David Mamet, Liberals, Israel and Blood Sacrifice

Wednesday, December 14, AD 2011

 

Playwright David Mamet has an interesting column in the Wall Street Journal today examing hostility towards Israel on the Left:

The Liberal West has, for decades, indulged itself in an orgy of self-flagellation. We have enjoyed comfort and security, but these, in the absence of gratitude and patriotism, cause insecurity. This attempted cure for insecurity can be seen in protestations of our worthlessness, and the indictment of private property.

But no one in the affluent West and no one among the various protesters of various supposed injustices is prepared to act in accordance with his protestations. The opponent of “The Corporation” is still going to use the iPhone which permits him to mass with his like. The celebrities acting out at Occupy meetings will still invest their surplus capital, and the supposed champion of the dispossessed in the Levant will not only scoff at American Indian claims to land he has come to understand as his—he will lobby the City Council to have the homeless shelter built anywhere but on his block.

The brave preceptors who would like to end Poverty, War, Exploitation, Colonialism, Inequality and so on, stop at the proclamation. How may they synchronize their wise fervor with their inaction?

How may they still the resultant anxiety? The Left’s answer is the oldest in the world: by appeal to The Gods. But how may The Gods be appeased? The immemorial answer is: By human sacrifice.

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  • God promised Abraham in Genesis that He would bless those who bless Abraham and his descendents, and curse those who curse them. And St. Paul explained in his epistle to the Romans that God has not reneged on His promises to the Jews. Regardless that we may view ther Church as the new Israel, the inheriter of the promises of God (and there is truth to that description), nevertheless, there is still a special place in our Blessed Lord’s heart for His people, the Jews. That doesn’t make Jews superior or inferior to Gentiles, or makes us Gentile Christians not His people; we know from St. Paul’s letters that that isn’t the case. Rather, it means exactly what God promised Abraham, and liberal leftist Democrats may find that out to their own doom just as Adolf Hitler and the Nazis did. Furthermore, those who persecute Jews will almost invariably persecute authentic Christians of any religious denomination (to be differentiated from the liberal social justice or reactionary fascist types of pseudo-Christians).

    BTW, I am increasingly finding that the differences between Nazism (or any reactionary fascist group) and liberal leftist democracy (two wolves and one sheep voting on what’s for dinner) are ever narrowing more and more rapidly.

  • Oh, I forgot to add: Jesus was (and is) a Jew. Right?

  • Being filled with pure hatred and and unadulterated evil, the liberal is anti-semitic by nature.

Hollywood Is Just Too Conservative

Wednesday, November 16, AD 2011

 

It has long amused me that in a country with 40% of the population considering themselves to be conservatives, we have an entertainment industry so dominated by a political point of view that regards conservatives with contempt.  Andrew Klavan, in his own inimitable fashion, explains how Hollywood distorts reality and presents it to us as entertainment.

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  • Actually, I am not too surprised. The arts (using the term loosely to include Hollywood) have been perceived as a more liberal profession for a long time now. Naturally, it would attract more liberal minded people, and perhaps repel more conservative minded ones. If you are a liberal college student, what major are you most likely to gravitate toward – theatre or finance? Marketing is about as close as liberals would get to a business major. And likewise in reverse for conservative students.

  • What you say is true now c matt, but it is a very recent development. Up to the 20th century artists tended to be quite heterogeneous in their politics. If anything, I think more artists would have been roughly on the right than than the left. (Think John Wilkes Booth for example.) This began to change during the Great Depression, along with the shift in academia from the right to the left.

Bloopers Happen

Thursday, November 3, AD 2011

Ah yes, Klavan on the culture, in any organization bloopers do tend to happen, a thought that does occur to me whenever I race into my secretary’s office saying I can’t find a file that I need for court in the next half hour, only to have her go into my office and find the file immediately, usually on my desk and usually by where my right hand would have been.  Hmmm, perhaps my secretary of 26 years working with me might have some more colorful descriptive terms to apply to such errors on my party instead of bloopers.  Perhaps, at least on occasion, she might agree with Henry Fonda in this scene from Twelve Angry Men:

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Big Bird Exposed!

Wednesday, October 26, AD 2011

Well done Klavan on the Culture!  Back in the halcyon days of my youth we could get in three television stations, one of them fairly fuzzy, and radio consisted of about 10 stations that we could get clearly.  Why in an age of hundreds of tv channels and thousands of radio stations, internet access to endless sources of educational and entertainment videos, and internet radio does one thin dime go to National Public Radio or the Public Broadcasting system?  Politics.  Democrats know that NPR and PBS lean heavily to the left and find them useful auxiliaries.

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Mainstream Media Reality

Tuesday, October 18, AD 2011

Klavan on the Culture I sometimes wonder what the country would be like if we had a professional mainstream media, instead of the hacks and shills who currently infest it.  Ah, but that is in some alternate universe.  In the one we inhabit the Newspaper Guild, the union of many newspaper reporters, has endorsed the Occupy Wall Street movement, and journalists and pundits are organizing to help the Occupy Wall Street Movement get its  message out:

Big Journalism has learned that the Occupy Washington DC movement is working with well-known media members to craft its demands and messaging while these media members report on the movement. Someone has made the emails from the Occupy Wall Street email distro public and searchable. The names in the list are a veritable who’s who in media.

Journolist 2.0 includes well known names such as MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi who both are actively participating; involvement from other listers such as Bill Moyers and Glenn Greenwald plus well-known radicals like Noam Chomsky, remains unclear. The list also includes a number of radical organizers, such as Kevin Zeese.

 

Of course we can all recall the neutral, just the facts, coverage of the Tea Party movement:

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  • “I sometimes wonder what the country would be like if we had a professional mainstream media, instead of the hacks and shills who currently infest it. Ah, but that is in some alternate universe”

    You might want to try looking for them at small- and medium-size community newspapers and radio stations, and on certain community-oriented blogs, some of which do a better job of reporting the news than the local legacy media does despite not getting paid for what they do and having to fit it around a day job and family obligations.

  • Elaine is right. In my long legal career I have encountered many situations that were newsworthy and therefore reported on. In each case, the reports were either seriously inaccurate or horribly selectively biased, or both, with one exception. Many years ago I represented an insurance company before the Cobb County board on Commissioners on a tax dispute. The hearing did not go well — I was young and naive enough to think that the Board would be interested in the law or facts. The next morning I read story about the hearing in the Marietta Daily Journal. It was a first rate summary of the hearing. No opinion and no mistakes — just straightforward summaries of the arguments presented, questions asked and answered, and conclusion. All dry and very matter of fact. I was impressed and mentioned it to one of my colleagues, who quipped, “That young man has no future in journalism.”

  • “You might want to try looking for them at small- and medium-size community newspapers and radio stations, and on certain community-oriented blogs, some of which do a better job of reporting the news than the local legacy media does despite not getting paid for what they do and having to fit it around a day job and family obligations.”

    Quite right Elaine. I represent the local paper in town, named, appropriately enough, The Paper, and I have generally found them to do a top notch job. I was involved in a case almost a decade ago which received some national coverage, and invariably the smaller the newspaper the better the job they did of getting the facts straight.

Remember Obama Worship?

Thursday, October 13, AD 2011

This Klavan on the Culture is from October 8, 2009.  What a difference two years have made in the fortunes of Mr. Obama, with his reelect number now down to 41%.  However, as a cautionary tale we should never forget the type of adulation received by this hack politician from Chicago during the election campaign of 2008 and the early days of his administration.

From Mark Morford, San Francisco Gate Columnist, on June 8, 2008:

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  • The second video “allegedly” all happened one afternoon. They were able to paint up those banners, design & print those t-shirts, and memorize an entire song. All in one afternoon.

    These guys really take us as fools don’t they.

  • If Obama wants to be Jesus, he mst remember this: Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Obama will probably be crucified, but I’m willing to bet he won’t rise again!

  • Well, not in three days, at any rate.

    Didn’t Clinton also suffer some pretty bad poll numbers (maybe not this bad) but managed a comeback? True, Obama’s no Clinton, but you can never misunderestimate the gullibility of the American electorate.

  • There was no evidence, in 2008 or earlier, of Obama’s policy genius.

    In 2011, there is ample evidence of Obama’s policy ineptitudes.

    “Admiration is the daughter of ignorance” Benjamin Franklin

  • At this point in his presidency Clinton was polling at 48%. Not great, but better than Obama. More importantly, the economy was in the midst of a booming recovery. There is no way the economic situation will be as favorable to Obama next year as it was for Clinton.

    Here’s the Gallup poll for all presidents since Ike a year out from their re-election. Obama’s about as close to Carter as he is to Clinton.

  • This from Andrew Malcolm at Investors.com via Instapundit.

    “Somehow, 16% of likely American voters still believe the country is doing swell.

    “Rescue teams are out looking for them right now.

    “Sixteen percent is not much of a political base for President Obama to build a 2012 reelection campaign on. In fact, the right track number is down two more points just since last week and down 16 points since last October.

    “Things could be worse. It could be 14% happy folks as it was back in August when times were so tough for millions of Americans that the president delayed his newest job creation program a month to take an island vacation.

    “The Democrat has 391 days left to convince nearly eight-out-of-ten wrong-track-believing U.S. voters that 9.1% unemployment, nearly zero economic growth and a national debt still ballooning despite all those rancorous negotiations last summer are not as bad as they seem to most sentient beings.”

  • I can’t believe that Kids Choir.

    Pure indoctrination. I wonder of they’re still so ebullient?

  • I pity the kids Don. I bet their parents are real pieces of work.

  • Check out this article by Colleen Carroll Campbell titled “Obama is alienating Catholic voters”:

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/colleen-carroll-campbell/article_364e32fb-45fc-536f-bfc6-f7a703a3b77a.html#ixzz1ai992t8H

    “Given the role Catholics played in Obama’s 2008 victory and their habit of picking presidential winners, you might think that an embattled president with a 40-percent approval rating would be working overtime to solidify his support among this crucial voting bloc. Instead, Obama seems intent on convincing Catholics that their faith in him was unwarranted.

    “While other voters have been disappointed by Obama’s economic failures and arrogant, ham-handed approach to everything from health care reform to the Solyndra scandal, swing-voting Catholics have special reason to feel betrayed. A candidate who won their support by pledging to respect the religiously grounded views of those with whom he disagrees has morphed into a president whose administration relentlessly attacks religious liberty.”

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/colleen-carroll-campbell/article_364e32fb-45fc-536f-bfc6-f7a703a3b77a.html#ixzz1ai992t8H

  • Great article Elaine:

    “We are in a war,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a NARAL Pro-Choice America crowd in Chicago last week.

