Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
For it is not answerable to the needs, interests, demands, or beliefs of its individual members.
More importantly: if the national party, if the Party's national committee expounds and enacts beliefs and goals that do not reflect (accurately) the diversity of its individual members' beliefs, then it is a fetid stench.
The question then is "why"?
If the topic is "abortion" then the Party, its Party Line, and its agenda is not created by looking to the many church-goers in the Party, many Bible-believers, or even many Pro-Life hippies that are so pro-life they hate war, capital punishment, and have even turned to vegetarianism or veganism. Whether or not they are wack-jobs is not the point and I won't explore those notions. However, if the left-wing party does have a responsibility to respond to those members' ideas and beliefs I do not see it. They certainly respond to the demands of NARAL Pro-Choice American and Planned Parenthood.
Is this proper? I do not know. It is currently the position of that party that they respond more to the demands of certain interest groups more than they work to support the personal quests of even some of the legislators that are Democrats in membership. Was it a moral epiphany or political convenience that led to Al Gore becoming a supporter of abortion during his time in the US Senate? Abortion is only one example from the whole gamut.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
BOSTON CELTICS DEFEAT LOS ANGELES LAKERS 131-92 TO WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
From the start I was hoping that the Celtics would not end up facing the Lakers simply for the fact that the fruition of the so-called rivalry confrontation would end up making the ABC bean-counter consumer capitalists happy. They were hoping for it since the play-offs began and I hate it when those jerks set aside everything about the love of the game when they simply start anticipating and drooling over what promotionals they can have in a few weeks or a month.
So of course they were talking about this back when the Pistons were facing the Celtics in the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals, as if the Pistons did not exist. I cannot recall who the Lakers were playing at the time in the Western Conference Finals but I guess they did not exist. So I have two reasons for being disappointed and annoyed that the Detroit Pistons lost to the Boston Celtics.
I never really cared for the Los Angeles Lakers or their flagship player Kobe Bryant.
I cannot even recall how many games it took the Celtics to beat the Lakers.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
by Morton C. Blackwell
1. Never give a bureaucrat a chance to say no.
2. Don't fire all your ammunition at once.
3. Don't get mad except on purpose.
4. Effort is admirable. Achievement is valuable.
5. Make the steal more expensive than it's worth.
6. Give 'em a title and get 'em involved.
7. Expand the leadership.
8. You can't beat a plan with no plan.
9. Political technology determines political success.
10. Sound doctrine is sound politics.
11. In politics, you have your word and your friends; go back on either and you're dead.
12. Keep your eye on the main chance and don't stop to kick every barking dog.
13. Don't make the perfect the enemy of the good.
14. Remember the other side has troubles too.
15. Don't treat good guys like you treat bad guys.
16. A well-run movement takes care of its own.
17. Hire at least as many to the right of you as to the left of you.
18. You can't save the world if you can't pay the rent.
19. All gains are incremental; some increments aren't gains.
20. A stable movement requires a healthy, reciprocal I.O.U. flow among its participants. Don't keep a careful tally.
21. An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.
22. Never miss a political meeting if you think there's the slightest chance you'll wish you'd been there.
23. In volunteer politics, a builder can build faster than a destroyer can destroy.
24. Actions have consequences.
25. The mind can absorb no more than the seat can endure.
26. Personnel is policy.
27. Remember it's a long ball game.
28. The test of moral ideas is moral results.
29. You can't beat somebody with nobody.
30. Better a snake in the grass than a viper in your bosom.
31. Don't fully trust anyone until he has stuck with a good cause which he saw was losing.
32. A prompt, generous letter of thanks can seal a commitment which otherwise might disappear when the going gets rough.
33. Governing is campaigning by different means.
34. You cannot make friends of your enemies by making enemies of your friends.
35. Choose your enemies as carefully as you choose your friends.
36. Keep a secure home base.
37. Don't rely on being given anything you don't ask for.
38. In politics, nothing moves unless pushed.
39. Winners aren't perfect. They made fewer mistakes than their rivals.
40. One big reason is better than many little reasons.
41. In moments of crisis, the initiative passes to those who are best prepared.
42. Politics is of the heart as well as of the mind. Many people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
43. Promptly report your action to the one who requested it.
44. Moral outrage is the most powerful motivating force in politics.
45. Pray as if it all depended on God; work as if it all depended on you.Morton C. Blackwell, PresidentLeadership Institute
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Oh I apologize, Hillary Clinton is not a Witch and comparing her to an Oz character is unfair.
