Saturday, February 28, 2009

Islamization=Apartheid: archive

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Elsevier: " Libertarian Party Seething About Polygamy Tolerance" (free translation from Dutch)

The Libertarian party in the council of Amsterdam is demanding clarification about polygamy. The marriages are legal and entered into in Islamic countries of origin, and are being registered in the Amsterdam civic administration. (...) >>>

... a party representative remarks the illegal marriages should be prosecuted instead ... another article asserts the Justice Minister is a personal protector of the issue ...

Updated: 13th Aug. 2008
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SIOE: "New road signs for Gellerupparken?"

Is this what we are to expect for Denmark? Perhaps with the dhimmis in charge who seem more concerned with innocent, peaceful Greenlanders “causing offence” to stone throwing muslims, the image below is more than likely to be the reality in store for Denmark
The signs say “Muslims only” for Gellerupparken and “Greenlanders this way” pointing away from the town (...) It wasn’t that long ago that Saudi Arabia sent a delegation to Denmark to complain about the infringement of human rights of muslims. A sick joke if ever there was one! >>>

Updated: 23rd July 2008
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BBC: "Philippines Muslim area to expand"

The Philippine government and a separatist rebel group have agreed to expand an autonomous Muslim region in the south of the country. The agreement envisages the extension of the present region in Mindanao to include a further 712 villages. The proposed homeland will also be entitled to a large share of the resources in the area. But the deal - agreed in secret talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) - remains subject to approval. Formal talks began in 2003 after MILF, which is thought to have around 11,000 members, signed a fragile truce with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's government. It is the largest of several Muslim separatist groups battling the government in the predominantly Catholic country. (...) >>>

Updated: 18th July 2008
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Atlas Shrugs: "Polygamy: "Islamization by Stealth" and Denying its Existence"

“If the laws of the country conflict with Islamic law, if one goes against the other, then I am going to follow Islamic law, simple as that,” Imam in Canada. Further bad news on the article I ran yesterday on the problem of Islamic polygamy and the West's dangerous cowardice in not dealing with it. Our neighbors to the north have got it going on in spades. Seems further along up there and it gives a glimpse into our future (our anti-future - seems more like a leap into seventh century). John Turley-Ewart states the obvious though little acknowledged, "By turning a blind eye to polygamy (...) >>>

Updated: 1st June 2008
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Pajamas Media: "The Archbishop Keeps It All In the Family"

Britain’s own bitter experience with Sharia law and those of other countries seems not to have not dampened Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams enthusiasm for his idea of recognizing Sharia under British law when it comes to marriage and family issues. Richard Fernandez thinks the cleric may want to look at the record and reconsider. >>>

Updated: 11th Feb. 2008
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P
oliteia: "A Bag of Postmodern Curses: Potentates, Narcissism and Hume's Law"

Part I: "(...) to Postmoderns patriotism (...) is always one hundred percent compatible with their Narcissistic sense of entitlement. They bash America because they love America - or, rather, they love their own personal and private image of what America should be." Haven't we seen this phenomenon - in which the political Left excel - time and again? It's the fallacy of Hume's Law: confusing is with ought.

The curse of the sociopathology of Narcissism, which Christian Democrats so love to foist on Libertarianism, is (...) getting more prominent as the Leftist nanny state assumed the debilitating, substitute parental role over its increasingly state-dependent subjects ... When will Europeans storm the hideous Berlaymont with pitchforks and illicit fire arms? >>>

Part II: "(...) a 'public discourse' is going on over M.P. Geert Wilders' plans to produce a film, explaining the somewhat fascist character of the Koran (...) The former leader of the Christian Democrat Labour Union (...) has taken a stand against the initiative and is amassing politically correct support against Wilders in a case of psychological projection. He does so in blind solidarity with fellow 'believers' in ways and words he himself would never use to defend Christianity. The 'discourse' goes entirely along Relativist lines: one personal opinion based on emotions is set against another - all monitored by various polls and surveys - as the establishment of the objective truth in the matter remains painfully beyond reach! (...)

Terpstra is still extending cartes blanches as he decided to ignore any wrongdoings on the part of the religion of peace, let alone that he will realise he isn't empowering the moderates, but on the contrary is leaving them in the lurch and at the mercy of radicals and fanatics! >>>

Part III: " (...) our two part file on the subject "The Unholy Alliance: (National) Socialism and Islam", Part 1 and Part 2, (are) filled to the brim with collations of Islam with Counter-Enlightenment ideologies. The second fallacy in Terpstra's subconscious inferring is rooted either in ignorance ... in the mind of Terpstra - Wilders is Evil, Wilders and His Ilk must be Stopped! Even if they are the ones that require 24/7 state sponsored protection (...)

"(...) the West's disgusting groveling during the Danish cartoon riots and on many subsequent occasions may have done nothing to attract the "moderates" in Islam. Those moderates would have been far better empowered if Western leaders had told the radical theocrats to shove their demands, lashes, cutting knives and fatwas where the sun don't shine."

(...) guts (...) takes moral courage - the old-fashioned ability to overcome fear - and the pursuit of reason (...) (to) truly empower moderate Muslims, don't excuse and protect blood thirsty radicals, who are their enemies too, by speaking, hearing and seeing no evil on their part! >>>

(Dated: 7th Dec. 2007)





Related:

- "The Unholy Alliance"
- "In Defense of Liberty"
- "The Jihad Project"
- "The Balkan Caliphate"
- "Stop Islamization of Europe"
- "Eurabia"
- "Apostating Islam"
- "Muslims versus Sharia"

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Afghanstan: archive

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CNN: "Clinton: Kyrgyzstan base closure decision 'regrettable'"

Kyrgyzstan's decision to close a key U.S. military base is "regrettable," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, but it won't affect the U.S. military effort in nearby Afghanistan. On Friday, Russia announced it would assist the U.S. in transporting nonmilitary cargo to Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. The United States uses Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan as a route for troops and supplies into Afghanistan. Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced Tuesday that "all due procedures" were being initiated to close the base.

"It's regrettable that this is under consideration by the government of Kyrgyzstan, and we hope to have further discussions with them," Clinton told reporters Thursday after a meeting with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. "But we will proceed in a very effective manner no matter what the outcome of the Kyrgyzstan government's deliberations might be." Bakiyev made his announcement at a news conference in Moscow, Russia, following news reports of a multimillion-dollar aid package from Russia to Kyrgyzstan. (...) >>>

Update: Kyrgyzstan's government said Friday that financial concerns and the killing of a citizen are among the reasons the country will close a U.S. base that has been a key operations point for U.S. efforts in Afghanistan ... and of course it has nothing to do with the post Soviet Warsaw Pact II ...

Feb 6, 2009
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Yon Pyling it on (...) the war in Afghanistan is, in many ways, just getting started. PJM presents the first in a series of exclusive reports from Michael Yon — our 21st-century "Ernie Pyle."

- PJM: "On the Front Lines in Afghanistan (Part II)", by Michael Yon

- PJM: "On the Front Lines in Afghanistan (Part I)", by Michael Yon

(...) I write these words from Kandahar, in the south. This war here is just getting started. Likely we will see severe fighting kicking off by about April of 2009. Iraq is on the mend, but victory in Afghanistan is very much in question. (...) While Americans sleep tight in their beds, this time of year U.S. soldiers sit shivering through the frigid, crystal clear nights at remote outposts (...) to hunt down and destroy terrorists, who continue to kill innocent Afghans, Americans, Aussies, Balinese, Brits, Indians, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Spanish … in short, anyone who opposes their violent tyranny. Their greatest weapons are ignorance and terror. Witness the latest unprovoked attack on our friends in India. (...) when bombs or bullets fly off in the wrong direction, which inevitably happens in a hot war, when there is an occasional overuse of force, it gets blamed on Americans — or the “U.S. led coalition” — with the implication that the U.S. engineered the error. This is partly a function of the expert propaganda machine that the Taliban and its fundamentalist allies bring to bear — and, of course, of a world media eager to exploit such stories. (...) >>>

Dec 10, 2008
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CNN: "Source: Saudi hosts Afghan peace talks with Taliban reps"

In a groundbreaking meeting, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia recently hosted talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban militant group, according to a source familiar with the talks. The historic four-day meeting (...) >>>

6th Oct 2008
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Times Online: "Afghanistan's 'pristine jihad' draws in outsiders trained in Pakistan," by Tom Coghlan in Kabul

Afghanistan is replacing Iraq as the destination of choice for international jihadists, Western intelligence agencies claim. Analysts have monitored a surge in online recruitment of “lions of Islam” to join the war in Afghanistan through jihadist websites, particularly in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Chechnya and Turkey, in the past year. That is now being matched by evidence of an increase in foreign fighters entering Afghanistan, mostly from training bases established in the lawless Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) of Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden is believed to be hiding. (...) Intelligence officials say that the number of al-Qaeda-linked foreign fighters involved remains small within the overall context of the Taleban insurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (...) Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters: “There are clearly more foreign fighters in the Fata than have been there in the past. What that really speaks to is that's a safe haven and it's got to be eliminated for all insurgents, not just al-Qaeda.” (...) >>>

Updated: 21st July 2008
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Facebook: Ahmad Shah Massoud's Group

Dedicated to the one and only Lion of Afghanistan and Panjshir, the most gifted military strategist of modern times....the one and only.....Shaheed Ahmad Shah Massoud. (...) Featuring
Massoud's Letter To The People Of America, dated 1998: A Message to the People of the United States of America (...) >>>

Updated: 26th June 2008
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World Politics Review: "Amidst the Gloom, Some Good News From Afghanistan", by Alan W. Dowd

The Associated Press grimly reports that "Insurgents have staged more than 130 suicide attacks" in Afghanistan this year. Something called the "Global Islamic Media Front" is demanding that Germany and Austria withdraw from Afghanistan. "NATO's shortfalls holding back progress in Afghanistan," declare the Canadian media. On top of all that, we are reminded daily of Pakistan's imminent explosion or implosion, which, by my count, we've been bracing for since October 2001.But there is other news from the Afghanistan front -- news that's not making it into the morning papers, at least not onto the front page. >>>
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Blog of the Joint Dutch/Australian Task Force Uruzgan to NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan: "Afghan Forces Kill Senior Enemy Commander, Several Fighters"

Afghan security forces killed a top-ranking enemy commander, identified as Malawi Abdul Manan, along with several

Related Sites: Combined Joint Task Force 82, DefenseLink

Updated: 1st November 2007
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Monday, February 23, 2009

Ingezonden Brief aan de Redactie van Elsevier

Geachte Redactie van Elsevier,

Het is schandalig dat:

1. Kuethe meedoet aan de demonisering van de Republikeinse partij, wiens acties (de Chicago Tea Party) grote navolging verdienen in Europa;

2. Kuethe meedoet aan het moreel buiten de orde stellen van legitieme en noodzakelijke oppositie;

3. Kuethe meedoet aan de devaluatie van het concept 'Jihad', mede gezien we momenteel onder vuur liggen van de Derde Jihad;

4. Kuethe meedoet aan de persoonsverheerlijking van de extreem linkse President Obama.

Het valt ons wellicht niet meer zo op in Europe, maar de grootscheepse overheveling van privaat geld naar de publieke kas heeft niets te maken met liberaal-democratie, maar alles met collectief linksisme.

