Thursday, July 29, 2010

So, Now Illegal Aliens Have MORE Rights in the USA Than I Do

Let me understand this:
If I'm stopped by a cop, and I have no right to be in this country, the officer can't make me show ID?  But, as a tax-paying citizen, refusal to show ID will terminate with me in jail, and probably heavy fines, as well? 
UPDATE:  3:47 pm, 7/29/2010

Un-freakin'-believable!  Read on - to the end.


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This Is An Actual German Commercial - And REALLY Funny!

Found on Curmudgeionly & Skeptical.



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But, People Who Break Laws That Actually Harm Someone Are OK, Right?

Apparently, Obama's administration has one group he's in favor of siccing the law on.

Unregistered food groups.

Those are people who purchase memberships in a food distribution network, that have access to unpasteurized milk, fresh cheese, etc., but whose provider haven't jumped through the hoops to get licensed to sell to the public.

Let's see, growing marijuana for "medical use" (wink, wink!) is fine.

Selling fresh cow or goat milk - "Step away from that cow!  We have artillery trained on you!"

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Why Popular Vote is a BAD Idea


The push to eliminate the Electoral College reached a fever pitch after the 2000 election, when the loser (Gore) actually had allegedly more votes, nationwide, than the winner.  I say "allegedly" because there were MANY states that had serious allegation of voter fraud, much of it organized by groups like ACORN.

While there may be a case for changing the Electoral College, this isn't it.

What this would do is turn over the right to elect presidents to the more populous states.  What it would do is TAKE AWAY citizens' vote, if their state disagreed with those in more heavily populated states.

Here's how it would work:
  • You vote, as usual.
  • Your state selects a candidate by large margins - that is, those who live there make a definite decision to select Candidate A.
  • However, more people live in the states that liked Candidate B, and voted that way.
  • Your vote is ignored - your state is awarded to your state's loser - Candidate B.
  • Since your state counts for essentially nothing in the presidential campaign, 4 years later, the candidates don't even bother to visit, or to acknowledge your state's concerns.
In a worst-case scenario, as little as FIVE states could, under this plan, decide the entire election:
CA 55 
IL   21
OH 20
PA  21 
NY 31 
Total 148 votes, more than 1/2 the 270 needed for election.   
In theory, if the popular vote in those states was in favor of the same candidate, you might as well give up your vote - it won't count, EVEN THOUGH YOUR ENTIRE STATE VOTED FOR THE OTHER GUY.


This movement is sneaky (little publicity), insidious, and worming its way around the state legislatures, particularly in Democratic strongholds.  Every state has had the legislation introduced.  You need to contact your state legislators, and let them know how you feel.

Get on their mailing lists; check the state site once a week or so.  Talk it up with others, and encourage them to make contact with their state reps.  Better yet, run for office, or help those who do.

The end of democracy is only a few votes away.


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Friday, July 23, 2010

This Picture Sums It Up

What is wrong with people?


A baby is a blessing.  Even a handicapped baby is a blessing.


I didn't always feel this way.  When I was younger, I supported the right of a woman to make her own choice about having an abortion.  Especially in cases of Down Syndrome; that seemed, to me, to be the ultimate hard-case situation that made abortion the logical choice.


I married on January 12, 1974.  That same month, the Supreme Court legalized abortion.  The next year, a friend of mine had an ectopic pregnancy, and had it terminated for medical reasons.  I talked to her, and found that she was relieved that the process was so quick and easy.


That was one of my few personal connections to abortion.  Most of my friends were Catholic, and, although their fidelity to the rules was variable, abortion was the Big No-No.


Since then, it's been considered "normal" to check for chromosome status, and abort Down Syndrome babies.  When a woman finds out that she is carrying a baby with Trisomy 21, but DOESN'T choose to abort, the reaction from most of the country is, "why not?"


This is why.




I agree - there are many things in life worse than having Down Syndrome.  There is willingness to kill all of the members of that group. Just for having a different number of chromosomes.


