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Posts by beckett

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  • Donald Trump Against the Decline and Fall

    08/15/2016 5:41:17 AM PDT · 13 of 24
    beckett to RoosterRedux

    How much do those of you who intend to vote for Clown Demagogue Trump want to bet that he hadn’t the foggiest clue that his campaign manager was in the pocket of a corrupt Putin autocrat from the Ukraine? Every sleazebag around the world sees Trump for what he is, an inexperienced knuckle headed fool, and they’re praying for the opportunity to play to his anger, his impulsiveness, his naive prejudices and his simpleton schemes.

    What a mess a Trump presidency would be! My fears for the country are so significant that lately I’ve even entertained the dreaded notion of voting for Hillary to do my small part in keeping this dangerous, NON-CONSERVATIVE clown out of the White House.

  • Why men are more likely than ever to sexually assault women

    04/11/2016 4:02:39 PM PDT · 36 of 40
    beckett to pabianice

    One hopes Mr. Giordano is no more than a sophomore at UMass, since, alas, his tedious, poorly researched essay is the very definition of sophomoric.

  • Why socialists need capitalism

    03/28/2016 4:46:02 AM PDT · 13 of 37
    beckett to Auntie Mame

    Mixed Economy: A system whereby the government transfers wealth from industrious capitalists to socialist goldbrickers, layabouts and ne’er-do-wells.

    Note: On some campuses the terms “industrious” and “hard working” have been banned for being “covertly racist.”


    03/18/2016 1:23:20 PM PDT · 87 of 93
    beckett to Travis McGee

    Totally laughable. This is exactly the kind of over the top hysteria that makes people scoff at Freepers.

    Possible 10,000 prisoners of war and other were forcibly sent to West Indies in the 1650s. They were pardoned by Charles II in 1660. There was no “Irish Slave Trade.” Indentured servants were not slaves by any reasonable definition of the term, and many Irish paid for transport across the Atlantic by voluntarily entering into indentured servitude.

    It’s obscene and vile to compare the circumstances of the Irish to the African slave trade, many of whom were slave owners in the Caribbean and on the American continent. Having today looked into some memes circulating around the internet, including the junk history you link to above, all I can say is, wow, there’s a sucker born every minute.


    03/18/2016 11:17:10 AM PDT · 79 of 93
    beckett to high info voter

    High info? Hardly, if you fall for this!

    My father’s family came from Ireland during the potato famine and my mother’s in the 1880s. Neither family married outside the Irish down to my own generation. My blood is as Irish as anyone’s on the other side, and my family is steeped in Irish Catholic history, counting, as we do, a few priests and a Dominican Mother Superior among our number.

    Almost none of the claims of the author stand up under scrutiny, although I demur on the Ann Glover assertion. There is no way on God’s green earth that the Irish kept their mouth shut about 30,000 Irish thrown into shackles by an English king, only to have a crackpot 21st century “historian” dig it up centuries later.

    C’mon people. Get a clue.


    03/07/2016 8:38:21 AM PST · 31 of 32
    beckett to C19fan

    What did you learn at Harvard, sonny?
    I learned how to grovel, Mommy.

  • How Many Slaves Landed in the US?

    02/29/2016 8:58:02 AM PST · 24 of 24
    beckett to rktman

    One of the more amusing moments in modern politics took place on the floor of the House of Representatives in 1995, when Major Owens, an African-American Democrat from New York City, declared that 200 million Africans had perished crossing the Atlantic during the slave trade. Not that 200 million had crossed, mind you, but that 200 million had perished, implying that the overall number who had crossed had to have been a serious multiple of that number, because otherwise, of course, there would have been no profit in trading slaves.

    Owens claimed he got the number from “very conservative estimates,” although he doesn’t cite the source. For the record, world population between 1600 and 1800 was less than 800 million. According to Owens, fully one fourth of them perished at the bottom of the Atlantic.

    Who knew?

    Prior to his election to Congress, Owens was a librarian, although, apparently, not a research librarian.

  • Bill O’Reilly makes a mess of history

    11/10/2015 3:05:32 PM PST · 60 of 75
    beckett to skimbell

    O’Reilly went to second tier Marist College, which he never mentions. He prefers to give the impression that he’s a Harvard graduate by mentioning ad nauseum a brief stint at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government when he was in his mid 40s, which his then employer, CBS News, paid for.

    Will went to the far more elite Trinity College, and then on to Oxford and Princeton.

