Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Tragedy Being Politicized...

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Two views, one tragedy.
"We've experienced so much hateful language... such a negative environment has been created around the work that Planned Parenthood does," said Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Rocky Mountains Planned Parenthood, on ABC News "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."
"We've seen that across the country from all sorts of speakers in the last few months," she added.

"I can't believe that this isn't contributing to some folks, mentally unwell or not, thinking that it's ok to target Planned Parenthood or to target abortion providers."

"We at Planned Parenthood are first and foremost a healthcare provider," Cowart said.

"We provide life-saving services to all kinds of folks, men and women, across our communities," she added.

"And the tirades against Planned Parenthood in the last few months have really been over the top.”

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A despicable act of domestic terror. A mentally unstable personality spurred on by inflammatory speech?

What say you?


Friday, November 27, 2015

Rational Conservatism...

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A Conservative Manifesto (revised 11/25/15)

 1) Limited effective government with authority granted to it as enumerated in our Constitution

2) A true free market capitalist economy, that is to say a market regulated to insure honest competition. For a market to be free it must be regulated.

3) A judiciary (Supreme Court) that interprets law from a strict constitutionalist prospective.

4) A legislative branch that recognizes their responsibility is to the people and not their own corrupt political interests or those of any special interest group.

5) A government that recognizes the rights of the individual as delineated in our Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

6) A government that views its mandate to tax the citizenry as limited to funding the proper role of government. Which includes providing for the national defense and the general welfare of the nation.

7) A government that recognizes the value of borders, language, and culture and insures that we have effective laws to control immigration into our country. As a nation of immigrants we should remain a melting pot but must do so wisely.

8) A government that recognizes the only appropriate use of deadly force is in the defense of our borders and our people

9) A government that protects the rights of all to free political and religious speech as well as written expression of the same.

10) A government that insures its citizens are protected from crimes against their person or property, and when necessary administers proper and effective redress.

Have fun... adding to, striking from, scraping entirely, whatever. Build a better mousetrap if ya'll like. As for me? I'll check in from time to time and maybe even comment, but higher priorities are now calling.

BTW, this will be an open thread for some time. Keep it respectful, non critical, non judgmental, and clean, so an honest free flowing discussion can take form.

Thanks to all.


Or the Alternative




h/t The Surfer Dude

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Holiday Season is Upon Us...

From Rational Nation USA






Wishing All The Best The Holiday Season Has To Offer And A Healthy, Happy, and Prosperous 2016

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

All Things Eventually Come To An End...





We the People are responsible... in our democratic republic we always have been.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Dream of a Reactionary...

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Following is the day dreamed about in the land of wingnuttery. In this idyllic land of reactionary bliss the hands of time are turned back. Evolution takes a back seat to creationism, Christianity is the religion of the land, Science is trumped by faith and mysticism, the market and corporations are free to run totally unregulated, civil liberties are suspended and troops are rushed to the southern border, healthcare is returned to those most concerned with profits, and the list goes on. A true reactionary rightwing UTOPIA.




January 20, 2017

President Marco Rubio and Vice President Carly Fiorina are sworn into office.

In a rare event on inauguration day, Congress convenes for an emergency meeting to repeal the illegal and unconstitutional Socialist healthcare farce known as Obamacare. The new Director of Health and Social Services Dr. Ben Carson announces that an independent group of healthcare management professionals is hired to handle healthcare services for poor and low income people. They are also assigned the duty of eliminating Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Government’s costs for public healthcare are reduced by 90%. Healthcare insurance premiums for working Americans are reduced by 50%. The move saves billions of taxpayer paid dollars. Healthcare service in the U.S improves 100%.

Newly appointed department of Homeland Security Chief Donald Trump announces the immediate deployment of Troops to the U.S. Mexico border to control illegal immigration and the immediate deportation of illegals with criminal records or links to terrorist groups. New bio-encrypted Social Security ID’s are required by every American citizen. Birthright is abolished. All immigration from countries that represent a threat to the safety of American citizens is terminated indefinitely. The move saves American taxpayers billions of dollars. Several prisons are closed.

Newly appointed Secretary of Business and Economic Development Ted Cruz eliminates more than half of the Government agencies operating under the Obama administration saving taxpayers billions of dollars. Stocks rise 100%.

