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The postmodernist faculty lounge theorists have always been at war with the notion that the masses should ever be trusted with ownership over government. They just jam their tyrannical impulses into fancy suits with nice leg creases. And we timidly oblige the lie by granting them the benefit of the doubt when their entire histories have shown that doing so is hubris and sanctimony disguised as “open mindedness” and “civility.” I wouldn’t be civil to a man trying to rape my wife or enslave my children. So why on earth am I supposed to pretend to give deference to a Marxist usurper and his hive of vicious political operatives — and try as they might, they couldn’t hide his history and his intellectual and political background and influences — just because an “historic” figure managed to dupe a majority of the electorate and beat a pair of timid centrists? — in large part because we were told we needed to show deference?
All of this was completely foreseeable. What wasn’t foreseeable was that those of us who foresaw it would be drummed out of polite society, then later find ourselves watching with amusement and sadness while those who drummed us out begin sounding alarms that we ourselves were sounding 5 years ago.
I have not suffered as much as Jeff and some others have, but I understand exactly how he feels.
Five years ago, I was a new, obscure blogger and I really didn’t start to gain any readership until very late in 2008 after the Election, but I remember many of my non-Left friends and family members believing before November that I was being melodramatic in my denunciations of Barack Hussein Obama, that I was exaggerating his Radicalism. With the Internet available, it really didn’t take much effort to find out about this guy and that he was a Committed Leftist, an intellectual lightweight, and a consummate liar — but the most important fact was that he was surrounded by Stealth Radicals with direct ties, like himself, to Socialist and Communist organizations.
When I started to have a readership [thanks in great measure to Stacy McCain and Quinn Hillyer] I found that there were parts of The Rightosphere that didn’t want to know me, despite my becoming an expert blogwhore.
Even though those who refused to hear the warning alarms five years ago when people like Jeff Goldstein were sounding them every day are now starting to ring the tocsins — some vigorously, some feebly — they still ignore us, they still try to pretend we don’t exist.
So, like Jeff, I am both amused and saddened by it all.
I think you can easily understand why I feel the former.
I feel the latter because I think it’s too late now, in 2013, to save things.
Too much damage has been done; too much rot has set-in.
The Center has collapsed.
It’s a Goddamn shame.
Delay, defer, deflect, dissemble, distract, demur, discount. And whenever possible, disguise. This is completely predictable.
Indeed, it is.
That was d-elightful, Jeff.
We’ll ask the man, where do you stand on the question of the revolution?
Are you for it or against it?
If he’s against it, we’ll stand him up against a wall.
Source: Modern Times, Paul Johnson, page 67.
Kind of says it all, eh?
Richard Wagner has turned two hundred!
For those of you who have never seen his magnificent Ring Cycle — all sixteen-plus hours of it — I present for your edification Anna Russell’s brilliant summary of it…
For an even shorter explanation, John Hoge has the classic cartoon What’s Opera, Doc?
By The Reverend David R. Graham, A.M.D.G.
Annex “Mexico.” Partition it into five or so States by history and geography, by fairness in representation, and admit these into the United States as the 51st, etc. States, just like the current others.
Many benefits for USA and “Mexico” and would be popular, and seen as reasonable, with ordinary “Mexican” nationals and US citizens.
Make us all USA Americans, under USA law and structures of representation.
From The Hill, Ramsey Cox [no relation to Anthony Weiner] reporting, we learn [emphasis mine]:
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Wednesday that he doesn’t trust members of his own party to negotiate a budget conference report.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) asked for a 10th time for unanimous consent to form a budget committee conference to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets, but Republicans objected unless conferees are prohibited from raising the debt ceiling.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he thought it was “bizarre” that member of his own party didn’t trust that the House Republicans wouldn’t hold the party line in negotiations.
“Isn’t it a little bizarre this whole exercise?” McCain said after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) objected to going to conference. “What we’re saying is that we don’t trust our colleagues on the other side of the Capitol.”
