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Where the name came from
What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.
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You're about to be lied to when they say-
a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
giving voice to
growing support for
high capacity magazine
investing in our future
making a difference
making bad choices
mounting opposition to
not value neutral
off our streets
on some level
our nation's children
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poor and minorities
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
sends a message
speaking truth to power
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
war on ...
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You know what the media's saying by not saying it when they say -
mob and rob
pack of teens
rival gang members
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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals
Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have
Never go outside the experience of your people.
Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.
Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.
Ridicule is man's most potent weapon
A good tactic is one your people enjoy.
A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.
Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.
The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.
Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.
The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.
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via the International Spy Museum
Never go against your gut.
Everyone is potentially under opposition control.
Don't look back; you are never completely alone.
Go with the flow, blend in.
Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.
Lull them into a sense of complacency.
Don't harass the opposition.
Pick the time and place for action.
Keep your options open.
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Rules of Disinformation
Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil
Become incredulous and indignant
Create rumor mongers
Use a straw man
Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule
Hit and Run
Associate opponent charges with old news
Establish and rely upon fall-back positions
Enigmas have no solution
Alice in Wonderland Logic
Demand complete solutions
Fit the facts to alternate conclusions
Vanish evidence and witnesses
Change the subject
Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad
Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs
Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor
Manufacture a new truth
Create bigger distractions
Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.
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The Five Stages of Collapse
Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.
Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.
Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.
Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.
Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.
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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally
Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit
Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo
Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course
Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people
Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure
Artist for today
Jules Dupre 1840-1844
Jules Dupre (Nantes France, 1811 – 1889), French painter, was a leading member of the Barbizon school of landscape painters.
Theophile Gautier, review of 1849 Salon Exhibit
For a long time, we know not why, this great artist has sent nothing to the Salon; and if he works, it is in the solitude and silence of the studio. The young generation ... is astonished before the pictures of Jules Dupre, by this boldness, this zeal, and this brilliancy. We are no more accustomed to these superb extremes, to this excess of strength, to this overflowing power, to these full-faced struggles with nature.
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The true prices of gold
I've struggled to understand why people ascribe so much value to the metal. Apart from jewellery, it has virtually no use. Gold is only valuable because people say it's valuable. What's more, I'm not keen on assets that never pay an income.
Ed Bowsher at moneyweek.com
It's an old question, why is gold money? Why, in every society, ancient and modern, is gold the default store of wealth? Who are these apparently omnipotent people who say it's valuable and make it stick? And if gold is the "safety" everybody flees to in troubled times, why do so many insiders insist its price is to too low?
One entirely reasonable proposition about the price of gold says its "true" price would be discovered through the market if it were unencumbered by fraudulent manipulation. This is almost certainly correct, or at least true by definition, but it draws too small a circle. There is a another "true" price of gold, one outside the commodity market, as FOFOA points out in his article, Think like a Giant 3:
Once you had built up a stash consisting of, say, hundreds of tonnes, which probably took generations to accumulate, it would suddenly have a much greater value than the market price said it was worth. It would kind of be the inverse of this: "It is to say" your wealth isn't as great as your currency says it is"!" In this case, it would be to say "your wealth is far greater than your currency says it is."
There truly is a "Giants' circuit" that has always been isolated from the rest of the marketplace. When you're a Giant, and you buy Giant stores-of-value, your marketplace truly consists only of other Giants. They, as a whole, are the future counterparty you count on should you, or your progeny, ever have to dishoard. You can't, and therefore don't, count on the rest of the marketplace.
FOFOA at fofoa.blogspot.com
FOFOA seems to say the "true" value of gold relies on the multi-generational accumulators, not Big money but the Biggest money, the class of wealth that buys works of art at multi-million dollar prices, or rare gems and antiques at auction, and have gold holdings reckoned in hundreds of tons and more. They're in a different league than any gold market that reckons in terms of ounces. Even with the recent ramp up, the entire output of world mining is three thousand tons per year, only as much as the output of the 1848 California gold rush in its first year. Almost all gold prior to World War II went directly from the mines into the monetary system, a large part of which migrated to the Giants. And there, even with the FDR confiscation of 1933, much of it stays.
