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  • Conservative pundits/Republic vs. Democracy.

    12/10/2010 8:21:48 AM PST · by Havoc Cry · 2 replies
    Personal | 12/10/2010 | Havoc Cry
    The ultimate goal of the left has always been to move our country away from a constitutional republic based on the tenets of the protection of individual rights and personal liberties toward a socialist democracy based on the tenets of collectivism, interdependence and “civil liberties”. Pretty much every point of contention between the left and the right in our country boils down to this basic argument. I bring this up because lately I have noticed many conservative talking heads on the radio, internet and TV referring to the United States of America as a democracy, and in some cases, actually...
  • Republic or democracy?

    12/10/2010 6:39:40 AM PST · by Havoc Cry · 8 replies
    Personal | 12/10/2010 | Havoc Cry
    The ultimate goal of the left has always been to move our country away from a constitutional republic based on the tenets of the protection of individual rights and personal liberties toward a socialist democracy based on the tenets of collectivism, interdependence and “civil liberties”. Pretty much every point of contention between the left and the right in our country boils down to this basic argument. I bring this up because lately I have noticed many conservative talking heads on the radio, internet and TV referring to the United States of America as a democracy, and in some cases, actually...
  • That Turkey Is Marxist

    11/25/2010 5:07:03 PM PST · by GladesGuru · 9 replies
    November 23, 2005 | Jan Michael Jacobson
    THAT TURKEY IS MARXIST. EvergladesInstitute.org ^ | November 23, 2005 | Jan Michael Jacobson Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 8:46:38 PM by GladesGuru THAT TURKEY IS MARXIST. The first Thanksgiving was not at all what most Americans have been taught. The Indians didn’t make the difference between starvation and plenty for the Pilgrims in what they called ‘Ye Plimouth Colonie’. What really made the critical difference between that first year, which Governor Bradford called “The Starving Winter”, and the year of the first Thanksgiving? This critical factor lies at the heart of the American experiment in government. Yet virtually...
  • The Pilgrims’ Real Thanksgiving Lesson

    11/23/2010 4:56:55 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 2 replies
    The Independent Institute ^ | 11/25/04 | Benjamin Powell
    Feast and football. That’s what many of us think about at Thanksgiving. Most people identify the origin of the holiday with the Pilgrims’ first bountiful harvest. But few understand how the Pilgrims actually solved their chronic food shortages. Many people believe that after suffering through a severe winter, the Pilgrims’ food shortages were resolved the following spring when the Native Americans taught them to plant corn and a Thanksgiving celebration resulted. In fact, the pilgrims continued to face chronic food shortages for three years until the harvest of 1623. Bad weather or lack of farming knowledge did not cause the...
  • Top ten reasons why liberals are worse than conservatives

    10/16/2010 12:58:57 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 9 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Mainestategop
    I Came across a liberal article today that was steeped in total and utter ignorance "Top ten Reasons why liberals are better than conservatives." HAH! After two years of Obama and the Democrats, you must be blind not to see the fallacy of this statement. Add to this the trashing of our constitutional rights by Democrats for decades. With this in Mind, I decided to refute it with something of my own. Why Liberals are really WORSE than Conservatives. BTW, this guy claims to be centrist. He certainly is not. 10) Liberals prefer to be sensitive to the issues of...
  • Getting Out Of Uniform

    09/16/2010 9:52:35 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 16, 2010 | Kristin Theresa Jaroma
    Ron Miller, author of Sellout: Musings from Uncle Tom’s Porch, spoke at The Bloggers Briefing at the Heritage Foundation on September 14, 2010. “It seems to me that we are not allowing ourselves to embrace the concept of individual liberty,” Miller said, “and that is really at the heart of what makes us unique as Americans.” “Those [individual liberties and free enterprise] are things unique to America, and make us exceptional as a nation,” he stated. Further, Miller blasted what he calls the “collectivist mindset.” Miller notes that at least 88 percent of Black Americans vote Democratic. Taking a look...
  • If Obama were a muslim, would he let Michelle dress like that?