McCain’s remark prompted Cruz to say he didn’t trust members of his own party.
“The senior senator of Arizona urged senators to trust House Republicans … and frankly I don’t trust Republicans,” Cruz said. “It’s the leaders of both parties that got us in this mess. … A lot of Republicans were complicit in this spending spree.”
The fact that John McCain is still taken seriously by anyone is the bizarre aspect of this story, but, then again, this is A World Turned Upside Down.
Hey Johnny! The Dog Track called; they’re are saving a blueplate special for you.
A hearty ‘Huzzah!’ to Mr. Cruz for telling it like it is.
So far so good, sir, so far so good.
It would seem that another law-abiding, hardworking American has come to The Crossroads…
From RM Nixon Deceased:
I have concluded, after reading quite a bit of history, that all forms of government eventually devolve into oppressive and totalitarian regimes unless they are overthrown by the people or conquered from without. Even our founders recognized this and included language in our founding and establishing documents regarding this: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.“ states the Declaration of Independence.
Has the time come for “We the People” to abolish our current socialist leaning government and reconstitute our Republic? This I do not know but it does appear we are in serious need of a reform of what we have now.
No of us wants to be at The Crossroads, where we have to decide whether to sign over our souls to the Devil or continue down Freedom’s road, but this is where we find ourselves.
This is the hand we have been dealt.
We can’t go back the way we came.
Such is Life.
Yesterday, Stacy McCain published an insightful essay on the Cultural Survival Instinct, which provides a penetrating look inside the way Leftists think.
His explanation of ‘false consciousness’ is especially informative. A highlight:
When the prophecies of Marx and Lenin failed — when the proletariat masses did not rally to the revolutionary banner, rise up and slaughter their capitalist oppressors — the Frankfurt School intellectuals elaborated in new language an old idea of Marx’s, “false consciousness.” If a member of the proletariat did not act in accordance with the Marxist prescription of his class interest, then he was obviously blinded by some sort of religious or cultural belief that the capitalist regime had propagated as a means to make the slave embrace his slavery.
“False consciousness” interprets the individual’s allegiances to faith, family or flag as impediments to the realization of the Left’s radical-egalitarian utopian dream. Accusing the average American (or average Norwegian) of “racism” or “xenophobia” or some other irrational prejudice, diagnosing the Left’s opposition as suffering from psychiatric disorders that threaten the nation with fascism, are tactics so familiar that it is truly surprising that so few people recognize them as what they really are, a species of Marxist propaganda.
So many people, especially Americans, fail to realize just how deeply Marxist Thinking has penetrated our Culture, especially when it comes to politics [which, for the Left In America, concerns every aspect of life]. For example: Without question, it is accepted that all prejudice is ‘evil’ — this is a Leftist belief [and ironic, considering the Left claims it doesn't believe in Absolute Truth, which leads them, logically, to believe that 'Good' and 'Evil' are relativistic concepts]. Prejudice, of course, is neutral — there is the kind that serves a nefarious purpose, there is a kind that, as Edmund Burke wrote serves a good and noble purpose:
YOU see, Sir, that in this enlightened age I am bold enough to confess that we are generally men of untaught feelings, that, instead of casting away all our old prejudices, we cherish them to a very considerable degree, and, to take more shame to ourselves, we cherish them because they are prejudices; and the longer they have lasted and the more generally they have prevailed, the more we cherish them. We are afraid to put men to live and trade each on his own private stock of reason, because we suspect that this stock in each man is small, and that the individuals would do better to avail themselves of the general bank and capital of nations and of ages. Many of our men of speculation, instead of exploding general prejudices, employ their sagacity to discover the latent wisdom which prevails in them. If they find what they seek, and they seldom fail, they think it more wise to continue the prejudice, with the reason involved, than to cast away the coat of prejudice and to leave nothing but the naked reason; because prejudice, with its reason, has a motive to give action to that reason, and an affection which will give it permanence. Prejudice is of ready application in the emergency; it previously engages the mind in a steady course of wisdom and virtue and does not leave the man hesitating in the moment of decision skeptical, puzzled, and unresolved. Prejudice renders a man’s virtue his habit, and not a series of unconnected acts. Through just prejudice, his duty becomes a part of his nature. [Reflections On The Revolution In France]
This kind of thinking used to be considered normal. It held that high designation because centuries of experience had taught men that it was wise thinking, that it aided men in maintaining their Virtue — a necessary ingredient in the effort to preserve Freedom and Liberty.
