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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.

  • That Bleeping Birth Certificate

    12/07/2008 11:31:21 AM PST · 49 of 112
    Mancolicani to vietvet67

    “..........t will likely become the core of another Great American Conspiracy Theory such as those surrounding the death of John F. Kennedy.......”

    Close but not quite. It’s as if the true and final answer to who killed Kennedy and why, the full story, were behind a closed door, but on a technicality that door was kept locked. Not every element exists to solve the Kennedy story, but from the get-go every element exists to settle the Obama imbroglio.

    Opening the Obama door now would send the country into an uproar. The Judges would never be able to pass a “serene” judgment. The culprit was that lower judge who decided that “we the people” have no standing. For self-evident reasons, this question should have been settled before the election, perhaps even before the primaries, but definitely before the General Election.

    Instead they were asleep and the Mack Daddy played the law like a fiddle

  • David Horowitz: Obama Derangement Syndrome- Conservatives Need to Shut Up About the Birth Cert.

    12/07/2008 4:48:58 AM PST · 286 of 776
    Mancolicani to pissant

    The constitutional provision was rationally illogical, but morally sound. It was about trust. In this respect it was marvelously prescient, for what is the real issue today? Trust...

    If I had to put money on it, I’d bet that Obama will take his oath of office, but trust in a man who followed the spontaneous “surrendering” of a birth certificate all the way to the Supreme Court will forever be undermined. O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murdering, but became synonymous with “travesty of Justice”...

    Obama, the leader who preferred law firms to transparency will always be the Coca-Cola-Formula-Birth-Certificate Man. Any extra-judicial utterance any call for courage, fortitude, patience, etc. coming from him will sound hollow. Many will go to the law books to see how those calls might have a legal standing. At present this is shallow consolation... but eventually it will sink in... and perhaps the truth will really come out. It will dog him.

    So, the Constitution did its job quite well, because TRUST was what that provision was all about... and now we have the true measure of this man. Not a leader of men, but a client of lawyers over an issue as simple and innocuous as 1+1=2.

  • Obama's 'oh bleep' moment

    12/06/2008 1:26:43 PM PST · 36 of 66
    Mancolicani to Red Steel

    I’m more worried about the moral decline of a nation that could elect him. Editor of Harvard law review with nothing scholarly... all personal history a secret, three law firms to keep a frigging birth certificate a secret, association with unrepentant flag stomping terrorists and black supremacy freaks, Islamic past, active in voter fraud and in radicalizing school children, “present” votes, support of live birth child murder. This is the day the waters receded and the planet began to heal... we are the ones we’ve beem waiting for... Rezko... million dollar support for Odinga mass murderer... and the list goes on.

    Man alive has America been taken for a ride by a Chicago Mack Daddy!!!... and of course look at the converse...

    Never mind war hero McCain (who’s rightfully not everybody’s soup du jour), but take a look at what they did to Sarah Palin, corruption buster... supposedly guilty (but later cleared) of firing (instead of hiring!!!)a drunk, child-tasering relative, accused of not knowing what Africa is...

    Why feel sorry for Obama? As someone already indicated, he’s not the kind that cares. Feel sorry about America, home of the brave and land of the free, now in the hands of moonbats, conmen, metro-sexual press. In the hands of a man who’s so secretive that his own birth certificate gets treated like the Coca Cola formula. Not a leader of men, but a client of lawyers to protect something as easy and simple and natural as 1+1=2.

    America has become the land where a leader who promised transparency takes it all the way to the Supreme Court to protect the secrecy of a birth certificate!! And he’ll have the biggest inauguration bash in history...

  • Prohibition: Forever a lost cause? - 75 years later, Women's Temperance Union not giving up

    12/05/2008 11:21:10 AM PST · 34 of 118
    Mancolicani to OneWingedShark

    Mamma Mia, these people would strip the hills of Piedmont and Burgundy, kill the pride of Bavaria!

  • Why the stories about Obama's birth certificate will never die

    12/05/2008 10:59:04 AM PST · 54 of 98
    Mancolicani to LiberConservative

    Neither will curiosity for the secret Coca Cola formula die. But whereas anyone can understand why the Corp. of Atlanta might want to keep it a secret, nobody sane can morally justify a president holding back such an easy and innocent “1+1=2” corroborating piece of paper to the point of hiring expensive law firms, and even worse for a “leader” facing the mistrust of a large swathe of the population.

