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  • Chavez And The Jews: A Sorry Tale

    03/13/2013 11:42:57 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 10 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 3/13/'13 | Ben Cohen
    Like one of those telenovelas that are so popular on Latin American television stations, the slow yet inexorable deterioration of Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez, was soaked in drama and cloying sentimentality. Chavez died March 5 following a two-year fight with cancer. For most of that time, he claimed – falsely – to have been cured. But less than two months after winning a fourth term in last October’s election, Chavez was spirited back to Cuba, where Fidel Castro’s doctors treated him. Now, Chavez’s death affords the opportunity for a critical reassessment of his tenure. In his fourteen years in power,...
  • Cult of Personality: Who comes to mind?

    01/06/2013 1:01:35 PM PST · by DanMiller · 12 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 6, 2012 | Dan Miller
    North Korea, Venezuela and other countries have them. Instead of freedom they provide a benevolent hero to worship.The leader of a cult of personality has real power in his own right and/or is a front for others, some of whom are expendable if they might diminish the perceived glory of the leader. That happens frequently in North Korea. Officials once thought necessary to enhance the cult leader's glory are dismissed, sometimes with "extreme prejudice," when they come to be seen as posing dangers to his continued ascension to greater glory. Sometimes personality cults morph into secular religions. North Korea has...
  • The Hitler Myth

    11/16/2012 7:03:49 AM PST · by fivecatsandadog · 49 replies
    History Today ^ | Ian Kershaw
    Historic attachments to heroic leadership combined with a mastery of propaganda techniques to mesmerise Germany into acceptance of the charismatic authority offered by the Nazi 'Fuhrer'. For almost a decade after 1933, Hitler enjoyed a remarkable degree of popularity among the great majority of the German people. However dramatic and spectacular his political career, concentration on Hitler's character and personality – in some respects bizarre, in others downright mediocre and wholly unpleasant – can nevertheless do little to explain the magnetism of his popular appeal. Nor can his extraordinary impact on the German people in these years be accounted for...
  • I Pledge Allegiance... to Obama?

    03/14/2012 5:14:20 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 53 replies
    GOPUSA.com ^ | March 14, 2012 | Bobby Eberle
    This really takes the cake! It's one thing if you're a left-wing Democrat and you support Barack Obama, but it's quite another thing to replace the Stars and Stripes with Obama and Stripes. That's right... that's what local Democrats did in Florida. They replaced the stars on the U.S. flag with an image of Obama. What is happening to this country? As Fox News reports, "An American flag with President Obama's image in place of the stars flew over a Florida county's Democrat headquarters long enough to enrage local veterans who called the altered banner 'a disgrace.'" Lake County Democratic...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong Un is songwriter(another day, another display of genius)

    06/27/2011 1:43:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    NHK ^ | 06/27/11
    N. Korea: Kim Jong Un is songwriter NHK has learned that North Korean leaders have been publicizing the artistic achievements of Kim Jong Un, heir apparent to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. North Korea has been spreading positive information about the younger Kim at meetings in various communities and companies every week. NHK has confirmed that people are being told that Kim Jong Un has talent not only in the fields of politics and defense but in music as well. The leaders are saying popular songs are being produced thanks to his leadership and a representative work of his...
  • S. Korea: Plan in Place to Dismantle Cult of N.Korean Leaders(all statues & other landmarks)

    03/28/2011 6:46:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 03/28/11
    Plan in Place to Dismantle Cult of N.Korean Leaders The South Korean military has a plan ready for a sudden collapse of the North Korean regime to raze structures that are symbolic of the personality cult surrounding founder Kim Il-sung and his son Jong-il, it emerged Sunday. The principle is much the same that led to the toppling of Lenin statues after the Soviet Union ended and of Saddam Hussein statues in Iraq. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Combined Forces Command, and the Cultural Heritage Administration have met to discuss the plan, and the military has interviewed defectors to...
  • Freepers who want Sarah Palin to be President in 2012. Please all other stay out

    11/27/2010 12:56:43 PM PST · by factmart · 524 replies
    This thread is only for freepers who want Sarah Palin to be President in 2012. Please all (TROLLS)other stay out.
  • Parents, Mark Your Calendars: September 14th Is Obama Day At School!

