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Posted on 11/07/2002 4:21:29 AM PST by kattracks
CNSNews.com) - A conservative author lashed out against the militant Left Wednesday for celebrating America's vices and downplaying her virtues. "In other countries, you have governments and people that inflate virtues of a nation but downplay the vices. In America, it's just the opposite," said Daniel Flynn, author of "Why the Left Hates America: Exposing the Lies That Have Obscured Our Nation's Greatness."
Flynn, who serves as the executive director of Washington-based Accuracy in Academia, said the Left would like the world to believe that America stands for the "slave master's whip;" the 1968 My Lai massacre in which American soldiers slaughtered a village of innocent Vietnamese civilians; and the fatal beating of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old homosexual student.
But most Americans have a different perspective of their country, he noted.
"They view things like the soldiers sticking by Washington through the winter at Valley Forge; they view the Thirteenth Amendment; the promise at Ellis Island that immigrants coming through there see; Edison turning out the lights; Lindbergh touching down at La Bourget (Paris); the soldiers storming the beaches at Normandy," he said. "That's the America that we all know."
But instead of accentuating the positive aspects of America, Flynn said the Left chooses to promote an anti-American ideology and agenda, an influence that has gained prominence on college campuses across the country.
"It used to be on the campuses that the folks who would be honored were people who helped build this country, people like Washington or Lincoln or Jefferson," he said in his speech at the Leadership Institute in Washington. "Today, the folks that are being honored are people who hate this country, who try to destroy it."
Flynn chose his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, to illustrate his point. He said the college's 26-story library is named in honor of W.E.B. DuBois, the controversial founder of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).
"DuBois was a guy who renounced his [American] citizenship; who went to Kwame Nkrumah's Ghana and lived there for the last few years of his life; joined the Communist Party; and when Stalin died, eulogized Stalin as a 'great and courageous man," Flynn said. He added that DuBois was eventually kicked out of the NAACP for his advocacy of racial separatism
Flynn said he could understand why a communist country would want to honor DuBois, the way former Chinese Chairman Mao Tse-tung did in 1959, but objects to the "several hundred" schools across America that have named buildings and institutes after the anti-American, black communist.
"The left talks a great deal about diversity, but the diversity that exists on college campuses is a diversity where you have a faculty that looks like the United Nations, but thinks like a San Francisco coffee house," Flynn said.
For example, he said the Left hates Christianity's influence in American society because it is an "intolerant" religion.
"But if you look at America, people of all faiths can practice their religion here," Flynn said. "You're not going to be able to practice your faith in a lot of places outside of western civilization."
Flynn said the Left also scorns America for being a xenophobic and racist country. However, he said those claims could be easily rebuked.
"From 1820 to 1930, we took in 60 percent of the world's immigrants during that period of time and today we take in more immigrants than we did at that time," Flynn said. "How does the Left explain the fact that every decade you've got tens of millions of people trying to get into this country, and most of these folks are people of color?"
Blame it on America
Prior to John Walker Lindh's capture in Afghanistan, Flynn said the so-called American Taliban sent an email to his mother that questioned her loyalty to America. "I really don't know what your big attachment to America is all about," Lindh wrote. "What has America ever done for anybody?"
To start with, Flynn said, America has given more than $500 billion dollars in aid to foreign countries since World War II. "This is roughly $500 billion more than the rest of the world has given us," he noted.
Yet, Flynn said some anti-American recipients of U.S. foreign aid refuse to acknowledge America's tremendous outreach efforts. Instead, some of those struggling nations express their gratitude by burning the American flag in the streets and chanting, "Down with America," sentiments that he said are often expressed by the Left in America.
But Flynn said the most blatant examples of the Left's "blame America" philosophy arrived in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"Some on the Left celebrated the attacks, others justified it or gave reasons why the attacks happened ... basically, to put the blame on America," Flynn said. "They didn't do any critical thinking, they just blamed America."
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If there were true competition in the operating system world, Microsoft would have collapsed a fortnight after it released Windows ME. It annihiliates/engulf/devours just like any other large American corporation, and it still has to vigorously compete against other large corporations doing the same thing.
All large American companies "annihilate/engulf/devour" smaller companies. I think Cisco has devoured half the networking hardware industry.
Microsoft can't annihilate Java or Linux, they must COMPETE with it. They can't engulf/devour IBM, Sun, or Oracle - they will compete with them.
ME was just a stopgap until Win2K and WinXP came out, it was always intended as the last release in the Win9X line. ME was just a footstep in a larger strategy. MS has largely ditched the Win9X/Me codebase.
And, don't forget Linux DID steadily gain ground during that time.
Now, do you actually have any arguments that will hold water?
You've got 'nads. Hope you've got a good attorney if you plan to continue "educating" punks like your last meter reader....
