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  • Cowboy Up, Conservatives – And Happy Fourth

    07/03/2015 4:49:00 PM PDT · by Oklahoma · 28 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 7/3/2015 | Andrew Klavan
    Recently I've been hearing a lot of conservatives saying things like, "It's over. The left has won. This is no longer America. I'm not even going to celebrate the Fourth of July this year." I confess this disturbs me. I expect feminists to squeal like hysterical little girls. Second Kings, Chapter 6, contains one of my favorite Bible stories. The King of Aram (which was more or less Syria) is waging war against Israel. But every time he sets up an ambush, the prophet Elisha tips off the Israelites and they get away. Because Elisha is a prophet! So he...
  • Survey: Americans’ pessimism on economy has grown

    08/28/2014 1:21:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2014 12:02 AM EDT | Josh Boak
    Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health. Seventy-one percent of Americans say they think the recession exerted a permanent drag on the economy, according to a survey being released Thursday by Rutgers University. By contrast, in November 2009, five months after the recession officially ended, the Rutgers researchers found that only 49 percent thought the downturn would have lasting damage. And that was when the unemployment rate was 9.9 percent, compared with the current 6.2 percent. …
  • Poll: Most Europeans believe ‘the worst is still to come’

    05/13/2014 7:31:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 13/05/2014 - 08:03
    With the European elections opening next week, a new survey shows that most Europeans believe the crisis is not over yet and that “the worst is still to come”, although the trend is slightly improving. A Eurobarometer study released by the European Commission on Monday (12 May) shows Europeans are still depressed about their future. 44% Europeans believe “the impact of the crisis has already reached its peak” while 47% believe “the worst is still to come”. …
  • CNN poll shows pessimism continuing on economy

    12/27/2013 12:23:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/27/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The White House regularly threatens to “pivot” to the economy when polls go sour on them, or when it becomes necessary to distract the media — say, when a scandal erupts, or the central project of the administration turns out to be a complete fiasco. Barack Obama’s team has insisted that the topic for 2014 will be “income inequality,” while the rest of us think it’s going to be “oh my goodness, ObamaCare has sucked my checkbook dry,” especially for the middle class. Hey, either way, it’s all about the economy, right?If Obama plans to complain about the economy and...
  • CNN/ORC Poll: Jump in percentage of those saying things not going well

    11/29/2013 9:37:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | November 29th, 2013 06:00 AM ET | (CNN Political Unit)
    Americans views on the state of the nation are turning increasingly sour, according to a new national poll. And a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday also indicates that less than a quarter of the public says that economic conditions are improving, while nearly four in ten say the nation’s economy is getting worse. Forty-one percent of those questioned in the poll say things are going well in the country today, down nine percentage points from April, and the lowest that number has been in CNN polling since February 2012. Fifty-nine percent say things are going badly, up nine points from...
  • Obama Has Won! Is Civil War Inevitable?

    05/11/2013 7:17:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | May 10, 2013 | Skip Coryell
    Some of you are already shaking your head and arguing with my headline. I can hear the conservative craniums rattling all across America’s fruited plains, her mountain’s majesty, and from sea to shining sea. Let me clarify my title. Let’s start with the first half: Obama Has Won! But you scream back angrily at me, “NO he hasn’t! He didn’t win! We’ll never admit defeat!” Good for you. I appreciate and respect your patriotism and tenacity. Unfortunately, you’re wrong. There’s no denying that one. He was re-elected, and he’s achieved every goal he set out to win short of disarming...
  • When Hope Tramples Truth

    03/25/2013 10:49:17 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 24, 2013 | Roger Scruton
    Excerpts: Apollo granted to his Trojan priestess Cassandra the gift of prophecy. But because she resisted his advances he punished her by ensuring that nobody would ever believe what she said. Such has been the fate of pessimists down the ages. Those who interrupt the good cheer of their fellows with the thought that the things about which they are all agreed might go badly wrong are either dismissed as madmen or condemned as fools. ... We have witnessed something similar in the so-called Arab Spring. “Unscrupulous optimism,” as Schopenhauer called it, led both the United States and the nations...
  • Study: Pessimists live longer, healthier lives

