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DEFENDING THE WESTCriminal journalism
Exclusive: Pamela Geller blasts ‘libelous’ media coverage of effort to defend free speech
The war against freedom is being waged in every corner of our nation – in every newsroom and in every mainstream media outlet. One particularly vicious battle in this war has been the coverage of our free speech demonstration in Manchester, Tenn., on June 4, which has been nothing short of criminal and libelous.
Every headline on every mainstream media story that covered the event libeled the patriots who stood for freedom of speech, claiming that we were there to protest a “Muslim outreach” event. In reality, at no time and nowhere have we ever protested a Muslim outreach event, and they go on every day in every government agency. Muslim outreach has become the raison d’être for many a government agency under the Obama regime.
We don’t protest them even though we know about them, and we know what failures they are. That was made painfully clear in a recent explosive exchange between Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and FBI head Robert Mueller. Gohmert asked Mueller if the FBI had monitored the terror mosque in Boston that had been attended by Boston Marathon jihad bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Gohmert wanted to know if the terror mosque where the jihad bombers received spiritual guidance had been monitored after warnings that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a dangerous jihadist came from not one but two foreign governments. Mueller’s answer was no, the mosque hadn’t been monitored, but FBI agents had engaged in outreach there – which to me was the money quote of the entire session, proving yet again that Muslim outreach is a deceptive distraction to advance taqiyya and disarm law enforcement and the body politic. Outreach equals submission.
American law enforcement is making nice with these Islamic supremacist organizations, appeasing them and accommodating themwhile ignoring the fact that they are the hatcheries for jihadists in America. So no, in Manchester, Tenn., on June 4 we weren’t protesting a Muslim outreach event. We were protesting the Justice Department’s and FBI’s determination to criminalize free speech, including postings that are offensive to Islam on social media – the most effective (and only) means for us to get our message out. Yet not only was this fact not the headline of any story about our free speech rally – it wasn’t even mentioned in any of the stories. They didn’t bury the lede, they refused to recover the body. Instead, every one portrayed the patriots who showed up to defend free speech as thugs bent on disrupting a Muslim outreach event. That is the massive media machine of smear, destruction and libel in action.
One particularly galling example was when PBS,the venerable brothel of Islamic propaganda, framed our free speech protest as another manifestation of “tensions between Muslims and many Christians in Tennessee.” The report quoted Ibrahim Hooper of the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR – without noting his Hamas ties, of course – and claimed that the Department of Justice event was an attempt to stop discrimination against Muslims, without ever mentioning how “hate speech” charges have been used to silence legitimate investigations of how jihadists use Islamic teachings to justify violence. NRP did not have one voice of freedom in defense of our demo. AFDI called the rally they were talking about, yet there wasn’t anyone from AFDI on the show. Of course not. Criminal “journalism.”
And if you think this is purely an American phenomenon, you’re wrong. Last week also, the BBC held what was essential a Stalinist show trial of Tommy Robinson of the English Defence League, or EDL. Outnumbered but not outgunned, Robinson was the only voice of reason in a kafka-esque BBC condescension circus of dhimmitude.Robert Spencer said of the BBC’s treatment of Robinson: “The audience is completely stacked against him, he is berated, vilified, smeared and accused – and no one ever bothers to answer his repeated question, ‘What exactly have I said here that is racist?’” Meanwhile, the BBC shows respect and deference to Islamic supremacists and jihadists – one of whom, Abu Nusaybah, was arrested for jihad terror activity literally right after he finished his interview with the BBC.
There is more. GO. Read it all.
The Daley Gator has a lot more of Jami: http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/daleygator-daleybabe-jamilette-gaxiola/
I may be just a blogger, but it would seem I am still a few dozen IQ points sharper than the Republican party is, especially the GOP members of the Gang of Eight
Just what we need, electoral advice from a Democrat
(Politico) Sen. Robert Menendez says Republicans need to accept a pathway to citizenship in immigration reform, or they’ll never take back the White House.
Discussing the debate over border security measures in the bill, the New Jersey Democrat who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee decried efforts to create unreachable triggers on legalization.
“What I cannot support, and what I believe the community cannot support at the end of the day is that we’re going to have triggers that can never be achieved in terms of border security as an impediment to the pathway to legalization and citizenship,” Menendez said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I would tell my Republican colleagues, both in the House and the Senate, that the road to the White House comes through a road with a pathway to legalization. Without it, there will never be a road to the White House for the Republican Party,” Menendez said.