    Will can run circles around O’Reilly in terms of intellect and seriousness. It’s not even close.

    As recently as a few years ago, O’Reilly got caught puffing up his resume by falsely claiming he was present at the suicide of a purported material witness to certain activities surrounding the Kennedy assassination. Once caught in the lie, he went silent on the subject.

    The no spin zoner spins when he wants to.

  • R.I.P Mario Cuomo: The Elizabeth Warren of the 1980s Dies

    01/02/2015 11:28:40 AM PST · 46 of 50
    beckett to SeekAndFind
    Mario Cuomo, with the help of mob expert and author Nicholas Pileggi, who wrote a magazine piece in 1987 whitewashing him, managed to escape close scrutiny for his ties to the Mafia, but it’s widely accepted that he chose not to run for President because of those ties, despite Pileggi’s best efforts. I have little doubt that future researchers will reveal mountains of evidence that Pileggi, a good Democrat, conveniently overlooked.

    To wit, consider:

    • Matilda Cuomo (ńee Raffa), Gov. Mario Cuomo’s wife, is the daughter of the late Mary Raffa (ńee Gitto). The Raffa family and the Gitto family have long lineages in Sicily, and extensive ties to the Sicilian Mafia. Sicilian mafioso Francesco Gitto, Mary Raffa’s nephew and Matilda’s first cousin, was murdered in the 1980s. His killers were never prosecuted. It’s known that Francesco Gitto owned a home in Sicily that housed a bustling and lucrative heroin refinery.

    • Charles Raffa, Matilda’s father, arrived in the United States in 1927 penniless and left an estate of over $13 million at his death some 60 years later. Mr. Raffa’s hard work and business acumen may explain his success, as his defenders claim, but no one seems to want to explain why, late in life, he was nearly beaten to death on one of his properties. Mr. Raffa was unable to identify his attackers to police, who were rumored to be henchmen delivering a message over an arson dispute, and no one was ever prosecuted for a vicious crime against the father-in-law of the then sitting Governor of New York, and the father of a Long Island Assistant District Attorney. Mr. Raffa never fully recovered from the incident and died four years later at the age of 84. A bitter feud erupted among his children over the distribution of his estate.

    • Attorney Mario Cuomo represented a group of junkyard owners who sued to protect their property from Shea Stadium developers when the stadium was in its planning stage. One of the junkyard owners was Joseph “Joey Narrows” Laratro, a capo in the Lucchese crime family. Cuomo won the case and said he never got paid for the work. Why would an attorney allow a client to avoid payment? Usually, attorneys sue for non-payment, and very, very rarely do they lose. Why didn’t Cuomo choose to sue if he never got compensated for legitimate work?

    • Steven Bruno Raffa was an underboss for the Santo Trafficante, Jr. crime syndicate in Tampa and south Florida. His origins trace back to the same Raffa family in Sicily that produced Charles Raffa. Steven Raffa began his career in crime in the Lucchese crime family in New York.

    • Gov. Mario Cuomo was asked by a reporter, on camera in front of the Javits Center in NYC in 1986, to comment on a Mafia trial then in the news. Gov. Cuomo said, “Mafia? That’s a word invented by people. It’s a lot of baloney.”

    Taking the above into account, which undoubtedly is only a part of the story, is it really plausible to assert that Mario Cuomo had no mob ties? I think not.

    Mario Cuomo made many boneheaded decisions in his day, from precipitously and unnecessarily shutting down the Shoreham Nuclear Plant to attempting to wreck eastern Long Island by building a bridge to Connecticut across the Long Island Sound. His rhetoric was often sappy, but, admittedly, sometimes eloquent, too. His decisions were roundly abysmal.

    Andrew Cuomo recently made a decision about New York enterprise that well describes his attitude towards prosperity and jobs, and also the rigor of his inquiry into complex matters of science, much in the tradition of his father. On the basis of no compelling evidence, he banned fracking in New York State. When asked why he did it, he said his top scientific advisor told him he wouldn’t let his kids grow up near a fracking site, and the Governor said that was all he needed to hear.

    It turns out the scientist has no kids, but whatever.

  • Is it okay to not care that Cliven Bundy is a bigot?

    04/25/2014 2:46:39 AM PDT · 6 of 83
    beckett to 2ndDivisionVet

    Bundy lacked the good sense to restrict his public comments to the issue at hand. He made a fool of himself, and there’s no going back. Going forward, no politician, left or right, can touch this joker with a ten foot pole.

    The guy is, ironically, all hat and no cattle.

