in the struggle against teenage pregnancy. It is time for the strap-on dildo to play its part in this cause.

Arab Psychology

Arab Psychology

Excerpt from The Autonomist:

Although I’m weak in anthropology, I did get an ‘A’ in biology years ago, and what I learned has given me insight into these strange organisms we call Middle Eastern Muslims. Every organism alive on the planet is good at something. Each has some sort of defense or capability or behavior that gave them an edge over other organisms of past eras and allowed them to evolve to overcome life’s challenges and survive to this day.

Rabbits are fast runners and fast breeders. Tigers are amazingly skilled hunting machines. Elephants are immensely tough and powerful. Monkeys are highly intelligent and adaptable. Frogs have poisonous skin. But Muslims, like the stick bug and the chameleon and the stone fish, have developed, to an amazing extent, the ability to deceive. And it is that ability that confounds their environmental competitors (you and me) the most.

These types of organisms – “lie-in-wait” predators – must know the full range of behaviors of the organisms they wish to defeat, so as to position themselves correctly for the strike. They are not necessarily strong or powerful, so they must know what frightens, arouses, lures, relaxes, and weakens that which they intend to destroy. For the Muslim, the idea is to exploit our greatest vulnerability – PC thinking.

It is no accident that the Muslims chose to openly start attacking the West on their own turf in the ’60s and ’70s, right around the time when PC ideology in our culture was starting to pick up steam and cloud our collective judgment. Would Muslims have attacked New York while U.S. Grant was president? Or London while King George III was on the throne? How about the Paris riots during Napoleon’s time? I don’t think so.

The Deceiver picked up on this latest dominant PC, therapeutic, Leftist strain in Western culture, and, patient and shrewd as he is, has successfully exploited it for the last few decades. The only time they seem to have paid any price was when the United States had good old-fashioned cowboys at the tiller – Bush I and Bush II. They continue to try and deceive by maintaining their false cries of victimhood, blustering lies, and ridiculous charades, for they have internalized and mastered what Sun Tsu’s considered the most valuable tactic in warfare:Deception.

Elsewhere

Appalling British Conservative leader: “Laying himself bare to the men”s magazine GQ, David Cameron painted himself yesterday as an achingly trendy nappy-changing metrosexual who wins prizes for his vegetables and shares a hairdresser with Robbie Williams. But for the Tory Right, cringing as “Dave” declares his love of Shameless, a Channel 4 drama about an alcoholic father who abandons six children to live with another woman, there was one crumb of comfort. Asked which living politician he most admires, the Tory leader replied: “It”s got to be Margaret Thatcher.””

Saudis waking up: “Saudi officials refuse to accept that Wahhabism, the extreme form of Islam which has dominated the kingdom for 70 years, provides a theological justification for terrorism by preaching the absolute renunciation of all non-Muslims. None the less, in the past year, the government has barred a thousand clerics from teaching, in the first concerted move to foster a more tolerant brand of Islam. Moderate imams have been deployed to enter the chatrooms of radical jihadi websites and persuade extremists that their ideology is wrong, as part of a campaign called al-Sakinah (Tranquillity).”

Rare commonsense: “[Black] U.S. Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson shed little light Monday on the future of public housing in hurricane-battered New Orleans, but said that ‘only the best residents’ of the former St. Thomas housing complex should be allowed into the new mixed-income development that replaced it, according to the information-restricted NOLA.com newslog. . ‘Some of the people shouldn’t return,’ Jackson said. ‘The (public housing) developments were gang-ridden by some of the most notorious gangs in this country. People hid and took care of those persons because they took care of them. Only the best residents should return. Those who paid rent on time, those who held a job and those who worked.’”

Bush should stop grandstanding, get serious on gas prices: “President Bush seems desperate to find someone to blame for continuing high demand for gasoline, which is the result of high economic growth and continuing supply problems. He should take credit for his policies that have contributed to strong economic growth and put the blame for high gas prices where it belongs. He should be traveling across the country blaming the obstructionist minority in Congress that continues to block legislation that would increase domestic energy production. And the president should be building public support for pro-energy, pro-consumer policies.”

Solzhenitsyn loses his marbles: “Nobel laureate and former Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn has accused the US and NATO of seeking to encircle Russia, and praised President Vladimir Putin for working to restore a strong state. In a rare interview, the reclusive 87-year-old author, who rose to prominence for his accounts of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s repression and labor camps, told the liberal weekly Moscow News that NATO’s ultimate aim was the loss of Russia’s sovereignty, according to a full text of the interview posted on the publication’s internet edition”.