    No way, nowhere, no how is it justifiable.

    That is why I say, okay, they let you in on a technicality? Fine. Take your oath, but please no speeches about transparency, honor, courage... please nothing beyond the strict confines of the letter of the law. To fill in the time slot, you Mr. Obama can read the condominium rules for the State of Kansas, or the fishing rules for Lake Michigan, but please, nothing about faith, trust, sacrifice, standing united or any of those “extra-judicial” and “leadership” considerations you will find in all the inaugural speeches of past presidents, be they Democrat or Republican. Make your “charade oath”, just go through the motions, but you are no leader of men, you are a client of lawyers to hide 1+1=2.

  • Beware Birth Certificate Hopefuls - You are in for quite a suprise (vanity)

    12/04/2008 11:13:20 AM PST · 438 of 447
    Mancolicani to Scythian

    To me the whole purpose of the Constitutional birth requirement was about mistrust. Is there anything rational in suggesting that a Finnish-born Professor with 10 Phds is not okay, but a Virginia-born drunken illiterate who works in a donkey-stable instead is?

    What was in question was loyalty, trust. And wouldn’t you know it, those who love America now question Obama. The Constitution was prescient.

    Trust, it’s all about trust. Obama is betraying the spirit of the constitution. It’s not even really a legal-logical issue, but a moral one. The man is keeping something as easy as 1+1=2 locked up as if it were the Coca-Cola formula. Many are debating pixels, the worthiness of COLBS, but as there is no real hard logic in the particular constitutional provision, (and the founding fathers must’ve known it) it is the spirit of it that must count. And the spirit of it is to be mistrustful, because whereas a foreign born can be even better mentally-equipped to serve as president it is more likely (though of course not certain) that his loyalties might not be right.

    I cannot read anything else into the provision than mistrust. That’s the spirit of it and IMHO that’s what the supremes should consider and consequently demand to see the original BC.

    But I’m not sitting on a bench in Washington. In fact I’m not even American.

    Well, O.J. Simpson got off but became synonymous with “Travesty of Justice”... I fear that Obama will get off as well... but as far as I’m concerned, he will always be Mr. Coca-Cola-Formula Birth Certificate. He has already betrayed TRUST. If not the letter of the Constitution, certainly the spirit of it.

    Nobody in his right mind retains the services of expensive law firms to hide 1+1=2. Nobody, nowhere, no how!

    Read the inaugural addresses of the past presidents, all of them, Republican and Democrat alike, and all talk about extra-judicial things like courage, honor, charity, goodness, hope, new visions, etc.

    When he’s sworn in, let Obama just make his oath and be gone, because he has no right to go beyond the letter of the law. Let him read the condominium rules for the State of Kansas.

    The country wanted a leader of men and got itself a client of lawyers.


    11/28/2008 5:58:58 PM PST · 94 of 168
    Mancolicani to SWUF2008

    Ciao SWUF2008

    “It sounds to me like liberal labels are infiltrating Historical References.”

    It wasn’t on my mind at all. I’ve often heard of them referred to as the “framers.” Now if I had said the “founding persons,” I’d be suspect. Or I guess today it would be the “Founding Partners!”


    11/28/2008 3:36:24 PM PST · 48 of 168
    Mancolicani to SatinDoll

    Well this is just my opinion, but... Yes on its face the provision would seem silly: “A drunken and illiterate Topeka-Kansas born hobo pulled up from the train tracks is qualified, but a Finnish-born Rhodes scholar who’s been teaching at Yale for the last 30 years is not.”

    My own Italian grandfather was such a Patriot that he cried tears of joy when he saw the first live Telstar transmissions direct from the USA.

    But the framers were no fools and so, for me, anyway, the thrust of the issue was mistrust: the local boy’s records are more readily available. Did he come from a reputable family? Are you sure of his patriotism? Check and double-check. Don’t run any useless risks. The requirement, which like all laws can be deconstructed (as I have above)is really a call for close scrutiny.