  • Lt. Gen. McInerney Says MH370 Is In Pakistan – ‘I Got A Source That Confirmed It Yesterday’ (Video)

    03/23/2014 4:44:28 PM PDT · 115 of 220
    beckett to editor-surveyor

    “Your thought police attitude is well known.”

    Easily the silliest accusation I’ve ever received on Free Republic. I’ve posted to this website just a few times in the last five or six years. Nothing about me could possibly be “well known” here.

    I should have remembered that long ago I learned better than to engage in these useless flame wars. The level of debate, not just on Free Republic, but on myriad places around the web where anonymous persons expose a bottomless supply of ignorance, is consistently weak and uninteresting.

  • Lt. Gen. McInerney Says MH370 Is In Pakistan – ‘I Got A Source That Confirmed It Yesterday’ (Video)

    03/23/2014 2:55:57 PM PDT · 77 of 220
    beckett to editor-surveyor; txgirl4Bush; old curmudgeon

    You had to go all the way back to Babylon to find a censorious regime?

    a) LIGNET is a small group of rightwing careerists from the intelligence community looking to make a splash. Like anybody in the diplomatic or intelligence community, their life’s work has been all about double crosses and triple crosses, subterfuge and working the system in service to an agenda. The intelligence product itself is often secondary. On the website, LIGNET analysts use cagey terminology that’s purely speculative. They never say they themselves believe the plane is in Pakistan.

    b) The post on top of the thread is not from LIGNET, but from a far less reliable site called “counterjihadreport.” The author is demonstrably incapable of correct grammar and spelling. That’s merely an irritant, not a major sin. What is a major sin, however, is the author’s claim that LIGNET “substantiated” and “confirmed” that the plane is in Pakistan, but no evidence of the substantiation or confirmation is provided. The claims are strictly amateur hour.

    The post is pabulum for children. If, Mr Editor-Surveyor, you believe that pabulum should have full rights of discussion on Free Republic, then, by all means, have at it. And enjoy your second childhood.

  • Lt. Gen. McInerney Says MH370 Is In Pakistan – ‘I Got A Source That Confirmed It Yesterday’ (Video)

    03/23/2014 1:13:16 PM PDT · 6 of 220
    beckett to txgirl4Bush

    Written in gibberish...and totally irresponsible to boot....the post should be removed.

  • OLD TIMERS (Part One)

    06/04/2013 5:24:13 PM PDT · 245 of 319
    beckett to Lazamataz

    Been busy, busy, busy. Got a great job with the Tides Foundation in 2008. Spent a few months in 2011 on a fabulous research project in gender studies and Obamacare with my BFFs Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann. And these days I’m shoulder to the wheel working hard day in and day out for the election of the next great mayor of New York City, Anthony Wiener.

    Life is good.


  • Becoming Illegal; Letter to Tom Harkin

    05/02/2013 4:15:38 PM PDT · 1 of 12
    I am not the author (so I didn't feel comfortable posting the author's name as it appears on the copy I received), but it's my understanding that this letter was sent as written by an Iowan resident to Sen. Tom Harkin.
  • Joe Paterno family releases report

    02/12/2013 7:00:01 AM PST · 250 of 261
    beckett to Colofornian

    Your logic is inescapable. To help their guy, Paterno’s defenders must defy commonsense, and the stretch is considerable. Clearly, Paterno DID NOT WANT TO KNOW. His ignorance was willful. Inescapably, he placed Penn State’s reputation, and his own, above the welfare of children.

  • Joe Paterno family releases report

    02/10/2013 4:41:58 PM PST · 150 of 261
    beckett to Uncle Chip
    Actual history:

    "He died before he could be interviewed."

    I hate it when that happens.

    Alternative history (Oh, for what might have been):

    In his never ending pursuit of justice, in the interests of preserving his legacy, and out of the deepest concern for the vile suspicions his family would have to deal with if he went to his grave before cooperating with a thorough examination from a skilled and experienced prosecutor, Coach Paterno invited Judge Freeh into his home as he lay on his death bed, and he answered each and every question Judge Freeh posed.

    Brave Coach Paterno...such a brave and good man.

  • Joe Paterno family releases report

    02/10/2013 1:36:49 PM PST · 90 of 261
    beckett to Uncle Chip

    I watched Thornburgh and the other two bozos for about ten minutes this morning. That was all the time I needed to see they were acting strictly as a hired guns for the university and deserved no credibility whatsoever.

