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  • Defending populism against the Tea Party movement

    01/22/2011 1:58:31 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | 12 Jan 2011 | Luke Bretherton
    .. most analysis of the Tea Party movement ignores history and sees the Tea Party as something new and rather bizarre. Yet the Tea Party is a form of populism - a perennial feature of American politics and perhaps one of its defining characteristics. American populism has its origins in the broad-based and fissiparous movement that emerged from the 1850s onwards. It reached its high point in the 1890s with the formation of the People's Party, which challenged the duopoly of the Republicans and Democrats but declined rapidly as a formal movement thereafter. Yet, like an event of nuclear fission,...
  • Why the Left Hates Sarah Palin

    01/18/2011 12:48:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 18, 2011 | Evan Sayet
    It just happened again. I spend a fair amount of time at my local coffee shop. I like to do my writing outside and, besides, it gives me an opportunity to try and initiate political conversations with the people who pass by, my hope always being to begin to enlighten them as to what conservative really believe (and not just what the Leftist media tells them.) Today the conversation turned to Sarah Palin and my new acquaintance blurted out “Oh I hate her.” Not yet knowing my politics, I’m sure that, being her in Los Angeles she expected to hear...
  • Palin, Krauthammer, and the Right Kind of Elitism

    01/12/2011 9:34:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2011 | Michael Medved
    It’s healthy, even natural, for Americans to feel populist resentment against elites that base their status through inherited wealth and family connections. But it’s toxic, misguided and profoundly stupid to focus public hostility on leaders who achieved their positions through education, diligence and ability. Recent sniping between Sarah Palin and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer highlights the crucial distinction between rebellious attitudes that attack unfairly arrogated power and privilege and a trendy neo-populism that attacks brains. When Krauthammer dared to suggest that the former Alaska governor looked less than “presidential” while shooting caribou with Kate Goselin on her hit TLC...
  • Opinion: Sarah Palin doomed by lack of Ivy League pedigree (Here's a new meme)

    01/13/2011 6:25:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 13, 2011 | Joe Romaine
    Sarah Palin is as polarizing a figure in American politics as one could imagine. Adored and championed by many conservatives, elderly and rural folk; reviled and denigrated by many liberals, progressives and intellectuals. Mrs. Palin is in the news again due to her inappropriate use of the term “blood libel” in a response she made to critics who held her rhetoric partially to blame for the recent massacre in Tucson, Ariz. which severely wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, once targeted for removal from office by Palin. Palin was rightfully peeved to be held in any way accountable for the violent actions...
  • Why do conservative elites go out of their way to trash Palin?

    01/07/2011 6:05:49 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 71 replies
    http://blogs.standard.net ^ | Posted on January 4, 2011 | Doug Gibson
    Why do conservative elites go out of their way to trash Palin? I’ve noticed that George Will and Charles Krauthammer have taken time out of their many TV gigs to trash Sarah Palin. Other prominent conservatives seem to relish dissing the former Alaska governor. David Frum, Joe Scarborough, Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Chris Christie; don’t forget Kathleen Parker, who parleyed her Palin envy into a CNN talk show that no one watches. This is not an attack on these conservatives. I read them all and often find a lot of worth in what they opine. I don’t understand why they...
  • GOP Establishment Against a Palin Candidacy

    01/03/2011 6:23:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Care2 ^ | January 3, 2011 | Jessica Pieklo
    If you listen to most media reports, the Democrats continue to sputter along after a browbeating at the polls in November while Republicans are poised to usher in a new era of governance and "austerity". But what those reports largely fail to mention is that all is not so tidy for the GOP. In fact, things are downright contentious as Tea Party Republicans struggle to take control of the party away from establishment Republicans. Nowhere is this growing rift more apparent than in the media presence and persona of Sarah Palin. And it is likely that Palin will continue to...
  • TRENDING: GOPer calls Obama administration 'corrupt'

    01/02/2011 11:28:14 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    cnn ^ | January 2nd, 2011 | Gabriella Schwarz
    The incoming House Oversight and Government Reform chairman on Sunday tried to clarify his recent remarks to Rush Limbaugh where he called President Obama "one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times." ... "When you hand out $1 trillion in TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) just before this president came in, most of it unspent, $1 trillion nearly in stimulus, that this president asked for, plus this huge expansion in health care and government, it has a corrupting effect," Issa said on CNN's "State of the Union." Although TARP – the program passed in 2008 intended to strengthen the...
  • How Did All That Happen?