    Morally, I mean in front of God, Obama’s concealment of his university records is far worse. Though it’s all about him, he had nothing to do with his actual birth certificate. But he did have much to do about his school avhievements.

    I find it incredibly ironic that in the Age of ethnic studies - and Afro-American studies being N#1 on the list, all the records of a man who reached the world’s most exalted position are kept sealed.

    It’s as if Charlie Bird Parker had gone to the Julliard School of Music and the (mostly) white men there kept the tapes of all his riffs and solos under lock and key.

    What’s a poor Black student attending an African-American studies class gonna study if the world’s leading African-American has all his records locked up?!

    The natural-born stuff of the Constitution places the emphasis on mistrust... and when it comes to politicians, this is GOOD!

  • The Crushing of Sarah Palin

    11/22/2008 6:10:11 AM PST · 34 of 161
    Mancolicani to rhema

    Let them keep attacking her... It will make excellent material for a documentary which in one fell swoop will conclusively show all their manipulation, derangement, unfairness.

    Dear Camille Paglia, I’ve shown you scorn, but I know that underneath it all, though ideologically different, you’re a thinking human being, smart and perceptive.

    You defended Palin in leftwing territory. And you did it effectively. You even declared that you felt “played and gamed” by Obama’s unwillingness to easily show his birth certificate.

    This documentary about how the world’s greatest democracy has gone mad, not just around the edges, where perhaps a touch or two of folly is even called for, but very close to the heart, would be a job for you.

    Do it!

  • Petitioners tell prez-elect: Prove eligibility for office

    11/22/2008 4:55:12 AM PST · 18 of 38
    Mancolicani to RobinMasters

    If you were paying poker with best friends and not even for money, but for jelly beams, and the dealer refused to allow the guy next to him to cut the deck - as perfectly painless and traditional - that would instantly cause all the other players to perk up.

    Eh? What’s the big deal?

    When an almost president elect makes such a refusal, only a fool would not see red flags or hear alarm signals.


    11/21/2008 4:37:55 PM PST · 70 of 82
    Mancolicani to pissant

    I’m not into cards, but I’ve played some poker games and I’ve watched others. And only now, thinking about the BO BC imbroglio I’ve noticed something curious. More often than not, good buddies and even business partners and spouses are playing against each other: people who effectively entrust their lives to one another. And yet, they still cut the cards.

    It’s fun, it’s tradition, it’s harmless. I’ve never seen anyone get upset and accuse the others of distrust.

    Well to me, it’s Obama’s turn to deal but he refuses to let the guy on his left or right (I forgot) cut the cards. He takes it as a slight.

    Normally everyone would perk up with a natural reaction of surprise and wonder “hey what’s with you?”

    What’s the big deal? But now instead it starts a debate. And there are those who defend him. True enough, everyone around the table is a friend. There is no real logic in cutting the cards, all the more so if you’re playing for coffee beans... so why bother?

    Others instead - conservatives I guess - insist that THAT’S the way poker should be played and they just look at Obama and insist: Come on Obie, let the guy cut the damned cards, quit yammering and deal!

    The BC check should be that easy, natural, unthinking even. But I guess that’s a conservative bias and so after the BO BC affair, should I ever play poker again... I’ll raise a fuss about not being trusted!

  • Long Island School Renamed After Obama

    11/21/2008 4:28:42 PM PST · 41 of 59
    Mancolicani to SERKIT

    “....or Firesign Theatre fans...”


  • 1990 at Harvard Law School -- Barack Obama says he benefited from affirmative action

    11/20/2008 4:17:47 AM PST · 22 of 29
    Mancolicani to dennisw

    I don’t like affirmative action PERIOD, but whereas I can at least understand it for disadvantaged groups in terms of scholarship levels (and I repeat, I think it stinks), I cannot understand it on a simple and purely moral level.

    If you ask me an Italian, to name all 50 American states and I only name 42, I shouldn’t score higher than an American who names 48. However if because of my background I am given a handicap advantage - well at least that’s understandable. Wrong but understandable. But if I am caught cheating - i.e. wearing a tiny earphone to get the answers relayed to me, then that’s a UNIVERSAL sin and nothing about my background should make a difference.