Newly appointed Director of Government Finance Rand Paul announces the abolition of the IRS and displays a copy of the new Federal Tax Return form. It consists of one page. The instructions consist of two pages. The Federal Reserve is audited. The move saves American Taxpayers billions of dollars and increases tax revenue.

Hillary Clinton is in jail, where she belongs. Her cell is directly across from Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who are serving time for ‘Hate Crimes”. She bitches at them constantly from behind the bars of her cell in what some might call cruel and unusual punishment.

Bernie Sanders is in the nuthouse, where he belongs. His room is directly across from Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chris Matthews and Al Franken. They meet for tea every day at ten and discuss the success and benefits of Communism and Socialism throughout the world. They also wonder when the “Mothership” is going to pick them up and return them to their home planets.

Windows 12 is released. It is designed for humans, doesn’t try to satisfy the needs of every person on the planet, doesn’t require a degree in nuclear physics to operate and looks just like Windows 7 except it is easier to use.

Oscar Meyer announces the introduction of a new cholesterol and fat free pepperoni that tastes just like regular pepperoni. And a bacon that that has no fat and tastes even better than bacon today!

Not to be outdone, Kraft Foods announces the introduction of several varieties of cholesterol and fat free cheeses that taste just like regular cheese.

A committee is not established to determine what is causing global cooling. Billions of taxpayer dollars are saved. And, believe it or not, though a committee wasn’t formed, the Western world actually understands that doesn’t mean Republicans want dirty air and dirty water, just a better way to solve whatever problems we realistically can and not break the bank.

Dead people are no longer allowed to vote in Chicago, a huge blow for the Democrat Party in the State of Illinois.

ANYONE even suspected of terrorist involvement is on a Search List; once they’re found, they’re immediately put on the Deport List. Their immediately family, parents and wives and children, also go. (this is Z’s own invention!)

Christianity has finally become the faith of most Americans again and nobody thinks it’s a great idea to kick God out of anywhere, including the military; they’ve learned their lesson!

They have found a cure for Autism and a way to keep drugs out of our country!

I receive a call from an attorney in Ireland. He explains that I have inherited a castle and a huge bank account near a coastal village in Ireland from a distant relative and that I need to be in Dublin as soon as possible to sign the papers. Ten hours later I tour our new home and find I also have homes in Munich and the South of France. There is an old Racing Green Porsche roadster in the garage, also part of the inheritance.

And this my friends constitutes THE PERFECT DAY!!!!!!

(I got this from a friend via email yesterday and thought it was fun……tweaked it a lot with my own adjustments/additions)
What would YOU add to it? Let’s try to have fun with this, we all know what you’d want to do about Muslims and Obama…we don’t really need to revisit all of that!

Z

Monday, November 23, 2015

Donald Trump and Another Fictitious Claim...

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Donald Trump, perhaps one of the least honest bloviating blowhards in the 2016 republican presidential fields adds to his list of fear mongering lies. His recent claim that thousands and thousands of Muslin in Jersey City cheered on 911 when the World Trade Center came down is a flat out lie.

All of us are aware that Islamic jihadist in the middle east cheered when the WTC collapsed, but there is absolutely no truth to the statement made by Trump. The Donald is playing the politics of fear as he appeals to the low intelligence and low information people who flock to hear his BS. For the Donald it is not about truth, it never gas been. Rather it all abut the Art of the Deal and winning, no matter what it takes.

Donald Trump lacks the ethical standards the howler monkeys claim Obama lacks. Yet when Mr. Lying Trump spews his BS the low intelligence and low information folks not only look the other way they swear he's telling the truth and hi poll numbers climb a bit more.

The Donald has shown he lacks the ethical and moral standards to lead our nation. As the democratic party machinery and H.R. Clinton consider the possibility of facing Trump in the general they must be salivating at the prospects.

Finding myself thinking of an acronym to describe The Donald's character it took all of one second, POS.


From The Washington Post

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You raised some eyebrows yesterday with comments you made at your latest rally. I want to show them, relating to 9/11.

STEPHANOPOULOS: “You know, the police say that didn’t happen and all those rumors have been on the Internet for some time. So did you misspeak yesterday?”

TRUMP: “It did happen. I saw it.”

STEPHANOPOULOS: “You saw that…”

TRUMP: It was on television. I saw it.

STEPHANOPOULOS
: “…with your own eyes?”

TRUMP: “George, it did happen.”

STEPHANOPOULOS: “Police say it didn’t happen.”

