Friday, January 30, 2009

Vanderleun writes the most thoughtful piece on abortion I have ever read and reread several times. It starts like this:
"Like most serious people in America today, I've had to struggle with my views on abortion. You are required, in this deadlocked and soul-locked society to have a view on this issue. "I don't know" just wont cut it. You've got to know. It says so right here in America: The Instructions.

But what *do* I know about Abortion? Here's what I thought I knew then and what I think I know now. Why today? Because I read the news today. Oh boy. And the news is only too happy to tell me that today, January 22, 2009, is the 36th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that released the crushing Abortion juggernaut to roll over the soul of America.

Abortion is, as we all know, one of the 25 or 30 third rails of American politics. So what? A President must prove to the American people that, from time to time, he can reach out and touch a few of these rails with both hands. This can be, as I am sure George W. Bush discovered and Barack Obama will find, a shocking experience, but I wouldn't want a man as President who couldn't do it.

Like it or not the issue of abortion is one of those rails. Bush grasped it to his cost and benefit, but it is clear he did so out of personal conviction and not political expediency. Whether or not you like his choice depends on your choice. But grasp it he did. I'm pretty clear where he stood on abortion. Obama is on record, where record there is, of being pro-abortion, even in its most odious forms. But it seems that Obama is more a man of expediency than conviction and such men are always malleable. Decisions from Obama, so far, have always had the whiff of Prufrockian diffidence about them:
There will be time to murder and create,
And time for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate;
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.

This Prufrockian posture in civic life clothed in the skin and expressions of some smooth operator is one of the main reasons Obama has been able to feed his legions -- so far-- on the thin political gruel of "hope." Now that he has entered the realm of his every syllable being recorded and his every move being examined like auguries, his long stroll on the beach is over. He is now expected to serve up the bitter and chafing gall of "change" and convince his legions it tastes of ambrosia. Somewhere on the list of ingredients in this dish is "abortion."

Abortion in America: A Personal Journey @ AMERICAN DIGEST
For those of you who practice yoga,a martial art, or meditate, here is a comment from the wise Walt in the comment section over at One Cosmos yesterday:

"It has seemed to me that there is experience, and there is a "knowing" that there is experience, i.e. a part of the brain registers, and a part of the brain can stand apart from that registration. That seems to be a fact, and has intrigued me.

In my own case, there has seemed to be "something not quite right" in how it all works, which has motivated me to investigate. From the start, I knew I didn't know much, and I also noticed early-on that people a lot more informed than myself recognized a God -- and, of course, many others like yourself did not. So for me, it became "a question."

We can skip the details of the search -- let's just say "all the usual places, and some not-so-usual" and let it suffice.

My approach has been to pursue various questions about the nature of Reality, and then try to test them in very practical terms, using myself -- body, mind, and feelings -- as the laboratory.

Along and along, I "encountered" certain experiences and sources of input that seemed to me to be "more Real" than many others, and which gave "refreshing results." At some point, those results became like an "aesthetic sense" which seemed to act like a guidance system when I paid attention to it. I began to judge things by their results.

As this process developed, I came to notice that "attention" itself was a central ingredient, and especially the "quality" of attention."

Now, all of the foregoing went on over the years without even once the word "God" being uttered. I sensed that something was happening, but did not know what it was. One Cosmos has given me "words" to match my understanding of Reality. It took me awhile -- and some study -- to catch the outlines of the cosmology, but I found that it was not only coherent but also congruent on its own, and that it complemented other cosmologies that I was familiar with. In fact, I saw that it illumined them.

See the words I put in italics up there? Those are hard words for me to ignore, because of the experiences they contain.

My point to you is that I am here, and I've been around here for awhile, and I can work with this information without ever saying "I believe in God." And I never would have stuck around here in the first place had I had to invest "belief" in anything, or persuade myself of anything.

Maybe that's too small a point to worry about -- the use of certain words, I mean -- but to casually say, "I know you guys believe in God," doesn't fit everyone. Truth, it seems to me, is sufficient reason to be here, and trumps "belief", for me.

Now faith -- that is another matter altogether ...."

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Cranmer: Lord Ahmed threatens Parliament into submission

Do you think that any English person imagined that this could ever happen in Great Britain way back in the Beatle's era? Could it happen here? 'Ya think?


Cranmer: Lord Ahmed threatens Parliament into submission
The American cowboy - still saving lives. Read it all including the Victor Davis Hanson link for it is good.

..."The cowboy hero of my youth was a simple man who minded his own business and valued his freedom. It would take a lot to stir him up, but once aroused, he was unstoppable. His talk might be drawling or lazy, but not his principles; and the violence which was always there under the surface of his placidity could be called on to defend and protect that which he valued. Then he would ride out into the sunset; his job done, his duty fulfilled.

He never turned away from what had to be done; and he never cared much for nuance or appeasement. He always understood and accepted the consequences of his actions, not caring if he was liked or loved; but doing what he thought was right, no matter what the cost.