Some facts about Down's:
  •  A 2002 literature review of elective abortion rates found that 91–93% of pregnancies in the United Kingdom and Europe with a diagnosis of Down syndrome were terminated.
  • Even with the best non-invasive screens, the detection rate is 90%–95% and the rate of false positive is 2%–5%. Inaccuracies can be caused by undetected multiple fetuses (very rare with the ultrasound tests), incorrect date of pregnancy, or normal variation in the proteins.
    • In other words, SOME of the pregnancies that are diagnosed to be babies with Down's are perfectly normal.
  • Cognitive development in children with Down syndrome is quite variable. It is not currently possible at birth to predict the capabilities of any individual reliably, nor are the number or appearance of physical features predictive of future ability. Since children with Down syndrome have a wide range of abilities, success at school can vary greatly, which underlines the importance of evaluating children individually. The cognitive problems that are found among children with Down syndrome can also be found among typical children.

Things have changed in my lifetime.  When I was young, instititutionalization was common.  Parents were advised to "put the child away, and forget about it."  Since then, parents have treated Down's like any other disability, and, to the surprise of many "experts", these individuals have been found to have widely varying abilities. Medical treatment has also changed.
In the past, prior to current treatment, there was a 38-78% incidence of hearing loss in children with Down syndrome. Fortunately, with aggressive, meticulous and compulsive diagnosis and treatment of chronic ear disease (e.g. otitis media, also known as Glue-ear) in children with Down syndrome, approximately 98% of the children have normal hearing levels.
I expect that other facets of the laundry list of problems Down's people often have will also show that aggressive treatment bears fruit.


And, if not all the medical problems go away, so what?  Do we kill the imperfect?


If so, both on physical and other grounds, I'm toast.  In addition to my other imperfections, I'm hard of hearing - I wear a quite expensive hearing aid.

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Late for Father's Day, But Worth It

This is late, but I just ran across it on Creative Minority archives.



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Thursday, July 22, 2010

SOME of the Ground Zero Mosque Funding Revealed

It's the Dutch government.  For the source of that story, see here.

That's only about 1% - where is the rest of it coming from?  I think the American public has a right to know.

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FCC Being Pressured to Limit Free Speech

NewsRealBlog has a post about the move to censor talk radio.  Of course, the whole plan is ONLY to protect "the children" (although no actual children have ever been harmed by talk radio).

From the report:
On April 7, 2009, the 
Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) released an extremism assessment, reporting that extremists “have adopted the immigration issue as a call to action, rallying point, and recruiting tool,” and that “anti-immigration or strident pro-enforcement fervor has been directed against specific groups” and “has the potential to incite individuals or small groups toward violence.”
OMG, the dreaded stident pro-enforcement fervor!  How dare these fascists stridently and fervently ENFORCE THE LAW!

But WAIT!  It gets better!  The SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) gets involved - well, sort of - and - in the words of that UNBIASED REPORT:
As SPLC alludes, the media is playing a role in spreading the type of messages that leads many to extremist organizations or worse – extreme acts.  Yet neither SPLC nor DHS have deeply examined the role of telecommunications in the incititement of violence.
The DREADED AND FACT-BASED ALLUSION!  Oh, wait -
neither SPLC nor DHS have deeply examined the role of telecommunications in the incititement of violence
 Well, if you haven't examined it, how do you know that there, in fact, is a role in incitement of violence?

Never mind - facts are those inconvenient things that FASCISTS keep talking about - but ONLY because they're haters!

Some of their "evidence":
On June 11, 2009, white supremacist James von Brunn shot and killed an African American security guard at the Holocaust museum in Washington, DC; hateful literature against Jews and African Americans were found in von Brunn’s vehicle.
Well, doesn't that PROVE it?  Well, no.
 it appears the shooter, James Von Brunn is in fact – despite the protestations of the Kos Kids – a registered democrat from Maryland.
Some Righty, huh?  What the "experts" keep forgetting is that Nazis were National Socialists.  Socialists, not free-market conservatives.

Kathy Shaidle has more, pointing out that von Brunn hated Bush and McCain, as well as neo-conservatives.  There's more at FrontPage Magazine.

OK, but that's ONE case.

