Monday, September 07, 2009
Are you gullible? Determine your gullibility quotient by answering A or B to the following questions.
A. Obama plans to address the nation's children to encourage them to stay in school.
B. Obama plans to endear the nation's children to himself so they'll pressure their parents to support his socialist agenda.
A. Teachers' unions care about children.
B. Teachers' unions care about money and power.
A. Socialism is the most efficient means of wealth creation and distribution.
B. Capitalism is the most efficient means of wealth creation and distribution.
A. Federal bailouts end recessions.
B. Federal bailouts extend recessions.
A. Calling Obama a "socialist" is racism.
B. Obama is a socialist.
A. The US Constitution commands the complete separation of Church and state
B. The US Constitution forbids Congress from establishing a state religion.
A. Supporting group rights is the most efficient means of obtaining equality.
B. Supporting individual rights is the most efficient means of obtaining equality.
A. There are no absolutes.
A. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of racism.
B. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of the Confederacy.
B. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great American.
C. Ralph Abernathy was a great American. King was a philanderer.
A. The United States of America is . . .
B. The United States of America are . . .
A. Forced integration benefits black students.
B. Charter schools, vouchers and private schools benefit black students.
A. Home schoolers may become socially deprived.
B. Government schoolers may become socially depraved.
A. Most murdered gays are killed by homophobes.
B. Most murdered gays are killed by other gays who infect them with HIV.
A. Barbie Dolls give little girls unrealistic expectations.
B. Most little girls don't want to be 9 inches tall and made of plastic.
A. Feminists are pro-women.
B. Feminists hate women who don't agree with them as seen in their continuous misogynous attacks against "1950s housewives."
A. Small classrooms benefit students.
B. Home schools are small classrooms.
A. Property taxes fund essential government services.
B. Property taxes are essentially rent homeowners pay to the county.
A. Colonialism brought repression to Africa.
B. Colonialism brought prosperity to Africa.
A. Global warming is destroying the environment.
B. Global warming is an excuse to redistribute wealth by force.
A. White people are mostly racists.
B. White guilt is destroying Western culture.
A. Greed caused the housing crisis by taking advantage of minorities.
B. Jimmy Carter's Community Reinvestment Act triggered the housing crisis by forcing banks to lend to non creditworthy borrowers, mostly in minority areas.
A. McCarthyism is evil.
B. Hollywood blacklists conservatives to prevent McCarthyism.
A. The Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery.
B. The Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery in Confederate, but not Union, states.
A. This quiz is fueling hatred.
B. This quiz is making leftists confront their peculiar belief system.
If you answered "A" on up to 3 of the above, you watch too much network TV.
If you answered "A" on more than 3 of the above, you're gullible.
If you answered "B" on 1 or more of the above, you're a racist, terrorist, mobster, and party to the vast right-wing conspiracy.
Adapted from Kenn Gividen
The centrality of Israel
Bill Gates famously called George Gilder "very stimulating even when I disagree with him, and most of the time I agree with him." The issues on which Gilder has staked out stimulating positions over more than 30 years as a writer and public intellectual are wide-ranging. They include the causes of poverty and the creators of wealth; the consequences of modern feminism; and the possibilities opened by the high-tech revolution. His arguments are often surprising, always provocative and generally controversial. His latest book is titled "The Israel Test." Much of what he says is dramatically different from what just about anyone else is saying. In particular: "Either the world, principally the United States, supports Israel, or Israel, one way or another, will be destroyed. There are no other realistic choices. And if Israel is destroyed, capitalist Europe will likely die as well, and America, as the epitome of productive and creative capitalism spurred by Jews, will be in jeopardy."
At this juncture, it is probably not just useful but necessary to note that George Gilder is not Jewish. In other words, the case he makes for Israel has no basis in religious or ethnic affiliation. At the same time, not being tethered to Israel or to Jews allows him to be blunt in a way few of Israel's Jewish defenders dare.
For example, he says that people "who obsessively denounce Jews have a name; they are Nazis." He does not hesitate to apply the term to Arab and Iranian leaders who exhibit such behavior. He contends, as well, that the "most dangerous form of Holocaust denial is not rejection of the voluminous evidence of long-ago Nazi crimes but incredulity toward the voluminous evidence of the new Holocaust being planned by Israel's current enemies. Two Iranian presidents have resolved to acquire nuclear weapons for the specific purpose of ‘wiping Israel off the map.' "
What can be done to prevent a second Holocaust and to beat back the jihadis at America's gates? Gilder believes, first, we need to recognize the nature and gravity of the threat; second, we need more resolve; and third we need more technology of the sort America and Israel have been most adept at producing.
It will require comprehensive missile defense and other high-tech means to prevent our sworn enemies from "infiltrating nuclear weapons into American cities, exploding them offshore near American ports, or detonating bombs above America's critical electronic infrastructure" - destroying that infrastructure with an EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) attack, an offensive capability that Iran, for one, is known to be developing.
"No nation in history has succeeded in preserving its integrity and sovereignty without meeting the challenge of ever-advancing armaments," Gilder points out. "But many American intellectuals still imagine that the United States is different, that it is possible or desirable for us to negotiate an ‘end to the arms race.' Our enemies will always want to end the arms race because they know only free nations can win it. ... An end to the arms race would deprive the capitalist countries of their greatest asset in combating barbarism."
Gilder is convinced that the forces targeting Israel and America also are "targeting capitalism and freedom everywhere." Capitalism, he says, requires freedom - for entrepreneurs, workers and consumers alike. All benefit, because, "under capitalism the achievements of one group provide markets and opportunities for others."
