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  • Bayh: DC is 'brain-dead'

    02/17/2010 3:24:39 AM PST · by Scanian · 32 replies · 947+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 17, 2010 | GEOFF EARLE
    WASHINGTON -- Retiring Sen. Evan Bayh yesterday denounced "brain-dead partisanship" in Congress, saying the pettiness and focus on personal gain are keeping the institution in a state of dysfunction. "There's just too much brain-dead partisanship, tactical maneuvering for short-term political advantage rather than focusing on the greater good, and also just strident ideology," the Indiana Democrat told ABC News, a day after stunning the political world by announcing he won't seek re-election. "The extremes of both parties have to be willing to accept compromises from time to time to make some progress, because some progress for the American people is...
  • O is an ideologue. Even if he doesn't realize it

    02/03/2010 3:12:17 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies · 499+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 3, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    'I am not an ideologue," President Obama insisted at his truly refreshing confab with the Republican caucus last Friday. When he heard some incredulous murmurs and chuckles from the audience in response to the idea that the most sincerely ideological president in a generation is no ideologue, he added a somewhat plaintive, "I'm not." The president's defensiveness isn't surprising. He holds his self-definition as a pragmatist dear -- and not just because it polls well. It's clear from interviews that he's fond of the notion that he is above ideological squabbles and is a clear-eyed appraiser of facts and adjudicator...
  • Three Important Reasons Why Obama's Demagoguery Will Fail

    01/29/2010 3:37:46 AM PST · by Scanian · 16 replies · 699+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | January 29, 2010 | J. Robert Smith
    "It's the economy, stupid." Or is it? We know this shopworn cliché is true because none other than Mr. Health Care Reform himself, Barack Obama, made the economy the featured item in his State of the Union address. But then, saying the economy is front and center to Mr. Obama misstates his real intent, which has everything to do with advancing statism's frontiers and ransacking the bag of cheap tricks that Democrats resort to when sinking in the polls. That bag of tricks is called demagoguery. But will it work this time? No, and for good reasons. Mr. Obama is...
  • Foundations of Radical Tolerance and Cultural Inertia

    Our culture is distracted and fragmented due to competing concepts of meaning. In the last 30 or 40 years we have seen the rise of an irrational and radical ultra-tolerance whereby any and all ideologies are accepted because they are different. There is no value judgments placed upon these ideologies, even if they oppose our own because to do so would be to display intolerance; we are sacrificing our nation on the altar of a mistaken and ignorant misunderstanding of the functioning of humanity. Radical tolerance upon which multiculturalism and post-modernism rest is the idea that there is no truth...
  • Serving PORK at the White House?

    01/01/2010 6:48:21 AM PST · by Bob Eimiller · 34 replies · 1,229+ views
    My Keyboard | Jan 1 2010 | Robert Eimiller
    Lyndon Johnson gave us one "entitlement extraordinaire", MEDICARE. It’s obviously broke and in turn breaking the country. Lets not even mention the Vietnam fiasco. Jimmy Carter? His incredible naivete coupled with his liberal and anti Israel mind set actually created the current and extremely dangerous Iran mess. He forced the strong western supporting ally Shah into exile leaving a massive void. His irresponsible action allowed the west hating Ayatollah Khomeini to radicalize a soon to be enemy nuclear menace. Does any intelligent American think a “professional” ACORN community organizer can do more than create campaign slogans like “hope and change”...
  • Conservatism

    12/30/2009 8:57:54 AM PST · by PeterPrinciple · 10 replies · 304+ views
    Conservatism (Latin: conservare, to "save" or "preserve")[1] is a political attitude and philosophy that advocates institutions and traditional practices that have developed organically,[2][3] thus emphasizing stability and continuity.[3] The first established use of the term in a political context was by François-René de Chateaubriand in 1819, following the French Revolution.[4] The term has since been used to describe a variety of politicians with a wide range of views. In Western politics, the term conservatism often refers to the school of thought based on British politician Edmund Burke's criticism of the French Revolution. Though his legacy as a conservative is disputed,...
  • Why scientists lie -- and what to do about it

    12/01/2009 3:28:49 AM PST · by Scanian · 13 replies · 792+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 01, 2009 | Paul Shlichta
    The recent revelations of misrepresentation by CRU scientists about research on climate change should come as no surprise. Scientists, like all human beings, are sometimes tempted to lie or cheat and occasionally they succumb to those temptations. Actually, scientists don't do too badly. According to a recent analysis of surveys of scientific misconduct: "In surveys asking about the behavior of colleagues, fabrication, falsification, and modification [of data] had been observed, on average, by over 14% of respondents, and other questionable practices [such as 'dropping data points based on a gut feeling', and 'changing the design, methodology or results of a...
  • FEEDBACK WANTED: Your opinion of the political ideology of this person. What is he trying to say?

