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  • Obama gets new 'Game of Thrones' before you do

    04/14/2016 5:42:18 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    KWCH-TV ^ | 4/14/16 | Lauren Said-Moorhouse
    The creators of "Game of Thrones" have revealed President Barack Obama received advanced access to the hotly anticipated sixth season because, well, you don't turn down a request from POTUS. ....The creators told interviewer Veronica Belmont that, yes, they sent Obama episodes early because "he's the leader of the free world." Benioff added: "When the commander in chief says, 'I want to see advanced episodes' -- what are ya gonna do?" The two also discussed the upcoming season being "the first time we really moved beyond the end point of the books" by George R.R. Martin and the freedom that...
  • What John Adams Knew -- Donald Trump: the populist demogogue John Adams anticipated

    03/18/2016 5:53:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 77 replies
    National Review ^ | 3-18-16 | Kevin Williamson
    There is a line from John Adams of which conservatives, particularly those of a moralistic bent, are fond: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people." The surrounding prose is quoted much less frequently, and it is stern stuff dealing with one of Adams’s great fears - one that is particularly relevant to this moment in our history. John Adams hated democracy and he feared what was known in the language of the time as "passion." Adams's famous assessment: "I do not say that democracy has been more pernicious on the whole, and in the long run,...
  • Scott Walker Is a Threat to the Existing Social Order

    02/23/2015 11:17:28 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 77 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2-23-15 | Robert Tracinski
    When Barack Obama was first elected president, a number of my readers were in deep despair about American politics and the state of our culture. So I set out to compile an inventory of what is still going right with our culture, the reserves of strength we were going to have to draw on to survive the Obama era. One of my examples was Mike Rowe’s show “Dirty Jobs.” That led to some further ruminations about why people on the right tend to gravitate to shows like his, which celebrate the value of work. Rowe himself has been understandably cautious...
  • The Real-life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain

    12/31/2014 5:20:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 31, 2014 | Tim Teeman
    It is the most animated this “Downton Abbey” fan has ever seen Lady Grantham. Elizabeth McGovern, who plays the period soap opera’s slack-jawed, sleepy-eyed matriarch, Cora—who always seems listlessly zonked, whatever disaster has just befallen her husband or unlucky-in-love daughters—gallops with gusto through the stories of the real-life American heiresses who married British aristocrats in the Smithsonian Channel’s documentary series, “Million Dollar American Princess”. The three-part series, which begins on Sunday night just before the first episode of season five of Downton, focuses on the stories of a clutch of the 200 or so American heiresses who married British lords...
  • New Gallup poll shows Americans want third political party participation

    09/26/2014 10:14:52 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 55 replies
    Examiner ^ | 9-24-14 | Karl Dickey
    A new Gallup poll out this morning, September 24, 2014, found that 58% of Americans strongly want a third political party choice in the candidates because the two older parties "do such a poor job" representing the people. This number is little changed from a Gallup poll asking the same question in 2007. The third largest political party is the Libertarian Party, yet its candidates face unfair hurdles of ballot access and media exclusion. Many states in the nation purposely raise the bar for Libertarian Party candidates to have their name printed on the ballot alongside the Republican and Democratic...
  • An Interview with Cheikh Malek el-Khazen

    07/28/2014 6:49:09 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 1 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 28 July 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Cheikh Malek el-Khazen is heir to the House of Khazen, of the Lebanese nobility. He is also the founder of the Khazen Foundation and He was kind enough to grant me an interview. Could you tell us a little bit about your family's history?The Khazen can trace back their lineage to the 9th century, when they were mainly located in the Levant. They started acquiring lands from the Muslim Shi'a Tribes in Mount Lebanon during the 1400s and mainly focused their exodus in the Keserwan district. This caused the Chi'a to leave Keserwan and migrate to the South of...
  • Bastille Day and the Catholic Book that Caused the French Revolution

    07/14/2014 8:34:10 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 12 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 14 July 2014 | Matthew Olson
    In recognition of Bastille Day, I, in this special Monday episode, discuss "the book that caused the French Revolution": Les Liaisons Dangereuses (The Dangerous Liaisons), written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. The book -- perhaps somewhat unintentionally -- set off pious sentiment against the Ancien Regime, and its influence carries on today. WATCH ON YOUTUBE(Alternative link, via Vimeo.) Summary:I start off the show with a brief primer on Bastille Day and immediately begin a summary of the characters and events in this novel, breaking down its story of lust and love. I then cite some of its distinctively Catholic elements....
  • The New Liberal Aristocracy (Exactly why we had a revolution +200 years ago)