Those who FOFOA calls the Giants don't participate in the retail gold market, to them it's a onsey-twosey swapmeet, there simply isn't enough available to buy, and it's too small to equitably absorb the lots they sell. Said differently, gold's artificial price comes in part from the lack of participation by the customers who could set a price with real authority, the super-rich.
Periodic buying or selling such lots in the open market would instantly distort the price with each transaction, creating ridiculous swings up and down. "New money" does participate however, especially new money looking for a place to hide, one place the sales in tens of thousands of ounces come from. The Giants have only one market for the quantities they move around: each other. This, he says, sets the other "true" price of gold, called the "In Size" price, estimated to be as high as twenty times the market price. He goes on to say there is no conspiracy involved, just simple privacy.
FOFOA speculates about the price of gold should it be again monetized by central banks. The Giants aren't about to have the value of their key holding set by the "discount" commodity market or the so-called "jewelry" conduit to the Third World. Private hoards, now sold discreetly "In Size", may set the future central bank price, and that price may leak downwards. These notions seem like convoluted nonsense to those of us whose experience is classic economics at the producer-consumer level. Should gold be remonetized, expect to see news articles about a "flight to safety" and consequent upward pressure on the price of gold. It would be true, but only as far as it goes.
For those with a stash of gold coins to see them through a currency collapse all this is irrelevant chatter. Gold in "stacker" amounts would continue to obey the simplest form of valuation, it would be worth what another person would trade for it. Maybe an industrial park, maybe a pint of heavy cream, only the future knows. What we do know is the market price of gold is perilously close to the cost of production. How can this be, given the supposed demand? FOFOA, as always, will explain.
Condensing FOFOA is risky, the reader is right to suspect oversimplification or misunderstanding, so beware of any "interpretation", including this one. Read the source material for yourself, or take up something more understandable. Computational Fluid Dynamics, say.
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1942 magazine ad for wartime Chevrolet Super Service
With civilian automobile production halted, keeping existing cars running became a priority with customers and a much needed income stream for dealers. As the war dragged on, any car that would run and had a serviceable set of tires was put into service. America's streets became a rolling museum which, incidentally, was the origin of safety inspections. Tires were rubberized fabric, it wasn't unusual for them to be so worn the innertubes were visible in places.
Ukraine: Russian website for general news
RIA Novosti (in English: "Russia International Agency News") is the Russian equivalent of the Associated Press. RIA Novosti is being merged with the radio service Voice of Russia into an outfit called International Information Agency Russia Today, but the site is still up and is a good source for Russian news. Their Military News page may be particularly useful. It's been a government outfit since its inception as the
Novosti Press Agency
in 1961, but in recent times has built a reputation similar to its protege, Russia Today, the television network rebranded as RT . For live non-government television from Ukraine, see Espreso TV via YouTube, here and here , neither in English.
The scale of the intercepts is breathtaking: in six months in 2008, the spooks gathered pictures from 1.8m Yahoo users, the vast majority of whom were not suspected of any sort of wrongdoing. Civil liberties types often worry that the sorts of stories that arise from Edward Snowden's leaks are too abstract for the public to take seriously. But the thought that a national spy agency has still images of millions of innocent people, both its citizens and foreigners, each tagged by facial-recognition software, is both creepy and concrete, says T.C.in this article, Big Brother's webcam, at The Economist.
Breaking news: Hitler's National Socialist Party was a socialist party
Marx's error, Hitler believed, had been to foster class war instead of national unity—to set workers against industrialists instead of conscripting both groups into a corporatist order. His aim, he told his economic adviser, Otto Wagener, was to “convert the German Volk to socialism without simply killing off the old individualists”—by which he meant the bankers and factory owners who could, he thought, serve socialism better by generating revenue for the state. “What Marxism, Leninism and Stalinism failed to accomplish,” he told Wagener, “we shall be in a position to achieve,” says Daniel Hannan in this article, Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of Nazism, at The Telegraph.
Another "because we say so" court decision
A classic “heckler’s veto” is where thugs threaten to attack the speaker and government officials suppress the speech to prevent such violence. “Heckler’s vetoes” aren't allowed under First Amendment law; the government should protect the speaker and threaten to arrest the thugs, not suppress the speaker’s speech. But the Ninth Circuit Court, relying on precedent rather than the First Amendment, has upheld a California high school’s decision to forbid students from wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo, says Eugene Volokh in this article, Not safe to display American flag in American high school, at The Washington Post.