    09/08/2010 6:46:10 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 18 replies
    Cato at Liberty ^ | September 9, 2010 | Neil McCluskey
    ...That’s right, the president will make September 14 the second-annual Obama Day at your local school! You might recall last year’s Obama Day, for which the U.S. Department of Education put out teaching guides that gave parents across the country reasonable cause to fear a day of liberal politics and celebrating President Obama. You might also remember the divisive national uproar that precipitated, which ultimately culminated in a relatively staid — but nonetheless campaign-esque — speech, not to mention a fair amount of after-the-fact sneering at people who either didn’t want public-school kids exposed to left-wing politicking or just wanted...
  • Kagan on Obama circa 2005

    05/12/2010 3:41:49 AM PDT · by Scanian · 19 replies · 470+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 11, 2010 | Greg Halvorson
    By now, anyone with a working knowledge of narcissism recognizes the pathological condition of the president. Even liberals concede that the man who sends thrills up Chris Mathews' leg is self-absorbed. It therefore makes sense that Elena Kagan, his Solicitor General, is the SCOTUS nominee. In 2005, at a Harvard luncheon, Ms. Kagan waxed eloquent on Obama. She'd had the "privilege" of attending the DNC National Convention the year before and had experienced rapture: "He opened his mouth, said a few words, and the place was mesmerized. You could hear a pin drop. In part, that is because of all...
  • He's deaf to only voice of reason in cult of lackeys

    03/04/2010 3:16:28 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies · 623+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 3, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    The president is surrounded by acolytes of the Cult of Obama. They consider him to be a "transformational figure" who need not sully himself with the usual rules of politics. The president agrees, rejecting suggestions that he recalibrate his Olympian ambitions. That's not me saying that, nor one of my knuckle-dragging, baby-eating, right-wing brethren. It's Dana Milbank, the liberal Washington Post writer widely seen as Maureen Dowd in drag by most conservatives. Milbank wrote a column Feb. 21 arguing that all the president's problems could be attributed to a single factor. "Obama's first year fell apart in large part because...
  • Shock Discovery: Community Organizers Pray to President-Elect Obama [BARF! BARF! BARF!]

    09/29/2009 7:43:58 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 340 replies · 14,876+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 2009-09-29
    "Hear our cry, Obama." "Deliver us, Obama." Video at link.
  • I'm surprised no one's mentioned the reference in the schoolkids Obama praise song

    09/24/2009 12:18:36 PM PDT · by Mac from Cleveland · 32 replies · 1,773+ views
    self | 9-24-09 | Mac from Cleveland
    Apologies if I missed anyone commenting on this, but none of the posts I've seen mentions this-the excerpt from the lyrics the schoolkids had to sing in praise to BO: Barack Hussein Obama He said Red, Yellow, Black or White All are equal in his sight Mmm, mmm, mm! is taken from the children's hymn "Jesus Loves the Little Children Jesus loves the little childrenAll the children of the world Red and yellowBlack and whiteThey are precious in His sight.Jesus loves the little childrenOf the world. I thought it was bad enough when he compared himself with Lincoln and JFK
  • Elementary School Students Taught to Sing Praises of President Obama

    09/24/2009 12:30:54 PM PDT · by indcons · 71 replies · 4,591+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, September 24, 2009
    Nearly 20 young children are captured in an online video as they sing songs that overflow with campaign slogans and praise for "Barack Hussein Obama," as they repeatedly chant the president's name and celebrate his accomplishments. The superintendent of a New Jersey school where students were videotaped being taught to sing the praises of President Obama issued a statement Thursday saying the taping was unauthorized, but failed to address whether the the lesson -- taught durnig Black History Month -- was approved. A YouTube video shows nearly 20 young children being led in a song overflowing with campaign slogans and...
  • 1984 Watch: Fifty-Seven Channels and Only Obama's On

    09/11/2009 9:20:23 PM PDT · by Wanpeirui · 6 replies · 445+ views
    The Tree of Mamre ^ | Sept. 11, 2009 | Wanpeirui
    In May, I wrote:Yet another Obama speech. Sigh ... In "1984", the TVs were always on, and always tuned to Big Brother's latest speech. While no one today is forced to turn on the tube or listen, in some ways things are not so different: In most households, the TV is always on, and every program is about Obama.This is now more true than ever. The new motto for CNN should be "CNN: All Obama, All the Time". Indeed, the only story about American politics that I have seen on CNN lately that was not about Obama was a story...
  • Parents’ Concern over President’s Address to Schools Called ‘Silly’