    12/29/2010 6:10:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 4+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 28, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The ImprobablesThere are a number of improbables, anomalies, paradoxes, ironies, absurdities — call them what you wish – on the national scene that simply defy reason. We usually fault an ignorant media as culpable for creating narratives that have no basis in fact and yet are rarely questioned. Here are some of the glaring examples and you decide how the unlikely became the gospel. 1. How did 20-minutes-of-fame Julian Assange construct the façade of an idealistic crusading electronic muckraker? He seems much more likely a part P.T. Barnum showman/part celebrity narcissist. While promising to embarrass a number of banks and...
  • Sarah Palin vs. the GOP Elites

    12/23/2010 8:20:18 PM PST · by curth · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Red County ^ | 12/23/10 | Jim Meyer |
    Will the seemingly nonstop criticism of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin cause the Republican Party to nominate the wrong Presidential candidate in 2012? Our Facebook partner, Positively Republican, recently posted the following question (not in the same exact words, of course) as the topic of a discussion thread: Why do people who admire Governor Palin defend her so forcefully, and almost rabidly, whenever she's attacked; and especially when she's attacked by fellow Republicans who are supposed to be their political--and ideological--allies? The short answer is that Governor Palin’s apologists react to attacks on her the way they do because they...
  • Xmas card from America (An India stationed Pakistani Jourbalist's two cents)

    12/22/2010 4:32:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    DAWN ^ | December 23, 2010 | Jawed Naqvi
    THE woman on the aisle seat, my neighbour on the British Airways flight, could have been any agreeable white American tourist exuding affection for India. That she turned out to be a dyed-in-the-wool Republican made her a more interesting companion on an otherwise pointlessly long journey to San Francisco. She was returning home to Phoenix where Sarah Palin is thought to have a marginal approval as a possible challenger to Barack Obama two years from now. The subject inevitably turned to Meera Shankar`s pat-down search saga. The Indian ambassador in Washington was the toast of the Obama visit to Delhi....
  • Three Myths About Sarah Palin (Yet he calls her a "demagogue)

    12/20/2010 11:30:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 20, 2010 | Shaun Rein
    Who knows? Maybe President Obama will get some gumption and regain support in time for the 2012 elections. Perhaps the Republicans will triumph. But one thing is certain: Sarah Palin will play a key role. Given her influence, it is time to put three common myths about her to rest. Myth No. 1: Sarah Palin is stupid. The only thing liberal and conservative elites can seem to agree about is that Sarah Palin is a dunce. New York Times columnist Frank Rich regularly throws darts at her, and so does the conservative writer George Will. Even former first lady Barbara...
  • Palin to Krauthammer: I’m sorry I’m not hoity toity enough for ya!

    12/16/2010 7:17:51 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 358 replies · 2+ views
    therightscoop ^ | Thursday December 15, 2010
    Sarah Palin never apologizes for what some attribute to her as weaknesses. Krauthammer recently criticized her as not looking very presidential because of her shows and books. But she makes it clear that she brings a different game than what some are accustomed to, and win or lose that’s what she’s going to stick with. She’s going rogue! It’s a great interview all the way through. Enjoy! Link
  • Elite Guilt Begat Obamacare (Enlightening Interview with Author Michael Knox Beran)

