★★★★ One of the leaders of the so-called Intellectual Dark Web (IDW), Dave Rubin has risen to prominence over the last five years as the host of "The Rubin Report" talk show, in which he engages in long-form discussions with political and cultural thinkers from across the ideological spectrum. In this article (all-be-it a bit lengthy), Rubin is being interviewed. He is not unlike other liberals who have turned conservative in many areas.
★★★★ Who are the real actors? The Making of a Computer-Generated Influencer and Whom among the come-lately movie stars is not an animation? 'Lil Miquela' at left, tests power of a fabricated social-media celebrity, and investor interest in fake characters. Miquela Sousa, who recently graced billboards from London to Japan as part of an Ugg advertising campaign, ticks off all the boxes for a model of the moment: She is exotic, attractive and huge on Instagram. The Story
★★★★ The Global SwampMaybe Donald Trump should export red MAGA caps to France and the United Kingdom. Make France Great Again. Ditto England. The recent photos of a shell-shocked Emmanuel Macron and beyond-beleaguered Theresa May show what a heavy lift renewed greatness has become for once-great nations. How come? Europeans rebuilt their economies from WWII rubble and did so quickly. At the same time, they erected a welfare system to ensure social well-being, and its caught up with them. An OpEd by Daniel Henninger
★★★★★★ Who Are the Most Powerful People in America? The genius of America is that it was set up as a representative government, but increasingly, Americans are ruled over by leaders who are unelected, and very powerful. Philip Hamburger, the first outed conserative Law Professor at Columbia University, unmasks the people who are really ruling our lives. This unambiguous, clearly defined and concise video has to be seen by everyone especially the younger generations. The Video
★★★★ GOODBYE TO CALIFORNIA. The process of California's demise from the "Golden State" to 3rd World status has been slow but steady; supported and enabled by uber-liberal politicians, with rich elitist Hollywood Celebrities, dotcom CEO billionaires, disengaged millennials and illegal aliens. With California now a "Sanctuary State" and their libtard Democratic state legislature pushing for voting rights for illegal aliens, the state will never recover. You may recognize these symptoms in other cities too. Two great articles are here,
each from a different perspective. UPDATED
★★★★★ It Has Happened! A Chinese researcher sparked controversy in November (2018) when he claimed he'd produced the world's first genetically edited babies. He Jiankui said, he used Crispr to alter the genes of a pair of twins while they were embryos to create the first so-called designer baby. It was a moment many bioethicists had feared was inevitable, particularly in the world's most populous country.
The Story & Videos
★★★★★ CHANGE OF WATCH ★★★★★ Tuesday December 4th will go down in Sarasota Patriots history as the first CHANGE OF WATCH of our club since its inception. It was the day that our endearing and faithful Leader Beth Colvin retired after ten years. She has chosen a successor who has spoken to us twice, one who is well connected in the political arena and a true Patriot in his own right. In Beth's own words.
★★★★★ What would we do without electricity? We are now as dependent on Electricity as the Oxygen we breathe. This was not the case of the not too distant past. What will we do without those volts, amps and watts when that day comes? And when it does, we will have three days before food spoils, medicine and water run out, batteries die, and society will collapse. It can arrive in one of three ways, two by man, and one by nature which is inevitable. It happened once, it will again for which we would have a half a day to prepare. It's just a matter of time.
★★★★★ If you have wondered where Obama came from and just how he quickly moved from obscurity to President, or why the media is "selective" in what we are told, here is the man who most probably put him there and is responsible. He's anti-God, anti-family, anti-American, and anti-good. ✡ He killed and robbed his own Jewish people. His name is George Soros. He is a multi-billionaire atheist, with skewed moral values, and a sociopath's lack of conscience. He considers himself an elitist world class philosopher and despises the American way.
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★★★★★ Americans Turned to Trump to Roll Back the Progressive Tide. Why? One writer puts it; Todays Democrat Party is the party of Deviants. Still another says; "The Dems ain't your grandparents Democrats..." ... I refer to the liberalism now metamorphisized into progressivism. At the heart of the thinking are such Democrats as Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others.
A frank analysis by Joseph Epstein
★★★★★ Rush Limbaugh's epic answer to a 13-Year-Old: on "Why Becoming an American Shouldn't Be Easy". A thirteen year Catholic school girl called in for information and opinion on why it should be easier for immigrants to become U.S. citizen for a school debate. Rush's reply was one of those that come along once a week or so, where he really sends it
Out of the park.
★★★★★ Trump suffered a loss in the 2016 elections but not a repudiation.
I don't see it as everyone does. To me the headline is that for the first time since the election of the most polarizing president in modern memory, the American people yielded a national verdict on his first two years of his governance. And it was not a sweeping rebuke. Although not accustomed to it, Trump should now think the Democrats as his board." Peggy Noonan's Thoughts
★★★★★ The projections are starting to materialize in parts of the US, forming the contours of the climate migration to come. And in the not too distant future, your grandchildren are going to have to make moral judgments about what to protect and what to let go. Sea Level Rise Along Americas Shores: The Slow Tsunami - envisions apocalyptic scenes where millions of people, largely from south Florida, will become "a stream of refugees moving to higher ground". New Florida home buyers are saying "I just can't see our Florida (or Arizona) home is a good investment for 20-30 years with climate change coming our way." Last summer, Phoenix was so hot that road signs and mailboxes melted.
★★★★★★ I HAVE A PLAN TO DESTROY AMERICA. Richard D. Lamm was a Democrat who sserved as governor of Colorado for twelve years from 1975 to 1987. In 2005, he gave a speech, on the perils and destructive effects of multiculturalism. It eventually became viral on line and written about by numerous columnists 13 years ago sadly with no effect with his fellow Democrats. Richard is no longer with us, but is he was, what would he say today? [In remembrance of a Decent Democrat]. The Governors Speech (includes audio)
★★★★★★ EVERY SINGLE THING IS NOW DIFFERENT: THE KAVANAUGH MOMENT IS NOT DONE. IT IS JUST BEGINNING. I have felt a paradigm shift underway, and I find it hard to believe others are not experiencing the same dynamic in some capacity. The left does not wish to co-exist with the right in this country; they wish to extinguish us. We are locked into an existential battle for the future of western civilization. That is the reality in which we now live. David Bahnsen Opinion.
★★★★★ It begins again.You may remember Jill Stein's quixotic effort to force a recount in the Trump election, when the left was loudest with its demands to dismantle the Electoral College. After all it's unfair: Hillary Clinton won the "popular vote" so she should win, right? Wrong! Then after the Kavanaugh hearings in Octover '18, whom the Democrats tired to block and lost, the rumblings started again. This time they even included changing the senatorial count to a populace ratio like the House of Representatives too.
The easy explanation
★★★★★ George Soros's March on Washington.
This is what we will be dealing with in the future and especially the lead up to the 2018 election. In addition to George Soros and a stealthy Obama there are a myriad of individuals and organizations poised to disrupt government & Trump by any means. In the exposé below there are thirteen linked groups of two dozen or more that are coordinating and organizing just for the purpose of causing chaos. The exposé.
