Monthly Archives: May 2008

The wrath of Bob

Watch it, Scott McClellan – you don’t mess with Bob Dole:

In the e-mail, Dole basically describes the former White House press secretary as a traitor looking to cash in on the “liberal” media’s distaste for President Bush.

“There are miserable creatures like you in every administration who don’t have the guts to speak up or quit if there are disagreements with the boss or colleagues,” the five-term Kansas senator wrote to McClellan. “No, your type soaks up the benefits of power, revels in the limelight for years, then quits, and spurred on by greed, cashes in with a scathing critique.”

And this story suggests McClellan couldn’t help but betray Bush — after all, he came from traitorous stock.

But the more I think about this, the less I think he wrote it out of petty revenge for being fired. The book’s title says a lot: What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception. I think McClellan has three goals here. Continue reading

Malfunctioning Rifle Declared a Machine Gun: Man Gets 30-Month Sentence

“If your semiautomatic rifle breaks or malfunctions you are now subject to prosecution. That is now a sad FACT,” wrote Len Savage, a weaponry expert who runs Historic Arms LLC.

David Olofson, a drill instructor in the National Guard, has been found guilty of illegally transferring a machine gun because, through no fault of his own, his rifle malfunctioned and shot three times. Continue reading

First Mixed Martial Arts Show on Network TV this Saturday

CBS will be showing the first MMA event on network TV this Saturday. MMA has been very sucessful on cable, but this is a very big leap. How this show does will probably determine if there will be any future for the sport on network TV.

The promotion is EliteXC. Internet sensation “Kimbo Slice” will headline. (Google him.)

There will also be what is really a superior card (Faber vs. Pulver) by a superior promotion, WEC, on Versus on Sunday.

In Miami, Spanish becoming primary language

The demographic revolution continues:

In many areas of Miami, Spanish has become the predominant language, replacing English in everyday life. Anyone from Latin America could feel at home on the streets, without having to pronounce a single word in English. …

But this situation, so pleasing to Latin American immigrants, makes some English speakers feel marginalized. In the 1950s, it’s estimated that more than 80 percent of Miami-Dade County residents were non-Hispanic whites. But in 2006, the Census Bureau estimates that number was only 18.5 percent, and in 2015 it is forecast to be 14 percent. Hispanics now make up about 60 percent.

“The Anglo population is leaving,” said Juan Clark, a sociology professor at Miami Dade College. “One of the reactions is to emigrate toward the north. They resent the fact that (an American) has to learn Spanish in order to have advantages to work. If one doesn’t speak Spanish, it’s a disadvantage.”

Kinda reminds you of Kosovo, doesn’t it?

Middle Class taking a beating

With their communities open to invasion by Third-World thugs, their jobs outsourced overseas, and savings depleted by unnecessary, immoral foreign wars financed by deficits, the Middle Class is paying the price for the Federal government’s incompetence and criminality, and knows it:

Meanwhile, Americans aren’t feeling flush. Home values have plummeted more than 14% in the past year, according to the S&P Case/Shiller Home Price Index, which tracks 20 of the largest markets. That’s the sharpest rate in two decades. And wages are basically stagnant, rising only 0.6% between the first quarter of 2000 and the same period this year on an inflation-adjusted basis. …

Weighing even more heavily on consumers is uncertainty about where the economy is headed, said Ken Goldstein, economist with The Conference Board. It’s unusual to have such slow growth for so many months and Americans don’t know how to respond.

“What’s really pushing consumers into a funk is the fear of what’s coming next,” Goldstein said. “You can’t be sure you know exactly where we are or where we’re going. Consumers are afraid that the light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train.”

Why is this happening now? Why does the Middle Class feel abandoned? Continue reading

Norman Finkelstein Excluded from Israel

I haven’t seen much in the news about this. Norman Finkelstein was recently denied tenure for blatantly political reasons. According to RonL he didn’t deserve tenure, but his colleagues thought he did. I’m not too up on what is necessary to get tenure, but it seems to me that you can’t expect more than several books. At the least, there was a blatantly political effort to deny him tenure. Now this.

Unfortunately, Glenn Greenwald misidentifies the neocons as right-wing which we know they are not. I tried to register to post a comment on this, but for some reason it wouldn’t let me.

The New Fusionism – Libertarian-Constitutionalist

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything personally. I’ve been busy at work and on a recent vacation.

I just want to let everyone know that yours truly (Sean Scallon just to reveal my secret identity) has become CHT’s first elected official to public office (correct me if I’m wrong). I will take my seat on the Pepin County Board of Supervisors for District No. 8, which includes my home community of Arkansaw, Wisconsin, next month

Actually I was appointed to it. The long-time incumbent decided not to run again and no one filed to run for his seat before the spring election deadline. So that meant that whomever had the most write-in votes would win the election which was held back on April 19. I got my wife to vote for me so that tied me with three others with two votes while another fella got three write-in votes. Bigger family I suppose.

Well this fella’ found out he wouldn’t have the time to put into serving on the board so he declined the office. That left the three reamining vote getters. At first the county board said they were just going to draw straws to decide who would get the seat, but members of the Waterville Township Board, which includes Arkansaw, stepped in and said they wished to make a recommendation to the board. After all, it’s their township that’s being represented on the board, they wanted a say on who would represent them. I met with one of the board members working in my yard, wearing some pretty crappy work clothes with a two-day beard to boot.  Needless to say I didn’t think I would be given any recommendations. But maybe my look made me come across as a man of the soil just enough to impress the old retired farmer. It’s didn’t hurt either that I’m going to be youngest member of the board. In a lot of rural counties like Pepin, public offices like these are going unfilled because there’s fewer people around to do them or who are interested in serving. They’re basically turning into nursing homes.

