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 Blog post on Rediscovering Americanism

A book recommendation
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 John Adams tried to warn us


Latest blog post
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New information revealing the CES is sitting on information about Iran nuclear program until now.
Post here
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Obama camp tips hand on debate, hints President will attack Romney on Bain.

Really? You want to go there?

May I suggest….

Mr. Romney in response to the president, “In preparation for the debate I was trying to research your private sector experience president and realized you had NONE which could explain why our economy is where it is today.”

(Bowing) Your welcome :O)

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Romney made an awesome speech yesterday at VMI. I am including the text of the speech in this post because I want to make sure I have it secured for the future. In it we hear and see the Exceptionalism of the USA. In it is the conviction of Ronald Reagan and all of the best hopes, values and interests of our country. O has had four years to speak and act in such a way that a speech like this by Romney would not be “new” or needed. He didn’t and hasn’t because he does not believe in the exceptionalism of our nation and he is not a leader.

speech


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Post 178 - racism and the coming election

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Laughable.
Unethical.
Disgusting.
That is the crux of my reaction to the fictitious jobs report released this morning.
Following the disintegration and dismantling of the CES in the debate we have seen:
1. O and his legion calling Romney a liar on every MSM outlet.
2. A "miraculous" job report breaking under the 8% line.

Here is the link to my post about it but an easy summary is this:

Buried at the very last sentence of this epic story's copy from Reuter's is this:

"Still, many of the jobs added last month were part time. The number of people with part-time jobs who wanted full-time work rose 7.5 percent to 8.6 million."

Chiming in

Sep. 29th, 2012 10:42 am
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Read Krauthammer's most recent article yesterday. 

I am deciding to chime in about the election.


Chiming in

Sep. 29th, 2012 10:42 am
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Read Krauthammer's most recent article yesterday. 

I am deciding to chime in about the election.


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An interesting article in this morning's NYT about reason and implications for all the protest and violence over the video.

2 cents: it appears that a very limited few see the unreasonableness of their response to the video. Protests do not have to lead to murder or even violence. 
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An interesting article in this morning's NYT about reason and implications for all the protest and violence over the video.

2 cents: it appears that a very limited few see the unreasonableness of their response to the video. Protests do not have to lead to murder or even violence. 
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my blog post today thinking about today's issues and thinking about to what is now recognized as 9/11.
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my blog post today thinking about today's issues and thinking about to what is now recognized as 9/11.
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Because something is a little damaged, doesn’t mean that it is no longer useful. And it doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be replaced.

This is especially true of people.

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Because something is a little damaged, doesn’t mean that it is no longer useful. And it doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be replaced.

This is especially true of people.

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For over 3 years I have been writing and saying that the CES is a socialist. Some think I use that as purely a derogatory label. Nope, calling him what he is. A socialist amateur who never should have become president of our country but too many of the citizens of our country are naive and well.... I will leave it at that.
His recent comments should have resulted in a 10+ point downswing in polls but the majority of the citizens.... you know.....

Did the state make you great?

By Published: July 19

“If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

— Barack Obama,

Roanoke, Va., July 13

 

And who might that somebody else be? Government, says Obama. It built the roads you drive on. It provided the teacher who inspired you. It “created the Internet.” It represents the embodiment of “we’re in this together” social solidarity that, in Obama’s view, is the essential origin of individual and national achievement.

To say that all individuals are embedded in and the product of society is banal. Obama rises above banality by means of fallacy: equating society with government, the collectivity with the state. Of course we are shaped by our milieu. But the most formative, most important influence on the individual is not government. It is civil society, those elements of the collectivity that lie outside government: family, neighborhood, church, Rotary club, PTA, the voluntary associations that Tocqueville understood to be the genius of America and source of its energy and freedom.

Moreover, the greatest threat to a robust, autonomous civil society is the ever-growing Leviathan state and those like Obama who see it as the ultimate expression of the collective.

Obama compounds the fallacy by declaring the state to be the font of entrepreneurial success. How so? It created the infrastructure — roads, bridges, schools, Internet — off which we all thrive.

Absurd. We don’t credit the Swiss postal service with the Special Theory of Relativity because it transmitted Einstein’s manuscript to the Annalen der Physik. Everyone drives the roads, goes to school, uses the mails. So did Steve Jobs. Yet only he created the Mac and the iPad.

Obama’s infrastructure argument is easily refuted by what is essentially a controlled social experiment. Roads and schools are the constant. What’s variable is the energy, enterprise, risk-taking, hard work and genius of the individual. It is therefore precisely those individual characteristics, not the communal utilities, that account for the different outcomes.

The ultimate Obama fallacy, however, is the conceit that belief in the value of infrastructure — and willingness to invest in its creation and maintenance — is what divides liberals from conservatives.

