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  • Sarah Palin & the Vanishing Sphere: Fallout from dwindling private sector makes for easy prophecy

    04/26/2011 1:17:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Human Events ^ | April 26, 2011 | John Hayward
    The New York Sun has an article today called “Sarah Palin for the Fed?” in which they discuss how the former governor of Alaska and 2008 vice-presidential candidate has been running rings around all of Barack Obama’s high-priced, high-powered, ideologically impeccable financial men: “The big question as Chairman Bernanke gets set for his first quarterly press conference is how Sarah Palin was able to figure out sooner than everyone else that the Federal Reserve’s campaign of quantitative easing wouldn’t work. Disappointment in the Fed’s policies is being reported this morning at the top of page one of the New York...
  • Brown's Countdown, Day 31: Lawmakers approve more pay for some aides

    02/09/2011 8:21:04 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/9/11 | Jim Sanders
    Lawmakers working to persuade skeptical voters that deep budget cuts should be balanced by extending higher taxes have kept the public conversation tightly focused on cutting government spending and spreading the pain. At the same time, though, legislative leaders signed off on salary increases for about 10 percent of their staff. Nearly 230 legislative aides are making more money, most of them due to promotions in which they received new titles or job duties.
  • Want to cut spending? Cut terms

    02/06/2011 3:45:38 AM PST · by Scanian · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 5, 2011 | CAROLINE BAUM
    The Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is promising to cut $100 billion from domestic spending this year. The Tea Party caucus’s response? I’ll see your $100 billion and raise you $2.4 trillion over 10 years. Both groups are barking up the wrong tree or, to use a more appropriate animal analogy, putting the cart before the horse. The road to real deficit reduction, not a cosmetic nip and tuck, runs through term limits. If Americans are truly interested in shrinking the size of government — one of the takeaways from the 2010 midterm election — they can...
  • Palin, Krauthammer, and the Right Kind of Elitism

    01/12/2011 9:34:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies ^ | January 12, 2011 | Michael Medved
    It’s healthy, even natural, for Americans to feel populist resentment against elites that base their status through inherited wealth and family connections. But it’s toxic, misguided and profoundly stupid to focus public hostility on leaders who achieved their positions through education, diligence and ability. Recent sniping between Sarah Palin and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer highlights the crucial distinction between rebellious attitudes that attack unfairly arrogated power and privilege and a trendy neo-populism that attacks brains. When Krauthammer dared to suggest that the former Alaska governor looked less than “presidential” while shooting caribou with Kate Goselin on her hit TLC...
  • Food shoppers face five-a-day nagging at tills as Coalition aims to get the nation in shape

    01/08/2011 9:01:59 AM PST · by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:35 PM on 7th January 2011 | Daniel Martin
    Shoppers will be bombarded with messages at supermarket check-outs about eating fruit and vegetables, under plans being considered by Ministers. Trolleys could even come with a painted line marking where customers should put their healthy produce as part of the proposals which critics will see as an expansion of the nanny state. Unhealthy options – such as crisps and pies – may be placed on higher shelves than low-calorie and high-fibre foods to dissuade shoppers from buying them. The proposals are part of the Coalition’s attempt to ‘nudge’ Britons towards healthy choices and are the brainchild of the Behavioural Insight...
  • Why do conservative elites go out of their way to trash Palin?

    01/05/2011 8:44:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | January 4, 2011 | Doug Gibson, Opinion Editor
    I’ve noticed that George Will and Charles Krauthammer have taken time out of their many TV gigs to trash Sarah Palin. Other prominent conservatives seem to relish dissing the former Alaska governor. David Frum, Joe Scarborough, Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Chris Christie; don’t forget Kathleen Parker, who parleyed her Palin envy into a CNN talk show that no one watches. This is not an attack on these conservatives. I read them all and often find a lot of worth in what they opine. I don’t understand why they actively, often unprompted, go out of their way to bash Palin. I...
  • A nation choking on endless laws

    01/07/2011 3:15:08 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 6, 2011 | MICHAEL A. WALSH
    Heading back to work this week, Americans were greeted not only by a new year but also by a whole slew of new laws -- 31,000 of them at the state level -- covering everything from guns to 100-watt light bulbs to, of course, "health care." As usual, most of these laws tell us what we can't do: texting while driving (duh), cyberbullying and smoking in bars. In the near future, everyone will be a criminal for at least 15 minutes, whether they know it or not. But aside from some laws easing state restrictions on lawful gun ownership, precious...
  • The Obama’s – A Picture of the Ruling Class in the Day of the Lord!