    Sebelius followed her martial rhetoric with a sarcastic swipe at pro-lifers who fail to see church-funded contraception as a cure-all for America’s astronomical abortion rates. Apparently, the secretary has not read the 2011 Guttmacher Institute report that found a majority of women who abort their babies were using contraception the month they conceived.”

    The most anti-Catholic administration in our nation’s history and, shamefully, there will be plenty of Catholics voting for Obama next year.

  • …shamefully, there will be plenty of Catholics voting for Obama next year.

    Indeed Don. He will lose some of his Catholic voters however. Sadly, it will only be for the lesser reason of a tanked economy rather than for the numerous reasons that should have dissuaded Catholics from voting for him in the first place.

  • Our bishops are letting the clock run out on opportunities to instruct Catholics on how to judge candidates for public office. IMO the time to do this is in the off-years; when the election season gets under way people tend to increasingly filter what they hear in to suit their partisan political interests.

  • “Given the role Catholics played in Obama’s 2008 victory and their habit of picking presidential winners, you might think that an embattled president with a 40-percent approval rating would be working overtime to solidify his support among this crucial voting bloc.

    Catholics who cast a ballot for B.O. fall into three categories: those who do not go to Mass, those who are not paying attention, and those who are content to be used. His deal with those folks remains intact.

  • Gallup shows Obama running behind a generic Republican candidate 46-38. Still a year out, but that is a definite sign that opposition to what Obama has been doing is broad and deep. The electorate is in an ugly mood and I expect it to be uglier a year hence, just a little bit over two weeks from election day 2012.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/10/14/gallup-shows-obama-trailing-generic-republican-4638/

  • Yet another sign of the apocalypse for Obama and Dems can be discerned in this Capitol Fax column by Illinois political blogger Rich Miller:

    “…the Democrats could easily be looking at a bloodbath next year, particularly Downstate….

    “Top legislative Democrats are saying this has been the worst candidate recruitment year they’ve seen. They had been counting on a backlash against the Republicans (a la 1995-96) to help recruit good candidates, but instead they’re encountering malaise, indifference, fear and even hostility.

    “The situation may be worse than they realize. My father went door-to-door for Obama in his U.S. Senate race. Obama used to call him “Brother Miller.”

    “Dad loved him.

    “When Obama decided to run for president, Dad attached giant, custom-made “Obama ’08” stickers to both sides of his vintage 1963 Cadillac convertible. He christened it the “Obamallac” and drove all over Iowa to advertise his guy before the 2008 caucuses.

    “I called Dad on Tuesday night and he told me he was watching the Republican presidential debate. I asked him why and he said he’s so bitterly disappointed in Obama that he is looking around for someone else to support.

    “If Obama has lost the Obamallac owner, he’s in gigantic trouble, and so is the rest of the Democratic Party.”

    http://capitolfax.com/2011/10/14/bad-moon-rising/#comments

  • That’s a shocker Elaine, as Rich Miller has always leaned to the Dems. He must be hearing true doom and gloom from his Dem sources. I am in a Republican county, but the apolitical people I talk to are livid about the hike in the state income tax and the unending lousiness of the economy.

Klavan v. The Right Wing Devils

Friday, October 7, AD 2011

 

Right you are Klavan on the Culture!  Conservative talk show personalities do owe a great debt to one group which has contributed more to their success that any other group:  Liberals.   Many liberals, through their over the top hatred of dissenting views, helped give vast publicity to the figures they hated and thus helped launch their careers and continue to give them endless publicity.  So a round of applause for intolerant liberals!

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  • Did ESPN fire Hank Williams, Jr. for “comparing” Hitler with Obama?

    Hitler’s insanity led to the righteous destruction of Germany. Give him four more years. Obama hasn’t wrecked America, yet.

  • @T Shaw: Williams didn’t actually compare Hitler & Obama, he likened the situation of Boehner golfing with Obama to Hitler golfing with Israel’s PM Netanyahu because both pairs are polar opposites & have no business being friendly to each other.

    @Don: I’ve always loved Klavan videos that you post. He’s very on-the-point with a great personality.

  • Kyle, Klavan’s commentaries are some of the funniest and most insightful videos I have ever seen. I have never watched any of his videos without laughing out loud and coming away with something to think about.

  • That would be impossible.

    Hitler killed himself over 65 years ago.

    Plus, I don’t believe Hitler played golf.

    It seems ESPN doesn’t like country music . . .

  • Most elaborate Rick-roll ever. *grin*

    T. Shaw- my folks would tell you that Bocephus doesn’t generally do country music unless he’s covering his dad’s songs….

    Gotta love Klavan– if you make someone laugh, it makes it safe for them to consider what you’ve said.

  • Okay but you gotta admit Beck really is insane.

  • I have always thought RR that Beck is fairly loosely wired.

  • Did ESPN fire Hank Williams, Jr. for “comparing” Hitler with Obama?

    -T. Shaw

    That’s the story ESPN is telling. I’m amused that in their haste to accuse Hank Williams, Jr. of crimethink, the faux-outraged reflexively linked his mention of Hitler to Obama rather than Boehner. That gave away a lot about what America’s soft-core left really thinks of Obama.

  • I just discovered this site…humor, intelligence, common sense, traditional values and God all in one place. I feel like Will Smith in “I Am Legend”. I’m not alone! I may even consider converting to Catholisism (you’re not the guys that require c right?) I’m a little old for that. The Hank Jr. episode is just the most recent example of the collective farce that passes he Free Press these days…if I can’t get get a laugh out of it…depression sets in…so thank you Mr. Klaven, Et al. for your contributions to my mental health.

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Hey, You Filthy Right-Wing Bigots: Stop the Hate!

Friday, August 12, AD 2011

Ah, but Klavan on the Culture, Conservatives, because of their ideas, are by definition always uncivil, while Liberals are always civil, at least according to the Mainstream Media, also known as the Media fewer and fewer people pay attention to.  Ed Morrissey at Hot Air took a look at an example of this recently:

 

 

“Froma Harrop, a member of The [Providence] Journal’s editorial board and a syndicated columnist, has been named president of the National Conference of Editorial Writers. The NCEW is a 64-year-old professional organization. Its members include editorial writers, editors, broadcasters and online opinion writers. One of its new missions, the Civility Project, endeavors to improve the quality of political discourse.”–Providence Journal, April 15

Morrisey noted the above and then had this example of Harrop being civil in one of her columns:

“Make no mistake: The tea party Republicans have engaged in economic terrorism against the United States–threatening to blow up the economy if they don’t get what they want. And like the al-Qaida bombers, what they want is delusional: the dream of restoring some fantasy caliphate. . . . Americans are not supposed to negotiate with terrorists, but that’s what Obama has been doing. . . . That the Republican leadership couldn’t control a small group of ignoramuses in its ranks has brought disgrace on their party. But oddly, Obama’s passivity made it hard for responsible Republicans to control their destructive children. The GOP extremists would ask Obama for his firstborn, and he’d say, ‘OK.’ So they think, why not ask for his second-born, to which he responds, ‘Let’s talk.’ ”–Froma Harrop syndicated column, Aug. 2

 

That dig apparently annoyed Harrop, who responded on her own web site yesterday.  Her explanation is, to say the least, entirely self-serving, and she twists the definition of “civility” into knots in order to explain her double standard:

I see incivility as not letting other people speak their piece. It’s not about offering strong opinions. If someone’s opinion is fact-based, then it is permissible in civil discourse.  Of course, there are matters of delicacy, and I dispensed with all sweet talk in this particular column. And I did stoop to some ad hominem remarks, I’ll admit.

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The New York Times Has All The Answers!

Thursday, August 4, AD 2011

You are correct Klavan on the Culture!  The New York Times does have all the answers, and most of them are wrong!  Ad revenues for the print New York Times have been declining for years and the Old Gray Lady is about as profitable as a Soviet Tractor Plant circa 1986.  However, the Newspaper of Record has a plan.  It seems there is this thing called the internet, and the New York Times will get suckers subscribers to pay for access to New York Times content.

This was tried before by the Times and it  was a dismal failure, but this time it will succeed for sureAnd if it doesn’t, the fish wrap industry is just waiting to be conquered!

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Explaining the Money Facts of Life to Liberals

Friday, July 29, AD 2011

I take off my hat to you Klavan on the Culture for making the effort, but it will take more than that to get through to people who believe that infinite wealth can be produced by government fiat.  Exhibit A is a plan to solve the national debt, read all about it here, which is quite popular among the people who call themselves “the reality-based community”.   Pixies, unicorn dust, Obama is a great President and the government is a cornucopia of infinite largesse: many leftists in this country would sooner see us do a replay of the Great Depression than give up such delusions.

 

 

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  • I have believed for some time that only a crazy person tries to reason with another crazy person. And I would say trying to explain fiscal sanity to leftists (I refuse to call them liberals because there is nothing liberating about their minset) is the posterchild of such insanity.

  • GM: Truth. If the people understood the facts about the non-sustainability of galactic volume of federal spending and its devastating consequences, they would demand “cut, cap and balance on steroids.”

    The dems and the lying leftist media have completely distorted every fact and feature of the issue. The dems cannot cut spending: it pays for votes. They only have tax rate increases, which will not be enough to offset long-term, high unemployment and unsatisfactorily slow GDP growth. All Obama, the senate, and the left-wing media (all but FOXNEWS) have are demonize, lie and polarize.

    Many people are aware. Sadly, probably not enough to save the country.

    Pray for the best. Prepare for the worst.

  • Liberals, leftists or whatever one calls them, believe in their Messiah, Obama – that he can do anything and nothing shall dissuade them of that belief. I have seen otherwise very intelligent and knowledgeable engineers and scientists, some working in the nuclear energy field, who are under his sway and refuse to listen any evidence to the contrary.

  • T. Shaw yes, if people who are honest and sane would demand CCB on steroids, which in fact much of the American public is. However, I was talking about leftists. Leftists don’t care.

  • I can’t decide which is their most common trait. I’ve narrowed it down to dishonesty or hatred.

    You cannot negotiate with ideologues. Here’s their, Alinskyite definition of compromise: “My way or no way!” All they do is demonize, lie, and polarize.

    This time, the House again needs to send the senate CCB. And, when the reds table that, send them CCB-squared.

    Gallup Poll: Obama approval – 40% (34% Independents); Disapprove – 50%.

    There are many mysteries in life. Someone listed a few on Instapundit the other day. “Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets? Why are there no ‘B’ batteries? Who would pay to see a Fat Michael Moore movie? Why is the GOP afraid to call Obama’s bluff?”