    From his own mouth, Thornburgh claimed the SINGLE MOST MAJOR flaw in the Freeh Report was the fact that none of the four principals in authority at the university, the president, a vice president, the athletic director and Paterno, had been among the 482 people interviewed for the report, making it seem that Freeh had deliberately failed to interview them in an attempt to railroad them. But of course, the fact is that Freeh couldn’t interview them because their own lawyers refused to allow them to be interviewed!

    Thornburgh’s report is a joke. It’s an attempt to muddy the waters and exculpate a once great university from the consequences of the egregious failures of its own leaders. It will be little noted and will cause no changes whatsoever to the sanctions assessed against Penn State.

  • Michael Moore Calls U.S. 'Violent Nation' in Wake of Shooting

    07/21/2012 7:29:31 AM PDT · 28 of 46
    beckett to Cincinatus' Wife

    The shooter almost certainly has leftist sympathies, if not a history of outright leftwing activism. The evidence is ample:

    1) Mainstream media has not reported his political views yet.

    2) The left blogosphere has avoided the issue also.

    3) He was accepted into a PhD program, which often indicates that the candidate has been vetted by leftist faculty and found acceptable.

    4) An AP piece I just read called him “complex,” a reliable euphemism for scrambling journalists looking to mitigate the damage when a leftwinger does something indefensible.

  • Santorum Says He Would Enforce US Obscenity Laws That Obama Ignores

    03/17/2012 6:09:25 AM PDT · 66 of 500
    beckett to Steelfish

    Like so many Republicans before him, Santorum has a gift for finding issues that A) elicit a collective groan from the electorate, and, B) provide fodder for the opposition.

    Say after me, Rick. LESS GOVERNMENT, LESS GOVERNMENT, LESS GOVERNMENT.....(and alternate with) HANDS OFF THE INTERNET, HANDS OFF THE INTERNET....(repeat until you get it).

  • Former Carter Adviser Brzezinski: US Global Supremacy ‘Is Over’

    02/22/2012 2:49:16 PM PST · 14 of 56
    beckett to robowombat

    Seldom does one encounter a more self-satisfied man than Brezezinski, and seldom, too, does one find a man more chronically wrong.

  • Newt Gingrich: U.S. should consider clemency for Jonathan Pollard

    12/08/2011 4:31:04 PM PST · 49 of 80
    beckett to wvcon

    After allowing thoughts like “Hey Newt ain’t so bad” to insinuate themselves into my mind over the last few weeks, I started to come to my senses a day or two ago, first when Ramesh Ponnuru skillfully brought me back to the reality of Newt’s ego-show as Speaker, and what it augers for a Newt presidency, then when I saw him kissing the ring (and other body parts) of the “You’re Fired” guy from New York, and now when he adopts a coy, and typically Newtishly self-interested, defense of a traitor.

    I can’t vote for Newt. I don’t like him. I never did. He doesn’t represent me. As president, at any given time, any manner of outlandish flights of fancy might overtake him, and soon he’d be holding the country hostage to the rarefied conceits of his “superior” mind.

  • Newt Gingrich: U.S. should consider clemency for Jonathan Pollard

    12/08/2011 4:30:06 PM PST · 48 of 80
    beckett to wvcon

    After allowing thoughts like “Hey Newt ain’t so bad” to insinuate themselves into my mind over the last few weeks, I started to come to my senses a day or two ago, first when Ramesh Ponnuru skillfully brought me back to the reality of Newt’s ego-show as Speaker, and what it augers for a Newt presidency, then when I saw him kissing the ring (and other body parts) of the “You’re Fired” guy from New York, and now when he adopts a coy, and typically Newtishly self-interested, defense of a traitor.

    I can’t vote for Newt. I don’t like him. I never did. He doesn’t represent me. As president, at any given time, any manner of outlandish flights of fancy might overtake him, and soon he’d be holding the country hostage to the rarefied conceits of his “superior” mind.

  • 6-Year-Old Son [Charged] With a Felony After He Played Doctor With a 5-Year-Old Girl

    11/27/2011 7:10:45 AM PST · 33 of 33
    beckett to BfloGuy

    This appears to be a particularly revolting case of political influence peddling with the absurd twist that the politician throwing his weight around cannot be named because his underage kids would be identified if he was!

    So he and his wife hide behind their 5 year old son and daughter, and persecutes a 6 year old from behind the bushes. And they get a young and dumb DA to do their dirty work for them. What a pathetic bunch of bozos.

