...Virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone that renders us invincible. These are the tactics we should study. If we lose these, we are conquered, fallen indeed...
Patrick Henry (1736-1799) US Founding Father
Poor, poor Gene had no such quandary over his decision concerning the crucifix in W&M's chapel though he was reluctant to discuss it. Maybe Gene can reluctantly have "fellatio as art" demonstrations in the chapel, you know reluctantly. Demonstrations of first amendment rights are so hard for educators not to be involved with.
College of William and Mary President Gene Nichol gave students the go-ahead this morning to hold the controversial Sex Workers' Art Show on campus next month.
In a statement, Nichol said he tried to work with students to hold the event at a venue off the Williamsburg campus.
Students were unable to find an off-campus venue, however, and Nichol said the First Amendment and "defining traditions of openness that sustain universities" required he permit the show be held at the college.
"My views and the views of others in the community about the worth or offensiveness of the program can provide no basis for censoring it," he said.
What right does a community have to judge what is proper in their community? I bet Nichol would censor a discussion of whether community standards are really community standards or an all out assault on the 1st Amendment.
This academic clown should be the current deacon and president of Parsons University, complete with the shark in sun glasses and holding a beer can hanging on the wall behind his Formica desk and glowing statuette of George Washington's father, Plato.
Reluctant? Yeah, enjoy the spinning pasties, Gene. Wouldn't be right to censor those puppies, eh?
Devil with the blue dress, blue dress, blue dress Devil with the blue dress on Devil with the blue dress, blue dress, blue dress Devil with the blue dress on
Fee, fee, fi, fi, fo-fo, fum Look at Molly now, here she comes Wearin' her wig hat and shades to match She's got high-heel shoes and an alligator hat Wearin' her pearls and her diamond rings She's got bracelets on her fingers, now, and everything
Wearin' her perfume, Chanel No. 5 Got to be the finest girl alive She walks real cool, catches everybody's eye They got to be nervous, they can't say Hi Not too skinny, she's not too fat She's a real humdinger and I like 'em like that
Good golly, Miss Molly You sure like to ball Good golly, Miss Molly You sure like to ball It's late in the evenin' Don't you hear your mama call
From the early, early mornin' 'til the early, early nights See Miss Molly rockin' at the House of Blue Lights Good golly, Miss MollyYou sure like to ball While you're rocking and you're rolling Can't you hear your mama call
This is a photograph of Elvis, "I'm Evil" Presley and an under weight B.B. King sans "Lucille" back in the days of white and black cannot be together, but were every night. I played drums five hours a night, five nights a week, under contract for the true pleasure of watching black and white people dance and sway together each night. I felt like a king. It was wonderful.
All that racial separation never made the music or my friendships any less.
Of course, if Jessie "I'm a pimp for blackmail" Jackson finds out he'll pay someone to say it wasn't true just to sue somebody or try to blackmail a major corporation to pay to make him go away. He's a street punk with no street. Jessie Jackson is an uptown huckster with no class left.
That's why Jessie Jackson can never sit wonderfully and listen to Mahalia or Mississippi Fred and sip a sip and thank God for what is.
Ice tea and the good clean taste of this day are things he doesn't recognize anymore. No field trips on his agenda or those planned by his staff will reacquaint him with the mother that bore him.
She must, I think, weep over what a whore he has become as he pontificates each day.
I would this very day kill for tickets to listen to BB and Elvis together. It would be like sugar and salt.
Sans Mr. Parker, Elvis would rock still today. BB still does. Cray is sneaking up on him though.
If you believe in this sort of thing then you have to believe we just got screwed. It's not just Harry Reid's smug sagacity, Pelosi's poop eating grin or President Bush's look of sincerity.
It is Congressman Boehner's look. That look tells me we just got screwed. I don't know how, but even without knowing all the facts I know deep in my heart that we are hip deep in doodoo and we will probably never get out of it from the look on John Boehner's face.
If you know Congressman Boehner you'll know of what I speak. If you do not know Boehner, start getting to know him because he is a straight conservative shooter who knows his stuff inside and out. Look at his face.
What’s worse? That these things are occurring or that the media feels the need to print them?
How abnormal are these when viewed in a historical context as an aggregate. A politician lied? The Pope wants reporters to exhibit ethics when dealing with facts? Another group of faux muslims are using the Koran to show their faux rage? That governments find new and intrusive excuses to control citizens? Socialists such as Soros use their wealth to sully capitalism in America? Or is it odder and thus significant that a pop star is meeting with military leaders concerning how the military should do its job or is it odd at all that a shill such as Al Gore will try to up the ante on his prior dire lies by stating the problem is much worse than he ever realized.
The sky was falling and all Randolph Hearst could worry about was the Spanish threat resting before its storm broke against our shores. Really, it was the Maine event then just as Hearst’s bastard babies in the press stir the teapot now.
When are you guys going to start acting like you might have heard the term "conservative" and stop acting like Harry Pelosi is your prom date? President Bush, don't dance with them, sign the order and the hell with the 40% republican pork in the bill.
