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Posts by Mancolicani

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  • As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God

    12/29/2008 3:02:58 AM PST · 8 of 16
    Mancolicani to malkee

    And perhaps some G.K. Chesterton too.

  • More are moving out of California than in

    12/20/2008 12:56:45 AM PST · 8 of 26
    Mancolicani to Lorianne

    Amazing, eh? Like the UK, such a hip and trendy place, with all the right, cool, fashionable ideas... None of that old-fashioned, religious crap... and yet the people are moving out. I haven’t been to California in decades, but I have noticed the UK. In theory, with all their advanced, fair, cross-dressing, gay, trans-gendered, animal-protecting, abortion-on-demand, politically correct legislation, at this point they should be the closest thing humanly possible to Shangrilà.

    Well, at least the Brits have the lousy weather as an excuse, but California of California Dreamin’?

    So much for societies legislating their way to bliss.

  • Scientists find way to turn cheap plonk into premium wine

    12/18/2008 4:55:41 AM PST · 13 of 33
    Mancolicani to Joiseydude

    In vino falsitas

  • Obama goes upscale in Hawaii for holiday

    12/16/2008 3:04:54 PM PST · 107 of 109
    Mancolicani to remaxagnt

    How can you not go to a granny’s funeral? I think the Birth Certificate imbroglio should be widened. This man seems to be a foreigner to every country in the world.

    I don’t know, maybe it’s me. Maybe it’s a cultural thing. La nonna is the mamma of the mamma. Is that old-fashioned?

  • Palin Has Become Media Obsession

    12/16/2008 2:02:03 PM PST · 46 of 62
    Mancolicani to lewisglad

    Because, believe it or not, she has the power / potential to redefine cool.

    As Camille Paglia, who occasionally gets it right (I mean more than a broken clock) observed: she is the real femminist, while being a real female with a real macho husband.

    Psychologically she is the mommy who really loves all her children, the frontier (Alaska) and the potential for prosperity. She is America back on track. Positivity. You know you can trust her. She is America the beautiful.

    And then there’s a sort of wonderful tolerance and even social care about her, because she Governs a state where people look after each other.

    She’s the great outdoors.

    They saw the crowds she pulled in. They’re scared. Who do they have who’s cool? They had Obama and he’s already crapping out before his oath of office. He0s not really cool, he’s cold. He doesn’t have friends. What else could he offer but an administration of Clinton hacks?

    After Obama, Washington’s gonna be a dirty word.

    Sarah Palin’s cool because she’s American. And real Americans are cool... much cooler than Indonesians and Kenyans.

    Sarah Palin is a cultural message, just the opposite of Obama. No affirmative action, no Editorship of the Harvard Law Review with nothing to show for it, but PTA meetings and then up and up the hard way, like gaining each yard in a football game. When she didn’t know something: she said: “let me get back to you.”

    She wouldn’t know how to lie if an alligator were biting her butt, but she’s still crafty.

    She is beautiful, honest, hard-working, adventurous America, once the envy of the world: one nation under God. Babies that live! Money where its needed and not thrown to the wind. Thrifty-generous. She is America the beautiful... and now that country that did so much, that fulfilled so many dreams that even when she messed up eventually did better than others who did it right (because she had a spirit) that country is now in the hands of crooks, people in the shadows. A guy - never mind the legal question - who won’t even show his birth certificate... which as we all know is one of the happiest little pieces of paper anyone can possess.

    America elected a crook. Lies have short legs and chances are in the next four years Americans are going to learn a lot of legal terms just via exposure to the news. And by degrees, they’ll wake up and say: “You know something? We’re not like that. We’re smarter, better, cleaner, happier! How the hell did we ever vote for a guy whose only achievement was a $100,000 gazebo and making underprivilged children even dumber than they were? That lying no good Mack Daddy who didn’t even go to his grandma’s funeral said he’d heal the planet and we believed him? He was corruption personified and our press scoured the garbage cans of a woman who not only kept her down baby, but loves him to pieces?

