Monthly Archives: August 2012

August 31, 2012

Tea Party To GOP: We Built Your Majority

“Their words and their actions speak for themselves,” Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the influential Tea Party Patriots wrote. “The term ‘tea party’ appears to have been banned from the convention.”

Tuesday’s theme at the Republican National Convention was “We Built It,” but the night’s speakers did not reference or mention the Tea Party movement that built the current Republican majority in the House during the 2010 midterm elections and infused a party that seemed all but moribund after the 2008 elections and the latter part of George W. Bush’s presidency with enthusiasm, life, confidence, money, manpower, purpose, and a little swagger.

On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who, like his father, Ron, is one of the most prominent symbols of the Tea Party movement that revolted in part against the spending habits of Republicans and Democrats during the last decade, addressed the RNC.

But even Paul did not explicitly mention or make note, by name, of the Tea Party movement.

This has left many Tea Partiers to wonder if the Romney campaign and the RNC are deliberately trying to disassociate the Republican and Romney brands on the national stage from the Tea Party brand that has given them momentum against Obama. Tea Party members were also perturbed, to say the least, that the RNC passed rules concerning delegate selection and convention rules that stripped power away from the grassroots on Tuesday.


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August 30, 2012

Movie of the Week: The Last Man On Earth

Based on the chilling Richard Matheson science fiction Classic “I am Legend” and later remade as “The Omega Man” starring Charlton Heston. Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) is the last man on earth, as far as he can tell. A plague killed everyone else on the planet several years ago. He was immune to it, and can only guess why. Vampires that were formerly human attack Morgan’s home every night.

Ted Nugent: Empire State Shooting ‘An Example of Failed Gun Control’

“Everybody dead in Aurora was unarmed and helpless. Everybody dead in Milwaukee was unarmed and helpless. Everyone dead at Virginia Tech was unarmed and helpless,” Nugent told Newsmax in an earlier interview this month. “How dare the president or Nancy Pelosi, or Bloomberg want more of that?”

Second-Amendment champion and rocker Ted Nugent expressed outrage at the shootings outside New York’s iconic Empire State Building on Friday, but pointed to the tragedy as a failure of gun control.

“The Empire State shooting is yet another gun free zone,” declared Nugent on Friday. “How’s that working NYC? Chicago? Philly? Newark? DC? Rwanda? Sudan? Syria? Mexico?”

Jeffrey Johnson, said to be a disgruntled laid-off women’s accessories designer shot a former co-worker to death in front of the Empire State Building, causing a chaotic showdown with police in front of one of the world’s best-known landmarks.

Police then killed 53-year-old Johnson but at least nine others were wounded, some possibly by police gunfire, city officials said.

A member of the NRA’s board of directors, Nugent is a passionate supporter of the Second Amendment freedom to bear arms and he unceremoniously dismisses recent calls for gun control based on what he considers to be an uninformed reaction to earlier mass-shooting tragedies in Aurora, Colo., and Oak Creek, Wis.


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Why Viacom Will Never Be Great Again

There’s a reason Netflix has 27.5 million streaming subscribers, shelling out $7.99 a month for the right to watch countless shows and movies — on their terms — without commercial interruptions.

If you’ve been noticing a little bit less of SpongeBob on Nickelodeon, Snooki on MTV, or Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central, it’s by design.

Viacom — the parent company of Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and several other cable mainstays — is increasing the number of commercials that it’s wedging into its shows.

Ratings tracker Nielsen is reporting that Nickelodeon and Comedy Central blasted 9% more ad time during the first half of this year than last year. Oh, and that follows a 4% increase for all of 2010 and a 7% spike in 2011.

That isn’t the boost in ad revenue, unfortunately. We’re talking strictly about the amount of time that someone watching two of Viacom’s flagship channels will be subjected to ads. If we add it all up, we’re talking about a roughly 21% increase in ad time over the past three years.

Really? Is this what you’re paying your cable company an armchair and an ottoman for?

