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  • Eye-popping power grab: Licensing of U.S. colleges

    10/04/2010 8:14:56 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 34 replies
    WND ^ | October 4, 2010
    President Obama's Department of Education, where Secretary Arne Duncan appointed a longtime homosexual activist...now is proposing to force colleges and universities to submit to a political agenda, according to critics. Under the proposed federal rule change, institutions of higher education "would be required to have a document of state approval … to operate an educational program, including programs leading to a degree or certificate," explained an analysis by Shapri D. LoMaglio for the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. "I think it is the greatest threat to academic freedom in our lifetime," former Sen. Bill Armstrong, now president of Colorado...
  • Class War -- How public servants became our masters

    09/17/2010 1:03:26 PM PDT · by dennisw · 22 replies · 3+ views
    Reason. ^ | February 2010 issue | Steven Greenhut
    In April 2008, The Orange County Register published a bombshell of an investigation about a license plate program for California government workers and their families. Drivers of nearly 1 million cars and light trucks—out of a total 22 million vehicles registered statewide—were protected by a “shield” in the state records system between their license plate numbers and their home addresses. There were, the newspaper found, great practical benefits to this secrecy. “Vehicles with protected license plates can run through dozens of intersections controlled by red light cameras with impunity,” the Register’s Jennifer Muir reported. “Parking citations issued to vehicles with...
  • Orszag: Obama “not a socialist”

    09/12/2010 7:47:02 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 68 replies
    Orszag: Obama “not a socialist” Former Director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag told Fareed Zakaria on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” that President Barack Obama’s critics are wrong to say that he has a socialist economic philosophy. “President Obama is not a socialist,” Orszag said. The label reflects a “yearning for pragmatic solutions to the problems that we face. And socialist just -- I mean, again, it just does not fit.” Orszag said that given the actions that the Obama administration has taken to deal with the economic crisis, labeling Obama as a socialist is misguided. “One...
  • The Government's New Right to Track Your Every Move With GPS

    08/25/2010 9:52:33 AM PDT · by 444Flyer · 129 replies
    www.newsyahoo.com ^ | 8-25-10 | Adam Cohen
    Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway - and no reasonable expectation that the government isn't tracking your movements. That is the bizarre - and scary - rule that now applies in California and eight other Western states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers this vast jurisdiction, recently decided the government...
  • Washington to regulate fantasy football? Say it ain't so!

    07/15/2010 4:17:42 PM PDT · by pissant · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Libertylive ^ | 7/14/10 | Jon Bechtle
    About four years ago I was invited by one of my coworkers to join a fantasy football league, and though I knew next to nothing about the game, figured it was worth the old college try. It quickly became a passion (an obsession, if you ask my wife), and just last week I set up teams in three different leagues, one of which I run. So it piqued my interest when I ran across House Bill 3134, introduced by Representative Marko Liias during the 2010 session. The title of the bill reads, "Regulating sports pool boards, bracket pools, and fantasy...
  • US: Sinking of SKorean warship not terrorism

    06/28/2010 11:12:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 95 replies · 3+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/10 | Matthew Lee - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is saying that the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on North Korea was not terrorism, and not enough by itself to put the Pyongyang back on a U.S. terror blacklist. The State Department said Monday that the March sinking of the frigate Cheonan was a "provocative action" and a violation of the truce that ended the Korean war. But it added that the sinking by a reported North Korean torpedo strike was the act of one state's military against another.
  • Under Democrats a Nation of Lawlessness

    06/21/2010 8:18:52 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 6/21/10 | alaphiah
    They refuse to enforce the Constitutional mandate to secure the border. They refuse to listen to the American people’s wishes on health care. They refuse to listen to the American people wishes to stop deficit spending. Any law that Democrats disagree with they simply disregard as unworthy to obey. Such was the case with Democrat San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom who unlawfully disregarded California’s marriage laws and instituted his own law in San Francisco. [Newsom] instructed city employees to break the law by instituting homosexual mock weddings which resulted in a political and legal quagmire for the citizens of California.(see...
  • The Ministry of Truth: A mass experiment in altering political memories