In our regressive age, this statement of Mr. Burke brands him as a Raaaaacist! — or, at the very least, and apologist for racists.
In the Comments section of his post, Stacy offered this response to a commentator that is worth quoting in full:
The persistence of tribalism or ethnocentrism — to remove the tendentious pejorative of "racism" from the discussion — in the 21st century should tell us that we are fundamentally misguided if we suppose that this profound tendency of human nature can be eradicated altogether. If you could somehow prevent people from discriminating on the basis of race or ethnicity, they would discriminate on some other basis that would be equally unfair and harmful. Such a policy would, in other words, merely redistribute the unfairness.
It is ridiculous when, in the course of discussion among allegedly educated and intelligent people, liberals start jumping up and down to exclaim that RACISM IS BAD — as if anyone were arguing otherwise — in a sort of Denunciation Derby, where it becomes a contest to see who can offer the most eloquent condemnation of whatever incident (e.g., the death of Trayvon Martin) has inspired the discussion.
You saw something quite similar in regard to the Steubenville rape case. Once the Denunciation Derby began, anyone who disputed the Left’s attempt to make this a symbolic indictment — of America’s "rape culture," whatever the hell that means — was accused of being pro-rape. Whereas the Left has spent decades proclaiming their devotion to the Due Process rights of accused criminals, they completely reversed themselves in regard to the Steubenville case, so that anyone who refused to join their digital lynch-mob was subjected to outrageous harassment.
Only if you take a step back from such controversies and attempt to appraise the situation objectively — "What’s really happening here?" — is it possible to understand how the Left is manipulating the narrative for political purposes.
Mankind will never abolish racism, nor is it possible to abolish murder or rape. Yet the Left is forever trying to convince us that there is a utopia of sinless perfection to which they could lead us, if only we’d submit to their superior judgment.
To paraphrase that now-overused cliche: life is what it is.
Human Beings will always remain as they are. The only thing we can hope to improve is their behavior.
But this cannot be done via force; it must arise out of an individual’s exercising of his Free Will, without any physical or mental reservation.
To be a Leftist is to reject Reality, which means they all reject Life and Free Will.
As Gerhart Niemeyer wrote:
‘…Whoever entertains a view of history that destroys the present and past and locates all values exclusively in some human future, is…barred from common sense. Whoever acts under the illusion that man can create a new man, a new world, or a new society lives in a dream-world and is barred from common sense. …Common sense is political sobriety that is fully aware of human limits inherent in the human condition.’ [Aftersight And Foresight, 'Conservatism And The New Political Theory']
In their efforts to drug man into a ‘right way of thinking’, a ‘true consciousness’, the Left seeks to turn all men into gods, which they believe will bring about Heaven On Earth, Immanentize The Eschaton.
In other words, they seek to do what cannot be done, what is not possible. Therefore, all of their efforts will fail.
The trouble is, all of their efforts involve the participation of their fellow Human Beings, whether voluntary or compelled, and said efforts inevitably lead to the gas oven or the guillotine when things go badly [as they always do].
Dan Collins has a happy talent for taking a number of issues that don’t necessarily seem directly related and, through the flow of the writings in his posts, showing you how they really are.
He performs this task again today in a mini-essay, over at The Necropolitan Sentinal [one could say that Dano is a Necromancer], that is well-worth your time.
