Monthly Archives: April 2008

Hermann the Merciless?

Anybody who needs evidence of the degeneration of popular culture in America need only compare the SciFi Channel’s politically-corrected and metrosexualized-yuppie version of Flash Gordon to the wonderful classic kids’ cartoon put out in the late 70′s – early 80′s.

Note that the newer, PC-version goes out of its way to cast an Anglo as Ming the Merciless; otherwise some might think we’re prejudiced against Persian/Oriental despotism.

Only right-wing Europeans can be tyrants, as one can tell by Ming’s spiffy new fascist uniform. Frankly I don’t know why they didn’t just rename him Jean-Marie or Hermann or something.

Clinton on an Iran Attack: ‘Obliterate Them’

Who says Hillary is just another DC insider who’s going to prop up the military/industrial regime? Hillary:

Clinton further displayed tough talk in an interview airing on “Good Morning America” Tuesday. ABC News’ Chris Cuomo asked Clinton what she would do if Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons.

“I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran,” Clinton said. “In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.”

It’s a good thing the United States won the Cold War. Otherwise, the Soviet Union would’ve imposed totalitarianism on us, and every election would offer nothing but fake choices between pro-government candidates.

By the way, this makes the second presidential candidate to endorse the Krauthammer Doctrine. And we can count on McCain to nuke Iran no matter what they do.

Odd Doings At Takimag

Russell Seitz — a contributor whose primary contribution has been to mock opposition to Darwinism per Richard Dawkins — has now taken issue with Tom Piatak’s lack of good humor regarding the recent shenanigans of a Yale art student.

The discussion has turned pretty gruesome already — one of the respondents, “G.S.” seems unable to avoid using extensive vulgarity.

Closing the ‘Collapse Gap’

Prepare to have your illusions of security shattered. This is the most jarring, as well as the most important, article I’ve seen in years, and readers of this blog will know I don’t toss such claims lightly.

Here’s the thesis: All empires fail. The Soviet Union was better positioned to fail than the United States, which has almost zero resources to rely on when systemic failure hits. Continue reading

Minnesota’s new ghost towns

Remember a month back I was talking about Minnesota’s forgotten corners and the ghost towns in the rural, northwest part of the state?

Well according to this article in Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Part I of a multi-part series) suburbia is starting to empty out to thanks to the housing crisis. Whole subdivisions are being abandoned by people who can’t afford their homes and local government and banks now have the pick up the tab for upkeep and security just to keep any kind of value to the homes, otherwise they become as blighted as any inner-city neighbordhood.

Imagine suburbia turning into Detroit, where whole neighborhoods are abandond except for the very and are overgrown with vegitation, the breakdown of a civilization. Even see the movie Wolfen? (one the best horror movies of all time IMHO).  It could become like that.

This Kind of Stuff is What Drives Me Crazy!

Constitution Party Chairman, Jim Clymer, welcomes Alan Keyes to the Constitution Party.

…Clymer added, saying: “ We encourage Dr. Keyes and his supporters to discover there’s a perfect fit for them. We no longer have to endure elected officials who defy the will of the people. There is an option in the Constitution Party.”

This is the kind of stuff that is driving me crazy about the Keyes/Constitution Party mess. KEYES IS NOT A “PERFECT FIT” and they know it. I can understand the desire to welcome new members. I can see the utility in praising any right-wing break from the GOP. But this “perfect fit” stuff just confuses the matter. We are in the middle of a battle royal precisely because Keyes is not a “perfect fit.” This sort of happy talk does not reflect reality, and it further adds to the Keyes supporters legitimate grievances when he is denied the nomination. When all is said and done won’t they have grounds to object “but you said…”?

The Catch-22 of war

Larison has a good post on Eunomia as to why most Republicans, even if they wanted to, don’t choose the antiwar position.

Only the loss of all power by the GOP can eliminate any excuses they might have about the war and their electoral prospects and only the loss of the White House could prevent the kind “change in stratgey ploy” the Bush II Administration effectively used to keep GOP support. Ron Paul was right in his feeling that a lot of war support in Republican circles is simple party loyalty and loyalty to the President. No President, no more war to support and in my opinion that’s where the antiwar sentiment and change in GOP foreign policy can make its pitch.