    01/08/2013 11:05:50 AM PST · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/8/13 | Victor Davis Hanson
    ‘Limousine liberal” is an old American term used against those who inherited lots of money and then became “traitors to their class” by embracing populist politics. The Roosevelts and Kennedys enjoyed the high life quite apart from the multitude that they championed. And they were exempt, by virtue of their inherited riches and armies of accountants and attorneys, from the higher taxes they advocated for others. Few worried about how their original fortunes were made long ago, or that as lifelong government officials they had their needs met by the state. Most were relieved instead that as very rich people...
  • Yes, Romney Was the Problem

    11/29/2012 7:55:36 AM PST · by Resettozero · 178 replies ^ | November 27, 2012 | Steve Baldwin
    The GOP establishment and some conservative pundits, such as Ann Coulter, are in full defense mode, claiming that Romney is not responsible for losing to an incumbent responsible for perhaps the most damaging fiscal crises in our nation’s history. Don’t believe it. Romney IS responsible for wasting a billion dollars to carry out an issue-free campaign full of simple-minded platitudes. Indeed, Coulter is leading the charge with her recent column titled, Don’t Blame Romney. It’s sweet to watch Coulter defend her darling Romney, but let’s get real. The reality is that Romney was one of the worst GOP presidential candidates...
  • House votes to overthrow 'czars'

    02/17/2011 5:03:44 PM PST · by Citizen X_Area 51 · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | February 17, 2011 | Robin Bravender
    The House voted Thursday to dethrone nine White House “czars.” Republicans successfully added an amendment to the continuing resolution that would leave President Barack Obama’s senior advisers on policy issues including health care, energy and others out of a job.
  • Democratic Aristocracy

    12/10/2010 7:54:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    The American Conservative ^ | December 9, 2010 | Sean Scallon
    It’s rather dismaying to see the thoughtful and well-regarded online magazine Front Porch Republic being roiled by a series of articles written by editor John Medaille celebrating the virtues of monarchism as compared to democracy. I don’t believe John’s point was call for the U.S. to build its own Buckingham Palace or design its own crown and scepter, which will never happen in a million years. It was to simply show the follies of democratism as a guarantor of the public’s liberties compared to an enlightened king (one tyrant 3,000 miles away as compared to 3,000 tyrants one mile a...
  • Creating Equal? It’s Just Not Possible

    01/03/2009 9:25:04 PM PST · by Delacon · 18 replies · 732+ views
    Conservative Times ^ | CatoTheYounger
    I simply don’t believe that anybody is equal period. There is no divine “Thou shall be equal” command, despite how innate and sacrosanct such a postulate is to modern man’s egalitarian intuition. Mel Bradford avows: Let us have no foolishness indeed. Equality as a moral or political imperative, pursued as an end in itself — Equality, with the capital “E” — is the antonym of every legitimate conservative principle. Contrary to most Liberals, new and old, it is nothing less than sophistry to distinguish between equality of opportunity (equal starts in the “race of life”) and equality of condition (equal...

    12/15/2008 2:16:28 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 82 replies · 1,607+ views
    NY Post ^ | Dec.15, 2008 | FREDRIC U. DICKER and CARL CAMPANILE
    Caroline Kennedy, the first daughter of Camelot, has decided to seek Hillary Rodham Clinton's U.S. Senate seat - a decision that rocks the landscape of the race to be appointed to succeed the outgoing senator. "She has decided she wants the Senate seat," a source close to Kennedy told The Post. She called Gov. Paterson today to let him know. The move makes official what some Kennedy family members had been urging her to do for weeks. Kennedy has already signed up powerhouse consulting firm Knickerbocker SKD, which advises Mayor Bloomberg - who sang her praises recently as a qualified...
  • Sark under new pressure to end feudal system

    12/02/2008 5:32:08 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies · 646+ views
    The Times ^ | 12/3/2008 | Gordon Rayner
    Three judges agreed that the role of the island's unelected Seneschal - who is both president of Sark's parliament and its chief judge - contravened the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the rights of individuals to a fair trial. The declaration by the Appeal Court is not legally binding, but if the island's rulers do not implement the judges' recommendations to remove one of the Seneschal's two roles they could face further legal action in future which could force them to act. Sark has operated under a feudal system for 450 years, after Elizabeth I granted the island's...
  • The Irony of Populism: The Republican Shift and the Inevitability of American Aristocracy