    09/09/2010 4:11:44 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 57 replies
    I think it's a fair question to ask. I too have taken notice that 'Obama is a muslim', some of the puzzle pieces fit. But not enough IMHO, it doesn't stand on it's own. Now, if you re ask the question as "Is Obama an appeaser of muslims" then all of the puzzle pieces fit, particularly that of radical liberation theology. There shouldn't be any questions that he believes that garbage. Obama is not a muslim, he is a believer in liberation. And that does stand on it's own.
  • The Not-So-Great Generation and the Vision That Dare Not Speak Its Name

    08/18/2010 1:59:21 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 8 replies
    American Digest ^ | August 15, 2010 | Vanderleun
    The Not-So-Great Generation and the Vision That Dare Not Speak Its Name "The unnamable vision always leads to the unspeakable crime." -- AD Commenter Gloria Daniel Henninger in a prophetic 2007 "Wonderland" column in The Wall Street Journal, Talking Ourselves Into Defeat , examined the pall of self-loathing that has settled over the American mind in the past decade. A self-loathing that has reached, for now, its apotheosis in those "Americans" that love the idea of an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero. For the most part, his estimate of the roots of this malaise is accurate, but one insight strikes...
  • Unemployment Benefits Great Stimulus to Economy Says Pelosi (satire)

    07/10/2010 1:33:43 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire | 10 July 2010 | John Semmens
    According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), persisting high rates of unemployment aren’t the bad news a lot of doomsayers contend. That is, as long as the unemployment checks keep coming. As Pelosi sees it, the spending of these checks by the unemployed is an underappreciated stimulus to the economy. “A working person is bogged down by having to spend up to 40 hours or more per week to get paid,” Pelosi pointed out. “Freed of this encumbrance, the recipient of unemployment benefits has many more hours to aggressively spend the money he or she receives. This robust demand is...
  • VIDEO: Obama: GOP Doesn't Believe Government Has Role In "Collective Challenges"

    06/02/2010 5:01:44 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 21 replies · 374+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 2, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    President Obama on GOP's opposition to him: "It's a belief that government has little or no role to play in helping this nation meet our collective challenges. It’s an agenda that basically offers two answers to every problem we face, more tax breaks for the wealthy and fewer rules for corporations."
  • Episode 22 of the Shrugging Out podcast: Memorial Day, They Died for Our Liberty (not Collectivism)

    06/01/2010 5:50:44 PM PDT · by Packer Pete · 73+ views
    me ^ | May 31, 2010 | PackerPete aka Shrugger
    An audio-only podcast, in honor of the blessed American military heroes who died to keep us free. We examine the oaths of service sworn to by millions of past and current soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and guardsmen. What did they swear to protect? Hint: It wasn't a king, or a person, or even a government. We listen to some timeless truths from the greatest president of modern times, Ronald Reagan. From his January 1981 inauguration, and from his speech at Pointe du Hoc on the 40th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. We consider the domestic enemies of liberty--the Collectivists among...
  • Obama Names Rationing Czar to Run Medicare

    05/26/2010 8:01:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 1,387+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2010 | Terry Jeffrey
    Dr. Donald Berwick of the Harvard Medical School does not like free enterprise, but he does like rationing. Two years ago, in England, he delivered a talk celebrating the 60th birthday of Great Britain's National Health Service, the bureaucracy that runs that nation's socialized medical system. He apparently entertained some fear that day that the Brits might turn back to free enterprise. So, in his address (as reprinted in the July 26, 2008, edition of the British Medical Journal), and as reported this week by Matt Cover of CNSNews.com, he offered British socialists some words of advice. "Please," he told...
  • Episode 20 of the Shrugging Out Podcast: What Have We Learned (about Shrugging Out)?