There we have the VERY BEST reason for every Republican NOT to support amnesty. The Democrats want us to, and here is a hint Senator Rubio, it is NOT because Bob Menendez or any other Democrat longs to see a Republican in the White House. Let me be clear, if the Democrats are giving us advice, we should do the exact opposite. When a Democrat says turn here, don’t do it. When a Democrats says support amnesty, we ought to say Hell no we won’t! The Democrats want us to fail. they want us NEVER to elect another Republican to any office. Why is this so flipping hard for the GOP to grasp?
From The Daley Gator: http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/
Posted on | June 17, 2013
Everybody is laughing at Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, for her stumbling answer to a Miss USA pageant question, but no one seems to have pointed out that the question, asked by reality-TV personality NeNe Leakes, was based on a persistent feminist fallacy:
“A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does it say about society?”
Well, for that matter, I “continue to earn less than” reality-TV stars, but the claim that this says anything “about society” — i.e., the feminist myth that the so-called “wage gap” is a product of sexist discrimination — falls apart under critical scrutiny. In fact, when you control for such factors as time on the job and educational background, so that you’re comparing apples to apples, practically the entire earning differential between men and women disappears. As economist Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute observed last year, “common perceptions of the gender pay gap” are ” vastly exaggerated”:
The fault lies mainly with the press, who irresponsibly assert massive gender pay discrimination that doesn’t truly exist.
As for the now famous answer by Marissa Powell:
You haters can go “create education better” if you want. We’re just going to look at Miss Utah in her bikini.
From The Other McCain: http://theothermccain.com/
A Defeat for the Muslim Brotherhood, a Model for Winning
by Bill Warner
The Muslim Brotherhood was handed a tactical defeat on June 4, 2013 in Manchester, TN. The FBI and DOJ (Department of Justice) appeared at a meeting called by AMAC (American Muslim Advisory Council — Muslim Brotherhood) in Manchester, TN. It was to include a talk by a US Assistant Attorney General and an FBI agent in charge. The meeting was due to a joke posted by a Coffee County Commissioner on Face Book. The DOJ Assistant Attorney General Killian said in a newspaper interview that the joke might be in the category of a hate crime.
Over 1200 people came from all over the US to a meeting in a town of 10,000. The web had buzzed about free speech in Manchester and talk radio chimed in.
In the course of the presentation by Killian, several in the audience began to shout our retorts to him. At first some in audience tried to shush them, but the momentum began to build and the shouted challenges increased in numbers and volume. It should be noted that the shouts were factual and knowledgeable. An example: when it was mentioned how hard it was to be a Muslim refugee: “Free medical care, welfare and scholarships tough to take?” When Killian said that DOJ protected voter rights, the shouts were to the tune of: “You mean like protecting the Panthers in Philadelphia?”
There were also knowledgeable shouts about Islam: “We don’t care about the religion, it’s the politics. No Sharia.”
When Killian mentioned Eric Holder, the room erupted with thunderous boos. People were angry about the Feds. The FBI agent presented a better face, but he got blow back as well. Chants of “Ruby Ridge” and “Waco” rang out. This was a “mad as hell and not going to take it anymore” attitude.
There has been both praise and condemnation of the crowd. But to understand it, you had to be there. There was a palpable pent up anger about a long string of corruption out of the Obama White House: the IRS scandals; Major Nidal Hasan’s jihad called “work place violence”; vacuuming up everybody’s phone records; and more. They felt that the Feds were here to talk down to them, not to answer questions.
The Feds came to talk down to them since they are considered rednecks. Those rural white people who are not politically correct are called rednecks. Rednecks are the only under-class who have no protection or advocacy. They are the only group that can be mocked, ridiculed and made the butt of jokes. The worst of the ghetto blacks are forbidden to be called the equivalent of redneck, the N word. There is no RN word. Nope, they are rednecks, trailer trash, crackers, white trash and worse.
Another measure of society’s hatred of rednecks it this: if the shouters in the audience had been black, the media would have said that they were: “Speaking truth to power”. They would be reported as victims against oppression and fighters for social justice. But rednecks are called bigots and ignorant haters.
