Archive for February, 2008
Posted by Ryan on February 28, 2008
The New York Times has yet again demonstrated its bias towards the man they once endorsed. This time it’s based on whether or not McCain can even run for President! Of course, just a day after the first poll comes out (pdf) with McCain beating O’Bama in a head-to-head race. Hmm…
John McCain was born on a US military installation in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936. There is no precedent for someone born outside of the 50 states to become President, even though the Constitution is vague on this issue. My niece was born on a US military base in Italy, therefore she was technically deemed a US citizen from the time of her birth. According to the Constitution as I read it, that counts as a “natural born citizen.” Same deal with McCain.
This is nothing more than an opinion hit piece masquerading as real political news in the paper of broken record.
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Posted by Ryan on February 27, 2008
The godfather of the modern Conservative movement died today at the age of 82. Yale graduate, former CIA operative, prolific author, founder of National Review, contributor to On the Right syndicated by UPS, one time candidate for NYC Mayor on the Conservative Party ticket, Firing Line host for 23 years, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bush 41 back in 1991, and so forth, Buckley was a titan in conservative circles, helping to keep conservatism alive during the post-Goldwater years of milque-toast, blue-blood, Beltway-spun, pinky-extended Rockefeller Republicanism.
My intellectual introduction to William F. Buckley came one day listening to Rush Limbaugh back in the mid-’90s. Rush was on a tear about something as usual when he said “the Reverend Jackson” in a really funny, old school intellectual tone. Apparently, that was Rush trying to sound like one of his intellectual idols, the one and only William F. Buckley. So, my interest was piqued by Rush’s witticism and I asked around and looked up Buckley on the Internet, which I just learned how to use at college.
William F. Buckley will be missed, as his contribution to the American political landscape cannot and will not be overlooked by current and future Conservatives.
Pic from Stetson Univeristy.
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Posted by Mike on February 26, 2008
Barack Obama and She Who Must Not Be Named are debating right now, and I’m surprised to say that I almost have a little sympathy for them. This does not stem from any affection for these two, God knows they haven’t done anything to earn my respect. The problem is the awful moderating job being done by Brian Williams and Tim Russert. Once again, debate moderators seem to think the debate is about what they want to say rather than what the voters want to hear.
When a candidate tries to respond in a debate, the moderator should just sit back, shut his mouth, listen, and only jump in if one candidate is speaking noticeably more than the other. If liberal reporters are hellbent on dominating the stage even in a Democrat debate, then John McCain needs to exercise extreme caution before he agrees to a debate format and moderator next autumn.
I never thought I’d say this, but America should learn from the French. My preferred debate format is the one used by Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal in 2006. Under this format, the candidates discuss the issues as they see fit, with little if any input from a moderator. While a candidate speaks, a clock on that candidate’s side of the screen ticks, and voila, an informative debate with time equally divided. Informative? Equal time? There’s no way the MSM would agree to this.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Brian Williams, Democrat Debate, Election 2008, MSNBC, She Who Must Not Be Named, Tim Russert | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Ryan on February 26, 2008
A recent USA Today article suggests that today’s teenagers are losing touch with our common cultural and historical references!
Really? (with tons of sarcasm)
The American Enterprise Institute/Common Core study has all sorts of sample references and criteria that I may not have used or even focused on, but I see their point on display all the time in my profession as a history teacher.
Many students simply find no use for social studies or history; they don’t care so they don’t try too hard. Math and science are needed to compete for good jobs, and language arts and literature is important to manipulate the language in order to present oneself in a positive way for a future job or college. Plus, we must insist on 3-4 years of Spanish too.
Like those other core subjects, history and culture need to mean something as well as have some use to our kids. This ultimately means that they have to see the society at-large also embracing the importance of our shared history and culture. I don’t blame kids for what they learn, but one can blame society, school boards and parents for getting complacent about what our kids learn and why they must learn it.
To prevent complacency, I occasionally tell my students that they are in the generation who’s going to actually fight the current and future wars on terror, save Social Security, aid the planet, and secure health care some way… and I always tell them, “Good luck!” With so much at stake for these kids, we owe it to them to be honest about the world and the importance of learning our history and culture: globalization will affect their future jobs, fiscally responsible behavior will determine their future spending power, terrorists can kill them too, and being an American means something greater than a mere label.