I read about this over on Tony Phyrillas' blog. It is a site that matches you to candidates based on the issues not based on your party affiliation. It's fun and the results are interesting because you can go issue by issue and find out where you differ from each candidate. My results show that even Fred Dalton Thompson is too liberal for me. Kucinich is literally from another planet, but who didn't know that.
1. Fred Thompson 96.30% match on issues. 2. Mitt Romney 93.31% match on issues. 3. Mike Huckabee 91.84% match on issues. 4. Rudy Giuliani 91.06% match on issues. 5. John McCain 86.96% match on issues. 6. Ron Paul7 9.05% match on issues. 7. Barack Obama 59.07% match on issues. 8. Hillary Clinton 55.78% match on issues. 9. John Edwards 53.69% match on issues. 10. Dennis Kucinich 42.27% match on issues.
Since everyone asks how can America and Americans be so cold hearted about poor Mexicans that just want to be honest citizens by illegally entering our country and either lying or acquiescing in lies to obtain employment just to support their family, I must ask why doesn't your government give a tinker's damn about you, you illegal alien?
Question: Why isn't Mexico taking care of its citizens? Why are we getting blamed because Mexico is not taking care of Mexicans?
We, Americans, send Mexicans 70 plus million dollars in foreign aid each year. Here in America we pay welfare, health and childcare to Americans displaced by illegal alien workers from Mexico billions of dollars in addition to our foreign aid to Mexico.
Also, here in America we pay health care as well as different forms of welfare and other costs directly and indirectly for or to illegal aliens each year. Yep, again in billions of dollars paid for illegal Mexicans right here in America in addition to the foreign aid we send Mexico each year. Doubt it? Visit an Omaha Nebraska emergency room on any Saturday night around midnight when English isn't understood. Or try Ohio, Massachusetts or, oh say Texas, New Mexico, Arizona or California which are states that Mexicans plan to take back into Mexico.
Illegal aliens, who are actually illegal Mexicans working illegally in America, love freedom and our opportunities so much that they send over $8 billion back to the ninos in Sonora. Not any to the IRS.
Now, Mexican politicians are upset that we are trying to protect our borders, jobs, hospitals, tax base and citizens. They are upset because it just isn't fair to Mexico and Mexicans.
A delegation of nine state legislators from Sonora was in Tucson on Tuesday to say Arizona's new employer sanctions law will have a devastating effect on the Mexican state.
At a news conference, the legislators said Sonora - Arizona's southern neighbor, made up of mostly small towns - cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools it will face as illegal Mexican workers here return to their hometowns without jobs or money.
The law, which took effect Jan.1, punishes employers who knowingly hire individuals who don't have valid legal documents to work in the United States. Penalties include suspension or loss of a business license.
Its intent is to eliminate or curtail the top draw for immigrants to this country - jobs. The Mexican delegation, members of Sonora's 58th Legislature, belong to the National Action Party (PAN), the party of Mexico's president, Felipe Calderón.
They spoke at the offices of Project PPEP, a nonprofit that provides job retraining for farmworkers and other programs.
The lawmakers were to travel to Phoenix for a Wednesday breakfast meeting with Hispanic legislators.
They want to tell them how the law will affect Mexican families on both sides of the border. "How can they pass a law like this?" asked Mexican Rep. Leticia AmparanoGamez, who represents Nogales.
"There is not one person living in Sonora who does not have a friend or relative working in Arizona," she said in Spanish.
"Mexico is not prepared for this, for the tremendous problems" it will face as more and more Mexicans working in Arizona and sending money to their families return to hometowns in Sonora without jobs, she said.
"We are one family, socially and economically," she said of the people of Sonora and Arizona. Amparano said the Mexican legislators are already asking the federal government of Mexico for help for Sonora.
Rep. FlorencioDiazArmenta, coordinator of the delegation, represents San Luis, south of Yuma, one of Arizona's agricultural hubs, which employs some 28,000 legal Mexican workers.
"What do we do with the repatriated?" he asked. "As Mexicans, we are worried. They are Mexicans but they are also people - fathers and mothers and young people with jobs" who won't have work in Sonora."
He said the Arizona law will lead to "disintegration of the family," as one "legal" Mexican parent remains in Arizona and the other returns to Mexico.
Mexican politicians are upset that America will not do their job of taking care of their own Mexican citizens? They pull out all the typical liberal crap to emphasize Mexican family, children and kindness without once asking about American families, our children or how far our kindness can be extended. Nor do they want to discuss the criminal aspect of the subject.
The only group more disingenuous than the simpering lying delegation of these Mexican politicians are those in this country that speak to the humanity of legislation only if it appears to unfavorably apply to their allies in crime from any country other than America.
Mexicans, please go home and ask your president and your government why they do not think you are human beings worth helping. Your own government should care a tad more about you than our foreign government.
You illegals, ever wonder why your Mexican government doesn't care about you as a Mexican citizen? It is because your government knows you're an expendable chit that can be spent in America because America will make your government a profit which they will never spend to help you as an illegal alien that risks your life to support a family that the Mexican government doesn't give a damn about.