    10/23/2007 10:12:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 135+ views
    Social Science Research Network ^ | 2006 | Zvi. S. Rosen
    Abstract: "The Irony of Populism: The Republican Shift and the Inevitability of American Aristocracy" analyzes the shift in the role of the Supreme Court following the movement towards a democratic Senate which culminated in the Seventeenth Amendment. The Supreme Court's shift is presented as the inevitable result of the system of mixed government that underlies the constitutional order, which orders American Government into democratic, aristocratic, and monarchical parts. While in the original conception of the constitution the Senate was the aristocratic part, the Senate would become part of the democratic part with the Seventeenth Amendment and prior procedural changes. Into...
  • The Road to Mass Democracy: Original Intent and the Seventeenth Amendment

    10/21/2007 1:20:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies · 144+ views
    The Independent Review ^ | Winter 1997 | Todd J. Zywicki
    Title: The Road to Mass Democracy: Original Intent and the Seventeenth Amendment Author: C. H. Hoebeke Published: New Brunswick, N. J.: Transaction Publishers, 1995. Price: $39.95 (hardcover) Pages: 211 Reviewer: Todd J. Zywicki Affiliation: Mississippi College School of Law The Constitution of 1787 provided for the appointment of United States senators by state legislatures. In 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment was ratified, installing the current regime of direct election of U.S. senators. The bloated and special-interest-driven nature of the federal government during this century has led scholars in recent years to reexamine the original framework of the Senate and to...
  • Does America Want a Clinton Monarchy?

    09/14/2007 8:14:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 1,164+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 14, 2007 | Steven Stark
    There's a strange debate dominating the Democratic campaign so far. Hillary Clinton's calling card seems to be the experience that she possesses and that Barack Obama lacks. " 'Change' is just a word if you don't have the strength and experience to make it happen," she told an audience this past week, before promptly making the line the centerpiece of a new ad in New Hampshire and Iowa. "Hillary is the best-prepared to be president of any non-incumbent I have ever had a chance to vote for," the clearly biased Bill Clinton has said repeatedly on the trail this summer....
  • [NYC Mayor Mike]Bloomberg (Ultra RINO): U.S. 'Is in Trouble' On the Coast He Chides Candidates

    06/19/2007 3:39:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 935+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | June 19, 2007 | Josh Gerstein
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Mayor Bloomberg is decrying the state of the 2008 presidential race, faulting the major party candidates for offering shallow, simplistic prescriptions, and scolding the press for failing to demand more from those seeking the White House. During an appearance at Google's headquarters in Silicon Valley yesterday, Mr. Bloomberg said the televised debates among the presidential candidates have been, in essence, a waste of time. "They have absolutely nothing to do with the job and the qualifications. And they don't tell you anything about whether or not any of those candidates would be good or bad presidents....
  • We Are All in It Together, Clinton Says [Shared Prosperity Should Replace "On Your Own' Society"]

    05/29/2007 9:13:29 AM PDT · by HarmlessLovableFuzzball · 211 replies · 6,149+ views
    AP ^ | May 29, 2007 | Holly Ramer
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined a broad economic vision Tuesday, saying it's time to replace an "on your own" society with one based on shared responsibility and prosperity. The Democratic senator said what the Bush administration touts as an "ownership society" really is an "on your own" society that has widened the gap between rich and poor. "I prefer a 'we're all in it together' society," she said. "I believe our government can once again work for all Americans. It can promote the great American tradition of opportunity for all and special privileges for none."...
  • A day in the life of Pres. Bush (4/22/07): news/pics from WH Correspondents Dinner (welcome back TS)

    04/22/2007 3:44:34 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 218 replies · 3,944+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: President and Mrs. Bush spent the weekend in Washington where they attended the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner last night. The Washington Post described the President's appearance this way: The evening took a turn toward the somber when the President took the stage. After a videotaped message from David Letterman ("Top 10 George W. Bush Moments"), he said, "In light of this week's tragedy at Virginia Tech I've decided not to be funny." And with that he handed the lectern over to Rich Little. "I'm not here to make any political points," the veteran...
  • France loses its head over the aristocracy

    09/24/2006 2:38:40 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 16 replies · 682+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | September 24, 2006 | Matthew Campbell
    FRANCE is finally atoning for the savage revenge it took on its ruling class more than two centuries ago, revelling in a new-found affection for the remnants of its aristocracy.The comeback of the upper class after the bloodbath of the revolution has never been so apparent. From the worlds of politics to entertainment, nobility is suddenly chic and les aristos, as they are known, are inspiring respect. “In the messed-up world we live in, people are in search of fine values,” said Charlotte de Turckheim, the actress and film director. “Today, aristocrats are seen as the guardians of these values....
  • Q&A with Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Secretary General of NATO ( Deaths of Canadians Americas Fault?)