Why did the rednecks have to come and oppose political Islam? Simple, our leaders will not do the job.
The leaders in the pulpits of America are professionally ignorant cowards. Ministers and rabbis go to Family of Abraham events with Muslims and tip toe around any criticism. They cry over the Crusades and believe whatever they are told by Muslims. Over 100,000 Christians were murdered last year and there is an ongoing jihad against Israel, but not a word will be spoken to the Muslims about the Islamic crimes. Tears will be shed over graffiti on a mosque, but not one mention of Christians being machine gunned at Christmas services in Egypt.
What university has ever held an event where the jihad doctrine of Islam is discussed? Critical thought and fact-based reasoning are not allowed in their forums and curricula. The history of the deaths of 270 million Kafirs has no place in history departments. Sharia cruelty is not taught in feminist studies. No word about Islam may be spoken without approval from the MSA (Muslim Students Association, a Muslim Brotherhood front.)
Will law enforcement and the military protect us against political Islam? They do not even recognize the existence of an Islamic threat doctrine. All information about Islam in terrorism training must be approved by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Will the media protect our civilization in a civilizational jihad? Not just no, but hell no! The media is Islam’s mouthpiece and a savage opponent of everyone who opposes Sharia law.
What about American business? Islamic business fuels civilizational war with unlimited funds, just as the Koran commands. As an 11 year veteran counter-jihadist, I am unaware of American business support for the counter-jihadists. There may be small donations, but no systemic funding. Muslims get billions, and our fighters get a thousand. How will that work out?
Well, if the preachers, rabbis, professors, reporters, military, politicians, law enforcement and business are absent in a civilizational war, who shows up? Isolated warriors such as Spencer, Geller, Bostom, and others are the front line fighters. Oh, and Tennessee rednecks.
The Tea Party types and conservatives say that we should always be polite. My personal experience is that I have presented talks about political Islam that are very civil and polite for years. It doesn’t make any difference. I am still called a bigot, hater, Islamophobe, racist and merchant of hate. I have been told by community leaders that it is people like me that stir up the terror. They say I am an unpleasant man who frightens people. The Southern Poverty Law Center says that I am one of America’s top 10 bigots. “Doing it right” is judged to be immoral. Being nicer may not be the way to win a civilizational war.
Our society has become so wimpy and politically correct that there is no longer any righteous anger. We have become a nation of pleasant liars who are never angered at society’s outrages. We are ever so polite to those who destroy our civilization. We are a nation of zombies, but polite zombies. There have been over 20,000 jihad attacks since September 11, 2001, but you don’t want to mention that since someone might become uncomfortable or be offended.
For years we have watched as Muslims and dhimmis (apologists) have put on a multicultural love fest with Islam. In every case Islam has dominated. This was the first time in 11 years that the Kafirs dominated the information battle space in Tennessee — the first time.
How do we dominate the information battle space without shouting? Analyze what went right at Manchester. Here is what we and the rednecks did right:
•We showed up. Now is in this case we had 1500 show up, but we cannot use massive attendance as a usual tactic. However, a normal AMAC event would have put out chairs for a 100 people. We don’t need but a dozen people to dominate the meeting with information.
•We knew the doctrine of political Islam. We knew when people were lying or telling a half-truth.
•We knew the event was happening. We had intelligence and knew who the players were.
•We opposed the lies by voice, leaflet and signs. This is what rednecks bring to the party — rednecks are not politically correct and speak their minds. (That is part of the reason that they are hated.) They don’t give a hoot what the media/government/church types think. This spirit must be carried into every meeting. We must speak up and speak out. This is hard for those who are ruled by being “nice”.
We must learn how to co-opt the events without shouting. We must be organized and show up at every public event where Muslims come together with their ignorant dhimmi (apologist) partners. All of these events should become information battles. We should show up with signs and leaflets. If they will not allow signs, then bring cloth banners which can be put into bags and backpacks. We must do these things politely, but with authority like a warrior. And forget about the question and answer session for scoring points — the Q and A is always: write down your questions and we will select the ones we want to answer.
We must invite the Muslim Brotherhood and all of their supporters, such as government agencies and ministers, to our own events to explain their position to us, not in their power position of speaking down to us, but in a round table event centered on fact based reasoning.
The Manchester event was a rough hewn victory. We must learn lessons from it and then show up for every battle against this civilizational jihad.