We are fools. You are fools. Your Mexican government is screwing you blue. Go home and change your government and leave our's alone. I am, in fact we as a nation, are tired of dealing with you and your sorry ass story that is supposed to make us like you. If I showed up in your small village and took your job, got your benefits and had sex with your girl friend, would you like me? Didn't think so.
Sen. Ray Miller (D., Columbus), new minority leader in the Ohio Senate after a cloak and dagger peer hall putsch, seems to have some questionable dealings that had some Democrats scratching their heads after they helped him topple Sen. Teresa Fedor of Toodeelydoo.
As to the fundraising efforts of the dozen Dems in the Ohio Senate I would have to assume that only paying less than half your bill will make the ledger sheet appear more robust.
Miller owes Downtown hotel $26,000 Records show that the National Progressive Leadership Caucus, founded by Miller, hosted a dinner at the hotel and was billed $46,278. After an initial payment of $20,000, the remainder of the debt remained unpaid, the records show. Message were left with Miller's office and the hotel seeking further details.
The debt was not listed on Miller's 2007 financial disclosure form for the state, which covered calendar year 2006.
Public officials aren't required to report debt incurred during normal business activities. There is, however, a space on the form for listing all names under which an official and family members do business. Miller did not list the Leadership Caucus there, nor does it appear as a registered corporation, nonprofit or political entity in state or federal databases.
The Center for Urban Progress, which Miller listed as his employer in that year, failed to file its statement of continued existence in 2005 and had its business status canceled, state business filings show.
So the new minority leader started one group, was paid by another and neither are a real business in Ohio. I guess unreal businesses don't have to pay their bills nor do they have to follow the law concerning disclosure because since they're not real then their expenses and other obligations aren't real either. I have to wonder if Rev. Strickland was treasurer or just the financial advisor.
It is going to be an interesting year right here in the heart of it all.
Marcy Kaptur, our Ohio Congressperson, who as a politically progressive personage believes all Eloi capitalists are evil geniuses attempting to make all others into Morlocks who are only allowed to stoke the fires of hell that power the capitalism that has scorched and devastated our land.
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) may want to take a little more time reading the bios of congressional hearing witnesses.
At today's House Budget Committee hearing at which Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is testifying, Kaptur had just asked Bernanke this somewhat mind-boggling question: what did he think of the idea that Wall Street "bankers, fiananciers and board members" who contributed to the subprime mortgage mess be forced to "pay back" their salaries and bonuses to help pay for the economic stimulus package being discussed in Washington. At least she didn't ask him his view on perpetual motion machines.
Leading into her next question she said: "… Seeing as how you were the former CEO of Goldman Sachs…."
"No, no, no, you're confusing me with the Treasury Secretary, said a smiling Bernanke."
In short, Marcy, munchkins are munchkins and not all Elois are the same. Some Elois are created more equal than others. Apparently, so are some Morlocks such as Marcy who helped her "friend" avoid all the mess of a mortgage by buying a house for her.
Voting fraud is widespread, everywhere and right under your nose if you know where to look. Try looking under the welcome mat on The New World Order's front porch. Try looking deep into the eyes of The New World Order (TNWO) and you will see Ken Blackwell, legions of TNWO lawyers, and anybody with the last name Bush, but most especially George Herbert Walker Bush and George Walker Bush.
Look in TNWO's back room and right there between the black helicopters, various grassy knolls, a pile of loose change and wads of Saudi money is the voter fraud section complete with guidelines, confidentiality agreements and sets of Skull and Bones bottom flap pajamas for when voter fraud is relaxing at home. When home, voter fraud likes a cool Dos Equis. It helps to get acquianted with the new beverage of the North American Union once voter fraud has helped the Bush's help the NTWO to get their world-wide constitution completed. Once you've tried to lift this new constitution, a second Dos Equis may be in order.
Until then, we can only sit back and watch in awe of the depth and breadth of a conspiracy so large and organized that not one single vote is safe. Don't even mention the utmost secrecy involved. How do they do what they do?
First observation...-DieboldI was the first voter, I circled in Ron Paul and put my ballot into the machine. Spit it right back out and said INVALID BALLOT.
Second guy gives it a shot. INVALID BALLOT.
I begin argueing with the lady running the precinct about computer voting and people voting. This lady actually says in a room full of people that Computers are better at counting ballots than people, cause people make mistakes. who makes computers?
So to finish it up, she calls the township. she says I can keep my ballot in a secret compartment and they will put it through later once its fixed.
So they call her back. She gets off the phone. She says the manufacturer says there is a problem with a memory card. Someone from the manufacturer will be there with a new memory card soon.
Holy hell, it doesn't help that I just watched a damn documentary about DIEBOLD and MEMORY CARDS.
I immediately left and drive to the township office to voice my complaints. They must still be sleeping.
Newly ascendant Democrats may have hit roadblocks on Iraq and fiscal issues, but they have revamped congressional menus, replacing fatty, pre-made foods with healthier, gourmet alternatives. The once dreary congressional cafeterias now abound with haute cuisine.