    12/16/2010 1:15:10 PM PST · by mojito · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 12/15/2010 | Michael Knox Beran and Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Michael Knox Beran, a frequent contributor to National Review and National Review Online, is the author of... the new book Pathology of the Elites which he discusses with NRO’s Kathryn Jean Lopez here. KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: What’s so pathological about elites? MICHAEL KNOX BERAN: Elites become pathological when they mask their will to power with a philosophy of social pity. Lionel Trilling said of a character in Henry James’s novel The Princess Casamassima — an American-born woman who marries into the European nobility and becomes a social reformer — that she “is the very embodiment of the modern will which...
  • Poll: D.C. elites down on Palin

    12/15/2010 12:01:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies · 1+ views
    A huge majority of Washington's insiders say Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, isn't qualified to be president, a Politico poll indicates. Eight-six percent of respondents considered members of the political establishment said they don't think Palin is qualified to hold the office, compared to 64 percent of the general public, results of the Politico poll released Wednesday said. Eleven percent of political establishment respondents in Washington said they believe Palin is qualified to be president, compared to 23 percent of the general public, the survey indicated. In addition, 79 percent of those classified as Washington elites said...
  • Funding vote to test Obama’s resolve on ending earmarks (6,600 - so far)

    12/15/2010 8:11:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/14/10 | Alexander Bolton
    Funding vote to test Obama’s resolve on ending earmarksBy Alexander Bolton - 12/14/10 08:36 PM ET Senate Democrats are moving aggressively to pass a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that will test President Obama’s resolve on opposing congressional earmarks. The 1,924-page bill would set aside funding for thousands of earmarks, according to Senate aides tracking the legislation. Obama last month called for an earmark ban, saying in one of his weekly addresses that “we can’t afford” these items inserted by members of Congress “without adequate review.” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Tuesday called on Obama to intervene in the Senate’s...
  • Sarah Palin and the Haters of American Normal (Elite "Left" & "Right" are the problem)

    12/13/2010 7:10:39 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Monday December 13, 2010 | By Stuart Schwartz
    We are just south of Christmas, and the nation's insiders -- self-proclaimed blue-bloods by birth and/or worldview -- have declared open season on Sarah Palin.  Crazed left and sclerotic right have united in common purpose -- "hellbent," as Politico put it -- to rid this nation of the possibility of a presidency that would most assuredly end in "apocalyptic disaster" after which "the survivors will envy the dead" (or so says that fading leftist icon, The New Republic).  Stop her now -- or we may end up with a normal American at the helm. Sarah Palin is just too dumb...
  • 20 Statistics That Prove That Global Wealth Is Being Funneled Into The Hands Of The Elite

    12/05/2010 10:41:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 12/03/2010 | Michael Snyder
    Today global wealth is more highly concentrated in the hands of the elite than it ever has been at any other point in modern history. Once upon a time, the vast majority of the people in the world knew how to grow their own food, raise their own animals and take care of themselves. There weren't many that were fabulously wealthy, but there was a quiet dignity in having land you could call your own or in having a skill that you could turn into a business. Sadly, over the past several decades an increasingly growing percentage of agricultural land...
  • Obama's Authoritarian Multiculturalism

    12/05/2010 1:48:48 AM PST · by Scanian · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 05, 2010 | Seth Forman
    National Public Radio's firing of the talented and amiable Juan Williams for comments he made on Fox News about Muslims is outrageous, even disgusting. But it is not an aberration. It is emblematic of the "dictatorship of virtue" imposed on Americans by the country's elites -- many of them, like those at NPR, publicly funded but unaccountable to the American public. Judging from the response to Williams's firing and the immediate extension of his multimillion dollar contract with Fox News, it looks like he will thrive. But arrayed against the unchecked power of elite multiculturalism, now ensconced not only in...
  • Palin power at River Oaks book store, "intellectual" finds her popularity repulsive

