"I never like it when someone works for someone and then comes out and writes a book trashing them," quoth the Maker. "I don't care if it is politics or life. If he was that upset about everything, he should have quit. Remember, Gerald Ford's press secretary quit when he disagreed with pardoning, Ford pardoning Nixon. If you don't agree, then get out. And I just, I find it abhorrent the way these people come out and write books about their boss. It made 'em money, it made 'em prestige, it gave them all this power, and then they turn around and slap 'em. I just, I gotta tell you, I just uh, I don't care who it is -- Democrat, Republican -- it's wrong."
He's right for once. If what's going on around you is so egregious then you need to get out, not hang around and gripe about it later for the highest bidder. Sadly, it's the name of the game these days.
For all her claims of media bias and ill treatment by her male fellow candidates, Hillary has got off absurdly softly in this campaign. No one - neither her rivals nor mainstream journalists — has had the guts to explore or even list the bursting catalogue of past Clinton scandals, in which Hillary was nearly always hip deep.
Charges of sexism have become Hillary's rote strategy for evading scrutiny. But by entangling the noble movement of modern feminism with her own knotty psychodrama, Hillary is reinforcing hoary stereotypes about women. Will every losing woman candidate now turn on the waterworks and claim to be maimed by male pride and prejudice?
There is a lot, however, that the audience will not learn from this big movie, which has some big problems as well as major virtues. In between the two periods covered in “Che,” Guevara was an important player in the Castro government, but his brutal role in turning a revolutionary movement into a dictatorship goes virtually unmentioned. This, along with Benicio Del Toro’s soulful and charismatic performance, allows Mr. Soderbergh to preserve the romantic notion of Guevara as a martyr and an iconic figure, an idealistic champion of the poor and oppressed. By now, though, this image seems at best naïve and incomplete, at worst sentimental and dishonest. More to the point, perhaps, it is not very interesting.
I wish someone would ask Soderbergh about this and see what he has to say.
"A certain segment has basically been feeding a kind of xenophobia. There’s a reason why hate crimes against Hispanic people doubled last year," Obama said. "If you have people like Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh ginning things up, it's not surprising that would happen."
Nice. Expect return volleys from Dobbs and Rush.
Despite this belief, President Kennedy entered in the most disastrous summit in our history when he met with Khrushchev in Vienna in 1961. The result: the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Berlin Wall.
Click on both links and read them in total. Excellent history lesson.
In the book, Klaus writes: "The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy, and prosperity at the end of the 20th and at the beginning of the 21st century is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism."
Amen. There's nothing like Czech common sense.
With the contemporary culture of the invasive nanny state, we do not let people suffer the consequences of their own mistakes.
We can see this in the history of the sexual revolution. We were sold the idea that people had the right to make their own decisions about sexuality free from the involuntary restraints of law and culture. Yet, at the same time, it quickly become standard to regard dealing with the negative consequences of those choices as the responsibility of the rest of society.
People are free to have sex however and whenever they choose, but if they catch an STD, the state is expected to pay for their healthcare. If they get pregnant, the state is expected to pay for abortions or pre-natal care. If people choose not to form and maintain a traditional family, the state is responsible for picking up any economic short fall or dealing with the social pathologies of their children.
In an ideal free society we could let people make their own mistakes because social natural-selection would rapidly correct any errors. People who did stupid things would end up poor, marginalized, unemulated. Nothing cures stupidity like the freedom to fail.
Spot. On. RTWT.
Everything dies. People, historic buildings (see Las Vegas), ideas...but there certain philosophies or beliefs will always be with us. We give it different names in different eras, but it all comes down to freedom v. slavery. At the dawn of civilization, every man had a choice, would he be a king or a slave. They that became kings were those that were willing to risk their lives to be something other than just another man. They strove for recognition, ego. The slaves on the other hand were not willing to risk their lives for anything and capitulated to the yoke.
