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Africa: Encompasses all of the countries pictured above, including the entire continent of Europe. This landmass is the home of a little over 14% of the human population on the planet.
The African continent accounts for less than 3% of the world’s GDP. Those countries that make the greatest contribution to this number are either Muslim, have a significant number of Whites, or in the case of Nigeria have oil or a similarly-valuable resource… That’s exploited by non-Africans. You remove the Muslim nations and South Africa from the equation and you barely have a percent of world GDP. This, despite untold billions in foreign aid.
The population of Africa is likely to double within a generation. The region is witnessing a major increase in its share of young people and with a median age of 19, Africa is the world’s “youngest” region. Until the arrival of Europeans there was no literate civilization in sub-Saharan Africa. There was no written language, no numerals, no calendar, no system of measurement. The wheel or plow was never developed, neither was an animal domesticated. With the rarest exceptions, nothing more elaborate than mud huts and thatched stockades were built.
Liberals are excited about the future of Africa. Oh the places you will go, oh the people you will see. — Bulbasaur | The Right Stuff
From AD: http://americandigest.org/
We’ve recently seen how Common Core exposes children to pornographic literature and promotes ghetto culture, and how speaking out against it at the wrong place and time can get you thrown in jail. Here’s how Common Core trains 6-year-olds to become social activists like the Community Organizer in Chief:
The tradition progressive quotations apply.
“When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.’”
“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
On a tip from Dr. Theo
From MB: http://moonbattery.com/
Obama’s War: No Congressional Approval, No UN Security Council Vote, No Intel, and no proof it was Assad
Who else recalls the hoops George W. Bush had to jump through to go into Iraq? Who else remembers the endless documentation from every US intel agency and the intel from our allies across the world concerning Saddam Hussein’s WMD? Years of intel. And majority validation by Democrats and Republicans (who can forget Hillary?)
And still Bush was monstrously vilified.
An Iranian proxy vs Al Qaeda/ Muslim Brotherhood opposition. Only a puffed up moron would jump into those shark infested waters. At least Assad protected the millions of religious minorites in Syria.
No congressional approval, no UN vote — just a self important buffoon hurling the United States into catastrophic action. Where is the statecraft? What can we expect Syria (or Egypt and Libya, for that matter) to look like after Obama wreaks havoc and assists in Muslim Brotherhood/Al Qaeda reigns of terror in 10 years, 20 years?
Who will stop this tyrant?
OBAMA'S WAR... BUCHANAN: Congress should veto... Strike within days... Warplanes begin arriving in Cyprus... Armed forces 'making contingency plans' for military action... WH: Not regime change! CAMERON RECALLS PARLIAMENT... HOLLANDE: France ready to 'punish' Syria... NKOREA caught trying to send gas masks, weapons to Syria... STOCKS JOLTED... Russia evacuates 90 people ... Says West Acting Like 'Monkey With Hand Grenade'... Top Syrian Official: Obama 'Completely Wrong'; 'Produce The Evidence'... links thanks to Drudge
Syria: UN inspectors mandated only to determine if chemical weapons were used, not who used them Jihadwatch
Yet that is the decisive point. But it appears that the desired conclusion has already been reached, and the facts just don’t matter. “U.S. Talks Tough on Syria, Ramps Up Attack Planning,” by Adam Entous and Sam Dagher in the Wall Street Journal, August 25 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
Posted by Pamela Geller
“Unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering,”
“and there are innumerable places in this covering so weak that they will not bear their weight, and these places are not seen.
The arrows of death fly unseen at noon-day; the sharpest sight cannot discern them. God has so many different unsearchable ways of taking wicked men out of the world and sending them to hell, that there is nothing to make it appear, that God had need to be at the expense of a miracle, or go out of the ordinary course of his providence, to destroy any wicked man, at any moment.” — Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
From American Digest: http://americandigest.org/
Zion’s Trumpet welcomes The Daily Smug to our Blogroll!