The best one-word phrase to describe Hillary Clinton is Satan.
Clint Eastwood folds his gangly frame behind a clifftop table at the Hotel Du Cap, a few miles up the coast from Cannes, sighs deeply, and squints out over the Mediterranean. "Has he ever studied the history?" he asks, in that familiar near-whisper.Mr. Eastwood gives Mr. Lee the verbal smackdown.
The "he" is Spike Lee, and the reason Eastwood is asking is because of something Lee had said about Eastwood's Iwo Jima movie Flags of Our Fathers, while promoting his own war movie, Miracle at St Anna, about a black US unit in the second world war. Lee had noted the lack of African-Americans in Eastwood's movie and told reporters: "That was his version. The negro version did not exist."
Eastwood has no time for Lee's gripes. "He was complaining when I did Bird [the 1988 biopic of Charlie Parker]. Why would a white guy be doing that? I was the only guy who made it, that's why. He could have gone ahead and made it. Instead he was making something else." As for Flags of Our Fathers, he says, yes, there was a small detachment of black troops on Iwo Jima as a part of a munitions company, "but they didn't raise the flag. The story is Flags of Our Fathers, the famous flag-raising picture, and they didn't do that. If I go ahead and put an African-American actor in there, people'd go, 'This guy's lost his mind.' I mean, it's not accurate."
Eastwood pauses, deliberately - once it would have provided him with the beat in which to spit out his cheroot before flinging back his poncho - and offers a last word of advice to the most influential black director in American movies. "A guy like him should shut his face."The article in the guardian goes on to discuss Clint Eastwood's career, past and present, as well as reflections on the "'libertarian'" Eastwood's contrasts with Conservatives and Conservatives and the real meaning of Dirty Harry.
Friday, June 06, 2008
Also in the case of anniversaries: Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated forty years ago. I fear his image outlived his purpose in life and that image haunts us.
Google focuses on celebrating Diego Velázquez's birthday.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Gage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 22,993. Its county seat is Beatricefine
Population by decade
1860 - 421
1870 - 3,359
1880 - 13,164
1890 - 36,344
1900 - 30,051
1910 - 30,325
1920 - 29,721
1930 - 30,242
1940 - 29,588
1950 - 28,052
1960 - 26,818
1970 - 25,731
1980 - 24,456
1990 - 22,794
2000 - 22,993
As of the census of 2000, there were 22,993 people, 9,316 households, and 6,204 families residing in the county. The population density was 27 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 10,030 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.69% White, 0.32% Black or African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 0.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 9,316 households out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.70% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.40% were non-families. 29.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 19.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $34,908, and the median income for a family was $43,072. Males had a median income of $29,680 versus $21,305 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,190. About 6.60% of families and 8.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.70% of those under age 18 and 8.00% of those age 65 or over.
 Cities and villages
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Top Ten Benefits of Creating or Joining a CLP Group
- Take action on your campus. Stand up for your conservative principles and fight the leftist dominance on campus.
- Start a conservative campus newspaper. Challenge the campus liberal establishment and break their political monopoly.
- Influence your student government. Roll back mandatory student fees. Lead the student body and become a voice for change on campus.
- Expose liberal professors. Stop socialist indoctrination in the classroom. Challenge radical feminist programs, forced multiculturalism, and Marxism.
- Educate fellow students. Teach others about the benefits of free markets, traditional values, and our heritage of liberty.