The major headline in world history: thousands of years ago, around 99% of the population were slaves. Today, only about a third of the population lives under tyranny. As years go by, this black and white develops shades of grey. We use different names for the two factions: royalists v. (classical) liberals, communists v. capitalists, (modern) liberals v. conservatives, postmodernists v. naturalists, and so on. Conservatism is not dead, it's merely on the ropes and can never totally be knocked out. It'll come back in a different form with different faces (Bobby Jindal?), just as Communism has made its comeback in different forms (the environmental movement). Liberty is hard, slavery is easy. This fact makes the birth and continued life of the United States of America all that more awe-inspiring.
Pitching his message to Oregon's environmentally-conscious voters, Obama called on the United States to "lead by example" on global warming, and develop new technologies at home which could be exported to developing countries.We're in big trouble.
"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK," Obama said.
"That's not leadership. That's not going to happen," he added.
Speaking before the Knesset, Bush said that "some people" believe the United States "should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along."
"We have heard this foolish delusion before," Bush said. "As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: 'Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided.' We have an obligation to call this what it is - "the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history."
A-men. Absolutely 100% right. Naturally, the Democrats find this outrageous, Joe Biden even going so far as to call it "Bullshit" (sorry Mom). Even though Bush didn't mention Obama's name, the Democrats are calling this an attack on Obama, proving they know damn well that he is an appeaser.
MORE: Michelle Malkin: "Calm down, sweetie."
MORE: Ace has a nice photo.
MORE: Joe Lieberman says, "right on!":
"President Bush got it exactly right today when he warned about the threat of Iran and its terrorist proxies like Hamas and Hezbollah. It is imperative that we reject the flawed and naïve thinking that denies or dismisses the words of extremists and terrorists when they shout "Death to America" and "Death to Israel," and that holds that—if only we were to sit down and negotiate with these killers—they would cease to threaten us. It is critical to our national security that our commander-in-chief is able to distinguish between America’s friends and America’s enemies, and not confuse the two."
MORE: Here's the video...pure bliss.
While he approves of efforts to bolster a conservative presence on campus, Mr. Horowitz fears that setting up a token right-winger as The Conservative at Boulder will brand the person as a curiosity, like "an animal in the zoo." We "fully expect this person to be integrated into the fabric of life on campus," replies Todd Gleeson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Naturally, the students and faculty are up in arms over the idea and demanding the right to veto it. One student gives their views quite astutely (notice the wording):
Sophomore Marissa Malouff sees the campus as a sort of re-education camp. Sheltered rich kids from out-of-state might come for the snowboarding, but while they’re here they get dunked in a simmering pot of left-wing idealism. And that, in her view, is how it should be.
"They need to learn about social problems and poverty and the type of things liberal professors are likely to talk about," says Ms. Malouff, a Democrat.
There you have it, but the article waits until the very end to show us that the plan is itself a rouse.
In fact, Mr. Peterson said it’s not imperative that the new professor of conservative thought be an actual conservative.
"We hire lots of scholars of the French language," he says, "and they aren't necessarily French."
Thank you and good night!
Regardless, it means the contest will continue, though from everything I'm seeing the media is doing its damnedest to make people believe that this is the end of Hillary. I wish I could enjoy the Hillary bashing, but the alternative is just as scary.
MORE: There's some debate over whether Carville and Stephanopoulous are agreeing with Kantor or not. They remain silent and the body language to me suggest they would just like Kantor to shut up. I have no doubt, however, that they do agree with him. Voters are mere chattel to the Democrats. It raises a bigger point that I doubt McCain has the smarts to target: the Democrats, whether it be Obama's camp or Hillary's camp, have utter contempt for a majority of the American people. They talk of championing the little guy, but the fact of the matter is they hate the little guy. The little guy to them is a stupid, religious, gun-owning dupe whose only value to them is his vote. If I were an advisor to John McCain, I would hammer this message into the campaign so hard you'd see the welts for miles.
UPDATE: Hold the phone! The director of "The War Room" D.A. Pennebaker says the tape has been doctored. If true, should Obama "disown" the alleged culprit?