    09/05/2009 12:01:23 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 22 replies · 1,356+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 5 September 2009 | John Semmens
    Amidst widespread concern among parents that the President’s address to school children this coming week is an attempt at indoctrination, the President’s Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, derided them as “silly.” “The President is all about the future,” Gibbs said. “It’s imperative that he reach young minds before they are calcified by the ideas of their parents. The speech and accompanying lesson plan are aimed at avoiding this calcification and energizing the momentum for change in the upcoming generation.” Critics contend that their concern isn’t over the speech itself. President Bush addressed school children in 1991. It’s the “accompanying lesson plan”...
  • Original Draft Of Department Of Education’s Classroom Directions for Obama Speech

    09/04/2009 7:22:02 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 30 replies · 2,068+ views
    The Nose on Your Face ^ | September 4, 2009
    There’s been much debate today about the Department of Education’s preparatory materials for President Obama’s Address to Students on September 8, and subsequent revisions made to the original draft. No one is talking, though, about the real original draft. Here it is. Only at TNOYF.Menu of Strongly Encouraged Classroom Activities for President Obama’s Address to Students Across America Before the Speech: Make sure each student gets a “President Obama Deputy Czar” patch. Teachers should create the proper meditative mood by playing appropriate music for a half hour before the speech. We strongly recommend the live version of Crosby Stills and...
  • Obama administration backs off call for students to 'help' Obama

    09/03/2009 9:17:52 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 13 replies · 719+ views
    Examiner Washington, D.C. | September 3, 2009 | Dan Spencer
    After a fierce controversy over what many perceived as an effort to indoctrinate students, the White House says it will rewrite the government recommendation that teachers nationwide assign students a paper on how to "help the president." According to the Washington Times, Obama aides acknowledged the White House helped the U.S. Education Department craft recommended activities to be assigned to students after they watched Obama's address: Among the activities the government initially suggested for prekindergarten to sixth-grade students: that they "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president." Another task recommended for students immediately after...
  • In Obama We Trust

    08/27/2009 3:16:14 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 445+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 27, 2009 | Robin of Berkeley
    I grew up in a home where God was MIA. I don't remember religion being mentioned except occasional references to some sort of God and a heaven. While my family was proud of their ethnicity, they didn't practice the religion. Aside from the requisite Bar Mitvahs, they never set foot in a synagogue. My parents did worship at the altar of pleasure. They loved to party; they lived for the times they'd go out with their large, rowdy group, and dance and drink the night away. I'm not sure why my parents were such party animals. It was probably a...
  • Age of Worship (Obama)

    06/09/2009 9:31:06 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 12 replies · 665+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 9, 2009
    "The extent to which we're in an Age of Worship can be gleaned from a howler at the D-Day commemoration, in which Gordon Brown - woefully overpromoted as Britain's prime minister - referred to Omaha Beach as 'Obama Beach,' " Tunku Varadarajan writes... "...in different circumstances this would qualify as a mere slip of the tongue and be left at that; but the ignominious YouTube avatar of that moment has turned Brown into a species of hack comedian, causing the world to snigger and cackle. Watching him say 'Obama Beach' again and again - inherent cruelty makes one hit 'replay'...
  • Obama and Blair. Messianism reinterpreted

    05/11/2009 11:01:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 497+ views
    L'Espresso ^ | 5/11/2009 | Michel Schooyans
    The election of Barack Obama as president of the United States has raised many expectations all over the world. In the United States, the voters chose a young, mixed race, brilliant president. He is expected to keep his promise of correcting the errors of the president who preceded him. Some excessive terms have even been used, for example the assertion that the time has come to "rebuild" the United States, or to reorganize the international order. This shows the influence of Saul D. Alinsky (1909-1972), one of the intellectual guides of the new president and Hillary Clinton. There has...
  • Beware the cult of Obama

    03/31/2009 3:40:05 AM PDT · by Scanian · 38 replies · 1,558+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | March 30, 2009 | Gene Healy
    You’ve met them. They may be friends of yours, or family members. You may even be one of them (in which case you’ll hate this column). I’m referring to those who’ve heard the Call of Obama. Tucker Carlson compares it to a dog whistle: Inaudible to most, but irresistible to those who can hear it. Obama "walks into a room and you want to follow him somewhere, anywhere," George Clooney gushed to Charlie Rose. "I’ll collect paper cups off the ground to make [Obama’s] pathway clear,” Halle Berry recently told the Philadelphia Daily News, “I’ll do whatever he says.” (Does...
  • Get the Temple of Obama props out of storage