Thanks to The Daily Smug for your referrals and linkage!
Find them here: http://thedailysmug.blogspot.com/
Found at Mad Medic: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/page/3/
See a lot more of Hope at Wine,Women, and Politics: http://winewomenpolitics.blogspot.com/
There is a new blog in the links. Wine, Women, and Politics – if you like humor and pretty women.
How can we expect the next generation to uphold the constitutional rights that have been successfully defended for two centuries if they are taught in government schools that these rights do not exist? From Bristol, Connecticut:
[Steven] Boibeaux’s son is an eighth grader at Northeast Middle School. On Monday his social studies teacher gave students a worksheet titled, ‘The Second Amendment Today.’
“The courts have consistently determined that the Second Amendment does not ensure each individual the right to bear arms,” the worksheet states.
That is a brazen lie in light of the Supreme Court’s Heller decision.
The worksheet, published by Instructional Fair, goes on to say that the Second Amendment is not incorporated against the states.
“This means that the rights of this amendment are not extended to the individual citizens of the states,” the worksheet reads. “So a person has no right to complain about a Second Amendment violation by state laws.”
Apparently “shall not be infringed” isn’t sufficiently clear cut. Note that the 14th Amendment — which explicitly extends constitutional rights to citizens of each state — is completely ignored.
According to the document, the Second Amendment “only provides the right of a state to keep an armed National Guard.”
That is, in their ingenious attempt to defend America from future tyranny, the Founding Fathers enumerated our right to be ruled by a government that is armed.
Once again we see that shining a light on them causes the rats to slink back to their holes:
Ellen Solek, the superintendent of the school district, told Fox News they have now decided to pull the assignment from the classroom.
“It is no longer an assignment in that particular school,” she said, noting that it was an “administration decision in the best interest of the district.”
However, they retreat ever more slowly, baring their hideous teeth as they go.
She refused to answer any questions about the content of the lesson, how it became a part of the curriculum or how many students were assigned the lesson.
Another good question would be how long before the assignment returns to that school once the public is no longer paying attention.
On a tip from Bill T. From Moonbattery: http://moonbattery.com/
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Well…At Least a Few Senators Manned Up and Supported Rand Paul…My God…Where Was Everyone Else? Killing Americans is Ok With The Rest of Them?
Here Are All The GOP Senators That Participated In Rand Paul’s 12+ Hour Filibuster… And The Ones Who Didn’t
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday staged an incredible nearly 13 hour filibuster to block President Barack Obama’s CIA nominee John Brennan, but mostly to bring attention to potential drone strikes against Americans in the U.S.
Attorney General Eric Holder, in a letter to Paul, said in an emergency the federal government could execute a drone strike on U.S. soil. The revelation resulted in Wednesday’s filibuster, the senator’s way of ringing the alarm bell. Paul made it clear repeatedly throughout the filibuster that he would end it once the White House admitted that drone strikes against Americans on U.S. soil are “unconstitutional.”
The White House had nothing to say on Wednesday.
Several GOP senators joined Paul in his crusade, however, many others didn’t and were not in attendance. Further, very few Democrats participated.
The Republican senators who participated in the filibuster with Paul include, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), John Thune (R-S.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wy.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).
There are a total of 47 Republican members of the U.S. Senate, meaning 33 other GOP senators sat out the filibuster protesting the federal government’s controversial drone program. To find out who those senators are, comb through the full list here.
Just one Democrat joined in the filibuster, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) spoke but only asked questions of Paul and didn’t officially speak as part of the filibuster.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama invited rank-and-file Republican senators to dinner Wednesday. His efforts are “aimed at jumpstarting budget talks and rallying support for his proposals on immigration and gun control,” according to the Associated Press.
The GOP lawmakers at Wednesday’s dinner were Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Tom Coburn, Kelly Ayotte, Pat Toomey, Bob Corker, Ron Johnson, Saxby Chambliss, John Hoeven, Dan Coats, Richard Burr and Mike Johanns. Toomey, Johnson and Chambliss headed to the Senate floor later that night.