    03/07/2006 7:22:10 AM PST · by Candor7 · 2 replies · 333+ views
    Toronto Globe and Mail ^ | POSTED AT 6:28 PM EST ON 06/03/06 | DOUG SAUNDERS
    DOUG SAUNDERS Globe and Mail Update NATO headquarters, Brussels — The following is an edited transcript of an interview with Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the Secretary General of NATO. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer: I have heard about the axeing of a Canadian soldier, and the death of [Canadian diplomat] Glyn Berry, and the other Canadian soldiers who died in a rollover . . . Question: The axe attack is interesting, because some of the reports indicate that they were visiting a village that had been aggravated by earlier U.S. searches. This is a topic that is alarming the public in...
  • Canada's Historic Opportunity ( Out, Out, Liberal Aristocracy)

    01/14/2006 6:01:51 AM PST · by Candor7 · 17 replies · 712+ views
    Free Dominion ^ | 01/ 12/ 06 3:20 pm | Peter O'Donnell
    Canada's historic opportunity by Peter O'Donnell This federal election gives Canada a historic opportunity for national reconciliation and healing. You may not have heard that interpretation of this rather vicious election campaign before, but I'll tell you why I think this to be the case. For the past twelve years, and probably to a lesser extent for most of the last half century, certain groups of Canadians were widely held to be second-class citizens. Canada has been governed by an elite, which the Liberal Party has represented almost exclusively, composed of certain business groups, media interests, and academic perspectives, together...
  • Archaeologists Unveil Pompeii Treasure

    07/18/2005 1:40:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 57 replies · 1,757+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 18, 2005
    Decorated cups and fine silver platters were once again polished and on display Monday as archaeologists unveiled an ancient Roman dining set that lay hidden for two millennia in the volcanic ash of Pompeii.In 2000, archaeologists found a wicker basket containing the silverware in the ruins of a thermal bath near the remains of the Roman city, said Pietro Giovanni Guzzo, head of Pompeii's archaeological office.The basket was filled with the volcanic ash that buried the city when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. When experts X-rayed it, they saw the objects preserved in the ash, which killed thousands of...
  • ESA Flubs Titan Landing Show

    01/17/2005 4:35:55 AM PST · by demlosers · 37 replies · 1,396+ views
    Space daily ^ | Jan 14, 2005 | Jeffrey F. Bell
    I just watched on NASA Web TV the European Space Agency's bizzarre idea of how to present the first landing on a new planet to the public. It was a sorry spectacle - probably the worst PR disaster in the entire history of space travel. Never has a great technical and scientific feat been made to look more trivial. First, they did not place the raw images immediately on the Web in real time, or show them on TV, or even show them on internal monitors like JPL has done at least since Voyager. Instead we all had to wait...

    12/18/2004 5:16:45 AM PST · by Unreconstructed Selmerite · 28 replies · 741+ views
    University of California, Davis ^ | October 23, 2002 | Prof. Peter H. Lindert
    ABSTRACT The debate over whether political democracy is the least bad regime, as Churchill once said, remains unresolved because history has been ignored or misread, and because recent statistical studies have not chosen the right tests. Using too little historical information, and mistaking formal democratic rules for true voice, has understated the gains from spreading political voice more equally. This paper draws on a deeper history, reinterpreting five key experiences to show how the institutional channels linking voice and growth are themselves evolving with the economy. Up to about the early nineteenth century, the key institutional link was property rights...
  • The Family Compact Party of Canada

    06/15/2003 8:35:11 PM PDT · by Grig · 10 replies · 189+ views
    Johnny Hart is one of my favorite cartoonists. I recall as a child having several paperbacks of his Wizard of Id cartoons. On the cover of one of them, the king stands at a window in his castle, overlooking his kingdom. From below the alarmed guard yells ‘The peasants are revolting!’ and the king replies ‘They certainly are.’ If I still had the book, I would be tempted to paste a picture of the Prime Minister’s face overtop of the king’s. There has always been an element of aristocracy built into the Canadian system of government, but the arrogant attitude...