    12/30/2010 3:01:24 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 11 replies · 95+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen ^ | 12/30/10 | DJP I.F.
    "President Obama and his family do NOT seem to be feeling the effects of these troubled economic times. Their present Christmas vacation has cost the tax payers of America an astounding $ 1,474,200 and is a slap in the face to all struggling Americans. Under his horrific and woeful economic policies, Americans are struggling financially with seemingly no end in sight. Nothing but the best for America's ruling class. "Their Christmas vacation cost tax payers an astounding $ 1,474,200" Remember also two days after the 2010 elections President Obama and his elitist group of friends headed off to India. According...
  • How Did All That Happen?

    12/29/2010 6:10:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 4+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 28, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The ImprobablesThere are a number of improbables, anomalies, paradoxes, ironies, absurdities — call them what you wish – on the national scene that simply defy reason. We usually fault an ignorant media as culpable for creating narratives that have no basis in fact and yet are rarely questioned. Here are some of the glaring examples and you decide how the unlikely became the gospel. 1. How did 20-minutes-of-fame Julian Assange construct the façade of an idealistic crusading electronic muckraker? He seems much more likely a part P.T. Barnum showman/part celebrity narcissist. While promising to embarrass a number of banks and...
  • Class Conflict, American Style

    12/19/2010 11:36:49 AM PST · by Eva · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/ 11/2010 | Fred Siegel
    In the 2010 electoral campaigns, some tea-party candidates referred to the objects of their middle-class enmity as "the ruling class." The ruling class, as its critics understand it, consists of the overlapping circles of Washington, Wall Street, Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Big Labor who have the sense that their resources—financial and intellectual—entitle them to an outsize say in how America is governed. ....Mr. Callahan traces the rise of the liberal rich to the 1960s and the vital role played by Stewart Mott, a General Motors heir, in financing the 1968 anti-war campaign of Eugene McCarthy. But Michael Knox Beran, in...
  • Common Ground with Progressives in Berkeley?

    12/17/2010 3:29:04 AM PST · by Scanian · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 17, 2010 | Robin of Berkeley
    Just recently, I had a couple of astonishing conversations with random strangers. And in Berkeley, no less. The first one was with the manager of a women's clothing shop, where I was doing some "retail therapy." Somehow we started talking about a possible new Berkeley tax. Then she uttered the following: "They're all trying to kill us. They want as few human beings as possible." Now, I want you to imagine the otherworldliness of this moment -- of someone, anyone in Berkeley saying such a thing. Of course, when Bush was in office, the hatred was omnipresent and palpable. But...
  • Off to a Bad Start

    12/02/2010 4:12:04 AM PST · by Scanian · 34 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | December 01, 2010 | K.E. Campbell
    Less than a month has passed since the mid-term elections and the early signs emanating from Washington don't bode well for the future of our freedom. The ruling class is still firmly entrenched and is seemingly oblivious to the message sent by the people on November 2. Corrupted by power, the two parties comprising the ruling class apparently still differ only in "the rates at which they are willing to usurp additional power." Yesterday, fifteen Republican senators joined every Democrat in voting for passage of S. 510, the "FDA Food Safety Modernization Act", described on these pages as a "power...
  • Hillary Clinton: Population Control Will Now Become The Centerpiece Of U.S. Foreign Policy

    11/27/2010 4:35:19 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 119 replies · 1+ views
    During remarks that she made for the 15th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the launch of a new program that according to Clinton will now become the centerpiece of U.S. foreign policy.
  • The Immorality of Class Warfare

    11/27/2010 2:21:10 AM PST · by Scanian · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Henry Oliner | Henry Oliner
    "Boule de Suif" is a famous short story by French writer Guy de Maupassant about a group of passengers in a horse-drawn coach trapped behind Prussian lines during the Franco-Prussian War. The passengers include two nuns, an upper-class factory owner and his wife, a petty bourgeoisie couple who own a small shop, a politician, a wealthy aristocratic couple, and of course the prostitute named Elizabeth Rousset. The name "Boule de Suif" translates to "Bowl of fFat," a reference to the prostitute from a time when fat women were considered very attractive. Before their detention, the passengers enjoy each other's company,...
  • Members of US Congress Get Richer Despite Sour Economy

