Friday, March 18, 2005

THE LEFT'S THOUGHT GULAG

Three Blog Cheers for David Limbaugh. He has given a precise and correct definition for Political Correctness in his Townhall.com article: Lawrence Summers and the left's thought gulag.

"It's time we call political correctness what it is: a liberal code of thought, speech and conduct. Anyone who thinks conservatives are behind any of this lunacy is either uninformed or being dishonest."

I would say it is high time we called a spade a spade (and that is NOT a racist comment no matter how much the Left's Thought Gulag tries to tell you differently.) Words @ Random's Word of the Day section defines it as such:

"To call a spade a spade, which means, ironically for this discussion, 'to speak plainly and bluntly; to speak without euphemisms', is first found in Ancient Greece. The exact origin is uncertain; the playwright Menander, in a fragment, said "I call a fig a fig, a spade a spade," but Lucian attributes the phrase to Aristophanes. Later, Plutarch notes that "The Macedonians are a rude and clownish people who call a spade a spade." (It is worth noting that the Greek word translated as "spade" seems actually to mean something like "bowl" or "trough"; the "spade" may be based on a Renaissance mistranslation. In this case the original expression was "to call a bowl a bowl," and thus the "spade" expression is "only" 500, rather than 2,500,
years old.)"

Unfortunately, they give a nod to the LIBERAL CODE of Political Correctness lest the Thought Police come after them...
"Let's get two things straight here: first, the expression to call a spade a spade is thousands of years old and etymologically has nothing whatsoever to do with any racial sentiment. The second is that in spite of this, some people think it is a racial statement, and therefore it should be treated with some caution."
I say BS to so much as a nod to the LIBERAL CODE! And RIGHT ON Mr. Limbaugh as he goes on to explain the Liberal Code further:
... "The dirty secret -- at least it's a secret to liberals -- is that political
correctness, emanating as it does from a liberal mindset, is not open-minded, it's not inviting, and it's not progressive or enlightened. It is the antithesis of what liberalism claims to be all about."

"No, the liberal code is illiberal, it's close-minded, censorial, tyrannical, oppressive, uncompassionate, intolerant, anti-libertarian, anti-intellectual, anti-academic inquiry, arrogant, proud and unforgiving."

... "How can anyone take such people seriously? They not only don't value President Summers' views (or those of anyone else who runs afoul of the "code"), they won't even let him bring certain subjects up for discussion. This isn't just thought control, it's thought prison."

"The Left is increasingly intellectually bankrupt and delusional. But worse, it has become boorishly dictatorial, not even sparing would-be allies, like Clintonite Lawrence Summers, from its hellish wrath, if they dare not just to disagree with their dogma, but to express a willingness to consider ideas the 'code' forbids."
Go read the Limbaugh article and cheer on this Write Wing Warrior's efforts to expose and eradicate Liberalism.

BREAKING NEWS

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) - Doctors removed Terri Schiavo's feeding tube Friday despite an extraordinary, last-minute push by Republicans on Capitol Hill to use the subpoena powers of Congress to keep the severely brain-damaged woman alive, a source close to the case told The Associated Press.

THE LAST DITCH EFFORT: "The Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee, Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) has requested Terri Schiavo to testify before his congressional committee, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. In so doing it triggers legal or statutory protections for the witness, among those protections is that nothing can be done to cause harm or death to this individual. Members of Congress went to the U.S. Attorney in DC to ask for a temporary restraining order to be issued by a judge, which protects Terri Schiavo from having her life support, including her feeding and hydration tubes, removed... Developing..."

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. Mar 18, 2005 — The presiding judge in the case of Terri Schiavo ruled Friday that the feeding tube keeping the brain-damaged woman alive can be removed despite efforts by congressional Republicans to block the move by seeking her appearance at hearings.

Pinellas Circuit Judge George Greer refused a request from U.S. House attorneys to delay the removal, which he had previously ordered to take place at 1 p.m. EST. Greer determined that it should go forward about an hour after another judge issued a temporary delay blocking the tube's removal."


