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Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Religion of Peace Update
Topic: Decline of the West

 

So much for the so-called Arab Spring. Here’s what happened in Egypt over the last few days, a country supposedly on the road to democracy:

 

(1) An Islamist mob torches a Coptic Christian church in the city of Aswan. (2) The Copts stage a peaceful protest march in Cairo. (3) Islamist thugs, supported by the Army, bloodily disperse the protest march, killing more than two dozen people. Some of the victims were ruthlessly run down by armored vehicles.

 

Aside from its exemplary viciousness, this incident was really nothing new. Coptic Christians in Egypt—some 10% of the population—have long been prime targets for Islamofascist radicals. Foolishly, perhaps, they saw the fall of the dictator Murbarak as the dawn of a new era. Instead they find that they can't even trust the state authorities to protect them.

 

I found this quote (from the New York Times story recounting the events of the last few days) to be particularly poignant:

 

Mariam Telmiz, 40, sat at the bedside of a brother-in-law who had been wounded by a bullet at the demonstration. Another brother-in-law had been killed by a bullet.

 

The military was ready to protect Egyptian Muslims who carried a Saudi flag or even pulled the Israeli flag off its embassy, she said, “but the one who holds his cross high gets humiliated.”

 

Well, sure. Look where this poor woman and her family live.

 

And the Obama Administration's response? A craven statement to the effect that such violence should not impede Egypt's progress toward "democracy." What planet are these people living on?


Posted by tmg110 at 7:55 AM EDT
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Monday, 10 October 2011
So That's It!
Topic: Liberal Fascism

 

On close examination, the most idealistic protest movements turn out to have a practical, not to say self-interested, basis e.g. the Vietnam antiwar movement = fear of the draft.

 

The Occupy Wall Street protesters are demanding, among other things, that evil corporations and banks be forced to forgive their debtors. Every deadbeat in the world, from the insolvent Third World kleptocracy to the casino addict with a gigantic credit card balance, is to be let off the hook. This idealistic if insane idea becomes more understandable if, listening a bit closer, one overhears the chorus of griping about the burden of student loans. This is certainly understandable, if hardly noble.

 

Suppose you’d borrowed $75,000 to obtain a bachelor of fine arts degree—only to discover after graduation that despite your extremely expensive education, you can’t get the whiz-bang job you think you deserve. So you’re waitressing, or working in Barnes & Noble, or languishing on welfare, with that $75,000 debt chained to your ankle like a huge iron ball. Wouldn’t you be mad at, um, corporations and capitalism and stuff…?


Posted by tmg110 at 9:26 PM EDT
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Testing for Progressivism
Topic: Liberal Fascism

It's simple: 

(1) You make a critical remark about Islam, and he or she tosses a blood clot.

(2) You play video of a Muslim mob in Egypt torching a Coptic Christian church, and he or she pretends not to see it.

That's a progressive.


Posted by tmg110 at 9:20 PM EDT
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Your Tax Dollars at Play
Topic: Freedom's Guardian

Here's PFC Gregg, enjoying her well-earned leave in Florida during a visit to Universal Studios: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lexi departed Florida for Arizona on Sunday, and she'll be back home with us in about a week.


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Friday, 7 October 2011
A Thermonuclear Fairy Tale (Part Two)
Topic: Must Read

 

As I mentioned in my first post about Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald’s novel of nuclear apocalypse somehow holds up despite the implausibility of its premise, its moral posturing and its stilted writing. How is that possible?

 

Perhaps it’s not quite fair to criticize Roshwald’s writing qua writing; a Polish Jew born in 1921, he learned English as a second language and, in fact, enlisted the help of a friend to smooth out his original draft of Level 7. The result is perfectly grammatical English prose that could never be taken for the work of an American author. Occasionally it gave me the feeling that I was reading Kafka in translation. But this slightly alien style works to the book’s advantage, lending Level 7 the air of a parable.

 

So does the anonymity of the characters, whose names were left on the surface when they descended to the military facility housing PBX Command, located 4,000 feet underground, called Level 7. We know them only by their numerical designations: X-127 (the protagonist), E-647, N-527, etc. Indeed, Roshwald provides no clues as to the nationality of the denizens of Level 7. They could be Americans or Russians. In his preface to the novel the author explains that he deliberately chose to omit national or cultural markers, since Level 7 was intended as a warning to all humanity.

 

For these reasons, I believe, the implausibility of Level 7’s premise doesn’t matter as much as it would in a novel whose details are more realistic. For it is implausible. That any nation would automate its military machine to the point depicted in Roshwald’s novel strains credulity. As is well known, the actual procedures governing the use of nuclear weapons in both the United States and the Soviet Union were hedged round with multiple safeguards designed, not so much to prevent accidents or deter madmen, but to keep the power of decision in the hands of the political leadership.