★★★★★ Its new guard veers even further left against liberal values and toward progressive politics.
The ACLU was once a nonpartisan organization focused on liberty and equality before the law. In recent years it has chosen its battles with an increasingly left-wing sensibility. In doing so, it has become considerably more equivocal and sometimes even hostile toward core civil liberties concerns of free speech and due process. Who could say it better than Wendy Kaminer and Alan Dershowitz. You'll find their OpEd here.
★★★★★Explaining American Leftists Parts II & III - The contin-uation of the series by Dennis Prager. ...Another generally denied, if not hidden, left-wing belief is contempt for America describing America as xenophobic, misogynistic, imperialist, homophobic.... The greatest provider of meaning for the vast majority of human beings has been religion. In the West, Christianity and to a lessor degree, Judaism) provided nearly all people of the Bible, a divinely inspired text to guide their lives; a religious community; answers to life's fundamental questions; and, above all, meaning: The details.
★★★★★ It's called Communism, and it's around, more than ever, Thanks to Obama and the Democrat Party, they gave us economic ills, divisiveness amongst Americans, moral decline, creation of new sexual clasifications, P.C. run amuck and deterioration of the peoples military. They were all part of Obama's intended and calculated legacy - Communism. We hear you saying, "You must be kidding". Communism is dead. It hasn't been around since The Berlin Wall came down in 1989 and the The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Well You'd Be WRONG! In 1992 A communist strategy meeting (for the US) was held at the Univ. of Calif. Berkeley, for the sole purpose of updating their objectives originally proposed in 1963. The details, party objectives with official documentation is here.
★★★★ Just as it says: The Sarasota Patriots will be limiting new posts until Kavanaugh situation is resolved and using the time to do a little house cleaning and evaluation of our website's future direction.
Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners. ~
★★★★ What Does Female Empowerment Mean? The ability of strong people, whether men or women, to withstand noxious behavior and move on with life, rather than wallowing in the self-pity, victimhood, anger, contempt for men, lies ("colleges have a culture of rape") and ingratitude (for living in one of the best countries, if not the best country, a woman can live in in the world today) that have permeated feminism from Betty Friedan to today.
★★★★ Kimberly Strassel: The Dark Art of Political Intimidation" A Prager U video by WSJ OpEd journalest SRQPATS favorite.
★★★★ Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: Is God Dead? Many have accepted the cultural narrative that he's obsolete-that as science progresses, there is less need for a "God" to explain the universe. Yet it turns out that the rumors of God's death were premature. More amazing is that the relatively recent case for his existence comes from a surprising place-science itself.
Here's the story:
"Social Justice" is a term you hear almost every day. But did you ever hear anybody define what it actually means? Jonah Goldberg of the American Enterprise Institute tries to pin this catchall phrase to the wall. In doing so, he exposes the not-so-hidden agenda of those who use it. What sounds so caring and noble turns out to be something very different.
Prager Univ. Video
★★★★ The Famous leaked GOOGLE video presented by Breitbart is here. A video recorded by Google shortly after the 2016 presidential election reveals an atmosphere of panic and dismay amongst the tech giant's leadership, coupled with a determination to thwart both the Trump agenda and the broader populist movement emerging around the globe. Co-founder Sergey Brin can be heard comparing Trump supporters to fascists and extremists. Brin argues that like other extremists, Trump voters were motivated by "boredom," which he says in the past has led to fascism and communism.
The Story & Video
★★★ Evergreen State sees 'catastrophic' drop in enrollment this fall after social justice meltdown Evergreen State College enrollment plummeted after fallout from the controversial "Day of Absence" in May 2017 when all white people were asked to leave the campus. The publicly funded college - committed to social justice - became the poster child of a campus overrun by hyper-political correctness when students shut down the campus and shouted down then-evolutionary biology professor Bret Weinstein for merely questioning the event kicking white people off campus.
The Story & Video
★★★ The Circus of Resistance The resistance to Donald Trump was warring on all fronts recently. Democratic senators vied with pop-up protestors in the U.S. Senate gallery to disrupt and, to derail the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court. U.S. Senator Cory Booker played Spartacus, Elizabeth Warren, who still insists she is of Native American heritage, called for the president to be removed by invoking the 25th Amendment. Barack Obama decided that ex-presidents should attack current presidents, and thereby reminded the country why Trump was elected.
★★★★★ The liberal world order established by the United States a little over seven decades ago is collapsing. This should not be surprising as it was always a historical anomaly. Less than 80 years ago, liberalism outside North America was on its death bed. Dictatorships were thriving, the great powers were fighting their second global conflagration, and acts of unspeakable inhumanity were being committed in the very heart of Western Judeo-Christian civilization and in the ancient civilizations of the East. The very idea of progress seemed absurd.
★★★★ A Dennis Prager critique of an OpEd in the New York Times - Americas Leading Newspaper of "Anti-American Hate". The story is by Guyanese Prof. Ekow N. Yankah entitled "Can My Children Be Friends With White People?" And of course Donald Trump is to blame.
★★★ The Invention That Changed the World. Sixty years ago, Jack Kilby from from Great Bend, Kansas, created one of the greatest inventions, in the history of mankind. Kilby recently had started at Texas Instruments as an electrical engineer. Most everyone left on a mandated summer break, but he stayed in the lab and worked tinkering with a transistor, and came up with the greatest invention since fire - or maybe indoor plumbing - his integrated circuit.
The Story & Video
★★★★ America's Next Civil War Will Be Worse Than Our Last. Of that we can be sure The difference between the America of today and the America of what seems like just yesterday is that we once had a common culture. As recently as 1990, Ken Burns could make a Civil War documentary for PBS and let historian Shelby Foote wax eloquent on the martial prowess of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest - something that now would likely get them both tarred, feathered, and Twitter-banned.
The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses. - Vladimir Lenin
★★★ NEW MONEY. Belarusian designer Andrey August has turned our new Federal Reserve Notes 90 degrees. When they become available is uncertain. The only major change is Jackson is no longer on the $20 - he must offend someone. The Jefferson $2 is uncertain. It is U.S. government policy that all designs of U.S currency remain legal tender, regardless of when they were issued. This policy includes all denominations of Federal Reserve notes, from 1914 to the present. Click image for enlargement. For current design info and history
★★★★★ Getting Rid of Trump Is All That Matters to Mueller Donald Trump represents the gravest threat to their lifestyle, to their careers, to their standing, to their daily contentment and happiness, the greatest threat they've ever faced. He is specifically what they despise. He is specifically what they have arranged. I mean, these people in the Washington establishment thought they had it all taken care of, that Trump could not happen, that an outsider knowing so little about how Washington works and using so few people and resources from inside the Beltway, no way could anybody ever beat them. They thought that they had a closed system that nobody could infiltrate, that nobody could come in and win.
by Rush Limbaugh
★★★★ From a 'real' spy's perspective. Brennan's mediocrity. Retired CIA operations and case officer Charles Faddis, writes an open letter to John Brennan. Charles is the author of "Beyond Repair: The Decline And Fall Of The CIA". Lets hope his message gets out.