The LAST DITCH efforts to prevent the execution of Ms Schiavo appears to have indeed failed according to a Reuters report.

I do not agree with the
article by Peggy Noonan who often tends to blame and tirade against Republicans.

"... note to the Republican leadership in the House and Senate: You have to pull out all the stops. You have to run over your chairmen if they're being obstructionist for this niggling reason and that. Run over their egos, run past their fatigue. You have to win on this. If you don't, you can't imagine how much you're going to lose. And from people who have faith in you.

Bill Frist and Tom DeLay and Jim Sensenbrenner and Denny Hastert and all the rest would be better off risking looking ridiculous and flying down to Florida, standing outside Terri Schiavo's room and physically restraining the poor harassed staff who may be told soon to remove her feeding tube, than standing by in Washington, helpless and tied in legislative knots, and doing nothing.

Issue whatever subpoena, call whatever witnesses, pass whatever emergency bill, but don't let this woman die."

I think (and truly hope) that the citizens who have taken up the banner for Terri Schiavo will remember and blame the ones truly responsible... liberals and their judicial and congressional activists.

LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF THOSE WHO THREATEN IT

Mark this day on your perpetual calendar. It is another day that should and will live on in infamy... the day that the courts succeeded in establishing another group against which they have issued a LICENSE TO KILL.

On another day just as dastardly, January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court gave its stamp of approval for the LICENSE TO KILL all unborn babies if their mother so desired. March 18, 2005 will now forever be known as the day the courts forced upon us the 'right' to kill persons that suffer severe injury or illness after birth. Today the court-ordered death sentence of Terri Schindler-Schiavo will be carried out.

The Federalist Patriot, who has been a staunch champion advocating for the life of Ms Schindler-Schiavo, capsulized the case for us and it is a hard pill to swallow.

"The details of Terri Schiavo's case, and concern for the precious value of her life, raise important moral and ethical questions which should concern all Americans. Who should decide the fate of a disabled person needing essential medical care and interventions? Are courts really the proper venue for resolving disputes over whether to continue or withhold life-preserving treatment? Should the government be involved at all?"

The Federalist contends, accurately, that this case is about the judiciary protecting its power and supremacy over the executive and legislative branches of our government. That power has consistently been focused on overturning the constitution, to render it toothless and useless and then eventually to order it's execution.

Evidence of that truth is not hard to find. Consider the comments (online at RadioBlogger) made by the Democrat Darling Barbara Boxer at a recent Move.On.org rally held in support of the obstruction efforts by congressional Democrats... "Why would we give lifetime appointments to people who earn up to $200,000 a year, with absolutely a great retirement system, and all the things all Americans wish for, with absolutely no check and balance except that one confirmation vote? So we're saying we think you ought to get nine votes over the 51 required. That isn't too much to ask for such a superimportant position. There ought to be a super vote. Don't you think so? It's the only check and balance on these people. They're in for life. They don't stand for election like we do, which is scary."

The WSJ Best of the Web has this say about it: "Now, maybe it's a good idea to require 60 votes to confirm a judge, though we don't seem to recall Boxer or any other Democrat suggesting it in 1993-94, when it would have allowed minority Republicans to block Clinton appointees. But the Constitution requires only a majority vote. If Boxer thinks a supermajority would be better, she should propose a constitutional amendment--one that would impose the rule for all time, not just when it's expedient for the Democrats."

As you can see, the eventual eradication of the Constitution is an essential component of the Liberal Manifesto for, as the Federalist points out, our Constitution defines certain rights as God-given (can't you just hear the liberals shudder.) These rights, according to the Constitution are "unalienable." That means the rights of the innocent cannot be surrendered, transferred, abridged, or removed by anyone, not even the courts. The Liberals CANNOT abide this as it interferes with one of their primary goals: replacing God.

"The measure of a society is how they treat the least of us," The Federalist further quotes Kate Adamson (who testified that the removal of her feeding tube caused excruciating pain that she recalled even after recovering from her "permanent vegetative state") She states, "Life is sacred or meaningless, there is nothing inbetween."