TRUMP: “There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations. They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down. I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down — as those buildings came down. And that tells you something. It was well covered at the time, George. Now, I know they don’t like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good.”

STEPHANOPOULOS: “As I said, the police have said it didn’t happen.”

— Exchange on ABC’s “This Week,” Nov. 22, 2015

This column has been updated.

This exchange demonstrates the folly of trying to fact-check Donald Trump. Even when confronted with contrary information — “police say it didn’t happen” — he insists that with his own eyes he saw “thousands and thousands” of cheering Arabs in New Jersey celebrating as the World Trade Center collapsed during the Sept. 11 attacks.

Trump has already earned more Four-Pinocchio ratings than any other candidate this year. He is about to earn another one.

Find the complete article and video BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum


Update 11/24/15





Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Donald Facing Criticism For Remarks That Seem To Support Special Data Bases And Identification Of Muslims...

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Donald Trump's response to a reporter's question concerning his position on how the United States should consider handling Muslims has created quite a furor in both political parties and the media. The Donald's response to the reporter was, as he is often wont to do, not very specific, in fact is was as vague as hell.

MSNBC is s news network not often linked to on this weblog as it can often be as partisan as FOX News. Having said that, Rachel Maddow did a seven minute segment on the Trump controversy that was reasonable and balanced. It is proper that on a matter as critical as domestic security, civil and human rights that a candidate's position on such matters is clearly understood.

Follow this link to the video segment during which Maddow pressed the issue, highlighting the The Donald lack of specifics.

Of course The Donald is trying to walk back his remarks by attempting to place responsibly (blame) on the reporter who asked the questions.

Via: Memeorandum

Fear...

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History is replete with examples of the power of fear and ignorance, to which even the great can fall prey. Franklin Roosevelt calmed a nation in bleakest days of the Depression, but he also signed the executive order imprisoning tens of thousands of American citizens for the crime of Japanese ancestry.

In our time, disastrous things have been done in the name of safety: the invasion of Iraq, spawned by delusion and lies; the creation of an offshore fortress, sequestered from the Constitution, to lock up those perceived as threats, no matter the cost and injustice; an ever-expanding surveillance apparatus, to spy on the people, no matter the futility.

Al Qaeda and the Islamic State did not compel us to shackle ourselves to a security state, or to disgrace our values by vilifying and fearing refugees and immigrants.

This bitter truth is lost on the politicians now grasping for the Republican presidential nomination, whose guiding principle seems to be a crowd-pleasing strain of bullying cowardice. There is Donald Trump, who voiced his support for the registration of American Muslims. Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz think there is something proudly American about imposing a religious test on desperate refugees.


SOURCE

Something the good people of our nation need think long and hard about. Choices we make today will shape our future, the future we leave our children and grand children.

Real and Truly Patriotic Americans will think about the values that separate Americans from those who wish to do us harm..

Via: Memeorandum

Friday, November 20, 2015

Jeb Bush Getting This One Right...

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Bush has it at right on the question of closing Mosques and Trump, like is so often the situation, has it wrong. Unfortunately Mr. Bush believes only Christian refugees from Syria should be among those admitted to the USA.



“When you talk about internment, you talk about closing mosques, you talk about registering people, that’s just wrong, I don’t care about campaigns,” Bush said.

Bush continued, “It’s not a question of toughness. It’s manipulating people’s angst and their fears. That’s not strength, that’s weakness.”

“I find it abhorrent that Donald Trump is suggesting we register people. That haunts to a time that no one wants to go back to,” Bush added later in the interview.

Rubio kind of sort of danced around the issue but his message, although carefully worded, is very close to Trump's.



“It’s not about closing down mosques. It’s about closing down anyplace, whether it’s a cafe, a diner, an internet site, anyplace where radicals are being inspired,” Rubio said.

“The bigger problem we have is our inability to find out where these places are, because we’ve crippled our intelligence programs, both through unauthorized disclosures by a traitor, in Edward Snowden, or by some of the things this president has put in place with the support even of some from my own party to diminish our intelligence capabilities.”

“So whatever facility is being used, it’s not just a mosque, any facility that’s being used to radicalize and inspire attacks against the United States, should be a place that we look at,” Rubio said.

Entire article BELOW THE FOLD.

Of course the federal government shutting down religious institutions is a direct violation of the constitution and ones right of religious freedom. But that little detail apparently hasn't crossed the Trumpster's dictatorial.