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Posted by Ryan on February 25, 2008
She Who Must Not be Named’s minions have dug up this picture from Barry O’Bama’s trip to Kenya back in 2006. This is as race-baiting stereotypical dirty as politics can get! And the justification from her minions: “Wouldn’t we be seeing this on the cover of every magazine if it were [SWMNBN]?” That’s really really poor, since funny pictures of her in foreign local garb are already public!
On the other hand, why should this be a smear? Why should this mean anything? Are both sides inferring that O’Bama is a Muslim and thereby Muslims can’t be our leader? What’s with the word “fear-mongering” in the critique of this photo? What’s so scary about Muslims, or Barry dressing like one in local traditional garb? It must be so difficult to be a liberal: both trying so hard to be nice to everyone, then in a second impulsively reverting back to ancient stereotypes that a Republican would not even dream of bringing up in such a high-profile way!
I have a feeling that if SWMNBN loses the nomination, there is no way she and her husband allow O’Bama to win this in the Fall. If he wins, her window is shut forever; if he loses to McCain, there’s always 2012. Whatever happens, the picture’s out there, the inference is out there and the unspoken psychological damage has been done.
AP photo. Hat tip Drudge.
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Posted by Sal on February 25, 2008
Global Climate Change is happening. To deny that the climate is changing is to deny science itself. Virtually 100% of climatologists argue that the Earth’s climate is undergoing change. I fully support this argument, as it is based on sound scientific analysis and factual data. Where I disagree, however, is the idea of man-made global warming and the hysteria surrounding it.
The earth’s climate has been in-flux since its origins 4.5 billion years ago, and during many points of Earth’s history, the change was much more drastic than any changes we are seeing today. In Europe during the late middle ages, the “Little Ice Age” caused famine, death, and disease (note to liberals — there were no SUVs around during the late middle ages). In fact, many climatologists attribute the recent warming trends to the end of that Little Ice Age. It is more likely that we’ll end up in another little ice age, and possibly a great ice age, than it is that we’ll burn up the planet.
Case in point: This past January was .03 degrees C lower than the average temperature of the 20th century, and the loweset since 1966. There is also evidence that the arctic glaciers have actually increased by 10 to 20 cm. Climatologists are now rethinking their models to take into account variables that they had not before considered.
What does all this tell us? The science around global warming is far from certain. The hype and hysteria is well beyond the actual scientific data, based on computer models and collected data that is less than 40 years old (which is a drop in the bucket in climate terms). Yet the media, politicians, and quasi-scientists are still pushing the global warming hysteria to reach a philosophical and political end.
Factions of science have become a new religion of the 20th century. The modern scientific theocracy now exhibits many of the same qualities and characteristics of its own reformation critics. Skeptics of particular theories, whether it is global warming or Darwinian natural selection, are ex-communicated from the scientific community, even when they have data to back it up. Yet unlike religions, it does not admit that it’s precepts are based on faith. It claims that it is “scientific” or that there is “evidence”, even when a close examination shows said evidence to be missing or flawed. In the end, the science theocracy is doing more to damage true scientific inquiry than its critics are. The religion of science has taken hold, and no matter what the evidence suggests, if you want to remain a member in good-standing, you’d better drink the kool-aid.
Posted in Culture, Politics, Religion | Tagged: Evlolution, global warming, Ice Age, science, Theocracy | 2 Comments »
Posted by Mike on February 24, 2008
This post over at the new home of Democrat=Socialist is the funniest thing I’ve seen in 2008.
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Posted by Mike on February 24, 2008
Peggy Noonan, unquestionably a brilliant wordsmith and speechwriter, has been off her game ever since President Bush’s second inaugural. In the past few months however, Noonan has noticed circumstances that should be obvious but are somehow overlooked. Her latest column on Barack Obama is an excellent example.
Obama’s claim to fame since 2004 has been his oratory skills. Some have even called it eloquence. Not Peggy Noonan though.
Mr. Obama is magnetic, interacts with the audience, leads a refrain: “Yes, we can.” It’s good, and compared with [She Who Must Not Be Named] and John McCain, neither of whom seems really to enjoy giving speeches, it comes across as better than it is. But is it eloquence? No. Eloquence is deep thought expressed in clear words. With Mr. Obama the deep thought part is missing. What is present are sentiments.