DC as Hacker Central
One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents, says Glenn Greenwald in this article, How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations, at The Intercept.
It's not different this time, it's just worse this time
The new chart shows more clearly how the purposes of public borrowing have evolved. In the 19th and early-20th centuries, governments borrowed mostly to fund wars. Fast forward to today, it’s looking more and more as though we’re headed for disaster even without a future spike in military spending, says F. Wiley in this article, The Ominous Message in 2 Centuries of Global Public Finances, at Cyniconomics.
What those FCC 'monitors' were really up to
Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn at the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters said, "the FCC needs better data 'hard and fast' to create policy that would increase the number of minority-owned broadcast stations. Several proposals at the FCC and in Congress that might address the difficulties of minority broadcasters, but the FCC's collection of data is a prerequisite for changes. A complete picture of the media landscape is necessary to entertain any major policy adjustment in the short term." This is the Critical Information Need that was to justify FCC monitors at news outlets, says Byron York in this article, What was the FCC newsroom 'survey' really about?, at Fox News.
Connecticut - the whole world is watching
The importance of what’s happening in Connecticut and how its citizens are responding cannot be understated. What we have here is a government that has directly violated the Second Amendment of the United States of America by legislating forced gun registration with the penalty of confiscation of said firearms and felony imprisonment for those who refuse to comply. If Connecticut goes through with this and sends heavily armed police personnel to the doors of Constitutional Law-abiding citizens it is not out of the question to suggest that we will see bloodshed and violence when these gun confiscations begin, says Mac Slavo in this article, Connecticut Patriot Group Fights Back Against Confiscation Order: ‘We Are Armed… And Are Familiar With the Finer Points of Marksmanship’, at SHTFPlan.
The case for impeachment of Obama
Articles for impeaching Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors, prepared by Michael Connelly at United States Justice Foundation. A valuable resource, download this list of offenses for your reference file.
Equality - is proof too much to ask?
Egalitarians persist in shoving equality down everyone's throats.
They will scoff at the very notion that race exists, which makes me wonder why they don't tell black people to stop calling themselves black. Hell, it even makes me wonder how they can pick out a black person from a crowd in order to tell them this. If race is a phantasm, how do they determine who gets rewarded minority contracts and who benefits from affirmative action?, says Jim Goad in this article, Equality: Where’s the Evidence?, at Taki's Magazine.
If you see something, shut up about it
Paul Valin found a backpack
containing meth-making equipment
more than 15 miles from his house and called the police to report it.
Two years later he discovered that simple act of good citizenship had landed his house on the list of meth labs, destroying its value, says
Paul Brennan in this article at
the Iowa Watchdog.
Remus says - At least as interesting as the article are the reader comments below it. If this is how people in Iowa feel about law enforcement, there's a national crisis in the making. According to a followup story Mr. Valin's house was delisted, yet even here the reader comments are revealing.
Drone warfare 1924 style
It's no secret that military drones predate the 21st century. But it's still amazing to see illustrations of unmanned aerial vehicles that are nearly a century old. Like this drone command center from 1924, with pilots sitting 500 miles away from the battlefield. It's an image that's strikingly similar to the drone pilots of today, says Matt Novak in this article, This 1924 Illustration Nails the Real Future of Drone Warfare, at Paleofuture.
Return of the American chestnut tree
Before an exotic fungus nearly wiped them out in the late 1800s, one in every four hardwood trees in North America's eastern forests was an American chestnut. Now scientists have created hundreds of transgenic trees that are almost 100 percent genetically identical wild American chestnut yet immune to C. parasitica. The scientists hope to get federal approval to begin planting these trees in the forest within the next five years, says Ferris Jabr in this article, A New Generation of American Chestnut Trees May Redefine America's Forests, at Scientific American.
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Note: Ol' Remus overhears imperfectly. Some folks say the most wonderful things, but they say it and say it and say it like some medieval barrister so Overheard takes a machete to superfluous subordinate clauses, annoying parenthetical asides and similar air bubbles. Triple dots indicate ellipses, but he's not perfectly reliable about using them. Don't assume these to be definitive quotes if your dissertation depends on it.