Millions of Americans and others around the world participated via Twitter Wednesday night, making #StandWithRand the number one trending topic worldwide on the social network.
From The Daley gator: http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/
Why do you suppose the Obama Regime has been amassing such gargantuan quantities of ammunition for extra-military purposes?
In a puzzling, unexplained development, the Obama administration has been buying and storing vast amounts of ammunition in recent months, with the Department of Homeland Security just placing another order for an additional 21.6 million rounds.
That’s on top of an already clearly excessive stockpile.
According to one estimate, just since last spring DHS has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm. That’s sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times. Including illegal immigrants.
To provide some perspective, experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, DHS is armed now for a 24-year Iraq war.
Does Janet Napolitano believe her own department’s fanciful propaganda regarding the likelihood of a right-wing insurrection? Doubtful. Mark Levin suggests that the purpose is to prepare for an imminent economic crisis and the chaos to follow. As usual, the Great One is right.
Not all Democrats are idiots. Those in charge know that Obama’s Cloward-Piven spending spree will eventually end in total economic collapse. This is the only possible outcome and therefore the only possible purpose of our government’s economic policy.
Our liberal ruling class is losing patience with decades of incremental Marxism. They are one deliberately engineered crisis away from going for the gold: genuine Stalinism.
Anyone who finds this outlandish needs to read up on Obama’s background.
His Department of Homeland Security will have five bullets for each of us when the American people get the fundamental transformation so many were such contemptible fools as to ask for. Don’t worry, chances are good you won’t get shot if you do exactly as you are told.
Now we know why the Regime and its mouthpiece, the “mainstream” media, were so appallingly eager to seize on Newtown as a pretext to begin disarming us. The Left is approaching the end game.
From Nice Deb
I guess if you are born in Nigeria you are screwed.
From American Digest: http://americandigest.org/
The higher you go, the less they know.
You can awakena man who is asleep, but you will never awaken a man who is pretending to be asleep.
That is the reason that we find our experts in the government, media, education and the pulpits to be such dhimmis. They have refused to learn a single thing about Islamic doctrine and history since 9/11. But, cheer up! When the dhimmis write about the beauty of Islam and how the Kafirs are wrong, read the comments. You will find that the common man knows far, far more about Islam than the experts. — Political Islam
From American Digest: http://americandigest.org/
Find these and many more at The Feral Irishman: http://theferalirishman.blogspot.com/2012/08/a-whole-smorgasbord-of-posters.html#more
The Speed of Progressivism
By Daniel Greenfield
…The Democrats borrowed their interest in black civil rights from the left, which was only working with urban minorities because it was hoping to include them in its revolutionary coalition of coal miners and lettuce pickers who would help overthrow the reactionary capitalist American Dream and replace it with a bunch of people shouting slogans and shooting each other.
These days the NAACP does not look like a good bet for overthrowing America and the favorite progressive minority du jour actually keeps black slaves and hangs homosexuals. uslims have currently trumped blacks and gays, not to mention every other group, on the crush list of the left. And the Muslim world is one of the few places that still has slaves and kills black people in large numbers, whether it’s in the Sudan or the newly liberated Muslim utopia of Libya. The day may come when the Democratic Party and its leftist hag riders decide that slavery was progressive after all and that all men should have the right to own slaves. And then this new policy position will immediately travel backward in time and loyal comrades will turn to the little red books of DailyKos, Think Progress, the Center for American Progress and ProgressProgressProgress to learn the new official position they are obligated to learn and abide by.
That notion may seem ridiculous, but so would the idea that the party of bra burning would become the party of the hijab. Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds, said Ralph Waldo Emerson. To be a true progressive, you cannot afford to be small-minded. Every idea, value and belief is waiting to be demolished and replace by a newer more progressive idea. And if that newer more progressive idea actually seems backward, that’s okay, because progressive ideas are like buses, if you wait around long enough they’ll come right back to where they were.
