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So multiple times i've heard socialists say jesus was a socialist. As you may have heard, kasich (i know, he's a republican candidate) recently quoted matthew 25 "for i was hungry and you fed me, for i was sick and in prison and you took care of me", etc.)

What he doesn't understand is that there's a difference between charity and socialism. Last time i checked, the salvation army doesn't put a gun to your face in order for you to put that change in the bucket and socialists and communists don't say, "oh, you can give most of your things to us if you want to, whenever you have a chance".


So to those that say jesus was a socialist, charity is voluntary and socialism is forced redistribution. The socialists' doublethink here is saying jesus was one of them while the majority of them are atheists. Basically, they're saying a God they don't even believe in in the first place is one of them.
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I figured i'd let you all know there's a new group i started called against_pc.

I'm pretty lax on the rules there for now but IT DOES NOT MEAN WE STOP POSTING ON THIS GROUP. I figured you guys would like the against_pc group since it's all about ranting about political correctness and how it's gone mad. Even some liberals have seen the light about pc but not enough unfortunately.

Anyway, i was just letting you guys know about the group if any of you are interested. :)
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...He would be sending single men to Mosques to marry one another today, in order to make a point.

Discuss?
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First of all, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the church shooting in south carolina.

Anyway, the left is already calling it a hate crime (it's only been hours) assuming a white man did it. However, some think the suspect may not be white. They're trying to pull a trayvon here (like when they called zimmerman white when he was biracial).

https://www.yahoo.com/news/police-release-images-gunman-black-south-carolina-church-101910656.html


Anytime there's a white-on-black crime, the races are in the headline. Is it when it's the other way around or any other race? No. Am i saying one's worse than the other? No!


Point is, the left are dangerously obsessed with race, especially since obama became president. They have divided this country in a way not seen since the civil war. Now cops' lives are destroyed for doing their job (and a few are even killed), the rioters are being bailed out of prison so they can loot again, and this administration has shown nothing but disdain for our law enforcement officers and cherry-pick which laws to follow. They have made racism a one-way street and this is their idea of "progress".



If you remember in 2009, eric holder wanted new hate crime legislation that would NOT protect whites or christian ministers based on "historical oppression".


Source:

http://patriotupdate.com/articles/hate-crimes-legislation-racial-identity-politics-institutional-racism-left/

In other words, another ploy to make whites and christians feel guilty over things they shouldn't feel guilty over as they had nothing to do with it (like slavery).



The way the democrats divided this great nation makes my blood boil. I hope al sharpton et al goes to jail for the rest of his worthless life.


When will this madness end?
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So we already know Hillary is a pathological liar and has repeatedly covered up things like Benghazi, her horrible foreign policy, secret emails and charities (just to name a few). Of course, the mainstream media will obsess with her and cover for her 24/7, with her even going as far as not talking to reporters (except the hand-picked ones that would literally kiss her behind if she told them to).

It's quite something when hillary rarely has press conferences (no doubt as to why) and now she's starting to boot some of them from them.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/06/16/reporters-covering-hillary-clinton-have-some-sharp-words-for-her-campaign-after-unacceptable-move/



What else is she hiding? Is her campaign one tough question away from falling apart? What will dead broke Hillary do next? This is one of the main reasons why the accomplished former secretary of state (sarcasm by the way) should never be president. One AA President was bad enough. A second one aka Hillary? God help us all. I hope the Republicans field a candidate that has the guts to stand up to her!
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Snagged from melvin_udall

$585,719 study to combat violent extremism

    The Department of Justice is concentrating on “far-right” groups in a new study of social media usage aimed at combatting violent extremism.

    The Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Michigan State University $585,719 for the study, which was praised by Eric Holder, the former attorney general, earlier this year.

    “There is currently limited knowledge of the role of technology and computer mediated communications (CMCs), such as Facebook and Twitter, in the dissemination of messages that promote extremist agendas and radicalize individuals to violence,” according to the NIJ grant. “The proposed study will address this gap through a series of qualitative and quantitative analyses of posts from various forms of CMC used by members of both the far-right and Islamic extremist movements.”

    The study draws more upon right-wing forums than upon the corners of the web inhabited by Islamist extremists.

    “We will collect posts made in four active forums used by members of the far-right and three from the Islamic Extremist community, as well as posts made in Facebook, LiveJournal, Twitter, YouTube, and Pastebin accounts used by members of each movement,” the grant said.


