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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday At The Movies: Mark Steyn And The End Of Europe

Here's an alternative to an hour's worth of network television this weekend. It's a couple of years old, but still holds relevancy to today's world. It's Mark Steyn's speech to the Heritage Foundation from Late April, 2012. He makes a couple of strong points, not the least of which echoes something I've been saying for years. He drives home the point that we fail to see, which is that the borders we've imposed upon many of the Muslim Nations during the early part of the last century means nothing to the Islamic Street. We can not pretend that ISIS is our enemy, and that a smaller more moderate group of Syrian rebels are our friends. They may take our weapons and aid today, but sooner or later, they'll turn those weapons on us as well. Another of his points has to do with the moronic rules of engagement we're forcing our military to follow. If we're going to send our soldiers into harm's way, we should at the very least allow them to defend themselves. Our weapons and technology mean nothing to the enemy, so long as we refuse to use them. The moment any of them believe we'll use those weapons, they surrender pretty quickly.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Today's Lesson On The Power Of The Free Market, Brought To You By A Former Socialist Nation.

Pay close attention to this interview, as Jack Ma espouses his business philosophy and attributes his success to those concepts repeatedly taught by Adam Smith, Frederic Bastiat, F.A. Hayek, Ludwig Von Mises, Milton Friedman, Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, and countless others.



He created something that other people found beneficial, and he created it out of nothing. Others were willing to trade with him in order to benefit themselves and their businesses. So many people found a value in what he was doing that he got rich doing it. Many of those who purchased his product were able to create wealth for themselves as a result, so much in fact, that they told others about his business, and every one got richer. Now that his net worth is greater than Estonia's national economy, his plans are to spend his wealth, enjoy being rich, and expand his business to help even more people become Millionaires.

The liberals who've been acting as the stewards of our economy have a dream also. That dream is to take our national economy to a place where we resemble what China used to be, prior to their embrace of the free market system. As China's economy grows, and we continue to cannibalize our own wealth, I hope the Jack Ma's of the world will remember what we used to be, and recognize the potential for our return to sanity.

Well done Jack! I wish only good things for you. Live the American Dream my friend, keep proving to our people that it is not dead, only sleeping off a terrible drunk.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Behold The, "Moderate Muslim."

UC San Diego holds a week long festival of Jew Hatred every year, lovingly called, "Israel Apartheid Week." The Muslim Student Association, one of the groups officially listed by the Department of Justice as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Terror Funding Case and subsequent trial, and was proven in that same document to be a member constituency of the Muslim Brotherhood, hosts the event every year. The entire purpose of the event is to whip up Antisemitism amongst their fellow students, recruit students to join International Solidarity Movement or other such fine upstanding groups who will travel to Israel and help commit acts of terror against Israel or in other parts of the world. (Rachel, "speed bump," Corrie was recruited in such a fashion from Evergreen College in Olympia,Washington.) During this week, The Young Americans for Freedom will host several of its own speakers to counter the narrative. Usually, these speeches are marred by loud disruptions, attempted violence, and basically every other tactic of the left we've come to know and love over the years. Fortunately, this is not David Horowitz's first such encounter. Just like the grizzled veteran comic, Horowitz knows how to handle hecklers, and coaxes this particular one, our, "Moderate Muslim," into making a stark admission of rare truth during the ensuing Q and A. Let's give it a listen. (By the way, our, "Moderate Muslim," is sporting a mighty fine looking Keffiyeh.)



Here's the exchange that lays it all bare.

Horowitz: ...I'm a Jew. The head of Hezbollah has said that he hopes that we, (Jews,) all gather in Israel so that he doesn't have to hunt us down globally. (Are you,) For it or against it?

Moderate Muslim: For it.

The documentation of the Department of Justice showing the MSA to be a political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood goes all the way back to a meeting in the apartment of Fawaz Damra in Philadelphia way back in 1994. Damra, who has since been deported thanks to the increased authority granted by the Patriot Act to follow these, "Moderates," about the place as they set themselves to the task of political jihad. By the time of 9/11, Damra had become the Imam of a Mosque in Parma, Ohio, considered to be one of those, "Moderates," that our local FBI liked to use for their go to sensitivity trainer. According to documents filed with the court, the political jihad included CAIR, (Council on American Islamic Relations,) ISNA, (Islamic Society of North America,) and MSA, (Muslim Student Association,) among other groups.

Representatives of each of these groups are trotted out by the requisite idiots every time we need to be reminded as a whole, that Islam is indeed a religion of peace and they mean us no harm.



I guess the, "Moderate Muslim," position is that they want us to peacefully gather together in one spot, to be killed in a more efficient manner. They'd rather do this you see, then the dirty work involved with the bombings of pizza parlors or the flying of airplanes into tall buildings and such. So, in a world viewed through the prism of Islam, moderation means getting us all to die without a fight. What I fail to understand is why so many of us, meaning the entirety of the political left, are so willingly going along with this.

