Saturday, February 26, 2005


That "Cowboy capitalism" again: "The economy grew at a solid 3.8 percent annual rate in the final quarter of 2004 — stronger than previously estimated_ an encouraging sign that the business expansion was firmly entrenched at the start of the new year."

Dick McDonald is chortling over the $18 billion loss just posted by Viacom -- parent company of CBS and MTV. I suspect he is not alone.

Buy Hershey today: "This Valentine's Day, Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, encouraged the romantic sweethearts in his party not to buy chocolates from three of the nation's biggest chocolate producers: Hershey, Nestle and Mars. After all, he warned, all three are "red" companies — purportedly supporters of President Bush and his policies".

There is a new Australian site here that looks like it could be interesting to anybody who thinks that genetics has something to do with human behaviour and human differences.

Mark Steyn has a good summary of the playwright Arthur Miller -- showing what a determined Leftist and anti-American propagandist he was. Excerpt: "Miller was the most useful of the useful idiots. It was a marvelous inspiration to recast the communist "hysteria" of the 1950s as the Salem witch trials of the 1690s. Many people have pointed out the obvious flaw with "The Crucible" - that there were no witches, whereas there were certainly communists. For one thing, they were gobbling up a lot of real estate: they seized Poland in 1945, Bulgaria in '46, Hungary and Romania in '47, Czechoslovakia in '48, China in '49... As it is, Miller's play is an early example of the distinguishing characteristic of the modern Western left: its hermetically sealed parochialism. His genius was to give his fellow lefties what's become their most cherished article of faith - that any kind of urgent national defense is, by definition, paranoid and hysterical. It was untrue in the '50s and it's untrue today. "The Crucible" will survive because it's the modular furniture of left-wing agitprop: whatever the cause du jour, you can attach it to and it functions no better or worse than to anything else, mainly because it's perfectly pitched to the narcissism of the left".

EU Jews moving Rightwards: "The Belgian example is extreme, but it represents the sharpest edge of a much broader political shift by European Jews - away from the left, particularly the far left, and toward the center and right, in the face of rising displays of anti-Semitism and the European left's embrace of the Palestinian cause.... Of course, the shift is not monolithic and some of it is also associated with a rise in Jews' social and economic status. In the vast majority of cases it represents a move toward tolerant parties of the center or center-right rather than a leap to the far end of the spectrum - where many xenophobic parties remain unfriendly to Jews as well as to Arabs. So the number of Jews on the far right remains a very slim minority. But the fact that there are any at all is a measure of the degree to which many of Europe's 2.4 million Jews feel abandoned by the left and are still searching for a comfortable place in European politics".

Wicked Thoughts has just put up a post that debunks the "Snopes" fact-checking service.

My latest posting on MarxWords shows that Marx did not understand the economics of his day. My latest posting on "A scripture blog" looks at whether Christ died on a cross or not.



That power only, not principles, is what matters to Leftists is perfectly shown by the 2004 Kerry campaign. They put up a man whose policies seemed to be 99% the same as George Bush's even though the Left have previously disagreed violently with those policies. "Whatever it takes" is their rule.

Leftists are phonies. For most of them all that they want is to sound good. They don't care about doing good. That's why they do so much harm. They don't really care what the results of their policies are as long as they are seen as having good intentions.

The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism. The very word "Nazi" is a German abbreviation for "National Socialist"

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