I have seen people on LJ calling for the death of US citizens, but they were always democrats. What will they come up with next?

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While we conservatives know not to buy anything from obvious liberal establishments like starbucks and chrysler, what about pac-sun and a tattoo parlor in oklahoma? Here's why:

Pac-sun sold shirts with upside-down flags on them over memorial day weekend. Obviously it wasn't because they were in distress. At least they removed them.


Norman Tattoo decided to not serve cops because they, like most liberals, have a chip on their shoulder. The owner claimed bring violence and intimidation wherever they go. Seriously? So after complaining about gays not being served, they do the same to the police? The left's hypocrisy knows no bounds!


Anyway, here are the links to both stories:


http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/05/pacsun_to_stop_selling_upside-.html


http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/05/25/tattoo-shops-message-to-both-bikers-and-cops-sparks-anger-police-will-not-be-served/
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Hurray! It is election season! The time of year where political ads spam our televisions, phone lines, and mail boxes. At least this cycle it is only Congressional races we have to worry about. Oh, I forgot, Hillary Clinton started her 2016 campaign last month.

On that note, let's talk about a very specific election race in Louisiana. The race for Mary Landrieu's Senate seat. As you can infer from my title, it is my contention that Mary Landrieu will retain her Senate seat after the 2014 midterm elections. Before I give you my analysis on why, we need to look at some background points..

1. The Scheme

The first point deals with the Republican Party's scheme. According to Bloomberg News last month, in order to gain control of both branches of Congress the Republican party must win 6 Senate seats. As a result, there are a list of 6 targeted seats currently held by Democrats. Mary Landrieu's seat is at the forefront of this list because she is the only Democratic Senator from the Deep South (Texas to South Carolina and Florida to Tennessee). The Republican Party wants to evict Senator Landrieu from her seat to not only gain one step closer to a majority but also to monopolize the Deep South.

2. The Players

Now let's look at the candidates in this Senate race. First of all, there is Mary Landrieu, who is the incumbent. According to TV ads run by Republican super PAC's (Political Action Committees), she has voted in accordance with President Obama 97% of the time. Secondly, there is Bill Cassidy the challenger. He is officially endorsed by the Republican party both symbolically and economically. He is recently coming off of a term in the House of Representatives. But these are not the only two candidates, Robert Maness is the Dark Horse (not to be confused with Katy Perry's hit single), or otherwise known as the spoiler candidate. He is a retired Air Force colonel, according to New Orleans' newspaper the Times-Picayune. Additionally, he is endorsed by the Tea Party, the well-known branch of the Republican ideology. His presence complicates the dynamic of this election.

3. The Polls

The Huffington Post conducted polls two weeks ago and found that Cassidy had 46% of the vote, Landrieu 43%, and Maness 11%. What this means is that none of the candidates have a majority of the votes, which is needed for an outright victory. But if Cassidy is leading why will Landrieu win. There is one reason.

VOTE SPLITTING

This is when two candidates split their party's votes causing the opposing candidate to win. Learn MoreCollapse )

There are couple of reasons this will happen.

1. Louisiana's Political Dynamic

Although not everyone in Louisiana is a gun-toting redneck the political dynamic is geared towards ultra-conservativism (with the exception of New Orleans). Rob Maness appeals to this demographic because he is a Tea Partier. As a result, votes will be drawn away from Bill Cassidy.

2. Unified Democratic Ticket

Former Louisiana Governor Edwards (D) was planning on contesting for the seat but he backed out and threw his support behind Landrieu. This means that all Democratic voters will most likely vote for Landrieu giving here the unanimous Democratic backing.

3. Negative Campaigning

If you live in Louisiana then you are aware of all the ads run by Landrieu and Cassidy against each other. They have thrown every conceivable punch in a 30 second segment. But Rob Maness has not been attacked in any way only supported by his own commercials. This means Republian voters are left with an untainted view of Maness and a convoluted view of Cassidy. This will only increase the effects of vote splitting.

As we can see Landrieu has all of the variables in place for her victory. The only solution to the Republican's vote splitting problem is if (1) Maness drops out, which is highly unlikely or (2) a run-off occurs between Cassidy and Landrieu. In that run-off, Tea Party voters would most definitely favor Cassidy giving him the victory. However, Landrieu has enormous resources and is primed for her 4th senate term.

