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  • A Calcifying Mediocrity [accommodation with the statist must end]

    01/03/2014 6:36:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Ricochet ^ | January 3, 2014 | Dave Carter
    Whatever the merits or demerits of Mark Steyn's recent play on the old Rat Pack "fruit cordial" joke (I still think it's a funny one), events down in Miami have underscored the wisdom of the old line that, "Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana." Yesterday, Pasco County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the home of Phillip Joseph Smolinsky, 36, at the behest of his live-in girlfriend who complained that Mr. Smolinsky had thrown a banana at her. Au Contraire, retorted Phillip, it was his girlfriend who flippantly flung the flying fruit at him! But the evidence was...
  • The Coming Storm

    01/01/2013 8:36:24 AM PST · by William of Barsoom · 88 replies
    Short Essay | 1/1/13 | William of Barsoom
    I am an American. I was born that way. In a small town in New England right at the end of World War II, in which my father was a submariner. We weren’t rich at all -- we were just regular people. When my turn came it was called Vietnam.
  • U.S. does not believe Iran is trying to build nuclear bomb

    02/24/2012 7:35:14 AM PST · by gandalftb · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 23, 2012 | Ken Dilanian
    U.S. intelligence agencies don't believe Iran is actively trying to build an atomic bomb. A highly classified U.S. intelligence assessment circulated to policymakers early last year largely affirms that view, originally made in 2007. Both reports, known as national intelligence estimates, conclude that Tehran halted efforts to develop and build a nuclear warhead in 2003. The most recent report, which represents the consensus of 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, indicates that Iran is pursuing research that could put it in a position to build a weapon, but that it has not sought to do so. Senior U.S. officials say Israel does...
  • Primary Target

    07/27/2010 2:11:38 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 27, 2010 | Matthew May
    "In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress." - John Adams In pundit parlance, Michigan's 6th Congressional District is most assuredly "safe Republican." Republican Fred Upton has represented that district since 1987. Yet for quite some time, the seat has not been "safe conservative." Michigan's 6th district is a microcosm of the general arrogance and complacency of the Republican establishment against the constitutional conservatism of the Tea Party movement. If Republicans and conservatives lazily continue to return so-called moderates...
  • Obama: The Symptom of What's Ailing America

    05/21/2010 2:18:04 PM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 11 replies · 867+ views
    The Radio Patriot ^ | May 21, 2010 | Andrea Shea King
    Reader Larry G at Hot Air left this comment, saying that he's trying to pass it around. Well, Larry, I'm here to help. Think about this, America... Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out. We have a lot of work to do. “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama...
  • The Audacity of Complacency

    10/15/2009 10:30:29 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 288+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 10/15/09 | Stacey Winder
    Billy Graham once said, “I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.” I’ve read the last page of the Bible, too, and I’d like to add two words to Billy Graham’s quote: “for believers.”
  • The political battleground shifts

    08/30/2009 2:26:12 PM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies · 1,003+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 30, 2009 | William Ward
    A decisive shift in the political battleground has taken place, and few analysts have noticed. Sun Tzu, the Chinese warlord who assembled the psychological philosophy widely known today as The Art of War, knew what he was talking about, and would have been a formidable political strategist. With the exception of the queen, the game of chess assigns each piece very specific tactics, and very specific limitations. The queen can project its power in any direction and distance, thus rendering it a formidable piece. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the pawn. With the exception of its opening...
  • The History of Complacency

    08/07/2009 1:51:03 PM PDT · by BreeLee · 358+ views
    Historic City News ^ | 07/31/2009 | BreeLee
    As I look around today at the temperament of society I find myself very disappointed and I shake my head and wonder how so many Americans became so complacent. Recently one of my favorite Talk Shows discussed something called “Change Blindness”. I thought it ironic that the word “Change” was associated with this particular, shall we call it “ailment”. Now before someone gets their knickers in a wad I want to say that this is not an “Attack Obama” piece, he chose the word “Change”, which obviously become a pivotal part in what we now see as the “Change’ he...
  • Coincidence or Providence? Exclusive: Steve Deace sees great significance in spelling bee's victory