Amerikanen die de Grondwet en de filosofische principes van individuale rechten respecteren, moeten niets hebben van Obama's Keyeniaanse coup.

En nee, Kuethe, Elsevier, VVD en al die andere misleide Europeanen, die denken dat Amerikaanse liberalen bij de Democraten zitten - Neen, echte Liberalen en Libertijnen zitten al jaren bij de Republikeinen!

De Democratische Party is overgenomen door postmoderne Marxisten, die de revolutie nieuw leven hebben ingeblazen en nu bezig zijn alsnog een egalitaire heilstaat te stichten onder een nieuw label.

Vroeg of laat zullen we er allemaal wel van horen (of voelen)!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Greece: Failed Terrorist Assault on Citibank

Stratfor Global Intelligence: "Greece: A Dud IED and Lessons Learned"


LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/

Summary
A nonfunctional improvised explosive device recovered outside a Citibank branch in Athens is likely a sign of an inexperienced bombmaker. Nevertheless, if this person is not identified and captured, future devices may prove to be more reliable.

Analysis
In the early hours of Feb. 18, Greek police disabled an improvised explosive device (IED) left in a stolen vehicle parked outside a Citibank branch in a suburb of Athens. The device reportedly was constructed of five cooking-gas cylinders filled with an improvised explosive mixture and was designed to be activated by a mechanical clock.

According to police, a security guard noticed two men park the car in front of the bank at 4:30 a.m. and called police when the men did not return. The police responded, then called an explosive ordnance disposal unit, which rendered the device safe. Police said they received no warning call that the device had been planted (such calls are not uncommon in Europe, where some Marxist bombers try to limit civilian casualties), though the bombers’ planting of the device at 4:30 a.m. suggests that the strike was meant to be symbolic and not to cause mass casualties. Banks are among the foreign and commercial targets frequently selected for attacks by militant leftists.

Over the past few years, Greece has witnessed a resurgence of violence by left-wing militant groups such as Revolutionary Struggle, which has claimed similar attacks in the past. Greece also has seen a rash of attacks against foreign commercial and diplomatic interests using explosive-actuated incendiary devices, which are most often made of cooking-gas cylinders.
Since the Dec. 6, 2008, shooting of a teenager by police during a protest, the number of shooting and firebomb attacks in Greece has increased. However, the group or groups behind these recent attacks had yet to use a device as large as the one recovered outside the Citibank on the morning of Feb. 18.
We have not been able to obtain a detailed report regarding this device, but the facts of the case — a vehicle obviously abandoned outside a guarded bank in the early hours of the morning with little activity on the street to cover the bombers’ activities — make it safe to assume that the device was intended to explode shortly after it was delivered, and that it did not function as designed. The fact that the device did not detonate presents investigators with an opportunity to collect a treasure trove of forensic evidence that might have been lost, or at least more difficult to recover, had the device worked. This evidence should aid them in their efforts to identify the bombmaker and could even provide links to prior attacks, such as those conducted against commercial and foreign targets using the explosive-actuated incendiary devices.
A malfunction is not uncommon when a self-taught bombmaker constructs an IED using a new design and does not have the time or the place to test it. Essentially testing the device when he deploys it, the bombmaker applies lessons learned from one operation to the next. This progression of bombmaking competence has been displayed in many cases, such as the Unabomber attacks in the United States. Based on these cases, we believe it is highly likely that if the Athens bombmaker is not identified and arrested, he will continue along his learning curve and eventually construct more reliable — and perhaps even larger — IEDs.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Transnational Progressivism and Corporatism: archive

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The true aim of COP15:

The Daily Bell traces the narratives and draws some powerful conclusions what the progressive oligarchy is up to. Global control is powered by 3 narratives: scarcity of strategic minerals, oil, water, food; conflict and wars for their control; rationalize the Muslim ethos standing in the way of the world order. This is in effect what the Unholy Alliance bring up for their protests (Iraq was about oil, and Islam is under attack). The general aim of COP15 was reinforcing the story and in particular to extend Kyoto carbon offset trade. Mission accomplished.

Right Side News: "Copenhagen Had Three Levels of Control?", by The Daily Bell

(...) We agree with this article, but we would like to add to it. One has to look even deeper in our opinion. If one is to properly analyze the dominant social themes that the power elite injects into civil discourse, one has to mine the meme and keep mining. (...) >>>

Dec. 22, 2009
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Parallel to COP15, the Copenhagen Climate Conclave another heist to the tune of potentially $700 bn is already in the works - the global Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) or the "Robin Hood Tax" also referred to as "Wall Street helping Main Street" tax.

Accuracy in Medi
a: "Secret Plan to Pass a Global Tax", by Cliff Kincaid

(...) "The global anger against the bankers; the huge pressure on rich country budgets; the need for money in 2010 to rescue the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) and from failure; to protect poor countries from the economic crisis; and the need to come up with money for climate change to unlock a global deal. All combine to make a very strong political backdrop" for this heist. (...) >>>

Dec. 14, 2009
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Obama may submit to ICC - Substituting Westphalia for the New World Order ...

WSJ: "Prosecuting American 'War Crimes'- The International Criminal Court claims jurisdiction over U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan" - Hap Tip: GateWayPundit - assigned reading: comment #16

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed "great regret" in August that the U.S. is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This has fueled speculation that the Obama administration may reverse another Bush policy and sign up for what could lead to the trial of Americans for war crimes in The Hague.

The ICC's chief prosecutor, though, has no intention of waiting for Washington to submit to the court's authority. Luis Moreno Ocampo says he already has jurisdiction—at least with respect to Afghanistan. (...) >>>

Nov. 28, 2009
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Get this from the robber barons: not only are we to pay climate debt to the third world for 200 years of industrial revolution, we are also to compensate OPEC for loss of revenue now we're going green, itself goverment sponsored projects! What a racket!!!

Yid with Lid: "OPEC Sets World Record for Chutzpah"

(...) Saudi Arabia is gaining support from the Organization for the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for its appeals to secure compensation for oil producing countries, as developed countries move away from oil towards greener energy sources.

Abdalla Salem el-Badri Secretary-General of OPEC said in an interview with The Times that he would support Saudi's claims for compensation if talks at next month's United Nations Climate Change Conference in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, end with commitments to reduce oil consumption in developed countries. (...) >>>

Nov. 23, 2009
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The ecofascist coalition thinks big: Those aware of the Apollo Alliance (scroll down) won't be too surprised of the corporatist coalition that is driving the climate cabal ...

Spiegel: "How the UN's Climate Advocate Wants to Save the World"

Achim Steiner heads up the UN Environment Program, a traditionally weak agency with an annual budget of just 200 million dollars. But Steiner is doing his best to transform the position into a soapbox for the environment -- and is having some success. (...) Steiner talked himself into a rage. "They are still thinking in linear fashion," he said. "For them, the primacy of CO2 reduction is still nothing but a nuisance."


- Caption: Image by mgrenner57 via Flickr: Achim Steiner (left) and Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labor Organization (ILO) (right) -

Steiner is one of the leaders of a new current in the global environmental movement that is no longer willing to be fobbed off with small-scale conservation projects, green showpiece projects and lip service to sustainability. He wants to rebuild the system, force the perpetrators to discharge their duties and finally see action. "We must penetrate into the heart of the financial world," he said. "Things will be looking grim for mankind if it doesn't become green." (...) >>>

Nov. 18, 2009
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Der Spiegel: "Obama Has Failed the World on Climate Change"

US President Barack Obama came to office promising hope and change. But on climate change, he has followed in the footsteps of his predecessor, George W. Bush. Now, should the climate summit in Copenhagen fail, the blame will lie squarely with Obama. (...) "Forget the climate" seems to have been Bush's unofficial motto. (...) few people expected that Barack Obama, of all people, would continue his predecessor's climate change plan. When he took office at the beginning of 2009, it was clear that the success of the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen in December depended almost entirely on the US -- that America needed to take a clear leadership role on a problem that could shake civilization to its very core. (...) >>>

Nov. 17, 2009
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EUX: "Climate Finance Talks in Brussels Failed, MEP Says" (video)

more ... "Climate: EU Leaders Present Failure as Success"

Oct 31, 2009
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The wonderful world of Eco Newspeak: "COP15" or the "Treaty of Copenhagen" or "Hope": Today at noon Eastern time panel discussion with Lord Monckton regarding surrender of US sovereignty -

It's almost a concerted effort! Was the appeasement prize also not called "Hope" or something? Related also ...