    12/03/2010 5:00:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 211 replies · 1+ views
    Friendswood Journal ^ | December 3, 2010 | Steve Mark
    Trina Roberson of Spring arrived at Borders in River Oaks at 5 p.m. Sunday, 18 hours before Sarah Palin began signing copies of her book “America By Heart.” Roberson expected a long line; she found distinction and honor by being at the front. “She really inspires me to be a better American,” said Roberson, “to be more political and to stand up for what’s right for country. She’s an inspiration.” Palin’s appearance at Borders was part of a 16-stop tour to promote the book. 500 wristbands were distributed as Palin supporters lined the store. “She’s what I think every woman...
  • Meghan McCain Flaunts Her Blue-Blooded Idiocy

    12/02/2010 11:30:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 2, 2010 | Cassy Fiano
    It seems almost unfair for an intellectual lightweight like Meghan McCain to take Palin on. While I personally find the Palin-Reagan comparisons a little insulting to the Gipper, Palin is still vastly more intelligent than the majority of PDS-sufferers and is certainly smarter than Meggie-Poo. If this was a boxing match, Sarah would be Mike Tyson facing off against Meggie Mac as Screech. While McCain’s rambling, nonsensical columns are usually full of schadenfreude-y goodness, the columns where she attempts to attack Sarah Palin are simultaneously the most groan-worthy and the most entertaining. In her latest pathetic excuse for a column,...
  • Freaks and Geeks

    11/29/2010 5:35:28 AM PST · by Wonder Warthog · 18 replies
    Powerline ^ | November 28, 2010 | Paul
    In late October, Charles Murray wrote a piece in the Washington Post called "The tea party warns of new elite; they are right." I meant to comment on it at the time, but forgot to because of the impending election. Murray's thesis is that a new elite has developed that is no longer in touch with ordinary Americans. The new elite consists of folks who attended school "with people who are mostly just like them." Many of them "have been ensconced in affluent suburbs from birth and have never been outside the bubble of privilege." Few of them "grew up...
  • Krauthammer to liberals: Conservatism is bigger than just Sarah Palin

    11/27/2010 1:59:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 27, 2010 | Allahpundit
    Via the ‘Busters, here’s the first and last time that a Krauthammer critique of the left will end up irritating more conservatives than liberals. His basic point is unobjectionable — every movement is bigger than its most charismatic champions, as the endless number of lefties who are disappointed in Obama could tell you — but his obvious exasperation with Palin’s present status as de facto conservative spokesman-in-chief has commenters in Headlines buzzing. Kraut famously said in July 2009 that she wasn’t a serious candidate for president, which means there’s already a strike against him in the minds of those who...
  • Palin rebukes Barbara Bush, family as 'blue bloods' after remark

    11/24/2010 11:29:45 AM PST · by ColdOne · 438 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/24/10 | Elise Viebeck
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) denounced the Bush family as "blue bloods" in an interview posted Wednesday and remarked that a mentality like theirs helped to cause the economic downturn. Her comment came in response to a statement made by former first lady Barbara Bush during an interview with CNN's Larry King earlier this week. Asked for her take on Palin, Bush told King: "I think she's very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there." Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham followed up with Palin, asking if she thought Bush's comment had been planned ahead of time. Palin...
  • Why Sarah Palin's still alive & kickin'

    11/22/2010 8:52:08 AM PST · by unseen1 · 89 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 11/22/2010 | BENYAMIN KORN
    NO SOONER had the polls closed on Nov. 2 than Sarah Palin began shaping the platform of the Republican Party and the conservative movement heading into 2012. And when the chief Mama Grizzly sets her formidable mind to something, her opponents start looking a lot less electable. In a 1,500-word manifesto in National Review two days after the historic vote, Palin outlined a strategy for her party, and the country. "The meaning of the 2010 election was rebuke, reject, and repeal," she wrote. "We rebuked Washington's power grab, rejected this unwanted 'fundamental transformation of America,' and began the process to...
  • No Soup for You! Mike Targets Salt Sellers. Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local

    11/10/2010 2:56:38 AM PST · by CharlesThe Hammer · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/9/2010 | Sally Goldenberg
    Mayor Bloomberg's latest health campaign -- cutting salt intake -- has targeted soup as one of the big sodium offenders to be taken down with new city ads. The ads, which will be plastered on subways for the next two months, feature a half-opened can of soup with a geyser of salt spewing from the top and forming a heap around the can.
  • Big, evil industries funded…which party?