It is almost impossible to predict political outcomes, so in this case I hope I am wrong.
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http://news.yahoo.com/justice-department-to-investigate-baltimore-police-for-civil-rights-violations-133949380.html



How about investigating all these riots or Al Sharpton's tax evasion? Oh, that's right, the liberals gave them the ok to loot and riot because holder believes hate crimes are a one-way street, the black community's problems are because of "whitey", and the gentle giants who died had their hands up and were running away. Lies lies and damned lies. Not only that, but whenever the media reports these things, they always say "WHITE cop shoots BLACK kid/man" but never when it's the other way around. The left has blood on their hands for enabling thugs to kill several cops. Blue lives matter too. The point is, i don't care about race even if you're purple, but those that live like thugs die like thugs. Harsh but true.



I know, what i said is common knowledge among conservatives but when you're a conservative who lives in ultra blue union land, lives and goes to school with almost all liberals and barely knows any fellow conservatives, and when you debate these liberals they constantly blabber over you to where they won't let you talk, it's about time i can voice my opinion after years of not being able to!


What's been happening since ferguson is proof that this administration single-handedly set race relations back 50 years.
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Today is marx's birthday. With this i want to take the time to acknowledge the many sucesses of communism like:



Hold up.... what? It never worked? Millions were killed and they mostly got away with it, they have no freedom whatsoever, and they're equally in poverty and misery? You mean to tell me the leaders never miss a meal while the populace starves? Wait...most of hollywood embraces it while making millions because of the same system they bash?


Well there you have folks, that's communism for you!



On one last note: if jesus really was a socialist, then why do most socialists reject him?
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Hi,

In my tradition of submitting a candidate for drafting efforts, I'd like to break my hiatus from posting on political matters to both submit a "Dark Horse" for office of President of the United States.

In a period where we're already seeing Dr Ben Carson and, perhaps seriously this time, Donald Trump, we're already seeing folks with only private sector experience rallying support. Dr Carson and especially Carly Fiorina are interesting people, but I can think of some people with more relevent experience than these.

My nominee is an admittingly very controversal figure. Already, without even entering politics, he's condemned in some circles as a war criminal and mercenary. He has international business deals with highly suspect countries, his loyalty has been questioned, and he currently doesn't even live in the United States.

And yet he has more successful experience in foreign affairs, military conflicts, and business than practically anyone on the planet. He graduated from Hillsdale College and the US Naval Acedemy. He served as a Navy SEAL before forming a firm called Blackwater to provide proper training grounds to America's combat shooters. As years passed, this firm evolved into a private military company out of necessity.

Blackwater made mistakes along the way, but also solved problems no one else in the multi-nation coalition could solve. Not only was the company founder skilled at solving issues confronted on battlefields, he also showed skill defending his own reputation in interviews.

So I am submitting for your consideration Erik Prince for President. 
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Proving once again that divide and conquer is the Dems' A Number One strategy. Here is a post election survey that comes straight from O's campaign website: https (COLON) //my (DOT) barackobama (DOT) com/page/s/supporter-feedback-G-one
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Ever since Dinesh D'souza started talking about uniting traditionalist religions under one political umbrella, I've wondered if there actually was a social conservative party that actually united, say, Othordox Jews, and Conservative Muslims, anywhere in the democratic world.

I do recall a few years ago that some Christian Democrat parties in Europe were rebranding into "Centrist Democrats" in order to attract traditionalist Muslims and Jews, but I'm finding it very difficult to find articles about whatever progress they are making.

Does anybody have any fresh news regarding these efforts?
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Gosh, if these botched gun operations keep popping up, I'm going to start suspecting they're intentional...

Have you heard about this one? In this latest gun-walking scandal, BAFTE was caught recruiting "borderline retarded" men- their words- to operate shady pawn shops that illegally put guns into America's inner cities, in order to accomplish peace and unicorns, by underpants gnome logic.

BAFTE agents paid young men with IQs under 70 with cash, tattoos, friendship, and so on to operate stores in school zones. The agents attracted kids with free video games and other things you'd expect of pedos. Muckrakers across the country have compiled lots of disturbing little anecdotes.

As of today, Eric Holder still has his job, while Sharyl Attkisson is unemployed.
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We are all familiar with the abuses of the American Executive, but I think there's a denial even among us "radicals" about how institionally entrenched the abuses are. Even with a a successful impeachment, nevermind Trey Gowdy's bill on all other remedies, there's far too much precedent for the American President to usurp any power he wants to little resistance.