- Learn how to raise funds. Secure financial stability for your organization through direct mail, donor lists, and non-profit support, and more.
- Find an internship in Washington, DC, your state, conservative think tanks, or political and public policy organizations.
- Get a job. You’ll have priority status through the Leadership Institute’s Employment Placement Service and job website – www.conservativejobs.com
- Prepare for future success. Become a life-long leader in the conservative movement. Make connections with conservative leaders and policy makers.
- Train with the best. Learn the latest political technology from expert faculty at the Leadership Institute’s 39 schools and workshops. And CLP has scholarships!
Be the conservative voice on your campusaffiliation while independence
The Campus Leadership Program experienced staff stand by to assist your group to:
Fight leftist abuses on campus Hold exciting events to spread conservative ideas Start a conservative newspaper Win student government elections Host big-name conservative speakers Learn valuable leadership skills
While the Campus Leadership Program works to help students develop conservative groups, each group is independent and directs its own day-to-day operations and decision-making. CLP is not a membership organization. We maintain a correspondence relationship with established conservative groups.bulk processes
During the fall of 2006, its Campus Leadership Program sent out 60 field representatives to help conservative students create independent campus groups.work work work
This makes the current total of "home states" that the former Presidential candidate has, oh, let's see:
It is important to remind people that however much the Democrat Party maligns him, Sen Lieberman is still a Man of the Left. Ben Lieberman goes over a bill that Sen Lieberman wrote with Sen Warner that demonstrates Sen Lieberman's role in the Global Warming farce crusade.
Actually, this is a story about one instance about the kids learning about an exotic religion with over one billion believers and their parents were never told.
About Burt County
- Land Area: 493 square miles
- Population (2003): 7,562
- County Seat: Tekamah
- Towns and Population (2003): Craig, 234; Decatur, 598; Lyons, 923; Oakland, 1,310; Tekamah, 1,842.
- Public School Districts: Elm Creek Public School, Decatur; Lyons-Decatur Northeast, Lyons and Decatur; Oakland-Craig Public Schools, Oakland; Tekamah-Herman Community Schools, Tekamah and Herman.
- Burt County Quick Facts: U.S. Census Bureau
- Burt County Map Stats: FedStats and more FedStats
- Maps: Various County Maps
And thus the Democratic party is about to nominate a far left candidate in the tradition of George McGovern, albeit without McGovern’s military and political record. The Democratic party is about to nominate a far-left candidate in the tradition of Michael Dukakis, albeit without Dukakis’s executive experience as governor. The Democratic party is about to nominate a far left candidate in the tradition of John Kerry, albeit without Kerry’s record of years of service in the Senate. The Democratic party is about to nominate an unvetted candidate in the tradition of Jimmy Carter, albeit without Jimmy Carter’s religious integrity as he spoke about it in 1976. Questions about all these attributes (from foreign policy expertise to executive experience to senatorial experience to judgment about foreign leaders to the instructors he has had in his cultural values) surround Barack Obama. And the Democratic party has chosen him.High standards and deep underlying character, as well as a mighty and detailed history with great experience are not important when choosing your left-wing Presidential candidate.
What more needs to be said? Why are people clamoring for this guy? Because they don't care. I should weep for my country.
Conservatives, fear not
Tue Jun 3, 12:16 AM ET
By Jonah Goldberg
"Cheer up," advised writer Philander Johnson, "for the worst is yet to come."
That's good advice for conservatives these days. Things are grim, particularly for the GOP. The share of Americans who describe themselves as Republicans is plummeting so quickly, pretty soon more voters will call themselves Hobbits than Republicans.
(Illustration by Web Bryant, USA TODAY)
While Barack Obama is surprisingly weak given all of the Democrats' advantages, the smart money remains that the Democrats will capture the White House and expand their majorities in Congress considerably.