    11/28/2009 6:19:17 PM PST · by My_Name_is_a_Number · 45 replies · 1,372+ views
    I am seeking Feedback on your views as to what is this person's political ideology. Your opinions are most appreciated.
  • Pro-Darwin consensus doesn't rule out intelligent design (published on CNN!!!)

    11/24/2009 6:50:51 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 171 replies · 3,129+ views
    CNN ^ | November 23, 2009 | Stephen Meyer, Ph.D.
    Pro-Darwin consensus doesn't rule out intelligent design --snip-- (CNN) -- While we officially celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" on November 24, celebrations of Darwin's legacy have actually been building in intensity for several years. Darwin is not just an important 19th century scientific thinker. Increasingly, he is a cultural icon. Darwin is the subject of adulation that teeters on the edge of hero worship, expressed in everything from scholarly seminars and lecture series to best-selling new atheist tracts like those by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. The atheists claim that...
  • What is Neo-Socialism?

    11/03/2009 7:28:58 AM PST · by La Lydia · 36 replies · 838+ views
    National Review ^ | November 3, 2009 | Jonah Goldberg
    The conservative wahoo suggests: Here are ... the defining characteristics of "Neo-socialism". 1. A belief in the concept that capitalism has failed, but can be resuscitated by a new partnership between government and business. This new partnership will be inherently more fair to more people. 2. A belief that competition isn't necessarily bad, and that government can and should be permitted to compete with private industry. 3. A belief that big government isn't necessarily bad; what is bad is BAD big government. Big, effective government is desirable. 4. A belief in the transcendent quality of the world community while de-valuing...
  • 111th United States Congress: Ideology Trumps Economist

    10/22/2009 5:04:08 PM PDT · by Son House · 14 replies · 704+ views
    Alias Son House | October 22, 2009 | Alias Son House
    On Wednesday, Pelosi had a forum with top House Democrats and a team of economists: Former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Alan Blinder, October 21, 2009 'Absolutely horrendous long term fiscal out look' This is a graph presented by Jared Bernstein, chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden. Do you see any current recovery? There are not going to be Job increases for a long time, look at that curve in the graph Yet, Pelosi says the recession is coming to an end; PELOSI: It's no accident that right now that as the recession's coming to an end it does...
  • I believe Russia will fall

    10/18/2009 9:21:08 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 21 replies · 1,284+ views
    10/19/2009 | WesternCulture
    Russia is a very disorganized part of the World. In what way have they contributed to humanity? Russia simply isn't fit for life and furthermore lacks true a sense of leadership. How my country could contribute to getting rid of Russia:
  • Poll: What is Obama's Ideology? - Runs 10/16-10/30 (give I.O. your FReep)

    10/16/2009 9:50:42 AM PDT · by unspun · 16 replies · 1,163+ views
    Investigating Obama ^ | 10/16/2009 | AW
    You will also find this poll by scrolling down the I.O. Portal Sidebar. Tell us what you think.
  • Organized Against Labor (Mark Levin Against Academia Promoting Ideology on the Public Dime)

    10/12/2009 12:09:28 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 4 replies · 633+ views
    MarkLevinFan ^ | October 12, 2009 | Sgt Tim writes: In the last few years, a conservative legal organization [Ed. -- Mark Levin's Landmark Legal Foundation] has filed complaints and extensive information requests to at least 11 colleges and universities with regard to labor centers that conduct research about and offer programs for unions. ... The [American Association of University Professors'] statement questioned the basis for the Landmark actions and said that the association was trying to undercut the labor centers by waging an ideological attack on them. Further, the statement noted that colleges and universities have a range of offerings for different organizations in society, and that...
  • O's albatross: Misguided Nobel will weigh on rest of his presidency