As has been the case in recent months, Noonan has pointed out the obvious, which has somehow been overlooked by the chattering class. In a year when language may be crucial, McCain would be wise not to overlook Peggy Noonan. When Noonan writes, to paraphrase
Deval Patrick Barack Obama, it really is more than “just words.”
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Posted by Ryan on February 24, 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is set for release May 22, 2008. Check out the trailer:
I have long been an Indiana Jones fan and was psyched to hear that a new movie was coming out. Yes, Harrison Ford will be 66 this year and one doesn’t quite know what to expect from George Lucas anymore, but it looks fun and is scheduled to open the summer movie season with a bang!
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Posted by Ryan on February 24, 2008
Quadrennial treat, liberal spoil, and renowned anti-capitalist fuzzball Ralph Nader announced this morning on Meet the Press that he’s in the mix once again for President of the United States.
Mike Bloomberg was nowhere to be found for comment.
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Posted by Ryan on February 23, 2008
By now, most have heard about the sectarian violence which ensued after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia. Some of that violence, pictured above, was directed at the United States embassy in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. America was of course outraged at the lack of security around our embassy and has protested through appropriate diplomatic channels. Serb response: we’ll get on that, but by the way it’s American’s fault!
But, coverage of this story differed slightly from news organization to news organization. The initial link is from FoxNews and was sourced from the Associated Press. This link is from CNN’s own reporters. The CNN story has a similar focus about Serbian responsibility and American discontent, yet it also has this curious excerpt which the AP’s version does not have:
“The wisdom of recognizing Kosovo independence has been questioned by many observers, who say the United States won’t recognize other unilateral declarations of independence. Some opponents of Kosovo’s independence say recognition is a bad precedent if it’s unilateral and not done in a bilateral, diplomatic setting. They say it will give others the incentive to stage their own breakaway nations.”
I have a problem with CNN’s inference that the US acted rashly in recognizing Kosovo’s independence. Turkey, Croatia, the EU, especially Germany, and Belgium, have recognized Kosovo and have also been victims of violence — we’re not the sole party bearing responsibility for Kosovo’s recognition (even Afghanistan has recognized Kosovo!) and Kosovo has a unique recent history of ethnic cleansing and discrimination by Serbs. So, by CNN’s logic are we to wait for Serbia’s OK before recognizing Kosovo’s independence? Is that the standard to which CNN is referring? If so, I’m sure the world would still be waiting for Britain’s OK to let go of their pesky American colonies.
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Posted by Ryan on February 22, 2008
I have to admit, She Who Must Not Be Named used a great line in last night’s Democrat debate in Austin:
“If your candidacy is going to be about words then they should be your own words,” she said. “…Lifting whole passages from someone else’s speeches is not change you can believe in, it’s change you can Xerox.”
Of course, the crowd booed her (which she must be getting used to at this point), trying to seem above the fray and opposed to these kinds of personal attacks, even though there is actually substance in her criticism about the empty suit.
In my opinion, she should have drawn a larger contrast with the fact that O’Bama said that he’d sit with Raul Castro “without preconditions” whereas she would take a harder stand. It is obvious that O’Bama would have a love-fest with our enemies and invade our friends, like Pakistan for instance, but SWMNBN didn’t call him out on that! O’Bama’s focus on “human rights” in his potential talks with Raul reminded me of Jimmah Carter’s overarching foreign policy theme in Latin America: human rights… bang up job with that one Jimmah!
Another moment that made me change the channel last night was when SWMNBN said that English should be our common language, but not our official language. O’Bama embraced bilingual multiculturalism similarly but with a ridiculously pandering tone. Both attitudes cater to the Balkanization of America, and refused to elaborate on the fact that the “official” language only refers to government and not the streets, homes or businesses. I felt ill thinking that one of these clowns could be our commander-in-chief in 11 months. Shudder. McCain, who I still think has liberal tendencies and is an unstable person, is suddenly looking like someone I could actually proudly vote for in contrast with last night’s pair!
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Posted by Ryan on February 21, 2008
We all knew that the New York Slimes was going to run a hit piece on John McCain now that it’s certain he’ll be the Republican nominee for President. That’s obvious.
What gets me is how absolutely sloppy the Slimes’ editorial staff was in actually printing this story. It’s “anonymous” sources full of unnamed “top aides” about allegations that go back to the 1990s about an apparent unsavory “relationship” with a lobbyist makes my head spin! To the Slimes, even the “appearance of a close bond with a lobbyist” is enough to call him a hypocrite in 2008 and print partisan gossip rather than real facts in a blatant attempt at character assassination.
