Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Moron Speaks

Biden: Have I mentioned yet that these new gun-control measures won’t fundamentally alter the chances of a mass shooting? « Hot Air: "Is there a law that will help Biden from continually shooting himself in the foot?

Paul-Cincy on January 31, 2013 at 8:32 PM"
If the Obamoron wasn't already the President, I'd be terrified that this doofus was next in line.

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The Cruzifiction O Hagel

Instapundit » Blog Archive » SO HOW’D THAT HAGEL HEARING GO? “It is very clear from the testimony that Sen. Hagel will not be …: "JANUARY 31, 2013 SO HOW’D THAT HAGEL HEARING GO? “It is very clear from the testimony that Sen. Hagel will not be bringing the potato salad to the next Mensa picnic.” And that’s from a Democrat. . . .

UPDATE: Prof. Stephen Clark writes on Ted Cruz: “Note Powerline’s take on Cruz’s cross-examination of Hagel and remind yourself that the Republican establishment didn’t want Cruz.” Yeah, they didn’t want Marco Rubio either, remember.

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 4:25 pm"
Yessir. And I don't mean Arafat ;)

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Of Course

Instapundit » Blog Archive » OF COURSE RAPISTS WANT WOMEN DISARMED. WHY ARE DEMOCRATS PRO-RAPE? Gun Control Activist Protesting…: "OF COURSE RAPISTS WANT WOMEN DISARMED. WHY ARE DEMOCRATS PRO-RAPE? Gun Control Activist Protesting How Easy it is to Buy Guns, is a Rapist.

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 11:12 pm"

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Dangerously Lost

protein wisdom | …because not just anybody can summarize the news: "Lost in D.C. [Darleen Click]"

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Coming Clean?

Is U.S. Navy coming clean on TWA 800?: "In our 2003 book, “First Strike,” James Sanders and I had argued for the possibility of terrorist involvement in the destruction of TWA Flight 800 with 230 people on board on the night of July 17, 1996.

When Graduate approached me, he first asked if I was still arguing for a terrorist-related incident. I replied, “I am totally confident of a missile strike, but I am fully agnostic as to who fired it. Am open to best evidence. After we presented initial theory, I have seen almost nothing to confirm.”

In Sanders’ defense, he had always believed that the U.S. Navy had accidentally shot down the 747. He made this case in his 1997 book, “The Downing of TWA Flight 800.” His research got his wife, Elizabeth, and him arrested and convicted on federal conspiracy charges."
This is a straight out RTWT.

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And Couldn't Leave Fast Enough

Obama goes 'skeet shooting all the time'? Hardly ever, sources say | Fox News: ""The only time he shot skeet was for President's Cup," said the source, referring to a shooting competition tradition involving the presidential Marine guards. "I was there. He stayed for about five minutes, and couldn't leave fast enough."

Skeet shooting "is very hard," said the source. "Especially for someone not used to guns ... He couldn't have been more uncomfortable.""
The liar in chief strikes again.

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Saved By Carrying

PJ Media » ‘Carrying a Gun Saved My Life’: Meet Ryan Moore: "On December 11, 2010, in Conyers, GA, 22-year-old Ryan Moore was at a friend’s house for an evening of leisure. He borrowed a friend’s car to drive to the nearby grocery store, where his handgun saved his life. I interviewed Ryan Moore over e-mail about that evening."
And check out the comments. Even some pointing out that libs are trying to make women less safe.

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Du'O Today: European Shrinkage Edition

Rick Santelli Responds to Negative GDP Report: 'We Are Now Europe' | NewsBusters: "CNBC's Rick Santelli made a startling observation about the news that the economy actually shrunk in the fourth quarter last year.

"We are now Europe.""

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I Bet I'd Beat Him

Rep. Blackburn: I’d love to go skeet shooting with the president — I bet I’d beat him « Hot Air: "Hey, Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn has an idea — if the president is a skeet-shooting fan, why not host a bipartisan group of lawmakers at Camp David, and kill two birds (pun alert!) with one stone? It would provide an opportunity for some positive PR in terms of both across-the-aisle outreach and quelling Second-Amendment enthusiasts’ fears that Obama might be an anti-gun zealot? And if the “fact” that the president enjoys skeet shooting really is so very trivial to the overall gun debate we’re having, why did he bother mentioning it at all?"

