Monday, October 20, 2008

New Zeal Files

The Internet is a wonderful reflection of the real world, covering all and what not, from cookie recipes to historical background information about Chicago Machine politics, the birthplace of the Obama candidacy. The winning maroon formula may have been inspired by the culinary efforts of someone's great-grandmother from Wasila; the historical nugget on Chicago politics may just as likely stem from Kiwi, New Zealand.

You'll love the insider details, along the lines of 'this instrument is not a spanner, it is a wrench'. Likewise, we aren't Communist, we're Marxist ... well, never mind ... we'll be quoting extensively from three of New Zeal's research files, 36, 37 and 38:

"Obama File 36 How Socialist Was Obama's "New Party"?"

There has been a big buzz on the blogospere since US mega-blog Powerline picked up on evidence proving that Barack Obama was, in the mid '90s, a member of a short-lived socialist organisation, the Chicago New Party. Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), which also endorsed Obama that year and to which the Senator has longstanding and ongoing ties, has also been dragged into the fray.The Obama camp has countered in two ways.

Firstly-claiming that while Obama was endorsed by the New Party he was never a member. That lie is easily disposed of. Here is a photo of Obama and other New Party members, including Danny K. Davis (centre) from the front page of New Party News, Spring 1996. Page 2 includes this paragraph (...)

"New Party members won three other primaries this Spring in Chicago: Barack Obama (State Senate), Michael Chandler (Democratic Party Committee) and Patricia Martin (Cook County Judiciary)..."these victories prove that small 'd' democracy can work' said Obama".

Secondly-supporters claim that the New Party was not actually socialist. Long time Obama associate and former Chicago New Party activist Carl Davidson has posted this statement on several blogs.

The New Party in Chicago was never a socialist party. DSA in Chicago had little to do with it in any practical way. It was a pragmatic party of ’small d democracy’ mainly promoting economic reforms like the living wage and testing the fusion tactic, common in many countries but only operational in New York in the US. The main trend within it was ACORN, an Alinskyist outfit, which is hardly Marxist. Most socialist left groups either ignored it or opposed it, even if a few of their members took part in it. That’s the truth of the matter.

This is so far from the truth. The New Party was the creation of DSA and the radical community organisation ACORN-which was in itself something of a DSA front. In some areas the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) was involved, but in Chicago the CPUSA splinter group Committees of Correspondence (CoC) was more prominent. Carl Davidson is well aware that Marxists set up the Chicago New Party because he was one of them.

From Chicago DSA's New Ground of March/April 1995 (...) Carl Davidson wanted to focus on "voting patterns." ...To win elections, Davidson emphasized that there are two necessary coinciding factors. First, a passive majority... Secondly, a militant minority...

Davidson emphasized that in this historical period the Left's strategy must be electoral politics not revolution. Consequently the Left must galvanize the "majority" - the working class and poor... Moreover the democratic left needs get active in the New Party which has won 20 of 30 local elections. Thus a short-term strategy of working with the Democratic Party and in the long-term work with the New Party. (...)
If that's not clear enough I quote from Chicago DSA's New Ground of September/October 1995

The political entourage included Alderman Michael Chandler, William Delgado, chief of staff for State Rep Miguel del Valle, and spokespersons for State Sen. Alice Palmer, Sonya Sanchez, chief of staff for State Sen. Jesse Garcia, who is running for State Rep in Garcia's District; and Barack Obama, chief of staff for State Sen. Alice Palmer. Obama is running for Palmer's vacant seat...Although ACORN and SEIU Local 880 were the harbingers of the NP there was a strong presence of CoC and DSA (15% DSA)... Four political candidates were "there" seeking NP support."

Obama's 1996 New Party running mate, Danny K Davis was elected to the US Congress as a Democrat-the highest office won by a New Party candidate. (...) Carl Davidson is right in that the Chicago New Party was not OPENLY socialist. It was designed a vehicle for socialists to infiltrate leftist candidates into positions of power through the Democratic Party.

So Chicago New Party was socialist dominated, but what about nationally?

I have in my possession an undated New Party document from 1995 or 1996 entitled "Who's Building the New Party?"

It lists approximately one hundred

"community leaders, organizers, unionists, retirees, scholars, artists, parents, students, doctors, writers and other activists who are building the NP."

Those listed include (ed. lists a number of the Leftist intelligentsia, amongst whom Postmodernism's essential protagonist Noam Chomsky) Is there a pattern here?

While the New Party helped launch Obama's political career, the connections did not end there. (...) In August 2006 several former Weather Underground terrorists, including Ayers and Dohrn, joined leaders of DSA, CPUSA and CoC to form a new organisation-Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS). Several former New Party leaders joined the MDS board including Noam Chomsky, Carl Davidson, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher and since January 2007, chairman Manning Marable. (...) Early this year MDS board members Davidson, Ehrenreich and Fletcher joined with former Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) leader Tom Hayden and DSA linked actor/activist Danny Glover to form a satellite organisation, Progressives for Obama (PFO) (...) Progressives for Obama stated it can help the Illinois senator's ascent to highest office by contributing funds, using the Internet to reach "millions of swing voters;" defending Obama against negative attacks and making its agenda known at the Democratic National Convention.

"Progressives can make a difference in close primary races like Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Oregon and Puerto Rico, and in the November general election," the founders state.


The PFO website carries a long list of endorsers, many of whom are from DSA, CoC, SDS or the Weathermen (...) Is this all just coincidence?

Or are the same socialists who supported Obama in his 1996 State Senate race now trying to put their man into the White House? (...) >>>


"Obama File 37 Obama's Mentor, Frank Marshall Davis- Was He Still a Communist?"

Since New Zeal first publicised the connection, the late communist poet Frank Marshall Davis's relationship to Barack Obama has been the subject of thousands of articles, blog posts and talk back calls.


Obama's apologists first attempted to minimise the Obama/Davis relationship. As evidence mounted however, it became apparent that Davis was indeed a mentor to Obama. The relationship lasted from 1970 when Obama was ten until he left Hawaii for college on the mainland at age 18.

Next the Obamaphiles tried to minimise Davis's communism, portraying him as a benevolent civil rights activist and therefore, if anything, a positive influence on the young Obama.

Some have acknowledged that Davis did indeed briefly join the Communist Party in Chicago in the 1940s, but all that was well behind him by the time he met the young Obama.

As is common with Obama, the truth is distinct from the appearance.

Information from Davis's 601 page FBI file reveals that Davis (born 1905) became interested in the Communist Party as far back as 1931.

Certainly from the mid/late '30s to the early '40s Davis was involved in several Communist Party fronts including the the National Negro Congress, the League of American Writers, the National Federation for Constitutional Liberties and the Civil Rights Congress

The FBI first began tracking Davis in 1944 when they identified him as member of the Communist Party's Dorie Miller Club in Chicago-card number 47544.

Davis taught courses at the party controlled Abraham Lincoln School in Chicago and attended meetings of the party's Cultural Club until he left for Hawaii in 1948.

In Hawaii Davis became a columnist for a union financed, communist controlled newspaper, the Honolulu Record.

