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  • The Republican Wisdom of Machiavelli

    02/18/2015 3:14:56 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 144 replies
    The accepted dogma among many conservatives is that the way to save what remains of our republic is to vote conservative, constitutionalist, virtuous men and women into office. History shows that to be a blind alley, a dead end that occupies many minds, all the while evil men get away with high crimes. It’s a pity that electoral history going back decades have failed to disprove their belief. Most of the conservative candidates we send to congress go wobbly, rino or worse. Meanwhile, no congressional rats ever turn conservative. Clearly, there is something outside the power of personal character and...
  • Jon Stewart Dismantles Chris Matthews (unbelievable)

    10/03/2007 8:37:56 PM PDT · by xjcsa · 104 replies · 6,572+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | October 3, 2007 | Greg Mitchell
    See the video here. Also, see the transcript here. Now for the main story:Jon Stewart Dismantles Chris MathewsIf you have ever bemoaned the turn Matthews -- a former newspaperman -- has taken in recent years, you have to check out what happened on "The Daily Show" on Tuesday night. Matthews called it "the worst interview ever." By Greg Mitchell (October 03, 2007) -- You may find this hard to believe, but there was a time when TV gasbag Chris Matthews was a respectable hard news reporter. He worked in Washington, D.C. for the San Francisco Examiner from 1987 to around...
  • In Machiavelli We Trust?

    06/07/2014 5:11:11 PM PDT · by RobaWho · 5 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | June 7, 2014 | Rob Cunningham
    Ample evidence engulfs us, with clear indications that no individual life, no natural law, no constitutional principle, religious tenant or human race on earth is safe from today's dark, governing ideology. Our highest elected and appointed officials, in both parties, believe millions of us are no longer the "right" kind of people and as a result, our personal safety is at risk while our liberties are being legislated away. Prince Niccolň Machiavelli (c 1527) writing in, "The Prince", famously wrote about the following "statebuilding" thought process; Anything can be done, no matter what the consequences may be, for the end...
  • BBC Imagine Who's Afraid of Machiavelli

    03/25/2014 5:51:30 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 11 replies
    BBC via Youtube ^ | Mar 25, 2014 | BBC
    With performances from Peter Capaldi, imagine. marks the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli's notorious book The Prince. Imagine Who's Afraid of Machiavell. This video has been recorded at the international conference on 'Machiavelli's The Prince: Five Centuries of History, Conflict, and Politics' at Brunel Unive. Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Nicolo Machiavelli's seminal work The Prince The BBC's Tim Wilcox discusses Machiavellian ideals vs modern Italian politics.
  • Why Are The Democrats So Eager To See America Disarmed

    12/23/2013 8:07:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    extranosalley.com ^ | 8 December, 2013 | Stranger
    A search engine sent someone here searching for “why are democrats eager to confiscate guns.” Essentially, to facilitate remaining in power, and for self preservation. And for the full answer to that, let me turn to the recognized expert on the topic. Niccolň Machiavelli wrote Il Principe, The Prince, which most rulers of the past 500 years have had on their nightstand. While The Prince should take up a quarter of one high school civics or government class, one chapter in particular should be read and understood by every gun owner.The title and chapter number varies with the translation, but...
  • Five theories about Obama’s meeting with Romney

    11/29/2012 5:40:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    Constitution Center ^ | November 29, 2012 | Scott Bomboy
    ... Obama is having Mitt Romney over for lunch on Thursday and their meeting is already generating a lot of buzz. Here are five theories about the White House’s motives.... 1. Obama is extending a common courtesy... 2. Obama will offer Romney a Cabinet job... 3. Obama will enlist Romney in the fiscal cliff debate... 4. Obama wants Romney’s advice on business issues... 5. Obama wants closure on the 2012 presidential election, or something else?....
  • Machiavellian Rove 'Kept Santorum Alive Until He Could Kill Rick Perry First... THEN Newt Gingrich'

    11/15/2012 6:34:51 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 150 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 November 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    GO AWAY already It's over dude... As you've most likely already heard, the TEA Party right has declared all-out war on Karl 'Boss Hogg' Rove in the wake of numerous recent (expen$ive) GOP disasters in which 'The Architect' played an inglorious starring role. The final straw was likely his lack of willingness to take responsibility for an almost complete lack of success in the 2012 election cycle, instead pointing fingers and making excuses like an Italian cruise ship captain. Rove's flat-out whiffing in almost every race he backed -on top of improbable Romney defeat- would be enough for any sensible...
  • WikiLeaks – State Secrets or Clever Tactics?