Some Gaffes Are More Equal Than Others

Monday, July 18, AD 2011

I don’t know Klavan on the Culture.  I had always assumed that the media downplays gaffes by Obama because he is obviously a genius and that therefore when he makes a gaffe it is simply a mistake, and no big deal.  Republicans on the other hand are self-evidently idiots, or they would be Democrats, and therefore when they make a gaffe it is revealing of their essential idiocy, and thus newsworthy because it alerts the public to the fact that Republicans are idiots.  No media bias here!

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  • This is driven by the progressive agenda.

    Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann don’t have Ivy credentials and once or twice misquote arcane facts in history and the dem/prog propaganda organ (a.k.a. the main stream media) call them idiots.

    Obama, Bernanke, Frank, Geithner, Pelosi, Reid, etc. devalue the dollar by printing $3 trillion in Federal reserve Note and no jobs are created; kill the coal and oil sectors – $4 a gallon gas and heating oil; take over the best health care system on Earth; slashed economic growth with 15,000 regulations and uncertainty; pass laws so they can learn what’s in them, etc. and the Obama-worshipping imbeciles repetitively claim that Bachmann and Palin are morons.

    Makes sense to them, I guess.

    We are screwed.

The Clothes Have No Barack

Wednesday, July 13, AD 2011

Right you are Klavan on the Culture!  I think that future historians will find the Obama years puzzling in that a large segment of the American population spent them resolutely denying the obvious:  that electing as President a politician from Illinois with little experience, few leadership skills, a reactionary adherence to government as panacea, and a pronounced hostility to the private sector, has been an unmitigated disaster for the country.

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  • That’s the truth! But the lemmings are still drinking the purple koolade and ready for that stampede off the cliff.

  • “Eat your peas and suck it in.”

    IMO history will judge Obama the least experienced, least qualified, and least American POTUS.

    Each day Wrong Way Obama provides evidence that nothing can be accomplished by complaining, criticizing, lying, regulating, spending, taxing, tomfoolery, and eroding the people’s liberties and property.

    An American would have said, “Eat your peas and suck it up.” Or, “Man up.”

  • The one thing that continues to amaze me is that otherwise really smart people (such as certain unnamed pro-nuclear energy bloggers) who know more about science and engineering and technology than I ever will are still in love with Obama! Now most people with whom I work in the nuclear power industry are conservative and realize that Obama is an idiot. But those who blog are invariably liberal, progressive Democrats, and often atheist humanists to boot. I just don’t get it. How can people certainly a whole heck of a lot smarter than me be unable to see through the smoke and mirrors? These aren’t evil people. They do want the best for the country and they are basically decent human beings. But they are ever so wrong and ever so deluded. They buy into that fantasy hook, line and sinker that Andrew Klavan so eloquently describes.

    I just don’t understand it. The country is going down under with abortion, gay sex, contraception, pornography, corruption (ecclesial and political), etc. And people still look at Obama all starry-eyed and gushy-teared. It’s truly the spirit of anti-Christ (no, Obama isn’t the anti-Christ; he’s too stupid to be that; rather, this spirit that so infects people who really are not evil themselves is positively demonic).

  • Paul, you wonder why people who are smarter than you are soooo deceived when it comes to Obama? It’s ideology man. These folks have adopted a pre-concieved set of ideas that does all their thinking for them. They never tested their ideology in the real world, they just accepted it as religious dogma. To get a handle on this, read “Intellectual Morons” by Daniel Flynn, especially the first chapter. BTW, your fellow nuke workers may understand more about science, technology, and engineering than you do, but they know squat about human nature.

  • Obama is trying for the center and getting squeezed from both sides. The Leftists think he’s abandoned them; the right think he’s too far left. The middle is narrow so he has nowhere to go, trying to satisfy both ends. It’s a losing strategy as his base crumbles and the independents move right. But if the GOP puts up another weak sister then Obama could win by default. Too early at this point to count him out. A lot could and will happen before Nov 2012.

  • Center Schmenter . . . Senator Rubio: “Every aspect of life in America is worse since Obama took over.”

  • Joe;

    I am happy to be able to state that we agree on something – it is too early to count President Obama out. Who would have thought Bush I would loose when a year before he had a 90%+/- approval rating.

  • I am happy to be able to state that we agree on something

    uh-oh 😀

  • I knew it was over for Bush 41 when he reneged on the no new taxes pledge. The Gulf War victory raised him to the stratosphere temporarily but it did nothing to repair the deep damage that Bush did to himself by violating the pledge and gave Perot the opportunity he needed to make his run and deep six Bush.

  • Right now the problem for the Repubs is Romney is about the best thing they’ve got going and that ain’t saying much. The media’s marginalization of Bachmann is proving successful; Gingrich never got out of the box, TPaw and Paul are yawn-inducing so, back to my original point, Obama could squeak by again because of weak opposition. Doesn’t help that McConnell is all but waiving the white flag by proposing to give Obama the keys to the treasury.

  • No, no, T. Shaw– don’t look at results, look at what he says.

    Paul W Primavera- I don’t know about civilian nukes, but the Navy guys were very high on intelligence and low on sense, in general. (She says, knowing full well that she was mistaken for a Nuke more than once.) Strong tendency to ignore reality once they’d established, in their minds, what was going on. It’s such a strong stereotype that there’s even a webcomic that uses a version of it– Girl Genius has “sparks,” incredible geniuses (of the mad scientist type) that can warp reality.

  • Foxfier,

    I was both a Navy nuke and a commercial nuke. Served as RO on a 688 class sub back in the late 70s, early 80s. Worked in commercial nuke power ever since. So I am doubly damned with lack of common sense.

    🙂

    However, most of the actual people I work with (engineers, techs, etc.) in nuclear power are conservative and see through Obama’s idiocy. That was also true back on the sub in the early 80s. We were ecstatic that Reagan defeated idiot Carter. Everyone cheered!

    It’s the pro-nuke bloggers (not all, though) who are generally liberal progressive Democrats. It’s almost as though if one’s time is spent actually doing nuclear work, then one is conservative. But if one’s time is spent talking about doing nuclear work, then one is liberal. I doubt that rule holds fast everywhere, but in my industry that’s the way it seems to be a lot (NOT all) the time.

    And NEI – the Nuclear Energy Institute – goes out of its way to ingratiate itself with Obama because it is dependent on remaining in Obama’s good graces.

    Now I gotta go because “nukes ‘R us.”

  • I think Rassmussen:

    Generic Republican – 48

    Generic Obama – 43

    How can 43% be so stupid- public schools.

    Latest logic launch from the community-agitator-in-chief: “I will not allow half the Americans that pay no taxes to bear the burden of the Americans who don’t pay their ‘fair’ share of taxes, or sumpthin.”

  • ” The magic suit insn’t wearing any president.”

    Priceless 😆

  • Pretty pathetic that you so called “Christians” do not have any memory of the previous 8 years before the 2008 election. I guess it is pretty “Christian-like” to start 2 illegal wars, set the record for most executions, presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud of any market in any country in the history of the world, etc, etc, etc…

    It is pretty obvious you put money ahead of God. A true Christian would help out their bothers and sisters. Try and justify greed any which way your selfish mind may. Remember, all that we have belongs to Him. We were born naked and will die naked. May God save your soul!

  • Ah, another liberal!

    There is NO comparison between Iraq and Afghanistan, and the war Obama is waging on the unborn. There is no comparison between the wrongs of forced interrogation and the filth of homosexual sodomy that Obama supports.

    Period.

    I love George W. Bush all the more if only because that incenses the liberal left into an apolexy of anger.

    😀

  • Pathetic is the word that came to mind phil18 as I read your comment. Really, if you aspire to troll status at this blog we do have standards.

    Here is what is wrong with your comment:

    First: you do not attempt to defend Obama, but you merely give vent to your Bush Derangement Syndrome. That is truly weak after Obama has been in office for over half of his term.

    Second: your use of the phrase “so called “Christians”. Please, if you wish to attempt to insult us you will have to do far better than such unimaginative paint-by-number insults. We do not expect literary brilliance from our trolls, but we do expect them to make some effort. You aren’t even trying!

    Third: Your attack on Mammon is a non-sequitur in regard to this post unless you are arguing that it is a good thing that Obama’s policies are reducing the economy to rubble. Really, even trolls must stay on topic.

    If we are going to hear from you again, you really will have to do much better than this. We expect far more from our trolls.

  • Holy Obamanation, Batman!

    Phil seems to be an Obama-worshiping imbecile . . .

    Phil, Are you better off today than you were before Obama took over?

    Well, he didn’t drop the race card . . .

    Is he one of the 37% that are out to destroy the United States America?

  • You know, Phil’s comment, “set the record for most executions”, isn’t a Bush Administration thing. After all, it’s the Democrats who laud the 60 million baby executions since Roe v Wade. And his hero Obama still didn’t shut Guantanamo down. And we’re still embroiled in “illegal” action, but maybe Libya doesn’t count in Phil’s universe.

    “A true Christian would help out their bothers and sisters.” That’s what Sarah Palin did when she gave birth to her Down Syndrome baby Trig instead of having an abortion.

    The facts never line up with liberals.

  • Liberals are charitable with other people’s money. A “true Christian” would “help out his brothers and sisters.” Multi-millionaire Obama lives in a house that could quarter the 7th Cavalry. Yet his aunt is lives on the taxpayer’s dime. He could bring her into the WH with his mother-in-law who lives with him again on your taxes. Yeah, raise taxes or YOUR grandma gets it!

    Obama is a “true Christian.” He celebrates Ramadan at the WH. And then, refuses to issue the customary (written by an aide) presidential statement recognizing the Feast of the Resurrection: Easter Sunday.

    PS: Obama hates you and me, and Barack isn’t an iota smarter than the ignorant louses that adore him. I know: I’m a racist.

Another Glorious Obama Summer

Tuesday, July 5, AD 2011

This Klavan on the Culture is from July 2010 and it is just as topical today.  The Obama years are an endless national Groudhog Day with a lousy economy, high unemployment and multiple wars being fought on autopilot, and a completely clueless Chief Executive who fails to do anything to change anything in a positive direction.  For a candidate who promised Hope and Change, Obama has delivered Despair and Stasis, the lost years of Obama.

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  • No!

    The state-run media is 24/7 covering the most vital issues du jour:

    Michelle Bachmann doesn’t know in which Iowa village was born John Wayne, and she graduated from Fleabag U unlike Barracks and Michelle Antoinette who were at Yale learning why they hate America. And, Governor Palin isn’t so bright, either.

    Quick, someone ask Obama what he did with $3 trillion he added to your children’s debt burden. Each stimulus job costs you $278,000.