    11/09/2010 3:14:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/09/2010 | David Freddoso
    Now that election 2010 is over, let’s go back over to OpenSecrets and look at which evil corporations stole our democracy and bought Congress for the Republicans — the RepubliCorp! First suspect: the military-industrial complex! •Defense Contractors: 55% Democrat, 44% Republican ($18 million) Oh, really? Well, then, it must have been Wall Street! That’s it: Wall Street bought Congress for the GOP! •Securities & Investment: 53% Democrat, 46% Republican ($8.2 million) Oh. Well, even if Wall Street as a whole preferred Democrats, it must have been the real bad guys, those risky Hedge funds and exotic investors… •Hedge Funds: 53%...
  • India: The Pasha Tour

    11/04/2010 9:14:58 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 39 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | November 3, 2010
    Diplomacy: Yes, a traveling president deserves security. But the 3,000-person entourage accompanying Barack Obama to Mumbai, India, this week reeks of pashalike decadence. With an electoral repudiation still ringing in his ears, we can't blame President Obama for wanting to get away from Washington as a new Congress prepares to roll in. He's hardly the first chief executive to do it. But there are problems with this "strategic" visit, with a stated interest in celebrating Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, that suggest this won't be time well spent. In a time of trillion-dollar stimulus packages and $600 billion Fed...
  • The Death of Camelot

    10/31/2010 12:02:31 AM PDT · by Scanian · 25 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 31, 2010 | Bruce Walker
    Fifty years ago, American government -- even American society -- entered into a wonderland of youth, prettiness, chic, and charisma. John Kennedy had defeated Richard Nixon in the presidential debates (or at least JFK defeated Nixon in the eyes of the millions of Americans who watched the debates -- those who heard them on the radio felt that Nixon had won). The election of 1960 was incredibly close and could have torn the country apart, except that mean-spirited Nixon (unlike Nobel Prize winner Gore) chose to concede and spare the nation a political civil war. A glorious age was about...
  • Gore leaves car idling for one hour during speech; Opts for Swedish government jet over public trans

    10/28/2010 10:27:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Climate Depot ^ | October 28, 2010 | Einar Du Rietz and Marc Morano
    'Local legislation prohibits any car engine running for more than 60 seconds' -- But Gore Not Fined. Frankly Sir, You Are an Embarrassment. Al Gore -- He did it again. Recently, Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore toured again. Or maybe he does that all the time. This time, he turned up in Gothenburg (Sweden) for the usual alarmist talk. In advance, all distinguished guests were politely advised to – if possible – use any form of public transportation to go to the event, in order to minimize CO2 emissions. Intriguingly, the Master of World Climate himself arrived in a...
  • Vid-Morning Joe panel of experts completely baffled by Tea Party women(nose-in-the-air-elites..LOL)

    10/18/2010 1:14:49 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 14 replies
    Morning Joe Video - "Morning Joe" panel of experts completely baffled by Tea Party women
  • Ignorance as Authenticity

    10/15/2010 11:47:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Time ^ | October 14, 2010 | Joe Klein
    I was struck by this comment by a voter in today's New York Times account of last night's U.S. Senate debate in Delaware: ............................................... This is a classic American myth, perpetrated by Hollywood, starting with Mr. Smith Goes to Washington--and it's a lovely fantasy. Mr. Smith was an inspired amateur. He followed the news and astonished his local oligarch puppet-master by actually reading the bills he was about to vote on, then making up his own mind. He was part of generation that took citizenship seriously and kept itself informed--even the "average" folks, our grandparents, who came home from work...
  • Start Poor. Work Hard. Do Well. Be Hated Anyway.