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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

France is Godless, Deserved to be Attacked... Walid Shoebat

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The following is from a "Christian" website. One can only imagine what Jesus Christ would say were he here today.



Don’t Pray For France, France Is A Godless Nation That Deserved To Be Attacked. France Supports Terrorists And Kills Christians, And Needs To Be Punished

The people who were killed in the rock concert, what were their last words? They were singing a song, “Kiss the devil”. They died, not as martyrs for Christ, but as worshippers of the devil. They were worshipping Satan, and we are suppose to feel sorry for them? They kissed the devil, and the devil came to them and slaughtered them. I say, to hell with them. The Lord works in mysterious ways.

The attacks in Paris is part of God’s Providence. Suffering is needed, in order to bring people to the One Who suffered for them.


Via: Memeorandum

CNN Report on Global Terrorism... Is President Obama and His Administration's Approach In Combatting it Right?

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Given the recent terrorist attack in Paris France it is understandable the heightened concern in the USA over possible terrorist attacks again being unleased on our soil, and indeed the possibility is real. However, the 24/7 barrage of negative media coverage, mostly from FOX "News", the GOP hyperbole with respect the how President Obama and his administration is handling the threat, as well as its policy on taking Syrian refugees into the USA is lacking of rational thought and analysis. Responding out of fear rather than an understanding of facts and a sober analysis of the possible repercussions of our actions is both foolhardy and dangerous. The following report helps put things in perspective.

CNN - The deadly terror attacks in Paris and Beirut last week are consistent with a worldwide trend of increased terrorism -- now at its highest level ever -- according to a new study.

Deaths from global terrorism increased by 80% in 2014 with 32,658 people being killed, says the study.

The report highlights that despite 78% of terrorist acts being concentrated in five countries -- Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq(emphasis added)--terrorism is spreading, with more countries recording attacks and deaths than previously.

The Global Terrorism Index report, which was released Tuesday, says there has been a "dramatic rise" in terrorism over the last 15 years. There are nine times more people killed in terrorist attacks today than there were in 2000.

Islamist groups Boko Haram and ISIS together were responsible for 51% of claimed global killings in 2014.

SKIP

Most deaths from terrorism are not taking place in the West. Excluding the 9/11 attacks, since 2000 only 0.5% of deaths from terrorism have occurred on Western soil(emphasis added).

Of the attacks that did take place in the West, "lone wolf" attackers are the main perpetrators -- causing 70% of all deaths since 2006.

The majority of "lone wolf" attackers are a mixture political extremists, nationalists, racial, religious and white supremacists and, to a lesser degree, Islamic fundamentalists.

SKIP

"Terrorist activity is a significant driver of forced migration," cites the report. "Ten of the 11 countries most affected by terrorism also have the highest rates of refugees and internal displacement. This highlights the strong connection between the current refugee crisis, terrorism and conflict."

Political violence and conflict are the two factors most closely linked to terrorism.

Between 1989 and 2014, 92% of all terrorist attacks took place in countries where state-funded political violence was widespread.

Drivers of terrorism differ however. In developed countries, socioeconomic factors such as lack of opportunity and low social cohesion are significantly linked to terrorism. In less-developed countries, internal conflicts, political terror, and corruption are strongly linked to terrorism.

Since there are clear sociopolitical factors that foster terrorism, it is important to implement policies addressing these associated causes, said Steve Killelea, founder of the Institute for Economics and Peace. "This includes reducing state-sponsored violence, diffusing group grievances, and improving respect for human rights and religious freedoms, while considering cultural nuances," wrote Killelea {MORE BELOW THE FOLD}

Those who are really thinking this through know that President Obama is acting reasonably, rationally, and in our nation's best self interest as well as those of other Western nations.

Via: Memeorandum

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Will the GOP Survive as a Viable Political Party?...

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Following are closing paragraphs excerpted from a Wall Street Journal op ed article by Michael Brendan Dougherty.

To many Republican primary voters, the politicians' race is populated by traitors in waiting. They look ready or even anxious to cave on religious liberty, or on mass immigration. Maybe immigration and economic insecurity for the working class are going to do to the Republicans what these issues have been doing to major parties in Europe.