In 509 B.C., the Roman Kingdom ended, replaced with the Roman Republic. It survived roughly four centuries before falling into constant civil war, and, eventually, the rise of Caeser and the Roman Empire.

Centuries of a golden age republic sounds pretty good to me. It was a wealthy and powerful republic. The Englightenment Age thinkers that founded the United States admired this republic greatly. This is most obvious in the Articles of Conferation, which didn't create a co-equal executive branch at all.

And I think the presidency sucks enough to restore a republic-sans executive. We could let the worst president be the last one. Lets abolish the presidency, and start talking about elections, plural, matter again. We should have all accepted that the Old Republic was up once folks started talking about "the election", in the singular.
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I'd surely thought of it before, but one day I caught a lecture from Donald Kagan at Yale about the collapse of Mycenaean Greek culture, and it occured to me how many civilizations operating with a "palace economy" completely vanished.

The Mycenaeans were the proto-Greeks that left behind the oral traditions attributed to Homer, as they experenced a downfall and long winter known as the Greek Dark Ages. Minoans, Hittites, and various other seemingly gloriously rich palace economies likewise vanished into dark ages just as bleak, so the point that we're still only now piecing together what their worlds were like.

The ruin of palace economies of the Late Bronze Age is so complete that it's puzzling that modern pundits and other thinkers are stuck on Rome as our parallel. Rome, after all, left behind quite a lot. We never lost Latin. The eastern half of the Empire survived to 1454. Roman weights, measures, literature, and customs survived, as did the city itself, and the Bishop of Rome is still arguably the most powerful religious figure in the world.

The Roman collapse hardly seems to be the one worth fearing, considering how much passed on. No, if there are forebears worth serving as a warning, they are the ancients opperating a Palace Economy.

And a Palace Economy, vaguely put, is a system where wealth passes through the palace, and is redistributed back to the people. It appears that this system is the most intuitive for masses of people to collect under, but it inevitably collapses spectacularly every time it is tried. It is the ultimate boom-bust machine, tried repetitively through the eons.

Do we more resemble the Palace Economy than we do Classical Rome? Are we approaching the end of the cycle?
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Upon my last look at party affiliation nationwide, Democrats still enjoyed a slight advantage over Republicans, though Independants were the largest group of all. This means the Democratic primary will likely include more voters, and yet, under normal circumstances, there's never anyone remotely conservative running in the primary.

Without a "credible" primary challenge to Obama in 2012, 41% of West Virginia primary voters selected Keith Judd, a prisoner serving an extortion sentence in Texas. Judd's near-win wasn't the only indication that registered Democrats disagree with their party. In Oklahoma, Randall Terry defeated Obama in 12 different counties (the state has 77), with 18% of the vote.

Arguably, a credible Blue Dog could have won these two primaries against an incumbent president. As Hillary Clinton's ties to the (increasingly unpopular) incumbent administration are undeniable, we're once again faced with a scenario where many states populated by registered Democrats will be unhappy with their national party's favorite. By 2016, support for Obama could hemmorage to the point that someone as unserious as Mr Judd could outright beat Clinton throughout "Coal Country", and gain substantial protest votes in the Rustbelt, Sunbelt, and Heartland.

I propose riding this wave by drafting a credible Blue Dog now, one that rejected the Obama Administration from the start. There were two house democrats that refused to endorse Obama in 2008; Dan Boren of Oklahoma (district 2), and Heath Schuler of North Carolina (district 1). Schuler went the extra step of endorsing McCain and mounting a symbolic challenge to Nancy Pelosi for the Speakership. Dan Boren is actually a cousin of Jana Ryan, spouse of Romney's running mate, and heaped praise upon Paul Ryan during the 2012 election.

In 2011, National Journal ranked Dan Boren as the Democrat closest to the ideological center, with a composite conservative rating only seven points behind his liberal rating. This is more liberal than any Republican that year, but just barely. Boren's lifetime American Conservative Union score ranks less than a percent below 50%, making him an authentic centrist. Boren is a Lifetime NRA member, solidly pro-life, and voted against the Affordable Care Act and Dodd/Frank.

With small trickles of support starting now, I think a Draft campaign could make a wave in 2016. I'm not asking you to abandon the GOP or a third party, I'm just asking you to hedge, to put a little bit behind a relatively conservative choice.
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Dear Mr. President: After reading your letter sent to me, I concur something needs to happen in Syria!
While none of the options seem good in Syria? It may be necessary for “boots on the ground,” Mr. President… I would volunteer to be your boot on the ground if, I was properly armed and equipped. I would like the Intel of the areas that Syria is suspected of having chemical bombs, then I would call the Army or Navy’s “helio groups” in, to retrieve chemical bombs after, I clear insurgents!