    This will backfire, because now it’s going viral. The gross injustice will cause national pressure to be applied, and no small time county politico will be able to withstand the onslaught.

    He will be named and shamed.

  • George W. Bush to raise cancer awareness in Africa (Bush defends his Big Government™ programs)

    11/23/2011 3:54:49 PM PST · 30 of 34
    beckett to rabscuttle385

    Dubya: A good, but deeply unwise man.

    Karl Rove never tires of reminding us how many books the remarkably inarticulate former president reads, but we never seem to hear any evidence of the knowledge and wisdom books are supposed to impart to their readers coming out of GWB’s mouth.

    The Bush presidency marks the beginning of the steepest slide in prestige and prosperity this nation has experienced in over one hundred years, a slide that’s only picked up pace in the Obama years.

    Let’s hope it’s not too late to turn it around.

  • Cain's Cigarette-Puffing Aide Has Checkered Past

    10/30/2011 10:04:08 AM PDT · 125 of 126
    beckett to rogue yam

    I see you really don’t know very much about politics and recent American history.

    I challenge you to find the quote, “Let so-and-so be so-and-so” prior to Michael Deaver saying “Let Reagan be Reagan” in connection to Deaver’s public relations strategy for the Reagan White House. You won’t find it, because Deaver coined the phrase.

    Reagan, of course, would never have been so arrogant as to use the phrase on himself, unlike Herman Cain’s no-name staffer, who clearly exhibits a surfeit of arrogance and stupidity both in the dumb commercial he starred in, and in everything he has said subsequently.

    He should be fired immediately, and every day Cain fails to fire him shows a lack of judgment on Cain’s part.

  • Cain's Cigarette-Puffing Aide Has Checkered Past

    10/28/2011 7:23:27 PM PDT · 123 of 126
    beckett to rogue yam

    If you don’t know the difference between a no-name campaign staffer and Sarah Palin, that’s your prerogative, I guess. It does seem to indicate you don’t know much about politics, however.

    When a no-name campaign staffer compares himself to Reagan on national television with the words, “Let Mark be Mark,” and fails to keep the focus on his principal, Herman Cain, he proves himself to be a liability to his principal, and he shows himself, to anyone who knows politics and political campaigns, to be a Class A jackass who should be fired immediately.

    Anyone who’d hire a jackass like this guy lacks judgment. Period.

  • Cain's Cigarette-Puffing Aide Has Checkered Past

    10/28/2011 3:16:15 PM PDT · 121 of 126
    beckett to marty60

    The second I heard Mark Block steal the “Let Reagan be Reagan” line and apply it to himself, I knew he was a Class A jackass. Anybody who’d let this bozo represent him doesn’t know how to judge character.

  • Controversial Therapy for Pre-Teen Transgender Patient Raises Questions

    10/17/2011 1:49:50 PM PDT · 31 of 41
    beckett to Puppage

    John Money (1921-2006), a research psychologist at Johns Hopkins University, was directly responsible for the suicide of David Reimer (1966-2004), by forcing Reimer to assume a female gender role as a child. It appears that the parents in this case have similar intentions, and they very well may find, some years down the road, a similar result.

  • Brzezinski: Make Rich Known Publicly To Pressure Them To Give Back

    10/17/2011 1:28:35 PM PDT · 52 of 66
    beckett to Third Person

    Great idea, Ziggy. Hey, wait a you’ve got me thinking....Hmmmm. What do you say we set up little “neighborhood watch” committees? Yeah. We’ll pick people who think like us (let’s call them “ideologically pure”), and have them report back to the central authority (that’s us) on who’s doing what, who’s saying what, and who seems to have extra dough laying around the house.

    Yeah, Ziggy. You’ve really got me thinking. You’re on to something, Dude!

  • Depression ahead for Palin industry

    10/06/2011 2:20:03 PM PDT · 27 of 141
    beckett to Second Amendment First

    It’s for the best. Palin has many admirable qualities, and I myself turned from a strong critic to someone who admitted I’d misjudged and underestimated her in some ways, but I still hold to a few positions. One, she ducked heavy fire by ditching her elected office in Alaska, which augured poorly for her ability to handle with excellence the toughest job in the world, and, two, she has serious family issues, namely one child, or possibly two, that have demonstrated immaturity, self-centeredness, foot-in-mouth disease, and a dismaying appetite for the spotlight that would feed the scandal beast continually while Mom was in office.

    Let the Palins make their millions, but please, let them spare us the drama of a Palin White House.