No, it's not.
On June 12, 2009, former Minutemen leader Shawna Forde murdered 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father in Arivaca, AZ; Forde broke into their home dressed as a law enforcement officer, looking for money and drugs to finance her vigilante border watch group.
Well, there you are.  Or not - from CNN.
Forde was a one-time member of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, a citizens group whose self-described mission is to secure the U.S. border, before she started her own smaller border enforcement organization
She was probably, at one time, a member of her elementary school; I suppose that means the school is responsible, doesn't it.
The Minutemen kicked Forde out of their ranks in 2007.
But, but, but - didn't they agree with her?

No.
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, one of American largest grassroots immigration enforcement groups, issued national warnings about Shawna Forde and her key ally Jim Gilchrist of Minuteman Project months prior to her charges of double homicide in Arizona.
“We knew there was something very wrong with Shawna Forde and did all in our power to forewarn groups and leaders ,as well as press and law enforcement, regarding our concerns,” said William Gheen of ALIPAC. “Shawna Forde does not reflect the immigration enforcement movement or the millions of Americans concerned about illegal immigration and border security.”
Further information about Forde.

There is a lot more in the document, much of it bewailing the lack of minorities in traditional media, or lamenting the lack of ownership/participation in network TV by minorities.  I'm really not too clear how that affects hate speech, but you try reading it and making sense of it.

Frankly, I'm not generally in favor of suppressing speech, "hate" or not.  I have confidence in the American public, and their ability to tell truth from bull$#!t.  Our 1st Amendment freedoms are too precious to put them at risk.  And, prosecuting people for their opinions comes uncomfortably close to George Orwell's "thought crimes".

Let's worry about actual crimes.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Responding to Real Simple (Who Apparently Think Their Readers Are, Too)

I read this post from Kristina Rasmussen at Big Government.  There is an article in Real Simple about Obamacare:
All good, no bad, and the only two sources quoted in the article represent non-profits who supported the legislation.
What I wrote to the editor:
I am not a subscriber of Real Simple, although I was considering doing so.  I have bought individual issues at the newstand many times in the past. 
No more.
The one-sided story about Obamacare has lit my fire.  Why didn't you just title the article:
"Since you're so dumb that you don't appreciate what your 'betters' are doing for - make that to - you, we'll explain it in little, bitty one-syllable words."  THANKS for not including opposing viewpoints - it might confuse the "little people" - y'all know that we're just not that bright, that we could possibly think Obamacare is a bloated, bureaucratic nightmare of a bill.  How dare we not respect the elites who know better!
I have read the actual bill - it took 2 weeks of my spare time.  It is NOT what your article says it is, and I am willing to donate to any legislator who is willing to pledge to get rid of that abominable bill.

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Bits of This and That

First, there's this post about military voters, and the strenuous effort to DIS-enfranchise them.  If you want to work together to stop this, check out the Facebook page, and offer your assistance in helping them to secure their vote - this SHOULDN'T be an issue - there has been legislation passed to eliminate barriers to military voting.

It takes a VERY determined party (I won't mention which one) to stop military voting.  Frankly, they should be ashamed of themselves - if they can't win honestly, they should accept their loss.

How do you feel about family members paying back a loan?  How does that relate to extension of unemployment benefits?
I want to get back to Mr. Chukalas, a father of two and a diligent, decent man for all I know. Again, he says, “If your brother or your sister needed something, you wouldn’t say, ‘When are you going to pay me back?’”
I don’t know about the Chukalas clan, but in my family and my wife’s family, and in most families I know, asking, “When are you going to pay me back?” isn’t so unimaginable. Sure, in a crisis, kin come to the rescue if they can. But they also usually expect to be repaid once everyone is back on their feet. Does Chukalas have any intention of paying taxpayers back once he gets a job?
Lots to do; I'll post more later.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'm Fried

I've been studying, preparing for a major test (Praxis).  It's not really my area of knowledge, but I need it to expand my license.  My eyes are tired, my brain is virtually non-functional, and I'm ready for some relaxation.

The blog posts can wait until after Saturday.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Israeli Boycott Advice For the Discerning

The following advice on Boycotting Israel comes from Sondra K, at Knowledge is Power.

Fair warning - everytime I hear one of these self-righteous antisemites pontificating about Israel being the WORST COUNTRY ON THE PLANET, it takes all the self-control I have not to Slap the Stupid out of them.