    I bet Governor Plain has a better explanation for the Alaska State tax situation.

  • Barracks and Michelle Antoinette who were at Yale learning why they hate America.

    I think it was Columbia and Princeton, respectively. In B.O.’s case, on top of the foundation provided by his mother and Frank Marshall Davis, &c.

  • T. Shaw;
    As Art Deco felt compelled to correct your post, so do I – The First Lady has not hated America since Americans elected her husband as President. She, for the first time, is proud of America.

  • I am almost 48 years old. I can remember as far back as Nixon and I remember the Carter Misadministration well. Obumbler is worse than Carter. Try listening to Obumbler speak without his teleprompter. My three year old speaks better than Obumbler does without his teleprompter.

    Limbaugh put it very well. Obumbler isn’t “cool”. He is COLD. Obumbler and his wife have a sense of entitlement. Note the golf trips and the vacation to Spain at $75K a day.

    Somehow, this nation lost its way after the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe and Russia. Bill Clinton was a person with a disgusting personal life, but the media and Hollywood loved him, so he managed to get elected – twice – with less than 50% of the so-called popular vote – while raising taxes in his first term.

    Hollywood became much more openly left while Reagan was President – not that there were not such programs before Reagan (note anything from Norman Lear). Most of the gay rights garbage emanates from Hollywood productions. That has had a huge impact on popular culture, which is the modern religion of the young and hip.

    When Obumbler was elected, there was a huge throng of college students clogging Forbes Avenue in Oakland (Pittsburgh). I wonder how many of ’em love Obumbler now that many of them have graduated and haven’t found work.

    Democrats destroy everything they touch. Look at the states controlled by Democrats – or recently controlled by Democrats. Most big cities are controlled by Democrats. How many of them have terrible schools, corrupt governments, etc.?

    Obumbler is, I think, a chastisement this nation brought upon itself and permitted by God. He is an empty suit and those who adore him have no common sense.

Borders are for Fascists

Monday, June 13, AD 2011

I don’t know Klavan on the culture.  If only fascists support the Arizona law, there seems to be a lot of fascism going around since eight states are currently copying the Arizona law, even which that law is still enjoined by a Federal district judge.  Illegal immigration is down about eight percent in recent years however, due mainly to the truly lousy economy.  Obamanomics, it is good for something after all!

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The Right to Kill Your Kid

Tuesday, May 10, AD 2011

Right you are Klavan on the Culture!  Abortion is a perfect example of the tranformation of a fairly low level debate state by state into a national issue that haunts the nation year after year.  As the Supreme Court succeeded so well in resolving the slavery question by the Dred Scott decision, so it has succeeded in resolving the abortion issue by the Roe v. Wade decsion.  Of course that is if “resolve” means “transform an issue into a nation wide fierce controversy that will never go away until it is resolved through other means than the courts”.

Justice Scalia put it well in his dissent in Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992):

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  • And that is what liberalism is all about – you’re liberated to do whatever you want without consequence and thus you enslave yourself to the whims of the State. In rejecting God and His Law, the liberal replaces Him with the nanny State that bequeaths on man the “right” to murder our offspring. This is the essence of the liberal mantra for global population control and enviro-wackism. But until abortion is stopped, no liberal scheme for peace and prosperity will work.

    The children of Israel and Judah sacrificed their children to Baal, Asteroth, Molech, and the other Canaanite gods. Today in Obama’s “Amerika” is no different. Nor will God’s response be any different. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

  • A profound metaphor of the liberal “movement” was presented in “Slumdog Millionaire” where Salim’s brother would bring to adult gangsters (liberals, you liberals!) little boys whom they blinded to increase the “take” of rupees they could beg.

    Liberals’ unworkable, destructive solutions to exaggerated or fabricated crises create greater misery and more (in addition to 45,000,000 killed in abortions) misery and dependent, desperate poor people.

    Let’s go to the record . . . One-in-seven need food stamps; 18% (real) unemployment; unaffordable food/fuel prices; millions of foreclosures; dpressed housing prices; national bankruptcy; etc.

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  • Funny how in the same nearly 40 years we have had an increase in pornography (its mainstream now), sexual assault, child trafficking, recreational drug use, the enslavement of women (assuming you think man is most free in his or her own home and not in the workforce) and all sorts of other ills.

    Could it be that someone has an agenda to separate us from our Maker and make us into slaves? Well at least we have a post-racist, post-partisan president who can save the world (assuming you exclude being safe in your own mother’s womb of course), right?

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  • Liberalism and conservatism, two delusions separated by a common reality.

  • Brzzt! Wrong Maryland Bill, but thanks for playing!

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  • Ah, Law & Order!
    It would be interesting to compare murders of abortionists as such during the run of the show (maybe two) vs. L&O-world (at least once a season).

    Otoh, Jack McCoy seems never to have prosecuted a gay domestic homicide or a “hate crime” like defacing a church.

  • And Jack McCoy is portrayed as a Catholic, though a non-practicing one. How like all too many so-called “Catholics” in these United States. God will raise son of Abraham from the stones themselves – Matthew 3:9.

  • McCoy is the liberal stereotype of the “good” Catholic, a fallen away one! Raised by a brutal Irish Catholic cop father who beat him and was a racist. ( The example given on the show is hilarious. McCoy’s dad beats him up for dating a Polish girl!) Since his father was Irish of course he was a drunk and McCoy has his own (past) problems with the bottle.

    As to religion:

    “McCoy was raised Catholic but does not appear to be in practice, and has not been for some time. In the episode “Angel”, it is revealed that McCoy was educated by the Jesuits. In the Season 17 episode “Good Faith”, he describes himself as “a lapsed Catholic”. On several occasions, religion has been the subject of various cases. In the episode “Thrill”, in which two teenage boys are accused of killing a man just for fun, McCoy finds his case particularly complicated when one of the suspects confesses the crime to his uncle, who happens to be a priest. When the confession tape is labeled privileged, McCoy ignores the bishop’s request to preserve the sacrament of reconciliation and instead tries to use the tape as evidence. When Detective Rey Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) tries to dissuade McCoy from doing so, reminding him that he is a Catholic, McCoy responds, “Not when I’m at work.”

    By the episode “Under God”, McCoy had particularly soured on the Church. When a man is accused of killing a drug dealer who killed the man’s son, a priest confesses to the crime. Though McCoy personally believes that the priest is covering for the man, he prosecutes the priest instead. At the end of the episode, McCoy says that he lost his faith after the death of a childhood friend.”

    If McCoy had been black, this level of stereotyping would involve constant references to rhythym, Gospel singing, fried chicken and watermelons. Of course such crude stereotyping is reserved for “safe” targets today like Irish Catholics and Evangelical Christians.

  • No, pro-lifers are not the ones supporting murder in the abortion debate, communists are not romantic reformers who just want to help people, most murders are not committed by rich white men, segregationists in the South were not Republicans, the US military is not filled with bloodthirsty maniacs, Christians are not some sort of weird cult, Republicans are not all idiots

    As a liberal, I don’t subscribe to a single one of those propositions. But I am intriged by the conservative proposition that in the private market, businesses will do what is most efficient and profitable, except in the entertainment industry, where the bosses substitute a doctrinaire ideology contrary to wise business practices. Fascinating.

  • “where the bosses substitute a doctrinaire ideology contrary to wise business practices.”

    The endless parade of “America is the demon in the war on terror” films Kurt, which have all tanked at the box office, demonstrate that ideology will usually trump the bottom line in Hollywood.

  • Having read Kurt’s response, I confess that I simply don’t understand the liberal mindset. Liberals are a completely alien breed. I see sex ed and condom use taught in public schools because of libs. I see homosexual sodomy glorified as a civil right because of libs. I see abortion touted as reproductive rights because of libs. I see porn touted as freedom of speech because of libs. I just don’t get it, and quite frankly don’t want to.

  • Really Donald? That is the best you can do? Repeating of the most tired, hackneyed phrases on the internet?

    I had written a lengthy rebuttal, pointing out a few of the many conservative delusions that exist but then I decided, I would just steal the words of someone else like you did… but I think I will choose someone better to steal from… so in the words of G.K. Chesterton, “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.”

    So, if I am wrong, I guess Chesterton is wrong as well… though I think it would be unfortunate for anyone claiming to be Catholic to dismiss him with some trite comeback.

  • Are Conservatives or Republicans the party of God? Nope. Are the liberals or Democrats? Nope. But of the two, only one legitimatizes abortion as reproductive rights, only one sanctifies homosexual sodomy, only one promotes porn as freedom of speech, only one demands sex ed in public schools, only one has consistently worked to marginalize anything Christian in Western Society.

    I am not enamored with conservativism or the Republican Party, and they certainly aren’t the party of God. But the alternative is worse.

  • “The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.”

    In what century and country did Chesty exist?

    Burt Prelutsky quoted at “Some Have Hats”: “Whether it’s insisting that global warming is going to raise ocean levels by 20 feet; that heterosexual AIDS is a major health concern; that law-abiding Americans can’t be trusted with guns; that every nation and every culture is superior to our own; that illegal aliens and Islamic jihadists are entitled to all the rights and privileges of U.S. citizens; that providing 31 million additional people with health insurance will save us billions of dollars; that Supreme Court justices should essentially be social workers who get to wear their robes to work; that drilling for oil and digging for coal are evil endeavors; that windmills and sunbeams can supply all the energy a modern industrial nation needs; that Christian symbols should be eliminated from the national landscape; and that the redistribution of personal wealth is a moral imperative; liberals display an arrogant disdain for traditional American virtues, not to mention logic and common sense.”

  • . But I am intriged by the conservative proposition that in the private market, businesses will do what is most efficient and profitable, except in the entertainment industry, where the bosses substitute a doctrinaire ideology contrary to wise business practices. Fascinating.

    I would imagine that the contention is more that many in the entertainment industry and heavily ideological, and that they often end up producing grey biased entertainment as a result without particularly meaning to. (Obviously, with some “issue” films, they do mean to.)

    That is the sort of thing which happens when people have radically different ideas about reality.

  • Really Donald? That is the best you can do? Repeating of the most tired, hackneyed phrases on the internet?

    This coming from someone whose entire comment was just a tired refrain we’ve heard countless times from the “holier than thou” brigade of supposed non-partisans. Really, what was the in depth, staggering commentary that Donald was supposed to reply to?

    So, if I am wrong, I guess Chesterton is wrong as well…

    I didn’t realize that GK Chesterton was an infallible source of Christian witness whose every utterance every Catholic had to fully agree with. And here I thought he was just a brilliant polemicist who was prone to human error just like everybody else. I also note that Chesterton was writing early 20th century politics, and therefore his quip might not be fully apt to today’s situation.