We’ll Be Back After a Few Words From Our Sponsors

No one is going to deny a commercial broadcaster its right to cram as many as ads as it can into its programming. However, it’s also the right of a viewer to decide when enough is enough.

We live in impatient times. Folks want programming when they want it, and they’ll pay for not being inconvenienced.


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French Essayist Blames Multiculturalism for Breivik’s Killing Spree

“Multiculturalism, as it has been imported from the United States, is the worst thing possible for Europe … and creates a mosaic of ghettoes in which the [host] nation no longer exists,” French author Richard Millet told France Info radio.

Anders Behring Breivik in a courtroom in Oslo on Aug. 24, 2012, the day he was sentenced to the maximum 21 years in prison

New essays by French author Richard Millet, which say Anders Behring Breivik’s Norwegian massacre was the result of immigration and multiculturalism, have caused an uproar in France

Richard Millet is an accomplished figure in French literature. His book Le Sentiment du Langue (The Feeling of Language) won the Académie Française’s 1994 essay award. His work as an editor for celebrated publisher Gallimard, meanwhile, helped produce two recent Prix Goncourt winners — including the 2006 novel Les Bienveillantes (The Kindly Ones) by American author Jonathan Littell. Now, however, Millet is getting attention of an entirely different kind with a new work attacking immigration and multiculturalism, and describing the acts of convicted Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik as “formal perfection … in their literary dimension.”

That bookish qualifier, says newsweekly L’Express in its critique of Millet’s new essay, “Éloge Littéraire d’Anders Breivik” (Literary Elegy of Anders Breivik), is a “gratuitous facade” for an otherwise “vindictive text” and thesis. Indeed, though Millet states he does not approve of Breivik’s murderous actions on July 22, 2011 that left 77 people dead, he does write the slaughter was “without doubt what Norway deserved.” The reason? Norway, Millet contends, allowed immigration, multiculturalism and the domination of foreign customs, language and religion to become such dominant influences that a self-designated defender of traditional society felt compelled to take decisive action.


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The Closing-Down of British Studies in the American Mind by Peter Sayles

“I realized that I would get my degree from this university but that my real education was in my own hands. It has been composed of both formal schooling and autodidactic reading—John Ruskin, Thomas Carlyle and Benjamin Disraeli. It’s a sad comment that these works are now practically samizdat texts at universities across the country.”

Thomas Carlyle

America’s immigration-driven slide into Third World status affects all areas of life. Thus American higher education has jettisoned traditional areas of study in favor of trendy, multicultural topics. In particular, the closing-down of British Studies in History and English Departments fills a young academic like myself with woe. Within a generation, many college graduates will be largely ignorant of British civilization and its profound influence on (pre-1965) American society.

Chronicled by professional organization such as the North American Conference on British Studies, (NACBS) the decline of tenure-track positions since 1970 is staggering and frightening.[NACBS Report on the State and Future of British Studies in North America, November 18, 1999]

Currently, a hiring season will produce only a handful (5-10) tenure track jobs that hundreds of applicants will compete for. In the past two hiring seasons, Wake Forest University and Lake Forest College saw record-breaking numbers of applicants for the single positions they offered. I’m told by a contact at Princeton that last year’s hiring season produced only one tenure-track opening in Early Modern British History. Coupled with the fact that over seventy percent of faculty are now off the tenure track, a full-time assistant professorship is becoming as rare as the dodo.

Increasingly, the lottery-winning applicants who gain positions do so by professing to be comparative historians—in other words, they make themselves more attractive to hiring committees by showing they are specialists in the Empire (Africa, Asia, trendy non-white peoples).

Many state universities now only employ one or two British History specialists while boasting multiple instructors trained in the latest victim studies, (black, gay, women’s histories).

This decline over the past two generations constitutes a dramatic abandonment of traditional scholarship.


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New Jersey mail carrier used daily postal route to distribute cocaine, feds say

The complaint said Nunez and her boyfriend admitted after their arrests that Nunez had been receiving packages addressed to her route that she knew contained controlled substances from a drug trafficking organization in Puerto Rico.