    05/25/2010 8:00:33 PM PDT · by Packer Pete · 11 replies · 231+ views
    me ^ | May 23, 2010 | PackerPete aka Shrugger
    A great show (and essay, in my humble opinion) in which we review the key topics covered in the prior 19 episodes: - Ayn Rand and her epic novel, “Atlas Shrugged”. - Collectivism, individualism, and the TRUE nature of man. - The flow of events—Short-term chaos, long-term trends. - Generational Dynamics: The most accurate model of historical cycles based on the flow of human generations. - The “crash” of 2008 was just a warning of what’s coming—and we haven’t heeded it. - Don’t bet your future on political change. - “Shrugging Out” combines the concepts of Atlas Shrugged and Modern...
  • Democrat Says Republicans ‘Unfit to Rule America’

    05/22/2010 10:43:40 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 54 replies · 1,184+ views
    One-term Representative Alan Grayson (D-Fla) argued against voters putting Republicans in the majority position in the upcoming November election because “Republicans don’t know how to govern.” “The right-wing in American politics is deluded by idealistic notions that individuals ought to be free to chart their own lives,” Grayson asserted. “The fact is most people haven’t the foggiest idea on how to run their own lives. So, if the government is just going to leave these people alone what good is it?” “The great benefit of government is that it can give most people more than they deserve,” Grayson contended. “It...
  • Who’s to Blame When a Black Man Rapes a Woman?

    04/30/2010 5:34:12 AM PDT · by walford · 90 replies · 2,271+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Apr 29 2010 | Melissa Clouthier
    ...A criminal wouldn’t be a criminal if he were loved more and society supported him, therefore it’s society’s fault that he is committing the fill-in-the-blank crime.So who is to blame, then, when a black man rapes a woman? Would it be the rapist? No.What follows is the harrowing and cognitively dissonant account of a woman’s rape at the hands of a black man she considered a friend. Her name is Amanda Kijera and here is her story: Two weeks ago, on a Monday morning, I started to write what I thought was a very clever editorial about violence against women...
  • Episode 14 of The Shrugging Out Podcast: "Starving the Monkeys" by Tom Baugh

    05/01/2010 5:31:41 PM PDT · by Packer Pete · 6 replies · 277+ views
    Starving the Monkeys by Tom Baugh ^ | May 1, 2010 | PackerBoy
    "Starving the Monkeys" was written by Tom Baugh, self-described "former Marine, patented inventor, entrepreneur and professional irritant." It's the closest thing to the Shrugging Out philosophy that I've found yet (aside from Atlas Shrugged, of course). In this 10-minute videocast, recorded during my daily commute, as usual, I cover the key points in this challenging and occasionally disturbing book. If you're not motivated yet to start "shrugging out", read this book, and I think you will be. A note of thanks to Freepers: I've been amazed and humbled by how many people have watched and listened to my podcasts in...
  • Sebelius Says States Will Not Be Allowed to Opt-Out of the Health Care Law

    04/25/2010 9:59:27 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 52 replies · 1,363+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 24 April 2010 | John Semmens
    As state after state enacts measures to prohibit its citizens from being compelled to purchase health insurance, US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius vowed that “all such measures will be overruled by the supremacy of the national government.” Sebelius specifically rejected the argument that the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment reserves powers not delegated to the federal government to the states. “I think the ‘general welfare clause’ pretty much disposes of any contention that any state can object to any action Washington takes to promote the general welfare of the people,” Sebelius argued. “Congress and the President have...
  • Obama Administration to Cut Mortgage Payments for Unemployed

    03/28/2010 11:18:02 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 9 replies · 441+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 27 March 2010 | John Semmens
    The Obama administration announced it is cracking down on lenders who insist on being repaid for mortgage loans. Lenders will now be required to postpone or cancel repayment if the mortgage holder is unemployed. “The idea that a debt must be repaid no matter what is simplistic and outdated,” said US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan. “It assumes that a person can and should be permitted to make his or her own financial decisions without reference to social conditions or the nation’s collective well-being.” Donovan defended the government’s intervention as “necessary to protect social justice. Just...
  • President Obama Aims to Restore People's 'Faith' in Government

    03/13/2010 2:48:31 PM PST · by John Semmens · 63 replies · 1,059+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 13 March 2010 | John Semmens
    President Obama contends that Americans have acquired a distrust in government that “endangers the future of the country.” He vowed to “do whatever it takes to reverse this trend and restore the kind of faith in government we saw during World War II.” “During World War II, every American was joined in a common purpose,” Obama said. “Everyone did their part. Everyone had faith that following the leadership of the Roosevelt Administration would be best for all. There wasn’t all this quibbling over individual rights and personal prerogatives.” The President acknowledged that “the scope of government control during the war...
  • Collectivist Wonders, “Should I Sacrifice My Child For the Greater Good?”