    03/02/2013 5:38:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 59 replies ^ | 28 Feb 13 14:20 CET | (AFP/jlb)
    Older people who look on the darker side of life tend to live longer than optimists, who in turn face an increased risk of illness and mortality, a new study by a German research institute found on Thursday. Researchers in Germany and Switzerland found that older people who believe their life satisfaction will be above average in future face a 10-percent higher mortality risk or are more likely to develop physical health problems, the DIW think-tank said. “It is possible that a pessimistic outlook leads elderly people to look after themselves and their health better and take greater precautions against...
  • Poll: Number of Republicans hopeful about the future hits 21st-century low

    12/27/2012 3:44:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/27/2012 | AllahPundit
    Saw this the other day and can't stop thinking about it. It makes all the sense in the world that conservatives would be despondent after Obama's re-election. But more despondent than liberals were after the Bushitler's re-election?A lot more, as it turns out:Why are the numbers so much worse for Republicans now than they were for Democrats in 2004? It can’t be because the GOP thinks Obama’s done irreversible damage to the U.S.; Bush-hating liberals thought the same about Dubya. Besides, we’ve got a deep bench for 2016. Is it a demographic thing, with Republicans fearing that they’ll never (or...
  • Reuters Opinion: When did America get so pessimistic?

    11/15/2012 2:41:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Reuters Opinion ^ | 11/15/2012 | Zachary Karabell
    Barely had the counting ceased in last week’s presidential election when the news took a somber turn. Two of the next day’s headlines read “Back to Work, Looming Fiscal Crisis Greets Obama” and my favorite, “America has Sown the Seeds of Its Own Demise.” Politicians either celebrated or decried the results, but regardless of party affiliation most warned of formidable challenges and a perilous future. How did it come to pass that even the resolution of a contested election brings almost zero relief from the relentless focus on problems and threats? How did a country that for much of its...
  • Surplus of pessimism may cost Spain’s ruling Socialists at polls

    11/18/2011 11:21:20 AM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2011 | Mike Elkin
    Spanish voters on Sunday are expected to dismiss the Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and usher in the conservative People's Party (PP) and its leader, Mariano Rajoy. Mr. Zapatero’s Socialist party (PSOE), which has been in power for eight years, has borne the brunt of public blame for Spain’s increasingly perilous economic situation, which has tainted the party’s leadership candidate, Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba. Meanwhile, Mr. Rajoy has been coasting toward an expected landslide victory without saying much about how he plans to reverse Spain’s economic course... The situation is bleak for the eurozone’s fourth-largest...
  • The Case for Pessimism

    11/02/2011 7:17:15 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    Commentary ^ | November 2011 | Mark Steyn
    In September 2009, Barack Obama and Muammar Qaddafi both addressed the United Nations. It is a pitiful reflection upon the Republic in twilight that, when it comes to the transnational mush drooled by the leader of the free world or the conspiracist ramblings of a pseudo-Bedouin terrorist drag queen presiding over a one-man psycho-cult basket case, it’s more or less a toss-up as to which of them was the more unreal. Just so. Every time Barack Obama stands at his teleprompter and is forced to pretend that he’s interested in deficit reduction, we have taken a step toward that Milton...
  • 'Main Street' More Pessimistic on Economy than 'Wall Street'

    09/20/2011 7:44:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    CNBC ^ | 09/19/2011
    Nearly half of CNBC's audience expects the Federal Reserve to announce another quantitative easing program , a much higher proportion than the number of Wall Street professionals who think that's likely. 'Main Street' is also more pessimistic than 'Wall Street', with a majority expecting the U.S. to fall back into a recession . For the first time, CNBC viewers and users were able to answer some of the same questions we've been putting to the pros in our monthly CNBC Fed Survey. Almost 5000 people took the opportunity to share their forecasts. In our unscientific online survey, 48 percent...
  • Weak data point to sluggish economy