The menu transformation is part of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Greening the Capitol” plan to make the House campus more environmentally friendly and socially progressive.
But there can be a downside to delicious. Not everyone is happy with the enhanced offerings. Many congressional employees have complained that as the food quality has increased, so have the prices.
“It’s a big jump from high school cafeteria to fancy-pants gourmet. I just wish my pay improved,” said Caryn Schenewerk, a staffer for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). A fruit and cheese side dish with two small wedges of brie and cheddar, six grapes, two saltines and one strawberry cost $4.95, for example. ...
House officials explained that the fresher and more varied foods were indeed more expensive but that they had tried to preserve low-cost alternatives such as pizza, sandwiches and prepared salads, which remain around the same price. Higher prices weren’t the only complaints.
One House Republican aide lobbed attacks at the Democrats over e-mail.
“I really don’t like Nanny Nancy telling me what I can and cannot eat for lunch. If I want to eat unhealthy, I should have that choice!” the aide fumed.
Republican aides have raised questions about why the cafeterias now stock Stonyfield Farm yogurt, speculating that the move would line the pockets of the company’s CEO, Gary Hirshberg, a significant player in Democratic politics. ...
And the recycling stations, oh, the recycling stations! They are veritable shrines to a renewable Earth, with four differently shaped slots to sort garbage and lengthy directions on proper sorting. Soup containers go into the square-shaped “compostable” slot, but soup lids end up in the rounded “landfill waste” slot. ...
Ventura said customers would have to change their behavior to accommodate the environmentally friendly products.
Questions and answers for a better you!
1) Dems can't create meaningful legislation? Go haute cuisine and brie!
2) Dems can't create meaningful legislation? Go green on campus and be socially progressive!
3) Dems increase the cost of living? Too bad. It's good for you whether you like it or not.
4) Citizens complain about price increases? Even though you are being forced into our better life style, we've kept some of your disgusting choices around to placate you. For window dressing and only for awhile.
5) Nanny Nancy? How dare you, you sexist! Go to your room! And no tax relief for a month for you buster!! Scoot! Go! Wait until you father gets home!
6) Dems build a better world in a bubble for show? Well, why not reward those that donated huge sums of money to make all this possible for us?
7) Dems build a better world in a bubble for show? How better to show our passion, our dedication to silly science than building a shrine to our blessed Mother Earth?
8) If you have a different opinion? Better modify your behavior or we will do it for you.
9) Thank us for a healthier life style for you. Don't we feel better?
10) Iraq, taxes, immigration and health care? We hope Bush and Cheney get clogged arteries.
DEVILISH DEBATE: CHURCH MOTION GETS THE NUMBER 666 Eyebrows were raised in Britain's House of Commons yesterday when a motion calling for the Church of England to be disestablished was listed with the number 666, symbol of the Antichrist. "This number is supposed to be the mark of the Devil. It looks as though God or the Devil have been moving in mysterious ways," said Bob Russell, a Liberal Democrat lawmaker among those proposing the motion for debate.
"What is even stranger is that this motion was tabled last night when MPs were debating blasphemy," he added.
The motion calls for an end to the formal link between church and state in England - embodied in the Queen, who is both head of state and head of the Church of England.
After an hour-long television interview critiquing Sen. Barack Obama, Hillary Clintonwent to an African American church, where the only words she had for her democratic rival -- were of praise.
Soon after little Barack got back from the river where he had been collecting wood to make a drum, Hillary Clinton, Empress of her new world, had this to say to her adoring fans globally;
"We never thoughtwe would see the day when an African-American and a woman were competing for the presidency," Clinton said. "I am so proud of my party I am so proud of my country and I am so proud of Sen. BarackObama."
Obviously hoping that Barack can one day grow into her bustier shoes, Empress Hillary glowed as her husband, William Jefferson Clinton, patted Barack on the head and praised his race for accepting government programs designed to help them become something they have historically been unable to achieve on their own.
"We, together, you blacks, whatever, voters, will overcome" proclaimed Hillary Clinton as William Jefferson Clinton enthusiastically nodded his darkened head up and down, "Deep in my heart, I do believe, with enough money we can make you achieve, vote for me, yo'all can see that I have don my part on down here where yo have been forced to live."
Clinton went on to say that she was shocked that someone like Obama who had benefited from her so many government programs addressing racial disparities to improve their chances, would stoop to racism attempting to discuss the future of all Americans just win the presidency. In the past Clinton has repeatedly pointed out that she would never use sex, race or religion in any political campaign.
"There's that mutuality of respect between people where you don't see people as percentage points. Where you don't manipulate people. Where you're not interested in social engineering for people. The struggle for an integrated life existing in an atmosphere of communal trust and respect is one with desperately important political and social consequences."
A wag in the wings quoted Obama as saying, "I got your upper middle class mutuality right here." Obama's grandmother, when asked, wasn't clear on what Barack meant by his middle class remark, but did ask, "Didn't Hillary defend those murderers up east when she was still learning at that fancy college her parents sent her?"
No Wellesley College or Yale University spokesmen could be found to comment though the corpse of Barry Goldwater did a point 6 difficult backward flip within his coffin saying, "Christ Almighty, who found this bitch?"