    12/07/2010 11:55:38 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 12 replies
    OilPrice.com ^ | 07/12/2010 | Claude Salhani
    Is the US Government Machiavellian enough to orchestrate the recent brouhaha over the so-called website WikiLeaks, is this a real embarrassment, or will it indeed be damaging as some U.S. diplomats claim? I am not one to support conspiracy theories but when you stop to analyze the content of the information that was leaked it seem that two things emerge: first, the content of the cables were not so earth shattering as to damage national security, or harm Washington’s relations with other countries. Second, upon further analysis, it would appear that the information revealed instead sends a strong message to...
  • Obama is no Fonzie

    09/23/2009 10:46:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies · 1,721+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 24, 2009 | Greg Sheridan
    IT may seem rather unkind to express some serious doubts about US President Barack Obama just now. He is wowing the UN with talk of nuclear disarmament. He is mesmerising the Group of 20 with talk of global recovery. He is leading a policy review that talks of winning in Afghanistan and he will not send more troops in response to the request of the US military commander in Afghanistan... He has stirred hearts in the Middle East with talk of peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. And from October 1 he will be talking directly with the Iranians...
  • BOOK REVIEW: POWER RULES BY LESLIE H. GELB

    04/08/2009 7:00:30 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 256+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | April 8, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Book Review: Leslie H. Gelb, Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy, Harper-Collins Publishers, 2009. by Wayne Lusvardi The 15th century ambassador of the city-state of Florence, Italy, Niccolo Machiavelli wrote: “There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.” Whether Leslie H. Gelb's book Power Rules falls into the first or the second of Machiavelli's three types of intelligence is the question to be...
  • On Liberality - Machiavelli

    12/15/2008 3:07:28 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 22 replies · 1,704+ views
    Project Gutenberg ^ | 1513 | Niccolo Machiavelli
    Some five hundred years ago Niccolo Machiavelli discussed liberalism: “And there is nothing wastes so rapidly as liberality, for even whilst you exercise it you lose the power to do so, and so become either poor or despised, or else, in avoiding poverty, rapacious and hated. And a prince should guard himself, above all things, against being despised and hated; and liberality leads you to both. Therefore it is wiser to have a reputation for meanness which brings reproach without hatred, than to be compelled through seeking a reputation for liberality to incur a name for rapacity which begets reproach...
  • Quotes: Machiavelli on Liberalism and Meanness

    10/09/2008 6:44:48 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 19 replies · 1,674+ views
    The Prince - via Constitution.org ^ | 1505 | Nicolo Machiavelli
    Quotes: Machiavelli – CONCERNING LIBERALITY AND MEANNESSNote the distinction between the terms; either you are liberal or you are mean. This is according to the view of the citizen; either you give to them, or you do not.Some politicians have gone to great lengths to portray the rich as another type of citizen, almost an enemy of the people. In doing so, they now have the masses believing that taking from the rich is a noble cause; especially if they are to receiveservices from this legal plunder. START EXCERPT COMMENCING then with the first of the above-named characteristics, I say...
  • Machiavelli's Daring 'Gift'

    09/04/2008 5:49:38 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 127+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 30, 2008 | WILLIAM AMELIA
    It was a daring political move that the exiled Niccolo Machiavelli, his career in ruin, made in 1512 from his family farm south of Florence. He had sent a short treatise, "The Prince" (Il Principe), as an offering of counsel to the most powerful man in Florence, Lorenzo (called "the Magnificent") de Medici, the man who himself had ordered Machiavelli's dismissal and exile. The cover letter is as masterly as the treatise. "Take this little gift," Machiavelli wrote, "in the spirit I send it, and if you read it diligently you will discover in it my urgent wish that you...
  • Obama, Shaman--candidate’s post-masculine charisma tempts America in the age of Oprah

    07/14/2008 7:48:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies · 431+ views
    City Journal | Frontpagemagazine ^ | July 14, 2008 | Michael Knox Beran
    In the patois of punditry, “charismatic” has come to mean little more than “like a rock star.” But the striking thing about the charismatic leader is the extent to which his followers regard him as a healer of wounds, an alleviator of pain. In this sense, surely, Senator Barack Obama is charismatic. The carefully knotted ties and the dark, conservatively tailored suits only accentuate the exoticness of his shamanism; he has entered the American psyche not as a hero but as a healer. The country, or much of it, has longed for such a figure, a man from the once-oppressed...
  • The Clintons' Terror Pardons