  • “Really Donald? That is the best you can do? Repeating of the most tired, hackneyed phrases on the internet?”

    Your comment wasn’t worth any more effort than that Maryland Bill.

    “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.”

    G.K. Chesterton wasted a good many years on Distributist nonsense and that quotation is part and parcel of his attempt along with his brother Cecil and Hilaire Belloc to forge a “third way” in economics and politics. Like most of Chesterton’s obiter dicta in regard to most subjects it is much more amusing than true. This of course leaves aside the fact that the terms Progressive and Conservative have different meanings in an English and American political context.

  • I would imagine that the contention is more that many in the entertainment industry and heavily ideological, and that they often end up producing grey biased entertainment as a result without particularly meaning to. (Obviously, with some “issue” films, they do mean to.)

    That is the sort of thing which happens when people have radically different ideas about reality.

    But I thought private market forces should correct this? Why is the entertainment industry a singular exception to the natural and beneficial forces of the private market?

    BTW, as a liberal, I also don’t subscribe to any of the additional assertions put forward as hallmarks of liberalism, save the fact I and most liberals do oppose laws to imprison homosexuals.

  • Why doesn’t Detroit make better cars, when it’s obvious from the fact people buy so many Hondas and Toyotas that people want something other than a lot of what the big three provide?

    Free markets aren’t perfectly efficient unless you work at U Chicago, and what they do is select winners and losers, not make sure that all market actors do what people want. (plus, there’s obviously a large segment of the population which is fine with Hollywood stereotypes because they agree with them)

    And then, there are times when Hollywood does turn out things which more conservative audiences love — and sometimes Hollywood itself seems a little surprised by this. I recall Siskal and Ebert (who I used to watch religiously — and much enjoyed despite their bias) doing an entire extra show on why they hated The movie Independence Day and couldn’t understand why anyone else liked it.

  • Free markets aren’t perfectly efficient …[they do] not make sure that all market actors do what people want.

    Thank you. That’s all I’m looking for.

    Well, maybe that and maybe an explanation of the conservative moral objection to pornography, abortion, etc. but the suggestion that “its just business” when people profit from such — I’m referring to the “pass” given a Republican Governor who owned facilities doing abortions and the likely GOP presidential candidate who was on the board of directors of a leading distributor of pornography.

  • Why is the entertainment industry a singular exception to the natural and beneficial forces of the private market?

    Two hypotheses:

    1. The social thought incorporated into a work of entertainment is generally incidental to why it appeals to the modal viewer.

    2. The studio executives are reliant on their (creative) labor force. The sort of social and political polarities in contemporary society often devolve into a battle between word and image merchants and every other sector, with the wage-earning majority lining up on one side according to a different set of subcultural affiliations. Antecedent to an understanding of social life and antecedent to an occupational choice are factors which render one highly corellated to another (re-inforced by socialization). In short, there are almost no Republicans in the screen-writing trade. (In other trades, pervasive groupthink removes competitive disadvantages to dysfunctional practices. If everyone defines a dissident as an incompetant, no service provider suffers from ejecting him.

    Antecedent to your question is a notion that central planning or mercantile regulations or granting para-statal privileges to rent-seeking associations corrects defects in the operations of market, rather than manufacturing new (and worse) defects.

  • Nobody ever said that there aren’t liberal Republicans otherwise known as RINOs. They are worse than Democrats because they are hypocrites and traitors to conservativism. For example, Guiliani is Republican and pro-abortion (as well as an adulterer). I wouldn’t vote for him. If it came to a choice between him and a liberal, and there were no 3rd party choices, then I simply wouldn’t vote. I am disgusted with this whole stinking mess where principles are sacrificed for political expediency. And I am equally disgusted at the liberal mantra of social justice and the common good while they murder the unborn. But then again, that’s politics.

    Jesus did tell Pontius Pilate that His Kingdom is NOT of this world.

  • Art,

    On the prose style, I gotta say: Total win. 😉

    Kurt,

    Well, maybe that and maybe an explanation of the conservative moral objection to pornography, abortion, etc. but the suggestion that “its just business” when people profit from such — I’m referring to the “pass” given a Republican Governor who owned facilities doing abortions and the likely GOP presidential candidate who was on the board of directors of a leading distributor of pornography.

    Well, clearly social conservatives (the divide between social conservatives and business conservatives and libertarians is particularly wide on this issue) don’t think that pornography and abortion are “just a business”, in that they seek to ban them via force of law.

    I think you’d find that social conservatives would be highly negative towards any candidate who profited directly from abortion or pornography — though the issue is that liberal sometimes play dumb “gotcha” games on this kind of topic. If a conservative candidate is sitting on the board of Vivid Entertainment or Playboy, I think you’d find conservatives would drop him like the proverbial hot potato. However, if he’s on the board of Time Warner (a cable company and internet provider which, yes, does provide porn on some of it’s channels) a lot of people would see that as something other than making money off porn — even if they would strongly support forcing Time Warner to stop providing porn.

    Similarly, people are naturally going to look at sitting on the board of an abortion clinic (something which exists to provide abortion) differently from sitting on the board of a hospital which does occasionally perform abortions (as most non-Catholic hospitals do.)

  • Law and Order actually has had characters from across the political spectrum, and while occasionally you will have an episode driven by a political hobbyhorse, it’s one of the few shows on TV where likable characters espouse conservative and/or religious views. For example, while Jack McCoy (Sam Waterson’s character) is a liberal lapsed Catholic, Abbie Carmichael (Angie Harmon) was a pro-life conservative, as was McCoy’s boss (Fred Thompson), and his current replacement as lead ADA. Rey Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) was a devout Catholic, as his current replacement.

    In fact, I’d say that the split between liberal and conservative characters on the show is roughly 50/50, and the conservative ones are not portrayed as being less moral, caring, competent, etc., than the liberal ones. Given that the show is set in New York City, that may mean conservatives are overrepresented.

  • Angie Harmon didn’t stay long. A subsequent Christian ADA was murdered after less than a year. Fred Thompson didn’t stay too long due to Presidential ambitions and his very long term predecessor was a fairly standard Old Guard Liberal with curmudgeonly flourishes that I rather liked. The stories themselves do have a usually very pronounced liberal slant, except on the death penalty. I do however enjoy the outrage over one episode on abortion “Dignity” by the rabidly pro-abort RH Reality Check:

    http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2009/10/28/the-law-and-order-abortion-disaster-and-the-wasteland-tv

  • I am intriged by the conservative proposition that in the private market, businesses will do what is most efficient and profitable, except in the entertainment industry, where the bosses substitute a doctrinaire ideology contrary to wise business practices.

    This is an astute point. This, combined with the fact that when people have attempted to make explicitly conservative films or television shows they have tended to be flops, makes me think that the current liberal tilt to media probably is what is most efficient and profitable.

    Why is that? Well, for one thing, writers, actors, etc., tend to be liberal. This means that the most talented writers are probably going to write with a liberal slant and the most powerful performances are going to be by actors who espouse liberal beliefs. So even if movie producers were going strictly on quality, we would expect a liberal slant overall.

    On the consumer side, my guess is that when it comes down to it, conservatives simply care less about having contrary political views espoused by films and tv shows they watch than do liberals. I know a lot of conservatives, for example, who really loved the show the West Wing, despite its liberal politics, because the acting, writing, etc. were really good. Would liberals have similarly flocked to the show if the heroes were all conservatives? Somehow I doubt it.

    There are some conservatives who are really adverse to watching a movie or tv show with a liberal message, but this type of person is less likely to watch movies or tv to begin with (or at least is less likely to watch certain types of movies or tv), so it’s easier for them to be ignored.

    I also think you shouldn’t underestimate the effect of globalization here. Things like Superman renouncing his U.S. citizenship are less about the anti-Americanism of comic book writers than they are the need to appeal to a non-American readership, and the same is true for movies and (to a lesser extent) tv as well. The typical non-American movie viewer is probably to the left of the typical American one, which is going to skew consumer preferences when it comes to politics.

    Finally, I think it’s possible that certain political views are just easier to portray on screen than others. It’s easy to show the hardships involved in cutting spending on government programs, for example, while showing the supply side effects of cutting taxes (assuming there are any) is more difficult.

  • Darwin,

    That’s a fair answer. I appreciate it.

    Personally, I would not sit on the board of a hospital that did elective abortions (unless maybe my service would result in a change of policy). But on the other hand, I support the new health care law. Some of my friends would do the reverse in both situations. They are still my friends and people who I disagree with but do not disrespect.

  • Angie Harmon didn’t stay long. A subsequent Christian ADA was murdered after less than a year. Fred Thompson didn’t stay too long due to Presidential ambitions

    Harmon was on the show for four years, Thompson for five. In any event, I didn’t list all the conservative characters on the show, just a representative sampling (you note, for example, that Annie Parisse’s character was also a conservative Catholic).

  • Blackader said, “There are some conservatives who are really adverse to watching a movie or tv show with a liberal message, but this type of person is less likely to watch movies or tv to begin with (or at least is less likely to watch certain types of movies or tv), so it’s easier for them to be ignored.”

    Nice to know I am being ignored. TV is full of liberal drivel, sexual immorality and all manner of other nonsense. I can’t be bothered to fill my head with such godlessness. And no, godlessness does NOT constitute good acting or good stories. It’s godless, after all.

    It’s also interesting to note that liberal “Catholics” feel the same way about EWTN. No surprise there.

  • Donald,
    I have to admit, you make it very difficult to maintain even a semblance of Christian charity. Your responses are like those that so many conservatives claim to hate when they come from liberals, dripping with a sense of smug superiority. However, since you seem to think that conservatism is based on clear thinking and only liberals are subject to living in a fantasy world, I can point out several fantasies that conservatives have embraced.

    1. Any conservative who believes that we can cut government debt without raising taxes (especially by cutting taxes on the rich), is just deluding themselves about what the American public really wants. Yes, they want to cut the debt, but they don’t want to loose any of their Social Security or Medicare; and if those can’t be cut (as well as defense), then trying to balance the budget at our current tax rates is like trying to keep the titanic sinking with a bucket.

    2. The notion that free-markets are the solution to the end of all economic ills. With all due respect to Adam Smith, many men don’t act with enlightened self interest. While some will act with enlightened self interest, others will cravenly do anything to maximize their short term self interest and ignore the long term consequences, both to themselves and others. Surely the existence of guys like Bernie Madoff prove that.