    05/31/2011 1:43:43 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 31, 2011 | Leah Schnurr
    A double-dip in home prices, pessimistic consumers and a slowdown in regional manufacturing raised concerns on Tuesday that the economy's soft patch could become protracted. "The question is, 'Is the softer data we're seeing transitory, or is it likely to persist throughout the remainder of 2011?' Right now, that's an open question that investors are trying to figure out," said Michael Sheldon, chief market strategist at RDM Financial in Westport, Connecticut.The U.S. economy grew at a tepid 1.8 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, and these fresh signs suggest the recovery is still struggling to...
  • French are world's most pessimistic

    01/05/2011 6:07:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    French are world's most pessimistic January 04, 2011 THE FRENCH are the world's most pessimistic people when asked about their prospects for the coming year, a new international study has found. The Voice of the People survey, by BVA-Gallup, polled more than 64,000 people in 53 countries around the world about their attitude to the new year. France was the gloomiest of the countries surveyed, with 61 per cent of people expecting economic difficulties and unemployment to worsen in 2011. Britain was the third most pessimistic, on 52 per cent, behind Iceland and tied with Serbia and Romania. Germany was...
  • Most Americans say they're worse off under Obama

    12/10/2010 2:48:19 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | December 10, 2010 | Rick Moran
    Pollsters poll on the strangest questions, don't they? Some genius at Bloomberg thought asking the question if the respondent personally was "better or worse off" than two years ago. Duh: "The survey, conducted Dec. 4-7, finds that 51 percent of respondents think their situation has deteriorated, compared with 35 percent who say they're doing better. The balance isn't sure. Americans have grown more downbeat about the country's future in just the last couple of months, the poll shows. The pessimism cuts across political parties and age groups, and is common to both sexes. The negative sentiment may cast a pall...
  • This Is What the Obama Administration Calls 'Recovery Summer'?

    07/03/2010 2:53:54 AM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 3, 2010 | Irwin M. Stelzer
    We Americans needed this weekend, with something to celebrate -- our independence from overseas oppressors. Indeed, the Tea Party movement is attempting to recapture the attitude of our nation’s founders toward overweening government, in this case our own. The distance from Washington to Main Street is not as great as that from Boston Harbor to the Palace of Westminster, but it is great indeed. Most Americans want to see spending reined in and taxes cut. But when the manager of a custard stand in Milwaukee suggested to Vice President Joe Biden that he would prefer lower taxes to payment for...
  • Gates Concerned About Pessimism on Afghanistan

    06/17/2010 3:53:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 192+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 17, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is concerned about emerging public pessimism and cynicism regarding the outcome of U.S. operations in Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said here today. Gates says Americans need to remember what was happening in Afghanistan a year ago to appreciate how far the country has progressed since then, Morrell said. “I don’t know that he’s laying the blame with anyone in particular,” the press secretary said. “It just seems as though there is a great deal of not just skepticism, but cynicism about … our operations there, and an effort...
  • Enough of the Doom and Gloom, Already

    03/25/2010 3:13:00 AM PDT · by Scanian · 32 replies · 810+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 24, 2010 | J. Robert Smith
    As a conservative, there's one thing I've never understood about conservatives: their propensity to see the glass as half empty. The health care battle that President Obama and the Democrats won on Sunday night is a case in point. It's not that conservatives should be Pollyannas. Reality is reality, and as the late Scott Peck made a thesis in his book, The Road Less Traveled, the closer to reality one is, the saner one is. By that definition, Obama, Pelosi and Reid need to call their doctors' offices. After Sunday night's loss, it's natural that conservatives should feel let down....
  • Don't Panic: because China won’t overtake the US as the world’s superpower

    01/17/2010 3:23:32 AM PST · by Scanian · 29 replies · 1,185+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 17, 2010 | MAUREEN CALLAHAN
    Conventional wisdom has long held that China is the most likely emergent superpower to rival US supremacy, but over the past few months, this fear — the West’s greatest since the Cold War — has gained a specific sense of urgency. In a recent poll by Foreign Policy magazine, 71% of thinkers picked China as the next global superpower, and Chinese president Hu Jintao as the world’s most crucial leader — aside from President Obama. The new book “When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Growth of a New Global Order,” by British author...
  • Merrill Lynch: Ignore The Bubble In Pessimism, 2010 Will Be Awesome