    03/10/2010 12:24:55 PM PST · by Bodhi1 · 18 replies · 609+ views
    All American Blogger ^ | 3-10-10 | Duane Lester
    Here's one of those peeks inside the mind of a true believer, a follower of Marx, whether they realize it or not. Even though this parent feels she is doing what is best for his child, she wonders if she shouldn't sacrifice her child's education for the greater good.Not my words...hers: My family lives on the west side of Los Angeles. I face the same choice as many urban families: Will the kids attend public or private schools? Should one minimize opportunities for one's own child in service to the greater good? In our desire to protect our children physically...
  • Messianic Communism in the Protestant Reformation

    02/26/2010 8:11:15 AM PST · by Rodebrecht · 4 replies · 193+ views
    Mises Daily ^ | 12-02-2009 | Murray N. Rothbard
    [This article is excerpted from An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, vol. 1, Economic Thought Before Adam Smith.] Communist Zealots: the Anabaptists Sometimes Martin Luther must have felt that he had loosed the whirlwind, even opened the gates of Hell. Shortly after Luther launched the Reformation, various Anabaptist sects appeared and spread throughout Germany. The Anabaptists believed in predestination of the elect, but they also believed, in contrast to Luther, that they knew infallibly who the elect were: i.e., themselves. The sign of that election was in an emotional, mystical conversion process, that of being "born again,"...
  • REVEREND OBAMA PASSES THE "COLLECTIVE" PLATE

    02/08/2010 9:31:45 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 3 replies · 282+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 02/08/2010 | Norvelle S. Rose
    Who could forget how Newsweek editor Evan Thomas practically fell to his knees last summer in adoration of President Obama, declaring on MSNBC: "I mean in a way Obama's standing above the country, above — above the world, he's sort of God." How about the musings of the Washington Post "On Faith" column in February 2008: "Is Obama the Messiah? People are asking these days and it's not so hard to understand why: the desperate throngs, the tears, the great awakening of a slumbering demographic."
  • Red is the Color of the Day

    02/05/2010 8:01:53 AM PST · by Big Bureaucracy · 11 replies · 186+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | February 5th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    February 5 is the National Wear Red Day when the bold colors of our outfits are supposed to remind us to take better care of our heart. It is not about love (not until Valentine’s Day) – it is about wellness and fitness and healthy lifestyle. There are two approaches to trying to get the attention of the folks about wellness: the collectivistic and the individualistic. The first one tries to put the people in the context of the big society. We heard a lot of it recently during the Health Care Debate in America. Ideas like: we all have...
  • Watch This Prophetic Cartoon From 1948 - "Make Mine Freedom"

    02/03/2010 6:47:40 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies · 794+ views
    National Juggernaut ^ | National Juggernaut
    This Cartoon Seemed Far-Fetched In 1948
  • We Must Protect Americans’ Right to Bear Arms

    01/30/2010 8:15:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 929+ views
    The Santa Barbara Noozhawk ^ | January 17, 2010 | Daniel Petry
    A well-regulated militia ... So begins the historic statement of 27 words that fuels the titanic battle that rages between the proponents of freedom and the forces of collectivism. As I started to write this piece, I realized that during the past 230 years, words and definitions have mutated into something that would be unrecognizable to our founding fathers. Brilliant though they were, they could not predict how future generations would define certain words and concepts. Where we use word de jure slogans, the framers wrote in terms of underlying human experience. If James Madison had lived today and realized...
  • A Noxious 2,400-year old lie, started by Plato, still Cripples us today.

