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Hindsight is not always 20/20…

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James Carroll seems to think Mikhail Gorbachev voluntarily called for world peace:

http://www.boston.com.nyud.net:8090/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/12/29/gorbachevs_model_for_obama/

No mention of the fact that Ronald Reagan had used the economic engine of the United States to beat Russia with its government-controlled, unproductive economy.  And I detected no irony when Carroll was drooling over His Oneness, who is proposing much the same kind of economy that Gorby lead to ruin.

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December 31, 2008 at 2:45 pm

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the juicebox mafia

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Noah Pollack  at Contentions has a wonderful piece on the “Juicebox Mafia”, giving fine examples of  the apologists for Hamas.

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/pollak/48292

In a world not gone mad, sane people would be cheering the death of every member of Hamas, a fully sponsored terrorist arm of Iran, which deliberately places military installations amidst civilians.

Instead we have yet another Third World bureaucrat from the UN claiming he has decried Hamas attacks, then immediately demanding Israel avoid civilian casualties and be measured in its response.

http://www.newsmax.com/international/un_us_gazq/2008/12/29/166157.html

And world media, as usual, are taking Hamas’ view:

http://wnd.com.nyud.net:8090/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=84806

Nowhere will you learn that prior to the attacks, Israel sent out thousands of automatic phone calls to residents of Gaza to warn them to flee.

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December 30, 2008 at 1:42 pm

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Obama’s global agenda…

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If there is anyone who doesn’t believe Obama plans to turn the country over to the UN, Phyllis Schlafly has an excellent column detailing precisely how Obama will accomplish his goals:

http://www.washingtontimes.com.nyud.net:8090/news/2008/dec/27/global-agenda/

Read it, bookmark it, and study it.  You’re going to need to call a lot of Congress critters, and write a lot of letters and emails to save your country from His Oneness and a Democratic congress.

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December 29, 2008 at 11:08 pm

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Obama’s economic plan…

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Obama always intended to raise taxes and spend a trillion dollars.  The housing meltdown, created largely by Democrats (see Clinton, Dodd and Frank), and the resultant recession, has provided an excuse.

His Oneness and the economic team hope you can’t do basic math, or are so full of Hopey Changemas (to borrow Mark Steyn’s phrase)   you won’t read Caroline Baum’s devastating column, here:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&sid=akZbz4hvE7TA

Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill calculates each job the Obama plan creates will cost $250,000.   Digest Baum’s piece for abundant ammunition  on the idiocy of transfering  spending power from one party to another by borrowing from or taxing the public.

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December 28, 2008 at 5:38 pm

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Doing your part…

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Relax –  I’m not jumping astride my hobby-horse.  But I do want to tell you how easy it is to do your part.  The simplest thing to do is make an on-line donation, or drop a check in the mail.  The local tri-county food bank cheerfully accepts money or food, but because I know it can turn a single dollar into 8 dollars of food, I give money.  If I hear a neighbor has too many tomatoes, I ask him to call the food bank.  You can do the same thing when you reorganize your kitchen cabinets, and get a tax  deduction too.

But you’re a geek and have little time and less money?  Cruise the web sites of worthy local charities and tell them about broken links and errors.  They don’t have full-time web techs like the big national charities do, and about half the time you’ll find a problem, often with the donation process.  Their gratitude is a  lasting reward for a few minutes of your time and talents.

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December 27, 2008 at 10:01 pm

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Southern arms open…

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Many years ago a brokerage firm had a slogan: “We’re Southern and we’re smart.”  It was deemed too provincial and dropped, but most of the rest of the country assume that anyone who talks slowly thinks at the same speed.

My sister-in-law would need half a  minute to yell “Fire!”, but she is an accomplished artist, a skilled art instructor, and has learned to deal with financial matters for the betterment of her family.  Her intelligence is broad-based and leavened with a big dose of common sense.

Read what Humberto Fontova has to say about the bigoted, racist, myopic, gun-totin’, terrible South, here:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/12/a_refugee_familys_first_us_chr.html

The South is less Southern than it was, but it is still different from the rest of the country.  Many of us are of largely Celtic ancestry, and quite a few of us can claim some Cherokee blood.  We still understand hospitality and charity, and in these tough economic times, we have responded generously with our money or our time, or both.

Please do your part, too.

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December 26, 2008 at 1:58 pm

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Sowell’s Christmas reading…

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I read everything Thomas Sowell writes in hopes that some of his wisdom and keen insight will rub off on me.

http://townhall.com.nyud.net:8090/columnists/ThomasSowell/2008/12/16/

This is his suggested books for Christmas gifts.  As it happens, I’m currently reading Jonah Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism” , which reduces to rubbish the standard modern notions of  “left” and  “right.”

If, like me, you favor gifts with some permanent utility, you won’t go wrong with any of Sowell’s recommendations.

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December 25, 2008 at 2:30 pm