Kim du Toit Speaks To The GOP... They Should Listen
Kim du Toit always has good stuff, but this is exceptional. He accurately describes why many conservatives no longer have any use for the GOP and what the Republican Party can do to bring us back. We're conservatives first... try to be conservative.
Hereâ€™s your blueprint. Get back to these bedrock principles, and youâ€™ll win everything.
Bush Administration To Prepare Global Warming Initiative?
One of the many things I disagree with John McCain about is his belief in global warming. Or is it just called climate change now? Since most of the data coming out now shows there is no global warming, that means man must be causing the Earth to cool, right? Gotta love the moonbat logic.
Much of the world has jumped on the global warming (sorry, climate change) bandwagon as a means of gaining influence and power. With the Democratic Party pandering to the far left and anti-American elements throughout the world, the Bush administration appears headed towards an attempt to head them off at the pass.
History makes it clear that the best "stimulus" package is a tax cut but you won't see calls for that, which shows where their real agenda is.
Posted by: Machinist at 12 April 2008@14:01:13 (yFIK0)
It hit me tonight that when you say the MSM is biased, you're being too kind, too optimistic. You're implying that they have leftist principles. Now, while leftist principles are leftist, they at least are principles.
I think that's giving them too much credit. The MSM is not motivated by wanting to put out a consistent version of reality, much less an honest one. They just want to entertain--to get people's attention so people will buy their product and/or justify good rates charged to the advertisers. That the result usually backs the leftist version is caused by the fact that most people actually share the leftist vision, so they're inclined to grab it. But it's a characteristic of the audience which happens to be shared by the journalists. Were the audience to be much more heavily conservative, the stories we hear now would not get the attention, and the MSM would tailor their reporting accordingly. They don't care about the facts, nor the propaganda. They just care about holding our attention so they can get our money.
Posted by: kishnevi at 12 April 2008@19:54:42 (XlB4F)
I agree, Kishnevi, but they want our money on their terms. If they really wanted "only" money they would emulate Fox News or Rush Limbaugh.
As for Yarmuth, if we're going to start comparing apples and oranges, he should also consider how much it would have cost if the US had another couple of 9/11s in the past 6+ years. How many jobs and how much CHIP money would those events have cost?
Posted by: DRJ at 12 April 2008@23:16:20 (wE7Og)
4That the result usually backs the leftist version is caused by the fact
that most people actually share the leftist vision, so they're inclined
to grab it.
I don't think most people share the leftist vision, although most of the MSM does. When you put conservatives, moderates, and libertarians together you have a large majority of the American people. The MSM panders to the far left because they're sympathetic to that view, along with the far left being the loudest.
Look at the success of Fox News compared to the networks. Fox is not really that conservative unless you compare them to the rest of the national outlets. They try to be balanced and largely succeed, but they're still far more left than most people.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 12 April 2008@23:20:38 (nz1aS)
Exactly right DRJ, the costs of not fighting terrorism would be far more than what we've spent on Iraq and Afghanistan. The problem is, Democrats contend that we haven't done anything to make the United States safer, despite no major attacks in over 6 years. Far from it, they contend that we've made it more dangerous because we've made the terrorists mad at us. Idiots.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 12 April 2008@23:42:53 (nz1aS)
That's a pet peeve of mine, Stash. Fox isn't a righty station, it's just less left-of-center than the others. After all, they get their news feeds from AP, like everybody else.
I'd be delighted if our media were motivated solely by greed. Anybody seen Front Page? (The original; I can't vouch for any remakes. Actually, I think I saw it on-stage. Anyhow!)
No, our current crop of journo's are post-Watergate activists who want to Shape the Narrative and Make a Difference. Reporting the news is way beneath them.
The good news is, I doubt many kids are going into journalism these days. The jobs are too few and the brand is tarnished.
Posted by: S. Weasel at 13 April 2008@09:48:24 (Dy8+A)
I must agree with Gentle Weasel on this one. Only hardcore political bias would lead a major network to smear a president with forged documents before an election and make themselves a laughing stock with risible claims of fake but accurate when exposed. Major papers in New York, LA, and elsewhere have damaged themselves financially through there extreme partisan bias. The source, journalism schools, seem to be infecting those who pass through. This is what has led to the rise of talk radio and internet channels. Why would anyone interested in the truth look to MSM? It just carries predictable propaganda.
Posted by: Machinist at 13 April 2008@11:38:14 (yFIK0)
DRJ nailed the point earlier. If they were only interested in making money, at least some of them would be emulating Rush Limbaugh because of how successful he's been. It hasn't happened because it doesn't advance their own agenda (and too many of their liberal employees would be calling in sick, filing disability claims for Rush-traumatic Stress Disorder, etc...)