    04/17/2008 6:59:59 PM PDT · by freerepublic_or_die · 19 replies · 202+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 12, 2008 | DEBRA BURLINGAME
    It was nearly 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve, 1982. Two officers on New York Police Department's elite bomb squad rushed to headquarters at One Police Plaza, where minutes earlier an explosion had destroyed the entrance to the building. Lying amid the carnage was Police Officer Rocco Pascarella, his lower leg blasted off. "He was ripped up like someone took a box cutter and shredded his face," remembered Detective Anthony Senft, one of the bomb-squad officers who answered the call 25 years ago. "We really didn't even know that he was a uniformed man until we found his weapon, that's...
  • This article isn't finished but..

    03/21/2008 1:23:44 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 20 replies · 607+ views
    21032008 | WesternCulture
    "European bankers and the dollar holocaust" OK, this article isn't finished yet, but I was thinking like "why not publish what I've written so far beforehand, the topic is a highly important one and people here on Free Republic aren't whiners, sure they'll forgive me for saving this draft for later forum abuse and instead I could go treat my sore European intellect to some Absolut and b-movies". I'm on holiday, actually. The unfinished article (please comment!!): "Personally, I'm not born of banking stock. My forebears here in Sweden (yes, I am, again, trying to write an article in English...
  • An Open Letter to Hillary Conservatives

    03/01/2008 7:15:57 AM PST · by Richard Poe · 115 replies · 1,105+ views
    Poe.com ^ | February 29, 2008 | Richard Lawrence Poe
    by Richard Lawrence Poe Friday, February 29, 2008 ArchivesPermanent Link I ADDRESS this column to that new breed of conservative, the Hillarycon. These are conservatives who support Hillary Clinton. Below I describe the three types of Hillarycon and explain why each is wrong. TYPE 1: The Innocent Hillarycon The first type is the most well-meaning, but possibly the most deluded. Innocent Hillarycons view Hillary as a weaker candidate than Obama, and thus seek to help Hillary win the nomination. They are wrong. Hillary's weakness is an illusion. She is playing rope-a-dope with Obama. By hanging on the ropes, and...
  • Hellary: Machiavelli's evil twin

    12/15/2007 1:24:32 PM PST · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 356+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12/15/07 | Ellis Washington
    This column is another in a series of articles I have written on the duplicity of human nature. Other pieces I've written in this genre include: "Sen. Barbara Boxer and Secretary of State Condolezza Rice ("What is Plantation Liberalism?"); Ira Einhorn and Al Gore (The cult of Celebrity"); Oprah and Barak Obama ("Queen Oprah and her anointed squire"); Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe vs. Truth ("A letter to professor Laurence Tribe on Veritas"), among others. Here, I would like to explore some of the more seductive similarities between Hillary and Machiavelli. Who was Machiavelli? He was an Italian Renaissance...
  • Madam Hellary Clinton: Machiavelli's evil twin? Ellis Washington compares two radicals

    12/15/2007 2:07:23 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 89+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 12/15/07 | Ellis Washington
    Politics have no relation to morals. The end justifies the means. – Machiavelli I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president! – Hillary Rodham Clinton (as first lady) This column is another in a series of articles I have written on the duplicity of human nature. Other pieces I've written in this genre include: "Sen. Barbara Boxer and Secretary of State Condolezza Rice ("What is Plantation Liberalism?"); Ira Einhorn and Al Gore (The cult of Celebrity"); Oprah and Barak Obama ("Queen Oprah and her anointed squire"); Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe vs. Truth...
  • Former NJ governor's wife recalls ordeal

    09/01/2007 12:53:06 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 37 replies · 1,270+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 01-Sept-2007 | ANGELA DELLI SANTI,
    Matos McGreevey once stood shellshocked next to her ex-husband, then-New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey, as he announced before TV cameras that he was "a gay American" and would resign."I was watching his wife the other day standing next to him, and I thought, 'Oh my gosh, that was me three years ago. Now here we go again,'" Matos McGreevey said in an interview at her home Friday evening. "She's a victim of the choices he's made."James McGreevey, the nation's first openly gay governor, later said he stepped down rather than succumb to a $50 million blackmail threat from...
  • Machiavelli in Context. His thoughts are even more important today.