No longer can the politicians' race be conducted as if the populists' race doesn't exist. If today's Iowa and New Hampshire poll numbers look anything like the future results of those states' presidential contests, the bubbled existence of the politicians' race will be the greatest self-delusion in modern American politics. If they want to win, the leaders of the politicians' race need to actively push Trump and Carson out of their way and find a way to attract their supporters. If the politicians don't fight for their party, someone else might just wreck it for them.

Mr. Dougherty certainly makes his point. If the GOP leadership and the party moderates do not react and respond to the fears of the working class and present strong arguments centered on truth and reason, challenging the questionable statements made by Trump and Carson, then the once credible and respected GOP is likely to be destroyed from within.

Read the complete article RIGHT HERE.

Via: Memeorandum

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

In Honor of All Veterans Present and Past...










h/t PopDose

A Quick Debate Night Recap...

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It looks like more likely GOP primary voters may just be starting to coalesce behind Marco Rubio. Trump, with his stern face and nothing other than what we've repeatedly heard from his pompous bloviating mouth, and Dr. Carson, who seems half asleep at times as well as having some really weird ideas, may very well have peaked and are staring the slow slide down. It is highly questionable Rubio is the right man for the job there is little doubt Rubio is more articulate and a better debater than either of the other two. So is Ted Cruz for that matter.

Last night's GOP debate summarized in two minutes.





Wall Street Journal - Donald Trump and Marco Rubio won Tuesday’s night primetime Republican debate, according to an overnight poll of Internet users who watched the contest, but Mr. Trump came out as the favorite among Republicans and left the best impression about his ability to serve as president.

Some 24% of debate-viewers named Mr. Trump and 23% picked Mr. Rubio as the winner of the eight-candidate event, which was sponsored by the Wall Street Journal and Fox Business News. Ted Cruz and Ben Carson followed, with 13% declaring each to have won.

Mr. Trump’s lead in the Internet survey was larger among debate-watchers who said they’d vote in a Republican primary.
Among those GOP voters, Mr. Trump was declared the winner by 28%, with 23% naming Mr. Rubio. Mr. Cruz followed, with 16%, while Mr. Carson had 14%.

Other candidates were in single digits among GOP voters: Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina were named the winner by 7% of GOP debate-viewers, while Jeb Bush had 3% and John Kasich 2%.

Footnote: John Kasich for my money was the most reasonable and sensible in the room last night. Which is likely why he is lowest in the post debate polling and likely won't be going anywhere. Except maybe making an exit.

More BELOW THE FOLD

Via: Memeorandum

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Trump, the Future Christmas President?...

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Video via CNN:



TPM - Donald Trump on Monday night criticized Starbucks for creating a blank red cup for the holiday season, rather than including winter or Christmas-themed designs.

Starbucks' decision has angered Christians who believe the coffee chain has declared a "war on Christmas."


"I have one of the most successful Starbucks, in Trump Tower. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks? I don't know. Seriously, I don't care. By the way, that's the end of that lease, but who cares?" Trump said during a campaign event in Illinois on Monday. "If I become president, we're all going to be saying Merry Christmas again, that I can tell you."

Trump making a non issue a issue by whipping up fundamentalist frenzy among the Christian right.

Hey Donnie ole boy, most will keep saying Merry Christmas when they feel like it, some won't, and frankly nobody cares if ya renew the Starbuck lease at Trump Towers or not. Oh, and BTW Donnie, you sure as hell can pander to interest groups with the best of em.

Via: Memeorandum

Monday, November 9, 2015

Nuff Said... ?

It was 2012 but the situation has, if anything, progressed downhill with respect to red party candidates and party leadership.



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Sunday, November 8, 2015

More On Modern Conservatism In a Nutshell...

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In a prior post, published with the intent to facilitate open, frank, and honest discussion of post 1979 modern day conservatism (although that was inadvertently omitted, a extreme rightwing insurgent high jacked the post with his pro NRA firearm nuttery. As is to be expected it was abundantly clear he had no intention of either frank or honest discussion. His only purpose was to push his over the top uncompromising agenda.

This particular individual has been known to me for some time and while at one time we shared some common views on individual liberty and the proper role of government this is no longer the case.

At any rate, unable to understand what I consider a compromise position on firearm regulation, the parameters being his position of no regulation beyond the NRA's position and an outright banning of all firearms in the hands of civilian individuals, the following is my position.

A) The purpose of firearm regulation is to insure, to the greatest extent possible, that firearms do not end up in the hands of the mentally unbalanced, those who have a history of violent behaviors, those with prior criminal offenses involving firearms, or anyone whose true identity cannot be readily verified. Public safety concerns outweigh the special interest concerns of the NRA.