As the Scandalpalooza grows, the possibility has to be mooted, at least by pundits. Like others, I’ve been reluctant to go there, because I don’t think that Congress has its ducks in a row, and there’s a lot more that we need answers about. But a few days ago Drudge tweeted out to ask whether, under the circumstances, We the People have the cojones left to back the impeachment of the First Black President (barring Clinton), should occasion arise. It’s an interesting question.
Congressman Gowdy, at the end of the last hearing on Benghazi, said that he was determined to get to the bottom of the matter, no matter whose careers were damaged in the process. In a well-functioning republic, that really ought to be that attitude of every Congressperson. The left, though, is so deeply invested in their Obamessiah that they are equally determined not to go there. As Drudge intimates, the last refuge of this particular scoundrel, though it is often used as a first refuge by knee-jerk leftists, is the charge of raaaaacism against any detractor. For many years now, Jeff Goldstein has been teaching us about the tyranny of certain self-authorized interpreters over the question of intention. In many ways, “disparate impact” is the apotheosis of such interpretation. It posits that, regardless of intention, if a policy or action inconveniences some specified protected group for the purposes of the interpreters, it is de facto discriminatory. Obama nominee for Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez has used such arguments to extract hundreds of millions of dollars from banks, which calculate that brand damage from fighting it out in court on top of legal fees make it preferable to cave. It’s extortion, plain and simple, in the guise of ‘social justice.’
I don’t think we should spend much time over the next few weeks, and possibly months, thinking about the impeaching of Barack Hussein Obama. Let us work on compiling the evidence against him — Lord knows there appears to be enough of it out there because this Administration, in cahoots with the Congress and the federal bureaucracy have spent the last four-plus years running the national government like a criminal enterprise, blithely ignoring laws and The Constitution. Let the evidence build from a hill into a mountain.
It had to in the early 1970′s. I remember; I lived through it.
Now, back then, it is true, America was a more upright and moral place, so the mountain did not have to grow so high before it had it’s impact, but it still had to transform from a hill into a more substantial structure before the American People would allow for the Impeachment Process to formally begin. Even the biggest bastards on the Left at that time knew that they had to go slow if they wanted to bring down the Nixon Administration [interestingly a key turning point was Barry Goldwater's turning against President Nixon].
So…let us work now to gather the evidence from every single area we can, lay it out for the public clearly and concisely, and, most importantly, publicize the Hell out of what we find. In fact, let’s build a mountain that is volcanic, so that it will be impossible to ignore.
Let’s expose these thugs, these Revolutionaries, for who and what they are.
Another key to us succeeding is that we be as relentless in our pursuit of the facts as we can be. However, let us never exaggerate those facts or their importance, otherwise we risk being seen as Chicken Littles.
The Left In America, who control the governments of America, have declared us to be criminals, so let us proudly put on the mantle of the Outlaw and do what is necessary to preserve The American Republic.
Resistentiam Tyrannis nunc.
Resistentiam Tyrannis saecula.
Resistance to Tyranny now.
Resistance to Tyranny forever.
It appears that the Pope has performed an Exorcism…
Is Pope Francis an exorcist?
The question has been swirling ever since Francis laid his hands Sunday on the head of a young man after celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Square. The young man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, shook, and he then slumped in his wheelchair as Francis prayed over him.
The television station of the Italian bishops’ conference said it had surveyed exorcists, who agreed there was "no doubt" that Francis either performed an exorcism or a prayer to free the man from the devil.
The Vatican was more cautious Tuesday. In a statement, it said Francis "didn’t intend to perform any exorcism. But as he often does for the sick or suffering, he simply intended to pray for someone who was suffering who was presented to him."
The Rev. Giulio Maspero, a Rome-based systematic theologian who has witnessed or participated in more than a dozen exorcisms, says he’s certain that Francis’ prayer on Sunday was either a full-fledged exorcism or a prayer to "liberate" the young man from a demonic possession. He noted that the placement of the pope’s hands on the man’s head was the "typical position" for an exorcist to use.