Progressivism is chaos. It is a force that is constantly destroying old things to make way for new things and with so much destruction, it can’t be expected to tell the new old things and the old new things apart. Progressivism is a contrary talker, a teenager who knows everything, it doesn’t know a whole lot, but it knows that everything you know is wrong. And then off it goes in its retro clothes to shock all the adults with gay marriage, euthanasia clinics and then maybe slavery.
Progressivism violates the laws of physics because it has no past, only an eternal future. It imagines that it is always moving forward in time, when it’s actually moving backward. Its past is its future and it can’t tell the two apart because it has eradicated any understanding of history that isn’t based on its own idiotic ideological posturings. To the left history cannot exist apart from its politically correct understanding of history.
History is bunk, said Henry Ford, a man who didn’t know who Benedict Arnold was, but did know that the Jews start all the wars because some European Socialists who were active in the Anti-War movement (Circa 1914) told him so. History is bunk to progressives too who are always throwing it out, tossing it away and writing long books on how all of history was a massive conspiracy to dominate the underclass or at least prevent the progressives from organizing and then dominating the underclass.
Read the Entire article at Sultan Knish: http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/
By: Daniel Greefield
Note: Highlights by ZTW
Today the Supreme Court is slightly tilted in our favor, which is to say that it has a few members who believe that the Constitution is more than blotting paper for their opinions, and that individuals and states have rights, rather than just being troublesome cogs in the mighty machine of the national policy apparatus bent on tackling one growing crisis or another.
How long will that tenuous state of affairs endure? Who knows. In the meantime we are caught between an omnipotent executive who believes that he is above the law, an unelected court which includes two of his appointees, one of them his lawyer, and a Congress which does little except spend gargantuan amounts of money. And our best bet is the court, because it is the hardest to bribe and some of its members believe in the law, rather than in the almighty policy ends that justify all means.
When the highest official in the land decided to sell the American people into slavery to insurance companies to get his landmark legislation passed, we took to the streets to protest, we changed the composition of Congress, and here we are waiting for the Supreme Court to decide that maybe we aren’t the property of the Executive Branch, warm bodies to be traded at the slave market of policy to get a bill passed.
147 years after the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, we are back to debating slavery. But it’s not a debate that began today. Everyone who pays taxes can calculate how much time they spend working for their masters in Washington, D.C. How much of their income the serfs are obligated to send home to the barons in the white palaces who will decide how much of it to hand out to their friends and how much of it to use on the endless expenses of government.
Around the same time as the evils of racial slavery were being fought, the building blocks of economic slavery were being hammered together with the Revenue Act of 1861, the first Federal income tax and the first attack on the Constitution, that concluded with the Sixteenth Amendment. One hundred years before the election that brought Obama to power, the Democratic platform called for an income tax, “to the end that wealth may bear its proportionate share of the burdens of the Federal Government”.
The burden has grown vastly since then. It has grown out of all proportion. And to achieve its goals, the government began selling off its assets. Its chief assets are us.
The ObamaCare Mandate is a fairly simple trade between health insurance companies, which largely owe their existence to government tinkering with the health care market, and its government patron. In exchange for giving the government what it wants, the government gives them what they want, us.
Supporters of the Mandate have been legitimately confused by all the protests. As they understand it, we are property– so why are we complaining about being rented out to another master? If Obama and Congress own us, why can’t they lease us out to their supporters in the insurance industry? Especially when it’s for the greater good.
Today we’re being leased out to the health insurance industry. Tomorrow we might be sent out to go bring in the harvest, the way that citizens were compelled to in Communist countries. Once we have been designated as warm bodies for sale to the highest bidder, when there is, what politicians can describe as, a legitimate concern, then there is absolutely no end to it. And when China finally decides to recoup some of its investment, there will be a mandate for that too.