He goes on to make this unfashionable observation: Any democracy not resting on a solid capitalist foundation is doomed. "Without an expanding capitalist economy," he writes, "democracy becomes dominated by its zero-sum elements - by mobs and demagogues."
Over the centuries, such mobs and demagogues have, many times, turned against Jews. Today, Gilder adds, "they have turned against Israel." Sometimes, the root cause is simply greed and envy. But often it is the belief that "social justice" necessitates the dispossession of the "haves" and redistribution to the "have-nots" in the interest of "equality of outcome."
Over time, this can only lead to expanding poverty because it is based on a misunderstanding of what wealth is. Fundamentally, wealth inheres not in material resources but in "human minds and creations that thrive only in peace and freedom. In particular, the immiseration of the Middle East stems chiefly from the covetous and crippling idea among Arabs that Israel's wealth is not only the source of their humiliation but also the cause of their poverty."
Gilder has much more to say - more challenging arguments and perplexing questions than I can summarize in a brief column. But his underlying thesis is straightforward: The future of freedom, democracy, capitalism, America, the West and the tiny state of Israel are all tied together in a single knot. Israel is "not only a major source of Western technological supremacy and economic leadership - it is also the most vulnerable source of Western power and intelligence."
Israel is, Gilder contends, "not only the canary in the coal mine - it is also a crucial part of the mine." If Americans will not defend Israel, they will "prove unable to defend anything else. The Israel test is finally our own test of survival as a free nation."
Black Communist resigns at last: "Van Jones, President Obama's green jobs czar, has resigned amid furor over his past statements regarding the Bush administration and the September 11 terrorist attacks. In a resignation letter released by the White House just after midnight on Sunday, Mr. Jones said he was the victim of a smear campaign. "On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me," he wrote. "They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide." Mr. Jones said while he's been getting encouragement from both political parties to "stay and fight," he "cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past."
Ted Kennedy's hatred of his own country: "The most striking aspect of the KGB memo, not to mention Senator Kennedy’s many public statements and writings at the time—see, to cite just two examples, his March 24, 1983 Senate floor speech and March 1984 piece for Rolling Stone—was the late senator’s lack of faith and trust in President Ronald Reagan in contrast to his amazing faith and trust in Premier Yuri Andropov. This was evident in the memo, where the KGB head underscored that Kennedy was “very impressed” with Andropov—as opposed to Reagan, whose “militaristic politics” and “belligerence,” Kennedy judged, were the culprits for the increasingly tense Cold War. This was a quite incredible perspective by Kennedy. I literally cannot name a single other American politician, Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, who saw the Stalinist Andropov as anything other than cold, calculating, brooding, sinister."
USA Today rejoices in man-cession: "USA Today published a lead article Thursday that is one of those now-I-understand-what-socialism-is-all-about articles. The essay's pretzel logic is so outlandish that I promise to keep a straight face as I explain it to you. And the article's original title was so outrageous that within hours the USA Today editors felt compelled to tone it down. But I'm getting ahead of myself. It's no secret that men been hit hard in the current recession. The USA Today article acknowledges that men have lost 74% of jobs since December 2007, with women losing the remaining 26%. The reason is men predominate in construction and manufacturing, sectors that have suffered a massive hemorrhaging of jobs. Most would view these numbers with dismay and even alarm. In many families men are the primary breadwinners and men's job loss hurts their wives, children, and dependent parents. And unemployment is emotionally devastating to many men. But socialists view massive male unemployment with undisguised glee."
That government is best that governs not at all: “The great American experiment of a perfected and limited civil government has gone terribly wrong. All but the most ardent statists now accept this. Many feel that drastic reform is needed. Others feel the present system is just too corrupt and the present beneficiaries too firmly entrenched for any meaningful improvement ever to take place. If that is so, then what is to follow? Some advocate the libertarian position of minarchism, that civil government should be small and strictly limited. But minarchism appears to have two major deficiencies. One is that the definition of ’small’ is arbitrary and is susceptible of gradually escalating inclusions as to what constitutes legitimate government activity. The other is that government by its very nature cannot be limited. As I have earlier pointed out, if civil government were somehow susceptible to earthly control, the entity exercising that control would in reality be the ‘government,’ and of course, that entity would not be susceptible to earthly control. The attribute of sovereignty is inherent in the institution of government. Thus the concept of ‘limited government’ is a contradiction. Is there no way out of this conundrum? There indeed is. It involves the concept of true self-government. Various names have been suggested for this alternative method of human organization. These names include such things as spontaneous order, the Non-Aggression Principle, and most commonly, anarchism.”
Why greed is good: "FSA chief Lord Turner, interviewed recently in Prospect magazine, calls much of the banking industry ’socially useless,’ attacking its ‘excessive activity and profits.’ The City’s response to these criticisms has been sensible, but bankers have been afraid to make explicit the crucial counterargument: that making money is, in itself, socially useful. The argument is so simple as to be trivial: firms, provided they are subject to laws preventing theft and violence, can only gain revenue by selling things that people want; they can only make a profit if they sell these things for more than they cost to produce; and in the process of production they employ people who prefer that job to any other they could find. That is, profit-making firms create wealth (in the broadest sense of the word) for their customers, owners, and employees. They take wealth from no-one.”
What’s your metric?: “Milton Friedman’s metric was the percentage of GDP spent by government. Friedman said we could not be truly free in a country where the government at all levels took and spent 30 percent of GDP. In Obamaland in 2009 government at all levels will spend 40 percent of GDP (almost the level of World War II). That will go up, way up, if the programs Obama is pushing get enacted. Perhaps to 50 percent. But is that a valid metric, at least for most people?”
There is a new lot of postings by Chris Brand just up -- on his usual vastly "incorrect" themes of race, genes, IQ etc.
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