    06/06/2009 5:40:52 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 6 replies · 832+ views
    It might have been just a coincidence, but if it was, it was an awfully eerie one. Last week, 13-year-old Kayva Shivashankar won the 2009 National Spelling Bee by spelling the word "Laodicean." That word left a lot of Americans befuddled. Typically, the vast majority of Americans that are products of our nation's collective calamity known as the government schools have no clue how to spell or define the words used at the National Spelling Bee. "Laodicean" is certainly no different. The uninformed mainstream media did its typical best to keep Americans as uninformed as they are. Most of those...
  • A World Sliding Into Danger

    05/15/2009 3:34:33 PM PDT · by Wontsubmit · 1 replies · 887+ views
    Forbes ^ | 5/15/2009 | Claudia Rosett
    Time was when the sun never set on the British Empire. These days, it seems the sun never sets on a crisis. This week alone you can take your pick among the mysteries of the spreading swine flu, the drumbeat of Iranian nuclear pursuits, the conundrums of American self-flagellation over Guantanamo Bay, the wild uncertainties of the modern world's financial system or the Taliban onslaught in nuclear-armed Pakistan. You can go online and make a career out of delving into each in turn--and while you are doing that, another crisis will turn up. And yet, for the average American, how...
  • A glimmer of hope? (worst-is-over mentality dangerous)

    04/23/2009 6:30:55 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 752+ views
    Economist ^ | 04/23/09
    A glimmer of hope? Apr 23rd 2009 The worst thing for the world economy would be to assume the worst is over THE rays are diffuse, but the specks of light are unmistakable. Share prices are up sharply. Even after slipping early this week, two-thirds of the 42 stockmarkets that The Economist tracks have risen in the past six weeks by more than 20%. Different economic indicators from different parts of the world have brightened. China’s economy is picking up. The slump in global manufacturing seems to be easing. Property markets in America and Britain are showing signs of life,...
  • A Lesson from our Friends the Israelis

    04/09/2009 2:33:29 AM PDT · by Scanian · 23 replies · 1,276+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 09, 2009 | Lauri B. Regan
    While driving through the West Bank on my family's recent trip to Israel, our tour guide shared an interesting story that helps explain the core issue in the struggle for peace in the Middle East -- and in the rest of the world. Our Israeli tour guide was asked to speak at a conference in the United States several years ago at which he shared the floor with a Palestinian panelist. Before walking off the stage in the middle of the discussions, the Palestinian gentleman politely interrupted him and stated the following: "Dear People, regardless of what you think, the...
  • CA: Don't buy the hype - Leaders duck key issues, spur complacency (serve up 'Pablum' for masses)

    09/05/2006 9:59:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 263+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 9/5/06 | Editorial
    The current session of the Legislature wrapped up last week with an orgy of back-slapping and congratulation-swapping. Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez and Senate President Don Perata joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in trumpeting an “extraordinarily productive” year in state government. Much of the media joined in this chorus of “Sacramento the Beautiful” in analysis pieces and editorials asserting times had changed on the state government front. Don't believe a word of it. On the most important issues, nothing has changed. A credible argument can be made that the governor and the Legislature did far better on the process front this year...
  • A Fabled Existence (Mark Steyn On Scary Stephen Harper Rocking The Trudeaupian Boat Alert)

    01/22/2006 10:56:02 PM PST · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 1,088+ views
    Western Standard ^ | 01/30/06 | Mark Steyn
    Liberal behaviour is, indeed, the best indictment of Liberal crime policy. If you think setting up new after-school programs and community centres is the way to stop Jamaican gun gangs, well, it doesn't seem to work with the Grits. Give career Liberals lavishly funded federal day-care centres to romp around in and exciting skills development programs to retrain them as productive members of Quebec advertising agencies and all kinds of other fun rewarding activities, and they still carry on looting and stealing and terrorizing the neighbourhood. In the end, the only way you can deal with it is to put...
  • How Bush's Numbers Collapsed (vanity)

    11/14/2005 11:29:37 PM PST · by faithincowboys · 172 replies · 2,423+ views
    The reason why Bush is in the mess he is in comes down to communication and passivity. Team Bush has a lousy, lousy communication staff. McLellan is laughable. He is no Lyn Nofziger or a Mike McCurry. Bush should have a teflon, tough as nails Press Sec or a teflon, smoothie with a surplus of witty retorts to lob back at the Dem Shills in the Press Room. Instead he has a guy who always looks like he has sh*t in his pants.. This is not good. Dan Bartlett is another mediocre dude-- looks too prissy. He ain't no Ed...
  • Australia not under imminent threat of attack - Clark (PM of New Zealand)