    12/15/2009 6:31:19 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 859+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 12-15-2009 | The Pragmatic Capitalist
    Merrill Lynch: Ignore The Bubble In Pessimism, 2010 Will Be Awesome The Pragmatic CapitalistDec. 15, 2009, 4:53 AM We are just about finished wrapping up our series on 2010 outlooks. In this article we’ll outline Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is very bullish heading into 2010 (an outlook similar to RBC). They see many of the trends of 2009 continuing into 2010 and driving equity markets around the world higher by double digits (see JP Morgan’s bullish emerging market outlook here). Ethan Harris, head of North American economics summarized the Merrill outlook: “We believe the...
  • All-round pessimism after dud Middle East "summit"

    09/24/2009 3:40:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 535+ views ^ | 9/24/09 | Reuters
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A cloud of pessimism is suffocating hopes that U.S. President Barack Obama can pull off a miracle in the Middle East by setting negotiations on course for rapid progress towards a comprehensive peace agreement. The New York encounter he arranged between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas this week produced no more than a schedule of lower-level meetings this week and next, which has only deepened scepticism.
  • The Consolations of Pessimism - In our age, as in Seneca’s, the worst is always possible.

    05/21/2009 9:08:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 520+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2009 | Alain de Botton
    The Art Archive/Biblioteca Braidense Milan/Gianni Dagli Orti “Our minds should be sent forward in advance to meet all the problems, and we should consider not what is wont to happen, but what can happen.” It’s been clear for a while, at least since the collapse of Lehman Brothers last fall, that what we have to fear above all is hope itself. Attempts to trust that the worst is over and to stop frightening ourselves seem doomed to propel us into yet worse disappointment. We are not only unhappy, but—believing calm and happiness to be the norm—unhappy that we’re unhappy....
  • For a happier life, shake off your misplaced optimism

    05/02/2009 5:03:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 872+ views
    FT ^ | 04/30/09 | Alain de Botton
    For a happier life, shake off your misplaced optimism By Alain de Botton Published: April 30 2009 19:11 | Last updated: April 30 2009 19:11 It has been clear for a while, at least since the first talk started about “green shoots” of recovery, that what we have to fear above all is hope. Attempts to trust that the worst is over and to stop frightening ourselves seem doomed to project us into yet worse disappointment. We are not only unhappy but – believing calm and happiness to be the norm – unhappy that we are unhappy. It is time...
  • Current Recession Is No Great Depression (We're being excessively pessimistic)

    12/20/2008 10:31:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 166 replies · 3,995+ views
    Smart Money ^ | December 19, 2008 | Donald Luskin
    I've been complaining for years about how excessively pessimistic everyone has been about the economy and the stock market. But I have to admit, now that the economy is in recession and the stock market has taken a serious hit, all the pessimism is serving some useful purposes. First, pessimism has driven stock prices down to levels that make them terrific bargains. If you've been a long-suffering value investor, frustrated by decades of high prices, then your day has come. Stocks are cheap -- at last. Second, pessimism has given everybody a healthy respect for the risks that our economy...
  • It Ain't Over Till It's Over. The case against pessimism (history is our guide)

    10/18/2008 2:52:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies · 1,701+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 17,2008 | James Piereson
    With just two weeks left before the election, John McCain faces a difficult test in overcoming the lead established by Barack Obama over the past month. An ever-growing number of national polls showed Obama with a lead last week of somewhere between 3 and 14 points--though few people outside the Obama camp gave much credit to the latter margin, reported in a CBS News/New York Times poll. Most polls were in a cluster with an estimated Obama lead of 5 to 7 points. The race thus remains surprisingly close, especially in view of the headwinds blowing against McCain from the...
  • No We Can't! - A Defense of Conservative Pessimism

    09/21/2008 11:25:24 AM PDT · by foutsc · 9 replies · 381+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 21 Sep 08 | foutsc
    John Derbyshire of National Review Online has written a curmudgeonly piece railing against irrational optimism. It's an entertaining read that is even more apt in light of recent developments. I'm sure the jackasses who wrecked our financial system were full of exuberant optimism and overinflated self-esteem. This hits home with me because, like the author, I do not believe in the perfectibility of man. We are flawed vessels. This brought to my mind William Butler Yeats' poem, "The Second Coming." Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and...
  • Life is Good, So Why Do We Feel So Bad?