A mail carrier used her daily route to move cocaine shipments in falsely addressed packages on behalf of a drug trafficking organization based in Puerto Rico, federal authorities said Tuesday.

The U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey said Christina Nunez has admitted receiving packages of cocaine from Puerto Rico and passing them to a co-conspirator in Camden.

Nunez, her hair in French braids and wearing prison scrubs, was appointed a public defender Tuesday during her initial appearance in a Newark federal courtroom. She didn’t enter a plea. She later was released on $100,000 bail and is subject to electronic monitoring.

Prosecutors say Nunez, who was assigned to a post office in Secaucus, was responsible for moving more than 18 kilograms of cocaine from October 2010 until her arrest on Aug. 24. The 30-year-old from Lyndhurst is charged with conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine and mail theft. A spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service said her employment status following her arrest was not immediately known.

Her boyfriend also has been arrested and charged.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office said the approximate street value of the drugs wasn’t immediately available.


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Boehner: No One Reads GOP Platform

As early as 1996, Republicans urged the “elimination of the Departments of Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Education, and Energy, and the elimination, defunding or privatization of agencies” such as “the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Legal Services Corporation.” Again, despite GOP majorities in Congress and eight years of the Bush administration, every one of those departments and agencies remains in existence — and with a larger budget.

Amid all the cheers and jeers for the 2012 Republican Party platform, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) let slip the truth about that document: He hasn’t read it, and he doesn’t know anyone who’s ever read it or any other platform.

At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast August 27, Human Events’ John Gizzi asked Boehner about his comfort level with the recently drafted GOP platform.

“The Republican platform is circulating about in different copies, online, in print,” said Gizzi. “Based on the reports you’ve seen, is this a good document to run on fully, and in particular, the parts about auditing the Federal Reserve, number one, and the review of government agencies as to their efficiency without calling for shutting them down. Are those things you feel that Republican House members can run on comfortably?”

Boehner’s response: “Well, I have not seen the platform, but from every indication that I’ve heard I don’t see any major changes in this platform from what we have had in the past. And if it were up to me I would have the platform on one sheet of paper. Have you ever met anybody who read the party platform? I’ve not met ever anybody.”


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Video: Operation Fast and Furious

Has the Sinaloa drug cartel of Mexico replaced Whitey Bulger as the U.S. federal government’s most favored gang (MFG)? Why did the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), under Operation Fast and Furious, let criminals buy firearms, smuggle them across the Mexican border and deliver them into the hands of vicious drug cartels?

Criticising Cultural Marxism doesn’t make you Anders Breivik

So many of the tenets of the modern Left can broadly be described as Cultural Marxism – opposition to tradition and hierarchy, radical gender politics, the Marxist theory of race, intolerance towards non-orthodox thinkers, the necessity of changing the language, the idea that criminals are victims of society, marriage is oppressive and exploitative, and nations are artificial, imagined communities.

Antonio Gramsci, one of the intellectual fathers of Cultural Marxism

You know that thing when you’re stuck in a lift with someone and it breaks down and you’re alone, and then he mentions, offhand, that Cultural Marxists are trying to bring down Western civilisation? Yep, I know that situation – because I’m that man.

Following the sentencing of Anders Breivik, who used the phrase “Cultural Marxism” several times in his tortuously long book of self-justification, a number of articles have asked about the terrorist’s supposed hinterland and identified this obsession as a central theme.

On the BBC Matthew Feldman writes:

Literally hundreds of references to Breivik’s main enemy, “Cultural Marxism”, derive from the Christian Right in the US, while its allegedly anti-Judeo-Christian offspring, “multiculturalism” – for which, read “Islamification of Europe” – appears more than 1,100 times across Breivik’s 1,513-page manifesto.

And Daniel Triling argues in the New Statesman:

The “cultural Marxism” that Breivik blamed for Europe’s Muslim takeover is a conspiracy theory that was born in the US. It contends that a small group of Marxist philosophers associated with the Frankfurt school of critical theory plotted to destroy western civilisation by encouraging multiculturalism, homosexuality and collectivist economic ideas.


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