    08/04/2007 3:03:50 PM PDT · by jongaltsr · 58 replies · 1,048+ views
    The great courses - The Teaching Company ^ | unknown | Professor William R. Cook
    Everyone who has seriously studied the works of Machiavelli agrees that he believed in the superiority of a Republican form of government, defined as a mixed constitution with elements of monarchy (President), aristocracy (Senate, Congress plus others), and notably democracy for the common man. After purchasing this program to study I have a better understanding of what is working right and what is going wrong in our country. Some of the major points are that any successful Republics must control taxes as people who are over taxed are not easy to control. A well-governed people pay little in the way...
  • Nelson Mandela's Group of Global Elders a Who's Who of Pro-Abortion, Pro-Population Control Movement

    07/23/2007 3:28:42 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 45 replies · 1,356+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/23/07 | John Jalsevac
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 20, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - World famous opponent of South African apartheid, Nelson Mandela, celebrated his 89th birthday last Wednesday by announcing the formation of a Global council of elders, known simply as "The Elders."So far The Elders includes Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Mary Robinson, Jimmy Carter, Li Zhaoxing, Muhammad Yunus, Ela Bhatt, Graca Machel, and, of course, Nelson Mandela.  The group of high-profile international leaders is intended to be an independent body of "wise" men and women that will use their combined experience to solve any of the host of problems currently...
  • Rove Strikes Again! (Top Secret Political Source Reveals All)

    06/05/2007 10:54:35 PM PDT · by Dat Mon · 31 replies · 681+ views
    self | Jun 6, 2007 | dat mon
    NOTE: I RECEIVED THIS SECRET EMAIL TONIGHT FROM A SECRET SOURCE DEEP WITHIN THE WHITEHOUSE POLITICAL OPERATIONS GROUP. I CANNOT REVEAL THE SOURCE OF THIS CONFIDENTIAL INFO. THIS IS AN EXCERPT... (please pass this info along to your frineds, and ask them to also pass it along....also ask them to send a small donation to my Internet Service provider, a Mr Smith who is located in Nigeria.) "You guys just don't get it!!! (:0( In your hyperbolic hysterical zeal to wallow in your whiny Bush Derangement Syndrome...you all have neglected the obvious...this Comprehensive Immigration Wealth Redistribution Bill was designed by...
  • Double Agent Karl - Machiavelli takes a look at the immigration bill.

    05/26/2007 6:22:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,452+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 25, 2007 | John O'Sullivan
    May 25, 2007, 0:00 a.m. Double Agent KarlMachiavelli takes a look at the immigration bill. By John O'Sullivan From the desk of Nick Machiavelli, Senior Partner, Machiavelli, O’Blarney, Iago, Alcibiades, and Morris, Political Consultants To: Karl Rove, The Smoke-Filled Room, Air Force One, Somewhere in North America My Dear Karl, When Lilith picked up your call on the answering service, I told her firmly that we must not say “I told you so.” And we won’t, really. But since you ask, I don’t think this thing is going to work. Take a look, first, at the coalition you have...
  • 5-year term for investigator in forgery case - "I believe that the death penalty is illegal."

    05/01/2007 11:22:18 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 36 replies · 1,529+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, May 1, 2007 | Mark Martin
    5-year term for investigator in forgery case - "I believe that the death penalty is illegal...It is barbaric and an atrocity...Any acts I committed are out of a firm belief against the state killing these people." Mark Martin, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau Tuesday, May 1, 2007 (05-01) 04:00 PDT Sacramento -- A former criminal defense investigator accused of forging statements from jurors, witnesses and others in death penalty cases pleaded guilty to four charges Monday and accepted a five-year prison sentence. Kathleen Culhane, 40, said outside a Sacramento courtroom that she filed incorrect documents on behalf of five condemned inmates because...
  • On How to Treat the Populace of Iraq After Their Insurgency - Niccolo Machiavelli (paraphrased)

    04/10/2007 8:09:45 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 10 replies · 868+ views
    The Pasadena Pundit ^ | April 10, 2007 | Wayne Lusvardi
    On How to Treat the Populace of Iraq After Their Insurgency Niccolo Machiavelli - Paraphrased (The Pasadena Pundit - April 10, 2007) (Appearing before the Congress, Gen. David Patraeus spoke of) what should be done with the territories and cities of Iraq. These are the words he used, and the decision that the Congress reached, more or less verbatim, as (the resurrected ancient Roman historian) Livy reports them: "Congressmen! What needed to be done in Iraq with armies and wars has, by grace of god and the skill of our soldiers, been done. Slaughtered are the enemy armies of the...
  • Machiavelli's hero:Cesare Borgia