    11/03/2005 6:03:10 AM PST · by NZerFromHK · 12 replies · 522+ views ^ | 03 November 2005
    The Government was not given advance notice of the announcement about a possible terrorist threat to Australia, a spokesman for Prime Minister Helen Clark said last night. "We heard through news reports that John Howard had made the statement," the spokesman told NZPA. "At that point New Zealand officials contacted their Australian counterparts." Mr Howard said in his announcement in Canberra that Australia had received "specific information" which raised serious concerns about a potential terrorist threat. "I don't want to over-alarm people. I have said for a long time the possibility of an attack is there," he said. Miss Clark...
  • Republicans DeLayed: The GOP leadership deficit is one of ideas, not ethics

    10/01/2005 9:55:37 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies · 811+ views
    Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal) ^ | October 1, 2005 | WSJ Editorial Staff
    The real danger for Republicans now isn't ethics; it is that, like those 1994 Democrats, they seem to have grown more comfortable presiding over the government than changing it. No one typified this more than Mr. DeLay, who has always been more fiercely partisan than he is conservative. Among the GOP House leaders who took power in 1994, Dick Armey was the genuine idea man. Mr. DeLay provided the political muscle of fund-raising and vote-counting.
  • How to Make Spiritual Progress (Tozer)

    04/02/2005 11:55:29 PM PST · by Choose Ye This Day · 8 replies · 300+ views
    THE COMPLACENCY of CHRISTIANS is the scandal of Christianity. Time is short, and eternity is long. The end of all things is at hand. Man has proved himself morally unfit to manage the world in which he has been placed by the kindness of the Almighty. He has jockeyed himself to the edge of the crater and cannot go back, and in terrible fear he is holding his breath against the awful moment when he will be plunged into the inferno. In the meantime, a company of people exist on the earth who claim to have the answer to all...
  • We Can Lose This Election!

    09/27/2004 7:43:48 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 156 replies · 4,650+ views
    Current surveys | MB26
    Very Dangerous Conduct Among Republicans and Freepers. Complacency Kills. My friends, this is a dangerous time. Never before has there been an election that so threatens America. Simply put, if John Kerry wins, the United States will simply become an “equal citizen” of the world, along with every other country. John Kerry is much more of a citizen of the “World” than he is a US citizen. Yes, he was born here. However, his education was in the French cantons of Switzerland, at a time when the “Hate Everything American” was stronger there than it is even now. Today, we...

    03/01/2004 11:50:21 PM PST · by MrBallroom · 47 replies · 1,495+ views
    The American Partisan ^ | 2 March 2004 | Timothy Rollins
    WELCOME TO SODOM AND GOMORRAH, U.S.A. by Timothy Rollins, Editor and Publisher March 2, 2004 The homosexual lobby can say what they like, but the fact remains these so-called 'gay marriages' are neither legitimate nor lawful, despite what San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom or New Paltz, New York Mayor Jason West may think. Newsom cites the equal protection under the laws clause of the California State Constitution as his justification for violating Proposition 22, the ballot initiative overwhelmingly passed by California voters in 2002 that specifically prohibits marriage between two persons of the same gender.I recently spoke with an attorney...
  • What is wrong with America?

    01/29/2004 6:21:13 AM PST · by ChevyZ28 · 4 replies · 220+ views
    The personal thoughts of Chris Lineberry | 1-29-04 | Chris Lineberry
    A preacher once went around New York City and asked the following question to the first person he met on the street. The question was," Do you know what is wrong with America?" The man's answer was"I don't know, and I don't care."
  • Complacency is a terrorist's best friend

    01/23/2004 8:47:14 AM PST · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 165+ views
    National Post ^ | January 23 2004 | Jonathan Kay
    Our greatest responsibility is the active defence of the American people. Twenty-eight months have passed since September the 11th, 2001 -- over two years without an attack on American soil -- and it is tempting to believe that the danger is behind us. That hope is understandable, comforting -- and false. -- George W. Bush, State of the Union, Jan. 20, 2004 - - - The war on terrorism has been more successful than any of us dared imagine. Iraq is free. Afghanistan is freeish. Saddam is in jail. Osama bin Laden is in hiding. Two-thirds of al-Qaeda's known leadership...
  • Dukakis Plus 4.4 Percent?