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Confessions of a Leftist Gun Owner « The Patriot Perspective: "He’s got his.  You don’t need yours.  He’s a hypocrite – and wants your world to be without guns."

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The Gun Control Rejoinder You Were Looking For Is Almost Certainly Here

Gun Facts - Gun Control | Facts | Debunk | Myths: "INTRODUCTION:  Gun Facts is a free e-book that debunks common myths about gun control.  It is intended as a reference guide for journalists, activists, politicians, and other people interested in restoring honesty to the debate about guns, crime, and the 2nd Amendment.

Gun Facts has 112 pages of information.  Divided into chapters based on gun control topics (assault weapons, ballistic finger printing, firearm availability, etc.), finding information is quick and easy.

Each chapter lists common gun control myths, then lists a number of documented and cited facts (with nearly 500 detailed footnotes).  Thus when a neighbor, editor or politician repeats some sound bite about firearm control policy, you can quickly find that myth then rebuke with real information."
I'm most of the way through it and this is the most comprehensive gun reference I have seen so far. It looks like it was started maybe after Columbine and it's date ranges could stand some updating but even with that it's well worth your time.

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COTD: The Little People -- Warming Loons Edition

Matt Ridley: A Lukewarmer’s Ten Tests | Watts Up With That?: "James Cross says: January 28, 2013 at 1:09 pm I am pretty far to the left progressive side yet I find myself agreeing with these points.

I am actually fairly convinced that drastic action to limit greenhouse gases is not a good policy agenda even for the left, although it will be very hard to convince many of them of that. The biggest issue to me is that increasingly future greenhouse gases will come from the underdeveloped world so to achieve significant reduction would actually hamper the ability the underdeveloped world to adapt to any future effects of warning."

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

But What Do Old, Dead Greeks Know?

Found in a comment: ""The state that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards, and its fighting by fools." - Thucydides."
Quite a bit more than the latest crop of Greeks, that's for sure. Never mind our *sshat politicians.

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Mamet On Fools

David Mamet: Gun Laws and the Fools of Chelm - Newsweek and The Daily Beast: "Many are opposed to private ownership of firearms, and their opposition comes under several heads. Their specific objections are answerable retail, but a wholesale response is that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms. On a lower level of abstraction, there are more than 2 million instances a year of the armed citizen deterring or stopping armed criminals; a number four times that of all crimes involving firearms.

The Left loves a phantom statistic that a firearm in the hands of a citizen is X times more likely to cause accidental damage than to be used in the prevention of crime, but what is there about criminals that ensures that their gun use is accident-free? If, indeed, a firearm were more dangerous to its possessors than to potential aggressors, would it not make sense for the government to arm all criminals, and let them accidentally shoot themselves? Is this absurd? Yes, and yet the government, of course, is arming criminals."
I would say RTWT but that doesn't begin to describe it. Get this one for instance:
Walk down Madison Avenue in New York. Many posh stores have, on view, or behind a two-way mirror, an armed guard. Walk into most any pawnshop, jewelry story, currency exchange, gold store in the country, and there will be an armed guard nearby. Why? As currency, jewelry, gold are precious. Who complains about the presence of these armed guards? And is this wealth more precious than our children?

Apparently it is: for the Left adduces arguments against armed presence in the school but not in the wristwatch stores. Q. How many accidental shootings occurred last year in jewelry stores, or on any premises with armed security guards?

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Video: Milwaukee County sheriff’s PSA on self-protection « Hot Air: "The court has ruled that police do not have a constitutional duty to protect anyone.

And liberals want to remove methods of self-defense.

HondaV65 on January 26, 2013 at 10:41 AM"

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Can I Count On You?

Video: Milwaukee County sheriff’s PSA on self-protection « Hot Air: "In the PSA, Sheriff David Clarke says, “With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. But are you prepared?”

“You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?”"
"In a nutshell" as they say.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

The Same Level

a note on guns | protein wisdom: "Here’s what I’ll tell Sen Feinstein and all the Democrats and Republicans who support any cosmetic bans on weaponry or any bans on my capacity to carry ammunition useful to that weaponry:  if you disarm us, I and millions like me will make it our mission to bring you down to the same level."