    06/13/2008 5:04:17 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 46 replies · 313+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 13 June 2008 | GREGG EASTERBROOK
    ...The case that things are basically pretty good? Unemployment is 5.5%, low by historical standards; income is rising slightly ahead of inflation; housing prices are down, but the typical house is still worth a third more than in 2000; 94% of Americans do not have threatened mortgages...most that do will keep homes. ...Inflation was up in 2007, but this stands out because the 16 previous years were close to inflation-free; living standards are the highest they have ever been, including living standards for the middle class and for the poor. All forms of pollution other than greenhouse gases are in...
  • Pessimism Is Spreading In United States

    11/04/2007 7:36:09 PM PST · by blam · 37 replies · 111+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-5-2007 | Toby Harnden
    Pessimism is spreading in United States By Toby Harnden in Portland, Maine Last Updated: 2:24am GMT 05/11/2007 A year before the United States elects its next president, most American voters are disturbed by their country's direction, pessimistic about the Iraq war and profoundly disillusioned with politicians of both parties. A USA Today/Gallup poll found that more than two thirds of those surveyed were dissatisfied with President George W. Bush and the way things were going. Grim reading: locals at Becky’s Diner in Portland, Maine, spread out their newspapers during brunch The newspaper said that "the Unhappy States of America" was...
  • Declinism: Three centuries of gloomy forecasts about America

    08/08/2007 6:47:10 PM PDT · by Delacon · 39 replies · 1,124+ views
    The Hoover Institution ^ | August & September 2007 | Alan W. Dowd
    The worries and warnings come from across the political spectrum and across the oceans. New York Times critic Nicolai Ouroussoff calls America “an empire enthralled with its own power and unaware that it is fading.” Former Clinton administration official Charles Kupchan concludes that “American primacy is already past its peak.” According to Joseph Nye, who served under Presidents Carter and Clinton, America’s “soft power — its ability to attract others by the legitimacy of U.S. policies and the values that underlie them — is in decline.” Peggy Noonan, speechwriter for the most optimistic of presidents, Ronald Reagan, asserts that “in...
  • GOVERNMENT DEBT: Termites in the House

    07/01/2006 1:10:31 PM PDT · by HopefulPatriot · 23 replies · 589+ views
    Financial Sense Online ^ | June 30, 2006 | Bud Conrad
    Casey Files: Government Debt – Termites in the HouseAs I write, gold has rebounded handsomely over the $600 mark, perhaps putting a stake through the heart of the recent steep correction. Or, perhaps not.After all, it isn’t the fundamentals, per se, that are currently causing gold to spike. It’s largely just the chattering of the trading community based on their reading of the tea leaves revealed in the Fed’s latest press release.In order to make any real sense of where gold should be trading, and will be trading soon enough, you have to look deeper, much deeper, into the...
  • The State of Iraq: An Update

    06/16/2006 1:28:24 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 12 replies · 372+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 16, 2006 | Nina Kamp, Michael O'Hanlon and Amy Unikewicz
    <p>AFTER his surprise trip to Baghdad this week, President Bush struck a hopeful tone. "I do think we'll be able to measure progress," he declared at a news conference on Wednesday. "You can measure progress in capacity of Iraqi units ... in megawatts of electricity delivered ... in oil sold on the market .... There's ways to determine whether or not this government's plans are succeeding."</p>
  • Russians Love Putin