Well my budding political career now begins on the county board and I now officially delcare myself to be the first Libertarian-Constitutionalist fusion politician in the nation.

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Some articles for your consideration…

Bill Kauffman has a great article  in the The American Conservative about the paleo left in the 1960s before it quashed by Marxists.

CP presidential nominee Rev. Chuck Baldwin has his latest article up entitled “The Superficial War on Terror”

Here are two new articles from CHT contributor Doug Newman: “A Quick Fix for Judicial Tyranny” and “America Has No Duty to Destroy Islam”

William Lind’s Strategy for Victory in Iraq: Pull Out and Allow a Viable State to Form

In his latest article, Freedomland, William Lind defines victory in Iraq and maps out how such can be achieved.

Reality of present-day Iraq:

The defining reality in Iraq is that there is no state. Because there is no state in Iraq, there is also no government. Orders issued in Baghdad have no impact because there are no state institutions to carry them out. Government institutions such as parliament and positions such as cabinet minister have no substance. Power comes from having a relationship with a militia, not a government office. The “Iraqi Security Forces” are groups of Shi’ite militias, which exist to fight other militias. They take orders from militia leaders, not the government. Government revenues are slush funds for militia leaders to pay their militiamen.

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Southern Baptist to Raise Issue of Public School Exodus Again

The last time this issue was raised the SBC rejected a call to remove Christian kids from public school. Hopefully, this time they will get it right. What more provocation do they need? Does Satan himself have to start teaching classes?

A resolution has been submitted for the upcoming business meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, which calls on parents to rescue their children from indoctrination in sexual deviancy in California’s public schools.

The resolution was submitted by Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr., and Bruce Shortt, two well-known critics of government-run schools — or as Baucham calls them, “the pagan schools.” (See related article) It points to recent legislation approved in California, known as SB 777, mandating that all students in public schools be taught that homosexuality is normal and should not be condemned. Also, earlier this year, a three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeals determined parents in that state have no legal right to home school.

And the 2008 Libertarian Presidential Nominee is… Bob Barr!

“I’m sure we will emerge here with the strongest ticket in the history of the Libertarian Party,” Barr stated in his victory speech shortly after being selected as the Party’s nominee. “I want everybody to remember that we only have 163 days to win this election. We cannot waste one single day.”

LP Press Release

The nomination race was neck and neck between Barr and Ruwart.

However, Barr managed to stay ahead in the sixth and final ballot, making him the winner:

Bob Barr: 324, Mary Ruwart: 276, NOTA: 26

Wayne Allyn Root won the Vice Presidential Nomination:

Root: 289, Kubby: 255, Williams: 14, NOTA: 6 Continue reading

Chuck Baldwin to Appear on Understanding Our Times Today at 4:00 pm EST

Our friend Kevin Thompson sent this along:

 

You will not want to miss this this broadcast! We will be airing an exclusive interview with the Constitution Party candidate for President, Dr. Chuck Baldwin. See why this is the man American needs in the White House! At the conclusion of our interview, I will be taking your phone calls.


Broadcast –
Understanding Our Times

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Time –
Saturday, May 24, at 4:00 pm EST

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Length –
30 Minutes

You can join us live Saturday afternoon at 4:00 pm EST, or download the broadcast in mp3 format at a time more convenient for you.

Because of Grace,

Kevin Thompson,
Rom 1:15

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Inside the mind of Condi Rice

Much has been written about the ethical shortcomings of Condoleezza Rice and other top officials in the Bush administration, but attempts to understand their psychology have usually degenerated into Maureen Dowd-inspired sneers. This marvelous piece is the exception. Rather than condemn or lampoon, it simply presents overlooked accounts of Rice’s early life to uncover the most significant influences on the mind of America’s present Secretary of State. It’s rather startling:

“Before Korbel’s class,” Mabry points out, “Condoleezza had only glimpsed the world of international power and intrigue while sitting with her father watching the nightly news, worrying about Castro’s missiles.” Korbel was a defender, according to Mabry, of the Stalin-Hitler pact, which the Central European-born professor saw “as another example of Stalin’s strategic genius and his success in building the Soviet state.” According to Elizabeth Bumiller, when Rice heard him lecture, she “fell in love” — the phrase she has used in virtually every interview she has given about this moment in her life. …

The lecture that so transfixed Rice was about the ruthless maneuvering and consolidation of power that allowed Stalin to propel himself from general secretary of the Communist Party to effective dictator of the Soviet Union. … Terry Karl, a Stanford political science professor who later taught with Rice, [said] … “Like some political scientists of the time, she was impressed with the efficiency and effectiveness of how the Communist parties exercised power.”

A Stanford faculty member quoted by Mabry noticed that when Rice became the university’s provost in the 1990s, communicating with her “was like talking to a brick wall. You’d try to say something, and she would say [banging on the table], ‘No, no, no!’ All I could think of was Khrushchev banging the shoe at the UN … She was a Sovietologist; she learned her lesson well from her subjects.”

It’s interesting how the belligerent and impermeable Neocon ideology, based as it is on its Trotskyite roots, exudes an abstract, martial appeal on such an emotional level. Rice, it appears, still holds a schoolgirl’s crush on the mythical man on a white horse, and is swept away by the display of raw power and male decisiveness, not unlike some female pro-war bloggers.

No wonder she never married. What flesh-and-blood man could measure up to her Spartan fantasy?