Today the American cowboy lives on in spirit in many aspects of our society. But if anything, there is even more contempt and anger heaped on him by our modern, cynical, and metrosexual society; who long ago stopped valuing the heroic and sees no need for cowboys in the new age.

Today, any hint of unsophisticated cowboy heroics or clear talk of 'right and wrong' or 'good and evil' are met with scorn by the spoiled elites of the world, who perceive the modern cowboy as an unwanted anachronism and a genuine liability--his mere existence a frightening threat to the fantasy world of love and peace they have created in their minds."


Dr. Sanity
Family Security Matters Publications Wall Street’s Marxist Presidential Pawn

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Couple forced to give grandchildren up for adoption by gay men because 'they're too old' - at 46 and 59 | Mail Online

Sometimes, more and more of the time, there are no words. Lots of people in this country are starting families at these advanced ages, not that I think that is the greatest idea either but this is sickening.

Couple forced to give grandchildren up for adoption by gay men because 'they're too old' - at 46 and 59 | Mail Online

Dr. Sanity

Dr. Sanity
is a must read for all you slackers out there who claim no time. Remember, she has a lot less than you do and she writes this stuff daily so do yourself a favor and read it all.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Emailed from Emily:
History 101 (Crash course)
For those that don't know about history ... Here is a condensed version:
Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter.
The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:
1. Liberals, and
2. Conservatives.
Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed.
Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement.
Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the Conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q's and doing the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement
Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. The rest became known as girlie-men. Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided.
Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass.
Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare. Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn't fair to make the pitcher also bat.
Conservatives drink domestic beer, mostly Bud. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, athletes, members of the military, airline pilots and generally anyone who works productively. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.
Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the Liberals remained in Europe when Conservatives were coming to America . They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for nothing.
Here ends today's lesson in world history:

WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE,
ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE

"In God We Trust"

iowahawk

iowahawk: "Iowahawk Guest Opinion
by Rosa Ortiz
Former Chief of Housekeeping Staff
Park Avenue Estate of Caroline Kennedy"

Works and Days � An Uneasy Feeling

Works and Days An Uneasy Feeling

Monday, January 26, 2009

Although Obama told them to put away childish things, his constituents booed the outgoing President Bush and the First Lady Laura illustrating the new classless society that the left has so desired.

Conformity’s Seduction by Mark Steyn on National Review Online: "And if this were 1993 again, that just might do. But it’s not, and perhaps the silliest part of the new president’s speech was this: “On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics. We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.”"
Do you suppose the new Secretary of Education will read this?

Family Security Matters Publications Exclusive: An Open Letter to the New Secretary of Education (Part 1 of 2)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

For a change of pace check out this wonderous architecture:
Massive ant colony

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HT from Robin Starfish, proprietor Of Motel Zero in the comment section of One Cosmos
Here is a cool little item that caught my eye:

FOXNews.com - 'Bulletflight' iPhone App Helps Snipers Hit Targets - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News
Non-violence can't tackle terror: Dalai -India-The Times of India: "NEW DELHI: The Dalai Lama, a lifelong champion of non-violence on Saturday candidly stated that terrorism cannot be tackled by applying the
principle of ahimsa because the minds of terrorists are closed.

'It is difficult to deal with terrorism through non-violence,' the Tibetan spiritual leader said delivering the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Lecture here.

He also termed terrorism as the worst kind of violence which is not carried by a few mad people but by those who are very brilliant and educated.

'They (terrorists) are very brilliant and educated...but a strong ill feeling is bred in them. Their minds are closed,' the Dalai Lama said.

He said that the only way to tackle terrorism is through prevention. The head of the Tibetan government-in-exile left the audience stunned when he said 'I love President George W Bush.' He went on to add how he and the US President instantly struck a chord in their first meeting unlike politicians who take a while to develop close ties."

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

One Cosmos

"...The bottom line, people, is that there is nothing to be afraid of. These men are nihilists. Fucking amateurs. They're out of their element. And they're about to enter a world of pain. As Walter Sobchak himself said, Nothing is fucked here, Dude. Come on, you're being very un-Dude..."
READ ON(Jan 20)
One Cosmos

FrontPage Magazine

FrontPage Magazine: "At the 'We Are One' celebration, orchestrated by his team, the script that was given to liberal actress Marisa Tomei included a passage from Ronald Reagan’s inaugural, a gesture that paid tribute to him as a leader who preached tolerance and compassion and a united nation. Another actor read similar sentiments from Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Farewell Address without so much as mentioning its famous admonitions about the 'military-industrial complex,' as a Democrat invariably would. Liberal actor Jack Black then paid tribute to another Republican hero, Teddy Roosevelt, as America's pioneer environmentalist, and Tiger Woods presented himself as the proud scion of a military family, praising his family's service and paying tribute to America's armed forces. Even the music was inclusive, with country singer Garth Brooks playing an extended set." Horowitz says it all and it is good.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

In case you need to laugh, this had me roaring.
Presidential Wisdom by Robert Ferrigno on National Review Online
Andrew Klavan - read it all for it is good.