- "The Transnational Progressivism Virus Goes on Steroids"
- "Push Back Day 1: "Not Evil Just Wrong"

Examiner: "Obama to surrender US sovereignty at UN global warming conference"

Not content with his humiliation at Copenhagen, Denmark this past September, President Obama will be traveling there again in December to attend the UN COP15 Climate Change Conference. This agreement would commit the United States to punitive and expensive greenhouse gas regulations dictated by the United Nations without recourse.

COP stands for "Conference of the Parties" and the December Copenhagen conference will be the 15th under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), hence COP15. According to their website, it will be one of the largest conferences ever held outside the New York or Geneva headquarters, with an anticipated attendance of over 10,000 people, including governmental representatives from 189 countries, industry groups, and other non-governmental organizations.

The theme of the December 7 - 18 conference is "Hope," so perhaps Mr. Obama will have more luck this time. (...) >>>

Oct. 22, 2009
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Reuters: "Global banking body may be needed-FSA"

A global body with legal powers may be needed over time to enforce the world's new financial rules, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) said on Wednesday. The FSA's newly appointed and first director of international affairs, Verena Ross, said the Financial Stability Board (FSB) was key to ensuring all gaps in regulation between securities, insurance and banking sectors were plugged.

Formerly known as the Financial Stability Forum, the FSB was expanded in April to include central bankers and finance ministry and regulatory officials from all Group of 20 (G20) countries. The G20 has asked the body, chaired by Bank of Italy Governor Mario Draghi, to coordinate global efforts to introduce new financial rules in light of the sector's worst crisis in 70 years. (...) >>>

Oct. 17, 2009
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North America merger re-emerges ...

WND: "PREMEDITATED MERGER - Obama 'clones' Bush in killing sovereignty - You thought plan was dead, but Democrat brings it back"

President Obama is continuing President George W. Bush's effort to advance North American integration with a public-relations makeover calculated to place the program under the radar of public opinion and to deflect concerns about border security and national sovereignty.

The Obama administration has "rebranded" and "refocused" the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP, to advance the Bush administration's agenda of North American integration under the rubric of the "North American Leaders Summit," a less controversial banner, according to confidential sources in the U.S. Department of Commerce and State Department who agreed to speak with WND only if their comments were kept off the record. (...) >>>

Sep. 14, 2009
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An instance of serious corporatism is highlighted today in a post on Facebook by a group monitoring the genocide of the Armenians, perpetrated and denied by the Ottomans, and the Turkish state after that:

"It has come to light that, contrary to their public statements of being good corporate citizens and champions of human rights, six American and British mega-corporations have been secretly lobbying the United States Congress not to recognize the Armenian Genocide. In the American system, it is customary for corporations to lobby Congress only on taxes and trade rules related to their specific businesses. It is however highly unusual and downright shameful for corporations to do the bidding of their foreign clients. BAE Systems Inc., Goodrich Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp., Raytheon Co., United Technologies Corp. and energy producer Chevron Corp are spending over a million dollars a week to lobby Congress. The world-wide Armenian community cannot match this level of expenditure. We can however raise our righteous voice by signing the petition below. The collected signatures will be hand delivered and emailed to the corporate heads and key stockholders of these companies.

Please visit and sign the petition.

July 16, 2009
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AIM has more today on the ongoing story of the U.N. Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis underway in New York. It reveals what the discerning pundits already concluded: environmentalism is the new Leftist pantheistic creed, and the ticket to global taxation and Socialist world government ... the UN to raise global taxes:

June 26 2009
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Cliff Kincaid today has more on the preceding entry, describing in outline the tranzie conspiracy to invest the UN with a taxation base of its own. Obviously it's a developing story which is largely ignored by the MSM. It will mark the transition from the UN from an international club and diplomatic talking shop, to a world government invested with the trappings of state:

Accuracy in Media: "U.N. to Emerge as Global IRS"

(...) The Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development that begins on Wednesday will consider adoption of a document calling for "new voluntary and innovative sources of financing initiatives to provide additional stable sources of development finance..." This is U.N.-speak for global taxes. They are anything but "voluntary" for the people forced to pay them.
The most "popular" proposals, which could generate tens of billions of dollars in revenue for global purposes, involve taxes on greenhouse gas emissions and financial transactions such as stock trades.
The document was agreed to at an informal meeting of expert "facilitators" and was made available on Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. It is doubtful that any changes will be made to it.
The conference was postponed from June 1-3 and will now take place June 24-26 at the U.N. in New York. While the "outcome document" has been watered down somewhat from the previous version, it still reaffirms attainment of the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals, which would require the payment of $845 billion from U.S. taxpayers (...) >>>
June 24, 2009
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Accuracy in Media: "U.N. Red and U.S. “Progressives” Plan Socialist World Government", by Clinn Kincaid

While meaningless United Nations hand-wringing over the North Korean nuclear weapons program garners the headlines, the world body is moving ahead with a global conference to lay the groundwork for world government financed by global taxes. The communist head of the U.N. General Assembly is leading the effort, but he is getting crucial support from "progressive" economists who advise the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party.

The United Nations Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development, previously scheduled for June 1-3, will now take place on June 24-26. U.N. General Assembly President Miguel D'Escoto is the U.N. point man on these "global governance" issues. We noted his role at the United Nations in a column last October. Now, even the New York Times is paying attention to what this crackpot has been up to.

D'Escoto, the Times said, believes the way out of the global financial crisis "should be lined with all manner of new global institutions, authorities and advisory boards," including the Global Stimulus Fund, the Global Public Goods Authority, the Global Tax Authority, the Global Financial Products Safety Commission, the Global Financial Regulatory Authority, the Global Competition Authority, the Global Council of Financial and Economic Advisers, the Global Economic Coordination Council, and the World Monetary Board.

D'Escoto is the former foreign minister of Communist Sandinista Nicaragua and Catholic Priest of the Maryknoll Order who advocates Marxist-oriented liberation theology and won the Lenin Peace Prize from the old Soviet Union. D'Escoto also claims a Master's of Science from Columbia University's School of Journalism. The Times interviewed Paul Oquist, D'Escoto's senior adviser for the conference, who sat beneath portraits of Fidel Castro of Cuba, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, among others. (...) >>>

May 27, 2009
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New York Post: "OBAMA'S MOST PERILOUS LEGAL PICK"
JUDGES should interpret the Constitution according to other nations' legal "norms." Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts. The United States constitutes an "axis of disobedience" along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq. Those are the views of the man on track to become one of the US government's top lawyers: Harold Koh.
President Obama has nominated Koh -- until last week the dean of Yale Law School -- to be the State Department's legal adviser. In that job, Koh would forge a wide range of international agreements on issues from trade to arms control, and help represent our country in such places as the United Nations and the International Court of Justice.
It's a job where you want a strong defender of America's sovereignty. But that's not Koh. He's a fan of "transnational legal process," arguing that the distinctions between US and international law should vanish.(...) >>>
Mar 31, 2009
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There's no way this very important article can be excerpted without compromising the integrated weight of the message - so please , here's just the opening salvo - then read it all ...!

New American: ""Supersizing" the IMF", by William F. Jasper - FEATURE - Hat Tip: SpitFire

Is the International Monetary Fund headed toward becoming the Federal Reserve of the world? Although one-world elitists in political and banking circles have been promoting the idea for many years, it has taken the current global economic crisis to provide the appearance of urgency and legitimacy needed to make the Global Fed scheme sellable to the public. On January 31, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the IMF's First Deputy Managing Director John Lipsky announced that the IMF is moving forward with plans to double the amount of money it has available to loan to governments, raising its current stock of $250 billion to a total of $500 billion. This was a huge announcement (...) >>>

Mar 7, 2009
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... Times' Christopher Meyer has an interesting piece on Postmodern vs Real diplomacy that would condemn the 'near abroad' to forever be under Russia's heal through the 1815 Vienna doctrine of spheres of influence ... whatever happened to good old Westphalia? ...

Times Online: "Putin tells Britain: relations can only improve when you remove dissidents"

Vladimir Putin served notice yesterday that his country’s relations with Britain would never recover while London remained a base for anti-Russian dissent. Speaking to Western journalists and academics (...) the Russian Prime Minister covered a wide range of foreign policy issues in typically blunt and confident style. His central message was that Russia did not want to engage the West in a new Cold War but that it would react if provoked, as it feels it was last month in the Caucasus, where it judged that its interests were being threatened. (...) >>>
Updated: 12th Sep 2008
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... wherever the opportunity arises a country is lumbered with 'power sharing' ... one of the major components of postmodern tranzism--the new ' democracy' ...

CNN: "Mugabe rival upbeat on power share talks"

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai appeared cheerful as he emerged from a half-hour meeting with South African President Thabo Mbeki aimed at striking a power sharing deal to end months of political unrest. (...) >>>

Updated: 10th Aug. 2008
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Politeia: "Belgium: Ground Zero of Transnational Politics"

The Brussels Journal ventures another interesting observation: "Belgium can continue to flourish without a national government for the simple reason that the cabinet doesn’t have to decide much anyway. Most authority has devolved to the regions […] The central government is left to deal with foreign policy, defense and finance policy – all issues that are increasingly taken care of at the EU level." This accurately describes the transnationalist plan of operation: (...)

The hypothesis is taking shape, that this project was started decades ago on a micro level, when villages, municipalities and town councils were stripped of their historical identity and began a process of re-structuring into administrative clusters under fantasy names that had no root in local history. An example would be three villages - Oakborough, Bridgewick and Weathertown, administered by the new council of Goodchange (motto: "Change for Progress"). It is preferably well infiltrated by tranzies, professional key posts being manned by fifth columnists trained by the Common Purpose school of progressive thought. IngSoc exists ... (...) >>>

Updated: 17th July 2008
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Family Security Matters: "Global Governance vs. the Liberal Democratic Nation State: What Is the Best Regime?" by John Fonte - Hat Tip: Purple Slog

- The Ideological War Within the West, by John Fonte
- Is the Nation State Obsolete?
- Why the EU Needs to be Destroyed, and Soon
- Wordpress posts on 5GW

Updated: 23rd June 2008
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Politeia: "The Newest World Order" - book review


Steven Martinovic on Enter Stage Right reviews Robert Kagan's latest book, "The Return of History and the End of Dreams;" (...) "Kagan argues that the short-lived era of nations competing with each other economically has once again given way to the old game of geopolitics – back to a world of clashing national interests. Instead of communism, liberal democracies have to deal with the threat of autocratic regimes – Russia and China primarily – who view the expansion of an international liberal order as aggression. Concern for democracy and human rights, the autocrats believe, threatens the old notion of Westphalian sovereignty. (...)