Remeber at that time H.W. Bush was trying to get support for the Gulf war. He needed the Rats ...basically the Rats said they'd support the war in return for putting taxes back on the table of budget negotiations. He did, and they sandbagged him. Every one of the weasels ran on the platform of "Bush broke his No-New-Taxes" pledge during that year, and Bush was basically left to twist in the wind, paving the way for the Sink-Meister in '92. I think GW has learned the lesson and he's not falling for it.
Ok ...that was a little off topic, but I can't stand seeing the "Bush broke his No New Taxes" pledge without setting the record straight. Eight years of seing the White House turned into a septic tank still has me a little steamed.
Interoperability and standards are the bread and butter of competition in technology. Every company tries to become "the standard". This is how they compete! There is nothing wrong with changing "business standards". Every other company does the same thing. The name of the game is "embrace and extend" - embrace your competitor's standard and extend it, then become that "standard".
If Kodak wants to succeed with their standard, they need to continually improve it, add the features that Microsoft added, and so on.
I don't know what you mean by "re-engineering" their product, unless you mean reverse engineering. In any case it's the same thing that AMD and many other companies do.
As far as J++ goes.. Sun has foolishly tried to maintain total control over the Java language (their license agreement is truly odious), and has complained loudly about MS porting their GUI controls to Java. But all that's moot because J++ has failed in the marketplace. Sun has WON the Java fight.
The Java story shows that Sun CAN compete with Microsoft, however this victory may be short lived as they foolishly waste this gain.
With .NET and the CLR, Microsoft is making their framework language independent - so you can run C#, C++, Python, whatever, and have easy portability from the desktop to mobile devices, and enjoy most of the same benefits of "Java"-like features (garbage collection, hardware independence, etc.)
If Sun wants to win they need to generalise the Java VM to handle other languages, ease up their licensing arrangements to encourage adoption by other large companies (including MS).. and so on.
Microsoft wins the standards battles because they don't give away the store (as IBM did in the old days), but their licensing arrangements aren't as paranoid as Apple or Sun's. They strike the right balance for maximum competitve advantage, and everyone else complains that they stole their lunch.
Of COURSE they are trying to replace the PDF format. They will fail, unless they come up with something that is better, again this is competition. The PDF format is entrenched and Adobe is winning that battle. Adobe is also a master of standards competition. They are continually improving the standard, and they make the spec publically available on their website, if you care to read it. You can even legally implement your own PDF viewer and editor.
...MS bottling up your personal information in Passport and keeping it 'secure' (good luck). Or the fact that 'free' doesn't mean anything if it's not interoperable. The one thing that makes me happy is realizing that MS is painting themselves in a corner. While suckers like you are happy that MS can go through their hard drive and report to Hollywood whatever MP3s you have (I'm sure you've already loaded the service pack that authorizes this), some of us choose otherwise. I like my privacy. I like only ME knowing what's on MY drive (it's all legal, thank you.)
So here we get to the paranoia bits that MS-haters love to engage in. Well, MS couldn't give a rip (no pun intended) as to what MP3's you listen to. It is the RIAA and the record industry that is strong-arming them into placing copying restrictions into Windows Media Player. As the saying goes, piracy is "the killer app". However in the long term, there will have to be a solution to digital rights management.
As for passport, if MS isn't your cup of tea, trust another large corporation like Yahoo or, in the future, possibly your bank. There are a LOT of large corporations that are entrusted with keeping your information safe, and I don't see why I should trust any of them any more (or less) than Microsoft. I will say one thing though - I definitely don't get as much email spam from MS.
What if someone was doing this to you in your line of work? What if I was the one laughing at you because I thought MS was 'God's gift to America and you were a liberal loser?' .. I have a feeling you're more stockholder than someone who understands technology or economics.
If you are in the tech industry, and/or have worked for a company that has failed to compete with MS, then yes, that would suck. On the other hand, that is also something called competition.
I wouldn't laugh at anybody that has lost this game, but I will say that you can win in technology by understanding the standards game and how it's played. Most companies that try to compete with MS bite off more than they can chew.
Most companies don't have a frickin' clue when it comes to standards competition and they get left in the dust by the likes of MS or Adobe - and then they complain to the goverment that their loss was unfair.
(Disclaimer - For the record, I do not work at MS.) I am Kubrick - the greatest film director of all time. Thank you for reading.
Leftist RATS are LOATHE to admit this...MUD
Thanks for reminding me of that, I keep forgetting. Wasn't that also the same time that Algore sold his vote for the most TV exposure?
Your points on the same subject are based on overall technical and market understanding, facts, and analysis of same. Just made my Friday.
"Your great god is dying, my friend. Espouse principles you don't understand. Revel in the cult, but you'll be a minority some day. That stock will hit $10 before it ever hits $100. Guaranteed."
So what the heck is your whole point? They're anti-competitive, but so incompetent they'll lose the market? You're arguing in loops (infinite). Time to recompile bud.
As Ed McMahon used to say, "You are CORRECT sir!". Funny how the presstitutes never bring that up, but we're always hearing about "No New Taxes" anytime the '92 election is brought up.