From Gates of Vienna: http://gatesofvienna.net/2013/06/mau-mauing-the-tennessee-rednecks-fail/#more-29100
Found at Atlas Shrugs
Somehow, her effort to reassure us all makes me worry even more
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano weighed in on the NSA intelligence leaks on Friday, telling NY1 that fears over government surveillance were overblown.
“I think people have gotten the idea that there’s an Orwellian state out there that somehow we’re operating in. That’s far from the case,” she told Errol Louis during an appearance on Road to City Hall.
Despite civil liberties advocates’ fears that monitoring efforts have gone too far, “there are lots of protections built into the system,” Ms. Napolitano said, pointing to a privacy office embedded in her own department that is “constantly reviewing our policies and procedures.” She further stressed the court review system. “No one should believe that we are simply going willy-nilly and using any kind of data that we can gather,” she said.
Well, as long as they are not going willy-nilly, we need not be a silly-Billy! In other words we are sooooooo screwed!
From The Daley Gator: http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/
My favorite ammo for mine lately has been TacOps 185 grn copper bullet for carry, but they also sell what they consider a ‘practice’ round that’s cheaper. The practice round matches the recoil of the tactical round exactly. I can load a tac round in a magazine of practice rounds and will not be able to tell which is which. They preach practicing what you’re gonna shoot. They just found a way to make it cheaper, actually half the price. The practice round is a great defensive round in it’s own right. It’s a 185 grn jacketed hollow point bullet. You can find that round HERE. My 45 is a first year (1985, I think) Colt Officer’s Model that I bought new and it’s pretty fucking fussy about what it’ll feed because 1) it fed and shot great with Black Talon ammo which has rounder noses so (2 I never saw the need to pay for a ramp and throat job. Anyways, this shit shoots fine in my Colt. I’ve had one failure to feed and I’m writing that off to a weak magazine spring – that’s why it was in my practice kit. The rounds I ran through my carry magazines fed just fine, no problems at all.
Speaking of which, magazine springs do wear out. Alternate your carry magazines to give them a rest. I switch mine every 6 months when daylight savings time changes – reset the clocks in the house, change the fire alarm batteries and swap out pistol and rifle mags just like every good Citizen. If you start having problems with a particular magazine (you do mark your mags, right?) put it aside for your practice gear. Use it to practice failure to feed scenarios – it’ll keep you on your toes if it only happens every few magazines. When you get some ‘new’ wore out magazines, take the ones you’ve been practicing with and check the magazine itself, the floorplate and follower for damage and replace the spring with a new one (don’t forget to give the new spring a light coat of oil first) and put it back into circulation. Doing it this way allows you to practice clearing real malfunctions instead simulated ones and it’s cheaper to rebuild a magazine than to buy a new one. But (pay attention now) if your carry magazine starts to fuck up, replace that one with a new one, do NOT use one of your rebuilds, then go down and burn a few magazines through it to make sure it functions properly – I have bought brand new bad magazines before. Keep your newest magazines as your primaries, switch ‘em out every six months and keep your rebuilds as back up magazines.
From Wirecutter: http://knuckledraggin.com/
America is losing its historic literacy. Recently some 556 seniors surveyed at 55 of the nation’s top colleges
– only 60 percent placed the American Civil War in the correct half of the 19th century. Only 34 percent identified George Washington as the American general at the Battle of Yorktown. Thirty-four percent thought it was Ulysses S. Grant. At 78 percent of the institutions polled, no history whatsoever was required in the undergraduate program. Historian David McCullough said, “We are raising a generation of young Americans who are historically illiterate.”Doug Ross @ Journal: TRANSCRIPT: Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes’ Complete Speech After Accepting the Bradley Prize
From American Digest: http://americandigest.org/
Can anyone name even one constitutional purpose
of American foreign policy that is being satisfied by an intervention into the Syrian pesthole? Did We the People grant our Powers and wealth to our government so that they could succor the grinding misery that foreigners, hoisted by their own deluded petard, have put themselves into? We never did. The powers We the People granted to our government were to be used for the benefit of Us, only us, and not some Levantines forever in thrall to both secular and religious tyranny.
Syria can live, can die, be glassed, anything, and it won’t make one single bit of difference to the United States. i’m sorry all you Syrian people, but in the calculus of the United States your value is zero; and to even mess with you brings nothing but your misery and delusion to our shores. Be off with you, and save yourselves!