Despite going underground in 1950, the Hawaiian CP was one of the most dynamic in the US at the time. The mainland put huge resources into the Hawaiian party because the Soviets wanted the US military presence on the islands shut down. The Hawaiian CP was charged with agitating against the US military bases at every opportunity. Several times the FBI observed Davis photographing obscure Hawaiian beaches-possibly for espionage purposes. (...) The FBI monitored Davis for at least 19 years. They marked him down for immediate arrest should war break out between the US and the Soviet Union-an honour reserved only for the most dangerous subversives. (...) When Obama decided to go to Chicago in 1983 to become a "community organiser" he was inspired by that year's election of Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington.

A long time friend of the Chicago Communist Party, Washington would have almost certainly known Frank Marshall Davis from his post-War student days.

It would be interesting to know if Frank Marshall Davis ever told the young Obama about Harold Washington and his leftist connections.

What connection did Obama have to Chicago other than his boyhood mentor Frank Marshall Davis? >>>


"Obama File 38 Barack Obama, Frank Marshall Davis, Vernon Jarrett-One Degree of Separation"

Why did Barack Obama move to Chicago? Why did he choose a city famous for its corruption and distrust of outsiders as a launching pad for his political career? Did Obama's boyhood mentor, life long communist Frank Marshall Davis influence that choice? Obama admits he was inspired to first move to Chicago in 1983 by the election of the city's first black mayor Harold washington. Frank Marshall Davis had lived in Chicago for many years until moving to Hawaii in 1948. He had been active in Chicago's post War Communist Party while Harold Washington was a left leaning young law student. Had the two ever met? Possibly not, but there was only one degree of seperation. (...)

Harold Washington defeated the Daley machine to win the mayoralty backed by a coalition led by Chicago's Communist Party and the local branch of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). (...) Washington was close to Chicago DSA, which in turn went on to endorse Barack Obama during his 1995/96 illinois State Senate race. (...) The Chicago Communist Party was right behind Harold Washington, just as they later supported his "proxy protoge" Barack Obama. (...)

I quote from remarks by Illinois Communist Party organiser John Bachtell to a "Special District Meeting on African American Equality and Building the Communist Party and Young Communist League, Chicago", IL September 30, 2007

(...) The African American community, and especially trade unionists have played a crucial role in the struggle to defeat the ultra right. This includes massive voter turnout in election after election, but also the swing state mobilizations in 2004.

This was also reflected in the historic election of Barack Obama. Our Party actively supported Obama during the primary election. Once again Obama’s campaign reflected the electoral voting unity of the African American community, but also the alliances built with several key trade unions, and forces in the Latino and white communities.

It also reflected a breakthrough among white voters. In the primary, Obama won 35% of the white vote and 7 north side wards, in a crowded field. During the general election he won every ward in the city and all the collar counties. This appeal has continued in his presidential run.

Chicago Communist Party member and pro-Obama activist Pepe Lozano quoted black trade unionist Elwood Flowers in this February 23rd 2008 article from the Peoples Daily World.

The movement to elect Barack Obama today is almost identical to Washington’s, but nationwide, said Flowers. “Our members wanted to be involved in the political process, similar to people today for Obama,” said Flowers.

“What Obama can do for the country will help all communities including providing jobs and health care. And the number one issue is stopping the Iraq war, which is draining our economic resources. If those things bear fruit, then they will benefit all working-class communities,” he added. (...)

In 1992 Barack Obama worked for the ACORN offshoot Project Vote to register black voters in aid of the Senate Campaign of Carol Moseley Braun. Unsurprisingly Moseley Braun had strong Communist Party and DSA ties and was Harold Washington's legislative floor leader.

Obama helped Moseley Braun win her Senate seat, then took it over himself in 2004-backed of course by the same set that had elected his political "ancestors" Washington and Moseley Braun.

Commenting on the 1992 race Vernon Jarrett wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times of August 11th 1992 (...) If Project Vote is to reach its goal of registering 150,000 out of an estimated 400,000 unregistered blacks statewide, "it must average 10,000 rather than 7,000 every week," says Barack Obama, the program's executive director... (...)

Valerie Jarrett [daughter-in-law of legendary journalist of the black run newspaper Chicago Defender, who died in 2004] is a close friend of both Barack and Michelle Obama. Jarrett met Barack Obama when she hired Michelle to work with her in Mayor Daley’s City Hall. Valerie Jarrett ran the finances for Obama’s 2004 Senate bid and served as treasurer of Obama's HOPEFUND. According to Take Political Action May 24th 2008;

"She’s always been the other side of Barack’s brain.” That’s how an Obama insider described Valerie Jarrett as an Obama campaign aide announced Thursday night the former CTA chief and current Habitat Co. CEO is taking on a larger role to help her close friend win his White House bid.

The development comes as Jarrett, a charter member of Sen. Barack Obama’s kitchen cabinet, has been formalizing her portfolio and stepping up the pace within the past few weeks as a top advisor within the campaign.

Though she will be part-time, Jarrett will be one of the most visible and powerful African-Americans in the top rungs of the Obama operation...


Valerie Jarrett has been tipped for a top post in an Obama administration.

Did this all start with an almost forgotten communist poet named Frank Marshall Davis? >>>

Read it all on New Zeal >>>

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Postmodern Ravages: archive

A related puzzle is explaining why postmodernists (...) are the most likely to engage in ad hominem argument and name-calling, the most likely to enact "politically correct" authoritarian measures, and the most likely to use anger and rage as argumentive tactics (...) calling (...) opponents of affirmative action bigots and lumping them in with the KKK (...) "all heterosexual males are rapists" (...) Why is it that among the far Left (...) only true champion of civility (...) we find that habit least practiced and even denounced?
-- Stephen Hicks, "Explaining Postmodernism" (Scholarly Publishing, 2004) (p. 86) Now available online

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Back to the current file <<<

This tweet, just picked up under the radar gives an excellent insight into the pomo mind and its approach to war, peace and ethics:
"What's with this Obama guy? He bombs Moon day he is nominated for Peace Prize then escalates Afghan war just before he is to go accept it." [sic]
It's again the result of sloppy logic of course, along the line of blaming spoons for making you fat. It's not just spoons that are immoral, it's weapons, atom bombs and any other neutral implement that may be used to issue a blow. The pacifism is given in by ignoring human free will, while at the same time preserving the ethics of good intent.

Peace isn't the absence of war or an end in itself, but the byproduct of a set of circumstances, for example a balance of power! The Cold War remained largely cold because of the doctrine of mutually assured destruction, just as a weak or a pacifist US President is an open invitation for international adventurism.

What would the self-respecting postmodernist do then? Wave the white flag and surrender his values? No, he just keeps on arguing that no such thing will ever happen. The opponent is a fearmonger and an alarmist, and goes on to foist the absolute truth of ClimateGate upon the rest of the world!

We've just started. Watch and hear also just how appalled Bill Ayers is with Barry O.

Dec. 4, 2009
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Dr Sanity: "GLORY TO POSTMODERNISM SCIENCE!"

From American Thinker, I found the link to this article in The New Scientist--which is absolutely astonishing (not in a good way, I might add):

If you want to get a message across to the public, don't obsess about facts. Just look at Al Gore's climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Olson says. The film contained more than a few factual errors, but it also had a profound influence on the world's attitude to climate change. Perhaps compromising on accuracy is a necessary evil...is this really the right way for scientists to go? With climate change, perhaps the end justifies the means... given Gore's success and the prevalence of scientific illiteracy, it remains an interesting path to consider.

In other words: truth is irrelevant, lying is perfectly ok, and "compromising on accuracy is a necessary evil" --particularly when it is some important issue like climate change...or any other issue deemed important for social policy by the political left. It is, after all, for our own good! A "greater good" !