The Constitution has been so comprehensively violated and we have been deprived of so many rights that defending any right becomes a rear-guard action. After so many violations, we take a stand on the chalk outline of the latest outrage, while having to argue that this is the red line. This is the one that is too much. And we put our faith in a Supreme Court that occasionally respects the Constitution and occasionally creates its own Constitution. And we sit here waiting to find out which it will be this time. Freedom or slavery.
The policy machine that grinds on in Washington, in state capitals, in municipal city halls and in the halls of a thousand think-tanks and the banquet rooms of a hundred forums is built to deprive people of their rights. It is not easily stopped. Even when the Supreme Court rules against it, it studies the ruling and attacks it from another angle until it gets its way.
Many of the modern violations of our rights went through this process, losing a Supreme Court decision and then finding another way through the door. Once the policy apparatus has agreed on something, the mere objection that it is against the law will not halt them for long. The only way to stop the machine is to break the machine. To tear out its levers and gears, to fill it with sand, spill out its oil and turn it to grind uselessly facing a wall.
A Supreme Court of Constitutionalists might deal it some serious setbacks, but it has become clear that we are headed into dark territory where the laws don’t matter anymore. Obama has shed most of the pretense of legality, doing things because he wants them done. The legal rationale for ObamaCare never existed. Those who wrote and passed it did not believe that such a rationale was even needed.
Their only argument has been the policy argument, the ends justifying the means. The policy ends which justify the oppressive means is their argument for every one of their endless streams of abuses. It is a position that places them and their actions completely outside the law. Anything they do is justified because it is for the greater good, to meet one “growing crisis” or another, whether it’s health care, obesity, racism, bullying, profiteering, homophobia, high prices or anything you see discussed with serious faces and even more serious hairdos on the evening news.
Even Supreme Court rulings depend on executive compliance. Obama has demonstrated several times that he will simply not comply with the law. And a showdown between the law and an executive backed by the media and a parade train of experts, not to mention a completely corrupt Attorney General, will not be a pretty sight.
The mere willingness of the executive branch to operate outside the law acts as a restraint on the Supreme Court’s willingness to challenge the executive. That is what FDR managed to accomplish by alternately terrorizing and bypassing the Supreme Court. Obama has shown every sign of being willing to do the same thing. Some liberals are already proposing their own court packing schemes. The Washington Post has an article calling for upping the number of justices from 9 to 19, which is certainly one way to gain a majority.
The left has gotten this far by subverting institutions and it is being increasingly open about not caring for the forms or for anything that interferes with its objectives. As a defense against it, the Supreme Court is a fragile entity. It is meant to serve as a final review for a law-abiding legislature, not for a thuggish executive and a legislature that passes bills without knowing what it is in them. In an era in which the executive, the legislative and the judicial branches have all been warped, none of them can be relied on to do the right thing.
We are in the midst of another Civil War. Not a war of bullets, but a war of laws. And the lawmaking apparatus is a tool for depriving people of rights, not a tool for creating safe spaces for rights. In the firefight, those who want to limit rights through government mandates will have the upper hand. The Supreme Court, as a reviewing body, is less vulnerable to the seduction of legislation than the legislative and executive branches, but it has done its share of legislating, and activist Federal judges are a reliable way of subverting democracy and states’ rights.
We can’t depend on the Supreme Court to do the right thing, though it can occasionally be an important ally in the struggle to restore the Constitution, the rule of law and the rights of the individual. The ball is not in their court, it is in ours. And it is important that we understand what is at stake. Behind all the policy debates is a simple question. Do we want to be free men and women or will we agree to be slaves?
The final review of every act of government does not come from within the government, but from the people, who have to decide what is acceptable and unacceptable. This is a law of human nature that is not subject to any higher court, only the court of the conscience. Rights and freedoms do not come from government, they come from the people. We have seen how in Egypt, the people chose slavery. That makes it all the more vital to remember that, no matter what we are told, we have a choice, and the greatest power that we have is the knowledge that the choice and the final decision are ours.