Saturday, August 29, 2009
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a fight for our freedom and our Country. I can't see it as anything less. We're going to have to fight at whatever level necessary to win.
In that train of thought, I want to present you with the highly condensed version of the other team's playbook:
(via Conservablogs NN&V)
Rules for Radicals provides the organizer with a tactical style for community organization that assumes an adversarial relationship between groups of people in which one either dominates or is dominated.
"The first rule of power tactics is: power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have."
"Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat."
"Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this. They can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity."
"Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also, it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.”
"The threat is generally more terrifying than the thing itself."
"In a fight almost anything goes. It almost reaches the point where you stop to apologize if a chance blow lands above the belt."
"Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."
"One of the criteria for picking the target is the target’s vulnerability … the other important point in the choosing of a target is that it must be a personification, not something general and abstract."
"The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength."
Don't worry about "But that's Saul Alinsky!" or that those are the rules that Communists, Socialists and terrorists play by. In World War II, the Allies, in essence, tossed out a goodly portion of the rule book in order to defeat Hitler. Cities were deliberately destroyed, even when no major military targets were present, in order to demoralize our enemy. In the War of Northern Aggression, Grant set Sherman (*spit*) loose on the South with orders to to destroy the Confederacy's will to fight, and Sherman made his famous March To The Sea, which is remembered in these parts over 150 years later. Please note who won and who lost in these cases. It's a tactic that any thinking person would rather not employ, but when it's a fight to the death, better theirs than yours.
Make up your mind--would you rather dominate or be dominated? That's how the Left is looking at this, and the sooner you figure that out and start employing their own tactics against them, the sooner we can start putting them back in their proper place--out of power.
By Any Means Necessary.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Time to dust off that old computer and modem and see if I can still download the FidoNet software.
While I don't agree with the author's repeating refrain that there are things that "only the government can do" or his insistence the the government should do this or that, much of what he says has merit, and it worthy of careful consideration. Much of his thoughts on "what's wrong with health care in our country" mesh nicely with the thoughts of others for whom I have great respect. His solution for the situation would surely be less unpalatable than Obamacare, at least in my view. Its long as daylights, and probably could have benefited from some harsh editing. I think it would be worth your time to read it all.
was coined for.
Russell Roberts sat down with his doctorate in economics, and tried to imagine a government program so dumb that no one would dare try it.
Both The Whited Sepulchre's take on "Cash for Clunkers" and the article that inspired it are well worth reading.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
So yesterday, I went on a little rant about the hoopla over the death of Ted Kennedy. One of the things that really jerked my chain about the whole thing is the statists' plan to
Well, this is the health care they want us to have via that bill. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health adviser to the Enlightened One, believes that "doctors should serve two masters, the patient and society, and that medical students should be trained 'to provide socially sustainable, cost-effective care.'" He continues in this vein, arguing
... that to make such decisions, the focus cannot be only on the worth of the individual. He proposes adding the communitarian perspective to ensure that medical resources will be allocated in a way that keeps society going: "Substantively, it suggests services that promote the continuation of the polity—those that ensure healthy future generations, ensure development of practical reasoning skills, and ensure full and active participation by citizens in public deliberations—are to be socially guaranteed as basic. Covering services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic, and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia."
Hell, by that definition poor old Ted would have been sent out on the ice floe as soon as the diagnoses was delivered. "Sorry, Teddy old boy, you've been a stalwart liberal but you aren't going to be able to continue in the polity much longer, so no medical care for you."
This man is proposing the death boards we're being warned about. I don't know what else they can be called, when the literally have the power to order the withdrawal of medical care that is prolonging life without considering the wishes of the patient. Ezekiel Emanuel is dangerous, and he has the ear of the Amateur in Chief. I suspect he has had a hand in one if not all bill being seriously considered.
I also suspect he learned his medical ethics from another prominent doctor in far left circles--Josef Mengele.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Well, I have the first prize winner for you. Without further ado...
If anyone can find a larger version, let me know.
The Ted Kennedy who, "Beginning with the 1965 bill, which opened the doors for the flood of Latin American and Asian immigrants who dramatically altered the nation's demography, to the end of his life, Kennedy remained the Senate's most impassioned advocate for widening opportunities for America's newcomers."?
The Ted Kennedy who loved HMOs, at least until he hated them instead?
The Ted Kennedy who practiced the "politics of destruction" on two Supreme Court nominees?
And let's not forget the Ted Kennedy who left a woman to drown and then waited 10 hours to tell anyone about it because he was terrified that it might end his political career.
And just to get the last mileage out of him, let's trot out the corpse and name a health care "reform" bill in his honor? You know, a bill that will remove all chance of you or I receiving the kind of health care he received in his final noble battle with a brain tumor.
Tell you what--just save them all up and give me one great big freakin' break at Christmas, would you?
I'm just waiting for the public funeral. I bet it's going to put Paul Wellstone's to shame.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Son is fairly fortunate to have a relatively easy semester for his initial high school experience. Environmental science, world history and Army JROTC are his biggies this time around. He's already gotten the word that volunteering for duty (in this case, "gate guard" at Friday night's football game) is one of the paths to advancement in rank, and has found out that his locker is worse than useless, being that it's on the wrong side of the school this semester.
He also interested in FFA, mostly because they sponsor a skeet shooting team, and wants to try out for baseball. His interest in the academic classes is, shall we say, of a lesser level.
It's amazing that just yesterday I was changing his diapers.