Stephen Hicks in his book quotes Frank Lentricchia, a noted Duke University literary critic. Postmodernism, says Lentricchia, "seeks not to find the foundation or conditions of truth but to exercise power for the purpose of social change." (...) >>>

Oct. 7, 2009
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Wilders' critics reveal a staggering capacity for dishonesty and equivocation. What's more, of racism ... theirs! In the process of dealing with Wilders as suffering from psychological trauma due to his "Indo roots", the criticism also once again lands one on the jaw of all "colonials," lumping them as a group with members of the Dutch Nazi party NSB. That was plain mean and dishonest. Simply ludicrous is the assertion that yet "others belonged to the far-right of the right-wing liberal party VVD" ... get your cognition around that insinuation!

NRC: "Geert Wilders' Indonesian roots define his politics, says anthropologist"

The rumour had been circulating for years: Geert Wilders is an 'Indo' (an Indonesian-European, an ethnic mix that originated when the Dutch colonised Indonesia). In June a genealogist said he had found several Indonesian ancestors of the populist Dutch politician known for his rabid anti-immigrant and anti-Islam ideas. Now anthropologist Lizzy van Leeuwen describes how his roots can be seen as the driving force behind his outspoken views.

In an article in the left-wing weekly De Groene Amsterdammer Van Leeuwen asks: "Is it possible that the post-colonial and family history have made Wilders what he and his politics are today?" The article is an intellectual attempt to analyse what drives Wilders to say that "all immigration from Islamic countries should be halted" and that "all fundamental problems in the Netherlands are related to immigration". The conclusion reached by Van Leeuwen is that these statements - plus the fact that he dies his hair peroxide blond - are indeed related to his genealogical link to the largest Islamic country. (...) >>>

Sept 4, 2009
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... and for those with the wrong set of genes, there's hope for you yet! Remember "One Flew Over"? It's back! "Parts of the brain can learn entirely new tricks. Neural pathways are not fixed, and even much of the damage done by deprivation in childhood can be repaired with the right circumstances of example, support and determination. We can shape our own brains to create new habits that we might have thought we were not capable of" ...

Dr Sanity: "PREPARE FOR THE NEW ENLIGHTENMENT!"

All those people who noticed that these days we seem to be living Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, better prepare themselves for even worse. The anti-humans are now preparing us for the world of Rand's Anthem. In fact, soon the "scientific debate" about whether or not there is even an "I" will be declared over, at least according to this gushing article:

(...) There are two other areas of this new brain research which are arguably more important. First, we have much underestimated the social nature of the brain: how primed it is to recognise, interpret and respond all the time to the input of others and how that lays down patterns which govern our behaviour. We are herd-like animals who show a strong tendency to conform with group norms; what makes our brains so much bigger than other primates is this remarkable capacity for social skills such as empathy, co-operation and fairness. Instead of the old metaphor of individuals as discrete entities like billiard balls, we need to think instead of them as nodes in a relationship network. (...) >>>

Aug. 24, 2009
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Al Gore's hysteria mongering ... haven't we reached climax yet? What will they think of next? I believe we've done the Four Horsemen of the Apocalyps, right?

Times Online: "Al Gore likens fight against climate change to battle with Nazis"

Al Gore today compared the battle against climate change with the struggle against the Nazis. The former US Vice President said the world lacked the political will to act and invoked the spirit of Winston Churchill by encouraging leaders to unite their nations to fight climate change. He also accused politicians around the world of exploiting ignorance about the dangers of global warming to avoid difficult decisions. (...) >>>

July 7, 2009
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As postmodern thought inevitably moves towards a thundering anticlimax, in a measure how the world has been turned on its head, one author has had the audacity to cast Gitmo inmates in the role of Dreyfuss, Bush in that of Hitler, and 'Islamophobia' as the new improved antisemitism - moral inversion made complete:

PJM: "German Daily: Bush Was Hitler", by John Rosenthal

(...) Beg
ley is “confident that the innocent Guantánamo detainees will one day be rehabilitated like Alfred Dreyfus finally was.” At Frankfurt’s Old Opera House, he apparently pleaded, moreover, for Germany to take some of these “innocent detainees,” “whose acceptance outside of America Begley described as a desirable act of friendship.” This is the totality of reality-negating absurdities coming full circle. Bush was Hitler. Guantánamo is the product of an “American Islamophobia” analogous to the German anti-Semitism that led to Auschwitz. But America can still redeem itself by “rehabilitating” the innocent Muslims incarcerated at Guantánamo, just as France eventually rehabilitated the falsely-accused Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus. And Germany can even help America to redeem itself, by accepting some of these innocent Muslims from Guantánamo, which would be an “act of friendship.” (...) >>>

June 29, 2009
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The awareness test in the video is brilliant! It separates the subjective 'narrative' from the objective and shows that objectivity is not that hard to achieve (as opposed to impossible, as held by the Kantians and Postmoderns); it also makes plane, how close to a confidence trick Postmodern thought actually is. Funny enough, the author of the item is a subjectivist himself who brings up the video in evidence of the veracity of his claim: if that was so we wouldn't be able to see the moonwalking bear no matter how hard we tried (PJM as a whole seems to be losing grip) ...

PJM: "In Politics Today, It’s All About the Narrative", by Charlie Martin

The real political story right now, at the dawn of the Obama administration, is the competition between narratives. (...) Understanding the impact of the narrative is essential. If you control the narrative, you don’t just control what gets reported. You control what people see and hear. For example, have a look at this video. (...) >>>

Read the rest of the yada yada

Feb 7, 2009
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... another case of hypercorrection ...

EURSOC: "Human Rights And Utopia"

Last week saw the tenth anniversary of the Human Rights Act, legislation which was meant to enshrine the European Convention on Human Rights into British law. (...) Few would argue with the words European Convention itself, but the implementation of laws introduced in the Human Rights Act (HRA) has been uniquely perverse. The HRA was presented by the new government led by Tony Blair as a symbolic gesture of shared idealism with our European partners: No-one in their right mind expected it to become a charter to defy everything from Britain's customary belief in natural justice to the Monarchy. (...) A system of justice upended, so the criminal sneers in the face of his victims; a populace led to believe that Human Rights are a sick joke by lawyers at the expense of the taxpayer; a government which intrudes on the privacy of individuals and households as never before; and presiding over all this, a document drawn up in the shadow of totalitarianism, used to smash apart an old consensus and replace it with a new Utopia. (...) >>>

Nov 19, 2008
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... mainstreaming pomo power ...

Conservative Strong AARM: "The Mainstreaming of Radicalism"
William Ayers will be on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday to sell his book. What the hell happened to my country? They are normalizing this crap. That's the part that sickens me. Not Ayers. The people who are putting him on TV. The people who will buy his book. The people who will continue giving ABC advertising money. The fact that ABC is owned by Disney. They are mainstreaming RADICALISM!