    01/11/2004 5:07:40 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 34 replies · 165+ views
    MSNBC/Newsweek ^ | 1/19/04 | George F. Will
    Jan. 19 issue - Each morning, as republicans—bright-eyed after sleep made especially refreshing by dreams of defeating Howard Dean—shave or apply makeup, they should look into their mirrors and say to the images of complacency there: "Read my lips—Michael Dukakis got 45.6 percent of the vote."
  • AP: al-Qaida Had Plans for More Attacks

    10/12/2003 2:47:00 PM PDT · by Nick Thimmesch · 7 replies · 156+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 9-12-03 | AP
    AP: al-Qaida Had Plans for More Attacks By JOHN J. LUMPKIN The Associated Press Sunday, October 12, 2003; 3:48 PM WASHINGTON - Some of the al-Qaida operatives whose activities led to a U.S. security warning last month have been captured, while others remain at large, U.S. counterterrorism authorities say. "We have received a lot of good information from these detainees over the past several weeks and corroborated the fact there were active plans, ongoing, to conduct another attack in the United States," said William H. Parrish, a top intelligence official with the Homeland Security Department, during a recent interview with...
  • AP Interview: Information uncovers plans for more al-Qaida attacks, official says

    10/12/2003 10:39:21 AM PDT · by Brian S · 5 replies · 178+ views
    <p>Some of the al-Qaida operatives whose activities led to a U.S. security warning last month have been captured, while others remain at large, U.S. counterterrorism authorities say.</p> <p>"We have received a lot of good information from these detainees over the past several weeks and corroborated the fact there were active plans, ongoing, to conduct another attack in the United States," said William H. Parrish, a top intelligence official with the Homeland Security Department, during a recent interview with The Associated Press.</p>
  • The Islamic Theocracy of Oregon

    07/31/2003 2:48:39 AM PDT · by WaterDragon · 11 replies · 244+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | July 30, 2003 | Larry Leonard
    Most of you have heard that the recently-converted Florida Moslem woman who wanted to have her driver's license photo taken while wearing a full burqa, including a total head covering, lost her case in court. A Florida judge said that a driver's license is for identification purposes, and if all you can see is someone's eyes in the photo, it is useless for that purpose.It's coming to America, folks. Here's a list of items related to a French university's language studies department. Moslems are taking over. Read the full article at WorldNetDaily. Headscarved students demanded a prayer room within the...
  • Soviet Spymaster Kalugin on Bush, CIA Complacency, and Enemies of America

    01/04/2003 5:24:34 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 36 replies · 291+ views ^ | 4 Jan, 2003 | Albert Eisele
    Oleg Kalugin, former chief of counterintelligence for the KGB, was once a major general who headed the KGB office in Washington. He was stripped of his rank and pension in 1990 after pushing for reforms in the KGB, and was subsequently convicted, in absentia, of high treason. He now heads Intercon International, a Washington-based international business consulting firm, teaches at the Centre for Counterintelligence in suburban Virginia, is a director of the International Spy Museum, and consults for the departments of Defense and Energy. Excerpts from a recent interview with Al Eisele follow: Q: What’s your assessment of President Bush?...
  • In victory, Microsoft morphs into IBM, and loses it

    11/05/2002 2:09:06 AM PST · by JameRetief · 9 replies · 229+ views
    The Register USA ^ | 11-04-2002 | John Lettice
    Throughout the antitrust trial Microsoft executives have seen it as vitally important that they avoid the legal threat turning Microsoft into IBM. Big Blue itself faced a major antitrust action in the 80s, and although it eventually emerged relatively intact (apparently), it did so with a large gaggle of lawyers attached to it for ever more, and with a deep paranoia/paralysis engendered by fear of antitrust. That of course is a matter of opinion, and although I personally do not believe it is entirely true, Microsoft and numbers of analysts believe that it is. IBM won the battle but lost...