    Obama’s hip, but he’s not cool. Sarah Palin’s cool. She’s real

  • Caption Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a DemocRAT

    12/16/2008 9:10:12 AM PST · 30 of 45
    Mancolicani to AmericanMade1776

    I’m even less than garbage... Garbage can at least be recycled.

  • Scarborough Rips MSM: In Wasilla Instead of Investigating Obama-Blago Connection

    12/16/2008 7:47:03 AM PST · 7 of 16
    Mancolicani to NoObamaFightForConservatives

    The O.J. Simpson affair is illuminating. The first time around alternate justice was somehow understood, digested and accepted. But when recidivism came around, it all became merciless derision. Fooled me once your merit, fooled me twice my fault.

    This is the real merit of insisting on the Birth Certificate, because regardless of the nit-picking law, trust in Obama gets demoted a notch... and eventually, after saying that he didn’t know, never met, wasn’t there... he’ll be the guy so slippery, elusive and secretive that he couldn’t even show his own birth certificate. And hopefully a media that accorded him so much blind trust, will begin to have a field day doing the vetting they had forgotten to do at the right time.

    The new mindset runs entirely on emotions. As more dirt comes out... there might be a rollercoaster ride and there might be a helluva lot of shamed people, once all fuzzy and starry-eyed, welling up with anger.

  • Obama: I Probed Myself and I'm Clean

    12/15/2008 8:17:52 PM PST · 62 of 73
    Mancolicani to Free ThinkerNY

    Yes we can! We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

    Obama investigating himself and finding himself beyond clean fits in seamlessly.

  • Controversial pastor visits Macon church, draws protesters (Rev Wright)

    12/15/2008 8:06:21 PM PST · 9 of 11
    Mancolicani to TornadoAlley3

    It still staggers the imagination that a Barack could be elected with a Wright association. It really has gone beyond the traditional political struggle between Republicans and Democrats, but sanity versus insanity.

    Anyone calling such a man a “spiritual guide” or “mentor” (MENTOR!!!!!!!) (SPIRITUAL GUIDE!!!!!!!) being elected to the highest office in the world, has me bolting awake with a frightened gasp.

    I transpose some of the crazy reverend Wright’s ideas to my country. It helps to understand how crazy they are. “The Lombards invented Aids to kill the Sicilians!” from a pulpit!!! And the local equivalent of Barack Obama, Barccolo Obamini even brings his bambini (his children) to hear that stuff... and even donates his Lire (50 million Old Lire)... and then when caught, denies he ever heard anything inappropriate.

  • On Liberality - Machiavelli

    12/15/2008 1:27:47 PM PST · 23 of 23
    Mancolicani to definitelynotaliberal

    “....Hi, Manc. When I think of you, I think of Machiavelli ;-)....”

    Ciao definitelynotaliberal,

    If you could see how my wife and two daughters treat me, you’d think of me more a as St. Sebastian martyr than a Niccolò.

    Thanks for the ping... and I’ll get around to reading it, because il vecchio maestro deserves careful attention.

    I don’t mind some cunning in a politician, a little savvy is fine. I’m sure that the Biblical scholars here could come up with the proper quote... something like “Be gentle as a lamb but clever as a fox.”

    I don’t expect either business or politics to be all holy water and hosts... but a Barack Obama whose sole achievements are a $100,000 gazebo in a blighted park and making the inner city children even dumber than they were, and announcing “this is the day we’ll tell our children that the waters began to recede and the planet heal”... gaining the plurality of a nation once famous for its horse sense, indicates that the real leader is not a prince, but someone deep in the shadows, taking advantage of a movement long in the works.

    Gramsci, another Italian (Sardinian) comes to mind... It is the destruction of culture, starting with very basic religious values that made a Barack possible. The Gramscians did all the real work to the body, making the country vulnerable and - sorry to say, because I love America, very stupid and careless.

    The guy is such an obvious “bent” mackdaddy that if the economic situation gets bad here in Italy, I’m tempted to move to Nigeria and work with the scammers.