    11/17/2010 11:38:05 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/17/2010 | Albert Bozzo
    Despite a long and deep recession, the collective personal wealth of congressional members increased by more than 16 percent between 2008 and 2009, according to a study released Wednesday by the Center for Responsive Politics.The steady also indicates that a significant number of members owned shares of major players in the health-care and financial-services sectors, which were the subject of major reform legislation during the period. The findings—based on federal financial disclosure data released earlier this year—paint a wealthy bunch in Congress, with more than half of all members—261—were millionaires. About one in five of those had average calculated wealth...
  • Bill Maher Once Again Explains How America Is ‘Like a Dog’

    11/14/2010 6:00:55 AM PST · by CharlesThe Hammer · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/13/2010 | Scott Baker
    Last month almost 600 of you commented on our post about Bill Maher’s rant about Americans are like stupid dogs. We’ll apparently he is determined to prove the point. He’s trotted out the line once again. This time with Michael Moore! (video follows)
  • Palin v. Rove and the Battle for the GOP's Future

    11/05/2010 4:07:11 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 185 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 2,2010 | Lee Cary
    The battle for the future of the Republican Party will fully engage tomorrow morning in the wake of today's election. The opposing forces will be initially represented by two Republicans who hold no elected office: Sarah Palin and Karl Rove. Palin represents the Tea Party Movement (TPM). Rove is the lead consigliere for the Republican bluebloods. Will their groups eventually consolidate their disparate agendas? The answer will determine the future of the GOP. After eviscerating Christine O'Donnell's campaign, Rove challenged the TPM in Der Spiegel, where he was quoted as saying, If you look underneath the surface of the Tea...
  • Raggio endorses Reid

    10/07/2010 9:35:57 PM PDT · by VictoryGal · 39 replies
    Lahontan Valley News ^ | Oct 7 2010 | GEOFF DORNAN
    Sen. Bill Raggio, R-Reno, regarded as the most powerful and respected Republican in Nevada, announced Thursday he will support Democrat Harry Reid over Sharron Angle in the closely contested U.S. Senate race. In an open letter, Raggio slammed Angle's legislative record and what he referred to as her extreme positions on the issues. He also mentioned Angle's negative campaign against him for the Nevada Senate seat saying she distorted his record, calling him a liar and a RINO (Republican In Name Only.) “I never heard one word from her, or a concession, or an offer of support,” he wrote. “Instead,...
  • 'Get sane!' Councilwoman suffers meltdown on camera

    10/05/2010 6:15:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 4, 2010 | Bob Unruh
    An investigation has been launched into the behavior of a member of the city council in Vancouver City, Wash., after she lost her cool at a meeting when people wanted to argue over a light rail plan, ordered one member of the public out of the room, ordered the council chairman to "gavel down" a constituent, and ordered a colleague on the council to "Shut up!" The situation developed as members of the public were in attendance to express concerns about a light rail program. Harris told one speaker not to address individual members of the committee, and when he...
  • Christine O'Donnell criticized by former aides

    09/17/2010 8:52:26 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 183 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/17/10 | DAVID CATANESE
    By pulling off arguably the biggest upset of the primary election season Tuesday, Christine O'Donnell shocked the Republican establishment and political pundits who didn’t think her campaign for the Delaware GOP Senate nomination had a chance. But none were more surprised then the staffers who worked for O’Donnell in 2008, when she made the second of two prior unsuccessful bids for the Senate. Continue Reading Text Size * - * + * reset Listen to this article. Powered by Listen VIDEO: O'Donnell on media Latest on POLITICO * Dean: 'I actually approve' of tea party * Pelosi keeps losing...
  • Breaking, Murkowski runing write-in campaign !

    09/17/2010 11:42:39 AM PDT · by SENTINEL · 109 replies
    The Alaska Standard ^ | 17 Sep 2010 | Dan Fagan
    Lisa Murkowski to run a write-in campaign -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By Dan Fagan Publisher The Alaska Standard Just as Frank and Lisa Murkowski put their own interests ahead of the nation’s eight years ago with nepotism, Lisa will once again put political ambition ahead of love for country. Your television screen will reveal to you something very important today. At five today Sen. Lisa Murkowski will announce live that she is running as a write-in candidate after losing her Republican Primary bid for senate. The thing to look for is those who will be standing behind her. The Murkowski camp has been...

