6/29/2011

John Lennon Was A Closet Republican

There's a title I never thought I would type. According to his last personal assistant, John Lennon had grown disenchanted with his former radicalism and Jimmy Carter: (Hat tip: @JimPethokoukis)

Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 to Lennon's death at the end of 1980 and he reveals the star was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self.

In new documentary Beatles Stories, Seaman tells filmmaker Seth Swirsky Lennon wasn't the peace-loving militant fans thought he was while he was his assistant.

He says, "John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on (Democrat) Jimmy Carter.

[...]

"I also saw John embark in some really brutal arguments with my uncle, who's an old-time communist... He enjoyed really provoking my uncle... Maybe he was being provocative... but it was pretty obvious to me he had moved away from his earlier radicalism.

"He was a very different person back in 1979 and 80 than he'd been when he wrote Imagine. By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy's naivete." (Emphasis mine)

Damn you Mark Chapman!

6/28/2011

Blago's Next Step

This is just too funny:

CHICAGO (AP) — Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich turned to defense attorney Sheldon Sorosky and asked "What happened?" after he was found guilty of 17 of 20 charges in his corruption retrial.

Reminds me of some classic Fred Willard:



6/25/2011

Happy Birthday, George Orwell

Today would be George Orwell's 98th birthday, and though he is best known for his books 1984 and Animal Farm that gave horrifying examples of Stalinism, his books on poverty such as Keep the Aspidistra Flying and Down and Out in London and Paris are equally excellent and give one a perspective on not only the degradation of the poverty of the time but also the utter banality of and psychological addiction to this state of being. In other words, poverty can not only be an unfortunate circumstance but also a habit that many refuse to break. Highly recommended.

Gay Marriage And The Needs For Acceptance Into The Collective

So New York has passed a bill allowing for same-sex marriage. As a right-libertarian, my take on gay marriage is pretty simple: I really don't care. I have gay friends, and for some it's an important issue. I don't have any reason I would begrudge them this wish if it makes them happy, but we need to get to the heart of the issue.

Why do gays want to get married? Well, for one, it would offer advantages in both taxes and health benefits if you could file as married or have your partner covered under your employer's health insurance. But for most, it's a desire to be a part of the collective, to be like everyone else.

Maybe it's because I've been such a loner most of my life that I find it hard to relate to this desire. Why do they, the homosexual community, want to be like everyone else? The easy joke is, you've got a good thing, why ruin your life with marriage like us straight folk?

But alas, I'm not the norm. Most people want to be accepted by society, want to be part of it. I remember some years ago when I was living in Minnesota I was having dinner with some law students and they were outraged that the Mayor of St. Paul didn't want gays to march in some parade. "It's an outrage that the Mayor doesn't see gays as equals!" I said, "So what? You're telling me gays can't exist unless some Mayor recognizes them in the ontological sense?" (Yeah, I liked using big words on them.) "What difference does it make to their very being? If a Mayor said attractive Brad Pitt-looking men couldn't march in a parade, I wouldn't care (remember, this is a hypothetical), it wouldn't make me feel like less of a person."

Now you may say that being a white Anglo-Saxon American, I can't relate to discrimination, and I get that, but I still can't bring myself to sympathize with people that feel they aren't whole unless "society" condones everything about them. And I'm sorry, but gays not allowed to get married is not the same as black people being forced to the back of the bus or different water fountains or being denied the right to vote. It's just not the same.

But now they can get married in New York. Fine, good for them, but there's a more sinister aspect to this. Just as the communists infiltrated the hippie movement and the civil rights movement in the 1960's, the campaign to get same-sex marriage legalized on a state and eventually federal level is filled with people on a mission to destroy organized religion and the American culture of the nuclear family.