    Hey definitelynotaliberal, my cousin who was the General manager of Diamond Mines Inc. just passed away leaving me an inheritance of $50,000,000. To become the ones we’ve been waiting for, all I need is a witness. I know it sounds a little strange, but yes we can! Hope and Change... One day you’ll remember this offer as the day your property holdings expanded and from Fords, Hondas and Chevies, you began to consider Ferraris, Maseratis and Bentleys.

  • McCain pollster: Wright wouldn't have worked [Article contradicts headline]

    12/13/2008 3:22:03 AM PST · 54 of 67
    Mancolicani to ConservativeJen

    I’m still incensed about him not using Reverend Wright. They should have hit hard and repeatedly and they could’ve even done it in the “idealistic” Kumbaya-ish language of youth.

    In the land that now celebrates MLK’s birthday, in which racial issues have been faced, there was a candidate (Obama) who literally turned the clock back to the darkest nights of Humanity.

    Same goes for Ayers. Hey! If you want to know what Ayers is all about, just look at the recent pictures of Bombay. That’s terrorism. An un-repentant terrorist for crying out loud.

    Both of the above were religious issues that should’ve been faced with religious intensity instead of reaching for gray areas.

    He should’ve also stood up - with outrage! - for Sarah Palin when all the press started trashing her.

    What was missing was passion, drive, intensity. Honesty about race instead of fear of it. Honesty about what it really means to be associated with a terrorist.

    Then if you lose the election... well so be it. You fought with conviction, and there was plenty of room for good, solid, thought-provoking conviction on the side of strategy. Frankly when struggling against moral depravity (Wright / Acorn / Odinga / Ayers / Rezko) there’s no such thing as a strategy without conviction.

  • Claims of Obama Proofers Go "Poof"

    12/12/2008 6:42:35 PM PST · 73 of 255
    Mancolicani to AJKauf

    Very verry verrrrrry strange for the conspiracists only wanting the truth and the anti-conspiracists doggedly, stubbornly and at great expense denying the truth!

    (given and accepted that the truth is in that envelope)

    How dare they call healthy doubt a conspiracy?!

  • Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel ducks reporters' questions

    12/11/2008 1:13:16 PM PST · 45 of 57
    Mancolicani to CalifScreaming

    What was it that the MSM got on Sarah Palin? (later cleared)... Firing her own relative (instead of hiring him)? Why that evil woman! What a snake in the grass!

    And so for honesty and achievement and hope and change, the Americans (once the smartest people in the world, and perhaps still the smartest people, but methinks now too smart for their own good), chose the Mack Daddy.

    It’s like the country went slumming and while out was slipped a mickey.

  • Feel you have no real culture? Join the club

    12/10/2008 2:14:32 PM PST · 71 of 80
    Mancolicani to forkinsocket

    America is an ideal. American Patriotism is love of the system, the checks and balances, the opportunities, the frontier (spirit).

    European patriotism is more earth bound: love of dialects, foods, scents, customs.

    One is akin to loving God. Americans love their founding fathers and though perhaps on the wane, treat the constitution like a sacred text.

    The other is akin to loving Mama. Our founding fathers wore togas and we’re on Republic 1001.

    It’s actually easy to learn to become an American. It’s really only a set of simple principles and rules. Becoming an Italian - for example - is instead more difficult.

    Both approaches have their ups and downs. The danger for America is sorta becoming a giant airport terminal type culture. All the fast food IS really quite sad, when ideally every place, even the smallest of towns should have its specialty. The South is (was) a bit closer to this approach. I think that the word itself “culture” has to do with religions “cult.” The real good American stuff to this foreigner is mostly southern. Bluegrass, great food, blues, jazz (which also moved up to Chicago).

    The test, I guess, is imagining what you would take along and try to stubbornly preserve in a Little America enclave somewhere else. Most of the things would be of a spiritual nature: individualism, freedom, positive, pragmatic attitude. Okay, brownies, pancakes, etc. but less than other places.