No one can argue with the fact that Hillary Clinton is a racist by her own logic and those of her liberal camaraderie. Black people cannot be racist by the very color of their skin. To imply so is a racist statement in itself. Ergo, Barack Hussein Obama cannot be a racist. Since the argument is about racism that leaves only Hillary Clinton.
Will Hillary get Robert Byrd of West Virginia to introduce her to an Ayrian Nation recruiter?
Not withstanding that William Jefferson Clinton of Hope Arkansas was the first black president of the United States of America, Hillary Rodham Clinton-Rodham might want to check the Liberal Thesaurus of Acceptable Phrases and Loving Vocabulary for future reference before she goes off script.
Clinton burst out cackling laughing on Timmy Russert's Showwhen asked if her invented “vast right-wing conspiracy" still exists.
“Oh, I don’t know,” she said. “I haven’t paid much attention to it for about 10 years. I really don’t have any idea. ... I’m just too busy to worry about that.”
Mz Clinton went on to say what a really good guy BarackObama is except when he lies and is a tool of the vast right wing conspiracy those that prefer a real black man who is obviously unqualified to be president rather than an all knowing, ready out of the box, empress like, say, Hillary Clinton.
Michigan Democrats should vote for Mitt Romney, because if Mitt wins, Democrats win. How so?
For Michigan Democrats, the Democratic primary is meaningless since the DNC stripped the state of all its delegates (at least temporarily) for violating party rules. Hillary Clinton is alone on the ballot.
But on the GOP side, this primary will be fiercely contested. John McCain is currently enjoying the afterglow of media love since his New Hamsphire victory, while Iowa winner Mike Huckabee is poised to do well in South Carolina.
Meanwhile, poor Mitt Romney, who’s suffered back-to-back losses in the last week, desperately needs to win Michigan in order to keep his campaign afloat. Bottom line, if Romney loses Michigan, he’s out. If he wins, he stays in.
And we want Romney in, because the more Republican candidates we have fighting it out, trashing each other with negative ads and spending tons of money, the better it is for us. We want Mitt to stay in the race, and to do that, we need him to win in Michigan. Two polls the last couple of days show a tight race: Strategic Vision (R) shows Romney within striking distance with 20 percent to McCain’s 29 (Huckabee is third with 18), while Rossman Group shows Huckabee with the lead — 23 percent to Romney’s 22 and McCain’s 18. Now here’s the thing — without a real Democratic contest on the ballot, and a lack of party registration in Michigan, this is an open primary. Anyone can pick up a Republican ballot. So Michigan Democrats and independents who want to see the Republican battle royale continue should just take a few minutes on Tuesday, January 15th to cast a ballot for Mitt Romney in the Republican primary.
If you know someone in Michigan, send them the email I’ve included below the fold. If you don’t know someone in Michigan, send the email to your liberal friends and see if THEY have friends in Michigan. Get the word out, whether by blog, mailing list, MySpace or Facebook page, or whatever.
If we can help push Mitt over the line, not only do we help keep their field fragmented, but we also pollute Romney’s victory. How “legitimate” will the Mittster’s victory look if liberals provide the margin of victory? Think of the hilarity that will ensue. We’ll simply be adding fuel to their civil war, never a bad thing from our vantage point.
Liberals like Kos would whine and cry like wittle babies if mean old Republicans upset their process to make America what they want it to be.
But if I go outside, I might offend the smokers St. Louis-area town considers proposal that would ban swearing in bars What the ...? A St. Louis-area town is considering a bill that would ban swearing in bars, along with table-dancing, drinking contests and profane music.
City officials contend the bill is needed to keep rowdy crowds under control because the historic downtown area gets a little too lively on some nights.
So, this law would give law enforcement another tool to control the uncontrollables, if they choose. Does that mean selective enforcement, say like hearing the other way when an off duty buddy swears after one drink too many Boiler Makers or arresting a person the cop just doesn't like the looks of over a damn or hell?
I am a big fan of the police. I am not a big fan of the police as judge over which laws to enforce or not enforce. I am no fan of cheap suit feel good laws that aren't meant to be uniformly enforced.
Under this law, if I was a cop, I would make mass arrests for any bartender, owner or customer that played Nine Inch Nails. I hate crappy music.
According to the first poll results on FOX News 38% of responders believe Ron Paul won the Republican debate in Myrtle Beach, SC tonight. (Now they're posting 35%. HEY, you RonPaulians are slacking off. Don't stop at voting 10 times. You all can count to 20 can't you?)
Even Ron Paul knows he lost the debate and any hope he may have had to make a difference.
Look for him to do a loser thing and run as an Independent. Just like Ralph Nader and another Texas loser, Ross Perot.
I believe I am more right to support Fred Thompson after the debate this evening.
Mad is a little short on logic, but not partisanship.
