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  • Fair Enough (John Podhoretz on Free Republic)

    07/30/2006 7:17:23 PM PDT · 54 of 55
    NMC EXP to Mo1

    Not everyone who is critical of the likes of o'rielly is a leftist.

  • One Dead, (several) Injured... at Jewish Federation in Seattle (Muslim "Angry" at Israel)

    07/28/2006 7:28:08 PM PDT · 61 of 141
    NMC EXP to Pyro7480
    Muslim "Angry" at Israel

    Who woulda thunk it?

  • An Open Letter to Statists Everywhere

    07/28/2006 7:20:33 PM PDT · 5 of 6
    NMC EXP to coconutt2000

    What is (should be) the primary goal of conservatism?

  • An Open Letter to Statists Everywhere

    07/28/2006 6:58:03 PM PDT · 3 of 6
    NMC EXP to coconutt2000
    A lot of the arguments on FR between conservatives is over methodology...

    Define the opposing methodologies.

  • Fair Enough (John Podhoretz on Free Republic)

    07/28/2006 6:55:38 PM PDT · 50 of 55
    NMC EXP to Mo1
    Sounds like something from the DU

    I dunno...the following excerpt is from Will Grigg of the John Birch Society. JBS is hardly what you would call liberal. Grigg is talking about the reactions on FR to comments bill orielly made about his interview with Jeremy Glick:

    [begin excerpt]

    “Hey mister, who gave you that shiner?” “Nobody gave it to me, son – I fought for it.”

    Like nearly all the heroes brought to life by the pen of the incomparable Louis L'Amour, Conagher was an unpretentious man who fought when he had to, but only to defend the innocent and vindicate the claims of honor – never to gratify his ego or in search of illicit gain. He had better things to do with his time than fighting, particularly when killing was involved.

    Immortalized in the documentary Outfoxed, the Jeremy Glick segment clearly shows a bully getting the worst of a scrap he did everything to provoke. That's not how O'Reilly sees the episode when he replays it in the theater of his mind, of course.

    “I am glad I gave him what-for,” he boasted to his Fox cohorts on The Lineup. “I did give him what-for, you might remember that. I'm glad I did.”

    Imagine a High School senior boasting about fighting his eight-year-old sister to a draw, emerging from the tussle with a shiner while leaving the little girl's face unmarked, and you'd have a fair approximation of the repulsive spectacle O'Reilly offers.

    Of course, from O'Reilly's perspective (which, to be fair, in his derangement is probably the version he really recalls), it was Glick who was “out of control,” a rampaging bully intimidating everybody on the set, and O'Reilly was ready – really! -- to unload on him: “If I could have whacked him, I would have.”

    At the time of the interview, O'Reilly's fan-boys at at Freerepublic.com – sort of an on-line opium den for people hopelessly addicted to vicarious machismo – were eager to play the part of schoolyard sycophants to the class bully.

    “I'd like to punch out the little POS!” exclaimed one heroic Freeper. “That Glick punk should be slapped silly,” agreed a second. “That kids needs a good punch!” chimed a third. “The best part was when they were going to commercial and the O'Reilly music came on -- Bill O'Reilly motioned to one of his guys off camera to throw the kid out!” swooned yet another.

    Yes, few things scream “tough guy” louder than gesturing to hired goons to deal with a small, well-mannered pacifist.

    Few things better capture the Freeper syndrome better than this comment from the thread about the O'Reilly-Glick fracas: “I was watching it. I could never do live TV. I would have been in a fistfight, and I would have won. I would have whupped his a--.”

    Conn Conagher – a fictional character drawn faithfully on the model of thousands of real-life Americans – wasn't inclined to boast about battle scars honorably won in single combat. Heroism as defined by O'Reilly and Freeper-style conservatives is a little less demanding.

    [end excerpt]

    Anyone recognize themselves?

  • An Open Letter to Statists Everywhere

    07/28/2006 6:25:47 PM PDT · 1 of 6
    NMC EXP
    Conservatives once thought like this.

    Ain't nostalgia fun?

  • <strike>Total</strike> "Terrorism" Information Awareness (TIA)

    05/15/2006 3:58:40 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    NMC EXP to Ernest_at_the_Beach
    You are an alarmist....

    Nope. I am merely objective. You really should try critical analysis. Its a real eye opener.

  • <strike>Total</strike> "Terrorism" Information Awareness (TIA)

    05/14/2006 6:49:21 AM PDT · 3 of 6
    NMC EXP to kinoxi

    You should be wary.

    Consider how little data goes into the "no fly list".

    Then consider the dismal job the feds do of managing that program.

    Multiply that amount of data by several million times and you have a sense of how badly things will go with TIA.