    01/18/2010 4:32:02 PM PST · by El Gringo · 62 replies · 2,016+ views
    Thinkwright Blog ^ | JWThinkwright
    A Noxious 2,400-year old lie, originated by Plato, still cripples us today. And, once more, Karl R. Popper comes to the rescue. Popper has examined, in great detail the writings of Plato. He concludes that Plato, and later thinkers and writers that followed Plato have wreaked havoc in science politics and philosophy down through the centuries. Popper presents the following small table of word definitions. The two columns have opposite definitions .i.e., individualism is the opposite of collectivism. Egotism is the opposite of altruism. Individualism Collectivism egotism altruism To see the whole post:Click here
  • Obama channels his inner populist and attacks bankers

    01/16/2010 8:10:57 AM PST · by advance_copy · 2 replies · 317+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/14/10 | Michael Muskal
    President Obama channeled his inner populist this morning, announcing that he wants to impose a fee on banks to help recover taxpayer funds used to rescue Wall Street. In announcing the new fees, Obama was harsh to the institutions whose greed and speculation drove the economy downhill and required billions of dollars of taxpayer aid. Much of the money has been repaid, but the administration estimates that more than $117 billion will be lost and it hopes to recover those funds from the new fee over 10 years. “My commitment is to recover every single dime the American people are...
  • After the collectivist winter, will come the spring

    01/02/2010 4:34:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 692+ views
    Vin Suprynowicz ^ | January 2, 2010 | Vin Suprynowicz
    And so the solstice passes and a new year dawns, leaving “newsmen” everywhere with a dearth of “news” to report (since the government bureaus close down, issuing no new edicts for the “newsmen” to interpret and praise, which should give you some indication of what really passes for “news,” these days.) Traditionally, those in the “news” business respond by taking a stab at predicting noteworthy events of the year to come. We can predict the future quite accurately. Unfortunately, accurate predictions are a bore. The sun will rise 363 more times this year. When I ask for extra salt and...
  • VANITY: President Obama and the Reign of Obstinate Collectivism

    11/17/2009 6:49:12 PM PST · by rightcoast · 4 replies · 408+ views
    Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | rightcoast
    Two recent stories have defined for me, or rather illustrated under no uncertain terms, what it is that drives and shapes this administration’s political orientation. The first illustration is the recent news that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently issued a recommendation to America’s health care community that mammograms under the age of 50 are counterproductive and unnecessary, even going so far as to discourage breast self-examination in general, citing a "moderate certainty that the harms outweigh the benefits." To be fair, while this is a government funded study (and the agency is part of the U.S. Department of...
  • Videos: Challenging the Collectivist Myth of the Nonexistence of the Conservative Black

    11/14/2009 7:10:44 AM PST · by Anarchydeluxe · 6 replies · 495+ views
    Anarchy Deluxe ^ | 11/14/2009 | Michael Nichols
    Glenn Beck is not exactly the most beloved figure in the US media. Of course, there are not unjustified reasons for that. Even for those who ultimately agree with him, he comes off as completely eccentric and a little bit too prone to conspiracy theories. However, there is an advantage to being a bit on the edge and even over the edge. One can challenge the mainstream, "official" opinions of those who seek to regulate public opinion. One of the most widespread myths in media is that black conservatives are an oxymoron or simply don't exist. But the most despicable...
  • The Berlin Wall Then and Now

    11/09/2009 6:54:30 AM PST · by Ed Hudgins · 6 replies · 568+ views
    The Atlas Society - The Center for Objectivism ^ | November 5. 2009 | Edward Hudgins
    I first visited West Berlin in June 1981. I took the closed American military train through the 112-mile-long corridor through hostile communist East Germany that offered access to that city from the free world. I was told not to take photos out the closed and covered windows along the way. Peeking out the window I could see armed communist guards along the route making sure that the prohibition was enforced. West Berlin was an island of freedom in the middle of a communist country, protected by the occupying powers of the United States, Britain, and France. It was a bright...
  • To All Innocent Fifth Columnists