UPDATE: This Ain't Hellhas some excellent thoughts on Chairwoman Halfbright:
Um. Damn, that is just halfway stupid isn’t it? Yes, we need to know what other nation’s interests are, but, the President’s job is NOT to cater to the wishes of foreigners. I guess Albright could be an authority on the interests of North Korea…
I attended a central committee meeting and came home to watch the SC debate. I really meant to wait until the debate was over to ascertain what had been said by the candidates, but Ron Paul beat the Christmas rush and is proving he is completely incapable of being the president of the United States of America..
I'd never been to Seth's site before, but I'm glad I did because we share some similar thoughts. I'm pretty sure we didn't work together to get Ronald Reagan elected, but we just may have crossed paths through charitable non-profits. In the worlds of foundations and campaigns there is a constant; if it worked before it works now. Unfortunately, as Seth's blog shows, it no longer is the reality of non-profits. It is also no longer the reality of today's campaigning.
I gave at the office Mark Rovner has an insightful post about the current state of fundraising and non-profits. The short version: most big charities are based on direct mail fundraising, and as you're read here before, direct mail is dying. What to do? I'll start with the bad news: I despair for most of the top 50 non-profits in the US. These are the big guys, and they're stuck. Unlike the Fortune 100, not known for being cutting edge in themselves, the top charities rarely change... if you're big, you're used to being big and you expect to stay big. That means that generation after generation of staff has been hired to keep doing what's working. Big risks and crazy schemes are certainly frowned upon. The good news is this: the Internet is not a replacement for direct mail fundraising. It is, in fact, something much bigger than that for just about every non-profit. As soon as commerce started online, many non-profits discovered lots of income from their websites. This was mistakenly chalked up to brilliant conversion and smart marketing. In fact, it was just technologically advanced donors using a more convenient method to send in money they would have sent in anyway. The big win is in changing the very nature of what it means to support a charity. The idea of "I gave at the office" and of giving money in the last week in December speaks to obligation. Many people donate to satisfy a guilty feeling, or to please a friend. This doesn't scale. Not one bit. It's super easy to ignore a direct mail solicitation when all you have to do is hit delete and no one notices. The big win is in turning donors into patrons and activists and participants. The biggest donors are the ones who not only give, but do the work. The ones who make the soup or feed the hungry or hang the art. My mom was a volunteer for years at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, and there's no doubt at all that we gave more money to the museum than we would have if they'd sent us a flyer once a month. The internet allows some organizations to embrace long-distance involvement. It lets charities flip the funnel, not through some simple hand waving, but by reorganizing around the idea of engagement online. It means opening yourself up to volunteers, encouraging them to network, to connect with each other, and yes, even to mutiny. It means giving every one of your professionals a blog and the freedom to use it. It means mixing it up with volunteers, so they have something truly at stake. This is understandably scary for many non-profits, but I'm not so sure you have a choice. Do you have to abandon the old ways today? Of course not. But responsible stewardship requires that you find and empower the mavericks and give them the flexibility to build something new, not to try to force the internet to act like direct mail with free stamps.
Fundraising is the major force behind campaigns and Ron Paul has shown, for example, how the Internet can be utilized as an easier and faster tool to not just raise funds, but get headlines. That fellow in Nigeria that keeps notifying me of the $25o Million he wants to give me is another example of raising funds over the Internet. As Seth points out this isn't new thinking, it is just new technology and a technology that all campaigns will eventually use.
Good ideas can spread into campaigns. Campaigns can domino into a larger effort capable of winning. Funding is only the start. Networking, thinking outside of the box, ignoring time and distance,and allowing volunteers to become local experts and to disseminate the message locally, statewide and nationally. These are the are ways to build a campaign. More importantly, it is a way for the campaign to retain and utilize volunteers to win.
Every campaign needs funding and every volunteer effort needs some ability to fund itself. When these ingredients are put together campaigns become viable. Just as small business is the lifeblood of the economy, volunteers are the lifeblood of winning campaigns. If the product is good.
We have protesters that on a daily basis decry the inhuman policies of the United States against those that only want to work and be good citizens even though they are here illegally. Why have the protesters and their propaganda experts not protested against the government of Mexico and those in Central and South America for abandoning their people?
This is only one example of the protest movement as a lie. What kind of government forces their people to pick lettuce in America instead of near their homes in their native country? A government that cares little of its people.
Below is an article from Pajama Mediathat is about Europe. Here, we only need to look at major cities and universities across our country to see a Lie Movement that ignores political reality because it is much more comfortable to have a comfy coffee shop nearby to relax in after one's protest against our system that allows them to protest conveniently.
Similarly, in October 2006 London’s Whitechapel Art Gallery removed erotic works by the surrealist Hans Bellmer. According to the curator, “the motive was simply to not shock the population of the Whitechapel neighborhood, which is partly Muslim.” The pictures were pulled merely one week after a Berlin opera house had cancelled — then sheepishly reinstated — performances of Mozart’s Idomeneo, in which the title character grandstands with the severed heads of Poseidon, Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed. Needless to say, the severed heads of Poseidon, Buddha, and Jesus were never an issue.