And they all sign.
★★★ A Professor's contract with students: 'Drop the class immediately if you are triggered by free speech' James Pesta, an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, has taken a novel approach when it comes to dealing with the increasing number of students railing against academic ideas they don't agree with - a two-page contract given to his students on the first day of class that asks them to drop the course if they are "triggered" or offended by certain ideas or beliefs.
And they all sign.
Gratitude is the Oxygen of Happiness -
★★★★★ Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson? The Canadian psychology professor's stardom is evidence that leftism is on the decline - and deeply vulnerable. Two years ago, I saw one of my teenage sons watching a strange YouTube video on the television. "What is that?" I asked. He turned to me earnestly and explained, "It's a psychology professor at the University of Toronto talking about Canadian law." "Huh?" I said, but he had already turned back to the screen. I figured he had finally gotten to the end of the internet, and this was the very last thing on it. Caitlin Flanagan Explains
★★★★ Man Made Earthquakes in OLKAHOMA. Following an earlier story on Red Tide, we bring you another example of a man made event wreaking havoc. There is no disputing FRACKING causes earthquakes, although the petroleum / fracking industry will say otherwise. In 2008 there were 2 earthquakes in Okla. Fracking began in 2009. By 2015 there were there were 887! And this has nothing to do with Fracking - give us a break! The story, chart & video
★★★★ Yes, Red tide has been documented in the 1500's by the Spanish explores. But no one can say a century of Florida development, that include the well manicured homes of our local keys, and inland gated resort communities with their myriad of golf courses, all with fertilizer runoff into our canals and creeks, in no way impacts red tide. Add to that the fertilizer runoff from agriculture that finds is way into our costal rivers that empty into the gulf haven't exasperated a hundred fold what other wise might be a trivial natural event. A National Geographic Report
★★★★ Google tracks your movements, like it or not. Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP's request. Google's support page states: "You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored." That isn't true. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking. (It's possible, although laborious, to delete it .) An AP Exclusive
★★★★★ Free speech is under siege, sending many to the Intelectual Dark Web. What is the I.D.W. and who is a member of it? It's hard to explain, which is both its beauty and its danger. Most simply, it is a collection of iconoclastic thinkers, academic renegades and media personalities who are having a rolling conversation - on podcasts, YouTube and Twitter, and in sold-out auditoriums - that soundss unlike anything else happening, at least publicly, in the culture right now. Feeling largely locked out of legacy outlets, they are rapidly building their own mass media channels.
NYT OpEd & Dave Rubin Video
In war, TRUTH is the First Casualty ~~ Aeschylus
★★★ Explaining American Leftists: Part I A great many Americans and virtually all of the mainstream media descend further and further into irrational and immoral hysteria - regularly calling the president of the United States and all of his supporters Nazis, white supremacists and the like. They regularly harass Republicans where they eat, shop and live - ending family ties and lifelong friendships. What is going on? How does one explain them?. Dennis Prager tries.
★★★★★ FEINSTEIN'S SPY California Senator Dianne Feinstein, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary has employed a Chinese Spy - 20 year staffer Chinese American Russell Lowe. Ironically she is the senior Democrat reporting to the justice department on President Trump's supposed dealings with Russia. The unanswered story & Lou Dobbs Video
UPDATE: Feinstein's ties to China Go Way Deeper Than the Spy Story implications, as her Chinese connection proves lucrative for Feinstein and her husband.
UPDATE II: Feinstein, a tenured Democrat gets a pass by congress on her staff Chinese Spy of 20 years. The reaction of the mainstream media? Barely a peep not unlike the other myriad of Democrats recently. Feinstein's reaction, "No big deal"! - "It's plenty serious," a Justice Department official said "Focusing on the driver function alone, .. was among the most trusted because among other things he heard everything that was discussed in the car." Wash Post Story
★★★★★ The WSJ spells it out like it is in this Freightening Article The threat to the U.S. electric grids is so serious that in June a group of presidential advisers said the country needs to prepare for a "catastrophic power outage" possibly caused by a cyberattack. The NIAC and chief executives of companies engaged in critical industries, said resources need to be stockpiled in community enclaves to prevent mass migrations of desperate people. "They've had access to the button but they haven't pushed it," said Jonathan Homer, Homeland Security's chief of industrial control system analysis. S c a r y
Young people are more likely to be liberal than conservative because they haven't lived long enough to know what DOES good,,, but they do know what FEELS good. -
★★★★ This antenna is the centerpiece of a $50 million station built by the Chinese military in Argentina! Warning: The Subject of China's expansion has been posted a couple of times here. The isolated base is one of the most striking symbols of Beijing's long push to transform Latin America & the Caribbean and will shape its future for generations to come, often in ways that directly undermine the United States' political, economic and strategic power in the region. We wont be here but our children will
★★★ Remember Radio? First AM (amplitude modulation) then FM (frequency modulation)? Well if you still listen its probably just in your car and to the local stations of your region. I still listen rather faithfully to AM radio but not to 77WABC's 50,000 watt tower of Rock & Roll's power on the east coast. I listen to Talk Radio, but only on a radio when I'm in my car. And it's more often than not on my iPhone using one of it's apps. And I dont choose a station, I choose the person I want to listen to prety much at anytime I want. - S.E. The App.
★★★★★ TRUMP HAS BEEN SET UP, FRAMED AND RELENT-LESSLY PERSECUTED BY THE AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY The frenzied furor and fomented outrage over President Donald Trump's reluctance to express blind trust for our "intelligence community" defy reason and reality. In their choreographed cries of contempt for Mr. Trump, the "left's" increasingly shrill proclamations of political apocalypse make "Chicken Little" look rational. Power is the only thing leftists worship, and they are unraveling in front of our eyes without it. The Story
★★★★★ 34 years ago, Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov, chillingly & accurately predicted how america would decline. President Trump was almost universally panned for the press conference that followed the meeting with Russia's President Putin in Helsinki. He was seen as capitulating to Russia by refusing to confront Putin on the issue of interference in American elections. In fact, Trump seemed to be saying he doesn't support the findings of his own intel agencies and instead prefers to take the Russian leader at his word. Even if he's changed his tune under the backlash. The Story
★★★★★ Political conservatives tend to be happier than liberals. A finding that has been labeled the 'happiness gap' in media reporting." A team of psychologists from the University of Southern California (USC) wrote in the new paper which compiled survey results from more than 50,000 participants in 16 countries, people who identified as political conservatives were more likely to find meaning and satisfaction in their lives than liberals were. A surprising NYT article plus...