    06/08/2006 8:16:42 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 4 replies · 275+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 8, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    "You can never be optimistic about anything in our country because if you're optimistic, it will turn out badly." This is typical of the average Russian on the street. Also typical is "There is no alternative to (Putin). Stability is important for business." The Russians love their president...or at least they approve of him. Russia took a dive in the early 90s when the Soviet Union collapsed. It got worse during the Yeltsin-ear crisis in 1998, when the government temporarily suspended debt repayments and devalued the ruble by 30%. But, the economy recovered - quicker than anyone expected. Give credit...
  • America's rags-to-riches dream an illusion

    04/26/2006 3:47:22 PM PDT · by nicollo · 118 replies · 2,169+ views
    Reuters (via Yahoo) ^ | April 26, 2006 | Alister Bull
    America may still think of itself as the land of opportunity, but the chances of living a rags-to-riches life are a lot lower than elsewhere in the world, according to a new study published on Wednesday. The likelihood that a child born into a poor family will make it into the top five percent is just one percent, according to "Understanding Mobility in America," a study by economist Tom Hertz from American University. By contrast, a child born rich had a 22 percent chance of being rich as an adult, he said. "In other words, the chances of getting rich...
  • Poll: Calif. Political Pessimism Grows

    03/30/2006 7:29:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 288+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/30/06 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The public has become deeply pessimistic that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature can work together since a massive public works plan failed to make the June ballot, according to a new poll. The Legislature's approval rating has fallen to 25 percent — its lowest point since 2000 — the survey released Thursday by the Public Policy Institute of California shows, while the governor's popularity has changed little since January, with 37 percent giving him a positive rating. In January, Schwarzenegger proposed a $222 billion, 10-year plan to improve the state's highways, levees, schools and public transit...
  • The Pessimism Deficit

    02/24/2006 6:01:19 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 4 replies · 296+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 19, 2006 | Sarah Vowell
    My go-to worldview is pessimism. I see a Times Square billboard promoting a musical that has its audience "dancing in the aisles" and I can't help but think, "That is a fire hazard." But it has been my happy experience that if one moves through life in a constant state of low-key dread, then one gets to be continually pleasantly surprised.... I got the feeling that he was asking for reasons to be optimistic about the government Alas, I see my initial worries about the current administration as the greatest betrayal in my whole life by my old pal pessimism....
  • A Separate Peace. America is in trouble--and our elites are merely resigned.

    10/27/2005 10:57:36 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 111 replies · 2,404+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 27, 2005 | PEGGY NOONAN
    It is not so hard and can be a pleasure to tell people what you see. It's harder to speak of what you think you see, what you think is going on and can't prove or defend with data or numbers. That can get tricky. It involves hunches. But here goes. I think there is an unspoken subtext in our national political culture right now. In fact I think it's a subtext to our society. I think that a lot of people are carrying around in their heads, unarticulated and even in some cases unnoticed, a sense that the wheels...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Leave Pessimism Behind: Embrace The Limbaugh Plan

    09/19/2005 6:00:00 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 956+ views ^ | 9/19/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: You know, you cannot escape it, and I guess it's somewhat understandable. There is pessimism all over the country now. Pessimism abounds. You've got the eager excitement of the left. The left is dancing on the grave of George W. Bush all over the place, and there are a few conservatives who are practically calling him dead meat and we may as well forget about him and try to do what we can do here to stanch the damage of the Bush administration. Yes, there are conservatives that are saying this, and I was really tempted today to open...
  • Is Ohio Turning Blue?

    08/12/2005 9:44:15 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 57 replies · 1,772+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 08-12-05 | Gizzi, John
    The Real Meaning of Buckeye Special Election Is Ohio Turning Blue? by John Gizzi Posted Aug 12, 2005 In the wake of a Democratic candidate’s narrow loss in the August 2 special election in Ohio’s most Republican U.S. House district, pundits have begun pondering whether the Buckeye State is turning blue. The problem for Republicans seems to be the stench that has begun to envelop the administration of Ohio GOP Gov. Robert A. Taft. Republicans have held the Ohio governorship for 16 years and in the last two presidential elections the state has been indispensable in providing an Electoral College...
  • Savage Nation, Really

