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  • 'Kinetic military action' or 'war'?

    03/24/2011 1:02:33 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies
    'Kinetic military action' or 'war'? By: Jonathan Allen March 24, 2011 02:39 PM EDT Police action, conflict, hostilities and now “kinetic military action.” They’re all euphemisms for that word that this White House and many before it have been so careful not to say: War. Administration officials told congressional aides in a closed briefing earlier this week that the United States is not at war with Libya, and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes danced around the question in a Wednesday exchange with reporters aboard Air Force One. “I think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has...
  • Sherrod Story False (claims relative was lynched)

    07/26/2010 10:17:09 PM PDT · by This Just In · 112 replies · 11+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | July 26, 2010 | Jeffrey Lord
    Sherrod Story False By Jeffrey Lord It isn't true. Shirley Sherrod's story in her now famous speech about the lynching of a relative is not true. The veracity and credibility of the onetime Agriculture Department bureaucrat at the center of the explosive controversy between the NAACP and conservative media activist Andrew Breitbart is now directly under challenge. By nine Justices of the United States Supreme Court. All of them dead. But first, it's important to say this. After Shirley Sherrod's firing I wrote a column congratulating Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for removing her -- based on a viewing of the...
  • Democrats Rework the Rhetoric

    11/23/2007 3:45:24 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 18 replies · 233+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 November 2007 | JOHN D. MCKINNON
    For much of the last decade or so, many Democrats complain, conservative strategists have been running rhetorical circles around Democrats with focus-grouped phrases such as "death tax" and "ownership society" that buttress Republicans' probusiness, free-market views. Meanwhile, Democrats' populist-style attacks on big business during the last two presidential elections -- for instance, by Al Gore and John Kerry -- have come across to many voters as shrill and outmoded. Based on ancient philosophy and Roman Catholic social teaching, "common good" is becoming a poll-tested mainstay of Democratic rhetoric. Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson are...
  • Darwinism and the Deterioration of the Genome

    08/07/2006 10:54:34 AM PDT · by Michael_Michaelangelo · 114 replies · 1,976+ views
    True.Origin ^ | 8/7/06 | Jerry Bergman, Ph.D.
    An evaluation of DNA/RNA mutations indicates that they cannot provide significant new levels of information. Instead, mutations will produce degradation of the information in the genome. This is the opposite of the predictions of the neoDarwinian origins model. Such genome degradation is counteracted by natural selection that helps maintain the status quo. Degradation results for many reasons, two of which are reviewed here. 1) there is a tendency for mutations to produce a highly disproportionate number of certain nucleotide bases such as thymine and 2) many mutations occur in only a relatively few places within the gene called “hot spots,”...
  • The Origin of the Word Iran

    07/20/2006 6:08:23 PM PDT · by madison10 · 23 replies · 2,189+ views
    Bartleby.com ^ | 2000 | The American Heritage Dictionary
    ARYAN and Iran ETYMOLOGY: From Sanskrit rya-, noble, Aryan. OTHER FORMS: Ary·an —ADJECTIVE WORD HISTORY:It is one of the ironies of history that Aryan, a word nowadays referring to the blond-haired, blue-eyed physical ideal of Nazi Germany, originally referred to a people who looked vastly different. Its history starts with the ancient Indo-Iranians, Indo-European peoples who inhabited parts of what are now Iran, Afghanistan, and India. Their tribal self-designation was a word reconstructed as *arya– or *rya–. The first of these is the form found in Iranian, as ultimately in the name of Iran itself (from Middle Persian rn (ahr),...
  • Mexican Reconquista: Leader Says California Will Be First 'Hispanic' State

    03/29/2006 6:00:02 PM PST · by First_Salute · 43 replies · 1,520+ views
    Mexican Reconquista: Leader Says California Will Be First 'Hispanic' State Government News Source: newsmax.com Published: 6-7-00 Author: Stephan Archer Posted on 06/06/2000 17:05:49 PDT by FISHHOG I have proudly affirmed that the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders and that Mexican migrants are an important --- a very important part --- of this." This statement wasn't made in secrecy behind closed doors. It wasn't said outside the jurisdiction of the United States of America. None other than Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo spoke it in Chicago on July 23, 1997. Speaking before the National Council of...
  • The Media forgot how to spell "Muslims"

