Just recently, talk show host Michael Savage had to endure an attack on his character when the British government associated him with terrorists and other criminals and banned him from traveling to the U.K.But on Saturday the attack — or at least an attack — was brought to his own shores when a computer hacker damaged his website by sneaking into its server through a feedback portal, forcing technicians to shut it down for nearly an hour.
In an effort to regain momentum in the health-care debate, Barack
Obama is attempting to reframe the push for government intervention as
a moral issue.
By Selwyn Duke
Just a few short months ago, few imagined that Barack Obama would
have trouble marshalling a Democrat majority for one of his major
initiatives. He was the "messiah," "The One," and all he had to do was
lead, and the Houses and the high and happy masses from coast to coast
would follow. But that was before he stimulated us into stratospheric
debt; proved he was anything but post-racial by rashly saying that
dutiful Cambridge cops acted "stupidly"; and accosted us with Medical
Mothra, a 1000-page, labyrinthine health-care bill that could only be
adequately digested by termites. So now, with tumultuous town-hall
meetings and a majority of Americans opposed to Obamacare, the
president is trying to shore up support for reform by casting it as a
With relativistic people, there is no such thing as a true
axiom, yet you’d never know it listening to our modern mantras.We hear things such as “Our strength lies in
our diversity,” “Religion has caused all the wars in history,” and “Everything
is a matter of perspective” proclaimed with theological assurance.Of course, the last supposition is
contradictory, and embracing it renders moral supposition itself
meaningless.Regardless, it’s natural
for man to make sense of the world by “profiling” elements of reality.
When we hear that the U.S. Army is spending $117 million to toughen
up combat troops mentally, we certainly don't expect the ancient
Spartan regime of blood soup, reed beds and whippings to inure one to
pain. Yet we might not guess a program of "emotional resiliency
classes," either. But the money is being used to train 1500 sergeants
to teach precisely that, making them de facto psychologists.
FoxNews.com reports, writing,
"The new $117 million dollar program is based on the research of Dr.
Martin Seligman, chairman of the University of Pennsylvania Positive
Psychology Center, who has been consulting with the Pentagon and whom
the Army calls 'Dr. Happy.'"
Now, growing up in New York City, "Dr. Happy" has a ring of
familiarity to it. Wasn't he that undocumented pharmacist who operated
near the corner of 5th Avenue and 125th Street? Could be, it's just a
short lateral move to academia.
You probably don't associate the Internal Revenue Service with
health, unless it's their letterhead's ability to make your heart stop.
Yet, under both the House and Senate
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions healthcare reform bills, the
dreaded tax department will be a major player in making sure you comply
with government healthcare dictates.
And not only do the bills require the providers of health insurance
(e.g., employers) to divulge detailed information about whom they
insure, they also require individual taxpayers who aren't covered by
someone else to provide proof of insurance — under penalty of law.
In his captivating book The Screwtape Letters, the great
philosopher C.S. Lewis noted that change is meant to be a means to an
end and that it is only the destroyers of civilization who try to
convince us that it is an end unto itself.
It is an alluring mantra, that change chant. It helped elect Bill
Clinton in 1992 and, four terms later, Barack Obama. The idea is that
things couldn't possibly be worse than they are now, so the unknown
just must be better than the status quo. Ah, collect the frying pans —
fire all the way around.
So I see that the deep thinkers over at Sadly, No! picked up on my piece "All the President's Bigoted Men" and have much to say about me. That's right, not the piece — me. Their comments are an interesting read if you'd like some insight into liberal "intellectualism" (yikes, even with the quotation marks it's strikingly oxymoronic). Among the gems you'll be treated to are posts peppered with profanity and one in which the writer wishes there were a Hell so that conservative commentator Robert Novak, who just passed away today, could go there. Very, very classy, guys. I should also point out that such wishing of damnation on political opponents isn't even original, as it echoes the snooty, woefully overestimated anti-theist Christopher Hitchens' remark after Jerry Falwell's death. To wit, "I wish there was a Hell for Falwell."
Wow, being atheistic and liberal just seems so . . . so attractive. They just may win me over.
The little blurb about my article at Sadly, No! was written by someone who didn't want to attach his real name to his musings. Instead, he used the handle "Tintin." Hmm, I didn't think dogs could write.
Oh, yeah, I remember now. They can write.
They just can't reason.
However, I will take the inability to address substantively even one point in a 2500-word piece as an admission of defeat. In debate, I guess you could say that avoidance is the sincerest form of flattery.
Do liberals operate based on emotion? Are their offerings thus without merit and completely visceral? Are they the ones ridden with vice who poison public discourse with mindless ad hominem attacks and ugliness of the tongue?
(Note: some readers have mentioned that the name of the dog I was alluding to in this piece is "Rin-Tin-Tin." I was aware of this, but the handle in question was close enough so that I decided to indulge some artistic license. However, I will admit that I didn't know of the European comic strip character "Tintin," who certain readers assumed I had confused with the dog. I suppose you learn something new every day.)
When Barack Obama said that the
Henry Louis Gates affair was a teaching moment, he spoke truly.But the key is ensuring that the right things
are taught and the right people learn. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to
There is no need to rehash the
events of July 16 chapter and verse.We
all know about how the Harvard professor flew into a rage of racial accusations
and haughty posturing after Sergeant James Crowley appeared at his Cambridge
home to investigate a report of a possible break-in.We’ve heard that Gates called Crowley a
“racist” and said he was being targeted because “I’m a black man in
America.”We know how Barack Obama
stirred the pot, saying at a press conference that he didn’t know all the facts
but then averring that the police “acted stupidly.”And we also know that it’s a foot-in-mouth
moment Obama wishes he could do a Groundhog Day on, and that he fancies a beer
a substitute for an apology.
Until a long time after Napoleon's death, English mothers would
admonish their children with, "Be good or Nappy will get you." Well,
now we hear, be vigilant or the "racist" righties will get you. This is
the message of a recent AFP news article oh-so ominously titled
"Right-wing militias on the rise in US: report."
Incensed by the election of the first
black US president, right-wing militia groups in the United States are
rising again after a decade of decline . . . .
Ideologically driven by racism and a
virulent anti-government, anti-taxation and anti-immigrant agenda, the
homegrown groups that thrived in the 1990s and spurred numerous deadly
terrorist attacks are expanding, said the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).