    09/12/2009 3:05:42 PM PDT · by Misterioso · 2 replies · 360+ views
    Liberty As It Is ^ | 1941 | Ayn Rand
    Note: To All Fifth Columnists is an open letter written by Ayn Rand around the beginning of 1941, when she was encouraging conservative intellectuals to form a national organization advocating individualism. She desired for the letter be issued by such an organization. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You who read this represent the greatest danger to America. No matter what the outcome of the war in Europe may be, Totalitarianism has already won a complete victory in many American minds and conquered all of our intellectual life. You have helped it to win. Perhaps it is your right to destroy civilization and bring dictatorship...
  • Obama “Czar” Advocates “Social Decision Framework” for Organ Donation

    09/06/2009 11:46:30 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 17 replies · 1,173+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 5 September 2009 | John Semmens
    President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Cass Sunstein, says that organs for transplant shortages could be averted by reforming the protocol that determines when organs may be harvested from donors. Currently, persons wishing to donate organs must sign permission documents in advance. Many do not. The number of organs available for transplant would be larger if explicit permission were not required. “Just because a person is born with an organ doesn’t mean he is entitled to keep it if a greater need could be served by a different disposition of this asset,”...
  • Deletion of ‘Death Panels’ from Health Care Bill Decried

    08/16/2009 4:43:58 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 49 replies · 1,726+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 15 August 2009 | John Semmens
    MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann expressed disappointment that the US Senate has decided to delete “end-of-life counseling” from their version of the President’s health care bill. “Now a frightened or lonely elderly man or woman won’t get the benefit of friendly advice on how to end their pain,” Olbermann complained. “They’ll be left to go it alone, unaware that the government is willing to provide assisted suicide at little or no expense to them.” Worse still, according to Olbermann, “society will have to continue to bear the burdens of costly medical treatment for many who really have nothing much to live for.”...
  • Syndicalism is alive and well, inWhashington

    08/12/2009 4:35:36 PM PDT · by El Gringo · 3 replies · 824+ views
    Thinkwright Blog ^ | JWThinkwright
    Syndicalism is alive and well in Washington. Syndicalism embraces the notion that labor unions should have leadership roles in all aspects of a society whether it be banking, business, science, the arts, manufacturing, or politics. Syndicalism seeks the establishment of a communist state. The bolsheviks, led by Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky, used as a rallying cry: “All power to the Soviets,” wherein the word “soviet” means council, (but was widely understood as labor union). The new nation that emerged once the Bolsheviks had seized power from the Romanovs in Russia (1917) was Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). [Continue in...
  • Leftist Attacks on the Individual

    07/14/2009 2:25:27 AM PDT · by nodont · 5 replies · 357+ views
    What liberals do is break down the concept of self, attribute all valuable traits to society or inheritance (non-biological), then establish an infrastructure to replace one's personal characteristics with the "appropriate" ones.... First, liberals resolve to expurgate the concept of self. This process begins in early childhood, epitomized by the universal kindergarten phrase, "If you can't share with everyone, don't bring it." They might as well post, "...to each his own need" all around the room.... Second, after successfully flattening the ability distribution, liberals blame society for all uneven outcomes. Feminists pontificate about Western standards of beauty, attempting to define...
  • In some schools, everyone gets free lunch

    07/06/2009 6:43:03 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 44 replies · 1,128+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 6, 2009 | Kathy Matheson
    PHILADELPHIA - For students at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, there really is such a thing as a free lunch - and a free breakfast, too. With no strings attached. The Philadelphia school district's unique program provides free food for all children in schools with a high percentage of low-income students, dispensing with the cumbersome forms parents must fill out elsewhere to qualify their kids for free meals. Although federal officials recently threatened to kill this paperless model, other cities are looking to replicate it. Food service directors say it eliminates the costly bureaucracy that both deters needy families from applying...
  • National Express stripped of East Coast franchise (Atlas Shrugged: UK Seizes Railroad)