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 13 April 2008@23:24:39 (Q5ggV)
Brown Will Not Attend Olympic Opening Ceremonies
The Prime Minister of the Britain, Gordon Brown, has announced he will not attend the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics in China.
The confirmation from Brown's Downing Street
office means he is the second major world leader after German
Chancellor Angela Merkel to do so.
House left open the possibility Wednesday that U.S. President George W.
Bush might also skip the opening ceremonies, which some world leaders
have suggested would serve as a signal of displeasure over China's
crackdown in Tibet.
However, Brown's Downing Street office said he was not boycotting the Olympics and would attend the closing ceremony.
An anonymous source in Brown's office said it wasn't a boycott of the Opening Ceremonies either.
Brown has been under intense pressure from
human rights campaigners to miss the Aug. 8 opening. However, Brown's
decision not to attend was not aimed at sending a message of protest to
the Chinese government, the spokeswoman said on condition of anonymity
in line with government policy.
She said the decision had been made weeks ago and was not a stand on principle.
"He had never planned to attend," she said. "There is absolutely no change in our position."
Good for Chancellor Merkel and I hope PM Brown will clarify whether his absence is a political statement or not. I also hope more join in, or even try to out-do each other (total boycott?). heh.
Meanwhile, the city elders of San Francisco decided that the Torch is the equivalent of VP Cheney: they sent to an undisclosed location.
But also in SF there were plenty of people who came out to support the the Torch (not sure if they were also supporting the Chinese government too, or just came out to support the Olympics), drawn mostly from the Chinese community there.
Posted by: kishnevi at 09 April 2008@20:57:00 (xtp2U)
I think most of the supporters were out there to support the Olympics and because some people like that kind of thing. It's hilarious that the SF folks found a way to piss off everybody who came out and many who didn't. They really don't have a clue about what makes people tick.
My parents loved parades... going in person or even watching them on television. They have more video of the parade at Disney than all their other Disney footage combined.
I hate parades (and Mom & Dad, if you're reading this, I hated Sunday Drivestm that went on for hours without going anywhere too. Just sayin').
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 09 April 2008@21:52:26 (tarqT)
"They really don't have a clue about what makes people tick."
They find they are better off without facts. Those churlish facts have a nasty habit of not agreeing with what they PREFER to believe.
Posted by: Machinist at 09 April 2008@22:48:57 (yFIK0)
4Those churlish facts have a nasty habit of not agreeing with what they PREFER to believe FEEL is true.
Fixed it for ya Mac.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 09 April 2008@23:00:38 (tarqT)
In many cases I don't give them that much credit. I think too many liberals know their positions suck. That is why they push them on others but evade them for themselves and their families.
No vouchers as public schools are better for kids, but not my kids.
Section 8 housing? We must welcome these people as our neighbors, but not in my neighborhood.
Social security? Not for politicians, are you kidding???
Posted by: Machinist at 09 April 2008@23:07:44 (yFIK0)
That's why it's FEELING as opposed to THINKING Sir. If they had to use reasoning skills, they could never support their own positions. All they're left with is emotional skills which are a poor substitute for reality-based thought. Read some of Dr. Sanity's stuff about progressive philosophy's reliance on denial. It really makes the liberal mindset easier to understand (not agree with or even be able to stomach very long... but understand).
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 09 April 2008@23:21:37 (tarqT)
I have been meaning to go there and I will. I know many liberals are sincere and while I may disagree and even consider them a threat it is the hypocrites I have contempt for. Do you think Hillary does not know that socialism is a failure? She does not care. It is a means for her to get power.
Posted by: Machinist at 09 April 2008@23:28:52 (yFIK0)
8She does not care. It is a means for her to get power.
Preaching to the choir Sir, preaching to the choir.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 10 April 2008@00:14:19 (tarqT)
But They Promised!!
China was awarded the Olympics largely based on their promise to improve their government position on human rights.
"It also betrays promises made by Chinese officials that human rights would improve in the run-up to the Olympics."
In 2001, China promised that if it won the right to host the Games,
"tremendous" human rights improvements would ensue, a pledge repeated
in October by Liu Jingmin, Beijing's vice-mayor and a top Games organiser.
How is that working out so far? Well, let's ask Mr. Hu Jia... what? He's not available? Let's ask his wife then...
Hu's wife, Zeng Jinyan, 24, who recently gave birth to their first
child and is also a prominent rights activist, said the verdict was the
culmination of four years of harassment by authorities.
"He's been put under surveillance, been kidnapped. He's been put under
house arrest and now they have sentenced him to three and a half
years," Zeng told reporters outside the courthouse as she broke down in
"This is irrational and unfair."
Well that just can't be... the Chinese government promised they wouldn't do things like that anymore. What do they have to say about it?
Mugabe Concedes Defeat
In Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe finally conceded defeat in the recent elections.