An Open Letter to Alan Keyes Supporters

By: Les Riley, Mississippi Constitution Party

Two weeks ago, I caused quite a stir by writing a piece on my personal blog stating my personal opposition to the candidacy of Alan Keyes for the Constitution Party presidential nomination. I posted this on my personal blog and made it clear that this was not an official statement from the Mississippi Constitution Party or the National Committee of the CP. Since then, we have held our state convention & voted in a non-binding poll to support Chuck Baldwin as our first choice & Don Grundman as our second, but we left it to our delegation to the National Convention to vote on our behalf. My little article on my little blog has since been a subject of discussion on Third Party Watch, on a pro-Alan Keyes Discussion forum, and in a whole series of e-mails two and about me. Also, a number of other state party leaders & activists have voiced their opposition to the nomination of Ambassador Keyes.

Some of his supporters have stated that I misunderstood or intentionally misrepresented Mr. Keyes’ positions. I invited one of them to attend our state convention & clarify/ repudiate what I had said, but never heard back from him. I sent Mr. Keyes’ National Campaign Director, Tom Hoefling, an e-mail saying that I would be willing to allow him to explain where I was mistaken about where I believe Keyes’ positions are not in keeping with the principles or platform of the CP.I am often wrong and when I am not, I often state my case too boldly. As a follower of Christ, when this is the case, I want to be humble & quick to apologize and publicly correct my error. Thus far explanations or repudiations of my initial concerns have not been given – beyond : a) assertions that I do not know what I am talking about; and b) questions about my “real motives” that are so ridiculous & offensive that I will not dignify them with a response.

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Yours Truly Quoted Regarding Keyes and the Constitution Party

James Antle III has this story about Keyes’ problems with the CP at the American Spectator online. It is well worth a read despite my shameless self-promotion.

Is Keyes cooked? “What you run into are a lot of single-issue pro-lifers who view Alan Keyes as a positive name,” says Red Phillips, a paleoconservative who opposes Keyes’s nomination. Phillips also worries that other party members will want a well known presidential candidate. “There’s talk about us crossing the million vote threshold if we nominate Keyes,” he says. “I don’t think that’s very realistic, since not even Pat Buchanan got a million votes [as the Reform Party nominee] in 2000.”

American Protectionist Society’s “Ron Paul’s Amazing Confusion”

Ron Paul’s Amazing Confusion

This article is well targeted at the Paulians who seem to believe free trade is somehow not globalist.

Excerpt:

The general philosophy of free trade, as detailed and explained by the Austrian economists and libertarian philosophers that we all know he has read and adores, is designed to create a “one world, ecumenical, indissoluble union” (Bastiat). Free trade is supported by David Rockefeller, Robert Pastor, the Bush’s, the Clinton’s, every international bank, every multi-national corporation, every international organization, every international governmental structure; in short it is the common thread of agreement for all proponents of globalization and one world government. Why would Ron Paul align himself with these enemies of our system and our nation? Continue reading

Yale Art Major Has Multiple Abortions As Part Of Senior Project

If we as a society cannot agree upon a definition of Art, that’s fine.

But why then should Society be compelled to subsidize something, if no one can tell us what it is?

Art major Aliza Shvarts ’08 wants to make a statement.

Beginning next Tuesday, Shvarts will be displaying her senior art project, a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself “as often as possible” while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process.

The goal in creating the art exhibition, Shvarts said, was to spark conversation and debate on the relationship between art and the human body.

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My Prediction: Alan Keyes Will not Seek the Constitution Party Nomination for President

Alan Keyes’ “big announcement” yesterday was that he is leaving the RepublicanParty and may join the Constitution Party and may seek their nomination for President. He did not say he is joining the CP and the Convention is a week away.

I have been thinking this might happen for a while. Keyes can not afford to seek and lose the nomination of a minor party. It would end him as a credible candidate forever. And I don’t think he can win. There is too much opposition, and Chuck Baldwin is such a well liked and acceptable nominee to almost everyone.

Keyes needs to humbly join the Party with the understanding that the Party is non-interventionist. Then he needs to begin rethinking his foreign policy positions. Hopefully, he will see the light and become a non-interventionism promoting member of our non-interventionist party. There is no reason Keyes can’t change. Ron Paul changed the hearts and minds of many people, so it can happen.