It’s not easy being green

Ever since it became uncool.


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Ralph Nader…Unsane at any speed!

Ralph Nader has a two-minute hate on for Obama.

Nader made his comments at a breakfast with reporters in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. It was not the first time that the perennial presidential candidate has been critical of the Democrat who would be the nation’s first African-American president. Back in June, in an interview with the Rocky Mountain News, Nader accused Obama of downplaying poverty issues, trying to “talk white” and appealing to “white guilt” during his run for the White House.

The fratricide between the different factions on the left is no surprise, because the left does not have a coherent philosophy that unites it, only the tacked-together, failed ideologies of socialism and progressivism, leavened with populism and a paralyzing devotion to political correctness and multiculturalism. So, when Nader the nemesis of the Corvair discovers that the Messiah, Lord Obama the Most Merciful doesn’t live up to the hype, he loses what’s left of his composure.

Thanks to commenter Liberty or Death at Hot Air for the post title.


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Appreciating Solzhenitsyn: The 1978 Harvard Graduation Speech

Solzhenitsyn turned his formidable skills as a prophet of doom first upon the Soviet Gulag terror system, and then when invited to Harvard to address the graduating class of 1978, on the American society of “despiritualized and irreligious humanistic consciousness,” “TV stupor,” and “intolerable music.” In a post-9/11 world his criticisms of the loss of courage of Western elites, of the incorrigible mendacity and self-loathing of the Western press, and of the Soviet-style legalistic crusade against religion appear newly relevant. But his assignment of blame to the free market and humanism itself for these failings strikes a wrong note for (at least) two reasons.

First, the claim that the humanistic Renaissance inevitably led to classical liberalism, which inevitably led to Jacobin-style radicalism, which led to Prussian-style socialism, and finally, inevitably to communism, is a Marxist analysis of history. Those who reject Marxism do not have to accept such an analysis. They certainly need not accept the claim that a society cannot stop at classical liberalism or turn back from socialism to a less-intrusive, classically liberal government of, by, and for the people.

Second, Solzhenitsyn’s claims that corporations are at fault for Western failings such as excessive legalism, the welfare state, and the war against the soul are obvious nonsense. How exactly can corporations be responsible for legalism, the welfare state, or the government and legal repression of public religion? All three are expressions of state power. The common law is not determined by corporations but by the judiciary’s interpretation of traditional rights, while legislative law is determined by the sovereign government. The welfare state speaks for itself. And the legal repression of public religion is not the sort of thing any company seeking to please the mass of its customers would endeavor upon.

So while I cannot agree with Solzhenitsyn blaming humanism for modern, shallow materialism, or his prescription of a traditional, religiously anointed monarchy for what ails Russia and the West alike, I agree with his observations about the increasingly dangerous moral weakness of the West. And I suspect others will too.

Without any further ado let’s get into the speech.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn at Harvard Class Day Afternoon Exercises
Thursday, June 8, 1978

I am sincerely happy to be here with you on this occasion and to become personally acquainted with this old and most prestigious University. My congratulations and very best wishes to all of today’s graduates.

Harvard’s motto is “Veritas.” Many of you have already found out and others will find out in the course of their lives that truth eludes us if we do not concentrate with total attention on its pursuit. And even while it eludes us, the illusion still lingers of knowing it and leads to many misunderstandings. Also, truth is seldom pleasant; it is almost invariably bitter. Continue reading

Obama runs for President of the World

McCain hits Obama pretty hard with the Celeb ad. What was Obama thinking when he went to Germany and held a campaign rally in the middle of Berlin in front of a triumphal pillar that celebrates three historic victories of Germany plus the Nazi victory over Europe that didn’t pan out?

Obviously I think this commercial should have Fabio in it somewhere. To underline the point, check out this American Presidential campaign poster in Berlin.

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Ludacris B-rocks the Obama campaign

I don’t think this helps Obama’s kids.


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Bobby Kennedy in British Palestine

Lenny Ben-David found several articles the 22-year-old Bobby Kennedy wrote when he visited the British mandate of Palestine in March 1948, two months before Israel’s May 14 declaration of independence. They are well worth reading.


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Conversion, Death or Taxes: A Jihadist Jizya threat in the Philipines

Isabela is the capital of Basilan island in the Philipines. The rest of the Island “belongs to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.” [catholic explorer] On July 21, five Catholic parishioners of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Sumisip were kidnapped. On July 23, Martin Jumoad, the Bishop of Isabela received a letter threatening to kill him if he did not pay a protection tax to two mujahedin of al-Harakutul Islamiyya, a name associated with the Abu Sayyaf jihad terrorist gang.

Bishop Martin Jumoad of Isabela also told the Asian church news agency UCA News that he got text messages from Catholics saying they, too, had received threatening letters.

[…] The bishop sent a copy of the letter July 19 to church-run Radio Veritas in Quezon City, northeast of Manila.

The letter had the names “Puruji Indama” and “Nur Hassan J. Kallitut” printed at the bottom and “mujahedin” under each name. The purported senders introduced themselves as “Muslim warriors” who “don’t follow any laws other than the Quran,” Islam’s holy book.

They said Bishop Jumoad should choose to convert to Islam or give “jizya,” Islamic tax, to their group in exchange for protecting him in the “place of Muslims.”

If he refuses to convert or pay, the letter threatened “force, weapons or war may be used” against him. It warned him not to feel safe even if he is “surrounded by soldiers” and cited bombings in various cities.

Bishop Jumoad was given 15 days to respond, with two mobile phone numbers to contact.

“If we do not receive response from you, it means you will oppose,” the letter added. [link]

Unfortunately this is all too typical of the persecution of Christians in lands under the shadow of Islam.

In the meantime, 180 Jihad-enabling US Congress critters (all Democrats) voted to prevent US government agencies from using the word Jihad to describe the vile, foul teachings of Jihad, Mujahedin or Jihadist for those who idolize Jihad, and even caliphate for the totalitarian, murderous, one-world Muslim government those evildoers wish to establish. Read the names of the Jihadist enablers here. Luckily for truth and reason, their side lost the vote.


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