    From an already wrong-minded affirmative action based on backgrounds, we have slipped into MORAL relativity. It’s no longer “He’s Italian so it’s only fair he knows fewer states.” It is now: “He’s Italian so he can cheat!”


  • The Insane Rage of the Same-Sex Marriage Mob

    11/19/2008 10:04:18 AM PST · 38 of 39
    Mancolicani to 50sDad

    “......Yep. And the rugged individualistic ones left to become Americans...and apparently the whiney, do-anything-to-all-get-along ones stayed home and remained Europeans!...”

    There’s truth in what you say, however concerning gay and sex liberation, America, that part of it which is a cultural propulsive force - especially California and New York, is at the forefrunt of morality-busting. The frontier spirit has not just meant the wonderful stuff anybody can identify with, but also moral frontiership.

    Cool and Hip as of the last 40-50 years means coast-USA and London. Of course now you’ll have Rap in Polish... and gay marriage in Spain, but the “mama” of much filth which then gets popularized and in a way “blessed” as acceptable comes from the USA.

    It is not my mentality to blame, because resistance to filth and degradation is up to ones persona, community, society, culture. And we are all in this together, including Sweden, Holland (two other trailblazers). But trust me when I tell you that a helluva lot of moral garbage is getting a glossy cover and promoted worldwide, right from the Good Ole USA along with that other cultural powerhouse UK.

    Political correctness, gay marriage. drugs, divorce, affirmative action.

    What’s funny is that in Europe, and more specifically where I’m located, there are all sorts of parties in Parliament, from the Ultra-Fascists to the Ultra-Maoists, whereas in America you have only two parties which - as conservatives here at FR are testifying on practically every thread, are quite similar. What America has instead is a plethora of very powerful grassroots movements and cultural foundations in the hands of radicals... and that means that the USA is quite revolutionary, more so than all the European countries with their Trotzkyites and Maoists.

  • Blame the GOP for America’s First Marxist President

    11/16/2008 4:19:41 PM PST · 81 of 134
    Mancolicani to pissant

    The article is like a rant, but it makes an excellent point. McCain wasn’t a slugger. If you’re obviously outspent and if the MSM is terrifically slanted and hiding the other side’s dirt (real juicy and nasty dirt to boot), you don’t pull punches. You can’t afford to. You shape the news, you attack. And unfortunately McCain is not that kind of guy. His very character was mismatched to the requirements. The Republicans needed a slugger and they offered a referee.

  • 'Constitutional crisis' looming over Obama's birth location

    11/15/2008 1:22:32 PM PST · 67 of 109
    Mancolicani to pissant

    This is not tinfoil hat stuff, but a huge breach of trust on the part of Mr. Obama. Even leftwing Camille Paglia, an Obama admirer and apologist declared on Salon that she felt “played and gamed” by his stonewalling.

    With law suits and millions of people grumbling, nobody in his right mind would deny scrutiny of a document that is supposedly perfectly legit and reflects the issued COLB(s), unless he’s hiding something of national interest. Perhaps a foreign birth, perhaps a different father, or who knows what.

    If it all turns out that he’s 100% A-OK, so what? The doubters eat crow. I’ll post some good Italian recipes: Corvo alla cacciatora, with the right kind of wines to drink with it.

    He’s hiding something. But even if he isn’t, he owes it to the millions of people who doubt him to flash out the original and put the whole business behind him and us.

    If the COLB is in doubt then it’s perfectly senseless to defend yourself with the COLB.

    The doubters are not nutjobs... He can turn them into nutjobs by showing that his BC is in perfect order. In that case I too would call them nutjobs, just as I would call anyone doubting Bush’s birth certificate a nutjob.

    But until he comes clean and says “voilà” here’s my original birth certificate I think the pressure should build and not diminish.

    What’s being asked for is so simple, easy, unpainful, inexpensive, that common sense automatically arrives at the conclusion that he’s hiding something. There won’t be an anal probe, a lie detector test, cross-examination with old friends and enemies, a financial auditing... Nothing of the sort. Just the exhibition of something which citizens all over the world have absolutely no trouble showing... and even look at with fondness.

    He’s hiding something.