I want to take action against ABC. Even if they do a tough interview, which they won't, it doesn't matter. They are helping him sell his books and helping to mainstream and legitimize him and his radicalism. That's the point of all this stuff. He's just another guy on TV now. Author of "The Obama Nation", Jerome Corsi, said in an interview for World Net Daily with Andrea Shea King "We've got here a guy who is, in disguise, running as a black rage socialist activist trained by Saul Alinsky. (...) >>>

14th Nov 2008
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Politeia: "Welcome to Pomo Lingo: Alert John McCain"

In a recent post we explained that one Pomo way of shutting up an opponent is the racial slur, or any other expression of political correctness: it imposes self-censorship. A striking example from the campaign trail is the mindboggling chutzpah of Gov. David Paterson, referring to the McCain-Palin ticket as "vampires" and "blood suckers," while a day or so later accusing them of racism. Paterson has devised a delightful Postmodern thing no one has ever heard of: satirizing the profession of community organizing is "racist code"! (...) it works like positive discrimination: the more victimhood, the more speech rights (in tone, decibels, duration, weight and offensiveness). Paterson is very justified in his action because he - as a Democrat - is speaking in the name of all victimhood. John McCain - like the gentleman that he is - unawares of the booby traps set by Pomo lingo, has already fallen in line. (...)

From the campaign trail: the indignation about the fake accusation that Barack Obama is a "terrorist." Two things are happening here: para-exegesis and fake rage. The para-exegesis is the deliberate misinterpretation of the accusation. No one - except perhaps a hapless pundit giving way to prolonged provocation - has accused Obama of being a terrorist. The real morality behind the problem of hobnobbing with Ayers is the lack of judgment, promoting Sandinista type school councils (LSCs), making the Presidency vulnerable to blackmail, and showing a pattern of associating with the enemies of the land, a trait bordering treasonous behavior. (...)

... this entire thing of 'nasty McC and his mad followers' has all the hallmarks of a classic agitator set-up ... I'll tell ya, the media are either in the tank or exceedingly stupid (and no one would ever believe that) ... American Thinker: "Sabotaging GOP rallies", here in original: WSJ: "The Angry Right-Some disturbing--and embarrassing--behavior by McCain supporters" (...) >>>

11th Oct 2008
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... includes a WSJ video confirming that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been talking to FARC representatives ...

Politeia: "The New Radicalism of the Democrats"

After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi going against standing foreign policy in meeting President Assad of Syria, there's more evidence of the Democrats shifting from Social Democracy to far more radical positions. (...) In their stance against Western values of Capitalism, limited government and liberal democracy they take up positions originating in Kantian relativist philosophy: anti-reason, anti individualism, and pro collectivism. Anyone reading Fascist tendencies in the way some of the followers behave, is a keen observer: it is the winning combination of pragmatism (will, activism) and dogma (true belief), no questions asked. Add to that, admiration for revolutionary tactics as a means to the collectivist end, and we have a powerful cocktail for which any reasonable person should shrink. (....) >>>

8th Oct 2008

Update Nov 19, 2008: Ground zero of the Dems shift from classical Social Democracy to Postmodernism has now been identified as Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel ...
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USA Today: "Obama, the postmodernist," by Jonah Goldberg

Asked to define sin, Barack Obama replied that sin is "being out of alignment with my values." Statements such as this have caused many people to wonder whether Obama has a God complex or is hopelessly arrogant. For the record, sin isn't being out of alignment with your own values (if it were, Hannibal Lecter wouldn't be a sinner because his values hold that it's OK to eat people) nor is it being out of alignment with Obama's — unless he really is our Savior.
- Caption: Illustration by Suzy Parker, USA TODAY -

(...) Obama is a postmodernist. An explosive fad in the 1980s, postmodernism was and is an enormous intellectual hustle in which left-wing intellectuals take crowbars and pick axes to anything having to do with the civilizational Mount Rushmore of Dead White European Males. (...) Obama gives every indication of having evolved from this intellectual soup. As a student and, later, a law school instructor, Obama was sympathetic to Critical Race Theory, a wholly owned franchise of postmodernism. At Harvard, Obama revered Derrick Bell, a controversial black law professor who preferred personally defined literary truths over old-fashioned literal truth. Words are power, Bell and Co. argued, and your so-called facts are merely myths of the white power structure. When Hillary Clinton criticized Obama for being all about empty rhetoric and no action, Obama mocked Clinton — "Don't tell me words don't matter!" — sounding like a sorcerer offended by the suggestion that magic incantations are mere sounds. One reason Obama seems arrogant is that he can never admit he was wrong (...) Obama sometimes literally gets exasperated with people who think his words can mean anything other than what he thinks they should mean. (...) he has this grating habit of prefacing his new positions with something like "as I said at the time." But he didn't say "it" at the time, he said the opposite of "it." But saying that he said "it" is, to him, the same as having said "it." (...) Post-racial is just another convenient term used to advance a left-wing agenda under the guise of some highfalutin buzzwords. (...)

The Obama campaign (...) relationship to reality is almost theoretical. Sure, the campaign has policy proposals, but they are props to advance the narrative of a grand movement existing in order to be a movement galvanized around the singular ideal of movement-ness. (...) "We are the ones we have been waiting for!" Well, of course you are. (...) Nuclear war? Feh. No, walls, walls are the danger. Of course, these new walls aren't real. Some might even say they're just words. But not Barack Obama. >>>

Updated: 22nd Aug. 2008
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Dr. Stephen C. Meyer explains that the Climategate MO has also been at work in other areas where dissent collided with dogmatic science. The Sensuous Curmudgeon provides us with an instant illustration of the derision and ad hominem's you find your way if you happen to disagree with the "scientific" dogma consensus.

Human Events: "Climategate Recalls Attacks on Darwin Doubters", by Dr. Stephen C. Meyer

Believers in human-caused global climate change have been placed under an uncomfortable spotlight recently. That is thanks to the Climategate scandal, centering on e-mails hacked from the influential Climate Research Unit (CRU) at England’s University of East Anglia. The e-mails show scientists from various academic institutions hard at work suppressing dissent from other scientists who have doubts on global warming, massaging research data to fit preconceived ideas, and seeking to manipulate the gold standard “peer review” process to keep skeptical views from being heard. Does this sound familiar at all? To me, as a prominent skeptic of modern Darwinian theory, it sure does. For years, Darwin-doubting scientists have complained of precisely such abuses, committed by Darwin zealots in academia. (...) >>>
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The editorial in one of the Dutch mainstays of multiculturalism is more informative than its actual content. Gist: matters of national identity should be swept under the carpet; we should all just pretend the balkanization of our countries doesn't exist. Not Sarkozy! Let's shed some sunlight on the big, fat elephant in the room! Burqas aren't French.

NRC: "French identity debate is getting out of control"

The French government has successfully instigated a national debate on the French identity, but it is escalating into a free-for-all. (...) >>>

Dec. 22, 2009
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This tweet, just picked up under the radar gives an excellent insight into the pomo mind and its approach to war, peace and ethics:
"What's with this Obama guy? He bombs Moon day he is nominated for Peace Prize then escalates Afghan war just before he is to go accept it." [sic]
It's again the result of sloppy logic of course, along the line of blaming spoons for making you fat. It's not just spoons that are immoral, it's weapons, atom bombs and any other neutral implement that may be used to issue a blow. The pacifism is given in by ignoring human free will, while at the same time preserving the ethics of good intent.

Peace isn't the absence of war or an end in itself, but the byproduct of a set of circumstances, for example a balance of power! The Cold War remained largely cold because of the doctrine of mutually assured destruction, just as a weak or a pacifist US President is an open invitation for international adventurism.