The President's national security team met today to receive an update on the situation in Ukraine and discuss potential policy options. We will provide further updates later this afternoon.
White House Statement via Daniel Halper at weeklystandard.com
Obama did not attend the meeting, but WH official says he has been briefed by Susan Rice and his national security team.
Zeke Miller, Time Magazine via Daniel Halper at weeklystandard.com
In 1994 Ukraine signed an agreement with NATO to hand in their nuclear weapons in exchange for protection from NATO. Predictably not worth the paper it was printed on.
agent default, comment 4493363 at zerohedge.com
Sarah Palin said, in 2008 - After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama's reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence – the kind of response that would only encourage Russia's Putin to invade Ukraine next.
Sarah Palin, 2008, via staff at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com
Unlike the Russian cities of say northern Kazakhstan, Crimea is a place Russians have actually been. Even today over one million Russians holiday in Crimea every year. It is not just a peninsula; this is Russia’s Club Med and imperial romanticism rolled into one. Vladimir Putin knows this. He knows that millions of Russians will cheer him as a hero if he returns them Crimea.
Ben Judah at politico.com/magazine
Monday Noon Update:
• The Kiev regime announces general mobilization; only 1% to 1.5% of conscripts bother to turn up
• A dozen major cities—pretty much everything southeast of the line that runs from Kharkov to Odessa—are flying the Russian tricolor
• Ukraine's naval flagship is flying Russia's naval flag
• The newly appointed head of Ukrainian navy has defected to the Russian side in Crimea within a few hours of being appointed
• Most of the Ukrainian military units in Crimea have gone over to the Russian side voluntarily, without a single shot fired
• Ukrainian troops from Kirov have been ordered to march on Crimea, but have refused to obey (illegal) orders from Kiev
• During the last two weeks of February 143,000 Ukrainian citizens have requested asylum in Russia.
Dmitry Orlov at cluborlov.com
Russia's Black Sea Fleet has told Ukrainian forces in Crimea to surrender by 5 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Tuesday or face a military assault... "If they do not surrender before 5 a.m. tomorrow, a real assault will be started against units and divisions of the armed forces across Crimea," the agency quoted the ministry source as saying.
Polityuk and Heritage, Reuters via trust.org
The Mt. Gox Shutdown, Explained - A hacker can tinker with the code that makes a Bitcoin transaction happen, so that it looks like it didn't go through. The person who was supposed to receive a payment then asks again and, in Mt. Gox's case, is paid again automatically. Mt. Gox has acknowledged this was happening. It seems that someone has been slowly bleeding it for months, leaving it without the funds to pay out legitimate withdrawals.
Joshua Brustein at businessweek.com
Silver is more widely dispersed than gold, and so this would lead to the redistribution of wealth from the elite to the masses. That is one of the reasons it is manipulated, the elite have put their money into something that has almost no industrial importance. Silver, the alternative, is a threat to their power monopoly. The issue is not whether gold is money, but whether silver is the better money.
Mark Taylor at kingoftherepublic.com
Kerry is absolutely correct: the US is starting to act like a poor nation because it is, and Americans indeed "do not perceive the connection between U.S. engagement abroad and the U.S. economy, their own jobs and wider U.S. interests " because all US foreign policy reflects is the interest of a select group of uber-wealthy oligrachs whose sole interests the US congress represents and nobody else's.
Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com
Obama Asks Court To Make NSA Database Even Bigger - When a hypertotalitarian banana republic takes another turn for the gigasurreal, even Elon Musk is speechless. [Elon Musk founded PayPal and is CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors]
Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com
President Barack Obama spoke Thursday at the White House, where he announced "My Brother's Keeper" - a new initiative to help young men and boys of color succeed.
Dana Ford at cnn.com
Remus says - Another in-your-face "blacks only" multi-million dollar ripoff, and America gets misty-eyed. Those who believe Equal Opportunity means equal opportunity are the new bigots. No wonder there's no market for satire, DC lampoons itself.
We brace ourselves for the wrong kind of totalitarianism...