Steven Groves on Spero News outlines U.N. plans to force autonomous nations (notably the US) to go along with international interventionism opposed the principles of Westphalian sovereignty. Just how far these post-democratic (...) >>>

Updated: 22nd May 2008
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Enter Stage Right: ""Meganomicism": Part One: A new Judeo-Christianity necessitates a new word, " by Michael Moriarty

The two parts of my editorial Learning from the Top Down and a first reading of Jonah Goldberg's remarkable book, Liberal Fascism, led me to re-name what I thought I could never understand (...) Meganomics is inspired not by corporations, but by "corporatism", which is that monetary conversation between a progressively monopolizing set of major industries such as Microsoft and Progressive federal government. Meganomics occurs during golf games between presidents and CEO's such as Bill Clinton and Bill Gates. That is Meganomics and corporatism, and these two, third millennium, novelties might very well end up ruling the world. (...) >>>

Updated: 11th May 2008
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Politeia Articles: "The Economics and Monetary Dossier: transnational progressivism alert!"

... call me a suspicious opponent of the delete-the-border movement, who fails to see the inevitability of the Hegel end-game in which man-made 'world historical events' play so prominent a role ... but I think we may have a Transnational Progressivism alert on our hands:

BBC: "Brown warns on global cash crisis"

The world is facing "the first truly global financial crisis", the prime minister has told leaders. Gordon Brown said institutions such as the World Bank and United Nations need reform to tackle the double threat of economic turmoil and climate change. He is hosting the two-day gathering in Watford attended by delegates including ex-US president Bill Clinton and Australian PM Kevin Rudd. Topics including climate change and development (...)Speaking at the start of the Progressive Governance conference of centre-left leaders and politicians, Mr Brown said (...) >>>

Updated: 5th Apr 2008
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Private Papers: "Twilight of the Nation-State - European transnationalism is a utopian dream, Pierre Manent warns", by Bruce S. Thornton, City Journal - A review of Democracy Without Nations? The Fate of Self-Government in Europe by Pierre Manent, translated by Paul Seaton (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 130 pp.)

The European Union’s grand project rests on the belief that nationalism is passĂ©, indeed pernicious. Fascism’s mystic nationalism proved, on this view, that the nation-state impedes the spread of human rights, tolerance, and the rational adjudication of disputes — all essential to global peace. The nation-state should therefore give way to organizations like the E.U.: a transnational, secular institution that can bring about peace and prosperity by practicing what French intellectual Chantal Delsol calls “techno-politics” — a rational approach superior to the atavistic passions and superstitions that fired nationalism. (...) >>>

Updated: 11th Feb. 2008
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Dumb Looks Still Free: "The divisions in American political ideology" - FEATURE

From these things would come the Transnationalist set of views on the Left and Right that were in strict opposition to the idea of Nationalism, human liberty supported by Nations and that individuals had duties, obligations and accountability for their actions at all scales of human interaction from the interpersonal to the international. >>>

Updated: 15th Dec. 2007
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Politeia: "The Balkans Fall-Out: the 2008 Global Watershed"

Michaletos: "The coming annum of 2008 will reveal finally the tunnel exit for the Kosovo martyrdom. The American presidential elections, the changing of guard in the Kremlin, the possible German elections, the Serbian elections, the Albanian domestic political uproar, FYROM's uneasy status, Bosnia's upcoming division along ethnic lines and d a possible war with Iran ( ...) Surprises and upturns are in for everyone it seems and a stressful year lies ahead for public officials that deal with the Balkans one way or another. The certain factor for anyone involved is that Kosovo is not merely a Serbian eparchy but a symbolic emblem between two ideological-ethical stratums that are on collision course."

Cyprus (Greece and Spain) might veto the E.U.'s recognition of Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence. But if momentum builds up in the international community and Kosovo does gain independence, the consequences of such a move could be potentially devastating for Cyprus. (...)

(...) an opportunity of breaking up the old order, deleting borders and atomizing sovereign nations, giving free reign to ad hoc regions in shifting transnational power blocs in the name of what is seen as 'our own greater good', throwing justice and absolutist values to the dogs and call it pragmatism: the global tribalism of transnational progressivism fits the new Communists to a T in their desperately striving for world pacification (world government). It is of course what Marx has predicted.These pretences are after all the only pieces of surrogate morality that cover up the all-out fascism. And thus, the seeds for the next great wars of independence have already been sown >>>

Updated: 25th Dec. 2007
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The Brussels Journal: "EU Wants to Rush into “Marriage” with Maghreb and Mashreq"

A
ccording to Brussels, the future lies in the closer collaboration with Maghreb and Mashrek >>>

Updated: 12th Dec. 2007
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Politeia: Enter the Cabal (II): Transnational Progressivism"

It is the duty of organizations like Common Purpose (CP) to smooth the way towards an easy re-alignment of nation states to regions >>>

Updated: 24th Nov. 2007
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BBC News: "Miliband: EU 'should expand beyond Europe' "
Updated: 15th Nov. 2007
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Politeia: "Enter the Cabal I: Towards a Common Purpose"
Updated: 31st Oct. 2007
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The Lighthouse: "Dutch Transnational Progressivism Alert"
Updated: 15th Oct. 2007
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The Lighthouse: "Transnational Progresssivism: an Inexplicable Presumption"
Updated: 23th June 2007
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The Lighthouse: Neo Totalitarianism (7): the Futuristic View"
P.M.:

Part 1 - Introduction
Part 2 - Multiculturalism and Beyond
Part 3 - Indoctrination and Education
Part 4 - Transnational Progressivism
Part 5 - The Transnational State
Part 6 - Liberty for Social Security

Dated: 3rd June 2007
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Related:

- "Hegel's Legacy"


Sources:

John Fonte's page on the site of the Hudson Institute, includes a biography and keeps a list of published articles
- The Ideological War Within the West, by John Fonte
- Liberal Democracy vs. Transnational Progressivism, by John Fonte
- The Transnational Left and Transnational Right, by John Fonte

Friday, February 13, 2009

Geert Wilders' Undelivered Speech to the House of Lords

Geert Wilders’ speech in House of Lords if he would not have been banned from the United Kingdom

London, Feb. 12, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much.
Thank you for inviting me. Thank you Lord Pearson and Lady Cox for showing Fitna, and for your gracious invitation. While others look away, you, seem to understand the true tradition of your country, and a flag that still stands for freedom.
This is no ordinary place. This is not just one of England ’s tourist attractions. This is a sacred place. This is the mother of all Parliaments, and I am deeply humbled to speak before you.
The Houses of Parliament is where Winston Churchill stood firm, and warned – all throughout the 1930’s – for the dangers looming. Most of the time he stood alone.
In 1982 President Reagan came to the House of Commons, where he did a speech very few people liked. Reagan called upon the West to reject communism and defend freedom. He introduced a phrase: ‘evil empire’. Reagan’s speech stands out as a clarion call to preserve our liberties. I quote: If history teaches anything, it teaches self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly.
What Reagan meant is that you cannot run away from history, you cannot escape the dangers of ideologies that are out to destroy you. Denial is no option.
Communism was indeed left on the ash heap of history, just as Reagan predicted in his speech in the House of Commons. He lived to see the Berlin Wall coming down, just as Churchill witnessed the implosion of national-socialism. Today, I come before you to warn of another great threat. It is called Islam. It poses as a religion, but its goals are very worldly: world domination, holy war, sharia law, the end of the separation of church and state, the end of democracy. It is not a religion, it is a political ideology. It demands your respect, but has no respect for you.
There might be moderate Muslims, but there is no moderate Islam. Islam will never change, because it is build on two rocks that are forever, two fundamental beliefs that will never change, and will never go away. First, there is Quran, Allah’s personal word, uncreated, forever, with orders that need to be fulfilled regardless of place or time. And second, there is al-insal al-kamil, the perfect man, Muhammad the role model, whose deeds are to be imitated by all Muslims. And since Muhammad was a warlord and a conqueror we know what to expect.