 

But unlike Red Alert, Fail-Safe and other novels purporting to give a realistic picture of nuclear war, Level 7 is, as I suggested above, a parable. Whether Roshwald intended it as such is doubtful. It seems that he really believed in the nightmare vision of push-button nuclear warfare. But still, he definitely touches a nerve. Politically, technologically, and now historically, Level 7 misses the mark. Psychologically, though, it scores a target hit. For the process of dehumanization this novel depicts, whereby ordinary men are trained, conditioned and finally commanded to commit mass murder, has had its real-life counterparts in Russia, Germany, China, Cambodia, Rwanda and elsewhere. Level 7 is a resonant parable of the bloody and tragic twentieth century. For that reason, I rate it as a must read.


Posted by tmg110 at 2:50 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 11 April 2013 10:05 PM EDT
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Say What?
Topic: Liberal Fascism

 

Even the Huffington Post, which would really, really like to love the Occupy Wall Street movement, is having a problem with the group’s message—if its verbal meanderings merit the term. Here’s Andy Ostroy, who, after an obligatory bow to OWS’s “raw energy, passion and commitment,” goes on to note that the message is “a hodgepodge of fanciful pipe dreams akin to Miss America's I'd like to create peace on Earth. Whoa, Andy, I clouldn’t have said it better myself!

 

Ostroy cites the following OWS mission statements, gleaned from a cross-section of protestors:

 

"I am choosing to no longer participate in what I perceive to be an abusive relationship."

 

"Our goal to create a massive independent weapon of mass help! We are not intent on destruction. We are intent on confronting and fixing what we all know is a bought government."

 

"This is our shared moment to seize prosperity."

 

"Our nation is too busy growing debt, poverty, homelessness, wars, oil spills, global temperatures and inflation on everything we need—like food, education and healthcare—to slow down, stop and fix the problem."

 

"I'm here because I love my family, and want to protect them from the thief with the gun on the street to the thief with the pen behind the desk!"

 

You can see why Ostroy has his doubts. And these quotes, I suspect, were carefully chosen so as to make OWS seem less crazy than it really is. The most fanciful pipe dream of all is socialism—and socialism is one of the capital demands of this misbegotten movement.

 

I suspect that thoughtful progressives (no, that’s not quite an oxymoron) like Andy Ostroy perceive that Occupy Wall Street is nothing more than empty-headed street theater and that it will, in the end, come to nothing.


Posted by tmg110 at 10:59 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 7 October 2011 11:20 AM EDT
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There's Nothing New Under the Sun
Topic: Liberal Fascism

 

It occurs to me that with relatively few edits, ECOEVOLUTION’s rant could pass for an historical document, e.g:

 

Greed has been decimating Russia long before the so-called boogieman of the counterrevolution arrived. Since the days of the Tsar, economic LIE, greed year by year, decade by decade has been transferring Soviet Russia’s wealth, Soviet Russia’s future, to soulless kulak exploiters who have that has become Soviet Russia’s ruling rural Aristocracy. The kulaks’ insatiable greed is nothing less than a deadly cancer, which is now attracting the white blood cells of the Bolshevik Party voices of freedom, demanding our future back, demanding our small "d" - democratic country back. Perpetual imperialist wars powered by vast corporate profits were massive malignant tumors eating at Russia’s heart and soul. The kulak is sickness personified, a rural brothel owner rampant with a super strain of a syphilitic political disease that seeks to destroy our workers’ and peasants’ democracy, while justifying the insanity, the immorality of greed run amok in the land of the worker’s paradise. Soviet Russia in 1929 is a very, very, sick country. Russia’s kulaks, Russia’s ruling rural oligarchy, Russia’s exploiters of the poor peasants, Russia’s worshippers of greed are virulent viruses that must be excised from the Russian body if We the Workers and Peasants are to survive, if our worker’s and peasants’ paradise is to survive. Kulak greed alone has brought Soviet Russia to our current precipice. The Bolshevik Party at long last is a new force of energy that may move our country away from our decades long downward spiral that has brought us to the very edge. Will Soviet Russia be a country of, by and for the workers and peasants? Or will Russia be a country of, by and for the cruel kulak exploiters?

 

See? Piece of cake!


Posted by tmg110 at 9:41 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 7 October 2011 10:41 AM EDT
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In Their Own Words
Topic: Liberal Fascism

 

The Occupy Wall Street gang have taken to calling themselves "the 99%”; that is, they claim to represent those average Americans like you and me who labor under the yoke and lash of the super-rich 1%. How accurate is this claim? Cast your eye upon the following screed and judge for yourself.