    Far from fading away, this issue should be made to haunt him. “Let’s see your BC Obama?” “What are you hiding, Obama?”

  • Keep Right (Jonah Goldberg)

    11/14/2008 10:57:26 AM PST · 51 of 62
    Mancolicani to Mr. Blonde

    The election of O was the triumph of symbol over substance. Along with finding their truest soul, I think Republicans need to think a bit more “populist.” This is unfortunate. Politics should be about the issues, but that was lost with the victory of Hope and Change, oratory, melanine. Few people voted Obama because of his policies, which anyhow got flip-flopped all over the place. They voted smile, basketball hoops, style and pizazz and they completely ignored Ayers-Odinga-Rezko-Wright-Acorn. All issues that were expected to ruin him especially in light of the other candidate’s service and heroism. Fashion, youth and hipness won. So to the powers that be, I suggest to put a premium on charisma, a talker a connector. Issues - which should be paramount along with character (judgment, honesty, etc.) got beat. The GOP presented an old guy. Present a young guy (or gal)who knows how to fight, who’s erudite and funny. A “warm” character. This is the reality of the Playstation visual (superficial) flash-in-the-pan world in which the traditional, religion-oriented virtues are on the wane.

    I hate these words even as I write them, but the vetting process should be done in front of a camera and with all sorts of marketing techniques.

  • Memorial service scheduled for Obama's grandmother

    11/14/2008 6:36:11 AM PST · 50 of 93
    Mancolicani to NoObamaFightForConservatives

    He’s getting creepier by the minute.

  • A Lefty Sees the Light

    11/12/2008 4:14:45 PM PST · 20 of 30
    Mancolicani to mgist

    I would save the polemics.

    Camille Paglia’s complaint (from the left) that she doesn’t like being “played or gamed” is precious testimony. It’s not just rightwing crackpots or conspiracy theorists. Lots and lots of people are not satisfied.

  • Kosher Meat Shortage in US Turning Jews into Vegetarians

    11/12/2008 3:16:14 PM PST · 69 of 97
    Mancolicani to Nachum

    How could God get upset if someone grates parmesan on his lasagne, but have no problems if he dumped a can of cranberry sauce on top?

    It’s okay. I understand dietary laws. Here in Italy if you overcook the pasta, you get sent straight to hell. Deservedly so. Italian orthodoxy starts and ends there.

  • 'Why Believe in a God?' Ad Campaign Launches on D.C. Buses

    11/12/2008 7:08:08 AM PST · 76 of 136
    Mancolicani to metmom

    Why believe in anything? Why even believe in good for goodness sake? Why bother to work, when you can steal? Why not just bump off the old people who are a drain on our economy. Who says you have to love your neighbor as yourself? That’s absurd!

    Let them keep asking the questions... let them follow through... and suddenly the truth might dawn that being good for goodness sake is being godly... but the “good” had better be defined by God and linked to something timeless and chastising and in a way difficult if not impossible. For that is the nature of man.

    Who doesn’t like freedom? And yet man is freer with the law than without it. These rationalists have not appreciation for paradox. And of course they have no appreciation whatsoever for what made Judeo-Christian civilization the finest in world.

    The real test would to be to go back to the dawn of the ages and try out their slogans and see if man would progress.

    Yes, in a “mors tua vita mea” environment “just be good for goodness sake” would definitely not mean to be kind, patient, generous, thrifty or anything now considered virtuous.

    They consider religion only oppression (mistaking restraint for oppression), forgetting that it is also the greatest of rebellions in times of the greatest oppressions. In fact it is the last line of freedom, of saying I don’t belong to Caesar, or to fashion, or to appetite, lusts and passions, vices. There is no “just be good for goodness sake” standing alone, in and of itself.

    By all means pretend that the Old and New Testaments never existed.

  • California Cracks Down ... On Bake Sales

    11/12/2008 12:55:07 AM PST · 41 of 48
    Mancolicani to Pinkbell

    I really do think that the goal of leftwing politicians is to turn societies and cultures into a one size fits all airport terminal where every single facet of life is scrutinized and controlled.

    It will reach a point where some of us might be looking at more primitive societies (even governed by despots, where formally there are no rights) with a certain longing for their immediate-type UNLEGISLATED freedoms.