AmirTaheri has compiled other disturbing cases from across the continent: German carnivals prohibiting costumes that might look “Islamic,” Spanish towns canceling traditional festivals marking the victory over the Moors, the blacklisting of books deemed critical of Islam, and the removal from public view of illuminated manuscripts that feature images of Mohammed.
To those that protest, a few questions that all have a different answer than a simple, United States.
Why are there:
No protests against a government that has forgotten them No protest against a government that tortures No protest against a government that kills its own citizens No protest against a government that lies to the people No protest against a government that legalizes rape No protest against a government that, as policy, uses mass murder No protest against a government that sends its people to their death No protest against a government that purposely impoverishes the people No protest against a government that plans the subjugation of its people and other nations No protest against a government that has racism as an international policy No protest against a government that funds lies by artists and educators
Comparing President Bush to Hitler is not only childish, but politically, morally and historically ignorant.
This speaks for itself. (See UPDATE I for the Love For Ron Lobby response)
UPDATE II RON PAUL HAS ISSUED THIS STATEMENT:
“This story is old news and has been rehashed for over a decade. It's once again being resurrected for obvious political reasons on the day of the New Hampshire primary.
“When I was out of Congress and practicing medicine full-time, a newsletter was published under my name that I did not edit. Several writers contributed to the product. For over a decade, I have publically taken moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name.”
Excuse me, but did Ron Paul, who wants to be POTUS, just say that he wasn't paying enough attention when some fall guy was plastering the nation with hate, racism and anti-Semeticism in his name? Geez, is that supposed to make me feel better?
I might add, on a personal note, that as a libertarian with significant sympathy for Paul’s platform, I initially viewed claims of his past history of racism skeptically. But the evidence is so overwhelming that the defense of Paul is now, itself, indefensible.
Some Quotes: “I think we can safely assume that 95% of the black males in that city [Washington, D.C.] are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”
“The cause of the riots is plain: barbarism. If the barbarians cannot loot sufficiently through legal channels (i.e., the riots being the welfare-state minus the middleman), they resort to illegal ones, to terrorism.” “If this walking bomb had gone off, it would have demolished the House Chamber and most of the congressmen in it. Yet this attempted terrorist attack was buried by the media. Why? Because the perpetrator was an undoubtedly mad Israeli, furious over alleged slights to his country… [T]he Israeli lobby deep-sixed the story, and no one outside of Congress ever head about it.”
UPDATE: Below are the first 15 comments on the NR site with the story about Ron Paul mentioned above. The NR is not the point here really, it is the response of Ron Paulians who haven't a clue. I truly hope Paul's quotes are out-of-context, misquotes or whatever the Ron Paul Lovein Lobby is saying these days, but they can't claim that about their comments pasted all over the inner tubies.
Posted by Ken 1 of 432 warn tnrrespond Unfortunately, your information is simply that propaganda that is misleading, inaccurate, and definitely with a political agenda. I am ashamed that I read your entire post. Moreover, you contradict yourself. Van Meses was a jew- so how can Dr. Paul be an anti-Semite. Do ytou research thoroughly without a political agenda and you will see that your are way off. Thank you very much but no thank you. Note: I am Hispanic and I despise smears.
Posted by teplukhin2you 2 of 432 warn tnrrespond THANK YOU, Mr Kirchick. Nice to see TNR back in the muckraking business-- Ryan Lizza's shoes are being filled. Appreciate especially your diligence in actually getting away from the modem and schlepping out to Lawrence KS to comb through old newsletters and do what we expect journalists to do. ------------------------------------------------------ Doesn't fully atone for this abortion of a website revamp, but you guys are making a start. I'll renew my subscription.
Posted by Chris 4 of 432 warn tnrrespond Ah, the old Ghostwritten Newsletter Smear with some guilt by association thrown in. Must be that time of the month... So how is being a Giuliani shill going for you after that 4% in Iowa? Bad? It appears so.
Posted by lavaman 5 of 432 warn tnrrespond Where's your bibliography? I'd like to know the exact name, issue number, article title, etc. that each of these quotes were taken from. Posted by Tom Demas 6 of 432 warn tnrrespond Yeah.. Paul's a closet racist...sure...dude you surprise me..I thought you guys although misguided policy wise would at least acknowledge that Paul has been consistent philisophically.
Posted by TJ 7 of 432 warn tnrrespond I thought all of these accusations had already been delt with?
Posted by paul 8 of 432 warn tnrrespond haha that's all you got. Your bark was bigger than you bite.
Posted by Antony 10 of 432 warn tnrrespond Horrible photo... Paul looks angelic, not like this ultra-close distortion.
Posted by Lucinda 11 of 432 warn tnrrespond I come from Hispanic decent and have met Dr. Paul. With that said how dare you say these things without research. This is not what the man stands for. Why don't people in the media realize all he wants to do is follow the constitution?
Posted by Richard 12 of 432 warn tnrrespond If he's a minority owner, then it's impossible that he wrote this. It's like blaming the Forbes Family for everything written in Forbes Magazine, or blaming Opera for everything written in O magazine!
Posted by ralphnelle 13 of 432 warn tnrrespond Outstanding investigative journalism.