B) Mandatory firearm safety course from an approved training facility must be completed prior to purchase of any firearm,

C) Uniform and universal background checks.

D) Uniform mandatory waiting (or cooling off) periods that insures background checks can be, and are adequately performed.

E) Purchase of firearms at gun shows are permissible. However, transfer of ownership cannot be completed until background checks are completed and the individual is deemed eligible to own a firearm.

F) Any individual who is involved in and convicted of violent behaviors or criminal activity following the purchase of a firearm(s) will have their right to posses any firearm immediately revoked and the right to own will forever be rescinded.

G) The right to own, and responsibly bear firearms shall not be infringed pursuant to the 2'nd amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.

Now, we will see if the extreme rightwing NRA nut will honor his statement to provide his compromise solution.

For everyone else feel free to discuss any conservative positions or issues, either pro or con.

And do have a pleasant evening whatever you may be doing.

Trump the Pompous Rump Hosting SNL...

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For the lack of anything beter to do today.











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Via: Memeorandum

Karl Jenkins...

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Dr, Carson's Oversized Ego...

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WOW, the amazing ego of kindly Dr. Benjamin Carson!


More, MUCH MORE.

Via: Memeorandum

Weekend Laughs...

Enjoy !!!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Modern Conservatism In a Nutshell...

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After decades of "compassionate conservatism," "a thousand points of light," and "Morning in America," dark talk of class warfare on the right can seem like a strange throwback. So accustomed are we to the sunny Reagan and the populist Tea Party that we've forgotten a basic truth about conservatism: It is a reaction to democratic movements from below, movements like Occupy Wall Street that threaten to reorder society from the bottom up, redistributing power and resources from those who have much to those who have not so much. With the roar against the ruling classes growing ever louder, the right seems to be reverting to type. It thus behooves us to take a second look at the conservative tradition, not just its current incarnation but also across time, for that tradition provides us with an understanding of why the conservative responds to Occupy Wall Street as he does.

Since the modern era began, men and women in subordinate positions have marched against their superiors. They have gathered under different banners—the labor movement, feminism, abolition, socialism—and shouted different slogans: freedom, equality, democracy, revolution. In virtually every instance, their superiors have resisted them. That march and démarche of democracy is one of the main stories of modern politics. And it is the second half of that story, the démarche, that drives the development of ideas we call conservative. For that is what conservatism is: a meditation on, and theoretical rendition of, the felt experience of having power, seeing it threatened, and trying to win it back.


If one has taken the time to analyze the political, economic, social, and military trends over the past 35 plus years they cannot escape the reality and truth of the above statements.

A nation founded on liberal political philosophies and enlightened views has, in the modern era, become the battleground of conservative and reactionary politicians and wealthy special interests who desire nothing less than to "take America back". Given their way the USA wil become a modern day feudalist society.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Farewell Blues...

Trump Stalls as Carson Surges...

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On the one hand it is very good The Donald has stalled out and his position in the polls have stagnated, barely moving over the past two months. On the other hand it is quite concerning that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who has some weird ideas on evolution, reproductive rights of women, and a host of other issues, has ascended and now finds himself the GOP frontrunner.

Hopefully the GOP will settle down and two or three of the more reasonable and credible candidates will take the lead and offer voters a real alternative to H.R. Clinton.

It’s very meaningful that the surgeon Ben Carson appears to be taking the lead in the polling for the GOP nomination — but not in the ways you might expect.

First, it means Donald Trump has stalled out. Given Trump’s standing atop the polls for four months now, if his candidacy had any momentum whatsoever, he should have risen from the mid-20s to the mid-30s.

The voters who should have started to break his way over the past two months seem instead to be moving to Carson. You can see this in the Real Clear Politics poll average. It shows Carson has risen to 24 percent from 10 percent on Aug. 30. Trump was at 23.5 percent and is now at 25.

Though Trump bounced up a bit in September, the fact that he’s where he was two months ago indicates he has secured the support of the people he has and isn’t gaining any more.

It’s hard to see what he can do to change that. He’s the best-known candidate in the race. Everyone knows who Trump is; everyone has seen what he’s offering. His basic answer to any question of substance is that he’ll do a better job than the current president and is better than his GOP rivals. He’ll make America great again because he will; don’t bug him with details.