    09/16/2010 8:20:02 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 28 replies
    Vanity ^ | 6 12 2009 | Dick Bachert
    I have posted this to a number of threads where it was germaine to the topic. Yesterday, a fellow Freeper suggested that, with a CRITICAL election coming up on 11/2, it merited its own thread. So, here it is. Have at it!! :-)) ***************************************** Over the years – when, to steal a line from Billy Joel, I wore a younger man’s clothes – I was involved with several pretty solid conservative candidates for Congress. One was a Democrat (Lawrence Patton McDonald) – because that was the only way he could win in that district. Those old-timers who know Larry’s record...
  • Karl Rove Questions Christine O'Donnell's 'Serious Character Problems' | Hannity (TRANSCRIPT)

    09/15/2010 7:59:42 AM PDT · by maggief · 89 replies
    FOXNews ^ | September 15, 2010
    Special Guests | Karl Rove, former Bush adviser This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," September 14, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Joining me with reaction to all the latest primary results, former adviser to President George W. Bush, Fox News contributor, we call him "The Architect," the one and only Karl Rove. Karl, welcome back. KARL ROVE, FORMER BUSH ADVISER: Thanks for having me, Sean. HANNITY: All right, first, your reaction -- you know, first, we had Alaska, Murkowski loses. You had Rand Paul beat the establishment...
  • NRSC Will Not Support O'Donnell [Update: NRSC now says it will support O'Donnell]

    09/14/2010 7:35:04 PM PDT · by Lurker · 511 replies · 4+ views
    Fox News | 14 September 2010
  • Daniels: Tax hikes might be necessary (Mitch - 'we need to be grownups about it')

    09/11/2010 8:41:55 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 84 replies ^ | Saturday September 11, 2010
    From Andrew Romano's great new profile of a Mitch Daniels he portrays as pragmatic and principled (kind of oxymoronic, but one of Daniels' principles appears to be pragmatism). To wit, his suggestions: Let’s raise the retirement age, he says. Let’s reduce Social Security for the rich. And let’s reconsider our military commitments, too. When I ask about taxes—in 2005 Daniels proposed a hike on the $100,000-plus crowd, which his own party promptly torpedoed—he refuses to revert to Republican talking points. “At some stage there could well be a tax increase,” he says with a sigh. “They say we can’t have...
  • These spoiled-brat voters are having quite the temper tantrum, aren’t they?

    Via RCP. Don’t misunderstand: This is 100 percent nonpartisan criticism, he insists. It could have been written at any point in the last 10 years. "According to polls, Americans are in a mood to hold their breath until they turn blue. Voters appear to be so fed up with the Democrats that they’re ready to toss them out in favor of the Republicans — for whom, according to those same polls, the nation has even greater contempt. This isn’t an “electoral wave,” it’s a temper tantrum…" "In the punditry business, it’s considered bad form to question the essential wisdom of...
  • Oikophobia - Why the liberal elite finds Americans revolting.

    08/28/2010 11:32:55 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 25 replies
    WSJ Opinion Journal ^ | August 27, 2010 | JAMES TARANTO
    If you think it's offensive for a Muslim group to exploit the 9/11 atrocity, you're an anti-Muslim bigot and un-American to boot. It is a claim so bizarre, so twisted, so utterly at odds with common sense that it's hard to believe anyone would assert it except as some sort of dark joke. Yet for the past few weeks, it has been put forward, apparently in all seriousness, by those who fancy themselves America's best and brightest, from the mayor of New York all the way down to Peter Beinart.What accounts for this madness? Charles Krauthammer notes a pattern:Promiscuous charges...
  • APNewsBreak: Hagel backing Pa.'s Sestak for Senate (Massive RINO barf alert)

    08/23/2010 9:02:30 AM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 23, 2010 | Peter Jackson
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel — a Republican — is throwing his support behind Democrat Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race. Hagel told The Associated Press on Monday that Sestak has demonstrated during his two terms in Congress that he puts what's best for the country before the interests of his party. He said Sestak's courage and integrity as a legislator are qualities the nation needs more of. He refused to comment on the candidacy of Sestak's opponent, Republican Pat Toomey, a former congressman. The men are seeking the seat long held by Sen. Arlen Specter,...
  • Mosque debate strains tea party, GOP ( No it doesn't )

    08/22/2010 6:41:34 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies
    PoliticObama ^ | August 10th | Kenneth P Vogel
    I loved this line from page 3: Despite the absence of most tea party groups from the debate, allegations have swirled that the movement is somehow driving the increasing GOP opposition
  • Which Islam Will Prevail in America?