Perhaps The Holy Father would consider coming to Washington and performing the Rite Of Exorcism on the Administration…Hell [pun intended] why not on the whole wretched city.
After all, it’s rather fitting.
I cast you out, unclean spirit, along with every Satanic power of the enemy, every spectre from hell, and all your fell companions….
I adjure you, ancient serpent, by the judge of the living and the dead, by your Creator, by the Creator of the whole universe, by Him who has the power to consign you to hell, to depart forthwith in fear, along with your savage minions….
Depart, then, transgressor. Depart, seducer, full of lies and cunning, foe of virtue, persecutor of the innocent….
Depart, then, impious one, depart, accursed one, depart with all your deceits, for God has willed that man should be His temple….
Pythonissa, the soothsayer. Begone, now! Begone, seducer! Your place is in solitude; your abode is in the nest of serpents; get down and crawl with them. This matter brooks no delay; for see, the Lord, the ruler comes quickly, kindling fire before Him, and it will run on ahead of Him and encompass His enemies in flames. You might delude man, but God you cannot mock. It is He who casts you out, from whose sight nothing is hidden. It is He who repels you, to whose might all things are subject. It is He who expels you, He who has prepared everlasting hellfire for you and your angels, from whose mouth shall come a sharp sword, who is coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire.
ObamaJarrettAxelrod may evade American Justice, but they shall not evade The Final Reckoning. That’s something to hold on to as the days get darker and danker.
Commenting on the way some of the Leftist Fifth Columnists in the MSM are reacting to the revelations that Fox News reporter James Rosen was targeted by the DOJ as a ‘criminal co-conspirator’, Instapundit remarks [tip of the fedora to Donald Douglas]:
Yeah, I’ve noticed Fox getting sudden new respect as a news organization.
Indeed, it’s interesting to watch.
But, I would caution everyone on the Right to remain extremely untrusting of said respect and any professed support from the Leftist Press.
Let us not forget that these people believe the ends justify the means, that anything or anyone may be used to help pave the road to Immanentizing Of The Eschaton, which is the goal they seek.
So, chances are the Fifth Columnists are rallying around Mr. Rosen because they believe they are protecting themselves. They’ll discard him if it suits them to.
I would also caution you to keep this in mind when it comes to their seeming outrage at the other scandals that are engulfing La Cosa Obama.
Never Trust The Rat Bastards.
…may be found at The Necropolitan Sentinel, crafted by Dan Collins. His latest is titled:
Like many of you, I’m finding it hard to keep up with all the latest revelations on all of the scandals besetting La Cosa Obama, but Dan is doing a crackerjack job easing the burden.
The Tweet of the day on all this meshegas is by Deb [tip of the fedora to Michelle Malkin]:
— Deb.AsAMom (@Debavellan) May 20, 2013
Of course, the set is available in Blu-State-Ray.
UPDATE at 2039…
Also check out Dan’s aggregation from this morning.
Chicago Tribune reporter and columnist John Kass learned about The Chicago Way as a teenager.
In his latest column, he recalls a specific one of the Sunday gatherings of his large Greek family during which the discussions they would have after dinner would cover every subject under the sun:
One Sunday, I must have been 12 or 13, I decided to ask what I thought was an intelligent question that was something like this:
We talk politics every Sunday, we fight about this and that, so why aren’t you politically active outside?
Why don’t you get involved in politics?
There was an immediate silence. The older cousins looked away. The aunts and uncles stared at me in horror, as if I’d just announced I was selling heroin after school.
You could hear them breathing. No one spoke. I could feel myself blushing.
Someone quickly changed the subject to some safe old story. It could have been the one about how our grandfather named the family mule — a white, big-headed animal — after President Truman. My sin seemed forgotten.
But I couldn’t forget it. I couldn’t understand how we could argue about politics over baklava and watermelon and coffee, but not put it into practice.
