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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....
  • Britain: A Glimpse of America's Future? ( Police state update )

    12/18/2009 3:06:22 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies · 506+ views
    CBN ^ | November 27th | Dale Hurd
    LONDON, England - Former President Ronald Reagan said the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' Yet the size of America's government is exploding and if you want to see where big government will lead the U.S., take a look at Britain. ..... Police State Britain today is almost a police state. The British people are under more government surveillance than the Chinese. There are cameras everywhere. Dr. Eamonn Butler, Director of the Adam Smith Institute in London and author of The Rotten State of Britain, said, "in the...
  • The 60th Anniversary of Orwell’s 1984

    11/29/2009 11:38:18 AM PST · by FromLori · 15 replies · 1,108+ views
    The New American ^ | 11/27/09 | DAVID A. GOODMAN
    Sixty years following its first publication and twenty-five since the fateful year, George Orwell’s 1984 remains a mystery to the experts. They convene often in exotic places to agree that Orwell wrote a dystopia on the communist take-over of Britain and America. They concur how he reversed the final two digits of the year he wrote the book — 1948 — to arrive at the title 1984. They write that Orwell was not a prophet and few predictions fill his volume. These consensus beliefs on 1984 by the experts still shape the views of tens of millions of citizens who...
  • Police arresting people "just for the DNA"[UK]

    11/24/2009 1:10:09 PM PST · by BGHater · 5 replies · 578+ views
    Reuters ^ | 24 Nov 2009 | Peter Griffiths
    Britain has built the world's biggest DNA database without proper political debate and police routinely arrest people just to get their DNA profiles onto the system, the genetics watchdog said in a report on Tuesday. The Human Genetics Commission, which advises the government on the social, legal and ethical aspects of genetics, called for a review of the database and said new laws must be passed to govern its use. In a damning report, the commission said "function creep" had transformed the system from a DNA store for offenders into a database of suspects. More than three-quarters of young black...
  • Arrests are being made 'to expand DNA files' (More British Big Brother)

    11/23/2009 6:42:25 PM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies · 602+ views
    The Times ^ | 11/23/2009 | Richard Ford
    Police are routinely arresting people simply to record their DNA profiles on the national database, according to a report published today. It also states that three quarters of young black men are on the database. The finding risks stigmatising a whole section of society, the equality watchdog has warned. The revelations will fuel the debate about the DNA database, the world’s largest. They are included in a report by the Human Genetics Commission, an independent government advisory body. It criticises the piecemeal development of the database and questions how effective it is in helping the police to investigate and solve...
  • Big Brother wants into your hard drive (must see video!)

    11/12/2009 9:22:11 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 9 replies · 1,488+ views
    Uncommon Descent ^ | November 10, 2009 | William Dembski
    The phrase “Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” sounds innocent enough. Who could be against such an agreement? But in fact it appears to be a pretext for a massive invasion of privacy, motivated in part by the entertainment industry seeking to maintain copyrights. But once unleashed, such an assault on freedom will know no bounds. What if Big Brother finds on your laptop that you think ID supports certain traditional moral views, and what if any articulation of such views comes to be regarded as a hate crime? (Click excerpt link for MUST SEE VIDEO!)
  • We are going to wake up in Hell… Frog in the boiling water syndrome!

    10/26/2009 12:08:13 PM PDT · by freespeechzones · 18 replies · 833+ views
    no Compromise When You're Right! ^ | october 26, 2009 | Obama Christ
    One world government marching along as scheduled.
  • Net 'Neutrality' is Government Theft

    10/22/2009 10:27:50 AM PDT · by bamahead · 26 replies · 1,129+ views
    Human Events ^ | September 28. 2009 | Ross Kaminsky
    To Democrats, there are only two categories into which fit all places, people and things. There are those inside of government and those outside. If something is inside, it needs to be nurtured, protected and subsidized. If something is outside, it needs to be regulated and taxed. (And, please, no e-mails about the US military. Liberals see it as an illegitimate appendix to government and treat it accordingly.) History’s greatest example of a world-changing system developed in an essentially unregulated environment is certainly the Internet. Despite the claims of Al Gore, the Internet was not, like the light bulb or...
  • Anita Dunn: How We Created Obama's Cult of Personality

    10/20/2009 8:00:35 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies · 1,779+ views
    Anita Dunn: How We Created Obama's Cult of Personality By Candance Moore Created 2009-10-20 10:45 For months NewsBusters has been reporting [0] how the media aided and abetted the creation of Barack Obama's Cult of Personality leading to his eventual election as the 44th President of the United States. Eight days before his inauguration, Obama's Fox News-hating [0] communications director Anita Dunn and his digital strategist Ben Self, while at a conference in the Dominican Republic hosted by the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, confirmed the allegation in a tutorial they gave to President Leonel Fernandez and other government...
  • Obama Team Continues Effort to Isolate Fox News