    3. An belief by many in the conservative movement that the ends justify the means.

    4. Your own apparent belief that because the segregationists in the south were not Republicans that they were not conservatives (I guess they must have become conservative when they switched to the Republican party in the 1970s and 1980s? — Though in fairness to them, many of them had left segregationist ideas behind them after the 1960s)

    5. The belief by conservatives (shared by liberals) that whenever they win an election, it means they have a mandate from the people to run the government along purely ideological lines when in fact most Americans want things run by consensus.

    I could go on. But I will finish by stating, that no, I don’t think Chesterton is somehow infallible, nor do I believe that that the politics of early 20th century England are the same as 21st century America. What I do believe, however, is that all forms of liberalism and conservatism do not properly take into account man’s fallen nature and to make allowances for it. Chesterton recognized that, most modern liberals and conservatives (even those of the Catholic variety) don’t.

  • Your own apparent belief that because the segregationists in the south were not Republicans that they were not conservatives (I guess they must have become conservative when they switched to the Republican party in the 1970s and 1980s? —

    I think Southern members of Congress largely accepted the New Deal. We can check the tabulations on the key legislation.

    Clare Boothe Luce rejected segregation. What political label most precisely describes her? How about Pres. Eisenhower? Everett Dirksen?

    Other than Strom Thurmond and Mills Godwin, I think it would be difficult to find many quondam segregationists among working public officials who later made careers in the Republican Party, (and both Godwin and Thurmond gave up on segregation after about 1970). Every Southern Senator (bar two – Thurmond and John Tower) who cast a vote against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 concluded his political career as a Democrat.

    You could rummage around the records of state legislators and local councillors later elected to higher office. Trent Lott might also be an example, but he was not a public figure prior to 1972.

  • “I have to admit, you make it very difficult to maintain even a semblance of Christian charity.”

    I haven’t noticed you making any heroic effort along those lines Maryland Bill.

    “Any conservative who believes that we can cut government debt without raising taxes (especially by cutting taxes on the rich), is just deluding themselves about what the American public really wants.”

    Anyone who thinks that we can get out of debt by raising taxes is obviously ignorant of just how much revenue can be raised from increasing taxes, the negative impact of the tax increases on the economy, the fact that government since circa 1965 has not used increased revenue for reducing debt but rather as a spur to increasing spending, and the fact that the problem is not too little revenue to government but rather too much government spending.

    “The notion that free-markets are the solution to the end of all economic ills.”

    Only the solution to the problem of having a prosperous economy as opposed to an economy that is stagnant or worse.

    “An belief by many in the conservative movement that the ends justify the means.”

    Rubbish as indicated by the fact that you give no examples.

    “Your own apparent belief that because the segregationists in the south were not Republicans that they were not conservatives”

    Actually most of them were New Deal liberals on economic matters. For examples check out George Wallace, Orville Faubus and Lester Maddox.

    “The belief by conservatives (shared by liberals) that whenever they win an election, it means they have a mandate from the people to run the government along purely ideological lines when in fact most Americans want things run by consensus.”

    Oh the fallacy of the yellow line in the middle of the road as the path to good government. Most Americans want successful government and problems solved. If a politician can do that, Reagan for example, they will follow him. If a politician can’t, Obama is thus far on that path, they won’t. The idea that consensus has ever produced much of use in American history is simply false. The Constitution was hotly contested, as was the development of internal improvements by the Federal government, the abolition of slavery, the buildup of defense prior to World War II, Reagan’s policy of increasing defense spending that helped end the Cold War, etc. American history is replete with intense political fights where one side wins and enacts its program. Sometimes the program succeeds and sometimes it fails, but consensus has rarely played a decisive role in resolving hotly contested issues in American history.

  • “There are some conservatives who are really adverse to watching a movie or tv show with a liberal message, but this type of person is less likely to watch movies or tv to begin with (or at least is less likely to watch certain types of movies or tv), so it’s easier for them to be ignored.”

    Considering that conservatives are 40% of the population BA that is a large part of the market to ignore. I suspect that the vast majority of conservatives do not enjoy having a liberal political message slammed down their throats while they are watching a film. The tanking of every anti-war film in regard to the War on Terror might indicate that your analysis is perhaps shaky. In stark contrast we have the success of 300, which Frank Miller used as a metaphor for the War on Terror.

    http://politicalmavens.com/index.php/2007/04/29/frank-miller-of-300-and-sin-city-fame-knows-the-war-on-terror-is-real/

    Then we have the huge success of The Passion of the Christ, and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and the lesser, although still impressive, success of the Narnia films. There is a huge and obvious hunger for quality conservative themed films, a hunger mostly unmet by Hollywood for largely ideological reasons.

  • Well, 20 percent of we the people admit to being liberal.

    That means 80 percent of us merit calumny, detraction and personal destruction.

    Sen. Rand Paul is slipping off the evil end in confronting unions (100 approved by CST!!).

    Here is what Sen. Paul wants to confront.

    “A result of back-room deals between union bosses and their tax-and-spend Congressional puppets, compulsory unionism provisions in federal law currently empower union officials to:

    >>>Force nearly 11 million Americans to pay tribute to a union boss to get or keep a job …

    >>>Brazenly loot union treasuries to fund the election of their hand-picked political puppet candidates like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid …

    >>>Terrorize workers and communities with violent strikes — where they get away with beatings, arson — even murder.”

  • Well said, T Shaw. Well said!

  • I agree with Alice – well said, T. Shaw.

    I just don’t understand liberal fantasies at all. It’s as though they are from a different planet.

  • BA,

    On the consumer side, my guess is that when it comes down to it, conservatives simply care less about having contrary political views espoused by films and tv shows they watch than do liberals.

    That’s an interesting point.

    Other things to consider are:

    – The bias in fiction TV is often around the sorts of situations or characters that show up, they’re not obvious propaganda, so there’s a certain portion of the population which probably isn’t political enough to notice the bias regardless of their opinions. If I had to guess, it’s probably only about 10% on the right and 10% on the left who notice, while 80% of the population may really not notice that most fiction TV has much political content at all.

    – The segment of the population which watches the most TV (young people and single people) is also the most liberal according to all political polls. So it probably makes sense that entertainments slants towards their interests. Frankly, even if there was some amazing conservatively leaning drama out there, I wouldn’t have the time to watch it. Whereas a lot of people in their teens and early 20s can keep up with multiple series and go see a movie every week.

    Kurt,

    I would probably agree with you about the hospital board scenario, but I can see how people end up taking different stands on these kind of issues. For instance, I could imagine that a good Catholic sitting on the board of a major insurer like Kaiser or Humana would do a lot more good by bringing a conscience to doing that work than by refusing because those kind of insurers do provide a (fairly small, compared to dedicated abortion facilities) number of abortions each year.

    Also, to be honest, a lot of people who may not have it occur to them right off that the hospital which does so much good work is also involved in that kind of work.

  • There are not nearly as many conservative ideas that fall into the realm of fantasy as there are liberal ideas, but there are a few that I would place into that category:

    the notion that ALL fiscal problems, no matter how dire, can always be solved purely by budget cuts or eliminating “waste, fraud and abuse”

    the notion that all illegal immigrants, regardless of circumstances, are by definition “criminals” (illegal immigration is a civil violation, NOT a federal or state crime for which one can be placed on trial or go to jail);

    the notion that society can be cleanly divided into longsuffering, hardworking taxpayers on one side and greedy, bloodsucking “tax eaters” on the other and never the twain shall meet. I agree it’s not a good thing for people to be overly dependent on government, but to pretend that it’s possible to have absolute zero “dependence” on government is fantasy in my opinion. Everyone pays SOME kind of taxes, either directly or indirectly, and everyone receives some kind of benefit from government even if not directly in the form of a check;

    and finally, the notion that any work outside the for-profit private sector is inherently unproductive, useless and a mere drain on the economy.

    Each of these ideas has some merit, but conservatives who believe these approaches are 100 percent effective at all times, or applicable in all circumstances no matter what, veer away from reality in my opinion.

  • Perhaps Elaine Krewer has not had interface with either North Carolina DMV or the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to see at first hand how citizens of what was once a Christian Constitutional Republic are now treated as subjects of a liberal atheist socialist demokracy.

    Over the past month or so since moving to Charlotte, I have had to visit DMV about seven times to finally get my NC license and my vehicle registered. I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice it to say that every time I went, the administrative specialist at the desk would stop at the first thing he found wrong, tell me to get that fixed, and dismiss me. He wouldn’t tell me everything I had to do. Indeed, when I got that one thing fixed and revisited the office, the administrative specialist would find something else wrong and send me away to bring another rock. Finally I succeeded in getting all my t’s crossed and i’s dotted – that was earlier this morning. I was so overjoyed that I went to shake the administrative specialist’s hand. He looked at me and at my hand, and then cast his eyes down to his desk. But some people want us to think that government workers aren’t like that. Personal experience says otherwise. Indeed, anytime a person gets a government position, that feeling of superiority and “governance” comes into play, and soveriegn citizens who actually work for a living and produce real wealth are the ones to suffer.

    I have seen the exact same thing in my professional life as a nuclear engineer. I have been involved in submitting paperwork to the US NRC (the federal regulator for commercial nuclear power plants) and more often than not the regulator is more concerned with document headers and footers, and outline formatting than with technical substance. The delays that are caused by moving outline numbering on a document a quarter inch just to satisfy an NRC Request for Additional Information amounts to billions of dollars in cost overruns that every one of you end up paying in electric billing. And I am told that it’s worse with the EPA which regulates emission controls on coal fired power plants. But this is the kind of obstructionism that Elaine apparently wants.

    Dr. Pournelle describes this as the Iron Law of Bureaucracy: “…in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representatives who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent. The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.”

    Liberalism has had its day. It will implode itself under the weight of its own bureaucracy with the support and adulation of liberal Demokrats.

    BTW, unless you’re a nuclear engineer with 30+ years of training and experience, don’t use Japan as an example of why we should de-nuke ourselves. You don’t know the details and I don’t have space in here to educate you to the level you would need to understand the details. Suffice it to say that upgrades that we did to US GE BWR-3 and 4s with Mark I Containments would have mitigated if not prevented the sad events at Fukushima Daiichi, but the Japanese did NOT implement those upgrades, so when an Act of Nature occurred, the inevitable happened. I won’t bother to mention the collusion between the Japanese government regulator and the industry that was complicit in all this, but that’s what happens when the State is involved.

  • Kurt,

    I would probably agree with you about the hospital board scenario, but I can see how people end up taking different stands on these kind of issues.

    Me too. That’s why I spoke personally and not as an universal obligation.

    BTW, on the issue of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, the simple truth is that it would have been widely understood at the time where one stood on these proposals if one said the “conservative position” and the “liberal position.” William F. Buckley and Senator Goldwater were on one side and Hubert Humphrey and Walter Reuther were on the other side.