    03/20/2009 6:10:58 PM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies · 930+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 20, 2009 | Clarice Feldman
    Beldar nails Obama far better than I can. (When I try, I sound like Ferris Bueller's sister, flabbergasted that her brother has once again hoodwinked everyone.): Obama has dispelled his mystical (and entirely unproven) aura of competence with breathtaking rapidity. I began my mental planning for this post by asking myself: "Self, of all the functions which the Constitution and our modern systems of government entrust to the POTUS, which ones do you still have even a modicum of confidence that Barack Obama is capable of performing? (As compared, say, to the modest but hopeful list which you, as a...
  • Mysterious halo heralds Kim's birthday in North Korea(Feb. 15: His birthday)

    02/15/2009 2:15:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 869+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02/15/09 | Jon Herskovitz
    Mysterious halo heralds Kim's birthday in North Korea Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:53am EST By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - The moon over hermit North Korea gave off a mysterious glow and citizens pledged undying loyalty to leader Kim Jong-il ahead of his birthday. The rest of the world is wondering whether the head of Asia's only communist dynasty might be ready to mark his 67th year by testing its longest-range missile that could, in theory, carry a warhead as far as the United States. On top of that, Kim's health problems have set off fresh speculation over who might...
  • 4-year-old no ordinary pre-schooler (Obama indoctrination alert)

    02/09/2009 6:29:38 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 21 replies · 698+ views
    Journalstar.com ^ | 2-9-09 | Catherine Huddle
    Malakai Matthew Trout Holmes likes pre-school. He loves to box on his new Wii, and he loves to read. Oh, and he loves President Barack H. Obama. “He lives at the White House,” says Malakai. Everybody knows that, right? Well, yeah, but how many 4-year-olds run around Lincoln wearing navy blue T-shirts adorned with an image of the new president? And how many of them have Bearack Obama teddy bears that dance and sing James Brown’s “I Feel Good?” And big picture books titled “Barack?” Malakai does, because Obama caught his fancy last fall, and never mind what they say...
  • Unreal... New 8th Grade English Textbooks Now Contain 15 Page Section on Obama!

    10/14/2008 1:35:31 PM PDT · by NJ_Tom · 17 replies · 1,072+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Oct. 13, 2008 | Gateway Pundit
    This is getting really freaky. Dear Leader gets 15 page spread in 2008 children's textbooks. This isn't teaching, it's indoctrination!
  • No more streets in my name, pleads Russia's Putin

    10/07/2008 2:54:36 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 509+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/06/08
    No more streets in my name, pleads Russia's Putin Mon Oct 6, 2008 12:43pm EDT ZASLAVL, Belarus (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wishes officials would stop naming streets after him and erecting statues of him, his spokesman said on Monday. Putin, who was president for two terms until he stepped down in May, is immensely popular in Russia but his critics accuse officials of trying to create a Soviet-style cult of personality around him. Authorities in the Chechnya region, now largely calm after Putin sent in troops to crush a separatist rebellion in 1999, on Sunday named a...
  • The 10 most decadent dictators

    09/06/2008 12:41:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies · 1,799+ views
    The 10 most decadent dictators A revolving gold statue, pink champagne and a "Pleasure Brigade" of nubile retainers all feature in Times Money's list of history's most decadent dictators. While their people suffered, these men - and sometimes their wives and children - agonised over how best to spend their ill-gotten gains... 1. Kim Jong-il, "Dear Leader" of North Korea since 1994. The son of the communist state's "Great Leader" Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il has super-expensive tastes, with 17 palaces, and collections of hundreds of cars and around 20,000 video tapes. On one state visit to Russia, he reportedly had...
  • In N. Korea, Eccentricity Well Off the Scale

    02/29/2008 7:43:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies · 303+ views
    WP ^ | 02/29/08 | Blaine Harden
    In N. Korea, Eccentricity Well Off the Scale Nothing Seems Too Big When the Kims, Father and Son, Celebrate Themselves By Blaine Harden Washington Post Foreign Service Friday, February 29, 2008; A14 PYONGYANG, North Korea -- In closed communist dictatorships, land-use planning often edges toward the far side of eccentricity. In Albania under Enver Hoxha, the countryside was pimpled with more than 700,000 concrete bunkers. Built to ward off invaders, most became outhouses. In Romania under Nicolae Ceausescu, a historic quarter of old Bucharest was bulldozed to build a Parisian-style boulevard, an artificial river and a 13-story neo-Stalinist palace that...
  • An Easy Test to Determine if Your Candidate encourages a Personality Cult