The Slimes has had no credibility with me, even before their hyperventilation over Abu Graib back in ’04. Yet the McCain Affair as I see it is not about whether or not John McCain had an unsubstantiated illicit relationship (which, unlike BJ in the 1990s, has denials on both sides), it’s about how absolutely sloppy and ridiculous the Slimes was in even printing a story like this! That’s the issue.
Of course, we know that the Slimes shills for the Dems, so it’s not surprising that this pseudo-story shows up the same day as the big Democrat debate in Austin tonight. This debate was supposed to be She Who Must Not Be Named’s last stand to make her case, which is sure to be vile and mean-looking next to the hopeful and change-oriented leader of the O’Bama-Nation.
But who’s talking about the debate? It’s all about McCain today. Perhaps the Slimes achieved its goal: no one cares about the debate so a shrill-sounding SWMNBN or a faltering O’Bama will go unnoticed in the MSM as this virtually made-up story continues to grow. A little conspiratorial? Perhaps, but I don’t put anything past these people.
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Posted by Ryan on February 21, 2008
Hitting a bullet with a bullet! In order to blast the toxic hydrazine from a wayward spy satellite, the Pentagon ordered the destruction of the probe last night (or early this morning depending on where you are). I think this is really really cool and justifies the research and development of these kinds of weapons: one target, one missile, one kill. Perfection.
We’ve saved the environment with a missile program (the Libs must have a deep dilemma with that one), we’ve shown the Chinese we too can hit targets in space, and we’ve shown that the child of SDI actually works when it has to.
AP photo. There’s also some video on the web.
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Posted by Ryan on February 20, 2008
Simply: Make it about the issues!
Michael Medved’s above piece makes a case that it is becoming more clear that no one is going to beat O’Bama in a personality contest or if the contest simply comes down to a matter of experience.
I happen to agree with that assessment, but not with Medved’s pessimism. This needs to be a race about philosophical differences. And McCain has started to move away from the primary battles with a Huckabee as the obligatory other guy, and has begun to hit O’Bama where the MSM won’t: the issues.
So far so good with early “general election” McCain. He’s sounded philosophical, conservative in contrast to the socialist pigs, and has been on the offensive (the Obama “Spend-O-Meter” is also a good start for conservatives).
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Posted by Ryan on February 19, 2008
Michelle O’Bama stepped in it today, very much like Theresa Heinz used to, by not thinking before she spoke. Hot Air discusses the basic conservative problem with Michelle saying:
“For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country,” she told a Milwaukee crowd today, “because it feels like hope is making a comeback.”
That’s great. Not only does Barry feel “hope,” but his wife is “proud.” What a wonder-couple! I’m waiting for Barry to start walking on water (or claiming that we can all do it with “hope”). I think that this is mostly media-driven hype and scrutiny, where a candidate’s wife steps into some trouble with the opposition like John Kerry’s
husband wife used to all the time.
Sure, I agree that it’s narcissistic, not very thoughtful, a little grandiose, and sad if true, but it’s her prerogative. And if the press wants to make a big deal about this then let them… I just wish they’d spend a little more time on Barry’s penchant towards socialism, his gross inexperience in the War on Terror, and racially insensitive radical religious views of Barry’s minister.
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Posted by Ryan on February 19, 2008
Fidel Castro has been a tin-pot communist dictator of his large Caribbean island since 1959, but suddenly word comes out that he’s not resubmitting his name as a candidate for President — Little Havana’s pretty happy, President Bush is optimistic yet cautious. I’m skeptical — almost waiting for there to be some kind of “catch.”
I hope things work out for the Cuban people, but I would not be ready to lift sanctions just yet. I need proof that this is a positive step — Fidel’s brother, Raul, could end up being a full-fledged tyrant worse than Fidel now that Fidel’s powerless. What if a military coup replaces the Castro regime with a new even worse one?
Either way, it’s a step in the right direction, but I’ll keep my elation muted for the present, just to see how this whole thing plays out.
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Posted by Ryan on February 18, 2008
Of course we know that O’Bama is an empty suit, full of “hope,” “audacity,” “unity,” yak yak yak. But plagiarism? The accusation comes from Death Eater and She Who Must Not Be Named syncophant Howard Wolfson, who believes that O’Bama’s recent Milwaukee speech sounded an awful lot like the very happy Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s campaign speeches from 2006!