I took the Navy’s Seals test in 1985 and was held back from becoming a Navy Seal. I’m still very capable of accomplishing a mission, sir. This is my proposal Mr. President. Maybe we could drop the “Congress off in Syria” as distraction while, I capture base’s with chemical war heads? I could not believe the amount of cowards in America? What has this country become… Was Assad’s son right, when he said “America is nothing more than cowards hiding behind technology?”

Mr. President; if we have to trust the Russian’s, the man that was behind the “Berlin wall” in East Germany! I just assume we don’t have a plan at all. Just a plan of betrayal in the mist…!

I would prefer to act on this Syria conflict, the media on this subject just seems to be going on and on ever since Aug 21st. And I can see and end result of years going by with, just empty promises and nothing accomplished, sir! If these 400 kids in Syria need to be championed, let it be me. Give this option a thought, Mr. President! I’m serious to do something to bring Assad to justice and the removal of chemical weapons!

Equip list: 1. Light bullet proof vest, Chemical suit, MP-5 sub machine gun with silencer, Automatic grenade Launcher just to name a few..

Sincerely Yours;
Universal Soldier for hire!

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Anglosphere, take note, this is what happens when the center-right coalition in a developed country opposes (more, more, even more) big bailout programs. Exit polls had CDU clearing an absolute majority, but it looks like the ballots are a tad short of that projection. Anyway, Angie and CDU are in a stronger position than before. I wonder how it would have gone had she told the Greeks to take a hike in the first place.

So, the recent wave of center-right victories continues, and in this case, we see that it isn't a case of anti-establishment sentiment, but that voters really wanted a right-leaning government.

Interesting tidbit from a FOX writeup: Germany apparently doesn't have a national minimum wage. Also of interest, an anti-euro party eating into the support of a free market party.
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I agree with the top comment, this video needs to go viral!
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Labour is getting aborted worldwide, guys. "Iron Erma" and the Conservative Party won in Norway yesterday, as we discussed in comments, and late in the night, confirmation came in from Colorado. Norway's big issues were immigration, like in Australia, and also the welcome problem of how to spend a ballooning oil revenue surplus that's built in the public trust. Same kind of issue Alaska and North Dakota have to deal with.

You guys know the Colorado recall issue. Remember the Magpul!

I'd wondered if the backlashes we've been promised would actually occur. I apologize for not having a timely update on Japan's elections a while ago. Can you guess which side of the political spectrum rallied to a win?
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From the coalition invasion of Iraq, to the current Syrian consideration, I've seen the center-right coalition here in the USA attempt to reposition philosophically  away from the camp headed by Dick Cheney, backed by The Weekly Standard, and often labelled as "Neoconservatism" (the appellation's accuracy is often debated).

A great many of these center-right folks thought the Cold War was just, like Ike, and think "Islamism" is a political/religious doctrine worth resisting. While no fans of the Bush-Cheney Crusades, they are also not a natural fit into the resurgent "Paleoconservative" wing once headed by Robert Taft, Pat Buchanan, and Ron Paul.

Recently, Senator Cruz spoke vaguely of a third path, putting himself somewhere between Governor Christie and Senator Rand Paul. I think Senator Rubio said something similar.

I'd like to suggest to the Cruz wing that their compromise position exists as a pre-existing doctrine. Charles de Gaulle actually outlined a national doctrine that fits many of the points being expressed. Charles De Gaulle stood for national greatness, without being a Neoconservative. He pulled out of NATO, rather than become subservient to an international coalition. He insisted on keeping an independent nuclear deterrent, nuclear power, "boomer" submarines, an aircraft carrier, and a fig leaf of an empire intact. The minimum it takes to maintain respect as a national power.

Charles de Gaulle, in maintaining independent of coalitions, would fail Kerry's "global test" without becoming George Bush (or the John Kerry of today). He believed in national sovereignty at his core, the major point that the neos and paleos agree, and the internationalists- largely on the American left, disagree.