    10/12/2010 8:24:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Slate ^ | October 11, 2010 | Anne Applebaum
    In 1958, an English sociologist and Labour politician named Michael Young imagined a future in which the British establishment dissolved itself, abolished all forms of hereditary power, and created instead a meritocracy (a word Young invented) based on IQ. In Young's fable, the academically talented working class happily join the elite. But the less talented resent them even more than they did the old dukes and duchesses. By 2034, this resentment leads to the creation of a violent populist revolution, which sweeps the meritocracy away.To some, this story has always seemed like a warning to the United States. In 1972,...
  • Why Does the Tea Party hate “Elites”? (Hurlicious)

    10/12/2010 1:52:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Frum Forum ^ | October 12, 2010 | Anne Applebaum
    In 1958, an English sociologist and Labor Party politician named Michael Young imagined a future in which the British establishment dissolved itself, abolished all forms of hereditary power and created instead a meritocracy (a word Young invented) based on IQ. In Young’s fable, the academically talented from the working class happily join the elite. But the less-talented resent them even more than they did the old dukes and duchesses. By 2034, this resentment leads to a violent populist revolution that sweeps the meritocracy away. To some, this story has always seemed like a warning to America. In 1972, the American...
  • Peggy Noonan: Why so many of us resent the 'elites'

    10/11/2010 8:00:56 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 62 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Updated: Oct. 9, 2010 9:50 p.m. | Peggy Noonan
    If you write a column, you get a lot of e-mail. Sometimes, especially in a political season, it's possible to discern from it certain emerging themes – the comeback of old convictions, for instance, or the rise of new concerns. Let me tell you something I'm hearing, in different ways and different words. The coming rebellion in the voting booth is not only about the economic impact of spending, debt and deficits on America's future. It's also to some degree about the feared impact of all those things on the character of the American people. There is a real fear...
  • With tagline, MSNBC embraces a political identity ('Lean Forward')

    10/05/2010 5:46:23 AM PDT · by facedodge · 56 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5:27 AM 10/05/2010 | BRIAN STELTER
    MSNBC, once the also-ran but now the No. 2 cable news channel, has a new tagline that embraces its progressive political identity. The tagline, “Lean Forward,” will be publicly announced Tuesday, opening a planned two-year advertising campaign intended to raise awareness of the channel among viewers, advertisers and distributors. The tagline “defines us and defines our competition,” said Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, his implication being that the Fox News Channel, which is No. 1 in cable news and a home for conservatives, is leaning backward. Fox’s best-known tagline is “Fair and Balanced.” Some of the new MSNBC ads...
  • 'Elites' are here to stay

    09/25/2010 12:12:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The National Post ^ | September. 25, 2010 | Joseph Brean
    The elites are on a roll these days. In just the last week, their Toronto chapter foiled the Canadian government's plan to kill the long-gun registry, even as one of their number — a Harvard educated Bay Street executive — was named the Prime Minister's chief of staff. In Britain, the race to lead the Labour Party boiled down to a nail-biter between two Oxford-educated brothers, David and Ed Miliband. And in Washington, the Republican Party revealed "elites" as the true puppet-masters of politics, in a "Pledge To America" that states: "An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes...
  • Curiouser and Curiouser! Cried Alice

    09/24/2010 10:05:18 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-23-10 | Skookum
    The concept of an Elite was described by George Orwell in his book 1984: his portrayal was so graphic it seems our current Socialists borrow as heavily from Orwell as they do from Alynsky. Orwell condemned and ridiculed the Elite: Alynsky described how to use the concept to achieve power and confuse the opposition. Both the authors have been extremely useful in defining the mission for the Elite wannabe, the Rules for Radicals is an effective guide that capitalizes on the absurdity that is the image of the Elite: an image that is still useful in the audacity of...
  • Stewart and Colbert plan spoof of Tea Party rally (Moron Alert)