    10/11/2009 3:12:17 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies · 1,877+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 10, 2009 | JOHN BOLTON
    Americans were justifiably proud last week of their many Nobel Prize winners. Eight of the nine honorees in physics, chemistry and medicine were US citizens, some native-born, some naturalized, a near total American sweep. And their achievements were glorious: better understanding how DNA works, the basis for enormous medical progress; developing fiber-optic cable, revolutionizing global communications; and advances in cell biology, with enormous implications for treating cancer. In each case, these breakthroughs, some made as long as 20 years ago, have proven themselves beyond the laboratory, and already made enormous real-world differences. Next to these marvels, how to explain the...
  • Liberating biology from a Procrustean bed of dogma (even the evos are abandoning the HMS Beagle!!!)

    09/29/2009 1:39:24 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 59 replies · 1,868+ views
    Science Literature (ARN) ^ | September 25, 2009 | David Tyler, Ph.D.
    In a Commentary essay, Carl Woese and Nigel Goldenfeld provide an analysis of biological thought that differs profoundly from that presented by those celebrating the Bicentenary of Darwin's birth and, incidentally, the recently published AP Biology Standards. "This is the story of how biology of the 20th century neglected and otherwise mishandled the study of what is arguably the most important problem in all of science: the nature of the evolutionary process. This problem [ . . ] became the private domain of a quasi-scientific movement, who secreted it away in a morass of petty scholasticism, effectively disguising the fact...
  • The Biggest Missing Story in Politics - One Year Update

    08/20/2009 10:42:20 PM PDT · by Scanian · 66 replies · 2,334+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 21, 2009 | Bruce Walker
    August 25, 2008, just about one year ago, my article on those Battleground Polls -- which have routinely shown for many years that about sixty percent of Americans are "conservatives" -- stirred up quite a ruckus. If my analysis is right, then that would explain Democrat hysteria over the town hall meetings in America as the revelation that the Left is just a small minority of Americans who have insinuated themselves into the chokepoints of information, education, entertainment, and policy in American society. Gallup, which has also polled the ideology of Americans, has presented the data in a much murkier...
  • Are you Conservative?- A manifesto, part one

    08/19/2009 6:58:04 PM PDT · by thedmasterr · 13 replies · 560+ views
    My Uncommon Sense ^ | Wednesday August 19th, 2009 | Jedidiah Bressman
    You have people who are true conservatives and then there are those who are CINO’s (Conservatives in Name Only). This is a three part series that will take you through the top nine views (chosen by Your’s Truly) that make a conservative, a true conservative. This time around, we will discuss Abortion, Gun Rights, and Government. This is what I believe and what I believe it means to be a True Conservative. There will always be controversy, however, as these are core principles of conservatism that I will be discussing.
  • 43% of Texans identify as 'conservative'

    08/19/2009 10:45:36 AM PDT · by freespirited · 32 replies · 1,948+ views
    Texas' identity as a solid "red" state is unlikely to change any time soon. According to a new Gallup Poll, 43 percent of Lone Star State residents identify as "conservatives" while just 16 percent identify as "liberals." Thirty-six percent of respondents described themselves as "moderates," in the poll of more than 9,100 Texans. The most conservative state is Alabama, where 49 percent of residents are solidly conservative, followed by Mississippi, Utah and Louisiana. The most liberal state is Massachusetts where 29 percent of people identify as liberal, followed by Vermont, Oregon and Washington. In Washington D.C., 37 percent of respondents...
  • Is your average cop society’s sentinel or is he a racist authoritarian?

    08/14/2009 12:00:54 AM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 3 replies · 363+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | August 13, 2009 | David Swindle
    Terry Krepel over at ConWebWatch had a response yesterday to my post challenging his misinterpretation of David Horowitz’s and my arguments regarding racial profiling: In an Aug. 6 NewsReal blog post, David Swindle takes us to task for our previous criticism of him and David Horowitz for their apparent support of racial profiling: David Horowitz had a great one-line response to Terry’s inability to even bother engaging our arguments for discussion: What is it you don’t understand about protecting black people from black predators? To which we respond: What is it you don’t understand about not treating all black people...