Big upset for evolution timing research: “Variability in mitochondrial (mt)DNA is often used to infer population size, history, and diversity on the assumption that mtDNA is essentially evolutionary neutral. Bazin et al. compared a wide range of animal species for polymorphisms in allozymes, nuclear DNA, and mtDNA. Within-species allozyme and nuclear DNA variability correlated with expected species abundance and ecological variables, whereas essentially no difference was observed between a broad range of taxa in terms of mtDNA variability. Instead, mtDNA seem to have undergone recurrent fixation of beneficial mutations and loss of variability at linked loci. Thus, mtDNA is far from a neutral marker; its diversity is essentially unpredictable and may not reflect population history and demography.”

GM eat your heart out: “Mazda Motor Corp today said its full-year net profit soared almost 46 per cent to a fifth consecutive record high and predicted further growth ahead led by robust sales in overseas markets. Japan’s fifth largest car manufacturer, one-third owned by US giant Ford Motor, said net profit reached Y66.7 billion ($A773.24 million) in the 12 months to March. With sales rising in major markets in North America, Europe and China, Mazda forecast a sixth year of all-time high earnings. The Hiroshima-based company said operating profit jumped 48.8 per cent to Y123.4 billion ($A1.43 billion) on revenue which increased by 8.3 per cent to Y2.92 trillion ($A33.85 billion). Both operating and net income are all-time highs. Global vehicle shipments rose 4.0 per cent to 1.15 million units as sales of Mazda brands grew in China, Australia and the Middle East. Sales in China of Mazda brand vehicles jumped some 36 per cent from a year earlier to a record 130,000 units, giving it a 2.1 per cent share of the auto market there”.

For more postings, see TONGUE-TIED, EDUCATION WATCH, GREENIE WATCH, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WATCH, GUN WATCH, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE and AUSTRALIAN POLITICS. (Mirror sites here, here, here, here, here, here and here).

“All the worth which the human being possesses, all spiritual reality, he possesses only through the State.” – 19th century German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Hegel is the most influential philosopher of the Left – inspiring Karl Marx, the American “Progressives” of the early 20th century and university socialists to this day.

The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin’s Communism. The very word “Nazi” is a German abbreviation for “National Socialist” (Nationalsozialistisch)

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DNC to Canvass in all 50 States

Here’s the email I got from Mad Howard.


Dear John,

Are you ready to make history?

Thanks to the overwhelming support from thousands of Democrats, who donated to get the literature for the canvass printed and shipped, we’re on schedule and gearing up for the unprecedented Neighbor-to-Neighbor Organizing Day on April 29th.

On that Saturday, thousands of volunteers will recruit hundreds of thousands more Americans committed to changing the status quo this year during door-knocking events in communities across America.

Democrats have a clear vision for America, and we’re going to get the word out by making personal contact with our neighbors. And along the way we will build new relationships among volunteers on the ground, a network that will have an impact beyond a single day.

Whether you’ve never volunteered or you’re a seasoned door-knocking veteran, it is crucial that you take part in this historic organizing push.

Please RSVP for an event near you:

In many states, Democratic Party staff on the ground have already put together staging areas for massive voter contact events on the 29th. Thanks to donations from people like you, hundreds of thousands of pieces of literature are being printed and shipping in bulk to those locations right now.

If there isn’t an event near you, don’t worry. Some state parties will have canvassing events on alternate dates, or have other important events planned for that weekend.

You can still plan your own canvass in your community. Our online tool makes the planning process easy, and if you create your event before April 10th, we will get door hangers to you in time for your canvass on the 29th.

You can create your own event here:

Whether you’re attending an event or hosting your own, we have also put together materials on the web to help you make your canvass as effective as possible.

The online package includes tips on canvassing, a suggested script for when you get to the door, and the door hanger itself in various formats for you to print extras on your own.

Here is the online resource center:

Two-thirds of Americans reject this president and the Republican leadership – and they are waiting to hear from us.

We are all members of one American community and it’s up to us to make sure that our country has a government as good as its people.

Democrats have a big task in November. We will only win if every one of us takes responsibility for the outcome of the election now – while there is still time to build our operation.

Thank you for being a part of this extraordinary grassroots push.

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

Food Nuttiness to be Restrained by the Feds

Food nuttiness to be restrained by the Feds

“The House voted Wednesday to strip many warnings from food labels, potentially affecting alerts about arsenic in bottled water, lead in candy and allergy-causing sulfites, among others. Pushed by food companies seeking uniform labels across state lines, the bill would prevent states from adding food warnings that go beyond federal law. States could petition the Food and Drug Administration to add extra warnings, under the bill. Lawmakers approved the bill on a 283-139 vote. Supporters expect a Senate version of the bill to be introduced soon.