    03/11/2007 7:45:33 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 26 replies · 769+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11 March 2007 | ALEXANDER STILLE
    ...Machiavelli again cites the example of Borgia in taking up the question of "whether it is better to be loved than feared." Not unsurprisingly, Machiavelli writes that, if one had to choose, it is better to be feared than loved: "Cesare Borgia was considered cruel; nonetheless, that cruelty united Romagna and brought it peace and stability. On careful reflection, he was more merciful than the Florentines, who, in order to avoid being seen as cruel, allowed Pistoia to be destroyed." Machiavelli (like Borgia himself) has been accused, unfairly, of glorifying cruelty and treachery. This is not the case. Machiavelli wrote...
  • Machiavelli and the Mullahs

    03/01/2007 8:45:31 AM PST · by Tolik · 20 replies · 1,006+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 01, 2007 | David J. Rusin
    Machiavelli could offer President Bush what he needs most at this pivotal juncture: a philosophical blueprint for confronting the Iranian nuclear threat and successfully prosecuting the broader war against radical Islam. A leading figure of the Renaissance, Niccolo Machiavelli served as a diplomat and militia commander for the short-lived Florentine Republic of the early sixteenth century. His seminal experiences in office, coupled with a remarkably deep reading of history, led Machiavelli to the pioneering political philosophy which he would outline in The Prince and elaborate upon in Discourses on Livy. Like all great books, The Prince transcends the time for...
  • Logan Darrow Clements will be on WCTC 1450 AM to discuss eminent domain Saturday afternoon

    06/22/2006 6:52:41 PM PDT · by shoptalk · 1 replies · 313+ views
    WCTC 1450 AM Radio ^ | June 22, 2006 | Keith Rasmussen and Maggie Glynn
    Logan Darrow Clements will be on Central Jersey 1450 AMs Loud & Clear to discuss eminent domain Saturday afternoon at 4:15 PM Eastern time. The broadcast will stream live at www.wctcam.com . When Mr. Clements last visited Piscataway, NJ, he attended a street fair. His purpose: To ask Mayor Brian C. Wahler why he is using eminent domain to take away a family farm from its rightful owners - the Halpers. "We found Mayor Wahler and started questioning him. He walked away. We followed him and kept questioning him. Within a few moments police officers confronted us. The mayor kept...
  • Freepers Help! Another Eminent Domain Theft

    07/19/2006 2:14:54 PM PDT · by gentlestrength · 136 replies · 1,475+ views
    Fox News Hannity and Colmes video 7/19 | 7/19/06 | gentlestrength
    The Halper Family's farm in NJ since 1921 is being taken through eminent domain today. Mrs. Halpert says dems and reps make money by having arrangements with developers.
  • July 8-10, 2006 Camp-Out at the Halper Farm to Stop Eminent Domain

    06/30/2006 4:53:54 PM PDT · by Freestar · 58 replies · 1,396+ views
    Freestar Media ^ | 06/30/06 | Logan Darrow Clements
    We need YOU to drive your RV, pitch your tents, and take a stand against eminent domain abuse by camping out at the Halper Farm until the moment of eviction. We hope it will be like Valley Forge without the frostbite and Woodstock without the mud. We have received word that the government plans to send over a large number of well armed police officers to evict this family from what is rightfully theirs. We must draw a line in the sand and say: NO MORE! We must defend our constitutional right to own property. If this event isn't worthy...
  • Piscataway gets OK to condemn farmland

    12/07/2002 5:39:00 AM PST · by sauropod · 175 replies · 1,794+ views
    New Jersey Star-Ledger | December 3, 2002 | Patrick Jenkins
    Piscataway gets OK to condemn farmland December 3, 2002 By Patrick Jenkins, Star-Ledger Staff pjenkins@starledger.com 732-634-3607 To submit a Letter to the Editor: eletters@starledger.com The future of the Cornell Dairy Farm was decided yesterday when a state judge granted Piscataway the power to condemn property that has been at the center of a bitter, three-year legal battle between the Halper family and township officials. Superior Court Assignment Judge Robert Longhi rejected arguments by Halper attorney John J. Reilly to dismiss the condemnation proceeding. Longhi restated his ruling from June 2000 that Piscataway had a legitimate purpose in taking the 75-acre...
  • FBI searches office of former [NJ]Sen. Lynch [McGeevey Mentor Probed]

    11/10/2005 6:22:10 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 24 replies · 675+ views
    FBI agents yesterday raided an office shared by former state Sen. John Lynch and a politically active developer, bringing into the open a longstanding corruption probe involving one of the state's most powerful political figures. Agents executed a search warrant at the Tinton Falls office that Lynch, a Democrat and political mentor to former Gov. James E. McGreevey, shares with developer Jack Westlake, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the raid.
  • DIARY UPDATE or how GipperGal charmed the Italians and VV!