The issue climate is arguably even worse. From Social Security to health care to the environment, Democrats have the wind at their backs. If Obama continued to run from the left and won in November, Democrats would be able to claim the biggest mandate for liberalism since 1964.
Democrats would be able to dispatch a cavalry of young judicial reinforcements to renew the effort to push the courts ever further to the left. Some form of socialized medicine would be implemented. President Obama would in all likelihood fulfill his pledge to pull out of Iraq. Taxes would go up. Farm subsidies increase. State-level efforts to establish gay marriage by undemocratic fiat would find eager accomplices in Congress and the Justice Department. Draconian taxes on energy use — often hidden behind cap-and-trade schemes — would be implemented in the name of combating global warming. The "Fairness Doctrine" might be restored to silence conservative media. There are even rumors that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pondering legislation that would require dogs to take orders from cats.
Plight of the right
The knife of doom cuts deeper still. The intellectual press is positively brimming with mostly gleeful autopsy reports about conservatism's alleged demise. In a wandering piece for The New Yorker, titled "The Fall of Conservatism," George Packer simultaneously argues that the right is out of ideas and that it really never had any worth speaking of in the first place. In discussions, public and private, you often hear phrases such as brain-dead, spent, exhausted, used up, played-out-like-Carrot Top and the like to describe the plight of the right.
A particularly popular line of argument found all over the place holds that conservatism is a pale shadow of what it was in the days of Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater and now William F. Buckley. Indeed, many liberals have adopted the annoying habit of talking about Reagan, Goldwater and Buckley as if they have always loved and respected them. It reminds one of that line from Stripes where Bill Murray says to his girlfriend, "Tito Puente's gonna be dead, and you're gonna say, 'Oh, I've been listening to him for years, and I think he's fabulous.' "
Regardless, all this gloom and doom is overdone. Conservatives have a natural inclination toward pessimism. Back in 1968 — when Packer et al thought conservatism was ascendant — many conservatives thought it was done. Richard Nixon's thoroughly liberal domestic agenda, and the willingness of conservatives to tolerate it, was proof according to conservative intellectual Brent Bozell that conservatism had "ceased to be an important political force in America."
People need to remember that there's a difference between "conservatives" and "Republicans." One reason the Republican "brand" has been so badly tarnished is that Republicans lost credibility as conservatives. They spent money like a pimp with a week to live. They got comfortable with power and the perks that come with it, and they tolerated cronyism and incompetence. And while the GOP is the more conservative of the two parties — and hence the natural home for the American right — it needs to be remembered that Republican failures are not synonymous with conservative ones.
Also, the strength of the conservative establishment shouldn't be discounted. In 1964, Goldwater was almost alone, relying on a couple of magazines to champion his cause. Today, there is an enormous conservative intellectual infrastructure, largely independent of the Republican Party. From proliferating state-level think tanks to massive organizations based in Washington, D.C., such as the Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute, the causes of limited government, defending life and promoting free markets are hardly without champions. And thanks to talk radio, Fox News and a general acceptance of conservatism as a legitimate viewpoint, it has never been easier for conservatives to get their arguments to the public.
Reality could yet prove to be the grinder for a lot of liberal baloney. After New York Mayor Ed Koch lost his re-election bid, he was asked whether he would ever run again. He responded, "No, the people threw me out. Now they must be punished." There's a lot of wisdom in that. Parties — and voters — learn from their own mistakes and those of others.
"Example is the school of mankind," noted Edmund Burke, the founder of modern conservatism, "and they will learn at no other."
The GOP made some awful blunders, and it is paying the price for them. But such payments can also purchase redemption if you learn the right lessons.
Moreover, if conservatives are right about their ideas — and I think they are — then socialized medicine won't work, high taxes will be counterproductive, and Obama's promise to mesmerize foreign leaders with his listening skills will not survive contact with our enemies. Al-Qaeda will not defang itself into a Muslim version of the Shriners simply because our president's middle name is Hussein.