    No doubt it is all mean well, but - well - before buidling bridges and highways, some people measure the “environmental impact”... perhaps they ought to do the same thing with human beings and ask: “what’s the good social / cultural / kids-growing-up stuff that is lost in such hyper-legislation?”

  • Dennis Prager: Some Positive Reactions from the Right

    11/11/2008 10:49:22 AM PST · 56 of 103
    Mancolicani to tvdog12345

    Within limits of course, but you are correct. When there are no shared values, kindness will be weaponized. This is not a stance against kindness or any other virtue, but a call for vigiliance. Winning is easy, people also must know how to lose, but losing does not mean losing ones moral compass, or worse, sinking only into despair and recrimination. The sooner conservatism finds its voice, the sooner it will find its strength.

  • Time Mag: Obama a 'Prince' Like Jesus Born of 'Imagination, History and Hope'

    11/11/2008 3:27:27 AM PST · 31 of 55
    Mancolicani to chessplayer

    I always thought the gag, barf, hurl alerts were a bit over the top, funny bits of “americana”... I apologize.

    Not even a “Puke, hurl, barf, mega-gastro-enteric dysentery!” would do justice to such an article.

    At this point, I only hope that all this absurd adulation (something we wouldn’t want even for a good and respectable politician let alone this radical-racist mentored product of affirmative action run amok)somehow proves to have a silver lining. And that in due time (presto! Presto!) from the wuthering heights of this Media madness, he goes into a spiraling nose dive.

    Forza America!! React! Wake up!!!

  • Even Before Obama, I Already Knew That I Could (Well said!)

    11/10/2008 4:46:23 PM PST · 9 of 10
    Mancolicani to blueknight99

    Excellent. Any un-brainwashed and still-thinking foreigner knows that America is synonymous with hope. Except for those brought in chains or already there, just about everybody else went there with matchsticks in their eyes.

    And now here’s a president whose ideological and spiritual mentors had people floating on inner tubes in shark-infested waters to flee.

    Everybody knew what America meant: hope that if you worked hard and well, you wouldn’t have the stumbling blocks of your old country. If you worked well and hard, you’d be respected.

    For foreigners it was as if America had some sort of special discount on the original sin, a born again experience. A decency, a fair deal, a simplicity (which we all know is anything but easy), and even despite all the baloney talk about “evil capitalism” everybody knew that there was a sense of the social that truly was social, because it sprang spontaneously from the people.

    And now this Obama is talking about required community work, as if the populace were all guilty of some crime.

    I hope you American Conservatives get over the “physiological” bickering stage (inevitable after a lost election) and can gather round not some watered-down compromise, but a new and vibrant leader who has the right mix.

    Ibrahim is right. That pampered creature of the worst sort of affirmative action (where gross sins are ignored) has no right in heaven, earth or hell to teach “hope” to the land of hope.

    But through the years, an absurd and utterly false message of guilt, insufficiency, negativity, self-loathing was allowed to take hold. An artificial burden, a loss of lightness... based on nothing real - especially if compared to anyplace else.

    And like hope, America is the land of Change by default. You DON’T want to change America!! And anyway real change can’t be legislated. Real change happens if you forget about the New Deals, New Frontiers, Great Societies and let the American people work.

    This Obama threatens to knock America off the kilter of her contiuum.

  • ABC Reignites 'Troopergate': Officer Portrayed as Victim, Palin as Guilty

    11/09/2008 9:04:04 PM PST · 67 of 77
    Mancolicani to Mobile Vulgus

    I live in a land of nepotism. Oh to have a politician who FIRES instead of HIRES a wayward relative! Had she hired that drunken child-tasering lout (no doubt legally) then I’d say, “Sarah Palin - erm, I dunno!” - but she FIRED him (accepting that the whole damned story is true - because at this point, even if the MSM says 2+2=4, it’s better to check!).

    Forza Sarah! Bring back the American dream: integrity, virtue, responsibility, abundance, frontier, not some collective YES WE CAN, but YES I CAN (and then the we-s will work themselve out!).

  • Trinity church rejoices: 'Yes, We did!'