American fascism is of the smiley-faced, good for you, eat-your-vegetables, low-fat, mandatory fun variety. In the USA, it's already a borderline crime to do unhealthy things and not like people. This is a country where you can get a ticket for not wearing a seat belt on the way to watch the X-games and it is only a matter of time before, bereft of a national sense of irony, a SWAT team is dispatched to put a stop to a report of bullying.
Tam at booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com
Eighty percent of Soviet males born in 1923 did not survive World War II
HistoryRevived at youtube.com
ATF agents have lost track of dozens of government-issued guns, after stashing them under the front seats in their cars, in glove compartments or simply leaving them on top of their vehicles and driving away, according to internal reports from the past five years.
Diedrich and Rutledge at jsonline.com
Massive counterclaims, in excess of $10 million, have just been filed against climate scientist Michael Mann after lawyers affirmed that the former golden boy of global warming alarmism had sensationally failed in his exasperating three-year bid to sue skeptic Canadian climatologist, Tim Ball.
John O'Sullivan at principia-scientific.org
Increased minimum wage - It's win-win-win-win-win for Democrats. Employees who get a higher minimum wage are grateful to the Democrats. Employees who lose their jobs because of the minimum wage hike are grateful to the Democrats for generous government handouts. Poor immigrants who need government benefits are grateful to the Democrats. American businesses enjoying the deluge of cheap labor are grateful to the Democrats. Democratic politicians guaranteed re-election by virtue of ethnic bloc voting are grateful to the Democrats.
Ann Coulter at anncoulter.com
Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed in terms of how to help people who break them.
Thomas Sowell at townhall.com
Poor, minorities hit hardest - Republican lawmakers plan to introduce legislation next week aimed at preventing the misuse of the food stamp funds amid reports that welfare debit cards have been used to withdraw cash at ATMs at marijuana dispensaries in Colorado... at least 19 different dispensaries allowed electronic benefits transfer withdrawals inside their pot shops in January... the amounts withdrawn ranged from $20 to $400, averaging $85.55.
Staff at foxnews.com/politics
Remus says - Make 'em walk to the ATM across the street, that'll teach 'em.
Education and "Reducing Suspension among Academically Disengaged Black Males" - It’s a policy question similar to: What do you do when you have both drunken drivers and sober drivers on the road? The first order of business is to get the drunken drivers off the road. Whether there are resources available to help the drunks is, at best, a secondary issue.
Walter Williams at cnsnews.com
I noticed on my farm that as I was making the transition back to conventional crops versus GMO, that the animals that browse on the small plants (no problem, everything needs to eat as long as they don't get greedy) would ignore the GMO and eat the conventional crops. These were planted in fields separated by a drainage ditch (large) and tree line buffer. Normally, both sides of this ditch were browsed equally by wildlife in the past when GMO was not used at all in my region. Something tells me that the groundhogs and deer are smarter than most of we humans, because they sense something basically wrong with these crops.
in Tennessee, letter posted by George Ure at urbansurvival.com
The fact that Neanderthals in Western Europe were nearly extinct, but then recovered long before they came into contact with modern humans came as a complete surprise to us. This indicates that the Neanderthals may have been more sensitive to the dramatic climate changes that took place in the last Ice Age than was previously thought.
Love Dalen, Swedish Museum of Natural History, via April Holloway at ancient-origins.net
Video - Police respond to a domestic disturbance between a mother and her daughter, take the father face down onto the pavement, pepper-spray his mouth, nose and eyes and put the weight of five grown men on top of him, and then handcuff him as he was unconscious or already dead. The Police Chief said he did not see his officers do anything inappropriate on the video. [There you have it, killing a man in custody is "appropriate" if it's done by the book]
A police officer in South Carolina shot a 70-year-old motorist who was reaching for a cane during a traffic stop because he thought the man was grabbing a rifle from the bed of his pickup truck, investigators said. The man was expected to survive. [Chief says: "Deputy Knox's actions were an appropriate response"]
Except in high-dollar cases with alpha-shysters, juries are sometimes composed of people who weren't smart enough to avoid jury duty. They can resemble the waiting room in a bus station. People with a Macy's-Basement IQ simply can't understand the what is going on.