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Welcome To The Krugman Zone

The Keynesian Architects of the U.S. Warfare State | Joseph T. Salerno - YouTube: "The Donald M. Rembert lecture, presented at the 2012 Mises Institute Supporters Summit: "The Truth About War: A Revisionist Approach". Recorded at Callaway Gardens, Georgia, on 27 October 2012."

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OBSERVATIONS ON POLITICIANS: "Ernest Benn: "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy."
Of course, this is the charitable take. A more reality-based one was provided by Rand:
“Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against – then you’ll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We’re after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it. There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now, that’s the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”
Are you getting it yet?

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Honesty Is The Best Policy

Charisma: a how-to: "Most people are half-aware that they are almost constantly surrounded by a net of lies. The big lies of politics and religion; the medium-sized lies of advertising and marketing; and all the little lies of the workplace and normal social interaction. Many people constantly pretend, even to themselves, to believe things that in other and deeper parts of their minds they know aren’t true – but they dare not confront those truths because they think the social and personal costs of doing so would be higher than they can bear.

The charismatic who is honest and fearless brings a gift. By thinking unthinkables and saying unsayables and getting away with it – not being struck dead by lighting or instantly lynched – he offers his audience, too, a psychological release from the relentless tension of everyday lies. He gives them at least temporary permission to be more honest in their own thoughts.

This is extremely powerful. So much so that many people will follow a charismatic to his goal just for this. Most people who hear the old saw “Honesty is the best policy” doen’t realize that it dates from a time when the word “policy” had slightly different connotations than it does today; what the proverb meant then might be better translated as “Honesty is the most effective strategem.” Now you know why."

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

When Government Has All The Guns, They Have All The Rights

Video: Tiananmen Square activist speaks up for the Second Amendment « Hot Air: "If you missed this at Townhall, Weasel Zippers, Ace’s site, or the dozens of other conservative blogs that have posted it in the last few days, make time. (If you can’t spare seven minutes, Blog O’ Stuff has the transcript.)"

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Monday, January 21, 2013

But Don't Worry...

Ace of Spades HQ: "Mr. OBAMA. Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America's debt problem.

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure . It is a sign that the U.S. Government can't pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies."
... he's not full of bullsh*t or hypocrisy or anything like that! Oh, no!

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Gun Control And The Nazis

Bookworm Room » Three more gun related articles: "Lastly, Wolf Howling looks to Mexico, a country with unusually stringent gun controls and unusually widely distributed and extreme gun violence, and uses it as an object lesson showing that leaving guns solely in the hands of criminals (who don’t care that arms are illegal) is a very bad idea."

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Choose Your Own Crime Stats

An honest look at crime stats | "An honest look at crime stats"
And if he would have kept going a while longer he would have pointed out that if you remove those urban crime pockets from the overall gun crime rate calculations you would find that the U.S. has about the same crime rate as Canada. You know, that wild shoot-em-up Canada that everyone is complaining about all the time...

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Back To The Days Of Child Sacrifice

Instapundit » Blog Archive » WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Illinois’s Blue Robin Hoods Stealing from the Young to Give to the Old. A…: "WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Illinois’s Blue Robin Hoods Stealing from the Young to Give to the Old.
After pension reform went down in flames last week, Illinois moved to Plan B: war on the young. Governor Pat Quinn’s administration claims that the upcoming budget will include major cutbacks on state services to make room for a $1 billion increase in pension spending. Most notably, education spending will decrease by $400 million, which would make 2013 the third straight year in which education spending has dropped. . . . Sticking it to either group, the young or the old, isn’t appealing, but the boomers are politically organized and better positioned to fight for their interests, particularly because powerful unions are on their side. The young, by contrast, are among the least politically active groups in the country, making them much easier for politicians to ignore. Illinois has obviously chosen the path of least resistance.

If there’s a clearer illustration of the blue war on the young, we have yet to see it.
It’s all about juice. Young people don’t have the juice.

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 10:31 am"
Not just our worst political class ever. God, what friggin' *ssholes.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

The Lost Civilization

An Image of a Lost Civilization: Why? | Power Line: "The folks at Intellectual Takeout sent us this image, which they describe as their most popular ever:"
Yep. And during hunting season at my high school you could find rifles and shotguns sitting in pickup window racks all through the parking lot. When? The mid 70s.