★★★★★ How Globalism Is Killing Working Class America. What do Danville VA., Janesville WI., Columbia TN., Spring Hill SC., and Portsmouth OH., have in common? They all were small manufacturing towns that have been killed by the WTO and NAFTA. This during the reign of Clinton, with Bush, Ford, Carter and others in support. Fortunately things have begun to turn around under Trump. The Story of One of those towns.
We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, by the military-industrial complex where the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power will always exist. - Dwight D. Eisenhower
★★★★ Microsoft Calls for Federal Regulation of Facial Recognition. (Can you believe that?) Over the past year, Silicon Valley has been grappling with the way it handles our data, our elections, and our speech. Now it's got a new concern: our faces. In just the past few weeks, critics assailed Amazon for selling facial recognition technology to local police departments, and Facebook for how it gained consent from Europeans to identify people in their photos. And Microsoft has endured its own share of criticism lately around the ethical uses of its technolog. The Story
★★★★★ My 'Black Lives Matter' Problem - Wrong on crime, wrong on Israel, and wrong on education. As a staunch defender of Israel on moral grounds, I categorically condemn the moral ineptitude of the Black Lives Matter movement on this point. If there is a victim in the Middle East, it is the beleaguered state of Israel. The Jewish state is the only technologically advanced and democratic country in a region of illiberal, primitive, and human-rights-abusing nations that treat women worse than cattle and don't know the meaning of religious reciprocity.. The Story by Jason D. Hill
★★★★★ "If you don't believe in gay marriage, then drop my class". However the Wisconsin Supreme Court says otherwise when it sent a powerful message to America's elite universities: If you're going to promise academic freedom, you'd better deliver academic freedom. In a stinging ruling, the court held that Marquette [Catholic] University violated its own faculty handbook when it effectively terminated professor John McAdams for writing a blog post criticizing a graduate student instructor's attempts to silence debate about gay rights in her class. The Story
★★★★★ Liberals are hysterical because a long era of judge-made law may be about to end. The day after Justice Anthony Kennedy resigned, the New York Times's editorialists addressed "those who face the future in fear after Wednesday." Lest anyone miss the point, the Times said: "It is a dark moment in the history of the court and the nation, and it's about to get a lot darker." All this panic is supposed to be about the future of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision establishing abortion..... The OpEd
A house divided against itself cannot stand. - Abraham Lincoln, who got it from Mark 3:23-27; Matthew 12:25-29; Luke 11:17-22
★★★★ Alan Dershowitz says 'friends on Martha's Vineyard' are shunning him for defending Trump. He says he has been shunned - first by old political allies who have stopped inviting him to cocktail parties and dinners, and now by liberal elites who are trying to exclude him from their social circles on Martha's Vineyard. The fact that he voted for Obama & Clinton is not good enough for some of my old friends on the island he wrote. "For them, it is enough that what I have said about the Constitution, might help Trump." His Story + Post cover.
Look no further than California and other leftist states to see the same ideology being played out, and with the same consequences not far off.
A video by Prager U.
Why in Gods name are we having to negotiate with our own government to obey the law? - James Woods
★★ Folks have asked, "Why haven't we included more of George Will?". Simply put and using his words, he is an amorphic bombast. He's had delusions of grander in the hopes of being the next William Buckley and when that failed, his focus turned to Charles Krauthammer. Not wanting to be outclassed by Mr. Krauthammer, Mr. Will waited to after Krauthammer's passing to unleash his anti Republican & Trump barrage in a Washington post OpEd Saturday June 23. He was already lined up for the Sunday & Monday AM TV talk shows on the usual leftist networks. His OpEd uses such "clever verbiage" as; invertebrate, atrophied, Vesuvius of mendacities, (wow, that's a good one). There were vague references to Henry VIII, James Madison too. Add to those add "appropriate libretto attracts, and is attracted to, louts." And in summary Will writes, "And to those who say, "But the judges, the judges!"" That OpEd pretty much sums up why we have seldom included a George Will article. He is obsessed with sesquipedalian words, references to history, which he thinks along with his trademark spectacles, fools us we folk and common people too. Simply put he would rather support progressive than admit being wrong about Trump. Reference: Benedict Arnold, the Revolutionary War general who became synonymous with the word "traitor". And if that isn't enough he accused Reagan of selling out to Gorbachev. - S.E. A Story
★★★ The ABCs of L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ To help you understand the Gay / Lesbian community breakdown, below is a recent article posted in the New York Times, where else. Maybe all political persuasions, Liberals, Progressives, Conservatives and Libertarians should further describe themselves with new nomenclature - names for things especially in a science or other discipline." We then we can have a parade in celebration. We'll have to start working on that. Oh, most of us are covered by "Cisgender", although our gender identity is "assigned at birth".
Re-printed as a public service.
There is a reason why in New York Harbor we have the Statue of Liberty, not the Statue of Equality -Charles Krauthammer
★★★★Who's Afraid of Jordan Peterson? In an interview this week between British television journalist Cathy Newman and clinical psychologist and social philosopher Jordan Peterson, burned through the internet, in part because she was remarkably hostile and badgering. He, saying nothing revolutionary or even particularly fiery, was so interesting, that when it was over, you wanted to hear more from him and less from her.
Peggy Noonan's Story & Videos Note: This story has been re-positioned and updated.
Dangerous People are Teaching Your Kids. They are indoctrinating young minds throughout the West with their resentment-ridden ideology. They have made it their life's mission to undermine Western civilization itself, which they regard as corrupt, oppressive and "patriarchal." You're supporting ideologues who claim that all truth is subjective; that all sex differences are socially constructed; and that Western imperialism is the sole source of all Third World problems. They are the post-modernists, pushing "progressive" activism at a college near you.
The Story & Video
The Fracturing of the Jewish People. Israel has become a red state while U.S. Jews remain blue. "Israel is the home of all Jews," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared in his address to the American Jewish Committee Global Forum in Jerusalem recently. "Every Jew should feel at home in Israel." There is a lot of history packed into these terse sentences, and just as much controversy. But for most Jews, the U.S. isn't a temporary resting place interrupting ceaseless wandering; it is their permanent home.
see The Jewish People
The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter. -Winston Churchill
The jumbo jets dubbed Queen of the Skies are being phased out,
cut up for spare parts and recycling - RIP It's sheer size defies gravity. Its grace and elegance defy reason. The Boeing 747, mother of all jumbo jets, is in its twilight years for passenger service, leaving multitudes of travelers nostalgic for a time when air travel was comfy and exhilarating.
see Last Rites for the Boeing 747
The Attack on Educational Excellence. Schools once 'too Asian' were once branded 'too white' or 'too Jewish.' New York Mayor Bill de Blasio a progressive Democrat wanted to eliminate the entrance exam for the city's eight elite public high schools to ensure that more black and Hispanic students were admitted. State lawmakers, citing opposition from Asian families, blocked the move. Good for them.