    08/21/2010 9:33:24 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 44 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | Andrew c. McCarthy
    The real battle for religious freedom lurks beneath the Ground Zero mosque controversy. It is sadly ironic that our public debate presents the mosque proponents as the partisans of liberty: That includes everyone from imam Feisal Rauf, the project’s sharia-touting sponsor, to President Obama, Mayor Bloomberg, and the rest of the Islamist-smitten Left, to the GOP’s own anti-anti-terrorist wing. Yet, wittingly or not, when they champion this mosque and its sponsors, it is the agenda of an alien and authoritarian Islam that they champion — an Islam against which many American Muslims chafe. When it comes to liberty, no one...
  • The Prophet of the Ruling Class

    08/05/2010 2:42:59 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 05, 2010 | Jeffrey Folks
    So now the EPA has been petitioned to ban the use of lead in bullets and fishing weights. For hundreds of years, human beings have used lead for those purposes, and life on earth has not exactly come to an end. Now we are told that the lead used in hunting and fishing is harming animals and fish, and it must stop. The scary thing is that one individual, EPA Director Lisa Jackson, has the power to impose such a ban. It's the same for every aspect of American life: A small group of elite administrators, czars, judges, or politicians...
  • DR. CODEVILLA'S NOT-QUITE MANIFESTO [A Foundation for the Tea Party]

    08/03/2010 5:00:03 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 19 replies · 50+ views
    email ^ | 8/3/10 | Dr. Gary North
    Every political movement needs a manifesto. The Tea Party surely needs one. So do other grassroots political resistance organizations. They don't have it yet, but they now have its preliminary foundation, Angelo Codevilla's essay, "America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution." I have long regarded Dr. Codevilla as America's smartest conservative political analyst. He has been unknown to the conservative public until last week, when Rush Limbaugh began promoting the best essay of Codevilla's career. I regard this essay as the finest statement on the two-fold division in American political life written in my lifetime -- more...
  • Three Americas - How Long Can it Last?

    08/03/2010 8:15:37 PM PDT · by NY Hockey Mom · 8 replies · 227+ views
    The Lonely Conservative ^ | 8/3/10 | The Lonely Conservative
    Do you remember hearing the disgraced John Edwards talking about the “two Americas?” Class warfare at it’s finest. According to Edwards and his ilk there are only two Americas – the haves and the have-nots. The progressives and their friends in the media like to propagate this myth. The myth being that in America there are those who are evil because they earn a lot of money (themselves excluded, of course) while taking food out of the mouths of poor children. Unfortunately, too many Americans have bought into this line of thinking. In fact, there are three Americas. The Ruling...
  • The Obama Aristocracy

    08/03/2010 3:03:21 AM PDT · by Scanian · 19 replies · 5+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 03, 2010 | Christopher Chantrill
    It's the summer of John Kerry's $7-million yacht and Chelsea Clinton's fairy-tale $2-million wedding at a faux-Versailles estate in New York. Throw in the First Family's royal progress from one tony vacation spot to another, and even the Boston Globe mutters about Marie Antoinette. Well, you wouldn't expect liberals to be writing about $800,000 city manager salaries out in Bell, California. For conservative readers interested in a bit of the high life, there's The Wall Street Journal's review of Aristocrats by Lawrence James. No, Aristocrats is not yet another Kennedy hagiography or a scholarly analysis of John Kerry's haughty demeanor....
  • The Essay Read Round the World

    07/30/2010 8:55:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 2+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 29, 2010 | Richard Fernandez
    Caroline Glick’s article on the foreign policy implications of Angelo Codevilla’s essay on America’s Ruling Class comes as Niall Ferguson is touring Australia warning that the end of American dominance may be imminent and sudden. Somehow the ideas in Codevilla’s essay are popping up everywhere, whether people have read it or not. Ferguson describes how rapidly empires can fall. The Bourbon monarchy in France passed from triumph to terror with astonishing rapidity. The sun set on the British Empire almost as suddenly. The Suez crisis in 1956 proved that Britain could not act in defiance of the US in the...
  • Our Era's Tom Paine - The Political Class vs. The Rest of Us

    07/30/2010 7:28:00 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/25/2010 | Jac McHugh
    Rush Limbaugh recently dedicated a substantial portion of his show to an incredible article by Angelo M. Codevilla in the current American Spectator: America's Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution. (Here's the text of Limbaugh's monologue.) Here's how important I think this article is: It makes me think of Thomas Paine's Common Sense. Published in January 1776, Paine's most portentuous work "fixed" in written words (like a fly is "fixed" in amber) a lot of things that people intuitively knew and felt but had never heard boldly stated in clear, plain English. And once the words had been...
  • Journolist flap shows a destructive 'gotcha' mentality (BARF Alert) Network