    11/06/2005 4:00:06 AM PST · by Actuality · 1 replies · 266+ views
    Mainstream media forgot how to spell Muslims Scoop! Africa was not is not by nature "Muslim" The recent bloody 'ramadan' festivities in Liberal Europe, such as setting ablaze a disabled woman among other vicious rampage by the well organized Muslim thugs through Imams & other "adults", was quickly blurred, even masked.Journalists have found so rapidly the cosmetic formula, no "Muslims", or "Arabs", some "people" from a "continent". When did Muslims became N. Africans, or worse, N. Africans as all "Muslims"? When Terrorists became "insurgents".When mass murderers became "guerilla fighters".When Hamas has also a 'political' wing (whatever that means).When violent...
  • The rectification of names: progressive

    11/23/2004 10:33:17 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 185+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Nov. 23 | Thomas Lifson
    [Editor’s Note: The American Thinker believes in calling things by their proper names. Euphemism is a tool of misrepresentation and ultimately of control, stripping away accurate and evocative connotations, and substituting false associations. ....] The word “liberal” has a bad odor to it these days, a situation which the American left blames on conservatives, accusing them of “demonizing” it in the public mind. From their perspective, the average citizen is incapable of coming to an independent judgment, having observed decades of failed liberal policies. Instead, it must be evil conservatives who have propagandized the public into believing American liberalism is...
  • THE RAW DEAL: John Kerry's "Semantics"

    05/23/2004 3:54:20 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 31 replies · 186+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | May 22, 2004
    "John Kerry's entire campaign is an issue of 'semantics.' He points to his liberal record when meeting with Ralph Nader, but tells the DLC he is pro-business. He tells primary voters he would filibuster judges who are pro-life, but now he says he will nominate judges who are pro-life. For John Kerry, everything is 'semantics.'" - Steve Schmidt, Bush-Cheney '04 Spokesman John Kerry's Convention SemanticsKerry Aide Says Delivering Acceptance Speech When Not The Nominee Is "Semantics." "Asked how Kerry could deliver the traditional acceptance speech if he is not the nominee, Cutter said, 'That comes down to semantics, doesn't...
  • Don't Call It 'Same-Sex' Marriage, Advocates Say

    02/11/2004 2:47:20 AM PST · by kattracks · 55 replies · 252+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 2/11/04 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association says the terms "gay marriage" and "same-sex marriage" are inaccurate and misleading and should not be used. Given the rapidly expanding news coverage of the situation in Massachusetts, the NLGJA is urging all media professionals to use "accurate and clear terminology" in reporting. In an open letter to "fellow journalists," the NLGJA noted that the decision made by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court affects the state's existing marriage law. "The court has ordered the state to apply the existing law equally to gay and lesbian couples as early as May 2004....
  • TERRI SCHINDLER SCHIAVO CALLING ALL FREEPERS Pt2 Disabled FL woman given Death Sentence by FL Courts

    09/21/2003 12:13:53 PM PDT · by pc93 · 2,556 replies · 7,000+ views
    09-21-03 | pc93
    Terri's Call to Action Part 1 is over 5000 posts. If you don't want to get caught up to speed at Part 1: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/971896/posts?q=1&&page=5167#5167 Simply visit Terri's official web site at: http://www.terrisfight.org There are contact numbers at her web site for her core media team, legislators, media and for press updates. See flash movies of Terri interacting with her mother, responding to a physician and see for yourself that she's not in PVS "persistant vegetative state"). In addition to access a text file with a lot of information see: http://bellsouthpwp.net/p/c/pc93/FedCourtDktCaseNo8_03-cv-1860-T-26TGW.txt If you want to join Terri's fight, it's important for...
  • Nuclear Semantics

