16 March 2008

Tips From Eliot Spitzer

Ok, I'm just wrong for posting this, I admit it.  I don't really care about the whole controversy and wasn't going to post on it.  And on a Sunday no less... I'm going to hell.



It's funny though. 
(Afterthought... possibly NSFW - subject, depending on where you work)

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15 March 2008

Quote Of The Day

Can you spell irony Senator?  Hypocrite.

The Arizona senator said it showed that his fellow Republicans were "not responding to the will of the people."

McCain -- Feingold
McCain -- Kennedy
McCain -- Lieberman

"Fellow Republicans" my left pinkie toe.  The main thrust of the article is right, I expect there will be an attempt to disrupt the elections by al Qaeda as I've said before.  That doesn't make him any less of a hypocrite.

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14 March 2008

Undermining Democracy Part 3

When you see a farce like this, it's not hard to understand why other complaints about elections seem more credible than they actually are.  That it's an intentional strategy to make Democracy seem unworkable seems pretty clear to me.

Iran's reformist movement, which seeks democratic changes at home and better ties with the West, was largely sidelined in the race after most of its candidates were barred from running by Iran's clerical leadership.

If you read the article you might notice that the Iranian government pulling all the shenanigans is being called "conservative"... which is technically correct.  Of course every single recent article reporting on this Iranian election has done the same thing, many times, over and over within the article... you might say gratuitously.  I wonder why that is?  Why would the MSM keep labeling them "conservative" instead of "religious extremists", "theocrats", or most accurately "radical muslims"?  The MSM doesn't have an agenda... does it?

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Not Just A Number *UPDATED*

I'm not sure how long it wil be there, or if it constitutes Fair Use, so I'm just going to link to this and say "Bravo!  Well-played!!"

*UPDATE* To heck with it.  Maybe Gabriel Malor will stop by and let me know if commenting that the focus seems blurry to me and the font is a bit small, that constitutes Fair Use.  Probably not since this is an update and the intent to critique the image is now suspect.  If a copyright holder wants it down, email me and I'll take it down (I'll leave the link, you can deal with Engadget on your own) 

http://stashiu3.mee.nu/images/spitzer-client-9.jpg

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07 March 2008

Margaret Thatcher in Hospital *UPDATED*

I've always had (and still do have) a great respect for her intelligence and character.  She was a great friend to President Reagan and still is a great friend to America.  Here's hoping her stay in the hospital is short and uneventful.

The hospital described her as a model patient.

Better than I would be, that's certain.  heh.

*UPDATE*  She's out of the hospital and doing fine.

Carol Thatcher said her mother was hospitalized as a precaution.

"Very wisely, at her age and with a history of little strokes, they decided to err on the side of caution," she said. "But it's good news today. She is doing well."

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Most Liberals Are Conservative (And Most Conservatives Are Liberal)

When I talk bad about liberals, I should really say moonbats.  I can't stand moonbats.  Code Pink is full of hate-filled, socialist-loving, BDS-afflicted shrews.  IVAW is mostly made up from people who were either screw-ups in the military and have a grudge because they kept being slapped down, people who were never in the military, and maybe 5% who were good soldiers and now have sincere moral objections to the war.  Good on that 5% and I support them even though I don’t agree with them.  Why they associate with the other 95% I don't know.  There are many more examples and listing them would take hours.

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18 February 2008

Why I'm Not a Democrat

As a companion to the earlier post, I was thinking about my memories of JFK and Ronald Reagan.  Specifically, the pride I felt in America and a sense of hope for the future.

How is this different than what we see with Barack Obama?  I think of it as a matter of style over substance.  With JFK and Reagan, there were specific reasons and policies that engendered those good feelings.  Based in reality, they were healthy and developmentally sound.

I don't get the same feeling when I hear Obama.  He's a nanny-stater who has not been very specific in what his vision of the future might be, other than Hope and Change.  The Democratic nomination is (IMHO) still very much up for grabs.  Obama has an almost cultish following with swooning fans.  Hillary has a political machine and a "scorched-Earth" mentality that historically she has used without compunction.

This is Democratic Party politics at its finest.  Identity trumps platform, race and gender are more significant than policy.  "Chickens coming home to roost" is the order of the day and there will be screeching no matter who comes out on top.  If leaving the Republican Party was preferable to supporting a candidate that I can't trust, why would I even consider a political philosophy that is anathema to me?

I've mentioned to my parents more than once, "This is not the Democratic Party you grew up with."  I'm glad to say that they're starting to see the light.

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Undermining Democracy

Since the National Elections in 2000, has there been any election in the world that has escaped accusations of corruption?  In Mexico, Pakistan, the former Soviet Republic in Georgia, Iraq, Armenia, Russia, Kenya, our own elections in 2004 and 2006, among many others, there have been accompanying cries of “foul”.  While a few accusations may appear credible (or at least sincere), most accusations of fraud or corruption seem to be made without a shred of evidence.  Sometimes these accusations even come before the actual election.  Is this becoming standard practice just because the losing side wants to disrupt or discredit the results?  Do they hope to win concessions from the winners or the courts?  Or is there something more?

Two major systems that hate democracy are the Socialists and the Radical Islamists.  Both are failed systems that promote misery and consolidate power in a select few who have no regard for the freedoms of others.  Is it possible that one (or both) of these groups routinely contest election results in order to undermine democracy as a system?  I believe this is already happening. 

After creating controversy where none rightly exists, Socialists and Radical Islamists then point to that manufactured controversy as proof that Democracy is unworkable.  The other thing we keep seeing is attacks on voters during elections.  Terror, death, and discord all to undermine Democracy.  We will see more and more of all this over the next few years as they continue to attack our government and way of life.  The Socialist and Islamic Radical systems cannot outperform Democracy at any level.  They can only try to tear it down hoping to fill the resulting power vacuum.  Creating discord and lowering confidence in the Democratic process is just one more way of attacking their much-stronger enemies… us.

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17 February 2008

Liberalism Disorder?

Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness," makes the case for extreme liberalism being a mental disorder.

I have no problem with that.

Via The Jawa Report

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