How do you negotiate with the, "Moderates," whose end goal is still the annihilation of every Jew on the planet, albeit a more peaceful annihilation, rather than the head hacking variety practiced by those who believe in that brand of jihad that isn't the inner struggle? Will you ask them to only kill off half of the Jews? Will you then negotiate to a number somewhere in between half and all? What will your reaction be when they don't stop at Jews? Just ask the Coptic Christians and the Yazidis if blood lust ever does have an end. "First the Saturday People, then the Sunday People," that's the saying. For those of you who are Pagan, Atheists, Buddhist, or Hindu, that blood lust will one day include you as well, and those same, "Moderates," will want you to die without fight, all in the interests of moderation.

This is not something that a Coexist bumper sticker or a cleverly worded hash tag will solve. Not unless you've resolved yourself to an existence without your head.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday's Video Post Cause I'm Working On My Book

Here's Mark Steyn from earlier this year speaking to Conservatism in the United State with respect to the rest of the world. It's an interesting take, and his points are well made. My favorite quote, "sometimes the mythology outlives the usefulness of the reality." It's interesting to note, that as of two years ago, Canada jumped ahead of the United States on the Heritage Foundation's index of economic freedom. Barack Obama has seen our nation drop out of the economically free category, into the mostly free, and out of the ten most economically free nations entirely.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My How Times Have Changed.

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On July 24, 1959, Richard Nixon, then Vice President of the United States of America, met with Nikita Khrushchev, then the Soviet Head of State, in an exhibition presented in Moscow of America's economic accomplishment. A replica of a house was built as a part of the exhibit, ostensibly showing what an American of moderate means could afford for himself in terms of housing and various consumer products. The two leaders had an impromptu debate in the kitchen of the house, now referred to as, "the Kitchen Debate."

During the course of the debate, in which both men extolled the virtues of their own economic systems, Khrushchev promised that Communism was so superior to Capitalism, that in three years time, the Soviet Union would bury the United States in terms of economic and technological development. The two men agreed that both societies needed to be more open with one another in terms of sharing ideas and allow for a free and open dialogue with respect to technological and economic achievement. Within ten years time, John Kennedy had led an effort to cut America's marginal tax rates, flatten the tax brackets, and the United States had begun giving the Soviets foreign aid in terms of feeding the majority of the Soviet population. Khrushchev and Nixon were both replaced with others as heads of their respective governments.

30 years after that debate, the Berlin Wall was destroyed, the Soviet empire had collapsed under the weight of her economic failure, and the Reagan Boom had another 11 years of life left in it. The lens of history has been crystal clear on this point. There has been no conceptualization of man yet invented that has come close to holding a candle to Capitalism in terms of improving the lives of ordinary people. The productive and creative forces that are unleashed by allowing people to determine their own fate and tend to their own self interests has outstripped all other economic systems in terms of proving the most benefit to the greatest number of citizens. Adam Smith's invisible hand has shown itself to be kind and benevolent, while those systems that ostensibly have been devised to help the less fortunate have shown themselves to be callous and cruel. Socialism has been a failure, terrible in scope and consequence, every single place that it has been attempted. It has succeed no where.

The Kitchen Debate:





Fast forward to 2014, 34 years after the election of Ronald Reagan, and we now live in a world where the Russian Head of State, a former head of the Soviet KGB, is lecturing an American President about the perils of Socialism. If the world seems upside down, it's because it is upside down. Vladimir Putin's utter lack of respect for Barack Obama, both as a man and as a leader, is the stuff of legend. Did any of us ever expect to live in a world where the Russian Head of State would lecture the American Head of State about Capitalism being a superior economic system to Socialism, and how terrible the effects of Socialism would be for our population?

Every single former Soviet citizen that I've met hates Socialism with a passion. After all, they've actually lived the consequences of this oppressive system. Graduates of the Socialism that is being inflicted upon us now are a staunch Republican voting block. That should speak volumes to those paying attention. Here's Vladimir Jaffe having a conversation with a Socialist in New York, who's apparently irony impaired. The standard response of course always ends with one of two statements. Either the wrong people were running it, or they just didn't do it big enough.



I guess the good news is that the damage is reversible. We have an election every 4 years, and we can change it back. We just need to have the lesson that elections have consequences beaten into our heads.

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
-Winston Churchill

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Permanently Aggrieved

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Welcome to 2014, a year in which being aggrieved on behalf of someone else has become a multi Billion Dollar cottage industry. Buckets of cash are waiting to be raked in by liberals self appointing themselves to speak out on behalf of a group who they feel should be upset about something. The something is not all that important. In fact, the more trivial the better, since defending trivial matters is damned near impossible.