    The conservative movement today has moved away from those positions and most living conservatives today are too young to ever have been part of the conservative movement when they embraced these views.

    Of course, at the same time liberals led the fight for the civil rights, we also largely believed the phone company should be nationalized and everyone have a black, desktop phone. Today’s liberals accept that history has shown that we were right on civil rights and wrong on the phone company.

    Lastly, I should give a hat tip to my neo-conservative friends who have no conservative baggage on civil rights issues: Jeanne Kilpatrick, Richard John Neuhaus, Irving Kristol, Ben Wattenberg, Norman Podhoretz, and Michael Novak. My shared past with them has always made their current views seem friendlier, even when we disagree.

  • William F. Buckley and Senator Goldwater were on one side and Hubert Humphrey and Walter Reuther were on the other side.

    Everett Dirksen and Clare Boothe Luce were on one side and Albert Gore, Sr. and Orville Faubus were on the other.

  • The conservative movement today has moved away from those positions and most living conservatives today are too young to ever have been part of the conservative movement when they embraced these views.

    That is just an anachronism, Kurt. Differences in the assessment of segregation were regional and subcultural. (Re the assessment of the propriety of federal legislation regulating petty commercial transactions, landlord-tenant transactions, &c – the differences were driven by social philosophy).

  • Of course, at the same time liberals led the fight for the civil rights, we also largely believed the phone company should be nationalized and everyone have a black, desktop phone. Today’s liberals accept that history has shown that we were right on civil rights and wrong on the phone company.

    I do not recall anyone of consequence arguing AT & T should be nationalized. Robert Kuttner thought it should remain a regulated monopoly but one debarred from manufacturing and trading in hardware, but that was ca. 1982, when the dissolution of the Bell System was all but a done deal.

    There is a difference between a critique of segregation and being ‘right on civil rights’.

  • Clare Boothe Luce…

    When she wasn’t snorting cocaine! :0

  • The only piece of civil rights legislation ever opposed by Goldwater was the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Goldwater, due to his pro-abort position which he did his best to hide while he was in public life, long ago ceased to be a hero of mine, but simple justice warrants a correct statement of the record.
    In regard to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 80% of House Republicans supported it as opposed to 63% of Democrats, and in the Senate 82% of Republicans supported it as opposed to 69% of Democrats. Civil Rights legislation passed in the Sixties because Democrats changed their mind as a party on Civil Rights for blacks. Republican party platforms since the Civil War had supported Civil Rights for blacks year after year with Republican bills being bottled up by the Senate due to Democrat filibusters.

    A typical Republican platform. This one was from 1924, when the Ku Klux Klan was a rising power in the land:

    “The Negro
    We urge the congress to enact at the earliest possible date a federal anti-lynching law so that the full influence of the federal government may be wielded to exterminate this hideous crime. We believe that much of the misunderstanding which now exists can be eliminated by humane and sympathetic study of its causes. The president has recommended the creation of a commission for the investigation of social and economic conditions and the promotion of mutual understanding and confidence.”

    Here is a plank from the Republican Party Platform of 1944:

    “Racial and Religious Intolerance
    We unreservedly condemn the injection into American life of appeals to racial or religious prejudice.

    We pledge an immediate Congressional inquiry to ascertain the extent to which mistreatment, segregation and discrimination against Negroes who are in our armed forces are impairing morale and efficiency, and the adoption of corrective legislation.

    We pledge the establishment by Federal legislation of a permanent Fair Employment Practice Commission.”

  • Kurt,
    Regarding CBL, I think you mean LSD.

    http://www.psychoactive.org.uk/LSD/intro.htm

    During the 1950s LSD was legal and considered potentially therapeutic by many in the medical field, some of whom enjoyed the drug recreationally with the jet set crowd. While rather silly and potentially dangerous, it is doubtful that this use related to her support for civil rights.

    I do think that their is some truth to the assertion that self-identified conservatives were not as enthusiastic about civil rights as self-identified liberals, on the whole. That said, context and vocabulary matters. For instance, during that era (and in some respects similar to today) there was a conflation between populism and conservativism insomuch as many self-identified conservatives actually were not very conservative in any objective sense. That said, the fact that the highly intelligent and principled WFB Jr. opposed civil rights legislation is revealing. Conservatives on the whole are suspicious of change, especially change they perceive as forced rather than organic. As a conservative I see this as a healthy presumption, but a rebuttable one. IMO we failed to rebut that impulse satisfactorily in connection with the civil rights movement that emerged after WWII. That said, I am very much speaking in generalities, and stereotyping either conservatives or Republicans of that era on civil rights is perilous. As Don points out, on the whole the Republicans were more conservative than the Democrats ever since the early 1930s (at least), and yet were also more progressive on civil rights. History is complicated.

  • What were we talking abo . . .

    In today’s news: Union thugs and MoveOn.org goons crash tea party rally in New York screaming at patriots.

    Precedent Obama ignores TX requests for fire aid, flies in to collect campaign cash.

    Fist Lady Michelle Antoinette will fete rapper who rants about killing police officers and immolating President Bush.

    Gangstas rule!

  • Might the Madison Ave-Hollywood Blvd-Wall St axis of evil be intentionally pumping out liberal fantasy in order to manage the thinking of the masses? Could we be falling for the false left-right paradigm as part of psychological warfare being waged by the forces of evil in ‘pop culture’?

    I see the word ‘conservative’ bandied about, yet I am not so sure we all have the same definition. When Chesterton used the word, he meant something quite different than what we call ‘conservative’ in America today. Keep in mind that the Founding Fathers, who by all accounts would be considered ‘conservative’ today, were in fact liberals in the 1780s.

    I also notice ‘conservative’ and Republican being used interchangeably. This is a major error. The Republican Party today is far more broad. You have the establishment RINOs who are more or less Democrats, the libertarians like both Pauls, so-called social conservatives, strict constructionist Constitutionalists, neo-cons who are warmongering Progressives, and a smattering of other minor groups. What unites most of these people? The simple fact that the Democrats are anti-American, materialist, relativist morons.

    So the fact is that Republicans do suck because they are politicians and since The Prince, politics is a very ugly game. However, the Democrats not only suck – they are evil to boot. Most thinking persons side with the Republicans simply because the Democrats represent the rapid destruction of the Republic and the Republicans are slow enough to give us time to prevent the inevitable demise.

    Nevertheless, I am still curious what most commentators mean when they say ‘conservative’ – of course, that is another question for another post.

  • Paul, where did I ever say I was in favor of any type of “obstructionism”? You ran into some government employees that did not serve you well and gave you the runaround. I have too, many times, and just about every day. I have also run into many private sector employees who do the same. I think the “iron law” also applies in the private sector, as does the “Peter Principle” of people rising to the level of their incompetence.

    Full disclosure here: I am a state employee myself, and was a private sector employee for 20 years previously. I try very hard NEVER to treat anyone dismissively or arrogantly, and if someone asks a question I try to get them the answer right away. If I don’t know the answer, I try to point them in the right direction to find the answer. If someone calls to ask a question, often they will say “Sorry to bother you” or “Hope I’m not taking up too much of your time,” to which I say “No problem — I’m here to be ‘bothered’!” I will probably never be an agency head, that is true, but that isn’t my bag anyway.

    The “conservative fantasy” that I was referring to was not the GENERAL idea that government should be smaller. It is the notion that NO job outside of the for-profit private sector or the military (or possibly law enforcement) is a “real” or “productive” job and that EVERY government or non-profit position is unnecessary and could be, or ought to be, eliminated.

    Many conservative ideas are good and I agree with them. But some of them veer off into the realm of utopianism or fantasy when they are treated as absolute, 100 percent foolproof panaceas or assumed to be workable in all circumstances.

  • Thanks for the response, Elaine. I find much to agree with in it. But overall, my experience has been that any time govt gets as big and as powerful as ours is, it’s high time to start neutering it by stemming the flow of cash, borrowed or taxed.

    I am going to give two examples of govt screwups with perhaps the best govt agency I have ever worked with and that’s the US NRC. If the NRC is this screwed up, then how screwed up are the rest? Another thing to remember: none of the govt flunkies that run these agencies are voted on. They are political appointees beholden to no one but the appointer.

    Now a certain Dr. Gary Kao was a physician for the Veterans Admin in Philly. He was in charge of using radioactive sources for patent treatment. His story may be read here:

    http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1034/ML103410390.pdf

    From 2002 to 2008 this physician employed by the govt was responsible for the mis-administration of radioactive sources in 91 of 97 VA medical events involving radiation during that time period. NO ONE did anything until the VA decided to do a Health Physics inspection at the end of the time period. And the NRC itself failed to do anything after the second, third, fourth, etc. event. This went on for SIX years and I even found a report (can’t locate right now) where that doctor dropped a radioactive source on a patent’s behind. Finally after six years and 91 mistakes, the NRC decides to bar him from using radioactive sources. BTW, where’s the American Medical Association in all this? And why is that guy STILL a physician?

    Here is another example of our great govt at work. In 2002 during a refueling outage at the Davis Besse nuclear power plant owned and operated by First Energy, a through-wall hole the size of a football was found in the six inch low allow carbon steel reactor vessel wall. The only thing holding back the fires of creation from exploding into containment was a quarter inch of the inconel inner liner for the reactor pressure vessel. You can read about that here:

    http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/nuregs/brochures/br0353/br0353r1.pdf

    You might say that it’s great the NRC caught them and shame on free enterprise greed that shortened refueling outages by bypassing needful inspections of the RPV penetrations for the Control Rod Drive Mechanisms. But what you do NOT know is that this nuclear power pliant repeatedly petitioned the NRC during the late 90s to forego the RPV head inspections and the NRC granted the exemption request – I guess management at the plant got the headers and footers on the document submittal right.

    Holy crap! Think about this: if that quarter inch of inconel had let loose, multiple control rods would have been ejected from the reactor under a pressure of 2235 psig. That’s over one ton per square inch for those out there who don’t know science and engineering. A positive reactivity addition accident would have occurred, the reactor might well have gone prompt critical, and the core would have been destroyed well before the Reactor Protection and Engineering Safeguards Systems could have responded. But by golly, the document headers and footers were right!

    Yes, when I think about these kinds of things, I get excited. And I get angry. And this is the BEST govt agency. Doctors overdosing patients for years before it does anything. And some plants getting deferments in inspections who shouldn’t while other plants get needlessly hammered on ungrounded fears and sensationalist hype from dope smoking anti-nuclear hippie dropouts from the 60s.