    07/18/2003 10:50:15 AM PDT · by The Rant · 8 replies · 245+ views
    The Washington Dispatch ^ | July 18, 2003 | Frank Salvato
    The argument over whether a British intelligence report was accurate or not is quite frankly moot. Whether or not the piece of paper contained accurate or tainted information doesn’t change the fact that Saddam Hussein had chemical and biological weapons. And the fact that he had an advanced nuclear weapons program, as admitted by the IAEA, stands as proof that it was only a matter of time before the murderous dictator attained the nuclear capability he was striving for. So, the real question isn’t whether one report out of many corroborating Hussein’s actions was false or not, the real question...
  • The Absurdity of 'Thinking in Language'

    05/23/2003 3:59:51 PM PDT · by unspun · 1,292 replies · 1,085+ views
    the author's site ^ | 1972 | Dallas Willard
    The Absurdity of 'Thinking in Language' This paper has been read to the University of Southern California philosophy group and the Boston 1972 meeting of the American Philosophical Association, as well as to the Houston meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society. Appeared in The Southwestern Journal of Philosophy, IV(1973), pp. 125-132. Numbers in "<>" refer to this journal. Among the principal assumptions of major portions of philosophy in recent decades have been: (1) That philosophy somehow consists of (some sort of) logic, and (2) that logic is a study of and theory about (some sort of) language. There, of...
  • Reclaiming the political lexicon

    04/17/2003 8:47:22 PM PDT · by Tomalak · 3 replies · 214+ views
    Samizdata ^ | 17 April 2003 | Peter Cuthbertson
    Peter Cuthbertson discusses the importance of concepts and semantics to defining a political meta-context If your arguments are irrational and unconvincing, and the consequences of people listening to them harmful and destructive, then you really need to have some other factor on your side to succeed. Sadly, those who advocate socialism, statism, lilly-livered liberalism and an ever-expanding government have just this. For almost every modern political argument is conducted in a lexicon that favours them, every debate being a competition between those who can use leftist language most convincingly - usually the left, unsurprisingly. Daniel Hannan covered this phenomenon 18...
  • TO MY FELLOW CHRISTIANS: THE FLAG IS AN IDOL!

    03/14/2003 8:03:57 PM PST · by LalahLand · 376 replies · 385+ views
    I am curious to find out why some of my fellow Christians still recite the pledge of allegiance. When you "pledge your allegiance" to an inanimate object you are basically worshipping that object. Am I missing something here? Why do some of us choose to salute and break one of the most important commandments? Shouldn't our pledge of allegiance be to God, and not a piece of cloth? The pledge of allegiance to the flag basically states that we will (blindly) support the flag and the actions of our government without question. That is the very essence of what idolatry...
  • ATTACK OF THE KILLER EUPHASIMS!

    03/11/2003 1:52:06 PM PST · by madfly · 46 replies · 2,282+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Feb. 2, 2003 | Vin Suprynowicz
    The "use of derogatory word terms, such as 'illegal aliens' ... etc. not to be used in future articles," leads the printed list of "demands" presented to the Review-Journal last June 4 by Fernando Romero, a longtime agitator and 54-year-old executive for The Mirage, who categorically denies any "undocumented workers" are employed in the Las Vegas hotel industry. Freelance education columnist Ken Ward's accurate Feb. 13, 2002, report on a 16-week tax-funded "Parent Leadership Training workshop" at the school district was "accusatory, sarcastic, humiliating, condescending and insulting," Mr. Romero and his cohorts wrote in that list of demands. Why?...
  • ***Nothing Was Found On Jeb's Daughter***

    09/10/2002 10:26:34 AM PDT · by The Wizard · 83 replies · 592+ views
    Stardate: 0209.10
    The facts are this: a substance was found in Nicholl's shoe, not on her person. the rehab wanted to settle this internally but a patient called the cops......Sounds like a dem plant working overtime to me