Properly articulated, a Gaullist doctrine should be one that partisans of the Cheney and Paul camps could both tolerate, and perhaps a plurality of the center-right even agrees to. As Cruz momentarily maintains his grassroots popularity, that's my hunch. Does his doctrine seem aligned to the national mood to you?
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This community on conservatism is very US-centric, but the political philosophy applies everywhere, and there are elections elsewhere. And sometimes, when you look elsewhere, you can see repudiation of the lie that America, even with Obama, is absurdly far-right of the rest of the world.

Way down south, where the toilets flow the opposite way, the seasons are reversed, and sticks fly back to you, the conservative party is called the Liberal Party, and they just won. Moreover, the Labour Party vote attracted the lowest support in about a century. Moreover still, Tony Abbott isn't the David Cameron sort of right-winger that lefties insist are the only winners outside America. He and the Liberal Party ran explicitly against the carbon tax, and against "illegal boats", showing that in Australia, one can courageously call a boat illegal, pledge to stop boats that lack documentation, and win a national election.

I don't know Mr Abbott's character, but it sure looks like he ran as a candidate as "extreme" as Nigel Farage, and found majority support. Now we get to see how he and his party govern.
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Finally, someone is starting to wake up to the fact that these people are alive and still among us. What a shame Russia and China don't go after their millions of even-worse-than-Nazi Communist monsters. - http://www.worldcrunch.com/world-affairs/cold-war-reckoning-tracking-down-romania-039-s-communist-torturers/romania-communism-torture-prison-ceausescu/c1s13148/
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Tomorrow, Monday, August 19th, according to WSB radio in the Georgia without a South Ossetia carved out of it, Boortz will be subbing for the Hermanator. Mr Cain himself plans to go on a brief speaking tour. He'll speak at Yale early in September.

To round up all the talk radio retirements this year and last, Boortz retired, replaced by Cain. G. Gordon Liddy retired, replaced by Peter Schiff. Milt Rosenberg was sacked at WGN in December, but recently began podcasting. Lou Dobbs ended his long-form radio show, but now does short-form for Salem Radio. Other big moves were mostly just big hosts changing syndicators, and then there's the big Cumulus shift ongoing.
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Via Gerri Willis at Fox Business, I just learned that Colorado's pre-paid college plan collapsed. (link to Associated Press article)

Their tuition fund is scheduled to close in November, and refund the principle on the parents' investments, so I guess this will be less catastrophic than other collapses happening now, but it is still a devastating fraud Colorado pulled on these parents. These plans were guaranteed, folks. They weren't investments. They paid for college! These parents paid the full college tuition a long time ago, so that they didn't have to pay the expected tuition rate-hikes of the future. If Colorado's literature was anything like the Texas prepaid plan (which I read once, maybe a year ago), there's no hint that that a fund that could fail is being funded.

Says Angela Baier, who manages Colorado's CollegeInvest fund: “We’re trying to be good stewards of this. It was a nice idea that just isn’t financially viable.”

You call yourself a a good steward? Some nerve.
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In the years prior to the French Revolution, playwright Pierre de Beaumarchais penned an indictment of royalty and the nobility (Beaumarchais in real life actually bought his noble title), The Marriage of Figaro. In the play, Figaro resists a barbaric noble practice of reserving the first night with a serf's new bride. Whether a real noble privilege or folklore, it was a revolting enough plot device to set up a searing attack on the whole system of the regime:

  • Because you are a great nobleman you think you are a great genius ... Nobility, fortune, rank, position! How proud they make a man feel! What have you done to deserve such advantages? Put yourself to the trouble of being born — nothing more! For the rest — a very ordinary man! Whereas I, lost among the obscure crowd, have had to deploy more knowledge, more calculation and skill merely to survive than has sufficed to rule all the provinces of Spain for a century. Yet you would measure yourself against me ...


The play was banned in France, but it became fashionable to hold readings in salons and such. The royal system would have only about a dozen years left. That line about nobles simply troubling themselves to be born encapsulates the so perfectly. Beaumarchais, I understand, died penniless, but victorious.
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You're watching One America News Network's live stream. - One America News Video

Remember that 24 hour cable news channel the Washington Times was working on? I'm streaming it live online right now. My stream test is going pretty well so far. I needed a Microsoft Silverlight installation, then it started going. This moment, all the talking heads sound like they're underwater, but it is running.

As I started, I became their stream's 71st viewer. The blue link above is the product of their "share on Livejournal" button. A show called The Daily Ledger is currently airing. It doesn't look like it's been online very long. I visited the website yesterday, and didn't see the livestream.
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