    07/24/2010 12:10:12 PM PDT · by Qbert · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7/25/2010 | Kathleen Parker
    The current Journolist controversy that has the blogosphere heaving sparks and Washington even more self-absorbed than usual is weak tea -- a tempest in Barbie's teacup. At least as concerns the so-called conspiracy itself. As a larger lesson about the way we search and destroy each other in the political/media world, there may be something darker brewing. For the millions who have no idea what I'm talking about, a brief history: Journolist was an e-mail list (Internetspeak for watering hole) where liberal-leaning journalists gathered to kvetch. Started by prodigal blogger Ezra Klein for a few friends, it grew in numbers...
  • America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution

    07/22/2010 10:45:27 AM PDT · by 1st I.D Vet · 21 replies · 3+ views ^ | July 2010 | Angelo M. Codevilla
    Thought this article was worth reading. Our ruling class's agenda is power for itself. While it stakes its claim through intellectual-moral pretense, it holds power by one of the oldest and most prosaic of means: patronage and promises thereof. Like left-wing parties always and everywhere, it is a "machine," that is, based on providing tangible rewards to its members. Such parties often provide rank-and-file activists with modest livelihoods and enhance mightily the upper levels' wealth. Because this is so, whatever else such parties might accomplish, they must feed the machine by transferring money or jobs or privileges -- civic as...
  • Journolist Membership list

    07/21/2010 5:17:45 AM PDT · by Thebaddog · 38 replies
    7/21/10 | Self
    Members of JournoList included, among others: Ezra Klein, Jeffrey Toobin, Eric Alterman, Paul Krugman, Joe Klein (no relation to Ezra Klein), Matthew Yglesias Jonathan Chait.
  • Trent Lott - “We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples”

    07/20/2010 5:21:35 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 94 replies · 2+ views
    Y'all Politics ^ | July 19, 2010 | Allen Lang
    Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), now a D.C. lobbyist, warned that a robust bloc of rabble-rousers spells further Senate dysfunction. "We don't need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples," Lott said in an interview. "As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them." But Lott said he's not expecting a tea-party sweep. "I still have faith in the visceral judgment of the American people," he said.
  • America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution

    07/16/2010 4:35:54 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 218 replies · 5+ views
    American Spectator ^ | Angelo M. Codevilla
    As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors' "toxic assets" was the only alternative to the U.S. economy's "systemic collapse." In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not most, people around them also agreed upon the eventual commitment...
  • America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution (Long, but very worthy and important read)

    07/18/2010 4:50:26 PM PDT · by LuigiBonnafini · 51 replies · 4+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | July, 2010 | Angelo M. Codevilla
    As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors' "toxic assets" was the only alternative to the U.S. economy's "systemic collapse." In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not most, people around them also agreed upon the eventual commitment...
  • America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution

    07/19/2010 2:56:39 PM PDT · by downtownconservative · 43 replies
    American Spectator ^ | Angelo M. Codevilla
    As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors' "toxic assets" was the only alternative to the U.S. economy's "systemic collapse." In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not most, people around them also agreed upon the eventual commitment...
  • Reality gap: U.S. struggles, D.C. booms

    07/19/2010 8:27:09 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/19/2010 | JIM VANDEHEI & ZACHARY ABRAHAMSON
    America is struggling with a sputtering economy and high unemployment — but times are booming for Washington’s governing class. The massive expansion of government under President Barack Obama has basically guaranteed a robust job market for policy professionals, regulators and contractors for years to come. The housing market, boosted by the large number of high-income earners in the area, many working in politics and government, is easily outpacing the markets in most of the country. And there are few signs of economic distress in hotels, restaurants or stores in the D.C. metro area. As a result, there is a yawning...
  • Europe’s Endangered Soul (Can the Continent survive the EU’s expansion?)

    06/12/2010 10:07:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 454+ views
    City Journal ^ | 06/12/10 | Philippe Nemo
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    Spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom says Romney and his wife were on an Air Canada flight to Los Angeles on Monday when Romney asked the passenger sitting in front of his wife, Ann, to raise his seat back before take off. Fehrnstrom says the passenger then became enraged and took a swing at Romney.
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    01/31/2010 9:06:57 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 451+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/31/10 | John Diaz
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