Please, share this as widely as you can - on Facebook, in emails, on your Internet-capable phone.



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Friday, July 16, 2010

Work As Beneath You

It's a very European notion - that work is beneath a civilized person.  It led to toleration of slavery societies (because, of course, the elite shouldn't have to work - good heavens, it's what God made the "little people" for).  It led to colonial societies led by Europeans, overseeing the labor of the "coolies".  It led to a very leisured society, full of non-functional dress, lengthy meals, and an exaggerated, complicated etiquette.  All designed to demonstrate the difference between those who had to work, and those who did not.  Who WOULD not, lest they lose their social status.

In America, it was always different.  Pretty much EVERYBODY worked.  Only the very wealthy did not physically labor.  Most of those did some work, even if only intellectual or non-manual (lawyers, businessmen, legislators).

Contrary to European tradition, many American youngsters worked in non-school time, without shame (dislike of it, sure, but not shame to be doing "menial work").  In my youth, I worked as:

  • file clerk
  • donut shop retail
  • babysitting
  • yard work
  • waitress
  • bartender
just to name a few of the jobs I've held.  There were compensations - freedom to spend my own money (and make financial mistakes while the consequences were low), pride in earning, experience getting along with bosses, learning responsibility for showing up and pulling my weight, and learning about people whose culture was different from my own.



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How is Torture Worse Than Execution?

Victor David Hanson is interviewed at Right Wing News about war and morality, as viewed from the West.  One point he made that resonated with me:

There has to be a Geneva code or whatnot. But when you start to be legalistic about war, you're going to create so many contradictions and hypocrisies and paradoxes because you're really taking the elemental violence and trying to adjudicate it as if it was dominoes.

So, for example, this country worked itself up over the waterboarding of three suspects that were being detained in Guantanamo. We knew in each case that they were responsible in some part for the 9-11 mass murders. We know they were waterboarded, but suddenly that translated in the campaign season to, "The United States embraces wide scale torture." At the same time in the last 18 months, we've probably killed around 700 in targeted assassinations. Perhaps over 100 civilians and one or two American citizens were killed and we were judge, jury and executioner. So once you get into this legalistic mode, these paradoxes that I referred to start to appear. It's OK to judge a suspected terrorist, as guilty. It's OK to pull the trigger and kill him by predator of remote assassination, but it's not OK to waterboard a known confessed terrorist. Most people would rather be waterboarded than have themselves and their children, everybody in the general vicinity, blown up. Yet we adjudicate one as moral and one as amoral depending on a pretty shaky logic. We're going to continue to do that more and more as we think that something is as unpredictable and savage as war must follow the same protocols as the health care plan or getting 500 channels on TV. When you get a lot of young people and you give them authorization to kill, you're going to see pretty savage things as a result.
This has been driving me crazy - why is no one else concerned about these targeted assassinations?  Absolutely NONE of the peace crowd has even NOTICED the actions by this administration.  Just because the delivery vehicle was a drone, doesn't make it right.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

This Makes Sense

I love IMAO (In My Arrogant Opinion).  Today, he offers a post that explains WHY leftists and liberals always back their guy, no matter what (crimes, evidence of brain damage, sluttiness, cluelessness, etc.).

His reasoning makes sense.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Who Is Behind the NYC Mosque?

Jihad Watch has the story - it won't surprise most of you.

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Why Shouldn't Obamacare Cover Free Birth Control?

Some have opposed the inclusion of abortion in the bill.  Few know that Obamacare MANDATES coverage of birth control.


So, what's the big deal?


That's a question that's answered, in great detail, by a National Review interview, with additional information about the hazards of teen sex.   Just a few eye-opening facts:
How much protection do condoms provide? The answer is more complicated than you think. While there is no doubt that proper use of condoms prevents some infections to some degree, and terms such as “highly effective” and “significant” are commonly used, condom effectiveness in preventing infection varies a good deal, depending on the bug. A recent study declared that condoms provided “moderate protection” against contracting herpes. What would you consider “moderate” protection against an incurable infection that can cause significant physical and emotional suffering? 80 percent? 60 percent? Think lower: It’s a 30 percent reduction with 100 percent condom use. Sex educators have an obligation to share these numbers with their students. I know of a case of suicide in a young man, a university student, where herpes played a real part in his depression and hopelessness. And yet a 30 percent decrease in the chances of transmission is considered “protection”? Not in my book.
 There's more, and you owe it to yourself to read it.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Something to Read If You Want to Understand Today's Politics

Some of it, I already knew.  I went to what I called a Very Liberal College (today, I would call it a Progressive-Leftist College), and the works of Coward-Piven were standard fare.  However, Horowitz makes the connections between the agitation of the 60's and the current political climate, including how George Soros is profiting from it all.