Via: Memeorandum

From the Dregs of Rightwing Blogistan...

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Found at FreeThinke. It is clear from the comment below the proprietor is far from being a Freethinker. Rather he is one who believes firmly in orthodoxy, the orthodoxy that resists change and demands blind allegiance to the orthodoxy of conservatism and the the past. In all actuality he is a reactionary that advocates and supports bigotry and an agenda totally Un-American in scope. Weblogs such as FreeThinke clearly demonstrates what real Americans must fight against if they are to preserve the kind of society and social order the majority of Americans want.


DEBONAIR DUDE POSTED THIS at WHO'S YOUR DADDY. I think it's worth repeating here, (gently modified, of course ;-)

The Debonair Dudes World November 4, 2015 at 6:45 AM

Do the Democrats hate Ben Carson because he is black? Or Do the Democrats hate Ben Carson because he is just too smart to belly up to their nonsense?

I actually think that the Democrats, Liberals, Progressives ,and all the other left-leaning people with mental disorders and their sycophants in the media attack and lie about Ben Carson because he is a black man who doesn't follow their orders.

This is the real reason he is being attacked. They hate him because was a man who grew up poor in bad neighborhoods and became a world-renowned brain surgeon of superlative capability. He proves that you don't need the Slave Masters of the Left to become successful.

The subversives in the media, as well as the official Democratic Hate groups, with their Blogs, their Facebooks and what have you will be running 24/7 to supply and magnify all the lies, distortions, and propaganda the Hillary Faithful can dig up –– or make up.

Ben Carson is proving the truth that we Conservatives already knew that the oldest American hate group in America (the Democrat party) has never really changed.

The leftists are scared to death that Republicans will elect a Black man and therefore put all their nonsense about Republicans being inherently bigoted against people of color to bed once and for all.

But just wait, now that Dr, Carson has taken the lead in the polls away from Donald Trump who they have worked to destroy, the ding-a-lings will go to work with their VICIOUS LIES about Ben Carson. After all, how dare he as Black man not be on the Democrat Plantation?

Wouldn’t a Donald Trump-Ben Carson combination make a great ticket, as well as a nightmare for Hillary Clinton –– Or would a Carson-Fiorina ticket be a bigger nightmare for her?

Let's see, Obama was a community organizer and won by a landslide, while Ben was only a world renowned brain surgeon. How will the astonishingly ill-informed act on that revelation?

So, if you ever wonder what freedom and liberty loving individuals need prepare themselves to fight against the above is it.

"Hi, How Are You" Hugs Now Inappropriate...

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School policies regarding what might be considered inappropriate touching are often left undefined, thus leaving school administrators to interpret whether two students touching is really inappropriate. When faced with possible negative repercussions the administrator will almost always error to the side that will be sure to CYA.

In the following case it appears that is probably what transpired. Given our nation's heightened sensitivity, and desire to stop any behavior someone might consider (or feel) inappropriate it is possible we have become anal and may actually be causing more damage, albeit certainly in a much different way.

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OVIEDO, Fla. - A before-school hug between friends ended in detention for one local student, and now her parents are questioning the school's policy. "I just like hugged them. It was literally for a second," said Ella, an eighth-grade student at Jackson Heights Middle School in Oviedo. In the school's code of conduct, the Seminole County School District bans "inappropriate touching," but leaves interpretation up to principals. Jackson Heights went even further this year, banning hugs entirely. "I do not feel that this 'no hugging, holding hands, arm-linking' would be considered inappropriate touching," said Kathy Fishbough, Ella's mother. The district said detentions are given after repeated offenses. Fishbough said it was the second incident between Ella and the same boy. She was given a warning last month when the boy put his hand on her head. "I do think about inappropriate touching and boys and girls of this age having feelings for one another, but that's not what we're dealing with here. And if administration can't tell the difference between a friendly, 'How are you doing' hug and an inappropriate hug, then I think we have another big problem," said Fishbough. This family of huggers fears one principal may be taking the district's broad policy too far. "I did ask the principal, if something happened in our family, and she needed to console her cousin or her cousin wanted to console her, would she get in trouble? She said, 'Yes, ma'am. She would get a PDA," said Fishbough. Ella said she's now afraid to touch anybody at her school.
Certainly at the very least more thought and proper investigation must be part of the decision process. It is unclear from this account whether or not that occurred. Via: Memeorandum

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Farewell...