T.S. Eliot was right. There are no truly won causes because there are no truly lost causes. Conservatism's got a lot of life left in it, in part because conservatism is simply a part of American life. And because conservatism has always done better on offense than on defense, the coming liberal maelstrom might be carrying with it the seeds of a conservative revival as well.
Jonah Goldberg is editor at large of National Review Online and author of Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning. He is also a member of USA TODAY's board of contributors.
Monday, June 02, 2008
More later. This will be published on the Crusade.
However, the brief point is that I am gathering signatures for the Nebraska Civil Rights Initiative.
This press release by/from LI features one of the key specific missions of LI's core program(s):
The Leadership Institute’s Campus Leadership Program helps conservative students start newspapers and organizations on college campuses. Between September 2004 and February 2007 the number of active CLP groups at colleges and universities grew from 216 to 1,011; a 468 percent increase. These groups fight for conservative principles on campuses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.I highlighted the mission statement catchphrase in bold.
LI's Campus Leadership Program official blog has an article entitled "What is a conservative?" although right now I cannot be bothered to read it. This blog did not exist when I was an LI Field Rep.
The Leadership Institute home page is here. The Campus Leadership Program has its own home site.
The Wikipedia article about LI is here, and it is a bit non-controversial for my taste.
What does Google have to say? The top two search results are:
These include some handy notes about emphasis of catchphrase, mission statement. One whole screen down provides the following:
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It's really topical; I don't care.
I learned the Pistons lost to the Celtics from a passive comment on ESPN Classic that I overheard. I wasn't listening. The Pistons never told me! I suppose that the almost-fans have to look for themselves. I guess I'm not a fan enough. But perhaps I should get from all Detroit sports teams what I get from the Tigers.
|From:|| Stacy |
|Date:||May 31, 2008 8:58 AM|
|Subject:||Obama is another false American Idol|
|Body:|| http://www. theaustralian. news. com. au/story/0,25197,23707875-601,00. html|
May 17, 2008 01:07am AEST
Obama is another false American Idol
Gerard Baker | May 16, 2008
EVERY decade or so the people who control the way we see the world anoint some American politician the Redeemer of a Troubled Planet.
In the late 1960s the media placed the halo on Robert Kennedy, the tragic dynast whose antiwar and civil rights credentials made him in life - as he remains to this day in death - a kind of devotional figure for most political journalists.
Kennedy at least had charisma and intelligence. But to prove that these were by no means necessary preconditions for the honour, it was conferred a few years later on Jimmy Carter, the plodding nonentity elevated by a willingly compliant press into Everyman, brandishing his steely sword of Truth against the Manichean mendacity of Richard Nixon's Republican legacy.
Partly because of the Carter embarrassment, the 1980s were barren years for the idolators. Try as they might, they couldn't work themselves into much ecstasy over Walter Mondale in 1984 or Michael Dukakis in 1988, though they had little flings with bit-part players Gary Hart and (I kid you not) Bruce Babbitt, a genial former governor of Arizona.
But by the 1990s a new Democrat, or rather a New Democrat, was come among us, a man the media told us would lift our eyes from our selfish greed and rid the world of the ineffable misery left by 12 years of reactionary rule. It's hard to imagine now, after the battering he's taken from his old friends in the press these past few months, but Bill Clinton was once their idol. His cleverly cynical balancing act - promising a return to high-minded tolerance while executing mentally ill prisoners in Arkansas, for example - was lauded as a brilliant synthesising of traditional liberal ideology with the political realities of the modern age.
The alert among you will have noticed by now that what all these spiritually uplifting leaders have in common. They are all Democrats. Never in any of the chapters of this hagiography does a Republican, a conservative, appear in a remotely similar light. These alien creatures by contrast have always been portrayed as cartoonish representatives of the Dark Side of humanity, or, if they were really lucky, simply idiots, failed B-movie actors and irredeemably ignorant hicks with embarrassingly neanderthal views on women, religion and communism.