'I must be doing something right': Billionaire George Soros faces renewed attacks with defiance. George Soros, the billionaire investor and liberal donor, sat in his hotel suite by Lake Zurich this week, lamenting the turn much of the world has taken in recent years: "Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong." Hillary's Loss, Brexit, the rise of Nationalism and anti-immigrant sentiment which runs counter to the globalism Soros embraces.
see Soros Today.
"We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately." - Benjamin Franklin
"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." - Mark Twain
1968 - The Year Politics Collapsed The class of 1968 included Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump. The modern era of American politics-defined by polarization and nonstop intensity-began with the cataclysmic events of 1968, now celebrating, if that's the right word, its 50th anniversary. Nineteen sixty-eight was one of most insufferable and abhorrent ever to happen inside the U.S., producing war, assassinations and riots. And yes, it begun the fight that seemingly has no end.
The end of a more innocent time.
The War On Wisdom The fact that one of our two major political parties is advocating lowering the voting age to 16 is a good example of the absence of wisdom among a large segment of the adult population. Is the left-wing belief in the notion of "cultural appropriation" - such as the left's recent condemnation of a white girl for wearing a Chinese dress to her high school prom - wise? Or is it simply moronic? Is it wise to provide college students with "safe spaces" - with their hot chocolate, stuffed animals and puppy videos - in which to hide whenever a conservative speaker....
by Dennis Prager
Wisdom of a Non-Idiot Billionaire Today young people have no particular loyalty to or affection for free-market capitalism, the economic system that made America a great thing in history and a magnet for the world. There are two reasons. One is that in their short lives they've witnessed and experienced only capitalism's scandals - the 2008 crash, inequality. The other is that they've never heard capitalism defended - not in K through college, not in our entertain-ment culture.
Ken Langone - Founder Home Depot.
"The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people."
Kanye West Had One of the Best Tweets of All Time After a nearly yearlong social-media hiatus, polarizing rap star Kanye West re-emerged on Twitter last month. He shocked the mainstream media by expressing admiration for President Donald Trump. He tweeted: "Don't follow crowds. Follow the innate feelings inside of you. Do what you feel not what you think." He also tweeted: "there was a time when slavery was the trend and apparently that time is still upon us. But now it's a mentality."
Great OpEd, by Jason Whitlock - Fox Sports
American journalism is over! The Recent Correspondents' Association soirée isn't just bad, it's bad for America. Let this one be the last. The dinner was decadent. It is the Capitol elite in "The Hunger Games." It takes place in the great political capital of the world, with its most powerful figures in journalism and politics, and they giggle at dirty jokes. It is weird. They are, almost all of them, better than that. But they invited the comedian and acted out mirth. Everyone who laughed was lowered.
Peggy Noonan at her best (plus video)
Leftism Is Not Liberalism. So then, what is the difference between a leftist and a liberal? The two have almost nothing in common. On the contrary, liberalism has far more in common with conservatism than it does with leftism. The left has appropriated the word "liberal" so effectively that almost everyone - liberals, leftists and conservatives - thinks they are synonymous.
But they aren't. Let's look at some important examples. by Dennis Prager
How do civil wars happen?Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can't settle the question through elections because they don't even agree that elections are how you decide who's in charge. That's the basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war. "A house divided against itself will not stand."
Are We Free to Discuss America's Real Problems? There is a lot of abstract talk these days on American college campuses about free speech and the values of free inquiry, with plenty of lip service being paid to expansive notions of free expression and the marketplace of ideas. What I've learned, that's snot so, when people are confronted with speech they don't like. Amy Wax University of Penn. is still under attack for her previous OpEd's. Ms. Wax's continuing saga
Smartphones Have Destroyed a Generation? & Your Smartphone Reduces Your Brainpower, Even If It's Just Sitting There More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they're on the brink of a mental-health crisis. Even A silent, powered-off phone can still distract the most dependent users. Two Essays, Two Authors and Two Videos
"I fear the day technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots." -
Trump needs to send China a clear message about what's going on in the Bahamas. Americans should be concerned about China's economic and political influence on the Bahamas that we first wrote about in an Exclusive story of ours a year ago. With what's going on tin the South China Sea, remember the Bahamas are our closest off shore neighbor, only 50 miles from Florida. The Story Updated April '18. 2018 Update - Communist Perspective - Business Viewpoint
I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas before the national good. I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens.
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Someone is watching you at Purdue University. The same IT infrastructure that manages student assignments and grades, operates residential and dining facilities, and support scientific research produces as a byproduct, massive amount of information. We know where each student is anytime - which is virtually all the time - their mobile devices are connected to our WiFi network. When they enter their dorm, or dining court, or recreational facility, they swipe in, and a machine captures the time and place. Whether they're in class or in their rooms. Is this a good thing? by Mitch Daniels, Pres. Purdue U.
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." - Edmund Burke
The Saudis Take On Radical Islam, The crown prince charts a course toward moderation, which prevailed before the 1979 attack on Mecca when Iranian revolutionaries overthrew the shah. Sunni Islamic extremists tried to take over the Grand Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Islam's holiest shrine. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hadn't been born, but he is fighting the ghosts of 1979 as he dramatically reforms the kingdom. The Story & 60 Minutes Video
Four Thugs - One Elected!
The Penn Law School Progressives, Scores a Victory The Penn Law School Progressives, Scores a Victory. The campus mob at the Ivy League's University of Pennsylvania Law School has scored a hit. Prof. Amy Wax will no longer be allowed to teach required first-year courses, the school's dean announced last week. Now the leader of Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania, Asa Khalif, wants Ms. Wax's scalp. Typical for the Ivy League.
Even at the Univ, of Penn.
★★★★Explaining Jews Why are Jews liberal?The question is entirely legitimate since Jews (outside of Israel) are indeed over-whelmingly liberal and disproportionately left of liberal as well. For example, other than blacks, no American group votes so lopsidedly for the Democratic Party. And the question is further sharpened given that traditional Jewish values are not leftist. That is why the more religiously involved the Jew, the less likely he is to be on the Left.
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★★★★Ben Stein's Last Column. How Can Someone Who Lives in Insane Luxury Be a Star in Today's World? How can a man or woman who makes an eight-figure wage and lives in insane luxury really be a star in today's world, if by a 'star' we mean someone bright and powerful and attractive as a role model? Real stars are not riding around in the backs of limousines or in Porsches or getting trained in yoga or Pilates and eating only raw fruit while they have Vietnamese girls do their nails.....
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★★★★Trump separates Americans from the Un-Americans. At Trumps State of the Union speach, we saw heroes rise in the House Chamber and we saw the Congressional Black Caucus members in kente cloth scowling through the good news about African-American unemployment. Rep. Pelosi grimaced and Senator Schumer glared through President Trump's appeal for bipartisanship. Senator Booker stared hatefully and Elizabeth Warren ranted hysterically on Twitter. The Democrats and the media called the speech divisive." You've got to be kidding
★★★★★ Democrats' DACA fight is a power play designed to turn Dreamers into a new army of liberal voters A Memo obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation co-authored by Jennifer Palmieri, Hillary Clinton's former director of communications, states this clearly: "The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party's future success." Concise, to the point & covers all bases.