    07/01/2009 11:57:51 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 2 replies · 422+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 07/01/09 | Alistair Osborne and Jamie Dunkley
    The Government has nationalised the East Coast main line after stripping National Express, the troubled bus and rail operator, of the franchise. Lord Adonis, the Transport Secretary, said he had been forced into the drastic move to "ensure continuity of service to passengers, with no disruption or diminution of service standards". The struggling transport group reported on Wednesday that Richard Bowker, its chief executive, had quit and it warned on profits in a trading update. Lord Adonis, speaking on the BBC Today programme said: "I am simply not prepared to bail out companies that are unable to fulfil their commitments....
  • Uncharitable Attack on Charity

    06/15/2009 7:49:13 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 3 replies · 375+ views
    [Attack on freedom with an ACORN tie-in.] June 12, 2009 – Americans historically are a generous people. Thus it’s shocking to see the National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy undermining the valid foundations of charity in the name of charity. A major report from that organization asserts that “Philanthropy at its Best must serve the public good by contributing to strong, participatory democracy that engages all communities.” It then asserts that any charitable organization that properly promotes this value must do two things: First, “Provide at least 50 percent of its grant dollars to benefit low-income communities, communities of color and...
  • James W. Von Brunn and the Poison of Racist Collectivism

    06/11/2009 10:29:51 AM PDT · by Eddings · 6 replies · 832+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | June 11, 2009 | Anthony Gregory
    On Wednesday, according to news reports, James W. Von Brunn, a longtime belligerent racist and anti-Semite, walked into the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and opened fire, murdering a security guard before he himself was shot and neutralized. Good people everywhere recognize the vicious criminality of his attack, and the particular insidiousness of his motivation to lash out where he did. In reflecting on this tragedy, it is an appropriate time to contemplate the sanctity of innocent life, the horror that is unleashed by bigotry and intolerance, and the fragility of peaceful human relations. We should all be thankful that such...
  • Identity Politics and Fairness Run Amok: The Sotomayor Nomination (video)

    05/28/2009 3:12:14 PM PDT · by nysuperdoodle · 1 replies · 214+ views
    Evil Conservative Radio ^ | 28 May 2009 | EC
    Sonia Sotomayor is the living embodiment of identity politics and "fairness" run amok - a cynical pick by an administration that talks bi-partisanship while walking the path of the radical left wing.
  • The New Socialism: Global Collectivist Society Is Coming Online

    05/26/2009 5:01:43 AM PDT · by Sinschild · 6 replies · 343+ views
    Ecks Rated Dot Com ^ | 05.22.09 | Kevin Kelly
    Communal aspects of digital culture run deep and wide. Wikipedia is just one remarkable example of an emerging collectivism—and not just Wikipedia but wikiness at large. Ward Cunningham who invented the first collaborative Web page in 1994, tracks nearly 150 wiki engines today, each powering myriad sites. Wetpaint , launched just three years ago, hosts more than 1 million communal efforts. Widespread adoption of the share-friendly Creative Commons alternative copyright license and the rise of ubiquitous file-sharing are two more steps in this shift. Mushrooming collaborative sites like Digg, StumbleUpon, the Hype Machine, and Twine have added weight to this...
  • "Hope," "Change," And Lawsuits: Obama's Battle For American Collectivism

    05/24/2009 5:22:35 AM PDT · by libstripper · 20 replies · 1,137+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2009 | Austin Hill
    It’s not about you. It doesn’t matter who “you” are. It’s no longer about your rights as an individual, or the on-going need to safeguard the rights of all individuals. No, at this stage in the American story, It is now about Barack Obama’s need to save everybody, and, thus, it is the “collective good” that matters. It is now clear that President Obama is on a mission to convert the U.S. to “collectivism.” This, presumably, was part of what he was conveying during his campaign, when he promised “change” for America.
  • The End of Collectivism (Forget Obama’s poll numbers. You’re watching progressivism’s last gasp)