Both the House and Senate of the USA as well as Florida have introduced and/or passed bills that supposedly will rectify the injustice of courts being able to kill incapacitated adults that do not have the safeguards and protections of the appeal process (including clemency and pardons) that do the murdering bastards on death row. Unfortunately, liberal opponents have thrown enough obstructions into the process that there is no hope of the bills making their way into law in time to prevent Michael Schiavo from legally killing his wife , succeding now where he allegedly failed to kill her illegally in the first place.)

QUOTES

"The case of Terri Schiavo raises complex issues. Yet in instances like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws, and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life. Those who live at the mercy of others deserve our special care and concern. It should be our goal as a nation to build a culture of life, where all Americans are valued, welcomed, and protected -- and that culture of life must extend to individuals with disabilities." --President George W. Bush

"Do we want to reinforce the fear that the infirm are no more than a burden on the healthy? We need to send a message that even in our darkest hours, life is still worth living, that loved ones will come alongside to help, and that doctors will treat pain effectively and compassionately -- not with a lethal prescription." --David Stevens, M.D., executive director of the 17,000-member Christian Medical Association, an alternative to the American Medical Association, which long ago abandoned the Hippocratic oath, especially the part, "First do no harm..."

"Terri Schiavo, and men and women like her, deserve the same due-process rights that death row inmates are granted. When a court is making a life-or-death decision for a disabled person who has been charged with no crime, shouldn't they be afforded independent counsel to speak on their behalf?" --Florida Republican Rep. and physician Dave Weldon, sponsor of the House of Representatives version of the "The Incapacitated Person's Legal Protection Act," which extends federal habeas-corpus protections -- now available to convicted felons -- to innocent disabled persons set to be executed by legal order.

KING SOLOMON HAS LEFT THE BUILDING

"...a dilemma for the national conscience."

"...everyone's stricken loved one the lost daughter, the spouse beyond reach who resides in the dark corners of our worst fears..."

"She's the blank slate upon which both sides in the culture wars can spell out their arguments. She's the Rorschach test for our most enormous, inchoate existential questions. What is the meaning of life, after all? And who gets to decide when it's worth it?"

"Like the miners and Baby Jessica, like Persephone in the underworld in Greek mythology, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White in fairy tales, Terri Schiavo is alive but beyond our reach. The heroine in a state of suspended animation keeps us hanging as well. We are drawn to her in the way we gravitate to the classic, archetypical stories that give substance to universal fears and wishes."

"Stripped of its legal trappings, Terri Schiavo's mystery is our mystery, the one we try to avoid most of the time. It's about how we measure the inherent value of a particular life, your particular life or mine."

"Terri Schiavo can't speak for herself. Into the silence, we project our deepest anxieties about existence and significance. We all wrestle with the meaning of our lives, but we're rarely called upon to quantify it or justify our existence before the court of public opinion. So Terri Schiavo becomes a surrogate for our self-evaluation on some cosmic scale. How would I weigh in if my life hung in the balance? "

This soul-wrenching equivocation is stomach-wretching. Acknowledging that there could be another side in this particular situation is like validating the NAZI view of qualifying life on a sliding FASCIST-calibrated scale. This much vaunted right to die is thrown in our faces as justification for assisted suicide, mercy killing , and the passive euthanasia of "removal" of life sustaining "extraordinary" means. That nebulous SLIPPERY SLOPE our tyrannical Liberals say they fear so much from the Right THEY have shoved down our throats.

Ignoring for the moment, the little mentioned fact that her husband pocketed the million plus collected for her care, ignoring for the moment the buried charges that she suffered the brain trauma directly as a result of her husband's brutality, what is left? His claim she said, SHE SAID, that she would not want to live like a vegetable. How convenient. Worthy of a soap opera if it were not so horrifically real.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

REASON #1,000,006 FOR ERADICATING LIBERALISM

There has been much handwringing, soul-searching, by Liberal Cassandras as they make dire predictions about the collapse of our democracy if we so much as inconvenience one "detainee" at Guantanamo and other detention facilities. Subjecting them to conditions such as allowing them to believe themselves to be drowning or in imminent danger of drowning is described as "torture," which, according to the liberals, make us no better than the monsters we are fighting. If they are deprived of one meal or have their access restricted to Coca Cola, the Civil Liberties Union or Amnesty International runs to the International Court at the Hague.