“This bill is going to overturn 200 state laws that protect our food supply,” said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. “Why are we doing that? What’s wrong with our system of federalism?” The bill’s supporters argue that consumers deserve the same warnings on supermarket shelves across the country. The bill would allow a state to seek a nationwide warning from FDA. “We ought to do it in all 50 states,” said Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. “Chicken grown in Louisiana is going to end up on a plate in Michigan.” Rogers mentioned a warning his own state about allergy-causing sulfites: “If they’re bad for Michigan citizens, I think they’re bad in all of the other 49 states,” he said.

Nationwide, as many as 200 state laws or regulations could be affected, according to the Congressional Budget Office. They include warnings about lead and alcohol in candy, arsenic in bottled water and many others. The government would spend at least $100 million to answer petitions for tougher state rules, according to CBO.

Opponents of the bill scored one victory Wednesday: State warnings about mercury in fish would remain. Lawmakers amended the bill to let states keep those warnings. That amendment, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., passed on a 253-168 vote. About a dozen states have safety and labeling rules for fish. In California, white signs with “WARNING” in red letters tells grocery shoppers about high mercury levels in certain fish. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., displayed the placard during debate Wednesday on the House floor. Eshoo noted the bill’s supporters have personal ties to food industry lobbyists. “This is not about consumers. This is about special interests,” she said.

California is a primary target of the legislation. There, the voter-passed Proposition 65 requires companies to warn the public of potentially dangerous toxins in food. California has filed lawsuits seeking an array of warnings, including the mercury content of canned tuna and the presence of lead in Mexican candy.

Of particular concern to the industry is acrylamide, a chemical linked to cancer that forms in starchy food cooked at high temperatures, such as french fries and potato chips. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has sued to force Burger King Holdings Inc., PepsiCo Inc.’s Frito Lay brand, McDonald’s Corp., Wendy’s International Inc. and other companies to warn consumers that acrylamide is present. There is widespread opposition among state officials. Attorneys general in 39 states are opposed, as are the National Conference of State Legislature and the associations of state food and drug officials and state agriculture departments.

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Sharon Stone to Kids: If Somebody Pushes You For Unwanted Sex, Blow Them Off

Forty-eight-year-old Actress Sharon Stone, who’s starring soon in Basic Instinct II: Like The First One But Three Inches Lower”, is encouraging teens to kick the oral sex up a notch, apparently even if they don’t want to:

“Young people talk to me about what to do if they’re being pressed for sex? I tell them (what I believe): oral sex is a hundred times safer than vaginal or anal sex. If you’re in a situation where you cannot get out of sex, offer a blow job. I’m not embarrassed to tell them.”

A hundred times safer? I guess Stone has never met guys who were dating women with chipped teeth or braces.

I’m betting that Sharon’s policy of “Just say blow” probably won’t go over big with parents. What’s funny is that Stone is described as an AIDS “activist”. With that advice, I’d say she’s more of an AIDS “advocate”.

BreakingNews: Sharon Stone is cornered in the produce section of the supermarket right now being “pressed for sex” by three teenage boys standing near the zucchini displayspraying their zippers with WD-40.

BonusStone tidbit: Sharonrecently said that Hillary Clinton is “too sexy” to run for president. “I think Hillary Clinton is fantastic, but I think it is too soon for her to run. Hillary still has sexual power, and I don’t think people will accept that, it’s too threatening.”

Stone said a woman should be “past her sexuality” before running for office.

Yep, you wouldn’t want tens of thousands of guys with uncontrollable erections, which of course is the natural effect Hillary has on men,running into voting booths across the country. They might punch the wrong hole and accidentally vote for Buchanan.

See you on the ticket in ’08, Hillary, you vixen you.

GOP Senators Betray Americans for Votes

The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee approved election-year immigration legislation Monday that is far different from what most Americans had in mind. The bill, which goes to the full senate, paves the way for millions of undocumented workers to become US citizens without having to first leave the country or pay a fine.

After days of protests led by left-wing groups masquerading as rank-and-file illegal aliens the Senate committee’s GOP members folded like cheap cameras and voted to strip away proposed criminal penalties for residents found to be in this country illegally. The bill which passed the House of Representatives called for such penalties.

The panel’s vote now allows the bill to go before the full Senate for debate on Tuesday.
“All Americans wanted fairness and they got it this evening,” said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat who played a pivotal role in drafting the legislation along with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), approved 12-6.

Of course, Sen. Kennedy’s sense of fairness has always been questionable. In fact, what he calls fair is unfair to American citizens and legal immigrants who had to endure the pain of dealing with the immigration bureaucracy.

Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) voted for the bill but signaled that some of the provisions could well be changed by the full Senate, but most observers don’t buy that for a moment. Conservatives knew Sen. Specter was a liberal and therefore urged the GOP not to give him the chairmanship. Once again, he’s shown the conservatives to be right.