It's been a while coming - neither Al Gore in 2000 (before the luminescence created by his recent joint Nobel/Oscar triumphs) nor John Kerry in 2004 quite fit the bill. But it's fairly clear now that, with the near-certain nomination by the Democrats of Barack Obama everything is in place for the media to indulge in one of the greatest, orgiastic media fiestas of hero-worship since Elvis Presley.
You will not see a finer example of the genre than the cover story of this week's Newsweek, which was entitled "The O Team". This rhapsodic inside account of Senator Obama's campaign reads a little like a cross between Fr Alban Butler's Life of St Francis and the sort of authorised biography of Kim Jong Il you can pick up in any good bookshop in Pyongyang.
Mr Obama is portrayed throughout as an immanently benevolent figure. Not human really, more a comforting presence, a light source. He is always eager to listen to all sides of an argument, always instilling confidence in the weak-willed, resolutely sticking to his high principles, and tirelessly spurning the low road of electoral politics. I stopped reading after a while but I'm sure by the end he was healing the sick, comforting the dying, restoring sight to the blind and setting prisoners free.
The panegyric included the now conventional wisdom in the media that Republicans have only ever won elections in the past 40 years through lies and fearmongering - smearing their opponents and spreading false fears that a vote for a Democrat would open the country to foreign invasion.
To be fair, the Newsweek credo was only the latest and perhaps most shameless phase of the pro-Obama liturgy in the media. Some cable TV channels prostrate themselves nightly before him. Most newspapers worship at the altar. They have already set up a neat narrative for the election between Senator Obama and John McCain in November - the Second Coming versus Old Grouchy, The Little Flower of Illinois up against the Scaremongering Axeman from Arizona.
There's a special irony here. Senator McCain is the Republican who has received probably the single most favourable treatment from the media in the past 40 years. He has been a favourite because he conformed to the first law of contemporary political journalism: the only good conservative is a bad conservative. His willingness to defy his party on everything from taxes to global warming, to take on George Bush, has earned him at least an honourable mention in the martyrology of American politics of the last 40 years.
But now that he's up against Oh! Bama! he will have to be recast in the more familiar Republican mould of villain and scaremonger-in-chief.
This media narrative is not only an outgrowth of the journalists' natural enthusiasm for a Democrat such as Mr Obama. It is a clever ploy to pre-emptively de-legitimise any Republican critique of the Democratic nominee. It is designed to prevent Mr McCain from asking reasonable questions about Mr Obama's strikingly vacuous political background, or raising doubts about his credentials for the presidency.
The idolatry of Mr Obama is a shame, really. The Illinois senator is indeed, an unusually talented, inspiring and charismatic figure. His very ethnicity offers an exciting departure. But he is not a saint. He is a smart and eloquent man with a personal history that is startlingly shallow set against the scale of the office he seeks to hold. It is not only legitimate, but necessary, to scrutinise his past and infer what it might tell us about his beliefs, in the absence of the normal record of achievement expected in a presidential nominee.
If the last 40 years have taught us anything they have surely taught that premature canonisation is an almost certain guarantee of subsequent deep disappointment.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
It's a shame that due to Mission Nebraska I have no time to review it while it is relevant. Nor can I review Indiana Jones 4 for the exact same reason.
Also, because of Mission Nebraska I cannot see the new Hulk movie in its opening night.
Further posts will definitely be short artifacts, if at all, simply because of Mission Nebraska and the Experience Reflection Paper.
Mission Nebraska will run into June 29th, and it began on the day before Memorial Day.
The Experience Reflection Paper takes priority; let all Christians pray for me. The Paper is due June 7th. I wished to have it completed tonight and yet I failed.
I will explain Mission Nebraska on a later date.
Also: this whole Global Warming obsession reminds me of the Spanish Inquisition in so many ways, especially with the bullying by the so-called religious believers. Although I do not recall if the Inquisitors dealt so actively in revisionist history. Just look: Global Warming Activist Pressures BBC to Significantly Alter Article