    12/31/2007 7:19:18 PM PST · by torial · 8 replies · 64+ views
    Torial Blog ^ | Dec 31, 2007 | Torial
    Answer Yes or No for the following questions: Does the candidate attack those who bring up failings? Does the candidate answer the questions dishonestly of those who critique him, or even sidestep them? Does the candidate talk about his experience as part of a social group (religion, gender, ethnicity, race, cause) as guiding his experience? If yes to 3, does the candidate often reference this social group in ads, or statements? Do other supporters know of any of the candidates failings? If yes to 5, is it ok to talk about the candiates failings and what he needs to do...
  • Program offers chilling footage of N. Korea(doctor restores people's sight, Kim gets all credit)

    03/06/2007 5:41:38 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 1,092+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 03/05/07 | GLENN GARVIN
    Program offers chilling footage of N. Korea BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@MiamiHerald.com 'Explorer: Inside North Korea.' 9-10 tonight. National Geographic Channel. Forget Ghost Whisperer,Supernatural, and even the goat-testicle-eating contests on Fear Factor. The most frightening thing you'll see on television this year is tonight's episode of National Geographic's Explorer documentary series, Inside North Korea. Nobody should sleep well knowing that we share a planet with the mad, murderous megalomaniac holed up in Pyongyang, watching old Judy Garland movies and fiddling with a nuclear button as his country dies around him. Even places like Cuba and Iran are like national Freedom of...
  • SAVAGE NATION! Monday, July 24, 2006

    07/24/2006 2:56:54 PM PDT · by rockabyebaby · 56 replies · 1,350+ views
    INFIDELS, come out come out wherever you are!
  • SAVAGE NATION!! Thursday, July 20, 2006

    07/20/2006 2:55:13 PM PDT · by rockabyebaby · 205 replies · 3,095+ views
    INFIDELS, come out come out wherever you are.....SAVAGE!
  • Michael SAVAGE LIVE, HE'S LIVE!!!!!

    07/04/2006 3:08:45 PM PDT · by rockabyebaby · 72 replies · 2,643+ views
    WoooooooooooHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! He's LIVE!!!!! Come out come out wherever you are!
  • Ruhnama (A book for "Moderate Islam" from Turkmen President for Life ?)

    06/29/2006 3:42:58 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 14 replies · 728+ views
    Answers.com ^ | answers.com
    Ruhnama (or The Book of the Soul from Persian: ruh (soul) and nâma (book), sometimes spelled Rukhnama) is the combination autobiography, historical fiction, and spiritual guidebook written by Turkmenistan's President for Life, Saparmyrat Niyazov. The text is composed of many stories and poems, including those by Sufist poet Magtymguly Pyragy. Niyazov issued the first part of the work in 2001, saying, "Ruhnama was issued to eliminate all shortcomings, to raise the spirit of the Turkmen." The second part, which covers morals, philosophy, and life conduct, was issued in 2004. The book is a substantial part of Niyazov's personality cult, is...
  • N. Korea: How Children Live(Video:poverty, brainwashing, military training, field work)

    05/04/2005 8:11:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 982+ views
    The Daily NK ^ | 05/04/05 | staff
    Click Here For VideoComments for each segment of the video street kids in miserable condition kids at work kids giving oath an interview with N. Korean kids(probably in Pyongyang) -- kids say they study hard and work in organizations to please the leader. They want unification because they feel so bad about S. Korean kids who are miserably poor, scavenging trash dumps. a news clip on a triplet (Gosh! They do dig triplets!) a brief segment on a group session a boy recites the Kim Il-sung's episode associated with the picture(of a spring) a boy explains what the miniature mockup...
  • N. Korea: Three Reasons for Kim Jong-il's Obsession with Nukes--Defector's Take