If the Usurper does this, and our Armed Forces professional officers do not resist this to the last man, then I will know we are well and truly f’ed. Who will be left to defend us against our enemies foreign and domestic? If the Usurper does this, It will be clear, that his aim is to destroy our Armed Forces. May God have mercy on us, because we don’t have His Blessings anymore.” Commenting on There’s A Storm Coming: Syria. Because Afghanistan Just Isn’t Enough @ AMERICAN DIGEST
From American Digest: http://americandigest.org/
Posted on | June 13, 2013 | 41 Comments and 0 Reactions
Everything you need to know about the so-called “Gang of 8″ Senate immigration bill is this: Obama supports it.
If this bill was good for America, Obama would be against it.
If this was a bill that any conservative could honestly support, Harry Reid would have killed it in committee and Chuck Schumer would not bebegging people to support it, and the fact that 30 Republicans voted for cloture is profoundly disturbing.
Supporters of the Senate bill are lying, because if they told the truth about it, there would be a firestorm of outrage. And because we know that they are lying about it, as Michelle Malkin explains, it’s important not to listen to what they say, but to watch what they do:
The official White House operating policy is: No illegal alien left behind. “Smarter enforcement” means no enforcement.
Remember: Exactly one year ago this week, the president announced he would halt all deportations and start granting work permits to an estimated 2.1 million illegal aliens who entered the country as children.
This blanket amnesty through administrative non-enforcement has been plagued by questions of fraud from the get-go.
Read the whole thing. Every word spoken or written in favor of this wretched legislative monstrosity is a lie, including any claim that it would require immigrants to learn English:
[ProEnglish Executive Director, Bob Vandervoort said:] “Contrary to what the Gang of 8 says, S. 744 has no requirement for illegal immigrants to learn English to get work permits or amnesty. They can renew their work permits indefinitely. They only have to show some knowledge of English IF they apply for green cards after 10 and a half years of residency! In the meantime, taxpayers will be paying for translations and interpreters. It’s time for the Gang of 8 to stop the lies.”
“For at least ten years and perhaps for their entire lives, this huge new group of predominantly non-English speaking, former illegal immigrants will create a huge new demand for costly government services in their native language, further exacerbating the dangerous and growing division of the United States into separate cultural and linguistic communities,” Vandervoort elaborates. “This would be an unprecedented calamity for our nation’s unity,” he said.
What part of “NO AMNESTY” is so hard to understand?
On Tuesday, the Senate voted 84-15 — with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell among 30 Republican senators voting “yes” — to bring the bill to the floor for debate. Tea Party favorite, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, was among the GOP senators declaring support for the controversial legislation. . . .
Rubio told David Drucker of the Washington Examiner that he is working with fellow Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah to craft an amendment that would strengthen border enforcement provisions in the bill. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, has already signaled that he will oppose stronger enforcement.
The “Gang of Eight” bill was slammed this week by two influential conservative columnists.
“If the GOP Is This Stupid, It Deserves to Die,” Ann Coulter headlined her Wednesday column, saying Republican supporters of the legislation “are devoting all their energy to slightly increasing their share of the Hispanic vote while alienating everyone else in America.” And the bill was also criticized by Michelle Malkin.
“Suicidal Republicans have supported illegal alien amnesties dating back to the Reagan era,” Malkin said in her Thursday syndicated column, which concluded: “Trust them? Hell, no. There’s only one course for citizens who believe in upholding the Constitution and protecting the American dream: Stop them.”
From The Other McCain: http://theothermccain.com/
“You can’t do that.”
But it makes me feel good.
“It’s against the law.”
Then we should change the law.
Because it makes me feel good.
“Who cares about your feelings?”
Why does the phrase “the pursuit of happiness” appear in our Declaration of Independence? Most people don’t know enough about history or political philosophy even to understand why this is an important question. Instructed with the simple-minded sentimentalism of an elementary school pageant, people cling to the phrase — along with whatever other bits and pieces of their education managed to stick in their minds — with the fierce emotion of a toddler clinging to his mother. Urging such a person to examine the facts critically is likely to produce antagonism, as if you were somehow unpatriotic for insisting that actual history is preferable to flattering mythology.