    10/18/2009 2:00:35 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 48 replies · 2,446+ views
    foxnews.com/ ^ | October 18, 2009 | FOX News
    Senior Obama administration officials took to the airwaves Sunday to accuse Fox News of pushing a particular point of view, one week after the administration fired its initial salvo to try to isolate the news network by accusing it of being a GOP mouthpiece. "A lot of their news programming, it's really not news. It's pushing a point of view," senior adviser David Axelrod said on ABC's "This Week." "The way we -- the president looks at it and we look at it, is, it is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective," White House Chief...
  • Is Big Brother In Our Immediate Future

    09/29/2009 8:20:24 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 15 replies · 869+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-29-09 | Steven T. Sampson
    In 1949 George Orwell (pseudonym Eric Blair, 1903-1950) wrote 1984, a political prophecy that portrayed a Progressive Party’s ultimate achievement of its Totalitarian goals in a Utopian State of complete Oligarchy. This chilling account of a Utopian Dream that evolved into a Dystopia was titled, 1984. So frightening was the premise of the novel, that the number 1984 became a part of our language, along with the nebulous figure of “Big Brother.” Many who read the book breathed a sigh of relief when the year came and passed without the realization of the dreaded situations described in the book. Perhaps...
  • Pink Floyd like you have never heard before!

    09/24/2009 8:02:41 PM PDT · by freespeechzones · 7 replies · 792+ views
    No Compromise When You're Right! ^ | sept. 24, 2009 | nocompromises
    Obama! Leave them kids alone!
  • Comrade Napoleon poem from George Orwell's Animal Farm

    09/24/2009 12:17:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies · 1,239+ views
    various - public domain | 1945 | George Orwell
    Those New Jersey school children singing songs of praise to Obama might remind us of this poem from Animal Farm by George Orwell: Comrade Napoleon Friend of fatherless!Fountain of happiness!Lord of the swill-bucket!Oh, how my soul is onFire when I gaze at thyCalm and commanding eye,Like the sun in the sky,Comrade Napoleon! Thou art the giver ofAll that thy creatures love,Full belly twice a day, clean straw to roll upon;Every beast great or smallSleeps at peace in his stall,Thou watchest over all,Comrade Napoleon! Had I a sucking pig,Ere he had grown as bigEven as a pint bottle or as a...
  • 1 suspect in custody following Dem HQ vandalism in Denver (Dems attacked by Dems)

    08/25/2009 4:15:14 PM PDT · by ljco · 103 replies · 6,298+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 08/25/2009 | Jessica Fender
    A 24-year-old arrested this morning on suspicion of smashing 11 windows at Colorado Democratic Party headquarters tried to conceal his identity while allegedly committing the crime, according to police descriptions. Maurice Schwenkler wore a shirt over his face, a hooded sweat shirt and latex gloves before he and another man fled the scene on bicycles, police said. Schwenkler was apprehended after a short chase. The other suspect remains at large. While Schwenkler does not appear in the state's voter registration database, a person by that name in November 2008 received $500 from a political 527 committee called Colorado Citizens Coalition...
  • HR3200, Obama and Pelosi’s Communist Manifesto

    08/19/2009 2:53:51 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 8 replies · 1,136+ views
    CanadaFreePress ^ | 8/19/09 | Bob Beers
    Steve Miller, a fellow CFP contributor sent out an email blast last night. In his note he included examples of the HR3200 language including a link to the copy available through the library of congress. That’s one of things I really appreciate about Steve, he is dogged when it comes to research. No wonder the powers that be incessantly work to silence him. HR3200 is a beautifully woven web of governmental Orwellian doubletalk. For those under the age of 40, that is a reference to George Orwell’s novel 1984. Check it out and cross reference it to Obama’s last few...
  • In Obama's world words have alternative meanings

    08/16/2009 10:52:34 AM PDT · by FreedomFighter1013 · 14 replies · 608+ views
    Citizen5408 ^ | August 16, 2009 | Greg Contreras
    In an Op-Ed in the New York Times this morning, Barack Obama makes the bold pronouncement that his vision of health care reform, “…is not about putting the government in charge of your health insurance. I don’t believe anyone should be in charge of your health care decisions but you and your doctor – not government bureaucrats; not insurance companies.” I think that’s a hard argument to make. The America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, HR 3200 sponsored by John Dingell, D-MI, which opencongress.org calls “the House Democrats' big health care reform bill” is comprised of 159,000 words of...
  • Orwell's 1984 is 25 Years Late, but It's Here

    08/15/2009 8:04:01 AM PDT · by nysuperdoodle · 7 replies · 936+ views
    Evil Conservative Radio ^ | 15 Aug 09 | EC
    Phil Elmore had a great opinion piece in WND today where he pointed out the similarities between George Orwell's 1984 and today. We don't just read about the tyrannical, controlling, manipulatively mendacious society Orwell portrayed in 1984- we get to live in it.
  • Our Road to Oceania: Orwell was on to something.