Posted by S. Kristol 14 of 432 warn tnrrespond I see a lot of inference and innuendo, but not much in the way of solid evidence. Is it because I haven't learned the secret language or don't have the my receiver tuned to the right transmitter?
Posted by Bob 15 of 432 warn tnrrespond Or..... You could just be a rabid Romney supporter who likes to take things out of context in ad-hominem attacks against someone you see as threatening to take support away from your focus-grouped neo-con wannabe candidate.
Read all 432 comments listed if you can. If you can, maybe you should vote for "Lovey", aka Ron Paul.
At two in the morning on May 27, 1911 workers worked in Dreamland's Hell Gate attraction, preparing it for opening day only a few hours away. A few light bulbs burst, buckets of tar were tipped over and shortly Hell Gate was engulfed in flames. The fire spread quickly to the rest of the park. Dreamland burned through the next day. Fire companies came to the scene, but the wind's direction calmed a fire that could have otherwise engulfed the island. Coney Island icons like Thompson's Scenic Railway, the Iron Tower and all of Dreamland were destroyed. The park burned for 18 hours. The lathe & plaster structures were very flammable and the Dreamland tower was so bright it was seen in Manhattan (and that was in a period when the city's buildings averaged around only ten stories tall). Ironically, William H. Reynold's greed could have been the undoing of the park. He set down Dreamland so fast that the city did not have time to pull up their fire hydrants. The firemen reported serious issues of low pressure, which could have come from the dozens of hydrants leaking water amongst the ruins.
I have always been fascinated by Coney Island and places like it. Maybe I was so enamoured because under no circumstances was I ever allowed to go. I stayed quite often with a friend who's family had a beautiful place at Buckeye Lake, but the amusement park there was breathing its last breath, so it doesn't really count.
The Cottage at Culloden - Field quarters used by government forces
Welcome to Culloden Very few place names stir stronger emotions than Culloden. When Scots hear it they think of more than just a location: the moor in the north of Scotland just to the east of Inverness. They think of the death of an era, a noble world view and a civilisation. They think of a heroic last stand against vastly superior forces, of claymores, blood soaked tartan, of religion, nationhood and the price of modernity. The connection between Culloden and all of these images and ideas is remarkable, especially if we consider that the event which connects them to this moor lasted less than half an hour: the Battle of Culloden, 16th of April, 1746. No other event in the history of Scotland has come to mean so much to so many. ... In retreat the 5000 strong army was hounded by an 8000 strong government force right into the heart of the Highlands at Inverness. The decision by the Jacobite commanders to stand and fight on Culloden Moor, 5 miles to the east, has to go down as one of the greatest shows of incompetence in military history. The Jacobites were not just outnumbered, outgunned, exhausted and malnourished but had marshalled their men on open ground: easy targets for the long range government artillery. Driven by bombardment into a wild attack of men who know they are about to die, they charged sword in hand and were mown down in less than half an hour, most without ever reaching the government lines. When the battle was over government troops went on a rampage, indiscriminately arresting or killing everyone they came across. Bonnie Prince Charlie was amongst those to escape.
For Webutante who has the great fortune to have a son she loves and the good fortune to be visiting Scotland. Scotland beat the English. They were so rude to Rome that Hadrian built a wall to keep them in Scotland. The Scottish also gave us possibly the two greatest banes known to man, golf and Haggis. It is fully possible that the first Haggis may have been made possible by a frustrated Scotsman slaughtering a sheep with a nine iron.
Being that you are a lady, I will suggest that you only read the ingredients alone or with close friends.
The fact that I am not a haggis addict is probably due to my having read Shakespeare. It is the same with many Englishmen. There is no doubt that Shakespeare has rather put us off the stuff.... You remember the passage to which I refer? Macbeth happens upon the three witches while they are preparing the evening meal. They are dropping things into the cauldron and chanting "Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog," and so on, and he immediately recognises the recipe. "How now, you secret, black and midnight haggis," he cries shuddering.
This has caused misunderstandings and has done an injustice to haggis. Grim as it is, it is not as bad as that-- or should not be. What the dish really consists of -- or should consist of -- is the more intimate parts of a sheep chopped up fine and blended with salt, pepper, nutmeg, onions, oatmeal, and beef suet. But it seems to me that there is a grave danger of the cook going all whimsey and deciding not to stop there. When you reflect that the haggis is served up with a sort of mackintosh round it, concealing its contents, you will readily see that the temptation to play a practical joke on the boys must be almost irresistible. Scotsmen have their merry moods, like all of us, and the thought must occasionally cross the cook's mind that it would be no end of a lark to shove in a lot of newts and frogs and bats and dogs and then stand in the doorway watching the poor simps wade into them....
An odd thing--ironical, you might say-- in connection with haggis is that it is not Scottish. In an old cook book, published 1653, it is specifically mentioned as an English dish called haggas or haggus, while France claims it as her mince (hachis) going about under an alias. It would be rather amusing if it turned out that Burns was really a couple of Irish boys named Pat and Mike.
To paraphrase Waylan and Willie, "Mothers don't let you babies grow up to eat Haggis."