Diana West’s new book American Betrayal dares to question some of the sentimental gush about the 20th century that too many of us have swallowed without thinking about it, and the problem is that once people integrate false narratives into their worldview, it’s very hard to get them to re-examine their erroneous beliefs.
That’s why I’m calling attention to “the pursuit of happiness,” that curious phrase of Thomas Jefferson’s which ought to arouse more curiosity than it usually does. There is a timely relevance to this matter, but rather than explain that “ripped from the headlines” factor up front, let me continue with the philosophical discussion and let shallow minds look elsewhere for something to arouse them.
The formula of rights that Jefferson meant to invoke in the preamble of the Declaration was “life, liberty and property” — John Locke’s summary of what fundamental goods of the citizen the government was supposed to protect as the justification of its existence. It helps here to quote Jefferson’s preamble at length:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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.
Please read this carefully and ask, “What’s the point?”
How odd that Americans so seldom ask this question. Thomas Jefferson (who drafted the Declaration as part of a committee that also included Benjamin Franklin and John Adams) wasn’t engaged in some abstract philosophical discussion, after all.
The Declaration was written with a purpose: To rally support for the American rebellion, first among the colonists themselves; secondly, among the English people, as a means of undermining political support for the measures undertaken by the Crown to suppress the rebellion; and finally, as an appeal for support from England’s rival powers in Europe, especially the French.
We are in danger of missing the point of the whole thing if we fail to understand the Declaration in this historical context. Yet most Americans nowadays know so little of actual history that they lack the means by which to contextualize the Declaration’s phrases which, without any facts to encumber them, are allowed to float around in our minds as abstract ideas divorced of any real meaning.
Jefferson invokes “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind” as necessitating the Declaration: “Americans are not illiterate savages,” he is telling his readership, whom he knows to include ministers in the courts of France and other nations. In deciding to separate themselves from England and taking up an “equal station” as a nation in their own right, Jefferson says, the American colonists understand that they must justify their cause in the eyes of the world — to recount the grievances of a people oppressed by unlawful despotism — as “the causes which impel them to the separation.”
The very eloquence of Jefferson’s prose, its calm and dignified language, was arguably the strongest part of his argument. It signified that these Americans were not (as the British Crown viewed them) an inferior rabble, but rather men of quality, deserving of respect.
Well, what about that curious phrase, “the pursuit of happiness”?
Whereas Locke and others spoke of “life, liberty and property” as the rights government was supposed to protect, Jefferson did not speak of “property” for two important reasons:
- The colonists’ dispute with England arose over issues of taxation. Other European nations, France among them, taxed their people far more heavily than anything that King George III and his ministers had inflicted on the American colonies. If Jefferson had invoked property rights, this may have been interpreted as questioning all taxation, and may have conveyed the impression that the Americans were rebelling for narrowly selfish financial purposes.
- There was, after all, the matter of slavery. Among the species of “property” held by Americans were about half a million African slaves, and more than a few opponents of the colonial rebellion had chastised them as hypocrites for demanding a liberty that they denied their servants.
Now, here we might digress into a long examination of this seeming contradiction in the Declaration, which expresses in such elegant phrases a philosophy of universal equality, even though the man who wrote it was the owner of more than 100 slaves. That discussion, however, would be irrelevant to my point, namely that Jefferson’s famous phrase “the pursuit of happiness” cannot properly be understood outside its historical context.
What did Jefferson mean by “happiness,” anyway? Considering that this phrase occurs where “property” would be found in the classic Lockean formulation of rights, Jefferson means “happiness” not as some mere sentimental feeling, but rather in the sense of “good fortune,” which to an 18th-century mind, would mean what we today mean when we say “success” or “prosperity” — the contented enjoyment of the accumulated fruits of one’s labor. Of course, the mind of an 18th-century colonial plantation owner is so remote from our own culture that we might as well try to understand the worldview of the Pharoahs.
Still, my point is exactly this: Our sentimental reverence for these phrases — “We hold these truths to be self-evident” and so forth — hinders our ability to think about what the Declaration was really all about, and unless we have the maturity to transcend our childish emotionalism, we aren’t really thinking, but merely feeling.