Apparently, O’Bama used phrases like, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal,” and “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” and “I have a dream” in a similar way that Deval Patrick did during the 2006 campaign for Massachusetts Governor, which Patrick all but admits (since the two are god buddies).
Wolfson’s accusation simply illustrates one basic point: SWMNBN is desperate and it’s getting worse! She’s also calling for more debates, which is the true sign of a faltering campaign. Making a big deal about this kind of thing only hurts her in the long run: so they’re message is that anyone who is running for President can’t cite our Founders or major historical figures to illustrate a point on the campaign trail? Good grief!
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Posted by Ryan on February 17, 2008
With the help of 16,000 NATO peacekeepers (of course), Kosovo officially declared its independence from Serbia! Good for them, and it’s about time!
Yet, Serbian nationalism is closely tied to Kosovo, for in June 1389, the Serbs were defeated by the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Kosovo Polje. Up until that point, Kosovo was a region that served as the cultural center of the old Serbian Empire — the last great Serbian Empire. Kosovo was subsequently settled by Albanians, creating a tension between Muslims and Christians, as well as Serbs and Albanians that came to blows by 1989.
This means that the Serbs will not let this happen quietly and are already rejecting this claim. Russia is supporting the Serbs as well, which makes me feel that Europe and the USA should quickly recognize Kosovo’s independence then immediately ask them to apply to NATO — just to watch ol’ Pootie Poot’s conniption fit!
Ever since the former Yugoslavia began devolving into the slew of new states, mapping the Balkan States has been a trying endeavor. As a history teacher, it’s frustrating having to say “this map is outdated” every time we get brand new maps or books! So, I guess this means that the black marker is coming back out, having just traced Montenegro, to trace Kosovo on the big map!
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Posted by Ryan on February 16, 2008
Cloning is a new and apprehensive science based on DNA manipulation using stem cells and hollowed embryos: to many it lends to the old adage, “Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you must do it.” However, that’s another debate for another time.
Recently, a Korean firm has found a way to put a positive spin on cloning: selling your cloned dog! RNL Bio, a Korean science firm, is charging $150,000 if you just can’t live without Fido and would like a clone of him after he dies. Cloning “man’s best friend” has an allure because our dogs become part of the family and only live 10-15 years on average.
“Snuppy” was first cloned in 2005. His name stands for Seoul National University Puppy and is in the unique company of Dolly the Sheep, CC the Cat, and Ralph the Rat as the first successful clone of each respective animal. Dogs are notoriously hard to clone apparently: it took 1095 embryos and 123 dogs just to get one viable pup! RNL Bio has improved the odds over the last few years and would like to sell you your old dog again. To affluent pet owners, RNL Bio can bring you hope that a puppy that looks and acts a lot like your old dog can come home again.
I think that’s kind of spooky and quite expensive. Dog breeds have very similar traits to one another in the same breed, conform to your method of training anyway in a similar manner, and if bought from the same breeder, it can save you around $148,000 without having a Franken-puppy who will probably not live as long as your original dog due to natural forces! Just a thought.
FYI: there are still many problems with cloning highly complex mammals. Your new puppy, while a pup, has already gone through the same number of years as the host dog in cellular division… in this case making Snuppy’s cells 3 years and 60 days old on the day of his birth. It’s an obstacle with an elusive solution that nature threw up there just to mess with us, hence the high rate of premature mortality among cloned animals.
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Posted by Ryan on February 15, 2008
“President” and tin-pot third-world leader of the Socialist Paradise of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, is swooning over O’Bama, calling him “revolutionary!” When a Leftist like Ortega is calling you “revolutionary” it’s time to be afraid. Ortega also gushed over O’Bama’s outreach towards illegals, even though She Who Must Not Be Named has thus far gotten more Latino votes.
It’s hard to say how the socialist revolutionary’s endorsement will change that: is this the first of many former and current anti-American third-world Utopian leaders to endorse O’Bama? Who’s next: Chavez? Calderon? Noriega?
That should tell all of us something.
Call McCain! Call the RNC! They both need to get their commercial-people ready!
Pic from Shot in the Dark Blog.