In general, the bill is designed to strengthen border patrol, but with more of the same, which means the borders will remain vulnerable. While polls have shown that a majority of Americans support the use of the US military on US borders to backup the Border Patrol, this will never happen even if the entire congress were Republican. However, the senators, many preparing for the November elections made great inroads with the so-called Hispanic block-voters and the new bill is passed will “create new opportunities for so-called guest workers and determine the legal future of the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally.”

At several critical points, committee Democrats were united while Republicans splintered. In general, GOP Sens. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, Sam Brownback of Kansas and Mike DeWine of Ohio, who is seeking reelection this fall, sided with Democrats. These backstabbing, spineless liberals posing as conservatives during elections gave Democrats a majority that allowed them to shape the bill to their liking.

A SWIPE AT THEIR BASE

During this entire debate, President Bush and many GOP leaders treated the conservative base of their feckless party as a pariah. While spouting conservative talking points, these political leaders took a huge swipe at their base and at many moderates on this issue.

For instance, just after the Senate Judiciary Committee announced their vote, a Time/Warner push poll discovered that the majority of Americans will not be happy when they discover what was really passed as opposed to what these senators and the media say they passed.

Here are the questions posed and the results of the push poll:

1. Would you support a temporary worker program?
NO 58% YES 42%

2. Would you support a security fence on the border?
YES 81% NO 19%

3. Should those who sneak into the country be treated as felons?
YES 78% NO 22%

4. Should those already in the country illegal have a path to citizenship?
NO 69% YES 31%

5. How big an issue is illegal immigration?
Very 86% Somewhat 10% Not at all 4%

One of the organizers of the California protest appeared on Fox News earlier today and stated, besides the usual litany of lies and half-truths, that the US is a terrorist country and that the Mexican illegals will make the US a better place.

The head of the so-called Border Angels also demanded a national healthcare program and other freebies, thereby revealing his socialist agenda.

He also lied and said illegal immigrants do not commit crimes but that American citizens go to other countries and torture and kill innocent people. And the feckless GOP is rewarding this man.

Remember that this November.

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, NewsCream.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at

The Meaning of ‘g’ and it’s Measures

The Meaning of ‘g’ and it’s Measures

I am one of those awful people who mention IQ in public from time to time so I thought a few quick words of background on it might not go astray:

IQ tests exist because ‘g’ (general intelligence) exists. It just is a fact that people who are good at solving one sort of problem tend to be good at solving lots of other different problems. Some problems, however, are particularly good at detecting people who are generally good at solving problems. Researchers speak of such “good-predictor” problems as ones that “load highly on ‘g’”. And, pesky though it may be, the problems that load most highly on ‘g’ (i.e. the ones that are the purest measure of general intelligence) are also the ones that differentiate blacks and whites most strongly. As Charles Murray explains:

“As long ago as 1927, Charles Spearman, the pioneer psychometrician who discovered ‘g’, proposed a hypothesis to explain the pattern: the size of the black-white difference would be “most marked in just those [subtests] which are known to be saturated with g.” In other words, Spearman conjectured that the black-white difference would be greatest on tests that were the purest measures of intelligence, as opposed to tests of knowledge or memory.

A concrete example illustrates how Spearman’s hypothesis works. Two items in the Wechsler and Stanford-Binet IQ tests are known as “forward digit span” and “backward digit span.” In the forward version, the subject repeats a random sequence of one-digit numbers given by the examiner, starting with two digits and adding another with each iteration. The subject’s score is the number of digits that he can repeat without error on two consecutive trials. Digits-backward works exactly the same way except that the digits must be repeated in the opposite order.

Digits-backward is much more ‘g’-loaded than digits-forward. Try it yourself and you will see why. Digits-forward is a straightforward matter of short-term memory. Digits-backward makes your brain work much harder. The black-white difference in digits-backward is about twice as large as the difference in digits-forward. It is a clean example of an effect that resists cultural explanation. It cannot be explained by differential educational attainment, income, or any other socioeconomic factor. Parenting style is irrelevant. Reluctance to “act white” is irrelevant. Motivation is irrelevant. There is no way that any of these variables could systematically encourage black performance in digits-forward while depressing it in digits-backward in the same test at the same time with the same examiner in the same setting”.