    05/11/2009 6:22:50 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 20 replies · 1,636+ views
    Pajama Media ^ | May 11, 2009 | Tristan Yates
    Have you apologized for your country today? Welcome to the brave new post-American America, where our prosperity is a sin that must be atoned for, our military strength is a threat to be contained, and our values are a symbol of ignorance and intolerance. If, as a conservative, you are feeling discouraged by the thought of more than 1,350 or even 2,700 days of an Obama presidency and Reid-Pelosi Congress, it’s certainly understandable. But in fact, it’s the progressives that are facing ruin. The intellectual foundation that supports their agenda is collapsing in full view of the world. That foundation...
  • Modern Liberalism's Second Childhood

    05/09/2009 12:25:09 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 10 replies · 611+ views
    LibertyMind.com ^ | Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., M.D.
    Thinking myself rather witty some years ago, I addressed my daughter’s then-current college boyfriend with an affectation of grave, fatherly concern and the intention to tweak him: “Well, Ed,” I intoned, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Not missing a beat, he replied with a straight face: “A grown-up.”Touché. Had I been in a different mood, I would have asked the question clearly begged by his answer: what, after all, is a grown-up? Well, the answer is, it depends. In a free society, a modal grown-up is a self-reliant, voluntarily cooperative, morally responsible and mutually thoughtful...
  • The Right and Racism (Vanity Vent)

    04/14/2009 12:10:33 PM PDT · by mnehring · 13 replies · 1,139+ views
    Vanity
    "Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man's genetic lineage—the notion that a man's intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors."- Ayn Rand The Department of Homeland Security has, as been the case time and time again, chosen to lump the 'Right' with radical racist groups such as the...
  • 'This is another nail in coffin of capitalism' (Contagious 'Collective' Commies)

    03/28/2009 6:57:11 PM PDT · by bd476 · 90 replies · 5,790+ views
    BBC ^ | 28 March 2009 | By Mario Cacciottolo
    The stream of thousands of people marching through London to protest ahead of the forthcoming G20 summit was an unusual beast. ... But individually people were islands of anger, disappointment and concern over the global economy, the conduct of bankers, governments and financiers. By the sheer scale of things, it was clear that the dismay felt by many in society by what has been dubbed either the "credit crunch" or "economic downturn" has upset enough to make them come and pace the streets of the capital. Among the thousands ... was Milton McKenzie, 73, from Essex. He said he...
  • Judge Orders End to Home-Schooling

    03/17/2009 12:05:12 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 28 replies · 924+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 14 March 2009 | John Semmens
    North Carolina Judge, Ned Mangum, ordered Venessa Mills to send her children to public school starting next September. The ruling, part of a divorce case resolution, stunned observers. Mills’ home-schooled three children all tested at or above grade level and were deemed well-adjusted according to testimony from psychologists. This, however, bolstered the argument that they ought to attend public school “like normal kids,” in the judge’s eyes. “The home is a sheltered environment,” Mangum said. “It will not provide the kind of stimulus needed if these children are to learn what the world is really like. How will they come...
  • Obama takes axe to bloated government spending

    03/04/2009 6:02:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 212 replies · 9,853+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/4/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday promised to save American taxpayers 40 billion dollars a year by slashing waste in government contracting, with a special eye on bloated spending on defense. "I reject the false choice between securing this nation and wasting billions of taxpayer dollars," Obama said on a day when he signed a presidential memorandum reforming the contracting system across the entire government. "In this time of great challenges, I recognize the real choice between investments that are designed to keep the American people safe and those that are designed to make a defense contractor rich,"...
  • Burke: Good Samaritans shouldn't have to think twice

    03/02/2009 1:11:41 PM PST · by Miykayl · 3 replies · 585+ views
    Redding.com (The Record Searchlight) ^ | Sunday, March 1, 2009 | Alana Marie Burke
    ...Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger... showed that Americans are hungry for good old-fashioned heroism and happy endings. Thanks to our convoluted legal system, however, they may not get what they crave. A case in point involves Nigel Haskett, an employee at a McDonald's in Arkansas. In August, Haskett came to the rescue of a woman inside the restaurant being beaten in the face by a man...