    09/17/2010 4:10:01 PM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sep. 17, 2010 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - In an apparent spoof of the recent Tea Party rally in Washington, America's leading satirists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will hold rallies on the National Mall days before the November election.
  • Starting to say 'no'

    09/09/2010 3:37:09 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 9, 2010 | ANDREW C. McCARTHY
    A Tectonic shift is in mo tion: How fitting that its focal point is Ground Zero, the inevitable fault line between Islam and the West. Only the blink of an eye ago, uttering the unpleasant truth that in terms of doctrine there is no such thing as "moderate Islam" resulted in one's banishment from what our opinion elites like to call the "mainstream," by which they mean the narrow-minded, viciously defended circle of their own pieties and fictions. You could say it, but your skin had better have an extra coat or two of thick: You were in for a...
  • Productivity gains -however measurable- must be passed onto those being productive

    08/29/2010 5:24:17 AM PDT · by Leisler · 40 replies
    Comment/Market Ticker ^ | 08/28/2010 | Throxxofvron
    Greater profitability realization through increases in Productivity ONLY has a net positive effect upon the Society if the profits realized through productivity gains are equally distributed to all Persons making those gains. In ALL cases otherwise the Productive are merely being robbed of their increased input and there is NO Societal value being transmitted for the increased productive efforts. Unless higher productivity is rewarded there are in fact Negative Societal consequences that will eventually become realized. When the productive Class concludes that there is NO amount of enhanced productivity that will result in a higher standard of living it will...
  • Oikophobia

    08/28/2010 10:07:44 PM PDT · by County Agent Hank Kimball · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 27, 2010 | James Taranto
    "The British philosopher Roger Scruton has coined a term to describe this attitude: oikophobia. Xenophobia is fear of the alien; oikophobia is fear of the familiar: "the disposition, in any conflict, to side with 'them' against 'us', and the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably 'ours.' " What a perfect description of the pro-mosque left. "Scruton was writing in 2004, and his focus was on Britain and Europe, not America. But his warning about the danger of oikophobes--whom he amusingly dubs "oiks"--is very pertinent on this side of the Atlantic today, and it illuminates...
  • The Elite Become Fringe. We Will Remember Come November

    08/18/2010 3:40:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Red State ^ | August 18, 2010 | Erick Erickson
    I’ve written about this before. Let me pretty much repeat myself because it is vitally relevant here. I cannot tell you the number of reporters at major networks and newspapers who will, in private moments, admit there is a real bias in the media. That bias largely comes up from the elite power brokers, trend setters, news reporters, and politicos who live in the New York to Washington corridor. In most cases it is not an intentional bias. It is a product of being highly educated, liberally inclined (”centrist” if you ask them, which is typically code for standing for...
  • Vanity: Does anyone else beside me believe the left and the cultural "elite"..

    08/14/2010 12:38:05 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    JSDude1 | Aug 14, 2010 | J.S.
    Just a question: Does anyone beside me feel that the left (especially in today's environment), and also MOST associated with the "cultural elite" are really just whiny "children" and so should get out of the way so that Grown-ups (aka us responsible Americans), conservative can govern/lead in American culture?? Really they either need to do this, or grow up and have a real conversation with us where we can discuss how to get us out of this mess! So sick of their whining everytime you just want to voice an opinion contrary to their worldview, and/or take action that they...
  • King, Queen Obama’s Vacation Royally As US Economy Worsens

    08/09/2010 7:35:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Bayou Buzz News ^ | August 9, 2010 | Jeff Crouere
    Summary: Barack and Michelle Obama are entitled to vacations, but they are not King, Queen or royalty such as the King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain. The Obamas should remember that US families are suffering from the horrible economy. The last time I checked, the United States of America was a constitutional republic with three co-equal branches of government. Obviously, the President and his wife missed civics class and believe we are living in a monarchy. What else can explain their outrageous behavior? They think they are the King and Queen of America, to hell with the U.S....
  • Instead of Spain, Michelle Obama Should Stick to U.S. Vacations

