Monday, April 17, 2006


Some excerpts from a great list by Chris Weinkopf

These are the things that most infuriate "progressives," followed by a brief explanation of why. The mere mention of these words will cause the typical left-winger to see (even more) red:

Cars - especially SUVs; the bigger and safer the vehicle, the worse. For leftists, cars are a polluting, annoying expression of individual freedom - a painful reminder that the longstanding efforts of social engineers to herd Americans into mass transit remain unfulfilled.

Guns - and the irritating insistence of "gun nuts" (anyone who owns a gun legally) to look after their own safety rather than trust in the benevolence and capabilities of the all-protecting state.

Suburbs, AKA "sprawl" - and the selfish desire of so many Americans to own their own homes with their own garages and their own backyards.

Straight white men - especially the dead ones that once dominated classroom curricula, and any institutions where they once flourished, such as military academies, prep schools, and fraternal organizations.

Jokes about sexual orientation, race, or gender - unless they're about straight, white men.

Jokes about most anything else - except for the items on this list.

Traditional families - Heather's mommies both deserve full health benefits now, but married couples ought to be penalized with higher taxes until they either die or divorce.

Abstinence - and for that matter, all traditional sexual mores and anyone so backward as to demand them of their children, politicians, or clergy.

Religious "zealots" - that is, adherents of any faith that that makes claims on truth, especially Catholicism, Orthodox Judaism, Mormonism, and Evangelical branches of Christianity (but not Islam).

The rich - anyone who has earned a lot of money no doubt did something wretched to obtain it and deserves to have it forcefully taken away. (Rich leftists excluded.)

Vouchers - a threat to unions, social engineers, and the government monopoly on public education.

Home-schooling - a threat to unions, social engineers, and the government monopoly on public education - and a favorite among the religious zealots.

Standardized testing - or, for that matter, educational standards of any kind.

McDonalds - for selling fatty foods containing red meat and marketing them to minors, and for doing what socialism never could: feeding billions and billions on the cheap.

Pharmaceutical companies - for spending billions developing new, life-saving drugs, then charging money for them.

Successful businesses - they must be ripping off their "stakeholders."

Failed business - they must be ripping off their "stakeholders."



Blair losing the working class: "White, working-class Britons feel so furious about immigration that they are deserting Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party for the far right, a key Blair ally told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper. Employment Minister Margaret Hodge said that 80 per cent of white people in her east London constituency of Barking were threatening to vote for the British National Party (BNP) in the May local elections. Former voters for Mr Blair's governing centre-left party were angry about a lack of affordable housing and blamed their worries on Labour neglect and immigration, she told the weekly broadsheet. "They can't get a home for their children, they see black and ethnic minority communities moving in and they are angry," Ms Hodge said. "When I knock on doors I say to people, 'are you tempted to vote BNP?' and many, many, many, eight out of 10 of the white families, say 'yes'. That's something we have never seen before. "Even when people voted BNP, they used to be ashamed to vote BNP. Now they are not." Asylum and immigration is a sensitive topic in Britain, with popular newspapers regularly calling the system "chaos".

Brainless and heartless British bureaucracy at work: "A bailiff was sent to an 80-year-old gran's council home to demand rent arrears of just FIVE PENCE. Alice Nelson was left "terrified" after the official called on her without warning. She has lived at the same address for 45 years and has never knowingly been behind with her rent. The bailiff told Alice, of Wigan, Greater Manchester, she had to hand over the 5p there and then. And the shaken and confused gran, who had received no prior letters about the demand, gave him a coin without knowing if she really owed it.... The bailiff, who gave Alice a potty receipt, was sent by Wigan and Leigh Housing, which manages council homes on behalf of the local authority. A spokesman said yesterday: "We apologise for any distress but we are currently having a strong push to reduce both the amount of rent arrears and the actual number of people in arrears. "In terms of how our performance is measured it's also important to reduce the number of people in arrears, whatever the amount." But the Help The Aged charity said: "It beggars belief that debt collectors can bother a woman of this age for such a measly amount of money."

Gunshops as churches!: "A dreary, five-hour House debate on technical aspects of eminent domain law Wednesday turned into a battle over gun rights and the propriety of research on early stem cells. The issues arose as House members grappled with what limits the legislature should put on the government's ability to take private property when government officials think buying the property is in the public interest. Rep. Belinda Harris, a Hillsboro Democrat, proposed an amendment to prohibit the government from using the power of eminent domain to force the sale of any house of worship. The amendment was approved, 154-0. That prompted Rep. Mike Frame, a Eureka Democrat, to propose exempting any property used as a gun shop. He said such an exemption befitted businesses protected by the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Rep. Shannon Cooper, a Clinton Republican who owns a gun store, said gun shops were not equivalent to churches and should not be placed in a special class exempt from rules that apply to all other businesses."

Coffin finally in his coffin: "The Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr., a civil rights and anti-war campaigner who sought to inspire and encourage an idealistic and rebellious generation of college students in the 1960s from his position as chaplain of Yale University, then reveled in the role of lightning rod thrust upon him by officials and conservatives who thought him and his style of dissent dangerous, died Wednesday at his home in Strafford, Vt. He was 81. The cause was congestive heart failure"

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Practically all policies advocated by the Left create poverty. Leftists get the government to waste vast slabs of the country's labour-force on bureaucracy and paperwork and so load the burden of providing most useful goods and services onto fewer and fewer people. So fewer useful goods and services are produced to go around. That is no accident. The Left love the poor. The Left need the poor so that they can feel good by patronizing and "helping" them. So they do their best to create as many poor people as possible.

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" (Nationalsozialistisch)

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