"Time is nature's way to keep everything from happening all at once." - John Wheeler
Sign on to a Quantum Computer - They Need You - Since 2016, IBM has offered online access to a quantum computer. Anyone can log in and execute commands on a 5-qubit or 14-qubit machine located in Yorktown Heights, New York, from the comfort of their own home. This month, I finally tried it-nervously. I did not know what I was doing and worried I might break the hardware. "You won't mess anything up," IBM physicist James Wootton assured me via Skype.
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Competing with String Theory is Emergence Theory - Still in the early stage of development, emergence theory attempts to unify, through mathematical and scientific rigor, the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, and consciousness.
This video is presented in layperson terms and explains basics tenets of emergence theory, quantum mechanics and digital physics in ways that are meant to be communicative and fun. ..."Reality is made of information which is created by observation (See double slit experiment) by something conscious."
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Vibrating Strings - Einstein's Relativity, the Realm of the large and Quantum Mechanics the domaine of the very small come together in one theory called String Theory. It is the leading contender for an equation which works for both, but only if one allows for a multi dimensional universe. Updated 03/18. Essay & VideoUpdated for Atheists November 2018
This is Doctor Quantum. He will show you what has been called the grandaddy of quantum physics experiments. This mind boggling, nonintuitive experiment was performed for the first time by Thomas Young in 1801. It was part of a classical physics experiment well before quantum mechanics was discovered in the 1838 discovery of cathode rays by Michael Faraday and made popular in 1900 by Max Planck with his quantum hypothesis. Here is the story of the Double Slit Experiment - a Video
We all remember from our science class that the speed of light was 186,000 mi./sec +/-. Also we remember learning nothing can go faster - right? That may not be so as a recent theory in Quantum Physics has an Instant reaction being possible over galactic distances. In other words, communications between Earth and Mars would be instantaneous . No more waiting the 13 min., 48 sec., for Rover's radio signal to arrive. This phenomena made Einstein fatootsed. He called it "Spooky action at along distance". [The simples explanation] [In layman's language]
NASA's Parker Solar Probe launches on a mission to study the sun and its dangers This is our third article on this very real possibility - which deals with the worst case scenario. In the others the emphasis was on an electrical grid take-down by hackers, leaving only motor driven and battery devices working. This is the ultimate when nothing electrical works - not even your car. 100 years ago it's impact would be slight, today it would doom society as we know it, leaving few survivors. . [A National Geographic Story]
Are We Alone? Maybe. The Better Question Is, Can We Survive? The essay centers on a relatively new field of study known as astrobiology, which can be called revolutionary. Explain what it means and why it is giving us new insights into our place in the universe and whether we're alone in the universe depends on whether alien societies overcame the climate change their advances would have created. [A National Geographic Story]
Speed of light travel - Fantasy? We all know we cant travel as fast as the speed of light or even come close. Yet our Government isn't sure and has been conduction research on the subject. Their their report on warp drives and faster-than-light travel has recently come to light and included here. It's a serious work done by physicists. Still a other theoretical physicist says there's "zero chance that anyone within the next 1,000 years" will see it happen if ever. [Nevertheless its nice to fantasize.]
Are we living in a Multiverse? Is our universe one of a kind - or, as some scientists argue, one of an infinity of universes. A cosmos where an infinite number of universes exist beside our own is no longer confined to science fiction. Physicists have advanced three distinct arguments for the Multiverse existence. Still others would say it is just a mitigation for our God. [What do you think?]
About Dark Matter and Dark Energy What are they anyway? If you knew, you'd be on your way to Stockholm for your nobel prize in Physics. We know that they exist, and we know what they are not. So what do we know about those strange things?
1) Well we know there is something (out there), 2) We know it interacts with gravity, 3) There is a lot of it. [See Video & Recent Update Speculation]
Star Map - The Gaia satellite has given us a new star map that is out of this world. The European Space Agency's Gaia mission released the richest and most detailed star map thus far. It includes about 1.7 billion stars, far more than humans can see with their naked eyes. In addition to mapping the stars, the survey also measures the position and trajectory of more than 14,000 objects within the solar system such as asteroids & comets. The Story
The Battery Boost We've Been Waiting for Is Only a Few Years Out. Batteries that power our modern world are expected to get a jump in storage capacity of 30% or more. The batteries that power our modern world-from phones to drones to electric cars-will soon experience something not heard of in years: Their capacity to store electricity will jump by double-digit percentages, according to researchers, developers and manufacturers. What's coming is a more fundamental change to the materials that make up a battery. The story is here.
Stephen Hawking had pinned his hopes on 'M-theory' to fully explain the universe - here's what it is. Rumour has it that Albert Einstein spent his last few hours on Earth scribbling something on a piece of paper in a last attempt to formulate a theory of everything. Some 60 years later, another legendary figure in theoretical physics, Stephen Hawking, may have passed away with similar thoughts. We know Hawking thought something called "M-theory" is our best bet for a complete theory of the universe. But what is it?. M-theory
Michio Kaku Explores Colonization of Mars, Travel to the Stars. An excerpt from his latest work, "The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth," Kaku says (VIDEO) that for humanity to have a long-term future we must ultimately leave Earth. Most of what he predicts will be acomplished by private industry and has already started and at a fraction of "Government" cost. Grandpa will see us on the moon again - our Grandchildren on Mars. Breif excerpt & great video explanation.
Physicists Outline 10 Dimensions and how you'd experience them. Some of us may remember graphing coordinates in math class with the x and y-axes plus a third dimension, depth the z-axis. Another way to look at it is latitude, longitude, and altitude, which can locate any object on Earth. These are followed by the fourth dimension, space-time. Everything has to occur somewhere and at a certain time. After that, things get weird. The leading theory today to explain the nature of our universe, contends that there are 10 dimensions. Your Journey is here. [Including Videos]
Most of us know of Einstein's Relativity as E=MC2. It's the simple formula for the very large in the universe - gravity, planets, galaxies, black holes etc. On the other side of the coin there is the very small and its formulary called Quantum Mechanics. That would be atoms, electrons, quarks, neutrinos and the newest, the Higgs Bison. As was Einstein, todays physicists, they have been trying to find a simple formula for both. The problem is, what happens at the quantum level defies logic. Even Einstein called events "Spooky" and riddled by paradoxes. Relax and be mesmerized by this 27 min, Video made for the would be physicist in us. Some say it even proves Harshem (God). - [The Amazing Video]
QUANTUM COMPUTING is the Next Giant Step in technology. To understand the power of quantum computing, imagine 1,000 Equifax hacks happening at once. During World War II the federal government launched the Manhattan Project to ensure the U.S. would possess the first atomic bomb. Seventy-five years later, America is in another contest just as vital to national security, the economy and even the future of liberal democracy. It's the race to build the first fully operational quantum computer. The rest of the story & Video
Genome Editing using CRISPR, the new, easy and cheep technology that makes altering the human genome widely available. So what is CRISPR? Two articles and video included here explain what you'll need to know, yet leave you with many unanswered questions. You will no doubt see the hair rising on the necks of bioethicists. [Atticle & Updated Video] Updated 03/18
A moment of Astrophysical Ecstasy, AKA a watershed moment, not realized since Einstein's famous equation. This event has produced more articles and videos and employed scientists on a single subject since Einstein's E=MC2, yet few can appreciate its significance. Met our worlds first ever observed KILONOVA. [Atticle & Video]
Michio Kaku: The Universe Is a Symphony of Vibrating Strings. The co-founder of Field String Theory explains why the universe has 11 dimensions rather than any other number. And where does it take him, but to the mind of God. Not unlike other disciplines os science, logic and math are taking us there. A Short Video Explanation
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Lewis and Clark, with the company of Sacagawea, scaled the U.S. from east to west on foot, Francis Marion navigated through the South by swamps in the Revolutionary War and Confederate and Union soldiers ate their boots in the 1860s when they were short on food.