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We Don't Have A Spending Problem

Liars | Power Line: "There are a number of liars in the news these days–Lance Armstrong, Manti Teo (or somebody), and more. Michael Ramirez lines up three notorious liars:"

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Instability -- Dead Fish Edition

Instapundit » Blog Archive » SO FILE CHARGES: ‘Abusive’: BuzzFeed Reporter Claims Rahm Emanuel Physically Assaulted Him Duri…: "SO FILE CHARGES: ‘Abusive’: BuzzFeed Reporter Claims Rahm Emanuel Physically Assaulted Him During Heated Interview. “Hastings said that he has interviewed ‘terrorist leaders…dictators…a lot of politicians…a lot of angry people,’ but that no one had ever put their hands on him. The journalist also claimed that Emanuel didn’t seem to be ‘in full control of what he was doing’ during the exchange.” See, I think one reason why these people support gun control is that they assume everyone else is as unstable as they are.

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 10:03 am"

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Just Like Europe?

Moonbattery » Open Thread: "Via Voy Forums, on a tip from Highway Hospital Student."

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2nd Amendment Watch: Yes, THAT Noah Webster

Second Amendment to the United States Constitution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "A foundation of American political thought during the Revolutionary period was the well justified concern about political corruption and governmental tyranny. Even the federalists, fending off their opponents who accused them of creating an oppressive regime, were careful to acknowledge the risks of tyranny. Against that backdrop, the framers saw the personal right to bear arms as a potential check against tyranny. Theodore Sedgwick of Massachusetts expressed this sentiment by declaring that it is "a chimerical idea to suppose that a country like this could ever be enslaved . . . Is it possible . . . that an army could be raised for the purpose of enslaving themselves or their brethren? or, if raised whether they could subdue a nation of freemen, who know how to prize liberty and who have arms in their hands?"[79][80] Noah Webster similarly argued:
Before a standing army can rule the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.[80][81]"

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Perfect Hypocrisy

Not quite that proud… | Power Line: "James O’Keefe strikes again in his latest undercover video. O’Keefe’s merry pranksters go door to door soliciting high and mighty anti-gun advocates to plant lawn signs proclaiming THIS HOME IS PROUDLY GUN FREE in their yards."

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Monday, January 14, 2013

The Assault Spatula

The Assault Spatula | protein wisdom: "“Politics and the English language.” Orwell was trying to teach us how to identify and avoid the rhetorical trappings of would-be tyrants. The New Left? Considers it an instruction manual."

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Your Sunday Cult Update

How do you bait a trap for the soul?: "I was still thinking about this when I descended into the 15th-Street station. I was slightly hungry, having not had dinner, and – aha – I spotted an Au Bon Pain, aka “McDonalds for foodies”. So there I am standing at the counter waiting for night-shift guy to make my sandwich. Night shift guy is what you’d expect behind this kind of service counter in this city: black urban dude in his late twenties. Maybe a bit more alert-looking than average but nothing at all remarkable about him.

So I said “I just bailed out of an attempt to induct me into a cult”. He replied – and I will now channel Dave Barry and assure you that I am not making this up:

“The Obama administration?”

Maybe there’s hope for us yet."

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

It Can't Happen Here? Really?

coldservings - "It can't happen here.": "The Second Amendment is Obsolete, some say.  The idea that the United States could ever turn tyrannical is pure paranoia, some say.

Well, let's look at that.

Rounding up people and sending them to concentration camps (whether called "reservations" or "relocation centers"). Check. (Treatment of Native Americans.  Japanese-American "Relocation Centers" during World War II).

Illegal medical experiments involving infecting people with diseases, not treating them, and observing the effects done on people without their knowledge or consent. Check. (Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment--and particularly interesting how that was "explained" to the victims as they were getting free health care from the US Government.)