    08/14/2005 12:28:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 543+ views
    August 11-13, 2005 | GipperGal
    From Thursday, August 11th: So finally, I had a meal today.. And I'm not within yards of any "famous site". NYer's advice to avoid eating near any famous sites had me chuckling yesterday. It's all relative. You can't walk a few meters in this city without hitting an historic ruin or a major work of art? ,P. I've heard it said before that Europe is America's museum. Of course, this was intended as a bit of an insult to the "Euro-weenies" (not saying they are all weenies, just explaining the quote's context)-- but there is some truth to this. Rome...
  • Putin orders the interior ministry to conduct preventive strikes against terrorists

    07/27/2005 7:38:43 PM PDT · by Bald Eagle777 · 6 replies · 390+ views
    Russian News and Information Agency ^ | July 27, 2005 | RIA Novosti (no specific author divulged)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the interior ministry to conduct preventive strikes against terrorists. "[The Interior Ministry's] measures in this area must have a preventive nature," the president said at a meeting Wednesday with high-ranking interior ministry officials in the Kremlin. "We realize how serious the tasks facing security-related agencies in Russia are, especially the law enforcement bodies and interior ministry troops," Putin said. He also said the latest events in the world confirm that terrorism remains a major global threat. "The recent blasts in London; the terrorist acts in Iraq, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt; and the assaults on government...
  • Political Party Fundraiser David D'Amiano Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison

    05/01/2005 7:21:28 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 21 replies · 1,168+ views
    US DOJ ^ | May 1, 2005 | US DOJ
    NEWARK - New Jersey political fund raiser David D'Amiano was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for soliciting and accepting $40,000 in cash and political contributions from a Piscataway farm owner to influence state and county officials to offer a favorable price to preserve the farmland, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced. U.S. District Judge William H. Walls also ordered D'Amiano, 45, of Edison, to pay a $15,000 fine to the federal government and to make $1,000 in restitution to the Democratic State Committee. D'Amiano already has paid another $20,000 to the government - money which he took from...
  • WAS MACHIAVELLI EVIL

    02/10/2005 9:48:19 AM PST · by robowombat · 41 replies · 1,408+ views
    Machiavel Review ^ | 2004 | Greg Nyquist
    WAS MACHIAVELLI EVIL by Greg Nyquist To this day, the controversy still has not been settled to everyone’s satisfaction. Machiavelli is still regarded with horror by certain intellectuals, especially by those of an idealistic or self-righteous complexion. He is regarded as a man destitute of conscience, morals, and religion; an apologist for cruelty and tyranny; a glorifier of mendacity and deception. The adjective Machiavellian is widely used as a synonym for amoral cunning and ruthless power hunger. Woodrow Wilson, speaking of Machiavelli’s most notorious work, The Prince, wrote: “It recognizes no morality but a sham morality meant for deceit, no...
  • Transforming Islam into acceptable forms for the west is the main neoconservative project

    01/21/2005 6:40:51 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 21 replies · 566+ views
    here: www.aljazeerah.info via Islamicity ^ | Al-Jazeerah, January 21, 2005 | By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
    Neoconservatives’ endeavors to create a market economy version of Islam – bereft of its basic tenets - got a boost recently when Reverend James Schall, Professor of government at Georgetown University and a Jesuit priest, vigorously defended their efforts. In an article entitled “When War Must Be the Answer” published in the December/January issue of Policy Review, Schall writes about “making Islam over into politically acceptable forms.” This is the main neoconservative project and Schall argues that this program can be defended because no one, including the churches, is willing to examine in a serious way the truth claims of...
  • REVIEW: The Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu

    12/16/2004 4:03:42 PM PST · by A. Pole · 25 replies · 2,755+ views
    Azure ^ | Winter 5765 / 2005 | Daniel A. Doneson
    Inferno Maurice Joly (John S. Waggoner, ed. and trans.) The Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu:Humanitarian Despotism and the Conditions of Modern Tyranny Lexington Books, 2002, 392 pages. Reviewed by Daniel A. Doneson  Few books are more famous for what subsequent forgers do with them than for their original contents. Maurice Joly’s The Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu, first published in Brussels in 1864, is indeed a very strange book. And its strangeness is multiple. The history of its genesis and multiple fates is bizarre-and its content no less so.Who was Maurice Joly? By best guess he...
  • Exposing intellectual morons (interview of author)

    09/29/2004 3:08:20 PM PDT · by OESY · 10 replies · 1,177+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2004 | Chris Banescu
    In his new book, Intellectual Morons, Daniel Flynn exposes the dangers of blindly following intellectual elites who support and promote idiotic ideas and theories. Chris Banescu, who recently wrote the review of the book, interviewed Flynn about the origins of the material and the impact its revelations will have on our culture. Chris Banescu: What inspired you to write this book? Daniel Flynn: My goal in writing Intellectual Morons is to get more people to think with their brain rather than their ideology. By exposing ideologically-inspired hoaxes and frauds, the book not only rebuts falsehood but helps immunize readers against...
  • NJ Gov. McGreevey bribe scheme AND the meaning of "Machiavelli"

    09/16/2004 6:38:13 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 6 replies · 476+ views
    NY Post plus a ^ | September 16, 2004 | NY POST, Jason Vines, Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, trans. Harvey C. Mansfield
    TRENTON — A fund-raiser for New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey pleaded guilty yesterday to charges he solicited $40,000 in cash and campaign donations as part of a shakedown scheme in which the governor has been implicated. David D'Amiano, 44, entered his plea to two fraud charges 10 weeks after being charged with extortion, bribery and other offenses in an indictment that also said an unidentified state official used the code word "Machiavelli" to show that political officials were helping. McGreevey acknowledged he is the state official referred to. But he insisted he did nothing wrong, and said the mention of...
  • McGreevey Fund-Raiser Pleads Guilty in Farm Case

    09/15/2004 3:01:37 PM PDT · by Cagey · 6 replies · 334+ views
    AP ^ | 9-15-2004 | Jeffrey Gold
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A fund-raiser for Gov. James E. McGreevey pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges he solicited $40,000 in cash and campaign donations as part of a shake-down scheme in which the governor has also been implicated. David D'Amiano, 44, entered his plea to two fraud counts 10 weeks after being charged with extortion, bribery and other offenses. The indictment also said an unidentified state official used the code word "Machiavelli" to show that officials were helping with the scheme. McGreevey acknowledged he is the state official referred to. But he insisted he did nothing wrong, and said the...
  • Official: McGreevey's Top Donor, Charles Kushner To Plead Guilty Re: Sex Tapes

    08/17/2004 2:06:24 PM PDT · by Coleus · 54 replies · 3,956+ views
    Kyw.com ^ | 08.17.04
    Official: Kushner To Plead Guilty Charles Kushner Is Gov. McGreevey's Top Donor Aug 17, 2004 4:14 pm US/EasternTRENTON (AP) A top gubernatorial donor who is accused of having a prostitute seduce a government witness is to plead guilty Wednesday, a federal official said. The plea by Charles Kushner is to be taken at 11 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark, an aide to the judge said Tuesday. The court calendar did not specify what charge or charges were involved, the aide said. A federal official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the hearing would be for...
  • Medici Project Turns Up Mystery Bodies

    07/22/2004 5:22:54 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 1,146+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 7-22-2004 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Medici Project Turns Up Mystery Bodies By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery NewsGrand Duke Cosimo I July 21, 2004 — The project to exhume the remains of several members of the Medicis, the family that dominated the Florentine Renaissance, has taken a new turn this month as researchers discovered a secret crypt containing the mysterious bodies of seven children and an adult. The vaulted chamber was found under a stone floor behind the main altar of the Medici Chapels at Michelangelo's church of San Lorenzo in Florence. The researchers stumbled across it while searching for the final resting place of the last...
  • DUMBOCRAT CORRUPTION ALERT Fund-Raiser, Linked to N.J. Gov., Indicted (skimmed donations to party)

    07/07/2004 10:36:10 AM PDT · by Liz · 10 replies · 858+ views
    Copyright © 2004, The Associated Press | July 7, 2004 | JOHN P. McALPIN
    TRENTON, N.J. -- A Democratic fund-raiser linked to Gov. James E. McGreevey extorted $40,000 in campaign donations by promising a farmer that public officials would help him get more money for development rights to his land, federal authorities said Tuesday. David D'Amiano is charged with extortion, mail fraud and bribery. According to an indictment released Tuesday, D'Amiano told the owner of a Piscataway farm he would not get premium value for his property unless he made donations to the Democratic Party. Middlesex County officials had offered Mark Halper $3 million for development rights to his 74-acre family farm. After D'Amiano...
  • Is Governor McGreevey "State Official 1"???