Whether we're talking about Theodore Roosevelt and his volunteer Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War or the American women who took to the factories during WWII and saved domestic industry in a time of conflict, we can draw one common conclusion: Americans are tough. Or at least we were.
So, what on Earth happened? How did we, as a nation, go from threatening the British with a revolt if they continue to tax us without representing us to whining to each other about "micro aggressions"? How did we go from the "Join or Die" country to the politically correct country? Many people think that we've improved in this sense. Those same people are probably already offended 160 words into this article. But back to the question. How did we get so wimpy?
In my opinion, it's because we're spoiled. Our Founding Fathers established an impeccable government with the longest-lasting current and active constitution in the world. The U.S. is the most free, powerful and legitimate nation on earth.
If you live here, you're already wealthier than a vast amount of people. In fact, this is the only country on the planet where somebody can own a car, have running water and a house and still call themselves 'poor.' We're spoiled. Growing up, nobody liked the spoiled kid who got everything that he or she wanted. They pitched fits on a daily schedule and had a temper greater than that of Xerxes. On a very micro level, this represents our population perfectly - population who thinks they deserve government welfare and a population who refuses to let words roll off of their back.
As an American today, you must be accepting of everyone, you must use the proper pronouns, adjectives and verbs and you must not assume anything based on physical appearance, not even based on the biological evidence of gender. You must not hurt anybody's feelings and you must not be a devout Christian or show any signs of traditional behavior for that matter.
Let's now imagine a scenario where this isn't the case. Imagine a population that minds their own business. Imagine a population that takes insults and rude gestures with a grain of salt. Imagine a population that is more tough than pretty. I saw a glimpse of this growing up in the deep South, and honestly, it's kind of nice.
Coming from a place where every morning during the winter we would trudge through the swamp in hip boots with a chains of dead ducks hanging from our guns, it was definitely a culture shock to be surrounded by people who panic when they get mud on their white Vans. Especially when they're men. But as I was saying, imagine a culture that is, in general, tougher. A culture where somebody can take criticism, pick themself up and get back at it. A culture this rugged and conditioned isn't that far-fetched, either. In fact, this is what America looked like when we had pride. When we were great. Granted, we have made significant progress with legislation like the 19th Amendment and movements like in the 1960s, when civil rights were at the forefront of the nation.
However, just because we have made so much social progress doesn't mean we should lose our dignity and structure. Men can be masculine, women can be feminine and we can all still be tougher than we are. We can all be kind and still be tougher than we are because in all honesty, we aren't tough. Not one bit.
At the end of the day, we are a nation of soft people. There are some people left, however, that are blue-collar, rough-riding Americans and I pray that they lead the way for our future.
So in the meantime, if you're reading this, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and next time someone offends you, look them in the eyes and laugh. Toughen up America, the world needs us
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Nobody has a "right" to serve in the Military. Nobody.
What makes people think the Military is an equal opportunity employer? Very far from it.
The Military uses prejudice regularly and consistently to deny citizens from joining for being too old or too young, too fat or too skinny, too tall or too short.
Citizens are denied for having flat feet, or for missing or additional fingers. Poor eyesight will disqualify you, as well as bad teeth. Malnourished? Drug addiction? Bad back? Criminal history? Low IQ? Anxiety? Phobias? Hearing damage? Six arms? Hear voices in your head? Self-identify as a Unicorn?
Need a special access ramp for your wheelchair? Can't run the required course in the required time? Can't do the required number of pushups? Not really a "morning person" and refuse to get out of bed before noon?
All can be reasons for denial.
The Military has one job. War. Anything else is a distraction and a liability.
Did someone just scream "That isn't Fair"? War is VERY unfair, there are no exceptions made for being special or challenged or socially wonderful. YOU change yourself to meet Military standards. Not the other way around.
I say again: You don't change the Military... you must change yourself.
The Military doesn't need to accommodate anyone with special issues. The Military needs to Win Wars. If any of your personal issues are a liability that detract from readiness or lethality... Thank you for applying and good luck in future endeavors. Who's next in line?
Ken Huber, Tawas City, Mi
Has America become the land of the special interest and home of the double standard?
Lets see: if we lie to the Congress, it's a felony and if the Congress lies to us its just politics; if we dislike a black person, we're racist and if a black dislikes whites, it's their First Amendment right; the government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals and they do almost nothing for the victims; in public schools you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word God in the process; you can kill an unborn child, but it is wrong to execute a mass murderer; we don't burn books in America, we now rewrite them; we got rid of the communist and the Socialist threat by renaming them progressives; we are unable to close our border with Mexico but have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea; if you protest against a General Lee statue you're a terrorist but if you burned an American flag or Donald Trump in effigy it was your First Amendment right.
You can have pornography on TV or the Internet, but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas; we have eliminated all criminals in America, they are now called justice involved; we can use a human fetus for medical research but it's wrong to use an animal.
We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don't want to work; we all support the Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology; we still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct; parenting has been replaced with Ritalin and video games; the land of opportunity is now the land of handouts; the similarity between Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Oil spill is that neither president did anything to help.
And how do we handle a major crisis today? The government appoints a committee to determine who's at fault, then threatens them, passes a law, raises our taxes; tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their re-election campaign.
What has happened to the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Ken Huber, the author of the editorial, has a lengthy background in local government. He was city manager of a number of municipalities in Michigan from the early 1970s until his retirement in 2006, according to PressPubs.com.
JOHN IS MY HEART
By Frank Schaeffer - Washington Post
This is a well-written article that's been around for a decade. It's a father's story who put several of his kids through expensive colleges but one son wanted to be a Marine. Interesting observation by this dad and an interesting commentary that says a lot about our failing and fallen society years later.
"Before my son became a Marine, I never thought much about who was defending me. Now when I read of the war on terrorism or the coming conflict in Iraq, it cuts to my heart. When I see a picture of a member of our military who has been killed, I read his or her name very carefully. Sometimes I cry.