What would the self-respecting postmodernist do then? Wave the white flag and surrender his values? No, he just keeps on arguing that no such thing will ever happen. The opponent is a fearmonger and an alarmist, and goes on to foist the absolute truth of ClimateGate upon the rest of the world!

We've just started. Watch and hear also just how appalled Bill Ayers is with Barry O.

Dec. 4, 2009
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Dr Sanity: "GLORY TO POSTMODERNISM SCIENCE!"

From American Thinker, I found the link to this article in The New Scientist--which is absolutely astonishing (not in a good way, I might add):

If you want to get a message across to the public, don't obsess about facts. Just look at Al Gore's climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Olson says. The film contained more than a few factual errors, but it also had a profound influence on the world's attitude to climate change. Perhaps compromising on accuracy is a necessary evil...is this really the right way for scientists to go? With climate change, perhaps the end justifies the means... given Gore's success and the prevalence of scientific illiteracy, it remains an interesting path to consider.

In other words: truth is irrelevant, lying is perfectly ok, and "compromising on accuracy is a necessary evil" --particularly when it is some important issue like climate change...or any other issue deemed important for social policy by the political left. It is, after all, for our own good! A "greater good" !

Stephen Hicks in his book quotes Frank Lentricchia, a noted Duke University literary critic. Postmodernism, says Lentricchia, "seeks not to find the foundation or conditions of truth but to exercise power for the purpose of social change." (...) >>>

Oct. 7, 2009
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Wilders' critics reveal a staggering capacity for dishonesty and equivocation. What's more, of racism ... theirs! In the process of dealing with Wilders as suffering from psychological trauma due to his "Indo roots", the criticism also once again lands one on the jaw of all "colonials," lumping them as a group with members of the Dutch Nazi party NSB. That was plain mean and dishonest. Simply ludicrous is the assertion that yet "others belonged to the far-right of the right-wing liberal party VVD" ... get your cognition around that insinuation!

NRC: "Geert Wilders' Indonesian roots define his politics, says anthropologist"

The rumour had been circulating for years: Geert Wilders is an 'Indo' (an Indonesian-European, an ethnic mix that originated when the Dutch colonised Indonesia). In June a genealogist said he had found several Indonesian ancestors of the populist Dutch politician known for his rabid anti-immigrant and anti-Islam ideas. Now anthropologist Lizzy van Leeuwen describes how his roots can be seen as the driving force behind his outspoken views.

In an article in the left-wing weekly De Groene Amsterdammer Van Leeuwen asks: "Is it possible that the post-colonial and family history have made Wilders what he and his politics are today?" The article is an intellectual attempt to analyse what drives Wilders to say that "all immigration from Islamic countries should be halted" and that "all fundamental problems in the Netherlands are related to immigration". The conclusion reached by Van Leeuwen is that these statements - plus the fact that he dies his hair peroxide blond - are indeed related to his genealogical link to the largest Islamic country. (...) >>>

Sept 4, 2009
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... and for those with the wrong set of genes, there's hope for you yet! Remember "One Flew Over"? It's back! "Parts of the brain can learn entirely new tricks. Neural pathways are not fixed, and even much of the damage done by deprivation in childhood can be repaired with the right circumstances of example, support and determination. We can shape our own brains to create new habits that we might have thought we were not capable of" ...

Dr Sanity: "PREPARE FOR THE NEW ENLIGHTENMENT!"

All those people who noticed that these days we seem to be living Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, better prepare themselves for even worse. The anti-humans are now preparing us for the world of Rand's Anthem. In fact, soon the "scientific debate" about whether or not there is even an "I" will be declared over, at least according to this gushing article:

(...) There are two other areas of this new brain research which are arguably more important. First, we have much underestimated the social nature of the brain: how primed it is to recognise, interpret and respond all the time to the input of others and how that lays down patterns which govern our behaviour. We are herd-like animals who show a strong tendency to conform with group norms; what makes our brains so much bigger than other primates is this remarkable capacity for social skills such as empathy, co-operation and fairness. Instead of the old metaphor of individuals as discrete entities like billiard balls, we need to think instead of them as nodes in a relationship network. (...) >>>

Aug. 24, 2009
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Al Gore's hysteria mongering ... haven't we reached climax yet? What will they think of next? I believe we've done the Four Horsemen of the Apocalyps, right?

Times Online: "Al Gore likens fight against climate change to battle with Nazis"

Al Gore today compared the battle against climate change with the struggle against the Nazis. The former US Vice President said the world lacked the political will to act and invoked the spirit of Winston Churchill by encouraging leaders to unite their nations to fight climate change. He also accused politicians around the world of exploiting ignorance about the dangers of global warming to avoid difficult decisions. (...) >>>

July 7, 2009
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As postmodern thought inevitably moves towards a thundering anticlimax, in a measure how the world has been turned on its head, one author has had the audacity to cast Gitmo inmates in the role of Dreyfuss, Bush in that of Hitler, and 'Islamophobia' as the new improved antisemitism - moral inversion made complete:

PJM: "German Daily: Bush Was Hitler", by John Rosenthal

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ley is “confident that the innocent Guantánamo detainees will one day be rehabilitated like Alfred Dreyfus finally was.” At Frankfurt’s Old Opera House, he apparently pleaded, moreover, for Germany to take some of these “innocent detainees,” “whose acceptance outside of America Begley described as a desirable act of friendship.” This is the totality of reality-negating absurdities coming full circle. Bush was Hitler. Guantánamo is the product of an “American Islamophobia” analogous to the German anti-Semitism that led to Auschwitz. But America can still redeem itself by “rehabilitating” the innocent Muslims incarcerated at Guantánamo, just as France eventually rehabilitated the falsely-accused Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus. And Germany can even help America to redeem itself, by accepting some of these innocent Muslims from Guantánamo, which would be an “act of friendship.” (...) >>>

June 29, 2009
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The awareness test in the video is brilliant! It separates the subjective 'narrative' from the objective and shows that objectivity is not that hard to achieve (as opposed to impossible, as held by the Kantians and Postmoderns); it also makes plane, how close to a confidence trick Postmodern thought actually is. Funny enough, the author of the item is a subjectivist himself who brings up the video in evidence of the veracity of his claim: if that was so we wouldn't be able to see the moonwalking bear no matter how hard we tried (PJM as a whole seems to be losing grip) ...

PJM: "In Politics Today, It’s All About the Narrative", by Charlie Martin

The real political story right now, at the dawn of the Obama administration, is the competition between narratives. (...) Understanding the impact of the narrative is essential. If you control the narrative, you don’t just control what gets reported. You control what people see and hear. For example, have a look at this video. (...) >>>

Read the rest of the yada yada

Feb 7, 2009
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... another case of hypercorrection ...

EURSOC: "Human Rights And Utopia"

Last week saw the tenth anniversary of the Human Rights Act, legislation which was meant to enshrine the European Convention on Human Rights into British law. (...) Few would argue with the words European Convention itself, but the implementation of laws introduced in the Human Rights Act (HRA) has been uniquely perverse. The HRA was presented by the new government led by Tony Blair as a symbolic gesture of shared idealism with our European partners: No-one in their right mind expected it to become a charter to defy everything from Britain's customary belief in natural justice to the Monarchy. (...) A system of justice upended, so the criminal sneers in the face of his victims; a populace led to believe that Human Rights are a sick joke by lawyers at the expense of the taxpayer; a government which intrudes on the privacy of individuals and households as never before; and presiding over all this, a document drawn up in the shadow of totalitarianism, used to smash apart an old consensus and replace it with a new Utopia. (...) >>>

Nov 19, 2008
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... mainstreaming pomo power ...