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Posted by Mike on February 14, 2008
Once upon a time, many thought that the sole purpose of this website to bash Lincoln Chafee and with good reason. All three of us are conservative Republicans who were born and raised in Rhode Island, and we were naturally disgusted with the leftist leanings of our former Senator. After siding with the Democrats on the War on Terror (including its Iraq front), taxes, overregulation, abortion on demand, gun control, affirmative action, and even the 2004 Presidential election, it was clear that Chafee needed to be defeated, preferably in a primary. Alas, some things were not meant to be.
What bothers me about today’s news that Lincoln Chafee endorsed Barack Obama is not the endorsement itself. Those of us who knew what the guy was all about saw something like this coming a long time ago. What really grinds my gears is the fact that the Republican National Senatorial Committee and other national party people did not. Rather than using the rank and file’s hard-earned and well-intentioned contributions to support conservative (or even somewhat loyal moderate) incumbents and viable challengers, the national organization used its supporters’ money to prop up a disloyal leftist at the expense of a moderate-to-conservative challenger.
Many of the same Republican leaders who propped up Chafee in 2006 will express outrage over this endorsement, but they have no credibility when they do so. Lincoln Chafee tipped his hand years ago, and nothing he does today should come as a surprise. Chafee is as Chafee does. He always has been.
Photo via the Boston Globe-Democrat
Posted in Election 2008, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged: Barack Obama, doofus, Election 2008, endorsement, Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island, RINO | 1 Comment »
Posted by Ryan on February 14, 2008
Happy un-Valentines Day from Capitol Hill!
House Republicans led by John Boehner, walked out of the House chamber today en masse in protest of San Fran Nan’s willingness to push contempt charges against John Bolten rather than deal with the renewal of FISA and terrorist surveillance, which (by the way) is set to expire at midnight tomorrow!
The Republicans need to draw attention to the open Democrat acquiescence on terrorism– Dems who would rather settle old scores and obstruct the commander-in-chief than ensure the safety of the American people. The walkout is a great start, but the drum beat needs to continue and staged events like this need to proliferate throughout the next seven months!
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Posted by Ryan on February 14, 2008
Alas, Mitt Romney threw his weight (and his delegates) behind John McCain. I suppose this was just a matter of time, but the more united the party’s face is, the stronger and more united the attack we can wage against the socialist monsters on the Left.
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Posted by Sal on February 14, 2008
I am an avid reader of National Review Online’s The Corner. I typically find it a source of good intellectual discussion based in conservative principles, respectful dialog, and good common-sense. Even when I disagree with what some of the posters of The Corner say, I still find the arguments interesting and well thought-out.
Two days ago, however, I read a post by John Derbyshire that seemed the antithesis of what the Corner is usually about. A few days ago, Ben Stein posted an entry on his blog entitled Darwinism: The Imperialism of Biology? In it, he points out how the theory of Darwinian Evolution is steeped just as much in culture and momentum as it is in science. Derbyshire in his response, falls prey to conventional wisdom that all science is empirically based, and that Evolution is supported by the vast body of biological and scientific knowledge. But Derbyshire goes beyond that, and accuses Stein, by all accounts a rather brilliant man, of losing his marbles. Derbyshire argues that only the “consensus” of scientists should be taught in schools, not other, alternative theories. Truth be told, Darwinism is the “consensus” much in the same way as global warming is the “consensus” of scientists.
I attended Providence College in Providence, RI. One of the hallmarks of that school is its 2-year, 5 credit per semester Development of Western Civilizations Program. In it, students are emersed in the philosophy, theology, literature and history from the dawn of civilization through the present.
One of the things that struck me while taking that course is how much of science is really based on a philosophy rather than empirical data. Of course, things that Derbyshire points out in his post, such as Newtonian Mechanics, Plate Tectonics, and Blood Circulation are based on empirical evidence, and they have a reasonable claim to scientific fact. Other scientific theories are based just as much on a philosophy of materialism as true scientific evidence — in fact, there was a major correlation between Darwinism, Freud’s psychology theories, and Marxism in how all of those ideas evolved and played off of each other.