This is how we end up in situations where the discussion of public policy is warped by the claim that our arguments are wrong because we might make people feel bad about themselves. Read more
From The Other McCain: http://theothermccain.com/
Found at Mad Medic: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/page/2/
Wine, Women, and Politics has Saturday Blondes for Rule 5…
Obama Wants to Bring The Crazy mooslim Refugees From Syria to The United States…Obama’s Evil Intentions Grow Every Day
In the prophetic novel The Camp of the Saints [PDF], Jean Raspail tells the horrifying story of Western civilization being overrun and literally looted to death when innumerable Third World hordes across the world come to realize that Westerners no longer have the moral strength to defend themselves against the defenseless. No doubt some have denounced his point of view as cynical. But not even Raspail was cynical enough to envision the American government deliberately displacing the population it supposedly represents by importing these same hordes and their problems from the most conspicuously maladjusted parts of the world — like Syria:
Two years into a civil war that shows no signs of ending, the Obama administration is considering resettling refugees who have fled Syria, part of an international effort that could bring thousands of Syrians to American cities and towns.
A resettlement plan under discussion in Washington and other capitals is aimed at relieving pressure on Middle Eastern countries straining to support 1.6 million refugees, as well as assisting hard-hit Syrian families.
Hard-hit by what? By the dysfunctional culture our government is importing to America at our expense.
Barks State Department spokesmoonbat Jen Psaki:
“We are in close contact with the UN on the need for resettlement of refugees from countries of first asylum throughout the world. The United States accepts more UN-referred refugees than all other countries combined, and we are aware, and we would — and the UN is aware that the U.S. would consider any individuals referred to us to have been determined to be in need of resettlement. So we are prepared to respond if asked, and will encourage other resettlement countries to do the same.”
Because as we all know, the United Nations has America’s best interests at heart — just like the federal government does.
From Moonbattery: http://moonbattery.com/
Found at IAHW: http://itaintholywater.blogspot.com/
1. If you refine heroin for a living, but you have a moral objection to liquor,You may be a Muslim.
2. If you own a $3,000 machine gun and a $5,000 rocket launcher, but you can’t afford shoes,You may be a Muslim.
3. If you have more wives than teeth,You may be a Muslim.
You may be a Muslim.
Secret Service (The new “SS”) Raids Tom Francois’ Home Because His “Tweets” “Offend” This Ass-hole President? WTF?
What’s next, raiding the pre-k for the five year old who made his pop tart into an Obama face?
Seriously scary showing again the vast amount of surveillance being done to track not terrorists, but those who would question.
Via Harriet Baldwin at Examiner:
After you read this- you will wonder what country we are in.
Tom Francois is an outspoken critic of Barack Hussein Obama- and has a robust Twitter presence. He also likes to dabble with his “paint” program to create funny cartoons. He has never threatened the President in any way, manner or form.
On April 11, 2013, he heard relentless pounding on his door shouts of “Police!” The officers introduced themselves as members of The Secret Service and asked if they could “take a look around.”
Since Tom had nothing to hide (and he didn’t want any return visits) – he complied fully with their request. He even signed a consent to search his premises AND an “Authorization To Review Medical and Mental Health Records!”
They asked Tom if he ever left his state or traveled to Washington, D.C.
One Agent asked Tom if he has any intentions of “whacking” the President.” To which Tom replied- “Of course not. I wish him no harm. I disagree with his policies and actions and I make no bones about it. It’s my First Amendment Right and I intend to exercise it.”
When I spoke to Tom he said, “Yes, I am EXTREMELY critical of Obama in my posts, but I never cross the line and threaten his being. EVER. It’s just the idea of Obama’s Secret Service intruding on my life when they knew I wasn’t really a threat.”
The Secret Service had a thick FBI file- filled with screenshots of hundreds of posts. Said Tom, “I flat out told them ‘I have NEVER threatened Obama’s life! Yes, I despise him as you can plainly see, but I have that right!’ They actually ADMITTED and agreed with me that I hadn’t threatened Obama.”
They had run a background check and discovered that Tom legally owned two guns- and they asked to see them. Tom showed them his firearms. They asked, “Are they loaded?” Tom replied in the affirmative. “What good are guns if they aren’t loaded?”
So why harass Tom? “The Secret Service officers claimed that “they were concerned that since I have a large Twitter following, and the things I said could be acted upon by some nut case out there! What the hell? They turned my life upside down for THAT?”