Conservative Strong AARM: "The Mainstreaming of Radicalism"
William Ayers will be on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday to sell his book. What the hell happened to my country? They are normalizing this crap. That's the part that sickens me. Not Ayers. The people who are putting him on TV. The people who will buy his book. The people who will continue giving ABC advertising money. The fact that ABC is owned by Disney. They are mainstreaming RADICALISM!

I want to take action against ABC. Even if they do a tough interview, which they won't, it doesn't matter. They are helping him sell his books and helping to mainstream and legitimize him and his radicalism. That's the point of all this stuff. He's just another guy on TV now. Author of "The Obama Nation", Jerome Corsi, said in an interview for World Net Daily with Andrea Shea King "We've got here a guy who is, in disguise, running as a black rage socialist activist trained by Saul Alinsky. (...) >>>

14th Nov 2008
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Politeia: "Welcome to Pomo Lingo: Alert John McCain"

In a recent post we explained that one Pomo way of shutting up an opponent is the racial slur, or any other expression of political correctness: it imposes self-censorship. A striking example from the campaign trail is the mindboggling chutzpah of Gov. David Paterson, referring to the McCain-Palin ticket as "vampires" and "blood suckers," while a day or so later accusing them of racism. Paterson has devised a delightful Postmodern thing no one has ever heard of: satirizing the profession of community organizing is "racist code"! (...) it works like positive discrimination: the more victimhood, the more speech rights (in tone, decibels, duration, weight and offensiveness). Paterson is very justified in his action because he - as a Democrat - is speaking in the name of all victimhood. John McCain - like the gentleman that he is - unawares of the booby traps set by Pomo lingo, has already fallen in line. (...)

From the campaign trail: the indignation about the fake accusation that Barack Obama is a "terrorist." Two things are happening here: para-exegesis and fake rage. The para-exegesis is the deliberate misinterpretation of the accusation. No one - except perhaps a hapless pundit giving way to prolonged provocation - has accused Obama of being a terrorist. The real morality behind the problem of hobnobbing with Ayers is the lack of judgment, promoting Sandinista type school councils (LSCs), making the Presidency vulnerable to blackmail, and showing a pattern of associating with the enemies of the land, a trait bordering treasonous behavior. (...)

... this entire thing of 'nasty McC and his mad followers' has all the hallmarks of a classic agitator set-up ... I'll tell ya, the media are either in the tank or exceedingly stupid (and no one would ever believe that) ... American Thinker: "Sabotaging GOP rallies", here in original: WSJ: "The Angry Right-Some disturbing--and embarrassing--behavior by McCain supporters" (...) >>>

11th Oct 2008
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... includes a WSJ video confirming that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been talking to FARC representatives ...

Politeia: "The New Radicalism of the Democrats"

After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi going against standing foreign policy in meeting President Assad of Syria, there's more evidence of the Democrats shifting from Social Democracy to far more radical positions. (...) In their stance against Western values of Capitalism, limited government and liberal democracy they take up positions originating in Kantian relativist philosophy: anti-reason, anti individualism, and pro collectivism. Anyone reading Fascist tendencies in the way some of the followers behave, is a keen observer: it is the winning combination of pragmatism (will, activism) and dogma (true belief), no questions asked. Add to that, admiration for revolutionary tactics as a means to the collectivist end, and we have a powerful cocktail for which any reasonable person should shrink. (....) >>>

8th Oct 2008

Update Nov 19, 2008: Ground zero of the Dems shift from classical Social Democracy to Postmodernism has now been identified as Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel ...
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USA Today: "Obama, the postmodernist," by Jonah Goldberg

Asked to define sin, Barack Obama replied that sin is "being out of alignment with my values." Statements such as this have caused many people to wonder whether Obama has a God complex or is hopelessly arrogant. For the record, sin isn't being out of alignment with your own values (if it were, Hannibal Lecter wouldn't be a sinner because his values hold that it's OK to eat people) nor is it being out of alignment with Obama's — unless he really is our Savior.
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(...) Obama is a postmodernist. An explosive fad in the 1980s, postmodernism was and is an enormous intellectual hustle in which left-wing intellectuals take crowbars and pick axes to anything having to do with the civilizational Mount Rushmore of Dead White European Males. (...) Obama gives every indication of having evolved from this intellectual soup. As a student and, later, a law school instructor, Obama was sympathetic to Critical Race Theory, a wholly owned franchise of postmodernism. At Harvard, Obama revered Derrick Bell, a controversial black law professor who preferred personally defined literary truths over old-fashioned literal truth. Words are power, Bell and Co. argued, and your so-called facts are merely myths of the white power structure. When Hillary Clinton criticized Obama for being all about empty rhetoric and no action, Obama mocked Clinton — "Don't tell me words don't matter!" — sounding like a sorcerer offended by the suggestion that magic incantations are mere sounds. One reason Obama seems arrogant is that he can never admit he was wrong (...) Obama sometimes literally gets exasperated with people who think his words can mean anything other than what he thinks they should mean. (...) he has this grating habit of prefacing his new positions with something like "as I said at the time." But he didn't say "it" at the time, he said the opposite of "it." But saying that he said "it" is, to him, the same as having said "it." (...) Post-racial is just another convenient term used to advance a left-wing agenda under the guise of some highfalutin buzzwords. (...)

The Obama campaign (...) relationship to reality is almost theoretical. Sure, the campaign has policy proposals, but they are props to advance the narrative of a grand movement existing in order to be a movement galvanized around the singular ideal of movement-ness. (...) "We are the ones we have been waiting for!" Well, of course you are. (...) Nuclear war? Feh. No, walls, walls are the danger. Of course, these new walls aren't real. Some might even say they're just words. But not Barack Obama. >>>

Updated: 22nd Aug. 2008
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... guess again, Tobe ...

The Spectator: "Status Anxiety," by Toby Young

(...) one area that has been neglected is the impact it (the internet) has had on the egos of journalists. (...) I mean the terrible wounds inflicted on people like me by the ‘comments’ that appear beneath our articles. (...) Every time you return to the relevant page on the paper’s website, there’s a new outpouring of vitriol. (...) by far the most spiteful are (...) readers of the Guardian. If you thought that Guardian readers were gentle, woolly-jumper-wearing types, think again. Judging from their ‘comments’, they are a barbarian horde of Orc-like savages, intent on crushing the skulls of anyone who dares to set foot in the media spotlight. (...) What takes your breath away is the sheer scale of their anger (...) an all-consuming rage. In my mind I can see this army of furious readers, eyes popping out of their skulls, knuckles white with strain as their fingers fly across their keyboards. What accounts for this level of animosity? (...) Indeed, one of the ironies of this sort of feedback is that discovering who your supporters are is often more alarming than finding out who your enemies are. Sympathetic or hostile, the ‘comments’ produce the overwhelming impression that most newspaper readers are complete nutters. (...) My theory is that a lot of them are frustrated journalists and, as such, they are angry about the fact that it is you who is being paid to air your opinions and not them. The rage they feel is the rage of impotency (...) >>>

Updated: 2nd Aug. 2008
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Front Page: "Assorted Nuts"