I decided to download the Kindle for Mac app, and read the book via the computer.  It's free (as is the Kindle for PC and other platforms), and easy to set up.  I've decided to eliminate clutter in my life, and hard copies of books are an easy solution to the problem.   They are also generally cheaper than the paper versions.

I'm also going to download the Blackberry Kindle - if you have a phone that can use Kindle, you can read the same books on both the phone and your computer.

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Friday, July 09, 2010

I'm Not Sure I like This

The campaign is called "Bring M All Home" - isn't that the slogan of the antiwar groups?  I'm thinking M & M corporation might want to re-think that ad.  Let them know what you think about it.
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Why Cleaning Up Voter Registration is VITAL!

There's a fascinating, if lengthy article about voter registration, and its impact on elections, at Intellectual Conservative.
...an election can be decided by a few votes. In 2004, the presidential race between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush was decided by a few hundred votes in Florida.



"While the news media perpetuated the assertion that Bush and the GOP 'stole' the election, it could very well have been illegal aliens voting in Florida that made the outcome so close," said former NYPD cop, now security firm owner, Sid Francis.
"Bush may have beaten Gore by more votes if illegals were excluded, since immigrants tend to vote for Democrats. Or Gore could have won decisively had there been prior screening before people were allowed into the voting booths," said Det. Francis.
"There was absolutely no mention in the mainstream media regarding suspected voter fraud by illegal or legal aliens. It was much easier for the agenda-driven newspeople to accuse Republicans of stealing the election," added Baker.
"Florida is not unique. Thousands of non-citizens are registered to vote in some states, and tens if not hundreds of thousands in total may be present on the voter rolls nationwide. These numbers are significant: Local elections are often decided by only a handful of votes, and even national elections have likely been within the margin of the number of non-citizens illegally registered to vote," said Hans A. von Spakovsky, a researcher at the Heritage Foundation.
"There is no reliable method to determine the number of non-citizens registered or actually voting because most laws to ensure that only citizens vote are ignored, are inadequate, or are systematically undermined by government officials. Those who ignore the implications of non-citizen registration and voting either are willfully blind to the problem or may actually favor this form of illegal voting," said Spakovsky, an expert on the subject of illegal aliens and immigration law, during an interview on Fox News Channel.
There's currently a push to have all national elections decided by the overall popular vote; by that standard, the most populous regions could overwhelm the sparsely populated ones.  Worse, since, in some states, the large cities are owned, body and soul, by corrupt Democrat political machines, who have no scruples about "voting the dead", we could essentially be out-voted by phantom voters.

The slogan of the National Popular Vote is "Every vote equal".  Well, that's NOT the way it will happen if they get their way.  Instead, the less scrupulous counties will overrun the ones that pay attention to legal restrictions, such as residency, immigration status, felony convictions, double residency, etc.



You need to visit the National Popular Vote site, and find out what your state legislators are doing.  I've downloaded SC-H-4201, which is the bill that's been sponsored in SC, and plan to familiarize myself with all the provisions of it.  After that, I'll be writing about it, and spurring others to contact legislators.  You can do the same, whether as a blogger, or via your email contacts.

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

It's Been a Long Haul, ...

But, after yammering about illegal immigration for several years, it seems that we are FINALLY seeing the fruits of our labors.
Rasmussen has data on what voters think about the federal government's suit against Arizona, which seeks to invalidate that state's new immigration enforcement law. By a 2 to 1 ratio (56 percent to 28 percent), those surveyed oppose that suit. Moreover, 61 percent would like to see a law such as Arizona's enacted in their state. That's up 6 points from two months ago.
I've been blogging about the subject for several years, working in concert (at times) with other organizations (Blogs for Borders, etc.).  Sometimes, I felt that I was one of a lonely few who saw the hazards of letting people walk across the border, and avail themselves of the PRIVILEGES of citizenship, with taking on the RESPONSIBILITIES.