We could support a political candidacy, we could donate or work for one or another politician that we agreed with.
This is America, I said.
"Are you in your good senses?" said my father. "We have lives here. We have businesses. If we get involved in politics, they will ruin us."
And no one, not the Roosevelt Democrats or the Reagan Republicans, disagreed. The socialists, the communists, the royalists, everyone nodded their heads.
This was Chicago. And for a business owner to get involved meant one thing: It would cost you money and somebody from government could destroy you.
The health inspectors would come, and the revenue department, the building inspectors, the fire inspectors, on and on. The city code books aren’t thick because politicians like to write new laws and regulations. The codes are thick because when government swings them at a citizen, they hurt.
And who swings the codes and regulations at those who’d open their mouths? A government worker. That government worker owes his or her job to the political boss. And that boss has a boss.
The worker doesn’t have to be told. The worker wants a promotion. If an irritant rises, it is erased. The hack gets a promotion. This is government.
So everybody kept their mouths shut, and Chicago was hailed by national political reporters as the city that works.
I didn’t understand it all back then, but I understand it now. Once there were old bosses. Now there are new bosses. And shopkeepers still keep their mouths shut. Tavern owners still keep their mouths shut.
Even billionaires keep their mouths shut.
One hard-working billionaire whose children own the Chicago Cubs dared to open his mouth. Joe Ricketts considered funding a political group critical of Obama before last year’s campaign. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, made it clear that if the Cubs wanted City Hall’s approval to refurbish decrepit Wrigley Field, Ricketts better back off.
It happened. He backed off. It was sickening. But it was and is Chicago.
And now — with the IRS used as political muscle and the Obama administration keeping that secret until after the president was elected — America understands it too.
Let us hope so…though I doubt if a majority of us really care [as in the 1770's, the burden for saving America will fall on a minority of it's people].
Besides, how do we battle this fact, when the leaders of the opposition either aren’t up to the task or are members of The Ruling Class themselves:
[Mark Steyn]…to America’s shame this is now a land in which there are laws against everything — or, at any rate, regulations (we’re way beyond laws at this stage) — and any one of us is in non-compliance with something or other any hour of the day. So, if they’re serious about getting you on something, anything, eventually they will. And they’ll take as much time as they want: The process is the punishment.
Jeff Goldstein seems to be less cynical [I may be reading him wrong]:
Establishment politicians hate change. And we’ve seen virtually no attempt by GOP leadership to bring to the fore the idea of abolishing or attenuating the IRS and replacing it with a much more equitable (and classically liberal) tax system, one that promoted actual fairness and equality and made it so that all Americans had a degree of skin in the game. Instead, they are content to play with the Marxist progressive tax framework, because within it, they can please cronies and punish enemies and wield enormous power and influence. And without it? Not so much.
So we’re going to see show trials and arrests and some flunkies get flushed. None of which will matter. Because what’s needed is systemic change, and everyone knows it. It’s just that a vanishingly few in power desire to make the changes — and they’re hoping that we can again be sated by impassioned words of condemnation and a few scapegoats.
Not me. Not this time. Spit.
So congrats to the ruling class, which has managed to bring me, Mark Levin and Ron Paul (mostly) together…in our calls for how best to reform the government.
And that is no easy feat.
I just don’t believe it’s worth it anymore.
The national government is too far gone in it’s corruption for any meaningful systemic change to occur. The patient is terminal.
I just can’t see any way for reform to happen, given the present circumstances.
I’m willing to listen to any suggestions, however, if they will help prevent the turmoil and violence I see as in our future.
Well…if you’re a student at Harvard it seems that Truth is whatever you don’t consider ‘scandalous’.