"Mugabe has conceded to his closest advisers, the army,
police and intelligence chiefs. He has also told his family and
personal advisers that he has lost the election," Business Day
quoted an unidentified source as saying.
Raul Castro -- What's His Game?
Since Fidel Castro stepped down, Raul Castro has implemented several changes in the way Cuba is run.
Since Raul Castro succeeded his ailing brother Fidel Castro last month, Cuba has ended restrictions on Cubans buying
computers, DVD players and cellular telephones.
Raul was in charge for a long time while Fidel was sick, actually looking more like a figurehead than the true leader of the country. Can Raul really be this progressive at 76 years of age? Their economy has taken some hits recently, especially in the tourism trade, so opening things up makes good economic sense. What I didn't know before was that Cuba used one currency for paying locals (soft Cuban pesos) and another (hard Convertible pesos) currency for real goods and services. This is never good. Maybe the changes are the only way to avoid "Viva la revolution!!"?
I guess we'll see how far this goes. In the meantime, I might start looking into a civilian contract position at Guantanamo. If things bust wide open there, getting in early on some beachfront property could be a good idea. Of course, with their good friend Chavez as an example, it would probably be Nationalized in six months anyway, so ... never mind, I'll stay where I'm at.
CFO Of Clinton Library Building Company Goes Missing
Let the conspiracy theories commence! The CFO of the company which built the Clinton Library has gone missing.
"He may be under some kind of compulsion ... some
kind of blackmail, that's a scenario you could dream up," said his
brother, Roger Glasgow. "We're not suggesting any of these scenarios
because we just don't know. But it does open up a Pandora's box of
The company is undergoing an audit, but says that there is no money missing.
Weeks before his disappearance, his wife Melinda
found him pacing in their kitchen as the end-of-the-year audit period
approached. Dillard's had sent "absolutely relentless" auditors to
review CDI's books, she said.
Nothing to see here, move along. He just went "walkabout". It will be interesting if the Obama campaign mentions this at all to draw attention away from his ties to Rezko.
I would doubt there is any direct connection with Clinton; but on the theory that Clinton would attract people just as sleazy as himself, there is probably some hanky panky going on with the books which Glasgow was afraid would be exposed.
Posted by: kishnevi at 17 March 2008@22:32:37 (456EJ)
I completely agree. The internet conspiracies are going to start up though, you can count on it. If Obama were as sneaky as the Clintons, I'd expect a sub-rosa campaign to make a connection between them and Glasgow.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 17 March 2008@22:45:32 (Q5ggV)
I've been looking for the Clintons to push that angle, nothing makes them feel better and look better than crazies attacking them.
In the 90s, if you said anything bad about them people always, and I mean always, always, always, said something like, "Oh, so you think they killed Vince Foster and had the State Police kill their political rivals and... blah, blah, blah-freaking conspiracy theory, blah".
Just like the people these days when you say something like, "I don't like McCain because of his stance on illegal immigration." will reply, "Oh, so you have McCain Derangement Syndrome, huh?"
It's a beautiful, fact-free and fair-play-free way of discrediting your opposition.
Posted by: Veeshir at 19 March 2008@10:55:13 (zXUuJ)
Their specialty. If Obama's camp doesn't start something, you're probably right... somebody in the Clinton camp will start their own whispering campaign just so they have something to cry "Foul!" against.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 19 March 2008@11:55:29 (Q5ggV)
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DRJ nailed the point earlier. If they were only interested in making money, at least some of them w... entry
I must agree with Gentle Weasel on this one. Only hardcore political bias would lead a major network... entry
That's a pet peeve of mine, Stash. Fox isn't a righty station, it's just less left-of-center than th... entry
Exactly right DRJ, the costs of not fighting terrorism would be far more than what we've spent on Ir... entry
That the result usually backs the leftist version is caused by the fact
that most people actually s... entry
I agree, Kishnevi, but they want our money on their terms. If they really wanted "only" money they ... entry
It hit me tonight that when you say the MSM is biased, you're being too kind, too optimistic. You'r... entry
History makes it clear that the best "stimulus" package is a tax cut but you won't see calls for tha... entry
She does not care. It is a means for her to get power. Preaching to the choir Sir, preaching to the... entry
I have been meaning to go there and I will. I know many liberals are sincere and while I may disagre... entry
That's why it's FEELING as opposed to THINKING Sir. If they had to use reasoning skills, they could... entry
In many cases I don't give them that much credit. I think too many liberals know their positions suc... entry
Those churlish facts have a nasty habit of not agreeing with what they PREFER to believe FEEL is tru... entry
"They really don't have a clue about what makes people tick." They find they are better off without... entry
I think most of the supporters were out there to support the Olympics and because some people like t... entry
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