    But really how could it be different? A vast land populated by all sorts of different people, most of whom came for a better life (to make a buck). They left crappy little towns, dirt poor, where they might’ve even been considered only semi-human. And they became “Mr. and Mrs. Ms.).

    It’s an exceptionalism (well along with Canada, Australia).

    It was like landing on a planet and having the chance to start all over again. You concentrate on the system, then the smaller niceties come with time... but that takes God, loving the land, neighbor, some non-Calvinist earthiness.

  • Thomas Jefferson Says Forget About Barack's Birth Certificate

    12/09/2008 7:26:13 AM PST · 112 of 257
    Mancolicani to Mobile Vulgus

    I really cannot see anything in the birth provision, but the spirit of it. An aborigine in Australia can be a bigger American patriot than a native born Spy (as there have been many) for the (ex)Soviets. A Finnish born Professor can be 10000 more qualified than an illiterate Virginia-born donkey-groomer. What remains? Trust. Make sure you can trust your candidate, above and beyond the piddling matters of day to day politics.

    So, okay, he’s in on a technicality. But do we trust him after he failed to take this constitutional test in such away that only the craziest of the crazies (those still doubting Nixon’s birth certificate) would still be yammering?

    The Spirit of the constitution worked great. It caught a foreigner... not necessarily foreign-born (who knows?), but someone who thought it a nusiance to show his own birth certificate and preferred to see it go all the way to the Supreme Court... which is about as weird as taking the slow boat to China to buy your potatoes instead of going to the corner market.

    The constitution caught a foreigner... The writer suggests the Americans be pragmatic. There’s hardly a more pragmatic people on the face of the earth. And that’s why you can be sure that the Constitution caught a foreigner, whereas those in charge let themselves be fooled.

    The constitution did a great Job. He’s definitely a foreigner... and with such comportment, would be in any democratic country in the world.


    12/09/2008 12:00:58 AM PST · 185 of 224
    Mancolicani to Eric Blair 2084

    “....We don’t want Barack Fitzgerald Obama to meet the same early tobacco related mortality that befell my hero Ronald Reagan at the young age of 90 something. Premature tobacco related mortality. Horrible...”

    Dear Mr. Eric Blair 2084,

    Ah Ronald Reagan! How nice if we could have a referendum to bring him back. Actually even as a corpse, he’d govern better than Obama.

    So now we find out what Obama’s promised transparency is all about: his wanting to quit smoking and having a hard time of it. 20 years with an unrepentant terrorist is of no interest, in fact it might come well after the news that he eats granola every morning to help his bowel movements. Hell, we knew about his penchant for arugola well before someone doing the work of the MSM discovered that Obama considered the Constitution faulty.

    All forgiveable errors of youth! And yet...

    I’m sure that Obama’s Da-Honkies-invented Aids Reverend Wright “mentorship” was an error of youth. It’s just that his youth ended during the Democratic Primaries. His Odingian “burn-the Christian-Churches” youth ended a little earlier, although there are reports that the Luo Chieftan will be on hand at the swearing in ceremony, so youth might spring eternal there. His Rezko youth is all but forgotten. No telling when his Ayer’s youth ended or even if it ended at all.

    I’m all for a radical youth, it worries me some when it extends into middle-age and then instead of a mellowing out period, the maturation happens all at once in the course of hastily organized press conferences.

    Will such lack of judgment from a man of retarded youth / instantaneous rapid-fire maturation affect the USA? Who knows? It would be terrible for wine, but for this particular candidate, who according to the MSM is a gift from the gods, anything goes. This new wine ages directly in the glass!

    Next time I think Americans should elect someone snuck in by a Colombian Drug Cartel, with a pixel-perfect Colb, raised-seal and all to the presidency... and anyone who doubts, who has the audacity of hope to unmask him, will get the Obama treatment. All records sealed, original birth certificate not a problem, a granny in Bucaramanga saying that she saw him being born, just an urban legend. The new USA has really made it easy for the Professor Moriarity types, hasn’t she?