From Stacy McCain, we learn:
Meanwhile, Jason Richwine’s recent resignation from the Heritage Foundation, a subject I haven’t previously discussed, yields a secondary story that is either amusing or frightening, depending on whether you take Harvard students seriously:
Harvard students, outraged over a doctoral dissertation arguing that Hispanic immigrants lack “raw cognitive ability or intelligence,” this week urged the university to investigate how the thesis came to be approved and to ban future research on racial superiority. students presented 1,200 signatures to president Drew Faust and the dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, David Ellwood.
“Academic freedom and a reasoned debate are essential to our academic community,’’ the petition said. “However, the Harvard Kennedy School cannot ethically stand behind academic work advocating a national policy of exclusion and advancing an agenda of discrimination.”
The thesis – “IQ and Immigration Policy,’’ by Jason Richwine, a former doctoral candidate at the Kennedy School — compared IQ scores of US residents, including immigrants from a variety of countries, and concluded that the scores of Hispanic immigrants were substantially lower than those of native whites. The paper argued that the United States should allow only immigrants with high IQs.
This controversy essentially re-hashes the controversy over Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein’s The Bell Curve back in the 1990s. And the problem is that the facts are the facts. You can explain the facts or interpret the facts however you wish. You can use the facts as arguments for one policy or another, or you can even argue that the facts have no relevance in terms of policy. What you cannot do — at least if you have any regard for intellectual integrity — is to attempt to suppress the facts as politically incorrect.
Why not? I mean, after all, these kids have been told their whole lives that Truth is merely a personal preference, that what is ‘true’ for one person is not necessarily ‘true’ for another. A is A, but with the swing of the Magic Ideological Wand, it can be transformed in B and no longer be A [of course, Reality — which is a real bitch — tends to kick-back rather violently when you do this].
Do take the time to click here and read the rest of Stacy’s post wherein he demolishes the arguments of these Intelligentsia-In-Training fools.
Oh, and by the way Harvard students: Nemesis is an ever bigger bitch.
I really fear for our future when I think of just how deeply the last two generations [call them 'pilating Pilates'] have been propagandized.
All good things must come to an end — that is a fact of life [and, therefore, a conservative truth] and so we must end the week-long celebration of the Fifth Anniversary of these Dispatches.
I don’t know about you, but, for the gang here at TCOTS, it was A Swingin’ Affair. Thanks to all of those who linked and re-Tweeted these celebratory posts — mere words cannot describe how appreciative we are here in the Tiki Bar & Lounge [we have pictures, but they would get us all barred from polite society]. Thanks too to all of you who sent along your congrats — we love you all [in a non-sexual, manly man way].
This year, instead of featuring the work of various photographers across the decades, TCOTS is showcasing the work of one of the best pin-up photographers in the business today.
Celeste Giuliano is an artist who specializes in recreating classic pin-up and glamour shots and her work has been justly praised across the world.
And now, herewith, forthwith, with a fifth, the last post in this series for this year…
And, Dan Collins being Dan Collins, he wastes no time going with the great entertainer’s most famous line [although he goes with the more grammatical version][emphasis mine]:
Nice Deb pings back, saying among other things:
Holder’s on the way out. Obama is finished.
Now, that may be. I certainly hope it is. What I’ll say, though, is that if we thought that Obama and Co. were nasty about trying to make the Sequester as painful to other people as possible, by way of tantrum, we haven’t seen anything, yet. Certainly the most vicious administration of my lifetime, and very likely of any other American’s.
Now…if Dano would just sing Mammy for me [I always tear-up on that one].
Let us never forget that this Administration is made up of and run by the worst kind of Leftists: those who combine total committment to their Ideology with low-animal-cunning. While many Leftists are of the True Believer kind, they are not usually initiators of directly destructive acts, preferring to force through their policies and responding with indifference to the results of said policies. Those of the former kind — one may call them ‘Stalinists’ [yeah, I went there] — have no compunction in using various forms of violence, both physical and non-physical, to achieve their goals. They believe that Power And Control can only be maintained if they employ whatever it takes to preserve their positions and enhance them.
Be prepared for their lash-back.