More nonsense. Infrastructure is not a liberal idea, nor is it particularly new. The Via Appia was built 2,300 years ago. The Romans built aqueducts, too. And sewers. Since forever, infrastructure has been consensually understood to be a core function of government.

The argument between left and right is about what you do beyond infrastructure. It’s about transfer payments and redistributionist taxation, about geometrically expanding entitlements, about tax breaks and subsidies to induce actions pleasing to central planners. It’s about free contraceptives for privileged students and welfare without work — the latest Obama entitlement-by-decree that would fatally undermine the great bipartisan welfare reform of 1996. It’s about endless government handouts that, ironically, are crowding out necessary spending on, yes, infrastructure.

What divides liberals and conservatives is not roads and bridges but Julia’s world, an Obama campaign creation that may be the most self-revealing parody of liberalism ever conceived. It’s a series of cartoon illustrations in which a fictional Julia is swaddled and subsidized throughout her life by an all- giving government of bottomless pockets and “Queen for a Day” magnanimity. At every stage, the state is there to provide — preschool classes and cut-rate college loans, birth control and maternity care, business loans and retirement. The only time she’s on her own is at her grave site.

Julia’s world is totally atomized. It contains no friends, no community and, of course, no spouse. Who needs one? She’s married to the provider state.

Or to put it slightly differently, the “Life of Julia” represents the paradigmatic Obama political philosophy: citizen as orphan child. For the conservative, providing for every need is the duty that government owes to actual orphan children. Not to supposedly autonomous adults.

Beyond infrastructure, the conservative sees the proper role of government as providing not European-style universal entitlements but a firm safety net, meaning Julia-like treatment for those who really cannot make it on their own — those too young or too old, too mentally or physically impaired, to provide for themselves.

Limited government so conceived has two indispensable advantages. It avoids inexorable European-style national insolvency. And it avoids breeding debilitating individual dependency. It encourages and celebrates character, independence, energy, hard work as the foundations of a free society and a thriving economy — precisely the virtues Obama discounts and devalues in his accounting of the wealth of nations.

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 For those interested in my 2 cents about the movie.... no spoilers....

I did my best to shield myself over the months to any writing or discussion about the movie so as not to ruin it for me.

First and I guess foremost... I will see it again and it will be one we own.

About 40 minutes into the movie I almost got up and walked out. It was so dark and in my way of thinking.... full of despair. I have no problem with walking out of movie and getting my money back. But I decided to follow the ride and story and I am glad I did.

Much will be said and written over the next couple weeks linking the story of the movie as a social commentary on things in the world and especially here in the USA. I would suggest not reading those until after you see the movie.

Grade: A

oh yeah!

Jul. 7th, 2012 10:01 pm
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Here Comes The Boom
out October 12th
Enjoy the trailer :O)

Never in a million years would I have thought I would want to see a movie starring him but after seeing the trailer we will be there opening day.
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2 cents: Below is an article on today's Fox News website that articulates what I figure will happen with the Muslim Brotherhood and the real purpose of the military's actions before the election and since. If a real democracy is to take root and grow in that country, it will require the threat of military trumping the government and holding them in place. As commented earlier I figure that the actions going on behind the scenes right now with the MB is figuring how best to create cabinet and committees that will be engaged with the military and - ultimately - to infect them and weaken them most probably my creating a schism. It is night time right now (symbolically) in Egypt and the evil always ply their trade in the night.

article:

After thousands of years as the land of the pharaohs and decades under dictators, Egypt could find its experiment with democracy brief, some analysts worry. 

That concern follows the Muslim Brotherhood's wild success at the polls in post-Mubarak Egypt, most recently with the election to the presidency of Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi. He was sworn in over the weekend. 

Kori Schake, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, feels Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood's rise owes much to Egyptians' dislike of those candidates aligned with Hosni Mubarak and the Egyptian military. But the result is that the second-largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid is now led by a party with past ties to terror group Hamas. 

"With the Islamist parties, because they are revolutionary, that is -- they seek to change the societies as they have been governed -- the fear is that you will get one man, one vote, one time," Schake said. 



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WASHINGTON — The United States has quietly moved significant military reinforcements into the Persian Gulf to deter the Iranian military from any possible attempt to shut the Strait of Hormuz and to increase the number of fighter jets capable of striking deep into Iran if the standoff over its nuclear program escalates.

The deployments are part of a long-planned effort to bolster the American military presence in the gulf region, in part to reassure Israel that in dealing with Iran, as one senior administration official put it last week, “When the president says there are other options on the table beyond negotiations, he means it.”

Whole NYT article here



2 cents: More of the same going on over there. This article's purpose IMO is not for the Middle East folk but to attempt to sway voters here in the USA that the CES is tough and wise in his resolution and strategy toward Iran. In other words....propaganda.

 

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