Are they tortured? Depends on your definition of torture, I suppose. Suffice it to say that Marine Corps recruits at the now defunct MCRD in San Diego would not cry for the "detainees" at Guantanamo who would undoubtedly cheer at the sight of American women and children being incinerated by aircraft driven into US buildings (probably preferring to be the suicidal zealots flying said aircraft.) Under the liberal's definition of torture, most military recruits in boot camp would have grounds for law suits.

Our view on how we treat detaineed terrorists was summed up by an unusually patriotic American jurist who pointedly noted that the United States Constitution was not intended to be a suicide pact. We are not obliged to fight by the Marquis of Queensbury rules while our opponent is kicking below the belt.

Where are the liberals in the case of a bed-ridden woman-- innocent of any crime, terrorism or secession-- adjuged by court-appointed doctors who have made the diagnosis of Permanent Vegetative State-- although that diagnosis have been contradicted by other equally qualified physicians.

Never mind that this supposedly vegetative state does not prevent her willing care-givers-- her mother and father-- from giving her the love and nurturing which rewards them with what they think is a NON-VEGATATIVE response... Never mind the strong belief held by other doctors that Terri would respond to treatment and therapy (had it not been disallowed by the husband after he received medical malpractice compensation for that purpose.) In spite of all of this the liberal judiciary have given this woman's husband the right to execute her by dehydration and starvation and (barring an act of Congress or the intercession of the Supreme Court) one can presume that he will be more successful with the help of the courts.

Take note that no Civil Liberty Union or Amnesty International attorneys are championing Terri Schiavo's cause. Perhaps they are too busy filing legal motions to make sure terrorists are not uncomfortable or deprived of their daily bread, water and Coca Cola.

The liberals take great liberties in gleefully accusing Republicans and the Right of being hypocritical or inconsistent because they oppose abortion but support the death penalty ...

MEMO to Liberals: We oppose abortion for the same reason we oppose the execution of Ms. Schiavo... they are innocents, unlike the murderers, terrorists and criminals in general that you choose to champion so zealously.

Friday, March 11, 2005

LITIGATION: THE GREAT AMERICAN LOTTO

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We can all be comforted in knowing that the Great American Lotto is not only open to the truly deserving but has also been extended to those who are injured through their own stupidity, felons, con-artists and NOW illegal immigrants.

The Bronx Superior Court recently awarded $4 million to the worker. Problem is, he's an illegal immigrant, living in the Bronx with his wife and three kids. Apparently, the man worked for 15 years, most recently making $18/hour off the books, before sustaining severe injuries by falling from a scaffold. "The lesson today for all the undocumented immigrants of New York is they have the same rights to access the courts in New York City as any American citizen," said Brian O'Dwyer, the lawyer in the case.

A Warrior Salute to The Federalist Patriot

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

RANDOM RANTS 1

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I was glad to hear, that while one of my cinema heroes may not exactly be on the same page with me, politically, at least he doesn't have the puke-for-brains of your typical Hollywood Socialistic Liberal...

Clint Eastwood cleaned up at last night's Academy Awards, as he won for Best Director and his film "Million Dollar Baby" took home the Oscar for Best Picture. But he remains the center of a mini-political storm as debate rages over whether his film -- which features a paralyzed boxer who wants to die -- endorses euthanasia.

Mr. Eastwood says the controversy over his film's ending is overblown. He says people often assume his politics are tied up in the films he chooses, but adds, "If somebody thinks they know who I am because of a character I've played, it just means I played the role well, which is what you're supposed to do."

However, he is happy to sound off on his personal political views, which can be broadly described as libertarian. He stirred up a fuss a few years ago by speaking out in favor of a flat rate income tax. "Generally speaking, I always believe in being fiscally conservative, though it doesn't seem either party is in that category," he told Outside magazine in 2003. "I just think we should get off everybody's backs. We don't have to micromanage our society. It has to be run, but it doesn't have to be beaten to death."

