Friday, September 23

Phil Gives Bill the Bitch Slap He So Rightly Deserves

I have NEVER been a fan of Phil Donahue.

He was one of the best interviewers to grace television, but I never agreed with his "the liberals are the saviours of the world" political leanings.

THIS has changed my feeling for him.

I loved O'Bile y's tirade and Phil shutting him right down, never ranting, barely raising his voice. Good to see Pinch and Tickle Bill get slapped back.

Your Relief Dollars at Work.

How do you feel about THIS?

My Feeling Exactly

Jon Stewart at the Emmys, finally television worth watching.

Thursday, September 22

Let's Put Those Martha Stewart Prosecutors Back to Work

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and a potential 2008 presidential candidate should be getting a visit from the Federal Prosecutors soon.

What's that? Oh... I forgot. Nix that. I forgot he's a Senator, so nevermind.

Are You Next?

“The very core of liberty secured by our Anglo-Saxon system of separated powers has been freedom from indefinite imprisonment at the will of the executive.” – Judge Antonin Scalia

After reading that quote, take a look at these stories regarding the Padilla ruling HERE or HERE or HERE.

This ruling by the 4th Circuit Court should have turned all the stomachs in America, but it did not and will not.

I can hear all the refrains of "It can't happen to me because I haven't done anything wrong". Well for all We the People know neither has Mr. Padilla. The government is afraid to give him and hearing, and he has not been charged with a crime, so why should we expect that he is guilty of one?

Now I am not saying that Padilla isn't a bad guy, he may be associated with al-Qaida, but for this country to maintain the freedoms it was built on, a few basic legal concepts must be followed, and the rights to face your accusers, see the evidence against you and a speedy trial are two of the most basic you have.

This guy is a US citizen, and it his rights can be violated then not one of us is safe, but as usual no one really cares, yet.

Wednesday, September 21

And Another...

And Another Example of Your Masters at Work.

THIS is sickening, but then again what should we expect?

Tuesday, September 20

Let Me Count the Ways... You've Failed.

THIS is a pretty good list of the ways the Government made the Katrina disaster worse. I am sure there are more, but let's not pile on, this should be enough to sicken any reasonable person.

But I am also sure that there will be no real opposition to the $200 BILLION dollars about to be spent, not as long as there is beer and football to distract the masses.

Too Put it Another Way...

So you Think FEMA Can Help?

Well THIS is FEMA in action!

The Real Conscience of Congress

Robert Byrd is often called the "Conscience of Congress", and is famous for carrying a copy of the Constitution in his pocket. Too bad Mr Byrd forgets about it anytime there is a chance that money will be spent in his state.

Ron Paul doesn't need to carry a copy of it around, nor does he suckle from the teat of tax dollars as he has internalized what the Constitution really means.

Textual Rather than Living

Charley Reese knows the Constitution, do you?

Monday, September 19

The Head of the Christian Taliban?

THIS piece is almost 2 years old, but in light of some things that have been going on, it is more important now than it was back then.

Katherine Yurica seems to be on to something. Something that needs to be exposed to the light of day, and looked at critically. She lays it out in plain english as seen here:
"To understand the Straussian infusion of power that transformed an all but dead conservative realm, think of Nietzsche’s Overman come to life. Or better yet, think of the philosophy most unlike Christianity: Think of pure unmitigated evil. Strauss admits that Machiavelli is an evil man. But according to Strauss, this admission is a prerequisite to studying and reading Machiavelli: the acknowledgement is the safety net that keeps the reader from being corrupted. One is tempted to talk back to Strauss and point out an alternative: the admission could be the subterfuge that keeps a man from being ridiculed and rejected for espousing Machiavellian methods."

And this chilling passage:
"Strauss’s teaching incorporated much of Machiavelli’s. Significantly, his philosophy is unfriendly to democracy—even antagonistic. At the same time Strauss upheld the necessity for a national religion not because he favored religious practices, but because religion in his view is necessary in order to control the population. Since neo-conservatives influenced by Strauss are in control of the Bush administration, I have prepared a brief list that shows the radical unchristian basis of neo-conservatism. I am indebted to Shadia Drury’s book (Leo Strauss and the American Right) and published interviews for the following:"

First: Strauss believed that a leader had to perpetually deceive the citizens he ruled.

Secondly: Those who lead must understand there is no morality, there is only the right of the superior to rule the inferior.

Thirdly: According to Drury, Religion “is the glue that holds society together.”[40] It is a handle by which the ruler can manipulate the masses. Any religion will do. Strauss is indifferent to them all.

Fourthly: “Secular society…is the worst possible thing,” because it leads to individualism, liberalism, and relativism, all of which encourage dissent and rebellion. As Drury sums it up: “You want a crowd that you can manipulate like putty.”[41]

Fifthly: “Strauss thinks that a political order can be stable only if it is united by an external threat; and following Machiavelli, he maintains that if no external threat exists, then one has to be manufactured.”[42]

Sixthly: “In Strauss’s view, the trouble with liberal society is that it dispenses with noble lies and pious frauds. It tries to found society on secular rational foundations.”

Her connecting the Neo-Cons to Lee Strauss and through his teachings to Machiavelli is fact not fiction, and not something heard in the mainstream media.

A must read for those interested in the "Whys" of the current situations we find ourselves in.