Arbitrary searches of American citizens' households aimed at the seizure of property without either probable cause or any kind of warrant. Check. (post-Katrina gun Confiscation)"

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The Coming Avalanche of Debt | Power Line: "The United States is over $16 trillion in debt. The point is rapidly approaching where our young people cannot look forward to a prosperous future, and in November voters chose to make matters worse rather than better. Michael Ramirez depicts the avalanche that is about to descend on our heads:"

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Tiny Dot

Guest Post: Why You Are Powerless Against The Government | Zero Hedge: "Have you ever felt powerless?  That no matter what you do it just won't make ANY difference.  You cast your vote for people to represent your best wishes but are repeatedly let down.   What can you possibly do? This is a great video from Larken Rose that clarifies the problem that we face today in our economy. It is a situation that is just too weird for 99.99% of the people to adequately explain. No commentary is needed."
You might want to re-examine this video in a few more years as you're literally starving in the dark basement of the looted shell of your frozen house but yet excited to go vote for O Duce's third term so he can put and end to global warming which you will be convinced is of course much more important than your very survival.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Today's Mental Illness Update

Instapundit » Blog Archive » BASED ON JUICE INSTEAD OF BLOOD: Victor Davis Hanson: The New Liberal Aristocracy. “Most are self…: "BASED ON JUICE INSTEAD OF BLOOD: Victor Davis Hanson: The New Liberal Aristocracy. “Most are self-made multimillionaires who acquired their money through government service, finance, law, investment, or marriage. If the old-money liberals lived it up tastefully within their walled family compounds, the new liberal aristocrats are unashamed about living openly in a manner quite at odds with their professed populist ideology. . . . For liberal class warriors, golfing and body surfing in the tropical Pacific while staying at a zillionaire’s estate become needed downtime to prepare for the looming battle against 1 percenters.”

Tell it to Anthony Villaraigosa!

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 10:12 pm"

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Flashback Redux: DE GAULLE predicted the US monetary crisis in 1965

DE GAULLE predicted the US monetary crisis in 1965 - YouTube: "DE GAULLE predicted the US monetary crisis in 1965"
While it remains true that the only great Frenchman in history is Charles Martel, this is definitely worth consideration. And less than 20 years later they had Mitterand instead -- just like 20 years after Reagan we had O Duce. What a waking nightmare.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

I'm Not Allowed In Schools

From my inbox...

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Old Soviet jokes become the new American reality: "World's greatest conquerors meet in the afterlife and start talking about the only remaining superpower, the United States.

Attila the Hun: "If I had American guns, I could have conquered Rome."

Mohammed: "If I had American tanks, I could have conquered all of Asia, Africa, and Europe."

Genghis Khan: "If I had American planes, I could have conquered the entire world."

Napoleon: "If I had American mainstream media, the world would have never learned what happened at Waterloo.""

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More For You Comrade...

Old Soviet jokes become the new American reality: "Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's the other way around.

What is more useful... newspapers or television? Newspapers of course. You can't wipe your ass with a television.

Why is communism superior to capitalism? Because it heroically overcomes problems that do not exist in any other system.

What is an exchange of opinion? You go the the KGB with your opinion and, after torture, you return with theirs.

There is a very big difference between capitalism and socialism... In capitalism everything is to be sold -- in socialism everything is to be bought."

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COTD: Genuine Electoral Politics

Old Soviet jokes become the new American reality: "After the fall of the Soviet Union and the introduction of genuine electoral politics to Russia, the city of Moscow, in order to save money, purchased used voting machines from the city of Chicago. When they held their first election for Mayor, Richard J. Daley won by a landslide."

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The Mind Game

Articles: The Socialist Mind Game: A Brief Manual: "Listening to Obama now, one could have never guessed that these are the same "Bush's tax cuts," against which he had vigorously campaigned in the past -- just like one could have never learned from his previous speeches that the reviled "tax cuts for the rich" had been saving middle-class families as much as $2,200 a year.

Until recently, the $2,200 amount was treated as classified information, which the Administration and the compliant media deemed unfit for consumption by the unwashed masses.  Now that Obama wins reelection and needs to postpone the economic disaster caused by his first term, he "declassifies" the previously subversive amount and parades it on as a centerpiece of his new glorious campaign for the people.

Simply put, Obama first discredits his predecessor's idea, then steals it, bundles it with a job-killing tax hike, and rebrands it as his own benevolent gift to the toiling masses."

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Psalm 666

Liberal Chick: "The State is My Shepherd, I Shall Not Want (Psalm 666)." - YouTube: "Liberal Chick: "The State is My Shepherd, I Shall Not Want (Psalm 666).""

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