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It is amazing to what lengths the Demwits will go to keep from keeping President Bush from getting credit for the outbreaks of Democracy in the Middle East... But let me tell ya... They Are NOT Random Acts of Democracy and the Dems notwithstanding... history WILL attribute to President Bush the attempt (and hopefully the eventual success) to bring freedom to the middle east (in much the same way it gave President Reagan credit for ending the Cold War over the Dems desperate attempts to place it elsewhere.) I think I just set the outline for my next essay post.

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Dennis Prager gives the most pragmatic definition of the cultural war being waged between the left and right in this country...

"The entire edifice of moral relativism, a foundation of leftist ideology, is built on the notion of feelings deciding right and wrong. ...

For liberals, the entire worth of the human fetus is determined by the mother's feelings. If she feels the nascent human life she is carrying is worth nothing, it is worth nothing. If she feels it is infinitely precious, it is infinitely precious. ...

[F]ar more conservative positions are based on 'What is right?' rather than on 'How do I feel?' That is why a religious woman who is pregnant but does not wish to be is far less likely to have an abortion than a secular woman in the same circumstances. Her values are higher than her feelings.

And that, in a nutshell, is what our culture war is about -- Judeo-Christian values versus liberal/leftist feelings." --Dennis Prager

WOW... I think that leads us to yet another post that must be written....

Thursday, March 03, 2005

MELLOW MUSINGS 1

I have gotten quite mellow (a somewhat unusual state for an unemployed writer) while sitting here looking forward to seeing my sweetheart for a great rodeo weekend (it's a Texas thang) and listening to one of the greatest CDs that has ever been burned (George Strait 50 Number Ones.)

I have therefore decided to follow the advice of my soul mate (to do more blog writing than blog reading) by combining the two and try jotting down my thoughts as I check out my favorite bloggers, commentators and wordsmiths. It may not be exactly what the love-of-my-life had in mind but I don't tend to be all that creative when I am in a mellow state... But then this is a vanity blog... so I don't have to worry about looking silly do I? So here are my MELLOW THOUGHTS for March 3, 2005...
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I am chuckling over an article by Ann Coulter, "Calling the Kettle Gay." It could be called "Let, go let Spongebob"... but since I can't improve on her discourse about how the Liberals stopped taking their frustrations out on smart, successful Black Republicans and started lashing out at the gays by outing the gay children of prominent Conservatives... I will just encourage you to read it.

Brent Bozell is asking "Is the Liberal Media Dead" in his take on the most recent explosion of hypocrisy by the MSM and the liberal Net frenzy about Gannongate (in collusion with NBC and MSNBC.)

For some inexpicable reason this has made me wonder about how I can master or, at the very least, conquer virtually any software program by playing around in it but cannot for the life of me figure out how to attach my digital camera to the tripod without step by step directions. I wonder if it is the same mental quirk that made me kick-hieny great at Tetris but totally hopeless at Super Mario Brothers... back when I had Nitendo freaks living at home.

Jonah Goldberg wades in on the pajama patriots that have the MSM in such a snit with an article, "The Medium Isn't the Message." He insists that it is not blogging itself that has created such a stir but that is has been a successful outlet for the idealology of the right-wing, much in the same vein as when the right-wing took talk-radio and made AM a viable and successful medium once again.
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"It is fairly easy to see that something important is happening in Lebanon, a move in the direction of independence and the idea of a civil society with democratic underpinnings that is reflected elsewhere in the Middle East. It is more difficult to figure out why it is happening just now, what forces have converged at this moment." --Orange County Register

CLUES FOR THE CLUELESS MEMO to the Orange County Register: Afghanistan... Iraq... elections... "Let Freedom Reign" ... President Bush was right after all about opening the door to democracy!
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As I begin reading more and more about our Supreme Court (Ayatollahs) I am beginning to lose this mellow mood, so I will stop for now and come back ready for battle once again.

You have a right to your own opinions - You do not have a right to your own facts!