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CAIR cries Islamophobia in 3… 2… 1.
Via The Hill:
Former GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin told a Washington audience Saturday that the U.S. should not get involved in the Syrian civil war.
Palin argued that the U.S. should not intervene in any Middle East conflict as long as President Obama remains in office.
“Until we have a commander in chief who knows what he is doing….let Allah sort it out!” she told the Faith and Freedom Coalition.
The statement shows how far Palin has drifted from former running mate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is the chief Senate proponent of U.S. military action to help the Syrian rebels.
This week, the White House announced it had concluded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons against the rebels, thereby crossing a “red line.” Obama has now decided to arm select elements of the Syrian rebellion.
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Found at The Daley Gator
And we’re about to legalize another 11 million?
Via Daily Mail:
For the first time, America’s racial and ethnic minorities now make up about half of the under-5 age group and will be a majority by this year or next.
That’s according to new census numbers that show a faster shift than expected toward a minority-majority, one where whites will be in the minority by 2043.
The new estimates also show that, for the fist time in more than a century, the death rate for white Americans outnumbers the birth rate.
The Census Bureau reported earlier this year that non-white babies now outnumber white babies.
Fueled by immigration and high rates of birth, particularly among Hispanics, racial and ethnic minorities are now growing more rapidly in numbers than whites.
Based on current rates of growth, whites in the under-5 group are expected to tip to a minority this year or next, Thomas Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau’s acting director, said.
The government also projects that in five years, minorities will make up more than half of children under 18. Not long after, the total U.S. white population will begin an inexorable decline in absolute numbers, due to aging baby boomers.
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This is What God Thinks of a “Gay” Nation:
Romans 1:21-27 New Living Translation
21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.
Romans 1:28 KJV
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
And finally Paul says this in Romans 1:32:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Obama Tells LGBT Crowd He Sees A Tidal Wave Of Gayness Sweeping The Nation, “From Minnesota To Maryland, From The U.S. Senate To The NBA”…
All aboard the rainbow express, next stop, fabulous!
Via The Hill:
President Obama told attendees at a LGBT Pride Month celebration that the U.S. needs to get marriage equality “done now,” but that he believed the nation had reached a “turning point” on gay rights.
“We’re not going to have to wait that long,” Obama said. “From Minnesota to Maryland, from the U.S. Senate to the NBA, it’s clear we’ve reached a turning point.”
The president said that progress could be traced “from the courage of those who stood up.”
“Eventually america gets it right. that doesn’t mean we can be patient,” Obama said. “We know from our own history that change happens because we push it to.”
The president ticked off a number of accomplishments benefiting the gay community during his first term, including ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and expanding protections for HIV-positive individuals under his signature health care plan. He also urged the Senate to pass bipartisan legislation restricting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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The amount of pandering to such a minuscule fraction of the population (1-2%) is mind boggling.
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) – The union that represents NFL players has launched a line of LGBT pride shirts.
The NFL Players Association announced the launch on Wednesday in conjunction with LGBT Pride Month, which is June.
One Team Pride shirts feature the name and jersey number of an NFL player, including: Brendon Ayanbadejo, Connor Barwin, Domonique Foxworth, Scott Fujita, Steve Gleason, Chris Gocong, Chris Kluwe, Donté Stallworth, Terrell Suggs and Eric Winston.
The organization says the goal is to raise awareness around important issues of respect and acceptance.
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HHS Secretary Sebelius: Kids “So Far Behind” Without Pre-Kindergarten Education “May As Well Drop Out” By 3rd Grade…
Is she insane?
(CNSNews.com) – Children who don’t get a pre-kindergarten education, ideally from birth to age 5, might fall behind and “may as well drop out” by third grade, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said on Wednesday at an event to garner support for President Barack Obama’s $75-billion proposal to increase pre-school enrollment across the country.
Sebelius said investing in pre-school education would bring “prosperity to all our people.”
“If we want to be a competitive country, if we want to make sure that we can achieve prosperity for all of our people, we have to figure out a way to have productive citizens throughout our population,” Sebelius said at the event, marking the one-year anniversary of an Educare school in the District of Columbia that serves children 6 weeks old to 5 years.
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We Better Check with the Bullshit frogs on this one. And they all Agreed:
And also check with our housewife:
So there you have it. Plain as day. Government Bullshit!