Elsewhere

Leftists still dreaming: “Evoking other cities transformed by revolutionary leaders, like Managua, Nicaragua, in 1979, or Havana 20 years before that, Caracas is attracting students and celebrities, academics and activists, grandmothers and 1970′s-era hippies – a new generation of Sandalistas, as some call them. Some, including many Americans, have come to stay. But others come for a new brand of revolutionary tourism organized by the government or by private groups. Venezuela welcomes them all”

What a world without U.S. power looks like: “At places like Davos and Harvard, the world’s sages rarely stop fretting about the dangers of a too powerful America. Well, if you want to know what the world looks like without U.S. leadership, Exhibit A is Darfur in Sudan. Today’s leading authority on Darfur is the political philosopher Thomas Hobbes, who prophesied a world “nasty, brutish and short.” At least 200,000 civilians have been killed in the past three years and two million more have become refugees. The source of the problem is the Arab rulers in Khartoum, who have pursued an ethnic cleansing campaign against black Muslims in western Sudan. They’ve equipped the Janjaweed Arab tribesmen to do the dirty work, and that militia is now attacking civilians across the border in Chad, creating 20,000 more refugees.”

Brave new world of New Zealand (Leftist government, of course): “The Government is examining a proposal to have children tagged and numbered in a central database to stem abuse and failure at school. Personal details of every New Zealand child, including welfare and health concerns, would be entered into the database, to be shared by schools, social agencies and health authorities. It would be similar to Scottish and British initiatives, with a single ID number issued for each child, enabling authorities to be alerted to potential problems.”

The myth of water privatization failures: “Water distribution and sanitation have traditionally been a public responsibility. Currently, 97 percent of water distribution in developing countries is in the hands of governments. So the responsibility for above-described failures and fatalities lies with incompetent and negligent governments. And yet, in the few cases where the private sector has been given a role in water distribution, there have been large and sometimes violent outcries against privatization.”

Zoning is theft: “Zoning is theft, pure and simple. In his fantastic introduction to the Austrian School, Economics for Real People, Gene Callahan correctly identifies eminent domain as a form of property theft, especially noting the use of government condemnation in order to secure rightfully owned property for commercial development. It is easy to see government as the crowbar that influence-seekers use to jimmy locks and force private property owners from their land. Here we have the clear picture of Ma and Pa Kettle and clan fighting the law and ‘progress’ armed only with shotguns, corn squeezing, chewing tobacco and shear grit. The flip side to eminent domain, zoning, is not so easily seen. But as Bastiat revealed, the unseen is as important as the seen.”

Polygamy : “The closet is now empty. Newsweek runs a story on polygamy, “Polygamists Unite!” In the wake of the gay-marriage movement, polygamy is making its move. “‘Polygamy rights is the next civil-rights battle,’ says Mark Henkel, who, as founder of the Christian evangelical polygamy organization TruthBearer.org, is at the forefront of the movement. His argument: if Heather can have two mommies, she should also be able to have two mommies and a daddy.” Charles Krauthammer has a few unsatisfying thoughts on this, once called, polygamy diversion, by so-called gay rights advocates. Things fall apart, the center cannot hold.you know the rest.”

A good article on Hollywood Leftism here. Excerpt: “To this day, Hollywood still clings to the myth of martyrdom on the Left-a Left that defended Communism and today soft-pedals the terrorist threat-as Billingsley put it-”while earning, substantial fortunes in the very country they attacked as repressive and fascist.” In Hollywood’s land of dreams, as author Richard Grenier once said, “Capitalism is evil except for the three-picture deal with Paramount, the Malibu mansion, the swimming pool, the tennis court, and the Mercedes Benz.” To which Billingsley adds, “Or, as Marx himself might have framed it: From each according to his credulity, to each according to his greed.”

LOL. This link will test your sense of humour!

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Practically all policies advocated by the Left create poverty. Leftists get the government to waste vast slabs of the country’s labour-force on bureaucracy and paperwork and so load the burden of providing most useful goods and services onto fewer and fewer people. So fewer useful goods and services are produced to go around. That is no accident. The Left love the poor. The Left need the poor so that they can feel good by patronizing and “helping” them. So they do their best to create as many poor people as possible.

The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin’s Communism. The very word “Nazi” is a German abbreviation for “National Socialist” (Nationalsozialistisch)

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John Edwards Chases An Economic Ambulance

This evening I ran across an A.P. article about trial attorney John Edwards. The former VP candidate and Senator held something called an “anti-poverty conference”. Thestory is entitled “Edwards’ poverty conference sees middle class slipping“. As soon as the middle class not only slips, but falls, they’ll be handed Edwards’ business card.

Of interest was reading about speakers at a conference hosted bya wealthy trial attorney, who has tan lines in the shape of ambulance lights,showing abject concern on the issue of the enormously high cost of, for one example, health insurance.

It’s fairly laughable, really. A trial attorney and his friends complaining about high insurance rates is like the Menendez brothers whining about being orphans.

Iraq: Third Anniversary of US-led Invasion

By Judith Lathamas the world marks the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, which deposed the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein, a deadly insurgency rages on and sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shi’a is on the rise, prompting some analysts to worry about the prospects of a civil war.