    05/01/2005 7:29:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 1,528+ views
    The Daily NK ^ | 05/01/05 | Han Young-jin, Kim Kwang-soo, Kim Myong-ho
    http://www.dailynk.com/korean/read.php?cataId=nk01300&num=4957/begin my translation   Three Reasons for Kim Jong-il's Obsession with Nukes: Defector's Take Regime Survival, Extorting Economic Aids, Keeping People under Control [ 2005-05-01 19:44 ] Kim Jong-il touring a command center  at the Eastern  Front  We as N. Korean defectors had many times heard in N. Korea , 'N. Korea has nukes.'  We find it really 'silly' when people in the South are engaged in heated debate over the existence of (N. Korean) nukes. Even today in the South, about N. Korean nukes, some say, "Because the Cold War between U.S. and Soviet Union had ended, N. Korea has nobody to...
  • N. Korea:Glimpse of World Shatters North Koreans' Illusions(in their view, China is free)

    03/27/2005 7:44:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 1,055+ views
    NYT ^ | 03/24/05 | HOWARD W. FRENCH
    Glimpse of World Shatters North Koreans' Illusions By HOWARD W. FRENCH ANJI, China - Sitting on a bare floor in a chilly one-room apartment, Lee Hae Jon and her younger sister, Hae Sun, struggled recently for words to describe their lives since they clandestinely made their way here from North Korea five years ago. Their mother married a Chinese man and disappeared from their lives without a trace. Since then, a Chinese widow of Korean descent has taken the girls into her apartment and kept them clothed and fed. But for five years, the teenage sisters have not dared to...
  • Lincoln: Tyrant, Hypocrite or Consumate Statesman? (Dinesh defends our 2d Greatest Prez)

    02/18/2005 11:27:18 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 390 replies · 5,230+ views
    thehistorynet. ^ | Feb 12, 05 | D'Souza
    The key to understanding Lincoln's philosophy of statesmanship is that he always sought the meeting point between what was right in theory and what could be achieved in practice. By Dinesh D'Souza Most Americans -- including most historians -- regard Abraham Lincoln as the nation's greatest president. But in recent years powerful movements have gathered, both on the political right and the left, to condemn Lincoln as a flawed and even wicked man. For both camps, the debunking of Lincoln usually begins with an exposé of the "Lincoln myth," which is well described in William Lee Miller's 2002 book Lincoln's...
  • N. Korea: Significant changes in North Korea, say experts(change of style or substance?)

    11/18/2004 2:48:41 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies · 1,106+ views
    AFP ^ | 11/18/04 | N/A
    Significant changes in North Korea, say experts 1 hour, 21 minutes ago World - AFP SEOUL (AFP) - Significant changes may be taking place in North Korea (news - web sites) if reports are confirmed that Kim Jong-Il, the nation's hereditary dictator, is modifying his leadership style, analysts and experts said. Officials, diplomats and analysts agreed that reports of Kim having ordered curbs on the cult of personality surrounding him for decades needed to be confirmed before conclusions could be drawn. "Nothing has been proven yet. There is no way for us to confirm these things right now. It takes...
  • Romania and North Korea: Casting off the chains(How Kim Il Sung tyrannized Romania)

    11/24/2003 4:59:25 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 425+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Nov 17, 2003 | James Zumwalt
    Romania and North Korea: Casting off the chains By James Zumwalt Monday, Nov 17, 2003,Page 9 Last month, Romanian president Ion Iliescu met with President George W. Bush -- the latter representing a people who have enjoyed democracy for more than two centuries; the former a people who have enjoyed it for little more than a decade. For almost a quarter of the previous century, the Romanian people had been subjected to the brutal reign of Nicolae Ceausescu, which ended abruptly with that dictator's violent overthrow and execution in 1989. Once able to cast off the yoke of Ceausescu's tyranny,...
  • N. Korea: Can the North’s ‘Walking Computer’ Remember His 1,200 Names?

    11/21/2003 7:56:47 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 177+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 11/21/03 | Kim In
    Can the North’s ‘Walking Computer’ Remember His 1,200 Names? by Kim In (ginko@chosun.com) Since February 1974, when current North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, was unofficially chosen as the successor to his father, Kim Il-sung, North Korean newspapers and broadcasters have used more than 1,200 terms of endearment to refer to the son, according to the North's state-run Korea Central Broadcasting Station (KCBS). Before Kim Jong-il officially emerged as new North Korean leader, at the sixth convention of the Labor Party in October 1980, he was referred to only as the “party center” on newspapers and TV. Later, the title of...