    08/13/2009 9:26:54 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 21 replies · 929+ views
    nationalreview.com ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    In George Orwell’s allegorical novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the picture of “Big Brother” appears constantly in the adoring media. Perceived enemies are everywhere — supposedly plotting to undo the benevolent egalitarianism of Big Brother. Citizens assemble each morning to scream hatred for two minutes at pictures of the supposed public traitor Emmanuel Goldstein. The “Ministry of Truth” swears that the former official Goldstein is responsible for everything that goes wrong in Oceania. In Orwell’s Oceania, there is a compliant media that offers “Newspeak” — recycled government bulletins from the Ministry of Truth. “Doublethink” means you can believe at the same time...
  • Oceania Visible On Horizon 25 Years Later

    08/13/2009 6:09:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 1,117+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 13, 2009 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    In George Orwell's allegorical novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four," the picture of "Big Brother" appears constantly in the adoring media. Perceived enemies are everywhere — supposedly plotting to undo the benevolent egalitarianism of Big Brother. Citizens assemble each morning to scream hatred for two minutes at pictures of the supposed public traitor Emmanuel Goldstein. The "Ministry of Truth" swears that the former official Goldstein is responsible for everything that goes wrong in Oceania. In Orwell's Oceania, there is a compliant media that offers "Newspeak" — recycled government bulletins from the Ministry of Truth. "Doublethink" means you can believe at the same time...
  • Our Road to Oceania

    08/13/2009 6:18:10 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 19 replies · 1,057+ views
    National Review ^ | 8/13/2009 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In George Orwell’s allegorical novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the picture of “Big Brother” appears constantly in the adoring media. Perceived enemies are everywhere — supposedly plotting to undo the benevolent egalitarianism of Big Brother. Citizens assemble each morning to scream hatred for two minutes at pictures of the supposed public traitor Emmanuel Goldstein. The “Ministry of Truth” swears that the former official Goldstein is responsible for everything that goes wrong in Oceania. In Orwell’s Oceania, there is a compliant media that offers “Newspeak” — recycled government bulletins from the Ministry of Truth. “Doublethink” means you can believe at the same time...
  • Glenn Beck on Chuck DeVore and the Orwellian Vote in California (offshore drilling votes expunged)

    08/05/2009 12:54:40 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 19 replies · 1,953+ views
    Last week Chuck DeVore did his best to get the California Assembly to vote through the first major offshore drilling efforts in over two decades. After the Senate passed the measure the Assembly voted down the measure and later voted to expunge the record, as if it didn't exist. As Chuck noted: "George Orwell would be proud." Glenn Beck quotes Chuck in this 2 minute report. Glenn Beck on Chuck DeVore and the Orwellian Vote in California
  • Obama & company are calling in their "troops"

    08/05/2009 11:30:44 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 91 replies · 2,153+ views
    Jawa Report ^ | August 5, 2009 | Stable Hand
    President Barack Obama to me: This is the moment our movement was built for. For one month, the fight for health insurance reform leaves the backrooms of Washington, D.C., and returns to communities across America. Throughout August, members of Congress are back home, where the hands they shake and the voices they hear will not belong to lobbyists, but to people like you. Home is where we're strongest. We didn't win last year's election together at a committee hearing in D.C. We won it on the doorsteps and the phone lines, at the softball games and the town meetings, and...
  • 5 facts about the anti-reform mobs (DNC Talking Points on Healthcare)

    08/05/2009 10:58:12 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 75 replies · 2,658+ views
    DNC e-mail ^ | 5 August 2009 | Jen O'Malley
    There's been a lot of media coverage about organized mobs intimidating lawmakers, disrupting town halls, and silencing real discussion about the need for real health insurance reform. The truth is, it's a sham. These "grassroots protests" are being organized and largely paid for by Washington special interests and insurance companies who are desperate to block reform. They're trying to use lies and fear to break the President and his agenda for change. Health insurance reform is about our lives, our jobs, and our families -- we can't let distortions and intimidation get in the way. We need to expose these...
  • Obama Threatens Freedom of the Press