A. Heather Coyne, former chief of party in Iraq for the U.S. Institute of Peace, said that over the past 3 years the views of Iraqis regarding the situation have very much changed “ swinging from sheer exuberance immediately following the invasion to a profound discouragement in the aftermath of the constitutional process. Speaking with host Carol Castiel of VOA News Now’s Encounter program, Ms. Coyne said that reality has set in and Iraqis are beginning to realize there are no quick fixes in creating a functional and representative government and managing a deeply divided society. According to her, that process may take a decade, but the United States still has a critical role in helping the Iraqis consolidate a democracy.

Clifford May, president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, agreed that the difficulty of the Iraqi political transformation from a despotic regime to the first democracy in the Arab world should not be underestimated “ although it was initially. And he noted that it only takes a small minority of people to sabotage the process “ for example, last month’s bombing of the Shi’a shrine in Samara.

A. Heather Coyne said it is not yet clear whether Iraq will slide into civil war or will be able to move toward a government of national unity. Clifford May agreed that Iraqi democracy is on a slippery slope, and he noted that democracy implies not only majority rule but also minority rights, the rule of law, an independent judiciary, and a free press.

A. Heather Coyne noted that Iraqis have a pressing need to distance themselves from the U.S. government, and the appropriate U.S. role is one of behind-the-scenes encouragement of Iraqi leaders. According to Clifford May, U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad is doing an impressive job in helping Iraqis form a national unity government in a society where the concept of making compromises is not well ingrained.

Whether or not the militias can become part of a national security force depends less on their training than on the political will of the Shi’a leadership, according to A. Heather Coyne. Clifford May said he doubts that the United States will be able to withdraw its troops in the next year or two and he stressed the importance of defeating al-Qaida in Iraq before leaving. Both he and Ms. Coyne agree that the long-term hope for Iraqi society depends on the strengthening of civil society.

source: voanews.com

Read Caffeine Warning Labels Now!

Read Caffeine Warning Labels Now!

Some call the people behind the Washington-D.C.-based Center for Science in the Public Interest busybodies, but I call them wannabe tyrants. Let’s look at their agenda, which seeks greater control over our lives. Last year, CSPI filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration to reduce the amount of salt in packaged foods. They also called for the FDA to mandate warning labels on non-diet soft drinks that consumption increases the risk of obesity, tooth decay and osteoporosis. Earlier this year, CSPI announced its intent to sue Viacom Inc. and Kellogg Company for marketing junk food to children.

CSPI has long called for excise taxes on fatty foods, cars and TV sets. Their justification is that obesity adds to Medicare and Medicaid health costs. They want some of the tax revenue used to fund exercise facilities and government fitness campaigns.

There’s no end to CSPI’s consumer-control agenda. They say, “Caffeine is the only drug that is widely added to the food supply.” Therefore, they’ve called for caffeine warning labels. To deal with teenage and adult overconsumption of alcohol, they’ve called for doubling the tax on beer. According to them, “The last thing the world needs is more drinkers, even moderate ones.”

To fight obesity among young people, CSPI calls for a fast-food advertising ban on TV programs seen by children. CSPI’s director, Michael Jacobson, said, “We could envision taxes on butter, potato chips, whole milk, cheeses, [and] meat,” adding that “CSPI is proud about finding something wrong with practically everything.”

I’m guessing that most Americans, except politicians, find this control agenda offensive. Politicians might not find it offensive because controlling lives is their stock in trade, plus there’s the promise of the higher revenues from food taxes. Most Americans who might find the CSPI agenda offensive are not motivated by principle. It’s a matter of whose ox is being gored.

You say, “What do you mean, Williams?” CSPI tyrants are following almost to the letter the template created by the nation’s anti-smoking zealots. Their fellow traveler, New York University professor Marion Nestle, says that the food industry “can’t behave like cigarette companies. . Yet there’s a lot of people who benefit from people being fat and sick, and the whole setup is designed to make people eat more. So the response to the food industry should be very similar to what happened with the tobacco companies.” .

I’d be interested to know just how many Americans would like to see done to our food industry what was done to the tobacco industry: massive multibillion-dollar lawsuits against food companies, massive suits against restaurants that serve too large a serving, and confiscatory taxes levied on foods and snacks deemed non-nutritious.

Consumers will pay for all of this in the form of higher food prices and fewer choices. There’s also the possibility that food zealots in some cities, emboldened by the success of the anti-smoking zealots in Calabasas, who are concerned about smokers passing on bad habits to our youth, might call for an ordinance banning public appearance of obese people so as not to pass bad eating habits on to our children.