"Look, the American media are in a bad way, a disastrous way. Movies, TV, literature–instead of illuminating vehicles for art and entertainment, they’ve become like the Matrix, replacing reality with a plausible leftist imitation. Journalists especially have so shamed themselves in their coverage of the last election–hounding Sarah Palin’s daughter and Joe the Plumber while all but ignoring Barack Obama’s ties to Illinois corruption, and his long and deep association with the racist anti-American Jeremiah Wright–that it’s going to take them years to recover. When people shame themselves that badly, they don’t admit it in a hurry. They savage their critics instead and continue their own shameful practices as a kind of defiant denial–anything rather than look in the mirror and confront what they’ve turned themselves into."

Big Hollywood Blog Archive Why We Fight

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Joan of Argghh never minces words and here's a little piece of the Madoff puzzle:
"It's a thing to make Bettie Page proud, seeing an affirmative-action'ed spoiled brat, unqualified princess pretender-to-"public servant" status actually get smacked around a bit."
Go read it all and the delectable links she never fails to provide.
Primordial Slack: Grown Woman Gets Spanked--<i>Hard!</i>
Bill Whittle writes:

"...The United States of America could have planted its flag anywhere it wanted and no one would have been able to do a thing about it.

And what did we do with this arsenal? We scrapped the ships, drove steel bars through the wings of the priceless bombers, and began the largest de-militarization in the history of the world.

And in all of the years since then, despite what Michael Moore may want you to believe from the comfort of his editing room, the United States has deployed in response to aggression – not to cause it. Berlin, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland – all of it Soviet — that is to say Communist – Leftist – aggression. Ask a 17 year old indoctrinated with Hollywood’s portrayal of America as a world-striding bully who started the War in Korea, or Vietnam, or Nicaragua or any of these places, and I will bet you a Xbox 360 Elite that they will not reply that it was in fact worldwide socialism, but rather America. Tell them that communists started Korea and Vietnam and pretty much everything else and they will likely ask “what is a communist?” Actually, come to think of it, they probably do not even care enough to ask."...
Every word that Bill Whittle writes
is worth the time it takes to read it, and then to read again and again.

Big Hollywood Blog Archive The Workshops Of Identity

Friday, January 09, 2009

Come in here please | The Spectator

In case you haven't read Paul Johnson, he has written "Modern Times", "A History of the American People", "A History of Christianity", "A History of the Jews", "Intellectuals", "The Quest for God", "The Offshore Islanders" as well as "Art". When my child was studying high school history the assigned text books were incomprehensible to her, to me. The minute HIMSELF brought home from the library "Modern Times" and "The History of the American People" our troubles were over. I was hooked and impressed by the clarity of his writing which could be received and understood by a young awakening mind. Here is a little sampling of his writing. "Intellectuals" is a good starter which talks about those that shaped the twentieth century.

Come in here please | The Spectator

Thursday, January 08, 2009

. What Gagdad Bob calls mind parasites abound.(Jan 4 piece)""Yes, these beings are the product of thought + imagination, except that they are for the purpose of destroying thought and imagination. That such cultures cannot evolve should go without saying, any more than the bloodthirsty Palestinians can evolve. The trouble with Palestinians is that they cannot ask the simple question: why am I persecuted by all these hateful demons? Instead of thinking the thoughts, they violently project them from the psyche, and then murder them. It seems to be the Muslim way.

How much better off they would be if they had a culture that recognized man's fallen nature! Such a culture will not externalize blame or adopt the role of victim. Rather, such a culture will collectively ask, "what did I do wrong, and what can I do to fix it?" You will note that the culture of the secular left has much more in common with the Palestinians, in that it never occurs to them that people are largely responsible for their own problems. Indeed, this is one of the purposes of a culture of liberty: to allow people to fuck up on their own..." This is from a Jan 4 piece.
Now watch Hamas, the people that want Israel off the map and see mind parasites in action and understand that Obama thinks he will be able to negotiate with them.
YouTube - Hamas In Their Own Voices
As usual, Zombie is documenting what is happening up in Nancy Pelosi's part of the great state of California. Many of you probably saw the coverage of the recent protests in Fort Lauderdale in which one particularly angry woman called for Jews to burn in the ovens once again.
Sometimes I am so amazed that so many people that are seemingly intelligent Jews can still be so liberal. In case you too are curious here are a couple of explanations.
Why Are Most Jews Politically Liberal? - icbm’s Diary - RedState
Dennis Prager has written about this as well.
Hot Air Blog Archive Video: Palin hits back at the media; Update: Ziegler: Palin is exactly who you think
Most people I talk to have not heard of taqiyya so here is a little example.

Citizen Warrior: An Example of Taqiyya