    11/09/2008 5:10:43 PM PST · 33 of 36
    Mancolicani to VOA

    Thanks VOA,

    I’m checking Fr. Corapi out on youtube. Well he’s tame by Rev. Wright standards.

    When I was a kid growing up in the USA before moving back to Italy I used to love listening to Black Pastors over the FM stations (so different than what I was accustomed to), but for all the color and hinky theology, they were Christians. From what I’ve seen of Wright he could be a Muslim and the antics are beyond the pale.

    If I had been McCain I would have made greater use of it in the McCampaign. And when inevitably accused of Racism, I’d have slapped the accusation right back. I would have made racism an issue, not mine, but my opponent’s. I would have underlined the fact that THAT church is where he was taking his children!

    Ciao, it’s getting late here. Thanks for the link.

  • Trinity church rejoices: 'Yes, We did!'

    11/09/2008 3:59:00 PM PST · 24 of 36
    Mancolicani to VOA

    I challenge anyone to sleep through a Wright sermon, even drunk or on heroin.

    I doubly challenge anyone to sleep through 20 years of such sermons.

    I triply challenge anyone to tell the American people (within a real short span of time): 1. I slept through his sermons, I slept through them for twenty years. 3. He’s my “mentor”, the beneficiary of 26 grand of my cash, the titler of my book... and be believed.

    Oops! Obama managed that one. So I guess if 300 million people could have slept through that whopper in a year and a half of presidential campaigning... maybe, just maybe, Obama was telling the truth!

    I’m beginning to believe in miracles. They are abounding in these times. The one I like the best is Sarah Palin stupid enough to think that Africa is a country and yet smart enough to outfox a few multi-billion dollar oil companies.

    I’m a Catholic and living in Italy and I’m bored with my church. I want to hear a pastor ranting and raving, cursing and insulting... Oh I dunno, the Lithuanians! I want dudes slapping each other five behind his back. I want my next president to be ass-and-shirt with Renato Curcio historical leader of the Red Brigades.

    You Americans get so much excitement! Send Obama over here! This is the land of Arugola and he’d fit right in with the social organizers down in the Naples Garbage Crisis centers.

  • French Say 'Yes, We Can!' Too, to Ending Racism

    11/09/2008 2:50:59 PM PST · 18 of 31
    Mancolicani to Rastus

    Molto chic! And naturally, instead of ending racism, it will obtain the opposite result, because the heart cannot be legislated. Let la signora Sarkozy go un-hijabbed to the Muslim banlieus and try to convince the Muslims that Liberté, Fraternité and Humidité are more valuable or for that matter can even co-exist with the teachings of the most holy Koran! Let her go alone and unescorted.

    I wish - just for once - the sermons for ending racism were given to the people who are really racist. Oddly enough, you will find that the majority are not white!

    America just ended white racism by surrendering to a black racist. “I had a dream” didn’t work nearly as well as “goddam America.”

    There is hardly a god left in France anyway, but I can imagine: “Vive la France? Non non non a mort la France!” That should work real well. It worked in the good ole US of A! That and esperance et changement!

    Well you had your ‘68, now’s the temp pour le doo-mill-wheat.

    Or maybe it’s time to love your France, protect and cherish her, save her... and ignore the urgings of the Italian fashion model alla putanesca and the satyro un po’ putaniere.

  • The Terrorist’s Candidate: Who gets Bill Ayers’ campaign cash? Only The One.

    11/09/2008 12:59:19 PM PST · 8 of 13
    Mancolicani to Son House

    Every time I see those pictures of Ayers stomping on Old Glory, I get sick and I’m not even American.

    Obama’s success is an indication of a deep malaise. A victory of Hillary Clinton would have been sad, the victory of Obama is tragic. It’s as if a thick slice of prosciutto (ham) had descended from the heavens and covered millions and millions of normally seeing eyes.

    The proverbial American horse sense (in shunning the real kooks) is no more, or rather is no longer victorious. No amount of bush-hating, McCain Reviling (especially now that he lost)can explain it.

    Certain cultural forces - long at work and unAmerican to the core - have been victorious.

    This picture which really disturbs me is the emblem of this election. It - along with the hateful rants of Wright - are what people just blithely ignored, allowing someone who truly despises America to reach the presidency.