Jesse Jackson has always been known for his oratory. This week was no different, though for once his words revealed the content of his character and the temperament of the modern leftist warrior. Over a hot Fox News mic, the good reverend whispered his assessment of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. “Barack been [sic.] talking down to black people,” he said. “I want to cut his nuts out.” (...) Yet today the far-Left is the home of the most noxious racism. Further explicating himself, Jackson told a reporter Obama “is cutting off his you-know-what with black people.” Polls show Obama receiving 90 percent of black support. Yet there festers a continual debate – exclusively the province of the Left and of black racists – that asks, in the words of Time magazine, “Is Obama Black Enough?” (...) More importantly, it should underscore the Left’s viciousness, very much a corporate character trait. Rev. “Hymietown” has exposed his fallen side before. However, his seeming bloodlust – punctuated on video by a head-thrust and hand gesture – is a shared quality of the Left. (...) When no one is yet ill, the Left often openly vents its bloodlust. (...) racialism and anger were all-too real. >>>

Updated: 11th July 2008

Update:

... the passing of Tony Snow provides more where that came from - no wonder the psychological coping mechanism of projection is a riot with Leftists: unbridled hatred ... but we also need to take into consideration that politeness, etiquette and restraint on someone's character after passing, is just part of the 'corrupt' culture of the white patriarchal power structure - we don't expect blacks to behave like latter day versions of Lord Byron, so why think postmoderns will conform to 'old guard' mannerisms?

- Bald-Headed Geek: "Tony Snow, 1955-2008"
- Front Page: "Goebbels With Better Hair"
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Times Online: "David Cameron tells the fat and the poor: take responsibility"

David Cameron declared yesterday that some people who are poor, fat or addicted to alcohol or drugs have only themselves to blame. He said that society had been too sensitive in failing to judge the behaviour of others as good or bad, right or wrong, and that it was time for him to speak out against “moral neutrality”. In a conscious shift of strategy, the Tory leader said he would not shirk from discussing public morality and claimed that social problems were often the consequence of individuals’ choices. “We talk about people being ‘at risk of obesity’ instead of talking about people who eat too much and take too little exercise,” he said. “We talk about people being at risk of poverty, or social exclusion: it’s as if these things — obesity, alcohol abuse, drug addiction — are purely external events like a plague or bad weather. (...) >>>

Updated: 8th July 2008
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Townhall: "Return of the Math Wars," by Debra J. Saunders

1997 saw the height of the Math Wars in California. On the one side stood educrats who advocated mushy math -- or new-new math. They sought to de-emphasize math skills, such as multiplication and solving numeric equations, in favor of pushing students to write about math and how they might solve a problem. Their unofficial motto was: There is no right answer. (Even to 2 plus 2.) They were clever. They knew how to make it seem as if they were pushing for more rigor, as they dumbed down curricula. For example, they said they wanted to teach children algebra starting in kindergarten, which seemed rigorous, but they had expanded the definition of algebra to the point that it was meaningless. On the other side were reformers who wanted the board to push through rigorous and specific standards that raised the bar for all California kids. Miraculously (...) >>>

Updated: 22nd June 2008
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... as a matter of record pomos take everything literally. As they have an armory of linguistic and rhetorical tactics to choose from I'm not aware if this is done intentionally or not. It may be an influence of Derrida's 'close reading' which has a revolutionary approach to texts ...

MRCMRC: a nonsensical mettaphor sems like a delicious literary device, and can lure the unsuspecting reader and author into believing that have done something magnigficent . Look they say they say i have used a nmetaphor this must be good , weell it isnt and yiou arem=nt. every night when you go to bef=d thaank whtever god you pray to for having his owwn oprivate afffirn=mative action plan. you evidently need it. im afraid crap i crap even if yiou spell it krap.

Townhall: "Metaphors for Dummies*," by Mary Grabar

It appears that my use of war metaphors in the opening paragraph of my last column confused a number of people, including someone who blogs at both the American Spectator and the Huffington Post.* * My sentence, “Obama’s advance troops have already taken over our college campuses, have bound and gagged our conservative professors, have ravished our virgins, have pillaged our stores of wisdom, and have ensconced themselves in the thrones of power in deans’, presidents’ and department heads’ offices” was circulated around the blogosphere and set off a chorus of chortling (...)

I can tell you that conservative thought in most humanities departments has just about been banished. And I could count in numerous ways how this has been done. (...) The strategy of the leftists is to cast their critics as alarmist exaggerators. But those who have managed to escape academia and are safe in their journalism jobs also seem incapable of understanding how widespread the rot is. (...) Referring to conservative and intellectual in the same breath is likely to bring derisive laughter from humanities professors. The radicals are winning this war. We need the help of the public and our political leaders to break through the barricade. (...) >>>

Updated: 15th June 2008
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... pomos and their creative imagination when it comes to equivalencing their opponents ... wherever do they get the gross lingo ... call themselves Christians too ...

Front Page: "Anglican Bishop: Global Warming Skeptics = Child Molesters," by Mark D. Tooley

The May 31 article began: “The Bishop of Stafford has compared people who ignore the effects of climate change to the Austrian child sex monster Josef Fritzl.” In all too common fashion for Global Warming alarmists, the Anglican bishop recently employed a pastoral letter to liken dissenters on Global Warming to Josef Fritzl, who fathered seven children by his daughter, who was locked up in the basement across two decades. (...)

The Rev. Mursell’s apocalyptic understanding of climate change is woefully common among left-wing Western church officials, ever eager to replace their own depleted faith with the new political cause du jour. That new cause nearly always involves vast expansions of state power at the expense of personal liberty. Such demands for massively centralized regulation can only be morally justified by cosmologically immense potential catastrophes, scenarios on which Global Warming alarmists, especially on the Religious Left, are expert at portraying on a biblical scale. >>>

Updated: 4th June 2008
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Politeia: "Pomo Exegesis for Dummies"

(...) you should know that most of mainstream Christianity is up to its eyeballs in it. Whether it is the Emergent Church, the Purpose Driven Life, or the Contemporary Church Movement, almost all of us are trying to make our story the central theme of the Bible in some way or another."

Which is why only evangelism, Roman Catholicism and the Eastern Churches may survive the Pomo onslaught. Laugh what you will at their moonbatting: in respect of Operation Western Deconstruct they've been exceedingly successful in relatively no time. >>>

Updated: 26th May 2008
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Politeia: "Pomo's Inside-Out, Upside-Down World of Moral Inversion"

The forces of Postmodern rhetoric have now produced an opus that harbours within its bosom all the applications language has to offer by way turning the truth on its head (...) Who thought that Adolf Hitler was (...) the lowest moral pit that man can stoop to, or that justice had finally caught up with the likes of Rousseau enactors Stalin, Lenin and Pol Pot had better think again! All along it were the perfide Brits - incarnated in the person of the old bulldog, Sir Winston Churchill - who are the real bad, black dogs of history! (...) Read an excerpt from Human Smoke: "The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization," by Nicholson Baker >>>

Updated: 13th May 2008
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Politeia: "Too Good to Pass Up: Live Pomo Lingo"

In the B. Barack Obama campaign we find a real live example of the Postmodern attitude towards speech (sound waves may be weapons), truth and ethics (there is no 'wrong', just 'difference'), and the push towards the redistribution of speech rights (...) >>>

Updated: 29th Apr. 2008
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Politeia: "Fitna: of Farce and Fall-Out"