    08/05/2009 11:20:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 2,054+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2009 | Ben Shapiro
    On July 22, 2009, President Obama held one of the most boring news conferences in the history of televised presidential events. For nearly 50 minutes, he blathered on about private and public health care plans, red pills and blue pills, costs and benefits. In the last five minutes of the conference, he made his controversial comments about Henry Louis Gates and the Cambridge, Mass., police department -- but by that time, everyone watching was either drifting into sleep or totally comatose. So why did ABC, NBC, and CBS broadcast this atrocious, narcolepsy-inducing ode to arrogance in the midst of prime...
  • 5 facts about the anti-reform mobs (Town Hall Meetings)

    08/05/2009 10:20:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies · 2,180+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | August 5, 2009 | Jen O'Malley, Executive Director DNC
    1. These disruptions are being funded and organized by out-of-district special-interest groups and insurance companies. 2. People are scared because they are being fed frightening lies. 3. Their actions are getting more extreme. 4. Their goal is to disrupt and shut down legitimate conversation. 5. Republican leadership is irresponsibly cheering on the thuggish crowds.
  • Barack Obama urges backers to fight health 'lies'

    08/05/2009 10:26:07 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies · 1,965+ views
    Obama urges backers to fight 'lies' By: Mike Allen August 5, 2009 12:31 PM EST In an unusual e-mail appeal, President Barack Obama is asking millions of his campaign supporters to commit to attending at least one community event on health care this month. Obama writes that opponents of his health care plan are “filling the airwaves and the Internet with outrageous falsehoods to scare people into opposing change.” “And some people, not surprisingly, are getting pretty nervous,” he warns. “So we've got to get out there, fight lies with truth and set the record straight." The e-mail shows up...
  • Obama: ‘Unleash prosperity for everybody’

    08/05/2009 10:27:43 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 45 replies · 1,368+ views
    msnbc ^ | August 5, 2009
    WAKARUSA, Ind.— President Barack Obama brought his latest prescription for recovery Wednesday to this economically ravaged region of northern Indiana, promising to “unleash prosperity for everybody, not just some.” Obama announced that the federal government will distribute $2.4 billion in 48 taxpayer grants to create electric cars and recreational vehicles. The grants will be divided among 25 states. Afterward, the president talked with Chuck Todd, NBC’s political director and chief White House correspondent, who relayed questions submitted by msnbc.com readers. During his address at the old Monaco RV plant here — where 1,400 people were laid off as the company...
  • Call For Informants: If You Oppose Obamacare, Even in 'Casual Conversation,' WH Wants to Know

    08/04/2009 11:12:32 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 764 replies · 26,959+ views
    RedState ^ | Aug 04, 2009 | by Jeff Emanuel
    If you see anybody publicly opposing President Obama’s plan to implement a government-centric overhaul of the health care system, the White House wants you to report that person (or persons) ASAP. From the White House website: There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see...
  • Dan Rather wants Obama to help save the news

    07/29/2009 8:17:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies · 1,655+ views
    Aspen Daily News ^ | July 29, 2009 | Andrew Travers
    Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather called on President Barack Obama to form a White House commission to help save the press Tuesday night in an impassioned speech at the Aspen Institute. “I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media,” the legendary newsman said. Such a commission on media reform, Rather said, ought to make recommendations on saving journalism jobs and creating new business models to keep news organizations alive. “A truly free and independent press is the red beating heart of democracy and freedom,” Rather said in an interview yesterday afternoon. “This is...
  • Rhetoric vs. Reality

    07/24/2009 1:35:33 PM PDT · by Victory111 · 8 replies · 961+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 7-24-09 | Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
    President Obama’s rhetoric last night summoned the memory of “1984,” George Orwell’s novel of a nightmarish future – where the slogan of the rulers is “War is peace; freedom is slavery; ignorance is strength.” The president assures us that he will cut health-care spending…by adding $1 trillion to health-care spending. He says that “health-care decisions will not be made by government”…while he sets up a new Federal Health Board to tell doctors what treatments they can offer and to whom and under what circumstances. Obama told the media, “I will free doctors to make good health-care decisions”…by telling the physicians...
  • Amazon Erases Orwell Books From Kindle

    07/21/2009 11:54:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 97 replies · 4,187+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 18, 2009 | BRAD STONE
    In George Orwell’s “1984,” government censors erase all traces of news articles embarrassing to Big Brother by sending them down an incineration chute called the “memory hole.” On Friday, it was “1984” and another Orwell book, “Animal Farm,” that were dropped down the memory hole — by Amazon.com. In a move that angered customers and generated waves of online pique, Amazon remotely deleted some digital editions of the books from the Kindle devices of readers who had bought them. An Amazon spokesman, Drew Herdener, said in an e-mail message that the books were added to the Kindle store by a...