Islam means submission, so there cannot be any mistake about it’s goal. That’s a given. The question is whether the British people, with its glorious past, is longing for that submission.
We see Islam taking off in the West at an incredible speed. The United Kingdom has seen a rapid growth of the number of Muslims. Over the last ten years, the Muslim population has grown ten times as fast as the rest of society. This has put an enormous pressure on society. Thanks to British politicians who have forgotten about Winston Churchill, the English now have taken the path of least resistance. They give up. They give in.
Thank you very much for letting me into the country. I received a letter from the Secretary of State for the Home Department, kindly disinviting me. I would threaten community relations, and therefore public security in the UK , the letter stated.
For a moment I feared that I would be refused entrance. But I was confident the British government would never sacrifice free speech because of fear of Islam. Britannia rules the waves, and Islam will never rule Britain , so I was confident the Border Agency would let me through. And after all, you have invited stranger creatures than me. Two years ago the House of Commons welcomed Mahmoud Suliman Ahmed Abu Rideh, linked to Al Qaeda. He was invited to Westminster by Lord Ahmed, who met him at Regent’s Park mosque three weeks before. Mr. Rideh, suspected of being a money man for terror groups, was given a SECURITY sticker for his Parliamentary visit. Well, if you let in this man, than an elected politician from a fellow EU country surely is welcome here too. By letting me speak today you show that Mr Churchill’s spirit is still very much alive. And you prove that the European Union truly is working; the free movement of persons is still one of the pillars of the European project.
But there is still much work to be done. Britain seems to have become a country ruled by fear. A country where civil servants cancel Christmas celebrations to please Muslims. A country where Sharia Courts are part of the legal system. A country where Islamic organizations asked to stop the commemoration of the Holocaust. A country where a primary school cancels a Christmas nativity play because it interfered with an Islamic festival. A country where a school removes the words Christmas and Easter from their calendar so as not to offend Muslims. A country where a teacher punishes two students for refusing to pray to Allah as part of their religious education class. A country where elected members of a town council are told not to eat during daylight hours in town hall meetings during the Ramadan. A country that excels in its hatred of Israel , still the only democracy in the Middle-East. A country whose capitol is becoming ‘Londonistan’.
I would not qualify myself as a free man. Four and a half years ago I lost my freedom. I am under guard permanently, courtesy to those who prefer violence to debate. But for the leftist fan club of islam, that is not enough. They started a legal procedure against me. Three weeks ago the Amsterdam Court of Appeal ordered my criminal prosecution for making ‘Fitna’ and for my views on Islam. I committed what George Orwell called a ‘thought crime’.
You might have seen my name on Fitna’s credit role, but I am not really responsible for that movie. It was made for me. It was actually produced by Muslim extremists, the Quran and Islam itself. If Fitna is considered ‘hate speech’, then how would the Court qualify the Quran, with all it’s calls for violence, and hatred against women and Jews?
Mr. Churchill himself compared the Quran to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Well, I did exactly the same, and that is what they are prosecuting me for.
I wonder if the UK ever put Mr. Churchill on trail.
The Court’s decision and the letter I received form the Secretary of State for the Home Department are two major victories for all those who detest freedom of speech. They are doing Islam’s dirty work. Sharia by proxy. The differences between Saudi-Arabia and Jordan on one hand and Holland and Britain are blurring. Europe is now on the fast track of becoming Eurabia. That is apparently the price we have to pay for the project of mass immigration, and the multicultural project.
Ladies and gentlemen, the dearest of our many freedoms is under attack. In Europe , freedom of speech is no longer a given. What we once considered a natural component of our existence is now something we again have to fight for. That is what is at stake. Whether or not I end up in jail is not the most pressing issue. The question is: Will free speech be put behind bars?
We have to defend freedom of speech.
For the generation of my parents the word ‘ London ’ is synonymous with hope and freedom. When my country was occupied by the national-socialists the BBC offered a daily glimpse of hope, in the darkness of Nazi tyranny. Millions of my country men listened to it, illegally. The words ‘This Is London’ were a symbol for a better world coming soon. If only the British and Canadian and American soldiers were here.
What will be transmitted forty years from now? Will it still be ‘This Is London’? Or will it be ‘this is Londonistan’? Will it bring us hope, or will it signal the values of Mecca and Medina ? Will Britain offer submission or perseverance? Freedom or slavery?
The choice is ours.
Ladies and gentlemen, We will never apologize for being free. We will never give in. We will never surrender.
Freedom must prevail, and freedom will prevail.
Thank you very much.”
Geert Wilders MP
Chairman, Party for Freedom (PVV)
The Netherlands

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Rules for the Right: archive

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Turning ridicule against the joker -

PJM: "Obama’s Health Care Comedy Tour", by Duane Lester

George Carlin once said, “I believe you can joke about anything. It just depends how you construct the joke, what the exaggeration is. Every joke needs one exaggeration; every joke needs one thing out of proportion.” That’s really the key to humor. The exaggeration. On March 25, President Obama began his American Health Care Comedy Tour in Iowa City, Iowa. In his speech, he spoke about the fears vocalized by those opposed to health care reform:
There’s been plenty of fear-mongering, plenty of overheated rhetoric. You turn on the news, you’ll see the same folks are still shouting about there’s going to be an end of the world because this bill passed. (Laughter.) I’m not exaggerating. Leaders of the Republican Party, they called the passage of this bill “Armageddon.” (Laughter.) Armageddon. “End of freedom as we know it.” 
(...) Those are the words of the granddaddy of community organizers, Saul Alinsky. In his book Rules for Radicals, Alinsky wrote: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.” (...) On this, he’s right. Ridicule is a very potent weapon. In his book Fighting the War of Ideas like Real War: Messages to Defeat the Terrorists, J. Michael Waller explains why ridicule is such an effective weapon against one’s enemies (...)

Polling shows that after just a week, over half of Americans want the health care bill repealed. Obama is mocking them. Nearly 50 percent think the new plan will lower the quality of health care. Obama is mocking them. Over 80 percent feel the plan will fail to lower the cost of health care. Obama is mocking them. A majority of people think the plan will increase the cost. Obama is mocking them. (...) The opponents of tyranny have to recognize this tactic and neutralize it by shining a light on his contempt for the everyday American’s strongly held beliefs. In this instance, Obama’s greatest strength, his ability to communicate, can be used against him. >>>

Apr 10, 2010
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Separating the Left from the Right -

PJM/Zombie: "Searchlight vs. L.A.: Rival Rallies Reveal Stark Right/Left Divide"

On March 27, 2010, thousands of people gathered in the small town of Searchlight, Nevada, for a political rally. Just 250 miles away and seven days earlier, there was another political rally of similar size in Los Angeles on March 20, 2010. The Searchlight rally was generally oriented toward the political “right.” The Los Angeles rally was generally oriented toward the political “left.”

Now, if you had only the entrenched media as your sole source of information about these rallies, you might likely assume (without even bothering to investigate) that the right-wing rally was an epicenter of hate, racism and craziness, whereas the left-wing rally was undoubtedly about peace, tolerance and rationalism. Luckily, we no longer have to rely on the mainstream media. In both cases, citizen journalist bloggers were on hand to document the proceedings with eye-opening photo essays (...) >>>

Apr 8, 2010
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How to rebut Conservatives -

The Persistent Conservative: "A Liberal Guide to Debating Conservatives"

Liberals have long since learned that debating Conservatives can be a challenging endeavor, since Conservatives have a penchant for fortifying their arguments with facts, statistics, history and other elements that create convincing and thoughtful arguments. Not to worry. The following are several tips Liberals can use right away to begin defeating Conservatives in every debate, every time. (...) >>>

Apr 2, 2010
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Obama still merrily astroturfing away -

Big Journalism: "President Obama Promotes OFA Astroturf Campaign (with Bonus Plagiarism)", by Morgen Richmond and John Sexton

Organizing for America (formerly Organizing for Obama) has a Health Reform Action page which encourages members to write a letter to the editor. (...) This campaign, organized by the Director of OFA and promoted by the President himself, is a clear case of Astroturfing (fake grassroots). That would be bad enough, but the fact that the most popular talking point appears to have been plagiarized makes it even more shocking. (...) >>>

Mar 19, 2010
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Beware of coffee parties and other false flag ops -

Pajamas: "Tea Party Knockoffs: Watered Down, Bitter"

(...) Suddenly, the same Democratic politicians and pundits who dismissively referred to those involved in the populist revolt with a sexual pejorative found that it was a force to be reckoned with — and, if possible, to be undermined and marginalized.

There is perhaps no clearer example of an attempt to co-opt and undermine the tea party movement than the false flag operation that appears to be taking place in Nevada for the benefit of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (...) >>>


Mar 3, 2010
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Is Tancredo dissing Palin and McCain?

DEARBORN, MI - OCTOBER 9: Republican president...Image by Getty Images via Daylife
Tom Tancredo sat down with a Dutch correspondent at a recent Tea Party and - if true - tosses Palin and McCain under the bus. I don't know about this article. It's literally full of nasty, liberal innuendo. Hot Air is also on the case. What do you think?

NRC: "Tea Party prominent: Palin not presidential", by Tom-Jan Meeus in Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo was the opening speaker at the recent Tea Party conference with Sarah Palin. In an interview with NRC Handelsblad, he spoke his mind about Palin. "I really don’t have this feeling about her as being presidential.’’ He referred to John McCain as a “nasty, mean’’ and “peculiarly unstable’’ man. Moreover, Tancredo pointed to a possible personal embarrassment: if Tea Party activists would find out he actually voted for the bailout of the financial sector in 2008, he concedes he would loose his credibility. (...) >>>


Mar. 1, 2010
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Meet the swastika toting astroturf -

Seattlepi: "Where is "tea party" heading? Leaves are unclear", by Liz Sidoti

The "tea party" activists all agree: Government is too big. Spending is out of control. Individual freedom is at risk. And President Barack Obama's policies are making it all worse. But that's where the consensus ends among the diverse groups of frustrated Americans who count themselves part of this fledgling coalition. (...) If the people attending the first national "tea party" convention here are uncertain, imagine the difficulties of the Republican and Democratic parties, both of which are trying to leverage this antiestablishment energy for their own gain. How it works out could make a big difference in elections this fall and beyond.

Here's what's clear: This is pure people-driven politics facilitated by the Internet. This is an ideological mix of libertarianism and conservatism with the common denominator being lower spending and smaller government. This is a loose collection of citizen groups with no leader but many voices. And this is the product of long-simmering anger. Is it just a blip? Or will it emerge as a lasting political powerhouse shaping elections and government for years to come? (...) >>>

Feb. 5, 2010
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Mediaite: "Scozzafava Fallout A Win For Partisans On Both Sides"

The NY-23 special election continues to get stranger and stranger. Now that Republican Dede Scozzafava has dropped out of the race and endorsed her Democratic opponent, Bill Owens, it’s fair to say that it’s one for the history books, regardless of whether Owens or Conservative challenger Doug Hoffman prevails. But what will they record? Pundits on both sides of the aisle are already writing the rough drafts. (...) >>>

Nov. 2, 2009
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Eric Odom: "Liberty Movement vs The Establishment"

EDIT: I’ll be covering the special election on a constant basis throughout the remainder of the race.

If you haven’t been watching the political brawl happening in New York’s 23rd Congressional District… you should be. The race has all the qualities needed to make it highly entertaining to track as a political junkie. But more importantly, as so many others have mentioned, the race represents a clear message being sent to the RNC. And the message is simple… the liberty movement is not going to tolerate liberal Republicans anymore. So here’s the background on the race. (...) >>>

Oct. 23, 2009
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Two great candidates appear to be on board!