    12/08/2008 11:24:02 PM PST · 177 of 224
    Mancolicani to Eric Blair 2084

    Great Thanks to the MSM for this most informative issue regarding Obama. I’m sure they’ll be extremely vigilant about the health of his lungs. The country needs to know, and not just the number of cigarettes, but the brand and also the shape of the ashtray. Finally some vetting.

    Of course when he says: “I’ve snuck some,” we’ll interpret it as “he was just a guy in my same neighborhood” which with the proper relational math could very well mean 10 cartons a day dipped into opium juice.

    But why change styles? Better to seal all the ashtrays and just leave those who might care wondering if there are butts inside. As for the malingering odor in the air, he can blame it on the dog. They’ll believe him.

  • Studies Show: Jewish Religiosity Protects Against Anxiety

    12/08/2008 4:54:44 PM PST · 7 of 9
    Mancolicani to Nachum

    Am I to think that Alfred E Newman of Mad Magazine “What Me Worry?” was Rabbi...?

  • Internet drives Barack Obama birth-certificate battle

    12/08/2008 2:39:19 AM PST · 7 of 25
    Mancolicani to ckilmer

    Once upon a time a man had gone shopping and his wife asked him if he had bought milk. He said yes, but seeing that she had to make lots of pudding because their daughters’ friends were coming over, she wanted to be doubly sure.

    Now the real simple answer in the old pre-enlightenment days would have been to open the refrigerator and take a quick look. Instead the man gets terribly upset because the woman, his spouse doubted his word. He shows her the shopping list and there is “milk” on it and he shows her the rather skimpy and undetailed supermarket receipt which he pulls out of one of the many plastic bags which they put away in helter-skelter order under the sink, and sure enough there is “dairy” written on it. But it could also mean yoghurt and butter and even cheese, and so the wife is not satisfied. But the man insists that it refers to the Milk in question.

    From there the discussion degenerates to talk about the qualities and histories of their respective families, other instances of negligence, his and hers. She marches to the refrigerator and demands to open it, but the man stands guard over it. One daughter, mama’s pet sides with her and another daddy’s pet sides with him.

    Then the man gets Hume, Wittgenstein, St. Thomas Aquinas, Schopenhaur and the greatest philosopher of all times, Beckenbauer into the discussion to defend his logic, his God-given and man-created rights. From philosophy the near-altercation degenerates into 3 schools of psychology. The dream school, the sex school and the all-is-vanity school.

    Well they both know that the final answer (except for the possibility that there IS indeed milk, but that it might be expired) is in the refrigerator. That logic, (the logic of the pre-enlightenment period, when Indians were still called Injuns, when wives couldn’t vote, but would nevertheless use frying pans and rolling pins on wayward husbands), is inescapable. Yet the man prefers to keep it in the realm of rights, sociology, history, psychology, religion... and she instead stubbornly demands to open up the refrigerator and double-check. First to see that there IS the required milk and then to make sure it’s not expired. She wonders what his problem is, also because they have more important things to worry about, like the mortgage falling due and the dog’s nails that need to be clipped.

    He tells her that she is the one doubting him after the evidence he has shown, and so the burden of proof is on her. She says that he is the one who made the affirmation so the burden of proof is on him.

    And suddenly, by magic (which is always on the side of mamas) the refrigerator door opens all by itself... and wouldn’t you know it....

  • Nobel winner: Internet might have stopped Hitler

    12/07/2008 2:20:59 PM PST · 26 of 51
    Mancolicani to My hearts in London - Everett

    It’s typical of people who have no moral depth to think neutral things (cars, TVs, Internet, Air planes, etc.) will somehow put an end to evil.

    The internet empowers both good and evil.

    In the old days, the scammer might’ve loitered in front of the local pizzeria or bank or church... Now he might be in Nigeria or Burma. “Scam-dom” got empowered... but so did love letters.

    Media might be the message at time, but not the moral message.