In 1999, when the barrel-chested Marine recruiter showed up in dress blues and bedazzled my son John, I did not stand in the way. John was headstrong, and he seemed to understand these stern, clean men with straight backs and flawless uniforms. I did not. I live in the Volvo-driving, higher education-worshiping North Shore of Boston I write novels for a living. I have never served in the military.
It had been hard enough sending my two older children off to Georgetown and New York University. John's enlisting was unexpected, so deeply unsettling. I did not relish the prospect of answering the question, "So where is John going to college?" from the parents who were itching to tell me all about how their son or daughter was going to Harvard. At the private high school John attended, no other students were going into the military.
"But aren't the Marines terribly Southern?" (Says a lot about open-mindedness in the Northeast) asked one perplexed mother while standing next to me at the brunch following graduation. "What a waste, he was such a good student," said another parent. One parent (a professor at a nearby and rather famous university) spoke up at a school meeting and suggested that the school should "carefully evaluate what went wrong."
When John graduated from three months of boot camp on Parris Island, 3000 parents and friends were on the parade deck stands. We parents and our Marines not only were of many races but also were representative of many economic classes. Many were poor. Some arrived crammed in the backs of pickups, others by bus. John told me that a lot of parents could not afford the trip.
We in the audience were white and Native American. We were Hispanic, Arab, and African American, and Asian. We were former Marines wearing the scars of battle, or at least baseball caps emblazoned with battles' names. We were Southern whites from Nashville and skinheads from New Jersey, black kids from Cleveland wearing ghetto rags and white ex-cons with ham-hock forearms defaced by jailhouse tattoos. We would not have been mistaken for the educated and well-heeled parents gathered on the lawns of John's private school a half-year before.
After graduation one new Marine told John, "Before I was a Marine, if I had ever seen you on my block I would've probably killed you just because you were standing there." This was a serious statement from one of John's good friends, a black ex-gang member from Detroit who, as John said, "would die for me now, just like I'd die for him."
My son has connected me to my country in a way that I was too selfish and insular to experience before. I feel closer to the waitress at our local diner than to some of my oldest friends. She has two sons in the Corps. They are facing the same dangers as my boy. When the guy who fixes my car asks me how John is doing, I know he means it. His younger brother is in the Navy.
Why were I and the other parents at my son's private school so surprised by his choice? During World War II, the sons and daughters of the most powerful and educated families did their bit. If the idea of the immorality of the Vietnam War was the only reason those lucky enough to go to college dodged the draft, why did we not encourage our children to volunteer for military service once that war was done?
Have we wealthy and educated Americans all become pacifists? Is the world a safe place? Or have we just gotten used to having somebody else defend us? What is the future of our democracy when the sons and daughters of the janitors at our elite universities are far more likely to be put in harm's way than are any of the students whose dorms their parents clean?
I feel shame because it took my son's joining the Marine Corps to make me take notice of who is defending me. I feel hope because perhaps my son is part of a future "greatest generation." As the storm clouds of war gather, at least I know that I can look the men and women in uniform in the eye. My son is one of them. He is the best I have to offer. John is my heart.
Faith is not about everything turning out OK;
Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out."
Oh, how I wish so many of our younger generations could read this article. It makes me so sad to hear the way they talk with no respect for what their fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers experienced so they can live in freedom. Freedom has been replaced with Free-Dumb.
Why not copy and paste this in an e-mail and pass along.
An analogy of nature and it's application to politicians.
You start with a cage containing five monkeys, and inside the cage you hang a banana on a string, and then you place a ladder under the banana.
Before long a monkey will go to the ladder and climb toward the banana.
Then you then spray ALL the monkeys with cold water.
After a while, another monkey makes an attempt. As soon as he touches the ladder, you spray ALL the monkeys with cold water.
Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the ladder, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.
Now, put away the cold water.
Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new monkey. The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the ladder. To his shock, ALL of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him.
After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the ladder he will be assaulted.
Next, remove another of the original four monkeys, replacing it with another new monkey. The newcomer goes to the ladder and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment - with enthusiasm - because he is now part of the "team."
Then, replace a third original monkey with a new monkey, followed by the fourth and fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the ladder, he is attacked.
Now, the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the ladder. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.
Having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water.
Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the Banana.
Why, you ask? Because in their minds, that is the way it has always been!
This is how our congress operates, and this is why from time to time, ALL of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME!
Every day that goes by, I am amazed how unhinged and angry today's Democratic Party is. Remember, these are the same people who voted against "anger" and "hate" on Election Day. Remember the signs saying "When they go low, we go high?" Yeah, that didn't last long, did it? We see it on college campuses, especially when there is a person speaking who is not a liberal. What happened to free speech that liberals say they love? We also see it every day across this country at these ridiculous protests. What are these liberals hoping to accomplish?
The Democratic Party has become the world's most successful hate group next to radical Islamic terrorists, and it is now this country's largest hate group. It attracts poor people who hate the rich, black people who hate the whites, gay people who hate straight people, feminists who hate men, environmentalists who hate climate-change doubters and college kids who hate capitalism and corporate America, besides Starbucks. However the real secret to the party's success is that it attracts the support of journalists who hate Republicans and who work tirelessly to convince the rest of us that we should vote for Democrats.
If a Republican doesn't like guns, he doesn't buy one. If a Democrat doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed. If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn't eat meat. If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone. If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life. If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect. If a Republican is down and out, he thinks about how to better his situation. If a Democrat is down and out he wonders who is going to take care of him. If a Republican doesn't like a talk show host, he switches channels. A Democrat demands that those they don't like be shut down. If a Republican is a non-believer, he doesn't go to church. A Democratic non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced. If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. If a Democrat decides he needs health care, he demands that the rest of us pay for his.
- Mark Goddard
Blacks were not in slaved because they were black but because they were available. Slavery has existed in the world for thousands of years. Whites enslaved other whites in Europe for centuries before the first black was brought to the western hemisphere. Asians enslaved Europeans, Asians enslaved other Asians, Africans in slaved other Africans and even today in north African blacks continue to enslaved blacks. Slavery to the ghetto is kept alive by progressive politicians, race hustlers (Sharpton & Jackson) and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as racist. We all know who they are.
- Thomas Sowell
Sir Winston Churchill; (Source: The River War, first edition, Vol II, pages 248-250 London).
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
A degraded sensualist deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde for coexists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome ..."
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear".
--Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 BC
Members of Congress, Get Out of Town "Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good govern-ment. Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would, like Esau, sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money. Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? That be an excerpt from Oliver Cromwell's 1653 speech, in which he described lawmakers as having "contempt of all virtue"..... The whole story
UPDATE on Obama's OFA - "Organizing for Action" - 30,000 strong working to disrupt everything that our current president is trying to do.
Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America.There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It's the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility. -Ray Williams - Psychology Today>
The Catholic School Difference
A new study shows the benefit of demanding student self-discipline. By The Editorial Board - WSJ 06/01/18
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