PJM/Hugh Hewitt: "And They're Off ... The Race for 2012 Begins"

Oct. 3, 2009
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The use of demographics in campaigning:

Fora.TV/Momentum and Tides Foundation: "Laura Quinn: Data for Political Change"



Sept. 27, 2009
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America's Right: "Exploding the 2008 Election Myth"

The central myth of the 2008 election is that Barack Obama brought out hordes of idealistic, new young voters who will forever change the demographics of American politics. And yet a short piece at Breitpart.com explodes that myth in just three short sentences. Here's the most important one:

For all the attention generated by last year's presidential race, census figures show the share of eligible voters who actually went to the polls in November declined from 2004.

Barack Obama didn't win because of the voters he attracted to the polls. He won because of the voters who stayed home. Specifically older, white voters who saw nothing they liked in either Barack Obama or John McCain.

This undercuts some of Obama's political mandate, but even more importantly it proves that the conservatives have been right all along. The GOP didn't lose because they were too far to the right. They lost because they were too far to the left. This is a simple fact that the MSM either can't grasp or won't admit, but I have little doubt that the Obama administration is well aware of it. (...) >>>

July 21, 2009
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Making sense of the Palin move: here are Mark Levin's findings ...

L. L. Brown IV's Notes: "What is Palin Up To? - The Point Guard Just Shook the Game Up (AGAIN)"

(...) mamapundit says, "I’ve decided today that Sarah Palin is sort of a genius." Basically it boils down to this. You can't run a national campaign from Alaska. Also, her enemies were abusing the ethics laws in Alaska to force her to pay huge and never ending legal bills to fight an endless stream of bogus charges. As explained here Palin and her family are not wealthy. So she needed to get out of Alaska and into the lower 48. Plus by stepping down she gives her Lt. Gov. a chance to build up a sense of incumbency, accomplishment and political capital.  (...) >>>
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Sarah Palin Notes on Facebook: "Happy 4th of July from Alaska!"

On this Independence Day, I am so very proud of all those who have chosen to serve our great nation and I honor their selflessness and the sacrifices of their families, too.

If I may, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the last 24 hours and share my thoughts with you. (...) >>>

July 4, 2009
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All American Blogger have collected the comments in the blegosphere.

Team Sarah: "Team Sarah Statement on Palin Resignation"

Team Sarah Founders address Governor Sarah Palin’s decision to step down as Governor of Alaska
Bold
Washington – Today Team Sarah commented on the announcement that Sarah Palin will step down as Governor of Alaska on July 25, 2009: “Sarah Palin has always been an intensely independent woman-- always true to her faith, her family and call to public service. She has taken vast numbers of Americans to a new place: politics without cynicism. And she has provided women with a new political role model,” said Team Sarah Co-Founder Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Her entrance onto the public stage has had an immensely positive effect, drawing in massive numbers of Americans new to the political process. We have every confidence she will have an equal and profound impact in whatever projects she undertakes now. Team Sarah members anxiously await Palin’s next decision  (...) >>>

Just a few ... many more on:

The People's Cube: "July 4th Tea Party Posters from the Cube (Tea Party Organ)






And when you're done, feast your eyes on "Dancing With The Czars"

July 2, 2009
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Tarah .... Introducing ...

NewMajority: "About"

NewMajority.com is a site dedicated to the reform and renewal of the Republican party and the conservative movement. It is edited by David Frum and published by NewMajority LLC. The centerpiece of New Majority is "The Scroll", a running commentary on daily issues and events by the New Majority contributors. With a stable of bloggers spanning a wide array of backgrounds and viewpoints, the New Majority aims to be a place of discussion of issues facing conservatism and that Republican party. Visitors are encouraged to join in on the discussion in the comments section. The New Majority also features original video pieces containing exclusive interviews and other coverage, book reviews by David and other contributors, and original reporting by NewMajority.com reporters. >>>

June 22, 2009
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Michael Patrick Leahy: "Rules for Conservative Radicals"

I offer these 15 Tactical Rules for Conservative Radicals, which I recommend for consideration by all Conservative Radicals,  in addition to 8 of Saul Alinsky’s Tactical Rules that are as relevant for today’s Conservative Radicals as they are for today’s Left Wing Radicals.

The Conservative Radical’s Tactical Rules 

1. It is better to be 85% right and quick than 100% right and slow.

2. Do what you can right now with the technologies, resources, and time immediately available to you.

3. Use free and cheap technologies at every opportunity

4. Observe Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment – do not engage in personal attacks of fellow conservatives in public forums. Anything you say will be ammunition for the left. Personal disputes among fellow conservatives are best handled privately.

5. When communicating through any public forum on the internet--Twitter, blogs, websites – remember that anything digital lives forever, so refrain from the use of profanity, personal attacks, or statements that are factually unsupportable.

6. Publicly engage with the left only when there is a clearly identified goal that has a reasonable likelihood of being accomplished through the engagement.

7. Privately engage with the left when you are confident you are dealing with a person of honor and good will whose personal integrity has not been compromised by Saul Alinsky’s moral nihilism.

8. When engaging with the left let no falsehood go unchallenged.

9. When dealing with the left, look for opportunities to persuade open-minded opponents of the merits of conservatism.

10. When evangelizing to open minded members of the left, be a friendly teacher guiding your students towards conservatism, not an argumentative and arrogant haranguer bent on demonstrating your intellectual superiority.

11. Seek out opportunities to collaborate with like-minded conservatives through self organizing projects.

12. You earn a seat at the table of a self organizing project by showing up, doing the work, and collaborating effectively with your project colleagues.

13. Successful self-organizing projects are characterized by:

(a) rapid response consensus development of goals and tactics
(b) transparent real time communication between project colleagues
(c) rapid implementation of tactics by a core group of the most engaged project colleagues
(d) whose personal conduct is guided by the principles of project servant-leadership.

14. Once you have earned a seat at the table, you have a right to participate in the development of a consensus. But if you don’t show up to participate, you lose the right to complain about decisions made by the group in your absence. The process drives forward relentlessly on a 24-7 time clock

15. When conflict arises within your self organized project, and the conflict is not resolvable, leave the project, start your own new project with those who are of like mind, and wish your former project colleagues Godspeed.

Copyright 2009 by Michael Patrick Leahy 

To be included in my new book Rules for Conservative Radicals, to be published by C-Rad Press on July 4, 2009

8 Tactical Rules for Saul Alinsky That are as Relevant for today’s Conservative Radicals as they are for today’s Left Wing Radicals

1. Never go outside the experience of your project colleagues

2. Wherever possible, go outside the experience of the opposition

3. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

4. A good tactic is one that your project colleagues enjoy.

5. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag

6. Keep the pressure on

7. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

8. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

Note: I have changed the word “people” in rules 1 and 4 to the words “project colleagues”, and the word “enemy” in rule 2 to “opposition”.

Source:  Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky, 1971
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June 9, 2009

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... "mainly middle-aged people" ... you can see them in the picture - apparently the press from hell is at it in eastern Europe as well! (Well, at least they've got "rightist artists" - meaning supporters of free markets.) Otherwise, it's permanent campaign mode in the Czech Republic:

Prague Daily: "Hundreds attend concert for Topolánek"

Hundreds of supporters of former Czech prime minister and Civic Democrat (ODS) chairman Mirek Topolanek attended the first in a series of concerts in support of Topolanek staged by rightist artists in Prague.

The participants, mainly middle-aged people, gathered in Prague's centre to praise Topolanek for what he did for the country in his capacity as Czech prime minister. (...) >>>

May 13, 2009
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Be sure not to miss a brilliant, related post by Dr Sanity, "OBAMA AND THE NEO-MARXIST LEFT: The Clever Manipulation of Projection and Paranoia"

PJM: "No, The Right Doesn’t Need to Play as Dirty as the Left", by Adam Graham

PJM columnist John Hawkins’ advice to conservatives to be as nasty as liberals is like Sean Connery’s “Chicago way” speech in The Untouchables applied to American politics: “They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way.” But is the “Chicago way” the right way for conservatives? Certainly, conservatives need to re-evaluate their tactics in light of Democratic behavior. (...) >>>

May 6, 2009
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Don't forget Roots HQ and Parcbench itself ...

Parcbench: "Web 2.0 and the New Conservative Revolution" 
There is a new conservative movement sweeping the country, and it is taking place in technology. As the entire internet moves toward social networking sites and interactive media, transitioning to the Web 2.0 next generation of the internet, conservative activists are riding the crest. Frustrated by the Left`s success at mobilizing activists through moveon.org and other left-leaning internet savvy organizations, the Right is aggressively catching up. Web 2.0 is the new way of communicating on the internet in real time with others using applications and technologies like blogging, Facebook, Twitter, podcasting, social bookmarking sites, and wikis.

Led by a younger generation of conservative tech-activists like Eric Odom from the Sam Adams Alliance, and embraced by edgy grassroots conservative organizations like Americans for Prosperity, the movement has christened itself 
#dontgo. (...) >>>



Mar 24, 2009
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Human Events: "Glenn Beck Re-Energizes the Conservative Movement", by Mark Skousen 

Since moving from CNN to Fox News, the Glenn Beck phenomenon has become the hottest topic today among conservatives. To demonstrate his influence, he recommended an obscure book called The 5,000 Year Leap on his radio and TV show, and today it is #1 on Amazon. (...) The boyish, articulate Beck is a dogmatic defender of the Constitution, which he believes is being perverted by both political parties in Washington. His top priority is to “take our country back.” His patriotic enthusiasm is intoxicating, and his show is a hit around the country.