    07/06/2004 3:59:28 PM PDT · by Not a Friend of Bill · 21 replies · 1,397+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7/6/2004, 6:02 p.m. ET | John P. McAlpin
    Democratic fund-raiser indicted on extortion chargesBy JOHN P. McALPIN The Associated Press 7/6/2004, 6:02 p.m. ET TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Democratic fund-raiser linked to Gov. James E. McGreevey extorted $40,000 in campaign donations by promising a farmer that public officials would help him get top dollar for his land, federal authorities said Tuesday. Carteret businessman David D'Amiano is charged with extortion, mail fraud and bribery. According to an indictment released Tuesday, D'Amiano told the owner of a Piscataway farm he would not get premium value for his property unless he made donations to the Democratic Party. Middlesex County officials...
  • Concerning Cruelty And Clemency, And Whether It Is Better To Be Loved Than Feared

    04/12/2004 6:16:53 PM PDT · by Gaetano · 5 replies · 256+ views
    The Prince ^ | Written c. 1505, published 1515 | Nicolň Machiavelli
    Upon this a question arises: whether it be better to be loved than feared or feared than loved? It may be answered that one should wish to be both, but, because it is difficult to unite them in one person, is much safer to be feared than loved, when, of the two, either must be dispensed with. Because this is to be asserted in general of men, that they are ungrateful, fickle, false, cowardly, covetous, and as long as you succeed they are yours entirely; they will offer you their blood, property, life and children, as is said above, when...
  • Concerning Cruelty And Clemency, Whether It Is Better To Be Loved Than Feared

    04/09/2004 7:10:13 PM PDT · by dennisw · 4 replies · 281+ views
    by Nicolo Machiavelli ^ | by Nicolo Machiavelli
    The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CHAPTER XVII Concerning Cruelty And Clemency, And Whether It Is Better To Be Loved Than Feared COMING now to the other qualities mentioned above, I say that every prince ought to desire to be considered clement and not cruel. Nevertheless he ought to take care not to misuse this clemency. Cesare Borgia was considered cruel; notwithstanding, his cruelty reconciled the Romagna, unified it, and restored it to peace and loyalty. And if this be rightly considered, he will be seen to have been much more merciful than the Florentine people, who, to avoid a...
  • Concealed weapons veto override fails by one vote

    02/03/2004 9:41:18 PM PST · by spunkets · 33 replies · 203+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinal ^ | 2-6-2004 | STEVEN WALTERS, and Jamaal Abdul-Alim contributed
    Concealed weapons veto override fails by one vote By STEVEN WALTERS swalters@journalsentinel.com Posted: Feb. 3, 2004 Madison - The state Assembly fell one vote short Tuesday of letting Wisconsin residents carry concealed weapons, allowing Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle to survive his stiffest political challenge yet. Rep. Gary Sherman (D-Port Wing) cast the deciding vote Tuesday that sustained the governor's veto of the concealed weapons bill, a bill Sherman had sponsored. Theresa Matthews of Milwaukee rings the bell for her son Ishmal Kamal Matthews, who was a victim of gun violence in 2002. Matthews was among the victims, law officers and...
  • The Corruption of Conservatism (July 10, 2003)

    02/01/2004 7:30:39 AM PST · by KDD · 110 replies · 295+ views
    Colorado Freedom Report ^ | July 10, 2003 | Ron Paul
    [Congressman Ron Paul issued the following address July 10 to the U.S. House of Representatives. It is reproduced here as a matter of public record.] The modern-day, limited-government movement has been co-opted. The conservatives have failed in their effort to shrink the size of government. There has not been, nor will there soon be, a conservative revolution in Washington. Political party control of the federal government has changed, but the inexorable growth in the size and scope of government has continued unabated. The liberal arguments for limited government in personal affairs and foreign military adventurism were never seriously considered as...