 

This filthy stew of words was posted in response to the publication of the so-called Declaration of the Occupation of New York City on by EXOREVOLUTION on October 6, 11:19 am:

 

Greed has been decimating America long before the so-called boogieman of 9/11 arrived. Since the days of the Reagan "trickle-down" economic LIE, greed year by year, decade by decade has been transferring America’s wealth, America’s future, to a soulless Corporatocracy that has become America's ruling Aristocracy. Wall Streets insatiable greed is nothing less than a deadly cancer, which is now attracting the white blood cells of the Occupy Wall Street voices of freedom, demanding our future back, demanding our small "d" - democratic country back. Perpetual Pentagon wars powered by vast corporate profits are massive malignant tumors eating at America's heart and soul. Washington DC is sickness personified, a corporate-owned brothel rampant with a super strain of a syphilitic political disease that has destroyed our democracy, while justifying the insanity, the immorality of greed run amok in the land of the free and the home of the brave. America in 2011 is a very, very, sick country. America's top 1%, America's ruling oligarchy, America's corporate political puppets, America's worshippers of greed are virulent viruses that must be excised from the American body if We the People are to survive, if America is to survive. Al Qaeda was not angry about our freedom. Al Qaeda was angry about our greed. The Twin Towers represented the twin towers of Militarism and Corporatism fueled by only one unholy thing, voracious, violent, virulent greed. Greed alone has brought America to our current precipice. Occupy Wall Street at long last is a new force of energy that may move our country away from our decades long downward spiral that has brought us to the very edge. Will America be a country of, by and for the people? Or will America be a country of, by and for the corporations?

 

It speaks for itself, don't you think?


Posted by tmg110 at 9:22 AM EDT
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Thursday, 6 October 2011
The Marching Morons
Topic: Liberal Fascism

 

Well, if any doubt remained that the Occupy Wall Street protesters are a clot of fatuous idiots, this closes the case: Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

 

It’s the idiots’ manifesto, oh-so-cleverly patterned on the American Declaration of Independence. Reading it, you can practically smell the reek of dirty socks moldering under the bed in some college dorm room. The Declaration is loaded with gems of cluelessness, such as: “They [evil corporations] have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.” OK, check the box for PETA. (And incidentally, “profited off of the torture”? Shouldn’t that be “profited from the torture”? I’m just saying.)

 

And how about this? “They [evil corporations again] have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.” Who knew that we all have the right to a free B.A. in interpretive dance or eco-feminism?

 

But here’s my favorite: “They [yes, those evil corporations] have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.” Ah, colonialism, that hardy perennial of the hard Left! But I ask you, how can there be “colonialism at home”? Isn’t that something of a contradiction in terms? Perhaps it was a nod to the agenda of Native American activists. The authors of this comic masterpiece certainly bent the knee to every other piety of the radical fringe.

 

Nonsense on stilts? That goes without saying. Still, Occupy Wall Street has served a useful purpose. Look at the way in which the mainstream media, establishment liberals, Big Labor, etc. are slobbering all over these morons. It shows you just how far the progressive establishment has fallen in the Age of Barry.


Posted by tmg110 at 9:50 AM EDT
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Behind the Mask
Topic: Liberal Fascism

 

Without doubt, Barack Obama has been a big disappointment to the progressive establishment. As Jonah Goldberg recalls in this article for NRO, there was a moment in 2008 and early 2009 when people like Paul Krugman, Tom Friedman and Tina Brown were touting Obama as the second coming of FDR. He gave Chris Mathews a thrill up his leg. David Brooks rhapsodized over the crease in Barry’s trousers. But in 2011? Um, not so much…

 

During a recent appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Ms. Brown opined of Obama: “He wasn't ready, it turns out, really." No kidding, Tina! And what does that tell us about you and your kind, who so assiduously boosted Mr. Hope & Change back in 2008? It makes you a bunch of utterly clueless dolts, that’s what! But perhaps I’m being too harsh. After all, Ms. Brown has recognized reality—rather late in the day, to be sure, but better late than never.

 

Other progressives, however, are not at all prepared to concede that they may have made a mistake. In their view, it’s not Obama’s fault that he’s a failure. It’s the American people’s fault, or the Constitution’s fault, or even democracy’s fault. If only we were ruled by the Chinese Politburo! That’s Tom Friedman’s dearest wish. Then rational decisions about solar panels, light rail and population control would never be blocked by stupid members of Congress or dissatisfied voters. Bev Purdue, the liberal Democratic governor of North Carolina, thinks that “[W]e ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make.”

 

All this constitutes a startling admission: that progressivism without authoritarianism is simply unworkable. In the past, progressives were leery of laying a frank and unambiguous claim to the limitless power they think they deserve. But the setbacks and disappointments of the Obama years have unhinged them, and the mask has slipped.


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