Until then, however, why not enjoy some first-class entertainment:
As I made clear on Tuesday:
I have absolutely no expectations that the Republicans in the Congress will do the right and proper thing regarding the scandals with the DOJ, the IRS, the EPA, Sebelius, or Benghazi. None. Nada. Diddley.
My Friend In The Ether Jeff Goldstein agrees. Commenting on a typically idiotic column by Erza Klein, he remarks:
The truth is, Obama and Holder and Hillary Clinton likely won’t fall because they will find protection in the arms of the ruling class, while lower-level functionaries will act as fall guys and scapegoats. And that’s because it is, as I’ve been saying, not a real two-party system any longer, but rather the ruling class vs. the rest of us.
Congress never pressed the IRS issue. Boehner is resisting calls to impanel a special committee on Benghazi, and the AP, once they get over the butt hurt of realizing that, for all the cover they’ve given progressives, ObamaCo just really isn’t all that into them, will go right back to fluffing up the President, rationalizing to themselves that they are making a sacrifice to the greater good. There has been no special prosecutor called for in the House to look into the IRS; the Senate is giving us Carl Levin and Max Baucus as investigators — two men who themselves engaged in the very conduct that politicians are now pretending to be outraged by.
So let’s not be coy: if the scandals fall apart it won’t be because no scandals existed, as Klein wants to pretend. Instead, it will be because the ruling class and their parasitic fluffers like Klein care more about the furtherance of big government statism than they do about truth or justice or the people they ostensibly represent or keep informed while working diligently to do neither.
The Left In America, like the Leftist cockroaches that crawl about the rest of the world, value the ideas and goals that make up their Ideology more than they do their fellow living, breathing Human Beings.
They will sacrifice anything and everything — including their dignity, their pride, their family, friends, and allies — if those things and people block them in any way as they race down the road to Heaven On Earth.
Everything in life pales next to their vision of Utopia — please remember this when you are dealing with any Leftist, I beg of you. None of them can be trusted to do the right thing. They are Nihilists — haters of Life.
It was incorrect, but not untruthful.
First we had “fake but accurate.” Now we’ve got “incorrect, but not untruthful.”
Also today, we learned that the IRS is a “customer service” organization that we “voluntarily” do business with.
And “targeting” groups for IRS abuse based on their political beliefs “shouldn’t happen,” but it’s “absolutely not illegal.” But we shouldn’t call it “targeting,” because that’s a “loaded” and “pejorative term.” It hurts the feelings of IRS apparatchiks when we use such language.
And this sort of thing wouldn’t happen if the IRS had “a bigger budget.”
Quite a few catchy phrases were added to the lexicon of tyranny today.
Almost forgot… we also learned that the Benghazi affair wasn’t an outrage; it was “mistakes made without malice.”
And all that confidential tax data from conservative organizations that somehow found its way into the hands of Obama loyalists? Those were just “inadvertent” releases. That’s what IRS stands for now: “Inadvertent Release Service.”
My favorite, however, still remains: Modified Limited Hang Out [which, interestingly enough, also describes the way I used to begin undressing while I romanced the wimmins when I was single, IYKWIMAITYD (I denounce myself)].
Krauthammer:Miller’s testimony comes under category of How Stupid Do You Think We Are?
— Leslie Carbone (@lesliecarbone) May 17, 2013
Pretty stupid, Chuck, it seems.
UPDATE on 18MAY2013 at 1353…
Dr. Dan ‘Book ‘em Dano’ Collins, PhD, FuMF, has made another addition to the dictionary [and kindly links this post].
The celebration of our Fifth Anniversary continues!
This year, instead of featuring the work of various photographers across the decades, TCOTS is showcasing the work of one of the best pin-up photographers in the business today.
Celeste Giuliano is an artist who specializes in recreating classic pin-up and glamour shots and her work has been justly praised across the world.
So, without further adieu, let’s schwing it, baby!