To quote from that Chris Rock movie, "That ain't right."

What does it take to change people's minds?  Aside from the willingness to engage in discourse about the subject, it takes time.

A lot of time.

More time than most people are willing to dedicate.  It's no surprise to me; I've long read about the early days of the American Revolution.  The Adams (Samuel and John), Franklin, Jefferson, et al, spent many, many days and evenings talking about independence before they were able to reach what Malcolm Gladwell calls "The Tipping Point" - that time when the momentum is on the side of change.  At that point, it takes a strong, concentrated effort to stop the change - and it may not be possible.

I'm taking today to relax and bask in the moment.



Tomorrow, I'm going to re-double my efforts.  No use taking the situation for granted; the unexpected can always foil our plans.

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Finally! A Good Use for All Those 3rd World Condoms

For all that Liberals and Leftists talk about loving non-white people, they sure try hard to keep there from being any more of them in the 3rd World.  Many Africans and other recipients of Condom Aid complain that they can't get the more urgently needed medical supplies, while the shelves of clinics are well-stocked with condoms.



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The London School of Economics

I've long heard of that school, mostly when someone's educational credentials came up.  I don't know about you, but when I read that word "economics", my regard for their intellect immediately goes up.  Trained economists have to have a strong mathematics background - it's not a degree for the sort who wants to party in college.

I've only taken 1 economics course, Intro to Economics.  I took it as part of my Associates degree; at that time, I wanted to major in Business.

It was the most mind-numbingly boring class I ever took.  I don't know quite how you can make a course that focuses on money boring, but it surely was.  Thank God the instructor didn't teach sex ed - I'd have chosen celibacy.

But, to meander still more, the London School of Economics (LSE) isn't THAT kind of Econ school.  Instead, it offers degrees in all the social sciences - meaning that you can be a math moron, and graduate.

LSE is dedicated solely to the study and research of social sciences, and is the only university in the United Kingdom to be so. The School offers over 140 MSc programmes, 4MPA programmes, an LLM, 30 BScprogrammes, an LLB and 4 BA programmes (including International History and Geography).[40] LSE is only one of two British universities to teach a BSc in Economic History, the other being the University of Cambridge. Other subjects pioneered by LSE include anthropology, criminology, international relations, social psychology sociology and social policy.[41] Courses are split across more than thirty research centres and nineteen departments, plus a Language Centre.[42] Since programmes are all within the social sciences, they closely resemble each other, and undergraduate students usually take at least one course module in a subject outside of their degree for their first and second years of study, promoting a broader education in the social sciences.
Does it help to know that the school was founded by members of the Fabian Society?  Who, to my surprise, weren't rock afficianados (get it, Fabian?), but socialists.

The Fabian Society is a British intellectual socialist movement, whose purpose is to advance the principles of social democracy via gradualist and reformist, rather than revolutionary, means. It is best known for its initial ground-breaking work beginning late in the 19th century and continuing up to World War I. The society laid many of the foundations of the Labour Party and subsequently affected the policies of states emerging from the decolonisation of theBritish Empire, especially India. Today, the society is a vanguard "think tank" of the New Labour movement.
Gee, reformist, rather than revolutionary, means - whatever does that remind you of?

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If You Can Donate, Do

It's David against Goliath time in Chicago.  A woman is running for office, and the Chicago gangsters politicians are trying to knock her off the ballot.

Meet Cedra Crenshaw.