Fred Reed at fredoneverything.net
Rand Paul, about Ted Nugent's comment - In order for us to be a bigger party, we have to reach out to more people, not just those of us here. It has to be a bigger party, it has to be a bigger movement. We can disagree with the president without calling him names. I disagree almost all the time, but I don't call him names and I am polite to him when I meet him. I'm not saying that's our problem, I'm just saying there are people out in public who are taking away from our message and let's try not to be a part of that. Our message has to be a happy message, one of optimism, one of growth.
Rand Paul via Cameron Joseph at thehill.com
Remus says - Once again Rand Paul talks like just another pol. How a person says what he says is not for Sen. Paul to decide. Mr. Nugent's squalid little apology wasn't a shining moment either, but practice makes perfect. If he's going to grovel for every precious buttercup he offends, he should learn from a master . There are rules.
As a journalist, you weigh how much you should criticize the president because he's black.
Don Lemon at CNN via Jim Hoft at thegatewaypundit.com
His EPA is trying to regulate the coal industry out of business. Coal provides 37% of our electricity. Do not be alarmed, he is replacing that generating capacity with…well, nothing. You see, skyrocketing the price of electricity was an objective not a side effect. If you can't afford it, you won't use it.
William Gensert at americanthinker.com
As regimes find surplus and credit are both contracting, their ability to placate every key group with spoils is also declining, and the conflicts between them can no longer be patched over with bribery or brutality... Everywhere, the instability from a failing spoils system is seeping from the periphery into the core: the E.U., the U.S., China and India.
Charles Smith at oftwominds.com/blog
Being a man means you have reason to apologize merely for being male. Being proud of being a man means you're an evil oppressor... Think about it, if you're a white guy, would you dare say you're proud of being a white man in any public place? If you're not, what would your reaction be if you heard any guy do that?
Christopher Taylor at wordaroundthe.net
4GW - The American people are largely supportive of decapitation as applied in Afghanistan and elsewhere, but what happens when the targets are in Marion, Ohio or Salt Lake City, Utah? What happens when the killings of their friends and neighbors go on and on because the federal government can think of no better way to compel obedience to unjust, unconstitutional diktats contrary to the Founders’ Republic? ...
Decapitation, I have tried to explain to people, works both ways in 4GW.
Mike Vanderboegh at sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com
Hillary - Reports that describe Clinton’s right transverse sinus venous thrombosis as potentially life-threatening, though apparently caught in enough time, sound a lot more serious than the word from her doctors that the secretary is ‘making excellent progress and we are confident she will make a full recovery. She is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family and her staff.’ Our public officials have trained us to take everything they say with a healthy dose of skepticism, and on a matter as sensitive as a head injury followed by denials of any neurological symptoms, I’m not sure why we would or should unquestioningly accept the word of any politician.
Melinda Henneberg at newsday.com, 2013
The Founding Fathers—the very ones who wrote the Declaration of Independence, the Bills of Rights, our Constitution, who were the first Presidents, Senators, Congressmen—were the very ones who most distrusted the government. Now everyone is expected to trust the government, or they will be called a fascist or racist.
Pastor Dave, letter at survivalblog.com
To the cultural marxists, the 2001 "9-11″ was a victory. A victory of muslim retribution for years of perceived American hegemony and oppression. A viewpoint that puppet master, Valerie Jarrett, herself of Iranian descent, identifies with strongly – as do many members of the “influential” press, such as Iranian born Christiane Amanpour. So those who rushed to enlist to fight back are the enemy to be brought to heel, not patriots to be admired and thanked. The cultural marxists loathe them, these "9-11″ patriots. With a passion and enmity that is breathtaking…. and the only way they know how to destroy them is to mock and diminish them, and convert their patriotism and idealistic nature into something to be reviled, questioned and feared.
ytz4mee at theconservativetreehouse.com
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We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.
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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
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Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
George Orwell, 1984
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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
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The socialist ideal eventually goes viral, and the majority learns to game the system. Everyone is trying to live at the expense of everyone else. In the terminal phase, the failure of the system is disguised under a mountain of lies, hollow promises, and debts. When the stream of other people's money runs out, the system collapses.
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When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you … you may know that your society is doomed.
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Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken
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We have reached a point of diminishing returns in our public life. Hardly anything actually needs doing. We may in fact be past that point; not only does nothing much need doing, but we'd benefit if much of what has been done were to be undone.
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