Their invective consists of the usual talking points: pairing nonsensical platitudes about misnomers as Islamophobia, with nihilistic assaults on logic and attempts at farce without humor, all oozing contempt for anyone other than their own particular proteges whom - by an act of inversion - they now try to pass off as the new Joos. (...) >>>

Updated: 30th Mar 2008
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Politeia: "The Primacy of Politics"

But then, the result of relativism is invariably a (deliberate) confusion of ideas and definitions, imprecision and fallacies against reason; revisionism and the erasure from the collective memory of pre World War II history, coupled with the debilitating influence emanating from generations of people rendered permanent wards-of-state: they would not recognize an ukase if they were to fall over one. (...) >>>

31st Jan.2008
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Right Wing News: "The 40 Most Obnoxious Quotes of 2007"

39) "I'd say something about John Edwards, but if you use the word 'f*ggot', you have to go to rehab." -- Ann Coulter

5) "General Petraeus or General Betray Us? ...Today, before Congress and the American people, General Petraeus is likely to become General Betray Us." -- MoveOn (...) >>>

Updated: 2nd Jan. 2008
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Politeia Articles: "Series: Pomo Lingo"

As far as the tactics in the language and attitude department are concerned we have identified: fibs and lies (technically don't exist for Subjectivists: no truth, no lie), gross exaggeration and hyperbole, posturing, genuine or faked hatred and hysterics (rage, rage, rage), emotional blackmail, incitement to violence, sentimental whining, false analogy and equivalence, (reversed) sophistry, manipulation, in your face tactics and ad hominem attacks, para-exegese (deliberate mis or over explanation): angry is being unreasonable, doubt is denial, aversion is hatred, phobia is hatred, etc.) - another fallacy as a result of massive imprecision, the lack of orthologics, and the unremitting (and sometimes deliberate) confusion of terms: very often the tactical mixing of facts and opinion.Here are the instalments and their key words: >>>

Updated: 27th Dec. 2007
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Enter Stage Right: "The ultimate progressive prophet: Jean Paul Sartre", by Michael Moriarty

Sartre charted the eventual fate of all Progressives, that of falling in love with humanity's greatest villain, Mao Tse Tung; to carry on a secret passion for the unapologetic tyranny and homicidal mania of Mao. Mao Tse Tung made even Joseph Stalin look like an amateur of evil. Mao's "great leap forward" far surpassed the death rate of Stalin's purges. Even the madmen of Cambodia and North Korea, Pol Pot and Kim Jong Il, tried to surpass Mao's body count, but … well … >>>

(Updated: 5th Nov. 2007)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Welcome to Pomo Lingo: Alert John McCain

Notes to the post:

What follows are more examples of Postmodern 'logic' excerpted from a post by author Victor Davis Hanson. He laments the lack of objectivity and poses the rhetorical question: why are the Democrats, while far viler and meaner, given much more moral leyway than the Republicans.

The answer to that question - on the basis of the relativist philosophy of Pragmatism - is ... because they can. Pressured for a more nuanced answer, the rationalization would probably run along the lines of ... because we are acting in the name of victimhood and therefore the moral advantage is ours; Republicans on the other hand are a bunch of Wall Street fat cats, getting rich over the backs of their poor victims.

The article is written against the backdrop of the case from the original post, Paterson's wild accusations of 'codes for racism' and Democrat surrogates calling for 'toning down a notch' in order not to incite Rightist militia nut jobs to take a potshot at The One: the quintessential Pomo trick to silence the competition.

PJM: "Jumping Ship…"

(...) McCain’s campaign is subdued in comparison to what we’ve seen on both sides in past years. Indeed, McCain as a vicious campaigner is a complete fabrication, but, again, a brilliant subterfuge on the part of Team Obama that, in fact, has run, via appendages, the far more vicious race.

Obama and his surrogates have repeatedly engaged in racial politics (as Bill Clinton lamented when in fury he denounced the “race card”). When there was never evidence that McCain was using race as a wedge issue, it was clear Obama most surely was–preemptively, on at least two occasions, warning Americans he would soon be the victim of opposition racial stereotyping.

His surrogates like Biden and those in the Senate continue to link legitimate worries about OBama’s past with racism. Second, for about 3 months all we’ve heard are references to McCain’s age, with adjectives and phrases like confused, can’t remember any more, disturbed, lost his bearings, etc.

Moreover, so far, McCain supporters have not broken into Biden’s email, or accused Biden of being a Nazi, or accused anyone of not bearing one of their own children, or photo-shopped grotesque pictures of Obama on the Internet (as in the Atlantic magazine case). I don’t think deranged McCain supporters in Hollywood or television almost daily are quoted as damning Obama in unusually crude terms. Nor are white racist ministers calling McCain a ‘messiah’ or McCain operatives fraudulently swarming voter registration centers. And on and on. (...)

Obama, as I have said ad nauseam, has brilliantly prepped the battlefield to such a degree that a Farrakhan endorsement or surrogates calling Palin a quasi-Nazi or a bimbo, or smearing McCain as near senile is irrelevant; yet one screamer in a crowd of tens of thousands is proof of McCain’s and Palin’s racism and hatred.

Again, most conservatives know this paradox (...) And as far as ethics go, in fact, a cursory review of the past Obama campaigns would reveal a ruthlessness never seen in any of McCain’s efforts. Obama’s record is far more left than McCain’s is far right. Obama the healer has proven to be the most partisan in the Senate, McCain one of the most bipartisan.

Yet to believe that truth would be–if we remember that scene in Tolkien’s The Two Towers--to trust the grating harsh voice of Gandalf detailing the dangers of Saruman rather than the mellifluous charm of the latter who in soothing tones outlines his own victimhood. (...) >>>

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Barney Frank Hit Over Boyfriend’s Fannie Mae Role

Reported by NewsMax on 12th October 2008

Critics are crying “conflict of interest” over Democratic Rep. Barney Frank’s live-in relationship with Fannie Mae executive Herb Moses while Frank was on the House Banking Committee. Moses was Fannie Mae’s assistant director for product initiatives from 1991 to 1998.

He was also openly gay Frank’s live-in boyfriend during that time, while the Massachusetts lawmaker was on the committee that had jurisdiction over government-sponsored Fannie Mae, Fox News’ Bill Sammon reported. Now that Fannie Mae is at the center of the recent financial meltdown, the relationship is coming under increased scrutiny.

“It’s absolutely a conflict,” said Dan Gainor, vice president of the Business & Media Institute. “He was voting on Fannie Mae at a time when he was involved with a Fannie Mae executive. How is that not germane? “But everyone wants to avoid it because he’s gay. It’s the quintessential double standard.”

A top Republican House aide told Fox News: “He writes housing and banking laws and his boyfriend is a top exec at a firm that stands to gain from those laws? No media ever take note?” Frank and Moses met in 1987 and lived together in Washington, D.C., until they split up in 1998. National Mortgage News disclosed that Moses “helped develop many of Fannie Mae’s affordable housing and home improvement lending programs.”

Critics charge that such programs led to the mortgage meltdown and the recent government takeover of Fannie Mae, according to Fox News, which noted that Fannie Mae and its financial cousin Freddie Mac “are blamed for spreading bad mortgages throughout the private financial sector.” In 1994, Frank thwarted efforts by President Clinton’s Department of Housing and Urban Development to impose new regulations on Fannie Mae.