    08/09/2010 1:06:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | August 9, 2010 | Mary Kate Cary
    There’s a lot of talk about Michelle and Sasha Obama’s mother-daughter trip with 40 friends to a ritzy resort on the coast of Spain, and some of the commentary is a little harsh. Andrea Tantaros of the New York Daily News calls the first lady a “material girl” and a “modern-day Marie Antoinette”--but she also brings up a valid point about the cost to taxpayers of taking an estimated 70 Secret Service agents and Air Force Two on an overseas vacation. Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post writes that the attacks are unfair and that it’s not reasonable to expect...
  • [DNC Chairman] Tim Kaine Defends Michelle Obama's Trip to Spain

    08/09/2010 9:35:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    CBS News' Political Hotsheet ^ | August 9, 2010 | Stephanie Condon
    First Lady Michelle Obama was criticized last week for vacationing in Spain with her daughter while the economy continues to sputter, but Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said this morning it's "wrong" to attack the First Family's private vacation. "I think it's wrong to talk about the first lady's family vacation as a politician," Kaine said on NBC's "Today Show." "She's a mom." Michelle Obama traveled with her daughter Sasha and a group of friends to Costa del Sol in southern Spain. "When you're in office you don't give up being a mom and a family member, too," Kaine...
  • More Middle-Class N.Koreans Defect(unpublicized escape of elites)

    08/06/2010 6:46:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 08/07/10
    More Middle-Class N.Koreans Defect There appears to have been a shift in the profile of defectors fleeing North Korea since a botched currency reform late last year. Before the reform, most of the defectors were so poor that they did not care whether they would be killed if they were caught fleeing the North. But since the currency reform, more middle-class North Koreans have been fleeing the North, a South Korean security official speculated. A North Korean source on Tuesday said the currency reform alienated many people from the regime, and the spread of South Korean pop culture through videos...
  • Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette on a glitzy Spanish vacation

    08/05/2010 9:11:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | August 5, 2010 | Andrea Tantaros
    Sacrifice is something that many Americans are becoming all too familiar with during this economic downturn. It was a key theme in President Obama's inaugural address to the nation, and he's referenced it numerous times when lecturing the country on how to get back on its feet. But while most of the country is pinching pennies and downsizing summer sojourns - or forgoing them altogether - the Obamas don't seem to be heeding their own advice. While many of us are struggling, the First Lady is spending the next few days in a five-star hotel on the chic Costa del...
  • The Prophet of the Ruling Class

    08/05/2010 2:42:59 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 05, 2010 | Jeffrey Folks
    So now the EPA has been petitioned to ban the use of lead in bullets and fishing weights. For hundreds of years, human beings have used lead for those purposes, and life on earth has not exactly come to an end. Now we are told that the lead used in hunting and fishing is harming animals and fish, and it must stop. The scary thing is that one individual, EPA Director Lisa Jackson, has the power to impose such a ban. It's the same for every aspect of American life: A small group of elite administrators, czars, judges, or politicians...
  • The Stark Reality

    08/02/2010 2:43:51 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 02, 2010 | Sally Zelikovsky
    At the end of June, the nation witnessed firsthand the behavior of California Congressman, Fortney "Pete" Stark, towards what he clearly regards as the commoners in his district. This video received over 259,000 hits from a populace tired of being told by elected officials across the land to "talk to the hand." Stark's contemptuous behavior just reared its ugly head once again this past Saturday, July 24th at another town hall meeting in his district. (video link) As evidenced by the endless repertoire of snarky comments and silly hand gestures, Fortney "Pete" Stark is consistently contemptuous of the good people...