Again, I'm in the middle here as I'm an agnostic and have never been a religious man though I was raised with a Judeo-Christian ethic which still shapes my character. Nevertheless, despite my atheism, I do NOT believe that G-d should be taken out of the pledge of allegiance or off the currency nor should nativity scenes be forbidden from public venues. When you say these thing offend you, you have outed yourself as practicing a form of religion. I'm a true agnostic...I can't believe in a G-d unless I have some hard, scientific evidence, however, I understand that a belief in G-d has shaped man for thousands of years and is the basis of our culture. It does not offend me or get in my way. If people are praying in my vicinity, nothing happens to me...my face doesn't melt, my ears don't burn, my life is unchanged.

Yet, these rapid atheist are on a mission to destroy any vestige of G-d in our society and the push for gay-marriage is a tool to that end. You can tepidly support gay marriage like myself but still recognize that there's more going on here than meets the eye.

6/24/2011

Peter Falk Dies

R.I.P.



Obama's Unnecessary War Powers Gambit

Krauthammer gives his take on Barack Obama's reading of the presidential war powers, but we need to consider another fact: it is incredibly easy for a president to get permission from Congress to take military action. Incredibly easy. Doesn't matter who is in the majority. All it takes is some average-to-good politicking, a few good speeches (and he loves making those), and some video of a suffering people. Even half that list would make the average Congressman fold like a deck chair...then later, they can talk about how things are out of control, they never expected the president to go this far, blah, blah, blah.

But that's not good enough for Obama. This is the same man who keeps setting up commissions only to ignore their suggestions, the same man who has done an about-face on most every campaign promise, and the same man who knows Keynesian economics are a failure but pushes them anyway.

In short, it seems as though Obama pulls these power-plays just for the sake of it. The thought of having to get "permission" to do anything is anathema. He craves that authoritarian ardor that eminates from people like Hugo Chavez. If only Congress would just let it go and shut up about it...no one would pay any mind.

This has to end.

6/20/2011

The Bully, Jon Stewart

Rough weekend for Jon Stewart. He had a horrible interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday where he outed himself as at best an ignoramus, at worst a complete hack. You can watch that video here.

Meanwhile, his people are mad at Steven Crowder for outing Stewart as a McCarthyite. But hey, it's a free country Jon, you can ban whoever you want, just ask Charles Johnson, but Andrew Klavan puts it in perspective:

It’s not the ban on conservative pundits I object to.  As I say:  that’s par for the course.   But Crowder has as much right to publicize that ban as Stewart has to put it in place.  After all, if Stewart is ashamed of the policy, he should stop it.  If he’s not ashamed, he shouldn’t mind when it becomes public.  

6/19/2011

Apple Turning Into Big Brother? No So Fast

The great Shannon Love looks at a recent report that Apple was trying to build a system that would shut iPhone camera's off during live events. Ah, Journalism...how I miss you.

How The Race Hustlers Are Destroying America

Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright, Julian Bond, et al...they're winning. They're winning the political race war that they have waged on this country for 40 years. The true civil rights dream died with MLK. After that, the dream was turned into a nightmare by charlatans looking for glory and revenge.

Strong words, I know, but listen to this audio clip from the David Webb Show where he talks with Iowa Congressman Steven King (R) about the USDA's Pigford Fraud and a vote in the House to stop the funding. It's 3:39 in length. Listen to the whole thing and pay attention to the last words uttered by King about a conversation with a fellow Congressman. This needs to be heard by every American.



And there you have it. Being called a racist has become a bigger fear than death and public speaking combined. And the charge is almost becoming meaningless now. Those black folks in the South that were hung from trees, shot and sprayed with fire hoses...those were the victims of racism. To compare that to not wanting to participate in fraud???

I don't know if there's any hope.

6/12/2011

Nudging Toward The Nanny State In NYC

A great article from Brendan O'Neill at the U.K. Spectator on how Michael Bloomberg has destroyed the magic in New York City.

If you had to think of one city on earth where the rulers should not try to impose a standard of ‘good behaviour’, it would surely be New York. Who in their right mind would seek to sanitise this concrete jungle, to sedate the city that never sleeps, to demand conformism and obedience from the inhabitants of a place which, in the words of a popular tourist T-shirt, is known as ‘New York F**kin’ City’?