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The Latest Bit of Pseudo Science from Berkeley

>THE LATEST BIT OF PSEUDO SCIENCE FROM BERKELEY

I suppose I should comment on the latest version of an old Leftist tune – summarized here for the general reader.

Starting in 1950, psychologists have been trying to prove that conservatives are psychologically maladjusted –an effort that was summarized by Jost et al. and demolished here. They never give up trying, however, and the study of 95 children from Berkeley, California by Jack Block and his wife is the latest episode. It’s a bit like shooting fish in a barrel to demolish the “research” concerned so I will just mention a few basics.

What the authors found was that Berkeley children who were rated as unhappy in their kindergarten years turned out as adults to be conservatives. So what do we conclude from that? Do we conclude that conservatives are intrinsically unhappy people? Hardly. The opinion polls repeatedly show conservatives to be the happiest (e.g. here). So what DO we conclude? How about saying that conservatives in ultra-Leftist Berkeley feel uncomfortable in that environment and pass on some of that discomfort to their children? But the children (as most children do) grow up to share their parents’ politics so they turn out conservative in later life too. So conservative parents who were SITUATIONALLY unhappy have conservative children – big deal!

But that is actually putting the best face on the study. It is not nearly as good as that:

1). The children concerned were not a representative sample of any known population. They may not even have been representative of Berkeley, let alone anywhere else. And if you don’t sample, you can’t generalize.

2). The correlation between personality and ideology was often very weak (e.g. .27 or 7% shared variance for the rating “Is self-reliant, confident”) so there were nearly as many confident children who turned out Rightist as Leftist. The reported correlation could in fact have turned on the responses of just one child. That certainly weakens ALL causal inferences from the study. And many of the stronger correlations involve obvious value judgments. For instance “Is visibly deviant from peers” is said to characterize conservatives but why not turn the value judgment around and conclude that conservatives tend to be independent?

3). The measure of conservative ideology is suspect. Block does not list the actual attitude statements he used but, as I have shown elsewhere, Leftist psychologists in general don’t have a blind clue what conservatism is – and what they regard as a measure of conservatism is usually a caricature of the real thing – generally a collection of ignorant and aggressive statements that very few real-world conservatives would assent to. That it was a caricature in this case is suggested by the fact that it showed conservatives as less intelligent. In the general population it is Leftists who are less intelligent.

I could go on to mention the Rosenthal effect etc. but what’s the point? Michelle Malkin has links to various other comments on the study.

Elsewhere

There is an incredible outpouring of Hillary mockery here. A small excerpt: “Listening to Hillary’s views about Israel is like reading Hitler’s email. Consequently she has made herself as welcome in Tel Aviv as a Scud missile. Any Jew that supports her for President is road testing the next generation of gas ovens. The inestimable W. Somerset Maugham said, “Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a full-time job”. Remarkably, Maugham diagrammed that judgment without ever having met Hillary Clinton, in whom hypocrisy is more profound than just characteristic. It is her signature. She ricochets from one false image to another – wife, mother, do-gooder. Doting liberals are always enraptured when they receive a syrupy Christmas card with a picture of the Clintons gathered at the hearth with Hillary reading excerpts to Chelsea from A Girl’s Life of Ilse Koch. None of this masks the essential Hillary. As a colleague observed of her – if it walks like a bitch and talks like a bitch, it’s not a duck”.

Bureaucracy under attack: “Corporate executives, faced with greater regulatory scrutiny and demands in the wake of corporate scandals like Enron, have for some time moaned that new compliance rules are costing them profits and manpower, as well as cumbersome and probably not that effective. Now a new lawsuit’s adding another criticism: They’re unconstitutional.. “Sarbanes-Oxley is a classic example of government overreaction,” said Mallory Factor, chairman of the Free Enterprise Fund which recently hired former special prosecutor Kenneth Star as one of its attorneys. “We don’t have a problem with transparency but we’ve created a class of people that are just professional bureaucrats that want a larger bureaucracy that’s extraordinarily expensive and cuts down innovation.” A recent study conducted by the Securities Industry Association estimated that the cost of compliance has nearly doubled in the past three years to an estimated annual total of more than $25 billion in 2005, up from $13 billion in 2002.. Factor said costs associated with Sarbanes-Oxley are prohibitively high for small and mid-sized companies that are trying to compete with larger players, creating a barrier of entry for these firms.”

Some Muslim intellectuals get it: “After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new global totalitarian threat: Islamism. We – writers, journalists and public intellectuals – call for resistance to religious totalitarianism. Instead, we call for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values worldwide. The necessity of these universal values has been revealed by events since the publication of the Muhammad drawings in European newspapers. This struggle will not be won by arms, but in the arena of ideas. What we are witnessing is not a clash of civilizations, nor an antagonism of West versus East, but a global struggle between democrats and theocrats.”