    06/08/2010 11:33:46 AM PDT · by Palter · 6 replies · 43+ views
    Slate ^ | 04 June 2010 | William Saletan
    In 1984, George Orwell told the story of Winston Smith, an employee in the propaganda office of a totalitarian regime. Smith's job at the fictional Ministry of Truth was to destroy photographs and alter documents, remaking the past to fit the needs of the present. But 1984 came and went, along with Soviet communism. In the age of the Internet, nobody could tamper with the past that way. Could they? Yes, we can. In fact, last week, Slate did. We took the Ministry of Truth as our model. Here's how Orwell described its work: As soon as all the corrections...
  • Reclaiming Language from the Left

    05/25/2010 2:19:33 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 19 replies · 487+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/25/'10 | Carolyn Glick
    Over the past generation, the Left has commandeered our language. It has inverted the terminology of human rights, freedom, morality, heroism, democracy and victimization. Its perversion of language has made it nearly impossible for members of democratic, human rights respecting, moral societies to describe the threats they face from their human rights destroying, genocidal, tyrannical enemies. Thanks to the efforts of the international Left, the latter are championed as the victims of those they seek to annihilate.
  • Welcome to the World of Newspeak

    05/13/2010 10:10:01 AM PDT · by tflabo · 11 replies · 476+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 5/13/10 from Oct, 2009 | Janet Levy
    Newspeak was created to institute thought control and thereby exert political control through restrictive changes to the language. The term is now commonly used to refer to attempts to obscure the truth, especially in political rhetoric which abounds with instances of it. For example, President Obama's administration has officially replaced "terrorism" with the phrase "man-caused disasters." Terrorist activity, such as suicide bombings perpetuated by Al Qaeda and other Islamic groups, is now benignly called "anti-Islamic acts." In abortion debates, the taking of a human life is reframed as a "woman's right to choose."
  • Obama's Faith-Based Programs Pushing Global Warming, Climate Change, Green Issues

    05/12/2010 12:43:21 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 15 replies · 302+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 05/12/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Widely reviled by the left, Bush's faith-based initiatives were claimed to be evidence that Bush was a "religious zealot" trying to destroy America with evil Christianity. Now, two years into the Obama administration, we are seeing what Obama intends to do with his continuation of Bush's faith-based offices: he wants to use them to push the religion of Greenicanism on America's churches. This month Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships issued its final report of recommendations and the result is nothing short of astonishing. (download .pdf file) The question that immediately comes to mind, of course, is if...
  • Under The Spreading Chestnut Tree I Sold You and You Sold Me.

    05/10/2010 11:08:42 PM PDT · by WINGED PEGASUS · 3 replies · 268+ views
    AP; Blair; Heine | May 11, 2010 | Winged Pegasus
    ...you're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment... some(information) of which don't rank all that high on the truth meter. With iPods and iPads; Xboxes and Play Stations... INFORMATION becomes a DISTRACTION, a DIVERSION, a form of entertainment(????), rather than a tool of empowerment...the means of "EMPANTSATION"( which in the Presidents new vernacular may mean "without pants" but in the authors humble opinion, feels that he meant to say "EMANCIPATION". of course, since emancipation occurred over 146 years ago, both of the Brothers word usages would be incorrect.) So....all of this (information)is not only putting pressure on you; it's...
  • We Know Where You Live - Tax Threats on TV

    05/03/2010 3:05:33 PM PDT · by Bon mots · 38 replies · 1,317+ views
    Youtube ^ | April 15, 2010 | PA Dept. of Revenue
    This outrageous video is illustrative of what our government has become. Uploaded with ImageShack.usThey regard us as chickens to be plucked and cattle to be milked. Nothing more. This Orwellian advertisement from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue should send chills down your spine. The Gestapo threatened and terrified honest Germans, the IRS and it's brethren are now terrorizing honest, law-abiding citizens with threats. Our lawmakers are drunk with power and feel that there are no reins on how much of our hard-earned money they can demand of us at the point of a gun and under threat of violence, so...
  • NPR changes archive regarding president's birth