Darwin’s theory on the Origin of Species was that random mutations of species caused a process of evolution from simple microbes to complex human beings. The problem with Darwinism was that the idea of natural selection is itself scientifically unprovable on its face — it asserts a randomness that is philosophically-based on a materialistic-worldview espoused by Marx and others, rather than any empirical evidence or any use of the scientific method. If Darwinism were simply a scientific theory, it would assert “Creatures evolve over time by change”. The theory would then be tested by looking at the fossil record, experiments in mutation, etc. Darwinism, however, asserts that creatures evolve over time by random changes (i.e. no Divine intervention or genetic code). Additionally, the lack of evidence found since Origin of Speciesis staggering. There is very little in the fossil record to support transient species, there is nothing to explain the Cambien explosion, and the mutations he spoke of have not been found to occur naturally in nature.
I’m not advocating a preaching of a theistic creationism in public schools, but Darwinism is rooted in just as much faith as the creationist beliefs. It is a philosophical quasi-scientific “truth” that has permeated our culture so far as to take on an almost religious context in and of itself. Like global warming today, scientists who do offer up alternative scientific theories to evolution (backed by evidence, no less), are ridiculed, ostracised from the scientific community, and their work is not even examined. The consensus of scientists cannot be changed if the body of scientists is unwilling to consider alternative theories.
Like Global Warming, the evidence vastly shows that Darwinism is a scientific fraud, a philosophy passed off as science, yet so many people, including Derbyshire, take it as Gospel because of some idea of scientific “consensus”. That was the point that Ben Stein was trying to make, and I think he made it effectively. In a Western Culture where Marxist ideas have permeated our education system to such a degree, it is no wonder that Stein’s going against the tide was met with such resistance.
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Posted by Ryan on February 13, 2008
The Potomac Primaries (Maryland, Virginia, DC) were more of the same: O’Bama wins and She Who Must Not Be Named shuffles people around as those in the shadows speak of “firewalls” and so forth.
For O’Bama, it’s 20 of the last 28 in his column. He has officially grabbed the “pledged” delegate lead and has indeterminable “mo-” at this point, making March 4 another Super Tuesday if SWMNBN goes down!
What’s great about this is that O’Bama has not been vetted, has nothing new to offer substantively, and puts Dems and moderates in a tough spot if a national security issue pops up in the Fall: the old war vet with decades experience in Congress or the new guy with nothing to offer other than “hope” and “change,” who happens to have not a single major piece of legislation with his name on it.
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Posted by Ryan on February 13, 2008
Two years ago, there was an incredible outrage from European (then Middle Eastern) Muslims over some satirical cartoons based upon Mohammad. Michelle Malkin and 192 of her allied blogs participated in reprinting those very cartoons online. Though Axis of Right was not among those blogs on the list, AOR did deal with this issue in a different way, making a point that this outrage over the image of Mohammad is selective, and thereby hypocritical.
In Western Civilization, we have come to believe that free speech must be protected, especially the stuff we don’t like. If it’s insulting or lewd, people make choices as to what recourse they want to have: from a serious boycott to a proud blog-link. I may not like these cartoons, but violence should not result from their (re)printing. This is 2008, not 1208. One does not have to tolerate violence.
Pic reposted from the link to Malkin’s blog.
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Posted by Ryan on February 12, 2008
The BBC recently interviewed Justice Antonin Scalia. The highlights were just great to hear from an American Justice, with sentiments that make me proud to support Constitutional Originalism.
Scalia scoffed at the “living document” interpretation of the Constitution, as well as the notion that the Constitution doesn’t allow for a “smack… in the face” during a ticking-time-bomb interrogation scenario. I agree with the likes of Abraham Lincoln and many others who noted throughout our history that the Constitution is not a suicide pact. Scalia also defended the death penalty, scoffing at Europe’s snobbery when he said: “If you took a public opinion poll, if all of Europe had representative democracies that really worked, most of Europe would probably have the death penalty today.”
I love Scalia! We need three more of him up there, and unfortunately that’s absolutely not going to happen if the Dems win in this November. That in and of itself may push me to vote for McCain this Fall.
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Posted by Mike on February 11, 2008
Congressman Tom Lantos passed away today at the age of 80. Although most of his political positions were nothing to brag about, Lantos was always a class act and a patriot who truly loved his country. Having survived the Holocaust during his youth, Lantos clearly understood the nature of evil in our world and possessed the courage and strength necessary to confront it. Lantos loved America and the freedoms it guarantees, and fought for both until the day he died.
Tom Lantos always did what he thought was right, and did so with dignity and respect for political friends and opponents alike. May he rest in peace.
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