One size does not fit all in diplomacy : “Hooray, I finally found something on which I can agree with the Bush administration: The ‘nucular’ cooperation deal signed recently with India. In cutting the deal, the administration displayed some uncharacteristically nuanced thinking: A one-size-fits-all nuclear policy isn’t sustainable in today’s world, and when it comes to nuclear arms, India is not the same as Iran and North Korea, or for that matter, Pakistan. As someone of Indian origin, I probably don’t surprise you with my thinking on this.”

No Muslim dress privilege in Britain any more: “A young Muslim girl yesterday failed in her two-year legal battle to force every school in Britain to allow pupils to decide their own dress code according to their religious belief. Britain’s highest court ruled to uphold the right of all schools to set uniform rules provided that they consult their local community. The Law Lords ruled that the human rights of Shabina Begum had not been breached when her school refused to allow her to wear a full-length Islamic dress to class and that Denbigh High School had not acted unlawfully. The ruling, which overturned a previous Court of Appeal decision, was welcomed by head teachers.

An interesting piece of hate-speech here from a “defender” of homosexuality.

For more postings, see EDUCATION WATCH, GREENIE WATCH, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WATCH, GUN WATCH, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. Mirror sites here, here, here, here and here. On Social Security see Dick McDonald and for purely Australian news see Australian Politics (mirrored here). I also post several times a week on “Tongue-Tied”. There is an archive of my “Tongue-Tied” posts here or here

Practically all policies advocated by the Left create poverty. Leftists get the government to waste vast slabs of the country’s labour-force on bureaucracy and paperwork and so load the burden of providing most useful goods and services onto fewer and fewer people. So fewer useful goods and services are produced to go around. That is no accident. The Left love the poor. The Left need the poor so that they can feel good by patronizing and “helping” them. So they do their best to create as many poor people as possible.

The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin’s Communism. The very word “Nazi” is a German abbreviation for “National Socialist” (Nationalsozialistisch)

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Sen. Reid’s Political Props: Soldiers, Police, Firefighters and Flags

by Jim Kouri, CPP

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) sent out a memorandum to Democrat lawmakers about how they should spend their spring vacations: Using soldiers, police officers, firefighters and others as props in order to demonstrate that members of his party are gung-ho when it comes to national security and to highlight their claim that President Bush is not keeping Americans safe.

According to Rowan Scarborough of the Washington Times, Senate Democrats are planning to use the March congressional recess to “stage press events with active duty military personnel, veterans and emergency responders to bash President Bush on virtually every one of his national security policies.”

The idea is to try to distance themselves from what they’ve been doing in Washington to undermine the war effort, to stop the Patriot Act, and to show the American people they are the party of strength when it comes to terrorism, war and homeland security, while continuing their insane attacks on the Commander-in-Chief in a time of war.

However, some critics say this memo may backfire since Sen. Reid, for example, is heard in a TV soundbite saying “We killed the Patriot Act,” and video footage may be used to counter his sudden pro-war, pro-military message.

In a six-page memo provided to Scarborough by a congressional staffer titled “Real Security,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid encourages his minions to stage events at “military bases, weapons factories, National Guard units, fire stations and veterans posts.” By way of instruction, Reid demonstrates his party’s deaf ear:

“Ensure that you have the proper US and state flags at the event, and consider finding someone to sing the national anthem and lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the event.”

Don’t expect the mainstream news media to blow the whistle on this sudden adoration of the military and cops for political reasons. In fact, look for their assistance in this politically motivated scam. Truth be told, had the GOP issued such a cynical memo it would be plastered on the frontpage of every major newspaper in the nation and would be the lead for every news broadcast on TV or radio.

Hopefully most clear-thinking Americans, especially in the Red States, will condemn these flagrant attempts to use America’s protectors and symbols as political props for feckless politicians who are willing to call soldiers Nazis on the floor of the senate or accuse law enforcement of torture, and then try to portray themselves as supporters of the military and law enforcement.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) recently activated The Reid Con on an audience when she stood between a former commandant of the US Military Academy at West Point and the former commander of the US War College.

Suddenly the First Lady who didn’t want to see one military uniform in the corridors of the White House, discovered a newfound love for all things military, hoping she can wink at the antiwar left in her party just to make them know she’s putting on an act so she can con the so-called Red State dwellers into voting for her for Commander-in-Chief. She even stole a page from her husband’s playbook. While he promised 100,000 more cops on the streets, she’s promising 100,000 more soldiers, sailors and airmen.

So if your state or district is represented by Democrats in the House or Senate, be prepared to see more patriotism and flag waving than you’ve ever seen before. And remember what these people have said and done to undermine the very people they claim they support.

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, NewsCream.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at