    04/15/2010 5:59:30 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 62 replies · 1,667+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | APRIL 15, 2010 | Bob Unruh
    National Public Radio has joined Snopes and UPI among websites that have changed their archives regarding Barack Obama to bring their stories into alignment, in NPR's case eliminating a statement about the "Kenyan-born" senator "since Obama was born in Hawaii." WND reported recently when the archives of the subsidized broadcast outlet referenced Obama's birthplace as Kenya and called him a "son of Africa." But the records were altered shortly after the WND story was posted, and NPR ombudsman, Alicia Shepard, has explained, "I would hope they would correct factually inaccurate information since Obama was born in Hawaii." She explained further....
  • Zot Is the Health of the State

    04/09/2010 11:29:45 AM PDT · by fascistsoup · 79 replies · 1,771+ views
    Fascist Soup ^ | 4/9/2010 | Michael Suede
    "…The more terrifying the occasion for defense, the closer will become the organization and the more coercive the influence upon each member of the herd. War sends the current of purpose and activity flowing down to the lowest level of the herd, and to its most remote branches. All the activities of society are linked together as fast as possible to this central purpose of making a military offensive or a military defense, and the State becomes what in peacetimes it has vainly struggled to become—the inexorable arbiter and determinant of men’s business and attitudes and opinions…" -Randolph Bourne Dear...
  • Why Intellectuals Hate Own Countries,Want to Change Successful Systems,Idealize 3rd World Despots

    04/06/2010 3:50:49 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 27 replies · 647+ views
    The Lid ^ | 4/6/2010 | Barry Rubin
    George Orwell wrote prophetically in 1943: “In the last twenty years Western civilization has given the intellectual security without responsibility….It has educated him in skepticism while anchoring him almost immovably in the privileged class. He has been in the position of a young man living on an allowance from father whom he hates. The result is a deep feeling of guilt and resentment, not combined with any genuine desire to escape. But some psychological escape, some form of self-justification there must be....These creeds have the advantage that they aim at the impossible and therefore in effect demand very little….The life...
  • From Paradise to Pariah: Understanding the origins and spread of Israel hatred

    03/29/2010 1:40:50 PM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 319+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 29, 2010 | David Pryce-Jones
    Panorama Road runs along the summit of Mount Carmel, the Table Mountain (so to speak) of Haifa. Just below the crest, the golden dome of the Bahai temple catches the eye. Below that, down the steepest of gradients, is the harbor and then the great sweep of the coast stretching towards Acre. I spent most of 1962 at Number 30, and from there the view of that bay is as varied and spectacular as any. In every way it was a place in which to experience the reality of Israel. Longmans had just published my first novel, and it sold...
  • Arne's List: A World Of Privilege

    03/24/2010 5:01:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 291+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 24, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: Education Secretary Arne Duncan taught us Orwell this week, showing how some are more equal than others with his VIP list for admission to Chicago's best schools. Unfortunately, it doesn't stop there. Duncan, hailed as a miracle-working reformer in the Chicago school system he once led, didn't quite persuade that city's well-connected elites of the value of his reforms, given the number who sought placement in the district's better schools. Duncan insists it was just an appeals list on which parents could place kids who didn't make it into the schools they wanted. He says that he didn't do...
  • As Orwell warned, children now spy on adults

    03/19/2010 12:16:06 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 8 replies · 408+ views
    Spectator ^ | November 5, 2008 | Bendan O'Neill
    Brendan O’Neill says that New Labour is deploying Maoist tactics to use children’s ‘pester power’ to crack down on the ‘eco-crimes’ and alleged anti-social behaviour of their parents When I was a child, ‘pester power’ meant stamping one’s feet in a shop. It involved little more than begging one’s mum in an irritating voice for the latest He-Man action figure or for one of those unusually thick pink milkshakes from a place called ‘McDonald’s’. It was a feeble force, this alleged power of the pest, easily squished by a clip around the lughole or by that most ominous threat issued...
  • Tracking Left wing funding of NPR

    01/02/2010 5:41:39 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 40 replies · 3,045+ views
    As you start to read all this, you'll laugh at how incestuous it all gets. Let's start with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which as I've noted in the past is tied in with the Soros foundation. Together, the two worked on something called The Project on Death in America.(PDIA) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2341083/posts And speaking of Mr Soros, he himself(his foundations) have given directly to NPR. Compared to some of the other numbers I'm seeing, it's a small amount of $250,000. But it doesn't matter. Soros money is soros money in my book. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2396058/posts Additional information about RWJF can be found here....