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Syria denounced for not adhereing to agreed peace plan
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Keith Olbermann and Al Gore: the secret emails revealed
Posted by: tipper || 04/11/2012 02:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [353 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As Iowahawk put it - who wins? EVERYBODY!
Posted by: newc || 04/11/2012 3:02 Comments || Top||

#2  bad satire
Posted by: lord garth || 04/11/2012 7:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Just two teenagers at first love.
Posted by: jack salami || 04/11/2012 10:13 Comments || Top||

#4  It's not the slobbering loony,liberal love affair that it was presented as originally? The egos of these two egomaniacs were sure to class. Now if Obama, Pelosi, and Reid had also been in the mix that would be something to behold.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/11/2012 14:06 Comments || Top||

#5  class clash. There is no class involved here.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/11/2012 14:06 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm afraid to click the link. Is this one of those "love that must not be named" stories?
Posted by: SteveS || 04/11/2012 20:31 Comments || Top||

#7  Olbermann was the bilge plug keeping the Current garbage scow afloat. My prediction: Rosie O'Donnell. I think Whoopie Goldberg and Joy Behar are entirely too relevant for Current TV.
Posted by: Super Hose || 04/11/2012 22:29 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
The Right Stuff: what the NASA astronauts say about global warming
Posted by: tipper || 04/11/2012 02:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [357 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Global Warming: Some ideas are so absurd, only an intellectual would believe it.
Posted by: jack salami || 04/11/2012 10:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Anyone who managed to stay awake through high-school science would be skeptical of the Global Warming propaganda campaign. But for those who spent the time smoking in the lavatory, here is a hint, good for many of life's situations:

Any time someone says "I can't show you the numbers, you'll just try to find something wrong with them", they are trying to sell you something you probably shouldn't ought to buy.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/11/2012 19:15 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
The paper that got John Derbyshire banned from National Review
There is much talk about “the talk.”

“Sean O’Reilly was 16 when his mother gave him the talk that most black parents give their teenage sons,” Denisa R. Superville of the Hackensack (NJ) Record tells us. Meanwhile, down in Atlanta: “Her sons were 12 and 8 when Marlyn Tillman realized it was time for her to have the talk,” Gracie Bonds Staples writes in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Leonard Greene talks about the talk in the New York Post. Someone bylined as KJ Dell’Antonia talks about the talk in The New York Times. Darryl Owens talks about the talk in the Orlando Sentinel.

Yes, talk about the talk is all over.

There is a talk that nonblack Americans have with their kids, too. My own kids, now 19 and 16, have had it in bits and pieces as subtopics have arisen. If I were to assemble it into a single talk, it would look something like the following.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/11/2012 01:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: Politix
Largesse for Losers
How long do politicians have to keep on promising heaven and delivering hell before people catch on and stop getting swept away by rhetoric?

Why should being in a professional sport exempt anyone from prosecution for advocating deliberate violence? Recent revelations of such advocacy of violence by an NFL coach should lead to his banishment for life by the NFL, and criminal prosecution by the authorities. If you are serious about reducing violence, you have to be serious about punishing those who advocate it.

Have you noticed that what modest economic improvements we have seen occurred during the much-lamented “gridlock” in Washington? Nor is this unusual. If you check back through history, doing nothing has a far better track record than politicians’ intervening in the economy.

With all the talk about people paying their “fair share” of income taxes, why do nearly half the people in this country pay no income taxes at all? Is that their “fair share”? Or is creating more recipients of government handouts, at no cost to themselves, simply a strategy to gain more votes?

Some people are puzzled by the fact that so much that is said and done by politicians seems remote from reality. But reality is not what gets politicians elected. Appearances, rhetoric, and emotions are what get them elected. Reality is what the voters and taxpayers are left to deal with as a result of electing them.

Instead of following the tired old formula of having politicians and bureaucrats give college commencement speeches, in which they say how superior a career as a politician or bureaucrat — “public service” — is to other careers, why not invite someone like John Stossel to tell the graduates how much better it is to go into the private sector, where they can supply what people want, instead of imposing the government’s will on them?

In politics, few talents are as richly rewarded as the ability to convince parasites that they are victims. Welfare states on both sides of the Atlantic have discovered that largesse to losers does not reduce their hostility to society, but only increases it. Far from producing gratitude, generosity is seen as an admission of guilt, and the reparations as inadequate compensations for injustices — leading to worsening behavior by the recipients.

Some people say that taxes are the price we pay for civilization. But the runaway taxes of our time are the price we pay for being gullible.

Whatever the ideology or rhetoric of the political Left, their agenda around the world has been preempting other people’s decisions and regimenting other people’s lives.

People who believe in evolution in biology often believe in creationism in government. In other words, they believe that the universe and all the creatures in it could have evolved spontaneously, but that the economy is too complicated to operate without being directed by politicians.

The United States now has the dubious distinction of having the highest corporate-tax rate in the world. And people wonder why American corporations are expanding overseas, providing jobs to foreigners. The Left may get its jollies attacking “the rich,” but its real victims are other people, the ones who need the jobs that are sent overseas to escape a hostile business climate at home.

Different people prefer different exercises. The Republicans’ favorite exercise is running for the hills. The Democrats’ favorite exercise is kicking the can down the road.

When politicians say, “spread the wealth,” translate that as “concentrate the power,” because that is the only way they can spread the wealth. And once they get the power concentrated, they can do anything else they want to, as people have discovered — often to their horror — in countries around the world.