Last Friday on the Glenn Beck Show, he announced his 912 Project and his new website,http://www.the912project.com/. His show is so popular that the site immediately crashed. (It’s now up and running.) 912 is a play on “9-11” and refers to “nine values” and “12 principles” based on the Constitution, and in particular, his favorite book called The 5,000 Year Leap: The Miracle that Changed the World. Who is the author of The 5,000 Year Leap? My late uncle, W. Cleon Skousen! Cleon Skousen was a constitutional scholar, an FBI agent (and special assistant to J. Edgar Hoover), author of The Naked Communist and the thousand year books about the Bible, and a devoted family man. In politics, my uncle was passionate about the U. S. Constitution, which he felt was inspired by God and the reason behind America’s success as a nation. (...) >>>

Mar 19, 2009
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Michael Patrick Leahy: "#TCOT Continues to Dominate Twitter Hashtags"

A brief review of http://www.hashtags.org/ data for February month to date statistics of hashtag usage on Twitter shows that the conservative hashtag #TCOT (used by the Top Conservatives on Twitter community for online dialogues) continues to dominate the Twitter conversation. (...) #TCOT is almost twice as often used in identifying a tweet as the second most used hashtag on all of Twitter! Someone might want to let the folks at Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco in on this relevant piece of factual information. (...) I wonder what's going on at Twitter Headquarters, and why #TCOT has been banned from the Twitter "trending list"? >>>

Feb 10, 2009
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Mercury News: "Weekend 'stimulus parties' bring out Obama faithful across the nation", by Denis C. Theriault

So what, exactly, does one bring to a "stimulus party"? If you're President Barack Obama, it's a plea for help. As polls show public support slipping for his stimulus plan, the president's backers spent the weekend rebooting the high-tech grass-roots network that helped elect him in the first place, gathering in living rooms and community halls across Silicon Valley and the nation to learn more about the plan and share stories about how the economic crisis has affected them. But mostly these meetings — about 3,300 of them, dubbed "economic recovery house parties" — were a call to arms. In YouTube addresses, the president somberly relayed the magnitude of the crisis, followed by Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who sought to rally those willing "to go to bat" for the president's plan. Specially prepared talking points were distributed. And some organizers unveiled lists of key lawmakers to ring up while the bill remains in Congress. Sure, the organizers were mostly preaching to the faithful, the phone bankers and the precinct walkers who reached out to voters all over the country on Obama's behalf in the fall. The taste of that victory remains close to their lips, and they seemed ready to get back to work.Gov. Tim Kaine, who sought to rally those willing "to go to bat" for the president's plan. Specially prepared talking points were distributed. And some organizers unveiled lists of key lawmakers to ring up while the bill remains in Congress. (...) >>>

Feb 10, 2009
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JM: "Attention GOP: New Media Is Here to Stay", by Melissa Clouthier

Recently, Pajamas Media writer Andrew Ian Dodge counseled politicians against using social media. (...) "The “old media” absolutely loathes new media. They are very keen to expose “the dangers” of the online world as often as possible. If they can take down a few leading right-wing politicians in the deal as well, so much the better." This advice is akin to telling politicians during Benjamin Franklin’s time to avoid public speaking (printing press, horrors!), during Alexander Graham Bell’s time to avoid the phone, or during Hoover’s time (note to Joe Biden) to avoid television. New media, whatever it is, avoidance isn’t the key. People who avoid it are bound to be left behind. Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter provide a means to communicate directly to voters bypassing a self-admittedly biased media. If a politician were told there is a way to reach thousands of people with an unadulterated message in a person’s home without the need to knock on a door or stand before TV cameras, he would eagerly ask how to do it. That’s social media. Social media platforms provide immediate feedback. (...) Web 2.0 is the way politicians will share messages, raise money, and motivate action in the future.
Exhibit A: Barack Obama. Do Republicans want to be left in the dust for good? But there are even bigger dangers for Republicans should they decide to avoid social media: their enemiesaren’t avoiding it. (...) Any organism needs constant feedback and new information in order to be responsive and grow. Online social networks do that. Finally, social networks are communities. These are not the family a person is stuck with, they’re the friends a person chooses. The communities are a great way to win friends and influence people. They are a way to belong. They form an informal foundation for idea honing and intellectual interaction. (...) Republicans need to embrace social media or they risk being left behind. Again. >>>
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Politeia: "Politics=War in Action"
"Democracy in Action" is how the Left typify it! When the politics=war crowd gets into Government they could silence the opposition, either by morally condemning them on trumped up charges as we have seen played out over the last few days (see "From Political Correctness to One Party Rule"), or they could unleash one of their political action attack dogs, as is the case today (...) The loyal opposition has finally decided a counter-offensive is in order. Conservatives are slowly catching on to the Left's Alinsky tactics. Although full comprehension of thePostmodern anti rulebook is hard to accomplish, simply because it is so antithetical to anything we know, the TCOT Action Projects' "Launch Operation MOVE OVER MoveON.org" makes an excellent start. (...) We'd like to call on Europeans to sign up with "Roots! We the Peoples of Europe", either on Facebook or on Ning. Roots! are planning to develop similar action programs to claim back Europe from the Hegelian statists for its peoples, as it should have been! (...) >>>

Feb 2, 2009
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Only a stronger conservative online community and a compelling story will lead Republicans out of the wilderness. (...) Without more effective information organization, we will not fix on a coherent agenda. Without a coherent agenda, we will not have a good story to tell. Without a good story to tell, we will not energize the grassroots and netroots. Without an energized grassroots/netroots, all the movement infrastructure in the world will be for naught. For now, the goal should be to build ideological infrastructure — organically — outside the entrenched political establishment. We should build unifying grievances. We should organize ideas and then people. The Republican Party will not lead the Right out of the problems that plague the Republican Party; it will have to follow. If a movement is to draw a party into its orbit, the movement must have the gravitational pull of messaging, mobilization, and fundraising capacity. For now, it is our role to uncover, organize, and deliver information. In other words — to change the story. >>>

Nov 17, 2008
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The Next Right: "Musings on party building for your comment", by Matt Dabrowski

Assumptions: 1. The party has been left very weak in some sections of the country. The people literally aren't there on which to rebuild the party. Usually this is described with the statement, "The grassroots are really weak," but I'm not convinced grassroots exists anymore in the exact way we understood it. 2. The candidates and the campaigns they run ARE the party. Run good candidates and good campaigns, and the perception of the party begins to change immediately. When considering this, style and tone appropriate to the jurisdiction are important. 3. Expand political options, don't reduce them. 4. The genius of the Obama campaign was casting the widest possible net. They gave basic, two-day organizer training to 5,000 people. Perhaps (...) >>>
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The Next Right: "Defining the Republican/Conservative Party", by dpeterson

One of the biggest mistakes we as Conservatives and Republicans have made over the past four to six years is that we allowed the Democrat Party and the libs to define who we are and what we stand for. George W. Bush and Karl Rove sat back the past six years and allowed the Democrat party and the liberal media to attack the party, the administration, the administrations policies, and the economic record these policies have produced. George W. consistently stated that he believed it was disrespectful to the "office of the President" to respond to the flurry of constant attacks. As a result, the majority of the American people do not understand how the banking crisis has been culminating since the 1970's and how President Clinton helped to accelerate the problem. They are not aware that the Democrats holding power in committees consistently blocked efforts by Republicans (and President Bush) to reign in Freddie and Fannie through regulation. They are not aware that the CEO's of Freddie and Fannie were former hacks of the Democrat party and the congressional black caucus. They have not seen the mounds of video with the democrats in congress stating how there was nothing wrong with Freddie and Fannie. Further (...) >>>

16th Nov 2008
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Pala Political: "Republicans Are Doomed"

A Democratic realignment has begun. Obama’s margins among decisive and growing constituencies make that clear. In the fastest growing demographic in America – Latinos – Obama received 66 percent support. This is 10 percent points higher than John Kerry’s 2004 total. (...) The Republican losses last Tuesday proves they are in worse shape than they’ve been in decades. Their strongholds are getting squeezed. The confinement of the Republican electorate to the predominantly rural areas is becoming more and more evident. This equals disaster for the Republican Party. It is the candidate that can win the educated, racially diverse, metropolitan voters that has a future in politics. And the Democrats have taken great strides in winning over those demographics. (...) Obama is, in essence, reproducing voters that favor him and the Democratic Party. Obama’s biggest margins of victory during the presidential election were in those demographics that happen to be growing at the fastest pace in this country, and Obama plans on doing everything in his power to strengthen that growth.

But Reaganism is not dead. In fact, pay close attention to Obama’s policies and you’ll realize he resembled much of what Reagan preached. (...) the Republican Party was not tarnished because of Conservative principles. Bush represented the Republican Party but certainly didn’t govern like one. (...) The spending increases that took place under the Bush presidency would have made Ronald Reagan burst into flames. Bush was the symbol of conservatism, but was not a practitioner of it. So Republican must be patient. (...) Obama won running on tax cuts but is now in power with a Democratic Congress set on becoming more activist. Things can change dramatically. Commentators have the tendency to live in the moment. Obama is in control. He, and the Democratic majority, will use their positions of power to stay in control. A GOP comeback is possible, but it will not be easy. >>>
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PJM: "The Ad Age President Who ‘Killed Election Day’"

(...) Not that you’ll ever get many voters to acknowledge that they made the wrong decisions — the marketers call that “cognitive dissonance” — but given the fact that John McCain closed the polling gap significantly in the race’s final two weeks, it’s not unreasonable to believe that early voting cost him a point or two of the six by which he lost. Bush 2000 and Obama 2008 underscore my strong belief that no-excuses early voting is a dangerous travesty, and that voting rules should return to the traditional absentee balloting criteria of previous years. The idea that much closer future elections may be decided by less-than-informed, peer-pressured, convenience-focused, “time-shifting” — and, I would add, “thought-avoiding” — early voters who have, in effect, “killed Election Day,” should be troubling to many. I fear it won’t be. >>>

14th Nov 2008
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Politeia: "Is Obama Above the Law?"