There's nothing more trivial than the logo for a professional sports franchise. It's nothing more than marketing material, and usually means not one thing to anyone outside of its own fan base. So, of course, a group of liberal lawyers decided that in their arrogant opinion, every single Native American ought to be upset, rather than mildly flattered, that a professional sports franchise would want to be identified with their people. Further, they decided, without invitation, that they would level an attack against the horror of that logo and name on behalf of the party who did not have the good sense to be sufficiently aggrieved prior to their having spoken up on their behalf. the result is beautiful, since no one really cares to come out in defense, seeing as how the name Redskins and the accompanying logo only matter to those who make up the fan base, winning a national debate becomes much easier when the debate is one sided. Truly, under normal circumstances, I couldn't care less about what a Football team from Washington D.C. calls itself. Times are changed though, and I recognize a larger picture forming here.

This is about societal control, over every aspect of our lives. I used to be a pick your battles kind of guy, but not any more. Liberals must be fought and defeated at every instance of their trying to inflict their control over us. There is not one positive thing that they've ever contributed to anything, and like any parasite, they'll eventually end up killing the host, which for the purpose of our discussion, is every productive member of our society, those who work and pay taxes.

Until this year, I could not have cared less about the name, Washington Redskins. Now, I am a Redskins fan, and wish for them to win the Super Bowl. I love that name, only because liberals want it changed. This is the very same assault that has seen the Ten Commandments banished from centuries old town statues all across the fruited plains. It is the same assault that has seen the word Christmas replaced with Holiday Season, Merry Christmas replaced with Seasons Greetings, all while tax paying Americans get the privilege of funding works of art in which Crosses are submerged in jars of urine. It is invasive, and all encompassing. For those of you who believe for one moment that the Redskins organization will hold out for ever and defeat this intrusion into their rights as property owners, cute that you would believe this, I want you to take a look at the following picture.

When's the last time you went grocery shopping and didn't see this?



Rows of unused handicapped parking spots, anxiously awaiting those hordes of aggrieved handicapped drivers who actually didn't give a crap, but some clever attorneys somewhere figured out a way to sue on their behalf and make money off of it. We're now 25 plus years into this great kindness of pandering to people who are more offended with being pandered to than with not being able to park in the front row, and I have yet to see those spaces being even half way filled.

Set up a 501(c)3, start speaking out on a target group you feel should be aggrieved, claim to speak for them because they are too timid to speak for themselves, solicit donations, file law suits, and force America into diversity training, or sensitivity training, and wham, we've got a generation of people trained not to question any of it, and terrified of being sued should they step out of line. In this age of whining for fun and profit, there is no longer any aspect of our lives which is safe from being politicized. Speak out against any of it, and you're a knuckle dragging bigoted homophobic racist insensitive jerk.

Even the food we eat, the very act of sitting down and enjoying a meal, has been tainted by the preening weenie crowd. GMO's, over the top carb counters, politicization of gluten, (anything containing wheat,) meat, red meat, dairy products, hormone fear mongers, and a vibrant anti-sugar lobby have all started suing on behalf of the rest of us, too ignorant to realize that we should hate it all too. (Sugar by the way is the very first thing Millions of years of evolution has selected for us as a species to actually taste, lest anyone believe that this substance is truly the evil to be feared that the anti-sugar lobby claims it to be.) For those of you who will claim that this isn't a left vs. right thing, take a gander at those who are pushing this agenda. Obama and Hillary voters, every last one of them, I'd bet my bottom dollar.

There's a sameness to each and every one of these battles. Out of the blue, very vocal whining begins, money is raised, politicians begin beating their chests, more money is raised, law suits are filed, and another piece of our freedom is surrendered, along with another piece of our will to do or say anything about it. There is a price to be paid for surrendering our language, and that price is our Constitutional Freedom. Just because we are paying slowly does not mean that we will not give it all up as payment in full for our foolish disregard for what is happening. About 35 years ago, a friend told me that America was no longer a free nation, and I laughed at him.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday At The Movies: Uncommon Knowledge With Hoover Fellows Rick Hanushek And Paul Peterson

From the youtube description:

In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Hoover fellow Peter Robinson interviews Hoover senior fellows and members of Hoover’s Task Force on K–12 Education Paul Peterson and Rick Hanushek on education in the United States compared to the rest of the world. The authors of Education Prosperity: A Global View of American Schools, Peterson and Hanushek explain that the United States, in the latest international test, is now in thirty-second place, with only 32 percent of students scoring as proficient in math. Currently, Shanghai is at the top of the list of countries, with 75 percent of its students proficient in math. Nevertheless, Peterson and Hanushek offer an optimistic perspective on what could be done to improve America’s education system.



Something else to keep in mind, now that the Department of Education has taken the United States to a place where our educational system ranks dead last amongst all industrialized nations in terms of our education, what do we do about it? Clearly, centralized planning has not worked. In fact, we can now add public education to the long list of massive centralized failures. It's not about the money, we here in the U.S. spend more per student than any other nation in the world, and our results for our money can only be described as disastrous. At least our children, while functionally illiterate, feel good about their lack of achievement. So, we have that going for us.