    08/11/2005 12:46:09 AM PDT · by · 24 replies · 657+ views ^ | 8/11/5 | Red Fox
    Michael Savage is angry that Department of Defence lawyers knew the whereabouts of four 9/11 terrorists in 1999, but kept intelligence departments from sharing the information. He says that these lawyers are responsible for 9/11 and should go to jail; as though they knew what the terrorists were planning. The information he found in the New York Post is nothing new. Its just more of the same story: we knew who the terrorists were, where they were, and could have gotten them. Just like the many opportunities Bill Clinton had to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden before 9/11, but...
  • The State of Iraq’s Union - (new Isaiah Z. Sterrett!)

    02/05/2005 7:15:27 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 291+ views
    ASIDE FROM THE terrific story of the Slovak man who literally urinated his way out of an avalanche, the Iraqi election is arguably this week’s, this month’s, greatest story of human accomplishment. Nations with a checkmark next to them now include Germany, Japan, Russia, and Iraq. Reagan would have been so proud. Last week was sadly besmirched by more bile from Ted Kennedy, who’s apparently now taking lessons in bloviation from ex-Klansman Robert C. Byrd. Kennedy loves democracy so much that he wanted to commemorate its historic spread by demanding that 12,000 U.S. troops — or more, for good measure...
  • Democrats Issue Severe Warning For President's Optimistic Agenda

    02/03/2005 1:23:44 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 614+ views
    DEMOCRATS ISSUE SEVERE WARNING FOR PRESIDENT’S OPTIMISTIC AGENDARadar Shows Dems Leading An Ever Expanding Obstructionist Front_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “On a night when millions of Americans came together in applauding President Bush’s goals of winning the War on Terror, growing our economy and preserving Social Security, Harry Reid and the Democrats offered only politically motivated attacks and obstruction. Democrat leaders provided a window into the state of their party tonight, showcasing pessimism over progress.”-Ken Mehlman, RNC Chairman   HARRY REID PREDICTS CLOUDY FORECAST FOR PRESIDENT’S AGENDA  Reid Misrepresents The President’s Social Security Plan And Then Promises To Block It. “The Bush [Social Security]...
  • Eschatological Decline 1865-1925: The Rise of Premillennialism

    01/03/2005 4:57:46 PM PST · by topcat54 · 201 replies · 1,372+ views
    Credenda/Agenda ^ | Jack Van Deventer
    "The sixty-year period following the War Between the States was a noteworthy period of doctrinal decline. This segment of American history witnessed a cultural and doctrinal shift from Calvinism to pietism, from the church to the parachurch, from optimism to pessimism, and saw biblical worship erode into a free-for-all of sentimentalism, retreatism, and anti-intellectualism. The next several "Eschaton" articles will address the subject of how Christianity changed from 1865-1925, why Christianity changed, and how that doctrinal shift affects the Church today. They will seek to explain the events that led to the development of the modern and unbiblical phenomena of...
  • Bush Attacks Kerry for 'Dour Pessimism' (This is what I want to see!!)

    10/10/2004 11:56:56 AM PDT · by admiralsn · 32 replies · 1,066+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10-09-04 | Steve Holland
    Bush Attacks Kerry for 'Dour Pessimism' Oct 9, 5:54 PM (ET) By Steve Holland CHANHASSEN, Minn. (Reuters) - President Bush sought momentum on Saturday from his second debate with Democratic Sen. John Kerry by attacking Kerry for saying he has a consistent position on Iraq and would not raise middle-class taxes. "Who's he trying to kid?" Bush told thousands of cheering supporters in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen. "He can run, but he can't hide." Bush aides were clearly buoyed by Bush's aggressive performance on Friday night after the president was widely panned for a lackluster performance in their first...
  • A bridge too far? (Was our Iraq mission a failure - One Opinion)