A small business owner, a grocery store proprietor, or a Republican takes millions of illegal credit card donations and he's going to jail. Barack Obama does it and he's going to the White House. Take a stand now for equal justice for all Americans. Make everyone you know — Democrat, Republican, or independent—aware of this failure of justice. Send this link via email. Post it on your site. Download the printable flier here. Hand out copies wherever you can. Post them where people will see them. Draw a line in the sand and say NO MORE. By AnyStreet (...) >>>

Nov 13, 2008
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PJM: "Call for Post-Election ‘Unity’ Fails the Giggle Test"

In the days following the election, we’ve heard a lot about unity. This year, 53 percent of the voters cast their ballots for Barack Obama, and we’re being told that the country unified to elect him. In 2004, 51 percent of the nation voted to reelect Bush — but back then we were a country divided. I hear that because Obama came out seven points ahead of John McCain that he won in a landslide. If you want to talk landslide, remember that Ronald Reagan won his first election against Jimmy Carter by nine points. He then went on to win his second term against Walter Mondale by 18 points. Now that’s a landslide. (...) Liberals went from being sore losers to gracious winners. All except the woman who emailed a friend of mine who ran a pro-McCain site: “Obama won, b****.” Guess she didn’t get the touchy-feely memo. (...) Yes, unity now exists in America and across the world — even the squabbling ladies on The View have declared a truce. (...) “Don’t be bitter. Give him a chance and trust me you will love him too.” I feel like I have to take a shower now.

Those who didn’t vote for Obama and may have some serious concerns about his domestic and foreign policy are also being called “haters” by some, as in this blog comment (all spelling, grammar, and syntax from the original) (...) Obviously, something must be done, and such dissent cannot be tolerated in our brave new world. And that’s the crux of the issue, isn’t it? The left has assumed power — whether it be temporary or long-lived — and the dissent that these self-proclaimed tolerant progressives wore as a badge of honor during the Bush years suddenly is no longer desirable. From bullying children in the classroom to using fear of the economy to get those who tried “to make sure that Barack Obama would not become president of the United States” to march in lockstep with the progressive agenda, these are the means to the end of “unity.” You know, there’s political unity in China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia. Just a thought. (...)>>>
12th Nov 2008
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... mentions both "Team Sarah" and "Let's Get This Right" ...

Columbia Journalism Review: "Blogged Down in the Past - McCain’s top-down Internet tactics can’t keep up with Obama’s social networking strategy

An ongoing examination of blogs devoted to the 2008 presidential campaign, and interviews with bloggers and blogger outreach coordinators from the contending presidential campaigns, reveals a fundamental difference in the candidates’ approach to the blogosphere.
Barack Obama’s campaign reaches out to activist bloggers in order to communicate with and mobilize campaign volunteers and feed them into its online social networking site, MyBarackObama.com. In contrast, John McCain’s campaign takes a top-down approach, using blogs—many of which it helped incubate—as an echo chamber for channeling mostly anti-Obama attacks into the mainstream media, in order to create an impression of grassroots online support. (...) >>>
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NewsMax: "Exit Polls Reveal Conservatives Abandoned McCain" (via email)

Democrat Barack Obama garnered a surprising 20 percent of the vote from conservatives who cast ballots on Election Day, top-ranked radio-talker Rush Limbaugh told listeners.
Citing exit polls, Limbaugh also said on Wednesday that Republican John McCain lost independents and moderates by a margin of 60 percent to 39 percent.
“McCain only got 89 percent of the Republican vote,” Limbaugh said. “He only got 80 percent of the conservative vote.
“And therein lies the tale, the recipe offered up by the wizards of smart in the Republican Party and on our side — for whatever reason we have to abandon our base, and we’ve gotta broaden our base . . .
“I have nothing against going out and getting Democrats and independents to vote for you. But not by behaving like a Democrat or independent.”
Fox News commissioned extensive exit polling on Election Day. Some highlights:
  • 75 percent of voters said the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction, and these voters went solidly for Obama — 62 percent to McCain’s 36 percent.
  • 63 percent of voters said the economy was the most important issue facing the nation, and they backed Obama, 53 percent to 44 percent.
  • 48 percent said they are “very worried” that the economic crisis will hurt their family’s finances in the coming year, and they voted for Obama,
    60 percent to 38 percent.
  • Voters who said they wanted a president who can bring about change overwhelmingly went for Obama, 89 percent to 9 percent.
  • Despite predictions that the 2008 election would bring a sharp increase
    in the number of young voters, people under age 30 comprised just
    18 percent of all voters, up from 17 percent in the past three presidential elections and down from 21 percent in 1992. These voters went for Obama, 66 percent to 32 percent.
  • Among the 11 percent of voters who were casting ballots in a presidential election for the first time, 68 percent voted for Obama and 31 percent chose McCain.
  • 18 percent of voters who supported President Bush in 2004 defected from the GOP and supported Obama this year.
  • Women chose Obama over the McCain-Palin ticket by a margin of 56 percent to 43 percent.
  • 52 percent of white Catholics voted for McCain, compared to 47 percent
    for Obama.
  • Black voters comprised 13 percent of the electorate and 95 percent of them backed Obama. White voters favored McCain by a 12-point margin.
  • Hispanics helped Obama win the battleground state of Florida, voting for the Democrat over the Republican, 57 percent to 42 percent. In 2004, President Bush garnered 56 percent of the Hispanic vote.
  • In Pennsylvania, 20 percent of Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton over Obama in the primary voted for McCain on Tuesday.
9th Nov. 2008
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The Next Right: "Change.gov and the Contradiction of the Postmodern Left Netroots", by Jonathan Klingler

Today, the Barack Obama transition team launched its new website, www.change.gov, and I think it would be wise for all of us who are interested in building the Next Right to check it out, as well as www.barackobama.com in case the latter is changed substantially. If you want to see how My.BarackObama.com works without joining, watch the tutorial video. It's impressive.
During the campaign, the Obama folks were able to do three remarkable things to build a people-powered online movement. (...) >>>

7th Nov. 2008
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... of sockpuppets, astroturfers and other trolls ...

Politeia: "Confessions of an Astroturfing Troll"

(...) we infiltrate all the blogs and all the youtube videos and overwhelm the voting, the comments, etc. All to continue this appearance of overwhelming world support.People makes posts to the effect that the world has “gone mad” Thats the intention. To make you feel stressed and crazy and feel like the world is ending. (...) >>>

5th Nov 2008
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The Next Right: "We need better information"

These discussions about what an online right should look like seems to miss several points. There are distinct problems, and they need to be handled separately. Some of these problems need to be solved organically, some will require time, but some can be solved somewhat mechanically.
One of the things that we need to solve immediately and may be susceptible to a mechanical solution is the crisis of information. The crisis of information is that righty information outlets are having incrementally less influence on the news cycle than lefty ones. The chart [click to enlarge] is from this WSJ story about the rise of the lefty blogs and specifically Huffington Post vis-a-vis Drudge. TPM, Chris Cillizza, Howard Kurtz, Halperin and others have been talking about this also.
On the list above, Townhall, Michelle Malkin, Newsbusters, and Redstate were the only sites to demonstrate triple-digit growth during the last election period, and only Redstate's and Newsbusters' was truly explosive. (full disclosure: I am a front-page contributor to both of those).
But I don't want to focus on traffic, but rather a related question: who drives the news cycle? This used to be Drudge and still is to a great degree. But any experience watching this electoral cycle will tell you that TPM and Huffington Post are essential in setting narratives and forcing campaigns and other political actors to respond to specific reported and sourced information and distributing it quickly. With that in mind, let's look at something Mark Tapscott said:
But I want to offer a third essential element in addition to punditry and activism. The RightRoots must make a top priority of equiping vastly more of our sites with the reportorial and investigative skills required to dig up and present credible exposes, fact-based analyses and concrete news stories.

In short, we've complained about liberal media bias for decades, but now that the mainstream media is steadily being displaced by online media, many of us need to become ..... journalists, or capable of doing the online analogy of traditional journalism, particularly in its investigative phase.
I would state this slightly differently. Stories are started online with HuffPo and TPM. They are completed on TV and in the newspapers. We are playing in no part of that process. One of the reasons for that is that there is no reliable place to go for fact-based conservative perspective.

This is something that we could do now. There are enough talented reporters to start training and mentorship programs for more. These people could play in the news cycle. This would not necessarily require donors to dump money on "bloggers". Rather the people would be established journalists with records.
Other parts of rebuilding the right as a coherent ideological and electoral force will depend on other things (like a coherent ideological framework linked to coherent policies). But this we can do relatively quickly and start demonstrating immediate results by attacking the terrible policies of a Democratic Congress and, potentially, a Democratic White House. >>>
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Politeia: "The New Playbook: Rules for the Right"

Republicans are playing by a very antiquated rule book. Here's a News Flash for the defenders of civilized society: there's a war on, y'know! Here's the thing in military terms. The rules of engagement are dictated by pragmatism: whatever is expedient to the cause - no restrictions - rules. The officer corps consists of agenda driven, Democrat leaning campaign strategists as Axelrod and Bagella, the MSM are their foot soldiers. We'll get back to you as soon as we've flushed out the hidden Secretaries of War. While neocons were celebrating the end of history, the opposition unilaterally connived to no longer play by the Geneva convention. (...)

Either Republicans adopt some of the street wise Alinsky Rules for Radicals as championed by the Dems, or think up some winning strategies of their own, fast and furious. Here we advocate the latter, foregoing the unedifying gutter ethics as advocated by the radical Left. (...) Republicans are always on the defensive, which makes sense for a conservative party. But that means that the forces of 'progress' and 'change' will always have the advantage of the attack. Remember, offense is the best defense. (...)

The Left - by their innate philosophy of coercion that gives them a free pass to manipulate people's minds - have harnessed a host of psychological strategies to their battle wagon. What gives, if in the process they create a semi Fascist, crypto totalitarian society? Or perhaps that is precisely that what they have in mind, so they can pronounce liberal democracy - a corollary of individual rights - obsolete as well. (...) The campaigner of today needs to formulate strategies to deflect the 'end justifies the means' assaults, which are typical of the essentially amoral, pragmatism driven campaigns. (...) >>>

2nd Nov 2008
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