In an old Western movie, John Wayne encounters a black man. Wayne tells him, “I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. I would shoot you as quick as I would shoot any white man.” That is what equality is supposed to mean.
Posted by: Beavis || 04/11/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under:

A Picture of Life in Gaza
Posted by: tipper || 04/11/2012 14:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [377 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thare's an awful lot of 22kt gold in that jewelry shop...
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/11/2012 18:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Or there's. PIMF!
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/11/2012 18:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Many moons ago, I was watching some news footage boo-hooing the appalling conditions in some Paleo refugee camp. Being a traditionalist, the phrase "refugee camp" calls up images of tents, porta-johns, food lines and fly-bitten orphans. What the news clip showed where multi-story cinder block buildings. Not exactly the hardship and deprivation story they were trying to sell. Nice to see property values have gone up.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/11/2012 20:29 Comments || Top||

Countdown to Zero in Tehran and Jerusalem
Posted by: newc || 04/11/2012 03:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under:

The Arab-Muslim narrative
Fantasy, stretching the truth very deeply embedded in mindset of Mohammedan and Arab culture

A few years ago, while visiting the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, I had a very disturbing conversation with a member of the Islamic Waqf who was escorting me to make sure that I didn't pray on the holy mountain. 

I asked him if he could tell me when the al-Aqsa mosque was built. He looked at me with a straight face and responded that it was always there. I hadn't expected that, and of course was surprised and asked again. I thought that maybe he didn't understand my question and meant that the mountain was always there. So I asked again, and made it clear that I meant the mosque located on the southern extension of the Temple Mount that was built by Herod. (Historically, the entire platform that the al-Aqsa mosque is built on didn't even exist during the time of the first Temple.)
It turned out that this "learned" member of the Islamic clergy, whose job is to work on the Temple Mount, actually believed that the structure of the al-Aqsa mosque was just there - from the beginning of time.
This conversation was a great help to me in understanding the Mohammedan Arab mindset and culture. Facts are not really so important to them. They can be made up or even changed as needed.
New replacement theology
You don't need to take my word for it. Go to YouTube and search for this: "Moses was a Mohammedan who led Paleostinians out of Egypt." You will see that Islamic clergy are teaching this concept without blinking an eye. They are totally convinced that all of the Israelite heroes of the Bible were actually Mohammedans.
This is the new replacement theology. The idea is not only Holocaust denial like what is heard from the leaders of the Islamic regime in Iran. They now deny (or co-opt) all the foundational points of Jewish history.
Their strategy is to question or outright deny the most basic historical facts -- like claiming that the Jews are not the direct descendants and surviving remnant of the children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses and led into the land under Joshua. If you see the video, you will learn that King David too was a Mohammedan who defeated the mighty Goliath.
For all whose goal is to bring stability to this region, it is important to understand the rhetoric of those who oppose Israel as part of their religion. Understand that we are dealing with people who celebrate being detached from reality as part of their worship of Allah.
Accept our neighbors
There might be those who fear that this realization would force us to give up all hope of bringing about a deal for lasting peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors. I suggest the opposite. We must realize and accept our neighbors for who they are and recognize their culture as a given.
It is unrealistic, in my opinion, to believe that we can turn the Arabs into a society that truly embraces western concepts and values - like facts and sticking to truth. It makes much more sense to understand that fantasy and stretching the truth are very deeply embedded in the mindset of the Mohammedan and Arab culture. I do not mean to say this as an insult, but to suggest that we accept it as a fact, take it as it is and move on.
I believe that there is hope for peace in the Middle East - not because the Arabs will love us or are about to become Zionist enthusiasts. There is hope for peace because the Jews are a peace loving people and G-d gave us the brains and physical means to protect our borders and our nation. The Arabs can believe whatever they like - as long as they know that they can't overrun us. If they could they would.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/11/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I believe that there is hope for peace in the Middle East

So do I. Not because Arabs can learn to leave us alone---they can't. Because we can learn that has to be done.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/11/2012 3:44 Comments || Top||

#2  A Christian pastor who'd had a church in the area said his Arab Christian congregation thought Arafat was a tool of the Zionist conspiracy.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 04/11/2012 9:39 Comments || Top||

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Wed 2012-04-11
  Syria denounced for not adhereing to agreed peace plan
Tue 2012-04-10
  Syrian Rebel Army Ready to Respect Truce
Mon 2012-04-09
  84 Dead, 200 Arrested as Violence Rages across Syria
Sun 2012-04-08
  Hugo off to Brazil for Emergent Care
Sat 2012-04-07
  Azerbaijani intel service jugs 17 hard boys
Fri 2012-04-06
  Mali rebels declare cease-fire after seizing north
Thu 2012-04-05
  Pakistan rejects US bounty on Hafiz Saeed
Wed 2012-04-04
  Yemeni airstrikes kill 43 al-Qaida militants
Tue 2012-04-03
  Oil Pipeline Blown Up In Southeast Yemen, Flows Halted
Mon 2012-04-02
  Twin explosions rocked Mombasa Saturday
Sun 2012-04-01
  Paris: Scientist accused of plotting to blow up 'city size of London'
Sat 2012-03-31
  Us Drone Strike Kills Four In Miranshah
Fri 2012-03-30
  France nabs at least 17 Islamists in raids across the country
Thu 2012-03-29
  Gunmen kidnap Saudi diplomat in Yemen
Wed 2012-03-28
  Syrian Troops Kill 57 amid Clashes near Lebanese Border

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