  • Sarah's Writing Scores Higher Than That Of Most Educated Americans

    06/15/2011 7:11:33 AM PDT · 54 of 57
    beckett to saintgermaine
  • Sarah's Writing Scores Higher Than That Of Most Educated Americans

    06/14/2011 9:16:58 PM PDT · 26 of 57
    beckett to HMS Surprise

    I’ve slammed Palin for several years here on FR, attracting the displeasure of a good number of Freepers in the process. I’ve been quick to label her a “lightweight,” and did so just last week in fact.

    But something has changed. I’m still in the process of re-evaluating her as I write tonight, but I can say this much. The letter she wrote to her family, a letter that was intended for their private consumption only, about the imminent birth of a son she knew to be a Down’s baby, is without question one of the most moving, sensitive and insightful testaments I’ve ever read. I could not have written that letter. She showed writing skill and ability that amazed me. The letter was masterfully done in the voice of the Creator, and every word shined out with love and wisdom.

    Sarah Palin is not a lightweight, and I will never use that term to refer to her again.

  • Vanity: Bill O'Reilly Poll Results: Bachmann vs. Palin

    06/07/2011 6:10:59 PM PDT · 61 of 145
    beckett to no dems

    Bachmann is vastly superior to the gaffe-prone, lightweight Palin. Bachmann is a serious, accomplished person whose appeal grows the longer one scrutinizes her. Palin is just the opposite: The longer she’s scrutinized the more temperamental and unserious she looks.

    When Palin had the chance to show what she’s made of by exhibiting some courage against her opponents and fulfilling her oath to the Alaskan people, she cut and ran, choosing to rake in some cash in the lower forty-eight instead.

    Now she’s riding around the countryside on a ridiculous bus with a silly look-at-me grin on her face. YUCK.

  • CNN Poll: Majority say they wouldn't vote for Palin or Trump

    05/04/2011 2:52:41 PM PDT · 29 of 50
    beckett to SeekAndFind

    Those polled were not characterized by CNN, which means they weren’t “likely voters,” the crucial criteria. If they had been, CNN would have been sure to mention it because it enhances the value of the report.

    That said, temperamental, fickle, lightweight Sarah Palin, who unceremoniously abandoned her office in little Alaska because the heat in the kitchen got too hot, is not suited for the Oval Office, where the flames are several orders of magnitude more intense. Even though the CNN poll may not be fully reliable, we can be sure the American people, to their credit, have sussed that much out.

  • Obama Policies Favor Fantasy Over Reality

    04/18/2011 7:57:11 PM PDT · 9 of 12
    beckett to Kaslin

    “Madness is rare in individuals – but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule.” — Nietzsche

    Deficit spending as a matter of planned economic policy only began in the Kennedy administration. Before then, the government engaged in it only in wartime. Over the past fifty years deficit spending has become the signature madness of the age. Its sharp, dizzying spike in the Obama administration could very well collapse the economy just as mismanaged debt collapsed the French economy in the 1780s, with similar disastrous results for ordinary men and women. Money had no value in 1789 in Paris, and the population was destitute. A bloody revolution followed.

    Vast entitlement programs, gloriously crowned by the entitlement of all entitlements — the doctor for every hangnail program called Obamacare — along with the comfy ride for teachers, public employees (who enjoy unbelievably generous compensation compared to the private sector at comparable skill levels), and all manner of other government sponsored boondoggles, are coming to an end, either through sane legislation enacted to calibrate the end of the ride as painlessly as possible, or, less sanely, by allowing the immutable and implacable laws of cause and effect to operate, in which case a sudden collapse will leave the national economic landscape strewn with rubble, opening the door for Robbespierre’s American doppleganger.

    Both parties and every American share the blame for this sorry state of affairs. We failed to moderate our appetites while sitting atop the world after the great victory of 1945. Sixty years of gluttony have emptied the cupboard, and a long winter is about to set in.

  • Crystal Mangum's boyfriend taken off life support (Police: Mangum stabbed Daye in the chest)

    04/13/2011 7:26:46 PM PDT · 15 of 32
    beckett to maggief

    Will the Group of 88 go with Mr. Daye’s family to Crystal’s jailhouse and bang some pots and pans to demand justice? Will Wahneema Lubiano write an outraged statement for Mr. Daye to demand justice?

    Will pigs fly?

  • Rush Limbaugh: What's the Problem with Palin?

    03/15/2011 2:21:08 PM PDT · 145 of 151
    beckett to spacejunkie01

    “And, do tell, who’s your magical candidate for 2012??”