    09/25/2004 11:32:46 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 43 replies · 735+ views
    DISCLAIMER: This is not necessarily my opinion but I am putting it out for discussion. This article appeared in the Washington Times two days ago. It's written Arnaud de Borchgrave, a long-time member of the Times. His belief is that Iraq was and continues to be a mistake for the US. My take? de Borchgrave has written articles like this over the last few years so he is consistent in his beliefs. He is a knowledgable, worldly guy so his opinions aren't easily arrived at. Opinions on this article anyone?
  • Statement by Bush-Cheney '04 Campaign Manager Ken Mehlman (On Kerry's Pessimism in WOT)

    09/18/2004 11:53:31 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 6 replies · 486+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | September 18, 2004
    ARLINGTON, VA -- Bush-Cheney '04 Campaign Manager Ken Mehlman issued the following statement:"On the eve of Prime Minister Allawi's visit to the United States, John Kerry's military advisor is preaching defeat and suggesting retreat in Iraq.  Such a withdrawal would be a victory for the terrorists and a defeat for freedom everywhere.  John Kerry must explain if this is his new position on Iraq."Our troops deserve better than to constantly hear the Kerry campaign's pessimism and lack of faith in the value of the mission from America's leaders."Since John Kerry first called our allies 'window dressing,' he has been pushing...
  • America's Job Creation Surges Forward, Sen. John Kerry's Policies Stuck In Reverse

    09/07/2004 11:13:49 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 398+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | September 7, 2004
    MANCHESTER, NH - The economy continues to surge forward with 144,000 new jobs created in July and a drop in the national unemployment rate to 5.4 percent.  In spite of this positive momentum, the Kerry-Edwards campaign continues to discount the country's economic progress.  Governor Craig Benson said, "It's unfortunate for Senator Kerry that he voted against the very tax relief that today accounts for the fastest economic growth in 20 years, record homeownership and small business expansion.  While President Bush is creating opportunities for America's workers, Senator Kerry talks down our progress in hopes of concealing his dismal record of...
  • Clinton Protege No Student Of History (Kerry Misery Index Turns Clinton Optimists Pessimistic)

    08/09/2004 4:43:54 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 1,428+ views
    CLINTON PROTÉGÉ NO STUDENT OF HISTORYKerry Misery Index Turns Clinton Optimists Pessimistic_____________________________________DNC Chief Insists Economy Today As Bad As It Was During DepressionDNC Chairman Said Situation "Is Worse" Than Was Under Herbert Hoover. DEMOCRAT NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN TERRY MCAULIFFE: "I mean, George Bush, as you know, is the first President since Herbert Hoover to lose jobs during his tenure as President." KVI RADIO's KIRBY WILBUR: "Yeah, but, I mean, the Herbert Hoover thing is kind of a false thing, in a sense, because you're trying to bring up images of the Depression where there was 25 percent unemployment and it's...
  • A Party of Hope? (Not last night)

    07/29/2004 1:30:49 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 4 replies · 410+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 29, 2004 | David Skinner
    THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION has not been unified by single policy or campaign promise. ,hey talk of hope and the like, but they don't deliver. It's been more or less a parade of Democratic stand-bys from Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton to Al Sharpton, each in turn giving their spiel. And last night at the convention, we had Sharpton and John Edwards. The New York reverend who first came to public notice by slandering six white men with phony rape charges has developed into a fine speaker. He is certainly the most accomplished race baiter of his day. His high rhetoric...
  • RNC AD BACKGROUNDER: "Economic Makeover"

    07/26/2004 1:03:53 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 553+ views
    Dems Extreme Makeover ^ | July 26, 2004
    Rhetoric NARRATOR: "The Associated Press reports that John Kerry will try to keep voters focused on the most dismal economic data while fueling their anxieties about interest rates, health care premiums, tuition bills and other costs of living."CHYRON: "Kerry will try to keep voters focused on the most dismal economic data while fueling their anxieties about interest rates, health care premiums, tuition bills and other costs of living." The Associated Press, June 11, 2004 The Facts "Kerry Will Try To Keep Voters Focused On The Most Dismal Economic Data While Fueling Their Anxieties About Interest Rates, Health Care Premiums, Tuition...