You’d be surprised. New York is currently governed by a gaggle of health-obsessed bigwigs who believe they have a duty to grab New Yorkers by the scruffs of their outsized necks and drag them towards lives of bicycle-riding, non-smoking, booze-avoiding, fruit-snacking conformity. City Hall, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is awash with that new breed of psycho-politician known as the ‘nudger’, who believes that he has the right to use psychological techniques and brute censorship to manipulate and ‘improve’ human behaviour. 

No trans-fats, no smoking, no soda-pop. The city of plenty, the cultural capital of the world has been staked through the heart by yet another billionaire who thinks because he was able to make a lot of money, he knows what's best for everybody.

You wonder what drives people like this. I really suspect it has to do with living the easy life for too long. When you forget (if you ever knew) what it was like to worry about paying the electric bill, and what it's like to have to worry about just getting by in your own life with little time to "change the world." Or maybe it's just narcissism. Either way, Bloomberg has taken a great city of culture and escape and turned it into a Nanny State. Or as O'Neill points out, "nudged" it into a Nanny State.

The patron saint of this movement is one Cass Sunstein who wrote a book called "Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness." Sounds pretty, no? The general thesis of the book is that people are irrational in much of their decision making. Okay, I'll buy that. Thus, they need to be "nudged" by their governments to into making the right decisions. Ah, there it is! So it's not really tyranny where you'll be dragged out of your house in the dead of night and either locked up or killed for eating that last slice of cake in the fridge. No, it's the government protecting you from yourself. Hell, why not? We already have seat-belt laws, don't we? Drugs are illegal, right? So it's not like banning trans-fats or outlawing smoking in Central Park is really that much of a stretch.

This mentality fascinates me. We're born into this world with nothing, or so the song goes. Yet, the Bloombergs and Sunsteins of the world have made it so those that have yet to be born or even conceived are already carrying a massive financial debt. And once they emerge, they then must be protected from making "bad" decisions at all costs. This is why intellectually I've always been dumbfounded that Liberal Democrats are pro-choice. If anything, they should want as many babies born as possible to pay taxes and allow themselves to be nudged toward utopia. But I digress.

In my mind, this is the ultimately question facing America: Are we going to fore-sake our founding principles of rugged individualism and move toward a soft-despotism where we spend every waking moment trying to fight off the inevitable: death? That's really what it comes down to. Man's obsession with death leads many to spend their lives trying to outsmart the reaper, but it is a hopeless endeavor. Power-mad lunatics (i.e. the Anthony Weiner's of the world) use this desire for immortality to their advantage and amass power under the guise of creating good government and good society.

It's time to nudge back. Hard.

6/09/2011

Hillary Looking To Return To Socialist Roots?

Rumors swirling that Hillary Clinton would like to segue from the Department of State to the IMF. Actually makes a lot of sense and would allow her to get back to her socialist roots: take other people's money and give it to dead-beats.

The Rich Elitist Posterboy That Is Tom Friedman

The thing you have to remember about any journalist, celebrity or politician that breaches "saving the planet," is that they're not talking about themselves, they're talking about everyone else.

Just recently U2's Bono was being picketed for moving his record company out of Ireland to avoid the country's heavy taxes. This is the man that calls on everyone, everywhere in the world to give more, to help the third-world by forgiving their debt, and to take care of the needy with more government services. Someone has to pay for it...he wants us to do it.

Then take New York Times columnist Tom Friedman (Hat tip: Gateway Pundit) who when he's not salivating over the totalitarian model that the Chinese have made "work" so well is telling us we need to have less material goods and concentrate on more non-material "happiness." In other words, our consumer-driven growth economy is a problem and it needs to stop. However, this is how Tom Friedman helps his planet:





If Friedman is ready to sell his estate and move into a one-bedroom apartment...I'm ready to listen. Until then...