    I like three guys right now: Mitch Daniels, Marc Rubio and Chris Christie.

    Any one of them would be an immeasurable improvement over glamour girl, nincompoop Palin.

  • Rush Limbaugh: What's the Problem with Palin?

    03/14/2011 5:45:09 PM PDT · 57 of 151
    beckett to 2ndDivisionVet

    It’s very simple. GWB’s unjustified military attack on a country that posed no threat to us, and his subsequent spectacular incompetence in dealing with the American economy, brought about the popular revulsion that resulted in the most far left administration in American history, led by Barry Obama.

    Sarah Palin is at least as much of a pinhead as George W. Bush, if not much worse. Should the country very sensibly reject Barry next time around, having had a gander at his disastrous policies for four years, and then should the country make the gargantuan error of putting Palin in his place, the president who then follows her four years later will most likely be to the left of Stalin.

    Sarah Palin has no business in presidential politics. She is a self-centered lightweight whose political instincts are unfailingly wrong. A Palin presidency would destroy the Republican Party, and could — if the stars are aligned against us — destroy the country as well.

  • Preachers Who Don't Believe in God

    03/02/2011 1:33:11 PM PST · 23 of 43
    beckett to pinochet

    The counter-arguments to faith are increasingly persuasive. The cognitive sciences have deepened our understanding of psychology, evolutionary theory provides convincing explanations for how and why the belief instinct was forged in the crucible of early human consciousness, and biblical exegesis puts scripture in a historical context that tends to undermine its claims to authority.

    In reply, the faithful can say little more than “beware too much cleverness,” which itself is a time tested psychological tactic common to any institution seeking to protect its turf.

    The character of contemporary atheism is significantly more substantial than its counterparts in earlier times. There’s more deep knowledge for it to draw upon. To stop its spread, believers need to build an argument just as strong. And there’s the rub. All the arguments of the faithful that I’m aware of have been out on the table for centuries.

  • Woods kicked to curb, then kicked around [R1 loss in match play event]

    02/23/2011 6:01:05 PM PST · 9 of 34
    beckett to ejdrapes

    All I know is what I see, and Woods’ muscle is not as thick as it was before the scandal hit. Why is that? I’m not making any accusations, but I know I’m looking at a thinner, weaker Tiger Woods.

  • Mitch Daniels: Heartthrob of the elites (BARF ALERT)

    01/22/2011 9:15:23 PM PST · 66 of 82
    beckett to Bigtigermike

    Mitch Daniels is a fantastically talented leader. Leave it to the yahoos on FR to talk him down. Are there any sober voices of reason on this website anymore? What has happened to this place?

  • Robert E. Lee: Remembering An American Legend

    01/18/2011 5:53:34 PM PST · 26 of 77
    beckett to slumber1

    Wrong. Grant owned a single slave, William Jones, whom he acquired from his father-in-law, for a total of about 10 months in 1858. The man was rented out to small farmers in the area as labor, but the idea didn’t really work out and Grant freed him outright, even though he could have sold him for some much needed income. The 13th amendment was passed in 1864. It had nothing do with Grant’s decision to free Jones.

    You may be thinking of the slaves his wife’s father owned, one or two of whom served his wife sporadically during the war. Neither Julia Grant nor US Grant were the owners of record of these slaves.

    You’re also wrong about RE Lee. The slaves at Arlington were not freed by Lee, who was the executor of the estate, until Dec. 29, 1862.

  • Palin and the Blood Libel

    01/15/2011 6:39:57 AM PST · 69 of 70
    beckett to jwalsh07

    Ridiculous. The association of the term “blood libel” with the dawn of anti-Semitism in Europe is so well established as to be undeniable by any serious historian. That cannot be changed by googling the term and trumping up a silly counter-argument whereby Christians become the poor victims. To present such an ahistorical and offensive argument is borderline anti-Semitic itself.

  • Palin and the Blood Libel

    01/13/2011 8:51:26 AM PST · 43 of 70
    beckett to stansblugrassgrl

    “Blood libel” refers to Jews killing, eating and sucking the blood of children in 12th century Spain. The charges were all lies, of course.

    When you say Palin used the term in “EXACTLY the right context,” are you saying someone accused her of killing, eating, and sucking the blood of a child? Because that’s the only “correct context” for the term. Those who’ve used it differently over the past few weeks are simply ignorant of its history. Ignorance is commonplace in many quarters of society, but a dangerous failing in a leader, which is why Palin’s willingness to speak a term of which she is ignorant is so troubling.