Faith-vs-Reason...

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Faith

1.complete trust or confidence in someone or something:
"this restores one's faith in politicians"

2.strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.


Reason

1.a cause, explanation, or justification for an action or event:
"the minister resigned for personal reasons" ·

2.the power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic:
"there is a close connection between reason and emotion"

1.think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic:





Don't know about you all but I'll through my lot in with reason.

Why Megyn Kelly Is Worth Watching, or, When a Conservative Rightfully Mocks Their Own...

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TPM - Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Monday night mocked the letter drafted by Republican presidential campaigns listing a series of rules and questions for networks hosting future debates.

After listing some of the demands, including that networks not allow lightning rounds or candidate-to-candidate questioning, Kelly jokingly suggested, "And then maybe the foot massage?"


She then criticized the campaigns' request that they approve any graphics about the candidates ahead of the debate.

"Can you imagine having to submit our graphics for approval to the candidates? Good luck with that," she said.



Which explains why I continue to occasionally watch Megyn Kelly.

Via: Memeorandun

Monday, November 2, 2015

Farewell-Adieu...

Trump Goes After Rubio...

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Mr. Trump, the 69 year old bloviating blowhard has the audacity to call Marco Rubio a lightweight.

Something about the pot calling the kettle black...



Find the article at Bloomberg Politics.

Via: Memeorandum

Is Compromise a Virtue or an Evil?...

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Differences between people are a part of life, and, since political ideologies and governments are defined by people of differing convictions and philosophies it seems reasonable that those who govern should seek out rational resolutions that result in the greatest benefit for all. In fact it is exactly what our enlightened Founding Fathers were able to achieve and the framework for their remarkable accomplishment has survived for over 225 years.

Conservatives and liberals in 2015 are light years apart and the likelihood of rational compromise benefitting the nation seems remote. Both conservatives and liberals blame the "other side" and neither appears to be willing to give an inch. Frankly the reality is both sides share some responsibility for the ineffective and dysfunctional governance of the past seven years. Although most, including this writer, would place the majority share (whatever anyone may believe that is) at the feet of conservatives.

Looking for something that reasonably defines conservative core beliefs and liberal core beliefs the following excerpt from a 1990 paper by Dr. Jim L. Riley of Regis University Denver, CO fairly sums them up.

In summary, liberalism has embraced several fundamental but imprecise elements. Moreover, at different points in history the liberal ideology has emphasized different aspects of its basic principles. Those elements which have appeared as fundamental to liberalism may be seen as: 

1. the idea of a compact between the people and their government
2. the right of revolution if the compact is violated
3. natural rights as belonging to all people
4. faith in and support of human rational potential
5. limited powers of government
6. majority rule tempered by minority rights
7. support of change in society

In summary, conservatism does contain basic beliefs and values beyond a mere mistrust of change. Certain core concepts remain throughout the long spectrum of the conservative ideology. They may be seen as:
 

1. high value on existing institutions as produced by custom and tradition
2. a belief in mankind's essential base and irrational nature
3. faith in some supernatural force guiding human affairs
4. acceptance of human inequality and the attending consequence of social hierarchy
5. recognition of the need for a sense of community among individuals that will bind them emotionally to their society.

Concluding Remarks

It has been said that no one who has a heart can resist being a liberal and that no one who has a brain can avoid being a conservative. Like most aphorisms this one contains a trace of truth wrapped in a maze of misperceptions. These two political ideologies offer to government leaders, policy makers, and thoughtful citizens a set of guides permitting some semblance of coherent conclusions regarding compelling social, economic and political issues.

Their common features include rejection of radicalism and its attending violent uprooting of established institutions and practices, acceptance of the need for restraints on the powers of government, advocacy of balance in society regarding individual rights and societal powers, and ultimately some root concerns for individual dignity. Most certainly disagreement abounds between the two ideologies when the outlines of such values are given clarity, but support of such basic principles enables supporters of each doctrine to work within the same governmental framework. This agreement to disagree in a civil manner surely constitutes one of mankind's most noble political achievements.

The preceding is offered as both a teaser and as food for further thought. Anyone, liberal or conservative, who really is concerned for the continuing welfare of this yet great nation would do well to read the full text of Dr. Riley's article on moderate political ideologies.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Policing the Streets in Texas...

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What is your perception of this encounter?



H/T Libertarian Republican