    The best govt is a limited govt whose sole job is the common defense, and public safety. BTW, if you think the NRC is bad, then what about the Dept of Minerals and Resources that allowed BP its exemptions on Deep Water Horizons?

    When we as a society reject God as our King, then we get govt as our God and people die.

    One last thing: in case you ask, I teach on both of the events I described about – Dr. Kao and Davis Besse – in my new job. I use these as operating experience for my students. These are what NOT to do. And my students – one and all – are flabbergasted that events like these happened, but they do because people put their faith in govt instead of in God. And sadly, I can’t teach the integrity and honesty that’s required to prevent events like these from happening in the first place. And that’s what it all boils down to. You can’t instill integrity and honesty by govt regulation. Period.

  • Mike writes:

    Kurt,
    Regarding CBL, I think you mean LSD.

    Yes, thank you.

    I do think that their is some truth to the assertion that self-identified conservatives were not as enthusiastic about civil rights as self-identified liberals, …. That said, the fact that the highly intelligent and principled WFB Jr. opposed civil rights legislation is revealing. Conservatives on the whole are suspicious of change, especially change they perceive as forced rather than organic. As a conservative I see this as a healthy presumption, but a rebuttable one. IMO we failed to rebut that impulse satisfactorily in connection with the civil rights movement that emerged after WWII. …History is complicated.

    I see the point of that explanation of the politics of the time. Thank you.

    Again, the importance of civil rights issues to liberals like myself is largely why I feel a good rapport with my neo-con friends like Irving Kristol, Jeanne Kilpatrick and Fr. Richard John Neuhaus. Their liberalism early in their life, particularly on civil rights issues, makes their late in life conservativism more interesting.

    Some make the same observation about our Holy Father, clearly no conservative for the first half of his life from his youthful opposition to Right-Wing totalitarianism to his mid-life role at the Council.

  • What will Catholics eat on Fridays?

    From Drudge: Commercial fishermen say Federal regulations destroying the industry; causing suicide attempts.

    PS: Rand Paul is the most interesting man in the Senate. That tells more about the senate than about Mr. Paul.

  • Kurt, So!!!

    Conservatives support “Right-Wing Totalitarianism”!!!

    No need to waste any more energy click clacking.

    Simply copy and paste: “Liberals are infallibly blessed. Conservatives are worse than Hitler.”

    I had stopped reading (lips became exhausted) the detractions, karacter assassinations, non sequiturs, anyhow. Also, bruised forehead started bleeding . . .

  • “Conservatives support ‘Right-Wing Totalitarianism’!!!”

    So what exactly is the unlimited govt regulation adored by the liberals called where non-elected civil servants can let a govt doctor mis-expose patients to radioactive sources 91 times over six years, but stymie any free market expansion in building passively safe Generation III+ reactors?

    I think we’ll find out as gas prices go through the roof and we start choking on coal dust fumes. We’ll need more of those sources for cancer therapy. Maybe by that time the govt agency in charge can ensure that certain doctors get properly trained.

    Totalitarianism indeed! When at a commercial nuclear power plant it’s almost to the point where I can’t even visit the bathroom without the security access computer recording where I’m at, but liberals just luuuuuvvvvvv those regulations!

    When you don’t have faith in God and don’t place primacy on holiness and righteousness which alone engender integrity and honesty, then you have to have an unlimited govt. And that is the hallmark and essence of liberalism.

    Yup, bread and circuses for the undeserving while those who produce real wealth are ground into the dust.
    Let’s hope no one has Doctor Gary Kao as his physician!

  • t Shaw, my friend, remind me of the name of the political party of the guy with the thin, little umbrella?

  • Paul Primavera, institutions run by human beings make errors or act with venality and you can spin narratives about them for days. Countrywide Financial was not a public enterprise. Three questions: in the circumstance in question, is it systemically worse in the public sector than in the private sector; is the function performed by the public sector replicable by the private sector; can there be improvement in performance by the public agency in question? I suspect you would find that, as a rule, the answers are as follows:

    1. Generally true.

    2. Postal delivery, yes. Policing and regulation, no.

    3. Yes. (In the case of the Department of Motor Vehicles and implementing county clerk’s offices here in New York, there has been dramatic improvement over the last 30 years. Transferring a title or renewing your license is quite pleasant compared to what it was thirty years ago).

  • Art Deco,

    I’m sure you’re right. But that’s small consolation to the 91 patients that Dr. Gary Kao mis-dosed with radiation at the Veterans Administration, and small consolation to the electric rate payers of Ohio who inevitably ended up footing the two billion dollar bill for First Energy’s degraded RPV head fiasco that the US NRC was complicit in. And those are only TWO examples – I have tons more as I am sure you do, too.

    And yes, I do wish that North Carolina would learn something from NYS DMV. I am amazed that I actually have to say something positive about the State that I left in 2007, but there you have it. Sometimes govt can improve (yet it’s an all too rare phenomenon). You will see more incentive for improvement in the free market simply because there is monetary incentive. In most cases the govt flunky gets paid no matter what.

  • Kurt,

    That was weak. Having a good rapport with neocons is obvious for a self-described liberal because both ideologies stem from the Left. Limiting civil rights to merely the scope of discrimination against blacks really misses the whole point of civil rights, which is why the so-called civil rights champions actually promote racism, class warfare and division. So your assertion that ‘conservatives’ are going to avoid it is foolish. You are a victim of the liberal fantasy referred to above.

    If one is authentically conservative (not to used interchangeably with Republicans) then one is obligated to adhere to and conform to the eternal laws. Catholicism is inherently conservative and yet it is also progressive, but not in the sense that Progressivism is. Modern liberalism is Progressivism as is neo-conservatism. Both ideologies are statist and un-American.

    This may be difficult for you to understand in your current paradigm because you seem to think that conservatism is from the right and that the right is fascist. This is an error. The right is less government and the extreme right is no government. Fascism is a lot of government and a sick hybrid of political interest and private ownership each seeking to protect the other from the forces of freedom and the people’s rights. That puts fascism (which you convolute with conservatism) on the left. It is an especially violent form of corporatism because it is nationalistic and jingoistic in nature. This is why Nazism appeals to jihadists. Authentic conservatism coming from the right, just short of anarchy, is the respect of the individual, the family and the community and does not put one against the other. It respects life, private property and freedom of conscience. Conservatism has little need for civil rights because very few of the natural rights of the individual are given to the state in the fist place.

    Authentic conservatism also respects subsidiarity. True conservatism is very, very Catholic and promotes the proper conquest of this present darkness and the establishment of true social justice. Modern liberalism couches itself in Catholic social justice language, yet is inherently anti-Catholic. You have fallen for one of the devil’s most subtle snares.

    Before you take this as a personal attack, stop to consider it as an opportunity to examine your current views and seek to understand why God is challenging you on this blog in this way.

  • But that’s small consolation to the 91 patients that Dr. Gary Kao mis-dosed with radiation at the Veterans Administration

    I understand. I knew a woman whose ability to look after herself was ruined by iatrogenic peripheral neruopathy, which she acquired through an excessively long course of an antibiotic, which course was excessively long because her physician mistook alternating bouts of infectious colitis and ulcerative colitis for one long bout of infectious colitis. (And she acquired the infectious colitis from excess use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, which knocked out the normal flora in her colon). The physician who prescribed these antibiotics is not and was not employed by the Veterans’ Administration. She has her own practice.

    t Shaw, my friend, remind me of the name of the political party of the guy with the thin, little umbrella?

    Come again? I own a thin little umbrella.

  • Come again? I own a thin little umbrella.

    So did Burgess Meredith. Perhaps the idea is that the Democrat Party is run like the Penguin’s criminal syndicate. I guess that makes John Boehner Bruce Wayne.

  • “t Shaw, my friend, remind me of the name of the political party of the guy with the thin, little umbrella?”

    It’s NOT going to rain!?!?!?!?

    I forgot my umbrella!!

    No, wait!

    Liberals are infallibly blessed. I am worse than Hitler.

  • … the so-called civil rights champions actually promote racism…

    I think we are back where we started. On the matter of the so-called civil rights movement, you had conservatives like WFB, Goldwater, etc. generally on one side and liberals like Dr. King, Walter Reuther, Whitney Young, Clarence Mitchell, Hubert H. Humphrey, and George Meany taking the other positon. The merits of the two sides we can debate, but there seems little doubt there was a conservative side and a liberal side on this policy question. Thank you for helping to clarify this.

  • No wait!

    I just looked out the window. There’s not a cloud. Whew!!!

    Charlie Chaplin carried a cane not a thin, little umbrella.

    Was it Huey Long?

    What was the question??

    Oh, what political potty . . .

  • “… the so-called civil rights champions actually promote racism…”

    Not in 1964. In 2011, yes. Plus, class envy/hatred, lawlessness, and racketeering, too.

    Start with the Osama rhyming demagogue living at 1600 Pensylvania Avenue . . .

  • Has the Fist Lady disinvited to 1600 PA Ave. that artiste who makes his bones jammering about killing police officers and immolating President Bush?

    That common dud also (as did Osama and Michelle) spent his life getting religion from Jeremiah (I hate whitey) Wright.

    Here goes nuffin’:

    “Trialdog” commented at “Gateway Pundit”:
    “I’m making a list of everyone to hate and I might have missed one. Let’s see. Obama is my choice for President because:
    I should hate ‘the rich.’
    I should hate ‘the conservatives.’
    I should hate ‘people who want a secure border.’
    I should hate ‘big oil.’
    I should hate ‘big pharma.’
    I should hate ‘banks.’
    I should hate ‘anti-choice people.’
    I should hate ‘people who drive SUVs.’
    I should hate ‘republicans.’
    Once I sufficiently hate all these people, then Obama can save me from the hate by attacking the hate until I am enlightened.
    “Thank God for Obama! He brings us all together!!”

    Now, got to go to a wake. For a relative whom Common, Michele, Osama, and Wright would all agree is a now a “good white man.”

  • I am not sure why Neville Chamberlain’s maladroit exercise in diplomacy driven by reasons of state qualifies him as a fascist sympathiser. (One might also note that his French counterpart Edouard Daladier was not a quondam royalist but a member of the Radical Party, the home of bourgeois adherents to the Revolution’s laicite. So was Pierre Laval).

  • He was not. Neville Chamberlain was a weak fool in reference to standing up to Hitler, but he had no sympathy for fascism. Here is his radio address after war commenced between the British Empire and Nazi Germany.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtrOJnpmz6s

    Churchill of course, the British Bull Dog incarnate, was also a Conservative, after a youthful sojourn with the Liberals.

  • He was not. Neville Chamberlain was a weak fool in reference to standing up to Hitler, but he had no sympathy for fascism

    Very true.