A few short weeks ago, I was a former accountant, auditor, and stay at home mom.  The trifecta of mortgage, marriage, and motherhood catapulted me into the conservative I am today.  A few Republican reformers noticed my local activism.  They asked me to fill an empty ballot spot against a Democratic incumbent State Senator who is a rubber stamp for the same Chicago Machine that put Obama in the White House.
Despite the fact that the district is 2-1 Democratic, my opponent’s party has hired one of the premier elections attorneys to attempt to knock me off the ballot on technicalities.  These same technicalities have been rejected in court wherever they have been tried.  This attorney has worked for the likes of Obama, Bill Clinton, Rahm Emanuel, etc. The Democratic board deciding the case has simply stalled.  They are attempting to run out the clock.  They have waited six weeks to merely decide if my opponent’s case has any merit.  For six weeks our campaign has been in limbo not knowing how they are going to decide on two simple points.  Time is of the essence in a campaign.  While I always knew that politics was an ugly sport, I was not prepared for the lengths the Democrats would go through to try and sabotage my campaign.  I was One Mom versus the Chicago Machine!
She goes on to explain how she's been getting support since the shenanigans of the Chicago Kleptocracy have been exposed.  If you have any money, send a dollar or two - now is when it would most help.

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

This is NOT Surprising - But, It IS Disheartening

I've been wondering just why Obama is working so hard to keep the Gulf Oil Spill from being cleaned up. Just getting to ban further off-shore drilling, and push Cap & Trade didn't seem like they were important enough goals.  After all, his ratings in polls have been diving for the bottom, and I couldn't believe that it didn't concern him (the ratings, silly, not the environmental or commercial damage).

This site may have the answer.  If true, it's grounds for impeachment.

Here's the fuller story - it's very long, but quite detailed.

I'm hoping this is just paranoia.  I'm actually hoping that there are not people so devoid of conscience, so lacking in morality and decency, as to deliberately despoil a region, bankrupt many residents, and destroy an economy, just for profit.

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Comparison of Frank Nitti and Santa Clause

Thomas Sowell compares Frank Nitti (Al Capone's enforcer) to Santa Claus.  How does he do that, you might ask?  He does so in the context of discussing the difference between Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

Guess which one the Democrats are - with YOUR money.

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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Celebrating the 4th of July

I read this post about the meaning of the 4th (like most Americans, when I use that date, I assume that EVERYONE will know which of the 12 monthly 4ths I am referring to).  John Adams thought that this would always be a date of wild celebration of their hard-won victory:
“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.  I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.  It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty.  It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.  You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not.  I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these States.  Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory.  I can see the End is more than worth all the Means.  And that Posterity will tryump in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
 Doncha just love that flowery stuff?

I spent the morning watching the West Park parade.  My daughter's mothers group (Pre-School PTA) was marching, and handing out information about the group's activities.  There were the Cleveland policemen, with the Bagpipe group.


[I'll upload the music later]

There were former military:


There were local groups, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, local schools and such.  There were a LOT of politicians (not unappreciated - they gave out some useful stuff - emery boards, notepads, magnets, as well as a lot of candy).  Almost all of the marchers give out candy - we refer to it as Halloween in July).

Here's my daughter in the purple shirt:



Here's the grandkids (2 of them):




As far as passing along the heritage, I think it's a family and community responsibility to make sure our children and grandchildren know what is so special about our country.  So, I'm adding some links to sites you might want to check out (or have the young ones do so).

Here's a person who is not afraid to speak his mind, even when it leads to criticism.

Founding Fathers.

The original documents - they're short, all Americans should read them.

Is it time for a NEW Declaration of Independence?  This man thinks so.

What place does Islam have in the USA?  There's a site that looks at some foundations of Islam AS IT IS PRACTICED that put Islam in conflict with American core principles.

The American Principles Project might spark some discussions, whether or not you agree with them.

A different spin on American principles, as they relate to economics.

Why core principles?  Although we enjoy incorporating other cultures into our traditions,  America is fundamentally about its citizens agreeing to abide by the general framework (voting, petitioning, respecting other citizens' rights, not using the power of government to run over citizens' rights, shared governance - decided by number of votes - 1 person, 1 vote, no set-asides for any groups, freedom to manage one's own personal affairs as long as they do not conflict with laws - these are just some of the basic principles).  If you can't work within that system, don't come here.  Don't expect us to change (i.e., allowing some citizens to have multiple spouses, tolerate denial of religious freedom, limiting citizen freedom of speech, etc.).

What the anti-Tea Party crowd doesn't understand is that Americans LIKE immigrants - the ones that followed the rules, and not those that broke the law, then expected special treatment.  The overwhelming majority of us are the descendants of immigrants.

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