  • Palin and the Blood Libel

    01/13/2011 8:32:27 AM PST · 35 of 70
    beckett to MsLady

    Here’s another example of her lack of hardcore political experience. She never had to use the phrase that others had been using in her defense since the shooting. Let them take the flack. She should’ve risen above the fray. Instead she incorported a term fraught with meaning, both historical and religious, for Jews, and applied it to herself, a Christian.

    That’s a tin ear. That’s lack of judgement. And that’s just another reason why this lady is nowhere near being ready — or capable — of leading this nation.

  • NBC's Chuck Todd: I "Got Chills" Listening To Obama (video)

    01/13/2011 6:39:52 AM PST · 30 of 59
    beckett to i88schwartz

    Just before the Obama speech, I decided to do a little comparison for my own amusement, and listened to Reagan’s speech on the Challenger disaster first. Just as he did all those years ago, Reagan captured me completely with his vision, sincerity and eloquence, an eloquence that surpassed even his own usual standard of inspiration.

    And then I listened to Barry in Tucson. The president can string words along effortlessly and with a modicum of eloquence. He’s literate. But I always sense detachment in him, and I always sense that he’s trying too hard to appear sincere, but underneath it all he really doesn’t give a s***.

    And that’s what I heard last night — a performance in which he attempted to sound sincere. President Obama, an academic, acts a part when speaks, trying to say what he thinks he supposed to say. President Reagan, an actor, spoke always from the heart about what he truly believed.

  • Not a fan: Krauthammer calls Palin 'rather weak' and gives her 'no chance of winning' in 2012

    12/31/2010 7:29:15 PM PST · 254 of 365
    beckett to raygunfan

    I’m not your stepandfetchit. Do your own research. Mitch Daniels, the Governor of Indiana, personally straightened out the budget through a brilliant revamping of the state’s budget process that left conservative economists amazed and impressed. He is a deeply capable individual who himself generates ideas and solutions, in the tradition of true leadership, not someone who merely regurgitates on TV that day’s coaching from her briefers.

    We cannot afford to have a lightweight as our standard bearer. Sarah Palin got touched by the fickle finger of fate in 2008 and rose to prominence. Nothing that she’s done since then indicates that she truly has the capacity to lead the nation.

  • Not a fan: Krauthammer calls Palin 'rather weak' and gives her 'no chance of winning' in 2012

    12/31/2010 4:25:44 PM PST · 110 of 365
    beckett to 2ndDivisionVet

    Krauthammer is right. Mitchell is a for real, accomplished and able conservative who would be an inspired choice to head the ticket. He’s got none of Palin’s glamour, but a thousand times her ability, and an incredibly impressive track record.

    Conservatives wake up, and stop being dazzled by a photogenic face. Look beyond the glamour and listen to how thin and scattered her argumentation is, and how little depth of intellect and learning she displays. She is a lightweight with no significant accomplishments, who bailed out way too early from elective office to make a killing in the private sector. There are signs all over the place that she lacks the temperament for an honest to god leadership position.

    We cannot afford another failed presidency, and that’s exactly what Palin would deliver.

    Sober conservatives should have no trouble recognizing the superior leader when comparing Palin and Mitchell. Hands down, Mitchell gets the nod.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Bristol Palin Responds to Kathy Griffin's 'Fat' Attack

    12/06/2010 10:22:00 PM PST · 117 of 222
    beckett to Windflier

    Palin’s a couple of lucky breaks, high cheek bones and a shapely ankle away from a trailer park. She’s cramming for the top job in the world without ever having aced a test in her life. She’s the very definition of a lightweight.

    Her kids’ lack of discipline and displays of raw ego reflect a troubling ethos at the core of the Palin family, passed from parent to child, one might reasonably surmise.

    I’m a lifelong conservative, hammered out and shaped on Ronald Reagan’s anvil. I warned on FR that W. would be a disastrous president, and I was correct, even though even I never believed in 2000 that a so-called conservative would start an unjustified war of aggression on flimsy pretenses just because a tinhorn dictator dissed his daddy, which war future historians may mark as the moment a great power slipped from greatness and began an inexorable and irreversible decline.

    As I was right about Bush, I believe just as strongly I’m right about Palin. We cannot afford another failed presidency. She would be a disaster. Wake up conservatives and stop letting yourselves be dazzled by a photogenic face. She is NOT the real deal.