    And when the govt screws up TIA it will result in consequences much worse than missing a flight.

  • <strike>Total</strike> "Terrorism" Information Awareness (TIA)

    05/14/2006 5:51:01 AM PDT · 1 of 6
    NMC EXP
    Gosh...

    They told us Total Information Awareness was dead.

    Now we have a national ID card.

    Now we have the revelation that the fedgov is paying private companies to provide surveillance data on citizens.

    You don't reckon the fedgov simply changed the name and funding source of TIA and proceeded on its way do you?

    And the apparent incestous relationships between Poindexter and Clark and their respective private employers and the fedgov, it don't mean nothing.

  • TEXTBOOK OF AMERICANISM

    05/14/2006 5:13:55 AM PDT · 31 of 37
    NMC EXP to Dumb_Ox
    Why we're letting a traumatized refugee from Communist Russia tell us what America is all about, I don't know.

    Then tell us what the US of A is about. Is it about the law of the jungle or is it about privileges granted to citizens by the state?

  • The Datamining Scare

    05/13/2006 8:53:40 PM PDT · 10 of 13
    NMC EXP to yoe
    President Bush is well with-in his rights to protect the nation

    Rights?

    The government has no rights.

    The federal government has "few and enumerated" powers which were granted to it by the citizens.

    But unfortunately, as Joe Sobran pointed out "The Constitution poses no serious threat to our form of government."

  • TEXTBOOK OF AMERICANISM

    05/13/2006 8:47:52 PM PDT · 26 of 37
    NMC EXP to -YYZ-
    But isn't that just another way of saying that "natural rights" are really just a social construct?

    You're getting into the would "man in a state of nature" have or need rights argument. Good question but I'm too tired to head that way.

    ...man, as often as not, is not a rational being.

    That coupled with man's apparently natural lust for power and posessions is the root of our problem. Can't forget laziness. As A.J. Nock pointed out there are two ways to make a living: (1) the economic means (working for what you have) and (2) the political means (taking from others what they have earned). The state is a parasite.

  • TEXTBOOK OF AMERICANISM

    05/13/2006 8:33:03 PM PDT · 22 of 37
    NMC EXP to -YYZ-
    What is the source of these "inalienable rights"? Why is it "wrong" for one man to enslave another? Or kill him? Or take his belongings?

    Man is a social animal. Recognizing natural rights and not initiating force is the only rational way for men to coexist.

    History would suggest suggest that such a concept of individualism is not the natural order, most of it having consisted of assorted monarchies, serfdoms, dictatorships...

    True. But only because the law of the jungle has prevailed over reason. As to the question of whether a state based on individual liberty has ever existed, some claim Iceland was once as close as a state ever came. I have not studied the claim.

    I share your pessimism. I have come to believe the state and true individual liberty cannot coexist. And I am not an anarcho-capitalist.

  • TEXTBOOK OF AMERICANISM

    05/13/2006 7:19:22 PM PDT · 17 of 37
    NMC EXP to MamaTexan

    Good one...thanks.

  • TEXTBOOK OF AMERICANISM

    05/13/2006 7:18:39 PM PDT · 16 of 37
    NMC EXP to KarlInOhio

    I beleve you are correct.

  • TEXTBOOK OF AMERICANISM

    05/13/2006 7:12:30 PM PDT · 13 of 37
    NMC EXP to rodguy911
    It's what America should be all about.

    Should....sadly true.

  • TEXTBOOK OF AMERICANISM

    05/13/2006 7:11:14 PM PDT · 12 of 37
    NMC EXP to The Mayor
    This sounds just like the political parties

    Yup...tribalism at its worst.

    I will be an individual

    Excellent.

  • TEXTBOOK OF AMERICANISM

    05/13/2006 7:09:20 PM PDT · 11 of 37
    NMC EXP to frankiep
    These can be changed or discarded with relative ease.

    Relative ease in theory only. In actual practice what do you reckon to be the ratio of laws & regulations passed to those which are repealed?

    I cannot remember the last time a federal law was repealed or allowed to sunset if it contained such a provision.

  • TEXTBOOK OF AMERICANISM

    05/13/2006 6:43:06 PM PDT · 7 of 37
    NMC EXP to frankiep
    To use the contitution to tell people that they cannot do something is surefire way to open up a huge can of worms.

    True...but they have been doing it without the fig leaf of a Constitutional amendment anyway.

  • TEXTBOOK OF AMERICANISM

    05/13/2006 6:13:16 PM PDT · 4 of 37
    NMC EXP to frankiep
    The Constitution does not say what you can do, it says what the government cannot do.

    Yup. If govt schools had not stopped teaching civics fewer people would consider that document to be "just a G-d'ed piece of paper".